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Midweek links

  • Oh, those witty Canadians. The Syrup Trap sends up someone’s (not naming any names) notion of a proper earthquake survival kit. (H/T MJR)
  • Seems Mr. Gottlieb may be forbidding anyone to post Mike Vanderboegh’s views on KABA.
  • Snoozing hound dreams big dreams in magical scenes.
  • Though I continue to watch the Elio with anticipation, I’ve long been suspicious of their seemingly ironclad claims: $6,800 price, 84-mpg highway, and engineered for a 5-star crash rating. They keep making these claims despite production delays, despite not even having an engine yet, and despite the fact that 5-stars is a very difficult achievement. So call me eager but skeptical. I tend to agree with this Jalopnik article from last fall. And I was wildly disappointed to learn this week that Elio Motors is seeking government money. Sigh.
  • RIP Mike McNulty. He should be better remembered and more honored than he is. I had the privilege of privately screening Waco: The Rules of Engagement at his home before it was released. I was not ashamed to weep with rage over its revelations.


  1. Bill St. Clair
    Bill St. Clair February 24, 2015 11:17 am

    I’d love the Elio to be real, too. Time will tell.

    I wept hard, for a long time, on realizing what the FLIR video was showing me in “Waco: The Rules of Engagement”. That, and Neil’s “Lever Action” led to my “Waco Justice” essay:

  2. Matt, another
    Matt, another February 24, 2015 4:54 pm

    To this day I still wonder why everyone at the Branch Davidian compound had to be killed. What did they know that the govt had to destroy? Mi believe it was more than Janet and Hillary flexing their muscles. Dravidians not at the compound that were sought and persecuted as well. Why?

  3. MJR
    MJR February 25, 2015 7:21 am

    When I first read about the Elio I was as hooked as I was when I read about the Air Car.

    It is am amazing idea (like the air car) that has a lot of potential but getting it to market is another thing. I do hope that the Elio makes it to the showroom however I am not that optimistic.

  4. Mark Matis
    Mark Matis February 25, 2015 9:16 am

    I would merely note that Mr. Gottleib owns his site, and has the right to run it as he desires. Just as Mr. Vanderboegh owns HIS site, and has the right to run THAT as he chooses. The illustrious Mr. Vanderboegh is not above deleting posts that he does not like. Why should Mr. Gottleib be denied equal opportunity?

  5. Claire
    Claire February 25, 2015 10:42 am

    Who says Mr. Gottlieb should be denied anything? Commenting on what he’s doing isn’t the same as censoring him, isn’t the same as advocating censorship.

    That said, Mike V.’s site is a personal blog. KABA is a gun-news aggregator (among other things) AND when Gottlieb bought it, he pledged not to nerf it. (Just as he has since pledged not to nerf JPFO.)

  6. Joseph Baltar
    Joseph Baltar February 25, 2015 8:28 pm

    I had been tallking with Mike over the last year trying to help him raise money
    for his next film project post Waco , regarding Hilary Clinton.

    I would strongly urge his family to have a independent autopsy done by Dr Cyril Wecht.

    I suspect Mike might have been murdered.

    I was involved with creating a conference from 1989-2002 looking
    at crimes committed by FBI agents. see

    It was held at Bates College for 11 years.

    The movie Waco Rules of Engagement will stand as an
    active barometer of the systemic rot in the taxpayer funded death
    squad called the FBI.

    Two weeks before the Boston Marathon bombing we posted
    ” when will FBI agents create their next terrorist event” here

    The blessings that are mine to give I send to you Mike

    It was an honor to know you

  7. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau February 26, 2015 7:56 am

    [To this day I still wonder why everyone at the Branch Davidian compound had to be killed.]

    I believe certain persons in government decided to take this event, which was initially an attempt by ATF to justify a budget, and make it into a lesson in power for the rest of the peons (“submit, or die”). That was a miscalculation on their part, because the lesson received by many was “the federal government is the enemy”. That’s my take on it, anyway.

  8. Mark Call
    Mark Call February 27, 2015 9:50 am

    Thanks for the heads-up, Claire. Mike was a friend, and as Jim Bovard correctly notes, a true hero.

    (On a personal note, I hadn’t seen him for several years, since moving away from northern Colorado, but I met Mike when he was first doing research on Waco, and hosting a show on KHNC radio in Johnstown; then the “American Patriot Network”. I literally talked to him on-air almost every week while he came to understand that what happened there was a mass execution. In the process, I and so many others that his work touched came to realize just how truly Evil (there’s no other word) what was accomplished there was. As much as anyone, Mike was responsible for my own move into radio as well.)

    The other thing that is “instructive” about his death, the work he was still doing,and what it says about the state of these former republics, is this:

    It may very well have been as claimed. But all of those who knew him will ask the obvious question, as above, WITH GOOD REASON.

    The fact that so many people have awakened to the reality that when good people like Mike McNulty are taken from us, it is now NATURAL to ask those questions is another aspect of his legacy.

    It HAS “happened here”. There truly is incredible Evil and lawlessness at the highest levels of government, in Amerika. And Mike proved it.

  9. Penny Pincher
    Penny Pincher March 1, 2015 4:50 am

    The only thing I can conclude now after following the prepper and Threeper movements, the conspiracy “community”, and the Fedgov actions of the last 5 years (I’m a noob to all this, so 5 years is all the experience I can offer is this:

    We are no better than Soviet Russia. The only difference is we’re not all starving yet. The massacres are there, the political assassinations are there, the propaganda is there, the censorship is increasingly there. It is only a matter of degree, and to a large part it is only waiting for the dollar to collapse for the gloves to come off (in the name of keeping order and continuity of government, of course).

  10. Jerry McNulty
    Jerry McNulty March 3, 2015 5:34 pm

    We believe my dads death was in result of the wrong medication at the Va hospital.

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