At some level, this was/is true

Perspectives, by Phelps:

There are 800,000 law enforcement officers in America.

The FBI did five million NICS checks for people buying firearms in America — in November and December 2012 alone.

That’s over six guns per cop in the last two months.

Confiscation?  You better start negotiation.

I get the narcissistic arrogance of the regime and cronies in both houses – including Republicans. However, there still must be some level of rationality to empty guns tore shelves, national back orders of 1 million + AR mags, and the fact that .223 is so scarce right now, it’s going for almost $1 a round. Some logical shred of thought has to be in there somewhere. It has echoes of Bob Owens all over it.

If I was someone in the regime’s camp, I would have looked at all the above and said, “uh, hold up there a minute barry, them thar peasants are a might itchy on the trigger there”.

While grabbing a cheeseburger last Friday with a mate, we were discussing the tired old adage, “Why do you need a thirty round magazine?” and I said simply, and perhaps a bit too loud in a public place, “I need it for shooting politicians who have become tyrants…”. There was an echo of “Amen!” & “Bet your ass!”.

Interesting times indeed when Smashburger becomes a hotbed of subversion.

 

 

We Need More of This

Full of win here. Simply full of win.

‘We had nothing to pursue him with,’ said Newport Chief Deputy Philip Brooks, who went outside to see seven of his fleet’s 11 vehicles destroyed.

Denninger’s take on this is really good. He drives the ultimate point home – and no, it’s not about the ‘war on (some) drugs’…

Government — and laws — exist only with the consent of the governed.  This man withdrew his consent.  Yes, he will be punished for that act, and he should be — destruction of property (unless it’s your own) is a crime.  Nonetheless the fact remains that at some point the cost of telling people what to do with their own bodies simply overwhelms the nanny state’s ability to cover it through taxation, if the people decide that the line has been drawn in the wrong place.

We need more of this – and on this level.

Denninger Sends

From one of yesterday’s tickers:

Take a look at the FVX (5yr Treasury Yield) and you see a materially-more-frightening thing.  Yields have backed up from 0.7% to 0.97%.  Sounds trivial.  It’s not — it’s a huge move, close to 40% on yield since the end of January!

Yep.

This matters because the Federal Government’s deficit spending in February is what has been driving the “improving” economic numbers, just as it has been for the last three years.  This is a pincer move; while yields have to normalize if and when they start to move in this direction that move will also choke off federal deficit spending capacity.

The Depression featured this sort of attempt at “repression” by The Fed and government and it was unsuccessful.  It looked successful for a while, but eventually the math caught up with them and we slumped back into the morass.  Our “exit” was war; we blew up all of our industrial competitor’s output capacity and by doing so rejiggered demand.  That’s a rather bleak way of looking at what was “death by all forms” for the common man, but from an economic perspective that’s what happened.  But “war as a solution” since that time hasn’t “worked” (and in fact can’t) since small-ball wars run into the broken-window fallacy; you can’t “win” by breaking windows as the economic damage from a war exceeds the benefit.  For war to be a “winning” strategy you have to literally flatten your economic competitors so that even with the economic damage you wind up with a net benefit.

Wall cloud indeed.

On Threats, Real & Imagined

Your local only ones with all that dotmil gear they picked up from Uncle Sugar on your dime think they are this:

But they are really more like this:

Keep in mind that all that cool gear doesn’t make them ninjas. It only makes them think they are ninjas.

Question: Does all that high speed gear you have make you a ninja?

Merely trying to maintain a bit of perspective.