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Orange Is The New Black

Uh, NO, it’s orange.

My roomie and I watch a lot a correct amount of television together.  We both like movies (Alfred Hitchcock), and many of the same intense TV shows (Graceland, Suits, The Shield, True Detective, Complications), and some less intense (Property Brothers, House Crashers).

Recently, she was convinced we should try watching Orange Is The New Black.  It’s a series (based on a book) surrounding a poor little rich girl, who, when she was young and stupid, moved some cash for a lesbian drug dealer (who also became her lover).

Then, years later, when she was engaged to be married (to a man) the Feds found her and advise her the statute of limitations was 12 years for her offense.  And it had been 10 years.  Someone had dropped a dime on her.

Presto!  She’s in a federal prison for 15 months.  And the show recounts her adventures.

With the prison administration.  Corrections officers.  Other prisoners.  In a women’s prison.  (translation – violence, unfairness, depictions of both lesbian and straight sex, just short of requiring an X rating!)

Replete with her whining about how unfair everything is.

Fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately, depending on your view) the whining and sex are not the entire focus of the show.

As the show progresses surrounding the main plot, the back stories of the other prisoners are revealed.  Sometimes they are victims who made poor choices, sometimes they are controlled, sometimes controlling.  Sometimes mentally ill.

And sometimes just plain evil. 

I never watched OZ, but I get the idea this is similar, except with women.

And I expected not to like it (except perhaps some parts:-)), but it’s really not bad.  My biggest complaint is whoever did the sound mixing had no idea what they were doing!  We have to keep playing with the volume to either hear or not go deaf.

And watching with a good female friend, with whom you used to be romantically-involved, who is now your landlord is the most uncomfortable part!

Martial Cultism

What is Martial Cultism?

It is the belief that your particular skill, machine, tool or system is better, even if evidence exists to the contrary.

We see snippets of this constantly in gun magazines, self-defense magazines and on-line bulletin boards.

  • .45 versus 9mm (or .38, .357 or .40)
  • semiautomatic versus revolver
  • taekwondo versus shotokan (or gung fu, muy tai, or the myriad other fighting styles)
  • shotgun versus rifle
  • Colt versus Smith & Wesson

ad infinitum, ad nauseum

KEADS posted a snippet of this on Facebook the other day.  Seems a student was lauding his Kimber to the exclusion of all others (?)  I asked if this was pre or post MIM parts?  ;-P

Reminiscent of the pre-64 Winchester Rifle discussions of my youth.

Or a high school discussion I had with a learned friend regarding European Medieval Swords versus Japanese Swords.  Or as he put it, The Cult of The Japanese Sword.

Recently both the U.S. Military and the FBI have endorsed converting to 9mm hollow points (from .40 S&W and .45 ACP), as the newer 9mm showed better stopping power. then the wider, heavier ammunition.

It appears as though a new cult has formed.

Frankly, I’d like to see the data.  If it’s inanimate, like gelatin, I’m not certain of their conclusion.

The War Between The Blacks And The Whites

My Father, during the racial violence of the 60’s, used to go on about how such divisiveness was going to tear The Republic apart.  He said we were headed for a War Between The Blacks And The Whites, and nothing was going to stop it.

Of course, things died down in the 70’s, and nothing happened.

And my Father passed in 1977.

This doesn’t mean that there are forces who did and are continuing to tear down the Republic.

And this war could still be in the offing.

Although, I suspect it will not necessarily be along racial lines.  Perhaps along politically correct versus politically incorrect lines?

Buoyed by their success in stifling free expression in South Carolina, there are movements to remove the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial.  Because those men owned slaves.

And, to actually change the name of Washington D.C to something less offensive.

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I’ve said it before – POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WILL KILL THIS REPUBLIC!

The difference between our nation, with all her faults, and any other is when the Romans defeated Carthage they salted the ground.  The Etruscans?  Those who weren’t assimilated were killed.

This is why one doesn’t see memorials of the brave Carthaginians and Etruscans in Rome, today.

But The Civil War was between sides who were both Americans.  And that’s why we should remember both Yankee and Confederate.

And those who went before who stood for this Constitutional Republic, even if they were part of a society who owned slaves and subjugated women.

It was a different time.  And debated even during that time.

Government Conspiracies?

tin_foil_hat_areaMost of you know, I sometimes ascribe to the Conspiracy Theory of History.

Essentially, this means if it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, it’s a f****** duck!

This doesn’t mean everything touted on the Internet about government secrecy, plots or actions is necessarily true, however.

YES, they are listening to us, photographing us, and reading our email.  And monitoring our Internet activity.

NO, I don’t think contrails are a massive plot to poison us. (just an example – PLEASE don’t respond with links!)

HOWEVER, as there are elements within the federal executive who have a negative agenda regarding the Second Amendment, firearms possession and ownership…

We now have THIS (from Rico and Theo Spark):

There have been open solicitations for “crisis actors” to work for DHS, et al. I have seen them, and have ‘trained with’ role players in the past.
– It’s not a ‘new’ idea to simulate situations and make training exercises more “realistic” by using such people.
– It makes “sense” right?
Leave it to government to FUBAR things. The folks who have taken Murphy’s Law to heart and made it a guidepost appear to have done it again.
– Using the same ‘crying woman’ in three separate staged events? Yeah, that’s typical government. The gal photographed here really gets around, wouldn’t you say?
That noted hoaxter, Orson Welles, would NOT be impressed by these clowns for ruining what otherwise would have been a pretty good hoax.
“Crisis Actors”?
Seriously?
Either there just happens to be women who appear very similar in multiple locations, or, once again, our tax dollars are at work!
Pushing an agenda.
Do we have conformation independent of the purveyors of this material, or is this just three women who coincidentally resemble each other?  And, do we have information showing the casting call from the Department of Homeland Security for “crisis actors”?
Or is this just blowing smoke, again?  Another contrail?

All Government Eventually Is FORCE

From The Rifleman Savant:

See, this is where you lose me.

So lately I’ve started to see this image pop up in “friendly” circles:

This is actually a bit infuriating.

It’s not that the message is wrong, per se;  I’ve got no argument that the giant “rainbow” mob (which has co-opted the demographic of people who are, you know, actually gay just like little-L libertarians get regularly co-opted by various ne’er-do-wells who have despoiled their own name and need new legitimacy) will now prove to be mostenthusiastic about pressing their newfound political advantage against…well, their political opponents.  And we all know that in politics the penalty is always death.

What’s annoying is that

  • “Bake My Damned Cake” might as well be “Snitch On Your Neighbor”, or “If You See Something, Say Something”, or “Support Your Local Police”, or “Drugs are bad, mmmkay?” or “Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately”, or “Put Back The Raw Milk, Ya Weird-Hat Beardo”, or “Stop Resisting”, or “Just Admit You’re A Racist Already, Honky”, or “Do You Deny Climate Change?”, or “Say It!  Taxes Are Voluntary”, or “Support The Establishment’s Next War”, or “Vote, peasant“, or … okay, you get the idea.  (You do get the idea, right?)
  • The rainbow symbol might as well be the symbol for DHS, NSA, FBI, IRS, ATF, Congress, SYLP, SPLC, CDC, the UN, the Presidential Seal, Everytown, Sandy Hook Promise, EPA, … again, you get the idea.
  • The symbol of the Christian cross might as well be a symbol for gun owners, or cash users, or privacy wonks, or Reds, or Jews, or Blacks, or Muslims, or Freedomistas, or homeschoolers, or  potheads, or hippies, or motorheads, or rednecks, or …
Pick one from each column and the functional dynamic is exactly the same, despite any quantity of sound and fury to the contrary.
See, the concept behind the image itself is extremely powerful–if you stand back far enough to see it for what it is.  “Bake My Damned Cake”,et al, is simply political force, however it may be determined by whatever mob has power at the moment.  The rainbow, et al, is simply the political mob, legitimized by whatever diabolical means the system can snow enough people over with.  And of course, the cross, et al, is simply you and me–the Mundanes, the peasantry, everyone.  As George Carlin so aptly put it, “it’s like a great big club…and you ain’t in it.”  A less savory character called it “Who does what to whom.”
Yes, the “rainbow mob” is currently whooping it up and generally carrying on like petulant children who have got their way and are milking it for all it’s worth.  I’m not arguing that.  But it is a bit discouraging to see otherwise thoughtful people making it SO DAMN EASY to retort with the complaint that all they care about is keeping the gays away.  And thus enabling millions to simply ignore whatever else they may have to say.
It’s not about that, right?  Right?   Okay, so Jeez, people, by all means act like it.
(While I loathe quoting murdering despots) “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”  –  Mao Tse Tung
Kevin Wilmeth is correct, of course.  Anyone who holds power currently can run the agenda – Democrats, Republicans, Socialists, Communists, The Church, Royal Families, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.  (Don’t forget How It REALLY Works!)
Lets not be so short-sighted as to focus on the power du jour

Only Across The Border Away…

Car bombs discovered in Juarez

Via sauced07
 

Chihuahua state authorities found a possible car bomb capable of causing serious damage after stopping three men pushing a vehicle that broke down on a Juárez street, officials said.

It has not been disclosed where the car was headed, but the Norte newspaper reported that one of the four people arrested has links to reputed Sinaloa drug cartel lieutenant “El Ingeniero” (the engineer) Gabino Salas Valenciano, who was killed in the Valley of Juárez two years ago.

The red 2000 Volkswagen Beetle had enough explosives that it could have caused a blast radius of almost 200 feet, Chihuahua Attorney General Jorge Enrique González Nicolás said.
                                                       

 More @ El Paso Times
Fortunately, there is a thorough check of all vehicles coming into the United States.
Wait?  There isn’t?
I see car bombs in our future.
h/t Brock Townsend

Separation Of Church And State

I don’t know what YOU believe, but, I believe this Constitutional Republic was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and values.

Not Muslim; not Hindu; not Jain.

I LIKE having ‘In God We Trust’ on our money.

So, it distresses me when something like THIS happens…

Army refuses to provide Honor Guard for church’s (1774) July 4th celebration

Via Carl

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For nearly two decades, the U.S. Army has provided an honor guard for an Independence Day celebration at a Baptist church that predates the founding of the nation. But this year – that tradition has come to an end.

Officials at Fort Gordon say they will not be able to send an honor guard to a July 5th service at Abilene Baptist Church because it violates a military policy banning any involvement in a religious service

.More @ Fox
When I attended a friend’s memorial – in a church – members of the military performed the flag fold ceremony.  As had been done for thousands, probably millions, of service persons.
The above report is an anathema.
h/t Brock Townsend

THE Conundrum Of This Age

Bayou Renaissance Man (from whom I rarely steal quote, as I’d be doing it DAILY! – translation – you should be reading him, daily!) expresses most eloquently this conundrum…

The conundrum of dealing with radical Islam

I’ve written about the military side of dealing with fundamentalist Islamic terrorism in these pages from time to time.  The trouble is, a military solution isn’t a solution, because it can’t target the mindset that produces legions of suicidal fanatics.  The Russians developed a very direct, pragmatic and utterly ruthless approach to Iranian-sponsored terrorism during the 1980’s.  It worked, because those ‘at the top’ who were controlling the terrorists could be threatened into compliance.  That doesn’t seem to be the case with an organization like ISIL in Syria and Iraq.  When you believe – truly believe, with all your heart and soul – that death in battle, or by assassination, earns you a martyr’s reward in Paradise, death isn’t a threat.  It’s a promise of greatness that you embrace eagerly. The same applies to Hamas and its extreme attitudes towards Israel.  How can you reason with a movement that celebrates death in combat, that indoctrinates its youngest children with lessons about the praiseworthiness of martyrdom and hatred for Israel?  There are many other fundamentalist Islamic terrorist groups who’ve adopted similar outlooks on life.

So, how do we deal with them?  It’s easy to say “Kill them all” – but it’s also completely impractical.  Despite losing thousands of its fighters in combat, ISIL appears to have a limitless supply of replacements.  Young women in Europe and America even travel to areas it controls out of a desire to become brides of ‘jihadists’.  Fanaticism is an inbred streak in the human race – not confined to Islam by any means – and as long as there are fanatics, there’ll be those driven to join fanatical movements.  We can’t kill them all without killing the entire human race.  Speaking as a member of that race, I have a profound objection to being included in that process!  There is no way to completely destroy fanaticism.

The mistake politicians make is to assume that they’re dealing with rational human beings.  Rationality is relative.  ISIL’s leaders and its wannabe martyrs are entirely rational, according to their system of thought and belief.  To change their behavior, we have to change that system.  To do that, we have to radically reform the society and culture that have produced it.  Attacking and militarily overrunning that society won’t inculcate contrary values – we’ve proved that time and time again, most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The solution has to include methods of changing the situation on the ground.  However, that requires a long-term commitment and huge amounts of money, neither of which are available right now.

The only answer our politicians and leaders appear to have is to keep killing as many Islamist fanatics as possible in order to ‘control the infection’ in their society and culture, even though they must know that doing so will produce still more fanaticsEinstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.  That perfectly describes how we’ve tried to control radical Islam for the past few decades.  When will we learn from our failures and try to find a better solution?  Is there, in fact, a better solution?  In my darker moments, I fear there may not be one at all.  History suggests that may be the case, and that the struggle against fanaticism in all its forms may be a Sisyphean endeavor.

Your guess is as good as mine . . .

Peter

Fame Through Infamy

Or worse…

I’m not a big fan of fame.  As a concept.

People seem to become famous based on the most ephemeral of things.  Birth, social status, excessively large gluteus maximi…

Or heinous acts.  Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Castro, Che’, Sadam.

Or acts of a more personal nature.

I hesitate to even mention.  The Duggars.

A family famous for having a bazillion children, now infamous for incest.

And much of the media seems to be focused on how the parents are defending the abuser.

And paying little attention to the abused.

You see, I know a number of folks who are incest survivors.  Men and women.

And a more vile action I cannot imagine.

Of course, allegations of abuse are not always valid.  That preschool in California, for example.

And rarely is there physical evidence years after the fact.

Personally, I think the media needs to stay the hell out of the mix.  And let the authorities, counselors and family sort things out.

But, that will never happen.

Hopefully, there is a special place in Hell for the guilty.

Browsers, Again (Sigh)

Well, it must be that time of year, again.

Or of the month.

I’ve having difficulty with my browser.

AGAIN!

I did find I was having ‘issues’ with Comodo Dragon, and Comodo Ice Dragon, and FireFox.

(FireFox is my favorite.)

SO, I’m back to using Opera, which is iffy, at best….

But, it is working better than the others, currently.

It’s always something.

Sigh.

I cannot afford a new machine, have a good router, like Windows 7, and have good malware and security software.  But simply cannot stay ahead of the grade school kids who like messing with ‘the system’!

(The GOOD NEWS is I can leave comments on Laginappe’s Lair again!)

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