“We congratulate the American people upon your re-election by a large majority. If resistance to the Slave Power was the reserved watchword of your first election, the triumphant war cry of your re-election is Death to Slavery.”

– Karl Marx, Address of the International Working Men’s Association to Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America

Publisher’s Note: Bushevik I struggled through a speech in the last day with ominous and sonorous bleating about the inhospitable nature of the new Ring-holder in the Offal Office. For eight years, he stayed mum (if only he had remained so) under his ideological twin’s tenure in Mordor Corporate Headquarters. And now the First Mumbler has ponderously held forth in his unique Special Olympics rhetoric to say things like “[b]ullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry and compromises the moral education of children.” Like most of the Left and their collectivist apologists on the fake spectrum of the Left-Right@, the irony is rich; absent bullying, how could any government remain in power for a day?

Please continue your preps, please learn to shoot, learn to reload and get your skills ready for the coming contest. Either you learn to drive a rifle or ride a rail-car. In this case buy rail-cars worth of ammo to put by to make it harder for the usual suspects to rush you into the boxcar. The choice will be that stark. -BB

There is no such think as a Republican in Name Only (RINO), they have forever been the addled and mentally deficient little brothers Menshevik to the big brothers Bolshevik in the Democrat party. Lincoln birthed his party by swimming in the oceans of blood of his countrymen.

Always.

The Republican Party has always been the party of big government with a brief and wispy interregnum under Calvin Coolidge. I had even been deluded once to thinking that Grover Cleveland was a contender for smaller government but he is the father of the Interstate Commerce Commission, a ponderous idea and monster that has given enormous power to the leviathan state. It demonstrates how the political nomenklatura can take a single sentence from the Federalist’s precious slaver document and make it into the monstrosity that bestrides every man, woman and child today (not to mention the unborn progeny saddled with the debt through “implied consent”) under the Interstate Commerce Commission and its tentacles in every orifice it reaches.

Hugh Hewitt, a bloated big government Republican who does a three-hour spokes-budgie stand-up routine on AM radio recently posed as a thinker and offered up the wisdom of “ammunition control”.

To wit: “If people buy a lot of ammunition in a short period of time, this should trigger a red flag with law enforcement,” said Hewitt on the NBC “Meet the Press” show on Oct. 8”.

Herschel did a terrific analysis of this neoconservative bilge-water from the bloated talk show host. As a non-shooter, Hewitt is holding forth on things he knows nothing about and violates two cardinal rules of liberty.

  1. Tell me your position on private weapons ownership and I know exactly who you are morally and philosophically.
  2. If you fellate the police state, your interest in liberty is fundamentally zero.

Hewitt is no lone wolf in this; excepting Ron Paul, there is no reliable liberty-minded politician on the national stage. But then again, liberty can’t be accomplished through the political process. You can’t eradicate cannibals by eating them and that’s what the political process is.

Political parties are disease vectors. They are hybrid cocktails of the Milgram experiment and the Stockholm Syndrome with a strong police state chaser to set the virus in place. The virus is used to render an otherwise healthy ecology of spontaneous order into a shambling and largely inefficient engine for a select group of controllers to benefit at the expense of the whole. It is no more complex than that.

As evil and morally depraved as the Democrats are, at least they have the chutzpah to be rather open about their Stalinist tendencies even though they do dress the language nicely. The GOP is evil but puts on a face that is wholly the opposite of what it practices in actual lording over large swaths of Helots on the tax plantation.

Burn this into your mind: No politician in America favors limiting or prohibiting the gun ownership and access of government employees and those with special privileges granted by the ruling class to arm themselves. They are opposed to the private ownership of firearms. Every gun law on the books from the local to the Federal level have one purpose: to infringe, abridge and deny the non-government keeping and bearing of weapons. The Second Amendment merely guarantees a pre-existing natural right.

That is the goal. Wholesale eradication of weapons in private hands.

So I will quote myself at length and why Hewitt is not unique but cut from the same cloth as the Republican invertebrates that feed at the bottom of the vast swamp of DC. This is a party that has been at the vanguard of restricting and eliminating private weapons ownership.

The 1934 NFA federally regulated machine guns, suppressors, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, suppressors, and “destructive devices which included grenades and hundreds of items the ATF added at their leisure bureaucratically to a ban list or highly regulated. This was the first notion at the Federal level of using the imprimatur of sporting purposes (not the 1968 Gun Control Act as is popularly imagined) such as this from the text of the wretched bill: “Any firearm with a bore over 0.50 inch except for shotguns or shotgun shells which have been found to be generally recognized as particularly suitable for sporting purposes.”

No Republican opposition.

You will also note that America’s preeminence as a firearms innovator, especially in automatic weapons, dropped precipitously after the heavy regulation and ban on garage innovation occurred. The development of the M60 machine gun is Exhibit A.

The Federal Firearms Act of 1938 (FFA) imposed a federal license requirement on gun manufacturers, importers, and persons in the business of selling firearms. This created the infamous FFL controls on commerce.

No Republican opposition.

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“Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.”

– Mohandas Gandhi

Publisher’s Note: Herschel over at the Captain’s Journal has been doing yeoman’s work in updating his readers on the Vegas massacre and the aftermath of calls for national disarmament. I recommend my readers go over and check out what he has posted. I’ve been following his blog for years.

In other news, Pinochet’s airborne solution to the communist and Marxian problem set is more and more appealing to me everyday. Communism happens to be an idea so virulent, it violates the Non-Aggression Principle by its very existence. Pinochet was an authoritarian bastard but he did provide a unique solution to the Marxist infection. Pinochet notions on weapons control was interesting. I don’t endorse Pinochet’s military rule but I am fascinated by his narrowly focused solution to the Marxist necro-monger virus.

Per the quote above, I am conflicted about Gandhi’s statement and no it has far more permutations than meet the eye but it will illustrate the main point of this fusillade.

In that passage, Gandhi avers to India’s Arms Act of 1878, which gave Europeans in India the right to carry arms but didn’t allow Indians from doing so, unless they were granted a license by the British colonial government. The full text of what he wrote is: “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest. If we want the Arms Act to be repealed, if we want to learn the use of arms, here is a golden opportunity. If the middle classes render voluntary help to Government in the hour of its trial, distrust will disappear, and the ban on possessing arms will be withdrawn.”

Of course, Mohandas was being coy. Our friend, John Ross, was more direct: “The downside to gun control is genocide.”

In the end, despite the serial bleating hearts mewling about the gun crisis, they are being even more disingenuous because weapons disarmament folk want one thing and only one thing. The dissolution of private firearms ownership; for the government is their godhead and they want it replete with every armament known to man to include the rather simple center fire arms that the police. They do want the great unwashed and un-uniformed or un-badged masses to possess such things. They know that liberty, like war, is all about angles. They know that one single well-placed round in the inflated head of an empty suit adorned in the robes of office can change the political dialog abruptly.

Coupled with Buppert’s Law of Military Topography and the violence brokers have themselves an existential pickle.

“Mountainous terrain held by riflemen who know what they are about cannot be militarily defeated”

So what to do:

Don’t plead with your political occupiers for a solution.

Do gun up, buy every gun and components you can lay your hands on. Go to the range.

Rinse. Repeat. Resist. -BB

So in the wake of the Vegas debacle, all the usual grave dancers are merrily trying to resurrect the joys of population disarmament.

No gun laws should be on the books and per my previous article, I don’t think the Second Amendment does a fucking thing to protect private gun ownership, which even the NRA is shy about. Gun control is part of the NRA’s DNA.

The wunderkind at the NRA, the nation’s largest disarmament lobby, have jumped the sharked, locked their jaws on the nether regions of the nearest politician and declared that ”bump stocks” should be regulated and banned. They needed a sign language translator to transmit the message since their mouths were busy at the time of the announcement. The NRA has been a key player in every article of Federal firearms legislation since 1934 to include the 1934 NFA, 1939 FFA, the refusal to submit an amicus curie brief in the 1939 US v. Miller decision, the 1968 GCA, the 1986 FOPA, NICS, on and on and on.

With friends like this…

My message is incredibly simply and I will aver to the estimable L. Neil Smith to wax poetically on the verities of my notion.

There isn’t a single law or sentence penned that restricts private weapons ownership that holds any moral water to me. No compromise, full stop. I remember being a FFL dealer in the 1990’s to get firearms at cost. I got so disgusted with the whole process and seeing how the ATF sausage got made, I surrendered the license after several years and stored all the 4473s they insisted I keep in a shredder. Never again.

I am encouraged by the resistance even commie states like NY and CT are experiencing with their pre-confiscation registries for cosmetically offensive weapons.

I advocate for not a single law in everything but on this notion, the laws are always repellant to liberty.

May I remind you of a force calculus when armed folk resist such tyranny?

During the post-WWII troubles in Northern Ireland under UK occupation, there were probably a peak of 500 active IRA (and assorted other variants like Provos, Real IRA, Continuity IRA, Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) and such) paramilitaries that comprised trigger pullers and IED personnel. Of course, the auxiliary support to these paramilitaries numbered in the tens of thousands. The UK and satrap Irish forces numbered as much as 55k to rout these small resistance bands.

The history tells us that the UK did not succeed.

Vegas has some parallels possibly in the Omagh incident in Northern Ireland. I highly recommend reading some articles on the subject and viewing some of the new documentaries. GCHQ apparently had live recordings of the bombers on their way to the destination, of course.

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“Mountainous terrain held by riflemen who know what they are about cannot be militarily defeated”.

Buppert’s Law of Military Topography

Vegas shooting…

Too early to speculate on anything but one thing. Many of the injuries sustained in the aftermath of the shooter’s demise on a floor of a Vegas hotel will be non-gunshot wound related.

Is he a left wing nut-sack or a right wing nut-sack? Look at the demographic of the target and that will ready the clue-bat. Does anyone doubt that if any of the bipedal budgies in the MSM discovered a Republican affiliation, we’d know it by now?

Mass shootings are no worse here than in gun prohibitionist Europe:

“In fact, as figures from the Crime Prevention Research Center show, “there were 55 percent more casualties per capita from mass public shootings in [the European Union] than U.S. from 2009-15.”

Now the blood dancers of both wings of the Vampire Party will be gathering around their boiling kettles of Marxist to call for mass disarmament of one flavor or another. The usual invertebrates from the kabuki performers in the National Rifle Association will come to many agreements on the worst legislation possible.

The Second Amendment means nothing. Its tortured and twisted language construct has allowed the violence brokers in the political classes to institute massive volumes of rules and regulation restricting human defense activities across the board.

I’ve written about it before.

The Republican wing of the Marxist junta in America has been waging war on private ownership of firearms since Lincoln first squatted in the Offal Office.

The state is only opposed to the PRIVATE ownership of weapons.

As one can surmise, there is no political solution to weapons ownership. Self-defense predates every government solution ever devised. It’s written in the DNA.

Whatever political machination you see on the glass teat as human parrots squawk and play at arguing with each other, none will entertain the only moral solution: not a single gun law survives tomorrow morning.

Sometime back there was a brief flash in the pan to make contemporary taxpayers pay for the slavery imposed on blacks until the passage of the Constitutional amendment granting their freedom from chattel slavery but not releasing them from the tax and regulation plantation that is America.  Hence the new era slave would be codified in the Fourteenth Amendment. The reparations movement sought to redistribute current wealth to any Americans who could prove their ancestors were in chains and they would be granted reparations or a payment for restoration into the original condition they were seeking.

I am always unsympathetic to any forcible wealth transfer and especially one that would be fraught with the peril of fraud and the creation of yet another nightmarish bureaucracy charged with imposing tolls on living and breathing human beings to be vacuumed out of their wallets and tucked into others’ coffers after the government takes its usual sizeable “maintenance fee” to administer such a program.

There was one laudatory effect of such a proposal though; nothing focuses people’s attention more than the potential hijacking of their wealth or rights for specious political reasons such as the latest economic illiteracy and fiscal cliff diving that characterized the wholesale takeover of healthcare by the government and the imposition of national socialist healthcare.  The reparations movement did the same thing, nothing would have focused the national race conversation more than the shenanigans I just described.

The addition of yet another government theft scheme to rob from Paul to pay Peter. But then again, what else is government for besides filling mass graves with the unwilling and recalcitrant.

Now we are facing down The Amphibian and all of Trump’s apparatchiks in the fight to keep guns in the hands of private citizens (or subjects depending on your point of view).  Oh, you haven’t heard? Wait for it.

The usual suspects in the media are clamoring to extinguish all such rights in the march toward turning America into a curious amalgam of modern Great Britain, the former USSR and more regrettable aspects of tin-pot dictatorships around the planet that are terminally frightened by well armed citizens.

So repeal the goddamned Second Amendment. Just do it.

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Publisher’s Note: The Amphibian in DC continues to prove that there is no such thing as a RINO, Republicans have always been Marxist big government boosters since the Lincoln regime in the Offal Office. 

Ironic that the athletes whose jersey numbers may be IQ indicators take a knee because they want bigger government instead of less; it may be yet another bellwether of the absolute stupidity of both the players and spectators of professional sports.

Yet again, all of my readers have been given a limited reprieve to stock up, arm up and train up. You can either drive a rifle or ride a rail-car, you choose. 

Bolshevism is alive and well and currently parading as Antifa, I am hoping their relocation to Colma, ten miles south of San Francisco happens sooner than later. The new Reds have no idea that the Deep State supporting them right now will be more than happy to evict them from this mortal coil in a heartbeat once their useful idiocy has expired. 

Our village is currently moving from .40 S&W as the primary fuel for pistols to 9mm. .40 will not be eliminated entirely due to the battlefield pickup potential in urban enclaves for ammunition. We’ve also sought to improve the non-discreet battle belt configurations and improve on the low visibility heavy pistol belts for Michael Collins wear.

The armory improvements continue apace and I strongly advise you get you “gray man” game up to speed. The next conflict will be a return to what Michael Collins would do to resolve occupation difficulties. 

ZeroGov is now a malicious website according to two different “secure blocking” modes when I was in a cafe the other day.

I must say that communism is one of the few creeds that violate the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP) by its very existence and instantiation under any circumstances. In this case, I may be able to suspend my abhorrence of strategic bombing. You could make the case that most universities in America are viral bio-weapons labs producing some of the most toxic destructive devices in the history of mankind. Apart from disease, the professoriate and its concomitant bipedal budgies in the media are the most deadly human software virus in the world. The pandemic of imposed dirt-naps and enslavement of subject populations know no peer in sheer destructive power.

A great resource on fire accelerant residuals for the home chemist is here.

When it comes to the failed COIN frameworks of the West, one needs to read Robert Taber’s masterful War of the Flea. I recommend this review as an introduction.

I also recommend this interview with Dr. Douglas Porch who really eviscerates many of the sacred cows of Western counterinsurgency mythos and nonsense.

Read Matt Bracken’s latest novel if you haven’t, “The Red Cliffs of Zerhoun”. Compelling with combat scenarios that make you smell the cordite. –BB 

“In every war, no matter how great a government’s power, its rule is never absolute. In every war, no matter how allegedly righteous the cause, the effort is never total. No campaign has ever or will ever be fought with the leadership united in favor of it and with the rank and file unitedly behind them.

Always there is a disgruntled minority that opposes a war for a multitude of reasons such as reluctance to make necessary sacrifices, fear of personal loss or suffering, philosophical and ethical objection to warfare as a method of settling disputes, lack of confidence in the ability of the leadership, resentment at being called upon to play a subordinate role, pessimistic belief that victory is far from certain and defeat very possible, egoistic satisfaction of refusing to run with the herd, psychological opposition to being yelled at on any and every petty pretext, a thousand and one other reasons.

No political or military dictatorship ever has been one hundred percent successful in identifying and suppressing the malcontents who, typically, conceal themselves behind a veil of silence and bide their time.”

Eric Frank Russell, “The Wasp”

Sometime in the near future…

The Antifa bus convoy was a motley sight indeed. Ever since the entire movement had evolved from the now relapsed Occupy movement, the Soviet Bolshevik flavor of the adherents had become more apparent in both their garb and street theater. They’d even co-opted the militia element with armed rebels posting on the web and creating video docs of training with firearms in remote locations. The red bandanas and hammer and sickle were becoming far more common than before mixed in with the masked heroes parading about.

The Red militias appeared to be just as corpulent and motley as the conservative variant that appeared in the 1980s and 1990s.

The three buses and various vehicles came to a stop outside the small remote town of Courtville in southern Utah. A tiny memorial to Chief Walkara who was a licensed slave trader in the territory, was located near the town square. The Antifa were expanding their guerrilla theater to the rural enclaves now emboldened by the spectacular success and cover provided by the media in big cities across the country.

Charlie glassed the colorful convoy and whispered into the mike: “On their way.”

He got a squelch in reply.

The staties had set up a cordon but were half-hearted at best. The Mormon community was intensely gun-shy about engaging the Antifa crowds in Utah. Salt Lake City had seen some action but the local police tended to turn the other cheek and let the Antifa agitators have their way. The police briefly stopped the convoy but apparently the “permits” onboard were good to go.

The buses continued into the tiny town and rallied ‘round the square where the statue to the aboriginal chief was standing.

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Publisher’s Note: John just attended MG’s class. Here is his assessment. -BB

Instructor: John Mosby

Course outline from site:

Focused on the use of the pistol for the underground, this course focuses on basic gun-handling under combative conditions, as well as the necessary mental and combative skills needed to protect the gun, and fight your way to the gun.

Two days of this course are straight range time, before moving into gym work with combative and FoF iterations. This is an extremely physically demanding course, and involves violent physical contact with other students. If you leave without cuts, scrapes, and bruises, I’ll be surprised.”

Background:

I was the organizer/host for this class and here is some background. The local community and I have concentrated largely on carbine work for the past several years.  A lack of realistic training priorities dawned on me several years ago at a carbine class where I saw guys in full kit, leaving the class and locking up all their guns and separating the ammo and not even having a concealed carry pistol on them. They were ready for the Red Dawn carbine fight but not the fight at the local Stop n’ Rob on the way home. To this day it still reminds me of this Craig Douglas quote: “If you are in prison with 10 dudes, and you can’t keep 5 of them out of your ass, then the last thing you need is another carbine course.”

I’ve followed Mosby from the beginning. I believe I first saw the blog when it was on BlogSpot and was only 5 posts old. I quickly realized this guy knew what he was talking about and I dug his writing style. The skull stomping of sacred cows focus was what kept me reading and keeping tabs on the blog. The Derp in the preparedness world has always been deep. He was probably the first guy to seriously take that on.  I soon realized that there is no way they are going to allow that blog to stay up (I ended up being wrong) and made it a habit to save all the posts onto a hard drive for later reference or if things went dark. Sometime in all this I found out we had a mutual friend.

My greedy self-interest was at play but I also believed there needed to be a wake up call to get people in the area to get training on their most applicable tool available to them, the pistol, in the context where they’d need it the most.

Personal Objectives:

I have taken a couple of pistol courses in the past aside from a state sanctioned CHP/CCW course, one many years ago and one earlier this year.  While I consider myself pretty competent from an accuracy/speed/efficiency standpoint with a carbine, pistol has always been my weak point. I cannot carry a carbine in my back pocket when I’m off the homestead.

I sought Mosby’s course work in particular because I knew it was going to be a wake up call for accuracy with a side arm for me personally. The most recent pistol class I’d taken was more of a “performance” based class with 10”x18” (slightly smaller than C zone) and Alpha (approx. 6”x11”) size targets focused on putting rounds fast into those areas from an open holster. It didn’t matter if one round was in the top 2’ o clock corner and the next in the bottom right corner of that Alpha or modified Charlie, a hit still counted. That is not the type of focus of this class, accuracy on small targets that mimic human anatomy was. But, as Mosby says, accuracy is very important, but the bullets must arrive on time. We’ll touch on that accuracy focus in a second. My main objective in the class was to over come the astigmatisms (I still have issues even with tinted Rx lenses) in both my eyes and get my eyes and mental processing working on the type of sight picture needed to make these types of shots.

I also sought this course out particularly because of the introductive combative work as I have no real formal training at such, even though I follow nearly all the content that is put out by folks associated with the ShivWorks Collective such as Craig Douglas, Paul Sharp, Larry Lindeman, Cecil Burch, and Chris Fry.

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Publisher’s Note: The Amphibian announced that we are doubling down on the failed Afghan enterprise hence more blood and treasure will be spent but the sophisticated money laundering operation for the USG foreign policy establishment and the Pentagram will be satisfied with the Pyrrhic outcome. Scott Horton’s new book demolishes the imbecilic reasons for staying. Tom Woods, Jr: “A lot of people think of the war in Iraq as the bad war, but Afghanistan as the good and justifiable war. That convenient view does not survive Scott Horton’s careful and incisive demolition

They should heed Buppert’s Law of Military Topography: “Mountainous terrain held by riflemen who know what they are about cannot be militarily defeated”.

 

Thanks to Matt Bracken (I’m reading his latest novel), I now know that the Saudi flag reads: “There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God.”

The Isis flag reads: “There is no god but God,” and the white seal reads “God Messenger Mohammed.”

Again, more tertiary but scintillating evidence that Saudi Arabia remains ground zero for Wahhabist Salafist Sunni jihad in the ME.

Neither of the parties that claim to represent voters in the USSA will do a thing to stop the invasion. Politicians are simply serial killers with legal cover for their hobby. They take murder to the next level as statist necro-mongers.

The war will come home. If you think Trump gave you a four-year respite, think again.

Now the usual suspects are targeting Confederate monuments. I’m conflicted because I despise all government monuments but we are a Confederate household and Stonewall Jackson’s blood runs through my children’s veins through my wife’s heritage. The easy answer is to take the thousands of monuments and repatriate them to private property where the statues can be protected by fences and gunfire.

Now once they start discussing razing all the monuments to government slavery in DC and everywhere else outside the curious time zone of 1861-65 to the ground, the discussion will be more entertaining and factually accurate (at least consistently so). The War of Northern Aggression was merely the last gasp of the Anti-Federalists in trying to check the unlimited power the Federalist Constitution gave to the central government in the US.

Lincoln’s Marxists won and sealed the deal by getting everyone on the federal plantation with the Fourteenth Amendment.

One of my favorite books on J.E.B. Stuart is Cavalryman of the Lost Cause by Jefferey Wert. –BB

“If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?”

– William Shakespeare

The Antifa crowd started to mill around the Confederate statue, yelling obscenities and chanting nonsensical nursery rhymes posing as political discourse.

Some of them were sporting the red hammer and sickle regalia that had become the fashion of late tipping the hand of real intentions.

Flags of many varieties were waving from old guard CCCP banners to black Daesh flags. Many faces were covered and most dressed in red or black.

Jason and his cohorts had arrived on the same bus as the Soros supported Antifa and the smaller contingent dressed as Klansmen. They had been ribbing the faux Nazis the whole trip as they were revving to the rap ballads bleeding out of the speaker system in the stuffy interior. They had answered the ad by “Crowd Hire” for $25 an hour.

Jason turned to Henry. “You ready?”

He smiled back. “Yeah”

As the bus slowed and stopped, the bus disgorged its carnival of communist clowns onto the hot hardball. Jason walked to the third under-carriage cargo bay and rotated it open and started helping hand out the ball bats and helmets to the designated crews that were going to be “be-bopping” the crowds. He grabbed the duffel he had stuffed in there and then started handing the water bottles out to folks who wanted them. He removed another pack of water and took some of the more rambunctious protesters aside and whispered to them that these were the “hot bottles” with a smile and gesture of throwing them. The Gatorade flavors tended to have the same coloration as diesel or gasoline, which was convenient. He handed out black kerchiefs that had lighters tied in them to the same folks who took the Gatorade.

He didn’t hand them to anyone over the age of 21 because he wanted to avoid alerting the confidential informants and government agent actuals he knew were milling about. He knew the agents would be stupid enough to take a swig. He’d already identified six of them by their obesity, age and general awkwardness.

Henry did the same on the other side of the bus.

They had others comrades working in five other buses. None of them had cell phones, just FRS radios that they squawked in pulses per a previously agreed code.

Jason’s FRS chirped three times. Jason signaled to Henry and nodded.

They both wandered into the crowd.

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Publisher’s Note: I am currently OCONUS and return mid-month August and my writing pace for the blog has bogged down again.

 A brief mention of the pearl clutching by the usual defense intellectuals pimping for more money to combat the IRBM/ICBM threat of Hil-Jong-un’s poor relation in North Korea (nK). Not a threat and never will be. The delivery of a successful missile launch over distances exceeding SCUD range (150km-) is problematic and nearly impossible for third world nations and retarded shit-pits like nK. The problem sets are numerous and demand a very sophisticated manufacturing and logistical tail to accomplish. This is one reason why Saddam Hussein’s much vaunted WMD program only existed in the fever visions of defense apparatchiks in the Pentagram during Bushevik II’s reign of terror in the Offal Office.

Per Iraq:

“Much of the key intelligence that was used to justify the war was based on fabrication, wishful thinking and lies – and as subsequent investigations showed, it was dramatically wrong. Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

But crucially, there was intelligence that proved to be right. And, as a forensic, six-month investigation we conducted for BBC Panorama has revealed, it came from two highly-placed human sources at the very top of Saddam’s regime.

Both said that Iraq had no active WMD. Both were ignored or dismissed”.

 Sputnik and The Soviet Space Challenge, by Asif A. Siddiqi is an excellent read on why building big single and multi-stage launch vehicles is quite technically difficult.. Further things to look at would be the failed British ICBM project and the stalled Brazilian launcher efforts.

 David Wright sums it up nicely here in assessing Iran’s ambitions.:

“The interesting thing to take away from the plot is how the mass of the booster increases with the missile’s range. The plot shows that for a 300-km range missile like the Scud, the mass of the missile booster is only 5 times the mass of the warhead. So a 1-ton warhead requires a 5-ton missile.

But to reach 7,000 km, the mass of the missile booster would be 100 times the warhead mass, so a 1-ton warhead would require a 100-ton booster.”

And we haven’t even discussed the technology involved in optimizing Circular Error of Probability (CEP) at the terminus to maximize the effects of the warhead employed.

The Russians can build ICBMs and it will be interesting to track the deployment of the RS-28 Sarmat.

The mewling and caterwauling you hear from the usual suspects in DC over this are doing nothing more than scaremongering to vacuum more money out of your shrinking wallet.

In other observations, Hannibal Lector or Jeffrey Dahmer International Airport makes as much sense as naming conventions after USSA Presidents or politicians.

“Yup. Violent homicide aside, our elected officials often show many of the exact same character traits as criminal nut-jobs, who run from police but not for office”.-BB

I am a former combat arms officer assigned to a variety of airborne, air assault and Special Forces formations as some of the readers of this blog have been. I retired from the Legions in 2003 and have done two contractor tours in Afghanistan since then.

There is a stream of consciousness modality currently coursing through the prepper and III% community that if you aren’t infantry, you can’t take the fight to the enemy no matter how competent you may be as men of the gun or whatever background you hail from.

Infantry training. Sure, it gives insight into suck management and a habituated training environment to American SUT but successful insurgencies aren’t confined to graduates of Western military training courses in combat arms. History is littered with the last gasps and corpse-piles of competent soldiery rotting on the field in a foreign land bested by indigenous soldiers, professional and amateur alike.

Hats off to all the combat-training entrepreneurs like Max and Dodge and dozens of others offering quality training for former soldiers and novices alike. I think they do valuable work but there are several glaring training voids that they have neither the resources nor the capability to provision for training.

These challenges will be in front of any incipient partisan organization that takes on the current regime western countries. Hypothetically speaking, of course.

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“I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.”

– H.L. Mencken

“Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Eve: All this riot and uproar, V… is this Anarchy? Is this the Land of Do-As-You-Please?

V: No. This is only the land of take-what-you-want. Anarchy means “without leaders”, not “without order”. With anarchy comes an age or ordnung, of true order, which is to say voluntary order… this age of ordung will begin when the mad and incoherent cycle of verwirrung that these bulletins reveal has run its course… This is not anarchy, Eve. This is chaos.”

– Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

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Every blog is something of a vanity project and a catharsis for thinking out loud and this suits both for me.  Aside from writing a book, a blog is a legacy that may last far longer than I do.  Nothing really disappears from the Internet and I am certain there are folks in the government who are always interested in maintaining a watchful eye on blogs such as mine because they represent the most direct philosophical threat to their very existence.

My son discovered while he was dating a girl in the Dakota oilfields that DHS uses me as an example of a non-violent dissenter in the US. The young lady had aspirations to be a coproach and was taking a training seminar sponsored by DHS. Bully for me.

In an earlier phase of my intellectual development, I had been seduced by the heady siren song of limiting government which sounds like the most viable solution but on closer examination is the most silly and shallow of chimeras.  There is no historical precedent in the Western world throughout its entire history of a government birthing from or calving off another or rising out of the ashes of extinction of the previous regime and containing themselves within the confines of power originally set forth at their germination.

None.

There are plenty of empty promises and proclamations of purity but the usual suspects will be self-selected to seek to rule others;  most of whom are socio- or psycho-pathic.  Politics is nothing more than the nationalization of human transactions where the converse is the complete privatization of the planet; the latter is the charter of this blog.  Nationalization is the government seizure (there is no polite term) of a product, service or behavior.  This can happen with something as mundane as the circumference of grapefruit to something as epic in scope as the forfeiture of health care or the use of the innumerable malum prohibitum laws on the books.

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Publisher’s Note: The services and US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) issue these lists on an annual basis to the increasingly distracted and non-reading officer corps in all the services in the US.

It’s good to see the recognition that chaos and complexity theory are having an impact on the warrior tradecraft.

Taleb’s Incerto books on black swans and antifragility may be the most important ideas discovered in the 21st century. The implications for future conflict are just as vital as the backward glance the concepts provide for looking at military history through a different lens that sees the fog and friction of war as not native to the events but a necessary component of what makes war tick.

Fischer’s book on Paul Revere’s Ride is even better than his treatment of one of the most overrated military captains of military history, George Washington.

Rothbard on Washington:

“His only campaign in 1775 was internal rather than external; it was directed against the American army as he found it, and was designed to extirpate the spirit of liberty pervading this unusually individualistic and democratic army of militiamen. In short, Washington set out to transform a people’s army, uniquely suited for a libertarian revolution, into another orthodox and despotically ruled statist force after the familiar European model”.

If you prioritized this list, Taleb’s books should be on the top of your stack.

If I marked through a book, don’t waste your limited time with it.

For a much better book on the same topic than Ghost Fleet, try Twilight’s Last Gleaming by John Michael Greer.

I’ve added three books by Robert K. Massie to the list. I think there are few books that happen to rival his splendid rendering of not only the most significant revolution of the 20th century, communism along with the military paradigm shift of the War to End All Wars that made the state the gargantuan slaughter and slave modality it become over those hundred years time.

I am going to continue to critique the lists that USSOCOM has advanced since 2014 as part of this series. A hat-tip to Pete at WRSA for inspiring these posts.

.Here is my editing and addendum of this list. -BB

 

Joint Special Operations University Library

Leadership in Complexity

  • Washington’s Crossing, by David Hackett Fischer (2006) History books on the American Revolution do not get better than this. In Washington’s Crossing Fischer discloses the true difference between what Washington and his men fought for and what we now say they fought for.
  • Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders, by L. David Marquet (2013) ”I don’t know of a finer model of this kind of empowering leadership than Captain Marquet. And in the pages that follow you will find a model for your pathway.” –Stephen R. Covey
  • Six Simple Rules: How to Manage Complexity without Getting Complicated, by Yves Morieux and Peter Tollman (2014) “There is nothing simple about the six simple rules except the way they have been named. Both the traditional hard and the soft approaches to management were developed with one similar feature, management was not required to really get involved with and understand how their employees really worked, it was the process or technique that was supposed to provide the answer and if the employee continued to fail it must then be an issue of character or attitude. Six Simple Rules is a “roll up your sleeves and get in the trenches” approach to management, one that calls for manager to engage with both the work they are asking to be done and the people they are asking to do it.” Mike Cook

Adapting to Uncertainty

Disruptive Technology

  • Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, P.W. Singer and August Cole (2016)
  • 3D Printing Will Rock the World, by John Hornick (2015)
  • The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia’s Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries, by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan (2015)

Perspectives and Emergence

  • Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World, by Tim Marshall (2016) Geography IS destiny.
  • Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia, by Peter Pomerantsev (2015)
  • Putinism: Russia and Its Future with the West, by Walter Laqueur (2015)
  • The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower, by Michael Pillsbury (2016) “Michael Pillsbury has been meeting with, talking to, and studying the ‘hawks’ in China’s military and intelligence apparatus for more than four decades, since back when America and China were cooperating against the Soviet Union. In this fascinating, provocative new book, he lays out the hawks’ views about the United States and their long-term strategies for overcoming American power by the middle of this century. In the process, the book challenges the wrong-headed assumptions in Washington about a gradually reforming China. Given the direction China has been taking in the past few years, Pillsbury’s book takes on immediate relevance.” – James Mann, author of About Face: A History of America’s Curious Relationship with China, The China Fantasy, and Beijing Jeep
  • The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa, by Deborah Brautigam (2011) “Deborah Brautigam’s richly detailed book has many technical merits, but its greatest strength may in fact be her understanding of this psychological dynamic…. The universe of third-party experts who are deeply familiar with both China and Africa is vanishingly small, and Brautigam is easily one of the best qualified members of this select tribe.” –Howard French, The National
  • A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind, by Michael Axworthy (2016)
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick (2010)
  • Special Operations from a Small State Perspective: Future Security Challenges, New Security Challenges, by Gunilla Eriksson and Ulrica Pettersson, editors (2017)
  • Nicholas and Alexandra: The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty Robert K. Massie (2012) I’ve added this book as one of the best books ever written that sets the stage for a major fall of one dynasty and the emergence of another out of the ashes. In this case, the USSR. Massie is also the author of two of the best books on WWI naval history published in the English language:
  • Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War Robert K. Massie
  • Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea Robert K. Massie

Publisher’s Note: John has penned an important reminder about getting the basics down cold and adapting to changing social norms and tactical methodologies that are relevant to the fight for freedom today.

The “gray man” profile is becoming increasingly important as governments around the world leverage surveillance technology to “protect” the tax cattle on their plantations. Your orientation on protective kit is your business but the more sublime and blended the equipment, the more likely your choices in a bad actor scenario will be expanded instead of limited due to your opting to be tacticool.

Sacred cows make the best burgers. Enjoy. -BB

The dogma bubble that surrounds factions of the Survival/Threeper movement (that actually trains) is a thing. This is a negative that must be fought as fervently as the Alt-Righter who wants to supposedly go toe-to-toe with the local chapter of Antifascistisk Aktion over whether dear Emperor Trump represents the fascist take over of America or not.

Much of this is a result of what we can call institutional inbreeding or inertia. By this I mean that without any outside frame of reference for things like ‘tactical training,’ we are selling ourselves short due to the limited exposure. Without a healthy appetite for learning and a passion for the continual search for knowledge, people do not progress. They stalemate or worse, they retrogress. In practical terms we fail to be the best we can be yet we convince ourselves we are studs.

This phenomenon can be seen all through out both the mainstream firearms training culture and the Threeper subset in particular. People take instruction by one person or company and it ends there. Or they have one ‘expert’ they go to for everything. They have literally ‘taken that class’ and that is the end of it. Practice afterwards is usually minimal if at all. Some even feel that taking one weekend class on a certain set of tactics actually makes them a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and fit to hop on the next Foreign Internal Defense mission and train up “Indigs.” They need nothing more. That is all they need to know. They have no outside frame of reference to even know if the instruction was great, bad, mediocre, or complete Derp that will get you “kilt in da streets.”

I’ve heard a great analogy on why we need to constantly seek new knowledge and leverage the experiences, skills, techniques, mindset and training methodology of others. Imagine in ones dogma bubble they only drink coffee. That is all they get and it’s all they know. They do not nourish their body with a gallon of pure spring water per day. They’ll never have a glass of cold milk. They’ll never know the taste of ice cold Gatorade on a hot day or what a sip of Apple Brandy made at a remote spring in the Mountains tastes like. They never empty their cup of coffee to enjoy any of the other varieties of beverage. The blinders will never be removed unless they empty their glass some time and fill it up with something else.

World-class musicians, chefs or competition shooters did not get where they are because they only have one influence. They did not just learn one way and end there. They constantly sought the newest and freshest techniques and methods to make them better.

Some folks think because they took a class from instructor X that they can cross that skill off the list of things they need to learn. Often you hear, “well smarty pants, what exactly can teacher X show me that instructor Y hasn’t already?” or “why should we take A’s class when we have B, its all the same thing.” This shows a profound lack of understanding of the training world and learning in general. Often Y or B in the examples above are mediocre sources of information or have a particularly narrow outlook on certain issues either due to being sheltered themselves or because of their background. Such as a military guy only knowing things from that perspective, and has no idea about the legalities surrounding use of force in the states.

There is no one expert on anything. At the risk of sounding like a good little communist, I do not think everyone has a piece of the training pie, but I do think nearly all reputable sources of information and SME’s do. Each vetted source of info may present new information, techniques or material differently that resonates with you and creates an instant ‘ah ha!’ moment for you. And you’ll probably never know it till you actually experience it.

I recently attended a Frank Proctor/Way of the Gun class. He changed a significant portion of my shooting technique in just a weekend class. If I were close-minded and had ‘already taken that class’ mentally, I wouldn’t have learned the recoil management techniques he is famous for. After falling apart on the first shooting on the move exercise, I never would of gotten his expertise on what I was doing wrong and how I needed to fix it. He wouldn’t have revolutionized the speed at which I can put rounds on target by adjusting how I view my sight package and harnessing my subconscious mind and applying it to shooting fundamentals.

Yet, Proctor doesn’t have all the answers. If I want to learn to fight with a pistol around a vehicle efficiently or learn to defend myself in the 0-5 feet gunfight, he isn’t the guy. But there are other SME’s for that like the guys in the Shivworks Collective for close range self defense. Centrifuge Training, Talon Defense, Sage Dynamics and Guerrilla Approach would show you how to fight from a vehicle. (Don’t start with the ‘pillars aren’t cover!’ vs. ‘get off the X’ vehicle tactics schools. Save it for another venue)

If we are trapped in the dogma bubble and only follow a cult of personality around or only can access certain Anointed One’s to get information from in our training network, we do not get all the information we need. Especially relevant to the dooms-dayers out there; without an outside perspective, we may not even know that we are more likely to get into a gun fight on the way home from work in a bad neighborhood or in our houses than to get attacked by a column of “Norks” while out on a greenside patrol. (Civilians: raise your hands if you have had to conduct a combat patrol in real life that was not in a training environment. Go ahead, I’ll wait) This dogma bubble actually subverts one’s level of competence because you simply don’t know, what you don’t know.

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