Monday, November 20, 2006
Review of the News, November 20
Here Come the Draft-Nappers
Chales Rangel is a boon companion to Fidel Castro and a self-described good friend of Sean Hannity. He could thus be considered a living synthesis of modern collectivism, and his proposal to re-instate conscription as part of a comprehensive “national service” program is the distillate of collectivist premises, both “right-wing” and
Rangel is a politician, which means that for him, lying is an autonomous reflex. For years he's been saying that his enthusiasm for building a slave army is part of a
cunning plan to deter warfare, a claim he reiterated yesterday.
"There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way," Rangel said in an interview on CBS's Face The Nation.
But – and we're talking a Rusty Humphries-sized one here -- Rangel also said that a draft is necessary in order to “win” the unnecessary war in Iraq, as well as any future unnecessary wars our ruling elites may contrive:
“If we're going to challenge Iran and challenge North Korea and then, as some people have asked, to send more troops to Iraq, we can't do that without a draft.”
Rangel's proposal, which tracks closely with several others in circulation, would be a faithful implementation of the eight plank of the Communist Manifesto, which dictates a “universal liability of all to serve” as directed by the central government.
All 18-year-olds of both sexes would be required to register for service in either the military, the Homeland Security department, or in some other appendage of the Leviathan. As Rangel puts it, "young people [would] commit themselves to a couple of years in service to this great republic, whether it's our seaports, our airports, in schools, in hospitals” as a condition of receiving various “educational” benefits.
What's really going on here, as the incomparable investigative reporter Anne Williamson points out, is the quiet implementation of a deal that would use American youngsters as human collateral for the foreign loans that fuel Washington's demented imperial foreign policy.
“In his misbegotten quest for empire, George W. Bush faces two potentially decisive shortages – money and soldiers,” wrote Williamson in early 2005. “The deficits in boots and dollars are becoming acute. Precipitously falling military enlistments for a US military stretched thin in Iraq, Afghanistan, and 128 other countries around the world, indicate Bush has about 18 months to solve the boots problem. But it is America’s Blanche DuBois economy, whose debt levels – public and private – have gone parabolic, that threatens the entire imperial enterprise. Without the ready funds normally forthcoming from the Treasury bill market ... the president would have to rely upon a highly-indebted population that simultaneously has no savings and yet retains great expectations of the public purse. Clearly such a people can not carry the imperial standard. At least, not alone they can’t.”
With the Empire going bankrupt, the liquidation sale is already quietly underway. Seizing young people to use as human “capital” -- both as imperial coffin-stuffers, and drones of the domestic redistribution machinery – is the logical next step:
“Thanks to the enterprising left, a palatable framework of `universal service' is evolving, in which all of America’s young people will be registered for national service and, drawing on personal information gleaned from the giant government data bases now being built, will be assigned to community service, combat service, or homeland defense. The kicker may be a requirement of completed service before access to higher education and government financing for it will be granted. It is not improbable to see a `deal' over Social Security reform on the horizon, i.e. in exchange for reduced benefits and an increase in the retirement age Boomer seniors will be guaranteed the services of [conscripted] `community brigades' for home care.”
By taking the lead on the issue of re-instating slavery, Rangel has given the GOP's media mouthpieces a ready-made talking point, and the Republican leadership will be happy to let the Democrat majority absorb the political liabilities of the proposal (which has been touted as a core part of the party agenda by Rahm Emmanuel).
But it was the first President Bush who made “national service” a theme of his brief but destructive presidency, and it was the retarded product of Bush the Elder's imperial loins who created the key child-napping infrastructure, the “No Child Left Behind” law.
I've made this point before, but for the sake of clarity I'll restate it as bluntly as possible:
Five children the draft-nappers won't get: (From left) Isaiah, Jefferson, William, Sophia, and Katrina.
Anyone who tries to steal your children is not a non-combatant. On the day the political class re-instates the draft, it will officially be “Claire Wolfe time.”
To Protect and Serve ... or Not
Last month, the town of Troy, Texas (population 1,400) took a huge bite out of crime – or, at least, out of official corruption: Its City Council abolished the entire police department. This remarkable step was prompted by persistent insubordination and financial mismanagement on the part of former police chief David Seward.
Granted, the entire police department consisted of Chief Seward and three officers. But we shouldn't underestimate the amount of mischief that can be wrought by an armed gang that size, particularly when they're clothed in official impunity.
And so, pending the City Council's decision to hire a new Chief and staff a new department, the town is relying on the Bell County Sheriff's Department – which is to say, they've embraced, however inadvertently, the Anglo-Saxon Common Law scheme in which the Sheriff, not a “police” force, enforces the law.
And the funny thing is that, despite the city's decision to erase the “thin blue line,” the community has somehow not come under siege by the forces of crime.
“I'm happy to say I really haven't noticed much of a change," commented Neil Jeter, assistant superintendent of the Troy Independent School District. "So far, knock on wood, it's been pretty much business as usual.”
When Cops become Robbers, Continued
Tracy, California (population 78,000) provides an illustration of the kind of indispensable “service” that is rendered by “local” affiliates of the Homeland Security State:
“Police set up a checkpoint on Holly Drive on Wednesday to check motorists with invalid driver's licenses and to see if they were wearing seat belts, stopping a few hundred vehicles. The sting paid off, as police called in tow trucks to impound 15 cars for 30 days, an expensively painful mistake that could cost the owner of each car nearly $1,500.”
As in most operations of this sort, the police are colluding with local contractors, turning an “enforcement” program into a very lucrative joint venture in racketeering:
“For a 30-day hold, the towing company holds the car for a mandatory 30 days, and companies like Ace charge up to $40 per day. That’s $1,200 in storage fees alone, on top of a $250 towing charge. Factor in the city’s charge of $435, and unlicensed drivers face a hefty penalty to get their cars back. That’s not all. If the owner fails to pick up their car within 30 days, they’re notified by mail that the car will be auctioned or sold for scrap. But auction sales rarely cover the $1,500 cost, said Doug Borges, manager of Borges Auto Service Inc. Liens are often placed on the owner, and the owner of the car then becomes liable for the legal costs.”
A total of 350 drivers were illegally detained (stopped and interrogated without probable cause), and the police netted a haul of $30,000. So it's not surprising to hear from Tracy PD Sgt. Mike Vierira that “we're going to try to do them [roadblock operations] more regularly.”
As abroad, so at home: The Regime's traffic checkpoints in Iraq (left) and the U.S. (right)
When Stanley Yaffe saw a “Vehicle Control Agent” -- that is, a meter maid (of whichever sex), or a Parking Nazi – trolling a street in search of expired meters, the Denver resident plugged a few quarters into a meter, seeking to help some random stranger avoid a ticket.
One would assume this gesture would be perceived by the VCA as civic-minded and generous; after all, one would think that compliance with city parking ordinances is the entire point of the exercise.
One would be reasonable to think as much. One would also be wrong.
The VCA accused Mr. Yaffe of “interfering with the collection of city revenue” and threatened to summon the police.
“I could have you arrested,” fulminated the tax-fattened parasite. “You are interfering with the collection of city revenue. I could call the police right now.”
“You're joking,” replied Yaffe, casually promising not to commit that supposed offense again and moving to leave.
“What makes you think I'm letting you go?” sneered the revenue collection drone.
At this point, Yaffe should have said: “What makes you think you could keep me here?”
In any case, the businessman politely reiterated his unnecessary apology and dismissed himself.
It should surprise nobody to learn that the Denver Municipal Code doesn't list “interfering with the collection of city revenue” as a crime.
What it means to be a “Hero”
In January 2005, Baltimore resident Cheryl Lynn Noel, whose son had been assaulted by gang-bangers on the way home from school and whose step-daughter had been murdered several years earlier, was startled awake by an armed assault on her home. Lying in bed with her husband Charles, Cheryl – who ran Bible studies in her home – reached for her legal, registered handgun. When armed intruders violated the sanctity of her bedroom, Cheryl was armed, but according to Charles, she didn't point the gun directly at the intruders.
The marauders were, of course, SWAT operators representing Baltimore's “finest.”
Tactical Officer Carlos Artson – protected with a helmet, mask, ballistic shield, and bullet-resistant body armor – shot Cheryl twice. She was clad in a nightgown.
In memoriam: A cross erected by the family of the late Cheryl Lynn Noel, who was murdered by the Regime in her bed.
Cheryl's grasp on her handgun slackened – not surprisingly, since she was probably dead already. Artson continued his approach, yelling at Cheryl to move further away from the gun; not surprisingly, his victim couldn't comply. So this paladin of the public weal capped her a third time, administering the coup de grace from point-blank range.
The “justification” for this 4:30 a.m. Paramiltary raid was this: Someone found marijuana seeds in the family trash.
Which means that someone was looking for a pretext to conduct a raid of the type that has become alarmingly common in the American Reich.
On October 2, Officer Carlos Artson, who murdered Cheryl Lynn Noel, was awarded the Silver Star, the department's second-highest award for valor. The citation claims that Artson “saved himself and his fellow officers from being shot” after being “confronted by a woman pointing a loaded handgun at him, during the service of a high risk, `no knock' search warrant for an ongoing narcotics investigation.”
Artson was “confronted” by Mrs. Noel in exactly the same sense that any other armed robber could make that claim. Of course, armed robbers don't give each other puerile little baubles to celebrate their “valor.”
When the State's agents can violate our homes at will, gun down women without consequence, and -- pay attention, please! -- give each other combat citations after such engagements, only one rational interpretation is possible: The Regime is literally at war with the American people.
Video Pick of the Week: Busted – The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters
It shouldn't be necessary to stipulate that I have little use for the ACLU, and no use at all for narcotics of any kind. None of the youngsters depicted in the dramatizations contained in this documentary represent the kind of people with whom I would spend my leisure time.
That being said, this must be said as well: Irrespective of its view of drug use, or the affiliations of its narrator, “Busted” is timely and indispensable. Watch it and take notes.
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