Friday, March 16, 2018

The Evolution of Devolution

Judging from the cornucopia of commentary abroad in the land since the Parkland, FL shooting, there is a sudden and urgent concern for the status of our "society"; specifically "how the hell did we get here?" Responses have ranged from Woodstock to CNN, marijuana to internet porn, public schools to the NRA, NFL Instant Replay to Harvey Weinstein. While one might contend the above are inextricably connected in ways that could only thrill reclusive sociologists and myopic data miners, the answer and cure may have a common point of origin. Put another way: "chicken" or the "egg" is immaterial; the two may be synonymous!

The Evolution...

Toward the end of the Baby Boomer generation and beginning of Gen X (1965-1985 approx), new consumer toys began hitting the market. "Pong" appeared in 1972. The new shooter game "Space Invaders" invaded circa 1978. With its overwhelming success, the floodgates were opened. Arcades with similar but more graphically sophisticated war-like games appeared in shopping malls around the country. In-home "play stations" followed by more interactive games and uglier themes. Today, hand-held Smart Phones and Tablets provide everything now-extinct Mall Arcades did while home "gaming" has reached professional proportions. Following in the innovative footsteps of Radio and then TV, the Techno-Monster was born! Its first tentacle wrapped around otherwise imaginative, physically active, family immersed children. Initially, parents were just happy with a new rainy-day distraction.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Another FB Encounter

Commenting on the "national discussion" on guns...

Poster: There is a lack of civility between Left and Right participants. The Right thinks we're "evil" with bad motives…

LMP: The question of extending "civility" is antecedent to real or proposed actions of aggression and, ultimately, the violation of rights and subjugation of Freedom. Summarizing the Right's position: You can't hit people and you can't take their stuff. All other freely entered transactions are negotiable. Summarizing the Left's position: We will use whatever Force necessary to accomplish our goals because we know better what is best for the "common good". Initiating Force against another is immoral and illegal whenever done, especially by Government. One could logically conclude that any proclaimed Leftist, by definition supports Leftist policies and goals, including the use of Government Force to violate my rights. there is no reason or history arguing the Left is open to a conversion of principle in support of Individual Freedom, but only in the ultimate subjection of the Right. Most often, that attitude seethes into public discourse, smothering serious consideration of extending "civility" to some movement, philosophy or individual whose goal is to destroy your Freedom.Only practicing Christians may be comfortable taking exception to this with their "other cheek". Politically, that rarely ends well.

Poster: We don’t necessarily have to agree but we should be talking and listening a bit more to each other

LMP: "Talking/Listening to a bit more to each other"…to what end? If the point isn't to reach an agreement, why waste the time? The basic paradigm is: The Right wants to pursue Life, Liberty, Happiness and honestly acquired property without coercion. The Left wants a gang of men with guns to run everyone's life, steal their stuff to fund the effort and severely punish anyone who resists. At bottom, that is the essence of every government program, no matter how beneficent or benign it may be "discussed" when presented. Because the only way Govt programs are implemented is thru Force. "Voluntary cooperation" is a sham, accomplished by instilling fear penalties via government force. Voluntary mutual cooperation is the only peaceful means of accomplishing altruistic goals - which the Left allegedly supports. Disagree with them and uncivil conversation becomes men with guns to enforce such altruism – which, by use of Force, morphs into immoral coercion, the exact antithesis of Freedom. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Deep Swamp

These daze, if ya really wanna see the Big Picture, you gotta change your perspective. It's not gonna leap out your flat screen and smack you up 'longside your punkin' haid!

Put another way: it's all out there. You just have to go find it. Here's an excellent example you probably didn't see but should have....

"Gotta hand it to Special Counsel Robert Mueller: He knows how to set off a stick of dynamite. I refer, of course, to his office’s recent indictment of thirteen Russians in Russia, which we are now to chase after, yelling “Pearl Harbor!” on the Left and “No collusion!” on the Right, forgetting all about the coalescing revelations of corruption and conspiracy and, yes, Russian influence, to elect Hillary Clinton in 2016, and, failing that, to destroy the Trump presidency."

Monday, February 26, 2018

Yes, Virginia, You Can Own A Machine Gun

...and Other Gun Facts For The Newly Uninformed

For those of you who are new to the public debate about All Things Guns that have sprung up since the Parkland, FL tragedy, this brief primer is for you whether you are a mommy, daddy, guardian or teacher of school-age children. Most of all, if you are a politician or reporter, this one has your name on it.

A basic Google search for "guns" returns 299,000,000 results in 0.52 seconds. So why another gun article? The cacophony of stultifying idiocy polluting media outlets via the Evening News, talk radio "commentary", wasting untold newsprint and bandwidth demands it. Never has the old saw, "He only knows enough to be dangerous" been more evident than in the blatherings of those who have swallowed whole the mistruths, half-truths and outright lies on everything from "firearm terminology" to the "gun show loophole." Indeed, many of the spouting pundits hosing audiences with their indubitable certitude are motivated by an evil political agenda that has been marinated in decades of gun grabbing propaganda, fear mongering elitism. And worse. (See MSDNC's "Morning Joe")

Sadly, strewing scary stuff stifles any rational discussion about guns. Anti-gun groups are using "NRA!" as the new pejorative replacing "RACIST!" as their trump card to shut down dangerously productive conversations. Claiming "we need a public debate about guns" really means "STFU and do it my way!"

To navigate this swamp of polluted palaver, here are just a few of the 372 Unadulterated Truths you can memorize and deploy in next big argument at work or Chuck E. Cheese. They are also suitable to Cut 'N Paste or carve into other suitable persuasive materials for more formal situations.

Note: the following assumes the Reader knows the absolute minimum about guns, i.e., they go BANG! propelling a projectile at Warp speed toward whatever lies immediately ahead. This is true of rifles, pistols, and shotguns-- also cannons, bazookas, mortars, RPG's and more other weapons of destruction,"mass" or otherwise.

Let's get started

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Missing Link

And so it begins…another shooting, another school, another student with a grudge and a gun, another body count and another 72 hours of MSM 24/7 Redundant Coverage featuring the same cast of media, political, social media and law enforcement “experts” showcased on the Evening News with the tears of relatives and near-victims, sotto –voice anchor interviews of “how do you feel…?” and “what was it like…?”, surrounded by non-stop re-runs of every cell phone vid available providing it shows at least a whif of the Horror From Within.

Once the essential Who, What, Where and When facts are announced (49 seconds, tops), more bloviating follows in the form of conjecture, idealistic rhetoric and hypotheticals mixed with predictable mis- and disinformation intended to fortify a political agenda. Out come the Same Old Same Old “solutions” that either violate the Constitution or other (HIPPA) laws or cost incalculable amounts of unavailable revenue and “political will”.

Eventually, the tragedy tails out in a cloud of “Why’s” and “If Only’s” - until the next time.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Happy Birthday, You Bastard

Lincoln was by far the most hated, despised, and reviled of all American presidents during his lifetime...

Noted Lincoln authority and personal friend, Prof. Thomas DiLorenzo sends birthday greetings to the most unconstitutional President in American history. Yet, somehow, he gets a national holiday and the admiration of the very people he persecuted.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Now For Something Different

Facebook is a target rich environment for idiocy. Maybe that’s why it’s so popular. OK - That sounds a little elitist and condescending but OTOH, there just doesn't appear to be many MENSA candidates lurking there. Of course, from what experience I have had with MENSA candidates, only other MENSA candidates want to hang with them anyhow!

Still, FB does provide a window on what passes for the soul of our fellow citizens. For that reason alone, we have ample cause for worry.

I’ve long been fascinated by the sheer absence of reason causally revealed on Facebook; even more astounded when some of these pearls of expression are posted by certain individuals I know personally and considered pretty savvy-- only to discover I may have given them way too much credit.

If for some reason you can’t see it, the picture here is of a dead giraffe and the big game hunter who killed it while on safari in African. The caption reads: "SHARE if you want a global ban on trophy hunting. What senseless waste. Why kill such a gentle creature? For 'sport'?!?"

The post was made by a girl-now-woman with whom I attended high school so I felt compelled to post an answer to her “Why”.

I wrote: “There are several reasons Why, Lynn. For example, Many people don't understand this hunter paid thousands of dollars to fly there and thousands of dollars for the permit; that giraffe was divided up among the local tribes and eaten. The only thing the hunter got is that photo. Not a single part of that animal went to waste; everything was used. The hunter didn’t get a trophy head to bring back home, no hide, no nothing. In Africa, they eat giraffe like we eat venison. So along with his investment, he fed a couple of entire villages. So what's the problem?

But there’s more to it than that.

In many cases, these animals are of an age or have other issues that sentence them to an otherwise horrible death from disease, starvation or natural predators. Hunting provides a humane termination without the torture Mother Nature often provides. Rarely does she permit them to "go gently into that good night.". The substantial funds raised from limited hunting permits go to fight poachers, the real bad guys and a serious problem for giraffes and other wild creatures.”

Without excessive back-patting, I thought that was a diplomatic, well-reasoned reply – especially for Facebook. I startled by my high school friend’s response:

“So I've been told - I prefer the progressive method.”

My best take was she just refused to consider the crushing reality of her preference. Starvation is hardly a “progressive” way for any living thing to die. The body ingesting itself from the inside out defies description. Diseases that weaken the animal make it easy prey for hyenas, lions, leopards even crocodiles. How is having an aged giraffe eaten alive a “preferred…progressive method” but a single bullet causing instant death is cruel and barbaric?

Unfortunately, we can't ask the animals...