A post from the five year anniversary – Remembering 9/11.
A post from the five year anniversary – Remembering 9/11.
Playing catch-up is impossible. There is no way to keep all the comments & posts current with the work schedule that I’m keeping. Thus, a few comments on various topics.
Things appear to be settling down in Ferguson, MO, or at least, it’s falling off the media’s radar. The amount of media bias is stunning given the lessons not learned in the Travon Martin case.
Of course, the race baiters were out in force hyping up the deceased even before any facts were in evidence. If the race baiters had their choice, there would have been vigilante justice before any negative aspects of Michael Brown surfaced.
Personally, we need justice to be blind to everything but the facts of the case. However, that doesn’t appear to be on the agenda – either for the media nor the self-appointed protectors of civil rights (of whom real civil rights take a back seat to their self-serving agenda).
Racial justice? No, these folks want blood – any blood – to further their agenda. Booker T. Washington said it best:
“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”
It’s absolutely stunning that the President of the United States chooses to involve himself and his administration in the cases of Travon Martin and Michael Brown, and yet says nothing of the black on black violence and murders in Chicago nor of the loss of police officers in the line of duty.
The President of the United States violates the laws of the United States when trading five known terrorist leaders for a soldier who, by all appearances, deserted his post, and suffers no consequences from Congress. Additionally, the President is on the golf course within ten minutes of giving a press conference (with no questions asked) concerning the execution of a journalist by the terrorist group ISIS. Furthermore, the President later stated that there is no plan to deal with ISIS even though this group has been on the radar for months if not years. It is no wonder that the confidence in our President and government is so low.
The crisis at the Southern border is one of security, not immigration. If there is not a secure border, then we do not have a country – our country will be destroyed from within by those allowed unfettered access whether they blow up buildings or destroy the economy by sucking the life out of it.
It was absolutely amazing to see the media lose their collective minds when not one, but two journalists were executed by ISIS terrorists. Somehow, the media believes that they are exempt from any sort of harm by terrorists, thugs, or criminals. Perhaps they believed that all they had to do is shout “I’m a journalist!” and they would get a free pass. I think they now understand that they are in the same boat as everyone else – if these people don’t like you, they’ll kill you.
The only thing transparent about this Administration is their naked hostility to the People of the United States. Let’s not even think about the restrictions various Senators want to place on your 1st and 2nd Amendment Rights. Think about this instead:
The Administration is spending billions of dollars trying to gather all the information they can about the People through phone metadata in violation of the 4th Amendment in order to control the population, but they can’t even be bothered to secure the borders of this country from people who would do us harm. Additionally, the IRS can’t even retain their own email records, but expect us, the People, to keep records in minute detail for periods up to 10 years. And if you somehow run afoul of a government bureaucrat with a little power, your life can become a living hell.
Isn’t this a bit insane, or has the government gotten too big, too powerful, and completely out of control?
I’ve noticed that the Democrats decry the Koch brothers involvement in various issues, stating that the Koch’s are buying politicians and votes. Funny – I thought that’s what George Soros, Michael Bloomburg, and other Democrat friendly millionaires were doing on the Democrat’s behalf, and the Democrats don’t say a word. I guess it does make a difference on which side the money comes from. F*****g hypocrites…
It’s sad, really sad, that we cannot seem to attract to politics the people that we can trust to set things right. Sure, there are a few, but they don’t get elected because they are too honest to play the dirty game that is politics. Politics seems to be a profession of where we elect (hire) people to office fully expecting them to lie to us. Almost sounds like another profession…
“Among a large class, there seemed to be a dependence upon the government for every conceivable thing. The members of this class had little ambition to create a position for themselves, but wanted the federal officials to create one for them. How many times I wished then and have often wished since, that by some power of magic, I might remove the great bulk of these people into the country districts and plant them upon the soil – upon the solid and never deceptive foundation of Mother Nature, where all nations and races that have ever succeeded have gotten their start – a start that at first may be slow and toilsome, but one that nevertheless is real.” – Booker T. Washington – Up from Slavery
I am fully expecting President Obama to use his executive powers to create some sort of amenesty for the illegal aliens among us in violation of the immigration laws of this country. It will be after the election to try and keep from losing any more Democratic seats in Congress or around the country. My question is going to be what Congress will do to rein in this self-appointed king…
Anyone who doesn’t think that mid-term elections aren’t important haven’t been paying attention to the state of the country.
There are many people who think that Hillary Clinton should be the next President, probably because she is a woman and a Clinton. Let me ask you these two questions:
Until next time, be well.
First of all, it’s been over two months since the last serious post. An unexpected death in the family and a work schedule from the lower depths of Hell has not been conducive to writing.
During this time, there have been many events that have happened worldwide. As much as I would like to comment on them all in depth, that is almost impossible. So let’s address the situation on the Southern border of the United States.
Illegal immigration to the United States has always been a problem. It really does not matter which political party is in power – the posturing has been immense, the actions little. The current “crisis” is only the latest in a long line of political inaction and dithering.
Let’s keep in mind that there is very little wrong with the current immigration laws. A person must apply to immigrate to the United States, be vetted, and go through the process to become a citizen of the United States. What is wrong is the administration and enforcement of the current laws.
Both political parties try to cozy up to the Hispanic community because they represent the majority of the illegal immigrants coming into this country. For example, the term “illegal immigrants” has been changed to “undocumented worker” to change a politically incorrect term to something softer. If the term is softer, then there is more leniency in enforcing laws because the laws can then be seen as unjust. So now the “undocumented workers” are now portrayed as heroic people defying all odds and an unjust system to secure a better life for themselves and their children.
The “crisis” at the Southern border is thus portrayed as a humanitarian issue. It is not. It is a crisis that is a quest for political power by the political parties by raising the issue every election cycle. The parties posture for and pander to the free immigration crowd for votes. The issue drags on and on, and does not end because once the politicians are elected, the issue is ignored until the next election cycle.
From my perspective, our politicians put the interests of their political party first, and the security of the country last. The “crisis” of immigration reform is not about solving the problem, but promoting the problem for votes. The result is that the security of our country is at risk. Consider the following…
In another part of the world, ISIS has come to power through horrific means. Their stated goal is to convert the rest of the world to their brand of Islam by the point of the sword and gun, and vow death to any unbeliever or those that oppose them. If taken at their word, they have stated that they will bring their quest to the United States.
Now up until the graphic death of James Foley, our media and political elite has mostly dismissed these threats. But after the execution of one of their own, the media lost their collective minds. After all, aren’t journalists exempt from such treatment? Which reminds me of the following excerpts from a post in 2006:
I watched the Glenn Beck special in which Islamic Extremism was featured. The images presented in this program as created by the Muslim clergy, news, and entertainment media were most disturbing. It’s not easy to watch crowds being whipped into a frenzy, chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” Nor is it reassuring that people considered to be “infidels” are not considered to be people, but must be killed wherever they are found. And let’s not talk about what they really think of the Jewish people and Israel simply because it is so dehumanizing as to be ridiculous.
What bothers me the most is that our media ignores the reality of this threat. We do not hear of or read about very often the anti-American & anti-Israeli rhetoric, calling for the destruction of our respective countries. Nor is it brought to the forefront that they truly hate us with all of their hearts, and wish nothing but death for us…
…Whether we like it or not, I believe that the Islamic terrorists are going to do their damnest to make this into a religious war from whatever it can be called now. They will use the classic good vs. evil argument, an us-vs.-them conflict in the name of a jihad (religious war, for those of you in Rio Linda). They will plot, plan, and execute attacks that will cause large numbers of casualties. And the elitist idiots among us will wring their hands crying, “We don’t understand! We were talking!” Understand this, you Brie-eaters – there are people in the world that want to kill you just for the reason that you exist!!
Does any of the above from almost six years ago sound familiar? It should, because that is exactly what is happening today. ISIS is declaring war on the rest of the unbelieving world in the name of their god.
Now we have that established, where do you think that they will come into this country to attack from within? If you have guessed our semi-unprotected Southern border, you would be correct. This is infiltration 101 and Sun Tzu rolled up into one – go where your enemy is weakest and strike hard to confuse, disorient, disable, and discourage.
The Administration of the President of the United States is responsible for enforcing the Laws of the United States as passed by Congress. The laws concerning immigration enforcement are no different from any other laws. However, this President has chosen to loosen or ignore various provisions of the immigration laws, and has further directed through Executive Orders (of which the legality is in question) to alter said laws. The result is increased activity along our border, overwhelming what few Border Patrol Agents are there. And the Administration’s response is to ship the illegal immigrants all over the country for “processing”, for which very few will ever show up in court.
Our government via the Office of the President with the consent of Congress is responsible for securing this nation from foreign powers, and this includes preventing invasion & infiltration by non-citizens over our borders. This is not a humanitarian or immigration issue, rather, this is a security issue. This country cannot have a open or porous border and expect to continue to thrive.
Stop to think about this for a minute: Our economy is on the ropes, and is barely recovering. There are many people either unemployed or underemployed looking for better job opportunities to return to the standard of living before everything tanked. And now our government, for “humanitarian reasons”, wants to toss another five to ten million people onto the unemployment and job-searching rolls? Is that insane and/or incompetent? Or as I’ve stated, an attempt to garner political power?
But at what price? Allowing terrorists free passage in addition to the economic hit is not in the best interests of this country by any stretch of the imagination.
This is why the midterm elections are so critical this year. This is why we need to support and vote people into office that will stop the insanity. The second part of this is to hold them accountable to their campaign promises. Otherwise, I fear that this country of ours will be irreparably damaged.
Normally, I do not write comments, viewpoints, or rant away on National Holidays, but this holiday is a special one for me.
On this day in 1776, delegates from the 13 original Colonies gathered together to affix their names to a document that, quite frankly, was treasonous to the Crown of England. The delegates, in this action of bringing forth their grievances to the King of England virtually signed their death warrants. In essence, the delegates were declaring that since the King of England and Parliament was not treating them, English citizens in English colonies, fairly and equally under English law governing the rest of the British Empire. Thus, they declared that the Colonies were no longer under the rule of the Crown.
I would invite all readers of this post to take the time to read the Declaration of Independence and understand what We The People were rebelling against – Unjust rule by a Government. I would further invite the readers of this post to compare the complaints of the delegates to the actions of our government, and to ask themselves if the actions of our current administration mirror those listed in the Declaration of Independence. I think that the similarities will shock you.
As a reminder, the mid-term elections are just a few months away. I certainly hope that each and every reader is asking the candidates for their views upon the issues and reviewing their records. The only way that government is to be turned around is for the People to elect capable people who believe that government is for the People, not over them.
As time passes since a mentally-deranged person stabbed, ran over, and shot his way through Isla Vista in Santa Barbara County, California, and another incident in Santa Monica, California in 2013, what have we really learned? Not about the persons committing the acts – the media spun these events (and others like it in the succeeding weeks) to focus attention on their agenda of promoting gun control – but about some inconvenient facts that the gun control crowd is minimizing.
1) California has some of the most restrictive regulations on purchasing and owning guns in the nation. These regulations did absolutely nothing to prevent the Isla Vista killer from legally purchasing the guns, magazines, and ammunition. The gun-control politicians have stated repeatedly that these laws were necessary to prevent criminals and killers from getting their hands on weapons. Obviously, these laws & regulations did not.
2) Gun-free zones did nothing to deter the carnage. Indeed, the manifesto of the Isla Vista killer stated that these areas were targeted due to the lack of resistance (or presence) of armed people. A high body count was desired before the end.
3) Guns weren’t the only weapons used in the Isla Vista incident. A knife and a car were also used in this rampage. This shows that a determined person has other options besides a gun to inflict harm and create mayhem.
4) It took someone with a gun to show up to stop the carnage. That’s right, after seven people were killed and over twenty were injured in Isla Vista and six in Santa Monica, the police showed up and ended the killing sprees.
5) The father of one of the Isla Vista victims railed and ranted against gun owners and the NRA for promoting gun violence. While I can understand this man’s grief, it is the person that committed the act, not the weapons used (knife, car, & gun) nor any organization or other individual. Gun owners and the NRA advocate the responsible ownership and use of guns, which DO NOT INCLUDE running around and shooting people. This is the brainwashing that the media promotes after almost every tragedy involving a gun no matter what the circumstances.
This incident (among others) proves to me that no matter what laws and regulations the politicians pass for whatever purpose to reduce crime, crime will continue to happen because individuals, whether sane or insane, will commit crimes of various types. This incident also proves to me that a nutcase can come out of the woodwork at any time and wish to harm my family or myself for the most mundane reason, or worse, no reason at all.
This is what the gun-control crowd refuses to realize – it goes against their mindset of a perfect world of where everyone gets along and no one will hurt them. This Pollyanna view of the world just isn’t so – a view of the international news from Ethiopia to Sudan to even news of our cities (like Chicago or Detroit) bursts that bubble. And folks with that attitude are bound and determined to get themselves and anyone else that listens to them killed.
The anti-gun crowd is continuing their predictable hand-wringing, wailing, and calling for more restrictive laws and regulations that will do nothing but inconvenience law abiding citizens and encourage more people to become unarmed and unable to defend themselves. From examiner.com:
That everything currently being pushed on the national level as “common sense” and “reasonable” is already in place in California, that it proved wholly inadequate at stopping a determined, mad killer, and that this does not enter into what passes for their thought processes, shows they will not be satisfied until all guns are banned from private ownership. There can be no other conclusion.
The media is also delving into the life of this mentally-ill person, bringing up every detail possible. These actions, in my opinion, are encouraging the next person to see what they can do to increase the body count before they too are analyzed in the media with their name front and center with a picture. It doesn’t matter how graphic and pathetic the picture is painted of this person, all the media is doing is encouraging the next glory-seeker by giving them a blueprint of how to increase the carnage.
Folks, I don’t know about you, but I refuse to be a passive victim and go quietly when threatened with life-threatening harm. I don’t particularly care if it is a criminal or a psychopath, I will remove the threat to my family and person should that situation arises and requires such actions. Why, you may ask?
My right of self-defense of my family and of my person trumps the feelings of someone that is uncomfortable with the notion of guns and violence. This right predates our Constitution and the Second Amendment. Look to the Bible, or if so inclined, this quote from the Dalai Lama:
“If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” – Dalai Lama, 2001
Gun laws have no effect on gun violence just as much as outlawing burglary reduces break-ins. All gun-free zones do is make people feel safe in a target-rich environment until the rampage begins.
From BearingArms.com (the shooter’s name has been edited out):
When will Californian’s realize that their gun laws will never stop those twisted souls intent on mass murder, and merely ensure that a madman will face no credible threat of legally armed opposition when he carries out his attack?
None of California’s restrictive gun laws made a difference to … first three victims, who were stabbed to death. It’s also quite clear that laws passed by craven politicians who claimed they wanted to prevent mass shootings were entirely ineffectual, as gun rights advocates stated that they would be as these laws were being debated.
From another post on BearingArms.com (again, the shooter’s name has been edited out):
The attacks carried out by a spoiled son of Hollywood who murdered six people and wounded 13 more in Santa Barbara, California this past Friday night, are being used by frothing collectivists as a call to action in their endless crusade to strip Americans of their right to be arms.
It matters little to them that the 22-year-old attacker, was a deeply disturbed individual that had been in therapy since the age of eight years old. They do not care that his condition apparently worsened during his teen-aged years, to the point … was in therapy on an almost daily basis. The rambling manifesto he left behind showed … to be a narcissist, misogynist, racist who felt himself to be perfect, and who despised almost everyone else. He’d hoped to murder family as part of his attack, including his six-year-old brother, whom he feared would be more popular with women than he had been. Obviously, the battery of therapists that had seen … over his 14 years of treatment either failed to discover how dangerous he was, or they failed to communicate how dangerous he was to the proper authorities.
Here’s one additional thing that we have learned: The gun is not the problem. Most of the mass-killings from Columbine onward have been perpetrated by mentally unstable people who do not have a sense of right or wrong, who have somehow been allowed to have access to weapons of various kinds, and are in desperate need of therapy, medication, and (dare I say it) institutionalization. These people are not only threats to themselves, but to the people around them. But this is not what the politicians are focused upon other than lip service.
Dealing with mental health is a political minefield that politicians do not want to go into. Patient privacy, funding, and the inexact science called psychology are only a few of the holes that a politician can wander into and become lost. Easier to blame and vilify an object rather than have people that will accuse the politician of being insensitive and discriminatory. Thus, the responsibility of action has been shifted from a person to an object.
That, my friends, is the problem. Who really, seriously, blames the perpetrator of the crime? Think about that for a little bit…
Personal responsibility has been shifted from the individual to something else. People are only too willing to shift their personal safety to the police, blame their less than stellar actions to society, and to trust their very existence to government handouts. Without “skin in the game,” the responsibility that a person has for their actions is now transferable to something or someone else, thus avoiding blame for any consequences and their own inaction. This action also allows the blame-shifter to accuse others for their own shortcomings.
Next, the psycho-babble analysts delve into the person’s “issues” and “problems” seeking that “trigger” that caused a person to go off the deep end and sidle up to those “evil” guns to commit horrendous acts. Again, it’s never the person that commits the crime, it’s always “something else” that caused it. Ultimately, the perpetrator becomes a victim, and is almost never held fully accountable for their actions.
Last, the politicians blame the gun for the killings. The victims blame the gun for the killings. The parents of the victims and the perpetrator blame the gun for the killings. Those evil gun-rights activists and the NRA are also blamed for the killings – how dare they defend the rights of people to bear arms when those arms are used to kill people?
Again, my right of self-defense of my family and of my person trumps the feelings of someone that is uncomfortable with the notion of guns and violence. Removing a means of defense from harm from a great many people because of the insane actions of a few is insanity in and of itself, no matter how idealistic the politicians or gun-banning crowd spin it.
I close this post with the following excerpts from Genevieve Wood from “The Daily Signal”:
We are never going to be able to pass enough laws or ban enough items to stop evil from happening. People do bad things—and guns, mental illness, and violent video games aren’t always to blame. There are times when the only explanation is that the person acted on his evil desires and intentions.
…because if we pretend evil doesn’t exist, or don’t dare mention it for fear of being politically incorrect, or pass off every bad person as someone who was mentally ill or had bad parents or watched too much violence on TV, or any combination of those, we lull ourselves into thinking more laws will end violence. We come to believe that once we’ve passed enough laws, “never again,” will be a reality—until violence does happen again.
Our second president, John Adams, said, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” He was right. People are not angels. Laws are necessary. But we delude ourselves if we think they will banish all evil from the world.