The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions." --American Statesman Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spandau Prison and the Spandau 7

I had Blogged back in 2012 about Spandau Prison.   It was back in 2012, I remembered doing a blogpost but I couldn't remember exactly what it was, so I had to do a search and found it.  


The compound was located on Wilhelmstraße in the district of Spandau.

In the borough of Spandau on Berlin’s west side, there sits a shopping complex on Wilhelmstraße that was once a shopping and leisure fixture for the British forces stationed there in the late 1980s. Until 1987, it had been the site of a prison built in 1876 that was demolished, pulverized to dust, and thrown into the sea after the last inmate died in an apparent suicide.
Spandau prison once held those in military detention in the German Empire. After World War I, civilians were also held within the walls. Starting in the 1930s, Spandau prison began holding dissidents, journalists, and many who opposed Hitler and the Nazi Party.
The prison had a capacity of up to 600 inmates, but shortly after the Second World War, it would only hold seven: some of the highest ranking German Nazi government and military officials, sentenced to between 10 years and life in prison.

Management of Spandau prison was an elaborate collaboration between the four powers, Britain, France, Russia, and the U.S. Each country would take one month on a rotating schedule to run the prison for a total of three months each per year. In this way, the prison had four of every official, one from each of the four Allied nations. This dramatic and costly feature was the center of much debate and scorn for the decades in which the prison was operating and especially in its last years when it only housed one inmate.
Conditions in the prison were strict, including a ban on any diary or memoir writing, no talking between prisoners and short and scarce family visits. Many guards and officials, especially those who developed relationships with their wards, often bent these rules; the one banning writing, for example, was often not enforced.
But all inmates dreaded the months in which Russia ran their prison. The Russians had no leniency and were far more punitive, not least because Russia had suffered some 19 million civilian deaths during the war.

Spandau Prison in 1951.
Spandau Prison in 1951.
At least 60 guards, half a dozen machine guns in towers, high walls and barbed wire kept Spandau Prison closed up tight 24 hours a day. And with Nazi sympathizers or those looking to exact revenge on the high-ranking prisoners around, these measures were just as much to keep people out as to keep them inside.

Defendants in the dock at the Nuremberg trials. The main target of the prosecution was Hermann Göring (at the left edge on the first row of benches), considered to be the most important surviving official in the Third Reich after Hitler's death.
Defendants in the dock at the Nuremberg trials. The main target of the prosecution was Hermann Göring (at the left edge on the first row of benches), considered to be the most important surviving official in the Third Reich after Hitler’s death.
The men who were kept in Spandau prison became known as the Spandau Seven. Some hated each other, some could get along nicely. Some saw a future in politics again and some saw themselves as still the legitimate leaders of Germany. Some lived as fully as they could, accomplishing a lot in their time in captivity and some despised every last minute of it.

1. Erich Raeder

Zentralbild/25 25.11.1958 Erich Raeder aus der Spandauer Haft entlassen Der ehemalige Großadmiral der faschistischen Kriegsmarine, Dr. h.c. Erich Raeder, 79 Jahre alt, wurde am 26.9.1955 aus dem Spandauer Gefängnis entlassen. Raeder war am 1.10.1946 von dem Internationalen Gerichtshof in Nürnberg zu lebenslänglicher Haft verurteilt worden. UBz: Erich Raeder mit seiner Frau nach der Gefängnisentlassung im Bürger-Hospital in Berlin-Charlottenburg.
Erich Reader being released in 1955. Bundesarchiv – CC BY-SA 3.0 de
The Grand Admiral of the German Navy, the Kriegsmarine, for the first half of Word War II, Raeder was replaced by his now fellow prisoner, Karl Dönitz. The two argued endlessly about who had lost the war for Germany on the high seas. However, they spent most of their time together, liking the other prisoners even less. During his time served, Raeder was chief of the prison library and Dönitz was his assistant.
Raeder was sentenced to life in prison at the Nuremberg Trials but was released from Spandau Prison in 1955 due to ill health. He died in 1960.

2. Karl Dönitz

Karl Dönitz (center, in dark coat) being arrested with the rest of the Flensburg government on May 23rd, 1945.
Dönitz was the Grand Admiral of the Kriegsmarine after Hitler jilted Raeder. Not only this but from April 30th to May 23rd, 1945, Dönitz was president of Germany, appointed by Hitler before his suicide. Charged with conducting unrestricted submarine warfare at the Nuremberg trials, his case wasn’t decided on this point because other nations, including Britain and the U.S., admitted to the same in many instances.
Dönitz was sentenced to ten years in Spandau prison and released in 1956. During his prison term, he still believed he was rightfully head of the German state.

3. Konstantin von Neurath

Neurath as a Reichsprotektor in 1939. Photo Credit.
Neurath as a Reichsprotektor in 1939. Bundesarchiv – CC BY-SA 3.0 de
Neurath was the foreign minister of the Reich from 1932 to 1938 before Hitler replaced him with one more committed to the Nazi agenda. Later, as Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, Neurath oversaw the suppression of Czech resistance and the execution of students. These details were included in his trial at Nuremberg where he was charged with several counts including war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Arguing that his successor in the office of foreign affairs was far more culpable, Neurath was sentenced to 15 years in Spandau prison, instead of life in prison or death, and was released in 1954 because of failing health. He died two years later. Being a very diplomatic man, he got along with all his fellow inmates better than most.

4. Walther Funk

Funk with Golden Party Badge, 1942. Bundesarchiv – CC BY-SA 3.0 de
The former Reich Minister of Economics and head of the Reichsbank was sentenced to life in prison at the Nuremberg trials for, among other things, overseeing the theft of property from Jews in Germany. This even extended to the taking of eyeglasses, rings, and gold teeth from those held in the concentration camps.
Funk was released from Spandau prison in 1957 due to poor health and died three years later.

5. Baldur von Schirach

Baldur von Schirach (standing) during Nuremberg Trials.
Baldur von Schirach (standing) during Nuremberg Trials.
Schirach was convicted for crimes against humanity at Nuremberg for his part in deporting Jews to concentration camps while Reich Governor of Vienna. He was also the head of the Hitler Youth, but was acquitted on the charge of crimes against humanity related to that. He was sentenced to 20 years and released from Spandau prison in 1966 at the end of his term.
He was one of two Nazi officials at the Nuremberg trials to denounce Hitler he also claimed he didn’t know about the extermination camps.

6. Albert Speer

Speer awaiting trial at Nuremberg in 1945.
Speer was one of the most ambitious and high-profile Nazis held in Spandau. Hitler’s infamous architect, he also honed the German war machine to its maximum production (which included the use of slave labor) and oversaw the removal of many Jewish families from Berlin.
However, though convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Speer was sentenced to just 20 years, gaining sympathy as the top Nazi to denounce Hitler and his false claim that he knew nothing of the exterminations.
Speer wrote prolifically in Spandau prison, producing a memoir and a book of secret diary entries from his time there. In his 20 years (released in 1966) he also tended the prison garden with his love of design and planning.

7. Rudolf Hess

Hess in Landsberg Prison, waiting for his trial at Nuremberg.
Hitler’s Deputy Minister was sentenced to life in prison for crimes against peace and conspiracy to commit crimes. He had been in captivity for several years already, however, after an unauthorized flight to Scotland when he hoped to negotiate a peace with Britain in 1941 and the British arrested him, instead.
Hess was the most detested inmate by his fellow prisoners, besides Speer who often cared for the paranoid hypochondriac. Hess constantly complained of various illnesses and pain. He refused to do “demeaning” work, like weeding the garden. He also refused visits from his family until 1969.
After the release of Speer and Schirach in 1966, Hess was the sole inmate in Spandau until his suicide in 1987. Spandau Prison was then destroyed to prevent it from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Goings at Casa De Garabaldi

First off My friend and blogbuddy OldNFO released the 5th book of what supposed to be a trilogy, but the books were so well received that they kinda took on a life of their own.  I wouldn't be surprised to see a 6th or a seventh book in the near future.

Here is the Link to buy

Never count an old man out, even when he’s hanging up his hat!
Deputy Sheriff John Cronin is looking forward to a quiet retirement, working on the ranch, and handing it off to his granddaughter Jesse. And he’s got to pass on a generation worth of investigations, but it’s not as easy as handing over the case files and the keys. First, he’s got to train Aaron Miller to fill his role, from the way to dress for rural juries to the finer points of stakeouts and murder investigations, Texas style.
Between the oil patch workers and the cartel’s drug runners, there are plenty of loose ends for him to tie off… or terminate…
    Excellent book and I recommend it to anybody that likes a good adventure with a western flair.

    I also went to my first Professional soccer game in the United States on Sunday.  I went a few times when I was stationed in Germany and my favorite team was "FC Bayern".  
    It was an adventure, let me tell you, the fans were excited, the team played well, and we broke the attendance record for a Soccer game in the United States over 72,000 fans.   When they played the national anthem, there were no spoiled football players virtue signalling by kneeling or other stuff.  The energy level was incredible, and it was totally different than with the NFL games.  I think I have a team I can watch since the NFL laid down on me 2 years ago with the virtue signaling.  When the team scored a goal, the whole stadium shook with the clapping, cheering, hollering feet stamping, it was a whole different experience.

“United” – Evolution of Our Name

The time is now, a new era has dawned. Atlanta has welcomed the beautiful game.
Atlanta was born as a railroad town and today is a global hub for travel and commerce. It is in our DNA to connect and unite.
Atlanta United joined Major League Soccer in 2017, breaking multiple league records on the way to the playoffs in its inaugural season. The club set the MLS record for season ticket sales as well as records for single-game, single-season average, and total home attendance.
Owned by one of the city’s most influential businessmen and philanthropists, Arthur M. Blank, and led by club President Darren Eales, Atlanta United plays its home matches at state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium located in downtown Atlanta.
Atlanta is a modern, international city that embraces all its citizens, creating an inclusive fan base that is progressive and passionate. A fan base that becomes one voice. We all gather together and stand united.
We are a football club because we are more than just the team: we are the fans, we are the community, we are Atlanta, taken from the voices of the citizens.
This is our City. This is our Club.
We are Atlanta United FC.

Logo Evolution

The Atlanta United FC logo was constructed utilizing elements of Atlanta’s rich history and culture, underscoring the city’s progressive and passionate voice.

1 Circle

Inspired by the city's seal and the city's Olympic heritage. It is a symbol of unity and globalization. It represents the never-ending passion for this city and for this club.

2 The A

The bold "A" at the center of the logo puts the focus on the enduring strength of Atlanta. The "A" is anchored to the circle symbolizing its connection to the community.

3 United

Atlanta is a modern, international city that embraces all its citizens. We have an inclusive fan base that is progressive and passionate. A fan base that is becoming one voice. We all gather together and stand United.

4 Stripes

The 5 stripes represent the pillars of our character. Unity. Determination, Community, Excellence and Innovation. The black stripes are also a nod to Atlanta's history as a railroad town.

5 FC

We are called a Football Club because we are more than just a team. We are the fans, we are the community, we are Atlanta. Taken from the voices of the citizens. This is your city, this is your club. We are Atlanta United FC.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday Music "Age of Aquarius" by the 5th Dimension

I don't know if I had covered this song before, but if I did, it was a long time ago.   I remembered this song being on my Dads reel to reel recorder.  It to me did showcase the 60's to me musically and it was to me considered a "bookend" song for the decade.

   The image above is what most people think of when they hear this song, the peace, and love generation the counter culture had gone mainstream and it changed music forever.
    Now there are a few people like me and others like my Dad and others that were around during this time, when we hear the song, this is the image that we think of,
UH-1 (Huey) dropping men off on a mountain during an operation.

"Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)" (commonly called "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In", "The Age of Aquarius" or "Let the Sunshine In") is a medley of two songs written for the 1967 musical Hair by James Rado and Gerome Ragni(lyrics), and Galt MacDermot (music), released as a single by American R&B group The 5th Dimension. The song peaked at number one for six weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in the spring of 1969. The single topped the American pop charts and was eventually certified platinum in the US by the RIAA. Instrumental backing was written by Bill Holman and provided by session musicians commonly known as the Wrecking Crew. The actual recording is something of a "rarity"; the song was recorded in two cities, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, then mixed together in the studio, afterwards.
The song listed at number 66 on Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All Time".

This song was one of the most popular songs of 1969 worldwide, and in the United States it reached the number one position on both the Billboard Hot 100 (for six weeks in April and May) and the Billboard Adult Contemporaries Chart. It also reached the top of the sales charts in Canada and elsewhere. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 record overall for 1969.
The recording won both the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Group for the Grammy Awards of 1970, after being published on the album The Age of Aquarius by the 5th Dimension, and also being released as a seven-inch vinyl single record.
The lyrics of this song were based on the astrological belief that the world would soon be entering the "Age of Aquarius", an age of love, light, and humanity, unlike the current "Age of Pisces". The exact circumstances for the change are "When the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars." This change was presumed to occur at the end of the 20th century; however, astrologers differ extremely widely as to when. Their proposed dates range from 2062 to 2680.
Astrologer Neil Spencer denounced the lyrics as "astrological gibberish", noting that Jupiter forms an astrological aspect with Mars several times a year and the moon is in the 7th House for two hours every day. These lines are considered by many to be merely poetic license, though some people take them literally.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Some information on Prime Minister Tojo

I was doing some background and started digging and found some information on Prime Minister Tojo, he was the boogieman used on all the posters that the allies depicted, by today's standard they are considered "racist" but the times and standards were different back in WWII.  He was widely believed for pushing for war against the United States to give Japan the "breathing room" to expand in the pacific to create the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity sphere".  He wanted the United States out of the way so Japan could seize the resource rich areas to support their expansion into China.

Hideki Tojo, a general and a politician, was the true representative of the Japanese expansionist policy in China in the first half of the 20th century. A military child himself, he advanced through army ranks completing his education in the Army Cadets School as 10th in his class (out of 363 cadets).
In 1905, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Imperial Japanese Army. Tojo proved to be more of an administrative type and in 1928, he became the bureau chief of the Imperial Army. He was promoted to the rank of colonel. In his spare time, Colonel Tojo studied militarist policy that was popular at the time, fueling his ambitions as a conqueror.
In 1934, Tojo continued his rise within the political structures of The Japanese Empire and became a major general serving as Chief of the Personnel Department within the Army Ministry. In 1935, he was in China leading the notorious Kempeitai section of the Kwantung Army in Manchuria. This is where he earned his nickname “Razor” for his sharp decision making and cold-blooded cruelty. Politically, he developed his hard-line stance as a fascist and an ultra-nationalist loyal to the Emperor.

 Emperor Hirohito and Prime Minister Tojo
The 30s in Japan were marked by political turmoil between two factions within the military. The first faction advocated the expansion on the territory of the Soviet Union and unprecedented loyalty to Emperor Hirohito while the “Young Officers” wanted to reduce the power of the Emperor and the ruling elite while emphasizing colonial conquest in China. Other than the two factions, there was a number of secret societies that lurked the Japanese government from shadows in the 1930s.
The friction between these groups erupted on February 26, 1936, when a band of young officers staged an attempted coup d’etat which backfired when the “old school” showed them who’s the boss. Tojo aligned himself with Sadao Araki, the Minister of War and an experienced Japanese general, who opposed the restless youth within the Army. The rebels were trialed and executed, and the remaining Army factions were unified.
Tojo, being on “the right side” gained political points and quickly rose through the ranks in Manchuria. He was promoted to Chief of Staff of the Kwantung Army in 1937.

Hideki Tojo in military uniform
Hideki Tojo in military uniform
As Chief of Staff, Tojo was responsible for the military operations designed to increase Japanese penetration into the Inner Mongolia border regions with Manchukuo. In July 1937, he personally led the units of the 1st Independent Mixed Brigade in Operation Chahar against the Chinese rebels.
This was his only real combat experience, but he proved that he was up to the task. The operation was vital in crushing the resistance in northern China and Mongolia, so Tojo gained popular support as well as the support of leading politicians.

This is how he paved his way into high-level policy, becoming an Army Minister. Tojo played an important role in joining the Tripartite Pact together with Italy and Germany and in negotiating the occupation of Indochina after the fall of France. The animosity between the US and Japan started to flourish, as the US proclaimed  a total embargo on oil and gasoline exports to Japan.
Under the guidance of the Navy and the Army, Emperor Hirohito leaned towards a more aggressive policy. Hideki Tojo was declared Prime Minister, replacing the more cautious and politically moderate Fumimaro Konoe.
Some political structures in the early 1940s in Japan weren’t so eager in entering a war against the United States and negotiations were desperately held between the two parties, with no chance of finding a common language. The scenario of Pearl Harbor was already drafted by the Navy in case the negotiations fail. Fleet Admiral Osami Nagano explained in detail the Pearl Harbor attack to Hirohito.
The eventual plan drawn up by Army and Navy Chiefs of Staff envisaged such a mauling of the Western powers that Japanese defense perimeter lines—operating on interior lines of communications and inflicting heavy Western casualties—could not be breached. Prime Minister Hideki Tojo went down in history as the man who gave the executive order to attack Pearl Harbor.

Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo landed in Nichols Field, an airfield south of Manila, for state visit to the Philippines. By Reader's Digest - Kasaysayan: Story of the Filipino People Volume 7, Public Domain.
Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo landed in Nichols Field, an airfield south of Manila, for state visit to the Philippines. 
An interesting fact was that Tojo held on to his position as the Army Minister while being the Prime Minister of Japan. The atrocities committed in China were often guided by his supervision. On top of that, Tojo held the positions of Minister of EducationMinister of Commerce and Industry, Home Minister and Minister of Foreign affairs throughout his four year term as the Prime Minister of Japan.
In this way, he left his mark all across the wartime government, imposing imperialistic foreign policy, militaristic education, strict political control over the population and exploitation of industry to keep the Japanese war machine running.

Tojo before the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. By Unknown - NRE-338-FTL(EF)-3161(12), Public Domain.
Tojo before the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. 
He gradually lost support after the Battle of Midway in 1942 and was finally replaced on 22 July 1944. After the unconditional surrender of Japan in 1945, Tojo was arrested by the orders of general Douglas McArthur. He was put on trail for numerous charges, most of them indicating his full responsibility in waging war against the Allies, maltreatment of POWs and genocides in China.
After the trial, he was found guilty on eight of those charges. Some claimed that McArthur was protecting Emperor Hirohito from charges in order to maintain peace in Japan, thus making Tojo the main culprit of the war and the face of the Japanese terror. After he was sentenced to death, Tojo stated:

“It is natural that I should bear the entire responsibility for the war in general, and, needless to say, I am prepared to do so.”
Today, Hideki Tojo is still a controversial figure in Japan, as part of his ashes remain buried in the Yasukuni Shrine, which provides sanctuary to deceased Japanese WWII veterans – including the ones convicted of war crimes.
 A propaganda photo of Adolf Hitler and Prime Minister Tojo

Friday, March 9, 2018

A dispassionate look at the Gun control Debate.

One of the emails I get in my email is from Dark Triad Man, and he had this to say about the gun control debate.  I agree with a lot of what he says and what he says is pure dispassionate logic and it is a worthy read, follow the Link if y'all wish.  Some of the pics are from his article and some of them are part of my collection of pics that I keep in a folder on my computer.

The recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has bitterly inflamed the political and social discourse in the United States. Nearly entirely absent from this predictably contentious discourse is a detached and critical analysis of how school shootings in fact provide outcomes that bear sociopolitical benefit.
There is no shortage of pundits, commentators, politicians, businessmen, social media influencers, and idiots who opine with gibbered histrionics while displaying appalling ignorance of the mechanics of firearms, the reality of human beings, and the objectively observable facts at play during these tragic and murderous events.
Here at DARK TRIAD MAN® we will examine some of these objective facts through the lens of psychopathic detachment. We will assess where outcomes take place which observably profit the national trajectory and momentum.
Let us begin with the framework for this assessment.

Important framework for our analysis of school shootings.
Detachment from virtue signal and manufactured horror is the first aspect of our framework for this analysis.
The death toll at Parkland is surpassed many times over each month in nearly every Democrat-controlled major metropolitan area of the United States. As an example, Chicago alone has over sixty-three homicides and over 297 shootings in the first two months of 2018.
Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Birmingham, New Orleans, and other cities routinely see significant firearm homicides every year with merely passing interest from the nation at large. And quite clearly, the Left does not care.
What is it that grips the feverish imagination of the public, the outrage of gun control organizations, the fiery wrath of politicians, and the adamant refusal of compromise from gun owners where school shootings are concerned?
The candid and objective answer is that a culture of learned helplessness, fetishized victimization, manufactured outrage, progressive degeneracy, and simple blind refusal to observe reality have turned most American centers of education into killing zones where helpless innocents can be butchered at the pleasure of those who have the will to do it.
School shootings are gorgeous to the fetid news media. They absolutely adore them, and ask children for interviews as their schoolmates are blown apart by gunfire around them.
School shootings are inspiring to the progressive Left. They admire and emulate them, even promoting more killing as part of their ethos, which is responsible for over 100 million deaths in the last century alone.
The story goes on and on, and the vicious cycle of ridiculous moaning blather from social justice warriors continues.
Yet within the tornado of manufactured crisis, there are nonetheless aspects of genuine profit that benefit the nation.
School shootings in the United States now result in distinct and measurable sociopolitical improvements.
Let us examine the very premises of the American nation itself.
Those premises are not negotiable.

Critical premises underpinning analysis of school shootings.
The American nation is founded on a fixed belief in inherent rights and freedoms applicable to all human beings.
“Inherent” is a critical aspect of these rights. Rights are not granted, permitted, licensed, or awarded. Rights are the absolute property of the human being, and freedom is not negotiable. However, the purpose of this post is not to serve as an educational primer or scholarly dissertation on rights.
The purpose of this post is to address objectively observable reality without the illusory veil of sociopolitical narratives.
Where the Second Amendment is concerned, why won’t gun owners in the United States compromise and give up their weapons? There are two answers to this.
  • They don’t have to.
  • You can’t make them.
Inherent rights are inherent rights. Hundreds of millions of Americans own over half a billion firearms and they are not obliged to pander to fearful idiots.
The dark world is what it is.
Where civil disarmament is concerned, there is a harsh truth that should be spoken and acknowledged.
Should repeal of the Second Amendment take place, and wholesale gun confiscation be enacted in the United States, millions of Americans will quite delightedly begin killing gun control advocates in the following places:
  • In the streets
  • In their legislatures
  • In their place of business
  • In their homes
  • In movie theaters
  • In parks
They will do this in every place they can bring lethal force to bear, by any means possible.
In the event of mass firearm confiscation attempts, millions of Americans will shoot, stab, bomb, strangle, run over, poison, and beat to death those that they view as having declared war on the people of the United States.
Most will not admit this.
And I do not advocate, but merely observe.
Civil insurgencies and fourth generation warfare are not the same as armies facing each other on a trench warfare battlefield, and those who simplistically believe that the U.S. military would overwhelm domestic insurgents are ignorant of objectively observable reality.
As the brilliant military strategist William S. Lind has noted:
“4th Generation war is the greatest change since the Peace of Westphalia, because it marks the end of the state’s monopoly on war. All over the world, state militaries are fighting non-state opponents, and almost always, the state is losing.”
This is not related to ideology, and even less related to domestic virtue signalling or the emotive imaginations of tyranny fetishists who mistakenly believe that the Second Amendment grants or awards something that can be taken away.
It does not work that way. Inherent rights are not related to popular recognition.
There are also practical issues involved, beyond the tipping of the nation into violent civil war.
Logistical issues involved with forcibly collecting over a million tons of easily concealable steel from more than a hundred million distributed locations while fending off a determined civil insurgency which will defend its moral imperatives with lethal force, are also ridiculously prohibitive.
This is not a complicated matter, nor a contested truth. And the increasingly strident reinforcement of this truth is a positive, defined, and clearly visible improvement in the national spirit as a direct result of school shootings and the obsequious, disingenuous, and disgusting calls for disarmament of civilians.
The irreducible reality is that America is an armed nation.
The inescapable truth is that America will remain armed.
Americans will kill you to stay that way.
They will kill you cheerfully.
Freedom is lovely that way.
Test it if you like.

School shootings result in correction and ridicule of Leftist propaganda.
The Left has well-worn platitudes that it launches into mass and social media with each school shooting that takes place.
Deliberate lies about school shootings are blatantly promoted. And with the increased information available to the general public through the Internet and instantaneous social media response, these lies are called out more rapidly and with ridicule.
Even progressive mass media outlets are forced to disavow the shameless narratives, and they become a fountain of caricature rather than effective influences in the ongoing cultural war within the United States.
Bizarrely stupid assertions by ignorant propagandists become the target of mocking laughter across the country as hysterically eager journalists and editorialists opine on matters in which they have zero credibility.
Pundits who are welded at the hip to progressive efforts to disarm the American public make shockingly stupid statements that ignore the laws of physics in useless efforts to convince rather than inform the public.

 School shootings deliver marked improvement in the political dialogue of the nation through inescapable, utterly deserved, and virally soaring ridicule that reduces dishonest ideological propagandists to objects of deserved scorn and derison.
It will continue, as well it should. We are indeed engaged in a cultural war, and perfidy itself is a war crime to be treated as such even in the digital sphere when committed by “journalists” who raise a false flag of neutrality while engaged in hostilities under declarations of objectivity.
Hostile media are enemy combatants.

School shootings result in hardened preparation of facilities and populations.
If you value something, protect it.
This is a simple truth of the dark world that will not change, regardless of the immature and infantile dreams of idiots who believe that human nature can be legislated away, and that predators will cease predation because of the opinions of those who advocate learned helplessness.
I tell you today that every Leftist who has advocated a “gun-free zone” is directly complicit in the murder of any who have died in one. That complicity is intentional, for they view additional death as incentive to further push their belief in a perfect world on a vulnerable populace.
It is a grotesque and unforgivable travesty to leave the most precious resource of a culture, a civilization, a country, or a community undefended from violent harm as a matter of State policy. It is an abrogation of manhood, repellent to the conscience, and hideous in application and consequence.
The turn of the American national spirit towards hardening schools and places of worship is, perhaps, the most prominent improvement in the United States of America as a direct result of school shootings.
Even more important, this hardening of our most vulnerable assets is taking place in time of pseudo war, rather than as a late response to actual armed attacks by determined professional insurgents.
Do you think it horrifying that a single teenager with a rifle can slaughter dozens?
I tell you that such massacre is nothing in comparison to the tragedy of Beslan.
I tell you that a few handfuls of shot students do not rise to the horror of the Bataclan.
I tell you that if you bear love for your children, and for the people of the United States and their future, it is a foul and putrid repudiation of that love to prevent their schools and churches from being hardened by armed men willing to defend them with lethal force.
Should the United States move towards hardening our educational and religious facilities with armed teachers, pastors, principals, and deacons, then I tell you that the loss of life of our students in school shootings will have been worth it.
It will prevent far worse death and devastation in the future.
Innocent blood teaches thoroughly.

School shootings expose groups and individuals that exploit bloody massacre.
Groups such as Moms Demand ActionEverytown For Gun Safety, the Brady Campaign, the Giffords Law Center and other organizations suck up enormous amounts of cash in the wake of school shootings, using a well-prepared spin machine that leaps into action while the bodies are still being blown apart.
They are very proud of their ability to mass virtue signal in tandem with young children being massacred.
Pride, however, becomes hubris. And the expertise and speed with which these organizations barrage the national press and social media is remarkable in itself, drawing attention to the machinery behind the curtain.
It is exploitation, and visibly so.
The grotesque and contemptible wallowing in orgies of fake grief and cynical howls for donations that are the de rigueur process of these organizations has, over time, become not just recognizable – but also clearly an identifiable attribute of their character.
It is a foul and putrid exploitation, and matched by the media’s fetid desire to control the narrative where individual voices are concerned.
Parkland survivor David Hogg was quickly verified by Twitter and feted throughout the media, appearing on talk shows and heavily promoted by those who wish to steer his crisis actor performance.
His own hubris has grown to the point where he hung up on the President of the United States.
The disparity in his treatment versus what was meted out to Kyle Kashuv, another survivor with a message of respect for Constitutional rights, was notable enough that it became a news story all of its own.
This is a spiraling process, a doubling down of strident virtue signal and political intensity, that eventually consumes itself with its own pride.
The brilliant political and economic observer Vox Day has recently released a bestseller that covers this autocannibalistic process of social justice warriors. SJWS Always Double Down is a sharp and incisive look at why the Left cannot, under any circumstances, halt itself from revolting self destruction.
School shootings provide an irresistable and opportunistic landscape for this spiraling trajectory and momentum of the Left, and it is a pleasure at last to see the public quickly spot and recognize the insidious and rather hideous exploitation that forms the crux of their intention.
With each mass killing, it is more profoundly visible.
With each school shooting, it is more disgusting.
The bankrupt morals of the Left are shot to pieces.

School shootings force converged enterprises into negative market consequences.
In tandem with school shootings and demonization of specific makes and models of firearm, companies that have become sufficiently converged by social justice imperatives make increasingly foolish mistakes in the market.
The public, well aware of the critical purpose of civil arms and disgusted with the exploitative and self-immolating stupidity of gun control activism, has markedly turned against virtue signal by corporations that have no business treading on the inherent rights they possess.
Delta Airlines, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, announced it was abandoning its discount relationship with the National Rifle Association after the most recent school shooting at Parkland. The Georgia legislature moved swiftly in response, and instantly canceled an expected $40 million tax break for Delta.
Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods announced they were raising the minimum age for firearm purchases at their stores to twenty years of age. They are now facing age discrimination lawsuits over their pandering to leftist narratives.
There is no longer public patience for corporate attack on nonnegotiable rights.
School shootings are proving to be a terrific way to separate honorable and dishonorable enterprises, those which accord with human rights and those who place Leftist virtue signal over the consequence of a disarmed and helpless citizenry.
And the market is responding with pitiless accuracy, as markets do.
Converged companies have their profits blown away.

School shootings expose hideous Leftist cowardice.
When the Parkland shooting started, there was a deputy outside.
He stayed away from the unfolding massacre, leaving students to die undefended as an armored gunman rampaged through the hallways and killed without opposition.
Deputies who arrived also refused the demands of simple honor and conscience to enter the school and protect innocent lives, remaining outside in safety rather than engage with their own firearms.
A Broward County Sheriff captain even ordered deputies to “set up a perimeter” rather than run to the sound of the guns, as should be expected by sworn officers entrusted with the safety and protection of citizens.

Sheriff Scott Israel, who is a strong public supporter of virulent gun control politicians Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, has stated himself that his ideological and policy goal is infringement of the Second Amendment.
His response to the officially-demanded cowardice of his department and the resulting horrific death toll?
The school shooting in Parkland has done a superb job of exposing this institutional cowardice and properly results in widespread public revulsion at the consequences of Leftist leadership in law enforcement.
It has also exposed the willingness of Leftists in law enforcement to train Islamic organizations while not only insisting that private citizens be disarmed, but literally leaving them for dead:

School shootings prove the Left are cowards.

School shootings drive political polarization towards kinetic resolution.
The Left has been moving inexorably towards hostile confrontation with the American people for generations.
That hostility now expresses itself with brutal felony assaults, armed assassination attempts on Republicans in Congress, mock biological attacks on the family of the President, and the rise of Antifa mob violence.
Such violence is why the Safe Streets Project was created, in preparation for hotter conflict on the ground in the United States.
It is coming quickly.
The progression of ideological activist to street protestor, from street protestor to armed militant, and then onwards to terrorist insurgent is a clear and predictable one. The Safe Streets Project has been at the forefront of intelligence work in conjunction with other patriot and militia organizations since inception.
Today, this progression has resulted in armed Leftist groups surrounding the homes of public officials, recruiting mentally ill people to engage in armed violence, and arrests for conspiracy to commit acid attacks on public gatherings.
There is a well-known maxim, often attributed to Leon Trotsky, which accurately frames the situation:
“You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.”
As school shootings continue, the public is hardened to acts of domestic war.
As school shootings take place, the public sees clearly what happens when evil is unopposed.
As school shootings ensue, the public cannot deny that the Left would leave them helpless.
As school shootings unfold, the public sees that the Left is gears up for mass political violence.
There is another well-known maxim that bears repeating:
“Don’t tread on me.”
It is not a suggestion, nor a request.
It is a warning.
It is a warning gone unheeded by the politicians of the Left.
It is a warning laughed at by the media darlings of the Left.
The armed insurgents of the Left are international terrorists that loathe individual liberty, attack gatherings to silence speakers, burn law enforcement officers alive, and commit mass arson in American cities.
They know that the warning is real.
Negotiation is not possible with international terrorists.
Compromise is not possible with murderous mobs.
Dialogue is useless with armed attackers.
A kinetic solution will inevitably come.
The sociopolitical improvements in the United States that result from school shootings, while horrific in cost, are nonetheless a mere precursor to domestic fourth generation warfare that is quickly gearing up for conflagration.
The sooner Antifa is opposed by armed citizens, the better off the nation will be.
Firefights are coming.

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