Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bill Bonner hits another one out of the park

Unless we work out a way to turn back the clock, we're in the end game according to Bonner:

Another philosopher, Giambattista Vico, writing in the 18th century, put the beginning of the decline of Rome roughly at the time of the Great Fire during Nero’s reign. Nero, partly to pay for his post-fire reforms and reconstruction, began taking the gold and silver out of the coins. All civilizations go through three stages, Vico said – divine, heroic, and human. The divine period is ruled by the gods. The heroic period is adorned with victories and statues. Then, comes the human era. (Here, we permit ourselves to add a footnote to Vico’s oeuvre: the coin of the realm in early periods is the gods’ money – gold. Later, people switch to money of their own invention – the kind of money you make from trees.) This last stage, says Vico, is when popular democracy arises, along with rational thinking and what Vico delightfully calls the “barbarie della reflessione” [the barbarism of reflection]. In earlier eras, people do what their gods and leaders ask of them. In the final era, they ask, “what’s in it for me?”

Very good, not very long, and you need to read it. The Summer of Recovery is over and fall is here. Whether it is fall or a Fall remains to be seen. But no matter which it is, winter will inevitably follow it. If we're lucky, it's just going to be the "cold and flu season". If not...well, Spring may be a long time coming.

Friday, October 09, 2009

I didn't miss it!

(Via Timebomb 2000)

Forty two years ago today, Ernesto "Che" Guevara got a major dose of his own medicine. Without trial he was declared a murderer, stood against a wall and shot. Historically speaking, justice has rarely been better served.

Show them they're wrong

The men of COP Keating don't think we care about their suffering and sacrifice. Show them that we do. Click on this link to go to Major Chuck's place, read what he says, then click on through to do what you can.

What she said

Like most gunnies who keep up with the news, yesterday I noted the death of Melanie Hain at the hands of her husband, and the subsequent (and pathetic) anti-gun dancing-in-the-blood-athon.

I just wasn't sure what to say about the whole thing, so I said nothing.

Breda has fixed that with a goodbye to one of our own. Well said, ma'am.

Do what?!?

I am beyond disbelief. President Zero wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

I've always poked fun at people who said the guy was the Antichrist. I had him figured as living proof that the American electorate is even stupider than I thought. Now I'm starting to wonder....

Thursday, October 08, 2009

I wonder...

If I go wave the Battle Flag in front of the meeting location, do you think they'd go somewhere else?

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Well, look who's back

(Via Major Chuck)

In a kinda-sorta way...It's Kim duToit and his wife, Connie. They're doing the podcast thing.

Time to load up the ceremonial AK and do a du Toit Happy Dance in the front yard. Welcome back, ya'll.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Looking for the Lexington Gun Show?

I'm seeing a lot of "Lexington Gun Show" searches hitting the blog lately. Are you guys bored? Do you need something to do? Is that little "I gotta buy a gun!" itch getting to you?

Well, have no fear. The show will go on, but it's no longer going to be the Lexington Gun Show. I have it on good authority that it outgrew the Davidson County Fairgrounds. Now it's the Triad Gun Show, and will be happening October 17 (9 - 5) and 18 (9 - 4) at 1618 National Highway in Thomasville, NC.

Even though Daughter is going to be home for fall break and the NC State Fair is on the agenda, I'm still going to try and get in a visit.

Edit, 10/12/2009 1031: The owner of the gun show speaks. Growing from 180 to 250 tables in over twice the space will be a good thing. As long as all the new tables aren't jewelry and jerky. that is. Look for a report after the show.

Health care reform strategy FAIL

William Teach at the Pirate's Cove has another example of how poorly the left can strategize. Attempting to demonize insurance companies in their mad rush to socialized medicine, they gleefully ignored the fact that the largest percentage of health care insurance claims are denied by...wait for it...

Medicare. You know, that nifty little health program for the old folks.

Oh yeah. I really want to trust the fiddlin' government with my health. I'll do that right after I trust them with my freedom and my money.

Why cheap money is bad for the economy

Over any substantial time period, "cheap money" is a bad thing. One of its worst effects that that its availability skews the decision-making process in such a way that the emphasis goes from creating value to extracting value. The long-term viability of a firm is ignored in favor of short-term gains.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Monday, October 05, 2009

It's amazing...

...what one man with a dream can accomplish, without the "assistance" of government bureaucrats to tell him that it isn't safe, that he doesn't have to correct permits or that he hasn't paid the appropriate taxes or license fees.

Here in the US, he'd have never gotten his project off the ground. We're too busy telling people what they can't do to allow them to do what they can.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Let's get this party started

OK, gunnies and gun bloggers--who's going to the 2010 NRA National Meeting in Charlotte, NC? No way am I missing this one; it's almost in my back yard.

So who's going? Mountain Man, you'd better be going, or I'll hog-tie you and drag you along.

And they wonder...

...why we don't trust them?

Gell investigator ignored blatant clues

Yeah, I guess 17 eye-witness statements would qualify as ignoring clues.

Just like lying to other investigators and prosecutors would qualify as evidence in a case against State Bureau of Investigation agent Dwight Ransome. Who, by the way, is still on the SBI's payroll to the tune of $72,849 per year. Why this man has not been fired at this point is beyond me. Why he hasn't been charged with abusing his authority under color of law, civil rights violations--something--is even further beyond my understanding.

I await the appeals from other convicted by his testimony to begin shortly.

But here's the rub, and here is why Ransome will skate on this: Alan Gell was hardly a choir boy. In jail for auto theft when wrongly convicted of murder, he isn't much of a sympathetic figure for those of use concerned about the safety of our selves and our property.

But he should be. Because you, Mr. or Ms. Law Abiding Citizen, could have an Agent Ransome in your future. Readers of this blog, I suspect, tend to have opinions that have recently been termed suspicious and indicative of terroristic leanings, according to Homeland Security. I hope that you, as I, take things like duty, honor and country seriously.

However, taking these "outmoded ideas" seriously makes you dangerous in the eyes of some. And in this new reality we face, with gypsies in the palace of Washington, dangerous may not be how you want to be seen. It might have...repercussions.