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Halloween 2014

halloween frazetta

by Frank Frazetta

Halloween was probably my favorite holiday – as a child.  When else can I go out at night, largely unescorted after I reached school-age, and extort goodies from as many neighbors as I could, all whilst my identity was hidden!

Living in a city-locked white-bread college town, possible dangers were negligible, and we could get popcorn balls and caramel apples along with the usual  candy bars and such.  I even remember returning home on one occasion to get a second bag!

Then, I became a teen, and my interests lie in other than candy…

Fast-forward to fatherhood, and escorting my tiny daughter in her princess costume to a few neighbors.  This evolved to letting her go out by herself, in costumes she herself had sewn and designed (Jean Grey from the XMen, for example).  Dad got into the act at work, oft winning department costume contests, using makeup, wigs, even shaving my head and/or face a couple of times to make a costume character come together!

After the accident, the holiday lost it’s appeal.  I dressed up a couple times at work – but my heart wasn’t in it.

I don’t even give out candy.  Getting up and down to answer the door is just too time consuming and physically difficult.

And besides, Jean Grey doesn’t stop by, anymore.

Security vs Surveillance (or Guns)

From The View From North Central Idaho

We have one infrastructure. We can’t choose a world where the US gets to spy and the Chinese don’t. We get to choose a world where everyone can spy, or a world where no one can spy. We can be secure from everyone, or vulnerable to anyone. And I’m tired of us choosing surveillance over security.

Bruce Schneier
September 19, 2014
Fake Cell Phone Towers Across the US

[A similar statement can be made about gun ownership.

We don’t get to choose between the everyone has guns and only the good guys have guns. The bad guys will always have guns or at least lethal weapons of some sort. And since they get to choose the time, location, and victim they will frequently succeed in their attacks when the innocent are stripped or discouraged from owning guns.

It’s only when the potential victims have the capability of causing near immediate serious consequences that perpetrators give serious consideration to their life choices. If there are not serious consequences then the case can be made they would be stupid to not to take advantage of those who are vulnerable. If the consequences are significantly delayed, as in a possible jail term a year or two in the future, the perpetrators may not be able to integrate those consequences into the decisions being made in the present.

I’m tired of politicians giving us the false choice of tolerating infringements on our right to keep and bear arms in exchange for imagined security.—Joe]

That Ben Franklin quote I keep repeating on this blog seems to apply here – Guffaw

“Pick An Amendment – ANY Amendment!”

rocky“Nothing up my sleeve – PRESTO!” – Bullwinkle

“Wrong hat!” – Rocky

“I wear a seven and a half.” – Bullwinkle

FBI Director James B. Comey made some kind of pronouncement a couple of weeks ago, regarding your rights and mine.  Something of a positive, pro-rights nature.  I took notice, and thought to myself “Gee, I should post this on the blog, it’s unusual for this, or any federal administration!”

Then, last week he flushed it all away when he announced:

If Apple and Google Won’t Decrypt Phones, We’ll Force Them To

Nice upholding your oath there, Mr. Director!

Thank the heavens above that the position of FBI Director is now federally-limited to ten years.  Of course, with whom will he be replaced?  Another nazi or soviet…?

SIGH

h/t Motherboard, Joel

I’m NOT A Hipster

hipstersI’m so glad I’m not a hipster.  I pretended to be Joe Cool in college, but in reality was a crippled proto geek with oily skin and shorter-then-acceptable-as-a-hipster hair, and glasses.

It’s been suggested if only I changed my hair, my clothes, some of my beliefs (etc.) I’d be cooler.  I don’t care – I’m happy being who I am.

Never Yet Melted quoted what I think is the definitive comment on hipsterism.

In part…

Hipster economics are standard economics because hipsters are everything the US economy has ever wished for in one convenient package. It’s a group consisting largely of young, upper-middle class people with very little conviction, who will spend large amounts of money to maintain their own comfort and the appearance of diversity and rebellion. They are activists as long as it’s easy, poor as long as it doesn’t involve dirt or hunger, and selfless as long as they don’t stand to lose anything. They represent the sanitizing of national issues so that they can be discussed without being addressed. And all you have to do to control them is use some reverse psychology. They’re not rebels, they’re not even malicious, because they’re not anything except a bunch of kids playing pretend. They’ll eventually grow up and become bankers, lawyers and politicians, just like their parents…(Robert)

Again, I’m NOT a hipster…

Not All Hollywood Types Are Collectivist, Anti-Gun Rights Morons!

Dean_Cain_2014(From Fox News, in part…)

Two decades after skyrocketing to fame with his role as superman in the hit series “Lois & Clark,”  Dean Cain is still busy acting and making his own films. But these days, Cain is more than just an entertainer. The single father is now a regular guest on Fox News and is not afraid to open up about politics and social issues.

“I’ll discuss things,” Cain told Fox News. “You know, just because someone is an actor doesn’t mean they’re a blithering idiot — although sometimes,” he joked.

Cain said he is stepping into the cable news arena because he isn’t afraid to speak his mind and hopes he might encourage others to do the same.

“I think it’s important as an American, as a citizen, to go and talk about things, to try and educate yourself because the general public wants to be educated on these things and maybe if it’s a face they’ll recognize, they’ll pay attention,” Cain said.

The actor is particularly vocal about gun rights. He said a frightening experience at his home in Los Angeles helped shape his opinion on the topic.

“I was terrified. I’m a big, strong guy and my knees were buckling like ‘Oh my gosh,’” Cain said of a night when he awoke to a stranger pounding on his door. “I’m armed to-the-teeth now. At 4 o’clock in the morning come bang at my door, my knees won’t buckle.” (…)

Take THAT Liam Neeson, Sylvester Stallone, Bill Maher, ad infinitum – ad nauseum.  (To be fair, Bill Maher admits to gun ownership – while railing against the Second Amendment!)

h/t John Lott

Fence-Jumper Made It Farther In White House Than Secret Service Let On

Fence-jumper made it farther in White House than Secret Service let on

The man who scaled the White House fence and was able to run through the front doors made it farther into the building than was previously reported, CBS News has learned.

Whitw House Intruder GIF by  Adam Baumgartner

White House Intruder GIF by Adam Baumgartner

And the intruder was ‘armed’ with a Spyderco pocket knife! (per the Today Show reportage).

spyderco(courtesy of Tamara) A Spyderco pocket knife… “He’s from Texas, honey,” I yelled at the television, startling the cats, “That’s not ‘armed’, that’s ‘dressed’, you island-dwelling herbivore!

Amen.

Personally, my concern is for the protection and well-being of The President of The United States.  ANY President!  I don’t want this Constitutional Republic to devolve into a Banana Republic, with bodyguards stepping aside a la Caesar or some high-ranking mobster to make way for some whack job (or trained assassin) to deny our right to vote!

And make Joe Biden the President…

Last time that happened, we got LBJ – and we all know how well THAT worked out!

h/t Never Yet Melted, View From The Porch

No Credible Evidence

No evidence Oklahoma beheading linked to terrorism, police say

From MSNBC.  Who knew? (sarcasm)

Of course, the gov’t called the mass shootings at Ft. Hood workplace violence, too.

Wouldn’t want to upset the Muslim (Islamic fundamentalist version) folks.

SHARIA LAW IS COMING!!!!

Alton Nolen barged into an Oklahoma food plant Thursday, beheaded a woman and stabbed a second, police said. But he may have foreshadowed the attack months ago: In March, he posted a gory photo of a decapitation on Facebook, explaining that ‘Islamic terrorists behead their victims’ because of a ‘precedent bestowed by their Prophet.’

(New York Daily News)

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Naw, now I see it!  Workplace violence. (sarcasm)

I remember when I read The Warren Report and kept seeing the phrase ‘no credible evidence’ of conspiracy.

Nothing to see here, certainly not home-grown Islamofascist terrorism.

Yeah, right.

PS – IF we are ‘at war’ with Islamoterrorism, and Americans choose to align themselves with the enemy, isn’t that giving aid and comfort?  IOW TREASON?  Perhaps this is why the government is so slow to mark such acts as terrorism, and to treat them as civilian crimes?

AH Feminism…

Free Thinker commented on a recent article on ‘the oppressed’, particularly women, and their reactions to it.

to wit:

“Men are failing us”

Breda brought an utterly regrettable article to my attention via FaceBook some time ago that reminds me of many articles I’ve read elsewhere and of folks I’ve heard of speaking – claiming to represent the womens community or other “oppressed” communities – preaching the gospel of victimhood loud and proud. This particular special snowflake blurts forth:

“Where are our men? Why are they not protecting us?” Sanchez continued, her voice full of frustration. “Men are failing us. I feel as though we are not being protected.”

 Perhaps Sanchez asks the wrong question. After decades of being told by the National Organization for Women and their fellow travelers that women are strong and intelligent individuals, worthy of respect and not needing the oppressive protection of men – just perhaps “Where are our men?” is the wrong question.

We’ve been told to go away. Repeatedly. That our services as protectors were neither required nor desired.

Is it any surprise that an awful lot of men went?

Gender politics has always amazed and confounded me.  Obviously, women should have choices, not just accept conscription into wife/mother/caregiver/crone evolutionary status.  Unless they choose that path.

I AM a product of my generation.  A baby-boomer generation guy, raised in the 50’s/60’s.  With largely traditional American values.  Duty. Honor. Country.  Stand when a women enters a room; hats are removed indoors; open doors for women and children; say “Yes ma’m and No sir – Please and Thank You”.

And treat women and girls with respect due their gender, as the potential carriers of life and less physically strong.

And as equals, as best one can.  THAT’S my feminism.  (Mine, too! – Guffaw)

Sadly, Feminism has taken the same path as the Democratic Party.  In an effort to conscript more converts (more money for the cause) they have been compromised by the Progressive movement.

Feminists have become collectivists, thus eliminating part of their platform.

Women are strong – but guns are bad!

“God created Man, Col. Colt made them equal”  Gender nouns aside, feminists need to get this, or they will lose the war against evil.  Both men AND women. (end of thesis)

Thankfully, many women are embracing gun culture, in record numbers.  It’s the card-carrying, N.O.W. member feminists that have the victimhood agenda.  It’s all about raising awareness money for ‘the cause’, however ‘the cause’ is defined.  Be it the feminists, the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, or The American Cancer Society.  –  Guffaw

If they win all the elections or cure cancer, they lose their power!

Have Gun – Will Travel

I’ve been finding enjoyment on our satellite television with the On Demand feature.  While the choices are numerous, the quality choices are limited, however.

I just finished watching virtually all the episodes of  Night Court.  I met Harry Anderson once, he’s great, and it’s great stuff.  And John Larroquette won three Emmys for his roll as the slimeball D.A. Dan Fielding.

paladin1Having completed that, it was time for something different.  They do have Have Gun – Will Travel.  Not the first of the ‘adult’ Westerns in the 50s, but certainly the second.  (The first having been Gunsmoke).

Richard Boone’s hard living hadn’t yet completely ravaged his once handsome face.  And the stories are not just gratuitous violence, they are morality tales for a simpler time.

I do mean the 1950’s, not the 1880’s…

I often chuckle at a childhood memory surrounding this, though.   When the show started in 1957, I had just began school and was reading, reading well.  But there were many words I didn’t yet understand.  What kind of a stupid first name IS WIRE, anyway?  :-)

paladin

 

 

This Grumpy Old Fart Comment Should Go VIRAL!

(I’m doing MY part! – Guffaw)

(Now, just a reminder, I’m NOT a republican, nor a democrat, but I did find some truths in this rant (by Grumpy Old Fart, courtesy of Kevin @ TSM) – Guffaw)

I’ve said it here and elsewhere, but I’ll say it again:

Democrats are the party of hatred, envy and bigotry. It’s the basis of everything they do, and they use it at every opportunity.

If you disagree with them on race, it’s because you’re white (even if you’re Thomas Sowell, Mia Love or Marco Rubio). If you disagree with them about women’s rights, it’s because you’re a man (even if you’re Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter or Megyn Kelly). If you disagree with them about gay rights, it’s because you’re straight (even if you’re Liz Cheney, Jimmy LaSalvia or Chris Barron). They’re not interested in empowering minorities, they’re only interested in punishing white people. They’re not interested in empowering women, they’re only interested in punishing men. They’re not interested in empowering gays, they’re only interested in punishing straight people. They’re not interested in helping people become successful, they’re only interested in punishing the wealthy. They don’t want justice, in fact they work hard to subvert it… because they pander to those who want revenge.

Of course, they’ll always claim the opposite. But it isn’t the Republicans who wanted a Supreme Court Justice who thought she could do better than others because she wasn’t white. It isn’t the Republicans who called a black politician a “house nigger.” It isn’t the Republicans who coined the term “white hispanic.” It’s not the Republicans who TO THIS DAY call Justice Thomas an “Uncle Tom.” It’s not the Republicans who delight in “Teabagger” as a derogatory term.

It isn’t the Republicans who are proud to be associated with openly racist organizations like the NAACP and La Raza. It wasn’t the Republicans who proudly put a sexual predator in the White House in the 90s. It wasn’t the Republicans who were proud of voting for our current President because he’s not white. It’s not the Republicans who have fought tooth and nail to make it easy to get on welfare, but hard to succeed in business.

Democrats have spent the last several years calling Republicans “terrorists,” “suicide bombers” and “hostage takers.” But virtually every supporter of Hamas in America is a Democrat.

I’m an agnostic, and yes, I find it annoying when Christians act as if I’m some poor deluded soul who must be saved from his own stupidity. But at least Christians treat me as if I am a human being, and by their lights they are trying to help me. They’ll try to change my mind, but they don’t try to have me arrested or outcast when I don’t. The anti-Christian left thinks I should be punished for daring to disagree with them, IF they concede that I should be allowed to exist AT ALL.

“Diversity” my hairy butt. I want my doctor, my lawyer, my local police and firefighters, to be the best, and I don’t care what color they are, whether their underwear has a fly, or who they kiss when they go home in the evening.

My largest bone of contention with this rant is two-fold.  First, they say Democrats, when I would say PROGRESSIVES – not necessarily the same thing.  Second, they don’t rant at the Republicans, for all their misdeeds – The Patriot Act and it’s evil children, for example.

I’m a libertarian (small L), and I say vote ‘em ALL OUT!  Of course, the only problem with that, of course, is with whom do we replace?

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