Tag Archives: constitutional law

Blue Thunder: next project?

Blue Thunder mock-up at Disney-MGM Studios, 1999. Did the 1983 film presage a police state?

Blue Thunder. Directed by John Badham. With Roy Scheider, Warren Oates, and Malcolm MacDowell. Columbia Pictures, 1983. (For publicly available details, see here.)

God – Libertarian?

The Ten Commandments: a proper blueprint for America

I have recently been promoting a D.C. rally supporting traditional marriage. It raised several good questions from someone I love dearly. My answers may have seemed conflicted – or worse, hypocritical – but they were not. I believe everyone has a right to live their lives as they see fit. I also believe that no one has the right to impose their beliefs upon me, the church, or any other person or entity. To complicate matters more, I believe there is a right and there is a wrong way to live. These points of view can be hard to reconcile for many but not if processed through a biblical worldview.

Shadow on the Land – for real

Shadow on the Land title frame

Shadow on the Land: produced by Matthew Rapf; created by Sidney Sheldon; written by Nedrick Young; directed by Richard C. Sarafian. With Marc Strange, Jackie Cooper, John Forsythe, Gene Hackman, Carol Lynley, Janice Rule, and Mike Margotta. Screen Gems, 1967.

Bearcats and cops: connected

A Nashville Sheriff's Police Bearcat. Sign of militarized police.

Disturbing information has surfaced regarding MRAP and BearCat military vehicles being used to patrol the streets of our local communities – some with populations under 7,000. The MRAPs (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles) were designed to survive improvised explosive device attacks and ambushes. The BearCats (Ballistic Engineered Armoured Response Counter Attack Trucks, a product of the Lenco corporation) are a subset of MRAPs. They have seen service in special weapons and tactics (SWAT) squads, homeland security, counter-terrorism, force protection, and military policing missions. Willing police departments and sheriffs’ offices have enjoyed their new free toys without giving a thought to any strings that may be attached in the future but the protesting citizens (now labeled as “domestic terrorists” in Concord, NH) view these vehicles as highly objectionable and intimidating.

Through the Looking-Glass

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll’s sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass – and What Alice Found There, bears an uncanny resemblance to life in America today where up is down and down is up.

King Obama?

The Obama rainbow flag. Democrats now run from this flag and the man.

Does Barack Obama hope to make himself King Obama? At a recent international meeting, Barack Obama took pains to deny this. When one has to take such pains to deny an unpleasant thing, any observer must suspect this thing is true after all. Nowhere is this truer than in the case of Barack Obama, de facto President of the United States.

Imperial lame duck

Obama, hypocrite in chief at the National Prayer Breakfast

Elected representatives in America have often been labeled “lame ducks” when their term is in its final stages. This label implies that their ability to accomplish anything is hindered by the limited time they have left in office. Historically, that has been the case – especially for presidents in their second term. That is not the case for the man now occupying the White House in 2014.

America’s biggest threat

Obama, hypocrite in chief at the National Prayer Breakfast

A variety of threats could be listed in today’s America. All of them would probably be legitimate. Looming financial disaster, intrusion by the United Nations in many levels of life and government, Obamacare, Common Core Education, depletion of our military, illegal immigration, voter apathy, and of course terrorism – just to name the most obvious. But the biggest threat to America may be lurking in the background hiding behind all the rest – the man now occupying the White House. Many refer to him as POTUS. I befittingly refer to him as BO – for obvious reasons.

Unauthorized, un-American

Obama, hypocrite in chief at the National Prayer Breakfast

I am the granddaughter, niece, cousin/sister, daughter, daughter-in-law, and mother of many committed patriots. Perhaps it is this background and personal experience that makes the present Administration more offensive to me than I could have ever imagined possible in my younger days. Through the years I have witnessed an array of different presidents, some with many problems, and many with some problems. However, no one ever attributed their shortcomings to be telltale symptoms of an un-American belief system. Oh – those were the good old days.

Martial law tools in place

Martial law iln Egypt - tanks set up a roadblock outside the downtown Tahrir area. Photo: Amr Farouk Mohammed, CC BY-SA 2.0 Generic License.

During his campaign, de facto President Barack Obama promised to build a civilian security force at least as well armed as the military. Lovers of liberty have feared his intent to declare martial law ever since. Yesterday a report appeared in a major newspaper, giving the American people fresh reason to fear such martial law.