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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

Obamatax: God Allowed Roberts to Switch His Vote

Do I have your attention?  Yes, you read that correctly.  God, I think, is the entity that allowed Roberts to abandon all pretense of constitutionality and give the Federal… actually, after Obamatax fully implements we should simply start calling DC the Central Government.  Anyway, with his ruling, the Central Government is now able to compel anyone, under the guise of a tax, to do ANYTHING IT WANTS.  Not just prevent things it didn’t really want as it has done in the past with taxes, but now it will COMPEL you to do anything it wants.  I’m not actually sure where that is in The Constitution, I’ve been looking over my copy and I really can’t find it.  Maybe it’s a misprint?  Or maybe it’s so alive that this old copy I have from 2000 has morphed into something else.

But let’s put that aside for the moment.  Frankly, if this nation is so stupid to think that Single Payer Health Care can work here when it’s failed everywhere else; it deserves to be crushed under the boot of Central Government that controls all aspects of its citizen’s lives.

I think Robert’s unprecedented flip-flop was due to one person; God.  Why?  Simple.  We, as voters, have never answered the question of abortion in this country.  Sure a few states have, but as a nation, all our laws regarding abortion are due to court rulings or as responses to those rulings.   We have never had an up or down vote on abortion.  God doesn’t like to be kept waiting so now we will have to answer for the abortions that are a major part of this law.

Ok, for you theologians, I know what you are saying, “GOD DOESN’T DO EVIL ACTS!”  You are correct.  But remember The Lord’s Prayer, “…Lead us not into temptation…”  While God won’t do something evil, he will lead us up to the precipitate of it and allow it for a good reason.   And how many people would be snoozing by now or have just stopped reading if I started out by explaining how and why God lets evil operate.  That’s a volume of books unto itself.  So, for the sake of brevity, focus on WHY God would allow this travesty and leave Justice Roberts to do his own Flip Wilson impersonation.

If Roberts had stayed true to The Constitution, he would have struck down the personal mandate, and with it, Obamacare.  Instead, he rewrote the law and turned it into Obamatax.  If Obamacare had been repealed, it would, once again, be a court saying something about abortion.  If you remember, it was Obamacare that transferred millions of dollars to Planed Parenthood.  It’s also that same law that allows Obama’s HHS mandate that tramples all over conscience rights and forces employers with deep religious convictions to pay for abortions.

With this law, we now are FORCED to pay for abortions through our tax dollars.  Our representatives passed this law.  Maybe it was a bastardized process that thwarted the will of the people, but it still was our ELECTED OFFICIALS who passed this law.  Actions have consequences and now we have to face those consequences.   We don’t get to hide behind a court ruling.  We have to, as a nation, give an up or down vote.  This election, whether we wish to admit it or not, is that vote.

If we rise up and vote in Senators, Representatives, and a President that dismantle the egregious Personal Mandate, but allow funding to stand for abortion, then God will have the answer to the question he has asked since Roe v. Wade.  God: “Do you really want abortion?”  Us: “Yes, God, we want to kill our children.”

If we rise up and elect the same bunch of politicians who descend on DC and consume our votes and taxes like a plague of locusts; God will have his answer, “We don’t care if we kill our children.”

If we rise up and elect officials that gut the whole law or at least alter the law to drop abortion funding and do what Obamacare was supposed to do:  insure the uninsured (which Obamatax doesn’t currently do nor will it no matter what you think); then we may just have a chance to tell God, “We would really like a few more years to deal with this abortion debate.  Please?”

Either way, when this election is over, if our officials in DC vote to uphold public moneys for abortion, God have mercy on us.

The complete irony is that this is happening in the context of our simple God-given right to be left alone by a central government.  A right that was, at one time, guaranteed in The Constitution but has long been ignored by Progressives who, since Teddy Roosevelt (apocryphally) threw his sausage, have decided that they know how to keep us all protected and safe.   In effect, we are saying to God with Obamatax, “We surrender our most basic freedom… That which makes us a nation.  We gladly give away our birthright for the illusion of protection and compassion.  And to consummate and consecrate the trade, we offer the oblation of our children.”  What do you think God’s reply will be?

Sadly, we won’t only be answering for ourselves, but the entire Western World.  Most of the West has already succumbed to this question.  They have gladly offered their children for convenience and protection.  We have held out; refusing to answer like a coward hiding in the corner.  What sadness will move God if we do this?  What horror will be in his heart when we fully abandon him?  How lonely will he be on the cross when the most powerful nation in the West says, “the innocent must die.”  I don’t think judgment will be far behind.

Those of us who oppose this monstrosity of a Tax do so for many reasons.  It is a boondoggle.  It doesn’t do what it is supposed to do.  It will bankrupt the middle class (75% of all the new taxes will be paid by people making LESS THAN $125K).  It’s an affront to the very context of The Founding Documents.  Insurance premiums will skyrocket (as the already have).  But the real truth is that we should all find solidarity in the sickness that the future of our country, our children, will be be murdered by taxpayer funded abortions all so that we can “feel” good that the uninsured, who won’t be insured after all, will be someone else’s problem because we gave at the office.

One last sobering note to those who oppose this law… tax… whatever you wish to call it now.  Remember, nations will be judged.  If we lose, and I deeply fear we will, it may not be enough to say, “Lord, I tried.  Sorry.”  When we die and are judged, we will be held accountable for our nation’s evils as well.  There are surely enough of those to go around already.  But one thing God will not abide is a child murderer.  I don’t look forward to, at my meeting with The Boss, hearing, “It would have been better for you that a milestone had been tied around your neck.”

So we will have some decisions to make once (yes, I meant to type “once” not “if”) this fully implements and there is no way to stop it.  What will you do to keep your soul from eternal damnation?  Will you leave?  Will you go to jail?  Will you pray that your desire that it “wasn’t so” is enough to keep God from seeing the blood on your hands via your tax dollars?  I don’t have any answers.  But it’s time to start asking those questions because come 2014, when this fully implements and is enshrined as an entitlement, there is NO going back.

God help us all for I fear the hollow phrase, “God Bless America,” will be a cold curse from November 2012 forward.  I really hope and pray that I am wrong.  I pray for my country.  But mostly, I pray that my family will be spared the madness that is surely to come on the heels of telling God, He’s no longer welcome here.

Written by lablount

July 3, 2012 at 8:21 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

I Really Didn’t Want To Get Into This, But…

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Since SanFranNan wants all this discussion on “Immigration Reform”, I’ll oblige to keep our weary priests from having to engage in it. And for you who are unfortunate enough to find yourself on the pointy end of an immoral sermon, I’m going to go over “Immigration Reform” ONCE and ONE TIME ONLY. This is a long one… so sit tight.  There’s something for everyone to be mad at in this.

Who’s to Blame

There are NO HANDS CLEAN in this debate. Both Ds and Rs have RUINED this debate and turned it, purposefully, into a race issue. Why? Because Blue Blood Country Club RINOs love, REPEAT LOVE, having slave labor at negligible wages. Because Socialist Democrats love, REPEAT LOVE, having people in need to spend money on. OUR MONEY.

No one in party leadership wants to really look at the issue. Big business types don’t care. They love cheap labor too. No one, REPEAT NO ONE, in charge in either party wants this to be solved. They WANT illegal immigrants to be a slave class one way or the other. Period.

But Larry, The Dems are moving to legalize illegals, at least that’s what the promise to Hispanics. Doesn’t that solve the problem?

NO! Not the way they want to go about it. Putting aside the pure economic issues of if it’s OK to just give away 30 million citizenships. Putting aside the justice issues of skipping all those who’ve obeyed laws and played by the rules. What the Democrats want is 30 million voters who are in need of government support. The Democrats don’t want to force assimilation. They have no intention of making true citizens who are able to participate in the American Dream. They want 30 million hamstrung voters, who will now no longer be able to get low wage jobs, to be on the public dole and vote for whomever will promise the most goodies. Truth be know, most RINOs like this idea too.

What does that give us in the end? 30 million people who are beholden to Uncle Sam for subsistence living. That is NOT the American Dream. That’s an American Nightmare in the making because Uncle Sam can not deliver what he’s already promised to the current citizens. How much sooner will we see bread lines and riots with 30,000,000 new people expecting the federal government to ride to the rescue?

Social Justice

Now enough economics… Most people hate math. Let’s deal SOLELY with social justice. One of the key points that Democrats hate is the concept of a Commerce Language. In fact, when you try to demand that everyone speak one Commerce (or “Official”) Language, they are the first to howl, “RACISM!” Why? Because being able to communicate, especially in the common tongue of commerce, makes you free. YOU are able to decide for yourself what the truth is. You don’t have to depend on Government or a few select poverty pimping translators to tell you what is happening. You can read and speak in the language that the primary sources are reading and speaking.

When you remove the requirement for a citizen to speak English effectively, you sentence that person to slave status. They will forever be dependent on others for navigating the legal system, economy, and social structures. Is that Justice? When SanSfanNan tries to strong-arm Church officials into touting Democrat policies, what she is really doing is demanding they put the true interests of Illegals aside. She wants the Church to table real social justice in deference to touchy feely social justice where the aim is to make everyone, especially the white benefactors, feel good about themselves. It’s nothing more than a repackaged white washed Liberation Theology that has been CONDEMNED by the Vatican.

As a side note, I wonder how The SanFranNanny would feel about a Republican Conservative Catholic demanding that the Priests start teaching, in a real way, that when you vote for a candidate that supports abortion, you kill babies.  I bet SFN would not like that and be one of the first to start chanting about the separation of Church and State… but that’s a point for another topic.

Defending the Borders

Now let’s look at simple national sovereignty. Does a nation have a right to 1) secure its borders and 2) dictate how people will be assimilated into its society? YES! Any definable unit of society has that right. A family has the right to bring others into that family. It also has a right to make sure those it brings in will obey the rules and are not trying to simply use the family. The family metaphor is important because unlike other institutions like clubs and businesses, a nation can’t simply say, “you know, we really shouldn’t have adopted you. That was a bad idea. You have to leave now.” Once you are in, you are in. …Warts and all. Nations have to be allowed to not only stop people at the borders, but be selective about who they take.

Who should be selected? Honestly, anyone who wants to be an American and who is willing to work. The economy will support people at the lower end of the earnings ladder. We don’t need to only look for engineers and software coders. People who love an honest day’s work do a lot more for a country than those who sit on their ass all day. And as an “all day ass sitter” myself, I feel quite confident about that statement.

The Salve Class

I wrote earlier in this post about slaves. I don’t use that word lightly. This is a country of citizens. When you encourage, by governmental policy, the expansion of those who need the federal government to survive, you create slaves. The object, and I mean this with all sincerity, of the federal government is to make every person in this country a subject of the federal government. In other words, a slave. It’s not a grand conspiracy. It’s just the way organisms work. They grow. The Federal Government is an organism that seeks to grow to its limits (and beyond, if possible).

In the past, we could accept a large number of illegal immigrants because it was assumed that the national government would either try get rid of them or allow them or their children to assimilate into true citizenship. Now that is not the case. The government sees a way to jumpstart a full slave nation by implementing, first, a true slave class. If that class is mortgaged as simple illegals, given week quasi official status as “guest workers”, or placed under welfare as citizens in name only, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that once you have a large number beholden to the federal government for daily life, that number will grow. Not because of laziness of the recipients (although that will happen from time to time), but from the sheer inability to move out from under the government’s thumb.

How many readers had student loans? How long did that take to pay off? Now imagine trying to get out from under daily needs provided by the government when every stride you take to free yourself nets you two steps back because of regulations that are specifically designed to keep you from moving to the producing class. Some will make it. But most will not.

All our small business laws, regulations, and tax laws are written to make it harder and harder to produce. All this is done under the guise of providing an even playing field. At some point all of us end up in the government “safety net”. Stuck like flies in a spider web. Sometimes people can get out. But with every new law, new government bailout, new government pork project, new government program or entitlement, it becomes that much harder to free yourself because government needs more and more of your money.

For us in the middle class, it’s a struggle. For those who will instantly become entangled in the “safety net” with no way to get out… With no true voice to be heard… With no one getting out of their way and letting them advance, it will be a social blood bad.

Don’t believe me? Look what our “great white guilt” did to the inner city black family. All the pandering and promising was done with the excuse of compassion. It was really done to secure votes for generations for those who would promise the most redistribution of wealth.

Capitalism Works

If the illegal aliens have shown us one thing it is that Capitalism Works. In the cases where illegal are not fully abused by their “betters”, we see them actually thrive. Without government regulations. Without OSHA. Without the FTC. Without any of the social engineering apparatuses that small business has come to loath, these people carve out a niche in society. Is it the niche they could have? No. Sadly, without the ability to communicate and be free, they are simply successful salves. But the point is well taken, by those of us who notice, that when you turn people loose, even under the most appalling of conditions, they can, and do, survive better than when ensnared by pages and volumes of federal red tape.

So what does that tell us about how the problem should be solved? Simple enough. Let Capitalism begin to fix it. Get rid of the government giveaways, put people who hire illegals in jail, and make it hard for illegals to get jobs and the wound will begin to close. Simple supply and demand at work. Get rid of the supply of government goodies, and the demand will go elsewhere. Get rig of the demand for slave labor, and the supply will go else where.

But that only answers one aspect of the issue. You have to patrol the border. Not so much to take out the illegal immigrants themselves, but to stop gang activity which uses the porous border to smuggle almost at will. These gangs know that once they are in and make it to one of the many sanctuary cities, they can function without fear because a bunch of white handwringers have convinced themselves that keeping slaves is good and they are better off here than they were in Africa South America (sound familiar?).

Next, prosecute city officials who allow sanctuary status. The federal government needs to make that a crime and enforce it. Take away the opportunity to operate with impunity and the problem will diminish. Not go away, but diminish.

Finally, REFORM THE IMMIGRATION LAWS! Our current lawyer driven system is a joke. I’ve watched good people in that system end up having to start the whole process over and over (and over) and fork over another thousand plus dollars each time just because one thing needed adjusting. I know we need to make sure people who want to come here really need to prove themselves, but setting up a catch-22 system that purposefully fattens lawyer’s pockets is criminal. There is little hope for a poor person from south of the border making it thought that mine field.

Ultimate Goal

Our ultimate goal of reform has to be realistic. Anyone who says, “If we do X, everything will go away and be fixed,” is a lying sack of crap. Fix all aspects of this problem in the best ways possible and we will still have illegals. We will always have them. But if we can get this country back to a goal of assimilation and not balkanization, we can handle the smaller amounts that come through.

Our ultimate goal should also be, and I’m going to get a lot of hate over this, the complete reformation of the Mexican economy and government. If we keep allowing Mexico to spill over workers from its failed economy and public policies, then we are to blame for every ounce of social injustice that goes on on that side of the border as well.

You and I have both watched a team of illegals totally redo a house in days. There is no question about their work ethic. Fields of crops cleared even though the labor is back-breaking and menial. We know Mexico has great natural wealth as well. Why, with a population willing to cross borders to work hard jobs and great natural gifts, can’t the Mexican Government and Economy make a profitable system? Could it be because of the gross abuses and corruption? Could it be because the system is set up to protect the “haves” and prevent the “Have-Nots” from advancing? Or could it just be “to the bone” incompetence on the part of leaders?

Whatever the case is, as long as we are Mexico’s pressure valve, they will never have to reform and the people who are stuck behind in Mexico and the rest of Latin America will have no hope.

Economic Hand Wringing

One of the arguments proffered by the Open Borders Business crowd is that, “Americans will never pay 6 dollars for a head of lettuce.” That may be true. We would have a hard time getting out fruits and veggies at the current confiscatory tax rates. But if we didn’t have the other side of the illegal coin we would be able to afford $6 lettuce. If we didn’t have a huge welfare state that was already ignoring citizenship requirements and handing out federal goodies to illegals, then we could pay $6 for lettuce. Hell… if we didn’t have most of the over burdensome social programs that have FAILED miserably despite forking more money into the furnace to be burned up like so much kindling, then we could pay for $12 lettuce.

Stream line the tax code, get rid of government waste, and let US keep OUR money, and we could pay what the market dictates.

Lines in the Sand

I think there are some points, though, on which we have to examine even harder. Maybe even declare them as lines in the sand that, as a nation, we will not cross.

The first is emergency medical coverage. I know many are sick of paying for every little sniffle and cough that illegals have. Many have proposed simply doing away with allowing illegals emergency care. I’m not prepared, and I think I’m in the vast majority, to shut down EMS services for illegals. This is one of those few areas I’m quite comfortable being taken for a ride. I want NO HUMAN BEING to die because they couldn’t get EMS care. Period. I think that is a decision we, as a nation, came to a long time ago. Even before the government got involved, charity hospitals and philanthropists did all they cold to make sure that those who could not pay still survived the night. We, as a people, have embraced that idea. We should no turn away from it.

Does that mean we can’t fix the system and try to prevent as many non-critical cases from clogging and abusing the system? No. It just means we will have to accept that draconian measures in this area will only serve to harm people. We can’t have doctors hamstrung while trying to treat people. And it’s not in the doctor’s or nurse’s job description to be INS beat cops. Whatever solution we push for has to allow for seriously ill patients to be treated. And if that means that some will slip though the cracks and get treatment that could wait 6 days until the symptoms clear up, then so be it.

The final issue is citizenship. People worry about the “Anchor Babies”. Many say there should be a change in the law to not allow these babies to be US citizens. Sorry folks. The law that would need to be changed is the US CONSTITUTION. The Fourteenth Amendment, Article I to be exact. That was put in in response to slavery. Funny how that word “slave” keeps coming up in this topic. Do we really want to mess with The Constitution? Did those who voted on the amendment know what it might be used for? Has time and testing shown it needs to be amended? Or will amending it again lead to more threats of slavery?

These are all questions that will have to be asked before we can move to change THE LAW of the land in that area. I’m not against taking a look at The Constitution for amendment. I would love to do away with the direct election of Senators and give the States back their voice in DC. But any look at amending MUST be done with a wary eye and deep thoughts about the future implications.

Illegals Already Here

What do we do with the ones already here?  That’s a damn good question with no great answer.  Justice would seem to demand they be deported, while mercy would seem to demand a path to citizenship.  A real path, not the “*poof* you are a citizen, have fun” path the Democrats want.

Honestly, I don’t have a good answer.  The reason is that we are to blame as well.  If it were simply a case of the US trying everything in its power to stem the tide and failing, then I would agree that a round up and deportation of everyone is in order.  But WE let them stay.  WE encouraged them to be here.  WE, have a part to play in this as well.  Even if we didn’t do it directly; we, but not forcing Washington to take us seriously and by just voting for the next wonk who paid lip service with no substance, allowed this to go on.  Maybe you weren’t part of the majority that let it happen, but that’s the breaks in a Representative Republic.  We get the government they deserve.

And we all do enjoy that 99 cent head of lettuce, don’t we?

A simple path to citizenship without some punishment makes a mockery of the law.  But what kind of punishment can it be?  …Monetary?  …Physical incarceration?  …Temporary Deportation?  …A seriously delayed citizenship?  What?  I don’t have a good answer.

And that is the problem with letting things like this fester.  Your chance at good options dwindles to scant zero if you wait too long.  And we have waited too long.  Someone, somehow, is going to be badly affected by a see change.  There is no way to stop that at this point.

Conclusions

So where does this leave us? Well, aside from an interesting intellectual exercise, no place useful. The current debate is laced with ad hominem attacks that charge racism as every “boo”, preventing us for having a serious discussion on the topic. Arizona passed a law that had both sides jumping with either fits of glee or apoplexy. I wager that no one actually read the law. If they had, neither side would be very happy. But not for the reasons they may have though. All someone had to do was SOMETHING and one side screamed, “RACISM,” while the other yelled, “ABOUT DAMN TIME!”

If people aren’t informed and don’t demand real substantive change. We are doomed. You can not keep slaves. It will bankrupt you morally and economically. One of the great ironies of the Anti-Bellum age was that the South’s economy was so trashed by their dependence on slavery that they could not compete with the North’s industrialization. But the North wasn’t real thrilled with the South getting up to speed since it would mean more expensive goods. Sounding a bit familiar?

At some point, this will draw to a head and erupt. We will either have a complete break down of our economy, or these modern slaves, who are not in chains and without armed violent recourse, will push back. Either way (or a combination there of), the blood that is being spilt and will be spilt is on our heads for not holding our elected officials’ collective feet to the fire.

One last thought. Please break away from the emotions of this issue. I know it’s very hard. My family tree has the name “Echvarria” in it. My Basque heritage explains a great deal about my temper. It’s no secret that my family wound its way to the US via Mexico in the late 1800’s. So it’s sometimes hard not to sympathize with the “leave them alone” crowd. But this is not just about being nice. It’s about being merciful and just. And you can’t do either of those things under the current system or a system that would just move to legalize their poverty. It doesn’t matter if the yoke we offer them is less oppressive than the one they flee, that is NOT what our ideals should be as a nation. We should seek to offer the best and be the best, not just be kinder slavers.

(note:  any type-os and grammar errors are the fault of me not having a proof reader. If you complain, you volunteer.)

Written by lablount

May 12, 2010 at 3:38 pm