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The Culpeper Flag is often mistaken as a modern variation of the iconic “Don’t Tread On Me” Gadsden Flag – and rightly so. What many don’t know is that the Culpeper Flag was inspired by its Gadsden counterpart, and both have become touchstones of the Second Amendment Movement. While remarkably similar to its Gadsden relative, the flag of the […]

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The United States militia is enshrined in the Second Amendment of the Constitution. And while the militia movement of today is widely known, its history – and the history of independent Constitutional militias stretching back to the dawn of the republic – is far less well known. Why does this matter nowadays? Because understanding the […]

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The Civil War (1861-1865) was nothing less than a revolutionary reorganization of American government, society, and economics. It claimed almost as many lives as every other U.S. conflict combined and, by war’s bloody logic, forged the nation which the Founding Fathers could not by settling once and for all lingering national questions about state sovereignty and slavery. The postwar period, […]

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The Second Amendment is one of most fundamental provisions of the Bill of Rights, and one of the most fiercely debated. Since it was first put to paper, legal scholars, gun owners and anti-gun activists have engaged in an endless discussion over the meaning and scope of the Second Amendment, and for most of that […]

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Is anyone else very skeptical this supposed domestic terrorist group was doing anything more than talking smack? There’s literally terrorists in multiple cities attacking police and committing arson but some idiots in camo talking about getting the government are the problem? Did they even buy the duct tape and how is talking about something illegal? […]

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“It is interesting to hear certain kinds of people insist that the citizen cannot fight the government. This would have been news to the men of Lexington and Concord, as well as the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan. The citizen most certainly can fight the government, and usually wins when he tries. Organized national armies are useful […]

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Siege at Ruby Ridge: The Forgotten History of the ATF Shootout That Started a Militia Movement

 

The Siege at Ruby Ridge is often considered a pivotal date in American history. The shootout between Randy Weaver and his family and federal agents on August 21, 1992, is one that kicked off the Constitutional Militia Movement and left America with a deep distrust of its leadership – in particular then-President George H.W. Bush and eventual President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno.

The short version is this: Randy Weaver and his wife Vicki moved with their four kids to the Idaho Panhandle, near the Canadian border, to escape what they thought was an increasingly corrupt world. The Weavers held racial separatist beliefs but were not involved in any violent activity or rhetoric. They were peaceful Christians who simply wanted to be left alone.

The Siege of Fort Loudoun, 1765

 

Friday marked the 253rd Anniversary of the Siege of Fort Loudoun, November 16–18, 1765.

This happened at Fort Loudoun, Pennsylvania. A company of frontier militia, known locally as “The Black Boys” for the distinctive way they blackened their faces with soot and grease, laid siege to the local fort, then manned by a detachment of British regulars. These troops, experienced soldiers of the 42nd Royal Scots Regiment of Foot, also known as “the Black Watch,” were pinned down for two full days by the continuous harassment and interdiction fire from the militiamen’s rifles. Despite holding what ought to have been a superior position given the prevailing infantry tactics of the time, the British commander surrendered the fort and retreated back to Fort Pitt. There were no deaths, but neither were the British ever able to employ maneuver to bring their smoothbore muskets or bayonets against the militia.

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The common theme in this month’s Group Writing group is “Order”. I am interpreting “order” as analogous to “well-regulated”, specifically as in, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” I think it is time to […]

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Now that two weeks have passed since the horrific events of Las Vegas have occurred, and discussion of the proposed ban of bump stocks – devices which allow semi-automatic rifles to mimic the continuous rates of fire that define automatic weapons – has fallen off the wider attention of the public, I’d like to propose […]

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As published in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal “Notable & Quotable: Obama In Dallas” “Our entire way of life in America depends on the rule of law; that the maintenance of that law is a hard and daily labor; that in this country, we don’t have soldiers in the streets or militias setting the rules. Instead, […]

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Background: The Oregon Standoff and Federal Lands Acquisition

 

Many here are likely following the prosecution of the Hammond family in Eastern Oregon, and the subsequent occupation of the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) by out-of-state militia members. There’s plenty of background on the legal and other proceedings available, from one side or the other. What I couldn’t find is a map to give some context to the events that have ensnared the Hammonds. So I set out to find one, and the results shed some light on the Western Federal lands issue.

Here are the current boundaries of the southern portion of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon:MalheurNWS-960x468

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What follows may sound nutty, almost survivalist. Last night on the news a reporter explained that the FBI is keeping an eye on potential Muslim terrorists in every state in the Union. That didn’t surprise me. Our enemies are determined—it sometimes seems much more than we—to inflict as much pain as possible wherever they can. […]

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