Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Data released by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this week show a huge jump in National Firearms Act items to include a 39 percent rise in the number of silencers and a 32 percent bump in short barreled rifles registered. The information comes from the new Firearms Commerce Report, which contains information about domestic firearms manufacturing, as well as the importation and exportation of firearms.
The highest compliment a man could receive in the Old West was: "He’ll do to ride the river with." This was a tribute from the old trail days when only the fearless dared to swim herds across treacherous rivers. -- Dr. Joe Wheeler.
I met Ray Thompson in October of 2005 in Hachita NM when we were all out on the border with the Minutemen. We shared a minor passion for archaeology, yet we were so busy that we had precious little time to compare notes about digs we had participated in. I wrote about the Hachita operation at the time in a short essay entitled The Magnificent Minutemen.
Ray picked up the nickname of "Quasimodo" because every night he could be found in the bell tower of the abandoned Catholic church in Hachita, scanning the valley below with night vision. Of Ray, Bob Wright recalls: "Today marks the sad loss of one of the essential personalities that made our efforts in New Mexico possible. Received the sad news this morning of the passing of Ray Thompson of Deming, New Mexico. Most will remember him by his radio call sign "Quasimodo." His tireless energy assured quality operations and his good humor helped us all through some tough hard days and nights. God rest you, Quasi!"
As for me, I'll let stand these final words from The Magnificent Minutemen as my eulogy to Ray:
History, for good or ill, is made by determined minorities. Never was that truer than among that small band of New Mexico Minutemen. They were dirty, unshaven and exhausted on their best day. They didn't look like much more than a small convention of the homeless. But by their presence and their gritty determination they were calling the shots on the border. They were pitiful, they were magnificent. I am proud to have known them and to have served with them. And if we can find more of their kind, we just might be able to save the country.
The bottom line is, we can continue accepting opportunistic and meaningless political platitudes, and letting “progressive” agenda outlets like CNN and HuffPo and Gannett Company papers shape public attitudes on candidate gun positions, or we can realize all they’re doing is redefining the middle so anyone to the right can be portrayed as an extremist. Back to Christie — for all his posturing and “tearing into” and “firing back” and “countering,” and for all his bullying of a citizen in a forum he’s a master at performing in, he knows he doesn’t dare answer my specific questions, or yours.
"If you wanted to teach a baby a lesson, would you cut its head off? Of course not. You'd paddle it. . . I told you that 'juvenile delinquent' is a contradiction in terms. 'Delinquent' means 'failing in duty.' But duty is an adult virtue — indeed a juvenile becomes an adult when, and only when, he acquires a knowledge of duty and embraces it as dearer than the self-love he was born with. There never was, there cannot be a 'juvenile delinquent.' But for every juvenile criminal there are always one or more adult delinquents — people of mature years who either do not know their duty, or who, knowing it, fail." -- Lt. Col. Jean V. Dubois (Ret.), in Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein.
Brazil-based handgun maker Forjas Taurus SA has agreed to a $39 million settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging some of the company’s most popular semi-automatic handguns can discharge when dropped and have a defective safety that allows the gun to fire even when it’s engaged.According to court documents filed May 15 in a U.S. District Court in Florida, the company has agreed to pay up to $30 million to owners of nine separate handgun models who opt to send their pistols back, with owners receiving anywhere from $150 to $200 for their pistols depending on how many choose that option.The agreement also will extend the warranty for the nine handgun models, allowing gun owners to send the pistols back to have the handguns inspected by Taurus technicians and address the “safety defects” alleged in the suit. Documents show the settlement could include as many as 100,000 handguns.The settlement also calls for a maximum $9 million in attorney’s fees.A Taurus official confirmed the settlement agreement, arguing the company does not admit any wrongdoing.“The Taurus Companies do not admit liability in connection with the settlement,” the official told Grand View Outdoors. “If anyone has one of these pistols, we are happy to inspect it under the warranty and suggest that they send it to us so that we can do so.”
The settlement includes the following pistols: PT-111 Millennium; PT-132 Millennium; PT-138 Millennium; PT-140 Millennium; PT-145 Millennium; PT-745 Millennium; PT-609; PT-640 and PT-24/7.
My oldest daughter carries a PT-745 as a personal protection piece (6+1). I carry a PT-145 (10+1). The dollar value of the sales offer is laughable, but we will be returning them to the factory for warranty inspection.
"China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet: Officials aim to control online discourse and reduce U.S. influence."
As social media helped topple regimes in the Middle East and northern Africa, a senior colonel in the People’s Liberation Army publicly warned that an Internet dominated by the U.S. threatened to overthrow China’s Communist Party.
My latest foray to the various doctors left me with some time to kill between appointments and although my pockets were light there was a thrift store between them. Well, with my devotion to (and, it must be admitted, my addiction to) the best source of militia logistics and procurement, of course I had to stop. And what did I chance upon? Why this remarkable book that I had never heard of, but was instantly intrigued by: The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks by Amy Stewart. It set me back, after my old fart's discount, to the tune of 92 cents.
Just leafing through it and picking out topics taught me more than I had ever known about everything from molasses to monkey puzzle trees. I am looking forward to absorbing it from cover to cover in my insomniac reading program, but I have skimmed enough to know that this is a useful work for those of us looking for guidance in post-apocalyptic business ventures like moonshining, beer brewing, wine making and, in the case of the monkey puzzle tree, mudai fermenting.
Poseurs and provocateurs. Any stupid ass can call himself a Three Percenter, the proof is in the practice of principle.
"I'd like to be the King of all Londinium and wear a shiny hat." ― Malcolm Reynolds
I awoke this morning to an emailed link indicating that I now have something called "a filmography." It seems I'm getting credit for playing myself in Retro Report's documentary on the undying controversy over Waco. Now, that plus a dollar is insufficient to buy you a cup of coffee at Starbucks, so it is important to have a sense of perspective on such things. I pull my britches on one leg at a time like everyone else, and no amount of notoriety in a civilization on the verge of collapse will be recognized after its bloody fall. In the end, history will be amnesiac on the subject of Mike Vanderboegh. Who, today, remembers those individual Romans who tried to hold back the imperial rotting disease that lead to barbarian slaughter and subjugation -- to the destruction of their entire world? No one.
Yet, as I told someone in the room that day who commented that my statement to the Birmingham City Council was doomed to failure, "God does not command us to succeed. He does command us to stand."
But it is important to remember just what it is we claim to stand for. I have been clear about this in the "Three Percent Catechism: A discipline not for the faint-hearted."
These four principles -- moral strength, physical readiness, no first use of force and no targeting of innocents -- are the hallmarks of the Three Percent ideal. Anyone who cannot accept them as a self-imposed discipline in the fight to restore the Founders' Republic should find something else to do and cease calling themselves a "Three Percenter."
Yet there are apparently many people who have adopted the moniker of Three Percenter, for whatever reason, but who wouldn't recognize these principles if they came up and bit them in the ass.
This was brought home to me once again on Monday when I received a distressed phone call from one of my old 1st Alabama Cavalry militia leaders from the 90s who had been to something advertised as a Three Percent meet and greet. The organizer of this event was the proclaimed and newly minted "President" of the Alabama Three Percent, one Phil Ingram. By his own statement, Mr. Ingram's claim to command of the Alabama Three Percent traces to his "appointment" to said post by one Robert Trask of Kentucky.
This sort of empty "empire building" was one thing that made the 90s so problematic for the constitutional militia movement, and why I deliberately formulated the Three Percent idea as a movement, an idea, a philosophy and a discipline BUT NOT AN ORGANIZATION. Attempts at large regional, state or national organizations, anything beyond local formations, are subject to infiltration, dysfunction, discredit and collapse. Anyone who tells you different is selling something.
But mere empire building in this case would be unremarkable were it not for the very slender reed that Mr. Trask has, by Mr. Ingram's own claim, chosen to support the concept of the Three Percent in Alabama. By all accounts, Mr. Ingram arrived at the venue swilling beer as he unassed his vehicle and later graduated to joints. A few cursory questions revealed that said Mr. Ingram had never heard of me (which is certainly no sin) nor had he heard of, or internalized, the principles of the Three Percent (which is).
As Malcolm Reynolds observed, you may wish to be the King of Londinium and wear a shiny hat, but that does not make it so. So whenever someone comes up to you and claims to be a Three Percenter -- especially when he or she pretends to be a leader of Three Percenters -- a close eye upon their actions and a few simple questions from the Three Percent Catechism ought to determine whether they are persons of principle or poseurs and/or provocateurs.
Either Mr. Ingram or Mr. Trask, the putative kingmaker in this disaster-in-waiting, may contact me to dispute this account.
Bush said he fishtailed while trying to drive away, then ran over a median and got a flat tire. When he pulled into a nearby driveway, the partygoers swarmed and made threats, and his friends backed him up, he said. “Basically about eight of us had to hold 15 to 20 of them back,” Bush said, admitting that a specific racial slur was likely used by members of his group.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
"I suspect that as with all the incidents before this one (and all the incidents since), none of these lessons will be learned. And so the raids will go on. And so will the body count."
Lessons will begin to be learned only when the militarized thugs pick on the wrong target -- and they all die in a stack, sprawled in someone's front hall.
The truth is that government is not used to people standing up to it over its unjust laws. It counts on people mindlessly accepting whatever outrage it foists upon them. But remember, there are more of us than there are of them. They don’t forget that. They just count on you forgetting.
Margin debt on the Chinese stock market has reached $1.2 trillion. 'We suspect that it’s a matter of time before banks may have to face the music,' Bank of America says
For the rest of the world, it is a tense moment. China consumes 50pc of global coal, 43pc of industrial metals and 23pc of grains, according to World Bank data. Brazil, Russia, South Africa and a string of commodity states face a double-barrelled stress test. The Chinese are freezing imports just as the US Federal Reserve drains worldwide dollar liquidity and prepares to raise rates, calling time on emerging markets that have together borrowed $4.5 trillion in US currency.The Brazilian real fell to a 12-year low of 3.38 against the dollar on Monday. The South Africa rand hit a record low of 12.69. The Russian rouble flirted with the danger line of 60. It was the same story across much of the emerging market nexus. “One by one the dominoes are starting to fall,” said Societe Generale.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced a change in policy regarding the oath taken by naturalization candidates: They will no longer be required “to declare that they will ‘bear arms on behalf of the United States’ and ‘perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States.’”
"Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?" -- Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph "Dan" Daly, USMC.