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...

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Bigger Problems With The Memo

Coups have to be complicated. To be successful, the “enemy” must be taken by surprise. Fail and the convoluted plot covers your ass from being discovered. The insurmountable problem is the Average Citizen, infected with Aggressive Ignorance, Contagious Apathy, addicted to Instant Gratification, is repelled by the homework necessary to reach a factual, objective conclusion. They demand an answer in 25 words or less. If it doesn’t agree with their biased opinion, they will reject it to maintain their comfort with the popular narrative rather than suffer cognizant dissonance.


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