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Summum ius summa iniuria--More law, less justice

10 March 2012

Shame on the leadership of the United Daughters of the Confederacy

Hell has finally froze over!


Well y'all,

Today, March 10th, 2012, glaciers have officially replaced flames in Hell.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy National Headquarters in Richmond have become ALLIED with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in their OPPOSITION to the RESTORATION of the BATTLEFLAGS on the CONFEDERATE WAR MEMORIAL CHAPEL.

FIRST the UDC HQ has said to USE A BATTLEFLAG is POLITICAL and they would not SUPPORT any efforts that included using a BATTLEFLAG to help the CHAPEL issue because the 501c3 tax status is MORE IMPORTANT than our ANCESTORS!

TODAY the UDC HQ called the Richmond Police to REMOVE the VIRGINIA FLAGGERS who have been successfully Flagging the VMFA to restore the BATTLEFLAGS for the past 6 months AND LIED TO THE OFFICERS to get them to respond!

I was present at the scene as it happened. The GUILTY are UDC President Martha Van Schaick and UDC Secretary of the Board of Trustees Mrs. Lucy Steele.

TOGETHER, the UDC and the VMFA stand PROUD against the CHAPEL, and against our ANCESTORS!

After 150 years, the flag has become too political for the UDC leadership?!? Shame on you!

The battle flag is the military banner of an independent Confederacy of independent sovereign States, that has become more politicized over time.  The formation of the Confederate States over 150 years ago, was, by definition, political.  

To these two ladies I would say: Heritage is heritage.  You must remember and honour your ancestry in it's own context. You should not think of the battle flag in the context of the collectivist multicultural empire in which you live today. I believe your mothers and grandmothers would ask you: Why support (i.e. lend vocal and financial support to preservation of heritage) the flag yesterday but not today?  

Perhaps these two ladies should consider resigning from the UDC leadership.  If what georgiaflagger says is true, Mrs. Van Shaick and Mrs. Steele appear to have deviated from the UDC mission.

From the UDC headquarters homepage:

UDC insignia


The insignia of the United Daughters of the Confederacy is the First National Flag (Stars and Bars) of the Confederacy surrounded by a laurel wreath bearing the letters "UDC" under the flag; the whole is tied with a ribbon on which are inscribed the dates "1861-1865."

If I'm not mistaken, the First National Flag is also "political".

via Chuck Demastus' Southern Heritage News and Views facebook feed and email newsletter.

07 March 2012

Nude body scanners easily defeated--Federal incompetence and crony capitalism.

Another example of the fine crony capitalism (Rapiscan/Chertoff) (Titan Group) brought to you by your federal government with your (yet again wasted) tax money.

This is DHS ignorance or incompetence, either way not good for you.

It's not just inconvenience, is it?

4th Amendment thrown in the garbage.

You receive ionizing radiation without the desired benefit--what are they going to do now, have you also turn right and left, and double the radiation dose?

They are idiots, we suffer.

Feel safe yet?

06 March 2012

Enemies, Domestic: De Jure death of Due Process. Executive branch explains why it is your Judge, Jury, and Executioner.

(Often left leaning but consistent) Constitutionalist Glenn Greenwald writing in

In a speech at Northwestern University yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder provided the most detailed explanation yet for why the Obama administration believes it has the authority to secretly target U.S. citizens for execution by the CIA without even charging them with a crime, notifying them of the accusations, or affording them an opportunity to respond, instead condemning them to death without a shred of transparency or judicial oversight. The administration continues to conceal the legal memorandum it obtained to justify these killings, and, as The New York Times‘ Charlie Savage noted, Holder’s “speech contained no footnotes or specific legal citations, and it fell far short of the level of detail contained in the Office of Legal Counsel memo.” But the crux of Holder’s argument as set forth in yesterday’s speech is this:

Some have argued that the president is required to get permission from a federal court before taking action against a United States citizen who is a senior operational leader of Al Qaeda or associated forces. This is simply not accurate. “Due process” and “judicial process” are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security. The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process.

Would someone please explain what judicial process is?  I think he just made up the term.  Very Orwellian, if I do say so:

Commandmants of George Orwell's Animal Farm

When Obama officials (like Bush officials before them) refer to someone “who is a senior operational leader of Al Qaeda or associated forces,” what they mean is this: someone the President has accused and then decreed in secret to be a Terrorist without ever proving it with evidence. The “process” used by the Obama administration to target Americans for execution-by-CIA is, as reported last October by Reuters, as follows:

American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions . . . There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House’s National Security Council . . . Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate.

As Leon Panetta recently confirmed, the President makes the ultimate decision as to whether the American will be killed: “[The] President of the United States obviously reviews these cases, reviews the legal justification, and in the end says, go or no go.”

So that is the “process” which Eric Holder yesterday argued constitutes “due process” as required by the Fifth Amendment before the government can deprive of someone of their life: the President and his underlings are your accuser, your judge, your jury and your executioner all wrapped up in one, acting in total secrecy and without your even knowing that he’s accused you and sentenced you to death, and you have no opportunity even to know about, let alone confront and address, his accusations; is that not enough due process for you? At Esquire, Charles Pierce, writing about Holder’s speech, described this best: “a monumental pile of crap that should embarrass every Democrat who ever said an unkind word about John Yoo.”

A little background for the curious:

Clause 39 of the Magna Carta provided:
No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land

New York was the only state that asked Congress to add "due process" language to the U.S. Constitution. New York ratified the U.S. Constitution and proposed the following amendment in 1788:

"[N]o Person ought to be taken imprisoned or diseased of his freehold, or be exiled or deprived of his Privileges, Franchises, Life, Liberty or Property but by due process of Law."

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides:

[N]or shall any person . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law . . . .

Section One of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides:

[N]or shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law . . .

Alexander Hamilton commented on the language of that New York bill of rights: "The words 'due process' have a precise technical import, and are only applicable to the process and proceedings of the courts of justice; they can never be referred to an act of legislature."
[Or act of the Executive, one may presume.-HM]

Hey, Mr. Holder, Oath to preserve, protect, and defend what?

04 March 2012

On The Articles of Confederation

The Articles of Confederation are one of the pieces of evidence that this country formed by a compact between newly declared independent States, rather than as a creation of some supreme National government, as the proponents of a strong central government (the path which led to Lincoln, the loss of a voluntary Republic in the WBTS, and the current Empire).

This past Wednesday, few commemorated the 231st anniversary of the ratification of the Articles of Confederation, the first Constitution of the United States.
This is unfortunate, because some of the fundamental principles for which Americans have bled for well over 230 years are set down in the Articles.

John Hanson of Maryland, first President of the United States of America under the Articles of Confederation

"There were four main problems with the Articles of Confederation. 

First, it gave the new country no authority to establish an army. 
Second, it had no power to make treaties with foreign governments. 
Third, they were unable to print money. 
Finally, they could not raise and collect taxes." 
-- Park Ranger at Independence Hall in Philadelphia explaining to visitors why the Articles of Confederation were scrapped

Actually, if 9 of 13 (i.e. Two-thirds majority) States voted yea, the United States could declare war, coin money (not print paper), and make treaties with foreign governments. The States could not individually or in groups do any of these things by themselves, either, for that matter. At its founding, the United States had no designs on conquest, manifest destiny, making the world safe for democracy, striking out at enemies before they could strike first (so called Bush doctrine), or "nation build" elsewhere in the world. The priority was commerce, mutual defense, and preservation of the liberty of all citizens.

 Here are some of the elements of the document relevant to our current political situation:

Limited power to the new government of the United States:

Article II. Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every Power, Jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled.

Why join together to be "United"?

Article III. The said States hereby severally enter into a firm league of friendship with each other, for their common defense, the security of their liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding themselves to assist each other, against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them, or any of them, on account of religion, sovereignty, trade, or any other pretense whatever.

What does a citizen derive from the Union?

Article IV. The better to secure and perpetuate mutual friendship and intercourse among the people of the different States in this union, the free inhabitants of each of these States, paupers, vagabonds, and fugitives from justice excepted, shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of free citizens in the several States; and the people of each State shall have free ingress and regress to and from any other State, and shall enjoy therein all the privileges of trade and commerce,

Congress' specifically delegated powers:

"The United States in Congress assembled shall also have the sole and exclusive right and power of regulating the alloy and value of coin struck by their own authority, or by that of the respective States — fixing the standards of weights and measures throughout the United States — regulating the trade and managing all affairs with the Indians, not members of any of the States, provided that the legislative right of any State within its own limits be not infringed or violated — establishing or regulating post offices from one State to another, throughout all the United States, and exacting such postage on the papers passing through the same as may be requisite to defray the expenses of the said office — appointing all officers of the land forces, in the service of the United States, excepting regimental officers — appointing all the officers of the naval forces, and commissioning all officers whatever in the service of the United States — making rules for the government and regulation of the said land and naval forces, and directing their operations."

Executive Branch's weak specifically delegated powers:

"The United States in Congress assembled shall have authority to appoint a committee, to sit in the recess of Congress, to be denominated 'A Committee of the States', and to consist of one delegate from each State; and to appoint such other committees and civil officers as may be necessary for managing the general affairs of the United States under their direction — to appoint one of their members to preside, provided that no person be allowed to serve in the office of president more than one year in any term of three years; to ascertain the necessary sums of money to be raised for the service of the United States, and to appropriate and apply the same for defraying the public expenses — to borrow money, or emit bills on the credit of the United States, transmitting every half-year to the respective States an account of the sums of money so borrowed or emitted — to build and equip a navy — to agree upon the number of land forces, and to make requisitions from each State for its quota, in proportion to the number of white inhabitants in such State..."

We see by examination of this document how far we have diverged from the republic of the United States.  


We have Empire--using military force to protect and expand corporate interests abroad. Using military force to change governments in sovereign nations and essentially force people of far flung cultures to accept our "way of life".  

We have a non representative Congress that fronts for and legitimizes crony Capitalism. 

We have political and oligarchical elites that are above the law applied to mundane citizens (a de facto Aristocracy without official titles).

We have forced confiscation of private property in the form of a personal income tax, planned inflation, and eminent domain.

We have Socialism--a system of legalized plunder--where confiscated private property is given to individuals who have in no way earned a right to this wealth.  This system is a well documented disincentivization of working towards one's own betterment through personal effort and innovation. It is what we fought against during the Cold War.

We have an all powerful Executive (Patriot Act and NDAA of 2012) that flouts the checks and balances with barely any opposition from the Legislative or Judicial Branches. The Founders' generation fought the Revolution against a tyranny of lesser but similar power.

We have forced violations of person by Federal "Law enforcement" personnel (ironically and apparently in ignorance) sword to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.  Examples of random traffic stops by VIPR teams on highways, train stations, and of course, the TSA.
We have warrantless searches and SWAT teams bursting into homes, destroying life and property with minimal relative impunity.

When the economic hardships are bad enough, and the oppression of the people is bad enough, the direction of the country will change.  It is way too early to tell if the change will be minor backsliding, or a major upheaval.  

My hope is that at least a portion of this country, most likely parts of the Old South and Western States, will reestablish principles of liberty and small government that helped make this country the envy and desire of people all over the world, with the kind of true (non-Crony) laissez faire Capitalist market that leads to increasing prosperity for the greatest majority. 

I believe that the best government is the one where the people can "access," and when necessary, "lay hands on" their representatives in government.  There should be, by law, no such thing as a professional politician. The smaller the government, the less incentive/temptation there is for potential unpatriotic and oligarchical elements to attempt to corrupt that government. 

Such was the type of "weak" government that existed at the time of the Articles of Confederation.  I do not long for those times, or that particular construct of government. I think we should learn from the mistakes of the past, as the Founders learned from their knowledge of Classical and Medieval civilizations' successes and failures--and tried to create the original Republic with the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  The language of any future constitution or Amendment to the current Constitution must be crystal clear.  There was far too much room for variable interpretation for a motivated political class to distort original meaning.

The type of Revolution that I hope and work for, is one that must come from below, from the people (Read TH Breen's American Insurgents, American Patriots, about how the people led the political class and forced the war against England, and the secession of the American colonies from the British Empire).  

If the people, yearning for real liberty again, lead the way, the political elite and their oligarchical cronies will become irrelevant--it has happened before, and G-d willing, will happen again.

If you fight for these ideas, you fight for these still yet Revolutionary principles: Your life is yours to live; your liberty is a gift from the Creator, and your property is your own.  You cannot expect others to fight for you.  Never think you fight for your government, the current political leader, the flag, or the "country".  

You fight for yourself.