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All flags one the Southern Command HQ are hereby ordered to half staff, and are to remain so for the next seven days as we honor our fallen veteran Frank Woodruff Buckles.

He didn’t seek the spotlight, but when Frank Buckles outlived every other American who’d served in World War I, he became what his biographer called “the humble patriot” and final torchbearer for the memory of that fading conflict.

Buckles enlisted in World War I at 16 after lying about his age. He died Sunday on his farm in Charles Town, nearly a month after his 110th birthday. He had devoted the last years of his life to campaigning for greater recognition for his former comrades, prodding politicians to support a national memorial in Washington and working with friend and family spokesman David DeJonge on a biography.

Heaven is certainly one citizen bigger tonight. We here at the Southern Command salute our fallen soldier and ask that God now keep safe that which the earth has given up.

Dismissed™

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Almost sound like a new TV series title.

But this time it’s Gov. Walker, much like Chuck Norris did, prepping to give a good beatdown to a collection of absentee state senators instead of law-breaking criminals.

“Now they have one day to return to work before the state loses out on the chance to refinance debt, saving taxpayers $165 million this fiscal year,” Walker’s spokesman Cullen Werwie said in a statement.

Give them ONE WHOLE SECOND to be late, then I say it’s time to start the pink slips to flying!

“Failure to return to work and cast their votes will lead to more painful and aggressive spending cuts in the very near future,” the statement said.

Gov. Walker, I say you do that anyway….starting with the fourteen state senators who are currently AWOL. Send the statement that the buck stops here. Tell the puppet masters you do not play by their rules, you follow the Constitution and the rule of law.

There has been speculation that Walker would send out layoff notices to more than 1,000 state workers if no progress was made soon on the budget.

It’s obvious where the first 14 should come from….time to follow through.

It’s also obvious to anyone with a clue and/or an ounce of common sense, that if you or I failed to show up for work two weeks in a row without nary a peep, you’d damn sure have already gotten or about to have been given your walking orders. It’s absolutely asinine to let a publicly elected official get off like these senators have. They should 100% be FIRED!! Same goes for the bunch in Indiana who seem to have done the same thing.

God grant peace to our Founding Fathers, cause you know they’ve been rolling in their graves when they hear of what we have done to their glorious republic.

ThatIsAll™

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Professor Jacobson warned us – and now Michelle has confirmed – that the Capitol police have deliberately refused to do their duty and throw the remaining protestors pussies douchebags pussies & douchebags out of the Capitol.

Denizens, when historians discuss the Second Civil War, they will be doing you a disservice if they don’t tell you it started in Madison, Wisconsin.  The only question is how quickly the shooting will mushroom across the country.

It gets bumpy from here.

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Denizens, it’s pretty much been a whole week of One-Legged Manage-ery™, which is why you haven’t heard much from here.  Hopefully, the workload will ease up some in a bit.

For now, just an advisory:  This Fine Blog™ is not  upgrading to WP 3.1.  Some bugs have been found therein by the crack Realm™ beta-testing staff, which have the potential for causing massive warp-core breaches.

KORRIOTH:  What is it with version 3.1s of software, anyway?  First Microsoft, then this.

VENOMOUS:  Yeah, tell me about it.

We will, therefore, wait patiently for…Wordpress 95. 

KORRIOTH:  Oh, shit…

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Remember my chagrin, Denizens, when my Arlington Heights Yellow Jackets blew a 25-point lead last year against Saginaw Boswell?

And the final score from the “hah skrewl” (a little Rush lingo, there) basketball playoffs at Burleson High School:

Arlington Heights 85, Saginaw Boswell 27

No big-time comeback this  time, was there, Pioneers?

For the Uninitiated™, many of Heights’ skill players in football (e.g. Marquis Jackson) play hoops, as well.

Gee, y’think maybe those guys were a little pissed  at Boswell?  I mean, I don’t necessarily wanna say “revenge”, but… 

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And no sooner  do I get the site running on WP 3.0.5 than WordPress comes out with version 3.1.

General?  This  is why I don’t like updating. 

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Darth, you’ll want to pay attention to this cause I know the Titanic has a few of these.

For all you solid-state drive users out there, pay attention to this article from Lifehacker.com.

Researchers at UC San Diego found that the normal methods we use to securely wipe magnetic drives aren’t as useful on solid-state drives. After testing twelve SSDs, they found that only four were securely erased with whole-drive erasure methods. Trying to securely wipe a single file was even less successful, and more often than not a good portion of the file was recoverable.

Hmmm, better make sure the Department of Archives adds this information to their SOPs. Wouldn’t want the dumpster divers to get any critical information from our used SSDs.

And while you’re perusing the site, you’ll also find this article that confirms that Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 for Windows 7. Guess the intertubes are going to be running a littler slower today.

ThatIsAll™

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This one is also from the Radio 1200 WOAI site. All I gotta say is, GOD BLESSED TEXAS.

At least there is ANOTHER Texan who gets it. Check this out along with me…….

A measure filed in the Texas Legislature would prohibit any foreign legal systems, including the strict Islamic law known as ‘Sharia,’ from being implemented by any Texas court, 1200 WOAI news reports.

“We should not allow our judges to use anything other than the U.S. Constitution or state law to make decision,” said State Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington).

Damn straight. You tell ‘em Bill!

“The court has referred to laws of other countries and to international as instructive for its interpretations of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishments,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the Roper case.

Methinks Justice Kennedy would do well to follow another Texan of yore, who also was a judge. Yes, I’m speaking of none other than Judge Roy Bean. Justice Kennedy, this is the United States of America. If they break the law, they are punished as our laws state, not what some wussified laws of somewhere else or what the United Nitwits general counsel declares. And for the same reason our laws should NOT be wussified because you ACTIVIST judges feel the need to legislate from the bench instead of DOING YOUR JOB. So either do what you’re SUPPOSED to do, or like leftovers gone bad you’ll be thrown out with the rest of the garbage!!

ThatIsAll™

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Not sure if this is going to pass muster or not, but it certainly has Security Services personnel here on base VERY intrigued.

Found this on the Drudge site, dateline San Antonio, Texas via Radio 1200 WOAI comes this possibility:

A measure filed by State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) would allow any law enforcement agency that has custody of an illegal immigrant to take the illegal to ‘the office of a U.S. Senator or Representative’ and leave them there.

As the article puts it,

This should get their attention.

and indeed it would. But I’m sure as my left middle finger will attest, bonehead groups like Amnesty International or even the “caring” arms of the ACLU will be throwing their equivalent of a two year-old’s temper tantrum when they get their eyes on this piece of legislation.

1200 WOAI news reports the measure also allows county sheriff’s deputies or city police officers to ‘request an agent or employee of the United States Senator or United States Representative to sign a document acknowledging the release or discharge of the illegal immigrant at the senator’s or representative’s office.

Ahh but of course, here is the requisite red tape requirement….

Several thousand people are expected to descend on the state capitol today to denounce the measures, and to call on the federal government, not the states, to handle matters related to immigration.

Who wants to take bets on which “community organizing agency” is handling this crowd??? Can you say “S-E-I-U” or even “A-C-L-U”?? Yesssss, I knew you could.

What these idiots don’t understand is that the Al-Obambi clown act ain’t gonna do jack squat about securing our borders. Sure there are federal laws regarding immigration and border control, but as we all know well and good, having laws and ENFORCING those laws are two massively separate endeavors. And when it comes to border control, we here at the Command HQ are 150% for having the states to have the responsibility for border enforcement purely because the “federales” they es mui loco gringos. I’ve met and talked to many a Border Patrol agent in my days and these guys are John McLane, die hard-type, Americans (God bless you Ramos and Compeon for holding true to your duty) who are doing an extremely difficult job only made worse by the bureaucrats almost completely hand-cuffing them in the name of political correctness. On the other hand, I’m not saying we need to move into isolationist mode with our borders. But dammit, there is a very clear process for entering this country as well as becoming a citizen. If you desire citizenship enough to do it the just, proper, and LEGAL way — well I, the entire base and the rest of America welcomes you whole-heartedly. If you insist on being illegal about your ways, then you should be stopped, questioned, and summarily returned to the far side of the border with all due promptness. No green card, no stay on American soil. Period.

Dismissed™

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(Hat tip to the lovely & gracious Michelle – and thanks again for the registration yesterday!)

Oh.  Hell.  Yeah.

Allen West for President ’12.

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Received this in the mail last night from Texas Right-to-Life.  Wikipedia has, sadly, confirmed.

Austin, TX — Texas Right to Life mourns the loss today of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the former abortionist whose conversion to the pro-life cause was major news at the time and whose impact reverberates to this day. Dr. Nathanson, 84, died earlier this morning after a long battle with cancer. In the early 1970s, Dr. Nathanson was director of the largest abortion facility in the world, New York City’s Center for Reproductive and Sexual Health, at which he presided over 75,000 abortions. He personally performed about 5,000 abortions.

In his 1979 book, Aborting America, Dr. Nathanson gave an insider’s account of building what was then called the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL), recently rebranded Naral Pro-Choice America. In that classic, Dr. Nathanson explained how he and others strategically fabricated and exaggerated statistics about the number deaths from illegal abortions while consciously vilifying the Catholic Church hierarchy.

In his autobiography entitled The Hand of God, Dr. Nathanson admitted that he was one of the individuals most responsible for dismantling the laws that safeguarded the unborn and then pushing for the Roe v. Wade decision. Once he realized his error, he dedicated the rest of his life to restoring the sanctity of preborn life and protecting women’s health. In 1984, Dr. Nathanson unveiled “The Silent Scream,” a mesmerizingly powerful video which shows sonogram images of an unborn child frantically wincing from the abortionist’s instruments. The landmark video was one of the first of its genre, confirming the sheer horror and brutality of abortion through the window to the womb.

Texas Right to Life was proud to host Dr. Nathanson at many of our events, and he unselfishly served Texas Right to Life in an advisory capacity for a number of bioethics issues. He will be missed. For many years Dr. Nathanson described himself as a Jewish atheist, but in 1996, Nathanson was baptized a Catholic by Cardinal John O’Connor.

The Realm™ mourns the passing of Dr. Nathanson.  He was one of our heroes, and he will be sorely missed.

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As long as the Senate doesn’t fark with things that is.

If House Republicans have their way, the Obama administration’s “czars” will no longer be able to dictate pay at bailed-out mega-firms or negotiate new emissions standards for U.S. vehicles. An amendment attached to the 2011 spending package, which passed the House last week, would strip funding for a select list of the so-called czars.

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the author of the proposal, hailed the vote as a step toward ending the administration’s “shadow government.”

Scalise goes on to say in this from FoxNews.com

“Hardworking American families should not be forced to pay millions of dollars to fund these czars, who are implementing radical policies under the cloak of darkness,” Scalise said in a written statement.

Darn tootin’ right we shouldn’t have to fund these “beholden to NO ONE” progressive activists or worse. It’s bad enough that WE THE PEOPLE are being taxed to to the point where dimes, nickels, and pennies are about all we have left anymore. But these clowns are are getting paid with OUR tax dollars, and they’re making POLICY decisions with ZERO oversight or public approval. Last time I checked, that was taxation without representation….which if the numbnuts in D.C. would stop for THREE SECONDS they would see that such measures are patently UNconstitutional.

The Scalise amendment was a refined version of a catch-all anti-czar bill he introduced earlier in the session. That bill called for effectively shutting down any Executive Office task force or office led by an official who had not received Senate confirmation. At the time, Scalise estimated that 39 officials would fall under that description.

The latest amendment, which would still have to survive a vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate, narrowed that list down to nine positions. Several of them have been responsible for shepherding high-profile policy changes that Republicans opposed practically in lockstep.

Start writing and calling your Reps and Senators folks, this needs to be changed back to all 39 and have them defunded, then summarily escorted off the premises. Poste Haste.

You have your duty assignments, time to get to work.

Dismissed™.

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It seems that not only does Columbia University not allow an ROTC program on Campus, but they show great disrespect to those who have laid their lives on the line to defend their freedom to be fools. This article gives details.

In the opinion of this veteran of a peacetime military, those educational institutions who refuse to host an ROTC unit should immediately lose all Federal funding, including the aid given to students to pay for their education. This would also mean that no faculty or staff would have access to Federal research funding.

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Denizens, I’m not terribly sure how I feel about this.

So quickly has this ignited that, as I write this, there are rumors spreading on Twitter and being treated as semi-plausible by people in the know that Qaddafi’s already bugged out and left for Venezuela. There’s no evidence that it’s true — Libya’s essentially off-limits to media, so it’s impossible to tell facts from propaganda on either side — but the regime’s in enough trouble that Qaddafi’s son had to go on national TV within the last hour or so and vow, “We will fight to the last minute, until the last bullet.” Next stop: Civil war. Sides are already being chosen, in fact:

Better the devil you know?

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Denizens if I have any conservative lawyer-types anywhere near Madison, Wisconsin, I want you to read this comment by LC Subotai Bahadur.

It’s about time we went on offense against these libtard pussies – before we really  have to go on offense against them.

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