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“Mistakes were made…” (courtesy of Kent McGonigal)

When the first person initiated force or theft and was allowed to live…
And when the first person fell for the belief in “authority“…
Which led to those who survived their initiation of force and theft setting themselves up as “government”.
When the first govthug made up a rule that wasn’t based upon Natural Law.
When a “standing military” was permitted.
When that military was used in wars of aggression.
When “laws” against owning and carrying certain weapons were imposed and not defied universally.
When those rules were applied to people whose ONE JOB (whether it’s a legitimate “job” or not) is to use weapons.
And that leads directly to a government pawn killing government pawns in a “gun free zone”- Ft. Hood.
And, yes, it is a “gun free zone” anytime the right to own and to carry weapons is violated in any way, and there are “authorized” armed people singled out as above the rule.

And, as long as those same old mistakes keep being made, the same thing will keep happening. The enormity of the stupidity is astounding.

h/t Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog

“…something’s not working.”

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who was in Hawaii, called the shooting (@ Ft. Hood, yesterday) “a terrible tragedy.”

Asked about security improvements to prevent more shootings on U.S. military bases, Hagel said, “Obviously, when we have these kinds of tragedies on our bases, something’s not working.” (New York Daily News)

DUH.

I know, I’m a civilian with no military experience.  The closest I come by it is a fraternal grandfather who was a Marine prior to WWI.  And walking into the Army ROTC office in college.  The guy-behind-the-desk there asked me to walk back and forth, noted my leg disability, and stated “You can’t march – we can’t use you.”

BUT I greatly respect this Nation’s military, past and present.  And I support them to the best of my ability.

And so I’m confounded as to why, when we are in The Global War On Terror Overseas Contingency Operation Countering Violent Extremism that those uniformed military forces who are duly qualified are not allowed and encouraged to carry weapons anywhere they might encounter hostile action?

‘They’ are turning our military men and women into a target-rich environment, incapable of responding in kind to a threat.  How wrong is THAT?

Our people are sitting ducks – in uniforms!

Isn’t this both ironic and dangerous?

Mr. President/Secretary Hagel – PLEASE allow our people to defend themselves.  (Look to whom I’m appealing, the same folks who call the first Ft. Hood shooting ‘workplace violence’ (wherein the guy was yelling Allahu Akhbar while murdering people!), and a President who actively is pursuing policies toward civilian disarmament in his own country!)

Talk about deaf ears…

Murphy’s Law Makes Me SAD!

Not him, personally.  He’s a great friend!  But, he recently left a comment on Rev. Paul’s (another great friend) Way Up North that set me off.

Murphy was commenting on the state of education in these United States.

All my nephew knows about World War Two is that we locked the Japanese Americans in camps and dropped atom bombs on Japan. But a girl in one of my college classes back in the day did one better. I was telling her and some other students that I’d just come back from a motorcycle trip through Montana, and she asked where that was. I told her what states were around it and she didn’t know where those were, either. In COLLEGE. And it turned out that before I talked to her, she did not know that Montana was a state. IN COLLEGE. Schools today don’t want to fail the precious little snowflakes so they pass the dumb ones on, education not included.

And I was reminded they no longer teach cursive handwriting, geography and real history in public school, anymore!  We used to be (when I was a kid) tops in math and science - but no more.

Is this simply an accident of Fate?  I doubt it.  I suspect THE GREAT RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY a greater left-wing conspiracy is at the helm.  Think about it.  The Fabians have always taken the long view with regard to the socialist utopia they wanted to foist upon us.  That’s why (and how) it works!  H.G. Wells, G.B. Shaw and company believed they knew better, and sought to evolve socialist ideals generationally.  This is why the guff that was largely dismissed by younger generations 60 years ago is now being embraced by today’s youth.  And with modern technology literally in their pocket, they can be nudged in whatever direction ‘the powers that be’ deem appropriate.

Can’t spell?  Doesn’t matter – you have spel-chek.  Didn’t read the assignment?  You have Wikipedia, which the classmate next to you wrote.  Can’t do long-division?  You have a calculator.  Can’t cook?  You have a microwave.  Can’t shoot?  Doesn’t matter – the government will protect you.  Believe in AGW climate change?  The IPCC (who trumpted it’s praises for years) dismissed it due to recent findings, but no one paid attention to those details.  It’s all about the agenda.

Can’t think critically, or accept new, contradictory data without dismissing it because it doesn’t conform to the forgone conclusion?  Yes, it’s true.  You are one of Lenin’s useful idiots.

fabianWelcome to the Fabian Society!

I weep for us…

Just When You Thought It Was Safe…

Just when you thought it was safe...

Just when you thought it was safe…

BUREAUCRATIZLLA STRIKES, YET AGAIN!

Twice.

First, my private disability insurance.  I have a small stipend in addition to my Social Security disability, which comes from an insurance company policy I purchased when I was employed.  It’s not much, but it IS something!  I had to fight to keep it a couple years back, because they didn’t bother to read their own files. Recently, I received a letter from them stating they had not received copies of my medical records they requested from my primary care physician.  And they threatened cutting off my benefits unless I pushed this issue with the doctor.  Just in time for the holidays!  After much back-and forth, it was determined the doctor HAD sent the records, AND, the insurance company DID receive them.  THE SAME DAY the form letter went out to me!  So (for the moment) all is well with my private insurance.  (I’m reminded of Dave’s Law of Banking – the insurance company corollary – Insurance Companies are not in business to serve you.  They are in business to make money!  The didn’t build the John Hancock Tower by giving it all away.)

Second.  I live in a townhouse.  There are two (covered) spaces assigned for each homeowner.  Everyone else is to park in the uncovered spaces, which are plentiful.  My roomie (the homeowner) occupies both spaces, as is her right.  Traditionally, I park five spaces to the North, in the uncovered area.  No biggee, right?  It should be noted that I parked in this very same space before I lived here, as a frequent visitor, for the past 10 years!  There was never any problem.

NOW the (almighty) HOA (homeowner’s association) has taken it upon itself to ‘cite’ me for being a resident parked in a visitor space!  

Seriously?  And they have threatened me with being towed if I continue to park there!

The townhouse HOA here is very poor.  The exterior (their bailiwick) needs paint, maintenance, upkeep. There is a beehive residing outside my bedroom window, making it’s way into the eaves!

But they spend their time harassing tenants and collecting their monthly HOA fees.  And don’t get me started on the rear fencing!

I was ‘cited’ the same day I received the insurance company warning!

sigh

THE Difference Between Liberalism and Conservatism…

(just a reminder, Guffaw is a libertarian!)

(from FDR’s Second Bill of Rights)

  • The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
  • The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
  • The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
  • The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
  • The right of every family to a decent home;
  • The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
  • The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
  • The right to a good education.

…Now before I waste too much of your time, let’s establish who I’m talking to.  If you believe that we live in an evil, imperialist nation from its founding, and you believe that it should be “fundamentally transformed”, lend me your ears.  If you believe that the free market is the source of the vast majority of society’s ills and wish to have more government intervention into it, I’m talking to you.  If you believe that health care is a basic human right and that government should provide it to everyone, you’re the guy I’m screaming at.  If you think minorities cannot possibly survive in this inherently racist country without handouts and government mandated diversity quotas, you’re my guy.  If you believe that rich people are that way because they’ve exploited their workers and acquired wealth on the backs of the poor, keep reading.  Pretty much, if you trust government more than your fellow American, this post is for you.

…Everything that modern liberalism accomplishes is accomplished at the barrel of a government rifle.  You do not trust in the generosity of the American people to provide, through private charity, things such as clothing, food, shelter, and health care, so you empower the government to take from them and spend the money on wasteful, inefficient, and inadequate government entitlement programs.  You do not trust in the personal responsibility of the average American to wield firearms in defense of themselves and their families, so you seek to empower the government to criminalize the use and possession of firearms by private citizens.  Every time you empower the government, you lose more of your personal liberty — it’s an axiomatic truth.  (Sufficient Reason)

You can't handle the truth!,

Seriously, you should go and read the whole essay.

WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!

The difference between conservatism and liberalism (e.g. progressivism, socialism, communism, fascism) is that liberals conservatives statists force their agenda on all through the implied (and sometimes direct) government violence against citizens.

Ultimately, this argument is NOT about liberal versus conservative, it’s about statism versus liberty!

Thus endeth the rant…

h/t Jeremy N. Choate

We’ve Been Putting Up With The POLICE STATE For Far Too Long!

Murphy’s Law shares with us the following:

In 1993, firearms collector Kristopher Gaisor bought what he considered to be a must-have rifle for his collection–a Polish wz.38M Maroszek rifle. This rare semi-automatic rifle was one of only 150 made, and maybe 5-8 of them are known to exist today.

Gaisor was pretty proud of this rifle as a link to his family’s Polish WW2 heritage, but recently, when he decided to offer it for sale while liquidating most of his collection, Homeland Security agents knocked on his door and demanded the rifle, threatening him with arrest if he did not surrender it. Apparently the Polish government saw his ad and decided to lay claim to the rifle which was apparently brought back to the U.S. by a returning GI at the end of World War Two.

Va. collector squares off with his home country over rare, World War II rifle

And in Connecticut:

they take your guns away.  Forever.
Public Act No. 13-3 requires all people that voluntarily admit to a hospital for mental health reasons (not solely for drug or alcohol treatment) have their names placed in a database administered by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services – for the purpose of automatic suspension of Second Amendment rights. This database will link with a database held by the state police that includes all gun permit holders, registered gun owners and anyone who has applied for a gun permit. If there is a “match” between the two databases a letter will go out informing the individual that their Second Amendment rights have been suspended (letter below). 

Although you will not receive a letter from the state police, if you are not a “match” you will be notified of your name being put in the database and of the suspension of Second Amendment rights sometime after voluntary admission. The law does not require notice be given to people prior to admitting themselves into a hospital.
Privacy of medical records?  Doesn’t exist in CT.

And don’t even pretend that it’s going to be restricted to screwing gun owners; if they can ignore privacy in this, they can ignore it in ANYTHING. (courtesy of Firehand)

And proposed in Massachusetts…

A Massachusetts politician has put forth a proposal to allow local police to enter homes without a warrant in order to ‘inspect’ whether gun owners are ‘properly storing’ their firearms. (Sipsey Street Irregulars/The Blaze)

(above emphases by Guffaw)

Gee, how can I say this politely? – THESE F’NG BASTARDS WILL NEVER F’ING STOP!  Depriving American citizens of property without any due process?  Enforcing foreign law?  Bill of Rights? WHAT Bill of Rights?

We all need to stand up to these abuses, en masse, lest ‘they’ continue to chip away at what rights we have left!  Until there are none.  My roomie is flying back from out-of-town this afternoon, and just texted me about waiting for her second pat down!

We’ve been putting up with this crap for too long.

Same Ol’ Tune…

Whenever some nutbar does some heinous act – the recent Navy Yard murders come to mind – the initial reaction of most media is “Look at this evil man and what he’s done.”  Even if there are mental illness factors in the mix.

BUT…

Let the nutbar be female, and most media reaction is something along the line of, “Oh, she is (was) obviously mentally and emotionally deficient in some way and needs our help!”

Connecticut woman gunned down in DC believed Obama was communicating with her, report says

The recent Black woman who ran barricades in D.C. and had to be shot to be stopped.  Sorry, we forgot, mentioning race is racist.  The man who shot up the Navy Yard was Black, too.  And, the Fort Hood murderer, and…

(Sorry – we should only mention race if the evildoer is White, then bigotry is the obvious motivator.)

And, don’t get me started on female sexual predators…

PD: AZ voyeur sold bathroom pictures online

BTW – the ‘voyeur’ predator is female!  I expect the poor thing to be considered a victim, somehow.

suspect

(end rant)

A Thug-In-Chief?

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.

Collateral Damage – A Rant

Much is made by the anti-capitalist/anti-consumerism/anti-American folks with regard to expected collateral damage.  How much money does the drug company make versus pays out in lawsuits from problems with the new wonder drug?  What about cars and auto safety?  Food?

And it all seems to fall back on capitalist ventures.  After all, isn’t making money intrinsically evil?

bikeHas ANYONE ever done a study regarding gov’t-mandated bicycle paths?  I live in a liberal-minded college town, with numerous ‘free’ bike paths (SOMEONE had to pay for the paint and signs), and a circuitous ‘free’ city bus line.  I’m guessing they cost money, too.  (Getting us used to bicycles by providing paths to make us more like Europe and Asia sounds like a ‘nudge’ to me!  Remember when soccer was what other-than-Americans played?) 

And then there’s the Metro Rail Line, which inconvenienced thousands and businesses during construction, but now is having regular accidents as it’s running Valley-wide.  This does cost the riders money, at least.

trainAnd did someone crunch the numbers over raised medians (with or without grass and trees) constructed of concrete, versus the painted street-level ones people use as a third lane?  Dollars saved versus accidents?

medianWhat does all this crap cost, in extra tax dollars, injuries and lives?

I’m betting, as the powers-that-be wanted them, the numbers were never crunched.  Or were fudged.  Or nudged.

I know, I’m a cynic.

“Then they came for the reporters, and someone noticed!”

SO…

It took the Federal Government taking Associated Press telephone records to FINALLY get the attention of the Fifth Estate that THIS Administration is up to no good.  Guess they know where their bread is buttered.

  • Not Benghazi or the ensuing cover up.
  • Not selling radical Islamic fundamentalist government folks in Egypt our fighter jets, and giving them the monies to overthrow the previous dictator in the first place.  While ignoring government-sponsored wholesale murder of Christians there!  And abuse of women (Sorry, not supposed to mention that, because they’re allowed to have their own culture, you know.)
  • Not Fast & Furious aka Gunwalker and deaths of their own agents directly attributed to government-sponsored ‘walked’ guns.
  • Not the continuing and ongoing assault on The Bill of Rights, especially the First, Second and Fourth Amendments.
  • Not labeling the Fort Hood mass-murderer as ‘workplace violence’.  After all, witnesses have testified he was yelling Allahu Akhbar while killing his fellow soldiers.  Must be an OSHA violation.
  • Not giving tacit approval to the OWS movement and the New Black Panthers to do as they wish, including mayhem, destruction of property and voter intimidation, while branding the Tea Party folks racist, on scant evidence.
  • Not the IRS targeting conservative groups for ‘special attention’, whilst ignoring ‘community organizations’  and unions friendly to the President, like ACORN and SEIU.
  • Not demanding we citizens have a National I.D. Card and health insurance, while claiming illegal aliens undocumented workers being asked to produce voter identification is racist. 

I could go on, but, I would overdose on my antacids.  And that would probably bring me to the attention of the FDA…

And I wouldn’t want THAT.

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