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Yardwork

We (here at our townhouses) have been hearing for some months now about ‘improvements’ to be made on the exterior (many at our expense) by the ‘maintenance’ folks, as ordered by the HOA (homeowner’s association).

FINALLY, they are getting to it.

And they gave us TWO DAYS NOTICE to make our yard ready for the incursion of workers, and loud noises, for up to SEVEN DAYS (beginning @ 0630) , including leaving our (broken) back gate unlocked (the one with a spring-loaded lock, making it virtually impossible to leave it unlocked), lest they hire a locksmith @ $75.00/hour to open it!

SIGH

So, we spent three days moving the many potted plants – including cacti (and succulents), sized in pots 3 inch to 30 inch across, along with pavers, bricks, empty pots, yard ‘decor’, tools, and all manner of things adjacent to the North fence, so they can do their work.

Ouch.

J. had jury duty on the first day, so I did my part on my own, with painful results.  It seems it’s preferential to wear my flat (normal) shoe in lieu of ED SULLIVAN (the really big shoe) when working physically on uneven dirt and gravel surfaces.

Lest I fall, which I did…

Ouch.

I careened forward, landing across some pots and pavers I had just stacked, bruising and scraping my right arm and knocking the pottery into a glass yard globe, which promptly shattered.

Fortunately, I didn’t propel forward enough to land on the glass!

THEN, I had glass to clean up!

SIGH

Hopefully, this’ll all be completed soon (maybe they will fix the gate?)  The arm is healing nicely, and additional pain meds are helping with the jarring of my skeleton and resulting muscle pains of physical labor.

It’s nice they chose frickin’ JULY and AUGUST to undertake these tasks, when DECEMBER would have been so much cooler!

MAROONS!

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!

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…

The Tipping Point

(I remember a sign on the wall of Phoenix’s long-defunct Ed Debevic’s restaurant “Tipping is NOT a city in China!”) (Sorry – had to insert a little humor here before the serious post – Guffaw)

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Fort Sumter Was Owned By South Carolina    

PA: At what point is it legitimate to take up arms against this illegitimate government? I think that armed resistance might be legitimate as a defensive act if several states secede. Just war theory requires a reasonable chance of success? Without secession of multiple states, can armed defense be legitimate?

AB: Well, isn’t that the question du jour? I always snicker at Dennis Miller’s old joke that George Washington started blowing people’s heads off for taxing his breakfast beverage… and it wasn’t even coffee. First, as we discussed earlier, the whole American paradigm was and is deeply, deeply flawed and contained in itself from the beginning the seeds of its own inevitable collapse and destruction as John Adams himself was sure to point out, so we must be careful when citing the American Revolution as a positive example. But, those of us still capable of nuanced thought can tease out useful information from even a Diest-Freemasonic construct.

So, when exactly IS The Tipping Point?  Or When?  Or as phrased by Brock – HOW do we resist?
(attn Government – this is just a theoretical exercise.  Nothing sedition or treasonous should be construed by any writings herein.  And the fact I even have to write this caveat in a ‘free’ society says something…)
h/t Brock Townsend

Our Tax Dollars At Work, Again

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department will fast track the sending of $29 million to South Carolina to help families of victims of the mass murder of nine churchgoers at a historic black church in Charleston, a Justice Department spokesman said on Friday.

An unspecified portion of the money, allocated under the government’s national Crime Victim Assistance Formula Grant program, can be used to provide services to the families of victims of the shootings at Emmanuel AME Church, spokesman Kevin Lewis said.

That’s $3.2 MILLION per family!

Can any of us who have lost family members to violence apply?  Because my ex-wife (who the government classified at the one victim in our case) received nothing!

h/t Weasel Zippers

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!   

Color Blind

rachel-dolezal-splitThis whole brew-ha-ha over a White woman ‘passing’ as a Black woman in the Spokane chapter of the NAACP has me confused.

Or perhaps the emotion is WHO CARES?

The NAACP accepts members of all races.  At least they used to, before they were compromised by the progressives.  I don’t know the current qualifications.  (see Democratic Party also re:  compromise)

This is one reason I support CORE and not the NAACP.  (That and CORE actively supports self-defense and firearms ownership for all, whereas the NAACP does not.)

I think this whole non-issue of a White woman ‘passing’ as Black can be dealt with with two questions:

1)  Is her weirdness in acting this way detrimental to the organization?, AND,

2)  What is the content of her character?

Of course, this doesn’t affect me.

And I still don’t care.

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

The Supreme Court Stands…

for nothing, apparently.

The supreme court refused to hearJackson v. City and County of San Francisco. After Heller and McDonald, they don’t seem very willing to take on many more gun rights cases. It’s curious to me why that is. Pre-Heller, it was speculated that the court wouldn’t take gun cases because they weren’t convinced the decision would go the right way. But Sandy resigned. I wonder who the hold out is now?

Too bad the Founding Fathers didn’t see that oath taking would be viewed largely as ceremonial fal-de-ral with no meaning as the nation progressed…

In ALL federal offices requiring it!

Perhaps I should have spelled it fed-er-al…

h/t Say Uncle

Geraldo Rivera

Liberal journalist or asshat?

From Firehand

Let’s start with Geraldo Rivera is an asshat

You probably already knew that, but he provides further proof.
Geraldo mocked Vaughn’s contention that the Founding Fathers hedged in the right to bear arms so we could resist tyranny not only outside our borders, but also within.
Yeah, all those things the founders of this country, and the citizens, said: they mean nothing.  Right.
Geraldo later denied that guns are used by law-abiding citizens to stop crimes. He asked fellow host Eric Bolling, “When was the last time you heard of a civilian stopping a crime with a gun?” And when Bolling said, “It happens thousands of times per day,” Geraldo responded by saying, “That’s a legend. You’re watching too much True Detective.”
A friggin’ idiot to whom facts mean nothing when they conflict with what he wants to be true.

I go back and forth with regard to Mr. Rivera.  There’s the story he graduated law school as Jerry Rivers, then decided to access his Latino heritage to find work.  His landmark broadcast of the Zapruder film on national television was indeed!

And the less-than-landmark opening of Al Capone’s vault…

But the above is simply not even journalism or debate.

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