Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tired and shutting down for a while.


It may be days, it may be weeks, but as I am reminded numerous times every day I have things to finish in the real world. If something pops up that I need to comment on, I will, but for right now I am sick, exhausted, over-tasked and just slap disappointed at the quality of my work product in several areas. I am not over-discouraged. I am not quitting the fight. I just need a break. My daughters are home from college and I would like to enjoy them while I can. There are economic needs that press in (especially paying back friends for legal fee frontage) that must be addressed. Finally, there are my own preparations that need to be seen to, and I have committed to help out a number of newbie militia groups who need an experienced eye in their equipment, organization and training. All these things I can do, but not this too.

A blog becomes a weight after a while, like an emotional ruck that you put on every morning to make that day's road march of duty. There are days that I don't mind shouldering the responsibility and days when I sprint ahead at the sheer joy of making a difference. I try to have fun and to entertain y'all as we deal with some of the most awful aspects of what I believe are the coming dark days ahead. But just right now, it has been a while since this has been fun.

I want to thank y'all for the support you have shown me over the past couple of years. I even thank those of you who have thrown verbal brickbats at me in the process. It keeps me on my mental feet, and every action, thought and even principle should be subject to, and able to resist, outside challenge.

I will have a couple of Christmas gifts for y'all, but as far as a daily blog, I need some R&R from Sipsey Street. I will, however, release any comments you may make on existing posts in the interim.

Feel free to email me at GeorgeMason1776ATaolDOTcom, if you need to draw my attention to something important.

In the interim, look to your preps.

Cherish your loved ones.

God bless you all.

I'll be back.


Correction to earlier PS: All final surplus orders, both UPS and USPS, have been shipped today, Friday, 17 December. Merry Christmas.

LATER: If you wish to send me a Christmas card or a death threat, my address is P.O. Box 926, Pinson, AL 35126


Anonymous said...


You have been posting at a prodigious rate for as long as I have been following the blog (last autumn). Don't be ashamed or even hesitant to take a needed break. We all need you well rested, as well as mentally and emotionally limber.

I'm headed up to DC this weekend and I'll give 1600 PennAve a fart in their general direction for ya.


Anonymous said...


You take care of your self.

We'll still be here when your are recovered.

Keep the faith.

-Bubba Man (One of the Bubba's of the Apocalypse)

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your much needed vacation from the blog...


McWopski said...

Rest, relax, enjoy your family, finish Absolved. When you return, we'll be here.

Skip said...

Everyone needs R&R.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.


Merry Christmas Mike....God bless you and yours.

Matt III

John Richardson said...

Enjoy the holiday and the break. More importantly, enjoy your girls while they are home from college. Time flies and they will fly away with it.

I've never heard anyone regret spending too much time with their kids but have heard a few too many times the regret that they didn't spend enough time with their kids. They are left wondering where the time went like in the Harry Chapin song "Cats in the Cradle".

j said...

Well done. And you know how to reach me if you need anything, plus I'llk probably check in on you now and then to see how everyone is.

Chas said...

Best of luck, my friend.

Anonymous said...

Take a break. You earned it, you are entitled to it and we will wait for your return.
Paul in Texas

David III said...

Get some R&R Mike! We are going to get awfully busy in the next couple of years (I suspect)

Anonymous said...

Rest & enjoy.

Do you have a regular mail address?

Fat n Baldy said...


Enjoy the break.

Dutchman6 said...

Anonymous said... "Rest & enjoy. Do you have a regular mail address?"

Yes. Christmas cards and death threats may be sent to P.O. Box 926, Pinson, AL 35126

WarriorClass said...

You've more than earned a break, my friend. The world does not rest upon your shoulders, but the Lord's. Enjoy your family!

In Liberty,


Dedicated_Dad said...

Rest well, my Brother.

Then finish Absolved - which is FAR more important than most of what gets posted here...


NebraskaSentinel said...

Your blog has been a part of my daily life for several years. Thank you for your efforts.

You are correct to take time for family and self-preservation (health and otherwise).

Merry Christmas

Shy Wolf said...

Have a great and wonderful vacation, Mike. But please, leave some fish for the rest of us.
Speakin' of death threats... how about a life threat? Praise God, rejoice in all things, walk in the Spirit and be filled with Hope, Faith and Love, mostly Love.
Merry Christmas, Mike, to you and yours. God bless.

Kevin said...

Merry Christmas to you Mike. See you when you feel like getting back.
Until then, take some time for you and yours and we'll be here when you get back buddy.

Mark Matis said...

Would you please check back in from time to time so we know the Bad Guys haven't done you in? Not that ANYONE in this government would even CONSIDER doing such a thing, but just sayin' if we need to start the Hundred Heads...

And Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours!

Mad Max said...

Thank you for your great posts, you deserve to take as much time as you like. Enjoy your family, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

God Bless.

Mamma Bear said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Take a much needed break and we'll look forward to reading later.

Anonymous said...

Have a good holiday. We'll see you when you get back.

Mamma Jude

Anonymous said...

OK, but leave a light on.

TypicalClinger said...

Take a rest. Look forward to your return. God Bless and be with you.

The Trainer said...

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! And my best to your 'Missus' and your charming daughters.

Remind them not to forget the lessons given them at your request....they may need them one day...soon.

Dr.D said...

dittos to all the above


Rhodes said...

This came to mind while reading your words and they have never been more true than today.

"Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology—global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Unhappily the danger it poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle—with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.…" Dwight D. Eisenhower Farewell address

Whatever happens thanks Mike.

Moe Death said...

Get some R&R, troop. Spend some time with the family, get rested up, maybe have a Bushmills or two (you gotta get your own K9 bartender, though...), and maybe put the finishing touches on Absolved.

God bless and keep you, Mike, and I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Bill and Domino
Damn it, dog, put that bottle down!!!

eddymatthews said...

God bless you and your family.

The Packetman said...


Be safe ... Merry Christmas ... and God speed!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, peace, and good happiness stuff!

Blue said...

Take care. Merry Christmas.

Shepherd said...

I'm gonna miss your posts and your writing, but I know how you feel. Have a very Merry CHRISTmas and get some rest. God bless you for what you do.

johnnyreb said...

Enjoy your vacation and the girls.

We'll keep the light while you're gone.


Anonymous said...

Hey, Mike-

Enjoy your break. Wise choice. Have you considered taking on guest bloggers to keep your huddled masses placated?



III more than them said...

A joyous Christ's Birthday celebration to you and your family. He is the reason we have hope against out own sin and that of the world.

Rejoice in being FREE!

Anonymous said...

God speed Mike,

Thank you for your leadership.

Enjoy the time with the girls.

All the best.

From Arkansas

Anonymous said...

We'll see you on the other side Mike, God willing. Finish the book.

Anonymous said...

You are valuable to the patriot movement but indispensable to your family.

Take all the time you need to git yer mojo back. :^)

Thank you for all your hard work. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.


Female III said...

Well heck.

Sean said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. Trolling for threats and Christmas cards, eh? How the mighty have falle.........Wake me up when you get back, and I'll be ready to go.

Anonymous said...

Mike- thank you for your contributions and enjoy the r&r

tjbbpgobIII said...

Miksome time off never hurt anybody, even when it's something you love doing. I don't know how you've kept up the pace this long working by yourself anyway. All we are, are fans, and as such we eagerly await your return. If you need any help that I might be able to give, let me know, I'm right across town.

Dave said...

Darn - just when things were really getting interesting with the contest and all! Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

we are more ready each day, for what is coming, thanks to blogs like yours. a thankyou is not enough to express our bond with you.... just know that hundreds of thousands, if not millions are prepping for the time ahead. and thats what i call "family". be well.... catch you on the flip side...
northeast pa 3per

Capt45 said...

Thank you Mike. Merry Christmas and may God richly bless you and your family.

Alexis Mauldin

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Mike!


Bad Cyborg said...

Ditto to the request to touch base with us from time to time.

I still remember what you said would be the sign that the shit was in the fan. We out would just like to know it isn't time - yet - to head for the hills or the rallying point as applies.

Hang in there, Dutchman. Enjoy your girls and enjoy that grandson, too. Grandkids are great. Sometimes the only thing I smile about is when mine smiles at me.

You're a batter man than I am, Michael, and I dare say a damned sight better man than any of your enemies.

Bad Cyborg X%

TJP said...

I can't imagine anyone would come in here and accuse you of not being a prolific writer. I personally cannot recall any point at which I thought my time was wasted reading here. So if you need a break--hey, that's understandable.

Take care, Mike.

Sail Man said...


A little downtime now and then is good for the soul, and helps to re-energize you.

Enjoy your daughters, and the holidays. After all, that's whats special about this time of year, family.

We'll be here when you get back.

Merry Christmas

Anonymous said...

Mike,recharge you batteries, we need you. Merry Christmas to you, and your Family.
From one of the MERRY BAND OF MEN.

frankhen said...

Take your time, enjoy your girls. Mine is a little older but daughters must be cherished. They value your time more than you know!

doubletrouble said...

Take your time.
Fill your life with love of family.
A merry Christmas & happy new year to you & yours.


Anonymous said...


Relax, recharge and, most of all, hold your loved ones close.

My heartfelt thanks for your steadfast efforts. I think I can speak for most of us here, We will carry on.


skybill said...

Hi Mike,
Take a break, a much needed rest, my friend. Hope the Holidayz treat you well, enjoy your family. Hug and hold all dearly. My best to you and yours.


Randall said...

Merry Christmas and be well sir. Your rest is well deserved.

Anonymous said...

Bless you and yours sir. Enjoy
your break. Look forward
to seeing you about when you
feel better. Merry Christmas,
John, Pensacola

Anonymous said...

Take it easy and enjoy the holidays. You've certainly earned it.

Dennis308 said...

Take a break Mike enjoy Christmas with the family and watch your health.
God Bless,


Anonymous said...

Nice to see you posting. Hope you took a bit of a break.

Merry Christmas ! Thank you for all your work and effort.