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The office of sheriff was created to address worries exactly like the rampant militarization of police forces in America, claim two sheriffs who have challenged elected officials in their states over what they believe are unconstitutional abuses of power.
“Right now the threat to individual Americans from al-Qaida and other groups is nowhere near the threat we face from officials in our own country who are working at taking away our liberties,” Delaware Sheriff Jeff Christopher told WND.
Christopher has firsthand knowledge of the desire of government officials to usurp authority over local law-enforcement agencies.
In 2012, state lawmakers in Delaware – with the support of Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden – pushed through legislation that redefined the duties of sheriffs and their deputies to that of process servers and prisoner transport…
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and Support Federal Gun Laws
Toss out the anti-Constitutionalists come the 1st election. Matter of factly, John Brown, America’s first terrorist, was hung by the Virginia commonwealth for Treason against the state!
Republicans kill pro-Second Amendment bill in Tennessee
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*A very interesting read, a Marine’s View of what is really going on. This
young man is articulate and has a flare for colorful language, and
descriptive prose…..Scorpions, Chiggers & Sand Fleas/great letter, a must
read of a very interesting article. *
From a Recon Marine in Afghanistan
From the Sand Pit:
It’s freezing here. I’m sitting on hard cold dirt between rocks and shrubs
at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains, along the Dar’yoi Pomir River,
watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave.
Stake out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles
I also glance at the area around my ass every ten to fifteen seconds to
avoid another scorpion sting. I’ve actually given up battling the chiggers
and sand fleas, but the scorpions give a jolt like a cattle prod. Hurts
like a bastard. The antidote tastes like transmission fluid, but God bless
the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my pack.
The one truth the Taliban cannot escape is that, believe it or not, they are
human beings, which means they have to eat food and drink water. That
requires couriers and that’s where an old bounty hunter like me comes in handy.
I track the couriers, locate the tunnel entrances and storage facilities,
type the info into the handheld, and shoot the coordinates up to the
satellite link that tells the air commanders where to drop the
hardware. We bash some heads for a while, and then I track and record
the new movement.
It’s all about intelligence. We haven’t even brought in
the snipers yet. These scurrying rats have no idea what they’re in
for. We are but days away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the
eradication to begin. But you know me; I’m a romantic. I’ve said it before
and I’ll say it again: This country blows, man. It’s not even a country.
There are no roads, there’s no infrastructure, there’s no government.
This is an inhospitable, rock pit shit hole ruled by eleventh century
There are no jobs here like we know jobs. Afghanistan
offers two ways for a man to support his family, join the opium trade or
join the army. That’s it. Those are your options. Oh, I forgot, you can
also live in a refugee camp and eat plum-sweetened, crushed beetle
paste and squirt mud like a goose with stomach flu, if that’s your idea of
a party. But the smell alone of those ‘tent cities of the walking dead’ is
enough to hurl you into the poppy fields to cheerfully scrape bulbs for
eighteen hours a day.
I’ve been living with these Tajiks and Uzbeks, and Turkmen and even a
couple of Pushtuns, for over a month-and-a-half now, and this much I can
say for sure: These guys, are Huns….actual, living Huns. They LIVE to
fight. It’s what they do. It’s ALL they do. They have no respect for
anything, not for their families, nor for each other, nor for themselves.
They claw at one another as a way of life. They play polo with dead calves
and force their five-year-old sons into human cockfights to defend the
family honor. Huns, roaming packs of savage, heartless beasts who feed on
each other’s barbarism. Cavemen with AK-47′s. Then again, maybe I’m just
a cranky young bastard.
I’m freezing my ass off on this stupid hill because my lap warmer is
running out of juice, and I can’t recharge it until the sun comes up in a
Oh yeah! You like to write letters, right? Do me a favor, Bizarre. Write
a letter to CNN and tell Wolf and Anderson and that awful, sneering,
pompous Aaron Brown to stop calling the Taliban ‘smart.’ They are not
smart. I suggest CNN invest in a dictionary because the word they are
looking for is ‘cunning.’ The Taliban are cunning, like jackals and hyenas
and wolverines. They are sneaky and ruthless, and when confronted,
cowardly. They are hateful, malevolent parasites who create nothing and
destroy everything else. Smart! Bullshit! Yeah, they’re real smart,
they’ve spent their entire lives reading only one book (and not a very good
one, as books go) and consider hygiene and indoor plumbing to be products
of the devil. They’re still figuring out how to work a Bic lighter.
Talking to a Taliban warrior about improving his quality of life is like
trying to teach an ape how to hold a pen, eventually he just gets
frustrated and sticks you in the eye with it.
OK, enough. Snuffle will be up soon, so I have to get back to my hole.
Covering my tracks in the snow takes a lot of practice, but I’m good at it.
Please, I tell you and my fellow Americans to turn off the TV sets and move
on with your lives. The story line you are getting from CNN and other news
agencies is utter bullshit and designed not to deliver truth but rather to
keep you glued to the screen so you will watch the commercials. We’ve got
this one under control. The worst thing you guys can do right now is sit
around analyzing what we’re doing over here, because you have no idea what
we’re doing, and really, you don’t want to know. We are your military, and
we are only doing what you sent us here to do.
*From a Jack Recon Marine in Afghanistan. *
*Sempre Fi *.
“Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of
Rutherford Institute Files Notice of Appeal on Behalf of Florida Homeowner Cited for Living ‘Off the Grid’
The perfect storm of an unpopular president and a Senate map showing Democrats playing defense in the most competitive states suggests Republicans may be on the verge of reclaiming the majority in the upper chamber for the first time in eight years.
According to the latest Larry J. Sabato’s Crystal Ball summary from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, Democrats hold the 10 Senate seats most likely to switch parties in 2014.
Democrats currently hold 55 seats to the GOP’s 45. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to wrest control from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Crystal Ball suggests four seats are significantly tilting toward the Republicans.
The one lock is in South Dakota, where Democrat Sen Tim Johnson is retiring. Former GOP Gov. Mike Rounds is expected to win the seat easily. Three other Democratic seats are said to be leaning Republican. Democrat Jay Rockefeller is retiring in West Virginia, and Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is considered a solid favorite.
Two incumbent Democrats are also said to be in big trouble. New Montana Sen. John Walsh is facing a stiff challenge from freshman Rep. Steve Daines, and Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor is bracing for an uphill fight against Rep. Tom Cotton.
If Republicans were to win all four of those seats without losing any they currently hold, they would have 49 of the 51 seats they need to regain the majority. The good news for the GOP is the next six seats considered most likely to flip are also held by Democrats. The bad news is that three are considered toss-ups and the other three still lean Democratic.
Three incumbents – Kay Hagan, D-N.C.; Mark Begich, D-Alaska; and Mary Landrieu, D-La. – are fighting for their political lives in the toss-up races. Open seats in Michigan and Iowa still tilt Democratic, as does Sen. Mark Udall’s race in Colorado.
Since the most recent projection was issued, former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., launched an exploratory committee toward a likely Senate bid against New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. If he runs, the 11 most vulnerable seats would be held by Democrats.
So are Republicans poised for a midterm rout, or do these projections show the party still has a lot of work to do to get to 51 members in the Senate?
“They’ve got a considerable amount of work to do. One of the important things that Republicans are going to have to focus on is primaries in a number of states. Republicans have nominated some poor Senate candidates over the past couple of cycles, candidates that probably prevented them from winning seats that they otherwise should have won,” said Crystal Ball Managing Editor Kyle Kondik.
Kondik said key GOP primaries to watch include North Carolina and Iowa, as well as the crowded primary for an open GOP-held seat in Georgia.
Republicans are clearly hoping to make many of these races a referendum on Obamacare. Kondik said the party may need a little more “oomph” than just that one issue.
“It seems like the Affordable Care Act may already be baked into the cake in terms of the president’s approval and the standing of these various candidates,” he said. “In order to get across the finish line, Republicans may have to roll out some sort of new legislative initiative or come up with some other issues to hammer upon.”
Still, he said the political realities suggest the GOP has a real shot at the majority.
“It’s really good to be the party that doesn’t hold the White House in a midterm year. That factor in and of itself, plus the fact that President Obama’s not particularly popular, those two things together tell us the Republicans should do well. You almost don’t need to know anything more than that,” said Kondik, who noted the Senate map is another asset but not a guarantee of success.
“Actually turning those into pickups for Republicans (is no guarantee). There’s only one, South Dakota, that I think is really rock solid at this point. The potential is there, but there’s also the potential that Republicans could just fritter it away,” he said.
A really big year for the GOP could see several tight races turn into a national wave. Kondik said there are certain indicators to look for late in the campaign if a nationwide surge is in the works.
“I would look to see if the president’s approval rating is getting worse. I would also look at the generic House poll. It’s a poll asked in national surveys as to whether people want a Democrat or a Republican in their local House race,” said Kondik, noting that Democrats have a small lead in those polls, but they don’t tell the full story.
“Generally speaking, the poll has a built-in Democratic bias. When you look at it, you can subtract a few points from the Democratic total and add it to the Republican. If Republicans have even a small lead in that metric, I think it would be an indication there’s a big sentiment behind Republicans to control Congress,” he said.
In total, 14 of the 16 most vulnerable seats are held by Democrats. The two GOP seats to watch are in Georgia and Kentucky. Kondik believes Republicans are likely to hold both but he said the Georgia seat could largely hinge upon who emerges from a tough Republican primary. In Kentucky, he said Republican leader Mitch McConnell appears to be cruising to the GOP nomination but faces a tough general election campaign against Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Kondik said Democrats have a track record of doing well in state legislative races and even in gubernatorial elections. Nonetheless, he expects McConnell to survive for one main reason.
“In federal races in a state where President Obama’s approval is probably somewhere in the low 30s, it’s just really hard to see how a Democrat could win a Senate race in that kind of environment,” he said. “So even if Mitch McConnell is unpopular, at the end of the day I think it seems likely that a lot of people who may not even like him decide to vote for him because they want to vote for a Republican in their Senate race.”
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There is a raging epidemic of sexual assault in the U.S. military. A report released by the U.S. Department of Defense says that an astounding 12,000 women serving in the U.S. military were sexually assaulted in 2012. This is a national disgrace, and any U.S. service member that rapes a woman deserves the death penalty in my opinion. It has gotten so bad that a female service member serving in Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a male service member than she is to be killed by the Taliban. But that is only half the story. Sexual assault against males is at an epidemic level in the U.S. military as well. In fact, according to the same report that I just mentioned, there were 14,000 sexual assaults against men serving in the U.S. military during 2012. That means that most of the sexual assaults in the military are actually male on male. The following is an excerpt from an article in the New York Times…
According to the Department of Defense’s Military Sexual Assault Report for 2012, an estimated 26,000 members of the United States military, both men and women, were sexually assaulted in that year. The Pentagon survey almost certainly underreports the scale of the issue. Of those sexual assaults, 53 percent (approximately 14,000 in 2012) were attacks on men.
The study also found that male service members are far less likely to report when they are attacked, and when a report is made, military authorities are far less likely to go after the perpetrator…
These men — an estimated 13,900 last year alone — are far less likely than women to report an attack. Only 13 percent of reports last year were filed by men, military data show.
But the disparities do not end there. The Sun found that when men do report a sexual assault, military authorities are less likely to identify a suspect, to refer charges to court-martial or to discharge the perpetrator than in cases in which the victim is a woman.
Fortunately, after years of denial this issue is starting to come to the forefront. Some prominent retired officers are even speaking out about this.
For example, Major General Dennis J. Laich says that the military brass “should be asking for forgiveness” from the thousands of victims that never got justice…
The chain of command “should be asking for forgiveness” from the thousands we have failed to serve and protect over the past 25 years, former Maj. Gen. Dennis J. Laich (ret.) told reporters during a press call. “When an American female service member serving in Afghanistan has a higher probability of being raped by a fellow soldier than being killed by the Taliban, I would submit that the chain of command has a problem,” he continued.
When we can’t even protect members of our own military, we have got a major problem on our hands.
During 2012, more than 85,000 military veterans were formally treated for sexual abuse that they suffered while serving in the U.S. military.
And even though they are less likely to come forward for treatment, 40 percent of those that were treated were men.
Things have gotten so bad at this point that even military recruiters have become known for sexually assaulting those that they are recruiting. According to the Washington Post, the Pentagon is pledging to do something about this growing problem…
“The secretary has made it clear that we will spare no effort to rid our military of sexual abuse,” said George Little, the Pentagon press secretary. “The fact that there have been problems of sexual abuse during the recruiting process is simply intolerable.”
When you get sexually assaulted, it can absolutely shatter your life – especially if you never get any justice. This is one of the reasons why the suicide rate in the U.S. military is so high.
Most people don’t realize this, but the number of active members of the U.S. military that kill themselves each year now exceeds the number that are dying on the battlefield.
And according to one absolutely shocking study, 22 military veterans kill themselves in the United States every single day.
Clearly something is very wrong with the U.S. military.
Most of the time, the stories of these victims of sexual assault in the military never get told. But fortunately a few of them are starting to get out there. For example, consider what happened to former Marine Lance Corporal Jeremiah Arbogast…
His eyes low, focused on the prepared statement in front of him, Arbogast recounted the details of his own sexual assault and its equally horrifying aftermath. He was drugged to the point of incapacitation and sexually assaulted by a fellow marine, a former staff sergeant, while on active duty. “I was humiliated at the thought of my helplessness,” he said.
Two months after the attack, incessant nightmares, anxiety, depression and confusion finally overpowered his fear and embarrassment and Arbogast confronted a base social worker who reported the attack to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which investigates crimes involving Naval or Marine Corps personnel. This would only further his humiliation, Arbogast came to find out. He said he was forced to make recorded phone calls to his rapist and even confront him at his house while wearing a wire in order to get a confession. He accomplished his mission, but his nightmare was far from over. Arbogast’s attacker was arrested and hit with several charges including sexual assault and sodomy, but after only a week in court, evidence shed light on his 23 years of service and he walked away with a bad conduct discharge and no jail time. Arbogast said his rapist was ordered to NCIS headquarters for fingerprinting only to reveal that he’d dulled the skin on his fingertips, and that he managed to refuse to register on the sex offender database by simply saying, “No, I don’t have to.”
You can read some more first person testimonies of sexual assault in the U.S. militaryright here.
This has got to stop.
The U.S. military is supposed to be the most highly disciplined fighting force on the planet, and there is no excuse for this.
Sadly, the reality is that what is going on in the military is simply a reflection of society as a whole.
America has become a giant cesspool of filth and corruption, and this is manifesting itself in thousands of different ways.
If it was up to me, every member of the U.S. military that rapes someone would get the death penalty.
But it is not up to me. Instead, political correctness has taken over the U.S. military and we have an administration that treats military veterans like absolute garbage.
So let us hope that things in the military start to get better, but I wouldn’t count on it.