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Going to File this Under: Believing Your Own Bulls**t

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Dear David,

Anthropomorphic Global Warming has been shown to be a sham.  …So much so the true believers have switched to “Climate Change”.  But guess what, the climate does change due to sun spots, precipitation patterns, and other natural phenomena.  So running scared because of climate change is kind of like fearing the dawn.  It’s going to happen.  It’s happened in the past.  And guess what, we made it out okay when we were running around in animal skins, we’ll be just fine now.

Remember, Global Warming alarmists said that we’d all be dead in 20 years if we didn’t stop everything and shiver cold in the dark.  I believe that was 30 some odd years ago.  Then Al Gore said it again 10+ years ago.  OH! But remember in 1975 when it was GLOBAL COOLING!   Climates change, David. Expecting the Earth to humor this generation of humans with constancy is as foolish as acting as if killing people will do anything about it.

Your “not enough room” argument has been disproven time and again.*  There’s PLENTY of room for people in the world.  The Population Bomb predicted that by the 80’s we’d have hundreds of millions of people dying of starvation.  And while starvation is still an issue in some places, I think you’ll find that the Governments, and by governments I mean dictators, war lords, and their accomplices in the UN, in those regions use starvation as a means to an end.  David, we can grow SCADS of food.  If we stop letting petty tyrants affect the flow of food and stop burring corn in our cars, we can feed everyone.

David, I know in your dotage you strive to be relevant.  I know it’s not popular to tell the truth that life has risks and there isn’t a magic policy or pill we can do to fix it all.  But to go so far out of your own humanity to suggest other humans should die or not be allowed to exist so that your cushy Western Hemisphere life should go unchanged is the height of hubris.

I really don’t see how someone who can see so much beauty in the world can look back on his own kind and not see the same beauty, but a bug that should be culled like any other pest.  As always, David, I invite you and your followers to lead by example.  I mean, eight decades and counting is an awful long time to be kicking about on this rock.  Take the hemlock and allow someone else to occupy your carbon foot print if you are so committed to population control.

Or do you, just like the eugenicists, mean only those brown people should be curbed?  Maybe not.  Perhaps your brand of death worship is more nuanced and the “human weeds” aren’t just those from funny sounding ferrin’ lands, but those on the wrong side of the tracks.  I mean if they can’t fund impressive international death cult NGO wannabes, be a TV celebrity, or be part of the politically connected class, why expose them to a meaningless life in the first place?

David, you’re an impressive person.  Don’t flush all that down the drain by becoming a caricature of an late 1800’s British Philanthropist who thinks his money and lineage gives him the right to tell the rest of the world how and when to die.  Humanity doesn’t need to, “sort itself out,” nor does it need a, “coordinated view about the planet,” (presumably under your ilk’s vast omniscience).  What is needed is to let humans be humans and nature be nature.   When there is a famine, people will share.  When there’s not, people will grow.  It’s simply the way our world has worked since the dawn of Man.  We messily work it out without some hero stepping in and telling us who needs to die and who needs to live.  The White Man’s Burden ended long ago, David.  We can sort it all out for ourselves, but thanks ever so.

Sincerely,

A friend.

*Okay, so that article was written when we hit 6 billion and now we have over 7.  We can put some of the more annoying people in Oklahoma and the example still works.

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Written by lablount

January 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm

It’s a Mag. Cap World!

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Let me spend a few words talking about magazine capacity and how it will do NOTHING to stop lunatics and criminals but it will affect law abiding citizens and endanger more lives.  I’m going to examine two scenarios and show just what an absurd law this would be.

For Scenario #1 I want you to transport yourself to a land of make-believe where criminals follow some laws before they break other ones.  Specifically, I want you to imagine a world where our bad guy, who is going to steal guns, won’t steal a standard capacity magazine.  So our bad guy takes a bunch of handguns whose standard magazine capacity is, say, 20 rounds and one rifle that has a standard capacity of 30 rounds.  But, being the law abiding criminal, he doesn’t take ANY standard capacity magazine at all; he takes only Ban Compliant 10 Round magazines because it wouldn’t be cricket to kill people with something that is against the law.

So our shooter bad guy goes to a school because the voices in his head that helped him concoct this act of evil tell him it’s time to kill some kids.  Apparently the only better angels of his nature were concerned solely with obeying the magazine capacity law and not killing children, but hey…  So let’s say he leave his rifle in the car (Just as it happened at Sandy Hook) and only takes in the easily concealable handguns.

Now he is going to be in a gun fee zone where he has complete tactical advantage.  He can change magazine at will without any fear of being shot.  Make a gun with your hand.  Pull your “trigger” 10 times with a second pause in between each shot.  That’s about how long it takes someone who isn’t a proficient shooter to reacquire a target.  Now after the 10th shot, pause for, let’s make it 3 seconds.  Even though you can change a magazine in 2 seconds with no training and in less than a second with a little training, we’re going to assume a bit of an adrenaline dump and make a second’s worth of shock that you’re run out of ammo.  Now go back to pulling your trigger again 10 times.   You lost 3 seconds between your standard capacity mag and they neutered 10 round mag.  Not a lot of time when you have the advantage of being the only one with a gun.

BUT WAIT!  Our shooter thought ahead and brought 4 guns(See link above)!  He only has to wait 1 second to draw a new one.  Or he could have had #2 in his left hand.   He could expend two guns worth of ammo, make sure he’s safe, spend 6 seconds loading his guns, then go back to picking off kids who’ve hidden under desks.

The point being, he has tactical advantage.  He can pause, reload, kick, stab, punch, et cetera… all he wants.  And no one can stop him because he’s going to have a loaded gun that can be used on an unarmed defender.   Even if he took in his rifle, he still has NO RESISTANCE so he can do a reload whenever and how ever he likes.  Net result; dead children.  Nothing has changed.

Scenario #2:  A 120 pound lady is walking to her car.  She is assailed by multiple attackers.  She, a law abiding citizen, has purchased a Glock 19 that has a standard magazine capacity of 15 rounds.  But the law clearly states you can only buy 10 round magazines and the gun only comes with a 10 rounder.  There are older 15 round magazines out there, but, when you can find them for sale, they are now $50 or $60 each and she can’t afford that right now.  She’d doing good to afford the gun (used $450 + tax), the Ammo ($220 + tax*), $50 holster or $120 gun purse, and the $200+ for the class and license to carry the gun.  So a RICH PERSON can still get ahold of standard capacity mags, but a work-a-day mom just trying to get back home to her family can’t.

9mm is good defensive round, but it’s not uncommon for it to take upwards of 5 rounds to stop an attack.  That’s a very important thing to remember, a defensive shooter is not trying to kill, but stop that attack RIGHT NOW.  One bullet may kill someone in a few hours without medical attention, but it may take 5 or 6 to STOP that attacker in his tracks.  Add drugs to the mix and you can guarantee that you will need more than one round to STOP someone.

Our lady is observant, she sees the bad guys, she’s doing EVERYTHING right.  But they move to attack her.  She draws her gun.  She fires 5 shots into thug #1, he slows and stops.  She fires 5 rounds into thug #2, he falters.  Because she was smart and carried her gun with a round in the chamber, she is able to put 1 round in thug #3 who doesn’t stop.  He takes a knife, plunges it into her just below the rib cage, makes a downward “J” motion with his arm, and her intestines spill out on her shoes.   She doesn’t make it home.

She didn’t have the tactical advantage so she wasn’t able to reload without being assaulted.  She is now dead, her children get to weep, and her husband has to plan a funeral.  …all because some politician needed to make splash and pay off a special interest group.

“Oh surely this never happens,” you will say.  It’s not a regular occurrence, no.  But multiple attackers and flash mobs are happening more often now.  They are certainly happening more than the media frenzied mass-shootings.  And remember, our directive in the debate is, “…if it saves just one life…”  With a 15 round magazine, our lady is now safely giving her statement to the responding officer.    With a 10 round magazine, the officer is informing a husband and father that his world has fallen apart.

“Why not carry a gun with a bigger bullet?”  Well… Handguns only punch holes.  There is only so much damage you are going to do with a handgun.  Trading “up” to a higher caliber only gives you a little more “oomph” with the trade-off of less accuracy, and the weaker you are, the more pronounced that trade-off is.  That’s one of the reasons the military went to the 9mm round.  The brass hats decided that more rounds and accuracy make up for the less power in the 9mm.  If you are a woman, you should be allowed to use the best caliber that you can shoot.  And for many women, that’s a 9mm.  Taking magazine capacity away will only hurt women shooters forcing them to either HOPE they are only attacked by one person or trying to shoot calibers that are too inaccurate for their frame and strength.

The takeaway from this is simple; restricting magazine capacity is only going to affect law abiding citizens, with women, truly, being the hardest hit.  It will do NOTHING to stop what happened in Newtown, CT from happening again.  It will not stop spree killers and mass shootings.  This is simply a worthless idea being hailed as a cure-all that will only give those who hate the 2nd Amendment momentum, act as a sop for special interest groups, and set the stage for politicians to say, “See, we need to do more,” when the next tragedy hits.   Don’t fall for it.  Call and write your elected officials today and keep the pressure on.

*YEAH!  That’s on the low end.  20 rounds of defensive ammo costs upwards of $20. And you need to run 200 rounds, failure free, though a semi-automatic gun before you can deem it “working properly”.

Written by lablount

January 18, 2013 at 11:46 am

Once Again, Barack Obama Strives for Perfect Attendance.

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Yesterday, amid great fanfare and spectacle, complete with innocent children as props, President Barack Obama bravely voted, “Present,” dropped back five, and punted.  His 23 Executive Orders were, to put it mildly, a joke.   They were a kin to a kid being told he needed to turn in a seven page paper and he kept typing the same things in different ways page after page.  And if that wasn’t enough, Our President then, with amazing intestinal fortitude (and a straight face) handed Congress the whole mess and said, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

The thing is, The President could have done A LOT of (temporary) damage to the firearms industry with powers he does have.  He could have instructed the BATFE (eye-ee-eye-oh!) to ban the importation of a whole host of guns by deeming them “Not suitable for sporting purposes.”   Now, that would have caused some legal problems because the regs would have to be bent so far as to break, but given Obama’s predilection for full-blow constitutional crises, the legal dust up over the rules for “sporting purpose” would be like fighting a traffic ticket by comparison.

Companies like Glock and Taurus would be hit hard as their manufacturing presence in the U.S. is either small (TaurusUSA) or nonexistent (as with Glock).  All manner of full capacity magazines (30 rounds) could be made illegal to import.  Especially the ones imported for the always maligned “AK-47*” that, apparently, most gun owner agree is evil and, “only belongs in the hands of the military,” never mind the militaries that field the AK-47 are almost all criminal enterprises that terrorize unarmed citizens until the citizens get ahold of their own AKs…   But I digress.

He could have bravely ordered The Acting BATFE(eye-ee-eye-oh!) Director to begin bending the regs and shut down the flow of evil 30 round magazines and semi-automatic weapons into the country from ferrin’ godless lands.  And if you doubt he has the authority to do that, try and find a NORINCO 1911 or NORINCO SKS at your local merchant-of-death.  You can’t.  Not because they’ve been bought up with all the other guns in this crisis, but because Bill Clinton outlawed their importation**.    Not only could Barry ban the importation of guns and parts, but also ammo.

Dear Leader could have CROWED with triumph yesterday then demanded The Congress have the guts that he did.   “I’ve stopped them from commin’ in!  Y’all stop them from getting out!”  Well… maybe not that tag line.  That might not play well with the “Fast and Furious” scandal.  But you get the idea.

However, he didn’t do anything of the sort.  My guess is because he doesn’t have a permanent BATFE(eye-ee-eye-oh!) Director to hide behind.  Regardless of the reason, he stood his prop children on the piled bodies of the dead children of Newtown and tried to yell, “LOOK! ELVIS;” leaving Congress to take the black eye.  Amid all the trappings of perfectly staged photo-op, Our President stared out at the smoking hulk of the Reichstag, where he’d fanned flames only a short time ago, and said, “NOT IT!  But, you, Congress, make me a cake as fast as you can so I can tell them to eat it.”

Now the sad truth of any importation ban is that Glock and other companies like it would just temporarily partner with a U.S. manufacturer to build enough parts for their guns to be considered “Manufactured in the U.S.A.” until they could build or buy their own plants.   Companies like Taurus would just push to expand their U.S. facilities as fast as they could.  The only companies to be permanently affected would be the outliers that only serious gun nuts like me would care about (like NORINCO).  But that wouldn’t stop the narrative that “The President took firm action.”  And in the future when GlockUS opened its doors with jobs for some small community in a Southern state, Dear Leader could just say, “Hey, I did my part, it was those evil Republicans in The House that killed the bill that would have saved just one life (My political one).”

Please don’t get me wrong.  I HATE Executive Orders.  I’m happy Dear Leader didn’t send the rule-of-law into another tailspin with Extra-Constitutional mandates.   I’m happy, both for political and constitutional reasons, Congress has to go on the record with this nonsense.   I fear a deal will be struck that will outlaw private sales and standard capacity magazines.  I fear The House Republicans will cave and pick those low hanging fruits for a compromise.  But they shouldn’t because The President showed he’s not going to do anything more than talk about this.  He’s voted, “Present,” so The Congress should listen to the people, the States, and The Constitution and do the same.

* FYI:  For all the bluster from Dear Leader about AK-47s; REAL AK-47’s are heavily regulated by the NFA of ’34.  You can’t own one without an ok from the ATF, an okie-dokie from your locale’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer, a deep background check by the FBI, $200 for the tax and paperwork, a several month wait, and a spare $10K-$20K for the legally transferable registered weapon itself.   All civilian “AKs” are AIR-QUOTE AKs.  They LOOK like an AK-47 but are simply a semi-automatic version.  It’s like owning a kit version of a real Shelby Cobra. 

** It’s toward the end of the page.  You can see that 1994 was not a good year for the 2nd Amendment and was the high water mark for anti-2A forces.   Just like an aging hippy trying to recapture their youth with a bottle of Cuervo and bag of “glaucoma medicine”, me thinks the haters of the 2nd Amendment are trying to recapture the halcyon hays of joy they used to get in their little black hearts when they could say, “boo,” and everyone would bow to their whims.   Times, and the internet, have changed.  Anyway, if you find the page, “TLDR,” here’s the relevant line:

“Also in 1994, President Clinton, by Executive Order, banned importation of firearms and ammunition from Red China, then a major exporter of AK-47-type semi-automatic rifles.”

And notice the phrase, “AK-47 type.”  See footnote “*”

Written by lablount

January 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Conservatives and “Plan B” or… Everything is Proceeding As I Have Foreseen.

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I was looking for a way to discuss this but every time I sat at the keyboard my mind just went, “Meh, not ready yet.  Still hurting.”  The November elections left me in a funk for days. Not so much about the liberal that lost but for the socialist that won.  I processed through the first four stages of grief, added three sub-stages of my own (Pizza, Beer, and Range Time), flirted with Stage five, and still haven’t found a way to get to stages six and seven.

In the back of my mind, however, there was a small feeling of relief: I never had to be date-raped by the Statist Republican Leadership ever again.  Since ’88 they’ve been telling us to shut up and vote for the guy they gave us or there would be this endless parade of horribles.  “If you love America you will do what we say or you’ll get Socialized Medicine, a bottomless pit of debt, an Imperial President, destruction of The Constitution, full on Socialism, overarching federal regulations, destruction of the culture, loss of fee speech, the death of religious freedom, a castrated Second Amendment and, the one thing you fear most… you’ll be paying for abortions and will be materially complicit in the deaths of thousands, if not millions, of babies.”

Well… guess what?  We did vote for posers like W, lairs like his father, moderates like Dole, and out right lefties like Romney.  Heck, we even voted for Wendell Willkie II, or as most know him, John “I thought the media was going to give me a pass” McCain.  Yes, we voted for them because we did fear the worst and held out hope that the GOP was still, somewhere deep down inside, the party of Regan.   After so many trips to the dance with a date someone else picked for us, we were getting tired of being left in the corner while they partied with the pretty girls.  However our love of country and fear of Socialism kept us in line.

We voted for all these losers because we hoped we could stem the tide of fiscal irresponsibility and social decay.  Now, after supporting these abusive boyfriends who, all, at one time or another, threw us under the bus, then blamed us for the disaster they caused, we have almost all the parade of horribles virtually enshrined as official doctrine.   Which means, we have nothing left to lose.  I wondered if others felt the same.  I now have my answer.

Speaker Boehner and his gang of moderate-to-left Republicans were told to “shove it” by The House conservatives on the “Plan B” vote. Immediately, the party elites, fresh from their cocktail parties, all decked out in their golf (or spay-on?) tans, began to mumble about the horribles again.  They complained that now, because of the conservatives, the momentum was now back in The Senate.  No, you sad old fools, it’s back in The Senate because YOU wanted to continue to be Socialist Lite™ and we don’t have to go along with it any more.

Of course Mr. Speaker will have his revenge.  Last week when Mr. Speaker was handing out the goodies and kicked several good conservative reps out of key committees, it became clear that the party elites wanted to clean, well… House, and were happy to lose The House to do it.  I started to wonder how they were going to do it.  They would need some miracle to beat down the real conservatives. Enter Newtown.

If you remember the Columbine shooting and the political barn raising held on the bodies of the dead; the ’94 AWB was passed to make life safe for the children.  Never mind that it did nothing but drive up the price of standard capacity magazines and make the AR-15 the number 1 selling rifle in the U.S.  The purely cosmetic ban was the Left punishing the Right.  … And the left suffered.

America threw a, “…temper tantrum…,” claimed the shocked and distraught Peter Jennings during the ’94 election night coverage, just a few short weeks after the ban passed.  Dems were booted from power left and right.  And I mean Left AND Right.  But the conservative wing of the party never recovered.   The mid-nineties was the official death knell of the Blue Dogs with any power.  The Kennedy wing of the party, although they suffered defeat, was much more entrenched in the leadership and survived to fight another day.

This was all just a byproduct of Clinton’s desire to take the party by the horns and knock down the Congressional leaders who marched into The White House after his inauguration to tell him how things really were going to be.  But they forgot they weren’t dealing with a puppet, they were dealing with a redneck used to getting dirty.  So Willy stood aside and let the Party elites get punted.  Of course, turnabout was fair play in 2008 when Kennedy picked Barry over Hil.

Don’t think Boehner didn’t learn something from this.  He’s going to side with The POTUS and try to allow a bill to pass with the faith that the party elites will survive and the weaker, newer, conservatives will fall even though they would not have voted for it.  The “R” next to their name will be enough to poison support.

Will it work?  I don’t know yet.  But I do not look forward to the next few months.  I’m really afraid that my predictions will come true and I don’t pull off the maniacal laugh thing very well.

But, for the time being, it’s good to see other conservatives exercising the same freedom I feel.  Hopefully it’s the same resignation that led to the Battling Bastards of Bastogne and not The Little Bighorn.

Written by lablount

December 22, 2012 at 12:07 am

SOPA: Lather, Rinse, Repeat

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So… the great body of Congressional Critters… the same one which points to waiting forever to take action against the Weapons of Mass Destruction that Iraq didn’t have as proof that we should take time to assess threats to life, liberty, and the American Way… says we must act now to protect the profits of large media corporations… I mean Intellectual Property Rights from evil, marauding digital terrorists in ferrin lands.  Oh… and have no fear good citizen, we don’t intend to use the power against you.

I guess this is similar to the “Health Care Crisis” that had to be solved so quickly that we had to pass a law that no one read and would take years to implement.  I love Congressional logic.

Look, as an aspiring writer, I’m all about intellectual property and the protection there of.  But as a freedom loving person, I’m also all for any action that makes .gov stop and take a good hard look at what they are about to do.  I have to trust those smarter than I when they say that the way the legislation is written is so loose as to endanger any site that links to other sites, the contents of which the referring site doesn’t control.  Given Congress’ stellar record of enshrining unintended (maybe the “un” should be left off?) consequences that turn common people into criminals for just living, I’m inclined to believe that this law is no different.  And given how little knowledge Congress and the critters that make her up have shown about digital affairs, I have little doubt that Leaky Leahy wouldn’t know an IP from a domain name.

But Big Media and Big Business wants this bill and just like Big Gov, Big Union, and Big AARP wanted ObamaCare, I’d be willing to bet this, too, shall pass.

However, Congress is going to have to come out of the 1950’s and realize the djin is out of the bottle.  No longer is content able to be protected with broad strokes from a government’s pen.  It will take the entire IT community, governments, and individuals, working together, to protect intellectual property.  And that means there will be a certain amount of shrinkage (to steal a retail term) that will have to be expected.  Big Gov and Big Business don’t like shrinkage when it happens to them.  …when it happens IN THEM, they are hunky-dory, but I digress.

Big Gov is especially cranky about the idea that something may escape their grasp.  That’s why they declare wars on everything.  What is the war on Digital Piracy going to look like?  How long will it be before IP protection is for “the children”? Just something to think about the next time you have to hand over your ID to buy a pack of decongestants.

Written by lablount

January 18, 2012 at 11:38 am

TSA Time

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You’d have to live under a TRS 80 and have a 300 Baud modem to not know about the latest dustup between .gov and your battered and bruised civil rights.    I’m speaking, of course, about how the Tea Party has ginned up Bristol Palin’s success on Dancing with the Stars (shown on your local Panem et Circenses Broadcasting affiliate).  NO!  I’m only joking.  I’m talking about the firestorm that has enveloped the TSA in general and, in particular, the PornoScanners that the flying sheep public are being herded expected to walk through or submit to a sexual assault. (No.  I didn’t do that in red strike through. What else is it?)

There is a large portion of population that is just fed up with crap like this (NSFW) and a significant portion of said fed-uppers will be flying soon for the holidays.  They are NOT your average road warrior who has to suck it or not get paid.  When boss-man tells you to be in Dallas on Monday, LA on Tuesday, Phoenix on Wednesday, and Birmingham on Friday, you don’t have the luxury of getting all butt hurt about surrendering your dignity to some perv who couldn’t get a job as a REAL mall cop.  You just have to take it, one way or the other, so your family gets to do little things like eat and stay warm. 

But for the next month, or so, people like me, who HATE FLYING to begin with, will be jetting hither, thither, and, yes, yon as well, on those great metal dragons that once where the stuff of lavish dreams.  And you know what?  They don’t like being told, “hump or death.”  So I expect this kerfuffle will stay a hot topic for the next little while.

But unless I miss my guess, the NudiScans are here to stay.  Why?  The same reason everything happens in this country.  Money, Power, and Indifference.

Follow the Money

Why have Radiological Rape sites set up in the first place?  To stop bombers and Terrorists?  No.  Because they make some company money.  And since they are being made at the behest of .gov, who never met a dollar they had to manage properly, those little slices of voyeur heaven probably cost 10 times over retail.  People are making money and money doesn’t like to not be made.  So when John Q pushes back, Lenny the Lobbyist is just going to tell Connie the Congress Critter to hold out a little while and people will get used to this cut like they have the other 999. 

It’s About Control

.gov likes being in power.  They believe that YOU exist for THEM to govern.  It’s not a simple matter of them being the stewards of the people’s power.  Oh no.  You are the sheep that need a shepherd.  And if you don’t like it, tough

Oh I’m not saying there is a dark room with illuminati symbols where faceless men plan our fates on altars constructed over the bones of dead Roswell aliens.  What I am saying is that the nanny needs a charge to look after or there is little need for the nanny to exist.  A nanny that allows her charge to grow into adulthood soon finds herself out of a job.  Our government, much like a bad nanny, treats us like kids who need more supervision rather than adults that need less.  If they back off in this area, we might just get the strange idea in our heads that we can make them back off in other areas.  And what follows will be disastrous.  People reclaiming their First and Second Amendment rights!  States telling fed.gov to go piddle up a rope!  We might, the horror, even make them cut spending and be responsible with our money!  OH TEH NOEZ, worst of all, we may get the damn fool notion, after all that reclaiming of power, that it’s OUR MONEY!  These things can’t happen.   .gov sees every challenge to its power as a domino.  The NudiScans could be their Vietnam that causes all the other pockets of governmental control to fall. 

Who Cares

What the companies and .gov count on, and usually get, is the public to have a short-lived attention span.  Helped out by Ministry of Propaganda (aka: The Mainstream Media) that can bury a story at will, .gov can make things go away by dangling a sufficiently shiny object for the MSM to spin over and over in the 24 hour news cycle until the important topics are as distant from everyone’s mind as contrition is from sociopath. 

At that point, people will still hate the scanners, but they only have to go through them once in a while, so… might as well.  They will bitch about it like they harp on too much tax.  But they will never really demand anything be done.  Partly because it’s for the children and partly because, meh, the new Harry Potter movie is out so who has time.

A Small Wrinkle

There is some hope, however.  You see, these same wise leaders that believe it is their job to govern and our job to bend over and take it, also thought they were bullet proof this past election.  They believed, also, that nothing P-Barry or his administration did would ever be questioned.  They thought, and rightly so given our voting past, that no one cared about the little things.  But something happened. P-Barry got cross threaded with the people and the people fought back.  Oh he still had the power and used it to his advantage, promptly shanking us with Socialized Medicine and a debt we will never be able to pay, ensuring our children’s children are either under its yolk or fighting the wars that it will inevitably start.

But even in the face of his scorched economy policy, the people pushed.  And they won.  A small victory in the grand scheme of things, to be sure, but a victory after many years of defeat at the hands of BOTH PARTIES.  And that’s the one thing that takes my prediction that, “the Pr0nViewers are gonna be here forever,” not quite a dead cert. 

You see, the powers that be, at least the ones that can really read the tea leaves, know that the loyalty of these newly emboldened voters is up for grabs every November.  They hold no party allegiance, and unlike the so-called, “Moderate Voters,” who are really afraid to speak their mind and tend to just go with whatever is popular, these new voters are bold, brash, and really have a moral compass that points true North, not “D” or “R”.  To get these voters, lawmakers will have to really show they are listening to the people. 

If the people get angry at this most basic intrusion into our personal lives and stay angry, then some politicians will start to say, “Hmmm.  There’s votes in them thar hills,” and sponsor some movement, or even legislation, to pull this things.  But it will take a lot of perseverance and anger on the part of the people.  It will take all the road warriors opting out and makeing the lines long as hell so airlines lose money.  Basically, it will take US being inconvenienced all to hell while .gov tells us that if we don’t submit, someone is going to blow some plane full of nuns and children and cripples out of the sky and won’t we feel bad when it happens. 

The Bitter Truth

And we will feel bad.  But the horrible truth that people need to learn NOW is that life really does suck and no scanner, screener, or law is going to stop that.  Bad people find ways to do bad things.  Look at the cities where guns shouldn’t exist.  Laws upon laws are heaped on, covering the rights of the average citizen and people are still dying.  Why?  Becasue people who want to do harm to others aren’t deterred by laws.  People, spurred on by a malignant religious adherence that makes them believe they are going to be rewarded by their god, are going to find ways to do harm.  You can’t stop it.  You never will.  Deal with it. 

Will it be a tragedy?  Yes.  Will there be finger-pointing?  Yes.  But someone has to have the guts to say, “Enough.  I don’t want to be alive at the expense of living.  I’ll take my chances and if my big ol’ bird is about to be used as a bomb or missile, I bless you and the poor jet jockey given the task and beg you to shoot me out of the sky.”

Until we aren’t afraid to live again, we will always be healthy, but under the boot of someone who couldn’t care less that we aren’t living well.

Ok, if you can’t get worked up with a money quote like that, think about this.  I think he’s really hit the nail on the head there.  Stop thinking about yourselves here for a minute.  Stop thinking about an unnamed ghoul that .gov it warning about.  Stop thinking about a plane load of unknowns that knew the risks when they handed over their credit card.  Think about YOUR loved ones.  Think about looking into the eyes of YOUR little girl and having to explain why that mean man touched her “there” and YOU did nothing.  Do something.  NOW!

One last item.  I have a suggestion for the holidays over here at my less serious blog.  It may be a way we can vote with our wallets and show that we don’t want this level of abuse. 

H/T to all Unc., Tam, Breda, NJT, Instapundit, Sebastian, Lawdog, and anyone else I linked to in the article.

Written by lablount

November 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm