Cap Black is Here! Media Appearances

Cap Black interviews talk host and political commentator Jeff Crouere, today, Jan. 21, on New Orleans WSHO AM 800. Tune in 4pm Central/5pm ET: http://www.wsho.com Topic: the Role of Faith In Politics and Public Safety

Cap Black, aka Nadra Enzi, is a Contributor to The Bold Pursuit, anti-crime and safety-rights activist.

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The Bold Pursuit is pleased to recommend Hartley Atkins' latest book, Poems of Shylock, is in all stores now. You may also purchase it at the following online stores - just click on the links: iUniverse bookstore, Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

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    Monday
    Jan132014

    Equality and Fairness

    by Robert Arvay

    Perhaps the most famous of all fictional statements regarding equality comes to us from George Orwell’s classic, Animal Farm:  "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." The animals, of course, were symbols for people.

    Perhaps the most famous nonfictional statement on this topic is, “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.”

    The first quote, the Orwellian statement, is classic in that it demonstrates the duplicity of those who profess to believe in equality, but who are in fact supremacists, believing themselves to be superior to ordinary people, superior not in skills and virtues, but rather, in their entitlement to rule. The very word itself, “equality,” is distorted by them to mean its opposite. Such verbal inversions are yet another Orwellian device used for deceit and tyranny (see his novel, 1984).

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    Friday
    Jan102014

    Watching Our Taxpayer Money "Fly Away"

    Monday
    Jan062014

    Edward Snowden: Patriot or Traitor?

    by Robert Arvay

    By now, everyone in America knows about Edward Snowden. Just kidding, of course. Far too many Americans have not the slightest clue about national affairs. Dreadfully few know that NSA stands for National Security Agency, and even fewer have any idea what that agency is, or what it is supposed to do, much less Edward Snowden’s connection with all it.

    For those who try to follow the news, even the most informed among us know very little. That is to be expected, of course. The NSA, NSD, CIA and the rest of the secrecy alphabet soup is, well, secret.

    To a certain extent, that is as it should be. The government should know things that I do not know. To be frank, the government should probably do things which you and I would both abhor were we to know about them – but there are limits and the big problem, the massive problem, is this:  how does an informed citizenry govern itself when it cannot be informed?

    This puts us on the horns of a dilemma. On the one hand, we want our government to know what our potential enemies are up to, so that we can be protected. On the other hand, we want the secret agencies to use their power for legitimate purposes only, and not for political advantage. Presidents Nixon and Obama have both been accused of using the Internal Revenue Service as a weapon to violate the rights of political opponents. How much more serious, then, is the possibility that super-secret surveillance and other measures, can be turned against the American public and not for reasons in the national interest?

    Conspiracy theories abound, but there are also legitimate concerns brought about by the fact that high officials in government power are already known to have abused their positions. Even in cases when their intentions are good, the next question that arises is one of competence. How skillful are those who are entrusted with the duty of running our national security apparatus? Can they prevent attacks? Can they protect the innocent?

    The track record is far from spotless. The infamous 9/11/2001 attacks on the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon occurred despite numerous red flags that were made public only after the atrocities were committed. Indeed, even six months after, two of the dead attackers were granted visas by the State Department, in a bizarre punctuating event that demonstrated the utter ineptness of those in charge of even the most basic of our protective measures.

    More recently, despite the US government being warned of danger by the Russian government, two Chechen terrorists killed and maimed Americans with bombs during the Boston Marathon. Afterward, the FBI was unable to identify the terrorists, until the supposedly “secret surveillance” photographs were made public, and citizens recognized and reported the terrorists.

    Most recently, the Edward Snowden affair not only revealed that government officials have brazenly lied to the oversight committees in Congress, but on top of all that, the fact that a low-level employee of a contractor was able to pull off the intelligence heist of the twenty-first century – reveals that despite all the ten-foot-thick steel, front doors protecting our secrets, the back door had been left wide open and unguarded. Snowden was long gone before anyone—anyone – noticed that anything was missing. Who has been held accountable for this staggering degree of incompetence? We hear nothing but lame excuses.

    Is Snowden a patriot or a traitor? Personally, I am reserving judgment. People whom I admire, and whose opinions I respect, have given opposing answers to the question. Some regard Snowden as a traitor who undermined American security and endangered us all. Others see him as a hero who unmasked nefarious deeds being committed by officials acting not in the national interest, but for motives other than that.

    Of one thing, I am certain, however. If Edward Snowden is to be punished for what he did, then so should the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. Snowden may have told truths that should not have been told, but Clapper told lies that should not be tolerated under the rule of law.

    Secret courts, and secret hearings behind closed doors, have proved insufficient to ensure that the NSA acts in our interests, not its own. What is needed is an aggressively intrusive, adversarial agency composed of ordinary citizens to investigate even the most secret agencies of government, to open every door, to look in every corner, and to have the power to hold accountable those who abuse our trust.

    If We the People cannot be trusted, then what after all, is the point of protecting us?

    Robert Arvay is a Contributing Writer to The Bold Pursuit®

    Friday
    Jan032014

    Forecast: Snow and chance of Pelosi 

    Thursday
    Jan022014

    A Second American Revolution?

    by Robert Arvay

    Had King George seen it coming, he could have prevented the 1776 American Revolution. That it was coming, was plain to see, but he continued his oppressive policies until it was too late to turn back. A long and bloody war ensued, but the mighty British Empire had met its match.

    Had the king acted more prudently, he could have treated the American colonists as what they were in their own eyes:  Englishmen – entitled to the same rights as other British subjects under the provisions of the Magna Carta. The king may have had pragmatic reasons for not granting major concessions to the colonists, but those reasons paled in comparison to the benefits to be gained. Sharing national sovereignty with colonists had its risks, but the benefits of maintaining a dominating world empire would have made those risks worthwhile. With adequate British foresight and finesse, we could even today be flying the Union Jack over our state – that is, provincial – capitols.

    Fast forward to 2014, and we find an analogous situation. Instead of a king, we have a president, surrounded by advisors who are, as he is, disciples of the radical left. The list of abuses and usurpations, imposed on the American people, are now as long and as onerous as those enumerated in the Declaration of Independence. Our so-called representatives in London —oops, Washington – pass laws they have not read, and then exempt themselves from the burdens of those laws, while enforcing them on us.

    The eventual result of such abuses is foreseeable and inevitable. At some future point in time, the longsuffering American people will once again declare independence.

    Bear in mind, however, that the American Revolution of 1776 was not sparked overnight. Even after the Declaration was signed, sealed and delivered, about half the American colonists remained loyal to the king. Many of the battles of the war were fought not between Americans and British soldiers, but between Americans and Americans. Not even the infamous Boston Massacre triggered war. The infamous event occurred more than six years before independence was declared.

    What is worrisome is that, while those in power may see a popular resistance coming, their response has not been to grant concessions, but to tighten their grip. Their granting of more individual freedoms takes the form of same-sex marriage, but not the form of honoring the Bill of Rights, a list of ten constitutional amendments that, let’s face it, would be fiercely opposed by the left were they today to be introduced for the first time. In particular, the Second and Tenth Amendments would never be allowed to the floor of Congress for a vote. Not even the Republican House Speaker would favor them.

    Also worrisome is the clever leftist tactic of allowing the wolves to vote with the sheep on what to have for lunch. By confiscating wealth from those who produce it, and then distributing it to those who do not, including those who openly violate our immigration laws, the left has created a ready-made army of modern-day Tories, those who have become so dependent on the government largesse that is bankrupting us, that when, inevitably, the goose no longer lays the golden egg, there will be riots in the streets of every city in the nation. Unfortunately, the riots will be directed against those who produce, not against the tyrants.

    Most worrisome of all is that the federal government now has in its possession forms of technology that multiply its power to suppress freedom – to suppress it by means far beyond anything that history has heretofore seen.

    King George did not have drones, he did not have the NSA, he did not have HAARP, and he did not have the secret weapons systems which we can only guess have been developed.

    We the People, on the other hand, have only a decreasing right to possess even the weakest forms of personal defense. To paraphrase the words of the president, we have only two weapons:  our guns and our Bibles.

    He missed the third one. We have an undying thirst for liberty. Together, these three weapons will eventually prevail.

    The next American Revolution will not, however, be like the ones in the movies. It will not be over in ninety minutes. The handsome hero will not get the girl. It will instead be what the struggle for freedom has always been—“blood, sweat, toil and tears.” It has always been that, it will always be that, and one more thing:  it will always be worth it.

    Robert Arvay is a Contributing Writer to The Bold Pursuit®

    (About the artwork: Originally entitled Yankee Doodle, this is one of several versions of a scene painted by A.M. Willard in the late nineteenth century that came to be known as The Spirit of '76. The life-sized original hangs in Abbot Hall in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

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