On the rare occasion when I actually venture on to the Facebook I see it melting down over Donald Trump. Previously reasonable people are finding a bunch of reasons to decide that he's the Anti-Christ or something. These people come in two types: those that really don't pay attention to politics and those that pay too much attention to politics. And both of those attitudes are causing them to lose sight of the real issue.
Since the election of 1984 there really hasn't been much of a difference between the Democrat and Republican candidate. Oh, the Republican will talk about lower taxes and be more hawkish about overseas entanglements. The Democrat will say how scary the Republican is and how that crazy right-winger will ban abortion/put blacks back in chains/put guns on the streets. But when they get in office they generally do the same things.
One will shift the tax burden from one bunch to another, one will expand one department instead of another, one will invade one country instead of another. Very little difference in actual results though. No one since Ross Perot has said that maybe we better stop the trend of globalization and handing over our sovereignty to multi-national corporations and non-governmental organizations. When Perot talked about that sucking sound of jobs heading to Mexico both Clinton and the elder Bush said nothing. They were on the same side.
Andrew Breitbart said that politics is downstream from culture. A large number of Americans are noticing that we're being told that our American culture sucks by our supposed betters. Everything Americans do is wrong, we should be more like Europe, or Asia, or Africa. Of course, most people saying that have never been to Europe or Asia or Africa. Or if they have been overseas they've gone as tourists, happy to exploit the people that bring them drinks and towels for American dollars.
They don't see that even in the "richest" Europeans socialist paradises the typical citizen (or subject) there has a standard of living that hovers around what we in America would call the poverty level. And that they can only afford to be socialists because they don't have to spend hardly anything on defence. Team America: World Police has them covered. But still, a lot of the chattering class want us to be more like that.
You know what? A lot of people in this country *like* this country. They don't mind change, but they're not all that keen on changing just anything. Or everything. Or especially at the expense of the American people. And they're really not keen on watching a couple of people on stage debate on how best to strip us of our language and culture and heritage and export our jobs overseas.
Sadly, that's all we've really seen during the past few decades of presidential contests. No candidate has really expressed the idea that maybe America isn't all that bad and those problems we do have would be better solved by applying more American ideas to them rather than less.
And along comes Trump. He's not afraid to say he's proud to be American. He taps into that cultural unease that people feel. That worry that somehow we're losing what made us the nation that feeds the world, and beat the Japanese Empire, and harnessed the atom, and went to the moon. We've never been perfect but we're still a damn sight better than the rest.
I'd rather it not be a fast-talking New York real estate developer that is finally saying the things we've been waiting to hear. I really would. I'd rather it be a guy that has more emphasis on the other cultural values that the majority of Americans hold. But we weren't offered that.
And it's no surprise. The back benches from *both* major parties (and let's not fool ourselves, the next occupant of the White House, all 435 Congressional seats and all 100 Senate seats will be from one of the two major parties) have been groomed with the same larger government, job-exporting, global corporation supporting, unlimited immigration attitudes. So we're going to get the same song from both sides. Only an outsider isn't afraid to say that they are both wrong.
So we get Trump. My biggest worry was his Supreme Court picks but he's published his list and it's pretty good. You're not going to find anyone on the Trump Administration that's going to be looking to make huge, surprising changes... if you know what to look for. Oh there will be a lot of screaming from the left about how *regressive* it is to require English for a citizen to talk to his government, or how we probably don't need to be Federally funding Womyn's Studies or The Failure of Patriarchy in 13th Century Literature when we're handing out H1B visas for engineers. But anything that isn't full Marxism gets called regressive by the harridans of the far left anyway so no big deal.
I get that there are people that have serious concerns about taxes and terrorism and crime and civil rights. I agree with them that these things are important. But if America ceases to be America what difference does it really make? You're safe from terrorism while standing in the unemployment line. Your tax burden is zero because you can't find a job. You have the right to bear arms but can't afford to buy ammo. Please explain to me how that's better.
The worst of the anti-Trumpers are those that go on and on about how he's been this or that in the past. Hey, are you seriously going to judge a man on the things he's done for the people he's partnered with at the time? That's how business works for cryin' out loud. You dance with who brung ya or you don't stay in business long. The other side of that is that as long as you are in partnership with someone, you don't stab them in the back. This is crazy talk for a politician but for a businessman it's just standard procedure.
And now Trump is partnering with the American people. He has a history of staying loyal to the people he partners with. He may not hold their values, but as long as he's in business with them, he'll not betray them. That's a bad thing?
"Read my lips! No new taxes!"
"The era of big government is over!"
"TARP was a breakthrough intervention in the free market.”
"If you like your insurance you can keep your insurance."
These are the legacies of people that think they know better than you.
Trump isn't one of them.
I know who I'm voting for.
Now that election season is over I can get back to worrying about things that matter more. Like crabgrass or that grungy stuff that builds up on the grab bar in my truck.
Now I keep hearing a rumour that there is actually still an election coming up that we should be paying attention to but let me put that rumour to rest.
There aren't any elections coming up that actually matter.
No matter who gets elected in June and November we will get more government.
It may be different kinds of government than we have now. It may be gun control instead of Sudafed control. It may be regulations that shut down U.S. jobs instead of regulations that make companies export jobs. It may be tax law cutouts or tax money handouts to Lockheed Martin instead of Planned Parenthood.
Or it might be exactly the same kind of government, just more of it. Like more Medicare Part D instead of more Obamacare. Or more NSA snooping instead of more TSA groping. Or a Bush-appointed Supreme court justice instead of a Clinton-appointed Supreme Court justice that tells us Obamacare is a tax except when it isn't.
But rest assured that it won't be *less* government.
And I have to give Hillary and Bernie the credit. They never say they're going to give us less government. That's why the battle for the Democrat slot isn't of interest because they don't claim to be for smaller government. That's been the job of the lying crapweasles of the GOP. But now those guys are history.
Trump squashed the GOP douchebags that say that they represent us and want to reduce government even though by now we ought to know better. Now that there is no one left running that pretends to be such a person I can stop worrying and learn to love the decline.
Maybe next time the GOP will run some people that actually have a history of reducing the size of government and removing regulations and repressive laws so we can be more free.
And maybe my crabgrass will turn into a money tree.
But at least I don't have to listen to a bunch of lies about how a vote for GovSenator Marly Cruzbushitch is going to get the government off my back. The GOP has spent the last few decades saying that if we just give them power they'll do the right thing. Then they get in office and do the right thing...for themselves and their donors. We get screwed.
So we gave them Trump. Now who's screwed?
And spare me the debate on who Trump is going to pick as a running mate. Unless it's Trump/SMOD 2016 then it's all for show.
Here's the only question that matters:
Goo Gone or Simple Green to get that grunge off my grab bar?
Communism possesses a language which every people can understand – its elements are hunger, envy, and death.
Yeah, it's a day late because this year Mass Murder Day fell on a Sunday.
But here's a blog post from last year's May Day:
In the 20th century the monstrous adherents to the political philosophy embraced by Mao, Lenin, Stalin and others around the globe managed to kill over 100 million people on Earth. Their cousins in other Socialist movements have been nearly as busy but Hitler only managed to exterminate about 10 million. Comparatively he was a piker.
They couldn't quite kill the dream of freedom and liberty but they sure made a mess of things trying.
Here is an attempt at a breakdown of the body count:
- 65 million in the People's Republic of China
- 20 million in the Soviet Union proper (including 3 million Ukranians in the Holodomor genocide)
- 2 million in Cambodia (about a third of the total population of that country)
- 2 million in North Korea
- 1.7 million in Africa
- 1.5 million in Afghanistan
- 1 million in the Communist states of Eastern Europe
- 1 million in Vietnam
- 150,000 in Latin America
- 10,000 deaths "resulting from actions of the international Communist movement and Communist parties not in power.
May 1st is the annual day of celebration by the willing co-conspirators of these atrocities.
When you see the Occupy crowd marching and screaming for power remember that this is where it has led every time they actually get into power.
When you hear Obama talking about spreading the wealth around remember that they first have to take it from someone and they've generally been okay with doing it over your dead body.
When you hear the ex-head of the EPA's South Central office, Al Armendariz, saying he wants to crucify people to make examples out of them he's not being figurative, he's just saying what statist thugs like him would really like to do. We know this because communists have done it before.
When Bill Ayers was asked in an interview what the Weathermen would do with those who resisted their movement he said that he "estimated that they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these re-education centers. And when I say eliminate, I mean kill. 25 million people."
Their path to power requires a pile of rotting corpses.
Always has. Always will.
Happy birthday, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov!
Oh wait, you thought I meant Earth Day?
They're on the same day?
Well, I'm sure that's just a coincidence.
Well, one murderer is much like any other.
All the instructions and guides have watchwords like Daunting.
...to a completed rifle in under three hours. And I stopped to eat dinner in the middle.
Granted, it's got a bunch of bitty parts that I wouldn't like to try to find in the dark and granted, AK-type hammer usage would likely result with you having a pile of scrap, but I have to wonder what all the fuss was about.
If you've ever rebuilt a carburetor you can build an AR from a kit. If you've ever rebuilt a Rochester Quadrajet you can build one from a kit while drunk and in the dark.
If you can read this then the blog has been moved to a new server.
No more outages due to power issues, I hope.
1. The lottery is a tax on people who are bad at mathematics.
2. The various state government-run lotteries raked in nearly 70 Billion dollars last year.
3. The various state governments control education curricula.
4. The various state government education departments are implementing Common Core mathematics.
A new year, a new start, blah, blah, blah. Everyone is doing lots of deep self reflection but me. I'm having a pity-party. I'm 38 years old and just like everyone else, my life has taken a completely different direction than I had planned. Most have been really good changes in my life but...I've got a bit of envy for the 2016 beginning female shooter.
In 2008, I started going to the range weekly after our house was broken into and I was told to get armed. This was the second time my home had been violated in my life and I was done being a victim. I traded my chalk for a revolver and insisted we go to the range every week.
Now I've worked in IT since 1998. I work in IT because I don't like women and I prefer to be around men. I have no girly talents when it comes to my physical appearance and never have. I wear jeans and polos every day. My friends tease me that "homeless" is one of my hairstyles. Thank God baseball caps are required when shooting. Although I don't have a large collection of shoes, I do have more holsters than shoes. I carry in the same spot but some holsters just work better with some activities or clothing.
Over the past eight years, I have been one of the women trying to bring more women into the shooting sports. When I first started shooting, I was always the novelty or token female at the range. No matter where we were, I was the ONLY female shooter. I'd like to think I didn't have a chip on my shoulder but I'm sure I did.
Only one range ever treated me badly but lots of gun stores did and wouldn't talk to me until Knitebane showed up. Anytime there was a female only shooting event, I would attend. I joined every female gun clubs in my area that my schedule allowed. I didn't want to be alone and that was my only motivation! I met a handful of women who where more advance than me but most had even less experience than I did or no curiosity to learn more than they had to. At times, I was like that too.
There were multiple events that pushed me to learn more. Very few were flattering. I often learned due to the kindness of strangers but I had no goals and learning was sporadic and inefficient.
In 2014, I became an NRA Basic Pistol instructor because one of my rare female friends didn't want to be the only female in a class of 30. That got me into volunteering at NRA Women on Target events as often as I can where I get women to shoot a revolver or semi-auto for the first time.
As a couple, Knitebane has been a huge supporter of my passion to educate women. He is known for his female friendly attitude which prompted a local ladies group that I'm not even part of to make him their Chief RSO! He's going to become an instructor before you know it.
I hadn't planned on keeping the NRA certification, it was just to help out a friend but I forgot how much I love teaching. I've taught GED Math classes, college computer classes, riding instruction, and dog training. The Ah-HA! moments are a little different but they're still there and it is addicting.
In 2015, I took The Well Armed Woman Certification course and have a quota to meet of students I work with each year plus my own minimum training requirements. It has actually been a good kick in the tush and the women are all very, very supportive. Most were tomboys and almost everyone has the same motivation - to empower other women to take charge of their own safety, encourage newbies to commit to the training and time it takes to become proficient, and make sure no one has a bad experience (like most of us did) when they first go to the range - the exact mentor we wish we had when we first started.
As I work at becoming a better instructor, with Knitebane as my RSO, I see that my beginner students have a much easier start than me. It is positive, it pushes them but doesn't overwhelm them, they have clear goals for at least the first six months to a year as we work through the NRA Winchester Marksmanship Qualification program, and they are all smiles at the end of the day. I look at their groupings and compare it to where I was a year after going to the range weekly (and paying for one on one instruction) to where they are after just ONE or TWO afternoons with us and...IT ISN'T FAIR!!!
To be honest, I love it when a woman puts her trust in me to show her that guns are not scary and that she can do this. I love that she will have opportunities that I did not have. I love that women are focusing on training for self-defense, not just getting a gun because their husband bugged them to. I love that they are having fun and being supportive and encouraging to the other women around them because it's really fun to shoot like a girl.
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
A Marine should be sworn to the patient endurance of hardships, like the ancient knights; and it is not the least of these necessary hardships to have to serve with sailors.
Happy Birthday, Marines!