Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Reid Putting Peace of Republic in Extreme Peril

CBS Las Vegas:
BUNKERVILLE, Nev. — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says "something is going to happen" to get Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to stop letting his cattle graze on federal land. 
"It’s obvious that you can’t just walk away from this. And we can speculate all we want to speculate to what’s going to happen next," Reid told KSNV-TV. "But I don’t think it’s going to be tomorrow that something is going to happen, but something will happen. We are a nation of laws, not of men and women.” 
Reid called militias staying at Bundy's Bunkerville ranch "domestic violent terrorist-wannabes."
Emphasis mine.

Are y'all reading this?  Are you sure of what you just read?  Read it again.  Because something very, very serious just happened.  This ain't just some spoiled little pissant shooting his mouth off.

Take note: the sitting leader of the United States Senate has just issued a veiled threat to use federal assets to murder an American citizen.

 It no longer matters what this is about, or who is right.  People are sick of this overbearing federal government, and the peace of our republic is hanging by a thread.

Reid says "we are a nation of laws," but he is treating American citizens as if he were a dictatorial strongman in a banana republic, not a senator in the supposed "World's Greatest Deliberative Body".  For this murderous threat, in felony violation of multiple sections of US Code, Reid should be impeached immediately, and taken away to incarceration by Federal Marshals.  But Harry Reid is far too powerful for that.  Absolutely nothing will happen to him, while he lives.

Prediction: if Bundy or any member of his family, or any militia member defending him dies by any action of the United States federal government, a wave of retribution will sweep across this land, fanning the flames of conflict into a full-blown hot civil war.

This is not me, a penny-ante blogger, making threats; this is a prediction of cause and effect illuminated by history, in which I am very well read compared to the political class.  (Yes, it's a conceit, but I'm in good company; there are millions of Americans just as well versed in history.)

No, this is just what happens under these conditions:

An overbearing government pushes and pushes, and takes and takes.

The citizenry are long-suffering, seeking only to make a living and care for their families.  They sit and take it, for years and decades, as long as abuses can be borne.

But finally, at long last, the citizens get fed up of tyranny and abuses of the government, and they rebel.  Almost anything can be the final trigger.  Doesn't matter if the cause in itself is just, or not.  People just finally say, "ENOUGH!"

Once the breaking point is reached, there is bloodshed, on both sides, and bodies start piling up.

And this ain't some little commie hellhole in Central or South America.  In our republic, the citizens are armed; there is at least one firearm for every man, woman, and child in America.   We won't just let the federals come in and Waco us or Ruby-Ridge us again.

Is this really what you want, Reid?  A hot civil war?

The peace of our republic hangs by a thread.

Reid probably does not care about the outcome.  Most likely, the elites and/or some foreign government have promised to protect Reid no matter what happens to the proles.

But I care.  And I bet you do, too.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Resurrection Day! Let Freedom Ring!

"Christ is risen!
  He is risen indeed!" -- Ancient Christian response chant

Ol' Backwoods does not equivocate about his position on Jesus Christ: I am a follower of His, albeit an imperfect one who is still being worked on by the Holy Spirit to bring my sinful will under His submission.

Though my Savior was the most perfect man ever to live on this earth, I do not claim perfection, nor does any sane or well-grounded Christian.  I do not expect to be perfect until I am made perfect by Him in my heavenly home, after having put off the bonds of this fleshly existence.

This Easter, our family's traditional holiday activities were interrupted by the fact that I had to be away from home, on account of work.  Even so, I spent time this morning communing with my King with other Christians, and raising worshipful songs to our God and Father, and listening to the preaching of Christ's Word.

It is an astounding thing, freedom.  People all over the world and throughout human history have sought it, bled for it.  Millions have been in bondage to one master or another: a tyrannical government, a cruel slaver, an unremitting debtor, a pimp or sultan, a drug or liquor.  But there is no master like sin.  It has beset the human condition since Eden, laid low the mighty, tempted the saints.   You'd think with that savage a bondmaster, people would be seeking freedom from sin.  But that is the nature of the beast of sin: it twists even the will and the intellect to its purposes.

The blood of Christ has set men free from the eternal consequences of sin, if they will accept the free gift of His Grace.

Yet, the temporal ramifications of sin remain.   Temporal freedom is ever in peril, and is many times lost.  A great battle between the servants of God and the old Dragon has been in progress for millennia.  The great governments of the world, knowingly or unknowingly, work to establish a separate kingdom for Lucifer, who was thrown from Heaven, and in the process, seek to enslave humanity and force them to their collective will.

The guilt of sin is one of the Accuser's greatest weapons.  With it, the Deceiver can almost nullify the gift of Grace, by making the receiver feel that he is too far gone to receive it.  But we are not.  If we are willing to receive Christ, he will cleanse us, conscience, will, mind, and soul, and make us fit for a better world.

He stands at the door and knocks.

Though the day-to-day battles are uncertain, the final outcome is clear.  One day, the great war will be done, and the Lion of Judah will be victorious.  The Deceiver will be thrown into gloomy dungeons for eternity, and we shall be changed to become like Jesus is, in His Resurrection.   Sin will be vanquished, and will beset us no more with fear, or pain, or shame, or guilt, or death.

That is the Christian's hope.  That is my hope.

Happy Easter.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Patriot's Day - Republic's Slide toward Civil War Continues

Ol' Backwoods says: If you're the kind of person to comment, "TL;DR", then I ask you to leave this site, now. American patriots who wish to learn the truth about the tyranny and abuses of their government are encouraged to stay and read. 

Happy Patriots' Day.
President Eisenhower (Wikipedia)
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. ...  
As we peer into society's future, we – you and I, and our government – must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without asking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.
-- President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address
We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.
--'Barack Hussein Obama,' July 2, 2008, before being elevated to President of the United States.
The Left's silly, childish view of the world, that the government is our boss, shows their willingness to use guns to get what they want, while our view is one of constant vigilance against a government too willing to use their weapons against us.
 --Jen Kuznicki, journalist,

Unidentified militiaman and supporters, near Bunkerville NV, 04/11/14 
I will never fire upon a federal agent first. Our rules of engagement are strictly 'do not fire until fired upon'.  
-- Patrick Downs, 20-year-old militia member from California, who has pledged to protect Cliven Bundy, his family and their ranch from another raid by the federal government.
Domestic enemy of the
Constitution, Timothy Egan.
I hate to say it but I’d rather have seen another Waco than yet more caving by the Obama administration to the radical right-wing lunatic fringe.
-- New York Times opinion page writer Timothy Egan, 4/17/14.

On this anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord of 1775, American patriots find themselves decades into a long and bloody struggle with another great power, the US federal government, which is now in full-on rebellion against the Constitutional restrictions on its powers, and engaged in tyranny and abuse against
Results of federal incursion in Waco TX, 4/19/93
the states and people that created it.

A year ago today, when Watertown, Massachusetts was on federal "lockdown" ostensibly because of a teenage 'terrorist,' and crack DHS dragoons were sighting M-4 rifles at citizens through windows, few could have imagined that the struggle of the American people against the usurping US government could get much worse without breaking into open civil war.
Federal incursion, Watertown, MA 04/19/13

Yet, it has.  In the year since Watertown, a unarmed young female dental hygienist from Connecticut, who likely did nothing but fall on the losing end of some sort of lover's spat with a federal goon, was gunned down in cold blood in Washington DC as she fled from the "Secret Service." The young girl in the seat next to her was covered in her mother's blood.  The federals and their allies in the news media quickly suppressed any investigation into what happened.
Federal forces murder unarmed
dental hygienist, 10/03/13

Also, in the last year, the IRS, in collusion with the US Department of 'Justice' and the Federal Elections Commission, was caught suppressing the free speech of people opposing the Obama administration en masse, including a local "Tea Party" group in Wetumpka, Alabama.  The guilty IRS official, Lois Lerner, though held in contempt of Congress, has so far escaped prosecution by the judiciary, federal or state.   It seems that anyone critical of Obama personally, of his policies or those implementing them are in Federal crosshairs.

In a somewhat related development, Hawaiian health official Loretta Fuddy, seemingly the only person who knows for sure if so-called Barack Hussein Obama is indeed a foreign national living under an alias, was mysteriously killed in a single-plane accident, in which she was the only casualty.  The Left, ever defending the administration, has blamed her death on a "cardiac arrhythmia".  One wonders how they know.

Yes, in the last year, Federal disobedience to the Constitution and the resulting tyranny have gotten much worse.  Nowhere can this be more clearly seen than in the federal siege and looting of Cliven Bundy's ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada.  Thankfully, the so-called "Battle of Bunkerville" ended peacefully, with none dead except dozens of cattle, and the Feds retreating. But the cold civil war in America is not getting any better.  In fact, the nature of the federal threat means that there will be more battles, and worse.

Fueled by a fiat currency from a powerful international cabal of banks, the elite-controlled US government uses the unconstitutional but heavily-armed Executive-branch agencies to loot property by force from citizens, calling the thefts "income tax" and "civil forfeiture." The Feds use the proceeds to maintain its power and to pay fealty to the bankers.  Many of the states are emulating their federal feudal lord in looting their own citizens to buy votes and weaponry to maintain their elites' power.  At the federal, state, and local level, America is a rapidly-developing police state.

Federals killed and buried many of Bundy's cattle.
The bankers and the US federal elites have powerful local allies, such as the Islamist infiltrators, the illegal alien advocates and the radical environmentalists. (Radical environmentalism is effectively the national religion of the Federals and their allies.) The federal cabal uses the grievances of these anti-American interest groups as its justification to intimidate, impede, control, loot and ultimately destroy manufacturers, farmers, ranchers, and energy producers.  The end goal of this destruction is not clear, but one can conjecture that the carcass of the United States would be useful raw material for our enemies abroad, allies of the bankers and political elites.

The cabal and its allies place their safety above the Constitution and the American people.  Anyone who resists the Feds' unconstitutional tyranny is threatened, injured, or murdered outright by the armed federal police.

Which brings us again to Cliven Bundy's Ranch.

The Left charges that Bundy is getting what he deserved because he hasn't "paid his fees." Much has already been written to refute that simplistic story. Regardless of what one thinks of the Feds' case against the Bundys, the Feds' hostile move to abandon administrative and judicial redress, and employ an armed SWAT team against the man and his family, is indicative of just how the federal government operates in the Age of Obama.  And Bundy is not alone in being targeted by the Bureau of Land Management; a tribal leader is suing the BLM for millions, for what was done by the BLM on tribal land.

Patriot cowboys returning rest of Bundy's cattle, 04/12/14
The fact that the armed BLM officers and their hired dragoons turned tail and ran on the afternoon of April 12th was indeed a great victory for the states and the American people.  It is, as the Daily Bell puts it, a "significant moment" in American history.  But as Senator Harry Reid, most powerful person in the US Senate, recently spat, "This isn't over."  The Empire will strike back.  Count on it.

The US government elites, their feudal masters, and their allies are seething over the April 12th retreat of federal forces at Bundy ranch. An account of the withdrawal by an LA lawyer indicates how surprised the BLM was that such a resistance materialized so quickly, and how the cowardly agents felt threatened by Bundy and the citizen militias.

Reid breathing threats
The fear and loathing from this outcome has resonated throughout the collectivist/traitor axis.   Reid is still fomenting threats, calling Bundy supporters "domestic terrorists".  On many collectivist websites, the Feds' acolytes are cajoling their masters to strike back at the militias.   The news media is attempting to determine who the militia groups are, doubtless to provide their federal masters with actionable intelligence.  The radical environmentalists are "sad that the guys with guns dictate policy" -- by which they mean the militias, because their "guys with guns", the BLM agents and company, showed the white feather and ran for the hills.

Besides the potential Federal counter-attack, which has yet to fully materialize beyond the screeds of Lefty keyboard commandos, another front is opening in this civil war: the rebellion of the Western states against Federal land ownership in their states.  In Nevada, home of Cliven Bundy's ranch, Federal ownership is over 80% of the total land area.
Federal land grabs (red) in the States
Via the Salt Lake Tribune (h/t The Federalist Papers):
It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday [04/28/14]. 
More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. 
“It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. “The urgency is now.” 
Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen participants, including her counterparts from Idaho and Montana, during a press conference after the daylong closed-door summit. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee addressed the group over lunch, Ivory said. New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington also were represented. 
The summit was in the works before this month’s tense standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over cattle grazing, Lockhart said. 
“What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem,” Lockhart said. 
Fielder, who described herself as “just a person who lives in the woods,” said federal land management is hamstrung by bad policies, politicized science and severe federal budget cuts. 
“Those of us who live in the rural areas know how to take care of lands,” Fielder said, who lives in the northwestern Montana town of Thompson Falls. 
“We have to start managing these lands. It’s the right thing to do for our people, for our environment, for our economy and for our freedoms,” Fielder said.
Emphasis mine, Backwoods Engineer.  And he's correct-- Bundy Ranch is just a symptom of a larger problem with federal encroachment onto state sovereignty and Constitutional limits.

Fox News has more:
Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington also were represented, but none of the other states has gone as far as Utah, where lawmakers passed a measure demanding that the federal government extinguish title to federal lands. 
The lawmakers and Gov. Gary Herber have said they’re only asking the federal government to make good on promises made in the 1894 Enabling Act for Utah to become a state. The intent was never to take over national parks and wilderness created by an act of Congress, said Lockhart, a Republican from Provo. 
“We are not interested in having control of every acre,” she said. “There are lands that are off the table that rightly have been designated by the federal government.” 
Ivory said federal government’s debt threatens its management of vast tracts of the West and its ability to make payments in lieu of taxes to the states, the Tribune reported. He said the issue is of interest to both urban and rural lawmakers. 
“If we don’t stand up and act, seeing that trajectory of what’s coming … those problems are going to get bigger,” Ivory was quoted as saying.
Indeed, the federal incursions will only get bigger and bloodier.  Next Patriot's Day, it's hard to tell what I will be reporting in this space, dear reader.

UPDATE: Video of the Coalition of Western States legislators at Bundy Ranch, including federal Representative Matt Shea from Washington state, and Nevada state assemblywoman Michelle Fiore:

Pull quote: "A [federal wielding a] sniper rifle is not due process, and we cannot let that stand as legislators, no matter what state we are in."

Also: "The best government is the government closest to the people."

UPDATE II: Mike Vanderboegh gave a rousing speech today at Bundy Ranch:
They blinked and retreated here for now.  They will try again, if not here then in some other place for some other flimsy tyrannical excuse, some other evil wrapped in an allegedly benevolent lie.  Rest assured, they will try again.  And we must be ready. We must remain vigilant.   
But however we arrived at this place, we are here, now, and there is no changing it.  When you stood beneath the bridges we -- all of us, all across the country -- in those long moments we were staring civil war in the face. All over this country at this moment WE ARE STILL STARING CIVIL WAR IN [ITS] BLOODY FACE.  To believe otherwise is to whistle past the graveyard of our own history.  We have, to use the blunt words of my Michigan farmer Grandpa Vanderboegh, arrived at "nut cuttin' time."
Maybe so.
John Locke said it first and best in his Second Treatise on Government:
“Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience and are left to the common refuge, which God hath provided for all men, against force and violence.” 
This is not about tortoises and cattle.  It is not about who controls the vast lands claimed by the federal government.  It is not about "the children" or "common-sense gun safety" or any of the many lies that are spun to conceal the iron fist of arbitrary power. 
It is about control.  It is about who serves whom.  We are divided now, as they were in 1775, by the answer to the most fundamental of questions: Does the government serve the people or do the people serve the government?  Who serves whom?  What do you think?

Right.  Now we believe, as did the Founders, that government should serve the people.  It is evident that many others believe differently.  But this is not a question whose differing answers can be compromised, or negotiated or finessed.  It is one or the other -- that of individual liberty codified by the Constitution and the rule of law under the Founders' republic, or the rule of man as represented by the law of the jungle backed up by the iron fist of tyrannical government. 
Harry Reid understands this.  You all saw what he said the other day: "This isn't over," he threatened.  And you know what? He's right.  It can never be over until one side or the other wins.  And don't think he's just talking about the Bundys.  He is promising us all civil war  on a vast scale because state-sponsored violence is the only way they can win the argument with free people, especially free people who are armed and willing to use those arms in defense of liberty.   
Ole Dirty Harry understands that.   
But he mistakes the character of the people he wishes to victimize and subjugate.  He mistakes you.  He mistakes the true nature of all free Americans who intend to remain free.  And history has shown that mistake to be a terminal one for many tyrants.  For there are laws higher and older than any of Harry Reid's unconstitutional "laws," one of which is the Law of Unintended Consequences.  
Good stuff.  Read it all.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Backfiring Bloomberg

A goody two-shoes meddler with too much money for his own sanity targets your rights:
Michael Bloomberg, failed meddler
Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually out-muscle the National Rifle Association.
What a laugh.  Spend it all, you deluded fool.

If the non-sequitur of a graphic below is representative of what his new group is producing, his $50 million will produce even more new gun owners in America than I think.

Constitutional guarantee vs. privilege of driving on roads?
Really?  Apples/Oranges, much?
Bloomberg doesn't understand most Americans, who aren't like the guns-for-me-but-not-for-thee cultural elites in New York City, where Bloomie's money funds their fancy shindigs.  Unlike Bloomie and his buddies, most Americans out here in "Flyover Country" support the right to keep and bear arms.  And we sure don't cotton to uber-rich snobs like Bloomie telling us guns what we can or can't have, like he tried and failed to tell New Yorkers they couldn't have a 32-ounce soda pop.

And no, Bloomie, that ain't gonna get you into heaven.

When a busybody like Bloomie says, "Only police should have guns!," it just makes Americans want what he says they shouldn't have, all the more. Every time he says, "Assault weapons' have no place on our streets!", another American decides to go down to Cabella's or Wal-Mart, or their local gun store, and buy a semi-automatic AR-15 or AK-47.   Or, another 30-round PMAG, and a crapload more of ammo.

His schtick is backfiring.

I bet every dollar Bloomie spends buys a new American gun owner, or convinces another American who already owns a gun to buy another, or another box of ammo. Every dollar, or pretty near, Bloomie spends buys another member to the NRA (up to 5 million!), or the GOA, or the SAF, or the JPFO.

Seems like every time you turn around, more gun freedom is being hailed, as many states are restoring more and more of our precious right to keep and bear arms.  Very few are doing more restricting, and even those are being resisted.   Look out, Bloomie, another New Yorker just burned his registration paper!  Don't tell Bloomie about the 90% noncompliance rate to the "SAFE" Act, either.  Or massive noncompliance to Connecticut's forced gun registration.  Colorado sheriffs won't enforce the magazine bans, which is good, but the massive noncompliance is better. It is hard for Bloomie to kick against the goads.

Everywhere you look, gun, magazine, and ammo manufacturers are leaving states that restrict the right to keep and bear arms, and are moving to 2nd-Amendment-friendly states.  Kahr, PTR, Ruger, Magpul, Stag Arms, Beretta, Remington, ATI and more are reacting to Bloomberg's efforts, and voting with their feet.

It's backfiring.  Big time.

The millions Bloomie is spending accomplish little or nothing to convince more federal and state politicians to ban guns. And lest we forget, Colorado voters punished three state politicians, who took Bloomberg's money and voted for gun bans. The third resigned before her sorry butt could be kicked out by the voters.

No, every dollar Bloomie spends just opens the minds of more Americans to the idea of armed serenity, and to the freedom of being able to make one's own choices about their and their family's security.

And what about Bloomie's push for idiot federal "background checks" on every private transfer?  Down in flames, on a near-party-line vote.  Every schlocky commercial Bloomie produces, with casting-call phonies sitting on proverbial tailgates, their fingers stupidly resting on the triggers of shotguns causes another bunch of Americans to think to themselves, "Unlike that phoney, I'm safe with my guns around my kids.  They are safe with guns themselves.  And, by the way, we need to get buy more ammo."

It's backfiring.

You can see Bloomie's scare war is backfiring, in the scarcity of 22LR ammunition.  Also, the enormous increases in reported gun sales, via the federal FFL "instant background checks,"  and millions of Americans paying for concealed carry permits.  The American people are voting with their wallets, and they are voting for the freedom and right to keep and bear arms.  The American acceptance of an armed society has been increasing for years, and all of Bloomberg's money cannot stop its inexorable progress.

Bloomberg's latest Astroturf effort will fail, too.  Every time the "Moms" Demanding a Real Man go on TV, their Harpy-in-Chief (former PR hack) screeching about eeevil 'illegal' guns, another young American mom says to herself, "You know, I think I will go to that concealed carry class my girlfriend was talking about.  It might be fun, and I need to do it to be able to protect my kids."


Bloomie is straining out a gnat, while being trampled by a herd of camels, to mix the Lord's metaphor.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mozilla and the United States of Lawlessness

Epic rant ahead.  I'll wait here while you uninstall Mozilla Firefox.

Look, I don't believe people should be forced by the power of government, the power to tax and destroy, to recognize so-called 'gay' marriage.  But EVEN IF former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich had been fired for supporting unnatural marriage (instead of being against it), I would have been screaming the same thing I am right now:

The United States has laws, which descend from the 1st Amendment, that protect the rights of free speech and free exercise of religion.    You can't fire people for what they believe, or what causes they support financially (i.e., political speech).  

But Mozilla did.  Oh, Eich "resigned?"  Yeah, right.

How a public company like Mozilla can transgress so blatantly 42 CFR Section 2000e (EEOC) is enigmatic of the state of utter lawlessness of this country.  The protected classes (gays, Democrats, blacks, Hispanics, foreigners of all stripes, gun grabbers) don't have laws enforced on them, while the undesirable classes (whites, straights, Christians, Jews, gun owners) have no Constitutional protections from wanton transgression of the same laws by either business or government.  And what's the difference these days, anyway?

Not only will Mozilla get away with this, but they probably have half the US government cheering them.

What's next, Mozilla?  How about it, Left-coast tech firms?  Y'all gonna kowtow to the Gay Mafia, too? You gonna fire engineers and coders because they go to synagogue on Saturday, or church on Sunday?  I mention Christians and Jews, because clearly Muslim coders and engineers are exempt, as the politically-correct establishment considers them a protected class.

Or perhaps these companies will go through the political donation records, and fire employees if they have given money to Libertarian or Republican candidates?  What about getting rid of employees who have NRA stickers on their cars?   Now that the 1st Amendment essentially is no longer in force, they can do whatever they want.

And they will.  The political Left is this country will do ANYTHING: cheat, lie, steal, kill, deprive Constitutional rights under color of law, spend $TRILLIONS we don't have on Free Stuff to buy votes, ANYTHING to enslave people and keep them enslaved.  They themselves are slaves to sin, and misery loves company.

Here's a salient quote from my fellow gun blogger and Appleseed acquaintance Sean Sorrentino, who happens to be on the other side of this issue, but still holds to Constitutional protection of free speech, as I do:
The victim here is not the target. In the formulation attributed to Sun Tzu, he is just the one who was killed to frighten the one thousand. He was taken down so the thousands of others will close their checkbooks and shut their mouths so that the Left doesn't wreck their lives.
Exactly right: this will chill political speech right across the spectrum. And who benefits?  The Left, which is already in power. This is nation-destroying stuff, people.  This slope is steep and slippery, the bottom is pretty dang hot, and our handbasket is picking up speed fast.

This is a very, very bad thing indeed that has happened in America, but I can't say I'm too surprised, because the path that led us here is all too clear.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

$15 RTL-SDR for Radio Monitoring on your PC

This post is of interest to ham radio operators, and also anyone who wishes to monitor NOAA weather radio, police, fire, EMS, aircraft, marine, and other radio traffic using a $15 receiver plugged into your laptop.

My $20 Chinese SDR stick, while running
The Chinese USB "dongles", originally intended to receive the Far East mobile television service, are being re-purposed as VHF/UHF receivers for many different modulation schemes and protocols.  The software to re-purpose them runs either on a PC (Win/Mac/Linux), or on a single-board computer like a Raspberry PI (Raspian Linux).

At about US$15, Ol' Backwoods just had to have one.

The RTL-SDR receives on 50 - 2200 MHz.    It is possible to receive HF; more on that in a bit.

Order your RTL SDR dongle from eBay or Amazon.
Then, use the instructions here to help you download the SDRsharp software; I used it on Windows 7.

The HF RTL-SDR from Easy-Kits
The RTL-SDR can receive HF through the use of an upconverter you can buy on Amazon.

There is also a special direct-sampling RTL-SDR dongle available from Easy-Kits that receives 120kHz-54MHz, with an internal preamp to help sensitivity at HF.  It also works with the SDRsharp software described below.   At US$75, it's a bit pricey, but no more than the VHF/UHF RTL-SDR with an upconverter.  I understand the regular RTL-SDR can also do direct sampling to receive HF, but without an external preamp, the sensitivity is not good enough to receive shortwave signals.

Ol' Backwoods wants to use an HF-capable RTL-SDR to be able to capture PSK31 conversations from a dipole antenna at home, and push them through to my iPhone, even when I am not in front of the rig.

The mag-mount antenna provided with the dongle is a joke for anything below about 800 MHz.

I cut the coax, saved the connector end, soldered on a dipole made of 20GA hookup wire, cut to the NOAA weather band, and hung it vertically from my upstairs ceiling.   The connector on the dongle is an MCX female, and adapters are available to other connector types; I just didn't have one on hand, and I wanted to get running quickly.

If you don't have an antenna, I might suggest this inexpensive scanner antenna for reception at home.  You don't even have to have it outside; I have a similar one in my attic.  Or, you can construct a dipole or ground-plane antenna out of hookup wire, like I did, but that won't be very wideband.

Running SDRsharp with the RTL-SDR

As the instructions for zadig and SDRsharp suggest, I first tried receiving wideband FM from a local FM radio station.  I was able to get that working within a minute of downloading the SDRsharp install.

The frequency adjustment is a little squirrelly; each digit has a "virtual" up and down button overlaid on it it.  Click near the top of each digit to increment each digit, and near the bottom to decrement.  There probably is a way to type in a frequency directly, but I couldn't find it.

The default RF gain is 0 dB.  That will work for nothing but super-strong FM broadcast stations.  Our local NOAA weather radio station, which booms in here 60 dB over S9 on my ham receiver, was not received AT ALL by the SDR, with my hanging dipole.

Receiving NOAA Weather Radio

In the US, tuning to NOAA weather radio is a good way to start getting the RTL-SDR to receive narrowband FM signals, as the stations transmit continuously, and they're easy to find.  It's always one of these frequencies: 162.400 162.425 162.450 162.475 162.500 162.525 162.550.

When I clicked the "Configure" button and increased the gain to about 20 dB, I saw the NOAA station at 162.450 MHz pop up in the center, and then when I clicked on the signal, it began demodulating.  I increased the RF gain to bring up the NOAA signal to 0 dBFS, as indicated on the spectrum display.  The filter bandwidth was set way too wide, and it was bringing in a lot of noise on the audio.  I had to cut the filter bandwidth to 8000 Hz (as shown in screenshot below), and increase the filter order to 400 to steepen the skirts of the filter, to get the audio sounding right.

My settings on SDRsharp for Windows are shown in the screenshot below, to receive our local NOAA weather radio station.  Notice the dongle's notion of frequency is wrong;  it displays a frequency 7 kHz too low.  There is a means to correct that, but I didn't fool with it.

Next, I want to get this working on a Raspberry PI, pipe in a decoder, and a GPS, and WiFi or Bluetooth, so I can get automated indication on my iPhone that there is a severe weather warning, no matter where I am on the road.

More You Can Do With Your RTL-SDR

There's a lot of software available for the RTL SDR, much of it as "plugins" to SDRsharp to let it do things it can't do natively.  I plan to try some of it, and report back here on the blog:

Have fun!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Don't Let Your Guard Down at Home!

Do you carry your pistol concealed at home?  Even when relaxing or watching TV?

I DO!  And you should, too!


Because of examples of fallen humanity like this:

4 arrested in 2 armed Elmore Co [AL] home invasions; Helping woman make bond was motive

Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin confirms four suspects are under arrest in connection with two home invasions/robberies that occurred within the last week. 
Details are currently limited, but we know that of the four suspects, the ring leader is identified as a 16 year old. 
Authorities say the suspects' motive in the armed home invasions were to get money and to
One of the thugs who invaded a Wallsboro AL home
use that money to help a female in the county jail reach her bond amount. 
Sheriff Franklin says all four suspects will be tried as adults.

The Elmore County Sheriff's Office says the first home invasion happened last Thursday night in the Wallsboro Community, approximately three miles outside of Wetumpka.
The second home invasion happened Monday night between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the same general area. 
In both cases, 3 or 4 male suspects armed with handguns, rifles, and shotguns were reported. Authorities say the suspects gain access to the houses by simply knocking on the door. Residents say once the door is opened, the group of males force their way inside and take control. 
Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin described the suspects' method as 'bold' and 'aggressive.' 
"In the case last night when the homeowner opened the door, three suspects rushed in the front door while a fourth suspect crashed through the backdoor," Franklin said.
Emphasis supplied by Ol' Backwoods.

Y'all see that?  These gangbangers just knock on the door, as pretty as you please, then barge their way in, armed to the teeth!  When somebody comes to the door you can't identify, it would be a good idea to send your partner to the other door, armed as well.  Because they might just be trying to flank you.

These little Trayvons may be getting what's coming to them, but there are plenty more stupids where they came from that are perfectly willing to try the same thing.

Just a few days ago, a popular Mexican restaurant in the same general area was robbed.

Stay armed and vigilant, my friends.   These are troubled times.