This whole incident stinks to high heaven. I cannot even begin to list the number of red flags that are popping up that the “officials” are spinning regarding the events leading up the shooing, as well as, the events that took place during the shooting.
That being said, I grieve for the victims of this tragedy no matter who was the perp.
Just sitting around the compound watching some TV and thinking. I don’t post much “dear diary” sort of posts but I feel like I need to vent a little bit. Sometimes the whole thing is too much and I have to just decompress a bit.
The thing foremost in my mind is this Saturday. I am attending a protest regarding the removal of a statue. The city that the protest is occurring is a hot bed of alt left hysteria. I always have faith in the level heads of my fellow Texans but I am not so sure about this weekend. With all the problems in the world it seems ridiculous to make such an issue out of history. Statues that sat through countless presidencies and even Obama, the king poverty pimp/race baiter, and all of the sudden they are the problem that will fix racism.
If it is just a statue then why should I care? Why should I spend my Saturday afternoon protecting a piece of granite, or bronze? It isn’t what the statue was erected to honor or memorialize that mobilizes me. It is about what the statue represents. It is about what countless men & women have given their lives to protect. For me, it is all about the First Amendment.
I meet a lot of people that no what the First Amendment is, but very few that have actually read it and analyzed it. In case you have never really read it the text is a follows:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
I want to take this opportunity to state that no where in this statement does it say that you are protected from the consequences of expressing your freedom of speech. Seems that a large number of the younger generation never caught this part. When you riot and destroy other peoples property while expressing your freedom of speech IT IS A CRIME.
It was big news today how Trump killed DACA. If you don’t know DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. First off let’s set the facts.
- Dream Act– referred to as The Dream Act. It is not an act. It is not a law. It was another example of an Obama end run around The Constitution. It was not run through Congress or The Senate and thus is meaningless in terms of the Law of the Land.
- Dreamers- Progressives like to cast this as innocent children who were brought here by parents and shouldn’t be penalized. Some where, but the majority were children that showed up at our southern border UNACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT. Let that sink in. What kind of person sends there children from afar away as central America by themselves to a foreign land. Also, what kind of political party would turn a blind eye and encourage parental neglect? The Democrat Party, of course.
- No Elimination- Trump did not kill DACA. What he did was put a timeline on it and gave Congress six months to come up with a permanent solution. A solution that is not decreed but one that is ratified by actual law. Now it is back on the lazy lawmakers to do their damn job. If DACA fails it is the fault of our lawmakers not the President.
- HB1 Visas- The real reason large tech firms such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc like DACA as it is a smokescreen for HB1 visas. These visas allow these companies to bring in tech professionals from India and other far off lands so that they can replace their American counterparts for half the price.
- The Word is Deferred- look up the word “deferred” in the dictionary. It means put off to a later day. Guess what the “later date” is today.
DACA has nothing to do with Trump. Instead of bitching about the President you need to contact your local representative if you are upset about it. If DACA dies it is on them.
Excerpts from the following blog post were taken from an article in Washington Post from August 13th.
Of the harrowing images televised nationwide from Saturday’s white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, one of the sights, amid hours of raging hatred and mayhem, was of camo-clad militiamen on the streets, girded for combat in tactical vests and toting military-style semiautomatic rifles.
Photos and video of the heavily armed cadre — a relatively small force commanded by a 45-year-old machinist and long-ago Navy veteran from western Pennsylvania — spread rapidly on social media, raising fears the clash of hundreds of neo-Nazis and counterprotesters might end in a bloodbath.
The show of strength was about “allegiance . . . to the Constitution,” particularly the First Amendment, said Christian Yingling, leader of the Pennsylvania Light Foot Militia.
He said he and his troops “convoyed in” to Charlottesville early Saturday to defend free speech by maintaining civic order so everyone present could voice an opinion, regardless of their views.
The fact that no shots were fired, Yingling said, was a testament “to the discipline of the 32 brave souls serving under me during this particular operation.” In a telephone interview Sunday, he sought to dispel “the absurd idea in the public’s mind” that his group of “patriots” was allied with or sympathetic to the white nationalists.
When his group arrived in Charlottesville, “we put our own beliefs off to the side,” Yingling said. “Not one of my people said a word. They were given specific orders to remain quiet the entire time we were there. . . . Our mission was to help people exercise their First Amendment rights without being physically assaulted.”
He added: “It was a resounding success until we were just so drastically outnumbered that we couldn’t stop the craziness. It was nothing short of horrifying.”
In the interview and in a Facebook Live monologue Sunday, Yingling detailed why the militia members participated, how he went about organizing their appearance, and how his group was received — which he said was not with much welcome.
“Jacka—s,” was how he described both sides, meaning the white nationalists, who billed the gathering as Unite the Right, and the counterprotesters, many marching under the banner of Antifa, for “anti-fascist.” Yingling also criticized police, saying that officers were poorly prepared for the violence and not assertive enough in combating it and that they should have enlisted the militiamen to help prevent the mayhem.
Instead, about five hours after Yingling and his platoon arrived at 7:30 a.m., they were ordered by police to leave the area, he said. By 1:42 p.m. — when a man reputed to be a neo-Nazi adherent allegedly drove his car intentionally through a crowded pedestrian mall and into a sedan, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19 others — the militiamen were far from Charlottesville, headed back to their encampment 50 miles northeast of the city, Yingling said.
He said several of his troops were battered and bloodied, having been attacked by people on both sides of the demonstration, yet they did not retaliate.
He said he does not know the suspect in the car killing, James Alex Fields, 20, of Ohio, or any of the white nationalists involved in Saturday’s demonstration.
e said: “The fighting in the street was sporadic. But soon after it started, we began to have conversations about when to go in. The concern was that the fighting was in the middle of the crowd and that if we went in there, we would lose formation, lose contact. We would be putting the public and law enforcement in jeopardy.”
Saturday marked the first time in 28 years the Virginia National Guard was used to help quell a civil disturbance. “The militia showed up with long rifles, and we were concerned about that in the mix,” Moran said. “They seemed like they weren’t there to cause trouble, but it was a concern to have rifles of that kind in that environment.”
Authorities also were worried that Yingling — who was carrying a Sig Sauer AR-556 semiautomatic weapon — and his troops would be mistaken for National Guard members by the public, Moran said.
Yingling called the weapons “one hell of a visual deterrent” to would-be attackers from either side. Although the weapons’ magazines were fully loaded, he said, the day’s standard procedure “was that anyone who was carrying a long gun was not to have a round in the chamber. Now, our sidearms are generally chambered and ready to go.”
The Pennsylvania Light Foot Militia is one of several Light Foot Militia outfits in states nationwide. In addition to having overall command of units in Pennsylvania, Yingling said, he is the leader of his home unit, the Light Foot Militia Laurel Highlands Ghost Company, based near his home in New Derry, Pa., about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh. The Ghost Company has about a dozen members, he said.
A Navy veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Yingling said he was an aviation machinist’s mate for three years before leaving the service in 1993 as a petty officer third class, meaning he was four rungs up the enlisted ranks.
“I joined the military to avoid the addictive lifestyle of my parents,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “I was raised in a VERY dysfunctional, abusive home. The military gave me the structure I needed.” After his discharge, however, “I quickly fell right into the lifestyle I had known all my life with my parents. I quit going to church, I started using drugs and alcohol, heavily becoming addicted to both. It started a . . . downward spiral which led to an eventual suicide attempt.”
Then, in 2008, President Barack Obama was elected. Yingling said he was drawn then to right-wing, anti-government extremism.
“I left my old addictive lifestyle behind and traded it for the lifestyle of a patriot,” he wrote. “I had found my calling” as a militiaman. “I founded The Westmoreland County Militia, Regulators 1st Battalion with two fellow patriots.” He later left the unit and formed the Laurel Highlands Ghost Company.
“No, I don’t think the government, as a whole, is out to get us,” he said in the interview, but “a lot of people in society are self-absorbed. They don’t get involved with the Constitution and defending the freedoms that it gives us. We need to defend those freedoms — for everyone, on all sides of the political debate — or eventually we’ll lose them.”
About a month ago, when he learned the Unite the Right event was being planned, Yingling said, “I, like most militia commanders, did not want to touch it with a 10-foot pole” for fear of being wrongly perceived as an ally of white supremacists. But after talking it over with a fellow Light Foot commander, in Upstate New York, he decided he had a duty to defend the right of free speech on the streets of Charlottesville.
Through Facebook and various militia chat rooms, he said, he recruited militia members from various East Coast units and organized a rendezvous Friday night at a farm in Unionville, Va. He said he was angered and embarrassed that only 32 people showed up. Many others, he said, were afraid of being publicly branded as racists.
“We knew what we were walking into,” he said on Facebook Live. “We knew what the results were going to be. And yet we walked in anyway. We weren’t afraid. And we didn’t give a good damn about our image or about what anybody thought about us. And I still don’t.”
Two groups that removed monuments
Nazis- removed monuments that were counter to the agenda they preferred
ISIS- removed monuments that were counter to the agenda they preferred
Antifa- want to remove monuments that are counter to the agenda they think they understand. For a group that claims to be anti fascist they sure do share many similarities with fascists.