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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Living in an Imperial World: Did It Just Get REALLY Hot Here -- Under My Skin?

If things get a little toasty this coming spring as you and your friends are standing at a demonstration exercising your First Amendment speech, assembly, and petitioning rights, this little beauty might be the reason:


via videosift.com

Three articles with further operational details:

Details of US Microwave Weapon Tests Revealed

Microwave Weapon Will Rain Pain From the Sky

The Pentagon's Ray Gun

Your tax dollars at work....

Denninger: The Banking System is Insolvent

From Karl Denninger:

Following up on the quick mention now that I have a story to cite from Amherst:

Cure rates for these distressed loans remain low. Amherst noted a near 0% cure rate of all loans in foreclosure, 0.8% for 90 plus days delinquent, 4.4% for 60 days delinquent and 26.5% for 30-day delinquencies. All told, Amherst expects 12.42% of units (from the 13.54% of properties delinquent and in foreclosure) to eventually liquidate.

Let's put some numbers on this.

There are roughly 125 million single-family homes in the US.

Of those, roughly 30% have no mortgage on them at all. This leaves 87.5 million single-family homes with mortgages.

Let us assume the average outstanding balance is $200,000 across the entire set and will take a 40% loss severity. This is less than S&P has estimated for subprime loans and only assumes a roughly 20% market deficiency in the home price (the rest is from legal, rehabilitation and marketing expenses.)

These numbers are, with a high degree of confidence (90%+) low - that is, losses will exceed these estimates, perhaps dramatically so. It is, for example, quite reasonable to believe that due to the concentration of defaults in higher-priced areas (e.g. California and Florida) that the average outstanding balance could be close to double that $200,000 value and the loss due to negative equity higher.

From this we can develop a "cocktail napkin" view of the losses to be taken in home mortgages for single-family homes (remember, this does not include condos, apartment buildings and similar "commercial" paper.)

$200,000 X 40% = $80,000 loss per foreclosure.

87.5 million homes with mortgages X 12.42% = 10,867,500 foreclosures.

10,867,500
x 80,000
=============
$869,400,000,000

or $869 billion in losses remaining in single-family mortgages alone.

What if the average outstanding is higher and negative equity greater than 20% (which is likely)?

Losses will almost certainly be well north of a trillion dollars.

The entire banking system and likely The Fed, given the quantity of Fannie and Freddie paper it has been and is "eating", is insolvent. These facts are why the government is lying - they're well-aware of the near-zero cure rates and know that these facts mean that the banking industry has nowhere near sufficient capital to withstand these losses without folding like a paper cup getting stomped on by an elephant.

(Remember that these numbers do not include any commercial real estate losses and we have found that banks are frequently over-stating their claimed values for these loans by 50% or more - as was seen with Colonial.)

It gets better. The FDIC has a negative balance both in its fund balance and the reserve ratio projected for the end of the quarter, which is, big surprise, tomorrow. Oh, and there is this pesky problem that the FDIC has - contrary to its mandate - been issuing bond guarantees for banks, so if and when that banking insolvency is recognized the FDIC will implode into a gravity well also, since it is on the hook for the entire deficiency of those bonds that were issued with its "guarantee" should they default.

Care to argue with the math, folks?

Interestingly, the link to the FDIC's negative balance in Denninger's second-to-final graf above is now dead.

Hmmmm....

[UPDATE 0835 EDST 30 SEPTEMBER 2009: Link is now live]

But if they were not in the proverbial deep kimchi, why would the FDIC be demanding that member banks pay their premiums up front and in advance through 2012?

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

WASHINGTON — Expecting the cost of bank failures to grow to about $100 billion over the next four years, federal regulators voted Tuesday to take the unprecedented step of requiring banks to prepay $45 billion in premiums to replenish an insurance fund that is expected to sink into deficit territory today.

The proposal by the board of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to require early payments of premiums for 2010 to 2012 may take effect after a 30-day public comment period.

"What we are proposing to do is to tap the ample liquidity of the banking industry to improve our own liquidity position without borrowing from the Treasury," said Sheila Bair, the FDIC's chairwoman.

The proposal requires the banking industry "to step up" while spreading the financial hit to banks over a number of years, Bair said, adding that an insurance payment by the industry of $45 billion "is not going to constrain lending."

The FDIC is fully backed by the government, which means depositors' money is guaranteed up to $250,000 per account, but the agency's insurance fund has been depleted by a rash of bank failures that began in mid-2008.

Drained by 95 failures this year, the fund had $10.4 billion at the end of the second quarter, equivalent to 0.22 percent of insured deposits. The FDIC is required to rebuild the fund when that so-called reserve ratio falls below 1.15 percent.

Banks failures through 2013 could cost $100 billion, an increase from a $70 billion estimate in May, with half the expenses already incurred, said the FDIC, which projected that without additional special fees or increases in regular premiums, the insurance fund will become "significantly negative" next year and could remain in deficit until 2013...
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Green shoots, boys and girls.

Just keep looking for those green shoots.

Careful who steps behind you, though, while you're searching....

III Flag Update

An update on the orders so far:

1) Have processed all orders received as of 12 noon edst on Tuesday. Dispatch of orders to begin tomorrow per below.

Note that one gentleman from OK apparently put in a heavy sheet of paper to screen his cash, but failed to insert either an order or payment. If you know who you are, drop a line to westernshooters@gmail.com.

2) Orders received to date have exceeded quantity of flags on hand. Next load will be in late next week.

3) Orders will be processed roughly on a FIFO basis, with priority given to those who sent cash and/or open (payee left blank) MOs.

4) A number of people sent MOs made out to WRSA. My error in not communicating the situation effectively, but WRSA does not have a bank account, nor will it.

Best I can do for those who sent completed MOs is to fill your orders after the cash and open MOs, including return of your payment ('cuz I can't cash or deposit it). Having received and fulfilled your order, it will then be your job -- on the honor system -- to send either cash or an open MO to the WRSA address, thereby completing the transaction.

Sorry for the hassle, but think of us as a streetcorner band passing a hat to cover expenses, rather than a formal organization with bank accounts, credit cards, et cetera ad tedium.

5) Those interested in getting either your first set of III flags or more to distribute to friends should send either CASH (strongly preferred) or OPEN (PAYEE LEFT BLANK) postal money orders to:

WRSA
860 Johnson Ferry Road
Suite 140
Atlanta, GA 30342


Price is $10 USD per 3' x5' nylon flag with grommets, including return postage.

Turnaround time will be as fast as I can make it, but no promises, other than you will get what you have paid to get.

Email questions to westernshooters@gmail.com.

No refunds, either -- you want 'em, you got 'em, as is.

Thanks everyone!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Republicans

At the 9/12 protests and thereafter, many patriotic Americans were discussing both the 2010 and 2012 elections.

The fundamental problem is that while the Dems are utterly in the thrall of the Mighty Kenyan and his Red accomplices, the Republican Party is hardly better.

As a friend is fond of saying, "Today's Republicans simply want to take the scenic road to serfdom."

Two essays for your consideration on this topic -- read each in full, along with comments, please:

From QandO: The Republicans Are Lost; excerpt:

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...But have the Republicans learned nothing from 2006-2009? Has the Tea Party movement made no impact on them? Do they not sense the rising anti-government attitude in voters? Are they so incredibly clueless that they can’t learn the lesson from Reagan’s landslide and the 1994 takeover of Congress?

Look, you idiots: You can win big when you strongly advocate smaller government principles. When you don’t, at best you tread water, and at worst you get your butts kicked.

Watching Cantor pour out the same old politician’s blather was painful. Based on that one video, I never expect to support this guy for anything. And he’s part of the GOP leadership, supposedly the best they’ve got. Well, if he’s one of the best, they’re still as lost as they were in 2006...
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From Samizdata comes Asking the Wrong Question; excerpt:

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...Until the Big State Tax and Regulate schmucks like McCain, Romney and their entire ilk are explicitly repudiated and figuratively (and in a perfect world, literally) thrown into Boston Harbour, I will tell you what difference re-electing the party that gave the world George Bush (either) will make... No meaningful difference at all.

Obama is the bastard child of the both parties, make no mistake about it. Nothing he is doing now would have been even within the realm of political possibility if the state had not already been vastly expanded with Republicans in the Whitehouse.

No child left behind indeed... they will be paying for this legacy for a very long time.

No one who gives a damn about liberty should even consider supporting the Republicans until they have had a profound and merciless internal blood-letting and made themselves worth voting for by throwing the Big Staters out. They are not even close to that point yet...
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After reading both essays and their respective comments, please explain to me -- those who disagree -- why I say re my former party and political home for 35 years:

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

It took both parties and nearly 30 years to get us to the point Denninger explains here.

Thus, a virulent pox on both their houses.

No more compromises on the issue of limited government and individual freedom.

None.

Alea iacta est.

Cookies?

Received this link over the transom, asking:

How many Americans are going to die because of the Obama Administration's foreign policy and national security incompetence?

Key quote:

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...“We’ve got to think about giving out cookies,” said Gration, who was appointed in March. “Kids, countries, they react to gold stars, smiley faces, handshakes, agreements, talk, engagement”...
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Unemployment: The Gathering Storm

Read this essay by Charles Hugh Smith, then ask yourself:

Is it possible that the entire point of the last year's "emergency measures" was the creation of a 20-million-person-plus mob for use in bringing about truly radical change?

Nah.

That couldn't happen here.

This is America.

Right?

Monday, September 28, 2009

More Bezmenov

Finally found the full version of the 1985 CBC interview with Soviet KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov on Live Leak this evening. You'll recall that we ran an excerpt of this interview here, in which Bezmenov discussed how the KGB planned and executed the transformation of nations it wished to subvert/destroy:

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...To change the perception of reality of every American to such an extent that despite of the abundance of information, no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their community and their country.

It's a great brainwashing process which goes very slow, and it is divided in four basic stages. The first one being demoralization. It takes from 15-20 years to demoralize a nation. Why that many years? Because this is the minimum number of years it takes to educate one generation of students in the country of your enemy...
***


Total run time of the interview is 1:21:28, but if you have high-speed connectivity and the time, I am confident you will find Bezmenov's insights into the Soviet demoralization/propaganda mechanisms to be relevant, especially here in the early days of the USSA.

For those who prefer text, Useless Dissident has transcribed this program in its entirety (and even included screen shots used in the original program), in three parts:

Interview with Yuri Bezmenov - Part I

Interview with Yuri Bezmenov - Part II

Interview with Yuri Bezmenov - Part III

Those who are interested can buy a DVD of the interview, as well.

There are no new games.

There are only new players.

Tempus fugit.

Malignant Narcissism

From Dr. Sanity via New Paltz Journal comes another look into the Mighty Kenyan's psyche; essential graf:

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...All the world's his stage now--a stage he can use to act out those malignantly narcissistic defects manifested in his cold grandiosity and in his "selfless" devotion to pursuing what the left insists on calling "social justice"; but which in the cold light of reality always turns out to be the pursuit of power over others...
***


Please read both entries (along with their embedded links), then consider:

Assuming that the perception and political fallout could be properly managed, is there anything this deviant would not do to secure more power for himself and his caste?

UPDATED 2350 EDST 27 SEPTEMBER 2009: See also this piece from the WaPo; author's central point:

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...I can recall no other major American speech in which the narcissism of a leader has been quite so pronounced...
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Just wait a month or so, amigo.

Protest as a National Security Threat


John Robb at his Global Guerrillas blog
posts this CNN video on the use of an LRAD (long-range acoustic device) at the Pittsburgh G-20 Conference with this endorsement:

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In general, governments worldwide are losing control over all of the classical forms of national power from borders to finances to communication to media to economic activity to security to trade flows (of all types). The upshot of this accelerating weakness is a tendency to view any and all forms of public protest as a security threat. To counter this perceived threat, an ever increasing number of countries have opted to

  • militarize their police forces (from the 5 fold increase in US SWAT teams over the past decade to China's new million man paramilitary force),
  • establish rules to neuter expression of dissent (i.e. establishment of "free speech zones" etc.),
  • and the immediate/early application non-lethal weapons (sonic weapons, tasers, tear gas, etc.) to disperse crowds.

This effort will almost undoubtedly generate unintended consequences (we can already see protest groups learning to counter this by using flash mob mobility via cell phones).

***

Note also near the end of the CNN video that the anti-globalist protesters had real-time streaming video of the action being punched out to the world via the Internet, along with real-time planning info available to all via wireless Web service.

Just wait 'til the Protests of Spring '10.

Don't forget your hearing protection.

UPDATED 2345 EDST 27 SEPTEMBER 2009: Instapundit adds:

POLICE VIOLENCE AT THE G20: A law school classmate of mine, Curt Vaszquez, emails:

I just wanted to say that my daughter Martha, a 19 year old sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh, on Thursday night was rousted by police from the school library where she was studying, ordered to leave her belongings behind and herded into the street where she was tear-gassed, sound cannoned and hit by a plexiglass shield for exercising her right to be a young person outdoors on her campus on a pleasant fall night. I suppose I should be grateful because other kids were roughed up much worse by the police that night. This is just one aspect of the G20 that will never receive the attention it deserves. You have no idea how bad it was here.

Also, you might be interested in the linked article in which Pitt’s police chief pats himselfs on the back for his handling of the situation and cynically refers to the victims as “innocents” who chose to put themselves in harm’s way. Note the Chief’s presumption that the police have the right to break up any assembly. Very disturbing.

I regard the G20 protests as idiotic, but that doesn’t excuse police overreaction. Violent protesters deserve to be arrested, but the reaction here does seem to have been excessive.


See also this other link from Insty.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bracken's Latest: "Foreign Enemies and Traitors"

All I can say is "Wow!"

I knew that the third part of Matthew Bracken's freedom and firearms trilogy was out, and Tam's recent review moved it up my reading list.

Picked up a copy today, and am immersed.

The only issue will be getting any sleep tonight.

If you have read his other two novels, then get "Foreign Enemies and Traitors" asap.

If not, start with EFAD, followed by "Domestic Enemies - The Reconquista", followed by FEAT.

Order info for all three here.

Constitutionalists Are Not The Haters (No Matter Who Says They Are)

David Codrea's latest Examiner column is a must-read, as is Mike's post re a LEO's recent entry at ARfcom.

Read 'em both in full, please.

Evans-Pritchard: Money Figures Show There's Trouble Ahead

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in today's UK Telegraph:

Money figures show there's trouble ahead

Private credit is contracting on both sides of the Atlantic. The M3 money data is flashing early warning signals of a deflation crisis next year in nearly half the world economy. Emergency schemes that have propped up spending are being withdrawn, gently or otherwise.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Published: 8:48PM BST 26 Sep 2009

Unemployment benefits have masked social hardship unto now but these are starting to expire with cliff-edge effects.The jobless army in Spain will be reduced to €100 a week; in Estonia to €15.

Whoever wins today's elections in Germany will face the reckoning so deftly dodged before. Kurzarbeit, that subsidises firms not to fire workers, is running out. The cash-for-clunkers scheme ended this month. It certainly "worked".

Car sales were up 28pc in August, but only by stealing from the future. The Center for Automotive Research says sales will fall by a million next year: "It will be the largest downturn ever suffered by the German car industry."

Fiat's Sergio Marchionne warns of "disaster" for Italy unless Rome renews its car scrappage subsidies. Chrysler too will see some "harsh reality" following the expiry of America's scheme this month. Some expect US car sales to slump 40pc in September.

Weaker US data is starting to trickle in. Shipments of capital goods fell by 1.9pc in August. New house sales are stuck near 430,000 – down 70pc from their peak – despite an $8,000 tax credit for first-time buyers. It expires in November.

We are moving into a phase when most OECD states must retrench to head off debt-compound traps.

Britain faces the broad sword; Spain has told ministries to slash 8pc of discretionary spending; the IMF says Japan risks a funding crisis.

If you look at the sheer scale of global stimulus this year, what shocks is how little has been achieved. China's exports were down 23pc in August; Japan's were down 36pc; industrial production has dropped by 23pc in Japan, 18pc in Italy, 17pc in Germany, 13pc in France and Russia and 11pc in the US.

Call this a "V-shaped" recovery if you want. Markets are pricing in economic growth that is not occurring.

The overwhelming fact is that private spending has slumped in the deficit countries of the Anglosphere, Club Med, and East Europe but has not risen enough in the surplus countries (East Asia and Germany) to compensate. Excess capacity remains near post-war highs across the world.

Yet hawks are already stamping feet at key central banks.

Are they about to repeat the errors made in early 2007, and then again in the summer of 2008, when they tightened – or made hawkish noises – even as the underlying credit system fell apart?

Fed chairman Ben Bernanke spoke in April 2008 of "a return to growth in the second half of this year", and again in July 2008 that growth would "pick up gradually over the next two years".

He could only have thought such a thing if he was ignoring the money data. Key aggregates had been in free-fall for months.

I cited monetarists in July 2008 warning that the lifeblood of the Western credit was "draining away". For whatever reason (the lockhold of New Keynesian ideology?) the Fed missed the signal.

So did the European Central Bank when it raised rates weeks before the Lehman collapse, blathering about a "1970s inflation spiral."

Yes, the money entrails can mislead. The gurus squabble like Trotskyists. But you ignore the data at your peril.

Tim Congdon from International Monetary Research says that US bank loans have been falling at an annual pace of almost 14pc since early Summer: "There has been nothing like this in the USA since the 1930s."

M3 money has been falling at a 5pc rate; M2 fell by 12pc in August; the Commercial Paper market has shrunk from $1.6 trillion to $1.2 trillion since late May; the Monetary Multiplier at the St Louis Fed is below zero (0.925). In Europe, M3 money has been contracting at a 1pc rate since April.

Private loans have fallen by €111bn since January. Whether you see a credit crunch in Euroland depends where you sit. It is already garrotting Spain. Germany's Mittelstand says it is "a reality", even if not for big companies that issue bonds. The Economy Ministry is drawing up plans for €250bn in state credit, knowing firms will be unable to roll over debts.

Bundesbank chief Axel Weber sees no crunch now, yet fears a second pulse of the crisis this winter. "We are threatened by stress from our domestic credit industry through the rise in the insolvency of firms and households," he says.

Draw your own conclusion. Western central banks will have to "monetize" deficits on a huge scale to stave off debt deflation. The longer they think otherwise, the worse it will be.

Add this economic reality for both the US and the international community to the feckless foreign/defense policy being pursued by the Mighty Kenyan and his minions, and I hope you can see what Vanderboegh was discussing in his "Four Horseman" post last night.

Tempus fugit.

The Dollar is Dead -- Long Live the Renminbi

From the UK Telegraph:

Sometimes it takes a crisis to restore reason and equilibrium to the world, and so it is with the trade and capital imbalances that were arguably the root cause of the financial collapse of the past two years.

To economic purists, the changes now under way in demand and trade are inevitable, necessary and even desirable. Even so, dollar supremacy and the geo-political dominance of the West are both likely long-term casualties.

One, almost unnoticed, effect of the downturn is that past imbalances in trade and capital flows are correcting themselves of their own volition, the simple consequence of lower demand in once profligate consumer nations.

Current-account surpluses in China, Germany and Japan are narrowing, as are the deficits of the major consumer nations – primarily America, but also smaller profligates such as Britain and Spain.

The key question for G20 leaders as they meet in Pittsburgh is not bankers' bonuses, financial regulation and other issues of peripheral importance, but whether this correction in trade might be used as the basis for a permanently more balanced world economy.

In direct contradiction of US objectives, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, accuses Britain and America of using the issue of trade imbalances to backtrack on financial reform and bankers' bonuses. "We should not start looking for ersatz [substitute] issues and forget the topic of financial market regulation," she said before boarding the plane to Pittsburgh.

To the big export nations, the primary cause of the crisis was Anglo Saxon financiers, whose wicked and avaricious ways created a catastrophe in the financial system, which led to a collapse in world trade. Once bankers are tamed, this one-off shock can be put behind us and the world will return to business as usual.

Blaming bankers is politically popular – Ms Merkel has an election to fight on Sunday – but the idea that the world economy will return to the way it was once this supposed cancer is removed is fanciful.

A seminal shift in behaviour is being forced on the deficit nations where, despite massive fiscal, monetary and financial system support, there is a continuing scarcity of credit and a growing propensity to save. Neither of these two constraints on demand will reverse any time soon.

This, in turn, is forcing change on surplus countries, whether they like it or not. Export-orientated nations can no longer rely on once profligate neighbours to buy their goods. Against all instinct, they are having to stimulate their own domestic demand.

The most startling results are evident in China, where retail sales grew an astonishing 15.4 per cent in August. Fiscal action has succeeded in boosting consumption in Germany, too, despite mistrust of what one German politician has dubbed "crass Keynesianism".

Unfortunately for him, Germany will have to persist with its Keynesian medicine for some time yet if it is to avoid a collapse back into recession. Tax cuts and perhaps the removal of fiscal incentives to save are essential to the process of supporting domestic demand.

The challenge for a developing nation such as China is a rather different one. In China, the propensity to export and save is driven by an absence of any meaningful social security net, in combination with the legacy of its oppressive one child policy, which has deprived great swathes of the population of children to fall back on for support in old age.

What's more, most Chinese don't earn enough to buy the products they are producing, so in what has become the customary path for developing nations, they export the surplus and save the proceeds.

Yet even in China the establishment of a newly affluent, free-spending middle class may now have gained an unstoppable momentum. In any case, the country can no longer rely on American consumers to provide jobs and growth. It needs a new growth model, which means ultimately adopting the
Henry Ford principle that if you want a sustainable market for your products, you have to pay your workers enough to buy them.

These trends – all of which pre-date the crisis but which, out of necessity, are being greatly accelerated by it – will eventually drive a move away from the dollar as the world's reserve currency of choice. As China takes control of its economic destiny, spends more and saves less, there will be less willingness both to hold dollar assets and to submit to the domestic priorities of US monetary policy.

None of this will happen overnight. Depressed it might be, but US consumption is still substantially bigger than that of all the surplus nations put together. All the same, that the dollar's reign as the world's dominant currency is drawing to a close is no longer in doubt.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Big Fur Hat's "Put the Text On Pelosi’s Tramp Stamp"

Continuing our mockery of those who presume to rule America, Big Fur Hat (also just added to the blogroll) brings us his contest to caption SanFranNan's backside billboard:

We heard the whispers, that we’d reached our nadir, that we were scratching the underside of the bottom of the barrel. Nope. Not even close. Admittedly, this may be a Jitney to hell, but hell isn’t our last stop. We present to you Contest #4. How low can YOU go?


Entries so far (rated a hard PG, at least) in the comments at Big Fur Hat's place. Make sure you post your suggestions there with the designation "III".

Enjoy!

The Greatest Theft in History

From Fighting in the Shade, via Coordinated Illumination:

During the last nine months 9 TRILLION dollars has been created out of thin air and disappeared into the labyrinthine maw of the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States. One would assume that the "owners" of this vast wealth (the taxpayers of the U.S.) would be entitled at the very least to know the identity of the beneficiaries and recipients of this largess. Such an assumption would be wrong! Dear reader, please take the five and one half minutes required to view the following video. By the way, the legislator posing the questions of the representative of the Federal Reserve is a Democrat, Alan Grayson.

The most astonishing part of the video begins at 1 minute 25 seconds:




Rep. Alan Grayson asks the Federal Reserve Inspector General about the trillions of dollars lent or spent by the Federal Reserve and where it went, and the trillions of off balance sheet obligations. Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman responds that the IG does not know and is not tracking where this money is.

What ! ! ! ? ?

Here's another video: Fed Vice Chair Donald Kohn testified before the Financial Services Committee, along with John Bovenzi of the FDIC. The Fed's balance sheet has expanded by $1.2 trillion from September 1, 2008 to January 13, 2009. Where did the money go? Kohn wouldn't say:




Audit the Fed, then end the Fed.

With our inattention and passivity, we have let the Bad People do this -- to our children, grandchildren, and future generations. As such, we should remember Mr. Zappa's wisdom:

"If your children ever find out how lame you really are, they're gonna murder you in your sleep."

More III in DC

Just saw this pic here.

I actually spoke to this lady, and made sure she had a sheaf of Threeper flyers to distribute as people asked "What does 'III' mean?"

Bovard: Obama and the Perilous Delusions of Democracy

From James Bovard:

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When Barack Obama was inaugurated on January 20, there was euphoria across the land and millions of people cheered in the streets of Washington. Many people are convinced that American democracy has been redeemed and that the federal government no longer poses a peril to individual rights. Since the people’s choice is now at the helm of the U.S. government, Americans are free.

The Founding Fathers scorned the doctrine that the election of one person could purify or redeem an entire political system. The notion that choosing a supreme leader is the epitome of democracy is the result of philosophical doctrines that spread shortly before the American Revolution.

Early Americans’ thinking on representative government was shaped by the abuses inflicted by the British Parliament. The Sugar Act of 1764 resulted in British officials’ confiscating hundreds of American ships on the basis of mere allegations that the shipowners or captains were involved in smuggling; Americans were obliged, in order to retain their ships, to somehow prove that they had never been involved in smuggling — a near-impossible burden.

The Stamp Act of 1765 obliged Americans to purchase British stamps to be used on all legal papers, newspapers, cards, dice, advertisements, and even academic degrees. After violent protests throughout the colonies, Parliament rescinded the Stamp Act but passed the Declaratory Act, which announced that Parliament “had, hath, and of right ought to have, full power and authority to make laws and statutes of sufficient force and validity to bind the colonies and people of America, subjects of the crown of Great Britain, in all cases whatsoever.” The Declaratory Act meant that Parliament had the right to use and abuse the colonists as it chose.

Many American colonists believed that, for them, British representative government was a fraud. The “Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms,” issued by the Second Continental Congress on July 6, 1775, a few weeks after the Battle of Bunker Hill, highlighted the crimes of the British Parliament. (The Declaration of Independence, issued almost a year later, concentrated on King George III as the personification of British abuses.) This Declaration, written by John Dickinson and Thomas Jefferson, complained that “the legislature of Great-Britain, stimulated by an inordinate passion for power … attempted to effect their cruel and impolitic purpose of enslaving these colonies by violence….” The Continental Congress demanded to know, “What is to defend us against so enormous, so unlimited a power? Not a single man of those who assume it, is chosen by us; or is subject to our control or influence…. ”

Freedom and democracy

Americans and British profoundly disagreed on the source of their freedom. Many British believed that freedom depended on vesting unlimited power in Parliament, since they believed the only threat to their freedom came from the king and his lackeys. Sir William Meredith praised the British constitution in 1769 because it was the privilege of the Englishman alone “to choose those delegates to whose Charge is committed the Disposal of his Property, his Liberty, his Life.” In 1768, the speaker of the House of Commons announced, “The freedom of this house is the freedom of this country….” As Professor John Phillip Reid observed in 1988,

This new or “radical” constitutional theory was a departure from the British tradition of defining liberty without having its preservation depend on specific institutions, presaging the nineteenth century and the general British acceptance of what in the eighteenth century had been constitutional heresy — that liberty and arbitrary power are not incompatible, if the power that is arbitrary is “representative.”

Because Parliament supposedly automatically had the concerns of the entire British Empire at heart, Americans were told they had “virtual representation,” regardless of the fact that they could not vote for any member of Parliament. The British claimed that the Americans were free because they were permitted to petition members of Parliament with their grievances, even though their petitions were routinely not accepted or read.

“Slavery by Parliament” was the phrase commonly used to denounce British legislative power grabs. Americans believed that the power of representatives was strictly limited by the rights of the governed, a doctrine later enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Pamphleteer John Cartwright in 1776 derided “that poor consolatory word, representation, with the mere sound of which we have so long contented ourselves.” James Otis, an influential Massachusetts lawyer, asked,

Will any man’s calling himself my agent, representative, or trustee make him so in fact? At this rate a House of Commons in one of the colonies have but to conceive an opinion that they represent all the common people of Great Britain, and … they would in fact represent them.

One New York critic declared in 1775 that it was inconceivable that Americans’ liberty should depend “upon nothing more permanent or established than the vague, rapacious, or interested inclination of a majority of five hundred and fifty eight men, open to the insidious attacks of a weak or designing Prince, and his ministers.”

The influence of Rousseau

At the same time that the Americans were fighting a revolution against the fraud of representation, continental Europe was becoming entranced by a new doctrine. From the 1600s onwards, the abuses of monarchs made representative government increasingly attractive. Unfortunately, at a time when most continental Europeans had scant political experience, the doctrines of Jean Jacques Rousseau swept the intellectual field.

Rousseau’s 1762 book, The Social Contract, merged contemporary romanticism and mysticism with 18th-century political thought. Rousseau gave people an engraved invitation to delude themselves about the nature of majorities, government, and freedom...
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Read the rest.

And consider the task at hand.

Volk on Freedom

Oleg reminds us again of one of collectivism's fundamental tactics.

Friday, September 25, 2009

III Flag Update

Finally have some time for admin work, so the goal is to get every order received so far ready for dispatch Monday morning.

Pass the word on information for additional orders, would you?

Thanks!

Two from Professor Hanson

Via New Paltz Journal:

Sleeping Through Speeches

Barack Obama, College Administrator

Each is well worth your time, especially for shedding light on the upcoming 40 months.

Now in the United Socialist States of America


Remember this piece about the stationing of an LRAD (long-range acoustic device) acoustic weapon at a San Diego Congressional town hall meeting?

The video above, as linked on Drudge this morning, shows one in use, albeit presumably in test/demonstration mode, as part of the "overwhelming show of force" supporting the G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh :

"By order of the City of Pittsburgh Chief of Police, I hereby declare this to be an unlawful assembly...no matter what your purpose is."

Somebody cue Lee Greenwood...

If tomorrow all the things were gone,
I’d worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.

I’d thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
‘ Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they can’t take that away.

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.


UPDATED 1700 EDST 25 SEPTEMBER 2009: More coverage here.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Question of the Decade


Anybody still think we can reason with cancer?

-- David Codrea, as quoted here

Perhaps An Alternate Would Be...

Re the new ContractfromAmerica outgrowth by some in the tea party movement, perhaps an alternate path would be using the Articles of Confederation as a starting place for those "temporary autonomous zones" formed in the sequential ruins of the FedGov financial collapse, followed closely by the consequent War of the Foreign Creditors Against the Deadbeat American Debtors (a/k/a "The Repo War").

Alternate #2 would be for someone at ContractfromAmerica to explain to me, in detail, what realistic political means exist to defeat House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel at the ballot boxes of New York's 15th Congressional District, unless impeachment were a more expeditious remedy. Those arguing for impeachment should outline in detail the realistic steps needed to achieve that goal.

I'd like to hear those plans.

Change

El Rushbo's take on the Mighty Kenyan's speech at the UN today; read both his commentary and the speech itself, but here's a sampler from Limbaugh:

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...Obama won this election by ten million votes but this is not what he had a mandate to do. I would describe what Obama is doing to this country as basically a coup. It is just frightening. He talks about a New World Order, and a New World Order is him. Obama is bigger than his country; he's bigger than the presidency; he is the world. He delivered the United States of America to global powers today, just handed us over on a silver platter without a gunshot, without a shot being fired. The United States has just surrendered and accepted all of the blame and guilt that the world has, that's why they love him at the United Nations. They love him at the UN. This collection of tyrants, thugs, weirdos, perverts, this collection loves this guy because he doesn't like America and they don't, either. So he goes up there, he rips his own country and they love it because they don't like America, either. This has been so sad and disappointing to watch...
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The "vision thing", from graf 23 of the President's speech:

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...Today, let me put forward four pillars that I believe are fundamental to the future that we want for our children: non-proliferation and disarmament; the promotion of peace and security; the preservation of our planet; and a global economy that advances opportunity for all people...
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So sayeth the newly-anointed President of the World.

Kumba-freaking-ya.

Four From Billy Beck

Read (including the embedded links) and think about each:

It Could Begin With Something Like This

The Way of the Pear

Dead Hand

This Might Be My Only Question, Today

Grand slam, Billy.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Oath Keepers: Oath Ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- 12 September 2009


The Constitutional oath ceremony, as administered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by LCDR David R. Gillie, USN, on the afternoon of the 9/12 march on DC.

For more information on Oath Keepers, please go here.

Update on III Patch Order Status

As of 9/21/09, all "III Patch" orders received by Raven's Wood have been fulfilled. The Woodland patch is out of stock and has been re-ordered. Any order received from 9/22/09 for Woodland will be held until the patches come in and then fulfilled in the order received.

3 Color Desert Patches are still available and orders for the 3 color will be processed normally.

Ordering information:

Send $4 per patch, post paid, in a USPS money order, Certified or Cashier's check (orders with personal and/or business checks held until cleared - approximately 10 business days) to:

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Vanderboegh: The Purge of the Officer Corps

As background, read this piece from Bruce McQuain at QandO.

Now go read all of Mike's take on the situation.

The story becomes yet more complex....

Interesting times, indeed.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Curiouser and Curiouser

Ed Rasimus of the excellent Thunder Tales blog posts this entry from Dr. Sanity, laying out in detail the dynamics and motivations of the current political battlespace.

Read it all, then pass it on.

Were that reason would carry the day....

Gleichschaltung

Roger Kimball, via Instapundit, defines the word:

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...There is a German word for what we are witnessing at the NEA and elsewhere in the Obama administration’s effort to push its agenda. It is Gleichschaltung. It means two things: first, bringing all aspects of life into conformity with a given political line. And second, as a prerequisite for realizing that goal, the obliteration or at least marginalization of all opposition...
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Superkommissar Maksim of The People's Cube provides the artwork above.

Comrade Red Square, noble proprietor of the Cube, provides an alternative graphic take on the same theme:


Michael Wade of the QandO blog explains it all; key section:

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...

UPDATE: While the Obama administration is busy using the tax-payer funded NEA to push its agenda, it’s also using its police powers to harass those who speak out against its agenda (via HotAir,):

The government is investigating a major insurance company for allegedly trying to scare seniors with a mailer warning they could lose important benefits under health care legislation in Congress.

The Health and Human Services Department launched its investigation of Humana after getting a complaint from Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., a senior lawmaker usually viewed as a reliable ally of the insurance industry.

“It is wholly unacceptable for insurance companies to mislead seniors regarding any subject — particularly on a subject as important to them, and to the nation, as health care reform,” Baucus said Monday, disclosing the HHS investigation.

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is cooperating with the investigation and stopped the mailer earlier this month, company spokesman Tom Noland said Monday.

Now, you can call me a conspiracy theorist if it makes you feel important and wise, but how else other than “totalitarian” would you describe “free speech for me but not for thee” enforced at the end of a gun? Does that necessarily mean that we’re headed for gulags? No, but don’t let the failure to cross that line fool you. The Obama administration is putting on a full court press to pass its agenda, and apparently has no qualms about using every resource within its power, legal or otherwise, to accomplish that goal.

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Please read each article and the associated linkage. This story is much bigger than FedGov money being funneled to friendly artists.

And remember that phrase from the Kimball article -- "the obliteration or at least marginalization of all opposition."

The Bad People know what they are about.

Do the forces of freedom?

Tempus fugit.

Defending Against An Alinsky Campaign

From RedState.com:


Posted by Achance (Profile)

Sunday, September 20th at 1:34PM EDT
63 Comments

Promoted from diaries. - Moe Lane

For those who haven’t read my bio, my background is in collective bargaining and employee relations. I cut my teeth on the union side as an understudy to an old-time liberal Democrat trade unionist. His mantra was, “Before they do anything, make sure they think about what you’ll do about it.” After a stint in the private sector, I went to work for the State government representing the employer in dealing with labor unions. That is actually very common in both public and private sector labor relations since the union side is the best place to get good, hands on training in labor relations practices.

I began working on the employer side at the depth of the depression brought on by the oil price crash of ‘86. Gov. Cowper (Democrat), elected with great state employee union support, took one look at the revenue and budget projections and announced “All bets are off” to the Democrat constituencies accustomed to having their hooves in the trough. There ensued a decade of concessionary bargaining and labor strife. The times broke the back of the old-fashioned independent association that represented the bulk of State employees and the State’s largest unit came to be represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The old association had acted like a labor union, AFSCME acted like a political party and a whole new education began for me.

I was pretty adversarial and confrontational and I worked for two administrations, one Democrat, one AIP/Republican, that were willing to be adversarial and confrontational with unions. I was a very good labor relations practitioner and my AFSCME adversaries were not, so I established a fearsome reputation as a negotiator and advocate. I became so cocky about it that I took to making little copies of each union’s letterhead logo and pinning on to the outside of my cubby wall every time I beat them in an arbitration or labor board hearing - sorta like the kill marks on a fighter plane. In the waning days of the Hickel Administration, we had AFSCME beaten into submission; their contract was expired, we’d stopped enforcing their union security clause so they were down to about 30% dues payers. They were being propped up by the National union just to be able to get a negotiating team together or represent themselves in arbitration or before the labor board. We were confident that with a Republican governor in November, we’d administer the coup d’grace and decertify them, ridding the State of a disruptive pestilence.

Then, Hickel’s Lt. Governor decided that the Republican nominee wasn’t conservative enough, so he threw in third party. His votes and the usual Democrat voter fraud in The Bush gave Democrat Tony Knowles the governorship. I quickly learned that I had been congratulating myself for winning battles while AFSCME was winning a war. In my “I love me” box I still have some tapes and transcripts of AFSCME agents jeering at me about the pool they had on how many seconds I’d be employed after Knowles took his hand off the Bible. I jeered back because it was inconceivable that the People of Alaska would elect a liberal Democrat. Since then I’ve learned to never underestimate the stupid party’s capacity for self-destruction.

Knowles’ commissioners that had anything to do with employee relations had to be specifically vetted by the unions. My new boss, a former Democrat Congressional staffer and state legislator, walked in and annnounced that he had specifically campaigned with the unions for the position and had promised them that the senior labor relations people would be fired. He specifically orded me to remove the kill marks from my wall since they were offensive to the unions. Well, that sorts out your career plans! Understand, I was not a political appointee; I was a merit system employee and this commissioner was confident enough to say out loud in front of witnesses that he had promised a union to fire classified, merit system employees. Democrats do it every time they take office; Republicans are nice and let the Democrat’s appointees keep their jobs. I spent the next two years fighting with the boss and getting my affairs in order; you can only do something you hate for people you hate for so long. I quit the Executive Branch and went to work for the Republican controlled Legislature. Somewhere in there I registered as a Republican after being a life-long Democrat. After three years of working session contracts for the Republicans, I was tired of starving, the Administration was tired of being tortured by their AFSCME friends, and the commissioner I hated was gone, so I went back to work for the Executive Branch so I could make a decent living again.

I hardly recognized the Executive Branch after three years’ absence! In typical Democrat fashion, they’d either fired, run off, or isolated every experienced hand in the government and replaced them with either a hack or with some kid who shouldn’t even have been interviewed for the job. They’d rescinded all the rules in the guise of re-engineering and “examining our processes.” My job was to train and supervise the labor relations staff and in the words of my new boss, “get AFSCME off my back and out of my buildings.” And that’s when I became a student of Saul Alinsky.

I’d read “Rules for Radicals” way back in the ’70s when it first came out. It really was only a more studious and purposeful version of “Do It” or “Steal this Book,” the “Yippie” field manuals from the ’60s. The Administration had learned the hard way that you can never give a union enough. Plus, AFSCME’s tactics weren’t really about “getting” anything; they were about disruption and about discrediting the authority of the employer. Their tactic of choice was to “mau-mau” supervisors and managers, a version of the Alinsky fix, personalize, and humiliate doctrine. I bought copies of “Rules” for my staff to read and digested the rules. I called in all the players in direct dealings with unions and laid out the defense. I’ll admit that I was totally dishonest in that meeting; I had no intention of defending. I had every intention of mau-mauing the union. My objective was to take out as many union leaders as I could so I could scare the rest of them into submission. The key to that was making sure that the union activists couldn’t have any fun - having fun is an Alinsky key. The Alinsky scheme assumes that your activists are ignorant, childish, lazy, and lack-self control. You should read “Rules” just for the look at what a committed communist organizer really thinks about poor people and Blacks. I resolved that there was nothing the union could do that would get a reaction from us; we were going to ignore them, even if we had to throw some supervisors under the bus in the process. Thus, the objective was to make the union do ever more dramatic and crazy things trying to get us to react. I didn’t know what it would be, but I was confident that given time, they’d do something stupid enough that I could haul some leaders in and at minimum scare Hell of them and maybe fire one or two.

This is the key: the “community” or union organizers - or Presidents - are insulated; they’re not going to get fired for their actions, they don’t work for you. The followers do and they must be made to pay the price for following those leaders. Yes, it is unfair to off the useful idiots, but if you make a lot of smoke and noise, you don’t have to off many of them before the rest start watching their parking meters and thinking twice about following leaders - to borrow a little Bob Dylan. Ultimately, the union out-performed even my most hopeful expectations and I managed to change the career plans of three shop stewards and even one business agent. That’s my version of hope and change! It’s not often you get to take out paid staff, so I really enjoyed putting that head on my wall. I’ll always treasure the phone call I got from the union’s head the day it all went down. He said, “Art, I’ll give you (business agent) if you’ll just save my stewards.” I said, “Too late.” Things got really quiet after that and I’ll give the administration credit, they stuck to their guns and didn’t settle out. We took the steward dismissals to arbitration and won. And peace settled in over the workplace.

After Murkowski won and I became director, I was determined that peace was going to continue to reign. I had my list of miscreants and we quite openly went on what we styled the “Empty Chairs Program.” It does amazing things for employee morale when a couple of suits from HQ show up at a workplace and somebody just disappears into the night and fog. It didn’t take many. We told our supervisors that they were now free to supervise and we would back them. And thus I was able to be the only director of labor relations since bargaining began in ‘72 to keep all of them quietly off the streets and under contract for a full gubernatorial term.

Whether he’s studied Alinsky or just puzzled it out on his own, Glen Beck is doing this right. Pick one, personalize him or her by pounding on their bio and don’t let up until they have to kick your object to the curb. But more needs to be done at the “We the People” level. The real useful idiots in this are the Congressmen, especially all the Rahmbo recruits who pretended to be Republicans to get elected. We need to mau-mau them. They need to be fixed, personalized, and destroyed. Comrade Obama has lots of appratchniks out there to choose from and even if they get fired, they just go into the Democrat shadow government and never miss a paycheck. The useful idiots in Congress have something to lose. If they are forced to resign or lose in ‘10, they for the most part have to go back to lawyering or sell something in Podunk, the ultimate humiliation for someone who thought they’d become a part of the DC establishment.

We really won’t have to [politically] off many Members of Congress before they begin to distance themselves from Comrade Obama. Safe districts make some of them ideologues and they can get away with it, but Pelosi and Obama can’t assemble a majority from the true lefties in Congress. We have to target the vulnerable Members from red and purple districts. It would also be a good thing to find some true Lefty member with some personal vulnerability and hound him or her from office. It would be well if some governors would recognize that we are in an existential battle with these people, so maybe some state law enforcement in states we control can take an interest in any Democrat Members of Congress from that state. Hear me, Southern governors?

So, there’s a story of my experience both with having Rules used on me and using it on other people and the broad strokes and bright colors of an offensive campaign against the Democrats using Alinsky tactics.

More III Swag

Go here and look; MiloDesign made these up to sell last spring.

A subtle hat and hoodie jacket from FripperyFarm, also.

A whole bunch of items, from ThreePercenter.

And don't forget the flags and patches, either.

Thanks!

I do believe, "Friends, they may thinks it's a movement."

Fall

The Bad People plan no let-up in their agenda to eradicate traditional America.

There needs to be no respite from our side, either.

Some suggestions:

1) Support David Hedrick for Congress; you know him from this YouTubed evisceration of the current Congresscritter in Washington State's 3rd Congressional District:



A solid man for dangerous times....and remember: you CAN support him -- even if it is only by passing the word or sending as little as $5 -- even if you do not live in Washington.

2) Support Oath Keepers. There is no more important tool -- appropriate for use right now -- in the hands of patriotic Americans than this fine organization. If boots-on-the-ground people in the military and law enforcement communities keep faith with the Constitution, as written, it simply doesn't matter what the Mighty Kenyan and his accomplices have planned or ordered.

It can't happen.

Who doesn't see that?

Are the LEOs in your area Oath Keepers?

Why don't you find out?

It would seem to be an important data point for the future.

3) Help spread the Constitutional Oath and its obligations wherever you can. If they are willing to accept the burdens of that solemn obligation, swear in your buddies, relatives, church members, and associates:

“I, _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”

Where possible, have the oath administered by a senior member of your tribe. If there are tribe members who are renewing their oaths, have them share with the younger folks what that promise means.

Then live that oath.

No matter what.

4) A West Coast edition of the 9/12 March is needed ASAP. Any intel on events that are planned for the late October/November timeframe?

5) You do know about the planned Second Amendment March on Washington this coming April?

You do now.

6) Re-read this essay by Mike, and consider its key paragraphs:

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But let us not kid ourselves that standing around and listening to speeches that aren't worth the hot air they generate is an effective strategy for dealing with the hard-eyed, hard-nosed collectivist domestic enemies of the Founders' Republic in power today. Let us also not kid ourselves that the ill-named "Republican" Party, which has screwed up or sold out whatever "principles" they may have once had, deserves anything but our scorn. The Tea Party movement organized without them PRECISELY BECAUSE THE GOP FAILED, marched into the fray without their help, and now these same old tired political hacks are trying desperately to get back out in front of this genuine American popular movement and channel it into the same old discredited party politics where they claim to represent us before the election only to sell us out afterward.

The Obamanoids, like the Clintonistas before them, are not scared of the GOP. They can handle them.

What they ARE scared of is US -- We, the People.
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Remember - marches serve only two useful purposes.

First, they let individuals know, in an unmistakable way, that each American is not alone. That fact alone is emboldening.

Last, they let the Bad People know that for every one capable of attending the march, there are at least three others back home in the same frame of mind.

Marches will not cure what is wrong.

But they let both sides see that resistance is possible.

Keep fighting.

Dum spiro, pugno.

While I breathe, I fight.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Three From A Global Perspective

Read these three pieces, please, and consider the long-term impact of Administration decisions being made today:

Barack Obama Ready To Slash US Nuclear Arsenal

A Dreamer at the Helm

Albright Says US "Does Not Need Any New Enemies"

Our enemies certainly will.

Denninger: Tying It All Together



Watch it and pass it on.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Vanderboegh: They Mistake the Measure of the Men and Women Who Oppose Them

From Vanderboegh:

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. -- Martin Luther King, 1963.


Bob Wright, 1st New Mexico Militia

Folks,

I received a copy of the e-mail exchange below, and mindful of the quote from Dr. King above, I thought of the Obamanoids, "They mistake the measure of the men and women they are dealing with."

To long time readers of my stuff, Bob Wright needs no introduction. He is the man who, when asked by his FBI Special Agent in Charge if he would really go to the rescue of victims of another Waco in another state, replied:

"Why would I want to do that? There's plenty of you federal sonsabitches around here."


My piece on "Dark Thoughts" has occasioned some concern amongst my friends, as expressed by one long-time friend Craig, in an e-mail to Bob. Following that is Bob's reply.

From: Craig (REDACTED)
Re: Fw: Dark Thoughts-- Misadventure, Spasm & Decapitation. How I spent Constitution Day
To: "bob wright"
Date: Friday, September 18, 2009, 5:59 PM


Hi Bob,

Good to hear from you. I am hanging on as always here in (REDACTED). Hope you are well.

I am actually kind of worried about Mike sometimes. He lives this shit too much I think, it makes you think dark thoughts. I have been living it too much myself ... I have gotten growly, withdrawn, depressed, pissed. I need a vacation ... I wanted to go to DC but to be honest the expenditure of funds would have left me in trouble for months after.

Don't get me wrong Bob ... it has been my pleasure to raise my son and be here for him and guide him on his path to manhood, it really has. It is going on 10 years now and my restless nature is having a hard time containing itself. I have never been in one place this long my entire life ..... ever. Worst part is I don't know what I would do if I left .... I see things crumbling and think to myself do I want to be away from Luke when he might need me more than at any other time? I don't know what is wrong ... I don't want to go to church anymore. My pastor calls me and talks to me ..... we are actually pretty good friends.

How does one keep dark thoughts out of your very being when you are wrapped up in it all the flippin time. I admire each one of you guys cause you do more than I do and keep a goin. I worry about Mike dabbling in all the ATF secret crap though .... they are going to kill him for it someday.... probably all of us. Know what .... I don't really much care about that either. I have pretty well accepted that .... is that normal?? What's normal???

Happy Birthday Constitution ... I love that sacred document.... it will probably cause us all to die because of it. We will be in good company my friend ... I guess I can't think of a better way to go anyway.

Later,
Craig
III PERCENT


I don't think Craig intended this to get to me, but as it did, I read it, and I post it here now. It duplicates the thoughts of many in this, the darkening hour. But it was Bob's reply that touched me most.

You may be right ol' chum and don't let it get you down.. For me it is like this... I decided in 1993 that I was already dead. Every day after that has been a glorious gift of a merciful god. We are blessed to be here , now. For we will be tested and we will have the opportunity to show who we are.

Most people go thru life never knowing if they have the courage to face real danger living in a twilight Walter Mitty dream world. Never knowing if greatness lies within the recesses of their over managed lives. We will know.

We have been given this great gift and we should embrace it and the circumstances that allow it. Don't despair, rejoice that yours is the chosen generation.

Don't dread but anticipate the day you will be free to strike at the heart of a beast and do your part to add Patriot breath to the flame of liberty. Let your heart pound with enthusiasm for the noblest of all human endeavor , the fighting of evil. The selfless sacrifice of blood , toil, and treasure, that elevate the common and pedestrian citizen to that most honored title of Patriot.

I too want more time to train , to earn money, to watch children and grandchildren grow, but in my heart I know that these are still selfish desires and betrays a hesitancy that has no place in the Patriot Breast.

We face the greatest challenge of our time and it will not be met by timid souls who fear to let go of the hearth, the hem of the skirt or the cradles blanket. We must know and accept that our presence in that world of relations and temporal pleasure make us but temporary lodgers waiting to bid last farewells and shed final tears before we embark on the true reason for our being.

Forgive a sentimental anecdote if you will, but two days before my mother died she overheard me on the phone desperately trying to get someone to fill in for me at a prestigious debate with the head of NM ACLU She called me too her bed side and with angry eyes that reflected a soul awaiting permission to open the door to the next world she demanded to know if I meant what I said or was I full of bullshit. I tried to smooth her feelings and get her to lay back down but she would not be distracted from her piercing interrogatory. Finally in an effort to ease the obvious agitation this was causing her I told her that I sure thought I was honest and damn well meant what I said. I was much distressed that the overheard conversation had caused her so much agitation and distress. She told me that she had on more than none occasion heard me say that we were in a War. Did I believe it or not. I tried to tell her that none of that mattered and she just needed to get as comfortable as possible and not worry about all of this. What she said next crashed through my hard head and lodged in my heart sending out shock waves that gave order to my chaotic emotions and forever cleared up some of my own myopia.

She told me that she knew about men going off to war. She told me that she had watched her father go off to war and then fixing me with those tired , dying eyes that still held enough steel to command attention, told me that her father had not looked back he had gone to the war and done his job until the Nazi was destroyed.

She told me that when her brother died as a child that her father did not "quit" his war and come home but did his job and eradicated the Nazi. She then said that 10 years later she had watched her husband go to war and like her father he never looked back and did his job regardless of what was happening on the home front.She then told me that go or stay it meant nothing in relation to her dying, that would happen in it's own time regardless of my activities. But if I failed in my duty then no one would be there to battle the ACLU.

I cannot tell you the emotions that swept over me, pride in her, a sense of brotherhood with my forebears who had abandoned hearth and home to fight evil, and shame in my self that it took a dying old woman to clarify my duties as a man.
Less than 30 hrs later she had gone. I lifted the gurney into the hearse, went to her closet and got her "burying Dress" went to my house and slept a couple of hours dropped the dress off at the funeral home and drove 300 miles to do battle with the ACLU.

Craig, we are a special people who have a destiny to fulfill and are allowed to enjoy this life at its fullest until that call comes.

Bob Wright


As I said, the Obamanoids mistake the measure of the men and women they are dealing with. For in choosing such men to attack, they have picked an enemy that will not quit until they are dead or their enemies are dead. To attack such men and women as Bob and Mrs. Wright, is quite simply put, to invite suicide. They should understand that before we go too far down this road they have chosen for us.

Mike
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