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So, what is to be done then?

Ok, so you’ve internalized the horror of the last post.

Good.  What’s to be done if prevention is out of the question? I’m glad you asked.  Mitigation.

You may not be able to save everyone.  But you can come close.  It took 20 minutes for the police to get to Sandy Hook Elementary School.  I blame physics.  So, that makes the adults already on site the first responders.  It is left as an exercise for the reader to determine what that means.

So, that aside, let’s look at the kinds of people that are engaging in these acts of mass murder and self-destruction.  Mostly, they’re losers.  People who have concluded that their life sucks, so they’re gonna go out with a bang, make a statement, and be on the tee vee so they’ll be Internet Famous when they get to hell.

All of these mass murders have something else  in common besides the basement-dwelling loser status of the perpetrators.  They all happened in so-called Gun Free Zones.

I’m pretty confident that if we get rid of “Gun Free Zones” that these atrocities would simply cease because the losers wouldn’t get the infamy they crave.

They’d just get a bullet in the brain.

Something Must Be Done.

The refrain we hear every time something bad happens.  This time it’s the atrocity at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

And we are told that Something Must Be Done to prevent the next mass shooting.  And all the predictable “solutions” are proffered.  We’re told that law-abiding citizens must forfeit their rights in the hopes that someone might be denied a particular method for causing mayhem.  We’re told that we must surrender our property to the government so that it may not fall into the “wrong” hands.  And we know that it won’t work, because it never has before.  But that won’t stop the politicians from trying.

Why?  Because they are unable to accept the truth:

There is nothing we can do to prevent the next mass murder.

Say that a few times.  Until the horror of what it means wears off a bit.  Internalize it.  Accept it.  Because in your heart, you know that it is the truth.

No law taking guns away from law-abiding citizens is going to prevent a lunatic  from slaughtering innocents.  No invasion of privacy is sufficient to prevent it either. Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something.

I’ll have more later.  But for now you need to understand that one horrible sentence.  Read it aloud until it has been imprinted upon your soul.  Only then will you be ready to move on.

On Liberty

I’m going to put this as simply as I can, because it needs to be said.

When you start a “discussion” by asking me why I need this or that thing, you’ll notice that I get agitated. You honestly don’t get it, I realize that. In your mind, you’ve asked a perfectly reasonable question. But once it gets to my mind, it isn’t reasonable at all.

Because this is America. This country was founded upon the principle that all men are equal, and therefore nobody is endowed with the ability to determine what I am to be trusted with. We don’t have a gentry class in America that is charged by God with guiding the peasants to the most productive use of their lives.

No, we fought a war that started in 1775 with the attempted seizure of arms and powder at Lexington and Concord for the sole purpose of throwing off the yoke of an appointed ruler who ruled by decree in a manner arbitrary and capricious for the benefit of the gentry class.

Americans are unlike any other people on Earth. We are inherently distrustful of authority, and we hold in contempt those who try to run our lives based upon what they’ve determined to be moral and right.

We are Americans. Before anything else, we are free. We do not accept the authority of government to protect us from ourselves. We do not accept the authority of self-appointed nannies to tell us how we must live so that we may best serve the state. We do not accept having our “betters” tell us what we need or what we may be allowed to want.

I am an American, and my reasons for wanting something are none of your concern. Unless and until I do something to deprive you of the just exercise of your liberty, how I exercise mine is none of your business.

The CPSC has got some Balls.

And they want to take away everyone else’s.

Buckyballs, that is.

You may or may not have seen the Gizmodo story about the CPSC suing to get Buckyballs off the market. Read it.

The CPSC was created with the intention of preventing companies from selling products that they knew would be harmful even when used for their specifed purpose and in a sane and reasonable manner.

Nobody ever expected an adult to give powerful magnets to a child and leave them unattended.  But because there are stupid people in the world, someone did.  And because of a whole two incidents in a decade or so, the CPSC is coming down like a ton of shit on the heads of a company that makes a toy for adults.

Show them some support.  Got to and buy some.  Like I did.

Then write your Congressmen and Senators and tell them to yank on the CPSC’s leash.

Trying to follow the logic of the anti-warriors

I know that stupid knows no bounds on the Internet, especially in Youtube comments.  But this is a special class of myopia.  Watch this video, then read some of the comments.

The first thing you notice is that people will actually slap down some of the stupid, but it keeps popping up like a petulant child.

The stupid in this case is that all military personnel are murderers and that if they just didn’t sign up, there would be no more wars.  Oh, and “defending your country” doesn’t involve taking the fight to the enemy.

Let’s follow that last one to its logical conclusion, because in the context of WWII, Pat Buchanan has stated that we shouldn’t have been involved in Europe because Germany didn’t attack us.  Were it not for our involvement, Hitler would have won. You cannot convince me that the world would be a better place if that had happened.

So if you’re going to have stupid opinions, can you at least do the rest of us a favor and think through the implications beyond the first move?

As I keep saying, nobody plays chess any more. Can’t think more than one move into the future.

Election 2010: Lessons.

Hi there.  Long time no bitch.

Here are some lessons (from my perspective) for the political class to take from this election.  It was the bloodbath that everyone expected, and for some of the reasons that the pundits expressed; namely distaste at the rate of growth of government, and disgust at the attitude of the political class toward the rest of the nation.

But there are a few others that I see that I haven’t heard any pundits elaborate on (yet).

Number one: Lying about your core beliefs during the campaign is fatal in the Internet age.  We saw a wave of so-called “Blue Dog” Democrats swept into power in 2006 and 2008.  These politicians ran to the right of their Republican counterparts on fiscal matters.  Then, when it mattered the most, these Blue Dogs got right in line and voted with Nancy Pelosi to expand government.  In 2010, they got slaughtered.

Number two: Insulting your constituents is rarely a good idea.  Outright defying them is worse.  When your constituents are telling you to vote against something by a two to one margin, you don’t vote FOR it and then call them names and imply that they aren’t bright enough to understand the legislation.  People tend to recoil at being called stupid.  Democrats that voted for the Health Care debacle got slaughtered whether they ran on it or not.  In most cases, these were the same Democrats as group one.

Number three: Nothing is inevitable.  Barney Frank had to campaign to defend his seat – something he’s never had to do before.

There has been a sea change in America.  This is a majority center-right nation.  Until now, the bulk of us were too busy working, building our businesses and communities, and caring for our families to be much bothered with politics.  As long as the government left us alone, we were fine.  Government is now SO intrusive that we are no longer fine.  The Tea Parties were not a one-off thing.  Nor were they motivated by race or religion.  They were a warning: shrink the government, and shrink it now.

The message to the Democrats: It’ll be a cold day in hell before you wield power in this country again.

To the Republicans?  I think Marco Rubio said it best: This is the very last chance for the Republican party.  Screw it up this time, and you’re done.

It’s official: malice wins.

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

There comes a point where one stupid thing after another leads one to conclude that we’re looking at malicious intent.  Third time is enemy action and all that.

After getting slapped down by two courts, the Obama administration has threatened Gulf-based rigs with a new moratorium if they try to drill.  So they’re packing up and leaving.

Regime Uncertainty abounds.  Businesses are hoarding cash for fear of the next Big Thing.  Consumer spending is off a cliff because nobody knows if they’re going to have income.  And the only reason unemployment is down is because they don’t count people who’ve given up looking.

If we don’t purge our governments (local, state, and federal) of the disease that is progressivism, and soon, we may find out what it’s like to live in a failed state.

Can someone please find some intelligent grown-ups who have been in the real world to run for office and clean things up?  Please?

Why haven’t you had anything to say about ‘X’

Where ‘X’ equals the political hot potato of the day.

It’s because I’m so disgusted and worn out that I just don’t have anything to say any more.  I had very low expectations for this President.  He’s completely failed to meet even those.  I expected worse than Carter, but this is fucking ridiculous.

The only saving grace on the horizon is that the Democrats have set themselves up for a political bloodbath come November.  I don’t think Pelosi understands just how much her gambit is going to fuck her.  She’s the one who engineered the Democratic takeover through blatant fraud — by having “moderate” democrats win in swing states, and then forcing them to the left.  And now all those “moderates” are going to lose their seats.  For her.

Maybe we can get some of these disasters repealed and prevent the government from defaulting.

But I’m not gonna hold my breath.