Friday, January 11, 2013

Music To My Ears

One of the problems liberty loving individuals, myself included, contend with as we attempt to convey the reality of Americans’ continued loss of freedoms is how do we best deliver this message, such that the message is not a cacophony simply grating on ones ears, and thus unreceived and unexperienced.

Gaghdad Bob, in a post at One Cosmos titled Music of the Hemispheres, examines this subject and does so in a most interesting manner, noting that the delivery of the message has “clear psychopolitical implications.”  His post ends as follows.

Maybe we just need someone with a smooth and seductive voice to convey the message, because if McGilchrist is correct, music is actually prior to speech, and what we say is easily defeated by what our listeners feel.

Music is the soul’s own speech.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/11 at 02:58 PM
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Don’t Burn In The Camps Later

A well know quote from Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn is as follows.

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

This quote is quite pertinent, today, considering the attitudes of those holding what they believe are the reigns to power here in America.

Don’t burn in the camps later because you (we) did not love freedom enough.  Some additional thoughts to consider on this subject can be found in two recent essays.  First, as posted at Western Rifle Shooters Association, and originally posted at Resistor in the Rockies, Matt Bracken’s Stick To Your Guns!.


Link to Harper’s piece via The Gunslinger.

I repeat.  Don’t burn in the camps later.

UPDATE (01.14.2013): Updated link to WRSA post for most recent content.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/11 at 02:17 PM
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Ed Rasimus - Anyone Got A SitRep?

Any one know how Ed Rasimus is doing?  I know he has been dealing with his personal medical problems, and had previously mentioned that posting may be light to non-existent for a bit, but he has not posted anything since December 24, 2012.  I’m praying all is well with him.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/11 at 01:35 PM
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Yabu’s Redneck Chicken Parmesan

Quick and easy Chicken Parmesan. When I was a young boy of 13 or 14 years of age, some of by buddies a I worked summers unloading, and loading 120 degree box cars at the railroad down the road, 50 lb – 60 lb. cases every day. Lunchtime: We’d jump on our bikes and head for the KFC, buy a bucket of chicken and a bottle of Ragu sauce from the Mom and Pop next-door. They’d always throw in some dried parmesan. We ride back to the yard, pop the top on that bucket of chicken, dump the Ragu and cheese in, put the top back on and shake it like a motherfucker. Man, that’s some good eating, let me tell you. Wiped our mouths on our shirts…no big deal.

Yabu’s Redneck Chicken Parmesan

Posted by John Venlet on 01/11 at 01:15 PM
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Sunday Sermon Opportunities

After Sandy Hook, many ministers and pastors across the United States wrote sermons which incorporated the subject of Sandy Hook.  I have not read all of the sermons linked here, but I’ve read through a number of them, including Donald Sensing’s An Advent Sermon After Sandy Hook.

Of the sermons I’ve read, and I would wager most others I’ve not read, most incorporated some message of God’s presence in this world, in good times and bad, and that events such as Sandy Hook, in ways we most likely cannot understand, or have an exceptionally difficult time in understanding, have some meaning, or lesson, as a matter of faith.  And while this may be small comfort, or no comfort, to many individuals, I think these subject specific sermons do have a palliative effect in individuals’ minds.

The reason Sunday sermon opportunites are on my mind this morning is because of a recent Chuck Baldwin column.  I’ve criticized Chuck Baldwin in the past, but in his recent column, Revolution?, Baldwin had the following to say about Sunday sermons which I thought pertinent to today, while at the same time historically instructive to the founding of America and thus of some importance.

One more observation regarding The Battle of Lexington which opened America’s War for Independence: not only was attempted gun confiscation the match that ignited the war, it was the pastor of the Church of Lexington and members of his congregation who were the Minutemen of Lexington Green. That is another fact most historians conveniently leave out of the story.

If there is one element missing from today’s liberty fight, it is the lack of participation from America’s pastors. By and large they are MIA. How many pastors today are warning their congregations of the threat against their Second Amendment liberties? Every pastor in America, regardless of denomination, should have already started proclaiming “the spirit of resistance” (Thomas Jefferson) to their church congregations; they should already be extolling the Biblical mandate to resist tyranny; they should already be warning their congregations of Barack Obama and Dianne Feinstein’s plan to disarm them.

Let me ask my church-going readers: has your pastor said one word from the pulpit regarding the impending gun ban now being drafted? Has your pastor explained the Biblical principles of lawful resistance? Has your pastor exhorted his church congregation to not surrender their firearms and to do everything in their power to demand that your senators and legislators hold the line for the Second Amendment? And my next question is if your pastor has not done any of this, why are you still attending that church?

What are you hearing from your church pulpits?  One does not necessarily need to be hearing sermons of revolutionary war ministers, instructive though they are.  But I would think, if ministers are indeed preaching the Word of God rather than socialist/marxist utopian story telling, they would be preaching some of the ideas Baldwin articulates.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/11 at 11:01 AM
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Collective Moral Panic/Mass Hysteria

I’ve only experienced one case of mass hysteria first hand.  It was in Navy boot camp in Great Lakes, IL in 1980.  After a day when when our company had received a series of three (3) immunization shots.  Towards the time when lights out would occur, one of our company’s recruits all of a sudden fell into a convulsion.  Within minutes, approximately twenty (20) other recruits were exhibiting similar behavior, and as this number grew, more members of our company began complaining of lightheadedness, slowly sliding to the floor or taking to their bunks.

I can recall, as I observed these events, and listening to the murmurs that it was the immunization shots we had received which were the cause of what was going on, feeling as if I, too, was going to succumb to whatever was afflicting my fellow company members, my stomach somewhat nauseous and my head somewhat light.  But as I stood in our barracks watching all this go on, I knew that there was actually nothing physically wrong with me, that if I had been well mere minutes before, I was well now.  And I was.

Navy medics were summoned to our barracks to attend to whatever malady was affecting our company, and it was determined that only the initial individual who had fallen into a convulsion was actually physically ill, and it was not because of the shots we had received.  Within thirty (30) minutes of this episode beginning, our entire company was back on its feet smoking and joking, with the exception of the initial individual who had fallen into a convulsion.  Every other company member had simply been exhibiting psychosomatic symptoms.

I relate the above story because of the collective moral panic, or collective obsessional behavior, currently gripping our nation in response to the Sandy Hook shootings.  This collective moral panic is being exhibited across the United States in the form of calls for more draconian gun control laws.  But it is not a gun control problem which the United States is suffering.  What we are experiencing, in these foolish calls for more gun control, is similar to my boot camp experience, a mass irrationality/hysteria, which is effecting even current gun owners, such as Willliam C. Davis of Los Fresnos, TX.

My own personal and immediate reaction, though, was to take a large-capacity ammo clip and pound it down with a hammer. My ranch rifle works fine without it, and it was stupid to have. I don’t need it, and I don’t think anyone does.

It is as if those individuals shot in Sandy Hook have infected not only the minds of gun control advocates, but those who currrently own guns.  They are all suffering from a collective obsessional behavior, calling for more gun control, which will not cure what is not the problem.  Too bad there is not a vaccine to prevent this.

William C. Davis quote obtained from here.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/11 at 09:34 AM
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Crazy Goo

Here’s an interesting material, D30, manufactured and marketed by the company Tech21, under the trademarked name of Impactology.

The material, which at this point is largely manufactured to protect cellphones or other tech gear, especially in military applications, when wrapped around your finger in its liquid/goo form, allows you to hammer on your goo wrapped finger with no ill effects what-so-ever.

What I’m wondering, is, based on the materials ability to absorb impact force and disperse the shock, if it were somehow combined or wrapped in kevlar, a lighter and more effective form of bullet proof/resistant garment could be manufactured.

Via Popular Science.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/11 at 09:03 AM
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