Archive for the ‘Life liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ Category

The first one, anyway, or pretty darn close, (via Sipsey Street Irregulars) from MSNBC News:

On the morning of April 15, 2011, using rocks and fireworks, a group of women attacked a busload of AK-47-armed illegal loggers as they drove through Cherán, residents said. The loggers, who local residents say are protected by one of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organizations and given a virtual free pass by the country’s authorities, had terrorized the community at will for years.

Cherán’s residents said they had been subjected to multiple episodes of rape, kidnapping, extortion and murder by the paramilitary loggers, who have devastated an estimated 70 percent of the surrounding oak forests that sustained the town’s economy and indigenous culture for centuries.

What happened next was extraordinary, especially in a country where the rule of law is often absent and isolated communities are frequently forced to accept the status quo. Organized criminal syndicates, like the drug cartel La Familia, created in Michoacán, act like a state within a state, making their own rules and meting out grisly punishments to those who do not obey.

But here in Cherán, a group of townspeople took loggers hostage, expelled the town’s entire police force and representatives of established political parties, and forcibly closed the roads.

The Mexican government authorities had previously ignored their repeated pleas for help, the residents said, so the people of Cherán simply took the law into their own hands.

Via NYT.

In the months since then, Cherán’s townspeople have established a simple but effective internal protection system. There are fewer bonfires today, but several remain active and a security patrol of residents, or “ronda,” keeps watch at all times. Armed townspeople — from middle-age men to teenage girls — guard the barricades blocking all entrances into town. Their weapons are AR15 assault rifles, seized from the police when they expelled them.

Inside the town, they say, crime is now down almost to zero and most residents seem to feel safe.

For those who aren’t familiar with the Battle of Athens, a criminal gang ran the government, the people’s pleas to the national government were ignored, and the people restored the rule of law:


Via The Blaze:

From the transcript of the President’s speech in Roanoke, Va.

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks to small business owners, community lenders and members of Congress in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner has his back to the camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back.  They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.  You didn’t get there on your own.  I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.  There are a lot of smart people out there.  It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.  Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. (Emphasis added)

Business Owner: Well what if I didn’t have help, what if I am that smart, what if I do put in a 60 or 70 hour week Mr. President? What if I do have the best product out there? What if people like how I run my business better than the next guy?

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.  There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.  Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.  Somebody invested in roads and bridges.  If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen.  The Internet didn’t get invented on its own.  Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. [Emphasis added]

Business Owner: You know what I might have had a good teacher along the way, but did they actually help me start and run my business, their INFLUENCE may have helped me, but did they actually participate in the blood, sweat and tears that got me to the level of success I have experienced today? How did a road and a bridge help me start a business, sir? People had businesses before interstate highways. I did build my business on my own, I planned it, I executed it, I hired others who wanted to work for me, I constantly made my product better and now its the best out there. How dare you sir, tell me that my business is NOT the RESULT of my OWN HARD WORK!

JBH: Ownership of property is the hallmark of the American way. It has made us what we are today, without it we are no better than the next social democracy out there. For the president to make his comment that business owners did not make their own success is a fallacy in the worst sense. It is an out right lie and should be insulting to every business own out there. You business owners are what make the American economy turn without you there would be no American Dream.

Business Owners please remember the following:

  • YOU are the ENGINE of the economy, not government.
  • YOU are the JOB CREATORS, not government.
  • YOU are the INNOVATORS,not government.
  • YOU are the epitome of the AMERICAN DREAM, not government.
  • DO NOT feel guilt, YOU are VIRTUOUS, not government.

For the record on the internet take a look here. For the record I didn’t see the word government mentioned anywhere.

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Independence Day.

Celebrate it Independence Day and remember what happened on this day so long ago. Our forefathers gave us the Declaration of Independence. It stated that a people had the right to be free. That every man, woman and child has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It addressed the grievances they brought against King George III in a clear argument as to why they should break their political and economic bonds to Great Britian.

Today, we as an American people are facing some of the same arguments as our founding fathers. We face increasing interference from our federal government in our lives to include our rights to see to our own bodies’ health, to create a living for oursleves without government saying how much we can or cannot use for our own benefit, and to hand pass on something tanglible to our children when we pass from this world.

Americans, enjoy this day. This is a day of freedom from all it was enshrined as such when the Declaration was read to the people in 1776. The document still stands and is just as applicable to our current overgrown, powerhungry federal government as it was to the government of King George III of Great Britian. Think on these things today as you are with your friends and family celebrating the very essence of which this amazing country was built on.

Happy Independence Day. Be Safe.

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>Told ya!

But rather than get bowled over by amnesty, Arizona stood up. Arizona Senate Bill 1070 (which can be read in its entirety at this link). The hardcore leftists and racial supremacists like The Race (La Raza – link is older background on them) are up in arms because it upsets their power.

What the law does, in brief, is that when Arizona police or public servants come into contact with persons reasonably suspected to be illegally present in the US, they have to ascertain citizenship. The requirements for this by Arizona law are substantially lower than that required by federal law. For instance, Arizona accepts an Arizona driver’s license as proof of citizenship. Some rather well-known illegal aliens (visa overstays) had US driver’s licenses.

He’s just looking for a better life and murdering the thousands of people that American citizens are too lazy to murder.

For those who want to sleep better at night, a driver’s license alone is not sufficient to prove citizenship to federal agents who are doing their job and enforcing the law. But for Arizona, they accept it (I’m not sure if AZ requires proof of citizenship or lawful permanent resident status to get one).

Point being, the bar is set very low for the suspect to prove their citizenship. For a US citizen, it makes no more hassle than producing one’s ID – which any cop can ask for any time a citizen (or otherwise) is detained in the US. Detention, in the legal sense, is when an agent of government interferes with an individual’s freedom of movement. They’re not taken into custody, they’re just stopped – i.e., a traffic stop – for investigative purposes. The cop is just fact-finding to determine “did this guy break the law/do I have probable cause for an arrest?” If the answer is no, the person goes free.

To the AZ law, this means when a cop stops someone and asks them questions concerning a crime – be it a traffic stop, witnessing an accident, etc., the cop can ask them their citizenship. More importantly, when a cop is actually arresting someone for a crime, they have to determine their citizenship. If they’re present in the US without proper documents, they’re handed over to the Border Patrol or Immigrations & Customs Enforcement, who will set them up for deportation proceedings.

The AZ law for police provides an avenue to deal with illegal alien criminals. And AZ police and citizens have no love lost for the illegals.

Murder, crime and garbage. Yay for undocumented workers!

The AZ law also requires state and local agencies to comply with immigration laws. What this means is that when an illegal alien comes into an unemployment office and eagerly sucks up US citizens’ taxes, the illegal isn’t handed a check from your wallet (even if you don’t live in AZ, federal money going to schools and unemployment benefits and everything else are going there – plus the added costs of goods and services to pay those taxes).

Instead, the illegal is reported and deported.

For those mythical illegals who aren’t breaking any laws and aren’t costing any taxpayer money, they aren’t the targets of the law. The AZ law only has an effect on those who are breaking the law or utilizing services they aren’t paying for, and as illegal aliens don’t rate.

The leftists and The Racists Reconquistadors suggest that the law is one that encourages racial profiling. It emphatically does not. But as Levar Burton used to say on Reading Rainbow – “Don’t take my word for it…
Here’s the link to the bill again:

The leftists/The Racists are pushing their own agenda. Being leftists, they believe in forcing people into racial groups who will then vote as a block or be rejected for not being “X race” enough. They refuse to accept a difference between legal immigrants and illegal immigrants, because illegal immigrants in the American Southwest are overrepresentative of their ethnic group.

Never mind that the legal citizens of the same ethnic group support the bill and don’t like illegals either. And that’s not even getting into recent immigrants who went through the right way. They value their citizenship.

That’s basically the crux of leftist hatred for Arizona’s law. It puts value back on US citizenship, as something to earn. For the leftist, America is a land of ill-gotten gains, stolen from whatever aggrieved party they identify with most. America is the great polluter and the great oppressor and everything that is wrong with the world. For the leftist, the greatest good is to throw away America’s bounty to those they deem “oppressed”. It makes them feel good and assuages their guilt for being well-off.

Note they’ll never give up their own status or wealth, just someone who’s not so enlightened – that being you.

And of course, if you disagree with the left, then you’re a nazi.

Let’s call this Goldberg’s Law: as the leftist begins to lose an argument, the probability of a conservative/libertarian/non-leftist
being called a nazi or Hitler approaches 1.

>Here is a good reason why Americans need to question everything about their federal government. The following are a collection of Reverend Wright’s comments from a speech he gave at the Monthly Review. Here we go:

“This magazine unflinchingly has tackled the tough issues from McCarthyism to militarism, from the Chinese revolution through the Canadian revolution to the Cuban revolution, from the lies told by United States presidents to the lies told by the United States media. We celebrate tonight six decades of dedicated service.”

The Monthly Review is a socialist magazine here’s the link.

Wait there’s more:

“You stayed up front. Your starting point is, quote, no nonsense Marxism, unquote. But you dispel all the negative images we have been programmed to conjure up with just the mention of that word “Socialism” or “Marxism.”

Great, so we have a news publication that pushes Marxism, I have no problem with free speech but we need to remember who this guy preached to for 20 years. If you need a reminder Rev. Wright was the Obama family for around 20 years.

More Rev. Wright:

“Grateful for the opportunity to bring you a word of Thanksgiving from those who don’t ordinarily get a hearing unless they go along with the program, sing in tune with whatever is the popular tune and stay in lockstep with the political pundits who tell us what is politically correct, what is permissible and what will be tolerated from a person of color in this land, the land of the greed and the home of the brave excuse me, the land of the greed and home of the slave.”

If he feels this way he’s free to leave the country. I certainly won’t keep him here if he hates America so much. America has always been about making your own mark and doing whatever it is that makes you happy. We have the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Unfortunately, the pursuit of happiness doesn’t always result in happiness and I, for one, can attest to the fact.

More from the Reverend:

“For the people. My work with liberation theology, with Latin American theologians, with the Black Theology Project and what the Cuban Council of Churches taught me 30 years ago the importance of Marx and the Marxist analysis of the sociology’s of the vulnerable and the oppressed who were trying desperately to break free of the political economies undergirded by this country that were choking them and cutting off any hope of a possible future where all of the people would benefit. My exposure to the FMLN in El Salvador, the Sandinistas in Nicaragua and my presence at the 15th Jamahiriya in Libya taught me what I have read in the pages of the Monthly Review which is as Joshua Stanton says, though we need not always agree with one another, we must do the work necessary to at least understand one another.

Only in America can we not always agree with each other yet still have the freedom to do so. Try making your ideas known in Communist China, or in Cuba and see where it gets you. Most likely in prison or shot I would think. All those places Rev. Wright mentions try making your opinion known there. I would also like to see him show me a model of a Marxist Utopia. It doesn’t exist nor can it exist. Marxism is about control, it suppresses free thinking, the economy, and religion.

A utopia is funded upon the idea that every person can be the same. When I say same I mean have the same interest, the same aptitude, the same emotional response, the same belief, the and same religion. A common sense, rational person can tell you this can never be. People are different. We all have different interest, beliefs, emotional responses, mental aptitudes and different religions. The Founding Fathers knew this to be the case. That is why they made America to be a land of opportunity. It might not be possible for us all to be a Bill Gates, however, that one Bill Gates gives the American economy thousands of jobs and provides unlimited services to the American population as a whole.

The fact is Reverend Wright doesn’t espouse the views of the Founding Father’s. He wants to handcuff the many so that the needs of the few are met. His policies are designed to destroy this country’s greatness and turn us all into wards of the all powerful state. A member of his congregation for 20 years now sits in the Oval Office as President of the United States. Through our Czar Wars articles you have seen first hand what type of people our president has surrounded himself with in his administration. Now you have had a more in depth look at a man who helped shaped the views of President Barrack Hussein Obama.

What will you do now America. Today votes are being cast across the nation. Whose side are you on? The Founding Fathers or on the side of the totalitarian progressives?