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Nuts!

Posted: December 22, 2014 by ShortTimer in History, Music, US Military

For reference.

Remember

Posted: December 7, 2014 by ShortTimer in History, Never Forget, US Military

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D-Day

Posted: June 6, 2014 by ShortTimer in History, Music, United States Army, US Military

70 years ago.

Midway

Posted: June 5, 2014 by ShortTimer in History, Music, Navy, US Military

72 years ago.

Or for a much shorter power metal summary:

It would seem that no advanced civilization has yet developed without a government which saw its chief aim in the protection of private property, but that again and again the further evolution and growth to which this gave rise was halted by “strong” government.

Governments strong enough to protect individuals against the violence of their fellows make possible the evolution of an increasingly complex order of spontaneous and voluntary cooperation.

Sooner or later, however, they tend to abuse that power and to suppress the freedom they had earlier secured in order to enforce their own presumedly greater wisdom and not to allow “social institutions to develop in a haphazard manner” (to take a characteristic expression that is found under the heading ‘social engineering’ in the Fontana/Harper Dictionary of Modern Thought (1977)).

– F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism

Hayek

He begins this discussion in Chapter 2 of the book and references classical antiquity and the trading societies surrounding the Mediterranean as a prime example of nations that went through that rise and decline, but as noted, modern society is going through much the same thing.  The Anointed, to borrow Thomas Sowell’s phrase, know better and begin to “nudge” society where they want it to go.  As Jonah Goldberg noted, American totalitarianism and government control comes with a smiley face, though they’re making pseudo-erudite academic arguments for more outright thuggery.

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Mikhail Kalashnikov Dead at 94

Posted: December 24, 2013 by ShortTimer in Guns, History
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Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the Avtomat Kalashnikov rifle, dead at 94 on Dec 23, 2013.

The former Soviet tanker was quoted at one point as saying:

“Blame the Nazi Germans for making me become a gun designer.  I always wanted to construct agricultural machinery.”

He was also often quoted for saying that he didn’t mind having designed the world’s most prolific rifle as he did it to keep his homeland safe.

Remember

Posted: December 7, 2013 by ShortTimer in History, Never Forget, US Military

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