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"Just Say No—To Victim Disarmament!"

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Letter from A.X. Perez

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The Res Nostra

I'm sure that many people who read TLE view the government as a legalized mob. While this is insulting to most mobsters let us reexamine the Social Contract theory in light of this; whether we have a res publica (a government created to guarantee citizens' rights) or a res nostra (a government created by the Mob to sell us back some of our rights). OK. I confess to creating a neologism. The English language now has 2 billion and one words.).

As Thomas Paine points out, English government (the ancestor of ours) goes back to the Norman Conquest. William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy told the English people, "submit to my rule and pay my taxes or I will hurt you." This is classic protection racketeering.

The people pointed out that while William and his Norman Knights were good, if all the people fought they could beat him. William answered this point with four distinct answers:

A. Not everyone would fight back, you may not be able to raise enough troops to beat me. Even if you do you will wear yourself out and then the Norse, Scots, and Irish will have their way with you. I'm bad, without me you will be stuck with a worse mess.
B. I'll protect you from the Norse, Scots, and Irish, and local bandits. So submitting will not only keep me from hurting you, it really is buying protection.
C. OK, I'll also provide you with roads,courts of justice, and reasonably just laws. As time passes my successors will find other ways to reinvest the extortion (I mean tax money) you are paying to increase your productivity (I mean make your lives more prosperous and pleasant).
In conclusion pay up and I won't hurt you and it's cheaper to pay than fight anyhow. I will also protect you from your enemies and toss you some goodies.

The people of England agreed and William changed his sobriquet and title to the Conqueror, King of England.

About 940 years later in America we have:
Income tax, excise tax, sales tax, property (Real and personal) tax, transfer tax, sales tax on excise tax, inheritance tax, registration fees, user fees, license fees and service fees, and the fees are probably taxed, at least in some places. Bad things happen to you for not paying them. Even if you are caught in an inadvertent mess and the tax collectors give you a break it's still a hassle. and if your problems aren't so innocent you are looking at fines, court costs, confiscations and possible arrest and jail time.
Pay or we hurt you.

The government promises to protect us from foreign invaders and terrorists (Currently Islamic extremists, Iran, North Korea, and possibly China, assuming the PRC doesn't self-destruct.) and local criminals and terrorists (currently drug smuggler and prison gangs, apparently the KKK and neo-Nazis are languishing from lack of popular and media attention).
Pay and we'll protect you from your enemies.

Government pays for the court system, schools, roads, hospitals, trains, health services, retirement plans, social services for the poor and middle class and places for public amusement among other things. In some cases it competes with private industry, in others it has a monopoly or near monopoly (primary and secondary education,for example).
Pay and we'll provide you with benefits that are worth the money and almost worth the loss of freedom.

It can thus be seen that the government is in many ways a Mob gone legit. Unfortunately, and why so many people wish to limit if not eliminate the Big G altogether, it has not necessarily gone straight. Thus the limits organized crime has to accept (don't provoke the straight citizens to fight back) are not as strict for the government and this leads to tyrannical behavior from time to time.

Until we can get a true anarchy going, it would be a good idea to keep after the capos of the Res Nostra to earn and keep the title men (and women) of honor a lot better than they have to date.

A.X. Perez

Battle Hymn of the Former Republic
(Inspired by the Obama "YES WE CAN" video.)

Ignore His use of fallacies all known from ages past,
If you can't see through His rhetoric the manacles are fast,
His style is presidential; this election is the last,
His "truth" is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the straw polls of a hundred circling camps,
They have builded Him an altar in the evening news and vamps;
I can read His righteous sentence which the New York Times attempts,
His day is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His day is marching on.

I have seen a fiery Waco writ in burnished tanks of steel;
"As ye deal with My contemners, so with you My grace shall deal";
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush dissension with His heel,
Since God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Since God is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call a vote,
He is sifting out the hearts of men before He cuts their throat,
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! I want to be his goat;
Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.

Under wilted wreathes of lilies States were born across the sea,
With a glory in Their bosom that transfigures you and me:
As They taxed to make men holy, let us jail to make men free;
While God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! While God is marching on.

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is wisdom to the mighty, He is honor to the knave;
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of man His slave,
Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.

J. Martin

Blame It on 9/11

On Friday the 8th of February ABC ran a report on the failure of massacres to provoke a call for gun control. they seemed to lament that the popular reaction was that if the victims had been armed they might have fought back (or fought back more effectively) and kept the body count down.

Blame it on 9/11. If W and his handlers can use that to excuse stripping people of their rights then we can use it as a reason to assert our rights to self defense and the necessary tools.

Remember that the passengers on three of the planes did not fight back, the way the liberal media and politicians told them to. They died as part of their murderers' weapon. The fourth planeload also died, but they did so frustrating their killers' intent.

And the American people learned, or at least a bunch of us did. Submission doesn't work, it's time to fight back even if all you accomplish is to go out in style, end up in Valhalla instead of Helheim.

Of course die hard enemies of liberty hate this. They love victims. They praise survivors. But they fear those who fight back against an oppressor, even if that oppressor is a common enemy. They fear this because those who learned to resist one would be oppressor will be inclined to resist all oppressors—9/11 woke us up, and too many of us refuse to go back to sleep. And those who would use it as an excuse to steal our freedom had best remember that one balclava wearing terrorist is indistinguishable from another.

A.X. Perez

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