Zone Red

As those of you who’ve heard me moan over the last month or so know, I’ve been on a steady diet of French Revolution.

This is enough to send anyone looking for a way to die before thing get to that point.

Mind you a lot of the accusations against  the ancien regime were right.  I found myself astonished at the stories of orgies in the reign of the regent which I came at sideways in The Black Count (highly recommended, btw.  The story of Alexander Dumas’ father.)  I knew the ancient regime had been sclerotic, unresponsive and – from our POV (not the one of the time, necessarily) morally flawed. But the way that revolution went wrong sometimes defies the imagination (though the problem started when they took equalite to mean in general, not just before the law.)

There will be a post about this, perhaps tomorrow.  Not today because I lack the necessary strength today, having woken up with a sinus headache.  A friend mentioned yesterday that non fiction takes more out of you than fiction.  And she’s right.

But today I thought I’d write about something else.  Yesterday we got someone presuming us ignorant and telling us “Benghazi is not a thing” with which words he hoped to redirect us… away from the murder of an ambassador while troops were ready to scramble.  Away from the fact that we haven’t even attempted to punish the culprits and from the fact that our then secretary of state and the President spent money on a video apologizing for an obscure you tube video they claimed had caused the incident.  (These are people so blinkered they think apologies bring anything but more violence in the world stage.  So blinkered they think that it’s fair to apologize for our freedom of speech to barbarians who kill their own children in ‘honor killings.’  SO ignorant of history they think it is logical or civilized to say “the future must not belong to the enemies of Islam”  Replace Islam with Christianity or for that matter Scientology and you’ll see how silly that sounds.  Who are you to pick the future religion of humanity Mr. President?  The leaders of Rome thought they could do that too.  When is the last time you made a sacrifice at the temple of Jove?) He also enlightened us by telling us that you know, both Progressive and Tea Party groups had been targeted – even though the very people pursuing the history of the IRS abuses have been scouring the lists for ONE, just ONE progressive group whose application was delayed, and while the Tea Party applications are in fact still mired in paper work – including being asked what their prayers are, if their members pray, and for other completely insane stuff along the same lines.

AND THEN he presumed to enlighten us about his sources of information.  Two I expected.  It’s what snot nosed kids (and cases of arrested development) think is authoritative before they realize what a great deal of bunk they were fed in high school and PARTICULARLY college: the New York Times (Home of Walter Duranty, apologist for Stalin’s worst excesses) and the BBC (coming from a country that is falling apart at the seams under rampant political correctness.)  But the third was a new one – do the young and stupid really consider Al Jazeera in English a reliable news source.  In Heaven’s name WHY?  These people belong to a religion and an ideology (the ideology supports the idea that their religion should own the world) that is at war with us.  They’ve not only declared war against us, they have attacked one of our cities – two if you count the Boston Marathon – and our interests abroad.  Not counting myriad foiled and not “small” attacks at home.  What kind of mental twist makes you consider enemy propaganda a news source?

Did their grandparents listen to Tokyo Rose?  Or to the German equivalent whose name escapes me now. Oh, wait a lot of them probably did.    The ability of the intelligentsia to embrace those who want to kill them is absolutely baffling.  I can never decide whether it comes from from absolute arrogance and certainty that nothing can touch them and therefore why can’t they be gracious and throw the “exploited” – as defined by them, of course – a bone? Or whether it comes from such abject fear they’ll throw their compatriots to the wolf in the hopes of being eaten last.  Or, as my friend Kate would put it “Yes.”

Anyway, that comment clicked in with what I’ve been listening to while cleaning, to take a break from the fricking French Revolution.  (What scares me is that the French Revolution situation is likely what we’re about to experience – being attacked from outside while we’re trying to fight it out among ourselves AND while the economy implodes.  Only we’re bigger and have better technology, which is feeding the “I wake up screaming” moments.)

Yesterday, in despair, and afraid I’d slit my wrists if I read about one more massacre and heads carried on pikes while the nation was bankrupt and other nations were attacking it, I loaded The Puppet Masters into the mp3 player.

It worked after a fashion – they win at the end.  But it’s not like I’m ignorant of the fact that the victory would be unlikely in real life.

That comment yesterday reminded me of this episode.

Zone Red swallowed up the task force as if it had never existed……..

By early morning, they had their visual evidence.  Stereo Stations in the central valley were giving out with the same old pap; Rise and Shine with Mary Sunshine, Breakfast With the Browns, and such junk.  There was not a station with the President’s stereocast, not one that even conceded that anything had happened.  The military dispatches tapered off and stopped around four o’clock and Rexton’s frantic calls were not answered.  Task Force Redemption of schedule Counter Blast ceased to exist – spurlos versenkt.

We’re faced with something very similar.  Faced with an administration that is doing all those things they claim to be against: spying on citizens; killing citizens without a trial; using the IRS to discriminate against their political enemies; laundering money to enrich their friends, and killing people who tan an interesting color in different countries for no good reason (I’m talking about Mexico, but maybe they’re not interesting enough for these idiots?) – the willing koolaid drinkers will buy the first excuse to come down the pike or no excuse at all.

I confess I’m less furious with them for taking the stupid excuses proffered like “Both sides of the spectrum were discriminated against” without looking further because it is human to trust “authority” as defined by the human, than for completely ignoring some of the events.

No “George Bush had Wide Receiver” is NOT an excuse for Fast and Furious.  And it shouldn’t be taken as that unless you’re stuck circa kindergarten.  And even in kindergarten, if I remember (before I got kicked out of it) that only excused minor infractions, like throwing cookies on the floor, not, say, beating the cat to death.  Fast and Furious is not a minor offense.  If Mexico thought they had a chance to beat us, it is casus belli – sending weapons to insurgent factions in the territory of an ally.  Wars have been fought over much less. (And for the idiots who are relying on Al Jazeera for reporting – Wide Receiver followed the guns, retrieved them, made arrests AND IT WAS DONE WITH THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT’S COOPERATION.  Fast and Furious just sent a lot of UNTRACED guns south of the border because… either the administration is composed of brain damaged children OR because our “well spoken” president had said that most of the guns that were used in the Mexican drug war came from our “open” policy [in an attempt to bolster his unconscionable attempt to disarm our citizens.] This wasn’t even a lie.  It was so untrue it didn’t rise to the level of lie – it was just dumb.  BUT the king cannot be wrong so the minions hustled to make it the truth retroactively. I presume they’re not brain damaged children [I could be wrong, of course.])

So, no, it’s not an excuse.  But for people who feel threatened in their entire world view, (Look, they thought this would be a paradise by now if only Carter had been reelected.  They thought Reagan was a disaster, they thought – They believe the narrative, not their lying eyes.  Only the flagrant disaster that’s Obama is making that world view shake.  That must not be allowed particularly not when you think you’re SOOOO smart) it is a straw to grasp at.

What I resent more are the things they outright ignore – absorb and let go as if they’d never been.  Things they can’t avoid knowing about: Summer of recovery one, and two, and three, and…  Or that the Middle East is on the verge of eruption (No?  Why then are we closing embassies?) Or Benghazi.  My G-d, (and I’m not swearing.  I’d really like His attention to this.) HOW can they ignore Benghazi?  The excuse proffered has been proven so wrong even Obama admits it.  So how can they ignore it and keep on going.

We live in a republic, a form of government depending on the consent of the governed – and yet our government decides that some citizens in peril abroad should be abandoned.

He let them die abandoned, the COWARD.  Either because a failed rescue might hurt his precious re-election chances, or because he was actually using the Bathsheba option and Stevens was someone he wanted out of the way.  I hope – and pray, regularly – the last isn’t true.  I’d hate to think that of even he Stuttering Excuse of a Miserable Failure.  But the coverup is so intensive, so organized one can’t help asking “What else is hidden there?”

Benghazi would have made me furious even had I been – as I was at 9/11 – a capital L starry eyed libertarian and not the wiser but older (and not just in years) constitutional libertarian I am now. It might have been enough to wake me up.

And yet, they absorb it.  They absorb it as though it had never been.

How can they?

Easy, very easy.  Puppet Masters deals with this too.  Humans like life to be predictable.  They like to predict life according to their own internal narrative, which is often the strongest myth they were fed by school or media or a really convincing friend.

Invaders from space that control your brain?  Why would I believe that, when life goes on normally?  Oh, look, it’s Rise and Shine with Mary Sunshine.

In fact, people are able to ignore the most bizarre sights if they’re not reported locally.  I’m not the first, and I won’t be the last, to see armed men in dark clothes crawling through my neighborhood at night and immediately turn on the news to CONFIRM WHAT I SAW.  And ignore it if there is none.  (To be honest, where I live, it’s probably a military exercise, so I give it a lot of leeway, but all the same.)

Something like that is at work here – the media – or as I like to call them, the palace eunuchs – cover up scandals with bigger scandals and push the scandal to the back by the sheer enormity of the next scandal. Or they ignore the scandal, even when it’s obvious, and it’s as if it never happened.  It shouldn’t work but it does, because people want to forget and just live daily life.

In a way the President is being allowed a lot of leeway because EVEN I don’t want to believe his crimes are as heinous as they very well might be.  It destroys all my sense of security in the world.

And the other excuse is implied in my comment – the Puppet Masters in Heinlein’s novel, captured the brains of infected enemies.  They controlled how people processed what they saw.

In a collective sense we’re suffering from the same.  We’re such a big country, nobody can know for sure what’s happening everywhere.  I have family in some states and friends in some states, but not in others.  So we depend on the media.  And the media has been captured.  Oh, not by a brain parasite.  We should be so lucky.  The media has been captured by the alien ideology of Marxism which distorts everything they do and say.  (While Marx was useless and bug f*ck nuts, he at least lived in a time when EVERY ONE of his pretty theories hadn’t been proven wrong and there weren’t millions of rotting corpses disproving them. But ah – the theory is so pretty.  And so infantile even those who are not very smart but think they are can grasp it.  [Hint, those who are smart see the holes.  I did, after being taught Marxism in every course for three years.  No, not in America.])

They’re not seeing real life, they’re seeing Hegelian dialectic and classes rising up against classes and exploited and exploiters.  (Real life doesn’t fit neat categories.)  They’re seeing zero sum economics (no, it’s not.  The sum total of wealth in the world is much higher than it was in your grandparents’ day.  It can be created.)

So they report only what they can see through this distorted lens.  And people who rely on them are as effectively hag ridden as those captured by Heinlein’s alien parasites.

Unfortunately there’s no seven day fever we can use to kill the parasites and leave the host alive, and most of us feel sorry for the host.  Most of us were at a time or another and to some degree prisoners of the same monster.  It is the result of growing up in the 20th century.

So… what do we do?

We don’t.  Reality will take care of it.  Just like the parasites in Heinlein didn’t take care of their hosts, and so the hosts would have died of one of the diseases that mankind has finally beaten back: bubonic or typhus, likely, our own parasites aren’t very good at taking care of the economy, so they will kill themselves and the society that supports them.

The trick here is to be ready when that happens.  Trust me, reading about the French Revolution has convinced me, more than ever, that what can’t go on, won’t.

BUT that doesn’t mean we embrace death and destruction and the endless night.  When things fall apart we must be ready.  Not just ready to survive, but ready to carry on with a civilized life.

Pain is inevitable – for all of us – when things fall apart.  But we must have in place alternative ways of communicating, of making a living, of keeping civilization alive.  Yes, even for the now hag ridden who might or might not wake up.

We will collapse – it’s the logical result of their having removed themselves from reality.  But when that happens we must make sure the collapse is as short and painless as possible.  We must be ready to rebuild.

In the end we win they lose – it’s the result of having reality on our side.  But reality will spank us both, if we’re not ready.

Be not afraid – and work on your plan B.

237 responses to “Zone Red

  1. Sarah, have to rush out, and haven’t finished reading column, will get it done when I get back, but just had to comment now about the “Black Count.” Our church book club read the book, and found the information interesting. Different people varied on how readable it was (I was on the readable side, others thought it a slow go). But I learned a lot about France and the revolution I hadn’t known before. Of course I’m an Anglophile where knowing history is concerned, so that isn’t surprising.

    • For an history book, it’s borderline fun 😉

      • Has anyone else encountered the story of a black slave who was sold to Russia, probably during the 18th century, and ended up not only free but a high ranking officer and a nobleman? I ran across that story years ago, never made any notes and have been unable to locate any of it on internet now as I don’t remember enough for a successful search.

        One of those ‘wouldn’t that make a great adventure movie’ (probably) real life history ones.

        One does wonder why these types of stories – especially since real life ones do exist -aren’t more popular fodder for the people who do make movies and all kinds of television whatevers. You’d think pointing out that not all more darkly colored individuals were just victims even during times when slavery existed and they really truly were badly repressed on the white parts of the world might be, I don’t know, kind of inspiring?

  2. History–real history, you know, as in “stuff that actually happened” as opposed to “stuff that would validate our theories if it had happened”–gives me some cause for cautious optimism.

    When regimes collapse the people who get named in the history books are usually in a pretty bad way, it’s true. However, the ordinary people usually bounce back pretty quickly. The “Dark Ages” were actually not half as bad as people who have an anti-religious bias would have us believe.

    I, myself, have technical skills that are going to prove useful–I know enough basic plumbing, electricity, carpentry, and so forth that I am confident I’ll be able to barter work for food in a worst case scenario.

    America isn’t a government. America is people, and the obsessive media focus on the parasitic classes blinds us to the fact that most of the people can and do and will work to keep food on the table and the clothes on their back. We haven’t burned the farms here, and even if the factories are shuttered and closed, the infrastructure is still there and can be restarted with some sweat equity.

    • …“stuff that would validate our theories if it had happened”…

      There’s also cherry-picking and culling, respectively of stuff that validates our pet ideas and stuff that contradicts them.

      An example comes immediately to mind: supposedly, hot days demonstrate that greenhouse emissions are changing the climate, and cool days are anomalous weather which should be ignored. (The opposite can be found among AGW deniers.)

  3. Oddly enough, I found this encouraging. You’ve given me a goal, to find Plan B and be ready. Thank you.

    • We’re all looking for plan B. Stay in touch. A network will be one of the best tools.

      • I am following you since I read your post of a couple of days ago about Spartacus. 🙂 So, yes, I’ll be in touch.

        • A lot of what you’ll get is weird reminiscence and writing stuff. I can’t stay in this mode — but I try.

          • If she bothers to read the comments a lot of what she’ll get will qualify as just plain weird. My own excluded of course.

            • But a lot will be amazingly erudite and enlightening. Banshee’s for instance. And TXRed’s — with their specialized areas of knowledge. or the pilot cardre…

              • Dorothy Grant

                If I read every history book that gets referenced here, I’d have no time left to read ATH. But I’m working ’round through a book on summer in Antartica, one on the underground christian churches in China (written by a dissident aetheist journalist), and next I want to find more on George Kastrioti Skanderbeg. And I still have Peter Capstick’s Death In the Long Grass to read, and Michael Z Williamson’s Tour of Duty, and yet the kitchen floor needs to be mopped. For free time!

                • Pretty sure that I read that book on underground churches in China, but it was many years ago. I’ve had people who knew the man claim he was a pathological liar, but had the experience to make all of his stories believable (the only way you could tell it didn’t happen that way is if you were there when event took place), I have no idea if that is the truth or not, but Death In The Long Grass is a good read, regardless. And Tour of Duty should be in the mail, so I’ll claim you have good taste in reading material. 😉

                • Y’know, if you take up audio books you can listen to them while engaged in such mundane tasks as mopping, dusting, even such basic food prep as chopping onions (provided you chop by hand; if you use a food processor audio books will want to be paused.)

                  • Dorothy Grant

                    I’ve tried audio books several times, and it comes down to the same reason I can’t stand to be talked to by teleprompter people, or video training – if I get the nonfiction concept by the third word in, I get really, really impatient waiting for the reader to finish the sentence, much less the rest of the paragraph. (Nonfiction books and instructional videos usually repeat each concept at least three times per chapter, sometimes in the same paragraph/scene, in order to aid learning, to make it worse.) And if I’m listening to an audiobook that’s fiction, if it’s not interesting, there’s no real way to skim the next few pages until it gets interesting again. Speaking is also slower, so it takes minutes to get past the exposition and onto the dialogue that ordinarily would take seconds.

                    I ended up reading about three hundred pages of federal aviation regulations during a layover once (pre-kindle) just to avoid the torture that is Airport CNN blathering badly on the same five topics over and over and over for hours.

                    • Yes, I can listen to audio books while driving, this is the way I have gotten through several Heinlein books, but am generally incapable of listening to them at other times. People talk so slow, a book I could read in a couple hours will take up twenty in the audio version.

                    • I can only listen to books I’ve read before. I know this is insane, but THEN it’s “performance.” Listening to them for the first time, I have the same issue as Dot.

                    • Not all books make good audio books. I generally read the actual book first (always with fiction) and use audiobooks to review books in a series (for example, I am currently reading Larry Correia’s Warbound and am using the audiobooks of the earlier books to refresh my memories of characters and events) or to revisit old friends (e.g., Citizen of the Galaxy.) Heard while engaged in other tasks they alleviate the drudgery while yet allowing foe the distractions and interruptions that invariably occur.

                      For non-fiction I incline toward history and biography and use the “slowness” to better immerse myself in the milieu. One can also listen to lectures, such as Joseph Ellis or C.S. Lewis that are structured for aural presentation.

                      YMMV, of course. A lot depends on your ability to process information aurally rather than visually.

                    • Eh, the FARs are better than some of the Part 135 manuals I’ve slogged through. It took real effort to make those manuals that bad. Spraying regs are almost as tooth-pullingly repetitive.

                    • Clark E Myers

                      One of the rafter bats at Boeing who chaired joint meetings with the JAL said what he worked hardest at was not reaching an agreement but getting permission from the group to be write up the consensus by himself.

                      My favorite example of work by committee was the Boeing notice – formatted to suit the agreements with the FAA as endorsed by Congress – that Boeing airplanes are delivered with a fancy leather flight bag filled with DVD’s and that this was SWAG – absolutely not part of the required airplane equipment. Any customer VIP who wanted to claim the fancy leather was welcome.

                      The draft had to be circulated from Tukwila and Renton to Everett and Long Beach and all around the Boeing Company as everybody from the 707 to 717 (both versions) to 727 to 737 and all the rest had to be allowed a shot at the draft and sign-off on the final form.

                    • I was loaned a Kindle when I was recovering from a surgery and I discovered that it would read to me. Unfortunately it made me fall asleep inspite of the fact that it sounded like GLaDOS

                    • Funny you mention FARs — both Houses of Congress unanimously (or as near to it as they can manage these days) passed a plan to “simplify” Part 23 regulations; apparently someone finally noticed how few new GenAv acft. are out there, as compared to the explosion of Light Sport Aircraft….

                      Of course, there’s still a chance for President Sock-Puppet to fuck it up by not signing it; or for the people doing the rewrite to do what “first draft by tenth writer” invariably does….

                    • You just had to go mention airport CNN, didn’t you? Argh, I’d almost scrubbed those brain cells clean of memory. Thanks for nothing.

                      Every time I have to fly, I have the hardest time avoiding the TVs blaring CNN. They’re positioned everywhere, with the idea that people might actually want to watch them so there’s always at least one TV in visual and auditory pickup range of every seat in the terminal. Far as I’m concerned, those TVs are the best argument ever made for the TV-B-Gone.

                    • I take my kindle fire, and I read instapundit.

                    • To CF: Don’t forget that The Won is also really hot to impose GA User Fees. That’s guaranteed to pretty much KILL general aviation in the US, Even Light Sport.

                    • Mauser, remember, as someone over at the Munchkin Wrangler informed me (a commenter, not Marko), freedom of movement is a privilege granted by the State, not an inherent right. Yeah, that was my reaction, too.

                    • OMFG — OMFG. Can we tell them to move somewhere more congenial like NK

                    • Gaack! I worked at a pilot training wing in the mid-1960s, and had to post all the latest NOTAMS for some 260 aircraft (NOTAMS were assigned to aircraft, since we usually had 1000 or so young pilots going through training). Between that and cutting up charts for flight plans, it was a rather dull and boring assignment. It was also NICE, since I was a newly-wed, and that gave me lots of time to spend with my new wife. At the same time, it was rather “exciting”, since we got hit by TWO tornadoes that year (1966-67), and I had knee surgery. When we moved onto the base, my next-door neighbor was an instructor pilot, and he took me up a few times in a T-38. That was an EXCITING aircraft for a young airman. We even busted Mach once!

                    • You can set audiobooks on Fast. If the person is really talking slowly, the Fast setting will sound pretty normal, bar the change in pitch. If the person is talking quickly, it will chipmunkify the book. 🙂

                    • I don’t care if the reader is Arnold P. Whitcomb.

                      Yesterday I had to spend an hour in Walmart and got to listen to a couple chapters of Correia’s Hard Magic.

                    • I nominate chipmunkify for new work in the ATH universe.

          • Oh, I like that, too.

          • More weird! Bring on more weird! That’s why I joined and ahem subscribed.

            To the extent possible after a few months’ limited online acquaintance, I respect and like you and the ATH community, but if politics or survivalism come to dominate this site, I’ll probably move on (without hard feeling).

            Just my 2¢.

            • I’m not equipped to do survivalism.

              • …and even if you were, there are other places to get that. There’s only one place to connect with the Horde, and your stuff is really more on target for the realistic eventualities anyway.

                One shortcoming with the folks doing hard core prep-blogging (i.e. blogs on prepping as highlighted for mockery on Doomsday Preppers*) is an intrinsic bit of …well, let’s call it selective blindness. Basically, it’s a building of assumptions that restricts the situations one needs to be ready to cope with to those solvable with food/water/shelter/ammo acquisitions. The best prep bloggers point out that community is the best prep, and loners will likely shrivel on the vine if things get bad, but it’s still easier to buy dehydrated food than engage with your community and work via the political system to make your locality better off.

                *I understand the popularity of NGC’s Doomsday Preppers has been a major surprise to the coastal network types that greenlighted it – basically they were thinking of it in the same vein as their “Taboo” series, i.e. “look as these crazy nut jobs – aren’t you glad you’re a normal person and not one of them?” Instead they got a reasonable sustained audience actually intersted in the practicality of the displayed preps, with a lot of viewers getting some validation for their underlying worries, who then decided to go ahead and expand the pantry in case of unforeseeable events.

                • Oops, for some reason I renamed the Huns to the Horde.

                  My apologies to Huns and Horde alike.

                • Iirc Foxfier was talking about how foolish the Star Wars franchise was to alienate their hard-core fans in the pursuit of a mass audience.

                  Reince Priebus, did you read her post?

                  Btw, most of ATH’s political and survivalist material is worth my time. I just don’t want it to crowd out everything else.

                  • Star Trek, but I’m delighted you spelled my name right. 🙂

                    • 😀 yourself!

                      Actually I have little use for either franchise with the exception of the original Star Trek. IMHO the first series was written under the influence of Great Generation values, whereas the rest…pffft

                      I’m not speaking knowledgeably either. TNG left me cold and I didn’t follow the follow-ons. I don’t remember how much of the original Star Wars trilogy I saw, but I considered it frivolous.

                      Come to think of it, exasperation with series that petered out after promising starts was a major reason I stopped reading sff regularly, after finding that more and more new product seemed to consist of such series. I’m not just talking about deteriorating quality, but about series whose publishers pulled the plug without providing closure.

                    • My tastes run pretty close.

                • The real trick is to befriend someone who has done all the prep, built his shelter, sunk his life savings into supplies, make sure you’re on his list to let in, then, when disaster strikes, shoot him.

  4. The most annoying thing to me is that this did not need to happen. I’ve been reading a lot about how free markets work and what can be done differently. Books like George Gilder’s “knowledge and power” and “The Rational Optimist.” Unfortunately the sickness has infiltrated too many institutions, regulated it’s poisons too well and made it almost impossible for new growth. The consequences of what is coming is obvious to those of us who don’t just blindly follow the hagridden. But far too many won’t listen or are willfully blind.

  5. I really wish that people would study history. I wish that they would study revolutions and see what terrible things they usually are and how the American Revolution was almost unique in what happened.

    They really don’t seem to grasp what a hell this world will become if it all does come crashing down. They have this insane notion that the government will be able to control it or take care of them.

    I see the ignorance the most when it comes to the anti-2nd Amendment gun grabbing crowd. The same stupid arguments over and over again. The idea that if the government decides to move forward with legislation that destroys the 2nd Amendment that we should just knuckle under and accept it. That it won’t lead to blood in the streets. The idea that the American military will follow illegal orders and fire on crowds of civilians or drop bombs on cities.

    They argue that armed citizens cannot fight against a government with nuclear weapons. As though the government would use a nuke on one of its own cities. That after the first few midnight raids on gun owners, being one of the Federal goons that decided to follow orders and round up those dissidents would be a job with a high turn over rate and a high mortality rate.

    I wonder if they really want to push this nation into chaos and the rest of the world as well. If the United States falls to chaos, do they really think that the collapse of our economy will not lead to a world wide economic collapse?

    You can only push someone so much until they push back. Historically, when Americans have had enough and finally push back, it never turns out well for the side that was doing the pushing.

    • The intelligentsia are unshakable in their belief that comes the revolution they by virtue of their inherent cleverness will be put in charge to run things the way they ought to be. Part and parcel of their current philosophy of maximizing small successes and minimizing or ignoring their failures. They have never had to live rough for any length of time. They truly do think that after the equivalent of a couple weeks of camping out all services will be restored and they will be in charge due to their obvious superiority to the hoi poloi knuckle draggers.
      Of course by history and reality they will be amongst the first to die off either from an inability to fend for themselves or simply because the folks with weapons find them useless and annoying.

    • I remember how shocked the left was when Reagan was elected. They really thought they had it all sewed up, that the clown and actor could posture and the power of leftist reason would win over all.

      • Things looked pretty good for a while at that time. Only then we got the 90’s. 😦

        • One source of constant frustration with the GOP is that in 1984 Reagan came within a few thousand votes of winning every single state. Since then they’ve nominated “moderates” who “appeal to the middle” and every singe time have been at the mercy of Ohio and Florida. How about we try the tactic that was so successful last time it was tried?

          • YES! Although I would hesitate to label their last couple candidates so far right as to be moderate. The Bushes were moderate, McCain and Romney were simply less far left than Obama. Which means they got my vote, but it left a nasty taste in my mouth.

    • You can only push someone so much until they push back.

      Which is why it is critically important to be alert and defend your rights at the first push to limit them. The only thing appeasement buys is greater demands.

      It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
      To call upon a neighbour and to say: —
      “We invaded you last night–we are quite prepared to fight,
      Unless you pay us cash to go away.”

      And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
      And the people who ask it explain
      That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld
      And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!

      It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
      To puff and look important and to say: —
      “Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
      We will therefore pay you cash to go away.”

      And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
      But we’ve proved it again and again,
      That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
      You never get rid of the Dane.

      It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
      For fear they should succumb and go astray;
      So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
      You will find it better policy to say: —

      “We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
      No matter how trifling the cost;
      For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
      And the nation that pays it is lost!”

    • “They argue that armed citizens cannot fight against a government with nuclear weapons. As though the government would use a nuke on one of its own cities.”

      Especially as most of the gun owners are rural and can seize a few rural choke points to starve the cities out.

    • Do not depend on the military always being on your side. The US military is being “transformed” to Obama & company’s specifications and it’s happening very quickly. Any overt expression of Christianity, especially saying that homosexuality might be a sin, is now a death sentence to career advancement. Only those on-board with the “progressive” agenda are rising, and they will have no problem when the day comes to order their troops to suppress any uppity civilians who still think this is a republic.

      • However, by doing so they are then putting a lot more military _veterans_ into the civilian world, folk who know full well what the military can do, and what it can’t.

        My usual response to the folk who play the “you can’t fight the military. They’ve got tanks and bombers and…” is “So lightly armed irregulars cannot successfully fight the US military? I’m sure they’d be glad to hear that in Iraq, and Afghanistan, and, what was that other place? Oh, yes, Vietnam. It would save them a lot of trouble from trying.” Yes, reality was more complicated than that but the folk making the “you can’t fight…” argument don’t know that.

        Once in a great while I encounter someone who points out the “safe haven” nearby countries, or support of the Soviets and Chinese in which case I simply point out: “We have more guns in the US than the Soviet Army owned in its entire history. Our military veterans outnumber the combined active duty and military forces of the United States something like eight to one. The number of gun owners outnumbers the entire world’s combined armed forces by a similar factor. And those guys in the tanks and planes and such? They have to sleep somewhere. They can’t spend all their time in the tanks and planes. They have to get fuel from somewhere. Folk have to load them with ammo. And all of them, every single one of them, can become a target.”

        The anti-gun folk seem to think that an insurrection would involve all the 2nd Amendment supporters getting together in an open field somewhere, the army on the other side of that field, and each side shooting at the other until all the 2nd Amendment supporters were dead.


        It would be an insurgency, like Beirut or Northern Ireland, only about a hundred times worse. It would be a war of assassination and ambush and, as i progressed, yes, terrorism.

        It would be a terrible mess that generations yet unborn would look back on in horror.

        And I really, really wish the anti-Freedom crowd would quit pushing us in that direction.

        • Yes, a lot of those Vietnam Vets are getting old, and not able to get around like they used to. But some of them are still agile and others can teach the younger generation what they learned from Charlie. We have a whole nuther generation that learned a different bag of tricks in the middle east, and imagine how much more effective they will be without the Inshallah attitude.
          If it was to fall completely in the pot and devolve into a widespread conflict rather than isolated areas of insurrection it would make the civil war look like food fight.

          • “I learned a thing or two from Charlie, doncha know. You better stay away from Copperhead Road!”

          • One disabled or old Vietnam Vet who is not afraid to die can cause a lot of problems with a rifle and sniper blind. Now imagine that spread out over the whole country.

            Yet the Antis seem intent on pushing us in that direction.

          • The thing to remember is that the “progressives” are all in the cities, while the FOOD is raised in “flyover” country, controlled by all those “gun nuts”. There’s only a limited supply of food in the cities. It’s also easy to blow up bridges, especially railroad bridges. There are bridges everywhere, even in the arid West.

            I’ve done a study of how to cripple Colorado Springs, just for fun. It’s surprisingly easy. This city isn’t easy to navigate now: blow up a few bridges and it becomes a nightmare. Anyone stupid enough to WANT a civil war (and it looks like OBummer wants just that), will get what he deserves, and it won’t be pretty.

        • You and me, David, you and me.

        • Finns weren’t particularly well armed in the Winter War, either, but they didn’t do all that badly against the much larger Red Army. Guerilla tactics and knowing the terrain better helped. Now if you could get a few men who shoot as well as Simo Häyhä… 🙂

          • We’ve got a couple around here who are good snipers … and even know who Simo Häyhä was. 😉

            Sisu might be Finnish, but Americans know what it means nonetheless.

            • I have no doubt.

              And when it comes to good shooters, you have a much larger supply to draw from, so while we had one Häyhä you would probably find more.


                You may not know it, but in the US, Russian Mosin-Nagant rifles are imported by the shipload and sold as surplus rifles very very inexpensively. (around $150 each retail). Collectors like to go through the crates and search through the rifles looking for ones that have Finnish markings as either being Finnish built or rebarreled. Those are prized and go for many times more.

                I can’t even guess in recent years how many tens of thousands of just Russian Mosin-Nagant rifles and a sealed can of 800 rounds of 7.62x54R have been bought for a couple hundred bucks and shoved in someone’s garage in this country.

                Heck, we’ve bought almost 5 million AR 15’s in this country in recent decades.

                • It wasn’t very long ago you could buy a Mosin-Nagant for just a little over half a C-note, they have doubled in price since Obama came into office. You used to be able to buy SKS’s for under $150 and AK’s for less than twice that. Now a good Romanian or Yugoslavian AK is going for $1000 and even the Chinese ones are going for around $600. Those old Russian designs may have had their faults, but they have always been good sellers because they have two shining qualities, reliability and price. I hesitate to even speculate on how many Nagants and Kalashnikovs are floating around the US, but they are amazingly reliable, and many who bought them bought a case or so of ammo to go with them, again because of price.

                  The Viet Cong proved that in a pinch you can use 308/7.62×51 NATO in a Mosin-Nagant to, not easily, you need a ramrod to eject the empties, but it is an option.

                  • The antis are going to be appalled at how easily one can make a weapon like an AK or even a stamped metal AR in various calibers. It takes longer, but they can be done with out machine tools. A simple cordless drill and bits, files, a hacksaw, and plumbing torch are all one needs to do it easily, remove the torch and it is still able to be done.

                    Then there are to older guns able to be bought via mail order because they are so old. A Mauser from the1880s? You can get them in 7.62×51/.308. shipped to your door, no checks needed, because it is an antique by law.

                  • There was a rumor at gunshows when Clinton was in office that even the Amish were buying Nagants and cases of ammo.

      • The military is still drawn nearly exclusively from conservative areas. Yes, toeing the vile prog line may be necessary for officer career advancement, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the officers in question actually believe any of it. Plus there’s the fact that in the American military officers are very nearly a vestigial organ. An aircraft carrier may be commanded by a Captain, but as a practical matter it goes where the enlisted nukes want it to go.

    • It’s worse than that. I just recently saw (for the second time, it’s been around a while) a video where a guy asked people on the street who Adolf Hitler was, and many of them didn’t know.

    • THIS. Or, as I say, “YOU will not survive the zombie apocalypse. Work to preserve society, not to outlast it.”


  6. i am one of those who will likely die in any major collapse. i live in a city, in a not nice area of the city, and my husband and i are both disabled. i have long ago come to terms with that.
    in the event that i am wrong, i have made sure i have resources to ride out a short term to medium term issue.. and i am learning skills that at least can bring comfort and solace to people. i may never be a plumber or a stone mason, but i am learning to play simple music, and collecting songs and stories, and learning basic medical and palliative care.

    we shall see

    • Kirsten you are not alone. My husband and I have medical conditions that require tech to keep us going. We also live in a city.

      We are lucky to have good neighbors.

      • Yes– you are not alone. I have to be on meds for life for this disease.

        • It makes sense to be prepared for immediate and relatively short term crisis at least. With “just in time” distribution (which is fabulous if you’re a business) the supplies available to anyone (not just those in cities) will go from normal to zero in the time it takes to empty your own pantry. First… even if your power goes out for a day you want to flush the toilet. Yes, you need drinking water, but you need toilet flushing water for at least occasional flushes.

          To be honest, I haven’t done any “prepping” of any sort, but I have been through natural disasters (and should know better) and people seem to always forget how important sanitation is.

          • We probably have food for a few months…but that’s because I was trained in Portugal, where revolutions could empty the shelves of food.

            • I do have some tendency to hoard protein powders. Since I can’t eat breads sandwiches are mostly out, and fast snacks a bit harder to figure out but whey is good for that (and now you can get low lactose versions). Plus they last well. So I usually have several bags, different flavors. I might be able to last about a month, on average, on them and some of the other dry goods I keep in a bit larger supply. And water is not really a problem in this country, if it doesn’t come out of the tap there is plenty within short walking distance, and most of it potable enough even without boiling it, in a pinch. And boiling wouldn’t be a problem either, lots of firewood around.

              And quite a lot of half tame hares and other animals around too. I have never hunted, but do have some idea of what type of traps have been in use back in the day, and how they were constructed back when that type of trapping was still legal and before factory made traps became available… I wonder… And I have done some bow shooting, although I doubt I would be able to hit anything moving without hell of a lot more practice. Plus right now I don’t own a bow. Plus it would be hard to conceal, which might be an issue since I doubt we’d get free hunting rights even in an emergency, so unless society collapsed to Mad Max -levels…

              Maybe I should start practicing with that sling. Okay, the animals would NOT stay easy targets for long under that type of circumstances, or not stay around people either, but it might still help.

              And I do know how to fish.

          • I have a bag if we need to run for emergencies (earthquake or fires), plus I have a bag with meds and other things like Benadryl. so yea– I am with you on trying to be prepared…at least med wise.

    • I might survive the initial collapse, but given my medical issues would not last long afterward.

      Which has it’s “up” side from a certain perspective. If we really get into that I rapidly end up in “I’ve got nothing left to lose” territory which can be terribly . . . liberating.

    • kirsten, in any kind of emergency, natural or otherwise, the places that hang together do so because of neighbors. That’s why New Orleans was a disaster even as worse hit areas in Louisiana and Mississippi held together. Because of the destruction of the neighborhoods.

      Build relationships with neighbors.

      • well, I’m f*cked…Have you seen my neighbors?
        Or we can move…

        • House behind me is for sale… if you don’t mind hearing reveille at 7:30 AM….

          • Gaius, you gots to sell it …

            Nothing moves the ladies like being serenaded, especially those Latinos …

          • Yours can be heard inside the house?!?!

            We’re MAYBE a halfmile from the nearest broadcast point, and you have to be outside to hear even the Army’s late night one.

            Then again, we slept through trains at midnight easily. Never mind.

        • I’ve lived here for ten years, and while my parents are my closest neighbors I have never talked to the other neighbor that lives on my road. (I consider him a good neighbor, he has never bothered me) The place behind me did sell last year and I have talked to its owner several times, he doesn’t live there, but built a big shop with an apartment in it, so he stays there at times. He builds race car engines, so if I need to get somewhere fast he might be helpful. 😉

  7. The German equivalent to Toyko Rosa was Lord Haw Haw.

    • I forgot about Axis Sally.

      • I had the name Axis Annie in my head (likely from watching Hogan’s Heroes) … As an aside, I knew someone who spent time in the same Pen as Tokyo Rose and was assigned the same sewing machine in the prison workshop.

  8. “These people belong to a religion and an ideology (the ideology supports the idea that their religion should own the world) that is at war with us. They’ve not only declared war against us, they have attacked one of our cities – two if you count the Boston Marathon – and our interests abroad. What kind of mental twist makes you consider enemy propaganda a news source?”

    Not to mention that said ideology teaches that it is not only acceptable but commendable to lie to non-believers. Yep, that’s what I consider a reliable information source.

    • Actually, it probably is. You just have to keep in mind that whatever they are telling you is for a purpose. You can then figure out what that purpose is. Finally, you can ask why would they want that. The answer is your data on what is happening. It is much like some companies that I have worked at where any announcement from upper management was taken to mean the exact opposite of what they said.

    • And said religion/ideology actually has a separate *word* for lying to nonbelievers in the service of the faith…

    • Yah know, reading that description it occurs to me that it applies equally well to both radical Islam and our own in house liberal progressives. The lib/progs are just a tad bit more subtle about their attacks.

  9. There are, actually, two things we need to do. The first is implied above. Get ready and prepare to be a shelter/example for others.

    The second, more immediate responsibility in my case, (kiddo is going into high school next week) is to inoculate our children against that fever dream that is unexamined Marxist dogma.

    I’m not too worried about the kiddo. She’s got a good head on her shoulders. And her mom is awesome. And more strident than I am on these things.

    See, I have this strange compulsion to be nice about it. Not My Sweet Honey. She’s much more direct.

  10. “In fact, people are able to ignore the most bizarre sights if they’re not reported locally. I’m not the first, and I won’t be the last, to see armed men in dark clothes crawling through my neighborhood at night and immediately turn on the news to CONFIRM WHAT I SAW. And ignore it if there is none. (To be honest, where I live, it’s probably a military exercise, so I give it a lot of leeway, but all the same.)”

    The last time that happened (and only time) the police weren’t real happy to be spotlighted by a rifle wielding homeowner. I on the other hand wasn’t very happy to have police trespassing on my property, crawling through the brush looking for minors that had run from the party at the end of the road when the police showed up. I was particularly unhappy at being woke up at midnight when I had to get up in three hours.

  11. Clark E Myers

    Father Coughlin might be a better example than Tokyo Rose or Lord Haw Haw.

    One of the Tokyo Roses who ended up running a Japanese themed shop in Chicago – sold bits and pieces for polishing and maintaining Japanese swords among other things – asserted with some truth that she tried to be entertaining and help American morale as much as hurt it.

    Just possibly the grandparents mentioned were not in places to get the best reception at least for Tokyo Rose. History does say the influence of Lord Haw Haw was to make the British broadcasting more honest and open.

    • I agree with you. I had banished him from my mind

    • FDR was perfectly happy with Fr. Coughlin, as long as he was toeing FDR’s party line. As soon as he started speaking out against FDR, he was thrown under the bus.

      I tried to do some research on Fr. Coughlin once. It’s astonishingly hard to find out what he actually said that was bad or good, rather than just to find out that he has a Bad Name.

      • Rob Crawford

        Coughlin disagreed with FDR in that he felt FDR didn’t go far enough, fast enough. He wanted more socialism, of the national type, and less tolerance of dissent.

        • And yet, one gets the general impression from most general American history texts that Fr. Coughlin was a reactionary EEEEEvil Rethuglican. When he wasn’t a bit.

          Typical, I know, but it needs repeating.

  12. Sarah, I could not agree more. We must understand that we live in a fascist state. The transition began with the presidencies of the Progressives (T. Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson) and accelerated under FDR’s New Deal/Four Freedoms. Despite occasional pauses (Harding, Coolidge, Reagan) the underlying assumptions that the government possesses the right and power to regulate any aspect of life – economic, lifestyle, health – for the collective good, while preserving the sham of private property and individual freedom (i.e. the right to fornicate without consequence because of welfare and abortion, the right to “speak truth to power” – unless you make a You Tube video that the current regime can use as a cover for their ineptitude or worse in Benghazi, or if you are a Missouri a rodeo clown who wears a mask insulting the Dear Leader – etc.) Meanwhile, the regime diverts tax dollars to their business cronies and buys votes by building a clientele of individuals dependent on government largess for their very survival. I do not have time to touch on government domestic spy programs and recent reports revealing the lies told by leaders of both parties in congress and, of course, by “il Transparency.”

    Will there be a revolution? I hope, eventually, the people who pay the bills and carry the increasingly burdensome weight of a bloated and illegitimate government will get up on the hind legs and say “ENOUGH AND NO MORE!” Will this reaction provoke force and violence? I can only answer with a question. Does anyone envision people like Harry “Sit Down and Shut Up” Reid, John “Weepy” Boehner, Hillary “What Does It Possibly Matter” Clinton, or Barrack “You Didn’t Build That” Obama giving up their elitist status as our betters without a paroxysm of violence in a bid to maintain their role as our lords and masters? I have my doubts.

    More likely, we will ride this dying horse until it collapses and the ensuing chaos will be accompanied by violence from the masses of state dependents who – never having learned to care for themselves because they were “entitled” to a free ride – will prey upon those who still possess anything worth having.

    Of course, if the current educational policies – i.e. socialist indoctrination (and, yes, fascism is a brand of socialism) – continues, the next generation or the one after that may be so servile that they embrace whatever their betters tell them: “Slavery is freedom. Freedom is Slavery. Love Big Brother.”

    • The whimper alternative would probably be worse than the chaos – or perhaps you could call it boiling the frog slowly. If things keep going worse but so very, very slowly that most don’t notice it in their daily lives until it is already the middle of the dark ages those dark ages might last quite a bit longer than if there is that kind of paroxysm which will force everybody, even the most complacent, to at least notice that things really have changed and maybe Something Should Be Done (maybe even notice that the ones To Do Something are they, themselves, not some distant lords in that there castle).

      So while chaos scares me, and I’d rather not see it (getting too old and too decrepit to have much faith I’d manage to survive, or if so then survive well, much less come out on top), maybe it actually would be better. Well, might go both ways, of course, and it could also be worse… so I don’t know. I just don’t have all that much faith in the people I know to notice much as long their own lives are relatively comfortable.

      On the other hand, I do have some faith in the idea of the power of entertainment and affecting people on the subconscious level. If that were to happen, the new tech helps our kind of storytellers to hijack that (I do think we tell much more appealing stories, on the whole), it just might change things back towards something at least tolerable. Only that is very slow going. Very, very slow.

      • Completely off the subject, I just finished “The Fourth Sword” and liked it very much. Thanks for a good read.

    • And we live in a fascist state because it has been demonstrated time-and-again: When the situation reaches “Fight, dumbass — get to fightin’ or get away” status, the winner is always the one with the *most* top-down control wins. (Don’t believe me? Compare the Union versus the Confederacy; compare the Allies to how Adolf et Cie, or Tojo’s bunch, actually worked — they Germans spent so much time sniping at each other, it’s a miracle they managed to fight the Allies at all; compare North Vietnam to South Vietnam; hell, look at how the British handled the American revolution — half the British gov’t *agreed* with the Colonials, but since that half weren’t The Government….)

      Show me a group of Libertarians who can work together in a war-to-the-knife-and-knife-to-the-hilt scenario *and then disband the power structure they will have to use afterward*, and I will show you an exception to the rule. It doesn’t work like that, gang — Power does not Corrupt, but it does Agglutinate; and Power Unused is not Power….

      • Rob Crawford

        “Show me a group of Libertarians who can work together in a war-to-the-knife-and-knife-to-the-hilt scenario *and then disband the power structure they will have to use afterward*, and I will show you an exception to the rule.”

        Well, there were the Founders.

  13. Not to nit pick, but by my count:
    World Trade Center twice.
    Ft. Hood
    Literally dozens of attacks on servicemen that never make the national news due to low body count and after all they were just soldiers.
    How many honor killings, seems like we hear of another every few weeks.
    Not to mention all those many foiled attempts to destroy facilities and infrastructure that are discovered before the bomb goes off. FBI and Homeland Security claim these are in the hundreds.
    Not even going to attempt to list all the incidents on foreign soil.
    Every one of these can be laid at the feet of radical Islam.
    And most of them get called “workplace violence” or some other euphemism and barely register on the public airwaves.

    • Oh, I know. I just couldn’t think of the others.

      • One of the simpler, powerful ways to resist is to not let the attacks get buried, uncovered.

        • This is particularly effective when what you aren’t letting them kick sand over is a real thing, unlike Plamegate, or Dan Quayle’s reputed drug dealing or (insert your favorite faux Republican scandal.)

          • For laughs and giggles, try editing the Kimberlin page on Wikipedia. You can’t even mention the man’s currently married because Dan Quayle’s “drug dealer” was convicted of terrorism in a series of Indiana bombings and the police theory was the bombings were to distract from the murder of an old woman who had put a stop to Kimberlin’s grooming of her underage granddaughter. The relevance is his current wife was likely underage when he married her illegally in Maryland.

            Yes, they get that weird and convoluted. Dealing with that was worse than fixing up the Alger Hiss page.

            • even more convoluted as there are those who are actively helping to keep the waters murky in an attempt to hide the reality of the bombing pedophile

      • And why should you when our media takes great pains to minimize or outright block such information from us?
        Isn’t it one of Alinski’s rules that when the truth conflicts with the narrative you always reinforce the narrative. You tell a lie long enough and loud enough and eventually people will start to believe it.

  14. I’m one of those who occasionally reads Al Jazeera. I consider them about as reliable as any other mainstream media, which is to say, even a stopped clock is right twice a day, and sometimes any of the news sources gets things right. Even my local rag, though the local is further hampered by editorial ignorance of grammar, and apparent non-possession of dictionaries and spell-check. More often, though, you can see the truth in the holes between the various sources stories on an incident.
    But how much can you blame young folks for thinking Al Jazeera gets it right? They’re comparing to NBC, CNN, and FOX, are they not? When all you’ve got to choose from is propaganda, at least there’s something to be said for a wide variety of sources.

    • Holly, you might look at from time to time. They translate Al Jazeera’s Arabic broadcasts and make them available, along with other Arabic/Farsi/Turkish and assorted media sources. It’s interesting to compare the English version (as broadcast) with the home-consumption (Arabic et cetera) versions.

      • 1. I gather than astute readers behind the Iron Curtain could learn quite a lot from government “news”: from the choice of wording, from what was attacked, from apparently obvious aspects of a situation that were completely ignored, etc.

        2. Too bad they didn’t leave handbooks behind. Now we have to reinvent those skills.

        3. Somewhere, Brezhnev is laughing.

        • Well, one alternative (parents had a couple of friends in Soviet Estonia… I have to admit I can’t swear as to the accuracy my recollections, I was just a teen at that time) seemed to be just to disbelieve everything, equally, unless it had happened somewhere you knew somebody who had perhaps talked to somebody who had witnessed something, personally. 😀

  15. Hey, where’s George? I’m sure he has some enlightening comments to make…

  16. I remember when we could say, with pride, that our government didn’t act like this, that they really were defenders of liberty.

    Sad to see the horrible turn they’ve taken.

    By the way, I have a new post up.

  17. No time to read all the comments, but the European equivalent of Tokyo Rose was Axis Sally.

    Good read.

  18. Larry Patterson

    Man! Another Heinlein I have to buy!

    Actually, this line from The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel) comes to mind:
    “Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.”
    Too many people are in that state now. There are plenty of news sources besides the Big Media, but I imagine more people get news from BM than alternatives. Or The Daily Show etc.

    When growing up in very conservative West Texas we were taught about Communist plots. We would laugh and think “everything is a communist plot!”

    I’ve since come to the conclusion that Communism / Fascism / National Socialism … is a diabolical plot. It works like a charm, don’t it?

    (BTW, still amazed how many people here still rely on RTP1 for news.)

  19. If one were to pitch a story back in 2008, set within the next 5 years, which features a US administration that A) turns a blind eye to an incipient revolution in Iran led by Iranian youth, effectively supporting one of the United States avowed enemies, and ignoring repeated calls for assistance from the uprising participants, then shortly later B) encourages and promotes similar youth-driven uprisings across Arab North Africa, effectively abandoning several long term US allies, C) intervening with CIA and military air assets to help topple one repugnant but pretty much defanged dictator in the region, then encouraging participation in that countries successor government by folks with close ties to Al Qaida, D) publicly abandoning the president of a neighboring long time US ally, and encouraging and pressuring that countries pro-US military to allow an Al Qaida direct precursor group to take over it’s successor government, you’d have been laughed out the pitch meeting.

    But wait, your story then has A) through E) leading to an organized sustained terror attack on a laughably defended US consular post that kills four people including the Ambassador, in which no aid is dispatched to the embattled survivors UNTIL THE FOLLOWING DAY, and which goes completely unanswered either in direct military reprisal or some type of law enforcement actions, plus one hot Middle East civil war, one military coup in arguably the most important Arab ally in the region, the closure of a whole pile of Embassies across the region, major rioting in other allies in the region, and while all that is happening, the US Secretary of State is concentrating all of his time and energy on… Restarting the Israeli-Palestinian “Peace” talks.

    You’d never get another pitch meeting again.

    And that’s just the unbelievable-but-true story of this administration’s accomplishments around the Mediterranean rim. It completely skips over the botched pullout from Iraq, the ongoing botch of a pullout from Afghanistan, the fine state of US relations with Russia, the fine state of US relations with Pakistan, the most excellent state of US relations with China, the undaunted nutjobbery of North Korea, and as a result of those two the regrowth of Japanese nationalism and associated rearmament.

    There are some bright spots – Australia is still our solid friend, India is not a bad relationship these days for the US, and I’ve been reading some news that leads me to believe the long fight in the Philippines against AQ-related groups there is going OK. But don’t look at South America very closely from a diplomatic perspective, and skip over most of sub-Saharan Africa if you want to restrain your blood pressure.

  20. Have a plan. Have a backup plan. Have a good idea what you’re going to do when (not if) the backup plan goes tits-up.

    • if I hit plan Z I’m in deep doo doo. Don’t ask but somehow I read the Tits and thought “I’d like to be armed to my tits.” Head>desk. I have nothing. Between the headache and distressing family (not really, but close as family) illness, I’m all in.

      • then you’d need a breastplate with the spiky bits like the Boris Vallejo covers. And if you get them, don’t come running to me for a hug,
        If your low -carb allows it I always sugest a coke and aspirin for a nasty headache.

        • Coffee and aspirin, basically the same as Exedrin, aspirin plus caffeine, without the carbs in Coke.

          • BC/Goody’s powders. great stuff. Snort one and it will kill a headache real fast. Your nose will burn, but hey …
            (I did this once by accident. I disrecommend this method of dosage)

        • I read somewhere that the breastplates with the cups are a good way to get your sternum cracked. Plus: it takes a long time to get that stuff on in a surprise attack. Sometimes you just have to go to war in the underwear you have on.


          • Peter Grant blogged about it and had a link to the specific article. Yeah, I’ve never quite understood why you would want your body armor to reveal that you’re statistically likely to be the weaker, slower one.

            • Psychological warfare, it is a well documented fact that men’s decision-making skills go very measurably down at the sight of a pair of women’s breasts.

              • “Yeld now or I will send you to the stygian pits of H…ayaghayaayaggyah….” was never featured in any of the Conan stories I read.

      • Tit deep in arms, is not a bad situation to find yourself in.*

        *Reading that after I posted it makes it necessary to add the disclaimer: Get your mind out of the gutter!

      • Plan A: Indirect application of explosives.
        Plan B: Direct application of explosives.
        Plan C: Wing it.

        Regarding the “armed to the tits:” My buddy Roy has a broadsword that probably meets that criteria for you. It was a wedding present.

  21. But ah – the theory is so pretty.

    According to legend, during the filming of A Day At The Races Chico Marx repeatedly bet on a horse that the script dictated would lose, justifying it because “the odds were so good!”

  22. Whenever the conversation on his site turns in this sort of direction, Jerry Pournelle usually posts this reminder:

    Despair is a sin.

  23. Just remember, my main complaint about Tom Kratman’s work is that it’s too Pollyanna-ish. 😉

  24. 1. Re Benghazi:

    Egyptian Copts and Iranian protestors are not American diplomats, but still.

    2. It would take a savvier mind than mine to flesh it out, but I vaguely sense a chance to take back the moral high ground that the Left has usurped.

    3. The Left is stupid about American interests, but they are not stupid about politics. Via Instapundit, I just read a lengthy NY Times piece about the mess in Egypt. Not a single mention of Hillary.

    • The leftoids are great at blaming America’s policies for things while neglecting it is career leftoids in State who push those said same policies

  25. The French revolution brought us Joseph Fouche, a personal favorite of mine for one simple reason: he was there before the Revolution; he was part of the Revolution; and he outlived the Revolution. Others may be better-known, but most of them are known for being executed or exiled; Fouche wiped out an entire city, and skated.

    The lesson here should be obvious.

    “Victory Is Life.”

  26. Larry Patterson

    OK, finished reading Puppetmasters last night, and afterword by a lady named Sarah Hoyt. I was going to use a pull quote from the book, but see that Sarah beat me to it.

    Lots of puppet masters today around us. They don’t need to divide and subjugate, these. Just need to spread their infection by falsehood. Utopianism, liberalism, or as Mark Levin has boiled it down, stateism.

    Looking at it dispassionately from here, it’s just another religious dogma. An empirical fact is that government is not the solution, but the cause of problems. See Freedman’s “Free to Choose.” The ones who most abhorred this heresy were Republicans. They are pretty much the Social Democrats of Europe, whom the Socialists and Communists label as “right wing.” Puppet masters all.

    Someone on American Spectator began a review of Levin’s latest book by stating “Put not your trust in Reinces.” A reference to the 146th Psalm. But the writer says that we must trust ourselves. Wrong! The Psalm says to trust God. Not those who pay lip service to God, they are often also puppet masters, too. Falsehood enslaves, the “truth will make you free.”

    • Hurm… Well, yes. I agree that people should place trust in G-d. But not everyone believes in G-d, and it behooves us to stand with people who are also interested in small gov’t and personal responsibility. We can quibble about theology, teleology, scripture, etc, later. Right now, there are Statists to defeat. And it behooves all of us to stand up, stand together, and stand for the freedom of mankind.

      And when you think about it, we put our trust in G-d, yes. But we don’t talk a lot about the trust G-d has placed in US. G-d told Noah how to build the ark, but He wasn’t out there chopping logs and planing boards. G-d told the apostles to go and preach, but they still had to get up and get moving. For those of us who believe in G-d, sometimes it becomes a temptation to be passive. And passivity here and now at this point is dangerous almost beyond measure.

      Yes, trust in G-d. And while you are trusting Him, roll up your sleeves and get to work. > >