Featured Post

A Chilling Warning...

"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and stree...

Total Pageviews

Monday, March 18, 2019

What Happens In New Zealand Won't Necessarily Stay In New Zealand...

If our guv’ment has their way…

In our country, the United States of America, as long as our government continues their move to the left our rights will continue to be scrutinized, targeted for change, diluted and subsequently destroyed. Leave it to the left, those who wish to disarm us to ride the tsunami of any global tragedy involving the use of firearms. The most recent? The Christchurch, NZ mosque shooting. An event perpetrated by a group of madmen! I’ve copied a url from a comment to the Kiwi Farms website (which, by the way has little, if anything to do with New Zealand other than the name of the site.) The New Zealand police sent a letter to the site's webmaster "Joshua Moon" thinking the site was somehow connected to New Zealand. It's included in a link below. Note the tone of the letter and the tone of Moon's curt but appropriate reply. There’s already rumblings within our borders for the separation of our fellow U.S. citizens and the rest of us from our rightful ownership and possession of firearms. Not to mention the wholesale dissolution of our right(s) to defend ourselves against aggression as a United States citizen in our grand United States of America.

As usual, the global elite, the global left (including members of our own government whose allegiance falls with the global elite) won’t "let a crisis go to waste” in the recent, horrible mass shooting at the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. The crisis in New Zealand hadn't ended before our Second Amendment rights were being attacked yet again by our politicos, the global elitists and those special interest groups within our borders who have so much to gain by separating us U.S. citizens from our right to possess and if need be use our personal firearms for self preservation.

New Zealand's government is seeking personal information from global internet sites regarding their citizens. That's troubling at best but it's certainly nothing new. Undoubtedly, all governments across the globe are doing this personal information mining regarding their respective citizens. It's a given, if we use the internet we're announcing our beliefs, our thoughts at the time to the whole world... or at least to those who wish to read them. As the sole "owner" of this particular site I will not knowingly nor willingly release any personal information to the government without just cause (i.e. court order, legal requirement).

It appears there's at least one webmaster who has the same outlook.

Here’s a simple notice on what the police believed to be a New Zealand website that I read earlier today. It’s evident New Zealand’s parliament is ramping up for what appears to be a total gun confiscation and control effort. Expect a more urgent push by those on the left here in our United States of America and those representing the global elite for similar gun confiscation and/or control... in effect, a continuing effort to separate U.S. citizens from our Second Amendment rights at least. The rest will fall later.

Meanwhile, for my KIWI friends who do happen to drop by and read this from time to time. If you're New Zealand gun owners you need to Take Notice!!! And for those of us in our grand ol' U.S. of A??? well, you know what's most likely going to spin off of this tragedy here in our country... it's emboldened the left and their relentless attempts to separate U.S. citizens from our second amendment rights.

I’ve borrowed the link referred to above from the New Zealand Farms website. New Zealand? It's fairly evident judging from the information contained in the official letter to Joshua Moon by the NZ authorities that your government is tracking you. The government's letter to Moon regarding his particular website acknowledges you're being tracked. But, then again every other government in the world is most likely tracking their respective citizens, including ours here in America.

In the end much of this post is in response to gun control on a global scale. In particular, government mining of personal information from the internet much like New Zealand’s government requesting information from ISPs and others relating to New Zealanders use of the internet. The New Zealand guv’ment wants to track and monitor their citizens online activities subsequent to the Mosque shooting in New Zealand.

Why make that tracking any easier for them. Follow the advice give by "Joshua Moon" the New Zealand Farms webmaster.

Oh, and Moon's response was epic.

IMHO of course…

Bwa Ha

Friday, March 08, 2019

Rome and the United States... A Disturbing Comparison.

If you're living in the United States of America, if you're a resident of the United States of America then you should be able to identify the comparison regarding Rome's subsequent demise and what's currently occurring in the United States of America.

Here's the short and long list of contributors to Rome's demise. I did a quick Google search and came up with many sites that suggested the same eight things that happened in Rome which subsequently led to Rome's demise as an empire.

Here's the short list.

8 Major Reasons Why The Roman Empire Fell

1. Invasions by Barbarian tribes
2. Economic troubles and overreliance on slave labor
3. The rise of the Eastern Empire
4. Overexpansion and military overspending
5. Government corruption and political instability
6. The arrival of the Huns and the migration of the Barbarian tribes.
7. Christianity and the loss of traditional values
8. Weakening of the Roman legions

And here's the long list. I'll provide the link here.

8 Reasons Why Rome Fell
Find out why one of history's most legendary empires finally came crashing down.
Evan Andrews

1. Invasions by Barbarian tribes

The most straightforward theory for Western Rome’s collapse pins the fall on a string of military losses sustained against outside forces. Rome had tangled with Germanic tribes for centuries, but by the 300s “barbarian” groups like the Goths had encroached beyond the Empire’s borders. The Romans weathered a Germanic uprising in the late fourth century, but in 410 the Visigoth King Alaric successfully sacked the city of Rome. The Empire spent the next several decades under constant threat before “the Eternal City” was raided again in 455, this time by the Vandals. Finally, in 476, the Germanic leader Odoacer staged a revolt and deposed the Emperor Romulus Augustulus. From then on, no Roman emperor would ever again rule from a post in Italy, leading many to cite 476 as the year the Western Empire suffered its deathblow.

2. Economic troubles and overreliance on slave labor

Even as Rome was under attack from outside forces, it was also crumbling from within thanks to a severe financial crisis. Constant wars and overspending had significantly lightened imperial coffers, and oppressive taxation and inflation had widened the gap between rich and poor. In the hope of avoiding the taxman, many members of the wealthy classes had even fled to the countryside and set up independent fiefdoms. At the same time, the empire was rocked by a labor deficit. Rome’s economy depended on slaves to till its fields and work as craftsmen, and its military might had traditionally provided a fresh influx of conquered peoples to put to work. But when expansion ground to a halt in the second century, Rome’s supply of slaves and other war treasures began to dry up. A further blow came in the fifth century, when the Vandals claimed North Africa and began disrupting the empire’s trade by prowling the Mediterranean as pirates. With its economy faltering and its commercial and agricultural production in decline, the Empire began to lose its grip on Europe.

3. The rise of the Eastern Empire

The fate of Western Rome was partially sealed in the late third century, when the Emperor Diocletian divided the Empire into two halves—the Western Empire seated in the city of Milan, and the Eastern Empire in Byzantium, later known as Constantinople. The division made the empire more easily governable in the short term, but over time the two halves drifted apart. East and West failed to adequately work together to combat outside threats, and the two often squabbled over resources and military aid. As the gulf widened, the largely Greek-speaking Eastern Empire grew in wealth while the Latin-speaking West descended into economic crisis. Most importantly, the strength of the Eastern Empire served to divert Barbarian invasions to the West. Emperors like Constantine ensured that the city of Constantinople was fortified and well guarded, but Italy and the city of Rome—which only had symbolic value for many in the East—were left vulnerable. The Western political structure would finally disintegrate in the fifth century, but the Eastern Empire endured in some form for another thousand years before being overwhelmed by the Ottoman Empire in the 1400s.

4. Over-expansion and military overspending

At its height, the Roman Empire stretched from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Euphrates River in the Middle East, but its grandeur may have also been its downfall. With such a vast territory to govern, the empire faced an administrative and logistical nightmare. Even with their excellent road systems, the Romans were unable to communicate quickly or effectively enough to manage their holdings. Rome struggled to marshal enough troops and resources to defend its frontiers from local rebellions and outside attacks, and by the second century the Emperor Hadrian was forced to build his famous wall in Britain just to keep the enemy at bay. As more and more funds were funneled into the military upkeep of the empire, technological advancement slowed and Rome’s civil infrastructure fell into disrepair.

5. Government corruption and political instability

If Rome’s sheer size made it difficult to govern, ineffective and inconsistent leadership only served to magnify the problem. Being the Roman emperor had always been a particularly dangerous job, but during the tumultuous second and third centuries it nearly became a death sentence. Civil war thrust the empire into chaos, and more than 20 men took the throne in the span of only 75 years, usually after the murder of their predecessor. The Praetorian Guard—the emperor’s personal bodyguards—assassinated and installed new sovereigns at will, and once even auctioned the spot off to the highest bidder. The political rot also extended to the Roman Senate, which failed to temper the excesses of the emperors due to its own widespread corruption and incompetence. As the situation worsened, civic pride waned and many Roman citizens lost trust in their leadership.

6. The arrival of the Huns and the migration of the Barbarian tribes

The Barbarian attacks on Rome partially stemmed from a mass migration caused by the Huns’ invasion of Europe in the late fourth century. When these Eurasian warriors rampaged through northern Europe, they drove many Germanic tribes to the borders of the Roman Empire. The Romans grudgingly allowed members of the Visigoth tribe to cross south of the Danube and into the safety of Roman territory, but they treated them with extreme cruelty. According to the historian Ammianus Marcellinus, Roman officials even forced the starving Goths to trade their children into slavery in exchange for dog meat. In brutalizing the Goths, the Romans created a dangerous enemy within their own borders. When the oppression became too much to bear, the Goths rose up in revolt and eventually routed a Roman army and killed the Eastern Emperor Valens during the Battle of Adrianople in A.D. 378. The shocked Romans negotiated a flimsy peace with the barbarians, but the truce unraveled in 410, when the Goth King Alaric moved west and sacked Rome. With the Western Empire weakened, Germanic tribes like the Vandals and the Saxons were able to surge across its borders and occupy Britain, Spain and North Africa.

7. Christianity and the loss of traditional values

The decline of Rome dovetailed with the spread of Christianity, and some have argued that the rise of a new faith helped contribute to the empire’s fall. The Edict of Milan legalized Christianity in 313, and it later became the state religion in 380. These decrees ended centuries of persecution, but they may have also eroded the traditional Roman values system. Christianity displaced the polytheistic Roman religion, which viewed the emperor as having a divine status, and also shifted focus away from the glory of the state and onto a sole deity. Meanwhile, popes and other church leaders took an increased role in political affairs, further complicating governance. The 18th-century historian Edward Gibbon was the most famous proponent of this theory, but his take has since been widely criticized. While the spread of Christianity may have played a small role in curbing Roman civic virtue, most scholars now argue that its influence paled in comparison to military, economic and administrative factors.

8. Weakening of the Roman legions

For most of its history, Rome’s military was the envy of the ancient world. But during the decline, the makeup of the once mighty legions began to change. Unable to recruit enough soldiers from the Roman citizenry, emperors like Diocletian and Constantine began hiring foreign mercenaries to prop up their armies. The ranks of the legions eventually swelled with Germanic Goths and other barbarians, so much so that Romans began using the Latin word “barbarus” in place of “soldier.” While these Germanic soldiers of fortune proved to be fierce warriors, they also had little or no loyalty to the empire, and their power-hungry officers often turned against their Roman employers. In fact, many of the barbarians who sacked the city of Rome and brought down the Western Empire had earned their military stripes while serving in the Roman legions.