Monthly Archives: December 2010

>Planted In Our Hearts

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Arctic Patriot gives a good year-end closer.

I thank you all for your readership and commentary in 2010.

If the flu lifts some more today, I may have some forward-looking thoughts.

>A Terrible Loss

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Claire Wolfe has what little is known about Aaron Zelman’s death last week.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha’olam dayan ha’emet.

Thank you, Aaron.

>The Plan For Food Dependency

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Read it all.

No need to worry, though — the Dead Elephants are going to read the Constitution in opening the new Congress.

>True Grit

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Go see the Coen Brothers’ remake.

Great cast, great story, played straight.

Restorative, I’d say.

>Liberty Is Dead. Long Live Liberty!

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John Venlet links to Wendy McElroy.

Freedom is a basic human desire.

As we live, so does its possibility.

Be Hilts.

>Movement To Contact And Resistance

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Alvie and Arctic Patriot provide food for thought re 2011, with this follow-on from Alvie.

Ready for the new year?

>Bovard: How Washington Protects Your Privacy And Liberty

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From James Bovard:

from the January issue of The Freeman

James Bovard
How Washington Protects Your Privacy and Liberty
January/February 2011 • Volume: 61 • Issue: 1

Preserving trust in government is the highest good—at least for politicians. To create that trust, government continually spawns façades to make people believe their rights are safe. Few things better illustrate this charade than the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

In 2004, three years after the Patriot Act was enacted, politicians started to worry about the rising number of Americans grumbling about government intrusions. The 9/11 Commission proposed creating “a board within the executive branch to oversee adherence to the guidelines we recommend and the commitment the government makes to defend our civil liberties.” Creating another office within the executive branch to report on executive branch activities was unlikely to produce anything more than extra jobs for Washington hangers-on. The White House edited the 9/11 commission’s report before it was publicly released, so the Bush team had no trouble with this toothless-tiger palliative.

In December 2004, acting on the commission’s recommendation, Congress mandated the creation of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The same law that created the oversight board also made it easier for the FBI to get eavesdropping warrants on Americans, created a new standard to make it easier to prosecute citizens who donate to foreign charities of which the U.S. government disapproves, and provided a new layer of secrecy for federal agencies.

Some congressmen hailed the board as the start of a brave new era. Things would be different since there was a new sheriff in Washington—or at least that was what people were supposed to think. The civil liberties developments in the years after the board was created offer profound lessons into how the government works.

It would have been difficult to design a better rubber stamp than the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. It had no subpoena power, so it was effectively obliged to accept unsubstantiated assertions from the agencies violating privacy and liberty. The president had the right to appoint board members and could fire them any time. Bush did not appoint any experts on civil liberties; instead, the board was stacked with Republicans who formerly held government positions as enforcement zealots. And the first appointments did not occur until seven months after the law passed. The American Bar Association noted that Bush’s nominations were timed “as part of the administration’s push to encourage Congress to reauthorize provisions of the USA Patriot Act that expire within the next few months.” The oversight board supposedly guaranteed that Patriot Act powers would not be abused.

Six months after Bush stacked the board, the biggest civil liberties expose of recent decades exploded on the front page of the New York Times. The prior year, when he was running for reelection, Bush assured Americans that no wiretaps were occurring without federal court authorization…
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Read the rest.

We are from the government and we are here to help.

>Spengler: Naked Emperor And A Conspiracy Of Silence

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Spengler summarizes the global wane of American influence in the past year.

>Not Politics As Usual

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TL Davis tells of the current tipping point.

2011 is going to be interesting.

>Word

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In this age, I don’t care how tactically or operationally brilliant you are, if you cannot create harmony—even vicious harmony—on the battlefield based on trust across service lines, across coalition and national lines, and across civilian/military lines, you need to go home, because your leadership is obsolete. We have got to have officers who can create harmony across all those lines.

At JFCOM annual conference, May, 2010

>Sunday Readings

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Two from Sultan Knish:

Obama Has Lost The World

Hijacking The Internet

>Good Will Unto Men

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David explains.

Please consider the request.

>Christmas, 2010

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May all spend the next 24 hours in the company of friends and loved ones, counting the blessings that remain this evening.

Peace on Earth, good will unto men.

See you tomorrow evening.

>Facing Facts

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Along with the seasonal absence of sun, this Yuletide has been glum here due to some of the lessons learned in 2010.

Against much advice to the contrary, Dan and the rest of Restore The Constitution crowd were able to stage successful, legal, safe armed protests from Virginia to North Carolina to Georgia to Alabama to New Mexico to Texas to Pennsylvania.

Having proven the concept’s viability in April on the banks of the Potomac, attendance actually dropped over time, to the point where in the Second Amendment bulwark of Pennsylvania, one man — one man — showed the flag at two separate events.

Deep gratitude to all who did show up.

And I also understand the reasons why many who might have attended did not.

But here is the unmistakable lesson I have drawn from the RTC experience in 2010:

People — for good reasons and bad — are too afraid to attend legal, safe assertions of First and Second Amendment rights.

In my view, that means the likelihood of more robust assertions of basic human rights in 2011 and forward are, at least at current course and speed, very slim.

Hence, the political path perhaps becomes more viable — not because any of its inherent defects have been removed, but instead because the other two options (personal secession and outright rebellion) have equally low probabilities of launch, let alone success in the current battlespace.

Read Kerodin’s support of that argument (and disregard the refs to CA).

Denial of reality is no way forward.

But it sure leaves one cold on a dark December day.

>Et tu, Julius?

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John Fund’s WSJ article on the origins of the “net neutrality” campaign is important.

Funny how the Reds keep showing up….

>New Blog

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Check out Arctic Patriot every day.

I am.

>Freefor S2 Update #2

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Password issue still pending.

Until it is resolved, I’ll post synopses here a la Gates of Vienna.

But first, Santa duties. All received to date will be up before I go to bed tonight.

>Federal Reserve Extends Its Swap Lines With ECB, BOJ, Other Central Banks

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Read this Bloomberg story, please.

So if the Fed is the backstop to the global banking community, what’s the backstop for the Fed?

Anyone?

Bueller?

>FreeFor S2 Update

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Password problems; working the issue.

Fix asap.

>Fjordman: Why Islam Must Be Expelled From The West

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Fjordman speaks the unspeakable.

Remember the sequence:

1) Western elites destroy the middle class and plunder their way to untold personal fortunes;

2) Western societies then collapse due to unsustainable social obligations, leading to inevitable sovereign default;

3) The world’s geopolitical structure, guaranteed by the US since 1945, is now destabilized by the impoverished Uncle Sam’s impotence, thus becoming open game for regional hegemons and opportunists; and

4) Islam continues its march through Europe and Canada, using its thus-far-unbeatable combination of the Islamic womb, anti-Islamophobia speech restrictions (especially including the Internet), and sufficient acts of terror so as to be credible when threatening cowering Westerners.

Ask your daughters if they have any questions…..

>America In Revolt

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Read the latest from TL Davis.

As noted in this article:

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…If the other guy walks up to you and starts punching you in the face, then you are already in a fight, whether you want this or not. If you do not defend yourself properly then you have already lost…
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Enjoy the holidays.

These are the good old days.

Remember that.

>JDA: The Dirty Fed Who Tried (And Failed) To Steal Christmas

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Junior Deputy Accountant points to another small victory against Leviathan.

Note what backed the Fed globobankers off.

“By any means necessary” means exactly that — just as there are no limits on the noisy end of the action spectrum, freedom-lovers should not neglect the quieter side either.

There is no substitute for victory.

In big things and small.

>A Reminder

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From Alvie at The Cliffs of Insanity, along with an historical footnote.

>Good News

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Governor Christie commutes Brian Aitken’s sentence.

Thanks to those who called and/or wrote.

>Shenandoah: Municide Update

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JohnGaltFLA’s latest is worth a read prior to the Christmas get-togethers with friends and family.

Folks who aren’t stashing food, ammo, water purification gear, heirloom seeds, meds, hand tools, and trade goods had best get hopping.

And retirees?

Their pensions are likely toast in many cases.

Really.

Rig for storm, folks.

2011 will feature the return of many economic chickens to the roost, coupled with the angry thrashings of a wounded narcissist and his minions.

>Codrea: Fight ATF’s Latest Power Grab

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David calls the play on opposition to the BATFE’s latest turf expansion.

I know things are bad.

I realize the odds.

Do it anyway.

I have.

>Orwell Was An Optimist

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Read this and watch this vid.

Now read this WaPo article, please.

Do you understand yet?

And remember — the Bad People know that the few Americans who remain will – in all probability – not resist, at least in any sort of meaningful, distributed, sustained way.

Hence:

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The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. 


We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. 


Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. 


The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power…
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Any questions?

>Codrea: GIGO

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David explains.

>Big Food Wins

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Instapundit posted this story last night re S 510, the “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act”.

Any doubt the lame-duck House will approve?

No worries, though.

I’m sure the FDA, along with Monsanto, ADM, and Cargill, all have my best interests in mind.

Besides, the Bowl games and the playoffs are about to begin.

Something like this or this could never happen here in Amerika, especially to regime opponents.

We’re protected by the Constitution, don’t ya know….

>Amerika

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Will Grigg’s latest is worth your time.

Lee Greenwood would disagree.

Do you?

>Free Forces S2

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We’re open, even though we are still under construction.

Volunteers: Take a look at the resources in the right margin of the Free ForcesS2 site. Choose one of them as your daily read; if you have suggestions as to additions, please send them to freefors2@gmail.com.

Once you have your selection and have advised us of same via email, scan your periodical at least twice in a 24-hour period, looking for stories of significance in the following categories:

– African Economics and Politics
– Domestic (US and Canadian) Economy and Politics
– Domestic Space Activities
– Eurasian Economics and Politics
– Foreign Military Issues
– Foreign Space Activities
– Pan Asian Economics and Politics
– South/Central American and Mexican Economics and Politics
– Terrorism, with an emphasis on Islamic terror
– US Freedom Issues
– US Military Issues
– US/Foreign Relations
– World Energy Issues
– World Freedom Issues
– World Health Issues

Two key guidelines:

– Look for new info: Repetition of stories and fact sets already in the media doesn’t really help anyone. Fresh info — and even more importantly, fresh stories — are a huge help to all.

– “What” and “Why Should I Care?“: As you write up your synopsis, remember to have two issues addressed. First is a brief fact summary, letting the reader decide whether this story is worth the time. Second is the answer to the eternal question “So what?” — tell the reader why the story matters. Max length of a good synopsis is three sentences; strive for less while still hitting these marks, always. Good examples are found in the Gates of Vienna daily updates.

Visitors:  Along with being patient while we spin up, please use the same freefors2@gmail.com email address to give us new resources for monitoring and constructive feedback. For now, the best way to review our work is to click in the right margin on the topics that interest you. We’ll work on a more user-friendly access method as we evolve.

Forward.

>JPFO: New BATFE Regs Sought Re Multi-Gun Purchases

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JPFO has the story.

Wonder why BATFE is pushing for the regs by 5 January?

>The Devil’s Christmas Letter To America

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From Charles Hugh Smith:

The Devil pens a Christmas letter.


Through means I am unable to disclose, I have obtained a copy of the Devil’s Christmas letter. Yes, Satan too sends a Yule letter, and no, I was not on his mailing list. I think Satan’s Holiday cheer should give us all pause.

To my fallen angels Beelzebub, Lucifer and Leviathan, princes of Hell’s demons, and to my minions, lackeys, toadies and sycophants on Earth: 

As you know, this time of year usually finds me quite despondent, as the Prince of Peace’s influence waxes most atrociously around his birthday. But this year I am in fine spirits, nay, let me even declare myself absolutely giddy, for the destruction of the United States of America draws ever nearer. 

Though my minions have long sown festering seeds of hate and disharmony in that now-benighted land, only recently have my favored weapons of destruction–leverage, debt, half-truths and endless, preening justifications for greed, sloth, lust, pride, envy, anger and gluttony–have been unleashed to worm their way into the stricken heart of that Republic. 

My most treasured hopes of destitution and conflict in the U.S.A. are nearing fruition. 

First, my minions in the Federal Reserve–such loyal servants!–and the Federal government have unleashed a veritable orgy of leverage and debt upon the land, spreading ruination under the false guise of prosperity. What a delicious irony, that the fools doomed to eternal damnation in my Empire believe themselves prosperous as they absorb the poison of exponentially rising leverage and debt. 

They have made a mockery of the rule of law, openly flouting it by letting financial crimes go not just unpunished but rewarded. The blatant injustice that roams the land like a foul, slobbering beast–there are two sets of laws and two sets of books now, one for the financial Elites and their political toadies, and another one for the tax donkeys beneath them–this will eventually ignite the firestorm I seek. 

American extravagance has surpassed even my highest expectations, as purveyors of luxury goods reap record profits, and the childish desire for instant gratification has become the unspoken ruler of the land. Convenience is now worshipped as a god, sitting triumphant beside entitlement, greed and willful ignorance. 

Convenience is, as you all know, the name of a peculiarly slick slide into Hell…

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Read the rest.

>Codrea: Police Treat Bumper Sticker As PC

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Go and read David’s latest Examiner column.

What’s on your bumper?

>The Implacable Enemy

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Colonel B. Bunny at Eternity Road links to this article by JR Nyquist; excerpt:

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…There are enemies out there, and we are quite obviously embarrassed to admit that these enemies are Communist. One might even think, with such an admission, that we didn’t win the Cold War; that Reagan failed to bring down the Evil Empire. I cannot resist pointing out, once again, that the Russian government hasn’t buried Lenin; and they had a perfectly good opportunity to bury him when they buried Czar Nicholas II on 17 July 1998 (emphasis added – WRSA). Far from seeking peace, even now, the Russian government has announced its readiness to deploy a new generation of nuclear warheads and missiles; in fact, I received a report last week about a Third World businessman who recently traveled to a secret city in Russia where they were making strategic weapons, and where the KGB was alive and well, and where Russian military officers heaped scorn upon United States…
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Read both pieces, along with the embedded links.

“We’ve Only Just Begun” ain’t just a Karen Carpenter ballad.