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A Crisis Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

(Reblogged in it’s entirety, courtesy of Joel (The Ultimate Answer To Kings))

America has a crisis crisis.

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
– H. L. Mencken

It used to be so easy. After the Nazis there were the commies. They took so many different forms, from the hapless to the satanic, that the international hobgoblin quotient was handled for decades with no input needed from our would-be masters but some periodic viewing with alarm and a regular infusion of flag-draped coffins. Simply enumerating the warheads was enough to keep most people scared incontinent. After those ungrateful Soviets fell and people stopped being afraid of commies, our beloved protectors had to work a little harder. But very promptly after pieces of the Berlin wall became common keepsakes we were suddenly all supposed to pretend we knew the difference between a Shi’ite and a Sunni because now Muslims were the new…okay, “great satan” is taken, so…How’s “Axis of Evil?” Yeah! That’s got a ring to it.

Okay, so as a world-conquering existential threat, Muslims have proven something of a disappointment. Yeah, they kicked some Visigoth ass that one time but we’re trying to keep Facebook followers scared here. Thank god – I imagine our masters muttering – for all those beheading videos. Bring on the illegal aliens, and pray at least a few of them know how to do a good beheading. How long do these neolithic oafs think we can milk 9/11? Maybe we can slip them a bomb and get something good started.

Domestically, our beloved protectors have even bigger problems. It’s true some serious issues could be worked into nice scary crises, but they’re the sort of things we’re supposed to be distracted from. Race riots in the second decade of the century? But our masters solved the race problem in 1965! It’s the white racists who’re supposed to be the problem now, and they stubbornly refuse to provide any nice photogenic lynchings. Cop violence? Jeez, how can even the most divisive administration imaginable complain about cops when they’ve been arming them so enthusiastically for so long?

Really, it’s a sad, sad commentary on how far the state of hobgoblin-mongering has fallen, when this is the best our would-be masters’ mouthpieces can do…

The New War on Heroin Has Only Just Begun

“The prescription drug overdose epidemic is tragic and costly, but can be reversed,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement. “Because we can protect people from becoming addicted to opioids, we must take fast action now, with real-time tracking programs, safer prescribing practices, and rapid response. Reversing this epidemic will require programs in all 50 states.”Once a problem largely confined to minority populations in urban areas, addiction to heroin and other opiates has evolved into a major public health crisis in suburban and rural areas with large white populations – including the important political battleground states of New Hampshire, Ohio and Iowa.

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton calls it the “quiet epidemic,” while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned that it was “spreading like cancer” across his home state of Kentucky.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a presidential candidate, took part in a discussion of the crisis earlier this year at a drug treatment facility in Manchester, N.H., while Carly Fiorina, another GOP presidential candidate, has spoken emotionally about losing a stepdaughter to addiction, according to The Washington Post.

(and, the money quote from Joel – Guffaw)

I know, I know. Heroin’s been done to death. And you’d think it does raise that inconvenient question about how, if there’s been this highly successful War on Drugs for damn near fifty years, turning cities into occupied zones and creating a prison industry that would have made Pol Pot impotently beat the ground in frustrated envy, how oh how could there possibly be a heroin crisis?

But hey. These aren’t the old days, and it’s what we’ve got.

 

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”  –  Rahm Emanuel

STELLA!

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THE STELLA AWARDS                               
               Only in the USA___________
For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after  81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued the McDonald’s in New Mexico, where she purchased coffee.  You remember, she took the lid off the
coffee and put it between her knees while she was driving. Who would ever think one could get burned doing that, right?
That’s right;  these are awards for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the  U.S. You know, the kinds of cases that makeyou scratch your head.  So keep your head scratcher handy.
Here are the Stella’s for 2015  !!!!
      * SEVENTH PLACE *
Kathleen Robertson of Austin, TX was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store.  The store owners were understandably surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own.
    Start scratching!
           * SIXTH PLACE *
Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles, CA won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord.  Truman apparently didn’t notice there was
someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying  to steal his neighbor’s hubcaps.
Scratch some more…
         * FIFTH PLACE *
Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, PA, who was leaving a house he had just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and  he could not get the garage door to open.  Worse, he couldn’t re-enter the house because the door connecting the garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it shut.
Forced to sit for eight, count ’em, EIGHT days and survive on a case of Pepsi and a large bag  of dry dog food, he sued the homeowner’s
insurance company claiming undue mental Anguish.  Amazingly, the jury said the insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish.  We should all have this kind of anguish.
Keep scratching. There are more…
Double hand scratching after this one
         * FOURTH PLACE *
 Jerry Williams, of Little Rock, AK, garnered 4th Place in the Stella’s when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbor’s beagle – even  though the beagle was on a chain in its owner’s fenced yard.
Williams did not get as much as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle might have been provoked at the time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet gun.
Pick a new spot to scratch, you’re getting a bald spot..
    * THIRD PLACE *
Amber Carson of Lancaster, PA because a jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her tailbone.  The reason the soft drink was on the floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.
Only 2 more so ease up on the scratching…
      * SECOND PLACE*
Kara Walton, of Claymont, Delaware sued the owner of a night club in a nearby city because she fell from the bathroom window to the floor, knocking out her two front teeth.  Even though Ms.Walton was trying to sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge, the jury said the night club had to pay her  $12,000…oh, yeah, plus dental expenses.
    Go figure.
    Ok. Here we go!!
* FIRST PLACE *
  absolutely brilliant!
This year’s runaway First Place Stella Award winner was:
Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased  new 32-foot Winnebago motor home.  On her first trip home, from an OU football game, having driven on to the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver’s  seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a  sandwich.  Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and over turned.
Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski  sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner’s manual that she couldn’t actually leave the driver’s seat while the cruise control was set. The  Oklahoma  jury awarded her, ** ARE YOU SITTING DOWN ?  **
 **   $1,750,000 PLUS a new motor home.  **
Winnebago actually  changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home.
 If you think the USA court system is out of control, be sure to  pass this one on.

I don’t think there’s really anything I could add.

h/t Doc in Yuma

The War On Cops

Regular readers know I come from a law enforcement family, and am supportive of ‘the police’ in general.  No one who stands with The Blue Line should be subjected to abuse, criminal violence or murder.

After all, they are the men (and women) on the street representing the government and it’s laws (theoretically, anyway…).

HOWEVER…

I stand against violations of the Bill of Rights, and the ongoing militarization of police.  We need Reed and Malloy, not jackbooted, masked thugs!

I’m not a fan of propaganda, either…

With the “war on cops” narrative on the rise again, you might be wondering: When it comes to lethal violence against police officers, how does 2015 stack up against other years? Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute took a look at the annual number of cops who died of non-accidental gunshots, as measured by the Officer Down Memorial Page. This year isn’t over yet, obviously, but if the trend thus far continues, 2015’s rate will be higher than 2013’s. It will also be lower than every other year since 1870:

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h/t Wirecutter

Invasion and Colonization*

(courtesy of Cold Fury)

in part…

The Europeans, to be sure, are a pack of cynical hypocrites. If they had cared about Syrians, they might have sent a couple of brigades of soldiers to fight ISIS. But not a single European will risk his neck to prevent humanitarian catastrophe. The last time European soldiers got close to real trouble, in Srebrenica in 1995, Dutch peacekeepers stood aside while Bosnian Serbs massacred 8,000 Muslims.

The refugee problem can’t be solved at Europe’s borders; it only can be solved before it happens, by stabilizing the situation on the ground. But that would mean containing Iran’s ambitions and crushing the Sunni jihadists at the same time. Blood would spill, and not all of it local. The Europeans don’t think the Middle East is “worth the bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier,” as Bismarck said of the Balkans. They will pay for their fecklessness many times over.

And so, I suspect, shall we.

*Thought this was about The United States, didn’t you?  🙂

R.I.P Frank James

Most of us on the gunnie blogosphere are familiar with Frank James.

Excerpted from his obituary:

Frank published thousands of articles over seven countries during his career as a writer. He published five books and was awarded the Anschutz Outstanding Writer of The Year Award in 1994. He was an expert outdoorsman with a passion for adventure and travel. He also owned and operated farms in the White County area for over 45 years. Frank created the White County Shooting Sports 4H Program and hosted Davidson’s Gallery of Guns on the Sportsman Channel as well as appearing on Gun Stories that airs on The Outdoor Channel.

He was an active shooting competitor, having shot in The Masters International Tournaments and USPSA (IPSC) competitions. He and his wife were longtime members of Palestine Christian Church and he also served on the Wolcott Library Board for several years.

But, most of all, Frank wanted to be remembered as a farmer.

Because he helped feed people.

R.I.P. Frank.  Most of us in the gunblogging world aspire to be like you, personally and professionally.

You will be missed.

h/t Tamara, (I’m sorry for your loss.)

Prayers, Please!

My nephew’s son, Greg Daniels, will be going through neurosurgery tomorrow TODAY!@ the U of A Medical Center in Tucson.

He is a young man, and I don’t know the history behind the medical issues, but I have been a parent. Scary stuff.

Please keep a good thought, or more, if that’s what you do.

THIS JUST IN – HE GOT THROUGH THE SURGERY OKAY.  PATHOLOGY WON’T BE IN FOR FIVE DAYS, BUT HE IS NO LONGER HAVING SEIZURES!

Location-Based Rights ‘Controls’

Let’s say your speech from a soapbox in the public park plays well in NYC’s Central Park.  But, not as well in rural Missouri.

Should your right to free speech be restricted in Missouri.?  But not in New York?

Hmmmmm…

I don’t think so.

A Right is a Right is a Right.  PERIOD.

How about your right to practice (or not) a religion?  Or freely assemble?  Or deny troops access to your home for quartering in peacetime?  Or your right to not self-incriminate?

Different in the Big City versus the small town?

You know where I’m going.

(courtesy of David Codrea)

Jeb’s ridiculous and arrogant view of location-based rights is still not enough for Debbie, who expressed no objections when Obama said the same thing. They all know it’s a lie, and the edicts they’re going after, from the baby steps of “universal background checks” to the end game, will have no “home rule” regional limitations. They just use that term for the suckers.

Still, it wouldn’t be out of line to ask Jeb to explain in detail what specifically works for New York City. Matter of fact, those who have given him “A” ratings and endorsements in the past ought to be demanding it…

UPDATE: Not that I expect this will be anything but ignored…

Of course, old-timers like me remember when William Jefferson Clinton’s running mate (you know, the guy who invented the Internet, and global warming) was the guy who roomed at Harvard with Texan actor Tommy Lee Jones.  And Mr. Jones (a Texas rancher and gun owner) ascribed to the same beliefs!   That it was okay to carry firearms in Texas, but in D.C. and N.Y.C. (the big city) it was a no-no.

That argument didn’t hold for Tommy Lee Jones, and it doesn’t hold for Jeb and Barack, either!

MAROONS!

Snake-Oil Salesman?

Butter flavored?  🙂

(in part from Bayou Renaissance Man)

Another controversy is brewing in the firearms industry, this time over the alleged nature of a firearms cleaning and lubrication product.  Andrew Tuohy of Vuurwapen Blog (“Firearm Blog”) reports.

If you have been on the internet and have visited a sampling of firearm related blogs or social media sites in the last few weeks, you have most likely come across reports or claims that FireClean is nothing more than Crisco vegetable oil.

. . .

I did not – and still do not – believe that FireClean is Crisco, but not for the reason you might think. Although such statements make for shocking arguments, it wouldn’t really make sense to buy a name brand product at a high price if the goal was to resell and make money.

Still, the claim that FireClean is nothing more than Crisco is not one to be taken lightly by anyone … I sought to undertake my own testing to determine whether or not these claims are true about FireClean. Trust, but verify.

. . .

I contacted a professor at the University of Arizona – a very nice man with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry – and he agreed to help with an infrared spectroscopy test of FireClean and two types of Crisco.

. . .

What did the tests show?

FireClean is probably a modern unsaturated vegetable oil virtually the same as many oils used for cooking.

I don’t have the time, ability or money to test the myriad gun-cleaning/lubrication chemicals out there.  I still utilize Hoppe’s #9, WD-40 and Remington gun oil for crissakes!  And that runny white stuff for ARs…

And lithium grease for final lube.

AND, I no longer have the firearms I used to have on which to test such things.

I DO like some of the ads I see for modern, high-fallutin’ compounds, though…

Which is why I appreciate Bayou Renaissance Man and Andrew Tuohy!

SLICK!

All The News That’s Unfit Not To Print

(This came my way through Theo Spark.)

And I think it’s shameful and disgusting!

NYT – September 11. 2015

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GAHHH!

Cattlecars

The Quote of the Day (Month, Year) from the wonderful Tamara!

(in part)

We used to do assimilation. You would move here and we would hate you and make you live in ghettos and organize political parties against you, and your kids would learn our games and our songs and our language and move out of the ghettos and be our tradespeople. And your grandkids would be our doctors and lawyers and aldermen and would forget your language and we would add your food to our menus and take one of your holidays and hang it on our wall as a trophy and use it as an excuse to get drunk every year.

But not any more. Now assimilation is imperialist and racist and bad. Indeed, in Europe, which is several kilometer markers further down this road than we are, assimilation is actively discouraged. No, no, Mr. Refugee… You don’t need to learn the language; you’ll never be one of us anyway. You just sit there and let us feed you and keep you like a zoo animal to look at and remind ourselves that we don’t feed you into ovens anymore like our parents did because we’re so much better now.

We’ll see who cracks first, the guests or the hosts, but sooner or later, somebody’s getting loaded into cattlecars, because that’s how things go in Europe.

AMEN Sister – Sadly…

Coming soon to an America near you!

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…