Wednesday, 27 January 2010
The Empire is Afraid
Why is the Empire’s leadership afraid? And why are they afraid of “we the people?”
It has become increasingly apparent to even the casual observer that the Empire is becoming more and more paranoid about being the object of violence.
White House tours used to be a routine ingredient of a visit to Washington, DC, along with visits to the Smithsonian, the National Archives, and the various monuments to dead Presidents. Then they required a ticket from your Congressman, then they required your Social Security number, and now they will even go so far as to make background checks.
In the past, the Empire’s buildings did not have steel and concrete barriers to prevent any vehicle getting too close, because of course any vehicle was presumed to be laden with a bomb. Airlines allowed everyone to board without a strip-search. But now, they (meaning terrorists) are out to get us.
When the events of 11 September 2001 were fresh in our memories, I remember hearing all sorts of reasons why “the terrorists” were out to get us. The most often repeated was that they were envious of our economic freedom.
Please forgive me incredulity! The Heritage Foundation releases an annual Index of Economic Freedom World Ranking. The 2010 rankings place the United States at #8 in overall economic freedom. Ahead of us are Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Switzerland, and Canada. Hong Kong and Singapore haven't been attacked! We were not and are not being attacked because of our freedom and wealth. They are attacking us because the Empire has become the biggest bully in the world.
Our Emperors may talk about the evil empires of North Korea, Iran, and various others, but it is the United States which is the real terror in the world. Do it our way…or we’ll reduce you to “Barney” (rubble that is).
And if that wasn’t enough, the Empire’s leadership wants to direct its ire at its own citizens. Emperor Bush (the second) established USNORTHCOM in 2002. On its website, USNORTHCOM states its “specific mission:”
USNORTHCOM anticipates and conducts Homeland Defense and Civil Support operations within the assigned area of responsibility to defend, protect, and secure the United States and its interests.
USNORTHCOM’s AOR includes air, land and sea approaches and encompasses the continental United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the surrounding water out to approximately 500 nautical miles. It also includes the Gulf of Mexico, the Straits of Florida, portions of the Caribbean region to include The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In case you have any reservations about the Empire’s military being directed at its own citizens, we are advised on their website that, “Per the Posse Comitatus Act, military forces can provide civil support, but cannot become directly involved in law enforcement.” Doesn’t that ease your mind?
To continue the terrorism, excuse me, defense of the Empire, on 11 January, Emperor Obama signed an Executive Order establishing a “Council of Governors” which will review such things as the “synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activites.”
Throughout history when a nation or empire loses its moral authority over its citizens, it resorts to increasingly oppressive military/police force to maintain its position of authority. This is what is happening before our very eyes with the Columbian Empire.
More on my next blog. Until then, pray for a free Tennessee Nation.
David O Jones
Posted on 01/27/2010 3:00 AM by David O Jones
Monday, 25 January 2010
The Teachers' Racket
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last Friday (22 Jan) that for the first time in the history of the United States economy, government workers make up the majority of union members. Local, state and government workers now represent 51.5 percent of all union members.
It seems that the poor economy has so affected various union dominated industries that overall union membership has declined by 771,000 workers. Before you cry too much for the boys, realize that that decline only represents 0.1 percent of everyone working.
It’s my guess that the largest single group of employees within the government’s union total would be teachers. The TEA (Tennessee Education Association) does a massive task of political “spin” when they continually speak of their every effort lobbying the Tennessee Legislature as labour “for the children.”
The truth is that the TEA is the biggest beneficiary of government largess. The teachers across the state are paid by your and my tax dollars, then the TEA takes a portion of those tax dollars in the form of dues in order to lobby the legislature for more tax dollars.
The teachers’ union is the only lobbying organization in the state which is paid by the state to lobby the state to pay them more money from the state. Talk about a racket!
As long as there is a teachers’ union, there can be no effect state education legislation. The TEA is paid to look out for the teachers, not for the children. Let individual teachers lobby, but outlaw the union.
Just another step toward a truly Free Tennessee.
David O Jones
Posted on 01/25/2010 3:00 AM by David O Jones
Friday, 22 January 2010
A Correction Which Is No Correction
The Nashville Tennessean yesterday (21 Jan) ran a story headlined, “Global warming report riddled with errors.” The sub-title reads, “Mistakes open door for skeptics.”
Weeks of deafening silence have followed the revelations of the manipulation of statistical research, of the censuring of doubting scientists, of the subversions and of the out-right lies presented by the proponents of global warming. The liberal media have done what they could to make sure that the fewest possible number of people know the truth.
Now comes a correction which is no correction at all. “Five glaring errors were discovered in one paragraph of the world’s most authoritative report on global warming…” Hundreds of emails reveal collusion, but the “admission” is only to FIVE error in ONE paragraph!
“But the mistakes open the door for more attacks from climate change skeptics.” This is spinning the facts as only the arrogant media elite can do. The assumption presented by the Tennessean is that scientists are basically in agreement about global warming. The opposite is actually the truth.
The Oregon Petition is the third, and by far the largest, of three prominent efforts to show that a scientific consensus does not exist on the subject of global warming. The petition site currently lists more than 31,000 signatories, many of whom are legitimate, scientific scholars and researchers.
Dozens of on-line readers of the Tennessean commented, but the comments were focused on the aspect of climate change/global warming. They missed the point! Here is a major metropolitan newspaper admitting an error and with a quick sleight-of-hand, uses the admission as further proof that the lie is the truth. Amazing!
When a newspaper (or any other company) is not owned by local residents, it has no reason to be loyal to, or truthful with its readers. The Gannett Corporation doesn’t feel it owes you anything, so it doesn’t deliver anything.
Bigger is not better, whether it is a newspaper or a government. Bigger is only bigger. It can be a bigger lie. It can be a bigger deception. It can be a bigger tragedy for the people.
Small is where accountability and honesty have their best chances of survival. Forget the Empire, just give me a Tennessee Nation.
David O Jones
Posted on 01/22/2010 3:00 AM by David O Jones
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Boycott the Airlines
Let’s all boycott the airlines until they decide to tell the FEDs to “butt out!”
After everyone had to start taking their shoes off because some idiot, would-be martyr tried to ignite his shoes, I had decided that flying any commercial airline was just too much trouble. Now, everyone is going to be strip-searched via machine because another idiot, would-be martyr tried to ignite his underwear. Actually, I am a little surprised that the Kindergartners running the Department of Homeland Security haven’t issued a security update requiring that all underwear be removed and visibly searched by the minimum-wage employees at the air terminals. (My apologies to all Kindergartners for the above comment. I know you children are smarter than the bureaucrats running Homeland.)
A little review, if you please. In the eight years since the September 2001 incidents, there have been exactly 8 fatal accidents in the United States involving commercial airlines. Those eight accidents resulted in the death of 103 souls. None of these deaths could have been prevented by all the security being paid for by you and I. In fact, all the security that we are paying for has not even produced a would-be martyr for prosecution.
I am aware that country legend Eddy Arnold couldn’t board an airline because he was on the terrorist watch list. There was a recent story in the media about a child that was prevented from boarding an airliner because he was listed as a terrorist. I believe I also remember U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy was once stopped from boarding a plane because he was “on the list.” But the idiot, would-be underwear martyr was able to fly even though his own father was warning the authorities to watch him.
In the year 2008, there were 1,043 traffic fatalities in Tennessee alone. That is ten times the eight-year record of deaths in airliners. Yet Tennessee legislators have not felt it necessary to pass legislation, nor has the Tennessee Department of Transportation felt it necessary to implement regulations to screen your underwear before you drive.
I do not intend to board any airliner in the near future, not because I fear for my safety. Flying is a very safe mode of transportation! I won’t fly because of the stupidity of the Empire, thinking that another restriction is going to make it safer.
Tennesseans will be so much better off when the Columbian Empire finally falls under the stress of its own weight. Tennesseans will then be able to enjoy a Free Tennessee.
David O Jones
Posted on 01/20/2010 3:00 AM by David O Jones
Monday, 18 January 2010
Happy Lee-Jackson Day
Happy Lee-Jackson Day!
I serve as Headmaster of a church-related school. Unlike most of my counter-parts across Tennessee and the rest of America, I refuse to utilize the third Monday of January to celebrate the life of a whore-mongering socialist even though popular opinion says that he contributed to positive social changes. A man who claims to be not only a Christian but also takes the role of a minister of the Gospel should have a more circumspect private life than did M.L. King, Jr. He is not worthy of any adulation in a Christian setting.
By way of contrast are the exemplary Christian lives of Southern heroes Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Lee was born 19 January 1807 and Jackson was born 21 January 1824, so quite conveniently the King holiday often falls on one of their birthdays. It should be an easy transition for Christian educators to talk about true virtue and true accomplishment.
While several books have been written about both men, my favorites are the two written by Steven Wilkins – Call of Duty, The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee and All Things for Good, The Steadfast Fidelity of Stonewall Jackson. Each book provides a linear biography of the man, then provides biographical sketches which illustrate various character traits.
Each man stood as a pillar of strength and courage and faith to those around them. The criticism which was directed their way was always by someone who did not know them, and if ever they did meet, the opinion quickly changed.
In Call of Duty, Wilkins relates the code of honour which Lee initiated as President at Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) after the War. After expressing his opposition to rules which could not be enforced, Lee said, “We have but one rule here, and it is that every student must be a gentleman.”
Wilkins explains that a true gentleman in Lee’s understanding embraced four attributes:
- Diligent study
- Honorable conduct
- Faithful worship of God
- Respecting good order
In All Things for Good, Wilkins returns several times to the leadership which Jackson displayed and how it related to his faith.
A report appeared in a publication that offended Ann Jackson by its lack of regard for her husband. When she mentioned it in a letter, Jackson responded, “Don’t trouble yourself about representations that are made of me. These things are earthly & transitory. There are real & glorious blessings, I trust, in reserve for us beyond this life.”
Later, Wilkins writes,
He was the most unlikely leader imaginable. He had none of the qualities that people believe to be essential for leadership. He did not come from a prominent family. He was not intellectually gifted. He did not have impressive physical characteristics or social skills. He did not make friends easily, nor did he have a large number of friends. But Jackson was able to overcome these obstacles, and he became one of the most influential leaders the world has ever seen.
…He was gangly, uncoordinated, and spoke in a high-pitched voice with a western Virginian twang that tended to grate on the ears of those who did not know him. …He was socially awkward and had no natural sense of humor.
Wilkins then concludes,
Far more important than a great smile or a quick tongue is the wisdom to know that you are a nobody in and of yourself and that your sufficiency is in Christ. …If we will but devote ourselves to being faithful, God will ensure that we will be useful.
For those of you who are more inclined to view information via video or would enjoy reviewing the information with others, the lives and faith of Lee and Jackson are also masterfully produced in a DVD entitled Warriors of Honor.
Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson are the kind of men that we should all learn about and learn to emulate the qualities that made them great. With men and women like them, we will have a wonderful Tennessee Nation.
David O Jones
P.S. Normally priced at $20 (plus $4 shipping), I am purchasing a number of copies of the DVD Warriors of Honor for $12 each (no shipping) and am making them available to others. If you want a copy, email me for the details.
Posted on 01/18/2010 3:00 AM by David O Jones
Friday, 15 January 2010
The Motivation for Education
Why do so many private schools, church-related schools, and homeschools succeed while public schools fail? Their motivation.
By motivation, I don’t mean any sense of “rah-rah” excitement, but rather the internal drive which causes the teacher to teach and the student to study. The state schools (a more accurate term than public) are a vehicle for the state to promote its own interests.
Politicians want to stay in office and accumulate greater power, so creating an educational system which dumbs down the electorate is in the politicians’ best interest. True education is lost in the process.
The teachers’ union wants to provide more money for more teachers, thus expanding the union leadership’s own influence and wealth. Teachers then do less so that their teachers’ union has reason to lobby for more. Diplomas are handed to young people who cannot read them.
So why do alternative educational opportunities succeed? Because the teachers do want to teach. They and the students want to learn and work together to make it happen… without the big bucks!
A special session of the Tennessee legislature was called by Governor Bredesen to provide changes in the state schools which will allow more of the Empire’s dollars to flow into the hands of the teachers’ union. And last evening the Tennessee gubernatorial candidates expressed their views on education in a forum called by former Senator Frist’s SCORE organization. It is all just an exercise in futility as long as the motivation is dollars.
Tennessee’s intellectual future rests in the real education provided by private, church-related, and home educators.
David O Jones
Posted on 01/15/2010 3:00 AM by David O Jones
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Doing a Good Thing, the Right Thing
The last Sunday of November, the citizens of Switzerland voted on a referendum banning the new construction of Muslim minarets. The construction of mosques was not on the ballot, just the minarets. Minarets are tall spires extending from mosques or built next to them to help identify a mosque and also serve as a spot where their religious leaders call the faithful to daily prayers.
Fifty-seven percent of the voters and twenty-two out of twenty-six cantons voted in favor of the ban. The Swiss voted not only against the disapproval of other European nations and the ire of the Muslim world, but also against the will of their own politicians.
Minarets are not only a focal point in the prayers of a Muslim, but they become a symbol of the creeping invasion of an alien culture. The last time the Switzerland had a similar ban was seventy-three years ago. The 1936 vote banned all Nazi propaganda, all displays of Nazi symbols, all speech that incited hatred against the Jews, and all parties that had connections or similar ideology to the German National Socialist Party.
The anti-minaret campaign designed fliers that feature a veiled woman against a background of a Swiss flag pierced by several minarets resembling missiles. Their Federal Commission against Racism denounced the posters, saying they "defame Switzerland's peaceful Muslim population, feed prejudice and portray the Muslim community as wanting to dominate Switzerland, oppress women and trample on fundamental rights."
Let me repeat that last line, “portray the Muslim community as wanting to dominate Switzerland, oppress women and trample on fundamental rights.” According to everything I have read concerning the Muslim religion, it is an accurate portrayal…so what’s the problem?
The problem is bureaucrats there and here who cannot recognize evil when it slaps them in the face. The Muslim religion is evil…period. It is all about domination, oppression and trampling on everything which is not Muslim.
Our Columbian Empire bureaucrats are just as blind to reality. But our problem is that unlike the Swiss, we do not have the opportunity for a referendum to stop their perversity. Our only solution is to get out. Tennesseans can get out of the Empire’s mess by getting out of the Empire, …by becoming our own Tennessee Nation.
In 1936 and in 2009, the Swiss people did a good thing, the right thing! It’s our turn!
David O Jones
Posted on 01/13/2010 3:20 PM by David O Jones
Monday, 11 January 2010
It Don't Play in Dixie
The South is composed of a distinctly Christian people and is a unique nation. Many Southerners struggle with being identified as different. They have a resistance to the concept, but being different is something to be embraced.
Like others of our attitudes and prejudices, the resistance to being different has been learned – it is not a genetic characteristic. The media and especially advertizers saturate the media with enticements to be “just like Mike” if we buy the right shoes. Advertizing firms pay big bucks to celebrities for endorsements so the ad execs can proclaim that we are “just like ….” if we but buy their designated product.
Sadly, many Southerners have little pride in being Southern because they want to be like every other part of the Empire. Uniquenesses of language and accent are discouraged in schools. Everyone wants to be able to talk like the latest star broadcaster. But in spite of the best efforts of the conformists, the South continues to maintain its own identity.
There continues to be one thing that keeps rising its head to confound the conformists – Southern Christian faith. The Pew Forum recently published on its website a state by state survey of the Importance of Religion. All thirteen states of the Confederacy (plus Oklahoma and Maryland) rank above the national average. In fact, the South occupies all of the top eleven slots! Tennessee ranks overall at #5 !!
On the other hand, and to be expected, the Yankee states of the North East (including New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine) are consistently in the bottom ten rankings of the survey.
Christianity is the bone and marrow of Southern culture. We are a people distinguished by a legitimate and consistent faith. Emperor Obama may pontificate abroad that America is not a Christian nation, but his experience is Illinois (ranked 28th out of 46). Obama's America is not the America Southerners know and love.
The South is being separated from the Empire by the very nature of the heart and soul of its existence. The Empire’s leadership promotes ideas and values which just don’t “play in Dixie.” And Tennessee is a leader in being different.
Tennessee has what it takes to be its own nation.
David O Jones
Posted on 01/11/2010 3:00 AM by David O Jones
Friday, 8 January 2010
Church and State
We are constantly being bombarded with the idea that church and state, or more specifically Christianity and our various levels of civil government, should not be mixed. “Separation of church and state” has almost become a mantra from the media, from Hollywood, from the ACLU, from elected officials, and from many in the church as well.
The problem with this thought is that the very concept of a republic was born first out of the workings of God with ancient Israel and refined philosophically in the writings of the Christian reformers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In the 1648 Whitehall Debates of Cromwell’s army several fundamental points were developed.
It was increasingly believed that the civil government should have no power in the government of the church or churches, but it was assumed that the civil order would be a Christian commonwealth. The state was not to compel any practice of Christianity, but it was to restrict any behaviour which might erode the moral fiber of the citizenry (and thus the state).
We are mistaken if we believe that legislative bodies meet for the purpose of creating law. Law is the expression of a doctrine of morality and of justice, thus our representatives are elected for the purpose of adapting the accepted system of morality into laws which apply to modern situations. The Ten Commandments which God gave Moses are the basis for all legitimate laws. If any “legislation” comes forth from any level of our government which does not conform to the principles of the Ten Commandments, then it is illegitimate to the extent to which it does not conform.
The United States has become a post-christian empire. The executive, the judicial, and the legislative branches have all delegitimized themselves by their anti-Christian, anti-Biblical actions. As much as some want to reform or revive America, the republic which our fathers and grandfathers lived and died for is gone.
The responsibility of today's Christians is to relearn the principles of government which the patriots of 1776 and 1861 believed and fought and died for. When we learn, we will be able to put into practice what we have learned. And then we will be free.
David O Jones
Posted on 01/08/2010 3:00 AM by David O Jones
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
A Few Good People
There is a certain sense of security which floods my soul when the politicians are out of town. Emperor Obama is on vacation and the Empirical Congress is in recess.
In State capital cities across the continent, trouble is brewing for the Emperor’s proposition for socialized health care. It seems that the back-room deals cut in order to bribe enough Senators to vote for the monster is beginning to back-fire. Grass fires are starting out in the hinterland!
Thirteen Republican attorneys general AND one Democrat attorney general (Oklahoma’s Drew Edmondson) are warning the Empire’s leadership (LOL) of legal action if the legislation is approved “as is.”
Article II, Section 9 of the US Constitution reads in part, “No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another…” All states are to be treated equally under law, just as all citizens are to be treated equally under law. Providing a “special deal” to one or any number of states in deference to the others is a violation of the Constitution.
Here in Tennessee, Representatives Susan Lynn of Mt. Juliet and Debra Maggart of Hendersonville have met with Tennessee’s Attorney General Bob Cooper and urged him to join the challenge. Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey has also urged Cooper to explore a suit challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform bill. Cooper remains unmoved and unlikely to take up the cause of Tennesseans.
Why is Cooper so reluctant? Possibly the biggest reason is that Tennessee’s Attorney General is NOT a servant of the people. He is appointed by the three judges of our Supreme Court. Our constitution need to be changed so that the citizens elect the one who is supposed to stand up for them in the courts.
Without a legal challenge in the courts, our elected representatives in the Tennessee legislature are our only hope for fairness and equality under law. The “Tenth Amendment” issues are going to continue to pile up. We will need to support those who are fighting for us.
There are a few good people serving us who will make this a Free Tennessee.
David O Jones
Posted on 01/06/2010 3:00 AM by David O Jones
Monday, 4 January 2010
We, the Sheeple
It is a sad commentary on the state of affairs, that “the people” are not aroused by the tyranny being exerted by the Empire seated in the District of Columbia. It would be encouraging to see a hint of distain or disgust, but instead the sheeple cheerily wave their banners and recite their pledges.
Emperor G.W. Bush embraced a policy of surveillance, detention, rendition, and torture which had not been utilized outside of the most decadent of socialist governments. He and his minions repeatedly asserted that they did not condone torture, but it secretly continued. When evidence was finally presented, only the lowest ranked soldiers were accused and tried.
Emperor Obama made the campaign promise to close the Guantanamo detention camp and end the human abuse, but nearly a year after taking office it has not been done. He has given his support to continuing the policies of flagrant violations of the U.S. Constitution.
But we cannot be too quick to judge Mr. Obama as the sole culprit in this travesty of justice. Three weeks ago, on Monday, 14 December 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a lower court’s dismissal of a case brought by four British former prisoners against former defense secretary Donald Rumsfield (Rasul, et al., v. Myers, et al.). Obama Justice Department lawyers argued that there is no constitutional right not to be tortured or otherwise abused in a U.S. prison abroad, the Court of Appeals agreed, and the Supreme Court declined to disagree.
The eighth article to the Bill of Rights says in its entirety, “Excessive bail shall not be required nor excessive fine imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” And this on the proven guilty!
The Columbian Empire, regardless of Emperor, and with the approval of the highest court in the land feels no sense of legal nor moral restriction in treating people worse than we allow anyone to treat animals.
Doesn’t anyone have any sense of outrage? Has everyone been so immersed in bowl games and parties that they cannot object to this tyranny? Have citizens become nothing more than sheep? How soon before we are led to slaughter?
Perhaps what is happening in the world has become so familiar via the television while remaining remote from our personal lives that we don’t make the connection. Tyranny that is perpetrated against our neighbour can very soon end up on our own doorstep.
David O Jones
Posted on 01/04/2010 3:00 AM by David O Jones