The Bundy Saga

The situation going on with the Bundy Ranch in Nevada vs the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) may become the modern day Boston Tea Party.

I hope it becomes and continues to be a rallying point for the American people to push back against an increasingly tyrannical Federal government which seems intent upon squashing States' rights and establishing complete control over every aspect of it's citizens lives.

The Federal government claims ownership over gigantic portions of land throughout the western States without any legitimate reason for doing so other than they can.

Unless by generally accepted public consensus for the need of preservation such as Yellowstone Park, or Mount Rushmore or the land has some  generally accepted unique value to needs of the nation, the Federal government has no ethical, moral, or truly legal right of ownership.

And its not just raw land being wasted and claimed by the Federal government; there are more than 77,000 empty or underutilized buildings the government claims ownership of, but does nothing with.

Uncle Sam has become like an arrogant lord with America his serfdom and elite politicians and bureaucrats his peerage.

Current news indicates the BLM has backed down and Rancher Bundy has prevailed.  I guarantee it is a mistake to think the situation is over.  Rancher Bundy will probably pay for his resistance with his life.  Read this story.


California History

Do you know what happened
164 years ago this summer....

September 9, 1850?
California became a state!
The people had no electricity.
The state had no money.
Almost everyone spoke Spanish.
There were gunfights in the streets.

So basically NOTHING has changed except,
then the women had real tits and the men didn't hold hands.

And that, my friends, is your history lesson for today.


The Wall

I across the following facts and statistics regarding Vietnam casualties and have seen similar iterations before, but what I have never seen, and would find interesting would be a breakdown of these casualties by family wealth and social status.

You see, the older and more cynical me suspects that the preponderance of those killed were from families who were in the lower income and influence levels of the time.  Beginning in the fifties, the more influential found ways to keep their sons either out of military service or at least out of forward infantry units or other hazardous positions.

During WWII and before the leaders of society led from the front in war and peace, not so after.

Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall
There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.
The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 36 years since the last casualties.
The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth , Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.
There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.
39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.
8,283 were just 19 years old.
The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old. 12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.
5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.
One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.
997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam ..
1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam ..
31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.
Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.
54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia . I wonder why so many from one school.
8 Women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded.
244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.
Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.
West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.
The Marines of Morenci - They led some of the scrappiest high school football an d basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest. And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci's mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.
The Buddies of Midvale - LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all went to Vietnam. In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.
The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 - 2,415 casualties were incurred.
For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters. There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.


Speak Loudly and Carry a Little Stick......Oh wait

Detroit Counterfeiters

Detroit police have still not apprehended a master counterfeiter plaguing retailers whose employees cannot discern which bills are fake and which are real.

In fact, they don't know what discern means and neither do the police.


Nah, I Don't Think So

I can't stand Barry and Michelle, and I guess anything is possible regarding those two, but this is a little much.

BTW, I never really believed that Janet Reno was Chelsea Clinton's real father.