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Things About Which We Have Passion

superbowl_redditExactly!

Most of you know, my Father was sports addict, and as a result (because of my inability to play after the onset of my disability at age 12), I was a sports orphan.

And the culmination of all this for me is I don’t have a passion for most sports.  Watching, playing, appreciating.  Because I can’t play, and because I was saturated with it as a child.

(If YOU love your sports, enjoy!  It’s no problem for me.  But, like religion, please leave it outside my door!)

I oft wondered about the American fetish for the love of team sports – especially baseball, football and basketball.  It’s been explained to me that it has to do with civic pride.  And, of course, friendly bets around the water cooler.

Or the bookie.

Marx says religion is the opiate of the masses.  In this country, the opiate is also sports!  I guess it stops folks from discussing religion and politics(?)

MY passion is the ability to live free.  To make my own choices.  To not be compelled to give to others through the power and force of government.  If I choose to do so, that’s one thing.  At the point of a gun, that’s another.

And, of course, my passion for the love a good woman.

Currently absent.  :-(

But that’s for another post…

h/t FB

“Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste.”

- Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, former Chief-of-Staff to the President (quoted in the blog title)

One of the most important yet overlooked factors that will occur in the aftermath of a massive terrorist attack on the United States is that such an attack would spark martial law on a national basis. Several national security experts were contacted who have no doubt that martial law will be declared. This declaration would include not only forced curfews but mandatory confiscation of citizen owned firearms.

The very same scenario would be implemented in the event of a devastating national disaster, such as a rare 1000-year volcano, a deadly tsunami that would decimate either the east or west coasts, or a direct hit by an asteroid.

Since the days of the Reagan administration, government has had a blueprint for continuing to operate in secret underground bunkers that have been built all across the United States. It is called simply “Continuity of Government” that establishes specific, detailed protocols for addressing the threat posed to the entire U.S. government. While some of these protocols are prudent and necessary, the section that would implement martial law is particularly troublesome.  (in part from Examiner.com)

Disagree?

The Administration (and their socialist minions) use every criminal shooting to continue to beat the drum for civilian disarmament – even if the firearms chosen had nothing to do with the crime.  Every oil spill, however slight, is an ecological disaster.  Every attempt to increase private business growth is viewed as a product of the evil 1%.  Every attempt to privatize (translation – let the people decide instead of the government) pretty much anything is de facto evil, because it takes power and control away from the all-powerful, and knowledgeable OZ government.

The gun control movement began in this country as a means of keeping firearms away from freed slaves (in Kentucky, in 1809) and the great unwashed (in New York City 1911).  And the same forces responsible continue to push for civilian disarmament, especially of the poor.  (Cheap guns are dangerous and only used in crime).

How racist is gun control?

Now that the gun rights folks have achieved CCW statutes in most States, even in Illinois, their only response is the bigger picture.

Foment nationwide discord and just wait for the next big terrorist attack.  Then institute martial law and disarm the populous.

I’m sure Al Qaeda and company are just waiting so they can attack a second time.  From Saudi Arabia.

Or Dearborn.

h/t The Liberty Sphere

Situational Ethics

The Blogosphere has a story about a couple of filthy hippies caught with marijuana paraphernalia.  Except they are not filthy hippies.  They are ages 65 and 67, and have numerous ailments.

What a crock to waste the efforts and funds of law enforcement on such people.

I have an occasional beer.  I sometimes partake in a fine single-malt Scotch – thanks to the Internet Scotch Fairy™.  There are weeks I won’t have any alcohol at all.  I sometimes use alcohol medicinally, in addition to my pain meds, to alleviate pain.  Which brings me to my point.

I was raised with the idea that illegal drugs are, in fact, illegal.  I HAVE NEVER SMOKED OR EATEN MARIJUANA, nor do I have any desire to.

I have consumed alcohol for the pleasure and the numbing effects.

How is this different from those who take marijuana medicinally or for pleasure, whether legal or illegal?

I know folks who used it in high school and college, who stopped when they grew up,  and that was it.  I haven’t known anyone who gatewayed to cocaine or heroin.  Or crack.  Or meth.

My prejudice against marijuana is generational, not based in facts.

But, in spite of PROHIBITION (or perhaps because if it) we as a Nation begrudgingly accept alcohol as the Nation’s drug of choice.  And, at least in some conventional circles, are fighting to keep marijuana criminalized.

What’s up with that?

Is it thousands of special police units and federal agents would be sidelined, and the majority of non-violent offenders could be released from custody (and prison guards laid-off)?

I don’t want the car next to me at a traffic light to have a driver using marijuana, alcohol or mood-altering prescription drugs.  And I don’t want my neighbors to be meth, heroin, cocaine or alcohol addicts.  And I certainly don’t want any children using any of this stuff.

But we’ve already opened Pandora’s Box, and the so-called War On Drugs is a sham, and a waste.

Hell, a number of States have lowered the penalties for personal amounts, and a few have made it medically accessible.

Frankly, I don’t care if people have a real medical need, or just like to get high.  Just keep ‘em away from me at intersections and we’re cool.

Let’s move toward legality, licensing and enforcing laws against unsafe drivers, instead.

And leave the old hippies at home alone.

It’s for the children.  (Liberty, Rights, The Constitution, and all that).

Ethical Holder?

Courtesy of Firehand:

I very much doubt include ethics; if they did, he could’ve should’ve done this* years ago.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without evidence that a crime occurred.

Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago as part of the war on drugs.
So why now?  Probably one of or both of these:
1: he’s leaving office, and figures his rep could use some(well, a LOT of) polishing, and
2: The policy will touch policing and local budgets in every state. Since 2001, about 7,600 of the nation’s 18,000 police departments and task forces have participated in Equitable Sharing. For hundreds of police departments and sheriff’s offices, the seizure proceeds accounted for 20 percent or more of their annual budgets in recent years.

The action comes at a time when police are already angry about remarks that Holder and President Obama made after the controversial police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City. Some have accused them of being “anti-cop.”
Nice twofer, isn’t it?  He can paint himself as ‘protecting civil rights and overreach by LE’ and at the same time whack at the budget of agencies.

Mind you, if the bastards hadn’t been abusing this in the first place, actually planning parts of their budgets based on it, they wouldn’t have to worry about this.

Timing is everything.  –  Guffaw

Ode To Dumb Blondes Everywhere

It was reported yesterday that Donna Douglas, most famous for her portrayal of Elly Mae Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies, had passed away January 1, at 81.  Or 82.

Except for the ubiquitous TV show, she never made her mark in Hollywood.  She chose to embrace her typecasting because people loved the show and her role in it.  After the show was cancelled, she got involved in real estate, and reverted to her first loves of gospel singing and charity work.

Unlike so many of the blonde bombshells who descended on Hollywood after WWII, she stayed true to herself, and was obviously not the dumb blond stereotype.

Marilyn Monroe (the most (in)famous for the dumb blonde, who wasn’t) tried to parlay her talents into a serious acting career.  Her insecurities and need for love from (in)famous politicians did her in.  Ms. Douglas avoided those pitfalls.

If there ever was a model for ‘stay true to yourself’, it was Donna Douglas.

Goodbye Donna D.*

Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled…

More than just our Elly Mae

donna douglas

*borrowed from Elton John’s Goodbye Norma Jeane

Losing My Religion

I enjoy a good political discussion.  Or even a debate.  Unfortunately, in today’s climate, they often regress into name-calling, accusations and loud pronouncement as akin to grade school’s “Oh YEAH?  Yeah!”

Why does this happen?  Back as early as the 80’s, political enemies would do the “Oh Yeah” thing across the aisle, then adjourn to the neighborhood bar to share a beverage or two, and tell each other how great and principled each one was.

It’s become a sharper exchange, now.  One where one might be reviewing the dark bar parking lot for the presence of ‘friends’ as well as enemies!

The reason?  People no longer seem to subscribe to agreeing to disagree, because whatever the political cause, it’s become their RELIGION.

Want to annoy a Roman Catholic?  Tell him he’s a papist, and that the Pope IS indeed fallible.  A Republican?  That he’s a shill for corporate lobbyists, and therefore has no soul.  A Democrat?  That most any policy foisted upon this nation by the current  President is extra-Constitutional and illegal, and he deserves to be impeached, convicted and imprisoned.

Their response will undoubtedly be you don’t like him because he’s Black, and you are therefore racist.  And that makes any argument you present invalid.

And that will p*** you off!

No more are there rational, reasoned exchanges back and forth regarding policies.  Now it’s all name-calling and telling people what they believe is B.S.

It indeed may be, but that is not a way to discuss and argue.

facts“Just the facts, Ma’am.” –  Sergeant Joe Friday (Jack Webb)

THAT should be everyone’s mantra.

Foxes In The Hen House

Oh Noes!  Quelle Surprise!

YAWN…

So let me get this straight.

A Grand Jury has been deliberating for three months regarding whether or not a police officer should be indicted and tried for killing an unarmed black boy.

Well, a very muscular, football-playing strong-arm robbing black boy.  Who had been committing crimes earlier in the evening.

The police officer contended he had been assaulted by the boy when he approached him and the boy was trying to relieve him of his sidearm.  People have been shot – rightfully so – for less.

And he was.  And he died.

And the Grand Jury decided, after listening to testimony and viewing evidence, that there was no true bill to indict the officer.

And the media, who has been watching the proceedings like a hawk, and reporting daily if there was no indictment, said that there would be rioting, continued to predict rioting. criminal damage, looting and violence.

Adjacent to the legitimate protests of ‘injustice’.

And, it came to pass, there was rioting, damage, yatta…yatta…yatta…

YAWN…

Quelle surprise.

Funny, when there are similar circumstances surrounding a White boy, who has been dispatched by a police officer (White or Black), that there are no riots, looting, etc.  Or a White woman allegedly killed by a famous Black man?  And the riots after he was found not guilty?  What?  You don’t remember the riots?

Oh, that’s right.  There weren’t any!

I smell Lenin’s useful idiots, yet again..

Sad that a legitimate concern – crime in Black areas – when addressed by White cops (or any cops) is followed by destruction of businesses in those same areas!  You have cancer of the arm – let’s cut off your head!

It doesn’t help that now a NYC grand jury fails to indict a (White) police officer for a choke hold gone wrong.  Against a Black man.

And we continue to have violence, arson and attacks in cities across the Nation, much of it to Black-owned businesses in the same neighborhoods as the crime.  Including the store where the Black guy had committed strong-arm robbery earlier that evening.

We, as a culture, severely messed-up the former slave, Negro, African-American, Black subculture.  As we have Asian, Latino and Indian.  And I’m certain those subcultures have disproportionate crimes in their neighborhoods too, many foisted upon them by their own people.

But you don’t see those other subcultures rioting about their mistreatment.  Demanding their opinion, which amounts to mob rule, be the law of the land.

I’m all about equal justice.

It’s sad the disenfranchised can be manipulated by powerful people with an agenda into voting by violence for vigilante justice and destroying their own neighborhoods.

And now it’s reported some colleges and universities are giving students who attend protests permission to take exams later, lest they miss the protests!

The foxes are indeed running the hen house!  Frances Fox Piven, is one of the foxes…

A Target-Rich Environment?

The Justice for Mike Brown Ferguson protest group released its list of potential targets following the decision by the St. Louis County Courthouse on the Mike Brown case.

The published map shows expected landmarks like the Ferguson City Hall and the County Courthouse.

But it also marks things that have NOTHING to do with the Michael Brown situation, like Anheuser Busch and Boeing.
ferguson targets

Most telling thing is the mark for Emerson Electric. Emerson has been in Ferguson for at least 50 years, long before Ferguson became a minority municipality. Yet not only do they mark Emerson they make note of the CEO’s salary. Maybe they’re mutating into an extortion group straight out of the playbook of Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Coalition?

The entire list is on the link, some 50 or 60 offices, businesses, persons.   Listed as Potential Action Locations.

I’m all about public protest.  It’s a fine, American tradition.  Damaging the property of others, or damaging others, however, is beyond the pale.

And I’ve two questions regarding all this brouhaha:

1.  Who is sponsoring these protests?  Paying for the professionally-made signs, busing protestors to where they will do the most damage good?  Paying for their lodging, food, bail?  I certainly wanted to protest for or against certain things in my youth, but was going to school and working full-time.  Tough to miss class and get off work to travel to D.C. or wherever to make a political statement!

2.  Cui bono?  WHO benefits?  How is it the Attorney General of the United States visits with the protestors to plan strategies?  Shouldn’t he be meeting with City and State law enforcement to plan strategies there?  What is wrong with this picture?

It’s as if we’re in Superman’s Bizzaro World!

h/t Jeffery – The Feral Irishman

Some Churches Don’t Read The Law

Don’t ever let anyone get away with telling you no one wants to ban your guns.

We have Episcopal Church in Michigan passes gun resolution as evidence to the contrary. The resolution says:

RESOLVED: that the 180th Convention of the Diocese of Michigan, in response to the impact on Michigan communities of deaths from gun violence, join with other faith communities calling for the following steps to be taken by Federal and State lawmakers:

1. Requiring and enforcing universal background checks on all gun sales;
2. A clear ban on all future sales of military-style semi-automatic weapons, high-capacity ammunition magazines and high-impact ammunition (i.e. ammunition more deadly than ordinarily used in hunting);
3. Making gun trafficking a Federal crime;…

The Episcopal Church supports the U.S. Constitution’s protections of the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms; but, we also stand for public policies to ban gun violence and assault weapons.

You have to marvel at the naiveté and/or stupid exhibited here.

You can’t support the Second Amendment then make the demands for background checks anymore than you could require background checks for sales of First Amendment materials. One would guess they support the First Amendment and would claim protection if gun owners were to demand they be punished for hate speech because of their vocal support of restrictions to gun ownership.  (Joe Huffman)

You should go and read everything Joe has to say on the matter (at the link).

Funny, the big brouhaha Dallas, Texas churches getting involved in politics, and their mayor trying to subpoena what was being said from the pulpit,  and (of course) no action being taken publicly about mosques being involved in politics.

Or the above.

Must be a crisis of conscience for many church members who happen to own evil firearms, though.

Halloween 2014

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by Frank Frazetta

Halloween was probably my favorite holiday – as a child.  When else can I go out at night, largely unescorted after I reached school-age, and extort goodies from as many neighbors as I could, all whilst my identity was hidden!

Living in a city-locked white-bread college town, possible dangers were negligible, and we could get popcorn balls and caramel apples along with the usual  candy bars and such.  I even remember returning home on one occasion to get a second bag!

Then, I became a teen, and my interests lie in other than candy…

Fast-forward to fatherhood, and escorting my tiny daughter in her princess costume to a few neighbors.  This evolved to letting her go out by herself, in costumes she herself had sewn and designed (Jean Grey from the XMen, for example).  Dad got into the act at work, oft winning department costume contests, using makeup, wigs, even shaving my head and/or face a couple of times to make a costume character come together!

After the accident, the holiday lost it’s appeal.  I dressed up a couple times at work – but my heart wasn’t in it.

I don’t even give out candy.  Getting up and down to answer the door is just too time consuming and physically difficult.

And besides, Jean Grey doesn’t stop by, anymore.

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