Sutherland

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families of the Sutherland shooting.


The blood hadn’t even cooled when the various politicians, celebrities, and “experts” started calling for more gun control, demonizing the NRA, attacked the victims for being in church, and generally getting everything wrong. In the days after the shooting, several embarrassing facts (at least for them) emerged.

The shooter was discharged from the military for bad behavior, assaulted and severely injured a child, and escaped from a mental hospital. By all accounts, he was not supposed to be able to own any firearms. However, such records were not reported by the military to the FBI (who run the background check service), and the shooter was able to purchase several firearms including an AR15. This is the government oversight that these elitists claim to be so wonderful in keeping everyone safe, but cannot abide by the laws and regulations that they are charged with following.

The shooter was stopped by another person with an AR15 who responded to the crisis. So a good guy with a gun, not the police, stopped the shooting and saving lives. This is not what was originally reported.

The person that stopped the shooter was a former NRA instructor. The media has taken great pains to omit this fact because this doesn’t fit the narrative that the NRA is the cause of the shooting by promoting gun rights. The NRA is for gun rights for the law-abiding citizen for self defense, not the wackos that go off the cliff and start shooting everyone in site.

USA Today doubled-down on the stupidity by publishing a video that purported to show the configuration of the AR15 that the shooter used, and implied that an accessory – a chainsaw bayonet – was used. Obviously, someone has too much time on their hands to make stuff up, or has played one too many fantasy shooter games that has caused a break with reality. At the very least, this is sloppy reporting and promoting an agenda that real news organizations should not have as their business model. It’s no wonder that the media is losing market share & credibility, and is being labeled “Fake News”.

Gun grabbing Democrats introduced legislation that would have done absolutely nothing to prevent shootings like Sutherland, Los Vegas, and almost any other mass shooting (which occur with frightening frequency in gun-free zones). Legislation such as gun-free zones prohibit law-abiding people from carrying firearms, rendering them and the people around them defenseless. Criminals, on the other hand, have absolutely no problems in violating these laws. Paper, or prohibitive laws for that matter, are not an effective barriers to criminal intent or bullets. FYI – Politicians who write such laws are complicit in the murder of people in these zones.

The last time I checked, the Second Amendment is a civil right. Any lawmaker or person wishing to limit or disarm a law abiding person is seeking to deprive that person of their civil rights. This includes legislation from the 1934 gun control acts forward. While I agree that criminals should not have weapons, they will find a way to acquire them and prey upon the law abiding population. And it will become worse if the population is disarmed – look at Great Britain and Australia had increases in violent crime when firearms were essentially banned for the population.

There are somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 gun controls laws on the books, yet very few of them are enforced with any regularity. Often, illegal gun charges are pled down by prosecutors to clear the court calendars. Fact – Of the attempted 48,000 illegal gun buys by criminals during the Obama administration, only 44 were prosecuted. Obviously, there are enough laws on the books concerning illegal gun usage, there just isn’t any will to enforce them.

To drive the above points home, Chicago has a Sutherland body count every couple of weeks on the average. Gun free zones and restrictive laws are obviously doing a bang-up job of keeping crime off the streets – not.

Last, several “celebrities” have mocked the victims and their families for being in church and praying, making statements that God and prayers didn’t protect them. Of course, these are the same hypocritical people that preach tolerance and compassion for everyone (probably only for other people that think like them). I’m crossing these intolerant bastards off my list of any movies or shows that I would watch.

In closing…

The media is biased beyond belief, either willingly publishing false information or being willfully ignorant of the basic facts about firearms or even the rights of American citizens. The politicians are just as bad if not worse as they are in positions of power, and they too are either willfully ignorant, or willfully malicious in promoting an agenda that puts their constituency at risk but keeps them in power. Last are the “celebrities” who have lost so much credibility in the past few weeks – they have absolutely no moral standing to lecture any of us on what is right or wrong.

I don’t know about you, but these elitists that are calling for us to be like Europe or Australia and banning guns have no problems with you or I bleeding out on the ground as long as you and I are disarmed. They will have their way, be in power, and have armed guards protecting them. We, the little people (or normals as Kurt Schlichter calls us) don’t count as we are merely a means to an end, and robbed of the means to defend ourselves from the criminals or from the tyranny that the elitists would like to have.

Which is precisely why the Founders included the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

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Perhaps That Explains It

Over the past couple of weeks, the Harvey Weinstein scandal has been the topic of so many articles and posts it’s almost mind-boggling. People are reading these articles to find out which of their favorite starlets degraded themselves to this person. Others read it in morbid fascination, wondering how the “casting couch” of the past is still in use in this modern, “enlightened” day of where feminism and the self-proclaimed Hollywood equality supposedly banned such behavior.

I, on the other hand, have another take on this episode of “Hollywood Depravity,” although it requires that I put on the armchair psychologist hat.

It is no secret in Hollywood that Weinstein was a predator. Comedians made references in their routines, and even during an awards ceremony a statement was made that the nominees “didn’t have to pretend that Harvey was attractive.” This behavior was known for decades, and yet no one said or reported anything to the police.

Why, you may ask? The answer is rather simple: Harvey Weinstein could make or break a career. So it all came down to play along and be successful (and potentially earn tons of money & fame), or find another career. It appears that at this point in time, 50+ starlets were accosted by Weinstein and kept quiet about it, and a good number of male stars & producers as well.

With this in mind, it isn’t too much of a stretch for many of these starlets to develop a negative attitude about men, especially powerful men. Consider the following:

Many of these women did not have anyone or anything to depend upon. By this time, they have bought into the independent female ideology of the feminist movement, and had no one to protect them or turn to. They also had a dream to be a star, and nothing else to fall back on except a menial job. This was the “make or break” moment of their lives. They became bitter.

Many of these women became supporters of Hillary Clinton (aka the Hildebeast, aka Felonia von Pantsuit) because they saw in her a strong woman who could stand toe-to-toe with the strong men of the world. When she lost to a powerful man who was caught on tape making a not-so-polite comment, they lost their collective minds – their projection was that a woman was stomped down by a crude misogynist.

So then they donned their pink p***y hats, stood up & made speeches, and generally went on a rampage against the President. It didn’t matter that the person that they should have been ranting against was the person that abused them. They were projecting their rage against someone who couldn’t hurt them.

During all this time, they were talking about being “brave” for speaking out against the President, calling him a misogynist and worse. They were being cowards – being brave is standing up for something and be willing to lose something for that action. Obviously, they weren’t willing to do that until someone else decided enough was enough, and then they became “brave” enough to pile on…when they felt safe enough that they didn’t have anything to fear or lose.

And what about the men in Hollywood? I’ve read a couple of articles of where the men knew what was going on, but declined to do anything about it. More “brave” people who only came out from the shadows when it was safe to do so without being squashed.

Here’s my bottom line:

The Hollywood elite have been standing up on their pedestals preaching about how they know best for us “normals” (a term used by Kurt Schlichter at Townhall.com to describe the people with common sense) on subjects ranging from morality to tolerance to global warming/climate change to firearms to victimhood of various types. After all, they are the stars and know better than anyone else because, well, they’re stars…

I’m calling a bulls**t penalty on Hollywood. They’re only stars because we like how they pretend to be other people. Otherwise, our “friends” in Tinseltown have lost all credibility with me (they didn’t have much before). For all their talk, they know nothing & have nothing but hypocrisy and bovine fertilizer.

Much like many politicians we happen to know, but that’s a post for another time…

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May Thy Blade Chip and Shatter

The title from this post is from the 1984 movie “Dune,” and is what came to mind after reading the below.   This came from my wife’s Facebook feed, and while it is a long read, expresses the culture war we find ourselves in, and what President Trump is fighting.

DO NOT KNOW WHO WROTE THIS. But, I agree with every word…

Trump’s lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship

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.” … Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. … 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.

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 for America!

I wish nothing but the worst for the idealogy of our liberal leftest friends.  May they find their weapons turned against them, and thus the curse:

“May thy blade chip and shatter.”

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Here We Are Again

We at Wise Conservatism and Tom’s Place grieve at the loss of life inflicted upon the concertgoers by a madman.  Our prayers and sympathies go to all those affected by this tragedy.


Last Sunday night, a deranged person meticulously planned and carried out the worst mass shooting this country has ever seen.  The knee-jerk reactions are two-fold…

The first is “Why?”  To be honest, I doubt that we will ever know the full extent of why this person spent countless hours planning and thousands of dollars to rain terror upon innocent people.  As of the time of this post, little is known as this person left no note or trails to follow.  To the best of our knowledge, he was not prohibited from owning weapons, nor was he under psychiatric care.  He was a virtual unknown and not on any radar.  After a week of investigation, no one appears to be any closer to an answer.  Perhaps that is just as well as we do not need any other person to be influenced into copying this person’s despicable actions.

The second is the predictable “We need to ban guns and other gun stuff” mantra of those people who look for any reason at all to deny a person’s civil rights because of the actions of a criminal or madman.  I see this from the politicians and their surrogates who believe it is the government’s responsibility to keep the people safe.  First among the Liberal politicians was Felonia “What Difference Does It Make” von Pantsuit tweeting out that this isn’t the time to be political about guns and then proceeds to make it political.  Others followed suit while the bodies were still warm and the blood was still wet.

These people then proceed to denigrate legal gun owners and the NRA making statements like the gun lobby controls politics, gun owners should be jailed (or worse).  The truth of the matter is that the gun lobby spends far, far less on political contributions than Planned Parenthood, big business (like pharmaceutical companies), and other special interest groups.  Legal gun owners, especially those with concealed weapon permits, are not typically those that commit crimes

People that distort the facts and use tragedies like Las Vegas for political gain or power, in my opinion, are the lowest of the low, and have absolutely no moral compass or conscious.

The focus upon the weapons used are those that had a “bump stock” installed on them.  For those living under a rock, a bump stock is an accessory to a firearm that allows the user to use the recoil of the firearm to rapidly discharge the firearm, mimicking an automatic weapon.  It bears to note that under the Obama administration, a rabidly anti-gun administration, approved this device after not one, but two reviews.

The call for banning or regulating bump stocks is increasing.  The NRA (full disclosure: I am a Life Member) is calling for…

“…the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”

Other organizations such as Gun Owners of America are against any additional regulations against devices like bump stocks citing the increasing slippery slope of increasing, onerous regulations eventually leading to banning firearms.  I, for one, am torn between the increased regulations upon legal gun owners, and the horror of another maniac acquiring this device and emulating the Las Vegas madman.

Let’s be very clear about something – criminals do not obey laws.  Madmen do not obey laws.  These people have made the decision to cause harm to others in order to fulfill some need.  Consider this statement by the NRA:

“Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks.”

Banning firearms will not cause a criminal from using an illegal or stolen firearm in a crime.  That has been established time and time again.  Consider this fact that doesn’t make it into the media or cited by gun-control/gun-banning fanatics:

Chicago has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the United States.  One would think that a gunless Utopia has been created, but that is far from reality.  Here’s reality:

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Guns are still being used by criminals to kill and maim in the so-called gun free city called Chicago.  And this is while the citizenry has been essentially disarmed and are at the mercy of the criminals.

My question to the gun banners is this:  If heavily regulating or banning guns is the answer, then why aren’t places like Chicago gun violence free?

The Washington Post published an article that was originally researched at the data journalism site FiveThirtyEight.  The author, who states that she was originally for widespread gun control, came to a conclusion that she was not expecting.  The title of the article says it all for me – “I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise.”  Some of the bullet points are:

  • Two-thirds of gun deaths in the United States every year are suicides. Almost no proposed restriction would make it meaningfully harder for people with guns on hand to use them.
  • However, the next-largest set of gun deaths — 1 in 5 — were young men aged 15 to 34, killed in homicides. These men were most likely to die at the hands of other young men, often related to gang loyalties or other street violence.
  • And the last notable group of similar deaths was the 1,700 women murdered per year, usually as the result of domestic violence.

Therefore, suicides and gang violence account for the majority of the gun deaths in this country, not the mass shootings that capture the media’s lust for ratings points and the politicians quest for more power.  The real issues are mental health and law enforcement, not whether a gun is “good” or “evil” – that is how a gun, an inanimate object, is used.

With HIPA laws on the books guaranteeing patient confidentiality, and the extreme danger to law enforcement to disarm violent criminals, the politicians focus on the one group that they can exert their will – the law abiding gun owner.  They know that the law-abiding will obey the law, although they are starting to find out that the law-abiding have just about enough of the law-makers idiocy.

Every firearm regulation is an infringement upon the law-abiding citizen of this country.  They do absolutely nothing to deter the criminal from his activities.  If anyone thinks otherwise, let me remind you of something:

  • Murder is against the law, be it with a gun, a knife, a hammer, or bare hands.
  • Theft is against the law.
  • Assault and battery is against the law.

If everyone obeyed the laws, then there would be absolutely no crime.  None.  Columbine, Newtown, Ft. Hood, Las Vegas, and all the others would never have happened.  And we wouldn’t have to worry about someone coming into the house to attack, rob, or kill.

Quite frankly, I’m sick and tired of the gun banners and politicians harping about how guns are a plague upon this country, and that the killing must stop.  They quickly forget that law abiding people use guns to hunt and for self-defense from the same predators that would use guns to harm them.  And by the way, they also forget that the right to bear arms is as much a civil right as there is a right to free speech.

However, if these same people are really concerned about human life, then they should concentrate their efforts on the thousands of abortions performed each year upon helpless, innocent children.  That death toll is far, far greater than what any criminal or madman could inflict.

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Not For Long?

My computer (specifically Windows 10) and I have a love/hate relationship. I love it when it works, and hate it when it doesn’t or decides to go off into the wilderness without leaving so much as a goodbye note. After fighting off and on for more than a couple of months, I’m entering into the world of Linux. Hopefully, this will allow me to post content instead of throwing my hands up in frustration everytime I try to turn on the computer.

Speaking of frustration…

In the time that I’ve been somewhat sidelined, there have been many events that have happened in quick succession, and even if the computer had not been giving me problems, I could not have kept up with them as the developments of these events evolved quickly. Delays have been somewhat beneficial as 20/20 hindsight could be applied.

With that being stated, it’s off to the topic at hand (or at least the one currently burning red hot).

The NFL has a mess on it’s hands. It’s trying to cater to the players it depends on to provide entertainment to the masses, and appease the fans that it needs to keep the revenue flowing in. Never mind that what the Commissioner, owners, and coaches do at this point in time, the fans will see this as being too little too late. What started last year as a 2nd or 3rd string quarterback taking a knee during the National Anthem to support Black Lives Matter (BLM)has morphed into a multi-player multi-team protest during the opening ceremonies. The teams have somehow come up with the compromise of kneeling before the National Anthem, and then standing up for the Anthem, but I believe that the damage has been done – anything that the NFL comes up with will appear to be hollow and fake.

The blatant disrespect of the players for the Flag and the tolerance of that disrespect by the Commissioner by stating that the players had a First Amendment right to free speech doesn’t wash with me. If those rights were so important, then why are players fined for praying in the end zone after a touchdown, or pretending to urinate on the opposing team? The hypocrisy is overwhelming.

The fans tune in to see a football game and escape the politics of the day for a little while. Instead, they are treated to a view of disrespect to the Flag of the Country that provided these people the opportunity to play a game for money (and often good money at that). Worse, many of the fans are Veterans or families of Veterans, and they do not take disrespect of the Flag lightly. Nor do many of the fans who are police officers and their families approve of the player’s support of BLM, who constantly call for the assault and killing of police officers. Last of all are the fans who are Patriots – those who love this country and all it has to offer – who do not appreciate the appearance of overpaid athletes bringing controversial politics to the field.

Perhaps that is to be expected. The NFL should probably be called the National Felon’s League due to the facts that many of the players have serious records for actions off the field. However, due to them being elite athletes, many are give what is essentially a slap on the wrist. For instance:

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And the above is only a sampling of the crimes that NFL players have been involved in. What is not shown are multiple instances of domestic abuse and even murder.

I mentioned earlier that the damage has been done to the NFL. I have seen multiple YouTube videos of fans burning season tickets, jerseys, and other NFL merchandise vowing to never set foot in a stadium or watch another game. Ticket sales are down 20% for the regular games, and apparel sales are down as well. I, for one, will not watch any games this year including the Superbowl.

Quite frankly, if this continues, NFL will soon stand for “Not For Long.”

 

 

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