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One Thing About Life…

is we all end up the same way.

How we get there is what matters!

Tom Lindsay of Fill Yer Hands  tell us he is battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia, which is essentially bone marrow cancer.  (his words)

You might stop by his blog (or his Facebook page) to show your support!

He’s another one of the good ones!

tom-drawing

Please keep a good thought, and pray for him – if that’s what you do.

 

Peter On Belgium

With regard to the latest coordinated attacks in Europe, anger and sadness aside, I’ve nothing much more to say.  Europe has brought this upon herself, and we are doing the same.  In the name of inclusion and political correctness.

But Peter (Bayou Renaissance Man) brings it!

Bombs in Belgium

So ISIL has done it again.  According to news reports as I write these words, more than 20 people have been killed and dozens injured in bomb explosions in Belgium, almost certainly in retaliation for the arrest of Salah Abdeslam and the killing of one of his accomplices there last week.

I’m very surprised that the suburb of Molenbeek in Brussels, long known to be a hotbed of fundamentalist Islamic tendencies and support for terrorism, has not been ‘cleaned out’ yet by security forces.  I suppose that’s European political correctness at work, as the Canadian Globe & Mail pointed out last year.  (Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.)

After the [Paris] attacks, the world’s media descended on the Muslim neighbourhood of Molenbeek in order to probe the causes of the problem. They found that Belgium is a mess – a tangle of overlapping and warring political factions that are completely unable to manage the country’s security issues. This fragmentation is also cited as a major barrier to Muslim integration. Disaffected young people can’t develop a Belgian identity, because there isn’t one.

. . .

The belief that the modern progressive state can socially engineer its way to harmony – if only it tries hard enough – is a dangerous delusion.

Another view of Belgium is offered by Teun Voeten, a photographer who witnessed the aftermath of the Paris massacre. He lived in Molenbeek for nine years, but was eventually driven out by crime, disorder and intolerance. Places to buy alcohol disappeared, and Islamic bookshops spread. “Nowhere was there a bar or café where white, black and brown people would mingle,” he wrote on Politico. “Instead, I witnessed petty crime, aggression, and frustrated youths who spat at our girlfriends and called them ‘filthy whores.’ ” The Jewish shops, which were terrorized by young kids, moved away. So did openly gay people, who were harassed in the streets.

Mr. Voeten agrees that the messy state is a problem. But the more important factor is Belgium’s culture of denial. “The country’s political debate has been dominated by a complacent progressive elite who firmly believes society can be designed and planned. … The debate is paralyzed by a paternalistic discourse in which radical Muslim youths are seen, above all, as victims of social and economic exclusion. Most people in Molenbeek are decent people who want the best for their families. But we should not close our eyes to the fact that it is also home to a very deep and very dangerous undercurrent of radical Islamism.

. . .

Why are so many home-grown young Muslims (as well as a few converts) attracted to such a virulent form of faith? The common liberal answer is because they feel excluded. That answer strikes me as pathetically inadequate. A better answer would include a quest for meaning and purpose in a secular, postmodern world, and the attraction of an absolutist faith that offers certainty, structure and a chance for martyrdom and glory.

Job training and better transit aren’t going to fix that problem.

The attacks in Paris were a watershed. This time the terrorists’ targets were not cartoonists, Jews, or people openly critical of Islam, but anyone who happened to be in range. The target was secular society itself. And in its aftermath, many more people are daring to openly question whether some values simply cannot be reconciled with Western values. For all its faults and flaws, Europe is not the problem.

There’s more at the link.

The Paris attacks in November last year revealed a high degree of technological sophistication on the part of the terrorists.  That sophistication has enabled their accomplices to respond rapidly to last week’s arrests by conducting further acts of terrorism at short notice.  A French police analysis of last year’s attacks shows how they probably did it.  Here’s an excerpt from a news report.  (Again, bold, underlined text is my emphasis.)

Investigators have come to realise that the Paris attackers, sent by the Islamic State’s external operations wing, were well-versed in a range of terrorism tactics – like suicide vests, gunmen in various locations and hostage-taking – to hamper the police response, the report shows. They have exploited weaknesses in Europe’s border controls to slip in and out undetected, and worked with a high-quality forger in Belgium to acquire false documents.

. . .

French officials have repeatedly warned citizens that more attacks are possible, saying security and intelligence officials cannot track all the Europeans travelling to and from Islamic State strongholds in Syria and Iraq. And western intelligence officials say their working assumption is that additional Islamic State terrorism networks are already in Europe, with more being formed.

. . .

The [Paris] attacks marked a subtle shift in the Islamic State’s external operations branch, which was first publicised in the group’s French-language online magazine, Daral-Islam, last March. In the previous small-scale attacks, the Islamic State, much like al-Qaeda before it, had taken aim at symbolic targets, including police and military installations and establishments with clear links to Israel or Jewish interests, like the Jewish Museum in Brussels. But in an interview published in the online magazine, a senior operative for the Islamic State, described as the godfather of French jihadis, advised his followers to abandon the symbolism. “My advice is to stop looking for specific targets. Hit everyone and everything,” he said.

. . .

New phones linked to the assailants at the stadium and the restaurant [in Paris] also showed calls to Belgium in the hours and minutes before the attacks, suggesting a rear base manned by a web of still unidentified accomplices. Security camera footage showed Bilal Hadfi, the youngest of the assailants, as he paced outside the stadium, talking on a cellphone. The phone was activated less than an hour before he detonated his vest. From 8.41pm until just before he died at 9.28pm, the phone was in constant touch with a phone inside the rental car being driven by Abaaoud. It also repeatedly called a cellphone in Belgium.

Again, more at the link.

Europe is simply going to have to learn – if necessary the hard way – that one can’t treat terrorists as poor misguided children who only need to be shown the ‘right way’ in order to change.  One can certainly take steps to address imbalances in society, but religious fundamentalism is another thing entirely.  That can’t be reformed by political means.  (Europe has many examples of that reality, most recently the Northern Ireland ‘troubles’.)

There’s only one way to stop a terrorist – and that’s permanently.  Until Belgium (and all Europe) learns that lesson, and deals with its domestic terrorism problem accordingly, it’ll suffer more attacks.  What’s worse, unless and until such terrorism is dealt with comprehensively, it’ll engender an ever more vicious backlash against anything and anyone deemed (in popular opinion) to be associated with it.  In other words, Europeans are going to become less and less tolerant of all shades and forms of Islam.

As Tamara so aptly puts it, Europeans can go from ‘zero to jackboots‘ faster than you’d believe possible.  They’ve done so many times in the past . . . and I strongly suspect that ordinary Europeans (with or without the support of their current political leaders) are about to do so once more.

Peter

Good ‘News’ From Way Up North!

(via my dear friend Rev. Paul)

With all the bad press aimed at police departments around the country – and sometimes bad things do happen – we don’t hear enough about the good things they do.

Here’s one.

The Officer and Harley: A Lesson in Kindness

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. Your child is off somewhere in the world without you and something goes wrong. With children who have developmental disabilities or mental illness, something is bound to go wrong at some point. So you craft action plans. You practice what to do. You get their care providers on the same page. You hope your action plan will work if and when needed. Many times it will. But there’s always the possibility that one time, in some ordinary place doing some ordinary thing, something will go awry. Then what?

The Anchorage Police Department has a volunteer training program to help its officers make the best possible decisions when encountering people with autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injuries, depression or any other condition that can affect a person’s behavior and how well he or she might respond to police.

For parents, the worst nightmare isn’t the meltdown. It’s how other people will react, and then how your child will react to them. Will the others — store clerks, passersby, waiters, managers — be well-meaning helpers who unknowingly muck things up even more? Or maybe they will be disrupters and increase stress and tension as they try to firmly get matters under control. What then? What if the police show up and rattle off a bunch of questions or issue orders at your child, who can’t handle being addressed in that way? Will your child run off? Lash out? What if an officer tries to put their hands on your child, who cannot tolerate touch?

The worst nightmare is that someone will get hurt.

Harley Hamilton, a senior at West High living with downs syndrome and autism, gives Anchorage police officer Matt Fraize a side hug at Sagaya City Market on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. Watching at left is DeVon Brentlinger, one of Harley’s caregivers.
Loren Holmes / ADN

Hamilton asked a friend, Angie Fraize, an Anchorage police officer who serves with her on the Governor’s Council for Disabilities and Special Education, what to do. Fraize helped coordinate a coffee date for Harley with her husband, Matt, who is also an Anchorage police officer. The goal? Get Harley to understand police as helpers, as safe people she can trust.

“The face of law enforcement is changing with the times. But we have to. We have to show people that we are human. That we are dads and moms,” Angie Fraize said over coffee last week. She grew up with an uncle who had Down syndrome, and one of her two daughters has the condition.

Matt Fraize, a large man who once played football for the University of Washington, showed up in uniform to the coffee date with Harley. He asked if he could sit with Harley and her mother, who suggested, “Harley would love for a handsome man in uniform to sit across from her.”

Harley hugged officer Fraize, beaming during the half-hour visit that ended with a ride home, without Mom, in the police car. During a second meeting, Harley tried to tickle officer Fraize, nuzzled his side, gave a friendly head-butt and a quick kiss to his right shoulder before they walked over to his patrol car, holding hands.

“A lot of us are parents of kids with special needs. And so we get it. We have the same fears for our children,” Matt Fraize said.

Heroes like Officer Fraize need all the good publicity they can get. This is a wonderful program.

I commented on Rev. Paul’s posting of the above story that news of a positive nature is not considered news.  The dictum ‘if it bleeds, it leads’ came to mind.

I hope that most of the men and women in blue are of Officer Fraize’s mindset, rather than the stormtrooper/Gestapo/’us against them’ mindset.  Too often, it’s only police misconduct that makes the news.

As the good Reverend said, this story needs to go viral!  So I’m doing my .02 worth. :-)

Mental Illness = No Gun(?)

Not necessarily. :-)

From Claire:

Despite using annoying “gun violence” language, this CNN article brings the good news that mental health professionals aren’t likely to sit still for Obama administration attempts to label every mentally ill person as too dangerous to own a firearm. With statistics, even!

I know there is a meme out there wherein the gummint is actively pursuing all avenues to make firearms ownership difficult, complex, and ne’er impossible.

I believe this to be true.

However (see above).

Yep, It Happens Everywhere!

There’s a popular meme regarding firearms possession and safety:

Do you have your gun; it’s a bad neighborhood!?

As though crime doesn’t occur in ‘good’ neighborhoods…

(from my dear friend Brigid)

Stay in the Boat

True Blue Sam the blogger is someone perhaps just a few of you know as a long time friend and commenter here.  He’s also something more special. He’s my father in law. He and my mother in law, both firearm owners and skilled and proficient shooters, had a home invasion on Thursday night. The person involved may have been high on drugs (I’m guessing meth) – he DID ransack one of the freezers in the garage, taking a ham hock, a tub of lard and some ocra.  Just saying.

No one was hurt, but there are lessons to be learned.  Not just the fact that the perp been detained earlier for a event, had a psyche eval (by Skype no less) and was released to continue his night of mayhem. But rapid response when this sort of thing happens. (Semi Auto is your friend).

We always worried that  being in the city that something like this would happen here, and in addition to our stickers shouting alarm system! we added extra bolts, top to frame  and bottom braced against a floor joist, for the walk out basement doors, in addition to cutting back shrubbery and adding extra lighting.

But this happened in a very quiet rural area, where the nearest “city” is houses, a barber shop and a church, just as they were heading to bed, and not thinking of defense.

Just some things to think about folks and we’re just thankful they are safe, though a vehicle was stolen and totaled (after getting some serious air time during a chase through the woods) and there was a lot of damage to the home as the perp used firewood outside to break out several windows in an attempt to get into the main house before hitting the garage.

First of all, thank God everyone is safe and well!
And ‘safe neighborhoods’?  No such thing!
It’s not paranoia if a threat really exists!

They’re Dropping Like Flies!

…but some are returning! :-)

I’ve been reviewing my blog roll, TGBBL, and other lists of blogs, and have noticed many people are no longer blogging, or have not blogged in some time, or have died, or whatever…

And that makes me sad.

BUT, Peter wrote today that LAWDOG has been convinced to begin blogging again, AND plans on a BOOK regarding his adventures!

HUZZAH!

Please go welcome him back!

The LawDog Files

Zapruder Film 2.0

(NO, this is not me ranting about JFK’s assassination, again!)

I was going to keep my distance from the whole ‘armed clown occupiers are arrested (and one killed) after a run-in with governmental armed clowns’, but this seems to be something not going away – from the blogosphere, anyway.

Submitted for your perusal:

(From Brock Townsend)

The Finicum Execution: Zoomed In at 50% Speed and can be played at 1080p HD

NavyJack 1/30/2016 at 7:36 am

Max, Here is a version that is zoomed in and can be played at 1080p HD. It repeats the killing sequence 4 times

(and just to add fuel to the fire, because I’m sometimes built that way – Guffaw)

“Suggested talking point and mantra-like slogan for all your assorted internet chatter”

Via Northwest Net

https://ppjg.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/lavoynew.jpg?w=500&h=336

“The FBI sent 100 agents in 40 armored vehicles to murder one man in Oregon, but they haven’t even interviewed Hillary Clinton yet.”

So there you have it.  Maybe.

Did the federal government protect us from some right-wing extremist whack jobs, or is this yet another example of federal ‘overreach’, not unlike the executions @ Ruby Ridge and Waco?
The Internet is abuzz with this was simply suicide-by-cop, coupled with an idea to incite violence (?)
There has also been chatter regarding the ‘armed occupiers’ being treasonous, and therefore deserved prison and/or killing.  Without due process, I might add…
Then, I remembered some other ‘armed’ occupiers:Eric-Holder-Columbia-1973-yearbook-343x620

Report: Did Eric Holder Participate in‘Armed’ Occupation of Columbia ROTC Office?

The Daily Caller is reporting that the nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement official, Attorney General Eric Holder, participated in what has been described by some as an “armed” takeover of Columbia University’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) office in 1970.

Apparently Holder was one of the leaders of the Student Afro-American Society (SAAS) that demanded the abandoned ROTC center be transformed into the “Malcom X Lounge.”
Holder described the five-day event during a 2010 commencement speech: “[Several] of us took one of our concerns — that black students needed a designated space to gather on campus — to the Dean [of Freshmen]’office. This being Columbia, we proceeded to occupy that office.”
Holder, however, recalls the event as being “peaceful.”
The Daily Caller continues:

The details of the student-led occupation, including the claim that the raiders were “armed,” come from a deleted Web page of the Black Students’ Organization (BSO) at Columbia, asuccessor group to the SAASContemporary newspaper accounts in The Columbia Daily Spectator, a student newspaper, did not mention weapons.
[…]
Though then-Dean Carl Hovde declared the occupation of the Naval ROTC office illegal and said it violated university policy, the college declined to prosecute any of the students involved.  This decision may have been made to avoid a repeat of violent Columbia campus confrontations between police and members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in 1968.
The ROTC headquarters was ultimately renamed the Malcolm X lounge as the SAAS organization demanded.  It later became a hang-out spot for another future U.S. leader, Barack Obama, according to David Maraniss’ best-selling ”Barack Obama: The Story.” [Emphasis added]

In 1968– soon before Holder arrived on campus– the SAAS collaborated with the SDS to prevent a gymnasium from being built, and briefly held Dean Henry Coleman hostage.  As recently as 2010, according to the Daily Caller, the perpetrators were described as “armed with guns.”

Of course SNOPES (the ‘fact-checking’ website funded by leftists politicos) says Holder was not involved with any armed occupation.
So, which is it?
Does it depend on which side of the political spectrum rock one crawls out from under?
It’s been said one man’s freedom fighter is another’s terrorist.
I RECEIVED WORD (AND JUST CONFIRMED) THAT THIS VIDEO LINK HAS BEEN DISABLED.  ONE MAY CLINK IN THE LINK WHERE THE VIDEO WAS, OR FAILING THAT, GO TO YOUTUBE DIRECTLY – Guffaw
h/t The Blaze, Erica Ritz, Snopes

A Modest Bleg For Mike

(as copied from Wirecutter)

Plea to All Friends of Mike Vanderboegh

Per Mike, the doctors have told him he is not long of this world. As we all know, his financial situation due to years of disability and devotion to the larger issue of self-sacrifice for freedom is terrible. He is doing what he can to get his affairs in order, but the reality is, his wife will be left in really bad shape. I would like to help with a funding appeal.

I looked at various “crowdfunding” sites, but there are hoops to jump through and/or a cut they take. For now at least, in order to get the ball rolling and hopefully growing as it does, I’m asking all of Mike’s friends to spread the word and to send gratitude offerings directly to him:

Paypal to georgemason1776@aol.com*
Check, money order, cash, etc. to Mike Vanderboegh, PO Box 926, Pinson, AL 35126.**

You’ll note I called it a “gratitude offering.” That’s proper, as this is being directed to those of you who have received value from Mike’s work over the years. That gratitude should also extend to Mike’s wife Rosey, who has had to make plenty of sacrifices of her own to enable Mike to do so many necessary things you and I have benefited from.
FROM HERE

Here is a man who truly believes in sacrifice  as the signers of the Declaration of Independence did:

“Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor.”

If you think you can help this man in his last days, and his lovely wife, please don’t hesitate to do so.

He has done so much for us.

I’m NRA You Hate I Am

(Full Disclosure:  I am an NRA Life Member, and have been for many years, paid for in installments.  I don’t always agree with the organization or her choices, but she is one of the best means available to monitor and respond to statist governmental abuses. With the latest in fascist salvos across our bows, including many political cartoons painting the NRA and gunnies as violent, criminal, knuckle-draggers, I thought it appropriate to respond with humor! – Guffaw)

(As posted by Proud Hillbilly)

With thanks to buzzamonkey for permission to use:

I’m NRA You Hate, I Am
 
—apologies to Herman’s Hermits, and “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am”
I’m NRA you hate, I am
NRA you hate, I am, I am
I own guns and I want to buy more
You keep asking what I need ‘em for
But thanks to the Second Amendment (Amendment!)
It’s none of your business what I need (Indeed!)
Whether for sport or personal defendment
NRA you hate I a-a-a-a-am
NRA you hate I am
Second verse, same as the first!
A little bit louder, and a little bit worse!

I’m NRA you hate, I am
NRA you hate, I am, I am
I own guns and I want to buy more
You keep asking what I need ‘em for
But thanks to the Second Amendment (Amendment!)
It’s none of your business what I need (Indeed!)
Whether for sport or personal defendment
NRA you hate I a-a-a-a-am
NRA you hate I am

For the younger folks, here’s the tune itself:

Well, At Least The President’s Consistent

“If you’re too dangerous to board a plane, you’re too dangerous to buy a gun.” President Obama is calling on Congress to close a dangerous firearm loophole.

The President is speaking of the ‘loophole’ of The No-Fly List, wherein one may be assigned without knowledge or the ability to appeal for removal.

Of course, we now live in a nation wherein one may be stopped and questioned, frisked, asked regarding one’s citizenship and/or sobriety. And have one’s private communication’s intercepted.  Or may even be imprisoned by a secret court in a secret location, for an indeterminate amount of time.

And perhaps tortured while so incarcerated.

In the name of national security.

So, the President is being consistent with his continuing with the previous administration’s policies, and addition of his own.

Roberta Ecks said it best (on FB):

Roberta Ecks Denial of civil rights without due process, via a secret list you’re not allowed to know if you’re on and for which there is no means to clear your name (unless you’re a U.S. Senator), is this really a direction we should be going in?

If the people on the “no-fly” a/k/a “terror watch” list are so dangerous, why are they out walking around? They can buy gasoline and matches anywhere — and tanks full of butane.

AMEN, Sistuh!  Preach it!

At least until they put you away somewhere…

But wait, there’s more!

THIS from Irish (in part)…

 They are pushing hard to strip the last of our rights from us, on the off chance Hildabeast doesn’t get elected.
Not that it matters. To them, we are the enemy.
72 Reasons you are an Enemy of the State



Leigh
Whitehall, NY
 PS….. DHS has 72 employees on the “Terrorist Watch List” http://www.youngcons.com/72-department-of-homeland-security-employees-are-currently-on-the-terror-watch-list/
These are the people supposedly in charge of protecting the country.
Yet we are supposed to trust the fed in believing that denying people on the watch list as a reasonable course of action.
Except, no one is allowed to see the list.
No one is allowed to know how you got on the list.
No one is able, for the most part, to get off the list.
No due process, no evidence – just because!
Hell, even Ted Kennedy was on the No Fly List, and it took him WEEKS to get pulled off of it.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17073-2004Aug19.html
Reasonable?
I don’t friggin’ think so!

 

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…

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