Yearning for Days Gone By

By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings

My folks have a painting in their living room, a pastoral hunting scene by Currier and Ives. It serves as a historical reminder of days gone by, rural landscapes with horses and dogs chasing through the brush, their riders dressed fashionably for the ride.

Glancing through the internet, I found a similar painting by Currier and Ives called, Fox Hunt. It was a simple rendering on canvas; dogs and horsemen awaiting the hunt, a reminder of how things used to be prior to suburbia and shopping malls. Viewing the painting, a few assumptions could be made; the most obvious, those involved were members of the aristocracy, or at the very least men of means to be arrayed in such finery.

The picture of groomed horses trained to jump obstacles and obey a riders command during the hunt portrayed a certain elevated station in life. A pack of hunting dogs indicated a rather large investment; care and grooming as well as years of breeding for the sole purpose of hunting at the whims of an owner who enjoyed the hunt, is difficult for the average working man to comprehend. While we can appreciate the singular beauty of such a scene; not many of us can afford such a luxury; maybe it’s the age old story of class envy, a yearning for something out of reach.

I saw a photograph posted on the internet of a fox hunt; the early morning fog blended the dreamlike vision in such a way as to remind me of those Currier and Ives paintings. I saved the picture to file thinking someday I’d share it; today must have been that day.

That brings me to an ongoing court case in which the Philadelphia SPCA staged a series of blunders which needs to be sorted out. I’ve been following a set of articles posted by JDZ at a website called Never Yet Melted over the past year or so and have mixed feelings as to what is right and wrong with the whole mess created by PSPCA; but I’ll get to that later. Here’s the lead-in as posted most recently:

“After more than 14 months, all 22 counts of animal cruelty charged against Murder Hollow Bassets master Wendy Willard in August of 2009 by the Pennsylvania Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) in Philadelphia County were withdrawn on October 5, 2010 in Philadelphia Municipal Court. Wendy was also found to be in complete compliance with all applicable statutes.

You may recall that on July 27, 2009, the life of Wendy Willard, a retired social studies teacher and nationally recognized Master of a pack of hounds known as Murder Hollow Bassets, changed forever. That day, using a warrant obtained following a trespass on her property, the PSPCA searched Wendy’s barn, seized 11 of 23 hounds and pressured her to sign so-called “surrender agreements” by threatening to take the other 12 dogs and subjecting her to a heavy fine if she refused.

The search and seizure was performed under the guise of enforcing the Philadelphia “limit law,” applicable only to residential dwelling units, and not a barn inhabited by dogs. However, before Wendy was charged with anything, and without notification to her, all of the hounds were spayed and neutered after their seizure. Worse still, one of the hounds was killed as a result of a botched attempt at surgery during the mass spay/neuter operations performed by the PSPCA. The 10 remaining live hounds became infected with a lung virus in the PSPCA’s facility. The PSPCA then sent those 10, with medications, to an unlicensed “rescue” operation that sold them all for “adoption” before any hearing on the charges took place.

Somewhere in all those words, the idea of tyranny came to mind, a nagging thing called due process might have been ignored; but more importantly there’s the issue of property rights. At what point did PSPCA determine they had gained the right to another’s property? Enough that they were permitted to do as they pleased without the consent of either the courts or the rightful owner?

“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If ‘Thou shalt not covet’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.”

John Adams (A Defense of the American Constitutions, 1787)

There is something terribly wrong in America. Private property is no longer considered sacred. Maybe the folks at PSPCA don’t like the idea of folks using dogs to hunt; could it be that simple?

I read an account, humorous to a point; but true to a fault, on how to tell the difference between conservatives and liberals. One of the examples used, had to do with firearms, “If a conservative doesn’t like guns, they don’t buy them. If a liberal doesn’t like guns, then no one else should have one either.” I suppose the same could be considered with hunting dogs. The idea of running them through the brush, thorns and ticks, mud and injuries; not to mention the terrified fox being chased down simply for sport.

The problem with applying this type of selective rational, is it violates every concept of private property. It suggests that society has the power, not the right, but the power, to dictate the presumed proper use of property based on collective judgment rather than individual determination.

Ezra Taft Benson reminded us of a talk he gave, The Proper Role of Government, of something recorded in the Alabama Declaration of Rights:

“That the sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty and property, and when the government assumes other functions it is usurpation and oppression.”

Benson continued the thought:

“This means, then, that the proper function of government is limited only to those spheres of activity within which the individual citizen has the right to act. By deriving its just powers from the governed, government becomes primarily a mechanism for defense against bodily harm, theft and involuntary servitude. It cannot claim the power to redistribute the wealth or force reluctant citizens to perform acts of charity against their will. Government is created by man. No man possesses such power to delegate. The creature cannot exceed the creator.”

Again I ask, at what point did PSPCA determine they had gained the right to another’s property? Enough that they were permitted to do as they pleased without the consent of either the courts or the rightful owner? Regardless of how you feel about the use of hunting dogs, petrified little foxes being used for sport or the need for animals to be spayed and neutered; there must be a universal respect for the right to property. An inviolate precept which government and its agencies must adhere to or civilized society as we know it will not be found here in America.

“Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.” “The Law” by Frederic Bastiat

If we, collectively or individually, ignore the importance of an individual’s right to property, we ignore his right to life as well. Have we abandoned the efforts of so many valiant individuals, efforts to safeguard God given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness through constitutional protections from our government? How I yearn for days gone by…

This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”


Cornwallis and the Surrender of Chesapeake Bay

By: Bill Federer
From: The Moral Liberal

American Minute with Bill Federer

British General Henry Clinton ordered General Cornwallis to move 8,000 troops to a defensive position where the York River enters Chesapeake Bay. General Washington, joined by French General Rochambeau’s 6,000 troops, hurriedly marched to trap Cornwallis against the sea. French Admiral de Grasse left off fighting the British in the West Indies and sailed his 24 ships to the mouth of Chesapeake Bay where, in the Battle of the Capes, he drove off the 19 British ships trying to evacuate Cornwallis’ men. De Grasse’s 3,000 French troops then joined General Lafayette’s division and the troops of Generals Benjamin Lincoln, Baron von Steuben, Modrecai Gist, Henry Knox and John Peter Muhlenberg. All together, 17,000 French and American troops surrounded Cornwallis and he surrendered OCTOBER 19, 1781.

General Washington wrote:

To diffuse the general Joy through every Breast the General orders… Divine Service to be performed tomorrow in the several Brigades… The Commander-in-Chief earnestly recommends troops not on duty should universally attend with that gratitude of heart which the recognition of such astonishing Interposition of Providence demands.

Bill Federer – The Moral Liberal contributing editor, William J. Federer, is the bestselling author of “Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance no Longer Tolerates Religion,” and numerous other books. A frequent radio and television guest, his daily American Minute is broadcast nationally via radio, television, and Internet. Check out all of Bill’s books here.


Resist the urge to savage Christine O’Donnell regarding her understanding of the 1st Amendment

By: Bookworm Room

Two of my absolute favorite political writers, Peter Wehner and Jennifer Rubin, have chastised O’Donnell for her recently reported constitutional error. I think that, perhaps, they’re being unfair. It’s clear from reading the news reports that the Constitutional portion of the debate was intended to be a pile-up on O’Donnell:

Also during the debate, O’Donnell stumbled when asked whether or not she would repeal the 14th, 16th, or 17th Amendments if elected.

“The 17th Amendment I would not repeal,” she said, before asking the questioner to define the 14th and 16th amendments, adding: “I’m sorry, I didn’t bring my Constitution with me.”

The 16th Amendment allows Congress to raise taxes without apportioning them among the states or tying the taxation to Census results. The 14th Amendment grants citizenship to everyone born in the United States. The 17th Amendment established direct election by popular vote of two U.S. Senators to each state.

I’m a lawyer and, beyond the 1st ten Amendments, plus the 13th and 14th, I too would have trouble nailing any given Amendment’s substance just by numerical reference. Knowing the Constitution and “speaking the code” are two different things.

As for O’Donnell’s alleged ignorance about the 1st Amendment, I wouldn’t be too hasty. I haven’t heard the audio from the debate, so I don’t know how exactly it played out. I’m inherently suspicious of the media’s spin on it, though, simply because I know that they want to paint her as an uneducated hick, unsuited to higher office. The context was that Coons was pushing the Leftist view, which is that the 1st Amendment essentially outlaws religion in any aspect of public life, leaving it to exist only within the four walls of the Church (or synagogue or temple) or the home.

Coon’s view, although the media heartily approves, is manifestly wrong. The First Amendment’s carefully phrased language was intended to keep the federal government from establishing a state church, akin to the Church of England that had so recently controlled the colonies. For those who didn’t worship at its altar, the Church of England still required taxpayer funding and it seriously restricted access to politics, employment and education. The Founders wanted to ensure that American citizens wouldn’t never be forced to worship in a centralized government faith — or, worse, be penalized for refusing to so worship. This is a far cry from outlawing faith entirely, which is where Coons is going.

Further, that same carefully phrased language was intended to ensure that local governments could, if they so desired, establish a faith: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion….” (Emphasis mine.) That emphasized phrasing makes it plain that other governing bodies can make laws respecting establishment of religion. And indeed, at the time the Founders enacted the Bill of Rights, several of the States did have official churches.

If you doubt this, contrast the 1st Amendment’s language with that in the 2nd Amendment. There, the Founders made plain that no governing entity, whether federal, state or civic, could pass any law limiting arms: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The 2nd Amendment is one example of passive voice being a good thing.

O’Donnell clearly understands the way in which the 1st Amendment was intended to work — and it’s entirely possible that, in the context of the debate, she was still laboring over these substantive ideas when Coons, conversationally, threw out his constitutional quotation. That would explain O’Donnell’s confusion. Context is everything and, until I hear what happened there, I reserve the right to question the MSM’s reporting.

Even if the MSM is correct, though, that O’Donnell didn’t remember the precise phrasing in the 1st Amendment, the situation between the two candidates, Coons and O’Donnell, is still unequal. When it comes to the 1st Amendment, Coons knows what it says, but doesn’t get what it means; O’Donnell gets what it means, but doesn’t know what it says. And given a choice between the two, I’d always take the one who understands the Constitution, rather than the one who parrots it mindlessly and twists it to Marxist ends.


Financial News Update – 10/19/10

Alan Greenspan and the Effects of “Creating More”

The Food Crisis of 2010

The Credentialed Gentry and The Unpersuaded Yahoos

Democrats bankrupt America as unemployment reaches 10%

Politics as Usual — or Is It Revolution?

‘Without cause’: Bank fires complaining client (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

The Senator From Soros (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

ObamaCare forces major spike in health costs at Boeing

Bank of America Reports $7.3 Billion Loss, Citing Charges (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

The Biggest Bank Robbery In History? More Quantitative Easing = Backdoor Bailouts For The Big Banks Without Having To Go Through Congress

Are Democrats Buying Senior Votes for $250?

The Loss Of Trust And The Great Unraveling To Come

There’s A Huge Air Pocket Forming Underneath Risk Assets

Hussman: QE Didn’t Save Us From The Crisis — Lying About Asset Prices Did

Interview: Eric Sprott Talks Gold, The Failure Of Keynesianism, And The Death Of Fiat Money

Wells Fargo Sends Out Panicked Instructions To Prepare For Coming Flood Of Mortgage Repurchase Requests

SocGen: Goldman Is Wrong, And You Shouldn’t Bet On The GOP Boosting Stocks

Here’s How The Social Security Administration Really Hopes To Save Itself

And Now, Here’s The First 11 State Pensions Funds That Will Run Out Of Money

The Crisis Is Over: Bank Of America Is Set To Begin Foreclosures Again (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Obama Administration Uses Taxpayer Funding to Encourage ‘Sustainable Communities’ (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Another 4closureFraud Bombshell – Full Deposition of Kelly Scott of the Law Office of David J Stern (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

It’s Official… Obama Has Now Borrowed $3 Trillion

Virginia attorney general compares Obama to King George III (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

George Soros’ Millions Buying ‘Political Reporters’ for NPR (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Banks Restart Foreclosures

‘Culture of Poverty’ Makes a Comeback

And So It Begins…. (Countrywide Breach of PSA) (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Miracle Worker: Obama Matches 214 Years Worth of US Debt in Less Than 24 Months

Mortgages – Which Can Legally Only Be Sold Once – Were Sold Again and Again (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

New rule could send some insurers packing (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

The New Tax Man: Big Banks and Hedge Funds (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Morning Bell: The Left Still Doesn’t Get Poverty

Chicago, Other Cities Face Huge Tab for Their Government Pensions

Americans Prefer Social Security Upper Income Benefit Reductions to Tax Hikes

In The Green Room: RedState.com’s Erick Erickson on Tea Parties, Conservatives, and Government Waste

Is The Economy Recovering, Or Is Bernanke Blowing The Mother Of All Global Bubbles?

Here’s The Real Disaster From The Way The Fed Has Handled QE

Here Are The Gritty Details Behind Today’s Ugly Industrial Production Miss

There’s Another Huge Government Debt Issue In Europe, And Even Germany Is In Trouble

EXCLUSIVE! Democratic Party Coordinates With European Socialists In Bid For “Global New Deal” (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

EDITORIAL: Administration caves to Big Corn (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Sorry Folks, The Put-Back Apocalypse Ain’t Gonna Happen (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Citigroup: Essentially ZERO Actual Profit (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Arguments heard on health insurance mandate; ruling expected by year’s end (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Democrats plan to steal our pensions in Lame Duck Session (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Pimco, NY Fed Said to Seek BofA Repurchase of Mortgages

Quantitative Easing Only Show in Town For Fed, BOE: David G. Blanchflower

Geithner Weak Dollar Seen as U.S. Recovery Route Versus BRICs

France Pension Protests Crimp Fuel Supply, Disrupt Transport

Bank of America Posts $7.3 Billion Loss on Cost of New Rules


GALLUP: Unemployment at 10.0% in Mid-October

EU Commission proposes European-wide VAT

Anti-pension strikes widen in France

Sarkozy: We’ll crack down

UPDATE: French retirement protests take violent turn

Unions pile pressure on govt

Truckers join in

Thousands protest against looming cuts in London

Shattered Dreams: To Rent or Buy, That is the Question

Wall Street Sell-Off Fuels Massive Dow Drop


Letter Re: Updating JWR’s Economic Collapse Indicators List

John Williams Warns of “Severe and Violent Sell-Off in Stocks”

Local Property Taxes Soaring in New York

As Goes Iceland, so Goes the EU?

Bernanke Weighs Risks of New Action

24 Statistics About the US Economy Embarrassing to Admit

Global Illusions Stemming From Money Printing

Robo-Signing Eviction Scandal Rattles Wall Street

The Fed Has Gone Insane So I’ll Just Pick Up Some More Gold & Silver (The Mogambo Guru)

America’s New Poor: End of the Middle-Class Dream

Gerald Celente On $5,000 Gold, Currency Crisis, and the Crash of 2010



By: Dave Logan

Day one of the TPX IV tour was a huge success with rallies in Reno and Elko, Nevada. Palin’s message to the attendees in Reno was clearly heard in Las Vegas — see the Las Vegas Sun’s morning headline below. A major hit piece on Angle.

Here’s what the Sun has to say about Palin and the TPX, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal is carrying this story as well. “HARRY PELOSI” — thank you Andrew Breitbart — can smell the diesel fumes of the TPX IV’s caravan of buses headed their way today. Fear is in the air and they’re pulling out all the stops.

TPX IV embed, Andrea Shea King, will be filing reports with me as the day’s events unfold. I will be updating here on this post, so check back throughout the day. King has put together a great slide show from yesterday’s rally in Reno and as I reported yesterday, she was able to get a pic with Palin. Check it out at The Radio Patriot.

Today’s TPX IV events begin with a Rally in Ely, NV at Noon and then on to Las Vegas at 6 PM. For future TPX rallies, check the entire tour schedule here. Tell your friends and family, attend if you can. If you can’t attend a rally in your town, you can watch it live via Liberty.com’s site. I used Liberty’s site yesterday to watch the Reno rally and it worked perfectly. No sign up, just click the link.

Greatly assisting in the effort to spread the word is Terresa Monroe-Hamilton at NoisyRoom — lots of posts; Melanie Morgan, and John Ruberry out of Chicago at Marathon Pundit. The crew at TPX can’t thank these patriots enough for their time and effort. Old guard media dislike their efforts; we love ’em for it and with their continued efforts we’ll bring this progressive era to a grinding halt — we’re all part of the history that’s being written today. Know this to be true. And also know that they’re running scared, not knowing what to make of you poor, misguided American patriots, bent on taking back America.

The ANDREA SHEA KING SHOW will be broadcasting live each night at 9 PM ET from the TPX IV. Don’t miss it!


UPDATE I–12:15 PM out of Nevada via Andrea Shea King from the Red Bus: TPX IV will be late arriving for the rally in Ely because of road construction. Not to worry, though, they will be there! The arrival for the Las Vegas rally later this evening will be on time–6:00 PM. TPX IV officials have secured a 100 MOTORCYCLE ESCORT into Las Vegas, so traffic will not be a problem. More to come…