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calendar   Sunday - June 07, 2015

ROLLING BACK TIME. IT’S 1937 AND YOU ARE READING THE AMERICAN MERCURY

Even in his day, this guy was very controversial.  Some folks are still upset and they aren’t even of that generation.

Well what the heck.  Truth to tell you, I just could not wait for July 4 or some other meaningful holiday. Or another election.

Welcome to the world of H.L. Mencken, 1937.

A Constitution for the New Deal

by H.L. Mencken

The American Mercury, June 1937

THE PRINCIPLE
cause of the uproar in Washington is a conflict between the swift-moving idealism of the New Deal and the unyielding hunkerousness of the Constitution of 1788. What is needed, obviously, is a wholly new Constitution, drawn up with enough boldness and imagination to cover the whole program of the More Abundant Life, now and hereafter.
That is what I presume to offer here. The Constitution that follows is not my invention, and in more than one detail I have unhappy doubts of its wisdom. But I believe that it sets forth with reasonable accuracy the plan of government that the More Abundant Life wizards have sought to substitute for the plan of the Fathers. They have themselves argued at one time or another, by word or deed, for everything contained herein:

PREAMBLE

We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish social justice, draw the fangs of privilege, effect the redistribution of property, remove the burden of liberty from ourselves and our posterity, and insure the continuance of the New Deal, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

ARTICLE I

The Executive
All governmental power of whatever sort shall be vested in a President of the United States. He shall hold office during a series of terms of four years each, and shall take the following oath: “I do solemnly swear that I will (in so far as I deem it feasible and convenient) faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will (to the best of my recollection and in the light of experiment and second thought) carry out the pledges made by me during my campaign for election (or such of them as I may select).”

The President shall be commander-in-chief of the Army and Navy, and of the militia, Boy Scouts, C.I.O., People’s Front, and other armed forces of the nation.
The President shall have the power: To lay and collect taxes, and to expend the income of the United States in such manner as he may deem to be to their or his advantage;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States, and to provide for its repayment on such terms as he may fix;
To regulate all commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and within them; to license all persons engaged or proposing to engage in business; to regulate their affairs; to limit their profits by proclamation from time to time; and to fix wages, prices and hours of work;

To coin money, regulate the content and value thereof, and of foreign coin, and to amend or repudiate any contract requiring the payment by the United States, or by any private person, of coin of a given weight or fineness;

To repeal or amend, in his discretion, any so-called natural law, including Gresham’s Law, the law of diminishing returns, and the law of gravitation.
The President shall be assisted by a Cabinet of eight or more persons, whose duties shall be to make speeches whenever so instructed and to expend the public funds in such manner as to guarantee the President’s continuance in office.

The President may establish such executive agencies as he deems necessary, and clothe them with such powers as he sees fit. No person shall be a member to any such bureau who has had any practical experience of the matters he is appointed to deal with.

One of the members of the Cabinet shall be an Attorney General. It shall be his duty to provide legal opinions certifying to the constitutionality of all measures undertaken by the President, and to gather evidence of the senility of judges.

he’s on a roll and continues HERE


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/07/2015 at 12:23 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - January 29, 2015

Sniper pats Moore on the head

This is brilliant! I don’t know where to start.

Let’s start at the last paragraph. If I was a hostage I WOULD want the sniper to take the shot. But, if it was Michael Moore, I wouldn’t blame the sniper for this:

So tenderfoot, I leave you with this final thought: what if you found yourself in some sort of hostage situation where you were held at knife-point by some crazed person and they were dead set on making an example of you by bleeding you out on Hollywood Blvd in front of the world, and the only way out was with the precision aimed fire of a sniper? Would you want that coward to take the shot? Because knowing how you feel about snipers such as myself and your hatred of firearms, I’d probably drop the mag, roll the bolt and go get a Jack & Coke before helping you out.

Full letter here.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 01/29/2015 at 04:20 PM   
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Damn dust! Making my eyes water.

The tides of anti-Semitism are rising again all over Europe. I really don’t understand. The Jews have never been the problem. They aren’t the problem now. It’s Islam Stupid!

Nearly 70 years after Holocaust survivor Joshua Kaufman was reunited with Daniel Gillepsie, the US soldier who rescued him from the hell he endured at the hands of the Nazis.

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The way Europe is going we may have to do this again. Won’t be the swastika this time; it’ll be the Crescent.

When the pair met again after so many decades, Kaufman, now 87, saluted his savior, kissed his hands, and fell to his feet, exclaiming: ‘I have wanted to do this for 70 years. I love you, I love you so much...’.

Have to admit though, that would make me uncomfortable. Just retire to the nearest pub and buy me a pint?

Original article here.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 01/29/2015 at 02:47 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - December 09, 2014

I missed December 7th. Sorry.

But as a NavVet, I agree!

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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/09/2014 at 04:29 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - November 08, 2014

Speaking of imagination

Dr. Jeff, See what this young girl did:


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 11/08/2014 at 03:43 AM   
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calendar   Friday - November 07, 2014

96 years young.

Unlike the current crop of televangelists, Billy Graham has walked the walk that he preaches. Happy Birthday Bro. Graham. Hope for a few more…

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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 11/07/2014 at 07:53 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - October 16, 2014

White Flight

A Knight To Remember

A Bit Of History


October 2, 1967

Somewhere over the Mojave Desert, hundreds of miles north of Las Vegas

The white trail traced a curve upward, upward, vaulting away into the western sky. Blue sky gave way to black. And there was a concussive explosion.

Read the story here.

Pictures that go with the story are here.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/16/2014 at 10:09 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - July 27, 2014

The Electric Cord speech

Abraham Lincoln. A great man. A great President? Not sure. Did he save the Union. Guess so. Did he violate the Constitution in doing so? I can’t find where the Constitution does NOT allow any State to withdraw from the Union.

Anyway, thought you BMEWSd and BMEWSettes might enjoy this little-known speech. Two or three years before he was elected as the first Republican President.

Electric Cord Speech, Chicago, Illinois

Abraham Lincoln
July 10, 1858

[Citizenship is based on the principles of the Declaration of Independence, not on ethnic or religious identity. — TGW]

…Now, it happens that we meet together once every year, sometime about the 4th of July, for some reason or other. These 4th of July gatherings I suppose have their uses. If you will indulge me, I will state what I suppose to be some of them.

We are now a mighty nation, we are thirty—or about thirty millions of people, and we own and inhabit about one-fifteenth part of the dry land of the whole earth. We run our memory back over the pages of history for about eighty-two years and we discover that we were then a very small people in point of numbers, vastly inferior to what we are now, with a vastly less extent of country,—with vastly less of everything we deem desirable among men,—we look upon the change as exceedingly advantageous to us and to our posterity, and we fix upon something that happened away back, as in some way or other being connected with this rise of prosperity. We find a race of men living in that day whom we claim as our fathers and grandfathers; they were iron men, they fought for the principle that they were contending for; and we understood that by what they then did it has followed that the degree of prosperity that we now enjoy has come to us. We hold this annual celebration to remind ourselves of all the good done in this process of time of how it was done and who did it, and how we are historically connected with it; and we go from these meetings in better humor with ourselves—we feel more attached the one to the other, and more firmly bound to the country we inhabit. In every way we are better men in the age, and race, and country in which we live for these celebrations. But after we have done all this we have not yet reached the whole. There is something else connected with it. We have besides these men—descended by blood from our ancestors—among us perhaps half our people who are not descendants at all of these men, they are men who have come from Europe—German, Irish, French and Scandinavian—men that have come from Europe themselves, or whose ancestors have come hither and settled here, finding themselves our equals in all things. If they look back through this history to trace their connection with those days by blood, they find they have none, they cannot carry themselves back into that glorious epoch and make themselves feel that they are part of us, but when they look through that old Declaration of Independence they find that those old men say that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” and then they feel that that moral sentiment taught in that day evidences their relation to those men, that it is the father of all moral principle in them, and that they have a right to claim it as though they were blood of the blood, and flesh of the flesh of the men who wrote that Declaration, (loud and long continued applause) and so they are. That is the electric cord in that Declaration that links the hearts of patriotic and liberty-loving men together, that will link those patriotic hearts as long as the love of freedom exists in the minds of men throughout the world.

http://www.vindicatingthefounders.com/library/electric-cord-speech.html


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 07/27/2014 at 02:14 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - February 05, 2014

Unsung heros

Sir Nicholas Winton saved 669 children destined for concentration camps. As of now he is still with us and is 104 years old. Here is a short clip of him being reunited with all those children he saved. (Peiper, what is MBE? His Wikipedia entry mentions it.)


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 02/05/2014 at 04:16 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - January 29, 2014

This one’s for Peiper

Queen Elizabeth during her WWII service. Not certain she was actually queen then.

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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 01/29/2014 at 11:02 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - May 07, 2013

Hero of the Day!!

Charles Ramsey. The video speaks for itself.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 05/07/2013 at 04:42 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - April 09, 2013

a peaceful passing

Former prime minister Baroness Thatcher dies peacefully

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Former Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher died in a suite at the Ritz today after suffering a severe stroke.

Britain’s first and only female political leader passed away peacefully aged 87, after battling poor health for more than a decade.

After a minor operation over Christmas, Baroness Thatcher had spent the past few months recuperating at the five-star hotel in central London.

The Iron Lady was given 24-hour care by nursing staff in her suite, after becoming too frail to stay in her Belgravia home.

The grocer’s daughter, who became the longest serving British prime minister of the 20th century, will be honoured with a full ceremonial funeral - one step below a state funeral - at St Paul’s Cathedral next week.

Not since Winston Churchill’s death has a politician been granted such a tribute. His funeral was also held there in 1965.

Her spokesman Lord Bell said: ‘It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning’.

Her daughter Carol dashed from her home in the Alps to London on Sunday morning to be by her mother’s side before she died.

The Queen was sad to hear of Baroness Thatcher’s death and Her Majesty will send a private message of sympathy to the family, Buckingham Palace said today.

The last true Conservative has left the island. Turn out the lights and walk away, and leave the place to the savages.

See More Below The Fold

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/09/2013 at 01:18 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - February 27, 2013

A must read…

http://freepatriot.org/2013/02/24/man-kills-home-invader-in-self-defense-perps-family-outraged/?fb_source=pubv1

My favorite line:

Predictably, the homeowner grabbed his home defense pistol and perforated the perp with extreme prejudice.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 02/27/2013 at 06:54 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - November 29, 2012

He flew down the Champs-Elysees at second floor window height

I’m not sure about second floor but it couldn’t have been too high to do that.
Damn but weren’t there guys who did the derring-do things well in those days?  Of course, the opportunities presented themselves in more ways back then.
Whatever it was, many of the guys back then and most especially the flyers, even looked the part.  Like a cross between David Niven and Errol Flynn.
They fought well and for a country that years later isn’t worthy of them or their achievements.  Maybe I shouldn’t say that being a guest here. For now.

I read about these guys now and then, and have had the opportunity to actually hold in my own hands, letters from them to home or from commanding officers with sad news of loss. Then I look around and see how things are now.  Not the same sort at all.  Just sad. 


The RAF pilot who dropped the Tricolor on occupied Paris

The audacious story of how a RAF pilot flew down the Champs-Elysees to drop a French Tricolor over Nazi-occupied Paris has emerged after his medals were put up for sale.

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In a daring raid intended to boost the morale of the French, Wing Commander Ken Gatward flew just feet off the ground to put the wind up the Germans.

After dropping a huge French flag on top of the Arc de Triomphe, the British pilot headed towards the Gestapo headquarters which he raked with 20mm shells.

The attack sent the German SS troops running for their lives, to the delight of Parisians.

Wg Cdr Gatward’s antics were celebrated in British newspaper cartoons and raised the hope and morale among the British and French.

One of the cartoons depicted his aircraft doing a loop around the Eiffel Tower, with the word ‘Hope’ written in the sky using his trail smoke.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and after the war he was hailed a hero by the French government who presented him with a large bottle of Champagne and a Tricolor in Paris.

Wg Cdr Gatward’s medal set, that includes his DFC with bar and a Distinguished Service Order, have now been put up for auction after the recent death of his widow.

Being sold with it are the pilot’s log books and the wooden commemorative Champagne case inscribed with the words ‘In Remembrance of Your Flight Over Paris’.

A souvenir booklet featuring a sketch of the moment Wg Cdr Gatward and his observer dropped the Tricolor over the Arc de Triomphe with German army trucks on the ground is also being sold.

James Grinter, of auctioneers Reeman Dansie of Colchester, Essex, said: “Ken Gatwood’s act of bravery is a real Boy’s Own story.

“He was asked to volunteer for the ‘unsafe mission’ which was aimed at boosting the morale of the French and British people as well as undermine the Germans.

“This is June 1942 and the real dark days of war for the French and this was to demonstrate that the Germans weren’t invincible.”

Wg Cdr Gatward was chosen for the sortie as he had demonstrated a skill for accurate flying during low-level attacks on enemy positions after Dunkirk.

The British had been informed the Germans held daily parades down the Champs-Elysees and he was asked to strafe the parade.

He and his navigator, Flight Sergeant George Fern, took off from Thorny Island, near Portsmouth, on June 12.

After reaching Paris, he flew at just 30ft before Ft Sgt released the flag down the flare shute and over the Arc de Triomphe.

Mr Grinter said: “It is an amazing story - one of those that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

“He flew down the Champs-Elysees at second floor window height. It was an incredible act of bravery and a real audacious attack.

“He attacked the Gestapo HQ and SS troops were seen to run for their lives. As he turned for home the Germans came out and shook their fists at him.

“The attack gave Parisians one of the greatest thrills of the war and had a huge effect on the morale of the French and at home.”

After returning unscathed to Britain, Wg Cdr Gatward wrote in his logbook: “Paris - no cover - 0ft. Drop tricolours on Arc Triomphe & Ministrie Marine. Shoot up German HQ. Little flak - no E.A. Bird in STBD oil radiator.

“Returned Northolt and on to command 61 photos. Heavy rain over England. France fair to light.”

The bird in question was a French crow that clattered into Wg Cdr Gatward’s Beaufighter plane as he approached Paris.

Upon his return to England, he removed the dead bird and laid it to rest at RAF Northolt.

Wg Cdr Gatward was awarded a second DFC in September 1944 for taking part in an aeriel attack on a German convoy in Norwegian waters.

He spent 30 years in the RAF before retiring. He lived in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, with wife Pamela and died in 1998 aged 84.

His medals and other items are expected to sell for £8,000 at the auction on Friday.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/29/2012 at 10:15 AM   
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