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>Beck: A List of Books

>From Billy Beck:

This will be a long post.

A mad impulse having overtaken me, despite Bob Hunt’s periodic desperate harangues to get on with this for at least six months, I now set out to list some important books around here.

“Around here” means: the half or so of my library which is immediately within reach and not still languishing in boxes not unpacked from Atlanta. Like: the whole of Frederick Copleston’s nine-volume history of philosophy, for instance. You won’t see that in this list (or, perhaps, “these lists”, which seems more likely as I sit here typing this at nearly midnight — no time to start something like this, really) for the simple reason that it’s not present for me to gather publication details. I know I could do that on the Web, but that would really go against the grain of what I have in mind. This is about real books that I’ve actually read and noted in my own hand. These are my books. I currently have my hand on them, which is not true of the entire collection, some of which resides in storage.

You will not see here trivialities like “Gravity’s Rainbow”, “Slaughterhouse Five”, or “Catch-22”. (I’ve read two of those three examples, with immediate regret for the time wasted on every page.) If that sort of thing interests you, there are any number of other blogs and Websites that will interest you more than what I’m about to put up. I therefore invite you to haul your narrow ass out of here, because I’m serious. I don’t have time for rubbish.

I will begin at one end of my top shelf, and work through every book at hand, with no serious scheme of organization, principally because the physical objects in this space are not that organized. There are piles of them laying around here and there, as they circulate, which happens constantly. Last night, for example, I was reading Rose’s “After Yalta”, and had to get out of bed to retrieve volumes by Klehr and Haynes (the Yale University “Annals of Communism” series), Schlesinger, and John T. Flynn (“The Roosevelt Myth” — 1948) for cross-indexing. This happens all the time, and the upshot is that my library is a very dynamic thing. It never rests.

Note that “every book at hand” does not mean that I will list them all here. What it means is that I will actively consider every one of them for this list. “Important” is a qualification that I will not quite make up on-the-fly. All these books are “important”, else I would not have bought or read them. What it means here is that, in a single pass, these books stand out in my mind as eminently survivable of a purge. Something like: if I had to abandon this house and run out the door, I would linger over these titles and try to figure a way to take them along.

Here we go:

The Black Book of Communism, 1999, Stephane Courtois, et. al. — Comprehensive catalogue of the consequences of a manifestly evil philosophy. Unprecendented in its global scope. All the rats in one bag.

Trotsky — The Eternal Revolutionary, 1996, Dmitri Volkogonov — People admire this man, to this day, for no other reason than that he opposed Stalin. This is like admiring Bugsy Segal because he was killed by the mob. Study his life and realize that one of the worst criminal mentalities of the 20th century was killed in Mexico by one of the worst criminal mentalities of the 20th century.

Hitler And Stalin — Parallel Lives, 1991, Alan Bullock — It’s astonishing to me that it took until the last decade of the 20th century for someone to write this book, because the comparisons are so obvious. It was worth the wait, because Bullock thoroughly exhausts the comparisons. Indispensible.

The Soviet Tragedy — A History of Socialism In Russia, 1917-1991, 1994, Martin Malia — Although not extremely outstanding on any decent shelf of Sovietology, this is yet a very good recap of the history, worth inclusion in this list.

Let History Judge — The Origins And Consequences of Stalinism, 1989, Roy Medvedev — A crucial work of what I call the “loose-hair coif of history” school of Soviet apologetics condemning Stalin as an aberration.

The Great Terror — A Reassessment, 1990, Robert Conquest — The landmark study of the most virulent madness that the world ever saw.

Reflections On A Ravaged Century, 2000, Robert Conquest — Worthwhile thoughts on why the 20th century went the way it went.

Russia Under The Bolshevik Regime, 1994, Richard Pipes — The most finely detailed history of the Bolshevik Revolution and early USSR (1917-1924) that I own.

The Gulag Archipelago — An Experiment in Literary Investigation, 1918-1956 (three volumes), 1973, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn — An enormous look at hell rendered with the original 20th century aptitude for the work of the thing. Even after many years of familiarity with the worst Nazi crimes, this was shocking to me. It matches its 1900-odd page heft with psychic impact. Huge, in every dimension.

The Secret World of American Communism, 1995, Klehr, Haynes, and Firsov — A history of the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA) documented from Soviet archives, illustrating its subversion and espionage. The state of the data, today.

The Soviet World of American Communism, 1998, Klehr, Haynes, and Anderson — Essentially an extension of the preceding volume, detailing the CPUSA’s intimate subordination to Moscow. Again: documented from Soviet archives. These two books present immutable facts against which there can be absolutely no rational argument.

Stalin’s Letters To Molotov, 1995, Lih, Naumov, and Khlevniuk — The mind of a monster, in his own hand.

Witness, 1952, Whittaker Chambers — The statement of a principal in what is arguably the single most important direct antagonism in 20th century American politics: one man against another, each archtypical of world crisis at that moment.

Economic Theory of the Leisure Class, 1914, Nikolai Bukharin — The golden-boy of Bolshevik economics attempts to sneer-off the Austrian School, twenty-three years before Stalin thanks him with a bullet in the back of the head.

Shattered Peace — The Origins Of The Cold War And The National Security State, 1978, Daniel Yergin — This is a period-piece, eminent for its generational take on the subject at hand. Finely documented, it works as cross-reference, even though its thesis (very roughly: “There are two sides to every story, so don’t be judgmental unless you’re ready to blame America, too.”) is generally disposable.

Waging Peace And War — Dean Rusk In The Truman, Kennedy, And Johnson Years, 1988, Thomas J. Schoenbaum — An important Secretary of State’s time in the crucible.

Russia At War, 1941–1945, 1964, Alexander Werth — Enormous, panoramic view of the biggest fight in human history.

Barbarossa: The Russian-German Conflict, 1941-1945, 1965, Alan Clark — Splendid rendering of all the special military aspects of the biggest fight in human history.

The Second World War (six volumes), 1948-1953, Winston S. Churchill — If you only ever read one thing about World War II, make this that one thing. If you can resist the conclusion that Churchill saved the world (do struggle, dear reader), you will nonetheless have a better grasp of the worst woe that the whole world ever shared, altogether, than you could manage from any other single work on the subject.

The Twelve Year Reich — A Social History of Nazi Germany, 1933-1945, 1971, Richard Grunberger — This book comprehends Nazi culture in uncommon ways. Here’s your feel for all the little things that people in those straits lived in those years, in one book.

Hitler’s Justice — The Courts of The Third Reich, 1991, Ingo Muller — Nazi legal theory and practice: the complicity of a miserable profession in a wretched business.

Gestapo: Instrument of Tyranny, 1956, Edward Crankshaw — An important examination of the mechanics of one species of totalitarianism.

Downfall: The End Of The Imperial Japanese Empire, 1999, Richard B. Frank — The push & shove across an ocean that culminated on August 6, 1945 (Hiroshima). What the Last Days looked like in the highest councils — on both sides — just before the whole world turned on an atom.

Radical Son — A Generational Odyssey, 1997, David Horowitz — An important confessional. If you don’t believe me, then track down your own copy of…

Free World Colossus: A Critique of American Foreign Policy in the Cold War, 1971, David Horowitz — This is a marvelous example of 1960’s “New Left” delusion at the height of its intellectual ambition. Where Horowitz used to live, and that’s what makes “Radical Son” so important.

Letters To A Young Contrarian, 2001, Christopher Hitchens — Instruction for the Angry Young Man, exquisitely rendered by a master of the life.

Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought In Twentieth Century America, 1997, Richard Rorty — Know your enemy. That is all.

Vietnam: A History, 1983, Stanley Karnow — “The First Complete Account of Vietnam At War”. Consider that sentence very carefully, ladies and gentlemen. It’s true. It’s also important to understand that this book is about Vietnam at war, which is not the same thing as America at war in Vietnam. Read the whole book very carefullly.

Contract With America, 1994, Gingrich, Armey, and the House Republicans — The Declaration of Foolishness, by stupid cowards who promptly got their asses kicked all over hell and half of Georgia by a nation that simply does not value freedom. Read it and weep. Personally, I laughed all day long.

In Defense Of Elitism, 1994, William A. Henry III — 212 pages of fact and truth, shortly after the publication of which the author promptly died of a heart attack. His own mother said that it was probably all for the best, because Henry would not have to face the abuse he would take over this thing from all the caring and loving shitbags on the scene.

The Crisis Of The Old Order, 1957, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. — A horribly maudlin thing: the kitty brings a ratty present to FDR’s grave. If you think today’s expiring hippies are nostalgic for utter nonsense, wait’ll you get a load of this gummy paean to the second Great American Moral Adventure of the 20th century.

Tenured Radicals — How Politics Has Corrupted Our Higher Education, 1990, Roger Kimball — A twit named Rudy Dutschke is often credited with announcing a “long march through the institutions” in 1968. This happens under the pens of ignoramuses who don’t know Antonio Gramsci. Whole herds are marching, now, and Kimball’s book illustrates how they’re taught to step.

The Closing Of The American Mind, 1987, Allan Bloom — A fairly feeble flail at an extremely important subject. Not stellar, but a keeper.

Socialism And War — Essays, Documents, Reviews, 1997, F.A. Hayek (edited by Bruce Caldwell) — A terrifically dense collection of articles illustrating Hayek’s evolution from economist to philosopher through contemplation of events and issues of the 1930’s and 1940’s.

From Dawn To Decadence — 1500 To The Present, 2000, Jaques Barzun — If you want to get from Martin Luther to Martin Luther King, you have to go through Jean Jaques Rousseau and John Dewey.

The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud, 1938, translated and edited by Dr. A. A. Brill — the drawings of the architect of the powder-room of philosophy.

The Rhetoric Of Reaction, 1991, Albert O. Hirschman — the only book I’ve ever seen exclusively devoted to the the history of the logic of political stimulus and response, and where it all lays, today.

Critique of Pure Reason, 1781, Immanuel Kant (translation by F. Max Muller) — Where the Enlightenment went off the rails for real.

The Papers Of Martin Luther King, Jr. — Volume I, 1992, edited by Clayborne Carson — The intellectual birth of a genuinely tragic American character.

Essays On Philosophical Subjects, 1980, edited by W.P.D. Wightman — Adam Smith, the neglected philosopher.

The Fatal Conceit — The Errors Of Socialism, 1988, F.A. Hayek — This is the book that Hayek should not have written.

The Big Spenders, 1966, Lucius Beebe — You might not know this, but America was once a place where gloriously rich people knew how to play with their money in a big, big way. Try to imagine Texans shooting holes in medieval tapestries with six-guns at their dinner parties, replete with solid gold baskets at table to catch the hot cartridges so as not to burn the antique carpets. And that ain’t the half of it. This is a wonderful history of a culture savagely beaten to death by envy.

Carnage And Culture — Landmark Battles In The Rise Of Western Power, 2001, Victor Davis Hanson — A finely integrated history of combat according to a specific set of traditions culturally unique. Damned good argument.

Morgan: American Financier, 1999, Jean Strouse — A fine biography of one of the most viciously and wrongly maligned Americans of all time: J. Pierpont Morgan.

The Prize: The Epic Quest For Oil, Money, And Power, 1991, Daniel Yergin — Indispensible history of the oil industry.

Darkness At Noon, 1941, Arthur Koestler — One of the very few novels you’re going to see here. It’s about a man whose beliefs led him to the bitter end, in Stalin’s murder cellars. I took the name of my blog from this book.

Animal Farm, 1946, George Orwell — A fable, of timeless pertinence.

A World Lit Only By Fire — The Medieval Mind And The Renaissance, 1992, William Manchester — There is a reason for Manchester’s success: he’s a splendid writer. Here, he takes up a subject fairly remote to the life of, say, a person who’s crashed Harley-Davidsons, flies airplanes, and plays loud electric guitars, and I thank him for it.

Eichmann In Jerusalem: A Report On The Banality Of Evil, 1963, Hannah Arendt — The most singularly probing examination of the actual character of Nazi monsters — and their victims — this book was an act of great courage. The questions in your mind will occur of necessity by implication.

Common Sense, 1776, Thomas Paine — You can still read the original spark of The American Revolution, and you bloody well should.

The Fundamentals Of Liberty, 1988, Robert LeFevre — A theoretical and historical exposition by a disgracefully neglected modern American libertarian.

God Is My Co-Pilot, 1943, Col. Robert L. Scott — This is the first adult book I ever read, in the fourth grade. One man’s fight to get into the fight, culminating in his command of the 23rd Fighter Group (successors of The Flying Tigers), in China.

The Count Of Monte Cristo, 1844, Alexander Dumas — One of the finest adventure stories of all time, this book makes possible a belief in the existence of “indomitable human spirit”.

The New Individualist Review, 1981, various — This is a complete collection of The New Individualist Review, published at the University of Chicago, from April 1961 through Winter 1968. A deeply rich look at individualist academics living and writing the 60’s. Very, very good.

Ayn Rand — The Russian Radical, 1995, Chris Matthew Sciabarra — This book is invaluable. This is the first full-blast examination of That Woman’s philosophy to issue from academia, the province where she was never before tolerated. Sciabarra gets it all right, in a book so completely documented that I use it as a master index to her own works. Only ignoramuses ignore Rand, now. (Their huge numbers are meaningless in the face of this fact.) If you cannot bring yourself to read her in the original, you should stop being an ignoramus and read Sciabarra. He’ll do you right.

Introduction To Objectivist Epistemology, 1979, Ayn Rand — This book represents the premier advance in all of 20th century philosophy. In an era when thought was abused as pretense in practice, Rand was working out elements stretching back 2500 years in error passed down the ages. I was going to write that “Using the word ‘thought’ without grasping what this book is all about is a manifest irresponsibility”, until I thought about it, and then I wrote it, deliberately.

The Virtue of Selfishness, 1964, Ayn Rand — An ethical outrage, which the culture richly deserved.

Atlas Shrugged, 1957, Ayn Rand — “The most subversive political implication of ‘Atlas Shrugged’, is that individual freedom is possible only to those who are strong enough, psychologically and morally, to withdraw their sanction from any system that coercively thrives off their productive energies.” (Sciabarra — “The Russian Radical”, pp. 301-302) Say no more.

The Good Society — The Humane Agenda, 1996, John Kenneth Galbraith — It’s not pretty to watch an old Nouveau Deal hack doddering down the road to ethical gibberish, but his reputation calls for it.

Economics In One Lesson, 1946, Henry Hazlitt — This book has never been surpassed for its efficacy at putting economic principles before the average person for easy understanding of actual facts. H.L. Mencken noted Hazlitt as “one of the few economists in all of history who could really write,” and it’s true. He also knows his subject inside-out.

The Seduction Of Hillary Rodham, 1996, David Brock — Hillary Rodham Clinton is the single most dangerously misunderstood character in American politics today. Do you understand? It’s like living in a box with a monster, without seeing it. For instance: how many people do you know who understand her Christian background? Do you understand it? Do not read another single word about Those Horrible People until you read this, first.

Acid Dreams — The Complete Social History Of LSD: The CIA, The Sixties, And Beyond, 1985, Martin A. Lee and Bruce Shlain — Everything you know about acid is wrong, and I’ve got proof.

This Bread Is Mine, 1960, Robert LeFevre — A sentimental favorite: this book was autographed and given to my father by LeFevre, and that was the dawn of libertarian culture in my family. 1969.

Leviathan, 1651, Thomas Hobbes — Here’s a hint: you know that word, “neocon”, that’s making the rounds lately? It’s a pathetic joke, 350 years late.

The Origins Of Totalitarianism, 1951, Hannah Arendt — “The philosophical origins of the totalitarian mind.” A landmark study.

The Birth Of The Clinic — An Archaeology of Medical Perception, 1963, Michele Foucault — Every thinking person should have at least one ghastly French lunatic on their shelves. I have several, but this one is the most delightfully plumed of those in the 20th century.

The Wealth Of Nations, 1776, Adam Smith — This is the beginning of “the dismal science” (economics).

The Worldly Philosophers, (sixth edition) 1986, Robert L. Heilbroner — This charts the course of where the dismal science has ended up.

The Theory of Money And Credit, (English edition) 1953, Ludwig von Mises — Murray Rothbard called this book “The culmination and fulfillment of the Austrian School of economics”. I don’t quite agree, but it is that important. Very technical. Put your thinking caps on.

Human Action, 1949, Ludwig von Mises — This is the “culmination and fulfillment of the Austrian School of economics”. It is the philosophical counterweight to Marx’s “Das Kapital”. And, for almost all of you out there, I’m the first person who ever told you that. You bloody well didn’t hear it in high school or college, you poor mistreated bastards.

Socialism, 1922, Ludwig von Mises — A stake to drive through the heart of the rampant delusion that should have been buried in the Enlightenment, but keeps rising to walk the earth, undead, right down to the present day.

Frederic Bastiat — A Man Alone, 1971, George Charles Roche III — Biography of the single most lucid Frenchman (I know: a miracle), ever.

The Holocaust — A History Of The Jews Of Europe During The Second World War, 1985, Martin Gilbert — One-stop-shopping for all the tragedy and horror.

The Anti-Federalist — Writings By The Opponents Of The Constitution, 1981, edited by Herbert J. Storing — If you have Hamilton, Adams, and Jay, then you’re lopsided if you don’t have this, too.

When Thunder Rolled, 2003, Ed Rasimus — Sub-titled “An F-105 Pilot Over North Vietnam”, this book illustrates the trip from idealism to the nitty-gritty, in one man’s experience of the air war through one hundred rides Up North. Very well done.

Conflicts Of Law And Morality, 1987, Kent Greenawalt — Incompetence rising to its natural level in a field riven with incompetence, while addressing a subject of enormous import with professional (academic) impunity. This one goes in the Horror section.

Anarchy, State, And Utopia, 1974, Robert Nozick — If anything remotely libertarian has had any influence among the Eloi in the past thirty years, this is probably it. Some of them will know the title, anyway. It’s worth quite a bit more than that.

A Theory Of Justice, 1971, John Rawls — Well… that’s what it is: “a theory of justice”… which is rather like calling Janet Reno “a woman”: it just doesn’t work, although you wouldn’t know that from the influence this thing has enjoyed, at large.

Language Truth & Logic, (second edition) 1946, A. J. Ayer — The first comprehensive statement of Logical Positivism, an utter disaster in philosophy.

Looking Backward: 2000-1887, 1887, Edward Bellamy — Oh, for the days when commies were mainly dreamers with pens, instead of legislators in action. This edition (Houghton Mifflin — 1926) includes the bonus of an Introduction by Heywood Broun, one of untold numbers of waterheads who lost their minds in all the “romance” of the early 20th century — right about the time when the practice was starving people by the hundreds of thousands in Russia. Very stylishly comic, this novel.

The Politics, 350 BC, Aristotle — This is the first systematic analysis of social organization in Western history. That’s remarkable enough by itself, but it only gets better on realizing how pertinent it remains after all that time.

The Basic Writings Of Bertrand Russell, 1961, edited by Egner and Denonn, preface by Russell — Eighty-one essays and excerpts from Russell, which was all it took to convince me that he is one of the most revered twits in modern history.

The Killing Of History — How Literary Critics And Social Theorists Are Murdering Our Past, 1996, Keith Windschuttle — A whole monstrous swath of academic fraud laid open, if you have the nerve to look.

In Retrospect — The Tragedy And Lessons Of Vietnam, 1995, Robert S. McNamara — The story of a man of enormous potential, who destroyed himself while doing his worst to scar this country forever.

Man Versus The State, 1892, Herbert Spencer — Yet another seminal libertarian of whom you probably never heard, unless a professor was cursing him to everlasting hell or yawning in your face.

Zemke’s Wolf Pack, 1988, Roger A. Freeman — The story of the fabled 56th Fighter Group, led by Col. Hubert “Hub” Zemke, through combat in Europe, World War II.

Parting The Waters — America In The King Years, 1954-1963, 1988, Taylor Branch — A fine history of the best part of the Civil Rights Movement.

Pillar Of Fire — America In The King Years, 1963-1965, 1998, Taylor Branch — A fine history of the worst part of the Civil Rights Movement.

Economic Freedom, 1991, F.A. Hayek — A marvelous anthology, including the single most lucid analysis of the phenomenon of inflation that I ever saw, a not-to-be-missed argument for privately-issued commodity-based currencies, and bits of Hayek’s correspondence with John Maynard Keynes, with a lot more, besides. This is Hayek at the peak of his game.

Individuals And Their Rights, 1989, Tibor Machan — An intensely focused presentation of the case for rights from metaphysics up through politics. Comprehensive, compact, and hard-hitting.

The Gonzo Letters, Volume II — Fear And Loathing In America, 2000, Hunter S. Thompson — Thompson’s correspondance, outlandish and audacious as you’d expect, but also probably more thoughtful than you might expect. This is Thompson laying the meat of the bat on the ball: the years when he had serious things to say and the voice with which to say them. Beginning in 1968, this collection surpasses Volume I with its maturity of the man’s journalism.

Fear And Loathing On The Campaign Trail ’72, 1973, Hunter S. Thompson — If you look around the ‘net, you’ll see various morons attributing the publication of this book to 1972. They’re fucking morons, which means: none of them are bright enough to get past stuff like the outrageous allegation of Thompson’s doing LSD with John Chancellor. “Like, wow, man, that’s so groovy…” (>boot< "Just shut the fuck up, moron.") This book is the first fully-penetrating look at the state of American politics in the second half of the 20th century, and arguably the first book on politics in all of American history in which the brutality of the prose matched its subject, blow-for-blow.

Present At The Creation — My Years In The State Department, 1969, Dean Acheson — A very dubious character presses a cunning intellect through the mid-century crucible and into your hand for a low, low price. Despicable, but illuminating.

The Best And The Brightest, 1972, David Halberstam — A history of incompetence fulfilling its destiny.

The Vampire Economy — Doing Business Under Fascism, 1939, Guenter Reiman — Your average American these days is very likely to agree with the proposition that Nazi Germany represented some sort of “capitalism”. That’s because your average American these days is a walking, talking rutabaga, with no remotely discernable grasp of the simplest facts more than about thirty days aft of his own ass. Here is a book — researched on the scene, at the moment — which could probably not shake loose the ethical deformities taken root in a rutabaga’s so-called “mind”, but, at least, it would bore them to pieces with the actual data.

The Counsels, Civil And Moral, 1597, Francis Bacon — Very good Enlightenment remarks on attributes of human character.

The Influence Of Sea Power Upon History, 1892, Alfred Thayer Mahan — This book was a rage 112 years ago. It swept the whole world with awe at its author’s synthesis of ancient political truths with Industrial Age technical outlook. And it was a turning point away from the warning (“foreign entanglements”) in George Washington’s Farewell Address, toward an American imperialism. Teddy Roosevelt thought it was just boss.

The Rage And The Pride, 2002, Oriana Fallaci — Hell holds no fury like that of an Italian firebrand shaking the dust of the World Trade Center out of her hair. Look out.

Blood, Class, And Nostalgia — Anglo-American Ironies, 1990, Christopher Hitchens — A very curiously neglected book attending a very curiously neglected subject: the cross-imperial relationship between Britain and America, holding hands through history. Exemplary Hitchens.

The Roosevelt Myth, 1948, John T. Flynn — Sobriety. In the face of generations of drunkeness.

America’s Search For Economic Stability — Monetary And Fiscal Policy Since 1913, 1992, Kenneth Weiher — A very good, sharply technical, history of facts and consequences.

The Metaphysical Club: A Story Of Ideas In America, 2001, Louis Menand — The story of four crabbed and crippled people — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Charles Sanders Pierce, William James, and John Dewey — who grew up to advance their various scars and scabs through American culture in the form of everlasting disgrace: Pragmatism.

Economics And The Public Welfare: A Financial And Economic History of The United States, 1914-1946., 1949, Benjamin M. Anderson — Another great compendium of facts and implications.

The Keynesian Episode — A Reassessment, 1979, Wm. H. Hutt — A fine economic analysis of the subject, which does not neglect its political implications.

Only Yesterday — An Informal History Of The 1920’s, 1931, Frederick Lewis Allen — An immensely engaging look at America just beginning to outgrow itself.

The Age Of Reason, 1793, Thomas Paine — Ninety-five years after publication, the florid dingbat Theodore Roosevelt was referring to Paine as “that filthy little atheist” on account of this book. A person like Roosevelt could have been predicted to choke on it, inept as he was to deal with the questions about religion that Paine raised, and which are still compelling.

What Is To Be Done?, 1902, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin — A professional revolutionary’s incitements.

The Art Of War, c. 350 BC, Sun Tzu (translation by Samuel B. Griffith) — The oldest formal treatise on war in existence, the essential principles of which have remained pertinent throughout history.

Selected Works (three volumes), 1897-1923, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin — Again: “Know your enemy.”

Das Kapital, 1867, Karl Marx –Still: the predominant rationale for the worst evil in the modern world.

>Denninger: A $5 Trillion Annual Borrowing Rate

>Denninger comments on the recent Treasury bill auctions:

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This is the price of supporting the grift and fraud in our banking system.

I count $207 billion, coming two weeks after a $250 billion dollar week.

Let’s annualize – that would be about $5 trillion a year in annualized issuance. My-oh-my how long can this continue?
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Read the rest.

>Two From Rawles

>From the always-excellent SurvivalBlog comes an excellent article on camouflage and a reminder about the massive on-line free library of US military and other manuals at Steve’s Pages.

Both pieces are worth your time.

Tempus fugit.

>National Threeper Meeting Called

>
From Vanderboegh:

09.12.09 March on Washington: The Tea Party Movement Goes to Capitol Hill

Folks,

The March on Washington on 12 September will likely represent the culmination of all the anger and resentment that the Obamanoids’ various grabs for power have generated all over the country. We have all, I think, participated in various Tea Parties in our local AOs and have experienced the indignation, the building rage at being forced by our “betters” to shut up, pay up and do what we are told. For the first time in my life, I think liberty-loving people, every-day folks, are ready to march in the streets in numbers. And frankly, I want to be there when they do.

I know the march is being organized by Dick Armey’s people. I know that there will be folks there who actually are part of the problem. I also know that nominally this demonstration is about Obamacare.

Except that it isn’t.

For just as Obamacare is not really about health care, but about the government grabbing control over more of our lives, so too is the protest against it more than about health insurance.

It is about liberty. And where people demanding liberty are, that’s where the Three Percent need to be.

I will be in DC by the afternoon of 10 September to meet with an old friend, and likely some new friends too. Link up information will be posted later. The recognition sign will be some sort of III percent logo, Threeper patches on boonie hat or jacket, an improvised III on an armband or a hat, anything.

Look forward to seeing y’all there.

Maybe we’ll have a Threeper “flash mob,” who knows?

Information on the demonstration can be found here.

Mike
III

Note: We will, unfortunately, be obeying all local laws. DC is not Arizona, more’s the pity. Hey, here’s a thought. Is it illegal in DC to carry TOY guns?

Just remember, folks: As David Codrea points out here and here, Comrade Soetero and his socialist minions are planning the same old gun confiscation play under the ruse of “health care regulation”.

Regardless of your stand on Federalized healthcare, this is your fight.

See you in DC.

>Latest from Moscow

>Mish Shedlock explains why everyone will need to crank up the still, the hydroponic ganja garden, the small appliance repair shop, the market garden, and every other form of cash-based under-the-table income source to make it through in the New Socialist America.

Just remember — it’s your indolent fellow Americans who want your property to be stolen via taxation by the government.

Looters and parasites triumphant.

How are you ever going to explain yourself to your grandchildren?

>Three Not-So-Easy Pieces

>First, from Charles Hugh Smith, a situation report/overview from an engineer friend; money grafs:

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…But what can the Democrats be thinking? It’s not as if there’s any cost control in the ObamaCare plan. They seem surprised that CBO keeps scoring the plan as expensive. Can’t any of them do arithmetic? 45 million uninsured times $2000 a year (a very cheap insurance policy) is $90 billion a year, or about a trillion dollars in ten years. CBO is only scoring the first five years of the plan, since it phases in. Still, any back-of-the-envelope calculation would have told them the tab was going to be in that ballpark. And this is on top of the Medicare problem, Social Security, Cap and Trade, and the financial crisis. How does anyone think we can afford all of that?

In fact, the one thing that does seem to unite both parties is a complete disinterest in what the legislation will actually do. They just want to let the usual special interest groups fight it out, write a thousand pages of incomprehensible regulatory gibberish, and call it done. Just don’t ask us to read it!

The same was true during the financial crisis [last year]. The whole attitude of Congress was “Keep this away from me! I don’t understand any of it! You, Federal Reserve, here’s a blank check. Just solve this problem and don’t even tell us what you are doing.”

Again, this isn’t a matter of values or priorities. It’s beyond incompetence. It’s a complete disinterest in the results of their actions. I would call it panic, but that requires a certain alertness. This is some kind of psychosis.

So I look at the entire political system and I think how unreal it all is, and how tired. Republicans are running on intellectual fumes — neocons and old warhorses like McCain; anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-trade sentiment and populist know-nothings like Palin. No awareness of where the country is right now, and no willingness to stick to any principles at all…
***

Next, from Shenandoah, a dark look into the future; key section:

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…The sacrifices you will be asked to make will not be polite requests. Your sacrifice will be for your neighbors, your church, your community you will be told. Balance the truth and do what you must but survive. This is not the time, place or reason for lone wolves, or wild speculation in meetings or where others will attempt to steer you into their traps.

But get ready, for the clock is running out of seconds. And America is on borrowed time. Remember what you have learned and learn what you must remember. There are no second chances.

The time is upon us now to prepare to hold the line. It is short. It is succinct. It will happen with great shock and fury. And when you awaken from this nightmare, should you be one who does, every aspect of your life will have changed until the day you die.

Fear not for that day; fear for the day you are too weak to resist…
***

Finally, an superb explanation of the FedGov’s spending frenzy, over time, using a metric all can understand:

Nothing good can come out of the forces battering the old Republic.

Prepare to stand.

>Thought Criminals

>Contrary to the directive above from the comrades at The People’s Cube, soon-to-be-purged People’s Media Facilitators are spreading counterrevolutionary twaddle that Comrade Soetero and his fellow liberators are willfully disregarding the wishes of at least some of the proletariat.

Say it ain’t so, Karl.

>Denninger: Will It All Come Tumbling Down?

>A humdinger from Denninger, requiring reading in full.

Scorching grafs:

***
…Will we submit to the jackbooted foot of the scammers and frauds on our collective necks, both in business and in DC, until our children starve and our grandmothers, mothers and fathers are shoveled in the hole, dead and cold?

Does America still truly have the capacity, as a people, as a nation, to get angry? To demand redress of grievance? To call, support, and honor a general strike? To take up, keep and bear arms not to commit violence but to stand shoulder-to-shoulder as our Constitution recognizes as our God-given right to prevent violence against not only ourselves but our neighbors – any and all of them? To peacefully occupy The Capitol and shut it down – not to loot, pillage or destroy, but to force the cessation of all commerce in an unmistakable and singular statement: This far you have gone, and you shall take not one step further until each and every guilty man and woman is under indictment, the institutions and businesses responsible are closed, and the ill-gotten gains returned.

Do we still have what it takes to make that happen? Do we have any more Rosa Parks’ in America? Any Dr. Kings?

Or is all we have left in us a descent into random lawlessness – civil unrest, or even full-scale riots where the looting and burning is not of the banks and others who have robbed America, but of the random store-owner, house or car – simply because it’s there?
***

Read it all.

This is not a drill.

>Any Means Necessary

>J. Croft sends this note about a well-known American citizen at the long-standing-and-useful A Well-Regulated Militia website, and what happens when the Government decides to make an example:

(UPDATE: AWRM extends a warm welcome to readers from Rumor Mill News.)

AWRM is under attack. And they’re attacking us through one of the administrators, James Faire. That’s right. Our very own STRATIOTES.

We’re limited in what we can say about this case, because of the pending litigation. So we’ll tell you what we can, and let you fill in the blanks.

It started with Homeland Security running surveillance on James’ farm. The FBI wired up confidential informants and sent them in to the Appleseed Shoots he was running.

They could find no criminal activity. So they had to try something else.

They started with a smear campaign. The newspaper and television station reported that James had been seen with “criminals.” James holds unpopular political opinions (unpopular with that newspaper and television station, at least.) He has an unpopular hobby (firearms training and instruction). And, of course, all guns and gun owners are bad.

There was a complaint about the noise. The Snohomish County Sheriff Department, who had known about the range for years (some of the deputies even used that range), investigated. They found no violation. That should have been the end of it. It wasn’t.

James Faire soon received notice that the berm that was on the property to allow for safe shooting, was in violation of several ordinances under the Shoreline Management Act. Huge penalties would apply if he did not immediately act. Penalties so huge that, in a short time, they will exceed the total value of the property. They will bankrupt and destroy him.

There are several reasons the property is not in violation. Grandfather clauses, the amount of dirt moved, all of these had been dealt with in 2002. But this isn’t about land-use violations, or shooting. It’s about punishing James Faire for his political activities.

They’re not even being particularly original about it. They’re using the same “code violation” they used against against him back in 2002. (That was about the same time government agents went after Ron Herzog and Charlie Puckett. Funny how that works, isn’t it?)

He won that case back in 2002. But now they’re trying the same thing again, with renewed vigor. Attorney bills are mounting, and fast. Even if he wins in court again, James could lose his farm and everything he has worked for.

Oh, Strat will fight on, even if he loses everything. It just isn’t in him to surrender. Everyone who knows James, knows that.

They are determined to ruin Strat. And then they’ll come after the rest of us. Because if they can get Strat, they can get the rest of us.

WE CAN’T LET THAT HAPPEN.

WE NEED TO SHOW THE GOVERNMENT, RIGHT NOW, THAT THEY CAN’T GET AWAY WITH THIS.

Folks, I hate asking people for money. To me, it’s the hardest thing about being a political activist. I’m not good at it. I’d rather go door-to-door handing out flyers any day. And I’m aware this isn’t the best time to do it; an awful lot of people are out of work, or working fewer hours. But right now, James Faire needs money.

You wouldn’t hesitate to stand with your rifle in defense of a fellow Patriot. Well, I’m not asking you to do that. I’m asking you to stand with your checkbook. Because, sometimes, a dollar is just as effective as a bullet.

So let’s make a stand, right here, right now. The folks at Lexington and Concord weren’t shy about defending their property. And we shouldn’t be, either. Click here to donate to James Faire’s legal defense fund.

http://www.jeffersonwalk.org/

If you don’t want to use PayPal, you can send a check or money order to

Mike Faire
21007 Ben Howard Road
Monroe WA 98272

Every dollar you can give counts.

Onward and upward,
Bill Roberts (airforce)

If anyone thinks Stratiotes will be the last, you are terminally naive.

Help if you can.

Keeping prepping for when they come for you.

Tempus fugit.

>Threeper Gear Update

>Above is what the Nyberg flag should look like.

Unfortunately, the vendor’s fabricator did not make the red red enough nor the navy blue blue enough.

Think faded red and faded navy blue.

Serviceable, but not what we wanted.

I am dickering with the supplier now to get us the best possible price, which we will then pass on to you. Updates asap.

On another front, I have been unable to find a vendor for urinal cakes with embedded governmental agency seals as follow:

Any help from the Threeper audience in finding a suitable producer for a large order of these very special urinal cakes would be greatly appreciated.

Alternatively, if we can find someone who can make porcelain discs featuring these seals, stealth Threeper operatives can deploy to government agency restrooms across the country to epoxy the discs to the vertical surfaces of urinals and the bowl floors of commodes.

Remember — the majority of these statist vermin want desparately to be respected and even feared as omniscient, omnipotent “Only Ones”, specially suited to rule over the American masses.

I’ve got a better idea.

Pi*s on them.

UPDATE 0810 EDST 18 August 2009: Vanderboegh weighs in, and places the idea in its historical context:

Southern chamber pot with the image of Federal Major General Benjamin Franklin “Beast” Butler.

>Posters?

> Link

>An American Tale

>
Link from over the transom:

PHOENIX (AP) – About a dozen people carrying guns, including one with a military-style rifle, milled among protesters outside the convention center where President Barack Obama was giving a speech Monday—the latest incidents in which protesters have openly displayed firearms near the president.

Gun-rights advocates say they’re exercising their constitutional right to bear arms and protest, while those who argue for more gun control say it could be a disaster waiting to happen.

Phoenix police said the gun-toters at Monday’s event, including the man carrying an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle slung over his shoulder, didn’t need permits. No crimes were committed, and no one was arrested.

The man with the rifle declined to be identified but told The Arizona Republic that he was carrying the assault weapon because he could. “In Arizona, I still have some freedoms,” he said.

Phoenix police Detective J. Oliver, who was monitoring the man at the downtown protest, said police also wanted to make sure no one decided to harm him.

“Just by his presence and people seeing the rifle and people knowing the president was in town, it sparked a lot of emotions,” Oliver said. “We were keeping peace on both ends.”

Last week, during Obama’s health care town hall in Portsmouth, N.H., a man carrying a sign reading “It is time to water the tree of liberty” stood outside with a pistol strapped to his leg.

“It’s a political statement,” he told The Boston Globe. “If you don’t use your rights, then you lose your rights.”

Police asked the man to move away from school property, but he was not arrested.

Phoenix was Obama’s last stop on a four-day tour of western states, including Montana and Colorado.

Authorities in Montana said Monday they received no reports of anyone carrying firearms during Obama’s health care town hall near Bozeman on Friday. About 1,000 people both for and against Obama converged at a protest area near the Gallatin Field Airport hangar where the event took place. One person accused of disorderly conduct was detained and released, according to the Gallatin Airport Authority.

Heather Benjamin of Denver’s Mesa County sheriff’s department, the lead agency during Obama’s visit there, said no one was arrested.

Arizona is an “open-carry” state, which means anyone legally allowed to have a firearm can carry it in public as long as it’s visible. A permit is required if the weapon is carried concealed.

Paul Helmke, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said people should not be allowed to bring guns to events where Obama is.

“To me, this is craziness,” he said. “When you bring a loaded gun, particularly a loaded assault rifle, to any political event, but particularly to one where the president is appearing, you’re just making the situation dangerous for everyone.”

He said people who bring guns to presidential events are distracting the Secret Service and law enforcement from protecting the president. “The more guns we see at more events like this, there’s more potential for something tragic happening,” he said.

A call to a Secret Service spokesman was not immediately returned Monday.

The National Rifle Association also did not return a call for comment.


>Life in Castro’s Paradise

>From SurvivalBlog:

***
A brief background of myself. I am an Telecommunications Engineer, I served three years in the Cuban army as an Engineer in several units (it was mandatory unless you were integrated with the system, in which case you will get a better civilian job). After I served my time they did not want to release me (basically no one wants to stay unless you are willing to do their bidding) so they offered 2 years to a very harsh unit that stays in the mountains for months end ready to be sent anywhere, or stay for 20 years in very comfortable position as an Engineer, I sucked up the two years (30 monthsactually) and then left and never again worked for the government, but I was walking a very fine line. I left the country illegally. They would never let me go, everybody needs permission to leave the country. This was more than 15 years ago and this is the first time that I have talked about it freely with someone outside my very close circle of family and friends. Please do not mention my surname.

The government controls everything, I mean everything, from health, to communications, from commerce to defense. When government controls everything there is absolutely nothing you can do. They determine what is legal and sometimes they let you get away with it, as long as you do not mess with the regime. They can take you to jail for anything because as I said everything is illegal. You cannot legally sell a house, only cars that were in the country before 1959 can be sold legally, [Owning a] DirecTV [satellite television receiver] is illegal. The list goes on and on.

In order to survive you must depend on the government or go black market. There is something called the Comite de Defensa de la Revolucion (CDR), basically is an organization at community block level that monitors everything that happens and reports to the government, it is completely volunteer, but it tells you how low citizens will go…
***

Read the whole thing.

And understand how many in and out of government would impose this fate on our country.

Sic semper tyrannis.

>Codrea: SPLC Smears Oath Keepers

>Read David’s take on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s smear of the Oath Keepers organization.

Despicable.

People who take their oaths to the Constitution seriously are a threat to only two groups — those government officials who plan to give unconstitutional orders, and their media lackeys.

Both groups know that men and women who are true to their oaths will not carry out orders to disarm Americans or incarcerate them for their political viewsno matter who gives the order. So they must attack and label as ‘terrorists’ any group that encourages fidelity to the Constitution as written.

Just remember — domestic conflict in the near future is inevitable. There is no reasoning with Evil.

Only the outcome of that conflict is in doubt.

Support Oath Keepers and help improve the odds for the good guys.

Invictus.

>Agitprop

>From The People’s Cube; please click on the link and scroll down for all of the superb work (including t-shirts and mugs), comrades.

To the inevitable victory:

Nazdarovye!

>Best Collapse EVAH!

>Denninger continues his deep rectal examination of the FDIC, started here, with these entries from over the weekend:

One of Three Down: Is the FDIC Still Solvent?

Treasury, FDIC, and More: How Many Lies?

Sunday Lesson: Why “Normal” Will Not Return

Mish Shedlock weighs in here on the same theme: As of Friday, August 14, 2009, FDIC is Bankrupt. Money graf:

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…We believe the main reason for this observation lies in a de facto relaxation of accounting standards, even before the FASB 157 amendment on March 15th earlier this year. Basically the relaxation allows banks to only write-off parts of their losses due to market impairment and they may themselves decide a fair price that the asset could have been sold for during normal market conditions to keep in their books. Allowing banks to control how they mark-to-market their assets, will likely backfire and when they ultimately end up failing, imply greater closure costs for the FDIC. From the graph [below] one can infer that the average yearly DIF costs/bank assets have increased at an alarming rate to almost reach 31% in 2008 and 2009…
***

Read ’em all and pass ’em on, along with this piece from Saturday’s UK Telegraph, courtesy of Ambrose Evans-Pritchard. Key quote:

***
…Mr Janjuah said governments might put off the day of reckoning into the middle of next year if they resort to another shot of stimulus, but that would store yet further problems. “If what I fear plays out then I will have to concede that the lunatics who ran the asylum pretty much into the ground last year are back in control”…
***

Don’t place your safety and that of your tribe in the hands of crazy people.

Things are getting worse.

>Celente: The ‘Second American Revolution’ Has Begun

>From Gerald Celente (and to whom all emails indicating that the War of Northern Agressiuon was in fact AmRev2 should be sent):

***
Kingston, NY — The natives are restless. The third shot of the “Second American Revolution” has been fired. History is being made. But just as with the first two shots, the third shot is not being heard.
America is seething. Not since the Civil War has anything like this happened. But the protests are either being intentionally downplayed or ignorantly misinterpreted.

The first shot was fired on April 15, 2009. Over 700 anti-tax rallies and “Tea Parties” erupted nationwide. Rather than acknowledge their significance, the general media either ignored or ridiculed both protests and protestors, playing on “tea bagging” for its sexual innuendo.

Initially President Obama said he was unaware of the tea parties. The White House later warned they could “mutate” into something “unhealthy.”

Shot #2 was fired on the Fourth of July, when throngs of citizens across the nation gathered to again protest “taxation without representation.” And as before, the demonstrations were branded right-wing mischief and dismissed.

The third volley, fired in early August, was aimed point blank at Senators and House members pitching President Obama’s health care reform package to constituents. In fiery town hall meetings, enraged citizens shouted down their elected representatives. It took a strong police presence and/or burly bodyguards to preserve a safe physical space between the politicians and irate townspeople.

The White House and the media have labeled protestors “conservative fringe elements,” or as players in staged events organized by Republican operatives that have been egged on by Fox news and right-wing radio show hosts.

In regard to this latest wave of outbursts, health industry interests opposed to any reform are also being blamed for inciting the public. But organized or spontaneous is not the issue. While most protestors exhibit little grasp of the complex 1000 page health care reform document (that nary a legislator has read either), their emotion is clearly real and un-staged.

Rightly or wrongly, the legislation is regarded as yet another straw on the already overloaded camel’s back. A series of gigantic, unpopular government-imposed (but taxpayer-financed) bailouts, buyouts, rescue and stimulus packages have been stuffed down the gullet of Americans. With no public platform to voice their opposition, options for citizens have been limited to fruitless petitions, e-mails and phone calls to Congress … all fielded by anonymous staff underlings.

Now, with Congress in recess and elected representatives less than a stone’s throw away, the public is exploding. The devil is not in the details of the heath care reform, the devil is the government mandating health care. Regardless of how the plan is pitched or what is being promised, to the public the legislation is yet another instance of big government taking another piece out of their lives and making them pay for it; again telling them what they can or cannot do.

Though in its early stages, the “Second American Revolution” is underway. Yet, what we forecast will become the most profound political trend of the century – the trend that will change the world – is still invisible to the same experts, authorities and pundits who didn’t see the financial crisis coming until the bottom fell out of the economy…
***

Read the rest.

Audentes fortuna iuvat.

>Advance to Contact

>

Mike explains some of his motivations here.

My thoughts?

When the enemy is out there somewhere, and the tactical and/or strategic situation does not allow one to sit at home, one must go and find where the enemy is.

“Find”, after all, is the first element in the classic “find ’em — fix ’em (in place) — and f*ck ’em” formula of warfare.

The efforts of open-air freedom fighters are, in large part, designed to force the opposition to react.

The fact that the BATFE is merely the low-IQ simpleton brother agency of the much more dangerous Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn’t change that reality.

Remember — the ATF starts fights, and generally gets their tails whupped.

The FBI then comes in and kills enough people to declare victory. Read “Cold Zero” by Horiuchi-comrade Christopher Whitcomb if you have any doubts.

Both agencies are simply different faces of the exact same apparatus, with each element answering to the Attorney General, Eric Holder — who in turn answers to President Barack Obama.

So when you see articles like this one in yesterday’s USA Today, know that the OpFor is sending a hard ping in your direction:

***
Feds try to detect ‘lone offenders’
By Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY

Federal authorities have launched an effort to detect lone attackers who may be contemplating politically charged assaults similar to the recent murders of a Kansas abortion doctor and a Holocaust museum security guard.
The effort, known as the “Lone Wolf Initiative,” was started shortly after President
Obama‘s inauguration, in part because of a rising level of hate speech and surging gun sales.

“Finding those who might plan and act alone, the so-called lone offenders … will only be prevented by good intelligence, the seamless exchange of information among law enforcement at every level, and vigilant citizens reporting suspicious activity,” said Michael Heimbach, the FBI‘s assistant director for counterterrorism.

Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley said the FBI is sharing information with his agency.

Agents from all of the FBI’s 56 field offices have been dispatched on a range of assignments, said two U.S. law enforcement officials who were not authorized to speak publicly about details of the program. Among the duties:
• Reviewing records in domestic terrorism investigations that may point to more suspects.
• Analyzing records for suspicious purchases at fertilizer or chemical suppliers whose materials could be used in bombmaking.
• Checking rolls of prisoners scheduled for release or who have been recently released for past links to extremist groups.

One of the goals, FBI officials said, is to develop more comprehensive information on possible lone attackers to disrupt plots before they are launched.
ACLU policy spokesman Michael German, a former FBI agent, said the government effort resembles a form of “predictive policing” that can sometimes result in the improper profiling of people based on race, ethnicity or political leanings.

Yet former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff said the lone attacker has been a “persistent problem,” primarily because information about those plots is very closely held.

Federal investigators spent years chasing Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph before capturing them.

Hate groups have multiplied across the USA, from 602 in 2000 to 926 in 2008, reports the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist groups and works to limit their activities. Mark Potok, director of the center’s Intelligence Project, said the lone attacker is an extension of the “leaderless resistance” concept of activism advocated by white supremacist Louis Beam.
Potok cites the attack by James von Brunn, an elderly white supremacist charged with fatally shooting black security guard Stephen Johns at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in June. That attack came 10 days after abortion provider George Tiller was shot to death at his church. “No one in the world would have expected an 88-year-old man would do that,” Potok said of von Brunn.

***

What you, as a free American, decide to do in response, if anything, to such pings is entirely up to you. Just understand that it most likely won’t be the incontinents at BATFE who come after you.

And for the Federales who are reading this post, you and your fellow agents would be well served to remember this excerpt from Mike’s letter to AG Holder:

***
…And Eric, not to put too fine a point on it, but you and I both can make an educated guess about what mischief will likely ensue if ANY high-profile Second Amendment activist “has an accident”. Best to tell your lads and lasses to stick to those nice safe paper cases (you know, the ones with the 4473s completed with a “Y”, rather than “yes”) and confine their wet-work fantasies to their off-duty reading. There’s still lots of vicious drug gangs, murderous career criminals and real terrorists out there to keep them busy without picking a fight with honest American gunowners who merely want to be left alone…
***

If “the bad thing” starts in this country, there will be no rules.

No rules at all.

Food for thought and wise choices, one hopes.

Sic semper tyrannis.

>Symbols

>


How difficult would it be to create a stencil of this image?

Properly sized, that stencil, along with reflective white spray paint, could then be used on every stop sign one finds.

Alternatively, another stencil could be made for the same application as follows:

OBAMUNISM

Scale it properly, spray it onto the neighborhood’s stop signs, and you’ve got another way to communicate to your fellow citizens.

>Directive from the Uberkommissars

>
Your elected-for-life masters apparently believe that you filthy peasants have not been sufficiently subservient.

Don’t you realize that your job is simply to roll over and take it, in whatever fashion and to whatever extent your betters wish?

And you do understand that nothing short of ongoing and widespread specific deterrence is going to change the current path, ja?

As usual, Beck says it all:

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war.

Ready on the left….

Ready on the right….

Audentes fortunat iuvat.