Sunday, June 17, 2012

... the American Military Coup of 2012

Police State Culture

The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012

                  CHARLES J. DUNLAP, JR.

Back in 1992 the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff held a "Strategy Essay Competition."
The winner was a National War College student paper entitled, "The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012." Authored by Colonel Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. the paper
is a well documented, "darkly imagined excursion into the future." The ostensibly fictional work is written from the perspective of an imprisoned senior military officer about to be executed for opposing the military takeover of America, a coup accomplished through "legal" means. The essay makes the point that the coup was "the outgrowth of trends visible as far back as 1992," including "the massive diversion of military forces to civilian uses," particularly law enforcement.

I skimmed the first few pages and usually get bored and move on. After 4 pages and read with a bit more intent and found this worth passing on.

With due credit to

Tom Smith

Pop was right

Cherry 1950 Chevrolet Club Coupe

Res Ipsa Loquitur

I know this one has been around before but it is worth a rerun.

When was the last time you saw a 6 volt battery? You’ll LOVE this one. What got me were the seats… Remember?

The oil filter is the blue can with yellow top. You could stick a roll of toilet paper in there. The air filter is the oil bath type, the bottom portion is filled with oil and when you cleaned it you replaced the oil and clean the sump and mesh wire filter.

1950 Chevrolet Club Coupe, 437 original miles, only three owners. Check out the dealer installed “oil filter”, the rusty carb, and you can even see the spark plugs if they need to be changed.
[more 1950 Chevrolet Club Coupe] - via "Spin Giard"

Res Ipsa Loquitur
Which reminded me ...

There was excitement in our house when dad came home with the family's first NEW car, a 1952 Chevy.  The engine looked identical (in my mind's eye) to that 1950.  Our  model was black, and so stripped down that it lacked an ash tray, and a radio.  Ergo, on trips mom had a beanbag ashtray sitting on the dash, and she bought a battery powered radio that was next to useless in the car. 

About 4 years later dad did allow me to customize it— to this extent.  I "bull-nosed" (removed the hood ornament) and "decked" (removed the Chevy badge from the  trunk lid) .  Finally, I applied a  red pinstripe decal  over the holes.  My friends agreed that these improvement were neat, but to complete the job I'd need Oldsmobile Spinner: hubcaps, and Merc skirts, but no way I could come by those on my own (without lifting them).  Oh, I also installed a suicide knob on the steering wheel, but the old man went bonkers ("why do you think  it's called a suicide knob?!?), and made me remove it. I think I was around 11 at the time.  Later, when I bought my own first car ('50 Ford), I put a suicide knob on it, and almost killed myself the first day.  Took it off.  He was right. About everything.