Monthly Archives: September 2009

>Now in the United Socialist States of America

Remember this piece about the stationing of an LRAD (long-range acoustic device) acoustic weapon at a San Diego Congressional town hall meeting?

The video above, as linked on Drudge this morning, shows one in use, albeit presumably in test/demonstration mode, as part of the “overwhelming show of force” supporting the G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh :

“By order of the City of Pittsburgh Chief of Police, I hereby declare this to be an unlawful assembly…no matter what your purpose is.”

Somebody cue Lee Greenwood

If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I’d worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.

I’d thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
‘ Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can’t take that away.

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

UPDATED 1700 EDST 25 SEPTEMBER 2009: More coverage here.

>Question of the Decade

Anybody still think we can reason with cancer?

David Codrea, as quoted here

>Perhaps An Alternate Would Be…

>Re the new ContractfromAmerica outgrowth by some in the tea party movement, perhaps an alternate path would be using the Articles of Confederation as a starting place for those “temporary autonomous zones” formed in the sequential ruins of the FedGov financial collapse, followed closely by the consequent War of the Foreign Creditors Against the Deadbeat American Debtors (a/k/a “The Repo War”).

Alternate #2 would be for someone at ContractfromAmerica to explain to me, in detail, what realistic political means exist to defeat House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel at the ballot boxes of New York’s 15th Congressional District, unless impeachment were a more expeditious remedy. Those arguing for impeachment should outline in detail the realistic steps needed to achieve that goal.

I’d like to hear those plans.


>El Rushbo’s take on the Mighty Kenyan’s speech at the UN today; read both his commentary and the speech itself, but here’s a sampler from Limbaugh:

…Obama won this election by ten million votes but this is not what he had a mandate to do. I would describe what Obama is doing to this country as basically a coup. It is just frightening. He talks about a New World Order, and a New World Order is him. Obama is bigger than his country; he’s bigger than the presidency; he is the world. He delivered the United States of America to global powers today, just handed us over on a silver platter without a gunshot, without a shot being fired. The United States has just surrendered and accepted all of the blame and guilt that the world has, that’s why they love him at the United Nations. They love him at the UN. This collection of tyrants, thugs, weirdos, perverts, this collection loves this guy because he doesn’t like America and they don’t, either. So he goes up there, he rips his own country and they love it because they don’t like America, either. This has been so sad and disappointing to watch…

The “vision thing”, from graf 23 of the President’s speech:

…Today, let me put forward four pillars that I believe are fundamental to the future that we want for our children: non-proliferation and disarmament; the promotion of peace and security; the preservation of our planet; and a global economy that advances opportunity for all people…

So sayeth the newly-anointed President of the World.


>Four From Billy Beck

>Read (including the embedded links) and think about each:

It Could Begin With Something Like This

The Way of the Pear

Dead Hand

This Might Be My Only Question, Today

Grand slam, Billy.

>Oath Keepers: Oath Ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial — 12 September 2009

The Constitutional oath ceremony, as administered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by LCDR David R. Gillie, USN, on the afternoon of the 9/12 march on DC.

For more information on Oath Keepers, please go here.

>Update on III Patch Order Status

>As of 9/21/09, all “III Patch” orders received by Raven’s Wood have been fulfilled. The Woodland patch is out of stock and has been re-ordered. Any order received from 9/22/09 for Woodland will be held until the patches come in and then fulfilled in the order received.

3 Color Desert Patches are still available and orders for the 3 color will be processed normally.

Ordering information:

Send $4 per patch, post paid, in a USPS money order, Certified or Cashier’s check (orders with personal and/or business checks held until cleared – approximately 10 business days) to:

Raven’s Wood Enteprises, LLC
PO Box 962
Birmingham, MI 48012

>Vanderboegh: The Purge of the Officer Corps

>As background, read this piece from Bruce McQuain at QandO.

Now go read all of Mike’s take on the situation.

The story becomes yet more complex….

Interesting times, indeed.

>Curiouser and Curiouser

>Ed Rasimus of the excellent Thunder Tales blog posts this entry from Dr. Sanity, laying out in detail the dynamics and motivations of the current political battlespace.

Read it all, then pass it on.

Were that reason would carry the day….


>Roger Kimball, via Instapundit, defines the word:

…There is a German word for what we are witnessing at the NEA and elsewhere in the Obama administration’s effort to push its agenda. It is Gleichschaltung. It means two things: first, bringing all aspects of life into conformity with a given political line. And second, as a prerequisite for realizing that goal, the obliteration or at least marginalization of all opposition…

Superkommissar Maksim of The People’s Cube provides the artwork above.

Comrade Red Square, noble proprietor of the Cube, provides an alternative graphic take on the same theme:

Michael Wade of the QandO blog explains it all; key section:


UPDATE: While the Obama administration is busy using the tax-payer funded NEA to push its agenda, it’s also using its police powers to harass those who speak out against its agenda (via HotAir,):

The government is investigating a major insurance company for allegedly trying to scare seniors with a mailer warning they could lose important benefits under health care legislation in Congress.

The Health and Human Services Department launched its investigation of Humana after getting a complaint from Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., a senior lawmaker usually viewed as a reliable ally of the insurance industry.

“It is wholly unacceptable for insurance companies to mislead seniors regarding any subject — particularly on a subject as important to them, and to the nation, as health care reform,” Baucus said Monday, disclosing the HHS investigation.

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is cooperating with the investigation and stopped the mailer earlier this month, company spokesman Tom Noland said Monday.

Now, you can call me a conspiracy theorist if it makes you feel important and wise, but how else other than “totalitarian” would you describe “free speech for me but not for thee” enforced at the end of a gun? Does that necessarily mean that we’re headed for gulags? No, but don’t let the failure to cross that line fool you. The Obama administration is putting on a full court press to pass its agenda, and apparently has no qualms about using every resource within its power, legal or otherwise, to accomplish that goal.


Please read each article and the associated linkage. This story is much bigger than FedGov money being funneled to friendly artists.

And remember that phrase from the Kimball article — “the obliteration or at least marginalization of all opposition.”

The Bad People know what they are about.

Do the forces of freedom?

Tempus fugit.

>Defending Against An Alinsky Campaign


Posted by Achance (Profile)

Sunday, September 20th at 1:34PM EDT

Promoted from diaries. – Moe Lane

For those who haven’t read my bio, my background is in collective bargaining and employee relations. I cut my teeth on the union side as an understudy to an old-time liberal Democrat trade unionist. His mantra was, “Before they do anything, make sure they think about what you’ll do about it.” After a stint in the private sector, I went to work for the State government representing the employer in dealing with labor unions. That is actually very common in both public and private sector labor relations since the union side is the best place to get good, hands on training in labor relations practices.

I began working on the employer side at the depth of the depression brought on by the oil price crash of ‘86. Gov. Cowper (Democrat), elected with great state employee union support, took one look at the revenue and budget projections and announced “All bets are off” to the Democrat constituencies accustomed to having their hooves in the trough. There ensued a decade of concessionary bargaining and labor strife. The times broke the back of the old-fashioned independent association that represented the bulk of State employees and the State’s largest unit came to be represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The old association had acted like a labor union, AFSCME acted like a political party and a whole new education began for me.

I was pretty adversarial and confrontational and I worked for two administrations, one Democrat, one AIP/Republican, that were willing to be adversarial and confrontational with unions. I was a very good labor relations practitioner and my AFSCME adversaries were not, so I established a fearsome reputation as a negotiator and advocate. I became so cocky about it that I took to making little copies of each union’s letterhead logo and pinning on to the outside of my cubby wall every time I beat them in an arbitration or labor board hearing – sorta like the kill marks on a fighter plane. In the waning days of the Hickel Administration, we had AFSCME beaten into submission; their contract was expired, we’d stopped enforcing their union security clause so they were down to about 30% dues payers. They were being propped up by the National union just to be able to get a negotiating team together or represent themselves in arbitration or before the labor board. We were confident that with a Republican governor in November, we’d administer the coup d’grace and decertify them, ridding the State of a disruptive pestilence.

Then, Hickel’s Lt. Governor decided that the Republican nominee wasn’t conservative enough, so he threw in third party. His votes and the usual Democrat voter fraud in The Bush gave Democrat Tony Knowles the governorship. I quickly learned that I had been congratulating myself for winning battles while AFSCME was winning a war. In my “I love me” box I still have some tapes and transcripts of AFSCME agents jeering at me about the pool they had on how many seconds I’d be employed after Knowles took his hand off the Bible. I jeered back because it was inconceivable that the People of Alaska would elect a liberal Democrat. Since then I’ve learned to never underestimate the stupid party’s capacity for self-destruction.

Knowles’ commissioners that had anything to do with employee relations had to be specifically vetted by the unions. My new boss, a former Democrat Congressional staffer and state legislator, walked in and annnounced that he had specifically campaigned with the unions for the position and had promised them that the senior labor relations people would be fired. He specifically orded me to remove the kill marks from my wall since they were offensive to the unions. Well, that sorts out your career plans! Understand, I was not a political appointee; I was a merit system employee and this commissioner was confident enough to say out loud in front of witnesses that he had promised a union to fire classified, merit system employees. Democrats do it every time they take office; Republicans are nice and let the Democrat’s appointees keep their jobs. I spent the next two years fighting with the boss and getting my affairs in order; you can only do something you hate for people you hate for so long. I quit the Executive Branch and went to work for the Republican controlled Legislature. Somewhere in there I registered as a Republican after being a life-long Democrat. After three years of working session contracts for the Republicans, I was tired of starving, the Administration was tired of being tortured by their AFSCME friends, and the commissioner I hated was gone, so I went back to work for the Executive Branch so I could make a decent living again.

I hardly recognized the Executive Branch after three years’ absence! In typical Democrat fashion, they’d either fired, run off, or isolated every experienced hand in the government and replaced them with either a hack or with some kid who shouldn’t even have been interviewed for the job. They’d rescinded all the rules in the guise of re-engineering and “examining our processes.” My job was to train and supervise the labor relations staff and in the words of my new boss, “get AFSCME off my back and out of my buildings.” And that’s when I became a student of Saul Alinsky.

I’d read “Rules for Radicals” way back in the ’70s when it first came out. It really was only a more studious and purposeful version of “Do It” or “Steal this Book,” the “Yippie” field manuals from the ’60s. The Administration had learned the hard way that you can never give a union enough. Plus, AFSCME’s tactics weren’t really about “getting” anything; they were about disruption and about discrediting the authority of the employer. Their tactic of choice was to “mau-mau” supervisors and managers, a version of the Alinsky fix, personalize, and humiliate doctrine. I bought copies of “Rules” for my staff to read and digested the rules. I called in all the players in direct dealings with unions and laid out the defense. I’ll admit that I was totally dishonest in that meeting; I had no intention of defending. I had every intention of mau-mauing the union. My objective was to take out as many union leaders as I could so I could scare the rest of them into submission. The key to that was making sure that the union activists couldn’t have any fun – having fun is an Alinsky key. The Alinsky scheme assumes that your activists are ignorant, childish, lazy, and lack-self control. You should read “Rules” just for the look at what a committed communist organizer really thinks about poor people and Blacks. I resolved that there was nothing the union could do that would get a reaction from us; we were going to ignore them, even if we had to throw some supervisors under the bus in the process. Thus, the objective was to make the union do ever more dramatic and crazy things trying to get us to react. I didn’t know what it would be, but I was confident that given time, they’d do something stupid enough that I could haul some leaders in and at minimum scare Hell of them and maybe fire one or two.

This is the key: the “community” or union organizers – or Presidents – are insulated; they’re not going to get fired for their actions, they don’t work for you. The followers do and they must be made to pay the price for following those leaders. Yes, it is unfair to off the useful idiots, but if you make a lot of smoke and noise, you don’t have to off many of them before the rest start watching their parking meters and thinking twice about following leaders – to borrow a little Bob Dylan. Ultimately, the union out-performed even my most hopeful expectations and I managed to change the career plans of three shop stewards and even one business agent. That’s my version of hope and change! It’s not often you get to take out paid staff, so I really enjoyed putting that head on my wall. I’ll always treasure the phone call I got from the union’s head the day it all went down. He said, “Art, I’ll give you (business agent) if you’ll just save my stewards.” I said, “Too late.” Things got really quiet after that and I’ll give the administration credit, they stuck to their guns and didn’t settle out. We took the steward dismissals to arbitration and won. And peace settled in over the workplace.

After Murkowski won and I became director, I was determined that peace was going to continue to reign. I had my list of miscreants and we quite openly went on what we styled the “Empty Chairs Program.” It does amazing things for employee morale when a couple of suits from HQ show up at a workplace and somebody just disappears into the night and fog. It didn’t take many. We told our supervisors that they were now free to supervise and we would back them. And thus I was able to be the only director of labor relations since bargaining began in ‘72 to keep all of them quietly off the streets and under contract for a full gubernatorial term.

Whether he’s studied Alinsky or just puzzled it out on his own, Glen Beck is doing this right. Pick one, personalize him or her by pounding on their bio and don’t let up until they have to kick your object to the curb. But more needs to be done at the “We the People” level. The real useful idiots in this are the Congressmen, especially all the Rahmbo recruits who pretended to be Republicans to get elected. We need to mau-mau them. They need to be fixed, personalized, and destroyed. Comrade Obama has lots of appratchniks out there to choose from and even if they get fired, they just go into the Democrat shadow government and never miss a paycheck. The useful idiots in Congress have something to lose. If they are forced to resign or lose in ‘10, they for the most part have to go back to lawyering or sell something in Podunk, the ultimate humiliation for someone who thought they’d become a part of the DC establishment.

We really won’t have to [politically] off many Members of Congress before they begin to distance themselves from Comrade Obama. Safe districts make some of them ideologues and they can get away with it, but Pelosi and Obama can’t assemble a majority from the true lefties in Congress. We have to target the vulnerable Members from red and purple districts. It would also be a good thing to find some true Lefty member with some personal vulnerability and hound him or her from office. It would be well if some governors would recognize that we are in an existential battle with these people, so maybe some state law enforcement in states we control can take an interest in any Democrat Members of Congress from that state. Hear me, Southern governors?

So, there’s a story of my experience both with having Rules used on me and using it on other people and the broad strokes and bright colors of an offensive campaign against the Democrats using Alinsky tactics.

>More III Swag

>Go here and look; MiloDesign made these up to sell last spring.

A subtle hat and hoodie jacket from FripperyFarm, also.

A whole bunch of items, from ThreePercenter.

And don’t forget the flags and patches, either.


I do believe, “Friends, they may thinks it’s a movement.”


>The Bad People plan no let-up in their agenda to eradicate traditional America.

There needs to be no respite from our side, either.

Some suggestions:

1) Support David Hedrick for Congress; you know him from this YouTubed evisceration of the current Congresscritter in Washington State’s 3rd Congressional District:

A solid man for dangerous times….and remember: you CAN support him — even if it is only by passing the word or sending as little as $5 — even if you do not live in Washington.

2) Support Oath Keepers. There is no more important tool — appropriate for use right now — in the hands of patriotic Americans than this fine organization. If boots-on-the-ground people in the military and law enforcement communities keep faith with the Constitution, as written, it simply doesn’t matter what the Mighty Kenyan and his accomplices have planned or ordered.

It can’t happen.

Who doesn’t see that?

Are the LEOs in your area Oath Keepers?

Why don’t you find out?

It would seem to be an important data point for the future.

3) Help spread the Constitutional Oath and its obligations wherever you can. If they are willing to accept the burdens of that solemn obligation, swear in your buddies, relatives, church members, and associates:

“I, _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”

Where possible, have the oath administered by a senior member of your tribe. If there are tribe members who are renewing their oaths, have them share with the younger folks what that promise means.

Then live that oath.

No matter what.

4) A West Coast edition of the 9/12 March is needed ASAP. Any intel on events that are planned for the late October/November timeframe?

5) You do know about the planned Second Amendment March on Washington this coming April?

You do now.

6) Re-read this essay by Mike, and consider its key paragraphs:

But let us not kid ourselves that standing around and listening to speeches that aren’t worth the hot air they generate is an effective strategy for dealing with the hard-eyed, hard-nosed collectivist domestic enemies of the Founders’ Republic in power today. Let us also not kid ourselves that the ill-named “Republican” Party, which has screwed up or sold out whatever “principles” they may have once had, deserves anything but our scorn. The Tea Party movement organized without them PRECISELY BECAUSE THE GOP FAILED, marched into the fray without their help, and now these same old tired political hacks are trying desperately to get back out in front of this genuine American popular movement and channel it into the same old discredited party politics where they claim to represent us before the election only to sell us out afterward.

The Obamanoids, like the Clintonistas before them, are not scared of the GOP. They can handle them.

What they ARE scared of is US — We, the People.

Remember – marches serve only two useful purposes.

First, they let individuals know, in an unmistakable way, that each American is not alone. That fact alone is emboldening.

Last, they let the Bad People know that for every one capable of attending the march, there are at least three others back home in the same frame of mind.

Marches will not cure what is wrong.

But they let both sides see that resistance is possible.

Keep fighting.

Dum spiro, pugno.

While I breathe, I fight.

>Three From A Global Perspective

>Read these three pieces, please, and consider the long-term impact of Administration decisions being made today:

Barack Obama Ready To Slash US Nuclear Arsenal

A Dreamer at the Helm

Albright Says US “Does Not Need Any New Enemies”

Our enemies certainly will.

>Denninger: Tying It All Together


Watch it and pass it on.

>Vanderboegh: They Mistake the Measure of the Men and Women Who Oppose Them

>From Vanderboegh:

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. — Martin Luther King, 1963.

Bob Wright, 1st New Mexico Militia


I received a copy of the e-mail exchange below, and mindful of the quote from Dr. King above, I thought of the Obamanoids, “They mistake the measure of the men and women they are dealing with.”

To long time readers of my stuff, Bob Wright needs no introduction. He is the man who, when asked by his FBI Special Agent in Charge if he would really go to the rescue of victims of another Waco in another state, replied:

“Why would I want to do that? There’s plenty of you federal sonsabitches around here.”

My piece on “Dark Thoughts” has occasioned some concern amongst my friends, as expressed by one long-time friend Craig, in an e-mail to Bob. Following that is Bob’s reply.

From: Craig (REDACTED)
Re: Fw: Dark Thoughts– Misadventure, Spasm & Decapitation. How I spent Constitution Day
To: “bob wright”
Date: Friday, September 18, 2009, 5:59 PM

Hi Bob,

Good to hear from you. I am hanging on as always here in (REDACTED). Hope you are well.

I am actually kind of worried about Mike sometimes. He lives this shit too much I think, it makes you think dark thoughts. I have been living it too much myself … I have gotten growly, withdrawn, depressed, pissed. I need a vacation … I wanted to go to DC but to be honest the expenditure of funds would have left me in trouble for months after.

Don’t get me wrong Bob … it has been my pleasure to raise my son and be here for him and guide him on his path to manhood, it really has. It is going on 10 years now and my restless nature is having a hard time containing itself. I have never been in one place this long my entire life ….. ever. Worst part is I don’t know what I would do if I left …. I see things crumbling and think to myself do I want to be away from Luke when he might need me more than at any other time? I don’t know what is wrong … I don’t want to go to church anymore. My pastor calls me and talks to me ….. we are actually pretty good friends.

How does one keep dark thoughts out of your very being when you are wrapped up in it all the flippin time. I admire each one of you guys cause you do more than I do and keep a goin. I worry about Mike dabbling in all the ATF secret crap though …. they are going to kill him for it someday…. probably all of us. Know what …. I don’t really much care about that either. I have pretty well accepted that …. is that normal?? What’s normal???

Happy Birthday Constitution … I love that sacred document…. it will probably cause us all to die because of it. We will be in good company my friend … I guess I can’t think of a better way to go anyway.


I don’t think Craig intended this to get to me, but as it did, I read it, and I post it here now. It duplicates the thoughts of many in this, the darkening hour. But it was Bob’s reply that touched me most.

You may be right ol’ chum and don’t let it get you down.. For me it is like this… I decided in 1993 that I was already dead. Every day after that has been a glorious gift of a merciful god. We are blessed to be here , now. For we will be tested and we will have the opportunity to show who we are.

Most people go thru life never knowing if they have the courage to face real danger living in a twilight Walter Mitty dream world. Never knowing if greatness lies within the recesses of their over managed lives. We will know.

We have been given this great gift and we should embrace it and the circumstances that allow it. Don’t despair, rejoice that yours is the chosen generation.

Don’t dread but anticipate the day you will be free to strike at the heart of a beast and do your part to add Patriot breath to the flame of liberty. Let your heart pound with enthusiasm for the noblest of all human endeavor , the fighting of evil. The selfless sacrifice of blood , toil, and treasure, that elevate the common and pedestrian citizen to that most honored title of Patriot.

I too want more time to train , to earn money, to watch children and grandchildren grow, but in my heart I know that these are still selfish desires and betrays a hesitancy that has no place in the Patriot Breast.

We face the greatest challenge of our time and it will not be met by timid souls who fear to let go of the hearth, the hem of the skirt or the cradles blanket. We must know and accept that our presence in that world of relations and temporal pleasure make us but temporary lodgers waiting to bid last farewells and shed final tears before we embark on the true reason for our being.

Forgive a sentimental anecdote if you will, but two days before my mother died she overheard me on the phone desperately trying to get someone to fill in for me at a prestigious debate with the head of NM ACLU She called me too her bed side and with angry eyes that reflected a soul awaiting permission to open the door to the next world she demanded to know if I meant what I said or was I full of bullshit. I tried to smooth her feelings and get her to lay back down but she would not be distracted from her piercing interrogatory. Finally in an effort to ease the obvious agitation this was causing her I told her that I sure thought I was honest and damn well meant what I said. I was much distressed that the overheard conversation had caused her so much agitation and distress. She told me that she had on more than none occasion heard me say that we were in a War. Did I believe it or not. I tried to tell her that none of that mattered and she just needed to get as comfortable as possible and not worry about all of this. What she said next crashed through my hard head and lodged in my heart sending out shock waves that gave order to my chaotic emotions and forever cleared up some of my own myopia.

She told me that she knew about men going off to war. She told me that she had watched her father go off to war and then fixing me with those tired , dying eyes that still held enough steel to command attention, told me that her father had not looked back he had gone to the war and done his job until the Nazi was destroyed.

She told me that when her brother died as a child that her father did not “quit” his war and come home but did his job and eradicated the Nazi. She then said that 10 years later she had watched her husband go to war and like her father he never looked back and did his job regardless of what was happening on the home front.She then told me that go or stay it meant nothing in relation to her dying, that would happen in it’s own time regardless of my activities. But if I failed in my duty then no one would be there to battle the ACLU.

I cannot tell you the emotions that swept over me, pride in her, a sense of brotherhood with my forebears who had abandoned hearth and home to fight evil, and shame in my self that it took a dying old woman to clarify my duties as a man.
Less than 30 hrs later she had gone. I lifted the gurney into the hearse, went to her closet and got her “burying Dress” went to my house and slept a couple of hours dropped the dress off at the funeral home and drove 300 miles to do battle with the ACLU.

Craig, we are a special people who have a destiny to fulfill and are allowed to enjoy this life at its fullest until that call comes.

Bob Wright

As I said, the Obamanoids mistake the measure of the men and women they are dealing with. For in choosing such men to attack, they have picked an enemy that will not quit until they are dead or their enemies are dead. To attack such men and women as Bob and Mrs. Wright, is quite simply put, to invite suicide. They should understand that before we go too far down this road they have chosen for us.


>Beck: Explaining It All

Click and enjoy.

Provide the same brief explanation, please, to the next Bolshies you meet in your daily rounds.

Right between the eyes.

Res ipsa loquitur.


Please click on this link from Jim Treacher via Instapundit.

There’s several more frames eviscerating this appearance by the Mighty Kenyan.

Remember — laughing at the folly of tyrants devastates their pretensions to omnipotence.


>The NYT Gets It (Almost) Right

>Found this column from David Brooks in the Friday edition of the NYT fishwrap; read it all, but key grafs follow:

…And it has always had the same morality, which the historian Michael Kazin has called producerism. The idea is that free labor is the essence of Americanism. Hard-working ordinary people, who create wealth in material ways, are the moral backbone of the country. In this free, capitalist nation, people should be held responsible for their own output. Money should not be redistributed to those who do not work, and it should not be sucked off by condescending, manipulative elites.

Barack Obama leads a government of the highly educated. His movement includes urban politicians, academics, Hollywood donors and information-age professionals. In his first few months, he has fused federal power with Wall Street, the auto industry, the health care industries and the energy sector.

Given all of this, it was guaranteed that he would spark a populist backlash, regardless of his skin color. And it was guaranteed that this backlash would be ill mannered, conspiratorial and over the top — since these movements always are, whether they were led by Huey Long, Father Coughlin or anybody else.

What we’re seeing is the latest iteration of that populist tendency and the militant progressive reaction to it. We now have a populist news media that exaggerates the importance of the Van Jones and Acorn stories to prove the elites are decadent and un-American, and we have a progressive news media that exaggerates stories like the Joe Wilson shout and the opposition to the Obama schools speech to show that small-town folks are dumb wackos.

“One could argue that this country is on the verge of a crisis of legitimacy,” the economic blogger Arnold Kling writes. “The progressive elite is starting to dismiss rural white America as illegitimate, and vice versa”…

When a columnist in the grossly-collectivist former “paper of record” acknowledges that the irreconcilable schisms have placed this country “on the verge of a crisis of legitimacy”, you know just how late it really is.

Audentes fortuna iuvat.

>Vanderboegh: Dark Thoughts

>One of Mike’s posts from today:

Morgan: They pushed us too far! They didn’t think we’d fight, no matter what they did!

Julian Osborne: And they were wrong. We fought. We expunged them. And we didn’t do such a bad job on ourselves.

— On the Beach, 1959.

I am ashamed to admit that Wretched Dog had to remind me that today, 17 September, is Constitution Day. I must also confess my tired skepticism that we will see another such anniversary without violence initiated by an arrogant, ignorant, out-of-control administration who see that tattered, battered old Columbia as just another prospective government gang-rape victim.

Today I read some internal ATF documents that cannot be publicized for now, yet they convinced me beyond a shadow of a doubt that the agency is as rogue at this moment as it ever was.

The failure of successive administrations of both parties to rein in these armed bureaucrats can only lead to deadly, bloody misadventure which will trigger a murderous spasm unlike anything yet seen in this country’s long history of periodic civil strife.

The thing is, once started, the regime will find it almost impossible to stop on any terms besides their own unconditional surrender as they would be fighting an enraged but dispersed network insurgency. It is likely that after a few weeks of such blood-letting, the administration will be unable to find anybody left alive with sufficient influence among the insurgents with whom they can negotiate an end to the horror. The fact of the matter is that they would have done their best to kill the folks they would need to stop what they started.

And they will want to stop it, oh, yes, out of concern for their own miserable hides if nothing else.

For they will have provoked a conflict that will not be directed at the war-fighters, the grunts, even those in the outnumbered federal police, but rather at the war-makers, i.e. themselves.

In this they have only Bill Clinton to blame. When the Philanderer in Chief, frustrated with Serbian intransigence in 1999, changed the rules of engagement to include the political leadership, news media and the intellectual underpinning of his enemy’s war effort, he accidentally filed suit under the Law of Unintended Consequences. The Serbians knuckled under, yes. But the rest of the world took note, including us. I assure you, the appeal to the higher court of history in that case has yet to be decided.

Back in May, the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation held a seminar in the Reuben W. Hills Conference Room on the second floor of Encina Hall.

There, Patrick Johnston, PhD Candidate from the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University and a predoctoral fellow at CISAC, presented a paper entitled The Effectiveness of Leadership Decapitation in Counterinsurgency.

His dissertation examines the military effectiveness of civilian targeting in civil wars. He has published articles on the organization of insurgencies, spoiler dynamics in peace processes, and the political economy of civil war in journals such as Security Studies, Civil Wars, Canadian Journal of African Studies, and Review of African Political Economy. Johnston holds a BA in political science from the University of Minnesota, Morris and an MA in political science from Northwestern University.

Patrick Johnston is considered by some to be the Pentagon’s “bright boy of the month.” From the first page of his presentation:

Leadership decapitation is a high-profile tactic that involves the the capture or killing of top insurgent leaders. It is frequently used against guerrilla insurgencies: in the past two centuries, top insurgent leaders have been killed or captured in just under 50 percent of counterinsurgency campaigns. Yet we know little about the nature of the relationship between leadership decapitation and counterinsurgency effectiveness. Is capturing or killing insurgencies’ leader(s) an effective tactic? Or is it counterproductive, radicalizing insurgent movements, strengthening their resolve, and making them more difficult to defeat? Or does it have no effect at all?

The general consensus is that leadership decapitation of guerrilla groups is ineffective. These conclusions should give scholars pause: they are based on unsystematic research designs, minimal empirical data, and incomparable units — usually terrorist organizations or foreign leaders.

I argue that leadership decapitation is effective. Decapitation provides numerous marginal benefits, weakening and disrupting insurgent organizations and making them more likely to be defeated.

Go to the link and read if you must, but Johnston is as wrong as he can be when comparing past history to 4th Generation warfare, distributed networks and leaderless resistance, especially as will be practiced in the United States if it ever goes to war with itself.

He is wrong, but the powerful men and women he is writing for think he’s right.

Unfortunately for them, in the situation the administration would find itself after Waco Two, the “decapitation” strategy would for them more resemble Russian Roulette played with an automatic pistol.

Hypothetical: They kill some of us, at first accidentally perhaps, but almost immediately thereafter intentionally. The spasm of defensive killing begins, targeted at their leadership. They spasm in return. They would not be able to scuttle into their “green zones” fast enough. For each clumsy attack on us, they receive a lesson in the 500 meter war, one bullet (or many bullets) at a time. They commit “collateral damage” of our innocents, we stay within the rules of engagement and kill only war-planners and war-wagers.

I have asked this question before. They will fight to the last ATF agent or to the last oath-breaking soldier. Will they fight to the first senior bureaucrat, the second Congressman, the third newspaper editor, the fourth Senator, the fifth White House aide? Can they stand Bill Clinton’s rules of engagement?

These are the stakes for them, though they do not understand it.

And once they start it, they will find it impossible to stop, until they surrender unconditionally or personally face the music themselves.

Forgive me these dark thoughts, my friends, on this Constitution Day. They are occasioned by my glimpse today inside the minds of some taxpayer-supported jack booted thugs. They really are as venal, stupid, arrogant and dangerous as I feared.

As I read their innermost thoughts, freely expressed among themselves, I realized that all my efforts to prevent this madness from happening will very likely be mere cruel, futile self-deception on my part.

And given the arrogant, narcissistic master they now nominally serve, it is unlikely this will end with mere politics, but rather by what Clausewitz called “politics by other means.”

May God forgive them.

For whoever is left standing with a rifle after the initial spasm that they start certainly won’t.

“Leadership decapitation” indeed.

Their leadership. . . and their decapitation.

There’s a fight coming.

They will start it.

Let’s win.