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Disenthrall: On Usurpations of Power and the Plague of Locusts

“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” – Lincoln

Whenever a class of people, self-anointed, seek to impose Utopia on the world, evil ensues.

Whenever a group of people seek to arrogate the power of the people to themselves, evil ensues.

It is not merely that power corrupts but that some people are compelled to corrupt democratically distributed power through statist centralization. If the age of kings was the age of rule by one monarch, the current age drifts towards the rule of many smaller kings acting in unison. This is the age of the Multi-Monarchists; of rule by the faction of “Little Hitlers.” Their accouterments are not uniforms and stark symbols, but cap & gown, press passes, and union cards.

Their collective policy is plague.

All faction, no matter its origin or ideals, is in the end Fascist. The Founders knew Faction and feared it. Much in the Federalist Papers is concerned with the problem of suppressing Faction and the Constitution is the carefully wrought attempt at a solution to it. Of course, the Founders also knew that Faction as Facism is never finished except by fire and fire alone. This is why, in the Founders’ founding document, The Declaration of Independence, they included this provision,

“… when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

As the Founders knew from their own experience, this is much easier said than done. It requires the blood of tyrants and patriots both. And the Founders knew that sustaining such a government was even harder. Benjamin Franklin at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 when queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation:

“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”

“A Republic,” Franklin replied, “if you can keep it.”

Every day I read of new usurpations of power as the current matched set of “ruling elites” takes a new section of the Constitution into the outhouse and emerges without it.

Usurpations of powers previously reserved to the American people cascade from legislative and bureaucratic bodies, swirling over the land like a cloud of locusts. These usurpations come in sizes large and small; from taxation disguised as “fees”, to legislative legerdemain in which bills of economic attainder will be “deemed” passed without a reading and, inside the cancerous towers of bureaucrats, a vote, to meddlesome intrusions into trout fishing in America.

Indeed, it seems that there is little in American life that has not of late had some appointed and malign Faction assigned to it for purposes of some dubious transformation into some off-brand stealth-socialist utopia. And in doing their work of transformation these Fascist Factionists devastate the public purse at the same time they feed at the public trough. The party that struggled for decades to “Keep the government out of your bedroom,” now seeks more and more ways in which the government can wander your home and your body rape your wife, molest your children, and count your cups and calories.

H.L. Mencken, no stranger to realpolitik in the United States, put it this way, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

An American president during the shooting phase of our first Civil War put it this way:

“Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

– – Lincoln: 2nd Inaugural

Looking deeper still into history we can remember another time of great plagues when men who thought themselves God sought to enslave people in perpetuity:

And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.

And the locust went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such.

For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt. — Exodus 10

In both instances, the only solutions that could be found were not greater control of the people by the faction, but greater freedom for the people from all faction.

Until they found that freedom again, until they crushed faction, until they managed to disenthrall themselves, the plagues only continued, and continued, and continued, and continued.

“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”

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  • Centurion_Cornelius September 28, 2019, 3:46 AM

    Well-said, well-said. Ever the goal of tyrants–info control.

    Witness the Corsican Corporal: two stripes but ego beyond measure, became a general at age 24.

    “For today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology. Where each worker may bloom secure from the pests of contradictory and confusing truths. Our Unification of Thought is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people. With one will. One resolve. One cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death. And we will bury them with their own confusion. We shall prevail!”

    Rx: The Iron Duke administered hot lead and cold steel via staunch and steady free Englishmen in-line volley fire at Waterloo. Listen to what Blucher admonished his troops. Watch it all.


  • Sam L. June 27, 2021, 6:24 AM

    The Left are LOONS. Also, EVIL.

  • ghostsniper June 27, 2021, 6:40 AM

    The self anointed would be dispatched post haste if not for the most despicable creatures of all – their hired body guards/hitmen-women and their quislings. While there are indeed those at the top that need killed, there are many more that live among us everyday that facilitate those at the top, that need killed first. Your mayor, your friend, your wife, your neighbor. They are working against you and left unchecked they will have you. What signal are you waiting for? Do you believe you are immune, or they will make an exception for you?

    It’s easier to just put it out of your mind and watch some sports ball and hope someone else kicks the can down the road again.

  • EX-Californian Pete June 27, 2021, 8:39 AM

    A very well-stated piece.
    The Ohio Trump rally yesterday was incredible and awe-inspiring. If you missed it, I suggest you watch it on Youtube- before it gets censored. I guarantee it brought terror into the little black hearts of the Libtards.
    They hate what they fear, and they fear Trump more than anyone on Earth.

  • Anonymous June 27, 2021, 8:55 AM

    Vanderleun, who is that young long haired hippie looking punk in the photo underneath yours? And what exactly is he holding in his hands?

  • Sisu June 27, 2021, 9:21 AM

    History will eventually tell the truth that Lincoln and the “false flag of emancipation” prevented the United States from advancing further, was in the long run detrimental to the former slaves, and our republican form of federal government. … As well while it is not my intent to suggest that the reconstruction amendments were not “proper goals” they were so crudely written and adopted outside the stipulate process as to further undermine the Constitutional process and republic.

    The following is primarily excerpts with the linked source at the end.

    It was under Lincoln that the Original 13th Amendment was “lost”.

    “The “missing” 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows:
    “If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive, or retain any title of nobility or honour, or shall without the consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office, or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince, or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them.” …

    At the first reading, the meaning of this 13th Amendment (also called the “title of nobility” Amendment) seems obscure, unimportant. …”

    “… “Esquire” was the principle title of nobility which the 13th Amendment sought to prohibit from the United States. Why? Because the loyalty of “Esquire” lawyers was suspect. Bankers and lawyers with an “Esquire” behind their names were agents of the monarchy, members of an organization whose principle purposes were political, not economic, and regarded with the same wariness that some people today reserve for members of the KGB or the CIA. …”

    “Colonists knew that bankers occasionally printed too much paper money, found themselves over-leveraged, …”

    “… the American Revolution refreshed their memories. To finance the war, Congress authorized the printing of continental bills of credit in an amount not to exceed $200,000,000. The States issued another $200,000,000 in paper notes. Ultimately, the value of the paper money fell so low that they were soon traded on speculation from 5000 to 1000 paper bills for one coin. …”

    “… only in a “paper” economy can money reproduce itself and increase the claims of the wealthy at the expense of the productive. …”

    “Paper money,” said Pelatiah Webster, “polluted the equity of our laws, turned them into engines of oppression, corrupted the justice of our public administration, destroyed the fortunes of thousands who had confidence in it, enervated the trade, husbandry, and manufactures of our country, and went far to destroy the morality of our people.” …

    “According to the Tennessee Laws (1715-1320, vol. II, p. 774), in the 1794 Jay Treaty, the United States agreed to pay 600,000 pounds sterling to King George III, as reparations for the American revolution. The Senate ratified the treaty in secret session and ordered that it not be published. …”
    “… why would our Senators agree to pay reparations to the loser … , eleven years after the war ended? It doesn’t make sense, … , unless we assume our Senators had been bribed to serve the British monarchy and betray the American people. That’s subversion. …”

    “In seeking to rule the world and destroy the United States, bankers committed many crimes. … To escape prosecution for their crimes, the bankers did the same thing any career criminal does. They hired and formed alliances with the best lawyers and judges money could buy. …”

    “Despite their criminal foundation, these alliances generated wealth, and ultimately, respectability. … , so the British monarchy legitimized these thieves by granting them “titles of nobility”.”

    “… The most common title was “Esquire” (used, even today, by some lawyers). …”

    “In Colonial America, attorneys trained attorneys but most held no “title of nobility” or “honor”. There was no requirement that one be a lawyer to hold the position of district attorney, attorney general, or judge; a citizen’s “counsel of choice” was not restricted to a lawyer; there were no state or national bar associations. The only organization that certified lawyers was the International Bar Association (IBA), chartered by the King of England, … , and closely associated with the international banking system. Lawyers admitted to the IBA received the rank “Esquire” — a “title of nobility”.”

    Again: “… “Esquire” was the principle title of nobility which the 13th Amendment sought to prohibit from the United States. Why? Because the loyalty of “Esquire” lawyers was suspect. Bankers and lawyers with an “Esquire” behind their names were agents of the monarchy, members of an organization whose principle purposes were political, not economic, and regarded with the same wariness that some people today reserve for members of the KGB or the CIA. …”

    “Article 1, Sect. 9 of the Constitution sought to prohibit the International Bar Association (or any other agency that granted titles of nobility) from operating in America. But the Constitution neglected to specify a penalty, so the prohibition was ignored, … . Therefore, a “title of nobility” amendment that specified a penalty (loss of citizenship) was proposed in 1789, and again in 1810. …”

    “According to David Dodge, Tom Dunn, and Webster’s Dictionary, the archaic definition of “honor” (as used when the 13th Amendment was ratified [in 1819]) meant anyone “obtaining or having an advantage or privilege over another”. A contemporary example of an “honor” granted to only a few Americans is the privilege of being a judge: Lawyers can be judges and exercise the attendant privileges and powers; non-lawyers cannot. …”

    “… while “titles of nobility” may no longer apply in today’s political system, the concept of “honor” remains relevant.”

    “… Think of the “immunities” from lawsuits that our judges, lawyers, politicians, and bureaucrats [law enforcement] currently enjoy. …”

    There is more, including a question of whether Virginia ratified the Amendment, because perhaps proper notice was not sent to the Secretary of State in 1819. Yet, “… the Amendment continued to be published in various states and territories for at least another eleven years (the last known publication was in the Nebraska territory in 1860). …”

    “Later in 1861, another proposed amendment, also numbered thirteen, was signed by President Lincoln. This was the only proposed amendment that was ever signed by a president.

    That resolve to amend read: “ARTICLE THIRTEEN, No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State.” (In other words, President Lincoln had signed a resolve that would have permitted slavery, and upheld states’ rights.) …”

    But, wait – There’s more …


    Down load the Report, print it, share it.

  • ghostsniper June 27, 2021, 11:29 AM

    Sisu sed: “But the Constitution neglected to specify a penalty”…and a specific means of enforcement.

    THAT underscores the entirety of the document rendering it invalid, incompetent and immaterial. It may as well not even exist. People that hold debate on the constitution are silly fools meant to be ignored. There is an illusion of peace in the US and it is bound in lies, chicanery and fraud all of which are unraveling presently.

  • james wilson June 27, 2021, 1:15 PM

    Ghost, could be that’s what Carlyle meant when he wrote the US Constitution was “All sail and no anchor”.
    Tocqueville carefully described the path, if taken, which would lead the US into despotism. “There is a high level of government centralization in the United states, but we have seen that no administrative centralization existed in the United States. Administrative centralization only serves to weaken those nations who submit to it, because it has the constant effect of diminishing their sense of civic pride.
    I have made the distinction between two types of centralization; the one called governmental, the other administrative. The first exists solely in America; the second is almost unknown (there). In the United States, the majority, which often has despotic tastes and instincts, still lacks the most developed tools of tyranny.
    If the direction American societies (took)…combined the right of total command with the capacity of total execution…freedom would soon be obliterated in the New World.”
    How does one define “soon”? The 21st century? 1933? Wilson’s War? We seem to have a very hard time defining it as 1865. RIP.

  • gwbnyc June 27, 2021, 1:36 PM

    “All faction, no matter its origin or ideals, is in the end Fascist”

    -be it molecule or human.

  • ghostsniper June 27, 2021, 2:33 PM

    james wilson axed: “How does one define “soon”?”
    I’ll suggest that individual people can establish trust amongst themselves and create a sort of gov’t that they willingly abide by. This has nothing to do with, and is in spite of, a US gov’t. Co-operation is always a give and take enterprise and intelligent people can work with that. Notice that co-operation between individuals and US gov’t is absent. That may not have been so in the distant past. Of late, most individuals view the US gov’t as overbearing and they, the individuals, have little say over it.

    All along the way, since at least the early 1800’s, the US gov’t has made little steps to keep increasing it’s power over the individuals and again the individuals have had little to no control over it. Co-operation does not exist. Individuals tend to avoid hardships and any form of interaction with the US gov’t at any level is difficult and almost always ends up with the individual having the short end of the stick. The most any of us can hope for, when the US gov’t has us in focus, is to break even. Every interaction with gov’t is approached in angst and worry.

    The last time I received mail from the US gov’t I looked at it in deep concern and an almost panic feeling. I opened it to see it was an inquiry as to why I still have not used the stimulus ATM card that was sent to me. Once more, with feeling: I DO NOT WANT TO HAVE ANYTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH THIS ROTTEN ASSED CRIMINAL GOV’T. I don’t want their stolen money and do not want any of their help and every dam day I wish it didn’t exist. I also harbor an inner terror that the worst is yet to come.

    Everyday. all day, I probe my mind to find more and more ways to buffer myself and my wife against the horror that looms just beyond the horizon. I keep refining, and then, I think of another problem, that needs to be dealt with. Over and over and over. Some, mostly the intellectually vacant, will say that certain people always believed the sky is falling. I don’t know how an even slightly aware person today cannot be deeply concerned the possibly immediate future that is juggled in the hands of criminal imbeciles.

  • Casey Klahn June 27, 2021, 2:45 PM

    An M-14, NIB. $2250. Highway robbery, or…? Will I wish I’d boughten it in a few months time?

    Certain things about our situation – certain specific things, are giving me the hives. The fukn school boards, all across America. They muster volunteer do-gooders, all of whom just presided over the stupidest time ever in the history of American schools. The time of closures, and of masks. Now, you can watch on YouTube, angry students, and angry parents, confronting said school boards, and superintendents. The stuffed-shirt, tin-pot policy hacks in these boards mute, censor and be-mask the citizenry, in the manner of communist political committees in the nations of the damned of recent times.

    Clean house. Fire and remove (and arrest) these little dictatorial pricks…everywhere! IDK if they are individually, or in little groups, conservatives. The fact is they are soiled, sullied and besotten, by the policies related to Covid. They can return after a recess, but for now we need fresh blood everywhere.

    The other thing that is vexing, is the map you can find on the internet showing how 60% plus of the US counties, and in some instances, whole states, are now 2A sanctuaries. I want to ask you: what makes this division any different than the countries’ divisions going into the Civil War? All this massive swath of America needs, now, is a name.

    I’m getting fitted for a Civil War uniform, next. It’s been 45 years since I entered service in the ArNG, and I’ll be damned if the size 28 fatigue trousers I started out with no longer fit me.

    Don’t get me started on the service chiefs! Ladies and gentlemen, if you ask me what of our federal military at this point in time, I will answer you in the words of Gen. Pickett, post his famous charge: “I HAVE no corps!” You, yourselves, are the army. I was proud of the NGB chief this week, who has told congress to reimburse his national guard for the hundreds of millions of dollars fiasco around DC, or else he will not be able to train his soldiers this year.

  • Klaus June 27, 2021, 4:09 PM

    I think you meant M1A. M14s go for north of 10k+and a $200 tax stamp. And yes you will wish you had no doubt.

  • Casey Klahn June 27, 2021, 6:48 PM

    I think it was a bare-bones, wood stock M1a – you are correct. When I get in a hundred degree heat my error rate on stats and numbers goes through the roof. Anyway…damn. I have the owner’s card but he probably sold it by now.

  • EX-Californian Pete June 27, 2021, 9:35 PM

    So Casey- did you/are you getting an M-14? I’ve been seeing them for sale for $3+K lately around here. And NOT “NIB.” $2250.00 isn’t a bad price- nowadays, and especially considering the hoplophobic BS that’s overtaken the USA.

    My BAR (original, not a repro) I bought in 2019 is still sitting in ‘limbo’ in North Carolina, and pending delivery sometime this Fall or Winter to my FFL then to me. (they tried to get me to pay for the $200 tax stamp TWICE) Bastards……

    My advice is get what you can, when you can. There’s a big storm on the horizon.

  • GStaud June 28, 2021, 7:27 AM

    Twenty years ago, I was struck by the way various sorts of political “progressives” — Communists, socialists, liberals, “civil libertarians,” “moderates,” “pragmatists” — all spontaneously cooperated with each other. It wasn’t a conspiracy; there was obviously no central direction. But the pattern was too clear to be denied….
    I used the metaphor of an insect hive, which captured the way such people moved in harmony and communicated with each other.

    In a beehive, the worker bees have many specialties. The hive is organized around the queen bee, but she doesn’t have to give the workers their instructions. The bee that finds pollen returns to the hive and flies in figure eights; this tells the others the direction and distance of the pollen, and they go get it. And of course the bees need no orders to attack an enemy.

    Members of the progressive Hive likewise act on their own instincts and have their own code of communication. They feel free, but they are also predictable. Liberals laugh at conspiracy theories that assume that because there is a pattern there must be some central control; but the fact that there is no central control doesn’t mean that there is no pattern.”

    Ol’ Joe Sobran, from 20+ years ago.
    NB: Those who have ears, listen, eyes, see.

  • Snakepit Kansas June 28, 2021, 10:23 AM

    The M1A from Springfield come in various models and options. Shorter Scouts or SOCOM get quite pricey. I wouldn’t mind having a match version, wood with steel barrel. There is/was a carbon barrel version, but not sure they will hold zero like a steel barrel after sending a few down range. If you already have a good semi-auto in NATO chambering, I’d invest in more ammunition first. If things go south, Snickers and ammo will be the currencies of choice.

  • Casey Klahn June 28, 2021, 12:57 PM

    All commenters above. Thanks. I am recovered a little from heat stupidity. I guess I have not actually held an M1a in my hot hands, and so I was chatting M-14 with the seller, and he (being addled f brain like me in the immoderate heat, was going along with it. At 62 I may be too fukn stupid to own a semi-auto. He had the original box, and a can of 200 rds of .308 to go with it. When he showed me the magazine I knew it wasn’t an M-14. Whatever. I can pull a trigger with the best of them.
    IDL the AR platform at all because: army veteran. One young buck at the gunshow was showing off the new (the SF uses these! he sez) Sigg totally redesigned AR style/ M-4 style in a 6.6mm with polymer shell casings, etc. He was describing how they’ve unfukt the gas to buffer spring ratio by stiffening the spring but also adding weight to the rear end of the Buffer Spring. I’m not convinced and at any rate the real range on that carbine is still maybe 500 yards. My engagement ranges here start at 500 yrds, and increase to 800 plus. Need a mil rifle.

  • Casey Klahn June 28, 2021, 1:00 PM

    I’m saving and earning to send my daughter to college. My son, as sarcastic as they make them, told me after the show that “you don’t NEED a daughter; you NEED a military Springfield.” He’s on a war footing.

  • ghostsniper June 28, 2021, 2:50 PM

    Casey sed: “IDL the AR platform at all because: army veteran.”
    Nope. Gotta be another reason. I’m an army vet I don’t harbor such.
    In remembering whatever experience you have with a shitty army owned M16 and transposing that onto a potentially highly refined AR15 race gun is ignorantly handicapping yourself. There’s a reason there are bazillions of these things out here. Not all of them are good and many of them are.

    With a little time, a little money, and a lot of research, I built my AR completely from scratch 3 years ago. That is, I bought the lower (not a kit) and I bought the upper (not a kit), the barrel, all the gutz inside and out, from various manufacturers. To do this in a 3 month period I had to make a lot of decisions regarding price and availability and quality. I didn’t want junk and I didn’t want to break the bank. There’s a lot of junk out there and that is where the diligent research comes in. I saved all worthwhile videos and files and commentaries to hard drive for future reference. Pricing is all over the map, again, this is where research comes in, to guide you as to what is what. Availability is the big one and the most frustrating. Nothing like running down a component that trips the other 2 buttons only to find that is not available anywhere. Worse, general web searches show all kinds of places saying they have it in stock but when it gets right down to it they don’t. Angryfying.

    In the end, I persevered, and I am very happy with my experience. By building from scratch and doing the research I am knowledgeable in all facets of this piece of american design and engineering and know that I can perform all maintenance routines and even tear it completely down and overhaul it if necessary.

    My AR is the finest gun in my stable and though I have yet to fire it more than 600 yards I know that it is very accurate out to that range. Keep in mind, any gun is only as accurate as the person driving it. If you’re a shitty shooter your gun will behave shitty.

    I have a quick detachment riser on the receiver with a 1-6X x 32 scope that I can swap out with a red/green CQB reflex sight. This gun is beautiful and a very hard worker and I suspect capable of a far better performance than I can demand from it.

    Take a closer look before you discount the AR platform entirely.

  • ghostsniper June 28, 2021, 2:53 PM

    Forgot. That gun has Magpul flip up hard sights.
    It ain’t a gun if it don’t have hard sights.

  • Casey Klahn June 28, 2021, 3:03 PM

    gas port clogs. double feeds. range 400 or 500 maxity max. Plus, it’s a carbine.

    You can watch my back in the foxhole, but I guess I’ll need some mortars for LR target needs.

  • ghostsniper June 28, 2021, 6:10 PM

    We must have been in 2 different army’s.
    I shot weapons an estimated 100,000 times in that mans army and never once experienced any sort of misfire, failure to feed, etc. Each of us was required to adhere to very strict maintenance practices. We used the hell out of them and worked like slaves to keep them ready.

    Anyway, that was a lifetime ago and todays properly built AR15 bares only a cosmetic resemblance and all of the parts work like a well designed machine. I purposely fired over 1000 rds with my AR without cleaning it just to see if it would fail. It did not. I regularly hit man size targets 600 yds with an 18″ barrel.

    I’m assembling the parts right now for a new AR build. It will look like an Army M16 but will have a 24″ barrel and be chambered in .308. I expect to have it completed and zero’d by the end of summer. This will be the 4th gun I have built from scratch over the past 3 years. If you know which end of the screwdriver to stick in the bad guys eyeball you too can do it and save a lot of money in the process.

  • Casey Klahn June 28, 2021, 7:09 PM

    Like the man once said, when it comes time that I need an M-16, there’ll be plenty of them laying around on the ground for me. In the meantime, I want a combat rifle.

    Yes, I put the hundred thousand rounds down range (many of them 4 deuce and Ma Deuce). The gubmint has a clear and present challenge known as: American veterans. There is a cohort of us whose “white rage” is nothing less than a white hot rage at overweening politicians and their succibi in the public sector. We’re mad, we don’t give a fuck, and we lack normal sensibilities.

    TBH, I really need mortars, tanks, and .50 cal. MGs. If I wanted a fun weapon, it’d be a Thompson SMG.

  • ghostsniper June 29, 2021, 8:55 AM

    We’re on the same page Casey. I want all those things too.
    I actually got to fire a Thompson on full auto about 5 years ago.
    The guy that does my transfers has a FFL and the auto ticket.
    It had the stick mag and I held it like normal and when it went off it jerked up so hard that my support hand was yanked loose from the hand guard. The 4 fingers on my left hand slapped the palm of my hand so hard that it dislodged a bone ligament on the backside of my ring finger. YOWTCH!!!! I actually had to force that ligament, with my right thumb, back up and over the knuckle to where it was supposed to be. Think, snapping your finger real hard, but with all 4 fingers at the same time. Still hurts at times and feels funny when I bend it.

    I’ve never been up close when a mortar was fired but I sure would like to. The bigger the better. I get off on that shit.

  • Casey Klahn June 29, 2021, 10:26 AM

    mortar gunnery is sex positive. I went to the Infantry Mortar Gunnery School, at Ft Benning, as an officer. I had started out my enlisted career in mortars, and later would command a company-sized element of mortars. Interestingly, my roommate at Benning, during IMPOC, was in the buck-seventy third in ‘Nam, as a pointman. Then, he was a mortar plt sergeant in Italy with the airborne brigade. While we did the bookwork and test-work for mortar gunnery, he’d show me the inside out and upside down of everything, and we’d calculate every gunner solution in less that a tenth of the time it takes from the book. Then, when I got to my command, my plt sgt there was a LRRP guy in ‘Nam, then wounded and then a mortar sgt. He showed me the reciprocal lay of the guns, and more cool shit in the same vein. My troops loved having a Looey who knew mortars at the molecular level. We rained hell from above on dumpsters and rusty tanks hundreds of rounds at a time.

    I’m go make a t shirt, now, that says: I’m angry, I don’t give a fuck, and I lack normal sensibilities. I am a military veteran. Might even illustrate it.

  • Casey Klahn June 29, 2021, 2:38 PM

    My t shirt design.