“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 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.  They are violence brokers and nothing more.

Despite all the court historians, nomenklatura apologists and contemporary mouthpieces who sing paeans to government and the denizens who run it, the agenda remains the same: the destruction of individual direction and volition and the harnessing of the captured citizenry to the whims and will of the self-appointed zookeepers.  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.

Civics is simply government obedience training.

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Cops lie for a living.

They are even empowered by the “just-us” system to fabricate evidence, to entrap through deceit, modify reports, lie on a witness stand and on on and on. Pay attention to the news lately and you will see many incidents in which people talk to the police and suffer the consequences of their refusal to shut their mouths.

LTG Flynn should have known better.

And I want you to burn this into your memory banks. Police routinely lie on their reports.

Exhibit A is the Walter Scott murder by cop in SC. Read the Slager report he filed before the Orc realized he had been filmed. It contradicts everything the cold blooded murder on film revealed.

The gulag system is a government industry, NOT a private industry.

BTW, in Orwellian American, you MUST declare verbally your right to remain silent and then shut your mouth.

The police would have a tremendous uphill battle to fill the gulags and fill the court coffers for the rich remuneration on parole and probation industry.

Most cops are low information creatures. They tend to be taught that their authority is sacrosanct and ANY violation thereof is tantamount to contempt of cop.

They are even taught to scream “stop resisting!” whenever they initiate violence against a hapless Helot.

Watch this.

And this.

You have the right to remain innocent.

Do not talk to the police. Ever.

“Surround yourself with cultures that challenge your pursuit of excellence and be cautious of groupthink and complacency.” – Aaron Barruga, Guerrilla Approach.

Part One.

Part Two.

Part Three.

I originally penned the majority of this on 03NOV2017, the eve of the supposed nationwide Antifa insurgency to take down Herr Trump’s regime. What better time? Many of the audience who will read this were probably at home oiling their guns and frothing at the prospect of gettin’ some lefty scalps and many thought “it was finally time.” As I predicted it was just like any other day. My preparedness posture remained the same just like it always does. I stay as prepared as I can be and the rest is beyond my control. I still view all politics with cynicism and contempt and I see both the Left and the Right as a choice between the gallows or the gas chamber. I urge everyone to step outside the paradigm. As Delmar said in Oh Brother Where Art Thou, “Come on in boys, the water is fine.”

I want to say a few things about the target audience. The concepts herein are prolific in what I’ll call the “mainstream training culture” but for some reason can be absolutely foreign to most in the survival milieu. I blame institutional inbreeding and gate keeping. My aim has always been to change that line of thinking in those circles and broaden horizons.

Some time has passed since the last installment of this series and its time for the Phoenix to rise from the ashes. I’ve attended several classes and had more conversations with people. We’ll informally call this the Timmy’s vs. Gamer’s edition.

There ain’t no timer in a gun fight, bro!”

It’s fairly fashionable to choose sides in the Tactical Timmy vs. Gamer debate. Yet I refuse. I learn from both.

A common refrain among some shooters, the Timmy’s to be specific, is that shot timers are competition gamer toys. The party line says that training with them gives you zero value in the real world. Yet the fact remains they are one of very few methods to track performance metrics, inducing stress and holding one accountable to a standard. As Pat McNamara says, when that little blue beeper box is held up, “a little poop comes out.”

I’d submit if you can’t measure it, you cannot manage it with any degree of success.

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Publisher’s Note: The Massachusetts capitol building has two real crossed muskets raised above a hallway entrance. A few years ago, some genius decided that trigger locks were needed on them, and were in fact installed.

That’s the apex of intelligence in the MA legislature and government.

This is what you face. In its distillate.

Make your peace with death and the state no longer has control over you. Ever.

For this to work, make the taking very expensive.

Ah, the Grand Old Politburo mask has slipped and they’re playing footsie with class warfare by moving the shell game around for the Theft Code. No such thing as a RINO, the Republicans have been Marxists since they greasily extruded from the ass-end of the political process in 1854. Then you hear these apparatchiks braying about the Middle Class, remember the heroic Marxian necro-mongers coined that gem.

Taxation is theft no matter how you dress the pig.

Christmas is coming and my friend Kenneth Royce (aka Boston T. Party) recently penned the third volume in Modules for Manhood. I highly recommend it for any of your colleagues or young men you may be acquainted with to prevent any estrogen poisoning from becoming fatal.

This weekend the Village Armorer and I will be attending a three day urban rifle and pistol course to wring out old bones, hone skills and face malfunction with a smile on our face. Round count will be approx 1300 rounds for the weekend. Every day will be a good day.-BB

Manhood coerced into sensitivity is no manhood at all.

-Camille Paglia

Younger women have no problem in reconciling beauty with ambitions as a professional woman.

– Camille Paglia

I like Paglia, she is one of the few self-avowed leftists like Alexander Cockburn and Christopher HItchens who can employ logic and stunning rhetorical leaps in argumentation unlike 99% of their collectivists confreres. The rest of the government supremacist stable is filled with huffing and puffing from the usual self-righteous gasbags whose arrested development froze them as five-year old demanding the world should instead of is. And especially if others wield the wood shampoo and the sjambok to make their friends and neighbors obey.

Sex scandals in the swamp and the hills of Holly-weird, oh my! The media has been saturated with moral reprobates being caught in exposure of their licentious and predatory behavior toward women. Miss Michella McConnell, the current Senate Majority Dominatrix and its estrogen-laden counterpart in the house is now battling what appears to be substantive allegations of sexual misconduct toward the fairer sex. Paul Ryan may overtake Jennifer Miller as the most famous bearded lady in America.

Mind you, much of this may be the ancient practice of the vaginal quid pro quo that has dominated many power trysts in history. Nonetheless, the combination of attractive and ambitious young women with corpulent male-minus power brokers well past their prime, the elixir of power has a way of making the drawers drop in certain quarters.

I suspect there are very few men on the Hill who are actual men in the traditional sense of the word because none of them have stepped forward to admit their misdeeds and resign.

I’m amused that our flaccid rulers are calling for Sexual Harassment Training! One would think they have mastered that syllabus thus the outcry. No further education required.

Don’t expect it. Most are women of both sexes who have the natural inclination of most of the female gender to make government massive, protective and in the end, overpowering. There is a gender gap in liberty if you haven’t noticed.

There are strong women out there but they tend to follow their own star and counsel and don’t need to gather around the pot on the fire to stoke ugly rumors absent the target of their approbations being there. They also tend not to wear their imaginary victim-hood on their sleeve.

America be that exceptional nation in which the destruction of masculinity has reached such an apogee that when the time comes to crack down by the feminized Nazgul aspirants in Mordor on the Potomac, the rivers of blood will match the NIle. The second wave of Homo Sovieticus may be a trail of tears indeed.

Nonetheless, I’ll bet there are some genuine cases where the unwanted advances were rebuffed at every juncture yet still pursued. As I ask with cases where the heroic badged Orcs in the USSA maim and murder women and children in the course of their “duties”, the solution is elegant and easy. It is an age-old obligation on the part of her male relatives and husband to remedy the dishonor brought to the house the woman comes from. Unlike the warped sensibilities of certain religions where the woman who is raped is held accountable, in this case, the assaulting malefactors pays the boatman.

Fewer and fewer of these men remain and the future doesn’t look bright but the glory of empire is that it never lasts, it tumbles into dust and disappears.

A Medieval solution as it were; one our Norse ancestors would recognize as wergeld.

No distinction was made between murder and manslaughter until these distinctions were instituted by the re-introduction of Roman law in the 12th century.

Since this is not a free country, I can advance that line of thought no further. I leave the possibilities to the fertile imagination of all of my male gentleman readers. I know what the metro-sexuals are chortling over when one talks of settling scores and exacting revenge. It’s enough to make an urban hipster fill their pants in quaking fear at the thought much less action taken.

Once you realize your government’s sole purpose is to reserve murder of you and your family as its sacred task depending on your lack of fealty and obedience, everything sort of falls into place on why governments throughout the ages have been so murderous at home and abroad.

PSA to commies nation-wide: keep pushing and you will discover that Newton’s Third Law is ironclad even in your Marxist wonderland.

BTW: Strong women and shield maidens! Talk to us and identify yourselves.

I leave you with TE Lawrence who ironically as a homosexual would have never tolerated the descent in masculine virtue that s hailed today as the new era:

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible.”

Full Disclosure: I am not a Christian and don’t allow one passage in an ancient book translated over and over again to paint my impression of you. I have no animus whatsoever against flexi-sexuality (much less cumbersome than the alphabet soup), what you put in your mouth and other parts of your body is your business. Just don’t ask me to pay for anything, force language requirements and don’t force me to like what you do on penalty of law. Just leave me out of it entirely.

Resist. Rinse. Repeat.

Leaving sex to the feminists is like letting your dog vacation at the taxidermist.

– Camille Paglia

Publisher’s Note: The Antifa festivities the MSM hinted at never transpired on Saturday, 4NOV17 but a young male did commit murderous mayhem at a church. You’ll notice that all the mass shootings this year have occurred at venues in which the demographic was distinctly rural in nature meaning conservative residuals. As soon as the first body hit the floor in the church, the blood dancers in the political establishment and their media parrots starting beating the war-drums again to restrict or prohibit the private possession of small arms. You need know only one thing. The commies and their usual suspects that fellate them throughout the media are only opposed to the PRIVATE ownership of small arms. They want their beloved state to have unlimited access to weapons of every variety.

I don’t want them to pry them from my cold dead fingers. I want them prying them from the dead hands of government employees sent to seize the private arms. Keep in mind that the festivities starting the divorce from the UK were due to a weapons confiscation raid out of Boston on a chilly April day in 1775.

For those new to the site, the Village Praxis series refers to knowledge dumps we perform to provide primers and instruction for members of our clan in the Village. We have adopted Pantsuit Negan’s infamous notion of a village and put a more individualist spin on the idea.

When I lived in north Idaho, chainsaws were vital but since moving to Arizona, all my chainsaws were traded for recip saws with wrecking blades. My middle son and brother-in-law and his sons are all wildland firefighters so they have quite the intimate relationship with chainsaws and their use. I never looked back. John was kind enough to get in the spirit and help the village out with some substantive chainsaw advice.

Enjoy. -BB

In continuing with Buppert’s series on tools and with the Lumber-Sexual craze still in full swing, I offer this essay about chainsaws. I’m not a professional timber faller, but I’ve cut firewood my whole life and been an amateur logger and arborist for just as long. So others mileage may vary, this is just one mans advice from his own experience and from interactions with true professionals.

It’s been said that a man never loans out 2 things, his wife or his chainsaw. The chainsaw(s) is a vital component of any homestead big or small, suburban or rural. It can be used to cut firewood to heat your house self sufficiently, clear brush, clear a tree of a road, house, outbuilding or fence. It can be used quite extensively on rough timber frame construction, barn building and clearing pasture or a building lot or fence or road right of way. Every homestead should have at least one capable of these tasks and at least one back up.

I live in the backwoods of the Southern Appalachian region surrounded by thousands of miles of improved and unimproved roads through it all. Rarely do I venture without a saw to cut my way out or my way home.

Brands

We’ll get this out of the way right away. As far as I’m concerned there are only 2 brands of saws. Husqvarna and Stihl. Others exist but are less prolific and less than desirable in my experience.

Stihl or Husky is usually a debate like the Glock or Smith and Wesson M+P debate. Both work. They are just about equals and what isn’t, generally amounts to user preference. Do you like solid orange or white with orange trim?

In general I’m a Stihl user simply because it was the first saw I bought. But I’m not dogmatic. Husky’s run and they are just as reliable. I became used to the parts and the inner workings of Stihl and there were more Stihl dealers locally than Husky dealers for the Husky pro line saws. This is no different than why I have more Glocks than any other handgun. Because I bought them first, got used to them, got used to the parts and got a crap ton of extra mags. I still see no reason for me to step away from them now.

Pick Stihl or pick Husky and you’ll be good to go.

Usage

As with most things, we need to understand the context and usage. What will this be used for? If we live in a suburban neighborhood and generally will be trimming small peach trees for instance and that’s about it, we can get away with a homeowner type small chainsaw. I have not used a homeowner line of chainsaw in probably 20 years, so I wont be commenting much on them.

For the more serious user, who will be cutting firewood to heat their house or for their supplemental heat, or someone who wants to be capable of cutting a tree out of the road or off their garage, I’d suggest the Farm and Ranch line of saws from both Husky or Stihl at minimum. For the more serious user, the pro series of saws are the way to go, especially if anyone would possibly be falling timber or bucking logs into firewood blocks above a 20” diameter or if they ever entertain the idea of ever using a chainsaw milling attachment like the Granberg Alaskan Chainsaw mill.

Saw Recommendations

Casual user: who cuts a little bit of firewood needs it to trim trees, or cut a tree out of the road or off a fence: Stihl or Husky Farm/ranch line of saws. Stihl MS290/291 or Husqvarna 460 Rancher. A homeowner series saw from either company would suffice as a back up if you can’t afford 2 of the saws above.

Semi-serious homesteader who heats primarily with firewood and cuts it themselves, is clearing fence line right of ways or lots, felling, or dealing with wood over 20” diameter on a regular basis and other such uses: Stihl or Husky pro line saws. Stihl MS260/261/026 series is as small as I’d go, MS360 series size saw is more ideal. It will run a slightly bigger bar and will pull chain fast. A perfect combination may be a Stihl MS440 saw with 20” and 25” bars, and a back up MS260 or MS290/291/029 with 16-18” bar.

Full bore homesteader in a rural area with acreage, who may be falling marketable timber, clearing new ground, heating primarily with wood, may run an Alaskan Chainsaw Mill, burns 3-5+ cords of wood per year that they cut themselves and bucking big wood: Stihl MS660/661/066 or Husky 390/395XP series saw. A secondary saw may be a MS440 type series saw or 360. If one can afford a 1300$ retail chainsaw, I’d assume they can afford and extra saw or 2 smaller saws for lighter duty like all day cutting of small firewood or arborist work. (I’ll leave out top handle saws, as they are fairly niche for the topic at hand.)

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“What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.”
Mark Twain

 “In great and dangerous operations one must not think but act”
Julius Caesar

We can thank Herodotus for the quote in the title

The Antifa commies have threatened to make 4NOV2017 the beginning of kinetic festivities for anyone who thinks government should be smaller or not there at all. Ironically, that is the same day in 1921 that Hitler’s SA started rumbling their way to the top in Germany.

Is it real? Who knows, but if the moronathon known as party collectivists in the USSA make the declaration, just consider it a training opportunity.

I have a confession.  I am a geardo.  I love kit in all its varieties from camo to bags to clothing to slings and everything in between.  I just upgraded my Level II EDC bag to a new Maxpedition Versipak S-Type EDC in Khaki.

So it may be time to review your safety gear for the weekend just in case.

My readers know that the primary handgun for our clan is the Glock. If you tote another handgun of any type and know what you are about with it, go with the Gods.

You never leave your house anticipating a head-on collision or an untoward event of any kind but you will discover that if you prepare ahead both mentally and materially, your chances of coming out alive and intact will increase exponentially.  It takes approx three thousand repetitions of a process to make it a battle-drill which you don’t “think” through such as drawing and firing a handgun. BUT…it takes approx ten thousands repetition to unscrew a bad habit when conducting social work.  Gear helps but don’t fall into the trap of thinking the gear will suffice without associated training and familiarity with equipment. Henri-Louis Bergson: “Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.”

In the shooting community, a man’s ability to field a very expensive rifle in the field is inversely proportional to his ability to employ it with skill.  My modified Glocks consistently outperform two to five thousand dollar 1911 pistols because I have invested the time in training and at the range to ratchet up my skill level to a higher standard.

A brief explanation of the “levels” of Everyday Carry (EDC). I categorize my EDC into four levels according to the capabilities that particular system can provide. I’ll only detail the inventory of the Level I and II today.

Level I: The smallest and lightest of all the kits with the least amount of capability.

Level II: A modified version of what was my 2nd generation Level III. Similar in capability to my current setup but based on a bag which limits its size and capabilities. One could say this is my “true” EDC, since it’s the system I carry 95% of the time I’m not at work.

Level III: Everywhere I go, it’s never more than an arms reach away and strapped to my back whenever I’m walking if circumstances allow it.

Level IV: This is my BOB/EVAC bag. It’s not an EDC since it never gets carried, but is always ready to be picked up on the run in case I need to abandon my home, it has equal capabilities to my Level III in many areas but with much more capable kits for the types of needs one could have in an evacuation scenario. It is amazing the level of detail shown but it proves out one axiom I learned in the military:  meticulous preparation is a large part of good luck.  Over the next few months I would like to expand this series and approach the various “kits” one may need and some of the organizational schemes out there to make these functional and ultimately useful in a crisis if the need arises. Keep in mind that it is simply the gear but your ability to employ it skillfully and effectively.

I also have a variety of other kits for my vehicle, home and work that serve as additional layers of preparation.

My Level I (Work) carry for work is Casio Pathfinder, wallet, notebook, Zero Tolerance 0562CF Hinderer folder, keys with tools, flip phone, pager, Streamlight Stylus Pro and Maxpedition wallet.

My Level I (Leisure) is all of the above with a modified G19 in AIWB (lanyard w/ trigger cover) or a G-Code RTI OWB and Bladetech or G-code twin magazine holster.

My Level II (W) is a Maxpedition Versipak Fatboy S-Type in khaki with a variety of tools I carry to work to include a GSW/IFAK kit, Leatherman Wingman, iPod Classic, O-Light and 32oz Nalgene It also holds my notebooks and Kindle DX. I’ve re-purposed 2x iPad 2 covers for my graph-scaled steno pads along with other various items I use on a daily basis.

My Level II (L) is the same with the addition of gun gear and an augmented IFAK kit.

I have been using Glocks (Generation I-III) in CONUS and overseas since 1991.

There are two levels of mods for the Glock. It comes at a low price point because there are so many aftermarket items for it.

Level I:

  • Stainless steel guide rod
  • Glock OEM 3.5# connector
  • Aftermarket night sights (metal)
  • Extended slide release
  • Modified take-down plate
  • Grip plug
  • Vickers floor plates
  • Vickers Slide Racker
  • Blacklist or S3F threaded barrel
  • Gripper Slide Cut by Battlewerx

Level II:

  • Trijicon RMR 6.5 MOA Adjustable LED Red Dot Sight
  • Streamlight TLR-1 HL

I have a minimum of ten magazines per Glock to include both OEM and Magpul.

Your mileage may vary but I highly recommend that you be extraordinarily cautious this weekend and equipped to meet any communist threat that happens to come your way. I pray to the Gods it is a false alarm in a world of fake news. Just consider it good training.

Jeff Cooper’s rules may help.

Resist, Rinse. Repeat.

“A good battle plan that you act on today can be better than a perfect one tomorrow.”
– General George S. Patton

Publisher’s Note: You are reading a pre-Samizdat publication the Department of Fatherland Security says is an example of a “non-violent dissenter” in the USSA.

There is a reason the government has a vested interested in controlling and monetizing all “education” in America K-PhD. This is why you see so many urban hives using a pre-fabricated ballot measure to push the need for pre-school so they can press the indoctrination level closer to the infant stage.

The reason is crystal clear:

“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”
― Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

There is a reason your children go for a four(+) year non-STEM degree and in most cases leave college as Marxist space aliens devoid of critical thinking skills, the ability to use their hands in a trade and addicted to screens all their waking hours. Stewart Brand: “The sociologist Elise Boulding diagnosed the problem of our times as “temporal exhaustion”: “If one is mentally out of breath all the time from dealing with the present, there is no energy left for imaging the future.”

In other news:  A result of this thinking is the wholesale misapprehension that the police are your friends. They are not; they are the bloody spear-point of all political will. Every coproach on the beat [who the police beat?] is an armed Leninists in the end. They have one sole function: to threaten or employ violence to ensure that every human shambling on the tax plantation stays in line, obeys every edict chosen to be enforced that day and provided a calibrated feeder mechanism for the “just-us system” to keep the gulag system at capacity.

There is talk on the jungle telegraph of Antifa commies celebrating the 4th of November by rioting or killing. Fascinating that choose the same day in 1921 that Hitler created his precious thugs in the SA. Why not choose the 5th of November to commemorate the Gunpowder Plot?

I would also suggest that the communist is not only the enemy of humanity but an existential threat to every man, woman and child on the tax plantation. They are weaponized drones of state aggression from the starting blocks.

Resist. Rinse. Repeat. –BB

“We are convinced by things that show internal complexity, that show the traces of an interesting evolution. Those signs tell us that we might be rewarded if we accord it our trust. An important aspect of design is the degree to which the object involves you in its own completion. Some work invites you into itself by not offering a finished, glossy, one-reading-only surface. This is what makes old buildings interesting to me. I think that humans have a taste for things that not only show that they have been through a process of evolution, but which also show they are still a part of one. They are not dead yet.”
– Stewart Brand, How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built

Isaac Davis (1745 – April 19, 1775) was a militia officer in the American Revolution. Davis led the first attack on the British Regular army during the American revolutionary war, and was the first to die in that battle.

He was captain of the Acton Minutemen, and his men were possibly the best-trained and equipped militia in New England. A gunsmith, he provided every man with a cartridge box to aid in rapid fire and a bayonet for hand-to-hand combat. His company assembled twice weekly for drills and marksmanship.

Books are the most valuable resource next to tools to remake the world that is collapsing around us. I indexed the Dan Forrester Memorial Library here. [I updated and added Stewart Brand’s list of 70 essential books on that post.]

A Note on Selecting Quality Tools

My wife refers to me as “un-handy-man” (my superhero name) for good reason but nonetheless, I have had to occasion using tools and managed to accumulate a mostly useful collection for both home chores and minor gunsmithing [Skip, the Village Armorer, will be scribbling a basic gunsmithing tool-set essay soon]. Fortunately, the modular nature of AR platforms and Glocks makes home ‘smithing rather easy.

I have been a Stewart Brand tool aficionado since an early age but unfortunately matched by an innate talent to be an artist with my hands nor have terrific spatial relationship skills.

Tools should not be an expendable item. Your spending is limited by your fiscal imagination.

With the coming Endarkenment, the collection and acquaintance with the use of tools will pay many dividends.

I recommend paying more upfront for a quality item than buying a cheaper tool over and over again due to breakage. That being said, “used” does not always equate to cheap. Due to sine waves in home construction, many high-quality, “name brand” tools are available in pawn shops and second-hand through garage sales, craigslist, and the classified section of your newspaper. I highly recommend checking the second hand market first before purchasing new. Some items may be worth the retail price- Used saw blades may be dull, and therefore unsafe, and while one can spend some quality time with a mill file sharpening them, it may be worth it to you to buy new.

And I highly recommend a sliding drawer toolbox that is twice the size you think you need.

As far as selecting hand tools, one can easily tell the difference between a well made tool and its cheaper cousin. For example, hold a Craftsman or Snap-On wrench in one hand and a cheap Wall-of-China-Mart wrench in the other. You will notice the difference in weight. Such a difference could be due to the material types (steel vs. aluminum) or that the cheaper tool is thinner and made with less material to save costs in manufacturing. Hand tools should fit comfortably in your hand, have a corrosion resistant finish such as chrome, and have a certain heft due to the robustness of their construction.

That being said, imported does not necessarily mean poorly made. See the tool in person; ask your friends and do some research before making an investment. I do not buy from Sears and think the Craftsman brand has been shit for years. You can pay half the cost for the same life time warranty at Lowes and Home Depot. I have had a good experience with the Lowes Kobalt brand, which are made in China and a disappointing experience with a set of “Made in the USA” Stanley screwdrivers.

Tool List- The basics

Safety Equipment

Safety glasses

Leather or Kevlar gloves

Hearing protection

Hand Tools

A set of flat head and Philips head screwdrivers

A set of combination (box and open end) wrenches

A set of socket wrenches

A set of hex keys

Mill File

Round file

A 16-ounce claw hammer

Utility knife (plenty of blades)

Carpenters Pencil- the flat shape keeps it from rolling away.

Vise grips

Handsaw

Hacksaw

Pliers- both fixed joint and needle nose

Awl

Wire strippers

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“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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