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Truth, Justice And The American Way

A few years back Superman (2011 in DC Comics) announced he was renouncing his U.S. citizenship!  Now, I’ve not been a comic book reader/consumer since I was 10-11 years old, but I was always a big Superman fan.

I found this action repulsive.  One – that the beloved character would do such a thing, and Two – that in so doing such a children’s fictional comic would make the national news.  After all, they ARE just comic books.

Fast-forward to NOW.  It was announced a couple of months ago (and made the national news again recently) that beloved perennially-in-high-school everyteen comic book character Archie Andrews would die in the comic book.  This was NOT due to his having been in high school 78 years.

It was because he would dive in front of an assailant attacking his friend with a gun, and his taking a bullet for him!  Archie’s GAY friend!

What do I make of this?

Political correctness aside, I like to believe I would have done the same thing for any good childhood friend.  My best friend from third grade through college was a legitimately brilliant.  IQ off the charts.  Socially, less skilled.  But, except for his studies and church, my constant companion.  He was the geek I aspired to be, even though I didn’t have the mental acuity.

After his own father disowned him when he came out of the closet as a college freshman, and my own father lampooned his gayness, I had to stand up for Carl.  Fortunately, no one shot him.  And I, myself, had to overcome childhood indoctrination regarding gayness, and what that means.  After all, sexual preference aside, he remained my friend!

I’m not yet certain how I feel about comic books being tools for political correctness.  Of course, even Peanuts eventually had a Black character.  I suppose comic books must change with the times, as well.  I don’t know how the Archie friend’s character’s gayness is shown to the comic book audience.  Obviously kids are more aware of such things than I was 50-60 years ago.

But, I know one thing.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  -  John 15:13 (ASV)

If we can teach this to the self-absorbed-faces-glued-to-their-cell-phone adolescents, then all is not lost.   If only adults read comic books.

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Another ‘Special Interest’?

Australian judge says incest may no longer be a taboo

Via avordvet
Judge in Australia says incest may no longer be a taboo and the only reason it is criminal is potential birth abnormalities, which can be solved by abortion

A judge in Australia has been criticised after saying incest may no longer be a taboo and that the community may now accept consensual sex between adult siblings.
Judge Garry Neilson, from the district court in the state of New South Wales, likened incest to homosexuality, which was once regarded as criminal and “unnatural” but is now widely accepted.
He said incest was now only a crime because it may lead to abnormalities in offspring but this rationale was increasingly irrelevant because of the availability of contraception and abortion.
“A jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now ‘available’, not having [a] sexual partner,” the judge said.
“If this was the 1950s and you had a jury of 12 men there, which is what you’d invariably have, they would say it’s unnatural for a man to be interested in another man or a man being interested in a boy.Those things have gone.”

I had some had concerns about multiple marriages following in the footsteps of gay marriage.  Some of those folks have surfaced judicially.  And the NAMBLA folks have also jumped on the bandwagon.
This is the the libertarian conundrum – if every human has rights, including minors, how much can the State infringe on those rights for the protection of all?

F.N.C. Makes Me THINK

I like FNC…

NO, NOT the Fox News Channel – although I DO like it, too, on occasion.

I’m speaking of the blog Free North Carolina!

They sometimes have blog fare I view as incendiary, but, more often than not, they make me think differently on a specific issue – even if I continue to disagree with them on that very issue!

One of this Constitutional Republic’s tenets I wholeheartedly endorse is speedy justice.  I know, with the judicial bureaucracy, it doesn’t always seem so, however.

FNC did post a short video of one such event:

Pickpocket, purse snatching, shoplifter?

 

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Various law enforcement agencies and military units  have memorials to those that have fallen in service to their country.

If we ever build such a memorial to concealed carriers who put their lives at risk to save others, the name of Joseph Robert Wilcox, 31, of Las Vegas deserves to be on that wall.

Wilcox was killed yesterday (June 8) attempting to take down the deranged couple that had just  murdered Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo at a nearby Cici’s Pizza location.  Wilcox apparently spotted the husband as he rushed into Walmart, and tried to take him down.

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So what??
Most CCW courses are basic safety classes, I’ve seen many I wonder if safety is even taught that well.

Please do not fool yourself into thinking you are trained to fight just because the state issued you a license

When the rubber meets the road, a lot can be going on, and basic training may not save you, I don’t know how much training Mr Wilcox had, , and he may have changed the course of the event, but he lost.  (Maddened Fowl)

Not to cast aspersions toward Mr. Wilcox, but most of us are armchair adventurers at best.  I’ve been in IPSC competitions wherein civilians cleaned the clocks of sworn officers, but these were pretend, not real life.  And I’ve observed many officers whose firearms safety regime was trumped by their huge egos.  And they paid for it.

Most of us are not sworn officers or spec ops guys home on leave from Afghanistan.  We are regular Joes (and Janes) going about our mundane daily lives, but we do so armed.  And many of us have received a permission slip from our respective States to carry our tools concealed as we go about our business.

The concealed weapon permit is akin the driver license.  It doesn’t mean that we are automatically Mario Andretti upon our receipt of it.  Keep training, keep learning, keep maintaining and most importantly, keep paying attention to your surroundings.

We, as civilians, have no obligation to rush in like John McClane (Die Hard films) in the movies and save everyone.  And most of us don’t have the skills.

Know yourself, too!

h/t Bob Owens, The Duck

Blogger’s Rights

90 Miles From Tyranny posted a compendium of the legal mumbo-jumbo, specifically aimed at bloggers.  So I HAD to steal copy and post it!

Seriously, it’s good information regarding legal precedents in the blogosphere.  I advise all my brethren and sistern to drink from his pool of knowledge:

Bloggers Rights

Bloggers' Rights
One of EFF’s goals is to give you a basic roadmap to the legal issues you may confront as a blogger to let you know you have rights and to encourage you to blog freely with the knowledge that your legitimate speech is protected. To that end we have created the Legal Guide for Bloggers a collection of blogger-specific FAQs addressing everything from fair use to defamation law to workplace whistle-blowing.
In addition EFF continues to battle for bloggers’ rights in the courtroom:
Bloggers can be journalists (and journalists can be bloggers).
We’re battling for legal and institutional recognition that if you engage in journalism you’re a journalist with all of the attendant rights privileges and protections. (See Apple v. Does.)
Bloggers are entitled to free speech.
We’re working to shield you from frivolous or abusive threats and lawsuits. Internet bullies shouldn’t use copyright libel or other claims to chill your legitimate speech. (See OPG v. Diebold.)
Bloggers have the right to political speech.
We’re working with a number of other public-interest organizations to ensure that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) doesn’t gag bloggers’ election-related speech. We argue that the FEC should adopt a presumption against the regulation of election-related speech by individuals on the Internet and interpret the existing media exemption to apply to online media outlets that provide news reporting and commentary regarding an election — including blogs. (See our joint comments to the FEC [PDF 332K].)
Bloggers have the right to stay anonymous.
We’re continuing our battle to protect and preserve your constitutional right to anonymous speech online including providing a guide to help you with strategies for keeping your identity private when you blog. (SeeHow to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else).)
Bloggers have freedom from liability for hosting speech the same way other web hosts do.
We’re working to strengthen Section 230 liability protections under the Communications Decency Act (CDA) while spreading the word that bloggers are entitled to them. (See Barrett v. Rosenthal.)

BIOHAZARDS!

Well, it’s finally happened.

My neighbors to the South (I live in a townhouse – we share a common wall) have moved out.  My roomie says she saw a social worker speaking with them before they left.  They filled the backyard with trash bags – so many they have to leave by the front door instead of the back!

These were the folks who had multiple co-tenants, no motor vehicles and by all appearances liked to bounce bowling balls down the stairs at 0400 – repeatedly – making certain they bounced off the walls in the process, as well.

And they took their many shouting arguments into the back yard, for all to hear.

They were nicknamed by the neighbors ‘the WalMart people’.  (not to cast aspersions on WalMart – we shop there, too!)

Now we know why they went outside…

It’s time for their landlord to commence cleanup.  I suspect they didn’t get their security deposit back…

In addition to the massive amounts of trash outside

Massive amounts of trash inside…walls covered with smeared fecal matter, filthy carpeting…

And, as their hosts left for parts unknown – the cockroaches have breached our common wall in search of a new home!!

The story from their Southern neighbors is they were breeding dogs inside – never saw them outside – heard them though, and this accounted for the insects and foul material therein.

We are contacting their landlord – as has the other neighbor – to see about having our house treated (insect bombed).

The cleanup crew have been working in shifts wearing clean-room type attire, and have told the neighbors ALL THE HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES had to be discarded due to the infestation!

Yummy!

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Hopefully, all will be taken care of by their landlord.  Perhaps next time he will be better at assessing the appropriateness of his tenants?!

Wrongway Corrigan Redux

There seems to be a plethora of local news stories of late regarding persons driving the wrong way down local highways and impacting other right-driving persons, sometimes fatally. (Phoenix area)

PHOENIX — Three fatal head-on collisions caused by wrong-way drivers in the last week have caused Arizona law enforcement and transportation officials to hold an emergency meeting Sunday on how to deal with the problem.

The latest fatal collision occurred early Sunday morning when two people were killed after their car was struck by a wrong-way driver on the Santan Freeway in Gilbert, Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said.

The fatal crash is the third head-on collision caused by a wrong-way driver in six days that have claimed the lives of seven people — including an off-duty police officer  (USA Today)

It came out that alcohol was involved in one of the crashes, and hasn’t yet been ruled out in the others.

WTF?

And now, with State-legal medical marijuana paving the way for general legalization…?  Don’t give me that “I’ve never known anyone on weed to drive poorly” speech.  I’ve seen them and I’ve known them.  Impairment is impairment.

And if they still don’t enforce the DUI/DWI laws for alcohol (because, you know EVERYONE drives after 3 or 4 drinks, especially politicians), what happens next?

At least Wrong Way Corrigan was skilled and never killed anyone!

(This doesn’t mean I’m against alcohol and marijuana use.  It means if you are impaired – don’t drive.  With this holiday weekend looming I thought this was a good thing to mention.  Because Memorial Day is all about partying, right?  :-( )

 

It’s all a matter of perspective…

…and not giving up.

Regular readers know I’ve been having difficulty recently both with my computer(s) and connecting to the Internet.  Thankfully, these issues appear to have been resolved.

Sort-of.

You see, since my original computer tanked, I have been able to borrow a friend’s.  It’s older and has issues of it’s own.  And it didn’t help that there were ‘problems’ transferring files from the old computer to the newer.

Things take time.  And much of that has been resolved.

Being disabled and fund-challenged, I sometimes get impatient.  Much of what I do on the Internet makes up for not having much of a life.

But I’m feeling much better now!  (John Astin as Buddy on TV’s Night Court)

My old bug-a-boo browser IE (8, 9, 10, 11) has been replaced by Comodo IceDragon, and now back to Firefox.  And except for missing many files still resident on the former machine, things ARE better!

Gotta have faith, right?

Beat-Up Cars and Guns

I’m not rich.  Even when I was able to go to a regular 40-hour/week job with benefits.  I was lower-middle class, at best.  Now that I’m on medical disability, I can barely make ends meet.  I lost my home a year and a half ago.

Cars and guns are important to me.  Guns apparently more so.  I currently am driving a 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue with over 140K miles on her.  She needs a lot of work I cannot afford.  And I certainly cannot afford a (newer, in-better-shape) different vehicle.  Sigh.

I also own two guns:  a custom 1911 and an electroless nickel Smith .38.  Both have seen better days, but, just like the ol’ clunker, THEY WORK!

Murphy’s Law recently posted a photo of his workhorse pistol, a Beretta 92F.  She looked a little like she had been dragged behind something for a while.  Obviously, this made no difference to Murphy, who said she worked and shot like a champ!

Which brings me to my point.  My car looks and works like crap, but she still works.  My 1911 and revolver both function, albeit they are cosmetically imperfect.

So I’m a bigot.  :-)

I LOVE the look of a nicely appointed vehicle and a fine firearm!  When I first saw Murphy’s photo, my heart sank.  I thought how sad it looks like that, and how much she resembled my well-worn 1911.  And, I see nicely running cars on the street, painted all pretty, and I secretly loathe my beater car.

Okay, I don’t know if it’s bigotry or shallowness…

Thankfully (as of this writing) the car and guns still function, but there’s always tomorrow!

h/t Lagniappe’s Lair

Here We Go, AGAIN!

There is a piece of legislation making its way through both the House of Representatives and Senate that could have real implications for freedom of speech in the media and on the internet. On Wednesday, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 (S.2219), which seeks “to examine the prevalence of hate crime and hate speech on the Internet, television, and radio to better address such crimes.” Meanwhile, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) introduced a companion bill in the House – H.R. 3878.

“This really bothers me a great deal. Senator Ed Markey and Representative Hakeem Jeffries… are taking their Hate Crimes Reporting Act and they’re trying to jam it through and get passage in both the House and the Senate. It’s happening simultaneously… Is that part of Cass Sunstein’s old stomping grounds? The information administration looking to analyze all media outlets including radio to determine if they are working to advocate and encourage hate crimes. This is good, huh?”

In a Wednesday press release, Sen. Markey a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, explained why this legislation is particuraly important given the recent shooting in Kansas.

“We have recently seen in Kansas the deadly destruction and loss of life that hate speech can fuel in the United States,” Sen. Markey said, “which is why it is critical to ensure the Internet, television and radio are not encouraging hate crimes or hate speech that is not outside the protection of the First Amendment.”

Glenn happened to have a German radio from the Nazi era on his desk this morning, and he explained the great lengths taken by the Nazi government to ensure the German people only heard what they wanted them to hear.

“This [radio has] the German swastika on it, the German eagle is on it. This was an S.S. approved radio. It would only pick up the right radio stations, so you couldn’t tune into to the BBC or anything else. They just took those frequencies away,” Glenn explained. “I love the people who say the Nazis are extreme right. No, they’re not. The battle of World War II in Europe was communist versus Nazis – communists versus the national socialists… Both of them wanted world domination… Both of them were socialist… It’s the same group of guys.”

(excerpted from Glenn Beck)

YES, the recent shootings in Kansas were horrible.  REGARDLESS of the allegedly White supremacist’s choice of targets or his own political thoughts.

Remember when so-called ‘liberals’ championed the First Amendment rights of disgusting individuals like the Nazis who marched in largely-Jewish Skokie, Illinois?  Well, these same folks (and their political descendants) are now trying to remove the First Amendment rights of anyone with whom they disagree, for ‘our’ own good, under the guise of the ever popular PC term hate speech.

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS HATE SPEECH IN A NATION WHICH ESPOUSES PROTECTIONS AS ENUMERATED IN THE FIRST AMENDMENT OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION!  PERIOD.

AND, USING IT AS AGGRAVATING LABEL FOR VIOLENT CRIME GIVES THE STATE THE METHOD IT NEEDS TO SUPPRESS NOT ONLY THE SPEECH OF DISGUSTING PERSONS WE ALL DON’T LIKE, BUT ALSO THOSE WITH WHOM WE AGREE, BUT ‘THE POWERS THAT BE’ DISAGREE’.

Don’t like President Obama’s policies or legislation?  Must be a racist.  Wait a minute – that’s hate speech!

Oh wait, it only works one direction…

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1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

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