1. What happens when John Galt plunders America and Galt’s Gulch is Filled with Toxic Waste?

    Mark Ames for the eXiled writes:

    What happens when Americans plunder America and leave it broken, destitute and seething mad? Where do these fabulously wealthy Americans go with their loot, if America isn’t a safe, secure, or even desirable place to spend their riches? What if they lose faith in their gated communities, because those plush gated communities are surrounded by millions of pissed-off Americans stripped of their entitlements, and who now want in?

    We finally have the answer, and you’re not going to like it: a new fleet of castles that float in the oceans. The super-wealthy are already building their first floating castle, a billion-dollar-plus luxury liner that offers permanent multimillion-dollar housing with the best protection of all: moats made of oceans, keeping the land-based Americans they’ve plundered at a safe distance.

    Well worth a read. Scary stuff if its true.

  2. I therefore pronounce him a Coward and a Scoundrel

    This photo made my day when it arrived in my inbox. I don’t know who snapped it but I figured there had to be a story.

    And there is.

    William Tradewell, the man who declared General Leigh Read a “Coward and Scoundrel” was a member of the America conservative Whig party and slave owner in the Old South. General Leigh Read was a rising star in the Democrat party whose political naivety  cost him.

    Tradewell requested a duel with Read because of Read’s refusal to “apologise for the insult offered” and the feud between Tradewell and Read’s respective political parties. Read, being a poor shot turned him down.

    Another guy by the name of Augustus Alston also offered Read a duel (but no public notice on his ’scoundrelness.’)

    Read accepted knowing he was going up against a man who was a good shot, wealthy, from a nepotistic family, and vehemently opposed the Democrat party’s bank reform bills. Read stood by his position knowing if he was going to go down, it had to be someone who was a “bulldog” of the dying Whig party.

    In Alston’s arrogance, he misfired and Read killed him with one shot. Alston– and pretty much everybody– planned on a “victory banquet” but Alston’s itchy trigger finger and cockiness caused him a critical delay and certain death.

    Even though this was a duel, that Alston initiated, his sisters deemed it “murder.” Alston’s sisters had the bullet removed and recast. They instructed their brother Willis Alston– then in Texas– to kill General Read with the same bullet that killed Augustus Alston. Willis Alston approached Read at a public speaking event a few weeks later dressed in a cloak and hat to disguise himself. He threw off his disguise and the crowd immediately recognized him. He attempted to stab Read with a knife but was foiled when Read grabbed his gun and grazed Willis Alston’s hand.

    A few years later after keeping a low profile Willis Alston caught up to Read and shot him in the back. Willis Alston was arrested but through family connections and $30,000 in bribes managed to escape to Texas.

    Dr. Stewart a Tallahassee native son and friend of Read living in Texas became enraged that Read’s killer lived nearby– and said several insults about Willis Alston. Rather than post a public notice to apologize, Willis Alston approached Dr. Stewart on horseback demanding he apologize for those ill remarks.

    Stewart refused and shot Willis Alston in the stomach. Though injured, Willis Alston fired back and killed Dr. Stewart.

    Again in jail, Willis Alston hatched an escape plan with his family connections. That night though, friends of Dr. Stewart formed a lynch mob and fired endlessly at Willis Alston until he laid dead.

    Just goes to show you America was– and probably always will be– pretty fucked up.

    Update: @ColinPeters found this wonderful painting by Christopher M. Still check out “18? for more on Tradewell-Read-Alston.

  3. Mad Palin: A Sarah Palin Speech Generator

    Mad Palin

    Ever wonder how you could write an eloquent speech as eloquent as former Alaska governor Sarah Palin? Well now you can. At least the first couple paragraphs. It’s a bit long and rambling, but then again so is her 2,500 word speech. Share you results below. Fill in your own nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs after the jump.

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  4. Operation Other Planet Freedom

    George W Bush Tries Some Bling On

    Movies about aliens are certainly not new, as well as the evil aliens invade Earth plot. The recent crop of alien movies such as Battle for Terra, Avatar, The Day Keanu the World Stood Still, and District 9 though feature a thinly veiled metaphor: humans are the bad guys and not the aliens. Instead of the usual aliens invade and must be stopped by Jeff Goldblum using his Powerbook.

    All of these basically have the same storyline: humans meet some aliens, humans are mean to aliens, one human is nice to the aliens, and then they all get along and the bad humans go away.

    I wonder what historical figure or incidents of late could have inspired that people in their arrogance and greed destroy the lives of others under the pretense of it being good…

  5. Unanswered Mail: Joe Biden's Dislosure

    Michelle Malkin is a syndicated columnist, contributor to Fox News, and Photoshopped images of liberal politician enthusiast. In late May, she wrote on the shocking revelation that– get this– Vice President Dick Cheney had been hiding in the basement of his own house. She did not have the time or care to respond to this email:

    May 19, 2009:

    Dear Michelle Malkin,

    Thanks for bringing to light in your blog post in regards to Mr Biden revealing that the undisclosed location the President lives at is actually underneath the Naval Observatory (http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/18/bidenrrhea-of-the-mouth/). Obviously, this is a strong breach of national security and as you said “Secure, undisclosed? Not anymore.”

    Now, I have a confession to make. I may have, inadvertently, released this information in 1994. When I say release I mean I think I wrote a report on it in elementary school. I think the report said “Vice Presidant [sic] lives at the Naval Observatory.” I don’t know how wide, or how circulated this report was in intelligence communities. I know it was read by a particular Mrs Clippart.

    Perhaps my elementary school was actually a training ground for terrorists as I recall numerous books called “encyclopedias,” which is kind of like Wikipedia, documenting the same slip Mr Biden made.  I believe we were also forced to take training drills called “pop quizzes” and recall such sensitive information as where the Vice President lives. In addition on a school fieldtrip to Washington DC on the way to the zoo (hippos rule!) we also were shown the Vice President’s now disclosed location and it even had a sign pointing to as such.

    Obviously the agencies and individuals seeking to keep Mr Cheny’s location secret would not say hide him supposedly in a house that since 1974 has been well documented to be where the Vice President lives. Nor would they simply place him below that area so that anyone seeking to take out “Number 2” would need to just ask someone good at trivia questions “Hey, where does the Vice Preisdent live?” No, that would be way irresponsible to hide the Vice President under the known location at which he lives. Especially if for some reason it is necessary the Vice President go to an undisclosed location. It would not be some sort of lazy cop out with a giant steel door in the comfort of his own home. That would be absurdly irresponsible.

    So in the end shame on Mr Biden for releasing that information, and shame on me for writing a report on that with a picture of a cool dog.

    [Lorem Ipsum]

    PS Your disclosure policy link is bad (http://v2.michellemalkin.com/privacy-policy/) on your contact page. It gives me a 404 error not found. Removing the ‘v2’ at the beginning works.