Saturday, April 28, 2012

Today's Pathetic Political 'Leaders' Can't Grasp What the Founders Knew

As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.
. . . James Madison
National Gazette Essay

Friday, April 27, 2012

Mr. Clemens Got This Right

Few things are harder to put up with 
than the annoyance of 
a good example.

Valid Reason to Vote

Preventing the reelection of Barack Obama would oust the irretrievably corrupt and despicably racist Eric Holder as the nation's toxic attorney general, a position that he has degraded by remaking the executive body that he heads into the Department of Just Us.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

All One Needs To Know To Understand Politics

Poli is Latin for many.

Tics are swarming blood sucking parasites.

. . . and Things Have Only Gone Down Hill Since Then

If, then, the control of the people over the organs of their government be the measure of its republicanism, and I confess I know no other measure, it must be agreed that our governments have much less of republicanism than ought to have been expected; in other words, that the people have less regular control over their agents, than their rights and their interests require.
. . . Thomas Jefferson
Letter to John Taylor

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Florida Offering Human Sacrifice to Appease Savage Mobs

Florida’s officialdom has offered up a human sacrifice – namely George Zimmerman – in an effort to assuage blood thirst mobs stirred up by the usual coterie of self aggrandizing ‘leaders’ who are constantly eager to exacerbate and exploit racial animosities for their own purposes: Barack Obama, the despicably dishonorable Eric Holder, members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the complicit media, and, of course, the reverent  charlatans, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

The task of appeasing the shameful crowd assembled by those profiteers was assigned to a special prosecutor. She performed the task by charging Mr. Zimmerman with second degree murder. According to this report, the grounds for the charge are so thin that Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz believes they call into question the ethics of the special prosecutor. Another professor agrees, maintaining here that  the charge has no probably cause basis.

Unless new facts emerge countering those now known or Mr. Zimmerman (i) lacks competent legal representation, (ii) succumbs to the temptation to end his nightmare by accepting a plea bargain, or (iii) draws an aberrant judge and/or jury, the charges against him will be dismissed or he will be found not guilty. This, however, does not make what is transpiring any less of a travesty.  The life Mr. Zimmerman had is over, having been ended in large part by the mobs and his state's appeasing elected officials and their politically appointed special prosecutor.

Three excellent essays, each by leader of the past’s real civil rights movement spell out the facts and ramifications of, and offer different perspectives on the case stemming from the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.  All three-- this one by Shelby Steele, this one by Arnold S. Trebach, and this one by Peter Ferrara – are recommended.

Three further points:

First, one of the essays referred to above notes the lack of attention being paid to two inter-racial murders that were committed by a young black man at about the same time that Mr. Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin. The same noteworthy point could be made about the concurrent beating to death of a white Berkeley homeowner in his own front yard by a young black man who was unarmed except for a ceramic flower pot that the violent intruder picked up and wielded as an offensive weapon.

Second, a point about the mobs and their leaders -- they scream for justice, chanting "no justice, no peace," but what they really demand and demand constantly is blood and blood money.

Finally, one has ponder when, if ever, those responsible for our governance will learn that throwing red meat to satisfy the demands of irrationally angry mobs is futile, foolish, and counterproductive.  Doing so may quiet the insatiable savages momentarily, but it only strengthens and encourages them  to hunger for and demand more in the immediate future.

On the Race Hustlers

[U.S. Attorney General Eric] Holder and other who cling to today's rotting hulk of a civil rights establishment are increasingly an anachronism, for all their moral posturing standing as an impediment to genuine racial process in this country.  For them, the possibility of losing white racism as an issue -- as a weapon -- is intolerable.  It would be bad enough if this were purely a cynical tactic to arouse the other true believer in the base.  But it's not: they truly believe it fact -- and the possibility of a better life for those suffering in the inner cities -- be damned.  They have become what they despise, their mantra, a tragic twist on George Wallace's as he stood in the schoolhouse door: "Racism now, racism tomorrow, racism forever!"
. . . Harry Stein
City Journal Essay
April 4, 2012

What We've Come To In the Police State of America

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Emerging Police State Symptoms

One no longer needs to be able to read tea leaves to see our emerging Police State of America. Just take a look at this recent development. Then ask yourself what you will do when you encounter officialdom's overseers.  What do you suppose is likely to happen if you have the gall to refuse to answer their questions or allow them to search you and anything you might be carrying?

Meanwhile, our rulers are moving ahead with these additional plans for tracking all of us whenever they please. 

What We've Lost Explains Why We're Tanking

If virtue & knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslav'd. This will be their great security.
. . . Samuel Adams
Letter to James Warren

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

How the Liberal/Progressive Left Debates the Issues

If you favor requiring an ID to cast a ballot, it's not because you are concerned about voter fraud but because you are a racist. If you support school choice, its not because you are concerned about minority education but because you hate teachers. If you oppose abortion on demand, it cannot be because you are concerned about the sanctity of life but because you hate women. If you believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman, it's not possible that you are concerned about religious liberty or the best environment for raising children but because you are a bigot. 

This is a strategy that will inflict great damage on our society and our system of government because it will make it respectable to be a teacher-hating misogynistic racist bigot.

Not To Be Missed

Invariably erudite, Lee Rodgers is exceptionally relevant and insightful today. Don't miss today's postings on his blog, which can be accessed by clicking here.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Red State Bumper Sticker


Quote of the Day

Apparently, I’m supposed to be more outraged by what Mitt Romney does with his money than by what Barack Obama does with mine.
. . . from a friend in Texas

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Weekend Ruminations

And a final thought:
Greece is collapsing,
the Iranians are getting aggressive, and
Rome is in disarray.  
Welcome back to 430 B.C. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

An Ode to Our Country's Veterans

He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in,
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For  ol' Joe has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For a Soldier died today.

He won't be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on  his way;
And the world won't note his passing, 
'Tho a Soldier died today.'

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young
But the passing of a Soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his  promise 
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow 
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his  country 
And offers up his life?

The politician's stipend 
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate, 
To the service that he gives. 

While the ordinary Soldier,
Who offered up his all, 
Is paid off with a medal 
And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians 
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom 
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier,
Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Soldier,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Soldier's part, 
Is to clean up all  the troubles
That the politicians start.

If  we cannot do him honor
While he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least  let's give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline 
In the paper  that might say:

. . . Cribbed from, and With Thanks to  
the Gunslinger's Journal

An Apology

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Headline and Response

The Headline:

Obama believes women should be admitted to Augusta

Your Not-So-Humble Blogger's Response:

How about leaving the members of that private golf club alone to establish whatever membership criteria they want for their club?

Obama the Amazing

Isn't it grand to have a president who makes true, or at least seems to believe that he makes true, anything he says by his mere statement . . . even the most blatant falsehoods that he routinely utters?

The guy really is a legend in his own mind.

Not Enough Guns In Good Hands

Every tragic mass murder such as the recent tragic one in Oakland, California, in which 10 people were shot, seven of them fatally, brings forth a renewal of the mantra that "there are too many guns out there on our streets" and mindless chanting wails to curb the private possession of firearms.

That reaction ignores that the motivating massacre more often than not has occurred in a legally ordained 'gun free' venue, also known as a free fire killing zone, because there any shooter can safely assume his law abiding targets will be unarmed and therefore unabled to defend themselves or anyone else. Also ignored is the fact that the above-mentioned specific rampage occurred in California, which has the nation's most restrictive and burdensome firearms laws, thanks to the state's fantasizing citizenry and morally-posturing opportunistic legislators..

It is true that there are too many guns out there in the wrong hands. However, it also is true that there are too few guns out there in the right hands . . . the hands of good and responsible citizens. 

Inconvenient and unpleasant as it may be to the gun banners, the fact is that violent crime rates have been slashed by the carrying of concealed weapons by numerous law abiding citizens in the states that in recent years have made that legally permissible. Such citizens are capable of defending themselves and others, and would be miscreants are deterred by never being able to determine whether any of their potential targets are armed against the possibility of being victimized.

It is clear that efforts to keep guns out of the hands of evil doers by making it difficult or impossible for anyone to acquire and carry them have failed, and have done so spectacularly and miserably.  The nation's most violent jurisdictions -- including California, New York, Ilinois, the District of Columbia -- have the most restrictive firearms laws.  They would be well advised to change their approach by facilitating the placement of guns in good hands, which, despite dire and scary predications to the contrary, has worked out well almost every place that has done so. Were they to try it, they might like it.