It IS a monarchy, with oligarchic tendencies.
What I write and post (or
borrow steal and post) is entirely up to me. I write about my experience with firearms, libertarian politics, government intrusion on our rights and my family and friends.
I’m quite proud that anyone bothers to stop by, and the fact I’ve followers and readers all over still astounds me. A woman in Pakistan and another in India, and many military personnel have read here.
Thank you again for stopping by!
Now to the oligarchic part. I trust in a small cadre of regular readers opinions. Not just the occasional comment on some random post, but I respect their judgement. Some have even become friends and counselors off blog, much to my surprise and pleasure.
I recently received a follower request from Steven D. Jennings of Stone City Blog Network. This is a group of correspondents and bloggers doing so from prison.
Now, I don’t begrudge prison populations from trying to better themselves, nor do I pretend to understand what it must be like ‘inside’. And prison populations have increased something like ten-fold over the past 40 years, largely due to ‘victimless’ crimes like personal marijuana use. Mr. Jennings admittedly is doing 43 years for multiple assaults. NOT a victimless crime.
The question is, should I allow him and network access, knowing that recidivism is a very real concern, and that many behind bars crave information they might use, like firearms training and escaping restraints – both addressed multiple times in this blog? (One of my previous posts viewed recently was how to get out of zip ties! Coincidence?)
What do YOU think?
I want to be ‘fair’, but I don’t want political correctness to mar an otherwise positive blog experience. And, I suspect some folks who deserve to be incarcerated, but are not, read the Internet for such information, regardless. So this is probably moot.
Free Thinker commented on a recent article on ‘the oppressed’, particularly women, and their reactions to it.
Breda brought an utterly regrettable article to my attention via FaceBook some time ago that reminds me of many articles I’ve read elsewhere and of folks I’ve heard of speaking – claiming to represent the womens community or other “oppressed” communities – preaching the gospel of victimhood loud and proud. This particular special snowflake blurts forth:
“Where are our men? Why are they not protecting us?” Sanchez continued, her voice full of frustration. “Men are failing us. I feel as though we are not being protected.”
Perhaps Sanchez asks the wrong question. After decades of being told by the National Organization for Women and their fellow travelers that women are strong and intelligent individuals, worthy of respect and not needing the oppressive protection of men – just perhaps “Where are our men?” is the wrong question.
We’ve been told to go away. Repeatedly. That our services as protectors were neither required nor desired.
Is it any surprise that an awful lot of men went?
Gender politics has always amazed and confounded me. Obviously, women should have choices, not just accept conscription into wife/mother/caregiver/crone evolutionary status. Unless they choose that path.
I AM a product of my generation. A baby-boomer generation guy, raised in the 50’s/60’s. With largely traditional American values. Duty. Honor. Country. Stand when a women enters a room; hats are removed indoors; open doors for women and children; say “Yes ma’m and No sir – Please and Thank You”.
And treat women and girls with respect due their gender, as the potential carriers of life and less physically strong.
And as equals, as best one can. THAT’S my feminism. (Mine, too! – Guffaw)
Sadly, Feminism has taken the same path as the Democratic Party. In an effort to conscript more converts (more money for the cause) they have been compromised by the Progressive movement.
Feminists have become collectivists, thus eliminating part of their platform.
Women are strong – but guns are bad!
“God created Man, Col. Colt made them equal” Gender nouns aside, feminists need to get this, or they will lose the war against evil. Both men AND women. (end of thesis)
Thankfully, many women are embracing gun culture, in record numbers. It’s the card-carrying, N.O.W. member feminists that have the victimhood agenda. It’s all about raising awareness money for ‘the cause’, however ‘the cause’ is defined. Be it the feminists, the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, or The American Cancer Society. – Guffaw
If they win all the elections or cure cancer, they lose their power!
Mostly Cajun, All American and Opinionated reminded us of this, with this almanac entry:
1941 – Charles Lindbergh testifies before the U.S. Congress and recommends that the United States negotiate a neutrality pact with Adolf Hitler. Just because you’re famous for being good at one thing doesn’t mean you’re smart about everything…
Are you listening Bill Maher, Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Steven Spielberg, Morgan Freeman, George Clooney, Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey et al.
YES, they have a right to an opinion!
Even if it’s wrong, or misinformed.
And, don’t get me wrong. Just because I like someone’s film or stage performance (or think they’re hot or cool) doesn’t mean I think their opinion about politics or restriction of MY RIGHTS holds water!
Gun Control a FAILURE?
Unable to tax ammo out of popular use?
OKAY, the government buys up all the ammo, then, stops lead smelting in the U.S. ! No Lead – No Ammunition!
Last Primary Lead Smelter in the U.S. to Close Due to EPA Regulations (h/t Jodie Brown)
This guy… …has become THIS guy!
PS – Turns out, the President responsible for the EPA stopping the lead smelting was actually THIS GUY:
Guess it’s a bi-partisan effort!
Good God, I hope not…
Professor Jacobson of Cornell Law School seems to think so. Here is part of his in-depth analysis of the potential survival of Jewish communities in Europe:
“Call it the yogurt’s-expiration-date syndrome”
There is no future left for Jewish communities in Europe.
That’s the inescapable conclusion of You Only Live Twice by Michel Gurfinkiel in Mosaic Magazine.
The lengthy article is a long trip down the death during World War II and then rebirth of Jewish communities in Europe, and how that rebirth is being snuffed out by renewed anti-Semitism from multiple directions, particularly leftist demonization of Israel and Islamist anti-Semitism.
This Leftist-Islamist coalition, centered around hatred of Israel, is a topic we’ve explored here many times in connection with anti-Semitism in Malmö, Sweden, on British campuses, in the BDS movement, in the academic boycott movement, among other places.
The fact is that while intellectually one can distinguish anti-Israeli fervor from anti-Semitism, in reality, on the streets of Malmö and Paris, and elsewhere in Europe, they are one and the same. ~
~It’s also no surprise that it is in Muslim communities in Europe that a Jew must be afraid to wear a yarmulke in public for fear of physical attack.
Here we go, again..
Add to the equation the demonization of Jewry in the United States, coupled with the politically-correct handling of Islamic folk, even radicalized Islamic folk, and the future doesn’t look good for Europe or the U.S.
I’ve said it before, political correctness will be the death of us. And many others. We (meaning American society) are so afraid of offending anyone that we bend over backwards to accommodate certain folks, while simultaneously minimizing others. Not a good idea, when all are created equal.
Last time I checked the text.
Being selfish, I was more than happy to see Mike Miles pick up the mantle for North in compiling and maintaining The Gun Blog Black List. So much so, I wrote a post about it, and linked it in the old North place of honor on my blog.
But it seems nothing is ever uncomplicated. I received communication from female blog readers that Mike’s version of TGBBL was missing many of the female gunnie’s blogs! As most of the ones I read are friends, I usually access their blogs off my blogroll, so I didn’t notice. Besides, other male bloggers were missing as well, so I saw Mike’s blog as a work in progress.
I emailed Mike and asked him directly about it. He responded thus:
I was rebuilding the list from cached google copies, google removed all references to the original GBBL list and all cached copies. I find it odd that google did this.
Then another female blogger pointed out yet another GBBL variant in the works – Greylocke’s The Gun Blogger List! And there were already women bloggers resident there. It too, is a work in progress.
What to do?
As for me, I’m giving them both a few days grace. Then I’ll decide if one (or both) deserve a blog link on Guffaw in AZ.
Do any of you have an opinion?
Posted by North – Gun Blog Black List on 08.07.13 at 9:36 am edit
No. Mike stole my graphics and copied my content. I’m not too happy that he just copied all of the work that I did.
THIS JUST IN – North has graciously turned over management of GBBL to myself (OldNFO), JayG and two other yet to be named individuals. s/Old NFO
This certain solves the GBBL issue, at least for me! - Guffaw
Senators on Tuesday rejected building the 700 miles of double-tier border fencing Congress authorized just seven years ago, with a majority of the Senate saying they didn’t want to delay granting illegal immigrants legal status while the fence was being built! (emphasis Guffaw)
The 54-39 vote to reject the fence shows the core of the immigration deal is holding. The vote broke mostly along party lines, though five Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio and the rest of the bill’s authors, voted against the fence, and two Democrats voted for it.
From Fox News:
. . . The plot successfully faked names and signatures on both the Obama and Clinton presidential petitions that were used to place the candidates on the ballot. So many names were forged — an estimated 200 or more — that prosecutor Stanley Levco said that had the fraud been caught during the primary, “the worst that would have happened, is maybe Barack Obama wouldn’t have been on the ballot for the primary.” . . .
In court, former longtime St. Joseph County Democratic Chairman Butch Morgan, Jr. was sentenced to one year behind bars, and is expected to serve half that, as well as Community Corrections and probation. Former St. Joseph County Board of Elections worker and Democratic volunteer Dustin Blythe received a sentence of one year in Community Corrections and probation, which means no jail time. . .
AND, yesterday, the United States Supreme Court decided that Arizona elections officials violated federal law by requiring voter registrants to provide proof of United States citizenship when registering to vote (via the AZ Motor-Voter Law only).
So, in theory, this decision only affects those States that allow illegal aliens to possess Driver Licenses…
Think this’ll be a problem ?
NAW. (I’m kidding)
“Pay no attention to the illegal voters behind the curtain of the voting booth!”
h/t John Lott
The Liberty Sphere advises us as follows:
A close friend who is politically astute, a Tea Party activist and Christian conservative, stated Wednesday in a private conversation that America as we know it is already lost, gone, destroyed.
And not a single shot was fired. This was done entirely through the electoral process, the courts, and a clear majority of the electorate that does not share the philosophy, the mindset, or the world-view of the Founders, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or our nation’s rich religious heritage.An all-important threshold was crossed, quite imperceptibly and thus totally without notice, that brought the nation into what the Founders referred to as “the tyranny of the majority.”I seem to remember the difference between a Republic and a Democracy was defined exactly by this. That a democracy elicited ‘tyranny of the majority’, and a Republic protected the rights of all.When I was growing up, the phrase was, “Majority rules – Minority rights!”However the education of the youth has devolved as described above. In our Civics classes of yore, we were taught to revere, honor and respect The Constitution. Now, the meme seems to be something akin to ‘whatever the United States is or has done is WRONG and BAD. This country needs to progress beyond the old, outdated document forged by rich White guys to a New World Order. ‘Leveling the playing field’ by fiat or diktat is more efficient and certainly more FAIR!Somewhere within Jeff Cooper’s Commentaries, he makes a statement to the effect that the cry of THAT’S NOT FAIR is the epithet of pre-schoolers who learn as they get older that the World is just that. Not fair. And they demand their due. Just like the OWS
criminals terroristsprotestors did – whom I suspect are those same children, older, but not yet mature.And now, many of those children have done as Van Jones suggested. They’ve left the collegiate quadrangle protest groups for government service. Just as Saul Alinsky wrote in Rules for Radicals. A cancer inside the mechanism of the Nation. To make it ‘better’.But, it’s not.h/t Jeff Cooper
I have a love/hate relationship with cops.
On the one hand, I
hate extremely dislike the ever-encroaching laws permitting law enforcement to run roughshod over our rights. I’m not speaking of doing a Terry frisk (for weapons) and finding a baggie and making an arrest (although that does bug me), I’m speaking of those things many of us have written about: NSA wiretapping, Internet monitoring, no-knock warrants, warrantless GPS, cameras everywhere, checkpoints etc.
On the other hand, I still contend that while most local police do their job – and some use it for abuse, others go above and beyond.
Hayden Carlo of Wylie was pulled over recently for an expired registration
Asked why he hadn’t renewed, the married father of two told the officer that he had no excuse, other than times have been tough.
“It was either feed my kids or get this registration done,” he told Channel 11.
The officer wrote him a citation and tucked a little something extra into the envelope: a $100 bill. The gift brought Carlo to tears.
I’ll call this a late Birthday gift for me.
We, as humans, have amazing compassion. Helping our fellow man doesn’t require the force of the state to make us do what is required or what is right.
God bless this officer.
Speaking as someone who lived on the edge of poverty for years, and was ticketed many times for Not Current Registration, I can relate. Part of my problem was (and is) I just hate giving the government money! But I just know this officer is a good person. Perhaps, it was the Christmas spirit?
h/t Tango, Robb Allen