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Friday, August 31, 2012

Those Still Asleep

http://tlinexile.blogspot.com/2012/08/those-still-asleep.html Comment by RegT from TL in exile...................... "And so it goes. A man on a progressive talk show continues the Progressive meme: re-write history, redefine truth until those who listen to his drivel no longer know the truth. Jefferson _may_ have been speaking of revolutions everywhere, including in France, but his words were meant for what he held dear and fought for: America. TL is correct that the words are true whether spoken by Jefferson or Ann Romney, whether about France or America, whether in the 1700's or in 2012. But it is also important not to allow the Left to re-write history, to create New Speak where they redefine our language to mean the opposite of what it once meant, until no man knows where we came from or what is truly important. The Left, as through Marshall McLuhan, claims the medium is the message, just as the Left has claimed that the ends justify the means. They use it as a weapon, however. The pen can indeed be mightier than the sword, to destroy as well as to defend. For too long we have allowed the Left to teach our children that the Judeo-Christian values taught in our churches, synagogues and homes are not true. That has to be stopped. We need to speak out when they pervert our language and the truths, the moral values that make us a moral people - the only kind of people for whom a Constitutional Republic will work. There will be those who will deride Ann Romney's speech, claiming it means nothing simply because she is the wife of a politician, one running for President. As TL has stated, her message stands on its own, irrespective of whose mouth it issues from, because it is true, true to what America was meant to stand for. The message is the _message_, no matter what the medium of transmission. There was a time when I felt that an Obama was necessary, that it would require violence and strife to move America back onto the tracks that were laid when the country was founded. I think we all - especially those who seem to look forward to the conflict - have underestimated how bad that conflict will be when it happens, though. If it must happen now - or never - then let it be. When our women and children suffer we will not be so glad of our chance to restore liberty, if it be possible, but I will nonetheless do what I can to aid in a restoration. Just realize that Obama with another four - or more - years to wreck America will do just that. He may very well damage us so badly that restoration is no longer possible. When Churchill wrote this quote, he might have been speaking of an Obama dictatorship: "If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." I would like to think that electing Romney instead of allowing it to fall to Obama might give us one of the other two possibilities spoken of by Churchill. With Obama, I am afraid it will be the last scenario that we are faced with."

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Citizen Shooter Saves Officer with Amazing Shooting


by Jim W Dean VT editor....................................... "Charles Ronald Conner got into a dispute with a neighbor about his dogs. By the time it was over, the dogs, the neighbor and his girlfriend were all dead, shot with Conner’s 9mm. Conner then grabbed a lever action, scoped 30-30 rifle and took up a position to add a few of the responding police officers to the bad day he was having. Sgt. Means, the first responding officer, despite his having an AR-15 was pinned down in a bad position. Despite the distance Vic Stacey knew he had to take the clear right flank shot that he had with his 5″ barrel 357 magnum. Vic estimated he was 165 yards out. But as you are about to hear, that was not a problem for ole Vic. His first round got the double murderer in the thigh and put him down, but the guy amazingly chambered another round and got a shot off at Vic that almost got him. Vic fired four more times, got four more hits as the officer got the range and finally killed the shooter. This video is a slice of Texas. What do I mean by that? Well, most people who have pistols, even those who are really good, I don’t know a soul that can shoot accurately at that range. Heck, I don’t even know anyone who has even has even practiced at that range. But we know Mr. Vic Stacey has. As the saying goes, owning a gun, and being able to use it are two entirely different things. We have readers who may think that I am glorifying the taking of a life with this piece. They just don’t get it, because it is just the opposite. Any of you combat vets out there who have had your butts pulled out of what you thought was a one way ticket to hell, due to the shooting skill of a buddy or a stranger, you know exactly what I mean."

Friday, August 24, 2012

Dehydrating Basics

To prevent browning of fruit or potatoes – dip them in a solution of water and lemon juice before putting them in the dehydrator. Remember to cut or slice all fruits, veggies or meats evenly so that they dehydrate in the same amount of time. Tomato sauce can be dehydrated like a “fruit roll” and then re-hydrated for cooking at a later time (e.g, spaghetti sauce). We do this for camping. It is much lighter and takes up less space, especially for backpacking. For fruit leather – cook fruit first and don’t use sugar it will crystallize during storage. Use honey or corn syrup instead. For best results blanch vegetables before dehydrating. Always use the freshest, highest-quality foods. Fruits and vegetables should be ripe, but not too soft or mushy. Apples don’t need to be peeled to be dehydrated; the peel adds more fiber (and flavor) to your snack. Try drying herbs from your garden. Store in zip-top bags or mason jars. To flavor apple slices sprinkle with any flavor Jell-o® powder. I use an old bottle that held cake sprinkles to shake the Jell-o® onto the fruit. It works great and the kids love the added flavors. When making apple fruit leather always add cinnamon. Dehydrators are not just for fruits and jerky. Try making crackers, granola bars and cookies. I have even made dog cookies in mine. To prevent tomatoes from dripping in your dehydrator, place trays over your sink, add tomato slices and let them drain before stacking in your dehydrator. When making any type of jerky be sure to marinate for several hours. I marinate beef jerky overnight. That gives the flavors time to soak through the meat. Be sure to rotate the dehydrating trays so the foods dry evenly. Dehydrating is a great way to make crunchy, healthy snacks. Have fun with it, and don’t be afraid to experiment. You might be surprised by what you can make. --Dawn From Preparedness Pantry..............

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"Don't Talk to the Police" by Professor James Duane


James Duane explains why innocent people should never talk to the police. This will become more relevant as the "New Normal" approaches. "It is unlawful for any person to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, possess, or purchase any fish, wildlife, or plant taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of any Federal, State, foreign, or Indian tribal law, treaty, or regulation." This law has been around a long time, sounds pretty innocent doesn't it? So if you are taking your kids for a walk in the woods and one of them finds a turtle and wants to keep it as a pet you have just broken a federal law and can go to federal prison if you allow it. Could this be used against us when the "Hunger Games" becomes our world?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

JOHN CORZINES BLOODLINE IS DEEP!


Watch youtube version here......... Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. -John Adams * No wonder our leaders are ripping the Constitution to shreds, a large part of the American population don't even know what it is, what it says or why we have it.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

VA BAKERY OWNER WON'T HOST BIDEN THANKS TO 'YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT' REMARKS


From Breitbart news................ Vice President Joe Biden’s advance team approached the owner of a local Virginia mom and pop bakery -- “Crumb and Get It” -- and asked him if the bakery could host an event for Biden on Wednesday. The owner, Chris McMurray, who just opened the store with his wife in May, could have used the business and attention. But he declined the offer because he was upset over comments President Barack Obama made in which he told small business owners like McMurray, “you didn’t build that.” "This is an opportunity of a lifetime but essentially I said 'No offense to you or the campaign but I just decline you guys coming in here,” McMurray told reporters. “At that time she said 'Are you sure? There's going to be a lot of press, a lot of activity,’" McMurray said “very simply, ‘you didn’t build that’” was the reason why he declined the invitation, noting that, “speaking of small businesses and entrepreneurs all across this country and actually last night my wife was up all night. No sleep, she's worked a full 24 hours." McMurray said he did not want to be part of a campaign event with an administration whose policies with which he fervently disagrees. WBDJ7 reports that the secret service, though, walked into “Crumb and Get It” and thanked McMurray for standing up to Biden and saying “no” and bought “a bunch of cookies and cupcakes.” Video of the news report can be seen here

Sunday, August 12, 2012

RandPac

Recently, I received a classified briefing on how many phone calls and emails of yours the government spies on. I can’t tell you the exact number, but the number is closer to a gazillion than it is one. Your government has been spying on you for a long time. And this loss of liberty is a dangerous trend. So I wanted to share with you a speech I gave a few weeks ago at FreedomFest in Las Vegas about our liberties being gobbled up by an out-of-control police state. You can watch the speech by clicking the link below. randpacusa.com/video9.aspx After you watch the speech, please chip in a quick contribution so RANDPAC can continue to lead the fight to elect a congress that will restore our liberties. randpacusa.com/video9.aspx The flame of liberty won’t be extinguished, Rand

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Do You Know Anyone Who Can Pass This 8th Grade Test?

At the time this test was given to an average 8th grader in 1954, this was the norm in most US public schools. Modern thinking is that we have "Progressed" since then. I don't see how when most of the people who fought two world wars and then came home and founded most of our business infrastructure and were your parents and grandparents and basically rebuilt this country. And this is how 51% of the population repaid them, by electing Communist and Socialist to run our country? We have progressed alright, progressed along the road to destroying the US Constitution and making us a euro-socialist state. Thanks Demoncrats. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ H/T to BonnieGadsden...........................

Friday, August 10, 2012

Matt Bracken's Comment deleted from Washington Times


This is Matt Brachen's comment at the Washington Times story concerning the SWJ article by Benson and Weber. It was deleted by the Times and today reposted by Matt. Interesting that they cannot tolerate a dissenting opinion from a former SEAL.
"Draw a line intersecting the immediate reaction by the MSM to the Gabby Giffords/Tucson shooting, then Colorado/ABC/Brian Ross, and now this serious and semi-official calculated provocation by a well-known scholar-officer in a respected establishment war journal … carefully reviewed and passed along before being released. Where does that line project? What ever happened to wargaming scenarios against Orangeland and Pineland, designed to cause no political blowback from any quarter? Clearly, this is a calculated insult and poke in the eye to name the Evil White Racist / Tea Party Militia as the National Villain. This is just a stunning change in scenario-writing traditions to name and call out an ethnic and regional group as National Villain. This is getting close to the German Nazis naming the ‘dirty jewish vermin’ as national villain. There has never been an arrest of a tea party person at any TEA (”taxed enough already”) Party gathering, consisting mostly of older Americans who want a smaller government. Now, these flag-waving geriatrics are recast as “enemies of the state,” deserving to be crushed by the Federal Leviathan. This is dangerous territory. This is Josef Goebbels territory by ABCNNBCBS, “American Pravda,” our MSM, and now by the Small Wars Journel, tied at the hip to the war college at Fort Leavenworth, where our future generals learn the trade. I can only conclude that the liberal elite powers-that-be (both govt and media wings) have an epic hard-on for “evil white racist Tea Party militia terrorists.” Even if they must conjure them from insane Neo Nazis like the maniac in Wisconsin. (For those who don’t know, Nazi stands for National SOCIALIST. The other side of the Socialist coin is Communisim. They only vary in their enemies and victims, chosen by race or by class.) And now a respected COL, US Army (ret) is whipping up the hate-on for the imaginary EWR/TPM. (Evil White Racist / Tea Pary Militia.) Paging Josef Goebbels. Or is the guilty culprit in this disgusting demi-drama the Colonel’s female sidekick, the “Civil War expert?” Is she trying to light the fuse to the next Fort Sumter, so that she can write the first history of CW2? Already have the prologue written, dear? Disgust does not begin to convey what I feel for this “academic,” busy tossing matches into the dry straw of the next mega-Waco. I can only hope that the COL (ret) is a drunk, or suffers dementia, and somehow allowed the lady to hijack his half-byline. But the danger remains that he is fully cognizant of the meaning of the words put out under his name, and agrees whith them. And on up the editorial board which approved this abortion for dissemination. We cannot ignore this trend. We have had our warnings. The leaders of the liberal elite establishment (gangster government and cooperating media branches) are chomping at the bit to unleash hell on their mortal enemies, the Bitter Clinger Nation. And if it doesn’t happen naturally, they might give it some “help.” (See Fast & Furious, where the Obama regime already crossed the deliberate mass-murder-for-political-gain Rubicon, and the MSM is part of the coverup.)"...................................................................... Here is the original Times article titled The Civil War of 2016.....

The Civil War of 2016

With the Washington Times noting the published article by Col. Benson and Jennifer Weber at Leavenworth it appears there is a pattern of thinking among the regime's rulers that even the least astute among us can't miss. Combine that with the release of the Gray State trailer I have posted below and you have the first clouds of the "perfect storm" brewing. I advise anyone serious aboud getting ready for this storm, to plan on attending the NC PATCON or a similar one near you. I do believe the forces of statist/collectivism are trying to incite social unrest yet again. FREE NC PATCON..................... "Imagine Tea Party extremists seizing control of a South Carolina town and the Army being sent in to crush the rebellion. This farcical vision is now part of the discussion in professional military circles. At issue is an article in the respected Small Wars Journal titled “Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: A ‘Vision’ of the Future.” It was written by retired Army Col. Kevin Benson of the Army's University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and Jennifer Weber, a Civil War expert at the University of Kansas. It posits an “extremist militia motivated by the goals of the ‘tea party’ movement” seizing control of Darlington, S.C., in 2016, “occupying City Hall, disbanding the city council and placing the mayor under house arrest.” The rebels set up checkpoints on Interstate 95 and Interstate 20 looking for illegal aliens. It’s a cartoonish and needlessly provocative scenario. The article is a choppy patchwork of doctrinal jargon and liberal nightmare. The authors make a quasi-legal case for military action and then apply the Army’s Operating Concept 2016-2028 to the situation. They write bloodlessly that “once it is put into play, Americans will expect the military to execute without pause and as professionally as if it were acting overseas.” They claim that “the Army cannot disappoint the American people, especially in such a moment,” not pausing to consider that using such efficient, deadly force against U.S. citizens would create a monumental political backlash and severely erode government legitimacy."

Gray State

Gray State is an independent pre-apocalyptic dystopian film that chronicles the collapse of society. It is coming - by consent or conquest.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Talking Terror with Islamists

OK, here is a more reasoned approach to the Islamist problem than I conveyed in yesterday's post. Bruce Reidel at the Hoover Institute writes................. "As America begins to talk to the new Islamist governments in Egypt, Tunisia and other Arab countries it will need to have two dialogues. One will be the traditional diplomatic dialogue done by the State Department; another will need to be a clandestine dialogue between intelligence services on both sides. For decades the United States has been talking to the secret police of the Arab world. Omar Suleiman, who just passed away in a Cleveland hospital, was our second most important interlocutor in Egypt after Husni Mubarak for twenty years. As head of the mukhabarat in Egypt, Suleiman knew everything worth knowing and could do anything he and Mubarak wanted done. The CIA station chief in Cairo had no more important job than the relationship with Omar. He delivered in the war against al Qaeda and other terrorists. America was not alone. Israel, the United Kingdom, France and virtually everyone else dealt through Suleiman to get things done. The other Arabs dealt with Suleiman from the Saudis to Hamas. It was no surprise that Mubarak belatedly made him Vice President in the closing hours of his regime’s life."

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Syria reportedly captures foreign military officers

Can someone please explain to me the sanity of our federal government arming the Syrian rebels and working along-side Al-Qaeda to do so? No one? I thought so. They are spending our taxpayers hard-earned money, mine and yours, to further the cause of our sworn enemies. Who do they think is going to take over that country when the smoke settles? I guess we just have to sit back and chalk this up to the list of treasonous charges to be brought against this administration once our own smoke settles. Maybe the Al-Qaeda run Syria will offer the Cabinet asylum the way Iraq and Russia did with Carlos the Jackal? I wonder what kind of laughing hyena our POTUS will appear as?

"As Syrian media is reporting the capture of military officers from foreign nations in Aleppo, the city which has a heavy presence of the Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) terrorist organization, the Secretary General of the United Nations is refusing to condemn the kidnapping of Iranian pilgrims in Syria. This just highlights how laughable the United Nations is as an organization. When it suits them, they are suddenly champions of humanitarianism and human rights, just as the United States is. Then, suddenly, when the position no longer benefits them, they quickly ignore the murder of innocent civilians at the hands of Syrian rebels. Indeed, unconfirmed reports have stated that three of the 48 Iranian pilgrims kidnapped by rebels have been killed, something which the UN doesn’t seem to care about all that much. Keep in mind, these are the same rebels who recently carried out what is almost certainly a war crime by slaughtering detained Syrian policemen, to just name one incident. The reports of the capture of several military officers from Saudi Arabia and Turkey have been relatively few and far between including SINA, Voice of Russia, and Press TV. Unsurprisingly, the Western mainstream media hasn’t been quick to jump on the story." Read the story by Madison Ruppert............................ Recently, the Council on Foreign Relations, a premier Fortune 500-funded US think-tank, wrote in their article, “Al-Qaeda’s Specter in Syria,” that: “The Syrian rebels would be immeasurably weaker today without al-Qaeda in their ranks. By and large, Free Syrian Army (FSA) battalions are tired, divided, chaotic, and ineffective. Feeling abandoned by the West, rebel forces are increasingly demoralized as they square off with the Assad regime’s superior weaponry and professional army. Al-Qaeda fighters, however, may help improve morale. The influx of jihadis brings discipline, religious fervor, battle experience from Iraq, funding from Sunni sympathizers in the Gulf, and most importantly, deadly results. In short, the FSA needs al-Qaeda now.” More at EndtheLie.com - http://EndtheLie.com/2012/08/11/genesis-of-us-saudi-al-qaeda-frankenstein-in-syria/#ixzz23EpgyMgj

The Satanic/Luciferian Basis Of Marxism And Socialism Revealed In The 1860's

H/T Smash a Bannana
“The Evil One is the satanic revolt against divine authority, revolt in which we see the fecund germ of all human emancipations, the revolution. Socialists recognize each other by the words, ‘In the name of the one to whom a great wrong has been done.’ Satan [is] the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds.” Mikhail Bakunin, Russian associate of Karl Marx

"All Christians know that Satan is the original defiant oppositional child. Its all explained in the Bible for those who care to read it. How Satan was an exhalted angel but when God showed favor to Jesus, he , Satan became envious and formed a rebellion among the angels and tried to become his own superior force in heaven. Doesn't this sound similar to what is happening in the world today and do not the angels, Satan included, seem very similar to humankind? We have the most successful country in the history of the world, America, based mainly on the natural law of God, and it has proven to be the most evolved form of self-government with the greatest freedom and prosperity for anyone willing and able to work that the world has ever known. Yet the forces of darkness, collectivism, communism, progressivism, myself and many others would argue the ideals of Satan himself, have been undermining the foundations that built this great republic, actively for over 50 years. God gives us the choice to make, freely, for ourselves. To choose between self-determination, freedom, and moral good or we can freely follow the defiant one. The one who is incarnate in man today who is leading millons off the cliff of insanity. The one who has promised to "fundamentally change America." Who appointed anyone to do that and who said it was a leaders job to do that? Millions of ignorant and uncaring followers of Satan, thats who." -SFMEDIC

Obama Reelection Insurrection Imminent

The above photograph is that of a military armored personnel carrier taken this week by a gentleman named Tom. The photograph was not taken in Afghanistan, Iraq or even on a military base in the U.S., but on a city street in Wausau, Wisconsin. The armored personnel carrier is the property of the Sheriff’s Department, as is the result of the militarization of law enforcement agencies across America. It is the “new normal” under the Department of Homeland Security, and is just one of many such vehicles deployed across the United States. Along with the photograph Tom sent to me, he asks the legitimate question of why such a vehicle is needed in a community of about 39,000 residents, and how many other such vehicles exist across the country that we don’t know about? In addition to heavily armored street vehicles, the Department of Homeland Security is now using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) within the United States for surveillance and interdiction purposes. Indeed, the continental United States (CONUS) has become a battlefield in preparation for… what? We are facing a revolution, and the government is preparing for it. This supports everything my source has told me about what’s coming.

From Canada Free Press................

Monday, August 6, 2012

Im on you like a hobo on a ham sandwich




I am offering this link as a public service for two reasons. There is another person on the web with the screen name of SFMEDIC whose bonafides are questionable and has been involved with some kind of Iraq Dinar trading scam. I ain't him ! Also I had a long-time friend who wears a trident and tells everyone he was a SEAL. Recently, Don Shipley BUD/S 131, SEAL Team ONE, SEAL Team TWO, confronted him and outed him as a poser. In the coming extreme hard times I believe it is imperative that your closest associates be exactly who and what they say they are. Having doubts and not being able to trust someone means they need to become persona non grata within your AO. In gratitude to Don I am giving his business a plug (like he needs it). His school is guaranteed to give you gun-slingers the edge you can't find on the range. Here is the scoop;...................................."Navy SEAL Training conducted here is for "ANYONE." Cops attend our Navy SEAL Training, Teachers attend our Navy SEAL Training, Doctors and Fathers attend our Navy SEAL Training, and our primary goal is to better each man and get some Fire Breathing, Pipe Swinging Bad-asses through BUDS Training to become Navy SEALs! Want to be a Navy SEAL? Fine. Don’t want to be a Navy SEAL? Fine. Don’t want anything to do with the Military? Fine. Want to become a Marine, Ranger, Special Forces, Para Rescue, SAS? GREAT... Why do guys come here for Navy SEAL Training? Because they need a Challenge and to get the EDGE you can’t find in a book or a tape. Here you learn it by doing it, and you do it through ADVERSITY, you learn why so many guys fail SEAL Training in the Navy! What do they get? A powerful new outlook, a fresh mind-set, and graduates leave ready to conquer life’s toughest Challenges. They learn that no matter the obstacle in front of them, no matter the wall they face, they go over, under, around. They fight and fight hard for everything. Nothing can stop you, except you! You only have so much time on the Planet. You might as well "Kick Some Major Ass" while you're around. Guys have attended Training Courses here from all 50-States in the US, as well as Canada, South Africa, Great Briton, Russia, Italy, Indonesia and Malaysia to name a few. Do you have the Balls? Our Navy SEAL Training Courses are a Civilian Military SEAL Challenge and Ultimate Military Training Adventure run by all veteran Navy SEALs that last seven or fourteen days and are ALL-INCLUSIVE. We take care of, and provide EVERYTHING..." Here is a site where you can report fakes who claim military honors they didn't earn.........http://www.stolenvalor.com/

Good News from Russia

From Sultan Knish............................ After terrorizing the West for two generations, no one pays much attention to the Great Bear anymore. The latest unrest in Russia has merited a fraction of the headlines about the Arab Spring, Palestine or upset Muslims in Burma. The old journalistic guidelines used to be, "If it bleeds, it leads." The new journalistic guidelines are, "If it's not about Muslims, we don't care." But the events in Russia are highly educational, not in their absurd specifics involving a female punk band and overweight thugs beating up people in their street, but in the glorious spectacle of what happens when a government mafia starts running out of money and the economy that it has been feeding off can no longer nurture its numberless ranks of official and semi-official parasites.
Most countries have their mafias, and by that I don't mean the jolly grunters who run numbers out of basements or break legs over interest rates that even banks can't charge. The government mafia is a web of mutual connections for mutual profit. Say Ivan wants a construction contract. So he talks to Alexei, who knows someone in politics who can get him that contract in exchange for a bribe. That someone is Boris, who owes his position in a ministry of something or other to his friendship with Anatoly back when they were both junior KGB thugs whose fathers were also in the same business. Ivan gives some money to Alexei, who takes a percentage and passes along the rest to Boris, who takes a percentage and passes it to Anatoly who ushers in Ivan to see Vladimir, who is the undersecretary to the deputy minister of construction, who then demands a bribe that is twice as large as the cost of construction, but that's okay because the bid is four times the cost of construction.
This is obviously a very inefficient system. In the United States, Ivan would be named John, there would be only half as many people to see, and the bribe would be known as a campaign contribution. And this is also why the United States has fewer bribes and higher taxes, because we don't believe that government contracts should be handed out to unqualified people on the basis of bribes. We believe they should be handed out to unqualified people on the basis of race, sexual orientation or imaginary environmental crisis. Our versions of Boris, Anatoly and Vladimir still have to make money. Our version of Ivan runs an NGO dedicated to building clean energy windmills in Ghana or underwater electric cars to feed the hungry in Oslo. Boris and Anatoly didn't meet while badgering a frightened poet in a Lubyanka basement, but passing a joint at an anti-war rally that the KGB boys in the Lubyanka probably helped organize. Their fathers were both professors of radical history at Yale and have written well-regarded books on how the Founding Fathers only started the American Revolution to protect their monopoly on cotton. They scored the dough for the Ghana underwater hungry windmills by adding a 4 percent tax on gasoline, cough drops or tanning salons. It doesn't matter because so long as the money exists, the mafia can keep stealing it one way or another. The big scary question is what happens when the money begins to run out? In Russia, the question isn't merely academic. It's disturbingly real. Predators expand in proportion to prey. An open system attracts predators who feed off it. We call this taxation, and it works fine, though with more for those at the top of the food chain than those at the bottom. The predators breed larger and larger numbers until they cease to understand that they need the prey to survive. That's when the predators start telling the prey, "You didn't build this." In the natural kingdom that you can occasionally spot out your window or on a television channel in between shows about truckers on ice roads and mythical monsters, when predators grow in number while the prey dwindles, what occurs is a dieback. The predators are not capable of regulating their numbers. While they try to pretend to be sheepdogs, they are actually wolves. A sheepdog might have enough of a sense of loyalty and duty to go on a diet. Wolves however don't go on diets. When their food supply is threatened, they sense danger and begin gorging themselves on all the available food to prepare for the famine. They run up a 16 trillion dollar national debt and assure us that they'll pay it back twenty years from now. Russia's government mafia isn't cutting back, it's redoubling its aggressiveness. With less money coming in, it's relying more and more on wholesale confiscation. Confiscation was how the regime built up its original fortune, but the problem is that it's eating up the business ecosystem and running out of money to confiscate. Every 6th businessman in Russia has been prosecuted in the last decade. Three million have been sentenced in that time. Half are planning to leave the country. And the numbers are increasing sharply because the clock is ticking.

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