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July 13th, 2014 - 5:01 pm

The initial reports from the Los Angeles Times described the massacre of almost 30 women in the Zayouna neighborhood of Baghdad as an an unsolved mystery: “gunmen in Iraq reportedly kill at least 30 in upscale Baghdad area”.

A group of armed men raided a building in the eastern Baghdad neighborhood of Zayouna, breaking into “a number of apartments and opening fire on the residents,” reported Sumariya television, a private pro-government channel. Twenty-eight of the victims were women. Police cordoned off the area. Initial investigations yielded no evidence about the identity of the killers, or the motive for the attack, Iraqi news reports said.

It was not long before a more sinister motive made itself plain. The murder site was a brothel. The gunmen came in order to kill every one in it and teach the world an Islamic lesson. “Police believe men using silenced weapons carried out the executions, before scrawling ‘this is the fate of any prostitution’ on one of the doors.

A police officer speaking on condition of anonymity said: ‘When we walked up the stairs, we saw a couple of women’s bodies and blood streaming down the stairs. ‘We entered a flat and found bodies everywhere, some lying on the sofa, some on the ground, and one woman who apparently had tried to hide in a cupboard in the kitchen shot to death there.’ … Police believe men using silenced weapons carried out the executions, before scrawling ‘this is the fate of any prostitution’ on one of the doors.

One is tempted to label this a ‘war on women’, but that term is already taken by the opponents of the Hobby Lobby decision, where the Supreme Court held that one couldn’t force an employer to pay for the birth control or abortifacients of an employee.  Over time, the West has cheapened the language of discourse. The West, having retired the word for ‘war’ except as metaphor  hasn’t found a replacement term for it. They have no vocabulary to describe the Boko Haram, “an Islamic Jihadist and terrorist organization based in northeast Nigeria”.

Since 2010, Boko Haram has targeted schools, killing hundreds of students. A spokesperson for the group said such attacks would continue as long as the Nigerian government continued to interfere with traditional Islamic education. 10,000 children have been unable to attend school as a result of the activities by Boko Haram. Boko Haram has also been known to kidnap girls, who it believes should not be educated, and use them as cooks or sex slaves.

True, it’s a group engaged in doing terrible things against women and children for some time.  But on the other hand the Boko are poor, black and Muslim, so they cannot really be the ‘enemy’ —  another word for which the West has no employment, excepting its application to Israel.   The West and the World lives in disjoint mental spaces. Recently the Boko Haram mocked the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign by which Western activists hoped to shame the Boko Haram into returning the girls.  The human rights crowd hasn’t realized yet that the Boko Haram has no shame whatsoever. One might track down the Boko and shoot them dead, but that would be too brutal. Nigeria, it turns out, would do just that, as CRS expert Lauren Blanchard explained.

The human rights abuse record and uncooperative attitude of the Federal Government and its military authorities have been identified as factors hindering United States of America offering Nigeria effective security assistance. Speaking on Thursday before the US House Foreign Affairs Sub-committee on Africa’s hearing entitled, ‘Human Rights Vetting: Nigeria and Beyond’, the Specialist at African Affairs Congressional Research Service, Lauren Blanchard, said the Nigerian government and its military had not been yielding to America’s suggestions.

The same reservations blocked heavy weapons to the Maliki government in Baghdad back in January, 2014, when the Obama administration faced objections from “senators in both parties [who lamented] Maliki’s increasingly sectarian style of governing and his alleged cooperation with Iran to aid the Syrian regime.”  And now of course it’s possible that ‘militants’ might use some of that aid to didactically kill prostitutes for Islam. What to do? We now know that Obama was in a secret panic; having been told by intelligence agencies the situation was desperate caught in the dilemma of having stop ISIS while keeping his hands — or at least the optics — clean.  The hope of being able to keep distant was nowhere more clearly expressed than his May of 2014 speech at West Point where he promised the cadets they could hereafter Lead From Behind.  The president said:

You are the first class to graduate since 9/11 who may not be sent into combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.   … For the foreseeable future, the most direct threat to America at home and abroad remains terrorism.  But a strategy that involves invading every country that harbors terrorist networks is naïve and unsustainable.  I believe we must shift our counterterrorism strategy — drawing on the successes and shortcomings of our experience in Iraq and Afghanistan — to more effectively partner with countries where terrorist networks seek a foothold. … Today, as part of this effort, I am calling on Congress to support a new Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund of up to $5 billion, which will allow us to train, build capacity, and facilitate partner countries on the front lines. And these resources will give us flexibility to fulfill different missions, including training security forces in Yemen who have gone on the offensive against al Qaeda; supporting a multinational force to keep the peace in Somalia; working with European allies to train a functioning security force and border patrol in Libya; and facilitating French operations in Mali. A critical focus of this effort will be the ongoing crisis in Syria. …

The idea was to give ‘partners’ money, guns and training and stand back. But the obvious problem was that most of America’s partners would only be only slightly better — or even worse — than the foes.  A case in point is one of the Obama administration’s “partners for peace”,  Hamas. The United States government, is along with Iran, the Gulf Monarchies, Syria and Jordan one of the largest funders of that organization.  In this case Hamas is a whole lot worse than its foe, Israel. Hamas is now rocketing Israel, for as Lee Smith points out, Leading From Behind is not without its perils:

The Obama administration’s map of the Middle East might as well be of the Hobbits’ Middle Earth because it bears no relationship to reality. Every corner of the region is yet another realm of wondrous fantasy governed by magical thinking. A Fatah-Hamas unity deal? How productive! Coordination with Qassem Suleimani and the Quds Force in Iraq? That’s refreshing! An agreement with the Islamic Republic over its nuclear weapons program allowing them to keep 10,000 centrifuges? This will bring the clerical regime back into the community of nations!

ISIS probably indirectly benefited from the campaign to overthrow Assad. Now one partner for peace is fighting the other partner for peace across the border in Iraq.  But that is alright because America will partner with the Quds, with whom they are otherwise at war. The world does not resemble the Shire, in fact William Tecumseh Sherman would have described it as being more like Mordor. “There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all Hell.” To Sherman, war was the business of doing unsavory things, often with moral defectives, to effect ghastly outcomes. The only way out that Hell was Victory — another word whose use we have lost. He would have considered Leading From Behind a form of self-deception. So would Franklin Roosevelt who supposedly said of Somoza.

Although Somoza was reckoned as a ruthless dictator, the United States continued to support his regime as a non-communist stronghold in Nicaragua. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) supposedly remarked in 1939 that “Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.”

Today the world still consists of SOBs, the difference being that fewer of them are our SOBs.  Winston Churchill once sadly said of Britain’s alliance with Stalin: “if Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.” The world is a sad and fallen place. Karl Marx once said, “philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.” But the Epistles were there before him.  ”We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now.” We hope and work for a better world. But until then we live in this one.

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Obama's strategy is clear. Leading from behind is only partially true. It is short for leading from behind the one-way mirror of the NSA. That and domestic paramilitaries are the backbone of the fascists strategy. Eric Holder has announced that he is concerned with home grown terrorism. The US government through Holder and Obama have ceded the war like Hitler gave up the eastern front and are holed up in a bunker in Berlin.

But this is not an isolationist policy, oh no, they are throwing open the doors of the border precisely because the only solution from there on out is to complete their conversion to the police state with NSA surveillance and local police paramilitary operators. The collusion of centralized intelligence and local muscle ensures that the whole violation of posse comitatus is done in a way that creates a cohesiveness between federal and state power. One hand washes the other like highway taxes become the monkey trap for the states to cede to federal jurisdiction over those powers not enumerated.

The Obama administration has brought the war on terror from “the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli” to now the halls of city center and the Jersey Shore. If the Bush's fought it over there, then Holder and Obama will fight it here intermixed with the real enemy; you. Do you wonder why the government has bought enough small arms ammo to fight two world wars? Well, remember how the Nazi's used to line up its victims so it could kill two or three heretics with one bullet? Well, they ain't gonna run out this time. DHS has enough small arms ammo to put 5 shots in each and every Americans head.

If war is politics by other means, then lawfare is war by other means and the first shot of the Cold Civil War was fired not at Fort Sumter by an intransigent confederation of states but by an intransigent federal government against the states of Arizona, Texas and South Carolina. We have a government justice department run by a deranged paranoid racist radical backed by a treacherous Alinskyite president who has lied about who he was, what he was doing, and how he would do it.

Their new army is arriving. 20 thousand armed illegal aliens are being fortified with tens of thousands more. Perhaps in the end Obama will give them the southwest and retire to the sovereign nation of Hawaii with his band of raiders.

To say that the administration has brought terror to our shores misses the point. They are the terror and millions of American live in terror everyday. Not of al Queda, but those who were trusted to provide security here at home.
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We no longer use the word Victory because we no longer go to war. The last time we did so was in World War II. Everything since then has been police actions. Even Gulf I ended with a cease-fire and a return to the status quo before Saddam invaded Kuwait. The War on Terrorism is striking a marshmallow, like the War on Poverty or the War on Cancer. We train and arm the Mujahadeen in Asscrackistan, they kick out the Soviets, then morph into Al Qaeda. We train and arm the rebels in Syria, they morph into ISIS. Everything we do short of war turns to shi'ite.
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>>> " A group of armed men raided a building in the eastern Baghdad neighborhood of Zayouna, breaking into “a number of apartments and opening fire on the residents,” reported Sumariya television, a private pro-government channel.

Twenty-eight of the victims were women.

Police cordoned off the area. Initial investigations yielded no evidence about the identity of the killers, or the motive for the attack, Iraqi news reports said." <<<

Coming soon to an American city near you. There will be some question as to identity and motive.

It could be Muslim terrorists let through our southern borders deliberately with the same motives and US government support as their ISIL brethren. It could be any one of several Hispanic gangs, drug cartels, or Reconquista paramilitary groups with their financial or political agendas coming in by the same route [and with the same government support]. Or it could be any of a number of militarized "civilian" Einsatzgruppen in the service of the regime.

Sadly, any SARC tag may have to be written in disappearing ink. For we live in interesting times. The violence cannot be kept from our shores forever, or even for long.

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Tharkun, sorry reply is out-of-order --every page change in PJM is a 10 minute ordeal --but, thanks for that Lazarus Long link. My fave so far:

''It may be better to be a live jackal than a dead lion, but it is better still to be a live lion. And usually easier.''
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If the ability of the President to take control of the National Guard is statutory, then there is a potential out. Consider the following Constitutional provisions:

Article I Section 10:

No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, UNLESS ACTUALLY INVADED, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay. (emphasis added)

Article I Section 9:

The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or INVASION the public Safety may require it. (emphasis added)

It doesn't matter if Obama wants to Federalize the National Guard. Under certain circumstances, possibly these, Perry has the power to raise an army, conduct foreign diplomacy and declare war.

If Governor Perry wanted to fire a cannon across the bow of the Federal Government, as it were, he should issue a declaration that the State of Texas has been "actually invaded" for the purposes of Article I of the Constitution, and start openly talking about beginning to use these formerly dormant enumerated Constitutional powers.
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He could do that. But he won't because he doesn't have enough money. At least that's what he told Sean Hannity on Hannity's show. Perry's budget is stretched to the limits just by beefing up the activities of his State Patrol to help on the border.
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note, this group of refugees is not spread out along the train, but is concentrated in as small a space as is practicable. This could have any number of explanations, including that it is an element of 'unit cohesion' as a principle of the 'route march', to prevent straggling and to discourage discipline lapse and desertion while on the move when it is likliest.
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note also, there's an identical crowd-mass farther in the distance, with a goodly number of empty cars in between. This could be two company-sized units of the Guadalajara-based Nebraska Liberation Army, tho with any justice at all it'll be the Tampico/Vera Cruz-based Massachusetts Minuto Men.
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Trying again to post, since some features of PJM seem to have come back on some of their sites.

buddy, purely as a matter of theoretical ... fieldcraft .... if those grouped up company sized units were in fact judged to be a hostile invading force, that if there were an OPFOR facing them, the targeting problems of the OPFOR would be drastically simplified as the KZ's shrink.

4th post this thread [if it in fact will post] and out.

Subotai Bahadur
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Use of the National Guard in a theatrical act of defiance would play into the hands of the Left. The media would use it to confirm the perception that Obama's opponents are bigots. They would endlessly replay the story of Orville Forbus deploying the Arkansas National Guard to defy the Supreme Court's ruling in Brown vs. Board of Ed that lead to the Little Rock Nine desegregating Central High. President Eisenhower federalized the National Guard and used them to assist in forcing through desegregation. Obama would be thrilled if he was allowed to replay that iconic episode. Even money that in the retelling Forbus becomes a Republican and Ike turns into a Democrat.

It would make far more sense for the state governors concerned to use their Guard units in support roles and for general public safety, while assets not subject to federal control were used to seal the border or effect removals. For example Governor Perry of Texas controls the paramilitary Texas Rangers and each governor has their own State Police/Highway Patrol.
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I believe you meant Orval Faubus, not Orville Forbus.
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You mean he wasn't the Governor who invented popcorn?
Thank you.
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You're welcome. Actually, Orville could have been the older brother of Nellie Forbus(h), of South Pacific fame, who BTW came from Little Rock-- according to the 1949 stage production of the musical (I'm glad that Wretchard allows a little spoofing around here).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nellie_Forbush#Sex_and_gender_roles
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--little known fakt, Orville Wright was not just the first pilot but also a great patron & benefactor of the study & practice of English composition. His annual essay contest with a prize bicycle to the winner became an annual essay contest with a prize bicycle to the winner, known as the Wright Write Right Rite (although often mis-named as the Write Right Wright Rite).
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hdg said: Hmm. "Engage robustly" should mean something like US precision bombing of Hamas military assets.

But you see that's just the problem, "Hamas military assets" are mostly located in residential homes, hospital basements, and such. That's why Israel has still barely touched them, and frankly is not going to do much more. The current kinetics could keep up for a year or more, Hamas wouldn't care - and it might just bankrupt Israel.
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The original purpose of the structure may indeed have been homes, hospitals, mosques and such, but if they have been re-purposed as missile launching sites, then they are fair game for counter-battery fire. And if Hamas forces, at gunpoint, their constituents to act as human shields for these various sites, well then I guess the voters will learn the meaning of the phrase "Elections have consequences."
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Iron Dome rocket interceptors cost around $95K per. Hamas rockets, who knows --but it ain't gonna be anywhere near that territory. Plus, da jooos gotta invent, develop, produce, and sell stuff on the global market that people want to buy, and make enough profit at it to spring for that hundred grand per intercept. Hamas just has to let oil keep bubbling up out of the ground somewhere in Araby or Persia.

80% of Israelis have to be ready at all times to evacuate to bomb shelters within 90 seconds. 100% of Hamas can be much safer than that with no trouble or loss of rest at all --they can just not shoot rockets into Israel.
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Well, if you're going to be that way - the Palestinians could have their two-state solution anytime they want, just by turning in the rockets and saying please. Probably 90% of the restrictions between the two states would vanish within weeks or months. For that matter they *had* a two-state solution for about an hour in 1948, and threw it away. Between then and now it is not clear that they deserve any state, other than Jordan, and daily they cut down their deserving anything, even continued consumption of oxygen.
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Oslo --they got it all --and Arafat started the intifada as an excuse to renege on what would have ended many of his graft channels.
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Ilegante irse a casa

Does Rick Perry, or any other governor, have the right/ power to call out his own National Guard to protect the border, including the importation of illegals into non border states by the feds?

A good question, and one that far too many Americans don't know the answer to, and thus don't understand why the National Guard can never be a remedy for situations such as this. Here's the condensed version:

A state's National Guard is nominally under the command of the Governor of that state. However, the Guard is statutorily merely a sub-unit of the US military and can be called into federal service at the discretion of the President. Further, this is not an optional thing and a governor cannot refuse it.

As a result of this, if a state governor were to call out his Guard to do something the feds oppose, the President merely has to activate his federal command supremacy and the state's Guard is then under his command. If Perry or another governor were to attempt what you describe then Obama would simply take direct command of that state's Guard.

I believe this is an example of "Catch-22"... ;-)

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OT again a bit, but I see, re: my earlier comment about The Strain, that Allahpundit has a post that Archie, the comic book character--well, Allah's headline is, "Archie to be shot dead while saving gay best friend who called for gun control".

Maybe The Strain is 100 percent real, only instead of vampire worms invading people and consuming them, maybe the worm is merely stupidity? Of which there's no cure, to quote Robert Heinlein:

"Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin, the victim can't help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.”

An Préachán
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One of his finest!

A wikiquote site is a wikiquote site; a mile wide and an inch deep --but not this one --this one has been put together as a labor of love --

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Robert_A._Heinlein
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Thanks buddy (and An Corvinus Dubh). I didn't know about that one - it's neat!

Here's another excellent RAH quote site for you: the "Notebooks Of Lazarus Long"

http://www.angelfire.com/or/sociologyshop/lazlong.html
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This from the Daily Beast:

But Kerry is trying to get in the game; he spoke with Netanyahu Wednesday and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.

“During both of those calls, the Secretary reiterated our concern over the escalating tensions and restated his own willingness and the willingness of the United States to engage robustly in helping to stop the rocket fire so we can restore calm as soon as possible,” State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday,


Hmm. "Engage robustly" should mean something like US precision bombing of Hamas military assets. Instead it means another phone call that won't get past the receptionist ("Can I take a message? I'll tell him you wish to engage robustly. I'm sure he'll get back to you soon"). So the escalation we face comes in the form of adverbs. Next they will engage very robustly. That'll teach 'em.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/13/everyone-says-john-kerry-should-stay-out-of-the-middle-east.html

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"...the Secretary reiterated our concern over the escalating tensions..."

Apparently 'the administration' thinks hundreds of Hamas missiles raining down on Israeli cities and towns is a mere escalation of tension.

Insane in the membrane
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Absolutely, positively OT.
All you lawyer folks and Teresita,
Does Rick Perry, or any other governor, have the right/ power to call out his own National Guard to protect the border, including the importation of illegals into non border states by the feds?

What would happen if the Texas/ Arizona/ New Mexico NG's simply stopped, if only for a few days (with lots of MSM wailing and gnashing of teeth) the inflow of illegals??

Fait accompli and massive voter swing to Perry for pres???
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The problem as I see it is that even if Gov Perry calls out the Guard on his authority, what is the Guard going to do? It is not going to shoot the "Invaders" and lacks the authority to arrest them. They presumably could turn them over to the appropriate authorities but in the Arizona decision, the Supreme Court said that Sates cannot enforce Federal laws if the Fed fail to do so.

So at best the Guard gets to apprehend the Invaders and then has to turn them loose if the Border Patrol will not accept them. At worst, the State of Texas ends up feeding and housing tend of thousands of illegal immigrant children instead of the Fed Govt having to do it.

I suppose that the Texas National Guard could deploy concertina wire and armed troops along the border and literally wall off at least the main crossing areas. Bill O'Reilly says this will be effective but I doubt that. I think the people bringing the children to the border will not stop doing it - they will just bring them up to the barbed wire and leave. And what will we do with a densely packed herd of crying children trying to climb the barbed wire - or facing armed troops?

Also there is this business of a law that requires us to treat Central American Children different from Mexican children. It was intended to stop sex slave smuggling but has the side effect of requiring hearings for the children.

Were this a war, the main thing our military could do would be to interdict the traffic inside Mexico - kill the smugglers and destroy their vehicles. That ain't gonna happen. It would be nice if the Guard could just round the kids up as they cross, load them on C-130's and fly them back down to their home countries - and dare the air forces of those countries to try to intercept. But not even the Repubs have a stomach for that.

Once again, these are people trying to escape the effects of their failed cultures without actually escaping the cultures.

I recall that when our troops went into Somalia they started confiscating the supplies of "Cat", an intoxicating local plant that they would chew all day and then shoot up the place at night. And educated Somali, a doctor, helping with the relief effort, told our troops, "You are here to help us, not to change our culture." It was their damn precious culture that got them into the situation!
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Thanks, but.. "Law" is in the eye of the beholder. We, conservatives, are caught in the trap of obeying, in detail, the law when our opponents do not. Texas can write and enforce state law as it sees fit. Enforcement can commence while courts flub. The state law can look like the federal law not enforced by the feds.

The point is to take action...force the issue...we loose if we let the 'theys' drive the agenda, as they have done for decades.

An old CO told me (as we were all told sometime when JOs) about deciding when to choose between asking for forgiveness rather than permission.. even using UNODIR.

Finally 'cat' is Khat, currently being smuggled into the US via UPS and FedEx from Kenya and Somalia as the drug of choice for our immigrants from that region...
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Thanks, but.. "Law" is in the eye of the beholder. We, conservatives, are caught in the trap of obeying, in detail, the law when our opponents do not. Texas can write and enforce state law as it sees fit. Enforcement can commence while courts flub. The state law can look like the federal law not enforced by the feds.

The point is to take action...force the issue...we loose if we let the 'theys' drive the agenda, as they have done for decades.

An old CO told me (as we were all told sometime when JOs) about deciding when to choose between asking for forgiveness rather than permission.. even using UNODIR.

Finally 'cat' is Khat, currently being smuggled into the US via UPS and FedEx from Kenya and Somalia as the drug of choice for our immigrants from that region...
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That's exactly what Pharaoh wants, no doubt. He could begin his war on us in earnest.

Might as well be now as later.

An Préachán
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And who's going to stop them? A governor has some authority on his own, state to state. Is the army going to stop the guard? How about Holder's DOJ? This whole executive order thing cuts several ways. Obama isn't the only executive in the game.

I am thinking, similar to your final line, if not now, when and if not us who?

(I don't like Texas, climate wise, as a place to live, but I support Texas as a sovereign state and apparently the only one left with any dangling male appendages left.
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Texas is large enough that it has distinct climates. For instance, south central TX where I lived for 4 years is very hot and humid. Friends live in Amarillo, which is far north, where it's dry as dust, only warm compared to south central, and actually has seasons, including snow during the winter.
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From Amarillo, you've got another one-and-a-half to two hour's drive to exit Texas into Oklahoma, the state where yer ma don't take the Marlboro out of her mouth when she's telling the Highway Patrolman to kiss her arse. That TX/OK border is about even with the Virginia/North Carolina border, latitudinally.
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Texas, and 22 other states have their own "state guard forces". Under the Federal law defining Militia, the Organized Militia of the United States is the National Guard and Reserves. The states are allowed to have their own state defense forces which are totally state funded, and cannot be called into Federal Service. Then there is the Unorganized Militia of the United States, which consists, once you take into account gender discrimination laws and age discrimination laws; of all US citizens and those who have made a formal declaration of intent to become US citizens [First Papers] who are NOT Federal employees and who are over the age of 15 and under 65. They are required to report when summoned with weapons of military utility. And, in addition, there are county level forces, equivalent to a Sheriff's Posse.

Which could lead to an interesting standoff. State guard forces have no Federal obligations or control. Texas has 6 ground regiments, and air wing, a maritime regiment, and a medical brigade.

I would not be surprised if sufficient members of the unorganized militia would not affiliate so that they would become cadre units. The question is, would members of the National Guard and the Regulars fire on Americans defending the country?

""Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here." --- Captain John Parker, Lexington Militia, Lexington Common April 19, 1775.

Subotai Bahadur
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Texas could make a great Republic--after all, it was one once, right? For ten years? (That's why the Texas flag flies at the same level as the Star & Stripes, the only state flag to do so.)

Of course the country as a whole would flat-line, if Pharaoh "rose up to smite us". The blue states would be the worse off, and the dollar would no longer be anything to anyone, anywhere in the world. But Pharaoh doubtless would consider all that "a job well done".

"...if not now, when and if not us who?" Haha, remember that excerpt of Reagan saying that inserted into the original Alien Nation movie? Excellent.

An Préachán
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" I am down on whores” — Mohammed. Or was it Jack?
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Someone should point out to the feminazis here that, as they ignore things like this, they should be looking forward to suffering the same fate here.
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They don't understand that the people who murdered the women in the brothel see no difference between those women and an American woman in a bikini instead of a burka. To them, they are all whores.
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You can't. The other appendage they are lacking is ears:-)
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