Monday, December 13, 2010

Justice Breyer on 2nd Amendment: If You Live in DC & Like Shooting Guns You Can Go to Maryland

so, according to justice breyer, rights are GEOGRAPHIC. so long as they exist somewhere else, they can't be violated.

eventually there will be a 10X10ft area somewhere near washington DC that will be a "free rights zone" where you can publish what you want, say what you want, own a gun, require a warrant for a search, ect. but everywhere else these things will be banned.

why near washington? because tyrants can't stand freedom they don't control. justice breyer is ok with that. in his mind, so long as there is someplace you can exercise your rights, it's all constitutional.

will someone please take a generator to mt.vernon? George Washington is spinning so fast, we may as well get some electricity from it.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

for the record....

we are NOT "copycats" of the sipsey street irregulars.

we've been the granite state irregulars since 1995.

I don't personally know mr.Vanderboegh, though I'd like to shake the man's hand.

I do respond to posts over there when the mood strikes. but as far as who came up with "irregulars" first..

ok I haven't seen it in years and it wasn't a GREAT movie but it did have the "stand up to the bad guys however you can" message.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

cranky old man complains lack of attention

Carl Bussjaeger...whom I had never heard of before he sent a request to Jack Kimball to fill out his survey.

first he says he used the "contact form" on the website twice. then he says he used the "contact form" once and e-mail once. then he complains when I ask him to clarify which is the actual method he used, and says I am accusing him of malice or incompetence.

I can't help you unless you get your story straight, sir. I can't diagnose the problem until I know the circumstances surrounding it. I AM accusing him of not really trying, and then laying the blame on anyone but himself. jack is VERY accessible. I contact him via his e-mail and he contacts me back usually in less than a day, and I barely know the man.

in all carl's acting like a cranky old man who isn't getting the attention he likes. and throwing a fit that the well-funded, well-connected GO-NH gets jack to fill out THEIR survey and not his...which is almost the same as the GO-NH survey.

membership of GO-NH = 100,000+
readership of crankyguy's blog = who knows.

pretty simple math there.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

64th anniversary of the battle of athens,TN

today is the 64th anniversary of the battle of Athens,TN...

where a bunch of vets who came back from WW2 only to have to fight tyranny right
here at home.

remember, when democracy becomes tyranny, the 2nd amendment ensures you still get
a vote.

Published in Guns & Ammo October 1995, pp. 50-51

On August 1-2, 1946, some Americans, brutalized by their county government, used
armed force as a last resort to overturn it. These Americans wanted honest open
elections. For years they had asked for state or federal election monitors to
prevent vote fraud (forged ballots, secret ballot counts and intimidation by armed
sheriff's deputies) by the local political boss. They got no help.

These Americans' absolute refusal to knuckle under had been hardened by service in
World War II. Having fought to free other countries from murderous regimes, they
rejected vicious abuse by their county government.

These Americans had a choice. Their state's Constitution -- Article 1, Section 26 --
recorded their right to keep and bear arms for the common defense. Few "gun control"
laws had been enacted.

These Americans were residents of McMinn County, which is located between Chattanooga
and Knoxville in Eastern Tennessee. The two main towns were Athens and Etowah. McMinn
County residents had long been independent political thinkers. For a long time they
also had: accepted bribe-taking by politicians and/or the sheriff to overlook illicit
whiskey-making and gambling; financed the sheriff's department from fines-usually for
speeding or public drunkenness which promoted false arrests; and put up with voting
fraud by both Democrats and Republicans.

The wealthy Cantrell family, of Etowah, backed Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1932
election, hoping New Deal programs would revive the local economy and help Democrats
to replace Republicans in the county government. So it proved.

Paul Cantrell was elected sheriff in the 1936,1938 and 1940 elections, but by slim
margins. The sheriff was the key county official. Cantrell was elected to the state
senate in 1942 and 1944; his chief deputy, Pat Mansfield, was elected sheriff. In
1946 Paul Cantrell again sought the sheriff's office.

At the end of 1945, some 3,000 battle-hardened veterans returned to McMinn County;
the GIs held Cantrell politically responsible for Mansfield's doings. Early in 1946,
some newly returned ex-GIs decided to challenge Cantrell politically by offering an
all-ex-GI, non-partisan ticket. They promised a fraud-free election, stating in ads
and speeches that there would be an honest ballot count and reform of county

At a rally, a GI speaker said, "The principles that we fought for in this past war do
not exist in McMinn County. We fought for democracy because we believe in democracy
but not the form we live under in this county" (Daily Post-Athenian, 17 June 1946,
p.1 ). At the end of July 1946, 159 McMinn County GIs petitioned the FBI to send
election monitors. There was no response. The Department of Justice had not responded
to McMinn County residents' complaints of election fraud in 1940, 1942 and 1944.


The primary election was held on August 1. To intimidate voters, Mansfield brought in
some 200 armed "deputies." GI poll-watchers were beaten almost at once. At about
3p.m., Tom Gillespie, an African- American voter was told by a sheriff's deputy that
he could not vote. Despite being beaten, Gillespie persisted. The enraged deputy shot
him. The gunshot drew a crowd. Rumors spread that Gillespie had been shot in the back;
he later recovered (C. Stephen Byrum, The Battle of Athens, Paidia Productions,
Chattanooga, TN, 1987; pp. 155-57).

Other deputies detained ex-GI poll-watchers in a polling place, as that made the
ballot counting "Public" A crowd gathered. Sheriff Mansfield told his deputies to
disperse the crowd. When the two ex-GIs smashed a big window and escaped, the crowd
surged forward. The deputies, with guns drawn, formed a tight half-circle around the
front of the polling place. One deputy, "his gun raised high...shouted: 'If you sons
of bitches cross this street I'll kill you!'" (Byrum, p.165).

Mansfield took the ballot boxes to the jail for counting. The deputies seemed to fear
immediate attack by the "people who had just liberated Europe and the South Pacific
from two of the most powerful war machines in human history" (Byrum, pp. 168-69).

Short of firearms and ammunition, the GIs scoured the county to find them. By
borrowing keys to the National Guard and State Guard armories, they got three M-1
rifles, five .45 semi-automatic pistols and 24 British Enfield rifles. The armories
were nearly empty after the war's end. By 8 p.m. a group of GIs and "local boys"
headed for the jail but left the back door unguarded to give the jail's defenders an
easy way out.

Three GIs alerting passersby to danger were fired on from the jail. Two GIs were
wounded. Other GIs returned fire.

Firing subsided after 30 minutes; ammunition ran low and night had fallen. Thick
brick walls shielded those inside the jail. Absent radios, the GIs' rifle fire was
uncoordinated. "From the hillside fire rose and fell in disorganized cascades. More
than anything else, people were simply shooting at the jail" (Byrum, p.189).

Several who ventured into the street in front of the jail were wounded. One man
inside the jail was badly hurt; he recovered. Most sheriff's deputies wanted to
hunker down and await rescue. Governor McCord mobilized the State Guard, perhaps to
scare the GIs into withdrawing. The State Guard never went to Athens. McCord may have
feared that Guard units filled with ex-GIs might not fire on other ex-GIs.

At about 2 a.m. on August 2, the GIs forced the issue. Men from Meigs County threw
dynamite sticks and damaged the jail's porch. The panicked deputies surrendered. GIs
quickly secured the building. Paul Cantrell faded into the night, having almost been
shot by a GI who knew him, but whose .45 pistol had jammed. Mansfield's deputies were
kept overnight in jail for their own safety. Calm soon returned. The GIs posted
guards. The rifles borrowed from the armory were cleaned and returned before sunup.


In five precincts free of vote fraud, the GI candidate for sheriff, Knox Henry, won
1,168 votes to Cantrell's 789. Other GI candidates won by similar margins.

The GI's did not hate Cantrell. They only wanted honest government. On August 2, a
town meeting set up a three-man governing committee. The regular police having fled,
six men were chosen to police Etowah. In addition, "Individual citizens were called
upon to form patrols or guard groups, often led by a GI... To their credit, however,
there is not a single mention of an abuse of power on their behalf" (Byrum, p. 220).

Once the GI candidates' victory had been certified, they cleaned up county government,
the jail was fixed, newly elected officials accepted a $5,000 pay limit and Mansfield
supporters who resigned were replaced.

The general election on November 5 passed quietly. McMinn County residents, having
restored the rule of law, returned to their daily lives. Pat Mansfield moved back to
Georgia. Paul Cantrell set up an auto dealership in Etowah. "Almost everyone who knew
Cantrell in the years after the Battle' agree that he was not bitter about what had
happened" (Byrum pp. 232-33; see also New York Times, 9 August 1946, p. 8).

The 79th Congress adjourned on August 2, 1946, when the Battle of Athens ended.
However, Representative John Jennings Jr. from Tennessee decried McMinn County's
sorry situation under Cantrell and Mansfield and the Justice Department's repeated
failures to help the McMinn County residents. Jennings was delighted that " long
last, decency and honesty, liberty and law have returned to the fine county of
McMinn.. " (Congressional Record, House; U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington,
D.C., 1946; Appendix, Volume 92, Part 13, p. A4870).


Those who took up arms in Athens, Tennessee, wanted honest elections, a cornerstone
of our constitutional order. They had repeatedly tried to get federal or state
election monitors and had used armed force so as to minimize harm to the law-breakers,
showing little malice to the defeated law-breakers. They restored lawful government.

The Battle of Athens clearly shows how Americans can and should lawfully use armed
force and also shows why the rule of law requires unrestricted access to firearms and
how civilians with military-type firearms can beat the forces of government gone bad.

Dictators believe that public order is more important than the rule of law. However,
Americans reject this idea. Brutal political repression is lethal to many. An
individual criminal can harm a handful of people. Governments alone can brutalize
thousands, or millions.

Law-abiding McMinn County residents won the Battle of Athens because they were not
hamstrung by "gun control " They showed us when citizens can and should use armed
force to support the rule of law.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

SoL vs Militia..the confusion continues.

the pre-revolutionary anti-British forces here in America..the Sons of Liberty, among others...
did not represent the Militia in their actions or politics.

many of them were MEMBERS of the local were most able-bodied men of the time. but that is not the same thing as saying the SoL WERE the militia. the militia were EVERYONE. the SoL and other such groups were only a small percentage of that.

why do I bring this up?

because individuals, and even groups of individuals, can have whatever political or religious beliefs they like. but they do not represent the militia in those beliefs.

the unorganized militia should never have been used as part of any political or religious cause. it's members, acting on their own, certainly can. but there should be a boundary between the two.

remember..the MILITIA is not a rebel organization until AFTER it starts getting shot at.

the Sons of Liberty...well..they have no such restrictions.

the "army model" and why it's bad news

the current model that is being put forth for a "legal militia" here in NH is flawed. this is the US Army model. which I from what I can tell was designed for draftees in the 1960's and hasn't really been revised.

I don't think they have used this system on purpose. honestly I don't think the organizers know any other way (being ex-career army). which is part of the problem. we are NOT the army.

the regular (non-special forces) army model is based on the assumption that backups exist and will, for the most part, be available. this is the flaw in using the army system. the militia has no backups. no supply chain. no artillery. no air support. no evac helicopters, medical or otherwise. no ANYTHING. we will be forced to improvise everything..because "comshaw" and "junkyard wars"-style supply will be the only way we will get what we need, when we need it.

for this, we do not need an ARMY mindset. we need a SEABEE mindset. which is....get the job done. I don't care how. you don't have to be "pretty" just effective. improvise or comshaw what's needed. just GET IT DONE. unit structure, discipline, and training should reflect this. an army model reflects an inherent resistance to adapt quickly, or adopt local standards and customs.

throw out the army model. I understand some of you are going to it like an old security blanket. but you need to look at what's needed and available, and structure accordingly.

(side note..militia commanders should NOT be excited about the prospect of dress uniforms or parades. EVER. we're not here to be pretty. we're not here to go to the governor's ball and show off medals. we're here to get a job done and GO HOME.)

Friday, June 11, 2010

libertarianism...theory vs practice

libertarians, as much as I like them, are far more interested in the academics and theoretical side of liberty rather than it's practical application.

unfortunately there is such a thing as things that are too dangerous for society without certain regulation. that's what government is FOR.

(right now the pure libertarians are pointing, mouth agape, yelling at their computer monitors "STATIST!!!!!!!!")

for example, I'm all for regulating antibiotics.

a pure libertarian would allow anyone to get any antibiotics they want, at any time. the known result of that policy is drug-resistant forms of disease that eventually will kill a lot of people. we've already seen this in the drug-resistant forms of TB and staph that have been coming from countries that don't regulate.

theory is great...but theory doesn't always work once it's removed from the vacuum of academia.

in theory, a democracy works great. everyone votes on everything. but the founders knew that a democracy degenerates into mob rule pretty quickly. thus, we arrive at a republic. the founders split the difference between academic theory and human nature and gave us an imperfect, but free, government. and a lot of our freedom actually extends from those imperfections...things don't work well or quickly. it's hard to get steamrollered by a government that can't pick up speed.

once again, theory is great. but once placed in the world it doesn't always work.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

trutherism = you have no power. surrender

truthers have been snowed by people that don't understand the facts..or are deliberately making stuff up.

besides...honestly..even if the stuff the truthers say is true..(it's not, just playing devils advocate here)

what, exactly, would you do about it? who would you go after? is it any different than what you're doing right now?

if the government REALLY had that kind of trained manpower to conduct that sort of operation and then somehow kept EVERYONE involved quiet for this long...wouldn't everything we'd be doing useless? like trying to hold back the tide with a spoon?

that may be the point. truthers spread bogus stories to make us feel helpless. like we can't do anything. nothing we do matters. everything is fixed. people in power do what they want, when they want, and we don't have any say in the matter.

well I call BULL on that one. we've proven that what we do is already effective. it's working. so, of course they will pull out the propaganda machines to try to derail us racist stupid sexist homophobe flat earthers and anything else they can come up with...

because that's the only power they have.

and it only works if we give in to it. the closer you are to the target, the more flack you'll get. the more we win the more desperate the other side will get. they wrote the bible on underhanded tactics.

it may be a bumpy ride, but the destination is worth it.


Friday, February 12, 2010

take a stand on trutherism

I'm confused on how someone could not take a stand on the truthers, either way.

either the planes knocked the buildings down, or they didn't. either you think the government pulled off the largest conspiracy in the history of the world AND kept every single person involved quiet, or they didn't.

I have taken US navy crash-rescue and firefighting school. I know people that do controlled demolition for a living.

crash-rescue school taught me that materials (titanium and nickel-steel alloy, designed for heat resistance) far tougher than the steel used in the WTC will melt when subjected to sublimating jet fuel. I've seen it happen.

my friends who do controlled demolition tell me that it would have taken 6 months, minimum, working 3 shifts round the clock, to do a controlled demolition on the WTC. and that's if it were empty. yet no one in the building saw anything of the sort....and none of the hundreds of workers needed to pull that off have come forward.

conspiracy theories are a waste of resources and talent. they get good people so concentrated on chasing shadows and their own tails that they forget the enemy staring back in the mirror. the REAL conspiracy is how many people waste time on these sorts of things rather than fixing the obviously broken parts of government right under their noses.

if these people who claim to know the "secret truth" really KNEW anything, and the "shadow government" they claim to know about was as powerful as "they" say it come they aren't dead or arrested? to an all-powerful secret organization "perfect accidents" or trumped up arrests are pretty easy, right?.

they're not dead or arrested because either a)they're loons. they don't know anything. or b)they're plants..meant to distract you with wild stories. usually to get you to spin your wheels on useless things or to get you to do something that will get you arrested. most are probably "b" or people who repeat stories from "b". the FBI got caught doing this already...and if the FBI is doing it you can be sure other agencies are copying it. the ATF has been doing it for YEARS.

"Hal Turner worked for the FBI from 2002 to 2007 as an "agent provocateur" and was taught by the agency "what he could say that wouldn't be crossing the line," defense attorney Michael Orozco said. "His job was basically to publish information, which would cause other parties to act in a manner which would lead to their arrest,"

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

a tree with no roots, cannot stand in the slightest breeze

I have posted many times here about the self-destructive nature of the modern militia movement.

in doing so, I have been branded a traitor, a turncoat, and a quitter.

the opposite is true. I want us to be able to operate effectively, to do what we are supposed to do, both constitutionally, and in our communities.

we cannot, from the outset, be a revolutionary or rebel organization. we must crawl before we walk. walk before we run.

the militia in the early colonies was NOT a rebel was for community defense. it didn't become a rebel organization until AFTER they started getting shot at.

early on, the only effective units learned from the british. most of the other units were poorly equipped or drilled. few had any military experience at all. this was mostly the fault of the communities they came from..either too poor to get the proper equipment or indifferent to the town's defense. thus, much later the term "well regulated militia" became important. a poorly trained or equipped militia was better than none at all..but against a determined foe it amounted to little more than a speed bump.

like a tree, we must have strong roots to survive the storms. we MUST have a strong connection to, and the trust of the communities we seek to serve. in other words..well regulated. not just in what gear we carry but what experience and backing we can rely on in our hour of need. when the time comes, that connection and trust will be the surest armor the constitution ever had.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

rebel mystique, and why the milita is doomed to extinction

the milita wasn't formed for the revolutionary war.

from pre-revolutionary times till post civil war, before the widespread use of fire brigades, emergency services, search and rescue..whom did you call when you needed organized and motivated men on short notice?

the militia.

the militia was NEVER a "built in authorized rebel force". it was an organized military trained force, composed of regular people of a certain age. IF the government no longer followed the will of the people, it COULD BECOME a revolutionary force, because it was made up of the people.

the militia in the 2nd amendment "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

the people, acting as the militia, are here to enforce the security of a FREE STATE. with arms.

most milita groups are no longer "the people", they are secretive groups, with romanticized visions of "overthrowing the government". most milita groups are so enamored of what happened during the revolution that they forget what happened before and after. they forget the reasons the militia was formed at all.

we're back to community defense. because we must walk before we run.