I cannot decide…
Joe Arpaio is the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.
Maricopa County (/ˌmærɨˈkoʊpə/marr-i-koh-pə) is a county located in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of the 2010 census, its population was 3,817,117, the most populous in the state, and ranks fourth among the nation’s counties and is greater than the population of 23 states. Maricopa County is also one of the largest counties in the United States by area having a land area greater than that of seven states. (Wikipedia)
Sheriff Arpaio has been Sheriff since 1992, having been elected for 4 – 4 year terms, thus far. He is 81 years old. He is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the County. (CLEO)
(from A Geek with Guns…)
Do you love your country? Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio does. In fact he loves his country so much that he’s punishing all nonbelievers in his prisons:
Arpaio said he has implemented an American flag campaign in his jails.
Each cell is getting a sticker of an American flag. Any inmate who vandalizes the flag will be punished with the restricted diet.
In keeping with the patriotic theme, Arpaio has ordered that the playing of God Bless America and the National Anthem be done daily in every jail facility over the public address system and for all the inmates, regardless of national origin, to hear and sing-a-long.
Now I am a patriotic American. I vote, pay attention to civic affairs, and sing along The Star-Spangled Banner when appropriate. Because I CHOOSE too! (And sometimes, I cry when so doing). I’ve no problem with having American Flags in jails, nor with playing The National Anthem for the inmates.
Now Sheriff Arpaio’s forcing patriotism on those under his administration, to me, smacks of Soviet Russia and/or Nazi Germany. Any foreign visitor to this country would be respectful of our nation’s flag and anthem. (I hope.)
Are the inmates being forced to stand, directly or through intimidation? THIS is the question I have. Sheriff Arpaio has done some good things, but these have been counter-acted by the many lawsuits for abuse and deaths while in his custody. And his going over budget, constantly.
And, he’s in constant trouble by opening his mouth! He’s currently being monitored by a federal ‘civil rights’ attorney!
We need a strong law and order guy at the helm of the county, tempered with knowledge of the Bill of Rights, and the Freedoms being protected. Not this guy.
PS – as to mindset – he’s retired D.E.A.!
The MSM has been ruminating, of late, regarding the NEXT Presidential Election. Keep in mind in 2014, it’s the Congressional (off year) election, making the Presidential Election THREE YEARS AWAY (2016) from now!
The reason for all this undesired attention? Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State, former Senator, and former First Lady of the Presidency and Governorship (of Arkansas) is making noises about running! After she promised she wouldn’t, of course.
And as the last presidential election was all about electing a Black Man – as though that were some kind of qualification – this one is being countenanced about electing a Woman. Same counter-argument. Of course, we all know that all Blacks think the same and all women do, too. A slam-dunk, right? Tell that to Governor Sarah Palin.
“A woman will get us out of wars, because their’s is the gentle gender.” Just ask Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi and Golda Meir.
So, with regard to qualifications, exactly how does Ms. Clinton qualify?
Uh, she was a lawyer, but never renewed her license. At age ~27 she was fired for being a liar and an unethical lawyer in the Watergate Investigation. Whitewater, Wikileaks, Iran, Iraq, Sandy Berger, Benghazi, Vince Foster, any of those names ring a bell?
Her voting record in the Senate – incidentally, how does a disgraced Arkansas lawyer suddenly become a transplanted New Yorker, and get elected Senator? I guess Bobby Kennedy did it, though. And her non-starterhood as the last Secretary of State.
What has she done, lately, aside from unofficially run for office? And, of course, she was the co-President to her ‘husband’ Bill. Scary stuff.
The scariest is the ‘loyal opposition’ Republicans have very few real contenders. And their party is in a shambles. And the other choice, Libertarians, are by nature and definition not confrontational.
What to do?
Heinlein’s Law – They’re ALWAYS someone to vote against!
PS – This just in – the (Democratic Governor-Elect just made Hillary-for-President noises after winning last night. Not surprising as he was a previous
bag man shill supporter of Bill and Hill !)
h/t HuffPo (believe it or not!)
My Daily Kona (Monday) quotes Boortz in a rant to end all rants, re: the character of the commander-in-chief.
The money shot:
I knew 0bama had a deep resentment toward America when he came here in 1979 to enter Occidental College. Even so, I’m continually amazed at how vindictive, arrogant, dishonest, narcissistic and thuggish this man can be. Yes … I said thug. 0bama is to the presidency what Jimmy Hoffa was to union leadership.
Aw, c’mon! Tell us how your really feel!
You should visit the link above and read the whole thing.
The Republicans may have held the House of Representative (and by extension, the purse strings) and forced negotiation in that manner (as the Democrats have also historically done), but no President in my memory or knowledge has governed in such a manner.
And, it now appears The Republicans blinked.
No surprise here. Most of the Republicans are RINOs, anyway…concerned on how the media makes them appear versus doing the job for which they were elected. Because 2014 is only a year away.
REMEMBER. The 2014 mid-term elections are only one year away.
It’s been said there are no longer heroes. This presupposes all heroism to be resident in times past; days of yesteryear. Fond recollection, now absent.
Growing up, my heroes were individuals who set goals, aspired to them and surpassed them. Harry Houdini, Thomas Jefferson, and Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali). All these men lived up to their egos and surpassed their goals. And stood for something.
I remember a story about Alexander Hamilton visiting Jefferson at Monticello, and noting the three portraits in the foyer: Sir Issac Newton, John Locke and Francis Bacon. Hamilton asked Jefferson who the portraits were. He proudly identified them as the three greatest men who ever lived. Hamilton responded, “I thought Julius Caesar was the greatest man who ever lived!” We all have our heroes.
Today, heroism seems to be populated with military folk – many of whom ARE heroes, and sports or Hollywood figures. And that’s fine, such as it is.
But, see what The Art of Manliness came up with:
Manvotional: There Is Always a Time for Heroism
by BRETT & KATE MCKAY
“There Is Always a Time for Heroism”
By GR Jordan
From The Emerging Revival, 1946
Once Wendell Phillips and a young friend were sitting by the fire. It was a memorable evening. Recollections had flushed the cheeks of the veteran campaigner. Memories of former heroic days had loosened his tongue. He had completely lost himself in the thrilling recital of the past. The young visitor sat enthralled. At last, when he recognized that the evening was far gone, he rose with a start. “Mr. Phillips,” he exclaimed, as he grasped the older man’s hand, “if I had lived in your time, I think I would have been heroic too!” The veteran, who had accompanied his young visitor to the door, was noticeably aroused. As he pointed down the street, he drew the attention of his companion to flaunting indications of audacious vice. His voice was tremulous with indignation as he exclaimed: “Young man, you are living in my time, and in God’s time! Be sure of this: No man could have been heroic then who is not heroic now.”
Be heroic now.
Mike Vanderboegh (and a number of other bloggers) bring to our attention to a further attempted erosion of our rights. This time, Amendment the First!
Advancing their quest for “common sense press control,” the Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to define who the government will consider to be an “Authorized Journalist,” meaning if the measure becomes law, they will also be able to declare who is not. Voting 13-5 on “a compromise worked out by Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin in coordination with news organizations … the overall bill will … would codify many of the regulations proposed earlier this year by Attorney General Eric Holder,” Fox News reported.
Notice who the three Senators are, and who is specifically excluded as an ‘authorized journalist’ in their proposed definition of same.
(I’ll give you a hint) BLOGGERS
ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS. (Wikipedia entry, quoting from George Orwell’s Animal Farm)
Be afraid. Be VERY afraid.
Weer’d World brings us news of a racially-charged incident.
Apparently, while Black folk are allowed (and even encouraged) to use the N Word as a term of affection and endearment, Other-Than-Black folk so doing are considered RACIST!.
NOW, this has been raised a notch, as a Black Woman took her Black boss to court over use of such language in the workplace. And won.
$250,000.00 !!! in compensatory damages.
The jury returns Tuesday next to decide PUNITIVE DAMAGES !!
Lenny Bruce was a standup comedian in the early 60s who was essentially the first ‘shock jock’. He was (in)famous for coming out on stage and spewing a litany of foul epithets, including the ‘word’ N*GGER.
He explained in interviews that in so doing, he was a attempting to desensitize use of such language, to render it’s harm meaningless.
Obviously, his screed didn’t work. Now even Black people can offend other Black people, and pay for doing so financially.
Now, while I don’t support hurtful language, I do support The First Amendment. And, surprisingly, common sense and courtesy.
Let’s all keep our tongues civil, shall we? Especially in the workplace.
If Lenny hadn’t died of a heroin overdose in 1966, perhaps we wouldn’t have such goings-on.
(Regular readers know I love character actors!)
Certainly all of you remember him from ‘The McCoys’ aka ‘The Real McCoys’ 50s television show. But he was so much more.
He was in such diverse films as The Invisible Man and Bride of Frankenstein. He received the very first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as Swan Bostrom in Come and Get It (1936).
And most of us remember him as the preacher in Sergeant York: “Them’s a mess of beef critter’s, Alvin.”
He was a conservative and religious (although private regarding which variety of religion). He died of emphysema at age 80.
While travelling in Oregon with the family (in 1986), I got to drive by his ranch. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to stop.
I’m certain it would have been cool, even though he’d passed in 1974. I even do a passable impression of him, although my roommate tells me it’s the same as my Pepperidge Farm guy impression.
“Lilly Langtry, Lilly Langtry! (Judge Roy Bean in the Westerner)
We miss you, Walter.
Massad Ayoob gives his take on Glenn Beck’s new book, Control: Exposing the Truth About Guns…
“We’re experiencing an epidemic of mass gun murders?” “No one needs a fast-shooting, high-capacity firearm?” Beck presents the solid statistics which show otherwise. “A gun in the home is 43 times more likely to kill the occupants than protect them?” Beck’s new work gives the best layman’s explanation I’ve yet seen as to why that figure, from a deeply-flawed and long-discredited study, is totally bogus.
Go and read Mas entire assessment, then go read the book. You won’t be disappointed – even if you find Mr. Beck a little histrionic on the tube.
FTC – neither Glenn Beck nor Massad Ayoob give me anything, now go away!
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