587 comments posted · 0 followers · following 0

2 days ago @ Original A... - Sharyl Attkisson vs. O... · 1 reply · +3 points

Sharyl (and anyone else who might be a surveillance target) should dump that "smart" phone and get a TracFone or other anonymous, disposable "burner" phone. Pay for everything with cash, so there is no link between you and the phone. Let no one other than family, trusted co-workers and close friends know the number. (Even better: separate burners for work and family/friends.) An hour or more of air time costs just $20 every three months. If you suspect the phone has been compromised, trash it. "Disposable" means just that.

1 week ago @ Original A... - Iraq's Slippery Slope · 1 reply · +5 points

I see Justin has coined a new term for that wretched part of the world -- "Badlandistan." Not quite as emphatic as the original "Shitholistan," but it still works.

Hey, while writing this I thought up a new term, which IMHO is even more descriptive than those two. What say y'all (especially Justin) to "Quagmiristan"?

1 week ago @ Blog - Conscription, History,... · 2 replies · +3 points

The 1863 draft riots (and the war's unpopularity in NYC) are graphically portrayed in the film Gangs of New York. Many parts are unsuitable for children, so parents wishing to give a history lesson need to control the DVD player's remote and skip those scenes. IMO the most important scene is the one showing Irish immigrants being conscripted straight off the boat, while coffins are loaded on the other side of the boat for the return journey. By the time the War of Yankee Aggression ended, foreigners comprised about 1/3 of the Union army.

What we must be on guard against the most is the "special skills draft" that was proposed but never implemented during the Cheney-Bush regime. If TPTB can get away with it ("don't worry, just a few people involved," they will purr), the number of "special skills" needed will increase two or three at a time. Eventually it will morph into full-fledged conscription (except for the elites and their kids, of course) without the name ever being changed. Frog-boiling at its finest.

Mr. Porter should have noted that conscription is not universally evil or dangerous. In Switzerland all adult men are reservists who train regularly and keep their issued weapons at home, ready to use at a moment's notice. Still, the nation has been at peace for more than 160 years, even as the World Wars ravaged the rest of Europe. Perhaps the lack of either a military-industrial complex or entangling alliances has something to do with it.

1 week ago @ Blog - Conscription, History,... · 0 replies · +2 points

Stop-loss became so rampant under Cheney-Bush that John Kerry called it the "back-door draft" in his presidential campaign and a low-grade movie on the subject was made. It was also employed during Clinton's Wag-the-Dog War -- had I gone career in the USAF it would have hit me just before being eligible to retire.

The "inactive" service you mention is the "Individual Ready Reserve." People who were on active duty for less than 8 years (used to be 6) receive no pay or training, but are subject to recall. Many ex-soldiers in the IRR found various ways to evade recall orders; the most common was clandestinely moving to a new address.

The Army has its own interesting twist. Soldiers who re-up after 10 years' service do so without an ETS -- IOW, they are potentially stuck for life. I thought it was a sick joke when I first read about it in 2002, but the local Army recruiter confirmed it.

1 week ago @ Original A... - Oligarchs for Israel · 0 replies · +7 points

Since Haim Saban apparently is prepared to hand his entire fortune over to the Lizard Queen's next campaign, Justin (and everyone else here) needs to spread the following quote far and wide. It was made at a Democrat Party confab in DC.

"The role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel. It is not up to us to pick and choose from among the political parties." -- Ann Lewis, adviser to Hillary Clinton campaign, March 17, 2008

The WaPo published that quote in an article titled "The Audacity of Chutzpah." I suspect Saban wanted to buy the paper so he could send the article down the memory hole.

The Bible may be silent on democracy, but 1 Samuel 8 is perfectly clear about the nasty consequences of having a king. Thomas Paine quoted that chapter in Common Sense as part of his excoriation of King George III. Now the Israelis have put themselves under the thumb of Nut-and-Yahoo, who is even more whacked-out than George III.

2 weeks ago @ Original A... - Lessons of the Midterm... · 3 replies · +3 points

Since I consider the federal government illegitimate, I don't cast any federal vote at all. I vote in state and local races only.

2 weeks ago @ Original A... - Lessons of the Midterm... · 3 replies · +10 points

Please, not that old Chucky Rangel mantra again. The history of conscription in the US totally refutes it. During the War of Yankee Aggression, the rich (on both sides) simply bought their way out of the draft, either with cash or by paying substitutes to fight in their place. It was never quite so blatant afterward, but in both World Wars, Korea & Vietnam there were all sorts of avenues that allowed the elites to keep themselves and their sons out of harm's way. Any future draft would do the same, and Chucky knows it. Those "no exceptions" bills he occasionally files are nothing more than political posturing. If the draft ever was revived, no one in his family would ever see the inside of an Army barracks. He's very rich too, after all.

5 weeks ago @ Original A... - Ebola, 'Epistemic Clos... · 1 reply · +4 points

I'm old enough to remember Swine Flu Hoax 1.0 in 1976 -- an even bigger non-event than the sequel. It wasn't the death blow to Ford's election chances, but I suspect it played a part.

The 2009 hoax -- coming soon after Obola took office -- was the test run for Rahm Emanuel's (in)famous adage "Never let a good crisis go to waste." Heck, they even enlisted the Mexican govt. to aid the scam -- soccer games played in empty stadiums, with the TV commentators wearing masks. Great theater, but it still didn't work.

Speaking of a "steaming pile of propaganda," could anything be more blatant than the new CBS series Madam Secretary? It is nothing less than a weekly hour-long unpaid political advertisement for the future presidential candidacy of the Lizard Queen. Heck, they even got a Hillary look-alike as the star!

5 weeks ago @ Original A... - American Foreign Polic... · 0 replies · +1 points

Agreed. "Racist" has devolved into one of those all-purpose smear words the left employs to squelch all further discussion of anything. The modern definition is "anyone who wins an argument against a liberal." A true libertarian supports both full freedom of association and full freedom of non-association -- for any reason or none. Anyone who demands that a person be forced to associate with others at gunpoint is in effect calling for the legalization of rape.

As for why the ROK won't kick the US out, I suspect it's for the same reason NATO was not disbanded after the USSR and Warsaw Pact dissolved. Whatever welfare state South Korea has depends on the US military to backstop its own with troops & equipment. Without that subsidy, the ROK would have to foot the entire bill for its defense, which in turn would require either abandonment of the welfare state or a huge tax increase that would crush the economy.

5 weeks ago @ News From - Obama to Send National... · 1 reply · +9 points

I agree with your scenario. IMO all of the Guardsmen should say "Sir, no sir!" when told to deploy for "Operation Contagion." They can't throw everyone in the stockade.