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Privacy

Here at Yer ol' Woodpile Report all incoming email is automatically detected and deleted by instantaneously disconnecting before it arrives. Taking no chances, a clever device shreds Remus's hard drive into nanosize filaments and sinters them into a bust of Chopin. Meanwhile, from a hardened and very remote location, he sends a bot that deletes said email on your end by tricking your PC into self-immolation. Other devices vaporize every ISP that handled it and beam the resulting plasma into deep space. Then he sends a strike team of armed pre-med students to administer a prefrontal lobotomy so you can't remember your own birthday much less writing him an email. Finally, all persons in your zip code with the same last name as yours are put into the witness protection program. Now that's privacy.

 

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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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Regime-speak

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
arguably
arsenal
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
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
stakeholders
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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Hypercorrectness

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


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
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

Vanish

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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George McCord, Seascape

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg McCord is one of those artists who was successful and highly regarded in his time but is pretty much unknown now. Information on the internet about this guy amounts to a condensed record of his considerable travels and numerous patrons. The few scans of his other works are too abysmal to use but they show a move away from the Hudson River School toward something that probably has a cool academic name, I call it illustration, as above. The painting is undated. McCord died in 1909 if you want to guess along with me. 1885, says me. Late April.

Here's my theory of art. There's no secret to painting a masterpiece. (1) Envision your masterpiece, accurately and completely. (2) make it happen. Failure results from deficiencies in the first step, the second step is merely high-level donkeywork, not much more demanding than home baking. Oh, neither step can accomplish the other, nor can they be done concurrently, although every neophyte tries. Einstein said if he had one hour to solve a physics problem or the world would end, he'd spend the first fifty-five minutes defining the problem. There you are. Experts agree.

Change subject. The good folks at Survival Blog mention Woodpile Report from time to time. It's flattering to be noticed by such a respected site. For many years it's been linked to here at yer ol' Woodpile Report, and the only permanent link. I've been a daily reader almost since its inception, gratefully archiving selections from the wide range of informative articles available over there. A loyal freeloader in other words. Perhaps the time has come to submit my own article, "How to build a sod-covered root cellar using nothing but a flint hand tool and a Caterpillar D9."

But seriously folks, for or those not familiar with Survival Blog, here's my take. The site's core concern is economic and moral collapse, both ongoing and potentially catastrophic, although existential threats other than financial are entertained. Survival "in place" is addressed but emphasis is on bugging out, especially to the American Redoubt in the Northwest states, a developing community of conservative, committed Christians and Jews practicing modern homesteading. Each daily posting features a longish-form, purpose-written article submitted by a reader, along with links to news articles and essays. .

New subject. Citizen reaction in Sweden, Germany and elsewhere against outrages committed by violent Moslem primitives grows more intense by the week, but beware, forecasting events in Europe has defeated the best of experts. The place is a barely suppressed 'quiet riot' of standing feuds, fantasy politics, unredeemed regret and unresolved grudges, well-warranted suspicion and otherwise, unrelated languages, competing versions of history and informal primary alliances. Said another way, it's a tribal collage. Look at a map of mid-nineteenth century Europe. When Marx prattled on about "the people", this is why.

The last Moslem invasion was a huge Ottoman army invading Europe from Turkey in the 17th century. They were turned back deep in Austria. The present Moslem invasion is one of "capital betrayal" by Europe's nominal gatekeepers. Were this the 17th century the palaces of Europe would be stormed, the nobility dragged through the streets and executed in memorable ways. By sundown there wouldn't be a live Moslem or a dry gutter in the realm. Then, sausage and beer all around. Tribal consensus is what matters. They're getting there . Okay, I've gone on long enough, let's get to yer ol' Woodpile Report.

 

Remus's notebook
Quick reads, with links

WALB - A police officer, a student at the college, wearing his full police uniform, was escorted from a classroom at Darton State College. The teacher was reportedly uncomfortable with having a gun in the classroom.

Inside Higher Education - The University of Connecticut announced last week that it is creating a living-learning community for African-American male students, drawing praise from researchers concerned with the low graduation rates of—and racism against—black men on campus.

AP - The D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill that includes a proposal to pay residents a stipend not to commit crimes. Participants in the California program receive up to $9,000 per year.

WND - Not only did the Obama administration scrub counter-terror programs of jihad and Islam, now we find out that his administration scrubbed the records of Muslim terrorists.

Free Beacon - The FBI conducted more gun-related background checks this January than in any other January since the system was created. It also marks the ninth month in a row that has set a record.

Fox News - CNN moderator Anderson Cooper asked the former secretary of state, "Did you have to be paid $675,000?", a reference to her fees for three speeches to Goldman Sachs. Clinton responded, "I don't know. That's what they offered."

CNBC - The global economy seems trapped in a "death spiral" that could lead to further weakness in oil prices, recession and a serious equity bear market, Citi strategists have warned. [Includes auto-start video]

Bloomberg - The Chicago Stock Exchange said a Chinese investor group agreed to acquire it, giving the buyer entry into the intensely competitive U.S. equity market.

YouTube - The Truth About Modern Art. 9m 02s [Language alert]

Popular Mechanics - The Albanian Air Force Is Up For Auction. Six F-7A fighters, a Chinese copy of the Soviet MiG-21, 10 MiG-19 fighters of Chinese or Soviet origin, six Yak-18 trainers, and four Mi-4 transport helicopters.

Daily Caller - Refugees Go Clubbing In Russia, Harass Girls, Wake Up In Hospital The Next Morning

Today I Fount Out - Known to many as the “Crying Indian,” Oscar “Iron Eyes” Cody was actually Espera Oscar de Corti, the son of two Italian immigrants to the United States.

 

World War III
The run up

Free Beacon - A defector from China has revealed some of the innermost secrets of the Chinese government and military, including details of its nuclear command and control system, according to American intelligence officials.

ABC News - Saudi military spokesman told AP the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State

WND - Expert: North Korea prepping EMP attack on U.S.

Bloomberg - North Korea said its launch of a long-range rocket succeeded in putting a satellite into orbit, just weeks after the isolated nation conducted its fourth nuclear test.

SHTFPlan - Is North Korean Satellite Orbiting Over USA Equipped With EMP Weapons System?

War is Boring - Russia Needs Three Days to Conquer Estonia and Latvia. In the event of an invasion, NATO's options are 'all bad' according to a new study

Zero Hedge - Turkey, Saudi Arabia Mull Syria Ground Invasion As Russia, Hezbollah Decimate Rebels

ABC News - Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills

Sputnik News - Su-35S Fighters Start Combat Missions in Syria. The fighter has new avionics, a modern radar and advanced engines.

YouTube - Russia and China Military APC race with explosions. 2m 01s

 

1925. Magazine ad for Lifebuoy

Little Audrey could outrun anyone on the block because she trained rigorously for the Olympics, and because she used Lifebuoy soap for robust good health, and because she was three years older and had the legs of an ostrich. Here she is winning the neighborhood Five Yard Dash in two giant steps.

Lifebuoy was a Lever Brothers product, a carbolic soap containing phenol. It had a distinct "medicinal smell" and so it was perceived and marketed as a health product until the early 1950s. Withdrawn from the American market in 2003 but still a big seller in the rest of the world, it's occasionally seen here as a retro offering in its original formula.

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

Mark St. Cyr - It’s all been about Silicon Valley itself acting and arguing as if the past were irrelevant. Now many are coming to a very stark realization that the Valley may in fact once again have repeated all the same mistakes. Welcome to Dot-Com 2.0. It seems every round of selling is being met with ever more selling – no buying. And the lower they go with an ever intensifying pressure, so too does the value of the debutantes in waiting: The yet to be IPO’d unicorns.

Zero Hedge - Momo Bad News: JPM's Quant Guru Kolanovic Confirms Tech Bubble Has Burst... Again

Bloomberg - Technology stocks will drop below 3,800, sliding another 13 percent this year as investors flee to safety and buyers stay on the sidelines, according to Scott Minerd of Guggenheim Partners.

Eaton Rapids Joe - Those of us who are "bitter clingers" do not live in that universe. In our zip code, businesses that incur ever rising expenses without generating revenue quickly go bankrupt.

 

Reuters via Yahoo - Extremist groups motivated by a range of U.S.-born philosophies present a "clear and present danger," said John Carlin, the Justice Department's chief of national security. A counter-terrorism team, including a recently hired counsel, is taking a “thoughtful look at the nature and scope of the domestic terrorism threat” and helping to analyze “potential legal improvements and enhancements to better combat those threats.” The counsel will identify cases being prosecuted at the state level that “could arguably meet the federal definition of domestic terrorism."

 

Daily Mail - A gang of vigilantes led by a violent neo-Nazi go on night time ‘migrant patrols’ on the streets of Finland, with some talking of ‘ethnic cleansing’ in the wake of the country’s mounting immigration crisis. They have vowed to take direct action to ‘protect their wives, girlfriends and children’ after a migrant influx to the liberal Scandinavian country. It claims to have 600 members in more than 25 cells across Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Germany, Estonia, Hungary – and even in Britain and the United States.

 

Project Chesapeake - The lack of production and distribution will insure that the standard of living of most Americans will drop in the coming months as supply is outstripped by demand in a collapsing economy. When people think about economic collapse they almost always think about how they will get the money they need to buy stuff. They do not realize that real goods are the actual key to getting by in those dysfunctional times until it is too late. Economic collapse almost always goes hand in hand with the lack of physical goods. Real goods are the real currency of the world and now is the time to realize that before the monetary crisis prevents the acquisition of those resources.

 

Alt-Market - The Oregon standoff was FUBAR from the very beginning. From its inception it was doomed. A team of well-meaning but unorganized and untrained activists thrust themselves into a situation beyond their capabilities and under the potential influence of agents provocateur. Most liberty tacticians had no interest in showing up to the Oregon standoff because it was a scenario that could not be salvaged. It was a carnival. Period. If you want to pose an actual threat to a large criminal system, you need hundreds of events, all of them far better planned than Oregon.

 

Free Beacon - The Transportation Security Administration continues to operate in disarray, failing to record basic security details for thousands of employees and not tracking official IDs and badges that allow access to the most sensitive areas of an airport. Following the discovery last year of 73 aviation employees who also were listed on the nation’s terror watch list, TSA has struggled to implement reforms. TSA does not recurrently vet airport workers’ criminal histories after they are initially cleared to work, but rely on individuals to self-report disqualifying crimes.

 

The urban unemployed during the Depression

art-remus-ident-04.jpg History tells us what business really did in the '30s, it unemployed people. Big business made cars and refrigerators and ran railroads so they could unemploy more people than small businesses. The more they unemployed the more money they made, it got so lucrative they carried their overflow cash around in canvass bags, wore top hats and morning coats all day, rode in limos with V24 engines and laughed at hungry people for entertainment. You can learn a lot from history.

Losing your job had serious consequences in the '30s and the urban unemployed had the worst of it. At least the rural unemployed had picturesque shanties at bucolic venues, with gardens and wash basins and kitschy wood stoves to suggest sunny wholesomeness in the face of undeserved adversity. The urban unemployed had sidewalks, and not even the good sidewalks—you've seen the good sidewalks, the uptown ones, double width with architectural stone borders and cutouts equipped with wrought iron cages protecting little trees for the curiosities they were, no no, they had the "civic austerity" sidewalks that fronted tired, ragtime-era buildings being squeezed for the last drop of economic viability, not to mention the unofficial code requiring ground floors be saggy, have outside conduit runs, disused windows be blanked with painted plywood, and the signs be all caps in primary colors. The effect was one of a traveling carnival that would be gone by next morning.

The urban unemployed were plain broke of course, but conspicuously so only to the degree they contrasted with their setting, hence the suits and hats, whereas even the rural unemployed's simple shacks couldn't help but improve upon the local baseline, i.e., nothing, against which coveralls blended nicely. Shoes optional if under eighteen. Before they became designated clingers, the rural unemployed were considered colorful, good or bad, where the urban unemployed fell under immediate suspicion of dark choices and unspecified deficiencies. Layoffs were, after all, a culling. So, before I run out of space overthinking all this, let's get to the pictures.

 

1938. Omaha, Nebraska. It's barely possible there was a job listing at Globe Liquors and these go-getters were eager to leverage their expertise.

 

1939. Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was a tough place in the '30s, they took the unemployed to the town square, shot 'em and left the bodies as a warning to others.

 

1937. San Francisco, California. This was the Tenderloin District, the city's Skid Row, where bums and drifters were called bums and drifters before the Depression, The Unemployed during the Depression, Slackers during the war, Low Income after the war, then the curiously neutral term Street People, perhaps in homage to Cartier-Bresson. They were largely driven out when the area was redeveloped for nudie shows and bathhouses, so they just missed being upgraded to The Homeless.

Why The Homeless? Weren't they also The Limousineless and The Yachtless? Someone had to choose between all the possibilities. Who? And why? Probably because The Homeless conjures up abandoned puppies or Dickensian pathos. At minimum it's a warmer term than the more accurate Houseless or Apartmentless. Notice the change from economic descriptives to cloying social descriptives, in keeping with the general trend of leftist rhetoric.

 

1939. San Francisco, California. They're watching a Salvation Army band according to the caption. Right. Notice the progression from left to right. Stylish hat, three-piece suit 'n tie, cuffed pants with a nice break at the top of well shined shoes. A good facsimile of a viable consumer, but points off for the '20s cut, weak creases and no pocket square. Next, downscale hat, jacket but no tie, bell bottoms, shoes shined last week. Standard uniform for unemployed youth. Finally, no hat, leather jacket, bell bottoms, shoes shined with a wire brush by their former owner. A man ahead of his time if he survives the coming war and learns the guitar.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

Pagun Blog - A lower court had ruled Maryland Assault Weapons Ban was constitutional, having applied intermediate scrutiny. The three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has now vacated that ruling and ordered the lower court to apply strict scrutiny. If this holds, it will be the end of Maryland's assault weapons ban. It will be the first instance of an assault weapons ban thrown out by the courts.

Key excerpt from decision - Contrary to the district court's conclusion, the fact that handguns, bolt-action and other manually-loaded long guns, and, as noted earlier, a few semi-automatic rifles are still available for self-defense does not mitigate this burden.

Legal Insurrection - [Legal analysis including the 4th Circuit's opinion in its entirety]

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Stogramov reminds me "several major firearms manufacturers, including  Beretta, moved their entire manufacturing operations out of Maryland  as a  result of Maryland's difficult firearms laws and ineffective cartridge case fingerprinting scheme, which was cancelled recently because not a single firearms related crime was ever solved with it during its entire history." 

 

Bison Prepper - Intelligence IS a species trait that has served us well. But culture is vastly more important than intelligence. Culture is the species DNA which passes on beneficial behavior. Intelligence needn't be in constant use, as the past fruits of that are passed down in culture. I would even state that today's vast population of bred to better intelligence people are going to do us very little good as our cultural institutions have been destroyed.

 

Phys Org - Although in theory it may seem possible to divide time up into infinitely tiny intervals, the smallest physically meaningful interval of time is widely considered to be the Planck time, which is approximately 10-43 seconds. This ultimate limit means that it is not possible for two events to be separated by a time smaller than this. But now in a new paper, physicists have proposed that the shortest physically meaningful length of time may actually be several orders of magnitude longer than the Planck time. The scientists also suggest that the proposed changes to the basic equations of quantum mechanics would modify the very definition of time.

 

Quanta Magazine - The world we experience in daily life, in which events occur in an order determined by their locations in space and time, is just a subset of the possibilities that quantum physics allows. Some physicists take this as evidence for a profoundly nonintuitive worldview, in which quantum correlations are more fundamental than space-time, and space-time itself is somehow built up from correlations among events,

 

Ancient Origins - Taposiris Magna is one of the most interesting places in Egypt. According to the Dominican archaeologist, Dr. Kathleen Martinez, the city's Temple of Osiris hides one of the greatest treasures of ancient Egypt – the tomb of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. Her research is supported by the analysis of Plutarch's assertion that Octavian allowed the couple to be buried together after they committed suicide in 30 BC. There is also some evidence which supports the idea that the final resting place of Cleopatra is located in Taposiris Magna.

 

1941. Groton Connecticut

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The daily traffic jam during shift change at the Electric Boat Company, a submarine building company founded in 1899, then part of General Dynamics since 1952. Groton is a seacoast town with a population of 11,000 in 1941.

 

The photographer has moved to his right for this photo.

 

The photographer has walked down the street and looked back to where he started for this photo.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

American Thinker - Drown the police in paperwork if they make a street stop, and what do you get?  Fewer stops and more violent crime, including a near doubling of the murder rate.  At least that seems to be the case in Chicago, where violence has gone viral over the past few weeks. Plagued with allegations of excessive police shootings, the police department cut a deal last August with the American Civil Liberties Union to submit two full pages of information for each stop of a suspect instead of a two-sided, three-by-five-inch "contact card."

Also see this site, Second City Cop, for ongoing commentary on Chicago crime

 

Washington Times - The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies. It orders the establishment of a new layer of bureaucracy — a wide array of “climate change boards, councils and working groups” to infuse climate change into “programs, plans and policies.”

 

Taki's Magazine - We have logic-immune nitwits insisting that the only way to protect “freedom of expression” is to “strengthen hate speech laws.” It is no coincidence that those who want to ban “hate speech” also reserve the right to define exactly what this innately meaningless and entirely subjective term means. It is no coincidence that such types dishonestly depict all dissenting political opinions as “hate.”

 

The Hill - The alarming phenomena of homemade firearms and their ease of access without any scrutiny, has led me to introduce two pieces of legislation in the House – the Homemade Firearms Accountability Act and Home-Assembled Firearms Restriction Act. These two bills would mandate anyone who intends on legally manufacturing their own firearm to obtain a registered serial number to be affixed on the firearm and would block the sale of any form of do-it-yourself firearms parts or kits – especially those currently being sold over the internet.

 

Zelman Partisans - Who hasn’t seen the post from the guy or gal who likes to say, “Your life is worth it. Don’t buy a cheap gun. Save your money until you can afford to buy a decent one.” Their idea of affordable almost universally has a price tag of $500 and up. Do you know how long it would take some of us to save up that much? I’m going to present you a real world example of self defense carry guns on a very basic budget.

 

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Notate Bene

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.
Traditional

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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

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