October 11, 2017

Censorship and The Importance of Citizen Journalists


I wanted to take some time and bring attention to a situation that some of my readers in the Ukraine are experiencing.  Not only do I want these readers to have access to information without censorship, but I also want this situation to be brought to the attention of all free peoples of the world.  Some may herald the times we live in as more free than ever before, and it is this semi-complacent view which drives me to bring attention to those sections of the world, near and far, which may be experiencing media censorship.

Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers


A recent FBI document on Black Identity Extremism explains that individuals upset with "perceived injustice" may become more likely to target Law Enforcement officials.  While much of the report outlines assumptions based on "confirmed BIE (Black Identity Extremism)" such as the July 7th 2016 shooting by Army Reserve and Afghan War Veteran Micah Johnson; some of the language seems to show a slightly different narrative.  While I suggest that you read the entire report to gain a full understanding, here are some excerpts that I thought were worth mentioning outright. (Emphasis mine)

August 29, 2017

State Department FOIA Request Not In The Public Interest


 "Advance freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system."


August 21, 2017

Homeland Security Labels Antifa: 'Anarchists'




A recently released Department of Homeland security document labels Antifa as Anarchists.

The document dated May 2017 was released by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and preparedness.  It outlines the motivations of Antifa and outlines some recent confrontations between Antifa and white supremacist and patriot groups.

July 6, 2017

I Did Not Speak Out




So... I'm looking at this "God Awful exploitation of Auschwitz by a US Congressman"... and it got me to wondering.  Just what was so offensive?  The prevailing narrative is that Louisiana Representative Clay Higgins used the World War II era concentration camp as "a stage".  His public narrative video was posted to social media and quickly drew the ire and condemnation of nearly everyone.

June 22, 2017

Declaration of the Necessity of Taking Up Arms.

If it was possible for men, who exercise their reason to believe, that the divine Author of our existence intended a part of the human race to hold an absolute property in, and an unbounded power over others, marked out by his infinite goodness and wisdom, as the objects of a legal domination never rightfully resistible, however severe and oppressive, the inhabitants of these colonies might at least require from the parliament of Great-Britain some evidence, that this dreadful authority over them, has been granted to that body. But a reverance for our Creator, principles of humanity, and the dictates of common sense, must convince all those who reflect upon the subject, that government was instituted to promote the welfare of mankind, and ought to be administered for the attainment of that end. The legislature of Great-Britain, however, stimulated by an inordinate passion for a power not only unjustifiable, but which they know to be peculiarly reprobated by the very constitution of that kingdom, and desparate of success in any mode of contest, where regard should be had to truth, law, or right, have at length, deserting those, attempted to effect their cruel and impolitic purpose of enslaving these colonies by violence, and have thereby rendered it necessary for us to close with their last appeal from reason to arms. - Yet, however blinded that assembly may be, by their intemperate rage for unlimited domination, so to sight justice and the opinion of mankind, we esteem ourselves bound by obligations of respect to the rest of the world, to make known the justice of our cause.

June 21, 2017

Mark Twain's 4th of July Address


I thank you for the compliment which has just been tendered me, and to show my appreciation of it I will not afflict you with many words.

It is pleasant to celebrate in this peaceful way, upon this old mother soil, the anniversary of an experiment which was born of war with this same land so long ago, and wrought out to a successful issue by the devotion of our ancestors. It has taken nearly a hundred years to bring the English and Americans into kindly and mutually appreciative relations, but I believe it has been accomplished at last.

June 20, 2017

Paul Revere's Ride


By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:
Hardly a man is now alive 
Who remembers that famous day and year.

June 19, 2017

President Kennedy, Independence Hall July 4th 1962





Governor Powell, Your Excellency the Archbishop, Governor Lawrence, Mayor Tate, Senator Clark, Congressman Green, distinguished Governors, ladies and gentlemen, citizens of Philadelphia:

It is a high honor for any citizen of our great Republic to speak at this Hall of Independence on this day of Independence. To speak as President of the United States to the Chief Executives of our 50 States is both an opportunity and an obligation. The necessity for comity between the National Government and the several States is an indelible lesson of our long history.

Because our system is designed to encourage both differences and dissent, because its checks and balances are designed to preserve the rights of the individual and the locality against preeminent central authority, you and I, Governors, recognize how dependent we both are, one upon the other, for the successful operation of our unique and happy form of government. Our system and our freedom permit the legislative to be pitted against the executive, the State against the Federal Government, the city against the countryside, party against party, interest against interest, all in competition or in contention one with another. Our task--your task in the State House and my task in the White House--is to weave from all these tangled threads a fabric of law and progress. We are not permitted the luxury of irresolution. Others may confine themselves to debate, discussion, and that ultimate luxury--free advice. Our responsibility is one of decision--for to govern is to choose.

June 18, 2017

What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?



Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens:

He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater distrust of my ability, than I do this day. A feeling has crept over me, quite unfavorable to the exercise of my limited powers of speech. The task before me is one which requires much previous thought and study for its proper performance. I know that apologies of this sort are generally considered flat and unmeaning. I trust, however, that mine will not be so considered. Should I seem at ease, my appearance would much misrepresent me. The little experience I have had in addressing public meetings, in country schoolhouses, avails me nothing on the present occasion.