Part of my ongoing, imperfect move toward self-improvement is to learn to ‘let go’ of others negative actions in the past.
And my own. As for me, I’ve been making amends. Mostly.
Other folks, well…
My roomie has been watching some comedy on our satellite TV network. Apparently everyone is in it – so she recommends I watch it.
One of the noted cast members is J*** F****!
You remember: that traitorous bitch actress who visited NORTH Vietnam while were
at war engaging in a ‘police action’ against them, demoralizing our own efforts and (in my opinion) giving aid and comfort to the enemy!
I’m sorry. She can rail against the capitalist system, all while making millions selling movies, and work-out videos. And continue to appear in films and TV shows.
I’ve no problem with that. (Hypocritical though it may be…)
Giving aid and comfort to the enemy, for me, is beyond the pale.
Then, there’s that (then) 23-year-old guy who broadsided my daughter Molly and I. (in 1995) I’m unable to forgive HIM, yet, either.
Frankly, I’m more likely to forgive HIM than Ms. F****. He was speeding, rushing to get to his job when he ran the light and T-Boned us. Accidents happen. (A co-worker reportedly said he bragged about ‘getting away with it!’ He paid an $800.00 fine. Stupidity and youth and all that.)
That traitorous bitch visited a country with which we were at war, actively supported them against us. There are even stories of her betraying POWs she visited to their captors – although theoretically those stories have been debunked.
Regardless, if she had protested at home, as many good Americans did, I’d have no problem. Protest is a fine American tradition.
Hollywood has produced some amazing talents. J*** F**** and Sean Penn amongst them.
Sean Penn hugged Hugo Chavez. While ridiculous and reprehensible, we are not at war with his country.
She should still be in Leavenworth. At least. The car guy should have served time for vehicular manslaughter, and would probably have gotten out by now.
She did issue an apology years later.
He has not, except a mumbled “I’m sorry” in court.
Accidents are, sadly, accidents. Treason is treason.
I’m still not watching that show.
Obviously, in the area of forgiveness, I’ve still work to do…
You must lower your speed limits to continue to receive federal highway funds! And numerous other examples…
Well, they are at it, again!
Via Cousin Joel
S.1689 – A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to reduce the funding available for a State under the national highway performance program and the surface transportation program if the State issues a license plate that contains an image of a flag of the Confederate States of America, including the Battle Flag of the Confederate States of America.
Because, of course, these are all signs of evil!
And we should
ignore paint over sanitize history.
h/t Brock Townsend
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.
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.
(for those who missed this!)
The lovely and brilliant TAMARA takes the Internets, AGAIN! It seems some media fools were demonstrating how to use a portable fire extinguisher, when this exchange came about:
I am including in the dialogue the parts where I was yelling at the television. (Tamara)
Savannah Guthrie: “A lot of us are intimidated though, like, by the idea of turning it on…” *makes gestures and facial expressions as though she’s holding a well-greased and annoyed cobra at arms length*
Me: “Wut?” *tilts head on side like RCA Victor mascot*
Jeff Rossen: “I… I will tell you, I actually never used a fire extinguisher before and I thought there would be a kickback and I was afraid to use it…”
Me: (yelling) “OH. MY. GOD! It’s a fire extinguisher, you sackless herbivore! What are you afraid of, you big girl’s blouse?“
It had honestly never crossed my mind that a grown human being could feel an ounce of trepidation about a fire extinguisher. That’s like… I don’t know, being scared of pillows, or footstools, or filing cabinets. And whatever you call this bizarre phobia, two out of five Manhattanites on my TV screen just admitted to suffering from it!
I suspect said Manhattanites are ferried to work by limousine, and returned to their condos nightly under the watchful eyes of armed security. No wonder they scoff at those of us in fly-over-states who seek self-sufficiency and self-protection.
EVERYTHING IS DONE FOR THEM!
It’s as though they are AGE 5 !
BRAVA, once again! – all hail the Queen of Snark!
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.
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.
The victim in his 20s was hanging out with friends and “playing with a gun” at Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park — a park named after an SDPD officer gunned down in the line of duty in 2011 — when the weapon discharged and wounded his ankle around 1:45 p.m.
Imagery of drooling Pavlovian canines filled my brain.
What if the school were some appropriate distance or so away from a field, and hunters were legally bird hunting? (or some other comparison?)
BANG…lockdown, all clear…BANG…lockdown, all clear.
Of course, this was in CALIFORNIA!
The motto of The United States of America
We are told to not see race. To do so is politically incorrect. Rude. Profiling.
Yet, if we fill out a government form, how many have spaces for you to detail your ethnic heritage? Most of them!
NOW, we have THIS!
A key part of President Obama’s legacy will be the fed’s unprecedented collection of sensitive data on Americans by race. The government is prying into our most personal information at the most local levels, all for the purpose of “racial and economic justice.”
Unbeknown to most Americans, Obama’s racial bean counters are furiously mining data on their health, home loans, credit cards, places of work, neighborhoods, even how their kids are disciplined in school — all to document “inequalities” between minorities and whites.
Read the article, especially the part where it says much of this data will be posted online.
Regular readers may recall I love the TV show Person of Interest. In it, a supercomputer is built, gleaning data about people from all exterior sources, including traffic and surveillance cameras, and calculates if the person so surveilled is either in danger or a danger.
Of course, there is a battle royal between various elements in the government (and, by extension private contractors), as to who is going to have access (in the government) to this data, and what they will do with it.
There is a second computer in the mix, and, of course the computer’s creator and his allies.
I am anxiously awaiting the next season.
Now comes real life (courtesy of Wirecutter)…
From Boston to Beijing, municipalities and governments across the world are pledging billions to create “smart cities”—urban areas covered with Internet-connected devices that control citywide systems, such as transit, and collect data. Although the details can vary, the basic goal is to create super-efficient infrastructure, aid urban planning and improve the well-being of the populace. (yeah, right! – Guffaw)
A byproduct of a tech utopia will be a prodigious amount of data collected on the inhabitants. For instance, at the company I head, we recently undertook an experiment in which some staff volunteered to wear devices around the clock for 10 days. We monitored more than 170 metrics reflecting their daily habits and preferences—including how they slept, where they traveled and how they felt (a fast heart rate and no movement can indicate excitement or stress).
DATA MINING EXTREME!
And you thought the NSA reading your email wherein you mentioned you purchased a pressure-cooker, or watching you do whatever you do while surfing porn was a problem!
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.
Two mothers who lost sons to gun violence joined ministers and an activist Tuesday (a week ago) in a lawsuit against three Chicago suburbs, alleging that weak oversight of gun shops has allowed criminals to easily obtain weapons flowing into a city besieged by gun violence.
The lawsuit accuses Lyons, Riverdale and Lincolnwood communities of violating the civil rights of residents in Chicago’s largely African American neighborhoods by failing to take concrete steps to make sure gun stores are not selling weapons to people who shouldn’t be allowed to carry them.
“Those illegal firearms are flowing into a pocket of communities violating the civil rights of the individuals who reside there, who are afraid to go near their windows or let their children play in the park, much less their own yards,” said Kathleen Sances, a member of the Coalition for Safe Chicago Communities, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
I suspect these victims of gun violence were probably misguided yutes (gang members or wannabes), based on the crime history in Chicago. Perhaps the phrase above should be amended to read who lost sons to gang violence.
I also suspect between the local police oversight and the BATFE that gun shops in Chicago probably have more inspections than most in other cities with lower crime(?)
h/t Maddened Fowl, Fox News