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Jeff Quinn Of Gunblast Passes Away

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 4 weeks ago

Jeff was always a delightful man who chose to do things simply, honestly and sometimes with a bit of humor thrown in.  It sounds as if from the video he knew the Lord, and so he’s in a better place now after suffering so much.

I had wondered why we hadn’t seen much of him lately and suspected that he had health problems.  I’ll always remember him saying “And [manufacturer] has made a dandy gun,” explaining the features he liked but also mentioning from time to time that not every gun is for everybody.  But he and I sure shared a love for 1911s.

He was a regular stop for me, and I’ll miss him very much.

Remus Passes Away

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

Kenny sent notification that Remus had passed away.

friend of wife July 10, 2020, 6:49 PM

Remus passed away on July 8th. He was diagnosed with cancer 3 weeks prior.

I’m sorry to hear that.  I will miss is prose.

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A Word About Comments

BY Herschel Smith
3 months, 1 week ago

I’ve said this before, and it’s a shame that I have to recapitulate this ground again.

I will delete all comments trying to foment violence against anyone. It’s illegal, and risky for me to host those comments, even if I don’t know those comments are there. If you want to do that, get your own blog and be man enough to use your real name rather than a nom de guerre over someone else’s blog.

I make no claim to read every comment, or even most comments. But when I do, if I find such comments I will delete or spam them. The alternative is to go back to moderating all comments (ugh!) or simply close down comments.

Please act like you have some sense when you make comments.

New Home For WRSA

BY Herschel Smith
3 months, 2 weeks ago

It’s back, much to the chagrin of the controllers.

Western Rifle Shooter’s Association.

WRSA Down

BY Herschel Smith
3 months, 3 weeks ago

From Gab.

POST #1 WRSA REBOOT CYCLE
1955E 2JUN2020

That Would Be Called An “Indicator”

One of the early goals of all Red revolutions is the seizure or destruction of all information distribution outlets.

There is only one truth to the Communist: that day’s party line.

Woe unto those who do not adhere.

The second iteration of the Western Rifle Shooters Association (WRSA) blog, hosted by WordPress, was nuked today.

While it is a loss, it was a deliberate sacrifice of a player to increase situational awareness.

The Reds are on the move.

The prize is the former United States of America.

The Red cares not about race, except to the extent it can and is used to befog the naive about the Party’s real goals.

WRSA was, first and always, a freedom advocacy site.

It was shot out of the saddle today by an arm of the Communist enemy propaganda machine.

Their attack did not kill WRSA.

Nor did it kill a single one of its followers.

The totalitarian bastards really can’t stop the signal.

Take heart, not just in this tiny skirmish but in the overall struggle to save the West, from WRSA’s final masthead:

“This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.”

― Winston Churchill

Forward.

CA asked me to post this information, but I have no idea and have gotten no information from CA on whether Gab will be the final stop or if there are other plans in the works.

I have a Gab account but haven’t been active on it in a long time.  I might need to start.

WordPress can legally do this, as can Blogspot.  They see themselves as owning an author’s content, and can ban him at any time for reasons they don’t have to explain.

I have WordPress functionality, but I’m not hosted by WordPress.  I’ve done this before, but once again, I plead with all liberty-minded folks who blog on WordPress or Blogspot to get off, now.  Back up your content, move it to a new site, and start up on an independent server where ‘they’ can’t get to you.  Don’t even tell Blogspot or WordPress what you’re doing.  Just do it.

Please.

On “Expertizing”

BY Herschel Smith
7 months ago

Posted on behalf of TCJ author WiscoDave.

For a while now Herschel has been letting me know that “anytime you feel like posting you still have access” and “if you feel like posting something, just go ahead because you still have posting privileges.” OK. I’ll admit I’m slow on the uptake. Maybe, just maybe, these were hints… So here we go.

As is our habit, we begin with a quiet recitation of A. Shepard’s Prayer.

In John Gierach’s book “Sex, Death, and Fly Fishing” he uses the term “expertizing.” He defines expertizing thus: “Expertizing means acting like an expert. Not necessarily being an expert, mind you, but acting like one.”

In the book he tells several tales that involve him expertizing. The one that strikes me as most applicable to my point is the one in which he is invited to speak to a group of people involved with fly fishing. As he looks out at the audience, he notes several attendees that are much better at fly fishing than he is.  All are looking at him with rapt attention in anticipation of his great words. They are better, but due to his platform, he is viewed as the expert.

We are living in interesting times (like that has never happened before) and the local, nationwide, and worldwide status is in a state of constant change. In a search for information on the what, where and how of the goings on we can cast a fairly wide net in search of information. Some of what we catch is good eatin’ for the mind. Some of what we catch isn’t. And there also is that occasional boot that doesn’t even fit on the menu. While it is easy to judge good fish/bad fish/boot, information from a website can ofttimes be more difficult to discern.

There are those out there that have given themselves a platform from which to expertize. Others, having come across that platform, then share it on their own platform which can very much increase the size of the original platform. This then leads to more expertizing, and so on.

None of you are stupid. At the least you took a break from watching cat videos to come here for the Captain’s insight. (Unfortunately, you found me here today. Xin Loi). Each of you is capable of looking at the information presented and determining good fish/bad fish/boot. Use that capability when reading what the expertizers are placing on your plate.

John Richardson Back Online

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 1 month ago

John Richardson.

In the past two days I have registered the domain www.onlygunsandmoney.com and have registered an account with WordPress. I have looked at dozens of WordPress themes. I will be revamping the look and feel of my blog and it will be migrated to WordPress. Where I actually host it is up in the air for the moment. There is nothing like a near tragedy to spur one into action!

Good.  You need to get off of BlogSpot.  Google can take you down at any time.  The point is that you don’t own your content – Google does.

As for WordPress, while I have their formatting used for this website, it isn’t hosted on WordPress.  They could take you down any time too.

This blog could be taken down, and my oldest son could have it back up within a day, running on his own servers if necessary.  I own the content, I own the comments, and if necessary one day, I’ll own the server to run it.

I recommend you do the same John.

John Richardson’s Blog Has Been Banned By Google

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 1 month ago

His blog, No Lawyers – Only Guns and Money via Gun Free Zone.

According to Uncle (in an email to me), Google accused him of selling guns, which of course is ridiculous.

John seems to think it might be related to his criticism of the NRA.

I don’t claim to know.  I do know that if you’re using BlogSpot (owned by Google), you’re subject to their terms and conditions.  Get off of it.  Back up your content.  Pay another host.  Say goodbye to Google forever.

Comment Policy

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 2 months ago

I am disturbed at the nature of the comments associated with the blog lately.  Certainly, some of my posts are very negative, but if your impression is that the nature of the posts and the fairly open comment policy means that I’m simply giving you an opportunity to write protracted gripes, you’ve misunderstood my sentiment.

I write what I do in order to chronicle the decline of America, to educate my readers (and me), to enable and encourage us to prepare for the worst, and to make us better men and women.  For instance, chronicling the influx of immigrants doesn’t mean that readers need to ramp up the gripes and moans, but rather, be about our business preparing.  This isn’t going to last for long.  Chronicling the infringements on our God-given RKBA doesn’t mean that readers are invited to lay out threats against anyone.  It means that we need to understand the times, resolve never to be disarmed, and prepare for the worst.

I also have a certain religious viewpoint, and I’ve tried to make that abundantly clear on numerous occasions.  So for instance, rather than engage in hate towards ethnic groups, we should all understand the following from the WCF.

Section 2.) By this sin, they fell from their original righteousness and communion with God,(1) and so became dead in sin,(2) and wholly defiled in all the parts and faculties of soul and body.(3)
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Section 3.) They being the root of all mankind, the guilt of this sin was imputed,(1) and the same death in sin and corrupted nature conveyed to all their posterity, descending from them by ordinary generation.(2)
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Section 4.) From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good,(1) and wholly inclined to all evil,(2) do proceed all actual transgressions.(3)
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Section 5.) This corruption of nature, during this life, doth remain in those that are regenerated;(1) and although it be through Christ pardoned and mortified, yet both itself, and all the motions thereof, are truly and properly sin.(2)

Thus, the focus of my efforts won’t be to hate an ethnic group, because in the absence of that group, whatever it is, there will always be another to take its place.  The total absence of central banking only means that there will be a white dictator to take its place, or an Idi Amin or Pol Pot.  If you think that evil is ensconced in a race, you have entirely missed the point of the Gospel, and you believe a lie.

Thus, from now on I intend to deal with comments without hesitation or remorse.  If you don’t like that, you can find another place to comment.

1] I do not intend to become embroiled in endless pedantic debates with readers.  I’ll end the debate by deleting the thread.

2] I do not intend to allow readers to hijack discussion threads, thus trashing the hard work I’ve put into the articles.  I’m not paid one penny for doing this – I won’t turn this site over to ne’er-do-wells who want to make it look like 4Chan or reddit by posting trashy things anonymously.

3] If you intend to make threats, e.g., “hang all pols, make a list and check it twice and get ready for war, war, war, give me violence NOW …,” you can expect to have your comments deleted without prejudice.  You won’t be returning to TCJ.  I do find it amusing and ironic that most commenters don’t use their real name, but rather, a nom de guerre, and then proceed to use this blog to lay out vicious comments about others, while I am the one who uses my real name rather than a nom de guerre and bear the brunt of whatever comes my way as a result of those comments.

Per counsel I’ve sought, I possibly bear some legal liability for comments like that, and I certainly suffer reputation when I give platform to such things.  And I also know that not a single reader is going to do anything about the comments he’s making to make a step change in society without God’s sovereign blessing upon the nation.

It isn’t true anyway.  You understand that, right?  Not all pols are evil.  Some are good.  Not all Latinos vote for progressives.  To render racial judgments based on the actions of a few, or many, is a formal logical fallacy.

4] If you engage in Jew-hate in the comments, you can expect to have your comments be deleted forthwith.

5] If you engage in any other kind of race-hate in the comments, you can expect to have your comments be deleted forthwith.

6] If you get into fights with fellow commenters, you can expect to see the entire discussion thread deleted.

I have never promised that I read all comments, and I’m not promising that here.  I simply cannot review all comments – at the present, I have over 35,000 comments on the site.  But as I catch them, I’ll deal with them appropriately.

Next, we’ve dealt with this thing of incrementalism before.  I advocate it, and you know that.  Readers have commented that the progressives have mastered the art, while we’ve been left in the dust (or maybe the dustbin of history).  But then those same readers reject out-of-hand the notion that any victory, however small, means anything.

I find it patently absurd that anyone thinks that we’re going to reverse course in America in a step change by doing anything.  You want lawlessness and lack of government?  Okay.  Then 99.99% of you will die an ignominious and meaningless death without being able to bequeath either your wealth or your heritage to your children or children’s children.  Prepare yourselves for Kosovo on steroids.

You want to reject incrementalism?  Okay.  Sit on your couch and lose to those who believe in it.  You want to try to do everything in your own power?  Okay.  Hold your fist up and engage in “high-handed sin.”  Tell God you don’t need Him.  Tell me how that goes.

Americans have no one to blame but themselves.  We have allowed the deaths of innocent victims through abortion, we have allowed the fleecing of widows and orphans by the taxation of men who are trying to do well by “leaving an inheritance of their children’s children.”  We have invited Hollywood to send smut into our homes at its whim.  We have sent children to schools of communist indoctrination, where they learn that there is no God, there is no family, and the only entity is the state.

Is it any wonder we are where we are?  Why would anyone believe that we could avoid God’s curse?  There is a way to recover America, but it doesn’t involve a step change in anything except a return to God’s Holy law.  Doing that isn’t likely to happen without re-educating children, home schooling them, and engaging in what Rousas J. Rushdoony called “Christian Reconstruction.”  The enemy has incorporated incrementalism, and it’s absurd to think that it’s going to be made easy on us at this point by rejecting that approach.  Horace Mann took a very long time to accomplish his goals.  It will take us equally long to undo what he did, or longer.

By way of final comment, you are helping no one with gripes and moans, not even yourself.  You are helping everyone when you make comments that encourage fellow readers, bolster their belief, and make practical suggestions for how to live in troubling times.  It’s okay to say “thank you” to the host of this web site from time to time.  It’s also okay to say “thank you” when a reader makes a good, educated, measured, intelligent comment that benefits you.  I like to see comments from measured men who speak intelligently and with an eye to history and philosophy.  Be that kind of commenter.

Wirecutter On Blogging

BY Herschel Smith
1 year, 5 months ago

Word:

Once again folks, I’d like to point out that ‘Donate’ button in my sidebar.

I’ve always said that this blog is a labor of love, but I’ll be the first to admit that it’s also a colossal pain in the ass. I spend way more time online than I care to admit, and not just doing the posting and comment moderating.

Actually, that’s the easy part. It’s digging up material that really kicks my ass.

Yea.  I hear that.  I don’t post nearly as much as he does, but I do like to post on esoteric things, thematic issues here at TCJ (gun rights, philosophy, theology, politics, firearms mechanics, open carry, etc.), and don’t like to post what other people have done.  Why would I do that – there would be no reason to post at all.

It’s not really the posting itself, or the moderation of comments, that takes the massive amount of time.  It’s finding items of thematic interest so that the blog has a purpose, or crafting your own prose and essays.

That’s so hard, and really time consuming.  If you’re so inclined, hit his tip jar.

As for me, I’ve got some things to communicate in the coming days, and some prayer requests to make.

Thank you for your patronage.


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