“Prepare for war, since you have been unable to endure a peace.”
- Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus Major
Publisher's Note: I was a middling saber fencer in college; I've always been intrigued with Western martial arts after a flirtation with Eastern martial arts in Aikido. I have tremendous respect for the Asian swordcraft but it is curious that they simply can't compete on the world stage. It has its place. Kodawari is certainly a key to me mastering the red dot on my weapons. You will note that MMA is dominated by non-Eastern practitioners. The Greeks gave us western wrestling which is a large component of the successful grappling ground game. Excepting the Orthodox factions today, there is no muscular Christianity in the West; all the Protestant and Catholic factions have been in a race to feminize their congregations to the point of the weak-kneed and morally anemic flaggots that people the American churches from sea to shining sea. They fly national flags in their worship halls and the prevailing government supremacist interpretation of Romans 13 is illustrated no better than the prostrating positions and keening wail of obeisance during the mass house arrest of the Peking Pox. Starting in the eleventh century the Crusades began against the Muslim foe for hundreds of years; this set the tone and honed the temper for the creation of martial chapter-houses, brotherhoods and the knight ideologies that created the notion of bladed and close-combat training salons where adherents refined the martial arts of the west to a very high degree. There are probably hundreds of training manuals in Latin and German yet translated from those eras. Before the advent of firearms in the common use, the blade was the choice in close combat and private instructors were abundant. monastic orders literally provided warrior muscle for the Crusades. You can find many of these translated text here courtesy of Wiktenaur. There are already organizations out there exploring this like the Historical European Martial Arts community. You may have a studio near by where you can see what training is offered. This is not the cosplay LARPing of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), these are real bladed training venues. This is in no way to be construed to substitute for firearms training, simply expanding one's martial portfolio to be prepared. It may be time to revive these martial monastic orders to perfect the way of the gun aligned to a philosophical mission apart from government service. Much like the Flinters in F. Paul Wilson's La Nague Federation or the Freehold universe of Michael Z. Williamson. I will explore this in a future essay.
“Agesilao had his rivals even in Italy, chief among them Eugenio Pini from Livorno, who could be just as short-tempered. When he fought Rue “The Invincible,” the French master who, hit twice in succession, failed to acknowledge being hit as etiquette dictated, Pini pulled the button from his foil and with his next attack ripped open Rue’s jacket. He then tore off his mask and shouted, “I suppose that one didn’t arrive either?” Richard Cohen, By the Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions
I am of the firm belief that everyone needs at least one thing in their life where they can pursue perfection. We need that to balance and center our lives. It doesn't have to be something grand, but even something simple as making what you consider the perfect cup of coffee in the morning, or mastering rifle or pistol, hell even parking in your spot perfectly centered, something. Everyone needs at least one thing in their life they can have pride in. Pursuing perfection does not imply you'll ever achieve it, that's the main realization: it's the effort you put into that goal that grows you as a person. There is no destination of perfection, there is only a journey. In other news, I recently received a sample of a Faraday Bag from a reader who produces them. I normally use a Mission Darkness Faraday bag but this one not only performed on par with it but had the unique feature of actually being able to view the device in the bag to confirm visually it was still "locked out" of service. I highly recommend them. Bryan at Billfodl embraces the Mises ethos with vigor:
 “It is irrelevant to the entrepreneur, as the servant of the consumers, whether the wishes and wants of the consumers are wise or unwise, moral or immoral. He produces what the consumers want. In this sense he is amoral. He manufactures whiskey and guns just as he produces food and clothing. It is not his task to teach reason to the sovereign consumers. Should one entrepreneur, for ethical reasons of his own, refuse to manufacture whiskey, other entrepreneurs would do so as long as whiskey is wanted and bought. It is not because we have distilleries that people drink whiskey; it is because people like to drink whiskey that we have distilleries. One may deplore this. But it is not up to the entrepreneurs to improve mankind morally. And they are not to be blamed if those whose duty this is have failed to do so.” ― Ludwig Von Mises, Interventionism: An Economic Analysis
I recently read one of the most edifying books on Vikings called "Laughing Shall I Die: Lives and Deaths of the Great Vikings" by Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey, highly recommended. And Charles' review is scintillating. On to John's terrific essay on keeping one's skills honed during the Beijing Bug crisis, wholly manufactured and brought to you by big government planet-wide. -BB  
“Blow up your TV, throw away your paper Go to the country, build you a home. Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches Try an find Jesus, on your own” John Prine   “Party politics today is a race to the boxcars; first team there gets to make the other team ride.” – Tamara Keel
The Holocough has engulfed the nation. Unemployment is easily at its highest rates since the Great Depression and will soon dwarf the record.  Hippie moms have traded in their elderberry syrup and organic patchouli cleaning solutions for narcotics and bleach. Local governments have locked their citizens down across the country. North Carolina estimates that half of the small businesses in the state will be no more on the other side of quarantine.  The bottom has fallen out of oil and topped out at -37$ a barrel. We are seeing gas prices we haven’t seen in 20 years. Grocery store shelves are bare. The economic fall out and government “solutions” will undoubtedly lead to greater catastrophe than the Coronavirus itself. The initial response from the political Right was that Kung-Flu is merely an election time charade orchestrated by the socialists and George Soros to crash the stock market and take away Trump’s chances of re-election.  The political Left continues its grasping to engage in partisan theatrics in an effort to gain favoritism with the populace. Despite the polemics, both sides are united on unseen debt and enslavement. A theme in my musings has been the hypocrisy of the various political factions and current epizootic offers us no shortage of material. The Republican government has completely removed any façade of honoring their supposed principles of limited government, fiscal restraint and stemming the tide of Leftism by enacting a six trillion dollar Keynesian “Stimulus” racket financed entirely by deficits and money printing. The FED has all but removed interest rates completely. Wall street got its Corona-package. The helicopters dropped 1200$ per adult and 500$ per child into the laps of the American public, making Andrew Yang, the object of previous Republican scorn, grin from ear to ear. It merely took a crisis to remove the Emperor’s clothes and show the entire country Trump is a commie, something the well informed already knew. When a democrat proposed such levels of economic intervention, Republicans would have none of it, allegedly. When Orange Man does it, he is literally the second coming of Jesus. Bernie cannot nationalize the economy if Trump does it first, eh?
     
“In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control, and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely…. In any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representatives who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent. The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions.” Jerry Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy Den Beste’s Law: “The job of bureaucrats is to regulate, and left to themselves they will regulate everything they can.”
What we have learned from the Peking Pox: I called this a fraud on 16 March 2020. I still stand by that. The country is at a turning point and the economy, for what it is worth, may be permanently injured in a way for which there is no going back. This is not prohibition of alcohol, another spectacular government success, but a slick means to prohibit private entrepreneurship. Never in the history of the country has the government stepped in outside of wartime and closed and shuttered private means of earning a living. Now, has the state regulated the fuck out of all above-ground means of production? Of course, but when has the state ever stepped in and insisted all of its serfs stop tax-producing activity? Grok that and you will see the unintended consequences of the national house arrest, it will permanently change the country forever and the advantage will slip to the government once again as they insist on borrowing on the unconsenting legions of children yet born to fill septic tanks and pay zombies to watch TV. Government will always be terrible, incompetent and fulfill the worst nightmares any tyrant can envision. Once the scientifically illiterate goons in government start providing perverse incentives, subsume all comorbidity to assignment of Peking Pox as the primary slayer and then adjust models whose input is not only wrong but maliciously incorrect, the ends make for a wicked cocktail of incompetence and totalitarianism[. Are you entertained yet?
Are you aware that the CDC has been forced (by truth) to revise their total number of US COVID-19 deaths DOWN! in HALF! to 37,000? https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/index.htm Yet no US "news agency" seems to have picked up the story? Curious thing that … top of the Drudge Report is an ABC “News” article blaring that US COVID-19 deaths have surpassed 65,000. A COVID death rate of 0.0001% … less than seasonal flu.
You can’t fix stupid and the CDC, like so many of the assisted living facilities for the eminently unemployable in Mordor on the Potomac, is filled to the brim with the intellectually lame, morally stunted and sociopathic scum that is the human coin of the realm in the Federal government. We need to stop with all the data manipulation … algorithms… data homogenizing … smoothing … poor data quality, etc. Just stop. The purpose of all this data manipulation is political. It has nothing to do with reality or actual health. It is only about control. Please refer to Table B on page 6: 2017 NVSR 68 [A malignant neoplasm is cancer].
  Publisher’s Note: The Peter Principle informs all government action, prove me wrong. What you are witnessing live before your very eyes is a culmination of decades of government supremacist indoctrination that has rendered common sense obsolete, economic illiteracy fashionable and haute couture and the expert culture on display in all its fabulist glory. Fuck the media, these retards have been whistling past the graveyard their entire lives. Urinalists have lived in a Marxoid house of mirrors for so long, they have no idea which way is up and what truth even looks like. In medical terms, what you are seeing is the most Technicolor iatrogenic circus show in American history. As I have said before, you have an unparalleled opportunity to do your gaps analysis right now on preparations and your training for the coming spicy time [h/t to Pete at WRSA].
"You really don't have enough food, fuels, meds, ammo, shovels, or woodchippers, along with hard-hearted trained and provisioned friends who will stand by you when things move from "frisky" through "spicy" to "SPORKY".
My youngest son is a Marine and he said the Corps is nothing more than "an anarchist factory now..." Don’t think this very expensive thirty-day plus trial of communism will be lost on your zookeepers. They are taking very careful notes and smiling approvingly as their little serf-puppets run from one end of the plantation to the other whenever they pull the strings. There is even a rumbling of a special praetorian guard in Mordor on the Potomac descending there to defend the government supremacists from...something. Truly, Three Blind Mice is the national anthem. If you get a chance, read the entire 1974 Commencement address by the brilliant Richard Feynman if you get a chance, worth every minute. Get to the range. -BB  

"Close contact between science and the practice of collective farms and State farms creates inexhaustible opportunities for the development of theoretical knowledge, enabling us to learn ever more and more about the nature of living bodies and the soil."

Comrade-Scientist Trofim Lysenko "Renowned physicist Richard Feynman coined the phrase “cargo cult science” based on such cults. The term draws a metaphor for research which is polluted by the mind’s tendency to cherry-pick evidence that supports the desired outcome. Though it is tempting to look down on these islanders for their misguided assumptions, they are simply an extreme example of this very human bias. For them it was easier to believe that the control towers, headsets, and runways were the cause of the cargo-carrying airplanes rather than an effect, so they closed their minds to alternative explanations." - Gerry Matlack, 2007 “Now it behooves me, of course, to tell you what they’re missing.  But it would he just about as difficult to explain to the South Sea Islanders how they have to arrange things so that they get some wealth in their system.  It is not something simple like telling them how to improve the shapes of the earphones.  But there is one feature I notice that is generally missing in Cargo Cult Science.  That is the idea that we all hope you have learned in studying science in school—we never explicitly say what this is, but just hope that you catch on by all the examples of scientific investigation.  It is interesting, therefore, to bring it out now and speak of it explicitly.  It’s a kind of scientific integrity, a principle of scientific thought that corresponds to a kind of utter honesty—a kind of leaning over backwards.  For example, if you’re doing an experiment, you should report everything that you think might make it invalid—not only what you think is right about it: other causes that could possibly explain your results; and things you thought of that you’ve eliminated by some other experiment, and how they worked—to make sure the other fellow can tell they have been eliminated. Details that could throw doubt on your interpretation must be given, if you know them.  You must do the best you can—if you know anything at all wrong, or possibly wrong—to explain it.  If you make a theory, for example, and advertise it, or put it out, then you must also put down all the facts that disagree with it, as well as those that agree with it.  There is also a more subtle problem.  When you have put a lot of ideas together to make an elaborate theory, you want to make sure, when explaining what it fits, that those things it fits are not just the things that gave you the idea for the theory; but that the finished theory makes something else come out right, in addition.  In summary, the idea is to try to give all of the information to help others to judge the value of your contribution; not just the information that leads to judgment in one particular direction or another.” - Dr. Richard Feynman, Commencement at CalTech 1974
  All root causes have many fathers, many vectors for an explanatory framework for why things happen the way they do, the saga of the Peking Pox provides future historians with many opportunities to discover just what made this galactic tail risk episode what it is. All the usual suspects have made claims for knowing exactly what we’re facing. Not a particularly vicious flu season but a goddamned Biblical apocalypse which threatens the very fabric of modern civilization. Hence the importance of governments planet-wide rushing to impose every manner of tyrannical and ill-conceived centrally planned nonsense that has always made any human calamity worse by orders of magnitude. They can't help themselves because it is all they know. You won’t find me parsing the nonsensical and shamanesque grotesqueries of Comrades Birx or Fauci or any of the other “government health” frauds at the hilariously contranymic Center for Disease Control; when not chasing the phantoms of gun violence (is hanging rope violence?) or racism or salt, the CDC is yet another government clown posse who couldn’t predict a sunset much less the verities of viral outbreaks.
  Publisher’s Note: I just completed a two-day pistol & carbine course with Bob Keller at Gamut Resolutions, he is the real deal. Honest and substantive firearms training for the intermediate to advanced shooter. He came out here to southern Arizona the first week of April while many of us braved the wild to get together and break bread as shooters for an intense two days of challenging shooting instruction and drills. I saw real improvement in just two days on speed which is my primary training gap. I am dead-nuts accurate but once the pace increases naturally shot groups start to expand. Just got finished at the range this morning here in AZ where, fortunately, my local club is still allowing members only to shoot, the local communist mayor and her frightened Bolshies on the city council have continued to shutter “non-essential” businesses. The sole non-essential business in America is government. The local bedwetters are still committing economic seppuku by forcing shuttered businesses to remain closed. Again, this is a prime opportunity for a gaps analysis of your preparations and your will to be responsible for delivering a better world for your children. Michael Z hits it out of the park. And, yes, I am astonished that Comrade Slow Joe the Hair-sniffer is the heir apparent for the CP-USA. His gaffes are hilarious and I find it pathetic that his wife and the other psychopaths in the party drag him out of the memory facility every day to compete in the loose denture Olympics with Comrade Malig-Nancy Pelosi. I loved when she and her comrades wore their hoodless Klan robes at the State of the Union. Tired old dessicated Bolsheviks sleepwalking through the graveyard of their dreams to get the commie blood-crown. Any COBOL coders out there to help the comrades in New Jersey fix their Soviet employment system? When communist vermin in Calizuela try to buy guns and are hoisted on their own petards... Is it the San Andreas or Donald Trump's Fault now? I wonder how many of the liberals have a gun free zone sign in front of their homes? Fifteen percent of their theft is down. Poor coproaches! Land of the free in MS! Some folks who have been with me a long time know that I have said I need to know two things about a man that will reveal his entire moral compass to me: his position on private weapons ownership and infanticide. Comrade-Governor Northam (CPUSA-VA) just signed a murder protection act that is breathtaking in its scope and its counterpoint to the weapons prohibitions the new government supremacists placed against private weapons ownership this year in the Old Dominion. He may be the ultimate beta-male model of Homo Sovieticus for whom the watchwords "provide and protect" are mere proletarian vices.. Went to the range today and ran out of room on my target, so I fired five rounds from my Glock Roland Special at seven yards on the trademark. My shooting improves... BFYTW... 286 shopping days until the next human fungus slithers into the Awful Office! -BB  
“Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray's case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the "wet streets cause rain" stories. Paper's full of them. In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.” ― Michael Crichton
“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.” – Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
 
Fuck the media both local and national, these scientifically illiterate chicken littles keep pumping a narrative that takes the worst parts of neo-Lysenkosim and the playbook from the climate alarmists to shutter an economy and hobble the productive class to the wishes of the parasite classes, which is the whole of government from the local to the Federal level. We even have an official snitch line here in Tucson, AZ for Comrade-Mayor Regina Romero to keep tabs on scofflaws who refuse to buckle to the idiotic diktats of statist monsters. Please review my previous two essays on the politicized Peking Pox to get the assessment I reviewed before, the bottom line is that the absence of evidence on comorbidity in all ‘rona death certificates is perpetrating a fraud that is strangling the economy. Not since the War to Save Josef Stalin has such a wholesale industrial massacre taken place. It is hard enough to navigate the landscape of business in America with the regulatory horseshit and crushing taxes that greet most budding entrepreneurs. If you live in a state run by the CPUSA, the slipshod and naked gangsterism of the regulatory state is something to behold. The Mango Emperor holds daily press conference with his two bureaucratic sidekicks in Comrades Fauci and Birx whose models and prognostications would make PeeWee Herman bewildered that he found someone more silly than him. I have yet to watch one of the briefings since I am better off mowing my lawn with my teeth. For all of Trump’s vaunted Machiavellian chutzpah, these two Soviet-era clowns have quite literally driven the country into a death spiral from which it may not recover along with the willingness of Cocaine Mitch and his Menshevik clown posse in the Senate spending money that won’t even be made whole by our great grandchildren assuming the country exists at all in two generations.
Publisher’s Note: I have been carrying on my life as normal during this latest wholly owned subsidiary of government madness. I continue to go to work and I have used this as an opportunity to conduct a gaps analysis on my preparations. One of my life-long friends has been sharing our home with us when he and his wife escaped their expat location overseas just in the nick of time (days before they locked it down). Use this time to do the same and get to the range. If you get the “stimulus [to inflation]” check, use it for guns and ammo. A short PSA for the government: You wearing a gun right now? If not, unfuck yourself. Get proficient, spicy time is coming. -BB
“A lesson I learned from this ancient culture is the notion of megalopsychon (a term expressed in Aristotle’s ethics), a sense of grandeur that was superseded by the Christian value of “humility.” There is no word for it in Romance languages; in Arabic it is called Shhm—best translated as nonsmall. If you take risks and face your fate with dignity, there is nothing you can do that makes you small; if you don’t take risks, there is nothing you can do that makes you grand, nothing.” Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder
I’ll keep this short because I have been very busy contending with the idiocy of government from the local to the federal level and everything in between. The wise Peter Hitchens sums it nicely:

"But even I would not have dared to predict the mass house arrest under which we are all now confined.

I have found the origin of this bizarre Napoleonic decree – a few clauses in the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, which I confess I had not even heard of. It just goes to show how careful you have to be with the wording of the laws you pass.

If the TV this weekend is full of pictures of people sunning themselves in city parks or escaping to the high hills, there will be plenty of zealots and politicians ready to call for yet more restrictions, subjecting all of us to collective punishment.

Perhaps we will emulate the French or Italian states, which have returned to their despotic origins and reduced their populations to a sort of cowering serfdom, barely able to step into the street.

I wonder whether there might also be restrictions on what can be said and published. I can see no necessary bar to this in the law involved."

He further avers:

"But as a former resident of the USSR, I can tell you that this sort of endless meddling by petty authority in the details of life, reinforced by narks, is normal in unfree societies – such as we have now become for an indefinite period. It is, by the way, also a seedbed for corruption."

Read the whole thing. This is not a pandemic. CDC Data 2019-20 Flu Season CDC COVID-19 Data There are an estimated 38 million to 54 million flu illnesses, versus 103,000 COVID-19 cases, so COVID-19 is less than 1% - at worst, 0.3% to 0.2% of the number of influenza illnesses. In other words, 368 to 524 times more influenza illnesses vs. COVID-19. And the number of this year's influenza illnesses is somewhat lower than the average over the years. And remember, these are illnesses, not "tested positive", which means zip. This is an ancillary upper respiratory complication in the large majority of cases that replicate some earlier flu variants. You will find that the actual death numbers are low. You will also discover that the science behind this is incredibly compromised as is all science in the west today thanks to the cognitive infection of federal and government funding of science. This is especially true in the current climate (pun intended) of the virulent Neo-Lysenkoism of “climate alarmists”.  Not to mention the “scientism” or things that have the cosmetic attributes of science but without its rigor. These poorly educated reprobates have no grasp of empiricism, scientific methodology and an infantile worship of flawed models in everything they do. You have to ask two questions to get at the heart of this: Why are the elderly dying? They are dying because like humans for eternity before them, they have natural expiration dates. What you are seeing is some of the same cognitive malpractice you see in climate alarmism. The conflation of correlation with causation and a tendency to bend evidentiary rules so that one can cherry-pick premises to fit the conclusion formed before investigation began. The old and frail are dying of comorbidity. In medicine, comorbidity is the presence of one or more additional conditions co-occurring with a primary condition; in the countable sense of the term, a comorbidity is each additional condition. Rare is the end of life one primary cause but rather a bundle of conditions and ephemera racing to score the coup de grace on the usually witting victim. Unless I expire in a fight in peacetime or wartime, I have a very good sense of my body mechanics starting to slow down or function less effectively.
   Publisher’s Note: Yes, I am having a hell of a time with popcorn watching two ancient government supremacists, Comrades Bernie and Joey, slugging each other with handbags to out-Bolshie the other nitwit to get the CP-USA blood crown. But Dumb and Dumber will benefit from an economy wrecked again by government interference. The tech overlords continue to advance in the hustings. Amazon, in July of 2009, remotely deleted a couple of novels on thousands of Kindle e-readers due to a copyright issue. Ironically, the titles were 1984 and Animal Farm. Long time readers of this site know I have talked about the landmark 1939 US v. Miller Supremes decision that all but confirmed the ownership of military pattern weapons as a common feature of 2A affirmation since the founding lawyers penned the Constitution. The bottom line is that the robed employees insisted a reduced length shotgun was not a military weapon completely ignoring the use of trench shotguns in the first part of the greater world war to make the world safe for communism. Garand Thumb [aka Plaid the Impaler] does a great video on the weapon here. As an amateur historian, I am always seeking new sources and as tax slaves on the plantation, sometimes it’s worth investigating where we can get a little return on our dollars from the Leviathan. Military history resources at the Infantry School (MCOE), the JFK Special Warfare School and Leavenworth are worth a look. Maneuver Center of Excellence Libraries MCoE HQ Donovan Research Library This will also take you to the Army University resources. Assessing Revolutionary And Insurgent Strategies (ARIS) Studies Lots of grat case studies here.  US Army Center for Military History Another great resource, I am certain some of my readers can alert Zerogov on other resources out there. I am a member of the Society for Military History out of VMI, the quarterly Journal of Military History is a tremendous dead tree magazine; I have a collection that stretches back to 1990. Everything the government touches turns to shit, James Williams does a terrific analysis of how violent state intervention in health and medical care has destroyed a once great private system of the best medical care on Earth. But the market is finding a way to circumvent the circular firing squad that is government regulation.
 “In the meantime, the world of medical practice is changing. In 2020, doctors in private practice are rare birds, but the number is growing. More and more primary care physicians are spurning the government/insurance/hospital-corporation cabal (the healthcare equivalent of what Eisenhower called the Military-Industrial Complex in the 1950’s) and returning to a direct-pay system for their patients. Since patients are essentially paying cash for most primary care services anyway due to high copays and deductibles, they are starting to say they will pay a premium to have a GOOD family doctor or internist work with them and their families. This is taking the shape of things like concierge medical practices, where folks pay a set fee monthly to have access to first-rate personal medical care from a doctor they trust and who will commit to them for the long term.”
Am currently sharpening knives using a great stone from www.americastone.net. Had a great weekend with my youngest son who is a shooting phenomenon; he has both the genetics and the will to be a world class shooter. He left this morning to return to his duty station with the USMC clown posse in Calizuela. I am now the proud owner of a Vortex Razor Gen II-E 1-6 LPVO on my boom stick. Range report is pending. Get to the range. -BB

"People sometimes quote Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the influential financial writer, by describing the pandemic as a “black swan” event. But it’s something else he wrote in his eponymous book that I find more enlightening. Imagine, he asks his readers, someone who has the foresight to warn against a coming disaster. People listen and take precautions. Then nothing happens. Did he just save the day or waste everyone’s time and resources?

We would never know. But he would, in a free society with a free press, get a lot of blame and criticism, however unfairly.

The only way you could know for sure is if no one listens and disaster strikes. He is proven right, but then you are dead. In a democracy, politicians always have an eye on the next election. A few of them may be smart cookies and foresee a disaster like the Covid-19 pandemic."

- Alex Lo, South China Morning Post

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the latest step in a process that has progressively turned Italy into a fully quarantined country. Shops are mandated to be closed at all times, with the exception of pharmacies, food stores, and newsstands, as the government wisely considers information a primary need. All non-essential jobs have been temporarily stopped. People who still go to the office are requested to prove the absolute necessity to do so by signing a certificate that must be submitted and vetted by the police. Transgressors face up to three months in jail and a fine. Going out for physical activity is permitted, provided it’s short and solitary. Schools and universities — which have been shut down since March 4 — will be closed at least until April 3, but the date will likely be extended.”
What the journalistic vermin at the Boston Globe won’t tell you is that the socialist health care system in Italy was doomed to fail from the start, of course. Nor will they tell you that the Italian government is throwing the elderly over the transom and denying them care. Rationing, you know. But don’t worry the commies at Snopes are saying that triage is necessary with limited resources. If I landed from Mars, I would know from the Collectivist Noise Network and MSLSD-DNC that the lack of government control of healthcare is what is making blunting the impact of the Coronavirus so…difficult. And that just because it originated in Bernie’s second (third) favorite country on Earth doesn’t make it so. I am not going to sound the doomsday gong and I do think the summer will burn the virus out as they always do. I am surprised the global warming fraudsters haven’t touted that as a side benefit. But no, that would intersectionally cannibalize the twisted narrative of toxic statism.
Publisher’s Note: Just finished meeting with my accountant to do my extortion review and my target of owing my state and Federal occupation authority three digits each at the end of the year worked; in Arizona, we can send our money to a designated recipient so I sent mine to the only high school High Power Rifle Team in America at Wickenburg Indoctrination District. The coproaches continue to behave in a fashion that convinces me their job code is free range prison guards in the land of the free. Great new site I discovered on uncovering the malign thuggery that is government finance. Our very own Village Armorer, Skip, did a bang-up job explaining collapsitarian ethos on Unshackled Liberty. And, yes, fathers matter. Read the whole article. Moynihan Report, 1965 money graf:
"From the wild Irish slums of the 19th century Eastern seaboard, to the riot-torn suburbs of Los Angeles, there is one unmistakable lesson in American history; a community that allows a large number of men to grow up in broken families, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any set of rational expectations about the future -- that community asks for and gets chaos. Crime, violence, unrest, disorder -- most particularly the furious, unrestrained lashing out at the whole social structure -- that is not only to be expected; it is very near to inevitable. And it is richly deserved. "
Are you buying lots of guns and ammo and training? Big Igloo wants to know... Train like your life depends on it. -BB
“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.” - William Boetcker “Indeed, in a free government almost all other rights would become worthless if the government possessed power over the private fortune of every citizen.” -John Marshall
I issue a standard challenge to everyone within earshot:  show me one government or nation state which became smaller and smaller over time and increasingly less injurious to the freedom and liberty of individuals.  Again, I hear the bleating of the usual suspects on the alleged Right who claim that new-found respect for the Constitution will set everything right and we will all skip down the yellow brick road of the small government paradise known as America.  I will not belabor the details here for I have covered the Constitution abundantly in both essays and speaking engagements (until my sabbatical from speaking in 20160 to show it for what it is:  a doomsday machine designed to bring maximum government to bear against a helpless citizenry reduced to bondage to the same document. It is the great centralizer and grants unlimited power of taxation to the overlords in DC at Mordor on the Potomac.  I have championed the Articles of Confederation in the past but even those documents were flawed but certainly gave smaller government a chance.  In the end, limited government and small government never exist for long before metastasizing into enormous machines built for one purpose:  to extract unlimited obedience on pain of caging, maiming and/or death of all persons living within the acknowledged confines of the taxing jurisdiction known as nation-states. Nothing less, nothing more. Politicians are neither statesman nor public persons of noble intent; they are simply a self-selected class of psycho-/socio-paths whose only agenda is the monopoly of the power to enforce what I just described.  Despite all the court historians and contemporary mouthpieces who sing paeans to government and the drones who run it, the agenda remains the same: the destruction of individual self-governance, direction and volition and the harnessing of the captured citizenry to the whims and will of the rulers.  You have been lied to and civics class in the government education system then and now has been a descriptive mechanism to rationalize yoking individuals into the collective hive of the state.   You cannot have a government without willing or unwilling submission of the subjects to the will of the rulers.  There is no historical antecedent or precedent for a government ever staying within the confines of its originating power. None. This speaks to my interpretation of the Western exodus in America in the 18th and 19th century.  The court historians talk about the wide-open spaces and the frontier mentality.  This was certainly a component but the main reason was a desire on the part of those sickened by the liberty-crushing Atlantic Constitutionalists to flee from that document and its strangulation of their freedom bit by bit. I can just imagine the two Celt brothers coming to a screaming halt at the beaches of California, looking over their shoulders and shouting: “Swim! The Constitution is right behind us!”. Limited government is a quaint but lethal legal fiction, a chimera and a cruel and tempting illusion.  It is the same as a belief in unicorns.  Unless I fasten a narwhal tusk to a most displeased horse’s forehead, they have never existed nor ever will (barring genetic engineering advances).  Judging from the behavior of the Grand Old Politburo in the unholy corridors of power of DC, they should ditch the Gadsden and hoist a unicorn bedecked flag. Political action will never reduce the size of government. The same as eradicating cannibals by eating them.
Publisher’s Note: The cavalcade of calamities that is the Democrat Party was on full display this week with the acquittal of the Mango Emperor on the trumped-up charges alleged by the psychopaths in the CPUSA. The Iowa debacle was a shot in the arm for those of us convinced a political party couldn’t run a lemonade stand without fucking it up. Ace of Spades has the best coverage out there right now. Pay attention to the humans behind the curtain behind ACRONYM [cute] and Shadow Inc who developed the “app”. The same clown posse that worked for Pantsuit Negan in 2016. The DNC is terrified of Bernie not because they disagree but he breaks the code of silence on their ultimate intent and therefore gums up the works of completing the long march through the institutions to create the utopia of Amerizuela. Therefore they are backing the dark horse of cute little Mayor Pete whose filial lineage is most interesting. Like Comrade Obama, he was raised and steeped in communist ideology since he was a sprout. Baby Pete B grew up in a Marxist family. He is a genuine red diaper doper baby. His father, Joseph, was a Marxist all his life, and the President and one of the Founders of the International Gramsci Society. He even helped translate some of Gramsci’s books into English.
"Equity, environmental consciousness, and racial justice are surely some of the ingredients of a healthy Marxism. Indeed, Marxism's greatest appeal — undiminished by the collapse of Communist edifices — is the imbalances produced by other sociopolitical governing structures,” Buttigieg wrote. Paul Kengor, a professor at Grove City College and an expert in communism and progressivism, said Buttigieg was among a group of leftist professors who focused on injecting Marxism into the wider culture. "They’re part of a wider international community of Marxist theorists and academicians with a particular devotion to the writings of the late Italian Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci, who died over 80 years ago. Gramsci was all about applying Marxist theory to culture and cultural institutions — what is often referred to as a 'long march through the institutions,' such as film, media, and especially education," Kengor told the Washington Examiner."
Read the whole thing. Prioritize your spending to make all the necessary purchases for the Big Igloo. Ed Abbey would be flying his freak flag even higher now. [H/T to Freerifleman] You have 349 shopping days until the present or next muppet shambles into the Awful Office. -BB
“The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state-controlled police and the military are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy... If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government—and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws.” “Fantastic doctrines (like Christianity or Islam or Marxism) require unanimity of belief. One dissenter casts doubt on the creed of millions. Thus the fear and the hate; thus the torture chamber, the iron stake, the gallows, the labor camp, the psychiatric ward.” “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”
“Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.” -Edward Abbey
I am opposed to the government death penalty; I am also pro-life which makes me blessedly consistent.  I don’t trust the government to be able to have the responsibility to mete out the severest penalty and to do it either professionally or with no ill intent.  In the smaller sense, the evidence is massive of the queue of innocents who have been shot, hanged and poisoned for crimes they did not commit.  In the larger sense, government puts us all on death row and it is just a matter of time before the cops kill you in your home or vehicle or we suffer a massive die-off in America from an EMP burst that takes us from zero to 1850 in one second. I use this preamble to frame my severe skepticism of the state doing the right thing…ever. I am not opposed to the death penalty in my house if an intruder comes in to do harm to me or mine.  I am a Flinter in temperament and predisposition.  Most of the laws on the books are noxious, useless and liberty-draining in their essence.  Malum prohibitum is the state saying don’t do that because I told you not to.  A monstrous fallacy whose logic only serves to reduce subject populations to assessed rentals on their freedom that can be wrested away at the drop of the constabulary’s hat.  I daresay that one could throw every statute book into the bonfires across the nation when Americans finally wake up and throw off their shackles of serfdom from the local to the national level and folks would not find themselves in danger but would stumble into prosperity.
Publisher’s Note: I have said that a complete elimination of all government funding K-PhD is the only way to eradicate communist ideology being the ascendant creed in the 21st century.  Now Project Veritas has found more of the usual ideological thuggery that is the bread and butter of American politics among Comrade Sanders’ campaign staff. Please very carefully consider when you think you want to send your urchins to college; use this data. For most non-STEM majors, they will be morally crippled for life. The distillate of the woke nonsense, the new communist momentum and the Democrat party is based entirely on the appropriation and transfer of other people’s wealth and labor to politically connected privilege groups from the nomenklatura to the usual suspects whose pigmentation and groin tackle find favor with the new masters.  Some claim we live in a kakocratic society, one whose rulers are the worst people, the shit people; there is no doubt that has been the case since the end of the War Between the States. When you look at the psychotic scum that is the sum of everything in America’s political class, you know what is attracted to it.  Buppert's Corollary to Acton: "Power attracts the corruptible and absolute power attracts even worse."   This blog is not a political blog, it realizes that all political action is simply seeking to eliminate cannibals by eating them.  Per the essay below, I highly recommend the interview with Dr. Codevilla by a typical smarmy communist where he rhetorically dismembers the interviewer (David Samuels) in rich and gory detail. Pay very close attention to the Brexit dialog, it is a smaller operatic analog of secession in America now and in the future. Here's a brilliant supposition of the core of tyranny:
"The prime object of totalitarian government thus becomes the incessant destruction of all evidences of spontaneous, autonomous association. For, with this social atomization, must go also a diminution of intensity and a final flickering out of political values that interpose themselves between freedom and despotism."
Have you been to the range? 355 shopping days until the next master shuffles onto the veranda n the Offal Office. -BB
“A man's greatest pleasure is to defeat his enemies, to drive them before him, to take from them that which they possessed, to see those whom they cherished in tears, to ride their horses, and to hold their wives and daughters in his arms [aka rape with the man often forced to watch the initial violent rape before being killed].” - Ghengis Khan [not Conan the Barbarian] “Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat for it is momentary." (Satyagraha Leaflet No. 13, 3 May 1919)” Mahatma Gandhi “Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan." [News conference, April 21 1961] John F. Kennedy
I have been a reader of Angelo Codevilla for years, he is one of the few sober defense intellectuals like Bacevich. The rest have no strategic depth and tend to think solely in terms of hardware calculus much like the coindinistas that have haunted the Pentagram for most of this century with their failed recipes for military conflict. Codevilla is also one of the voices in the defense community who has lobbied for an active defense of the continental United States for decades. He just penned a scintillating and for me, knowing him, predictable essay that calls out the latest fads in anticipating near-peer and peer threats emerging on the world stage. Keep in mind that the US has tens of trillions of dollars to create a military that can't protect the homeland nor Alaska and the various US island protectorates globally, it has never defeated an insurgency outside of CONUS and since, 1980 has fielded weapons systems that simply don't work. Exhibit is the USS Ford which can nether reliably launch nor retrieve aircraft even the subsonic and chronically broken F35. The graf:
What forces against what, where, to do what, is the nub of the military matter. The Chinese and Russians, respectively, have good strategic, operational, and tactical answers. The U.S. side does not.
Read the whole thing. I am surprised the Claremont Institute would publish this, they tend to be the clearinghouse for neoconservative militancy and possess an almost sexual attraction to all things Comrade Abraham Lincoln. I tend to write solely on irregular warfare but have strayed on occasion to address the perils of modern “unified land operations” which do contain components of littoral and strategic airlift to close on distant theaters of war in a bid to replicate the complete global mobilization of military power like the War to Save Josef Stalin. Dr. Codevilla remains one of the few global military thinkers popular in the media. Like Andrew Bacevich, he finds himself in a very small coterie of observers willing to claim the American military is a hollowed out and ineffective force. There is a reason the Pentagram has not won a conflict since 1945.

Publisher's Note: Voting has always been the tyrant's trump card, I have written on this before, just search voting in my archives. There is a reason every totalitarian on Earth from Stalin to his cohorts in the communist club adores the franchise. Whatever depredations and misery are visited on the plantation dwellers, the serfs can only blame themselves, they signed up for it. The Democrats (CPUSA) retained a voting architect from Calizuela to engineer the gerrymandering of the districts to favor the election of socialists to power in the legislature in Virginia hence the new power realignment under Comrade-Governor Blackface Northam. Communists always play for keeps. "The link should take any intrepid readers straight to the beast, but it gets sort of thorny. At the heart of the observations made by Grofman and his conspirators though, are some 1982 re-districting regulations that mandate any new district map to “prove” it will not inhibit “protected” classes from casting more votes. To prove this, a bunch of experts like Dr. Grofman draw up theoretical predictions of the voting patterns and decide whether their evidence indicates more or fewer minority votes will be cast– and crucially according to Dr. Grofman himself, whether more “minority preferred” candidates will be elected. What is a “minority-preferred” candidate? Let’s ask the experts!" These united States have always been an abusive relationship where the subject population is the battered wife. Divorce may be the only viable option. Train like your life depends on it. -BB   “The downside to gun control is genocide.” ― John...