- "Fears for US shares as Dow Jones opens 350 points down following collapse in China on opening day of 2016"--Daily Mail. "The Dow Jones industrial average sank 347 points, or 2 per cent, on Monday morning when the Shanghai Composite Index dropped a staggering 7 per cent." As Solomon at SNAFU notes, "The US consumer is tapped out and no one is buying Chinese widgets. Europe isn't doing much better and the outlook for everyone is grim."
- Related: "The Saudi Oil Plan Is On the Verge of Breaking Down"--The Silicon Graybeard. The Saudi's chose poorly. Their effort to collapse U.S. oil production was based on two errors: (1) they thought that $70 per barrel was the break even price for oil produced in the United States via fracking, when it was actually much lower; and (2) they missed the economic slowdown in China. The Saudi's new plan? According to a trade newsletter: "Riyadh is now signaling to the likes of Russia and even the U.S. that they would support a joint move with non-OPEC producers to 'stabilize' the international market." In other words, create an even larger oil cartel.
- Daniel Mitchell reveals his theorem of societal collapse: "A nation is doomed when people think it's okay to steal from their neighbors using government as a middleman."
- Related: "Our spoiled, emasculated, de‑spiritualised societies in the West are in terminal decline"--Christopher Booker at The Telegraph.
- "Sweden launches its own 'Berlin Wall' with Denmark as it orders travellers to show ID for the first time in 50 years… while Copenhagen closes borders with Germany"--Daily Mail. Closing the door to the hen house after the fox has already gotten in.
- I'm pretty sure that I've posted to this article when it was first published in April of last year, but I saw it linked on Instapundit, and thought it would be worth mentioning again: "Liberals May Regret Their New Rules"--Kurt Schlichter at Townhall. Using Kosovo in the 1990s as an example, the author observes that the immediate cause of the conflict was primarily a result of the Serbs," unrestrained by laws, rules or norms – became increasingly despotic." Looking to today, the author then writes:
Which brings us to America in 2015. It’s becoming a nation where an elite that is certain of its power and its moral rightness is waging a cultural war on a despised minority. Except it’s not actually a minority – it only seems that way because it is marginalized by the coastal elitist liberals who run the mainstream media.
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Today in America, a despised minority that is really no minority is the target of an establishment that considers this minority unworthy of respect, unworthy of rights, and unworthy of having a say in the direction of this country. It’s an establishment that has one law for itself, and another for its enemies. It’s an establishment that inflicts an ever-increasing series of petty humiliations on its opponents and considers this all hilarious.
That’s a recipe for disaster. You cannot expect to change the status quo for yourself and then expect those you victimize not to play by the new rules you have created. You cannot expect to be able to discard the rule of law in favor of the rule of force and have those you target not respond in kind.
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The revolt has begun, peacefully. In 2010, and again in 2014, the Silent Majority returned and sent an unmistakable message to the liberal elite. When Bill Clinton got that message in 1994, he recognized that opposition and worked with it. But under Obama, the liberal elite acts to ignore and delegitimize the opposition. 2014 was not a tantrum; it was a warning, and the liberals are betting that they can bluff and bluster their way through it.
When you block all normal means of dissent, whether by ignoring the political will of you opponents or using the media to mock and abuse them, you build up the pressure. In 30+ years as an active conservative, I’ve never heard people so angry, so frustrated, so fed up. These emotions are supposed to be dissipated by normal political processes. But liberals are bottling them up. And they will blow. It’s only a matter of how.
Liberals need to understand the reality that rarely penetrates their bubble. Non-liberal Americans (it’s more than just conservatives who are under the liberal establishment’s heel) are the majority of this country. They hold power in many states and regions in unprecedented majorities. And these attacks focus on what they hold dearest – their religion, their families and their freedom.
What is the end game, liberals? Do you expect these people you despise to just take it? Do you think they’ll just shrug their shoulders and say, “Well, I guess we better comply?” Do you even know any real Americans? Do you think you’ll somehow be able to force them into obedience – for what is government power but force – after someone finally says “Enough?”
... [L]iberals would be well advised to ask themselves who will be willing to fight and die to preserve their power and policies. In contrast, there are an awful lot of people willing to fight and die for their religion and our Constitution.
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I’m not advocating violence – I am warning liberals that they are setting the conditions for violence.
And that better worry them, for the coastal elites are uniquely unsuited to a world where force rules instead of law. The Serbs were, at least, a warrior people. The soft boys and girls who brought us helicopter parenting, “trigger warnings” and coffee cups with diversity slogans are not.
I know the endgame of discarding the rule of law for short-term advantage because I stood in its ruins. Liberals think this free society just sort of happened, that they can poke and tear at its fabric and things will just go on as before. But they won’t. So at the end of the day, if you want a society governed by the rule of force, you better pray that you’re on the side with the guns and those who know how to use them.
- Related: "How Much Firepower Does Your State Have?"--The Truth About Guns. A state-by-state comparison of each state's population and its number of firearms.
- Related: Hillary refuses to take question from rape survivor.
- Most of you have probably already seen this article, but if not.... "Scalia Dismisses Concept of Religious Neutrality in Speach"--AP. To sum it up, Justice Scalia argues that the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment does not require government to be neutral as between religion and non-religion, but only as between religions.
- "Skill Set: You Ain't Special"--The Tactical Wire. From the article:
Most shooters believe they need a special, custom-built pistol or rifle for this or that. Wrong. Don't get me wrong. You need quality firearms that are reliable and function properly. But the majority of us just need good weapons; there are very few shooters that have the skills to take advantage of specialty parts and weapons. Normal people like you and me need firearms that will work for a variety of applications. For readers here that means a weapon geared up specifically for self-defense that can also be used for sporting purposes such as competition, hunting or for the plain fun of plinking.
Normal people need to focus on the fundamentals: marksmanship, manipulations and the ability to do these things while moving and using cover in response to a threat. We don't need to know how to clear buildings with a four-man team, assault vehicles or engage targets at six hundred yards. Communication is another fundamental skill that we need to practice. Communication means issuing verbal commands to the threat, tell bystanders or family what to, such as call 911, and dealing with the authorities when they arrive. Just keep in mind that these are all fundamental skills, there's nothing special about them, but that doesn't mean they are easy. Training and practice are mandatory to truly learn and be able to apply these skills under stress.
- "Perfection"--Points & Figures. Writes the author: "Are you a perfectionist? I was, and am a perfectionist. Perfectionist tendencies still permeate through my personality and actions. Perfectionism will hold you back. Perfectionism can take you to some pretty dark places."
- "Gear test - The Water Bob"--Neo-Survivalist. A test of the Water BOB--a bladder designed to fit into a bathtub that can be filled with up to 100 gallons of potable water for use in an emergency. The author liked it, and thought it would even be a good fit for an emergency kit for use when traveling, as it could be deployed in a hotel. Read the whole thing.
- Update: "Saudi Arabia-Iran row spreads to other nations"--CNN. Short take, the Sunni-Shiite war, which up until now has primarily been between non-state entities, is ratcheting up after Saudi Arabia executed a Shiite cleric and Iran retaliated by allowing state-sanctioned "protesters" violate the Saudi embassy. Other states are now curtailing their diplomatic relations with Iran. Russia has stepped in to mediate the dispute (thus enlarging its presence and influence in the Middle-East), and China has expressed concern. It is not clear what our own "hindmost" leader is doing, if anything.
- Update: "Black Lives Matter: We Saw It Coming, Now Here’s What’s Coming Next"--Breitbart. "As the newest incarnation of the activist Left, Black Lives Matter will not back down or rest until it is either stopped by somone gutsy enough to call them out or until it gets what it wants: a bloody revolution leading to a socialist/anarchist America."