Posts by Apogee

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  • Idea: If Democrats Shut Down the Government, Should Trump Make It As Painless As Possible?

    04/24/2017 9:52:02 AM PDT · 40 of 52
    Apogee to Dilbert56

    Seem rather like the Stamp Act, when people couldn’t get married or anything else because they couldn’t get an official stamp.

    Worked out real well for them that time, of course, but we are more timid these days, what with the NDAA and all. Your solution is the rational and arguably most precedented one.

    “the mayor would have led the gang, but Boston weren’t a city”
    (great song, btw)

  • The Shadowy Extremist Group Behind the Anti-Trump Riots

    04/24/2017 9:45:28 AM PDT · 15 of 28
    Apogee to jiggyboy

    Repeat this as often as possible. Maybe one day a low information protester will finally get it.

  • Rudolf Flesch's Rules: 25 Tips for Powerful Writing

    01/24/2017 10:49:06 PM PST · 44 of 85
    Apogee to kevao

    That’s a keeper.
    Thank you.

  • Girl Scouts face uproar over Trump parade

    01/24/2017 9:50:53 PM PST · 33 of 33
    Apogee to jacknhoo

    Thanks for the links.

    They changed a lot of things on their website relating to abortion, planned parenthood, and the use of the term God* as well. Didn’t seem to change their minds, just didn’t want the heat.
    I will have to dig up my screenshots some time if I can find them in my old computer file backups.
    The wayback machine is a very helpful thing.

  • Girl Scouts face uproar over Trump parade

    01/24/2017 9:41:59 PM PST · 32 of 33
    Apogee to momincombatboots

    “Wondering how our churches can pick up the slack.”

    I had a long winded reply here when the the great crash happened.

    Read this - talks about connections between GSA and planned parenthood, lesbianism, and general animosity toward the God of the bible, at least:
    http://www.wnd.com/2009/05/97977/

    They changed their web pages when attention was raised over commentary on the appropriateness of religious discussion or instruction at meetings, and ye olde * after the word “God.” I took screen shots, in case the wayback machine quits giving them. I have seen or heard many anecdotal stories about lesbian pressure on the council level dating back decades.

    STOPP.org has documented GSA and Planned Parenthood connections for years. Their site is in general worth browsing. Here is a good page of info and links:
    http://www.stopp.org/article.php?id=13438
    or just search for girl scouts from their search bar

    The WND article talks about American Heritage Girls (https://www.americanheritagegirls.org/) - I believe they may be at least one answer to your question.

    ...and that is the shortened post, guess the crash did us a favor...

  • Rising number of Texas parents opting out of measles vaccines

    01/08/2017 8:22:29 PM PST · 92 of 101
    Apogee to mylife

    https://cogforlife.org/

    you will find lots of info about fetal stem cell lines in vaccines, and other interesting stuff.
    Their updated list of ethical versus unethical vaccines is linked in a post front and center.
    I encourage you to browse around.

  • Internet outage - Comm alternatives Emergency updates, FR contingency ham email & shortwave news

    10/22/2016 12:04:13 AM PDT · 94 of 196
    Apogee to Apogee; MarchonDC09122009

    Don’t know if I have explained well what I am trying to ask.
    Is it feasible to create a wireless phone to phone network which could bypass down nodes?
    I suppose it would not be desirable when the world is running well and doing so would interfere with the carriers, but in a post apocalyptic scenario would it be something to look into?

  • Internet outage - Comm alternatives Emergency updates, FR contingency ham email & shortwave news

    10/21/2016 11:57:59 PM PDT · 93 of 196
    Apogee to whodathunkit

    Mesh networking via wi-fi. I believe this saw use during Hurricane Sandy.
    What I want to know is whether one can mesh network with the data radio in our phones.
    We all have several radios on hand that send and receive packets over a much longer distance than any of the “long range” radios I have seen at the box stores - 32 miles? you have got to be kidding even the FRS radios I have picked up rarely go a mile in my territory - why not cut out the tower altogether.
    Can a peer to peer network be established amongst millions of smart phone owners? I realize that different providers transmit on different frequencies and there would need to be some bridge between CDMA and GSM users that might be a point of vulnerabililty, but IF it could be done, I would think it would be difficult to shut down.

  • Third Wave Of Internet Cyber Attacks Lauched, Dyn Warns

    10/21/2016 11:33:54 PM PDT · 40 of 46
    Apogee to dynachrome

    Was it a warning or coded marching orders?

    Been thinking/saying for a long time that certain persons would not rest happily until we have been nuked.
    Little concerned that Someone trotted out info during the debates which could be considered permissive, as well.

  • Jeff Roe: Cruz Ending GOP Presidential Campaign

    05/03/2016 11:00:51 PM PDT · 206 of 243
    Apogee to cherry; Haiku Guy

    “openly confessed to not voting fro Romney and from that time on, I’ve understood just how selfish and petty some freepers are...”

    There was no pettiness or spite in my decision not to vote for that man. It was a long thought out process. The die seems to be cast for our nation. Put yourself back in 2012, and look 20 years into the future of our country after installing a man who as the chief executive of a state appointed liberal judges, was pro-choice, anti-gun, and pro gay marriage... and Republican.
    Yes, we would perhaps have proceeded down this road more slowly, but is that necessarily better? The surveillance state only grows stronger with each passing year, with the ability of the people to mount a successful resistance to a totalitarian state diminishing in proportion to its growth. Another full generation of students goes through the socialist indoctrination regime and fails not only to have the means to defend itself, but the intellectual capacity to understand it needs to do so, and so forth...
    Not only that, but I have no desire to delay a confrontation if it comes to the point where my children or grandchildren have to fight it for me because I am too feeble to fight it for them.

    Kicking the can down the road to maintain a false sense of status quo seemed to me the equivalent of removing one of the foundational requirements of just war: that there be a reasonable chance of success.
    The lesser of two evils, then, lay not in choosing the establishment candidate over the Democrat one, but in choosing to sacrifice short term comfort and stability for a hoped for longer term goal of being able to identify and resist an encroaching tyranny.
    Some things seem to have borne this out as a workable hypothesis. State legislatures are learning to flex their muscles because they have no choice. They may be the “lesser magistrate” of Reformational political discourse, to stand between us and the national despot. According to a PEW research study referenced on this site a few days ago, the percentages of people who are identified as mostly conservative or consistently conservative (no, I didn’t delve into it deeply enough to see what they mean by the terms) from all walks of life or levels of education are on the rebound from just over a decade ago. The NRA’s MVP in Washington has probably given us the highest percentage of firearms ownership ever, and we’ve imported enough lead to possibly shift the North American plate.

    None of this is to say that I preferred the current president over Romney. I believe the choice presented by people who phrase it that way is somewhat akin to the fallacy of the excluded middle. I chose to abstain in hope of opportunity for liberty, even while dreading the near term possibilities.

    Also, none of the things I mentioned can save us from ourselves. We could become Kosovo on an exponential scale, and I believe that is the goal of at least some in positions of power. What we need is a Third Great Awakening if we are to have any hope of surviving as a nation.

    I do not believe any particular candidate at this point will be our salvation or destruction. I am in fact pessimistic enough to believe that the sea change of the 2012 elections and their aftermath make this year’s choice less important in the long term direction of our nation - though I am willing or even wishing to be wrong on this, so I am trying to have an open mind on the current front runner. At least I don’t know that he can be as bad as some fear him to be.

    No, I didn’t vote for the opposition in 2012 by writing in my preferred candidate, the GOP did, by refusing to back someone who would actually be against big government and for the liberty of the people. They are still doing it, and I have good cause to believe they always will, because they are not for the liberty of the people.

    H G - I pinged you in reference to your post 167:

    “...just as Romney and McCain were both infinitely better than Obama. Supporting the Republican nominee is almost always a no-brainer”

    rather than respond to it separately with essentially the same drivel. I freely admit at this point of night my writing and reasoning skills are suspect, but I might happen to agree with that last sentence, depending on which way you choose to interpret it.

  • 'Monstrous interference': UK pols furious at Obama's plan to intervene in EU debate

    04/22/2016 7:43:09 AM PDT · 9 of 24
    Apogee to mandaladon

    It’s only been a matter of time until our allies realized that the man who dares tell leaders of other nations to step down on a regular basis would interfere in their own sovereign affairs, too.
    It will be a wonder if we have any friends left in this world by the time this man leaves office.

    Sometimes I think it will be a wonder if we are left in this world.

  • Ben and Jerry’s cofounders arrested at Capitol protest

    04/19/2016 10:37:29 AM PDT · 70 of 74
    Apogee to DesertRhino

    Agreed.

    Our free speech zone should be from sea to shining sea, not restricted to postage stamps of land that have to be reserved in advance.

  • Let's Settle This: Debate Suggested Over GOP Primary, Caucus & Convention System and Rules

    04/15/2016 10:08:26 PM PDT · 27 of 90
    Apogee to XEHRpa

    Good points there,

    Somehow, members of both parties are forgetting that our system is not a democracy. We choose delegates, whom we theoretically know, and whose judgment we theoretically trust, and they in turn choose other delegates/candidates/laws acting in our stead.
    A great deal of the whining on both sides of the aisle (and camps within each side, seems to be due to a lack of understanding of this principle. I would dare wonder if the principle itself has been the object of assault, and to what end.
    That said, the parties would do well to reflect on the fact that if their decisions don’t reflect the perceived will of their constituents they had best have a very good and articulable reason for differing, or all sorts of mayhem may break loose.

  • Last Chance for America?

    03/01/2016 1:02:29 AM PST · 89 of 131
    Apogee to Vision Thing

    “American revolution and French revolution don’t even come close to describing it. Those revolutions were limited to individual nations.”

    I am not sure I agree entirely. They are both seminal revolutions in thought, not merely on a national, physical scale.

    One was a revolution for individual liberty under limited government which became an ideal people have sought to emulate the world over from that time (with varying degrees of understanding and success); the other spoke of liberty, but was ultimately a revolution for statism. The communist revolutions owe much to the latter, little or nothing to the former.

    They ultimately define two conflicting world views which are fighting worldwide today. We probably ought to assess Islam as a third sort of revolution in the mix.

    What I take you to mean by nationalist may fit with what I mean by a strong limited government allowing maximum individual liberty, but it is a loaded term, and can be easily turned into the exact opposite of that.

    A better spectrum is that between anarchy and totalitarianism. There was an unfortunate Conservative Treehouse essay posted here the other day that equated anarchy with right wing and totalitarianism with left wing, which got me started on this train of thought, btw. Nice guys, I am sure...

    Back to the discussion - both ends are injust. Our republic tried to balance the competing interests to preserve the inalienable rights of as many people as possible. Modern man has learned to tweak the system a good bit, mostly by de-educating us, to rob us of that liberty.

    You are right in one aspect about the ballgame now: the contest between the nationalists and globalists could have the same results for the entire world as it did for Poland in 1939.

    .........

    On another tangent - perhaps another distinction for the direction that the concentration of power is taking is that of the corporation (an aspect of your globalism?) versus the nation state.
    A lot of Sci-Fi from a while back posited that Corporations would be the entities that took man to space, and warred with one another, etc. Those authors probably put some thought into this.
    In light of this thought - does it make sense to champion the idea of electing someone who is not beholden to the “corporate interests”* by choosing the head of a corporation?

    But I am now four hours less sleep than I should have had. Have a good day.

    *Ahh, how the mighty have fallen. Did we ever dream that “conservatives” would sit around arguing over “crony capitalism” and “corporate interests” or any of a slew of ivy league trustafarian terms, Ike and his military industrial complex notwithstanding...

  • Last Chance for America?

    03/01/2016 12:00:18 AM PST · 74 of 131
    Apogee to MNJohnnie

    “the Chinese model, a nationalism that that looks inward, not externally”

    And that is why the Spratleys are such a paradise of love and peace and brotherhood.

    ;)

  • Last Chance for America?

    02/29/2016 11:55:48 PM PST · 72 of 131
    Apogee to sargon

    “Hey National Review: the Revolution is on! Didn’t you get the memo?”

    And of all the posts I have read tonight, it is this one that coalesces my concerns in the best fashion.
    What Revolution do you seek - one after the French one, or the American one?

    To the best of my understanding, the terms “left” and right” as applied to political leanings, are constructs of the French revolution. Having conservatives called “right wing” as they are has really been useful construct for progressives by creating a conflation of issues and terms that we should oppose as both wings are elements of the same revolutionary party or ideology.
    It is useful for those who want to say Hitler=Right Wing=Conservative, but until perhaps recently, an entirely untrue analogy, propping up a conservative boogie straw man.

    I say until recently because unchecked populism probably qualifies for the contemporary use of term “right wing” quite well, but is hardly “conservatism.”

    We have been misled into thinking of the political spectrum ranging from left to right with the extremes meeting in the middle of the backside of the circle. Left off the line entirely is an actual position which can be labeled liberty, and we are thus distracted into fighting tooth and nail over positions that will not accomplish liberty in the end.

    Is a national socialist a right winger and an international socialist a left winger? They are both socialists, and ultimately enemical to freedom. (Note bene: I am not specifically declaring any candidate to be one or the other, you can contemplate the apparent choice before us for yourself).

    Trump may be end up being the leader for a battle or so that we want and need won, but I am not sure that even winning those battles - if we do - will win the theater. This is where I differ with those who champion action over ideology. Proper ideology without action is worthless, but action without ideology ultimately leads nowhere useful.

    I fear that if the Revolution is now, it will be of the French sort, with its attendant chaos and death not far off. Do you think only conservatives have guns, as many do? Of course not. But to be honest, all those left wingers who don’t have (their own) guns probably properly anticipate us killing each other off and leaving them the spoils. We are busy taking shots at one another here already: “the wall first!” “immigrants!” “the second amendment!...the first!... the tenth!...” Every one of these is important, vital even, but still symptomatic of something else altogether.

    I think we are past the point of no return, barring another Great Awakening, and perhaps even with one, on the road to a great cataclysm. The question I see before us in this election is how it will go down, and will we be considered just in our attempts to right it.

    John Quincy Adams differentiated between the American and French Revolutions not as right and left, but “Right and Wrong”

    This is not a call to “trust us just one more time.” I have not trusted them since shortly after the Contract with America. It is a call to think beyond sentiment and uncalculating reaction. You might even say it is a call for a revolution, as I am confident that even if she who will not be named became president, or a runaway convention of the states, or the Supreme Court declared the Second Amendment dead that We the People would at last be forced to say NO! [aside: I took an oath once...]

    But I want the right Revolution.

  • Fox News accidentally reports Donald Trump as the winner in New Hampshire

    02/09/2016 9:07:53 PM PST · 69 of 69
    Apogee to usafa92

    I seem to recall channel flipping all through election night 2000, and Fox declaring Gore the winner with something like 18% of precincts reporting.

    Never thought much of their reputation in certain quarters.

  • Islamic town presentations

    01/14/2016 8:52:40 PM PST · 25 of 35
    Apogee to Capt. Tom

    There has been a concerted effort to rewrite history since the early nineties, at least.
    Perhaps the ROP folks decided that they had better start not looking like our enemy once the Iron Curtain collapsed... /s
    Sometime back then, the UMC had a series of programs on other religions which were apparently not meant to be used for compare and contrast exercises, or for exposing differences, but as vehicles for proponents of the different faiths to essentially proselytize us.
    The one I saw on Islam was a complete rewrite of its spread even then. Absolutely full of falsehoods, and the nice Methodists ate it all up, of course.
    Since then, college curricula have morphed to the point of unrecognizability concerning the subject, and high school students are encouraged to write papers about how victimized and persecuted the misunderstood Muslim is in our country, and now younger students are pressured into reciting their prayers.

    People really need to understand that peace does not mean to a Muslim what it supposedly means to us (any more than we mean what a Russian means when he says it). Words don’t matter, definitions do.

  • I stopped reading white male authors last year. Here's what I learned.

    01/05/2016 9:21:55 AM PST · 54 of 63
    Apogee to RightGeek; Admin Moderator

    Hello,
    While the general concept is humorous, it probably fails to live up to FR’s request to refrain from posts that are “otherwise inappropriate for a conservative family audience” on a variety of points, not least one of the items actually depicted.
    Not trying to be posting police here, perhaps you did not notice all the little details that make me bring this up.
    Thank you,

  • Greenfield: Trump, Dictatorship and Competing With An Illiberal Left

    12/26/2015 3:05:47 PM PST · 37 of 50
    Apogee to wita

    Principle is always applicable.

    If some party sees we mean that, we may have a chance. If not, we never will.

    Instead, we will allow, indeed be a part of, the steady dissolution of our rights and ability to defend them, to the point that we will not be able to do so.

    Look where allowing the enemy to grow in numbers, finances, weaponry, and propaganda has gotten us with ISIS. Why do that with “progressives” when the sooner the issue is forced, the better our position is likely to be?