Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Second Amendment Ammo

Adapted from an email circulating on the interweb:
  • Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not. ~ Thomas Jefferson (disputed -- who then?)
  • Those who trade liberty for security have neither. ~ Ben Franklin (paraphrased)
  • Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
  • Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.
  • Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.
  • You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.
  • Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.
  • You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
  • Assault is a behavior, not a device.
  • 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
  • Guns have only two enemies; rust and politicians.
  • The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.
  • When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.
  • An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
  • The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.
  • What part of "shall not be infringed" do you NOT understand?
  • The United States Constitution, Copyright © 1791, We the People. All Rights Reserved.
(Thanks to Uncle Richard)

Incidentally, I have noticed that gun control efforts have focused (in one aspect at least) on innovations in firearms technology. For example, many of the features of the much-maligned "assault rifle" are simply modern enhancements. Why should we be limited only to inventions that occurred before 1880? We don't do that with automobiles, or typewriters computers. Why guns?

A Terrorist's Life Is Such a Pressure Cooker!

  • If pressure cookers are outlawed, only terrorists will have pressure cookers.
  • Who needs a pressure cooker in today's kitchen, when we have microwaves?
  • Nobody needs a pressure cooker that can hold more than one chicken.
  • Nobody needs a pressure cooker that has any features invented since 1880.
  • Nobody needs a black pressure cooker.
  • Nobody needs a pressure cooker with a bayonet mount and retractable stock (that may be true).

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy B-Earth Day, Vladimir Lenin!

All your property
are belong to us.*
It is no coincidence that Earth Day falls on Vladimir Lenin's birthday (I call it "B-Earth Day"). Karl Marx included environmental extremism with communism. The two are inextricably linked. The irony is, the environment flourishes where free markets, capitalism and liberty flourishes, and people have the prosperity and leisure time to worry about the environment. Did you see what East Germany looked like just after the fall of the Berlin wall? Did you see what the old USSR (e.g., Chernobyl) looked like, and still does, to a great degree? (They're still not really free.)

This MSN article celebrates environmental tyranny, and the indoctrination of our youth in public schools, saying, "With green education standards established in nearly every state, the nation’s schools are producing the most environmentally literate generation in history." Yes, and simultaneously, the least scientifically literate generation in history. Good job, 'progressives'. What you have created is a hive of illiberal worker bees. And the resulting public policy will eventually leave America looking more like East Germany and the old USSR, in more ways than one. Thanks a heap.

*cultural reference

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Who Is the Boston Marathon Bomber?

People on the left are saying, "I hope it isn't a leftist". Muslims are saying, "I hope it isn't a Muslim extremist". Tea partiers are saying, "I hope it isn't a right-wing kook". Gun enthusiasts are saying, "At least it wasn't a shooter". Hermits are saying, "There was a bombing? Well, I hope it wasn't the Unabomber".

The fact is, random bombings are an extremist act, a demented act. None of the mainstream members of those groups I just named would want to be associated with such a heinous act. I say that as a tea partier who just wants my government to follow The Constitution and fight corruption.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Want a Free House?

This is probably fictitious, but it is still valid. It comes from an email circulating on The Internet:
No. It. Isn't.
To create anything of value, someone always has to
invest time from their life that they'll never get back.
I was in my neighborhood restaurant this morning and was seated behind a group of jubilant individuals celebrating the coming implementation of the health care bill. I could not finish my breakfast. This is what ensued:
They were a diverse group of several races and both sexes. I heard the young man ex claim , “Isn’t Obama like Jesus Christ? I mean, after all, he is healing the sick.”
The young woman enthusiastically pro claim ed, “Yeah, and he does it for free. I cannot believe anyone would think that a free market would work for health care.”
Another said, ‘The stupid Republicans want us all to starve to death so they can inherit all of the power. Obama should be made a Saint for what he did for those of us less fortunate.”
At this, I had more than enough. I arose from my seat, mustering all the restraint I could find, and approached their table. “Please excuse me; may I impose upon you for one moment?”
They smiled and welcomed me to the conversation. I stood at the end of their table, smiled as best I could and began an experiment.
“I would like to give one of you my house. It will cost you no money, and I will pay all of the expenses and taxes for as long as you live there. Anyone interested?”
They looked at each other in astonishment.
“Why would you do something like that?” asked a young man. “There isn’t anything for free in this world.”
They began to laugh at me, as they did not realize this man had just made my point.
“I am serious, I will give you my house for free, no money whatsoever. Anyone interested?”
In unison, a resounding “Hell Yeah” fills the room.
“Since there are too many of you, I will have to make a choice as to who receives this money-free bargain.”
I noticed an elderly couple was paying attention to the spectacle unfolding before their eyes, the old man shaking his head in apparent disgust.
“I tell you what; I will give it to the one of you most willing to obey my rules.”
Again, they looked at one another, an expression of bewilderment on their faces.
The perky young woman asked, “What are the rules?”
I smiled and said, “I don’t know. I have not yet defined them. However, it is a free home that I offer you.”
They giggled amongst themselves, the youngest of which said, “What an old coot. He must be crazy to give away his home. Go take your meds, old man.”
I smiled and leaned into the table a bit further. “I am serious, this is a legitimate offer.”
They gaped at me for a moment.
“I’ll take it you old fool. Where are the keys?” boasted the youngest among them.
“Then I presume you accept ALL of my terms then?” I asked.
The elderly couple seemed amused and entertained as they watched from the privacy of their table. “Oh hell yeah! Where do I sign up?”
I took a napkin and wrote, “I give this man my home, without the burden of financial obligation, so long as he accepts and abides by the terms that I shall set forth upon consummation of this transaction.”
I signed it and handed it to the young man who eagerly scratched out his signature.
“Where are the keys to my new house?” he asked in a mocking tone of voice.
All eyes were upon us as I stepped back from the table, pulling the keys from pocket and dangling them before the excited new homeowner.
“Now that we have entered into this binding contract, witnessed by all of your friends, I have decided upon the conditions you are obligated to adhere from this point forward. You may only live in the house for one hour a day. You will not use anything inside of the home. You will obey me without question or resistance. I expect complete loyalty and admiration for this gift I bestow upon you. You will accept my commands and wishes with enthusiasm, no matter the nature. Your morals and principles shall be as mine. You will vote as I do, think as I do and do it with blind faith. These are my terms. Here are your keys.”
I reached the keys forward and the young man looked at me dumbfounded.
“Are you out of your mind? Who would ever agree to those ridiculous terms?” the young man appeared irritated.
“You did when you signed this contract before reading it, understanding it and with the full knowledge that I would provide my conditions only after you committed to the agreement.”
The elderly man chuckled as his wife tried to restrain him. I was looking at a now silenced and bewildered group of people.
“You can shove that stupid deal up your a** old man. I want no part of it!” exclaimed the now infuriated young man.
'You have committed to the contract, as witnessed by all of your friends. You cannot get out of the deal unless I agree to it. I do not intend to let you free now that I have you ensnared. I am the power you agreed to. I am the one you blindly and without thought chose to enslave yourself to. In short, I am your Master.”
At this, the table of celebrating individuals became a unified group against the unfairness of the deal.
After a few moments of unrepeatable comments and slurs, I revealed my true intent.
“What I did to you is what this administration and congress did to you with the health care legislation. I easily suckered you in and then revealed the real cost of the bargain. Your folly was in the belief that you can have something you did not earn, and for that which you did not earn, you willingly allowed someone else to think for you. Your failure to research, study and inform yourself permitted reason to escape you. You have entered into a trap from which you cannot flee. Your only chance of freedom is if your new Master gives it to you. A freedom that is given can also be taken away. Therefore, it is not freedom at all.”
With that, I tore up the napkin and placed it before the astonished young man. “This is the nature of your new health care legislation.”

Here endeth the lesson. The story goes on with some gratuitous grandstanding, which doesn't really add to the principles being discussed.

I turned away to leave these few in thought and contemplation -- and was surprised by applause.
The elderly gentleman, who was clearly entertained, shook my hand enthusiastically and said, “Thank you, Sir. These kids don’t understand Liberty .”
He refused to allow me to pay my bill as he said, “You earned this one. It is an honor to pick up the tab.”
I shook his hand in thanks, leaving the restaurant somewhat humbled and sensing a glimmer of hope for my beloved country.

That last part could have been eliminated; it's just stupid. I almost didn't include it here, but it serves to show when a good object lesson turns to glurge.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

All Your Child Are Belong To Us!*

Collectivists on parade. This is a real anchor of a real national "news" outlet. Unbelievable!

 When they start implementing this policy (and they will if we don't stop them), and you resist, the social workers will show up at your (state-owned) doorstep, and take your child. They already do that now, you know. For some justifiable, serious infractions, and some not so serious. The mechanisms are already in place; they just have to slide the window a little further to the left.

Do you think I'm exaggerating? Twenty years ago, what would you have said if I suggested that gay marriage would be discussed seriously, let alone be legalized? What would you have said if I suggested that government would own the means of production of two of the big three domestic auto makers? What would you have said if I suggested that the government would tell you what kind of toilet, or light bulbs to buy?

Twenty years ago, what would you have said if I suggested that a blithering idiot like two-surnamer Melissa Harris-Perry would be taken seriously on national television?

Folks, we're already living in the Twilight Zone (of American freedom and excellence). Not much time remains to snap this culture back to reality.

*cultural reference