Protesting freedom

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You ever wonder why is it that gun grabbers are so desperate to push their odious agenda that they will do practically anything, including accuse law-abiding citizens of facilitating the deaths of children, hysterically vilify innocent people, and use their power to destroy lives and livelihoods? A few months ago, I blogged about the noxious hag that represents us in Richmond Barbara Favola and her abhorrent, corrupt buddies trying to sabotage the livelihood of a local military veteran who had the unmitigated gall to want to open a firearms store in our area.

JB Gates, the owner of NoVA Firearms originally intended to open a store in Arlington County, but thanks to bullying, manufactured outrage, and outright abuse by sniveling hoplophobes in the area – the same morally corrupt band of gun-grabbing invertebrates who are now politicizing Mr. Gates’ livelihood in order to gain election traction – the landlord of the store’s original location canceled the lease and forced Gates to move elsewhere.

That elsewhere was McLean, VA – near Franklin Sherman Elementary School.

Virginia blog Bearing Drift obtained information under the Freedom of Information Act, confirming without doubt that the nasty gargoyle and her gun grabbing buddies conspired to harass and bully Mr. Gates out of his business and used his livelihood as a means to get themselves elected by the whining cowards of Fairfax County.

And now Favola is at it again. She, along with her braindead minions of the McLean Citizens Association (MCA) and another leftist member of the House of Delegates, is out to destroy Mr. Gates’ livelihood. Again. The MCA is protesting, which is fine. They certainly have the right to do so – even Mr. Gates acknowledges this.

But Favola… no, she’s trying to push legislation that would prohibit legitimate businesses such as NOVA Firearms from opening near schools. Oh… I’m sorry. She’s pledging “discussion” on the issue, which in gun grabber speak can be translated into, “trying to stop a law-abiding citizen from doing legitimate business,” even though this man is an upstanding member of the community, who plans to use the expanded space to do exactly what the gun grabbing lunatics claim to stand for: GUN SAFETY. Gates said at the opening of his store that he would use the space to offer gun safety classes.

But the hysterical MCA loons don’t care about that, because CHILDREN. Even though Gates is a legitimate business owner, who performs background checks on his customers, and who will offer gun safety courses to those in the area, the MCA has already begun its histrionics in front of the store.

“We just don’t want the gun shop behind our school, what’s the problem?!” said one protester.

“Because it’s a civil right!” responded a gun-rights supporter.

Owning firearms is a civil right.

Owning a legitimate business is a civil right.

Making a livelihood and supporting your family is a civil right.

But the monkeys at the MCA don’t care about that, because their imaginary right not to shit themselves at the idea of a gun store apparently trumps the very real right of JB Gates to run a legitimate business.

They want to throw a valuable, law-abiding, active member of their community under the bus.

And they’re willing to reinforce their hysterical paranoia with government force. Mike Stollenwerk at the Examiner reports that Delegate Kathleen Murphy – yes, the same Kathleen Murphy who emailed Favola asking for advice on how to best screw Mr. Gates and shut down his business, and who is pushing a bill to ban firearms stores and ranges from operating near schools – was among the protesters.

This is how Northern Virginia legislators treat small business owners in their communities.

This is how they treat law-abiding members of their community.

They work to destroy their business. They try to ruin them. They try to blame them for violence. They vilify them. They try to interfere with legitimate commerce.

And for what?

For something that JB Gates cannot morally or legally be held responsible for. Violence committed by criminals and derelicts.

nova firearmsBy all accounts, the protest was small. VCDL calculates there were about 40 gun grabber protesters and about 50 counter protesters. Mike Stollenwerk calculates the numbers were about even. A friend of mine who attended the protest and took the opportunity to take her family gun shopping said the pro-rights advocates far outnumbered the gun grabbing cowards, and that by the time she and her family exited the shop, there was only a handful of gun grabbers left.

Whatever the truth is about the numbers of protesters present, I hope this gives NOVA Firearms some good publicity and support.

 

Huckleberry Finn Causes Special Snowflake Syndrome

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Mark Twain’s classic has always been the subject of controversy. It its early days, racists condemned the novel for positively portraying a friendship between a white boy and a black man.

Today, Special Snowflakes™ demand its removal from schools and libraries, because it chafes their fragile labia.

This week, a Montgomery County school removed Huckleberry Finn from its curriculum after a group of students said the book made them uncomfortable.

 After a forum for students and faculty, the administration of Friends’ Central School decided to strike the book from the 11th-grade American literature class, principal Art Hall said in a letter to parents this week.

“We have all come to the conclusion that the community costs of reading this book in 11th grade outweigh the literary benefits,” Hall said in his letter.

A group of students said an American classic made them “feel uncomfortable.”

Let that sink in for a moment. A great American novel about a friendship between a white boy and a black man at a time when such friendships were not just frowned upon, but hated, despised, and punished is making Special Snowflakes “uncomfortable.” This novel is the epitome of American literature!

There used to be a time when ideas were challenged, viewpoints were explored, history was closely examined and discussed. It used to be called an education.

Now, an education is wrapping Special Snowflakes in brightly colored cotton to protect them from mean ideas, bad language, and anything else that may result in a rash on their precious little hineys. They can’t possibly be placed outside their comfort zones! They can’t possibly be challenged! Their precious feelings are more important than knowledge, than historical context, than the ability to analyze.

So in order to protect their fragile sensibilities, they burn anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. Why be reminded of  Of course it’s figurative for now. They simply remove the book from school or from the library, but how long before it really starts?

“If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving. And they’ll be happy, because facts of that sort don’t change.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

The ridiculous thing is that the principal of the school does not believe removing the book constitutes censorship. “I really do believe that this is an opportunity for the school to step forward and listen to the students.”

The disconnect is frightening, because this is what is teaching today’s youth. This is what is running today’s schools. Instead of applying his knowledge and expertise and taking control of the ass enraged, entitled Generation Cupcake offendapotomi, he’s simply giving in to their unreasonable and ignorant demands.

Is it any wonder, schools are putting out generations of perpetually butthurt, barely educated cattle who outright REFUSE to think?

Zero Tolerance Stupidity, Part…. oh I don’t even know!

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In this edition of zero tolerance sense dumbassery, a little boy gets punished for doing what ostensibly is “the right thing.”

A 7-year-old boy western Pennsylvania boy who turned himself in after accidentally bringing a toy gun to school has been suspended for two days but will not be expelled.

The kid apparently forgot his bookbag at a friend’s house, so mom gave him another bag, which contained what was clearly a toy gun.

The little guy knew that he could get in trouble for bringing the toy to school, given the academic asshattery surrounding anything that could be used as a weapon on school property (can’t wait to see what happens the first time some kid stabs another with a pencil! Oh, wait…), so he brought the toy to the teacher and turned it in just like he was indoctrinated into doing.

The result?

A suspension.

At what point do we admit that this idiocy does nothing but land good kids in hot water and ruin lives? At what point do we boot the idiot teachers and administrators who destroy these children for no reason out and not allow them near kids again until they learn some common sense?

This is why we’re raising a bunch of victims

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I often have written about school zero tolerance sense policies and obscenely biased, wimpy, cowardly and downright idiotic policies that are churning out panty-soiling ignorami into our society. These are victims who are unable to stand up for themselves, who are too weak and ineffective to defend themselves, too lazy to take personal responsibility for their own safety, and dependent upon others – anyone but themselves – to keep them safe.

Want to see how schools spawn such gutless, torpid, pathetic excuses for actual human beings? They start with this.

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This is the advice a school in Nebraska gives to children faced with bullying.

Do not stand up for yourself.

Do not treat bullies like enemies.

Be a good sport, and don’t tell on the person who is abusing you.

Just sit there and take it like a good pathetic victim!

This repulsive set of rules may be the most egregious example of the seeds of cowardice and ineptitude. This is where it all starts – in schools that breed spinelessness and impotence.

Luckily, after being inundated with a plethora of parental outrage, the school apologized and sniveled and finally sent home a flyer that at the very least doesn’t encourage kids to lay down and take it like good little victims.

When the Redhead was just a little guy – all of maybe 2-3 years old – he attended a private daycare near where we used to live. A small kid I’ll call Projectile (you will understand why in a minute) picked the Redhead as a chew toy. To this day I’m not sure what in the world the mother of that kid was doing to him. He bit, scratched and hit. He ate gravel. He refused to stop, no matter how much the staff of the daycare center tried to control him.

Poor little Redhead came home every day with welts all over his body – arms, legs, neck, torso – no part of his little body was immune to Projectile’s teeth! The staff didn’t know what to do other than to lock up Projectile the entire day, but that wasn’t exactly an optimal solution. So the Redhead and I sat down and had a little talk. And by talk, I mean I taught him how to hit – how to hit hard. If you think toddlers can’t learn this effectively, you’re sadly mistaken. We practiced for several hours, and I told him that if Projectile bit him again, he was to defend himself the way I taught him.

Well, wouldn’t you know it, I got a call the very next day. Apparently, Projectile decided that the Redhead tasted better than his lunch, so he sunk his teeth into his leg yet again.

That’s where it ended. The Redhead, I was told, struck out. He struck Projectile with such a forceful punch, that Projectile apparently flew back about three feet (hence earning his nickname), and sat there dazed for a minute.

The daycare director told me that while they do not condone violence, and they had no authorization to use corporal punishment on a child in their care, they could only watch the Redhead’s strike (and applaud internally, I was told).

End result: Projectile never bit the Redhead again. Ever.

He was still an odd child. He was sort of a savage kid, who still insisted on eating gravel and destroying books and toys. But at least he didn’t use the Redhead or any other kid as a chew toy.

Sometimes, you just have to stand up for yourself. In the end, you are your last line of defense, and no one in authority should encourage the idea that your natural state is that of a victim.

That just ain’t true.

Media – they report, they decide, screw you (UPDATED)

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So yesterday, in my assessment of the Arapahoe shooter, I cited a report that clearly showed the Denver Post deleted a direct quote from Pierson’s classmate that referred to him as a vocal socialist. I didn’t speculate about the reason for the deletion; I merely wondered why.

Today, I see that after being questioned about the change, the Denver Post news editor Lee Ann Colacioppo tried to explain away her paper’s decision on Twitter. The explanation struck me as arrogant, ridiculous and ignorant as a former journalist. Someone asks Lee Ann why she deleted any reference to Pierson being a passionate socialist from the report.

She then adds the following in reply to another question:

So, the student, who is at least 16 years old and took an economics class with Pierson, is too dumb to understand what “socialist” means, but not too dumb to be quoted by the paper overall.

Why does the paper decide what the student – who is ostensibly the subject matter expert here – understood and what he did not? This was supposed to be a report, not an analysis of his classmates’ ability to discern whether or not his political views fit the “socialist” mold. They interviewed a classmate. The classmate told them concretely what he thought of the kid. Lee Ann decided that he wasn’t qualified to have an opinion?

It’s called reporting. Report what your source said. Don’t pick and choose what you think is correct and what you don’t. That’s not your job. Or did they not teach you that in journalism school?

Fact of the matter is the paper reported Pierson’s views as “Keynesian.” It quoted other classmates as saying his views were “out of the mainstream.” But Lee Ann apparently considered directly quoting a subject matter expert – a person who knew Pierson personally and ostensibly had more objective knowledge of his views than Lee Ann did – as allowing him “to apply a label he likely didn’t understand.”

There you have it, folks. Lee Ann thinks the student who attended school with Pierson is too dumb and uninformed to understand the basic political and economic concepts he was learning in school, and the rest of you are too stupid to judge for yourselves whether you believe what he said, especially coupled with Pierson’s own words on Facebook and other reports from other classmates.

Therefore, Lee Ann Colacioppo is going to edit the story to tell you only what you need to hear. Because she’s smarter than you are.

And this is why I don’t miss journalism.

UPDATE: Real Clear Politics has video of a student confirming that Pierson was a proud socialist.

“He was friendly enough. Very proud of being a socialist. He was very outspoken on his political views,” student Angie Mock said. “To him, it just meant economic — more economic equality.”

Now, people throw the “socialist” label around a lot. I explored the “socialist” meme in this blog post a while ago. There are certainly varying shades of socialism.

They range from libertarian socialism (which to me is an oxymoron), but is so named likely because it shuns government control of production and advocates worker control instead to authoritarian/state socialism, where the almighty state controls all.

I assess Barack Obama falls somewhere in the middle of the socialist spectrum, although there’s a lot of evidence that he trends toward the statist model, given his partial nationalization of America’s health care, auto industry and banking industry. But overall he’s more of a social democrat – someone who advocates increased social spending and redistribution. And given his constant yammering about paying “our fair share,” I doubt there’s any way you can say he’s NOT a socialist! …

While most seem to think the “socialist” label is, on the whole, very specific, it’s quite clear that government control of production and distribution is a central tenet. These kids get it. Pierson got it, and was very proud of it.

Lee Ann apparently either doesn’t get it, or is afraid to name it.

First Few Days

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Well, this is the third day of class. My brain is bleeding out of my nose. I think I’m having a stroke. And I may have a rash.

Just kidding!

The class is somewhat difficult. I won’t lie. I’m not used to having to speak Russian every minute of the day. As a matter of fact, after class yesterday, when I stopped by the local Irish pub (yes, in Germany) for a cider, I all of a sudden lost my ability to speak English, and couldn’t figure out how to conduct a coherent conversation. This inability was soon remedied by a very tall glass of Strongbow.

Yum.

This is the first time I’ve logged into the site in several days. The amount of homework and the amount of beer to be had is kind of overwhelming. On a daily basis, I’m not sure which to start first – beer, or homework. Monday it was beer. Yesterday it was Strongbow. Tonight… Well… I don’t know yet. I’m thinking about it.

I woke up this morning to Piers Morgan screeching shrilly on AFN about the latest high-profile shooting. Apparently two youths – or “yoots” shot an Australian student “just for fun.” The 22-year old Christopher Lane was visiting Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship at East Central University. His murderers – one 16-year old shitbag and one 15-year old shitbag – have been charged with first-degree murder, and are being held without bond. Another 17-year old shitbag is being held as an accomplice.

Piers Morgan’s answer to a violent crime committed by feral thuglets who weren’t in legal possession of a firearm is to deprive those of us who legally possess these tools of self defense and have not committed any crime with them of our right to keep and bear arms.

Shocking, I know.

The thuglets shot Christopher Lane in the back with a .22 caliber revolver. These pernicious fucks identified Lane as a victim, got into a car, followed him and murdered him in cold blood.

Piers Morgan, of course, used Lane’s death as a platform to shrewishly screech his bloody gun control mantra.

In an interview with Australia’s former Deputy Prime Minister, Tim Fischer, Morgan used his microphone once again as a means to tout gun control and Fischer as a bat to club the free people of America over the head with his agenda.

Fischer – the primary champion of Australia’s restrictive gun control laws – appealed to America to rethink its respect for the people’s right to bear arms. He also superciliously instructed us on the meaning of the Second Amendment, arrogantly claiming that we are somehow misreading the law – and that the Second Amendment does not apply to semi-automatic and automatic weapons.

For the record:

Lane was shot with a revolver, asshat.

Whether the law applies to semi-automatic weapons has already been settled by the Supreme Court.

We don’t need some Australian petty tyrant telling us what OUR law means.

But aside from that, here are some interesting actual facts about Australia’s gun control and its effects from John Lott.

Here is the actual data from Australia.  First note that gun ownership exhibits a very interesting pattern that isn’t often acknowledged.  There was a large gun buyback in 1996 and 1997 that reduced gun ownership from 3.2 to 2.2 million guns.  But immediately after that gun ownership increased dramatically and is essentially back to where it was before the buyback.  Why is that important?  Well, if it is the number of guns that is important, you should initially see a large drop in suicides or crimes and then see it increasing.  Yet, in none of these data series do you observe that pattern.

For example, homicides didn’t fall until eight years after the laws.  It is not clear what theory they have for why the long delay would occur.  Nor can I even find an acknowledgment of that long lag in the cited literature.   A more natural explanation for the drop at the eight year point would be the substantial increases in police forces that occurred at that time.

Australian Armed Robberies Bef & Aft gun regulations

Australian Homicides Bef & Aft gun regulations

Not so simple, is it?

Additionally, let’s remember the following:

The shitbags in question possessed firearms illegally. They were not legal adults. What kind of additional laws would have stopped them? A law to prohibit the violation of the law? Stupid.

But it’s not like Piers Morgan is going to let that stop his hysterical campaign against guns in a nation that not only allowed him to live and work here, but actively protects his right to not be a victim or a subject.

Go figure.

That said, I hope the shitbags who murdered Christopher Lane spend the rest of their worthless, pathetic lives getting ass raped by large men with rhino-sized cocks… and maybe a few inanimate objects as well, until their intestines fall out of their overstretched assholes.

Oh… and to the spammers whose comments have been trapped in the spam filter (thank you, Akismet!):

I have no idea what this “To be sure with your imagined.Thank you for your own sharing.” means.

No, I cannot recommend any blogs and sites that deal with the same topic, because I don’t want them to have to deal with you assholes either.

No, I have no idea why you chose to ramble on about a line item veto.

Yes, I realize you don’t “considerably into reading,” and I’m gratified you find my site “intriguing.”

My blog platform is WordPress. I’m sure you were wondering.

No, I don’t have renal failure. I don’t plan to get it anytime soon either.

And no, I don’t have kidney disease.

Thanks for your attention.

Charges Dropped Against Jared Marcum

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Finally! The idiot prosecutors in this case have seen logic, I guess, when they dropped criminal charges against a teenager whose only “crime” was wearing an NRA T-shirt to school!

If you remember, a few months ago, Jared caused a teacher at his Logan County, WV middle school to soil his depends by wearing a shirt that confirmed his respect for the Second Amendment – a shirt that did not violate any school district regulations – a shirt that screechy idiot school administrators wanted him to remove.

Stupid teacher is stupid. Cowardly teacher is pusillanimous.

Stupider yet, Jared faced ridiculous criminal charges, as well as jail time for standing up for his rights.

Thankfully, those charges have been dropped.

Too late, in my opinion.

After more than two months of stress and legal bills, the prosecutor finally decided this little vendetta wasn’t worth the public outcry.

And it looks like Jared and his family will be filing a civil suit against Logan County for the ridiculous, authoritarian way they handled this case!

Good! Let’s hope for a win!

 

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