An Afternoon In September

Here I am with an afternoon on my hands, and what do I do? Write a blog post, of course!!

Topics come and go, but the really important ones persist. For instance…

One topic that will never die is climate change. This past week, a 16-year old Swedish girl spoke before the United Nations accusing them of stealing her childhood due to their inaction on climate change by making the climate change issue a political issue instead of addressing the Earth-ending, mass-extinction event crisis that she says it really is. The worst offenders, China and India, were never mentioned during the tirade, but other countries (including the United States) were. While I’m not surprised at any of this continuing circus, here are a few thoughts…

As far as I’m concerned, the whole thing is a giant publicity stunt designed to thrust the issue of climate change back into the world’s spotlight. Much was made about this girl sailing across the ocean in a racing sailboat, but not a whole lot was mentioned about the crew jetting back to Europe, and the racing sailboat being shipped back on a container ship. Moreover, if anyone is to blame for stealing this girl’s childhood, it’s the people brainwashing her into near states of hysteria with the assertion of the world coming to an end due to people living normal lives in our civilization.

By reading the above, you probably think that I’m a knuckle-dragging throwback to the caveman days a couple of decades past the primordial ooze. Not so, says I! Consider the following:

When I was growing up in Indiana in the 1960s, I watched a science related TV show concerning the coming Ice Age (global cooling). I was probably around 5 or 6 at the time. Later that day, I looked out the back door of the house, and saw it was snowing…and it was mid-July!! Needless to say, I lost it, crying and looking around fearfully for the glacier that I was sure that was coming to engulf the house like a tidal wave. It took my Mother several minutes to calm me down.

So when I see the Climate Warming Cooling Change crowd trot out their next crying child intent upon shaming the world into bending to their way of thinking, I think back to that day 50+ years ago of where they terrified a young child. They haven’t changed – they have no reservations on using children to force the issue emotionally because that’s all they have. They’ve faked their data, and cannot win any other way.

And by the way, flying on private jets to Climate Change conferences doesn’t look good either…

Continuing on…

Have you ever noticed that as soon as there is a shooting with multiple people hurt or injured that doesn’t include a gun-control paradise like Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, or Baltimore, the bodies haven’t even cooled before anti-rights legislation is introduced by a certain party? It doesn’t matter if the legislation, if enacted, wouldn’t have prevented the tragedy. It’s the push to use the emotions of the tragedy to “do something” and make it appear that a certain party “cares” about the safety of the people instead of trying to control them.

Yes, I’m referring to the Democratic Party, which is now rapidly becoming the Democratic Socialist Party. Their platform is falling right in line with the precepts of Socialism, of which the common citizen has no rights having given those rights to the government. Don’t believe me? Think about it – the Democratic Socialists are advocating on the debate stage and in press releases the following:

  • Confiscation of wealth (Bernie’s “no Billionaires” statement and Warren’s proposed confiscation of 401K accounts are just part of raising everyone’s taxes)
  • “Free” healthcare and education (paid for by the raised taxes, and provided by “approved” providers in both fields)
  • Confiscation of firearms (every socialist and communist country has done this with millions killed by their governments because the people could not fight back.)
  • Government approved speech, religion, and business practices (think of hate crime laws & policies forcing religious-based businesses to provide services that goes against their stated beliefs (i.e., Masterpiece Bakery), and you get the idea. There is a movement to deny banking credit, loans, and credit-card processing to the firearms industry.)
  • Suspension of rights due to perceived harm or future actions (extreme protection orders, or red-flag laws bypass due process protections, and could be expanded to include almost any action, statement, or complaint)
  • Create a single-party government like California by allowing open borders, unverified voting by illegal aliens, and ballot box fraud (voter harvesting). Single-party governments such as Soviet Russia and Communist China killed millions of their own citizens for “non-conformance” to the party line & policies, and political opponents “disappeared” or were shipped off to “re-education camps” (something that one Presidential candidate has suggested). Venezuela is only the latest example that I can think of.

Yes, I believe that the Democratic Party is becoming the Democratic Socialist Party, which in reality, is the Anti-Rights Party.

Last for this post is the continuing temper-tantrum of the Democrats to find something, anything, to remove Donald Trump from the Presidency. Trump has shown that the politicians in Washington are as inept as we suspected, and more corrupt than what we could have ever imagined.

First, it was Russia, now it’s Ukraine. I don’t anything will stick, and it will be a huge waste of time and tax-payer dollars.

Quite frankly, I think that the American People, by and large, are sick of the three-ring circus held by the clowns of the Democrats. I know I am.

We as citizens need to remember that these people work for us as Representatives, not as Royalty. It’s time that they are reminded of that.

I know that some of you reading this post do not like President Trump either for his actions, manners, or words. However, I believe that a non-politician like President Trump is the best chance we have for a government that will serve the people instead of the political elite. And yes, I admit that I held my nose when voting for him, but I realized that Hillary was infinitely worse. President Trump has worked out better than I had hoped.

So hold your nose, Vote Republican in the 2020 elections. I cannot vote for a party for which it’s candidates promote ideas and policies that undermine this country’s founding principles and citizens.

More Evil

My apologies for not posting – life has been busy, and this weekend is no exception. This post will be short – maybe…

We’ve have had not one, but two mass-murders this weekend – one in Texas, the other in Ohio. Details are still coming in, but I can almost predict the following:

  • The Democrat Candidates, aka The Clown Posse, will all call for more gun control because “we must do something” even though their “something” will only impose restrictions on the law-abiding gun owner & not anyone bent on evil.
  • The murders will have occurred in so-called “gun-free zones,” which obviously do not work as the murderers had guns. They should be renamed “defenseless zones.”
  • The murderers have thoughts of grandeur – wanting their names in the news even though they may not be around to see it…their gory way of becoming famous. They could also be mentally unstable.
  • There are early rumblings in the media of tying these shootings to the hate-filled rhetoric of the President. (How the President is somehow responsible for this is beyond me.)

I have given a bit of thought as to why it seems that we are seeing an increase in these types of events, and while these thoughts have been put forth by others, seem to be true.

As mentioned above, many of the murderers have mental health issues, some diagnosed, others not. Our society, with its focus on instant gratification through social media, certainly doesn’t help. Twitter is a garbage dump – foul language and hateful comments by people famous and those not even on the radar all clamor for that recognition that these people crave that they otherwise do not receive in real life. Technology has exasperated the problem, not resolved it.

Our media takes the mantra “if it bleeds, it leads” to a new low. The rush of the media in their desire to be first in the 24-hour news cycle reports everything possible, presenting misinformation as fact just to be first. And they gleefully report the murderers name non-stop with their backgrounds, beliefs, manifestos, and body count with the fervor of fans at a concert. No wonder people who are unstable consider mass-murder as a route to infamous immortality.

And all the while, the casualty count of one of these mass-murders is a bad weekend on Chicago’s South side. But let’s not go there because of politics and agendas…as in the politicians ignoring the murder rates in Democrat controlled cities, and a complicit media lying by omission the real problems surrounding gun-related murders.

Rather than dealing with criminal behavior and the mental health aspect of the problem, the politicians want to demonize a piece of metal and plastic. This provides the politicians in these areas deniability while promising to “do something about this epidemic” during multiple campaign seasons. Somehow, it never gets done other than trying to restrict the legal ownership of weapons. Nothing is done about crime or mental health, no matter what the politicians promise.

Politicians also have no problems, especially with firearms, with passing laws to restrict anything that can be used by a private citizen to defend themselves. After all that’s the job of the police – if they get to the scene of the crime, if at all… Politicians want the power over the people, which has been the function of governments throughout history.

As far as the media is concerned, why would they want to help solve a source of news? After all, mass-murders provide coverage for days if not weeks of misinformation to the masses as well as the all important ratings points…

Yes, I’m a cynical bastard, and I can go down this road a long way… To whit…

I guarantee if the weapon(s) used in these murders was the problem, there would be 100,000+ murders a day as there are over 100,000,000 million weapons in the hands of private American citizens. There wouldn’t be anyone left in the country in a few weeks.

To restate an earlier comment, I have no idea how the President of the United States could be responsible for instigating mass-murder. The most hate-filled rhetoric has been coming from various members of the Democrat Party, and has been ever since President Trump was elected. If anything, the Democrats should be looking in a mirror to look for the source of the problem. But then again, they need to see a reflection first…

Most of the mass-murders have been leaning toward or are Democrats or Democratic-Socialists if they had any political leanings. (look at the Bernie-supporting gunman that shot up a Republican baseball team, for example) That should tell you how unhinged that party is becoming, and how unstable some of their followers are. Thus far, I haven’t heard of any Conservative or Conservative-leaning mass-murderers.

The reason the Democrat politicians want to ban AR15s is because the full-auto variant (the M16 and M4) is over 50 years old, and hundred’s of thousands of veterans know how to use this firearms platform. Should the Democrats ever succeed in achieving absolute power, many of the patriotic veterans, who swore to uphold the Constitution, could take up arms with a firearm that they are intimately familiar with. This presents a clear threat to that desire for power.

Last, with the politicians stating that it’s the police’s job to protect citizens is an absolute lie. Police are under no legal obligation to protect a private citizen, and that has been upheld in the courts. In other words, the police arrive after the crime with the intention of gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and outlining the body before carting it away to the morgue. The only first responder at the scene of the crime is going to be the (potential) victim, and if they live or no depends on how they can defend themselves. The politician does not care about you except for your vote, and only if it’s for them.

That’s all for now. We’ll see what the aftermath is from this goes.

Evil is Among Us

This is a long post – almost an essay. Please find a comfortable position before reading.

All we have to do is look around at the world and it is profoundly evident that evil is in this world. The mass murder in New Zealand is evidence enough, and it will not be the last time either. All we have to do is look to the mass tribal genocides and persecutions of Christians in Africa and other places to know that we live in a world cursed by evil.

While we are fortunate to live in a country largely untouched by such violence, it does happen. The victims vary although the mass murders in our schools, colleges, and places of worship garner the most attention. The response is usually to blame the weapon used, and the “solution” is to ban whatever weapon was used.

This is exactly the wrong response.

A weapon is an inanimate object, incapable of thinking or acting on its own, and therefore cannot influence a person’s actions. For weapons to cause the damage they do, a person must be using the weapon. The cause of the atrocities is therefore the person or persons using the weapons with evil intent.

This is not something that people want to think. To believe that people are capable of such wanton destruction and murder is beyond the Utopia that certain people believe can be had if all weapons can be removed from the earth. It goes against the feeling that a person can be safe if all weapons are gone. They do not or cannot believe that there is evil in this world so horrible that they personally could be harmed.

This is all self-delusion. The belief that one is safe only means that one feels safe. That is a far cry from actually being safe. People want to feel safe even though events around them state that is not true.

I have purposefully left off the names of weapons because a variety of weapons besides firearms that have been used throughout history. For instance:

  • The first recorded murder was committed with a rock.
  • Box cutters (knives) were used to hijack four planes, and resulted in almost 3,000 deaths.
  • Bombs have been used to bring down schools (Bath, Michigan) and buildings (Oklahoma City), resulting in multiple deaths
  • Knives are a problem in London, where for the first time knife-related murders exceeded firearm-related deaths in New York in 2018.
  • Two days after Sandy Hook, a man in China attacked and injured over 24 people with a knife.
  • There are videos on YouTube of people being attacked and killed by hands (fists) and feet.
  • This past weekend, there was a video posted of a man attacking an elderly woman on the subway (I understand she lived).
  • We can read ancient history of huge battles that were fought with knives, arrows, and swords of which the numbers are absolutely staggering.

And I could go on with a historical record of man’s inhumanity to man from a purely academic view. But I cannot ignore the personal record and experiences of the people around me. To whit:

I personally know three women who have been sexually assaulted. A coworker’s apartment was broken into & robbed, and he was beaten so badly that he died after a week in the hospital. I have been personally shot at, robbed, and assaulted. For someone to tell me that all my fellow humans are of good nature and harmless because they believe so, I call BS on them.

There is an adage that Good will overcome Evil. That will only happen if Good is prepared and ready to confront Evil with everything they have, and have a bit of luck on their side.

The mass murder in New Zealand shows us exactly what it looks like when Good is unprepared and disarmed by the country they live in. The response of the victims was to huddle in the corners and pray they wouldn’t be killed. That obviously didn’t work as the murderer went around to the corners and killed at leisure. No one had a weapon in which to fight back. The murderer was only stopped when he got careless and was disarmed & held at gunpoint with his own weapon.

Yet this is what the gun-banners want – for us to be helpless in the face of Evil. Their response in the face of evil is to disarm. This is absolute effing insanity.

I’ve read accounts of where elderly people were assaulted and killed in their own homes. I’ve also read accounts where elderly people defended themselves with firearms when their homes were broken into. Same accounts on both parts for women, children (who were responsible beyond their years), and men. The common thread is that people who had little or no means to defend themselves ended up hurt or dead. The common thread is that people who could defend themselves usually survived the encounter with little or no harm, and about half of the assailants were shot, and a quarter of those did not survive the encounter (this last is an observation on my part of news reports – no scientific data to back it up).

It is a human right from time immemorial to defend yourself and your family. To state otherwise is professing that you would much rather be a victim and die. This is a harsh reality that many would rather not think about since we are supposed to be “civilized.” The truth is that evil people take advantage of this “civilization” to take what they want and do what they will. It is only that “civilization” has laws that are enforced by force that rampant evil is kept at bay.

There are those people, who have good intentions, who believe that criminals are products of society, products of their upbringing, endured traumas when they were children, etc. To a certain point, that can be true, but only to a certain point. People have minds, make decisions and choices. They can, if they want to, work to better their circumstances. However, they can also make a choice to turn to Evil to get what they want. Perhaps this is a Utopian view, but I see people like Doctor Ben Carson go from the Detroit ghettos to a successful neurosurgeon, so I know it is possible with dedication and hard work. Others in the same situation have no hope, support, or opportunities, but even people in those circumstances do not choose evil as their way of life. In most circumstances, it is a conscious choice to choose criminality as a way of life.

But I digress somewhat…

The fact is that there are people – criminals, mentally ill, or just plain lost – that can and will cause you and yours harm if given the right set of circumstances and opportunity. This also brings us to this point in time of where our society finds it more comfortable in blaming an inanimate object rather than holding the person committing the crime accountable. There are only so many excuses one can make before realizing that there are truly evil people in the world, those that are far beyond any redemption or moral guidance. This is a harsh reality that there is absolutely no getting around no matter what rainbow you’re under or what unicorn you ride.

So where does that leave the rest of us – the law-abiding, responsible people that make up the majority of society? For that to happen, let’s take a couple of steps back so we can try and have an objective view.

The media and politicians have both asserted that there is a rash of gun violence and mass murders in the United States and the world. In some respects, there is some rational for that, the latest being the murders in New Zealand. But let’s take a look at just the figures in the United States for comparison.

In round numbers, the United States has a population of roughly 330 million people. Gun related deaths run approximately 33,000 per year (give or take). Of those deaths, 2/3rds are suicides. The remaining deaths (11,000 per year) are the results of crimes and accidents, and those have been declining since 1993 per the CDC. These are facts that have been published but not widely distributed by the media.

Also is the assertion that mass murders are common. Per the FBI, 250 active shooter incidents occurred between 2000 and 2017 with 799 fatalities and 1,418 wounded. Obviously, not all of these receive the attention of Sandy Hook, Orlando, or Las Vegas, but they occur nonetheless. And per the graphics, they are on the rise but do not necessarily result in high fatalities.

Also, when looking at the graphics at the FBI site, it confirmed what I had supposed was true about the locations of these shootings – by and large, they were in areas that firearms were restricted or banned. The statistic of 98% of mass shootings occurring in “gun free” zones has been published in various articles over the years. This, in my opinion, is a problem – the law-abiding follow the laws whereas the criminals do not.

The odds of anyone being in a mass shooting are pretty slim. But what about the day to day crime, especially where a person defends themselves with a firearm?

There have been studies conducted by Gary Kleck of Florida State University and John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center on the defensive uses of firearms. Their conclusions is that there are 800,000 to 1,200,000 defensive uses of firearms per year, thus preventing people from being robbed, assaulted, and murdered. Interestingly enough, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) conducted their own survey in 15 states, and as reported in several different publications, implied that over 2,000,000 uses of firearms for defensive purposes per year.

To me, that means 2,000,000 less victims per year…or 2,000,000 more if disarmed.

Gun control advocates have long stated that guns are unnecessary, and that the police will protect the population. To put it bluntly, they are consciously lying through their teeth or have absolutely no idea what they are talking about.

The courts have long held that the police are under no obligation to protect citizens from crimes. The last case that I’m aware of that reinforced this ruling is that of Parkland Officer Scott Peterson.

Officer Peterson remained outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while the shooting was going on inside. Officer Peterson and the Sheriff’s Department was sued by the parents of the victims for the wrongful deaths of their children. I understand that the courts eventually dismissed the case citing that there was no obligation of the officer to risk his life to protect the children inside even though that was one of his duties for being posted to the school!

And it continues on…

The politicians of both parties, from time to time, propose new regulations for firearms, anything from “universal background checks” to extreme-protection orders to magazine restrictions. These are touted to reduce crime and gun violence. Wrong.

Criminals obtain their weapons from illegal means (theft, straw purchases, or street buys). Mass murderers obtain their weapons from these sources as well as legal purchases. Any proposal or new law has been proven over and over again that these measures have no effect on the reduction of crime or other instances of gun violence. Laws cannot stop the sale of a stolen firearm, which is where most criminals say they got theirs

The various gun control groups (Mom’s Demand Action, Brady United, Everytown for Gun Safety, etc.) have all stated at one time or another that their ultimate goal is to ban firearms and disarm the private citizens of this country. The Democrat Party candidates for President have almost all stated that the country needs to follow New Zealand’s example in the wake of their mass shooting for gun control, which is to ban and confiscate all guns. They also claim that such measures will reduce crime and mass shootings.

What this means is that the Democratic candidates and the gun control groups would want ban firearms and increase the number of victims from violent crimes. In other words, the Democrats and the gun control people would prefer to sacrifice you and your family to gain control over your safety, self-defense, and life.

That, my friends, is a special kind of evil…

To be continued…

Please Explain

This past week, a mass-murder happened in New Zealand. As it so happens, New Zealand has gun control laws somewhere between the levels of Australia and the United States. But these laws did not stop the horrific murder of 49 people.

I have to ask this question, and thus far, no one that is in favor of banning firearms has been able to definitively answer it…

How exactly does restricting or banning firearms from lawful citizens fight crime or reduce gun-related violence?

I’m waiting…

Potpourri for the Week

Once again, we find ourselves with too little time and too many things to write about, especially in detail. So, here’s a few impressions of the events since the last post:

The junior Representative from NY aka AOC celebrated the decision of Amazon not to locate a second headquarters in NY, calling it a victory for the common worker. She went on to state that the $3 billion that would have been given (!) to Amazon would better be used for infrastructure, teacher’s salaries, and helping the poor (among other things).

As if NY has $3 billion laying around…

AOC supposedly has a degree in economics from a prestigious college that ran her family $250,000. Just shows that 1) money can’t buy intelligence, 2) she must have slept through class, 3) the college was more interested in Socialist brainwashing than practical knowledge, which is evidenced by 4) AOC having to work as a bartender after graduation.

Her parents must be so proud that their money was well spent toward AOC’s education…

NY is hemorrhaging jobs and population due to their tax structure. Amazon didn’t need any more headaches from brainless politicians. Despite the Socialistic leanings of its owner, Amazon is still in the business of making money. Go capitalism!!

Next on the list is the Jussie Smollett fiasco. Sadly, this is the latest of a long line of people suffering from TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) attempting to smear the half of the population that voted for Trump. Of course, the media, politicians, and others (self-nominated moral & social justice warriors) jumped on that train supporting Smollett’s allegations until they were proven false. And even then, some people are still saying that Smollett was attacked by MAGA hat-wearing deplorables.

When was the last time that anyone has credibly heard or reported a conservative or MAGA hat wearing person attacking a Liberal spouting off? It’s always been a tolerant spouting Liberal-type person attacking a conservative.

Folks, some friendly advice – grow the **** up (fill in your own 4-letter word), get over yourselves, and move on with your lives. It’s embarrassing…really…

Last on the rant for today is the Democrats in the House ramming through gun-control legislation which do nothing for reducing crime but infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Americans. The following is from Oklahoma Representative Markwayne Mullin:

The right to bear arms is a constitutional right and it is one that I do not plan to give up any time in the near future. Unfortunately for those of us who are ardent supporters of the Second Amendment, Democrats controlling the House of Representatives have different plans for gun owners.

Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats put forth a bill to turn law-abiding gun owners into criminals. H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, is a completely misguided piece of legislation that harms those who lawfully carry and does nothing to stop criminals from accessing firearms.

By requiring background checks for temporary transfers of possession, it would trigger penalties of up to a year in prison and/or a $100,000 fine for simply handing a firearm to another person. Even transferring a firearm to someone during a life-threatening emergency could be deemed a crime by a federal prosecutor or judge if the transfer wasn’t “immediately necessary to prevent…imminent death or great bodily harm.”

H.R. 8 also claims that “universal” background checks will prevent recent gun tragedies, but these checks are nothing more than a sham. Current law already requires a background check on every commercial gun purchase in America. H.R. 8 does nothing to fix the loopholes in the background check system and instead introduces more red tape for gunowners to cut through.

The bill does nothing to keep criminals from gaining access to firearms. A mere 6 percent of career criminals bought their firearms through non-dealers at gun shows and flea markets, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Moreover, 77 percent of criminals in state prisons for firearm crimes got their firearms on the black market, on the street, from a drug dealer, or through theft, according to the Department of Justice.

Unsurprisingly, House Democrats don’t want to hear from conservatives about their take on gun violence. Minority Whip Steve Scalise, a victim of gun violence at a congressional baseball practice in 2017, was not allowed to testify at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on H.R. 8. Whip Scalise himself offers that H.R. 8 would not have prevented his shooting as his shooter purchased his firearms legally in the state of Illinois.

For House Democrats, H.R. 8 is nothing more than a messaging tool and a blatant infringement on the Second Amendment rights of Americans that is dead on arrival in the Senate. I will continue to be a defender of all Americans’ Second Amendment rights and speak out in opposition to this misguided legislation.

Be Safe, and Be Well.