(from Mad Ogre, in part)
I’m so sick of hearing that we’re only “fighting for oil” or “our Foreign Policy is only about oil”. That’s such BS, and History proves it. You know the Marine’s Song? “From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli…”
That song comes from a US action in the Mediterranean region back in 1805. By order of President Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd President, US Marines and Berber Mercenaries marched 500 miles across Egypt to Derna Tripoli to combat Piracy. Pirates who were interfering with shipping, and to support a Pro-US Administration. This is what defending our foreign interests is all about. It’s not about secret cabal of oil barons squabbling over our planet’s oil fields.
If that was the case, where are the great battles in Alaska, Canada, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, the Dakota’s and the Gulf of Mexico? Where are the Armies that are invading Venezuela? These places are all rich in oil resources. How come the US has not gone in and taken Venezuela’s oil? Because it’s not about the oil. It’s about Regional Stability and protecting our interests and those of our allies. Do you think Thomas Jefferson was concerned about Middle Eastern Oil? No, he wasn’t. Was he concerned about Egyptian or Tripolian oil? No, he wasn’t. He was concerned about the Pirates. Just like Bush was concerned about Saddam Hussein. Who, you may remember, was the concern of the Democrats, who all VOTED FOR that war, and as soon as Bush pulled the trigger, suddenly cried about it because he did what they voted for. Insanity. Oil its self had nothing to do with it. Saddam Hussein threatened the Regional Stability. Oil is only merely the main product from that region. The US has other interests there as well. (…)
Of course, the intel on Hussein has gone round about. First, it was about Kuwait and Iraq leaving her neighbors alone. Then, about WsMD and potential damage to the region. Then, the whole yellow cake uranium thing. Turns out we were given false data on that. Maybe. But, they did find evidence of ‘traditional’ WsMD in Syria, it having been moved from Iraq. Of course, the major media – having it’s own agenda –
reportedly lightly failed to report on this.
And then President Bush, and now President Obama is mired in Iraq and Syria. And a myriad of other places. Africa. Because of disease.
I can’t find a single study from Bloomberg’s groups that aren’t loaded with errors. They have an anti-gun agenda and will lie to achieve it. – John R. Lott, Jr.
How Bloomberg’s Million-Dollar Desire For Gun Control Is Backfiring
[While I think there is a fair amount of lying going on they don’t think of it as lying. They just don’t understand facts are independent of their feelings. If they feel something then, in their view of reality, it is true. I’ve had people flat out tell me this. I would point out that what someone was saying was in direct contradiction to verifiable facts. And I would get a response of something to the effect, “Well, it’s true to them and that is what matters.”
There is also a very telling anecdote about liberal “research” in this same article:
In 2006 I was at a cocktail party in Arlington, VA, talking to a liberal journalist about his soon-to-be-released book on Iraq when John Lott joined us. John listened for a moment and then said to the author, “I’m curious. You say you just finished a book on the Iraq war. I always find it so hard to finish a book. I get so deep into the research I have a hard time stopping to write. I’m guessing you had a hard time leaving Iraq. There is so much to investigate and understand.”
The author said, “I didn’t go to Iraq.”
John paused with this quizzical look on his face before asking, “Oh, how did you do your research?”
The author said, “I didn’t have to do much. I mean, I already know what I think.”
Feelings versus facts. It’s a type of mental disorder.—Joe]
There’s a thesis in popular conservative/libertarian culture that liberals (or at least the current flavor of liberal, the progressive) act(s) based on feelings more than facts, even if the facts deny their feelings. “Oh, those cute polar bears are dying in records numbers, due to global warming!” – even though recent data shows their populations have increased and so have the square footage of ice on which they live. Not to mention they are extremely dangerous to humans, cuteness aside. “If it just saves ONE life.” or “It’s for the children.”, facts aside are other feeling-based statements.
I cannot speak for all conservative libertarians, but, I have on occasion questioned my use and ownership of firearms, looking at how doing so affects my community, my family and myself. And I stuck to my principles. And didn’t buckle to ‘feelings’ about some whack-job shooting up a school by disarming myself.
I did the same process after the accident that killed my daughter. However, I ultimately didn’t give up my driver’s license, my vehicle, or insist others do the same “for the children”.
I see that as counterproductive, and unscientific.
h/t The View From North Central Idaho, John Lott
I’VE MADE IT, yesterday.
I’m not normally a superstitious person. I do sometimes say ‘knock-on-wood’ (jokingly) when wishing for a positive outcome, but really don’t believe it. I own no rabbit’s feet or lucky charms. I don’t throw spilled sodium chloride over my shoulder. I’ve not crossed my fingers since I was, well, 7 or 8.
However, I do pay attention to specific calendar anniversaries, and some events have meaning to me.
And sometimes, I’m compulsive about them.
Case-in-point: My Father passed away, after a series of smaller heart attacks in 30 days prior, from a heart attack, on August 14, 1977. He was 61 years old. His birthday was November 16th. MY birthday is November 24.
I am currently 61 years-of-age. (You do see where I’m going with this?)
We are of similar physical types, and have similar ‘issues’ – like weight ‘issues’, diabetes. Fortunately (knock-on-wood) I’ve no apparent heart problems.
Subtract 16 from 24, this leaves 8. 8 from 14 is 6.
YESTERDAY WAS AUGUST 6, AND I’M STILL ALIVE!
I don’t know why, but for the past 5 years or so, as I approached age 61, this loomed over me. My Dad’s dad lived until he was 68. My maternal grandfather until 85. This shouldn’t have been an issue, or even a blip on my radar. I’m a rational person.
But it was.
It didn’t help that I was born premature, with an unnamed twin brother, who died – I nearly did; Lost my Mother in grade school due to emphysema; had a near-fatal automobile accident (in which my daughter was lost); have had flesh-eating bacteria, diabetes and two kinds of cancer. Life and Death have cropped up more than with most with me, I think.
I’ve made it, AGAIN.
Still flipping off the Reaper! :-)
PS – If I suddenly fall off the Internet, in the next couple of days, you’ll know he was delayed in traffic.
Firehand bring us this from La La Land…
Under the proposed law, California gun owners could face a loss of their Second Amendment gun rights and confiscation of their firearms without prior warning. The proposed law allows the government up to two weeks following the issuance of a restraining order to set a hearing in which the subject of the order could argue for the reinstatement of their Second Amendment rights and return of any firearms seized.
“The subject of a restraining order and confiscation warrant may not even know they have been accused until there’s a SWAT team at their door.”
According to the bill’s text, courts would be required to issue a restraining order if a person–who doesn’t even have to know the target of the order–submits a form saying that a gun owner “poses a significant risk of personal injury to himself, herself, or others by owning or possessing” guns. (emphasis Guffaw)
Hey great! Fink on family, friends, neighbors – that annoying bastard down-the-street (or in the mall) to whom you took a dislike and decided they should be forced to give up their rights and guns without due process (or the Constitutional ability to face their accuser)…
And then they are given an opportunity to defend themselves up to two weeks after the fact to take the matter to court!
YES! We can all be mental health ‘professionals’ properly assessing the mental state of anyone; able to deprive them of their rights for any reason!
Just fill out this form.
There seems to be a concerted effort being made to unravel history.
We all know that history is written by the winners. This is why we in the United States call it the American Revolution. I don’t know what British historians call it.
Since the Federals won the Civil War, that’s what it’s called. Except in States who had been in rebellion, who refer to it as The War Between The States.
Etruscans vs. Romans? I’ve no idea what the Etruscans called it – there aren’t any left to ask!
Certain countries in Europe have begun registering Jewish people, again. British schools aren’t allowed to mention The Holocaust, lest that offend the ever-increasing, more political, and violent, radical Muslim populations.
Ad infinitum, ad nauseum.
I recently received an email from one of my regular blog readers with a link designed to unravel history. It shows photographs, maps and such, purported to be of Auschwitz, showing cafeterias, recreational areas, etc. in an effort to claim the final solution is some kind of fiction, and we have been sold a bill-of-goods; that the Jews made it all up, and they have their propagandistic agenda, not the Nazis!
Other Nazi documentation, testimony, photographs, notwithstanding!
NO, I’ll not name the source, nor link to the material.
I’m not Jewish, however I’ve family members who witnessed the atrocities, and have spoken personally with military medical personnel (a friend’s father) who patched up camp survivors, and heard their testimony.
But the lies continue to be perpetuated across the Internet.
I STAND WITH ISRAEL AND JEWS AND FREE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE, just as I stand with The United States, warts and all.
And I stand against such disgusting propaganda in the same way I stand against the people who want to erase OUR rights.
We must remain ever-vigilant, my friends, for ALL free people! – Guffaw
“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.
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)
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…
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.
I weep for us…
BUREAUCRATIZLLA STRIKES, YET AGAIN!
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!
(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)
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