Monthly Archives: October 2008

>Living in an Imperial World: Coming Soon – the New, Improved Police State!

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Spartacus sends this note re this CNN article:

The true test of any law is not the good that can be done in its name, but the evil that can be done under the letter of that law. I eagerly await the wailing and gnashing of teeth from those who formerly said “give Bush the Patriot Act, the Dept of Homeland Security, and other police state apparatus; he’s a GOOD MAN, and we can trust him not to abuse it!”

Now let’s see how those Republican Patriots like their police state tools when the shoe is on the other political foot.

Excerpt from the article:

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — The United Kingdom has MI-5, which roots out spies and terrorists in the British Isles.

The RAND Corporation said one option would be for domestic intelligence to operate under the FBI.

The RAND Corporation said one option would be for domestic intelligence to operate under the FBI.

Canada has CSIS — the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

Now Congress is asking: Should the U.S. have its own domestic intelligence agency?

On Monday, at the request of Congress, the RAND Corporation outlined the pros and cons of establishing a domestic intelligence agency. It also discussed different ways to organize a new entity, either as part of an existing department or as a new agency.

But there’s one thing you won’t find in the report — a recommendation on what to do.

“We were not asked to make a recommendation, and this assessment does not do so,” the report says.

Instead, says RAND’s Gregory Treverton, the report provides a “framework” for policymakers to use when deciding whether and how to reorganize counter-intelligence efforts at home.

RAND is a nonprofit think tank seeking to help improve policy and decision making through objective research and analysis.

Collecting intelligence domestically always has been a sensitive issue, at least partially because of episodic abuses by the government, notably against civil rights leaders, unions, antiwar organizations or even communists and hate groups.

But the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks renewed calls for increased domestic intelligence to prevent future attacks. Critics said that in the lead-up to the attacks, the FBI devalued counterterrorism agents and failed to heed signs that an attack was imminent.

“If you didn’t carry a gun, you didn’t count so much,” Treverton said.

After the attacks, the FBI moved to transform its primary mission from law enforcement to counterterrorism intelligence and prevention. It now focuses on terrorism through its National Security Branch and the National Counterterrorism Center.

The RAND report focuses on two options to the current system.

In one, a new agency would be created using intelligence agencies from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and intelligence community. A second option is to create an “agency within an agency” in the FBI or DHS.

The first option would result in an organization with a clear, unambiguous mission, and might be able to draw on a more diverse recruitment pool, such as linguists and historians who are not normally attracted to law enforcement. On the flip side, such massive reorganizations typically involve political compromises that could affect its performance.

The second option — an “agency within an agency” — could involve less short-term disruption, but could be hindered by a “lack of clarity of a single mission,” the report says…
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Read the full study here, and also take a look at the full-scale version of the diagram above.

Once you’ve done that, it’s time for a multiple-choice test; see how you do at home!

Question: The new domestic intelligence service to be authorized by the upcoming lame duck session of Congress will be used to collect information for enforcement and other executive purposes on which groups?

A) Chinese Communist intelligence operatives who have infiltrated all levels of American society since the early Nineties.

B) Russian Communist intelligence operatives who, having benefited from the massive infusion of petrodollars into Russia over the past five years, are trying to make up for lost time under the aegis of their old KGB boss and current Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin.

C) Wahabbist Islamic operatives, funded by Saudi Arabia, who seek to spread their despicable death cult across the US and the rest of North America.

D) American and other Wall Street-based perpetrators of the still-unfolding derivatives financial debacle and its aftermath, the largest white-collar fraud ever effected in the history of our species.

E) Armed, trained, educated, articulate, defiant opponents of the Marxist-socialist takeover of the USA who refuse to lick the boots of their newly-elected “leaders”, regardless of the consequences of that refusal.

>Vanderboegh: Lame Ducks

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“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” — Newton’s Third Law

The knives are being sharpened.

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have foreseen the Lightworker’s ascension to the seat of all temporal power and have announced that they will call a lame duck session of Congress to jam through what they can of their Savior’s agenda now, as a good start toward more when St. Barack takes power.

Why?

BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND THAT EVERY DAY AFTER THE ELECTION THEY WAIT, THEY GET WEAKER AND WE GET STRONGER.

They must strike while the iron is hot — BEFORE the definite outline of their tyrannical appetite becomes obvious to the people, who will then begin to mobilize in reaction.

The Blizzard of Odd, Joe Biden, made this plain speaking to campaign contributors in the Emerald City of Seattle. Quoth our next Vice Tyrant:

“This guy has it. But he’s gonna need your help. Because I promise you, you all are gonna be sitting here a year from now going, ‘Oh my God, why are they there in the polls? Why is the polling so down? Why is this thing so tough?’ We’re gonna have to make some incredibly tough decisions in the first two years. So I’m asking you now, I’m asking you now, be prepared to stick with us. Remember the faith you had at this point because you’re going to have to reinforce us.”

“There are gonna be a lot of you who want to go, ‘Whoa, wait a minute, yo, whoa, whoa, I don’t know about that decision’,” Biden continued. “Because if you think the decision is sound when they’re made, which I believe you will when they’re made, they’re not likely to be as popular as they are sound. Because if they’re popular, they’re probably not sound.”

Uh huh.

First to go will be the “Fairness” Doctrine, and then some combination of legislative and administrative moves on Google and other service providers to force them to crack down on “hate speech” websites such as this one. They will not make the same mistake they made in 1992 by leaving intact the vital nodes of their opponent’s communication networks. They will put us in the dark as soon as possible.

But when they do, the anger will rise.

The same goes for gun control. They extrapolate from their own cowardice and do not believe that anyone will resist, OTHER THAN POLITICALLY. Once we’re isolated, or so they think, they will attempt to disarm us, believing that we will not defy the government.

This combination of ignorant arrogance and thirsty ambition is what causes wars.

When they seek to steal our remaining liberties, they will discover what it is truly like to be a “lame duck” — in a shooting gallery.

Mike Vanderboegh

III

>It Speaks For Itself

>From Red Planet Cartoons, via The Smallest Minority:


Click to enlarge.

Heaven help us all.

>The Enforcement Arm of the Robber State

>Will Grigg educates us on the tactics, rationale, and true motivation of so-called “forfeiture” statutes, whereby cash, other personal property, and even real property can be seized by government thugs claiming that the property in question was connected to some form of alleged illegality.

Substitute “assault weapon” and “domestic terrorism” crimes for the marijuana offenses outlined in Will’s article, and you’ll understand why freedom-loving folks had best have a plan B for when their houses and their belongings are seized by their local “joint anti-terrorism task force.”

Read the whole thing, and heed well his closer:

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In ways too numerous to chronicle (I’m doing my best, and falling behind badly), the local police in our country are rapidly becoming the most serious criminal threat we face. This is because common crooks, when repelled, will retreat and seek other victims, but criminals in State-issued costumes will summon sufficient force to visit exemplary violence upon those who resist.

This is not an argument against righteous resistance, but rather a sober tactical assessment of the enforcement arm of an Enemy that has dropped any pretense of acting on behalf of the public good…
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Alea iacta est.

>An Excerpt From ‘Neither Predator Nor Prey’

>We first told you about this novel by Wyoming State Shooting Association President Mark Spungin here.

To recap:

In a time of great economic downturn, the US Senate, in thrall to an evil leftist president, ratifies the UN Global Gun Ban Treaty. Congress passes implementing legislation and an aggressive enforcement effort is launched.

There are those in Wyoming who decide not to comply with the new laws. The old ways suit them just fine, and they are willing to take whatever measures are necessary to preserve their traditional lifestyle.

They have no intention of letting themselves become prey to the predatory treaty enforcers.

This is their story.

Mark now has been so kind as to share this excerpt from the novel; don’t forget to order your copy today:

Chapter 13

A roadblock can be as simple as a single policeman pulling his car across a narrow stretch of road. It can also be exceedingly elaborate with permanent fortified structures alongside the road and a substantial movable barrier. During the earliest stages of implementing the new Homeland Security Department’s Terrorist and Drug Interdiction Vehicle Inspection Stations, the roadblocks were of a simple and temporary nature.

For any roadblock to be completely effective, it needs to have security, search, and pursuit components. A minimum of two vehicles and at least three, but preferably four, personnel are needed to man it. The first Wyoming roadblock, set up in Carter County, followed this pattern.

Florescent orange colored cones narrowed traffic to one lane while battery-powered portable illuminated signs stated, “All traffic must stop. Slight Delay.” The barrier itself sat on a bridge spanning a rapidly flowing forest stream.

There were no side roads for several miles on either side of the bridge roadblock. Visibility was almost a half mile to the south and about half that to the north. A County Sheriff Ford Explorer faced south and a GSA Cherokee, assigned to the Drug Enforcement Agency, pointed north on the opposite side of the bridge. The state highway crossing the bridge was lightly traveled except during shift changes at the area’s numerous drilling and work-over rigs.
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The first few days the checkpoint was in operation, eleven drivers, mostly drillers hauling their crews back to town, were cited for having open containers in their vehicles. Anyone familiar with the oil patch knows there is a long-standing tradition of having a drink or two on the drive home after having worked a grueling 8-12 hour shift. This tradition most likely dates back to the beginning of oil-fields themselves. This practice, however, had been outlawed in Wyoming some years previously. Needless to say, it had been for the children.

Neither the drillers, who drove and never drank while doing so, nor their crews, took kindly to the rude stops and searches of their vehicles. The $300 tickets were thought to be no less than highway robbery.

Georgetown is the principle town of Carter County and in its many bars and cafes, irate drilling crews loudly voiced their displeasure. Many were the threats, some quite graphic, made against the roadblock and those who manned it, but idle threats being a staple of oilfield society, local law-enforcement made only casual note of them.

Terry and Mike, oilfield welders, were never heard voicing any threats or talking about the roadblock at all. That topic of conversation they kept completely to themselves.

“You know, Terry, if that roadblock ever got lit up, half the oil patch would be called in for questioning.”

“You are nuts on, Mike. You would not believe some of the shit I’ve been hearing. Yes, you would believe, you’ve been hearing it, too. What we have here is an opportunity too good to pass up.”


Mike smiled broadly. Terry knew his friend would enjoy this every bit as much as he was going to.

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No roads or trails led to Terry and Mike’s destination. It took the pair over an hour, pushing through heavy growth, to reach their firing location, a small clearing 200 yards upstream and ten feet higher than the roadblock.


“You know, there must be at least ten or twelve Rock Creeks in Wyoming.” Mike idly commented.


“That may be true, but after we get done today, this one here is going to be the most famous one.”


Terry’s response made Mike want to laugh, but they were too close to their target to permit himself that luxury.


“What a great place. We can see every inch of their stupid roadblock and we have the high ground, not only physically but morally.” Mike was on a roll now. “I know we’ve gone over this, but one more time. We only shoot at the vehicles. I fully expect those clowns to run as soon as we start. After they get the shit cleaned out of their drawers, they’re not going to be in a big hurry to get back to fucking with people they had no business fucking with in the first place.”


Terry and Mike wanted to avoid collateral damage even more than they wanted to avoid physically injuring or killing the roadblock custodians. They patiently waited until no traffic was present and it was then they opened fire.

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At 200 yards, Yugoslavian SKS rifles are perfectly adequate. Purchased for under $150 each via private sales, they were equipped with cheap but satisfactory Chinese made 4 power scopes. The Russian made 7.62x39mm ammunition is not noted for its accuracy, but very much so for its reliability. With these rifles and ammunition, the eclectically-armed duo systematically wrecked the resented roadblock.

The tires went first, then sights shifted to the engine compartments. The two deputies and one of their federal confederates ran as fast as they could to the treeline, covering the several dozen yards in record time and keeping right on going deeper into the forest. The other fed foolishly hunkered down behind his increasingly gunshot gutted GSA.

Terry laughed at the departing deputies. “Asses and elbows! Asses and elbows! I knew that was all we were going to see of those jerk-offs.”


Dan chimed in, “I can’t believe that one dipshit stayed in the kill zone! It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if he lets loose over the top with a quick magazine.”

Neither Terry nor Mike were surprised when the federale did just that. Their 7.62mm fire was answered by a distant popping and a buzzing flurry of .40 caliber bullets flying wide and high over their heads.

Unlike his out-of-control counterparts at Waco a generation before, this jazzbo immediately found himself receiving return fire, and highly accurate at that. The DEA agent lost heart as glass, bullets, and sundry pieces of his rapidly-disintegrating car landed all around him. In a total state of panic, he vaulted the bridge railing.


When the agent hit Rock Creek, he found out why that rapidly flowing stream got its name. The knowledge did him no good. A broken neck prevented his exiting the cold two foot water, and his roadblock days came to a watery Wyoming conclusion.


This is just like one of those Hollywood gangster movies, Terry thought, as mirrors, light-bars, and headlights all flew to pieces under the unrelenting pounding of Russian steel and lead projectiles.

Mike hollered out a line from an old W.C. Fields movie, “The re-sale value of those cars is going to be nil.” When the firing stopped, neither the Explorer nor the Cherokee were economically repairable, and never again would they be misused by those who abused power and authority.

Terry and Mike were ecstatic as they hiked the several miles back to their vehicle, this being the most exciting and fun-filled day of their entire lives. In addition, their trip out was easier than the trip in, as they had much less to carry, having left their smoking hot SKS rifles alongside the cooling piles of expended steel cases. The rifles were not all that valuable, and were, to say the least, a lot more incriminating than they had been before the roadblock removal exercise. While no one likes to have his vehicle shot up, police are especially touchy in this regard. Besides, there were plenty more rifles where those two came from, and better ones.

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The two deputies and the surviving fed, remained laying in the woods for a good ten minutes after the final round impacted into one of the power window motors on the GSA. While pretty sure the shooters had not intended to kill them, they had the distinct impression that had they stayed behind the cars and returned fire, they would now be wounded or dead. That poor fool stayed and look what it got him. While the trio had no idea exactly what it was their partner got, they were sure it was nothing they wanted.


The three finally got up their courage. The remaining DEA agent led the way, hoping to find his missing partner. All that was found of him on the bridge was a pile of his .40 caliber brass.

“No blood. Maybe he managed to get away,” hopefully commented one of the deputies.

The three all hollered and hollered the missing man’s name, but silence was their only answer.

Silence also was on the speakers of their ruined radios.

“Damn! They really fucked these up,” the senior deputy exclaimed. “We got a couple of choices right now. Our relief ain’t due for a couple of hours, but I expect someone will notice our radios are out, get worried, and come check on us. So, we can wait here until they do, or we can go look for our partner, or we can chase after them trigger-happy psychos.”

There was unanimous agreement the last choice was definitely not the wisest one. The deputies decided to flag down the first vehicle to come along and return to town for assistance and the DEA man opted to try and find his missing partner.


When the Sheriff and his entourage arrived at the mutilated roadblock, quite a crowd of gawkers had already gathered at the scene. By this time, the surviving fed found his partner’s carcass hung up on a snag about 120 yards downstream. He was face-down in the water which obviated any need to check for a pulse.

The lawman, at first, believed the nasty gash on the back of his dead partner’s head was a bullet wound, but closer examination indicated otherwise.

Why didn’t the silly son-of-a-bitch come with us? his partner sorrowfully pondered. On the other hand, if those yahoos hadn’t started shooting at us, he wouldn’t be dead in the first place.

Sadness turned to anger. All we’re trying to do is protect the public from terrorists, criminals, and crazies. None of the peckerwoods around here, except for the sheriff and a few others, seem to appreciate that. For all our hard work and dedication we get resentment, hostility, and now this, the DEA man soliliquized in his head. He became even angrier as he noticed the snickering and joking crowd of onlookers pointing at the ruined cars.


My friend was killed doing his job and these morons seem to think the whole thing is just a big joke. Unable to keep his thoughts to himself, the agent approached the Sheriff.

“Just exactly what are you going to do about the party goers?” he demanded.

“I’m not going to do anything about them. They’re not hurting anything and they’re having a real good time. You don’t live here and you don’t ever have to run for re-election, but I do. I’ve gotten more than a few complaints about this roadblock, but I’ve ignored them because I have always worked well with you guys. But when the people around here get unhappy enough to start shooting, well then, I have to take notice. I have to weigh whether or not what we’re doing is worth the cost. Nothing good would come out of riling these folks up while they’re enjoying themselves. Even if it is at our expense.”


The sheriff could not help but notice how difficult it was for the DEA man to hold back his anger.

“Oh don’t worry, those assholes can have their fun for now. We got this whole circus on camera and those who look like they are getting the most pleasure out of what happened here will be held to account, one way or another. Now is just not the time. Why don’t you go on in with the ambulance and call who you need to call. You just let me and a couple of deputies go and check out where those sons-of-bitches did their murdering from. We will find out who they are and we will fix them real good.”

The fed was too drained to argue so he complied with the sheriff’s suggestion.
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The sheriff, a deputy, and a Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) agent currently assigned to the Northcentral Regional Drug Task Force, were quite surprised to find the two SKSs.

“I doubt we’ll get anything off these rifles,” the DCI agent commented. “The shooters wouldn’t have left them for us to find so easily if they thought we would. I wouldn’t be surprised if they left them like this as their way of telling us something. Like, we have a whole shit-load of these things.”

The deputy chimed in, “These SKSs are as common as cowshit in a stockyard. I read once that 4 or 5 million of those things were imported over the years. We have about as much a chance of rounding them all up as we do of keeping the oil-field trash sober.”


The sheriff gave his deputy a disapproving look but changed the topic.

“I don’t really give a shit why they left these rifles here. The real question is, who the fuck shot up one of my cars and caused the death of a fellow officer? Was it druggies? Was it gun-runners? Maybe neither. My hunch is it was some liquored up rough-necks who took the roadblock personal. Some not very civic-minded motherfuckers who feel their right to drink on the way home from work, and come and go as they please, is more important than protecting this country from terrorists and criminal low-lifes.”

The sheriff had become visibly agitated by now. He fought to keep control.

“Well, they picked the wrong county to pull this kind of shit. They certainly picked the wrong sheriff to fuck with. I will have their asses.”

The deputy and the DCI man nodded their approval as they set about taking photographs, making diagrams, and gathering evidence.

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Just go here and place your order — and don’t forget a few extra copies as post-election party favors.

Everyone loves a good story, don’t ya know…

Alea iacta est.

>Spots on the Lightworker

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Mindful Musings gives us a perspective on Obama you won’t find in the mainstream media.

Read it, please.

Then pass it on.

>Vanderboegh: Ralph Peters on the Consequences of Obama

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Folks,

Ralph Peters is consistently the most prescient and accurate military writer today. I do believe however he has this column wrong, in one minor respect and in a major one as well.

First, he has left off the principal move against a small free nation by one of our traditional enemies — Taiwan. If the Chinese sense weakness, they will move. This will happen sooner, not later.

But the larger question goes to Obama’s psychology. I think such a man, convinced of his own infallibility, deeply needing to RULE, will be more likely than McCain to prove his stones by nuking some small target that will not have major repercussions. If I lived in North Korea I’d be moving right now. Like Bill Clinton, the man has no scars on his face, or anywhere else for that matter. He has never served his country in any way that required risk to himself or sacrifice of any kind. Therefore, like Bill Clinton, he will feel it necessary to compensate for this feeling of being less than some men. Clinton compensated by screwing anything that slowed down. Obama is less of a practical politician, however, and more of a true believer in himself. Somebody is going to die for his insecurities. I almost wish he was a sociopathic satyr like Clinton, but he is not.

Likewise, domestically we are more likely to see a Waco flowing from this same psychology. Just to let us know who’s boss. Either way, the free world such as it is now is going to be royally screwed by an Obama presidency. Remember, his big role model is Abraham Lincoln.

You remember him, surely? You know, the guy whose election started a bloody civil war?

Cheery thoughts on a bright and sunny fall day here in Pinson, Alabama.

Mike Vanderboegh

III
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America the Weak

IF Sen. Barack Obama is elected president, our republic will survive, but our international strategy and some of our allies may not. His first year in office would conjure globe-spanning challenges as our enemies piled on to exploit his weakness.

Add in Sen. Joe Biden – with his track record of calling every major foreign-policy crisis wrong for 35 years – as vice president and de facto secretary of State, and we’d face a formula for strategic disaster. Where would the avalanche of confrontations come from?
* Al Qaeda. Pandering to his extreme base, Obama has projected an image of being soft on terror. Toss in his promise to abandon Iraq, and you can be sure that al Qaeda will pull out all the stops to kill as many Americans as possible – in Iraq, Afghanistan and, if they can, here at home – hoping that America will throw away the victories our troops bought with their blood.
* Pakistan. As this nuclear-armed country of 170 million anti-American Muslims grows more fragile by the day, the save-the-Taliban elements in the Pakistani intelligence services and body politic will avoid taking serious action against “their” terrorists (while theatrically annoying Taliban elements they can’t control). The Pakistanis think Obama would lose Afghanistan – and they believe they can reap the subsequent whirlwind.

* Iran. Got nukes? If the Iranians are as far along with their nuclear program as some reports insist, expect a mushroom cloud above an Iranian test range next year. Even without nukes, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would try the new administration’s temper in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf.

* Israel. In the Middle East, Obama’s election would be read as the end of staunch US support for Israel. Backed by Syria and Iran, Hezbollah would provoke another, far-bloodier war with Israel. Lebanon would disintegrate.

* Saudi Arabia. Post-9/11 attention to poisonous Saudi proselytizing forced the kingdom to be more discreet in fomenting terrorism and religious hatred abroad. Convinced that Obama will be more “tolerant” toward militant Islam, the Saudis would redouble their funding of bigotry and butchery-for-Allah – in the US, too.

* Russia. Got Ukraine? Not for long, slabiye Amerikantsi. Russia’s new czar, Vladimir Putin, intends to gobble Ukraine next year, assured that NATO will be divided and the US can be derided. Aided by the treasonous Kiev politico Yulia Timoshenko – a patriot when it suited her ambition, but now a Russian collaborator – the Kremlin is set to reclaim the most important state it still regards as its property. Overall, 2009 may see the starkest repression of freedom since Stalin seized Eastern Europe.

* Georgia. Our Georgian allies should dust off their Russian dictionaries.

* Venezuela. Hugo Chavez will intensify the rape of his country’s hemorrhaging democracy and, despite any drop in oil revenue, he’ll do all he can to export his megalomaniacal version of gun-barrel socialism. He’ll seek a hug-for-the-cameras meet with President Obama as early as possible.

* Bolivia. Chavez client President Evo Morales could order his military to seize control of his country’s dissident eastern provinces, whose citizens resist his repression, extortion and semi-literate Leninism. President Obama would do nothing as yet another democracy toppled and bled.

* North Korea. North Korea will expect a much more generous deal from the West for annulling its pursuit of nuclear weapons. And it will regard an Obama administration as a green light to cheat.
* NATO. The brave young democracies of Central and Eastern Europe will be gravely discouraged, while the appeasers in Western Europe will again have the upper hand. Putin will be allowed to do what he wants.
* The Kurds. An Obama administration will abandon our only true allies between Tel Aviv and Tokyo.
* Democracy activists. Around the world, regressive regimes will intensify their suppression – and outright murder – of dissidents who risk their lives for freedom and justice. An Obama administration will say all the right things, but do nothing.
* Women’s rights. If you can’t vote in US elections, sister, you’re screwed. Being stoned to death or buried alive is just a cultural thing.

* Journalists. American journalists who’ve done everything they can to elect Barack Obama can watch as regimes around the world imprison, torture and murder their foreign colleagues, confident that the US has entered an era of impotence. The crocodile tears in newsrooms will provide drought relief to the entire southeastern US.

Sen. John McCain’s campaign has allowed a great man to be maligned as a mere successor to George W. Bush. The truth is that an Obama administration would be a second Carter presidency – only far worse.

Think Bush weakened America?

Just wait.

Ralph Peters’ latest book is “Looking for Trouble: Adventures in a Broken World.”

>List of Anti-Militia/Anti-Paramilitary Training Laws

>Found in an archive on the new Oleg Volk forum site, this list of citations will provide our side’s legal beagles with a first sniff in researching how to thwart the Obamites’ upcoming use of these existing statutes.

Yes, Virginia, many local and state governments will join their Federal masters in coming after freedom-loving Americans in the coming turmoil.

Allegations re violations of these statutes will be very useful in getting gun-grabbing state magistrates to authorize search/seizure warrants for not only guns, optics, and ammo, but also, in whatever format found:

– computers,
– computer media,
– books,
– pamphlets,
– magazines,
– posters,
– movies,
– videos,
– flags,
– patches,
– photographs,
– correspondence (including but not limited to email), and
– any other evidence, in whatever format found, tending to prove the commission of said offenses, attempted commission of said offenses, conspiracy to commit said offenses, and any lesser included offenses.

And please – don’t anyone be so naive as to suggest that freedom of speech and freedom of association are enumerated rights protected by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution, as well as the analogues to those rights under the several states’ constitutions.

Don’t you know that individuals or groups who believe that the Second Amendment was designed to deter and, if necessary, defeat oppressive government are “subversive or quasi-subversive entities…that ha[ve] denounced the United States of America”?

If that’s what our pragmatic (former) friends call us, just imagine how we will be portrayed by the OpFor.

Alea iacta est.

>Looking Both Forward and Back

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Take the time to watch this slide show passed on by a reader in Georgia for background and foreshadowing of the upcoming Obama administration.

Beck then points us to an introductory essay re the last large-scale practitioner of Barry’s socioeconomic philosophy.

Rawles then follows in today’s pastiche. Sample:

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…I predict that in the Raw Deal era, there will be a huge new raft of alphabet soup agencies that will simultaneously “share the wealth” (read: extract the hard-earned dollars from your wallet to inefficiently dole them out to others), “protect the environment and scarce resources”, and bureaucratically scrutinize and control every aspect of your daily life. Do you think that you are heavily regulated now? Just wait for the Raw Deal. There will be bureaucrats prying into every conceivable aspect of your life and business, with proctological fervor. Do you detest having to get a smog inspection for your car? Just wait until you also have to get one for your lawn mower, your fishing boat engine, and your weed whacker. Do you dislike paying bridge tolls? Just wait until you are required to have a transponder mounted on your car so that you can be incrementally taxed for each mile that you drive. Here are some other possibilities: Taxes on fatty foods, new taxes on ammunition, taxes on “conspicuous consumption”, taxes on “gas guzzlers”, taxes on “above baseline” use of electricity, taxes on”wasteful” incandescent light bulbs, taxes on “cruel” leather products, tax stamps for marijuana (I’m not kidding!), taxes on golfing greens use, registration and periodic inspection (with an inspection fee, naturlich) for private “arsenals” (owning more than five guns and/or more than 500 rounds of ammunition), special taxes for anyone with more than a two car garage, taxes for anyone with more than 700 square feet of house per family member, taxes on homeschoolers (since they “deprive public schools of revenue”), taxes for “wasteful” home water use, an Internet sales tax, taxes for any family that owns more than two cars, and a European-style tax on each television that you own. You get the idea. The only limit to the depth to which the iron fist will be shoved into your wallet is the imagination of the bureaucrats and their group-think “focus groups”. This will go on and on, and on, and on….
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That is, unless enough folks agree with this essay (also cited today by Rawles), and then act accordingly.

Alea iacta est.

>Stossel: Politically Incorrect Guide to Politics

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Thanks to The Economist’s Cookbook, via Codrea, a must-watch six-part video series from John Stossel on the state of American politics.

Watch all six, and ask yourself:

What is Plan B?

Alea iacta est.

>Nock: The Criminal State

>Albert J. Nock, author of Our Enemy, The State and Isaiah’s Job, published this essay originally in March, 1939:

As well as I can judge, the general attitude of Americans who are at all interested in foreign affairs is one of astonishment, coupled with distaste, displeasure, or horror, according to the individual observer’s capacity for emotional excitement. Perhaps I ought to shade this statement a little in order to keep on the safe side, and say that this is the most generally-expressed attitude.

All our institutional voices–the press, pulpit, forum–are pitched to the note of amazed indignation at one or another phase of the current goings-on in Europe and Asia. This leads me to believe that our people generally are viewing with wonder as well as repugnance certain conspicuous actions of various foreign States; for instance, the barbarous behavior of the German State towards some of its own citizens; the merciless despotism of the Soviet Russian State; the ruthless imperialism of the Italian State; the “betrayal of Czecho-Slovakia” by the British and French States; the savagery of the Japanese State; the brutishness of the Chinese State’s mercenaries; and so on, here or there, all over the globe–this sort of thing is showing itself to be against our people’s grain, and they are speaking out about it in wrathful surprise.

I am cordially with them on every point but one. I am with them in repugnance, horror, indignation, disgust, but not in astonishment. The history of the State being what it is, and its testimony being as invariable and eloquent as it is, I am obliged to say that the naive tone of surprise wherewith our people complain of these matters strikes me as a pretty sad reflection on their intelligence. Suppose someone were impolite enough to ask them the gruff question, “Well, what do you expect?”–what rational answer could they give? I know of none.

Polite or impolite, that is just the question which ought to be put everytime a story of State villainy appears in the news. It ought to be thrown at our public day after day, from every newspaper, periodical, lecture-platform, and radio station in the land; and it ought to be backed up by a simple appeal to history, a simple invitation to look at the record. The British State has sold the Czech State down the river by a despicable trick; very well, be as disgusted and angry as you like, but don’t be astonished; what would you expect?–just take a look at the British State’s record! The German State is persecuting great masses of its people, the Russian State is holding a purge, the Italian State is grabbing territory, the Japanese State is buccaneering along the Asiatic Coast; horrible, yes, but for Heaven’s sake don’t lose your head over it, for what would expect?–look at the record!

No State Excepted

That is how every public presentation of these facts ought to run if Americans are ever going to grow up into an adult attitude towards them. Also, in order to keep down the great American sin of self-righteousness, every public presentation ought to draw the deadly parallel with the record of the American State. The German State is persecuting a minority, just as the American State did after 1776; the Italian State breaks into Ethiopia, just as the American State broke into Mexico; the Japanese State kills off the Manchurian tribes in wholesale lots, just as the American State did the Indian tribes; the British State practices largescale carpet-baggery, like the American State after 1864; the imperialist French State massacres native civilians on their own soil, as the American State did in pursuit of its imperialistic policies in the Pacific, and so on.

In this way, perhaps, our people might get into their heads some glimmering of the fact that the State’s criminality is nothing new and nothing to be wondered at. It began when the first predatory group of men clustered together and formed the State, and it will continue as long as the State exists in the world, because the State is fundamentally an anti-social institution, fundamentally criminal. The idea that the State originated to serve any kind of social purpose is completely unhistorical. It originated in conquest and confiscation–that is to say, in crime. It originated for the purpose of maintaining the division of society into an owning-and-exploiting class and a propertyless dependent class–that is, for a criminal purpose.

No State known to history originated in any other manner, or for any other purpose. Like all predatory or parasitic institutions, its first instinct is that of self-preservation. All its enterprises are directed first towards preserving its own life, and, second, towards increasing its own power and enlarging the scope of its own activity. For the sake of this it will, and regularly does, commit any crime which circumstances make expedient. In the last analysis, what is the German, Italian, French, or British State now actually doing? It is ruining its own people in order to preserve itself, to enhance its own power and prestige, and extend its own authority; and the American State is doing the same thing to the utmost of its opportunities.

A Scrap of Paper

What, then, is a little matter like a treaty to the French or British State? Merely a scrap of paper–Bethmann-Hollweg described it exactly. Why be astonished when the German or Russian State murders its citizens? The American State would do the same thing under the same circumstances. In fact, eighty years ago it did murder a great many of them for no other crime in the world but that they did not wish to live under its rule any longer; and if that is a crime, then the colonists led by G. Washington were hardened criminals and the Fourth of July is nothing but a cutthroat’s holiday.

The weaker the State is, the less power it has to commit crime. Where in Europe today does the State have the best criminal record? Where it is weakest: in Switzerland, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Sweden, Monaco, Andorra. Yet when the Dutch State, for instance, was strong, its criminality was appalling; in Java it massacred 9000 persons in one morning which is considerably ahead of Hitler’s record or Stalin’s. It would not do the like today, for it could not; the Dutch people do not give it that much power, and would not stand for such conduct. When the Swedish State was a great empire, its record, say from 1660 to 1670, was fearful. What does all this mean but that if you do not want the State to act like a criminal, you must disarm it as you would a criminal; you must keep it weak. The State will always be criminal in proportion to its strength; a weak State will always be as criminal as it can be, or dare be, but if it is kept down to the proper limit of weakness–which, by the way, is a vast deal lower limit than people are led to believe–its criminality may be safely got on with.

So it strikes me that instead of sweating blood over the iniquity of foreign States, my fellow-citizens would do a great deal better by themselves to make sure that the American State is not strong enough to carry out the like iniquities here. The stronger the American State is allowed to grow, the higher its record of criminality will grow, according to its opportunities and temptations. If, then, instead of devoting energy, time, and money to warding off wholly imaginary and fanciful dangers from criminals thousands of miles away, our people turn their patriotic fervor loose on the only source from which danger can proceed, they will be doing their full duty by their country.

Two able and sensible American publicists–Isabel Paterson, of the New York Herald Tribune, and W.J. Cameron, of the Ford Motor Company–have lately called our public’s attention to the great truth that if you give the State power to do something FOR you, you give it an exact equivalent of power to do something TO you. I wish every editor, publicist, teacher, preacher, and lecturer would keep hammering that truth into American heads until they get it nailed fast there, never to come loose. The State was organized in this country with power to do all kinds of things FOR the people, and the people in their short-sighted stupidity, have been adding to that power ever since. After 1789, John Adams said that, so far from being a democracy of a democratic republic, the political organization of the country was that of “a monarchical republic, or, if you will, a limited monarchy”; the powers of its President were far greater than those of “an avoyer, a consul, a podesta, a doge, a stadtholder; nay, than a king of Poland; nay, than a king of Sparta.” If all that was true in 1789–and it was true–what is to be said of the American State at the present time, after a century and a half of steady centralization and continuous increments of power?

Power Corrupts

Power, for instance, to “help business” by auctioning off concessions, subsidies, tariffs, land-grants, franchises; power to help business by ever encroaching regulations, supervisions, various forms of control. All this power was freely given; it carried with it the equivalent power to do things TO business; and see what a banditti of sharking political careerists are doing to business now! Power to afford “relief” to proletarians; and see what the State has done to those proletarians now in the way of systematic debauchery of whatever self-respect and self-reliance they may have had! Power this way, power that way; and all ultimately used AGAINST the interests of the people who surrendered that power on the pretext that it was to be used FOR those interests.

Many now believe that with the rise of the “totalitarian” State the world has entered upon a new era of barbarism. It has not. The totalitarian State is only the State; the kind of thing it does is only what the State has always done with unfailing regularity, if it had the power to do it, wherever and whenever its own aggrandizement made that kind of thing expedient. Give any State like power hereafter, and put it in like circumstances, and it will do precisely the same kind of thing. The State will unfailingly aggrandize itself, if only it has the power, first at the expense of its own citizens, and then at the expense of anyone else in sight. It has always done so, and always will.

The idea that the State is a social institution, and that with a fine upright man like Mr. Chamberlain at the head of it, or a charming person like Mr. Roosevelt, there can be no question about its being honorably and nobly managed–all this is just so much sticky fly-paper. Men in that position usually make a good deal of their honor, and some of them indeed may have some (though if they had any I cannot understand their letting themselves be put in that position) but the machine they are running will run on rails which are laid only one way, which is from crime to crime. In the old days, the partition of Czecho-Slovakia or the taking-over of Austria would have been arranged by rigmarole among a few highly polished gentlemen in stiff shirts ornamented with fine ribbons. Hitler simply arranged it the way old Frederick arranged his share in the first partition of Poland; he arranged the annexation of Austria the way Louis XIV arranged that of Alsace. There is more or less of a fashion, perhaps, in the way these things are done, but the point is that they always come out exactly the same in the end.

Furthermore, the idea that the procedure of the “democratic” State is any less criminal than that of the State under any other fancy name, is rubbish. The country is now being surfeited with journalistic garbage about our great sister-democracy, England, its fine democratic government, its vast beneficent gift for ruling subject peoples, and so on; but does anyone ever look up the criminal record of the British State? The bombardment of Copenhagen; the Boer War; the Sepoy Rebellion; the starvation of Germans by the post-Armistice blockade; the massacre of natives in India, Afghanistan, Jamaica; the employment of Hessians to kill off American colonists. What is the difference, moral or actual, between Kichener’s democratic concentration camps and the totalitarian concentration camps maintained by Herr Hitler? The totalitarian general Badoglio is a pretty hard-boiled brother, if you like, but how about the democratic general O’Dwyer and Governor Eyre? Any of the three stands up pretty well beside our own democratic virtuoso, Hell-roaring Jake Smith, in his treatment of the Filipinos; and you can’t say fairer than that.

The British State

As for the British State’s talent for a kindly and generous colonial administration, I shall not rake up old scores by citing the bill of particulars set forth in the Declaration of Independence; I shall consider India only, not even going into matters like the Kaffir war or the Wairau incident in New Zealand. Our democratic British cousins in India in the Eighteenth Century must have learned their trade from Pizarro and Cortez. Edmund Burke called them “birds of prey and passage.” Even the directors of the East India Company admitted that “the vast fortunes acquired in the inland trade have been obtained by a scene of the most tyrannical and oppressive conduct that was ever known in any age or country.” Describing a journey, Warren Hastings wrote that “most of the petty towns and serais were deserted at our approach”; the people ran off into the woods at the mere sight of a white man. There was the iniquitous salt-monopoly; there was extortion everywhere, practiced by enterprising rascals in league with a corrupt police; there was taxation which confiscated almost half the products of the soil.

If it be said that Britain was not a sister-democracy in those days, and has since reformed, one might well ask how much of the reformation is due to circumstances, and how much to a change of heart. Besides, the Black-and-Tans were in our day; so was the post-Armistice blockade; General O’Dwyer’s massacre was not more than a dozen years ago; and there are plenty alive who remember Kitchener’s concentration camps.

No, “democratic” State practice is nothing more or less than State practice. It does not differ from Marxist State practice, Fascist State practice, or any other.

Here is the Golden Rule of sound citizenship, the first and greatest lesson in the study of politics:

You get the same order of criminality from any State to which you give power to exercise it; and whatever power you give the State to do things FOR you carries with it the equivalent power to do things TO you.

A citizenry which has learned that one short lesson has but little more left to learn. Stripping the American State of the enormous power it has acquired is a full-time job for our citizens and a stirring one; and if they attend to it properly they will have no energy to spare for fighting communism, or for hating Hitler, or for worrying about South America or Spain, or for anything whatever, except what goes on right here in the United States.

>Beck: Coming Distractions

>From Billy Beck:

“Everybody I know is reading about the Weimar Republic.”

Allegedly, a “very high-placed” friend (“at the highest level of global banking”), to Glenn Beck, last Monday.

Make sure you watch that whole-ass thing:

This is crucial, at the 4:06 mark of the video:

“…and now we owe the world trillions, and we’re reaching for the printing-press to pay it back.”

This is exactly what is happening.

Don’t let words like “nationalization” (a fact) blind you to the more principal fact that crummy consumer debt is being assumed by the government, whose only recourses are:

1) printing-away this debt in a plainly fraudulent denomination of “dollars”, or;

2) actually laying you down (you, because your name is now on it no matter how we’ll you have behaved, financially) and flaying the meat out of your physical hide.

Oh, you don’t like the metaphor?

Okay, try this: this productivity — this value now held as debt in global markets — must come from somewhere, and so this government will tax you for it as long as you will stand it. …unless, that is, you would prefer that they stomp right into your living-room, unplug your five-foot widescreen HDTV and cart it off to some worldwide garage sale.

It’s either that, or let the presses roll, and I cannot imagine that one in a thousand out there have any idea what that will be like.

And guess what: there is no reason why they can’t do both; tax your ass off and make you stand in line for (in the memorable phrase by Rand) “cereal coupons”. {shrug}

Give ’em enough rope and they’ll hang us all.

I think we might really be in it this time, kids.

Go read this. (link by Myrhaf)

>Forest Brothers

>
Take the time this weekend to read these articles about the resistance forces in Eastern Europe during the period from 1939-1955.

Consider what lessons can be learned by American patriots facing overwhelming odds against totalitarian foes.

Wikipedia: Forest Brothers (see especially references at end)

Lithuanian Resistance to Foreign Occupation 1940-1952

NYT: A Forest Brother Remembers Life On The Run

War Chronicles of the Partisans

Thesis on Lithuanian Resistance Efforts

Tartu City Museum: KGB Cells Exhibit/Estonian Forest Brothers

Laika the Space Dog (blog): Brothers of the Forest

Extended excerpts from ‘War in the Woods’ by Mart Laar

Forest Brothers video:

Alea iacta est.

>You Know the Fix Is In When…

>


The Wall Street Journal is pimping for the New Deal and the supposedly-sainted Frank Roosevelt.

Wonder why the article doesn’t mention FDR’s diplomatic recognition of the Soviet Union as “Uncle Joe” and his apparatchiks were exterminating hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians via deliberately-induced famine?

You know – come to think of it — the article also omits how FDR ran roughshod over the Constitution while simultaneously devaluing the dollar and demagoging against “economic royalty”.

And wouldn’t you know it – the article also omits how at Yalta, FDR delivered millions of European men, women, and children from the frying pan of Nazi tyranny into the fires of Stalin’s murderous regime.


Read more here.

Just you wait for new New Deal, courtesy of President-elect Obama.

And don’t worry – even though you may not be thinking of them, the Obamites most certainly are thinking about how to deal with folks like those who read this blog.

Alea iacta est.

>The Obamanation: Forebodings

>Read this essay from the Illinois State Rifle Association’s experience in lobbying State Senator Obama on gun issues:

Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson Issues Open Letter to Nation’s Sportsmen Regarding Obama’s History in the Illinois Senate

CHICAGO, Oct 15, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ — The following is the text of an open letter to the nation’s hunters and sportsmen issued today by Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson:

Fellow Sportsman,
Hello, my name is Rich Pearson and I have been active in the firearm rights movement for over 40 years. For the past 15 years, I have served in the Illinois state capitol as the chief lobbyist for the Illinois State Rifle Association.

I lobbied Barack Obama extensively while he was an Illinois State Senator. As a result of that experience, I know Obama’s attitudes toward guns and gun owners better than anyone. The truth be told, in all my years in the Capitol I have never met a legislator who harbors more contempt for the law-abiding firearm owner than does Barack Obama.

Although Obama claims to be an advocate for the 2nd Amendment, his voting record in the Illinois Senate paints a very different picture. While a state senator, Obama voted for a bill that would ban nearly every hunting rifle, shotgun and target rifle owned by Illinois citizens. That same bill would authorize the state police to raid homes of gun owners to forcibly confiscate banned guns. Obama supported a bill that would shut down law-abiding firearm manufacturers including Springfield Armory, Armalite, Rock River Arms and Les Baer. Obama also voted for a bill that would prohibit law-abiding citizens from purchasing more than one gun per month.

Without a doubt, Barack Obama has proven himself to be an enemy of the law abiding firearm owner. At the same time, Obama has proven himself to be a friend to the hardened criminal. While a state senator, Obama voted 4 times against legislation that would allow a homeowner to use a firearm in defense of home and family.

Does Barack Obama still sound to you like a “friend” of the law-abiding gun owner?

And speaking of friends, you can always tell a person by the company they keep. Obama counts among his friends the Rev. Michael Pfleger – a renegade Chicago priest who has openly called for the murder of gun shop owners and pro-gun legislators. Then there is his buddy Richard Daley, the mayor of Chicago who has declared that if it were up to him, nobody would be allowed to own a gun. And let’s not forget Obama’s pal George Soros – the guy who has pumped millions of dollars into the UN’s international effort to disarm law-abiding citizens.

Obama has shown that he is more than willing to use other people’s money to fund his campaign to take your guns away from you. While a board member of the leftist Joyce Foundation, Barack Obama wrote checks for tens of millions of dollars to extremist gun control organizations such as the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and the Violence Policy Center.

Does Barack Obama still sound to you like a “friend” of the law-abiding gun owner?

By now, I’m sure that many of you have received mailings from an organization called “American Hunters and Shooters Association(AHSA)” talking about what a swell fellow Obama is and how he honors the 2nd Amendment and how you will never have to worry about Obama coming to take your guns. Let me make it perfectly clear – everything the AHSA says about Obama is pure hogwash. The AHSA is headed by a group of left-wing elitists who subscribe to the British view of hunting and shooting. That is, a state of affairs where hunting and shooting are reserved for the wealthy upper-crust who can afford guided hunts on exclusive private reserves. The AHSA is not your friend, never will be.

In closing, I’d like to remind you that I’m a guy who has actually gone nose to nose with Obama on gun rights issues. The Obama I know cannot even begin to identify with this nation’s outdoor traditions. The Obama I know sees you, the law abiding gun owner, as nothing but a low-class lummox who is easily swayed by the flash of a smile and a ration of rosy rhetoric. The Obama I know is a stony-faced liar who has honed his skill at getting what he wants – so long as people are willing to give it to him.

That’s the Barack Obama I know.

The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. Founded in 1903, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.

This press release was posted on PRnewswire.

Posted Wed Oct 15 18:44:24 CDT 2008

Make sure your Zumbo-Fudd amigos read it, too.

It will help them understand what is happening when they are subsequently held accountable for their actions.

Alea iacta est.

>The Collapse: More on the 2001 Argentine Experience

>From the Life After the Oil Crash Forum:

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=4353655982817317115&hl=en&fs=true

Are you ready?

Read FerFAL’s blog for more no-fooling insights on living through a societal collapse.

Alea iacta est.

>Denninger: America Has Died – To Thunderous Applause

>Read this entire article.

Sample:

***

…This [bailout bill] is in fact a looting of the American Public and Treasury by a law passed under fraudulent pretense and then redirected under even more fraudulent pretense to directly benefit those who just extracted hundreds of billions of dollars from your wallet after robbing you, your children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, grandmother and grandfather of everything.

If we had an honest government in Washington DC this would result in an instantaneous Bill Of Impeachment for both Paulson and Bush in the House of Representatives and we’d have two candidates for President vowing to reverse all of this on Inauguration Day, irrespective of which one of the two clowns wins.

But we do not – we have a government in Washington DC that has been bought and paid for by the same bankers who just looted you to the tune of $350 billion dollars by literally putting a gun to Congress’ head, and they said “sure!”

What’s even worse is that we have a citzenry – that is, you – who will sit like a lapdog and take this sort of crap from our government as your savings, retirement and wealth are plundered mercilessly.

You’ve been violated America, and you have not only tolerated it you’ve cheered while it happened.

I bet, in fact, you cheered the nearly 1000 point rise in the DOW yesterday, even though it came from the expectation that you would be robbed blind to pay for the foibles of these bankers that arose from their felonious and outrageous conduct.

“America dies to thunderous applause” instead of pitchfork-and-torch-style outrage, which is what we should have seen.

But we won’t, will we?

You will cheer because your 401k recovered a bit (never mind that its still down by 1/3rd from last October), and by the time the rest of the value in that account is lost, it will be too late for you to act.

And make no mistake, the DOW and S&P 500 are going lower. Much lower. My targets have been revised; 1070 was my “bear target” last December, but given what we’ve seen, I must now consider that the 2003 Bear Market lows are not going to hold, and DOW 5,000, S&P 500 at 500, are more realistic targets.

Why?

As a hint of what is to come, Nancy Pelosi has stated that she wants to tax your 401k with a one-time levy or even a levy on appreciation or contribution, never mind that you already pay tax when you withdraw the money to spend in retirement.

The economy will continue to worsen. With essential government funds redirected to pay off the bankers and make sure they don’t suffer, you will instead, along with all of the businesses and industry that make this nation great, never mind providing you with a paycheck.

And the bankers? This is a pair of them leaving the Treasury meeting yesterday:

Do they look upset with the terms of the deal they were “forced” to take? Or do they look like they just screwed you out of $250 billion dollars and are laughing all the way back to Wall Street?

You have given up your right to object America, because you are not objecting now. You are not in the streets. You are not in DC. You are not raising hell with your elected representatives and the un-elected, appointed smiling faces who just looted you once again, this time to the tune of a quarter of a trillion dollars…

***

Alea iacta est.

UPDATE: Reverend Franz weighs in with a great sitrep.

>Beck: Who Is John Galt?

>Reprinted in full with permission:

Wed Oct 15, 2008

Who Is John Galt?

Paul Hsieh and I comment here:

“We still have free speech in this country, and we still have a culture that (for the most part) values reason, success, and prosperity.”

Look, Paul: you can talk about what the culture values, but we both know the source of values, and the fact is that individuals are responsible for what they think and value. Now, you might be right as a matter of statistics and if we stipulate to mush-definitions for the concepts that you list, but the more principal fact is that only a rare few can actually reason to the bottom of “reason, success, and prosperity”. The anti-reason in comments on this post alone should adequately demonstrate the epistemic material to work with in the culture. Most people regard the 1990’s as a “success” because of that creep from Arkansas, and if Ben Bernanke personally dropped a satchel full of Federal Reserve Notes on their porches, they would happily call it “prosperity”.

“Free speech”.

Look around you: that hasn’t stopped a steady march of imbeciles for generations since, say, FDR. I see a lot of people holding “free speech” as a political standard against which to judge the advance of tyranny, as if being allowed to point out to imbeciles every other sort of violation of freedom that they actively sanction makes it all worth bearing.

You are hollering from the prison-cell, and calling it freedom. The herd at the cannibal-pot will give you their reply next month.

I’ve been making a lot of people online angry for a long time at pointing out ugly truths. I am now here to tell you that, as ugly as they are, they are positive joys compared to the price of letting this disaster run its necessary course.

Get this straight: no nation in history has ever voted its way out of straits like these, and we won’t, either. You’re one of a few qualified to take up this discussion, Paul, and that’s why I say you should understand why that’s true. Go look at the Twentieth Century Motor Company again. That’s what you’re seeing right in front of you, with America as the object.

The principal ethical/political confrontation of our times is nothing more or less than collectivism versus individualism. Make no mistake about this: everyone will be called upon to stand on one side or the other, sooner or later and one way or another. The central question is whether they will know what they’re doing when their time comes, and why.

Voting will not relieve them of this responsibility. There will come a time sooner or later when that political narcotic will no longer suppress the intensity of the central conflict.

For anyone seriously interested in American freedom, it must now be time to reject every manifestation of democracy in politics on moral grounds: understand the immorality of voting, stop doing it now, and tell everyone why.

And then, here’s one of my comparative “joys”: start letting go of everything that you love that the state can use against you as hostage, in order to prepare yourself for starving it out of existence. Stop paying for it. This government will always keep stealing your productivity as long as you let it, and there will be no other recourse.

All my life, I have believed that there was enough of a moral conscience remaining in this country to which to appeal with passive civil disobedience. (See MLK, et. al.: flood the courts, and embrace the prisons.) As this rot advances, doubts encroach. I know this, in any case: it’s either that, or someone starts shooting sooner or later (and in the current political pressurization, you can never tell who or why), or the long anesthetic slide into the oblivion of totalitarianism will run its full horrible course right here where untold precedent generations would weep eternal heartbreak if they could see it.

That’s it. That’s what you’ve got left:

– Start blazing away at random right now.

– Claim your “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” from the very mouth of the beast.

– Keep doing what you’re doing.

Why anyone thinks they can get away with the last one is beyond me.

You people have been voting for the lesser of two evils for so long that evil is all that’s left, now.

“Galt’s Gulch” will never be a place.

It’s in your mind. That’s why you have a mind.

If you don’t put it to work for yourself, nobody else ever will.

~~~

“For one, the worst event of this day, though it may deject, shall not break or subdue me. The call upon us is authoritative. Let who will shrink back, I shall be found at my post.”

(Edmund Burke, speech at Parliament, 1785)

>Surveying the Abyss

>
As linked at The Smallest Minority, here’s a thoughtful piece on where we are and what will be expected of us.

Sample:

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…The extraordinary instability in the world cannot long endure — and I fear we are ill-prepared in the extreme for the abyss which will follow. We have raised generations to believe they are entitled to ease, wealth, and prosperity; we have taught them through our easy divorces and casual shack-ups that commitment only lasts as long as it feels good, and that love is all about sex; we have failed to provide any framework of character, morality, integrity, and perseverance upon which to rest when all we have taken for granted — the wealth, the comfort, the false security, the easy irresponsibility — crumbles to the ground…
***

Read the rest, please.

Alea iacta est.

>Vanderboegh: Wanted

>

WANTED
by the ATF

POSSIBLE CONSPIRACY TO VIOLATE THE NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT

DARRELL POWERS
A.K.A.
“Shifty”

Darrell “Shifty” Powers, admitted member of a gang known as the “Band of Brothers,” a/k/a Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, is a “person of interest” to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for conspiracy to violate the National Firearms Act, as he is in possession of semiautomatic rifles and has evinced a proclivity for converting them to full automatic fire.

He is quoted as saying:

“My rifle had a mind of its own.It seemed like I could just point that thing and tell it what I wanted it to hit and it would hit it. I was one of the most remarkable rifles I ever fired. One thing I did was I filed the sear in the trigger assembly on my rifle. I wanted a hair trigger and I liked it filed down so fine that it would shoot three times when I pulled the trigger. It didn’t do it every time, but with an eight round clip, a lot of times it would shoot the first three rounds.”

US Infantry Weapons in Combat, Mark G. Goodwin, 2005, p. 8.

Powers is an Army veteran and reputed to be a deadly marksman. Considered to be armed and dangerous, he should not be approached. If spotted, contact Agent Jody Keeku of the ATF, the agency’s specialist in prosecuting vicious criminals such as “Shifty” Powers and David Olofson, who was recently convicted of possessing a malfunctioning semi-automatic rifle.

(This poster provided as a public service by Mike Vanderboegh, Post Office Box 926, Pinson, AL, 35126, which is currently experiencing intermittent service due to incompetent federal mail surveillance.)

Related press release:

D-Day veteran Darrell “Shifty” Powers to speak at UVa-Wise Nov. 1

Darrell “Shifty” Powers, whose World War II Army unit was immortalized in the book Band of Brothers, will reflect on his experiences during and after the Normandy invasion in a presentation on Monday, Nov. 1, at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths.

Powers was just 19 when he parachuted into German-occupied France with the 101st Airborne on D-Day, June 6 1944. Six months later, Powers and his brothers in Easy Company were embroiled in the Battle of the Bulge.

The Clinchco native served Easy Company as a sharpshooter earning two Bronze Stars, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Expert Rifleman Badge.

Band of Brothers author Steven Ambrose once called Powers “as good a soldier as there was in the 101st.”

Powers completed his military service in 1945 and moved to California, where he worked as a machinist for a few years. He later returned to his hometown and took a job with Clinchfield Coal Company, where he was employed for 33 years.

For more information, contact the Office of College Relations at 276-328-0130.