Monday, May 25, 2015

It is foolish to mourn . . .

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” – General George S. Patton

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Muhammad Cartoon Contest Winners

The best artwork of the Muhammad Cartoon Contest were the chalk outlines on the pavement out front.

When seconds count, the Police are minutes away.

Protect yourself - Don't get chalked up.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

When Seconds Count, Baltimore Cops Provide "Room to Destroy"

Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland.

Maryland's nickname is "The Free State".

Seems like the Mayor of Baltimore thinks that means freedom to: burn, baby, burn.

When the Mayor of Baltimore told a justifiably panicked public that she was giving “protesters” “room to destroy” she was speaking truth to powerlessness. Once again, the Mayor of a city abandoned law-abiding citizens to rampant criminality. Once again, peaceable people in an economically-challenged, ethnically-segregated section of a major metropolitan area were on their own, denied direct police intervention, powerless to stop wanton destruction and unprovoked personal attacks. People who could not take the law into their own hands – a regrettable but necessary state of affairs – because they’d been denied the tools to do so. But first, the police . . .

Pro-gun people like to point out the limits of the police’s “thin blue line” with a simple expression: “when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” In this case, at the sharp end, the Baltimore police were hours if not days if not permanently away. And where the cops were on scene, they gave rioters “room to destroy.” Looting, burning, attacking random people and property – the cops were too busy maintaining a shoulder-to-shoulder cordon on major streets to directly engage and arrest the thugs tearing the town apart.

This is no small point. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rowlings-Blake had instructed the police to contain the rioting, rather than combat it. Containment served her political needs. It signaled the world that she “understood” the “protesters'” anger at the police incident that “sparked the rage.” It prevented incidents that could lead to accusations of “police brutality” that might make the rioting worse. At the same time, containment prevented the violence, destruction and theft from spilling-out into the city’s more affluent areas, where the real money (a.k.a., political power) resides.

One could point out that these areas have a higher percentage of caucasian residents and accuse the Mayor of racism but I couldn’t possibly comment. But I will say this: when push comes to shove, at that very moment, police and politics has nothing to do with it. It’s a simple matter of self-protection. They attack, you defend. Your life, your property, your loved ones, your community. You do it because no one else will. No one else can. At that point, you want the best possible tool for self-defense. You want a gun. On your person.

Maryland is what’s called a “may issue” state. Free State residents must prove their need for a concealed carry firearm to government regulators. Securing Maryland’s permission to carry a concealed firearm is an expensive, time-consuming, bureaucratic process, prone to delay. And failure. According to , just 2,095 people applied for a Maryland concealed carry license in 2014. Some 227 were denied. “Of that 227, 189 were denied under Maryland State Police code 0060: ‘Lacks good and substantial reason.'” So, what about this?

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in the city and activated the National Guard to assist city and state police, calling it a “last resort” to restore order.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the rioters “thugs” and said the city was imposing a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew starting Tuesday. She said she asked Hogan to send in the Guard.

“We are deploying every resource possible to gain control of the situation and ensure peace moving forward,” she said.

Does that constitute a “good and substantial reason” for carrying a concealed firearm? Even if it does, Baltimore residents can’t apply for a concealed carry permit today and get one, say, tomorrow. So if thugs roaming the streets is a “good and substantial reason” for being “allowed” to carry a gun, the government needs to give residents a license before the rioting starts. (You know; again.) Raise your hand if you think the state would consider “I want to be armed against rioters” “a good and substantial reason” for carrying a firearm.

And yet it damn well is, isn’t it? Perhaps not as good and substantial as “I have a natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms subject neither to the democratic process nor questions of social utility,” but perfectly rational nonetheless. As is the idea that the police should maintain law and order when it disintegrates. Before it disintegrates? How do you do that? Now there’s a question.

“In the days ahead, I intend to work with leaders throughout Baltimore to ensure that we can protect the security and civil rights of all residents,” Lynch said. “And I will bring the full resources of the Department of Justice to bear in protecting those under threat, investigating wrongdoing, and securing an end to violence.”

Are law-abiding Baltimore residents reassured by this paternalistic promise? Maybe. But not as reassured, not as protected, as they would be with a firearm.
by: Robert Farago

Saturday, April 18, 2015

There is no me and you - not no more

Vengeance is mine; I will repay

It is mine to avenge.  In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them."

And I will punish the unjust for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

And I will lay my vengeance upon the wicked by the hand of the righteous: and they shall do to them according to my anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance.

And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine.

All they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.

I will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I take vengeance upon them.

Vengeance is mine; I will repay, sayeth the Lord.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Enjoy the warmth of the coming spring, for there is a long dark winter on the horizon.

All hope abandon ye who enter here 

Through me you pass into the city of woe:
Through me you pass into eternal pain:
Through me among the people lost for aye.

Justice the founder of my fabric mov'd:
To rear me was the task of power divine,
Supremest wisdom, and primeval love.

Before me things create were none, save things
Eternal, and eternal I endure.
All hope abandon ye who enter here.

(From Dante's Divine Comedy)

It is time to batten down the hatches.
Lay in as many supplies as possible. 
Prepare to barricade your doors. 
It is every man for himself.

The era of Freedom, Liberty and Prosperity has come to an end.  We here in America have had a good long run of 200 years – but now it is over.  America is done.  Stick a fork in her.

Freedom, Liberty and Prosperity have been enjoyed by Americans for about 239 years.  Well – not really that long.  Our freedom and liberty have been on a very rapid decline for the past few decades.   Think about the changes that have become glaringly apparent since the last part of the 20th century. 
  • ·         The rise of political correctness. 
  • ·         Rapidly declining educational standards. 
  • ·         Disappearance of personal responsibility or accountability.
  • ·         Rise of the welfare state.
Take a look around. 
·         Uttering any words that refer to a person’s race, color, creed, appearance, ability, disability, sex, political affiliation, education, or zip code, will bring down the wrath of the righteous.  You will be black balled (- oh sorry - can’t say “black” balled - it might offend).

·         The basic education drop-out rate has sky-rocketed.  When I graduated from High School in 1972, there were only three of my classmates out of a class of over 400 that failed to graduate.  In 2009 the nationwide graduation rate is only about 70%.  That would equate to 120 dropouts from that class of ‘72.  Today only about 50% of teenagers graduate or graduate on-time.  It gets even worse.  A very significant percentage of those that do manage to graduate are functionally illiterate.  These kids are not stupid, they are lazy slackers.  Were they born that way?  No, they were nurtured that way by a school system and by parents that through distorted concepts of political correctness and entitlement, don’t want to damage the kid’s tender sensibilities by demanding that they work and achieve.  In misguided attempts to bolster graduation rates, minimum standards are reduced.  Those standards that do exist are then ignored – resulting in high school graduates that cannot read, cannot write, cannot speak, and cannot work.  After all, the very word “FLUNK” is no longer part of the American vocabulary. 

Most anyone can be admitted to college these days.  Institutions of higher learning are churning out ill-equipped graduates nearly as fast as the public High Schools.  Over the past 15 years or so I have had the very distasteful task of mentoring and grooming newly graduated Engineers.  Yes - I said Engineers.  Electrical engineers, chemical engineers, mechanical engineers.  It is rare that I have seen much more than a flicker of understanding when it comes to basic engineering principles, or the ability to apply even the simplest math or physics tools to real-world applications. Remember – these are engineering graduates – supposedly the brightest of the bright with the most rigorous coursework.  Imagine how dull and worthless the liberal arts graduates must be!  Stupid is as stupid does.

·         When something goes wrong, how often does the person responsible step up to the plate and accept responsibility?  Not too often.  It is usually the government’s fault, societies fault, the Democrats fault, the Republicans fault, the bank’s fault, the poor’s fault, etc, etc, etc ad nauseam.

·         There is no need to succeed in school anyway.  Nobody starves in America unless they choose to.  Nobody goes without shelter unless they choose to.  There is no need to work.  Free food and clothing and TV’s and telephones and medical care.  Why bother getting an education?  Why bother getting a job?

Where did this come from?  How did it happen?  How did it happen so fast?

It DID NOT happen so fast!  It has been happening very slowly.  Step by step.  Inch by inch.

There are two paths by which a country or a people can be diverted from independence liberty and freedom to dependence, servitude and slavery.

The first and fastest is outright revolution and violent overthrow of the existing government.  Vladimir Lenin chose this route for the people of Russia at the turn of the 20th Century.  We all know the result. 
The people were subjugated to communist rule.

From everyone according to their abilities, and to each according to their needs. 

This all sounds great from a purely philosophical egalitarian perspective; however in actual practice it results in crushing the individual spirit in favor of the collective.  Without the prospect of a reward for hard work, there is no incentive to excel or achieve.  The USSR imploded in only 60 years. 

The second is subversive infiltration from within.
This is the way of radical insurgent revolutionaries such as Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers.  They have been at it since the time of Lenin.  Instead of winning the bodies of the people with brute force and violence, they are winning the minds of the people with propaganda and promises of a land of milk and honey.  Milk and honey taken from the capitalists and entrepreneurs that built this country from the ground up.  These methods have been very successful.  Barack Obama is one of those whose mind was molded to believe that equality for all meant achievement for none.

In America, I fear the war has been won.  Giant government bureaucracies are attempting to run everything and control every aspect of our lives.  This has been made possible only because of:
  • The rise of political correctness. 
  • Rapidly declining educational standards. 
  • Disappearance of personal responsibility or accountability.
  • Rise of the welfare state.
Notice I said “attempting to run”.  The giants of ineffectiveness (e.g.; Congress, CDC, CIA, DEA, DNC, DOE, DOJ, FAA, FBI, FCC, FDA, FEC, FED, FNMA, FTC, HUD, IRS, NEA, NIH, NLRB, NSA, OSHA, RNC, SSA, TSA, USPHS, USPS, ad-infinitum) cannot, and do not, achieve anything save for a black hole into which tax dollars are poured.  The individual workers have been brainwashed and compartmentalized to the extent that they have no concept of the mission of the whole – if indeed there is a mission.  The very public which the government agencies are meant to serve and protect are left naked and defenseless as these mindless government juggernauts plod in circles feeding on the dwindling number of American citizens struggling to generate tax dollars.

The Tea Party movement is evidence that a very few American citizens have finally realized that something must be done to stop this spiral into destruction.  Alas, the awakening has come 50 years too late.  The numbers of Tea Party supporters and participants are insignificant when compared to the hundreds of millions of uneducated, unmotivated, slack-jawed leeches on society that have their hands out for a hand out.

At this point even a violent revolution would merely result in the death of government as we know it, and the rise of a totalitarian state that would live only briefly until the nattering hoards of the self-entitled consume all of the wealth that has been built by hard working American Patriots for the past 200 years. 

The destruction has begun, and it cannot be stopped.
All hope abandon ye who enter here.

It is time to batten down the hatches.
Lay in as many supplies as possible. 
Prepare to barricade your doors. 
It is every man for himself.

Enjoy the warmth of the coming spring, for there is a long dark winter on the horizon.

God help us all.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wisdom of Uncle Sam Langhorne

“I sometimes wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.” – Mark Twain