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Forgiveness

Or NOT…

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…)

BUT:

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.

But:

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…

Person Of Interest, Part Dos

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).
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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!

Sheesh!

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?

Litigiousness

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

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

Gay Marriage DOES NOT EQUAL (Necessarily) CCW Reciprocity!

Courtesy of NRA-ILA (in part)

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which concerned whether same-sex marriage is a right protected by the U.S. Constitution.   Although the case did not address the right to bear arms, some pro-gun advocates began debating whether the Court’s reasoning and analysis had application to national concealed carry licensing reciprocity.

This is a reasonable question. If states that formerly did not sanction same-sex marriage now have to recognize all marriages from states that do, shouldn’t that also mean restrictive “may issue” concealed carry jurisdictions have to recognize concealed carry licenses from less restrictive “shall-issue” jurisdictions? Some commentators went even further, insisting that Obergefell has conclusively settled the national reciprocity issue in favor of gun owners.

Unfortunately, the answer is not that simple. In particular, we strongly advise concealed carry license holders not to assume Obergefell provides them with the legal basis they need to carry without an in-state license in strongly anti-gun states such as Maryland, New Jersey, or New York. Doing so at this point would still subject the traveler to arrest and criminal prosecution. 

This is so for a number of reasons, chief of which is that the U.S. Supreme Court has not yet ruled squarely on the question of whether the Second Amendment protects the right to carry a loaded handgun in public, and if it does, whether states must recognize each other’s permits. The landmark cases of Heller and McDonald only concerned the question of handgun possession in the home. 

Until the Supreme Court rules on the issue conclusively, certain reliably anti-gun jurisdictions can be counted on to exist in a state of denial and defiance. If states and lower courts can ignore a congressional statute like Firearm Owners’ Protection Act – and they do – they certainly can ignore arguments that the philosophical bases for interstate recognition of same-sex marriage compel interstate recognition of concealed carry permits.

But there is a lesson gun owners can draw from Obergefell.  An uncontested fact mentioned in Chief Justice Roberts’s dissent in the case is that no society was known to have permitted same-sex marriage before 2001. Now, in 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court has found it to be a fundamental right that cannot be overturned by any state legislature or popular referendum. Whatever one’s view of same-sex marriage, the incredible shift in this area shows what is possible when people dedicate themselves to a common cause. 

That is the true lesson of the Obergefell decision for gun owners, who should not rest until Second Amendment rights are similarly respected in all 50 states.  That is why the NRA will continue to lead the fight in the legislative, legal and political arenas to secure national right to carry reciprocity so that all Americans can defend themselves everywhere they are legally entitled to be.

I’m reminded of the early days of (sometimes) concealed gun ownership.  We (young turks) kept reading and re-reading the statutes, looking for loopholes to throw at the police, should we get nabbed carrying a concealed weapon.  (This was pre-permitage).  The problem was, neither were we legislators, nor lawyers, nor were we reading the case law.  And we weren’t local prosecutors looking to hang their hat on some young turk to show we were anti-crime!

Lets let this play out in the courts!  I sure-as-hell wouldn’t be playing fast and loose in California and Maryland with a concealed weapon these days!   

Inequality Is Not Poverty

from Bayou Renaissance Man (in part):

The Telegraph’s observation bears repeating.  Inequality is not poverty.  Furthermore, equality does not consist of, and cannot be measured against, economic factors alone.  What the framers of our Constitution sought was equality of opportunity.  What the progressive left seeks is equality of outcomes – and they’ll impose that on us by legislative fiat if they can, regardless of its (lack of) truth and the failure of every society in history to accomplish anything of the sort by direction.

It’s a frightening prospect to consider how much damage social justice warriors can do at the helm of every administrative department in the government.  That’s yet another reason to reduce the size of that government to the necessary minimum, and ensure that its bureaucrats are aware that they serve in accordance with the Constitution and are subordinate to its requirements.  They don’t have the authority, or the right, to ignore it and/or reinterpret it according to their whims.

You should seriously go and read all of Peter’s essay at this link.

And, to all you Social Justice Warriors out there –

KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF OTHER PEOPLE’S STUFF!

(Remembering originally The Declaration of Independence read Life, Liberty and PROPERTY!)

 

Better To Be Tried By Twelve…

Yatta, yatta, yatta.

One of my favorite bloggers, wirecutter, gives us his take on the Supreme Court failing to follow through with their own decisions.

This week the Supreme Court passed up an opportunity to get the government out of the bedroom. Counterintuitively, the case involved an ordinance adopted by the famously tolerant and progressive city of San Francisco just eight years ago.

The puzzle is solved when you learn that the ordinance deals with guns, tools for exercising a constitutional right that is decidedly unfashionable in the City by the Bay. By declining to hear the case, the Supreme Court, which in 2010 affirmed that the Second Amendment binds states and cities as well as the federal government, undermines that principle, suggesting that the right of armed self-defense is constrained by local sensibilities.

San Francisco’s ordinance, enacted in 2007, requires that handguns kept at home be “stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock” except when they are being carried. As the six residents challenging the ordinance pointed out in their petition asking the Supreme Court to consider the case, that requirement means “law-abiding individuals must render their handguns inoperable or inaccessible precisely when they are needed most, whenever they are not physically carrying them on their persons—including when they are asleep in the dark of night.
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My solution?  A.C.E.  ALWAYS CARRY EVERYWHERE

And let the constabulary try to figure out how they are going to determine the gun in your hand whose muzzle (flash) they are seeing when they breach your door wasn’t worn by you to bed!

And vote those anti-rights bastards out at the soonest possibility!

And change the stupid law.

Better Living Through Chemistry

Whenever gun crimes are perpetrated, liberals love to point the finger of blame at law-abiding gun owners, but a list of mass shooters from the past 20 years proves that they all had one thing in common – and it wasn’t the weapons used. Evidence shows that the common factor in nearly every mass shooting is that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerful psychotropic drugs or had been taking them at one point before committing their crimes.

Multiple credible scientific studies going back more then a decade, as well as internal documents from certain pharmaceutical companies that suppressed the information show that SSRI drugs ( Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors ) have well known, but unreported side effects, including but not limited to suicide and other violent behavior.

One need only Google relevant key words or phrases to see for themselves.

www.ssristories.com is one popular site that has documented over 4500 “ Mainstream Media “ reported cases from around the World of aberrant or violent behavior by those taking these powerful drugs, according to the Liberty Crier.

The extensive list shows how psychotropic drugs are linked in every case of murder and suicide:

Now, I’m truly not disparaging chemistry.  And many of the modern wonderful chemical miracles that are pervasive in our daily life. \ Imagine life without aspirin, ibuprofen, penicillin, other antibiotics.  My roommate certainly would have passed by now, if it were not for asthma medications.  And certainly these medications have helped thousands, if not millions of people.
But the pharmacological industry has somehow been able to develop these psychotropic medications and release them to the public, without them having been completely vetted or tested.
Or perhaps the ‘off the rails’ factor is calculated in, as with automobile safety equipment, food additives and other stuff?
And people are being killed.
h/t Brock Townsend

FIGHT! G*d Damnit!

ASM826 (who continues to write on the Borepatch blog! :-)) has written a couple of recent posts regarding fighting back.

I commented on one that ‘we’ have been taught for a couple of generations now to NOT fight back.

Making most of society sheep to the f’ng slaughter!

I had a recent conversation with a female friend in Chicago who has enough infirmities to make me appear as a decathlete!  She used to work physical security back-in-the-day at TMCCC (pre-infirmities).

And we discussed about how, if there had ever been an assault on the TMCCC building (people did fire guns at it, and one of the 911 terrorists did live across the street while taking flight training.  This is a credit card company collections facility, after all.) there were a number of us who would have been advancing toward the threat instead of hiding under our desks, waiting to die.

It’s how we were wired.  Security, former cops and military, people who felt they had the duty to do something!

What if students had rushed the Columbine guys en masse, or the church shooter?  Or thrown books and chairs, as the ASM826 post suggests?

Certainly, running openly against an armed assailant will probably get you shot or stabbed, but in a group assault response?  A superiority of numbers?

Of course, if someone possessed a firearm and knew how to use it...

Sometimes, violence IS the answer.

Sadly, most of us who wanted to respond @ TMCCC are now in our 60’s and 70’s, and would resemble zombieslow-walking zombies due to our infirmities if we responded.

While the young sheep were under their desks.

“An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.”  –  Jeff Cooper

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