Monthly Archives: August 2009

>Revolution

>Read this article from The American Thinker, by an author who “holds the U.S. National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, which is the Intelligence Community’s highest honor.”

Sample graf:

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…Put all this together, and what we have in our country today isn’t a democracy and it isn’t a free-market economy. Reader, what we have now is a revolution.

This revolution won’t be stopped, and our country won’t be rescued, by the Republicans in Washington. This isn’t because they lack the votes. It’s because most of them are careerist hacks who’ve been playing footsie with the Democrats for too long; with very few exceptions they lack the intellectual firepower to articulate the present danger, and the political courage to stand up to this Administration and really fight. But for the absence of frock coats and pince-nez glasses, these Republicans in Washington remind me of those bumbling Weimar Republic politicians in Berlin who never grasped where Hitler and the Nazis were going until it was too late to stop them, or of those hapless Mensheviks in Moscow’s Duma who let themselves be tossed into history’s dustbin by Lenin and his Bolsheviks
***

Take the time to read the whole thing, including the comments.

Now put on your cold-eyed analytical glasses and ask yourself if the prescription set forth by the author has a rational chance of success in a country filled with scores of millions of socialists and their (short-term) beneficiaries.

I do agree with his final paragraph:

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…The alternative to launching this kind of peaceful and political counter-attack is horrific. Right now sales of guns and ammunition are rising sharply. This reflects an intuitive grasp by grass-roots Americans of what history teaches may lie ahead. It was only after the Nazis had secured their grip on power in Germany, and only after the Bolsheviks had seized control of Russia, that they set out to disarm and destroy the vast numbers of ordinary citizens who – to the astonishment and fury of the revolutionaries — just wouldn’t go along.

That’s when the real shooting started, and when blood began flowing in the streets.
***

Stories like this one today should give everyone even more grounds for concern, as Billy Beck discusses.

Prepare to stand.

A lot of theories and brave words are about to be put to the test.

Audentes fortuna iuvat.

>"Stand With Us" In Tagalog

>Courtesy of a reader at Mike’s place, we have this note and translation.

Keep ‘em coming!

Hello–

I had my wife translate the text to Tagalog, the language of the Philippines. It is not exactly word for word due to language differences, but the meaning comes through clearly.

The Filipinos know what it is like to live under oppressive government and martial law. Those involved in the People Power revolution in 1986 shouted MAKI-ISA in protest, which means “stand as one”…very similar to your “Stand with us!” closing comment. I think they will remember and will be inspired by this.

Tagalog wasn’t on your list of languages to be translated, but I’m trying to do all I can to help in every way possible.

Thanks for all you do to fight for the preservation of our country! It’s quite possible things are going to get worse if we aren’t successful using diplomatic means now, but that much is entirely up to them.

Note: I’m including a line by line translation of your text below, followed by the tagalog version by itself for easy cut-and-paste.

To All Free Men and Women Who Escaped Collectivist Tyranny: Stand Together With Us

Sa lahat ng mamayanang tumakas sa diktadurang pamamalakad: Maki-isa sa amin.

Each of you risked all to escape from savage oppression in your countries of birth and come to America, the land of the free. You bear the scars, within and without, of your old tyrannical masters’ evils. You have already paid much to learn the involuntary lessons of collectivist tyranny.

Bawat isa sa inyo ay nagsakripisyo upang makatakas sa lupig o kahirapan at makarating sa Amerika, ang bansa ng mga malalaya. Kayo ang mga nasugatan sa mapang-aping pamamaraan ng inyong dating pamunuan. Lubos na ang ibinigay ninyong kabayaran upang matutunan ang hirap na dulot ng diktadurang pamamaraan.

Now, ideological allies of the same collectivists who robbed, tortured, raped, and murdered your countrymen have captured the legislative majority in the American Congress. Worse yet, another ideological ally of your tormentors occupies the White House.

Ngayon, ang mga kaanib ng kaparehong mapang-aping liderato ay siyang mga nasa may kapangyarihan sa Congress at sa White House.

Together, though they wrap their arguments in sweet words and false kindness, these socialists plan to destroy every single aspect of the America you love, and in its place, establish another totalitarian hell on earth — where every single human act must be authorized, regulated, and monitored by government.

Gamit ang matatamis na salita at huwad na kabaitan, balakin nila na sirain ang bawat aspeto ng America na inyong natutunang mahalin, at palitan ito ng isang bansa kung saan ang bawat isang kilos ng mamayanan ay may pagbabantay at pahintulot gobyerno.

You brave men and women, who know far better than native-born Americans what evils these governments perpetrate every day against their citizens, will be the witnesses who will teach others what must be done to save our country.

Kayong mga matatapang, na mas higit ang karanasan o kaalaman sa kasamaan at kahirapan na dulot ng mapang-aping pamahalaan sa kanilang mamayanan, ang siyang mga magiging saksi na magmumulat sa iba upang sagipin ang ating bansang America.

You, the refugees from tyranny, know that America is the last, best hope for mankind.

Kayo, ang mga tumakas sa kaapihan at kahirapan, ang nakakaalam na ang America ang huling pag-asa ng lahat.

Yet many of our people do not see the threat. They lack your wisdom, born of cruelty and oppression. We need your help. You can show them why and how they must stand together.

Nakalulungkot sabihin ngunit marami pa rin ang nabubulagan at kulang sa kaalaman sa epekto ng diktadurang mamamaraan. Sa tulong ninyo, matututunan nila ang magka-isa.

Join us in Washington, DC on September 11-13 to tell the totalitarians that you will not allow them to destroy America too. Be there as a living witness to the evils of collectivism.

Maki-isa sa amin sa Washington, DC sa Setyembre 11-13 at ipaalam sa kanila na hindi natin pahihintulutan na sirain din nila ang America. Makilahok at maging mga saksi ng inyong mga karanasan.

Join us in renewing our oaths to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

Maki-isa sa amin at sariwain ang ating pangako ng pagtatanggol sa Constitution laban sa mga nagbabanta.

If the American constitutional republic falls, there is no place else left where ANY of us can flee and still be truly free.

Kapag ang Constitution ng America ay bumagsak, wala na tayong iba pang bansang matatakbuhan kung saan tayo ay mananatili pa ring tunay na malaya.

Liberty stands, or falls for generations, right here, right now.

Dito at ngayon nakataya ang kalayaan, hindi lamang natin kungdi pati na rin ng ninaharap na henerasyon.

STAND WITH US!

MAKI-ISA!

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Sa lahat ng mamayanang tumakas sa diktadurang pamamalakad: Maki-isa sa amin.

Bawat isa sa inyo ay nagsakripisyo upang makatakas sa lupig o kahirapan at makarating sa Amerika, ang bansa ng mga malalaya. Kayo ang mga nasugatan sa mapang-aping pamamaraan ng inyong dating pamunuan. Lubos na ang ibinigay ninyong kabayaran upang matutunan ang hirap na dulot ng diktadurang pamamaraan.

Ngayon, ang mga kaanib ng kaparehong mapang-aping liderato ay siyang mga nasa may kapangyarihan sa Congress at sa White House.

Gamit ang matatamis na salita at huwad na kabaitan, balakin nila na sirain ang bawat aspeto ng America na inyong natutunang mahalin, at palitan ito ng isang bansa kung saan ang bawat isang kilos ng mamayanan ay may pagbabantay at pahintulot gobyerno.

Kayong mga matatapang, na mas higit ang karanasan o kaalaman sa kasamaan at kahirapan na dulot ng mapang-aping pamahalaan sa kanilang mamayanan, ang siyang mga magiging saksi na magmumulat sa iba upang sagipin ang ating bansang America.

Kayo, ang mga tumakas sa kaapihan at kahirapan, ang nakakaalam na ang America ang huling pag-asa ng lahat.

Nakalulungkot sabihin ngunit marami pa rin ang nabubulagan at kulang sa kaalaman sa epekto ng diktadurang mamamaraan. Sa tulong ninyo, matututunan nila ang magka-isa.

Maki-isa sa amin sa Washington, DC sa Setyembre 11-13 at ipaalam sa kanila na hindi natin pahihintulutan na sirain din nila ang America. Makilahok at maging mga saksi ng inyong mga karanasan.

Maki-isa sa amin at sariwain ang ating pangako ng pagtatanggol sa Constitution laban sa mga nagbabanta.

Kapag ang Constitution ng America ay bumagsak, wala na tayong iba pang bansang matatakbuhan kung saan tayo ay mananatili pa ring tunay na malaya.

Dito at ngayon nakataya ang kalayaan, hindi lamang natin kungdi pati na rin ng hinaharap na henerasyon.

MAKI-ISA!

Mike Vanderboegh
Pinson, Alabama
Writing on behalf of The Three Percent
SipseyStreetIrregulars.blogspot.com
georgemason1776@aol.com

>Do It Now

>Courtesy of The People’s Cube, which has been added to our “Links” list.

>Tempus Fugit

>From Smitty at The Other McCain:

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…I wonder to what degree the current crisis presidency and Congress realize that, if the US Constitution is to be defeated, the deed must be done now. Like a tiring magician, I think that the radical left realizes its ability to control the audience attention is fading. The serial failures of the Obama administration and the 111th Congress to manage public attention, drawing it away from the pesky details of sucking the remaining independence out of the States, is telling.

Stage magic requires a pliant audience.

What about between now and the next election?

* This Saturday the Tea Party Express gets under way. Pray for peace as that trek unfolds.
* We have gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey in November.
* There is the wild card of the Massachusetts Senate seat. Do we get some vulgar display of legislation, or does the 2004 law stand, and they vote the seat?
* ???
* The 2010 election season starts up.

It’s going to be exhausting. And, yet, your alternative is knowing that you stood by while all that was good about the country is replaced by a cheap imitation.

Such is untenable.

Victor Davis Hanson bears quoting, in closing:

History tells all of us that nobody gets a pass. Your [country's] perpetual existence is not guaranteed. If you do not believe in yourself, and believe that you’re better than the alternative, and have the educational skills to come to that empirical judgment, then there is no reason for you to continue, and often you won’t.
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Read the whole thing.

>Three for "Bank Failure Friday"

>Three pieces of reality viewed over the past twelve hours:

1) Per Rawles’ Quote of the Day, the “Dress Rehearsal for the Last Contango”. Key snippets:

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…It is no secret that the bonds, notes, bills, and other obligations of the U.S. government, or any other government, for that matter, are irredeemable. That is, they are redeemable in nothing but more of the same. For example, the bonds of the U.S. Treasury are redeemable in Federal Reserve credit, which is itself irredeemable and is “backed by” the self-same bonds of the U.S. Treasury. Why is it, then, that these Treasury obligations are in demand where one might think that redeemability is a sine-qua-non of issuing them? What makes people participate in this shell game? How can such a crude check-kiting scheme mesmerize the entire population?

Come to think of it, the sight of this Ponzi scheme would shudder the Founding Fathers of our great Republic.

This is not an easy question to answer. But going through all the alternative explanations one by one, we come to the conclusion that the debt of the U.S. government is still redeemable in a sense, however limited or restrictive it may be. The debt of the U.S. government has a liquid market in which it can be exchanged for Federal Reserve credit. In turn, Federal Reserve credit can still be exchanged in liquid markets for physical gold, the ultimate extinguisher of debt, albeit at a variable price.

But if you break that final link, when gold is no longer for sale at any price quoted in U.S. dollars, then the rug will have been pulled from underneath this house of cards, and the international monetary system will collapse like the twin towers of the World Trade Center. And this is the situation that we are confronted with…

***

…None of the policy-makers sees the uniqueness of the coming and predictable crisis, or the need to confront it with a comprehensive plan. There is an overwhelming unwillingness to admit that the international monetary system as now constituted has been built on quicksand. It is a mere makeshift that took its origin in the last gold crisis of 1971. Cracks have been papered over as they appeared after every subsequent crisis. Every opportunity to sit down and work out a permanent solution was passed up. This seems to have worked well enough in the past. Policy makers see no reason why it would not work in the future.

Yet the Last Contango in Washington will be different from all previous crises. It will be elemental, devastating, and apocalyptic. It will destroy virtually all paper wealth and render virtually all physical capital idle. It will involve hordes of unemployed people roaming the streets, caring for no law and order, pillaging homes and institutions. It will destroy our freedoms. It may destroy our civilization unless we take protective action…
***

2) Per CNBC via Drudge, 1,000 Banks to Fail In Next Two Years.

3) From Yahoo’s Tech Ticker, retail sector expert Howard Davidowitz says, among other pungent observations, that:

“…we are in the tank forever. As a country we are out of control, we’re in a death spiral…we’re non-functional….”

I can’t embed the darned thing, so watch it yourself by clicking on the link above and then looking for the video player.

Bonus question: As the Administration loses what little control remains and the economy continues to spiral towards catastrophe, Tax-Cheat Timmy and his boss, the Mighty Kenyan, will:
a) admit that the best thing that the Fed Gov could do would be to cut spending and taxes while the productive sector of the economy purges its excesses and then recovers;

b) blame prior Administrations for the economic debacle;

c) raise taxes and increase enforcement efforts, thereby igniting more citizens’ revolts;

d) launch a mainstream media campaign highlighting the threat of domestic terror groups;

e) create false-flag diversions that can be blamed on domestic terrorists and other miscreants;

f) answers (b) – (e) but not (a).

You have five minutes for this portion of the examination.

Good luck.

>"Stand With Us" En Espanol

>From Coqui Manco:

This is my Spanish translation. Spanish is my first language, I’ Puertorican:

A Todos Los Hombres y Mujeres Que Han Escapado de la Tiranía Colectivista: Resiste Junto a Nosotros

Cada uno de ustedes arriesgo todo para escapar la salvaje opresión en su país de nacimiento para venir a los Estados Unidos, Tierra de la Libertad. Ustedes llevan las cicatrices, visibles e invisibles, de la maldad de sus tiránicos amos. Ustedes ya han pagado mucho aprendiendo las lecciones involuntarias de la tiranía colectivista.

Ahora mismo, los aliados de los mismos colectivistas quienes asaltaron, torturaron, violaron y asesinaron a sus compatriotas han capturado la mayoría en el Congreso Estadounidense.

Peor todavía, otro aliado ideológico de tus atormentadores ocupa la Casa Blanca.

Juntos, aunque arropan sus ideas en palabras dulces y en falsa compasión, estos socialistas planean en destruir cada uno de los aspectos de los Estados Unidos que tu amas, y en su lugar, establecer otro infierno totalitario en la Tierra — donde cada acto de todo ser humano debe ser autorizado, regulado y monitoreado por el gobierno.

Ustedes valientes hombres y mujeres, que conocen la maldad que estos gobiernos perpetran contra sus ciudadanos mejor que el Americano promedio, serán los testigos que enseñen a los demás lo que debemos hacer para salvar nuestro país.

Ustedes, los refugiados de la tiranía, saben que los Estados Unidos es la última y mejor esperanza de la humanidad.

Todavía muchos de los tuyos no reconocen la amenaza. A ellos les falta tu sabiduría, que nació de la crueldad y opresión. Necesitamos tu ayuda. Tu puedes mostrarles por que y como debemos resistir juntos.

Únete a nosotros en Washington, DC del 11-13 de Septiembre para dejarle saber a estos totalitarios que no vamos a permitir que destruyan a los Estados Unidos también. Tú presencia será un testimonio viviente de la maldad del colectivismo.
Únete a nosotros renovando nuestro juramento de proteger la Constitución en contra de todos sus enemigos, extranjeros y nacionales.

Si nuestra republica constitucional Americana cayera, no quedara un lugar al que NINGUNO de nosotros pueda escapar y todavía ser realmente libre.

La libertad se mantiene, o cae por generaciones, aquí y ahora.

¡RESISTE JUNTO A NOSOTROS!

Mike Vanderboegh
Pinson, Alabama
Escrito en nombre de “El Tres Porciento”

Gracias, senor!

>Rotten, Stinking Rubbish

>From Thoughts of A Conservative Christian:

This letter, which details Senator Edward Kennedy’s offer to help the Soviet Union defeat Reagan’s efforts to build up the nuclear deterrent in Europe, was unearthed by a Times of London reporter in the 1990s after the KGB files were opened.

It got little or no attention, however, until the publication of Paul Kengor’s book “The Crusader – Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism”.

But even then the actual text of the letter (which is in the book’s appendix at pp. 317-320) has gotten short shrift:

Appendix
TEXT OF KGB LETTER ON SENATOR TED KENNEDY
_________________________________________

Special Importance
Committee on State Security of the USSR
14.05. 1983 No. 1029 Ch/OV
Moscow

On 9-10 May of this year, Senator Edward Kennedy’s close friend and trusted confidant J. Tunney was in Moscow. The senator charged Tunney to convey the following message, through confidential contacts, to the General Secretary of the Center Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Y. Andropov.

Regarding Senator Kennedy’s request to the General Secretary of the Communist Party Comrade Y.V. Andropov

Comrade Y.V. Andropov

Senator Kennedy, like other rational people, is very troubled by the current state of Soviet-American relations. Events are developing such that this relationship coupled with the general state of global affairs will make the situation even more dangerous. The main reason for this is Reagan’s belligerence, and his firm commitment to deploy new American middle range nuclear weapons within Western Europe.

According to Kennedy, the current threat is due to the President’s refusal to engage any modification on his politics. He feels that his domestic standing has been strengthened because of the well publicized improvement of the economy: inflation has been greatly reduced, production levels are increasing as is overall business activity. For these reasons, interest rates will continue to decline. The White House has portrayed this in the media as the “success of Reaganomics.”

Naturally, not everything in the province of economics has gone according to Reagan’s plan. A few well known economists and members of financial circles, particularly from the north-eastern states, foresee certain hidden tendencies that many bring about a new economic crisis in the USA. This could bring about the fall of the presidential campaign of 1984, which would benefit the Democratic party. Nevertheless, there are no secure assurances this will indeed develop.

The only real threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations. These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign. The movement advocating a freeze on nuclear arsenals of both countries continues to gain strength in the United States. The movement is also willing to accept preparations, particularly from Kennedy, for its continued growth. In political and influential circles of the country, including within Congress, the resistence to growing military expenditures is gaining strength.

However, according to Kennedy, the opposition to Reagan is still very weak. Reagan’s adversaries are divided and the presentations they make are not fully effective. Meanwhile, Reagan has the capabilities to effectively counter any propaganda. In order to neutralize criticism that the talks between the USA and the USSR are non-constructive, Reagan will grandiose, but subjectively propagandistic. At the same time, Soviet officials who speak about disarmament will be quoted out of context, silenced or groundlessly and whimsically discounted. Although arguments and statements by officials of the USSR do appear in the press, it is important to note the majority of Americans do not read serious newspapers or periodicals.

Kennedy believes that, given the current state of affairs, and in the interest of peace, it would be prudent and timely to undertake the following steps to counter the militaristic politics of Reagan and his campaign to psychologically burden the American people. In this regard, he offers the following proposals to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Y.V. Andropov:

1. Kennedy asks Y.V. Andropov to consider inviting the senator to Moscow for a personal meeting in July of this year. The main purpose of the meeting, according to the senator, would be to arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they may be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA. He would also like to inform you that he has planned a trip through Western Europe, where he anticipates meeting England’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and French President Mitterand in which he will exchange similar ideas regarding the same issues.

If his proposals would be accepted in principle, Kennedy would send his representative to Moscow to resolve questions regarding organizing such a visit.

Kennedy thinks the benefits of a meeting with Y.V.Andropov will be enhanced if he could also invite one of the well known Republican senators, for example, Mark Hatfield. Such a meeting will have a strong impact on American and political circles in the USA (In March of 1982, Hatfield and Kennedy proposed a project to freeze the nuclear arsenals of the USA and USSR and pblished a book on the theme as well.)

2. Kennedy believes that in order to influence Americans it would be important to organize in August-September of this year, televised interviews with Y.V. Andropov in the USA. A direct appeal by the General Secretary to the American people will, without a doubt, attact a great deal of attention and interest in the country. The senator is convinced this would receive the maximum resonance in so far as television is the most effective method of mass media and information.

If the proposal is recognized as worthy, then Kennedy and his friends will bring about suitable steps to have representatives of the largest television companies in the USA contact Y.V. Andropov for an invitation to Moscow for the interview. Specifically, the president of the board of directors of ABC, Elton Raul and television columnists Walter Cronkite or Barbara Walters could visit Moscow. The senator underlined the importance that this initiative should be seen as coming from the American side.

Furthermore, with the same purpose in mind, a series of televised interviews in the USA with lower level Soviet officials, particularly from the military would be organized. They would also have an opportunity to appeal directly to the American people about the peaceful intentions of the USSR, with their own arguments about maintaining a true balance of power between the USSR and the USA in military term. This issue is quickly being distorted by Reagan’s administration.

Kennedy asked to convey that this appeal to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union is his effort to contribute a strong proposal that would root out the threat of nuclear war, and to improve Soviet-American relations, so that they define the safety of the world. Kennedy is very impressed with the activities of Y.V. Andropov and other Soviet leaders, who expressed their commitment to heal international affairs, and improve mutal understandings between peoples.

The senator underscored that he eagerly awaits a reply to his appeal, the answer to which may be delivered through Tunney.

Having conveyed Kennedy’s appeal to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Tunney also explained that Senator Kennedy has in the last few years actively made appearances to reduce the threat of war. Because he formally refused to partake in the election campaign of 1984, his speeches would be taken without prejudice as they are not tied to any campaign promises. Tunney remarked that the senator wants to run for president in 1988. At that time, he will be 56 and his personal problems, which could hinder his standing, will be resolved (Kennedy has just completed a divorce and plans to remarry in the near future). Taken together, Kennedy does not discount that during the 1984 campaign, the Democratic Party may officially turn to him to lead the fight against the Republicans and elect their candidate president. This would explain why he is convinced that none of the candidates today have a real chance at defeating Reagan.

We await instructions.

President of the committee
V. Chebrikov

I pray that there is such a thing as eternal damnation in hell for the senior Senator from Massachusetts.

Billy Beck, as expected, also does a wonderful job capturing the essence of the man in his essay from earlier today, “Mary Jo, Thou Art Avenged”.

Good riddance to rotten, stinking rubbish.

>Urgent Request for Translation(s)

>
Here’s the plan:

1) Translate Mike’s appeal from yesterday into as many of the following languages as possible:

- Vietnamese
- Korean
- Russian
- Mandarin Chinese
- Polish
- Czech
- Hungarian-
- French
- Spanish
- German
- others?

2) The translated texts will be made available on this site and as many others as possible.

3) Leaflets can be made from the translated texts and placed in the respective communities of interest locally.

4) Individual freedom fighters can utilize their own contacts within those communities to publicize and increase attendance at the September DC meetings and subsequent pro-freedom events.

Note: Translators should feel free to make idiomatic and other changes needed to have the American English language concepts translate effectively into the subject languages.

Please post your translations below; I will make separate blog entries for each.

Questions/comments, please post below as well.

Time is short, so thanks in advance!

The text:

To All Free Men and Women Who Escaped Collectivist Tyranny: Stand Together With Us

Each of you risked all to escape from savage oppression in your countries of birth and come to America, the land of the free. You bear the scars, within and without, of your old tyrannical masters’ evils. You have already paid much to learn the involuntary lessons of collectivist tyranny.

Now, ideological allies of the same collectivists who robbed, tortured, raped, and murdered your countrymen have captured the legislative majority in the American Congress.

Worse yet, another ideological ally of your tormentors occupies the White House.

Together, though they wrap their arguments in sweet words and false kindness, these socialists plan to destroy every single aspect of the America you love, and in its place, establish another totalitarian hell on earth — where every single human act must be authorized, regulated, and monitored by government.

You brave men and women, who know far better than native-born Americans what evils these governments perpetrate every day against their citizens, will be the witnesses who will teach others what must be done to save our country.

You, the refugees from tyranny, know that America is the last, best hope for mankind.

Yet many of our people do not see the threat. They lack your wisdom, born of cruelty and oppression. We need your help. You can show them why and how they must stand together.

Join us in Washington, DC on September 11-13 to tell the totalitarians that you will not allow them to destroy America too. Be there as a living witness to the evils of collectivism.

Join us in renewing our oaths to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

If the American constitutional republic falls, there is no place else left where ANY of us can flee and still be truly free.

Liberty stands, or falls for generations, right here, right now.

STAND WITH US!

Mike Vanderboegh
Pinson, Alabama
Writing on behalf of The Three Percent
SipseyStreetIrregulars.blogspot.com
georgemason1776@aol.com

>To All Free Men and Women Who Escaped Collectivist Tyranny: Stand With Us!

>

To All Free Men and Women Who Escaped Collectivist Tyranny: Stand Together With Us

Each of you risked all to escape from savage oppression in your countries of birth and come to America, the land of the free. You bear the scars, within and without, of your old tyrannical masters’ evils. You have already paid much to learn the involuntary lessons of collectivist tyranny.

Hungary, 1956.

Now, ideological allies of the same collectivists who robbed, tortured, raped, and murdered your countrymen have captured the legislative majority in the American Congress.

Worse yet, another ideological ally of your tormenters occupies the White House.

Cuban refugee children arrive in Miami, Operation Pedro Pan, 1962.

Together, though they wrap their arguments in sweet words and false kindness, these socialists plan to destroy every single aspect of the America you love, and in its place, establish another totalitarian hell on earth — where every single human act must be authorized, regulated, and monitored by government.

Czechoslovakia, 1968

You brave men and women, who know far better than native-born Americans what evils these governments perpetrate every day against their citizens, will be the witnesses who will teach others what must be done to save our country.

You, the refugees from tyranny, know that America is the last, best hope for mankind.

South China Sea off the Vietnamese coast, 1976.

Yet many of our people do not see the threat. They lack your wisdom, born of cruelty and oppression. We need your help. You can show them why and how they must stand together.

Hmong refugees, undated photo.

Join us in Washington, DC on September 11-13 to tell the totalitarians that you will not allow them to destroy America too. Be there as a living witness to the evils of collectivism.

China, 1989.

Join us in renewing our oaths to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

If the American constitutional republic falls, there is no place else left where ANY of us can flee and still be truly free.

Liberty stands, or falls for generations, right here, right now.

STAND WITH US!

Mike Vanderboegh
Pinson, Alabama
Writing on behalf of The Three Percent.
SipseyStreetIrregulars.blogspot.com

I have reprinted Mike’s entry in full; it cannot be improved.

We are reaching out to Oath Keepers to see if one or more of their reps can join us in DC, where we plan — either as part of the larger 912 protest or as an independent event — to swear as many good men and women of like mind as possible to the Constitutional Oath on the National Mall.

Updates will be on the Sipsey Street and WRSA blogs. Stay tuned for further developments.

>The Magnetic Storms of Civil War

>The title is from Malone Vandam’s latest entry, who notes that

***
…Relieved of any responsibility to defend George Bush against the Left’s relentless attack and no doubt grateful, in many respects, not to have the burden of defending John McCain, the common sense small-”r” republicans understand that they are in a range war for the survival of the private individual American against a collectivist push unlike anything they’ve seen in their lifetimes, at least in this country.

I hesitate to say this, and perhaps I shouldn’t, but if the mainstream media is having conniptions about a few people showing up bearing arms at some of these town hall rallies, what are they going to think when ten thousand people show up bearing arms?
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Segue to this post from earlier today by Karl Denninger; key grafs are below:

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…[Last year], when the game of musical chairs ended and all this debt that could not possibly be paid off started to default these very same banksters went to Congress through Paulson and Bernanke, the chiefs of the bankster scam parade, and in my opinion literally committed economic terrorism:

Hand over $2 trillion dollars hiding all but $700 billion, or we detonate the entirety of the economy and everyone literally starves.

How does this differ from an old-fashioned Al-Quaida terrorist who calls in a nuclear bomb threat? “Hand over $2 trillion dollars or New York City will be vaporized.”

Hmmmmm… sounds kinda like the same thing to me!

Now let’s juxtapose this with the fact that every Congressperson took an oath to defend The Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

So riddle me this, my fellow Americans:

How is it that Bernanke, Paulson, Geithner, and both Presidents Bush and Obama are still free men instead of being housed at GITMO? How is it that on that fateful night in September of 2008 when Bernanke and Paulson “briefed” Congress and demanded $700 billion in ransom and a blank check to back-door an unlimited amount in “guarantees” and “pass-throughs” to their banking buddies the Sergeant At Arms was not immediately called to place these goons under arrest pending indictment and prosecution?

The next question is equally obvious and leads one down some pretty disturbing paths:

If there is NOT ONE man or woman Congress who will discharge THEIR oath of office, is there anyone left in this country who took an identical oath that will?

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The banksters not only ripped everyone off and got bailed out after doing it by threatening to blow up the economic world BUT THEY ARE STILL RIPPING EVERYONE OFF TODAY and using a small piece of the grift to continue to buy Congress at the same time!

Not a damn thing has changed, except that we are lurching closer and closer to the cliff of national insolvency and both economic and political failure as a nation. The inability to fund the operating expenses of our government is quite possible. Social Security and Medicare have gone into deficit years earlier than expected and these programs have no money – they have only “IOUs” and to turn them back into money Treasury will have to sell more bonds.

But who will buy them? The Chinese? Why? Bernanke is lying about monetizing the debt – in fact he lied under oath – but the currency markets are not fooled.

The dollar is in the toilet and threatening to break all support levels. If it does, it may collapse to as low as 40, which will in turn rocket oil north to $300 or more and gasoline to $10!

If that happens, it is too late to stop it and too late to reverse course. What we now know as a middle class will be reduced to sheer destitution – literal destitution.

What are the odds that, under this scenario, some of the billions of rounds of ammunition that have been purchased and stockpiled by Americans who have gotten rather “uneasy” over where our nation is going find their way into unlawful use?

Rather high, I wager.

After all, the banksters may have bought Congress and the White House but they don’t own the guns, and a desperate, hungry man is a dangerous man, especially when he was formerly a middle-class American with a good job who had his future, and that of his wife and children, ruined as a direct consequence of the lawless, conniving acts of a handful of “elites” who ripped him off twice – first with his “OptionARM” that gnawed his arm off and then again by going to Washington, extorting more than $12 trillion in bailouts, handouts and guarantees with which they paid themselves bonuses instead of clearing their balance sheets…
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Read both links in full. Then factor in Mike’s observations on how a failing, incompetent leader will often take steps which make things even worse.

Then get back to storm preparations.

Tempus fugit.

>Know Your Creditors

>Until I read Jung Chang’s Mao: The Unknown Story, I simply had no idea what an unbelievably murderous regime has run China since 1949.

On his invaluable Freedom,Democracy, Peace; Power, Democide, and War website, Professor R.J. Rummel of the University of Hawaii places the total number of murders by the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”) between 1949 and 1987 at no less than 76 million souls.

76 million human beings — all killed by their own government, either directly, or indirectly via starvation, disease, and other consequences of PRC policy.

And those numbers don’t include murders by the PRC government since 1987. Remember this guy?

I’m sure he is living peacefully in retirement somewhere in rural China.

Six feet under, that is.

In the pantheon of the world’s fiends, the Communist Chinese have no parallel.

Hitler?

A freaking rookie.

Stalin?

A talented amateur.

Mao and his successors?

The no-fooling shiznit of human history — thus far, at least.

If you have any doubts as to their sincerity, ask the men who faced Joe Chinaman across the MLR in Korea.

So what, you ask?

Remember this chart?

You know — the one that shows the PRC (euphemized by the US Treasury as “Mainland China”) holding $779 billion in US Treasury debt as of June, 2009.

Seems Mao’s successors are the shiznit when it comes to being Uncle Sam’s creditor as well.

Think SecTreas “Tax-Cheat Timmy” Geithner wouldn’t do literally anything to keep the PRC buying those .gov promissory notes?

Think Timmy’s boss, The Mighty Kenyan, has any more choice in the matter?

Who do you think is paying for the US military anyhow?

It ain’t the US taxpayer — that’s for sure. That’s what it means to be running annual deficits in excess of $1.2 trillion with two months remaining in the fiscal period.

You have to borrow money from other people — other people whose interests (forgive the pun) may not align with those of your country and its citizens.

But hey — what could go wrong by being $772 billion in hock to history’s greatest mass murderers?

And a note to those sophisticates and nuance-mongers who would claim that all things Mao have been purged by the enlightened capitalists who run today’s China:

I give you this photograph from last year’s Olympic Games, as the Olympic torch entered Beijing.

Read Chang’s outstanding work, and think about what it really means for America to be financially dependent on the ChiComs.

“Interesting times”, indeed.

Sic transit gloria mundi.

>The Obama National Anthem — Versions I & II

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Watch the video above from Glenn Beck for the lyrics (not that it’s that bad at all).

Then watch this one from Comrade Saul Alinksy, Jr. at The People’s Cube, which has far better background iconography:

To the inevitable victory:

Nazdarovye
!

>Bankrupt Banks

>Jim Sinclair’s Mineset posted this article from Forbes with an exceptionally-clear explanation of why this year’s change in rules by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) helps insolvent banks to stay open.

Sinclair’s comments:

Banks lie about their assets.

FASB (due to the selling out of ethics in April 09) now permits banks and financial entities to fabricate the values of their assets.

Usually this is buried in the sale of the banks in bits and pieces.

Here it is held up for you to see.

Opening grafs from the Forbes article:

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It took the liquidation of Colonial Bank to reveal an ugly truth: the loans on its books were worth a third less than what the failed regional lender had declared them to be just weeks before.

It’s an ominous sign about weaknesses that may be lurking in other banks’ loan portfolios. Regulations give banks wide latitude about whether to recognize potential loan losses on their balance sheets, so they remain largely out of view.

This is exactly why many investors were up in arms when the Financial Accounting Standards Board, which sets U.S. accounting rules, seemingly buckled under pressure from Congress earlier this year. Its board backtracked from rules that forced banks to be more transparent about the true value of assets…
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So what?

If you have money in the bank, it’ll likely be a LOT safer in the National Bank of Your Mattress, or its competition, the Security Bank of Your Gunsafe.

Or have you forgotten that the FDIC is dead broke?

>Why A Default on US Treasuries Is Likely

>Courtesy of Samizdata comes this festering bucket of happy-happy joy-joy. It opens:

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Almost everyone is aware that federal government spending in the United States is scheduled to skyrocket, primarily because of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Recent “stimulus” packages have accelerated the process. Only the naively optimistic actually believe that politicians will fully resolve this looming fiscal crisis with some judicious combination of tax hikes and program cuts. Many predict that, instead, the government will inflate its way out of this future bind, using Federal Reserve monetary expansion to fill the shortfall between outlays and receipts. But I believe, in contrast, that it is far more likely that the United States will be driven to an outright default on Treasury securities, openly reneging on the interest due on its formal debt and probably repudiating part of the principal…
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and closes:

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…Even conceding that federal taxes might rise rapidly enough to a level noticeably higher than during World War II overlooks an important consideration: All the social democracies are facing similar fiscal dilemmas at almost the same time (emphasis added). Pay-as-you go social insurance is just not sustainable over the long run, despite the higher tax rates in other welfare States. Even though the United States initiated social insurance later than most of these other welfare States, it has caught up with them because of the Medicare subsidy. In other words, the social-democratic welfare State will come to end, just as the socialist State came to an end. Socialism was doomed by the calculation problem identified by Ludwig Mises and Friedrich Hayek. Mises also argued that the mixed economy was unstable and that the dynamics of intervention would inevitably drive it towards socialism or laissez faire. But in this case, he was mistaken; a century of experience has taught us that the client-oriented, power-broker State is the gravity well toward which public choice drives both command and market economies. What will ultimately kill the welfare State is that its centerpiece, government-provided social insurance, is simultaneously above reproach and beyond salvation. Fully-funded systems could have survived, but politicians had little incentive to enact them, and much less incentive to impose the huge costs of converting from pay-as-you-go.

Whether this inevitable collapse of social democracies will ultimately be a good or bad thing depends on what replaces them.
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To quote the noted economist Neil Diamond:

Look out
Here comes tomorrow.
That’s when
I’ll have to choose.
How I
Wish I could borrow
Someone else’s shoes.

>Meditations On The Art of Defense

>From Stormbringer via Theo — sample:

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In business, as in war, the purpose of defensive operations is to buy time, hold terrain, facilitate other operations, preoccupy your adversary, and erode his resources. Your situation & circumstances will always differ; the principles always remain the same. Defending forces await the attacker’s blow and defeat the attack by successfully deflecting it. Waiting for the attack is not a passive activity – leaders/managers should seek to strengthen their forces through training and provide no advantage to an adversary before hostile actions begin…
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Read the rest.