Rural California is divided, armed for revolt. What’s the matter in the State of Jefferson?

Carlos Zapata has a message for any government official who shows up at his Tehama County restaurant and tries to enforce California’s pandemic shutdown orders.

“I’ve made it very clear that if they come to shut us down, I’m going to call 100,000 people that’ll be there with guns, and what happens happens, you know?” Zapata said Tuesday. “I’m hoping that they’re not stupid enough to want that kind of a fight over a restaurant being open, but if they want it, we’ll definitely give it to them.”

It’s not the first time the Red Bluff restaurant owner and U.S. Marine combat veteran has made those kinds of threats. A few weeks ago, he told the Shasta County Board of Supervisors to expect trouble if they enforce Gov. Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 restrictions on local businesses.

“Right now, we’re being peaceful,” he said in a short speech that has since made Zapata a celebrity among far-right groups. “But it’s not going to be peaceful much longer.”

Just about anywhere else in California, that sort of talk would have been widely condemned. But here, in what’s arguably the capital of the State of Jefferson — a decades-old movement to break off conservative northern counties from Democrat-controlled California — many have shrugged Zapata off as commonplace. Continue reading “”

Yep. NFA’34 & GCA ’68 work soooo well

Feds indict Youngstown man for having converted machine gun

It is Black’s third charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm since 2016 and second within a year

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Cambridge Avenue man for having a converted machine gun.

Marlin Black, 27, faces charges of possession of a machine gun and possession of an unregistered firearm.

The indictment was issued Friday but unsealed Monday in the U.S. Northern District Court Of Ohio.

The indictment said Black had a 9mm Glock 17 semiautomatic pistol in his home July 31 that was found after police responded to a call for a fight with weapons.

His girlfriend and mother of his three children told police she was arguing with Black over carrying his fourth child when she drove to the house.

She said she tried to talk to Black through the home’s surveillance system but when she got no answer, she went to drive away and heard shots.

When police got there, Black tried to run out the back door but went back inside, reports say. He later surrendered to police and told them they could check for a gun.

Officers went inside and found a revolver, drugs and cash. They waited for a search warrant before looking further, at which point they found three rifles, a revolver reported stolen out of Jefferson Township, more drugs and $80,845 in several vacuum-sealed bags throughout the house.

The Glock 17 is a handgun but the indictment said Black had a device attached to the gun that allowed it to fire like a machine gun. It is not uncommon for handguns to have high capacity magazines attached that allow them to fire as many rounds as a semiautomatic rifle. Continue reading “”

Will President Trump Let ATF Continue to Rule by Unchecked Diktat with Honey Badger ‘Reclassification’?

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (‘ATF’) recently informed firearm manufacturer Q, LLC that, in ATF’s view, Q’s ‘Honey Badger’ pistol with stabilizing brace is actually a short-barreled rifle and therefore subject to the National Firearms Act (‘NFA’), the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action noted in an Oct. 6 alert asking members to take action by contacting the Department of Justice. “Since 2012, ATF has repeatedly found that firearms with pistol stabilizing braces, like the one equipped on Q’s Honey Badger pistol, are not ‘designed, made, and intended to be fired from the shoulder,’ and are therefore not subject to regulation under the NFA. Now, with no notice or opportunity for public input, ATF appears to be reversing course.”

NRA directed members to a notice from Q, LLC that explained the “cease and desist” letter ATF had sent the company in August, with instructions emphasized in bold-case ordering the company to:

Cease and desist all manufacture and transfer of the “Honey Badger Pistol” firearm unless you properly register each firearm manufactured on an ATF Form 2 as required by the NFA, and file the appropriate ATF Form prior to the transfer.
Contact ATF to develop a plan for addressing those firearms already distributed…
Provide a sample of the Sugar Weasel and Mini Fix firearms to ATF for an official clarification…
Just to make sure everyone was clear they were telling, not asking, ATF warned of consequences if they weren’t promptly obeyed:

“Your failure to take the above steps may result in (1) law enforcement action by ATF, including a referral of this matter to the United States Attorney’ Office for criminal prosecution; (2) tax assessment and collection; and/or (3) seizure and forfeiture of the firearms and property involved in violations of Federal law.”

Boston Field Division Special Agent in Charge Kelly Brady didn’t even think highly enough of the subjects he was threatening to sign the order himself but assigned that to an underling. When projecting unopposable power, it pays to be arrogant. Continue reading “”

Well, you know the next few days most of the oxygen is going to be sucked out of anything newsworthy other than the Senate hearing for Judge Barrett.

But MILESFORTIS will still span the globe to bring you the thrill of reporting, hopefully without the agony of the propaganda.

If he actually has the power to do it (and that’s quite debatable); This has to be the most glaring example of the lack of self awareness I’ve ever seen, or Cuomo has finally channeled his inner fascist and thinks he’s Mussolini reincarnated.

And on an updated technical note, we are still working on the SSL security certificate situation here at Milesfortis as well as the other sites.
You should still be able to gain access here, but it may be more ‘problematical’ depending on which browser you primarily use. So far, Chrome is a pain in the posterior, but Edge appears to be unfazed by the problem.
So, keep the faith and we should be back up to full speed shortly.
Miles Out.

With all these near misses, it’s almost like someone is using a smoothbore musket. I wonder what happens if they discover rifling?

Bus-size asteroid to zoom by Earth, ducking below satellites

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An asteroid the size of a school bus is headed our way, but NASA says the space rock will zoom safely past Earth on Thursday.

The newly discovered asteroid will come within 13,000 miles of Earth, well below many of the communications satellites orbiting the planet, scientists said this week. The closest approach will occur Thursday morning over the southeastern Pacific Ocean.

Once it’s gone, the asteroid won’t be back to Earth’s neighborhood until 2041.

Scientists estimate the asteroid is between 15 feet and 30 feet. By asteroid standards, that’s considered puny. Asteroids of this size hit Earth’s atmosphere and burn up once every year or two, said Paul Chodas, director of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. There could be as many as 100 million of these little asteroids out there.

The real threat are considerably bigger asteroids. The good news is that these are easier to spot much sooner than just a few days out.

Asteroid 2020 SW, as it is known, was discovered last Friday by the Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Perhaps coexistence as one people is unachievable.  Maybe the best we can hope for is an amicable divorce, though that seems unlikely.  How would factions resolve differences over turf, resources, infrastructure, assets, and debts without conflict?

Said Winston Churchill: “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia.  It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.”

For the left, with its relentless march for power and dominance, we wonder what interest would compel it to honestly seek resolution with an American majority that supports the existing framework of law, government, and liberty?

I know of an ‘interest’ that would compel just about any rational person to seek an honest resolution of our differences. It begins with a reference to the last of the 4  “boxes of liberty” and ends with ‘or else‘. Unfortunately, I don’t see just a whole lot of ‘rational’ demoncraps to deal with.

A Bridge Too Far?

Fox News had an interview posted on Labor Day with conservative filmmaker and commentator Dinesh D’Souza.  D’Souza has a new film, Trump Card, which will be digitally released on October 9.

The article’s headline was “Dinesh D’Souza says recent riots and political unrest could lead to ‘rise of citizen militias around the country.”  Anyone with a shred of common sense isn’t surprised.

When Democrats neuter police, refuse to impose strict curfews, and refuse to call up the National Guard, lawlessness, involving violence, ensues.  Why should looters and rioters stand down when they routinely confront police whose hands are tied?  Why wouldn’t emboldened mobs take their violence and destruction out of Democrat cities?

Marauders and thugs invading the ‘burbs have happened erratically, to date.  But suburbanites best not think their communities immune.  City riots are leftist arson.  Once sparked, they can spread like wildfires.  Mobs still have plenty to do torching Portland and other blue cities.  But as forest fires crown and spread rapidly, so, too, may mob action if not halted.

Imagine firefighters being ordered to stand down when fires are raging.  What alternative do citizens have then?  Step into the breach or else.  If leftist mobs move out to menace suburbs, why wouldn’t we expect citizens to band together to form militias, neighborhood by neighborhood, if only?

It’s not a bridge too far to expect sober citizens to exercise their ancient right to self-defense when governments cannot or will not meet their responsibilities to protect and defend.  Government exists principally for that purpose.  When governments fail to do so their legitimacy melts away.  But that fact is too elemental, too grounded in the realities that govern human affairs. The upside-down morality that infects the Ted Wheelers and Jenny Durkans is a perversity, which has been rarely encountered so brazenly in America.  It informs Democrat policies and governance.  Right is wrong, wrong, right. Continue reading “”

Another one of their idealistic, but always failing, socialist versions of utopia is my guess. Of course, with them in total control, just like all the rest of the dictators and their lackeys that have come before them.

‘Transforming’ the U.S. – Into What?

  • Local businesses have been moving out. Greg Goodman, co-president of Portland’s Downtown Development Group recently wrote in a letter to Mayor Ted Wheeler and the city council that the number of businesses moving out of the city “is like nothing I have seen in 42 years of doing business in downtown”. Goodman said that the businesses leaving included Daimler Chrysler, Air B&B, Banana Republic and Microsoft, and argued that their departure “does have most everything to do with the lawlessness you are endorsing downtown.”
  • “I would encourage each of you to walk around downtown Portland in the morning. You aren’t sweeping the streets, needles are all over the place, garbage cans are broken and left open, glass from car windows that have been broken out is all over the streets, parks are strewn with litter… You are willfully neglecting your duties as elected officials to keep our city safe and clean.” — Greg Goodman, in a letter to Portland’s Mayor Ted Wheeler and the city council.
  • One influential national politician, however, promised with a smile that the “protests” are “not going to stop… They’re not going to stop before election day in November and they’re not going to stop after election day…. They’re not going to let up and they should not…”
  • America could indeed be “transformed,” but if safe and successful cities keep being transformed into places of crime-ridden lawlessness, is that what Americans want?
 Pictured: A rioter’s feet burst into flames after he was hit by a firebomb thrown by other rioters on September 5, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

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On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed into law Labor Day as a federal holiday, celebrating the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States.

So, taking the day off; MILESFORTIS will return.

Actually arrested 3 times previously  – Aug. 5Aug. 8Aug. 23 by Portland Police, and bailed out just as quickly (by who & where did the money come from? – There’s that antifa logistics appearing again) now he’s charged with federal crimes.

Washington State Man Charged with Civil Disorder After Assaulting Portland Police Officer

A Washington state man who has been arrested four times and quickly bailed out within a month at violent Portland Antifa riots, was arrested by federal authorities this week.

PORTLAND, Ore.—Kristopher Michael Donnelly, 26, of Kelso, Washington, has been charged by criminal complaint with civil disorder after assaulting a local police officer and being arrested during East Portland riots on August 5 and 8, 2020. Continue reading “”

“Any civil authority,” Andrew Sullivan wrote recently, “that permits, condones or dismisses violence, looting and mayhem in the streets disqualifies itself from any legitimacy.”
The appearance of a makeshift militia in Kenosha, and MAGA truck caravans in Portland, suggests at least a few Americans agree.
What happens when thousands more decide they agree, too?
Absent courage on the part of elected officials to deploy police—and give them appropriate leeway to use violence against the violent—we will return to armed citizen militias. The Second Amendment will once again be justified for a purpose many thought antiquated.

When Violence Is Justified To Defend Civil Society
The Kyle Rittenhouse shootings aren’t about property versus lives, but about protecting norms that the left is trying to tear down.

Teenager Kyle Rittenhouse’s shooting of three men in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has sharpened the debate between left and right over whether rioting can be justly met with violence. Opinions about Rittenhouse’s attempt to interpose himself and his AR-15 between rioters and buildings in Kenosha have become entangled with beliefs about the relative value of property versus people, a juxtaposition dishonestly advanced by the left.

Writing in The Nation, R.H. Lossin captured the Left’s point of view artfully, proclaiming: “Plateglass [sic] windows don’t bleed. They don’t die and leave loved ones grieving. They don’t contribute to the collective trauma and terror experienced by their communities. They just break, and then, at some point, they are replaced by identical sheets of glass.”

Leaving aside her comical lack of curiosity about where, exactly, sheets of glass come from, Lossin expresses a widespread sentiment, and it has a certain indisputable logic: things are not, after all, people. Continue reading “”

Hurricane Laura brings tornado threat after Louisiana landfall, Lake Charles ‘severely damaged’
At least 4 people have been killed by falling trees in Louisiana, according to the governor

Heavy rains and winds battered Louisiana Thursday morning as a weakening Hurricane Laura roared northward, threatening to spread further damage well inland after slamming the Lake Charles area and causing at least four deaths.

The historic Hurricane Laura made landfall early Thursday in Cameron, about 45 miles south of Lake Charles, as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 150 mph. It’s since weakened to a tropical storm.

“As we wake up today, everyone must remember that the threat Laura poses to Louisiana is ongoing,” Lousiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tweeted Thursday morning. “Stay home, continue to heed the warnings and instructions of local officials and monitor your local news to stay informed.”

The first fatality from the storm in Lousiana was a 14-year-old girl who died when a tree fell on her home, according to the governor.

“We do expect that there could be more fatalities,” Edward’s Deputy Chief of Staff Christina Stephens tweeted.

The Palestinians never pass up an opportunity to pass up an opportunity.

Trump and the Art of the Middle East Peace Deal.

  • Nobody actually gave up anything, and everybody is getting what they wanted.
  • Well, except for the Palestinians, but yet again, they have only themselves to blame for that.
  • Maybe Trump just lucked out, somehow bumbling his stupid way into peace.
  • Maybe the Bolshoi Ballet is just an infinite number of hyperactive spider monkeys in leotards.
  • Nothing this well-orchestrated happens by happenstance.

The Ignored Genocide of Christians in Nigeria

The mass slaughter of Christians in Nigeria, which some international observers have classified as genocide, is reaching unprecedented levels.

According to an August 4 report, at least 171 Christians were slaughtered by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in the space roughly three weeks:

“And these are only those we know of. In reality, the toll is likely to be far higher. Many thousands are also being displaced by the violence from homes and such livelihoods as they had left after covid lockdown brought economic havoc…. Our news desk has been swamped by such stories for many months, yet this relentless and bloody toll of Christian lives is disturbingly absent from wider mainstream media.”

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A Geopolitical Earthquake Just Hit the Mideast.


For once, I am going to agree with President Trump in his use of his favorite adjective: “huge.”

The agreement brokered by the Trump administration for the United Arab Emirates to establish full normalization of relations with Israel, in return for the Jewish state forgoing, for now, any annexation of the West Bank, was exactly what Trump said it was in his tweet: a “HUGE breakthrough.” ……

Just go down the scorecard, and you see how this deal affects every major party in the region — with those in the pro-American, pro-moderate Islam, pro-ending-the-conflict-with-Israel-once-and-for-all camp benefiting the most and those in the radical pro-Iran, anti-American, pro-Islamist permanent-struggle-with-Israel camp all becoming more isolated and left behind.

It’s a geopolitical earthquake.

To fully appreciate why, you need to start with the internal dynamics of the deal. It was Trump’s peace plan drawn up by Jared Kushner, and their willingness to stick with it, that actually created the raw material for this breakthrough…………….

This deal will certainly encourage the other gulf sheikhdoms — Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia — all of which have had covert and overt business and intelligence dealings with Israel, to follow the Emirates’ lead. They will not want to let the U.A.E. have a leg up in being able to marry its financial capital with Israel’s cybertechnology, agriculture technology and health care technology, with the potential to make both countries stronger and more prosperous.


NEWTOWN, Conn. – NSSF®, the trade association for the firearm industry, is troubled by the politically-driven decision of New York Attorney General Letitia James to seek to dissolve the National Rifle Association, America’s oldest civil rights organization. The lawsuit filed today by Attorney General James seeks to punish the over five million members of the National Rifle Association based on mere allegations of possible wrongdoing by a few individuals.

NSSF is deeply concerned about the apparent political agenda to silence the strongest voice in support of the Second Amendment ahead of the election in November.

This lawsuit, and one filed today by the District of Columbia Attorney General, should concern all Americans who cherish both the First and Second Amendments to our Constitution regardless of their views on what laws and regulations are appropriate to address the criminal misuse of firearms.