Monthly Archives: December 2009

>Serfdom Versus Liberty in 2010

>From Maggie’s Farm comes this link from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; read it all, but here’s the intro:

It was in 1774 that John Adams reminded how the “most sensible and jealous people are so little attentive to government that there are no instances of resistance until repeated, multiple oppressions have placed it beyond a doubt that their rulers had formed settled plans to deprive them of their liberties.”

And that’s not merely to “oppress the individual or a few,” he added, “but to break down the fences of a free constitution, and deprive the people at large of all share in the government, and all the checks by which it is limited.”

Mr. Adams, of course, would have been labeled a “right-wing extremist” or a “militia maniac” by today’s “progressives” in Congress who have been working so assiduously to soil the fabric of America. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would dismiss Adams’ sentiment as “un-American” and tap dance around its implications of unconstitutional freelancing.

But on the cusp of a new year and the second decade of the 21st century, this is where America finds itself: Constitutional perverts and rule of law scofflaws are in charge, the once-creeping crud of socialism has broken into a trot and an increasing number of good and decent people really are mad as hell and not willing to take another centimeter of the shaft.

And perhaps, just perhaps, revolution is nigh…

Read the rest, then consider Mr. Jefferson’s thoughts on the subject.

And for those who still hope that reason, the Constitution, and common decency can triumph over the Looters via mere talking and voting, Senate Looter-in-Charge Harry Reid has a reply:
Do you understand yet?

>Sowell: Unhealthy Arrogance

>As noted by Malone Vandam, Thomas Sowell explains the situation.

Money graf:

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In a sense, this administration is only the end result of a long social process that includes raising successive generations with dumbed-down education in schools and colleges that have become indoctrination centers for the visions of the Left. Our education system has turned out many people who have never heard any other vision and who can only learn what is wrong with the prevailing vision from bitter experience.

That bitter experience now awaits them, at home and abroad.
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Read it all.

>The Plundering Continues

>Read this article from Mish Shedlock.

Then read the Bloomberg article he cites.

Finally, if you can stomach it, read the bill.

Why might the overlords want to authorize another $4 trillion in taxpayer-funded gravy to the banksters?

This little article might answer your question.

Do you understand yet?

>Latest "Day The Dollar Died" Installment

>Here.

Prior installments here.

>Quote of the Decade

>The D.A. says that while he’s had to deal with the federal bureaucracy for decades, “it has just gotten worse” and “they ought to burn it down and start all over again. It’s extremely worrisome.”

New York County District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, retiring today after 35 years in office

>Attempts As Both Tactics and Strategy

>John Robb’s Global Guerrillas has an interesting alternative perspective on the crotch-bomber’s attack and the reaction thereto.

I differ from Robb in his nomenclature, as I believe the term “attempt” better describes the swarm-attack tactical/strategic opportunity he discusses.

More on swarming here, here, here, here and here. Saul Alinksy’s Rules for Radicals also implicitly acknowledges the power of swarms in Rule 8:

8. Keep the pressure on with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.

As dessert, you may also want to read this after-action report on the swarm attack war-gamed against the US Navy in 2002.

Food for thought:

Especially in asymmetric warfare, if a “failed” or “attempted” attack causes the OpFor to extend and deplete resources such that other near-simultaneous attacks are more likely to succeed, has the “failure” actually failed?

Phrased alternatively, ask Admiral Yamamoto about the failed attacks of VT-8 from Hornet and VT-6 from Enterprise near Midway Island on the morning of June 4, 1942.

>The Emperor’s New Speech Impediment

>A must-read article from Vanderleun via New Paltz Journal features this sample graf:

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…I look for the inner circle of Obami to rely more and more on the “Who are you going to believe, Obama or your lying eyes and ears?” offense. I look for that inner circle of Obami to shrink more and more until we start to sense it’s time for them to repair to the bunker and start gesturing with nostalgia at maps of the 2008 political landscape.

That’s when they really start to get dangerous…
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By the way, they won’t be lashing out at the DailyKos and HuffPo kids, either.

Tempus fugit.

>Yum

>Two dark pieces worth your read:

John Williams on What’s Next

An Introspective Look at the Future of America

Comment: John Williams, who runs ShadowStats.com, has the data to back up his claims. The author of the second piece goes a little speculative in places, but nails the essence here:

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…Due to the post collapse monetary and fiscal policies, the people have now been saddled up with an unpayable level of debt. The cause of the near total collapse of the financial system was too much debt and the “solution” has been even more debt piled on to the original debt. During the year, the Dallas FED estimated the financial obligations of the US government at 99 trillion dollars. The head of the TARP program estimated the bailout cost at 24 trillion dollars. Totaled together the US has in the neighborhood of 120 trillion dollars of current and future obligations on an annual revenue of around 2 trillion dollars which is falling due to high unemployment, higher state and local taxes and fees and lower wages. Cutting that down to size, imagine earning 200,000 a year and having a debt of 12 million dollars. In short, the US dollar has become a token of an unpayable debt and thus the anchor of the entire global financial system is a ponzi fraud. It becomes impossible to compute the value of anything as measured in a fraudulent currency that represents an unpayable debt… (WRSA editor: emphasis added)
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Are you and your tribe ready for 2010?

>Cross The River, Burn The Bridge

>Mark Steyn, as usual, sees the entire battlespace regarding the imminent nationalized medicine debacle.

Read it, then get back to planning your way through the thicket.

Tempus fugit.

>The Unorganized Militia Once Again Is Needed

>Please read this piece from the Volokh Conspiracy.

Not that I expect the Obamites to acknowledge the legitimacy of non-state action, but it is notable to see that point being made in a mainstream legal blog.

Interesting times, both now and ahead.

>More On Open-Source Warfare

>From John Robb’s Global Guerrillas comes this post on open-source insurgency.

Read it (including the embedded links) and consider how your tribe could use this information in navigating the Collapse and its aftermath.

>Vanderboegh: Absolved — Ten Thousand Lawyers

>
The two remaining sections of this chapter are below:

Part Two

Part Three

For anyone who missed Part One, it is here.

>Where Will They Get The Money?

>Jim Sinclair links to this piece, with the following comments:

“The guarantee is no better than the guarantor.”

Read it, then think through the consequences of a FedGov default in your AO.

Got allies?

>When Freemen Shall Stand

>From J. Neil Schulman via Bill St. Clair.

From the author’s note at essay’s end:

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Author’s Note:

Since it is rarely sung, here is the final verse of the national anthem of the United States of America, “The Star Spangled Banner”:

Oh, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation;
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!

***
Read, think, and plan.

Tempus fugit.

>Vanderboegh: Absolved — Ten Thousand Lawyers

>Read the latest here.

Second part of this chapter promised soon.

Enjoy.

>A Crisis of Legitimacy

>How many of the so-called domestic and foreign “intelligentsia” appreciate just how deeply divided this country is on Christmas Eve, 2009?

Do you think they understand that, more so than any other time since the months preceding the War of Northern Aggression/War Between the States/American Civil War, this country’s institutions face a crisis of legitimacy that cuts across both major political parties, the overwhelming majority of mainstream media outlets, most mainstream religious institutions, and all three (executive/legislative/judicial) branches of all three tiers (Federal/state/local) of government?

If the global powers-that-be understood how many Americans are saying quiet goodbyes to loved ones this holiday, they would be perplexed.

If those elitists knew how many Americans were using their remaining vacation time in 2009 to clean weapons and pre-position various items needed for the struggle ahead, they would ask, “Why?”

But we know why.

We know about “the Only Ones”, and we know why David Codrea compiles this ongoing tally of police and other governmental hypocrisy:

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The purpose of this feature has never been to bash cops. The only reason I do this is to amass a credible body of evidence to present when those who would deny our right to keep and bear arms use the argument that only government enforcers are professional and trained enough to do so safely and responsibly. And it’s also used to illustrate when those of official status, rank or privilege, both in law enforcement and in some other government position, get special breaks not available to we commoners, particularly (but not exclusively) when they’re involved in gun-related incidents.
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We know about “the Three Percenters, and why Mike Vanderboegh has told tyrants both petty and grand, “Not One More Inch”. We also know why Mike wrote Attorney General Holder and told him, “No More Free Wacos.

We know about Ruby Ridge.

We know about Waco.

We know how England and the rest of the UK were conquered by bureaucrats from Brussels, along with all of Continental Europe, without a single shot being fired.

We know what a tranzi is.

We know why progressives insist that the US Constitution is “a living constitution”.

We understand Lord Monckton and Watts as they debunk both the “global warming” swindle and its thuggish enforcers.

We understand what Denninger means when he says:

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…it is incumbent upon each and every American to be prepared – from this point forward – for the inevitable mathematical consequence of the willful refusal of our Congress and Executive to address the issue of excessive leverage in our business and consumer lending space…
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We know why Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Barack Obama insist on foisting “health care reform” on an unwilling American public.

And we are not having any of it.

The time for talking is over, quoth the 44th President of the United States recently.

We couldn’t agree more.

To the enemies of freedom, be they domestic or foreign, we say:

Your move.

And make sure you mean it.

Because we will.

In spades.

In the meantime, I’m cleaning my gun.

I keep a weather eye on the horizon, my back to the wall
I like to know who’s coming through the door, that’s all
It’s the old army training kicking in
I’m not complaining, it’s the world we live in

Blarney and Malarkey, they’re a devious firm
They’ll take you to the cleaners or let you burn
The help is breaking dishes in the kitchen – thanks a lot
We hired the worst dishwasher this place ever got
Come in below the radar, they want to spoil our fun
In the meantime

I’m cleaning my gun

Remember it got so cold ice froze up the tank
We lit a fire beneath her just so she would crank
I keep a weather eye on the horizon, tap the stormglass now and then
I’ve got a case of Old Damnation for when you get here, my friend
We can have ourselves a party before they come
In the meantime

I’m cleaning my gun

We had women and a mirror ball, we had a dee jay
used to eat pretty much all that came his way
Ever since the goons came in and took apart the place
I keep a tyre iron in the corner, just in case

I gave you a magic bullet on a little chain
to keep you safe from the chilly winds and out of the rain
We’re gonna might need bullets should we get stuck
Any which way, we’re going to need a little luck
You can still get gas in Heaven, and a drink in Kingdom Come
In the meantime

I’m cleaning my gun

>Latest Entry in "The Day The Dollar Died" Series

>Is here.

Prior entries here.

>Vandam Asks Two Questions

>Here.

Have you?

And is it?

Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.

Do not give in to Evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it.

>Maybe If We Just Wrote A Letter…

>Read this post from Redstate on how the Senate’s nationalized-medicine bill states that a super-majority of senators will be needed to overrule any regulation imposed by the Death Panels.

Do you understand yet?

>All That Needs To Be Said

>Malone Vandam says all that needs to be said here, here, and here re last night’s Senate vote.

Key graf:

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But you want to talk about “normal democracy?” This is legislative tyranny. It is government as prison rape. It is the mentality of the plantation master.

Do you understand that?
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Read all three pieces, please, and think hard about what has happened to this country.

If you or any family members have assets in a financial institution, or any sort of medical condition that requires ongoing treatment, you are in the bag already.

Will you simply shuffle to the fate your Masters have planned for you?

They think you will.

>Nowhere to Run

>From the UK Telegraph:

There’ll be nowhere to run from the new world government
‘Global’ thinking won’t necessarily solve the world’s problems, says Janet Daley

By Janet Daley
Published: 7:24PM GMT
19 Dec 2009

There is scope for debate – and innumerable newspaper quizzes – about who was the most influential public figure of the year, or which the most significant event. But there can be little doubt which word won the prize for most important adjective. 2009was the year in which “global” swept the rest of the political lexicon into obscurity. There were “global crises” and “global challenges”, the only possible resolution to which lay in “global solutions” necessitating “global agreements”. Gordon Brown actually suggested something called a “global alliance” in response to climate change. (Would this be an alliance against the Axis of Extra-Terrestrials?)

Some of this was sheer hokum: when uttered by Gordon Brown, the word “global”, as in “global economic crisis”, meant: “It’s not my fault”. To the extent that the word had intelligible meaning, it also had political ramifications that were scarcely examined by those who bandied it about with such ponderous self-importance. The mere utterance of it was assumed to sweep away any consideration of what was once assumed to be the most basic principle of modern democracy: that elected national governments are responsible to their own people – that the right to govern derives from the consent of the electorate.

The dangerous idea that the democratic accountability of national governments should simply be dispensed with in favour of “global agreements” reached after closed negotiations between world leaders never, so far as I recall, entered into the arena of public discussion. Except in the United States, where it became a very contentious talking point, the US still holding firmly to the 18th-century idea that power should lie with the will of the people.

Nor was much consideration given to the logical conclusion of all this grandiose talk of global consensus as unquestionably desirable: if there was no popular choice about approving supranational “legally binding agreements”, what would happen to dissenters who did not accept their premises (on climate change, for example) when there was no possibility of fleeing to another country in protest? Was this to be regarded as the emergence of world government? And would it have powers of policing and enforcement that would supersede the authority of elected national governments? In effect, this was the infamous “democratic deficit” of the European Union elevated on to a planetary scale. And if the EU model is anything to go by, then the agencies of global authority will involve vast tracts of power being handed to unelected officials. Forget the relatively petty irritations of Euro‑bureaucracy: welcome to the era of Earth-bureaucracy, when there will be literally nowhere to run.

But, you may say, however dire the political consequences, surely there is something in this obsession with global dilemmas. Economics is now based on a world market, and if the planet really is facing some sort of man-made climate crisis, then that too is a problem that transcends national boundaries. Surely, if our problems are universal the solutions must be as well.

Well, yes and no. Calling a problem “global” is meant to imply three different things: that it is the result of the actions of people in different countries; that those actions have impacted on the lives of everyone in the world; and that the remedy must involve pretty much identical responses or correctives to those actions. These are separate premises, any of which might be true without the rest of them necessarily being so. The banking crisis certainly had its roots in the international nature of finance, but the way it affected countries and peoples varied considerably according to the differences in their internal arrangements. Britain suffered particularly badly because of its addiction to public and private debt, whereas Australia escaped relatively unscathed.

That a problem is international in its roots does not necessarily imply that the solution must involve the hammering out of a uniform global prescription: in fact, given the differences in effects and consequences for individual countries, the attempt to do such hammering might be a huge waste of time and resources that could be put to better use devising national remedies. France and Germany seem to have pulled themselves out of recession over the past year (and the US may be about to do so) while Britain has not. These variations owe almost nothing to the pompous, overblown attempts to find global solutions: they are largely to do with individual countries, under the pressure of democratic accountability, doing what they decide is best for their own people.

This is not what Mr Brown calls “narrow self-interest”, or “beggar my neighbour” ruthlessness. It is the proper business of elected national leaders to make judgments that are appropriate for the conditions of their own populations. It is also right that heads of nations refuse to sign up to “legally binding” global agreements which would disadvantage their own people. The resistance of the developing nations to a climate change pact that would deny them the kind of economic growth and mass prosperity to which advanced countries have become accustomed is not mindless selfishness: it is proper regard for the welfare of their own citizens.

The word “global” has taken on sacred connotations. Any action taken in its name must be inherently virtuous, whereas the decisions of individual countries are necessarily “narrow” and self-serving. (Never mind that a “global agreement” will almost certainly be disproportionately influenced by the most powerful nations.) Nor is our era so utterly unlike previous ones, for all its technological sophistication. We have always needed multilateral agreements, whether about trade, organised crime, border controls, or mutual defence.

If the impact of our behaviour on humanity at large is much greater or more rapid than ever before then we shall have to find ways of dealing with that which do not involve sacrificing the most enlightened form of government ever devised. There is a whiff of totalitarianism about this new theology, in which the risks are described in such cosmic terms that everything else must give way. “Globalism” is another form of the internationalism that has been a core belief of the Left: a commitment to class rather than country seemed an admirable antidote to the “blood and soil” nationalism that gave rise to fascism.

The nation-state has never quite recovered from the bad name it acquired in the last century as the progenitor of world war. But if it is to be relegated to the dustbin of history then we had better come up with new mechanisms for allowing people to have a say in how they are governed.

Maybe that could be next year’s global challenge.

Do you understand yet?

>Magazines

>Apropos of this post over at Sipsey Street, here are some recent prices for magazines for various standard rifles:

AR15: Brand-new 30 rounds; gray Teflon; orange follower; C-Products; $7.99/each at CDNN

M14/M1A: Brand-new 20 rounds; USGI mil-spec/NSN#: 1005-00-628-9048; $20.49/each at 44mag.com

AK47: Surplus European 30 rounds 7.62×39; minor wear/close to new; $9.95/each ($8.95/each for 10 or more) at AIM Surplus

AK74: Surplus Bulgarian 30 rounds 5.45×39; minor wear; $12.95/each at Centerfire Systems

FAL metric: Surplus Israeli 20 rounds 7.62×51; never issued; $79.97/six mags ($71.97/6 if Club member) at Sportsman’s Guide

>The Thousand-Yard Conspiracy

>Please read these lengthy pieces from Chris Bryne’s The Anarchangel on the theory and practice of developing tools and skills for long-distance shooting:

Roadmap for the Thousand-Yard Conspiracy Posts

Wny Not .30-’06?

Part 1: Paper and Parts

Part 2: .300 WinMag vs. .300 WSM

Part 3: Going Long, For Short

While Chris assembles more posts on the topic, you may want to read these links and this reference work as well.

>Still More Ammo

>Santa wants you to convert your paper dollars into copper, brass, steel, and lead; your family will understand.

No financial interest here — just want folks to have more than enough ammo for the New Year.

Tempus fugit.

>The Recession Is Over — But The Depression Has Just Begun

>Read all of this article from The Big Picture, courtesy of Shenandoah.

Sample:

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…Right now, if you listen to what President Obama is likely to do, you know that the government prop for the economy is going to be taken away. Get ready because the second dip will occur. It will be nasty: unemployment will be higher and stocks will go lower than in 2009. I The question now is one of timing: when will the government stop propping up the economy? The more robust the [short-term, government-spending-based] recovery, the quicker the prop ends and the sooner we get a second leg down
***

And to “fix things”, bet on the Feds/states/locals/ looking to confiscate by taxation anything of your property that they possibly can.

Are you going to let them do so?