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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pressure


Pressure that's what we feel. Have you ever been fully engrossed in some endeavor, something critical that demanded your entire concentration, when somebody came along and with absolutely zero consideration interrupted you? Now you're forced to compartmentalize your original task and focus on this new attention forcing identity. He or she wants what he or she wants and doesn't care at all that you are inconvenienced by it. Now sometimes this is perfectly justified, but many times it's just inconsiderate. Whatever the case may be, the rule of thumb is that mostly people's actions reflect their own best interest and seldom anyone else's. Occasionally we find ourselves completely bombarded by attention seekers. Our primary task having been set on the back-burner and fully engrossed in the accomplishment of a secondary task, a third interrupter will intrude with a tertiary interruption. What of a fourth or even a fifth interruption? It's easy to get lost at this point. This is the everyday pressure most Americans are subjected to. This is the kind of pressure that wakes us up in the middle of the night heart pumping in terror.

The pressure of personal finance can be just as exhausting. Those of us who must juggle income vs. bills and set aside enough for a rainy day, enough for college for the kids, enough for retirement, it's a task that requires concentration and discipline. These primary personal finance goals must be met. Unfortunately secondary considerations soon put paid to the best laid plans: So the spouse says: I don't have anything to wear... I used up all the minutes on my phone and all the data in my data plan...and when do I get a new car?... Unfortunately, in the process of sorting out these new and unforeseen exigencies, inevitably tertiary factors come knocking on the bedroom door. Dad can I have...I need a new...When do I get a...all my friends have a... Why is it that the ones who don't earn the money always have the most insatiable appetite for spending it? We look around and it seems as though no matter how much money we make there just isn't enough to go around. This is pressure enough to make blood vessels burst, to cause grinding headaches, to cause ulcers, to drive us to drink as the saying goes.

Finally, the pressure of doing what is right, not just for you and your family but for society as well is like putting your own head in a vise and turning the screws. The saying goes that every vote counts but most of us know that this simply isn't the case. In the vast majority of cases the majority is an overwhelming one and our one little vote amounts to little more than pissing at a hurricane. Our chosen candidate wants our vote of course but he wants something else even more. He wants our money. Donate to this election or that one. Urgent, existential, dire! circumstances require every penny we can spare and a few that we can't to boot. The whole world is depending on us because it's not like anyone else is going to do the right thing. As the outrages mount, as the national debt skyrockets, as the Obama administration jumps shark, after shark, after shark, the pressure builds and builds until...

Monday, May 13, 2013

Confronting Islamic Terrorism—Because They Won't!


We know what Mother's Day is supposed to be about. For many it's a time for far-flung family members to reunite. For others it's a quiet day at home waiting on mama hand-and-foot (the way she does for the whole family the rest of the year) It's a time to give gifts and if you're a mother a time to receive them graciously. In New Orleans it's a time to go and watch the Mother's Day parade, take pictures, and have a lot of fun. Into this wholesome and mostly uncommercialized day of happiness, at least three people in New Orleans took guns and attempted to stage a mass slaughter.

Police are looking for the shooters and they may catch them or they may not. Who are they looking for? I know who they're looking for even if they don't. Not the specific identities but definitely the specific ideology...the ideology of hatred, that particular way of life that celebrates murder, that glorifies murderers, that exalts terror, and that reveres bloodthirsty-insanity, rape, slavery, and torture. Not to put too fine a point on it, I'm profiling your typical Islamic jihadist. That's who they're looking for. But they don't know it, do they?

I'm sure the police in New Orleans are looking for some kind of motive and obviously what these shooters must hate is people celebrating mother's day. So I suspect the police are poring diligently over orphanage records because perhaps the shooters are a group of disaffected orphans that were never adopted out and were forced to live their hard-scrabble existence in some state-run orphanage eating government cheese and drinking powdered milk.

Maybe the police are looking at the more traditional bad guys: gang-bangers for instance. Perhaps the perpetrators are trying to become members of some street gang and this was their initiation? The problem with that theory is that street gangs make a living selling drugs and avoid law-enforcement attention. They try to avoid the kind of nationwide notoriety that a horrific event of this magnitude would necessarily entail. Well, orphans or street gangs, the list of suspects is being winnowed down. The FBI has already ruled out Islamic terrorists:
Mary Beth Romig, a spokeswoman for the FBI in New Orleans, described the shooting as "strictly an act of street violence in New Orleans," and said there was no indication it was an act of terrorism.
So there you have it folks. There was no indication it was an act of terrorism. Well except for the fact that there couldn't have been a financial motive because no money was lost or stolen. There couldn't have been a revenge motive because the victims were random strangers. This couldn't have been the result of an unhinged maniac off his medication because there were three or more involved in this conspiracy to commit mayhem and murder. So what does that leave us with? When I first saw this story I knew two things. One: This was an act of terror. Two: Police would move heaven and earth rather than admit that unavoidable fact.

As the police wander off on their various wild-goose-chases, hunting down clues that might implicate Crips, Bloods, La Rasa, Right-wing hate groups like the Tea-Party, or perhaps Little Orphan Annie, the actual perpetrators of this act of terror will quietly scamper away with the collusion of a national network of like-minded Islamists, and all this made possible by the state's absolute unwillingness to confront evil.

The Obama administration's on-going pattern of refusing to acknowledge the elephant in the room has been documented and annotated. You can read all about it here. For those who don't want to click through...and wait for this slow-loading page to finally load, here's a short excerpt:
A new Homeland Security report compares terrorism to “ordinary crime” in metropolitan U.S. cities and omits the radical Islamic factor, instead finding “significant variability in the ideologies motivating terrorist attacks across decades.”

This appears to be part of the Obama Administration’s Muslim outreach effort, which includes hiring a special Homeland Security adviser (Mohamed Elibiary) who supports a radical Islamist theologian and renowned jihadist ideologue. The Obama Justice Department also created a special Muslim Engagement Advisory Group to foster greater communication, collaboration and a new level of respect between law enforcement and Muslim and Arab-American communities.

And, in 2010, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano held secret meetings with radical Arab, Muslim, Sikh and South Asian “community leaders.” Judicial Watch uncovered documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that includes a list of the individuals who participated, including radical leaders such as Imad Hamad, outed as a Hezbollah supporter by attorney and investigative journalist Debbie Schlussel, and extremist Salam Al-Marayati, founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

Considering this cozy relationship, the new DHS terrorism report should come as no surprise. It compares terrorist attacks to “ordinary crime” in large, metropolitan areas which is why the nation’s terrorism “hot spots” are Manhattan, Los Angeles County, Miami-Dade County Florida, San Francisco County and Washington, D.C. As if to downplay the distinct difference between crashing a plane into a high-rise and a mugging, the DHS says “terrorism and ordinary crime occur in many of the same areas.”


UPDATE 05/14/2013 6:31 CST Police in New Orleans have identified a shooter in the Mother's Day parade shooting: Akein Scott who they say has a long history of trouble with the law. Perhaps this is just another example of a maniac off his meds, one crazy shooter and not an Islamic Jihadist terrorism conspiracy. I stand by my original statement however. Two or more conspirators causing harm merely to arouse the most possible fear and doing so in a large public venue are almost certainly Islamic terrorists.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sometimes standing your ground isn't good enough.

Sometimes you have to push back. Ever since Sandy Hook, the left has been beating their drums and pushing as hard as they can to impose drastic new gun-control laws on the American People. Various personalities and celebrities have weighed in—mostly in favor of gun-control—and the result has thankfully been nothing. You'd think that would be the end of it but step back a second and think about it from their perspective. Did you ever tell a spoiled brat that this time they wouldn't be getting their way? How'd that go for you? Did the spoiled brat realize it was pointless and retreat or did they in fact redouble their efforts?

The answer is obvious. If shrill hysteria and dire threats of cosmic calamity seem to have failed, why then obviously these liberals haven't been sufficiently forceful in presenting their case. The solution then is to ratchet up the volume another order of magnitude. With the help of the NRA and conservatives in the House and Senate, the gun-control bill is dead. Today it's dead ... but you'll notice that they haven't given up. When you've won the battle, when the field is yours, it's no time to sit down and rest. Harry the enemy across the miles as they flee for their lives. It's not over until none of them are left. Never fight the same man twice.

The NRA brand has been rendered so poisonous by the Democrat-Media-Complex that gun experts can't even teach a gun-safety class to children. The gun-safety class teaches kids how to spot dangerous weapons left unsecured and then if spotted to immediately go tell the nearest adult about them. But officials in two Houston Texas schools were so alarmed by the fact that the instructor was affiliated with the NRA—gasp!—that they canceled these classes.

The gun-control bill may have been defeated but the war is far from over. This is the biggest gun-control powerplay we've seen since the Brady Bill, and they won't give up until they get what they want. The only answer to this campaign of theirs is to rout the gun-control advocates so utterly, to demoralize them so thoroughly that they throw down their rainbow banners, rip off their pink and purple costumes, and crawl in a ditch while scooping heaps of mud and dirt over themselves as they whimper and sob and finally lose control of their bladder and bowels. It's time to push back. As such it's also time for the NRA to lose their stodgy old logo and embrace the twenty-first century. Now's not the time for appeasement and back-stepping. This is the time for a full frontal assault!

Embrace the language of war—for what is this if not a war? And what do we fight for if not for our liberty, our way of life, and our very lives? If they want a war let's give them one they'll never forget! Get rid of that old-timey NRA logo and display a matte-black eagle with stainless steel claws. And under him a couple of weapons any red-blooded American would be proud to have in his arsenal. That's what you do...get rid of the hunting rifles and show 'em what we really think. You commies want our guns? Come and take 'em!


Half a league half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred:
'Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns' he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
Was there a man dismay'd ?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do & die,
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd & thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army while
All the world wonder'd:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack & Russian
Reel'd from the sabre-stroke,
Shatter'd & sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse & hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro' the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder'd.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!


The Charge Of The Light Brigade
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Educational Gerrymandering


My nemesis: an earnest man in suit and tie wearing a sympathetic expression and explaining the importance of rules.

Resolved: the purpose of formal education is not to educate, but to winnow the field. You read that correctly. Every school subject, every rule, every insipid and pointless hoop which requires jumping through is only there to separate out those who might upset the apple cart. It's all an elaborate system designed to identify those who'll happily follow the leader and those who might conceivably question authority. You see the purpose of school is to reduce the competition. Those in control wish to stay there. Every decision they make is designed to make it ever harder to replace them. This is quintessential statism. The main reason totalitarian regimes are so vastly unpopular is because once you're placed into your niche that's where you'll stay. That's where your children and grandchildren will stay as well. No matter how hard you work, no matter how talented you prove yourself to be, once you're pigeon holed that's that. What American institution is more totalitarian in nature than our public educational system? What other American institution is as unforgiving? Every year admissions staff at colleges and universities pore over the applications and the school records with a magnifying glass and an unforgiving eye. What's this? An expulsion! Avaunt!

The idea of reducing competition is tried and true in the liberal establishment. It's never about how talented they are but about who's the best of a mediocre crop. You don't believe it? Look at all the green companies with their lavish subsidies and extravagant grants, meanwhile Obama wants to raise the taxes on "Big Oil." Green initiatives—as they're called—are unable to compete with traditional energy technologies so they're given unfair government precedence meanwhile useful and competitive energy providers are hindered to the very limit of the law—and beyond.
In fact, the U.S. Treasury Department makes it very clear that they now regard oil and gas production as a problem. In each of the annual budget proposals they have sent to Congress, the Treasury Department calls for higher taxes on domestic oil gas and coal. Their remarkable reasoning is that unless taxes are raised, it will encourage the overproduction of oil gas and coal! For suffering motorists and families and businesses struggling to pay their energy bills, this is a cruel policy.

It’s very apparent that the real intent is to make oil and gas more expensive in order to make the heavily subsidized, unreliable and costly ”renewable” energy programs they are pushing more cost-competitive. This is the Tonya Harding approach to energy… break your opponent’s kneecap if you can’t win fair and square.
Sometimes you see something that really sets you off. Today I read that a high-school student in Florida was expelled for setting something off and charged with a felony to boot. My friend that I work with—who possesses the same close-minded and intransigent attitude of the progressive crème de la crème—argued that kids who break the rules should get what's coming to them. He further argued that it doesn't matter that no harm was intended nor harm inflicted...rules are rules. He stated categorically that whether or not someone was hurt the possibility existed for someone to get hurt. I.E. a device which could have inflicted harm was used on school grounds and therefore regardless of whatever safety precautions 16-year-old Kiera Wilmot put in place to ensure the safety of herself and her classmates during her impromptu MacGyver-esque experiment, she should experience the complete and utter consequences of her actions. And in this case the consequences are a one-ton rulebook flung into Kiera's face with all the imperious fury that these pedantic officials in Florida can muster.

Well Kiera—if you're reading this—I just want you to know that your peers in high school are grateful that you're one person they'll never have to compete with in the public sector or at any university. They'll graduate and some of them will go to college and achieve degrees in history or sociology and then finally perhaps even bigger and better things like Master's degrees and PhD's, while you'll probably be home schooled and perhaps if you're very lucky you'll get your GED. After that maybe you'll even go on to community college and perhaps one day if you play your cards right you may even get a decent paying job. What you won't do is threaten your peers with any possibility of competition.

You see Kiera, the people you find teaching at school, administering at school, and securing government funding for a variety of pointless and insipid academic studies of one kind or another, are deliriously happy when people like you—Kiera—fall through the cracks and just disappear. You threaten them. Your innate curiosity—if it had been permitted to flower—is the one thing that truly frightens the privileged educational aristocracy—someone with talent, drive, and education. You may well go on to invent a better mousetrap and become fabulously wealthy but it's highly unlikely you'll ever find the cure for cancer or diabetes. For disease cures you need formal education, degrees, Ph.Ds, laboratories, and funding, things only available to those lacking your unfortunate curiosity. You've been pigeon-holed Kiera. You've proven that you're a troublemaker. It's highly unlikely that you'll follow the leader and wait your turn, and they can't have people just going around solving all the world’s problems, not when those problems are the hill and they're king of it.