Appalachian Network PATCON – Tom Baugh

Tom Baugh describes a process for selecting a rural area, and the growing threat of the criminal + local corruption alliance.

Topics covered include:

– Dangerous assumptions / outdated views
– Federal / local corruption parallels
– Selective enforcement as a policy tool
– Local government types and roles
– Local official indoctrination process
– Rural selection criteria
– Crime / corruption warning signs

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So, What are the Rules Anyway?

Here’s what I think. I think there actually are no rules anymore. I think the elite is so terrified it is losing its power that it is tossing out the foundations of the society it is supposed to organize and manage, that is, the rules. I think our elite actually does not believe in rules, that their attempts at enforcing the rules are merely a grift designed to jam up Normals and provide a way to keep them in line.

And I think we Normals see that. We see that when that Looming Doofus Jim Comey lets Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit off after running down a list of crimes that would have sent any of us Normals off to the pokey. We see that when we watch the Democrats line up to vote for Keith Ellison and Sherrod Brown after accusations that they beat up the women in their lives (apparently the new rule is you believe only some women, and only when it’s convenient). And we’ve seen it when we watch the media demand the respect due unbiased truthtellers even as they jump in squarely on the side of the elite.

If you want the rule of power, elite, keep it up. Just remember that, as the left’s buddy Mao used to say, power grows from the barrel of a gun. And us Normals have all the guns.


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How Much Does It Cost to Smear a Man’s Reputation and Family?

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Appalachian Network PATCON – Hans Mentha

Topic: Rightful Liberty and Common Law

Thank you for your interest in my talk.  This presentation was one of many in a very full weekend agenda:  Schedule: PATCON 29 September 2018

I am passionate about subject of Rightful Liberty and Common Law.  That, however, may not be apparent due to glaring deficiencies in my skills as a public speaker.

The core message: a return to common law is a necessary prerequisite to re-establish a culture of liberty.

PDF files of this presentation and the script are available below the video.

Hans Mentha – Presentation (PDF)

Hans Mentha – Speakers Notes (PDF)

Getting this message out to the broadest audience is important.

I grant permission for others to deliver this presentation using the speakers notes … with the following respectful request … please:

  1. credit me as the source of this talk, but encourage your audience to pursue attribution for content from my prior essays
  2. attempt to deliver in the spirit of my love for liberty and common law
  3. create a comment (in the area below) which documents the audience, venue, date, and includes contact information for the presenter

Several of my earlier essays on the subject of liberty and common law, which contain relevant bibliographies and attribution, can be found through links on the “bio” page for this conference topic: CLICK HERE

Best Regards,

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The State of the FBI

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To put matters in sad perspective, today is the one year anniversary of the nightmarish Las Vegas shootings that killed 58 people and injured hundreds of others. It was the largest mass murder in U.S. history. The FBI has now had a year to investigate what happened in a bedroom that became a sniper’s perch. They’ve been able to draw on their own investigators and labs, the Mandalay Bay resort’s security personnel and apparatus, multiple closed circuit cameras recording videos before and at the time of the event, and the statements of countless witnesses.

And they’ve come up with nothing to explain how and why this bloodbath occurred. What happened in that bedroom remains a mystery.


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I received the following email this morning: How was the conference?

The word that comes to mind is surreal. I have several metrics on how to measure the success of an event which I outlined in my talk. They were all met and I now have even more for future metrics.

  1. If people stay after the event and do not want to leave, it is a success. The new metric: do people come early before the event even starts? The impromptu meeting on Friday night with TL Davis, Robert Gore, Concerned American, Alan Kay and several others for several hours was the first sign that this PATCON would be a success. Unfortunately, there is no video of Friday night.
  2. Were people engaged? Not only were people engaged by the speakers, you could see “the wheels” grinding and speakers were asked questions about their topics after their talks and the Q&A portions were concluded.
  3. People used “meat space” to make new contacts. This was an unqualified success and I am grateful for the new friends.
  4. People helped. The attendees understood the purpose of the PATCON and made new contacts as I pointed out. Throughout the event, people asked how they could help in any way: serving food, cleaning up or even directing traffic. When the event ended on Sunday, everyone helped clean and reorganize the community center for over an hour.
  5. The end response of people to me personally: thank you for putting on this event for the effort required to organize it.
  6. The most prevalent question at the conclusion: when is the next event? What would be a better measurement of success?
  7. I have 71 GB of video to process into movies which will take several weeks. I do not think viewers will be disappointed.
  8. I think it was also successful based on the number of people who are now considering moving to this area because of this event and its information.
  9. Most of the attendees commented that they wished their friends had come since they knew they would have enjoyed it. Word of mouth is the best means to succeed in the future.
  10. After our first large town hall in Raleigh, a good friend who is very frugal with his words came to me and said: Good Party. This was a good party and I could feel the hand of God on my shoulder.

Although I will be personally thanking all of the speakers, I want to extend my sincere appreciation to them here. For those who attended the conference, please add your comments or thoughts below. Make sure that you include the food served by Rib Country, the bucolic setting and the weather.


David DeGerolamo

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Trump @War

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PATCON Presentation – Points to Consider Before You Move to the Country

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Tom Baugh’s PATCON presentation details how to select a rural area for relocation. The video will be posted shortly but here is the PDF. I suggest the you download this information for the future.

David DeGerolamo


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Remembering America

As we age, our minds tend to return to times in our lives that are fondly recalled. For some of us, a departed family member or some special occasion sparks our memory. For me, my favorite thoughts are of a kinder, gentler place where people were basically sane and lived together much like a large family. That place has turned into a land where people snap and snarl at each other like rabid dogs.

In my estimation, the world began changing during the Vietnam War. The nation was divided between people who were opposed to the war and those that supported the effort to keep communism from our shores; or at least that was the way the war effort was framed by the people in power at the time. In reality the war was vastly different from what we were led to believe. Those of us who were there realized that it was impossible to discern the enemy from the friend; one bright morning my Vietnamese barber was lying in front of his shop, shot in the head. Seems he had tried to place a satchel bomb in the American compound.

As the war was winding down, a Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade further divided the nation between those who wanted to protect the lives of the unborn and those who wanted unfettered right to abort the child that was growing inside the mother. Roe v. Wade is established law but those who favor abortion on demand are always leery of any SCOTUS nominee that has conservative leadings.

While neither the far left nor right could be accurately called completely sane, the new liberal/socialist movement has brought us to the brink of becoming another Venezuela. The new crop of socialist politicians have no idea how to pay for the implementation of their socialist ideas, beyond taxing the rich, but insist their “pie in the sky” ideals will work. Socialism has been tried to varying degrees in several countries and so far has been anywhere from an unmitigated disaster to being fraught with problems of funding. Still liberal/socialist believers insist socialism will work and should replace our capitalistic society.

Perhaps the nastiness of our current society is best illustrated in the confirmation process of our SCOTUS nominees. Clearly the liberals want an activist judge who will base his/her decisions on what the framers should have, or should not have written in our Constitution. More conservative minded people want judges who enforce the words of the Constitution and its implied meaning in rendering their decisions. The liberal and conservative viewpoints are diametrically polar opposites.

The current nomination process for Judge Brett Kavanaugh has hit an all-time low even for a process that has developed into something that looks like a mud-wrestling contest. Kavanaugh is a fairly middle of the road judge whose decisions fail to paint him as either a flaming liberal or ultra-conservative. Unfortunately the new Democrat Party doesn’t want common sense logic applied to SCOTUS decisions; they want the Constitution rewritten to embrace their leftist agendas.

After going through the senate interview process, which was more an audition by people who want to be president than a fact finding event, the Democrats pulled a final rabbit out of the hat in the form of a woman who claims Judge Kavanaugh attempted to rape her some thirty-five years past. The claimant doesn’t remember where the alleged event took place, the date, how she got there, how she got back home and the other people she claims were present don’t know what she is talking about.

Without having a clue as to the validity of the claim or the denial, people are lining up screaming insults and making baseless accusations. It is as if decency and the presumption of innocence are elements of our society long lost and unrecoverable. All the cries for this agency or that to investigate the claim are merely a smokescreen. Without the claimant being able to provide details, there is nothing to investigate. And presuming, there was an investigation, and Kavanaugh was found to have done what the woman claims, the report would be sealed and unavailable because both were minors at the time.

America has reached a point where the presumption of innocence, civility, and truth are merely antiquated ideals which no longer have relevance when they clash with political objectives. The Democrats are unscrupulous, sometimes slimy, have little regard for the truth, but are committed. The Republicans are feckless, timid as an ole maid, and are seemingly uncommitted. Senator Flake, a man aptly named, can’t stay honor a commitment for even an hour. A nation that loses its way cannot long endure.

Have a good week. Bill Shuey is a freelance writer in Murphy, North Carolina.

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Lawless America

What Democrats did to Judge Brett Kavanaugh using Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, signals a turning point in the Republic.

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Who’s in Your Back Pocket?

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Get Used to It

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The Democrat Party Are Terrorist

Democrats have used the Constitution as toilet paper, wiped their ample chairborne asses with the previously sterling reputation of a federal judge, and called down the whirlwind with their gleeful charade of anything approaching justice or decorum in opposing a good man for an office to which he is magnificently and manifestly qualified, and without so much as a hint of actual or demonstrable blemish.

If it were Sen. Graham’s choice yesterday, he’d have taken a flamethrower to the entire minority side of the Judicial Committee, and he’d have been well within the sensibilities of most of the Senate had he done so. They all have it coming.

When Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed, and they go into full frothing lunatic mode; if their imagined blue wave turns redder than a sunset at the spectacle of these latest despicable and fully treasonous antics, and they throw the Mother Of All Infantile Shit-fits, causing 2016-present to pale to relative insignificance, then it may become necessary for more forceful means to remove them from any positions of influence, and water the tree of liberty in a way we haven’t had to do for more than a century.


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Never Forget the Consequences of Seeking Unbridled Power

I was never a Lindsey Graham fan based on his close association with John McCain. Since McCain’s death, Sen. Graham has become a vocal proponent of American values.

David DeGerolamo

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This Is Our Home by TL Davis

This is our land, all of our land; it is where we live; it is our home. When we watch what is happening to our home there is no comprehension of the level of anger that produces. To keep from ranting on like a lunatic, one sublimates all of the damage being done to a perfectly good home and think that things will get better if we just do one thing or another.

Voting has ceased to be an agent of change. The fact is…the only fact that has ever existed…is that only force solves the sort of issues we have in this land. I have resisted this knowledge for a long time, not because I didn’t believe it, but because there is only one place to go with that knowledge.

Now, all of this is predicated on the simple understanding that our leaders, those we have either placed in charge of this land, or have allowed to assume control of it, will not ever serve the people. They have transcended beyond that existence as have our industries, our media, our churches. They no longer have to appeal to the people for their riches, because no matter how foul they are or how insulting, they have those who cheer on their most base instincts, instinctively knowing that it fundamentally damages a wholesome society.


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