“The side that knows when to fight and when not will take the victory. There are roadways not to be traveled, armies not to be attacked, walled cities not to be assaulted.” —Sun-Tzu

 

We live in dangerous times, when a new kind of leadership is required. Visionary and ruthlessly strategic. New leaders who are faced with the complex life-and-death challenges of today’s situation—and are determined to win, must act the way that Sun-Tzu advises.

Sun-Tzu urged leaders to “plan and calculate like a hungry man.” Machiavelli defined a policy not by its excellence but by its outcome. Livy showed that the vigor to face down adversaries must ultimately come from pride in our own past achievements. “Never mind if they call your caution timidity, your wisdom sloth, your generosity weakness,” he wrote. “It is better that a wise enemy should fear you than that foolish friends should praise.” “Men often oppose a thing merely because they have no agency in planning it,” Alexander Hamilton said, “or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.”

Shrewd intellect will be necessary to pick battles wisely and prudently, because effort doesn’t matter. Outcome is the only measure. Can we set participation trophies and egos aside? History has shown that’s almost impossible to do until the ranks of the martinets, the boastful goofs, and fools are thinned from leadership in the crucible of conflict.

 

This blog will continue until everything that I write is deemed to be “hate speech” and it is shut down.

 

Now a few general thoughts.

 

Never trust the FBI. Not ever.

In 2016, the FBI pushed a hoax that President Trump betrayed his country even as they plotted a coup by falsifying warrants and offering perjured testimony.

In 2020, the FBI  flagrantly ignored the many crimes of the Family Biden, and the nasty old man at the top who actually betrayed his country.

 

A Reflection Back on Sparta

According to the historical text “Apophthegmata Laconica,” Leonidas of Sparta actually said “Molon Labe” upon being told to surrender his weapons by King Xerses. “Come and take them” is a fairly accurate translation.

 

Come back with your shield – or on it,” was noted by Plutarch as being the way Spartan mothers would bid their sons goodbye when they went off to war.

Mothers were so stone-faced and stoic about having their children face death in battle honorably. One responded to news that her son had been killed was to very matter-of-factly state, “Then his brother can take his place.” Another Spartan mother greeted her deserter son was recorded as pointing at her vagina and threatening to un-birth him.

Losing your shield was seen as the ultimate act of failure in Spartan society, because your shield not only protected you, but the man next to you. Spartans who lost their shield in battle were expected to recover it, or die trying. Those who didn’t were labelled deserters, and even their own mothers would disown them. It’s a metaphor for keeping your honor… an essential ingredient for life then and now.

 

Kipling’s City of Brass failed. Not everyone in the City was a cur, but there were not enough good men and women to sustain it and the results were obvious as told by the great Kipling.

 

Do you know how to catch wild pigs?

You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free food.

When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence.

They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.

Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.

That is what we see happening in America & Canada. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare entitlements, medicine, drugs, etc., while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.

There is no such thing as a free lunch, and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.

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    • It’s very difficult to change culture, John. Values are a reflection of culture, from where I stand and how I see it. The baser nature of mankind: greed, sloth, cruelty, etc. is always there under the skin. It takes great effort to change that into something higher.

  1. The closest I ever came in my extensive agriculture career to becoming animal poop, was by an enraged sow as I was checking for dead piglets in her a-frame farrowing house. Only with multiple blows from the scoop shovel I had by destiny taken with me that morning, was I able to stop her long enough to get back across the fence. Even the Holstein bulls we raised to sell to less progressive breeders while I was growing never came that close to sending me to glory!

    • Pigs are unrelenting, vicious beasts, underrated by those who just eat the bacon. I’m glad that you survived. Ending up as pig poop is not a worthy benediction.

      • In additional to all that, they’re also wicked smart. Spent some time on a hog farm as a kid. If there’s a way out, they’ll find it. A 400-pound brood sow with little ones has no fear gear, only forward, and if there’s a way to get at what she thinks is a threat, she’ll find that, too.

  2. “Pigs are unrelenting, vicious beasts, underrated by those who just eat the bacon.” You just described the left.

  3. “you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.”
    It can be cheaper to have someone do heart surgery on yourself, than you yourself doing it.

  4. Trump is a Spartan and a consummate pig hunter…if the media thought he was gruff pre-Nov. 3rd, they ain’t seen nothing yet.

    With the systemic felonious fraud to get an old Corrupt Cretin seated into the Oval Office, they haven’t seen the unleashing of an Alpha Warrior, they have no idea what’s coming. And Real Americans stand by him. I want all of them to start celebrating, then unleash the Kraken and trash their ill-gotten party.

    This isn’t over, The Good must prevail.

  5. Comment from Nit Picker Extraordinaire Fredd: “you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.” Sounds good, but this statement is not true.

    I can hire a doctor to remove my inflamed appendix, but trying to remove it myself will spell my demise. I can hire a CPA to do my taxes, or use Turbo Tax and do them myself. The latter is fraught with unknown costs. Best let the accountant do his thing, it’s cheaper in the long run.

    But the sentiment sounds good. Much like saying ‘hard work is honorable.’ Of course, stealing industrial anvils is pretty hard work….

    • You work on your own car (Fredd is a master mechanic in addition to being good at other things) because you educated yourself. You trade your own investment accounts (likely though an introducing broker) because you educated yourself. I think that’s the point.

      • If you were a CPA, you might do your own taxes? However a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client — so maybe not.

        • I hire someone because I see value in their expertise. For example, if they can do the job in an hour, at some outrageous fee, it still may be less expensive than doing it myself and taking two days, or screwing it up and having to redo. How much can I make in that two days?
          On the other hand, If I know how to do a task, and have the time to do it, it can save a bundle- If I WANT to do it.
          My gripe in general is not with doing it, nor hiring others to do it, but being compelled to do it, and the cherry on top, being compelled to PAY a THIRD PARTY to do NOTHING but “expedite” the doing. Typically, this is where the parasite class thrives, sticking a straw into the income stream between the demand and the supply, subtracting value from the transaction.
          The key in all this is to be able to discern who is capable, and who is not-
          I once had a lawyer tell me, straight faced, he was going to charge double his usual fee because he was working “outside his legal specialty.” This may be in Websters as a definition of chutzpah.

          • Rental agents here in the Northeast fall into this category of parasites (by and large). Here in the Cradle and Grave of Liberty the rental agent charges the *renter* (not the landlord) a month’s rent for her services.

            Actual phone conversation (years ago).
            MC: So is the stove electric or gas?
            Parasite: I don’t know.
            MC: Can you find out?
            Parasite: It’s not my job.

            Then there was the company that sent out a Japanese woman dressed as an anime waifu to give the apartment tour: low-cut white midriff blouse with ruffled collar, black miniskirt that left gaps above and below making it clear that the sheer black stockings were not pantyhose, but rather held up by garters, 3-inch spike heels, and to top off the ensemble, little fingerless black lace gloves. And yes, her name was “Mariko”. Bwahahaha. Poor thing was taken aback to find I was there with my girlfriend, nearly fell off of her heels recoiling.

            FIRE: finance, insurance, real estate….

          • Can’t you deal directly with the owner, or do they all employ agents for you to pay? Sounds like a well laid-out scam.

            I’m like a newborn babe in the woods when it comes to rental agents. I’ve never encountered one.

            I detest HOA’s. ~BUT~ I’ve found that HOA activists occasionally find themselves with no credit, cards canceled, notes called due, think of Moses and the feature film, “The Ten Commandments” with Heston calling down frogs, fire, locust, famine, floods, and so forth. It’s recreation for a guy like me. Find the weak spot and exploit it dramatically. Then they find that they’re too busy to screw with people in their HOA.

            The rental agents seem to be the same sort of just, deserving souls — all but Mariko (fleet’s in, she’ll head for the waterfront) who provides a more complete service than her contemporaries – her peers.

  6. I was sitting contemplating all of the Election shenanigans going on. I keep praying to G_d that the Evil will be taken from us. Yesterday evening while doing so something came to my mind. Could it be that what appears to be MAJOR election fraud is being allowed to be exposed before it is taken care of? What is going on if it is cured could potentially do great damage to the Democrat(ic) Party on into the future.

    I guess I have to find some hope somewhere.

    • If Trump pulls this off, it may have been the best thing to happen to this nation.
      He can only win by demonstrating and proving the corruption that opposes him in a way he hasn’t had the opportunity to so far.
      Then perhaps some will hang.

          • My rather forceful “time to move” chat yesterday morning sensed fully He’s got this. Patience is not my strong suit when the stakes are this high. Red flags everywhere…smoke/fire…I say re-run the damned election, in person only, vote counting on the day only, make it two days if the lines are long. But no mail-in. Then we’ll know and can trust the result.

          • I don’t think that the democrats would go for that. How would the dead vote in Chicago? Zombies at polling places? How could you vote five times in California with ballots mailed to any place that you’ve lived over the past twenty years?

  7. Per election fraud , how is it that down ballot races are all clearly decided but we are still counting presidential ballots. In my state they were all on the same sheet of paper .?

  8. The solution to the problem is clear. But Americans are too comfortable, we choose to not risk our fortunes, our families, our lives, which is the risk taken when we “step off the porch”. The commie left knows this and they COUNT ON THIS. They want us to stay fat and comfortable till they finish their long in play campaign to destroy America, invalidate the Constitution and enslave us. They aren’t going to go away, they aren’t going to cease implementing their plan of conquest and they have reached the point where they don’t care if everyone can see what they are doing. Claire Wolfe wrote that America was at an awkward stage where it was too late to work within the system but too soon to shop the bastards. That was more than a quarter century ago. We Are well last the “too soon” point.

    • Shop should be shoot and I wouldn’t be surprised if spell check programs have algorithms to muddy the water in blog posts by altering words.

      • Patrick Henry’s speech to the Virginia Convention comes to mind.

        The massive voter fraud that we are seeing needs to be addressed at a national level, but that won’t happen unless the Republicans control BOTH houses of Congress and the Executive. Maybe not even then.

        • It didn’t happen in 2017 when Trump tried to address election fraud and the Congress was majority Republican. It won’t happen ever. We are now officially a Bannana Republic.

          • The FBI-supported coup attempt and the hoaxes intended to remove President Trump cemented the US in the roll of Banana Republics.

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