Been a while since I’ve posted, so this is a big post

Hey everyone, first, I am still alive and kicking. I haven’t posted much lately because my day job got a lot more hectic when my mentor resigned and I got tapped to take over his workload, which includes doing the extra projects and training new folks. I’ve got a lot more work to do and a lot less time to do it. On the plus side, it’s job security until the hammer drops.

Another reason I haven’t been posting is because I haven’t really seen the point of it lately. There’s so much going on that will affect all of us, but nothing I’ve done to warn the political class has done anything. I’ve taken to spending more time preparing myself and my family for the inevitable. Those preparations include being a part of III Arms and the III Citadel projects (yeah, I’m one of the founding members, and I am proud to say that). I didn’t weigh in on the MBV drama because I honestly didn’t have time to think about the best way to state my position. I’ve thought about it, and this is my take:
I met MBV when I went to the armed rally at Gravelly Point Park on 4/19/10. Now, up to that time I had read everything MBV had written on SSI even though I was only introduced to him at the end of 2009 (I had a lot more time before I got married and had kids). I had high expectations of the person and I was very underwhelmed. When I met him something didn’t feel right about him, but I continued reading his stuff. I began to pay more attention to his actions and his “tone”. At the time, I was still relatively new to the “patriot” community, and all I knew of Kerodin was what Mike spewed. I was curious, so I went to K’s site and read some of his stuff. I was still trying to make up my mind when MBV went off about K again, so K posted his side of the “felony” story on his site. It sounds plausible to me. Another reason K’s story sounded better than MBV’s was that K accepted his past and didn’t try to hide it, but even though MBV has told his “story” about his past, he gets real upset when anyone brings it up. That doesn’t mesh well for me… per MBV it’s impossible for K to have changed (or even for K’s version of the story to be true), but MBV is a “born again” Capitalist (living off the government teat?). Sorry, that doesn’t sit well with me. Anyway, I kept reading his stuff because I was invested in what he was doing for Gunwalker (I also met David Codrea at Gravelly Point, and liked what I saw although I didn’t spend too much time talking to him), I was one of the three people that went to DC for TL’s Siege back in 2011. Anyway, so something didn’t feel right about MBV, but I can’t explain my gut feelings and it was nothing specific (although, to my knowledge, I’ve only been seriously wrong about one person in my life). So, after that drama, I started paying more attention to Kerodin. I was already reading TL regularly, so when he proposed the Liberty Summit for last year, I knew I had to attend. It was just good fortune that Kerodin decided to stop by. I had a chance to talk to K and after our conversations I believe his side of the “felony” story even more (and that’s not even what we talked about). Sure, he has a past, but I believe him when he says that he wasn’t intentionally trying to extort anyone. He seemed to me like an honest person. I also got the chance to talk to Jim, and his actions of the day impressed me. We all have our past, I have some things in mine that I’m not exactly proud of, what’s important is whether we learn from our past and don’t repeat our mistakes. So, all you jackasses out there claiming that those of us invested in the III projects are idiots who don’t know what we’re doing… go fuck yourself in your little basement world, I intend to do everything I can to make a better place for my children and all the talking you’ve been doing for years has accomplished absolutely nothing. Those of us that invested in the III actually want to do something rather than sit around and bitch about how much we can’t do. Oh, and one other thing… while I doubt very seriously that K and Jim have the intentions of screwing us over, they would have to be retarded to attempt it. I was at the Liberty Summit, I know the quality of the people that invested. I know my own capabilities. K and Jim might know how to hide, but when you have the training (or, in some cases, the friends with the training), you can find people that are trying to hide and make them wish they had never done you wrong. Again, I don’t believe that is their intent, if I did I would demand a refund and let everyone know why I was, but I have faith in their stated intentions. For the record, I no longer bother to read what MBV says, after a while he just keeps repeating himself and blaming everyone else for his own problems. I don’t wish him dead, but I do wish he’d just shut the fuck up and go away, he’s making the rest of us look bad.

I’ve also volunteered to be a delegate to the III Congress. While I don’t put myself in the same intellectual capacity as our nations founders, I do have access to their works and their words. I have read and understood what they said and what they meant. I also know that they warned us about what we’ve got going on in this country right now. In order to make a better place for my children, I believe we need to return to the founding documents. I will do everything I can to make that happen.

I don’t expect to live in the Citadel when it opens, but I will maintain a summer home there. I’m still working on my wife, but since she’s originally from Long Island she thinks we already live in the country and she has no desire to move to Idaho (or anywhere other than a beach city). I’m working on her, I’ve made some progress over the last few months… we went from “Hell NO, NEVER” to “we’ll talk about it when the kids get older”. A little bit at a time.

The next topic, I was all set to go to the “Guns Across America” rally in Harrisburg last weekend, but when I started talking to the guy coordinating for PA he was actively discouraging open carrying firearms. That pissed me off. This was a supposed 2A rally, but they were afraid to actually exercise their 2A? I had better things to do than waste my time with people that don’t know who they are (I replaced the front half-shafts on my truck). I told them to let me know when the “No, you can’t have my guns” rally was taking place instead of the “Please sir, don’t take my guns” rally. As it turns out, there were people there open carrying, but still, the “coordinator” pissed me off. So be it. I’m hearing that there may be another one in February that is calling for Open Carry where legal. I will probably attend that one.

Just because it doesn’t look to me like anything I’ve done has made a difference, it doesn’t mean I’ve given up. I’m still planning and prepping. I’m still talking to people. Hell, the III Congress put me in touch with a couple of people in PA that are relatively close. I’m still trying to get a meeting with them, but it’s a start. I’ve also discovered that an old friend of mine believes pretty much the way I do. I hadn’t seen him in years, but we linked up on facebook and after reading some of my posts and comments he wanted to talk and so we did. I think this is the beginning for me locally.

So, now we come to the “gun control issue”. This is a non-starter for me. I have made my decision as to what will happen when they come for my guns (or when they start to come for other citizens guns). There is no point in discussing this with the idiots that believe there is such a thing as reasonable restrictions, and certainly not with the folks that want total confiscation. I won’t change my mind, I know what rights my Creator gave me, and I know that they are not free. I don’t want to die for my principles, but I won’t live without them (although, in honesty, I may relent in the instant, but that will just be to ensure that my family is safe, and then I will reclaim what is rightfully mine). So, in that line of thought, I haven’t really seen the need to post or talk about how pissed off I am that they are trying again… actually, I’m not pissed off any longer. I would be pissed if I was surprised by this, but I’m not. What I am now is resigned to the fact that the hot war is coming. Sooner than any of us will be ready for it, but longer than I want to wait (I’d rather get this shitstorm out of the way before my kids have to pick a side too). I guess that makes me/us more dangerous. Anger is a warriors enemy, it leads to rash decisions and rash decisions get you killed quick. The fact that I am no longer angry means that I am now thinking more clearly than I have in years. That makes us dangerous. So, if you are still angry about what the politicians are attempting to do, why? Are you at all surprised by it? If you are not surprised, why are you angry? Get over the anger and get to the planning. Don’t stop with the necessary fails though, we still need to keep up the appearances of anger. Keep warning your politicians, I don’t think it will help, but you have to do everything you can to avoid the bloodshed that they are bringing forth. To that end, I’m working up a letter to politicians that I plan on hand delivering to their offices in Harrisburg and in DC. I know this will take a lot of time that I don’t really have, but I want to give them another warning. As much as multiple calls/emails and faxes might make them think, one in-person visit means someone is serious enough to take the time to visit them (I learned this in 2011 when I went to DC and spoke with several reps). Anyway, I’m not a great (or even good really) writer, so I don’t have a draft of the letter yet, but when I do I’ll post it here available for downloading (just in case anyone else wants to deliver them). The basic premise of the letter is: I am a Citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and, by extension, a Citizen of These United States. I have certain unalienable Rights endowed by my Creator and codified by our Founding Fathers in our Declaration of Independence and our Bill of Rights. Through the actions of “elected officials” at both the State and Federal levels, my unalienable Rights have been violated on a regular basis. I have had enough. I will not register any of my firearms, nor will I surrender them if you send your thugs to my door. We know who you are and we know how you vote. You have spent millions of dollars to train people like me to be warriors, to defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC. While you may not value the oath that you swore, I value mine more now than I did the first time I swore it. While I do not relish the thought of dying to reclaim my rights, I refuse to live without them. Please, return our Republic to the values it was founded on and our families can live in peace. If you continue to try to steal my “Life, Liberty and Happiness”, I will have to stop you. Please, I am begging you. You do not understand the people you are toying with. We will tolerate many many things, until we won’t. We are very near to the point of not tolerating any longer, and there are millions of Citizens like me. This is the last time I will attempt to warn you of the errors of your ways. You have two choices: return the Republic or prepare for the bloodiest war the world has ever seen. We have you surrounded, but you simply can’t see it.

Like I said, I’m not a writer, I need to massage that and make it something that gets the point across without being a direct threat. I welcome suggestions, either as comments or privately (lead the comment by stating you want me to delete it when I read it and I will). After I get it done, I will actually address it to each member of the house and senate, the pres_ent, my governor and members of my states house and senate. Then I will take the time to travel to DC and to Harrisburg and hand deliver it. If I can put it directly into the “officials” hands and look into his/her eyes as I do it, I believe it will have a more profound impact, but I will settle for handing it directly to their aids.

So, to end, I am still alive, I am still working towards a better future, but I am preparing to die so that my children may have a better future.

A Letter to the USMC PAOs

Pete brought a post by AP to my attention. AP wrote up a great letter to the USMC based on the events in Pete’s earlier post, The Integration.

I have modified AP’s letter/email as follows and sent it to the email addresses Pete gave us, along with sending it to my State Reps and my state’s US Reps:
Sir or Ma’am,

As a veteran with prior service in the US Army Airborne, I remember well my oath of enlistment. I remember an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

I am writing you concerning this story:

http://www2.wnct.com/news/2012/aug/23/8/marines-civilian-police-officers-conduct-urban-tra-ar-2542928/

According to this news story, the US Marine Corps is actively training armed civilian police officers in military tactics, for purposes of “integration”.

There was a statement in the story:

“I think it’s always good when you get an opportunity to work on some similar tactics and procedures so that everybody’s kind of operating on the same page. That way when you bring teams together from active duty and the civilian side, it makes the integration a whole lot smoother.”
I have three questions that I would like to have answered concerning this:

1.) RE: “Operating on the same page”… It is obvious that these civilian officers that the USMC trained will be using these tactics (presumably to include dynamic room entry and other high-intensity-combat methods) against US civilians. Why do civilian LEOs need to operate against US civilians “on the same page” as the USMC would operate against foreign combatants? Can you explain to me how training civilian police officers to more effectively kill US citizens is in line with your oaths of enlistment/commission to uphold the US Constitution?

2.) RE: “That way when you bring teams together from active duty and the civilian side, it makes the integration a whole lot smoother” What exactly do you mean by this? Does the USMC plan to take civilian LEOs to foreign theatres, or are you implying by “integration” that United States Marines will be used CONUS against United States civilians?

3.) As a civilian rifleman, being a part of the United States’ Constitutional Militia, when can I and my other countrymen expect an invitation to train alongside US Marines?

An answer would be appreciated, as the “integration” of military and police forces is a matter of grave concern to myself and many of my countrymen.

Sincerely,
Mark Roote

AP: Redress of Grievances

AP put up a good suggestion the other day (I’ve been busy so I hadn’t been back to read him in a few days). He says pretty much everything I think about it. This effort may be a loss, but before the bullets fly we still have to keep up appearances… and who knows, maybe God will be with us and actually get someone to answer for the government. I doubt it. We’re no longer on His side (as a country), so why should He be on ours?

Anyway, AP’s suggestion was to contact your representatives and ask them to look into the governments stockpiling of ammunition. What is it for and why?

I’ve sent it to my US Congressman and my state’s two US Senators. I’ve also sent it to my state representatives and governor.

Can’t hurt to at least try.

My Speeding Ticket Update

So, back in April I got a speeding ticket, here’s the story: Are Police Above The Law?
One of my reps had one of her people forward it to the PSP as I requested (the day after I sent it to them) and I got a response from PSP today (finally). Here it is:

Mr. ROOTE,
Your complaint regarding Tpr. EILER’s driving and duty performance on 04/27/12 has been reviewed by myself and several members of the PSP command staff.

After a thorough review, we have found no wrongdoing on the part of Tpr. EILER, and no violations of departmental regulations.

Your complaint has been resolved and the matter closed.

Thank you.

Cpl. Todd BRIAN | Patrol Unit Supervisor
Pennsylvania State Police |Troop F, Lamar/
7127 Nittany Valley Dr | Mill Hall, PA, 17751
www.psp.state.pa.us

Well, that is an unsatisfactory answer, so I sent this in response:

—————————- Original Message —————————-
Subject: Re: PSP Complaint
From: patriot@rooteshome.com
Date: Wed, August 22, 2012 3:36 pm
To: “Brian, Todd A” | TBRIAN@pa.gov
Cc: “Young, David J” | daviyoung@pa.gov
“Tobias, Robert F” | rtobias@pa.gov
Governor@pa.gov
lbaker@pasen.gov
kboback@pahousegop.com
————————————————————————–

So, you condone your officers violating the law (speed limits and other
sections of PA Title 75) and disregarding public safety (severe congestion
with erretic speed changes caused solely by Eiler’s driving)? Average
citizens get tickets for these violations.
It is apparent that you, and Eiler, believe that you are above the law.
This means that you do not actually recognize the rule of law unless it
applies to citizens. Do you arrogant bastards even realize that the Rule
of Law protects you more than it is supposed to protect the citizen? How
long do you expect citizens to tolerate this lawless behavior from the
“law enforcement” officers? You are all a disgrace to the uniform. Every
time I have to interact with one of you people wearing the PSP uniform, my
trust and respect of you all gets lower.
Beware what will happen when we average citizens begin to treat the law
the way you treat it. You will be the first to feel the effects of it.
We are fast approaching a day when a citizen will feel safer by running
from anyone wearing a badge and/or uniform than submitting to you… And a
citizen running from you is the best you could hope for, many won’t run,
they will choose to protect themselves from you in other ways.
Reestablish the Rule of Law before it is too late. Punish Eiler for his
violations (that were recorded on video) and spread the word amongst your
troops that further violations of the law will not be tolerated before the
citizens feel they have to correct you. The fact that I was speeding is
not in dispute, but in the video you can clearly see that I was following
Eiler at the same speed he was travelling without lights and/or sirens (as
required by state law). That is all the evidence you need to prove that
he was violating the law. His attitude when I questioned him about his
speed is more than enough to show that he doesn’t believe the law applies
to him. I won’t go into his actions when I asked him about it in the
courtroom, but it was even more disturbing than what you can see in the
video.
This is not the end of this matter.

Mark Roote
III

They simply don’t realize what they are setting themselves up for.

Gear/Company Review: Kelty

OK, this is my first gear review, and it’s really not much of a gear review, it’s more of a customer service review.

Way back in 2002 I bought a Kelty Redwing 3-day Pack. I loved this pack. It was big enough to fit everything I needed for a week away from home, including fitting my laptop into the built in Camelback pocket. There was a main compartment that had the Camelback pocket in it; a “middle” pocket that has several pen/pencil holders, a small zippered mesh pocket, a clip that you could hang keys from and a couple of other open pockets; a “front” zippered pocket that would easily fit a couple of paperback books; two side pockets that had zippers to get into with a “hood” that could easily fit a 32oz water bottle; two mesh pockets lower on the sides that I routinely put soda bottles in; and a bunch of straps that I used to secure various items with clips. It was very comfortable and didn’t make my back sweat because of the great ventilation built in. I liked that while the waist strap was not removable, it could be folded and stashed inside it’s own compartment without causing the undue discomfort of a bulge in the small of my back. It was also perfect as carry-on because of the cinch straps on the side. I could load it up with my clothes and toiletries and a couple of books, cinch it down and go on a flight with it. I did a couple of week long business trips with it as my sole luggage. Anyway, I loved the pack.

I used this pack for everything from hiking & camping to travel. I also used to use it to carry my rain gear, lunch, etc when I rode the motorcycle to work because it was comfortable and water resistant (and did I mention that it didn’t make my back sweat… ever?) In fact, unless it was an absolute downpour, my stuff never got wet inside the bag, so it was a bit more water resistant than some tents I’ve bought. Anyway, back to the point of this post… Back in October of 2009 I was in a motorcycle accident on my way to work while wearing my backpack (someone in a pickup pulled out in front of me and I tried to eat his bumper). In the accident I broke my shoulder and the medics had to cut the strap of my bag to get it off. First, the thing held up great in the accident. Other than two tiny little holes (smaller than dimes) that got “road rashed” into the face of the bag, there was no visible damage to the pack (other than the strap that was cut). I never got rid of the bag because I knew I’d get replacement straps at some point and start using it again. It got stuck in the attic after my last move and mostly forgotten about. I’d think about it every once in a while, but never long enough to actually try to find straps. I knew that it wasn’t covered by Kelty’s Limited Lifetime Warranty (for material and workmanship defects), so I never bothered to contact them about it. Well, about two months ago I was digging around in the attic and saw it. I dragged it downstairs and started looking for straps. I knew Kelty sold replacement straps for some of their bags, but I couldn’t find them for this one, so I decided to call and see if I could get straps sent to me so I could get a seamstress to fix it for me. I don’t remember the girls name that answered the phone, but she was very polite. Anyway, I told her what had happened and that I knew that it wasn’t covered under warranty, but I wanted to get straps for it so I could get it fixed. She informed me that they didn’t sell replacement straps for that type of bag because it is an internal frame and the straps are sewn in. She asked me to hold for a minute and when she came back on she told me to go to the website, download the warranty repair claim form, fill it out and send it in with the bag. If they could find straps to fit they’d fix it and mail it back to me. I made sure to reiterate that it wasn’t a warranty issue, I just wanted it fixed and I was willing to pay. I asked her how much it would cost (approximately) so I could make sure to have the money set aside for it and she told me that if they could find straps they would fix it free of charge, if not they would give me a call and ask me what I would like to do and at worst they would ship it back to me in its damaged condition. Well, ever the cynic, I decided that at worst I’d be out the $15 it would cost to ship it to them, so I filled out the form and sent it in. The only problem I listed on the form was the strap, I made no mention of the holes in it. That was about 3 weeks ago.

Yesterday I got home to find a package in the mail that was the same size and weight as the one I sent them. Saw the return address and sure enough, it was from Kelty Warranty Dept. I opened it up to find my bag with a brand new set of straps that are actually more comfortable than the ones it originally had (I didn’t realize that was possible) and it had a patch covering the holes that it had. Again, I didn’t request that they patch the holes, I just wanted the strap fixed. I figured I could just sew on some of my patches I have for the 82D, EMT-B, Dive Rescue, Vehicle Rescue, etc. I also noticed that they included the repair claim form with the technicians comments about what repairs were done and there was another white sheet of paper. That white sheet of paper had the terms of their Lifetime Limited Warranty, which plainly states that the damage I had should not have been covered. So, I checked the box again for a bill to cover the repairs and couldn’t find one. I looked back over the other documents again and on the carbon copy of the warranty claim form was a place for charges. I had to look very closely, but there were a couple of zeroes that were barely visible. So, it appears that they actually did repair my pack and return it to me for nothing more than what it cost me to ship it to them.

I don’t have any pictures of the pack’s damage prior to sending it to them, but I’ll be posting some pics of the repaired item a little bit later.

I don’t normally do equipment reviews, no one has ever paid me to be their spokesman (and I have never asked for payment). I don’t usually buy items that have names on them, and I have removed the names from some of the items I own because it was plastered in so many places I was a walking billboard (I had a several hundred dollar Joe Rocket riding jacket that had so many Joe Rocket emblems it was ridiculous, I cut them all off before I ever wore it in public). I buy items because it’s comfortable and/or functional, not because of a name. Sorry, getting off on a tangent…

Now, I don’t necessarily expect them to perform non-warranty repairs for everyone, maybe there were special considerations because I was involved in a motorcycle accident and the damage was not necessarily due to negligence, I don’t know, but I will actually say now that I am an avid supporter of Kelty and am willing to tell anyone that asks (and probably some that don’t). I will remain such a supporter until they lose my respect (by producing crap and/or not honoring their warranty and/or letting customer service go to crap). I’m not one of those “Buy American First” people if you can get the same quantity/quality/service from somewhere else, but in this case I heartily recommend the American Company Kelty. I haven’t had customer service like this in a very long time (no automated machine talking to me, no hassles, the girl I spoke to was actually very pleasant, etc).

OK, that’s the end of my company review. I’m impressed enough that I had to share it (perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by above-and-beyond customer service, but it’s hard to find these days).

Are Police Above the Law?

So, back in April I attended the Liberty Summit in Mercer, PA. Those that were there knew that I got a speeding ticket while en-route. The thing is, I did it on purpose. Well, before I write the whole story twice, here’s the email I just sent:

Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:36:35
Subject: Are police above the law?
From: patriot@rooteshome.com
To: Governor@pa.gov; kboback@pahousegop.com; lbaker@pasen.gov

I cannot find any email addresses for the State Police or its Commissioner (Frank Noonan), so please forward this message in its entirety to him so that he/they can view the linked video.

Back on April 27th I was traveling across the state on I-80 West. It was still early in the day and there hadn’t been much traffic all morning, individual vehicles here and there, but absolutely no congestion… until I got to the Williamsport area. I got to that area and there was a long line of vehicles in both lanes that couldn’t maintain a speed to save their life. For the record, I am a disabled vet with two bad knees, when I travel any distance I set my cruise control within 5 mph of the speed limit, when I have to take the cruise off for no apparent reason it not only annoys me, but it starts to hurt after a while.
Anyway, after about 15 minutes, I finally managed to weave my way far enough through this traffic to see that the cause for this congestion was a State Police Cruiser. He was fluctuating his speed between 65-80 mph and changing lanes frequently, whether there was any reason to or not. After another few minutes of this nonsense, I decided to pull out my video camera and record what I was about to do. I had decided to get up behind this cruiser, set my cruise control, and then pass whenever he moved over. So that’s what I did, and I got pulled over and was issued a speeding ticket. Now, I won’t deny that the speed he (and I) were moving at when I set my cruise control was well above the posted speed limit, but when he said he pulled me over for speeding, I asked him “what about your speeding?” He acted like he wasn’t speeding and seemed offended that I would even think that he could have been breaking the law.
So, I plead not guilty and took it to court. I know that I was, in fact, guilty of speeding, but the whole purpose for me getting the speeding ticket in the first place was to prove that he was breaking the law (I haven’t had a speeding ticket other than this one in around 10 years, I don’t drive like that anymore). So, we get to court and Eiler tried to make me an offer to plead out because he “didn’t appreciate the way it went”. He said that I could plead out to a simple failure to obey a signal and there would be no points on my license. I decided to go ahead and take the trial.
So, we get into the trial and he proceeds to state his case against me. When it was my turn, I decided that rather than to defend myself I would accuse him. All I want is EQUAL JUSTICE. He is not above the law… or is he? Eiler seems to believe that he is above the law. At one point, he actually stated that he has the right to speed. First off, my rights come from my Creator, not from any government. Secondly, while he may have the authority to speed, PA Title 75 (The Pennsylvania Vehicle Code) §3105(a) says that The driver of an emergency vehicle, when responding to an emergency call or when in the pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law or when responding to but not upon returning from a fire alarm or other emergency call, may exercise the privileges set forth in this section, but subject to the conditions stated in this section. So, prior to my passing Eiler, none of these conditions were met, but he was speeding in violation of the law. Let’s continue. PA Title 75 §3105(b)(3) states that the driver may exceed the maximum speed limits so long as the driver does not endanger life or property… Well, we already know that none of the conditions required to allow him to exceed the speed limit were met prior to my passing him, so let’s look a little closer: he was endangering life and property by causing congestion on a highway where there was no reason for it (prior to and after my interactions with Eiler, for the entire 300 mile trip I was on, there was absolutely no congestion on the interstate)… well, there’s another violation of state law. But wait, I’m not done yet. 75§3105(c) says The privileges granted in this section to an emergency vehicle shall apply only when the vehicle is making use of an audible signal and visual signals meeting the requirements and standards set forth in regulations adopted by the department. Well, you can see in the attached video that he was not using either audible or visual signals while cruising down the interstate at 80 mph.
So, since I am not allowed to pull someone over or to write tickets, I passed him to make him stop. He seemed indignant at the time that I would question him about his speed. When in the courtroom, I asked him what his maximum speed was before he ever saw me and he couldn’t answer. Then I asked him what his average speed was and he couldn’t answer. He stated that he doesn’t pay attention to his speedometer while driving, but he “doesn’t have a lead foot, so it’s not an issue”. Umm… Eiler… I have video that would disagree with that statement.
Also, at the very end of the video, you can see Eiler pull away and make an immediate u-turn. When we were in the courtroom, he claims that he left “in such a hurry” because he was responding to a domestic disturbance call. Umm, OK, so he was actually (supposedly) responding to an emergency call but didn’t turn on lights or siren? Yet another violation of state law. How many violations of the law is he allowed in an hour?

The whole purpose for this message is that I demand EQUAL JUSTICE for all. Eiler doesn’t believe that he is a citizen that has to follow the same rules as all of us little people. I beg to differ. He is subject to the same rules as the rest of us. He claims that he has special training, but who is to say that I haven’t had training? I would actually be willing to test my skills against his any day, even with my physical disabilities. He was overweight (you can see it in the video… a bulletproof vest doesn’t make your face and neck fat). I’ve also driven at over 160 mph on both a motorcycle and in cars… I doubt Eiler has ever been close to that speed, so I’d put my driving skills against him. And then there’s the firearms aspect of being “law enforcement”… I’m former military and I train regularly with my firearms. I also reload my own ammunition and have played with gunsmithing. I’d put my weapons skills against his. I also wonder what his education level is? The point of listing some of my skills and qualifications is that Eiler is most certainly no better than me in any aspect that I can imagine (I’m pretty sure I have a firmer grasp of the Constitution than he does too).

Yet, this fat cop thinks he is above the law?

He is not the first officer that I have come across that believes he is above the law. I am tired of this holier than thou attitude from public servants. I am a citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and of these United States of America. I am not a servant nor a subject. I am writing you people to get you to take action to ensure that there is equal justice for everyone, regardless of their profession. This is a nation of laws. When the Rule of Law no longer applies to a select portion of the population, it no longer applies to any portion. Do you really want to see what happens when the rule of law is dead?

Also, I have not contacted any media about this yet, but if I don’t hear about some momentum soon to correct this (and other) officers attitude, I will begin contacting media until something is done to eliminate the elitist attitude.

Sincerely,
Mark Roote
III

The video can be seen here:

Are Police Above The Law?

In response to David’s GRE article yesterday, I decided to send the following email. I waited so long to post this here because I wanted to make sure that none of the emails bounced… as of right now, approximately 4 hours after I sent it, I have received no notification of failure.

Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 08:26:35 -0400
Subject: Are police above the law?
From: patriot@rooteshome.com
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I wanted to bring an issue to your attention: Requests to investigate anti-gun Philly top cop’s ‘gun crimes’ ignored. I live in Monroe Township, so I have copied my own representatives as well as trying to send it to all representatives of Philadelphia.

Basically, this article (and its source) state that Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey is guilty of misdemeanor and felony violations of Pennsylvania’s Uniform Firearms Act and Attorney General Linda Kelly and the District Attorney are ignoring the attempts to get them to investigate and prosecute.

I find this very upsetting as I am the one Receiving ‘Harsh Treatment‘ that is also linked in that article. The news that the Philly Police Commissioner is being rewarded for blatantly breaking the law is very upsetting since I was not breaking any laws, yet I was threatened with theft and imprisonment. I was in fear for my safety and my ability to return home at the end of the day, so I complied… that won’t happen next time I’m (legally) Open Carrying in Philly.

I will end this with one final note: You need to keep in mind that we are a nation of laws, and when the police (and other public ‘servants’) ignore the law, they relieve the citizen of their obligation to follow it as well. The rule of law protects them from us as much as (or more than) it is supposed to protect us from them. When the law no longer protects the citizen, what makes you think it will protect the ‘servants’?

Restore the rule of law. Force the appropriate persons to investigate, prosecute and then punish the law-breaking Charles Ramsey.

Sincerely,
Mark Roote

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

From Ann: URGENT ACTION ITEM REQUEST FROM THE USMC, ET AL

Posted by Ann Barnhardt – June 27, AD 2012 9:08 PM MST

I received an email from an active-duty Marine who is an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran asking me to help generate traction on a very important issue that is being overlooked, even in the alternative media.

I am DELIGHTED to help, as much as I can.

The issue is the current push by the Marxists to put women into COMBAT. Not merely “women in the military”, but women in full-on combat, including putting women into all branches of the Special Forces.

Make no mistake, this business of putting women in combat has nothing, and I mean nothing, to do with “equal rights” or any other such nonsense. This is a cold, calculated effort by the Marxist contingent to render the United States military totally ineffective and completely unable to effectively prosecute and win any war, or “kinetic military action”, as they now call it.

In the spirit of my apparent vocation, let me just drill down to the bone right away, because time is of the essence.

Women, no matter how well-trained, can never, ever be anywhere close to a match for a man in combat. They do not have the strength, especially in the upper body, and never will no matter how hard they train. They can not carry loads, and they do not have the endurance of men. And I will tolerate no delusional horseshit arguments to the contrary. I don’t care about “this one girl you know” who can do X, Y and Z. Her strength is exceptional RELATIVE TO OTHER FEMALES, but she is absolutely no match for a man, even a man of a significantly lower fitness level.

On a personal note, I can testify. I have been doing CrossFit-like training five days per week since November. I am 5’4″ and weighed 130 pounds on the nose this morning. Do you honestly think that I would be any match at all in combat with a man with average to below-average fitness who was 5’10” and 180 pounds? Heck, I wouldn’t be any match for a man who was 5’4″ and 130 pounds like me. The upper body strength advantage of the man would itself be more than enough to put a quick end to any fight. This is why I carry a gun at all times, as all women and men of good will should.

Now let’s assume equal height and weight. The woman is still at a massive anatomical disadvantage. Men are built for strength, speed and endurance. A woman at 5’10” and 180 pounds is physically constituted to gestate and then breastfeed babies. Big, big difference. This is like trying to use a Toyota Siena minivan as a dumptruck. No matter what you do, or how many lies you tell yourself, it is never, ever going to work.

Next to the moral issues. Again, I’ll be blunt. Putting women in combat will destroy the ability of the military to fight, and will kill the women in question, and kill them ugly. But exactly like Operation Fast & Furious, that is precisely what the Marxists want. They WANT the optics of dead American women in order to kill morale and drain the nation of any will to fight ANY aggressor.

The current rules of engagement have already handicapped our military to a large extent. Putting women in combat will utterly destroy what little combat effectiveness remains. Why? Because women who were captured would be raped to death, beheaded, their bodies desecrated and mutilated, all on video which would be posted on the internet, and this would destroy all will to fight. Commanders would simply lay down and surrender before sending women into any situation that could result in capture – which means that we would be totally unable to fight at all. Further, the American people would themselves demand surrender when faced with the videos of women soldiers being raped, killed and mutilated, and the Marxist, satanic media would absolutely foam at the mouth to run such videos on a perpetual loop, lusting the carnage and the sensationalism for ratings, and in loyal service to the Communist, anti-American cause.

Again, I can personally testify. Earlier this year the video of my burning of the koran that was subtitled in Arabic by the Coptic Christians in Egypt, who are dying in a genocide as we speak, went uber-viral in the Mid-East. It is now flirting with 700,000 views, almost all of them in the Middle East, and Dearborn, Michigan. I see the comments left in English. Let me put them into a nutshell for you. They involve putting me in traction, raping me, and then killing me not by beheading, but by raping me to death with objects – tearing apart my internal organs and puncturing my diaphragm from inside and below. Then, after I was dead, my corpse would be decapitated, then mutilated, then displayed. Think Mogadishu with rape. All on video, of course.

If you put women in combat, I promise you, that is what will happen to any that are captured. Knowing this, what commander is going to hand the enemy that kind of propaganda victory, not to mention sending the woman to a horrific, horrific death? Any sane commander for both personal AND tactical reasons MUST shield and show tactical “favoritism” to any females in his outfit. All this accomplishes is massively reducing the efficacy of the outfit, replacing able-bodied men with not just a woman of inferior physical ability, but also a huge burden and liability that would have to be effectively “babysat” and “protected”, thus draining the outfit of even more combat ability.

But Ann! What about Joan of Arc?

Joan of Arc was a full-blown physical miracle of the Holy Spirit. Do you understand? If I opened the window and flew to Kansas City at Mach 3, it would be an equal physical miracle to Joan of Arc. Why do you think the French Army dropped everything and happily followed a seventeen year old girl into battle? The French had not yet become the race of cheese-eating surrender monkeys that we see today. That descent only happened within the last 200 years. Why? Why would rough, rough men follow a little girl? Because she did things in all of their sight that were physically impossible for a girl to do – like learning to ride a battle horse in full armor, wielding a shield and longsword, with two weeks training. Most men twice her weight couldn’t do that with two YEARS training. That would be like me going into SEAL training and setting new records in every discipline and doing it easily. Let me assure you, that would be a miracle of Biblical proportions. Akin to Joan of Arc. So please, let that all go.

Finally, PLEASE watch this 13:30 testimony of General Robert H. Barrow before congress in 1991 on this very topic. Gen. Barrow was a combat and command veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam, and he fought at the Chosin Reservoir in Korea. If you have streaming Netflix, there is a documentary called “Chosin” that you simply MUST watch in order to understand what combat is. Gen. Barrow was there, one of the “Frozen Chosin.”

This was the last generation of non-Marxist, competent, masculine, oath-keeping flag officers of integrity in the United States. That is why we have to go back over 20 years to hear from a General of any integrity or sense on this matter. Please listen to this, and then send the YouTube around.

The remnant of constitutionally loyal Soldiers and Marines in the United States Military are specifically pleading for help from YOU civilians on this matter. Please answer their call.

No women in combat. Not now, not ever.


My only comments to this relate back to my time in Basic Training and AIT (Advanced Individual Training… where you actually learn your job beyond just being a basic foot soldier). I was in AIT for NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Operations) and we had females in our company. I had no real problem with this, but I’ve always had the opinion that a female doing a man’s job (and all military combat-ops jobs are mens jobs) must be able to meet the exact same standards of performance. Most of our females were pretty strong and rather butch (but, to my knowledge, none of them were lesbians). Anyway, I was a pretty good soldier (if I do say so myself) and was promoted to Platoon Leader. I held this position for a couple of weeks, but then I got pulled into the 1st Sergeants office. It turns out that I was accused of sexual harassment. After some discussions with the 1st Sgt, the Cpt and all of the Drill Sergeants (including the female ones), none of us could find any evidence that I was sexually harassing anyone. So, separately, they questioned the girls that complained about me (to this day I don’t know for certain which ones complained about me). It turns out that their complaints were that I was ‘being mean’ and treating them differently from the males. None of the Drill Sergeants had witnessed any of this and they all agreed that I didn’t treat the females any differently than I treated the males. It turns out that was the problem. I held the females to the exact same standards as I held the males and they couldn’t perform adequately, so they were given more extra duties than the males to attempt to get them up to standard. So, because of this accusation, and even though all of the Drill Sergeants and 1st Sgt and Co agreed with me and found no evidence to justify any punishment for me, I was relieved of my Platoon Leader position.
The only reason I even mention this is because I have seen first hand that females are simply not capable of performing to the same standards as males, and when you try to treat them the same as you treat males there is a good probability that you will get harassment charges thrown at you because you’re being harsher to them than you are to the males.

Emergency Weather Alerts coming soon to a Cell Phone near you

First, here is some information I was forwarded today:

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/lwx/WEA/WEA.php

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 05/23/2012 TheWashingtonPost

Emergency weather alerts coming soon to a cell phone near you

By Dan Stillman
CMAS Alert
(National Weather Service) If you have a cell phone, it may soon make some curious sounds and vibrations the next time you find yourself in the possible path of a tornado or several other types of weather emergencies.

Starting any day now, the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system will go live. That means National Weather Service warnings for dangerous weather, including tornadoes, flash flooding and hurricanes, will be delivered free of charge to many mobile users on major wireless carriers. The alerts will look like text alerts, but use a different technology that is not affected by network congestion.

The WEA system is “location-based,” which means that you only receive alerts relevant to your physical location. In other words, if you travel to another city, you’ll receive alerts for where you are, not back home.

AMBER Alerts and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency will also be delivered through the WEA system. If you have a WEA-capable phone, you’ll receive alerts unless you opt out (you can’t opt out of Presidential Alerts, however).

Interestingly, the alerts will *not* interrupt phone conversations, but rather will be delayed until a call is finished.

CMAS Message
NWS Warnings and the corresponding messages that will be sent out through WEA. (National Weather Service)
Here’s a selection of FAQs on the WEA system from the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.:

What are WEA messages?
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service.

What types of weather alerts will be delivered?
*Tsunami Warnings
*Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings
*Hurricane, Typhoon, Dust Storm and Extreme Wind Warnings
*Blizzard and Ice Storm Warnings

Why is this important to me?
Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, alerts can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service.

What does a WEA message look like?
WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters.

What should I do when I receive a WEA message?
Follow any action advised by the emergency message. Seek more details from local media or authorities.

Read the full FAQ here.

OK, so, now you’ve read that. It sounds good, doesn’t it? Now you don’t have to look for a special app to track the weather and weather warnings around you, right?
But wait, hold on a second, let me re-read this, something just doesn’t feel right about it. What was that piece that caught my attention?
Hmmm… oh, yeah, there it is, “AMBER Alerts and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency will also be delivered through the WEA system. If you have a WEA-capable phone, you’ll receive alerts unless you opt out (you can’t opt out of Presidential Alerts, however).

So, while this system will appeal to the lazy masses, it doesn’t occur to them that the federal government will now be empowered to “provide” you with any information they want, based on your location. This means that the governments own computers will undoubtedly be tracking your every movement with your cell phone. I know, you say they already do that, and I won’t disagree, the only difference as I see it is that right now the government has to “request” that data from a third party (just because the third parties never deny them doesn’t mean they aren’t required to “ask”). Since this WEA program is a location based service to provide you with real-time alerts, this means the computers must know where you are. Does anyone believe that the government will “forget” to disable the memory on those computers?

I also see a lot of other reasons why this is a bad thing, but I don’t know where to begin pointing them out.

OK, so that’s where I’m at, this is one more violation against us, but what do we do about it? I’m open to suggestions here. Short of lead flying, I’m not sure what we can do.