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Audie vs. Andy

Rand Paul:”If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot.”

The outrage in Ferguson is understandable—though there is never an excuse for rioting or looting. There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response.

The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action.

Glenn Reynolds, in Popular Mechanics, recognized the increasing militarization of the police five years ago. In 2009 he wrote:

Soldiers and police are supposed to be different. … Police look inward. They’re supposed to protect their fellow citizens from criminals, and to maintain order with a minimum of force.

It’s the difference between Audie Murphy and Andy Griffith. But nowadays, police are looking, and acting, more like soldiers than cops, with bad consequences. And those who suffer the consequences are usually innocent civilians.

You should go and read the whole article.

Now I’m in no way suggesting disarming the police.  However, as with so many things, this is about mindset.  When I took Police Science courses (1973-75), it was about apprehending lawbreakers and protecting the rights and persons of all involved – suspects, subjects, witnesses and police.  For some reason, we seem to have lost that.  And the term Peace Officer is no longer in use.  The doctrine of posse comitatus is no longer in effect.  We are no longer worried about the military being used as civilian police.  The police have become the military.

h/t Brock Townsend

 

Never Thought I’d See This…

(as stolen from ENDO)

Blind-Concealed-Carry-Gun

Take a look at this very unbiased article from BBC where three blind guys tell their stories of the trials and tribulations of being blind and into guns.

I’ve actually posted about Carey McWilliams (one of the blind guys) before.  Seems like a good guy.

I don’t know who at the NRA pooped their pants over the fact Moms Demand Action didn’t like the NRA’s Dom Raso “Guns For the Blind” video and decided to remove it, but what a WEAK MOVE.  In a hilarious twist, Mom’s Demand Action reposted it (unlisted) on their YouTube page.  DRAAAAAAAmmmaaahhhhhh! ;)Seriously though why you gotta be like that NRA?  The NRA is supposed to be powerful and take out the anti-gun trash, walking all over Mom’s who “DEMAND” action.  Not cower at criticism.

Thoughts?  You liking all this guns and the blind drama?

I remember this fictional scene below, and chuckling at it even then.  A blind guy fighting…SERIOUSLY?  Obviously, times have changed – as had my opinion.

The less-sighted need to be able to defend themselves as much as we crippled guys!  Or regular folk.  And a firearm is one tool for that.

Suicide Is Painless

Some of you may recognize the post title as the theme song to the film and TV show M.A.S.H.  It’s ironic.

It’s obvious from the outpouring of emotion that the recent suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams touched many people.  And caused THEM pain.

As a libertarian, I believe I’ve the right to do with my own body as I wish.  You do, too.  As long as it doesn’t affect other people negatively.

And there’s the rub.

I can eat more than is healthy, eat the ‘wrong’ foods, smoke or drink if I wish, watch ‘questionable’ videos, read unsavory material, and most of this doesn’t directly affect my family, friends, or former coworkers.

But, what if I choose to do something permanent…?

Why is it it appears the more artistic of us are the most tortured?  Or is that a misconception based on the fact famous people get the media attention?

When I heard about Robin Williams, my first thought was he has children.  And based on that fact alone, he should not have taken this path.

And then I thought of Ernest Hemingway, another artistic person with issues who ended his own life.  And Vincent Van Gogh.  And so many others.

If you have such issues, please get help!  Know that there are people out there who care.  And that the World would be lacking without you.

h/t The Actor’s Studio

The Tate-LaBianca Murders

sharon tate1Today is the anniversary of the cold-blooded murder of actress Sharon Tate and her friends.  Tomorrow will be the anniversary of the murder of the LaBiancas, also by The Manson ‘Family’.

You may visit the wikilink above for the particulars.  Make certain you are of strong stomach before so doing.

(I originally was going to post unedited crime scene photos here.  Decorum said to do otherwise.  Those with such an interest may find them on Google or Bing.)

These brutal and gruesome murders of West Coast elite took place in 1969 California.  By persons using guns and knives against others who had no means of self defense.  In their own homes.

And that’s my point.

These folks had no reason to suspect massive home invasions were about to occur against them.  And while California had restrictive firearms laws in place then, possession of them in one’s own home was pretty easy.

And none of those victims availed themselves of their rights.

This is not intended to scare you, unnecessarily.  It IS, however, intended to scare you necessarily.

Even if you don’t want to carry a firearm with you in your travels, it behooves you to get an ‘appropriate’ one, learn how to use it and keep it in your home.  Just as you would a fire extinguisher.

Home invasion crime is at an all-time high.  If it happens to you and your family, I hope the miscreants are just looking for valuables, not torture, rape and murder.

Guess you’ll have to ask them when you see them…

Stingray!

The “Gestapo” or the “Stasi” never had anything THIS good.

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I wonder if peeing on them works to stop them?  Oh, wait – that’s for jellyfish stings!

h/t Theo Spark

Did Brutus Act Alone?

I’ve stated before, I’m a believer in the conspiracy theory of history.  Not that all heinous acts (like political assassinations) are accomplished by groups, with accessories-after-the-fact to cover it up, but that some are, and we need to continue to look at all such acts and their aftermaths to determined what actually happened.  Who were the participants?  What were the motivations? And most importantly:

QUI BONO?  (Who benefits?)

(from Clayton Cramer)

July 28, 2014 Houston Chronicle reports that a case is going forward concerning whether the FBI is withholding evidence:

He says the FBI won’t release videos that show a second person was with Timothy McVeigh when he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building and detonated a bomb that killed 168 people.

The government says McVeigh was alone.

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups sent the case to trial after remaining unsatisfied with the FBI’s responses in the five years since the lawsuit was filed.

This is a very interesting case.  I was glad that McVeigh admitted his guilt in this matter because from reading the transcripts of his trial, it is pretty clear that the federal prosecutor failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that McVeigh did it.  There was certainly evidence that supported that claim, but it is was not spectacularly impressive, and McVeigh’s defense attorney Stephen Jones did a spectacular job of poking big gaping holes in the government’s claims.  Perhaps the most important is the questions raised about the leftover leg.  (Did 168 people die in this tragedy, or 169?  The leftover leg raised some serious questions.)

The claim that a second person was involved was based on eyewitness reports (which are often unreliable) and the FBI’s initial attempts to locate a second person of interest (of Middle Eastern appearance).   There have long been questions about whether there might have been Iraqi involvement in this bombing.  McVeigh’s partner, Terry Nichols was in a Philippines hotel at the same time as some of the people involved in the first World Trade Center bombing, such as Ramzi Youssef, and by some accounts, actually met with him. (…)

I know there has always been conspiratorial chatter about such events, in part because our collective psyches don’t want to believe one man is capable of such horror.

But sometimes, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

Unauthorized Occupants?

“It depends on what the meaning of IS is”

We all remember THAT, right?

(from Brock Townsend)

The religious and political Left loves to play word games and if you understand where the Left is coming from you will realize that they use language as a weapon of war and that the words they spout at us don’t mean what we think they mean. That is part of their offensive against us.

Have any of you noticed with the big fuss over illegal aliens coming into this country by the millions how the terminology has changed. Awhile back the illegal aliens were called just what they were.

Then that was shortened to just “illegals.” A short time after that they became “undocumented workers” and they are now being relabeled as “refugees.” There is a pattern to all this, an evolution of the Leftist agenda, if you will.

Most Americans, except for the fuzzy-headed liberal elite, are not really happy with the influx of illegal aliens into this country. They are just old-fashioned enough to have the idea that people ought to come here legally or stay at home. There are some exceptions, but, in the main, this is where Americans have been at. The idea of handing out freebies and all manner of goodies to someone just because he managed to get into your country illegally doesn’t really appeal to most Americans. The feds soak us enough now without them adding anymore freeloaders to the dole for us to pay for.

At this point, I’d like to differentiate. The Mexican illegals that came here during the 1940s and 50s were a whole different breed than what we have to deal with today. Admittedly they came in illegally, but they were looking for a decent life, which they couldn’t get in Mexico, and they were willing to work and work hard to get it. When they got here and found work, in the main, they taught their kids to be thankful for America and they raised their kids to be good citizens. That’s not what we are dealing with today.

More @ Revised History
That last paragraph is the one that win’s the Internets!  Sickly children, anchor babies, and MS13 veterans.  And people willing to come here at their governments behest to tax our health, welfare and legal systems.
I’ve said it before and will say it again.  Political Correctness IS killing The United States of America!
Remember the PSAs advertising the Alien Address Report Law (in the 50’s and 60’s) – that all legal aliens are required to report their address by a certain date, or be in violation and possibly deported?  Of course, I’m certain as there is no requirement for illegal aliens to report (not to mention probably a 5th Amendment self-incrimination thing).
Then alien became immigrant.  And the whole legal/illegal thing got lost in the shuffle.
Want to have an interesting conversation about immigration?  Speak with a LEGAL immigrant who got here LEGALLY, went through the process and finally obtained CITIZENSHIP the LEGAL way, over many years.  They weren’t given anything, they had to work for it.
And most of them deeply resent this proposed ‘waving of a scepter’ and suddenly you are here legally and on ‘the path’ to citizenship.
Is a burglar or home invader an unauthorized occupant?  No, they are a criminal, period.

Another ‘Special Interest’?

Australian judge says incest may no longer be a taboo

Via avordvet
Judge in Australia says incest may no longer be a taboo and the only reason it is criminal is potential birth abnormalities, which can be solved by abortion

A judge in Australia has been criticised after saying incest may no longer be a taboo and that the community may now accept consensual sex between adult siblings.
Judge Garry Neilson, from the district court in the state of New South Wales, likened incest to homosexuality, which was once regarded as criminal and “unnatural” but is now widely accepted.
He said incest was now only a crime because it may lead to abnormalities in offspring but this rationale was increasingly irrelevant because of the availability of contraception and abortion.
“A jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now ‘available’, not having [a] sexual partner,” the judge said.
“If this was the 1950s and you had a jury of 12 men there, which is what you’d invariably have, they would say it’s unnatural for a man to be interested in another man or a man being interested in a boy.Those things have gone.”

I had some had concerns about multiple marriages following in the footsteps of gay marriage.  Some of those folks have surfaced judicially.  And the NAMBLA folks have also jumped on the bandwagon.
This is the the libertarian conundrum – if every human has rights, including minors, how much can the State infringe on those rights for the protection of all?

‘Corporate’ America ?

I’m a BIG believer in this country’s capitalist, free market system.  Have a problem with XX Company’s product/service?  Don’t use ‘em!  If they damaged you – SUE ‘em!  It’s the AMERICAN way!

Of course, this assumes (and you know what happens when you assume?) that everyone plays fair and by the rules…

Enter SWAT TEAMS, Incorporated!

No longer must the police operate in good faith and under the purvue of public records law.

(Let that sink in for a minute…)

SWAT Teams Avoid Open Records Laws By Forming Corporations – Free To Brutalize Americans In Secret

But, but…they’re on OUR side?

Yeah, right!

h/t  Downtrend.com, Free North Carolina

It’s For The Children

They were CHILDREN . . .

Over here in the States we have been following every day the story of the kidnapped & murdered teens Eyal Yifrach, 19; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Frenkel, also 16 – it is horrific – words cannot express . . . our deepest and sincerest sympathies to their families, and the greater family of the State of Israel . . . S.L.(Sean Linneane)

REMEMBER Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney?

Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney are killed by a Ku Klux Klan lynch mob near Meridian, Mississippi. The three young civil rights workers were working to register black voters in Mississippi, thus inspiring the ire of the local Klan. The deaths of Schwerner and Goodman, white Northerners and members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), caused a national outrage. (The KKK kills three civil rights activists – June 21, 1964)

For some reason, these two events connected for me.  Maybe it’s that they were young (The KKK murder victims were a little older than those in Israel).  Maybe it’s the senselessness of it all.

Violence in war is sanitized for our consumption; when young people die, though, when seen as individuals, it touches our hearts.

May God Bless all their memories.

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