I am the extremist your Government warned you about....
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So not only ONE officer was, apparently, a coward.....BUT 3 others just stood there while shots were being fired in a school? I could buy one cop being a coward, but I find it hard to believe that 4 could be. Hard to believe that 4 cops could be that inept that they would just hide behind their cars while kids were being murdered. (I know I come across sometimes as Anit-Cop, but few of them are cowards)
As I said in previous posts....Curiouser and curiouser. Things just fail to add up. (Just keep reading down for more examples....)
And one wonders how the cops could figure out who the shooter was in 10 minutes when they had a 20 minute delay to watch the videos....
Damn, I thought I had stocked enough tinfoil for hats for all my household...Now I may not even have enough for myself.
Here's a hint for you folks: We , as NRA members, aren't the "gun lobby".... we are individuals who joined to keep our rights and joined an advocacy group that will defend them. We aren't the "Gun Lobby".....I'm not the gun lobby. I'm just a guy who like the shooting sports, who hasn't (and doesn't want to) hurt anyone, and who just wants to protect my rights from the organized folks who want to take my rights and my firearms away.....I joined the NRA because that is what they do....protect my rights.
And we, as individuals, have a lot of disposable income. (for those that don't know, guns aren't cheap, and ammo is expensive....Check out how many folks go to the NRA conventions...and how much money they spend). Folks like me spend a lot more than 20-somethings that can't pay their bills and live in their parent's basement.
Next month, I will be travelling. I will rent a car for a week. It (now) won't be Enterprise or any of their affiliated companies. (the discount isn't really much, but in principle, I simply won't do business with them because of this).
Poke a stick in my eye? Not an issue. I will simply do business elsewhere. I moved my entire retirement saving from Chase over their Virtue Signalling stupid donations to SPLC last year, (a Not Insignificant sum) because I would not let those fees charged nor the commissions gained in the handling of my money go to pay the salaries of the CEO who makes such foolish SJW moves.
Same with these companies. I have other places to spend my money.
They have, simply, chosen to reject my business and to alienate me....For good.
'Cause I have a long memory.
The only way they fix this is to reverse the decision and FIRE those responsible....publicly and loudly....and apologize. Until then, I spend my money elsewhere.
ETA: Hertz too. I just cancelled my reservation with them for the rental car next month.
T'was , in large part, the gun owners who put you into the office you hold right now.
And trying to appease the folks that want you to restrict our freedoms is foolish.
Firstly, they won't ever be happy until there is a complete ban on private ownership of firearms. Secondly, do you really think that doing this will in any way help your position with those who opposed you? They didn't vote for you, they will never vote for you, and, indeed, they despise you and all that you stand for. Pandering to these people will alienate the folks who DID support you, who DID vote for you, and, (if you don't step on your wedding tackle too many times between now and the election) will likely vote for you again.
If you wish to fix things to prevent the sort of shooting that happened in Parkland, Fla, fix the mental health system, fix HIPPA so that mental health issues can be reported to the NICS database. Get people with mental health issues off the street and into places where they can get help and where they, and society, will be protected. Fix things so that cops can report, and get evaluated, those individuals who are disturbed, in order that they can be addressed and, if needed, taken out of society for safety, theirs and ours.
But don't piss on those who are your supporters for short term political gain. Don't bend to those who oppose you anyway....Stand there and be a leader.
If one is gonna take the role of protector, then one should, indeed, be a protector.
Now, instead, he's branded as a coward. I find it hard to believe that any man could not try to intervene, but would instead cower outside. Admittedly, this happened very quickly, but he could have at least TRIED.
I find it odd, cops are usually better than this. But if fits with the rest of THIS. Just one more of those odd coincidences that keep popping up.
Watching the bits and pieces of the CNN "town hall" (and the rest of the MSM ) I am amazed that they that anyone would believe that the entire process with the "Students" and some politicians was anything but a scripted bit of theater. One where the questions that were asked, in the order that they were, was anything but a show designed to scare people...and to tug at their heartstrings and to make the politicians look bad.
One might think that in somewhat intelligent people (by that I mean more intelligent than a housecat....or a microwave oven) that it would be obvious enough that this was merely theater, and blatant theater at that.....
But then again, have you seen a commercial for Chevy cars lately? Apparently, theater works for a great number of our fellow citizens.
So after this latest school shooting, and despite the normal calls for "More Gun Control" from the Usual Suspects....
And now people are saying that we should "Strengthen the Background Check procedures".....All of , by the way, were followed.....There was, simply, no reason to deny Mr. Cruze the purchase of a firearm because there was nothing on the record for which to deny him.....No "strengthening" would have fixed that.
And people are saying that "Law Enforcement should have done something"...(which, in the case of the FBI, may be true, but in the case of the locals....what should they have done?).
I have a thought:
We have over the course of my lifetime...which is more half half a century now...as a society, completely screwed up the mental health system in our society. People who are a danger to themselves OR OTHERS are routinely pushed back out onto the street. People who should be taken in for a mental health examination simply aren't, as the police know that it is a waste of their time and their effort. At one time, these people WERE pulled away from the rest of us and held because they were a safety issue for society.
Now, having said that, at what point should someone be examined and/or held? When should they be held? There used to be some sort of criteria, and there were places for those people that, once deemed to need it, to be held. We have destroyed the system that worked, and that kept people that were a danger, for the most part, away form the rest of the society at large.
Now, having said THAT, I need to point out that the fear that this would be abused is real, and that there are those, mostly on the Left, but also on the Right, that would abuse it, were they able. We saw that when Barry Obama tried to take freedoms and rights away from those veterans who needed help on their taxes and/or benefits, claiming that that was proof that they were incompetent....
And, really, none of us want to see another mass shooting by a disturbed teenager (as in the latest), or a young male who is drugged to his eyeballs in an attempt to keep him on the streets (Aurora, Colorado, Jared Loughner in Tucson (who should have been denied the firearm, but Momma worked for the Police Department and they never charged him when they should have) and Adam Lanza in Connecticut)
Yes, the Constitutional issues are present, and yes, this can be a very slippery slope. I understand that. No one said this would be easy. And no, I don't think that the Constitutional issues are of little import. But, ultimately, society has to police itself and keep it's defective and dangerous members away from the rest of us much in the manner that we fence or leash a dangerous dog to protect the rest of society.
And one thing that I feel it is necessary to point out is that, logically, if a person is deemed too much of a danger to society to be allowed the purchase or ownership of a firearm, then they are too much of a danger to society to be allowed to coexist with the rest of us....period. Reread that sentence above: For those that would use the mental health claim to keep many of us from owning firearms: You'd have to incarcerate us. Because, again: If people are too dangerous to own a firearm, then they shouldn't be allowed near other people in society. Not have the ability to own rocks, scissors, knives, automobiles, flammable liquids, etc. Yes, it is a statement that many disagree with. I don't care. If you are deemed unfit to own a weapon, then you shouldn't be mixing with the rest of the "normal" members of society....for the safety of the others.
Who, exactly, is paying for all the "teenagers" and "high school students" to travel to the state capitals and Washington DC to "talks with legislators" (and pose for the Cameras)???
Who (or what organization) is organizing the transportation and paying for the busses, lodging, meals and setting up all these meetings? Who is tipping off the media so they can have camera crews ready (and talking heads ready to commentate and pontificate)??
I mean, we are talking MILLIONS of dollars here, when you add it up. Couple of hundred dollars per "student".
Yes, I understand what I am beginning to sound like.
And yes, I realize that I need to buy more Reynolds Wrap. Perhaps two boxes....I have a Beanie, maybe I need a Yarmulke as well...
But really, folks, at some point, the coincidences and oddities add up, don't they?..... Strain the credibility of even a sane and normal person, much less one like me...
I mean, somehow, all these kids from Parkland, Florida got themselves organized for protests.....by themselves?
High school kids organized themselves that well and that quickly?
All those other kids across the country got together for nearly simultaneous protests?
Really? I'm expected to believe that high school kids could organize themselves like that? Across the country....all at once?
I find that odd. Very odd. The Media had people primed and ready when this happened....almost like they had advance knowledge that this shooting was coming.
All the mistakes that Law Enforcement made.....the roommate who was so well primed "he had the right and i wouldn't stop him".....The collection of Anti and Ex-NRA folks....all those who are firearms owners but who "want restrictions on Second Amendment rights" that they are interviewing (I've never met a firearms aficionado who wants restrictions on their right to keep and bear....ever).....No way they came up with all those in a few days.....
Yeah, I went there, and yes, it disturbs me that I can even consider that people would do what I am suggesting.
His AR cost about $600 (to start, more if he got fancy).
Magazines, he had IIRC, 10, so that was about $100.
Plus 9 other firearms. Figure a minimum of $250 each if he went used. So that is another $2500 or more.
Odd that....Odd that he could come up with that kind of cash.....On a salary just a bit above minimum wage. Probably not full time, either, as the Dollar store has few full time folks.
When I was making minimum wage or a bit more, I didn't have the scratch to FEED my one gun purchase (which I bought used, and saved for MONTHS to buy), much less buy 9 more....
Where did he get the money?
Don't forget, he had $500 or more worth of other "tactical" gear on that day as well.
And, with it, the cries about making "The Wealthy" and the Millionaires and Billionaires having to pay their "Fair Share".
Especially on the Chicago TV stations. Were one looking at it from outside our culture and country, you'd think every one of the candidates is a Socialist...
'Cause they all want all of the "Wealthy" (note that wealthy is undefined, but most of the candidates have a fair bit of wealth) to pay whatever they think (but won't define) is a "Fair Share"...
Really? Cause if we do that, folks, you won't like it.
Tax revenues will drop by about 45% if we all paid our "Fair Share" Most voters taxes aren't even a rounding error in the actual tax tolls. The bottom 40% don't even PAY taxes. It is the top 10% that pays the bills for the rest.
So, tell me, what, exactly, is the "Fair Share" of which you speak?? Should we all pay 20%? 30%? 50%? What, (and please, be specific) constitutes a "Fair Share" of income that we all should pay?
(Note I said "All". Yep, if you want to do 50% taxes, then we all get to do 50% from the kid making minimum wage on up. That's "fair" in my definition.)
I'm all for it, but I'd like it defined beforehand.
And the MSM (at least the mostly liberal leaners, anyway) who gave good coverage to the "Anti" rally and scant coverage of the "Pro" rally.
( I have always thought that the press had a tie in with the "Russians"....The Soviets used them well during the Vietnam era to disseminate propaganda manipulate public opinion regarding the war, and there are, if one bothers to look, many other examples of foreign manipulation of the press.
Unwitting? Perhaps, but not likely. They aren't that stupid, they had to know. Not saying Trump and his campaign are completely innocent, but the press was SURELY colluding to manipulate the election (and not for Trump). Perhaps with the Russians, surely with each other.
If you believe otherwise, then you are either a fool, a dupe, or a tool.
If all those folks who are screaming about Gun Control ("We must take action!!!") would take the time to organize and spend half as much energy as they do in ineffective "protests" that really do nothing but boost the egos of the people leading them, and instead would organize to patrol and defend around and near the schools, they could probably actually accomplish something, either by deterring the next miscreant or being in a position to take action if and when. Wouldn't even need to be armed with firearms, really. A decent truncheon would work..or a Tazer or pepper spray (all of which are illegal in these school zones).
But that would require that they actually think, think ahead and plan, and not just be reactionary....which is where their failing is. Likely, in about 10 days, they'll find another shiny object meme of the day to watch and froth over.
Plus, of course, it would require them to take action themselves, and not expect someone else to do so, which is (generally) their thought process.
Now, I do believe that once these were good uses of Federal money. Once.
Now, both PBS and NPR have become biased, and they run commercials , actual PAID commercials. Which makes them government funded propaganda outlets for the DNC that also get to charge for advertising time just like a commercial station.
PBS and NPR haven't been evenhanded in their reporting or the commentary they allow in many decades. They took the gloves off during the Clinton (Bubba, not Hillary) days, and then ramped the liberal game up after that, especially during the days of Barry the O.
They don't even pretend not to be a spokesman for the DNC anymore.
So yes, I support the defunding of both NPR and CBS. Where they were once educational and gave a platform for budding artists and for history and documentaries, they have lost their mission long ago.
If they and their programming are worth saving, then someone will fund them. If not, then they deserve to fade away.
So like most folks, I had always believe that a brighter flashlight is a better flashlight. I mean, more lumens makes for more happiness, right? More lumens make it easier to see, and work, and (up till now) I had never said "gee I wish this light (or headlamp) was dimmer and had a much lower output".
Yeah, that was before I had to fly at night. The lowest output light I own (I brought 3) is about a hundred lumens.....Which is about 94 lumens too many for the task in a small airplane at night. I mean, I had 2 lights with me that have both red and white light which are what I would have considered "low output" (and they were too bright by a factor of 10), and one additional light that is like looking at the sun......
But in a small plane at 4500 feet, trying to look outside and compare what I see below and read a sectional chart, one needs a lumen count in the single digits, not one with 3 zeros to the left of the decimal.....
And now I gotta go find a decent LOW output penlight or headlamp.
Seems that a Clinton appointed judge says that an Executive order that was, on it's face, illegal (But written and signed by a Democrat) cannot be undone by a legally enacted Executive order by a Republican....
So somehow, Executive orders become law if they are in place long enough....IF done by Democrat. Why do we allow this? This wasn't LAW, enacted by the legislature it was a proclamation. Why do we allow ANY president to use executive orders this way?
It isn't that I don't feel for the DACA kids. Some are truly wanting to be citizens, and have the US as their primary loyalty.
Some, however, don't.
And Illegal Immigration leads to Undocumented car reposessors, unlicensed street pharmacists, and other crimes along with those who just want a better life. Plus suppression of wages, especially at the bottom end.
At the end of the day, everyone should want border security, unless you are a Latino first and a US citizen second, which means you put Race before Country.
Wall. First. Then we can deal with the rest. BUT BUILD THE WALL FIRST.
NATO doesn't have the ability to fight, because they don't have the personnel nor the materiel with which to do so.
They've been spending the money they SHOULD have been on their military on Social Programs for at least the past 20 years.....and hiding behind the Skirts of the US for military defense. ...same as the rest of NATO.....and Canadia.
And this is what the Obama administration tried to do to the US armed forces, and the DNC type folks are STILL trying to do to the US military.
The US military isn't far behind that of NATO.....maintenance has been deferred, ships and planes haven't been replaced, other material is not in the pipeline for replacement as it wears out.
Luckily for me, I no longer drink tequila, having learned that there is a correlation between how much of that evil drink I consume and how many fights I get into, and, as a consequence, how many interactions with the po-po I have afterwards (Seems that tequila makes me break out in handcuffs....usually proned out on the ground).
But for some folks I know, this could be a serious issue.
Seems that people complained abut the conclusions without ever finding out if the methods used led to a valid conclusion.
Now, I know a significant number of very intelligent folks of African ancestry. Same same (although fewer) of people of southeast Asian ancestry (I just know fewer of them). Same with Hispanics.
Lots of very smart people, and, lets face it, lots of dumb ones too. Same with white (european ancestry) folks.
I would think that the incredibly smart percentage of those minority students are already IN better schools, and likely their parents area also exceptional examples who are likely wealthy enough to not need to sent their kids to public school....therefore they weren't a part of the studied group. This does not, however, make the study inaccurate. The study does match my experience with people in general.
Are the results and conclusions of the study correct? I dunno. I really don't care.
However, the fact that the science fair project was pulled because it makes some people uncomfortable is what I find objectionable.
Or is this a setup for GoFundME campaign to get even more money?
I find it hard to think that anyone could be THAT stupid. (on second thought, no, I really don't, look at their ages. Probably were Obama voters and SJW types too)
'Tis one thing to follow your dreams when you are in your 20's. It is another to embark on an adventure like this with NO experience, NO insurance and NO knowledge of what the hell you are doing.
Not just my blog, lots of Blogger sites are having issues. Conservative and other wise, so it isn't a conspiracy like we thought. (Not that Google doesn't have the right to kick us all off, if they chose to)