Time for Sam to Look in the Mirror

Sam is on the attack!  He’s throwing around words like “social justice warrior” and “Alinsky” pretty freely lately.  He’s now declared that those who have the audacity to question him are Social Justice Warriors.  He goes on attack to state that those very same people are using Alinsky-esque tactics.

The strong intimation is that those who would dare to question the self-proclaimed III Emperor are enemies of patriotism in general and specifically, the III community.

As is so often the case with Sam, this is all about him. 

This self-centered egomaniac wants his readers to believe that the III community and America will somehow disintegrate if he isn’t at the forefront of salvation; that attacks on him are attacks on them and their cause.

In his haste to make his declarations, it appears that he has decided to use popular words and sayings without really understanding what they mean.

Along the way, he’s failed to realize that he is what he claims to hate so much.

I did a little research to determine what a Social Justice Warrior (SJW) really is.  Most supporters and critics are quick to note that the true definition of SJW is up for debate.

Let’s look at some of the tenets and see who they really apply to.

SJW Tenet # 1 – SJW’s do not view all humans as equal

Their ultimate goal is to silence all speech that they don’t like and which they find offensive, while also punishing the speech offender

A sample of how Kerodin views humans from his blog entries reveals:

“He needs to do his part for humanity and die already. Mike, this is for you, fucktard: If I EVER decide to come at you with a projectile, I will walk up to your cancer-ridden walking corpse and push the bullet into you and through your puss-laden, seeping, oozing carcass with my fingers, you disgusting, useless fuck.”

“Target the enemy at every opportunity. Hit them wherever they show themselves vulnerable. Play as dirty as your conscience will permit. Undermine them, sabotage them, and discredit them. Be ruthless and show them absolutely no mercy.”

SJW Tenet # 2 – They believe consensus is more important than objectivity

SJW’s do not believe in objectivity. Instead, speech and ideas must be viewed relatively depending on the source and its intended audience.

The lack of such objectivity in SJWism is by design. It’s borrowed from Cultural Marxist thought, which argues that objectivity and the idea of right or wrong is less important than consensus. The reason is that consensus can be easily accomplished by controlling the narrative. If one can manufacture consensus by controlling this narrative by swiftly eliminating speech which goes against what “should” be believed, specific beliefs can be held even if they go against proven thought or basic rationale.

A sample of Kerodin’s concept of inclusion.  “He’ll” decide who is worthy.

“I have a place for any and every serious Patriot, regardless of your skills, age, physical condition.”

“several serious III Patriots will be able to field-test the rig”

SJW Tenet # 3 – The messenger is more important than the message

A big chunk of their methods are based on subjective feeling and perceived value of the parties involved. A statement or idea in isolation is not enough for them to come to a conclusion on the acceptability of a statement. Social status, group membership, etc., decide if you are truthful or valuable.

Let’s see some of the folks who Kerodin immediately discounts merely because of their membership in some group:

“In every experience to date – from III Arms to the III Society, the introduction of .Gov employees brings a mentality into the project that is simply not conducive to accomplishing anything beneficial for Liberty.  Sorry if I hurt anyone’s feel-bads – but working for .Gov. . . is automatic inclusion in the Free Shit Army.”

“I have held since I was about 18 that the longer someone spends in college or at University, the dumber they get. The same holds for the “Specialists” in the world. They get so wrapped-up in their ‘expertise’ that reality becomes a distant notion. Humans are not meant to be ‘Specialists’ – not at the exclusion of basics. Ever met a brain surgeon who can change a flat tire? Cue your Heinlein.”

SJW Tenet # 4 – SJW’s are human label machines

If censorship is not an option, SJW’s attempt to destroy the reputation of the speech offender

Let’s see how Kerodin attempts to destroy reputations:

“I have found it is impossible to work up any passion for this post.  I’ve been here so many times with so many of Life’s Losers”

“He’s been in rough financial shape for years, which he openly shared on his blog.  Here’s where the worm turned, apparently – after years of writing about the losers and genetic waste that make up the Free Shit Army.  Can you imagine having to look in the mirror every morning, knowing that you are now one of the parasites you so often condemn? “

SJW Tenet # 5 – Unwilling to engage in open debate

Another feature of the SJW is their total unwillingness to engage in a civilized one-on-one debate

Unable to take criticism or consider factual evidence, a lone SJW will respond by engaging in one of numerous argumentative fallacies.

These tactics are used to buy time before fading back into the power and safety of the group.

Let’s see how Kerodin avoids taking criticism and considering factual advice:

“The rest is just noise – the noise made by Life’s Losers who know only how to destroy, not build or succeed.”

“Take them down and take them out without hesitation.”

“I haven’t bothered reading anything coming from the III FSA and Loser’s Corner  No need to send me any updates – unless you see something that crosses the line into libel – such as accusing me of a crime.  Until then, just let them pull their puds.”

So, my question is, Who is the Social Justice Warrior in this fight? The examples listed above are just a tiny minority of the many out there.  I didn’t even include his famous, “we’ll sue you” statements because they are so silly.

We’ll end this one with a famous quote from Sam:  “Confide only in yourself, and even when talking to yourself, lie and misdirect”  Who knew that he really meant it!

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Do We Really Need a III Emperor?

Do we really need a III Emperor?  Are there folks in the III world that act like they want to be your leader?

We travel around a lot.  We run into a lot of folks who are self described III percenters, as well as a lot of folks who really are III percenters, but have no idea what a III percenter is!

As we develop the conversation, the amazing thing is that the vast majority of them have no idea who Mike Vanderboegh or Sam Kerodin are! We in the blog world probably consider that heresy!  We’re all quick to assign folks to various camps, belief systems, or so-called leaders. Big mistake.

Folks tend to gravitate to the first thing they find that aligns with what they believe in.  I know when I started looking around the web, I was amazed to find the large number of sites out there.  Over time, you start “hanging out” with the sites that talk about things you find interesting.

There is no harm in hanging out with kindred spirits, but the risk comes in relying on a single source of information.  At best, that just means you aren’t getting the other side of the news.  At worst, it means you are being lead down a path that the author/editor wants you to follow.

People can despise Kerodin without embracing Vanderboegh, and vice versa! 

People can hate them both and still be IIIs! 

Really! 

People can be our allies without knowing what a III is.

Questioning either one of them doesn’t mean that you are embracing and supporting the other.  No man is perfect and to expect not to be questioned or called on the carpet for something you said or did is disingenuous.

The better question would be why you would want to follow one specific web page anyway.  We understand that it is good for morale to realize that there are lots of folks in our country that believe like we do.  But, other than emailing them or commenting on their blogs, how do we possibly expect them to come to our area, help us grow crops, harvest animals, guard our perimeter, heal our wounds, etc?

Heck, how skeptical would you be if someone or a group of someones you’d never met or only met casually at a Patcon or get together, actually showed up in your area with an offer to help?

There are lots of web pages out there with information that is applicable to the III community.  Some of them mention the III community in their blogs and others are merely subject matter experts on things that are valuable to the III community.

You don’t have to be a Mormon to read and embrace their concepts of self reliance and prepping.  Some of the best field medicine web pages are by folks who wouldn’t know a III from a IV!  Do you have to be a III to understand repairing vehicles or guns, or how to grow crops?

I’ve worked with groups that we’d all call “preppers”.  Some of the groups are pacifists and wouldn’t shoot a gun to save their lives.  Some people’s faith makes them ambivalent on the use of weapons.  Some are very militant and plan to go into harm’s way at the first sign of real trouble.  And some are a combination of the above.

Are they all IIIs?  I would suggest yes.  Washington had all sorts of logisticians and camp followers in support of his Army.  Were they not part of the III percent that we claim to be emulating?

We need folks from the entire spectrum if we expect to survive the projected troubles.  I don’t need folks to love my cause, I just need them to not hate my cause.

While it’s still “peace time” we need to be gathering knowledge and developing relationships with local folks with knowledge.  The smartest guy in the world with knowledge that you need is worthless to you if they are clear across the country.

Anyone in the III community that is trying to convince you otherwise has a different goal in mind.

III Percent Society Really a Political Advocacy Group?

There comes a time where “honest mistakes” become less than honest and more than mistakes.

We’ve seen where the vast majority of the III empire that is controlled by the Kerodins really is controlled by the Kerodins.  They’ve organized them as LLCs.

We can debate the business astuteness of choosing an LLC over another type of business entity, but that’s just a diversion.  In their defense of these actions, many of the Kerodin defenders actually nailed the real issue!

The real issue is that the Kerodins own the parts of the III movement that they endorse and advertise.  There is no altruism here, it’s a business.

As far as we are concerned, that is between those who send them money and the Kerodins.  We just think it’s important to know and understand that.

The III Percent Society is a little different.  This one gets into required Federal reporting.  Depending on which blog page you read, the society claims that it is both a, “527 Issue Advocacy Organization,” and a “Tax Status: Applying for 501(c)(4) status”.

No reason to take our word for it, or somehow believe that it’s an insinuation, half truth, or gratuitous assertion.  Click on their links as indicated.

http://iiipercentsociety.blogspot.com/        http://www.iiipercentsociety.com/

Other than the obvious confusion presented to potential members, what does the difference mean in reality?

For IIIs, the difference is scary. A 527 requires donors to be publicly reported.  As bad as our government is at times, 527s are pretty well regulated.  Anyone can go on line to the IRS page and look up 527s.  They can read the annual reports, look at funding and look at the names and addresses of donors.

You don’t even need to go to the IRS web pages!  There are plenty of watchdog organizations that provide the same information!

How many IIIs want their names and addresses shared with the world as members of the III Percent Society?

501’s are a different animal.  501(c) is a category in the US Code for nonprofit organizations.  There are 29 different sub classifications but the two that are most normally argued over are 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4).

501(c)(3) — Religious, Educational, Charitable, Scientific, Literary, Testing for Public Safety, to Foster National or International Amateur Sports Competition, or Prevention of Cruelty to Children or Animals Organizations

501(c)(4) — Civic Leagues, Social Welfare Organizations, and Local Associations of Employees

So, what are the differences between the 3 of them?

Characteristics 501(c)3 501(c)4 527
Ability to engage in politics Not supposed to engage in any political activities, though some voter registration activities are permitted May engage in political activities, as long as these activities do not become their primary purpose Politics is what 527s are *required* to do
Endorsing Candidates CANNOT Endorse Candidates CAN Endorse Candidates CAN Endorse AND Field Candidates
Campaign Spending Prohibited Permitted but taxed Required
Lobbying Some lobbying Substantial lobbying No direct lobbying
General Political Advocacy (not related to legislation or the election of candidates.) Yes, as an educational activity.) Yes, provided it is not the primary activity of the organization Yes
Contributions Able to accept unlimited, tax-deductible donations Able to accept unlimited, non tax-deductible donations Able to accept limited (based on FEC regulations), non tax- deductible donations.
Donor Reporting Donors kept anonymous. Donors kept anonymous. Donors are publicly reported.
Must apply with the IRS YES NO YES

So, we see that if the Society is planning on becoming a 527, they have to apply for such status (there is no record of that yet) and they have to report the names of the donors.

If the Society plans to become a 501(c)(4) organization, there is no requirement to apply for such status.  In fact, the IRS allows for organizations to “self declare” their status by simply operating as a 501(c)(4) and filing annual returns using the Form 990 (same reporting form that 527s use).

Again, no reason to take our word for it, or somehow believe that it’s an insinuation, half truth, or gratuitous assertion.  Click on the IRS web site!

http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Other-Non-Profits/Self-declarers-questionnaire-for-section-501-c-4-5-and-6-organizations

What’s really strange is that these types of organizations are primarily used for political advocacy. A 501(c)(4) is the organization that the liberals whine about when they discuss the Citizens United law suit.  It has turned into an anonymous 527!  A 527 exists solely to engage in politics.

Is a political advocacy group the role that the III Percent Society really is intended to perform?

Is political lobbying the “secret” purpose of the Society?  Do they plan to field candidates for office?

Is there a plan to collect and report III supporter’s names and addresses for government and public review?

These are questions that deserve answers.

We said from the beginning that we wanted to find the truth.  Despite being attacked and accused of obscuring the truth, we have to ask who really is engaging in insinuations, half-truths, gratuitous assertions, and convenient omissions?

“Honest mistakes” when repeated over and over and over again can cause folks to come to a completely different conclusion.

Mistakes or deception and diversion?

“Insinuations, Half-truths, Gratuitous assertions” Really?

When we started this blog, the goal was to find the truth.

Back in the day when Neal Boortz had his famous radio show, he started every episode with the comments, “if you don’t know everything I say to be true, don’t believe a word of it without personally verifying it.”

We hoped that by presenting the facts that we did, readers would verify on their own and get some answers from the Kerodins.

Jim Miller posted an incredible amount of data to the web. If you haven’t had the chance to look through all of it, here it is again:

http://iiiarmscompanywv.blogspot.com/

We were disappointed that the response is just one more typical response from the Kerodins.

Astute readers recognize the pattern:

  • Ignore the allegations as long as possible
  • Come back with vicious personal and professional attacks
  • The famous threats of lawsuits

We were amazed at the volumes of truth that were revealed.

  • Detailed bank statements
  • Detailed email traffic
  • Detailed legal documents

Truth that deserved answers.

We realize that most folks don’t have the time or energy to wade through volumes of documentation. Sadly, knowing that folks won’t wade through all of the documents, the attackers use the attack of, “…insinuations, half-truths, gratuitous assertions, and convenient omissions…” to deceive the readers and divert their attention.

Miller’s documents show that the original prototype was made the same way as the follow-on guns. In fact, all of the photos of the process include frames with STI on them!

I’m not qualified to manufacture guns. Don’t know that much about it. Doubt if Sam or Holly do either.

So, I did some searching on the internet. I found a website called CNC Gunsmithing. I searched down to see what they had to say about STI frames:

I found out that the STI is a type of pistol that a lot of competition shooters use. So this makes it very customizable. The bad thing is, the STI pistols are VERY expensive.”

You can read the entire thing here:  http://www.cncguns.com/projects/stiframe.html

Facts, not insinuations, half-truths, gratuitous assertions, and convenient omissions

Cui Bono

Hurricane Season in Idaho

Terabytes and terabytes of emails, conversations and meetings all saved up for a rainy day.  Well, it’s hurricane season in Idaho.

We wrote about the attacks on Jim Miller, and wondered why he was one of those singled out.  We offered our own ideas on why, but warned everyone that the Kerodins better hope that Miller didn’t keep good records.

Well, today we find out that Miller kept better records than the NSA!

I’ll let the reader go to Miller’s page and wade through the link after link of records, bank statements and emails to see the enormity of the Kerodin dealings. We’ll just share some of the salient points.

The paper trail clearly shows how those multiple Kerodin companies that we revealed bought guns for the Idaho III Arms, to include a Bourne Legacy Vanquish sniper rifle!  Not sure why Holly felt the need to have a Bourne Sniper Rifle, but she used some of the funds to buy one.

Miller tells and shows an unbelievable tale wheeling and dealing by the Kerodins with many players and the all so important cash paper trail! Our worst fears of comingled monies from many of the various Kerodin companies appears to be true.

Miller has been under the threat of legal action from the Kerodins, so a lot of the “juicier” stuff is left off of Miller’s blog.

Nonetheless, with what he does share, you’ve got to wonder what they were thinking when they attacked Miller so hard. Obviously they all broke up and decided to go their own ways. Bygones could have been bygones.

The personal and professional attacks were clearly an attempt to destroy an individual so that they could further their own new goals. What kind of character does that show when you have to try and destroy folks rather than just breaking up? It wasn’t that Miller had hurt the Kerodins. It was that Miller hurt their cash flow by stopping III Arms. It’s always the money.

We kind of hope the legal action happens. We can’t wait for the discovery.

Take a look at Miller’s blog.  Save the link and read at your leisure.  There’s a lot of stuff!

http://iiiarmscompanywv.blogspot.com/