I know a Bircher from Fort Wayne who came down to Indy early in the year and testified against Indiana Senator Long’s ill-advised push for an Article V convention. I also testified against it. She has recently pointed out that Long is preparing to continue his push in the upcoming 2014 session.
Many (including me) believe that his Article V push was the result of strong pressure by my fellow Bircher and other constituents to allow an Obamacare nullification bill to go forward in Indiana. As Pro Tem of the Indiana Senate, he basically killed every single nullification attempt in the Indiana Senate at the committee level.
Long’s Article V push is about stopping federal government overreach, but it is a complete distraction, as he knows it won’t go anywhere. He just wants to be able to tell his constituents that he’s “done something.”
Meanwhile, a successful Article V convention in the current political climate could produce consequences that are completely unpredictable: There is no way to bind the delegates that are sent to stay on the appointed subject. (I should point out the precedent: Our current Constitution is the result of a runaway amendment convention — but we got extraordinarily lucky!) The same applies to Mark Levin’s “Liberty Amendments” push.
If Long and Levin had a genuine understanding of the Constitution, they would realize that the 10th Amendment gives reserves non-delineated powers to the states and the people. The states can nullify unconstitutional federal acts as Kentucky and Virginia did for the Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798, using resolutions written by Jefferson and Madison.
Instead, they feel that amendments to the Constitution are needed that basically say “this document means what it says.” If the feds don’t obey the document, how will changing it help? The document isn’t the problem! The problem is that the states and the people aren’t standing up for it!
Nullification is not about secession or starting a civil war. In fact, it is quite the opposite. If the states will stand their ground in favor of the Constitution, we will stand a better chance of restoring the republic and saving our country from the mess that it’s in.
What should we do about it? I’ll be in touch with Mary Black and her chapter on the west side of Indy, planning a day going door-to-door at the State House. We’ll contact every representative and senator that we can, spreading the news that Article V conventions are dangerous, and nullification is a better answer to our out-of-control federal government.
Please reply to this post if you are interested in coming to the State House for a day in January to help with our push. If you say you are interested, I will add you to a distribution list and keep you in-the-loop on the plans as they evolve.
Check out this satirical site:
I think you want to stick to the home page on this one, because many of the links are actually to NSA pages. They’ve copied the NSA’s page style, you won’t know when you are on the satirical site vs. the real NSA. The end result is that it makes the entire NSA look like a joke!
After all, an agency where every single employee has taken an oath to defend the Constitution, while it plainly violates the 4th Amendment every day is truly a joke, isn’t it?
A while back I was thinking that if the NSA has access to all of this information, couldn’t they be providing everybody with a backup service? Then, I found out that some smartass at Backblaze tried to see if they could get the NSA to provide a backup of their data. They pushed the issue using a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Obviously, it was denied. Here is an article covering the event:
I was looking for this information when I stumbled across nsabackups.com.
If a private company had access to all of this data, they’d find a way to use it to help you — because that would make them money. Both sides of a free market transaction provide something of value to each other. Free market transactions don’t take place unless there is mutual benefit. (Just plain ol’ basic Austrian economic theory, here.)
Because this is the federal government, though, the situation is backwards. They steal your information and lock it away. They won’t let you know that they have your data, and if you lose your data they won’t help you recover it. Even if you are willing to pay for the data that they never should have had in the first place. To make it all worse: you are forced to pay them for their abuse via taxes.
–Just one more example of why an out-of-control government isn’t your friend, and why free market principles are always better than coercion and robbery.
Sorry to those who watch this site, as I haven’t been posting lately. I look forward to a day when I’ll have more time to post on things, because there’s so much that needs to be said about the world we live in, and so many projects that I’d like to do and share. Often, I wind up making my observations or doing my projects without sharing them. For now, I’d like to quickly write down some thoughts that are in my head before they escape.
Last week I heard a song that I hadn’t heard in many years. I don’t know if Rockwell had any other hits, but it is the only one that I remember. The song was Somebody’s Watching Me. At the time, this song reflected paranoid thought processes and was meant to be a humorously nutty monolog from somebody who has watched one too many horror movies. It was a funny song in 1984, but when I heard it last week I thought it was even funnier — but in a darker sense. To many, the mid-80s may have seemed like a nutty time, but I think that many would have been amazed if they heard that the day would come when so much of this song would be true rather than delusional.
Anybody who works for a living will relate to these lyrics:
I’m just an average man
With an average life
I work from nine to five
Hey, hell, I pay the price
All I want is to be left alone
In my average home
But why do I always feel
Like I’m in the twilight zone
You work hard. Shouldn’t that be enough? Why does the government need to be poking around in your business? It does feel like we are living in some kind of nightmare when we find out that the government is monitoring essentially every electronic activity that we pursue in this country. If you are paying attention, you’ll know that it’s not just phone call metadata, but the contents of many calls, the contents of your emails, your web browsing habits… Anything you do online is recorded. The 4th Amendment has been completely obliterated, but this should be no surprise. Who believes that our government’s powers are truly contained by the Constitution in any way? Sure, the Constitution limits their power, but do they listen? Do they care? Do people hold them accountable for their actions?
I always feel like
Somebody’s watching me
And I have no privacy
I think that we all know how that feels!
I don’t know anymore
Are the neighbors watching me
On top of our government’s spying operations, we have encouragement to turn in our neighbors for activities that might seem suspicious, including Homeland Security’s See Something, Say Something program. We also have cops roughing people up for taking photographs in public places, and getting positive reinforcement for their behaviors.
Well, is the mailman watching me
Apparently, this is also true, as Dr. Joe Wolverton writes in The New American.
I wonder who’s watching me now
If you belong to a Tea Party or other patriotic group, you are likely to be targeted, too.
–More evidence: Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean the world isn’t out to get you!
Why is my son posing with an object that resembles a trombone? It is actually a homemade high-gain amateur radio antenna!
At my house we’ve been giving preparedness a higher priority, lately. Jack Spirco’s Survival Podcast puts it well, “Helping you live a better life, if times get tough or even if they don’t.” I believe that Jack’s philosophy on what he calls “modern survival” is right on the spot, and his podcasts are excellent.
I’m concerned about SHTF scenarios, because I believe that an out-of-control government (whose extremes have been enabled by private banking cartel with the deceptive name of the Federal Reserve) has put this country in a precarious position. Both parties have taken us down a path that can easily lead to what Peter Schiff calls “The Real Crash.” Schiff believes that what happened in 2008 was only a blip compared to what is likely to come, and I agree with him. Along with Austrian school economists, I believe that hard times are coming, and that no government decree will keep them at bay for much longer.
There are many things that families should be doing for preparedness. To name a few, these things include storing food, learning to grow food (including fruits, vegetables, and animals), learning to use and maintain firearms, stocking up on firearms and ammunition, figuring out how to get things done in a grid-down situation, and determining alternative means of communication.
I work 27 miles from my home in a county that appears on Mark Slavo’s SHTFplan.com article “Where You Don’t Want to Be When It Hits the Fan.” I work in Indianapolis in Marion County, the blue county appearing right at the center of the state of Indiana in that article’s map. 50% of the US population lives in the 146 counties that Slavo identifies. High population densities are a good thing to avoid. I would avoid them, but a guy has to make a living! Thankfully, my family doesn’t live in Marion County.
If “it” hits the fan, the chances are very good that I’ll be at work when it happens. The situation I worry about is one where roads are blocked, cellular communications aren’t functional, the grid is down, and I have no way of reaching my family. Walking 27 miles isn’t the worst part of these situations, it’s the fact that I’d have no way to communicate with my family so that I know they are OK and vice versa.
The solution to this is obvious in my view: ham radios. Some people mess around with CBs, GMRS, FRS, MURS, and a number of other systems for communication. Amateur radio is the best answer, though, primarily because FCC and ITU regs open up a wide variety of bands for hams to use legally worldwide, and the wavelengths / powers available may open up options for communications with people thousands of miles away. Like firearms, the use of ham equipment should be practiced in order to be effective. Like firearms, legal restrictions may make it difficult to practice the use of these bands, so it is worthwhile to get an FCC license.
My son and I used an online class from Ham Test Online to learn the basics and take practice tests. This tool was very useful, as we went to a local ham club to take our tests and both walked out knowing that we would be receiving our Technician licenses in a short while. When they came in, we found out that we have consecutive call signs, which is cool!
Currently, my son has a handheld Yaesu FT-270 2-meter transceiver that we gave him for his birthday last year (we are trying to give our kids gifts that are useful things rather than cute garbage). He was quite happy to get it, but the 5W output with a rubber duck antenna is pretty weak. He could step outside and go through a repeater ~7 miles away for long-distance communications, but we have to assume that the repeaters won’t be available if the grid is down. So, this year he is getting a 70W linear amplifier and the cabling, connectors, and power supply necessary to make it work. He still needed a good antenna, though, so we built one today. We can run the amplifier from a car battery, and I’ll ensure he knows how to hook it up that way.
We found the directions for making this antenna on Ham Universe, where it is called a “Slim Jim.” Apparently it has high gain in the horizontal plane, so this seemed like a great antenna to build. We measured off appropriate lengths of copper, cut them, polished the ends, sweated them together with flux and solder, and used PVC tubing to add some structure across the gaps.
I will follow this article up with another one soon. When the equipment arrives for his birthday this week, we’ll take some photos showing how we set everything up. We’ll be tuning this antenna to minimize his standing wave ratio (SWR) — ensuring that the power provided is actually be transmitted, rather than reflected back into the amplifier. I’ll also let everybody know what kind of range we are able to get between my Suburban’s 50W unit and his boosted handheld transceiver (HT).
–Remember this: Preparation can and should be fun for the whole family!
You might want to check out a group started by Ginger Taylor who was interviewed this past week by Ernest Hancock on Freedom’s Phoenix. The Canary Party is spreading awareness about what are essentially medical experiments being performed on our children. We are developing a generation of young adults who now have record levels of chronic illness. This includes the connection between and the huge number of vaccines being pushed on children and very high levels of Autism.
Regardless of what you think about vaccines and Autism, or some other controversial subjects, shouldn’t the real question be about liberty? If you think that a medical procedure is bad for you or your child, shouldn’t you be able to prevent it from occurring? As Ernie pointed out in the podcast, if you don’t truly control what is inside your skin (or your child’s skin), then what control do you have in life? If you don’t control that, YOU ARE THEIR SLAVE!
By the way, Obamacare is likely to ensure that nobody has a choice on anything, any more. Public safety and wellness will be used to force vaccines, flu shots, and you-name-it on everybody. People are already seeing their children seized by CPS for refusing vaccines. Ernie thinks that we’ll have vaccinations at traffic stops, and he may be right!
This is just one more way that the elite are controlling us. This is much worse than what Obamcare will do to healthcare costs. Much of this started before Obamacare, though, because legislation made it impossible to sue big pharma on any issues vaccines. Check out their excellent video on the issue here:
–Take charge of your life, and don’t give in to the somebody else’s supposed “authority” over you!
This post may seem pretty pedestrian, but keeping your documents and weaspons dry is vitally important! Nobody wants to pull an important document out of a fireproof safe to find that it’s moldy, or find out that a valuable weapon has rusted!
Recently I had an issue with moisture in a safe where I keep important documents. This was quite the surprise, because the safe is in a fairly dry place and hasn’t been exposed to anything unusual lately. The safe has an airtight seal on it, too, so any moisture appearing in the safe must have come from inside. I considered some of the other items as sources, but that doesn’t make sense. I had placed some gun safe desiccant packets inside, and they had been overwhelmed by the moisture, turning the indicators pink. The more I thought about it, the more I wondered if these had been pink, already, when I bought them. I believe that the safe, itself, was the source of the moisture. Being a fireproof unit, I’ve read that these use the boil-off of moisture in the lining — absorbing energy to protect the contents. If you store anything sensitive to moisture in a fireproof (technically, they call it a “fire resistant”) safe, beware!
I pulled some packets out of my gun safe, too, finding that they were always pink. I cooked the desiccant packets in my oven at 200°F in order to dry them out. This turned them all blue, and I have a funny feeling that this is the first time that I’ve seen them this color. Could they have been saturated, already, when I bought them? I don’t even remember when/where I bought them. I decided, though, that I needed a better way to absorb more moisture. As I considered options, I placed one of these “recharged” packets in my gun safe and saw it turn pink in just a couple days. Yikes!
So, more silica gel is better than less, right? When I looked on Amazon, I found a gallon-sized container of silica gel beads for $20. These weren’t treated to change colors based on water saturation, so how would I know when it was time to change them or dry them back out? Then, I found quart-sized container of color-indicating desiccant beads on Amazon and it was Prime-eligible, and ordered it so that it would be here by this weekend, and it was. Here’s where I found it: Advanced Tool Design Model ATD-7886 1 Quart Jar of Replacement Desiccant. While a one-quart jar for $16 sounds pretty expensive compared to a whole gallon (4x the volume) for $20, I really needed a visual indication of water saturation and realized that this amount of silica gel could probably fill a hundred of those little packets.
I read some online how-to documents about making bean-bags out of muslin, but then I wouldn’t be able to see the condition of the beads inside. The only important aspect of these containers is that water vapor can reach the beads to be adsorbed (actually, this is the right term, rather than “absorb,” for what silica gel actually does). It’s obvious that the solution didn’t need to be very complex.
I went to Walmart and found a stack of six of these small containers for $1.84. I threw out the packaging too quickly, but in my judgement they each have an internal volume of about 1/2 cup. They are probably used to pack salad dressing or other condiments in lunch sacks. They were very cheap, so if the experiment failed I wouldn’t care. I took them home, drilled dozens of holes in them that are smaller than the beads and filled them up with the silica gel. I placed these in my safes, and we’ll see how that works.
–This appears to be a very cost-effective way of providing desiccant for the storage of papers and weapons!
I’ve been concerned about the USCCB co-signing a letter with a number of other groups urging President Obama to sign the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty.
As a Catholic and a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus, I’m very happy to see Church leadership working to stop US involvement in senseless conflicts overseas (especially Syria) and working to curb the use of drones for indiscriminate killings.
As a man who is concerned about the rights, dignity, and lives of my fellow human beings worldwide, I applaud efforts to prevent violence and avoid escalation of conflicts currently underway worldwide. How the US and other governments sell and ship arms has serious implications, and some serious reform should be considered.
Certainly, the intent in taking this position is in-line with the concerns I’ve mentioned above. However, this treaty has serious flaws that make it more than simply “not perfect.” A listing of concerning items follows:
-Article 2 denies civilians worldwide all means of armed resistance.
-Article 5 implies registration and control over all firearms at the national level. Registration information would have to be shared with UN members (many of whom are dictators) worldwide.
-Most importantly, the agreement demands that civilians be disarmed — using UN forces, if necessary.
These portions of the treaty would strip human beings of their God-given rights and dignity worldwide, while centralizing power in the hands of a select few. They would solidify the power of dictators (and oligarchies) who perform acts of genocide and oppression against mankind. Please note that the genocide and mass murder of hundreds of millions of souls took place in the 20th century, and that this was not perpetrated by civilians, but by the very governments that this treaty will empower.
I urge the USCCB to look carefully at what is written in the document, and not to push for the ratification of this horribly flawed treaty. Let’s not repeat the horrors of the 20th century in the 21st.
–If I hear anything back from them, I will certainly post it here!
I had been asked by a few people how the Suburban was doing, so I thought I’d provide a video update. I asked my son for some help, and he brought out his video camera to take this footage. I know the audio is patchy, because that camera’s microphone is pretty sensitive to airflow — whether it’s wind or the Suburban’s vents. Oh, well, this at least gives you a feel for the “final product.”
I want to ensure that everybody knows about the discussion we had this week at the Mooresville public library on the subjects of abortion and Obamacare.
We showed Ray Comfort’s video 180. It is available on YouTube here:
This is an excellent video that makes strong arguments about abortion. After 40 years and 55 million (clinically) murdered, I think we’ve developed a cultural bias in this country that the unborn aren’t human beings endowed with souls and the full set of rights that God gave everybody.
We touched on the consistencies of Christian and (small L) libertarian philosophies against abortion. I know that libertarians are split, but anybody who pays attention to the basic libertarian concept of the non-aggression principle will realize that killing a human being for convenience is inconsistent. I believe the philosophies are consistent, when properly interpreted, and this should be a surprise: liberty comes from God.
From there, we reviewed the 14th Amendment’s actual text from Section 1:
First it talks about people who were born or naturalized in the US — but this sentence is all about citizenship. Next, it talks about equal protection under the law, saying that the State cannot deprive “…any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…”
Note that this amendment to the US Constitution doesn’t define what a “person” is. If we asked the founding fathers about what is meant by a “person” in the Constitution, they would laugh in our faces. They would say that it’s obvious (ahem…self evident) what a person is.
Today, however, we live in a world where we’ve been lied to for so many years that we don’t know what the truth is. It has taken generations to create a people who will ignore logic when it is presented to them, and this is a part of the moral decay that has taken place. An interview with a defected KGB operative from the 1980s gives excellent insight into what has happened (3 videos in this playlist — I recommend watching all of them):
We wound up on the subject of Obamacare, with it’s mandates of coverage for abortion, contraceptives, and sterilization — regardless of the employers’ ethics (though churches and cronies can get exemptions). This destroys 1st Amendment rights, and continues the path to destroying the very fabric of our country. This is in addition to the basic points that Obamacare is unconstitutional (find healthcare’s mention in Article I, Section 8!), and that it may finish our country off financially.
If somebody is worried about how the uninsured will get healthcare coverage, they should check out this video, posted by the JBS:
Action One: Get with your representatives and senators at the state level and ask them to nullify Obamacare. If anybody doesn’t know what nullification is, or gets it confused with secession, point them to this excellent video:
Back to abortion. The author of the Roe vs. Wade majority opinion, Justice Blackmun pointed out that the decision has a key weakness: “(If the) suggestion of personhood [of the preborn] is established, the [abortion rights] case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”
Personhood hasn’t been defined by the federal government. If we leave it up to them, as usual, they will make the wrong decision and decide that we aren’t people until a month or so after birth, incrementally driving up the date until it’s 80 years old, or deciding that being a person is a special status that must be bequeathed upon us by the almighty authority of the federal government.
The right way to handle personhood is to pass a law in your state that declares a person’s beginning as their conception and their end as their death. This ensures that they are protected from abortion and euthanasia. This completely defeats Roe vs. Wade, and puts a stop to the murder of innocents in your state.
Action Two: Contact your state representative and senators, asking them to pass a personhood amendment in your state. If you are interested in personhood and would like to see more information on what has already been done (including legislation in the works), go to this site:
http://www.personhoodusa.com/ Yes, it’s true, one could say that this would nullify Roe vs. Wade.
–Nullification could be the best answer to saving liberty in this country!
I think that there are many who would like us to forget the meaning of this day and its history. There is a spirit of independence in this country that precedes both the US Constitution and the separation of the colonies from Britain. When the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution were written, they were more about the recognition and preservation of the liberty that was already known on the North American continent than the creation of anything new. Why would they want us to forget about the concept of independence, though?
Let’s consult the wording of the Declaration itself — recalling that the signing of this document is what we are celebrating (this is just a short excerpt, and I’ve added some emphasis):
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Ah, yes, the Declaration of Independence was a radical document that started a revolution. Most of the signers died horrible deaths for standing up to despotism in this fashion. When Thomas Jefferson wrote this document, he understood that men have rights. These rights don’t come from governments or documents, but from our Creator (or, Natural Law, if you prefer). Government’s job is to protect those rights. When it doesn’t, and it decides to be despotic, “it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government.”
So, yes, the powers-that-be would like us to forget the meaning, and would like us to call it the 4th of July. They would like us to think it’s about waving flags, having barbecues, drinking beer, and watching fireworks. Otherwise, we might be wondering whether it’s time to hit the reset button again.
I wonder if somebody walked into a crowd with a microphone and a camera how many random people they would find with any idea what event this day celebrates.
Also, if one reviews the Declaration’s list of abuses by the British crown, one might find himself asking a question or two about what level of abuse we are willing to take, and what level of “evils are sufferable.” It should be noted that our federal government has amassed more power over our lives than the British crown of the 18th century ever imagined, much less exercised.
Further, do we call Christmas the “25th of December?” Do we call Thanksgiving the “4th Thursday of November?” Do we call Easter … um … “The first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox?” We don’t, because these events aren’t defined by the date they fall on. They have meaning, and we express that meaning by giving these holidays names.
–It’s called Independence Day, and don’t you forget it!