Roger L. Simon » Times Square: It’s the jihad, stupid

That statement seems so obvious. And it is, in my estimation.  Yet the attitude you see discussed in the following clip (and you should read the article) is the same attitude that has the United States of America revealing to the entire world the number of nuclear warheads we have!

So let’s tell them all of our military strategic information, scrub perfectly descriptive words from our lexicon, and assume that our enemies place the same value on life as do we, here in America.  They do not.  And quit apologizing for being America!  “They” are our enemies because of the GOOD in America, not because of a damn thing for which we must apologize.  Have we as a nation erred on occasion?  Heck yeah, and so have every one of us individually.  But with these attitudes we would have lost WWI and WWII and the attitudes are the same that caused us to walk away from Korea and to lose Vietnam.  That’s right, lose it.  My 18 months at sea during that time was not lost because I and all of us were doing what our country asked us to do.

But the wrong-headed thinkers lost it, just like they’re losing America’s might in the world — the might that is the only thing standing between you and a jack-booted thug.

Read the article.

[Shahzad is probably a jihadist]  Yet only months after the Ft. Hood massacre, our government and leaders refuse to name our enemy. In fact, as a recent PJTV video reminds us, they are running the other way. Words like “jihad,” “Islamic fascism,” etc. — the very ideologies cited by the 9/11 Commission as the causes of September 11 — have now been expunged from the lexicon of our government and even our military.

Times Square reminds us how dangerously self-destructive that is. Were it not for our concerned citizenry and smart law enforcement, our civilization would be on its way out. Many of our leaders are evidently ready to hand it over.

via Roger L. Simon » Times Square: It’s the jihad, stupid.

Great explanation of Arizona’s need & a delineation of the true issues

(edited 5/2/2010) In the midst of the hue and cry over the Arizona immigration enforcement law (and it is simply about enforcement of existing laws), there is much hysterical rhetoric without an appreciation of the legal structure of the law and, I suspect, in many cases without even reading it. I did an analysis of the pertinent portions and below is a snippet from an excellent article giving the factual background (thanks Don Comedy for digging up that piece).

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Puerto Rico — the 51st state — stealth statehood in progress

In Congress, HR2499 is set for a vote on April 29, 2010 which many believe will inevitably lead to Puerto Rico becoming the 51st state.  Whether this is a good or bad thing is beside the point. The point is, you have probably heard absolutely nothing about this. Who wants this? Pundits variously accuse both Democrats and Republicans as chasing the goal of creating additional voters loyal to their party.  One of them is wrong.  Read on to see how this is about to occur.  Here is the official summary of the bill:

10/8/2009–Reported to House amended. Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009 – Authorizes the government of Puerto Rico:
(1) to conduct a plebiscite giving voters the option to vote to continue Puerto Rico’s present political status or to have a different political status;
(2) if a majority of ballots favor continuing the present status, to conduct additional such plebiscites every eight years; and
(3) if a majority of ballots favor having a different status, to conduct a plebiscite on the options of becoming fully independent from the United States, forming with the United States a political association between sovereign nations that will not be subject to the Territorial Clause of the Constitution, or being admitted as a state of the Union. Prescribes the eligibility requirements for voting in the plebiscite.

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San Francisco video … 1906

Courtesy of my friend Don Bynum, here is a great YouTube clip from a San Francisco cable car, in 1906. Here is Don’s explanation … or at least what he forwarded about it. The comments on YouTube are quite interesting as well.

This film was “lost” for many years.  It was the first 35mm film ever.  It was taken by camera mounted on the front of a cable car

The amount of automobiles is staggering for 1906. Absolutely amazing! The clock tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still there. (I’m also wondering … how many “street cleaning” people were employed to pick up after the horses? Talk about going green!)

Great historical film worth watching.

This film, originally thought to be from 1905 until David Kiehn with the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum figured out exactly when it was shot. From New York trade papers announcing the film showing to the wet streets from recent heavy rainfall & shadows indicating time of year & actual weather and conditions on historical record, even when the cars were registered (he even knows who owned them and when the plates were issued!).. It was filmed only four days before the quake and shipped by train to NY for processing. Amazing but true!

From whence is all this “change we can believe in” coming?

Below you will first find some statements of principles gleaned from history. Then we will discuss some modern examples. I dare you to read these and think about them … whose principles are these?

The principles

  1. the working class must be equipped to defeat and smash the violent state force of the capitalists and replace the dictatorship of the capitalists by the dictatorship of the [people]. (1)
  2. … seeks the elimination of the notion of private property in order to gain control of the economic “means of production” by taking it from the . . . (the wealthy or propertied class) for the benefit of the . . . (working class.) (2)
  3. … goal was to bring about the end of history, by means of an eventual perfect, classless, utopian society (2)
  4. The slave frees himself when, of all the relations of private property, he abolishes only the relation of slavery and thereby becomes a [worker]; the [worker] can free himself only by abolishing private property in general. (3)
  5. … seeks to promote class warfare or, today, at least, class strife, and succeeds best where clear, major delineations exist between classes. (2)
  6. … the exploiters . . .  regard religion as a superb means of keeping the masses under their yoke; firstly, it makes them obedient to their exploiters and, secondly, it prevents the [people] from revolting through promising them a better lot after death. The [people] exploits no one, and so needs no religion. While morality and aesthetics are only subject to change, religion must vanish completely.(4)

Do we have any current examples of the implementation of these principles? These numbers correspond to the numbering above … and whose principles are these, anyway?

Current Examples

  1. That represents basic class warfare. Depict capitalism as bad and those who foster it as bad people, notwithstanding the fact that capitalism has made America the greatest country in the world, a fact which is objectively observable by the extremely high standard of living (relative to the rest of the world) of the so-called “working class.”
  2. A major portion of the auto industry has been nationalized through ownership of General Motors (60% government owned now) and co-opting of union support by outright bribery in attempting to exempt them from the new health care burdens. Starting with Medicare and continuing through the 2010 health care legislation, the medical industry has been simultaneously co-opted and compromised.  The energy sector is essentially being taken over at an increasingly rapid rate via regulation.
  3. It seems that every governmental influence around us has the aim of eliminating any distinction among people. When that is complete — should we sit idly by and allow it — our humanity will be gone. Schools reduce education to the lowest common denominator. Young soccer players all get trophies instead of letting them win or lose. Success is increasingly scorned instead of celebrated.
  4. Private property is taken by confiscatory taxes aimed at the producers of capital (and therefore jobs and economic growth).  Virtual nationalization of industry (examples above) eliminates private property. Projections are that within a decade 63% of all people will work for a government entity. That will not increase private property!
  5. Just read the news for a constant barrage of the drawing of delineations between “classes.”  I object to the entire idea of “classes” because the term in modern usage implies a difference in human worth, not a difference in economic status. There is nothing “evil” in the fact that economic differences result among people or groups of people whom you wish to describe as a member of an economic class. Everyone has a human worth to themselves, their family, and their community regardless of what they do or their economic worth. It is dishonest to create false distinctions between supposed “haves” and “have nots” and if successful, this ploy will finish the march to the point where those with their hand OUT exceed in number those offering a hand UP. We are near that point.
  6. I need give no examples of the constant attack on religion in this country.

Whodunit and Who_doing_it?

Now then … what is the genesis of those six principles that we see are still in play in modern America? What philosophy is set forth in those principles?  I suspect that in spite of my attempts to disguise the obvious you’ve figured it out.

It’s Marxism, pure and simple, and each of those principles have been embraced fully by … YOUR president.  OK, I know, I just called President Obama a Marxist … but I’m far from the first. Here is an excellent piece discussing why his many associations with known Marxists “probably” means that he too is a Marxist.

But, in philosophical terms, the connection claimed to exist between Obama and his Marxist associates is not merely logical, but causal. His life-long, self-selected connections with known Marxists are claimed to have had a causal influence on his own beliefs. And that is a vital distinction when examining one’s resultant behavior patterns.

It is probabilistic, not deductive, reasoning that best deals with causal relationships. While we cannot conclude with certainty from the truth of documented facts concerning his Marxist associations that Barack Obama himself is a Marxist, it is reasonable to conclude that there is a significant probability that he is and doing so commits no logical fallacy. So his associations are not, as his defenders maintain, irrelevant as evidence of his own beliefs. They are, in fact, determinant.

via Obama and Marxism: A Legitimate Question.

What are YOU doing about that today?  Will you continue to be part of the great “silent majority?”  What is your church doing about it?  Starting in the 1950s churches began to opt out of political controversy and the majority thereby became the “silent” majority.  What are your other organizations doing about it?

How about some CHANGE that WE can believe in?  Nobody can ignore the many problems (many created by the Marxists disguised under the label of “Progressives”) in American society that need correction, but we don’t need a fundamental change in the principles of an effective representative republic (the operative word there is “effective”), of capitalism, or of personal responsibility.

Let’s get the government back to protecting us from enemies … foreign or domestic … and away from taking “care” of us!

Notes of sources:

(1) http://www.mltranslations.org/NewZealand/MarxPrinc.htm

(2) http://www.thinking-catholic-strategic-center.com/definition-of-marxism.html

(3) http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/11/prin-com.htm

(4) http://www.radicalacademy.com/philmarx.htm

America: not of Judeo-Christian origin … really?

OK, you’re right. That was tongue-in-cheek. Try this quote from John Hancock:

John Hancock

” A Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, with a total abstinence from labor and recreation” in response to the beginning of the War for Independence – Proclamation on April 15, 1775 for May 11th.

In circumstances as dark as these, it becomes us, as Men and Christians, to reflect that whilst every prudent measure should be taken to ward off the impending judgments, …at the same time all confidence must be withheld from the means we use; and reposed only on that God rules in the armies of Heaven, and without His whole blessing, the best human counsels are but foolishness…

Resolved; …Thursday the 11th of May…to humble themselves before God under the heavy judgments felt and feared, to confess the sins that have deserved them, to implore the Forgiveness of all our transgressions, and a spirit of repentance and reformation …and a Blessing on the … Union of the American Colonies in Defense of their Rights [for which hitherto we desire to thank Almighty God]…That the people of Great Britain and their rulers may have their eyes opened to discern the things that shall make for the peace of the nation…for the redress of America’s many grievances, the restoration of all her invaded liberties, and their security to the latest generations.

via Call 2 Fall.  (Accessed 4/8/2010)

Not only was John Hancock one of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, but he was the FIRST (thus the saying “put your john hancock on the dotted line). Recall that as the notion of independence was being fostered, the British were threatening, indeed promising, to take their property and even their lives.  So to be the first person to sign was truly a heroic act of bravery.

Few generations get to defend their country. Your time is now.

I dare you to watch this entire video and then continue to be part of the silent majority. It’s a video of Judge Andrew Napolitano, former New Jersey state judge who sat on that state’s highest trial bench.  His main topic is healthcare and the idea that regulation of that activity (and many others) is not within the constitutional powers of Congress.  He is well-studied, articulate, and correct in that opinion.  He also talks a great deal about the tremendous abuse of power of our entire federal government.

I agree, and agree in particular with his comment from which my title is derived.  Only a few generations get the opportunity to defend their country, to defend the freedom of their country from enemies who would take it down.  My father’s generation had that opportunity and rose to the occasion in World War II.  That was the Greatest Generation.  Our — your — opportunity is now.  This is the hour when your generation has the opportunity, I say the obligation, to defend the country from the onslaught of a government run-amuck. Heady with the feeling of power, there seems to be no limit to what this government will attempt to ram down our throats. I’m not some radical nut, and neither are you or you would not be reading this far. I’ve taken an oath (many times) to defend the constitution and laws of this state and of the United States.  The Constitution takes precedence and citizens of patriotic good faith must speak out.

Click here to view the YouTube video. (you may need to enable popups in your browser)

About Judge Napolitano

Andrew P. Napolitano joined FOX News Channel FNC in January 1998 and currently serves as the senior judicial analyst. He provides legal analysis on both FNC and FOX Business Network FBN . He is also a fill in co-host for FOX & Friends regularly and co-hosts FOX News Radio s Brian and The Judge show daily.

Judge Napolitano is the youngest life-tenured Superior Court judge in the history of the State of New Jersey. While on the bench from 1987 to 1995, Judge Napolitano tried more than 150 jury trials and sat in all parts of the Superior Court – criminal, civil, equity and family. He has handled thousands of sentencings, motions, hearings and divorces. For 11 years, he served as an adjunct professor of constitutional law at Seton Hall Law School, where he provided instruction in constitutional law and jurisprudence.

Judge Napolitano returned to private law practice in 1995 and began television broadcasting in the same year. Judge Napolitano has written three books: Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws ; a New York Times bestseller, The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land ; and A Nation of Sheep. His writings have also been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The New York Sun, The Baltimore Sun, The New London Day, The Seton Hall Law Review, The New Jersey Law Journal and The Newark Star-Ledger. He lectures nationally on the Constitution and human freedom.

Judge Napolitano received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1972, and received his Juris Doctor from University of Notre Dame in 1975.

via Andrew P. Napolitano – FOXNews.com.

Texas textbook adoption: a critical juncture

The textbook wars are on.  There are many indications that there are attempts to substantially revise history.

The highly anticipated public hearing on the standards for the Social Studies curriculum is underway at the Texas State Board of Education. Over fifty people are signed up to speak, however it is highly unlikely they will get to all of them-especially since they granted the first member of the public over 20 minutes at the podium (after the chairwoman explained each speaker would be granted three minutes). Before today, the board has heard 17 hours of testimony from 116 speakers, and has been sent over 14,000 e-mails regarding the curriculum. Today’s speakers have primarily expressed concern that their ethnic group or religion is being excluded from the Social Studies curriculum-and those religions include Christianity, Judaism, and Sikhism. One speaker pleaded that different genocides will taught to children in the future. Another begged the board to include war heroes and Congressional Medal of Honor winners in its standards. The mood inside is subdued, especially following a scolding from the chairwoman regarding audience applause.

via INSIDE the Texas State Board of Ed Hearing « Liveshots. (http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/03/10/inside-the-texas-state-board-of-ed-hearing/?test=latestnews accessed 3/10/2010)

Look and decide for yourself.  Here’s a snippet from a page that has source material so that you can see the proposals.

Background

The State Board of Education (SBOE) has legislative authority to adopt the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for each subject of the required curriculum. SBOE members nominated educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and employers to serve on the review committees.


Proposals including amendments made by the State Board of Education in January 2010

Kindergarten – Grade 5

Grade 6 – Grade 8

United States History Studies Since 1877

The following documents show the historical figures that are included in the latest draft revisions to the social studies TEKS.

Alphabetized list of all names following “including” with grade level or course designation
Alphabetized list of all names following “such as” with grade level or course designation
Updated color-coded list: Historical Figures by Grade Level (more detailed)
Updated color-coded list: Historical Figures by Grade Level (less detailed – black & red)

via Texas Education Agency – Social Studies TEKS. (http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=3643 accessed 3/10/2010).

Take a special look at United States History Studies Since 1877.  Never mind that there was “a little bit” of history to this country prior to 1877.  Let’s make a simple test and see if General Nathanael Greene is mentioned.  Who is he?  Only the General who, in a critical battle, forced Cornwallis to flee to New York seeking to resupply — only to discover that the French blockade had cut off the supply route from England. With a smaller and inferior force, the American general even while losing the battle so decimated Cornwallis’ superior army that it led to the British surrender in short order.

That was at the battle of Guilford Courthouse. Now you know why I like that story!  But it won’t be in these history books.

Greene’s strategy is revealed here:

Greene now resolved upon the unfolding of his strategy, if he could lure Cornwallis to Guilford Court House, North Carolina, he would have a battleground of his own choosing for his inferior army and at the same time Cornwallis would be unusually distant from his main base of supplies at Wilmington. Greene sent word to all American detachments to consolidate and meet at Guilford Court House. At this time Greene wrote to Washington that his retreating was almost at an end as he hoped to give battle to Cornwallis on ground of his own choosing.

via General Nathanael Greene. (http://www.ushistory.org/valleyforge/served/greene.html accessed 3/10/2010)

Now I must admit that I don’t know if current American history texts include pre-1977 events — but they should.  I heard a snippet in a radio news report recently (don’t recall the source) that a statement had been made that students today don’t know anything about that older history and can’t relate to it.  Duh!  Certainly not if it’s not part of the curriculum!  That’s the point of teaching:  not only to let them know about it but also to be able to relate to it at least to an extent to appreciate the decades and centuries of sacrifice and hardship that has forged this nation.

I do know where a complete history can be found: William Bennett Creates Innovative History Series for Grades 8-12 (a shameless plug for a prior blog of mine).

Here’s what I say:

Find the members here.  If if you click on this link, you can find the board member for any Texas county.

The member for SBOE District 5 which covers a lot of central Texas and the Hill Country is: Ken Mercer
P.O. Box 781301
San Antonio, TX 78278-1301
512-463-9007
sboesupport@tea.state.tx.us

Your most important vote … it’s not what you think ….

(this was originally thought of as a speech for the Highland Lakes Toastmasters Club on March 2, 2010 — more on that below)

It’s the day after election day for the party primaries in Texas and hopefully everyone got out to vote for the candidate of their choice. With early voting available it has become even easier to vote. What was your most important vote yesterday?

Voting is at the heart of this representative republic of ours. From the day people escaped the King of England and the fiefdoms that made virtual slaves of most, voting has been important, and fundamental, to this nation.  The Continental Congress and eventually the constitutional convention adopted a constitution by the process of … voting. The document was then ratified by the original members of the union, state by state, ratified by voting. See the timeline here.  What could possibly be your most important vote? It’s not what you think.

For two centuries and more following that time, citizens in cities, counties, states and the nation have been voting for legislative representatives, for the executive branch from mayors to governors to the president and, at least in Texas, for judges. Countless elections are held each year casting millions of votes. What is your most important vote? It may not be what you think it is.

We elect legislators who write the laws, the executive who administers the laws and the judges who interpret the laws. Laws are important, thus your vote is important. Law are important, indeed essential, in a civilized society for it is through those laws that a civilized society regulates the interaction  between and among the people. In uncivilized societies all you need is the biggest club, and when a nation-state is uncivilized (e.g. Nazi Germany) all you need is the biggest army. But in a civilized society you must have laws to define how we deal, one with the other.

Our fighting men and women have fought and died all over the world defending our freedom and, at it’s core, our right to vote. And all over the world there are people fighting even as I write this article to try to gain basic freedoms and, in particular, the right to vote. Voting is not only a right but truly is a privilege.

How you vote has an impact on how, and when, and to what extent the laws of our nation impact you, and me, and all of our neighbors. What then might be your most important vote? It almost certainly is not what you think it is.

Laws do regulate our relationships, one with the other. Whether it’s a contract matter, a marriage or divorce, the making of a Will or the probating of one, the resolution of a business dispute or a fenceline controversy, or perhaps obtaining justice for a crime perpetrated upon us, laws have a direct and immediate impact on our lives.

But when one of those matters of societal regulation goes awry, the law means nothing unless and until the matter gets into court for resolution. At a moment in time at the end of a trial there is a coalescing of all three branches of government — legislative, executive and judicial — creating a pinnacle of power that becomes vested solely in active participants in the administration of justice:  the jury.

That jury hears evidence, gets instructed by the judge on the applicable law, then deliberates and ultimately:  votes.  What then might indeed be your most important vote?  It’s the one as a member of a jury, an active participant in the administration of justice. That collective vote resulting in a jury verdict can have impact far beyond the immediate litigants. It can in fact come to have nationwide impact. Surely, such a vote or even the potential for such impactful vote is your most important vote.

The jury who sentences a defendant to “X” years for “Y” crime has just set the standard for the plea bargaining process between the District Attorney and defense lawyers for years to come. The jury who determines for the first time that a particular act was negligence sets a standard that governs future similar cases.  Whenever a jury assesses a large punitive damage award against a defendant for acting in a malicious manner it will have sent a message deterring that defendant from similar actions in the future. And when even large corporations suffer large damage awards, regular or punitive, that can change not only their behavior but that of an entire industry.

Think of the Ford Pintos and their exploding gas tanks, the Corvair that had a propensity to roll over, or the many suits regarding tobacco or asbestos. Entire industries have modified behaviors, policies and products:  all in the face of the votes of jurors.

Certainly, your vote as a juror may well be the most important vote of your career as a responsible citizen. Don’t squander that privilege the next time you get a jury summons. Step up, become an active participant in the administration of justice, and cast your most important vote.

I said this was “thought of” as a speech idea … I did a real quick jot of basic notes two weeks ago, then got tied up in a trial out of town for seven days and, sliding into town last night just prior to the Toastmasters meeting, had to do the speech in substantially an extemporaneous fashion.  With some trepidation, I recorded mine along with the other speeches, and mine is here:

William Bennett Creates Innovative History Series for Grades 8-12

This is big. The history of America (as opposed to simply “American history”) is a fabulous story in spite of the many bumps encountered along the way. It is a history of which to be proud to have inherited, to be a part of preserving, and to be a part of creating for future generations. Yet, sadly, as Secretary Bennett states below, it is not only our school children’s worst subject but it is being steadily illegitimized.

(Update: Links to purchase the books. Amazon.com & Barnes and Noble.  No pecuniary interest in this — just an advocate for a better education in history.  And go to the sample site for the online component of the history series as it would be used.)

Secretary Bennett stated: “History is our nation’s school children’s worst subject. And yet, the history of America is the greatest story of the modern era. It should not be boring, it should not be dumbed-down, and it should not be politicized. It is the story of a great experiment—what Abraham Lincoln called a ‘proposition.’ It is the story of many noble efforts to live up to that proposition, sometimes failing, more often, succeeding. This great adventure is told the best way I know how, chronologically, excitingly, honestly. ‘Once Upon A Time’ can still be an invitation to our youth and there is no greater ‘Once Upon A Time’ than ours. It is the dream of a lifetime for me to have a textbook in our nation’s schools explaining all of this—and with a most exciting curriculum to accompany it. And to do so with the leader in excellence in education publishing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is a special privilege.”

via Former Secretary of Education William Bennett Creates Innovative History Series for Grades 8-12 | Business Wire.

The Texas Board of Education — even at this time — is in the process of approving new history books (see
State Board of Education — Revisionist History in Progress) but there may yet be an opportunity to influence them toward a good history:  which this is. I have Parts I & II and find them to be a wonderful read and am convinced that they represent an authoritative work of history.  If I had the money, I would gladly donate the entire curriculum to our local school district.

And I think our local schools should be encouraged to adopt this series even if not approved by the SBOE.  I am increasingly convinced that at the feet of poor education in general and of history in particular can be laid the lacks of ambition, patriotism and sense of public service among an all too large portion of our population both young and old.  I would never stoop to condemning entire generations, but from my life and professional perspective I have to say that all too large a segment of our populace fails in those areas of ambition, patriotism and sense of public service.

Where do YOU stand? Will you call your school board members today? Is knowledge of the history of this great nation important in your mind? If it is, then you’ll do something about it.