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This week President Barack Obama ordered the assassination of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. The Obama government has “linked” al-Awlaki to Ft. Hood gunman Nidal Malik Hasan and underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and considers him an “imminent threat to national security”. Al-Awlaki is believed to be hiding in Yemen.

Pay attention here, people. A very important line has been crossed. Not even King George W. Bush ever ordered the assassination of an American citizen. Not even FDR, when putting thousands of Japanese-Americans in prison camps, publicly proclaimed that one of them be speedily executed without a trial. With this order, Barack Obama has chosen not only to violate the Ford/Carter/Reagan ban on political assassinations, but also the 5th and 6th amendments to the United States Constitution. In case you don’t recall those, I’ll post them here:

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

[The “time of war or public danger” argument won’t work here; the United States Congress has not declared war on any one, nor have they declared us to be in a time of public danger.]

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

We have crossed over into uncharted territory. From this point forward, American citizenship no longer protects said citizens from assassination by their own government. The Constitution has again been reduced to so much toilet paper, and all in the name of “keeping us safe”. Do you feel safer?

I don’t.


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Wow. It’s been almost 3 months since I have posted anything on the old bloggeroo. I have been somewhat idle, but not completely so. I have had several pieces published on another blog, The Arkansas Patriot. Here are some links to a few of those thoughts:

Searcy A&P Tax: What are our Rights?

The Beginning of the End of Private Healthcare

Fight to Keep Washington Style Politics Out of Searcy

I am also very active on Twitter; I usually post between 5 and 5,000 short thoughts and links per day. If you are into the Twitter thing, you can follow me by going here. My Twitter feed is also displayed on the bottom right corner of this blog page.

I will try my best to start updating this blog again on a regular basis. We have our 4th baby due in the next couple of weeks, so don’t expect a lot until that big event has transpired, but I fully intend to pick this thing up again. The times are too interesting to abandon commentary.

See you soon…

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HamEarlier this week I wrote a silly little story poking fun at the federal government’s taxpayer funded website Recovery.gov. The point I was attempting to make was that anything the government tries to do, the private free-market can accomplish more quickly, at higher quality, and at far less cost to society. I didn’t really go into what information can actually be found at Recovery.gov, but now I think I will. Yes indeed, the following real report is just a little, er, taste of President Obama’s idea of “accountability and transparency”. By the way, do you like ham?

Take a good hard look at this contract report from Recovery.gov. Pay special attention to the parts I have highlighted in red.

Contracts – Recipient Summary
Clarification of Codes

Award Overview
Agency Name- Department of Agriculture, Project Location- LOS ANGELES
Contract Number- AG3J14120297196, Project Location – State CA

Funding Amount- $1,191,200, Project Location – Zip Code 90058-1800
Completion Date- 2009-06-30, Congressional District- CA-34

Recipient Information (Award)
Recipient Name- CLOUGHERTY PACKING, LLC, Recipient Address- 3049 E VERNON AVE
Recipient City- LOS ANGELES, Recipient State- CALIFORNIA
Recipient Zip Code- 90058-1800, Congressional District- CALIFORNIA-34

Description of Work/Service performed-

That’s right, this is a real report from Recovery.gov. An extremely large amount of money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, $1,191,200 to be exact, was used by our government to purchase two pounds of sliced frozen ham.

I don’t even know what to say. I wonder how long it will be before this report mysteriously disappears?

Kudos to American Thinker.

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scifiA long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there spun a blue planet populated by a species called Zorgs. A particularly lucky group of Zorgs, eventually around 300 million of them, got together to form a nation they named Freeland. The Freelanders enjoyed a relatively peaceful and prosperous 233 years, interrupted only occasionally by wars, famines, and natural disasters. The prosperity of Freeland, as every Zorg kindergartner knew, was directly attributable to the Freelandish free enterprise economy. Zorgs of every stripe, regardless of their place of birth, were allowed to come and go and buy and sell as they saw fit. This system led the Freelandish way of life to be the envy of the entire Zorg planet.

As time went on, many Freelanders forgot what had made their nation grow and prosper. They stopped trading freely amongst themselves and began to depend more and more on the Freeland government officials to give them food, clothing, and huts to live in. Some Zorgs even forgot how to think for themselves and depended on the Freeland government and media to do their thinking for them. Each group of Freelanders attempted to convince their government officials that their small disadvantaged sub-race of Zorg was superior to all others and deserved special treatment. As a result of this downturn in personal initiative and intellect, the economy of Freeland, after many prosperous if over-leveraged years, began to slide into disarray. Many Freelanders found themselves out of work and even more dependent on the government to sustain them. The Freeland economic crash was so severe that it sent the entire economy of the Zorg planet into a tailspin.

Many Freelanders who remembered the old way of doing things hoped that the other Zorgs would come to their senses and stop their ridiculous dependence on the government. Unfortunately this was not to be. The Freelanders elected a group of government officials who immediately began to steal money from them and recklessly attempt to use it to “revive the economy”. The new government promised that it would tell the Zorgs how the money was being spent, so it used a great deal of the stolen money to launch the website www.recovery.gov, where any Zorg could look at how their stolen money was being wasted.eagle-nebula Unfortunately, the website didn’t show very much other than flashy nonsense and outdated information. A group of enterprising Zorgs called the Onvia Corporation launched a similar website, www.recovery.org, to track what the government was doing without using any stolen money and employing only ancient Freelandish free enterprise principles. Not surprisingly, the free-market website was vastly superior in the informativeness, timeliness, and usefulness of the data it provided to the Zorgs who used it. In fact, the recovery.org site revealed just how inefficient and ridiculous the Freeland government actually was. Zorgs who loved freedom cheered and celebrated. Private free market ingenuity had once again demonstrated its superiority over government bureaucracy. Unfortunately the Freelanders who had grown dependent on the government were too busy feeling sad and powerful to notice.

And so the economies of Freeland and the Zorg planet continued to decline into chaos, proving once and for all that the Zorgs were actually too lazy and stupid to make a go of it.

The End

[By the by, if you don’t care for science fiction, please make the following substitutions:

Zorg = human
Freeland = United States of America

These minor changes make the story 100% non-fictitious.]

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I passed this sign on my run this morning. It is funny (and sad) on so many levels.


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The battle’s been lost, the war is not won
An addled Republic, a bitter refund
The business first flat-earthers licking their wounds
The verdict is dire, the country’s in ruins.

Providence blinked, facing the sun
Where are we left to carry on
Until the day is done?

As we’ve written our stories to entertain
These notions of glory and bull market gain
The teleprompt flutters, the power surge brings
An easy speed message falls into routine.

Providence blinked, facing the sun
Where are we left to carry on
Until the day is done?

A voice whispers “Son,
The blessed vision comes.”
What have I done?

So hold tight your babies and your guns
Forgive us our trespasses, Father and Son.

Providence blinked, facing the sun
Where are we left to carry on
Until the day is done?

–Buck, Mills, Stipe

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