Monthly Archives: April 2011

>Quote Of The Month

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From The Belmont Club:

…If the evidence of totalitarian behavior means anything, then tyrants as a whole act like individuals matter. They don’t believe in ants. They fear men. Their entire apparatus of control is designed entirely to suppress individuals, lest one act of solitary freedom touch off a blaze.

Although it was Anatoly Rybakov, in his book, Children of Arbat, who attributed to Stalin words he never said: “death solves all problems — no man, no problem”, Stalin himself said something similar. He regretted that Ivan the Terrible showed any mercy to women or children.

One of Ivan the Terrible’s mistakes was to overlook the five great feudal families. If he had annihilated those five families, there would definitely have been no Time of Troubles. But Ivan the Terrible would execute someone and then spend a long time repenting and praying. God got in his way in this matter. He ought to have been still more decisive!

There in different words is the same message. “No man, no problem.”

>GardenSERF: The Death Of Yugoslavia

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Read GardenSERF’s comments here, then watch this BBC documentary on the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia:

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

The sections above take you through the first chapter of this series; GardenSERF gives more viewing advice here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_of_Yugoslavia

If you take your mouse pointer over the lower right hand corner of the embedded video the option will come up to “Watch on Youtube” in another window. The series is posted by a user named “The Death of Yugoslavia” so you will want to stick with that user’s videos and look for them in order on the right sidebar in youtube.

The series in order is:
1. “Enter Nationalism”
2. “The Road to War”
3. “Wars of Independence”
4. “The Gates of Hell”
5. “A Safe Area”
6. “Pax Americana”

Each part of the original series was broken up into 5 sections to fit a 50 minute program on youtube, so watching the second 10 minute section of “The Wars of Independence” has this title format on youtube:

The Death Of Yugoslavia [3/6] – Wars Of Independence [2/5]

Who cares?

What chance is there that today’s US of A (including AK, HI, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands) makes it through the next ten years as currently constituted?

And what is the basis for your answer?

>Photo Bleg

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Alvie delivers the ask.

Can you help?

>Denninger: The End Of American Energy

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Read.

Think.

See a way out?

>Billy Beck: Real, Live Endarkenment

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After investing nearly four billion dollars, the bureaucratic pencil-whip comes down, and Shell Oil says, “To hell with it.”


“Shell Oil Company has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits. The move has angered some in Congress and triggered a flurry of legislation aimed at stripping the EPA of its oil drilling oversight.


Shell has spent five years and nearly $4 billion dollars on plans to explore for oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The leases alone cost $2.2 billion. Shell Vice President Pete Slaiby says obtaining similar air permits for a drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico would take about 45 days. He’s especially frustrated over the appeal board’s suggestion that the Arctic drill would somehow be hazardous for the people who live in the area. ‘We think the issues were really not major,’ Slaiby said, ‘and clearly not impactful for the communities we work in.’

The closest village to where Shell proposed to drill is Kaktovik, Alaska. It is one of the most remote places in the United States. According to the latest census, the population is 245 and nearly all of the residents are Alaska natives. The village, which is 1 square mile, sits right along the shores of the Beaufort Sea, 70 miles away from the proposed off-shore drill site.”

Try to understand, ladies and gentlemen: learn to live with high fuel prices and everything that means. That’s what happens when we are not allowed to produce. And we have no other choice: we either produce, or we eventually starve and freeze in the dark.

And don’t be dreaming about “a simpler way of life”. Once you’re forced to that, you’re going to pine your half-assed little heart out for Pringles, DVD’s, synthetic fibers, and antibiotics.

Watch and see if you don’t.

>Vanderboegh: Meet Dan Restrepo

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An essential Gunwalker piece from Mike.

And a follow-on.

Do you think these people are bounds by any rules of engagement, save their own appetites?

And if not, what does that mean about what will be necessary to defeat them?

Hint:

Nice guys finish dead.

>AAR: RTC/Georgia Carry Rally, Georgia State Capitol – April 23, 2011

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All well.

No problems whatsoever.

We took back the ground we were illegally ordered from back in February.

Around 50 in attendance, split about 50/50 between handguns only and longarms.

Good speakers.

And to summarize, here’s a first-timer’s comment:

My reply to the comments on the post about chamber flags and empty mags.

Sorry to side track the rah rah but Those of you bitching about chamber flags and empty mag wells I have to speak up about.

I have not been very supportive of the RTC rally in the past. I did not feel that it was worth the effort. I did not feel that I was getting a very good ROI. I began to change my mind. I still do not think that the political impact is very significant. I don’t think that there will be a single rally that leads to our restoration.

I decided however that it was worth me going to the rally in order to connect with like minded men and women. It was worth attending to stand sholder to sholder. When the time comes to muster on the green I want those who have been to the rallies to remember my face to know that I have stood with them before and to trust that I will stand with them again. I went to the RTC rally on Saturday at the Capital in Atlanta. I stood with like minded men and women. I heard the speaches and watched the looks on the faces of those who drove past. At no time did I feel that I was at a disadvantage because I had a chamber flag or did not have a mag in the well. I carried a 5 round mag in my pocket and in my bag I had three 30rd mags for the AK. Had an air of danger presented itself I could have had the 5 rd mag in the gun in seconds and when I racked the bolt that chamber flag would have hit the ground.

Stop using this as an excuse to not attend. Walk the walk as you talk the talk. You go to the rally showing your good faith to the politicians. Think of it as a flag of truce. I will attend every rally I can going forward for the reasons I stated above and I expect to see more of you there in the future.

Grenadier1 (the man in the flecktarn hat)

Thanks to all attendees, speakers, and promoters, as well as to the Georgia Capitol police and the Georgia State Patrol, who, in the words of one officer, “got their act together.”

>Just Say ‘No’ To The Donald

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David Codrea explains one of the reasons why.

There are others, as well.

>Billy Beck: "We’re All Hostages to the Dopiest Person With a Phone"

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“‘We live in a free country, and you can’t regulate everything, but common sense should tell you something that can easily be mistaken for a weapon shouldn’t be sold — and people shouldn’t buy it,’ said Burlington police Lt. Glen Mills.”


Christ, what a little judy-boy worm. At least he’s a fucking moron, to boot.

Try it like this, Mills, you sodden little fop: the average American could walk right now out to his garage and, without even trying, lay hands on a device which could be a weapon, but would not be understood as such until a moment of attack. Just about anyone could beat your chimpanzee brain out with a snow shovel, and I’d give a lot to see the look on your face then.

“Doh! It didn’t look like a weapon!”

You’re a goddamned vegetable, and a soul-deep disgrace to a once honorable endeavor.

“Disappear, scumbag!” (the D.I. — “Full Metal Jacket”)

>Zero Hedge: China Proposes To Cut Two Thirds Of Its $3 Trillion In USD Holdings

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Read what the Zero Hedge crew and commentariat have to say about this Xinhua story.

Punchline?

Nailed by Bachman Turner Overdrive:

You ain’t seen nothin’ yet
B-b-b-baby, you just ain’t seen n-n-nothin’ yet
Here’s something that you never gonna forget
B-b-b-baby, you just ain’t seen n-n-nothin’ yet

>Christos Anesti

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Turn off the doom until sunset.

Enjoy the day.

For believers, acknowledge the Savior.

Pray for wisdom, courage, and strength.

These are the good old days.

>Moral High Ground = Win

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AP gives the formula and the rationale.

Think the chap above understands?

You’d best be able to grasp when your opponent does not share your rule set, and play the ensuing game accordingly.

Unlike you like life on the rez, that is.

>Special Pleadings*

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Read these four entries from Gates of Vienna regarding the attempts by koran-burning Pastor Terry Jones to protest in front of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan:

Peace Bond Hearing For Terry Jones

Dearborn Demo Would Breach Peace

Terry Jones Goes To Jail

Terry Jones’ Closing Remarks

Watch Jones’ remarks, as well:

Do you understand yet?

Michigan used to be part of this country.

And the issue is not limited to Dearbornistan.

Your AO is coming soon….

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>Steyn: Road To Ruin Getting Shorter

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(image courtesy of Alvie)

From Mark Steyn’s latest:

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…The president’s plan is to balance the budget by climbing into his Little Orphan Obammie costume and singing: “The sun’ll come out tomorrow/Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun.”

We’ve already bet our bottom dollar and it’s looking like total eclipse.

But Obammie figures if we can only bet Daddy Warbucks’ bottom dollar the sun will shine.

The “rich” don’t have enough money to plug the gap: As a general principle, whatever the tax rates, the Treasury can never take in more than about 19 percent of GDP. Since Obama took office, the government’s spent on average 24.4 percent of GDP.

That five-point gap cannot be closed, and it’s the difference between the possibility of a future and the certainty of utter ruin. Hence, outlook “negative”…
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Read the rest.

And remember the concept of “crush depth”:

You only know it once you’ve passed it.

For a few fractions of a second, that is.

>TL Davis: To Dine As Slave

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Please read TL’s latest.

Excerpt:

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…This is a moment in time. Do we support the boldness of addressing our debts, or the greedy demand of the scraps? This is when we decide who we are. This is when we decide if there is anything left of the greatness of America…
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Individual or collectivist….

Who are you?

>The Gift Of Fear

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Bill Nye models leadership.

I am humbled.

Keep on, Bill.

Keep on.

Forward, all.

>Two From Alvie

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Miracle

Principles/Practices: Follow-Up

Read and think through each, please.

>"Atlas Shrugged – Part I"

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Trailer here.

Surprisingly good.

Best achievement? Avoiding the visual and technical anachronisms inherent in a literal rendering of the original. The film is set in 2016 and it was, to me at least, completely credible on that point.

Second-best? Casting unknown actors who do a workmanlike job in the roles of Dagny, Hank Rearden, James Taggert, Wesley Mouch, and others.

Final noteworthy accomplishment? Compressing Rand’s material into a dramatically-brief Part I without losing the essential spirit of the novel.

Now, if I hadn’t read the book, I am not sure if I would have been able to follow the movie’s events.

But for those who have read the original, you’ll give it (I hope) at least the “B” I give it tonight.

BTW, if you wait for the video, you’ll lose some nice full-theatre-screen exterior shots of the John Galt Line blasting across the gorgeous Colorado countryside in fall.

But that’s all you’ll lose.

>He Knows His Stockdale

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From commenter Sean at this post:

Everybody I see and hear talking about the confusion and direction things are taking, and the various factions going at each other, reminded me of something.

I once led an infantry platoon. Not combat, but dress rehearsal for it in Germany, for nearly five yrs.

32 men and 1 officer.

There were 33 different takes on everthing from chow, to wiping your ass, to how to best engage armour, to women, to doctor appts, to maintenance, to every and each damn thing we were involved with, or might be. Sometimes it sounded like a deranged debating club. Add to that, each mans’ personal, physical, and spiritual problems, and you’ve got a nuthouse waiting to explode.

I cannot adequately explain what a challenge this is to a platoon sgt. Anyone who has been one will tell you it is like herding hydrophobic cats in the dark with a 12volt cattle prod that shocks you, every other time you use it. Upbringing, drugs, crime, habits, values, no values, hate, love, and everything else gets thrown into the pot.

I had two jobs. Prepare these men for combat, and support/lead them in combat. All other considerations, including my own, have no value.

Mission, and Men. That’s it.

That’s what a leader does. Leads. Self is gone, and what’s left is the job.

Find and kill the enemy, destroy his resources, negate his ability to make war.

Being a good leader lost me my wife and children, what meant the most to me in life.

So I want all the infighters and syncophants, and keyboard kommandos to understand. If you go for this, expect to lose everything and everybody that matters to you in this world including your life. It will be confusing, intolerable, hard,  hungry, diseased, despised, thankless, and unprincipled.

Should you stagger out to the other side, victorious, or otherwise, you will not be who you were, in any way. Your remaining days will be painful, difficult, and short.

If you want it bad enough. That will be your reward.

You will be free.

You will also have freed a lot of people who did not lift a finger to help, and who are ungrateful.

I don’t suppose many remember Rogers of Rogers Rangers, dying alone, sick, and in abject poverty, not a long time after the cheering stopped. Yet we do remember him as great and mighty man. I wonder often, how he felt about it, hungry, desititute, and unloved.

Let all understand.

You’re not going to get rich, famous, or laid by the Prom Queen, when you go up against IT. Your ass will be on the chopping block, and if all you lose is a little pride and a leg,or arm, health, you’re lucky. Make up your minds, and get with the program, and forget all this scrapping.

The darkness comes, like a roaring lion, seeking all whom he may devour.

I put it all on the line before, and I’ll do it again. I believe in principle, and in practice, get out of my way.

I ain’t got time for any of this small change shit.

Victory.

Death will come anyway.

But Victory.

>Losing

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Fred Reed:

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…The relentless affirmation of [the US military’s] lethality leads to underestimation of the enemy. Before you stick your hand into a hornets’ nest, it is well to examine the hornets. We don’t. The Taliban are primitive mountain-crawlers with AKs. “No problem, sir! We can take them. We’re the best equipped etc.” In an ancient war of classical antiquity, the Vietnamese were held in contempt as rice-propelled paddy maggots. No problem, sir. We’ve got fighter planes and tanks and endless zip-wowees. Everything but understanding and curiosity.

Of course, Saigon is now Ho Chi Minh City. In like fashion, the French also got run out of Viet Nam, and from Algeria, the Russians from Afghanistan, the Israelis from Lebanon, in each case a trained modern military losing to angry and inventive amateurs…
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Read it all.