First of all, I’ve no skin in this game.
I’ve never been able to serve, nor am I transgender.
I was classified 1-A when I initially registered for the draft, even with my fused right hip and leg being shorter. My osteopathic surgeon sent my draft board a letter, and I was ultimately classed 4-F.
Not that I didn’t want to serve. The plan was do a stint in the Marines, become a cop, then a fed.
To serve my country, AND to be able to carry a concealed weapon nationwide. It was a different time.
But my leg disability put the kibosh on all that.
THEN, I was in college, and thought maybe R.O.T.C.? The interview went like this, “Walk this way. Now walk back this way. You can’t march, get out!”
So much for my military career.
But, my personal life disappointments aside, there’s another point to the story.
Joining the military is NOT a RIGHT – It’s a PRIVILEGE!
And the military makes the rules. They want every human involved to meet a minimum standard of ability. The idea is if soldier one falls on the line, they can be replaced with soldier two. Uniformity. (My apologies to the sailors, airmen, Marines and coasties.)
The services don’t want to be concerned with the 0.3% of Americans with unusual chromosomal makeup. Or the larger percentage who feel they are a different gender than their biology dictates.
If you want to serve, fine. Find another way to serve.
If you are trying to join to get the government to pay for gender reassignment surgery, forget it.
Source: The Washington Post
Horrific episode of human smuggling fuels both sides of immigration debate
The discovery of dozens of migrants in a dangerously overheated trailer in San Antonio this (last) weekend has further inflamed the national debate over illegal immigration, particularly sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with federal authorities. In a Facebook post late Sunday, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) appeared to blame the tragedy on sanctuary policies like those adopted by San Antonio, San Francisco, Chicago and other jurisdictions, which he said “entice” people to illegally cross the border by creating the impression that local authorities will shield them from deportation.
Funny, how there’s a ‘War On Drugs’, but human smuggling seems to be largely ignored by ‘the mainstream media’. Between tacit approval by both gov’ts and media of low cost/near slave labor (not to mention sex trafficking!), unless there are deaths (see above) no one seems to care!
If it bleeds (or dies of heat exhaustion) it leads!
(from Gun Talk Media)
Did you ever feel as though things are upside down with the media and what people think is important?
I sure do. So, when Mike Wood sent me a short piece he had written, it connected completely with me,
and it’s a great explanation of why many of us often feel a bit confused, and often disconnected to
what the collective wisdom appears to be.
If you are familiar with the Superman Bizzaro World, where good is bad, up is down, etc., you’ll get it. – Tom
On Fascism and Kryptonite
By Mike Wood
“As I consider life in modern day America, I can’t seem to shake the feeling that
somewhere along the way, the wires got crossed and the current was reversed. The America that I
grew up in was so fundamentally different from today’s version, that I sometimes have to question
if the two even share a relation. Did I somehow manage to miss a grand, cleverly-concealed,
“bait and switch” of American culture, language, and values?”
June Foray, the voice of “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show’s”
Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale
of Boris and Natasha fame in the early 1960s and
a key figure in the animation industry, died Thursday.
She was 99.
Her close friend Dave Nimitz, confirmed her death on Facebook, writing
“With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little
June today at 99 years old.”
Foray was also the voice behind Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel,
Nell from “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester”
cartoons and Cindy Lou Who in Chuck Jones’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,”
among hundreds of others.
The first lady of voice acting, one of the original members of
animation organization ASIFA-Hollywood and founder of the annual
Annie Awards, was also instrumental in the creation of the Oscars’
animated feature category.
h/t Facebook, Variety
As recounted here in previous episodes, I LIKE movies and TV.
Also recounted, I don’t always access current stuff, i.e I didn’t watch Star Trek (TOS) in prime time; the mini-series John Adams until years after the fact.
So it was with The Wire. Dave (the mechanic) recommended it highly. I don’t think I had HBO when it was first broadcast…
We found ourselves ‘between seasons’ on regular, commercial television. And had been re-running shows we liked (ranging from Friends to Person-of-Interest) until we started mumbling the dialog under our breath.
Thank God for ‘The Hopper™’!
It was time for something new, to us at least.
And we remembered The Wire…
Five years, sixty episodes. Gritty inner city drama about the workings of the police, unions, organized crime and politics.
Sax and violins galore.
With no censor (it was HBO, after all)!
If I had $1 for every time I heard the word M…..F…..
Well, you get the idea.
Well cast and acted. A tight script which kept you guessing. Some good guys who were bad – some misguided. Some bad guys trying to be good. Others just evil.
The Internet tells us many of the background cast we actual people from the street. I’m certain this lowered production costs, but also added to the realism.
I recommend it. But make certain the children are asleep in their beds.
In another State.
Lest they listen and start repeating M…..F……
Or the ubiquitous ‘N’ word!
“I was told that I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t express my concerns, and I couldn’t ask any questions because I’m White.”
McKenzie Kyger is a white Evergreen State College student who made news when she appeared at a public legislative hearing about the problems at Evergreen related to Prof. Bret Weinstein.
Kyger told the legislators about her experience with pervasive anti-white racism being taught as part of the integral model of social justice learning currently foregrounded in American universities.
We covered her testimony in the post Evergreen Student: ‘I’ve been told I’m not allowed to speak because I’m white’.
Kyger is the type of student whom colleges embraced only a few years ago. She’s open-minded, has absorbed and speaks fluently the language of the regressive handbook on “diversity” and “social justice,” she’s not a conservative, and she’s definitely not a racist. That she is now experiencing what so many white college students across the country are should sound alarms on the left, particularly among white progressives.
Kyger talked about her experience at the college and how it affected her. For example, she discusses her experiences with the faculty and students who “overgeneralize” and state that “all white people” are the root of all problems, she explains how “social justice” has become a battering ram and weapon that is hurting higher education and students, and she describes her experience being shut out of a student event on campus explicitly because she is white. After walking down a hallway lined with other white students denied admittance, she agreed to the terms (that she not speak and stand in the back).
I remember being on a college campus in the 70s. There were folding tables set up on the mall. Some for the Vietnam War; some against. Some about saving the planet.
Some about Greek Week!
ALL speech was welcomed!
And sometimes, there were confrontations…
(that’s GEEK for Mystery Science Theater 3000!) 😅
As most of you know, I love TV and movies. And, being disabled (with limited funds), I am constantly on the prowl for something different to watch.
(For something to do besides hang out on the Internet.)
Some years ago, I heard about MST3K, and was lucky enough to have access to it.
THE PREMISE (wikilink)
Hard to imagine this came about from a tight crew of messed up college guys talking back to the TV while watching cheesy movies!
Now, in it’s (third?) incarnation on Netflix.
A (short) example:
If your geeky, and in need of a good guffaw, I highly recommend it.
It is NOT for the serious! 😛
At least, I cannot…
I happened to be visiting a medical specialist near my old stomping grounds Friday last – where I owned a home for eighteen years.
No, I didn’t drive by the old house. Too many memories, besides, they completely fixed it up and changed it (I have been by before).
When I left the doctor’s office, I headed South to the next major artery. This happened to be near John’s Uniforms and Police Equipment, previously recounted in these pages. I worked there many moons ago as the de facto holster guy.
And it wasn’t there!
Rather something was there – Skaggs Public Safety Equipment and Uniforms. I knew Johnny retired some years back, but had not known he sold the place!
An era has passed. The ‘Green Machine’, used by John, Senior to manufacture western shirts and class A wool police uniforms (with sap pockets) for over forty years is obviously no longer in use.
And seeing this made me a little sad…
I didn’t drive West to observe Martin’s Uniforms (Johnny’s friendly enemy with whom they exchanged stock for many years) because I’d been by there a while back and saw it was now Ace Uniforms. I don’t know (or particularly care) if Ace is still there.
Back when it was John’s versus Martin’s was the pre-Internet world. And most other uniform emporia across the country were closed shops by the local police departments.
I have many fond memories of helping newly-minted cops in various varieties obtain uniforms, gear and holsters. And listening to their ‘war stories’ around the communal store coffee pot.
But no longer.
The times. They are a changin’.
“When Windows 10 has an update, if you are on a schedule, DON’T DO IT!” 😠
I was doing my morning routine, getting the PC ready for the next exciting installment of Guffaw in AZ, when a message appeared from Windows, offering me an update, or a post-ponement of said update.
It was early, I figured, “what the Hell…”
TWENTY MINUTES LATER it reads ‘Working on updates 17%, Don’ the turn off your PC. This will take a while.
With the added joy of ‘Your PC will restart several times’ at the bottom of the screen!
(But wait, there’s MORE!)
after about an hour…
FINALLY, it finished about an hour and a quarter after it began. It would be nice if Windows warned you in advance of the time sink involved in a requested procedure!
Of course, I have additional commitments, so the planned blog post will have to wait…
(from Gun Talk Media – SAF)
A Scarlet Letter for Gun Owners
Imagine being a grandfather seeking custody of his grandson. The state says that will be okay, but you’ll have to give us the serial numbers of all your guns. A caseworker says, “If you want to care for your grandson you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights.”
You appeal to a court of law, and the judge says, “We know we are violating numerous constitutional rights here, but if you do not comply, we will remove the boy from your home.”
That’s what happened in Michigan, and it is why the Second Amendment Foundation has filed suit against that state’s Department of Health and Human Services. The state prohibits foster parents and adoptive parents from having guns — a clear violation of constitutional rights — fully acknowledged by the judge. (Hear from attorney David Sigale this Sunday on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk Radio!)
This kind of branding gun owners as less desirable is part of a larger pattern, where zoning laws treat gun stores as though they were sex shops, and won’t allow them near schools. Responsible gun owners and shooters are treated, by law, in ways that other identifiable groups would never stand for. Get a permit for free speech? Have financial services denied through a government program (Operation Choke Point)? Be required to be photographed, fingerprinted, and have a mandatory background check to exercise what clearly is a fundamental right guaranteed in the Bill of Rights?
We simply must challenge every single one of these blatant discriminatory laws and practices, and it takes all of us. It takes the NRA, the Second Amendment Foundation, state groups, and individuals — you and me. It’s why I created the Gun Talk Truth Squad more than a decade ago — so we can challenge each one of these. So we WILL challenge every media slight, smear, and lie. Every. Single. Time.
A lie left unchallenged becomes the truth.
Author, outdoorsman, gun rights activist, and firearms enthusiast for more than five decades, Tom Gresham hosts Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk, the first nationally-syndicated radio show about guns and the shooting sports, and is also the producer and co-host of the Guns & Gear, GunVenture and First Person Defender television series.
This kind of unconstitutional BS really torques my jaw!
We have won many battles, but have not yet won the war. We must continue to be vigilant.