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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 some level
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
evidence shows
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
not who we are
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
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
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
value neutral
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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You know who the media means by not saying who they mean 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
troubled youths
unarmed teen
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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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

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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

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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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

Long pole in the tent
Oh and by the way
And getting blown up/shot could ruin your whole day
Bottom line up front
Zero dark hundred/ zero dark thirty
All of us are smarter than any of us
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt
Standby to standby
That’s not in your seabag
Hurry up and wait
Too easy
Only easy day was yesterday
You get what you inspect
Needs of the [service]
Ship, shipmate, self
Full spectrum
Slow is smooth, smooth is fast
Boots on the ground
Lackadaisical attitude
Soup sandwich
Warmy fuzzy
Shut up and color
Stay in your lane
Show me your war face
Just to piggyback on what the CO said
High speed, low drag
Dog and pony show
Shit hot
We got a lot of moving parts here
Break break
Are you tracking?
It would behoove you




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Adolph Menzel, Iron Rolling Mill, 1875

Bar Iron was what everything else iron was made from, including steel. The painting depicts bar iron being rolled to shape, usually a multi-step operation.

Adolph Menzel—elevated to von Menzel in 1898—was the most successful German artist of his time. Iron Rolling Mill is typical of his genre works, capturing a scene realistically, but more painterly than photo realistic in execution. Von Menzel died in 1905 at age ninety.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg We learn from John Crump at Ammo Land of a proposed bill, HB0768, known as the Firearms Registration Act introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by Mary Louise Isaacson , Angel Cruz , and Mary Jo Daley , all Democrats from the Philadelphia area. These are some of its provisions:

The bill would require gun owners in the Keystone State to register their firearms with the Pennsylvania State Police. Owners would have to provide the police with the make, model, and the serial numbers of all their guns.

Along with the application that the gun owner must swear to under oath, the gun owner would have to submit fingerprints, two photographs that are no older than 30 days and go through a background check for each firearm that they own. This background check is the same one that they must go through to purchase a gun.

In addition to this requirement, they must also provide the Pennsylvania State Police with their home and work address, telephone number, social security number, date of birth, age, sex, and citizenship.

There's much more. Follow the link.

Philadelphia's contempt for the rest of Pennsylvania is well known. The bill is intended to be punitive and demeaning. It has no practical purpose and is, therefore, immune to practical debate. Those in the northeast understand Philly adores New York City in an abused child sort of way. This bill was submitted largely in hopes of getting daddy's approval for one sick but precious moment, to be cherished always.

The chance of this bill making it out of the House is about zero. This time. Similar legislation, in part, is already in force in some states. Others await their moment of opportunity, a moment sure to come. It's foolish to rely on the notion "it can't happen here" when it has happened here. Judged solely by results, the Second Amendment is no more to be relied upon than the Constitution itself. The amendment is short, the list of infringements long.

Each day brings new revelations of the toxic corruption, bad faith and sulfuric hatred for middle America by the ruling class. They now speak openly of confiscating guns. Expect violence should it come to pass, perhaps insurrection. Until our putative elite have an epiphany, the prudent may wish to consider caching arms and ammo—and beware, ammo control is easier and quicker than gun control—as did the Maquis, the Armia Krajowa and similar resistance groups in occupied Europe. Instructions are easily found on the net and supplies are readily available.

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It's always worse than we thought. This is an excerpt from The Public Discourse about kids as young as fourteen "deciding" to "transition" and how they are enabled:

Parents like us must remain anonymous to maintain our children’s privacy, and because we face legal repercussions if our names are revealed. Parents who do not support their child’s gender identity risk being reported to Child Protective Services and losing custody of their children.

In only one visit, and with just a little bit of blood work, Planned Parenthood will cheerfully enable young women and men to pursue their “authentic” selves through cross-sex hormones. All that’s needed is a few bucks and signing a form that the risks have been disclosed and understood.

People need to know that this is Planned Parenthood’s new line of business.

Decent people can't foresee the next step deeper into public depravity, they believe it can fall no lower. They believe "something will be done" and it can only get better from here. They are wrong. They've always been wrong. This is the importance in putting down a marker early on, "this far and no farther".


Some thoughts on "stay away from crowds", excerpted from an excellent essay by Matt Bracken at Free Republic, 2012:

Don't be caught in the middle of a mass migration where you have no room to maneuver independently. Any outside force, or your neighbors, can smite you at will. Like Desert Storm's "Highway of Death," refugee columns attract warbird attention the way that honey attracts flies.

History is full of refugee columns being strafed, on purpose or through mis-identification. Or like the bison, refugee columns can be herded into traps, and the individual refugee can do nothing to prevent it. This is a paradoxical case where the normally presumed “safety in numbers” is a deadly betrayer instead of a savior. Given a choice, going it alone beats The Buffalo Jump every time, but it’s very hard to bolt from the herd.


A bit o' literary insight from John Mosby at Mountain Guerrilla

I have several old editions of the Robin Hood tales that I read to them from. Basically, any telling of Robin Hood that predates about 1940, tends to be really well done. Interestingly, from an historical and mythological perspective, Robin Hood and his Merry Men are considered, by some mythologists, to be derived from the same historical source material as the “Green Man.”

For those unfamiliar, this is the green faced, bearded dude, with his hair and beard made of leaves. If it still doesn’t ring a bell, Google it or something. That source material is the Saxon and Bretonic/Celtic resistance to the Norman invasion by William the Bastard in 1066, and subsequently. The Green Man is seen as a euhemerization of those resistance fighters who, like Robin Hood, in the myths, took to the forest to continue the resistance against the invaders. So, sort of the proto-guerrilla in a euphemized form.


Just as you suspected. These are Facebook's "hate speech" enforcers, the community whose standards must be met.

Photo by Balazs Gardi, Vanity Fair


Wisdom in one breath

From Angelo Codevilla at Claremont Institute

Having come a long way to get clear from the rest of the world, the colonists were keen to keep clear—and assumed that they could stay clear because the world is rightly made up of independent nations.

From Brett Stevens at Amerika

Modern governments rely on civil rights as a replacement for natural order.

From Steve Sailer at Taki's Magazine

The choices of smart rich guys like Slim and Bezos demonstrate that spending on journalists offers a better return than spending on politicians.

From James Lileks at Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Would you like some coffee whose robust taste is muffled by the chemical simulation of hazelnuts?" Oh, sure! Give me some bananas that taste like hamburger, while you're at it.

From Daniel Greenfield at at Sultan Knish

The Democrat political calculus of infanticide is so brutally grim that it makes the infant exposure of their spiritual pagan forebears seem almost humane.

From the Z Man

Ideas like universal basic income are not about economics. They are about normalizing the custodial state.

The public space is now just a sea of nonsense and lies that no one can trust. We live in an age where even the weather forecasts are created to sell ads.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper, about derivatives

You place a bet on a bet that the third bet on the second bet from the first bet is covered by the second bet, yet none of the bets are covered by assets but rather other bets that the first bet is a covered bet.

From Heather Mac Donald at City Journal, about Harvard

The university claims that if race were not a factor, then the percentage of blacks at the school would fall to 0.6 percent, compared with the current 14 percent.

From Joe Jarvis at the Daily Bell

The natural state of human existence is abject poverty. That’s the starting point—naked, hungry, and homeless.

From Herschel Smith at Captain's Journal, about Second Amendment scholarship

They intend to correct the notion that the constitution doesn’t really mean that lawmakers can’t pass gun regulation. They’re going to prove it with examples of gun regulation.

From Martin Armstrong at Armstrong Economics

While working around the world with major corporations, I have yet to meet anyone who is actually doing something in which they had a degree.


Thoughts on "reparations" from Fred Reed at Fred On Everything, 2015

I have often heard blacks demanding reparations for slavery. All right. I agree. It is only fair. I will pay a half-million dollars to each of my slaves, and free them immediately. I am not sure how many I have, but will try to give you an estimate in even dozens. Further, I believe that all blacks are entitled to a similar amount for every year in which they were slaves.

However, I think you owe us royalties for the use of our civilization, which can be regarded as a sort of software. There should be a licensing fee. After all, every time you use a computer, or a door knob, you are using something invented by us. Every time you sharpen a pencil, or use one, or read or write, you infringe our copyright, so to speak. We have spent millennia coming up with things–literacy, soap, counting–and it is only fair that we receive recompense.

... if you want the advantages of success, you have to succeed. We have.


These are a couple of excerpts from "How To Read a Manifesto", by Hardscrabble Farmer at the Burning Platform, about the massacre at the mosques in New Zealand:

Immediately the establishment hacks went into overdrive, in many cases warning, even threatening web users from looking at the video or reading the manifesto. They quickly offered up their spin of the event, creating heavily edited snatches of his writing and deleting the rest, telling their readers that what they’d put together was all that was needed to understand ...

When a manifesto is submitted after yet another outrage we need no one to explain it to us, this neo-clergy of anointed intercessors who slowly read teleprompts to the unwashed masses ...

Meanwhile, New Zealand's ruling class has lost its mind, ordering folks to shut up about it, threatening everyone with arrest, waving their arms and blathering about more gun control, spraying spittle all over the walls, whatta a mess, it's disgusting ... and embarrassing:

Gateway Pundit - New Zealand Officials Request Personal Info on Any Online User at Kiwifarms Website Who Discussed Shooter’s Manifesto ... took authorities less than 24 hours to shut down mobile access to 8chan and VOAT

Facebook - NZ police would like to remind the public that it is an offence to share an objectional publication which includes the horrific video from yesterday's attack. If you see this video, report it immediately. Do not download it. Do not share it. If you are found to have a copy of the video or to have shared it, you face fines & potential imprisonment.

CH at Chateau Heartiste sums up the media playbook:

The media gives the benefit of the doubt to nonwhite perps even after all the facts prove otherwise but is quick to indict White perps even before a single fact is known.

The media excuses the nonwhite collective for the violent actions of many nonwhites, but blames the White collective for the violent action of one White person.

The media hides evidence that undermines the anti-White narrative, but concocts smears to bolster that narrative.

and finally,

Well gang, Spring is nigh, when the days get longer than the nights. So, we have that going for us. Now that we're feeling lucky, let's pry the cover off Yer Ol' Woodpile Report and see what demons pop out. Right after this old ad.


1949. Old Thompson magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Old Thompson, a well regarded low price whiskey, dates to 1904 when the Glenmore Distillery was owned by the Thompson brothers. Guinness acquired Glenmore in 1991, merged it with Schenley to form United Distillers, which was bought by Barton Brands in 1995, which was acquired in 2016 by the Sazerac Company.



Remus's notebook


Next Big Future - China Ten Rockets per Year Larger than Saturn V Starting in 2030 ... capable of lifting 140 metric tons of payload into a low-Earth orbit

MIT Technology Review - A quantum experiment suggests there’s no such thing as objective reality ... quantum mechanics allows two observers to experience different, conflicting realities

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Science differs from myth to the extent it is predictive, and quantum physics is spectacularly predictive, but when pressed we see the same root ball. I've long suspected quantum physics is not so much a description of reality but rather a description of how we can think about reality in a useful way. For one, the "probability wave" seems an unwarranted notion, an allegory rather than an a feature. I doubt physicists are looking to find an actual probability wave or speculate about its detectable attributes.

YouTube - Glenn Beck Responds To Media Matters' Attack Against Tucker Carlson ... video, 4m 48s

Campus Reform - Hidden cameras show vandalism of conservative signs ... student group no longer permitted to use its hidden camera

Wall Street Journal - Hateful Propaganda From White Supremacists Spreads ... ADL recorded 1,187 incidents of white supremacist propaganda throughout the U.S. in 2018.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The "hate speech" they refer to is mild and reasonable dissent from the mandatory belief system. Excerpt:

[To bypass paywall, enter url here: ] The white-nationalist group Identity Evropa was responsible for nearly half of the 1,187 propaganda distributions in 2018, according to the report. One flier features George Washington and reads “European roots American Greatness.” In Atlanta, the group distributed fliers that said the city’s mayor was “putting illegal aliens first,” the report said.

History Today - Boredom and the British Empire ... the British arrived in the colonies with piles of guidebooks at hand, the routes already mapped out

Montgomery Advertiser - Southern Poverty Law Center fires co-founder Morris Dees ... 82 year old Dees said, "Whatever reasons they had of theirs, I don't know."

Ancient Origins - Commandaria: The Oldest Wine in Production, Praised By Homer, and Richard the Lionheart’s "King of Wines” ... first produced around 800-1000 BC

Axios - 12 Republicans join Democrats against Trump's national emergency ...

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The article includes a list of the twelve volunteers from the controlled opposition. You'll notice the Republican Party had no issue with Obama's executive orders, aside from ritual blather, including the flagrantly unconstitutional DACA that started the current flood of illegals. Odd how they get all principled about setting a precedent when the list of precedents is very long already.

Town Hall - It’s Time For Conservatives To Choose: Fight Back Or Surrender ...what good is the high road if it leads to defeat?

American Thinker - We Fight Now or the Socialists Win ... to have any chance, we must take a page from the Democratic playbook

Federalist - Read A Pile Of Top Nazis Talking About How They Love Leftist Marxism ... in 1941 Hitler stated “basically National Socialism and Marxism are the same”

Associated Press - New Zealand mosque shooter broadcast slaughter on Facebook ... shootings at two mosques that killed 49 people

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "It is part and parcel of living in a great global city. You have to be prepared for these things," said Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, after a Moslem drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in March 2017.

American Greatness - Media Gorges Itself on Hatred While Ignoring Atrocities ... lack of reporting on the worldwide massacre of Christians, mostly by Muslims

American Spectator - The Anatomy of a Self-Annihilating Political Party ... The messes that San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City have become are stark evidence of what happens when laws are no longer enforced

Aeon - The Neanderthal renaissance

Excerpts: Neanderthals must indeed be seen as people, albeit of another kind. Yet the portrait is never finished. With each new archaeological advance, they edge closer and closer to us, feeding our hunger to know ever-more intimate details... We now know there were no Neanderthal endlings, no last lonely survivors. Many researchers now question whether we can even think of them as a different species.

Quora - If you gave a .22LR rifle to an army during the American Revolution, do you think they would use it over the musket? ... 33 answers


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Reparations, Fred On Everything - I believe that everyone who has been a slave should be paid a vast sum of money, to be paid by those who enslaved him. In my days of benightedness I thought blacks owed whites reparations for burning our cities. Rebuilding them is a great nuisance, and costs money. Which brings us to affirmative action. I said if you were good enough you didn’t need affirmative action, that if you needed it you weren’t good enough, and that if you accepted it you were a parasite. I could see racism, or thought I could, everywhere: in Knockout Game hospitalization of whites, in BLM assaulting white speakers, in whole cities where a white man dare not walk. All of this I thought to be racism. Now I see that these are cries for help.


Civil War II, Town Hall - Civil war is unlikely, but never underestimate Democrat stupidity and hatred. If President Hillary Clinton put down her chardonnay long enough to sign a ban on privately owned guns, it’s not unreasonable to expect the governor of Texas to reject federal authority – after all, California just taught us that this is totally cool. But in this case, look for several brigades located there to hoist the Lone Star flag. There are millions of Normal Americans who would fight back. Nothing would move without their permission. A few guys shooting up big rigs along the interstate would shut down the entire trucking industry. There simply are not enough military forces to clear and hold red America.


Urban/Rural, Reason - There's a spreading revolt against city-spawned restrictions on self-defense rights by the residents of sparsely settled counties and the officials who represent them. More political decisions than ever are made in state capitals and Washington, D.C. and imposed from above on the dissenting minority. Political "victory" can only seem satisfying to people who relish the prospect of a smug majority lording it over a seething minority. That sort of dominance is bound to result in yet more iterations of local people and officials boldly announcing their intention to ignore unwelcome laws, just like the rural revolt against gun control laws that extends even to New York.


Military vs. civilian, Ammo - The distinction between civilian and military ammunition is largely down to marketing. However, there are some important differences. All military ammunition is full metal jacket. Military ammunition comes with moisture sealant, while civilian ammunition does not. Military ammunition primers are harder than its civilian counterparts. Sometimes the military version of a round can be fired through a weapon chambered for the civilian version and vice versa – but sometimes the compatibility only works one way. Civilian ammunition tends to be far more consistent in its dimensions than military ammunition. Military ammunition casings tend to have thicker walls because, as a general rule, they are subject to higher pressures than civilian rounds.


Dispossessed, Pat Buchanan - In all but one of the last seven presidential elections, Republicans lost the popular vote. George W. Bush and Donald Trump won only by capturing narrow majorities in the Electoral College. Hence the grand strategy of the left: to enlarge and alter the U.S. electorate so as to put victory as far out of reach for national Republicans as it is today for California Republicans, and to convert the GOP into America’s permanent minority party. In the Golden State, Democrats control the governors’ chair, every elective state office, both U.S. Senate seats, 46 of 53 U.S. House seats and three-fourths of each house of the state legislature in Sacramento. How does the left expect to permanently dispossess Middle America? Let us count the ways.


1939. West Stayton, Oregon


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A camp for migrant bean pickers in northwest Oregon, near Salem.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


College scam, Spectator - Before we expanded the population base that colleges serve, it was possible for a student to go through college and acquire some fundamental and marketable skills in writing, public speaking, economics, and mathematics. Those skills once set the college graduate apart. Those attributes are probably present in no more than fifteen percent of the population. Yet, colleges are recruiting from about 65% of high school graduates and telling them they can be successful. More than half will not have a degree after six years. Entire departments exist to recruit students who will pay tuition and these are the places to showcase both “minority” admissions and “minority” faculty recruitment.


Elite, Free Beacon - For over a decade now, the legitimacy of elites in politics, foreign policy, central banking, journalism, religion, and economics has crumbled as reality failed to match their rhetoric. Education is the latest sphere where elites have betrayed our country's institutions and our country's people by using wealth and connections to rig the rules of the game. They barrage Americans with displays of their virtue, their calls to humanitarianism, their paeans to multiculturalism and feminism, their slanders of conservatives in particular. Why on Earth should we take political cues from these people? By what right do they portray themselves as enlightened, as advanced, as more sophisticated than half the country, even while they lie, cheat, steal, and assault?


Comet fragments, Daily Galaxy - The Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis, which postulates that a fragmented comet slammed into the Earth close to 12,800 years ago, causing rapid climatic changes, megafaunal extinctions, sudden human population decrease and cultural shifts and widespread wildfires has recently received a major boost: the discovery of a very young, 31-kilometer-wide impact crater beneath the Greenland ice sheet. Chilean paleontologist Mario Pino presented further evidence of a cosmic impact, this time far south of the equator, that likely lead to biomass burning, climate change and megafaunal extinctions nearly 13,000 years ago. Cometary objects must have hit South America as well, further evidence that the Younger Dryas climatic onset is an extreme global event.


Venezuela, PJ Media - Realistic leaders always knew that survival depended on a civilization's adaptability and a design margin against some unpredictable shock rather than some guarantee from the Arc of History. Venezuela's socialist leadership made the mistake of thinking they were in control; they could predict and plan the future; they could even change human behavior. In so doing they created single points of failure whose collapse is still unfolding. Millennial ideologies almost never accurately represent the state of the system. They are constructions of fantasy yet not above appealing to sunk costs. The main argument for America not intervening in Venezuela is that it's dangerous to come into contact with chaos.


1942. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A sergeant shows off an M1 Garand during an Army-Navy tour of the Allegheny Ludlum Steel works in Pittsburgh.


Fearless Fosdick

Al Capp's Fearless Fosdick was a lampoon of Dick Tracy, presented as a comic strip within a comic strip. Li'l Abner and Fearless Fosdick were politically incorrect even in their time and, for that reason, have been ignored into undeserved obscurity. An aside: Frank Frazzetta did the artwork for Li'l Abner early in his career.

For sheer madcap fun, "The Poison Bean Case" from about 1952 is considered by fans to be the best of the best.























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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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If, before undertaking some action, you must obtain the permission of society—you are not free, whether such permission is granted to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right.
Ayn Rand

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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

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The hallmark of authoritarian systems is the creation of innumerable, indecipherable laws. Such systems make everyone an un-indicted felon and allow for the exercise of arbitrary government power via selective prosecution.
Ayn Rand

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

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

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We have reached the stage where satire is prophecy.
Theodore Dalrymple

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Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.

When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity.

To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.

I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
Theodore Dalrymple

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