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.

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.

22
Mar
10

2014: The Exodus

Yesterday Congress set the date for the exodus. Jan 1, 2014.

Thats right, yesterday they passed the “healthcare reform” bill, which will mandate all sorts of stupid ass crap upon the American people despite their lack of authority to do so. For those looking to expat, make sure you are gone before that time so you don’t have to put up with that crap.

20
Mar
10

Group Pranks

I just came across this video and got a pretty good laugh out of it.

These group pranks require a fair amount of people but would really make for some incredible fun. Check out this next one too. The very last prank of the video would be relatively easy to pull off with your class or perhaps a youth group.

19
Mar
10

Bravery In Action

Bravery is often simply doing that which must be done, and those who do it don’t seem to think much of their actions thinking it is something that anyone would have done. In reality, its not what anyone would have done because most people wouldn’t be able to act in such a manner. Perhaps it is due to their training, where trained motions and pre-thought actions come into play. Perhaps it is a quick mind able to grasp what needs to be done and a body capable of responding to that need. Whatever the case, men such as British Rifleman James McKie need to be celebrated.

McKie was involved in a fire-fight in the Sangin area of Helmand province of Afghanistan when a grenade was thrown onto the roof that was occupied by himself, another soldier and his commander. McKie had the presence of mind to grab it and throw it over the roof, thereby saving their lives. Unfortunately they did not escape unharmed from it but their lives were spared in an area where 6 other British soldiers were killed in the past week.

18
Mar
10

Teachable Moments

Being a parent, it is important to look for teachable moments, times when you can give a child a lesson, whether it be a lesson in life, or science or letters. Sometimes in talking about these things we learn somethings ourselves. Last night we were talking about the dark and my son stated that the Sun was turned off at night. Now we have talked numerous times about how the Earth’s rotation causes day and night, but in looking to explain it yet again I said that “the sun always shines its light” and “to be in darkness we have to turn away from the light.”

It immediately struck me that those words apply in a spiritual sense as well. If we are not in the Light of the Father, most likely it is because we have turned away from Him. If we feel like we are missing out on blessing (raises hand) it is not because that blessing is not there. It is always there, always “shining.” Maybe its just time to turn back to the Father and receive that blessing?

18
Mar
10

1st Time In 33 Years

I will be 33 in a few weeks and I just had a “first” today. I met a woman who stated not once, or even twice but at least three times that her boyfriend of 9 years was her “better half.” I was rather shocked and even commented upon it. I have not EVER heard a woman say that before and may not ever hear it again as it is usually only said by men and has a large element of humility which is sadly non-existent in most women. As a side note, she was 43 and a mother and kept herself in shape and I thought she was my age. I guess that one is one more anecdotal evidence against marriage.

17
Mar
10

Vegetarians: View From The Other Side

16
Mar
10

Sex Not Healthcare?

So say misguided Dutch union officials!

Lol. Its funny that they say “They are free to ask,” she said. “You are free to refuse.” Its funny because I can’t imagine that happening here in America. There would INSTANTLY be a sexual harassment lawsuit for such a request. Yet a union official takes it in stride and doesn’t push for a lawsuit. Just shows what a great divide there is between us and those across the pond.

15
Mar
10

Dead Elephants Are Saddening?

The UK’s Daily Mail has to write an apology on the header of this article about an elephant that apparently died of old age and was quickly stripped of its meat by poor Zimbabweans who need its meat. It is kinda saddening, I suppose, when one considers that the meat by was probably rather tough being from such on old animal, but otherwise it seems to me that it was a G-dsend to these people who are starving. At least the article did mention the cause of the suffering of these people, Robert Mugabe.

The images are undeniably shocking. But they illustrate the terrible lengths to which Zimbabweans are forced to go just to survive under Robert Mugabe.

Conditions are expected to deteriorate further this year following the collapse of agriculture caused by President Mugabe’s violent seizures of thousands of white-owned farms since 2000.

They displaced the whites who owned and worked the land and gave it to blacks who just squat on the land and look for further handouts rather than farming the land and feeding themselves and others.

12
Mar
10

Contacting Congress

Well, looks like they are going to push for passing the wealth redistribution err health bill. Not a whole lot we can do about it but make phone calls and make our voices heard. To that end I am currently on the phone and giving my opinion.

If you don’t already know how to contact your congressmen go to Contacting The Congress.Org

11
Mar
10

Good News On Foreclosures? HA!

The headline sounds positive, “Foreclosure rates up by smallest amount in 4 years” Can it be that the whole housing mess is over? HA! The article tries to be upbeat but the truth is that this is still an increase from last year, 6% higher than last feb to be exact.

From the article we have the following stats:
More than 308,000 households, or one in every 418 homes, received a foreclosure-related notice
That is in just one month. And that is including those homes that are paid for so its a rather ominous stat. To expand that over the year we would be seeing some 3,696,000 foreclosure notices going out over the next year. And that is with the new lower rate of increase.

Banks repossessed nearly 79,000 homes last month, down 10 percent from January but still up 6 percent from February 2009.
That puts the annual rate at 948,000 repo’d homes. Just shy of a million. Those are some pretty big numbers.

foreclosures were still at record high levels. The number of borrowers who have either missed a payment or are in foreclosure was at 15 percent.
I would expect that number to grow. There was an article in the paper a day or two ago about people, for the first time ever, are choosing to skip mortgage payments to pay instead on credit card debt. The credit reporting agencies are flummoxed by this behavior as they have never seen it before. But I think its quite simple. People are giving up on their houses and know that they have a few months of free living and can use that to pay off high rate credit card debt. They may just be prepared to say goodbye to the house but know that bankruptcy is more difficult now, thanks to the credit card companies, so they will get rid of that debt first. Also, when given the chance to pay all bills but one, or just one, perhaps they are choosing to forego the high mortgage payment in order to pay the bills that they can. As an anecdotal aside to this, my parents met a woman this last weekend who has a masters degree who is working as a security guard in the tunnels in Seattle because she cannot find a job. If someone with a masters cannot find real employment, how can she be expected to pay her bills? She can’t and she won’t. We have a LONG way to fall yet before this is all over.

09
Mar
10

Space Battleship Yamato: AKA Starblazers

FINALLY a live action movie is coming out! Woot!

However its going to be a while. Doesn’t come out until December and will be in Japanese. No doubt I will have to wait for it to come out on video with subtitles. The website for it is here

I have been watching it in its original Japanese and having to read the subtitles for my boy, who just turned 4 last month. He likes it enough to ask to watch it but only wants to watch one at a time so we aren’t going thru the series too fast. Also, I have noticed that there is a pretty big difference between the dialogue between the Japanese and US versions. The technical terms are better in the US, but the dialogue seems better from the Japanese, or at least the subtitles anyways.

08
Mar
10

PSA To All Would Be Female Child Abusers

I have noticed another case of a female sexual abuser and it got me to thinking. Actually, its not just another case, its more of a trend really, of women getting caught after having seduced young boys and often enough girls as well. I don’t believe this is a new thing so much as one that is getting more attention from law enforcement/public awareness. Anyways, what we see here are young lives that are ruined either by abuse, or by jail time. Well, I say NO MORE to that! And I have a solution…

Ladies. Stop sending naked pics to these kids. If you feel the urge to take a naked pic and send it via email or text, then just send them to me. Feel the need to force someone to touch your breasts? Force me. Its simple. I am of age and so it would be legal and no worries about me turning you in! See? Such an easy solution to a not too terribly complex but growing problem. I am willing to make this sacrifice for the kids. If you want to know how to reach me just leave a comment and I will get with you shortly. Remember, its FOR THE CHILDREN!

07
Mar
10

Icesave Bill Goes Down In Flames

A whopping 93% voted against the Icesave bill which would have repaid failed bank loans to the tune of $5.3 billion to foreign nations. That doesn’t sound like a huge amount of money as our TARP bill was over $700 billion, but to this small nation of only 320,000 it would have meant some extreme measures. According to the AP the deal, brokered by their Congress but intentionally left unsigned by their President so it would go to a vote of the people, would require each person to pay around $135 a month for eight years — the equivalent of a quarter of an average four-member family’s salary. To think that such a deal would be acceptable to ANY population is just absurd and their President was correct to let the public vote on something that would surely make them destitute. They would be so poor that there would be no one getting loans anyways so who gives a rip that their credit rating might be “saved.”

It sure would be nice if We The People could vote on the similar bills that have come out and on the SuperTARP that Vox is predicting will be “necessary” once all the rest of the banks start to fail (actually just to be recognized as having failed)