The Testament of James, fifth excerpt

7:13 pm October 29th, 2014

Added to the first four excerpts, posted this summer, the following takes the reader through the first 17,500 words of Vin’s new novel, “The Testament of James,” set for publication by Mountain Media in late 2014. If having to wait some months to read the rest of the story will bother you, please don’t start. This material is copyright c Vin Suprynowicz, 2014, all rights reserved.

“Times have changed, Mr. Hunter, even in Washington,” said the scented Egyptian. “Eventually, the codex will return to Egypt.”

“Assuming it exists, that is.”

“Assuming it exists.”

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Thoughts on the occasion of the October moon

6:43 pm October 29th, 2014

(Re-posting Vin’s traditional Halloween column)

Halloween, the day when many an American parent will suit up the little ones in black robes, matching 17th century conical hats, and over-sized warty noses, sending them off to delight the neighbors with this impersonation of a witch, as traditionally represented from 17th century Austrian paintings of the Hexensabbat right up through Disney’s “Snow White.”

Even the newspapers generally play along, running the results of polls that ask Americans how many actually believe in such mythological creatures as ghosts, trolls and witches.

But witches are not mythological creatures, of course. They were the very real practitioners of a religion which pre-dated Christianity in Europe, and which had coexisted quite peaceably with the new Christian church for more than 1,000 years, from the Council of Nicaea until the fateful year 1484 A.D., under the quite sensible rule of the Canon Episcopi, which instructed Christian clerics through all those years that — in cases where sorcery or commerce with the devil was charged but could not be proven — it was the accuser, not the accused, who was to suffer the penalty for those crimes.

Needless to say, this held false charges to a minimum.

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How come they keep having these ‘elections,’ and nothing ever changes?

8:28 pm October 26th, 2014

For the most part, participating in “judgeship” elections is pointless at best, if not outright pernicious. Your participation will be interpreted as granting your consent and approval to what amounts to a huge, unconstitutional scam.

So far as I know, you can no longer become a judge in this country — with the possible exception of “Justice in the Peace,” restricted to handling minor misdemeanor matters in rural areas — unless you’re a lawyer and “officer of the court” who vows in advance to uphold unconstitutional drug and gun laws, et cetera.

I don’t mean you “can’t become a judge” because no one would vote for you, which would be a bad enough indictment of the current popular understanding of “limited government.” No, I mean you’re not even allowed on the ballot (or, in “appointment-only” states, on the list of three finalists submitted to the governor.)

Receive a pro tem appointment, announce you’re not going to convict or even bother to try anyone for any unconstitutional “drug offenses,” and see how fast your temporary appointment is revoked.

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Driving the Ranchers Off the Land, Part 6 of 6

11:47 am October 13th, 2014

(NOTE: a condensed version of this report appears in the Autumn, 2014 issue of “Range” magazine, on newsstands through Oct. 15.)

IS IT ALL TO SAVE THE TORTOISE?

The federals contend they’re doing all this to “protect the threatened desert tortoise,” though I’ve documented again and again over the years (citing such experts as Vern Bostick) that government wildlife experts admit the desert tortoise is “at saturation levels” in the wild, and that all evidence demonstrates the tortoises do better when cattle are on the land, with the ranchers putting in drips and tanks and maintaining the water features.

In fact, the federally mandated Kern River Pipeline study found more tortoises on grazed land than ungrazed, but found the very highest concentration of the supposedly ”threatened” desert tortoise near urban back yards and golf courses. So saying we need to get ranchers and cattle off the land to “protect” the tortoise is like saying we need to level all the man-made buildings on Manhattan Island to “protect the threatened” pigeon, which in fact is eternally grateful to mankind for erecting all those wonderful window ledges.

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The Godfather of Exotica

1:28 am October 11th, 2014

Yes, we now have Korla Pandit!

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?kn=pandit&sortby=0&vci=51238921

and Abbe Lane

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Show us your guns, America

5:10 pm October 6th, 2014

In the “Good News” department, the Washington Times reported in September “More than 57,000 gun-friendly bars, eateries crop up across America.”

Back in April, the owners of TBonz Steakhouse in Augusta, Georgia, “decided to be proactive when Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law one of the most comprehensive pro-gun bills in the country,” the newspaper reports. The new law allows firearms into the state’s bars and restaurants unless otherwise posted.

The steakhouse hung up a “No Guns” sign on its front door.

Customers stayed away in droves.

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Driving the Ranchers Off the Land, Part 5 of 6

1:13 pm September 22nd, 2014

(NOTE: a condensed version of this report appears in the Autumn, 2014 issue of “Range” magazine, on newsstands now.)

WHAT’S ‘THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF GRAZING’?

With the BLM having turned tail on April 12, has Bundy won -– as his supporters hope and believe — or will the federals just lick their wounds before coming at him on some other front? Both the Mesquite City Council and the Clark County Commission have expressed support for a plan to turn the entire Gold Butte region into a “federal conservation area.”

Mark Andrews, a local photographer who’s frequented the area for 35 years, writes to me that the “BLM and the Friends of Gold Butte group have removed countless miles of road and open land access from free use. Places I used to go for decades are now blockaded. These are roads that are nearly 100 years old and in steady use. And this activity has become very aggressive and pronounced in the last 24 months. They seem to have a deep agenda regarding it.”

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The Testament of James, fourth excerpt

12:13 am September 21st, 2014

Added to the first three excerpts, posted this summer, the following takes the reader through the first 14,000 words of Vin’s new novel, “The Testament of James,” set for publication by Mountain Media in late 2014. If having to wait some months to read the rest of the story will bother you, please don’t start.
This material is copyright c Vin Suprynowicz, 2014, all rights reserved.

Finding himself suspended in mid-air by this complete stranger, who apparently intended to slice him down the middle with a particularly nasty looking kitchen implement, Mr. Cuddles made a high nasal noise, very piercing. Then it was as though the bundle of fur simply exploded, with a racket like someone starting a chainsaw. Hakim’s smaller buddy started to shriek. Mr. Cuddles caromed off the refrigerator and the stove, actually running horizontally, before he hit the floor and headed for the back stairs in an orange blur. The smaller Arab’s fighting knife slid across the floor and stopped at Matthew’s feet.

The original set of black-clad burglars decided to make use of the moment of confusion to bolt through the outside door to the side yard. They made it out, though Hakim seemed to be considering launching his own knife at them, backhanded, carnival-style, when Matthew intervened.

“Let them go,” he said. “Getting the police involved isn’t likely to help Rashid.”

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Has ‘The Strike’ already started?

7:34 pm September 20th, 2014

One of the first things you notice when you go looking for “mainstream” reviews of the film “Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?” is how few there are.

Needless to say, most of the mouth-flappers of our mainstream media — being diehard fans of (and apologists for) our current, all-corrupting, welfare-warfare-taxation state — hate Rand, Objectivism, Libertarianism, the Free Market, and anything else in the top corner of your handy Nolan Chart. They hate these things with a passion which can belong only to those who can’t actually disprove any of the free marketers’ dystopian predictions for their failed regulatory police state, which are systematically coming true before our eyes. (“It failed in Russia! It failed in Cuba and Cambodia! And it’s soon to fail again, in a national capital near you!”)

In fact, it would appear the hope that “John Galt” might sink like a stone without trace actually outweighed the modest personal gratification these critics might have gotten by individually shredding its low-budget lack of slam-bang action and its “mean-spirited” theme.

One of them, however, did break ranks and weigh in last week with a very curious criticism of a scene that occurs near the beginning of the film, as Dagny Taggart suffers a sprained ankle after literally crashing her way into Galt’s Gulch.

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Actually, John Galt is Kristoffer Polaha

3:21 pm September 10th, 2014

‘ATLAS SHRUGGED: WHO IS JOHN GALT?’ REVIEWED

The film “Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt,” part three of the trilogy, premiered in Las Vegas Sept. 6. The film opened nationwide Friday, Sept. 12.

The goal of the producers is to promote to a wider audience the political insights and philosophy of Ayn Rand, nee Alisa Rosenbaum, the brilliant emigree who fled revolutionary Russia when her family nearly starved in the 1920s after the confiscation of her “bourgeois” father’s business, and who was perceptive enough to see the same disastrous collectivism infecting her adopted land.

Rand’s books — and these films — make it clear there’s nothing wrong with generosity and charity, so long as they’re truly voluntary. The problem arises, she realized, when the ever-more-powerful state masks under its demand that we “share to help our brother man” its schemes to accrue to itself ever more power by seizing the profits of the hard work, enterprise, and inventiveness of the productive class (you know, the “greedy robber barons,”) in order to facilitate the redistribution of those proceeds by blindered bureaucrats to the lazy and the incompetent — a class dubbed the “needy,” whose “needs” can never be met, but which of course grows by leaps and bounds once it figures out it can demand ever more “free stuff” in exchange for its votes.

The stuff isn’t “free.” It’s seized. As their dated work ethic makes suckers of those willing to work hard and gamble their modest wealth in hopes of profit — crippling their efforts with “regulations” and then seizing the dwindling fruit of their labors to be “redistributed” — those virtues get squeezed out. After two generations, Russia and the Ukraine –- once the breadbaskets of Europe — were full of nothing but drunken whiners, standing in line for their weekly ration of lard and a wilted cabbage, while the crops rotted in the fields. Why? Because central bureaucrats will never allocate labor and resources one-tenth as well as a “greedy capitalist” gambling his own cash — and holding out a wad of it for anyone who’ll come pick his tomatoes.

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