Friday, October 31, 2014

THE PARABLE OF THE BROKEN WINDOW

Special thanks to Frédéric Bastiat, Henry Hazlitt, and my good friend Dr. Wayne Brough . . . S.L.


A vandal throws a brick through a shop window, breaking a pane of glass. The next morning the townspeople gather to regard the damage. One of the spectators offers this consolation; "It is an ill wind that blows nobody good. At least this way the glazier will have employment fixing the shop window."

This sentiment drives an entire school of thought, which, unfortunately, is embraced by a significant part of our political leaders and representatives, and the professors who teach economics in our academic institutions.
Suppose it cost a hundred dollars to repair the damage; so we say that the vandalism brings a hundred dollars to the glazier's business. The glazier performs the repairs, receives his hundred dollars. And it can be concluded that the economy of the town has just experienced an increase of a hundred dollars.

This train of thought suggests that it is a good thing to break windows, that it causes money to circulate, and that this benefits the economy in general.

This is a fallacy, of course, for if this was true then we would be breaking windows and smashing property all the time in order to increase prosperity. What has really happened is that the shopkeeper now has one hundred dollars less with which to spend on other goods and services - a new pair of shoes for example - or to invest into the future expansion of his business, or to possibly offer as a holiday bonus to an employee. Acts of vandalism are wanton destruction, and have a negative effect on the economy.

It is taught in American schools that World War II got America out of the Depression. This is not true; America was already on its way out of the Depression by 1939, and in fact the Federal Government's interference in the economy actually prolonged the Depression. The argument is made that war is a benefactor, since historically it often has focused the use of resources and triggered advances in technology and other areas while reducing unemployment. The increased production and employment associated with war leads some to claim that "war is good for the economy."


However, this belief is actually an example of the broken window fallacy. The money spent on the 1940s war effort, for example, was money that could not be spent on food, clothing, health care, consumer electronics or other areas. The stimulus felt in one sector of the economy came at a direct – but hidden – cost to other sectors.

One example of the cost of war is the many projects postponed or not started until after the end of World War II in the United States. The pent-up demand for roads, bridges, houses, cars, and even radios led to massive inflation in the late 1940s. The war delayed the commercial introduction of television, among other things, and the resources sent overseas to rebuild the rest of the world after the war were not available to the American people for their direct benefit; neither did the war enrich any of these other nations.

The aftermath of the Firebombing of Dresden, Germany, February 1945

Warfare - like the vandal's brick thrown through the shop window - is wanton destruction, and ultimately has a negative effect on the economy. A few will benefit from the business of war, but the overall effect is a drain on resources. The phrase "War, boom and bust," represents the hollow prosperity of the 1920s following the First World War, and led directly to the Great Depression of the 1930s - which of course gave conditions for the political upheaval which led to Fascism and World War II.

This concludes today's lesson. Pay attention, you will be tested at a future time.

STORMBRINGER SENDS

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FROM THE SEA . . .


From the sea
you call out for me
up on the shore

From the foggy mist
when I feel you breathe
it's all the same
what can walk will fly
so free to be

Let my spirit soar
on the breeze to where it beckons me
on the land and air
it belongs to me

From the sea
when I feel you breathe


by Kit Noir

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

HITLER REACTS TO BEING QUESTIONED ABOUT HIS SF SERVICE

How many times do you go to a gun store/indoor range and see these on-site arrogant A-holes whose claim to fame is that they can open carry in the store and they are SMEs simply because they are behind the counter?



"That's how you lose business, walk into a gun store and some POSER giving you the stink eye. Fuck you I'll take my business elsewhere."

Well, fuck it. I'm going to be unique. I'll just claim I was a leg truck driver, or a spoon. Spent my 3 years active duty shoveling shit in Louisiana. Ever in your life hear some guy at the bar make that claim?

STORMBRINGER SENDS

Saturday, October 25, 2014

THEY'RE HERE: BRACE YOURSELVES

The Politically Correct kid gloves are off - they're not calling it workplace violence anymore . . . S.L.

NYPD: HATCHET ASSAULT WAS TERRORISM



Canadian Prime Minister calls 'brutal and violent' Parliament attack terrorism



In August, the king of Saudi Arabia warned us: ISIS will reach Europe in one month and the U.S. one month after that.

Attacks by Muslim extremist terrorists in North America are nothing new; they've been going on since at least February 26, 1993, when a truck bomb was detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. And of course the world's most deadly and most spectacular terrorist attack happened at the same place on September 11, 2001. Since that time, however, a more sinister aspect of Muslim fundamentalism-inspired terror has developed: self-recruited jihadists.

The first self-recruited Muslim terrorists to go jihad in North America was John Allen Muhammad and his teenage sidekick Lee Boyd Malvo, the infamous DC Beltway Sniper team. Their string of killings actually began in Tacoma, Washington in February of 2002 and their final attacks were in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in September of 2002.

Left: DC Sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammed. Left: DC Sniper sidekick Lee Boyd Malvo

John Allen Muhammed was sentenced to death and executed in 2009; Malvo was sentenced to six consecutive live sentences with no chance of parole. Lee Boyd Malvo has spoken up recently: "I was sexually abused by John Allen Muhammad."

My personal take on this is he may or may not have been a sexual plaything for Muhammed - it's certainly within the realm of possibility - but what's really going on is that Malvo has had twelve years to dwell on his horrific crimes and is desperately trying to find a sense of justification, so that he can live with himself and not go insane in solitary. Whatever. You're a terrorist, Malvo, and we only spared you death because you were young and impressionable. But what you did was wrong and evil and you knew it at the time. Live in Hell for the rest of your life; that's more than you allowed the innocents that you killed.

Then next significant self-recruited Muslim terrorist in North America was former Army Major Nadal Malik Hasan the Fort Hood shooter. For reasons of political correctness, the Holder Justice Department declared this "workplace violence". Likewise the recent Oklahoma beheading attack, even though both incidents are clearly Islamic extremist-inspired terror attacks.

Left: Convicted murderer Nadal Makik Hasan. Right: Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Nolan.

The two Boston Bombers were also self-radicalized:


Self-starters have also been active in the UK: the June 2005 bombings in London were perpetrated by British subjects who self-radicalized, as was the recent beheading of a British soldier in London.


Pundits and media talking heads will discuss these issues at length, try to analyze the why's and wherefore's, and what we can do to curb this phenomenon. That is what they do. The purpose of this blog post is to state that we are essentially under attack by terrorists that dwell among us. ISIS is here, just as the king of Saudi Arabia warned us they would be.

This is time to do a self-assessment of your personal security profile; at your home, your place of work, and your actions in between. Arm yourself appropriately, and seek personal security training. And from this point on, keep your head on a swivel, be prepared and have a plan for when - not if - the next deadly terrorist attack occurs.

STORMBRINGER SENDS

Friday, October 24, 2014

WILL WORK FOR AMMO


"We are annoyed by the assumption on the part of certain public certain figures that the citizen should be able to prove the need to acquire a means of protecting himself. The Citizen's personal needs are no business of the State. Liberty, when in place, grants the right of the Citizen to do what he chooses as long as he does not stamp on the rights of others. Nobody needs caviar or a pleasure boat or opera tickets. Whether he wants these things is, again, no business of the State." - LtCol Jeff Cooper

FWIW I am currently between contracts and am available for combat pistol marksmanship training- interested parties may contact me through link to the right or on Twitter: @sean_linnane

STORMBRINGER SENDS

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DEMOCRATS RALLY FOR OBAMA




STORMBRINGER SENDS

Saturday, October 18, 2014

THE FEDERAL GOVT TAKING CARE OF YOU

Oklahoma student posts picture of lunch served in accordance school lunch regulations championed by First Lady Michelle Obama and implemented by the USDA


I grew up wolfing down hamburgers and hotdogs and french fries and potato chips - some days I'd eat two burgers and I'd always eat two dogs on hotdog days - or multiple slices of pizza for lunch washed down with a large Coke or Pepsi. Obesity has somehow eluded me:


How the hell are kids supposed to have the energy to stay focused and learn? What the hell is happening to America? I sure as hell didn't spend 25 years serving in defense of this nation to have an un-elected America-hating Socialist bitch tell our kids what they can and cannot eat.

If I was a kid in school today and they served this kind of crap to me, there'd be a food fight in the cafeteria followed up by a good old-fashioned student demonstration and things would get ugly from there.

STORMBRINGER SENDS