Not THIS kind…
Largely because of errors-in-judgement I’ve made in my own life, I find myself drawn to other’s opinions with regard to how one should live. And I sometimes even try to apply them to my standards, and see how (or if) they fit.
I’ve occasionally referred to The Art of Manliness in this blog. While much of what is written there is a how-to, some of it is a paradigm-breaking thing. Thinking outside the box, as it were.
This recent essay challenges the mold of modern parenting. The one wherein a parent tells the child they can accomplish anything if they put their mind to it. Now my parents tried their own version of this which was I wasn’t living up to my potential. Not exactly a positive message. I tried to encourage my own daughter, but let her figure out her own limits for herself. She wasn’t necessarily supposed to live my dreams. She was to live hers.
“You can do anything you put your mind to!”
“The sky’s the limit!”
“You’re the best!”
“Follow your dreams!”
Did you hear these kinds of things growing up? Your parents sure meant well. They really felt like you were the most special creature to arrive on planet earth – a beautiful boy full of limitless possibilities. You could do anything in the world!
But now that that boy is grown up and in his twenties, you might find that such encouragement has become more paralyzing than motivating. If your possibilities really are endless, how will you ever decide which path to take and what to do with your life? (TAOM)
I would encourage you to visit the link above and also read the other essays. I often learn things there – and I’m old!
Better than thinking I can blow up the Earth because it blocks my view of Venus!
I used to hang with a nice married couple. They are good friends, but they moved away. Fortunately, this was after they became my shooting students, and went on to become teachers, themselves.
I remember them telling me back-in-the-day that years before we became acquainted, they’d gone to a gun show. And some vendor therein had a sales technique predicting an apocalypse. His sales spiel was:
When the s*** comes down, you will need ‘X’!
Tactical Intelligence addresses something that most who read this and similar blogs already know:
“The more you sweat in times of peace, the less you’ll bleed in times of war.”
If there’s one thing though that we rarely hear about in the prepper circles that I feel is equally as important, it’s building up our mental toughness.
Self-defense oriented folks already are familiar with such precepts: Jeff Cooper’s Principles of Personal Defense is all about our attitude.
So what are some things that you can do to build mental toughness?
If you have a flight of stairs in your home, any time you walk down them, go on all fours (great shoulder and chest workout). Or when going up, hop up each step.
Do a number of pushups or pullups (install a pull-up bar in the doorway) before entering or leaving certain rooms of the house.
Go without food or water for 24 hours
When on errands, park your car further out so you have to walk farther.
When showering, finish the last portion of it with a blast of cold water.
When watching TV, do pushups/situps during the commercial breaks.
Try to do as many activities as possible with your non-dominant hand.
If you’re on the shy side, go out of your way to talk to 3 new people a day and learn something about each of them, or…
…try singing at the top of your lungs when someone is pulled up next to you at a stop light.
Wake up an hour earlier than you’re used to.
When getting your mail in the middle of winter, go out in some shorts and a t-shirt.
On those nights when you’re exhausted and just want to go to bed, force yourself to clean or do the dishes for 10 minutes.
Practicing a snap kick for 1000 repetitions, or a pistol presentation 1000 times may help you with you physical self – your muscle memory. But, readiness is not just about the physical.
You should go and read the whole article at the link above, and remember, prepping isn’t just how many guns or rounds-of-ammo or bandages or water filters you have. What you do with those tools is entirely dependent on your attitude.
For when the s*** comes down…
h/t Karmann & Stan
I was raised in a police-loving,respecting family. My Dad’s Dad had been a railroad cop, as was my Dad for a short time. He went to the Rhode Island State Police Academy, but washed-out due to health reasons.
And I went to community college majoring in Administration of Justice. That’s what they changed to from Police Science. And I ate it up. Graduated with high distinction.
BUT, I was disabled, and in the mid-70s environment of inflation and job problems, there were many more physically-capable folks in the line at police personnel. No cop job for Guffaw.
I was taught the purpose of the police was not only to enforce the law, but to make certain the individual’s rights were protected. THIS is what separated us from banana republics. And made their job much more difficult.
But, according to the media, it appears there is police incompetence and corruption everywhere. Websites and news stories abound with tales of bribery, malfeasance and crime by sworn officers.
And then we have the L.A.P.D. Lauded in song and story. Well, story, anyway. (In)famous Chief Parker decided after the war that there was simply too much graft, corruption and mob influence in his department. He established ‘The Hat Squad’ to get the mobsters out of town, and worked with film and TV producers to make the image of the department better. TV shows like Dragnet and Adam-12 were the result.
I grew up on this stuff. They further reinforced my already sainted image of police, and did so in other major cities as well. Naked City, The Detectives, and M-Squad were among the other shows. Federal law enforcement was not left out. The Untouchables and The FBI come to mind.
But the twenty-four hour news cycle has evolved into the instant Internet news cycle. And now we hear about this recently-fired L.A.P.D. officer killing other officers and firing on them.
And the panicked police were firing willy-nilly on anyone who might be a suspect. And other folks.
The latest news stories indicate this maroon has died in a fire, saving the taxpayers the cost of a trial. And a professor on CNN praised the cop-killer!
I truly believe most police departments consist of good folks trying to do an ever-more-difficult job. But, that doesn’t excuse this kind of behavior. We have a sheriff here locally who has done some remarkably positive things, like having inmates staff county animal shelters, saving many tax dollars. Of course, the many costly lawsuits against the county for prisoner abuse and ‘accidental’ or ‘negligent’ death of inmates cost many tax dollars, also. I’d like to see comparison spreadsheets, just for fun.
We need to support the police. They are the blue line between the criminal and the citizen. But we need to make certain they are properly trained and policed themselves, to keep aberrant behavior to an absolute minimum. They are, after all, the in-your-face, on-the-street representatives of government and it’s power. Let’s hope it’s not gone to their head.
And that government needs to recognize we have the right to also defend ourselves. That sometimes, the best they can do is to draw the chalk line and write the report.
h/t Weasel Zippers
I watched and listened in amusement, disdain and horror as the 17th President to achieve reelection took again the oath of office. His discussion of upholding rights for all…WE the People, failing to acknowledge the individual rights we hold (or rather held) in this country; speaking of the collective. And never stating that those rights are natural rights, not something issued or taken away by government.
Constantly referring to our founding documents, as though saying those wise words would make his statements go down easier. Because the speech was about his agenda, not upholding a Constitutional vision for the Nation.
And the camera shots of the audience, obviously fans of the President, alternately staring enraptured and bored, speaking to one another during the National Anthem and the Benediction. No respect. Even one of his daughters was not paying attention and talking to her mom.
In 1951, Eric Hoffer wrote The True Believer: Thoughts On The Nature Of Mass Movements.
The book analyzes and attempts to explain the motives of the various types of personalities that give rise to mass movements; why and how mass movements start, progress and end; and the similarities between them, whether religious, political, radical or reactionary. As examples, the book often refers to Communism, Fascism, National Socialism, Christianity, Protestantism, and Islam. Hoffer believes that mass movements are interchangeable, that adherents will often flip from one movement to another, and that the motivations for mass movements are interchangeable; that religious, nationalist and social movements, whether radical or reactionary, tend to attract the same type of followers, behave in the same way and use the same tactics, even when their stated goals or values differed. (Wikipedia)
I fear most of the persons in the audience were such people. True Believers. Folks who either love the man because he’s Black, or because he’s not George W. Bush. Or because he gives them stuff or money. Or who voted for him as an agent of change, out of white guilt. Hardly thoughtful reasons to vote for a chief executive. Many who now have taken note that the government is more powerful than any previous in American History. Not militarily, but in a domestic police role.
It was especially telling to have Senator Charles Schumer introduce the President. A man who needs no introduction to most of my blog readers. An individual rights bigot and hypocrite. Another True Believer.
The President did as he did last time. Instead of making an historic speech, he made a campaign speech, trying to sound inclusive, but ignoring the individual.
This was not unexpected.
Miss Cellania brings us the little-known tale of a man born a slave, who became a prodigious lawman: Bass Reeves.
Over his 32-year career as a Deputy U.S. Marshal, Bass Reeves arrested 3,000 felons, killed 14 men, and was never shot himself. His reputation for persistence, his total fearlessness, his skills with a gun, and his ability to outsmart outlaws struck terror into lawbreakers in what we now call Oklahoma. Although other colorful characters made their way into our pop culture, Bass was the real badass of the Old West
The marshal was famous for fair-mindedness and was impossible to bribe or corrupt. In 1902 he arrested his own son, Benny, for murdering his wife (Reeves’ daughter-in-law). Benny had fled to the badlands after the crime, and no other marshal was willing to pursue him. As distasteful as the task was, Reeves brought him back, and Benny served twenty years at Leavenworth.
A few years back, I began noticing some bumper stickers on hunter’s trucks, suggesting responsible hunters inform on those less responsible. Then, the AZMVD put out a sticker to get people to call in on their neighbors who failed to have current vehicle registration. Now, the FBI gets into it:
From FBI — Index Brochure
In addition to local, state, tribal, and federal agencies voluntarily contributing information to the NICS Index, the NICS Section receives telephone calls from mental health institutions, psychiatrists, police departments, and family members requesting placement of individuals into the NICS Index. Frequently, these are emergency situations and require immediate attention. Any documentation justifying a valid entry into the NICS Index must be available to the originating agencies.
Obviously there’s a potential for abuse here, and the person is entitled to due process, including a rapid follow-up investigation of the original report. But to say that we don’t have a way to report dangerous and mentally disturbed people to the NICS system appears to be flat out wrong.
But, remember, it’s for the children!
The Adaptive Curmudgeon’s Blog disects recent Presidencies (as well as things Presidential) from both parties showing us that our memory is indeed selective. And recall of the pick-and-choose variety.
Ironically, whatever dirty laundry is lying around probably would have escaped discovery if Romney had won the election. Opposition parties tend to drop interest in their predecessor’s malfeasance the minute they come to power. Shockingly, partisans seems to self-justify their own parties’ misdeeds enough to calm their conscience and keep their mouth shut.
Indeed! Go to the link and read the whole thing. And remember Bill Clinton was disbarred for lying to a Grand Jury under oath, not for dalliances with a staffer.
Personal Responsibility is interesting. We see the lack of it all the time. Internationally, when the Administration shifts the blame for the Libyan murders to the Secretary of State, who dutifully falls on her sword for the President. So much for the buck stops here.
On a more local level, I went to pick up some fresh bagels and cream cheese this morning. A little shop about a mile up the road. I took an end parking spot, because, being disabled, it was close to the door. I refuse to get one of those plates or permits; people with wheelchairs and such need them far more than I. I parked squared in the tiny space.
Upon exiting the shop, I noticed the car subsequently parked next to mine was crooked, and parked over the line. So much so that there was no way I was able to open the door to get in. My only hope was it wasn’t someone staying for a long breakfast! I returned inside, and there we only a couple folks in line. I thought about yelling something like, “Hey, can the person with the blue Toyota please move it, I can’t get into my car!”, but patience got the best of me.
After about five minutes, a woman left and headed for the car. I asked her politely, if she could park straighter next time, as I couldn’t get to my car.
Her response (without even looking), “You parked crooked!” I refrained from becoming angry with her, as she was moving her car.
This is much of the World in which we live.
The President watches the Libya debacle on live feed, refuses to order available aid, then lets the Secretary of State take the blame. And then plays golf the next day like nothing happened.
A long-married general (who happens to be the head of the frickin’ CIA!) has an affair! Didn’t they teach you that’s a no-no in spy school, General?
And rather than saying something like, “Oops, sorry!”, bagel woman shifts the blame to me. It’s easier that way.
Analysts decided long ago that President Kennedy didn’t get too much flack from the public over The Bay of Pigs invasion, because he almost immediately did a televised mea culpa, even though he inherited the op from previous V.P. Nixon. Nixon stonewalled Watergate, and see where that got him? (of course, JFK did get assassinated, but that’s another post!)
Hillary Clinton took the blame for Libya. I wonder if that’ll even be remembered next presidential election time?
And bagel woman probably already forgot about our encounter. I wonder if she’ll play golf, tomorrow?
(If you never read another link on this blog, again, please go to the link below and read it. – Guffaw)
My Daily Kona has a guest post from a naturalized Japanese-American writer about The Last Samurai. No, not the movie, the real last samurai.
And how this relates to the last 150 years of history, and the Decline of Civilization in favor of multiculturalism, political correctness, and many other things repellant.
It’s a rather lengthy post, but well worth the read.
The Anglican Archbishop of the former Rule Britannia is now a promoter of sharia. Spain’s prime minister wants the country that once reconquered itself from Muslim rule, to let itself be conquered again. The Dutch want to sue a man for loss of profits when he warns of their colonization by people who boil over for cartoons, but bowl over for beheadings.
The Vikings are now the obsequious servants of their women and their imported freeloaders. Not that there was true glory in being savage brutes; but being eunuchs is not much better. And the United States, once of ‘manifest destiny,’ has curdled into a “proposition nation” of no discernible borders, language, culture or continuity — as though the people who founded and built it, their culture and their descendants, never existed.
Please visit the link above, and remember from whence we came. And perhaps shed a tear for The Last Samurai, and for the rest of us, as well.
One of my favorites from childhood (WAY back in the 1950s) was Gene Autry. Along with Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers, he embodied much of the Western mythos that was presented to we children. In later life, he contributed heavily to charity, and even owned a baseball team. Obviously, Capitalism was good to him.
But, Mr. Autry wasn’t just a capitalist, film, radio and TV star. He set forth in his radio show a set of rules to live by. The Cowboy Code. Granted, they may seem trite by today’s standards, but in their simplicity and directness really aren’t a bad way to conduct oneself.
A Cowboy Must:
I don’t recall having any toys attributed to him (I still have my Hopalong Cassidy watch, somewhere!) but finding these rules in my Internet travels is a better remembrance.
My question is this – what values are being presented to today’s children steeped in popular culture? From the Kardashians to the Octomom…what are their rules to live by?(I DO apologize for mentioning them – Guffaw)