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Remembering the first battle. (H/T Jim Bovard, whose blog recently acquired a shiny new look)

And fighting the battles still. The Lexington, MA, board of selectmen revoked Oath Keepers’ permit to muster on the green tomorrow, citing (groan) “public safety” in the wake of the Boston bombings.

Stewart Rhodes says he’ll be there, anyhow, and David Codrea will let the world know if he needs bail money.

Whatever happens tomorrow, yesterday went pretty darned well. And got some enemies of freedom really frothing.

Captain John Parker: “Stand your ground. Do not fire unless fired upon. But if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”


  1. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty April 18, 2013 5:32 am

    And then, just by coincidence of course, comes a new disaster near Waco… far too near that dreadful anniversary…

    ‘Devastating’ explosion rocks Texas town

    Between 5 and 15 people have been killed in a large fertilizer plant blast in the small town of West, Texas. Hundreds are injured and dozens of homes and businesses destroyed.

  2. Matt, another
    Matt, another April 18, 2013 7:17 am

    Captain John Parker: “Stand Your Ground. Do Not Fire Unless Fired Upon. But If They Mean To Have A War, Let It Begin Here.”

    Interesting quote. I read the following yeaterday and thought it interesting. The trend looks like blue states might drive weapons manufacturing to the Red states.

  3. IndividualAudienceMember
    IndividualAudienceMember April 18, 2013 8:03 am

    Hey, MamaLiberty, your comment here fits perfectly with the bottom of this:

    Two unanswered questions:

    “… A photo of a mangled pressure cooker, posted by press outlets all over the world, shows the pressure-cooker plug and, near it, one small round hole, machined apparently by the manufacturer. But…no other small holes. I see discolorations but not dozens or hundreds of holes.

    Yet we are told that the Marathon bombs were placed inside pressure cookers and packed with nails and ball bearings. If that were true, the explosions would have created many, many small holes as the inserted shrapnel flew through the cooker and out in every direction.

    In the official press photo, there are no such holes.

    How is that possible?

    … Examine the press photo of the pressure cooker yourself. Does it show a whole cooker, with all parts intact, but bent and distorted, or does it show only part of a cooker, with a major section missing?

    And second, if the bomber packed only one side of the bomb with nails and ball bearings and BBs, could the piece that is missing in the photo have contained all the holes caused by the shrapnel exiting the pressure cooker?

    If we are really looking at the whole cooker, then we should we also see many holes. We don’t.

    If we are looking at only part of the cooker, then regardless of whether the bomber packed all the shrapnel to exit through the missing piece, the fact that it’s missing suggests a shaped charge, the work of a pro.

    Either way, somebody is deceiving us.”

    I found those questions in a place ‘people-against-pressure-cookers’ would never look:

    Part of an interesting quote from the comments there:

    “… And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” – Karl Rove

  4. Benjamin
    Benjamin April 18, 2013 8:45 am

    So… is the irony of this vote happening on this date completely lost on those in Washington?

  5. Matt, another
    Matt, another April 18, 2013 8:53 am

    So, I guess the government of Lexington, Mass. does not support the right to freedom of assembly. Any time you have to ask permission, or get a permit to exercise a right, it has been infringed!! It sounds like a fine opportunity, to exrcise the right to assembly and civil disobedience. Wish I lived closer.

    on the pictures of the pressure cooker and others of the Boston Bombing, I question some of them. I’m not trying to foment conspiracy theories, but wonder if some of the news organizations might of used pictures from training events to illustrate the stories and forgot to credit them as such.

  6. Bear
    Bear April 18, 2013 9:37 am

    IAM: “Yet we are told that the Marathon bombs were placed inside pressure cookers and packed with nails and ball bearings. If that were true, the explosions would have created many, many small holes as the inserted shrapnel flew through the cooker and out in every direction.”

    Not quite.

    That would likely be the case if the filler was a high explosive. Reportedly (take it with a grain of salt, as with everything else), the bombs were made with “gunpowder” (actual black powder, smokeless powder, Pyrodex… who knows?), a low explosive. “Gunpowder” doesn’t burn fast enough to create a characteristic explosion/shockwave unless it is contained long enough for pressure to build up. That’s what the pressure cooker (or capped pipe of a “pipe bomb”) is for. Thus, the actual shockwave begins propagating at the cooker’s outside surface when it ruptures. With a high explosive, the shockwave would begin propagating inside the explosive itself and would propel shrapnel though the container as you picture.

  7. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty April 18, 2013 9:41 am

    IndividualAudienceMember, good questions. I’ve no idea whatsoever what a pressure cooker bomb might look like after the blast. I would, however, expect that chunks of the cooker would join the shrapnel flying, rather than there being little holes in it… but I don’t have any real understanding of explosions or explosives.

    I don’t consider standard firearm ammunition to be explosives, by the way. But those I understand rather well, if it matters. 🙂

  8. UnReconstructed
    UnReconstructed April 18, 2013 3:43 pm

    I believe Bear to be correct. A low explosive just might fold the pressure cooker up like the photos. The smoke was white, also. Most high explosives are black smoke, and the explosion is of such a short duration that there is no flame. The pix I saw had flame. Some of the reports said that a container of shrapnel was placed outside the cooker. I would expect about this amount of damage from a pressure cooker filled with Black powder. Several pounds of Black would make for an impressive explosion, especially if it was confined properly.

    This is about right for a ‘terrorist’ thing. Not designed to kill maximum people, or cause maximal damage. Just to maim, hurt, and create terror.

    High explosive would have been a WHOLE different story.

  9. LarryA
    LarryA April 18, 2013 7:54 pm

    Listen my children and you shall hear
    Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
    On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
    Hardly a man is now alive
    Who remembers that famous day and year.

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  10. IndividualAudienceMember
    IndividualAudienceMember April 18, 2013 8:07 pm

    MamaLiberty, I’ve no expertise in explosives either. What I know stops short of M-80’s.

    Still, I wonder.

    The follow up is this:

    “… At least we should see obvious evidence that shrapnel adhered to the walls of the cooker and pitted it considerably. We don’t see any of that.”…

    That makes sense to me.
    I doubt there was a buffer zone between the lid and the rest.
    How is that explained away?

    A shotgun barrel is not made of the same material as a pressure cooker.

    Anyway, the rest of that link certainly makes sense. Oh boy does it ever.

  11. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau April 19, 2013 7:01 am

    Black power, unlike smokeless powder, is explosive, and makes white smoke. Any shrapnel was likely placed around the outside rather than inside taking up powder space. And I would never assume we get the truth from the mainstream media; but one can go overboard with conspiracy theory too.

    It would be pretty amusing to see TPTB try to start making the case that pressure cookers and black powder (with images of Kentucky and Pennsylvania long rifles and Hawken rifles, all muzzleloaders) should now be controlled by government. This is why it seems unlikely that these explosions are contrived. Maybe they want to revive the old “taggant” push? They were trying to get tiny identifiers put in all powder a while back.

    Or maybe it really was just some nut with a home made bomb. These kinds of things do happen after all.

  12. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty April 19, 2013 9:01 am

    Indeed, Paul… but when you’ve been lied to and jerked around just so long, you don’t have any way to tell the difference. It would be nice if we could trust the forensic investigation, or the MSM report of same, but the likelyhood of either seems very remote. So, speculation is about all we’re left with.

    And even complete nut jobs usually have a REASON for what they do, insane as their reasons might be. Wouldn’t most young men rather spend their money on drugs, sex and car parts for their own amusement… instead of pressure cookers and nails to harm strangers?

    Not that knowing why changes any of it, of course.

  13. LarryA
    LarryA April 19, 2013 3:50 pm

    Taggants have been revived, and proposals to register sales floated.

    Someone needs to remind TPTB that black powder is 7th century technology. Everyone who watches Star Trek knows you take three very common dry ingredients and mix them in the proper proportions. That’s it. No cooking or other “complicated” process. Folks have been doing it for 1400 years.

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