The New North Korean Threat

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Below are 2 videos of North Korean State-Run Tv. They are, as we have heard for years, quite threatening. It sounds like the same old bluster they used back in the 1990’s to fool the idiots (not hard to do) like former president Jimmy Carter and Madeline Not-All-that-Bright into them giving oil, and other supplies as well as assistance in building reactors. In return North Korea promised to freeze it’s nuclear weapons program. They promised, so we should’ve believed them. I think they did a pinky swear with Carter. About that same time the North Korean leader, Kim Il Sung died and his son, Kim Jong Il became supreme leader. Just as it is now, Kim Jong Il was new and untested and had to make his presence known and flex his leadership muscles. Many in this country and worldwide thought that with the passing of his father, the son Kim Jong Un would be more reasonable and receptive to peace and compromise. Of course, as it is with all tin-pot depots, it is turning out, at least so far, to be the exact opposite. What a shocker! Who would’ve seen that coming?

Despite the rhetoric of the interviewed citizen, one can hardly blame the people of North Korea. They no nothing of the world outside their own country. They have been thoroughly brainwashed for decades.

The problem is, as I see it, with each successive hand-down of power from one Kim to the next, North Korea becomes a little more unstable and the leader becomes lunier. This kid, Kim Jong Un, is most likely certifiable. He is a spoiled child of a ruthless dictator that has never heard the word “No”. He’s probably never lost at anything, due to the fear of death for anyone stupid enough to tell he has lost. Not to mention, he was kept under wraps for most of his life. No one outside North Korea even knew he existed until about a decade ago.

I’m not convinced this guy is just all show and no go. He may be crazy enough to do something. Who is going to tell him he can’t launch a nuke?

Now he is tearing up and invalidating the 1953 Armistice between North and South Korea. That’s nothing new; it’s been done before, just to be reinstated.

But I fear this guy may be different. He may actually roll into South Korea. Then what? What will we do? What will China do, or Russia? Will we be willing to sacrifice 58,000 American troops to protect our ally, South Korea. Think of all the Hyundais and Samsung products that could be lost.

Seriously, what would we do? I frankly don’t have a clue, especially with our current leader who specializes in leading from behind.

A Changing of the Guard for the Republicans?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I’m sure the left is just loving this, for they hate the conservative wing of the republican party as much as the RINO’s do.

McCainHuffPo writes: “One of the Senate’s leading hawks, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), took to the Senate floor Thursday to fire back at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), saying the Kentuckian’s rant against extrajudicial drone killings was ‘simply false.’” It should have read, one of the Senate’s leading hacks.

The HuffPo report continued: “Quoting extensively from a Wall Street Journal editorial that mocked Paul, McCain also argued that Paul had belittled the growing use of drones to kill terrorism suspects by invoking the name of Jane Fonda and suggesting a drone could have killed her when she was a Vietnam War protester.”

“I must say that the use of Jane Fonda’s name does evoke certain memories with me, and I must say that she is not my favorite American. But I also believe that, as odious as it was, Ms. Fonda acted within her constitutional rights, and to somehow say that someone who disagrees with American policy — and even may demonstrate against it — is somehow a member of an organization which makes that individual an enemy combatant is simply false,” McCain said, hitting his lectern for emphasis. “It is simply false.”Paul

The Wall Street editorial read, “Calm down, Senator. Mr. Holder is right, even if he doesn’t explain the law very well. The U.S. government cannot randomly target American citizens on U.S. soil or anywhere else. What it can do under the laws of war is target an “enemy combatant” anywhere at anytime, including on U.S. soil. This includes a U.S. citizen who is also an enemy combatant.”

The only problem with the Journal editorial and McCain’s remarks is that Mr. Holder kept trying to dodge Senator Ted Cruz’s clear and concise question of whether it is constitutional for this government to drone strike an American citizen, within our borders, for example, sitting in a café, that poses no immediate threat. Rather than just affirming the unconstitutionality of such an act, Mr. Holder chose to keep insisting that they would never do that., saying, ” It’s hard to imagine when that would ever occur.” Hardly the correct answer. I, for one, take Attorney General Holder at his word. He has, after all, proven himself to be an honest and forthright individual ( eg: fast and furious). Right!

And who, Mr. editorial writer, shall be the judge (jury and executioner) of exactly who is a domestic enemy combatant? This President? Some unnamed, faceless bureaucrat?

If a U.S. citizen, on American soil, was deemed to be an enemy combatant, why would the police or FBI not take him into custody and try him in court, asrand-paul-cspan2 is constitutional? You know, like they are going to do with the non-U.S. citizen, Osama Bin Laden’s terrorist son-in-law.

And as for that fossil, John McCain’s mocking assertion regarding a drone strike on Jane Fonda; she was not on American soil. She was in Vietnam giving aid and comfort to the enemy, which is not within her constitutional rights. I agree, she should not have been droned, technology at the time aside. She should have been brought back to the United States and tried for treason.

All these ridiculous side shows are just that; side shows. At the heart of this issue, for Senator Paul and the others who stood by him, is the reckless behavior of this administration. Obama and his minions believe they can do anything they wish, just daring someone to stop them. Finally, someone dared to do just that.

As for Senators McCain, Graham and the other old farts of the so-called republican party; they see, with this one brave act (the filibuster) a possible changing of the guard, and it scares the crap out of them.

If Senator Paul had spent his 13 hours in relative anonymity, none of the RINO’s would have their respective panties in a bunch.  It would hardly have been given a mention.ted-cruz

But, as we all know, that is not what occurred. Senator Paul became a conservative rock star overnight, literally. He has become the talk of the town, or nation. His status in conservative circles, has skyrocketed. And why? Because someone finally stood up to the democrats and more importantly, the establishment republicans. He, as a United States Senator, just decided to do it. He didn’t feel the need to clear it with daddy McCain first.

Mike_LeeTo make sure his word got out to more people than he could imagine, he appeared on all three of the conservative heavy-hitters radio shows; Limbaugh, Beck and Hannity and their multi- millions of listeners.. That surely rubbed salt in McCain’s wounds, for he would never dare to appear on either Rush’s or Glenn’s programs. I believe he hates Limbaugh and Beck as much as Obama does.

The McCain, Karl Rove, Bill Kristol, mushy middle-of-the-road wing of the republican party can ill afford a group of upstart young conservatives gaining popularity. These young bucks must be slapped down, and fast. If they gain too much popularity and real conservative voters begin to believe in them, the old guard will be sent out to pasture, along with all their advisors.

Thank you Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, et al.

World War One Wasteland

The World War One wasteland: Haunting rare images show apocalyptic destruct
ion  on the Western Front

It is could be the scene from a nuclear  holocaust.

A once-thriving city reduced to mere rubble,  a 700-year-old cathedral barely left standing, trees that proudly lined an  idyllic avenue torn to shreds.

There’s barely anyone in sight.

But the devastation wrought in these rare,  haunting images was caused long before the atomic bomb came into  existence.

It is the apocalyptic aftermath of dogged  fighting along the Western Front during World War One when Allied and German  forces tried to shell each other into submission with little success other than  leaving a trail of utter carnage and killing millions.

Apocalypse: This was all that remained of the Belgian town of Ypres in March 1919 after fierce fighting during World War One reduced it to mere rubble
 This was all that remained of the Belgian  town of Ypres in March 1919 after fierce fighting during World War One reduced  it to mere rubble

In rehab: An aerial view of Ypres under construction in 1930 which gives an idea of how the city looked before it was bombarded during the Great War
 An aerial view of Ypres under construction in  1930 which gives an idea of how the city looked before it was bombarded during  the Great War

 

Felled: Trees along an avenue in Locre, Belgium, lie torn to shreds. These images are from a series documenting the devastation caused along the Western Front
 Trees along an avenue in Locre, Belgium, lie  torn to shreds. These images are from a series documenting the devastation  caused along the Western Front

 

Destroyed: The Hotel de Ville in Arras, Northern France, looks more like a medieval ruins after it was heavily shelled during World War One
 The Hotel de Ville in Arras, Northern France,  looks more like a medieval ruins after it was heavily shelled during World War  One

Shaping nature: A huge bomb crater at Messines Ridge in Northern France, photographed circa March 1919, soon after the end of World War One
 A huge bomb crater at Messines Ridge in  Northern France, photographed circa March 1919, soon after the end of World War  One

Reflected glory: A peaceful pond is what remains today of the craters made by massive mines on the Messines Ridge near Ypres. Their explosion was heard in London
A peaceful pond is what remains today  of the craters made by massive mines on the Messines Ridge near  Ypres. Their  explosion was heard in London

The strategically important Belgian  city of  Ypres, which stood in the way of Germany’s planned sweep into  France from the  North, bore the brunt of the onslaught.

At its height, the city was a prosperous  centre of trade in the cloth industry known throughout the world. After the war,  it was unrecognisable.

The Cloth Hall, which was one of the  largest  commercial buildings of the Middle Ages when it served as the city’s main market  for the industry, was left looking like a medieval ruin.

Its stunning cathedral, St Martin’s, fared  little better.

Outside of the towns and cities, the  countryside also cut a sorry sight.

Sorry sight: The Cloth Hall at Ypres, which was one of the largest commercial buildings of the Middle Ages when it served as the main market for the city's cloth industry
 The Cloth Hall at Ypres, which was one of  the largest commercial buildings of the Middle Ages when it served as the main  market for the city’s cloth industry

Standing proud: How the Cloth Hall looked just before before the 1st bombardment by the Germans during the first battle of Ypres in October 1914
How the Cloth Hall looked just before  before the 1st bombardment by the Germans during the first battle of Ypres in  October 1914
Doomsday: St Martin's cathedral at Ypres, which was rebuilt using the original plans after the war. At 102 metres (335 ft), it is among the tallest buildings in Belgium
 St Martin’s cathedral at Ypres, which was  rebuilt using the original plans after the war. At 102 metres (335 ft), it is  among the tallest buildings in Belgium

Devastation: St Martin's Cathedral was the seat of the former diocese of Ypres from 1561 to 1801 and is still commonly referred to as such
 St Martin’s Cathedral was the seat of the  former diocese of Ypres from 1561 to 1801 and is still commonly referred to as  such

How it looked before: The cathedral was rebuilt to the original Gothic design, with a spire added, as seen here in 1937
 The cathedral was rebuilt to the  original Gothic design, with a spire added, as seen here in 1937

Barely left standing: The front wall of the Hotel de Ville at Bethune in Northern France as seen after heavy shelling during the war
War of attrition: The destruction was caused by Allied and German forces which tried to shell each other into submission with little success
The front wall of the Hotel de Ville  at Bethune in Northern France (top) and St Martin’s cathedral (bottom) are  barely left standing after heavy shelling
Clear-up effort: The East end of the Nave in the Basilique at Saint-Quentin in Northern France photographed soon after the end of World War One, circa March 1919
 The East end of the Nave in the  Basilique at Saint-Quentin in Northern France photographed soon after the end of  World War One, circa March 1919
The moat and the ramparts at Ypres: The city was the centre of intense and sustained battles between the German and the Allied forces
  The city was the  centre of intense and sustained battles between the German and the Allied  forces

One tree-lined avenue in France was  left  looking like wasteland, while a huge bowl sunken into Messines  ridge near Ypres  is the legacy from the huge explosions of buried  British mines that were heard  160 miles away in London in 1917.

Some 7.5million men lost their lives on the  Western Front during World War One.

The front was opened when the German  army  invaded Luxembourg and Belgium in 1914  and then moved into the  industrial  regions in northern France.

In September of that year, this advance was  halted, and slightly reversed, at the Battle Of Marne.

Wasteland: The canal at Diksmuide in Belgium. The Western Front was opened when the German army invaded Luxembourg and Belgium in 1914
 The canal at Diksmuide in Belgium. The  Western Front was opened when the German army invaded Luxembourg and Belgium in  1914
Shot to pieces: The wreckage of a tank. Some 7.5million men lost their lives on the Western Front during World War One
 The wreckage of a tank. Some 7.5million  men lost their lives on the Western Front during World War One

 

Forlorn: A little girl cuts a sorry figure surrounded by the ruined buildings in the French village of Neuve Eglise, which was heavily bombed
 A little girl cuts a sorry figure surrounded by  the ruined buildings in the French village of Neuve Eglise, which was heavily  bombed

 

In the line of fire: Two soldiers pose for the camera at a Franco-British frontier post in Northern France during the war
 Two soldiers pose for the camera at  a Franco-British frontier post in Northern France during the war

 

It was then that both sides dug vast  networks of trenches that ran all the way from the North Sea to the  Swiss  border with France.

This line of tunnels remained unaltered, give  or take a mile here and a mile there, for most of the four-year  conflict.

By 1917, after years of deadlock that  saw  millions of soldiers killed for zero gain on either side, new  military  technology including poison gas, tanks and planes were deployed  on the  front.

Thanks to these techniques, the Allies slowly  advanced throughout 1918 until the war’s end in November.

But the scars will forever  remain.

 

Attribution: Simon Tomlinson, Mail Online

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Should Women be SEALs?

by: LCDR Rorke Denver, U.S. Navy SEAL

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Women have been in plenty of gunfights. For more than a decade now, they’ve been banging it out on the battlefield. I know there are women out there with the strength, agility, stamina and utter mental toughness to get through BUD/S, the SEALs’ legendary basic-training program with its grueling Hell Week and 75-percent wash-out rate for the men who try.

SEAL budweiserIf you doubt me, check out the female leaderboard at next month’s CrossFit Games—or that young woman who’s been quietly knocking out weighted pull-ups at your neighborhood gym. Being physically fit is women’s work too.

This comes up, of course, now that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has announced an official end to the ban on women in combat. The various parts of the U.S. military, including elite tactical units like the Navy SEALs, have been asked to weigh in on this long-expected change. After 14 years as a SEAL officer, the past four running all phases of basic and advanced SEAL training, I have to say, “I’m not sold yet.”

 

I like to say the SEALs are the greatest man club on earth.

 

The reason has almost nothing to do with the old concern that “a woman wouldn’t be able to pull an injured teammate off a battlefield.” I’m a big guy, 230 pounds without my body armor. In full commando gear, I’m 280 or 290. If I get shot, it’s the rare SEAL who can throw me over his shoulder like a bag of coal. If it takes two or three of them, that’s who will drag me out to safety. This is not an individual sport we’re playing here, even though SEALs are the battlefield Olympians. We live and die as a team.SEAL BUDs training

There’s a much bigger reason to be skeptical about female SEALs than any concern that women won’t carry their load. It goes to the very heart of what makes SEALs, SEALs. From Somali pirates to Usama bin Laden, on countless raids and assaults in Iraq and Afghanistan, a huge part of our effectiveness comes from this organization we’ve been building. Brotherhood isn’t just a slogan to us. We are bonded together in a culture that is—let’s not sugar-coat this—fundamentally male.

I like to say the SEALs are the greatest man club on earth. The loyalty and drive that flow from that are key to almost everything we’ve achieved. It’s just a fact. Our unit cohesion is forged from testosterone, and look at what that’s produced: The most lethal, aggressive and effective assault teams on the modern battlefield, fighting their hearts out for America.

This isn’t always pretty, but it is something to behold: A bunch of charged-up, gregarious guys suiting up for battle, preparing mentally and physically for the violent mission ahead. Will all this come together in a coed locker room?

I and most of the SEALs I know deeply respect the women in our lives. As responsible men, we don’t want to behave like savages around our wives, mothers and female friends. So how are we supposed to act around our female teammates? Who I am at home is not who I am with my SEAL team. We can transition between the two. But gentlemen don’t make good killers, and killing is what we do.

Maybe there are alternatives worth considering. Women are already integrated into our units as intel pros, interpreters and mission planners. That could be expanded. Or maybe we should experiment with all-female platoons. Let’s send them onto the battlefield and see how they perform.

It really does come dowrorke-denver-damn-fewn to mission success. These highly effective teams didn’t get that way by accident. Their whole DNA shouldn’t be thoughtlessly rearranged.

We’re a military organization. In the end, if our leaders say, “Do it,” we’ll do it the very best we can. But I hope the change won’t be jammed down our throats before we honestly face the implications—on our training, our culture and our extraordinary record of success.

As I write in my new book, “Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior”: “Pound for pound, man for man, our success is hard to argue with. We keep proving ourselves over and over again. We are the most resourceful problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now.”

Pound for pound, man for man—a warrior band of brothers.

LCDR Rorke Denver ran every phase of training, basic and advanced, for the U.S. Navy SEALs. He starred in the 2012 film Act of Valor. His new book, DAMN FEW: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior, (with co-author Ellis Henican) is being published Feb. 19 by Hyperion.

 

Nazi Nice Guy

The ‘kindly’ Auschwitz commander who sent youngsters to gas chambers then

went home to play hide and seek with his children

'Kindly': Rudolf Hoess, commandant of the Auschwitz Concentration camp, wears (pictured here at his war crimes trial) was kind to animals to and to his children according to a new book
Rudolf Hoess, commandant of Auschwitz Concentration camp, (pictured here at his war crimes trial) was kind to animals and to his children according to a new book

By day he ordered the deaths of thousands of people – but at home he was a loving father and husband who enjoyed playing games with his children.

These are the two faces of Rudolf Hoess, the ruthless commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland during World War II as remembered by the Polish maid who once worked in his family’s house.

Her memories of life in the Hoess home are revealed in a new book which has given a chilling insight into the family lives of Nazi officers at the infamous prison camp whose day jobs involved mass murder.

‘The Private Life of the SS in Auschwitz’ by historian Piotr Setkiewicz attempts to give a human face to inhumane people in those hours when they were off duty in one of the world’s most horrific places.

The testimony about the killers is unique because it comes from the Polish maids assigned to keep their houses and witnessed at first hand their interaction with their families on a day to day basis.

Hoess, who was hanged after the war at Auschwitz by the Polish authorities for overseeing the extermination of at least 1.2 million people and the enslavement of at least that number, was obsessively kind to animals and his five children.

He would have no moral qualms about ordering the gassing of child inmates of his camp, but in his garden he would play hide-and-seek with his five children and recited poetry to them.

Shocking: The book contains the memories of Polish maids who once served the SS officers. Here Hoess (second left) socialises with (l) Dr Josef Mengele and (right) Josef Kramer (Commandant of Birkenau concentration camp)

The book contains the memories of Polish maids who once served the SS officers at Auschwitz. Here Hoess (center) socializes with (left) Dr Josef Mengele and (right) Josef Kramer (Commandant of Birkenau concentration camp)

Relaxing: Enjoying a cigarette, Hoess does not display a hint of guilt or concern, despite regularly sending thousands to their death
 Enjoying a cigarette, Hoess does not display a hint of guilt or concern, despite regularly sending thousands to their death

 

Maid Janina Szczurek, 32, said; ‘He tucked his children into bed every night and he kissed his wife each morning. He wrote poems about the ‘beauty of Auschwitz.’

‘On one occasion, the children came to me and asked me to sew bands with signs for them, just like the ones worn by the prisoners. I was not aware of what the consequences would be from this.

‘Klaus put a ‘capo [trusty]’ band on his sleeve, and the other children had the colored triangle sewn to their clothing.

‘The happy children, running around the garden, met their father, who noticed the signs and took them into the house. I don’t know what happened but he was not pleased.’

Included among the stories are those of Hoess’s deputy Karl Fritsch and Gerhard Palitzsch who personally killed hundreds of prisoners at the Wall of Death – the execution site where inmates were murdered.

The main gate of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz I, Poland, which was liberated by the Russians, January 1945. Writing over the gate reads:

The main gate of Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, which was liberated by the Russians, in January 1945. The sign over the gate reads: ‘Arbeit macht frei’ (Work Sets You Free)

 

Revelations: Gerhard Palitzsch (right) carried out executions of prisoners by shooting them against a wall in Auschwitz. A book chronicling the private lives of men who worked in the camp has revealed that his wife had numerous affairs
Gerhard Palitzsch (right) carried out executions of prisoners by shooting them against a wall in Auschwitz. The book reveals that his wife had numerous affairs
Domestic: The wife and children of Auschwitz SS-Unterschafuhrer (junior leader) Ernst Scholz. The new book gives an insight into the family lives of those whose day jobs was to assist in mass murder
 The wife and children of Auschwitz SS-Unterschafuhrer (junior leader) Ernst Scholz. The new book gives an insight into the family lives of those whose day jobs was to assist in mass murder

Palitzsch illustrates perfectly the duality of the lives of the SS at Auschwitz.

At the wall of death he beat prisoners and tormented them before they were killed – while off duty, he was obsessed with being a ‘good father’ to his children and made them tea and bread.

A portrait of him was supplied by Helena Klysowa, his 19-year-old Polish maid, who testifed to authorities after the war that the Palitzch family ‘lived quietly and they loved each other. They didn’t receive guests, they didn’t organize drinking parties.

‘I arrived each day at 8.00 am. I looked after the children. I would go on walks with the girl. When Palitzsch was at home, I could not speak to the prisoners who worked in the house or garden.

‘The prisoners themselves warned me against this. They were afraid that he would write down their number and they would die in the camp.

Evil: Dr Horst Fischer (right) with his wife. He was one of the SS doctors responsible for deciding which Jews would live or die when they arrived at Birkenau. After the war he was tried and executed
 Dr Horst Fischer (right) with his wife. He was one of the SS doctors responsible for deciding which Jews would live or die when they arrived at Birkenau. After the war he was tried and executed

 

Revealing: The book casts new light on the ordinary lives of SS officers who worked at the camp, including their relationships with their wives and children
 The book casts new light on the ordinary lives of SS officers who worked at Auschwitz, including their relationships with their wives and children

 

Perspective: Books author said he wanted to examine the lives of the prison camp staff in an 'unemotional way.' Here, an SS officer plays with his pet dog
 The book’s author said he wanted to examine the lives of the prison camp staff in an ‘unemotional way.’ Here, an SS officer plays with his pet dog

‘I spoke to them anyway and found that the terror of the camp was Palitzsch. I could not believe it. At home, he was a wonderful man, so kind and loving to his children who he gave tea and bread to. He loved his children madly.’

Palitzsch died in 1944 after being transferred to the Russian front.

SS officer Wolfgang Guessgen, who took turns at ‘the ramp’ selecting those Jews who were to be gassed upon arrival and those who were to be allowed to live as slave laborers, was a cuckolded man whose wife cheated on him at every turn according to the book. He rewarded her with beatings.

Danuta Rzempiel, who was 16 when she worked at his home on the camp periphery, said; ‘Mrs. Guessgen was not a faithful wife.

‘When he went away somewhere,various SS men would appear at the house, or a trusty prisoner from the locksmith shop who won her favor.

‘She was not embarrassed by my presence at all and would lead her guests straight to her bedroom.

‘It would happen that Guessgen, upon returning home, would find one of these guests. Then he would order me to go do the laundry or to the basement, and when I returned, the guest would not be in the house.

‘Mrs Guessgen was often covered in bruises, so I guessed that it was Mr Guessgen.

‘This didn’t seen to dissuade her, and she exploited every opportunity. It got to the point that Guessgen shot a certain SS man, and as punishment, he was transferred to Oranienburg, and shortly after from there to the front.’

Other stories feature the domestic lives of doctors who carried out selection processes of Jews and who performed horrific experiments, as well as the day-to-day lives of camp guards and lower SS ranks.

‘The purpose of the book is to try and show the lives of SS men objectively,’ Mr Setkiewicz told local media.

‘Their image has forever been written in dark colours and in the pursuit of objective truth I wanted to view the subject unemotionally,’ he said.

Punishment: Moments before Hoess is executed for his crimes, in Auschwitz
Moments before Hoess is executed for his crimes, in Auschwitz – where he once had the power of life and death over thousands of prisoners

Attribution: Allan Hall, Berlin

Sequestration Fraud

Defending the United States is one of the very few constitutionally mandated functions of the federal government; maintaining an army and navy.

For that reason our country must be able to properly fund the military via a defense budget. The left and right have been debating the balance between defense and other domestic unconstitutionalspending it seems like forever, or at least since LBJ’s Great Society. The right, or constitutional conservatives maintain that nothing is more important than funding defense. The left however, believes that domestic spending is as or more important than defense.

The fact is, constitutionally it doesn’t matter what the left or right feels or thinks. Most of the spending the federal government does is unconstitutional. There is no article, section, clause or amendment that allows the feds to take our tax money to spend on college loans, illegal immigrants, mortgages, welfare, Social Security, food stamps, etc. The list isn’t endless, but it’s darn close. None of these programs are truly legal.

Yet here we are – collecting around $2 trillion in taxes and spending over $3.5 trillion every year.

Last year our spineless Congress was once again faced with a decision. Cut spending, increase taxes, raise the debt ceiling. As is their usual M.O., rather than make an actual decision, they decided to punt the ball. After all, is this not what we elected them to do? Off they go to Washington, collect a good salary with endless perks, benefits and lifetime retirement after a few short terms. I know that’s what I’m looking for in an employee; and overpaid primadonna that can decide not to make a decision on any issue.

That brings us to the 800-pound gorilla in the room. My apology to any gorillas reading this. The dreaded sequestration; the automatic spending cuts that Congress didn’t think we would ever have to deal with.Sequestration

As I stated, last year Congress kicked the spending can down the road once again, figuring, somehow, that a magic fairy would come and solve it for them; maybe a blue ribbon commission of ex-politicians that were unable to make a decision while they were in office.

The right figured it would never get to this point due to drastic cuts in defense spending. See all Republicans are warmongers, ya know. The left figured this would never come to pass due to the potential of draconian domestic spending cuts.

Notice I haven’t mentioned our King. That’s because, I don’t think Obama gives a crap either way. If he really wants something done, he’ll just write an executive order.

Anywho, if you have been watching anything other than TMZ or Entertainment Tonight, you’ve heard of the dreaded sequestration. Among the two, the drastic automatic cuts of $500 billion from the defense budget have garnered the most attention. This is of course purposefsequestration-2ul, for the left feels it can pressure the right into caving because of the right’s precious defense budget.

And that’s all we hear. How will we survive? A cut of $500 billion from Defense will cripple us, they say. Yes it would if it were all taken at once. But that $500 billion cut is spaced out over 10 years. It’s not all up front, but it sounds scarier if the 10-year thing isn’t mentioned.

The sequestration cost for this year from Defense is $45 billion. Now, don’t get me wrong, that’s a lot of cabbage (money, for you who don’t speak gangster), but with a total governmental budget of over $3.5 trillion, it’s an accounting error.

I am a diehard supporter of the military, but total defense related spending is over $820 billion per yeanever_let_a_serious_crisis_go_to_waste_r. That includes the military, homeland security, State Department and the like. Is anyone really naïve enough to think that any government agency can’t cut a little over 5% from their budget? Hell, we gave away $47 billion in foreign and military aid in 2012 alone and it’s projected top $56 billion next year. There is so much pork built into every government budget, 5% wouldn’t be missed.

Oh, and by the way; with the scam called government base-line budgeting, the budget will always increase, and the sequestration cuts (after the first year) is merely a decrease in the automatic increase in every departments budget. It’s like marking up a product from $20 to $30 and then offering a $5 discount. What a bargain.  

Once again, in my opinion, this is another purposely-created emergency. If you recall, our country was going to collapse if we didn’t spend $1 trillion on TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) under the progressive George W Bush administration.

Then we had to have the trillion-dollar useless stimulus program, lest the world end. Then son of stimulus, second cousin of stimulus, Bernanke’s buyback stimulus, etc. See, a good crisis never does go to waste (thanks Rohm). Everything is always and purposefully pushed off until the 11th hour by both sides allowing for rash decisions to be made by one side and cover for the other.

And does anyone truly believe these cuts will continue for 10 years? They can’t even decide what to do next year. The federal budget will increase as it always does, unfettered and unpinned from economic reality.

So fear not, all you warmongering hawks. Our military will prevail as it always has.

Let the sequestration happen and let the chips fall where they may.

Benghazi; The Saga Continues

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Beyond the fact that has come out that both Barack and Hillary were both AWOL, terrorism expert Bridgette Gabriel tells of surprises yet to be revealed regarding the Benghazi attack:

Gee, I wonder how accurate our original analysis will end up being. For some of us, it may not be that surprising.  At the time, people said we were crazy conspiracy nuts. Well, feel free to reread my article from last October, Benghazi, The Cover Up. What time did I say Panetta met with the president? Oh that’s right; 5 PM. Panetta confirmed just last week, that he met with the president once at 5 and had no more contact with Obama.

How convenient that if this all comes out so long after the election.

Funeral for a Hero

If you don’t shed a tear, you’re not human!

Thousands Gather in Dallas to Honor Slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle

Thousands Gather in Dallas to Honor Slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle

The mood was somber at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Monday as thousands gathered to honor slain Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle who was shot to death at a Texas shooting range earlier this month. Photos of Kyle taken throughout his life flashed on the stadium’s giant Jumbotron as loved ones, as well as complete strangers whose lives he touched, remembered his legacy.

While millions of Americans know him as the deadliest sniper in U.S. history, others that knew Kyle closely spoke about the charitable work he did off the battlefield to help struggling veterans and his role as a caring, loving father and husband. It wasn’t his confirmed kills tally that he wanted to be remembered for. The “American Sniper” author said he wanted to be remembered as someone who gave everything he had to help others.

A cross, helmet, vest, boots and a sniper rifle were flanked by flowers on the stage, placed right behind the Cowboy star.

Though Kyle’s wife, Taya, was one of the last people to speak at the memorial service, her message was arguably the most powerful and by far the most emotional. Please Continue