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Monday, December 26, 2011

What Price The First Amendment?

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances”.

Words. Simple and direct. No society on Earth had ever heard their like before… they were truly as revolutionary as the revolution that spawned them. It was the beginning of the evolution of the freest, most open and dynamic nation/state in history. Cobbled together from a handful of often cantankerous and contrarily independent colonies. How, then, were these wildly disparate groups of peoples forged into the instrument for truth and freedom that is the United States of America?

We know that we stand on the shoulders of giants. Even a cursory glance through our founding documents reveals them to be the inspired works of thoughtful, highly educated (most of them were reading Homer in the original Greek by the time they were 12 or 13 and doing trigonometry and calculus as well) men who risked everything to birth this nation of free men, against odds that reason said were impossible.

Information was passed from person to person. The papers of the period were mostly one page ‘broadsheets’ which could often be found plastered to the wall of the local tavern. Political views and opinions were often printed in pamphlets which were circulated through the towns and villages. There were no ‘professional’ journalists… only individual Americans speaking their minds and hearts.

The founders realized that a free and independent press was critical to having a free and open society. There is nothing at all in the Constitution, Bill of Rights or the Declaration of Independence that defines journalism. One does not have to pass some sort of litmus test to be a writer or a citizen journalist. At least until now, it seems.

Judge Hernandez

A federal judge has decided to take it upon himself to define what, in his liberally-inspired mind, is the definition of a journalist. He’s already way off the reservation as far as the Constitution is concerned. Judge Marco Hernandez ruled that blogging was not journalism and bloggers were not journalists. It didn’t help that the subject of this legal action was one Crystal Cox, a blogger who is being sued for defamation.

That Ms.Cox was obviously way, way off base is readily apparent when reading the available documentation. The very first paragraph she wrote in the blog in question says it all. She stated, “There are several reasons why I claim Kevin Padrick, Obsidian Finance, is a thug, thief and a liar”. Pretty obvious to me why she’s in hot water. Bloggers and journalists have backed away from this story like it was the bubonic plague.

Responsible journalism and responsible blogging journalism are one and the same thing. The facts are that you will, on any given day, find more truthful, cogent reporting in the journalistic blogosphere than all of the supposed main stream media combined. This uber-liberal Oregon federal judge should break out his copy of the Constitution, open it and read it… something which I’m sure is foreign to him.

This first amendment to our Constitution is the rock to which all of the other amendments are anchored. Protect it we must… protect it we will.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

To Newt, Or Not To Newt.

I really hesitated to write this article now, because the field for the Republican nomination remains fluid. As a matter of record, I will support whoever we eventually bring forth to do battle with MaoBama.

I think that as things stand right now, any Republican candidate can defeat Barack Hussein Obama, except Ron Paul. Ron Paul, though he has a small organization of dedicated fanatics, is a total crackpot on anything to do with foreign policy, defense or the military. He cannot win and will not advance beyond Ohio.

It’s never easy to take out an incumbent president and this one is no exception. But, if the election were held today in several swing states, Obama would lose to either Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney.

The really scary part of the tale for the ‘Beloved Leader’ is that his DeMarxist Party has been shedding real registered Democrats like water from a duck’s back. According to the National Journal, some 825,000 registered Democrats have exited the party since 2008. Many of these expatriated Democrats are from key battleground states.

So while Obama continues to genuflect to the loony left and cater to the lowest common denominator of his leftist coalition, Democrats who have experienced Obama’s Amerika are fleeing the party in their thousands. The Lame Stream Press, that odiferous symbiont of leftist dogma, has done all it can to destroy each of the Republican presidential candidates in turn. Starting with Sarah Palin, though she was never an announced candidate, then going on to savage every Conservative possible presidential aspirant just as quickly as they emerged to threaten the MaoBama regime. They haven’t seen the end of Sarah either, but that’s a tale for another day.

Democrat strategists were quite smug about having taken out a succession of GOP contenders. Almost as smug as the GOP beltway crowd who have taken on the mantle of kingmaker. The GOP so-called establishment (which they deny exists) has been carrying water for the DeMarxists for far too long. The GOP presidential hopefuls didn’t have to worry about the DNC or the Lame Stream leftist press. It was our supposed own who did the DeMarxists dirty work for them. The most obvious result is that it hasn’t worked.
Newt Gingrich is a complex guy. He has flaws. I also believe that Newt can be directed when he gets off of the reservation with one of his brainstorms. A VP running-mate like Herman Cain or Michele Bachmann, someone grounded in Conservative constitutional principles, would tend to keep Newt on track. I’m not sure that Newt’s the guy. The process still has to shake itself out, and as Rush has been saying… not a single vote has yet to be cast.

I do know that many Conservative Tea Party types, like myself, are thoroughly disgusted with the GOP. We strongly resent the establishment undermining our primary process for their own nefarious purposes. I think it’s going to backfire on them badly. It could even conceivably result in the end of the Republican Party as we know it.

But, regardless of who remains standing at the end, we have but one mission… the defeat of Barack Hussein Obama and the destruction of the Marxists in America.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

GOP… In Absentia.

What is it that the Washington Republican establishment and the DeMarxists of Barack Hussein Obama’s regime have in common with one another? Status quo. The Marxi-Socialists attempting to enslave this free country of free people strongly wish to maintain the status quo of their Marxist Chief, Barack Obama. The Beltway-Georgetown ‘insider’ Republicrats, on the other hand, have an agenda altogether different.

The tenacity with which the Washington Republican establishment has sought to control and direct the Republican primary process has not gone unnoticed by Americans, and it appears to be backfiring. Not that you’d know it by the mindless bleatings of the Lame Stream Press. There’s an awful lot of noise out there regarding Mitt Romney (the GOP establishment presumed candidate), the man the LSM and the Obama camp would like to run against.

Almost every average polling result shows President Obama beating Romney. Okay, that explains why the lefties are enamored of the too smooth and somewhat oily Mr. Romney. On the other hand, there’s good reason Mitt can’t get out of the twenties.

Conservatives don’t trust Romney. We see him for what he is. An opportunistic politician who, at one or more points in his career, has flipped on every major issue in the Conservative playbook. He started his career as a pro-choice liberal. Recent forays into what he calls Conservatism lack conviction.

Tear into his as-yet-to-be-stated immigration policy, and you’ll see someone who is fatally flawed on the whole question of illegal immigration. He mouths platitudes about illegals returning to their homes of origin to line up awaiting the issuance of ‘green cards’.

Mr. Romney has no intention of going around the country rousting felons who have broken the most fundamental law of our land. In addition, notice his language. He sticks assiduously to the oft-repeated liberal saw that there are some eleven million illegals presently residing in this country… most of whom are obtaining a plethora of goodies paid for by the citizens of America, thanks to many other pandering politicos just like Mitt Romney. America is a country built by immigrants, legal immigrants who came here to this land of freedom to become American.

The GOP is pushing Romney because he’s the most likely candidate to maintain the party status quo. They also think he may enable them to win the Senate away from Obama and the Marxists. This gives an insight to the way the inside the beltway mind works. The Repubics, sad to say, are so wrapped in their own arrogance that they in fact would not mind being faced with another four years of Barack Hussein Obama and his DeMarxist drive to destroy and enslave this country… if winning the Senate would mean a return to the cushy committee assignments and chairmanships of the good ol’ glory days of George Bush. They could then, in fact, become the do-nothing Congress while luxuriating in the power and greed that access to unlimited largesse brings. In this way, the Repubics have control without having to do anything.

Mitt Romney is a hip, slick and cool sort of politician. He is not to be trusted. Conservatives know it… that’s why he can’t break out of the low twenties. The establishment GOP has made the conscious decision to align themselves with the enemies of our way of life and the Constitution. They have placed themselves directly in the path of the Conservative Tea-Party juggernaut which has been quietly organizing out in the states and communities.

So, to the Karl Roves and George Wills out there… to all of the beltway pundits who have been wrong time after time… you’re going to get your lunch fed to you, and it’s going to be the Tea Party that does it.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

I Am Sooo Fed Up…

And I’m not alone. No, not by several long-shots. I’m tired of watching good people be chewed up by the unholy alliance between the left and its symbiont, the Lame Stream Press. What bothers me even further is that ‘Republicans’ seldom, if ever, rally around one of our own. The RINO Republican establishment types quake in their boots every time an attack is launched against one of our people.

Such timidity may make the establishment types feel ‘secure’ and smug in their arrogance, but as we have seen with the establishment’s track record for picking winners… abysmal might fit the description.

I made no bones about my support for Herman Cain, though it fell short of an actual endorsement. Now, Herman Cain has officially withdrawn his candidacy. The perfect storm of bimbo eruptions bursting around him would have disrupted any campaign. It’s pretty obvious to me that this entire satire has been engineered by, and for, the Obama White House with the  help of a few ‘friends’ like David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel.

The final straw for Herman was the last bimbette trotted out by the left, Ginger White, who, in a fit of timing just all too cozy for belief, claimed to have had a thirteen year cross country affair with Cain which he unequivocally denies. Now, just like all the other claimants, she can’t or won’t specify one single specific date, time or location. She, just like all the others, seems to be a financial basket case. The only thing missing from this charade is the vulture-like Gloria Allred. I guess she lost interest when nothing came of her previous forays.

So it’s pretty obvious I’m still supportive of Herman Cain. It’s also obvious that he could not continue in the face of such an onslaught. It was far too painful for his family and threatened to distract the campaign from its primary purpose. Cain has promised to consider further action against those who have impugned his character and his reputation. I sincerely hope he does.

What’s more, I think we, of the Conservative News Media, need to take the bit in our own teeth and do some plain old hard-nosed investigative reporting. I just know there are some Conservative New Media hard noses around Atlanta who could ferret out the truth about Ms. Ginger. Having done a fair amount of investigative reporting myself, I’ll offer the most obvious of all clues to get you started.
Follow the money.

Conservatives are being asked to consider candidates that we really have visceral differences with. We must keep our focus where it belongs. It is imperative that Barack Hussein Obama is a one term president. Our country and our very culture are at stake. Obama and his thieves have ravaged their way through our economy like Attila and his hordes, leaving desolation and poverty in their wake. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important than his, and his party’s, defeat.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

“We Are Not Hiring Until Obama Is Gone”.

Bill Looman is not someone’s political hack. He’s far from being the left’s favorite guy right now, also. Bill is a ten year Marine veteran, who would like nothing more than to grow his company. Pretty obviously, when he started placing signs in the windows of his company vehicles and a large billboard in front of his offices, he had no idea that he, his company, and his signs, would go viral.

Through my own professional acquaintances, and being in a business that quite frequently brings me into contact with business owners, particularly here on the left coast, I can see that overbearing taxation and regulation by an all but totalitarian state government, completely and totally unresponsive to the people they are supposed to serve, have cost Californians millions of jobs and billions of dollars.

Extreme leftist governance has placed this once most prosperous region in the world into a depression economy with 44 or 45 billion dollars worth of unfunded liability, It’s no wonder that businesses will not commit to hiring new personnel, and only grudgingly replace losses due to attrition.

Bill Looman’s company, US Cranes LLC, manufactures and services overhead cranes and monorail lift systems. Well, guess what? Gee whiz, and all that stuff… Overhead cranes are for the most part utilized by companies that manufacture things… or have a need of a heavy lifting capability. Not accidentally, manufacturing on all levels has been the special targets of Obama’s agents of destruction, as has the energy sector.

The Barack Hussein Obama regime’s assault on American business has been almost universally successful, backed as it has been by the greatest job-killer in US history… the EPA.

The Marine Corps does a lot more than build men. They teach pride of achievement, and leadership skills simply unavailable outside the confines of the brotherhood. Marines are taught to adapt and overcome. That’s, in essence, what Bill and his company are doing… adapting to overcome an untenable situation. He has simply put a face and a name to what is occurring all over the nation as businesses hunker down, hoping to survive the Marxist’s perfect storm.

I’ll be interested in seeing how the regime retaliates on Bill and his company for having the unmitigated temerity to speak the truth. His company may become the “Joe the Plumber” of manufacturing. Obama may just find that his incessant hectoring is a two-edged sword. He and his minions attempted to destroy “Joe the Plumber”… and failed. Joe is alive and well and may just end up in Congress. They tried to destroy him and failed. Truth versus unbridled arrogance and power.

If they try it with Bill Looman they may just find that he’s a mouthful they don’t want to chew.
Semper Fi, Bill.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

At The Heart Of It: Illegal Immigration.

It appears as though our ‘Republican’ candidates have once again forgotten how to spell the word illegal. Notice the use of the term ‘Republicans’ as opposed to ‘Conservative’ candidates.

Our assumed first-tier candidates have been pussy-footing around illegal immigration like social workers daintily stepping around piles of poo at ‘Occupy Oakland’, or one of the other super-fund cleanup sites engendered by the useless, wasted piles of human garbage that inhabit these places. Oh, and did I mention that they are the DeMarxists’ political action committee as well?

They make at least as much sense as the Democrats themselves… which is to say, not much. It is, however, one of the cornerstones to which the Marxists have affixed their fading brand.

The illegal alien issue is going to be huge with the American people. We’re sick to death of hearing about how “we”, the American people, have to be ‘caring’ and ‘compassionate’ towards those who have breached the the sovereignty of our borders, breaking the most basic law of the land.

The overwhelming majority of these people are not simple farmers looking for work. What they want, friends, is that which you have in your pockets… if you have anything left at all after three consecutive years of uber-liberal Marxist governance under wannabe Caliph Barack Hussein Obama, that is.

To claim, as we have heard time after time, ad nauseam, that these ‘poor little people’ are simply here to find work and a better way of life, is garbage. I’ll grant you that for some of them (the illegals), particularly the ones who’ve been here the longest, that may be true. Does this change the fact that by their very existence on this side of the border they are committing a felony every single day they are here? Either the laws of our country apply to everyone within the borders of the United States of America, or they do not. It’s that simple.

The constantly thrown up straw-horse of the left, and now the mantra of certain linguine-spined Republican candidates, that we can’t possibly deport eleven million people is disingenuous… more than that, it’s specious in the extreme. In the first place our government (you know, those vacuum-headed ne’er-do-wells luxuriating in the exemptions from the very laws they write for the rest of us to follow) have been lying about illegal immigration numbers all along. They’ve been claiming numbers of illegals through our borders at around ten to twelve million for twenty or more years. Excuse me? My contacts tell me that as many as ten thousand ‘poor farmers’ may be flooding through the undefended smuggling corridors every few weeks. My best guess and, surprisingly enough, confirmed by someone who has worked the border for many moons, would be upward of twenty million.

Puh-lease, let us not descend into the quagmire of the very weak claims that these people pay taxes and are somehow a net asset to this country… horsecrap! Illegal aliens are a net loss and a burden, reaching into the multiples of billion dollars per year. “But Skip, they contribute so much to the richness and diversity of our nation.” Really? Where? Here in California alone, illegal immigrants cost California taxpayers 15 billion dollars per year. Twenty per cent of the prison population of this state are illegal aliens. Trust me when I say these people aren’t here to hold hands and sing Kumbaya. This brings us back to the current Republican presidential candidates.

Newt Gingrich is going to be just about the brightest light in any room he is in. That’s why I can’t for the life of me see why he just can’t seem to get it on illegal immigration. We don’t want those people here, sucking on the life blood of our country. Mitt Romney is weak on immigration and the border and always has been, so there’s no surprise there.

The issue is going to become more and more heated as the campaign season progresses, but we must focus on a very narrow front here. The DeMarxists could care less about the plight of the poor ‘illegals’. What they do know is that they cannot win without a continuous influx of illegals to bolster their voting roles, along with the population of hundreds of cemeteries across the nation.

Any Republican who attaches him- or herself to this issue will find themselves the darlings of the left. Lauded far and near as Republicans with ‘understanding’ and ‘sympathy’. But it won’t win an election and is just about guaranteed to put Maobama back in office.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Looking Ahead By Looking Behind.

We’ve all had that semi-otherworldly sense, ‘that I’ve been here before’. I’ve had it strongly enough on a couple of occasions where it literally raised the hair at the back of my head. One such occurrence was when I saw a series of reports about China’s belligerence towards Japan and, most recently, the Philippines. Those of you who still remember history as it used to be taught… actual, factual, times, places and events, are beginning to stand out as China continues its headlong rush to confrontation with the west.

American and Filipino Marines carry out military exercises in the Philippines.

The Japanese, prior to WW2, were flushed from two victories over the Russians and the Chinese. Japanese militarists were flexing their muscles through officially banned, but nonetheless politically influential, Samurai ‘Secret Societies’. His Imperial Majesty the Japanese Emperor, Hirohito, had plenty of extra-territorial aims of his own. The Japanese saw westerners as hairy, uncultured and smelly barbarians, who just happened to be in possession of some remarkable technology which had given the west a decided (although temporary as far as the Japanese were concerned) lead over the unbelievably courageous, but hopelessly medieval, Japanese military.

We should have paid much more attention to the unbelievable speed with which Japan became a first-rate military and real and present danger to US interests in the Pacific and elsewhere. There were such courageous people in our military who were clear-eyed and whose vision for the future was equally clear. These men were often marginalized, their careers sidelined.

Weak and fearful politicians were determined to keep America out of any further ‘foreign adventurism’. This ‘blinders-on attitude’ prevailed right through to the day Pearl Harbor was attacked and, truth to say, not a few of my own beloved Marine Corps were guilty of the same thing. Smugly pigeon-holing the Japanese as comic characterizations of buck-toothed toy soldiers with bad eyesight.

By now you know exactly where I’m going with this. The Chinese are adventuresome and extremely bellicose. They are challenging our dominion over the Pacific. Two of our strongest allies, Japan and the Philippines are being directly challenged by the Chinese military.

China is now attempting to claim possession of the Island of Okinawa… one of the Japanese home islands. The ground on Okinawa has been consecrated by the blood of American and Japanese boys and the men who led them.

As I said in a previous article… I’ve walked many of the Okinawan hills and the sharply steep volcanic ridges where these battles took place.
We need to tell the dufoids in Washington… never again!

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

In MaoBama’s Amerika.

Street goons dictate municipal policy to weak and vacillating socialist mayors, literally afraid of their own shadows. Fannie and Freddie never stopped generating toxic mortgages. They’re 6 billion dollars in the hole this year… so far.

In Maobama’s Amerika, it is the middle class who are the real targets. Maobama knows, as does any totalitarian, that in order for their misshapen, discordant philosophy to prevail a vibrant middle class would have to be destroyed. All are grist for Maobama’s economic warfare against America.

The leftists’ grip on the country is tightening with every single overbearing, job-killing new regulation pumped out by the likes of the EPA… and there are thousands of new regulations threatening to destroy our entire energy sector, which will destroy what’s left of manufacturing in this country. Construction won’t be far behind… what’s left of it.

In Maobama’s Amerika, agents from the Department of Education, wearing SWAT gear, invade American citizens’ homes under arms… coercion under threat of deadly force… right out of Lenin. Or, maybe more appropriately, Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union.

We didn’t notice or complain as the agents of communism infiltrated every single level of our government. The infiltration of our university system by radical socialist/communist ‘professors’, who were neither the brightest nor the best, but for the most part were the unemployable dregs of the Vietnam and post-Vietnam era who escaped the real world into academia, has introduced entire generations of hardly well-educated, but extremely well-indoctrinated, graduates as teachers in our children’s classrooms.

The results, as we have seen, are next to criminal as far as I’m concerned. Our children come home from these concentration camps babbling about glaciers and polar bears, windmills and solar panels, when they should be memorizing multiplication tables. Oh, the threat to the planet is real, okay. But it’s from the left, not from any global warming.

And let us not forget the sexual predation of our youngest and most vulnerable in the schools! Here in California, children as young as first grade are subjected to what amounts to sexual brainwashing in a curriculum introduced by militant homosexuals under the guise of ‘fairness’ and diversity… two of the most ill-used words in the lexicon. There’s no opt out for parents, either.

You folks in other states had better pay attention. The ills perpetrated on the citizens of this state by the Marxists in our state capital have a way of migrating.

MaoBama’s Amerika is not a fun or happy place. We are teetering on the brink of economic dissolution, while the world is on the brink of what will be at least a regional war and may well escalate to a worldwide conflict, at a time when Barack Hussein is doing everything in his power to ensure that our military is defenseless in the face of multiple theater threats.

If your blood isn’t boiling by now, you’re probably on a morgue slab. This is very simply the defining battle of our lifetimes, and one that Americans cannot afford to lose.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Meanwhile, At Ground Zero…

It’s been a while since we’ve written about our Israeli friends. It’s certainly not from a lack of interest on our part. We’ve had our plate rather full here at home. Our own war here, against the forces of evil that are threatening to overwhelm our Republic, has kept our attention pretty much on the national scene and the dire necessity of removing Barack MaoBama and his minions from office in 2012.

Benjamin Netanyahu (center) meets with Lt. General Benny Gantz (left)

If you want to see Barack Obama’s America one only has to go near downtown Oakland… if you can stand the smell, that is. Or San Francisco… or Atlanta. This is Obama’s constituency… these cretinous, odiferous parasites condemning financial institutions for doing exactly what a Democrat government mandated them to do in the first place. Remember the Community Reinvestment Act? It’s going to loom very large in the months ahead, as are the crooked politicians who fostered this abomination.

Israel is preparing for war. The spooky part is that they’re telegraphing it. This sets up all sorts of interesting speculation. I’m firmly convinced that in the coming war with the evils of worldwide Islamic radicalism, it is going to be the raw courage and determination of this tiny bastion of freedom that will stiffen the spine of the West. It’s an indisputable fact that that linguine-spined bunch in Washington can use all the backbone stiffening they can get… and they’d better get some soon.

Iran, having tested young Barry and having found him not only weak but pathetically easy, is pushing ahead on all fronts. According to some intelligence sources, Iran may already have a device. According to others, they already have enough enriched bomb-grade material to manufacture four devices. Regardless, it all means the same to Israel.

I have close Israeli friends, one of whom I’ve written about in this column before….He fought in two of Israel’s wars as a tank commander and has had the very dubious distinction of having two tanks shot out from under him… and lived to talk about it. My friend has close ties in Israel and every time I’ve mentioned to him that Israel has to make a move against Iran and her surrogates soon, he’s equivocated his answers… until now. He told me this week it’s very close. Now, I’m not saying that my friend is privy to Israeli war councils… but he has friends who have friends.

It’s a sad commentary on Barack Hussein Obama’s America when the British and even the French have committed to Israel’s defense, while Barack Obama does everything in his and his government’s power to strengthen Israel’s enemies.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

“I’m A Black Conservative Who’s Causing Liberal Heads To Explode”.

Herman Cain is modest to a fault. His unabashed love of his country and the founding principles, which have made this United States of America the shining beacon of hope and freedom all over the world, shows through every time he speaks.

Exploding liberal heads? You betcha!. Just the very thought that they have a rogue black who has escaped the clutches of big government paternalism is enough to send them scrambling for their Depends.

The entire concept of the Democrat plantation system, which is after all only the latest incarnation of Jim Crow and the ‘separate but equal’ doctrine instituted by Southern Democrats, had but one purpose. It was to undermine the laws that had been put into place to protect the country’s newest citizens.

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution was to ensure that freed slaves were integrated into mainstream America. The so-called Jim Crow laws, such as the Morrill Act of 1890, helped to solidify the ‘separate but equal’ concept of holding blacks off at arms length while subjecting them to systematic repression and injustice.

Historians, please note that it was in fact Republican determination and muscle that was instrumental in passing the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The Democrats were adamantly opposed.

It’s no secret that the Civil Rights Act was suborned and taken over by the Democrat Party under the leadership of then President Lyndon Baines Johnson. His ‘Great Society’ was only the harbinger of the welfare state that would be pushed on us by the current resident of the White House.

Herman Cain doesn’t fit the mold that ‘good’ blacks are supposed to be in. He’s successful… he did it on his own. He’s smart, very smart. He’s so far confounded every effort to destroy him. Not only that, if readers comments and recent polling results are to be believed he’s actually gaining support in spite of, or perhaps even because of, the most recent assaults on his character. His donations are up… the number of Conservatives lining up in his camp is impressive.

Herman Cain is exploding liberal heads and with damned good reason. He’s the real deal and they know it. Nothing scares Marxists worse than the truth… that’s what scares them about Herman Cain. He’s a black man, not a race-baiting puppet. He has a straightforward manner that adds credence to the undeniable truths he speaks.

I think it’s time to rally around this man. We could do far worse than to have a man like Herman Cain in the White House.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Science Of Victimization.

We suffered a malfunction. The lights went out on our main site. At first I thought, okay, it must have been the article that Dee recently managed to slip by the editorial staff at the Daily Kos. My imagination summoned a legion of spittle-drooling, knuckle-dragging hackers in their mothers’ basements mounting an assault against our sites.

We had certainly stirred up an ants nest over there, as it was. There were some panties over there so twisted up it was cutting off their circulation. We had much the same thing happen a couple of times when the Huff ‘n Puff Post published a couple of our articles, probably because an editor published off a headline or a sub-head without reading the article. The results were hysterical. It was just as though we took a stick and stirred up a nest of Texas Fire Ants. Some of them actually actively looked for us for several months. Cute trick, since we publish from ‘somewhere’ in Wales.

So the lights went out and it was because of the bank’s apparent inability to post a payment on time. Gee, there it is, Dee… we’re victims. Victims of big banking. What a hoot. That’s exactly what the whole ‘progressive’ movement is all about. Taking victimization and attempting to codify it.

As genuinely sick and tired as I am of listening to the statist Lame Stream Press carry water for the left and its Marxist agenda, I can take solace from readers comments on the subject saying much the same things. They are (the statists) steadily losing ground and influence, and they know it.

The leftists have a largely deaf ear to those of us outside of the political class. Until, that is, their political agenda is threatened and then they quickly morph into their ‘party of the people’ mode to once again convince the ‘victim’ class that the visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads will come true… if only they wait. The real and present problem for the left, trying to re-ignite the spark that swept Barack Hussein into office, is that many of his base really believed the things that were said and promised.

As the first glow of victory faded and the light of reality shone on Barack Obama’s stewardship of the country, even his most ardent supporters had trouble defending him and his visibly destructive policies. The exodus of support continues to this day, three years down the road. Even the ‘victims’ are tired of waiting.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Obama’s Middle East Blunders Come Home To Roost.

Or, depending on where you are on the conspiracy ladder, all is according to plan. So how’s that nation-building scheme workin’ now, Mr President? It’s apparent that wherever our young President dabbles in mid-east diplomacy, the crescent is in ascendancy.

It made me laugh listening to the academized boneheads of the administration vomiting forth platitudes of a ‘democratic Arab Spring’… a democratic Egypt… a democratic Libya. Kumbaya and other fairy tails.

Meanwhile, our intrepid Barack Hussein works diligently to ensure that our mission in Afghanistan fails and the Taliban take over. Starve our troops in Afghanistan of tactical support, as well as supply. Cripple them with rules of engagement just short of suicidal. The finest military in the world wasted… for what? A monument to Barack Obama’s cowardice? Or something more sinister?

Desperation move. Barack Obama, in a desperate move to pull his fragmented base together, has summarily declared that our remaining 25,000 troops in Iraq will be removed, leaving that country undefended. This is a very poor political decision fraught with peril. If we have to go back into Iraq, which is a pretty fair possibility, it will cost far more in American lives and treasure than had we simply stayed there as the strongly stabilizing influence we have been.

If the destabilization of the middle east was Obama’s purpose or his mission, whichever you prefer, he’s done a bang-up job. One cannot help wondering if his next outreach will be to Bashar Assad? What is obvious to me is that everywhere Barack’s magic touch is found, the Muslim Brotherhood follows, as do all the other forces of darkness.
By the way, I strongly suggest we investigate the Islamists in Barack’s own government. Maybe we’ll discover where he’s getting his marching orders.

Let’s face it… war with Islam is coming. They cannot be compromised with on any level. Soon, very soon, the Muslims here will be forced to choose. Freedom or tyranny, it will be that simple. But we will not as a people permit this medieval death cult to invade our society.

No, I don’t think every Muslim is an Islamic Jihadist. But I do think plenty enough of them have heard their Mullahs preaching their hatred and said nothing. Plenty of Muslims out there are aware of terrorists hiding among their communities and they say nothing.

This is Barack Obama’s America and I can’t wait to change it.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Cain Withstands Broadside.

They hit at him from all sides. It seemed like Anderson Cooper’s whole game revolved around engineering an assault on Herman Cain’s 999 plan, which worked quite nicely. His plan was blasted by one candidate after another. The battering only came to an end when Perry and Romney got into it… which interchange must have delighted the enemies of the right.

Anderson Cooper just stepped aside as the two candidates went after each other, while Anderson saw images of ratings numbers in his head. The problem is that it didn’t work… the attack on Herman Cain, that is. His popularity didn’t diminish. If anything, he gained strength from them. He ably defended his 999 plan in the face of furious assaults.

I like this man. He has a deep love for this country, its traditions and its promise of freedom and prosperity for all those willing to seek it and work hard to achieve it. His love and respect for this country shines through every statement he makes.

The ‘Repubics’, as Mark Levin is wont to call them, were busy chortling to themselves over the title of Cain’s plan…. “Why, it sounds just like a pizza sales pitch” etc. Well, I’m here to tell you that it makes one hell of a lot more sense than most of what we’ve heard come out of the RNC, or the the candidates for that matter.

It’s a good fundamental economic scheme that needs a little work. The national sales tax portion of his proposed reform will never fly. The American people will never embrace a national sales tax on top of a federal income tax. The rest of his tax reform proposal is sound and practical. But it is just that… a work in progress.

The left also has much reason to fear a Herman Cain candidacy. The difference between Mr Cain and our sitting president could not be more stark. Our president was, and is, a spoiled product of privilege and indolence. A man who had virtually everything handed to him. A man who has accomplished little and who has lived his life at the expense of others. Herman Cain is far more a man of the people than our pseudo African-American demagogue president.

I’m not supporting anyone yet, but I can tell you unequivocally that Herman Cain is very high on my list.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Where Oh Where Has The GOP Gone? – And Other Tales.

I’ve been quite proud of the way our Republican House has behaved, for the most part… and disappointed in our leadership in equal proportion. In this political environment, here and now is the time… there is no tomorrow if we don’t deal with the reality of today. We simply do not have the luxury of fostering a weak leadership, whose first instinct on any issue is to compromise. We must have solid conservative leadership grounded in the fundamentals of the Constitution.

The truth in pictures. Would you rather be here.....?

The establishment Republicans have all but allied themselves with the DeMarxists in their efforts to delegitimize the Patriot Movement. The attacks in the statist Lame Stream Press have been incessant, with the usual spiels starting with charges of racism and then running the full gamut of leftist bleatings… ‘We’re (the Tea Party) going to stuff granny in the dumpster, wheelchair and all’. ‘We’re against women and children, because we oppose the Department of Education and the teachers’ unions’.

.... or here? (I know where the police would rather be).

Some of the things I hear coming out of supposed Republican mouths bring swift and sharp reaction from Tea Party ranks. These same Republicans are the first to run in a fight and, time after time, grovel at the feet of the opposition like dogs seeking the approval of their masters… or turn coat at the last minute on a crucial vote. Or, like some, just sell out altogether. Of the two, I think I prefer the complete sell-out… they’re the more honest of the two.

We cannot abide weak leadership any longer. We need principled fighters in there, and not RINOs. The Lame Stream statist press is doing everything in its power to affect the Republican nominating system in Mitt Romney’s favor, while at the same time the north-eastern establishment Republicans once again find themselves leagued with the enemy… to defeat the American people.

The GOP has to change and we don’t have the time to fool with the idiots, so we’ll just have to drag them along behind us. Until election time, that is. With the mood of the country the way it is, it’s going to be ‘Katie, bar the door’ time for a lot of Democrats, and not a few Republicans whose perfidy will finally have come home to roost.

I’m not in favor of Mitt Romney, but that’s not what this article is about. It is about the American Patriot movement and winning the Senate and the presidency in 2012. No more John McCains or Trent Lotts, please.

This thing can be won. The whole shebang… the entire shooting match. But it must be won by embracing conservative principles, and not the purposeless quagmire of compromise and capitulation.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Doobs, Boobs, Bums, Thugs And The Nutcake Parade.

Never before have the ultimate fruits of our Marxist-leaning public schools been put on display the way they have in these last weeks. It’s striking how much alike these Wall Street ‘occupiers’ are.

I, like most Americans who’ve taken time to listen to the choruses of unending diatribe coming from these people, notice that it’s remarkably the same screed coming from group to group, wherever these people congregate… if it can be called a message. It’s actually more of a melange of regurgitated Marxist claptrap. Right from the mouths of leftist agitators, college and university professors, even high school and grade school teachers. This is what our billions and billions of education dollars purchased.

These empty-headed, vacuous kids and not-so-kids are precisely the product the left has been after for sixty or more years. Want to see what happens when parents abrogate their responsibility to instill character? These are spoiled, for the most part privileged, brats from middle and upper-middle income groups. There are obviously others involved, aging hippies with their gray ponytails and Birkenstocks. Of course, there’s the odd admixture of dopers, dealers and anarchists as well.

Let us not forget that Barack Obama’s White House immediately jumped out to champion these ne’er-do-wells, seeking to perhaps bail some water from his sinking Titanic. Worse yet was the gaggle of DeMarxist freaks that trailed out behind him in the statist media. From Debbie (The Mouth) Wasserman Schultz to Michael (I’m filthy rich, a corporation in my own right, but I’m one of you) Moore… who it is said can clear a whole square by himself by simply walking upwind from it.

One of the more unbalanced claims made by the goobers was that their voice was 99% of the American people. I’m tempted to laugh when I hear it except that these people, who are in fact less than one per cent of the American population, are deluded enough to say it, much less believe the absolute crap they’ve been taught.

It’s patently obvious from listening to many of the thousands of sound bytes coming out of these malcontents that there is not an ounce of critical thinking in the whole bunch. If this is the ‘army’ from which Barry Hussein is going to forge his spearhead for 2012… please, please, Mr President, don’t stop now.

There’s somewhere between 60 and 80 million Patriots out here just waiting to clean your clock. The shape and size of the coming wave of change is starting to make itself felt. There will be a very thorough house cleaning this time. And Barry… while you’re cleaning out your office, be sure to tell everyone how irrelevant the Patriot Movement is.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

California, You’d Better Wake Up… Soon!

So while you were California dreaming… that’s if you still had a California job, that’s if your company hasn’t had to pull up stakes and head for business-friendly territory out of the increasingly repressive governance of (Red) Jerry Brown and his equally (red) state legislature, better known, perhaps, as Ali Brownee and the sixty-seven banditos… the 43 Republicans in the legislature, for the most part, have been valiantly but largely ineffectively trying to slow the Marxist juggernaut, which with the aid and collusion of the state’s public service unions, whose collective unfunded liability to the state is in excess of 40 billion dollars, has them spending millions of dollars in an entitlement turf war of massive proportions, between the unions and the nutcase hard left that California has no lack of. Then you introduce and add up all of the minority and special privilege, er, interest groups which have always been the hallmark of the left.

Few states have felt the crippling reach of the statists more than California. You know, if you strip away the state and federal government’s figures and substitute them for actual statistics, the unemployment rate in this state is over 16%. And, as I’ve mentioned before, there are pockets of unemployment in this state approaching 40%.

Jerry has been working very hard to sign the better part of some two hundred bills, vomited forth by the strongly DeMarxist legislature. If you’re a Californian, duck and cover. If you’re a parent and a Californian, you have plenty of reason to be mad… or ought to be.

Aside from the most thorough brainwashing any commissar would be happy with, our children are being programed by leftist teachers who are the direct product of leftist professors. You know the ones… I’m surprised that more of them aren’t out with there with the ‘protesters’. That’s a story we’ll take up later.

Our California public schools are a complete failure at education but are rather expert at indoctrination. Have you kept track of the numbers of laws this state government has written directly pertaining to your, and my, children? Do you know that these ‘creatures’ can actually whisk your teenage daughter away to a baby murdering mill without a word to you? Did you know that Red Jerry has signed a bill allowing children as young as twelve to receive injections of gardasil… the same drug that so outraged the people of Texas?

I guess he doesn’t think the people of California are smart enough to get it. He may be right… it is pretty foggy out here. I won’t go into the outrage that comes with the understanding of the unmitigated temerity of the left in the blithe assumption that all girls of twelve are, or would become, sexually active.
Let’s see, does this make Red Jerry the state’s predator-in-chief?

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Saturday, October 8, 2011

It’s All He’s Got.

America’s descent into the hell that will be 2012 is upon us. Barack Hussein Obama has used up his entire bag of tricks. Actually, it’s the same trick cleverly, and not so cleverly, repackaged time and time again.

Barack Obama gave another campaign speech in the guise of a ‘press’ conference, during which he ran through the entire Marxist shopping list yet again. I heard it said that ‘he shifted abruptly to the left’. Um… no he didn’t. That would be making the assumption that he had moved from the right towards the left. Barack Hussein has never been near the center of American politics, much less the right. So we may then safely assume that Obama never does anything that is not ideologically hard left, as his performance has shown. MaoBama slogs forward, carrying the banner of communism.

That the country as a whole is adamantly rejecting Obama and his DeMarxists doesn’t seem to faze him or his party. Democrat lawmakers are running for whatever meager cover they can find, after discovering that Barack Obama’s shadow wasn’t big enough to hide behind. The light of truth has a tendency to illuminate dark places… places that these Marxist scum love to hide so that they can work their treason undetected.

Democrats are desperate, and rightly so. They have much to fear. The country is aroused as never before. The White House is in scorched-earth mode, with MaoBama and the DeMarxists sending out the word to the hard left to assail and occupy Wall Street. It’s a not altogether unexpected tactic… not if you’ve read ‘Rules for Radicals’. It’s Obama’s playbook.

This ‘protest’ is comprised of the dregs of the hard left, with a fair sprinkling of other leftist fringe groups and a mix of idealistic college students driven by leftist recruiters on campus… undoubtedly encouraged by a number of professors who are hidebound communists. Couple that to the paid, bussed-in SEIU goons and you’ll begin to get the picture.

These little outbreaks we are seeing in cities around the nation are nothing more than a rehearsal for next year. We’ll see the intensity of these outbreaks ramp up, the closer to the election we get. You can expect some real violence and intimidation to come out of these people. These are Obama’s foot soldiers. They hope to gain by fear and intimidation that which they cannot win in the ballot box.

We of the American Patriot Movement will not permit these malcontents to control the public discourse, and if it ever does come down to it… well, there’s one hell of a lot more of us than there are of them.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

If You’re One Of The Bad Guys…

… You’ve gotta be looking up every time you see a moving shadow… looking nervously over your shoulder… searching for the drone that must be there but can’t be seen. If you’re a terrorist the odds are suddenly much higher that you’ll get introduced to your seventy two virgins much sooner. The roll call of the Al Qaeda leadership that has been taken out by our forces is impressive… and telling.

Regardless of how the lisping, drooling Lame Stream Media has denigrated the mission by insisting that when we chop off one tentacle, new leadership immediately fills the gap. It fits the left’s narrative nicely, but it’s far from the truth. You can only replace so many key leadership roles without the replacement pool getting thinner and less experienced, while at the same time the ‘fight’ has to be taken to the most awesome military machine ever seen on the face of this planet. Not a fun prospect. Especially when some bright young commander decides to suspend the more than onerous “Rules of Engagement”.

Even third and fourth level Al Qaeda operatives know that we can, and will, take them out at every opportunity. Whether by our combat patrolling, by special forces, or a half dozen other agencies dedicated to the destruction of Islamo-Fascist terrorism, of which our drones are only a part.

It’s been a sort of take-no-prisoners attitude when one of these dudes is ID’d. Keep in mind that in many cases a positive ID can only be made on the ground. Likewise, there have to be boots on the ground at the site of any strike to collect DNA samples. Sometimes, positive identification can be made from the air as well. The results are usually more dead terrorists. Our latest triumph, of course, being the obliteration of Anwar al-Awlaki and a couple of his grease-ball buddies. Yes, we are hunting them both abroad and especially here at home.

Americans are, I think, beginning to realize that this is an inter-generational war of extermination. Like it or not, a historical examination of the only truth Islam can claim is that of unbridled savagery, ever at odds with those who would oppose their cult-like political/military ‘religion’.

Our brilliant military special operations people will continue to track these terrorists wherever they are. They can never, ever, feel safe again. The ones here in our country will be rooted out one by one also, as more and more Americans make it their business to be observant. It’s our country… We have to protect it.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Ricochet Romance.

In again, out again… the will-o’-the wisp of American politics is/is not harboring heretofore unthinkable aspirations for the presidency. Chris Christie is the elixir du jour of the northeast Rockefeller Republicans.
Why are these money rich establishment Republicans so anxious to lure Christie into running? Answer that question for yourselves and you’ll know everything you need to know about Governor Christie. Christie is not a Conservative, or anything even approaching a Conservative.

His anti-second amendment sympathies would and should do it for him with most freedom-loving Americans. By being as radical as he is against personal concealed carry of firearms, in one of the most crime-ridden states in the union, he is blatantly saying to the citizens of New Jersey “No! You can’t have the right to defend yourselves and your neighbors”.

Every state that has permitted personal concealed carry laws to be enacted has not only not seen a decrease in the use of firearms, but has in every case seen a marked decrease in violent crime. There’s an old saying that has a lot of truth in it… “An armed society is a polite society”.

Christie also has much to answer to Conservatives with respect to not joining with over one half of the States that are actively suing to repeal Obamacare. How does that trite colloquial saying go again? “If’n you’re not for us, you’re agin’ us”.

The northeast Repubics may be looking for a moderate to liberal Republican to run, but it’s going to be the Conservatives who control the bulk of the votes, along with the so-called Independents who have deserted the Democrat Party wholesale. There aren’t going to be a lot of undecided voters this cycle. The entire machine that swept Barack Obama to power is crumbling beneath their fingertips and the DeMarxists are desperate to find something, anything, that works.

In perhaps the greatest instance of political over-reach in history the DeMarxists, under Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, dropped all pretense of bi-partisan anything and went as far as to exclude Republican lawmakers entirely. Their acts were of highly questionable legality and completely unconstitutional. I said in articles that I wrote during that period in 2009 that they were exposing themselves to the American people for what they were, and I predicted that the American people would rise up in their righteous anger… and they have.

It should be apparent to even the densest Repubic that the ground rules have changed. We’re not going to let them foist off another John McCain or Bob Dole on us… Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, it doesn’t matter. Our choice will be based on a candidate’s principled conservative values, or lack thereof. Not on media blather, or push and focus polling.
Chris Christie will not get Conservative support.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Into The Shadow.

Have you ever wondered just what happens to all those people we keep reading about in the news, and in the government’s seriously flawed demography, who have just dropped out of sight in this depression? Yes… depression.

I’ve had it with the cutesy defining of a recession that in no way ended in 2009, as the politicians and their pet economic idiot savants claim. “Why, Skip” you say, “we had two quarters of positive growth in 2009″. Okay, and if you believe that math, I have some shares in Solyndra for sale for you, cheap.

Ask just about anyone in the great San Joaquin and Central Valleys here in California, agricultural regions that could have fed the world with their bounty, if the recession has ever ended. Ask them if they see anything on the horizon except more crippling regulation, taxation or punitive regulatory dictat from both the Federal Government and that runaway bunch of Marxist radicals infesting Sacramento.

There are pockets of chronic unemployment in some of those communities as high as 30% or 40%, with an average of a whopping 25%. A figure I found difficult to swallow until I heard them re-stated by some people in the valleys and by one of the few conservative lawmakers in California, Devin Nunes. I wish he was my representative. This guy is the real deal.

Parisian Rag-Pickers, by Raffaelli.

These people just don’t dry up and blow away… they don’t all end up on the welfare roles. What happens after the unemployment runs out? What happens to those who are not considered by an obviously out-of-control governance, more concerned with its own perpetuation than in the well being of its citizens?

They become the shadow society. Though they no longer show on the various statistics as actual people because they are assumed to have ceased looking for work when they run through all of the available unemployment payment extensions. They are out there. Okay, some of them will eventually find their way onto the welfare roles in one respect or another.

There are an unbelievable forty five million people on food stamps in America, undoubtedly our shadow people are among them. How many are there? 10-30 million? There are fourteen million people without jobs today. Those are just the ones we know about. Some few are the chronic homeless, a small group which would be about the same in an average economy, those addicted to alcohol or drugs or having mental illnesses who refuse treatment. Still an incredibly small number as measured against the whole.

The Shadow People have turned to a cash underground, barter, gleaner sort of life. You can see these people all over our city, by no means a great urban center, on the streets, avenues, alleys and lanes… searching for metal, cans, bottles and plastic that can be sold to recycling centers to provide a little cash. It brings to mind the rag-pickers and gleaners of 18th century England and France, when grinding poverty was the norm.

This is Barack Obama’s America. Is this what you want for yourselves and your families?
Think about it.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Cicero: A Nation Can Survive Its Fools…

…and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly.
But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the galleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.
For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and wears their face and their garment, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.
He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.

Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106BC - 43BC.

We, in all our arrogant sophistication, have utterly failed to grasp what this ‘primitive’ philosopher knew forty two years before the birth of Christ.

The critical situation in which America now finds itself is a gut check of monumental proportions. There can be little doubt in any rational person’s mind that there are forces at work in this country which, left unchecked, will certainly extinguish the greatest beacon of democracy in the history of the world, resulting in the enslavement of free people’s souls. We’ve been served a constant diet of lies and prevarication for close to a century.

It’s the Goebbels syndrome on a grand scale. Tell the big lie long enough and often enough, and it takes on a life of its own. The ideologically driven radicals that have completely suborned and taken over what was the Democrat party in this country have taken agitation propaganda to heights unseen outside of Nazi Germany or possibly Stalinist Russia. Dissension, class envy, racial conflict and violence are their stock in trade. Grinding poverty and enslavement of free peoples is their goal.

The results of the careful groundwork that had been laid down in this country have their roots in the rise of international communism.

More recently, they can be found in Franklin Roosevelt’s ‘new deal‘. Exploration of the history of that period (the history not taught in most schools) was one of a massive shift of power to the federal government and toward socialism. Roosevelt felt that with the Supreme Court stuffed with his appointees and the promise of a ‘free guaranteed’ retirement, and the promise of unemployment ‘insurance’, the Democrat party would retain power.

In terms of ending the great depression, as we now know, the New Deal’s policies were a complete failure… ‘Social Security’, a Ponzi scheme of monumental proportions. The highest court in the land turned from interpretation of the law with respect to the Constitution to judicial activism, which continues to eat away the fundamental pillars of our society to this day.

Generations of dishonest, self-serving politicians, with no other motive than the acquisition of personal wealth and power, infest our halls of government… and not just at the national level either.

We have no one to blame but ourselves. We were the ones who listened to the statist siren song of “The Easier, Softer Way”. We completely ignored the lessons of history and now we are relearning them the hard way.

It’s up to each one of you, you and I, to judge for ourselves whether or not what we have experienced since the ‘immaculation’ (thanks, Rush) of Barack Hussein Obama constitutes the treason that Cicero spoke of. For myself, I say ‘yes‘!

The rise of the American Patriot Movement is a direct response to this threat. It’s readily apparent, even among the ranks of supposed ‘conservatives’, that they have no clue of what they are actually dealing with, or they wouldn’t continue to bleat out the bland inanities that they do.

What we are witnessing is nothing more nor less than the second American Revolution, as unique in its bloodless non-violence as America herself.
Memo to America’s enemies: We’re on the march and we’re coming for you!

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

More Razzle Dazzle From The Clown-In-Chief.

It would seem that the country has seen and heard every single falsehood that Obama and the DeMarxists have foisted on the American people. If there was ever an address that underwhelmed the public purview of Barack Hussein’s pitch for ‘balance’ and more taxes against the ‘rich’, this was it.

The top 10% of earners pay 70% of the taxes in this country to start with. If you confiscated every dime of the wealthiest people in this nation it would scarcely run the Federal Government for more than about ninety days. I’ve never gotten a job from a poor person. So, then, it stands to reason that Obama is determined to to forever destroy the job creators in our country.

Never in my lifetime, and very possibly in the history of this country, have we seen someone who is so wrong in so many different ways. If Mr Hussein was a private citizen it wouldn’t make a hoot or holler of difference. We all know incorrigible knotheads… people for whom abject ignorance is a virtue. But they’re not the President of the United States.

There’s a lead picture on ‘Drudge’, showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Barry Obama at a meeting earlier today. Pull it up and check it out for yourselves. Obama looks like a man at the end of his rope. He’s presiding over a completely failed and ineffectual foreign policy with the sole purpose, as far as I can determine, of isolating the State of Israel, and doing everything in his power to advance the aims of the people who would see Israel in flames.

Consider his constant appeasement of Iran, probably the single greatest threat to Israel and to our own national security. There is no explanation for Obama’s apparent indifference to Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons and long-range delivery systems. No explanation, that is, unless you consider all of Obama’s overtures to the Arab world.

From literally prostrating himself in front of every two-bit, third world thug to overseeing the infiltration of the highest levels of our own government with Muslims proven to have direct connections to terrorist Islamic organizations. In blunt language, it reeks of treason.

I subscribe to Mark Levin’s take on our Mr. Obama. He’s a failed president on every level… but a very competent, inflexible ideologue which makes the whole picture far more sinister.

Why the Repubics have been loath to take this man on every time he opens his lying mouth, which is every time he opens his mouth, is beyond me… which is, of course, why many of our unesteemed RINO moderates will no longer be with us this next election cycle.

The question that keeps lingering in the back of my mind is that we know that Hussein is a dedicated Marxist. We also know that his Islamic background would give fits to any competent security operative. So while Obama plays the race card, followed by the class warfare card, followed by the immigration card ad infinitum, and blatantly follows failed policy by failed policy… the world watches and waits.

Iran marches closer and closer towards the ‘Islamic Bomb’ and the inevitable destruction of our only true ally in that entire part of the world. In essence, with Obama fiddling while Rome burns, Israel is being forced into a very short list of options.

Israel will attack Iran rather than allow them the bomb, regardless of what Hillary, Barack or Washington says. They will have to go it alone, since the treacherous Obama has refused the Israeli Air Force landing or fly-over support for her tankers. This would almost certainly mean a one-way suicide mission for some of the finest combat pilots in the world.

If Israel was put in this position I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they make damn sure that Iran and Syria would be turned into slag heaps. Without Iranian support, most of the terrorist states would dry up and blow away.
Obama has so much to answer for.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

To Market, To Market, To Buy A Fat Pig.

Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door. This has been the clarion call of marketplaces around the world since the beginning.

During the late Neolithic and early Bronze Ages, a culture sprang up through most of Europe called the Bell-Beaker culture. Extensive trade based on people’s desires, wants and needs crossed inter-tribal and cultural lines. Known for their distinctive bell-shaped pottery it was probably the world’s first example of an idea or product going viral. Used for everything from drinking vessels for beer or mead (a sort of wine made from fermented honey and water) to smelting vessels for bronze, copper and gold, and funerary urns.

The obvious point being, before I get too far afield with this, is that there was a marketplace for these goods and services that crossed cultural and ethnic lines. Trade for goods and services was established wherever the need arose apart from, or perhaps in spite of, tribal warfare and conflict.

Examples are many, flint nodules found hundreds of miles from any source, finished products such as arrowheads, hand-axes, flensing tools and baskets. There are many examples of that here on the west coast of America. There was extensive trade among the Native American culture here on the west coast of the United States.

So… inventing the better mousetrap is then only a part of the success story. You have to have: (a) a mouse trap that works and (b) someone who has the wants, needs or desire to possess that better mousetrap. These have been the bases for business and trade for thousands of years.
We no longer trade for hides, flint knapping tools or arrowheads, but the principles of trade have not changed. You have to have a market.

We have today in America a situation where the ‘governing elite’ have supplanted the marketplace with ideological tyranny. Governmental assault on all fronts against the people who supply the goods and services that people want. Using the ever-ephemeral mantra of ‘sustainable’ this and ‘sustainable’ that, they have completely reversed the formula. Using the communist-inspired so-called ‘Green Revolution’, they have created whole industries based on a liberal amount of junk science.

That there is no want, desire or need for these industries hasn’t seemed to matter. It’s like taking a square block and trying to drive it through a round hole. The best you can expect is a handful of splinters. So if the block doesn’t fit, destroy the the hole… an obvious reference to the Barack Hussein Obama regime’s assault on America’s energy sector.

Solar and wind powered energy technologies will never represent anything other than a fraction of our energy requirements, yet the boneheads of the Obama regime continue the lemming-like rush to the precipice of economic destruction.

Solyndra, Evergreen Solar, Spectra Watt and Mountain Plaza are the most recent examples. All were feeding at the government trough, your dollars and mine flushed down the stinking sewer of ideologically driven political expediency.
This regime has much to answer for.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Potemkin President.

This president and his rise to power will be chewed over and spat out by generations of writers… left, right and in the mushy middle. Historians will not treat Barack Obama kindly. Nothing with this ‘man’ (as much as it slays me to refer to him as such… in the company of real men he wouldn’t be given the time of day) is as it seems. He is as illusory as the will-o’-the-wisp over a southern swamp. He could put any carny barker to shame with his meaningless, high-flown rhetoric.

As a side note, Dee and I just celebrated our 600th publication last week. It’s the first time I’ve given more than a cursory examination to our archives. I don’t claim to be prescient, however, going clear back to the beginning of this column it’s really spooky how accurately I described Barack Hussein Obama and his political agenda. I pegged him as a Marxist ideologue from day one. But then, I didn’t allow the hype to sway me. At best, as I said at the time, we should reserve judgment, since at that time he was still selling himself as a moderate to the boobs.

The Potemkin was a Russian battleship built in 1898, glorified in Bolshevik and, later, communist literature in Stalinist Russia as the exemplar of revolutionary zeal, when the Potemkin’s crew revolted against their Tsarist officers in 1905. Later, the name Potemkin was pinned to idyllic, rural Russian villages which were set up for the sole purpose of bamboozling moon-faced liberals into believing the ‘glories’ of communism and the various ‘five year plans’ that failed so miserably. Typically, after the boobs left, the ‘villagers’ were stripped of their bucolic finery and sent back out into the collective farms where life was generally far worse than under the Tsars. Millions of people died at the hands of this cruel and heartless regime.

Barack Obama has created a Potemkin economy, where nothing is as it is portrayed by the fifth columnists of his statist mainstream media. While moving to the left as quickly as he can, his slavish apologists run interference for him at every turn. The Obama regime is in its death throes… but like any venomous serpent thrashing its life away, none the less dangerous for it.

Americans are fully awake and are preparing to remove Mr Hussein in 2012. Nothing could be more indicative of what’s coming down the pike than the victory of Republican Bob Turner over his liberal opponent in New York’s District Nine, Anthony Wiener’s former district, in the east coast’s ‘belly of the beast’. It wasn’t even close. Couple that to the apparent loss of much of the Jewish vote and it’s a harbinger of things to come.

Don’t let up on the pressure for an instant. It’s going to be the American Patriot Movement which is going to sweep these Marxists from power forever, and it can’t come one second too soon.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

One More Unmemorable Speech.

I was astounded. I didn’t think he’d really do it… well, yes I did, but I didn’t think it would be as blatant as it was. I’m referring to Barack Hussein Obama’s national address before the joint chambers of Congress, of course. It should have been billed as what it was, a campaign speech, and not a very good one at that.

It was vintage Obama. It was 2009 all over again. It was virtually identical to every other speech he has given since his election. Let’s just say that the speech itself had nothing new. It did run the entire gamut of the ever-present leftist shopping list.

Mr Obama wants another half trillion in ‘stimulus’ dollars to grease his campaign coffers and appease the unions. He’s planning on enlisting ‘the unemployed’, along with his AFL/CIO and SEIU goons, in their ‘war’ against the Tea Party.

Um, that would be their war on American citizens. We’ve seen all of the government’s tactics, time and time again. First, gin up unreasoning fear, then inject all of the DeMarxist straw ponies into the mix… use all of the oft-repeated talking points, the blatant lies which have served the left so well in the past. Scare the bejesus out of the elderly and the infirm. Ratchet up government giveaways. More shovel ready jobs that don’t and won’t exist outside of union and government welfare programs. Barack Obama’s ‘American Jobs Act’ is a fraud, through and through.

Why anyone would still think that this man was some sort of great orator is beyond comprehension. As I predicted, the ‘Anointed One’ spouted lie after falsehood after complete fabrication. The left, ever ready to prop up their historical experiment, wasted no time in covering a major gaffe in Obama’s boring and repetitive rant when he said in his speech that Abraham Lincoln had started the Republican Party, when in fact it had been started several years before. Enter that paragon of leftist diatribe, PBS, who actually changed the text of the speech to haul Hussein’s ashes.

The left is becoming more and more desperate, which means that you and I, and the millions and millions of patriots just like us all over this nation, have the sacred responsibility to see that Barack Hussein Obama’s tenure is short.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis.

© Skip MacLure 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

MSM Creates Narrative – Strives To Shape Outcome.

The ‘Main Stream Media’, as it has come to be known, has ceased to exist. It wasn’t even given a decent burial. The advent of the new conservative media has thrown down the gauntlet. Despite near-hysterical attempts to sell America the Administration’s statist line, Americans have not been fooled.

The new media has forced a transparency on their MSM counterparts that they’ve never had to face before. They were like a moth circling closer and closer to the flame. In the MSM’s drive to be closer and closer to the seats of power in this country they sold out their independence, their integrity and, as we’ve observed, some have sold out far more than that.

It’s sad, really. American journalism had a great tradition and a worldwide reputation as seekers of truth, no matter where that truth took them. I’ve been calling the Main Stream Media the Lame Stream Media now for a couple of years, but in fact I’ve watched the decline of truth and objectivity in journalism since Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite sold us out on the war in Vietnam, with politically motivated lies and distortions that were unfortunately taken for gospel truth by the folks at home, and most especially by craven politicians on both sides of the aisle.

The very instant any journalist or writer sells out for political advantage or favor, he or she ceases to have any claim on objectivity. The very moment that they lie to protect that privilege, they become the creature of that political entity with vested interest in the furtherance of their benefactor’s aims and desires. It’s actually far worse than that.

The LSM has degenerated to the point where no one, other than the usual 20% of the population that identify themselves as liberals or progressives, even wants to hear or read them any longer. They’re getting really desperate when they have to put someone like Al Sharpton up there, who is barely coherent at the best of times. It does accurately portray the mindset of these people that they would put the country’s  #2 race-baiter  in to a prime time slot.

The LSM, not content with carrying the water for the statists of the Obama administration and their minions, are manufacturing the news. Not that the LSM could manufacture a hurricane, but the progressive ginning up of the story had them directing the narrative and projecting the outcomes as well. We cannot fault city, county and state governments for acting with an excess of caution. We can, and will, fault the LSM for distorting the narrative and, as usual, outright invention.

It’s no wonder the new media has exploded. It’s no wonder the Patriot Movement is continuing to grow at record rates. For our part, we will continue to expose these lying statist cretins at every opportunity.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

March To Waterloo.

In any rational political environment, Barack Hussein Obama would be toast. Notice, please, the use of the word ‘rational’.

The left has been on a collision course with all things American since the 1903 Bolshevik revolution, led by Leon Trotsky and Vladimir Lenin, whose political-economic theories formed the basis of what was to become the Communist Party in Russia and the launch of the international Communist Party and its avowed aim of extending its tyrannical and repressive philosophy throughout the globe.

Trotsky and Lenin were political and economic theorists. That their collective ideology caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Russian citizens seems not to have caused them a moment’s pause. Lawlessness, fear and hysteria, generated by ideological zealotry and an inflexible and indiscriminate one-party political authoritarianism, led to poverty and repression that rivaled and exceeded the worst the Tsars could have ever conceived. The people of Russia simply traded one inflexible authoritarian rule for another.

That this pernicious political ideology would clash with the enlightened western democracies was never in doubt. Political and economic subversion were always the preferred method of attack.

America was never fertile ground for the expansion of communism. Given a choice, people invariably choose freedom. Hence, the left has been relegated to using lies, distortion, outright invention and the subversion of the moral fabric of the country.

Barack Hussein Obama is a communist ideologue. He has been inculcated with radical Marxian philosophy from the time he was a child. First by his mother, an avowed Marxist herself, and then later by the radical Hawaiian communist Frank Marshall Davis.

All of the people around Obama are academics. Theoretical socialists, not one of whom has ever held a real job in the real world, are the brain trust for all of Obama’s policies. We’ve had the better part of three years to judge Obama and his regime.

Barack Obama has been soundly repudiated by the American people. He and his radical policies, and his radical minions, are in the spotlight… and they don’t like it one bit. They are exposed for what they are.

The latest evidence that Obama is yielding to the immense pressure being exerted by the American people, with the Tea Party in the lead, is that Obama has backed off of the EPA’s latest carbon outrage, which Republican economists estimate would have cost hundreds of thousands of new job losses and the destruction of entire industries. He has been out-maneuvered and stymied at virtually every turn since the left lost the House of Representatives.

Obama’s march to his Waterloo continues… and we of the American Patriot Movement are here to smooth his way.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011

It Really Is All About Business.

This week we were shy of a couple of key technicians where I work. “So what?”, you say… “we all have to work short handed once in a while”. True, and no argument there. What is different, or more likely in Barack Obama’s America, what has sadly become the norm for many businesses is that we are all operating with reduced staff and management. This, in turn, makes the absence of key personnel felt much more in most organizations.

I just went through a week exactly like this one, hence no articles this week. No excuses, work is work and we’re damned grateful for it. The end results of the various cuts, layoffs, consolidations and downsizing has turned American business into a sort of survivors’ club.

We have been forced to fine tune our operations and hone our procedures to razor sharpness by the maelstrom of a decimated economy and the overbearing hand of a blatantly business-unfriendly statist regime, whose only accomplishment to date seems to be the ability to vomit forth copious volumes of repressive and regressive regulations and onerous enforcement burdens on an already overtaxed and vastly over-regulated private business community.

We have, without a single doubt, the greatest workforce on Earth. Don’t buy the bull bleep that America has seen its better days… get out of our way! That’s all… that’s all it would take to end this depression. Yeah, folks… zero job growth, in a now-continuous four year economic train wreck that is the Barack Hussein Obama government and its disastrous policies, qualifies as a depression.

We don’t see the stereotypical long soup lines of unemployed men as in the 1929 collapse and the resultant depression. We’ve had soup lines for many years inside the inner cities, the welfare state has seen to that. There is a minor industry that has grown up around ‘non profits’ that cater to homeless clients, distributing resources and helping to administer social services for homeless and impaired or addicted clients.

These agencies receive both private and public funds. So, we’re paying for keeping the homeless on the streets. Cute, huh? I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t witnessed it myself when doing emergency work at such a facility, and as such had access to a normally locked meeting room with a large white board showing all their funding sources.

There was no ‘safety net’ in 1929. No food stamps, no welfare checks, no public or ‘section eight’ housing. That may be why so many people are still bamboozled into thinking that the recession somehow died and that zero GDP growth is somehow acceptable.

There is no way that Obama, or any of his ilk, is going to sell anyone on any idea that this economy is not his alone. His excuses have all been heard and ofttimes repeated. Now he’s tried to upstage the Republican presidential debates and gotten his hand caught in the cookie jar by John Boehner, who despite all his warts as Speaker, showed a flash of brilliance in turning the ‘trap’ laid by Obama’s jolly jokesters around and depositing it where the Sun don’t go. It simply made Obama look like what he is… the spoiled petulant man-child.

If we want the economy to grow, if we want to see jobs, if we believe in the greatness of the American people… this man must be a one-term president.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Jerry Brown… Such A Clown, That Jerry Brown.

Another week of long days and longer nights. That’s okay by me, beats the hell out of not working. Makes it a little hard to write, though. First and foremost, our wishes and prayers go out to the folks on the east coast who find themselves in the path of Hurricane Irene. For heaven’s sake, if you’re in a position to get out, leave. I was in two typhoons when in the Pacific and south-east Asia with the Marines. I know that sinking feeling of realizing that you’re in the path of one of these monsters.

I wrote that last night just before I got called out again. The nation’s attention is rightly focused on the developing situation around Hurricane Irene. Maybe not with the punch the first worst-case scenarios forecast along with various exotic computer models, but still plenty dangerous and with the potential to cause immense damage.

Meanwhile, out here on the left armpit of the nation, it’s tough to say what came first, the chicken or the egg. Is Barack Hussein Obama modeling his brilliant economic strategy on our equally brilliant Jerry Brown, or is it the other way around? Sure looks to me as though they went to the same school of economics. Jerry Brown heads a state with an out-of-control bureaucracy with a radicalized legislature owned lock, stock and barrel by the environmentalists and the unions.

With an unfunded liability of over forty billion dollars, California has one of the country’s highest unemployment rates and one of the least business-friendly environments in America. Jobs, skilled people and businesses are fleeing the state every day. Jerry Brown’s answer… fortify union contracts, increase fees and scheme every way possible to find a way to tax California citizens, some of the most heavily taxed in the nation as it is.

Ol’ Moonbeam couldn’t get the expected sell-out support from any California legislators. He’s a bit miffed at that… so he has to go about loading generations of inconceivably bad management and governance on our shoulders by as much stealth, lying and prevarication as he can.

He and Obama… the ideologue and old-style Marxist. The only differences I see is that Mr Hussein Obama’s unfunded liability is about forty or more trillion dollars. He’s equally good at destroying jobs and commerce. Maybe better. His long-term goals for America are far more sinister than anything Jerry could come up with. But it matters little to people who are out of work because of the policies of these two and the respective governments they ‘lead’… um, bad choice of word. You get what I mean.

People in California are finally coming out of their weed-driven stupor long enough to see the tyranny present in our state. It’s certainly no sea-change. Not yet anyway, but people are beginning to pay a whole lot more attention, largely due to the really vibrant and activist California Patriot movement… and yes, they are Tea Party members.

Let’s turn the heat and the spotlight on these California legislators… these ‘public servants’ whose arrogance towards the people of California is beyond belief.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011