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The Right of the People to be Secure in their Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects,
Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated


Saturday, July 04, 2015



When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. -- Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world. He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands. He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers. He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance. He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature. He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation: He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation. He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions. In Jefferson's draft there is a part on slavery here In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends. We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. JOHN HANCOCK, President Attested, CHARLES THOMSON, Secretary
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Proof Through The Night

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HIDDEN CAMERA: Muslim Lawyer Tells Kids ‘ISIS is Just Propaganda’ and ‘Extremism Doesn’t Lead to Terrorism’

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Hillary Clinton Approved Arms for Terrorist Enemies of U.S.

From SOS:
Judge Andrew Napolitano revealed this morning what he has concluded after reviewing hundreds of pages of documents and emails related to Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. 
The judge wrote today in a Washington Times column that the documents "persuaded me beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty that Mrs. Clinton provided material assistance to terrorists and lied to Congress." 
Napolitano said he looked at transcripts from a Fox News interview with an American arms dealer named Marc Turi, in addition to reviewing emails between Turi, State Department officials and lawmakers. 
On Fox Business Network this morning, the judge told Charles Payne that he believes a "conspiracy existed" among President Obama, Mrs. Clinton, congressional leaders and other officials to "get arms shipped to rebels in Syria and Libya." 
Napolitano said some of the rebel groups were on the United States' list of terrorist organizations, so providing "material assistance" to them would be a felony. 
Napolitano said arms dealers received permission lawfully from the State Department to sell the weapons to the government of Qatar. 
"Qatar then sold, delivered, bartered or gave these arms to the terrorist organizations with the consent of Hillary Rodham Clinton," he said, adding that it is "crystal clear" from the documents that U.S. officials knew where the weapons would end up. 
Scandal: The omnipresent power behind the throne some have called the president’s Rasputin had the power to call off three strikes against Osama bin Laden. She may have used that power again the night four Americans died in Benghazi.
The Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on our diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, came while America failed to mount a rescue mission despite sufficient time and assets. Included in that disaster were the unaccounted whereabouts of President Obama during eight critical hours, the lack of Situation Room photos, the failure by the president to follow up with subordinates before his trip to Las Vegas and the fabricated story that the whole thing was prompted by an Internet video.
Columnist Charles Krauthammer said recently on “The O’Reilly Factor” that the “biggest scandal of all” regarding that Benghazi slaughter has yet to emerge.
“I think there is a bigger story here … that will in time come out,” Krauthammer said. “The biggest scandal of all, the biggest question is: What was the president doing in those eight hours?” 
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Remember what it took, because it still takes it - 6

Don Troiani Concord Bridge
If you have not seen any of Don Troiani's Civil War works, the moments they capture, many of which are only slightly known, are truly inspiring.

Such as the 1st Minnesota's 262 Men charging Cadmus Wilcox's 1600 Alabamans the 2nd day at Gettysburg to save the Union position, before Joshua Chamberlain had his moment that day, to save it again.

That is here

Of the 262 Minnesotans who Hancock found himself to stop Wilcox's break through, 47 remained in line after being ordered to charge at 1-5 odds, to buy the minutes needed to get a defense at the base of Cemetery Ridge in order.
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Remember what it took, because it still takes it - 5

A more accurate crossing of the Delaware

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Mort Kunstler 'Reading the Declaration of Independence to the Troops'

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Remember what it took, because it still takes it -3

Don Troiani's work - Lexington Green's Farmers and Merchants, April 19th

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Remember what it took, because it still takes it - 2

Farmers at Concord

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Bunker Hill Redoubt

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) spends more money than it collects when trying to recover payments to individuals who received benefits for which they were not eligible.
You know, the day we decided to show the world, humans COULD REALLY govern themselves.
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Miles, Live, 1973

Miles Davis (tpt, org);
Dave Liebman (ss, ts, fl);
Pete Cosey (g, perc);
Reggie Lucas (g);
Michael Henderson (el-b);
Al Foster (d);
Mtume (cga, perc)
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Friday, July 03, 2015

Independence Day Weekend 2015

Hillsdale College's choir singing "America the Beautiful":

O Ship Of State by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State!
Sail on, O Union, strong and great!
Humanity with all its fears,
With all the hopes of future years,
Is hanging breathless on thy fate!
We know what Master laid thy keel,
What Workmen wrought thy ribs of steel,
Who made each mast, and sail, and rope,
What anvils rang, what hammers beat,
In what a forge and what a heat
Were shaped the anchors of thy hope!
Fear not each sudden sound and shock,
’Tis of the wave and not the rock;
’Tis but the flapping of the sail,
And not a rent made by the gale!
In spite of rock and tempest’s roar,
In spite of false lights on the shore,
Sail on, nor fear to breast the sea!
Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee.
Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,
Our faith triumphant o’er our fears,
Are all with thee,—are all with thee!

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Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison
A Black and White Night

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US Air Force Cancels Two 4th of July Shows Because of "Severe and Credible Threats"

From the Daily Mail:
The U.S. Air Force has cancelled planned Independence Day celebrations at a Norfolk RAF base due to the increased risk of a Jihadi terror attack. 
The two-day festival was due to be hosted by U.S crew based in RAF Lakenheath and Mildenhall, home to the 48th Fighter Wing at the nearby RAF Feltwell in Norfolk. 
Among the highlights of the show was to be a display by the RAF Red Arrows as well as the RAF Falcons parachute team. 
Colonel David Eaglin, 48th Fighter Wing vice commander said: 'While we were certainly looking forward to this year's celebration and hosting the US and UK communities at RAF Feltwell, we have to put public safety first and foremost. ' 
We apologise for any inconvenience this cancellation has caused, and we will continue to work with our UK counterparts - both military and civilian - to make sure we keep our Airmen and the local communities safe.' 
As well as the high-octane displays, the festival was due to feature live bands, acrobatic displays and carnival rides.
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Independence Day Reading

Excerpt from Our Once Sacred Honor by Mustang of A Texas View:
...These men [who signed the Declaration of Independence] knew full well what they were doing was dangerous to themselves, to their families, and to their wealth and property. They had everything to lose, and little to gain by signing this instrument of the American Revolution. If the revolution should fail, these men would forfeit their lives. If these men were to succeed, then they faced years of struggling to establish a new government, a new country. Had anyone done such a thing before? No.

These men did suffer.


More than half of these fifty-six men suffered during the American Revolution. Five were taken into custody by the British and died in captivity; 12 lost their homes and property, two lost their sons in the war, one had both of his sons captured by the British, nine of the signers died in the war of disease or a merciful bullet. They pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. Every man fulfilled this pledge; every man kept the faith. Every man paid the price exacted of him. If only these leftists who condemn the founding fathers had even a modicum of similar devotion … but no, they’ve chosen a different path for themselves —and for us, as well.
Read it all HERE. Worth your time.

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... more than 100 asylum seekers will be freed from detention centres. The Detained Fast Track (DFT) system was introduced in 2000 to fast-track the removal of people with 'very weak or spurious claims'. 
It worked by accelerating legal hearings and appeals while keeping the individual seeking asylum in detention. 
But campaigners warned that people put on the controversial scheme were held in detention centres, which they say are like high-security prisons. 
Now the government has admitted defeat in a long running legal battle over the system after the scheme was branded 'structurally unfair' by the High Court. 
Under the scheme, asylum seekers from a host of 'safe' countries, including as Nigeria, Ghana and Sierre Leone, are automatically put on a special fast-track deportation route because their cases are considered 'manifestly unfounded'. 
They are then transferred to one of the detention centres, and given only seven days to appeal before they are kicked out of the country. 
But last month a judge at the High Court ruled that the rules put asylum seekers 'at a serious procedural disadvantage' and said it 'looks uncomfortably akin to… sacrificing fairness on the altar of speed and convenience'.
The EU should “do its best to undermine” the “homogeneity” of its member states, the UN’s special representative for migration has said. Peter Sutherland told peers the future prosperity of many 
EU states depended on them becoming multicultural. He also suggested the UK government’s immigration policy had no basis in international law. 
He was being quizzed by the Lords EU home affairs sub-committee which is investigating global migration. 
Mr Sutherland, who is non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs International and a former chairman of oil giant BP, heads the Global Forum on Migration and Development , which brings together representatives of 160 nations to share policy ideas. 
He told the House of Lords committee migration was a “crucial dynamic for economic growth” in some EU nations “however difficult it may be to explain this to the citizens of those states”.
Why was Cherie so keen to open doors for a billionaire sheikh's wife?
Emails between Cherie Blair and Hillary Clinton released under FOI laws
Show tranche of private emails in which Mrs Blair acts as 'fixer' for meeting
Successfully lobbied then Secretary of State to meet with Sheikha Mozah
Questions raised in regards to reasoning behind Cherie's push for one-to-one sit downs
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Takei: Justice Thomas=Clown in blackface - We just can’t allow for honest opposition anymore

I don’t think he will come back calling you a faggot who got lucky on the back of Uhuru’s crew

Today the opposition has to be evil.

For a long time conservatives always looked on progressives  as silly and foolish, while progressives always looked at conservatives as fascist evildoers.

That has passed.

All that’s left is a domestic duel to the death, against a fully demonized and subhuman opposition.

Yesterday in a somewhat extended twitter fight, I had a discussion with a progressive who felt GOOD that the 1st amendment would be curtailed if churches, orthodox synagogues, and mosques LOST their charitable tax status for opposition to SCOTUS’ gay marriage decision based on their belief and and conscience i.e., those who felt being compelled to take part in a gay marriage was wrong, but may or may NOT be opposed to gay marriage itself.

What was interesting was why.

This progressive wanted the moneys saved by the govt FROM TAXPAYERS, and it was important to this person that this was private money used by the govt-used for health care.

I explained that health was was important but the constitution was mandatory (leaving out that the govt simply can’t do a good job with health care - VA anyone?).

The progressive didn’t care and thought of this (or her) view as practical use of moneys.

Foolish and naive.


In intent.

Who taught history where this person was schooled?
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Which doesn’t belong and why?

Which doesn’t belong and why?If the reason this is even MORE infuriating than the rainbow White House’s CYNICAL lighting is not immediately apparent, then it cannot be explained.I don’t know if or how many gay marines gave their lives on Mt Suribachi, but the work of ‘professional homosexuals‘ whose in your face obnoxiousness is counterproductive to their every moment alive, need to hear something from me.The equivalent.I fuck women.How does that sound, morons?

Which doesn’t belong and why?

If the reason this is even MORE infuriating than the rainbow White House’s CYNICAL lighting is not immediately apparent, then it cannot be explained.

I don’t know if or how many gay marines gave their lives on Mt Suribachi, but the work of ‘professional homosexuals‘ whose in your face obnoxiousness is counterproductive to their every moment alive, need to hear something from me.

The equivalent.

I fuck women.

How does that sound, morons?
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How fucking stupid is England?
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Kings of Leon

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The Allman Brothers Band
01/05/80 - Capitol Theatre
Full Concert

0:00:00 - Taking The Stage
0:01:54 - Don't Want You No More/It's Not My Cross To Bear
0:10:29 - Can't Take It With You
0:14:29 - Blue Sky
0:19:59 - Stormy Monday
0:27:57 - Blind Love
0:33:39 - Crazy Love
0:37:17 - Just Ain't Easy
0:42:20 - In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (Incomplete)
0:52:14 - Try It One More Time
0:57:15 - One Way Out
1:06:19 - Statesboro Blues
1:11:56 - Southbound
1:20:15 - Jessica
1:29:29 - Whipping Post
1:45:05 - Pegasus
1:46:53 - Midnight Rider
1:47:34 - Will The Circle Be Unbroken
1:50:56 - Ramblin' Man

Gregg Allman - keyboards, vocals
Dickey Betts - guitar, vocals
Dan Toler - guitar
David Goldflies- bass
Butch Trucks - drums
Jai Johnny Johansen - drums
Bonnie Bramlett - vocals, tambourine

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Muslim Caller To TV Show Explains Mission of Islam In Europe: "We Will Fight Them Until There Is No God But Allah"

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Peter King: "This Is For Real, Snipers, Nuclear Detection Devices, Big Concern Here in New York"

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Is it possible that the whole gay marriage issue had nothing to do with (already existing) rights for homosexuals, but in fact was a deconstructionist act to destroy traditional marriage

Listen to the first 20 seconds.


Is it possible that the whole gay marriage issue had nothing to do with (already existing) rights for homosexuals, but in fact was a deconstructionist act to destroy traditional marriage
“Gay marriage is a lie,” announced gay activist Masha Gessen in a panel discussion last year at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. “Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we’re going to do with marriage when we get there.” [Applause.] “It’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist.”

Mark Steyn writes:
It’s always a mistake to expect first principles from the left. In Turkey President Erdogan famously explained that democracy is a train you ride until the stop you want to get to – and then you get off. That’s how the left feels about “rights”. There are no principles, only accretions of power.
For those of us cursed by principled argument, the problem of the passing years is that, whatever comes up in the headlines, we had our say five, ten, twenty years ago, and haven’t changed our minds. Six years ago I wrote a column for Maclean’s, which was itself a restatement of a column from The Western Standard another five years before that – all about polygamy, and the gay activists purporting to scoff at it (…)
[Behold the] Headline from this morning’s Politico:
It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy
Why group marriage is the next horizon of social liberalism
The right never learns that there is no last concession, only a nano-second’s respite to catch your breath and then (to reprise another Kathy Shaidle line) more KY for that slippery slope.
Someday soon some judge somewhere will rule in favor of polygamy, not because the left is especially invested in this particular “expansion” of rights but because of the opportunities it provides for further vandalism of what’s left of the old order. That’s what matters. (…)
In the gloomier moments of my own case, my lawyers and I occasionally discuss how, if it all goes pear-shaped in DC, we’ll be off to SCOTUS. But we’re not Larry Flynt in the Eighties anymore. It would seem to me rather complacent to assume these days that there are five votes for free speech at the US Supreme Court.
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HBO's "Dirty War" Deals With Threat of Dirty Bomb Detonated in UK

HBO, "Dirty War" 1:30:08 Illustrates the challenges of preventing/dealing with the threat of a dirty bomb detonated in Liverpool, London.
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This Week On The Gathering Storm: Open Mic!

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch.

The show broadcasts live for 30 minutes every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870. Callers welcome!

Listen to the July 3, 2015 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

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BREAKING: Active Shooter At U.S. Navy Yard

From the Washington Post:
Park Police mobilized after reports of shooter at Navy Yard

U.S. Park Police confirmed that officers responded Thursday to reports of an active shooter at the Washington Navy Yard.

The call came in about 7:40 a.m.

The military installation was the site of a 2013 shooting in which a lone gunman shot and killed 12 workers and injured three others.

Few details were immediately available on the latest incident
Check the live feed at WTOP for updates.

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Humpday Blues

John Hammond
Drop Down Mama

Ride Till I Die

Trouble Blues

I Can't Be Satisfied

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

France has deported 40 imams for hate speech

From the Local:
France has deported 40 foreign imams for “preaching hatred” in the past three years, a quarter of them since the January terror attacks in Paris, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Monday. 
The minister vowed to clamp down on mosques and preachers inciting hatred after a suspected Islamist beheaded his boss during an attack on a gas factory last week. 
The attack, which had the hallmarks of a jihadist act but is also believed to have personal motivations, was the second in six months in France which is battling to curb radicalisation that has seen hundreds of citizens leave to wage jihad in Iraq and Syria. 
Any “foreign preacher of hate will be deported,” said Cazeneuve, adding that several mosques were being investigated for inciting terrorism and if found to be doing so, “will be shut down”. 
“We have deported 40 preachers of hatred since 2012. Since the beginning of the year we have examined 22 cases, and around 10 imams and preachers of hatred have been expelled,” said Cazeneuve. 
Yassin Salhi, 35, on Sunday confessed during interrogation to killing his boss and pinning his head to a fence of the Air Products factory near the eastern city of Lyon. The severed head was discovered flanked by two Islamic flags and it later emerged he had sent a selfie of himself with the head to a number believed to belong to a French jihadist currently in Syria. 
While Salhi was known to security services for links to radical Islamists in France, and his crime bore the hallmarks of a jihadist act, sources close to the investigation have suggested a personal dimension after a dispute with his employer two days earlier. 
“There is no doubt of the personal motivations but there is a symbolism taken from the most atrocious, abject images of terrorism,” said Cazeneuve.
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Good News! Kennedy's Idiotic Gay Marriage Decision Worse Than You Thought

From Ace of Spades:
I was wondering how this new found "right to dignity" would play out. Turns out, Kennedy wasn't satisfied with just rewriting the centuries old definition of marriage. No, he decided to unshackle judges entirety from the written Constitution. He accomplished this byoverturning a precedent that laid out the ground rules for finding "new rights."
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Authorities warn of possible ISIS inspired terror threat over 4th of July

Authorities warn of possible ISIS inspired terror threat over 4th of Julyff 2:12 Congressman Peter King (NY) House Homeland Security Cmte: "I would say also, that as Secretary Jeh Johnson (Homeland Security Secretary) said in his statement that "if the American people see something, say something".That's especially true from people in the Muslim community because that is where this threat is going to come from. So I'm really calling on them. If they know anything at all, anything out of the ordinary, let the police know because we're talking about potential life and death here.

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Another FORMERLY close US ally, with US TROOPS, re-aligns in OBAMAWORLD



      Artist Rendition of a DF-21 missile attack on the US Navy

Analysts warn S. Korea putting China ties ahead of national security

South Korea is bending to China’s will in resisting an adequate missile defense system, analysts and government officials say.

The United States has urged the deployment of a THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) battery in South Korea, but the move sparked strong protests from China.
A group of ruling party leaders in Seoul have recently gone public in favor of the THAAD deployment to better cope with the mounting nuclear and missile threats from North Korea, but the government has yet to make a decision out of concern about China’s response.

In a recent policy paper, Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation said President Park Geun-Hye should nix her policy of “strategic ambiguity” over Chinese pressure and exercise the nation’s right to defend itself against North Korea, especially since China is seen as unwilling to confront its ally in Pyongyang.
South Korea has committed 8.7 trillion won ($8.1 billion) over the next five years to build up its theater missile defense shield and pre-emptive strike apparatus to cope with North Korea’s threats, EastAsiaIntel.com has reported.
Seoul will invest 6 trillion won in building the Kill Chain, and 2.7 trillion won into the development of the Korean Air and Missile Defense (KAMD) until 2020, according to the defense ministry.
Kill Chain entails launching a pre-emptive strike at the North’s asymmetric warfare capabilities and effectively retaliating against its small-scale provocations.
KAMD incorporates South Korean missile defense radar with early warning data from U.S. satellites. When a U.S. satellite detects missiles coming from North Korea, it signals a missile interceptor system called the Patriot Advanced Capability-2 (PAC-2) and other ship-based interceptors to shoot down the enemy missiles.
North Korea claims to now have the ability to attack the continental United States, American bases in the Pacific, and U.S. allies South Korea and Japan with nuclear weapons. In March of this year, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong warned that Pyongyang now has the power to “make a precision strike at bases of aggression and blow them up with a single blow, no matter where they are on earth.”
North Korea’s arsenal is said to include at least 400 Scud short-range tactical ballistic missiles, 300 No-Dong medium-range missiles, and 100 to 200 Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The Scud missiles threaten South Korea, the No-Dong’s range includes South Korea and all of Japan, and the Musudan is capable of reaching U.S. bases on Okinawa and Guam.
U.S. experts estimate North Korea has 10-16 nuclear weapons and Dr. Siegfried Hecker, former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, added that Pyongyang could have 20 nuclear weapons by 2016.
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This is all coming from someone on a religious board of directors who voted to SUPPORT gay marriage in his congregation.
These people’s consciences below were so affected by their surrounding society and it’s laws, they felt they had to leave that society and that culture to find religious freedom.

They and Roger Williams came here to found PHYSICAL PLACES where religious (which is to say places where conscience dictated behavior) freedom was sacrosanct.

Maybe you’ve heard of them.
Today there exist PUBLIC officials whose religious beliefs must be violated for them to follow the order of SCOTUS. We do not require those who believe they must be covered, or wear a yarmulke, of a cross to violate their belief, EVEN IN PUBLIC VENUES.
and HERE
“The notion that public employees get to pick and choose which laws they follow based on their religious beliefs is a really dangerous precedent and a terrible public policy, If you’re a public official, you need to carry out those laws, and you don’t get to decide whether they’re right or wrong.” - Marc Solomon, national campaign director at Freedom to Marry
We CANNOT require those public officials who have religious conscience over gay marriage, and those who operate businesses which connect with marriage to be COMPELLED to act against their religious conscience.
And we CANNOT compel them to jump through costly legal and regulatory hoops to PROVE they do.
If this means that we need to have a Constitutional Amendment to AGAIN require the First Amendment to provide what Roger Williams and the Pilgrims sought so desperately they left all they had and knew, then it’s time to raise the conscience of the nation by this effort.
This INCLUDES the horrific ruling in Oklahoma that the 10 Commandments granite tablet must be removed from public lands. If nothing else, the cultural and historical model for our behavior should have been respected for that reason alone.
It’s not that SCOTUS should have PREVENTED those who love the same sex from getting married, it’s that they now have VIOLATED the true religious freedom of those who believe OTHER.
I am not one of those who have such beliefs, but I MUST. ….MUST defend their right to find their own conscience, and act on it.

Permitting gay marriage is NOT the same thing as compelling people to take part in gay marriage.

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Sea Level
02/11/77 - Capitol Theatre
Full Concert

0:00:00 - Tidal Wave
0:06:25 - Rain In Spain
0:13:28 - Shake A Leg
0:18:04 - Hideaway
0:21:43 - Scarborough Fair
0:27:34 - Hot 'Lanta
0:34:58 - Lawman
0:39:10 - Grand Larceny
0:45:19 - Tuning
0:47:01 - Country Fool
0:50:45 - Statesboro Blues (incomplete)
0:54:31 - Encore Break
0:56:04 - I'm Ready

Chuck Leavell: keyboards, lead vocals
Jimmy Nalls: guitars, vocals
Lamar Williams: bass, vocals
Jai Johanny Johanson: drums, percussion

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

In 'first', IS beheads two civilian women in Syria: monitor

The Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria on accusations of "sorcery," the first such executions of female civilians in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday.
"The Islamic State group executed two women by beheading them in Deir Ezzor province, and this is the first time the Observatory has documented women being killed by the group in this manner," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
The Britain-based monitor said the executions took place on Monday and Sunday and involved two couples.
In both cases, the women were executed with their husbands, with each pair accused of "witchcraft and sorcery".
The Observatory said IS has previously decapitated the corpses of Kurdish female fighters during battles, and the jihadist group is reported to have stoned civilian women to death on allegations of adultery.
But the Observatory said this was the first time it had documented the group beheading civilian women, noting that the executions were done publicly.
The Islamic State group has become infamous for gruesome executions and other brutality.
According to the Observatory, IS has executed more than 3,000 people in Syria in the year since it declared its Islamic "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq.
Nearly 1,800 of them were civilians, including 74 children.
The Observatory also said Tuesday that IS has punished at least eight people in recent days for allegedly failing to fast during the Muslim month of Ramadan by hanging them from makeshift crosses.
The eight were all strung up alive on crucifixes with placards attached to them accusing them of breaking the Ramadan fast "with no religious justification."
Among the eight were two minors, the Observatory said, adding that while it had documented eight cases, there might be others that have not been reported.
Observatory chief Abdel Rahman said the eight were hung from the crucifixes for a day and taken down afterwards still alive.


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'We played dead' says Tunisia beach attack survivor

'We played dead' says Tunisia beach attack survivor - BBC News

How many times have I said it:


Maybe If We Pretend We're Dead, 
The Muslims Will Leave Us Alone
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Amazon: No Confederate Flags But Hezbollah Onesies, Hamas Flags, And Even Taliban Action Figures Are Just Fine

From CNS:
(CNSNews.com) – Amazon.com joined other American companies like eBay and Wal-Mart last week in banning the sale of the Confederate flag, but the online retail giant has apparently not banned items associated with foreign terrorist groups. 
Flags of Hamas and Hezbollah, and armed “Taliban” action figures are among the offerings available with a few clicks of a mouse. 
Amazon’s decision to remove merchandise featuring the Confederate flag, reported by Reuters and others last week, came in the wake of the shooting of nine people in a church in Charleston, S.C. by a white gunman who photographed himself draped in the flag.
Communist Philosophy may have been a broken clock, but it struck right on the dot when it said, "When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use."
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Was I Wrong To Support Gay Marriage?

From David Harsanyi at The Federalist:
I’ve supported same-sex marriage ever since I first heard the idea. And when I became a political columnist in the early 2000s—despite being the “conservative” at a good-sized newspaper—I was the only one at the paper (as far as I can recall) who unequivocally backed gay marriage publicly. 
Though I wasn’t gullible enough to believe I’d be persuading many readers, I was gullible enough to believe that my allies in the cause were merely concerned with “equality.” 
As we dig out from the avalanche of half-baked platitudes about “love being love” and watch alleged news organizations and the White House adorn themselves in cheerful rainbows, we can look forward to the self-righteous mobs that will be defaming anyone who is reluctant to embrace the state’s new definition of marriage. Love is love, except when a person loves their God and follows the principles of their faith, evidently. 
Do a majority of Americans who support gay marriage believe these traditionalists deserve to be treated like unrepentant Klan boosters? Of course, there will always be the obnoxious Puritan, as the quote goes, who loves God with all his soul, but hates his neighbor with all his heart. But, as any honest observer would tell you, there are also many profoundly decent religious people who aren’t filled with enmity, aren’t bigoted, aren’t hateful, but do still hold long-established notions about what marriage should look like. 
Yet, here’s how Ben Smith put it when asked about his site’s politicizing: 
For Ben Smith, the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, same-sex marriage is an issue which does not have sides. On Friday, he told the On Media blog that BuzzFeed’s Twitter avatar was in keeping with its standards guide: “We firmly believe that for a number of issues, including civil rights, women’s rights, anti-racism, and LGBT equality, there are not two sides.” 
Tell that to the numerous denominations of Protestantism, or the Orthodox Jews, the Catholic Church, the Mormons, the Muslims, to name just a few, whose religious conception of marriage is antithetical to this secular iteration of marriage. I imagine they have a “side.” 
The question is, do a majority of Americans who support gay marriage believe likening these people to racists and misogynists is reasonable? Do they believe that all people must surrender their convictions and endorse the state’s definition? 
Take the aggressively confused Amanda Marcotte, who argues that “Rand Paul Would Rather End Marriage Than Share It With Gay People.” Marcotte is referring to Paul’s idea, one that’s common among libertarians—also, famously advocated for by Michael Kinsley—that marriage should no longer be a concern of the state. People would be able to form their own relationships and marry (or not) in whatever church (or not) they desired. They would be able to call their relationships whatever they wanted. They would sign contracts to define the legal parameters of their association. 
This solution is probably impractical when we consider the legal complexities of civil marriage. For pundits like Marcotte, though, taking the state out of marriage makes it indistinguishable from eliminating it. 
Love is only love after a person takes a blood test and is issued a license by a bureaucrat. 
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"The F-35 has no place fighting other aircraft within visual range"

One of the hallmarks of being able to govern ourselves is that we can protect ourselves sufficiently.
In 1942 we sent the Navy to war with this:

At the battle of Midway 41 TBD torpedo planes launched from the Yorktown, Hornet and Enterprise. They recorded no hits, and only 6 returned after dropping torpedoes in attack at ~80-100 mph. The USA recovered because we had the time.

Now, this kind of failure would result in the war liable to be over before a DESIGN OF A BETTER CRAFT COULD BE SAVED TO DISK.

From Foxtrot Alpha
The F-35 Can’t Beat The Plane It’s Replacing In A Dogfight: Report

We’ve heard of significant shortcomings before with the fighter jet that’s supposed to be America’s future, but this is just as bad as it gets. The F-35 performed so dismally in a dogfight, that the test pilot remarked that the it had pretty much no place fighting other aircraft within visual range.

And it’s even worse than a mere maneuverability issue. At one point, the pilot’s helmet was so big he couldn’t even turn his head inside the cockpit.

That’s according to a scathing report obtained by our friends over at War Is Boring that details the results of visual range air-to-air engagement tests between an F-35A and an F-16C. The F-35, which the US Air Force, Navy, and Marines are expected to rely upon, in addition to the air arms of militaries across the world for at least the next few decades, was supposed to be better than its F-16 predecessor in all respects.

The F-35’s ability to compete against other fighter aircraft in a close-in dogfight, even against the decades old designs it looks to replace, has always been a contentious issue. Long ago, the F-35’s maneuverability was planned to far exceed that of fourth generation fighters. Over time, those claims eroded to the point where the troubled stealth jet is described as being “about as maneuverable as an F-16.”

The fact that the F-35 can carry its weapons and fuel internally was of course the major deciding factor in being able to make such a claim.

Keep in mind, all of this is anecdotal, but testing reports over almost the last decade have supported the fact that the F-35 was not nearly as nimble as many would like it to be. Still, all claims regarding its performance against other fighters in a dogfight remained largely academic, with only bits of data to compare in a vacuum.

Which is why the candid report described in the War Is Boring article finally gives us a good first hand account as to how capable – or incapable as it may be – the F-35 is in the within-visual-range fight.

The test pilot flying the F-35 makes it very clear that the new jet, even in its ideal configuration without any external stores, was no match against a Block-40 F-16C in a less-than-ideal configuration with a pair of under-wing fuel tanks:

Even with the limited F-16 target configuration, the F-35A remained at a distinct energy disadvantage for every engagement.

In dogfighting, energy is everything, and if your enemy has more kinetic and potential energy for maneuvers than you do, then you’re toast.

The report even goes into what is akin to a fairly desperate move usually only used in one-on-one air combat maneuvers, known as a rudder reversal, that the F-35 is apparently decent at performing at slow speeds. The fact that this was even detailed in the report as a useful tactic is telling. In reality, using such maneuvers means you are probably going to die if any other bad guys are in the area as it rapidly depletes the aircraft’s energy state, leaving it vulnerable to attack.

All of this also reminds us of the fact that we cannot believe the information coming from the program itself, which is troubling. Only as the aircraft continues to enter the fleet (which is a whole other ridiculous story) will we begin to hear more honest reviews of its performance, as in the past we have had to rely on unclassified congressional watch dog reports and other unbiased sources to identify trends and key data points.

Another area that the test pilot highlights on is the F-35’s abysmal rearward visibility. David Axe from War Is Boring writes:

And to add insult to injury, the JSF flier discovered he couldn’t even comfortably move his head inside the radar-evading jet’s cramped cockpit. “The helmet was too large for the space inside the canopy to adequately see behind the aircraft.” That allowed the F-16 to sneak up on him.

The report goes on to make other telling remarks about the F-35’s air combat maneuvering
performance. It should be noted that the aircraft’s flight software can probably still be tweaked to offer a little wider envelope for pilots to traverse during a hard turning dogfight, but seeing as this test occurred this year (almost a decade after the first F-35 flew), the amount of extra agility that can be squeezed out of the F-35 is most likely marginal at this point. Also, the aircraft flown in the test, an F-35A, is the most maneuverable F-35 variant of the lot, being capable of pulling 9g, while the carrier capable F-35C is capable of pulling 7.5g and the short takeoff and vertical landing variant, the F-35B, is only capable of pulling 7g.

Eisenhower, and others to some degree, did warn us gravely to beware of the military-industrial complex, I supposed of which the F-35 is the poster child.

The fact that the F-35 is maybe not really a good fighter at all is reminiscent of the question that we’ve been asking for years — if you don’t really need competitive maneuverability, than why do we need a fighter at all?
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Loft Music

The Weekend

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FBI Setting up Command Centers Around U.S. in Case of 4th of July ISIS Terror Attacks?

From Fox:
“FBI tells Fox News it is building command centers around US to monitor terror threats over July 4 holiday” Fox affiliate WTTG-TV in Washington reported federal agencies have sent out warnings to police departments around the country: 
“The FBI, Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center are all warning local law enforcement about a heightened concern involving possible terror attacks targeting the July 4th holiday.” 
”National security analysts say the warning is different and serious this year because of ISIS. They point to U.S.-based extremists who just this year launched attacks in Boston and Dallas and an arrest of a Virginia teenager for helping a friend join ISIS.” 
ABC News recently reported the FBI has investigations in all fifty states to track and disrupt ISIS-inspired terror attacks: 
“The FBI is in the midst of a broad campaign to disrupt potential terrorists inspired by ISIS, with several arrests expected before July 4th, law enforcement officials told ABC News. 
“The latest arrest that is part of this campaign came Saturday in New York, where a college student thought al Qaeda was getting soft and “making efforts to prepare an explosive device for detonation,” according to the FBI. 
“Hundreds of investigations are underway in all 50 states. Many involve suspected ISIS supporters, authorities said.”
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The New York Times, Which Refused to Run Any Mohammad Images Claiming They Simply Would Not Run Pictures That Offended Any Religious Group, Runs Picture of Pope Made Up of Condoms

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The Same People

From Five Feet of Fury:
The same people who told us 30 years ago that “marriage is just a stupid piece of paper” now insist that it’s a “human right.” 
The same people who told us that “a flag is just a meaningless piece of material” now want certain flags banned and others raised — or else. 
The same people who say you can’t change who you want to f*ck tell us you CAN change the bits you f*ck them with. 
The same people who said “Hey, if you don’t like it, change the channel” now run #StopRush and try to ban Ann Coulter et al from campuses. 
The same people who used to tell us to “lighten up” and “learn to take a joke” now fire people who make them. 
LITERALLY the same people.
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Ayatollah Roberts and His Sharia Council

Benedict Roberts

From National Review:
In the matter of the so-called Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court ruled that the law must not say what it in fact does say because it would be better if it were not to say what it says and were to say something else instead. 
In the matter of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court rules that the law must say what it does not say because it would be better if it were to say what it does not say instead of what it says. 
Which is to say, the Supreme Court has firmly established that it does not matter what the law says or does not say — what matters is what they want. 
That texts may be imaginatively interpreted to any end is not news — “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose,” as William Shakespeare observed in The Merchant of Venice.  
The legendary constitutional scholar Barack Obama failed to notice, until the day before yesterday, that the Constitution mandates the legalization of homosexual marriage from sea to shining sea, but, to be fair, that is an easy provision to overlook, even for a mind as keen as Barack Obama’s, since the Constitution does not say one word about marriage, much less about the state-level codification of homosexual couplings being a fundamental federal right.
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