Monday, June 25, 2007

Freedom Shenanigan # 6

Use Matthew 18:15-17

This shenanigan primarily works with those who claim to be “Christian.” This can be done low key or using a combination of Shenanigans numbers 3, 2, and 1. It really doesn’t matter what denomination they are (eg. Baptist-all variations, Catholic-all variations, Pentecostal-all variations, Presbyterian-all variations, Episcopal-all variations, etc.)

IF THEY claim to be a “Christian” AND YOU claim to be a “Christian” also, then they are under the commands of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 18 and verses 15-17.

15 “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 16 But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”

It really is a simple method of confrontation for the purpose of reconciliation. However, egos can get in the way. So, remember that this is a double edged sword and it can cut both ways.

Without trying to get into the specifics of theology and doctrine for ALL the various “Christian” denominations let’s just deal with what they should all at least agree with. To be a “Christian” group they should at the very least agree with what the guy who started “Christianity” had to say about relationships.

In Matthew chapter 22 and verses 35-40 Jesus responds to a lawyer’s (of course) question of

35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”

According to Matthew Jesus responds by quoting Deuteronomy 6:5, “37 And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment.”

Then he adds something that they were not expecting. He cuts through their obfuscations and nit-picking about the minute specifics of man’s duty to God and the Law. He hits them with the commanded obligations that they have to each other based upon THEIR “Holy” scriptures. He quotes Leviticus chapter 19 verse 18. (Which is the summation of the previous 17 verses that describe what “GOD” says “love your neighbor” means.)

“39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

In essence, he points out that it wasn’t enough to perform religious ritual behavior to “God” but, that one had a duty to behave in love toward one’s fellow man.

Then he claims that ALL the LAW and the teachings of the prophets can be boiled down to these two commandments.

So, how do we use this?

Firstly, as you can see Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy and Leviticus bringing them out of that favorite limbo of the “New Testament Christian,” the “OLD Testament,”(cue spooky music) into his “New Testament Law,” making those old commandments into relevant “new” commandments. (See 1John chapters 3&4)

Secondly, looking at Lev.19 we see that there are specific things that are mentioned that constitute “loving thy neighbor.” I will only mention the ones that specifically deal with interpersonal relationships. The following are verses 9-18 consolidated.

No taking of all the crops at harvest or fruit from the vineyards. Leave the corners of fields and fallen fruit for the needy and strangers. Do not: hate your fellow countryman in your heart, steal, deal falsely, slander, act against the life, take vengeance, bear any grudge, oppress, lie to or, rob your neighbor. Pay your workers DAILY (keeping wages overnight was theft). Do not curse a deaf man or trip a blind man. Do not swear falsely by GOD’s name. (Also see what Jesus said in Matthew 5:34-37.) Do NO injustice in judgment, do not be partial to the poor, or defer to the great, judge fairly. You may surely reprove and rebuke to correct your neighbor. Love your neighbor as yourself.

Thirdly, ask the offending “Christian” if he believes Jesus’ teachings? If he says “yes,” then you point out how he has violated Jesus’ commandment to “Love one another” by their behavior. Be specific, point out their hypocrisies. Make a list and ask them to repent and make restitution. If they say no, bring two witnesses with and ask again. If they still refuse go to their church and hand out flyers (Shenanigan #3) detailing the situation and that you sought reconciliation following scripture. Encourage the members to shun the offender.

They won’t like this! Their church probably won’t either. However, if their church also refuses to deal with the situation then detail the situation with the church as well and picket or hand out flyers on the public sidewalk outside the church.

This applies very public and personal pressure upon not only the offender but also their family and friends. At this point you can apply Freedom Shenanigans 1 & 2 as well.

Think of ALL the politicians, police, prosecutors, judges, elected officials and lawyers who swear oaths and violate them. Think about the bureaucrats who persecute freedom lovers. They all have family and friends where they derive some of their emotional support from.

All you are doing is exposing their hypocrisy and asking for restitution according to what THEY have claimed they believe in. Remember, you have a 1st amendment protected right for the “free exercise” of religion.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Freedom Shenanigan #5

Buy the Seize Liberty Freedom Package and DO THEM


Greetings Friends of Freedom!

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A CD with the Freedom Fighter's Manual

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Guns, computers, identity documents, taxes. Engaging in civil disobedience, operating in the black market, going deep underground—Wolfe covers it all. These are not far-out, impractical ideas but 179 things that anyone with the proper motivation and determination can do today to help beat back the tide of tyranny. 8 1/2 x 11, softcover, 216 pp.

Also,

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What is invisible resistance to tyranny? It is an underground movement of secret freedom fighters, each acting individually and independently to ignore, evade, resist and thwart the increasingly heavy hand of government power. Invisible resisters do not join protest groups, stand on street corners making speeches or run with a mob throwing rocks at police vehicles. Rather, they make up a collective silent insurgency that tyrants won't be able to put down because they won't be able to find it. Government enforcers will fruitlessly look for organizations with no members, commanders who aren't there, secret headquarters that don't exist and couriers that carry no messages.

Invisible Resistance to Tyranny is both a manifesto and manual for everyday citizens who are alarmed by the never-ending encroachment upon the individual freedoms recognized by the Bill of Rights and who want to do something about it now before it comes down to a choice between violent revolution and total submission. It outlines a progressive program of resistance that anyone can undertake without having to protest in the streets, go on hunger strikes or take up arms. It tells how to: be a "bad" citizen while still being a good neighbor. identify and nurture sympathizers and build a network of invisible resisters. confront and convert "government supremacists" to your side. disrespect politicians and bureaucrats without drawing attention to yourself. actively resist within today's system through such avenues as taxes, guns, juries and schools.

It then provides ideas for the many paths of invisible resistance to tyranny - intelligence collection and dissemination, propaganda, support for active operations and, if it should ever come down to it, direct operations against a totalitarian regime.

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Freedom Shenanigan #1 in ACTION!!

Now THIS is What I 'm talking about!!!

Come On Folks ALL TOGETHER NOW!!!

All Over The COUNTRY!!


Free Ed Brown!!!


Thanks to: http://showedthelaw.blogspot.com/ for the TIP!

Special Offer!

Send me your ED BROWN Freeway Blogging and I'll POST IT HERE
with full credit given to you AND I'll send you an


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How to do it:
1) Put up YOUR Freeway Blog
2) Take a Picture
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Friday, June 15, 2007

Freedom Shenanigan #4

Pop Corn Un-cautiously!

Following the principle of embracing your inner outlaw, just do the opposite of what they want.
So if you need to shut down any old building temporarily, just bring in some microwave popcorn. Load it into as many microwaves on as many floors as you can. Set the timer to, oh say, something like 3 to 5 times as much time as recommended and leave ASAP.

You know the drill by now!

"Just Set It and Forget It!!" (thank you R.P. for your rotiss-a-thing-a-majig)

City tells workers: Pop corn cautiously - or else

“Microwave popcorn, that ubiquitous workplace snack, could go the way of the typewriter at Seattle City Hall. Gone. It seems burned popcorn has caused several evacuations at City Hall and other city buildings, prompting the city’s Fleets and Facilities Department to warn of a possible ban — if behavior doesn’t improve. ‘We continue to see a high number of instances of employees burning microwave popcorn and triggering the building smoke alarms,’ the agency said in a memo to employees in three downtown buildings where the evacuations have occurred. ‘This is a serious issue which requires Fire Department emergency response, building evacuation and resetting of building systems.’ There have been popcorn-related evacuations at City Hall and the Seattle Municipal Tower. And last month, the 11-story Justice Center was evacuated because of burned popcorn — the eighth time in less than three years that 400 people have been ushered out of the building.” (06/14/07)

http://tinyurl.com/2zucso

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Freedom Shenanigan #3

Stickering & Pamphleteering



Just like the old WWII "Kilroy Was Here" graffiti that showed up all over Europe during the Allies' invasion, you can use Freedom stickers to spread the word of Liberty.
Put them anywhere and everywhere! I like the ones that use humor, satire and ridicule to get the point across. Several sites supply PDF downloadable versions for you to print out as well as preprinted ones ready for distribution.

Check out these sites for ideas and supplies:
Liberty Stickers

Bureaucrash | Join the Resistance! ; sniggle.net The Culture Jammer's Encyclopedia ;

The Simon Jester Project ; Welcome to Simon Jester's Café... Sex, Drugs, Politics, Religion






Tuesday, June 12, 2007

POLITICS ON DUMBTOPIA

by Frederick Mann

Far, far away, on the other side of the Milky Way Galaxy, there's a beautiful planet called Dumbtopia.

Dumbtopia's inhabitants are called Idiots.

They believe in a Supernatural creature they call Skybless.

Dumbtopia is divided into Dumbcountries -- at least, that's what the Idiots believe. They sporadically fight and slaughter each other over some skyblessforsaken patch of land -- "For Skybless and Dumbcountry."

Apparently, each Dumbcountry is ruled by a Plusidiot. Plusidiots are wiser than Idiots because they have blue blood -- or so they say. Common Idiots have red blood and believe that Plusidiots are their Superiors.

Apparently, each Plusidiot has a Dumbcouncil to help rule the common Idiots. Plusidiots have a secret magic drink called Etherwise. They give it to selected Idiots to drink. It makes their heads spin. After they've been drinking Etherwise for about a month, they experience Dumbliss, become Halfwits, and qualify to serve on Dumbcouncils.

Plusidiots and Halfwits pretend to have the ability to speak and write magic words called Pluswords -- Pluws for short. Common Idiots believe that Pluws are special holy, sacred words that must be obeyed. To make sure this dumb belief sticks, Plusidiots employ Dumbcops to punish and kill Idiots who "disobey The Pluw."

Many common Idiots campaign to "Improve the holy, sacred Pluws."

Every hundred years or so, as a result of an unusual evolutionary mutation, some common Idiot wakes up and realizes that all the political systems on Dumbtopia are scams, hoaxes, and frauds. The woken-up Idiot then suggests that Plusidiots really have red blood, just like all common Idiots, and that there's nothing special about so-called "Plusidiots" and "Halfwits" -- they're really common Idiots like everybody else.

As soon as the Dumbcops discover a woken-up Idiot, they kill him or her. "Skybless help us if the Idiots ever discover that so-called "Plusidiots" and "Halfwits" are really impostors and liars -- common Idiots like all the rest -- and that their pretended "Pluws" are hoaxes... strings of dumb lies written by "clever" Pluwyer Idiots!"

http://www.blackmarketgold.com/2001_10_01_taxpayersbridge_archive.html

Monday, June 11, 2007

Freedom Shenanigan #2

Create an Internet Blog!

Blogs get people excited. Or else they disturb and worry them. Some people distrust them. Others see them as the vanguard of a new information revolution. Because they allow and encourage ordinary people to speak up, they are tremendous tools of freedom of expression.

Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents

Using Freedom Shenanigan #1 "Freeway Blogging" you can advertise your blog so that when commuters get home they can log on and read all the "juicy" details about your cause.

Bloggers are often the only real journalists in countries where the mainstream media is censored or under pressure. Only they provide independent news, at the risk of displeasing the government and sometimes courting arrest. Reporters Without Borders has produced this handbook to help them, with handy tips and technical advice on how to to remain anonymous and to get round censorship, by choosing the most suitable method for each situation. It also explains how to set up and make the most of a blog, to publicise it (getting it picked up efficiently by search-engines) and to establish its credibility through observing basic ethical and journalistic principles.

Download the handbook online.


Link: http://www.rsf.org/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=542

Friday, June 08, 2007

Freedom Shenanigan #1

Freewayblogging

Here's how it works: When you put a sign on the freeway people will read it until someone takes it down.

Depending on its size, content and placement it can be seen by hundreds of thousands of people.

How to: Take four large box flaps, white, and tape them together... both sides. Use black duct tape for lettering. Keep it folded when carrying.

Placement: Anything you can see while driving is a place you can put a sign. The more difficult it is to reach, the longer it'll stay up. Tens, even hundreds of thousands of people can drive by a sign before one of them takes so much as five minutes to go take it down. Apart from actual prisoners, you won't find a more captive audience than people in their cars.

Safety First: Like anything else, free speech is fun until someone gets hurt. Signs should be placed on the INSIDE of fencing, NOT suspended directly over traffic. So long as your letters are at least six inches tall, they'll be perfectly legible through the fencing.




http://www.freewayblogger.com/
DEMOCRACY EXPLAINED

"Democracy is three wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for lunch."

Democracy - more honestly called "mobocracy" – is a political system based upon the concept that the majority always rules...

...because they outnumber the minority, and can beat them up.

Never doubt this: "Democracy" is rooted in pure brute force:

Every "fundamentalist" blue law imposed on a minority with differing beliefs assumes that the unbelievers will be forced to obey.

Every majority election of a politician forces unwelcome "representation" upon someone whose views that politician diametrically opposes.

Democracy assumes that three illiterate morons are somehow wiser than one Einstein-level genius... Simply because there are more of them; they outnumber him, and can force their wills upon him.

Democracy says it is acceptable to take money or property from a nonconsenting individual because he is outnumbered, a minority.

Democracy in its purest form is best illustrated by the robbery of a helpless, little, old lady by a gang of thugs. It must be okay: The gang "majority" out-voted the woman.

by TANSTAAFL Publications

Simon Jester Strikes Again!

http://www.simonjester.org/

Thursday, June 07, 2007

The Michael Collins Gambit

What American Patriots need to consider IF the situation moves toward a martial law or a martial rule condition, ARE the strategy and tactics of Michael Collins.

1. Intellegience - KNOW YOUR ENEMY - Who are they, where do they live, work, shop, attend public events, church. Who are their neighbors, family, friends.

2. Supply your needs - food, weapons, ammunition, hide-outs, Communications ability with your comrades and the general public.

3. Strike the Root not the branches - Hit the top people, not the drones.

4. Leaderless Resistance - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaderless_resistance - No central planning, no central head to hit. Individuals committed to the strategy of seizing liberty with different tactics independent of each other but united by a common belief in the Creed of Freedom. http://www.freedom-force.org/freedom.cfm?fuseaction=creed

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Throughout Irish history, rebellions were always failures because of cowardice, drink, and most ominously, informers. Returning from Frongoch Prison in Wales with the other survivors of the failed 1916 Rising, Michael Collins realised this. Britain had always been able to either place spies in rebel parties or else succeed in enticing Irishmen to ‘rat out’ their colleagues for money and protection. With his own intelligence network, he took on, and beat, Britain at its own game.

Building up the Network

“For the first time in the history of separatism we Irish had a better intelligence service than the British… this was Michael Collins’ great achievement and it is one for which every Irishman should honour his memory.”- Todd Anders

Michael Collins was appointed the Director of Intelligence of the Irish Volunteers in January 1919. By this time, he had already laid much of the groundwork for his intelligence network.

Collins had penetrated the Irish and English postal, telephone and telegraph systems. Letters and dispatches could be moved to various contacts by certain train inspectors. The railway workers were organised so effectively that the military frequently had to move troops and stores by road, which would play into the hands of the IRA ambushes as the war intensified. The trade unions were mobilised to hamper police and military movements by road, rail and sea. For many months the army had to tie up thousands of men on the major ports as the dockers had paralysed all attempts to land stores.

One of Collins’ key activities was gun running. He established a network of agents across the British Isles using his IRB (the Irish Republican Brotherhood) connections. His secret channel was dubbed the ‘Irish Mail’. Gelignite from Wales and England came carefully packed in tin trucks, rifles came in wicker hampers, revolvers and ammunition in hand luggage. In December 1918 a munitions factory was set up in the cellar of a bicycle shop in Dublin, with Collins taking over the operation of it several months later.

The Squad

“I am a builder, not a destroyer. I get rid of people only when they hinder my work.”- Michael Collins

“Our only way to carry on the fight was by organised and bold guerilla warfare. But this in itself was not enough. England could always reinforce her army. To paralyse the British machine it was necessary to strike at individuals outside the ranks of the military. Without her Secret Service working at the top of its efficiency England was helpless… robbed of the network of this organisation throughout the country, it would be impossible to find ‘wanted’ men.” - Michael Collins

Collins set up ‘the Squad’, a small band of Dublin Volunteers attached to the Intelligence Department, in July 1919. It was a full-time assassination team, made up of clerks, tradesmen, and general workers, who were paid £4.10 a week. According to Bill Stapleton, one of its members-

“Our chief function was the extermination of British spies and individuals.”

Strict rules were laid down for Squad shootings. Assassinations were a last resort, coming after repeated warnings to the target. Once the order to shoot was given, the Squad would study the locale carefully and work out where and when the shooting would take place. After a job the guns would be dropped in the pockets of ‘the Black Man’, a former boxer who perpetually walked the streets of Dublin.

On July 30th, Detective Sergeant Smith of the ‘G’ Division was shot dead by the Squad on the authority of Dail Eireann. On September 12th, Sergeant Daniel Hoey was shot dead outside of Police Headquarters at Brunswick Street. Both Smith and Hoey had disregarded several warnings from Volunteers. As a result of these killings, political detectives became less inclined to go beyond the letter of their duty, or taking any risks in its execution. Collins explained his strategy in 1922-

“Without her spies England was helpless… Spies are not so ready to step into the shoes of their departed confederates as are soldiers to fill up the front line in honourable battle. And, even when the new spy stepped into the shoes of the old one, he could not step into the old one’s knowledge… We struck at individuals, and by doing so we cut their lines of communication, and we shook their morale.”

The other main result of these killings, and Volunteer activity in Munster, was the banning of Sinn Fein and Dail Eireann. This created a fertile climate for Collins’ tactics, allowing him to assassinate more British police and agents without being restrained by moderates.

Following the suppression of Dail Eireann, the Dail and the Volunteers (by now popularly known as the IRA) agreed that the IRA should intensify its campaign. With the demise of the DMP in Dublin, the British authorities decided to bring down Mr. William C. Forbes Redmond from Belfast to reorganise the detective force. But his assistant in Dublin Castle was one of Collins’ agents. Redmond was identified and his movements were recorded. On January 20th 1920, Redmond was shot dead by members of the Squad as he returned to his suite in the Standard Hotel in Harcourt Street. According to a Squad member, Joe Dolan-

Following Redmond’s death, his own undercover detectives pulled out and returned to Belfast, and thereafter ‘G’ Division “ceased to affect the situation”, according to British military intelligence. By the following month, a Secret Service Branch of the RIC no longer existed.

It may be wondered how Collins and his intelligence officers went about seemingly unhindered during this time. The remaining DMP men were generally too afraid to go after Collins, even though many of them were able to identify him. The twin evils of spies and raids remained however. Many of Collins’ office and hiding places, dotted throughout Dublin city, were turned over during the War of Independence. He usually got forewarning from one of his agents and was able to be elsewhere. It also helped when one of his ‘friendly’ detectives was leading the raiding party. In November 1919 Collins’ financial offices on Harcourt Street were raided. Nothing important was discovered because the detective in charge of the search simply didn’t bother looking. What he actually did was-

“I went upstairs and counted the roses on the wallpaper until the raid was over.”

It is believed that up to half the Cairo Gang may have escaped assassination, but ‘Bloody Sunday’ (as it became known afterwards) was overall a huge success for Collins’ intelligence network. Spies and their wives flocked to Dublin Castle in despair, and Collins’ intelligence team were able to jot down the names of those they didn’t already recognise. Bloody Sunday had a crippling effect on British intelligence in Ireland. One of Collins’ agents wrote-

“The effect was paralysing. It can be said that the enemy never recovered from the blow.”

Collins himself wrote-

“My own intention was the destruction of the undesirables who continued to make miserable the lives of ordinary decent citizens… If I had another motive, it was no more than a feeling such as I would have for a dangerous reptile… There is no crime in detecting and destroying in war-time, the spy and the informer. They have destroyed without trial. I have paid them back in their own coin.” -
Michael Collins and the Organisation of Irish Intelligence, 1917-21

Towards a Truce

“The tenacity of the IRA is extraordinary. Where was Michael Collins during the Great War? He would have been worth a dozen brass hats.”- British civil servant Tom Jones writing to Bonar Law

On December 20th, Eamon de Valera returned from America. De Valera argued that it would be better to change from hit and run guerilla tactics to having a series of battles with the British, mainly for propaganda purposes. This resulted in the burning of the Customs House on May 25th 1921. It was a publicity success worldwide but resulted in many of the best IRA men in Dublin at the time being captured. As the summer reached its peak, Collins had been preparing to assassinate around sixty fresh agents sent in from Britain, as well as groups of soldiers who were based in Dublin. Half an hour before this operation was due to begin, it was called off. Lloyd George had sent word that he wanted peace.

Britain had been facing growing worldwide pressure, especially from America, to negotiate a settlement. The Anglo-Irish Truce came into effect on July 11th 1921. As the peace talks were going on in London, and the guns were silent across the country, things were still going on in the murky underground war. The IRA were all coming out into the open, including intelligence officers, and the British Secret Service were noting their appearance and their various whereabouts. Collins ruefully admitted-

“Once a truce is agreed, and we come out into the open, it is extermination for us if the truce should fail… We shall be like rabbits coming out from their holes.”

This didn’t stop him continuing to run his intelligence office as the truce was maintained. A truce it had in no small part brought about.

Conclusion

Several things forced the truce of July 1921, of which Collins’ intelligence network is only one. But it is arguably the most important one. One of the key reason that the War of Independence of 1919-1921 actually achieved a tangible result (the Anglo-Irish Treaty), unlike scores of previous rebellions, was intelligence.

British spies and informers were wiped out by the Irish. People were now afraid to be seen supporting or passing information to the British administration. Spies were routinely shot. British intelligence lines were intercepted and used against them. The State became effectively paralysed by Collins’ network. This is acknowledged by British historians, none more so than Lawrence James in The Rise and Fall of the British Empire. As he looks at the reasons behind the British agreeing to a truce in July 1921, he notes-

“The British army had still not overcome many of its operational problems, not least the lack of a competent intelligence-gathering service. In fact, by early June, the two sides were facing deadlock.”