28 July 2015

Abandonment of our POWs.

Throughout his Senate career, [John] McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.

Almost as striking is the manner in which the mainstream press has shied from reporting the POW story and McCain’s role in it, even as the Republican Party has made McCain’s military service the focus of his presidential campaign. Reporters who had covered the Vietnam War turned their heads and walked in other directions. McCain doesn’t talk about the missing men, and the press never asks him about them.

The sum of the secrets McCain has sought to hide is not small. There exists a telling mass of official documents, radio intercepts, witness depositions, satellite photos of rescue symbols that pilots were trained to use, electronic messages from the ground containing the individual code numbers given to airmen, a rescue mission by a special forces unit that was aborted twice by Washington—and even sworn testimony by two Defense secretaries that “men were left behind.” This imposing body of evidence suggests that a large number—the documents indicate probably hundreds—of the U.S. prisoners held by Vietnam were not returned when the peace treaty was signed in January 1973 and Hanoi released 591 men, among them Navy combat pilot John S. McCain.[1]

I've not delved into the POW/MIA issue but one of the indicators of official allergy to the truth about this issue that I ran across in the 1980s or early '90s was an account in the Washington Times of a POW/MIA office the U.S. maintained in Thailand. Apparently the office was to be closed down. However, the really strange thing was that the officer in charge, a brigadier general, had been personally involved in destroying the paper records of that office. As in "hands on" involved. Somebody absolutely, positively wanted those records gone for a general officer personally to have been involved in their destruction. And what about those records of this ultra sensitive subject required their destruction rather than removal to some archive back home? Heck, was it even legal under any version of the Federal Public Records Act that today is making things oh-so-minutely uncomfortable for Mrs. Clinton?

It's been a long time since I read the story but I'm sure about the nature of the office, the involvement of that officer, and the place that the story was reported.

It's not the first time that U.S. servicemen have disappeared into communist hands and dropped down the memory hole. See also this article about American Korean War POWs who disappeared into the Soviet Union. It cites Laurence Jolidon, author of Last Seen Alive for the proposition "that the government of the United States has not aggressively and completely investigated this issue [U.S. servicemen in Soviet hands] but has allowed it to fade quietly from public view in order to advance other foreign-relations objectives."

Those POW/MIA flags need to be flown to honor the memory of those abandoned men as well as to remind us of the perfidy of our own government in abandoning them.

Whatever the issue – POWs, open borders, amnesty, free trade, globalization, spending, or the destruction of the Constitution – is there any doubt that our national government does NOT care about the American people?

Notes
[1] "McCain and the POW Cover-Up. The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam." By Sydney Schanberg, The American Conservative, 7/1/2015.

13 July 2015

Such a kidder.

"Cut spending" and "border control" were easy enough but, get this, ok.
THEN we told them we'd defund Obamacare!!

Trigger warning for leftists.

There is not now nor has there ever been a sustainable system based on “something for nothing.” Such a system, in this universe at least, doesn’t exist.

The fatal mistake liberals make is in believing there’s no limit to the demands they can place on the system. There is and we’re rapidly approaching critical mass.

Comment by Backtable on "“Payback’s a Bitch”: Rural Wisdom and the Gathering Storm." Guest Post by Fred Reed on The Burning Platform, 7/9/15.

11 July 2015

Silly Greeks.

So how is what's going on in Greece relevant to America? As a warning.

The United States isn't in Greece's position, at least not yet. But we're traveling on the same road...just give us time. Right now, our debt to GDP ratio is 101% and increasing. Growth is stagnant, in spite of the fairy tales being spun in Washington. Moreover, we also have a metastasizing government, and billions in unfunded social welfare mandates and pension obligations...and to the aggravate the situation, the Obama Administration no longer enforces our borders and is allowing millions of people to come here and stay illegally to add to those unfunded, budget busting social welfare mandates. As Europe has discovered, the majority of these migrants will be tax dollar recipients rather than tax paying contributors.

Like Greece, we also have a government that likewise strangles entrepreneurship with high taxation, arcane and costly regulations, red tape and diktats.

"Greece's New Trojan Horse, And What It Means To America." By Rob Miller, Joshua Pundit, 7/7/15.

CHORFs.

Culture War 4.0 brings the Counterculture full circle: now they have become the blue-nosed, Puritanical establishment. Once they began to achieve their goals and saw the culture moving their way, they moved from making a plea for tolerance and freedom to demanding persecution of anyone who dissents against the new orthodoxy in even the smallest way.[1]
If homosexual "marriage" is good, spitting on priests and a mendacious[2] attack to bankrupt a small business must be blessed by God.

CHORF: cliquish, holier-than-thou, obnoxious, reactionary, fascist.

Notes
[1] "Welcome To Culture War 4.0: The Coming Overreach. Let’s turn the culture war into a culture competition." By Benjamin Domenech and Robert Tracinski, The Federalist, 7/6/15.
[2] "In their lawsuit, the two women claimed they felt 'mentally raped,' as part of a list of 88 symptoms of emotional distress they experienced at being refused a cake.

"The long list of symptoms included 'acute loss of confidence,' 'doubt,' 'excessive sleep,' 'felt mentally raped, dirty and shameful,' 'high blood pressure,' 'impaired digestion,' 'loss of appetite,' 'migraine headaches,' 'pale and sick at home after work,' 'resumption of smoking habit,' 'shock,' 'stunned,' 'surprise,' 'uncertainty,' 'weight gain' and 'worry.'"

"Lesbian Couple Accuses Christian Bakers of ‘Mental Rape,’ Awarded $135,000." By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart, 4/26/15.

10 July 2015

The dignity of marriage is preserved.

Not to be missed.

The new patriotism -- disdain.

Suddenly, [in the 1980s,] America, a country famously tolerant (for centuries) as the “land of opportunity” – found herself abandoned by all sectors of polite society as “racist”, “patriarchal”, “homophobic”, “islamophobic” and less printable slurs. Our society, painstakingly built on self-reliance, community, national pride and a common, shared culture, came apart at the seams.
"Some thoughts on the coming collapse of the United States of America." By Paul Dragu, RedState, 6/30/14.

This must be difficult to grasp.

The more centralized politics are, the easier the whole thing is to manipulate and control.
"Someone Pull The Plug Or This Will End In War." By Raul Ilargi Meijer (via The Automatic Earth blog), Zero Hedge, 7/10/15.

09 July 2015

The Gathering Storm.

Mamma is a judge of divorces,
Sister Anne is a learned Q.C.,
Eliza is great upon horses,
And Dora a thriving M.D.
Aunt Jane is a popular preacher,
Aunt Susan a dealer in stocks,
While Father, the gentlest old creature,
Attends to the family socks.

Aunt Polly's a marvel of knowledge,
With any amount of degrees,
She's Master or head of some college—
I forget whether Corpus or Caius—
Aunt Nell is the eminent counsel
Who pleads at the criminal bar,
And I feed the canary with groundsel
For I'm learning to be a Papa.

I'm to marry a girl in the City,
She allows me a hundred a year
To dress on, and make myself pretty,
And keep me in baccy and beer.
The duties?—Oh, as for the duties,
You can possibly guess what they are;
And I warrant the boys will be beauties
That are destined to call me Papa.

"A Song of the Twentieth Century." By Anonymous, Punch, or the London Charivari, 7/14/1894.

Vox populi.

The problem isn’t that someone is black, it is that so many blacks don’t work, have their hand out, complain and expect freebies, don’t speak english or any other language that can be understood, shoot people, don’t go to school, have no regard for family, and continually whine about slavery from 250 years ago. The farce is blacks killing in the name of Islam. Who the fuck do they think sold them into slavery? White Christians?
Comment by Paulo on "'Payback’s a Bitch': Rural Wisdom and the Gathering Storm." Guest post by Fred Reed, The Burning Platform, 7/9/15.