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04-11-14 -- Kenneth Royce (MP3 & VIDEO LOADED)
Kenneth W. Royce (author of the Boston T. Party books) comes on the show to talk about his new book, Modules for Manhood: What Every Man Must Know. (How about a Manual for Single Mothers)...
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Stockman introduces bill to impose sales taxes on 'virtual' bitcoin (From TheHill.Com)
A new bill from Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) would call for sales taxes to be paid on transactions using bitcoin.
Virtual Currency Tax Reform Act would change the IRS’s treatment of the
virtual currency, of which Stockman has been a strong supporter.
Late last month, the IRS declared that bitcoins should be treated like property
in the eyes of the federal government, which would make profits earned
off trades of the money subject to capital gains taxes. Stockman’s bill
would change that determination and treat bitcoin like other forms of
“This is a nascent industry,” he said in a statement on
Monday. “Along with 3-D printers and nanotubes, cryptocurrency is the
future. We need to encourage it, not discourage it. There is risk
associated with every budding industry in America.”
Bitcoins only exist virtually but can be traded for cash online or used to buy goods and services at some stores.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The sagebrush rebels attempted to influence environmental policy in the American West during the 1970s and 1980s, surviving into the 21st century in public lands states (generally, the 13 western states where federal land holdings include 30% to more than 80% of a state's area), and surviving
in organized groups pressuring public lands policy makers, especially
for grazing of sheep and cattle on public lands, and for mineral
An extension of the older controversy of state vs. federal powers, Sagebrush Rebels wanted the federal government to give more control of federally owned Western lands to state and
local authorities. This was meant to increase the growth of Western
economies. Republican Ronald Reagan declared himself a sagebrush rebel in an August 1980 campaign speech in Salt Lake City, telling the crowd, "I happen to be one who cheers and supports the Sagebrush Rebellion. Count me in as a rebel." Reagan was faced with opposition with conservation organizations. This struggle persists today after changing form, with the "wise use movement" in 1988. George H. W. Bush helped work around restrictive environmental laws to help mining,
ranching, and real estate developing industries that created jobs in the
The term "Sagebrush Rebellion" was coined during fights over
designation of National Wilderness lands, especially in Western states,
and especially after the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) conducted required surveys of plots of public lands of at least
5,000 acres (20 km²) that were unroaded, after 1972, for potential
designation as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.
This process was known as the Roadless Area Review and Evaluation
(RARE, or later, RARE I). The process developed significant opposition
by environmental groups and by public lands users, and was challenged in
federal court. Results of RARE I were tabled by the courts for lack of uniform
criteria for evaluation of lands and other procedural problems, and a
second review started in 1977, known as RARE II, involving more than 60
million acres (240,000 km²) of wildland under federal jurisdiction. RARE
II was completed in 1979. Controversy, and lack of support from the
Reagan administration starting in 1981, largely sidelined a formal,
national wilderness assessment. Congress has designated several
wilderness areas since 1981, sometimes using data acquired through the
The National Wilderness Preservation System grew out of recommendations of a Kennedy-administration Presidential Commission, the Outdoor Recreational Resources Review Commission (ORRRC) chaired by Laurence S. Rockefeller,
whose 1962 report suggested legislation to protect recreational
resources in a "national system of wild and scenic rivers", a national
wilderness system, a national trails system, the federal Land and Water
Conservation Fund, and recreation areas administered by then-existing
public lands agencies beyond National Parks and National Monuments (both
of which are administered in the Department of the Interior by the
National Parks Administration).
Much of the wildland was sagebrush,
which some wanted to use for grazing, off-road vehicle use, and other
development instead of wilderness conservation. These "rebels" urged
that, instead of designating more federal wilderness protection, some or
much of the land be granted to states or private parties. They took on
the phrase "Sagebrush Rebellion" to describe their opposition to federal
management of these lands.
Public lands history
Complaints about federal management of public lands constantly roil
relations between public lands users—ranchers, miners, researchers,
off-road vehicle (ORV) enthusiasts, hikers, campers and conservation
advocates—and the agencies. Ranchers complain that grazing fees are too
high—despite the rock-bottom, taxpayer-subsidized, below-market fees—they also complaint that grazing regulations are too onerous—despite environmentalist complaints that the opposite is true, and that promised improvements to grazing on federal lands does not
occur. Miners complain of restricted access to claims, or to lands to
prospect. Researchers complain of the difficulty of getting research
permits, only to encounter other obstacles in research, including
uncooperative permit holders and, especially in archaeology, vandalized
sites with key information destroyed. ORV users want free access, hikers
and campers and conservationists complain grazing is not regulated
enough, some mineral lease holders abuse other lands, and ORV use
destroys the resource. Each of these complaints has a long history.
Federal holding of public lands was originally an accident of
history. Among the first pieces of legislation passed under the U.S.
Constitution was the Northwest Ordinance, which was designed to dispose of lands the federal government held after state claims were conceded, in the Northwest Territories (now Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana).
In order to encourage settlement of western lands, Congress passed the Morrell Act in 1862, granting parcels in 40-acre (160,000 m2)
increments to homesteaders who could maintain a living on land for a
period of time. Congress also made huge land grants to various railroads
working to complete a transcontinental rail system. Much of these
latter grants intentionally included mineral- and timber-rich lands, so
that the railroads could get financing to build. Again, the hypothesis
was that the railroads would sell off the land to get money.
Ultimately, however, it turned out that much land west of the Missouri River was too wild for homesteading, because of mountainous terrain or lack
of available water. By the early 20th century, the federal government
held significant portions of most western states that had simply not
been claimed for any use. Conservationists prevailed on President Theodore Roosevelt to set aside lands for forest preservation, and for special scientific
or natural history interest. Much land still remained unclaimed, even
after such reserves were initially set up. The Department of the Interior held millions of acres in the western states (with Arizona and New Mexico joining the union by 1913). President Hoover proposed to deed these lands to the states in 1932, but the states
complained that the lands had been overgrazed and would in other ways
impose a burden on cash-strapped state budgets. The Bureau of Land
Management was created to manage much of that land.Congressional support for the Sagebrush Rebellion
Various bills to transfer federal public lands to western states had
been proposed after 1932, all failing to garner much attention, let
alone action. Among key objections to such transfers were the increasing
value to the federal treasury of mineral lease receipts, and complaints
that the "crown jewels" of the national lands holdings, the National
Parks, could not be managed adequately or fairly by individual states. Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks were considered to be national treasures, and few legislators would concur with turning them over to the states.
The spark that turned these complaints into a "rebellion" was the enactment in 1976 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), which sought to establish a system of land management by the
BLM, recognizing that most of the BLM holdings would not be turned into
private hands. While FLPMA required BLM to plan land use accommodating
all users, specifically naming ranching, grazing, and mining, it also
introduced formal processes to consider preservation of the land from
ranching, grazing and mining. Western land users regarded the act as a
bureaucratic power grab at best, or the imposition of a totalitarian
socialist regime at the radical worst.
Newly elected Senator Orrin Hatch,
R-Utah, joined in land transfer legislation in 1977, after loud
complaints from ranchers and oilmen from Utah, coupled with strong
support from several Utah county governments. By late 1979 Hatch was the
one legislator most interested in land transfers. He sought to
introduce a transfer bill that would get hearings and potential action.
Upon advice of members of the Utah Wilderness Commission, appointed by Utah Governor Scott Matheson,
Hatch agreed to leave National Parks and National Monuments in federal
hands, and he drafted a bill that would allow states to apply for
control over selected parcels. With 16 cosponsors, he introduced the
bill in 1980, and again in 1981. Partly because Hatch's bill dealt with
major objections to previous bills, news outlets for the first time
covered the bill as if it had a serious chance of passing. This provided
a huge morale boost to long-aggrieved public lands users other than
conservationists, and started a two-year newspaper, radio and television
fight for the legislation.
Ultimately Hatch's bill got little more than press attention. The
election of Ronald Reagan as president put a friend to the Sagebrush
Rebels in the White House. Reagan appointees slowed down or closed down
wilderness designation legislation, and by Reagan's second term, the
Sagebrush Rebellion was back to simmering on the back burner of federal
land management agencies.
, Kenneth Royce
Modules for Manhood
, Manual for Single Mothers
What do women want? What does America need? Men. You are merely a male by birth. Only by choice and effort can you become a Man. While 50% of people are male, a male is not necessarily a Man. The transformation of boy-to-man does not happen by accident, but rather through a proven process by fathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, and mentors. In the 21st century, most American males haven't access to such character-building role models, so they flounder about as soft and incomplete males.
Among the other signs of times, we discover that coping is unfashionable. As far as I can tell, today's young people are taught not to handle problems but rather to call for help. This is very bad conditioning. As a boy, I led a privileged life, but I nonetheless often got into jams beyond reach of assistance. I never called for help, and my father would have sneered at me if had done so. At age seventeen while driving alone, I blew a tire. I had never seen a wheel changed, but I figured the matter out for myself. This is not to boast, but only to point out that young men should be expected to cope.
The point is that a young man of 21 should be able to cope with the world around him in a general fashion. . . . Before a young man leaves home, there are certain things he should know and certain skills at which he should be adept.
These things should be available before a son leaves his father's household.
We have not fit men for the times.
We haven't fit men because today's males cannot cope with the world, and coping is what being a Real Man is all about. He handles things. Growing into an internally-ambitious, competent, self-sufficiently productive, self-governed, loving, and pleasant man of honor is a serious process. Very little about it is accidental. Good genetics and a quality up-bringing (both are forms of inheritance) help greatly, but they do not guarantee a successful life. (I know many losers with good genetics and good parents. Any inheritance can be squandered, and often is). The "hardware" of people is all about the same — it's the "software" where the difference lies. Meaning, what you choose to learn and apply is what really matters.
The trouble with most guys today is that haven't grown a "taproot" into the soil of Life. They are not anchored in anything. Men's best is generally not very good, and most men cannot do their best but sporadically. Modules For Manhood will help you:
➊ ability to absorb what's happening
➋ ability to respond correctly (whether tragic or happy)
➌ reflect on what has gone before
➍ ability to share, and thus enlarge yourself
The war against capable citizens:
We must stop thinking about the individual and start thinking about what is best for society.
~ Hilary Clinton, 1993
At its zenith, the Western way of life encompassed a unique blend of beliefs, characteristics, principles, and philosophies. Numbered among its virtues were honesty, self-discipline, [nonaggression], self-sufficiency, the work ethic, respect for elders, aggrandizement of achievement, planning for the future, respect for the property of others, a stable economic system, reverence for the family unit, courtesy and consideration toward others, and, above all, the right of the individual to be left alone. When I speak of the collapse of Western Civilization, then, it is the literal destruction of this way of life that I am referring to.
~Robert J. Ringer, How You Can Find Happiness During the Collapse of Western Civilization
The more narrow your talents, the more you must rely on institutions and government for what you cannot do yourself. For at least the past hundred years, there has been a specific and organized scheme to eliminate talent width amongst people. Why? Because width of skillset increases your self-sufficiency:
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
~Robert Heinlein, Time Enough For Love
Self-sufficiency is toxic to government and institutions. Only the self-reliant can maintain good character over a lifetime. (The dependent, when squeezed, must abandon their own conscience for a job's sake. Try to speak a contrary opinion within a large company or institution, if you dare). A right-thinking man, with strings attached, cannot be a right-doing man. When you can take care of yourself, you enjoy the privilege of living by what you know is right.
[S]chooling is a matter of habit and attitude training. It takes place from the outside in. Education is a matter of self- mastery, first; then self-enlargement, even self-transcendence . . . but in schooling, somebody else's agenda is always uppermost.
You can compensate for a lack of schooling — the human record is full of stories of those who have done so in the past and those who continue to do so in the present — but without education you will stumble through life, a sitting duck for exploitation and failure, no matter how much money you make.
~John Taylor Gatto, Weapons of Mass Instruction, p. 61
Theodore Roosevelt remarked a century ago that our society was perfecting its "cult of nonvirility" with "untried men who live at ease".
I've come to the reluctant but inescapable conclusion that roughly
50% of the adults in this country are simply too ignorant and functionally incompetent to be living in a free society.
— Neal Boortz, Somebody's Gotta Say It
Few any longer can fix a car or the plumbing, grow food, hunt, bait a hook, or install a new roof. Or defend themselves. To overstate barely, everyone depends on someone else, often the government, for everything. Thus we became the Hive.
Government came like a dust storm of fine choking powder,
making its way into everything. You could no longer build a shed without a half-dozen permits and inspections. You couldn’t swim without a lifeguard, couldn’t use your canoe without Coast-Guard approved flotation devices and a card saying that you had taken an approved course in how to canoe. Cops proliferated with speed traps. The government began spying on email, requiring licenses and permits for everything, and deciding what could and could not be taught to one’s children, who one had to associate with, and what one could think about what or, more usually, whom.
Thus much of the country morphed into helpless flowers, narcissistic, easily frightened, profoundly ignorant video-game twiddlers and Facebook Argonauts.
— Fred Reed, Your Papers, Citizen Gun Control and the Changing American Character http://archive.lewrockwell.com/reed/reed250.html
Modules For Manhood will not likely be read in college, which today serves more as remedial high-school education than halls of higher learning. Most college students can neither solve a quadratic equation any more than correctly identify the decade of WWII or explain where price inflation comes from. However, a young man who has self-educated himself with Modules can gain several times more education from his college experience, should he choose to attend.
Basically, I'm going to show you how the world really works, and how you can successfully navigate within it. This skill and prowess is no longer routine, but you can still learn how.
ORIGINS OF MODULES FOR MANHOOD
My first inspiration for writing was Jeff Cooper, who just a few months before his death in 2006, outlined it all:
What should a young male of 21 know, and what should he be able to do? There are no conclusive answers to those questions, but they are certainly worth asking. A young man should know how this country is run and how it got that way. He should know the Federalist Papers and de Tocqueville, and he should know recent world history. If he does not know what has been tried in the past, he cannot very well avoid those pitfalls as they come up in the future. A young man should be computer literate and, moreover, should know Hemingway from James Joyce. He should know how to drive a car well — such as is not covered in Driver's Ed. He should know how to fly a light airplane. He should know how to shoot well. He should know elementary geography, both worldwide and local. He should have a cursory knowledge of both zoology and botany. He should know the fundamentals of agriculture and corporate economy. He should be well qualified in armed combat, boxing, wrestling and judo, or its equivalent. He should know how to manage a motorcycle. He should be comfortable in at least one foreign language, more if appropriate to his background. He should be familiar with remedial medicine. These things should be accomplished before a son leaves his father's household. They do not constitute "a college education," which may or may not be a trade school.
His parents are responsible for inculcating this, and all girls should demand such in their dates. Parents must create the quality young man, and girls are to insist that he remains so. Neither has happened for decades. Parents no longer know how, so women must settle for crude and incompetent boys who never became men (and never will). The cycle repeats itself and spirals for each subsequent generation. Thus, the need for this book. Heck, it was needed back in 1933:
What are those abilities, skills, or accomplishments, those extra-curricular proficiencies that every man should have in order to be rounded and self-sufficient, and when can he acquire them, and how?
~Robert Littell, “What the Young Man Should Know”, Harper's
Parents can make only one of two choices: either they can turn their children over to TV and public "schools" for baby-sitting (read John Taylor Gatto), or they can raise a quality human being. Such a process is very hard work, of course, which is why so few families do it. Also, it cannot be reliably accomplished by single parents or homes with working mothers. Transmuting adulthood into a child is a full-time job, and one parent (preferably the mother) must stay home to be the parent for her children's first 5-7 years. After that, fatherhood becomes as or more important.
Raising children is far too vital to relegate to public schools, which are purposely designed to create compliant wage-slaves vs. independent thinkers and doers. Paying strangers for important tasks (education, food, self-defense, health, etc.) is now the norm. We are too specialized, and thus have lost the art of becoming complete human beings.
Life is a continual struggle against something, and usually several things at once. Childhood should be a rigorous boot-camp for Life. Train hard — fight easy! If parents are soft, their children they will find Life "too hard" and will become collectivists who whine for government to make it easier. Our country has become nearly ruined from sugared lives.
Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
Yes, you can do it!
Reading over Cooper's basic list, it may seem overwhelming to you. "Where could I possibly find all that time to learn those things?" Here's a clue: by the 12th grade, a boy has spent 8,000 hours in the classroom, and 12,000+ hours in front of video screens. Dump that 1,000+ hours/year of video crap, and start learning real things! You have but one Life here, and it's no dress rehearsal. Do not waste it! Acquire actual skills which can fulfill your purpose, make you money, help people, and thrill women.
Less than 6 hours/week in a year will achieve any one of these:
❒ speak an entirely new language credibly well
❒ own basic and reflexive skills in a solid martial art
❒ become a confident dancer (ballroom, Swing, etc.)
❒ learn to fly a small airplane and become a Private Pilot
❒ ride motorcycles (dirt and street)
❒ take up sailing and become proficient in a small boat
❒ get into public speaking and master this important art
❒ learn to write any kind of letter (business, personal, sales)
❒ become a credible cook, using ingredients from scratch
❒ play guitar or piano decently, with many songs in memory
❒ learn dozens of poems to recite from memory
❒ totally transform your body through vigorous exercise
❒ learn house construction, welding, or how to fix cars
Half of these skills can be learned with next to no money. Any of these are available if you'd spend only an hour/day for a year. Three hours/day for a year and you can own three of these skills. OK, want to impress the ladies? Get extremely fit, learn to fight and dance. Next year, learn the guitar, a foreign language, and to fly an airplane. Talk about studly, and in just two years! Everyone will think you've become James Bond. (Meanwhile, your old buddies are playing Wii and X-Box. And what will they have to show for that? Zero.)
"Hey, I'm not even 18 and you're talking about becoming a pilot?! That costs big money!" Well, that didn't stop Illinois high-schooler Landon Clipp. At 14 he began lessons flying a powered parachute. For 2½ years he mowed some 300 lawns (about 225 acres) to earn the $7,000 for his own vehicle of flight. By 17, he had about 40 hours in powered parachutes. So, if you commit yourself to a definite and worthy goal — and if you don't waste time with video screen entertainment and silly people — even teenagers can accomplish very impressive things. Landon, with his own money, became a pilot and bought an aircraft as a high-school sophomore. All a young man needs is a taste of real accomplishment like that, and he will succeed in Life.
America will face some very tough times soon, and there must be good Men for the future. I hope that you become one of them. You don't need money, good looks, big brains, a prominent family, or even luck. You need only clear thinking, solid goals, and the will to become a Man. Think of me as one of your guides.
As the saying goes, the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The next best time is today. Resolve to live with all your might, while you do live! Stop wasting time, dump your excuses, get serious about your Life, and let's get started right now!
Wyoming, March 2014
Since the entire text runs to nearly 1,200 pages, I will offer Modules for Manhood
in three print volumes as well as about 10 e-books. You can purchase the 1st of 3 volumes now by clicking here
Volume 1 (published March 2014)
2 Thinking, Truth, Wisdom
3 Integrity & Character
4 Conquering (Fear, Depression, Laziness, Anger, Impatience, Pride)
5 Individuality, Courage, Manhood
6 Getting Along (Better With People)
10 Learning & Training
Volume 2 (due Summer 2014)
18 Working & Success
19 Savings & Debt
20 Money and Inflation
Volume 3 (due Autumn 2014)
28 Pursuing a Woman
29 Loving a Woman
33 How To Know God
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