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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 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.

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Teodoro Matteini (Pistoia Italy, 1753—Venice, 1831) was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, a portraitist and neoclassicist painter of religious and historical subjects.

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We've all seen this. As Remus was driving home the other day he saw a bit of road kill ahead, and pecking at it was a crow. As he approached, the crow nonchalantly stepped to the side of the road. When Remus passed the crow stepped back to his lunch. Now there's a lesson in life and survival.

Did the crow despise the car with a deep and abiding passion? Did he summon up a firestorm of outrage at being separated from his rightful repast? Doubtful. Did the crow meditate deeply on the parameters of civil transportation, the mechanical innards of automobiles, the composition and application of road surfaces? Unlikely. Did he weigh his opportunity to merely stay in place, calculating his height versus the ground clearance of the car, his weight and stability versus the aerodynamic overpressure? Not at all.

To his credit, he stepped aside rather smartly, and only as far as was prudent, suggesting he accepted the necessity of yielding from time to time, even in the absence of technical understanding and highly informed opinion, and, relying on how nicely it was done, this particular accommodation has been part of his behavior for some time, a well integrated component of his personal life-expectancy plan.

Perhaps somewhere else there's an yard-long crow, flattened into the pavement, one who relied on automobiles to avoid him, perhaps something he'd done successfully before until an inattentive or malevolent driver cured him of drawing critical conclusions from a small database. Such crows are the exception for good reason, they volunteer for the least fortunate subset of viability, the description of which is in the past tense. Living crows, the ones with a future, accept large portions of reality as givens. Weather, for instance. And automobiles.

And so it is with we humans. We've learned there are some things best regarded from a distance. Warehouse fires, say. Or organized groups of trained and armed men whose business it is to kill or capture other armed men. If the purpose of survivalism is surviving, engaging with avoidable violence seems an imprudent expansion of the underlying mission. The righteous satisfaction in directly challenging it peaks early and ends abruptly. In fact, staying away from crowds altogether is a reliable way to stay off the skinny end of the actuarial curve.

Avoidance, in the sense of tactical sidestepping, is the better way. The most successful insurgency of the 'sixties was not the Viet Cong, they and their cause were postage stamp illustrations in a generation or so. It was the radical hippies of the US, those successors to the barely remembered Beat Generation—intellectual elites of the self-selected kind whose premise was the admission of defeat at the hands of the wider society. They declared in operatic terms that they had been beaten, hence beat, not defeated in the sense of rolling over in helpless despair but rather defeated in the sense of failing to achieve results acceptable to themselves through conventional participation.

The beatnik strategy was to not only accept defeat but to make defeat the condition for a new beginning on their own terms. In doing so they willingly forfeited support or even approval from, pardon, the "squares", in favor of support from the "alienated", a status of wide appeal to the younger generation. Their real cause was, as it always is with intellectuals, rule by philosopher kings—themselves natch, bankrolled by expropriation should magic fail, enforced by ruthlessness should chance fortune fail. They are the "establishment" today, and so it is the citizen is dealing with their expropriations and ruthlessness.

The lesson for the survivalist is this: accept defeat for what it is, to avoid the sure prospect of further defeat by not adapting to defeat. Study victor and vanquished alike. The lesson from the vanquished is not the failure but the mode of failure. The old DC lost confrontations with the radical hippies by the mere act of confrontation. How could they defeat the defeated? How could they even harass them without appearing to be bullies? The lesson from the successful is not their success but rather their method of succeeding.

So yes, the radicals won, and yes, the levers of power are in their hands today. But with success comes vulnerability. Just as they couldn't be less than beaten, they can't be more than successful. When there is no more upside only the downside remains, so opposition is no longer mere opposition, it's to be feared and monitored and combated. Even calmly expressed dissent is seen as unwarranted anger, which is seen as incipient violence, which is seen as insurrection. We see how their fevered paranoia prompts disproportionate reaction:

Citizens like you and I are being purposefully re-defined, in a highly coordinated and pre-meditated manner, as racist, bitter “Tea Party” terrorists, religious zealots and “out of the main stream” radicals by liberal politicians and media elites.
Robert Cunningham, USAF Captain Ret., at canadafreepress.com

Notice their ever-increasing reliance on coercion and intimidation. Notice the constant self-justification, the solemn story-telling about their "struggle"—kampf, note—their yarns starring themselves as an oppressed people's liberation movement, told at the comic-book level, spattered with the blood of innocents, piled high with the bodies of heroes. The actual total over decades is about the same as the number of industrial accidents in Pittsburgh for a single work week. They've gotten very good at manufacturing one-off martyrs on short notice though, especially considering the low quality raw material they're handed. Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown. Back to the crow.

Had the crow turned and attacked Remus's onrushing car, defending what was rightfully his, the little fellow would have his admiration for conspicuous bravery. Briefly. And then some other crow would eat what was rightfully his. But he stepped aside and retained both his composure and his lunch. There's the lesson. Left alone an illegitimate regime will consume itself through corruption and turf battles. Confrontation could prolong it indefinitely. Studied disengagement, starting with simple neglect of the optional, hastens the verdict of history rather than hastening your own end.

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Magazine ad for the 1952 Plymouth Belvedere

The Belvedere, a stylish short wheelbase two-door hardtop, was the top trim level of the Plymouth Cranbrook series from 1951 through 1953. The Belvedere replaced the Cranbrook badge altogether in 1954. Price for the 1952 Belvedere was $2,216. Expressed in 2014 dollars it's $19,890.

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Remember the surveillance video showing six male suspects brutally beating a couple outside a club in downtown Springfield, Missouri? Police on Friday said YouTube took down the video and issued cops an email saying the clip violated community guidelines. The online video giant warned the Springfield police that more violations might mean the department might lose the ability to post videos — or even see its account permanently suspended, says Dave Urbanski in this article, After Cops Post Video of Brutal Beating in Attempt to ID Suspects, YouTube Reportedly Takes Action You Might Find Hard to Swallow, at The Blaze.

 

 

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A daughter is one of the jewels of a man’s existence, and his actions in protecting her from harm—particularly sexual harm—are simply beyond judgment by outsiders. We turn much of the responsibility for order and punishment over to society with the understanding that we will be protected. But when a society fails, for whatever reason, we are not, by the very nature of things, obligated to continue honoring the bargain. This factor appears to be no longer operative in Rotherham. Over 1400 girls, over a period of a dozen years, were picked up, gang-raped, beaten, humiliated, broken, and then sent out onto the night streets to turn tricks for the sons of Allah, says J.Dunn in this article, The Dhimmis of Rotherham, at American Thinker

 

 

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Preparing for "The Event"

Preparations are taking place on all levels of government and are centered not so much around the prevention of the event, but rather, its aftermath. In short, whatever is coming can’t or won’t be stopped. Many people now accept this as a distinct possibility and are preparing for such a scenario by mimicking government efforts to stockpile food, self defense armaments and other supplies, says Mac Slavo in this article, Border Patrol Insider Speaks Out: “They’re Anticipating A Large National Crisis… Something Drastic”, at SHTFPlan

Zach Taylor, retired Border Patrol insider: "The problem as I see it … and as apparently CDC, Health and Human Services, and Department of Homeland Security are trying to make this a controlled situation. They’re anticipating a large national crisis. When you see that FEMA is preparing for 200 million deaths in the United States that tells you something. When you see that the government is controlling the supply of ammunition and that basic medical supplies are in short supply in southern Arizona, something’s wrong. They are anticipating something drastic."

 

 

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"This is by far the most difficult challenge that I have ever faced. Every day I have been faced with impossible choices, and decisions that are inhuman to make. Having to tell someone that they can't come in when they are screaming and begging to do so is an indescribable feeling, especially when you know they may go back to families who might well then get sick themselves... I have never seen this amount of bodies before. It sounds callous, but you just have to switch off emotionally," say volunteer medical workers in this article, Life at an Ebola clinic in Liberia, by Colin Freeman at The Telegraph.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Liberia, June - Before the week was out, Bong County's first Ebola patient had died, and seven nurses caring for her had fallen ill. Six of them would also die in the coming weeks. The remaining clinical staff, watching their colleagues falling ill all around them, abandoned the hospital. When the patients saw what was happening, those well enough to walk out did just that... One by one, all three hospitals in the county shut down due to fear of the spread of the virus, followed by most of the primary care clinics.
Adam Levine at cnn.com

 

 

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The search for Eric Frein, who shot two Pennsylvania State Troopers Friday the 12th, killing one, includes expelling the residents of the Canadensis, Pennsylvania area art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif and locking it down. This is from Fox News on the 24th:

Troopers issued a “shelter-in-place” order last week that kept some residents from leaving their homes for more than a day, while others who weren’t already at home could not return. Residents said the directive left elderly residents unattended and pets unfed, as well as lost wages for workers who couldn’t reach their job sites.

Adam Christmann said he has been barred from his home at least twice since the search began. He said he was frustrated as he waited at a roadblock near his home Monday afternoon.

“We don’t know when we can go home, or you don’t know if you can get out,” Christmann said. “Families are getting separated.”

The search for Frein—now in its 12th full day—has resulted in frequent unannounced and indefinite roadblocks in Canadensis. Some residents have resorted to sleeping in their cars due to entire neighborhoods being cordoned off.

Troopers issued a “shelter-in-place” order last week that kept some residents from leaving their homes for more than a day, while others who weren’t already at home could not return. Residents said the directive left elderly residents unattended and pets unfed, as well as lost wages for workers who couldn’t reach their job sites.

Adam Christmann said he has been barred from his home at least twice since the search began. He said he was frustrated as he waited at a roadblock near his home Monday afternoon.

“We don’t know when we can go home, or you don’t know if you can get out,” Christmann said. “Families are getting separated.”

A perp in a Serbian army costume has eluded the Pennsylvania State Troopers for weeks so they kick the locals out of their homes—how is this not a reprisal on people who had nothing to do with the crime? Law enforcement makes no friends with hysterical overreaction like this. Karl Denninger at Market Ticker reminds us of a similar case art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif where SWAT officers are being sued singly and personally. A Federal Appeals Court has ruled "qualified immunity" doesn't apply:

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif When a government actor goes beyond their lawful remit they lose that immunity and are exposed to personal liability. Now, all you [officers] in Boston and Pennsylvania who violated—and in the case of PA continue to violate—the rights of hundreds if not thousands of people who had committed no crime and you know it because you think you're entitled to invoke special protections and protocols when one of your own is subjected to a crime that you would never invoke for anyone else and which trample on the rights of all of those innocent people. Consider this: How would you like to lose your cushy job and pension and, in states other than the few that provide full protection of your residence in bankruptcy, your house?
Karl Denninger at market-ticker.org

If law enforcement continues to treat the citizenry as their enemy they should not be surprised if the the citizenry comes to believe them.

 

 

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The U.S. Forest Service has tightened restrictions on media coverage in vast swaths of the country's wild lands, requiring reporters to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting a photo or video in federally designated wilderness areas. Permits cost up to $1,500, says Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers, and reporters who don't get a permit could face fines up to $1,000. She said the agency was implementing the Wilderness Act of 1964, which aims to protect wilderness areas from being exploited for commercial gain, says Rob Davis in this article, Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas, alarming First Amendment advocates, at Oregon Live

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Uproar over Forest Service plan to require media to get permits to take wilderness photos, by Martha Neil at ABA Journal

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Is the Forest Service Requiring Permits for Photography? Yes and No, by Warren Meyer at Coyote Blog

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif More on the US Forest Service Commercial Photography Ban, by Warren Meyer at Coyote Blog

Excuse me, but federal lands are owned by the public. It's our taxes that bought them, maintain them, and pay the salaries at the U.S. Forest Service. Once again, a government agency is of the opinion that the American people are mere serfs with no rights due them by their lords.
Jeff Soyer at alphecca.com

 

 

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History is written by the victors—and the victors are often large, arrogant empires not particularly inclined to look favorably on other cultures. It therefore became commonplace for entire peoples to be thought of as “barbaric,” says Jo Rodriguez in this article, 10 Misconceptions About ‘Barbarians’, at ListVerse.

 

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art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif How to Wear a Leather Jacket With Style, by Antonio, at The Art of Manliness

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif A Lot of Earth’s Water Is Actually Older Than the Sun, by Elizabeth Barber at Time

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Jersey Jihadist: Why have investigators downplayed a murder suspect’s radical beliefs?, by Steven Malanga at NY City Journal

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif University of Michigan: Withholding Sex, Discounting Feelings are ‘Sexual Violence’, by Derek Draplin at The College Fix

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Zero Hedge: Wall Street's daily dose of doom and gloom, by Matt Egan at CNN Money

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Arlington Heights cuts food budget after rejecting federal money, by Sally Ho at the Chicago Tribune

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Riverine Boats of US Navy 5th Fleet, at YouTube. 1m 58s

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif World War I: Naval Technology, 1914 [Slide Show], by Daniel Schlenoff at Scientific American.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif The Lie That Will Start a World War, by Mike Konrad at American Thinker

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Why Is the USDA Buying Submachine Guns?, by Charles McFarlane at Modern Farmer

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art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif The Oklahoma beheading - A disgruntled, fired factory worker—who had tried to convert his colleagues to Islam—used a 10-inch work knife to stab and behead a female employee... Co-workers at the plant described a chaotic scene as Nolen shouted Islamic phrases during his attack... Numerous statements from co-workers pointed to a religious motive behind the attack—citing Nolen’s background in Islam and numerous attempts to get employees to convert.
Schram and Perez at nypost.com

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Well, that didn't take long. It's "workplace violence" - Officers found two women stabbed and a man shot inside Vaughan Foods, Inc., 216 NE 12, in what has been described as an incident of workplace violence.
Cannon and Manwarren at newsok.com

Never heard of him - The Islamic Council of Oklahoma has stated that Nolen is "not known to any of the leadership in Oklahoma mosques," however the Facebook page reviewed and confirmed by the Gazette as his shows several photos art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif of him interacting at "the Islamic Mosque in Oklahoma City."
Caleb Howe at truthrevolt.org

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Oklahoma Moslems praise allah for beheading - Cops/reporters were close by but not being yelled at by muslims as many have asked me but a few muslims were saying praise allah out loud — Bob Lawson (@LandonLawson78) September 26, 2014
Jim Hoft at thegatewaypundit.com

Just a random beheading - The Oklahoma Conference of Churches issued a statement on Saturday urging "all Oklahomans and people everywhere not to equate Mr. Nolen's actions with the beliefs and practices of the Islamic Community in Oklahoma. The Islamic Community of Oklahoma has consistently condemned all violence—most especially acts of violence ostensibly carried out in the name of Islam. Along with our Muslim brothers and sisters we affirm that true Islam is, in fact, a religion of peace and that those inflicting violence in the name of Islam are perverting Islam for their own ends."
Ellis and Sutton at cnn.com

Thugga - Records show Nolen has a long previous criminal record including assault and battery on an officer, possession of a controlled substance and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. In 2010 he was charged with assault and battery of a police officer after being pulled over for having a fake license plate.
Warren and Collins at dailymail.co.uk

 

Alton Nolen: religious black man gunned down by white racist - Al Sharpton is calling for an investigation into the incident; citing the fact that the black victim only had a knife, while the white shooter had a gun. It raises the question of why excessive firepower was used against a man who clearly posed no threat to the community. Sharpton demands to know why the victim was racially profiled for practicing his religion. He calls the attack "Worshiping while black."
Olga Photoshopova at thepeoplescube.com

 

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Obama reveals his true loyalty. No one is surprised - President Barack Obama favorably quoted and praised on Wednesday in his speech before the United Nations a controversial Muslim cleric whose organization has reportedly endorsed the terror group Hamas and supported a fatwa condoning the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
Adam Kredo at freebeacon.com

 

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Yale to Host Radical Terror Sheikh - "We must wage unceasing war against the Americans until they leave the land of Islam, or we will burn and destroy all their interests across the entire Islamic world. Muslim youth must be serious in their warning to the Americans that a blow to Iraq will be a license to strike American and Western interests throughout the Islamic world."
Al-Ghannouchi, via Adam Kredo at freebeacon.com

 

Coming soon, “al-Qaeda on Hollywood and Vine” - As you’ll hear from Obama’s Islamist allies, who often double as Democrat activists, the problem is “Islamophobia,” not Muslim terrorism. This is a gross distortion of reality, so the Left has to do some very heavy lifting to pull it off. Since the Islamic-supremacist ideology that unites the jihadists won’t disappear, it has to be denied and purged. The “real” jihad becomes the “internal struggle to become a better person.”
Andrew McCarthy at nationalreview.com

 

Eric Holder - Not only has he lied before members of Congress and, ultimately, been held in contempt, he has obfuscated the truth and been the most partisan, partial, prejudiced, and self-pitying attorney general in my lifetime... He has not only failed to investigate crimes and potential crimes occurring in this administration, he has been the Cover-Upper-in-Chief and will be sorely missed by those in the administration, like Lois Lerner, who want to disobey the law and flaunt it.
Rep. Louie Gohmert, via Matthew Boyle at breitbart.com

 

End of empire - Historians will mark 1980 as another turning point, when the nation capitulated to the financiers and ceded control of our destiny to Wall Street bankers, the military industrial complex, and globalist billionaires. The final deformation from a productive society built upon savings, capital investment, and goods production to a borrowing, gambling, and consumption society built upon debt and profiteering by powerful corporate and banking interests had commenced.
Jim Quinn at theburningplatform.com

 

Aristocracy - The Elite class is devoid of any real feeling for or interest in the common good or public weal. Not only have the key institutions of American governance and power lost the memory and mechanics of good governance, the Elites running the institutions have become an inbred neofeudal Aristocracy characterized by an unexamined, and thus deeply adolescent, sense of entitlement to the reins of power and control of the national income.
Charles Smith at oftwominds.com

Remus says - This isn't mere hyperbole, read this art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif and be informed of how far above the law the elite really is.

 

DC's justice - In one of the cases Segarra was involved in during her stint at the Fed, the Kinder Morgan-El Paso takeover deal, Goldman advises one party, has substantial stock holdings in the other, and appoints a lead counsel who personally has $340,000 in stock involved. Conflict of interest? Goldman says no, and the Fed complies. The lawsuit Segarra filed against the NY Fed and three of its executives was thrown out on technicalities by a judge whose husband was legal counsel for Goldman in the exact same case. No conflict of interest, the judge herself decides. This is not regulation, it’s a sick and perverted joke.
Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com

 

Rights

Nothing in the Constitution says that any or all of the rights enumerated within it, particularly those within the Bill of Rights, cannot be amended, including being amended out of existence.
Sam, comment at patterico.com

Our rights have not been usurped by Constitutional amendment but by Legislative, Executive and Judicial abuse. Politicians have entrenched a ruling class and made the vote little more than an auction to pick who from that class rules. That is not freedom and it is certainly not what our founders intended. I rather think it is exactly what they tried to prevent and warned us about. I think they would spit on us.
machinist, comment at patterico.com

 

Communist Party USA says - Klein's latest book is a significant contribution to the debate over climate change, a debate guaranteed to heat up as there are increasing impacts on the human-constructed world and the natural world on which it rests and depends. She clarifies for activists new and old that it is ultimately not just a matter of tinkering with our technology and regulatory practices: Climate change is a challenge to the capitalist system itself.
Marc Brodine at peoplesworld.org

 

Big picture grain - 1986 saw the phase out of the US land set aside—you were paid to NOT farm. In 2001 the world carry over of grain stocks was 107 days. By 2007 it had dropped to 74 days. By those two fun filled facts, we can conclude that we have lost both surplus land and surplus stocks of grain.
James Dakin at bisonprepper.blogspot.com

 

Obama's Department of Defenseless - Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned that under Obama's budget cuts and sequestration our military will have "(t)he smallest ground forces since 1940," "a fleet of fewer than 230 ships, the smallest level since 1915," and the "smallest tactical fighter force in the history of the Air Force."
http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials

 

DHS is crumbling - Today the department is too big and nobody really knows who’s in charge. That can be demoralizing. And as a consequence, Homeland Security can’t keep good employees. Senior leaders and low-level grunts alike flee the department in droves every year. DHS’ turnover rate is the highest in the U.S. government. Its employee satisfaction rating is the lowest.
Matthew Gault at medium.com/war-is-boring

 

DHS mission creep - Protecting the infrastructure of American cities from the effects of climate change is rising on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a top agency official.
Reuters via Lisa Anderson at scientificamerican.com

 

All you need to know about New Jersey - A man was stabbed by his wife, and she was charged. The police found the husband's gun collection and confiscated it in accordance with protocol.
Jim Gearhart at nj1015.com

 

The future of warfare - Autonomous drones can be purchased off-the-shelf, allowing a single terrorist to field a swarm of kamikaze drones. Last month, a hacker demonstrated the ability to use a drone to hack and take control of other drones, raising the specter of a “zombie drone” air force. The robotic warfighting regime is barreling down upon us at an alarming rate.
Scharre and Brimley at warontherocks.com

 

Apple's iOS 8 encryption - One Justice Department official said that if the new systems work as advertised, they will make it harder, if not impossible, to solve some cases. Another said the companies have promised customers "the equivalent of a house that can't be searched'' ... Andrew Weissmann, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation general counsel, called Apple's announcement outrageous, because even a judge's decision that there is probable cause to suspect a crime has been committed won't get Apple to help retrieve potential evidence. Apple is "announcing to criminals, 'use this,' " he said.
Barrett and Yadron at online.wsj.com

 

Global surrender - Joseph Tainter’s works doesn’t lay out historical data for when the Anasazi, the Chacoans, and other cultures simply “gave up.” Assembling a projection of when such a collapse might overtake an entire planet may seem like a pointless task to “modern” man. But I respectfully suggest that a long line of previous high cultures including Egyptians and Incans would argue that it’s the fundamental business assessment that drives everything else.
George Ure at urbansurvival.com

 

Smoker's registry - This will be useful for both smokers and non-smokers. The time has come for us to know where smokers live, work and, most importantly, smoke, so the non-smoking public can make decisions based on this information.
MPP John Abbot at cbc.ca

 

From Taboo to Common Sense - Newton treated his scientific findings much like he did his esoteric research: as his private treasure. He had most of his law of gravity worked out for a couple of decades without seeing reason to publish it. And he didn’t bother telling anybody that he had invented calculus until Leibniz came up with it too. A century and a half later, Charles Darwin sat on his theory of natural selection for at least 15 years, until Alfred Russel Wallace stumbled upon the same idea.
Steve Sailer at takimag.com

 

Southpaw - Notably, most baseball fields are oriented such that the batter faces due east to minimize glare from the setting sun. Because the batter faces east, a left-handed pitcher's throwing arm is to the south, and this condition led to the creation of the term “southpaw.”
Melissa at todayifoundout.com

 

Mrs. - “Mistress”, deriving from the Old French “maistresse”, was just the feminine form of “mister/master”... Once “mistress” popularly took on the alternate definition of a married man’s lover on the side, people almost universally stopped pronouncing “Mrs.” as “mistress” due to the negative implication.
Daven Hiskey at todayifoundout.com

 

DC schools Report Card - The District got F’s in the Academic Achievement, Academic Achievement for Low-Income and Minority Students, International Competitiveness, Post-secondary and Workforce Readiness, and Return on Investment metrics... Other failing metrics for D.C. were workforce readiness and international competitiveness... Only 10% of students are proficient in reading and math–the lowest percentage in the nation... “The District earns an excellent grade collecting and reporting high-quality education data,” states the report.
Ali Meyer at cnsnews.com

 

India's budget spaceprobe orbits Mars - India's Mars Orbiter Mission successfully entered Mars' orbit Wednesday morning, becoming the first nation to arrive on its first attempt and the first Asian country to reach the Red Planet... With a price tag of $74 million, the Mars Orbiter Mission cost a mere fraction of the $671 million NASA spent on its MAVEN spacecraft, which arrived to Mars earlier this week. Some space observers noted that India's Mars orbiter cost less than the $100 million budget for the space thriller film "Gravity."
Madison Park at cnn.com, 24 Sep 2014

 

Nuclear North Korea - Because the North has no possibility to win a conventional arms race due to its economic hardships, it is using all its resources to develop nuclear capability, which is an asymmetrical weapon. We believe the North is developing a tactical short-range missile because it has reached the final stage of miniaturization of a nuclear warhead. Through three nuclear tests since 2006, the North managed to take steps closer to miniaturization to a certain degree. We have to be prepared that they will be operationally deployed within a short period of time.
South Korean spokesmen via Yong Soo and Myo Ja at koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news

 

RFK Jr. calls for imprisonment of global warming skeptics - I wish there were a law you could punish them with. I don’t think there is a law that you can punish those politicians under. Those guys are doing the Koch Brothers bidding and are against all the evidence of the rational mind, saying global warming does not exist. They are contemptible human beings. I wish there were a law you could punish them with. I don’t think there is a law that you can punish those politicians under. I think it’s treason.
Robert Kennedy Jr, via Marc Morano at climatedepot.com

 

Google rides the green wave - Google tries hard to present a positive image and has done remarkably well in image polishing considering that its business is, at least partly, based on reading other people's mail . The many small companies and consultants that are part of Google's ecosystem have a different image of Google. They see Google as a sort of high tech reincarnation of the Kremlin and they are very careful not to get on Google's wrong side.
Norman Rogers at americanthinker.com

 

Fear - The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That's the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead!
General George Patton

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1937. Reedsville, West Virginia gas station.

Reedsville is a hamlet of 600 in north central West Virginia.

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1937. Washington DC gas station.

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

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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.
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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Ayn Rand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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