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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

April 19th - Two Hundred Thirty-Six Years Later

squan·der   [skwon-der] 

–verb (used with object)
1. to spend or use (money, time, etc.) extravagantly or wastefully (often followed by away ).
2. to scatter.
3. extravagant or wasteful expenditure.

Origin: 1585–95; origin uncertain

—Related forms
squan·der·er, noun
squan·der·ing·ly, adverb
re·squan·der, verb (used with object)
un·squan·dered, adjective

1. waste, dissipate, lavish. See spend.

And with the passage of time, there is now effectively no chance to reverse course.

Even in the aftermath of what is coming, freedom advocates have to believe that a scratch team of individualists with barely a single combat load apiece will triumph over several hundred thousand trained professionals in the employ of the Bad People and their millions of associated minions, accomplices, camp followers, fellow travellers, and stooges.

Good luck with that.

And yet...

...If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves...

Going forward, let us remember Admiral Stockdale's advice, while putting aside the delusions of dreamers and fantasists.


By any means necessary.





Blogger Taylor Harbin said...

I'm sure the men at Lexington never expected to rout the British regulars. But history tells us that the unintended consequences of those moments went far beyond their capabilities.

April 19, 2011 at 3:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Excellent post.

Consider that picture taken, BTW. I love it.

Using it tonight, in a letter to a dead man.


April 19, 2011 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Dennis308 said...

Perhaps the Lord will bless us as he surly blessed our forefathers before us, in defeating the British Empire in order to gain their liberty.


April 19, 2011 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger 1104wrhmr6r said...

That is what happens when you place yourself and your actions with Divine Providence. You succeed at the impossible.

April 19, 2011 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Alan W. Mullenax said...

Keep in mind that the men at Lexington were essentially routed.

But they stood long enough for the rest of the Minutemen to rally.

The British got there asses kicked all the way back to Boston. So bad that a relief column had to come out and get them.

April 19, 2011 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Mayberry said...


April 19, 2011 at 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Nomad said...

You know, I come here to rally Pete, not to look at my shoes and cry. Like it or not, you're a rally point. Pissing on what little flame we have accomplishes squat.

Focus on the practical for awhile man, the big picture we can see - it'll consume you. Dig the damn foxhole.

April 19, 2011 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Pat H. said...

One of the most satisfying things about today's government of which I'm aware is that the US government is put on heightened alert each year on 19 April.

They really do fear us.

We have work to do to enhance that fear.

April 19, 2011 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

I got something still to prove, before I die. And that is to stand like those men did, against tyranny. It will undoubtedly be my ass, but, C'est le guerre. There are worse ways to go, and I've had a bellyfull of this running crap. Come on you apes! You want to live forever?

April 19, 2011 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger Concerned American said...


I get it.

Believe me.

But facts are stubborn things, as Mr. Adams liked to say.

The lessons that can be drawn from a long-distant time and a largely-moral, homogenous population are indirect at best in today's battlespace.

I'll have more tonight in an essay titled "You Are Already Dead".

For a preview, see Sean's comment in this string.

Despair not.

But abandon illusion and delusion.

Immediately and completely.

Spend today contemplating Stockdale.

And pay special attention to his words on the fate of optimists in North Vietnamese captivity.


April 19, 2011 at 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Nomad said...

I read Stockdale the first time you wrote about him - and I thank you for that.

We need rally points, and we need intel. Lots of it.

If it's a redoubt, or restoration, or whatever -- we need tools, not despair.

Despair is undermining and serves no purpose that I can see. If it's a wake up call you're aiming at, I think you're preaching to the choir.

Let's not wallow in defeatism -- we know who's in the right and we'll die on our feet if that's the way it has to be. What's so bad about that?

Despite my wingeing, I do want to say: Thank you for your hard work.

April 19, 2011 at 4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The lessons that can be drawn from a long-distant time and a largely-moral, homogenous population are indirect at best in today's battlespace."

I like that.

Can't wait for the essay.


April 19, 2011 at 9:04 PM  

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