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First things . . . Richard Falknor on 13 Nov 2017

Matthew Bracken’s Novels: Gripping & Instructive Visits In Much Too Likely Futures We Must Avoid

 Western Rifle Shooters Association under “Kudos”
(Click on their link above for wider view of Bracken books.)

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 11 Nov 2017

Veterans Day 2017: Honor those who served by learning and teaching our unique heritage!

Bataan Airfield 1942. 24th Pursuit Group. P-40E Warhawk.

Philippines. Bataan Airfield 1942. 24th Pursuit Group. P-40E Warhawk. (Click on image.)
 
“We’re the battling bastards of Bataan;
No mama, no papa, no Uncle Sam.
No aunts, no uncles, no cousins, no nieces,
No pills, no planes, no artillery pieces
And nobody give a damn
Nobody gives a damn.” 
–Frank Hewlett 1942

Six years ago on Veterans Day, we asked in our Will Veterans Day Fade When Only A Few Still Grasp Why?

“All this military history and much more should be part of our national conversation –– not topics relegated to the archives of academics and locked away from school children.”

Two years ago on Veterans Day, we reported in our Preserving Our National Heritage To Guide And Energize Our Next Generations

“This last year has revealed even more sharply the organized civic collapse of undergraduate bodies in too many of our universities.
Most recently, Yale University and the University of Missouri have brought shame to what was once the higher learning in America.
As Andrew McCarthy wrote yesterday–
‘The university is a terrible deal for the country and for too many students. It is no longer a center of learning and the promotion of reason. It is a cauldron of hard Left indoctrination and victim narratives where reason no longer has a home.'”

Now traditional liberals like Camille Paglia highlight the collapse of learning in America which failure means that the work and sacrifice of veterans from 1775 to this day will disappear from ordinary memory.

Breitbart’s Dr. Susan Berry writes

“In a discussion with American Enterprise Institute (AEI) scholar Christina Hoff Sommers, Paglia said:
What has happened is these young people now getting to college have no sense of history of any kind. No sense of history. No world geography. No sense of the violence and the barbarities of history. So, they think that the whole world has always been like this, a kind of nice, comfortable world where you can go to the store and get orange juice and milk, and you can turn on the water and the hot water comes out. They have no sense whatever of destruction, of the great civilizations that rose and fell, and so on, and how arrogant people get when they’re in a comfortable civilization, etc. So they now are being taught to look around them to see defects in America – which is the freest country in the history of the world – and to feel that somehow America is the source of all evil in the universe, and it’s because they’ve never been exposed to the actual evil of the history of humanity. They know nothing!’
Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, slammed the trend of public schools beginning the teaching of ‘identity politics,’ such as that found in ‘sexual harassment sensitivity training’ and ‘diversity training,’ all the while true education is absent.” (Highlighting added.)

Patriots of all persuasions must act to learn and to teach our special heritage of freedom.

If they do not do so, this heritage will shortly be lost!

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Barbary Wars 1804: Navy Lieutenant & Eastern Shore Native Stephen Decatur Boarding Tripolitan Gunboat by DM Carter.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 30 Oct 2017

“Transgenderism”—Bob Marshall Fights On The Culture Front For All Virginians

Seasoned Breitbart reporter Neil Munro declared in his Transgender Candidate Targets Kindergartens, GOP Legislator  —

“Transgender advocates nationwide are pouring huge amounts of money into northern Virginia to defeat a veteran state legislator, GOP Rep Bob Marshall, who openly opposes the transgender ideology.
Democrats, transgender donors, gay political groups and the establishment media have united behind Danica Roem, who says he is transgender. He has changed his legal sex from male to female via Virginia’s paperwork-only sex-change law. He appears in public as a woman, complete with make-up.
Roem ‘is a guy who thinks he’s a girl who wears a dress,’ said Marshall told Breitbart News. But in his Manassas district, ‘a lot of people don’t know … they think [the candidate] is an odd-looking woman.’
By openly opposing the Democrats’ transgender ideology, ‘I am the Number One target of the Democrats’ in the 2017 elections, Marshall said. ‘If they beat me, this will put [conservative] Representatives in the closet for years,’ he said, because many business-backed GOP legislators are already reluctant to fight against the cultural priorities pushed by wealthy progressive groups, including transgender donors and their business allies.‘” (Highlighting added throughout.)

Veteran journalist Munro points out to his national audience what many Old Dominion conservatives already know about the state GOP —

“The state’s GOP leaders are ignoring the transgender issue because of the state’s business community, said Terry Schilling, a political strategist at the American Principles Project. ‘Democrats, they know Republicans are [unwilling to fight] on this .. so they will go far out there because they think they will suffer no consequences,’ he said.”

And Munro goes right to the bottom line —

“Marshall is trying to raising funds to keep pace with Roem’s heavy spending. ‘I would like to raise half of what he gets … [because] 27 percent of Democratic supporters back away when they find out about this guy’s background.’”

For many years, Bob Marshall has stood first or stood alone for Virginia conservatives from fiscal and constitutional issues to preserving our culture.

Marshall’s defeat would severely hurt Virginia patriots and give the state GOP yet another excuse to flee from preserving our traditional freedoms.

 

Common Defense Richard Falknor on 22 Oct 2017

EMP Attack Now An Imminent Threat? Gates of Vienna’s Dymphna Tells Of “A Bang Followed by Whimpering… and Silence” And the barriers to protecting our electrical grid lie in a muddled Permanent Government and a short-sighted Utilities Industry!

Read all of Dymphna’s post on the grave EMP danger after her introduction below – –

“Gotta love The Swamp. Now that North Korea (probably) has the capability to fire a missile into our airspace, TPTB [the powers that be] have shut down the one governmental organization with the ability to do anything testicular to deter the Fat Boy driving the looming disaster.
Did you think NoKo is going to do something fissionable with its missiles and is going to simply try to ‘bomb’ us? Well, it would seem that’s the intention, but the real problem is the payload on their missiles. All they need is one EMP detonated in our skies (over the East Coast, where lies most of our outdated electrical infrastructure) to send the continent back to say, 1850…and that will mean ninety percent of our population gone within six months or less. One can envision the follow-up: a leisurely walk-through by China. It would be easy-peasy to sort through the pieces of what remained of Canada and the United States.”

Dymphna points to state action such as Maine has initiated as a way to protect the surrounding grid —

“At least Maine seems to be aware and active about the problem. Whether it’s past the initial stages of deciding what to do is hard to say, but its preliminary actions show the way forward for other states. States don’t have to wait for the Federal behemoth to move toward safety. They could even act regionally in a co-operative. This is especially important for our vulnerable northeastern corridor.”

Just last month Fox News’ Hollie McKay declared “As North Korea threatens electromagnetic pulse attack, questions over lapses in US grid security rise” —

“The U.S. electrical grid, which is deemed one of the most vital pieces of infrastructure in the country and serves more than 300 million, does not have one singular oversight body responsible for its safeguarding — hence authorities have cautioned that the magnitude of threat has fallen between the cracks.”

Perhaps the most immediately promising course comes from long-time defense expert Frank Gaffney–

“This week [September 28], America loses a national treasure. Inexplicably, just when we need the country’s most knowledgeable and influential minds advising about how to protect against a potentially imminent, nation-ending peril, the Congressional Electromagnetic Pulse Threat Commission is being shut down.
For seventeen years under the leadership of President Reagan’s Science Advisor, Dr. William Graham, this blue-ribbon panel has warned that we had to protect our electric grid from just the sorts of EMP attacks North Korea is now threatening to unleash upon us. Successive administrations and the electric utilities have shamefully failed to heed those warnings and take corrective action.
President Trump should give Dr. Graham and his team a new mandate as a presidential commission to oversee the immediate implementation of their recommendations.”
(Highlighting added throughout.)
Extra credit October 23: A frighteningly pertinent short story — Matthew Bracken’s Alas, Brave New Babylon

Trump Presidency Richard Falknor on 28 Sep 2017

Breaking Out Of The Obamacare Prison? —President May Issue Executive Order

From yesterday’s Press Gaggle (scroll down)– –

“Q Are you considering an executive order?

THE PRESIDENT: I am considering an executive order on associations, and that will take care of a tremendous number of people with regard to healthcare. And I’ll probably be signing a very major executive order where people can go out, cross state lines, do lots of things, and buy their own healthcare. And that will be probably signed next week. It’s being finished now. It’s going to cover a lot of territory and a lot of people — millions of people.” (Highlighting added.)

Some background from senator Rand Paul – – Paul Predicts ‘Big News’ from White House Soon on Obamacare Tweaks
(Bridget Johnson via PJ Media)!

 

Overpass Media Richard Falknor on 24 Sep 2017

Overpass Message–Rush Hour Friday On I-95:”Million Unemployed-Stop Immigration-America-First”

The Maryland Overpass Message Team headed by Ed Hunter and Lewis Porter got their patriotic display in Howard County before Interstate 95 drivers for three hours last Friday before the Speech Meanies from the State Highway Administration (SHA) were able to shut it down.

Activists Hunter and Porter reported that the SHA apparatchik who showed up kept saying “My bridge, my bridge, you need to take the signs down off MY Bridge or I will take them down.”

Hunter and Porter declared that the SHA had called local authorities to complain that the sign was “vulgar and offensive.”

Porter noted that about 80% of the drivers responded positively to Friday’s message.

He said that fewer than 20% were less than favorable and expressed their disapproval in scatalogical gestures.

Governor Larry Hogan, by some reports a Republican, should start a remedial course in Free Political Speech for SHA employees.

 

 

Trump Presidency Richard Falknor on 15 Sep 2017

GOP Fumbles Free Speech: Trump WH & VA Rep Comstock, or Breitbart’s Kassam, & Monica Morrill?

UPDATE September 16, 2017!  Raheem Kassam: “POTUS Signs ‘Anti-Hate’ Resolution, a Major Assault on America’s First Amendment. . .DACA wasn’t the biggest win for the swamp-left this week.” Read more here !
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“This afternoon [last Wednesday], White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed President Trump would ‘absolutely’ be signing a resolution drafted by Republican and Democrat lawmakers ‘condemning’ hatred. ‘He and [Senator Tim Scott] talked about that and discussed that and agreed that that was the appropriate place to be,’ Sanders said. ‘In terms of whether or not he’ll sign the joint resolution, absolutely, and he looks forward to doing so as soon as he receives it.’ But the resolution is manifestly a ruse — the first line of attack in a new wave of assaults against free speech in America.”  Raheem Kassam
“Thus far in the United States saying ‘I hate’ something is not a crime, yet in H.Res. 257 put forward by Barbara Comstock, ‘Condemning hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus targeting a minority in the United States,’ criminalizes free speech.” Monica Morrill

“EMGAGE declares ‘Mission Accomplished’ during Muslim Hill Day to thank Rep. Comstock for her support of H.Res. 257, anti-hate crime legislation” via Monica Morrill

Geographer and analyst Monica Morrill raised the alarm about northern Virginia Republican Representative Barbara Comstock’s sponsorship of anti-free speech legislation  —

  • “The question then becomes, who defines ‘hate speech’ if it is to be forbidden? Laws that push out free speech, regardless of agreement, do not promote understanding in debate but rather confusion. An attempt to muzzle any speech is a cowardly act of avoiding critical thinking and debate, not to mention it’s contradicting the First Amendment. S.Res. 118 gives minority groups ammunition to suppress the natural rights of free speech of the other. Brigette Gabriel shares the shocking details in her Breitbart article, Betrayal: Republicans Push Anti-Free Speech Bill Written by Islamic Terror-Linked Groups. So, it appears that left-leaning Muslim organizations such as EMGAGE, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), and the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center (ADAMS Center) will likely be at the helm defining what hate speech is intolerable for some against others.”
  • “Why did this resolution even come to be earlier this year? The bills [S.Res. 118 and H.Res. 257] were drafted by Muslim organizations: The Muslim Public Affairs Counsel, and EMGAGE. If you start connecting the dots, I believe you will come to the conclusion that the purpose of these organizations is to replace the constitutional right to free speech with Sharia law, prohibits defamation and blasphemy against Islam. These organizations are cleverly criminalizing speech. Read very carefully what the Senate Resolution says. ‘Condemning hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias … (emphasis added)’ The phrase, ‘Any other form,’ undoubtedly refers to speech when read in the context of the resolution.”

On Wednesday, Breitbart London Editor-in-Chief  Raheem Kassam declaredThe Swamp Just Bounced Trump Into A European-Style Assault on Free Speech”!

Most important, he reminded readers – – –

“Many Americans don’t seem to appreciate as much as outside admirers do, that the United States is the only country in the world with a commitment to free speech enshrined in the nation’s Constitution. Many nations do not even have codified constitution of which to speak.”

Kassam explains – –

  • “The five page document [link added, S.J. Res. 49 signed by president yesterday] the President is now committed to signing refers to violence on the side of Neo Nazi protesters, but fails to mention Antifa, or any other leftist-inspired violence, including but not limited to the Bernie Sanders supporter who recently attempted to murder Republican congressmen.”
  • “It demands signatories ‘speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy’ — laudable aims were it not for the fact that the political left has abused and debased these terms, effectively stripping them of all meaning.
  • “Today, a ‘racist’ is someone who believes in legal immigration. An ‘extremist’ is someone who doesn’t believe in mass, state-funded abortion. A ‘xenophobe’ is someone who takes pride in their nation. An ‘anti-Semite’ is — curiously — someone who supports the State of Israel, and ‘white supremacy’ now occupies the Oval Office. The Overton window has shifted so far that even practicing Muslims are now decried by the most heavily quoted sources as ‘Islamophobes.'”
  • “Speaking of Islamophobia, why has that been left out of this resolution? Will there be — as Islamic supremacists often demand — a special case and motion for Muslims alone, to go before the President later this year? Will the White House be equally excited to sign what would effectively be a blasphemy law?”
  • “Perhaps the most insidious part of this document comes right at the end, where the President will accede to ensuring ‘the heads of other Federal agencies… improve the reporting of hate crimes and… emphasize the importance of the collection, and… reporting to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, of hate crime data by State and local agencies‘”.

Patriots should let both the Kassam and Merrill posts sink in — then contrive to derail schemes that menace our basic freedoms of speech and assembly.

(Highlighting and underscoring added throughout.)

 

 

Trump Presidency Richard Falknor on 21 Aug 2017

Angelo Codevilla — Learned Exposer of the “Ruling Class” — Yesterday Declares “America needs a true alternative to our ruling Uni-party, a true second party.”

As we wrote back on July 5, 2015 in our Codevilla Strikes Again —

“Many readers will recall Angelo Codevilla’s magisterial 2010 American Spectator article ‘America’s Ruling Class —And the Perils of Revolution’ (click here). 

Through this article and follow-on posts, Codevilla has sharpened the political understanding of many American conservatives.”

We are now confronted by the national Antifa Revolutionary Movement as well as a White House Machine apparently inept at fixing the central concerns of those who elected our president.

Yesterday, in the midst of these and other threats to the Republic, Angelo Codevilla declared (Washington Times) in his “Replacing the Republican Party” that

America needs a virile alternative to the present mess”!

Here are some key extracts from Codevilla’s current post — but one should read it all to digest his recommendations!

Having refused to repeal Obamacare, the Republican Party is dead, as was the Whig Party in 1854 after it colluded in the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act which opened these territories to slavery. Republican majorities in both Houses of Congress as well as control of legislatures and governorships in 26 states veil the fact that, in 2017, there are no longer reasons to vote Republican any more than there were to vote Whig after 1854.”
In 1854, the Whig Party finished itself off because its support of Kansas-Nebraska was the last in a long line of acquiescences to the Democratic Party’s agenda regarding slavery and expansion. Obamacare is a principal part of what Democratic rule imposed on America. By embracing it in 2017, the Republican Party removed any prospect that it might serve as an alternative to Democratic rule.”
Today’s America does not need a ‘third party.’ When Congressional Republicans and Democrats together affirmed Obamacare; as they set about financing the health insurance industry in explicit contradiction of law; as every branch of the permanent government continues to have its unaccountable way with Americans; as a foreign policy of indecisive warfare continues despite popular opposition, there is no doubt that today’s America is ruled by a single ruling party and that the Republican Party is part of that party rather than an alternative to it. Why vote Republican when that results, rhetoric aside, in being governed as by Democrats? America needs a true alternative to our ruling Uni-party, a true second party.”
“The New Party would be about returning America to the rule of law under the Constitution. That would mean rolling back the judicial-administrative state that is restricting economic activity, religious freedom and imposing an alien morality on America.”
“There is no doubt that the New Party’s core would be formed by people who currently label themselves Republican, just as the original Republicans were mostly re-labeled Whigs, or that the new party would pursue much of what the Republicans have purported to pursue, just as the original Republicans pursued much of the old Whigs’ agenda.”
“The crucial difference, now as 160 years ago, is that the New Party would cast aside its links to the establishment, would incorporate new concerns, and that it would mean what it said.
Were such a New Party to present a presidential candidate in 2020, the only certainty is that the Republican Party’s standard bearer would receive fewer popular votes than either the Democratic Party’s or the New Party’s candidates. Since neither of these two would likely receive a majority of electoral votes, the House of Representatives would have to choose between them, each state casting one vote. The majority of states have a majority of Republican Congressmen. Whoever of these voted for the Democrat would cut himself off from his district. Whoever voted for the New Party candidate would thereby be applying for membership. (Highlighting and underscoring added.)

Of course, grass-roots Republicans should meet to consider Codevilla’s recommendations, as well as Rich Higgins’ warnings in his  “POTUS and Political Warfare”.

These are documents immediately relevant to our freedom and our safety.

We all know that — sadly — many of the agendas of local and state Republican groups are too often tightly controlled by the local GOP Establishment and by local GOP incumbents.

Consequently local Trump Movements must contrive ways to bring together grass-roots Republicans and conservatives for genuine discussion and action. Trump Movements must promptly craft ways to respond to the perilous situations Codevilla, Higgins, and others spell out.

 

 

Trump Presidency Richard Falknor on 15 Aug 2017

“POTUS and Political Warfare” Spells Out The Peril Patriots Face Today! Grassroots–From Local GOP Committees To Statewide Meetings — Must Take The Time To Discuss This

“Republican LeadershipMore afraid of being accused of being called a racist, sexist, homophobe or Islamophobe than of failing to enforce their oaths to ‘support and defend the Constitution,’ the Republican Establishment accepts and enforces cultural Marxist memes within its own sphere of operations. In doing so, knowingly or not, it becomes an agent of that. These ‘conservatives’ become increasingly indistinguishable from their democratic counter-parts save that they misrepresent themselves to their constituents. Lacking the discernment to recognize their situation, they will work with globalists, corporatists, and the international financial interests and will likewise service the deep state. These establishment Republicans are the hard left’s designated defeat mechanism in the destruction of the old regime as well as the American ideal. Because candidate Trump publicly exposed them for their duplicitous activities, they are at risk as long as Trump can turn on them and are, therefore, bitter foes. Candidate Trump’s success remains an ongoing existential threat to establishment Republicans.” — “POTUS and Political Warfare” by Rich Higgins  (Highlighting added throughout.)

Last week Mike Cernovich wrote – –

“Read the Politically Incorrect Memo that Triggered McMaster”
“H.R. McMaser fired brilliant military strategist Rich Higgins for criticizing radi[c]al Islam. Finally you can read the full memo and decide for yourself whether Trump should keep McMaster as National Security Adviser.”

But Higgins’ “POTUS and Political Warfare” is far more than a national-security document – – it is a lucid exposition of what not only president Trump faces but what all of us must now confront.

“End State. Attacks on President Trump are not just about destroying him, but also about destroying the vision of America that lead to his election. Those individuals and groups seeking the destruction of President Trump actually seek to suffocate the vision of America that made him president. Hence, the end state is not just a delegitimized, destabilized, immobilized and possibly destroyed presidency; but also a demoralized movement composed of a large enough bloc to elect a president that subsequently become self-aware of its own disenfranchisement.”

We all just saw this savage political warfare waged against the president after Charlottesville last Saturday – – consequently Higgins’ analysis is right on point!

So click here or here — then read it all!

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(Here is some further background (scroll down) on Richard Higgins who was a 2011 Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute.)

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 07 Jul 2017

Ask Your GOP Politicians– from County Chairs To Governors To Congress–Whether They Will Enthusiastically Support The President’s Message In His Warsaw Speech

“Trump really laid it on the line: It’s all about the defense of the West.  We will not only stand up for our Judeo-Christian civilization, we will also, if need be, fight for our Judeo-Christian civilization.” — Breitbart’s Virgil

President in Warsaw

Crucial excerpts from the Full Text of Donald Trump’s Speech in Poland (via NBC) – – – (Highlighting added throughout post.)

“And when the day came on June 2nd, 1979, and one million Poles gathered around Victory Square for their very first mass with their Polish Pope, that day, every communist in Warsaw must have known that their oppressive system would soon come crashing down. They must have known it at the exact moment during Pope John Paul II’s sermon when a million Polish men, women, and children suddenly raised their voices in a single prayer. A million Polish people did not ask for wealth. They did not ask for privilege. Instead, one million Poles sang three simple words: ‘We Want God.'”
“During a historic gathering in Saudi Arabia, I called on the leaders of more than 50 Muslim nations to join together to drive out this menace which threatens all of humanity. We must stand united against these shared enemies to strip them of their territory and their funding, and their networks, and any form of ideological support that they may have. While we will always welcome new citizens who share our values and love our people, our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism of any kind. We are fighting hard against radical Islamic terrorism, and we will prevail. We cannot accept those who reject our values and who use hatred to justify violence against the innocent.”
“We have to remember that our defense is not just a commitment of money, it is a commitment of will. Because as the Polish experience reminds us, the defense of the West ultimately rests not only on means but also on the will of its people to prevail and be successful and get what you have to have. The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?  We can have the largest economies and the most lethal weapons anywhere on Earth, but if we do not have strong families and strong values, then we will be weak and we will not survive.”
Our own fight for the West does not begin on the battlefield — it begins with our minds, our wills, and our souls. Today, the ties that unite our civilization are no less vital, and demand no less defense, than that bare shred of land on which the hope of Poland once totally rested. Our freedom, our civilization, and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory.”
“So, together, let us all fight like the Poles — for family, for freedom, for country, and for God.”

James Kirkpatrick asks the right question — Trump Turns The Corner And Goes On The Attack. Will He Make The GOP Follow?

“The potential for victory is there. If, to use President Trump’s own words in Warsaw, he has the will to win.

And if we patriots also have — and act on –that will.

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