Monday, November 30, 2009

Thoughts From Thunder Ranch

I'm not sure if these quotes are from Clint Smith, but I've heard him say similar things on Outdoor Channel. So if anyone has information verifying (or not), please let me know.

Okay, to start, consider this quote:
"How fortunate for governments that the people they govern don't think." -- Adolph Hitler

Now read and think...

Clint Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch, is part Drill Instructor, and part stand up comic. Here are a few of his observations on tactics, firearms, self defense and life as we know it in the civilized world.

"The handgun would not be my choice of weapon if I knew I was going to a fight....I'd choose a rifle, a shotgun, an RPG or an atomic bomb instead."

"The two most important rules in a gunfight are: Always cheat and Always win."
"Every time I teach a class, I discover I don't know something."
"Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of way."
"Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets. I may get killed with my own gun, but he's gonna have to beat me to death with it, cause it's going to be empty."
"If you're not shootin', you should be loadin'. If you're not loadin, you should be movin', if you're not movin', someone's gonna cut your head off and put it on a stick."
"When you reload in low light encounters, don't put your flashlight in your back pocket... If you light yourself up, you'll look like an angel or the tooth fairy...and you're gonna be one of 'em pretty soon."
"Do something. It may be wrong, but do something."
"Nothing adds a little class to a sniper course like a babe in a Ghilliesuit." (See )
"Shoot what's available, as long as it's available, until something else becomes available."
"If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. That's ridiculous.. If I have a gun, what in the hell do I have to be paranoid for."
"Don't shoot fast, shoot good."
"You can say 'stop' or 'alto' or use any other word you think will work but I've found that a large bore muzzle pointed at someone's head is pretty much the universal language."
"You have the rest of your life to solve your problems. How long you live depends on how well you do it."
"You cannot save the planet. You may be able to save yourself and your family."
"Thunder Ranch will be here as long as you'll have us or until someone makes us go away and either way it will be exciting." (See )


More Thoughts

- The purpose of fighting is to Win!

- There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either.

- The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.

- Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.

- If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.

- I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy.

- When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.

- A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him 'Why do you carry a 45-' The Ranger responded, 'Because they don't make a 46.'

- An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity.

- The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm. 'Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble-' 'N o ma'am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my rifle.'

- Beware the man who only has one gun. He probably knows how to use it!

"The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him." G. K. Chesterton

- A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.

"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." Thomas Jefferson

"A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy." Samuel Adams

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin


Friday, November 20, 2009

A Thanksgiving Lesson

[KLP: This article is well worth the read, by you, your children and grandchildren.]

Chip Wood
Chip Wood is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

A Thanksgiving Lesson

November 20, 2009 by Chip Wood

A Thanksgiving Lesson

Did you know that our Pilgrim forefathers tried communism when they first landed at Plymouth Rock?

How’s that for a dramatic beginning to a story? Years ago, when I used to give a lot of talks to high school classes, this was one of my favorites. It always got the students’ attention. And I have to admit, I also enjoyed seeing some liberal teachers get so upset with me they almost lost their lunches.

Here’s the story I told those students in those long-ago presentations.

The Pilgrims who arrived at Plymouth Rock in 1620 were incredibly brave and hardy souls. They were motivated by the noblest of virtues. They vowed, each and every one, to be as selfless as possibleto always put the needs of the group first. They agreed to own everything in common and to share everything equally.

And their naïve piety almost killed the entire colony.

We all know how the adventure begins. A group of devout Christians, seeking religious freedom for themselves and eager to "advance the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ" in the New World, sets sail from Plymouth, England in 1620. An investment consortium known as the Merchant Adventurers of London paid the expenses for the trip, including chartering the Mayflower and its 40-man crew.

The deal was simple: The Pilgrims agreed to establish a colony in northern Virginia where they would plant crops, fish the waters and hunt in the forests. They would return a certain percentage of each year’s bounty to London until their debt had been repaid.

Things went wrong from the start. First, the syndicate changed the deal, drastically reducing the amount they would loan the Pilgrims. The brave adventurers were forced to sell many of their own possessions, and much of their provisions, to pay for the trip. As a result, they landed in the New World badly short of supplies.

Next, the small ship they had purchased in Holland, which was to accompany them to America so they could fish the waters off the coast, had to be abandoned in England.

Shortly after they set sail, the ship, badly misnamed the Speedwell, became "open and leakie as a sieve," as its captain reported. They returned to Dartmouth, where the boat was dry-docked for three weeks as repairs were made.

But to no avail. After leaving Dartmouth, the group sailed less than 300 miles when the captain decided the Speedwell "must bear up or sink at sea." This time the ships put in at Plymouth, England, where it was decided to go on without the Speedwell. On Sept. 16, 1620, the Mayflower set out alone to cross the Atlantic.

A month later, when they had reached the halfway point, fierce storms battered the ship and threatened the lives of passengers and crew. Many wanted to turn back for England. But if they abandoned the journey, they would lose everything they had invested. The Pilgrims decided to trust in God and sail on.

Despite the storms, the hazards, the crowding and the poor food, only one Pilgrim died during the voyage, a young servant. His death was balanced by the birth of a son to Stephen and Elizabeth Hopkins, who named their child Oceanus.

There were 102 passengers on board the Mayflower50 men, 20 women and 32 childrenalong with a crew of 40. The captain set a course along the 42nd parallel, a bearing that would carry him to Cape Cod. From there he intended to swing south and follow the coast to northern Virginia.

A little over two months later, on Nov. 19, land was finally sighted and the captain turned the ship south, toward Virginia. However, they soon encountered such "dangerous shoals and roaring breakers" that they turned back to Massachusetts. It was then that the grumblings of dissent turned into a full-fledged roar. Many of the passengers insisted on landing in Massachusetts, where "none had power to command them."

The Pilgrim leaders decided to meet the explosive situation by asking each male on board, except for the crew, to sign a formal document that would lay "the first foundation of their government in this place." Thus the Mayflower Compact was born.

The Pilgrims were a diverse lot. Many of them were illiterate. Yet in creating the Mayflower Compact they showed an extraordinary political maturity. They agreed to establish a government by the consent of the governed, with just and equal laws for all. Each adult male, regardless of his station in lifegentleman, commoner or servantwould have an equal vote in deciding the affairs of the colony. Of the 65 men and boys on board, all but 24 signed the agreement. The only ones who did not were the children of those adults who did sign, or men who were too sick to do so.

The first decision made under the covenant was to abandon efforts to reach Virginia and instead to settle in New England. The first explorers landed at Plymouth on Dec. 21, 1620.

Weather delays kept the majority from seeing their new home for nearly two weeks. On Jan. 2, 1621, work began on the first building they would erecta storehouse.

Because provisions were so scanty they decided that the land would be worked in common, produce would be owned in common, and goods would be rationed equally. Not unlike the society Karl Marx envisioned of "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need."

Unfortunately, thanks to illness, injury and attitude, the system did not work. Pilferage from the storehouse became common. Suspicions of malingering were muttered. Over the course of that first, harsh winter, nearly half of the colonists perished. Four families were wiped out completely; only five of 18 wives survived. Of the 29 single men, hired hands and servants, only 10 were alive when spring finally came.

The colonists struggled desperately for two more years. When spring arrived in April 1623, virtually all of their provisions were gone. Unless that year’s harvest improved, they feared few would survive the next winter. The Pilgrim leaders decided on a bold course. The colony would abandon its communal approach and permit each person to work for his own benefit, not for the common good.

Here is how the governor of the colony, William Bradford, explained what happened then. This is taken from his marvelously readable memoir (if you can make adjustments for the Old English spellings), History of Plimoth Plantation:

The experience that was had in this commone course and condition, tried sundrie years, and that amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanitie of that conceite of Plato & other ancients, applauded by some of later times;—that ye taking away of properties, and bringing it in communitie into a commone wealth, would make them happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God.

For this communitie (so farr as it was) was found to breed much confusion & discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefite and comforte. For yet young men that were most able and fitte for labor & services did repine that they should spend their time & strength to worke for other men’s wives and children with out any recompense.

Once they replaced communal efforts with individual responsibility the differences were dramaticand life-saving. Men went into the fields earlier and stayed later. In many cases, their wives and even their children (some barely past the toddler stage) worked right alongside them. More acres were planted, more trees were felled, more houses were built, and more game was slaughtered because of one simple change: People were allowed to keep the fruits of their own labors.

The Pilgrims arrived deeply in debt to the London merchants who sponsored them. They worked for more than 20 years, as individuals and as a community, to pay off the crushing burden. In 1627, they borrowed money to pay off the Merchants Adventurers. By 1645, they had paid off the entire debt to the company which had advanced them the sums to pay off the Merchants.

When their debt had been paid in full (at the astronomical interest rate of 45 percent per year), the company that had advanced the sums wrote the Pilgrims:

Let it not be grievous to you, that you have been instruments to break the ice for others who come after with less difficulty. The honour shall be yours to the world’s end.

As we celebrate this coming Thanksgiving Day, some 380 years after the Pilgrims celebrated the first of this uniquely American holiday, let us remember the sacrifices they made… the devotion they showed… and the lessons they learned.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

—Chip Wood


And I'm Karl

and very much approve of Chip's sentiments.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Have You Seen Any Weirder Creatures Ever?

The Planet Earth is populated with plenty of bizarre and astonishing creatures without the need for resorting to fiction. Some are rare; some may even be on the verge of extinction. Here are 16 of the most peculiar creatures known to mankind.

Angora Rabbit



Komondor Dog

Pink Fairy Armadillo

Proboscis Monkey

Pygmy Marmoset


Star-nosed Mole

Sucker-footed Bat

Sun Bear


White-faced Saki Monkey

Yeti Crab

Left-Winged Dingbat

Nope, I didn't think so. I've not seen such things as this in my entire life, other than when I've looked at them at other times. Then I saw them, but didn't really give them as much thought as I am now when seen in a group.

I'm Karl (more or less)
Oh, and if you actually counted and see only 15, I guess I'm the other one, okay then?

There's one serious note however, about the Left-winged Dingbat pictured above. The caption would more aptly be Left-winged Baby Killers Funding Specialist. Why? Well, her version of the Obamanation that is federalized health-care includes a provision requiring anyone enrolled in the federal health-care plan to pay a monthly premium that includes an amount earmarked for government funded abortion. Yes you read that right. Pelosi is evil through and through. Advocating the murder of the unborn is evil, period. Don't ever mistake 'nice' for 'good'. Oh, she's not nice either? Go figure.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Whose Heroes Are These people?

But first, my thought on this topic, plus another famous quote by a conservative democrat, but a philandering despot as well. Who was that? President John F. Kennedy, who began the changing of the people's understanding of their relationship to government when he said:

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country"

That statement misses everything about a representational Republic that can be missed. It being quoted as a 'great quote' is foolishness and demonstrates a lack of understanding of what liberty and a free society really is. As for me? Keep the government out of my life completely. They shouldn't even own property, including roads. That's something Ezra Taft Benson and my father discussed. They agreed. KLP

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Here are some quotes by some infamous people from the past. Those who look to them for their philosophies (Obama and his kind) are shown for who they are, anti-liberty Marxists

"A lie told often enough becomes the truth." Lenin

"While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom, there will be no state." Lenin

"We shall support whatever the enemy opposes and oppose whatever the enemy supports." Mao Tse-Tung

"What luck for rulers that men do not think." Adolf Hitler

"The great masses of people....will more easily fall victims to a great lie than to a small one." Adolph Hitler

"The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope." Karl Marx

"Don't worry if they are Democrats or Republicans. Give them service and they'll become Democrats." Richard J. Daley

"It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation of public opinion." Joseph Goebbels

"Think of the press as a great keyboard upon which the government can play." Joseph Goebbels

"All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state." Benito Mussolini

"It is the state which educates its citizens in civic virtue, gives them a consciousness of their mission and welds them into unity." Benito Mussolini

"I want you to know that everything I did, I did for my country." Pol Pot

And as far as living tyrants go, Fidel Castro summed up their opinions quite well in the following short sentence:
"How can we help President Obama?"

And I don't want anyone to help Obama, except to help him find the door.

I'm Karl