No doubt you’ve heard the story about the Catholic school kids who supposedly surrounded and mocked a Native American man after the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
The usual libertarian suspects promptly took to social media to assure us of their profound respect for Native Americans (good thing they cleared that up!) and their outrage at these students.
It was the usual embarrassing p.c. sh**show.
By the next day the full video was surfacing, and the original version of the story turns out — you’ll never see this coming — to be a fabrication.
The truly central figures in the story are the Black Hebrew Israelites, or the Black Hebrews. I could tell you all about their theology, but frankly, nobody cares.The Politically Incorr...Thomas E. Woods Jr.Best Price: $1.25Buy New $7.99(as of 06:45 EST - Details)
At the beginning of the video we see the Black Hebrews taunting the native Americans gathered at the Lincoln Memorial (where the students had gathered at the conclusion of the march, and where by coincidence some Native Americans were having a gathering of their own). “You[‘re] not supposed to worship eagles, buffalos, rams, all types of animals! This is the reason the Lord took away your land!” one of them bellows.
(Gee, I wonder what we’d be discussing right now if those school kids had been shouting things like that.)
A woman who may have been with the native American gathering (it’s unclear from the video) approaches the Black Hebrews to dispute their position. One of the men turns to the camera and says, “This is the problem, Israel; it’s always our women coming up with they [sic] loud mouth…thinking they can come and distract things with they [sic] loud-ass mouth, cause they [sic] not used to dealing with no [sic] real men.”
The native Americans are later told, “You think there’s Uncle Tom? You’re an Uncle Tomahawk. You got your head up the white man’s ass! You say peace? There ain’t gonna be no peace!”
The video also shows a black man shouting at them. They respond, “You got all these racist bastards — you nigger! you nigger! — all these crackers with these racist-ass Make America Great Again hats on, and you want to get violent with us? Get your Uncle Tom ass out of here!”
Meanwhile, for a solid hour the students endure language like: “You little dirty-ass crackers, your day coming!” “Dusty-ass animals!” “Bunch of child-molesting faggots!” The kids are also compared to “dogs” and “hyenas.”
Astonishingly, the kids keep their cool.
Then they’re told that only whites shoot up schools, and that they themselves “look like they [sic] about to shoot up a school right now!”
The kids, who had gathered to listen by that point, showed remarkable restraint by walking away.
(Would the people taunting them have done the same? The question answers itself, doesn’t it?)
The students pass the time (and drown out the Black Hebrews) with some school sports cheers.
It is in this context that Nathan Phillips enters the scene, banging a drum and marching into the crowd of students.Real Dissent: A Libert...Thomas E. Woods Jr.Best Price: $8.43Buy New $18.76(as of 11:35 EST - Details)
He later told the media that the students “were in the process of attacking these four black individuals.” He went on:
There was that moment when I realized I’ve put myself between beast and prey. These young men were beastly and these old black individuals was their prey, and I stood in between them and so they needed their pounds of flesh and they were looking at me for that.
Not one word of that story is true, we now know. Nobody was attacking anybody. The Black Hebrews themselves had threatened people, it’s true, but the students? Not a single threatening word.
(The mainstream media story, that the kids confronted and surrounded the native Americans, is of course completely preposterous and as false as anything can possibly be.)
The Black Hebrews had shown up to taunt Phillips’ own people, and had been doing so over and over. Phillips doesn’t even mention this. But that’s obviously the whole story!
If he had really wanted to defuse the situation, he should have banged his drum in the faces of the hysterical lunatics who had been screaming racialist inanities for over an hour by that point.
I doubt he would have lived to tell the tale, so he chose instead to confront some high school students, whom he knew full well would not lay a hand on him.
Phillips also told the media that the students had been chanting, “Build the wall!”
We have all two hours worth of footage of what occurred. Not one person uttered those words.
One student recalled: “In the midst of our cheers, we were approached by a group of adults led by Nathan Phillips, with Phillips beating his drum. They forced their way to the center of our group. We initially thought this was a cultural display since he was beating along to our cheers and so we clapped to the beat.”
Soon the situation became confusing, especially with Phillips inappropriately in the student’s physical space. No one quite knew what was happening; you can hear multiple people asking, “What is going on?”
But they had shouted their cheers to the beat of Phillips’ drum, and this is unforgivable.
As Robby Soave wrote in Reason, after watching all two hours of the video, “There’s shockingly little evidence of wrongdoing.”Meltdown: A Look at Wh...Thomas E. Woods Jr.Buy New $14.95(as of 03:03 EST - Details)
But these students should be ruined for this, according to major celebrities and half the Twitterverse, the vast majority of whom never saw the video.
Immediately afterward, by the way, the Black Hebrews were back at it, telling the kids that America will be destroyed in a nuclear holocaust, and that they themselves are all bound to become school shooters.
This is ignored. It’s kids jumping up and down to a drum beat for two minutes that everyone needs to note.
You’d think we’d also want to note that this Native American man thought it was the students, after an hour’s worth of vile filth being spewed at them, who needed to be approached with his drum. How deranged is that?
Meanwhile, half the country rushed to judgment on the basis of Phillips’ false statement, and of a picture of a student staring at Phillips, who was banging a drum an inch from his face.
I’d say the kid handled himself well. After having endured a full hour of vicious taunting — which would itself have been national news had the races involved been reversed — he stood there silently.
Oooh, but standing there silently can also be “racist”!
What can you say to something like that?
Again: the Black Hebrews had been taunting Phillips’ own people since they arrived, but Phillips claims he thought the students were the problem! If I’d been taunted and abused for a solid hour, and someone thought the right thing to do was to pound a drum in my face — my face! — I’d be flabbergasted myself: what the hell is happening here?
It seems vastly more likely that he knew he could make an incident out of it (as has happened with Phillips in the past) by choosing the side that had been restrained and reasonable. (Again, don’t believe me? Watch the video.)
Meanwhile, this kid has been compared to a Klansman and a ’60s-era segregationist — for standing there amidst what was obviously intended to be a provocation, and a completely unwarranted one.
That kid — and his classmates — had done nothing. They had goofed off, or even just remained silent, during a full hour of abuse. They deserve medals.
Of course, the school administration and chancery officials in the diocese condemned these kids as soon as they heard the first version of events. These people are cowards, without exception, and if you ever find yourself in a situation where you’re thinking, “I sure hope the school administration [or the chancery office of the diocese] will back me up,” trust me, you’re sunk.Nullification: How to ...Thomas E. Woods Jr.Buy New $17.95(as of 03:03 EST - Details)
If I were a parent in this situation I’d talk to a lawyer immediately, and I would be sure the school and the diocese knew that I and other parents were doing so.
Message: if you cowards are going to sacrifice my kids to the social media mob, I am going to make your lives miserable.
There is a reasonable chance that the bishop of that diocese may be enough of a man of reason to intervene and stop whatever the cowards have planned. We’ll see.
Meanwhile, note well that major conservative individuals and publications rushed to judgment just as much as the mainstream media and the left. National Review has since posted a non-apology apology, as has the March for Life itself.
The conservative movement’s first instinct is always p.c. grandstanding. The left feels no comparable urge to appease its own opponents. Then conservatives wonder why they lose.
Now this may be just one incident, but you know what? I don’t think it is. The fault lines are becoming more and more pronounced. If you’re not on board with the SJW program, don’t expect better treatment than this.
Prominent figures on Twitter demanded these kids be doxxed and their lives destroyed.
Some Twitter folks, even when presented with the full video, couldn’t help themselves, and basically thought whatever happened to a kid wearing a MAGA hat was deserved.
“Oh, but I don’t like those hats, either,” say clueless libertarians — as if the SJW mob, which calls you a Nazi for opposing Obamacare, will be sure to make careful distinctions in your case.
This scenario is as common as it is unfortunate: You mount a new tubeless tire and roll out to test it on your favorite track. Maybe you push a little harder than usual through a corner or rock-garden to check the grip. Then you hear it: the ever-dreaded “pang!” of a rock striking acutely against your rim and cutting your tire. You find the hole and realize it is too large for any tire plug to fill. Find a dollar bill or candy wrapper to cover the puncture, tube it, and head on home.
If you’re like me you spend more money than you can actually afford on your bike. People who look at it without knowing you might think you also have diamonds on the soles of your shoes. The truth of the matter is that you paid a good chunk of your weekly salary for that tire, and you can’t afford to buy a new one any time soon. Let’s see if it’s repairable.
I tried to repair this hole trailside with tire plugs, but even after folding the plug in half twice the sealant couldn’t fill it in. I threw my only tube in and rode delicately for the rest of the day.
Once you’re back home, remove the tire and tube, drain any remaining latex, and mark the location of the puncture on the inside and outside of the tire. This will make the hole easier to locate. Place a piece of tape on the outside of the hole as a waypoint for later.
Clean the inside of the tire where the puncture is with dish soap and water until there is no sealant left near the hole. Depending on your chosen sealant, this may require some hefty elbow grease. Clean about a 5cm (~2in) radius around the hole to give yourself plenty of room to work with. Once you have a nice clean circle around the hole you will want to wipe the surface with rubbing alcohol to remove any leftover soap or oils.
Take a piece of fine sandpaper or a ball of steel wool and rough up the cleaned area. Sand the tire until all of the clean surface is dull and marred with abrasions, but not so much that you start making the tire thinner.
This next step is a bit subjective, depending on the size and location of the hole in your tire. If the hole is too large for a tire plug to fill, you have some work to do. Try the following steps.
Cover the hole with a large inner tube patch, using ample glue to be sure it stays put.
Once the glue has dried you will want to cover the patch with 2-3 layers of Gorilla Tape or some similarly robust tape.
Mount the tire and set it up tubeless as you normally would. Pump the tire slightly higher than the pressure you prefer to ride with so that you will be able to see how the hole reacts with weight and impact pressure. If the patch is not bulging out of the hole when you put your weight on the bike, and the hole remains mostly closed, you are ready to ride. Remember that this is a repair to save your tire and some cash, and may not result in the tire performing as well or lasting as long you had hoped.
Sandpaper, epoxy, and a chunk of old tire.
If the hole appears somewhat open on the outside of your tire after patching and remounting the tire you can try adding layers of epoxy to fill it in, which will also help keep things together.
If the rubber patch is bulging out of the hole you will need to add another layer of backing inside the tire to relieve the pressure. Remove the tire, take off the tape, and clean the area as before. Next, cut a piece from an old tire that is large enough to cover about 2cm on either side of the patch. I like to cut a piece from the center of the old tire’s tread, as that is the strongest part. After making sure that the initial inner tube patch is still securely glued, and the surface is re-sanded and clean, slather a healthy layer of epoxy on the non-tread side of the chunk of tire and glue it over the area where the hole is. Keep applying pressure to the whole tire chunk until it is fully dried. Most epoxies have minimum temperature requirements and drying times, so be sure to read up. Once the epoxy is secure and dry, re-mount the tire as before.
With the thick patch glued inside your tire, your wheel will now be out of balance. You may want to add a similarly sized patch to the opposite side of your tire to keep it rolling properly.
For sidewall tears that are far enough from the tread, I like to add an inner tube patch to the outside of the hole to help the repair last longer and to add strength.
The finished product. Knowing that I will ride this particular tire for at least another six months, I opted for the burly fix. I tried to capture the puncture in a photo after re-mounting the repaired tire, but there is nothing to see. The hole is no longer visible, and the tire maintains its shape where the patch is.
BONUS TIP: If your tubeless setup is leaking air at the valve, wrap the base of the valve in PTFE tape (aka plumber’s tape) before inserting it in the rim. The tape will compress and seal any small gaps.
The above may seem desperate, but I have patched tires that rolled through an additional year with these tricks. If your tire still has tread life left when it tears, it’s likely worth trying to fix.
This Sardinian goat has rock protection sorted out.
Bottom Line Up Front: How are you going to gather intelligence during an SHTF scenario? I’m going to share four of my SHTF Intelligence gathering methods on Thursday, 07 February 2019 @ 7pm Central. The link to register is below.
The World Economic Forum started this week in Davos, Switzerland. I watch it every year because these are the world’s political and financial elites talking about their ideas and perspectives.
As far as strategic intelligence value goes, it’s about the best you’re going to get via open source.
There are already a few things that stand out, and I’ll be including those in Friday’s intelligence report.
But for now, I wanted to share something specific with you.
In the past several weeks, I’ve been writing down a list of “fundamental truths”. These are statements that are consistently and undeniably true.
Here’s one that’s especially relevant this week:
“Information is power.”
Blackstone Financial is a private equity firm with nearly $500 billion in active management.
Here’s what the firm’s CEO had to say about information:
“Interestingly for us, we keep getting better as we get bigger because we know more. There is nothing more desperate than a few people in a room trying to figure out the entire world with almost no help.”
Blackstone’s clients trust them to invest and manage almost half a trillion dollars.
We’re talking about some SERIOUS knowledge management.
And here’s another fundamental truth:
“The more complex the scenario and the more you have at risk (say, $500 billion), the greater the need for timely and accurate information.”
Understanding this statement right here is what will separate the “best prepared” from the “least prepared”.
You can have food, water, guns and ammo, medical supplies, water filtration systems, a $20,000 solar panel array, and lots of other “stuff”…
But if you lack the ability to maintain real-time situational awareness, then you are sabotaging all your efforts at being prepared.
You will be at the mercy of the unknown.
You will experience a major “fog of war” that will slow down or corrupt your decision-making.
A lack of information — and the inability to produce intelligence — is likely to lead to a poor outcome.
Because you’re not really prepared to operate in the environment that you’re going to inherit.
It’s time for some self-reflection:
What’s your plan to gather intelligence information in real-time during a disaster? Be specific.
How, specifically, are you going to maintain situational awareness on things happening beyond your line of sight?
How are you going to accomplish this in a grid-up and grid-down scenario?
If you don’t know the answers to these questions, or there are parts of your plan that are hazy, then you’re one step closer to solving this problem — first, by admitting that you need a solution.
Is this topic worth a doing webinar? If I took the time to put together a 30-minute presentation, would you sign up to watch it?
If you would, here’s how you can let me know. Register for the webinar. If there’s enough interest, then I’ll move forward.
It costs nothing but your time.
If it’s not interesting, you can turn it off.
If it’s not helpful, you can leave.
But if you learn something (and you will), then I ask one favor: do something about it. Take notes. Learn. Then make a plan.
You can learn four methods of SHTF Intelligence gathering here. I’ll see you on 07 February @ 7pm Central. (You can also sign up to receive my latest thoughts on intelligence, security, and defense via the Forward Observer Dispatch below.)