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 And this is why I have argued that there are those within this thing we call “the elite” that are supporting Trump for president.

  The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsInteresting article. — jtl, 419

There are those in positions of power and authority – call them the elite – who desire that the United States government changes course;  no more global hegemon, as this path has led to the reality of global nuclear superpower confrontation.  I have written words to this effect more times than I can count over the last several years.

  Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteOf course, just because of this subset of the elite desire this does not mean they can make it so.  The elite doesn’t speak with one voice; there are likely also those in “the elite” that desire to continue in the current direction.

  Combat Shooter's Handbook Even if the elite spoke with one voice, the elite doesn’t “control” the government and politicians in a direct manner; they have “programmed” politicians and other tools to act in certain manners, and once the virus has been let loose…well, the elite cannot change the direction of a 1300 foot-long cargo ship on a dime.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewThe building of an Anglo empire has roots that go back hundreds of years.  The shifting of the tool as a focal point, from Great Britain to the United States, began over 100 years ago and culminated at the end of World War II.  Churchill’s biggest success might very well be as the one British politician holding positions of power throughout this transition from the turn of the last century to the end of that war – and in being instrumental in ensuring the transition.  In other words, Churchill’s most important achievement was in destroying the British Empire in exchange for securing the continuation of the Anglo Empire.

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A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualThese hundreds of thousands of people are programmed to act in a certain way.  Hillary Clinton is a perfect – and relevant for this time – example.  She cannot be and cannot act in any way other than how she has been programmed.  The person who gloated at the sodomizing of Kaddafi is what we know her to be.

And this is why I have argued that there are those within this thing we call “the elite” that are supporting Trump for president.  Hillary will bomb because that’s what she knows; Trump will negotiate, because that’s what he knows.

While not the first elite mouthpiece to say or write such a thing (I recall Kissinger and many others), thanks to a commentary written by Mike Whitney we have a summary from an article written by one of the most formidable voices to add his to the chorus of “the US must change course”:

The main architect of Washington’s plan to rule the world has abandoned the scheme and called for the forging of ties with Russia and China. While Zbigniew Brzezinski’s article in The American Interest titled “Toward a Global Realignment” has largely been ignored by the media, it shows that powerful members of the policymaking establishment no longer believe that Washington will prevail in its quest to extend US hegemony across the Middle East and Asia.

Whitney’s piece is worth reading, the line for line.

In 1997, Brzezinski wrote the book that outlined the blueprint for US global hegemony,The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives.  To make a long story short, it was nothing more than a continuation of the geopolitical realities identified by Sir Halford Mackinder in 1904 – control the Eurasian landmass and you control the world.  Because of Brzezinski’s association with this disastrous strategy, the fact that he now writes the opposite is rather notable.

This strikes me as more notable than even Kissinger writing such things; Kissinger, despite his horrendous crimes, was an architect of rapprochement with China and worked to build relations with the Soviet Union.  In other words, Kissinger is walking a line similar to that which he has walked over the decades.  Brzezinski, on the other hand, has done what in some ways is to be considered an about face.

Brzezinski’s article is entitled “Toward a Global Realignment.”   While Whitney doesn’t cite this portion of the article from Brzezinski, I find it rather telling:

A comprehensive U.S. pullout from the Muslim world favored by domestic isolationists, could give rise to new wars (for example, Israel vs. Iran, Saudi Arabia vs. Iran, a major Egyptian intervention in Libya) and would generate an even deeper crisis of confidence in America’s globally stabilizing role.

Clearly, Brzezinski is not embracing an isolationist position.  He is advocating for the only position that might allow the US government to remain a relevant player on the world stage.

Brzezinski sees both the growing weakness of the United States government and the increasing strength of Russia and China.  Barely hidden under the surface, Brzezinski’s message to the United States government is: start forming partnerships or become irrelevant…or worse.  Again, from his article:

The alternative to a constructive vision, and especially the quest for a one-sided militarily and ideologically imposed outcome, can only result in prolonged and self-destructive futility. For America, that could entail enduring conflict, fatigue, and conceivably even a demoralizing withdrawal to its pre-20th century isolationism.

This is Brzezinski’s fear.

Consider: the US was offered this possibility of global domination only with the fall of the Soviet Union – a short 25 years ago.  A short 25 years ago, the US stood as the sole global power.

Fifteen years ago, the US government was handed (or created or allowed) the best gift it could ask for if one wanted excuses to surround Russia and China with war and turmoil. That “gift,” it turns out, also sowed the seeds of ultimate destruction – the likely outcome that Brzezinski now warns against.

Twenty-five years and all of that political capital spent and wasted.  What a drastic fall in such a short time.

Returning to Whitney:

…Clinton is still fully committed to expanding US hegemony across Asia. She doesn’t understand the risks this poses for the country or the world. She’s going to persist with the interventions until the US war-making juggernaut is stopped dead-in-its-tracks which, judging by her hyperbolic rhetoric, will probably happen some time in her first term.

Brzezinski presents a rational but self-serving plan to climb-down, minimize future conflicts, avoid a nuclear conflagration and preserve the global order. (aka — The “dollar system”) But will bloodthirsty Hillary follow his advice?

Not a chance.

For some reason, Whitney never mentions Trump as the alternative – as one who comes closer to Brzezinski’s new position.

Yet, Trump is that alternative.  And this is why Trump has survived his many blunders to win the Republican nomination.  And this is why I place better-than-even odds that he will win in November.

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The South and the West–Targets for cultural destruction

There has been a lot in the past couple years in the news media (if such it can be called) about problems in the West with the Feds… out to destroy the ranching culture…While this problem might not be quite as openly apparent in the South it is still there, and beginning to manifest itself more and more, both with the ethnic cleansing campaign in regard to anything Confederate, and also with what people can and can’t do with their own land (which the Feds really consider to be theirs).

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsOld Ben Franklin is supposed to have said, “We must all hang together or else we are sure to hang separately.” There could not be a more fitting commandment for the Southern and the Western cultures.  Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute

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Frequently in recent years I have commented on the fact that the cultural American South and the cultural American West have the very same Federal adversaries. Therefore it seems reasonable to me that Southern and Western Americans that wish to preserve their unique cultures should sit down and talk with one another and seek ways to help one another prevent the planned destruction of both of our cultures. Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View

There has been a lot in the past couple years in the news media (if such it can be called) about problems in the West with the Feds basically, if the truth were known, trying to run ranchers off their land because they seem to have a “more compelling” use for that land than the folks who have ranched and farmed it for the past 150 years, and please let’s don’t kid ourselves–the Feds are out to destroy the ranching culture in the Far West. It is one small residue of authentic American culture that they absolutely loathe because it breeds an independent spirit and the Feds hate independence, especially for ordinary folks, when we should all be getting programmed for the United Nations Agenda 21 scenario where no one has any independence. Anyone that has followed even the crooked news media has to realize that, in the West, the Feds are laboring mightily to crush any local independence.

While this problem might not be quite as openly apparent in the South it is still there, and beginning to manifest itself more and more, both with the ethnic cleansing campaign in regard to anything Confederate, and also with what people can and can’t do with their own land (which the Feds really consider to be theirs).The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1) The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2)

The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3) I recently got an article off the Kennedy Twins web site written by my good friend and co-author Donnie Kennedy entitled Crows, Slimy Frogs and Federal Tyranny. Donnie’s article points up several areas in which the problems of the Southerner and Westerner are just about identical.A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual

Donnie observes: “From Point (Louisiana) we turn to the other end of the once sovereign State of Louisiana, where a land owner in St. Tammany Parish has run afoul of the Federal Registry, the EPA, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It seems that fifty years ago his land was the habitat of the Mississippi Gopher Frog. The Federal Government in its ‘wisdom’ had determined to reintroduce this frog onto its ancient habitat–landowner be damned, the frogs and the Feds come first! Of course the Federal Government is assuring everyone  that it has no desire to disabuse the landowner of his property and everything will be done to make sure they can co-exist peacefully. Just stop and think. How much value has this man lost because his land is now under the ‘oversight’ of the Federal Government?  Before any change can be made on his property, it must pass Federal scrutiny. The value of his property has been greatly reduced and he must stand and obey the edicts of the supreme Federal Government.” Sound familiar to any of you folks in the West?  Can anyone say “desert tortoise”?

Years ago a man in the John Birch Society gave a speech I never forgot. He talked for over two hours with no notes. He had it all in his head. I heard him give the same speech on two different occasions. One thing he said always stuck with me. He said “It’s not really who owns the property that’s important. It’s who controls it.” The one who controls what can or can’t be done with the property, in essence, “owns” it no matter whose name is on the deed.

Same situation with property taxes. You may own property and have your name on the deed, but if you fail to pay your yearly rent for the use of that property then some governing body will come along and take “your” property and you can light your cigar with your deed because all it will be worth is the price of a good match.We really need to begin rethinking our concepts of property, of taxes, of Federal regulations and a whole lot more because implicit in all government taxes, both West and South, is the concept that government really owns it all and we are only there by their sufferance. You may not like that thought. I may not like it but we really need to start thinking about it because, in Federal eyes, that’s the way it really is.

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Milwaukee

I can think of no way to solve the country’s racial disaster. Can you?

I sure can. Abolish government and let nature take its course. — jtl, 419

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The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsContinuity is comforting. The sun rises, the value of pi remains unchanged, businesses burn, cars are smashed, and rioters with the minds of children and the hormones of adults throw bricks at the police. All in good fun.

  Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute These incidents seem to come at shorter intervals. In characteristic confusion, in Milwaukee the mob believed that the dead man was shot in the back when the body-cam video show that he was raising a pistol toward the policeman (Milwaukee, Wisconsin ). Either they can’t read, don’t read, don’t have access to the internet, or don’t care. As usual, sixty years after Brown vs. the School Board they shout in illiterate semi-English.

  Combat Shooter's Handbook It isn’t working. The racial thing, I mean. The hunting of whites, beatings of whites, calls for attacks on whites. In the age of cell phones, the media can hide only so much.

To avoid admitting that we are seeing a racial Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian Viewinsurgency, the media insist that the police are the problem.  They are not. Blacks are unmistakably gripped by a powerful racial hatred of white people. If the police were perfect, nothing would change.

Milwaukee

Teen neighbor charged with capital murder in slaying of burned elderly veteran” Why is this not racism, or even reprehensible, whereas describing this jewel as what he is results in being fired? “(Birmingham police lieutenant Sean) Edwards said that the preliminary investigation shows the suspect and the victim had an argument, before the victim was doused with gasoline and set on fire.”

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A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualPerennial problems come in two flavors, those that we can’t solve and those that we won’t solve. For example the war on Afghanistan could be ended simply by bringing the troops home. We just choose not to do it.

I can think of no way to solve the country’s racial disaster. Can you?

Ritual chantings about racism, discrimination, white privilege, institutional racism, and so on are neither a program nor a solution. (Incidentally, why is “Kill Whitey” not racist?) Neither is documenting the intense racism of blacks, interracial-rape ratios, crime, and low scores on promotional examinations.

For the moment, let us assume that all of the complaints of blacks and their allies are correct. All right. We have done that. Now what?

There seems to be no solution. The underlying problem that will not go away is that blacks as a race have not shown themselves able to function in a modern society. Degrees and exceptions yes, but the central fact remains. One is not supposed to say this, and would that it were not true, but it is.

In particular they have lagged far behind academically. Attribute causation as you wish. The condition remains. It has proved impervious to every conceivable social program. For this reason affirmative action has become an entitlement rather than an entry point. For this reason the blacks in the blighted cities will never be employable. Everything works against them, most potently  their own attitudes. Joblessness rises among better qualified whites. Obama brings in more Latinos to compete with blacks.

Further, those in the ghettos show little disposition either to study or to work. This also is an obvious truth that one must not utter. A Mexican woman will work as a maid until she figures out something better; a black woman will not. A young Salvadoran man will make his way up Central America, through Mexican police likely to beat him, ride the Train of Death to the US border, and sneak into a country whose language he does not understand to work construction and send money back to his family. A black in Chicago won’t buy a Greyhound ticket to the same job. Yes, there are reasons. A condition does not go way merely because there is a reason for it.

It isn’t working.

Does anyone, black or white, man or woman, Left or Right, see any hope of change? Apparently not, since discussion consists entirely of vituperation. Squalling about conservative racism or liberal hypocrisy does nothing at all to change anything at all. Blacks, the only ones who could render their schools orderly, or make their children do their homework, or persuade their women to essay matrimony, do not.

The cultural divide appears unbridgeable. Blacks are a self-aware, aggrieved, and angry people widely apart from the civilization of whites. They have little desire for assimilation and indeed actively reject it. In Mexico, blacks speak normal Spanish and, in France, normal French. In America, Dat be actin’ white. They give their children strange names, Latoyota and Keeshawn, to maintain distance from whites. Their music is both frequently obscene and frequently hostile to whites. “Acting white,” as for example by studying, is punitively disdained. This is not headed for comfortable multicultural commensalism.

The core of blackness seems to consist of, first, a belief that all of their travails spring from the malignity of whites and, second, that whites owe it to them to solve their problems.

In politics, the focus is entirely on cosmetics. For example, Obama has ordered the Justice Department to use “justice-involved youth” instead of “juvenile delinquent,” and to cease using the word “Negro.” How this will improve literacy in the ghetto is not clear. He wants schools to suspend black and white students proportionately, being unhappy that blacks are suspended at higher rates. His is the quintessential black point of view:  Everything springs from racism, of which blacks don’t have any, and the solution is a federal regulation.

Obama never says that black kids ought to study more or that black women ought to behave responsibly in childbearing. He clearly believes them incapable of it, a position is indistinguishable from that of the KKK. They both seem to be right.

Why should things be otherwise? Blacks have no roots in European civilization, nor in African, if any  Slavery decultured the slaves, leading to a free-floating miasma of American blacknism. This is unfortunate, which changes nothing.The denomination “African-American” serves more to separate them from whites than to link them to Africa. American African might be more realistic.

The racial experiment has failed. We must not say so, but I suspect that most of us know it. To admit it would be to concede the unspeakable. The horrible question arises again: What now?

It is apparent that nothing of any use in going to be done and probably that nothing can be done. The police? Pulling all police out of black neighborhoods would end complaints of racism by cops. It would also leave the ghettos utterly controlled by criminals. Take your choice.

The calls for the burning of white neighborhoods do not bode well. Whites often are well armed. Gun sales are way up. Men I know have no desire to shoot anyone but will do so if their homes are threatened.

What now? The Fergusons, Baltimores, and Milwaukees may calm down, but if they do, the underlying situation will not change. Nobody seems to have any more idea than I do what to do about it, which is no idea at all.

What now?

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The Sniper Who Slayed More Than 100 Union Soldiers

When two of Hinson’s sons were caught with rifles by a Union patrol while hunting squirrels, they were executed on suspicion of guerrilla activity, their decapitated heads delivered to Bubbling Springs, the Hinson plantation, and mounted on gateposts. That was the day that 57-year-old Hinson’s neutrality came to an end.

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As the Union gunboat captain waited to surrender to a detachment of Confederate troops — perhaps guerrillas — he and his men grew restless. They’d just suffered a battering from the bluff above as they wended along the Tennessee River, which forced them to capitulate.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteNo one came, and they eventually continued on — oblivious to the fact that they’d been beaten into near submission by a solitary sniper. The American Civil War, which in many ways was the first modern war — think Gatling guns, railroads and submarines — was a bloody affair, and its ripple effects, from flags to the brutal legacy of slavery, are still felt today. But in this unique case, the story of Jack Hinson illustrates more elemental reasons why someone would choose to take up arms: love and vengeance.

Their decapitated heads were delivered to Bubbling Springs, the Hinson plantation, and mounted on gateposts, and that was the day that 57-year-old Hinson’s neutrality came to an end.

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A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View“Old Man” Hinson was a businessman and plantation owner living in the Between the Rivers (now the Land Between the Lakes) region of Kentucky and Tennessee when the Civil War broke out. While a Southerner at heart, he was firmly against secession and war. But because his land was located on a strategic peninsula bordered by the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers, war came to him. In 1861, Tennessee joined the Confederacy, and Union forces, led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, soon entered the territory. During the battle for Fort Donelson in 1862, a fairly neutral Hinson ferried information between the skirmishing armies, delivering firsthand intelligence to Confederate Brig. Gen. Gideon J. Pillow, and when he realized the Confederates were about to surrender, to Grant himself.

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With bluecoats entrenched, bushwhackers (aka Southern guerrillas) began targeting Union troops. When two of Hinson’s sons were caught with rifles by a Union patrol while hunting squirrels, they were executed on suspicion of guerrilla activity, their decapitated heads delivered to Bubbling Springs, the Hinson plantation, and mounted on gateposts. That was the day that 57-year-old Hinson’s neutrality came to an end.

“Almost everyone in Between the Rivers was descended from Highland Scots,” McKenney says, pointing to the fact that many back then had retained Highland values and customs, like the “law of vengeance.” Hinson bided his time, freed his slaves, had a special .50-caliber, 18-pound Kentucky rifle made and then launched his campaign. He started with the lieutenant responsible for killing his sons. A few months later, he dispatched the soldier who’d planted their heads on his gateposts. Eventually, word of Hinson’s exploits reached the Union Army, and they set Bubbling Springs ablaze — the unintended consequence being an even more enraged Hinson was unleashed to wage his war.

Hinson targeted Union cavalrymen, officers, gunboats, transports and river pilots. While he only carved 36 notches in his rifle for confirmed kills — cadavers he could walk up to and kick — McKenney reckons Hinson really slayed over a hundred, based on newspaper accounts and other records, not to mention the fact that the Union Army devoted hundreds of men to hunting Hinson down.

Daniel E. Sutherland, author of A Savage Conflict: The Decisive Role of Guerrillas in the American Civil War, believes Hinson would’ve been viewed in differing ways. “Such men could be a source of pride in a Confederate community, but that depended on whether their neighbors saw them as a help or hindrance to the security of the community,” he says. While the Confederate government tolerated freelance guerrillas, by the spring of 1862, “the government discouraged their actions by forming the Partisan Rangers, government-sanctioned irregulars who were to work in conjunction with the conventional army,” Sutherland says.

From his perch and blind above the Tennessee River, Hinson exacted a murderous toll on the military that had harmed him so. Although he eluded capture, Jack paid a heavy price: He lost seven children during the conflict and had to maintain a low profile after it ended because he remained a wanted man. His story serves as a reminder that while world leaders often rely on propaganda and big ideas to serve as fuel for war, sometimes a man simply fights because of personal loss — and the need for bloodstained revenge.

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Murder of a Rancher

Sheriff Zollman — What Will You Tell Jack Yantis’s Widow?

 

Assuming that Zollman isn’t willing to do either of the foregoing, he should candidly admit to the public supposedly served by his office that their lives are less valuable than those of his deputies; that the testimony of a local citizen is never to Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institutebe credited when that citizen accuses deputies of misconduct; that the personal safety of his deputies is the only important consideration in any encounter with a member of the public; and that he is willing to protect the job security of deputies who have exhibited lethal incompetence even when this means putting the public at avoidable risk.

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A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View“It’s clear that in the nation, law enforcement, we’re under attack, and we just have a reason here in Adams County,” simpered Zollman in a television interview shortly after Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden made the entirely predictable announcement that Roland and Wood would not face criminal charges.

Zollman invites the public to pretend that the deputies, not the man they killed without cause or the prospect of facing accountability, are the victims, their egos gravely wounded by criticism from the public that has continued to pay their salaries and – for reasons that defy my understanding —  retains an ingenuous belief in the legitimacy of their profession.

People who pursue a career in law enforcement rarely expose themselves to peril and are often burdened with an overdeveloped capacity for self-pity. From the moment the Adams County deputies gunned down a rancher in an act of criminally negligent homicide – after pleading with him to finish a dangerous task that exceeded their subsidized but inadequate skill-set – Zollman and his comrades made protection of the killers their highest priority.

To understand how law enforcement administrators would deal with an incident of this kind in a relatively civilized country, it’s useful to recall how Haraldur Johannessen, Reykjavik’s Chief of Police, reacted after his officers fatally shot a man who had been sniping at pedestrians from an apartment window. That December 2, 2013, the episode was the first fatal police shooting of a suspect by police in Iceland … well, in the entire history of that country since it achieved independence in 1944. “Police regret this incident and would like to extend their condolences to the family of the man,” Johannessen said during a press conference following the incident.

None of the officers involved in the raid regarded what they did as heroic. While acknowledging that deadly force had to be used to protect the public, several of the officers – soul-sick over their involvement in ending an irreplaceable human life – sought grief counseling. Their ability to see a violent criminal suspect as a fellow human being didn’t detract from their efficiency and professionalism.

I suspect that this is because police in Iceland, whatever else can be said about their training and professional conduct, have not been marinated in the same “No Hesitation” – “Officer Safety uber alles” indoctrination that is de rigueur for American law enforcement personnel, and that unlike their American counterparts Icelandic police are not protected by the pernicious legal fiction called “qualified immunity.”

The US(S)A is a country in which a police officer who risks his life by using non-lethal tactics to end a violent confrontation can be threatened with administrative punishment – or can find himself fired outright and subject to official retaliation for exposing the abusive behavior of his former comrades.

That the deputies who slaughtered Jack Yantis were never in substantial danger of prosecution was made clear by Zollman’s eagerness to reinstate them to patrol duty within days of the killing – long before the Attorney General had completed the cynical charade of an investigation. In late November, just two weeks after Yantis’s funeral, Zollman told the Idaho Statesman that the deputies would return “when they tell me they’re good to go. Some come back quicker, some come back later.”

The only practical consideration, apparently, was the emotional resilience of the killers. Zollman was prepared to put them back on patrol the moment they had overcome whatever trivial misgivings they may have had about killing the next time an opportunity presented itself.

Jack Yantis, obviously, is never coming back. His wife Donna, who was assaulted on the scene and shackled by the men who had just executed her husband, did rebound from the heart attack precipitated by the criminal actions of Zollman’s deputies, but she will never fully recover from the loss she suffered at their hands.

What happened to Yantis and his family, from Zollman’s perspective, was a shame. The real tragedy would be if the deputies who gunned him down and then left him to bleed to death were to lose their entitlements as members of the punitive caste.

While the Yantis family absorbed the horror of what Zollman’s deputies had done to them, Zollman – with the help of other local agencies – assigned tax-subsidized manpower to guard the homes of the men who killed him. This was done despite the fact that Wood was characterized by one of his colleagues as a “sociopath” capable of killing fellow officers if they were sent to arrest him.

At about that time, Wood was the subject of an “officer safety” flier, even though the public at large wasn’t warned of the danger he represented.

From this, we can learn everything necessary to know about the priorities of those who presume to rule us, but there is additional evidence to consider as well.

“Is he coming back as an Officer in Adams County and when?” asked Adams County resident Janet Fields of Tami J. Faulhaber, a Senior Investigator in the Idaho Attorney General’s office, in a May 2 email. The question referred to Deputy Roland, from whom Fields had received Facebook comments she considered threatening in nature.

“This seems to be getting worse as your Department allows the two officers that shot and killed Jack Yantis to walk around beating their chests,” Fields protested. “The people in this community, my husband and I are tired of being afraid of the very people who are supposed to be here to protect and serve us. I am tired of feeling like I have to have a tape recorder … every time I go to the grocery store in town or that our CCP [Concealed Carry Permit] may get us shot by the very people who issued them.”

Officials did take the concerns of local citizens into account – which is to say, they treated them as threats to the safety of the men who killed Jack Yantis.

“Paul – we have discussed here in the office a concern that we have for the safety of the officers when the announcement is made, regardless of what the decision is,” wrote Carl Ericson, Legal Counsel for the Idaho Risk Management Program, in a July 21 email to Paul Panther of the AG’s office. “There is a legitimate worry about possible vigilantism and it could pose a risk to the officers if charges are filed against them and they have not been taken into custody (or voluntarily surrendered) at the time the decision is announced. On the other hand, if no charges are being filed, they may want to leave town to protect themselves prior to the announcement of no charges…. It would be more difficult if they are given a heads up that no charges are being filed and they then start broadcasting it to the world before the announcement.”

Roland and Wood, who have been taking victory laps in the media, are not in danger of being lynched, and they never were. As noted previously, Roland and Wood were also never in serious danger of being charged, because of this killing – like every fatal officer-involved shooting– was investigated as an “assault on law enforcement.”

Rather than seeking to establish probable cause –as he would in any similar case not involving the State’s costumed enforcers – AG Wasden used the investigation to build a case against the dead victim.

To conclude that there was no basis for filing criminal charges against Roland and Wood is, inescapably, the same thing as concluding that Yantis deserved to die. If Roland and Wood had been acquitted following a trial, the public could reasonably conclude that the deputies were in the wrong, and that Yantis was an innocent victim, and that the evidence simply wasn’t adequate to support a conviction. Whether or not the deputies had been convicted of a crime (most likely manslaughter), there is a sense in which a trial was necessary to clear the name of their victim. By refusing to allow the prosecution to proceed, however, Wasden effectively convicted Jack Yantis of attempting, or at least threatening, to murder Deputies Roland and Wood–and in doing so he contradicts abundant evidence that should have been examined by a jury of Adams County citizens.

Jack Yantis must have been a criminal because otherwise, the deputies wouldn’t have killed him.  That is Sheriff Zollman’s position on the issue. Is he willing to say this to Donna Yantis?

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Doomsday Lite! As Seen On TV!

The plan…says that people should stock 10 days worth of food and water, energy, money and medicine that would allow them to stay put long enough for the government to respond. Huh, if that was to be proposed here, you better stockpile 15 years worth

lol Yep. — jtl, 419

Hey, what does Germany know that we don’t know? Or, rather, aren’t being told by the government? Their government is telling them to start stockpiling food and water for The Doomsday Event (As Seen On TV!!!) No? Well, have a look.

Gosh, as much as America loves Doomsday, how come we’ve been left out of the loop on this? I feel like they threw an End-Of-The-World Party and we weren’t invited. Maybe they don’t want us to live through it. Do you think? Doomsday has always been a crowd-pleaser, so to speak, since the year 999 AD ticked over into 1000 AD. Of course, everyone was very disappointed when the world didn’t end as clerical authorities had promised. Worse, they were going to have to pay those taxes after all.

The plan is reportedly contained in a government civil defense document, which says that people should stock 10 days worth of food and water, energy, money and medicine that would allow them to stay put long enough for the government to respond. Huh, if that was to be proposed here, you better stockpile 15 years worth of supplies to await the government to respond. They’ll be hiding in their own bunkers which have a 100 year supply of Xanax. Think they’re going to come out of that crash pad and bail your sorry butt out? And why stockpile money? Who’s got the Doomsday Dollars?

I actually did a bit of “Cold War archaeology” and discovered that American fallout shelters were stocked with the following: Huge tins of graham crackers, smaller tins of hard candy-colored yellow and pink, cardboard barrel toilets with rolls of paper and blue sanitizer inside, Geiger counters, dosimeters, and cases of canned water. That’s it! No drugs like the government generously provided themselves with. And we only know about the Xanax. I bet they had some other stuff, too, as a result of police confiscations. Right, and we were supposed to stay in that rat hole for two weeks with graham crackers for supper and a cardboard barrel to crap in. Thanks, Civil Defense! And this group of geniuses became FEMA, by the way.

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I noticed that the German government has connected this prep scheme to Islamic terrorism. So, why ten days? Is that the projected days of taking cover from fallout, down from the two weeks of the Cold War? In other words, do they think someone has gotten a hold of some fissile material, a suitcase nuke, or maybe just found some highly radioactive material that can be assembled into a “dirty bomb”? Now if that is the case, you can bet your bottom Doomsday Dollar that our government won’t tell us that. They’ll wait until the weapon has been used and thousands are dead before saying, “Oh, we know who did it!” just a scant few hours after the attack. Like they’ve done in every attack. Kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

I remember the Y2K freak-out where Americans thought a simple calendar click would manifest the End Times for us. Sadly, we forgot that it was only the Western calendar that did this. Lunar calendars were still in a different year. My co-workers said, “Are you ready for Y2K??!! Have you got food stockpiled??!” I said, no, I don’t need to stockpile food. I’ve got 100 arrows, 2 good longbows, and I know where all my neighbors’ dogs are. They’ll stop feeding the pooch early on and I’ll turn out great German Shepherd Jambalaya and Delta Dog Gumbo directly. Hey, with the right spices, everything is possible.

But I am still wondering what the German government thinks while ours is going into overtime telling us, “Hey, it’s all good, no worries, we’ve got this under control despite two major shooting attacks within the United States…” Well, I’m ready. Food water, plenty of tobacco, Bible, books, spices (you never know and dogs are more popular than ever), playing cards, poker chips, and other such necessities that the government attempts to control, tax, or regulate. I don’t think ISIS, Inc. can have more than maybe one or two nuclear devices unless the CIA had time to spirit them a couple more via clandestine arms shipments to the “Syrian moderates”. So I don’t think we’ll need to hole up more than two weeks tops. It won’t be Doomsday. I know, I know: Aw, shucks! But we might wish it was once the government pops the cork on the Patriot Act and declares martial law.

Maybe nothing will happen. Everyone will remain blissfully engrossed in cell phone conversations and walking into traffic, watching reality shows about hyper-modified celebrities, and the government will return to nagging us about enrolling in ObamaCare. But maybe ISIS is ready to try and top al-Qaida and become the new celebrity of international terrorism. Be that as it may, I am shocked that the government hasn’t used this opportunity to resurrect Civil Defense and then have another federal agency to dump billions of dollars into. Plus another method to force people to enroll in another government program by stipulating everyone has to buy into Civil Defense and have government-approved supplies on hand. Usually, our government never misses a chance to spend more money and force another draconian law or “program” upon us.

I suppose that this might just be Doomsday Lite. All of the fear but only a fraction of the casualties. I mean, seriously, if it’s just a terrorist shooting attack, why tell everyone to hunker down for ten days? The terrorists would need to have a truckload of ammo and a forklift to keep on shooting for that long. What’s the army going to do? Just look out the window, shrug, and say, “That’s a jurisdictional issue. We can’t intervene in local disputes. Any donuts left in the break room?” And they’ve projected a ten-day battle? Wow, there’s a Best By Date for it! The terrorists will say, “It’s Day Nine! We need to win or this war will go sour and we can’t get our money back!” I’m not sure what the store will need as far as receipts or what the return policy is on failed insurrections.

What happens if this possible “problem” goes into extra innings? Suppose it’s Day Ten and it looks like no one is going to win before Day Eleven or even Day Twelve rolls around? Can the government set up an emergency snack bar and send around some hot dog vendors to take care of restive crowds holed up in de facto do-it-yourself bunkers? They were told ten days. And we all know that if a government says ten days, what they mean is ten months. They’ll probably have to go around and collect skeletons after a year which will save money on leak-proof body bags. “Well, we had good intentions when we told them ten days and our experts predicted that number. How were we supposed to know that the squabble between federal and local authorities would get tied up in court for ten months before it was decided who should go out and battle ISIS?”

The end is near! Stock up! Everyone should have a ten day supply of salt-and-vinegar potato chips, Irish Breakfast tea, beef jerky, 500 rum-soaked cigars, ten decks of playing cards and several thousand pennies, and at least twenty pounds of chocolate. When people tell you that you can drink water from the toilet, they mean the tank, not the bowl. Make a note of that. And if the government finally sends you a civil defense pamphlet, keep it. Toilet paper could be in short supply when ISIS cuts off the toilet paper pipeline and brings America to its knees.

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Beware the Academic Zika Virus

They (your children) will not learn that socialist governments in the twentieth century murdered more than 100 million of their own people for dissenting or being suspected of dissenting to the imposition of socialism…

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1) The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)  Nor will they be told that, worldwide, governments murder 42 million of the most innocent and helpless among us (the fetus) EVERY YEAR! — jtl, 419

By Thomas DiLorenzo via LewRockwell.com  

Combat Shooter's Handbook Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsBy now just about everyone has heard of the zika virus, transmitted by mosquitos, which is said to cause brain damage in children.  As worrisome as this is, an even bigger brain damage threat to young people is what I call the academic zika virus, transmitted by left-wing, politically-correct “educators.”  There are exceptions, but undergraduate education in America has become one big socialist indoctrination academy that fills students’ heads with cultural Marxist myths, superstitions, and falsehoods while inculcating an infantile culture that teaches students to run crying to “safe rooms” if a dissenting voice should somehow appear on campus.  All of this can be yours for a mere 50 grand a year at many universities.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewSend your son or daughter off to a college or university this fall and they will discover that there is no greater cause than supporting the ideas of Comrade Bernie Sanders, the proud socialist who tried to become president by offering lots of free stuff, Santa Clause style, to America’s youth, who voted for him by the millions.

Your child is not likely to be taught the eternal economic truth that there is no such thing as a free lunch; that  neither university professors nor doctors and nurses are slaves who are forced to work for free so that there can be no such thing as “free” higher education or healthcare.  Someone has to pay for it, and that someone will be them.  

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualThey will likely graduate without ever hearing that socialism has destroyed the economy of every country where it has been adopted, including most recently oil-rich Venezuela, where middle-class people are literally rooting through garbage in the streets looking for food, barely fifteen years after its socialist “revolution” under the late communist Hugo Chavez.  They will not learn that socialist governments in the twentieth century murdered more than 100 million of their own people for dissenting or being suspected of dissenting to the imposition of socialism and the confiscation of their property, farms, and businesses by government thugs.

The Black Book of Communism and Death by Government, two scholarly, university press books that horrifyingly document all of this, will not be on any reading list.  Yet their socialist professors with Che Guevara or Mao posters hanging on their office walls will always take the moral high road while advocating in their classrooms the ideology that was the cause of the worst crimes in human history.  (When Yours Truly adopted The Communist Manifesto in a class on “Capitalism and its Critics” one student complained that it was the fourth time he was required to read the book, but the other three professors treated it as a roadmap for a future America, not a poisonous historical relic).

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Your student will not learn that Sweden was a very prosperous country in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries because it was a limited government, low-tax society that spawned many great inventors and entrepreneurs (Alfred Nobel, Volvo, and Saab), but that that prosperity was stopped in its tracks when Sweden adopted “democratic socialism” in mid-century.  As a result, Sweden ate up (with taxes) the wealth created by previous generations, so much so that not a single net new job was created there from 1950 to 2005 according to the Swedish Economic Association.  And when the Swedish central bank tried to bail out the floundering Swedish welfare state, it created 500% interest rates. (The same bank that pretentiously awards the Nobel Prize in Economic Science!).

Your college student will be subjected to the old socialist propaganda tactic of accusing critics of socialism or socialistic policies of basing their opposition on hate, not logic or facts.  A conservative or libertarian professor who discusses how welfare harms the work ethic and causes family break-ups will be accused of hating the poor.  An economist who explains that a $15/hour minimum wage would cause massive unemployment among teenagers who are not yet capable of producing $15/hour for a business will be branded a capitalist tool and a paid propagandist. The same goes for the economist who criticizes price controls.  Who could be against lower prices but a paid corporate propagandist?

An economist may well be fired or denied tenure for pointing out the well-known fact that if one controls for marriage and choice of occupation, then there is no male/female “wage gap” caused by “discrimination” at all; in fact, many studies show that after such controls are made American women are paid slightly more than men.

Good luck to any professor who, following the pioneering research of Nobel laureate economist Gary Becker, explains how competition in a capitalistic marketplace tends to diminish or eliminate wage discrimination based on race.  The simple theory is that if an employer pays two equally productive employees differently, say paying the black employee half of what the white employee is paid, he creates a profit opportunity for his competitors, who will certainly take advantage of it.  A man who can produce say $100,000/year for a business but who is paid only $30,000 because of discrimination could be offered double the salary by a competing employer who would then pocket the difference between $100,000 and $60,000.  And another employer would offer him even more, and perhaps another.  If there’s enough labor market competition the wage gap between black and white employees will eventually disappear.

This very mainstream (in the economics profession, anyway) line of reasoning typically causes heads to explode in the PC world of academe, for one of its most cherished superstitions is that “the legacy of slavery” has forever left black people at an economic disadvantage, no matter how educated, skilled, talented, etc. they become.  They still need to be “adopted” for life by the government and cared for like feeble little children.

Very few students will learn that more capitalistic (and therefore more prosperous) countries are overwhelmingly cleaner, environmentally speaking, than socialist countries.  They will not learn that the worst ecological disasters of the past century were in the socialist countries of the Soviet empire, China, and elsewhere, and that event today, socialist governments in countries like Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, have been responsible for turning large parts of their countries into environmental cesspools.

Peaceful, voluntary exchange in the marketplace, including an international trade that promotes mutual understanding, enriches traders from both countries and deters war, will be relentlessly demonized and condemned.  All business people will be placed in the same moral category as Bernie Madoff, and your student will be taught that since the profits of capitalism are rooted in such immoral behavior, it is imperative that business owners be taxed as heavily as possible in order to “redistribute” their ill-gotten gains.  Their own parents, who might have started a successful business of their own and saved the profits to pay astronomical tuition at “the best” schools, may well be described as crooks and con artists – along with all other business people.

These are just a few examples of the avalanche of lies that today’s college students are routinely exposed to at America’s socialist indoctrination academies.  When dissenting views are expressed on campuses, they are usually the result of the efforts of a small group of conservative or libertarian students who have secured private funding for an “outside lecturer” after being quickly and rudely turned down by university administrators after naively asking them for say, $500, for a speaker after their university paid six-figure speaking fees paid to leftists like Hillary Clinton (who reportedly cut UCLA a break by cutting her normal fee to a mere $300,000).

Whenever such funding is acquired by conservative or libertarian students, it is often the case that the speaker will be met with screaming protesters who will attempt to censor his views with their bad behavior while administrators look the other way.  The administration may imply that the speaker is some kind of Nazi by informing the campus community that a “safe room” will be set aside where students can isolate themselves from such “hate speech.”  Or, after the speech the speaker will be condemned as “insensitive” to minorities, which is the academic Left’s way of calling someone a racist without incurring the legal liability of a defamation lawsuit.  In any event, college students are treated like scared little babies whose delicate ears need to be shielded from the horrors of free speech.

This totalitarian attack on academic freedom and free speech has now become routine in America’s socialist indoctrination academies, who have adopted the advice of the old Marxist Herbert Marcuse, who began arguing in the 1960s that only “the oppressed” in society deserve free speech.  Allowing “the oppressors” to speak freely only exacerbates the amount of “oppression” in society.  A devoted communist, Marcuse wanted to ban all criticisms of communism on college campuses, and he has succeeded to a very large extent.

There are islands of sanity in the sea of insanity that is the American academic world.  Economic departments tend to be not quite as crazy as some other disciplines, and if your son or daughter is a serious engineering or pre-med student, he or she will spend less time being brainwashed by leftists who dominate the social sciences and the humanities.  Even so, they will most likely be treated like skunks at a picnic if they voice “politically incorrect” opinions to their classmates.

Now sit down and write that $50,000 tuition check; school starts right after Labor [Union] Day.

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The Marine Corps Institute (MCI) develops correspondence courses for Marines with all kinds of Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) on all manner of subjects. This is one of those courses.

The print is relatively small because that is the way it was in the original and this is an exact reproduction. Also, as a tribute to the individual (and a touch of reality), you will notice that the editorial pencil marks and underlined passages that were put there by the Marine that took this course. They were intentionally left in the reproduction.

This version of the course was authorized in September of 1984. With the exception the development of Infrared technology, it contains information and techniques that have changed very little since the Vietnam war. These battle proven tactics are as valid today as they were in Quang Nam province in 1968.

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Ole Miss Continues Its March Toward “Relevancy”

I wonder–how many of those that send their kids to Ole Miss that are from the South realize what is going on–and if they realized it would they be in agreement with it? And if they couldn’t agree with the hatchet job being done on their culture, would they consider putting their kids in some other school–if they could find another one that wasn’t doing the same thing? Years ago author William Lind wrote an article in which he called America’s colleges “little ivy-covered North Korea’s” He was right too.

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by Al Benson Jr.

It seems that many of these colleges and universities in the South today don’t really feel “relevant” anymore, or maybe the proper term might be “politically correct” or more properly yet “culturally Marxist.” Somehow, it seems, their leadership and faculties must labor to convince  the cultural Marxists out there that they really, sincerely, want to play their game, but they have to do it in such a way that it will not alert those who still cherish Southern culture as to their true intent.

Therefore, they take the classical Fabian socialist approach that they might attain their intended destruction of Southern culture incrementally, all the while assuring those that might send their kids to be “educated” in their Ivory Towers that they really do treasure Southern culture and heritage, but, for the sake of being relevant in today’s changing world, they must work at soft-peddling that…

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Paris, 1787: It Reaches Manhattan, Doubtless Due to Continental Drift

 When people realize that they really have no country, only a collection of rapacious interests, history becomes…creative.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsWe Vietnam veterans realized that upon our “homecoming.” We expressed it as “coming ‘home’ to a place we had never been.” — jtl, 419

by Fred Reed via Fred on Everyghing

Combat Shooter's Handbook  It is easy to underestimate the peasantry, the little people. They appear well under control. All seems calm, unless one looks carefully. The means of control work smoothly: the legions, the church, the media, the secret police, the enforcers of political correctness.  The serfs are cowed. Why worry about a distant peonage? Do we not have our castles? Let us dance and drink champagne.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute And comes the guillotine.

I know three young women of exceptional intelligence and talent, all of them mature and disciplined. They cannot find jobs. It is not from lack of trying, far from it. One of them is married to a hard-working man in a highly technical field usually associated with wealth. He is paid a low hourly wage and forced to work on contract, meaning that he has neither benefits nor retirement. His employers know that if he leaves, they can easily find another to take his place. They have him where they want him.

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Yet this is become a pattern. In a country that prides itself on wealth and justice and boundless opportunity, none of these things actually exists except for our Bourbons. The rich in their palaces in Manhattan and Santa Clara prosper mightily, often by impoverishing the rest. It has happened many times in history. The results have been similar.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewThe guillotine was devised as a humanitarian measure to cut off a criminal’s head cleanly, the ax-wielding headsmen of the time being notorious for missed strokes and subsequent horror. When the meek and mild peasantry rose in 1789, proving to be less meek and mild than believed, the humanitarian aspects of the instrument were forgotten. The populace just wanted to see their betters bleed. They saw.

In the United States of today, clouds gather as the royalty toast each other with expensive wines. In numbers that a half century ago would have seemed impossible, the American young live with their parents, being unable to find jobs to support themselves. Waitressing in a good bar pays better in tips than a woman with a college degree can otherwise earn, assuming that she can earn anything at all. Employers having learned to hire them as individual contractors, they move into their thirties with no hope of a pension for their old age.

Desperation and hatred are close cousins.

Meanwhile, Jeffrey Bezos of Amazon makes spaceships and buys the Washington Post as a toy and the newspapers have reported that a Croesus of Wall Street has bought a Modigliani, it may have been, for $55 million dollars.

Marie didn’t actually say, “Let them eat cake,” but might well have. Instead they ate her. But it can’t happen here. Oh no.

The homeless in San Francisco are now described as “a plague.” There seem to be ever more of them. But not to worry. Never worry. The stock market remains exuberant. In nearby Silicon Valley, a man buys a new Lamborghini every year.

The Russians simply shot their royal family in a basement in Ekaterinburg. The Romanovs, or at least those Romanovs, were actually nice people, very much an Ozzie and Harriet family. Perhaps if you met Bezos, or Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates or Elon Musk, you would find them charming, even decnet. They probably give money to charity. So did Andrew Carnegie. The Romanovs just didn’t pay enough attention. Neither, perhaps, do newer Romanovs.

Unrest breeds surprises. Maybe Louis XVI thought, “It can never happen here.” Today the African population of America is openly insurgent, the middle class sinks, jobs continue leaving under the stewardship of the rich, the government either will not or cannot enforce its laws, the borders are open, half of the country seethes in fury at the other half, and the sale of guns is at record heights.

When people realize that they really have no country, only a collection of rapacious interests, history becomes…creative. In theory, Congress and the President have the well-being of the nation at heart and at least to some extent seek to effect the betterment of the whole. Really they are carrion birds picking the carcass clean and, perhaps, planning flight to the French Riviera.

Mussolini ended as an ornament in the Italian street, hanging upside down from a meat hook. He should have paid more attention.

A short walk from the Capitol in Washington, whole housing developments lie empty, their windows sometimes bricked up to keep the derelicts out. In abandoned houses turned shooting galleries, of which there are many, empty cans of Vienna sausages and old bottles of fortified wine lie among used needles and rags stained with things better not reflected upon. You can live for a surprising time on Vienna sausages, Night Train, and Ritz crackers. Many do. Their organs eventually fail.

No one sees these things, so they cannot be important. A forty-five minute walk away, in Colonial Village across Key Bridge in Virginia, I once bought an 835-square-foot condo for $140,000 and later sold it for $300,000. It is well that the economy flourishes. We live in a land of opportunity.

In this best of all possible worlds the wealthy buy homes for $100 million and sleep secure in their beds, knowing that only half of the country would love to hang them from lamp posts. True, the rise of Donald Trump may disturb the elites a bit as they enrich themselves by sending more jobs abroad. But not to worry. Trump is only Mussolini by Disney and the fury his supporters feel toward New York and Washington will go away once we have Hillary in office. Fly-over land doesn’t really matter anyway.

Unless of course it does. In which case Uber should stock up on tumbrils.

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