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A Colonel of Truth - RIP Common Sense

 
An Obituary Printed in the London Times.....

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. 

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn't always fair and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense was preceded in death: By his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion, his daughter, Responsibility and by his son, Reason. He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers: I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame, I'm A Victim and pay me for Doing Nothing. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
    
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

A Colonel of Truth - Colorado Has Lost It's Mind



Denver Public Schools looks to hire undocumented immigrants as teachers. (Nelson Garcia KUSA-TV) 

DENVER – Denver Public Schools administrators believe they are the first school district in the nation to actively seek out people who were initially brought to the United States illegally to now teach in the classroom.

"We look forward to increasing the number of great teachers who are in our classrooms and who are also role models for children who have similar cultural backgrounds and life experiences," Tom Boasberg, superintendent of Denver Public Schools, said. Is there maybe an underlying reason that Boasberg and his minions endorse this action? You know Colorado is one of two states that has legalized marijuana? Boasberg and all the rest of the Denver school administrators were obviously the first in line at their neighborhood "Weed Store." They've obviously been toking ever since.

The most egregious point in Boasberg's statement is that he sees these illegal immigrant new hire teachers as "role models for children." Correct me if I'm wrong, but the first example I see it sets for the children is it's OK to break the laws of the United States. But such it seems is the prevailing mind set among today's school administrators. What was it Nikita Khrushchev said many years ago? Something to the effect that - "We will bury you!"

Lester "Joe" Liberal Commands Respect!

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Hello, there.  Lester “Joe” Liberal here.  The “Joe” is for my initials, J.O.!  This morning I was terribly disappointed.  I got out of bed and wanted some good and healthy leftist American food.  None of that processed cereal manufactured, glazed and boxed by a greedy multi-national corporation feeding billions.  So I sliced open a seedless watermelon and made a few frustrating observations.  It wasn’t actually seedless.  Now I should know better.  If there was a God She would’ve put seeds in watermelon for a good reason, just as Mother Earth did!  Serves me right for my selfish behavior but where is the government when I need to be saved from my own silly behavior?  After all, we pay an army of hard working inspectors to ensure seedless means seedless, don’t we?  If not then why not?  I guess it’s time for another e-mail for my fellow-traveling Congressman.  He’ll act on the idea, for sure!  After all it sounds good in a taxpayer supported old fashioned snail mail just before Election Day.  And it’s another way to remind the fewer than 50 percent of Americans who actually pay the taxes who, exactly, is their boss.

Speaking of bosses mine will expect me to clean up any watermelon drippings.  It’s funny.  Even when I think I’ve gotten it all cleaned up she’ll still make me get out the bucket and scrub the floor.  When we were first married I would’ve never considered just how good daily subservience was for the soul, well, if I had one.  Let’s call it my life force, in harmony with Mother Earth.  There’s no need to argue about it.  After all the wife’s the breadwinner.  Pay equity isn’t an issue in this household.  She makes the dough, sets the regulations and gives my daily life structure.  She very much lives her life nobly, in imitation of government. 

I do sympathize with her.  Some mornings she leaves for work in a state of near exhaustion.  The gun play from the drug dealers down on the corner can keep you awake until sunrise.  While I wish they wouldn’t pretend to be cowboys like those fellows in the NRA there is a big difference.  The drug dealers are victims of a pernicious culture.  As the Republicans have taken all the good work overseas and gotten up early every morning to get to the remaining jobs on time your neighborhood drug lord has been boxed into the corner he occupies every night.  Sure, there is a downside to the gunshots.  The three-year-old caught in the crossfire last week was a tragedy, although.  Until we get the gumption to go door-to-door and confiscate these weapons of mass destruction then we can only blame ourselves.  And there is an intriguing thought in my complex mind.  As your average drug dealer is deep down more Democrat than conservative, a little training in marksmanship could be the bulwark against the fascists.  President Obama surely recognizes this and with universal pre-k we could get the work done before these urchins ever went off to school!

Ultimately we’ll have drug legalization and then I won’t have to skulk around the streets when I need a fix.  Just think of the benefits.  Government will know all the substances you sell, buy and/or consume.  Your doctor will dial it all up on the computer and can prescribe all sorts of medications to control your darkest nature.  Imagine a world where no one any longer votes conservative!

Well, I’ve taken up a great deal of your time but I certainly won’t apologize.  What I’ve got to say is very important and you very much need to hear what’s good for you.  If only those knuckle-dragging conservatives would get out of the way we could re-install the fairness doctrine.  I’m fully convinced if those of you on the right were exposed to the true “right thinking” on a daily basis we could remedy all that woes Mother Earth.  I can see it, the light bulbs going off over the heads of tiny minds all across America.  The problem really is this free market notion.  People end up choosing things that aren’t just bad for them personally but constitute threats to all humanity and the planet.  Remember, we’ve only got one and desperate times demand strong measures.  The handfuls of us who’ve been enlightened owe so much.

It’s why I’ve got to run for now.  I’m volunteering down at the rail yard.  Did you know you can get 250 climate deniers into one box car if you stand them all rigidly?  Good efficiency.  Fewer box cars mean Mother Earth smiles back at you!

A Colonel of Truth - Croquet Mallet


House Speaker John Boehner called Monday for "somebody at the IRS" to get tossed behind bars for a targeting scandal that put tea party and conservative groups through extra scrutiny.

"Somebody" - Why so reticent? Why so vague? Why so timid? Why so weak? Just can't bring yourself to name names and specifically "target" those IRS cretins who should be indicted can you? Webster's just changed the definition of Wimp to: John Boehner, one who takes caution and equivocation to a whole new dimension. 

So I ask you, if the IRS janitor is indicted and ultimately thrown in jail, will you be satisfied that "somebody" from the IRS is in prison? I think so. You can then turn your attention to your reelection campaign, feeling oh so good that you have so forcefully spoken out on the important and critical issue of the politicization of the IRS.

You were given the Speaker's Gavel as a symbol of leadership. In your hands it has become nothing more than a glorified croquet mallet.

Brendan Eich Burning at the Firefox Stake


“But I’ve got gay friends!”  You know the argument.  Me too!  Many of them.  Just on my block alone I’ve got Muslim neighbors, Mormon neighbors, Ukrainian neighbors and lesbian neighbors.  They’re all really, really nice people!  Have I heard jokes about these subcultures before?  Yes.  I’ve told a few.  Does it make me a meanie?  I’m not sure.  Look, a caller to my radio program a couple of years ago made a reference to some people that he labeled, “limp wrists.”  I know how it’s often used but I’m not at all sure it was his reference.  From the nature of the discussion it didn’t match the default.  Even if it was a reference to the behavior of a class of people I’m not sure we can judge him.  Does it mean he wouldn’t hire someone based on sexual preference?  Possibly but I don’t like the Dallas Cowboys and I’ve never liked them.  Come Monday morning and if Roger Staubach showed up in the lobby and asked for a job application, well, of course I’d hire the guy.  I’ll admit there aren’t many retired professional football players in the area (Tom Brown played for Lombardi and the Packers so he’s O.K.) but vast swaths of the community resemble a miniature San Francisco, which also doesn’t bother me as we’ve got some great restaurant choices. Still, I can see how people in the gay community could take offense at the radio caller.  You do have to admit, however, a guy blowing off steam on radio is generally harmless. 

My fellow conservatives aren’t pleased because I haven’t been bellowing opposition against same-sex marriage.  Last week the left had its knickers in knots when the Supreme Court decided the second of two cases allowing unlimited campaign contributions the protection of the First Amendment.  You see the Constitution doesn’t mention campaign limits.  You want to cap spending then pass a new amendment.  Your reply may well be amending the Constitution is a Herculean task.  Agreed!  It’s why we don’t have an amendment defining marriage.  There isn’t the political will and the founding documents don’t say anything about marriage.  The founding fathers didn’t spend much time expounding on sex.  They were much more concerned about getting on with lives and without government hovering like a morals drone.  The Constitution enumerates God given rights.  It’s a listing of things the government can’t do to you.  Some people argue an orgy of campaign spending is wrong.  Not everyone agrees.  Possibly not even a majority.  Some people believe same-sex marriage is wrong.  Others disagree.  Since we seldom have consensus the government in theory should generally be parked in neutral.  It’s why the founders placed many of these decisions in the hands of states (not provinces.) 

A liberal writer at the Baltimore Sun was fuming about a secession movement in Western Maryland.  He suggested the malcontents move a few short miles to West Virginia.  Dan Rodricks advanced the very point, whether or not it’s what he intended.  Fifty states and vastly different mores in vastly different regions offers us a great many choices.  Or it’s supposed to offer alternatives.  Liberty and choice are synonyms. 

Which gets me to a point about same-sex marriage and a departed executive at Mozilla, the home of the web browser Firefox.  He used his first liberty as enumerated in the federal Constitution to state his opposition to same-sex marriage, of which there is no overwhelming consensus about right or wrong.  Will there ever be a general consensus here?  I doubt it.  Not in the shifting winds of public opinion.  In a state referendum on the matter the traditional marriage argument edged the trendy view.  He wrote a check for the defense of marriage argument.  I don’t know if Brendan Eich is a faithful man and what he believes about God is also one of those liberties guaranteed by the Almighty and not by Washington.  I’m a Roman Catholic.  A liberty I take is to follow what the Church instructs on the issue no matter how fashionable the prevailing breeze.  A great many bullies are trying to tell me my Church is wrong and therefore I’m wrong.  While my 1 and one half billion co-religionists may not all be in agreement with me or their religious instruction it doesn’t change my thinking process.  I think the Church is right and I think I’m right.  This is a matter of conscience and long before there was an established United States Constitution the great thinkers of the Western World were standing up for not only what they believed but for your right to believe.  A great many people have paid the ultimate price for clinging to conscience.  Brendan Eich won’t be beheaded, fired at the stake or boiled in oil but as the orthodox militancy on the left continues to metastasize the day may yet come where your unwillingness to get on the groupthink wagon may leave you in a dungeon or stretched out on a medieval contrivance and gasping for mercy.  At the moment the lefties are looking more merciless, malicious and downright diabolical. 

I’m posting this via Firefox as I think the folks behind Explorer and Chrome are evil incarnate.  It appears our choices are becoming fewer and fewer.  The day may have arrived when the only options are surrendering to the darkness or wandering the roads while hoping someday we can safely again find the land of liberty. 

A Colonel of Truth - Little Known Omission from the Constitution


Gentlemen, it's obvious we forgot to add a critical provision to this sacred document. I propose we include the words - "should Barack Hussein Obama, at any time in the future, be elected President, his election shall immediately be deemed null and void." I vote aye..the ayes have it.

Colonel of Truth - They're Coming

Muslim Brotherhood Launches Own U.S. Political Party

Islamofascism: With an eye toward the 2016 election, the radical Muslim Brotherhood has built the framework for a political party in America that seeks to turn Muslims into an Islamist voting bloc. 'Muslim voters have the potential to be swing voters in 2016," said Nihad Awad in launching the benign-sounding U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, whose membership reads like a Who's Who of Brotherhood front groups. "We are aiming to bring more participation from the Muslim community."

USCMO also aims to elect Islamists in Washington, whose ultimate objective of "institutionalizing policies" favorable to Islamists — that is, Shariah law. This development bears careful monitoring in light of the U.S. Brotherhood's recently exposed goal to wage a "civilization jihad" against America that explicitly calls for infiltrating the U.S. political system and "destroying (it) from within." The subversive plan was spelled out in hundreds of pages of founding archives that the FBI confiscated from a Brotherhood leader's home in the Washington suburbs after 9/11. Translated from Arabic, the secret documents listed a number of Brotherhood front organizations — some of which just happen to make up the newly formed USCMO.

Front and center is the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, the catalyst  behind this Trojan horse jihadist political party.  CAIR is linked in federal criminal court documents to the terrorist group Hamas, the Brotherhood's Palestinian branch. CAIR's chief Awad, who announced the USCMO at the National Press Club, is so radioactive, the FBI refuses to do outreach with him and his so-called Muslim rights group until it can "resolve whether there continues to be a connection between its executives and Hamas."

Equally troubling is the Muslim American Society, another founding member of the USCMO. MAS was formed as "the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States," a 2007 Justice Department court filing states. A 2011 MAS press release praised Osama bin Laden as "a visionary who believed in an Islamic state in Afghanistan." The list of bad actors doesn't end there. The chairman of America's new Islamist party is none other than Oussama Jammal, who once headed the notorious Bridgeview Mosque in Chicago. One of that mosque's leaders was arrested and jailed for funneling millions to Hamas. And one of its most honored guests was bin Laden's spiritual mentor, the late Palestinian cleric Abdullah Azzam. Some of Azzam's relatives are Bridgeview members.

"The walls were covered with Hamas posters and recruiting literature showing masked gunmen brandishing automatic weapons. . . You could see daggers plunged into Jewish hearts wrapped up in American flags," said Steve Emerson, describing the mosque in his book "American Jihad." "They even had a library filled with terrorist videos" As Bridgeview's president, Jammal blasted the FBI for arresting terrorist members and even expressed doubts that al-Qaida was responsible for 9/11. Not to worry. As head of the USCMO, he'll see to it that the council places "premium" importance "on defining the common good based on the Quran and the model of the prophet (Muhammad), and coordinating institutions to implement that common good in American society." Jammal and his equally checkered Brothers have a 30-point "policy platform" for "promoting Islam's core universal principles to benefit American society" — none of which includes combating radicalism within the Muslim community.

Can any Muslim join USCMO? Nope. First you must fill out a four-page application and pass Brotherhood inspection. Then you have to cough up $1,000 a year — $3,500 if you want a voting membership.Islamic reformer Zuhdi Jasser says he won't be accepted. That's because, as he astutely observes, America's first Muslim political party is made up "of the inner core of American Islamist organizations" trying to "deceive Americans as an innocent 'Muslim coalition.

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The New Police Army

 

 

An ancient Samurai saying states, “The most powerful warrior is he who has no need to unsheathe his sword.” 

Warriors are as old as human communities.If we humans were angels there would be no need for warriors or police forces. As a community we authorize and empower certain individuals to use force with almost complete impunity. Warriors and police serve different functions. Warriors are to protect the community from external threats. With the exception of Civil War they do not operate against members of their own community.

Police are designated to legitimately use force within the community when there is strife among the brethren themselves.  In others words their main job is to keep the peace. In fact the term COP is an acronym for Conservator of the Peace. In early America in addition to constables and night watchmen , the Sheriff was the chief local law enforcement officer.  It was an organic institution growing out of and remaining part of the community. Local law enforcement recruited from within the community and was part of that community. It was not an occupying force. In the 19th century as cities grew police departments became more “professional”. That did not just mean they started using fingerprint identification and mug shots or civil service exams. It also meant that the members of the force were recruited from outside of the geographic and ethnic base of the local community. But there was still the “Beat Cop”.

In my neighborhood as a child it was Officer O’Malley. The police were viewed with a jaundiced eye as a body in the Catholic working class community where I grew but O’Malley wasn’t just “the cops”. O’Malley was a presence. In today’s parlance he had “street creds”. He didn’t arrest every boy who got into a fight with his brother or run in every 9 year old who lifted a candy bar. More than likely he would apply some physical deterrence and a lecture about “the next time.” If you were a dope dealer you were more than likely to fall down and break something before you made it to the police station. More often than not his mere presence was enough to diffuse a tense situation. I thought he was very old , in reality he was probably 45 or 50, and very big , well over 6 foot and 200 pounds. To six year old eyes he seemed all powerful. He always had that baton in his hand but it was not the source of his power. That came from knowing everyone on his beat and something of their lives – good and bad. To use a term that is au currant, it was about relationships. He knew the Phelans , all 12 of them and that Mr.Phelan was a drunk who beat his wife. He knew the Sylvestros who never slept and were always a good source of information. He knew the Smiths who had a son in jail for joy riding. He checked on Mr.Yazner who ran the corner store and on and on. While informants were frowned upon, when it was necessary, say in the case of the druggist who liked little boys a lot, someone would tell O’Malley trusting him to take the appropriate action. For example that druggist was arrested.

In their wisdom the powers that be eliminated the ‘Beat Cop” beginning in the 1970s.  The replacement was air-conditioned patrol cars and police sub stations.

No one in the old neighborhood would mistake them for a Samurai.

 

By Prof.Helen McCaffrey

A Colonel of Truth - Our Military is Dying


News has emerged showing that 1,900 veterans have committed suicide since January 1, 2014. That's an average of a little more than 650 a month. A 21-year-old Afghanistan veteran claims she was denied a job in Macy’s specifically because of her service in the war-torn nation. She was told she wouldn't be able to relate to customers because she had been in combat. And, the dining facility at Patrick AFB, FL has removed the traditional POW/MIA “Missing Man” table. The table was removed from the base because of one item that has always been placed on the table — a copy of the Bible, according to Florida Today. These horror stories go on and on.

Perhaps the "Missing Man" table requires a little more explanation for anyone not familiar with this long running tradition. These tables are a mainstay at military bases and veterans’ organizations. They are set for six, one for each service — the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard and civilian personnel — representing personnel missing in action or taken as prisoners of war. Each POW/MIA table is to be set with absolute precision, according to the National League of POW/MIA Families, the table is round – to show our everlasting concern. The cloth is white – symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to serve.The single red rose reminds us of the lives of these Americans, and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith, while seeking answers. The red ribbon symbolizes our continued determination to account for them. A slice of lemon reminds us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears of our missing and their families who long for answers after decades of uncertainty.The lighted candle reflects our hope for their return – alive or dead. The Bible represents the strength gained through faith in our country, founded as one nation under God, to sustain those lost from our midst.The glass is inverted – to symbolize their inability to share a toast.The chairs are empty – they are missing.

My point. The White House, Congress, our Senior Military officers, and our apathetic corporate community are all complicit in systematically destroying our military. Our veterans have seen pay curs and reduced benefits they earned with their blood and their limbs. The neutered and cowardly Senior Military Leadership, especially the Air Force, has caved to political correctness and those at war with religion. And then there is the Macy's example, which represents the hypocrisy of the large corporations. They publicly profess their support of our military, and then behind closed doors act in the loathsome manner symbolized by Macy's.

A Gut Check for President Pantywaist and America





A new poll reaffirms what hundreds of recent polls have found:  America’s veterans and current fighting forces don’t much care for President Obama.  More than 5 years after leaving office George W. Bush remains more popular with the folks in uniform than his successor.  As you can expect it brings out all the old liberal rage about President Bush.  A blogger at the Washington Post this morning is looking for explanations and suggests the Obama team gives an impression it doesn’t care for the sacrifice of the troops.  I added my own thoughts in the comments section.  I believe the majority polled see Obama as a pantywaist.  This doesn’t mean he’s a wimp.  On the other hand there are so many photographs of the man riding a bicycle versus Vladimir Putin fly-fishing you can easily infer how an image is created.  Recent events in Crimea don’t reduce the effect. 

As you can imagine my comments inflamed Obama’s fellow pantywaists.  I use my own name, William Colley, and they don’t.  They started bellyaching about Weapons of Mass Destruction (like the ones Saddam shipped to Syria for safe keeping and where they were eventually used.)  Another liberal posts under a pseudonym CombatVet68 and appears to imply his views are the majority views of America’s veterans.  Then why the persistent polling data saying otherwise?

Look, I respect the man for his service but as a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghan Wars once told me, “Benedict Arnold was both a war hero and combat veteran.”  You get the point, right?

So why do so many liberals try and pass off their views as majority when it should even be obvious to them they’re in a minority?  It could be some are just delusional and others darned liars.  Or both!  In this case I also believe the left continues to portray itself as smarter than the people willing to serve their country.  Ten long years later and I still recall John Kerry’s mocking words from the 2004 Presidential Campaign.  Kerry told a group of young people to get an education or they would get stuck in Iraq.  Later he claimed he was calling his opponent stupid and not the people doing the fighting.  History shows the troops and voting public didn’t buy the explanation.  Perhaps if liberals had in any way been supportive of the war effort they may not today have such terrible stains on their characters. 

Not long after Kerry’s remarks an Army Captain of my acquaintance supplied me with some sobering statistics.  The people in uniform are on average among the brightest of their generations.  They are loyal and willing to pay the ultimate price.  The majority still believe in a founding ideal. 

These people don’t need to look long at Barack Obama in order to size him up.  There are the past associations, the missing years in his biography and his current approach to worldwide hotspots.  I’m not a warmonger but you don’t need to be Einstein to figure out Putin, the Chinese and North Koreans are all pushing the envelope.  Why?  Because they haven’t seen any worthy signs anyone is willing to stand in their paths and shout, “No!” 

America may no longer be able to pay the economic price for policing the world.  If it’s the case then our nation’s leaders need to come straight out and level with people, including the troops.  This means acknowledging the strongly worded protest is the only weapon in the arsenal we’re any longer capable of using. 

You can scream all you want about polling data but it’s the truth.  Perception in this instance is reality. 

I suspect deep down inside even the most deluded liberal realizes there isn’t any Santa Claus.  No fairies with magic wands and no politicians with the powers of warlocks.  The future is going to be a hard pill to swallow.  It brings retrenchment, crushing debt and undeliverable government promises.  The people likely most prepared to survive the challenges of the future already fought the nation’s battles.  We should all examine our own consciences.  It’s gut-check time in America. 

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