TERRORIST SCUM 2
Yesterday, we talked about how easy it would be for you to be declared a terrorist. Not by proof but by accusation. Now let’s ask, why? It is one thing to see how easily it can be done, but we need to answer why someone would want to do it. Remember the 1990’s rash of asset forfeitures? The government wanted your crap, so they took it, accused the actual property-not you- of the crime, and it was up to you to prove the items were innocent? It was always cheaper to let them keep it ( a stack of cash was accused of coming from drug sales, a car was accused of being used to transport drugs, etc. ) than to try to get it back ( another dividend from allowing lawyers to add so much cost to the entire system ). The 1990’s were financial gravy for governments. The decade of cheap oil made the economy hum. So, the government didn’t actually need the money ( in fact, whatever extra money was made by stealing these items, the corresponding budget cuts were made- the LEO’s didn’t see a net gain from that alone ). But the feds were happy to militarize the police, and this was the way departments got extra funds prior to the War On Terror. After decades of a war on drugs, and two decades of extra financing to local departments to surrender independence to some degree, added to the recent terror by every local civil servant that his/her job is in danger, and you now have complete control of the new national police force ( but for all appearances acting independently ) by both carrot and stick.
Now move on over to the civilian side. Every citizen is in terror of losing their place at the federal trough. And if money isn’t enough, you allow this new terror. A process where there is no rhyme or reason, a total arbitrary selection process that does more to place fear than the actual number of arrests which must remain small ( any government that borrows 40% to pay its bills has a limited shelf life and despite appearances is struggling for operating expenses ). Because you can’t know if you are next, you live in terror and you try to make no waves. You are docile and easily controlled. This is just another tool to keep the civilians from rioting. Its passage, to me, points to a near certain near future problem. Money collapse, crop shortage, whatever. The point is you need a new and effective weapon to control your herd better than before. This just might be it. Could I be totally off base? Of course. I’m just spitballing here. But a little voice is screaming at me and I can’t help but be very friggin worried. Perhaps next summer isn’t the end of the world, just the end of MY world. Most likely I’ll be covering this more, because to be it seems a pivotal moment.
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Okay, that was short today. I was so damn busy on Monday, I couldn’t take a lunch. Since lunch is when I write this blog, this was a serious breach of protocol. I have worked like a rabid dog for three and a quarter years to be done with all required tasks so I could be off in time for lunch. A lot of the time, my writing income was all that kept me afloat, like when the truck ( when I used to have it ) and the bike both needed mechanical work, when I just got done renting a car to visit my dad right after I had sent my kids money and my savings were shot. So I take this writing time quite seriously. Yet Monday saw me screwed of that time. If I take home $600 a month, and writing can deliver up to an additional $300, a few times a year that is critical money. Most of the time writing income is just blow money, I have to keep that attitude because that income could always suddenly end, but I treat it like any other regular paycheck. Never put it off, always meet the deadline. I could have written Monday night, but Monday’s always kick my ass and I’m tired as hell ( hmmm. More heavy lifting at work tiring me out? Old age? Or, perhaps, Japanese radiation poisoning!?!? You bastards! Revenge for Hiroshima at last! ). So I am writing two articles Tuesday at lunch ( I’ve been taking half days off on Tuesday and Thursday to use up all my accrued vacation so I don’t lose it at the end of the year, so I can work a bit past the usual time ). Picking one subject cut in half makes it easier and faster than writing two articles on two different subjects. And I’m telling you all this to make an excuse for having part two of this article so short.
To continue to waste your time fleshing out this article, I shall now blather about a couple of books. I had just ordered The Last Centurion by John Ringo. A minion told me he had Most Excellent luck turning folks on to prepping with this book. In it, a mini-ice age and a global plague both happen together. The next book was Supervolcano: Eruption by Harry Turtledove. That was obviously on the Yellowstone volcano erupting. Now, normally, Harry writes in a style I can’t stand. I only like a few of his books, like the time traveling dudes arming the Confederacy with AK-47’s. But last night I read a quarter of this one and the style is pleasant and easy to read. It remains to be seen if this is a realistic TEOTWAWKI story or just a disaster and single hero saves the day story. I’ll let you know. As far as “Centurion”, I’ll read that next. Being as this guy writes military action, I have my doubts he can pull off a survivalist novel that is realistic. But I’ll be happy to be pleasantly surprised.
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