The Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw®
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Volume 16 No. 9 • October 2013


The following short excerpt is from Freehold by Michael Z. Williamson (Baen, 2004):

Background: UN vs. FREEHOLD, a former Earth colony, now an independent planet being invaded by the UN, which expects the yokels to roll over and play dead. But, unfortunately for the UN, FREEHOLD isn’t Earth.

The convoy was four vehicles with UN markings. One was a Mk 17 Infantry Light Armored Wheeled Assault Vehicle, the others simply multipurpose vehicles with heavy weapons mounted. They stopped in front of the farm and several people dismounted. They approached the door and met Dak at the steps as he came out.

“Yes?” he asked, bluntly and without any friendship.

The one in civilian clothes spoke, “I am Lynet Krishnamurti with the United Nations Readjustment Task Force. I am here to give you an informational package on the recent improvements we are implementing.”

“Thanks, but we don’t need any improvements. I have the latest gear I can afford.” Dak replied. He wanted them to leave quickly.

“Well, that’s the point,” Krishnamurti said, “One of the benefits the UN offers is investment capital to buy better equipment. We also guarantee reparations not covered by insurance, accident insurance … many benefits. This package is on hard copy and on datachip, compatible with most systems.”

“And what does this cost me?” Dak asked, trying to sound like a suspicious bumpkin.

“It’s free. The UN provides it as a service to all agrobusiness operations.”

“Well, if I need it, I’ll call you. Thanks. Is that it?”

“I’m also here to assess your hectareage,” Krishnamurti admitted.

“Not sure. Probably six or seven thousand.” He knew to the millimeter what he planted, but he wasn’t about to admit it. “Why?”

“We need an accurate measure to assess commercial property taxes. The package also contains information on tha—.”

“Property tax?” Dak acted confused. “It’s my property and a gift from the Lord. Why should I pay tax on it?” Krishnamurti looked exasperated. Was every one of these peasants utterly ignorant of basic principles? They wrangled for long segs, while the troops looked amused. They’d seen it all before.

“So let me get this straight,” Dak was trying desperately but successfully to avoid hysterical laughter at his guest’s discomfort. “In exchange for taxing the property the Lord gave me to clear and use and taking a whopping chunk of my income from said property, and dictating what I grow, how I grow it, what equipment to use, and how to wipe my nose most likely, you’ll grant me a ‘free’ loan at interest to buy the equipment I wouldn’t need without your regulations? And I’ll have to spend an extra four days a week, unpaid, doing bookkeeping to prove it to you?”

“Un, put that way it sounds stupid,” she said.

To find out how this all ends up, you’ll need to read the book. We both read it and highly recommend it for those who see where the American political class is heading, don’t like it, and would enjoy reading fiction where people like us and (hopefully) you fight back and WIN!

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy. .
— Ernest Benn

TThen you add two forkfuls of cooking oil.
— Julia Child

He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
— Albert Einstein

... the human gut microbiome contributes 36% of the small molecules that are found in human blood ...
— Leroy Hood, cofounder and president of the Institute for Systems Biology (Science 8 June 2012)

The National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us, “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.” Their stated reason for the policy is: “The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”
— Attributed to The National Park Service as reported in Casey’s Daily Dispatch 6/28/13

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