♫ That’s what we are. ♫ (with apologies to the late, great Nat King Cole)
From Caleb @ Gun Nuts:
Carrying a gun does not make me special. It doesn’t make me different, it doesn’t make me a sheepdog, and it shouldn’t be treated like an occasion. The act of every day concealed carry should be no more interesting or dramatic than the act of buckling your seatbelt, washing your hands during flu season, or changing the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Stop treating CCW like it’s special. It’s not. You’re just carrying the most effective tool available to defend yourself from violence. It’s a fire extinguisher. There’s nothing special about keeping a fire extinguisher under the kitchen sink. I want owning and carrying a Glock 19 to have the same level of remarkableness as owning a Toyota Camry.
You should really go to the link above and read Caleb’s entire editorial.
He is correct, of course. Unless you are military, spec ops, civilian police or private security, you are NOT a sheepdog, superhero or James Bond. You are just a piece of flotsam out there taking some responsibility for your own protection. Good for you (as far as that goes) but your adrenaline and bp shouldn’t go up just because you gear up.
Putting on an IWB holster should be no different than picking up your keys or clipping your folding knife in your pocket!
There is no big red S on your chest.
At least 400 non-existent Borak rockets loaded with Sarin nerve gas were secretly purchased and destroyed by the CIA in 2005 and 2006, despite Saddam Hussein’s regime, as we all know, having been merely pretending to possess undeclared WMDs as a bluff.
New York Times:
The Central Intelligence Agency, working with American troops during the occupation of Iraq, repeatedly purchased nerve-agent rockets from a secretive Iraqi seller, part of a previously undisclosed effort to ensure that old chemical weapons remaining in Iraq did not fall into the hands of terrorists or militant groups, according to current and former American officials.
The extraordinary arms purchase plan, known as Operation Avarice, began in 2005 and continued into 2006, and the American military deemed it a nonproliferation success. It led to the United States’ acquiring and destroying at least 400 Borak rockets, one of the internationally condemned chemical weapons that Saddam Hussein’s Baathist government manufactured in the 1980s but that were not accounted for by United Nations inspections mandated after the 1991 Persian Gulf war.
The effort was run out of the C.I.A. station in Baghdad in collaboration with the Army’s 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion and teams of chemical-defense and explosive ordnance disposal troops, officials and veterans of the units said. Many rockets were in poor condition and some were empty or held a nonlethal liquid, the officials said. But others contained the nerve agent sarin, which analysis showed to be purer than the intelligence community had expected given the age of the stock.
The buying of nerve-agent rockets from an Iraqi seller in 2006 was the most significant recovery of chemical weapons until that point in the Iraq War.
A New York Times investigation published in October found that the military had recovered thousands of old chemical warheads and shells in Iraq and that Americans and Iraqis had been wounded by them, but the government kept much of this information secret, from the public and troops alike.
So, President Bush LIED about those WsMD* to get us into a war in the Middle East to (pick a conspiratorial answer involving oil profits and V.P. Chaney). And there was no evidence of them (except those they already found in Syria, moved across the border from Iraq) and these.
And Saddam Hussein would never have used them, especially against his own people.
*I simply refuse to write WMDs, as it’s grammatically poor. Just as as I refuse to say Favre as FAHR’VE.
The lovely (and brilliant) Tamara says it better than I EVER could!
I’m reminded of the joke that all the people running around with “Free Tibet!” stickers on their cars would have been horrified if Dubya had woken up one morning and decided to send the 82nd Airborne to actually, you know, free Tibet. “I didn’t mean like that!“
Hashtag, smashtag – it’s great to believe an injustice is being perpetrated, and that something needs to be done. But just placing a bumper sticker or hashtagging something relevant on Twitter isn’t going to accomplish squat! (Mrs. Obama!)
ACTION is needed.
The Red Chinese aren’t going to give a hoot if some teens gather excitedly in Pittsburgh to hear Richard Gere wax eloquently regarding the poor Tibetans plight.
Frankly, I suspect even if every college student worldwide sent the Red Chinese government a letter no hoot would be given. Because the PRC knows the truth -
Power grows out of the barrel of a gun – Mao Tse Tung
And, while we’re on the subject, it’s not a hashtag, number sign or even a pound sign.
It’s an octothorpe!
And to the
hundreds thousands of others…(in part)
First all, a little more self-confidence in your own culture and civilization is a must. Right now. Stop apologizing for existing. Stop acting like the West invented all the evils of millennia in the past 4 centuries. And that the West has contributed ZERO good in that time. We are the ‘Best Civilization EVAH!’ Sure it’s subjective, but we all gotta get on board with that. (New Jovian Thunderbolt)
As I oft intone, you should go to the link and see the whole essay.
I believe in The United States, warts and all. Western Europe, not so much. There are myriad reasons our ancestors left their shores to come here.
There are reports of massive Jewish emigration from Paris in recent days, and of Sharia Law Zones in Britain and Paris where even the police don’t wish to go. And of parts of Europe where Registration of Jews has begun again!
Sadly, the Islamic Experience is much more spotty, when it comes to evolving as a culture. They still subjugate women, and the fundamentalists despise those unlike themselves. There are exceptions – the moderate Muslims who have been protecting Christians in Egypt and those who have protected Jews in Morocco.
And the king of Jordan, a direct descendant of Mohammad, marching with the forty thousand in Paris.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana
I don’t need a twisted cross to see the handwriting on the wall.
Most holidays for me traditionally meant either two things: I had to work or I had the day off. Of course, Christmas was big when I was a kid, but other adult holidays had no meaning. Veteran’s Day used to be one of those.
The Vietnam War brought the sacrifices of veterans to my attention, largely because I wanted to be in the military but was denied membership due to my physical disability. Friends left, some didn’t return.
And I always tried to make it a practice at TMCCC to stop by the desks of veterans with whom I worked and thank them for their service.
Lonnie, Glenn, Glenn, Mark, John, Stan, Jim, Jodie, Ardith, John, Gloria and Clive (who had served in the U.K. Armed Services – with a name like Clive, how could he not have? We miss you.)
To all my military friends on Facebook and WordPress, Thank You for your Service.
Bill Whittle’s latest Afterburner…
Being a conservative libertarian (and a fan of Kevin Baker), I found this of interest.
h/t The Smallest Minority
Four Black Republicans who won federal or statewide races yesterday (Tuesday)
Don’t forget, it was Republicans who tried to pass the Civil Right’s Act in the 50’s, but were blocked by then Senator Lyndon Johnson. And Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican!
Now, I’m NOT a Republican – I’ve been a registered Libertarian (but not a party member) since 1976. I just dislike smokescreens and propaganda! – Guffaw
Word about the ‘Net (that bastion of information factual, don’t ya know!) is that there was a specific reason for
criminal mastermind racist buffoon Attorney General Eric Holder to have recently retired.
NO, it’s not because of pending charges related to GUNWALKER, aka Fast & Furious. Or his non-pursuit of federal charges against the New Black Panther folks inhibiting (White) people from casting their votes. Or the massive Internet or cellular telephone surveillance he authorized against non-criminal U.S. citizens. Or any other of the numerous felonies with which he should be charged and convicted.
It’s because The President sees a way to leave his mark on the Nation is when a conservative member of the U.S. Supreme Court retires, he’s going to appoint Eric Holder!!!
Can you imagine? I’ve been concerned about The President appointing someone of his ilk, but THIS guy? Supreme Court appointments are for life.
Makes me pray for Leon Panetta or Bernie Sanders.
h/t Boyd & Donna
The regal TAMARA (Yes, THAT Tamara) one of my blogmothers, has opted for making her weblog View From The Porch viewable with comments disabled, and is on INDEFINITE HIATUS! (Her words)
Someone repeatedly posted derisive commentary against which she felt the need to defend, and appeared (for lack of a better term) to be Internet stalking her.
Now, aside from her being a fine, intelligent person well-schooled in guncraft and history, she is also known world-wide as the Queen (or Mistress, if you will) of SNARK!
And the idea that she feels the need to insulate herself from the flotsam and jetsam of the Internet (and certain specific a$$h00l3s) only punctuates that the World in which we live can be impudent, unthinking and even rude. And perhaps even criminal and tortuous.
How sad that someone as beloved as she, who is welcomed electronically into thousands (probably millions) of homes daily feels the need to shut the electronic door.
Because someone else is apparently an electronic jackass, or worse.
This is a signpost of the world in which we live. No longer can people vehemently disagree in debate, then go out for a beer together afterward. Now, it becomes personal.
And all of us suffer.
Forgive them, Tam, they know not what they do. or, they do, and they don’t give a sh**!
Let’s not get so wrapped up in electronic media that we buckle to the idiots.
I STAND WITH TAM FOR HER TO DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT HER CHARACTER AND SANITY. Let’s hope this bastard just goes away!
And she makes the choice to return.
I’ve been finding enjoyment on our satellite television with the On Demand feature. While the choices are numerous, the quality choices are limited, however.
I just finished watching virtually all the episodes of Night Court. I met Harry Anderson once, he’s great, and it’s great stuff. And John Larroquette won three Emmys for his roll as the slimeball D.A. Dan Fielding.
Having completed that, it was time for something different. They do have Have Gun – Will Travel. Not the first of the ‘adult’ Westerns in the 50s, but certainly the second. (The first having been Gunsmoke).
Richard Boone’s hard living hadn’t yet completely ravaged his once handsome face. And the stories are not just gratuitous violence, they are morality tales for a simpler time.
I do mean the 1950’s, not the 1880’s…
I often chuckle at a childhood memory surrounding this, though. When the show started in 1957, I had just began school and was reading, reading well. But there were many words I didn’t yet understand. What kind of a stupid first name IS WIRE, anyway? :-)