Bundy Saga: A Modern Day Lexington And Concord?

“Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” And aren’t we seeing that now? An old Nevada ranching family and their livestock are being tuned up by the feds, and nobody would’ve noticed had the owner and a rallying militia of horseback friends not stood their ground and drew a line in the sand. After that, the hampered and struggling news machinery of grassroots, patriotic America managed to carry the story to the streets.

The owners’ (the Bundy family’s) right to resist and to minimal due process is ‘America 101′ for most of my readers – but so many of us have forgotten that this breathtakingly tyrannical bullying is why we have a Constitution. And our legally accommodated protest and resistance is why the current powers that be despise our Constitution. That little shred of paper is the only thing that stands between our freedoms and total subservience to empowered liars and thieves.

The straight story doesn’t appear to be getting out (of course) – but the BLM and Park Services show up looking like Vladimir Putin’s RoboCops – and, in that spirit, what is deemed to be an insignificant little group of rural American people are just supposed to step aside? I don’t think so. A handful from Obama’s brave new government apparently decides to move just as stridently as their fearless leader – and why is that? Simply because most of contemporary, thimble-headed America is too distracted by this administration’s bread and circuses to notice real threatening governmental arrogance as it begins to crawl and flourish. In short, just as the price of freedom is eternal vigilance, the cost of our lethargy constitutes a pass for an emerging government that now feels it can get away with anything.

God help us. And God forgive such a growing number of us who have forgotten who we are, what we have, and the cost by which that was obtained. In losing sight of that, we are at least bad stewards of our precious liberties. In remaining blind to that, by neglect or fear, we are begging for enslavement.

As the drama in Nevada continues to play out, millions of Americans should be jumping out of their seats in indignation. But, as usual, this incident won’t see much light beyond the ‘B’ section of your daily paper – vying for attention with tips for Spring gardening.

Breathing free is something we have all taken for granted for so long in this comparatively young nation of ours. Life unfettered by dictatorial tyranny is quite unique in our earth’s history, and that luxury did not magically appear as an entitlement that came packed with this continent.

I’m old enough to have the sweetest memories of a different America and, having grown up in the midwest, I especially relate to an illustration Floyd Brown recently penned: “… during our lifetimes, we’ve seen freedom melting away like the last snow in spring.”

It is just like that – just that vulnerable, tender, and fleeting. And soon, if we don’t reverse this MADNESS, the blessed might and goodness of ‘America,’ shining in a dark world, will be less than a vapor of a forgotten past.

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Will This Be Putin’s Next Conquest?

Since pro-Russian forces took over the Crimean peninsula, speculation has abounded that Vladimir Putin’s interest in Ukraine is far from satiated. Recent reports, for instance, show that agents sympathetic to Moscow have gained control of government offices in the city of Donetsk.

Those allegations were accompanied by startling accusations by Jewish residents that masked men were confronting them with demands that they register their possessions and pay a fee or risk deportation and property confiscation.

According to another story breaking Thursday, however, it seems the nation’s third-largest city, Odessa, could be the next major target of Putin’s expansion into eastern Ukraine. Protests have spilled over into the city of more than one million residents from violent confrontations between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Transnistria, located in nearby Moldova.

The strategic region has been courted by Putin for years as he encouraged residents to oppose Moldovan control. Russia has discussed Transnistria in public, even in a conversation with Barack Obama, indicating its importance in moving weapons and other military supplies across Ukraine.

Some experts conclude that if Russia is successful in capturing Transnistria, Odessa will soon follow suit. Such a development would effectively divide the entire nation of Ukraine.

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence chair Mike Rogers explained Russian activity in Moldova “fit the profile for the pre-deployment of additional special forces and intelligence units that engage in provocation and sabotage.”

He said residents, especially in Transnistria, are growing increasingly wary of the impending threat.

“The Moldovans are always nervous,” he noted, “but they are even more nervous these days.”

On Thursday morning, Putin issued a statement declaring his belief that Odessa, along with other regions of Ukraine, are not authentically part of the nation.

“Kharkiv, Lugansk, Donetsk, Odessa were not part of Ukraine in the Czarist times,” he said. “They were transferred in 1920. Why? God knows. Then for various reasons these areas were gone, and the people stayed there – we need to encourage them to find a solution.”

That solution, many fear, will involve Russia absorbing these cities in its ongoing campaign to increase its empire. Of the locations mentioned, Odessa – because of its size and proximity to the Black Sea – is the most troubling prospective conquest for Russian forces.

With the loss of Crimea, it became apparent that Russian forces can successfully capture Ukrainian territories – and likely will whenever they can. What is unclear, however, is where the expansion will end.

Photo Credit: Alexostrov (Creative Commons)

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See The Shocking Letter State-Abducted 15 Year Old Smuggled To Her Parents

As Western Journalism has reported, the parents of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier are desperate to save her from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, which stripped her away from her family more than a year ago.

Not only did authorities seize the teen when her parents questioned the medical advice of a recently graduated doctor who thought her diagnosed illness was all in her head; the DCF has since limited visitation to one supervised hour a week and has not allowed her parents to take photos of their daughter. As a last-ditch effort to reunite the family, the Pelletiers have taken their case to the state Supreme Court.

Lawyers for the family claim the former competitive skater’s health is deteriorating as state officials are refusing treatment that her doctors prescribed prior to this devastating ordeal.

Compounding the nightmare, Justina’s parents are prohibited from speaking openly about her treatment while in the state’s custody. The resourceful teen, however, has been able to pass secret messages along to her family.

The latest, according to reports, should send chills down any parent’s spine. Justina’s father, Lou, released part of a hastily written note he received during a recent visit. The teen describes both physical and mental abuse, saying her captors “hurt me all the time[,] push me all the time and more.” She also alleges DCF officials prevent her from sleeping. Her note urged her parents to act quickly in her defense.

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A family spokesperson, Rev. Patrick Mahoney, released a statement indicating Justina’s parents “are devastated to see how their daughter is being mistreated while under the custody of the State of Massachusetts.”

He explained that the correspondence “reveals for the first time, in Justina’s own words, how she is being abused by Massachusetts DCF.”

Reports also indicate that the teen – now confined to a wheelchair despite the fact that, upon her seizure by the state, she was an active teen – is being denied access to church and a proper education.

 

Millions of sympathetic Americans are incensed that this type of unwarranted intervention can take place in what was once a free country. The Pelletiers only wanted what was best for their daughter and, because the government believed it knew best, a family was ripped apart; and a teenage girl is withering away as a ward of the state.

Photo Credit: Facebook/Free Justina Pelletier Now

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Watch: Did This Ex-Sheriff Just Compare BLM To The Nazis?

Richard Mack, an ex-Arizona sheriff and supporter of Cliven Bundy, spoke out against the BLM agents’ actions in Bunkerville, NV in a radio interview with Steve Deace.  Deace mentioned that the “just following orders” mentality sounded like it was coming from a tyrannical government.

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This Incredible New Footage Shows How Close Bundy Standoff Came To A Massacre

Documentary filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch was at the Bundy Ranch front line and has never seen that type of force at the border where drugs and people are routinely smuggled across.

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