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“In other words, even though wood is a renewable resource that could reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, it is being systematically outlawed by the authorities.”
This is the third consecutive winter that I’ve heated my home with firewood. We’ve got two stoves, the big one in the basement and the little one upstairs that takes the edge off when it’s -40°C. We don’t burn oil, propane or natural gas. Nor do we use any heaters powered by electricity.
Not only has this saved my family thousands of dollars for our winter heating bill, this oldest of old technological practice of burning firewood still works even if the lights go dark. Living in a rural area, we are prone to frequent blackouts and rolling outages.
What we save in dollars does cost us in time; it is a long process to block, split, stack and bring…
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Christmas is a time for reflection and renewal in the company of family and friends. This year I thought my faithful readers (Thanks Mom!) and first time visitors might enjoy something old and something new, something sacred and something, well, a little more profane……in other words, a little something for everyone in this, the annual Christmas compilation post.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!
First, the sacred: Chaplain to the RKBA Blogosphere Anthony Martin helps us all focus on the Holy-Day through music:
This year a new addition: Merry Christmas from Chuck Norris!
Or, if you prefer to commemorate the (profane) ghosts of Christmas past:
A (favorited)new addition this year to the Christmas Compilation Post:
Buried in the Real Gunfights Category Lawdog Shoots Santa Claus (hint: the second link at the end):
From the 1879 Housekeeping In Old Virginia—Christmas Wild Game Recipes:
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The 1914 Western Front Christmas Truce:
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A bunch of Good Samaritan Santa Clauses re-enact The Boston Tea Party:
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You should definitely patronize catalog merchants who support RKBA:
Last, but not least, Porky Pig sings Christmas Carols
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Ho! Ho! Ho! Happy New Year!
Raleigh Constituent drops by to bombard us all with observations from the eye of the
storm —-the most expensive Senate Race in the country……
Dear John Jacob,
The Almighty must love Bolsheviks else why populate the Earth with so many and give them
such sway over public discourse?
Neatly sandwiched between the Devil Worship Season of Halloween and The Shopping Season of
Merry Thanksgivingmas comes the biannual Silly Season of Elections here in the Sovereign
State Of North Carolina.
The air is electric with a kaleidoscope of emotions which range the gamut
from MEH… to BLEH… to YUCK! as campaign signs bloom and blossom along the highways
and byways and causeways and fairways of the fair City of Raleigh.
Bolsheviks can be spotted in all flavors and colors on local televisor screens as
they spout the quaint aged rhetoric of the 20th Century Overlord Oligarchy.
The familiar Red Diaper and Blue Dog Democrat Bolsheviks are plentiful as they tool
along newly painted bicycle lanes that now clog all major arteries (North, East, South and West)
on their 19th Century velocipedes or cruise the main lane in their glorified electric
Prius golf cartmobiles.
Rino Republican Bolsheviks can often be spotted in both Redneck and Business Suit varieties.
The Rednecks, of course, drive upper end Crew Cab pick up trucks equipped
coal roll pipes (http://on.cc.com/1rmfJZV) while the Business Suit types proudly prance in
Cadillac Escalade Tax Deductiblemobiles.
This year North Carolinians have been blessed with rare sightings of a Libertarian Bolshevik
in the person of one Sean Haugh.
A dead ringer for the geriatric version of Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman ” What me worry kid?”
Mr. Haugh’s stump speeches include the wonderful Communist tropes: “Stop all war” and “You will
not bring a gun into my house”.
So after decades of bipartisan suffocation at the ballot box and in public debates Libertarians
finally get a candidate sandwiched at the dais between Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan and his message
is “Try to spot the difference between me and Stalin?”
And even with THAT message Haugh’s GRNC 2nd Amendment rating is 4 Stars over Thom Tillis’s 3 Stars!
But I digress.
This month’s REAL NEWS, proves, once again, there is always time for another round
of Whack-A-Mole especially in the middle of election season.
Even as Senate Candidate Thom Tillis struggles to appeal to the Conservative base in spite of his
RINO record in the State Senate up pop RINO Governor Pat McCroy and Agriculture Secretary Steve
Troxler to sabotage the Tillis campaign with a completely absurd brouhaha about concealed carry
on the State Fair Grounds.
Apparently a provision in the Restaurant Carry Statute enacted almost exactly a year ago
requires removal of all Gun Ban Signs from said State Fairgrounds.
Sooo, one would think RINO Republican Agriculture Secretary Troxler would have the wisdom to
duck the issue until after election by
A. Quietly removing the offending signs without a word to anyone.
B. Give some bogus bureaucratic stonewall statement such as:Posting policy is under review by Legal Staff.
But noooo, one would think wrong!
McCroy and Troxler trip all over themselves in a joint effort to repeat Beverly Perdue’s Dove
Season debacle from legal absurdities past. (http://wp.me/pf2NX-CX)
They insist it is possible to pick fly turds from black pepper carefully enough to prove
Restaurant Carry does NOT apply to the State Fair Grounds even though the language plainly DOES apply!
A perfect replay of the logic the hapless Governor Perdue used to insist her emergency declaration
DID NOT cancel Dove Season even though it plainly did! (http://ow.ly/DwUwO)
People outside North Carolina should understand the State Fair mimics the Roman Tradition
of Bread and Circuses at the height of their Empire.
The annual fair is the State’s Largest Vote Buying Shindig. Attendance has consistently
been nearly a million visitors for the past decade.
Aggravate enough people about some minor issue at the fair and they WILL remember a week
later when they vote.
So only a few questions remain in the minds of the great unwashed masses of frayed collar
taxpayers in the Tarhell State.
1. What new innovative technique will Succubus Bolshevik Democrats use to steal an election
that should be a nailed down, glued-in-place, painted over lead pipe cinch victory for Conservatives?
2. What new innovative technique will cud chewing ungulate RINO Republicans use to snatch
defeat from the certain jaws of victory THIS time?
Will Zombie Rommey prevail with his Etch-a-Sketch campaign support?
Will Karl Rove’s Pat Boone phone call brigade turn the tide? (Seriously, Pat Boone is alive
and well and recording robocalls!)
Will the election pivot on the 4 AM late return ballot count from MagicCountem County?
Or will the Hanging Chad recount from legions of carpet bagger condominium commandos supply
the decisive blow?
Only time will tell. ONLY TIME will tell. Tune in Tuesday November 4th for the exciting conclusion.
GOBS (Good ole Bolsheviks) to the left of us, GOBS (Good ole Boys) to the right,
here we are, stuck in the quagmire again!
May the farce be with you!
Big Government is NOT the Problem! Your neighbors, your associates, in some cases your relatives are the problem. Dumb Masses encircle you.
We live now in a society so thoroughly marinated in a culture of Government Boondoggle it is impossible to untangle the threads between undistorted markets and Bureaucratic Largesse.
Large swaths of Americans do not hate government, they LOVE government for all the blessings and benefits a contract, grant funding or even just outright freebies can bring. A triple threat, we live now in a government of the boondoggle, by the boondoggle, for the boondoggle that shall never perish from the Earth!
Gone forever are the days when the biggest threat to America was some nebulous “Military/Industrial Complex”. We live now in a time of The Education/Retail Complex; The Public Transportation/Asphalt Complex; The Sewer Treatment/Industrial Pipe Complex; The Agriculture/Farm Subsidy Complex; et. al.
“Red states” and “blue states” do not define the division between those who wish for more government and those who do not.
The division for and against Leviathan Government is more accurately defined by individuals who benefit from government in some obvious direct fashion and individuals who do not.
The list of individuals who benefit from Leviathan Government Largesse is long and endless- from the Mom-and-Pop sign shop who win the lettering contract for shiny new municipal Garbage Trucks to the centralized print facility responsible for the distribution of thousands of Handicapped Parking signs across the nation;from the small businesses who bid to paint city streets with bicycle lanes to corporations who supply high end stainless steel commercial restaurant equipment to Public School Cafeterias; not to mention an entire vehicle manufacturing industry whose sole product is specialized yellow buses to transport every juvenile in modern society from every dusty nook and cranny of the country to and from the soul crushing abattoirs known as “High” Schools or “Junior” High Schools or even “Elementary” Schools.
From coast to coast and sea to shining sea, pick a card, any card, and someone, somewhere bids on the relevant government contract.
Dairy farmers? Check.
Fire Trucks? Check.
Police Patrol Cars? Check.
Traffic Lights? Check.
Traffic Signs? Check.
Tables, Chairs? Check and check.
Electronic Conference Equipment? Check.
Pencils, Paper, Pads, Office equipment? CheckCheckCheckCheckCheck.
Tired yet? Remember all this comes BEFORE ANY discussion of “THE FREE STUFF ARMY”
Yes, there remains to enumerate and identify:
Section 8 Housing
Aid to Families with Dependent Children
Earned Income Credit
Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards
Former FBI agent, Dan Smoot, succinctly summed up the situation in his broadcast number 649 January 29, 1968:
England was killed by an idea: the idea that the weak, indolent and profligate must be supported by the strong, industrious, and frugal–to the degree that tax consumers will have a living standard comparable to that of taxpayers; the idea that government exists for the purpose of plundering those who work to give the product of their labor to those who do not work. The economic and social cannibalism produced by this communist-socialist idea will destroy any society which adopts it and clings to it as a basic principle–any society.
Sleep well, America, sleep well.
Another fine tale of mischief and mayhem from the Capital of North Carolina courtesy of correspondent RALEIGH CONSTITUENT:
Players Retreat: When Liberals Collide!
Dear John Jacob;
You may have heard back in July a Purse Fight Royale’ broke out here in Raleigh at Player’s Retreat- a vintage local eatery some 60 years old- in regard to the topic of Concealed Carry.
The fuss began when newbie red diaper Liberal City Democrats faced off with the only implacable enemy they really have here in North Carolina- local yellow dog Country Democrats. Needless to say when these two paws of the same weasel engage in a philosophical shadow boxing match hijinks ensue.
At least one Dummiecrat always limps away with a black eye and bloody nose; similar to the throwdown that just unfolded in the Colorado Recall elections.
For six decades Players Retreat has been the Southern Redneck answer to the Irish Pub; the British Tavern; the German Beer Hall; or even the Super Max Prison Cafeteria with a touch of Biker Bar or Longshoreman Waterfront Dive thrown in for some additional zest.
This fine establishment was founded in 1951 when Raleigh was a true sleepy little College Town with few alternatives for after work entertainment, so the PR, as it is known, became the venue of choice for everyone including the Governor; the White Shoe attorney crowd; blue collar workers and even incoming freshman from the campus of what is now known as North Carolina State University. A true egalitarian mix of all social classes.
Nowadays under the current management of one Gus Gusler the interior ambiance has remained remarkably unchanged from earlier times – right down to the boxy wooden florescent light fixtures with trademark red bulbs and open unshielded egg crate decorative grates that trap and hold every last greasy dust bunny loose enough to float up into the half inch squares.
Why a gooey hairball never drifts back down from these ancient fixtures into the admittedly excellent food and drink served by Mr. Gusler is just part of the mysterious charm of the place.
Mr.Gusler’s big innovation has been to gentrify the menu with a fine contemporary selection of local craft beers, an exceptional assortment of upscale sipping liquors and he will even serve his clientele “Watermelon Cucumber Gazpacho with Pickled Shrimp” at their request – a far cry from the hearty robust Bernie Burger with a side of fries and a cold bottle of Miller served as yesteryear’s daily special .
So that was the state of affairs in July when the situation got a little dicey because plucky 2nd Amendment Activists at Grass Roots North Carolina managed to push through a “restaurant carry” bill in the General Assembly to legalize possession of pistols in venues which serve alcohol provided the Pistol Permit Holder does not drink.
For some reason this legislation did not sit well with Mr. Gusler, and he immediately took to Facebook to issue a swift and draconian response. He threatened to install a metal detector at the entrance to his establishment!
And THAT is when the fur began to fly!
Come to find out some of his trusted Communist fellow travelers admitted IN WRITING to possession of concealed weapons in his establishment right under his nose for the past decade regardless of current law or statute!
The allegation of criminal behavior did not sit very well with said clientele and one clienteleee immediately and publicly reminded Mr. Gusler his establishment MIGHT be guilty of serving alcohol to underage drinkers and “overserving” patrons who may have already passed their limit of alcohol consumption.
The shouting match stopped just short of summoning a code compliance visit from the Health Department to check overall sanitation and hygiene on the premises.
After all, good liberals must stick together and paper over their differences to let the good times roll!
Now outside observers of an inquiring turn of mind might notice a number of curious perplexities in this little Snafu.
Are there really Democrat Concealed Carry Pistol Permittees in North Carolina dumb enough to confess IN WRITING to the crime of weapon possession while intoxicated?
And if Democrats carry pistols while intoxicated does that not bolster the argument that criminal behavior cannot be legislated?
And if this conduct has occurred for over a decade without incident, does that fact not bolster the argument that weapons are not automatically evil and the root source of all bad things in the world? Could the truth be a malignant mentality is more likely to produce a malignant outcome than any physical object?
These and many other perplexities remain currently unresolved. And Players Retreat seems to have resumed normal operations for now.
But stay tuned. Who knows what new excitement tomorrow will bring?