August 11, 2014
Walid Phares, a Lebanese-born American and one of the worlds foremost scholars of Global Terrorism and Middle Eastern Affairs, just minutes ago posted this on Facebook.
This is a plea for immediate prayers and forthcoming support from the American Military to help the imperiled Iraqi civilians stranded, starving and helpless on Mount Sinjar. This is a plea for a miracle to save our fellow humans in the midst on a holocaust.
Tonight, while we in the peaceful West sleep, hundreds of imperiled innocent babies, women, and men will die from exposure, thirst, hunger, and the brutality of Islamo Fascist radicals under the banner of ISIS.
Posted at 10:48 mountain time, 8/10/2014 by Reagangirl.com
August 10, 2014
The article below is of particular interest to those in Colorado concerned about how various “threatened” (meaning anything from “iffy” to “robust”) sub-species of sage grouse are being used by the EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and environmental lobbying groups as a weapon against western fossil fuel interests.
From the Daily Signal
How a ‘Threatened’ Species Is Threatening Jobs in One State
HOXIE, Kan.—These days, when Kyle Randa scouts a new location for an oil well, his schedule is a little different.
He still gets up early to drive out to the spot. But rather than get right to work, he sits for a few hours and listens. And hopes he doesn’t hear the booming call of the now-infamous lesser prairie chicken.
Like countless others in western Kansas, Randa’s job has been upended by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision last March to list this small grouse as a threatened species. With the decision came new rules, regulations and the threat of fines for disturbing the bird.
Folks in the oil and gas industry are now restricted where they can work—it costs as much as $45,000 in fines to tear up a single acre of lesser prairie chicken habitat. But it goes beyond that. Randa, who works for Mull Drilling of Ness City, used to start his days by 6 a.m. or earlier, but now he and other oil patch workers are barred from going anywhere near a rig before 9 a.m.
What happens if, say, there’s a fire? Randa just shrugs and said it’s not worth inviting fines. They’ll just wait it out.
Under the scorching summer sun, restricted hours mean hotter, longer days with fewer jobs to go around.
“It’s going to change our lifestyle, how we operate,” Randa said. “They’re trying to set the hours you can work. They’re going to restrict where you can and where you can’t work. We don’t work 9-5.”
Although the initial impact of the USFWS ruling is being felt by the energy industry, a ripple effect is inevitable. Oil and gas are huge economic factors in communities across western Kansas. They provide not only reliable employment, but make up a substantial chunk of the tax base. Ed Cross, president of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association, said in July 2013 the industry employs as many as 67,000 Kansans.
Until May 12, at least some of those jobs were spread across about 15 oil wells near Oakley, right in the heart of lesser prairie chicken habitat.
“We stopped because we don’t want to be their [USFWS] poster boy,” said Mark Hammerschmidt, a driller with Pelican Hill Oil and Gas.
“We’ve got guys on drilling units that don’t have jobs now because there’s so many that have backed off,” he said. “Each well, you’re affecting maybe 100 people by the time you get all the service, all the guys on the rig. There’s a whole lot more to it than just drilling a hole and putting a pumping unit on it. There’s a lot of service industries that are affected by this.”
But even more unsettling than the threat of fines—which can range upwards of $25,000 for just disturbing a lesser prairie chicken, Randa said—is the uncertainty. Folks aren’t sure exactly how things will be enforced and just how closely the federal government will follow the letter of the law.
But if you ask Jim Carlson, the whole decision is wrong from the start.
Carlson heads the Kansas Natural Resource Coalition, a group of 31 Kansas counties that have banded together to fight the perceived power grab by the federal government.
“The science doesn’t support the listing,” Carlson told a crowd of worried individuals during a KNRC meeting in Hoxie on Thursday.
The official USFWS report detailing the lesser prairie chicken listing is a staggering 600 pages long, but at the very core is one simple number: 18,000. That’s how many birds government officials say they counted in Kansas last year, down from 34,000 birds counted in 2012.
Here’s a secret: In reality, they have no way of knowing just how many lesser prairie chickens reside in Kansas, and the methodology they use to count the birds is shaky at best.
According to surveys conducted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, the birds are counted by listening for their calls within a given area, under a few assumptions:
- Only males are counted
- All males attend leks (mating grounds)
- There are as many females as males
- All leks within the survey area are detected.
Travis Perry is a reporter for Watchdog.org, a national network of investigative reporters covering waste, fraud and abuse in government. Watchdog.org is a project of the nonprofit Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity.
Posted by Reagangirl.com 8/10/14
August 9, 2014
Cupcakes and Lemonade Stands
One of the first rites of passage into the American kitchen for generations of children has been baking cupcakes. With minimal preparation and few ingredients, cupcakes have been the traditional low-risk introduction to the art of cooking for millions of kids. But just as Progressives have attacked all American traditions, leftist food control freaks decades ago identified rich, comforting desserts as a threat to humankind, and set out on a quest to shame cupcakes, brownies, cookies and all things baked.
First came the demonization in the 1970′s of salt, in the 1980′s of sugar, and in the 1990′s of butter and oil; all essential ingredients in baking. But Americans have a passion for home-baked comfort foods, and as we pushed back against the Progressive war on yummy things, their attacks became more direct. In early 2010, Michelle Obama spearheaded the effort to ban the lot; salt, sugar, butter, oil, and all things that appeal to the child and optimist in all of us, by first kicking sweets out of public school cafeterias, then bake sales off school grounds.
It’s hard to fathom, but true nevertheless, that American moms and kids have been shamed by the First Lady of the United States for making money for good causes by selling treats at bake sales. Though the directive to suspend the selling of homemade confections on public school campuses comes from the USDA, Michelle Obama is the mouthpiece of the anti-cupcake movement in America. Don’t be deceived, however, Michelle Obama and her progressive comrades are not fighting the “evils” of salt, fat and sugar. The progressive war against bake sales is really an assault on Americans’ instinct to support one another through charitable acts, generosity, creativity, and voluntary exchange; an instinct which minimizes the importance of government in our lives.
Putting up a lemonade stand in the summer was the first taste of Free Market Capitalism for kids of my generation. Consisting of a card table, a folding chair, a plastic gingham table cover, a cardboard sign, paper cups and a couple pitchers of homemade lemonade, our little stands were a test of the entrepreneurial spirit. We planned, built, stocked, advertised, and ran our lemonade stands with little or no help from Mom or Dad. We had to endure the heat, maintain the quality of the product, and work long hours for a small profit margin, often taking our marketing campaign on the road in the Radio Flyer wagon and walking around the neighborhood soliciting business.
The traditional lemonade stand is a tidy microcosm of the American free market economy; the risks, the toil, the failures, the rewards, and we all benefited from the effort. Sometimes we sold braided plastic keychains, candy, Spudnuts, or pet rocks, but there were no regulations and no Progressive control freaks to stop us.
Stories now abound about neighborhood lemonade stands, bake sales, and other entrepreneurial ventures shut down by local law-enforcement, HOA’s, city councils and health departments. As government, the great meddler, grows, it loses touch with the genius of the citizen, and inane regulations created by obscure bureaucrats force good parents and industrious kids to cease and desist their experiments in Capitalism and thus abandon their dreams of owning a summer business.
More than the acts of bumbling bureaucrats out of touch with the Middle Class, policies prohibiting innocent and sociable activities like bake sales and lemonade stands seem sinister, almost conspiratorial. Instead of rewarding the application of thought, resources, and time in the creation and marketing of a product, government entities punish families for using their private property as they see fit. Instead of savoring the rewards of showing off personal cooking acumen with yummy creations at a bake sale, children are shamed for the innocent pleasure of selling something delicious to benefit something important. Instead of learning about voluntary exchange in a free market, children are made ashamed of their dreams of creating and selling something at a profit. The bigger the government, the smaller the individual. The more government micromanages every aspect of existence, the less control the citizen has over his own life. The more rules and regulations imposed on personal activities, the less incentive the individual has to create, succeed, or take the risks required to do either.
It’s not by accident that Progressives want to extinguish the entrepreneurial instinct at an early age. The progressive Left can never win the war against the well-developed creative impulse, the fiery spirit of success . This is why government is waging a war on childhood.
Next in the series: Hypersexualization
by Marjorie Haun 8/9/14
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Posted by Reagangirl.com 8/8/2014
August 7, 2014
Hey kiddos, have you heard of the “Rape Whistle App” or the “Anthony Weiner App?” Well, stop texting for one frigging minute and check out the new and amazing Liberal Democrat Apps for your Not-so-Smart Phone!
- The Slick Willie App: Extremely popular with single men, this app uses GPS and facial tomography software to identify reasonably attractive women within the user’s vicinity and alerts him as to their location. It has a sensitive, high-definition camera lens that can work from as far away as 300 yards. The user simply scans his surroundings and the camera will identify and pinpoint any woman over the age of 15 and under 300 lbs as a potential pick-up.
- The Lois Lerner IRS Emails App: This powerful app has the ability to scour clean the hard drives of computers and servers, eliminate emails stored in the computers and servers of those who received them, and cause hard copies of sensitive data to dissolve into the ether. Once you upload the Lois Lerner IRS Emails App you will also be able to strike from the memory of any person in the world any data which may have been obtained through Lois Lerner’s emails.
- The Border Invasion App: This application works much a silent dog whistle. It emits no discernible sound but when activated sends a signal to all the poor people in Central America calling them to show up at the Border where they will get open passage into the country, free food, medical care, transportation to the city of their choice, and a CD containing all the speeches of Barack Obama in Spanish.
- The Terrorist Border Invasion App: Like its sister app, this one links into the social networks of terrorist cells in Mexico, Central and South America and beyond. When activated it will send a direct message to its terrorist users written in Arabic saying, “The border with America no longer exists. Dress like a peasant, keep your head down, and enter by blending with the tens of thousands pouring into America, get an apartment in Austin, sign up for food stamps, and start building your bombs. See you in September.”
- The Border Invasion Language App: This powerful application uses Universal Translator software to help politicians such as Sheila Jackson Lee and Nancy Pelosi welcome illegal aliens into the country. The user speaks into the microphone and the speech is audibly translated into Arabic, Chinese, Yemeni, Urdu, Russian, Nahua, or in a pinch, Spanish. This app is a mandatory feature of all iphone 5s currently being distributed by the Department of Self-Immolation to all illegal border invaders.
- The Hillary Clinton Benghazi App: Nobody knows what this app does, but what difference, at this point, does it make?
- The Bowe Bergdahl App: The ratings for the Bowe Bergdahl App are not good because of its buggy nature. Once downloaded the app will take up the 24 hr news cycle for approximately 2 weeks and then it will inexplicably disappear, never to be mentioned again.
- The Depressed Taliban App: Using a digital voice software which mimics Barack Obama, this app sends voice messages of encouragement and hope to terrorist detainees at Gitmo, all of whom have an iphone 5.
- The Anthony Weiner App: Also known as “digital male enhancement,” this app works with your camera to enlarge a specified portion of a photographic image while keeping everything in the background in its proper proportion.
- The Hobby Lobby App: For reasons which remain a mystery to ordinary smart phone users, this app, when activated, causes liberal women to go into convulsions and scream, “My body, it’s my body, and I have a right to make you pay for my contraceptives!” This app comes with an appropriate warning, which usually goes unheeded by Democrat-leaning sluts.
- The Rape Whistle App: Liberals and most Democrats, who have an unusual aversion to the mere concept of guns and armed self-defense, like this simple app. In the case of an attempted rape the user simply activates the app and it emits a shrill sound similar to a whistle. Although it has reportedly never prevented a rape, it remains popular among liberal gals because it makes them feel good.
- The Obamacare Website App: Although this application has been in development for years and has cost nearly a billion dollars to bring to market, it is still too buggy for consumer use. It is likely the developer will have no choice but to create the Single Payer App in its stead.
- The Veterans Administration Waiting List App: There is a real version of this app, and a fake version of this app. Neither works properly, but the fake version creates the appearance that its working. In the end, it’s a totally useless piece of crap. No one, however, is willing to take this expensive piece of crap off the market and replace it with something that works because hundreds of thousands of over-paid bureaucrats like it just the way it is.
- The Al Sharpton App: This application works much like a teleprompter but uses phonetic syllables to help the speaker say even the simplest words correctly. Within the text are alerts in a bright yellow font reminding the speaker to “speak slowly and don’t spit so much.”
- The Alinsky App: This handy application, with just the touch of an icon, can help idle Socialists plan how to use racial politics, wedge issues, hate mongering and scare tactics to organize their neighborhoods into little balkanized islands consisting of haves and have nots, blacks and whites, rich and poor. Extremely popular among Democrats the Alinsky app is tricky to use and will cease to function if the Free Market Capitalism App is used in the same vicinity.
- The History Revision App: Liberal teachers love this app. It works as a sort of translator and can translate text, or website content taken from history texts or databases, and revise it to fit the liberal, “America sucks” narrative. Using terminology such as “genocide,” “conquest,” “invaders,” “religious zealots,” and “Capitalist pigs,” the History Revision App will take the most heartwarming American tale and turn it into a story of injustice, racism, violence, and hate, almost too much to bear.
- The Liberal Male App: This optical application turns the screen of your smart phone into a sort of fun house mirror. The typical liberal male, physically inadequate with splotchy face and body hair, sallow skin and dead eyes, can gaze into this app and it will reflect back to him an image which is well-muscled, fit, and properly hairy. Though it may give the liberal male a temporary boost of confidence, liberal females have been known to break phones with this app, having a rabid hatred of manly men.
- The Liberal Female App: Much like its counterpart, this application is to be used only in secret. They typical grotesque liberal female gazes into the screen of her smartphone and reflected back is the image of a beautiful woman such as Sara Palin or Megyn Kelly. Liberal females must be careful not to use this app in the presence of a liberal male as it has a tendency to cause them to become Conservative Republicans.
by Marjorie Haun 8/7/14
August 6, 2014
Forrest L. Gomez, author, Vietnam veteran, and friend who is fondly known as Old Sarge, shares his musings on the finer points of current events.
Klem Kaddidlehopper and Political Correctness
- Mission Impossible would be called racist because so many of the team’s missions were in Africa and Asia.
- Jack Benny’s interchanges with Rochester would be called racist, even though Rochester always got the best of Jack.
- Red Skelton would be the thought criminal of all time. Freddy the Freeloader would be insensitivity to the homeless, Klem Kadiddlehopper would be insensitive to people in Appalachia and other such places.
- Dead Eye Dick would conjure images of genocide of Native Americans.
- Bill Cosby’s and Flip Wilson’s routines would be labeled as making fun of minorities and the poor.
- Bill Dana (Jose Jiminez) would have his image set aflame bi La Raza, and be accused of hating Hispanics.
- McHale’s Navy would anathema to politically correct Asian-Americans.
Does anyone out their not understand why I hold the Left in total contempt, with political correctness being just one reason? No, I don’t hate them. You have to respect someone to hate them. Perhaps you can think of some examples of your own of Political Correctness run amok.
August 5, 2014
Illegal aliens have been destroying wildlife habitats and delicate environmental areas along the southern border for years. Although not a new problem, it has reached devastating proportions as the surge, beginning last year, of illegals pouring into the Southwest has exploded. The Left, invested in this tsunami of new Democrat voters, has remained largely silent on the environmental impact of their new constituents. Below is a collection of stories and images chronicling the pollution, damage, and species depletion caused by the unchecked, human-caused disaster known as the “border crisis.”
Trampled Wilderness: Illegal Immigrants, Drug Traffickers Destroying Border Parks (Brownsville Herald, June 2002)
By JULIE WATSON
The Associated PressEL PINACATE BIOSPHERE RESERVE, Mexico Drug traffickers scar volcanic desert with illicit runways, while law enforcement officials chase them through once-tranquil parks. Thousands of migrants traipse across delicate backcountry areas sending campers fleeing to ranger stations, fearful of crowds trekking by their tents in the night.
Wilderness areas on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are taking a beating from an onslaught of migrants, drug traffickers and law enforcement officials, a new study says. Some national treasures in both countries have been lost forever.
Few parks have taken a greater toll than the U.N.-designated biosphere reserve El Pinacate and Arizonas adjoining Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Last year, officials caught 200,000 migrants and 700,000 pounds of drugs in Organ Pipe alone.
Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, situated along its border with Mexico, has suffered irreparable harm from more than a decade of illegal aliens streaming through on their way north. Its slow-growing and fragile cacti, some hundreds of years old, are often pushed over or gouged by illegals and the coyotes and drug traffickers guiding them. Its paths are worn, strewn with filth, and the habitats of its native animal and plant species are being degraded at an alarming rate.
Public Lands Being Destroyed by Illegal Immigration
A position statement released by the Public Lands foundation on July 18, 2014 concluded:
Smuggling of controlled substances and people into the United States from Mexico has caused significant impacts to lands and resources managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Tribal and State governments and private citizens along the southwest border of the United States. The impacts imperil designated Wilderness Areas, National Conservation Areas, National Monuments and other public lands. These impacts are so severe that immediate action by the Administration and Congress is required, including enactment and enforcement of a new immigration policy and allocation of sufficient resources to mitigate impacts resulting on lands within the National System of Public Lands administered by BLM.
No Safe Refuge by Roger Di Silvestro
In 2006 the National Wildlife Federation released this article detailing the destruction of habitat of endangered and species by illegal aliens and drug smugglers. It reads, in part:
Cabeza Prieta–the size of Rhode Island and 90 percent officially designated as wilderness–is one of three federally protected wildlife areas under assault along southwest Arizona’s border with Mexico. The 330,000-acre Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, which is 95 percent designated wilderness, abuts 30 miles of border, and Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, a former ranch covering 118,000 acres of native grassland, lies along 5.5 miles of border. All of these lands were set aside to protect desert wildlife and wilderness habitat. Cabeza and Organ Pipe are home to the Sonoran pronghorn, an endangered subspecies, and Buenos Aires was established in part to protect the endangered masked bobwhite quail.
Jaguars, Ocelots, Sonoran Pronghorns and other threatened species are now the brink of disappearing from southwestern border states due to decreased immigration enforcement and increased illegal movements northward from Mexico.
In 2006 Defenders of Wildlife released a publication titled, On the Line: The Impacts of Immigration Policy on Wildlife and Habitat in the Arizona Borderlands. In the Executive Summary of the document, it reads:
Beginning in the early 1990′s, the U.S. Border Patrol dramatically increased its immigration enforcement efforts in heavily populated border areas such as San Diego, California, and El Paso, Texas, essentially shifting undocumented immigration, drug trafficking, and other illegal activities from urban areas to more remote and less populated areas–especially the borderlands of Arizona. This has resulted in significant environmental degradation in some of the most pristine and valuable wildlife habitats in the nation.
Numerous wildfires started by illegal aliens
Each year wildfires are started intentionally as a diversion by coyotes and drug smugglers, and unintentionally by illegals camping in the deserts along the southwestern border. Senator John McCain (R) Arizona, in 2011 brought this to the attention of the country much to the displeasure of those who advocate open borders and illegal immigration. But a report from the Government Accountability Office documents the truth of Senator McCain’s assertions. It says:
Wildland fires can result from both natural and human causes. Human-caused wildland fires are of particular concern in Arizona–especially within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border because this is a primary area of entry for illegal border crossers and GAO has previously reported that illegal border crossers have been suspected of igniting wildland fires. Over half of the land in the Arizona border region is managed by the federal government–primarily by the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and four agencies within the Department of the Interior. These agencies collaborate with state, tribal, and local entities to respond to wildland fires. GAO was asked to examine, for the region, the (1) number, cause, size, and location of wildland fires from 2006 through 2010; (2) economic and environmental effects of human-caused wildland fires burning 10 or more acres; (3) extent to which illegal border crossers were the ignition source of wildland fires on federal lands; and (4) ways in which the presence of illegal border crossers has affected fire suppression activities. GAO reviewed interagency policies and procedures; analyzed wildland fire data; and interviewed federal, tribal, state, and local officials, as well as private citizens..
From 2006 through 2010, at least 2,467 wildland fires occurred in the Arizona border region. Of this number, 2,126, or about 86 percent, were caused by human activity.
The United States of America, once the world’s beneficent super power, fostered through its public lands policies and animal welfare statutes, a respect for the natural world, its inhabitants and their homes. Third world nations sometimes pay homage to wildlife and natures wonders, but the ethos of respect for nature is, for the most part, lost on impoverished, uneducated masses from socialist nations to whom survival supersedes all other considerations. It’s no wonder that illegal aliens, human traffickers and drug smugglers traversing our southern border leave in their wake environmental destruction, filth, and death.
As three decades of failed immigration enforcement culminates in the current wave of illegals from nearly eighty countries splashing into our states, the likelihood that this environmental horror can be stemmed is nil. The contemptible hypocrisy of the American Left who, on one hand uses environmental issues as a bludgeon against progress and Capitalism, will, on the other hand, turn a blind eye to the very real and irreversible loss of species, habitat, and natural features where illegal aliens, drug cartels, international terrorists, and future Democrat voters blaze super highways into the heartland of our once-sovereign nation.
For more information about the environmental impact of illegal aliens please check out the following:
by Marjorie Haun 8/5/14
August 4, 2014
Q & A: What Is This Iron Dome That Is Protecting Israel From Hamas Rockets?
As Hamas launches rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel, casualties are kept at a minimum thanks to Israel’s superior air defense system. In the current conflict, up to 90 percent of the rockets engaged by the “Iron Dome” are intercepted as they approach high-value Israeli targets. The Rafael-Raytheon air defense system has held a high rate of success since it first intercepted a Gaza rocket in April 2011. What is the Iron Dome and how does it operate? Heritage policy analyst Michaela Dodge answers these questions and more.
What is the Iron Dome?
The Iron Dome is an Israeli air defense and a short-range defense system designed to destroy enemy rockets, mortars, and artillery shells.
How does it work?
Each Iron Dome battery is comprised of interceptors (Tamir), radars, and command and control systems. The system shoots down incoming rockets mid-air before they hit the target. The system only intercepts rockets that would hit targets of value (population centers, military facilities, etc.). This allows the system to preserve interceptors and save more resources than if it were shooting down every single rocket. In April 2011, the Israelis found out that they needed to launch an interceptor against only about 20 percent of the rockets launched by Hamas.
This article was reposted by Reagangirl.com on August 4, 2014 with permission of the author.
Michaela Dodge specializes in missile defense, nuclear weapons modernization and arms control as policy analyst for defense and strategic policy in The Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies. Read her research.
August 4, 2014
Everyone should be alarmed when government agencies which brand military veterans, people of faith, and Conservatives as potential “domestic terrorists” begins to use moving, breathing, human targets as fodder in their para-military drills.
Dictators have always used creative ways to dehumanize their opponents. In Hitler’s Germany, Jews were portrayed in pictures, articles, textbooks and propaganda films as sub-human filth; vermin, apes, dogs, malformed and malevolent. This systematic dehumanization effectively chips away at the moral repugnance most have against harming other human because they are taught that the object of their contempt is NOT human. Not human, sort of like Zombies?
In Obama’s America numerous government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense have issued BOLO lists of “domestic terrorists” which include veterans, members of the Tea Party, pro-lifers and Right-wingers. Take note that most of these “groups” are comprised of ordinary people who are patriotic, law-abiding, prefer limited government, and believe in the Constitution. It’s for their beliefs they are pegged potential terrorists. The label “terrorist” when applied to these generally conservative Americans is like unto Hitler’s use of “vermin” in reference to “Juden.” The words are dehumanizing. It was a German citizen’s duty to country to expose and punish “vermin.” In Obama’s America, certain political elitists believe it is their patriotic duty to expose and destroy the Tea Party, pro-lifers, and any groups that pose a threat to the sacrosanct authority of the state.
For several years DHS has been holding “Zombie Drills” and “Zombie Apocalypse Training” during which actors in zombie garb with horror makeup and glassy eyes confront armed government agents in mock attacks, purportedly to hone the tactical skills of the agents. But most recently the Pentagon has jumped aboard the corpse cart, laying out complete battle plans for a full-out Zombie invasion. One could surmise that this is just a cutesy approach to training which heightens morale among the domestic agency troops. I disagree. Given the increasingly hostile attitudes of government agents, and the agencies giving them orders from Washington D.C., it should surprise no one that dehumanizing opponents of the state is a central motif for all armed domestic agents’ tactical training.
The DHS drills use live actors made up to look like threatening, though dead, human beings. They have human form, but lack the pathos of non-zombie humans. They walk and groan, but lack human warmth and intelligence. Killing actor zombies with firearms which carry blank rounds is the step between shooting decidedly non-living cardboard cutouts and killing living humans with whom one can identify. That in-between step in Hitler’s Germany looked like “apes” and “vermin.”
I’m troubled by the use of zombies not because of the nature of the zombie phenomenon, but because of the nature of the United States Government, and many increasingly inhumane state and local governments. The novelty of zombies has worn off–they’ve expired if you will. Nevertheless everyone should be alarmed when government agencies which brand military veterans, people of faith, and Conservatives as potential “domestic terrorists” begins to use moving, breathing, human targets as fodder in their para-military drills.
The path of desensitization is one of increments. Few are sufficiently psychopathic to kill another human without devastating anxiety–unless their level of exposure has been high. I believe that Zombie Apocalypse scenarios are being used by agencies with armed law enforcement to provide that exposure by degrees, and will eventually create domestic armies to be turned against opponents of the state, zombies or not.
by Marjorie Haun 8/4/14