Everything Old is New Again

April 13, 2016

Flitlock Lantern


Flashlight Pistol

Hope Springs Eternal

February 1, 2016


Go Bernie

January 23, 2016

Hillary and Convenience

January 21, 2016

I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for
my work and for my personal emails instead of two,” a self-assured Clinton told more than 200 reporters crowded into a U.N. corridor.

Was she correct?  Was this really allowed by the State Department?

Here’s what the State Departments guidance for storing and safeguarding classified material says.

“Do not store classified material at a facility outside the chancery, consulate, etc., merely for convenience. To store classified material, a post must demonstrate to
the regional security officer (RSO) a legitimate need to have material at a given location and provide a justification for the level of classified material to be stored.”

(CT:DS-241; 10-16-2015) (Office of Origin: DS/SI/IS)

Granted, this guidance is referring to State Department consulates and posts, but would logically also apply to the Secretary of State storing classified material at a facility outside  the State Department’s security controls.

Oath Keepers

January 5, 2016

In a recent video, Jon Ritzheimer tearfully tells his daughter that he couldn’t be home for Christmas because, paraphrasing “…Daddy took an oath to protect the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Protecting the Constitution is a noble cause. It’s just that your Oath of Enlistment isn’t exactly the correct vehicle to attach your efforts.

Lets see why by unpacking this oath taking a little bit.

Here’s the text of the Oath of Enlistment to which all United States military enlisted personnel affirm.

There are two parts to this oath:

I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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;

The first part of the oath is the part that is often quoted by people such as Jon Ritzheimer. Much is made of the sacred oath taken by members of the military. In fact, there are “Oath Keepers” websites where similarly confused former military types vow to protect the Constitution in keeping with their Oath of Enlistment.

The Oath Keepers rarely mention the second part  of the Oath of Enlistment. This is because when you consider the second part of the Oath of Enlistment, it becomes clear that the Oath has no meaning outside of the context of being in the military.

The second part of the Oath states that the individual will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over the individual.

and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

An individual who has left the military,as many militia members have, is no longer in the chain of command, and has no appointed officers issuing orders to which he must obey and is no longer subject to the jurisdiction of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Thus, a former Marine, for example, Jon Rizheimer, who was apparently discharged from the Marine Corps for violating the Corps tattoo policy, is no longer bound by the Oath of Enlistment, no longer has any officers giving him orders, and is not subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. and therefore has no excuse for not spending Christmas with his daughters.

Hey, Hey it’s the Bundys

January 3, 2016

Wildlife Refuge Sign

Nothing says, “We’re here to protect the Constitution” like an armed occupation of an unoccupied U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge in the middle of one of the most underpopulated counties in Oregon.

And are Ammon and Ryan Bundy somehow related to Al Bundy?

AL Bundy

Hangers On

December 6, 2015

Have you ever wondered why the SWAT team doesn’t ride inside of their big, expensive armored vehicles, rather than hanging off the sides like riders on an Indian passenger train?

It would seem to be a lot safer than exposing themselves to falling off the truck or exposing themselves to a shooter that might pick them off the vehicle.

Swat Ride

Hindu devotees travel in overcrowded passenger train after taking holy dip and offering prayers in waters of Brahma Sarovar


Swat Ride_2

Meet Mina Asakura

October 14, 2015

Mina Asakura

Smiling Russian Volunteers

October 2, 2015

Happy to Be Here

Just So Happy To Be Here


June 21, 2015

June 6th was the third year the Franklin Half Marathon was held in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. Runners encountered their worst nightmare when they came across some hillbillies, commonly known as the Bailey Bottom Boys. The Bailey Bottom Boys are a bunch of locals living in Leiper’s Fork and are often seen together. Some play music, some dance, some sing…but they’re always up for fun. If you hear banjos, you may want to run