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Security vs Surveillance (or Guns)

From The View From North Central Idaho

We have one infrastructure. We can’t choose a world where the US gets to spy and the Chinese don’t. We get to choose a world where everyone can spy, or a world where no one can spy. We can be secure from everyone, or vulnerable to anyone. And I’m tired of us choosing surveillance over security.

Bruce Schneier
September 19, 2014
Fake Cell Phone Towers Across the US

[A similar statement can be made about gun ownership.

We don’t get to choose between the everyone has guns and only the good guys have guns. The bad guys will always have guns or at least lethal weapons of some sort. And since they get to choose the time, location, and victim they will frequently succeed in their attacks when the innocent are stripped or discouraged from owning guns.

It’s only when the potential victims have the capability of causing near immediate serious consequences that perpetrators give serious consideration to their life choices. If there are not serious consequences then the case can be made they would be stupid to not to take advantage of those who are vulnerable. If the consequences are significantly delayed, as in a possible jail term a year or two in the future, the perpetrators may not be able to integrate those consequences into the decisions being made in the present.

I’m tired of politicians giving us the false choice of tolerating infringements on our right to keep and bear arms in exchange for imagined security.—Joe]

That Ben Franklin quote I keep repeating on this blog seems to apply here – Guffaw

Fat Pills!

Back when I worked @ TMCCC, they decided they would hire field investigators.  Folks who would actually go out in the field to interact with the police, federal agencies, witnesses and suspects concerning our company’s credit card fraud.

Having been a licensed private investigator, process server and security guard, I felt I was ripe for such a job.  The company dangled field positions over the we-call-center-interview-and-interact-via phone-folks for years.

Corporate then hired outside retired law enforcement as field agents!  Quelle surprise.

Fortunately, most of them became good work friends.  It was noted that corporate then ran their asses off, spreading their talents and abilities way too thin!  Made us thankful we didn’t make the cut.

They did keep the guys pretty busy.  Our office was responsible for accounts in the United States west of the Mississippi River, and I think we finally had four field agents!  One alone for California.

One of the guys – I’ll call him John – when I met him was a short, round guy.  Seriously.  Round.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve had weight issues for years, but I’m 6′ 3/4″ (on my good leg) and have been 350 pounds!  I’m now significantly less – 240 – ish.

But John was something like 5′ 5″ and maybe 300 pounds, on a good day!

John had worked for the Cook County Attorney’s Office, then was medically retired, as he had been shot.

A spherical, but genuinely nice guy.  I think his excess weight saved his life.

THEN, I didn’t see John for about six months.

And John stops by the main office.  The only way I recognized him was his large, brown mustache and beaming countenance.

He looked to be a ‘normal’ weight for someone his height!

I had to ask him, “Have you been ill?”

He responded no, he had stopped taking fat pills!

He further explained that as an Illinois State Investigator, he (like many of those in blue uniforms) developed an affinity for doughnuts!  It had become more than a habit, it had become an addiction!

So he simply stopped eating doughnuts.  Cold jelly.

And the weight just fell off him.  He swore he would never eat another one.

I’ve not seen him since I left the company five years ago.  I hope he has kept his promise.

doughnuts

FAT PILLS

The Book Club

Because I’ve not guffawed in a while, a humorous submission - Guffaw

(stolen borrowed from The Political Commentator.  For some reason, I was transported back to junior high and the infamous book 50 Yards to the Outhouse by Willie Makeit, illustrated by Betty Dont)

BOOKS YOU WILL NEVER READ!
And if you did they would be less than one page long!
MY BLACK GIRLFRIENDS
By Tiger Woods
____________________________________________
THINGS I LOVE ABOUT MY COUNTRY
By Jane Fonda, Cindy Sheehan
& Michelle Obama
Illustrated by Michael Moore
Foreword by George Soros
________________________________________
MY CHRISTIAN ACCOMPLISHMENTS
& HOW I HELPED AFTER KATRINA
By “The Rev Jesse Jackson” and “The Rev Al Sharpton”
______________________________________
THINGS I LOVE ABOUT BILL
By Hillary Clinton
_________________
Sequel: THINGS I LOVE ABOUT HILLARY
By Bill Clinton
_________________
THINGS I CANNOT AFFORD
By Bill Gates
____________________________________
THINGS I WOULD NOT DO FOR MONEY
By Dennis Rodman
_________________________________
THINGS WE KNOW TO BE TRUE
By Al Gore and John Kerry
_____________________________________
GUIDE TO THE PACIFIC
By Amelia Earhart
____________________________________
HOW TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST
By Dr. Jack Kevorkian
__________________________________
TO ALL THE MEN WE HAVE LOVED BEFORE
By Ellen de Generes and Rosie O’Donnell
__________________
GUIDE TO DATING ETIQUETTE
By Mike Tyson
__________________________________
THE AMISH PHONE DIRECTORY
_______________________________________
MY PLAN TO FIND THE REAL KILLERS
By O. J. Simpson and Casey Anthony
_________________________________________
HOW TO DRINK and DRIVE SAFELY
By Ted Kennedy
__________________________________
MY BOOK ON MORALS
By Bill Clinton
With introduction by
The Rev. Jesse Jackson
And forward by
Tiger Woods with John Edwards
____________________________________________________
HOW TO WIN A SUPER BOWL
BY THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS
___________________________________________________
AND, JUST ADDED:
My Complete Knowledge of Military Strategy
By Nancy Pelosi
________________________________________________________
And the shortest book of them all…………………..
THINGS I DID TO DESERVE THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
By Barack Obama

AH Feminism…

Free Thinker commented on a recent article on ‘the oppressed’, particularly women, and their reactions to it.

to wit:

“Men are failing us”

Breda brought an utterly regrettable article to my attention via FaceBook some time ago that reminds me of many articles I’ve read elsewhere and of folks I’ve heard of speaking – claiming to represent the womens community or other “oppressed” communities – preaching the gospel of victimhood loud and proud. This particular special snowflake blurts forth:

“Where are our men? Why are they not protecting us?” Sanchez continued, her voice full of frustration. “Men are failing us. I feel as though we are not being protected.”

 Perhaps Sanchez asks the wrong question. After decades of being told by the National Organization for Women and their fellow travelers that women are strong and intelligent individuals, worthy of respect and not needing the oppressive protection of men – just perhaps “Where are our men?” is the wrong question.

We’ve been told to go away. Repeatedly. That our services as protectors were neither required nor desired.

Is it any surprise that an awful lot of men went?

Gender politics has always amazed and confounded me.  Obviously, women should have choices, not just accept conscription into wife/mother/caregiver/crone evolutionary status.  Unless they choose that path.

I AM a product of my generation.  A baby-boomer generation guy, raised in the 50’s/60’s.  With largely traditional American values.  Duty. Honor. Country.  Stand when a women enters a room; hats are removed indoors; open doors for women and children; say “Yes ma’m and No sir – Please and Thank You”.

And treat women and girls with respect due their gender, as the potential carriers of life and less physically strong.

And as equals, as best one can.  THAT’S my feminism.  (Mine, too! – Guffaw)

Sadly, Feminism has taken the same path as the Democratic Party.  In an effort to conscript more converts (more money for the cause) they have been compromised by the Progressive movement.

Feminists have become collectivists, thus eliminating part of their platform.

Women are strong – but guns are bad!

“God created Man, Col. Colt made them equal”  Gender nouns aside, feminists need to get this, or they will lose the war against evil.  Both men AND women. (end of thesis)

Thankfully, many women are embracing gun culture, in record numbers.  It’s the card-carrying, N.O.W. member feminists that have the victimhood agenda.  It’s all about raising awareness money for ‘the cause’, however ‘the cause’ is defined.  Be it the feminists, the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, or The American Cancer Society.  –  Guffaw

If they win all the elections or cure cancer, they lose their power!

We Are Told, Part Deux

From Joel, in part:

‘Sovereign Citizen’ Terrorist Group May Be Growing in U.S.
American law enforcement officials view sovereign citizens as the No. 1 potential terrorist threat in the United States, according to a 2014 study.

For those who ask, “Uncle Joel, in your deep wisdom and experience, could you please explain the ‘Sovereign Citizen’ movement for your audience?” I must reply…

No. I really can’t. I’ve hung with these guys and I can’t tell you what it’s about. It’s sort of a cargo cult law-as-ritual thing where if you add this particular incantation to a legal document any judge in the land is forced to throw up his hands, exclaim “Curses, foiled again” and let you off to do as you will, and everybody knows about this one guy who did that and it worked. Somewhere. Fringes on flags in courtrooms have something to do with it. People have sat me down and tried very earnestly to explain it, but I’m hopeless as a lawyer. Or a whacko.

So Sovereign types as the #1 terrorist threat in the land? Having a hard time buying it. And the article’s narrative isn’t helping…

Certainly there are enemies of the Constitutional Republic.  Both foreign AND domestic.

Remember the Sons of the Gestapo, who pulled off the train derailment of The Sunset Limited in Arizona a few years back?  More like the Sons of the Pioneers!

Or perhaps the result of an agent provocateur in place, stirring up the faux-militia crowd.  You know, a community-organizer sent by government to enrage the weak-minded of the patriot crowd.

Remember your Criminal Law – When the idea of the criminal act originates with law enforcement, it becomes entrapment!

We DO have enemies – both foreign and domestic, including those who would foment crimes to solve them to make their stats look good!

These government agents, too, are enemies of the Republic.

Sons-of-bitches!

Audit The FED!

I just received an email from Ron Paul advising me his measure to Audit The Federal Reserve goes up for a vote this Thursday!

Seriously, why don’t ‘the powers that be’ want it audited?  Shouldn’t all agencies linked to government be accountable in this era of the most transparent administration in history?

Please let Ron Paul and your congresscritter know you support auditing all agencies.

Not coincidentally, I’m sure, I found this elsewhere on the Internet…

fed fire

Internet Bullying And Stalking

tam35182The regal TAMARA (Yes, THAT Tamara) one of my blogmothers, has opted for making her weblog View From The Porch viewable with comments disabled, and is on INDEFINITE HIATUS! (Her words)

Why?

Someone repeatedly posted derisive commentary against which she felt the need to defend, and appeared (for lack of a better term) to be Internet stalking her.

Now, aside from her being a fine, intelligent person well-schooled in guncraft and history, she is also known world-wide as the Queen (or Mistress, if you will) of SNARK!

And the idea that she feels the need to insulate herself from the flotsam and jetsam of the Internet (and certain specific a$$h00l3s) only punctuates that the World in which we live can be impudent, unthinking and even rude.  And perhaps even criminal and tortuous.

How sad that someone as beloved as she, who is welcomed electronically into thousands (probably millions) of homes daily feels the need to shut the electronic door.

Because someone else is apparently an electronic jackass, or worse.

This is a signpost of the world in which we live.  No longer can people vehemently disagree in debate, then go out for a beer together afterward.  Now, it becomes personal.

And all of us suffer.

Forgive them, Tam, they know not what they do.  or, they do, and they don’t give a sh**!

Let’s not get so wrapped up in electronic media that we buckle to the idiots.

I STAND WITH TAM FOR HER TO DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT HER CHARACTER AND SANITY.  Let’s hope this bastard just goes away!

And she makes the choice to return.

Let’s Keep Levelling That Playing Field!

Until all our personal wealth is ‘shared’ (by force) with the less fortunate!  It’s Karl Marx’s, The President’s way…

Judicial Watch reports that the Department of Justice is giving liberal activist groups money from a $16.6 billion settlement with Bank of America.
The groups benefitting from the lawsuit, according to Investor’s Business Daily, are the National Council of La Raza, Operation Hope, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America. The money also went to “delinquent borrowers” in Chicago, Oakland, Detroit, Philadelphia, and other major “Democrat strongholds.”
“This is a wealth redistribution scheme disguised as a lawsuit,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told The Daily Caller. “And who benefits from the distribution? Interest groups the administration relies on, outside interest groups, allies and politicians in communities trying to benefit as well.”
More @ Yahoo
h/t Brock Townsend

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

There are some allegations so heinous, if someone already looked askance at one, it is assumed one is guilty.  (Michael Jackson comes to mind)

And we all know about assuming…(Thank you, again Don Brown!)

0826-william-hayden-mug-wm2-1There has been a ‘news’ story floating around the past few days regarding Will Hayden, formerly of The Discovery Channel’s Sons of Guns.  His ex-wife (or girlfriend) is alleging Mr. Hayden repeatedly raped their minor daughter, starting at age 11.

It may be assumed (there’s that word, again) that Mr. Hayden has substantial assets ripe for the attachment, and that as his persona was that of a cool, somewhat likeable, no-nonsense hard ass on the TV show, that these allegations might be spurious.

Of course, who knows?

I’ve a good friend for many years who was sexually abused by both her father and uncle – both of whom were upstanding community leaders – and they never were brought to justice for their crimes.  I also know two men who were childhood victims of relatives.  One perpetrator was a woman.

No justice for these folks was ever found.

My point is we don’t know the truth, yet, about Mr. Hayden.  The Discovery Channel has sought to distance itself from the TV show and Mr. Hayden.

Is this simply an evil woman bringing unfounded charges to gain wealth, or vengeance, or is the evil in Mr. Hayden?

Regardless of the truth, I believe too much of this kind of heinous crime occurs, without earthly consequence.

Perhaps there is other-than-earthly consequence for such evil persons?

I certainly hope so.

(While I believe in ‘the system’, and ‘due process’, persons who destroy the lives of children in this manner should be drawn and quartered – Guffaw)

 

Not The PC Police, AGAIN!?

(from Brock Townsend)

College Board AP U.S. History: Deletes Pilgrims, John Winthrop, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Alexis de Tocqueville

High-school history teachers nationwide will give their top students a dark retelling of U.S. history this fall, courtesy of the College Board, a nonprofit college readiness firm led by Common Core architect David Coleman.

The College Board – which administers AP (advanced placement) courses and tests – is rolling out a revised curriculum framework for AP U.S. history, offering the 450,000 students who take AP U.S. history classes a hero-free account of America’s deeply stained past.

Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, calls the new AP U.S. history framework “a briefing document on progressive and leftist views of the American past,” one which “weaves together a vaguely Marxist or at least materialist reading of the key events with the whole litany of identity group grievances.”

Conservative author Stanley Kurtz asserts the College Board is “pushing U.S. history as far to the left as it can get away with at the high-school level.”

The new 124-page history curriculum is a dramatic departure from the five-page outline previously supplied by the College Board to guide AP U.S. history instructors. A much more detailed “history from below,” it focuses on how native Indians and Africans suffered at the hands of Europeans in the New World.

More @ WND
Now, I’m a big believer in TRUTH and FACTS, American History, warts and all.  Certainly, the youth should be taught about slavery, including Blacks owning Blacks, indentured servitude, etc.  But excluding Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson , et al is beyond the pale!
We (The United States) as a nation have done some horrific things.  Intentionally infecting Indians and Blacks with communicable diseases, putting American Citizens of  Japanese and German heritage into concentration camps, spying on our own citizens to ‘keep them safe’!
But, we’ve also done so many things for the good of our own people, and the World.
And the youth need to know all of this.
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