Archive for March, 2010

31
Mar
10

Hutaree Militia And Che Guevara

I was waiting to post on this until some of the information was more established as the first reports are fairly reliably wrong. First report I read was that they were being arrested due to threats against muslims. Now the official story is that they were planning to kill cops.

First off, I think that a name is important. Hutaree. Supposedly means Christian Warrior and as an aside I’d like to know in what language that is. Names are important as they will be remembered down the road and become rallying cries like “Remember the Alamo!” Remember the Hutaree doesn’t have the same ring however and it would be hard to have a rebellion rise up around it. Perhaps if they dropped the “ee” at the end? Then the cry would be “Remember the Hutars” which of course would be pronounced “Hooters” and if ever there were a cry to rally around, that would be it. I mean, hooters regularly get a rise out of guys and the revolution would be over in a short period of time, tho no doubt many guys would be confused as to just what they were fighting for.

But on a more serious note, I have some doubts. The official story is that this group was planning this for two years? Seriously? Thats an awful long time to plan something so simple. Kill one person, wait a week, kill a bunch more then retreat and make a stand? That doesn’t require two years planning. Also, they were contemplating killing police for two years, but offered up no resistance when those same police came to arrest them? I don’t think so. It seems HIGHLY unlikely to me that of 9 members, all of whom are supposedly plotting copicide, not one makes a stand and are all meekly arrested.

Oh, and then there is the timing of the whole thing. Nothing quite like bombing an aspirin factory finding terrorists just in time to save yourself from being impeached deflect the populaces attention from the government takeover of two industries in a week, health care and student loans.

But lets look at some mistakes they made, assuming the official story is correct:

They were looking to spark a rebellion:
That won’t happen with violence perpetrated initially by the civilians. Look at the following quote from Che Guevara’s Guerilla Warfare

Naturally, it is not to be thought that all conditions for revolution are going to be created through the impulse given to them by guerrilla activity. It must always be kept in mind that there is a necessary minimum without which the establishment and consolidation of the first center is not practicable. People must see clearly the futility of maintaining the fight for social goals within the framework of civil debate. When the forces of oppression come to maintain themselves in power against established law, peace is considered already broken.
In these conditions popular discontent expresses itself in more active forms. An attitude of resistance finally crystallizes in an outbreak of fighting, provoked initially by the conduct of the authorities.
Where a government has come into power through some form of popular vote, fraudulent or not, and maintains at least an appearance of constitutional legality, the guerrilla outbreak cannot be promoted, since the possibilities of peaceful struggle have not yet been exhausted.

(emphasis mine)
Che brings up an important point and something that we can see from our successful rebellion from England. We tried to work within the system and exhausted all peaceable options and only then was armed resistance a tool that the people would accept. The was the point our Founding Fathers were at when they wrote the Declaration of Independence. They had exhausted all reasonable means and saw no other way to have their concerns heard but to separate from their parent country.

The Hutaree also made their plans too widely known:
At least nine people have been arrested at this point. That is really more people than should be involved in an urban/suburban cell. To quote again from Che:

[The suburban guerrilla band] ought not to number more than four or five men. The limitation on numbers is important, because the suburban guerrilla must be considered as situated in exceptionally unfavorable ground, where the vigilance of the enemy will be much greater and the possibilities of reprisals as well as of betrayal are increased enormously.

Apparently the ex-wife of the leader, Captain Hutaree, was not being paid chilimony and yet she knew of their intent? Yeah. Not an overly bright leader if all is as the media has it. And if the media indeed has it right, it casts another doubt about their ability to do real harm.

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30
Mar
10

3-D Building Projection

Came across this video and thought it looked pretty cool.

And now for a slightly less legal usage of the same technology

26
Mar
10

Oceans Rise 6 Feet!

Thats right, due to anthropogenic global warming the seas have risen 6 feet! How do we know this? Because the New Moore island (AKA South Talpatti Island) that India and Bangladesh have been feuding over has sunk into the sea!

New Moore Island in the Sunderbans has been completely submerged, said oceanographer Sugata Hazra, a professor at Jadavpur University in Calcutta. Its disappearance has been confirmed by satellite imagery and sea patrols, he said.

“What these two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming,” said Hazra

Looking up further information on this island we find that the island first appeared after a 1970 cyclone and that its highest highest point was about 6 feet. Well, since this island is now underwater we have conclusive proof that AGW has caused the seas to rise at least 6 feet. If you don’t believe me, just go back up and read the above quote by esteemed scientist Sugata Hazra.

Maybe the IPCC had foreseen this catastrophic rise in sea levels and that is why they estimated that 55% of the Netherlands is under sea level rather than the 26% the Dutch government reports. Poor Dutch people. At least they have those wooden clogs. Hopefully they will be able to hold onto them and stay afloat long enough to be rescued.

25
Mar
10

30 Million Contaminated Vaccines

Some 30 million doses of Rotarix, made by GlaxoSmithKline, were found to be contaminated with the pig virus, porcine circovirus 1, a virus from pigs that that they are quick to assure us is not known to cause disease in humans or animals. They didn’t know it was there but have now determined that it was there from the beginning, before FDA approval in 2008.

Personally I really like knowing that there are various viruses infecting vaccines and that only through independent research conducted by an as yet unnamed university was it discovered. Makes me feel so much safer and SO glad that I trust the pharmaceutical companies to place our safety above their profit. And it lets me know that we really don’t need that legislation Congress passed protecting vaccine companies from being sued for defective products even when it can be proved that they were known to be harmful because they are just so uber careful. [end sarcasm]

24
Mar
10

Border Group Dissolves, Cites Impending Violence

The border watch group called The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps has announced that it will be dissolving the parent corporation after an 8 year run. They are citing impending violence as the reason and are dissolving to remove the possibility of being held liable for it.

An email alert sent out by MCDC President Carmen Mercer explains: “I’m afraid that for many citizens, the passing of health care against the will of the people and now indications that Obama will try to pass amnesty may be the straw that will break the spirit, or may be the straw that ignites frustration that we, as an organization, may not be able to manage or contain.”

She continues, “This organization has grown too big for its own good; or rather, the problem has grown too big and serious for us to manage. I predict soon the violence will spill over the border (it already is) and I predict Americans, on their own, will lock, load and do what the feckless cowards in Washington refuse to do.”

“People are fed up,” Mercer writes, “Many had decided to return to the border who had tired of the sometimes futile watch-and-observe methods. It showed me that people are not willing to be silenced anymore; it also showed me that people will be less likely to follow the rules of engagement in a desperate attempt to stop the criminals who violate our borders every day.

“That is not what we want and we cannot take the responsibility for this,” she concludes.

It is sad to see them officially close up shop, tho legally it is the right decision. But what is worrisome is that this group has been on the border for nearly a decade and done so without violence. That they feel it is at a point where it cannot be kept in check indicates just how bad it is.

This will be yet another wedge between the States, specifically the southern border States, and the FedGov who will no doubt try to stop the States and their citizenry from defending themselves.

24
Mar
10

Woman Runs Over Someone With Child In Car

No its not Clara Harris who murdered her husband with her 16 y/o daughter in the car, this is a 20 y/o who had her 1y/o and someone else’s 3y/o in the car.

Patricia Ann Devine, 20, is charged with a felony count of hit-and-run, unlawful wounding and two counts of child endangerment. Debbie George, spokeswoman for the city of Suffolk, said Devine had her 1-year-old son and another child under the age of 3 in her car at the time of the incident. Devine was booked and released on a $3,000 bond.

The victim, a 19-year-old woman who had previously dated the father of Devine’s baby, told police she was walking with friends on Thursday afternoon when they decided to cut through Cedar Hill Cemetery to reach their destination. She said Devine saw her and then drove into the cemetery, struck her with the vehicle, and then drove away.

The victim was transported to Sentara Obici Hospital where she was treated for back and leg pain. Devine was located at her residence and arrested.

This is also separate from the Utah woman video taped driving into a building to hit her husband.

23
Mar
10

Woman Kills Kids, Gets Paid

44 year old Renee Bowman was convicted of abusing three adopted girls, and killing two of them. The surviving girl testified that she and her sisters were beaten with a baseball bat and shoes and choked until they lost consciousness. What is not known is when the two girls died, but it is known that they were stored in a freezer which was brought with her through two separate moves. All this while collecting money from Washington D.C. for adopting special-needs children, to the tune of some $150,000. I guess that is one way to get yourself out of the ghetto… take on kids for money and then kill them so you aren’t burdened by caring for them.

Fortunately she was sentenced two two life sentences plus 75 years for the abuse, with another 25 years for the abuse of the surviving daughter? Not entirely sure from the article. Sometimes its a shame that poetic justice isn’t something that our courts mete out.