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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

“What A SQUARE!”

When I was growing up, I wanted to join The Boy Scouts.  They seemed cool, but, I was too young.  There was The Cub Scouts, though!  And one could evolve into a Boy Scout from there.  I convinced my parents I should join.

I think I was in the Fourth Grade.  I became a Bobcat, a newbie.  My parents never even sprung for a full uniform, just the shirt, bandana and cap.  And I had to walk about a mile to my den mother’s house on meeting days.  At least I got to hang with other boys my age, and we sometimes did cool stuff.

But, soon, my den mother moved away, and no provision had been made for us to transfer to another den.  By default, I left.  No Boy Scouts for me!

But one of my fondest memories of The Cub Scouts was the Scout Oath.  Not the solemnity or the promise.  The language.

Maynard

Maynard

In the early 60’s, the counterculture wasn’t yet tipified by the hippie.  It was the beatnik that brought societal scorn.  As typified by the character Maynard G. Krebs on The Dobie Gillis Show.  (the G stood for Walter, it was silent!)

When something was mainstream, whitebread, uncool, the beatnik said it was SQUARE.

And The Cub Scout Oath (of that era) was:

I, _________, promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
To be square, and
To obey the Law of the Pack.

Now, sometime after 1964, the changed the oath to read to help other people, instead of to be square.

I wonder if that was because every boy jack of us said the oath as follows:

…To be a square…

Not really comprehending what being square meant.

Being on an extremely limited disability income, I sometimes (often) find myself in a financially uncomfortable situation.  Often a week or more before my stipend is due to arrive.  I wish I could say it was because of extravagance, but more often than not it’s because of a math error.

Fortunately, I am sometimes assisted by my friends.  I am most blessed.

And yes, today, I AM SQUARE.

I AM ALSO A SQUARE!  I need one of these!

beatnik

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…

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.

“See Something, SAY Something!”

Remember the phrase above, with regard to what appeared to be terrorist activity?

A number of folks have been caught – or at least their damage minimized – by taking such an action.

I, personally, found a credit card account (obviously being used to launder money) in the name of a now-infamous convicted terror suspect – when I worked @ TMCCC.  (Providing more identifiers may be a violation of government secrecy laws!)

And, of course, the whole ‘guy rats out the intelligence community for numerous privacy violations against legitimate citizens’ thing!

We should all be proud of ourselves.

But, sometimes, finking goes too far!

Welcome to the New World Order.

New York DHS will pay you $500 to rat out ‘prepper’ neighbors buying legal goods

So…what is the difference between being vigilant with regard to ‘suspicious’ behavior, and being nosy with regard to those folks who simply want to prepare for a downfall in civilization?  A zombie apocalypse?  An earthquake or hurricane – which the same government has been advising us to prep for such events for years?

Inquiring minds want to know.   NO, I really don’t care.  I’m tired of the government sticking it’s collective nose into MY business.

Emphasis on the word collective.

h/t Sipsey Street Irregulars

CALL CAPITOL HILL TODAY!

Thanks, Rev. Paul, for the reminder!

Reportedly, Senate Democrats are pushing more gun control, TODAY!

CALL CAPITOL HILL TODAY!

Jul 30 at 2:49 PM
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Senate Democrats Gear up to Push More Gun Control 
– Even after a CCW holder averts a mass shooting in Pennsylvania!

“More people are carrying concealed in this country, and yet the gun homicide rate has been dropping precipitously. We are safer today with more guns ‘on the street’ being carried in good people’s hands.” — GOA Communications Director Erich Pratt on WPFL, Florida (July 28, 2014).

Correction: This alert updates a couple of the broken links from last night’s alert. Also, there is an update in the DC case, which you can read about here.

Good News: There has been incredible news in the 2nd Amendment community over the past several days.

You may have heard that a DC federal judge struck down Washington, DC’s ban on carrying firearms in public on Saturday. Judge Frederick Scullen’s decision referenced the Supreme Court’s decisions in Heller (2008) and McDonald (2010) — arguing that the carry ban violates the U.S. Constitution.

And last week, a concealed carry holder in Darby, Pennsylvania, saved countless lives when he used his firearm to stop a killer who was bent on taking down even more innocent lives.

Police said the armed doctor “saved lives” and prevented a disgruntled patient from walking down the hall and gunning down people “until he ran out of ammunition.”


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One would like to think that such good news would serve as an object lesson for our elected leaders.  But not for Harry Reid and his cohorts.

Senate Democrats to Hold More Hearings on Gun Control

Even though the nation just witnessed a perfect example of how guns save lives in Pennsylvania, Senate Democrats are gearing up for another push to restrict 2nd Amendment rights.

It’s an amazing thing, really, especially considering that several D and F-rated Democrats are in tough reelection fights this fall. We are talking about Senators Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mark Udall (D-CO), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Al Franken (D-MN) and Mark Warner (D-VA).

So, what would you think Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are working on in order to aid their campaigns?

Answer: GUN CONTROL.

And the gun control which is being pushed on these Senators’ behalf is a particularly nasty piece of work.

Click here to read more about it to see what you can do!

ACTION: Contact your Senators. Tell them that Wednesday’s hearings show how much Senate Democrats hate the Second Amendment.  Urge them to pass concealed carry reciprocity as the means for making people safer.

—– Conference on Concealed Carry —–

Students for Concealed Carry will hold their third National Conference in Washington, DC on Tuesday, August 5 in Washington.  John Lott will be among the speakers.  Click here for further information: http://concealedcampus.org/2014-scc-national-conference.


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 h/t Rev. Paul, GOA

“Foreign, Sir, AND Domestic”

courtesy of wirecutter

FBI Birmingham Division Press Release:

Alabama and Georgia Law Enforcement Officers Training to Deal with Domestic Extremists

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeJuly 16, 2014
  • Northern District of Alabama(205) 244-2001
OXFORD, AL—About 400 law enforcement officers from northeast Alabama and northwest Georgia will attend safety training on Thursday in Oxford to better prepare them for potential encounters with domestic extremists, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Schwein Jr., and Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Oxford Police Department will present the training at the Oxford Performing Arts Center. The training is designed to give local, state and federal law enforcement officers and government security personnel survival skills and best practice tips in case they do encounter domestic extremists, such as members of the Sovereign Citizen Movement or militia groups. The training also will address deadly force survival and weapons of mass destruction.
“Law enforcement officers must, first, protect themselves in order to protect the communities they serve,” Vance said. “The goal of this training is for each participant to gain a greater appreciation of the potential threats associated with domestic extremism and how best to protect himself or herself if ever confronted with such a situation,” she said.
“As sovereign citizens’ numbers grow, so do the chances of contact with law enforcement and, thus, the risks that incidents will end in violence,” Schwein said. “Law enforcement must understand the sovereign-citizen movement, be able to identify indicators, and know how to protect themselves from the group’s threatening tactics and techniques,” he said.
“Under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion; you sink to the level of your training. You react the way you’re trained,” Partridge said. “Train hard and train often, your life depends on it.”
The afternoon session of the daylong training will be a study of the Aug. 5, 2012, mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., in which a white supremacist shot and killed six temple worshippers. The gunman, a U.S. Army veteran, also wounded three other worshippers and the first officer on the scene, who was struck with 12 bullets. The shooter killed himself with a shot to the head after another police officer shot him in the stomach.
Funny.  No mention of collectivists or leftists.  Oh, I’m certain they are all benign Fabian types…
h/t Jon Kraft

It’s GOOD To Be The King! – NSFW

 Kalashnikov imports banned by executive order

My first ‘assault weapon’ (military-styled semi-automatic rifle) was an MAK 90.  A Chi-com cheap export.

I’d good friends who knew I was morose about the impending Clinton Assault Weapons Ban, and knew I couldn’t even afford an SKS, so they gifted me one!

Nothing like the government telling Guffaw he cannot have something to get him riled up and make him want one!

I was never much of a rifleman, and didn’t really care about military-style stuff, but Bill Clinton pissed me off!  I wasn’t much of a fan of Chi-com imports (supporting the commies, and all), but it was a gift.  And it had a decent trigger and shot half-dollar-sized groups offhand @ 25 yards.  First thing someone did was to add standard furniture, removing the thumbhole stock. (which I was told later may have been some kind of rule violation)  And a sling and a number of very expensive (due to the impending legislation) magazines.  ($5.95 30-rounders for $33.00.  EACH!)

Of course, she was in the safe when it was taken.  Not on my list of the most missed of the missing guns.

Here it is 20 years later and the current president (a more dangerous version of the original bastard) drafts and signs an executive order banning further importation of AK-style rifles.  It’s good to be the king!

Now, of course, I want another one!

It’s the principle of the thing!

PS – Word on the ‘Net is there has been a run on AK-style rifles, history repeating itself.  Perhaps the Supreme Court will address this legislation-via-edict business and stop The President from making such pronouncements (?)

h/t SayUncle

Not Exactly Andy Rooney…

not THIS guy

not THIS guy

But kind of…

There’s a lot to love about America and its people: their pioneering spirit, their entrepreneurship, their ability to think outside the box, their passion for the arts, etc.  Increasingly, however, as time goes by, I find the things I don’t like about living in a nation that has long since ceased to be a sanctuary for freedom are beginning to outnumber the things I love.

Here’s what I don’t like about living in the American police state: I don’t like being treated as if my only value to the government is as a source of labor and funds. I don’t like being viewed as a consumer and bits of data. I don’t like being spied on and treated as if I have no right to privacy, especially in my own home.

I don’t like government officials who lobby for my vote only to ignore me once elected. I don’t like having representatives incapable of and unwilling to represent me. I don’t like taxation without representation.  (THIS is the statement that wins the Internets! – Guffaw)

Brock Townsend

h/t Free North Carolina

ANOTHER Country Heard From!

(one of my Dad’s expressions, usually when another – unwanted – opinion was proffered)

My roommate is an animal lover.   As am I.  The difference being I usually consider ramifications of finances, interaction with other animals, available space and other factors before introducing another animal into the menagerie.

AND, I’d ask her opinion.

So, day-before-yesterday, she advised she’d an errand to run.  I did as well.  Separately.  Imagine my surprise when she texted me a photo of a tiny kitten!

Now, I love cats, perhaps even more than dogs, because they are less maintenance and aren’t codependent, as dogs are.

The end result is another rescue (Lola-the-chee-hooa-hooa was rescued a little over six months ago)

She is 2 1/2 months old, very pretty, and stands up to the other dogs and the big cat with the best of them.

How could I say no?

20140718_173840(attn Murphy’s Law – her name is BELLE, and she likes salsa!)

Boy, am I a sucker!  :-)

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