'The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because He loves what is behind him.' -G. K. Chesterton

30 December 2009

This Is America?

I want a liberal to explain this to me. I want an obama supporter to defend this. I want someone to explain to me just exactly how this entire affair isn't an abrogation of our country's policy of fair elections, free from fear and intimidation.
I am as angry as I have ever been right now.
Six

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/dec/29/justice-transfers-panthers-pursuer-out-of-dc-offic/

29 December 2009

Another Great Blog

Just found this guy the other day. http://ridenshoot.blogspot.com/

He loves dogs, motorcycles, corvettes and guns. My kinda guy. Oh, and he can write a bit too. I've added him to the blog roll. Go check him out.

He got me to thinking. I haven't really talked a lot about myself. So, in the spirit of this post here's a few things about The Six.

I am a bit of a gearhead. I've owned a variety of internal combustion powered vehicles of both the 2 and 4 wheel variety over the long decades of my life. Currently I own, with absolutely no apologies to anyone, 2 pickups (Chevrolet 1/2 ton extended cab, Ford F250 crew cab), a mint 1997 Kawasaki Concours with only 5000 miles on the clock and a black on black 1980 Corvette. Now I love my chevrolets but I'm of 2 minds on them. I swore I'd be getting rid of both when chevy prostituted itself to obama but I love both of them. The truck has 150,000miles on it but still runs like the day I bought it. The Corvette is the car I wanted as a lustful, testosterone riddled teenager. I've always wanted a C3 coupe. I don't know what to do.

I bought the Kawasaki this year for one reason and one reason only. Well, maybe 2 reasons. First, it's a great bike. Fast, comfortable, handles reasonably well, lockable hard bags and has a huge tank. Second, it's the perfect bike for my trip. See, my best friend and I are riding to Alaska next Spring/Fall. As far north as we can get. I want to go to Prudhoe Bay but we'll see. I sold a pristine red 2001 Honda Superhawk when I bought it because I'm getting a bit too...well oldish for a crotch rocket.

I've owned a 63 Impala SS, a 69 Chevelle SS 396, a whole bunch of trucks (mostly 4wd), a 69 Camaro, an 80 Camaro (I am so white trash), a 68 Plymouth Satellite (thanks Sarge!) and more I simply can't remember.

I've owned many more bikes starting as just a kid on mini bikes. I guess I've been riding something with 2 wheels and a motor for about 45 years (yikes!). Let's see... 70 something Suzuki 185, 60 something Yamaha 70 and 90, 79 Yamaha DT250, 79 Yamaha XS750, 78 Yamaha 650, 85 (I think) Suzuki GS750E, 93 Honda 600F2, 87 Yamaha FZ600, 85 Yamaha FZR 1000, 2001 Honda 999 Superhawk and the current Kawasaki. Put in a variety of small motorcycles and homemade minibikes when I was a kid. I also spent 10 of my 24 years in law enforcement as a LCMC. A Little City Motor Cop. I started on The Kawasaki, moved to the big Harley and finished on the BMW 1150. The Harley was the most comfortable on the highway, the BMW is a truly modern motorcycle and it's ABS is pure magic and the Kawi was just an all around good motorcycle with a bulletproof engine. I love motorcycles. I've been down a few times including a spectacular crash that gave me permanent hip damage and totaled a $22,000 dollar BMW with precisely 96 miles on the clock.

We have 2 dogs, Trooper and Chrisi. Both black Labs. They're half siblings, a year apart with the same mother but different fathers. Trooper is 14 and Chrisi just turned 13. Yeah, I know and I do not want to talk or even think about it. I'll probably never be without a dog again.

A daughter (Hi sweetie. Love you!) and 2 grandchildren. Want to know how much I love them? Threaten them in any way and find out.

I'm a gun crank. If you don't like that you can piss off. I am a free man and I will legally exercise my rights any damn way I see fit. Got that?
I've got what could charitably be deemed a 'collection'. How many? I don't exactly know. Some are in the california house and some in the house in Utah. At a guess probably 40 or so. Rifles, pistols, revolvers and shotguns. My new kick is cowboy action firearms. In the last few years I've bought a Marlin 1894 in 45LC, a Marlin 1895 in 45-70, a Marlin 336 in 30-30, a Winchester in 30-30, a stainless Ruger vaquero in 44-40 just because it was the most beautiful gun I've ever laid eyes on, a Ruger blackhawk in 45LC, a side hammer double barrel coachgun in 12ga., a Stevens side by side in 28 ga. (and it is sweeeet), and a stevens side by side in 12 ga. I also have a thing for military rifles. I've got a Mauser, 2 Lee Enfields (including a Jungle carbine), 2 Moisen Nagant M44's and a Garand. I've got the requisite black rifles, all legal, purchased before the ban and duly registered with the state commissar. Throw in some hunting rifles, various brands of revolvers and pistols (I tend to favor Glock) and that about rounds out the 'collection'. Next up I want a BPCR. I've been drooling all over the rifles at Shiloh Sharps. I've narrowed my choices down to a couple but I've got to act soon. Delivery time is apparently fairly lengthy.

I've got ammunition for all of them. Boy, do I have ammunition. I also reload my own. I find reloading to be a zen like occupation. I can spend hours at the reloading bench and come away clearer minded and more certain of my place in the Universe. Or something like that. I can reload everything I own except 8mm, .303 and 7.62x54R. That surplus ammo is so cheap it's just not worth it at present.

So. Did I cover everything? Let's see....Corvettes? Check. Guns? Check. Dogs? Check. Motorcycles? And check.

I haven't touched on too personal things yet but I will. I started this blog earlier this year as a means to vent about what's happening to my beloved country. To be perfectly frank I do not view 2010 with a great deal of hope. I think a line has been crossed. To what end we will just have to see. I haven't yet given up on my fellow American, I just fear that the majority has changed from honest, law abiding, hard working, families to dishonest, welfare slaves who view laws as inconveniences and the Constitution as something to be interpreted. Still, I will continue to post here I'm just going to start including more personal stories as well.

Thanks for everything. It was definitely an interesting 2009.

Happy New Year!!!

Six

25 December 2009

For All My Brothers And Sisters, Wherever You Are

A Christmas Poem for All Americans

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree, I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!"
"Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts,
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light,
Then he sighed and he said, "It's really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."

"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam,
And now it's my turn and so, here I am.
I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile."

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white and blue. . . an American flag.
"I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home,
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother
who stand at the front against any and all,
to ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.
So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."

"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son"
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone.
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled
is payment enough, and with that we will trust.
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

Michael Marks
December 7, 2000

ht Warthog http://warthogswrants.blogspot.com/
Six

24 December 2009

Merry Christmas

It truly is the most hallowed night and day of the year. Christians celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Yes, The Six is an unabashed, unapologetic and proud Christian man.

Being a Christian is as much a part of me as being a conservative. Faith is as much a part of my character as honor.

I am taking this night and day and putting politics aside. I refuse to think about it, write about it or worry about it. All things of man will pass in their time.

Instead, I will contemplate the gift of Jesus to all. Redemption.

May the Lord guide us all through another year. May he watch over and keep safe our warriors serving in harms way. May he give comfort to their families and loved ones. May he bless each and every one of you.

I send my love and best wishes to each of you who have touched my life this past year.

Thank you and Merry Christmas.

Six

15 December 2009

No Paperwork

To the editor

I don't understand why the White House is so upset about the two party crashers at Barack Obama's steak dinner the other night.

Is it really appropriate and politically correct to call them party crashers just because they trespassed on Mr. Obama? Does that make them criminals? Isn't that discrimination? Shouldn't they be rewarded for such bold and brave behavior? Maybe they were just trying to feed their family?

I would suggest that it's more appropriate to call them "undocumented guests."

Just because they weren't officially invited doesnt mean they should be treated like criminals. Maybe they should get free health care, free housing, free legal services and free White House green cards so next time they can enter legally. And they should be able to bring all of their relatives and family members, too.

How can Mr. Obama be mad at them just because they crossed over some arbitrary man-made border? They were there only to do the things regularly invited guest didn't want to do.(Like hang out with Joe Biden.)

How can the White House punish these poor oppressed undocumented visitors?

Brian K. Shoemake
Pahrump, Nv.

submitted by Sarge

10 December 2009

A Labor Of Love

This is a love story about a man, his wonderful wife and an incredible soldier.

Anyone who knows me knows how I feel about my wife Lu. 31 years ago I married so far over my head my nose bleeds. I only love 3 people more, my daughter and 2 grandchildren. She even approves of that. That's who she is. She's the most loving and giving person I have ever known. She is my life. Without her I'd be lost.

She's also supremely talented. When we got married we were poor as church mice. Our first Christmas together she stayed up after I went to work the night shift and sewed me a shirt. From scratch. From fabric she saved up to buy. Yeah, she's that woman.

She also just happens to be the best quilter on the face of the planet. I'm talking about blue ribbon quilts mind you. She's made quilts for just about everyone in the family. The one she made for The DO when she was in Basic is absolutely unbelievable. If you're interested you can see it here http://jjsewbeeit.blogspot.com/2009/04/ive-been-waiting-for-good-weather-to.html

I recently met a soldier returned from hell. In the interest of preserving his anonymity I'll only refer to him as T. T has suffered grevious wounds in the service of America and the preservation of Liberty. He has paid a price so deep it humbles me to be in his presence. Yet his spirit remains. I was touched and awed by this incredible young man. So much so that I asked for a very special favor.

I asked Lu if she'd make him a quilt.

Lu has been aware of the program to donate a quilt to a wounded Warrior for a while now. She'd been looking for the right opportunity and when it came knocking she was ready. She not only said yes she was thrilled to have the chance to give something back to a soldier who had given so much.

For the next three weeks she spent whatever spare time she had working on it. Sewing on her days off and even deep into the night. She fussed and fretted, wanting it to be just right. She poured her heart and soul into a gift of love for a young man she had never met.

This is the result:






I presented it to T today. Lu decided to let me give it to him. I think it's because she didn't want the moment to be about her but about T. Like I said. Yeah, she's that woman.

Because of his wounds T will never see it but he can touch it. He told me he would 'see' it with his hands. His touch. Every seam. Every stitch.

And in my heart I know he'll feel the love she put into it. Love for a soldier.

Because I asked her. Because she can. Because she loves. Because that's who she is.

A Labor of Love.

Has any man ever had so much?

I love you sweetheart. Thanks.

Six

09 December 2009

CJ Grisham

http://www.vamortgagecenter.com/blog/2009/12/03/soldier-defense-fund/

HT to BlackFive.

This should outrage every active duty and veteran out there. I've donated.
Six

Sheepdogs



We love our sheep, we dogs of war.
Six

08 December 2009

Yeah, Let's Piss Off The 90 Year Old Medal Of Honor Winner



"There is no provision in the community's rules expressly forbidding flagpoles, Barfoot's daughter said. But she said the board ruled against her father's fixture and ordered it removed in July, deciding that free-standing flag poles are not aesthetically appropriate. Short flag stands attached to porches dot the community."

This man has earned the right to have a flagpole to display his American Flag. It's called reasonableness and common sense. It takes nothing to allow this and gives respect to man who has damn well earned it.
Madness thy name is the Sussex Square Home Owners Associations!
Six

Update. Good news. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,579773,00.html?test=latestnews
Common sense has prevailed after all.

The Warrior Song




The Warrior Song Project would like to thank all of the following individuals for their selfless contributions to this effort:

James De Vito, US Marine Corps, for vocals
Sachiko De Vito, for being brilliant
Rock Williams, for vocals
Sean Hurwitz, for the guitars
Bernie Pershey, for the marching snares
Kashan Curry, US Marine Corps, for images & advice
Justin Sullivan, for “The Wobble Beat”
Robb Hendrick, for advice & creative design

WORDS AND MUSIC BY

S. Householder
I’ve got the reach and the teeth of a killin’ machine, ith a need to bleed you when the light goes green, best believe, I’m in a zone to be, from my Yin to my Yang to my Yang Tze.
Put a grin on my chin when you come to me, ‘cuz I’ll win,
I’m a one-of-a-kind and I’ll bring death to the place you’re about to be: another river of blood runnin’ under my feet.
Forged in a fire lit long ago, stand next to me, you’ll never stand alone. I’m last to leave, but the first to go, Lord, make me dead before you make me old.
I feed on the fear of the devil inside of the enemy faces in my sights: aim with the hand, shoot with the mind, kill with a heart like arctic ice
I am a soldier and I’m marching on, I am a warrior and this is my song I bask in the glow of the rising war, lay waste to the ground of an enemy shore, wade through the blood spilled on the floor, and if another one stands I’ll kill some more.
Bullet in the breach and a fire in me, like a cigarette thrown to gasoline, if death don’t bring you fear, I swear, you’ll fear these marchin’ feet.
Come to the nightmare, come to me, deep down in the dark where the devil be, in the maw with the jaws and the razor teeth, where the brimstone burns and the angel weeps.
Call to the gods if I cross your path and my silhouette hangs like a body bag; hope is a moment now long past, the shadow of death is the one I cast.
I am a soldier and I’m marching on, I am a warrior and this is my song
My eyes are steel and my gaze is long, I am a warrior and this is my song
Now I live lean and I mean to inflict the grief, and the least of me's still out of your reach. The killing machine’s gonna do the deed, until the river runs dry and my last breath leaves.
Chin in the air with a head held high, I’ll stand in the path of the enemy line.Feel no fear, know my pride: for God and Country I’ll end your life.
I am a soldier and I’m marching on, I am a warrior and this is my song
My eyes are steel and my gaze is long, I am a warrior and this is my song


If this doesn't stir your blood you're in the wrong place. Yeah, this is how I feel. And when you've listened to this song, read the words and felt the hairs on your neck lift, go and make a contribution.
The Warrior Class.
God, how I love you all.
Six

29 November 2009

Again

Words are inadequate to express my rage and sorrow. 4 more of my brothers and sisters are dead at the hands of sub-human scum.
It's enough to make me re-consider my decision to retire in February.
The VQ (Volence Quotient) of druggies, gangsters and wanna be's has steadily increased over the years while the ACLU and their ilk have managed to make us the bad guys. Throw in a general distrust of an armed public (Thanks NACOP, you worthless shits. You definitely do not speak for me.) and the recipe is disaster.
I don't want to hear from the politicians on this either. Just keep your lying mouths shut. If any of you actually tried to represent your actual constituency and protect their rights (Including the right to be secure in their persons. You know, self defense.) an armed customer would have shot this punk dead while he was busy killing 4 cops. Come to thibnk of it, if concealed carry was the rule maybe these mass public shootings would stop. Nothing else seems to work so why not try the common sense solution? Too logical?
Six

4 officers killed in Pierce County

28 November 2009

Anatomy of a Failed Presidency

An article from American Thinker by Geoffrey P. Hunt

Barrack Obama is ontrack to have the most spectacularly failed presidency since Woodrow Wilson. In the modern era, we've seen several failed presidencies--led by Jimmy Carter and LBJ. Failed presidents have one strong common trait--they are repudiated, in the vernacular, spat out.
Of course, LBJ wisely took the exit ramp early, avoiding a shove into oncoming traffic by his own party. Richard Nixon indeed resigned in disgrace, yet his reputation as a statesman has been partially restored by his triumphant overture to China.
But, Barack Obama is failing. Failing big. Failing fast. And failing everywhere foreign policy, domestic initiatives, and most importantly, in forging connections with the American people. The incomparable Dorthybinowitz in the Wall Street Journal put her finger on it: He is failing because he has no understanding of the American people, and may indeed loathe them. Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard says he is failing because he has lost control of his message, and is overexposed. Clarice Feldman of American Thinker produced a dispositive comentary showing that Obama is failing because fundamentally he is neither smart nor articulate; his intellectual dishonesty is conspicuous by itrs audacity and lack of shame.
But, there is something more seriously wrong: How could a new president riding in on a wave of precedented promise and goodwill have forfeited his tenure and become a lame duck in six months? His poll ratings ane in free fall. in generic balloting the Republicans have now seized a five point advantage. This truly is unbelievable. What's going on?
No narrative. Obama doesn't have a narrative. No, not a narrative about himself. He has a self-narrative, much of it fabricated, cleverly disguised or written by someone else. But this self-narrative is isolated and doesn't connect with us. He doesn't have an American narrative that draws upon the rest of us. All successful presidents have a narrative about the American caracter that intersects with their own where they display a command of history and reveal an authenticity at the core of their personality that resonates in a positive endearing way with the majority of Americans.  We admire those presidents whose narratives not only touch our own but who seem stronger, wiser, and smarter than we are. Presidents we admire are aspirational peers, even those whose politics don't align exxctly with our own: Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Harry Truman, Ike, and Reagan.
But not this president. It's not so much that he's a phony, knows nothing about economics, and is historically illiterate and woefully small mindede for the size of the task-- all contributorry of course. It's that he's not one of us. And whatever he is, his profle is fuzzy and devoid of content, like a cardbouard cutout made from delaminated corrugated paper.
Moreover, he doesn't command our respect and is unable to appeal to our own common sense. His notions of right and wrong are repugnant and how thing work just don't add up. They are not existential. His descriptions of the world we live  in don't make sense and don't correspond with our experience.
In the meantime, while we've been struggling to take a measurement of this man, he's dissed just about every on of us-- financiers, energy produceers, banks, insurance executives, police officers, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, post office workers, and anybody else who has a non-green job. Expect Obama to lament at his last press confeerence in 2012: "For those of you I offended, I apologize. For those of you who were not offended, you just didn't give me enought time: if only I'd had a second term, I could have offended you too."
Mercifully, the Founders at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 devised a useful remedy for such a desperate state-- staggered terms for both houses of the legislature and the executive. An equally abominable Congress can get voted out next year. With a new Congress, there's always hope of legislative gridlock until we vote for president again two short years after that.

Yes, small presidents do fail, Barack Obama among them. The coyotes howl but the wagon train keeps rolling along.

Margaret Thatcher: "The trouble with Socialism is, sooner or later you run out of other people's money.

"When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both."- James Dale Davidson, National Taxpayers Union.

"The more corrupt the state. the more it legislates."- Tacitus

" A liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own."- Unknown.

Submitted by - The Sarge

26 November 2009

George Washington

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful fo his benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to " recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and single favors of 'Almighty God, especially by affording them a opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now , there fore, I do recommend and assign Thrusday , the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union , and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our saftey and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted fot the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring a diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we my then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfull executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789

Where have all the great statesmen gone??
Submitted by Sarge

Thanksgiving

On this day we give thanks to our creator for the many blessings he has bestowed on us. I found this Thanksgiving Day Hymn and thought it appropriate.
May this day find you and those you love healthy and happy.
Happy Thanksgiving Day.
Six

We Gather Together


We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
He chastens and hastens his will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing,
Sing praises to his name: He forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side, All glory be thine!

We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
And pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

Amen

--Traditional Thanksgiving Hymn
(A translation by Theodore Baker: 1851-1934)

24 November 2009

WTF????

The next step in the ongoing war against traditional families by the 'excuse everything except American Values' bunch.

I've got a message I'd like to send to these people.
Stay the hell away from my grandchildren.
You have been warned.

Six

http://www.sphere.com/2009/11/24/marijuana-prescribed-to-kids-with-adhd/

22 November 2009

BS Science

We already knew this but it's nice to see it in print.

The Death Blow to Climate Science

Health Care has achieved cloture and is moving to the debate stage. Cap and Trade, silencing talk radio and Illegal Immigration are next.

It's time to pick a side and do it quickly. My own time on here is limited by what comes next. If these things pass we'll know the time for words had passed and I'll fold this blog. We'll see.

Six

29 October 2009

We Really Can Take Care Of Your Health Care Needs. We Swear!

This from the people who swear up and down your health care won't be compromised if the government runs it.

Yeah, for some reason I'm just not buying it.

Six

Fury Erupts Over H1N1 Shots for Prisoners -- Sphere News, Opinion and Analysis

14 October 2009

The Army Grows

I'm adding another fearless Warrioress to the Blog Roll. Please welcome nanc and go visit her at  It's Curtains for You...

Good stuff and she's got some fantastic recipes. As if I didn't already have enough troubles with my waistline. But then, no sacrifice is too great for The Six.

Glad to have you along for the Long Ride nanc.

Six

12 October 2009

Oh, Priscilla. You've Done It Again.

For anyone who does not know, I have dubbed the governor of california as Priscilla. Why? Because I'm The Six and I can. He's not even worthy of the acronym RINO. He's clearly DIABM. A Democrat In All But Name. Hell even RINO is an oxymoron. Republicans have been selling conservatives down the drain for decades. I was heartened during the budget debate. He was sounding like a conservative again. I was even considering giving him his name back. Now this.

California Chronicle | CALIFORNIA´S GOVERNOR SIGNS LEGISLATION TO HELP TRACK AMMUNITION SALES

When you read the article, kindly remember it's written by the leftists at california chronicle so they do a fine job of explaining just how this bill will prevent bad people from acquiring ammunition for their evil guns. Exactly how this will happen they kinda gloss over. They seem to miss the point that Nevada, Arizona and Oregon are like, right next door.

The bad guys? Yeah, they've got cars and pickups and bad ass pimp mobiles and stuff. Punks, thugs and morons they may be but most of them can at least drive a little. Or, you know, get someone who can to drive for them.  

This bill will have precisely zero impact on crime. All it will do is make it a little harder to buy ammunition for everyone. Including the law abiding who might just need some to protect their loved ones from those self same bad guys. This kind of stuff really pisses me off. It serves absolutely no purpose beyond taking us another step toward registration and ultimately confiscation. It's another nail in freedoms coffin. Hammered in by a man who pretended to be something he's clearly not. A conservative American.

Priscilla, do us all a favor. Just go ahead and join the democrat party officially. You're not fooling anyone. Put on the dress and bow down to your leftist buddies but stop calling yourself a conservative.

One more proof that my decision to register as Independant was correct. As if there was any doubt. I am The Six after all.   

I predict ammunition sales in border states to go through the roof. Anybody want to invest in a nice little ammunition shop on the california/Nevada border? Better hurry. Things in this fascist state tend to spread outward like the slime from a squashed slug.

The Six

07 October 2009

General Cash Speaks

I think this worthy of sending to my friends and fellow concerned citizens. Paul and Jerry are great friends, patroits of the highest order, and both very successful in their own right. They are sincerely worried about the path our country is on, and we share the same fears. Folks, it is time we stand up for the sake of our families, and insist that Congress be turned over to younger, clear thinking individuals who put the country and its people first. Please read this, pass it on, and start working on your plan to get every conservative you know to the polls next year. They will not resign. We must vote them out and anything past 2010 is too late.

Jim Cash
B/G, USAF, ret.
Elected and Appointed U.S. Government Officials Who Violate Their Oath of Office and The Constitution Must Resign
By Gerald Molen and Vallely MG, US Army (Ret)

The Declaration of Independence states in part: “…That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness...”

The arrogance of power in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government has reached epic and intolerable proportions and generated significant dissent and protest in Town-hall meetings and Tea Parties across the nation.

The U.S. President, Vice-President, cabinet members and senior appointed officials, members of Congress, and members of the Supreme Court take the following sacred oath of office:

“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

Sadly, we have seen most of them violate their oath. Fraud and corruption is rampant in the institutions of government, and some have engaged in treasonous activities. They know who they are, as do the people.

Some of the main offenses are:

Berated and condemned the actions of the United States before the United Nations in New York City and overseas.

Acted outside the boundaries of our nation’s founding principles by nationalizing significant segments of the U.S. automobile, banking, housing, and (if they get their way) healthcare industries.

Appointed more than 30 czars to important policy positions in the executive branch and currently immune from congressional advice and consent and oversight requirements.

Passed and signed the $787 billion Stimulus Bill without thoroughly reading and adequately debating the bill’s merits which included a stealth expansion of Federal control over states and citizens.

Engaged in judicial activism which may grant captured terrorists the same constitutional due process rights as American citizens.

In 1789, Thomas Jefferson was overheard saying to James Madison, “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves therefore are its only safe depositories.”

In 1861, Abraham Lincoln’s issued this warning in his inaugural address, “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one. This is a most valuable and sacred right – a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world.”

The U.S. Constitution, Article One, Section Five, Clause II and the 10th Amendment to the Constitution provide the constitutional authority for the President, Vice-President, cabinet appointees, members of Congress and members of the Supreme Court to be removed from office for failure to properly discharge their constitutional duties and responsibilities.

The U.S. Constitution allows the citizens of their country to freely elect their government leaders. Americans elect the president and vice-president every four years, members of the House of Representatives every two years, members of the Senate every six years. Members of the Supreme Court are nominated by the president and receive lifetime appointments if confirmed by the Senate. And political appointees in the executive branch serve at the pleasure of the president if confirmed by the Senate.

“We, the People” have had enough of this current government. They, not the American People, are on a socialist and treasonous death march and bankrupting the country. We have watched the President and members of his Cabinet, Vice-President, members of Congress, and members of the Supreme Court, defile our nation’s founding documents and sacred principles – and violate their sacred oath of office.

These are extraordinary times. “We, the People” cannot wait for the next round of elections because of the urgent and deteriorating national security and economic conditions. The time has come to call on these public servants to put the interests of “We, the People” above their own self-interests by resigning from their government positions immediately. In the event no resignations are forthcoming, the American people can assist them by voting them out of office starting in 2010.

Gerald R. Molen, Academy Award winning film producer, Schindlers List

Paul Vallely is a retired MG, US Army and is Chairman of Stand Up America USA
http://www.standupamericaus.com/ and Save Our Democracy http://www.saveourdemocracy.org/.
http://www.soldiersmemorialfund.org/
E-Mail: standupamerica1@gmail.com

Thanks General Cash and please convey our thanks to General Vallely and Mr. Molen.
The Six
The Sarge

05 October 2009

Leadership 101

I've taken some time off from commenting on current affairs. I haven't stopped reading and watching, I've just been listening, absorbing and considering. Still, I am The Six and it's obvious to me that some leadership is in order here.


Almost 9 years in the Army and reserves. 24 years as a cop. That's 33 years in one uniform or another. A long time in anyone's book. In those 33 years I've learned a thing or two about leadership. And the lack there of.


I have been a leader and I have been led. I have served under great leaders and terrible ones. I have been a great leader and a terrible one (one must sometimes fail to see the path to success. Failure is not a sin, not learning and improving from a failure is).


So, I have a question for president obama. Where are you?


We have men dying in Afghanistan and the military leadership asking for direction. Health care and Cap and Trade are crises needing immediate solutions but Afghanistan is not?
We have a crushing national debt (that is growing literally every day) and China is playing games with the IMF.
Iran is going nuke any minute. They have lied and obfuscated until we are now faced with 2 choices, a nuclear armed Tehran or another front in The Long War. That clenched fist will very soon be holding a nuclear weapon.
America has spoken out on Health Care but is being ignored while you and your cronies prepare to ram it down our throats.
The U.N. is preparing to sell our country down the drain to Africa The Copenhagen Climate Change Treaty Draft – wealth transfer defined, now with new and improved “dignity” penalty « Watts Up ... 
Race relations haven't been this bad since Jim Crow.
Your own homeland security is branding veterans, Christians and the loyal opposition as terrorists while the actual terrorists are being feted as returning heroes and sent to tropical isles.
American Somoa is in ruins.
Trust and confidence in government is at all time lows.


The Olympics? Really? The 2016 Olympics aren't even a blip on the horizon. If we, if you, don't get a handle on our domestic problems and return America to a semblance of sanity we may not even be a country in 2016.
I saw you do a commercial for a new comedy show on tv.
You have almost daily press conferences where you say....nothing.
You focus on the trivial and when you don't you focus on things a majority of Americans oppose.
You're obsessed with yourself, to the detriment of your country. You act like a celebrity and not the leader of what is still the most powerful nation on Earth.


You are a leader, it's time you started acting like it.


Here's a clue from my military and police background. Leadership is the process of influencing others to accomplish the mission by providing purpose, direction, and motivation.
Got that? Purpose, Direction and Motivation.


Here's a primer on basic military Leadership. Read it and in the name of all that's holy, learn from it.


The basic responsibilities of a leader are: Accomplishment of the mission and the welfare of the soldiers. This applies to you too, you are the Commander in Chief. The mission is the advancement of America (That's America in case you missed it, not europe or the middle east or bumfuckistan. America) and the welfare of it's citizens.


The Professional Military Ethic is:
-Loyalty to the nation, the Military, and the unit.
-Duty.
-Selfless service. Selfless service is defined as putting the needs and goals of the nation, the Military, your unit and your soldier ahead of your personal needs and interest.


The four individual values that all soldiers are expected to possess are:
-Courage: overcoming fears of bodily harm and doing your duty (physical courage), and overcoming fears of other than bodily harm (moral courage) while doing what ought to be done.
-Candor: is being frank, open, honest, and sincere with your soldiers, seniors and peers.
-Competence: is proficiency in required professional knowledge, judgment, and skills.
-Commitment: means the dedication to carry out all unit missions and to serve the values of the unit, Military, and the country.


The four actions that should be taken in assuming a new leadership position are:
-Determine what is expected of your unit.
-Determine what is expected of you.
-Determine the strengths and weaknesses of your subordinates.
-Determine what other key people whose willing support is necessary to accomplish your job.


There are 23 Traits of Character:
Bearing, Confidence, Courage, Integrity, Decisiveness, Justice, Endurance, Tact, Initiative, Coolness, Maturity, Improvement, Will, Assertiveness, Candor, Sense of Humor, Competence, Commitment, Creativity, Self-discipline, Humility, Flexibility, Empathy/Compassion.


There are eleven principles of good leadership:
-Be tactically and technically proficient
-Know yourself and seek self-improvement
-Know your soldiers and look out for their welfare
-Keep your soldiers informed
-Set the example
-Ensure the task is understood, supervised and accomplished
-Train your soldiers as a team
-Make sound and timely decisions
-Develop a sense of responsibility in your subordinates
-Employ your unit in accordance with its capabilities
-Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions


Leadership Principles are used as general rules which have guided the actions and conduct of successful leaders in the past. The decision-making process is a conscious process for selecting a course of action from two or more alternatives for the purpose of achieving a desired result.The principle forces you should consider when making an ethical decision are:
-Legal standards
-Basic national values
-Traditional Military values
-Actual Military values
-Individual values
-Institutional Pressures


The seven steps in the decision-making process are:
-Identify the problem
-Gather information
-List courses of action
-Analyze and compare courses of action
-Make a decision; Select a course of action
-Make a plan
-Implement the plan


Actions that good leaders avoid are: Violation of dignity to individuals, mass punishment or ridicule of the troops, hurry-up and wait formations and similar drills that waste time, resting before his men, shirking the responsibility of checking his men's position, blaming the next higher in command for a rough and unsuccessful mission, blaming subordinates for a squad's failure in satisfactorily completing a specific mission, eating before his men have eaten, favoritism and moral weakness.


A good leader must have a thorough knowledge of command essentials. The command essentials are: Command policies, authority, responsibility, chain of command and other channels, military rank, military discipline and conduct, and the enlisted aspects of command.


A leader must BE, KNOW and DO. Defined, this means:
A leader must BE:
-A person of strong and honorable character
-Committed to the professional Military ethic
-An example of individual values
-Able to resolve complex ethical dilemmas
A leader must KNOW:
-The four factors of leadership and how they affect each other
-Standards
-Him/Herself
-Human nature
-His/Her job
-His/Her unit
A leader must DO:
-Provide direction
-Provide purpose
-Provide motivation


A leader provides direction by:
-Knowing and maintaining standards
-Setting goals
-Planning
-Making decisions and solving problems
-Supervising and evaluating


One of the essentials of leadership is to seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions. Defined, this means to take the initiative in the absence of Orders and accept the responsibility for your actions.


Supervision is keeping a grasp on the situation and ensuring that plans and policies are implemented properly, including giving instructions and continuously inspecting the accomplishment of a task. The danger of too little supervision is that it can lead to miscommunications, lack of coordination, disorganization or the perception by subordinates that the leader does not care. The danger of too much supervision is that it stifles the initiative, breeds resentment, and lowers morale and motivation. Morale is the mental, emotional, and spiritual state of mind of an individual. It is how a soldier feels. High morale strengthens courage, energy and the will to fight. Esprit is the spirit, the soul, and the state of mind of a unit that the soldier identifies with.


Read this next section carefully. Maybe even more than once. It's important.
Integrity is the utter sincerity, honesty and candor. It is the avoidance of any kind of deceptive, shallow, or expedient behavior.

Justice is the fair treatment of all people regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, or national origin.
Tact is a sensitive perception of people, their values, feelings, and views which allows positive interaction.
An unselfish leader is one who avoids providing for his own comfort and advancement at the expense of others.
Ethics are rules or standards that guide a individual or a group to do the moral or right thing.

Some of the pressures to be unethical are:
-Pressure from self-interest
-Pressure from peers
-Pressure from subordinates
-Pressure from a senior


I found these as I browsed the collected wisdom of various Military leadership teachings. Some I remembered and some I re-learned but none of them were foreign concepts to me and they damn well shouldn't be to you either. I know these are from a primarily military point of view but they work in policing and in daily life as well. Especially when that daily life is being the President of The United States of America. I'm just a dumb cop and I know these things, why don't you?
I learned them from instructors who were passing along the collected wisdoms from generations of good military leaders. I learned them from police instructors who were trying to make me understand the awesome responsibilities I was about to undertake. They've been gussied up and translated into new speak but if you read them carefully one thing will leap out at you.


All good leaders follow these basic guidelines
And trust me when I say that they are the basic course only.


Mr. President, you are failing at these most basic of leadership precepts and you are destroying my country in that failure. Go to West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy or the Coast Guard Academy. Attend OCS, or one of the NCO courses. Go to CGSC. Hell, go to a good Police Academy but go. Not as CinC but as a student. Listen and learn. If you have the time to lobby the Olympic Committee you have the time to attend leadership classes.


I am a proud American, a supporter of the Constitution and all it means. I love America and all she stands for. You, Mr. President, must exhibit the leadership this country needs in order to preserve her for those who come after us. You can do this. You must.


And If you need advice, The Six stands ready to supply that assistance. I know one or two people who could give you that leadership primer you so desperately need. At no charge.


But quickly please. It's not too late but it's getting there in a tearing hurry.


The Six

02 October 2009

As A Mom...

The Six has talked about womens role in the debacle we call the "Political Conversation" of late. I'd like to introduce you to a whole bunch more of them:

As A Mom, "A Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots"

So here is my personal stance:
As a mom my primary concern is the safety and prosperity of my children.
As a mom I'm not convinced that the US is the best place for my children's future.
As a mom I'm willing to fight to attain what is best for my children.
As a mom I'm willing to fight for my country, to MAKE it the best place for my children.
As a mom, I'm not a rasist, I couldn't care less what color skin politicians have; what I care about is the actions that are taken and their consequences.
As a mom I'm to the point where I feel like my back is against the wall and I have no where to run, there's no where to go to defend my way of life and what I believe in.
As a mom I'm afraid for what the government will force upon myself and my children. Will the Pledge of Allegience give way to the Pledge to Obama?

But as a mom, I see hope in the linking of hands against this "Tyranny of Change".
As a mom I will teach my children how to sew, to garden and to save, because it's the self reliant thing to do.
As a mom I will teach them how this country began, why it began and I will teach them the truth behind the freedoms we hold.
As a mom I will not run from my responsibilty to be the teeth and claws defending my childrens future.

So, yes, I will take a pledge.

I pledge to no longer watch television and movies that promote Hollywood power and, in turn, promotes the Hollywood ideal of my country.
I pledge to no longer expose my children stories where everyone wins, and instead teach them strive to win, to lose with dignity, and to fight for what they want.
I pledge to forcefully call to task those that threaten my childrens futures with overburdened debt, nonexistent ethics and a disregard for morality.

I pledge allegience to the constitution that created my country, to the ideals of my forefathers and to those that fight to defend the same.

The DO

22 September 2009

Polls? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Polls

I tend not to put too much stock in polls but the activities of this past summer and the accompanying poll numbers have made me pay a little more attention. That's why the latest from Rasmussen made me sit up a little straighter.

Rasmussen Poll Anger at Government

Both parties should be concerned, to put it mildly. There may be virtually no incumbents re-elected in the 2010 elections and I'm ok with that.

The Six

20 September 2009

Home On The Range

How many ways can I say it? The women are steady kicking butt.

A new addition to my blog list. http://mausersandmuffins.blogspot.com/

Go there and read everything she has written or will ever write, especially "I Am A Shooter."

This woman is something special.

The Six

19 September 2009

Major Kenneth Webb RIP

Today will be a tough one for The Sarge.
If you will Sarge, allow me today.

On September 19, 2005, near Mosul Iraq, my family lost one of it's loved ones to a suicide bomber. U.S. Army Special Forces Major (Ret) Kenneth Webb.

Ken left behind a wife, 2 kids, mother and father, 3 brothers, 1 sister, a slew of nieces, nephews and cousins and the friends only exceptional people accrue over a life devoted to service to country.

Son, husband, father, brother, uncle, friend and soldier. He had recently retired from the Army and took a job with Blackwater. He was riding herd on a State Department VIP at the time. Ken did his job to the bitter end and went out as what he was, a Hero and a Warrior. Ken did not go softly into that night, he went down fighting. No warrior can ask for a better epitaph.

We grieve for our loss but remember that there was no better soldier, hell there was no better man than Ken.

We will ever hold him in our hearts and minds. Our thoughts go to his family today. I will be taking the day off to spend it with my wife, Ken's sister, and we will remember him. I'll call the Sarge and the DO and we'll cry a little and then we'll go on. The sacrifice of Ken and others just like him have made us free to do so.

His loss leaves a huge and unfillable hole in our lives but such is ever the fate of those who love a warrior. They do not lead lives devoted to self preservation. They seek out and confront evil wherever it may reside and in whatever form it manifests. They and those who love them pay a price, Lord God they do pay a price. The bill will be paid, whether soon or late, and they will be taken from us before we are ready to let them go. As ever, Ken has led the way to a place we dare not follow too soon.

If you are so inclined I would ask you all to remember Ken's family on this day and to keep them in your prayers that they may find peace. While you're at it, please include the families of all our military men and women who have given their 'last true measure of devotion'. And may those still in harms way come home safely to us and their families.

Amen

The Six

11 September 2009

Remembering 9/11, DO style

We all remember where we were on the 11th of September 8 years ago. We all have stories to share of calling friends, watching the news, waking up to a changed world; my story is a little different.

I was an Intelligence troop for the Air Force, in England, at an F-15 fighter squadron. It was early afternoon and I had one of my Aircrew come running in asking what I knew about the attack on the Trade Towers.

I scoffed at him.

That was years ago, I commented.

He didn't think I was funny, and so we went and looked it up.

I was in a classified vault with no cable, in a foreign country, thousands of miles from where my country was under attack, with only a slim idea of what was going on. The majority of our Intel was comming from the choppy web updates on CNN and from the wife of one of my coworkers who was at home watching Sky TV. This was not a situation built for strong striking visual memories.

We heard, via a phone conversation relayed to use, that the towers were falling. Pictures were scarce, there was no video.

I didn't see it happen.

My base commander was suppose to fly that day and came running into the vault to talk to his staff via our secure phones. Calm and cool, he set about locking down his base and securing his people. He was an inspiration in his mode of leadership that day.

We went into Delta, meaning where you were was were you were staying; hope you brought lunch. For weeks and months afterwards life was strange. We ramped up security everywhere, doubling and tripling the bodies covering family housing, flightlines, and inspecting vehicles entering the base.

Honestly, my most vivid memory of the 9/11 era was the phone call I got at 5 in the morning on a Saturday calling me in to work. We were going to war. The next day, on my way to the Post Office, I looked up and the entire base stopped. An eerie calm engulfed the entire area as we watched our jets launch, with live missles, and fly to meet the enemy.

We sent them to fight, to defend, to scream our anger, and to rectify a wrong.

I sit here now, a married woman, a mother, and a person a light year from who I was then. I have lost a beloved family member in Iraq, and sent countless friends to Iraq and Afghanistan. I know full well the cost involved in what we are doing. Yet from the view point of a Veteran, a mother, a niece and a spouse, I believe.

I believe.

It's right, it's just and it's our chosen path.

We brought the freedom to disagree to millions. We brought the freedom to throw shoes.

WE did that!

8 years ago the Iraqis didn't have that freedom.

So, yes, you have the right to say how we are warmongers, you have the right to vilify us.

But I have the right to throw a shoe.

-The DO

09 September 2009

Sensationalism At It's Worst

Anything and I mean anything to sell news papers. Sensationalism at its lowest. Makes me sick. For the longest time it was one of my greatest fears that they might show footage or pictures of my son when he was killed. I doubt that my wife and family could have stood it. My prayers go to the family of this fallen hero. They should get a Marine and have him shove evey paper that contains this picture straight up Thomas Curley's ass.
No emotion here you can tell.
The Sarge

Gates Objects to News Photo of Dying Marine

Gates Objects to News Photo of Dying Marine
American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2009 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates used the strongest terms in trying to persuade the Associated Press to refrain from running a graphic picture of a Marine taken shortly after the servicemember was wounded in southern Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said here today. Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard later died on the operating table Aug. 14. The Marine's family in New Portland, Maine, asked the Associated Press not to run the photo, which was taken by Julie Jacobson, who was embedded with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, in Afghanistan's Helmand province. The AP put out a series of photographs of the Marine patrol, and Gates objected to one showing Bernard clearly in anguish while being treated. He had just been hit in the legs by a rocket-propelled grenade. When Gates heard the AP was going to send the photo to its subscribers, he called Thomas Curley, president and chief executive officer of the news service, asking him to pull the photo, Morrell said. Morrell quoted the secretary as saying to Curley, "I'm begging you to defer to the wishes of the family. This will cause them great pain." Curley told the secretary he would reconvene his editorial team to re-examine the release. The secretary followed his call with a letter to AP. "I cannot imagine the pain and suffering Lance Corporal Bernard's death has caused his family," the secretary wrote. "Why your organization would purposefully defy the family's wishes knowing full well that it will lead to more anguish is beyond me. Your lack of compassion and common sense in choosing to put this image of their maimed and stricken child on the front page of multiple American newspapers is appalling. The issue here is not law, policy or constitutional right – but judgment and common decency." Curley got back to Morrell later yesterday afternoon and said his crew had "seriously considered the secretary's concerns and the families concerns ... but ultimately decided that they wanted to proceed with pushing out this image to their clients," Morrell said. Morrell said Gates was extremely disappointed that the Associated Press did not adhere to the wishes of the family. The vast majority of news outlets did not run the photo, he added.

Gun Control

Gun History

After reading the following historical facts, read the partabout Switzerland twice.A LITTLE GUN HISTORYIn 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control.. From 1929 to 1953,about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were roundedup and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1..5 millionArmenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up andexterminated.

Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a totalof 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves wererounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 millionpolitical dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up andexterminated

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up andexterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up andexterminated

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one millioneducated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up andexterminated.

Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Centurybecause of gun control: 56 million.

It has now been more than 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced bynew law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own Government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than 500 million dollars. The first year results are now in: List of 7 items:Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent. Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent. Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!

In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, thecriminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns! While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease inarmed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey isunarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of theELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort, and expense wasexpended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns. TheAustralian experience and the other historical facts above prove it.You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politiciansdisseminating this information. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens. Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late! The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.

With guns, we are 'citizens.'

Without them, we are 'subjects'. During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED! The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory indefense. The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.

SWITZERLAND ISSUES EVERY HOUSEHOLD A GUN!

SWITZERLAND 'S GOVERNMENT TRAINS EVERY ADULT THEY ISSUE A RIFLE.

SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY
CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!

IT'S A NO BRAINER!

DON'T LET OUR GOVERNMENT WASTE MILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS
IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE ALL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS AN EASY TARGET. I'm a firm believer of the 2nd Amendment!

Just think how powerful our government is getting!

They think these other countries just didn't do it right.

Learn from history

The Sarge

06 September 2009

Darrel "Shifty" Powers

Received this from a buddy.
Anybody want to remind me who Michael Jackson and Ted Kennedy are? Not a wart on Shifty's ass.

Another hero passes on.

Darrel "Shifty" Powers volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Infantry. If you've seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the History Channel, you know Shifty. His character appears in all 10 episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them.

Shifty served from 1941 to 1945. He made the 5 training jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into Normandy . He also made a second jump into Holland , into Arnhem .

Shifty died on June 17 after fighting cancer.

There was no parade.

No big event in Staples Center .

No wall to wall back to back 24/7 news coverage.

No weeping fans on television.

Rest in peace, Shifty."

A nation without heroes is nothing."(Roberto Clemente)

Amen from The Warrior Class
Six

Good Bye Green Czar

I've been catching up on some reading and yard work so I haven't had the news on for a couple of days. This morning I checked the Internet and found that the Green Czar Van Jones had resigned. I must say that was like a sip (I do mean sip) of cool water on a hot summer day. Now if obama had resigned with him or if obama had fired him that would have been like a cool drink of water on a hot summer day. A little brighter days ahead I hope.

Sarge

02 September 2009

Hardened Hearts

Mrs. Six was reading last night when she came across this in her NIV;

James 1:15
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

This is the marginal comment;

Temptation entertained today becomes sin tomorrow, then a habit the next day, then death and separation from god forever. To think you could never become this evil is the first step toward a hard heart.

It struck her that this passage could be related to the democratic party, or rather what it's turning into.

Obama has a hard heart and has surrounded himself with those like him. The real problem is they are leading so many of the democrats down the same path. Bad for them and bad for us.

I'm not talking about salvation of the soul or anything religious here. This is strictly a secular argument.

The obama administration does not consider itself as being separate from the American people. Because they still feel that they have a mandate for 'change' they don't see their beliefs and policies as 'sinful'. They want to fundamentally change America. Desire becomes conceived.

Because obama is a gifted orator (at least with the help of totus) he has persuaded so many to follow him and do what he says. He has convinced them that the sin is American Exceptionalism and The Constitution. Sin becomes habit.

It has given birth to the hardening of their hearts. Hardening against everything this country was built on and stands for. They believe the evil of totalinarianism will not come to pass and therefore all who oppose them are the evil ones to be destroyed at all costs. Sin becomes full-grown.

If we continue down this path, Death for the Republic becomes more than a possibility.
It becomes certain.

Six

01 September 2009

Second Amendment

Click on this link and go vote. Last I saw it was running 97 percent in favor of the Second with over 3 million votes.

USATODAY.com - Quick Question

Six

23 August 2009

Gun Toting Protester

By now, you have all seen the various stories on open carry at some of the town hall protests. I've withheld comment because the rest of the conservative and libertarian bloggers have done a great job covering this but I'm moved this morning to make an observation.

As you read the news stories and commentary you may, as I was, be struck by the wording. It runs along the lines of;
Gun toting protester
Armed protester
protesters open carrying
and such.

How about this? Substitute all those names and descriptions with

Citizen.

Just that, nothing more. See, the Second Amendment is a Civil Right. It's a given. It's the default setting. It is not the exception. Saying a Citizen is armed should be like saying water is wet. Well DUH! Is should be assumed that a Citizen will exercise his or her right to be armed wherever and whenever they damn well please.

I see the left and squishy right talking about seeing this as an attempt at violence and intimidation and I laugh. They just don't get it. American Citizens do not get intimidated by anyone and feel no need to try and do so to anyone else. Open carry is exercising a Right, nothing more. A Right we practice only on sufferance isn't a Right at all, it's privelege granted or rescinded by someone else.

Screw that. I'm a police officer and I do not feel fear at the thought or sight of armed Americans and if the reaction to open carry so far is any indication, neither do my brothers and sisters in other departments across this great country.

If the left and squishy right get their panties wadded at this exercise by law abiding Citizens then I for one am glad. It's just another indication that they do not understand what it means to be an American and helps to identify them for what they are.

Fascist news media we should be ignoring or Socialist politicians we should be firing as the case may be.

Do not be afraid. Do not allow yourself to be silenced. Exercise your rights, ALL your rights, confident in the knowledge that you are a Citizen and not a subject.

The Six

18 August 2009

Socialism

Norman Mattoon Thomas , the Socialist Party Candidate for President of the US, said this in a 1944 speech:

The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of " Liberalism," they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." He went on to say: "I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democrat Party has adopted our platform.

If you look at whats happening today and whats happened over the past 65 or so years. It has come to pass. The man knew what he was talking about.

Sarge

17 August 2009

Neal Boortz

Neal Boortz is a Texan, a lawyer, a Texas AGGIE (Texas A&M), and now a nationally syndicated talk show host from Atlanta. His commencement address to the graduates of Texas A&M is far different from what either the students or the faculty expected. His views are thought provoking.
'I am honored by the invitation to address you on this august occasion. It's about time. Be warned, however, that I am not here to impress you; you'll have enough smoke blown up your bloomers today. And you can bet your tassels I'm not here to impress the faculty and administration. You may not like much of what I have to say, and that's fine. You will remember it though. Especially after about 10 years out in the real world. This, it goes without saying, does not apply to those of you who will seek your careers and your fortunes as government employees. This gowned gaggle behind me is your faculty. You've heard the old saying that those who can - do. Those who can't - teach. That sounds deliciously insensitive. But there is often raw truth in insensitivity, just as you often find feel-good falsehoods and lies in compassion. Say good-bye to your faculty because now you are getting ready to go out there and do. These folks behind me are going to stay right here and teach. By the way, just because you are leaving this place with a diploma doesn't mean the learning is over. When an FAA flight examiner handed me my private pilot's license many years ago, he said, 'Here, this is your ticket to learn.' The same can be said for your diploma. Believe me, the learning has just begun. Now, I realize that most of you consider yourselves Liberals. In fact, you are probably very proud of your liberal views. You care so much. You feel so much. You want to help so much. After all you're a compassionate and caring person, aren't you now? Well, isn't that just so extraordinarily special. Now, at this age, is as good a time as any to be a liberal, as good a time as any to know absolutely everything. You have plenty of time, starting tomorrow, for the truth to set in. Over the next few years, as you begin to feel the cold breath of reality down your neck, things are going to start changing pretty fast. including your own assessment of just how much you really know. So here are the first assignments for your initial class in reality: Pay attention to the news, and listen to the words and phrases that proud Liberals use to promote their causes. Then, compare the words of the left to the words and phrases you hear from those evil, heartless, greedy conservatives. From the Left you will hear 'I feel.' From the Right you will hear 'I think.' From the Liberals you will hear references to groups - The Blacks, the Poor, The Rich, The Disadvantaged, and The Less Fortunate. From the Right you will hear references to individuals. On the Left you hear talk of group rights, on the Right, individual rights. That about sums it up, really: Liberals feel. Liberals care. They are pack animals whose identity is tied up in-group dynamics. Conservatives and Libertarians think - and, setting aside the theocracy crowd, their identity is centered on the individual. Liberals feel that their favored groups have enforceable rights to the property and services of productive individuals. Conservatives and Libertarians, I among them I might add, think that individuals have the right to protect their lives and their property from the plunder of the masses. In college you developed a group mentality, but if you look closely at your diplomas you will see that they have your individual names on them. Not the name of your school mascot, or of your fraternity or sorority, but your name. Your group identity is going away. Your recognition and appreciation of your individual identity starts now. If, by the time you reach the age of 30, you do not consider yourself to be a libertarian or a conservative, rush right back here as quickly as you can and apply for a faculty position. These people will welcome you with open arms. They will welcome you, that is, so long as you haven't developed an individual identity. Once again you will have to be willing to sign on to the group mentality you embraced during the past four years. Something is going to happen soon that is going to really open your eyes. You're going to actually get a full time job! You're also going to get a lifelong work partner. This partner isn't going to help you do your job. This partner is just going to sit back and wait for payday. This partner doesn't want to share in your effort, but in your earnings. Your new lifelong partner is actually an agent; an agent representing a strange and diverse group of people; an agent for every teenager with an illegitimate child; an agent for a research scientist who wanted to make some cash answering the age-old question of why monkeys grind their teeth. An agent for some poor demented hippie who considers herself to be a meaningful and talented artist, but who just can't manage to sell any of her artwork on the open market. Your new partner is an agent for every person with limited, if any, job skills, but who wanted a job at City Hall. An agent for tin-horn dictators in fancy military uniforms grasping for American foreign aid. An agent for multi-million- dollar companies who want someone else to pay for their overseas advertising. An agent for everybody who wants to use the unimaginable power of this agency for their personal enrichment and benefit. That agent is our wonderful, caring, compassionate, oppressive government. Believe me, you will be awed by the unimaginable power this agent has. Power that you do not have. A power that no individual has, or ever will have. This agent has the legal power to use force, deadly force to accomplish its goals. You have no choice here. Your new friend is just going to walk up to you, introduce itself rather gruffly, hand you a few forms to fill out, and move right on in. Say hello to your own personal one-ton gorilla. It will sleep anywhere it wants to. Now, let me tell you, this agent is not cheap. As you become successful it>will seize about 40% of everything you earn. And no, I'm sorry, there just isn't any way you can fire this agent of plunder, and you can't decrease its share of your income. That power rests with him, not you. So, here I am saying negative things to you about government. Well, be clear on this: It is not wrong to distrust government. It is not wrong to fear government. In certain cases it is not even wrong to despise government for government is inherently evil. Yes, a necessary evil, but dangerous nonetheless, somewhat like a drug. Just as a drug that in the proper dosage can save your life, an overdose of government can be fatal. Now let's address a few things that have been crammed into your minds at this university. There are some ideas you need to expunge as soon as possible. These ideas may work well in academic environment, but they fail miserably out there in the real world. First is that favorite buzzword of the media, government and academia: Diversity! You have been taught that the real value of any group of people - be it a social group, an employee group, a management group, whatever - is based on diversity. This is a favored liberal ideal because diversity is based not on an individual's abilities or character, but on a person's identity and status as a member of a group. Yes, it's that liberal group identity thing again. Within the great diversity movement group identification - be it racial, gender based, or some other minority status - means more than the individual's integrity, character or other qualifications. Brace yourself. You are about to move from this academic atmosphere where diversity rules, to a workplace and a culture where individual achievement and excellence actually count. No matter what your professors have taught you over the last four years, you are about to learn that diversity is absolutely no replacement for excellence, ability, and individual hard work. From this day on every single time you hear the word 'diversity' you can rest assured that there is someone close by who is determined to rob you of every vestige of individuality you possess. We also need to address this thing you seem to have about 'rights.' We have witnessed an obscene explosion of so-called 'rights' in the last few decades, usually emanating from college campuses. You know the mantra: You have the right to a job, the right to a place to live, the right to a living wage, the right to health care, and the right to an education. You probably even have your own pet right - the right to a Beemer for instance, or the right to have someone else provide for that child you plan on downloading in a year or so. Forget it. Forget those rights! I'll tell you what your rights are! You have a right to live free, and to the results of 60% -75% of your labor. I'll also tell you have no right to any portion of the life or labor of another. You may, for instance, think that you have a right to health care. After all, Hillary said so, didn't she? But you cannot receive healthcare unless some doctor or health practitioner surrenders some of his time - his life - to you. He may be willing to do this for compensation, but that's his choice. You have no 'right' to his time or property. You have no right to his or any other person's life or to any portion thereof. You may also think you have some 'right' to a job, a job with a living wage, whatever that is. Do you mean to tell me that you have a right to force your services on another person, and then the right to demand that this person compensate you with their money? Sorry, forget it. I am sure you would scream if some urban outdoorsmen (that would be 'homeless person' for those of you who don't want to give these less fortunate people a romantic and adventurous title) came to you and demanded his job and your money. The people who have been telling you about all the rights you have are simply exercising one of theirs - the right to be imbeciles. Their bein> imbeciles didn't cost anyone else either property or time. It's their right, and they exercise it brilliantly. By the way, did you catch my use of the phrase 'less fortunate' a bit ago when I was talking about the urban outdoorsmen? That phrase is a favorite of the Left. Think about it, and you'll understand why. To imply that one person is homeless, destitute, dirty, drunk, spaced out on drugs, unemployable, and generally miserable because he is 'less fortunate' is to imply that a successful person - one with a job, a home and a future - is in that position because he or she was 'fortunate.' The dictionary says that fortunate means 'having derived good from an unexpected place.' There is nothing unexpected about deriving "good" from hard work. There is also nothing unexpected about deriving misery from choosing drugs, alcohol, and the street. If the Liberal Left can create the common perception that success and failure are simple matters of "fortune" or "luck", then it is easy to promote and justify their various income redistribution schemes. After all, we are just evening out the odds a little bit. This 'success equals luck' idea the liberals like to push is seen everywhere. Former Democratic presidential candidate Richard Gephardt refers to high-achievers as 'people who have won life's lottery.' He wants you to believe they are making the big bucks because they are lucky. It's not luck, my friends. It's choice. One of the greatest lessons I ever learned was in a book by Og Mandino, entitled 'The Greatest Secret in the World.' The lesson? Very simple: "Use wisely your power of choice". That bum sitting on a heating grate and smelling like a wharf rat, he's there by choice. He is there because of the sum total of the choices he has made in his life. This truism is absolutely the hardest thing for some people to accept, especially those who consider themselves to be victims of something or other - victims of discrimination, bad luck, the system, capitalism, whatever. After all, nobody really wants to accept the blame for his or her position in life. Not when it is so much easier to point and say, 'Look! He did this to me!' than it is to look into a mirror and say, 'You S.O.B., you did this to me!' The key to accepting responsibility for your life is to accept the fact that your choices, every one of them, are leading you inexorably to either success or failure, however you define those terms. Some of the choices are obvious: Whether or not to stay in school, whether or not to get pregnant, whether or not to hit the bottle, whether or not to keep this job you hate until you get another better-paying job, or whether or not to save some of your money, or saddle yourself with huge payments for that new car. Some of the choices are seemingly insignificant: Whom to go to the movies with, whose car to ride home in, whether to watch the tube tonight, or read a book on investing. But, and you can be sure of this, each choice counts. Each choice is a building block - some large, some small. But each one is a part of the structure of your life. If you make the right choices, or if you make more right choices than wrong ones, something absolutely terrible may happen to you. Something unthinkable. You, my friend, could become one of the hated, the evil, the ugly, the feared, the filthy, the successful, and the rich. The rich basically serve two purposes in this country. First, they provide the investments, the investment capital, and the brains for the formation of new businesses. Businesses that hire people and businesses that send millions of paychecks home each week to the un-rich. Second, the rich are a wonderful object of ridicule, distrust, and hatred. Few things are more valuable to a politician than the envy most Americans feel for the evil rich. Envy is a powerful emotion. Even more powerful than the emotional minefield that surrounded Bill Clinton when he reviewed his last batch of White House interns. Politicians use envy to get votes and power. And they keep that power by promising the envious that the envied will be punished: the rich will pay their fair share of taxes if I have anything to do with it. The truth is that the top 10% of income earners in this country pays almost 50% of all income taxes collected. I shudder to think what these job producers would be paying if our tax system were any more 'fair.' You have heard, no doubt, that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Interestingly enough, our government's own numbers show that many of the poor actually get richer, and that quite a few of the rich actually get poorer. But for the rich who do actually get richer, and the poor who remain poor, there's an explanation - a reason. The rich, you see, keep doing the things that make them rich, while the poor keep doing the things that make them poor. Speaking of the poor, during your adult life you are going to hear an endless string of politicians bemoaning the plight of the poor. So, you need to know that under our government's definition of 'poor' you can have a $5 million net worth, a $300,000 home and a new $90,000 Mercedes, all completely paid for. You can also have a maid, cook, a valet, a million dollars in your checking account, and you can still be officially defined by our government as 'living in poverty.' Now there's something you haven't seen on the evening news. How does the government pull this one off? Very simply, really. To determine whether or not some poor soul is 'living in poverty,' the government measures one thing - just one thing. Income. It doesn't matter one bit how much you have, how much you own, how many cars you drive or how big they are, whether or not your pool is heated, whether you winter in Aspen and spend the summers in the Bahamas, or how much is in your savings account. It only matters how much income you claim in that particular year. This means that if you take a one-year leave of absence from your high-paying job and decide to live off the money in your savings and checking accounts while you write the next great American novel, the government says you are 'living in poverty.' This isn't exactly what you had in mind when you heard these gloomy statistics, is it? Do you need more convincing? Try this. The government's own statistics show that people who are said to be 'living in'poverty' spend more than $1.50 for each dollar of income they claim. Something is a bit fishy here. Just remember all this the next time Charles Gibson tells you about some hideous new poverty statistics. Why has the government concocted this phony poverty scam? Because the government needs an excuse to grow and to expand its social welfare programs, which then translates into an expansion of its power. If the government can convince you, in all your compassion, that the number of 'poor' is increasing, it will have all the excuse it needs to sway an electorate suffering from the advanced stages of Obsessive-Compulsive Compassion Disorder. I'm about to be stoned by the faculty here. They've already changed their minds about that honorary degree I was going to get. That's OK, though. I>] still have my PhD in Insensitivity from the Neal Boortz Institute for Insensitivity Training. I learned that, in short, sensitivity sucks. It's a trap. Think about it - the truth knows no sensitivity. Life can be insensitive. Wallow too much in sensitivity and you'll be unable to deal with life, or the truth, So, get over it. Now, before the dean has me shackled and hauled off, I have a few random thoughts.
* You need to register to vote, unless you are on welfare. If you are living off the efforts of others, please do us the favor of sitting down and shutting up until you are on your own again.
* When you do vote, your votes for the House and the Senate are more important than your vote for president. The House controls the purse strings, so concentrate your awareness there.
* Liars cannot be trusted, even when the liar is the president of the country. If someone can't deal honestly with you, send he or she packing.
* Don't bow to the temptation to use the government as an instrument of plunder. If it is wrong for you to take money from someone else who earned it - to take their money by force for your own needs - then it is certainly just as wrong for you to demand that the government step forward and do this dirty work for you.
* Don't look in other people's pockets. You have no business there. What they earn is theirs. What you earn is yours, keep it that way. Nobody owes you anything, except to respect your privacy and your rights, and leave you the hell alone.
* Speaking of earning, the revered 40-hour workweek is for losers, forty hours should be considered the minimum, not the maximum. You don't see highly successful people clocking out of the office every afternoon at five. The losers are the ones caught up in that afternoon rush hour. The winners drive home in the dark.
* Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech, by definition, needs no protection.
* Finally (and aren't you glad to hear that word), as Og Mandino wrote
1. Proclaim your rarity. Each of you is a rare and unique human being.
2. Use wisely your power of choice.
3. Go the extra mile, drive home in the dark.
Oh, and put off buying a television set as long as you can. Now, if you> have any idea at all what's good for you, you will get the hell out of here and never come back.
Class dismissed.

This address should be considered must-reading for every adult in North America. It is extremely rare that anyone speaks the truth like this at any College or High School Commencement Address.
The Sarge