Monthly Archives: October 2009

>A Musical Interlude, Part II: "The Funky Western Civilization" by Tonio K

Background on the artist here; more on this album here and here.


Come on everybody
Get on your feet
Get with the beat
There’s a brand new dance craze
Sweeping the nation
and it’s called the funky… western… civilization.

Well there’s a riot in the courthouse, there’s a fire in the street
There’s a sinner bein’ trampled by a thousand pious feet.
There’s a baby every minute bein’ born without a chance
Now don’t that make you want to jump right up and start to dance?

Let’s do the funky
The funky western civilization
It’s really spunky
It’s just like summertime vacation .
You just grab your partner by the hair
Throw her down and leave her there.

They put Jesus on a cross, they put a hole in JFK,
They put Hitler in the driver’s seat and looked the other way.
Now they’ve got poison in the water and the whole world in a trance,
But just because we’re hypnotized, that don’t mean we can’t dance.

We’ve got the funky
The funky western civilization
It’s really spunky
It’s just like summertime vacation.
You just drag your partner through the dirt
Leave him in a world of hurt.

You get down
Get funky
Get western
(own up to it boys and girls)
And if you try real hard… maybe you can even get, you know, kinda civilized!

Joan Of Arc: Mesdames et messieurs, bon soir. This is Joan of Arc. Tonio has asked me to personally deliver a rather special message. He say he just cannot get enough of my 15th-century wisdom. He say he loves it when I talk with him like this. And after many a Saturday night of doing ze Funky Western Civilization together, I know for a fact he agrees with me when I say
[in French: You can bullshit the baker and get the buns,
You can back out of every deal except one!]

This is the funky
The funky western civilization
It’s oh, so very spunky
It’s just like summertime vacation
All’s you gotta do is find some little kid somewhere
And throw him way up in the air
(never mind the parents)

Yes it’s a funky
A funky western civilization
And it may seem kinda skunky, you know
But it’s hitting every nation (all across the universe)
That’s ’cause all’s you gotta do is grab your partner by the hair
Throw her down and leave her there!

>A Musical Interlude, Part I: "Life in the Food Chain" by Tonio K

Background on the artist here; more on this album here and here.


Well your mother was there to protect you
Your papa was there to provide
So how in the world did the excellent baby
Wind up in this hotel so broken inside
You lie on your bed in the midnight darkly
Listening to every sound
Watching the shadows for anything moving
And hoping they don’t come around

`Cause it’s dog eat dog
and it’s cat and mouse
It’s watch your step and cross yourself
And get back in the house
And it’s do or die
It’s push and shove
Because everybody’s hungry
And there isn’t quite enough

That’s right we’re talking about the good life
In the food chain
Love among the ruins
I guess that you’ve finally got to accept
That there’s nothing you can do about it
It’s kinda like carving a turkey
Kind of like mowing the lawn
Everything gets to this certain dimension
Winds up on a customers plate and then gone

`Cause it’s dog eat dog
And it’s cat and mouse
`Cause it’s cut the cake grab a plate
And hope it goes around
And it’s do or die
It’s time to push and shove
Because everybody’s hungry
And there isn’t quite enough


`Cause it’s dog eat dog
And it’s cat and mouse
Ya know it’s close your eyes and roll the dice
And shut your filthy mouth
It’s time to push and shove
Because everybody’s hungry
And there isn’t quite enough

`Cause it’s dog eat dog
And it’s cat and mouse
It’s watch your step and cross yourself
And get back in the house
And it’s do or die
It’s push and shove
Because everybody’s hungry
And there isn’t quite enough

That’s right we’re talking about the good life
In the food chain
Love among the ruins
I guess that you’ve finally got to accept
That there’s nothing you can do about it
It’s kinda like carving a turkey
Kind of like mowing the lawn
Everything gets to this certain dimension
Winds up on a customer’s plate and then gone

(fades out)

>Coup de Grâce


The expression coup de grâce (pronounced /ˌkuːdə ˈɡrɑːs/; French: [kudəɡʁas], “blow of mercy”) means a death blow intended to end the suffering of a wounded creature. The phrase can refer to killing civilians or soldiers, friends or enemies and with or without the consent of the sufferer. It is often used figuratively to describe the last of a series of events which brings about the end of some entity; for example: “The business had been failing for years; the coup de grâce was the sudden jump in oil prices.”

In war times, it means shooting into the cardiac or temporal region of an already shot, but not yet dead person during a military or civilian execution. It can also refer to the beheading that follows a samurai’s seppuku.


Read this analysis of the Pelosi national socialist health plan, as posted today by Mike.

Then read this piece from Cold Fury via Green Mountain Homesteading on the constitutional authority for such an atrocity, courtesy of US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT):


Q: I just want to know where, in your opinion, does the Constitution give specific authority for Congress to give an individual mandate for health insurance?
LEAHY: What — we have plenty of authority. Are you saying there is no authority?
Q: I’m asking –
LEAHY: Why would you say there is no authority? I mean, there’s no question there’s authority. Nobody questions that.
Q: But where — I mean, which –
LEAHY: Where do we have authority to set speed limits on an interstate highway?
Q: Well, the states do that.
LEAHY: No, no, the federal government does that.

No, it doesn’t. But that’s not important now. There’s something missing there–did you catch it?

By my count, that was three Bare Assertion Fallacies, two of which are also False Generalizations, and three Answering a Question with a Question, one of which is also a Red Herring. And a partridge in a pear tree.

But never an answer to the question…

Do you understand yet?

The Republic is dead.

And soon, so too will be its adherents.

Are you ready?

>Vanderboegh: One Hundred Heads

>From Sipsey Street:

Scout Sniper (MOS 0317, formerly 8541) is a specialist in the United States Marine Corps whose mission is to deny the enemy freedom of movement by killing enemy leaders, crew-served weapons operators, radiomen, observers, messengers, and other key personnel with single, well-aimed shots. In addition, scout snipers also provide close reconnaissance and surveillance to the infantry battalion. Scout Snipers attached to Marine infantry battalions fall under the Surveillance and Target Acquisition units, usually a reduced platoon with the headquarters company. Marine Corps Scout Snipers are widely considered one of the elite forces of the US military and all branches of service send their best to be trained at one of the four school house locations.

As defined by the Marine Corps Scout Sniper Basic Course, a Scout Sniper is a Marine highly skilled in fields craft and marksmanship who delivers long range precision fire on selected targets from concealed positions in support of combat operations. — Wikipedia.

NOTE: Some folks, in and out of government, will take what I write below as an invitation to assassination of public figures. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am on record as denouncing the idea of assassinating President Obama, going so far during the campaign as to call on good folks to attend his rallies and watch for threats to him. Assassination, even of a President no matter how much you dislike or fear his administration’s policies, is a loser’s tool. Indeed, there is much more to be gained by the enemies of the Founders’ Republic in the assassination of President Obama than by anyone else.

If it happens, one must ask the old criminal investigator’s question: Cui bono? Who benefits?

(One wonders if this isn’t — subconsciously at least — what’s behind the incessant comparisions of Obama to Lincoln and Julius Caesar.)

Rather, the political and military dynamics I try to explain below are in the context of a hypothetical civil war initiated by a tyrannical administration. In that scenario, the killing of senior executives of the murderous regime would not be murder, but, from one perspective simple justice, and from another legitimate targets permissible under the laws of war. (See Bill Clinton and Serbia, 1999).

As with everything I write, I’m trying avoid a civil war here, not start one. — MBV


Trying to finish Absolved, real life events intrude as they must. The flurry of praxis posts was done for a reason — responding to a need reflected in email requests and face-to-face conversations with folks new to the armed citizen concept. The response to the FM 21-15 offering was amazing, and I spent more than I little time sending those pdfs out. It was worth it. Glad to see all those budding militia supply officers out there. Logistics most often decides conflicts and thus we should pay great attention to ours.

Will, of course, is also indispensable. But as the Japanese Empire could tell you if it were still around, “Yamato damashi” alone can only take you so far. Training, tactics, strategy, intelligence, all are also critical to success.

But what we would all prefer is not to have to fight at all. Since we prefer to live in peace AND liberty, it is necessary to figure out what motivates our enemy — the domestic enemies of the Founder’s republic and the Constitution. What do they want? Well, that’s pretty obvious. They want to be able to tell the rest of us what to do without interference. To paraphrase the sign my ex-wife used to have on the wall, it is their way or the highway.

That is what they want, surely. But that is a mere appetite. That is what the old military acronym IOE — Intentions of the Enemy — is all about. But if we are talking about preventing war, then we must create a credible deterrent — something that strikes at the heart of their ambition and causes it to die aborning.

Thus, in the end, credible deterrence is less about figuring out what they want or how they intend to go about getting it, but rather depends upon the answer to this question:

What is it that they most value?

Credibly threaten what they most value — as in, make them believe that they will lose it if they attempt to attack you — and they will not do that thing. They will not attack you, lest they lose it.

So, what do they value? Power, certainly. Principle? Certainly not. Everything is compromisable toward the satisfaction of appetite. Do they fear God? Certainly not. These are very temporal creatures. They live in the here and now and glory in the satisfaction of their senses.

Thus they have no understanding of the concept, “Live free or die.” Such a thing as dying for a principle is incomprehensible. Which is why they do not understand how dangerous is their present position.

They value power then, for power’s sake, but here is the key. They cannot wield power if they are dead. Because they believe in nothing higher than their own ambition (despite whatever convincing noises they make for the collectivist herd about “for the children” or the “perfectability of socialist man” or the “triumph of the ‘volk'”) it is their lives and their lives alone that they value.

This is what they understand: YOU CANNOT EXERCISE POWER IF YOU ARE DEAD.

And THAT is what they fear. The ending of their existence. That, and that alone.

Remember, we are talking about the war initiators here. The war makers. Not the useful tools who carry out the policy but the policymakers themselves, and the people who manipulate them.

Boiled down, this is part of what the Founders had in mind with the Second Amendment. Give the people the means to resist tyranny, and then it is the tyrants who die in the end.

Or, as I tried to distill it down for the impatient hoplophobe who demanded that I tell him my position in as few words as possible: “If you try to take our firearms we will kill you.”

Substitute the words “liberty and property” for “firearms.” THIS is what we must make our enemies believe. If we regain the credible deterrence that the armed citizenry once had in this country, no would-be tyrant will dare apply for the position. He will be unable to attract lieutenants if they believe such an action is suicidal.

This is what the Founders intended. They tried to construct a system of checks and balances, a deliberately inefficient system of government, to avoid the tyranny of the King or of the mob. But it was a system designed for a moral people, a God-fearing people, and though it lasted a long time, the fact is that we are, in aggregate, no longer moral or God-fearing. Thus, we are left with the armed citizenry as the arbiters of their own liberty.

If you try to take our liberty and property we will kill you.

That sentiment strikes at the heart of what they value. Everything else is window dressing.

If we can convince the enemies of the Founders’ Republic that this will happen as surely as two plus two equals four, there will be no next American civil war. But the burden is on us to present the mathematics and make them credible.

Thus, as an exercise in the mathematics of liberty, I re-post a piece from back in January. Cheyenne 0317/8541 is my nominee for next year’s Nobel Prize in Mathematics. If we can somehow get the Constitution’s enemies to understand this mathematic principle, we will all live long, prosperous and free lives without conflict.

But, given the collective history of this sorry planet, that’s not the way to bet.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

One Hundred Heads


You have no idea how humbling the response as been to Absolved and this website. These are serious issues. Issues that, in the fullness of time, could get people killed. Yet what I write apparently resonates with people because God has given me a talent for expressing what they have long believed.

All of my work has been motivated by a desire to avoid conflict over these principles we hold so dear. If I bluntly warn liberal politicians, media types and academics of the folly of their proposals, it is because I don’t want my children and grandchildren to have to suffer the ghastly experience of civil war.

It has always been my belief that if people understood where this is heading, there was a least a chance of avoiding it. As we proceed into the Era of Obama, I am afraid that is becoming more and more a faint hope.

As some of you know from bitter personal experience, taking a stand does not come without cost. There are dangers, even now, to having political opinions. Just ask David Olofson. From time to time, people express concern that I may fall victim to ATF retribution or FBI miscalculation. There is, in fact, little I can do about that, for that move is up to them. Like Luther, here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. There are no free lunches. It is what comes of being a free man. Or as my Grandpa Vanderboegh used to say in an imitation of a cartoon character, “You pays your money and you takes your chances.”

But I was reminded this week that no man is an island, entire of itself. On my trip to the post office box, I was rewarded, in addition to statements from Social Security and the power bill, a single anonymous envelope. It was postmarked from somewhere in Oklahoma. It said this in handwritten block letters, spelling and punctuation as written:


I have read you on the internet and believe in what your doing. One day the ATF will come to count coup on you & take your head. I promise to take One hundred heads for yours.

Cheyenne 0317/8541

There is a small, delicate ink drawing on the bottom of the sheet, showing what appears to be a coup stick crossed with a tomahawk and over-arched with what I’d guess are eagle feathers. 0317/8541, for the uninitiated, are the current and former MOS numbers for a Marine Scout/Sniper.

One hundred heads. I sat in the car, reading and rereading this piece of paper, touched by its simple sincerity. I have no doubt the man means what he says. I also have no doubt that a Marine scout/sniper has the skills to take a hundred heads if, God forbid, this should come to guns.

I shared this with a friend yesterday, and he had only this comment: “A hundred heads properly targeted could finish this thing.” Indeed.

On the assumption that Cheyenne is reading this, I would like to tell him this:

I do not ask you to take those hundred heads, sir, but I appreciate the commitment to our common cause that such a promise implies. I do not know what the future may bring, but if it should be grim I merely ask that you get the right hundred heads.

In liberty, and with gratitude,

Mike Vanderboegh

>Codrea: The Smutty Professor

>In his most recent Examiner column, David skewers an academic onanist.



>Denninger: The Fed Gets Desperate

>Read Denninger’s latest on the Fed’s desperate attempts to avoid accountability.

Key section:


The Fed has promoted and in fact still is promoting through policy action the lie that credit can expand “forever” at a rate that exceeds GDP. This is mathematically impossible and Bernanke knows it. I do not accept that he is ignorant of this fact as he is clearly an intelligent man and in addition is a credentialed Professor with an advanced degree – therefore, I must conclude that this is not an error but rather an intentional lie. It is, in fact, the big lie upon which all others rest, and yet as I have repeatedly pointed out the mathematical facts are not subject to dispute. To recap, here’s the graph:

And to recap on the averages:

GDP growth from the early 1950s onward has been 6.818% annually, debt growth 8.777%, for a spread of 1.959%.

From 1990 onward, GDP grew at 5.396%, debt at 7.907%, for a spread of 2.511%.

From 2000 onward GDP grew at 5.225%, debt at 8.495%, for a spread of 3.270%.


But hey — the recession’s over!

Whew….now who’s winning the World Series?

Let’s get back to normal.

Anyone seen my Snuggie?

>First, We’ll Write Letters and Make Phone Calls…Then We’ll Vote!

Watch this video, received from a friend, of a civics lesson from Congressman Jack Murtha (D – PA 12).

PajamasTV has more.

Maybe if we waved some signs — that would change things?

Hey, I know!

We can blog about it.

Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Then we can turn to getting Charlie Rangel’s constituents to do the right thing.

Go-o-o-o, democracy!

>Noonan Finally Gags on the Kool-Aid

>Perhaps to atone in part for her emetic epistle last year on The One’s imminent election, Peggy Noonan has a brief moment of clarity.

Read it all, but here’s a key quote:

…When I see those in government, both locally and in Washington, spend and tax and come up each day with new ways to spend and tax—health care, cap and trade, etc.—I think: Why aren’t they worried about the impact of what they’re doing? Why do they think America is so strong it can take endless abuse?

It is because the ruling class — your Beltway buddies — is equal parts ignorant, stupid, and evil.

And you helped hand the whole she-bang over to the Obamunist-in-Chief, you daft old biddy.

Move away from the keyboard, Peggy.

For your own sake.

I Am Your Worst Nightmare

From Survivalblog:

Retreat Security: I Am Your Worst Nightmare, by Jeff T.

I am the leader of a band of 8-to-12 looters. I have some basic military training. We move from place to place like locusts devouring everything in our path. My group is armed with light weapons and can develop and follow simple plans of attack. We take what we want by force of arms. We prefer none of our victims survive because that could cause problems for us in the future.

It has been six months since the grid went down. You and the other five members of your party have settled into what may be a long grinding existence. The every day tasks of growing and gathering have now become routine. The news from the outside is extremely limited but you don’t really miss it much. Life is simple but physically demanding.

Although things may seem stable you will need to keep your team focused and alert. This is your first and most important layer of defense. You should hold an immediate reaction drill once per week. Keep things simple. Practice a specific response to such threats as injury, fire, attack and evacuation. Despite the challenges you must maintain contact with those around you such as neighbors for vital clues that trouble is brewing. Regular monitoring the radio will be critical in providing an early warning of trouble. You may be able to safely interview refugees with risking your party. Keep in mind the information you get from them may not always be reliable.

While you have been farming I have been learning the best tactics to employ to seize your property and your goods. I have been refining them since we hit the road right after the lights went out. I have conducted eight “hits” so far and have been successful seven times. Here are some of my “lessons learned”…

Read the rest.

Are you and yours ready, right now, to repel boarders?

If not, what’s your plan?

>Threeper Swag by ‘Solzhenitsyn Wept’

>Lots more at this Zazzle store, including III flag two-fer bumper stickers.

>Auribus Tenere Lupum III Swag

>One more design from AD at Zazzle.

Auribus tenere lupum
– I hold a wolf by the ears. (I am in a dangerous situation and dare not let go.)


From over the transom; click on image to enlarge.

>Have You Thought About F-Class?

>Read these links:

F-Class Long Range Target Shooting, Part I

F-Class Long Range Target Shooting, Part II

Official US F-Class Open Rifle Team Home Page

Equipment Needed for F-Class Open Shooting

F-Class Info

Zak Smith’s Introduction to F-Class 1000 yard Shooting; excerpt:

…If you already have a Remington 700, Winchester Model 70, or other rifle that can shoot one MOA or better at 100 yards, you can get it tuned up for 1000-yard F-Class. You’ll need a good scope with enough adjustment to get from a 100 or 200-yard zero to 1000 yards. The easiest way to ensure the scope will make it is to use an inclined scope base, which usually have 20 or 30 MOA incline built in. The scope should have external target knobs, and top-end magnification at least 12x. Popular scopes for F-Class include the Leupold Mark 4 and VX-III Long Range models, and the Nightforce NXS models.

Next, you need a load that will stay at supersonic speed to the target. As a general rule, a bullet that has a ballistic coefficient (BC) of 0.50 or higher launched at 2600 fps or faster will make it to 1000 yards. Great long-range loads generally have a BC of 0.60 or higher and are shot at 2850 fps or faster. In .308 Winchester, the Federal or Black Hills 175-grain, or Lapua 155-grain loads will work. In .300 Winchester Magnum, the 190-grain loads from Federal and Black Hills are good choices. Rifles that are built specifically for F-Class often use the long, sleek, and high-BC bullets in 6.5 mm and 7 mm calibers such as .260 Remington, 6.5-284 Norma, 7 mm Remington Magnum or 7 mm Winchester Short Magnum.

Finally, you need to know how much bullet drop compensation is required to move from your short-range zero to the six-foot square target backer at 1000 yards. The easiest way to get “on the paper” is to run one of the ballistic calculator programs which are available online or from Sierra, Pejsa, NECO, RCBS, and Exbal. With the correct data for your load, rifle, and environment plugged in, these calculators will usually be on within a scope “click” or two…

And a quick overview of the rule set:

F-Class Open Rule Overview
Rifle ……….. Any
Sights ………. Any
Front Support … Front rest allowed
Rear Support …. Rear bag allowed
Caliber ……… Any up to 0.35 caliber, per local range restrictions
Maximum Weight .. 22 lbs

F/TR Rule Overview
F-Class Open Rule Overview
Rifle ……….. Any
Sights ………. Any
Front Support … Bipod or rucksack
Rear Support …. Rear bag allowed
Caliber ……… .223 Winchester, .308 Winchester
Maximum Weight .. 18.15 lbs

F-Class Target Dimensions

X ring 5.0″ diameter
10 ring 10.0″
9 ring 20.0″
8 ring 30″
7 ring 44″
6 ring 60″
5 area 6 foot square

More Information

US F-Class Rifle Team

So what?

No, I am not suggesting you go out and buy some fancy-pants $5000 dedicated rig for exclusively F-class shooting.

What I am suggesting is

1) A lot of readers have sub-MOA .308 bolties with decent glass.

2) With a 175 SMK (factory match or handload), your rifle and round can get to 1000 yards and be on paper.

3) The bags and tripods acceptable under the rules mean that you too can get out to 1000 yards.

4) These matches and sighter days are already being run around the country, so that all you have to do is show up with your gear and match fee, sign up and pay up, and start shooting.

5) In light of 1-4, why not root around and see if there is an F-class clinic/sight-in/match near you?

What better way to learn how you and your precision rifle shoot at full distance, especially with the wind calls inherent in such a challenge?

You do realize that more and more freedom-lovers getting proficient at truly long ranges will make the hoplophobes thoroughly soil themselves, don’t you?

Can you say “strategic”?

I knew you could.

>Audentes Fortuna Iuvat Threeper Swag

>Thanks to AD, who seized the day and established this store at Cafe Press.

There’s lots more at the link.

Pass it on.

>III Flag (Variant), Georgia

>Courtesy of BT.

And for those who quail at the Confederate flag, I give you Georgia’s flag from 1956 until 2001, when the experience of neighboring South Carolina cowed the Legislature into abandoning that design and ultimately adopting the current banner:
All hands, prepare to repel charges of racism and pro-slavery sentiments.

To those who would spread such calumnies, I give you Professor Lorenzo.

Sic semper tyrannis.

UPDATE 2305 EDST 30 OCT 2009: Am advised the that III flag variant in question is simply the First National III and is in fact located in Texas. My bad — but what would it take to make the current Georgia flag into the same?

Just sayin’….

>Fitness Drill For The Weekend

>Suggestion for some movement exercises that can be done in the local park w/o your longarm (of course, you can and should use your rifle and related gear where such is acceptable):

1) Place two traffic cones (or lawn chairs) 100 yards or so apart, then warm up with six 100-yard sprints as fast and hard as you can.

2) Then, starting at cone/chair #1, get into quasi-prone position (belly and hips flat on ground, your upper chest/neck/head held off the ground by your elbows.

3) At the ‘go’ signal, roll explosively to the left or right, get to your feet and sprint as hard as you can for as long as it takes you to say “I’m up — he sees me — I’m down.”

4) On the “down” part of that mantra, drop immediately to the ground and assume quasi-prone again.

5) Give yourself a fifteen-second recovery period, then repeat steps 3 and 4 again.

6) Repeat step 5 until you reach cone/chair #2, then reverse directions and repeat.

7) One repetition is going from cone/chair #1 to cone/chair #2 and back; continue this drill for 5 repetitions.

8) Complete your exercise period with another six 100-yard sprints, as fast and hard as possible.

>III Flag Update

>Picked up mail tonight, including several new orders.

Will prep for mailing Monday as many orders as I can with current inventory. The remainder will be filled with the final shipment when it arrives next week.

More as I make progress.

Ordering information remains here.

Thanks for your orders and for passing the word throughout the blogosphere.


>Billy Beck links to this chap.

Read it and tell me:

Is it better to keep shouting, or simply go about one’s business as the Light fades?

What keeps me going, barely, is that (likely delusional) thought that someday, somebody will, as I did with Garet Garrett, look to the remnants of our work and say:

“People knew how bad it was going to be, and did the best they knew how to alert others.”

Qui tacet consentire videtur

Silence is consent.

>III Flag: Washington State

>Courtesy of Jeffersonian; send your photos to

Audentes fortuna iuvat

>Hanson: All Falling Down

>A superlative sitrep from Victor Davis Hanson; excerpt:

…Why the pessimism? I think there are a few truths that transcend politics and remain eternal. In life as a general rule, debt has to be paid back, and with greater pain and anger than it was to borrow it. Bullies do not respect magnanimity, but tragically interpret it as weakness to be exploited rather than to be admired.

Hoping that something good comes true —like being self-reliant through solar and wind—does not make it true; neglecting the riches at hand to dream about greater riches that do not exist is adolescent. Radical Islam hates the West, not because of what we do or say, but because of who we are: a dynamic, mercurial culture that challenges all the protocols of a traditional, tribal and religiously fundamentalist society.

Diplomacy is a tool to lessen, but not eliminate, tensions—a way to conduct foreign policy, not a foreign policy in and of itself…