Monthly Archives: April 2010

>Russia Today: Interview With RTC 4/19 Rally Organizer

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Enjoy.

Beck: On The Recent Glance Directly At Me, From The Death-Star

From Billy Beck:

Yes: of course I am aware that I was paraphrased in a speech given last week by an ex-United States president. The e-mail notes have been furious, and still trail in almost a week later. You can read the speech here. That’s a .PDF, and the passage at hand is in the first paragraph of page eleven. Everyone who has paid attention to me knows that he mangled my line, but that it is without question my line.

Here are some facts: the speech refers to “…these ‘hatriot’ groups, the Oath Keepers, the Three Percenters, the others…” (Bottom of page ten.)

Mike Vanderboegh has run the line that I wrote on his weblog almost since the day that I wrote it.

Here is my conjecture: the ex-president either briefly eyeballed that blog himself, or accepted a memo from one of his flunkies which included the line that I wrote.

I have made up my mind that I would be no more interested in hearing his apology than I am offended by his presumption. It is simply a matter of note that The Lying Bastard of The Ozark Long March knows nothing of which he speaks, amid his insinuations that I advocate violence in this poor country’s current straits.

Here is a word for that despicable person: I am “a Southerner”, too, you strutting ignoramus. I was born in Little Rock, and my mother graduated Central High School six years before Eisenhower finally saw fit to roll out the National Guard. Don’t even try to hand me your threadbare sanctimony about “paying” for the Civil War. For many reasons which I will not attempt to relate to you, I am quite beyond your ex cathedra pose in the matter. You have nothing to say to me. Sit down and shut your insipid mouth.

To the rest of you reading this, let me try to explain something to you. Pay close attention:

“If we discard morality and substitute for it the Collectivist doctrine of unlimited majority rule, if we accept the idea that a majority may do anything it pleases, and that anything done by the majority is right because it is done by the majority (this being the only standard of right and wrong) — how are men to apply this in practice to their actual lives? In relation to each particular man, all other men are potential members of that majority which may destroy him at its pleasure at any moment. Then each man and all men become enemies: each has to fear and suspect all; each must try to rob and murder first, before he is robbed and murdered.”

Now, I am not going to attribute that quote for you. I have good reasons for that. I will point out to you that the basic principles on display in that passage are now a matter of the public consciousness: it is an accepted maxim now that, in politics, “either you are at the table or you are on the menu”. I will point out to you that America has never before sounded more like a bar-fight than it does now. All of this is because of what Frederick Bastiat put his finger on, one hundred sixty-two years ago, when he wrote: “Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”

We now live under The Sucker State. There will be no voting our way out of this, and that is as it should be, in at least one aspect: free people do not supplicate to government. They become manifest in their actions. In any case, however, whole generations have gone down under the rampant delusion that the sources of life spring from everything but individual human productivity: they believe that government can steal for them forever.The hideous noise that you hear all around you in this culture, now, is only the beginning intimation of how wrong they are. It is the sound of savages scrambling around the lip of the government cannibal-pot, into which all values must eventually be collected by force and from which they will be dispensed under heavy guard. If you are capable of one moment’s sense and are not a goddamned deliberate liar — like an ex-president — then you can see where this is all going.

There is only one more thing to say, here: every sane person had better hope and pray against violence. This goes for you, Mike, and everyone like you. I understand your efforts and I know why you prepare. This thing could blow-out at any seam, at any moment, and it is only prudent to be ready if that happens.

I, for one, would have far, far greater esteem for anyone ready — like me — to present themselves for imprisonment in order to demonstrate to the whole world just what this regime appears to be ready to destroy. No honest person could ever mistake the moral probity of a move like that, and even if it failed, the issue would be unmistakably clear to all — this battle with a force dedicated to destroying freedom (the word that fell from The Lying Bastard’s lips, last Friday) — and the final and terrible resort to violence would yet be available.

I beg you all to keep cool in this matter.

>More On 4/19 RTC

>Associated Press as linked on Drudge — make sure to watch the video.

Time magazine.

Codrea here and here.

MBV here and here.

Russia Today here.

USA Today.

Other coverage.

Back on the road.

>5 by 5

>All safe.

All happy (on our side, that is).

All went above expectations.

Windburned, sunburned, exhausted.

Successful.

Safe travels to all participants.

More asap.

In the interim, go to Google and search “guns potomac”.

More linkage.

>Thanks, Mr. President!

>On Friday, former President Bill Clinton gave this speech at a seminar entitled “The Tragedy of Oklahoma City 15 Years Later and the Lessons for Today” held by the Center for American Action Progress Fund.

At the bottom of page 10 and top of page 11 of the 12-page transcript of the FPOTUS remarks, there are these paragraphs:

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…But I think that all you have to do is to read the paper every day to see how many there are who are deeply, deeply troubled. We know, now, that there are people involved in groups — these ‘hatriot’ groups, the Oath Keepers, the Three Percenters, the others — 99 percent of them will never do anything they shouldn’t do. But there are people who advocate violence and anticipate violence.

One of these guys the other day said that all politics is just a prelude to the ultimate and inevitable civil war. You know, I’m a southerner. I know what happened. We were still paying for that 100 years later when I was a kid growing up, in ways large and small. It doesn’t take many people to take something like that seriously. So I don’t want the whole story of this retrospective just to be about this, and to try to turn everything into politics…
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Read the rest, especially Clinton’s remarks about the Whiskey Rebellion.

Thanks for the plug, Mr. President.

We’ll see the rest of you Monday on the banks of the Potomac.

>Practical Tips for the RTC Rally — 19 April 2010 — Fort Hunt/Gravelly Point Parks

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From boots on the ground here in Northern Virginia, please consider the following suggestions as you prep for travel to the big show:

Weather: Good news — current reports have conditions on Monday as mostly sunny, little chance of rain, and highs in the sixties. Still, it’s a good idea to pack your rain gear, along with hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug juice, folding chair, and other sunny gear.

Food/water: There are no food/beverage concessions at either Fort Hunt Park or Gravelly Point. That means you should plan to be self-sufficient for food and drink for your entire time at the rally. Now, of course, it’s not like you will be in the outer deserts of Fluoristan for necessities; in fact, there are two Safeway grocery stores within three miles of Fort Hunt Park. Pack your snacks/lunch/water and enjoy the day.

And please — especially given the silly comments near the end of this local press account of the RTC event — just like every other firearms event that you have attended all of your lives, no alcohol of any kind until you are off premises with your gear safely stored away for the day.

No Gear Drama: Date of arrival on scene is not the place to be working through the gear drama associated with new holsters, slings, or any other aspect of compliance with our event’s rules of non-engagement. Do your rigging and mounting practice at home so that when you arrive on Monday morning, you just slip your gear on safely and competently like the professionals you are.

And don’t forget your chamber flags!

Communications: It would be a big help if folks brought a couple of FRS/GMRS radios plus spare batteries. We’ll lock down our commo plan on Sunday, but some spare radios which could be lent to event marshals would be helpful as a back-up. As previously noted, we plan to have some limited wifi access at each location, and of course voice and data cellular service will be available at both locations from all major carriers.

Still/video cameras: EVERYONE should plan to have digital still and videos cameras, plus spare batteries and memory cards, with them for use as warranted throughout the day. The good news is that the US Park Police continue to treat the event with professionalism, courtesy, and respect, and we have no indication that any of that will change. However, given the likely high media interest in the RTC rally (along with subsequent editing decisions) and the possibility of disruptive counter-demonstrators, we all will be well served by as many citizen journalists as possible running their own audio/visual newsgathering equipment for YouTube and other post-event uses.

Media inquiries: A strong request, and a couple of suggestions:

First step with any media inquiry on scene is to direct the reporter to Dan and the other event organizers. You can’t make the reporter do so, and the reporter obviously isn’t obligated to listen to you, but please — help us stay on track here.

– Suggestion #1: After you have directed the reporter to Dan and team, if they insist on talking with you and you want to talk (obviously, you are not obliged to do so), stay positive and happy. The mainstream media “gotcha” story here is “angry people with guns”; being positive and smiling helps to thwart that stereotype.

It also confuses the media 😉 .

– Suggestion #2: First, remind them that the event organizers chose this date — and you chose to attend — as a celebration of the 235th anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord. They’ll want to talk about OKC. Don’t play into their game.

Then pull out your pocket copy of the US Constitution/Bill of Rights (you ARE bringing yours, right?) and ask the reporter to show you the language in the Constitution that allows Congress and the President to:

– spend public money to bail out Wall Street brokers and bankers
– spend public money to bail out auto manufacturers
– restrict political speech at election time (remember McCain-Feingold?)
– require citizens to buy health insurance
– require citizens to pay into any social security system, let alone one which will be broke by the time you are eligible for benefits
– listen to cell phone conversations and read emails of citizens
– to ban firearms in DC or anyplace else

You get the picture. Keep your comments focused on the Constitution, and insist (politely) that the reporter answer you.

It will make their brains hurt.

Signs/posters: Once again, keep things simple and direct to thwart the “angry people with guns” meme. The mainstream media wants to tell a “stupid rednecks”/”cold dead hands” story.

You tell them instead:

NO!

WE SURROUND YOU

WE ARE EVERYWHERE

RESTORE THE CONSTITUTION NOW

FREEDOM!

I WON’T LET YOU HURT MY CHILDREN

STOP THE LOOTING & START PROSECUTING

NO SURRENDER

WE KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING

LAND OF THE FREE & THE HOME OF THE BRAVE

COME & TAKE THEM

WHERE IN THE CONSTITUTION DOES IT SAY THAT?

Make them think.

Make them work.

Don’t play into their racism, their bigotry, and their stereotypes.

All for now. Updates as possible/needed.

Travel safely, and make sure you are squared away on all relevant transport/carry laws on your journey.

We’ll see you Monday morning.

>4/19 Restore The Constitution Rally — Press Release For Immediate Distribution

>Please help get this RTC press release to media outlets, both traditional and non-traditional/new media, all over the world.

Thanks in advance for your help.

For those in the DC area, there will be a press opportunity on Saturday, 17 April, at 11:30 edt at the following location:

Washington Room

Hampton Inn
5821 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA
United States, 22303
Tel: 703-329-1400
Fax: 703-329-1424

Tempus fugit.

>Stand With Us

>Go read.

More posts as possible.

>Another Two-Minute Hate

>The Communists go after David Codrea.

Read it.

Learn how the Bad People act.

As well as the way Good People stand their ground.

The Bad People will be coming for you.

Bet on it.

>Bracken’s Latest

>Go here for an extended excerpt from Matt Bracken’s latest novel, Rebel Yell: Castigo Cay.

If you liked the EFAD/DETR/FEAT trilogy, I think you’ll like this.

Offshore — and the life of a nautical vagabond — looks better every day…

>More Bowing

>The Mighty Kenyan does it again.

Vanderleun reminds us of who Hu really is:

And just to complete the picture, here’s the latest foreign holders of US Treasury securities report.

Do you understand yet?

>The Spiral Tightens

>For those of you who missed the commentary by Zerohedge and Ambrose Evans-Pritchard last week on this report from the Bank for International Settlements (i.e., the central bankers’ central bank), read those first.

Having done so, now read Evans-Pritchard’s latest update.

Our resident economics wonk, Zippy the Pinhead, knows the essential question here:

>Please Don’t Call It ‘State Socialism’

>From Vin Suprynowicz:

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The modern Prussian police state was built by Bismarck and others in the 19th century on a Spartan model, giving the central government vastly greater control over the individual than had ever been considered possible before.

From government control of the schools to health care, the whole idea was to create an obedient populace that would man the factories and produce large and obedient broods for the armies without every questioning the orders of the central authority.

Bismarck’s program centered squarely on insurance programs designed to increase support for the ever larger and more powerful government. The program included health insurance, Workman’s Compensation, disability insurance, and old-age retirement pensions, all innovations at the time.

Starting with the model of Prussian compulsion schooling, American “educators” starting with John Dewey and Edward Thorndike eagerly imported this Prussian model to America.

Trained to accept such state control (and now the new “Green” religion) in the schools for most of the last century, then made dependent on government insurance programs (Social Security, Medicare) as surely as the pimp makes sure his young ladies are dependent on the needle and the fix only he can provide, slavery to the state soon appears inescapable, even ordained by God and nature.

Why, it’s a good thing! In exchange for the possibility of ever becoming truly exceptional, of growing rich based on our own efforts, it rewards us with … “security.”

And so we come to love our chains…
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Read the rest.

And remember — the majority of folks you meet in your daily rounds are perfectly fine with theft and force being the organizing principles of society.

Wrap your mind around the consequences of that fact now.

While you still have the time.

>Analytical Lesson of the Week

>Received from a wise man at Knob Creek this weekend:

If you want to test the [police] officer in question, simply ask him or her:

In a conflict between a citizen’s Constitutional rights and the concept of officer safety, which value should be upheld?

Nine times out of ten, that officer will say, “Officer safety”.

Then ask him or her for the specific Constitutional language that creates this “officer safety” exception.


But be sure to stand back when you ask the follow-up question.

Word.

UPDATE 12 APRIL 2010 0810 EDT: Read this comment as well:

I get what you are saying, and agree completely with the point, but there has got to be a better way to phrase the question, or a better person to whom the question can be asked.

There is nothing in the Constitution – or any or words written by any man, ever – that can or will override a person’s fundamental right to self-defense. By asking a police officer if your Constitutional rights are more important to that officer than his own right to self-defense (which is a completely legitimate way for him to interpret the question as asked), you are setting yourself up to be disappointed.

The correct response from the officer is that of course “officer safety” is more important to him than your Constitutional rights – unless he decides to ask for clarification of what you mean by “officer safety”… If he did that, not only would he be more intelligent than many folks, he’d be able to get you to re-phrase the question to be something more like the following:

“In an interaction between a uniformed peace officer and a person carrying a weapon, who is not suspected of any wrong doing, should the officer be able to force that person to hand over said weapon for ‘officer safety’?”

Then, when the 9 of 10 answer ‘yes, of course’ – and they will – you can ask where the ‘officer safety’ exemption is spelled out.

Maybe I’m being too nit-picky, but I don’t think so. The right of any individual to self-defense is fundamental. The right of a person wearing a fancy shirt & a piece of tin to disarm a law-abiding citizen … isn’t…

>Two-Minute Hate

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Courtesy of Evan Thomas and Newsweek.

>Three New Commandments

>Read this piece at Sipsey Street.

Consider the coming Storm.

Act righteously.

>Williams: Parting Company

>Thanks to Polykahr for this terrific essay by Walter Williams on the consequences of repeated Constitutional abuses by the FedGov.

Read it all, but here’s a taste:

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…You say, “Williams, what do you mean by constitutional abrogation?”

Let’s look at just some of the magnitude of the violations. Article I, Section 8 of our Constitution lists the activities for which Congress is authorized to tax and spend. Nowhere on that list is authority for Congress to tax and spend for: prescription drugs, Social Security, public education, farm subsidies, bank and business bailouts, food stamps and other activities that represent roughly two-thirds of the federal budget. Neither is there authority for congressional mandates to the states and people about how they may use their land, the speed at which they can drive, whether a library has wheelchair ramps and the gallons of water used per toilet flush. The list of congressional violations of both the letter and spirit of the Constitution is virtually without end. Our derelict Supreme Court has given Congress sanction to do anything upon which they can muster a majority vote…
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Were the OpFor rational and just, his proposal would be a practical way forward.

Sic semper tyrannis.

>The WaPo Notices The 4/19 Rallies

>H/t to Mike for this link from today’s Washington Post.

Read the comments, too.

Keep spreading the word.

>Seditious Conspiracy

>Offered not as legal advice, but as the basis for your own investigation into how First Amendment speech rights interact with Federal criminal statutes:

Seditious conspiracy is a federal crime under Title 18 US Code Section 2384. It states:

“If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.”

Additionally, Title 18 US Code Section 2385 makes it a crime to advocate overthrowing of the government, and Title 18 US Code Section 2383 makes assisting, inciting, or engaging in rebellion/insurrection a crime, as well.

Most of the cases interpreting the seditious conspiracy statute date from the World War I era, but there are a couple of recent cases involving purported Islamic terrorism, in which they had engaged in training and had exhorted people to make war on the US.

(Additional legal research resources available at Cornell Law Library)

Relevance?

If you don’t think the Bad People will use every tool at their disposal to crush and intimidate their political opponents, you don’t know your enemy.

Why do you think the Lib press has been hyperventilating about the April 19th events?

It’s called battlespace preparation, and any American who isn’t prudent in how they phrase their opposition to the collectivist hordes will learn some hard lessons.

Watch yourselves, but remember also:

Audentes fortuna iuvat.

>Thoughts on the 19 April Rules of Non-Engagement

>Mike sets the stage; go read if you haven’t already.

Some additional grace notes:

1) The Elephant: Look — no one wants to get shot, and no one wants to have a non-functioning rifle (even temporarily) if there is a likelihood of being shot.

There are Bad People in the world.

Some of those Bad People wants Bad Things to happen to citizens who have the temerity to openly, publicly, and legally exercise basic human rights in public.

So yes, it is possible that Bad People — of whatever persuasion — could do Bad Things on April 19th.

But do you remember this picture?


Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, May 4, 1970.

67 rounds fired from the Ohio National Guard’s Garands.

13 seconds.

4 students dead.

9 students wounded.

No NatGuard casualties.

Ask somebody who was around forty years ago about the effect that the Kent State shootings had on American politics of the day.

Then ask them what would have been different about those consequences if there had been a return volley from the Kent State students that day.

Without question, the world-changing propaganda coup handed to the anti-war forces that day by the Ohio Guardsmen would not have occurred.

Transition now to modern day.

I will be using a chamber flag on April 19th.

My rifle will be unloaded and slung, with its muzzle pointed at the ground.

My sidearm will be in its holster.

Every time one of the state security agents look at me through their camera lenses and through their riflescopes, that chamber flag will be in place, showing the world that my rifle is slung and unloaded with a demonstrably empty chamber.

I want the British, Swiss, and Russian television crews who will be covering the April 19th events to show their viewers that chamber flag, as well.

If a Bad Person — no matter of what affiliation — should take a shot at me, I want them to be shooting at a permitted human-rights demonstrator who is legally carrying a sidearm and a slung, demonstrably unloaded rifle.

If that shot should hit me, I want my freedom-loving brothers and sisters to use their digital still and video cameras to record that my pistol was still in its holster and my rifle was slung and unloaded when I was shot.

And I want those stills and that video to be on the ‘Net — and beyond the reach of the American state security forces — within minutes of the shooting.

Those memory chips with those photos and vids will be the most important pieces of storage media on the face of the earth on April 19th.

And they will change the world — just as the Kent State photos did forty years before.

That’s why I will be using a chamber flag on April 19th.

And that’s why I urge you to do the same.

2) Common decency: There is an even simpler reason to use a chamber flag on 19 April at the RTC event:

The organizers have asked you to do so.

If you want to hold your own freedom event with your own set of ROEs, you are perfectly welcome to do so.
But at this event — our event — civilized men and women will abide by the rules of non-engagement agreed amongst the planners.
Nothing more.
And nothing less.

3) Basic Weapons Handling Skills: Is it even possible that someone’s basic weapons handling skills could be so deficient that they could not clear their rifle of the chamber flag and proceed if they were legally, morally, and factually justified to do so?
Sadly, I guess it is possible.
For anyone in that category, I suggest some basic weapons familiarization skill drills this weekend and next.

See you on April 19th on the banks of the Potomac — armed or unarmed.