Monthly Archives: November 2010

>Denninger: Remember My Discussion on Pensions?

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Read it all, please.

Talk to your financial advisors about this situation.

1/4 of something is better than 100% of nothing.

>Yet

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Please read.

You have been measured for a custom garment.

It will be ready soon.

Just not yet.

>An Informal Survey

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From Dan over at RTC.

Four simple questions.

>Wikileaks Context

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Provided by Alvie.

Just remember — the machine grinds on and on, no matter the distraction of the week is.

>Despotism Made Easy

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Chris Muir cites to this precis.

Read, and then ponder how you and your tribe will prevail against the countless troops of angry monkeys in your AO.

>A Kinder, Gentler Serfdom…At First

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Consider, please, the points raised by Gardenserf in his latest entry.

And pay no attention to the imminent lame-duck Senate vote on the Federal “food safety” bill.

After all, the NYT says it’s for our own benefit.

That’s all I need to know.

>Thoughts On The Operational Art

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(graphic from this article; embedded links also worth a glance)

An extended overview of USMC thinking on military operations circa 2006, this .pdf file is worthy of your time and study, as are the cited authorities therein.

>Lind: On War, Essays 51-100

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More 4GW reading, note-taking, and thinking, should you desire.

>Volk On Freedom

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From Oleg Volk.

>The Time That Is Given Us

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Please read the full speech by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, the Austrian housewife fighting bravely against Muslim tyranny and in support of free speech and other freedoms in Europe, as reported by Gates of Vienna.

Sample grafs:

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…I am doing this for my daughter, and for her children, for those who will have to live in the world we are now preparing for them. I am doing what our grandparents should perhaps have done during the 1930s, when their own freedoms were under threat.

This is our time. This cup will not pass from us.

I am reminded of a passage in J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous trilogy, The Lord of the Rings.

It is an exchange between Frodo the hobbit and Gandalf the wizard, and it concerns the perilous quest on which Frodo and his friends have been sent.

Frodo says: “I wish it need not have happened in my time.”

Gandalf responds: “So do I, and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

It is time for us to decide what to do with the time that is given us…
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Read it all.

>More On Fourth And Fifth Generation Warfare

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The Architect And Fifth Generation Warfare

The Two Sides Of Grozny

Preparing For Urban Operations (scroll down for series of .pdf files)

Tactics For Urban Combat

Read and think, please.

>Codrea: ATF Attempting To Reclassify Small Arms Ammunition Without Public Input

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Codrea’s latest.

Interesting….

>Lind: On War, Essays 1-50

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Take the time to read these 4GW essays by William S. Lind twice — once as an overview and again for notetaking.

Really.

Newcomers to the 4GW world can start here.

>We Have Arrived

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From Eternity Road, a gaze into a crystal ball:

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…But be of good cheer, looking way ahead, ol’ [Uncle] Sam won’t meet his end in some operatic vortex, he’ll end up in the attic like the crazy uncle he is. He may break a lamp or two on the way, but go he will. Family elders will reminisce of his better days while kindly attendants help him shuffle on up there, step by step, a package of adult diapers under his arm, singing the old songs, chanting the old slogans. Our descendents will wonder why we ever took him seriously.

No, what you should really fear is scarcity. It’s how we lived until about 1950. It’s unAmerican to say this, but what you have is all you’re likely to have and chances are you won’t keep all of that. So, are you planning a mountain retreat, with a well and a hand pump, more than a tank of gas from any urban center, away from lines of drift, solar powered hot tub, blah blah? If you’re not there now, or nearly so, you’re not going to get there. In other words, time’s up. Get your affairs in order where you are because where you are is where you’re going to be. And what you have is what you’re going to have.

Societies are normally this badly wounded when exiting hard times, not entering them. Which means we’re in no condition for what’s coming, and what’s coming is something not seen since feudal times. Everything’s on the table including society itself. We’ve run out of good outcomes. There isn’t even a name for it. The Great Bottleneck, maybe. Let’s hope not the Cenozoic Extinction. So far we’ve merely seen the water trickling between the sandbags. Even so, the alarm has been notable, full of colorful nuance and learned anecdotes about Medieval Venice and such. We’ve had the time for it. There’ll be no time for nuance when it all fails at once. It’ll be a fire-hose in the face. Events won’t so much occur as uncork that which has already occurred.

We’re about done stair-stepping. The ruling class and whole nations are preparing to act with blinding speed for the final feeding frenzy, anxious to cage prize morsels before decamping to their redoubts for brandy and cigars. That, my friend, is what all the positioning is about. They’re maneuvering, rigging this and nudging that to get just the right deflection, always careful not to snag a tripwire prematurely, but knowing somebody will blunder eventually. Ergo, when it ruptures you’ll need an egg-timer at most.

The alert and realistic observer, also known as a tinfoil hat alarmist, sees the maneuvering and what it points to. Nobody notices an oncoming feeding frenzy quite so readily as those intended be fed upon. But while you’ve been stockpiling and planting thorny bushes outside your windows and putting away heritage seeds, the elite has figured out they don’t need to be clever to survive, they can just be somewhere else. Surely you’ve noticed Peruvian realtors and sellers of big boats are the new best friends of affluent America. And how they’ve been keeping company with suppliers of portable wealth.

You may think it comforting we’re all in this together. We’re not all in this together. You and yours are on your own, or at most you and yours and those trusted few with whom you can ally. Remus has told you many times: stay away from crowds. They’re indifferent at best, most are opportunists calculating an advantage at your expense. Some are outright vermin. America isn’t Cherry Blossom Valley in 1932 where folksy neighbors look out for one another and leave a picnic ham on the porch of those in need.

No no.

This time your odds are many millions to one.

Against…
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You ready?

>A Tool Of Independence

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Read this tale of recent alternate dispute resolution proceedings south of the Border, and concentrate on the last several grafs.

Got MIG?

(h/t to you-know-who)

>Energy

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Please read this report.

Do your own research and thinking, starting with this executive summary of the IEA report, but consider as a possibility that the author is correct:

What this means is very, very simple.  There will be an energy crisis in the near future that will make anything we’ve experienced so far seem like a pleasant memory.

Tempus fugit.

>Two "B"s

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Read it; it’s short.

And important.

Don’t confuse the two “B”s.

>Two From TL

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Read them both, and ponder:

Lies, BS, And Politics

A Government Against Its People

Keep your calendars accessible in the second half of January….

>JDA: Will The Fed Bail Out The Muni Bond Market?

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Junior Deputy Accountant points to a Bloomberg article suggesting yet another way for The Ben Bernank and his unholy corpgov alliance to control more of the former USA.

Read both pieces, please.

Somebody get the meat thermometer.

I think this bird’s cooked through.

>The Slippery Slope Just Tilted A Bit More

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Silicon Greybeard analyzes that picture better than I could.

Read it all, please.

Then consider this quote and its embedded link for an alternative point of view.

>Giving Thanks

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Today, I am deeply grateful for:

- the love and acceptance of my friends;

- the fact that we in the freedom movement are still alive and communicating;

- the multiple blessings of sobriety, job, health, and another day.

Try and turn down the doom for today. Take the time to thank those in your life for being in your life, and remember what you have learned from those who are no longer there.

I know I will.

There’s time to pick up the axe tomorrow.

>We Are All German Jews Now

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Take the time, please, for this brief essay from Whiskey And Gunpowder.

Set-up for the author’s point:

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The ultimate horrors in Nazi Germany were, indeed, much more terrible than anything close to what has occurred so far in America. But one should do more than only consider just the ultimate horrors of what went on in Nazi Germany. One must think about the road that was traveled by the Germans to get to that point.

I believe one of the most serious misunderstandings about totalitarianism is that it arrives as a full package that requires no assembly. That it is put on the people, like a winter coat. All at one time, and in full view for all to see.
This is a grave misunderstanding…
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Read the rest, and pass it on.

>Pentagon, Military Actively War Gaming ‘Large Scale Economic Breakdown’ and ‘Civil Unrest’

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Read this piece in full, along with the embedded links, from the Lew Rockwell site.

Understand?

>Compliance Training

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Watch that video above, as posted by Boortz on Tuesday.

Think for a minute.

Then answer this question:

Is there any way in all of creation that that little boy was a threat of any kind to the aircraft he and his mother were boarding?

Now watch the video again, while listening to the soundtrack.

Is there any question in your mind that this young man will have similar experiences in the near future to reinforce the lesson that anything is acceptable as long as Mommy and “the authorities” say so?

And will the man that emerges from that child be capable of independent thinking and resistance to evil?

Do you understand?

Actions are now what matters.

If there can be an honest history written of these last days of the old American Republic, what American citizens do — not say — in the next six months will be dispositive.

You know the difference between Right and Wrong.

Act like it.

>Or Doesn’t That Matter Anymore?

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From Karl Denninger; I especially like the “making a list” part:

From Pete Blome on The TSA

As this is not cited as an official Libertarian Party of Florida communication, I will take this as a personal transmission, albeit with a request for wide distribution.

Consider it distributed.

All 22 quotes are attributed.


Are we going to sit for this?  If we are, then we’re no longer citizens.  We’re cattle, and the stun gun is right around the corner.  Mark my words.


(ed: In response to the question in the subject line below, our President has never seen a piece of the Constitution he’s not willing to wipe his ass with… oh, and speaking of which, you will be happy to know that he’s “making a list” of all who “resist” this new Neo-Nazi crap.  Assuming that report is accurate (and I have no reason to believe it is not) I stand proudly on it along with Ron Paul, Rush Limbaugh, Neal Boortz and millions of other red-blooded Americans who believe in the Constitution, The Rule of Law and our unalienable rights – rights given by our Creator.  Government may not grant that which it never possessed; rights and privileges are often confused as I noted yesterday on Blogtalk.   I, for one, will not go willingly into the gas-filled showers of the American version of Auschwitz.)




Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 16:48
Subject: Violations of the 4th Amendment

Or doesn’t that matter anymore?

The following are 22 quotes about enhanced pat downs and TSA groping.  They are presented without commentary because they speak for themselves.  Please share these quotes as widely as possible.  If Americans do not wake up now, when will they ever wake up?….


#1 Blogger Erin Chase:
I stood there, an American citizen, a mom traveling with a baby with special needs formula, sexually assaulted by a government official. I began shaking and felt completely violated, abused and assaulted by the TSA agent. I shook for several hours, and woke up the next day shaking.


#2 ABC News producer Carolyn Durand:
“The woman who checked me reached her hands inside my underwear and felt her way around.”


#3 Wendy James Gigliotti:
“She said ’spread your legs.’ And then she took her full palms and started at my neck and ran all the way down my body, full palms, constant contact. And when she got down to my feet, she was in constant contact from my ankles all the way up to my groin, across my groin, and down the other leg. And she did that twice.”


#4 Female air traveler Ella Swift:
“The female officer ran her hand up the inside of my leg to my groin and she did it so hard and so rough she lifted me off my heels.”


#5 Flight attendant Cathy Bossi:
“She put her full hand on my breast and said, ‘What is this?’.  And I said, ‘It’s my prosthesis because I’ve had breast cancer.’ And she said, ‘Well, you’ll need to show me that’.”


#6 Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano:
“I think we all understand the concerns Americans have. It’s something new. Most Americans are not used to a real law enforcement pat-down like that.”


#7 A 61-year-old bladder cancer survivor:
“One agent watched as the other used his flat hand to go slowly down my chest. I tried to warn him that he would hit the bag and break the seal on my bag, but he ignored me. Sure enough, the seal was broken and urine started dribbling down my shirt and my leg and into my pants.”


#8 An anonymous TSA worker:
“Molester, pervert, disgusting, an embarrassment, creep. These are all words I have heard today at work describing me. …These comments are painful and demoralizing.”


#9 Robert Colella:
If some total stranger walked up to you in the street and said “I am either going to see you naked or touch your genitals”, What would be the likelihood of that person walking away from that encounter?


#10 CNN employee Rosemary Fitzpatrick:
“As an experienced traveler for work who was in tears for most of the search process, I have never experienced a more traumatic and invasive travel event!”


#11 Meagan Quinn:
I will not board an airplane in America until the TSA body scanners are gone. No one is seeing my naked body unless I let them. I will also not settle for being GROPED in public as an alternative.


#12 A lawsuit filed on behalf of a female college student from Amarillo Texas:
“As the TSA agent was frisking plaintiff, the agent pulled the plaintiff’s blouse completely down, exposing plaintiffs’ breasts to everyone in the area.”


#13 Bruce Sargent:
The sexual humiliation of detainees at Abu Ghraib is not so very different then the sexual humiliation being heaped on American air travelers at airports. Why is TSA torturing us to protect us?


#14 A 37-year-old Texas woman who had her nipple ring removed with a pair of pliers before she was allowed to pass through security:
“My experience with TSA was a nightmare I had to endure. No one deserves to be treated this way.”


#15 A soldier returning from Afghanistan:
“So we’re in line, going through one at a time. One of our soldiers had his Gerber multi-tool. TSA confiscated it. Kind of ridiculous, but it gets better. A few minutes later, a guy empties his pockets and has a pair of nail clippers. Nail clippers. TSA informs the soldier that they’re going to confiscate his nail clippers.”


#16 A flight attendant named Megan:
The agent went up my right leg first and then met my vagina with full force….the same on the other leg with the same result. She then used both of her hands to feel my breasts and squeezing them. At this point I was in shock.


#17 Jay Glover:
I spend on average $30K per year on business travel. The airlines get the bulk of this but hotels, car rentals, meals and miscellaneous expenses add up as well. Where I can cut travel, I will. When those associated with airport travel feel the financial pinch just watch how fast this all will change.


#18 Paul Craig Roberts:
It is difficult to imagine New Yorkers being porno-screened and sexually groped on crowded subway platforms or showing up an hour or two in advance for clearance for a 15 minute subway ride, but once bureaucrats get the bit in their teeth they take absurdity to its logical conclusion.


#19 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when asked if she would like to go through the new pat-downs:
“Not if I could avoid it. No. I mean, who would?”


#20 TSA Administrator John Pistole during a Congressional hearing:
“If you are asking me, am I going to change my policies? No.”


#21 U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller to TSA chief John Pistole:
“I Think You’re Doing A Terrific Job.”


#22 Congressman Ron Paul:
I introduced legislation last week that is based on a very simple principle: federal agents should be subject to the same laws as ordinary citizens. If you would face criminal prosecution or a lawsuit for groping someone, exposing them to unwelcome radiation, causing them emotional distress, or violating indecency laws, then TSA agents should similarly face sanctions for their actions.

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Here’s the plan for ATL/Hartsfield from the Georgia Campaign For Liberty; see you there tomorrow:


November 23, 2010

Dear Georgia Campaign for Liberty Activist,

I’m writing to let you know about an important event on Wednesday, November 24: National Opt-Out Day.

No doubt you’ve heard about the Transportation Security Administration’s new enhanced security measures. You may be singled out for such treatment. (If not, count your blessings and keep on moving through the metal detectors.) If you decide to opt out of getting scanned by the new millimeter-wave scanners that take nude pictures of you, you may be patted down by a TSA agent in a manner that has been described by some as “embarrassing” or “assaultive.” The irony is, many travelers who opt for the scans get patted down anyway because the scanners are prone to error.

Granted, there is no winning in this situation. If one decides to decline both the scan and the pat-down, one is subject to arrest, detention, and hefty fines, not to mention missing one’s flight. Clearly, this is in violation of your rights that are recognized by the Fourth Amendment.

Many people are refusing to fly until the TSA backs down. But if you choose to fly or have to fly because of work or an emergency on November 24, many of your fellow travelers are choosing to opt out of the scan. It is called National Opt-Out Day, and I ask that you consider joining them in protest of these Draconian tactics.

TSA is promising delays on Wednesday. I expect they will try to show “us citizens” who’s boss by blaming the victims of their heavy-handed groping. This will cause delays, so show up well in advance of your flight.

If you feel that the pat-down was invasive, please fill out a TSA Complaint Form and mail it in. You may have a hard time finding one, so print this one off and have it ready. You might want to take several for your fellow travelers.

You also should insist that TSA screeners change their gloves before they put their hands on you. Click here for more information on the health hazards caused by poor hygiene at TSA.

If you are not flying that day, but you want to help spread the word about the National Opt-Out Day, Campaign for Liberty Local Coordinator Brett Bittner (brett@unitedliberty.org) is heading up an effort to hand out literature at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Please let him know you are interested in helping by joining the Facebook page for the event. This will take place outside entrance doors N1-N6 and S1-S6, so please dress accordingly for the weather. [WRSA NOTE: CURRENT RALLY POINT IS NORTH TERMINAL OUTSIDE DOOR N-1 AT 0930 LOCAL; PARTICIPANTS INTERESTED IN BEING “LEGAL” MUST HAVE A COPY OF THE RALLY PERMIT]

The plan is to pass out literature educating the flying public about “opting out” on Wednesday. Signs and apparel promoting this cause are acceptable and encouraged. Participants will merely be passing out literature and promoting that travelers “opt out” of the body scanners, so this is a NON-CONFRONTATIONAL activism effort.

Signs can be no wider than your body width or 2 feet tall, 2 feet wide, and 4 inches thick – whichever is smaller. They cannot be affixed to any wooden, metal, or plastic apparatus.

Thanks for all that you do to spread the word about freedom!

Yours in liberty,

Ike Hall
Interim State Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty

We’ll do our best to get Alvie’s musical selection into the soundtrack.