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Where the name came from

What's with the title Woodpile Report? Well, it's this way, from January of 2004 until mid-2007 it was emailed to a subscibers list. In that form it was titled the Woodpile Weather Report. A picture of ol' Remus's woodpile appeared at the top as both a weather report and, by documenting the progression from log pile to chunkwood to a split 'n stacked woodpile, a witness to the seasonal changes. It was the thin thread from which comments hung. As thrilling as all that was, the comments metastasized and took over. But the title remains.

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You're about to be lied to when they say-

a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
disparate impact
diverse backgrounds
economically disadvantaged
emerging consensus
experts agree
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
in denial
inclusive environment
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
speaking truth to power
statistics show
sustainable, sustainability
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
too many
too often
touched by
underserved populations
undocumented immigrant
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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You know what the media's saying by not saying it when they say -

at-risk students
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
unruly crowd
urban youths
young people
young men
youth violence

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag.

Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period.

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

Don't look back; you are never completely alone.

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics


Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

Financial Collapse. Faith in "business as usual" is lost.

Commercial Collapse. Faith that "the market shall provide" is lost.

Political Collapse. Faith that "the government will take care of you" is lost.

Social Collapse. Faith that "your people will take care of you" is lost.

Cultural Collapse. Faith in the goodness of humanity is lost.

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

Simplification: reducing all data to a single confrontation between ‘Good and Bad', ‘Friend and Foe'.

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

Transfusion: manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one's own ends.

Unanimity: presenting one's viewpoint as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people: drawing the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star performers, by social pressure, and by ‘psychological contagion'.

Orchestration: endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.”

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

Principle of Liking - people tend to form trust with those they’re attracted to, both physically and emotionally

Social Proof - People are motivated more by what others do than a perceived or even quantifiable benefit

Rule of Reciprocation - Humans feel a sense of obligatory quid pro quo

Commitment & Consistency - Most people stick with their original decisions despite information that supports changing their course

Principle of Authority - Authority, whether real or perceived, elicits obedience in many people

Principle of Scarcity - People want to be included in exclusive offers and often make poor choices under pressure

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How to prosecute anybody

Look around for "suspicious" behavior, i.e., behavior on the part of a private citizen that can be made to appear suspicious

Ruthlessly probe every element of the "suspect's" life, using the effectively infinite resources of the State, until enough "suspicious" behavior has been amassed

Assemble a huge list of charges to place before a grand jury

Present the case in such a fashion as to promote the less plausible accusations and obscure the more plausible ones, thus securing a grab-bag indictment

Offer the indicted person a plea bargain that will spare him centuries in prison and complete pauperization at the bargain price of a few years and/or a few thousand dollars.

Francis Porretto

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Rembrandt van Rijn, Self Portrait, 1629


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Rembrandt at 23 years old. An arresting image. The technique is called "chiaroscuro", creating a three dimensional look by painting from dark to light, a Renaissance innovation. Taken to extremes it's called "tenebrism", practiced by the Spanish masters most notably, but to me the look of tenebrism is one of nighttime '40s flash bulb crime photos. When tempered in northern climes with subtle gradation and nuance, chiaroscuro became "Rembrandt lighting", a standard setup for portrait painters and photographers to this day. Okay okay, this painting's a little over the top—because 23 years old.

Another week gone by, what fresh disasters litter the landscape?

Karl "hang 'em high" Denninger at Market Ticker writes , "any claim that cops wish to level about being "heroes" and "first responders" went right out the window in Orlando  and for me, anyway, it will  never return. The police in this case, including SWAT and all the other agencies,  literally  prevented the triage and transport of injured and dying people from the scene to a trauma center  right down the street  by  refusing to engage the shooter for  three hours after their first arrival on-scene". Mr. Denninger says what most won't, and makes a compelling case for malfeasance. Now we know how Omar used the free time granted him by Orlando's Finest:

Fox News - In the hours after he blasted his way into an Orlando gay nightclub, and with his victims lying dead or wounded around him, Omar Mateen took to Facebook to pledge his loyalty to ISIS and threaten more attacks on the civilized world

Consider the facts. It was a Gun Free Zone. Patrons were largely gay and lesbian. The club had a bouncer and armed security. All but one exit was padlocked. In the end, none of this matters. It was a crowd, that's what matters. Next time the details will be different, and each detail will be argued nine different ways. But there will be the one constant, again and as always, it'll be a crowd. There will be the dead, the dying, the maimed and the miraculous survivors. Be somewhere else when it happens. Stay away from crowds. Next.

The Obama reaction to the Orlando kill-fest is typical, he warns us not to annoy the Moslems—apparently he believes we must get his permission first—then he insults and attacks us. This time Obama pivoted to gun control. He never misses a chance to kick ordinary people in the shins so he can enjoy their pain. Nor do the gays and lesbians, a catastrophically unwise choice in the long term, my opinion, but it was theirs to make. Taking their cue from Obama's DC, the shin-kicking anti-gun machine is cranked up to ten and the weak sisters are bailing, to wit:

"Congress should debate what kind of weapons should be available for public sale. And the states, the individual states, should decide what kind of carry laws are good for their own people." Bill O'Reilly, Fox News

Bill O'Reilly has revealed himself many times for the contemptible weasel he is when it comes to the Second Amendment. It's no surprise he scurried for cover, or where he scurried to, namely, to his coastie friends. He's the perpetual wannabe, when it really counts, he's one of 'em. Hey Bill, no spin. Get wise. The AR-15, "America's gun", has been sold in big numbers for fifty years now .

Harpers - Although it’s often portrayed as something that only a mass killer could possibly want, it is practically the whole gun business — a favorite among hunters, sport shooters, and for home defense. One in five guns sold in America last year, and more than half of all rifles, was an AR-15. Nationwide it's involved in fewer than 3 percent of all murders

You're welcome Bill, just lookin' out for you. Here's another guy:

"I will be meeting with the NRA, who has endorsed me, about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no fly list, to buy guns." Donald Trump

"I’d like to see that, and I’d like to say it, and it’s simpler. It’s just simpler. Now, what they say, and I understand that also, it’s the Second Amendment. They’re depriving them of those rights … We have to make sure that people that are terrorists or have even an inclination toward terrorism cannot buy weapons, guns." Donald Trump

Reason - No-Fly List, No Guns: Trump Agrees with Obama, Clinton. He Thinks the NRA Should, Too.

Donald Trump was also marinated in New York we're-so-special sauce since birth. He has yet to reveal himself fully, but this flicker of kinship with the handwringing snowflakes speaks loudly to those who suspect he'll cave completely if elected. As always, I'm willing to be pleasantly surprised. As always, I'm still waiting.

Then there are these, posted without comment:

NY Post - Obama: ‘We’ are to blame, not Islamic terrorism, for massacre

Fox News, Gretchen Carlson - Yesterday I startled many, and pleased tons of others by saying, I believe the assault weapons ban in this country should be reinstated.

You gotta hand it to 'em. DC has successfully deflected attention from homicidal Moslems to the moldy, beaten to death, moth-bitten and all but terminally tedious gun control carbuncle. But when yer outflanked y'gotta engage 'em where you find 'em. This is how they get us circling round 'n round, going no place. Just when you think the bad guy is gonna get gored this time for sure, they pull out the red cape and play us until we drop from exhaustion. Sigh.

Anyway, Gun Owners of America notes:

The Orlando killer wasn't on a “no-fly” list. 

He wasn't being currently investigated by the FBI. 

He passed numerous background checks, and was a licensed security guard in a courthouse. 

Thus, no amount of proposed federal gun control could have prevented the Orlando terrorist from purchasing a gun. 

This killer WAS an ISIS-loving terrorist who openly expressed his desire to engage in mass murder prior to his 911 declaration from the Pulse nightclub. 

He WAS the subject of an FBI investigation two years ago, and the FBI gave him a pass. 

And he committed his atrocity in a Gun-Free Zone, where all the victims were disarmed by law.

Note also the DHS is claiming expanded gun control authority based on the terrorism threat. To no one's shock, the DHS, nominally an impartial investigative and enforcement agency, is politicized past the point of embarrassment. This chin-dribble is from Jeh Johnson, Obama's obedient stooge at DHS:

We have to face the fact that meaningful, responsible gun control has to be part of homeland security as well, given the prospect of homegrown, home-born violent extremism in this country. We need to do something to minimize the opportunities for terrorists to get a gun in this country, and this is now something that is critical to homeland security as well as public safety.

Jeh Johnson repeatedly claims "right wing extremists" are a threat equal to the Islamic jihadists. Agencies within DHS generate the list of "right wing extremists" so it's a sweet deal for them. Look for a replay of the IRS enemies list except with door-busting raids and breathless "stay tuned, frog marches at eleven" from their chorus in the media.

Shall we see more attacks by Moslems because Obama and his henchmen are diverting significant DHS resources to their political agenda? Duh. Yes. Said differently, the solemn promises about DHS after 911 were lies. The cynics were right again. Next item please.

It begins.

Cheaper Than Dirt - High demand update. We have lots of orders. Our shipping team is working around the clock to ship your orders as fast as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Next item.

Long time readers know my opinion of national politics. To vote in elections for national office is to be an accomplice to a criminal enterprise by way of personal and actionable consent. Even aside from principle there is no practical reason to vote, outcomes have been "arranged" for some long time with carve-outs in the nominating procedure, with illegal aliens and captives of—oops, clients of—DC voting by tens of millions, with open and beyond shame media complicity, and fraud at the polls. National elections are blatantly illegitimate, contemptible theatre, one long enabling act, same as any other third world pest-hole.

There is no reforming DC so why involve yourself in their palace intrigues about seating arrangements and perks? Reform yourself instead, it's tough enough. If your passion is justice for the little guy, who's smaller than you? You have no congressional caucus devoted to your every whim and grievance. You have no super-pac or platoon of lobbyists to steer favors and funds your way. You have no "foundation" with eager millionaires standing in line to donate. DC pays no attention to you because you are of no consequence to them. Return the favor. Next.

Reader TC says, "We started 12 years ago vacuum packing all our dry goods in mason jars.  Anything with moisture content less than 5% we put in jars and sealed them up.  Saltine crackers from 10 years are still fresh.  Pastas, rice, dry beans of all kinds, flour, sugar, grits, corn meal, coffee, dried milk, oatmeal, pancake mix, cake mix, candies, etc., all last exceptionally well under vacuum.  We purchased a 2.5 CFM Harbor Freight vacuum pump years ago and use the FoodSaver adapters for Mason Jars to seal them."

My readers gotta be the best there are. Info from "those what's doing" is the most valuable kind. It hadn't occurred to me to vacuum pack crackers and cake mix &c. He and the missus also have a home freeze-dry unit and have been making their own for over a year, which they also vacuum pack in Mason jars rather than mylar and pails. Next item.

Some of my correspondents are annoyed at my passive attitude toward praise and criticism. I concluded long ago I'm unqualified to judge the value of my writings. Once published, legitimate assessment is rightly in the hands of its readers. From where else should it come? Put another way, should a designer of boats take credit and blame for the weather at sea? Next.

How about one restroom labeled "Men", the other marked "Everyone Else"? Works for me. Next.

Donald Trump said, on Fox News, "Something is going on. He doesn’t get it, or he gets it better than anybody understands. It’s one or the other. (He's) not tough, not smart – or he’s got something else in mind." Relying on the sputtering outrage from the mainstream media and other well-placed rodents, Trump, if ever so obliquely, has poked the secret that's stinking up DC.

When Obama's crimes are revealed, and those of his collaborators and apologists fully understood, the nation will be shaking with disgust, stunned by the intent and immensity of the betrayal. The rage to follow can't be presumed but Simon Wiesenthal-style manhunts, serial trials and even Avenger-style extralegal reprisals would not surprise me. Avoid this stuff. A righteous crowd is still a crowd. Be content to "read many obituaries with great pleasure" as Clarence Darrow put it.

Drat. My minders just walked in. They're cinching up the restraints, starting the intravenous drip—the full Hawkins. Please amuse yourself with the new Woodpile Report while I'm indisposed.


Remus's notebook


PaGun Blog - Double Tap Range Responds, and Gresh Kuntzman is a Liar

Town Hall - Pro-Gun Control Senator: Forget Due Process, 'It's Killing Us'

Daily Mail - Hoards of desperate looters storm a shop in crisis-hit Venezuela and ransack shelves for food amid drastic supplies shortage [includes video]

Daily Caller - NY Times Editorial: Congress Should Secretly Suspend Second Amendment Rights

Breitbart - Veteran Forcibly Dragged from Air Force Ceremony for Mentioning God

All Outdoor - Outdoor Activity is Good For Your Brain and Body. Head to the woods or water to regain your sanity.

Art Of Manliness - 37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen from 1875

Aeon - Medieval graffiti Graffiti on the walls of Europe's old churches reveals the real Middle Ages – a world far removed from knights and damsels

City Journal - Blue Voyagers, Residents of Democratic states seek escape from the tax man.

Survival Blog - No Fly = No Buy? No Way!

Real Revo - Conservatives Are Destroying Leftists With New Debate Tactic

Market Ticker - So It Has Now Been A Week, And the following is quite clear. [Karl Denninger at his best, don't miss this one]

Seattle Times - Dramatic video shows hero disarming shooter at Seattle Pacific University in 2014. [Released after a lengthy court fight. Victims of the shooting as well as the university had tried to block the city from releasing this video.]

Daily Caller - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is now the latest state prosecutor to start investigating conservative groups with supposed ties to ExxonMobil ... for allegedly trying to cover up global warming science.

Cosmos - It seems we really are awash with gravitational waves, with a second detection just three months after the first.

Daily Mail - Millions of people may be needlessly taking statins every day: Study claims lowering cholesterol may NOT slash heart attack risk

Global Guerrilas - ISIS has found a way to pierce US counter-terrorism defenses. The lone wolf terrorist does not exist.

YouTube - Orlando shooter Omar Mateen has a small part in "The Big Fix", about the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Video. 0m 55s.

Downstream Politics - Orlando Killer’s Father Held Meetings At The White House

21st Century Wire - Father of Orlando Shooter is Long-time CIA Asset

Real Clear Politics - Lynch: "Partial Transcript" Of Orlando 911 Calls Will Have References To Islamic Terrorism Removed

CNN - FBI releases partial transcript of Orlando nightclub shooting calls

Fox News - FBI, DOJ release new, full transcript of Orlando shooter's 911 call

Breitbart - After first releasing a redacted transcript that deleted references to the Islamic State, the FBI released the full transcript, which included an English translation changing the word “Allah” to “God.”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The "reason" Lynch gave for deleting references to Islamic terrorism makes no sense, to wit: " What we're not going to do is further proclaim this man's pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda ... We will hear him talk about some of those things, but we are not going to hear him make his assertions of allegiance and that," she said in her trademark semi-literate way.

Huh? How is the killer's motive "propaganda"? Unless Lynch is an unregistered lobbyist for CAIR, censoring it makes no sense. This is what makes sense: the Big Lie must be protected, if Obama won't say it, no one can, not even the perp.

No wonder DHS can't connect the dots. No wonder they don't actually prevent these massacres. They see themselves as a forensics outfit, worse, they believe their mandate is to rewrite facts so the evidence fits the narrative. We're truly on our own.

How's this ban on the phrase "Islamic terrorism" supposed to work? We refer to "the N-word" and similar now, shall we add "the I-word"? Shall we say it was "I-word terrorism", or what? Will news articles use I*****c terrorism? Does DC have a clue how retarded—oops—r******d this stuff sounds to normal people?

PJ Media, Christian Adams - Time Is Running Out for American Muslims

Detroit Free Press - Wayne State University has subtracted mathematics from the list of classes all students must take to graduate.

War Is Boring - Gun-Makers Have Sold AR-15s to Civilians For More Than 50 Years

Stack - Researchers have uncovered an underground marketplace selling information on over 70,000 compromised servers based around the globe.

Cosmos - Don't look now, but we're being followed by an asteroid that tracks our every movement. [Big one too]


World War III
The run up


Intel News - A report by Canada's primary intelligence agency warns in stark language that Russia is “retooling its military for a fight” and appears to be “mobilizing for war”.

Unz Review - How Russia Is Preparing for WWIII. [Long read]

AntiMedia - The increased spending on U.S. nuclear weapons is already provoking similar responses from Russia and China. We are slowly slipping back into another Cold War, but this time on two fronts.

Peak Prosperity - Tensions Between US/NATO & Russia Are Flaring Dangerously. A cornered bear will ultimately use its claws

Peak Prosperity - Dmitry Orlov: The US Is Sleepwalking Towards A Nuclear Confrontation

Daily Sheeple - Is Something BIG Coming? Report: FEMA Just Quietly Activated Civilian Corps

Military Times - The Pentagon's controversial plan to hire military leaders off the street

Military Times - The Taliban now hold more ground in Afghanistan than at any point since 2001

Shenandoah - The US Military is Not Ready for World War III

SHTF Plan - A Force To Be Reckoned With: China And Russia Are Building Some Seriously Advanced Sea-Based Weapons

Aviationist - The U.S. build-up in the disputed waters of South China Sea continues with bombers, carriers and Electronic Attack planes.

AFP via Yahoo - Germany slams NATO 'warmongering' on Russia

Reuters - German army chiefs eye large purchases of tanks, radios

New Europe - NATO prepares to offer Georgia and Ukraine an “Association Partnership”

Jane's - NATO begins work on Polish Ballistic Missile Defense site

WSJ - Closing the Gap: NATO Moves to Protect Weak Link in Defenses Against Russia. Known as the Suwalki Gap, a 64-mile strip of Poland’s eastern border has become a growing focus of U.S. military planning

CT Mirror - Electric Boat plans major hiring, expansion to tackle sub ramp up


1949. Ford magazine ad

Another in a long line of woodies, the 1949 Ford Custom station wagon was a standout. Ford didn't quite have the two-tone thing figured out 'though—one side green, the other side blue—trust me, people ain't going to like it. They just won't.


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Fred On Everything - We observe that Muslims are nothing but trouble anywhere, so we import Muslims. We observe that diversity is the chief source of bitter strife in the world, so we open the borders. When seeking employees, we deliberately hire people who can’t do the job. In our universities we purposely admit those who neither can nor want to learn. Then, when the obvious, the predictable, indeed the inevitable unexpectedly occurs, we insist that it really didn’t, or shouldn’t have, or wouldn’t have, or something, and do it again. In its way it is wonderfully funny. Unless of course you are among the dead.


Campus Reform - Rev. Dennis Holtschneider apologized to the public for the incident, all the while issuing backhanded insults at Yiannopoulos, who, Holtschneider claimed, was “unworthy of university discourse. They read my letter about free speech as they were still shaking from the frightening effects of the hate speech they experienced,” Holtschneider wrote. “I am deeply sorry for the harm that was unleashed by a speaker whose intent was to ignite racial tensions and demean those most marginalized, both in our society and at DePaul." Students, however, were apparently still upset with Holtschneider’s handling of the incident, resulting in his resignation late Monday evening.


PJ Media, Richard Fernandez - What's different about the issues involved in Orlando is that the stakes that night were not about the price of metals, but about the foundations of liberal social and foreign policy. The vast quantities of political capital and money wagered on multiculturalism, the benign nature of radical Islam, and the power of the state to provide physical security were irreplaceable. In one night, they had a vision of those foundations turning to sand, and it has spooked them. This was no academic wager they could laugh off. By losing this bet, liberals would stand to lose not only money but their actual lives.


American Thinker - New York Daily News reporter Gersh Kuntzmann has done an error-filled hit piece on the AR-15 rifle – which was, of course, timed to take advantage of the atrocity in Orlando. "It feels like a bazooka – and sounds like a cannon," about a lightweight sporting rifle that is so easy to handle that it is popular enough with teenage female shooters to be manufactured in hot pink Barbie versions. But an admittedly "terrified" Kuntzmann goes on to proudly parade his ignorance by inferring that such a weapon can fire a forty-round "clip" in less than five seconds.


Politico - When it comes to protecting the United States from the threat of terrorism, gun control is now a critical component, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said. "I am not anxious to plunge into yet another difficult, contentious issue like the ones I already have. I do believe, however, that meaningful, responsible gun control is now part and parcel of homeland security. We need to do something to minimize the opportunities for terrorists to get a gun in this country. This is now something that is critical to homeland security as well as public safety."




art-remus-ident-04.jpg Let's take our time machine for a spin and poke around Ohio during the Great Depression and the very last of the pre-war years. Bring a lunch 'cause I'm not sharing ... mmm mm ... got a tin of kippers and a jar of tomato juice and some crackers.


1936. Cincinnati Ohio. Flop house upstairs, greasy spoon downstairs. Oops. Wrong. No more complete meals for 15¢—about two fifty-nine in today's dollars. "Must sell out" Bob wrote on the window. "For rent" says the sign.


1936. Jackson Ohio. There are 30 Jackson Townships in Ohio. This would be the one with a McCormick-Deering dealership, which probably narrows it down to 29.


1936. Jackson Ohio. The repair parts inventory perhaps. The kid dreams of being all grown up and commanding such an empire. The proprietor dreams of being a kid again, playing in a junk yard. Both are wishing things were some other way, so, same as always.


1939. Cincinnati Ohio. The Royal Theatre. "Until 6 PM All Seats 10¢, After 6 PM All Seats 15¢". According to Turner Classic Movies, "Rookie Cop is an overlooked "B" movie starring Tim Holt as the title character. Good story, basically a rookie police officer wants to use dog's sense of small to help nab criminals. When he wrongfully gets dismissed from the police force, he uses his dog to help round up a band of criminals." Wow. Oscar stuff. "Within the Law" is even more obscure. TCM says: "A wrongly convicted woman studies law and seeks her revenge." Woman, prison, revenge—it's a three bagger. All this and a twelve foot anthropomorphic butterfly for a measly 15¢. And they said times were tough. Pfft.


1941. Cleveland Ohio. No, not a still from a W.C. Fields movie, this guy's a security guard at White Motor Company. His nascent Ruger No. 1 does his talking. A manufacturer of cars, trucks, tractors &c., White had the usual convoluted corporate history. During WWII they built armed scout cars and half-tracks. Or else.


More stuff you may want to think about
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Liberty's Torch - Once a nation admits Muslims, they will proliferate like cockroaches. Shortly after that, the violent fraction among them will use the numbers of those otherwise inclined for shelter, concealment, and support, as their religion dictates. And every terrorist act will be swiftly followed by pleas for “tolerance” and demands for concessions to their creed, by both private and public institutions. Muslims should never have been allowed access to any Western nation. It might be impractical – not to say illegal under American law – to round up all known Muslims within our borders and deport them. But the cries from the custardheads that we “mustn’t” deny Muslims the “right” to immigrate to the United States are maddening beyond belief. They increase not only the probability of further terrorist acts within the U.S., but also the likelihood of an eventual, very bloody reprisal.


Ancient Origins - Mainstream anthropology and archaeology holds that Norse expeditions around 1000 A.D. were the only ones to make it to the New World before Christopher Columbus landed in the 15th century. But on the fringes are multiple theories about other successful pre-Columbian expeditions. As evidence continues to accumulate, and with a continual influx of young scientists replacing the old, Jett feels we’re on the cusp of an overall breakthrough for the diffusionist perspective.


Washington Times - Michael Dyson , a professor of sociology at Georgetown University, is calling on blacks to march on the Republican National Convention in Cleveland with “revolutionary intentions” and preparedness for violence ... it’s imperative for black people to rise up against Donald Trump, as well as his supporters who are “driven by rage” that a black man is president. "If King proved anything, it’s that the threat of violence mustn’t dissuade from acting those who would do good. In fact, King used violence, integrating it into his strategy of civil disobedience."

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This will come to nothing, it's illegal to threaten violence. Attorney General Lorreta Lynch will immediately act to defend free speech and the right to peacefully assemble with the full power and mandate of her office. Expect Mr. Dyson to be investigated by the FBI and charges brought soon thereafter. As for those who act on Mr. Dyson's threat, Mayor Frank Jackson will keep the peace so as not to sully the reputation of the Democratic Party or the City of Cleveland. This is America, all will be well.


National Association of Scholars - Kim Holmes, a historian, has undertaken an ungloved eel-hunt in "The Closing of the Liberal Mind". Holmes’ thesis is that “progressive liberals” are not “really liberals,” but are “postmodern leftists.” The postmodern part is the belief that “ethics are completely and utterly relative” and human knowledge is whatever people say it is. The “leftist” half of “postmodern leftist” is “radical egalitarianism” along with “sexual and identity politics and radical multiculturalism.” The drift from liberalism towards illiberalism is partially explained by the emergence of a new ruling class distinguished by “cultural habits.” This aristocracy plainly sees itself as superior to everyone else and Holmes says it is “ruthless” in maintaining its position. But members of this elite also “fashion themselves as hip advocates of equality.”


Defense Watch - The nation’s politicians and military leaders are so politically correct, and so adept at walking on eggshells, they won’t touch anything that deals with women in the military with a ten mile pole. The problem with the Army is that it’s allowed a small minority of wackos to dictate policy and unrealistic and dangerous policies have now become the standard way of doing business. Can the US Army be saved? Only if its leaders have the moral courage to make tough decisions when they know policies and directives are harmful to the institution and the nation that they have sworn to defend.


1941. Crete. Greek partisans.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Attacking from Bulgaria and Yugoslavia to the north, the Germans and Italians drove the outnumbered Greek and British Commonwealth armies south into Crete, the southernmost island (map ). Crete fell to German paratroopers at the end of April, 1941. Greek partisans, with assistance from the British SOE, were active during the occupation. Most famous was their destruction of the huge railroad bridge over the Gorgopotamos River in November of 1942.



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American Thinker - It's the American people who continue not to get it. The president is in bed with the enemy. It is ironic that so many of those who are angry that the president won't say "radical Islam" themselves won't openly say that he is and always has been the patron of radical Islamists, and he protects them for that reason. He refuses to identify them because he is their strongest supporter and their most steadfast protector. His unwillingness to admit that there is any Islamic component at all to the terror, even when the terrorists say it happily, tells us that he is willfully misdirecting us from the truth, even when that ensures that more Americans will die.


Pat Buchanan - Though the West is vastly superior in nuclear weapons and conventional arms, economic power and technology, ISIS believes it can gradually drive the West out of the Middle East, as it has already helped to drive the Christians out. Then, ISIS believes, through mass Muslim migration into a West whose native-born are dying out, Muslims can reoccupy these lands they had almost wholly conquered, until stopped by Charles Martel 14 centuries ago.

Breitbart - Obama Admin. On Pace to Issue One Million Green Cards to Migrants from Majority-Muslim Countries.


Amerika - When the silly white Leftists announced diversity, the rest of the world said: “The morons have invited us onto the gravy train. Let us go there, drain them dry, and conquer them, these people who are too stupid to live.” The national groups are already breaking into tribes, and they will enforce street justice by always defending their own and fighting for territory above all else. As usually happens, the Leftists who made it at the career of being Leftist will be boarding private jets for Switzerland, and the rest of us will fight it out in the streets, wondering how it got so bad so fast.


City Journal - Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney has managed to do in six months what former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg couldn’t pull off in 12 years: pass a consumption tax on soft drinks. That's how social-engineering taxes create black markets. New York has had this experience with cigarettes. New York declared tax war on tobacco years ago and wages it far more fiercely than any other state. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy estimates that some 60 percent of the cigarettes smoked in New York—six packs in every ten-pack carton—were smuggled into the state.

Burning Platform - The bait and switch was complete. He bought the votes in city council with bribes, going against the will of the citizens. He then earmarked most of the money to paying the gold plated pensions of his government union lackey supporters.


Scientific American - The signal is one of the simplest you can imagine: it represents two high energy photons emerging from the decay of a subatomic particle created in a proton-proton collision. It’s very similar to the signal that led to the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012. But this particle is not the Higgs boson: it is six times more massive. Nobody had predicted anything like this. It is shocking to the physicists in the auditorium. People look around, astonished, trying to confirm that their own reactions are reflected in what they see in their colleagues’ faces. If the observations are confirmed, it will be revolutionary. This could mean nothing less than the fall of the Standard Model of particle physics, which has passed every experimental test thrown at it since it was first put together over four decades ago.


1945. Buchenwald, Germany. Concentration camp


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo is of a member of the Macquis, part of the French Resistance, in the Buchenwald concentration camp shortly after liberation. At war's end the US turned the camp over to the Soviets. It became the NKVD's Special Camp 2 where they murdered over 7,000 anti-Stalinists. Buchenwald is near Weimar, Germany.



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We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.
Ayn Rand

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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.

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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Ayn Rand

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Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
George Orwell, 1984

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There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Ayn Rand

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The socialist ideal eventually goes viral, and the majority learns to game the system. Everyone is trying to live at the expense of everyone else. In the terminal phase, the failure of the system is disguised under a mountain of lies, hollow promises, and debts. When the stream of other people's money runs out, the system collapses.
Kevin Brekke

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When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you … you may know that your society is doomed.
Ayn Rand

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Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics ... It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.
Vaclav Havel

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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. Mencken

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We have reached a point of diminishing returns in our public life. Hardly anything actually needs doing. We may in fact be past that point; not only does nothing much need doing, but we'd benefit if much of what has been done were to be undone.
John Derbyshire


Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
Thomas Jefferson


When you are fed, there are many problems. When you are hungry, there is one problem.
NoPension at Zero Hedge

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