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 abc2news.com , 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

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Shorter of Breath and One Day Closer To Death

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

Every year is getting shorter; never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over,
Thought I'd something more to say.

Home again
I like to be here
When I can

When I come home
Cold and tired
It's good to warm my bones
Beside the fire

Far away
Across the field
Tolling on the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spell

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Sure Sign We Have Entered Into the End Times.


The End Is Near  -  Repent!

I know this because I just read a blurb at HuffPo - and I agree!

Here is a snippet from that story:

. . . human civilization is doomed to become a horde of rude, bent-neck, mobile phone-addicts bumping into each other on the street

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I am stranded, caught in the crossfire

Day by day, night after night,
Blinded by the neon lights.
Hurry here, hustlin' there,
No one's got the time to spare.
Money's tight, nothin' free,
Won't somebody come and rescue me?

Tooth for tooth, eye for an eye.
Sell your soul just to buy, buy, buy.
Beggin' a dollar, stealin' a dime,

Come on can't you see
that I am stranded, caught in the crossfire.

I need some kind of kindness,
some kind of sympathy

Save the strong lose the weak,
Never turning the other cheek.
Trust nobody don't be no fool,
Whatever happened to the golden rule?
We got stranded, caught in the crossfire

Help me.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Why is it so hot - and what’s up with this handbasket?

While attempting to eliminate some of the flotsam and jetsam from my cluttered and clogged hard drive (does anyone still call them that?) I stumbled across this missive penned in 2005.  It appears that things have not improved a whit in 10 years

Here it is the 5th day of November, and I find myself a refugee from the TV room the past few weeks.  It seems that I am beginning to overdose on election season blather and propaganda.

Two years ago the State of Washington’s Governor’s race was the closest contest in history.  The election night count had the two candidates separated by a fraction of a percentage point.  The first count showed that a fellow by the name of Rossi to be the winner.  A recount had Rossi still in the lead.  To Mr. Rossi’s chagrin, a third count bumped him out of the Governor’s office by less than 130 votes out of 2.8 million ballots cast.

Of course the outcome was challenged in the courts - many times and in many venues - up to and including the State Supreme Court.  In each instance the documented and indisputable evidence of election fraud was staggering. 

·        More votes cast than there were registered voters.
·        Hundreds of votes from convicted felons.
·        Hundreds of votes from graveyard residents.
·        Thousands of votes that were “found” after the first,  second, and third vote tallies.
·        Hundreds of ballots that were discarded as “defective.”
·        Hundreds of votes from “Poll Hoppers”- These folks wandered from precinct to precinct,voting early and voting often
·        Hundreds of votes from cats, dogs, parakeets, and sundry house pets.
·        Thousands of votes from illegal aliens.
·        Thousands of votes from non-residents.

The interesting thing is that the vast majority of these documented fraudulent events were in favor of the final victor, and our newest Governor.  The “irregularities” were concentrated in less than 10 percent of the precincts that leaned strongly toward the final winner.

Here in the state of Washington, more and more counties have closed down the polling places in favor of 100% mail-in ballots.  Last night the Secretary of state was on the tube gleefully predicting an upsurge in democracy and a huge voter turnout - all because of the new vote-by-mail strategy.

In reality, I suspect his glee is due more to the fact that his office has been relieved of the burden of ensuring a fair and equitable election process.

Up until this year, voting at the polls was a genuine free-for all.  State law prohibited poll workers from checking the identity of prospective voters.  No voter registration cards were required.  Voting could take place in any precinct, whether registered there or not.

The solution?  100% vote by mail. 

Yup - the total number of ballots cast is going up, and the quality of the votes is going down.

I guess the theory is quantity vs. quality. 

In my community the outcome of an election can easily be predicted by using a couple of very simple methods.

·      Count election posters and yard signs.  The candidate with the most signs wins.

·      The snappiest campaign slogan wins

·      The apparent ethnicity of the candidate’s name.  Good old American sounding names win.

Here is an example: The local City Council race has Larson pitted against Cruz

Larson has thousands of signs vs. hundreds by Cruz.
Larson’s campaign slogan is “Guarding your rights -saving your money.”
Surname: Good old boy vs. “Foreigner.”

Larson is an unemployed (and unemployable) recluse without documented secondary education.
Cruz is an articulate community leader with considerable education and sheepskins from renowned universities.

Larson has been openly ridiculed by the local newspaper as a loose cannon, a slanderer, and a general crackpot.

Cruz has the overwhelming endorsement of the business community, and the (politically Liberal) newspaper.

In a recent public meeting, Larson attempted to use an overhead transparency projector by placing a book on the glass.  He was genuinely surprised when the screen suddenly went black.  Even turning the book over didn’t improve matters.  He accused the meeting sponsors of sabotage and conspiracy.

Larson will win the election.

I genuinely believe that drafting public officials by lottery would be preferable to our reliance upon our brain-dead neighbors, and the public servants they select.

Here is an Update:  In the next election for Governor it was a  rematch:  Rossi vs. Gregoire  II.  this time the Liberal machine had fraud vote by mail firmly in place and it went the way we all expected.

Uncle Joe was right.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Thomas Jefferson, Leathernecks, and the Shores of Tripoli

Here is a little history, including how the term ‘Leatherneck’ came to be . .

Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago, the United States declared war on Islam, and Thomas Jefferson led the charge!

At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic. They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant ransoms. Those taken hostage were subjected to barbaric treatment and wrote heart breaking letters home, begging their government and family members to pay whatever their Mohammedan captors demanded.

These extortionists of the high seas represented the Islamic nations of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers – collectively referred to as the Barbary Coast – and presented a dangerous and unprovoked threat to the new American Republic.

Before the Revolutionary War, U.S. merchant ships had been under the protection of Great Britain. When the U.S. declared its independence and entered into war, the ships of the United States were protected by France. However, once the war was won, America had to protect its own fleets. Thus, the birth of the U.S. Navy.

Beginning in1784, seventeen years before he would become president, Thomas Jefferson became America’s Minister to France. That same year, the U.S. Congress sought to appease its Muslim adversaries by following in the footsteps of European nations who paid bribes to the Barbary States, rather than engaging them in war.

In July of 1785, Algerian pirates captured American ships, and the Dey of Algiers demanded an unheard-of ransom of $60,000. It was a plain and simple case of extortion, and Thomas Jefferson was vehemently opposed to any further payments. Instead, he proposed to Congress the formation of a coalition of allied nations who together could force the Islamic states into peace. A disinterested Congress decided to pay the ransom.

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Great Britain to ask by what right his nation attacked American ships and enslaved American citizens, and why Muslims held so much hostility towards America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts.

The two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had answered that Islam "was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Quran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise."

Despite this stunning admission of premeditated violence on non-Muslim nations, as well as the objections of many notable American leaders, including George Washington, who warned that caving in was both wrong and would only further embolden the enemy, for the following fifteen years, the American government paid the Muslims millions of dollars for the safe passage of American ships or the return of American hostages. The payments in ransom and tribute amounted to over twenty percent of the United States government annual revenues in 1800.

Jefferson was disgusted. Shortly after his being sworn in as the third President of the United States in 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli sent him a note demanding the immediate payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year for every year forthcoming. That changed everything.

Jefferson let the Pasha know, in no uncertain terms, what he could do with his demand. The Pasha responded by cutting down the flagpole at the American consulate and declared war on the United States.

Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers immediately followed suit. Jefferson, until now, had been against America raising a naval force for anything beyond coastal defense, but having watched his nation be cowed by Islamic thuggery for long enough, decided that it was finally time to meet force with force.

He dispatched a squadron of frigates to the Mediterranean and taught the Muslim nations of the Barbary Coast a lesson he hoped they would never forget. Congress authorized Jefferson to empower U.S. ships to seize all vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli and to “cause to be done all other acts of precaution or hostility as the state of war would justify”.

When Algiers and Tunis, who were both accustomed to American cowardice and acquiescence, saw the newly independent United States had both the will and the might to strike back, they quickly abandoned their allegiance to Tripoli.

The war with Tripoli lasted for four more years, and raged up again in 1815. The bravery of the U.S. Marine Corps in these wars led to the line “to the shores of Tripoli” in the Marine Hymn, They would forever be known as “leathernecks” for the leather collars of their uniforms, designed to prevent their heads from being cut off by the Muslim scimitars when boarding enemy ships.

Circa 1817, First Lieutenant Charles Rumsey Broom, USMC, wearing the high collar that gave rise to the moniker Leatherneck

Islam, and what its Barbary followers justified doing in the name of their prophet and their god, disturbed Jefferson quite deeply. America had a tradition of religious tolerance, the fact that Jefferson, himself, had co-authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, but fundamentalist Islam was like no other religion the world had ever seen. A religion based on supremacism, whose holy book not only condoned but mandated violence against unbelievers was unacceptable to him. His greatest fear was that someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even greater threat to the United States.

This should bother every American. That the Islams have brought about women-only classes and swimming times at taxpayer-funded universities and public pools; that Christians, Jews, and Hindus have been banned from serving on juries where Muslim defendants are being judged, Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been banned from workplaces because they offend Islamist sensibilities. Ice cream has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the picture on the wrapper looks similar to the Arabic script for Allah, public schools are pulling pork from their menus, on and on in the news papers….

It’s death by a thousand cuts, or inch-by-inch as some refer to it, and most Americans have no idea that this battle is being waged every day across America. By not fighting back, by allowing groups to obfuscate what is really happening, and not insisting that the Islamists adapt to our own culture, the United States is cutting its own throat with a politically correct knife, and helping to further the Islamist agenda.

Sadly, it appears that today’s America would rather be politically correct than victorious.