What is becoming of our nation?

Doing my morning news scan this morning, I noted several headlines on the Drudge Report alone that I think would make the founding fathers turn in their grave enough to generate power for at least half of the nation.

First, Conservative justice Scalia believes the founding fathers left wiggle room in the Constitution for gun regulation…

Second, does anybody beside myself wonder how the heck our country has been allowed to reach a point where DHS feels the need to gear up for the coming conventions, elections, and inauguration?   Note in the article that there are designated areas called ‘Free Speech Zones’. Something entirely wrong with this, in my arrogant opinion. And by the way, note that this story , along with the equipment procurement request was plucked from a Russian news outlet…

Infowars marries this story with the evident need expressed by Janet Incompitano for 30,000 drones to blanket American skies to “…be used for public safety.”

Where do things go from here?


Why a blog?

Blogging is an amazing and interesting thing. When used as a public diary, it basically says, “I want everyone to know about me. I have nothing to hide.” When used as it was originally intended, say for uploading updates on a trip for friends to see back home, it says, “Look at me… wish you were here.” Then there’s that other thing. The random thoughts and commentary on anything from current events to the heavyweight title match between the voices in one’s head.  This is the way a blog is used in majority. This is what I’m doing. Continue reading

Great scorched earth post…

John Kirkwood over at Clashdaily.com draws some great and disheartening dichotomies...

Never waste a good crisis…

The media sure has been playing up the anti-gun rhetoric over the Aurora massacre. MSNBS tried to politicize it with the brother of one of the victims, who, would have none of that.

Then there was Ice T and his stance on the second amendment. I must say, I was impressed with how he handled the line of questioning. But what struck me the most was the point he made regarding someone’s desire to commit murder. If they want to, their going to, and guns being legal does not help a psycho do so. This is true as true can be. And this got me thinking…

In the conversations that have been taking shape over this as well as other recent past incidents, the left always seems to point back to gun control.  Within this conversation, the pro-control movement always latches on to the only foothold they have, which is the assault weapons ban. This is the line of scrimmage, where the anti-gun team digs in their cleats and tries like hell to move the ball forward toward the goal. Unfortunately for them, they seem to be met with an effective blitz at every down.

What Ice T said plays well into this blitz. If someone wants to commit a murder, either of an individual or a mass of people, it will be done if they are determined enough. Whatever means used to commit such an atrocity can be classified as an assault weapon. If a man tries to kill another with a stone, he is committing an assault, and therefore the rock becomes an assault weapon. Let’s ban rocks. If a vehicle is used, the vehicle is then to be classified as an assault weapon. That takes cars off of the list of items we can own legally. Following this line of reasoning, just think if someone used their bare hands. Who is going to be responsible for removing the hands off of every person in the nation?

I believe that the only way to prevent such crimes from happening rests in the ability to own, carry, and train in the effective use of firearms. Proof of this ideology can be found in the law books and statistics of Kennesaw, Georgia.

From the pages of Wikipedia…

Gun law

In 1982 the city passed an ordinance [Sec 34-21][18]

(a) In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition therefore.
(b)Exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who suffer a physical or mental disability which would prohibit them from using such a firearm. Further exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who are paupers or who conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine, or persons convicted of a felony.

Gun rights activist David Kopel has claimed that there is evidence that this gun law has reduced the incident rate of home burglaries citing that in the first year, home burglaries dropped from 65 before the ordinance, down to 26 in 1983, and to 11 in 1984.[19] Another report observed a noticeable reduction in burglary from 1981, the year before the ordinance was passed, to 1999.[20]

Later research claims that there is no evidence that [the law] reduced the rate of home burglaries [in Kennesaw][21][22], even though the overall crime rate had decreased by more than 50% between 1982 and 2005.[23]

The city’s website[24] claims the city has the lowest crime rate in the county.

One could also look at the firearm ownership in Switzerland. Attempts at gun related assault, whether fulfilled or failed, stand a roughly 1:250,000 people.

This nation has some nasty habits. One of those neon boils on the flesh of our society is our negatively reactionary nature. One only needs to look at what Homeland Security has turned into to understand that every time a heinous crime is committed, the people who stand to lose the most are the law abiding citizens. We were attacked by men from the middle east, so rather than profiling at the airport, we will inappropriately search children, little old ladies, and people with prosthetic devices. And if we cry foul, they release the hounds and your life becomes a nightmare. Such is the case with the anti-gun lobby. If one obtains a gun by any means, legal or otherwise, and commits a crime, you, the law abiding gun owner, PTA member, and soccer mom, become the potential criminal. Welcome to the watch list.

I leave this with what I would call an anonymous quote…

You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.

Just a rambling of thought.

Update… as if to make my point...

Wow. Just, wow again

I wasn’t aware that a pile of decorated dust mops were so damn socially aware. I mean, is anybody in this once great nation really so damn stupid that they actually care about what a glorified sock puppet manipulator says?

Muppets Boycott Chick-Fil-A – Kevin Glass.

NEWS FLASH!!! It was revealed today that muppets aren’t real, and therefore do not eat chicken to begin with. No great loss to Chick-fil-a.

Good Morning…

This morning reminds me of when I was living in the midwest in the summer. I woke up at 3:30 am, there is no relief in the air, the thermometer reads 75 degrees, the humidity is up, and a thunderstorm just started. Talk about nostalgia.

Colorado Massacre…

Thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the lost and injured due to the rampage of a lone psychopath in Colorado. I cannot fathom the depth of loss, nor the complete pathological lunacy and hatred it must take to commit such an act.

A couple of things for the record:

1. It takes an awfully big story to dedicate half of the page on Drudge Report.

2. A little Google search revealed that Colorado is in fact a capital punishment state, though they have only executed one person since it was reinstated in ’75. Too bad they’re slow at the switch.

Shepherd Diaries… The initiation.

Bonding, day 2

About eight months ago, one of my regular customers gave me a six month old German Shepherd purebred. No papers, which is fine with me. I really have no care for such things as I gladly accepted the dog for companionship and security against all the woodsy creatures that like to get in my yard and eat the landscape. Besides, I’ve seen the Westminster Dog Show on TV, and frankly, I’m too lazy to put that much effort into a dog’s appearance and mannerisms.

I have owned many dogs in the past. Whether it was the family dog growing up, which we had four, or the two I had when I struck out on my own, no real training was ever needed really. They were all protective of the kids in the neighborhood. Only one, a Black Lab/Chow needed to be put on a chain. For the most part, just living day by day, they all wound up real mellow when it was called for, and playful when appropriate.

There was never any real bonding to one particular person either. Not one of these dogs was prejudiced towards anybody. They were friendly to all, except the occasional bully who tried to pick on the kids in the neighborhood. For the most part, all our dogs in the past were just part of the gang. Rocco the Shepherd however, is an entirely different story.

The day we brought him home, his name was Nugget. The name wasn’t bad, but we changed it so as to kind of take ownership. He was scared to death and extremely withdrawn. Not because he was beaten or abused in any way, but because he had run with his pack (siblings) up to that point, and was also quite attached to his previous owner. Right away, I wanted to do everything to help him accept this new living arrangement.

Once we got him to the house, I had to clean his vomit out of the back of my truck. When we brought him in, my wife immediately went to take a nap. Meanwhile, I brought him in to what was going to be his safe area (where he’s lying right now as I type) and introduced him to the over-sized pillow he would call his bed. (He has since chewed it up into a vast mess that necessitated a thorough cleaning of both yard and house.)  He tucked himself into the corner as tightly as possible and gave a leery, frightened look at everything. He wouldn’t really let me near him for a bit.

After sitting at the desk for nearly an hour trying to get him used to my presence, I finally committed what my wife thought was a hygienic atrocity. I laid down on the pillow right next to Rocco. That was all it took. He bonded with me right off the bat. I had no idea how strong that bond was going to be…

to be continued…

Janet Incompitano on the hotseat

I think the chief troll of DHS missed a few lessons as a child, Such as answering a question directly when asked directly. Thank God there was someone there to put a Texas style whompin’ on her.

Via The Blaze…

Louie Gohmert Yells at Janet Napolitano For Claiming She’s Unaware of Classified Doc Leak, WH Terror Group Visit | Video | TheBlaze.com.

Lovin’ John Lovitz

From Jon Lovitz twitter account…

(H/T Breitbart)