Stop looking to government to save you

Because it’s plain that is its last priority.  Our nation’s Federal law enforcement has now spent over a year investigating politically charged claims that President Trump somehow colluded with Russia to “steal” the election away from Hillary Clinton.  (After all, how else to explain the anointed one’s failure to ascend to the throne?)

But apparently that same apparatus had no resources to spare when told specifically and repeatedly about the threat posed by Nikolas Cruz.  More than FIVE MONTHS before the troubled young man shot up a school on Wednesday, a YouTube channel owner alerted the FBI to online comments Cruz made under his own name about wanting to be a “professional school shooter.”  Today the FBI admitted it was also given very specific threat information about Cruz SIX WEEKS ago… and did NOTHING:

‘The caller provided information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting,’ said the FBI in a  statement on Friday.

The agency went on to state that this information, which came in over their Public Access Line, should have been classified as ‘a potential threat to life’ and the Miami field office notified about the information.

Those protocols were not followed however for reasons that are still not clear, and on Wednesday Cruz shot dead 17 people.

Maybe too many agents were busy trying to trap Trump associates.  Maybe they were all busy sending thousands of text messages to their lovers.  The truly cynical part of me can no longer dismiss the possibility some in our government allow such things to happen because the public then willingly surrenders more of their rights in an elusive quest for security from Uncle Sam.  Whatever the reason, Florida Governor Rick Scott is right to call for the resignation of FBI Director Christopher Wray.  But accountability shouldn’t stop at that mostly symbolic gesture.  EVERY agent who was privy to the information that citizens had provided should be fired and prosecuted for gross dereliction of duty resulting in loss of life.

We’re constantly told we need a perpetual surveillance society, and that if we “see something, say something.”  But what good does it do to surrender our rights to privacy and accept an Orwellian panopticon if those in authority fail in their part of the devil’s bargain and refuse to protect us?

And the Left wants us to give up even more of our rights by disarming?  I think not.  In fact, it’s plain the opposite needs to occur: more citizens need to arm and train themselves.  At the same time pundits are praising the willingness of Coach Aaron Feis to give his life shielding students, they’re asking what needs to be done to prevent such tragedies.  It shouldn’t be so hard to connect the dots: train and arm willing teachers so schools stop being inviting soft targets.  No teacher who is willing to risk their life for their kids as Coach Feis did should have to face an attacker unarmed.  I saw this graphic online recently and it speaks for itself:

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Nothing in the above list is more precious than our children — our future.  The utter failure of the FBI in this case reinforces the adage that “when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.”  We have a God-given right to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,” and that includes the right to defend those things.  We may delegate some of that authority to police agencies, but one of the first things I learned as a military officer is that while you can delegate authority, you cannot delegate responsibility.  All of us, as citizens and parents, are ultimately responsible for the defense of our families and communities.  That responsibility means facing head-on the fact there is evil in this world that requires the average person to be prepared to confront it at any moment.

It also includes the responsibility to punish those we empower to act on our behalf, but who fail to do so.  There MUST be a revival of accountability — and personal responsibility, including self-defense — in this country!

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The winds of change

The end of a year is considered time for reflection; to examine trends and identify needed corrections.  Today’s New Years Eve events seem to point toward one of those trends:

“New Year revellers across Britain will be protected by SAS snipers armed with the world’s most powerful rifle – which is capable of stopping a terrorist vehicle.  Brave special forces soldiers will be deployed on rooftops around the country and will even be surveilling crowds from helicopters.”  (The Sun, United Kingdom)

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“Organisers of Berlin’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are to set up a “safe zone” for women for the first time.  The new security measures planned for the Brandenburg Gate party come amid concerns about sexual assaults. A large number of assaults and robberies targeting women at Cologne’s New Year’s Eve celebrations two years ago horrified Germany. Hundreds of women reported being attacked by gangs of men with migrant backgrounds.”  (BBC, United Kingdom)

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Police in Sweden have retracted their “unfortunate” advice that women should not go out alone after dark.  Local police in Malmö made a public statement saying women should stay indoors when it gets dark following the rape of a 17-year-old girl.  The incident occurred after midnight as the victim walked through a playground area and is the third attack of its kind in the Swedish city of Malmö in the last few weeks.  (Independent, United Kingdom)

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Police are promising a bigger security detail than ever before in Times Square for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration, which will cap off a year that saw a number of deadly attacks on innocent crowds, including a vehicle rampage at the very spot where revelers will ring in 2018.  The extra precautions follow two recent terrorist attacks in the city. A man detonated a bomb in the city’s subway system on December 11, injuring only himself. On Halloween, an Islamic State-inspired attacker drove down a bicycle path, killing eight people before he wrecked his truck and was shot by police. (CNBC, United States)

 

At the end of the 1980s Western Civilization celebrated the end of the Cold War, the final of three chapters of unprecedented, largely intramural violence in the 20th Century.  The rock band The Scorpions sang about “The Wind of Change,” capturing the hope the future would be brighter.

Those winds have changed direction, and the West needs to stop importing large numbers of foreigners.  Now.  We already have enough crazies of our own.  It now appears we traded the Cold War for a return of a much older conflict.  May 2018 see continued success in reviving the West’s slumbering sense of self-preservation.

Where was TSA?

For over a dozen years, Americans have allowed themselves to be poked, prodded, embarrassed, X-rayed, and robbed by what is perhaps one of the most obnoxious agencies in the history of the United States: the Transportation Security Administration.  Not content with ‘manning the barricades’ at airports, TSA, like every organization, has followed the bureaucratic mandate of growth, deploying “VIPR” teams inside the country to harass those Americans willing to forego air travel to avoid the cretins.

Yet despite all this seemingly impressive security theater, TSA never has really solved the issue it was intended to address (…but what else is new with government, where actually fixing something puts you out of work!).  As I’ve said on this site before, the front line security is pointless (other than for conditioning a servile attitude in the public) when there are so many other points of entry not nearly so well attended.  The TSA treats the average paying passenger as the most likely threat…

…instead of 16-year-olds sneaking onto runways and climbing into wheel wells right before takeoff:

“It appears that this teenager scaled a section of our perimeter,” Mineta San Jose International Airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes told CNN. The boy “was able to proceed onto our ramp under cover of darkness and enter the wheel well of an aircraft.” …

Surveillance camera footage shows the boy hopping the fence at the San Jose airport, the FBI said. There’s also camera footage of him walking across the ramp in San Jose toward the Hawaiian aircraft, the airport said.

Video “is under review by federal and local law enforcement officials here,” Barnes said. “And we’ll continue to review that to determine where, in fact, the teenager was able to scale the fence line.”

That’s not the most important thing to determine.  Nor should the focus be on the fact the boy survived a trip that should have killed him, interesting as that is.

No, the most important thing to ask is that why, if there is footage of his entry to the aircraft, nobody in security noticed the action at the time or prevented the aircraft from taking off!  What if, instead of a 16-year old runaway, this had been a would-be suicide bomber?  We would now be asking what happened to a Hawaiian Airlines flight over the Pacific, and would be having a devil of a time trying to figure it out.

Isn’t this the exact type of scenario TSA is supposed to prevent?  What is the point of shaking down every wheelchair-bound grandmother at the public entrances to the airport, if your ‘secure areas’ are anything but?  Seems to me the resources are weighted toward the wrong threat vectors!

Some say the current administration is ‘the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the American people.’  Personally, I think TSA gives it a good run for the title.  I seriously doubt there will be any accountability for this.  Whomever was supposed to be paying attention to the camera feeds that night will continue to draw a paycheck from Uncle Sam.  At most, they might be ‘reassigned’ to give the appearance of propriety, but that will be the extent of it.

And who knows, maybe it’s considered a good career move (and more fun) to be taken off camera feeds and placed at the gate, where you can exercise your au-thor-ah-TIE on the American sheeple.  It’s long past time those sheeple ask why, if the uber-presence of surveillance and ‘security’ can’t prevent a teenager from climbing onto a jumbo jet, just WHAT is it really there for?  Caution: the answers to that question may require confronting reality.

Publicists of the world, unite!

Please excuse the break in posting… I gave myself a week off for Christmas!  Proprietor’s prerogative.  😉

As 2013 comes to a close, it’s increasingly difficult to tell what is supposed to set America apart from the rest of the world anymore.  From ZeroHedge:

The following brilliant collage of actual photos put together by Frank Schallmaier at the Dutch Volkskrant, shows two things: a narcissistic, megalomanical, self-absorbed supreme ruler of a socialist paradise and another guy who apparently has an identical taste in propaganda pics(Click image to enlarge)

Obama vs Kim..

It’s not the pictures that bother me, though, so much as the convergence in practices.

Rule by fiat? Check.
Checkpoints? Check.
Memory holes? Check.
Intrusive and pervasive monitoring?  Check.

Like the Washington Post said, 2013 is the year ‘that proved your paranoid friend right.’  Between the anarchy of social breakdown and the increasingly authoritarian overreach of government, it’s time to buckle up… gonna be a bumpy 2014!