Violent Acts







“The city of Oakland welcomes peaceful forms of assembly and freedom of speech but acts of violence, property destruction and overnight lodging will not be tolerated,” police said in a statement.


Oh, horrors! Committing an act of overnight lodging! At any cost, this must be stopped!


“… firing tear gas and bean bag projectiles and arresting more than 200 people in clashes … police in riot gear fired flash-bang grenades into the crowd and swung batons at protesters.”


Apparently, some forms of violence will be tolerated.


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Why Freedom?


Why freedom? It seems axiomatic. It just feels right. Who would advocate slavery? And yet, preferring freedom is just an opinion, really.

Feel free to disagree with me, but the fundamental argument in America right now is whether we should have more or less government. Government is a restriction of freedom, so any government except self-government is slavery. You might argue that government is a “good” slavery, and much better than whipping-you-in-the-cotton-fields slavery. I think any amount of slavery is intolerable, irrespective of whether or not “we” get to vote for the whip holder. So you can imagine what I think of my neighbors eagerly trotting to the polls to decide how long my chains should be. If ever there was a candidate that favored driving the entire government into the sea, I might vote for him.

On the way home from work, I sometimes listen to right-wing hate radio. (I’d also listen to left-wing hate radio if ever I found some.) Hannity and Levin, mostly. Both of them share a fondness for The Constitution, The Bible, hatred for Muslim infidels, a large standing army, and God; not necessarily in that order. They base their argument for freedom on greater prosperity, reduced irritation, this or that, whatever. But what if freedom was less prosperous than slavery? What if freedom was more irritating than slavery? Would you still want to unlock those shackles? I would, but for a different reason than you might expect. I think freedom is more interesting. I find standing in line at the department of motor vehicles, a typical government-imposed activity, is intolerably boring.

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Can’t Fool A Dog

H/T to Claire

Police dog biting police officer

Dogs know. My late son Ralph, in addition to being the best watchdog ever, was also an excellent judge of character. If Ralph backed up and growled low in the presence of a stranger, I knew I had a situation. If Ralph gently walked over to and briefly sniffed and nuzzled a stranger, he’d look back at me to say “This guy’s OK.”

In the movie Terminator, people used dogs to sniff out terminators. Truth in fiction. I’m not sure whether it’s a lightning-fast estimation of body movements or a sixth sense, but dogs are so good at character estimation that I trust them over people to decide the worth of a person. And I’ve never met a “dog-person” that I didn’t like.


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Is it better to drive them into the sea or laugh them off the stage?

As for the current crop of wannabe kings, ridicule and humiliation don’t seem to work. I think I know why. It’s a hard thing to examine our beliefs, especially our most closely-held beliefs. That examination can only be done by the power of language; a mind, quietly asking and answering in turn, questioning everything and making finer and finer distinctions. A careful weighing of words should be all it takes to dismiss ALL of the ruling class, but we cling to our belief that if only we could chuck out the rotters, then, by God, we’d get the government we deserve. Sad to say, we already have the government we deserve.


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Better Stock Up

Out of ammo? Never!

AmmoLands America Hell Yeah

‘…if you are like me you think to yourself that when the liberal news media reports that some guy is stopped at the airport with “1000 Rounds on him”.. that dude was almost out of ammo…’

Fredy Riehl at AmmoLand

H/T to Claire

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How To Read

Just think….

“Just think what happens in the mind of the person who knows the difference between restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses. Anyone who understands that distinction is on the brink of seeing the difference between simple fact and elaborative detail and may well begin to make judgments about the logic of such relationships. He may start bothering his head about the difference between things essential and things accidental, a disorder that often leads to the discovery of tautologies. Furthermore, anyone who sees the difference between restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses is likely to understand why modifiers should be close to the things they modify and thus begin to develop a sense of the way in which ideas grow from one another. From that, it’s not a long way to detecting non sequiturs and unstated premises and even false analogies.
Unfortunately, we just don’t know how to teach skillful reading and writing without developing many undesirable and socially destructive side effects. Should we raise up a generation of literate Americans, very little of the America that we know would survive. We depend on a steady background level of ignorance and stupidity. A skillful reader, for instance, cannot be depended upon to buy this after-shave rather than some other because he is always weighing and considering statements that just weren’t meant to be weighed and considered. He may capriciously and irresponsibly switch not only from one after-shave to another but even from one hot comb to another. Our industries depend on what we call “brand loyalty,” and thoughtful readers will all be brand traitors. They may, even probably will, go the next step and become brand nihilists who decide not to buy any after-shave or hot comb at all. It may even occur to them that the arguments for the ownership of trash compacters and toaster ovens are specious, and then they won’t buy any trash compacters or toaster ovens. Economic chaos will follow.
The next thing you know they’ll start listening very carefully to the words and sentences of the politicians, and they’ll decide that there isn’t one of them worth voting for anywhere on the ballot. There’s no knowing where this will end. The day will come when a President is elected only because those few feebleminded citizens who still vote just happened to bump up against his lever more often than they bumped up against the other guy’s lever. A President, of course, doesn’t care how he gets elected, but he might lose clout among world leaders when they remind him that he owes his high office to the random twitchings of thirty-seven imbeciles. That will be the end of network election coverage as we know it.”

Richard Mitchell, Less Than Words Can Say

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2nd Amendment, Simplified

The man that wants to disarm me, whether a random crazy hobo in the parking lot to the highest authority in the land, only wants to do so because he is going to do something to me that I could prevent by using a weapon. Whatever that agenda is that requires me to be helpless, it cannot be good.

Living in Babylon


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