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Why Doesn't Everyone Love Jazz/Fusion/Progressive Rock?
by Todd Brendan Fahey
I listen to music. Whilst traveling, writing, surfing the Web...aside from time asleep or in the shower or teaching, I'm listening to music. And came to me, after returning from somewhere recently, a desire to hear Pat Metheny's gorgeous instrumental album Watercolors. And it was after I was possessed with an overwhelming need, was impressed upon me that it was not necessarily this particular album that I needed to listen to: but the entire ethos and structure that defines Watercolors.
And then hit me just as deeply, the question of why others don't possess this same need. To hear other than 4/4 time and recycled formulae which (to quote chef Anthony Bourdain) any reasonably-trained bonobo monkey could master in two to three weeks time.
I queued up the album on my computer's MP3 player, and found myself performing keyword searches for all music of related genre: (in no particular order) Romantic Warrior, Return to Forever; anything at all by guitarist Al DiMeola, who was for a brief time part of Return to Forever; DiMeola's spiritual compadres Paco de Lucia and John McLaughlin; John McLaughlin's monster ensemble, the Mahavishnu Orchestra; French electric violinist Jean-Luc Ponty; Frank Zappa's aggressive three jazz-period LPs (of which Jean-Luc Ponty was a part); the ambidextrous and, many will say, terroristic drum work of Billy Cobham and his Glass Menagerie (as Cobham was part of John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra years earlier); and into Miles' In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew period (on which McLaughlin played guitar); and of the Dixie Dregs, whose guitarist Steve Morse is possibly the only man to ever hold a candle to Al DiMeola; oops, check that, then into Steve Howe's work with Yes, of a five album stretch (The Yes Album; Fragile; Close to the Edge; Tales of Topographic Oceans, and Relayer) that is, to my ear, unequalled in all of "rock"; and then comparing Yes's keyboard genius Rick Wakeman with that of Genesis' equally-deft (and, to me, more beautiful) maestro Tony Banks..., and then Banks to Kit Watkins of Happy The Man, which ate it, utterly, at the Box Office and were forced to disband for over 20 years, depriving me and those of my cast of mind something akin to essential vitamins and nutrients...
After suffering through 1980s New Wave and now the atrocity that is "hip hop," I'm wondering if there might be some kind of neurological explanation as to those persons who naturally gravitate to the music laid out above.
Even when listening to my favorite all-time vocalist, Van Morrison, I root out stuff like "Summertime in England" (from his criminally-neglected 1980 masterpiece, Common One) or the heart-rending "Linden Arden Stole the Highlights" (from his equally-neglected Veedon Fleece). And I scoff at those who say: "OOooooo, 'Brown-Eyed Girl'; I love that song."
Meandering through reviewers at Amazon.com, I find that there are a thousands of folk with ears like mine. I guess that should be good enough.
But, somehow--given that many of the musicians I adored and whose works I still reach for have long given up trying to "make it" in "the business"--it's not. ("Cold comfort for change" - Roger Waters)
Posted by editor on Tuesday, April 23 @ 05:48:23 PDT (237 reads)
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The Department of Homeland Security (through the U.S. Army Forces Command) recently retrofitted 2,717 of these ‘Mine Resistant Protected’ vehicles for service on the streets of the United States.
Although I’ve seen and read several online blurbs about this vehicle of late, I decided to dig slightly deeper and discover more about the vehicle itself.
The new DHS sanctioned ‘Street Sweeper’ (my own slang due to the gun ports) is built by Navistar Defense (NavistarDefense.com), a division within the Navistar organization. Under the Navistar umbrella are several other companies including International Trucks, IC Bus (they make school buses), Monaco RV (recreational vehicles), WorkHorse (they make chassis), MaxxForce (diesel engines), and Navistar Financial (the money arm of the company).
DHS even released a video on their newly purchased MRAPs. Via Pat Dollard:
The MRAP featured in this video is was in Albuquerque, New Mexico for Law Enforcement Day which was held at a local area Target Store. This MRAP is stationed in El Paso, Texas at The Homeland Security Investigations Office. MRAP is a Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicle.
Posted by editor on Monday, March 04 @ 14:22:39 PST (441 reads)
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From the Senator who brought you the 'indefinite military detention' clause...
by Simon Black February 27, 2013
"There is no bar to this nation's holding one of its own citizens as an enemy combatant." -- US Senator Carl Levin
My dictionary defines the word "sociopath" as "a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.
I don't know about you, but it seems to me that someone who tries to award himself the power to lock people up indefinitely, without due process, is expressing extreme antisocial attitudes. And quite possibly a lack of conscience.
Psychologists might deem such an individual a sociopath. Yet in the Land of the Free, they're elected to the United States Congress.
This is the world of Carl Levin, a Senator from Michigan who championed the indefinite military detention clause in last year's National Defense Authorization Act.
In Levin's world, it's perfectly acceptable to hold US citizens on US soil without charges or trial, based merely on the suspicion of terrorist activity in the sole discretion of the government.
This, of course, is a rather convenient position for someone who has been in government for nearly the totality of his adult life. At age 78, he's been firmly ensconced in the US Senate since 1979 and was a politician at the local level prior.
Mr. Levin is now at it again.
In our ongoing conversations, you and I frequently discuss the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)-- a small part of a 2010 law which I typically describe as the 'most arrogant piece of legislation ever passed.'
FATCA imposes additional reporting requirements for US citizens with foreign financial accounts, as well as heaps of obligations for foregin financial institutions.
FATCA casts an enormous net, affecting banks, brokers, and even gold depositories. And its requirements are so onerous that, as I reported last Friday, even Swiss logistics giant ViaMat has dropped US citizens from storing gold abroad.
The law itself was tiny... a mere 18 pages. But the IRS regulations which came out of it total more than 500 pages. It's unreal. Absurd, really.
Apparently, though, 500 pages of oppressive regulations aren't enough for Mr. Levin. And his new bill, S.268 "CUT Loopholes Act" aims to raise the bar even higher.
Section 102 of the bill, entitled "STRENGTHENING THE FOREIGN ACCOUNT TAX COMPLIANCE ACT", proposes a number of increased reporting requirements for both banks and individuals.
There is also a provision to expand the FATCA net even further by defining "non-FATCA institutions". Essentially, this would give the Treasury Department all the domestic legal authority they need to bully anyone in the world. (Again, anti-social behavior?)
The bill goes on for nearly 100 pages, covering everything from increased penalties (up to $10 million) to simplifying the process for the government to confiscate your assets.
Levin is really pulling out all the stops to make it as difficult as possible to do business overseas, and to hold assets in a safe, stable jurisdiction abroad. The end result will be fewer options to protect your savings, and more government control.
If passed, this bill will be one small step for Levin, one giant leap towards capital controls.
Posted by editor on Thursday, February 28 @ 13:45:39 PST (407 reads)
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FriendsOfLiberty.com/Sianews.com sets monthly traffic high (January 2013)
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Posted by editor on Thursday, January 31 @ 23:04:16 PST (561 reads)
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What Went Down in Newtown, Connecticut
by Todd Brendan Fahey December 16, 2012
The 'sperg child was twisted; his Mom was a domineering/perfectionistic tyrant; his Pop left the family years ago (probably 'cos his ex- was unbearable); he was alone in a house with a control-freak mother, who he blew away with one of her own weapons; hadn't had contact with his older bruh for two years; had 0.00 friends. And he went to that elementary school to blow away young children, 'cos he didn't have the balls/gumption to go back to his old high school to do that same to "the bigger kids" who teased him back when. He was a coward; highly-strung and emotionally retarded, and was bound to snap in some way. What y' gonna do with a human like that?: Bright enough to not be institutionalized; pampered (and obviously criticized) by Mommy, with whom he was still living. There is no solution that I can see for such a fragile and legally-tenuous situation.
Posted by editor on Saturday, December 15 @ 23:44:27 PST (888 reads)
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''Ain't Gonna Come 'Til I'm Ready''
One of my very favorite songs. Written, sung by (lead and backing vocals), all instruments played by, and recorded in his own home studio--by the same man: a genius named Karl Wallinger. This entire song (the entire album, actually, titled: Goodbye, Jumbo; "technically" by "a band" called World Party) is the work of one human; blows my mind.
(Search for the mp3 file online; solly: Can't upload tunes to this Website...yet.)
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[Flashback]: Todd Fahey: the Wisdom’s Maw interview
Posted on September 1, 1998
An interview with Todd Fahey about his gonzo conspiracy theory novel Wisdom’s Maw
SPIKE note: This interview first appeared in the print zine Carbon 14. Todd Fahey is still without a UK publisher for Wisdom’s Maw, despite rave reviews from every sector of the literary press. Go figure, as they would say in America.
About five months ago, we received a copy of Todd Fahey’s book Wisdom’s Maw. I’d seen ads for it somewhere. Or maybe saw his Web page. Either way, I had definitely heard about it before it appeared in our mailbox. (Which kind of makes sense now that I know a little more about the book and its author.) Personally, I’m not that enthralled by conspiracy theories, although I am fascinated by Larry’s insistance that JFK was killed by Woody Harrelson’s father, but even I was intrigued by the theme of this novel. Was the whole 60′s counterculture “beatnik” revolution the result of the CIA screwing around with college kids’ lives and minds? Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg government pawns? And how does that tie in with JFK’s assassination? You’ll have to investigate for yourself. I recommend a visit to Todd’s Web page (http://www.fargonebooks.com) which explores the book’s terrain more than this interview. -Leslie
Carbon 14: How long had Wisdom’s Maw been completed before you decided to self-publish it?
Todd Brendan Fahey:Wisdom’s Maw was conceived at the turn of 1988-89, in a period of increasingly heavy LSD usage for me. I was living in Santa Barbara, CA and had been accepted into the prestigious & ultra-expensive Professional Writing Program at USC for the Master’s degree – this after having basically been run out of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University for writing “too much like Hunter Thompson.” It is important to note that, at that time (Spring 1988), I had never read Hunter Thompson. Not a word. I’m fairly sure I’d never even heard of him (I’ve spent many hours on this question and poured over all my old college folders. and there is no evidence at all of my ever encountering his work). I can pinpoint the exact moment that I recall discovering Thompson, and it was not until I bailed ASU in May of ’88 and moved back to Santa Barbara. This is an absolutely critical point if anyone is to fully appreciate my writing. I am not a “Hunter Thompson clone” (though one could do much worse). I share with Thompson the “black comedic” cast of mind; I am also an inveterate outsider and loner, with tendencies toward misanthropism.
“No one knows better than I how fucking tough it is to get published”
CI4: What are the advantages you’ve found to being self-published?
TBF: Being self-published means basically to be a one-man (in my case) whole-service industry. I am the shipping clerk, the order taker, the PR mouth, the advertising specialist – the training for which has been all on-the-job. By the time I’m through with this whole Wisdom’s Maw process, I really feel I could and should command a $100k yearly salary at a NY publishing house. ‘Cause, if Wisdom’s Maw takes off as a seller, it will be me & no other who got it there. The real advantage to me in this process, is to meet people like you. Truly, that’s been the human bonus. I am on pretty cozy terms now with the ed/pubs of most of America’s best counterculture magazines. No one knows better than I how fucking tough it is to get published, and to be able to just pick up the phone and say, ‘Hey, buddy! I’ve got John Barlow hangin’, wanna see the interview? Groovy. Let’s do cola soon. Ciao,” is kind of a mind-boggling thing. (I’m kidding about the cola – haven’t touched it since 1987.) The horrendous disadvantage to self-publication is, obviously, the money. I’m in hock about $20k to Citibank right row and they ought to be conscious of remaining REALLY NICE TO ME, because it would be incredibly easy to declare Chapter 7 and call this whole thing a bad dream. But I want to keep Far Gone Books running. And so it’s not in my best interest to go belly-up.
CI4: What influence have psychedelics had on your writing?
TBF: I have a deeply-embedded fear of being ‘straight.’ I’ll be frank about it. I have been enamored of chemicals since my childhood and it is surely the bane of my existence. I lost my wife over it just this past year. I love her and respect her enough to have finally told her, ‘l can’t promise I will change & a promise is what you want.’ So, we divorced after 5 1/2 years of a rewarding and tumultuous marriage. She did not know about my LSD intake during the writing of Wisdom’s Maw. I hid it from her – an LSD addicton that sometimes went for 40 days in a row – and in hiding my usage, psychologically, I almost destroyed myself. I am digging myself out of the wreckage that is lies as we speak.
[For the record, it was my soon-to-be-ex-wife - just after I had told her about my LSD years - who laid out the book in Adobe PageMaker. She is a wonderful Mormon woman. I can't thank her enough. The getting out of this book is one of the miracles of modern medicine. Maybe someday I'll get a chance to write about it.]
My relationship with chemicals is an uncomfortable one. To be very honest I am either bored of the “sober life,” or else it scares the shit out of me. I don’t know which. From the age of seventeen, I don’t think I’ve been straight more than a week at any given period. My survival is a testament to the strength of the human will. I had a hideous relationship with alcohol from 1982-1986 (from the age of 17 to a wizened 22, when I went through rehab.) I relapsed to the bottle in ’93, after about the 120th rejection of Wisdom’s Maw. I ‘drank-to- die’ until Thanksgiving of ’95 – a fifth of Wild Turkey a day. I’ve shed many tears over the memory of those days. I was so desperate to get Wisdom’s Maw published.
CI4: Is Wisdom’s Maw your first book?
TBF: I’ve been writing for a goddamned long time. I wrote my first book-length nonfiction ‘novel’ – a thing called Hell Bottled Up: Chronicles of a Late Propaganda Minister – in 1988, in my first semester at USC. Wrote it in a white-heat in six months, basically smashed on acid. Hell Bottled Up! is an autobiographical novel centering on my two violent years as a right-wing activist in Arizona, during the heyday of Governor Evan Mecham and a revival of the John Birch Society. You drop the name Todd Brendan Fahey around certain circles in Arizona today and you better watch your back. Oh, I’ve lived a really weird life. I became acquainted with conspiracy theory through the John Birch Society in 1984 and am credited with founding the first-ever university chapter of the JBS. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. But I was also a terrible drunk and was more than a little curious about psychedelics.
“But then it dawned on me: ‘Crap, I can’t pull a Hunter, Jr. I just can’t.’”
That manuscript made the rounds of New York for three years, and at one point Faber & Faber fell in love with it, as did Summit Books (Simon and Schuster); and Villard took a look at it. Thunder’s Mouth Press wanted to see it specifically – but my then-agent couldn’t close the deal. I finally shelved it in ’92 , as I was becoming a better writer. I thought I should clean it up, and I didn’t have the strength to look at it again. So, before I had even begun Wisdom’s Maw, I had this other semi-notorious “novel” written and was frustrated about not selling it. So, by the time I got a hundred pages into this incredibly dark and deranged CIA/LSD novel, I was antsy to sell it pre-finish. I must have ridden my agent terribly. I was so certain it was going to be a blockbuster. I just could NOT understand why the NY majors weren’t beating my door down. I still can’t, fools! Now that Wisdom’s Maw is getting great reviews in about every counterculture magazine that matters, I feel vindicated. It’s not selling extremely well, but it’s also not in very many book stores (like 10, maybe.) The chains won’t touch it. I can’t buy a distributor. It’s a monster. I’ve sold about 3000 copies through my Web site and word of mouth. I unloaded 50 copies while I was in Amsterdam; visit any of the English/American book stores there and you’ll find it. They loved it over there.
CI4: What other titles are planned for Far Gone Books?
TBF:Fresh Fruit & Gravity, a first-book of poems by Jim Tolan, will be out in about a month. It’s a gorgeous thing, and at $9.95 (big commercial plug) is a steal, for a signed first. Jim is a friend of mine, a fellow Ph.D candidate at U. of Southwestern Louisiana, and a 1994 winner of the AWP Intro Award for poetry. He is working very much within the Whitman-bardic tradition – the larger “I-as-soul-of-America” thing – and I hope this book wins an award for best small press design, because it is stunning. I’ve been very lucky to have had two hungry graphics guys offer to design my first two books for pocket change. In May, I will release my demented short stories, titled Dogshit Park & other atrocities, which are the blackest things to come out since the heyday of Burroughs, Terry Southern and Hubert Selby, Jr., all of whom are my forefathers. After that, a collection of scholarly criticism on Hunter S. Thompson, which I think will surprise a lot of academics. Past that, I’ll have to figure out my money situation. Any addled philanthropists out there reading this interview should offer up to: firstname.lastname@example.org
CI4: If you aren’t trying to be the next Thompson, where did the idea of a "Fear and Loathing" piece originate?
TBF: As far as this “Fear and Loathing” piece, the story is pretty simple. I sent a review copy of Wisdom's Maw to Smoke (a NY cigar magazine aimed at Gen-X) and their assistant editor loved it. After a few fruitless phone calls back and forth with assignment ideas, they came up with the idea of "Fear and Loathing in Amsterdam." I almost lost my lunch. Really. I walked around in a shit-eating daze for a week. So, I went to Amsterdam, started getting REALLY out of my head, like I hadn’t in several years. (For the record, I stopped eating LSD in the summer of 1994 and, Bog willing, I will never pick up the habit again. Too many reminders. Too much psychic trauma. I’ll probably do it again, ’cause I did it in Amsterdam – some incredibly pure & powerful stuff – but not as a “means of writing.”)
But then it dawned on me: 'Crap, I can’t pull a Hunter, Jr. I just can’t.' I don’t have much going for me these days – I’m probably unemployable in terms of a tenure-track teaching job, even though I will have my Ph.D by May ’97. God bless the school that gives me a gig. A "charitable institution," indeed. I have my writerly reputation and I can’t afford to soil it. So, the article became a ‘How-to-write a ‘Fear and Loathing’ piece,” mixed with some insight on Thompson, who is my patron saint, and then a little segue into this fictional thing that will be Fear and Loathing in Amsterdam: A Gonzo Novel. Aaron Sigmond, editor-in-chief of Smoke, hated what I gave him, and he and publisher Robert Lockwood 'killed the piece.”
I admit, I went totally sideways on it; but I’m the loosest of cannons, and that’s what I do best. My ex-wife loved that about me: “Never, ever a dull moment around the Toddmonster.” It’s going to be a great book and a lot of fun to write; but I like writing. I don’t consider it, as does Hunter, “the most hateful kind of work.” I’d rather be writing than doing just about anything – except maybe cruising the Red Light District of Amsterdam…so let me get back to work.
Posted by editor on Friday, October 12 @ 04:07:58 PDT (780 reads)
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Todd Brendan Fahey's interview with Ken Kesey: (finally) to be published in book
a 240pp booklength collection of interviews with America's First Hippie: to be titled: Conversations with Ken Kesey (University Press of Mississippi, editor Scott F. Parker; Fall 2013):
Posted by editor on Tuesday, September 18 @ 19:09:23 PDT (687 reads)
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A Suggested Survival List
By Chuck Baldwin August 30, 2012 NewsWithViews.com
It’s once again time for my annual survival list column. One does not have to be a prophet to know that we are on the precipice of some potentially catastrophic--or at the very least, challenging--days. In fact, most of us are already in challenging days, and some are already enduring catastrophic events. That is, if one would call being out of work, losing one’s home, facing life-threatening medical conditions without any prospect of medical insurance, several families being forced to live in one house due to homes being foreclosed, etc., catastrophic.
The potential for an escalation of cataclysmic events, however, is very real. Only a “blooming idiot” would call someone who attempts to prepare for “the day of adversity” a Chicken Little now. Anyone who does not see the storm clouds on the horizon isn’t paying attention.
For example, can one imagine what would happen if Russia or China launched a nuclear attack against the United States? (Once again, I encourage readers to watch the CBS TV series “Jericho” to get an idea of how quickly life, and even civilization, could change.) Imagine if there was another 9/11-type event. What would happen if some form of Zimbabwe-style inflation hit the US? What would happen if anything disrupted the distribution of Welfare checks, or food to local grocers? Imagine a Hurricane Katrina-style natural disaster in your town. I think people everywhere are beginning to awaken to just how vulnerable we all really are.
As a result, people from virtually every walk of life have asked my thoughts on how they should prepare. Therefore, I will, again, attempt to share with my readers some of the counsel I have given these folks.
First, a disclaimer. I am not an economist; I am not a survival expert; I am not a firearms expert; I am not an attorney; I am not a physician. In fact, I am not an expert in anything! For several years, however, I have tried to learn from others. I am an avid reader. My work has allowed me to travel extensively. In fact, I have logged over 150,000 miles crisscrossing this great country over the last few years. I have had the privilege of sitting at the feet of--and learning from--many of America’s most learned, most trained, and most qualified “experts” in a variety of fields. What I write today, I have learned from others. I’ve formed my own opinions and priorities, of course, but everything I’m sharing has been said, or written about, before. But if I can share something in today’s column that will help someone be better prepared for the days to come, then my goal will have been achieved.
Analyze your living conditions. Where do you live? Do you live in an urban or rural environment? Is it a big city or small town? Do you live in an apartment or condominium? How close are your neighbors? Do you even know your neighbors? Would you trust them if the electricity was off and they were hungry? Could you grow your own food if you had to? How easily could you secure your home? If you live in a cold weather environment, how long could you stay warm without electricity? These are the kinds of questions you need to ask yourself now.
Over the past several decades, masses of people have migrated into large metropolitan areas. More people currently live in urban areas than at any time in American history. While this may be well and good for times of prosperity, it is an absolute nightmare during any kind of disaster. Does anyone remember what New Orleans looked like after Hurricane Katrina came through? Can anyone recall what happened in downtown Los Angeles during the 1992 riots? Needless to say, any inner-city environment could become a powder keg almost instantaneously, given the right (or wrong) circumstances. And the bigger the city, the bigger the potential problems.
If you live in the inner city, I suggest you consider moving to a more rural location. Obviously, now is a very good time to buy property (especially rural property), but the downside is, selling property is not as favorable. If you can afford it, now is a great time to buy a “safe house” outside the city. If you are fortunate enough to have family or some true friends nearby, you may want to put your heads--and some resources--together in preparation for serious upheaval. Obviously, a team of prepared people is much better than being alone.
If you must stay in your urban location, have some common sense plans in hand in the event of a major disaster. Get to know your neighbors: find out whom you can trust and whom you can’t. Keep some extra gasoline on hand, in case you need to get in your car quickly and leave. Have several exit routes planned ahead of time, in case roads are blocked. Have a “bug-out” bag containing essential ingredients to live on for three to four days. If leaving is not an option, have a plan to secure your home as best you can. You’ll need to think about things such as food, water, medicine, warmth, self-defense, etc. But at this point, to do nothing is absolute lunacy!
Most readers probably know that my entire family and I made the decision two years ago to move 2,600 miles from our home of 35 years in the Florida panhandle to the Flathead Valley of Montana, which is located about 75 miles south of the Canadian border in the Rocky Mountains. I can tell readers without equivocation or hesitation that we are so glad we made this move. We absolutely love it here--all the difficulties and trials associated with such a life-changing move notwithstanding. In fact, I’ve never lived in a place I love so much!
If readers want to learn more about what prompted our move to Montana, please peruse the information on this web page.
During a major disaster, food will quickly disappear. Living for over three decades on the Gulf Coast, I can tell you with absolute certainty that whenever disaster strikes (usually an approaching hurricane, for those folks), food and provisions at the store sell completely out in a matter of a few hours. People panic, and within hours, you cannot find food, bottled water, ice, generators, batteries, candles, etc. In a matter of hours, every gas station in the area will be completely out of gas. Not days. Hours!
Furthermore, almost all disasters include a complete loss of electricity. The water supply is compromised. Bottled water becomes more valuable than bank accounts. Dehydration becomes a very real and present danger. I remember witnessing a man offer an ice vendor $100 for an extra bag of ice during Hurricane Ivan. My wife and I went two weeks (14 days) without electricity in the aftermath of that hurricane. Believe me, I got a taste of just how precious bottled water, ice, batteries, generators, fuel, etc., can become.
I suggest you have a supply of food and water to last at least a month. Many survival experts insist that a six-month supply is the minimum. Personally, I can live a long time on tuna fish or peanut butter. You can purchase MREs from a variety of sources, as well as “camp-style” packaged food from many sporting goods stores. Of course, bottled water is available everywhere during normal times. Stock up! Distilled water will store longer than spring water. Plus, I suggest you have some water purification tablets or a Katadyn water filter on hand. And, if you are able, prepare to grow your own food. In cold weather climates such as we have here in Montana, people quickly learn how to construct and utilize greenhouses in which to grow food. Canning food is another very helpful hedge against deprivation. If your parents and grandparents were like mine, this was standard operating procedure.
Get a generator. Keep a supply of fuel on hand. Stay stocked up on batteries, candles, portable lights, first aid supplies, and personal hygiene items--especially toilet paper. Trust me, during times of intense and prolonged disaster, toilet paper could become more valuable than money. I also suggest you never run out of lighters or matches. You never know when you’ll need to build a fire--and during a prolonged survival situation, fire could save your life. If you live in a cold weather climate, you probably already have some sort of wood stove or fireplace. And don’t overlook the necessity of a good knife.
Obviously, you need to take stock of your clothing. Do you have clothes suitable for extended outdoor activity? What about boots? During a disaster, you would trade your best suit from Neiman Marcus for a good pair of boots. Do you have gloves? Insulated underwear? What about camouflage clothing? These could become essential outerwear in the right conditions. Plus, any “bug-out” bag will need to include spare clothing. And as most folks here in Montana know, “cotton kills.” For extended outdoor wear in cold weather, wool is the only way to go!
Communication and medical provisions are also a high priority in any kind of emergency. How will you communicate with your loved ones when the phones (including cell phones) go down? Portable ham radios are a very valuable resource. But the time to buy (and train to use) one is NOW! A preordained rally point (or safe house) might be something to think about. And what about medical supplies? Do you have enough to take care of routine (and not-so-routine) emergencies? What about your prescription drugs? How long could you function if you were cut off from your pharmacist for any length of time? Also, seriously consider learning about natural, herbal medicines. Those plants growing in your “back forty” might just cure a headache, stop bleeding, or even save your life. Think about it now.
And one more suggestion, while we’re on this subject: the best resources in the world are of little use if one is physically incapable of making good use of them. In other words, GET IN SHAPE. During any kind of emergency situation, physical exertion and stamina become immensely important.
I suggest you have at least some cash on hand. Just about any and all disasters will result in banks being closed for extended periods of time. That also means credit card purchases being suspended. You need to have enough cash to be able to purchase essential goods (if they are even available) for an undetermined amount of time.
Of course, some survival gurus insist that during any cataclysmic climate, precious metals will become the only reliable currency. A little gold and silver could go a long way in a prolonged emergency. For that matter, with the way our fiat money system is coming unraveled, you may want to seriously consider moving your IRA accounts into precious metals, if for no other reason than to better protect your savings. Ask yourself, how much money have I already lost at the hands of these banksters in the Federal Reserve and their toadies in the stock market?
In fact, in a disaster, what is considered a valuable commodity can change rather quickly, as the barter system takes a life of its own. What is valuable is determined by what you need and how badly you need it. In a prolonged disaster, simple things such as toilet paper, canned goods, ammunition, and clothing could become extremely valuable; while cars, video games, televisions, etc., could be reduced to junk status. In antiquity, wars were fought over things such as salt. You might be surprised to learn that there are already active barter groups in your area. I suggest you establish a relationship with these people now!
Speaking of cars, remember that during a prolonged “national emergency” that might involve some sort of nuclear attack or widespread civil unrest, an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) might be employed; in which case, most every late model vehicle would be completely inoperable. Accordingly, if one can keep an older, pre-computer-age vehicle in good working order, he or she might be driving the only non-government vehicle capable of going anywhere. Of course, you might not want to drive it to town!
Needless to say, during any kind of disaster, your safety and protection will be completely up to you. If you really think that the police are going to be able to protect you during an upheaval, you are living in a dream world.
In both the New Orleans and Los Angeles disasters, police protection was non-existent. Lawless gangs quickly took control of the streets, and people were left to either defend themselves or swiftly become the helpless prey of violent marauders. In fact, in New Orleans, some of the policemen actually abandoned their oaths to uphold the law and joined with the criminals, turning their weapons upon the public.
Face it, folks: in any kind of disaster, you must be able to defend yourself, or you and your family will be meat for these animals of society that will quickly descend without mercy upon the unprepared, unsuspecting souls around them. This requires that you be armed! It also requires that you be skilled enough to be able to efficiently use your arms. Therefore, I strongly suggest that you purchase firearms sufficient to keep you and your family safe, and also that you practice sufficiently to know how to use them.
Now, when it comes to a discussion of which firearms are preferable for self-defense, the suggestions are as varied as the people who proffer them. These are my suggestions:
I believe every man (along with his wife and children of adequate age) should be proficient with the following weapons: a handgun in .38 caliber or above, a .22 rifle, a center-fire bolt-action hunting rifle, a semi-automatic battle rifle, and a shotgun.
My personal preference for a self-defense handgun is either a .45 ACP 1911 (either Colt or Kimber), a Glock .45, or a .40 S&W. In the .40 caliber, my favorite is a Glock 22 or 23. In the 1911, I like the Commander size configuration. I prefer either the Model 21 or the Model 30 in the Glock .45. And I will also admit to sometimes carrying a 9mm Glock 19 or a Smith & Wesson .357 revolver. My two favorites in this caliber are the Model 66 with a 2 ½-inch barrel and the Model 586 with a 4-inch barrel. My wife prefers to carry a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver in the snub-nose, J-frame configuration. But this is primarily due to the reduced weight of these weapons for carry purposes. If needed, she could make a good accounting of herself with the Glock 19. If you are someone who has never owned and seldom fired a handgun, I recommend you buy a Glock. They are as simple as revolvers to operate, reliable, and almost indestructible. Plus, they provide increased magazine capacity, and are safe. They are also very easy to disassemble and clean. Of course, in dangerous game territory, you will need the power of a 10mm (the Glock 20 shines here), .45 Long Colt, .44 Magnum, or even a .454 Casull. These calibers are not for the limp-wristed, but when one is facing a brown bear or mountain lion, it is what one will need to survive. Plus, when your life is on the line, you’ll never feel the recoil.
For a .22 rifle, I really like the Ruger 10/22. A Marlin tube-fed .22 is also very effective. The CZ bolt-action .22 just might be the most accurate .22 on the market. For a hunting rifle, my suggestion is either a .270 or .30-06 caliber bolt-action rifle. I prefer the Remington Model 700 BDL or Browning X-Bolt, but there are several fine weapons in this configuration and caliber by numerous manufacturers. In dangerous game territory, a Marlin .45-70 could be a lifesaver. For a battle rifle, I suggest an AR-15-style weapon in .223 caliber or a .308 Springfield M1A. For a shotgun, I suggest a 12-gauge pump. Here I prefer a Winchester Model 1300, which is not made anymore. So, you’ll probably have to choose between Mossberg and Remington. For ladies, however, a 20-gauge shotgun is probably a better choice, and at “bad breath” range (where a shotgun shines, anyway), it is just as lethal.
Whatever you choose, practice with it to the point that you are able to use it proficiently. And be sure you stock up on ammunition. A gun without ammo is reduced to being either an expensive club or a cumbersome paperweight.
Go to your local independent sporting goods store (I don’t recommend the large national chain stores to do your firearms shopping.) and get to know your hometown firearms dealer. Most of these people are kind and helpful folks who will be more than happy to assist you in finding exactly what type of firearm is suitable for you and your family.
I firmly believe that man is created to have fellowship with his Creator-God. I really don’t know how people can face the uncertain future that we currently face without the spiritual knowledge, wisdom, comfort, and power that is made available through Jesus Christ. I believe the maxim is true: “Wise men still seek Him.” I strongly suggest that you seek to possess a personal relationship with God’s only begotten Son. In truth, spiritual preparation is far and away the most important preparation of all. Accordingly, be sure to pack a copy of God’s Word in your survival gear.
And if you have not been able to find a local church where the pastor isn’t afraid to deal with the kind of issues like I am dealing with in this column, I invite you to worship online with us at Liberty Fellowship. People all over America who are tired of these 501c3, establishment churches--who have no clue as to what is going on and who wouldn’t take a stand if they did--are tuning in to hear my messages at Liberty Fellowship every Sunday afternoon. To tune in this Sunday, click here.
And if you think you may want to relocate to the Flathead Valley of Montana, George Hudson, a man at Liberty Fellowship who “escaped” from California to locate here--and who is now helping scores of people from all over the country to resettle in our beautiful valley--may be contacted here.
Please give him a few days to email you back, but he will be happy to try to answer any questions you have about moving here.
I am sure that I have left out several items that others more qualified than me would include. I welcome their suggestions, as I am always desirous to learn from those who are wiser and more experienced. In the meantime, remember your Boy Scout motto: “Be Prepared.”
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For novelist Todd Brendan Fahey, deja vu all over again is just another day at work. Author of Wisdom's Maw: The Acid Novel, the hotly controversial revisionist history of the CIA's MK-ULTRA LSD experiments and their influence on the Sixties' counterculture, Fahey says he has held his proverbial breath for seven years, awaiting reaction from his idol Ken Kesey, upon whose image he fashioned the novel's protagonist Franklin Moore. "In Wisdom's Maw," says Fahey, "I plant this Kesey/Franklin Moore character deep in the pit of the CIA's LSD mind-control experiments. Franklin Moore is, for all intents and purposes, a willing stooge in the CIA's grandiose scheme to create a human superman via psychedelic drugs and behavior modification."
Ken Kesey, while a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Stanford University (1959-1961), offered himself as a human guinea pig in an MK-ULTRA subproject utilizing such psychedelics as LSD-25, psylocibin, and mescaline inside the walls of Menlo Park Veterans Hospital. It was via Ken Kesey, who disbursed smuggled quantities of then-legal LSD to his intellectual bohorts at Stanford's Perry Lane, that the psychedelic Sixties was born.
Todd Brendan Fahey seized on this esoteric aspect of American history in 1989 while a graduate student at USC's prestigious Professional Writing Program. During his seven-year struggle to see Wisdom's Maw in print, Fahey battled addictions to alcohol and LSD, was married and divorced, hired and fired three New York literary agents, and earned a Teaching Fellowship in University of Southwestern Louisiana's Ph.D program in English/Creative Writing.
Ironically, Fahey's first doctoral-level fiction workshop at USL had him studying under Ernest J. Gaines (The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman), also a Stanford Fellow, and who attended Stanford's fiction workshops while Ken Kesey was writing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Professor Gaines was shocked and amazed upon reading Fahey's unpublished manuscript in the Fall of 1993, for the verisimilitude of Fahey's rendering of Perry Lane and the Sixties' drug culture. Gaines, in penning a dust-jacket blurb for Fahey's long-suffering manuscript, delivers a closing line which brings Fahey's long, strange trip to a coalescence:
"You have written a very controversial book here; and if it is published and read, you may have to answer some questions to some pretty big boys. I hope you have the backbone for it."
High atop Fahey's list of worries was, of course, Ken Kesey. After 200 rejection slips, Fahey, in the spring of 1995, was contacted by Associated Press reporter Mitchell Landsberg, who, in the course of research for a national feature on Wisdom's Maw, gave Fahey the conclusive news:
"Nearly every New York publishing house has read and enjoyed Wisdom's Maw; and each publisher's legal department finds the novel to be 'potentially libelous.' They fear Kesey will sue [my] ass, and that the book will never make back court costs."
Fahey's only choice, then, was to self-publish this pariah-among-manuscripts. His desperate strategy is paying off in spades. As a Far Gone Book, Wisdom's Maw is drawing rave reviews from every corner of the alternative/counterculture media: The Village Voice, Seconds, High Times, HotWired, Magical Blend, Relix, and Cover all have given the novel top marks; as well, Todd Brendan Fahey is interviewed in the current issues of Mondo 2000 and Carbon 14. Fahey reports in recent days receiving several e-mail notes from Ken Kesey's son, Zane. Says Fahey, "Ken is reportedly flattered; Zane tells me that my heroic portrayal of his father in Wisdom's Maw has freed Ken psychologically to begin several literary projects where he had been concerned about stepping on real people's toes." Recognizing irony squared, Fahey laughs, "My only worry now is, Who will drive the bus? I don't think God made a Neal Cassady for Generation-X."
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An episode of the old Route 66 show called "Aren't You Surprised To See Me?" aired in Dallas on February 16, 1962. It takes place in Dallas/Ft. Worth and opens with the villain making a connection at Love Field, the airport into which JFK flew on the day he was killed more than a year later. The protagonists of the show, TV versions of Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady "On The Road" in a '62 Corvette, get jobs at the Trade Mart, where JFK planned to go to make a speech the day he died. At one point someone's talking on the phone references Earle Cabell, the Dallas mayor whose brother Charles was fired by JFK as deputy director of the CIA because of the Bay of Pigs failure.
Route 66 is famous for having captured in its backgrounds an authentic American cultural landscape before it was homogenized into malls. So here viewers find a straight look at the Dallas environs from the time of the assassination. The plot involved one of the guys (George Maharis, playing the Cassady figure but looking and talking a lot like Kerouac) being kidnapped by a killer ready to dose the entire town with a deadly biotoxin. The killer is some kind of a religious fanatic who soliloquizes about absolute morality while Maharis/Kerouac talks moral relativism. So it's also a picture of the kind of values debate that was happening on mainstream television at the time as well.
The eerie associations don't stop at that point on Route 66, hoevever: In a separate episode, "Love Is A Skinny Kid," filmed in Lewisville, Texas at the same time as the one in Dallas, Tuesday Weld plays a character called Miriam Moore, a name that looks like Marilyn Monroe sideways. Her character wears a mask that she refuses to take off, upsetting the town folk. The opening shot shows Maharis and Milner (Kerouac and Cassady) driving past a highway sign indicating the upcoming towns: Dallas, Waco (in Texas weirdland alright), and the one where the action takes place: Kilkenny, a word that looks like "Kill Kennedy" run together.
Filmed in 1962, again, one year before the assassination. Of the three towns, Kilkenny stands out as the only one that's totally fictional, created for this episode. A Kilkenny in Ireland exists and the internet can produce one reference to a street called Kilkenny in Texas, but not a town. In any event, newsclippings appear online discussing how the Route 66 people gave the town of Lewisville, TX a makeover to turn it into the fictional Kilkenny.
Tuesday Weld steps off the bus into Kilkenney wearing what looks like a Guy Fawkes mask that she refuses to remove. She walks to her mother's house and burns a doll at the stake. As the plot unfolds, the viewer discovers that as a young girl Weld's character had a friend tie her to a tree and then tried to set fire to herself (for which she was instituionalized and banished from the town). Druid Occultism? She explains to ner former school teacher that her behavior was a product of a school system that didn't attend to the special needs of the children "bored with two plus two".
The JFK links all appear in the two episodes as just remarkable coincidences, of course. Elsewhere the dialogue also includes the phrase "V for Vendetta," referring to Weld's need to spook the town folks with the mask. The strange mask looks a lot like the one that Alan Moore's character wears in his famous V for Vendetta graphic novel, which began appearing in 1982.
Another weird JFK-Route 66 fact: the network canceled the episode from a week after the assassination, November 29, 1963, and that one never aired during the show's original run. It had as its plot the bizarre coincidence of the Tod Stiles character, played by Martin Milner, encountering a political assassin, his double--also played by Milner. Multiple Milners, as in the infamous multiple Oswalds seen around Dallas the week before the intended original broadcast. Title of the episode: "I'm Here To Kill the King."
At one point Jack Kerouac planned to sue the producers of Route 66 for aping his classic novel. At the time, he said of the show that he abhored its violence.
Kenn Thomas has authored many conspiracy books, most recently JFK & UFO, from Feral House. He co-edited Secret and Suppressed II , also published by Feral House, with Adam Parfrey, contaning an essay on Tuesday Weld's rumored connection to Druid occultism. . He can be reached at steamshovelpress.com or via e-mail at SteamshovelPress@gmail.com.
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Fahey's second wind?
Todd Brendan Fahey is writing his first new poem in over a decade. Started coming to me while listening to the "Ritual (Nous sommes du soleil)" section of Yes' Tales From Topographic Oceans. 's gonna be a long one...; but I like what's down so far.
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Listening now to the newest (2010) Bryan Ferry solo album. Was supposed to be a Roxy Music reunion album (the first since Avalon, back in 1982), but sounds straight out of Bete Noir--Ferry's solo work of 1987. Really, almost exactly like Bete Noir. No progress whatsoever. A lot of synth backgrounds, some pretty good tinkling of the ivories (he is a very underrated pianist); a mannered, whispery Ferry--none of the vocal power and originality of the first four Roxy Music albums, every track of which is genius.
Pretty fukkin disappointing. :-(
What is a 67-year old dude doing writing/performing this kind of "get-laid"/laid-back lounge music still? (& why is he using Chic's Nile Rogers and the...Scissor Sisters...whoever the fuck they are, as backing musicians?) Bryan Ferry was SO AHEAD OF HIS TIME from 1972-1974; now, in 2010/11, he sounds stuck in 1987.
Oh, yeah: It's called Olympia and has Kate Moss on the cover. I should have known...
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Elementary school lunchrooms across the country are filled with kids creating bizarre mixtures and daring one another to drink them. Everything from chocolate milk to spaghetti sauce ends up in glasses with other ingredients featuring horrific textures and even worse flavors. But with the right combo of double dog dares and cookie bribes, these vile creations go straight down the hatch. Even sadder, that same scene plays out in bars every night as the 21-and-over crowd challenges each other’s intestinal fortitude with alcoholic concoctions that were never meant to be.
From Cement Mixers to the Liquid Steak, some drinkers have a strange fascination with challenging one another to imbibe stomach-churning cocktails and shooters. This fascination often turns to obsession as the night wears on and the booze keeps flowing. Many a 21st birthday celebration has come to a screeching halt when an Alligator Sperm or Prairie Oyster rolls down the birthday boy or girl's throat and just as quickly comes back up, much to the dismay of anyone within the splatter zone.
That said, these cocktails do display a healthy dose of creativity and sick imagination. And they're certainly an effective way of dealing with an annoying barfly or emphasizing the need for an early last call – projectile vomit does tend to clear rooms, after all.
Here are a few of the most vile shooters and cocktails your favorite bartender can serve up. Consider yourself warned.
The Cement Mixer – A mad scientist-style creation, the cement mixer uses the chemical properties of a fat and acid to create a texture that nature created as a warning to any who might consume it. By combining a shot of Baileys or other Irish cream liqueur with a hefty dose of lemon or lime juice, you create a disgusting curdled mass reminiscent of uncured cement. It's tasty, but there's no getting around the putrid texture. There's much debate as to whether the combination should happen in the shot glass or in the drinker's mouth so the brave soul can experience the curdling firsthand, but either way it's revolting.
-1 oz. Irish Cream Liqueur
-Juice of half a lime or lemon
Pour the liqueur into a shot glass and hold it in your mouth, followed by the citrus. Once they are both in your mouth, swish them around until well-curdled. You can also mix them in the glass before drinking for a visually impressive mess, byt you don't get to enjoy the sensation of the cream turning.
The Prairie Oyster – Another shooter that usually signals a quick end to a night, the Prairie Oyster mixes up bourbon, a raw egg and Tabasco. In the hands of a master mixologist this combination can actually become something delicious. As presented, however, with a hefty dose of hot sauce crushing any nuance and sweetness from the bourbon, and the viscous egg yolk sliding through the teeth and down the drinker's gullet to sit like a lead weight in the stomach, just begging to come back up, it crushes what little hope there was left of a nausea free evening.
-1 oz. bourbon (it really doesn't matter what kind you use)
-Several dashes of your favorite hot sauce
Drop all the ingredients together in a lowball glass and mix gently, so as not to break the egg yolk. The idea is to feel the solid mass as you drink it – as if it was an oyster shooter. Some people pinch their nose when they drink this, others try to down it as quickly as possible. But most end up tasting this drink twice no matter what they do.
The Liquid Steak – Meat in liquid form is never a good idea. Even though this drink contains no actual meat, most would agree the rule holds true regardless. Rum and Worcestershire sauce are combined in a lowball glass and actually taste remarkably like a bad steak, offering up all the funk of a poorly aged chunk of meat without any of the satisfaction of chewing on a hunk of the real thing. The molasses funk of the rum melds with the Worcestershire's umami flavor to offer up a cocktail that vegetarians and carnivores can agree on – this thing was not meant to be.
-2 oz. rum (again, the brand doesn't matter much, but aged rum works better and spiced rum should be avoided at all costs)
-2 oz. Worcestershire sauce
Mix the two together in a glass of your choice, chug it down and pray to keep it there.
The Motor Oil – Combining some of the strongest-tasting forms of alcohol available into a slurry that ends up looking as thick and poisonous as real motor oil definitely falls under the “seemed like a good idea at the time” category. Jagermeister, peppermint schnapps, cinnamon schnapps and coconut rum go together about as well as the GOP and Democrats these days. And like Congress, the resulting mix is more than a little nauseating. The spice and alcohol burn of the Jagermeister and schnapps are throat searing and ensure the drinker won't taste another thing the rest of the night. The coconut rum adds a touch of sugar that makes it seem like you're drinking literally sweet crude.
-.5 oz. Jagermeister
-.5 oz. peppermint schnapps
-.5 oz cinnamon schnapps
-.5 oz. coconut rum
Mix all the ingredients in a lowball glass or tumbler and drink it up. Fast or slow, the next day will likely be one of the worst of your life.
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Ron Paul Campaign Announces New Hampshire Chairman
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 1:52 pm EDT
MANCHESTER, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, New Hampshire State Director for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign, Jared Chicoine, announced the appointment of State Senator Jim Forsythe as New Hampshire Campaign Chairman.
“We are very proud to have Jim not only on board, but taking a leadership role in our fight for this primary,” said Chicoine. “His dedication to the economic security of New Hampshire citizens and his deep understanding of electoral issues in this state will make him a real asset to the campaign.”
Senator Forsythe also released a brief statement:
“I’m honored to support Ron Paul’s campaign for the Republican nomination. Many issues will arise during this primary season, but none more immediately important than economic reality. Every candidate will be talking jobs, cuts, and taxes, but only Ron Paul has the track record to back up the rhetoric. For 30 years, Paul has warned us about monetary policy, warned us about spending, warned us about inflation. Now our people need jobs and dollars worth saving, and Paul can put us on the road to recovery.”
Jim Forsythe represents District 4 in the New Hampshire State Senate. Prior to taking public office, Jim was a successful entrepreneur in the aerospace industry, a KC-135 pilot and aircraft commander in the U.S. Air Force, and an associate professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
The Paul campaign also announced the addition of three NH field staffers:
Brian Early, Media and Field. Brian is a former political news reporter for the Hippo, and Manchester correspondent for New Hampshire Public Radio. He has also contributed to Reuters and National Public Radio. He is a New Hampshire native from Amherst.
Shaun Bowen, Field. A graduate of SUNY Fredonia, Brian recently worked as a field staffer for the National Right to Work Committee. Prior to taking that position, he interned with Young Americans for Liberty, organizing and developing college groups around the country. In 2008, he drove 14 hours to volunteer for the Ron Paul Campaign in the Iowa Caucuses.
Norman Tregenza, Field. Norman is a NH State Representative from Carrol, and sits on the House Judiciary Committee. His background includes four years in the United States Navy, three in the USN Reserves, and a professional background in the utility and fuel industries. In 2008, Norman was on the Ron Paul Campaign staff in both New Hampshire and Maine.
For more information on Congressman Ron Paul’s Presidential Campaign visit www.RonPaul2012.com.
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Just because (it's so friggin' good)
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Sarah Palin buys a house in north Scottsdale?
by Dan Nowicki and Catherine Reagor - May. 21, 2011 12:36 PM The Arizona Republic
For months, rumors have circulated in Arizona political circles that the former Alaska governor and possible 2012 presidential contender either was shopping for homes in Scottsdale or had already bought one.
A just-closed deal on a secluded luxury home in far north Scottsdale might fit the bill, and talk has begun that this may be the one. It's an 8,000-square-foot, dark-brown stucco home with a guard gate that can keep unwanted visitors away. It has six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a six-car garage, a swimming pool and spa, and a full basement with a home theater, billiards room and wine cellar.
Safari Investments LLC paid $1.695 million cash for the home in a deal that appears designed to cloak the identity of a high-profile buyer.
Safari Investments is a Delaware firm formed May 12, the day before the deal for the Scottsdale home closed. No officers are listed on the Delaware filing, and that state doesn't require the names of individual associated with limited liability companies to be disclosed. High-profile people often buy homes through LLCs to maintain their privacy.
Alan Kierman, an attorney with the Phoenix law firm of Mack Drucker & Watson, is listed on property records as the contact for Safari Investments. Asked point blank by The Arizona Republic if Palin and her husband Todd Palin bought the north Scottsdale house through the company, Kierman said he had no comment.
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Webmaster Apologizes For Downtime!
Dear Friends of Liberty,
Most of you have probably noticed that Friends of Liberty has been inxplicably inaccessible for the past 24 hours or so.
No errors. No warnings. Just not there.
Well, the good news is that the site wasn't brought down by nefarious hackers, mysterious black operatives, or even the hosting provider. The site remains as secure and reliable as ever. The fault for this breakdown is mine and mine alone. I, your humble webmaster, made some minor modifications to the site's configuration and the results were somewhat more spectacular than anticipated. Suffice to say that the law of unintended consequences came into play, and that the attempts to fix the initial error led to even further destruction, rapidly spiralling into a vortex of doom.
For this, I humbly apologize and would like to express my sincerest regrets for any distress you may have endured.
Loughners and Giffords members of the same Congregation Chaverim [Reform Jewish]
January 12, 2011
Jared Lee Loughner's mother Amy Loughner is a member of the SAME Reform synagogue as Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords! That means that Amy's son, who lives with his Jewish parents, Amy and Randy Loughner, is ALSO a member of the same synagogue as his shooting victim, Rep. Giffords.
Why didn't we hear about this from our super-sleuth national media?
Instead we hear that a White man is the shooter. We hear that anti-Semitism is his motive.
His best friend, Bryce Tierney, who got a "farewell" voice message the night before the shootings tells us that his friend is Jewish. He tells us that Jared Loughner put Mein Kampf down as "favorite reading" to irritate his Jewish mother, Amy.
The story and the coverup of the story gets wilder. The Loughners and the Giffords were members of the same Congregation Chaverim. On the Congregation Chaverim website we learn that this Reform synagogue that was founded in 1973 has 140 families. That's a very small group. The Rabbi Stephanie Aaron surely knows every single family member of her congregation on a first name basis! That includes 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner.
It will be interesting to see how quickly this meme travels. One of the Columbine shooters, Dylan Klebold, apparently had Jewish heritage, but most people only remember the early allegations of neo-Nazism.
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Thoughts/Predictions from Rep. Giffords shooting in AZ
UPDATE: This is allegedly Jared Loughner's You Tube Channel. He lists his favorite books as Mein Kampf and The Communist Manifesto. There is no evidence of any Tea Party/Ron Paul/patriot movement affiliation, much to the disappointment of the Huffington Post.
UPDATE: A second man has been arrested in connection with the shooting, while a third man is also being sought.
UPDATE: Reports suggest that the gunman is a 22-year-old white male named Jared Loughner, an Arizona native.
UPDATE: Amidst a widespread assault on gun rights, we learn that the gunman was stopped after he was shot at by someone in the crowd exercising their second amendment.
UPDATE: Giffords father has told the New York Post that the entire Tea Party were enemies of his daughter, suggesting that a Tea Partier was behind the shooting. However, Giffords is a blue dog Democrat who is pro-border control and pro-second amendment - an unusual target for a tea partier.
Political hacks have wasted little time in exploiting the tragic shooting of Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to demonize their political opposition despite the gunman's motivation being completely unknown at this time.
Huffington Post has already blamed the shooting on second amendment activists who held a meeting last year to discuss ways of politically defeating Giffords. They are also hyping speculation that a semi-automatic weapon was used.
Before it was even clear whether or not Giffords had survived, neo-lib statists were already shamelessly milking the shocking events for political gain. Our forum members also report that CNN's David Fitsimmons is using the shooting to demonize fringe politics.
More updates to this story as it develops.
Giffords was a strong border control advocate and the gunman could have been someone with a grudge against her immigration policies. Hwoever, she also supported Obamacare and visited the Copenhagen global warming summit, so the murders could also be blamed on a gright-wing radical h and used to demonize the patriot movement.
The gunman was tackled by onlookers and arrested by police. He is described as a young man in his teens or early 20s.
The man was young, mid-to-late 20s, white clean-shaven with short hair and wearing dark clothing and said nothing during the shooting or while being held down. He didn't look like a businessman, but more of a fringe character, reports Gawker.
Giffords is still alive and is now responding to commands, while other victims are in critical condition. Federal Judge John Roll has been confirmed dead.
Statement from Alex Jones: Whatever the motivation for this shooting, our hearts go out to the the Congresswoman's family and supporters. It is important to note that, the anti-2nd Amendment, victim disarmament crowd will undoubtedly try to use this event to demonize gun owners and further restrictive legislation. Mexico has a total gun ban, and the worst record for killed and kidnapped politicians and other high-level figures in the world. With more than 28,000 dead in Mexico from the drug war, it is clear that leaving guns only in the hands of the cartels and criminals will only make us all vulnerable.
Eyewitness report from man who helped to apprehend shooter, after shooting Giffords, the gunman opened fire indiscriminately for a few seconds, firing 20-30 rounds and hitting a number of people, including a kid no older than 10 years old. Rayle hid behind a concrete pole and pretended to be dead. When the gunman apparently ran out of ammunition he attempted to flee, but a member of Giffords staff tackled him. Rayle helped hold the gunman down while waiting for the sheriff to arrive, about 15-to-20 minutes later. The EMS came about 30 minutes later. Rayle said he was stunned by how long it took medical help to arrive.
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