Guest Post: Apocalypse Mindset: Don’t Let It Get You Killed by John Meyers

Publisher’s Note: It appears BREXIT is reality and all the usual suspects are bleating and mewling that the sky is falling because a political subsidiary of a larger psychopath collective has dared to divorce it self from the theft and oversight of the fetid EU. Good for them, now we can consider DisCoXit (District of Columbia Exit).

 A Yale law professor acknowledges in a mainstream left-liberal publication laws no matter how banal must be wiling to kill to enforce. Hence the police state that is Amerika today. Folks who frequented this site have arrive t that obvious conclusion years ago.

 Read the preface for a great introduction to James Scott’s work and Irish Democracy. He is nowhere near being a libertarian abolitionist but he asks poignant questions despite deviating wildly from the moral certitude of his inevitable conclusions.

 From his tepid and rather confused “Two Cheers for Anarchism”:

 “Quiet, anonymous, and often complicitous, lawbreaking and disobedience may well be the historically preferred mode of political action for peasant and subaltern classes, for whom open defiance is too dangerous….One need not have an actual conspiracy to achieve the practical effects of a conspiracy. More regimes have been brought, piecemeal, to their knees by what was once called “Irish Democracy”—the silent, dogged resistance, withdrawal, and truculence of millions of ordinary people—than by revolutionary vanguards or rioting mobs.”

 We need more Irish Democracy in America. It took the denizens of Eire over 800 years to trade their foreign socialist shackles from England for domestic collectivist manacles they wrested upon themselves. Maybe America can take less time than that to sunder the tentacled embrace from Mordor on the Potomac.

John is a long-time personal friend and benefactor of the ZG underground. This post deserves long reflection and should help triage priorities for the coming Endarkenment. -BB

 

 

Scenario games and “what if’s” dominate conversations in the preparedness culture.

Working through various situations in our heads makes perfect sense. It helps develop a key tool: Mindset.

What these Kim’s games generally lack is context. These conversations assume everyone in the discussion has the same conception of what the event will be, or the even broader question what exactly SHTF means. It’s all subjective and situational dependent. There is no answer to “what if…?” The context must be defined.

A mundane question such as ‘what is the best combat load out?’ will morph into a 3 hour back and forth about this or that rifle, which plate carrier is more Gucci and what type of underwear is the most efficient at wicking ball sweat. The whole time I sit back listening and thinking: “Well what is the mission? What is the event? Who, What Where, When, Why?” Essentially going over the civilian version of METT-TC in my head. It is never lined out. One person is envisioning the proverbial horde of mutant cannibalistic biker gangs ravaging the countryside, ala One Second After. Another’s context of the event is a full on invasion of CONUS by Daesh or the Haqqani Network. And another is thinking “Jeez, I thought SHTF was when I lost my job last week.” Context is critical. But one thing is true about nearly all these conversations. It tends to always focus on the absolute worst scenario imaginable, despite minor variations in each persons head.

What this community needs is an accurate threat analysis. Threats need to be defined and essentially listed out from the most likely to the least likely to occur. One is more likely to encounter a profit crime on the street, before ISIS shows up in your bedroom. You are going to encounter a home invasion or an active shooter before an insurgency against the US state or Mad Max II.

After running this through my brain for a couple years, I concluded that an apocalypse only focus may get you killed in the streets. With this in mind I am no longer focusing on the most cataclysmic and unlikely event as my training priority.

After attending a number of classes over the years, I found that it was not uncommon at all to see half or more students, upon finishing the class, pack up their gear, lock up their rifle, separate the ammo then drive home without a CCW on their person. During class they had chest rigs for days, but not even a J frame to stick in their pocket when they return to normal life. The class made them better off to fight the Zombies invading their neighborhood, (if they had plenty of advance notice to prepare of course, to strap on their war kit and get in the proper fighting stance) but they were completely unprepared to defend themselves from a normal street criminal, the much more likely scenario.

Their mind was in “One Second After” scenario mode. They were ready to go SBU prone with their fire team, but lacked ECQC skills and tools to combat the all more likely scenario of the Stop and Rob they bought that Gatorade from being violently robbed. A robbery that was committed not by an ISIL operative yelling ALLAH SNACKBAR! But by a normal looking middle-aged white guy, who decided to initiate the robbery by smashing a wine bottle from the rack over their disarmed and situational awareness deprived head.

I got news for you. The Shit has JUST Hit The Fan the moment that wine bottle busted over the guys head. (So much for that “Truck Gun”)

These people lack the mindset needed in the day-to-day world, because they are constantly focusing solely on the threat found in the latest 37-volume prepper fiction novel. The Event to them is not the home invasion tomorrow in the present day “Rule of Law” world; it is only the invading Chinese in “Without Rule of Law” society, where they will be conveniently snuggled up in their retreat, waiting for the Red Devils and Blue Helmets to arrive with their 40 closest Ranger Buddies.

In the wake of recent active shooter events in the country, a common refrain among the “Sheep Dog” gun culture is how they will simply employ their ‘truck gun’ in the event of a mass shooting. What they left out was that the venue where the shooting is happening is filled with 400 people. The mythical “truck gun” is chained under their back seat, 135 yards away, under 7 BoB’s, 19 sets of bug out clothing, 3 cases of MRE’s and more commo gear than a CCT guy has access to.

The 360 lb. hero is supposedly going to first manage to avoid being perforated by the shooter, sprint through 400 screaming, crying and hysterical people, make it outside, deploy his AR pistol (don’t forget, you cant shoulder those. *wink) and “active shooter bag,” fight the masses back inside against the flow, manage not to get shot by first responders, or taken down by a CCW’er, and go to work on the shooter before they self terminates themselves. Stop being so stupid.

Tactical Fantasy Band Camp simply does not prepare you for operating in the totally unsexy street clothes on your back instead of your kryptek highlander, with the pistol in your waistline and yourself alone as your team. In our daily lives we are not wearing all our kit, a RACK with 18 magazines and a Team Wendy Exfil. We don’t have a rifle in our back pocket in aisle 18 of the local Wally World. I can assure you asking your favorite instructor on Facebook what pants he is wearing in the latest Firelance Media photo array, will not make you more combat effective in the fight. I’m sure the ones you are wearing will work just fine.

You have what you have on you. You have your EDC. You are much more likely to be accosted in the local mall than you are by invading Soviets in the Fourteener’s of the Rocky Mountains.

Focus on the most likely then work to the least likely. And for gods sake people, if you are a new shooter and all your gear is in the way of you learning how to shoot and manipulate your weapon, please strip all that junk off, run a mag in your back pocket and LEARN. Then add in the Ninja Force 5 accouterments.

Yes, we all should have a team. The proverbial ‘Village’ or ‘Tribe’ to fall back on for mutual assistance, division of labor, and all that good stuff. But we need to recognize the limitations and capabilities at play. Unless you live with your “team” of 6 SMU SAS Delta Seals, they will play no role in aiding you when your door is kicked in at 3 am. They will not be there for you when you stop to grab a few dollars out of one of those ATM’s in the middle of a barren parking lot late after work one night and you are violently attacked and find yourself in a gun fight where your only cover is the pillars, engine block and wheels of your car while you try to reduce the threat with your Glock 42. Where was your Wonder Blaster 6000 Glock 34 with the race work, comp and RMR? Oh, to bulky and impractical to carry everyday?

You must fight with what you have on you. Hence you must train the most with what you will most likely have on you. You must be point. You must be rear security. You are flank. You are your team.

It would pay the community well to place more of an emphasis on the need to train with their pistol. Put primary focus on that until a satisfactory standard is met.

Some say there is no use in learning real pistol marksmanship, because “21 foot rule!” Shut up stupid. Everyone is a sniper at 3 yards. Back away from the keyboard for a second. Stop making excuses. The average grocery store aisle in the US is about 25 yards. Are we capable of making those life or death shots with a carry gun to end a threat to our lives and families from such a distance reliably? If not, put down the damn AK-74 for just a second and run some dot torture with your carry gun. Yes, the gun you CARRY. If it’s a J-frame or mouse gun, maybe you’ll find out the capabilities of those guns and whatever drawbacks may be present with that choice.

Perhaps a good medical course makes sense to stop the bleeding of your wife who got shot in the leg. If our mindset is only “whelp, we wont have trauma surgeons in SHTF…” it will do nothing to solve the problem of your loved one bleeding out from the crazy shooter in the movie theater while waiting for LE to clear the scene to allow casualties to be treated. I would want to know how to pack that wound, seal that chest or slap on that TQ today, rather than putting my focus on a time when a trauma surgeon may be as scarce as hen’s teeth in the future and using it as an excuse to not put medical higher the training priority list.

Is the ‘prepper’ communities focus on rural patrolling and greenside work going to help us search or clear a structure when one comes home from work to find their cell phone dead and their door kicked in on their house, where their 14 year old daughter was supposed to be after school? Is a sole focus on Ranger team tactics and dynamic entry TTP’s in solving said problem going to apply to a single person trying to do the same task? If you are only with your non-gun minded wife, will she understand that your incessant asking permission by shouting “MOVING!” needs to be answered with “MOVE!” Doubtful. Practice real world communication for these situations. It doesn’t have to be difficult. Adapt. Who cares if its not ‘doctrine.’ Do what is applicable to your situation and what works. If you fail to adapt, you will fail to win.

While it is very wise and worthwhile to seek training in small unit tactics and rural patrolling, how many of the people who have done such training in the ‘patriot/prepper/III world’ actually live in an environment where they would even use it? If you live in downtown Charlotte, why in the world are you spending 8 weekends a year doing rural patrolling and no other training that applies to your actual AO? How many recent insurgencies did small units operating solely in rural areas win? Was the PIRA flying a wedge formation down Main Street in Belfast in 1970? Perhaps throwing in a study of Michael Collins or The Troubles may be something to look at when considering how an unconventional war may unfold in these united States.

One of the few positives in life you can count on, is that it’s going to be dark every day. Many guys I run across say they don’t need a light on any of their guns. They must not like to see at night. They must not work at night. Or they think they are miraculously are going to pull a pair of dual tube’s out of their rear end when the Event happens and clear there their house DEVGRU style with IR lasers when they hear a bump in the night. If a tactic, manipulation or technique doesn’t work both in the day and during the night, consider using one that does. Carry a hand held light at minimum. You’ll be surprised how much you’ll use it. The Surefire Fury line is hard to beat. Use all the lumens to your advantage when needed.

Most people spend large portions of the day in their vehicles. Maybe you should learn how to work around those vehicles. Know what is cover, what is concealment, what parts cause deflection. Maybe learn some defensive driving skills. As Will Petty says the average vehicle is about 28 million grains. I’d rather use that to end a threat than 124 grains in my 19. This is purely food for thought.

Steve Fisher formerly of Magpul Dynamics and current head of Sentinel Concepts speaks of containers and zones. How most of our day is comprised of going from one container or zone, say our house, into another container, our car, then into another container, our work place, then to another zone, out to lunch, and so forth.

Matt Graham of Graham Combat speaks of the lines, the lights and the lanes. How we rely on the normalcy bias and the structure of the lines, lights and lanes of life. There is no normal in the fight. People are compliant, and they follow the commands of the active shooter or the oppressive state authorities without any resistance. People think fights should be fair and there must be rules. There are no rules and no fair fights in the real world.

Graham speaks of mindset being just mindset and not ‘combat mindset’ or ‘driving mindset’ or any other variation. The mindset you have in the real world driving to work must be the same mindset you have on the range or in the fight. We must grasp this concept and apply it in our current daily lives and not focus solely on spending 30K to mitigate an EMP to protect our 500$ laptops, but how to deal with much more likely scenario’s first.

Graham and Fisher are speaking truth. Most of our lives are spent in containers and and zones within those containers. Within the lights and the lanes. Where is all the home defense and shoot house classes in the preparedness world? Everyone is to busy focusing on the apocalypse instead of the all more likely situation where someone needs to search their own house to defend their family. By all means lets learn those hasty attacks, raids and break contacts, and master them, but lets just make sure we have the most likely needed skills down as well.

To echo some other writers in the community, there wont be another 1776. The Bastille is not going to be stormed any time soon. The South is not going to rise again as Boot Licker Syndrome has enveloped the entire USSA. The final liberty solution is nowhere in sight. Live your life. Be free. Don’t be a slave. Rely on yourself and your trusted network, not the state. Instead of only focusing on such ‘line in the sand,’ history-altering events, focus on the most likely scenarios first. Develop those plans before your ‘meteor hit my backyard’ strategy. The S has already hit the F. We are in the slow downward spiral of all empires.

Old School firearms training icon Louis Awerbuck famously said “trigger reset; that’s gonna get you killed!” He was referring to the trigger management technique of pinning the trigger to the rear after firing, and holding until the recoil of the gun is over to reset the trigger. I’d submit that focusing on the apocalypse FIRST instead of the most likely threats is going to get people killed in the streets in present day. Roll with the premise that no one is coming to save you. Train for that first and foremost. Then go to Fantasy Band Camp.

Head up. Gun up.

About the author: John Meyers traces his Appalachian ancestry back nine generations to the 1750’s. He lives with his family on the high ridges of the Smoky Mountains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Voting for Idiots: Snitch Nation by Bill Buppert

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“Nearly all creators of Utopia have resembled the man who has toothache, and therefore thinks happiness consists in not having toothache. They wanted to produce a perfect society by an endless continuation of something that had only been valuable because it was temporary. The wider course would be to say that there are certain lines along which humanity must move, the grand strategy is mapped out, but detailed prophecy is not our business. Whoever tries to imagine perfection simply reveals his own emptiness.”

– George Orwell

“Why Socialists Don’t Believe in Fun”, Tribune (20 December 1943)

Publisher’s Note: My prediction for the BREXIT vote: if it were paper ballots, the UK will leave the EU Socialist Paradise; if electronic voting, BREXIT will not pass. I hope I am dead wrong and would love to see half the states in Amerika propose a BREXIT strategy from DC.

Update 06241318JUN16 for BREXIT! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/23/leave-or-remain-eu-referendum-results-and-live-maps/

It appears that Scotland, Northern Ireland and London all voted to stay in the EU. Proves out that the modern Scots are to William Wallace what the crucifix is to the vampire. They have no more connection to pre-1746 Scotland than they do to any semblance of individualist pride their now ancient ancestors sported when they ruled themselves after spanking the British Army at Stirling Bridge. Truly they are the tame poodles of English conquest.

Now let’s celebrate with a TEXIT in the USSA. But please, don’t ask permission, just do it. Katy bar the door as state after state in the Inland West follow the pathfinders in Texas. I would recommend that Austin be embargoed and don’t let any of that collectivist contagion posing as human beings loose until the borders are sealed from the USSA and Mexico. Then don biohazard suits and escort the entire population of Austin to the nearest airport to board chartered flights to their philosophical homelands in Chicago, NYC and LA.

In researching some history on coproach misbehavior, I discovered that 14 cops have been convicted of murder since 1912. Fourteen. Last year alone, American Orcs murdered 1146 Helots.

Just finished the cover for my novel, The Cancer Club. Looking good. -BB

Your neighbor is not your friend in America. In a society as hyper-regulated as the American state, the chances your co-workers and neighbors has been suborned as an informant who either is paid or finds it their twisted duty to fellate the police state and snitch. Historically, fabricated crimes that have no victim except the state demand a very large and sophisticated informant network to keep the system afloat and erecting the feeder mechanism for getting hapless Helots into the gulag system that has destroyed tens of millions of lives.

This the same neighbor that openly robs you and threatens you by pulling the lever in the slave booth every year for a new master. In an odd way, voting has much in common with being a snitch for the state.

The national security state can get so confused they end up having their myriad of informants and agents torture and kill each other. More please.

If you review the history of the state and especially the twentieth century mutations that leveraged the happy bow wave of mass bureaucracy, accountancy technology and a sublime willingness for masses of humanity to submit and obey produced the signature collectivist hell-holes like China and the USSR. These in turn spawned many smaller and no less vicious Kafka enclaves that toyed with new ideas that would surprise even George Orwell, the savviest observer of the maximum state in the first fifty years of the twentieth century.

Self deception, blindered observation, confirmation bias and historical amnesia tend to drive the enstupidation in the West that assumes none of this has happened in the US or the West but a careful combing of history proves that the self-delusion is silly in the extreme. The US is no freer in plenty of respects than Stalin’s Russia. His gulag population paled in comparison to the present raw numbers and percentages of caged humans in America in addition to the legions of paroled and probationed victims of the state.

I rarely comment on the electoral races that I do not participate in but the intellectual dimness and psychopathy in all the candidates this year no matter the party proves the wisdom of my decision to abstain. That even the perennially silly Libertarian Party would field two stout statists is telling of the government supremacist temper of the US if not the world.

What’s the difference between the totalitarian Bernie Sander and his co-conspirators in the major parties? Honesty. Every one of them is just as eager to expand the state and wallow in the cynical economic illiteracy that is the accepted contemporary milieu of American rule out of Mordor on the Potomac (if we just get the right person to wear the ring).

Venezuelan Bernie is the perfect flag-bearer for the contemporary Uruk Hai that champion the maximum state.

Lysander Spooner described the politician in the most delicious fashion with his characteristic aplomb and élan:

A traitor is a betrayer – one who practices injury, while professing friendship. Benedict Arnold was a traitor, solely because, while professing friendship for the American cause, he attempted to injure it. An open enemy, however criminal in other respects, is no traitor.

I know I am alone as an abolitionist. Hell, the anarcho-capitalists who are close philosophical cousins of mine are a single digit subset of the libertarian subset in the political spectrum which in and of itself is a small percentage of the American spectrum. Most libertarians are minarchists which is like being an advocate to trim the kudzu but not work to get rid of it.

Advocacy of limited government is much like the fabled social contract carried by sasquatch riding on the back of the Loch Ness monster in search of the unicorn that will blow the rainbows out of its ass that will make all government just perfect.

Mythological creatures indeed who have the same reality quotient as the earnest limited government stalwarts.

I didn’t sign shit.

A man’s natural rights are his own, against the whole world; and any infringement of them is equally a crime, whether committed by one man, or by millions; whether committed by one man, calling himself a robber, (or by any other name indicating his true character,) or by millions, calling themselves a government.

– Lysander Spooner

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Guest Post: Who Do We Blame? by Sean Hofhine

Publisher’s Note: I rarely have guest posts but I will make exceptions. I met Sean in Tucson when I moved here through a mutual friend and he is a tremendous intellect and a first-class weapons-man of the highest order. He offers his thoughts here on the tragedy in Orlando.

He hosts Brushfires of Freedom at 1600-1700 local on Sundays here locally at KVOI. -BB

WHO DO WE BLAME.

Well of course in the aftermath of this weekend’s shooting in Orlando, (and the fact that we have way too many news outlets with nothing more to do than incite more fear in this country), there are going to be the usual cries from all corners of the known universe for more gun control, or the other side will call for some type of ban on ‘radical Islam’.

We will have people call this an act of terror, a hate crime, and of course we have the twenty-four hour news cycle with the well placed graphics for the next week,’ Terror in Orlando’, along with the rolling Alert across the bottom of the screen.  It’s seems ridiculous to a guy like me that there could be two ways to report this, but I have already seen that there can be a left-right paradigm for reporting a crime.

And then there’s a guy like me who has removed himself from left-right politics and has a different theory.

I call this a particularly evil act perpetrated on innocent people that had been effectively trained to subcontract their safety to their federal, state and local overlords.  In the world I live in, I have always known that my personal safety is the responsibility on only one person.

Me.

My life, liberty and property are not anyone else’s problem, and I would be stupid to think any other way.  I have complete understanding of the scope and sphere of my world, and what I can change within that scope and sphere.  Although I have actually tried to expand my sphere of influence through my radio show, I still understand that throughout the day, no matter what anyone thinks or says, my personal safety is my problem, and in fifty years I have been able to take that task seriously enough to have, other than normal scrapes, cuts and abrasions, (and the standard breakdown of the body from years of overuse) kept myself with all my fingers and toes in a pretty dangerous business.  There is no one at my job-site every day to keep me and my guys safe on a twenty-four hour basis.  I’m supervision and management, so my general theory is I must keep the interest of the company at heart, so as to keep myself employed, and protect the investment and capital of the owner.  But along with that I know that I must protect myself from injury at my job, every minute of every day.

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Dear Leader: Please Erase the Hard-Drive That is the American Government

Dear Leader,

The American government is a contagion that threatens the well-being of humanity planet-wide.

Please delete the following agencies and all will be well.

• Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
• Administration for Native Americans
• Administration on Aging (AoA)
• Administration on Developmental Disabilities
• Administrative Conference of the United States
• Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
• Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
• African Development Foundation
• Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
• Agency for International Development (USAID)
• Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
• Agricultural Marketing Service
• Agricultural Research Service
• Agriculture Department
• Air Force
• Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
• Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Bureau
• American Battle Monuments Commission
• AmeriCorps
• Amtrak
• Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
• Antitrust Division
• Appalachian Regional Commission
• Architect of the Capitol
• Archives (National Archives and Records Administration)
• Arctic Research Commission
• Armed Forces Retirement Home
• Arms Control and International Security
• Army
• Army Corps of Engineers
• Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Interagency Coordinating Committee
• Bankruptcy Courts
• Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program
• Bonneville Power Administration
• Botanic Garden
• Broadcasting Board of Governors
• Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade
• Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
• Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
• Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection
• Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
• Bureau of Engraving and Printing
• Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
• Bureau of Industry and Security
• Bureau of International Labor Affairs
• Bureau of Justice Statistics
• Bureau of Labor Statistics
• Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
• Bureau of Prisons
• Bureau of Reclamation
• Bureau of the Census
• Bureau of the Public Debt
• Bureau of Transportation Statistics
• Capitol Police
• Capitol Visitor Center
• Census Bureau
• Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
• Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
• Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
• Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
• Chief Acquisition Officers Council
• Chief Financial Officers Council
• Chief Human Capital Officers Council
• Chief Information Officers Council
• Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
• Citizenship and Immigration Services
• Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
• Coast Guard
• Commerce Department
• Commission of Fine Arts
• Commission on Civil Rights
• Commission on International Religious Freedom
• Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission)
• Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements
• Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States
• Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
• Community Planning and Development
• Compliance, Office of
• Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US CERT)
• Congress—U.S. House of Representatives
• Congress—U.S. Senate
• Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
• Congressional Research Service
• Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
• Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
• Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
• Copyright Office
• Corporation for National and Community Service
• Corps of Engineers
• Council of Economic Advisers
• Council on Environmental Quality
• Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
• Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
• Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
• Court of Federal Claims
• Court of International Trade
• Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia
• Customs and Border Protection
• Defense Acquisition University
• Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
• Defense Commissary Agency
• Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)
• Defense Contract Management Agency
• Department of Defense (DOD)
• Defense Field Activities
• Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS)
• Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
• Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
• Defense Legal Services Agency
• Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
• Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
• Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)
• Defense Security Service (DSS)
• Defense Technical Information Center
• Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
• Delaware River Basin Commission
• Denali Commission

• Department of Agriculture
• Department of Commerce
• Department of Defense Inspector General
• Department of Education (ED)
• Department of Energy (DOE)
• Department of Health and Human Services
• Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
• Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
• Department of Justice (DOJ)
• Department of Labor (DOL)
• Department of State (DOS)
• Department of the Interior (DOI)
• Department of the Treasury
• Department of Transportation (DOT)
• Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
• Director of National Intelligence, Office of
• Domestic Policy Council
• Drug Enforcement Administration
• Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy
• Economic Adjustment Office
• Economic Analysis, Bureau of
• Economic Development Administration (EDA)
• Economic Research Service
• Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs
• Economics and Statistics Administration
• Education Department
• Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
• Election Assistance Commission
• Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of
• Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)
• Employment and Training Administration
• Endangered Species Program
• Energy Department
• Energy Information Administration
• English Language Acquisition Office
• Engraving and Printing, Bureau of
• Environmental Management (Energy Department)

• Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
• Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
• European Command
• Executive Office for Immigration Review
• Export-Import Bank of the United States
• Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)
• Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae)
• Farm Credit Administration
• Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation
• Farm Service Agency
• Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board
• Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
• Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
• Federal Bureau of Prisons
• Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
• Federal Consulting Group
• Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
• Federal Election Commission
• Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
• Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
• Federal Executive Boards
• Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
• Federal Financing Bank
• Federal Geographic Data Committee
• Federal Highway Administration
• Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac)
• Federal Housing Finance Agency
• Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds
• Federal Interagency Committee on Education
• Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy
• Federal Judicial Center
• Federal Labor Relations Authority
• Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer
• Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
• Federal Library and Information Center Committee
• Federal Maritime Commission
• Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
• Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
• Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
• Federal Railroad Administration
• Federal Register
• Federal Reserve System
• Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
• Federal Student Aid Information Center
• Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
• Federal Transit Administration
• Federal Voting Assistance Program
• Financial Management Service (Treasury Department)
• Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Commission
• Fish and Wildlife Service
• Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
• Food Safety and Inspection Service
• Foreign Agricultural Service
• Foreign Claims Settlement Commission
• Forest Service
• Fossil Energy
• Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
• General Services Administration (GSA)
• Geological Survey
• Global Affairs (State Department)
• Government Accountability Office (GAO)
• Government Ethics, Office of
• Government National Mortgage Association
• Government Printing Office (GPO)
• Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
• Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
• Health and Human Services Department
• Health Resources and Services Administration
• Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Office
• Helsinki Commission
• Holocaust Memorial Museum
• Homeland Security Department
• House of Representatives
• House Office of Inspector General
• House Office of the Clerk
• Housing Office (HUD)
• Immigration and Customs Enforcement
• Indian Affairs
• Indian Arts and Crafts Board
• Indian Health Service
• Industrial College of the Armed Forces
• Industry and Security, Bureau of
• Information Resource Management College
• Information Resources Center
• Innovation and Improvement Office
• Inspectors General
• Institute of Education Sciences
• Institute of Museum and Library Services
• Institute of Peace
• Inter-American Foundation
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Gun Free Zones: Death Abides and Government Sponsored Abattoirs by Bill Buppert

 

 Publisher’s Note: The national political campaign continues to demonstrate every day why I don’t vote nor think any headway whatsoever can be gained for any notion of individual liberty and freedom.

We’ve settled in to our new compound and things are proceeding nicely so my writing frequency will increase back to its fortnightly scribbling.

G3 (gold, guns and groceries) becomes more important by the day. -BB

A nightclub was attacked in Orlando, FL this morning leaving nearly 49 dead and a number injured, who knows what these figures will be in the next week. One man with a gun(s) did this. Just one.

It just so happened to be a gay club. But it could have been an octogenarian bingo party or teen rave, the venue may have relevance if it turns out the shooter was motivated by some variation on a human software virus called religion.

I despise analysis of news cycles if they are less than 72 hours old because the facts are fluid and the local authorities are still floating their interpretation of events to benefit their agenda with their media lapdogs in tow.

Here’s what we know and this is subject to change.

Omar Mateen is an American citizen born in New York in 1986 to Afghan parents with a FL issued Concealed Carry Permit and a “guard card” for security guards in the same state. He has been investigated by the FBI an indeterminate number of times. Wait for the authorities to start backtracking and attempting to cook up stories to explain all of the events that led him to legally purchase an handgun and long gun in the past few days.

And a member of the Democratic Party.

And ISIS.

I am linking to the National Parrot Radio site to assure the readers that I am being fair and balanced. NPR will broadcast what the government tells them to much like Tokyo Rose (Iva Toguri), Fred Kaltenbach and Axis Sally (Mildred Gillars) during the War to Save Josef Stalin. Whatever swill you hear there will be sure to twist the facts and narrative to advance forward the gun prohibitionist standard.

Not only was it a gun-free restriction zone in the club leaving all the patrons unarmed, much like the popular free-fire zones like government buildings and schools but it apparently had an off-duty Orlando Sheriff’s Deputy in the club. If he is anything like his brethren on the street, he was most likely conveniently away during the shooting to avoid any harm to himself characteristic of the cowardly mindset that informs most police behavior in America today. It appears the Orc collective waited three hours before they moved in but there are literally hundreds of bullet pockmarks apparent on the building and no accounting for the direction the rounds traveled (toward the club).

Where is the cell phone and camera footage from the occupants of the building during and after the shootings took place?

I’m waiting for the usual suspects to crawl out of their gutters and start mewling and caterwauling for “common sense” weapons control and more bans because prohibition and heavy regulation has worked out so well for the rest of the pathologies the government has thought so vital like commerce, illegal vegetation, food and drugs. The whole raft of wildly successful programs sponsored by your betters in Mordor on the Potomac to improve everyone’s quality of life and keep us safe. I am certain the loyal Generals McChrystal and Petraeus will be able to bathe in the blood of the dead to pull the heartstrings of the usual suspects to press for more weapons prohibitions and restrictions.

The cold hard fact is that if more than one person had a gun, this murderer would literally been stopped dead in his tracks but the government will do everything it can to dispel that notion and derail that narrative because once people realize that the trillions stolen from them yearly doesn’t even assure something as basic as the ability to survive an attack, the man behind the curtain quickly reveals what a shabby charlatan he is.

Plenty of other commentators will opine on the finer points of what happened, how it transpired, what drove the young man to such extreme behavior and what ingenious programs the mandarins can devise to ensure it never happens again until your eyes bleed.

Want a common thread? All mass murders take place in places that actively discourage the unregistered and atomistic carrying of weapons. The government enables the conditions that permit mass murder to take place (a rare enough event in the first place). The only solution is unfettered and unregulated access to small arms for the entire population in America.

The state always wins in the aftermath by convincing unarmed people that if the right people were near and the regulations more intrusive, such things would never happen. Yet the weapons prohibition regime in France is demonstrably totalitarian from a gun owners’ perspective and the slaughter was formidable in the Paris attacks 13 November 2015 and Belgium this year. A massacre enabled by the worst elements of society, government.

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Memorial Day is a Fraud: The True Meaning is Worse by Bill Buppert

“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

Publisher’s Note:  I published variation of this before last November and it certainly rings true for yet another holiday during the year when we celebrate the use of war and violence to advance the agenda of the American Federal government around the globe.  We are asked to bow our heads in honor of the dead and wounded who gave their service for freedom.  Call me a skeptic.  Individual citizens have never been in graver danger of being fined, kidnapped, caged, maimed and killed by their own government for the most banal of violations or infractions against the imperial power that has wrapped its tentacles around every living soul in the land of the free.  The export of extraterritorial violence does not make a country free, it puts every inhabitant in the hazard as the entire planet has factions enraged, women and children savaged and murdered and entire religious sects chosen for special military attention.

Full disclosure: I am a retired Army officer so I have been there and done that at neo-imperialist shit-pits around the globe.

In this day in 1937, ten innocents Americans were gunned down in cold blood by badged and costumed Orcs in Chicago. Same as it ever was.

Since 1775, there have been approximately 1.35 million deaths and total US casualties of approximately 2.8 million. The deaths could fill a lake with about 1.7 million gallons of blood which could fill a city swimming pool that was 30 feet deep and 275 feet at each side. The deaths on the other side in the belligerent camp are exponentially larger by any standard when once examines the history.

In essence not only are we asked to memorialize conflicts that always manages to strengthen the government’s power on the other side, we are exposed to a constant drumbeat of protecting “our” freedom yet no existential threat to the USSA has existed since the cessation of hostilities with the UK in 1814.

The celebration of Memorial Day should not be about the soldiery, it should be a mass wake and reflection on the untold millions of innocents detained, kidnapped, injured, napalmed, fire-bombed, incinerated, shot, mutilated, tortured and murdered by the barbaric and naked grasping of the American central government for ever-increasing power and control at home and abroad.

Those acres of tombstones are also a fitting symbol to the state of liberty over time in America as a result of the obedient slaves marching to the drumbeat of expanding government…forever. War is nothing more than a dispute between plantation owners who quizzically and cleverly get the Helots to spill their blood to build heavier chains and more effective manacle systems.

A discomforting thought: Many people on this day insist that we should honor the dead and maimed because they thought the crusade they were on was righteous. This is precisely the attitude of many people when it comes to the tsunami of cops abuses on US soil; the badged political social workers are simply doing what they think is right.

There are many heroes in these conflicts like the young helicopter pilot, Hugh Thompson Jr., who positioned his bird between unarmed Vietnamese villagers and an American patrol to protect the innocents from further bloodshed at My Lai.

The only just war is one fought on your soil to defend your own soil. -BB

“Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service” or “thanks for protecting our freedom.”

What!  I hear this familiar refrain again and again every November.  I am appalled whenever this unthinking salutation is proffered.

I am a retired career Army officer and like USMC General Smedley Butler before me, I find these sentiments to be hogwash.

The only service rendered was to the American political power structure in the dishonorable hands of the Democrats or Republicans; the former, despite their protestations to peace, have gotten America involved in WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Starting with the shameful expropriation of the Mexican territory from 1846-48 to the War of Northern Aggression from 1860-65; the United States went into hyper-colonial overdrive in 1893 in the Hawaiian Islands and has not stopped since. The entire history of American arms on Earth has been a shameful and expansionist enterprise culminating in the first ever post-WWII (the Japanese attack on American territories in the Aleutians during the War to Save Josef Stalin and the minor coastal skirmishes in Oregon) attack on American state soil in 2001.  I am frankly astonished at the length of time it took for a substantive attack of any kind to be initiated on American soil with the breadth, ferocity and long sordid history of American mischief and mayhem abroad.

The sheer number of military expeditions the US has embarked on over time is breathtaking.  One worthy notes there have been 234 military expeditions from 1798-1993.  Another posits 159 instances of the use of United States armed forces abroad from October 1945 through December 2006. “This list does not include covert actions and numerous instances of US forces stationed abroad since World War II, in occupation forces, or for participation in mutual security organizations, base agreements, and routine military assistance or training operations.”

Good God, if I were a Martian who landed on Earth ten years ago and found myself attending government schools, to include college, and watching television for any additional cultural education,  I would not be aware of any of this.  The constant drumbeat emanating from the State is the Orwellian chorus about America making the world safe for freedom and liberty and never using force abroad except in self-defense.  The history proves otherwise.

America, next to Rome in the Western world, ranks as one of the world’s most aggressive nation states when one examines the evidence.  A country sheltered from the tempestuous and constant warring on the European continent by one ocean and the turbulence in Asia by another ocean yet it simply cannot mind its own business nor resist the temptation to maim and murder abroad for expansion of political power and control whether for mercantilist or colonial aspirations.

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Short But Cogent

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Voting is not only a childish abdication of individual responsibility but a declaration of war on your neighbor.
In this way the faux adult can give a Gallic shrug if the “new” psychopath turns out to be the same as the previous four thousand years of plunder, caging and murder.
Don’t want a master,? Get the leash out of your mouth…
Wake up.
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Enemies Foreign and Domesticated: The Feminization of American Males By Bill Buppert

Publisher’s Note: So Trump is the nominee, I had my money on Cthulhu in a just universe but Trump will do. This is the same government supremacist party that nominates such worthies as Dole, McCain and Romney and elects Democrat analogs like the Busheviks. If it destroys the GOP, the party had a good run for hundred and fifty years helping to create the largest government the planet has ever had the misfortune of hosting.

I am still convinced that Bernie Sander is every one of these scoundrels on truth serum, they just don’t have the stones of that totalitarian gasbag.

Moving and unpacking continues apace along with all the attendant relocation time distractions that interrupt normal life. I am hoping to be done in the next thirty days so I can get back to a more frequent writing schedule. –BB

The difference between males and men is accountability, responsibility and honor. The latter is possessed of these qualities while the former flees from it. Like all complex problems, a number of vectors inform the root causes and consequences.

Men tend to take their responsibilities and accountability pretty seriously even to the point of a moral hazard that forces them into failure. Consequences aren’t always good but honor should always be intact.

One of the frequent questions I am asked in speeches and interviews is the cosmic question of what is to be done as if a shooting war or revolution will set everything right for which the historical precedent process the opposite. The few humans who accept abolition as the right philosophical perspective with their fellow man are often expected to give some sage wisdom that strikes the sword to dash the Gordian knot that is the ubiquitous human chattel system called politics.

It all begins at the atomistic level and if you have children and they attend a government school, you have failed fundamentally. I realize that convenience and the conventional wisdom informs so many of these decisions but a cursory examination of first principles would reveal that statist reeducation camps are the mainstay of creating and sustaining the global gulag systems that go by other names whether towns, counties states or nations.

Here in Arizona, we have yet another initiative on the ballot for dolts dim enough to believe the government-media complex drumbeat to give more money to these wretched school systems that miraculously turn formerly human individuals into brain-deadened chattel with the critical thinking skills of a cactus and political followership traits that would put a smile even on the dour Josef Stalin. I find that conservatives are just as bad as liberals in thinking that government is the best and brightest for delivering the most fundamental services.

Imagine if you will that in the 1930s, RedDR had considered food so important, he nationalized all food production from farm to grocer. Fast forward to today and one is buying rotting and diminished quantities of food from the local Venezuela Vittles or Collectivist Co-op government grocery store staffed by DMV trained customer service representatives after you’ve waited in lines for three hours for a stale loaf of bread, cat/dog food and birdseed (to attract the extra meat staple to augment your ration card losses).

A wet dream for Bernie Sanders.

Again, first principles.

The empirical history of state-run schooling is a direct relationship to more dollars equating to an even greater instupidation of the students and the increasingly intellectual imbecility of the esteemed teacher caste. The moral case would demonstrate to most thinking parents that surrendering their progeny to the care of a government facility for most of the child’s waking hours staffed by union-led dimwits in the classroom would alarm even the most jaded and lazy mothers and fathers. No government school ever in North America has improved scholarship and erudition with more money pumped into the abyss.

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Freedom Betrayed: The Constitution is Lexington’s Tombstone by Bill Buppert

19 April is the 241sth anniversary of the “shot heard ‘round the world” at Lexington and Concord. The British regulars who started the fracas were following an age-old government tradition of seizing powder, munitions and property for a pretentious King who had assumed such wide distribution of the tools of resistance should be available only to the government-approved groups such as soldiers despite the danger on the frontier. We celebrate that time of defiance against tyranny when for sixteen years (1775-1791), all thirteen colonial provinces and the thousands of rural polities that existed outside or alongside the framework enjoyed a freedom they had not previously had; unfortunately after 1791 they would become enslaved once again under the totalitarian doomsday machine known as the Constitution. The lobster-backs and British taxing regime would be replaced by a domestic variety of even more extreme virulence whose sole safety mechanism was a constant western diaspora trying to escape the clutches of the “Republic”. By the middle of the 19th century, all the pieces were in play to seal the deal and Lincolnian project buried the Second American Revolution under hundreds of thousands of corpses to let freedom ring.

The whitewashed history since then has lionized the inauguration of the divorce from the United Kingdom on this day and mistakenly links these events to all the “freedom” enjoyed under the Constitution. The Federalist coup in 1787 that re-established an English-style yoke of central planning, national taxation and slight tinkering with indentured servitude to a kinder and gentler tax and regulatory apparatus did no more grant individual freedom than the Romans gave to conquered lands.

I won’t belabor the point here as I have done this in previous essays and the resistance commentariat has taken up the cudgel with aplomb and covered it adroitly.

The Declaration of Independence, whether penned by Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Paine, is as elegant a jeremiad against tyranny as has been written. The relationship between the Declaration and the Constitution is the same as the one between the crucifix and the vampire. One cannot be consonant with the other because their aspirations are antithetical to the opposing aspirant. As the brilliant Lysander Spooner would opine: “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.”

Captain Parker commanded the militia this day for an idea that was smothered and crushed by the Federalist coup in 1787.

When you look around on this day in this time at the minimum security (for now) Club Fed that is America, ask yourself what Parker would think. Everything you see (and don’t see in the surveillance state that surrounds you) is a product of the glorious Constitutional Republic that Spooner described so splendidly.

As an Appleseed Instructor and Shoot Boss on extended sabbatical, part of the instruction in this extraordinary marksmanship program was a gripping retelling of the Three Strikes of the Match that led to the divorce proceedings with George III and started the First American Revolution. While I don’t share all the goals of the program hence the extended leave of absence, the telling of this ripping yarn has no match. I regret you can’t hear this from a seasoned instructor but the reading can be compelling.

For those who wish further elucidation, I recommend Rothbard’s Conceived in Liberty and Fischer’s Paul Revere’s Ride. The two books will lead to many more books to better understand the hoodwinking you have suffered through government schooling and the attendant media apparatchiks who reinforce the mewlings of the mind laundries. These books will lead to better understanding the modest but brilliant interregnum when the North American Confederation was free excepting the large number of indentured servants and chattel slaves. But the Constitution would remedy this by nationalizing the former and codifying the latter. The destruction of individual liberty would begin apace.

You can make sure Parker’s sacrifice, he would die in September of that year, was not in vain.

Reflect and remember this day should force you to think on the state of your chains, whether you acknowledge them or not.

See you at the Green Dragon Tavern.

Resist. –BB

The First Strike of the Match

It’s 19 April, 1775. In Massachusetts Colony, the times were hard. The Colonial government had been abolished, and a military governor, General Thomas Gage, controlled Boston under martial law. Boston was practically a ghost town. The Port Act had seen to that, as the port had been closed to all traffic for months. The town slowly died without commerce, and many of those remaining in town relied on the kindness of outsiders to acquire food and necessities. Troops destroyed buildings and their contents for fire wood. Disease was rampant. The King was bent on breaking the radicals and bringing the colonies back in line, where they would pay dearly in taxes and subjugation to the motherland, and he was close to doing it.

The precedent had been set. In order to subjugate the colonies, England would have to disarm them. The colonies had a long standing custom for militia, and the militia was armed. The most expedient method of disarmament was to take their ammunition. Gunpowder was typically stored in a specially built powder house for safety and security and drawn for the militia when needed.

It was a simple matter to march in and take the colonists powder supply, and they had indeed done it before. In September of 1774, they had marched swiftly into Cambridge and carted off 250 half barrels of powder, hauling them back triumphantly to Boston.

This had so alarmed the colonist that with 24 hours there were nearly 30,000 men on the march to Boston, hearing rumors that the Brits intended to burn and shell the town. The incident ended without bloodshed, but General Gage, penned up in Boston with barely 3,000 troops had been so frightened that he asked the crown for an additional 20,000 men.

Paul Revere swore that this would never happen again, that they would not be taken by surprise, and instituted the Committee of Observation, an elaborate spy network throughout the colony. Then they began to smuggle arms and powder and hide them in various remote locations. They had even stolen four brass cannon right out from under Gage’s nose, a theft not taken lightly by General Gage.

Then in December, Paul Revere had ridden more than 20 hours straight, through a blinding blizzard, to warn the colonists in Portsmouth, New Hampshire that a British patrol was on the way by ship to confiscate their powder and ball. The Redcoats were met by a band of militia who raised the drawbridge across the river and simply taunted them. After a short skirmish, the Brits marched back to their ships empty handed this time. But the failure stung the pride of the British Army, and they yearned for revenge.

Now the stage was set for another such raid. This time to Concord where they would have the added honor of capturing not only the provincial government, which had been meeting there, illegally, but also perhaps the traitorous Sam Adams and John Hancock, who were destined, they thought, to swing from the gallows in England. There was also rumored to be quite a stockpile of war materiel stored there. Continue reading

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Worse Than Zero Redux: Taxes and Barbarism by Bill Buppert

Publisher’s Note: Here we are in another deadline for paying the king and country their ”fair share” of honest wages and wealth earned and resources capitalized. Much like the burgeoning welfare state comprising one third of total government spending in 1900 on Union pensions from Lincoln’s bid to crush the entire nation under a Hamiltonian boot that foreshadowed the Bolshevik revolutions in the twentieth century.

 Taxes advance barbarism and not civilization. They promote the notion that death and taxes isn’t necessarily the right sequence if you stand up and refuse to be robbed. All government is based solely on hitting and stealing and rationalizing all forms of anti-social behavior and legalizing piracy and plunder and calling it an enterprise for your own good. Government are nothing more than sophisticated brigand bands with bad music, colored rags flapping in the breeze and large bands of armed thugs with a license to kill.

 We all pay at the peril of our children and grandchildren as we feed the beast that makes life more and more centralized, regulated and less than optimal.

 Just a note that I quote Reagan for one of his few sober thoughts on economics because while he talked a good game, he was no more fiscally conservative than any of the Presidents following Eisenhower and succeeding him in office in 1989. I will give Reagan his due for reducing income tax rates from a high of 70% to 28% but no closer to zero than my comfort zone for taxation. Eisenhower managed to reduce government spending per GDP by two percentage points, not Reagan who spent absurd amounts of other people’s money and popularized deficit spending for the voter mobs. I highly recommend The Great Deformation by former Reagan advisor David Stockman for a fairly thorough analysis of the fiat currency and bankster chaos that has consumed the American economy for the better part of a century. I don’t agree with all of Stockman’s conclusions and his continuing faith in the “right” regulatory regime is quaint but illusory in application.

 I’ll be back to more regular essay production as soon as our moving and unpacking is complete in our new location.

 Happy tax day, Helots. -BB

“You can’t tax business. Business doesn’t pay taxes. It collects taxes.”
― Ronald Reagan

Taxation is theft and the acquisition of other people’s resources with a velvet glove backed by a mailed fist. It is simply one of the many ways in which the state brutalizes and impoverishes its tax cattle on a daily basis. Despite the government-media complex insistence that the tax rate in America is tolerable if not fair, anything above zero is morally wrong if the robbed don’t agree implicitly and consensually to the mugging for whatever fantastic services the state proclaims it provides.

The French aren’t the only ones to achieve a 100 percent tax rate, they’re just more blunt about it.

So I want to destroy a myth, I want to show you through sheer numbers and data that the state in America has a tax rate that exceeds 100% to which the normal American having had a proper government education will insist that is impossible.

I’d like to excise some of the population that is obviously at this point. Now the tax rate for incarcerated Americans is exactly 100% since their lives have been stolen in total. The tax rate on certain targeted marijuana businesses in the US under IRS code 280E are taxed in excess of 80% (some approaching 100%).

“I believe that the feds extend the drug war through 280E,” said Cornelius. “If (the federal government) can’t put them out of business legally when voters are mandating these businesses to move forward, it’s very easy to put them out of business financially. A lot of times, instead of paying a tax rate that should be 30 to 40 [percent], they are paying rates between 80 or 90 percent. I even have a client right now that is paying more than 100 [percent] effective tax rate.”

Apart from the sheer moral hazard and absolute immorality of the aforementioned cases, I would suggest that all Americans pay an effective tax rate that exceeds 100% even though that beggar’s belief and rational thought but we are talking about the government.

Direct taxation in America on the Helots residing within and without the US and its territories is enormous and takes on many tangential impacts. “The United States is the only country that taxes its citizens’ worldwide income, even when those citizens live indefinitely abroad.”

An ordinary US subject will pay Federal, state (43) and/or city income taxes, property taxes, excise taxes, sin taxes, sales taxes, Socialist Security, Medicare, unemployment and corporate income taxes. I have given a brief overview of most progressive taxes and there are regressive taxes like the gasoline tax that the Feds are gnashing their fangs over since prices have gone down and they were foolish enough to assign a percentage of price instead of flat fixed levy.

Then there are the death taxes to pay a gratuity to the state(s) per the required death levy once the owner has assumed room temperature and you are taxed once again on monies that have already had taxes stolen from the whole. This tax is 18-40% on previously taxed assets.

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