"...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

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Soldiers, We Need More Than Machinery!

For those not familiar with Symphony of Science, this is an invitation to something wonderful.  This artist has some of the most inspiring videos on YouTube under the handle, MelodySheep.  Even if you don't like this blog post and the embedded video above, I invite you to at least view this video.  This artist is a master of combining music, science, and rationality into very enjoyable short flicks.

In this particular video embedded above, he uses old Charlie Chaplin satire footage where Chaplin turns Hitler into a liberty lover.  I'm not in the movie business, but I wish I were able to turn fascists into Americans.  Sadly I've found that I lack Chaplin's skill despite trying very hard to replicate it.

The video above is worth watching, particularly the part about soldiers not being machinery.  This is especially important as our technology and machinery increase at a quantum rate, while our humanity struggles to keep up and may even be receding.

The video above quotes from the original Charlie Chaplin footage in which the Hitler character states:

Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes - men who despise you - enslave you - who regiment your lives - tell you what to do - what to think and what to feel! Who drill you - diet you - treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate - the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

So right.  There is nothing wrong with being a soldier, and a good soldier is a great thing.  But to be so, you must fight for liberty, truly make good on your oath to our Constitution unlike the majority around you, and you must not let the fascists enslave you with their cowardice and their majority social constructions.  Guard your mind from their propaganda and the propaganda of those who have made a round through the revolving door, and who beg you to let them think for you;  those who put on a new uniform, one of "objective" media, or of industry expert, or of politician trying to get you to think as they say, while using the machinery of lies and deception and crowd sourced manufactured consent against you.  Control is exercised in many forms.

Guard your mind from those who do in fact want to be emperor.  As Chaplin's character says, we need more than greed and cleverness.

Fascism in satire is one thing.  Fascism in real life is quite another.  Let us unite against the fascism that is so popular today while pawning itself off as patriotism or concern for society or the "greater good."  Fight fascism despite its clever rationalizations, like America's Greatest Generation did in the 1940s.  Let us unite once more for freedom, this time for the freedom of America!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Criticizing Tony Carr is Against Community Standards

For a third time, a criticism of Tony Carr's contributions on his JQP Facebook page offered up on my own page, has led to content being removed and me being banned.  It would seem this anonymous in-love-with-Tony-Carr personality spends quite a bit of time claiming that my shared opinions violate that social media's community standards.

It would also seem that Tony Carr's "public figure" Facebook page has recently been removed.  Perhaps, for some reason, Tony has decided he is no longer a public figure to be followed by the masses despite his appearances on news programs and despite branding himself a media personality who, in fact, gets paid to market a message to his Air Force readership.

At any rate, as usual, the anonymous complainer offers no explanation how my criticisms transgressed any standard, and as usual that didn't stop the automated system over at Facebook from whizzing and whirring and pumping out the same result.

That result is that criticisms of Tony Carr are against community standards.  Those standards are, of course, the purview of the private company that owns the platform.  This isn't a case of the community standards that make our nation's law and that are enforced by tools of government violence.  So it's no big deal in the scheme of things.

But I do sincerely hope the anonymous complainer who silences the speech of others isn't in a position to dabble with or enforce our country's legal community standards.  To borrow a phrase (from a man who boasts that he has and will call a person's military commander if he disagrees with something they say online), if that hypothetical situation above doesn't ALARM you, it should.

It would appear this is now the new landscape.  Three times constitutes a trend.  The first bout of censorship and banning occurred in early June (note: clicking that link and seeing the censored material might not be suitable for all audiences, and by that I mean those who don't appreciate free discussion), and appears to be a routine way to do business now in our "digital conversation."  So, it's time to adapt and overcome in some way that will not include stooping to the same insecure level as the individual who cannot abide criticism of JQP.

In other news, I recommend folks stop over to the JQP Facebook page and enjoy the most recent Tony Carr contributions where he lambasts a senior Air Force official for possibly censoring his criticisms of them on their Facebook page.  It would appear that Tony, who harangues Air Force officials for spending too much time and taxpayer resources on non-flying organizations that have nothing to do with airpower, is not pleased the Secretary of the Air Force would travel to a squadron and fly a local mission with them in their aircraft.  Tony's consistent message (in that he's consistently bagging on Air Force leadership and trying to get them to divert attention to him) apparently was removed from the SAF's Facebook page.  Tony is demanding to know why.

Maybe I should contact Tony about this anonymous person censoring my speech on my own page.  He seems to really care about the topic.  He's really all about free discussion and the exchange of ideas, you know.

At any rate, the most recent criticism that led to my latest check-in to Banned Camp is below:

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tony Carr Not Allowed to Play in the Digital PlayPen?

Oh the irony.  Tony Carr posted recently:

Here's a comment for the folks over at BaseOps.Net. I've applied for posting privileges on your forums a half dozen times over the years and never gotten an account. Frankly, I couldn't care less. That's all fine. But if you're going to have a thread that beats up on posts featured here, and if you're going to lack the balls to come here and debate an issue on the merits using your real name, then at least grant me the ability to show up and make a comment.

I appreciate you guys reading my posts. I don't appreciate your unwillingness to engage unless it's within your insular cocoon of safety where you can't be challenged by the person who made the claim you're knocking. This gives you the freedom to abandon context and say whatever the hell you want unaccountably. That may stand you in well with your AF GO bosses, but I expect more.
I don't know what the hell you guys are doing over there, but it's not upholding the memory of the man who founded your site.

Ironic in that Tony Carr started a thread about me from an Air Force Times article, and gave his opinions on your humble blogger.  When somebody asked him why I wasn't allowed to post in that thread, he lied that I was not blocked from posting there but that I simply chose not to.  When it was repeated that I could not post there, Tony went cold mic and refused to revisit the issue.

But not only does he lie to his readership about who he chooses to not allow to post on his page, he also lambasts the Digital PlayPen for doing something similar.

Those two revenue earning businesses have so much in common, you'd think they'd get along.  They are both in the business of censoring speech to sell a product.  They have both started threads about me and both have booted me when I responded.  They both tailor and delete discussions.  They are both no fans of being told that military members have a real duty to uphold their oaths to support and defend the constitution.

You'd think the two would get along like, oh I don't know, Italian and German heads of state from the 1940s who might not agree on everything, but share a basic view of freedom and rights and oaths and such.

I have to admit it's more fun that they don't get along, though.

But I expect a merger before long.  They are far too similar to let this squabble get in the way of shared goals.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

General Wesley Clark (ret) Recommends Concentration Camps

Retired Army four-star General Wesley Clark says that we should consider internment camps for those who exercise their free speech rights to not support, or in other words to be "disloyal" to, the government of the United States.  He mentions that in the 1940s we did this very thing, putting Americans into concentration camps, and says that we need to look into our domestic law procedures to implement this again today.

General Clark says on the MSNBC video above:

We have got to identify the people who are most likely to be radicalized. We’ve got to cut this off at the beginning. There are always a certain number of young people who are alienated. They don’t get a job, they lost a girlfriend, their family doesn’t feel happy here and we can watch the signs of that. And there are members of the community who can reach out to those people and bring them back in and encourage them to look at their blessings here.

But I do think on a national policy level we need to look at what self-radicalization means because we are at war with this group of terrorists. They do have an ideology. In World War II if someone supported Nazi Germany at the expense of the United States, we didn’t say that was freedom of speech, we put him in a camp, they were prisoners of war.

So, if these people are radicalized and they don’t support the United States and they are disloyal to the United States, as a matter of principle fine. It’s their right and it’s our right and obligation to segregate them from the normal community for the duration of the conflict. And I think we’re going to have to increasingly get tough on this, not only in the United States but our allied nations like Britain, Germany and France are going to have to look at their domestic law procedures.

It bears remembering that in the 1940s, under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, our nation's armed forces were commanded by presidential order, to fix bayonets and go door to door in parts of the United States and round up 70,000 American citizen men, women, and children and force them onto trains to take to concentration camps.  The Fifth Amendment rights of these Americans to not have their liberty taken without due process of law, were flatly ignored by the government.  There were no trials, no court rooms, no evidence supplied.  Those few who brought suit found that the Supreme Court of the United States was also consistently unwilling to protect their due process rights.

Anecdotally, I have had many conversations with current military personnel about this time in our history and have asked whether or not individuals would disobey the unlawful order FDR gave to the United States Army in the 1940s.  In my conversations, the overwhelming majority of military members today would obey such an order should it be issued again.

Some may think such concerns are simply paranoid due to the abundance of clowns and court jesters who talk about this serious topic to sell entertainment.  As a result, those folks might think all such talk of concentration camps comes from crackpots and may believe that such internment camps cannot happen in America again.  Justice Antonin Scalia, senior justice of the Supreme Court of the United States disagrees. Justice Scalia, in a discussion of the topic with law students in early 2014 said, "you are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again," and added:

That’s what was going on - the panic about the war and the invasion of the Pacific and whatnot. That’s what happens. It was wrong, but I would not be surprised to see it happen again, in time of war. It’s no justification, but it is the reality...

Of course, today our government assassinates Americans without charge or trial, going way beyond the Fifth Amendment violations of the 1940s.  And our government had lawyers on the payroll travel around to provide their "expert" opinion on why killing Americans without due process of law is "legal."  One such lawyer, Jeh Johnson, was then promoted to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.  The DHS is in charge of the Border Patrol, which sets up checkpoints well inside the nation and seizes and detains innocent American citizens without suspicion of any crime, and the DHS also owns the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) agency, among others.

We should also remember that just a few years ago, Congress passed legislation, and the President signed it into law, allowing the American military to arrest and indefinitely detain Americans on American soil, locking them up without charge or trial.  The President issued a signing statement saying that despite this law now being passed, "...my Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens."  Signing statements are, of course, no more legally binding than campaign promises and certainly do not affect future presidents.

This blatantly unconstitutional claimed power was challenged in the judiciary, and a district court found it to be unconstitutional.  However the finding of the district court was reversed at the appeals court level, and the Supreme Court refused to hear the case.   As it stands now, all three branches of federal government have institutionalized the blatantly unconstitutional power to order the military to arrest Americans, on American soil, and put them in prison forever, without trial and the due process of law.

Meanwhile, beyond the contribution of General Clark above, others also today spread propaganda showing a desire to institutionalize such denial of American liberty on a greater scale.  To some in this nation, Americans simply have no inviolate rights.

These topics are not academic.  All public servants, who have taken the oath of office to support and defend, and bear true faith and allegiance to the Fifth Amendment rights of Americans, should be preparing for a time when they may need to make good on their oath by refusing an unlawful order.

We need to stand ready to protect America from domestic enemies who wish to turn government tools of violence against the American people.

We do this by taking the time to read the Constitution we swore to defend, so that we can refuse unlawful orders on the spot.

Those who can't be counted on to protect America as they swore they would do, should leave service immediately and find employment elsewhere.  We do not need cowards who wear a uniform simply to receive the adulation from a public that doesn't know any better.  We need actual defenders of America, who actually make good on their oath of office, and who will defend Americans at risk to themselves, their careers, and their convenience.

America is in a very dark place.  It is a far different country than what was founded.  Like Germany, even free countries fall into despotism once fascists take control from the inside.

That tragic fact does not relieve public servants of their duty to stand tall for the America that no longer exists.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tony Carr Says He's Now Ready "To Guide Your Electoral Decisions."

Tony has launched a new goal for his Facebook page and has introduced it over on his JQP social media page stating:

"We're doing some research here at JQP and will begin providing you with political analysis to guide your electoral decisions."

Well ain't that nice of him?  Apparently feeling a bit frosty from his current carefully censored and crafted sheep collection, and no doubt cashing in on his success biting the ankles of Air Force senior leadership and making them try to brush him off, Tony Carr is now going on a much more ambitious political king making venture.

Will this be the season where Tony runs for office or gets a currently serving politician to put him into an important appointed position so he can unleash his view that Americans have no inviolate rights in their Constitution?  Will he be able to pull the levers of government power to silence and censor those who disagree with him as he does using Facebook?

Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of House of Carrs and apologies for my blog being one big spoiler alert after spoiler alert over the years (but to be fair, I have never made any money off my blog, and I didn't sell it to a corporation for stock options and cash).  Still, we all love a good show, so I apologize for all the spoilers.

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But here is what I think is going on behind Tony's calculation.  Tony sees that people are finally peering through his dishonest bullshit.  They are seeing that he's just another blowhard trying to be a politician, who champions ridiculous causes or any cause that he thinks will get him a new group of people and add to his numbers.  The man loves him some numbers and Facebook likes.  But people are wising up to his lies and his deceptions and his transparently obvious manipulations.  At least that's what I see as people who do not normally agree with me start telling me, "you were right about that guy."  When I see that happen, it's usually a sign of things to come.

I suspect Tony knows this too, and he's cashing in on all the sheep capital he has mustered so far, and is trying to make a bigger move before his rise to the top comes crumbling down on him.

Like I said, stay tuned for the next episode of House of Carrs!