The United States seems hell-bent on making all nationalities resident here inclusive – even those who aren’t here legally and those who fail to assimilate into American culture.
And those who refuse to learn or use English.
My ancestors came here legally from Germany (and Ireland – kinda already speaking English!). learned it and assimilated. There were proud Americans.
Witness below the nation/nation-state/Russian satellite of The Ukraine:
Nationalism unites, and multi-culti ‘diversity’ divides. So does culture and language.
- Paying attention yet America? Liking how that whole ‘diversty’ joke is working for you?
Belgians have the whole Flemish vs. Walloon thing.
- I don’t know if this is WHY Brussels is so dysfunctional, but when all else fails it never hurts to go with “blame the French.”
Many of us understand what happened in the former Yugoslavia. The linguistic divide between Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Slovene, and Macedonian (plus a few more languages) made the ‘country’ less functional than their infamous car, the Yugo. (map and text courtesy of Theo Spark)
Is anyone in our State Department listening? If not, press one for ENGLISH.
I always thought Christopher Lee the actor to be good at his craft, because he creeped me out! But blogger friend Borepatch linked the esteemable Mr. Lee to some amazing facts:
But his life is nothing short of astonishing. He witnessed the last execution via guillotine in France. He fought in the Winter War in Finland in 1939. He was in the SAS in North Africa during the War. He was cousin to Ian Fleming, who tried (and failed) to get him cast as Dr. No (he had to wait until Man With The Golden Gun to play a Bond villain).
And, at AGE 90, he’s doing symphotic metal!
You really should visit the link and see what he did and does!
More than just creepy – who knew?
I lived in my current town from age 7 ’til age 29. I saw it grow from a farming community coupled with a university to a party university town – complete with gridlock and liberal local gov’t policies.
I’ve written about the ‘free’ circular route shuttle train before. TANSTAFFL!*
When I was growing up here, adjacent to farm land (mostly alfalfa and cotton fields) the Valley was combed with open irrigation canals. These were marked with signs reading DANGER and NO TRESPASSING. The utility company who owned the canals would have you arrested if you were found on their property.
The irrigation canals remain. But, in our little (progressive) college town, apparently a deal was made to allow pedestrians, runners and bicyclists free run on the adjacent canal roads. And, sometimes these folks encounter real street intersections they need to cross.
What to do?
In an ordinary town, looking both ways and taking your life in your hands while crossing might be appropriate. But not here.
OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK!
Installed fully across the offending streets, coupled with vertical lights rivaling the best railroad crossing signals! With instruction signs explaining IF the lights are ON, STOP, IF the are flashing, stop, look for pedestrians, then proceed!
How much did these cost? Why not just a stop sign and a cross walk?
I’m all for rights of the minority, but how many pedestrians, bicyclists, runners, equestrians utilize these canal paths? The canals traverse other cities in our Valley, but you don’t see these expensive signals there? And they still remain (mostly) open, dangerous, and marked as no trespassing!
I’m guessing some mayor or city council member used them, hence the monstrous signals.
Our tax dollars at work.
*TANSTAAFL – There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. Stuff costs money.
According to Adage.com, “gun control groups spent $14.1 million on TV advertising” in the months following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. On the other end of the spectrum, pro-gun groups “only spent $1.9 million.”
Yet even after this huge disparity in spending “White House efforts to strengthen gun control laws went no where.” And the House of Representatives “did not even consider addressing gun control legislation.”
Michael Bloomberg led in spending for gun control by “[budgeting] $12 million” for a 2013 ad campaign that began by featuring celebrities who support gun control.
The NRA and others were able to counter this by spending their money “on lobbying instead of advertising.” In fact, the NRA spent $6.2 million on lobbying in its effort to prevent further infringement of the Second Amendment.
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Message: The Truth and the Facts aren’t always obscured by overspending. But we must keep the pressure on and maintain vigilance or we will eventually lose. Because control-freak Statists will NOT stop - Guffaw
The money quote:
Friend and fellow blogger Mark of a Free Man ran a post once upon a time about a police force acquiring tactical armored vehicles for their SWAT teams (I would spend the time to dig for a link, but it’s early and I’ve been up all night). His contention was that there was no need for a local police department to have such equipment, a sentiment I happen to share and for the very same reasons. In my opinion police departments need to base their training more on the teachings of Robert Peel and less on the teachings of Robert Rogers.
But you should go read the whole essay at the link above.
I’m a pretty liberal guy. In the classical sense, not the liberal = progressive = socialist = communist sense. As a libertarian, I think adults should be able to make their own lives; their own decisions…
As long as doing so doesn’t affect others, negatively.
You wanna smoke weed? In your own home? As long as it doesn’t waft into my back yard, it’s okay with me. You want to marry three other adults? Change your State law and have at it. Just remember how complex (and costly) the divorcing of two of them will be!
But, I draw the line at abusing children. Yes, you should be able to raise your children as you see fit, and perhaps one or two smacks on the bottom to get their attention might be necessary. When they are four. But, not when they’re 18, or nude, or with the use of a studded belt. That’s beyond the pale, for me.
Speaking of abusing children:
PS – Why does NAMBLA still exist? The North American Man Boy Love Association promotes sexually abusing children. Why hasn’t your government used RICO to shut them down and absorb their funds? And imprison the miscreants. Certainly a continuing criminal enterprise?
To keep everybody safe
Paul Joseph Watson
October 21, 2013
After illustrating their enthusiasm for repealing the Bill of Rights, a video shows Americans happily signing a petition to support a “Nazi-style Orwellian police state,” in what easily represents the most shocking footage of its kind to date.
Citing issues with how the government shutdown has impacted the ability of the police to “keep the community safe,” Dice tells San Diegans that there is a need to “increase the Orwellian system.”
“Not a problem,” responds one man as he signs the petition.
“We just want to model it after the Nazi Germany system to keep people safe and secure,” Dice tells another individual.
After signing the petition to “implement the Orwellian police state,” another man responds, “You find the pot of money though,” apparently more concerned about how much a Nazi-style police state would cost than its actual consequences.
“They’re trying to cut the budget by 20 per cent so we just want to make sure that we can model the police state after the Nazi Germany system,” Dice tells another couple who sign the petition, before adding, “Thanks for supporting the police state.”
“We’re going to model it after the Nazi Germany-style police state,” Dice clearly tells another man who signs the petition.
“We need this Orwellian-style system to keep everybody safe,” Dice tells a woman as she is signing the petition, to which she responds, “Yeah.”
Click here for all of Paul’s article. But bring along an airsick bag.
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” – Benjamin Franklin
“YOU’RE SOAKING IN IT” – Madge the Manicurist
(Palmolive Dishwashing Liquid (c) 1968)
So, in last night’s Presidential Press Conference, The President got all folksy and compared openness with U.S. intelligence domestic operations to his wife checking on his veracity about doing the dishes in the White House (!)
Seriously? We’re soaking in it!
How many other serious situations has he out-and-out lied to us about?
We’re up to our elbows in domestic surveillance at all levels, federal, military, homeland ‘security’, law enforcement, private security and all manner of private intel gathering, and data mining and he thinks if he goes all Mark Twain/Will Rogers on us we’ll not continue to hold he and his Cloward and Piven, Leninist minions feet to the fire?
I know not what course others may take, but, as for me, stay out of my garbage, my cell phone, my email, my neighbors opinions of me, everything, without a properly-obtained, Constitutionally-based warrant! I’m sick of my government spying on me for my own good! - Guffaw (apologies to Patrick Henry)
I know a guy who works in a gun store. He’s worked there many years, sold many guns, and carries. He’s punched many paper targets, and collected many firearms. He’s especially fond of Browning High Powers and Vietnamese food. And he’s a really good guy, honest to a fault and direct. I like him alot.
But, I don’t have any idea how much actual practical firearms training he’s had, or if he’s even considered mindset.
One day a few years back, he walked up the stripmall from the gun store to the liquor store at the end. The guys stop in there often for sodas and goodies. It’s owned (or was) by an Iraqi who loves Americans – he and his family escaped one of Chemical Ali’s purges and just got out with their lives.
My friend entered the store, and there were two guys at the register. Holding guns on the clerk. One turned to face him. He told me time stops – I’m certain it does.
Then, the guy shot my friend in the face. And they escaped unharmed. Last I heard they remain ‘at large’.
The good news is it was a single .410 shotgun round, and it struck him square on the chin. Lower, and his trachea and carotid arteries might have been hit. Higher, his eyes. The shot hit him square on the chin and spread like a Y up his jaw.
He never even cleared leather. And he continues to pick shot out of his face on a regular basis. And it’s been years. He knows how fortunate he is.
The point is mindset. Do YOU have it? Have you, as a lawful-firearms-carrying-citizen already made the decision you are going to survive and engage, to stop the bad guys?
To take a life if necessary?
When the bad guys turn and face you it
might will be too late to start mulling over that all-important decision.
Decide right now. Be pro-active. Then practice, drill, and remember your moral commitment.
Set your mind in advance. The next guys might have better aim.
Turk Turon reminds of a hero of a forgotten age. A heroine? The gender difference is hardly necessary or appropriate:
Go to the link above, and read about this fantastic woman, her exploits and heroic character.
She passed away in 1995. She deserves to be remembered.