It’s amazing how the p****fication of America continues. I saw an article the other day regarding violence in the schools, and how there was a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for such things. Including the phrase:
Violence never solved anything!
Certainly juveniles need to be taught how to solve their differences without physical conflict first, but, failing that, learn next how to pick and choose their battles, then to win them! These last two elements seem to have been lost to the dustbin of history.
This can and should be extrapolated to relations between nations. Speak softly and carry a big stick works for me, for the ‘street’ and the schoolyard (although most schoolyards prohibit sticks or their moral equivalent).
Certainly children emulate their parents, more than copy their words. If you solve problems at home physically, your child is likely to copy you. I saw a stair-step family in the mall one day, six or seven kids in a row, in diminishing height, accompanying their mother. (side note – father was nowhere to be seen.) One of the middle boys punched his sister in the arm – the mom spun around and cracked the boy full-palm across the face screaming “Don’t you hit your sister!” I wonder where he learned such behavior?
I remember my daughter, after two years of karate, being harassed at her bus stop by a boy who was a head taller than she. This was happening daily. Obviously, the boy was repeating something he heard at home, something inappropriate for this venue or 6th Grade girls, which my daughter was. She implored me, “Can I hit him?, Can I?” I asked if he had touched her, she said no. I advised we would deal with it (by speaking with the school). But, I did tell her if he did touch her, yes, she could respond with force. Fortunately, he was moved to another bus stop, and she didn’t have to do anything. She’d have hurt him, significantly.
I’ve never been the victim of an armed robbery (knock-on-wood) but if I were and the opportunity presented itself, I’d respond with appropriate force. Not inappropriate force, but force. Violence. If necessary. I have been the victim of multiple burglaries (in my former neighborhood). Had I walked in on the miscreants, responding with force concurrent with Arizona law would have been appropriate. And certainly necessary.
I was attacked by a mentally unbalanced person with a knife once. It’s fortunate I was unarmed, or she would be dead. I did injure her to stop the attack.
Violence isn’t always a first choice, but sometimes it is a choice. And sometimes it does solve problems.
I am SO GLAD to reside in the Free State of Arizona! – Guffaw
I don’t know about you, but with the now-ubiquitous attempts to deprive us of our natural rights to assemble, access the Internet (or tax it – a vote TODAY! Call D.C.!), speak freely, worship (or choose not to), keep the constabulary from our homes without benefit of warrant, eat unhealthy food and of course, deprive us of the right to keep and bear arms, there seems to be more and more of a movement on the part of the Fourth Estate to POLL US with these concerns:
I’m sick of seeing such polls. I don’t care if the entire population of New York votes en masse to prohibit me from having a soft drink larger than 16 oz., or a firearm magazine greater then 7 round capacity, or a poll in USA Today (the primary coloring book of newspapers) supports such a vote.
My rights are my individual rights. Period. Guaranteed. And no attempt at ‘democracy’ (tyranny of the majority) will convince me otherwise.
Take your polls elsewhere, about other things. Like a preference for apple or cherry pie.
(redacted specifics re: the crap in my life and the lives of everyone I know)
I decided rather than wallow, to take a page from my dear friend Rev. Paul and lighten up. All is not lost. I still have friends and family who love me. The Nation, while thought to be circling the drain in some circles, is still here. As is her Constitution.
I know and believe this as fact: All you can do is what you can do. Fretting about the past or the future is pointless – be in the now. And hold those you love close and tell them you love them, because you never know! Do it now!
How can you look into that face above and not smile?
(I’ve chosen to make commentary unavailable on this post – go and hold your loved ones, instead!)
…or ‘just a little off’?
The Liberty Sphere discusses the move by the administration (and it’s sycophants) to more loosely define ‘mental illness’. Not to get more folks in need dependent on the government.
But to get them declared a ‘prohibited possessor’ under federal law, with regard to firearms possession and ownership.
When Fidel Castro bullied his way into power in Cuba five decades ago, the west began to see, up close and personal, the manner in which totalitarian governments played fast and loose with the term “mentally ill.” Political dissidents were routinely rounded up, and if they were not murdered in cold blood, they were deemed insane, taken to state-run mental facilities, and given a series of electric shock treatments that rendered them imbeciles for all intents and purposes.
In like manner, the American government under Barack Obama and Democrats who run the U.S. Senate, and their allies in ultra-liberal state governments such California, are using the term “mentally ill” in a haphazard fashion, allowing them to confiscate guns.
And you don’t even have to be a patient. Merely being a family member of such a person is enough for the American Gestapo squads to seize your firearms. This news report from Bloomberg provides the details.
h/t Nat’l Conservative Examiner
…but all is not, yet, lost…
SAN FRANCISCO — They’re called national security letters and the FBI issues thousands of them a year to banks, phone companies and other businesses demanding customer information. They’re sent without judicial review and recipients are barred from disclosing them.
On Friday, a federal judge in San Francisco declared the letters unconstitutional, saying the secretive demands for customer data violate the First Amendment.
The government has failed to show that the letters and the blanket non-disclosure policy “serve the compelling need of national security,” and the gag order creates “too large a danger that speech is being unnecessarily restricted,” U.S. District Judge Susan Illston wrote.
She ordered the FBI to stop issuing the letters, but put that order on hold for 90 days so the U.S. Department of Justice can pursue an appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The DOJ said it is reviewing the decision.
FBI counter-terrorism agents began issuing the letters after Congress passed the USA Patriot Act in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
More at the above link. Apparently, not everyone in government supports the push toward totalitarianism.
Funny how the congress keeps passing more legislation ‘to protect us’, and instead constrains us.
of some guffaws! 🙂
Didja ever notice…
The same folks who either want to severely restrict our rights, or eliminate them all together, are the same folks who insist they have their rights, and we shant infringe on them?
They demand the right to to force you to eat what they demand appropriate (or not eat things they deem inappropriate), worship (or not); their right to ‘free’ health care, welfare, food stamps, citizenship, protection both from and by the State (can you say paradox?), ad infinitum, ad nauseum.
And demand you give up your natural (and Second Amendment enumerated) Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Just an observation.
Call your Senators and Congressman, repeatedly to stop the continued erosion of our rights. Yes, my request is ironic.
WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a renewed assault-weapons ban, advancing the measure to the Senate floor where it will face intense resistance from Republicans and other gun-rights supporters.The bill was approved by the committee on a party-line, 10-8 vote. Chief sponsor, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she knows “the road is uphill” for the legislation, but sought to press her colleagues to consider the bill.This doesn’t mean we can rest on our laurels – quite the opposite. PLEASE keep the pressure on our Senators to separate the wheat from the chaff and NOT support this further rights-encroaching legislation!Or, soon coming across the border…Brought to you by enemies both foreign and domestic.h/t We the people
(from my personal Email, in part…)
Call it the Valentine’s Day Tax Massacre.
On February 14, 2012, statists in Congress introduced S. 336, the National Internet Tax Mandate.
Of course, the tax-and-spenders sponsoring the bill mislabeled it the “Marketplace Fairness Act.~
~Under the new National Internet Tax Mandate:
*** All Americans would see their taxes go up as big spending governors of BOTH parties work with the federal government’s IRS goons to implement a state sales tax on ALL goods purchased online.
Big spending governors are running their states into bankruptcy, and – instead of reducing spending – they want the IRS to force YOU to bail them out with new Internet taxes!
*** Tax collectors in one state would now be free to pursue retailers across state lines.
For example, if a customer in New York makes a purchase from an online retailer in Texas, that retailer MUST collect New York’s exorbitant sales taxes and send it to New York’s tax collection agencies;
*** New and higher taxes would CRUSH economic growth and set the stage for massive new regulations that threaten the very existence of the Internet.~
~Now the one-world socialists at the United Nations want in on the action, as well.
Just a few months ago, the U.N. drafted a new “Telecommunications Treaty” to impose restrictive regulations, global CENSORSHIP, and a massive new tax on all Internet operations.
If ratified by the United States Senate, the United Nations’ “Telecommunications Treaty” – designed to take effect in 2015 – could give control of the Internet to U.N. bureaucrats.
Ultimately, the U.N. hopes to use this scheme to take a tax bite out of the TRILLIONS of dollars exchanging hands via Internet commerce – money that will make the U.N. a true world government.
And this National Internet Tax Mandate is playing right into their hands.~
Please go to the link above and sign Congressman Ron Paul’s No National Internet Tax Petition. Whether or not you contribute to the cause is your business. Internet Taxation may kill all of ours!