Category Archives: Perspectives…

A holdover title from the previous variation of the Federal Observer. This is where you will find a range of Editorial postings and comments by a select group of writers, many of who have had long term relations with Kettle Moraine Publications.

Egypt and the Destruction of Civil Liberties in America

There are lots of things wrong with the conviction and incarceration of 54-year-old Mustafa Kassem, who died (recently) in Egypt.

Kassen was an American citizen who drove a taxi in New York City. He had two children. In 2013, the Egyptian military ousted the democratically elected president of the country, which reestablished its omnipotent control over the government and the nation. In the process of killing hundreds of protestors, Egyptian authorities arrested Kassem in a nearby shopping center where he was exchanging money before returning home to the United States. Continue reading

Leftist Battle Cry: Cancel All Things Conservative

Recently, at the NCAA college football championship game between Louisiana State and Clemson, a picture was taken of actor Vince Vaughn shaking hands with President Donald Trump as the two watched the game from a private box at the Superdome in New Orleans. Someone posted it on the internet and the left-wing social media went nuts against Vaughn. How dare he “humanize” Trump! That was the mantra. Continue reading

The Ghosts of Greater Men Than I…

This past weekend was a four-day extended weekend, lasting from the morning of Friday, 17 January 2020, through Monday, 20 January 2020, and it was eventful, even history-making.  I find myself without the vocabulary to effectively articulate the emotions I experienced over those four days; I can tell you that I was honored to have not only born witness to the events I’m going to talk about, but also to have been able to participate in said events.  Some of my experiences were exciting, some were saddening, and some were uplifting.  There were times when I was filled with an overwhelming sense of pride, and there were occasions when I was profoundly humbled… Continue reading

Destino ~ Just the Beginning…

In 1945, Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí began collaborating on an animated film. 58 years later, with Dalí long gone and Disney gone longer still, it came out. The delayed arrival of Destino had to do with money trouble at the Walt Disney Studios not long after the project began, and it seems that few laid eyes on its unfinished materials again until Disney’s nephew Roy E. Disney came across them in 1999. Completed, it premiered at the 2003 New York Film Festival and received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film. Now, seventeen years later, we know for sure that Destino has found a place in the culture, because someone has mashed it up with Pink Floyd.

This is not the end of the story…

COMING SOON: Much more on Destino from the Federal Observer

Truth IS Stranger Than Fiction: The Racist Roots of Gun Control

He’s been with us from the beginning!

~ Foreword ~
January 2020 ~ Every so often, we are inclined to go back to the ‘roots’ of the Federal Observer, and with today’s posting, and due to the overwhelming controversy over the next generation of gun-grab attempts, the time has come to repost this lengthy column once again. It has now been just over seven years since we brought the following back to the Front Page, yet given what is going on in Virginia and other states today – it’s time for review is past due.

Once again, due to the age of this column (November 2002) some or all of the embedded links may no longer be active. Due your own due-diligence.

To straighten out the un-enlighted reader – Mr. Whitley is not the author of “The Racist Roots of Gun Control”. He is however the author of the introduction and the closing comments. Our thanks to Mr. Clayton E. Cramer – the author of the main body of this text. We suggest that the NAACP (an organization who seems to have no intention of allowing their ‘people’ to be advanced for anything) – read and study – and then know their own history.

It would seem, the NAACP is willing to sellout the black race by withholding the truth in exchange for a few bucks in a civil case – and may even be willing to go so far as to threaten others of their own race if they try to reveal historical facts dealing with racism if it interferes with their cash-flow. The path the NAACP has taken is…well, as they say, “follow the money” (and the truth be damned).

Jeffrey Bennett, Publisher
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Martin Luther King Jr.’s View on Self Defense & the 2nd Amendment

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

There’s plenty of misinformation running around about Martin Luther King Jr. and his views on self defense and the 2nd Amendment. Anti-gunners often believe anyone who owns a firearm is inherently violent – even though firearms are inanimate objects, no more or less violent than a hammer or dinner plate. They take this belief and twist one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s quotes into an anti-gun campaign. Continue reading

People Who Hate Their Country Won’t Serve It

Is it any wonder that our military lacks representation from urban and coastal population centers?

There was a time in America when each generation learned about love of country and the importance of service. It didn’t matter whether a kid grew up in the Bronx or in a small town in Mississippi. Despite our geographic and cultural differences, there was a common thread that tied us all together.

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How U.S.C. Courted Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli for Donations

When you have $$$ – the recipient will do all they can to SUCK you dry. ~ Ed.

They are among more than a dozen parents who are still fighting charges in the sprawling admissions prosecution.

Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, leaving federal court in August.Credit…Katherine Taylor for The New York Times

The emails were solicitous, offering to arrange a customized tour of campus or to set up a one-on-one meeting for the actress Lori Loughlin’s elder daughter with a university official.

Even as Ms. Loughlin and her husband were conspiring, prosecutors say, to bribe their daughter’s way into the University of Southern California, the school itself was courting them for donations and offering special treatment of the daughter’s application, new emails disclosed in the college admissions case show. Continue reading

…and THIS is what it has all come to.: Nothing matters any more!

One day, this will all be yours.’

Grown children:Noooo!

As baby boomers begin to downsize, they are discovering their grown children do not want their stuff. In fact, they recoil in something close to horror at the thought of trying to find room for collections of Hummels and Thomas Kinkade paintings.

Rosalie Kelleher stands in front of a hutch containing teacups and tea sets from around the world – a few of the treasures that made the cut in their six-year downsizing process from their home in New Bedford, Mass., on July 12, 2017. ~ July 25, 2017

Two hundred stuffed animals, two violins, and a 7-1/2 foot-tall Christmas tree: That was just a corner of the possessions Rosalie and Bill Kelleher accumulated over their 47-year marriage. And, they realized, it was about 199 stuffed animals more than their two grown children wanted. Continue reading

LaVoy Finicum: A Martyr in Defense of Liberty

Given the timing and the approach of the anniversary of LaVoy’s meeting with the Grim Reaper, I wanted to try to present a few different angles to the story that haven’t been too fully explored. His murder was just such a truly avoidable and unnecessary act, but it was almost as though the FBI’s Swift Response team, SWAT, and the Oregon Highway Patrol put the entire structure for his execution together, as some sort of evil, vile and sordid live training exercise, cognizant the entire time that it would end with LaVoy lying on his back, on the snow-covered ground, knees slightly bent in his final death throes.

It’s beyond me how anyone could see this as serving justice. It’s beyond me how law enforcement justified such a mission, given all it already knew and all that was already in the works to end this peacefully. It’s beyond me how anyone could say this was warranted and lawful, just because the men who committed the murder held badges.

I do understand there are many fine men in law enforcement, and I have known quite a few of them in my lifetime, and called them my “close friend”. But for some reason, as the corruption continues to grow at all levels of our government, it is now virtually impossible to tell the “good guys” from the “bad guys” in law enforcement. The incongruity of it all is infuriating, since law enforcement by its very charter and definition should not have any “bad guys” within its organizations.

Keep LaVoy’s memory alive and as a reminder to all freedom loving Americans that ultimately in the final analysis, we cannot depend on government to properly defend us from much of anything. The defense of freedom and liberty and one’s self, family and property ultimately falls to each individual of the country, from wherever they may hail. ~ J.O.S.

Robert “LaVoy” Finicum

Raised in the northwestern corner of Arizona Navajo territory, Robert LaVoy Finicum largely came to manhood in and around the sprawling area of Fredonia and Colorado City, Arizona, just off State Route 389, and Hildale, Utah, before his fateful death, his murder by law enforcement, near Burns, Oregon on January 26th 2016, just one day before his 55th birthday. His name is a hallowed one in the annals of the Patriot movement and the minds of most American Patriots, as a man who was willing to fight for those ideas of freedom and liberty and the Founding principles of America. Continue reading

The American Old West: How Hollywood Made It “Wild” to Make Money & Advance Gun Control

Hollywood has a clever way of distorting our perspective on history, and a great example of this is Western film – a movie genre we’ve all come to love. Cattle rustlers, guns blazing, outlaws running loose, and vigilantes dishing out vengeance indiscriminately. These scenes have become more synonymous with the American Frontier than Winchester and their “Cartridge That Won the West.” But these fictional tales have produced more than entertainment for over a century; they’ve also contributed to an ongoing, subtle push for gun control, all while making Hollywood millions. Continue reading

It’s a far, far better rest that I go to…

With all that is going on in this nation, there are numerous comparisons to Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities. Prepare now to meet your maker – but may the fight continue until Victory! ~ Ed.

Ronald Colman as Sydney Carton ~ Did you notice that his number was 23? As in Psalms 23?

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Red Ralph? and Then There Are The “Gun Nuts”

An article on November 8, 2017 by Joe Schoffstall started out with the headline Northam Win Fueled By Money From Obama-Backed Group, Steyer, Bloomberg.

And the writer noted: “A group backed by former President Barack Obama and headed by former Attorney General Eric Holder poured $1 million into the Virginia gubernatorial race in support of Democrat Ralph Northam, who on Tuesday defeated Republican Ed Gillespie. Other prominent liberals, including progressive mega-donor Tom Steyer and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, also devoted large sums of money and resources into the effort to elect Northam.” Continue reading

Virginia goes full retard

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” ~ Patrick Henry, speaking to the legislative body of the Virginia colony

Dear readers, you may recall that I have mentioned Max Alexander, from time to time, recommending his books and the excellent training he provides for surviving hostile environments. Although his Velocity Training Center is in West Virginia, Max lives in Virginia, where he and all liberty-loving Virginians have found themselves facing a new liberal governor, Red Ralph, a Democrat state house of representatives, and Democrat state senate, which are clearly hell bent on destroying the Bill of Rights, especially the Second Amendment, and criminalizing our natural right to defend our life, liberty, and property. Continue reading

Bracken: The 2020 Virginia Showdown

Rolling into 2020, all eyes are on Virginia following Governor Ralph Northam’s declared intention to pass onerous new gun control laws that could mandate the forced confiscation of common semi-automatic firearms which have been legal for Virginians to own for more than a century, ever since their invention. The first date in the coming showdown to be aware of is Monday, January 20th, when the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a pro-Second Amendment group, is organizing a “Lobby Day” rally to be held at the state capitol to oppose these new gun control laws. It’s estimated that thousands of Virginians will attend the VCDL rally, many arriving in buses from all over the commonwealth. Continue reading

South Carolina Bill Would Set the Foundation to Block Federal Gun Control

Nearly seven weeks old, but the battle is heating up around the country…

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A bill prefiled in the South Carolina House would take a step toward creating a “gun rights sanctuary state” by banning state and local enforcement of any future federal gun control. Passage into law would represent an important foundational step toward undermining federal acts that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms within the state.

Rep. Stewart Jones (R-Laurens) filed House Bill 4704 (H.4704) on Nov. 20. Titled the “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” the legislation would ban the allocation of public funds, personnel, or property for the implementation, regulation, or enforcement of any executive orders, presidential directives or acts of the United States Congress passed after January 1, 2020, that regulate the ownership, use, or possession of firearms, ammunition, or firearm accessories. Continue reading

Fear the Reaper: A Resolute Defense of America

War is a fearsome thing and nobody understands that better than men who have heard the whine of a bullet pass by their ear, but given man’s nature, it is all to often a reality. America does have valid concerns in the Middle East, with the primary one being the unimpeded flow of commerce through the Straits of Hormuz. All others are beginning to take a back seat, as the U.S. becomes increasingly energy independent and is making a gradually withdrawal from Middle Eastern conflicts firing, not firing to enter more wars.

Whatever anyone thinks about America’s past military actions, this one was well delivered and righteous, unless the one analyzing it is a quivering, spineless coward, who still longs for Mommy’s teat. Continue reading

The 13 Colonies Started Freedom… Now They’re Destroying It

Long before the “Shot Heard Round the World” at Lexington and Concord in April of 1775, the new world rose from about 2,000 inhabitants in 1620, to 250,000 by 1770 and 2.4 million by 1775. Most came from the many countries of Europe but some came from as far away as Russia. It has been said that the first American baby was born in Roanoke, VA way back in 1578, 42 years before the landing at Plymouth Rock. That first baby was allegedly named Virginia Dare.

They came for religious reasons (the Puritans), or they came for free land, or they came for commerce and trade. It was a hard life and they paid a huge price. Over half of the people that landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620 died in the first year due to the harsh winter. Continue reading

FREE to Leave America…

I may piss a few of you off by posting this. We can handle it one of two ways: discuss it like adults or you can unfriend me. Your choice. You have your opinion and I have mine. Before anyone gets their panties in a wad, I add that my ancestors came here from other countries, as did most everyone else’s ancestors, and they learned the language and worked and never once did I hear any of them trash America. They became citizens, were proud to be one and some served in the military! I am nice to everyone and I have no problem with anyone coming here and making a good life for themselves and their family, BUT if you are coming here and expect us to become what you just came from, then that’s not happening! Return and work on your country and make it better where you can be proud to live in it. Continue reading

Has The Sleeping Giant Awakened? ~ the Series

We end the decade and begin the new with the continuation of Al Benson Jr’s powerful multi-part series dealing with the growing fight across the nation dealing with 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries. The people are fed up with the childish crap going on in the land and are refusing to go-along to get-along nonsense – all the while – the lack of ability of lawmakers (both State AND Federal), local law-enforcement personnel AND the Snowflakes of this country – refuse to acknowledge the REAL issues – nor do what is right. Sorry folks, but guns do not kill people – PEOPLE kill people. OOPS – better grab the knives – the enemy has been let in the door.

We expect that Mr. Benson will continue to update this series, so stay with us. ~ Jeffrey Bennett, Editor and Publisher.

The Sleeping Giant: Back to Virginia ~ Part VIII

Governor threatens to enforce gun control laws but not certain others…

The new leftist governor of Virginia plans to rigidly enforce new gun control proposals but there seem to be other laws in Virginia that he will just look the other way in regard to. You might consider this hypocrisy but you have to remember this new governor is a cultural Marxist and so his agenda is to enforce laws that will contribute to the spread of Marxist tendencies in Virginia and sort of ignore some of those laws that will not. To normal folks this constitutes hypocrisy but to the cultural Marxist it makes perfect sense. Learn to understand how they think. Continue reading

The End of Liberty: America’s Slow Death by a Thousand Cuts

“In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.” ~ Hannah Arendt

President Donald J. Trump has done some fine things in the domestic and foreign policy arenas, but even so, despite what the nearly 63 million Americans who voted for him believe, President Trump is not the best thing in America to have come along since sliced white-bread. Unfortunately, with each passing day, he has proven himself to be the Big Spending, Big Government fascist that I knew him to be in 2015. Regardless of his “good deeds”, any American, who stays silent in the face of this president’s current harmful executive orders and signed pieces of legislation, such as the recent Omnibus bill that he signed on December 20th 2019, is not a conservative or a patriot, and their silence does the nation a great disservice, no matter how “great” anyone may view Trump at this moment in history, and no matter Trump’s claim of the “conservative mantel”. Continue reading

Because You’d Be In Jail!” – The Real Reason Democrats Are Pushing Trump Impeachment?

In the time-honored tradition of Machiavellian statecraft, all of the charges being leveled against Donald Trump to remove him from office – namely, ‘abuse of power’ and ‘obstruction of congress’ – are essentially the same things the Democratic Party has been guilty of for nearly half a decade: abusing their powers in a non-stop attack on the executive branch. Is the reason because they desperately need a ‘get out of jail free’ card?

Due to the non-stop action in Washington of late, few believe that the present state of affairs between the Democrats and Donald Trump are exclusively due to a telephone call between the US leader and the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. That is only scratching the surface of a story that is practically boundless. Continue reading

As Great as a Mom May Be, Kids Still Need Their Dads

Smokin’ Joe,” a biography of late heavyweight boxing champion and 3-time Muhammad Ali foil Joe Frazier, was recently reviewed by Gordon Marion in The Wall Street Journal. Among the notable details is the fact that five different women gave birth to Frazier’s eleven kids.

This occurrence is not uncommon among celebrities. Muhammad Ali, actor and director Clint Eastwood, and comedian Eddie Murphy are just a few who have fathered children with multiple women. Politicians fall prey to this problem as well, with San Antonio mayoral candidate Greg Brockhouse – who has four children with four mothers – being one of the most recent examples.

The ideal arrangement for children is that they live with both biological parents 24/7. When two people accept the duty that comes with parenthood, no one else has the same vested interest in the health, well-being, and success of their children.

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The Silent Witness of “Metropolis

A remnant from the late ‘20s, “Metropolis” has come into the light once again and in a more complete way. While the industrial environment and modern work have changed, the concern for social justice and questions about technology are just as intense as they were when the film premiered.

In a search for movies considered classics, I came across the 1927 film, Metropolis. Not knowing what to expect, I was nevertheless interested to know why it was a famous classic of silent film. In watching it, I soon realized why. The film is a work of outstanding artistry. It projects a future reality given the date of 2028. Not at all like modern movies, it is simply a piece of stunning artwork and theater made on film. The skillful and amazing visuals are difficult to describe and have to be seen. They present the mechanical detail of futuristic industrial scenes and activity with intricate beauty that feels astounding. The imaginative cityscape is also a beautiful piece of artwork. The story is accompanied by wonderful background music which is a treat in itself. I think others have written of these aspects more fully than I can here. What I would like to address in particular is its religious aspect. Continue reading

Danger Ahead!!! Advice From A Former Militia Leader

During the 1990’s I served as a militia leader in Texas; it was after Federal agents killed Vickie Weaver and her son in Ruby Ridge, Idaho (1992), the Branch Davidian massacre in Waco, Texas (1993), the Assault Weapons Ban (1994), and the Oklahoma City bombing (1995). The nation was in turmoil. The Clintons were in power with “Bloody Janet” Reno as Attorney General. Even the Home-Schooling movement was under fire by the Clinton cabal. We were told it “took a village’ to raise our children–but their village was full of unpatriotic idiots.

Democrat Ann Richards (responsible for the illegal military involvement at the Waco massacre) was Governor of Texas, and we had almost no gun rights. You couldn’t even legally carry a pistol in your vehicle unless you could establish that you were “traveling” and staying away from home overnight (keep a suitcase in the trunk). By 1996 the militia movement was in full swing across the nation, with a bunch of poorly-trained men and women in camo, faced off against well-armed federal agents, law enforcement and the National guard. To say it was a powder keg would be an understatement. To make matters even more dangerous, the feds were using undercover operatives to stir up and instigate violence in militias.

Today when I see people write about how close to a revolution we are, I understand the sentiment, but you ain’t seen nothing yet! Wait until you decide to group together, armed and wearing some kind of military uniform, making loud anti-government statements, and planning your resistance! Lots of interesting things will follow! ~ David Brockett
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