Thursday, October 12, 2017

On Their Knees in Chicago

And, in a similar vein, yet another gem from my Cousin Mert  ;-)



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Mass Murders in Context



Here is another thing to think about.

There have been more murders each and every month for the past several years in Chicago than in the Las Vegas mass murder on October 1.

Where is the media outrage?

And get this: the murder rate in Chicago is not even close to the highest in the USA.  The murder rate in St. Louis is over twice that of Chicago.  Chi-Town’s homicide rate is a distant 8th behind St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, New Orleans, Cleveland, Newark, and Memphis.

Where is the media outrage?

Take a look at the chart below.  Washington DC and Oakland California homicide rates are astronomical.  These cites are essentially the Belly of the Beast when it comes to restrictive gun control laws in the USA.

Go figure.



Sunday, October 1, 2017

It's Always Something . . . Never Mind

Its always something.
What's all the fuss about this nut taking a pee?

If he needs to take a pee, he ought to be standing up.

Oh -

Never mind.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Cow Farts and Global Warming. That Cheeseburger is Gonna Gas You, Dude!



Good grief!  Now those pearl-clutching snowflakes have got more to worry their sensitive little brains into an even softer form of mush.

According to what seems to be myriad stories about flatulent livestock, we are all gonna die in a fiery furnace unless we give up our cheeseburgers and take up alfalfa sprouts, kale, and soybean tofu.

Well, listen up buttercup, I've got some bad news for you.

All that bovine generated methane happens when big beefy heifers eat copious amounts of  cow chow.  As you may know, cows are vegan.  They love kale and alfalfa and soybeans.  Guess what happens if each and every one of the billions of humans on earth stopped eating meat, butter and eggs and subsisted entirely on green leafy stuff.

They would all fart - A LOT.

Noxious vile clouds of vegan-generated greenhouse gasses would choke the planet and melt all the snowflakes.  Let's not even think about how very very smelly this would be.

Don't worry too much or too long, because it would be virtually impossible to grow enough kale and sprouts to feed everyone.  There are not enough acres of farmland on earth to grow all that ghastly green grub and simultaneously crank up the production of toilet paper and air freshener - just sayin'.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Heads Up Chicken Little, the Sky is About to Fall!

Oh the Humanity!  

A humongus volume of greenhouse gasses are about to be released upon us.  The volume is astronomical.  Mush-for-brains environmentalists will be clutching their pearls as a gazillion tons of particulate, fly ash, carbon dioxide, and toxic fumes, come blasting from the caldera of the Bali Volcano.

Mother Nature is set to belch an amount of global warming effluent that far exceed the relative mosquito farts from a century of human activity.


How come there are not throngs of tie-dyed protestors chanting in the streets? 

When Will Nancy Pelosi and Chuckie Schumer save us from this evil capitalist plot?

I can hear them now:  Hey Hey - Ho Ho.  Pass a law so the Volcano Won't Blow

DEEP inside the giant volcano that has Indonesian authorities, residents and tourists on edge, magma is rising.

Molten rock, which has been accumulating for the last 50 years or more, is heating up and slowly dissolving the rock above, while the pressure is pushing through the volcanic crevice and finding weak points to penetrate.

Increased temperature in the groundwater is creating steam filled with gases like sulphur dioxide; it’s been steaming away quite strongly over the last week. Volcanic gases, which smell really bad and are quite dangerous, fill the air.

A plume hovers above off the top of the volcano about 500 metres above the crater’s rim.

It’s getting thicker, pulsating a little bit.

As it’s doing that, the mountain is shaking, there’s deep volcanic earthquakes. 10-15 kilometres below the surface the rocks are melting, interacting with water and ocean sediment, melting, trying to bubble their way up to their source.

Once they do, that’s when Mount Agung will erupt.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pete Rose, Football, and the Star Spangled Banner.



Remember Pete Rose?

He was a 100%, balls out, give it your all, Baseball Player.  He would ALWAYS run full speed for first base after a hit - even when the ball had been caught for an easy out.  He ALWAYS put forth 100% passionate effort into each and every play.

Pete Rose ALWAYS stood for the National Anthem and ALWAYS held his cap over his heart.

Not only that - he was really tough.  His head-first dives into home plate were epic.  A well known quote of his sums it up:  "I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball."

Pete Rose is Rough and Tough and 100% American.

Pete Rose NEVER took a knee

In football, taking a knee once referred to a ploy by which a quarterback could run out the clock and deny their opponents a sporting chance at gaining ground.  It ended the play without really playing

I've always considered taking a knee as lame and unsportsmanlike.

NFL football players once had a reputation as being rough and tough - just like Pete Rose. No longer is this the case.  Now a large number of them are cowardly wimps that show wanton disrespect for the Star Spangled Banner.  These chumps get paid untold millions of dollars and then spit upon the very soul of the America that gave them the gift of a thousand lifetimes. 

Taking a knee to insult the USA, and everything it stands for and every opportunity it has made available to each and every American and NFL player, is even more lame and unsportsmanlike.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

National Instant Criminal Bacground System (NICS) checks for voters.


Republicans worry about vote fraud. Democrats claim that Republicans are just imagining things. But in testimony Tuesday before the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, I will suggest a simple solution that could make both parties happy: Apply the background check system for gun purchases to voting.

Democrats have long lauded background checks on gun purchases as simple, accurate and in complete harmony with the Second Amendment right to own guns. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has bragged that the checks “make our communities and neighborhoods safer without in any way abridging rights or threatening a legitimate part of the American heritage.”

If Democrats really believe that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System doesn’t interfere “in any way” with people’s constitutional rights to own a gun, doesn't it follow that the same system would not constitute an infringement on people’s right to vote? This would give Republicans a system for stopping vote fraud and Democrats a system that they have already vigorously endorsed.

The NICS system doesn't just determine if potential gun buyers have criminal histories. It also checks whether a person is in this country illegally, has a nonimmigrant visa or has renounced his citizenship. Such people are not allowed to vote. The system doesn’t currently flag people who are on immigrant visas but who could be added to the system.

In 34 states, felons are not able to vote immediately upon release. The background-check system would detect these too.

Of course, Democrats and Republicans will continue to argue over whether illegal voting is a major problem.

Since Democrats believe that the NICS doesn’t in any way interfere with or suppress gun ownership, how could it suppress legal voter registration? Thus, Democrats shouldn't have anything to worry about. If there doesn't turn out to be any vote fraud, Democrats can say that they were proved right.

But it is likely that Democrats will take issue with the NICS once it is applied to something other than gun purchases. NICS requires government-issued photo IDs, and Democrats have vehemently opposed voter ID laws. Moreover, the fees that gun buyers have to pay on private transfers can be quite substantial, ranging from $55 in Oregon to $175 in Washington, D.C., and would be compared to poll taxes. Because of the Constitution’s 24th Amendment, the courts have struck down poll taxes as unconstitutional.

Still, I doubt that Democrats would concede that background check costs discourage gun ownership.

A simple solution is for the costs of the background checks to see if people are eligible to vote could be picked up by the states instead of being charged to people registering to vote. Possibly, once Democrats acknowledge this undue burden, we could talk about the government picking up the costs of background checks on gun purchases too.

Applying the NICS background checks to voting would undoubtedly elicit a long list of other concerns from Democrats about how the system interferes with people’s right to vote. The debate could prove quite embarrassing for Democrats. Will they finally admit to the double standard? They are very concerned about getting poor people’s votes, but they want to make it difficult for poor people to defend themselves.

John R. Lott Jr. is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and is scheduled to testify Tuesday before the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The real threat to our republic is the Orwellian Antifa

A good bit by Ned Ryun that I found at "The Hill".  This is probably the first time I've cut-and-pasted from The Hill, since I generally find their poorly hidden agenda a bit distasteful.

Over the past few months, we have finally entered the fully realized historical revisionism promised in George Orwell’s “1984,” in which the motto, “Who controls the present controls the past. Who controls the past controls the future,” was central to shaping the book’s dystopian world. In the book, history was continually being rewritten and re-promulgated to meet the political necessities of the moment. There was no history to be remembered, let alone lessons to be learned.

For all the talk of Trumpian bluster or exaggeration, there is only one group that seeks to systematically and violently achieve its goals here in the United States on a broad scale: the so-called “anti-facist” movement, now commonly called “Antifa.” And the goal? It’s not “anti-facist” or “anti-racist” as they attempt to portray themselves. It’s the systematic elimination of free speech, free assembly, and free thought via any means necessary, including violent protest, the media and Orwellian revisionism.

It is the imposition of a perverse type of intolerance based on Marxist and Chinese communist values that, it turns out, is far more welcome and pervasive within the Democrat Party of Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) than neo-Nazis, the KKK and white supremacists are in the Republican Party. The gunman, James Hodgkinson, who shot Rep. Steve Scalise and four others in Alexandria was a habitual Antifa website visitor and advocate and Sanders volunteer. Even Democrat vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine’s (D-Va.) son has been identified as an Antifa activist.



Yet, the media would have us believe that it is the white supremacist movement that is the real threat to our republic. Consider that most media estimates put the Antifa movement, largely built out of the “Occupy” movement of 2008-2010, at more than 200,000 members. The Southern Poverty Law Center, on the other hand, puts the number of Klu Klux Klan members at about 6,000 KKK …in a country of almost 330 million. But actions speak volumes compared to mere numbers.

The vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus? Antifa. The statue torn down in Charlotte, N.C.? Antifa. The violence in Charlottesville? Antifa. The violence in Seattle? Antifa. Not excusing the vile nature of the white supremacist protest, but it was a licensed march that remained comparatively nonviolent, albeit troubling, until, as one eyewitness described it, “It started raining balloons filled with urine, feces, paint, burning chemicals & boards with nails driven into them.”

This violence against reprehensible, yet innocent citizens, and more importantly, law enforcement, which the Antifa routinely violently opposes, is not the result of a few bad apples. It’s the fundamental philosophy of the loose confederation of Antifa cells, much of it laid out for all to read on “how to” websites.

Ominously, the group that over the past few years has preferred baseball bats, axe handles, even small flag poles — all with nails installed to make them latter day DIY maces — is upgrading their arsenal. Consider what Daryl Jenkins, a national Antifa leader said recently, “If we care about [our country], we’re the ones who need to go out there and do what needs to be done. More and more to the hard left, you start seeing people willing to bear arms. I don’t run with people who don’t care for guns all that much.”

Increasingly, the violence we are seeing on the streets is not the result of the alt-right movement, but of the Antifa movement imposing their views on our society: tearing down statues, burning the American flag, shutting down town hall meetings, destroying private property and looting. All of it tactical toward achieving the goals of destroying the American culture, society and economy. Never mind that the tactics are themselves the tactics of the fascist.

Yet, the likes of CNN and the New York Times and Washington Post spend much of their time touting the alt-right threat. Why? A couple of reasons. First, most mainstream media types are philosophically inclined toward anti-establishment organizations from the start; they see little wrong with crypto-fascist violence if the stated goals are in line with their own values systems.

Second, that the Antifa movement hides behind its opposition to the Trump administration gives them the veneer of respectable protest the mainstream media needs to protect them. Finally, it’s a lot harder to look in a mirror and admit that your own values are being corrupted, when you can easily point your finger at others and judge, especially if the mob encourages and rewards you for doing so.

But as the Antifa movement showed during the Obama administration, with riots and violence during global economic meetings in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, their ilk have little loyalty to even their most ardent supporters and enablers. The media like CNN and others on the Left coddling them should be careful; you can only embrace vipers for so long before they turn on you.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Robert E. Lee

Your history lesson for the day.

Robert E Lee was married to George Washington's granddaughter.  He worked with Ulysses S. Grant during the Mexican-American war and became a decorated war hero defending this country.  Lee believed slavery was a great evil, and his wife broke the law by teaching slaves to read and write. After the civil war he worked with President Andrew Johnson's program of reconstruction. He became very popular with the northern states and the Barracks at West Point were named in his honor in 1962. He was a great man who served this country his entire life in some form or other.

Lee's memorials are now being called a blight.

No American military veteran should be treated as such. People keep yelling, "You can't change history." Sadly you can. This is no different than book burning by the Nazis.  ISIS is attempting to erase  history as well by destroying historical artifacts.  Are these the kind of policies and beliefs we, as Americans should embrace?  Is that really who we want to become?
 
No military veteran and highly decorated war hero should ever be treated as such. This is not Iraq and that is not a statue of Saddam Hussein.

Lee was also very torn about the prospect of the South leaving the Union. His wife’s grandfather George Washington was a huge influence on him. He believed that ultimately, states’ rights trumped the federal government and chose to lead the Southern army. His estate, Arlington, near Washington DC was his home and while away fighting the war, the federal government demanded that Lee himself pay his taxes in person. He sent his wife but the money was not accepted from a woman. When he could not pay the taxes, the government began burying dead Union soldiers on his land. The government is still burying people there today. It is now called Arlington National Cemetery. DO THEY WANT TO TEAR THAT UP ALSO??

As memorials to Robert E. Lee are destroyed or hidden under cloaks of darkness, keep these few historical facts in your mind. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

History has Stopped

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

― George Orwell, 1984


I wonder when the statue of Lenin in downtown Seattle WA will be removed . . .

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Antifa: ISIS of the West - Watch out Mr. Borglum



The Left does not merely want to re-write history, they want to erase it.

ISIS, Taliban, Khmer Rouge, Chi-Coms, and other sundry bands of zealots have been destroying monuments, religious holy sites, and archaeological antiquities. 

Now, the Liberal progressive uber-left are doing the very same thing.  Just this week a Democrat candidate for the Governor of Georgia has demanded that the Stone Mountain carving -  largest bas-relief in the world -  be defaced and ultimately removed.



Speaking of grandiose carvings in stone, what about Mount Rushmore?  Of the four American Presidents hewn there in granite, two of them were slave owners, and another has been denounced as a racist.  Abraham Lincoln is obviously next, since Antifa scumbags have defaced even his memorial in Washington D.C just this week.  The sculptor of Mt Rushmore himself, Gutzon Borglum, has been labeled a xenophobe therefore, I imagine this most American of American Monuments will someday fall to the stark raving mad "Anti-fa"






Saturday, August 12, 2017

I have a very high IQ - Where is my Disability Check?



There’s a new kind of “privilege” in town, and if you suffer from it, you can’t help it any more than you can help your skin color or your gender. (Although, of late, gender seems to be completely open to debate and have nothing to do with biology.) If you are an intelligent person, you have “cognitive privilege” according to an op-ed in the Daily Iowan.

Well, that’s just really not fair, is it?

With all the “privileges” out there that need to be kept in check, may God help you if you are white, male, attractive, and smart. You are public enemy #1 to the social justice set, you privileged scumbag.

I’ll let the author, Dan Williams, explain cognitive privilege because I couldn’t possibly do it justice in a summary:


We now know that intelligence is not something we have significant control over but is something we are born with. We are living in a society in which success is increasingly linked to one’s intelligence. This is not to say that intelligence is the only factor that is important. All that is implied is that below a certain threshold of intelligence, there are fewer and fewer opportunities. These opportunities are being shifted upward to jobs that require heavier cognitive lifting or else are being replaced by robots. Thus, the accident of having been born smart enough to be able to be successful is a great benefit that you did absolutely nothing to earn. Consequently, you have nothing to be proud of for being smart. 

So, in other words, if you’re not that smart, your job may be taken by a robot, and that isn’t your fault. I assume that this will eventually lead to the assumption that if you are cognitively “disabled,” the world probably owes you something. Because we’re all about “fairness” in the United States, right? RIGHT?

Furthermore, if you are smart, in the wise (cough) words of former President Obama, “You didn’t build that.” You just hit the genetic lottery and should be humbled (and perhaps a little embarrassed) as opposed to proud.

Will this be the next thing that kiboshes people who deserve it from getting a job? “We wanted to hire her, but she is smart. We have already exceeded our quota of cognitively privileged individuals, so we’ll have to go hire that dumb guy or we’ll be breaking labor laws.”

Sometimes there is so much ridiculous stuff out there that you all must just think, “She has to be making this up.” Oh, that I was so creative. Nope, this is the society in which we dwell, with one ridiculous outrage on top of another.

Disregard the fact that you could do something about your lack of cognitive privilege.

Of course, none of this takes into account the possibilities we all have to improve our lots in life. Between libraries and the internet, opportunities abound to learn more about basically any topic you want. Perhaps you won’t end up being a neurosurgeon, but what is stopping you from being an expert on some other topic that perhaps takes a brain with common sense as opposed to book sense?

If we all devoted our time to improving ourselves, instead of watching reality television and walking around with our faces and thumbs firmly engaged with our cell phones, perhaps the “cognitive privilege” of those who do focus on learning would not provide so great a disparity amongst our opportunities.

So much of this is a choice about how we spend the hours in our days. It’s about our drive and the habits we intentionally develop.

Williams doesn’t want you to feel too guilty if you are intelligent. Just the right amount of guilt will do:
The purpose of pointing out someone’s privilege is to remind them of the infinite number of experiences that are possible and the very large number of experiences that are actual [sic] that they know very little about. The purpose is to enlarge their moral consciousness, to make them more sympathetic to people who are less fortunate than they are.
Feelings of guilt are natural when coming to consciousness of one’s place in the scheme of things — and noticing that one has been conferred benefits through sheer accident — but guilt is an impediment to social-justice action, not a motivator (guilt slides easily into resentment).

Okay, isn’t that possibly the worst kind of condescension that ever existed? You know how feminists always talk about men with whom they work “mansplaining” something to them and how it infuriates them? Wouldn’t “smartsplaining” and moral sympathy be every bit as infuriating to one without “cognitive privilege?”

I don’t know about you, but if I had a “disability” the last thing in the world I would want is sympathy. Particularly if my disability was that I was stupid, I wouldn’t want the intellectual elite fawning over me superciliously.

Privilege is just the other side of the “ism” coin.
A while back, I wrote an article called The Great American Butthurt and it was all about how much I loathe any word ending in “ism.”


Words to express our affront are being made up left and right by the mere addition of “ism” to the ends of what were formerly perfectly neutral words. It seems like pundits can take basically any word and add “ism” to the end of it and that means they’re being slighted. The list of isms could go on and on, but instead of promoting more equality, all they’re doing is promoting more division. Isn’t that divisionism?

Personally, I’m affronted by the constant barrage of affronts. When did we, as a nation, become such weenies? How is it that such a collection of whiners has become the vocal majority? Certain people are constantly offended and demand the attention of others so they can express the epic level of their personal offendedness.

So vast is the recent level of Great American Butthurt that no mainstream news outlet is complete without breathlessly exposing a secret “ism” each day. These secret “isms” are called “microaggressions,” defined as “the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.”
Oh my gosh. SHUT UP ALREADY.

How can our country ever again expect to be united when we are constantly divided by a never-ending series of isms and privileges? What if we just stop labeling everyone and everything and just be human beings with choices and personal responsibility for those choices?

I’m not denying that racism and sexism exist – of course, they do – but why would people spend so much time focusing on some perceived negative instead of focusing on the positive aspects of self-improvement? I’m also not denying that being an intelligent person makes it easier to succeed, but there are plenty of very bright people who can’t make a go of it.

When everything is an ism or a privilege, doesn’t that take away from the true, serious issues that exist? If everyone is so busy competing for victimhood, don’t the actual victims get drowned out in the roar? And if everyone is angry at everyone else for accusations about isms and privileges, it’s a pretty good bet folks will never be able to get along.

Success isn’t about your privileges or your lack of isms. It’s about your drive. It’s about the choices that you make.

We can get out there and make opportunities happen or we can complain about it. Guess which decision will make you more successful?
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I found this item here:  http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-08/its-not-fair-smart-people-need-check-their-cognitive-privilege

Friday, August 11, 2017

Donald Trump talks striking North Korea ... in 1999! Fire and Fury

A Revolutionary Act

The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. 


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In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.



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FYI:  Both of those sage bits of truth have been attributed to George Orwell - however, to tell the truth, neither are original Orwell quotations.  They don't even appear in any of his published works.  Good ol' George is, however, one of my intellectual heroes.  Truth be told, there are few that had a clearer vision of the truth and the future it portends than him.

Since millennial progressives don't actually read, invite some of your snowflake acquaintances to find a spoken-word version of 1984 by Orwell.

You'd best remind them that it is a warning, not an instruction manual.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

N.Korea Nuclear Pact Signing

Democrats keeping us safe since 1994.

How's that been working out lately?

No Brain - No pain


When you are dead, you don't know that you are dead.  All of the pain is felt by others.

It is the same when you are stupid.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

"Under New York law, your gun is loaded even if its not loaded"



Yup - you read the title correctly.  New York Assistant District Attorney Jack Ryan actually said that.  Worse yet, he actually believes that brutally harassing good, upstanding, law abiding American Patriots is a bigger part of his job than preventing crime and punishing those that commit actual crime.


Here is John Stossel's take on the fascist New York City goon squad of Mayor DeBlasio.

Have a gun license? Plan to bring your gun to my hometown? Don't.

Mean New York authorities will make your life miserable.

Patricia Jordan and her daughter flew here from her home state of Georgia. She wanted her gun nearby for protection.

Jordan obeyed all the Transportation Security Administration's rules: She put her gun in a locked TSA-approved case with its bullets separate. She informed the airline that she had a gun. The airline had no problem with that.

In New York City, she kept the gun locked in her hotel room. She never needed it, but her daughter told me, "I was glad she brought it just in case something did happen."

When leaving the city, Jordan followed the TSA's rules again. At the airline counter, she again told the agent she wanted to check her gun. But this time, she was told: "Wait."

"Next thing I know, they're getting ready to arrest me," she said.

Her daughter was crying, "Please don't arrest my mom!" But New York City cops arrested her, jailed her and told her she was guilty of a felony that mandates a minimum 3 1/2 years in jail.

Jordan's ordeal is not unique. Roughly once a week, New York City locks up people for carrying guns legally licensed by other states.

Another Georgia visitor, Avi Wolf, was jailed although he didn't even have a gun. He just had part of a gun -- an empty magazine -- a little plastic box with a small metal spring. He brought it to the city because it wasn't working well and he thought a New York friend might repair it. He couldn't believe he was being arrested.

"Somebody could've done more damage to an individual with a fork from McDonald's," Wolf told me.

Wolf, too, checked with the TSA beforehand. They said, just declare it to TSA agents. So he did.

"I'm telling them ... I have a magazine here. It's empty, no bullets ... Next thing I know they're pulling me over to the side, they're like, 'Do you know what you have in your bag?!' 'I know what I have in my bag, I told you what I have in my bag.'"

Following TSA instructions didn't do Wolf any good. "Fast forward about an hour and it was four Port Authority police there. The chief of LaGuardia airport is there, [as if] they thought they found somebody trying to do 9/11 repeat," he says. 

"They asked me if I had a gun license. Of course I had a license. I'm from Georgia, and everybody there's got a gun license. And they're like, well, sir, you're going to be getting arrested now."

Wolf and Jordan spent less than a day in jail, but each had to pay lawyers $15,000 to bargain the felony charge down to "public disorder."

"We are not going to apologize for enforcing our gun laws," said Assistant District Attorney Jack Ryan when I confronted him about these pointless and cruel arrests. He said New York City enforces laws as "humanely and as compassionately as we can."

But the system is neither fair nor humane.

Patricia Jordan kept her bullets separate from her gun, as TSA regulations require.

"The officer could not even find my bullets in my suitcase. I had to show him where they were," she told me.

That didn't matter, said the DA, because the gun and bullets were in the same suitcase.

"Under New York law, if they're together, they're loaded," says Ryan.

"They're loaded even if they're not loaded?!" I asked. Yes, he said.

I called him a sadistic bully (the full video is at JohnStossel.com). He replied that New York City must make sure people are "not threats."

New York claims this keeps us safe. But people like Jordan and Wolf actually make us safer. Texas data shows licensed gun owners are seven times less likely to murder someone than a nonlicensed person. They also prevent some crimes. Nationwide, crime has dropped as the percentage of people with concealed handgun permits has risen.

Licensed gun owners aren't the problem. Crazy laws and callous prosecution are.


John Stossel
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

“By not going to California, the life you save may be your own.”


Second Amendment Foundation Advisory To Gun Owners:
‘AVOID CALIFORNIA!’

BELLEVUE, WA – For the first time in its history, the Second Amendment Foundation today issued a “travel advisory” to firearms owners to avoid going to California, warning law-abiding armed citizens that their civil rights could be in jeopardy due to that state’s restrictive gun control laws.

“The California Legislature has been out of control for years when it comes to placing restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of honest citizens,” SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb observed. “Right now, I wouldn’t suggest to any gun owner that they even travel through the state, much less to it as their final destination.

“Lawmakers in Sacramento,” he continued, “either ignored or have forgotten that in 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court incorporated the Second Amendment to the states via the 14th Amendment in SAF’s landmark case of McDonald v. City of Chicago. The Second Amendment’s protection of the right to keep and bear arms applies to state and local governments, but they seem rather oblivious to that fact in the halls of California’s Legislature.”

Of particular concern to Gottlieb is the fact that California steadfastly refuses to recognize concealed carry licenses or permits from other states. The state’s restrictive laws literally leave residents and visitors defenseless.

“If you are licensed to carry in your home state,” he warned, “that license is not recognized in California. It doesn’t matter how many background checks you’ve gone through or whether you took a gun safety course. Your license is no good in the Golden State, which suggests that your safety and the safety of your family are of no concern to state lawmakers or city administrators. You could be prosecuted for having a gun for personal protection, or you might get killed because you didn’t.

“By not going to California,” Gottlieb said, “the life you save may be your own.”

Friday, July 28, 2017

War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength



On Fascism and Kryptonite

By Mike Wood

When I was a kid, I was more interested in gun magazines than comic books, but there was one comic book that made a strong enough impression that I remember it even now.

In this particular edition, our hero Superman traveled to an upside-down planet known as Bizarro World, in which everything we’re accustomed to is grotesquely reversed. In Bizarro World, good is bad, and bad is good. Ugly is beautiful, the worthless is prized, and the nonsensical is normal.

While it was intended to be entertaining, I thought Bizarro World’s reverse polarity of reality was disturbing—enough so, that the troublesome concept lingered in my thoughts long after the comic book had disappeared.

Reality imitating art


Fast forward more than four decades, and I sometimes wonder if I’ve awakened in that backwards, alternate reality. As I consider life in modern day America, I can't seem to shake the feeling that somewhere along the way, the wires got crossed and the current was reversed. The America that I grew up in was so fundamentally different from today's version, that I sometimes have to question if the two even share a relation. Did I somehow manage to miss a grand, cleverly-concealed, “bait and switch” of American culture, language, and values?

Anti-what?

Take the recently defined “Antifa” movement, for example. These self-anointed “anti-fascists” have made a big splash as the masked face of a protest movement that seeks to block the advancement of a “fascist” political agenda in the United States by way of force. Their violent and destructive pattern of rioting, uncivil protest, and outright criminality has captured the imagination and admiration of many on the political Left, particularly those who oppose the policies of the current President of the United States, and his party.

Yet, even the most cursory of examinations reveals the incongruity of the movement. For starters, the angry, masked mob doesn't seem to understand how to define what it is that they're in opposition to. Consider the Merriam-Webster definition of “Fascism:”

A political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.

One might wonder where such “fascism” is present in the American political spectrum? Where is the “fascism” that the trophy generation thugs have sworn to oppose with tantrums of violence?

Don't look here . . .

It's certainly not in the White House. For those who missed it, President Trump was elected to office by the American voters in a free and democratic election, and serves at their pleasure. He did not wrest power by force, nor subvert the system to attain his position. He simply delivered a more appealing message and platform to the majority of America (at least the part that wasn't too lazy to vote). He maintains the office at the will of The People, not by force of arms, and if The People decide he has failed to live up to their expectations, he will be removed from office as quickly and as peacefully as he was placed there.

So much for a “centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader.”

. . . or here

The President campaigned on a platform dedicated to removing the burdens of excessive government on The People. He promised income tax reform, an end to the penalizing and economy-wrecking Obamacare, and renegotiated international agreements that would restore American competitiveness. He promised job creation, a resurgent industrial base, and the liberation of the private sector economic engine from the firm grasp of government control, all of which would improve the quality of life for Americans—all Americans, regardless of class, social status, race, or gender.

So much for “severe economic and social regimentation.”

Orwellian dreams

The supreme disconnect of the Antifa movement is that it maintains President Trump is the “fascist” they oppose, despite the fact that he demonstrates none of the foundational attributes of a fascist. Yet, in a strange, Bizarro World-like twist, the “anti-fascists” are the ones most likely to think and act like fascists.

It's the “anti-fascists” and their political partners who would seek to split America up into racial subgroups that can be pitted against each other. The link between the oft-racist Black Lives Matter movement (factions of which have promoted attacks on whites, particularly white police officers) and Antifa has been ably demonstrated. If any group in contemporary American politics could be seen as “exalting race above the individual,” it would seem to be this collaboration of forces.

And while Antifa wont to decry the oppression of the state, the sad truth of our current state of affairs is that the state has been content, for the most part, to standby and watch as the masked thugs have rioted, vandalized, burned, and looted their way through urban America. The police have been directed to “give them space” to wage their destruction, and they largely have, ceding entire portions of major cities to the excited mayhem.

The “forcible suppression of opposition” in America has been coming not from the Right, but from the Left. It's the Left, with Antifa as the shock troops, who has repeatedly used violence to prevent conservatives from speaking before crowds that invited them. It's the Left who has thrown the rocks to break up the Free Speech rallies, and assaulted people for wearing Trump-logo clothing. It's the Left who has chummed the waters to summon the monsters that would shoot police officers across America, and citizens in Fresno, California, because they were white, and baseball-playing Congressmen in Alexandria, Virginia, because they were Republican.

It's the Left that pushes gun control in America, a proposition that, at its core, threatens to use the power and force of the state against citizens who exercise a fundamental, constitutionally-protected and recognized, natural right of Man.

Remind me again who the fascists are?

Inside The Ministry of Truth


In the Bizarro World of the Left, having a moral code is immoral, a human’s gender is subject to interpretation, law abiding gun owners are responsible for criminal violence, and an election is only legitimate if their candidate wins. In Left World, fascism no longer resides on the right end of the political spectrum, and the only reliable indicator of a fascist, is whether or not they don the black hoodie and mask of an “anti-fascist.”

It’s enough to confuse even Superman.

"Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past."
"Big Brother is Watching You."
"Proles and Animals are free"

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fearless Barney Fife



Now, don't get me wrong - I like the police and the role they have sworn to perform.  Its just that the cops I see today are a lot different than the ones I knew most of my life.  Don't merely take my word for it - ask the retired cops that you know.

It seems as though every house that I've lived in has had a cop living nearby.  Two of my next-door neighbors have been Washington State Patrol Troopers.  One was a California Highway Patrolman, one was a city Detective.  I've worked shoulder-to-shoulder with police of all sorts:  Swat team commanders, County Sheriffs and their deputies, Chiefs of police from various cities and towns, and one guy was even the Chief of Police of the US Air Force.  Mind you he was THE Chief of Police of the ENTIRE Air Force with over 40,000 subordinates - not just a run of the mill officer.

Each and every one of these guys were self assured and calm. They were mostly unflappable in the face of very difficult circumstances.  They were slow to anger, and when they did get angry it was never a screaming hollering spittle-spewing anger, but a reserved and contained anger that could be focused and wielded like a light saber.

 One of my neighbors, a former city policeman and detective, has told me numerous stories of tussling with bad guys that meant him serious harm.  One time a ner-do-well even stabbed him but he didn't even draw his revolver.   He verbally reprimanded him to the point of serious embarrassment then slapped the cuffs on him.  I know it is a true story, because I knew the bad guy as well (we went to high school together).

All of those cops of yesterday are just as leery of today's cops as I am.

Everyone of these guys will shake their heads and say the same thing:  Today's cops are scared.  They are jumpy and nervous and unsure of themselves.



It is not police as a group, or police as a clique or a fraternity that is going sour, it is the individual person that is missing something. Maybe they didn't get spanked enough as kids to realize that a little bit of hurt won't kill you.  Maybe their fathers and mothers didn't instill a sense of honor and duty in them.  Maybe the phrase "cowboy-up" doesn't mean anything to them. Maybe it is something else - but there are some big pieces of old-fashioned courageous compassion and resolute toughness missing from today's boys in blue.


What  a pity.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Snowflakes Will Not Read This: "Are His Tweets Beneath the Dignity of The Office?”



I am often reluctant to post opinion pieces longer than a couple of paragraphs, however on second thought, any snowflake that comes upon more than 100 words in a row, or even a shorter bit peppered with multi-syllabic words, will seek a safe place.  That, my friends, will prevent the wanton waste of bandwidth for the brave of heart and clear of thought

This piece was passed along to me by a friend (Rick Owen).  I hope you read it - (don't be a snowflake).

My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”
Here’s my answer:
We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency. We tried statesmanship. Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain? We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney? And the results were always the same.

This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party. I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks. I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent. Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”
The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.
The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.

With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming. Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today. Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”

General George Patton was a vulgar-talking, son-of-a-bitch. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum, then Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.
Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!” That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics.
That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis. It is a book of such pure evil that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.
Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do.
First, instead of going after “the fake media” – and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri – Trump isolated CNN. He made it personal. Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.”
Everyone gets that it’s not just CNN – in fact, in a world where Al Sharpton and Rachel Maddow, Paul Krugman and Nicholas Kristof are people of influence and whose “reporting” is in no way significantly different than CNN’s – CNN is just a piker.
Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. With Trump’s ability to go around them, they cannot simply stand pat. They need to respond. This leaves them with only two choices.
They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery.
The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve. It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.
Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s, church.
Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.
This makes “going high” a non-starter for CNN. This leaves them no other option but to ratchet up the fake news, conjuring up the next “nothing burger” and devoting 24 hours a day to hysterical rants about how it’s “worse than Nixon.”
This, obviously, is what CNN has chosen to do. The problem is that, as they become more and more hysterical, they become more and more obvious. Each new effort at even faker news than before and faker “outrage” only makes that much more clear to any objective observer that Trump is and always has been right about the fake news media.  And, by causing their hysteria, Trump has forced them into numerous, highly embarrassing and discrediting mistakes. Thus, in their desperation, they have lowered their standards even further and run with articles so clearly fake that, even with the liberal (lower case “l”) libel laws protecting the media, they’ve had to wholly retract and erase their stories repeatedly.
Their flailing at Trump has even seen them cross the line into criminality, with CNN using their vast corporate fortune to hunt down a private citizen for having made fun of them in an Internet meme. This threat to “dox” – release of personal information to encourage co-ideologists to visit violence upon him and his family -- a political satirist was chilling in that it clearly wasn’t meant just for him. If it were, there would have been no reason for CNN to have made their “deal” with him public.
Instead, CNN – playing by “Chicago Rules” – was sending a message to any and all: dissent will not be tolerated.  This heavy-handed and hysterical response to a joke on the Internet has backfired on CNN, giving rise to only more righteous ridicule.
So, to my friends on the Left – and the #NeverTrumpers as well -- do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do. These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.
So, say anything you want about this president – I get it, he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights.
 Evan Sayet

Evan Sayet is the author of The Kinder Garden of Eden: How The Modern Liberal Thinks. His lecture to the Heritage Foundation on this same topic remains, some ten years later, by far the single most viewed lecture in their history. Evan can be reached at contactevansayet@gmail.com.
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As, for the safety of society, we commit honest maniacs to Bedlam, so judges should be withdrawn from their bench, whose erroneous biases are leading us to dissolution. It may injure them in fame or in fortune; but it saves the republic, which is the first and supreme law. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Smartphones: The real Zombie Apocolypse

The Zombie Apocolypse is real.  It is upon us now.  The vast majority of those younger than the Theodore Cleaver generation have been infected.

The Internet wants and (in the case of most Americans), has control of your feeble brain.

It seems obvious that internet companies would calibrate their apps to keep you using them as often and as long as possible. But did you realize that these companies have become so good that your relationship with the internet has crossed from an affection to an addiction?

Scientists across the globe have demonstrated that shifting the internet from our computers to our phones has created an epidemic worse than the one created by smoking, albeit attacking our minds instead of our lungs.

60 Minutes recently ran a piece showing how Silicon Valley engineers are using what they know about the brain to manipulate us into staying perpetually addicted to our smartphones. Their investigation caught numerous firms red-handed as they used knowledge of brain science to increase the addictive natures of their apps. Snapchat, the social network for kids, overtly designed its “streak” feature to make users feel compelled to check in with other Snappers every single day. One 18-year old told Business Insider that “if you lose the streak, you lose the friendship.” Facebook’s endless scrolling format has been proven to keep you on the app longer. Instagram experiments with how clusters of “like” notifications, of varying amounts and at various times, will make you spend the most time on the app. That’s right, they actually withhold your “likes” to keep you checking more often.

It’s a simple fact that the purpose of a company is to generate revenue, and that companies do what they can—often through clever marketing—to make you purchase more of their products. Many of these techniques manipulate our minds; for example, advertisements featuring beautiful, smiling people create links in our mind between a product and being attractive and happy, even if the product is something as seemingly innocuous and unemotional as a bar of soap. Marketers have long known that linking a product to the brain’s pleasure center is a highly effective way to sell it.

The overall effects on society are usually positive or neutral – so what if every time you reach for that bar of Irish Spring in the shower you get a tiny shot of dopamine due to its positive associations in your brain. The worst individual effect is that you pay a few cents more for Irish Spring than for an equally effective generic bar of soap. It has a negligible effect on society as a whole.

Of course, sometimes advertising has a negative effect: in the case of cigarettes, for example. We learned the hard way that watching those beautiful, smiling people on television enjoying cigarettes made people want cigarettes. This led to emphysema, heart attacks, cancer, and very ugly smiles, ultimately leading to a public health crisis. It is with good reason that the advertising of dangerous goods is now highly regulated.

The concept of corporations manipulating the brains of their customers through marketing is not new. Neither is the concept of regulatory agencies making sure that those corporations do not advertise in a way that society has deemed too manipulative or otherwise detrimental.

Applying these concepts to Silicon Valley however, is unprecedented and murky. When television commercials first appeared, there were no rules, no regulating bodies, and no truth-in-advertising laws. Similarly, we’re now in the Wild, Wild West of the internet, smartphones, and apps that are competing for your money, your eyeballs, your time, and your brain.

It’s hard to fault the internet itself. After all, every app on the homepage of your smartphone serves a purpose. Many were “free,” included in your smartphone purchase, or obtained for only a few dollars. And many improve our lives – personally, I’d be literally cold and lost without my maps app and my weather app. Internet companies deserve to generate revenue and profits for putting out a useful product.

Making profit off a good product is one thing; purposefully manipulating us to make us addicted to a product is another. Comedian Bill Maher recently ranted about this very phenomenon on his show: “New rule: The tycoons of social media have to stop pretending that they are friendly nerd-Gods creating a better world and admit they’re just tobacco farmers in t-shirts, selling an addictive product to children. Because let’s face it: checking your likes is the new smoking.”

Maher may be a comedian, but addiction is no laughing matter: these are big issues with enormous consequences. A relatively small number of Silicon Valley engineers are experimenting with, and changing in a significant way, human behavior and brain function without serious regard for the long-term consequences. As damaging to humanity as the smoking epidemic has been, the consequences of tinkering with the brain could be much, much worse. As Bill Maher succinctly stated, “Phillip Morris just wanted your lungs. The app store wants your soul.” I would argue that the internet wants your brain, which may make the implications even worse.


Jeff Stibel
Vice Chairman, Dun & Bradstreet

 
 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Little Rock Rap Club Shooting



17  25  28 shot and none died?

The state of marksmanship in this country today is a disgrace…





Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Government: Where Hippies Go To Die

This is certainly a contender as one of the most moronic quotes of all time.

Florida State Senator Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg  was quoted saying this:

“I support the second amendment right to bear arms, but . . . I’m not sure that bringing guns to a gun fight leads to peace or leads to safety.”

Yep - he really is saying not to bring a gun to a gun fight.

I wonder what he would bring instead?

A pocketful of posies?

Or perhaps he'd merely hug the bad guys and sing Kumbaya.

John Kerry, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton

Are you really stunned that the morons who stuck daisies in the barrel of National Guardsmen rifles now want to ban all guns from private citizens?