"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Arguments From Fascist Gun Grabbers Are Complete Bullshit


As happens frequently and with increasing fervency, those who wish to violate the rights of the American people to keep and bear arms are hitting the media to spread their propaganda.  On the whole, I have found that these fascists throw any semblance of integrity out the window and have no issue uttering absurdities about clear textual language, clear historical record, and whipping their echo chambers into a paranoid frenzy without regard to statistical reality.  In short, their position is complete fascist bullshit.

Let me try to support and defend the Constitution against domestic enemies.  First, the textual argument.  The Second Amendment states:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The rights-deniers' argument, if it can be called that, is that the 2A grammatically acknowledges rights not of individual people, but rather of officials in a government sanctioned and controlled army.  Not only do they assume that definition of "militia," but they also assume that those not in that government controlled organization are not privy to any right to keep and bear arms without infringement.  These assumptions are absurd and contrary to the text of the amendment itself.

The 2A gives a preface to explain the reasoning behind the law and then it proceeds to lay down the law after it was debated and discussed.  The reasoning of the final amendment considers that the security of a free State is protected by a well regulated militia, and in order to have a well regulated militia, it was necessary to make it law that the right of the people to keep and bear arms will not be infringed.

But somebody who has not taken grade school history might ask, if the reasoning was to have a militia that could bolster the security of a free State, why did the anti-federalist Founders give the legal right to keep and bear arms to the people?  Well, the obvious answer from the text itself is that they viewed the militia and the people to be the same.  The people were the militia.  If that were not the case, then they would have written that the right of the militia to keep and bear arms would not be infringed.  But they did not do that.

Second, history supports this readily apparent textual reality.  George Mason and Patrick Henry were two of the most influential anti-federalists behind the Bill of Rights.  Anti-federalists did not want States to ratify the Constitution (this may shock some of the fascists who also share a disdain for the Constitution).  Unlike our domestic enemies today, the anti-federalists did not want the Constitution ratified because they believed it created a government that was far too powerful and which would destroy the rights of States and the people.  So in a compromise to get States to ratify the Constitution, it was agreed that some amendments would be voted on.  The anti-federalists offered up several amendments and ultimately only twelve were brought by James Madison to the floor and only ten were eventually adopted.  The Bill of Rights.  It is beyond insane to think that these anti-federalists would orchestrate ten amendments that all secured rights of individuals against the government (free speech, press, worship, assembly, quartered soldiers, due process, self incrimination, unreasonable searches and seizures, jury trial, etc), excepting for one amendment to secure the right of government to have armed militias.  Rather, just as the law they wrote makes clear with its text, their purpose was to secure the right of the people to be armed.  Not only did they say so in the Second Amendment itself, but George Mason addressed the Constitutional Convention in 1788 stating:

Mr. Chairman — A worthy member has asked, who are the militia, if they be not the people, of this country, and if we are not to be protected from the fate of the Germans, Prussians, &c. by our representation? I ask who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers. But I cannot say who will be the militia of the future day. If that paper on the table gets no alteration, the militia of the future day may not consist of all classes, high and low, and rich and poor; but may be confined to the lower and middle classes of the people, granting exclusion to the higher classes of the people. If we should ever see that day, the most ignominious punishments and heavy fines may be expected. Under the present government all ranks of people are subject to militia duty.

His concerns that some people of means would actually avoid their duty as militia, were addressed in 1791 when the Second Amendment was finally ratified.  Patrick Henry, of "give me liberty or give me death" fame, also offered the following in a debate at a state convention:

Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands? 

The Second Amendment means what it says.  Now, to be fair, there are some gun control goons who acknowledge the Second Amendment means what it says, and they propose that our Constitution should be amended again to remove the right to keep and bear arms.  These individuals believe themselves to have superior reasoning ability and a superior understanding of history and human nature than the Founders and, very often, have little to no respect for those individuals from hundreds of years ago.  After all, some of them owned slaves.

Regardless, they they are correct that our Constitution would have to be amended to get rid of the legal right to keep and bear arms.  The problem, however, is that not even a government amendment removes the right of the people to the means of self defense, as rights come from our Creator and not from any government.  Just as an amendment today overturning the 13th Amendment and making it legal for black Americans to be thrown again in shackles would destroy a right made legal through our Constitution.  Still such a tyrannical move would not change the fact that all Americans, to include those of color, have the inalienable right to be free people and to be unmolested by a tyrannical majority.  Even the Constitution itself, in the same anti-federalist Bill of Rights, says as much.  The Ninth Amendment states:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

The reality is that the vocal domestic enemies of our nation today do not care about the Constitution or the rule of law.  They do not share the concern for rights that many Americans in the 1960s had and demonstrated with courageous action.  They certainly do not care to live and let live, or to respect the choices of others and they do not value a diversity of people with different lifestyles making various decisions.  Rather, they simply and ironically want to use government violence through the barrel of a government gun (as all laws are enforced with) to force individuals to behave or act or think or express themselves or own property in a way that they personally approve of.  After all the Constitution, in their minds, was written by conservatives who they have been taught are evil people and they have eagerly ingested the hatred of that group of their neighbors.

These people are the tyrants that early Americans tried to defend us from with their supreme law.  These people attempt to utilize the machinery of armed government to infringe on the rights of the people as tyrants from history typically do.  This is the tyranny of the majority that the anti-federalists went to work to secure our rights against to include that most fundamental right; the right of self defense.  Patrick Henry stated, "The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun."  This was a great object indeed because it is essential to liberty and freedom.  Few if any oppressed people have ever escaped the evils of tyrannical government power without the tools of defense against violence.

Those afraid of tyranny of government, or tyranny of a lunatic in a public place, all have the same remedy.  Arm yourself and protect yourself!  It is ludicrous that all Americans can't agree on the value of this right.  As Thomas Jefferson stated,  "Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state."  If you want to be free, arm yourself!  If you want to remain free, arm yourself.  Every person benefits from the tools of self defense, regardless of religion or color or gender or politics or sexuality except for those who wish to violate the rights of others with whom they differ.  But this common sense value has been programmed out of a large portion of our lemming-like American population and people who may have potentially had good intentions have turned themselves into domestic enemies of America who, like Senator Joe McCarthy, wish to use the machinery of public government to violate the rights of their innocent countrymen.

Samuel Bryan noted, "the men of the greatest purity of intention may be made instruments of despotism in the hands of the artful and designing."  The domestic enemies today may have had some purity of intention, but they have been filled with hatred for those they have been told to fear, a conservative bogeyman.  And because they have ingested and swallowed down this hateful nonsense, in pure divide and conquer fashion, these fascists have given up their integrity, concern for our rule of law, and they rely exclusively on arguments comprised of complete un-American bullshit.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Draft is Unconstitutional



It would appear Congress is going to pass a law requiring females to register with the Selective Service so that they can be forced into involuntary service in order to do violence on behalf of those who forced them into involuntary service.  There is bipartisan support for this insanely immoral practice and ironically some float the justification that a draft would equally pull people from all walks of American life and throw them into the thresher of war, which would then prevent war because it would touch the lives of more Americans. 

Or to put it more succinctly, the argument is that government violence forcing people to inflict government violence will prevent government violence.

Regardless of the justifications for or against the draft's involuntary service, the reality is that it's just plain ole unlawful via our Constitution.  Full stop.  The Thirteenth Amendment states:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Of course Americans have extremely little concern for their constitutional rights, so pointing out that government is doing something unlawful is met with a collective yawn.

Land of the free.  Where people are forced through threat of government violence to go inflict violence, because the war isn't so obviously in America's interests that people would sign up to defend those interests voluntarily.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Don't Tread On Us


As Usual, Hurlburt Field Leads the Way


I am three weeks and change from retiring, but I am glad to know that I can now be protected when I drive on base for my retirement ceremony in the coming weeks.

For some time now, military members have had to drive to and from work disarmed, setting themselves apart from civilians in the same location driving to work at Wal-Mart or wherever.  Fortunately Congress reiterated its previous stance, in light of military members being targeted and murdered here at home, that installation commanders can allow military members to have weapons on base.

Still, few commanders were and are willing to allow their members to be armed while waiting in long lines at the front gate like sitting ducks.

Not so at the gates of Hurlburt Field.  In a new policy decision, members with concealed carry licenses are able to keep weapons in their vehicles.  It's a great decision and I believe reflects the superior leadership culture of the premiere combat community of our service.  Combat breeds courage and common sense.  Non-combat breeds convention and careerism and risk aversion.

Great job AFSOC leadership for setting the example yet again.  Let's hope other installation commanders follow instead of continuing to risk the lives of their service members and their families.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

SCRIBD Ghost Bans FOIA Released Documents


Years ago I uploaded FOIA approved and released documents to SCRIBD, a site that allows you to share documents online.  The documents were a response to my latest Letter of Reprimand (LOR) issued for refusing an unlawful order, the resignation of my commission from the military along with supporting documentation for that resignation.  Again, these documents and others were officially released by the U.S. government through a Freedom of Information Act request.  So there should be no issues and I should not have to be exiled to Russia after the government shared this information with the public.

I even redacted the documents further, on my own, prior to uploading to SCRIBD where with little reference to them on my part, they somehow amassed 2.4K views.  I thought that was kind of strange for a quiet section of the internet to get so much attention.  At any rate, I noticed several weeks ago that the documents were gone and SCRIBD provided a message stating:

So I uploaded a new copy of the documents and emailed SCRIBD support and asked them if they removed my documents due to government request.  They wrote back just over a week later stating:

Hey there!

Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us! Unfortunately, and I'm truly sorry for this, we've received a higher than normal amount of emails recently and have been unable to respond as quickly as we'd like to. We know what a pain it is to have to wait in line, but appreciate your patience and understanding none-the-less!

Sorry for any trouble here, but I am still seeing that document appearing on our site normally (https://www.scribd.com/doc/266297955/What-Faithful-Public-Service-Looks-Like). If you're still having trouble with it, let me know.

So I went to the link and the documents were back.  Well, for me they were.  Or perhaps for somebody using my IP address.  But not for everybody as the screenshot message above was taken by somebody else showing that the documents were still removed for other users.  Several users reported the documents were banned for them, so I used a different IP address to check and, sure enough, SCRIBD made the documents available for me to view but not for others.

That's something called "ghost banning" and it's apparently an increasingly popular technique for the censorship and message manipulation that we are seeing reported concerning social media giants like Facebook and others.  If you can control the information, you can control the population.  People are cause and effect, nature/nurture, and if you can shape the reality of a person you can get them to do your bidding.  It's really that simple.  Advertisers have known this for quite some time now.

Now this instance is obviously not about ad revenue or anything commercial.  So what's it about?  It's possible, though unlikely, that it's just a mistake on the part of SCRIBD.  And at the end of the day, it's their right to show what they want as they are a private company.

But if it turns out this private company is censoring the internet on behalf of a government body, that would not be surprising, but it would reflect very poorly on this internet company.  I hope that isn't the case.  I will keep readers posted when SCRIBD customer service gets back to me about this ghost banning.

ETA:  Just got this response back from SCRIBD:

Hi there,

Thank you for following up and letting me know that doc still wasn't appearing normally. I double checked from a browser while logged out and noted it was not appearing correctly as I had originally seen. I apologize for any confusion or frustration this may have caused!

It looks like I missed this the first time around, and for that you have my sincerest apologies for the mix-up. Our automated spam-prevention system became a little oversensitive and misidentified your document as spam. I've overridden this and you should soon find it in the expected locations in your profile. I have also flagged your document in our spam-detection system as non-spam to help prevent similar occurrences in the future.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns, thanks!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Six Weeks Until PYB is De-Commissioned


Amazing to think my time in the Air Force is the same as the time I spent at field training more than twenty years ago.  I chose to go to a six week camp because I thought I would have a better chance of getting Distinguished Graduate (DG).  Yeah, not so much.

The wife had this engraving made for my retirement shadow box.  The quote is taken from an AFCAF ruling after I refused a blatantly unlawful order and resigned my commission with just over fifteen years of service.

Had it not been for the nameless person who issued that ruling and wrote that quote, I would not be retiring in six weeks.

I hope those in public service will remember those who gave all in their fulfillment of their oaths of office.  I hope we who serve realize that not being willing to give our careers to defend America here at home is a horrible disservice to the memory of the fallen.

Faithful public service ain't no chump game.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

For Fascists Like John Tringali, Respect for the Constitution is Mental Illness


Interesting exchange with a relatively recently retired O-5 over on my Facebook page.  With just a few posts, he managed to explain that he doesn't support a) the First Amendment when it comes to shirts advocating for Constitutional rights in public school, b) the Fourth Amendment right not to be searched without a warrant, c) the Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate yourself, and d) the Sixth Amendment right to a jury.

And in his view, my defense of the Constitution is apparently a sign of mental illness so glaring that he claims to have contacted the Veterans Administration on my behalf and claims he was told by somebody there that my "tirade" in support of constitutional rights raised many flags of serious mental health issues.  He then provided her email address and invited me to contact her.  So, I've reproduced my "tirade" here.

This theme that those who support the Constitution, and who criticize those in public service who do not, are mentally ill is one I am familiar with.  It's interesting to me how so many fascist unprofessional public servants equate valuing constitutional rights with indication of mental illness.

So, John Tringali, makes his first post here...


And then moments later continues his brilliance in this thread:


 

Then he defriends me, and turns around and sends me this message:



Then he blocks me.  Thanks for the lesson on mental illness, John Tringali.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

God, Death and Kids: Cian Westmoreland and Brandon Bryant Drone On


This sequel video goes beyond the inconsistent and unbelievable stories of Brandon Bryant and Cian Westmoreland and jumps down the rabbit hole exploring the themes of their public professions relating to religion and a Messiah Complex, suicide and death, and their fascination with children.  This fascination includes Brandon "running away from home" for a month post military, leaving his mother's house, and choosing to spend his nights at a children's playground.  The film compares presented themes with the words and actions of Jim Jones and the People's Temple from the 1970s.

It's an open letter to Jesselyn Radack who trots these two out as supposed whistle blowers, and helps create the fictional narrative surrounding them.  Cian is a guy who grew up in a military family, talked with his father when he came back from deploying post 911, went to high school during a time of perpetual war and then chose to join the military.  After four years and one deployment as a network technician in a non-combat role, Cian completed his contract and then developed guilt and claims of PTSD along with a desire for a public platform.  He contacted Brandon and the two of them have hit the media and are attempting to create an organization they call Project Red Hand.

One of the downsides of secrecy not frequently discussed, is that it gives frauds an easy opportunity to make claims about their service that civilians gobble down without question.

Here are some random people I don't know expressing views after watching this movie in a thread where a Brandon Bryant quote was included along with a link to Jeremy Scahill's new book, "The Assassination Complex."  Note: I haven't read the book but Scahill usually does great work, although as this video shows he did get suckered into publicly supporting these charlatans.  Can't be right all the time, I guess.  Anyway, these folks seem to find the movie quite interesting and it's good to see truth being spread about these frauds who are hurting an important discussion.


At any rate, just watch the first three minutes of the video and you'll have a good idea whether this hour long film is worth your time.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Army Captain Nathan Smith Sues for Court to Declare Legality of War on ISIS


Fascinating story in the New York Times today.  I'm glad to see a military officer concerned about the Constitution and willing to make waves.  That demonstrates a tiny amount of moral courage and professionalism that, in my experience, makes this junior military officer likely the best officer I have seen.

Sadly his performance falls well short of what is required.  He got bad advice from the New York Times columnist and Yale Law professor, Bruce Ackerman.  Perhaps well intentioned, but still incredibly bad advice.  If public servants like Captain Smith follow Mr. Ackerman's recipe then the whole of our checks and balances is reduced to one branch.  The judiciary.

I wish Captain Smith luck in getting some "guidance" (as another person's opinion might guide a personal decision) from the courts while he continues to participate in what he believes is a violation of our Constitution (and I agree with him completely insomuch as he realizes actions against ISIS and Syria are unlawful).  But the reality is that not obeying our supreme law and his oath, and instead passing the buck to yet another branch of government, does not resolve his issue or his burden regardless if or how a court rules.

Captain Smith's move may certainly be useful for a broader public discussion, but it is also a "mental reservation or purpose of evasion" which he also took an oath to refrain from in his defense of our Constitution.

Sorry, Captain, but public service ain't no chump game.  There is no easy path in this job.  You either do the right thing as you promised, or you don't.  Waiting for some other public servant to make your professional decision for you is the wrong thing to do.  The burden of our oaths is real.

The comment I posted on the New York Times page:

Ackerman is wrong in the advice he gives Captain Smith and his careerist/jurist rationale is even worse. While my opinion here is my own and doesn't represent the Air Force, the DOD, or the United States government, I say this as a military officer who once refused an order that violated the Constitution in the most egregious manner possible. With just over 15 years of service, I resigned my commission. It wasn't accepted and after more than a year of being removed from combat duties, I was vindicated, my security clearances were returned and I continue to fly aircraft and retire in weeks.

Mr. Ackerman's advice to Captain Smith is not only wrong, it's dangerous to our nation. Article Six of our Constitution requires military officers such as Captain Smith to take an oath to support the Constitution. What is key about Article Six is not just that it requires that oath of executive officers, but that it uses the exact same line to require the oath of judicial officers, as well. It states, "...all executive and judicial officers...shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution..." It does NOT require judges to support the Constitution and military officers to support the verdicts of judges.

The Constitution is what we swear to support, not government telling us what it means often like pigs with paint cans pointing to the side of a barn.

As military officers we must uphold our oaths, regardless of courts or careers, and simply cannot get it wrong.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Ten Weeks to Go - A Life On Layaway


Only ten weeks of public service remaining.  Then I return, after nearly three decades, to the place I call home.  A land of mountains, rivers, gorgeous forests, Indian Reservations, and God's soft moist blanket protecting and nurturing the most beautiful Nature in our nation.

I look forward to laying down the sword and the soapbox for as long as I am physically able before that same beautiful Nature ends me.  To silently stare in wonder, to seek and to question, to bask in the beauty.  To learn rather than attempt to teach.  I look forward to my silence.

But I still have ten weeks before I can return to the trailer park near the reservation and the river I grew up on.  I still have work to do before I can be the old guy in the back of the church always smiling, assured that I did my duty and guiltless and content to simply exist and focus on the good in God's creation.

Ten weeks left to battle the innumerable domestic enemies of our nation as best I can.

Then happily lay down the sword and the soapbox.