Monthly Archives: December 2010

>Planted In Our Hearts


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


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


Read it all.

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

>True Grit


Go see the Coen Brothers’ remake.

Great cast, great story, played straight.

Restorative, I’d say.

>Liberty Is Dead. Long Live Liberty!


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


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


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…

Read the rest.

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

>Spengler: Naked Emperor And A Conspiracy Of Silence


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

>Not Politics As Usual


TL Davis tells of the current tipping point.

2011 is going to be interesting.



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


Two from Sultan Knish:

Obama Has Lost The World

Hijacking The Internet

>Good Will Unto Men


David explains.

Please consider the request.

>Christmas, 2010


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


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?


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

Funny how the Reds keep showing up….

>New Blog


Check out Arctic Patriot every day.

I am.

>Freefor S2 Update #2


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


Read this Bloomberg story, please.

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



>FreeFor S2 Update


Password problems; working the issue.

Fix asap.

>Fjordman: Why Islam Must Be Expelled From The West


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


Read the latest from TL Davis.

As noted in this article:

…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…

Enjoy the holidays.

These are the good old days.

Remember that.

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


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


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

>Good News


Governor Christie commutes Brian Aitken’s sentence.

Thanks to those who called and/or wrote.

>Shenandoah: Municide Update


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.


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


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


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.


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…

Any questions?

>Codrea: GIGO


David explains.

>Big Food Wins


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….



Will Grigg’s latest is worth your time.

Lee Greenwood would disagree.

Do you?