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Number 786, August 31, 2014
Laugh, point, and make duck noises.

Out of Compliance
Out of Compliance
by Rex May


The Impeachable Offenses of Barack Hussein Obama
by Terence James Mason
In 6 parts.

Letters to the Editor
from A.X. Perez

Neale's Weekly Gun Rant Volume 8-31-2014
by Neale Osborn
NOT that we haven't already known it, but this REALLY drives it home. "Our" governments—local, state, and federal—are a bunch of thieves, who write and pass laws our founders would find reprehensible. This smacks to me of something George III would have done, and that Thomas Jefferson would have used in the Declaration as proper grounds for revolution. Using "Civil Forfeiture" laws, the government steals your property because someone ELSE commits crimes on it. Or lives there, and has a criminal record.

And the Pursuit Goes On—And On
by Jeff Fullerton
It was a busy week rebooting the ecosystem of Nine Acre Eden. Actually eight and a half—but I never set foot on the half acre across the road that I'm told belongs to the place. A steep and foreboding tangle of greenbrier. And have not set foot on much of the rest of the property since it was allowed to grow up into woods over the last three decades. But now that is likely to change now that the loggers have made their mark, harvesting out all the timber in a swath up the center opening the place up from the remaining pasture kept open over the years by mowing; all the way to the power line right of way that cuts off an acre at the top of the hill.

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Some more wisdom from Sarah Hoyt:

[We] need to be prepared for those questions and ready to laugh and point and make duck noises, instead of cringing and looking embarrassed at their insanity. “When did I stop eating babies? What kind of crazy asks that question? Or do you mean eggs? I had eggs just this morning. Do you, Mr. Wiggins, also devour the unborn?”....

Toss the crazy ball right at them. Use GIFs if needed. Stop feeling guilty because they’re crazy. Their problem is not your problem. And you shouldn’t feel sorry for them. They are, at this point, doing it deliberately.

Laugh, point, and be ready to make fun, just like medieval people did when confronted with madmen.

Sometimes, it’s the only sane answer.
—Sarah Hoyt, "The power of crazy"
Posted on August 26, 2014
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And that's how to deal with stupid and foolish people who refuse to engage in civilized discussion of... well of anything. Laugh, point, and make duck noises.

And to the question "Are Americans Ungovernable?", Ms Hoyt replies "Yes!":

And then there's the fact that in the rest of the world, if things get unbearable, you can always go to America. But we don't have an America to go to. Which will only make us more determined to "ignore the order, buck the directive, roll up our sleeves and do for ourselves."

This is why statists of any stripe so often throw their hands up and call us ungovernable. Not that this gives them the idea they shouldn't try. No. Instead, they try to devise more cunning ways of governing us. You have them to give credit for dreaming the impossible dream. It's the one proof we have that the sons of beetles are Americans.

So... after sixty years of creeping statism, they've now "captured the flag"—they have actually got all of the important systems sewn up: news, entertainment, education, government.

They think—can you blame them?—that they won.

I won't say they can't hurt us. They can. The mechanisms they've seized hold of are important and they are—natch—misusing them.

I'm not saying that this will be easy. It won't. Our economy is likely to be an incredible shambles, and I've said before I think we'll lose at least one city.

But, listen, the problem with these sons of... Babel is that they might be American, but they're not American ENOUGH. If they were, they'd understand "ungovernable" and this willingness for each of us to go it alone (often for common benefit, but on own recognizance, nonetheless) is not a bug. It's a feature. And that it's baked in the cake of a people who came here to escape the top-down spirit of other places. Some of the black sheep (or as one friend of mine calls it, the plaid sheep) attitude is genetic, hereditary, inborn. And enough of us have it.

Push harder and we escape harder, through crevices they don't even know are there. Forbid us from making a living, and we'll find a way to go around you. Make it impossible to defend ourselves, and I shudder to think what some of my friends and neighbors will come up with. Make the economy impossible, and we'll create another one you can't reach. Make regulations too binding and we'll either ignore them or—more likely—creatively subvert them.

They captured the flag, and they think they captured the nation. It's the type of mistake that the bureaucratic mind makes.
Poor rats. Try not to laugh at them too hard, as you go about the business of undermining them.

We have them surrounded.
—Sarah Hoyt, "Ungovernable—a blast from the past post from December 2012" Posted on August 28, 2014
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