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Bob's Message To Sarah Palin.
Mark Steyn explains how one aspect of daily life in the America of 2014 works:
… In Ferguson, Missouri, the “conversation”, as they say on MSNBC, is between the dependent class and the governing class that ministers to them and keeps them in line. If you’re a convenience store owner, your low-skilled service jobs are the only labor on offer, and, for your pains, you get burned and looted by the dependent class while your 911 calls go unanswered by the governing class, both of which you fund.
Lesson To Be Learned: If you’re part of the Productive Class, you’re royally screwed [especially now that we have a royal court that governs us].
Now, small businessmen, you can either practice bending over or you can join the fight to Restore our Freedoms and Liberties.
Because, we must either…
A Christian couple fined $13,000 for refusing to host a lesbian wedding on their New York farm has decided to close the venue rather than violate their religious beliefs.
Cynthia and Robert Gifford decided not to host ceremonies anymore, other than those already scheduled, Alliance Defending Freedom attorney James Trainor told The Blaze. ”Since the order essentially compelled them to do all ceremonies or none at all, they have chosen the latter in order to stay true to their religious convictions, even though it will likely hurt their business in the short run,” he said.
New Jersey couple Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin took the Giffords to court when they refused to host their 2012 wedding at Liberty Ridge Farm, where the Giffords host about a dozen weddings a year.
The Giffords were willing to host the reception, but not the actual ceremony.
A court ruled in favor of McCarthy and Erwin, and fined the Giffords $13,000 for refusing to host the ceremony.
LESSON: I would have urged the Giffords to keep on holding real weddings at their farm.
But, they should claim the happy couples are their friends and they are letting them use their site as friends, for free.
If, by some luck, some cash were to be left on the Gifford’s table and not be claimed…well, hey, God works in mysterious ways.
*I’m linking the Print version because the
regular page has that damned auto-play.
…Today [29 August] happens to be the 255th birthday of William Wilberforce, the backbench Member of Parliament, about whom I have a word to say in my forthcoming book. As he wrote in 1787, “God Almighty has set before me two great objects: the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners.”
We know about the first of those great objects: Wilberforce did more than any other single human being to help eradicate slavery from most of the world. The latter goal, which we’d now call “changing the culture”, was perhaps even tougher. Then as now, the Church of England was feeble and fainthearted and, for the most part, no more use than those Aussie Anglicans who’ve publicly pledged this week, in the usual one-way multifaith mush, to “love Muslims”. Yet Wilberforce pulled off his “reformation of manners” — to the point where we, children of the 20th century, now mock our 19th-century forebears as uptight prudes, moralists and do-gooders. In fact, 19th-century Britons were for the most part no better or worse than their great-grandparents. As I suggested to Michael Graham on the radio, most people don’t think in terms of “good” or “evil”, they go along with whatever the prevailing mores are.
So now, in the new multiculti Britain, the child sex trade is back, as part of the rich, vibrant tapestry of diversity — along with Jew-hate, and honor killings, and decapitation porn. The solutions to the internal contradictions of multiculturalism are (a) David Cameron’s expanded security state; (b) Afsun Qureshi’s universal prostration before Islam; or (c) an end to mass Muslim immigration. The last is too obvious for any viable western politician ever to propose it.
That leaves Wilberforce’s “reformation of manners” — on a scale he never contemplated, and with a self-segregating community extremely resistant to outside influence. Meanwhile, leaders such as David Cameron keep hoping that somehow all these excitable young men with their surplus energies will embrace “British values”, without ever being able to say what these “British values” are, other than the stuff Yorkshire schools teach as the source of all the evils in the world — imperialism, racism, colonialism, etc. And even as we dither, in Rotherham and elsewhere, Islam is already reforming our manners. As I wrote the other day, slowly, remorselessly, we are becoming them.
-Any Reformation Of Manners of the Mohammedins is impossible because the kind of manners we are speaking of are Western Manners, which are derived from the traditions, customs, and Morality of The West, and all of those are based on Free Will. We believe that God has given us Life and Free Will. Allah demands Submission of the Will to him [he is not, despite the lies of Mohammed and his followers, the same god as our God]. All of the practices and beliefs of Islam are based on a belief that Free Will is an evil thing. Therefore, the Mohammedins will never accept, and most certainly will never practice, our Manners, because Allah commands that they must reject Freedom and Liberty and submit utterly and totally to his Whims. Allah strikes no covenants with his people; he commands Submission in all things
-To appease the Mohammedins in any way, by any and every form of prostration, is a victory for them because doing so grants them Legitimacy. Which is to grant their ‘religion’, their cult, their Ideology, Respect. And, by Western Standards, no group whose worship demands the destruction and enslavement of all Jews and Christians is worthy of Legitimacy because such a ‘religion’ is acting in the service of Evil.
-Wherever Islam has exercised Power And Control has eventually become a Desolation — a wasteland both physically-materially and spiritually.
While the nations of The West have not had a perfect record of exercising Power [and never expected to if they were in their right minds because they understood Man is a Fallen creature], they have, in the vast majority of cases, uplifted the peoples they have ruled over [an example: India would not be as advanced an area these days as they are if it were not for the British], even where they have failed overall in governing.
That the World prospers at all is due to The West. That it has survived so well up until recently has been because, first, Great Britain, and then The United States have policed it. It is from the Morality and Enlightenment that sprang out of the Anglosphere that the greatest Prosperity — the greatest Hope — for the World has come.
-There is no such thing as a ‘Moderate Muslim’, if by using that adjective we mean the definition of the word as understood by the people of The West.
If you are to be considered a Muslim, you must submit to The Koran, to Allah’s commands. If you are to be a Muslim, you cannot, in any way, question Allah’s Commands. In The Koran, Allah commands that his followers either kill or enslave non-believers. Therefore, Allah demands his followers reject our definition of ‘moderation’. The only moderation a Mohammedin can practice is to wage Stealth Jihad — the non-violent form that moves like a slow cancer through the targeted society.
-If we are serious about protecting all that we hold dear from the Evil that is all of Islam, we must not only call a halt to Muslim immigration, we must remove the little cancerous tumors from our countries. We must expel all of them. There is no compromise that can be reached with a people that are compelled by their all-controlling god to destroy us.
Are we serious?
Pres Obama said “The world’s always been messy … we’re just noticing now in part because of social media.”
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 29, 2014
From The Washington Post, via Richard Fernandez:
Russian soldiers, tanks and heavy artillery began rolling into southeastern Ukraine in earnest Thursday, the Ukrainian government said, as well-armed detachments captured key towns, burned buildings and sent the underequipped Ukrainian forces into full retreat — a show of military force that the United States now considers an invasion in all but name.
U.S. officials began saying privately for the first time Thursday that they consider the escalation of recent days tantamount to a Russian invasion, but President Obama stopped short of using the term at a news conference late in the afternoon. He said the United States would continue to rely on sanctions in an effort to deter Russia
From Breitbart, via Mr. Fenandez again:
President Obama’s lawyers are developing a careful legal rationale that would allow the administration to take executive action on immigration enforcement while holding up in a potential court challenge….
-From Judicial Watch, via Bryan Preston:
Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.
If the above examples don’t render you angry and give you a shiver up your spine and a queasy feeling in your innards, then you may just be a Useless American — one of those citizens of this country who, for whatever reason, fails to see that everything we take for granted is in danger of being ripped away by one incident strong enough to snap the thin thread that now holds American Society together.
America has not been is such a weak position since the War For Independence — a War we just barely missed losing a number of times [so narrow where the misses then that many attributed our survival to Providence acting on our behalf].
Think about it for a moment.
One terrorist attack — be it a dirty bomb, a nuclear bomb, an EMP blast, a biological or chemical attack, or a coordinated conventional attack occurring in multiple locations — could cause widespread panic and fear.
One seemingly local incident, like Ferguson, occurring at the ‘right’ moment could trigger race and ethnic riots — so poisoned have the contents of the Melting Pot been rendered by the Left In America — that would, justifiably, cause the attacked races and ethnicities to defend themselves.
Those are just merely two examples.
And what do you think would be the reaction of the members of The Jarrett Junto and their allies, whose motto is ‘Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste’, to either of those two situations?
The Junto has created a Civilian Standing Army, which it has scattered among many civilian agencies and departments. It has encouraged state, county, and local police forces to militarize, and given them the military equipment to do so.
It may be too late to prevent any of the above from happening — I don’t know.
I do know that, if there is going to be any chance for the American Way Of Life to survive, we — those of us who value Freedom and Liberty and Western Civilization — must either Join Or Die.
Stacy McCain ruminates on the subject here, as do his commentators.
Allow me to offer a theory:
Sore throat, that is…accompanied by a slight fever. Since Sunday.
I’ll be back when my brain is righted in a day or so.
Hey, at least I get to semi-binge watch Strike Back and watch some Muslims get killed by some good guys.
The theme song’s really good, too:
The ‘Whirlwind’ being that destructive disturbance riding roughshod over The Fruited Plain, fueled by the the oily deposit known as the Left In America.
The problem with crediting any vow to avenge Jim Foley is that by this time next week Foley’s gruesome murder will have been replaced not once, but possibly twice in the news cycle by new scandals. And then it will be “oh that Jim Foley”. In the immortal words of NSC staffer Tommy Vietor: “dude, it (Benghazi) was like two years ago.” How long till Jim Foley becomes history?
Thus, anyone who tries to focus on a particular Obama administration issue will find that it won’t stay put. It’s like being blasted by a Claymore mine. Once you get past counting the 50th wound, you can’t remember where the first one was.
How can we mount an effective counter-offensive when the Enemy’s incoming fire’s source keeps changing direction?
Richard has an idea:
…the opponents of Obamacare would be best advised to forget focusing their fire on any individual problem and focus instead on Obama. He’s the common factor in all the dozens and hundreds of crises his administration faces….
That might work. I don’t know. I’m currently consulting The Founders [primary sources] for some wisdom, tapping into their experiences.
In the Comments section of Richard Fernandez’s latest column, there is a debate ongoing about what is the nature of the Administration’s foreign policy — what thinking and vision guide it.
As I’ve said for at least a half a decade now: King Barack The Unready and his Royal Court [aka: The Jarrett Junto] believe that, in the first phase of the Leftist takeover, the world will have to be divided-up between Totalitarian regimes.
From there actions, it would seem that The Junto sees this division as follows: Red China, Russia, The Caliphate, and [for lack of a
better term] Oceania.
These power centers, these hegemons, will establish themselves and agree to let the others do the same for pragmatic regions.
They all, of course, will use this breathing space to consolidate their Power And Control [Phase II]. The Junto believes it will be the most successful at this because it will be run by the most Enlightened people on the face of the Earth: themselves.
These coffee-house philosophers, these faculty lounge wonk rats, are in for a very rude [and painful] awakening in Phase III.
Considering I showed — conclusively, mind you — that the practice of Tarring And Feathering is not an action that could bring about death or serious burning of the skin, I think I have stumbled on what should be our first modern use of it — and it would be a fitting and grand example…
Jeff Goldstein deserves the credit for conceiving of this:
…we have a Governor [Nixon of Missouri] — a Democrat, of course — calling for the prosecution of an officer who was beaten and, according to a growing host of witnesses, rushed by a 6’4″ 290 lb man who had just committed a felony and was high. All to satiate the bloodlust of looters, thugs, and racists posing as “civil rights” fighters.
Here’s an idea: someone convene a grand jury in Missouri and indict this dickhead Governor on charges of obstruction of justice and pre-emptive jury tampering.
And right after that? Tar and feather his shameless, pandering, lawless, ass and affix him to the side of the state capitol building with rope, a dunce cap stapled to his hairpiece and a sign across his chest that reads “Yeah, I’m kind of an asshole. Sorry.”
Man…I should have purchased those tar futures when nobody was interested.
If you’re too young to know about what The Gong Show was, click here before you read on.
Methinks Richard Fernandez is onto something:
I think BBC producers of the future are going to have a hard time dramatizing the administration of Barack Obama, because if they portray it with anything like honesty it will come off as a farce.
Normally the BBC likes to portray historical personages in a tableau of high drama. But in Obama’s case they’ll have their work cut out for them. The hardest problem is how to treat his blowhard boasting. How he would fundamentally transform America. Make the seas fall. How will it show him skipping down the ramp of Air Force One to lecture the Egyptians without laying on the irony as thick as grease? How can it show him drawing the Red Line, like he was parting the Red Sea.
Who can play that with a straight face knowing what happened in actuality?
And all that vaingloriousness comes down to this sad spectacle of a man holed up in Martha’s Vineyard emerging like the cuckoo in a cuckoo clock to make some meaningless cackle at intervals that looks, like Charles Krauthammer once observed, "animatronic".
Yet he goes on. That is the most marvelous part of this performance. Like a talent show contestant who is out of tune and being pelted with vegetables he seems utterly oblivious to his shame and degradation. He can’t take a hint. A hook comes out of the side to pull him off, but it can’t quite reach and he shuffles from side to side to stay clear of it. And on he goes, having made a hash of one song, straight on to another.
There is something almost insane about it. Something Section 8, except that you have Hillary and Nancy Pelosi acting the same way, and you realize that either they’re all crazy or maybe we are.
Something to ponder as we await Pill Time in the Day Room.
We’ll be back with more STUFF right after this message…
This post from Ed Driscoll is worth quoting in full:
“Missouri cop was badly beaten before shooting Michael Brown, says source,” according to Fox News. Glenn Reynolds adds that “The Narrative Seems to Be Breaking Down.” His first blog commenter outlines exactly what the narrative du jour is:
There seems to be a pattern: 1) unarmed young black guy is shot, 2) there is a vast media outcry over the young “honor student’s” death, 3) family provides photos of the dead guy taken when he was 11 years old, well before he had opted for the ghetto thug look, 4) it comes out that the “honor student” has been committing felonies, 5) witnesses say the honor student was beating the hell out of the person who shot him, 6) Democrat politicians call for the shooter’s conviction, and 7) prosecutors, fearing rioting, black voters, or what have you, prosecute the shooter anyway.
Have I missed anything?
And as another blog commenter writes, expect things to get worse as a result:
We will soon see an almost complete lack of Policing in inner cities following the lynching of this officer. Why on Earth would a cop risk jail for enforcing the law? Of course the people that will suffer the most are the citizens of Ferguson and similar areas. They will soon degenerate into Jungles; the biggest and most aggressive will run rampant, and rob, and beat, and kill, without fear of the law.
See also: Detroit, a quarter of a century ago.
And the Left won’t realize what they’ve done until the Jungle comes after them.
A child is born with no state of mind
Blind to the ways of mankind
God is smilin’ on you but he’s frownin’ too
Because only God knows what you’ll go through
You’ll grow in the ghetto livin’ second-rate
And your eyes will sing a song called deep hate
The places you play and where you stay
Looks like one great big alleyway
You’ll admire all the number-book takers
Thugs, pimps and pushers and the big money-makers
Drivin’ big cars, spendin’ twenties and tens
And you’ll wanna grow up to be just like them, huh
Smugglers, scramblers, burglars, gamblers
Pickpocket peddlers, even panhandlers
You say I’m cool, huh, I’m no fool
But then you wind up droppin’ outta high school
Now you’re unemployed, all non-void
Walkin’ round like you’re Pretty Boy Floyd
Turned stick-up kid, but look what you done did
Got sent up for a eight-year bid
Now your manhood is took and you’re a Maytag
Spend the next two years as a undercover fag
Bein’ used and abused to serve like hell
Til one day, you was found hung dead in the cell
It was plain to see that your life was lost
You was cold and your body swung back and forth
But now your eyes sing the sad, sad song
Of how you lived so fast and died so young so…
Don’t push me cause I’m close to the edge
I’m trying not to lose my head
It’s like a jungle sometimes
It makes me wonder how I keep from goin’ under
It’s like a jungle sometimes
It makes me wonder how I keep from goin’ under…
In a dank prison cell, Charles Manson is laughing his ass off.
Just like a blind man I wandered along…
Well…it seems that, after the President’s performance yesterday, some people who have been blind for the last seven years have gained back their sight [or are getting it for the first time].
Members of the media, especially, now that they’ve seen their Anointed One not really give a damn about their colleague being beheaded, are upset. Why the New York Daily News, a bastion of ‘Bama bum-kissing, published this for a front page today [tip of the fedora to Ed Driscoll].
And America’s most loathed Dipsomaniac, Chris Matthews, is p’od too!
So is the Queen Of The Not Funny Lands and The Insipid Regions, Maureen Dowd[y].
Worries and fears I claimed for my own
Then like the blind man that God gave back his sight…
That’s fine…no recriminations will be coming from me if you all start reporting the Truth….yeah…I know…I have a dream….
…Praise the Lord – I saw the light
I saw the light, I saw the light
No more darkness, no more night
Now I’m so happy, no sorrow in sight
Praise the Lord, I saw the light
I was a fool to wander and stray
Straight is the gate and narrow the way
Now I have traded the wrong for the right
Praise the Lord, I saw the light
I saw the light, I saw the light
No more darkness, no more night
Now I’m so happy, no sorrow in sight
Praise the Lord, I saw the light.
A decent respect for those of our fellow citizens who are still open to listening to arguments made from Right Reason and the knowledge that we have been, and continue to be, and will continue to be, serially misrepresented by the politicians and media in America, specifically, and in The West, generally, requires, an explanation of what it is exactly we — whether we call ourselves TEA Partiers, conservatives, Constitutionalists, Classical Liberals, etc. — are seeking in our efforts to reverse the dire and dangerous situation in America.
It will be, perhaps, best if we state the main thing we are not hoping to achieve: We do not seek a Revolution.
The purpose of Revolution is to bring down, overthrow, the existing Society, the existing Order, discarding all of it’s traditions and customs, everything that made it what it was — it’s Identity — sweeping it’s rubble and ashes into the dustbin to be discarded and forgotten as if it never had been, and then building anew — reinventing the wheel, as it were, but, this time, building the perfect wheel.
Revolutions always end-up destroying, not only the bad, but consuming all of the Good. Each and every one has laid waste to the regions in which it has occurred. And all of them have resulted in enslavement of the people, their unending misery, and, for many, death in horrible circumstances.
This occurs because construction of new Societies from scratch is built with ideas that are not based in the experiences of those who have come before us, who have, through trial and error, discovered what works and what does not, what practices and institutions complement Human Nature and provide room for the exercise of both individual and community-based Free Will.
Any Societies built on the basis of plans conceived in the laboratories of people’s minds, far away from Reality, are, by the nature and methods of their creation, not going to harmonize with the way people live and act in the Real World. Such plans, so incubated in the sterile environment of their creator’s fantasies and whims, will always be unrealistic and ill-fitting — they will always fail.
As a result of this, the Revolutionaries, frustrated by real people living in the Real World not marching in lock-step with their plans, will always resort to Force in order to make the non-perfect Human Beings conform with the perfect schemes they have dreamed-up and hatched. They will always seek to enslave the people, achieve Power And Control over them, so that the people can be brainwashed and/or forced at the point of a gun to conform to the plans. Those who refuse to be enslaved are declared to be Outlaws, foul enemies who must be eliminated in some way.
What we seek is the exact opposite of what those who advocate Revolution want to achieve.
Believing that we are endowed by God with certain Rights that cannot be denied us, Rights that cannot be transferred to any government or entity, Rights that can never be declared invalid, we seek not Revolution, but Restoration.
What we are working to Restore are the gifts bequeathed to us by The Founding Fathers, because the form of government and traditions and customs we inherited from them are the most conducive to guaranteeing and sustaining, our inalienable Rights to Life, Liberty, Property, and the pursuit of Happiness.
What we seek is the Restoration of all that made The United States Of America a force for Good and a bulwark against Evil against the forces of subjugation and enslavement that have plagued the world since Mankind was created.
We seek the restoration of our Rights as Americans.
We seek the restoration of The Rule Of Law and Ordered Liberty, where men and women are free to live as God [or 'Nature's God', if you prefer] intended.
We seek the return of the respect for Virtue and of Prudence and the striving to employ both in our daily lives.
We seek to leave our Posterity a Society that promotes Prosperity, both material and spiritual, and is guided by a Morality based in Judeo-Christian teachings and in Right Reason.
We do not seek Heaven On Earth as the Revolutionaries do, but a Society where as much Freedom and Liberty can be enjoyed, but Order can be maintained, where Free Will is preserved.
We seek — nay, we demand — all of these things as Americans because they are ours by Right.
This is what we seek.
From Breitbart, Dr. Susan Berry reporting, we learn:
The exiled Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, is warning westerners about welcoming an increasing number of Muslims into their countries, naively believing that they too believe in democratic principles.
Here is the Archbishop’s warning via the website Rorate Caeli:
Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive.
Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.
—Archbishop Amel Nona,Chaldean Catholic Archeparch of Mosul, now exiled in Erbil, 09 August 2014
It does not help at all that the ‘man’ sitting in The Oval Office sees nothing wrong with Islam.
As Jeff Goldstein wrote yesterday:
This man is not just an enabler. He’s either a coward or he’s complicit. There’s no other way to read the signals he sends.
The left has perpetrated a coup. We have open borders, the rise of both anti-Semitism, anti-Americanism, and a renewed Caliphate movement, and Obama golfs Martha’s Vineyard and refuses to take the kind of military action that could absolutely devastate ISIS, which is taking over lands, governments, governmental facilities, etc. — all for the purposes of killing those who deny their authority or subjugating those who do not.
Once again — as it is with practically everything these days — it is up to we, The Sovereign People, to take those actions which our elected officials and those who work for them will not take.
Dr. Robert Stacy McCain, OBGYN, and me, Dr. Robert Oswald Belvedere, OBGYN [lunch time and weekends only], two Gentlemen professionals of much experience and distinguished aging, have some advice for you: the smart guys — the types you always say you want — are onto you.
I’ll let my colleague, who is Director of Research at The McCain-Collins Institute For Advanced Vaginology and author of Know Your Vajayjay: An Expert Guide to What’s Up Down There, begin:
Smart young fellows figure out that listening to what women say is less important than watching what women do. Women are constantly saying they want sensitive Ashley Wilkes types, even while they’re actually going crazy for the Rhett Butler types. But women are hopelessly fickle and self-contradictory, anyway.
Women are one minute praising the “strong, silent type” of guy as an ideal, and the next minute complaining that their guy doesn’t talk enough about his feelings. If a man organizes his life around trying to do everything a woman says she wants, he’ll end up having a nervous breakdown from the impossibility of the task.
This is not to say that men should be rude and domineering. It is to say that being a spineless doormat isn’t sexy. And if a feminist says she hates “prescribed gender stereotypes,” you can bet that her actions will contradict her words. When all is said and done, the basic human sex instinct is still as simple as, “Me Tarzan, you Jane.”
Further, if you have a lovely personality and are a decent person, the smart guys will let you ramble on a bit about your ‘deep’ thoughts, but, don’t think for a minute, our silence indicates agreement. No, no. It’s just that we’re smart enough to realize that we shouldn’t judge you by the theories you espouse.
Speaking for both Dr. McCain and myself, let me say: ‘You’re welcome’ and we’ll send you a bill…just kidding — Tuesday is ‘Ladies Day’ at The McCain-Collins Institute and ladies can get our superior wisdom and drink for free.
Dr. Robert Oswald Belvedere,
Director of Vaginology and Gam Services and Chief Bartender,
The Lord Fatheringay von Whoopsie Memorial Hospital and Tiki Bar
Mark Steyn from his most recent column of 15 August:
…I’ve written a lot in recent months about the appalling militarization of the police in America, and I don’t have much to add. But I did get a mordant chuckle out of this line from Kathy Shaidle on the green-camouflaged officers pictured above:
Shouldn’t a ‘Ferguson’ camo pattern be, like, 7/11 & Kool-Aid logos?
Indeed. To camouflage oneself in the jungles of suburban America, one should be clothed in Dunkin’ Donuts and Taco Bell packaging. A soldier wears green camo in Vietnam to blend in. A policeman wears green camo in Ferguson to stand out – to let you guys know: We’re here, we’re severe, get used to it.
This is not a small thing. The point about “the thin blue line” is that it’s blue for a reason. As I wrote a couple of months ago:
“The police” is a phenomenon of the modern world. It would be wholly alien, for example, to America’s Founders. In the sense we use the term today, it dates back no further than Sir Robert Peel’s founding of the Metropolitan Police in 1829. Because Londoners associated the concept with French-style political policing and state control, they were very resistant to the idea of a domestic soldiery keeping them in line. So Peel dressed his policemen in blue instead of infantry red, and instead of guns they had wooden truncheons.
So, when the police are dressed like combat troops, it’s not a fashion faux pas, it’s a fundamental misunderstanding of who they are. Forget the armored vehicles with the gun turrets, forget the faceless, helmeted, anonymous Robocops, and just listen to how these “policemen” talk. Look at the video as they’re arresting the New York Times and Huffington Post reporters. Watch the St Louis County deputy ordering everyone to leave, and then adding: “This is not up for discussion.”
Really? You’re a constable. You may be carrying on like the military commander of an occupying army faced with a rabble of revolting natives, but in the end you’re a constable. And the fact that you and your colleagues in that McDonald’s are comfortable speaking to your fellow citizens like this is part of the problem. The most important of the “nine principles of good policing” (formulated by the first two commissioners of the Metropolitan Police in 1829 and thereafter issued to every officer joining the force) is a very simple one: The police are the public and the public are the police. Not in Ferguson. Long before the teargassing begins and the bullets start flying, the way these guys talk is the first indication of how the remorseless militarization has corroded the soul of American policing.
Damn well put.
Here are the Principles Mr. Steyn refers to:
The Nine Principles of Policing
1. To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment.
2. To recognise always that the power of the police to fulfil their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behaviour and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.
3. To recognise always that to secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public means also the securing of the willing co-operation of the public in the task of securing observance of laws.
4. To recognise always that the extent to which the co-operation of the public can be secured diminishes proportionately the necessity of the use of physical force and compulsion for achieving police objectives.
5. To seek and preserve public favour, not by pandering to public opinion; but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws, by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of the public without regard to their wealth or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humour; and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.
6. To use physical force only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public co-operation to an extent necessary to secure observance of law or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.
7. To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
8. To recognise always the need for strict adherence to police-executive functions, and to refrain from even seeming to usurp the powers of the judiciary of avenging individuals or the State, and of authoritatively judging guilt and punishing the guilty.
9. To recognise always that the test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, and not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.
These Nine Principles also guided American Law Enforcement for well-over a century.
Regarding the last Principle: What we witnessed in Ferguson was the latter and not the former — and it’s still that way as of the writing of this post on the Evening of 18 August.
Regarding #7: Great numbers of our police officers no longer consider themselves as being the same as us. Rather, like the majority of the rest of American Society, they consider themselves part of a tribe. Before this Balkanization happened, in the midst of the worse upheavals of the 1960’s and 1970’s, the police considered themselves part of us. We were joined together to fight to preserve Law And Order against those Radical Revolutionaries who wanted to sow Chaos in The United States. Somewhere in the decades since, the police began to think of themselves as separate from the rest of American Society. We, the Sovereign People, became, in their eyes, the ‘Other’, potential enemies, eternal suspects.
That Law Enforcement ‘had watched the [1960's/1970's] rioters’s fellow traveller radicals in suits with briefcases use the courts and legislatures to impose unworkable restrictions on our law enforcement officials and persecute those police officers who utilized Common Sense in the carrying out their duties’ [which was morally wrong] and somehow began to believe that we, the law-abiding, were also enemies is a true Tragedy. But it has happened.
As I argued back in late May: the ‘para-militarized law enforcement agencies and police departments of 2014′ have become the modern version of those Standing Armies that The Founders protested against and vigorously opposed. And they fought against such Standing Armies because of the threat they posed to Freedom and Liberty, as Samuel Adams well understood:
…No man can pretend to say that the peace and good order of the community is so secure with soldiers quartered in the body of a city as without them….
…It is morever to be observ’d that military government and civil, are so different from each other, if not opposite, that they cannot long subsist together. Soldiers are not govern’d properly by the laws of their country, but by a law made for them only: This may in time make them look upon themselves as a body of men different from the rest of the people; and as they and they only have the sword in their hands, they may sooner or later begin to look upon themselves as the LORDS and not the SERVANTS of the people…. [Samuel Adams, unsigned article in the Boston Gazette, 17 October 1768]
The mentality needed to be an effective Soldier is not suited to the Civil Society. It is geared towards War and, therefore, restrictions on actions by our Armed Forces against the American population were, quite rightly, severely restricted to extraordinary circumstances.
The Police were never intended to be Soldiers-Lite, watered-down versions of of our Military. We, The Sovereign People, created police departments ‘to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence’. In other words, we delegated to the Police and other law enforcement agencies, the power to maintain Order in our communities, to see that those who broke the Law were brought before the Justice System, and to help us, the People, protect our Lives, our Liberties, and our Property.
From the beginning the Police were to act as our agents.
In their embrace of the code of behavior of the Military, in their convincing of themselves that we, the Law-Abiding, are not the same as themselves, the Police violated their oath ‘To Protect And To Serve’ us.
Such a group, such a tribe, is easily susceptible to adopting the ways of Tyrants.
America in 2014 is not only a nation where those in control of the national government, and many state and local governments, consider we, The Sovereign People their Public Enemy Number One, but where many of our Police Officers consider us Outlaws, who need to be watched very closely because we are all suspect, to be treated as Suspects.
This is Despotism.
This is Law Enforcement run riot.
…No man can pretend to say that the peace and good order of the community is so secure with soldiers quartered in the body of a city as without them. Besides, where military power is introduced, military maxims are propagated and adopted, which are inconsistent with and must soon eradicate every idea of civil government. Do we not already find some persons weak enough to believe, that an officer is obliged to obey the orders of his superior, tho’ it be even against the law! And let any one consider whether this doctrine does not directly lead even to the setting up that superior officer, whoever he may be, as a tyrant….
—Samuel Adams, ibid.
As I do every third Sunday Evening…
I thought of this song shortly after getting the news that Robin Williams committed suicide.
Warm like a dog round your feet
How I wish you were here with me now…
Hangman looks round as he waits
Cord stretches tight then it breaks
Someday we will die in your dreams
How I wish we were here with you now
Thanks to Gavin McInnes [emphasis mine]:
If you want to free the oppressed, leave them alone. The more these greater-good socialists get involved, the more people die. They tell Africans to continue burning noxious dung because anything else would be bad for the environment. When they start dying from malaria, we send them nets instead of DDT. We are killing Africa with kindness. Don’t any of these do-gooders give a shit? No. Caring is fashion to them. They could care less about the depressing reality of true poverty.
Remember that the next time you see someone driving a Prius.
One more highlight:
This isn’t about reporting or solving problems or even knowing what the truth is. The modern left is virtually indistinguishable from a Socialist propaganda machine. They invent problems so they can rail against the rich white males and when rich white males solve them, they become apoplectic. The problem with this kind of behavior is it ends up hurting everyone, no matter where they are on the political spectrum.
And the True Believers of the Left take advantage of these fools, manipulating them shamelessly. And the dingbats don’t even have a clue that they’re being used.
Via the New York Post’s Page Six, we know that Senator Rand Paul likes to hob-nob with The Beautiful People.
As reported by Richard Johnson:
The biggest surprise among the intellectual elite at the East Hampton Library fund-raiser — co-sponsored by liberal Alec Baldwin — on Saturday afternoon was the conservative triumvirate of Rand Paul, Bill O’Reilly and George Pataki, who all showed up as guests.
While Hillary Clinton was at a fund-raiser for the Clinton Foundation in nearby Water Mill, collecting up to $50,000 per couple, Sen. Paul (R-Ky.) was schmoozing for free and getting tips on where to go in Montauk for a lobster roll.
When informed that Gosman’s Dock — recommended by O’Reilly — was avoided by the locals, who prefer Duryea’s, Paul said, “I can’t believe O’Reilly was sending me to a tourist trap.” Both men are friends of novelist Nelson DeMille, who was signing copies of “The Quest.”
Pataki, the former governor, came with his daughter Allison, who was inscribing her best seller, “The Traitor’s Wife.”
Baldwin, whose foundation co-sponsors the annual event, told me his military style haircut is for his role as the CIA spymaster supervising Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible 5.”
Bob Colacello rushed in late to buy a copy of Aerin Lauder’s coffee-table book, “Beauty at Home.”
Once Michael Shnayerson signed the last copy of his tome, “The Big Book of the Hamptons,” he said, “Good! Now I can go to my pre-wedding party.” The author married Gayfryd Steinberg on Sunday.
Other authors under the tent included Robert A. Caro, Lee Grant, Dick Cavett and Henry Bushkin.
This is no surprise to me, as I concluded a while back that Paul is nothing but a typical Hack [I hope, Senator, you like your new RINO friends — I hear Billy and Georgie are real fun company].
However, this Page Six report by Emily Smith is very disappointing:
Cruz, another conservative looking to run for president, will be fêted Friday at the home of lawyer Bob Giuffra on First Neck Lane.
A source quipped that the Southampton lane, which boasts John Paulson and Chris Burch as residents, “is like Halloween for politicians. They go trick-or-treating up the street.”
VP Joe Biden is also staying on First Neck this week, and Nancy Pelosi was seen there last week.
A source added, “All the DC guys have their SUVs and posses. They look like rap stars when they arrive in their vehicles — until they get out.”
As I wrote in June about two other of our so-called compatriots:
If I could, I would ask Governors Pence and Walker if they make a habit of hanging around with The Conservative Beautiful People, if they consider the members of the GOP Establishment worthy of their respect.
It’s the same type of question Sam or John Adams would have asked [and in a few cases did ask] of their fellow Patriots who hobnobbed with British Officers or appointed Crown officials.
We are engaged in a desperate fight to Restore our Freedoms and Liberties. And one of our biggest obstacles is that many of those who claim they are on our side are, in fact, Loyalists to the Despotic Regime that now rules in our Post-Constitutional America.
We cannot afford to misplace our trust in any individuals who make nice with The Enemy. They must always be suspect because, Human Nature being what it is, when you spend time with anyone surrounded by a friendly atmosphere, you develop an affection for that person, you develop a sympathy for he or she, and that colors your actions. Therefore, that makes you subject to letting your feelings overrule your Right Reason.
This is a life and death struggle we are involved in. There are only two possible outcomes: we will regain our God-given Freedoms and Liberties or we will be slaves.
We cannot risk ‘sleeping with the enemy’, nor can we trust anyone who does — the stakes are too high.
Goddammit…is there any single elected official we can trust?
He who can flatter a despot, or be flattered by him, without feeling the remonstrances of his own mind against it, may be remarkable for the guise and appearance of sanctity, but he has very little if any true religion — If he habitually allows himself in it, without any remorse, he is a hardened impenitent sinner against GOD and his COUNTRY. Whatever his profession may be, he is not fit to be trusted; and when once discover’d, he will never be trusted by any but fools and children. To complement a great man to the injury of truth and liberty, may be in the opinion of a very degenerate age, the part of a polite and well-bred gentleman — Wise men however will denominate him a Traitor or a Fool. But how much more aggravated must be the folly and madness of those, who instead of worshipping GOD in the solemn assembly, “in spirit and in truth,” can utter a lie TO HIM!! -in order to render themselves acceptable to a man who is a worm or to the son of a man who is a worm.
—Samuel Adams, writing as ‘CANDIDUS’, Boston Gazette, 11 November 1771