Saturday, November 8, 2014

Camp-Lore and Woodcraft


Known to millions of Boy Scouts as "Uncle Dan," Daniel Beard was also a Progressive-era reformer, a naturalist, illustrator, and author. Among his many "how-to" books is this entertaining collection of camp lore and practical notes on woodcrafting.

In Camp-Lore and Woodcraft, Beard, an avid outdoorsman, provides youngsters and campers of all ages with detailed, easy-to-follow advice on building campfires for light and warmth; making a good fire for cooking; and packing, saddling, and mounting a horse. There are also some fine tips on preparing for a camping trip, choosing a camp site, and pitching a tent, plus notes on how to cut down a tree and the proper way to chop wood.

First published nearly a century ago, and enhanced with more than 370 of the author's own illustrations, this engagingly written book by a man with a keen appreciation of the joys of nature will delight and instruct boys and girls with its celebration of traditional Native American lore and its helpful hints on how to safely enjoy hiking, camping, and exploring the great outdoors.

The Decline of Western Man (and Woman)


A conversation with F. Roger Devlin.
I would be very much surprised if there is a single reader of this interview who is unfamiliar with the writing of F. Roger Devlin. In addition to his frequent attendance at the kind of gatherings the SPLC reports on, his frequent book reviews and occasional essays have been carried by nearly every corner of the web that makes up the unauthorized right, and that has been the case for over a decade now.

Although generally very private, Dr. Devlin tells us that he is from Baltimore, and received his PhD in Political Philosophy from Tulane University. For those of you interested in familiarizing yourselves with the man and his work a bit more before reading on, I recommend his most famous essay Sexual Utopia in Power, along with his two more personal essays: Why I Write and The Academy: Reform or Secession. Below, Dr. Devlin shares his thoughts on literature, the late Sam Francis, economics, and much more.

What does the “F” in your name stand for?

Neighborhood Watch: Southern Style

Via Lone Voice 

(Source: WMC Action News 5)

You might expect to find an army in DeSoto County ... an army of drones, that is. A Southaven man has an army of hand-crafted drones, all controlled from inside of his customized command center.

Robert Estes is self-confessed country boy.

"They probably think I am some type of redneck, country boy, and don't realize the extent we go to," Estes said.

But despite humble beginnings, Estes established his own business and built what he says is the first drone command center in the country.

"This will make a change in the drone industry," he said.

Estes built drones that provide infrared thermal imaging; they also detect human movement inside of a home or car. And what he is doing is legal.

"You can do good things with this, or you can do bad things with this," Estes acknowledged.

More with video @ WMCA

Project Veritas' vote-fraud undercover videos coincided with plunge for Dem candidates


Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe notes that his organization did an undercover video about possible vote fraud in Kentucky, and Democrat Senate challenger Alison Grimes went from a four-point poll lead to a 16-point loss.

In Arkansas, Democrat Mark Pryor was polling down seven points before a Project Veritas’ undercover video, and he lost by 17 points.

In Colorado, incumbent Democrat Mark Udall was trailing by a small margin but lost by three points after Project Veritas’ work in that state.

And in North Carolina, considered a tossup Senate seat in the 2014 race, Democrat incumbent Kay Hagan went from a two-point lead to a two-point loss to Republican Thom Tillis after videos released by Project Veritas.

So does the undercover work of guerrilla journalists like O’Keefe make a difference?

He thinks so, for several reasons, and so do others.

More with video @ WND

Colt Python vs. S&W L frame vs. Ruger Speed Six

Insane California: Replica Grenades - Set of 2

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There's nothing cooler than holding a grenade in your hand.  These will instantly make any room look manly.  These replica grenades are made from authentic molds, and look and feel just like the real thing, but they are inert and completely harmless. The bodies are solid steel, each grenade weighs 1.3 pounds. Includes complete head, ring and spoon assembly.

Set of 2 replica grenades, one pineapple style, and one lemon style.

Due to state laws, this item cannot be shipped to addresses outside the U.S. or the state of California.

Obama AG Nominee Lynch: Voter ID Laws were Passed by Racist Southerners, Must be Stopped

Via comment by Anonymous on The Constitution Would Not Control Man’s Nature

In a speech given at Long Beach earlier this year, President Obama’s new nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, specifically called out voter ID laws as racist. The video was uncovered by Pundit Press.

The remarks came at the end of a long speech, explaining the examples that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela set for people.

Ms. Lynch then began talking about the inequities that she sees in the United States.

War Criminal Website

Even war criminals get attention these days.  Must be websites out there celebrating the accomplishments of Pol Pot, Stalin and FDR by now.



Savannah Campaign


This campaign is more popularly known as Sherman’s March to the Sea. It is dated from 15 November, in the aftermath of General John Bell Hood’s accidental razing of much of Atlanta, Georgia, to 21 December 1864. Hood’s intent was to burn military supplies lest they fall into General William Sherman’s hands, but most of the city was made of wood and the winds were high.

Sherman ordered his army of 62,000 men with 64 cannons to march from Atlanta 300 miles southeast to Savannah, Georgia and destroy absolutely everything in their path, especially the railroads. They ripped apart the ties, heated and wrapped the rails around trees, dynamited factories, and burned down towns, farms, banks and courthouses. Sherman had given orders that the civilian population was not to be harmed personally unless they resisted, and that his intent was to break the South’s back, physically and psychologically, and put an end to its stubbornness.

Whether the march itself constitutes a war crime is still a fiercely contended subject. It is effectively the same form of warfare as dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was understood in both cases that the civilians, not just the military, would suffer terribly, and civilian outcry would help put an end to the war.

Nevertheless, Sherman knew that civilian deaths would be unavoidable and explained himself in a speech after the war with the statement, “War is Hell.” Uncorroborated reports exist of a massacre of 200 civilians north of Columbia, South Carolina a few months before the march commenced, so Sherman knew full well what his men would do whenever no responsible eyes watched them. Three days after Atlanta was fully evacuated, Sherman ordered the city’s unburned sections shelled to ruins. One shell passed down through a house and blew off the legs of a man named Warner. The same shell cut his daughter in half.

Sherman personally saw his men rape and murder unyielding slaves throughout the march and gave no order to stop this. Those slaves who accepted the offer to enlist were given unarmed porter duties and treated comparatively well, but could only rely on food and water provisions when they were in surplus after the army was satisfied. Sherman also ordered the execution by firing squad of a 50-year-old man accused of espionage. He was most likely not guilty but was given no trial. All crops were either consumed or burned, as were all livestock slaughtered. It is surmised that 50,000 civilians were killed during the war, and possibly 1,000 of them died during the Savannah Campaign at the hands of soldiers unlawfully entering their houses to pillage. The 3rd and 4th Amendments to the Constitution prohibit this.

The Constitution Would Not Control Man’s Nature

The most prescient of the Founders, Patrick Henry clearly discerned the predictable result of ratifying the Constitution which he viewed as nothing more than consolidating the States into one centralized government. He challenged the centralizing Federalists of his day: “let me appeal to the candor of the committee, if the want of money be not the source of all our misfortunes.” He maintained that the new government was a consolidated one, and that its advocates sought “splendor” – not liberty.
Bernhard Thuersam,

The Constitution Would Not Control Man’s Nature

“Man,” Patrick Henry warned, “is a fallen creature, a fallible being, and cannot be depended upon without self-love.” Certainly, a large measure of Henry’s ideas of the type of government which would serve the true function of government, the preservations of liberty, were based upon this idea of the nature of the human species.  Indeed, the best government would be one which would be one which made the most effective provisions against this.

One of the primary modes in which this “self-love” manifested itself was in a desire for power because “human nature never will part from power.” The human temptation was present in all men . . . Henry deduced, for “the characteristic of the good or great Man is not that he has been exempted from the evils of life, but that he surmounted them.”

The annals of history pointed this out, for “can the annals of mankind exhibit one single example, where rulers overcharged with power willingly let go the oppressed, though solicited and requested most earnestly?” In fact, “a willing relinquishment of power is one of those things which human nature never was, nor will ever be capable of.”

What was there about this new government which did not provide for this innate weakness of man? Why had the men at the Constitutional Convention created a new government? Was it because the government of the Articles of Confederation was so weak that they were faced with the alternatives of drastic action or anarchy? Patrick Henry did not think so.

The Confederation had won the war; it had saved the West. He protested that history was replete with examples, “instances of people losing their liberties by their own carelessness and the ambition of a few.”  Was this not the real reason for the proposed change in government? 

Also disturbing to Henry’s mind was the fact that in many States which had ratified the new Constitution, the masses had not been awarded the opportunity to vote on the election of new delegates to the ratification conventions. He protested, “. . . only 10,000 were represented in Pennsylvania although 70,000 had a right to be represented.  Is this not a serious thing?”

If the people did not want a change in their government, why then did the Philadelphia Convention write the new Constitution?

(The Christian Philosophy of Patrick Henry, James M. Wells, Carris J. Kocher, editor, Bill of Rights Bicentennial Committee, 2004 (original 1960), pp. 58-59)

Midterms Great For School Choice, Bad For Common Core

A snap survey of insiders in the world of education policy finds that the vast majority think 2014′s midterms have paved the way for an expansion in school choice opportunities, while simultaneously spelling bad news for Common Core’s ongoing implementation.

The survey was conducted by Whiteboard Advisors, an educational policy consulting firm. They polled about 75 major insiders in the world of education policy, a group that includes current and former Department of Education personnel, congressional staffers, think tank heads, and state policy chiefs. The anonymous survey doesn’t just catalogue overall sentiments, but also allows them to anonymously express their thoughts on key issues.

Ukraine rebels seen moving large military convoys

Associated Press reporters saw more than 80 unmarked military vehicles on the move Saturday in rebel-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine, indicating that intensified hostilities may lie ahead.
Three separate columns were seen — one near the main separatist stronghold of Donetsk and two outside the town of Snizhne, 80 kilometers (50 miles) further east. The vehicles were mainly transportation trucks, some of them carrying small- and large-caliber artillery systems, and at least one armored personnel carrier. Several of the trucks were seen to be carrying troops.

 More @ Townhall


Ukraine: Today, the deputy prime minister of the Donetsk People's Republic said that fighting has resumed in eastern Ukraine. Andriy Purhin told Russian media, "A full-scale war is going on now... We are being attacked; we are defending." He said the cease-fire was not being observed on 75 per cent of the demarcation line and claimed that "now they are fighting in places where they weren't fighting before".

Earlier in the day rebels said that a column of Ukrainian tanks had entered the town of Yasynuvata near Donetsk. They also said Ukrainian forces shelled targets on the outskirts of Donetsk.
Rebel sources said the Ukrainian forces were attempting to reach Donetsk airport which is in Ukrainian control, but cut off from other Ukrainian-controlled territory. The Kyiv government denied it started an offensive.

More @ Townhall

Leaving Leftism


Via comment by  Sioux on The Cultural Equality of Man: A Right-Winger Recan...

 A onetime red-diaper baby, Danusah Goska, lists ten reasons for abandoning the Left:

10) Huffiness.

In the late 1990s I was reading Anatomy of the Spirit, a then recent bestseller by Caroline Myss.

Myss described having lunch with a woman named Mary. A man approached Mary and asked her if she were free to do a favor for him on June 8th. No, Mary replied, I absolutely cannot do anything on June 8th because June 8th is my incest survivors’ meeting and we never let each other down! They have suffered so much already! I would never betray incest survivors!

Myss was flabbergasted. Mary could have simply said “Yes” or “No.”

More @ Vox Popoli