Well, Bunkerville is over. Seems everyone has had some say in their opinion of the whole thing. I was watching events unfold as best I could with the limited amount of net time I have, and keeping abreast of things via phone and text.
To say the whole situation stinks would be a massive understatement. I have seen Patriots cover both sides of the issue: from “gotta get out there an show support” to “ he has been breaking the law, and needs corrected.”
Here is my take on the whole thing, not that it really matters in the grand picture, but I have a soapbox to stand on so I should use it on occasion.
First off, The whole “ breaking the law” thing is complete crap. Documentations shows that his family has been on that land since after the Civil War. Maybe he hasn’t been paying the grazing lease, doesn’t matter at this stage. His family and him have spent generations maintaining the land, improving it for use etc etc. What it really boils down to, is that someone somewhere in some stinking agency, either got a hair up their ass, or word came down from on high, that this guy and his family needed to be removed from that land. (depending on whom you read, and when you read it, both scenarios come into play.)
Again, none of that really matters in the here and now.
What does matter is the fact that the Federal Government went ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty, from initiating violence on persons directly involved (that is more of an individual issue, but the fact that superiors won’t address the problem shows its endemic to the system.) to outright theft of private property.
Another point that matters is the showing of peaceful resistance by persons completely unaffiliated with the Bundy’s coming together to say “Enough!”
And part of me feels that its too little too late.
FAA declared a no-fly zone over the Bundy ranch for one month. Has anyone looked to see if that has been lifted or not. I do not know, but I have a sniggling suspicion that it has not. Keep that thought in mind, there is more.
BLM passed word that this is NOT OVER and that it will be dealt with in the courts. (kudos to the patriots that made the showing to ‘call the bluff’.) Ok, not bad, but I have a feeling that the Bundy family is in even more danger now, and it won’t be a long drawn out affair in a court room or mustering of agents over a period of a week or more. Nope, this next run will be quick, in the dark and completely deadly. And it won’t be very soon, but it will happen. More on that in a few.
And last but not least, I do not for a minute think that the actions seen by the agents, were anything but a planned event (broadly speaking) to assess the logistics of the patriot community. Our comm network (Blogs and social media), growing a hotspot of data for further analysis on networks within the community, and to see our response time, IE, how long to mobilize and get on site.
Call me paranoid, but I am not the only one with the last thoughts in mind. There were too many corollaries to other events from Waco to that rogue cop last year in California (or was it two years ago? Gettin’ older, time gets a little slippery.) Like no airborne media coverage (no fly zone?) Hell, in this case, near complete lack of Lamestream media coverage. It wouldn’t take a ‘late call’ to hide the fact of burning a house down around its owners ears.
OK, Pet peeve time for a second. Many of you that have been reading me for awhile know that I am pretty picky about wording. Yeah, I use euphemisms all the time, mostly to reflect on how I actually talk, and to give the blog a “lived in’ feel. Some of you have met me and can attest to that. With that in mind, I try to make sure that I use words in their proper context and definition. SO, about the pet peeve: I hate it, HATE IT, when the libtards take a word, and over time manipulate that word into a ‘New meaning’ of their designation. In this case, Terrorist. Since I was in HS, the descriptor ‘terrorist’ was pretty finite in its definition: A person who initiates violence against the public or threatens to do same, to coerce government into a pre-chosen course of the terrorists’ choosing. With that definition in mind, How are the people that arrived at the Bundy’s, Terrorists? They did no violence, and even stated that they would not initiate, but would retaliate if violence came to them. Seems like a pretty straight forward way of dealing with a situation. “don’t start nuthin, won’t be nuthin’” attitude so to speak. Most definitely NOT Terrorist activity. I didn’t see any hostage filled buses or dude packing a stylish C-4 vest with deadman trigger. The only demands I heard of were to release the stolen cattle and leave, and that was not at the public, but at Government employees IE, representatives of a government. Seems to me, that the cattle rustlers got off quite cheap in that part of the country. They used to stretch guys for rustlin’ cattle.
Back to my thoughts on paranoia now. I do believe that this was an event, that was two fold in design. First part: Attempt to re-gain the land for whatever purpose ; whether that be for some ‘Solar Farm” or to appease some green-weenies about some tortoises that were probably quite content to live around cow poop and all the benefits of that fertilizer. Second part: assess the logistics of the “domestic terrorists’ and their networks and Data mine the results for further developing actions. It may not have been designed as such, but trust me, there are parties looking at the outcome and events leading up to it and adjusting strategies accordingly. (on both sides if we are 100%honest.)
We have had our ‘Tea Party” as Herschel states. But I think that we have also tipped our hand inadvertently. They now know approximately what our response time is and what will get us rolling. They were able to get a good look at many aspects of us.
And I can’t blame anyone for it because that is just how we are. We respond. And we played right into it.
And this isn’t the first time. The Hutterie were one as well. They didn’t get enough information off that one so they needed something else. They know what buttons to push now, and which to avoid if they want clandestine events. And I am quite sure that they are not done feeling us out. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that in the crowd of agents (or nearby but not directly involved) was a guy or gal with a powerful zoom lense on a camera connected to yet another database. Getting shots of peoples faces to match state license/ID’s for that database. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that some of those people will sooner than later experience some type of encroachment by the Feds, form IRS audits to only God knows what they can do. Knowing that, I have to applaud those that braved retaliation to make the stand. Part of me feels like I let down people, and yet another part of me breathes easier knowing I wasn’t there. I am not going to ‘explain’ myself or give excuses, I didn’t go, and that is that. Nor am I the only one that didn’t show in time of need. Nuff said on that.
And one thought that was shared by others in my phone conversations this weekend. How many of us are going to be in a situation similar in design, and NOT get the support that the Bundy’s received? I think that number is going to quite steep.. We aren’t the Minutemen of 1776, and this is one hell of a big country to be crossing to help out every patriot in need. This is just the tip of the iceberg and they are testing the waters to see what they need to do, to make things safer for the thugs, and keep things quiet.
With all of that in mind, look at your local situation and try to develop (and this should have been done a long time ago) your local community to support each other in crisis. I know that its a tough row to hoe, It surely is here, but it is one that needs done because not all of us are going to be able to sit back and hope that the calvary rides over the ridge as the thugs are rising up against us.
Not a whole lot to say lately. Been hitting the delete button far more often than the save.
Several of you have sent me mail, I fully intend on response, just been wrapped up in running water lines and the like. Once I get a chance to breathe, I will get back to you in detail.
As for a bigger better post, hang on, one is coming.
More to come this weekend
A lot of the blogs will be doing the usual April fool’s thing today. I thought about it, but to be honest, being home from work today, knocked out of the game by a wicked bronchial infection, I just ain’t up to it. In addition, this is the 10th anniversary for a highlight of my life that lead to my personal TEOTWAWKI. I leave that as said, no details need to be brought forward.
I am watching the world, watching the happenings in Albuquerque, noticing a dead silence in Connecticut, noticing a virtual media blackout in the Crimean dispute, and I have to wonder, is it just the fact that its springtime and many bloggers tend to be much busier with outside stuff? Seeing how most of my news I get by reading Drudge, then going and researching what I read through alternate media/blogs, the silence is quite deafening right now.
Then again, maybe its just the fact that I have a little more time on my hands today and I am not used to that any more. Well, at least not in such a way as I feel useless. Hard to get up and do things when you have a hard time breathing without the desire to cough up a lung or two along with some fairly nasty alien waste products. But y’all don’t need to hear about that.
What can I say, I am bored and forced into sedentary ways today. My mind is wandering from the cold meds and stuff. Maybe I should just hit publish, grab another shot of the Nyquil or Svedka and head back to bed.
Yeah, thats a plan.
OK, to answer the question posed in the last Post, Pachabel was a mathematician and musician. The Canon is audible math. Whereas the Slide-rule is visual math. The Cadence of the Canon is represented in the log scale while the higher end strings are represented by the various other scales.
Spud made comment that they had “Everything” in common, and he is right, but that is way too broad a brush to paint with for my question. (yes, math is everywhere around you, one only need look at the structure of DNA to see it.) Soffitrat said “Nature” and he is right, but same broad brush. I was looking for that specific answer.
I was reminded of this the other night while letting the computer choose my play list while I was doing some of my self-inflicted homework and playing with the slide-rule. Yes, I am still learning it, and think, even though we have computers that can turn a wicked algorithm in a blink of an eye, that it should still be taught in HS. The advantages of what it teaches reach far beyond the mere computational value most see it for. My math skills have improved just by being able to SEE how all those numbers work together and why we place ‘fractional’ values in certain computations. My grandparents on my mothers side were irritatingly bright and musicians, and my granpa told me that story way back when I was immortal and thought I was smarter than Einstein (IE: on the border of suicidal destruction and dumber than a box of rocks.). Anyhow, I thought I would share that little tidbit of effluvial trivia with you all.
This weekend has been a bit of a downer. Lexi decided she needed more attention and that cut into my financial means to be able to do much of anything else. Nothing major, but I will say this: Chinese auto parts are still shit! There is no reason I should be replacing lower ball joints after one year of use. SO, use my learning curve as a lesson for yourself, spend the extra ducks and get quality parts for your ride. I thought I was saving money and it actually cost me more in the long run.
I did get the water tank into my possession this week though and cleaned and inspected; that means that there is forward momentum on one of the projects. That just happened and was not planned for so other little details went the wayside while I was taking care of that. No matter, I will continue on next weekend, and since I won’t be dily-dallying with a certain grumbly ol’ truck, I will have more time for those things.
As for the house, I am currently pouring the pads where block will go. Nothing happened this week though I did get a couple three laid last week. I will do more this coming week. I did have one little surprise though: the wind genny was actually doing something more this week and much more frequently. Maybe there is a ‘break in’ period for it. I know that some genny’s need a run in period to reach full potential, I am still thinking a different set of blades and a much more substantial tower are in order, but right now, it’s working and that makes me feel a little more warm and fuzzy inside than I did last week. I haven’t any word on that HAM tower yet; the gentleman in question took a few days off last week and I haven’t seen nor heard from him since. Hopefully soon. If’n that happens, well, more money and time, but hey, it all adds up to a more secure independence. And isn’t that what we are all about; Independence?
About the computer issues. BSD’s (Blue Screen of Death for those that are wondering) are a major issue with Window’s based PC’s. I hate ‘em. I don’t know a single ‘puter Tech that doesn’t dread the day they see that screen and trying to track down the issue by the code that Microsoft comes up with. Well, mine was entirely code related and I said to hell with it. No more Microsoft anything for my little world. I used Tails to get the computer back up and running, downloaded the most recent ISO of LinuxMint (Ver. 16.somethin’ or nudder) and used Rufus to a boot-able thumb-drive. The computer is running faster, cooler and smoother than it has in the last two years. Startups are a blink of an eye in comparison to Window’s startups, and all of those little programs that I usually have to download and install are already in the package. I have been here before, but this time, it stays as is. I don’t need it to update my phone or anything, I can still get pics off my phone and that is enough for me. As for the rest of the stuff that I can’t get in Linux, there are usually clones of, or WINE to run as if in windows. I don’t see much need for that though.
What all of that last paragraph means, is that there are always options available to us. One need only dig a little and do some research, but there are always work-arounds out there. Yet another beauty of the information age in my opinion.
One thing I have noticed while making the change over from windows to linux: My bookmarks are much less than they were 2-3 years ago. Part of that is my lack of internet time, but I think part of it also stems from lack of interest. I notice that, even though time has passed, there are some that have not moved off their square of the chessboard. It’s the same ol’, same ol’, day in, day out. One can only handle “the world is ending” for so long before its time to just move on. Yeah, things are getting further and further along towards that collapse, but shouldn’t we be doing something other than holding that sandwich board, screaming at the passerby (whom aren’t listening anyway!). I am doing just that, with building my ‘stead up. Granted I have to hold a full time job to do so, but materials aren’t free (well, sometimes they are, with my woodshed as proof) nor are power components. But each week gets me closer to the day where I will be able to drive up my road, close the gate, then sit back with a homebrew and homegrown popcorn and watch the fireworks from a distance. Progression or regression, take your pick, but that is the nature of my motivation.
So, not much to add to the fray this week. Same ol’, same ol’ and just keeping putting one boot covered foot in front of the other. Split and stack some more firewood for next winter, till up another plot for gardening, place another footer for a building that’s in the works, and back to the millstone for another 40 hours towards my emancipation day. Even taking time off is filled with work, that is, if you are serious about getting away from the rat-race, it is.
Y’all take care and I will chat atcha next week.
I thought I would pose a question of irrelevance and curiousity to my readers.
what does this.
have in common?
I will give the answer later.
And, yeah, I am being just a tad facetious today. Feeling a tad thorny with the rest of the world :-P
‘Puter issues, will be back up in coming week. ( has I ever mentioned how much I despise windows?!?!! Damned BSD’s! )