Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Truce of the Bear, Kipling 1898

I love a good hunting story and this is a good one. Enjoy.

THE TRUCE OF THE BEAR
1898

Yearly, with tent and rifle, our careless white men go
By the Pass called Muttianee, to shoot in the vale below.
Yearly by Muttianee he follows our white men in --
Matun, the old blind beggar, bandaged from brow to chin.

Eyeless, noseless, and lipless -- toothless, broken of speech,
Seeking a dole at the doorway he mumbles his tale to each;
Over and over the story, ending as he began:
"Make ye no truce with Adam-zad -- the Bear that walks like a Man!

"There was a flint in my musket -- pricked and primed was the pan,
When I went hunting Adam-zad -- the Bear that stands like a Man.
I looked my last on the timber, I looked my last on the snow,
When I went hunting Adam-zad fifty summers ago!

"I knew his times and his seasons, as he knew mine, that fed
By night in the ripened maizefield and robbed my house of bread.
I knew his strength and cunning, as he knew mine, that crept
At dawn to the crowded goat-pens and plundered while I slept.

"Up from his stony playground -- down from his well-digged lair --
Out on the naked ridges ran Adam-zad the Bear --
Groaning, grunting, and roaring, heavy with stolen meals,
Two long marches to northward, and I was at his heels!

"Two long marches to northward, at the fall of the second night,
I came on mine enemy Adam-zad all panting from his flight.
There was a charge in the musket -- pricked and primed was the pan --
My finger crooked on the trigger -- when he reared up like a man.

"Horrible, hairy, human, with paws like hands in prayer,
Making his supplication rose Adam-zad the Bear!
I looked at the swaying shoulders, at the paunch's swag and swing,
And my heart was touched with pity for the monstrous, pleading thing.

"Touched witth pity and wonder, I did not fire then . . .
I have looked no more on women -- I have walked no more with men.
Nearer he tottered and nearer, with paws like hands that pray --
From brow to jaw that steel-shod paw, it ripped my face away!

"Sudden, silent, and savage, searing as flame the blow --
Faceless I fell before his feet, fifty summers ago.
I heard him grunt and chuckle -- I heard him pass to his den.
He left me blind to the darkened years and the little mercy of men.

"Now ye go down in the morning with guns of the newer style,
That load (I have felt) in the middle and range (I have heard) a mile?
Luck to the white man's rifle, that shoots so fast and true,
But -- pay, and I lift my bandage and show what the Bear can do!"

(Flesh like slag in the furnace, knobbed and withered and grey --
Matun, the old blind beggar, he gives good worth for his pay.)
"Rouse him at noon in the bushes, follow and press him hard --
Not for his ragings and roarings flinch ye from Adam-zad.

"But (pay, and I put back the bandage) this is the time to fear,
When he stands up like a tired man, tottering near and near;
When he stands up as pleading, in wavering, man-brute guise,
When he veils the hate and cunning of his little, swinish eyes;

"When he shows as seeking quarter, with paws like hands in prayer
That is the time of peril -- the time of the Truce of the Bear!"

Eyeless, noseless, and lipless, asking a dole at the door,
Matun, the old blind beggar, he tells it o'er and o'er;
Fumbling and feeling the rifles, warming his hands at the flame,
Hearing our careless white men talk of the morrow's game;

Over and over the story, ending as he began: --
"There is no trnce with Adam-zad, the Bear that looks like a Man!"

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

More Kipling from 1886

Chapter heading for In the House of Suddhoo, a short story.

A stone's throw out of either hand
From that well-ordered road we tread,
And all the world is wild and strange;
Churel and ghoul and Djinn and sprite
Shall bear us company to-night,
For we have reached the Oldest Land
Wherein the Powers of Darkness range.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Brandon Smith does it again...

The Real Reasons Why The Liberty Movement Is Preparing To Fight

I've never been a "fight first" option kind of guy - my fight-or-flight has always been stuck on flight.
It is interesting, however, how those who support liberty and the Constitution are continuously and vigorously labeled as extremists.
Will you stand up? What will it take? For how long will you stand? Will you resist or comply?
Just some questions to ponder.....

Cyprus, and what it means to us.

I'm not sure if anyone here has been watching the goings on in the small island nation of Cyprus. It's fairly complicated, but the gist of it that the EU proposed a bailout of insolvent banks in Cyprus with the caveat that in order to fund said bailout - money would be extracted from the bank accounts in the bank. Basically, it would mean that the bank would take out 6-9% of your money to pay their debts.
Well, the Cypriots said nuts to that. So now there'll be much political theater which may lead to some modification of the %'s or $'s to be taken; or the banks may default and depositors could lose all of their money. Another option would be that Cyprus defaults and leaves the EU.

So by now you're asking, "just what does this have to do with us here?" Well, it has a lot to do with us. The financial system is so globally interwoven that even the comparatively small bail out of Cyprus (5-13 billion euros, I think) can affect our nation where the Fed Reserve bank pumps about 10x that amount into our system monthly.
There are a bunch of countries in Europe that are in as bad of shape as Cyprus and the same game plan might be used there: Spain, Greece, Italy... Say the banks decide to reopen some time this week and the Cypriots decide to pull all of their money out, causing a bank run. Then the Greeks and Spaniards think, "oh crap, we're next. The EU is going to try to take our savings to bail out our banks" causing a bank run there.  Just a small ripple will cause a wave that reaches all the way to our shores.
I hope everyone realizes that our govts and central banks have "kicked the can" of fiscal responsibility for so long that we are one event away from a serious economic slide. There is the possibility that what's going on in Cyprus might just be the start of such an event.

The bottom line is that we need to keep informed on what's going on in the world so we won't be caught flat-footed in a crisis situation. There are tons of alternative media sites on the web where current news can be found. My favorite for financial-type news is zerohedge.com
Hopefully, this whole thing will be resolved as painlessly as possible for all parties involved. In the meantime, we need to keep our ear to the ground, nose to the wind, and eyes on the horizon (that's quite the mental picture, but you know what I mean.....)

Here's a good essay that lays it out much better than I can:

The War on Savers Heats Up | The Economic Populist

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Holy, Holy, Holy - Reginald Heber

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee; Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty! God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, Holy, Holy! all the saints adore Thee, Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; Cherubim and Seraphim falling down before Thee, Which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, Holy, Holy! though the darkness hide Thee, Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see: Only Thou art holy, there is none beside Thee, Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! All Thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea; Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty! God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Watch "Holy, Holy, Holy - Christian Hymns with Lyrics" on YouTube

another good one from wb7

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I like this one.

I found this on zerohedge posted by a commenter. No title and no author, but il try and post a link shortly to give credit where credit is due.

What is this pollution
To Article One of the US Constitution?
Guilty without trial Is unAmerican and vial

For what possible purpose
Do we surrender Habeas Corpus?
From colonial time wisdom
A cornerstone of the American system

With exception for rebellion or invasion
Which I see none Yet, how ironic that in Boston today
The Tea Party could never be done.

What is the line between rebellion and anti big government speech?
I don't know but it's a thin line to breach
So you better beware
Now with drones in the air
If you step out of line you can be killed dead on Main street

Here's the link to the article. Dear American: It's An "Extraordinary Circumstance" And This Drone's Coming For You | Zero Hedge
Comment/poem by just-a-girl