Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Adults should know better. Pure unadulterated disinformation horseshit.

Ah, yes, the internet, where anyone can pretend to be anything and a willing suspension of disbelief seems to come with every other keyboard. This is total crap:
ALERT!!!!! ATTENTION ALL MILITIA, OATHKEEPERS and PATRIOT GROUPS. As of 9:00 A.M. Central time I was contacted by the FBI to activate every Militia and Patriot group in the U.S. for an eyes and ears OP over the 4th of July holiday for possible terrorist attacks( ISIS in nature). The threat level is very high. We need people to monitor the internet and groups to monitor all activities nationwide. The following is the procedure in which we participate. I have already contacted many prominent Patriot and Militia leaders.
The fact that the FBI has issued a warning for 4 July is common knowledge. Claiming personal contact with the Fibbies as if it gives you legitimacy (a contradiction in itself) to issue a breathless post that spooks the uninformed is ludicrous. The FBI has in the past tried to "reach out" to militia leaders but only when they're a. worried about their own hides (a la Freeman Standoff) or b. trying to shake somebody's tree to see what falls out. If this guy actually has a personal relationship with an FBI agent, were I him I wouldn't be admitting it.
In this environment, it always pays to be watchful. In fact, you're more likely to observe a predatory FBI SWAT team at any given time than you are an ISIS lone wolf. But if you see a Jihadi on the attack, do us all a favor and shoot the bastard then call the local cops for cleanup. Don't legitimize the FBI, even by hyperventilated rumor.

That didn't take long. Here they come. "If you thought the cultural purge over the Confederate flag was breathtaking -- wait until you see what LGBT activists do with Christians."

Churches are the left’s next target in the gay-marriage war
Does your church ban gay marriage? Then it should start paying taxes.
The Marxist agenda behind the rainbow

Robert Farago's "Random Thoughts About the Possibility of a Second Civil War."

Somewhat behind the curve, but trying to get there.

Thomas Sowell on "Supreme Court Disasters."

When any branch of government can exercise powers not authorized by either statutes or the Constitution, "we the people" are no longer free citizens but subjects, and our "public servants" are really our public masters. And America is no longer America. The freedom for which whole generations of Americans have fought and died is gradually but increasingly being taken away from us with smooth and slippery words.

Latest from the collectivist cultural cleansing hysteria: Throwing George Washington down the memory hole.

Texas Liberals Sign Petition to Remove ‘Racist’ George Washington Statue

Bear market grips Chinese stocks as investor panic grows

Shanghai and Shenzhen indices lose £1.6trn in paper value in just 17 days

Nanny state fascists at it again.

Backing into your own driveway could cost you under proposed bill before Jacksonville Council

Federal Judge Orders Brady Center to Pay Ammo Dealer’s Legal Fees After Dismissing Lawsuit

Lucky Gunner says it will donate the money to gun rights groups

Haka: This is how to mourn a warrior.

My son sent me the video below of a recent Haka by a New Zealand military unit.
This is the translation:
We are ready, yes we are ready If we the warriors of the Second First should go to war Beware enemy, beware! Those of you who wish to do battle with us, where are you? Come stand face to face with us and we will strike you down Be strong warriors of the Second First We will gather the energy from the Earth to strengthen our bodies to destroy our enemies Rise up, soldiers of Second First to the call of battle We will fight and destroy our enemies and send them to the dark pits of hell!
Haka is used throughout New Zealand by many, not only Māori, to demonstrate their collective thoughts. There is a haka for each of the Services, as well as the Defence Force. Units with the NZ Army have their own haka. This video shows the soldiers of 2/1 RNZIR Battalion performing their Unit haka, powerfully acknowledging the lives and feats of their fallen comrades as they come onto the Unit's parade ground. It is also an emotive farewell for they will leave via the waharoa (the carved entrance way) for the very last time.
Haka --sometimes termed a posture dance could also be described as a chant with actions. There are various forms of haka; some with weapons some without, some have set actions others may be 'free style.' Haka is used by Māori (indigenous people of New Zealand) for a myriad of reasons; to challenge or express defiance or contempt, to demonstrate approval or appreciation, to encourage or to discourage, to acknowledge feats and achievements, to welcome, to farewell, as an expression of pride, happiness or sorrow. There is almost no inappropriate occasion for haka; it is an outward display of inner thoughts and emotions. Within the context of an occasion it is abundantly clear which emotion is being expressed.
2nd 1st Farewell Their Fallen Comrades With A Huge Haka

Monday, June 29, 2015

The "T" Word.

Treason, noun: the crime of betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.
Collectivist Jay Michaelson rends his garments, gnashes his teeth and wails, "Did The Four Dissenting Justices In Gay Marriage Case Just Suggest Treason?"
In other words, the majority is arrogant, unrestrained, and thus not to be respected. It has an “extravagant conception of judicial supremacy.” “Those who founded our country would not recognize the majority’s conception of the judicial role.” And “The Court’s accumulation of power does not occur in a vacuum. It comes at the expense of the people. And they know it.” Why not just tell the Religious Right to buy pitchforks and blowtorches?
"Pitchforks and blowtorches?" Pitchforks and torches, perhaps. These are the hallmarks of peasant mobs. But blowtorches? Of course, blowtorches are often used by the secret police agencies of collectivist dictatorships as interrogation tools, so perhaps he's just falling back on the familiar.
Count De Monet - Sir, the peasants are revolting!
King Louis - You said it. They stink on ice.
-- History of the World, Part One.
But, I don't think we need a Supreme Court justice to tell us to buy pitchforks and torches, if that's what he means. Besides, that's so 16th Century (although he betrays himself with this insulting allusion to the religious folks of this country as peasantry). Today's peasants are more likely to use .30-06 deer rifles with much greater direct effect upon the tyrants' continued access to oxygen. Nor do we need anyone to tell us that this past week's events constitute the dictionary definition of treason to the Founders' Republic.
Of course the Founders, who were themselves considered traitors by the King for mere "treasonable utterances," were very careful to limit the meaning of the term in the Constitution:
The Treason Clause traces its roots back to an English statute enacted during the reign of Edward III (1327–1377). This statute prohibited levying war against the king, adhering to his enemies, or contemplating his death. Although this law defined treason to include disloyal and subversive thoughts, it effectively circumscribed the crime as it existed under the Common Law. During the thirteenth century, the crime of treason encompassed virtually every act contrary to the king's will and became a political tool of the Crown. Building on the tradition begun by Edward III, the Founding Fathers carefully delineated the crime of treason in Article III of the U.S. Constitution, narrowly defining its elements and setting forth stringent evidentiary requirements.
Under Article III, Section 3, of the Constitution, any person who levies war against the United States or adheres to its enemies by giving them Aid and Comfort has committed treason within the meaning of the Constitution. The term aid and comfort refers to any act that manifests a betrayal of allegiance to the United States, such as furnishing enemies with arms, troops, transportation, shelter, or classified information. If a subversive act has any tendency to weaken the power of the United States to attack or resist its enemies, aid and comfort has been given.
The Treason Clause applies only to disloyal acts committed during times of war. Acts of dis-loyalty during peacetime are not considered treasonous under the Constitution. Nor do acts of Espionage committed on behalf of an ally constitute treason. For example, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of espionage, in 1951, for helping the Soviet Union steal atomic secrets from the United States during World War II. The Rosenbergs were not tried for treason because the United States and the Soviet Union were allies during World War II.
Under Article III a person can levy war against the United States without the use of arms, weapons, or military equipment. Persons who play only a peripheral role in a conspiracy to levy war are still considered traitors under the Constitution if an armed rebellion against the United States results. (Emphasis supplied, MBV) -- Free Legal Dictionary.
This definition has not stopped the collectivists from calling US traitors and demanding we be punished for simple free speech. See: "GOP Tea Party Traitors to the Constitution Must Be Prosecuted to the Fullest Extent of the Law" and "Robert Reich to Tea Party: Americans Don't Like Traitors to Our System of Government" and Tea Party Traitors. I have been personally labeled as a "traitor to his country" by collectivists of all stripes from communists to Nazis over the past 20 years. I am, I suppose, a traitor to THEIR country, but not to the Founders' Republic. The same cannot be said of them.
Which brings me back to that definition of Constitutional treason above: "Persons who play only a peripheral role in a conspiracy to levy war are still considered traitors under the Constitution if an armed rebellion against the United States results." There is no doubt that our collectivist enemies are engaged in a conspiracy to overthrow the Constitution and the rule of law it codifies. As I have said and written many times, the Founders would declare them to be domestic enemies of the Constitution. It is they who are the revolutionaries in rebellion against the Founders' Republic. And there is no doubt that they seek, by force of arms if necessary, to accomplish their purpose. It is perhaps ironic that they have, by their successful, infinitely patient sedition, achieved control over the government's arms to work their conspiracy upon the liberty, property and lives of the people. I'm not sure the Founders expected that when they crafted the Constitution but it is nonetheless true.
So, who are the "traitors," them or us? That will be decided by the outcome of the civil war they seek to start.

THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY SEVEN MILLION! (And that was as of 3 years ago.) Hey, Bloomberg, take a gander at THIS. So, you think you're going to disarm us, eh?

Firearms Numbers in the United States 1945 - 2012.

Herschel Smith: "Words No Longer Have Meaning."

As I had stated to someone else this weekend, you have the political right to advocate what you want, but God will judge us – individually and collectively – for our choices. But constitutionally, the court has absolutely no business bossing the states around. This ruling – and many more like it – marks the end of the state. The grand experiment in states as the laboratories of democracy is finished. It failed, and not because it couldn’t have worked. Evil men vandalized the experiment.
See also: Woe To The Nation Whose Religious Teachers Have Become Workers Of Wickedness.

"This court appears to have no concern whatsoever for either religious beliefs or constitutional coherence."

Just like abortion, this gay marriage decision won't silence critics.
See also: Let’s Drop the Charade: The Supreme Court Is a Political Branch, Not a Judicial One.
And: John Roberts, Intimidated by the Left?
This is a dangerous game, but it may have worked. Conservatives feel betrayed by Roberts, as perhaps they should. But it’s possible that when we look back on the first 15 years of the 21st century, it will be remembered as the time the Democrats vowed to blow up this country’s democratic institutions unless they got their way. And that’s not “a very good thing.”
And: "We can marry barn yard animals, and throw grandma out on the streets to operate a jack hammer to pay her fair share into the welfare system, where the militant members of society while away their time just hanging out, and burning shit down."
I think it’s time to have a show down while we still have any semblance of a country left. Obama Care rip offs, and degenerate, unnatural definitions of marriage, were not lawfully enacted statutes. They do not serve our country for the common good, so I would advise all veterans to stand by. They did not rescind our oath to protect the people from all enemies -- both foreign and domestic, unless of course, you like living under a totalitarian cesspool.
See also: America's post-Constitutional culture

All right! Now we're training smugglers in the public schools. COOL! In defiance of Michelle Obama's nanny state fascism, kids are smuggling pepper and salt into the schools, and selling it.

"I aim to misbehave." -- Captain Malcolm Reynolds.
The Washington Free Beacon inadvertently narcs out school pepper smuggling rings.
“Perhaps the most colorful example in my district is that students have been caught bringing–and even selling – salt, pepper, and sugar in school to add taste to perceived bland and tasteless cafeteria food,” said John S. Payne, the president of Blackford County School Board of Trustees in Hartford City, Indiana.
The Ballad of Serenity

The White House Wants Your Doctor To Teach You About Global Warming

The central message: doctors should warn their patients that global warming could make their health worse.

Deadly collectivist absurdity piled upon deadly collectivist absurdities.

With Knife Murders Spiking After Gun Ban, UK Urges "Save A Life - Surrender Your Knife"

More along the lines of for whom the bell tolls.

"On Monday morning Greeks will find their savings blocked and their banks closed for a week following a fateful weekend that has shaken Europe’s single currency."
See also: The world is defenceless against the next financial crisis, warns Bank of International Settlements.
The world will be unable to fight the next global financial crash as central banks have used up their ammunition trying to tackle the last crises, the Bank of International Settlements has warned. The so-called central bank of central banks launched a scathing critique of global monetary policy in its annual report. The BIS claimed that central banks have backed themselves into a corner after repeatedly cutting interest rates to shore up their economies.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Here's one more: "Ayatollah Roberts and His Sharia Council."

In the matter of the so-called Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court ruled that the law must not say what it in fact does say because it would be better if it were not to say what it says and were to say something else instead. In the matter of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court rules that the law must say what it does not say because it would be better if it were to say what it does not say instead of what it says. Which is to say, the Supreme Court has firmly established that it does not matter what the law says or does not say — what matters is what they want.

Continue sick as a dog.

Which may be a slander on the dog. Am taking the rest of the Lord's day off. There's a lot I posted yesterday, including my posts on Reset and Nuking Their Own Legitimacy. Also, folks still awaiting tee shirts please see the post related to that subject.

People continue to get a "404 error" message when they try to post comments.

It seems to be random and others have no problem at all. If you have such a problem, just drop me an email with your comment, the post it refers to and how you want to be called, and I will manually post it.

A House of Cards – The Collapse of Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia collapsed when the growth of nationalism inflamed ethnic tensions to the point that, on June 25, 1991, regions with Croat and Slovene majorities declared independence for the nations of Croatia and Slovenia. The retaliation by the Serb-dominated Yugoslav People’s Army started a series of ethnic wars which would end all pretenses of Yugoslav unity and produce Europe’s second genocide of the century.

'Junk Weapons' are Killing Kurdish Troops

“When I shoot, the top of the rifle flies off,” Mahd Abdul Basit, a 28-year-old Peshmerga fighter told me while we stood a few hundred meters from Islamic State’s front line. Unlike many Kurdish troops, who must purchase their own weapons, Mahd’s rifle — a taped-up Kalashnikov appearing to be made from several different rifles— was issued to him, and could still one day cost him his life.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Reset Button.

Rod Dreher writes "Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country."
No, the sky is not falling — not yet, anyway — but with the Supreme Court ruling constitutionalizing same-sex marriage, the ground under our feet has shifted tectonically. It is hard to overstate the significance of the Obergefell decision — and the seriousness of the challenges it presents to orthodox Christians and other social conservatives. Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now. . .
But when a Supreme Court majority is willing to invent rights out of nothing, it is impossible to have faith that the First Amendment will offer any but the barest protection to religious dissenters from gay rights orthodoxy. Indeed, Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito explicitly warned religious traditionalists that this decision leaves them vulnerable. Alito warns that Obergefell “will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy,” and will be used to oppress the faithful “by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent.”
The warning to conservatives from the four dissenters could hardly be clearer or stronger. So where does that leave us? For one, we have to accept that we really are living in a culturally post-Christian nation. The fundamental norms Christians have long been able to depend on no longer exist. To be frank, the court majority may impose on the rest of the nation a view widely shared by elites, but it is also a view shared by a majority of Americans. There will be no widespread popular resistance to Obergefell. This is the new normal.
For another, LGBT activists and their fellow travelers really will be coming after social conservatives. The Supreme Court has now, in constitutional doctrine, said that homosexuality is equivalent to race. The next goal of activists will be a long-term campaign to remove tax-exempt status from dissenting religious institutions. The more immediate goal will be the shunning and persecution of dissenters within civil society. . .
Obergefell is a sign of the times, for those with eyes to see. This isn’t the view of wild-eyed prophets wearing animal skins and shouting in the desert. It is the view of four Supreme Court justices, in effect declaring from the bench the decline and fall of the traditional American social, political, and legal order.
Dreher's solution is to accept it and pray. I'm certainly not going to gainsay the value of prayer, but the persecution of Christians (or Jews or any other religion for that matter) in the name of political correctness can and must be resisted, even if by force of arms. These people are going to be coming at us with the naked force of state violence. Such violence can and must be resisted, and not just with prayer. (I was talking with a friend on the phone just today and he can't believe that they are so stupid as to mess with people's fundamental religious beliefs, characterizing it as suicidal. I don't disagree.)
And I have news for our would-be oppressors. When you come at us with state violence to seize our churches, jail our pastors, you are going to lose because we will make it not worth your while to oppress us. And then, after we've won, we're going to press the reset button.
I was having this conversation with a reader the other day in reference to the firearm laws we are breaking in the various states and he asked me what we were going to do about previous infringements, going back to GCA 68 and the NFA of 1934. I told him, when they start the shooting we don't quit until we have pushed the reset button on the last 100 plus years of infringements. They lose it all -- the Federal Reserve, fiat currency, the income tax, all the gun laws, all the nanny state fascism, the murder of innocents on demand, the tortured rendering of the Interstate Commerce clause, the bloated federal bureaucracy, everything. EVERYTHING.
Our enemies will lie and say that we want to roll back the civil rights laws, put gays back in the closet and re-enslave black folks but that is a lie. We believe that the Constitution extends to everyone regardless of race, creed, color or religion -- BUT WITHOUT PREFERRED CLASSES. In our Constitutional Republic, some animals are NOT more equal than others. At this remove, nobody cares who diddles who as long as they are adults and can give consent. Most of us have become convinced libertarians on the drug war as well, because it only empowers two classes of criminal gangs -- the cartels and the imperial militarized federal government.
So when the reset button gets pushed in the aftermath of the tyrants' attacks and their defeat, they lose it all. Everything. Every tool of our oppression. This is something they should think about before they rouse their own people to righteous anger. They will lose everything they hold most dear -- their power over us, their position, their appetite for our liberty, our property and our lives. That is what "reset" means to them in the context of the civil war they are determined to have. Everything.

ATF official under investigation for possible data breach.

A senior official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is under investigation for possibly accessing the personal data of other agency employees. The Justice Department probe is to determine whether Scott Sweetow, a deputy assistant director for strategic intelligence and information at ATF headquarters in Washington, sent employee information to his personal email account, CNN reported.

Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.

Coming soon to a country near you: Greeks Line Up at Banks and Drain ATMs as Tsipras Calls Vote

Will someone explain to me the functional difference between the cultural cleansing advocated by the mayor of Memphis and that of the Khmer Rouge, the Taliban and ISIS?

Before the Khmer Rouge came to power, Buddhism was much more than a religion in Cambodia. The temple, or wat, was not only a religious place but in most areas of the country also served as the primary school and center of social and intellectual life. Pali schools flourished as early as the 13th Century. By official count, there were more than 4,000 temples and 66,000 monks--1% of the population--before the Khmer Rouge came to power. A government statement in April, 1989, noted that the Khmer Rouge had executed more than 25,000 monks, including the chief monk, Huot Tat, and destroyed 1,968 temples and monasteries. -- "Buddhism Rising Again From the Ashes of Cambodia," LA Times, 19 June 1990.
Temple destroyed by the Khmer Rouge, Beng Melea, Cambodia.
I noted this article in my piece below, Nuking their own legitimacy. But a friend called me up to say that this headline: "Memphis Mayor Wants to Dig Up Dead Confederate War General," reminded him instantly of the collectivist cultural assassins of the Khmer Rouge, the Taliban and the Islamic State.
Mindful that the Democrat Party is a collectivist party just like its foreign counterparts, I guess this is just what they do. Maybe someone could ask the Mayor of Memphis when he intends an ethnic cleansing of white folks from his city?
The Prophet Jirjis mosque in Mosul, Iraq, after the Islamic State got done with it.
LATER: Here is my letter to the editor of the Memphis Commercial Appeal:
Mindful of the Mayor's proposal of cultural cleansing by removing the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue as well as his remains, can someone tell me the functional difference between him and the collectivist cultural assassins of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria? I realize that he is a member of America's collectivist party, the Democrats, but this proposal seems a bit much even for them. Of course Nathan Bedford Forrest was a life-long Democrat, so I can see why the Mayor would like to engage in some Orwellian "down the memory hole" erasure of history.
If he wants to do something useful, why doesn't he put some city resources to bear on making Fort Pickering a first class interpretative historic site? The fort was home to the 55th and 59th United States Colored Troops who fought magnificently at Brice's Crossroads against the very man whose statue now offends him after all these years. Try building up the cultural base of your town Mr. Mayor, not deconstructing it.

The idea of civil disobedience becomes more popular by the hour.

Remember what I said below about Nuking their own legitimacy>
America’s only remaining choices – civil disobedience or collapse.
The United States no longer has, as the Constitution designed, a government composed of executive, legislative and judicial branches, separate, but equal in power. The federal government is now an alliance of branches, devoted to the preservation of government itself, separate, not from each other, but from the American people and dedicated to tyranny. The policies pursued by the Obama Administration and facilitated by cowardly politicians and a compliant media are not simply the intersection of radical ideology and incompetence, but a dangerous subversive element of an anti-American and anti-Western strategy.

Tunisian Mass Murderer Counted On Gun Laws and Culture for Success

“The regulation of guns in Tunisia is categorized as restrictive.”

Not bloody likely.

Will Pope Francis Disarm His Guards?

Nuking their own legitimacy. A most sincere, albeit grim, "thank you" to the Supreme Court and the two predatory political parties of a tyrannical regime.

Regime, noun
1. a government, especially an authoritarian one.
2. a system or planned way of doing things, especially one imposed from above.
Were I still a godless Marxist, I would be thrilled at the self-inflicted wounds that the regime worked upon itself this week. Collectivists of all stripes see in chaos that there is opportunity. They also know that regime legitimacy is everything and a collapsed regime is necessary before people become desperate enough to entrust their futures to such jackals.
But even as staunch an anti-communist as I am now -- as hard-nosed a supporter of the Founders' Republic and the Constitution as I have become -- I can see that the regime has dealt itself a crippling blow to its own legitimacy. I further note with somber acknowledgement that as bad as this confluence of events is for the country as a whole that it makes our job easier for it confirms everything we have been saying about the regime of both corrupt political parties being destructive of liberty and the rule of law. This will swell our ranks with people who are finally convinced that for the purposes of protecting our liberties, the present system has broken down completely and that the only thing we can count on from this point on is ourselves, alone. And our rifles. I will not celebrate this as a Marxist would but I will give a most sincere, albeit grim, "thank you" to the Supreme Court and the two predatory gangs of a tyrannical regime.
From the corrupt deal-making of the ExIm bank and the "free trade fast-track" authority to the black robed bandits of the Supreme Court upholding both a patently unconstitutional Obama Care and equally offensive "gay marriage" decision, to the hysteria over the Confederate flag, both parties have let their joined-at-the-hip symbiotic conspiracy against the rest of us show for all to see. The Emperor not only has no clothes, he waving his private parts at us and expecting us to worship them.
The Orwellian historical cleansing occasioned by the Charleston shooting is particularly disgusting to watch and I'm no neo-Confederate. See Memphis Mayor Wants to Dig Up Dead Confederate War General and The book burning begins.
"And now it's all so obvious: This isn't tolerance. This is a new cultural civil war -- a brazen attempt to marginalize, demonize and ultimately eliminate all images, symbolism, art and free expression that does not obediently fall in line with the narrative of the political left."
The participation of both parties in this leads just about anyone who is paying attention to wonder: If John Boehner Was a Democratic Plant, What Would He Be Doing Differently? The answer is nothing.
Listening yesterday to the radio as I traveled, sick as a dog as I was, to a previously scheduled meeting over in Georgia, you could hear the anguish and the anger. Summed up, the comments boiled down to this: "What will we do now that both political parties and the entire system seems linked in a conspiracy against our liberties?" The answer, of course, is resistance -- armed civil disobedience -- on a vast scale. This is the gift the regime handed us this week. They convinced an incredible number of people that previously were complacent and that we could not reach to seek other remedies, even Second Amendment remedies. The regime has, by the events of this week, nuked its own legitimacy. Our jobs will be easier after this. Get busy.

Sold out by the GOP again, this time in NY state.

"SAFE Act stays safe, disappointing gun groups."
"This is a huge disappointment for the Second Amendment community, and it's not a good omen for the Republicans in the state Senate," Nojay said. "They always ask for our support for the past two and a half years. They have failed to deliver on anything."
Wars start because of political failures. With 95% of NY firearm owners refusing to comply with the SAFE Act, the likelihood of someone getting shot and touching off a larger conflagration continues. Blame the political douchebags of the GOP.

The Empire promises to strike back at Cliven Bundy.

Report from The Hill: "Cliven Bundy will be held accountable, Interior secretary says"
Original in the Las Vegas Review-Journal: Interior chief: Bundy will be held accountable

Bad electrical storm coming in.

Shutting down for now.

Tee shirts

We're working on shipping direct (at long last) from a list I suspect may be incomplete. The following are city/town addresses. For those of you who have paid for shirts and not yet received them, and you don't see your destination on this list, please send me an email with the approximate date of order, number, size and color. Some orders were apparently shipped and lost in transition and it is possible that some others had paperwork that was misplaced. Please advise me if you still have orders hanging out for destinations not on this list.
Cincinnati OH
Sequim WA
Waukegan IL
Glenwood City WI
Bothell WA
Lewisville TX
North Royalton OH
Renton WA
Fountain CO
W. Henrietta NY
Bowling Green OH
Manteca CA
Diller NE

When Police Wouldn't, Deacons for Defense Protected Civil Rights Workers

Fifty years ago, on June 25, 1965, a Bogalusa civil rights leader filed a lawsuit against city law enforcement. When police were refusing to protect civil rights activists who were under threat in Bogalusa, another group -- the Deacons for Defense -- drew a line: "if you shoot at us, we will return fire."

State gun range officials pocketed funds from spent brass sales meant for charity

"The story reveals how for years money raised from the sale of spent brass collected at the state-owned Cecil M. Webb shooting range went to two state employees and a felon, rather than to a youth hunting charity as range officials falsely claimed. This isn’t merely an allegation. We saw it for ourselves when we watched the delivery of $1,000 worth of brass — a purchase we were invited to record."

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sick as a dog.

This trip is proving to be harder to recover from than usual since I apparently picked up some contagion -- my bet from the throat-on-fire-hard-to-breathe feeling is strep throat. Still I'm committed today to do some things that were scheduled before the trip, so I'm off to do that. I'll give you more posts, including a tee shirt update, later today. I am painfully aware of those of you who have not yet received yours. Also, I will be putting out another appeal for legal defense funds for Anthony Bosworth of Liberty For All in WA state who has been targeted by the Feds. But that will be later this afternoon.

"On Obamacare, John Roberts helps overthrow the Constitution." Ya think?

"Conservatives are dismayed about the Supreme Court’s complicity in rewriting the Affordable Care Act — its ratification of the IRS’s disregard of the statute’s plain and purposeful language. But they have contributed to this outcome. Their decades of populist praise of judicial deference to the political branches has borne this sour fruit."

'Finish the mission, kill slave masters.' Uh, huh.

The New Black Panther leader whose party at one point offered a $10,000 reward for George Zimmerman, “dead or alive,” before Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in Trayvon Martin’s death now is rhapsodizing about the possibility of violence against “slave masters” in connection with the murders of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

"How the Feds Asked Me to Rat Out Commenters."

Reason.com, the website I edit, was recently commanded by the feds to provide information on a few commenters and not discuss it. Here’s why we’re speaking out. Is there anything more likely to make you shit your pants out of a mix of fear and anger than getting a federal subpoena out of the blue? Well, yes, there is: getting a gag order that prohibits you from speaking publicly about that subpoena and even the gag order itself. Talk about feeling isolated and cast adrift in the home of the free. You can’t even respond honestly when someone asks, “Are you under a court order not to speak?”

Lawsuit Seeks ATF FOIA Compliance, Determination and Rules Request

A complaint filed Tuesday in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeks an order to compel the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request filed in March and ignored in violation of federal law. The FOIA sought copies of policies and rulings relied on in enforcement and determination actions . . . The complaint was filed by attorney David T. Hardy of Tucson on behalf of plaintiffs including Federal Firearms Licensee Len Savage, the not-for-profit FFL Defense Research Center, and this writer. It charges that the ATF did not respond to a joint Freedom of Information Act records request filed in March, with a required response period of 20 business days. And that administrative remedies for the plaintiffs have been exhausted.
The pdf of the complaint is here.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Good luck with that, you lisping collectivist.

"The Right to be Free From Guns."

David Codrea Leaves Examiner for The Truth About Guns

"When we heard that Gun Rights Examiner writer David Codrea had parted company with his home site we jumped at the chance to bring him to TTAG. After a bit of negotiation we’ve done just that. Mr. Codrea – the fearless investigative journalist who helped break the ATF Fast & Furious scandal – will now be writing for The Truth About Guns.'

Black-robed constitutional criminals make Ben Franklin's point about assassination.

History furnishes one example only of a first magistrate being formally brought to public justice. Every body cried out against this as unconstitutional. What was the practice before this, in cases where the chief magistrate rendered himself obnoxious? Why, recourse was had to assassination, in which he was not only deprived of his life, but of the opportunity of vindicating his character. It would be the best way, therefore, to provide in the Constitution for the regular punishment of the executive, where his misconduct should deserve it, and for his honorable acquittal, where he should be unjustly accused. -- Benjamin Franklin at the time of the consideration of the Constitution' quoted in "Impeachment and Assassination" by Josh Chafetz.
Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

Came down with some virus while out in Yakima. (Also, suggestions on video cameras.)

I'm running behind on my posts. Also, there were no videos taken of my speeches or my classes, so I'm going to replicate them from here and will post on YouTube. The problem is that I don't have a video camera or even phone capable of taking suitable footage. I do have a reader who is volunteering to pick me one up so that I can get started with sending out these and other blocks of instruction on armed civil disobedience, 4GW, improvised munitions, etc. Neither of us know what to buy, however. Do you have suggestions as to the best compromise of capability, quality and price at the moment. Idiot proof would also help. In addition, there should be a way to obtain the best sound quality in a small package, since videos with pristine pictures and crappy sound don't get watched. Suggestions?

"Do we need unholy guns in holy places?" Unholy guns? What're those?

State officials bear primary responsibility to protect those who are vulnerable. If they won’t or can’t do their job, it is terribly sad but not inappropriate for houses of worship to pay for the level of security required to keep their children and senior citizens from being murdered. This is preferable to the other solution — arming lightly trained or untrained civilians whose weapons probably risk doing far more harm than good.

Professor Calls for ‘Men Control’ to Stop Gun Violence.

"We need to add men control to our call for gun control. It’s men with guns who kill people. Overwhelmingly. Recast masculinity!”

Dudley Brown, again. All about the money, again.

In Colorado there are multiple power brokers, but there is one faction that embraces the no holds barred knife fighting style of politics that often drives good people out of politics. . . headed up by Dudley Brown, Guy Short and Ted Harvey. Some of these names may be familiar to you from those scam PAC fundraising emails you get from StopHillary. Or maybe you saw one of those names attached to Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. . . Regardless of where you’ve heard these names, what you should know is that these groups raise really large sums of cash in and out of the election cycle while never really moving the ball forward on issues or via elections. When you take a look at the different reports for the various groups you will consistently find that the salaries they pay themselves often eat up most of the donor money that has flowed to them.

“We need to put the American flag down. Because we’ve caught as much hell under that as the Confederate flag.”

Farrakhan: I Don’t Get Debate Over Confederate Flag, ‘We Need to Put the American Flag Down’

"Why the Charleston massacre won’t move Congress on guns."

If anything, there’s less support in the Senate for expanded background checks than after Sandy Hook.
Despite the dim odds of imminent action, Democrats said that eventually pressure on Congress to restrict access to guns will be too much to resist. “We’re in a marathon, not a sprint,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). “And it may not be achievable this session, but it will happen because we’re on the right side of history.”
No, the collectivist bastards never quit. And we're facing more fights against Bloomberg in Nevada and Arizona. Not to mention maintaining the armed civil disobedience in NY, CT, MD, CO, WA and OR.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Praxis: "Can you make priming compound?" Yes, you can.

A reader sends this thread from the cast boolits forum. He also comments --
Please see the following thread that covers almost everything there is to know about making your own primers.
I have learned how to safely make my own primers using H-48 primer compound and have had excellent success (i.e. 99%+ reliability). I also have had excellent success reloading primers using toy caps. The only drawback to the "easy" methods is that these primer compounds produce corrosive by-products that require you to quickly clean the gun barrel with hot water after a shooting session. This was standard practice until the end of WWII when non-corrosive primers finally replaced corrosive primers in almost all ammunition. However, you can still occasionally find corrosively primed military surplus ammo from Russia, former Eastern Bloc countries, and the ChiComs for sell.
I am slowly assembling the needed chemicals to make several non-corrosive primer formulations. It requires a little wet chemistry to synthesize a few intermediates, but once done it is possible to make exactly the same primer formulations that commercial ammunition companies use. Working with high energy percussion sensitive compounds is not everyone's cup of tea and there is a real element of danger. It helps if you are a chemist (which I am) and work with very small amounts of compound at a time. This is like the holy grail to me and once successfully accomplished will probably end my primer experiments until I need to make them for real.
In any case, I no longer have any fear of being unable to reload ammunition should the authorities try to cut-off supplies of projectiles, primers, or powder. All of these can be made from re-purposed off-the-shelf items. For example, ammonium nitrate is commonly used as the drying agent in products that are sold to keep things dry in your closet or clothes dresser. It is also used in instant cold bags that are used to treat bruises and burns. This kind of information is available on the internet now, but may not be after a government caused crisis. I encourage any interested persons to research these things now. It will be too late to learn how to do it after the grid goes down.
Just because I can does not mean I want to make my own primers. After the last primer shortage (November 2012-2014, yep, 2 years long), I have been laying in a stockpile of primers that should keep me in ammo for a very long time (I buy them whenever I find a good deal, just found S&B primers at Cabelas for $19.99/1000). Same thing with projectiles and powder. So, when some collectivist idiot proposes cutting off the supply of ammunition as a form of gun control, there are many thousands like myself who will not be affected in the least. We also make ammunition that is equal to or better than any you can buy. I reload for every common pistol and rifle caliber people use today (and a few that aren't so common). I figure that ammo would make a pretty good currency in a post dollar barter based economy.
Just thought you might want to know that many of us are prepared for the worse. We will also help keep our freedom loving brothers in arms locked and loaded.
PS - I also buy commercial ammo when I find it at a good price.

More sexual advice from self-neutered eunuchs.

A Scotsman writes: Problem is gun control not racism
My reply, not that it will stay up long:
Starting a bloody civil war seems an odd way to "fight gun violence." In fact, if you want to see what real "gun violence" is, try to repeal the Second Amendment and watch the carnage that results. To free Americans, advice from self-neutered Europeans on liberty is like getting sexual tips from eunuchs. Just tell us, if you will, how many uncompromising firearm owners' deaths (and of their families) do you require before you would consider such a benighted, benevolent proposal requiring the iron hand of state violence against its own citizens to have been worth it? A hundred thousand? A million? Six million? Ten? If you want to get your way, you will have to kill us first. Just tell us how many of our deaths you require, you bloodthirsty collectivist. How many? Think it through and give us an answer now. We're waiting.

The Origins of Leftist Racial Orthodoxy

Three years old, but remarkably current.
If "diversity" is good, why do liberals congregate in lily-white enclaves like Vermont (the whitest state in the Union, according to the Census) and Marin County, California? White liberals hector others incessantly about the need for "diversity," but most have no interest in living in neighborhoods with large numbers of blacks. The ideal society in the liberal mind always seems to be a Scandinavian socialist one (which is to say that liberals strive to make the U.S. more like some of the most uniformly white nations in the world).

"Four Steps Toward Ending Gun Violence" and one giant leap into bloody civil war.

A collectivist ninny in the "field of Peace and Conflict Transformation" has a modest proposal: "Repeal the Second Amendment." My comment (although I doubt it will stay up long.
Starting a bloody civil war seems an odd way to "fight gun violence." In fact, if you want to see what real "gun violence" is, try to repeal the Second Amendment and watch the carnage that results. C'mon. We'll make it easy -- we won't fire the first shot. Your side, if you want to get what you want, must do that. Of course, given the ironclad Law of Unintended Consequences, intellectual apologists for tyranny such as yourself are unlikely to survive such a conflict, so does that make you brave or stupid? I'm leaning toward suicidally stupid, but you tell me. Follow through on your logic at least and tell us how many uncompromising firearm owners' deaths (and of their families) do you require before you would consider such a benighted, benevolent proposal requiring the iron hand of state violence against its own citizens to have been worth it? A hundred thousand? A million? Six million? Ten? If you want to get your way, you will have to kill us first. Just tell us how many of our deaths you require, you bloodthirsty collectivist. How many? Think it through and give us an answer now. -- Mike Vanderboegh, Pinson, AL

I figured this was coming. Collectivists push their propaganda advantage on the Confederate flag hysteria.

Confederate Ideology and the Second Amendment
LATER. See also, reference current hysteria: Alabama Governor Caspar Milquetoast Removes Confederate Flag From State Capitol. Bentley always was a statist weenie.

Sun Tzu, Napoleon and Barack Obama: Legitimacy, the Limits of Military Power and the Credible Capacity to Coerce.

As I wrote before the event, the authorities were not going to interfere with the Arms Expo because to do so would have been a strategic mistake of colossal proportions. (Thus making the local Facebook commandos -- who publicly declared their chicken little predictions and warnings to others not to attend -- the instruments of their own outing as cravenly cowards.)
Stuck as I was at Dallas-Forth Worth waiting for planes that never came in, I had many a conversation with other passengers in purgatory. I was amazed at how many people freely shared their own fears for the future and, more importantly, their very specific preparations to meet the events of economic/socital collapse, three-sided race war, civil war against a tyrannical government or some combination of all three.
What came through these conversations was this: There is some considerable slice of the citizenry who are psychologically and physically prepared to resist tyranny in any form -- far more than the tyrants are prepared to deal with them. It is also plain, as I have written and said many, many times, that the Obama regime has thrown away its legitimacy, its "Mandate of Heaven," with an ever increasing number of its citizens. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO OVER-EXAGGERATE WHAT THIS MAY MEAN IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.
In my blocks of instruction that I taught at the Arms Expo this weekend, I hit these points pretty hard. I also recommended to all that they obtain a copy of Dr. Joe Strange's book Capital 'W' War. Strange illustrates one example of this process and how failed legitimacy and the limits of military power combine to produce a strategic failure of the "credible capacity to coerce" that have particular relevance to the discussion about a possible American 4th Generation Warfare civil conflict in the 21st Century. (Fusion center analysts please take note.)
In 1807 Napoleon's empire was very impressive, but England -- the hated enemy -- remained undefeated and defiant.  To weaken England by economic warfare, Napoleon sent part of his army into the Iberian Peninsula to compel Portugal to participate in the Continental System.  Even though Spain was his ally in this affair, Napoleon took advantage of the presence of French troops in Spain (ostensibly on their way to Portugal) to convert the Spanish Monarchy into a "more reliable" ally against Britain.

After considering a few options, Napoleon decided to place his own brother, Joseph, on the throne, and issued 'secret orders for the arrest of the Spanish Royal Family.  This 'secret' soon sprung a leak, resulting in a spontaneous popular uprising in Madrid on the 2nd of May 1808 (the Dos de Mayo) and the deaths of many 'surprised' French soldiers.  But the French contingent in Madrid quickly rallied and retaliated with ruthless countermeasures.  Shortly thereafter, Joseph entered Spain along with the bulk of the French Army (which for a time was led by Napoleon himself).  Over the next several months, the French smashed one Spanish Army after another (with few exceptions).

  When studying the Peninsular War, we often tend to focus on the military assistance provided to the Portuguese and Spanish by the British (first under Moore and then Wellington).  This emphasis does not do justice to the resistance offered by the Portuguese, or the vast majority of the Spanish people who were lead by local partisan leaders, by army generals who here and there still commanded small numbers of regular troops, and by hundreds of priests and monks.

The Portuguese used scorched earth tactics under the direction of Wellington.  In Spain, the French occupation armies encountered guerrilla and partisan warfare, the nature and scale of which has seldom been seen in modern military history.  That resistance was characterized by a vicious cycle of brutality.  In sieges reminiscent of the Middle Ages, whole towns and cities fought to the last man, woman and child.  Moreover, these towns and cities were surrounded by thousands of square miles of rugged terrain ideally suited for partisan/guerrilla warfare.

There are many typical anecdotes; here is just one:  Four French soldiers (perhaps stragglers) were foraging for food.  They came to a small house.  Inside was a woman and her small child.  The woman said she had no food, but the soldiers found some 'hidden' in the attic.  still not trusting the woman, they made her feed some of the food to her own child, which she did.  The soldiers then ate.  Soon (but too late for them) one of them noticed the child turning blue.  The mother had poisoned her own child for the purpose of poisoning for enemy soldiers.  Before they died, the soldiers brutally bayoneted both mother and child.

Partisan warfare throughout Spain was so widespread and so intense that it required an escort of 4,000 French cavalry just to get a message from Madrid to Paris and vice versa.  The French occupation army, including allied units, lost 50,000 dead per year (to fighting and disease) for six years before it retreated back into France early in 1814.  After his exile to a small island in the South Atlantic (after his final defeat at Waterloo), Napoleon called this six-year nightmare "His Spanish Ulcer."

The Peninsular War was just the opposite of the kind of war he had successfully waged against earlier conventional opponents such as Austria and Prussia.  It was partisan-guerrilla war of truly national proportions.  It took on elements of a class war between the Spanish upper and lower classes.  And it took on a religious character that Napoleon never appreciated.


What lay at the root of Napoleon's failure in Spain? . . . Napoleon the statesman had set Napoleon the soldier an impossible task . . . (A)lthough the immediate military means were more or less achieved, the long-term requirement of winning popular support for the new regime was hopelessly compromised.  The lesson was there for the world to read: military conquest in itself cannot bring about a political victory.  This was by no means a new lesson, but seldom in history has it been so amply demonstrated.  -- David G. Chandler, The Campaigns of Napoleon, New York, Macmillan Publishing, 1966, p. 660.


  Napoleon, his brother Joseph, and the French armies had none -- NONE AT ALL -- in the minds and hearts of the Spanish people.  How about the credible capacity to coerce?  There is a difference between the capacity to "kill" and the capacity to "coerce."  Depending on the political context and the methods of killing, killing can be a productive component of coercion or it can be counter-productive.  "Credible Coercion" is defined by the target of the coercion; that is, by the WILL of the target.  The Spanish people decided that their will demonstrated that French Army's great capacity to kill did not translate into a credible capacity to coerce.


The French occupation army numbered roughly 300,000 troops more or less throughout the six year war.  Given Napoleon's failure to admit that he had made a fundamental political mistake, given his refusal to compromise, and given his penchant to blame his generals for every military setback, and given that Napoleon the Emperor had created a problem that no general could solve with military power alone -- 300,000 troops were not enough.  There were many French victories, but no peace.


Napoleon made four poor assumptions, the consequences of which were fatal.  In that sense, Napoleon the Emperor was the worst enemy of Napoleon the General.

(1)  The Emperor assumed that because members of the Spanish upper class supported Joseph as King, the Spanish masses would offer only passive resistance, if any.  Instead, the war in Spain took on elements of an ugly class war.

(2)  The Emperor assumed that there was a modestly large Spanish bourgeois (middle) class which would welcome the secular reforms and economic benefits of the French Revolution, as had been the case in France when the Revolutionary Government confiscated and sold Church lands to raise money and lower taxes on the middle class.  Therefore . . .

(3)  When Catholic priests and monks actively opposed the French to preserve Church lands and influence in Spanish society, Napoleon assumed that all Spaniards would see their actions as self-serving (as he did) and therefore that calls for popular resistance by the priests and monks would fall on deaf ears.

(4)  Finally, those three assumptions led Napoleon the Emperor to a seemingly logical fourth assumption: all Spanish resistance will end with the defeat of Spain's conventional armies.

NAPOLEON THE EMPEROR WAS WRONG ON ALL FOUR COUNTS.  He misjudged the Spanish people, the extent of their pride, the tenacity of their religious faith, and their loyalty to their own (Spanish) King.  He thereby underestimated the severity of the military task facing him.  "If I thought it would cost me 80,000 men I would not attempt it," he blandly asserted, "but it will cost me no more than 12,000."   The price he paid for his arrogance and ignorance was not 12,000, but 300,000 French and allied soldiers, and ultimately his own empire and throne.  -- Capitol "W" War, Dr. Joe Strange, 1998, pp. 187-191.

"The price he paid for his arrogance and ignorance was . . . ultimately his own empire and throne." Today's tyrant wannabes, especially Barack Obama, ought to remember that.

My apologies to the armed civil disobedience resisters of the state of New York. I've been saying that their noncompliance with the SAFE Act is 90%. Turns out it's more like NINETY FIVE PERCENT!

"You can eat a turd if you have enough ketchup." -- Grandpa Vanderboegh.
State Police hands over SAFE Act data
Meanwhile, the antigunners are trying to eat this particular turd and smile by covering it with a liberal dose of ketchup: Statement by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence on Assault Weapons Registrations
I'm working on a plan to bring the armed civil disobedience to New York state in a very public manner later this year. More on that later.

Requiem For An American Dream

Whether we like it or not, our country is in the latter stages of this drastic change as an atmosphere of revolution has been deliberately forced upon us just as it was in 1773.

Here they come again.

Manchin, Toomey both interested in reviving gun control push
LATER: But we have this from Charles Cooke -- Don’t Blame the Second Amendment
But, for all their admonitions, it will remain a fact that nobody in a black robe or a powdered wig is instructing the American public to buy record numbers of guns, to apply for millions of concealed-carry permits, to demand the liberalization of their state laws, to take up shooting for the first time, or to tell pollsters that they side with the Second Amendment rather than with the sort of restrictive legislation that we see abroad. For better or for worse, the lion’s share of the pro–Second Amendment energy that has marked the last 25 years has come not from the judge’s gavel but from political shifts at the local and national levels. The quandary that the reformers face can be summed up simply: Were we the sort of culture that would be willing to repeal the Second Amendment, we would be the sort of culture that would not need to do so.

Red Diaper Baby. Judicial Watch: "FBI Files Document Communism in Valerie Jarrett’s Family."

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files obtained by Judicial Watch reveal that the dad, maternal grandpa and father-in-law of President Obama’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, were hardcore Communists under investigation by the U.S. government.

Back. Exhausted but back.

My flight out of Dallas Forth Worth kept getting delayed until when we finally boarded at a little after three. Then, a seat arm rest fell apart and had to be duct-taped together by maintenance before the plane could leave the ground. I kid you not. Finally got in to Birmingham around 5PM and Rosey picked me up. We went to celebrate a successful trip with a bite to eat and then went home where the day's end hit me like a ton of bricks and I just now awoke to try to play catchup.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Stuck in Dallas overnight after flight cancelled. Proceeding on this morning.

Will try to post some links this am from the hotel where American Airlines put me up last night. This has been a most productive trip, accidents of the journey notwithstanding (including a broken tooth that I did to myself).
LATER: Well, the hotel computer is not cooperating with cut and paste so I'll have to wait until I'm home.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Praxis: Guerrilla Reloading -- Berdan to Boxer Conversion, Ammonpulver and Reusing Spent Pimers.

Berdan to Boxer Conversion Method
"Thanks to the excellent instructions published by M.Chandler at http://web.archive.org/web/20090109164453/http://users.ameritech.net/mchandler/primer.html, I finally found a practical method of converting .217" Berdan brass to take .210" Boxer primers. The tools I used are an RCBS primer pocket swager, a good loading press, a drill, a spare shellholder, and a ball bearing about 1/2 inch in diameter. The process is simple and quick, requiring under two minutes per case once everything is set up. It works very well for me. Once I'd made up a dozen cases, I loaded and fired 150-grain bullets with charges of WC852 from 43 to 55 grains, then reloaded and fired one case 7 times with the stiff 55-grain load. There were no gas leaks at all and the primer pocket was just about as snug after 7 load/fire cycles as it was immediately after conversion."
Ammonpulver is a very energetic powder with an energy content about equal to powders like 2400, Blue Dot, or Bullseye, which are all quite powerful. Its burn rate is controlled the same way as other powders by changing the grain size, and I found that the ammonpulver I made ranged in burn rate from about IMR3031 or IMR4895 down to around IMR4350 in granulations about like corn meal on down to Cream of Wheat, the finer the granulation the faster it burns. It is also flashless as well as a truly smokeless powder, the combustion products are nitrogen, carbon monoxide, and water in the form of steam; all of which are clear colorless gases. Because of the inevitable ash from the wood charcoal, a very tiny amount of smoke in the form of a colloidal dust is briefly seen, and when the temperature is low and humidity high the condensed steam is also seen as "smoke" that very rapidly disappears.
As has already been mentioned, ammonpulver is simply a finely ground mixture of carefully dried ammonium nitrate and charcoal (ammonium nitrate is highly hygroscopic and readily absorbs moisture from the air and when left out in the open it turns into a soupy puddle), the range of proportions that prove useful are from about 80% ammonium nitrate and 20% charcoal, to 90% ammonium nitrate and 10% charcoal. The chemically balanced equation gives very close to 86.96% ammonium nitrate and 13.04% charcoal (87% and 13% are close enough). However, I did all my experiments with the most commonly used proportions of 85% ammonium nitrate and 15% dead-burnt charcoal. It is of utmost importance to use dead-burnt charcoal since the creosotes left from partially roasted wood make the powder unstable and possibly subject to spontaneous ignition. The partially roasted wood charcoal that was used for canon powder by the U.S. Navy in the 1890s is probably what blew up the U.S. battleship Maine in Havana Harbor in Cuba in 1898, setting off the Spanish American War. At the time in 1898, it was rumored that a Spanish torpedo or sea mine was responsible for the Maine sinking, however later problems with auto-ignition of the so-called "cocoa powder" made using partially roasted charcoal that was still a reddish-brown color is most likely what ignited the canon powder magazine aboard the Maine, blowing it up and sinking it in seconds. Anyway, to be safe, the charcoal used for making ammonpulver should conduct electricity, ensuring that it is dead burnt and has no creosote left in it.
What if you can't buy primers for handloading, DIY ammo option

Elites agree: Firearms in the hands of the common folks are bad things.

Anthony Martin comments: Enemies of liberty tip their hand
Karl Rove: Only Way To Stop The Violence Is To Repeal Second Amendment
Compelling reason to reconsider gun laws

A great success. We stuck our thumb in Bloomberg's eye and got away with it.

Exhausted but will try to have more tomorrow.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Statement by Mike Vanderboegh at the opening of the Arms Expo, Yakima WA, 20 June 2015

I'd like to speak to you about the uniqueness of what we are doing here today and the efforts we are making to deal with this unprecedented event and how it effects the way we're handling the competing interests of the participants and the press.  First of all, I'd like to thank y'all for coming and taking your courage in your own two hands and braving the uncertainties to be here.  In looking out at you I see the Founders descendants, only the Founders didn't have to deal with the modern surveillance state.  There were no cameras at the Boston Tea Party, the Green Dragon Tavern where the Sons of Liberty met was not bugged by the secret political police of Ministry of Homeland Security, the Committees of Correspondence did not have their communications photographed by the Royal Mail, General Gage did not possess surveillance drones and Captain Parker was not plagued by agents provocateurs within his own ranks working for the King and determined to discredit the Patriot cause by goading them into firing first.  It is fortunate for us that King George did not possess these instruments of tyranny.  But the fact of the matter is that Barack Obama and his minions do possess them.  So when you come here today, you are, I believe, exhibiting every bit as much courage as the Founders, for you do face these threats and still you refuse to comply.  By your very presence here today, you are sending the message: WE WILL NOT COMPLY WITH THE INSTRUMENTS OF OUR OWN SLAVERY.

But how does this new reality impact us?  You are here.  The press is, or will be, here.  But the fact of the matter is that there's gonna be some good old fashioned Sons of Liberty tyranny-breakin' goin' on here today and the event organizers are doing their best to balance the competing interests of the participants and the press.  How?  Well, first of all we have a First Amendment area set up for the press.  We will be providing folks for them to interview throughout the day but they will not be allowed to roam freely in the event area.  They will, I am sure, try to interview folks going in and coming out of the venue.  Whether you talk them or not is strictly up to you.  But I would urge caution because remember, there's going to be some tyranny-defyin' goin' on here and anything you say, your identity, even your presence, may later be of interest to an unscrupulous state prosecutor who wants to enforce unconstitutional laws.  The other thing is that there are groups out there -- and the Southern Poverty Law Center comes first to mind -- who specialize in masquerading as press, or who circulate through crowds at these events, asking provocative questions whose answers they can later use out of context to discredit people.  Pretending to be participants, they take surveillance photos that they will later provide to their symbiotic agents of social control in the FBI and the DHS.  This should come as no surprise.  It is what they do.  It is not for nothing that we in Alabama call them the Southern Preposterous Lie Center.  But you should expect that.  They are collectivists therefore they are liars.  It is who they are.  You might as well blame a rattlesnake for biting.  But the thing is, they are not as noble as the rattlesnake because they give you no warning before striking.  These folks are copperheads, people, pretending to be what they are not, so be advised.

As for the real press, this situation puts them at some risk as well.  Anything they do here today, interviews, picture taking, video, may later haul them before a grand jury.  This is a direct danger to their First Amendment rights to do their job without threat or interference.  So as much as they might chafe under the restrictions of the First Amendment zone, I hope they understand that we're trying to look out for their own interests as well as yours.  After all, at the Bundy Ranch the press agreed to a First Amendment zone so it's not the first time they've experienced this.  So it's not as great a challenge as, say, asking Hillary Clinton a serious question about Benghazi, or anything.

So, that being said, we will proceed as best we can to have a great event today, to celebrate our rights and responsibilities as free American citizens, and to nullify with our defiance Mike Bloomberg's hateful unconstitutional law, purchased at the cost of his millions.  American jurisprudence has long held that an unconstitutional law is null and void.  But by your presence here today, you will nullify I-594 more directly and immediately.  If it is later found to be "officially" unconstitutional, it will be redundant -- FOR YOU HERE WILL HAVE NULLIFIED IT LONG BEFORE.  And may God bless you for having the courage to be here.  Somewhere, Sam Adams and all the Founding generation are smiling.

Praxis: "My very first RF burn."

Doing that last little tweak to the final tank circuit, ~130 watts going out, the blade got lose in the shaft, rotating, and making the contact between finger and the trimmer. Carbon fiber sheet IS CONDUCTIVE.. amazingly so... and my body jumped backwards several feet away from the radio and bulkhead, I rolled in a muscle-jerk backwards somersault, through an open engine bay door and down into the engine hold 5 feet below. The GMC 6-71 diesel engine I landed on did a wonderful job of stopping me, and ruining my clothes with a coating of nasty smelling carbon loaded oil.

'Time to put money under the mattress".

High profile fund managers explain how to prepare for a 'systemic event'

Obama's contempt for Second Amendment on full display at press conference/

The Founders bequeathed us the Second Amendment because they knew perfectly well that the likes of Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook shooter; Seung-Hui Cho, the Virginia Tech shooter; and Dylann Roof, the accused South Carolina church shooter, could just as easily have ended up wearing the uniform of the SS, the Khmer Rouge, or the NKVD, and done far more damage than they did as private citizens. That’s a lesson we ought not forget as the braying for more gun control begins in the media.

Friday, June 19, 2015

More proof of the futility of firearms confiscation. (But enough to make a careful handloader shudder with fright.)

Thanks to a devoted reader in New York, I received a copy of a book I have long been looking to add to my collection: American Guerrilla in the Philippines.
In preparing for my presentations on improvised munitions tomorrow and Sunday, I ran across this description by David Iliff Richardson of ammunition production behind the lines during world War II. It is more proof, if any were needed, of the futility of firearms confiscation.
After the battle of Baybay our army's first problem -- more immediate even than establishing a civil government and getting paid -- was ammunition. They had shot off almost everything they had. Besides, they had been using battery separators and battery terminal lead as well as other soft metals for their bullets. With soft metal like that, you fire a few times and the rifling of the barrel fills up. Then you get a recoil that knocks you ten feet.
The whole ordnance problem became my baby. I had made a deal with Colonel McLish (another guerrilla unit leader, before leaving him, for four thousand empty .30 caliber cartridges. We'd load them and give him back one thousand loaded cartridges in exchange. I found a kid named Kuizon to organize an ordnance factory for us. We scrounged around and got a hand forge, some hack saws, and a file. That was the small-arms factory.
This boy Kuizon did all the experimenting. He was about twenty-one, the son of a pharmacist from Bato. He had never been in the army before, but I made him a third lieutenant because he was so ingenious and willing.
We foraged in schoolhouses for the bullets to fill the shells. The brass curtain rods there were made of a good hard metal just a little thicker than a .30 caliber bullet. We cut the rod up into appropriate lengths, then filed the end down to point it. There was an old broken-down Springfield rifle there, and they'd stick the bullet in this, thake a rod and try to run it through, If it went, it fit. If it didn't, they'd file some more.
For the primer, we used sulphur mixed with coconut shell carbon. Later we were able to get hold of some antimony and add it to the mixture. Then it worked 80 to 90 percent efficiently. Our main source of powder was from Japanese sea mines that we would dismantle, We;d mix in pulverized wood to retard the burning because mine powder is too violent for a rifle bullet. It took us blowing up about five rifles -- blowing off the firing pins, the extractors, and the bolts -- to find out about that.
All measuring was done rudely, by thumb and by guess and by God. You'd pour the powder into the cartridge with a little homemade funnel sort of thing until you thought you had enough. Then you'd put the piece off the brass curtain rod into the cartridge and crimp the cartridge around it with a pair of pliers. Presto, you had a bullet. Each bullet had to be tested for fit because all our cartridges had been fired once or twice or four times before. We'd load and extract each bullet. If the shoulder was too big, we'd crimp it down. If it was too small, we'd say that was fine.
Getting the right measure for the mixture was Kuizon's business. It was all trial and error. When there was an error, the cartirdges would blow up in the gun. Powder flashes would come out between the bolts and burn his hands. One morning he broke three rifles in succession, burning his hands three times and jolting his shoulder so badly his toes ached.
"Sir, I do not like to do this work, sir," he admitted finally. "I will put the rifle on the table, sir, and test by long distance, sir."
Finally we managed to dragoon an apothecary's scales and after a few more tests "by long distance" no more rifles blew up. Using this ammunition was hard on our guns, but it worked and killed a Jap to beat hell. The boys liked them because the mine powder gave the bullets so much power they never had to figure windage.
Our ordnance factory never filled more than a one-room house, about twenty feet by ten. But we expanded it to making extractors and firing pins out of such steel as we could find -- usually spring steel. These weren't very successful, but they worked fine for a dozen rounds. I put sixty soldiers to work in the ordnance plant, but the filing of the brass curtain rods to fit took so long that our production never got better than an average of 160 bullets a day.
So, dear readers, the next time you are tempted to complain about the price or availability of ammunition, remember the guerrillas of the Philippines. Necessity may be the mother of invention, but to those who are constrained by an absolute poverty of means, necessity can be a mother.

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