Buy Ammo

We talk about problems almost everyday here, and most of them, while we (and you) may know at least some of the answers, nobody is likely to ask us. Not least because the correct answers would probably cost them, at least, some of their mostly ill-gotten gains (Yes, you can easily read rent-seeking and corruption here).

Still if enough of us yell about it, and take what actions we can, we may well improve the situation. Donald Trump is an indication of that. Personally, I detest the idea of him as President, it’s almost like a third term of Obama in my mind, just like Clinton. But that’s me, I can remember when the Constitution stood for something, and that something was real equality, equality under the law. Which is the only kind of equality government can legitimately provide. All else is theft of one kind or another. But he has certainly changed the debate in the last year.

But, in many ways, the president is constrained by Congress and the courts, and that will be more true, not less, for a president who seeks to rule constitutionally. And America (Europe, as well) has embarked on a journey into uncharted territory, we are only a stone’s throw from catastrophe. Or as Kurt Schlichter puts it, walking a tightrope over chaos.

And so, I think Kurt has one of the answers for what we, individually, can do. It’s an important piece of the puzzle, and one that perhaps more than any other, separates America from the rest of the world: Buy Ammo.

Why is that important, Because the American people, almost alone in the world, have reserved sovereignty to themselves. Everyone else, even it seems, the British, who taught us, have sold their freedom to the government for a little temporary safety. They will (and in fact already are) finding they now have neither. Sad, but that was their (actually their grandparents) choice. Seems the Brits can’t even figure out that fleeing the sinking ship of Europe is a good idea. But we, who have done more to defend Europe in the last hundred years than anyone, know better. I doubt we will try again, three strikes and you’re out, you know.

In the last analysis, as Americans, it is up to us to defend our friends and families, our communities, and yes, our country and our Constitution. There is no one in the world to whom we can turn to for help, as an organization, although we will find many people, as the scales of propaganda fall from their eyes, who will cheer us on, and help individually, but it is up to us, each of us, individually, to decide if America, the dream, and the promise, of the last 250 years is worth keeping alive. Buy Ammo!

Here’s the Colonel:

I have never, ever had anyone tell me that he had too much ammunition.  Not in a combat zone, not in a civil disaster, not even in peacetime.  Never.  Nor have I lived through a time where our governing class was so deeply corrupt, so utterly foolish, and so dangerously focused on the perpetuation of its own power that it risked bringing down everything we have built not merely in the United States but in the entire West.

Right now, if you are watching the news, you have questions about the future.  And the answer to all of them is to buy ammo.

Buying ammo is a no-lose proposition.  Look, the worst thing that happens if you buy more ammo is that you have more ammo.  Plus, much of our consumer ammo is made by hardworking Americans, and many of those ammo makers are located in red states where the right to keep and bear arms is celebrated and respected.  So you’re helping fellow conservative Americans, which is good.  And you’re infuriating people like that sanctimonious, Second Amendment-hating incompetent infesting the White House, which is great. […]

Now, many of our urban liberal friends will not understand why we insist on ensuring that we have plenty of guns and ammo.  They are, not coincidentally, the same urban liberals who don’t understand how creating economic and political chaos by screwing up the economy, coddling crooks, allowing unrestricted immigration, refusing to defeat our enemies, and frittering away the rule of law all act to undermine this wonderful island of relative peace and stability we call the United States.  The über-beta editor of a well-known liberal website once chided me on Twitter for pointing out the fact that civilization walks on a tightrope over a chasm of chaos, telling me I was essentially nuts for thinking this could all fall apart much faster and much more violently than any of us imagine.  But I was not nuts.  I was remembering.  I was remembering Los Angeles on fire during the Rodney King riots.  I spent three weeks on the streets with the Army during that little life lesson based out of an armory south of I-10 and east of the 405.  Let’s just say that it was a looty, shooty area.  So I don’t need chaos lessons from some tweedy femboy, nor do you.  It may not be apocalypse now, but it could very well be apocalypse soon.

Do you think our elite is going to protect you during the next “uprising?”  Remember, it’s a “riot” only if elite liberals are at risk like they were when Beverly Hills got threatened; it’s an “uprising” if only you are.  Remember that “stand down” order in Baltimore?

Do you think the Iranians and our other enemies haven’t been watching Team Feckless in inaction and thought about popping off a hot rock or two a hundred miles above Kansas City to fry all our wonderful electronic gizmos with EMP?  A couple days after our logistics networks go down those urban hipsters are going to learn what really constitutes a “food desert.”

And this:

But deterrence is a wonderful thing.  An armed, trained populace is not only prepared for when things go bad, but the fact that it is armed and trained makes it much less likely that things will go bad in the first place.  Last year, Americans voted for liberty by buying well over 15 million new guns.  That’s roughly 40,000 a day, every day.  That’s enough to arm three infantry divisions.

Every.  Single.  Day.

Just don’t forget to buy ammo.

via Buy Ammo – Kurt Schlichter – Page full.

I call that

A good start!

Nuts

What? You thought this was about last night’s debate, didn’t you? It’s not. It about what may well be the greatest battle victory in American history. It happened only seventy-one years ago, but most of us have forgotten it. From Great Satan’s Girlfriend.

On or about this date in 1944, Americans woke to read in alla papers that a war that was almost won looked like it might just get lost.

Beleaf it or don’t – few Americans are aware of the Battle of the Bulge in the last millennium. Nineteen thousand American soldiers were killed with more than 70,000 casualties. It was the largest combat action in the history of the American military.

And it lives evermore with those This We’ll Defend cats

After a day of hard fighting, the Germans broke through the American front, surrounding most of an infantry division, seizing key crossroads, and advancing their spearheads toward the Meuse River, creating the projection that gave the battle its name.

Stories spread of the massacre of soldiers and civilians at Malmedy and Stavelot, of fallschrimjager paratroopers dropping behind the lines, and of English-speaking German soldiers, disguised as Americans, capturing critical bridges, cutting communications lines, and spreading rumors. For those who had lived through 1940, the picture was all too familiar. Belgian townspeople put away their Allied flags and brought out their swastikas.

Police in Paris enforced an all-night curfew. British veterans waited nervously to see how the Americans would react to a full-scale German offensive, and British generals quietly acted to safeguard the Meuse crossings. Even American civilians who had thought final victory was near were sobered by the Nazi onslaught.

But this was not 1940. The supreme Allied commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower rushed reinforcements to hold the shoulders of the German penetration. Within days, Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. had turned his Third U.S. Army to the north and was counterattacking against the German flank. But the story of the battle of the Bulge is above all the story of American soldiers.

Often isolated and unaware of the overall picture, they did their part to slow the Nazi advance, whether by delaying armored spearheads with obstinate defenses of vital crossroads, moving or burning critical gasoline stocks to keep them from the fuel-hungry German tanks, or coming up with questions on arcane Americana to stump possible Nazi infiltrators.

At the critical road junctions of St. Vith and Bastogne, American tankers and paratroopers fought off repeated attacks, and when the acting commander of the 101st Airborne Division in Bastogne was summoned by his German adversary to surrender, he simply responded, “Nuts!”

Within days, Patton’s Third Army had relieved Bastogne, and to the north, the 2d U.S. Armored Division stopped enemy tanks short of the Meuse on Christmas Day. Through January, American troops, often wading through deep snow drifts, attacked the sides of the shrinking bulge until they had restored the front and set the stage for the final drive to victory.

Never again would NSDAP Time Deutschland be able to launch an offensive in the West on such a scale. An admiring British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill stated, “This is undoubtedly the greatest American battle of the war and will, I believe, be regarded as an ever-famous American victory.” Indeed, in terms of participation and losses, the battle of the Bulge is arguably the greatest battle in American military history.

Source: GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Battle Of The Bulge

I’ll only add a couple tidbits, Patton’s drive up to Bastogne was led by the 37th Tank Battalion of the 4th Armored Division, commanded by a guy by the name of LTC (later GEN) Creighton Abrams. His boss, General Patton said of him, “I’m supposed to be the best tank commander in the Army, but I have one peer — Abe Abrams. He’s the world champion.” He went on to be the Chief of Staff of the Army, and yes, the M1 tank is indeed named for him.

Lots of legends came out of this battle, one is about the “Damned Engineers” who did an effective job of slowing down the panzers, sometimes by setting American fuel dumps, flowing down the hill towards the Germans, and then lighting the fuel. Improvised defenses at their best!

This is also the battle when somebody, probably a paratrooper said, “They’ve got us surrounded, the poor bastards.”

The Death of a Bad Idea

English: Picture of Barack Obama's first Weekl...

English: Picture of Barack Obama’s first Weekly Address as President of the United States – Saturday, January 24th, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Andrew Klavan. But no video this time. He doesn’t need to do one, he expresses himself just fine in proper English. Yeah, I like his videos too, but some things are too deep to penetrate from a video. This is, I think, one of them.

The left is simply and completely bankrupt. They have ruined Europe, wounded, perhaps mortally, the United Kingdom, and inflicted severe damage on the strong horse, the United States. And yet they still try to inflict their nihilistic, anti-liberty, and yes, anti-Christian so-called philosophy on us. Well, quite a few of us read history, ours, and the history of (especially) the west, and we can see what has driven our civilization. It was driven to heights never before glimpsed by man by the role of the individual, first espoused by the jews of the Old Testament, and brought higher still by Judaism’s daughter: Christianity.

When one looks at the U.S. Constitution, one finds very learned men writing a document, to build a document to minimize the role of what has (for 2000 years) been called ‘original Sin’. If you don’t understand the term; you would be wise to blame it on those who taught you your life lessons, in the schools, and yes, often in our churches as well. That those who hate freedom, don’t teach the underpinnings of freedom should be no surprise.

To sum up, perhaps we should turn to a great Briton, one who understood America perhaps better than Americans do: Margaret Thatcher, who once said this:

In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”
― Margaret Thatcher

Was she talking about the ancient Athenians, or about us?

Here’s Andrew:

Watching Obama’s speech Sunday night, it occurred to me that we are watching the death of a bad idea. The idea that there is no moral truth — and that therefore no one culture is better than any other — and that therefore any dominant culture must have become dominant through injustice — and that therefore the dominant west is to blame for the rest of the world’s ills — follows from a certain strain of western thought, call it the Nietzschean strain. It is incorrect and it has failed and now it’s crumbling.

Under the duress of mounting evidence, the president was forced to abandon his euphemisms and denials, to admit that we were under attack from terrorists, and that the ideas and motivations of those terrorists arose from Islam. To be sure, there were the usual hemmings and hawings, but the very fact that he was forced to drop these few little crumbs of truth to a populace hungry for moral leadership is proof that his underlying philosophy — the underlying philosophy of his administration and of his political party — is in ruins.

This doesn’t mean Obama will abandon that philosophy. He can’t. It has given him everything he has. It’s the reason he was promoted so far above his competence, the reason he was elevated to a power he does not have the first idea how to use effectively. Rather than abandon that source of his strength, he will continue to do what he has done up to now: engage in dubious battle with make-believe enemies like the climate while appeasing and hiding from real enemies like the makers of worldwide jihad. […]

Source: The Death of a Bad Idea | PJ Media. There’s more, it just as good. Go there now, read and understand I’ll wait over here.

As always, when Donald Trump came up, his followers displayed his glass jaw, I’ve never had much respect for a man who likes to dish it out, but can’t take it, and so it is here. Maggie understood quite well:

If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at anytime, and would achieve nothing. ”
― Margaret Thatcher

So said someone who won a war halfway around the world without recourse to bankruptcy, lawsuits, or the overbearing and inappropriate use of eminent domain, not even making personal attacks on Twitter.

A famous half-American said this, perhaps we should try a bit sooner!

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.

– Winston Churchill

The Constitution Is Not Incidental

signing-constitutionLast Monday Ben Domenech, the publisher and founder of The Federalist published an article of his own that you need to read. It dealt with why there is such a disparity between what are ‘elites’ think, say, and do and what the rest of us know in our bones. In many ways, it sums up what we’ve been writing about this week, and in truth for the three and a half years of this blog’s existence. Here’s some of it, but do follow the link below.

[…] The problem is that the elite modern left thinks all these things which are essential to the American experience are just incidental. They see no connection between Constitutional freedoms and the character of the people; between religious liberty and church attendance and family breakdown; between gun ownership and self-reliance and respect for property; between crushing free speech and destroying our capacity for free thought and creativity; between the loss of American stoicism and the all-encompassing welfare state. They see these originating factors as irritants or unimportant, and think they can all be gotten rid of without fundamentally altering the nature of who we are as a nation.

The liberal elites do this in part because such things are incidental to their own daily lives. Casting aside the Bill of Rights won’t fundamentally change who they are, at least not in any near term. […]

The first priority of the United States government and the president is to secure our liberties – it always has been, and always ought to be.

There is one other point President Obama made – that as commander in chief, he has no greater responsibility than the security of the American people. It is the sort of thing lots of presidents have said. It also happens to be false. […] The first priority of the United States government and the president is to secure our liberties – it always has been, and always ought to be.

Elite liberals like Obama and the New York Times editorialists do not understand that when they argue the American citizenry no longer has the capacity to bear arms, they are arguing that we have lost the capacity for self-government. They are not just saying you only have the right to self-defense as the Attorney General deems you fit; they are saying the inalienable rights of American individuals are subordinate to the will of high-minded politicians. Their interest is in keeping you safe and secure. Whether you are free is, in the grand scheme of things, incidental.

Source: The Constitution Is Not Incidental

For those of us who are Christian, the US Constitution is what happens when a government is designed to be implemented by men, who are subject to Original Sin.

If you wish to know why Donald Trump is doing so well, there are only two reasons. For all his inconsistency, flip-flopping and all, he seems to understand what Ben, and the rest of us think about these things, and he is not afraid to say so out loud. He’s decidedly not my candidate, he espouses many things that I detest (his immigration policy, as it relates to aliens, is not amongst them), but he states his case loudly (and brashly) and he has moved the debate. For now, God Bless him.

None of this is new, a hundred years ago, Rudyard Kipling told us all we need to know.

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

As to what is likely to happen, well, he covered that too

“My son,” said the Norman Baron, “I am dying, and you will
be heir
To all the broad acres in England that William gave me for
share
When he conquered the Saxon at Hastings, and a nice little
handful it is.
But before you go over to rule it I want you to understand this:–

“The Saxon is not like us Normans. His manners are not so polite.
But he never means anything serious till he talks about justice
right.
When he stands like an ox in the furrow–with his sullen set eyes
on your own,
And grumbles, ‘This isn’t fair dealing,’ my son, leave the Saxon
alone.

“You can horsewhip your Gascony archers, or torture your
Picardy spears;
But don’t try that game on the Saxon; you’ll have the whole
brood round your ears.
From the richest old Thane in the county to the poorest chained
serf in the field,
They’ll be at you and on you like hornets, and, if you are wise,
you will yield.

No wonder the left has driven him from the academy, and tried to supress him!

Laura Perrins: The Big State is the inevitable result of chaining women to the work station

Portrait of Harriet Beecher Stowe Deutsch: Die...

Portrait of Harriet Beecher Stowe Deutsch: Die Schriftstellerin Harriet Beecher Stowe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many of us here are interested in how we got here. Not least because here is not a very good place to be, and perhaps we should consider how we could return to another, perhaps better place. Laura Perrins of A Conservative Woman has some thoughts about that, and I think we should listen.

Stop complaining about ‘The Big State’. It is here to stay without a serious regeneration of the private sphere.

Late one evening I stumbled across the Victoria & Albert Museum website which has some very interesting discussions on gender in the Victorian era. Perhaps much of it is disputed elsewhere by another historian, but it makes for gripping reading even though it comes from a feminist perspective.

The sections set out, in Victorian times, that women were viewed as subservient to men. However, the huge amount of work carried out by women, unpaid and in the private sphere, is what caught my eye. Women of all classes ran their homes, cared for the young and old, were active in their communities and carried out serious works of charity, effectively in place of social work and I would add, the welfare state.

“Throughout the Victorian period, when family needs allowed, women undertook unpaid work in a variety of fields, known collectively as philanthropy. Typically operating at local level, often through Church structures, these activities might today be classified as ‘social work’. They included distributing clothes, food and medicines; teaching literacy, home care and religion; and ‘parish visiting’ of the poor and infirm.”

This even included communicators, “while men customarily undertook business communication, social networking thus fell to women.”

Many women did indeed work, such as running the family business, but once dangerous jobs were regulated and work and home became separate post the industrial revolution, many men worked very hard so their wives could care for children and run the household.

The author, Professor Jan Marsh tells us, “Generally, male workers strove to secure wages that enabled wives to be full-time mothers”, but Marsh confirms her prejudice by adding “an aspiration in tune with bourgeois notions of orderly domestic bliss.” (What is wrong with middle-class, domestic happiness, I ask myself? I strive for it everyday.)

Gender equality was slow coming, says Professor Marsh, and was resisted by some – even women!

“Those defending the status quo – who included a substantial number of women – argued that male duties to support families and to fight for their country were responsibilities, not privileges; and that British women possessed incomparable moral influence and power.”

That is us, I thought! That is us a hundred years ago!

Continue reading: Laura Perrins: The Big State is the inevitable result of chaining women to the work station

Think about that penultimate sentence for a bit. British women (and by extension American, as well, the cultures then, as now, cross-pollinated quite a lot) possessed incomparable moral power. She’s right, they did. Many of us remember Abraham Lincoln on meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe in the White House commenting that this, “is the little woman that caused this big old war.” As much as any one person did, she and her book Uncle Tom’s Cabin did.

But there is something else there. There weren’t all that many people starving in the streets in Victorian times either, likely there were some, and likely a good many of those were mentally unbalanced, as is true now. But the gigantic, intrusive, degrading, and expensive, ‘nanny state’ did not exist. How can that be? A two-word answer, The Church. Actually, pretty much all of them. They simply, out of their own resources, took care of it, locally, quietly, and to the best of their ability. Was it perfect? Probably not. And yes, one usually paid for help by listening to a sermon or three, and that may well have helped to make it a short term problem.

And who ran those churches, pray tell? The women. Yes, the priests, ministers, preachers, vicars, and all were all men, but I’ll tell you something, they did pretty much what the ‘church ladies’ told them to. You know it, I know it, so why deny it.

And you know something, it worked, in fact, it worked far better than the ‘nanny state’. And because we didn’t have all those government functions, taxes were low, and a man could make a living for his family, so his wife could be free to be the moral leader of the world. A Golden Age? No, there were always problems, and heartbreak, and angst. But I think it was arguably (at least) a far better solution than what we have now.

It was also far better suited to a free people.

Syria, Just War, Unlikely Allies, and a Bit More.

So tonight Parliament will vote on joining us, the Russians, the French and some others in air attacks in Syria (they already are in Iraq). It’s a contentious issue, as you might imagine. Obama’s throwing away the belated victory that GEN Petraeus gave us left a foul taste in their mouth, as it did many of ours.

Jeremy Corbin is against it, of course. He is against it as near as I can tell because it might be good for western civilization. That said he may be right, even if for the wrong reasons. David Cameron claims to lead a Christian nation, and in fact, there are many exemplary Christians in the United Kingdom. But if he truly believes that, he should be able to justify intervention on Christian grounds. That is difficult.

When Christian nations go to war (and that is what this amounts to) they should be guided by the Just War Theory. This was mostly written by Thomas Aquinas, and later expanded by The School of Salamanca.  For the most part, we all abide with the Roman Catholic Church’s Just War Doctrine which states:

  • the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain;
  • all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective;
  • there must be serious prospects of success;
  • the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated (the power of modern means of destruction weighs very heavily in evaluating this condition).

And this is where the problem is. There is almost no chance of air strikes achieving peace if the they abide with proportionate force. Those are what in logic we call an “AND Statement”. They all have to be true, and that cannot happen. So Corbyn is arguably right, but because his premise is so wrong, he is essentially eliminated from the discussion.


I see the New York mob has told ISIS that they will protect New Yorkers as well. many are treating it as somewhat of a joke. That’s easy to do, but it’s not all together. If one were to look at World War Two, one would find that the mafia (under Lucky Luciano) had much to do with keeping the Port of New York working smoothly, they do have some power, and it’s not always used for evil. There’s also this, one of my nieces used to live in Brooklyn, in Gambino’s neighborhood, in fact, and during the days when New York was out of control. But not her neighborhood, she says she barely had to lock her car, security was so good, and no, it wasn’t the NYPD. Don’t look gift horses in the mouth, the Mob isn’t a bunch of do-gooders, but when our interests coincide, it’s better to have them on our side than not.


George Will writing in The Washington Post speaks of Hitler, not as a madman, but as the implementor of a coherent worldview. It is a far more scary view than as a madman, especially if we were to apply it to a nuclear Iran. Here’s a bit:

Snyder presents a Hitler more troubling than a madman, a Hitler implementing the logic of a coherent worldview. His life was a single-minded response to an idea so radical that it rejected not only the entire tradition of political philosophy but also the possibility of philosophy, which Hitler supplanted by zoology.

“In Hitler’s world,” Snyder writes, “the law of the jungle was the only law.” The immutable structure of life casts the various human races as separate species. Only races are real and they are locked in mutual and unassuageable enmity, in Hitler’s mind-set, because life is constant struggle over scarcities — of land, food and other necessities.

One group, however, poisoned the planet with another idea. To Hitler, says Snyder, “It was the Jew who told humans that they were above other animals, and had the capacity to decide their future for themselves.” To Hitler, “Ethics as such was the error; the only morality was fidelity to race.”

Source: Does Iran’s anti-Semitism run too deep for deterrence?

Hat tip and more from: Hitler’s worldview

 

I really meant to write today about the ridiculous crony-capitalist fraud-o-rama taking place in Paris this fortnight, but it will have to wait for another day. As long as India says go away, and China and the US are not willing to go back to the thirteenth century standard of living, it’ll be ignored, just as Kyoto was. Another good reason not to elect Hillary! though.

 

 

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