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Tuesday political musings, 9.1.18

January 9, 2018

Wow, 2018 already? Man, where does the time go…

So, Oprah Winfrey gives a pretty speech at the Golden Globe Awards and everybody swoons. “Oprah for President!” Yeah, really.

Surely I’m not the only one who sees the problem with this, right? If so, well, let me spell it out:

People bitch about Donald Trump and his lack of political experience, and here Oprah is getting all this attention for what amounts to, again, a flowery speech. Not only that, but it was basically her lecturing everyone else on how sexual misconduct is bad (which it most certainly is, mind you), as she stood in front of an auditorium full of people who helped cover it up for years, if not decades. Motes, beams, and all that.

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Also, re: “net neutrality”:

Look, as much as supporters of net neutrality like to fancy themselves as on the side of the angels, the fact is that they’re just supporting one set of corporations over another, which makes their mewling about the FCC and congressional Republicans being corporate yes-men rather hypocritical. Yeah, on one side you have the big telcos, but on the other hand you have…Google, Facebook, and Amazon, all tech companies just as big and just as influential as Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon. Not only that, their concern trolling about censorship is laughably transparent, considering how they all reacted in the aftermath of Citizens United v. FEC. Apparently telcos throttling traffic that chokes their networks, or alternately negotiating deals with the content providers not to do so, is the end of the world as we know it, but government muzzling corporations’ free speech rights is just fine and dandy.

B-b-but….AT&T! Muh FaceTime!

Yeah, sure. You know what’d happen if AT&T tried to pull that shit today? Its customers would go to Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile, that’s what. Much like we could theoretically vote politicians out who don’t respect the Constitution…

…actually, now that I think about it, that’s probably not the best example, but surely you see what I am getting at.

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This is ghastly.

September 24, 2017

An article from the Huffington Post, whose author — miracle of miracles! — seems to be just as aghast about this as I am:

 Handicapped children cost money, so parents: abort or face a fine.’

Quoted Dr. Stefan Paas on twitter. ‘We haven’t come this close to Nazi before.’ The quote was taken from a letter published in a National newspaper. It stated that the freedom to birth disabled children should be limited by the ‘financial burden’ to society. Declining to abort, argues letter-writer Michael van der Lubbe, despite the availability of prenatal technology like Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT), should have financial consequences for parents. His letter followed a stream of articles in the media with suggestive titles as ‘Better of without Down’.

Well then. You know what this means, yes?

It means, kids, that if you choose not to kill your baby, and the Almighty State decrees that you should kill your baby, for whatever reason, some people (such as this Michael van der Lubbe creature) are perfectly okay with armed agents of said State breaking down your door and killing you deader than shit.

(And yes, I know. SLIPPERY SLOPE FALLACY RABBLERABBLERABBLE. But the fact is this — if the fine is not paid, and the citizen resists, at some point he or she WILL go down in a hail of State-supplied gunfire. That’s how the enforcement of every single law ends, whether people want to admit it or not.)

But PLEASE, TELL ME MORE ABOUT HOW DONALD TRUMP IS THE NAZI HERE.

…wait, what?

July 8, 2017

So, an anti-gun group, who ostensibly espouses peace and nonviolence…

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…uses a sign that evokes the Rising Sun flag used by the Japanese military in World War II. Oh, the irony!

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Maybe you shouldn’t be doing that in the first place.

March 21, 2017

From the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal:

New legislation approved by Gov. Phil Bryant requires increased public disclosure when law enforcement agencies seize private property.

House Bill 812, signed by Bryant on Monday, requires the creation of a public database which will list and track assets taken by law enforcement through civil action.

The new law also requires agencies to obtain a warrant within 72 hours after a seizure takes place.

Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre, however, is a little uneasy and believes that transparency may hamper his department.

“I don’t necessarily agree with it. It could hinder us from doing other investigations,” Aguirre said. “By putting this on a website, it shows our hand.”

Weeeeell, Chief, here’s a novel thought: Maybe the Tupelo Police Department’s “hand” shouldn’t be in the business of taking people’s stuff just because they were selling a good the government doesn’t approve of them selling. I understand that we’re probably not going to be looking at widespread decriminalization of certain narcotics, let alone legalization of such, for a long time — if ever. I understand that the laws are on the books and they should be enforced, lest respect for the rule of law be lessened. (Yes, I know. The law is an ass and all that. That’s a perfectly legitimate point but a different discussion.)

But asset forfeiture never should have been recognized as a legitimate tool for law enforcement. Besides the fact that so many people engaged in malum prohibitum activities are the ones getting their stuff taken from them, there’s also the reality of such opening the door for widespread abuses of power against people who weren’t doing anything wrong in the first place, such as the shakedowns of motorists tracing through certain small towns in East Texas. We have a long way to go to even stanch the injustices being done in the name of the War On Some Drugs, but putting some sunlight on what’s being taken is a start. Way to go, Mississippi.

Observations on last night.

November 9, 2016

A lot of people didn’t see this coming, and it’s not surprising when you think about it. I think there were a lot of people who kept their choices on the down low, and all things considered, I cannot blame them. How would you feel if someone you didn’t even know disparaged your character, called you racist, misogynist and any number of other epithets, solely because of your choices in the voting booth? More than that, how many of the things that were said about Donald Trump were said, albeit to a lesser extent, about every GOP candidate going back to at least Bob Dole? There are a lot of people — on the left, especially — who need to think about that last thing in particular, if they’re ever going to even begin to understand last night’s events.

And there were many issues in play last night, but I wonder how differently things would have turned out if Hillary had not only been so open about her agenda in relation to more gun control but also not brazenly lied to everyone about supporting the Second Amendment.

(Also, how crazy would it be if supporting the Fourth Amendment, or the Eighth Amendment, or the Fifth Amendment, were such a controversial thing? If it were so, you’d have people rightly shouting from the rooftops about how were were living in a burgeoning dictatorship or something. Some freedoms are definitely more equal than others.)

Also, I’d like to think that we won’t see any more shenanigans like running guns to the Mexican drug cartels, but as Sabra so astutely pointed out to me, Trump was a Democrat not that long before he was a Republican, so we probably shouldn’t hold our breath.

But since Trump is a Republican now, perhaps the media will do its job if this happens as opposed to turning into glorified PR hacks for the ATF.

An appropriate song for the day…

November 8, 2016

…right here.

First time I heard this song was back during the 2000 election season on Dallas country radio when I was living in North Texas. Still a great song, even if we’d have to bring Cash back from the dead.

“He would unite the whole nation, with his guitar and a song….”

And God knows that’s exactly what we need anymore.

Yup, he’s exactly right.

July 26, 2016

Ruben Navarrette, in today’s San Antonio Express-News:

Don’t get it twisted, Cruz haters. The Texas senator is a straight-up hero.

Yep. There are quite a few things I do not agree with Navarrette on, as you know if you’re a longtime reader — but he’s pretty much dead-on here. I know well what a lot of people are saying about Ted Cruz keeping his word, but it deserves to be asked what good his word is if he’s keeping it to a slimy creature like Donald Trump? It’s almost literally like casting pearls before swine — even more so considering how Trump attacked Ted Cruz’s family.

Speaking of that:

“I mean give me a break Ted, go ahead and endorse the man,” Robertson said on FOX & Friends following Cruz’s Wednesday night speech at the Republican National Convention where he failed to endorse Trump. “I mean, you lost, he won.”

The Robertson patriarch continued, “I love that dude [Cruz] but all the guys who lost and gals, they all need to swallow their pride and say the people [and] the Republican Party has said Donald Trump is the man we want in the White House.”

Is that right?

“…you husbands must give honor to your wives…”

“…honor thy father and they mother…”

..Yeeeeah. Tell me more about what a fine, upstanding Christian mayyyyun Phil Robertson is.

Well, that’s news to me.

July 13, 2016

President Barack Obama:

“It’s easier for a teenager to get his hands on a Glock than a computer…or even a book!”

Really? Because I remember when I bought my last computer off the Internet:

• I did have it shipped to the Apple Store, but I could have had it shipped straight to my home had I not been concerned about theft. I didn’t have to have it shipped to a Federal Computer License holder, because of course that is not a thing.

• I did not have to be at least 21 to order it. If I remember correctly, the minimum age to order was 18, but that was a matter of Apple policy — not a matter of federal law.

• I did not have to fill out a Bureau of Computers, Tablets, and Smartphones Form 4473 at the Apple Store when I picked up that computer, because just like the Federal Computer License holder, the  Bureau of Computers, Tablets, and Smartphones is not a thing, nor is the Form 4473 for it.

Beyond all that, of course, unlike with gun stores, more “progressive” municipalities aren’t trying to drive the electronics stores out of town under the twisted guise of “social justice,” they’re not proposing to tax electronics or peripherals…

I could certainly go on, but such would be belaboring the point.

Random political musings, 18.6.16

June 18, 2016

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Rosanne Cash, in Billboard:

We can…prevent the sale and possession of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Prevent the possession. So, in other words, “Mr. and Mrs. America, come and get them.”

Of course, it’s not like Rosanne Cash is going to be leading those SWAT confiscation raids. She’ll be perfectly content to send other people’s sons and daughters (and mothers and fathers) to do it for her. Which makes her “for the children” mewling ever so hollow and hypocritical.

But then, on the other hand, let her and those like her talk like this, and let us all bring as much attention to it as we can, because it exposes the anti-gunners’ assurance that “no one wants to take your guns” as the foul and malicious lie that it has always been.

Sunday morning commentary: Orlando.

June 12, 2016

I hear there are people saying on the wake of this morning’s Orlando shootings, “More gun control! How many more have to die?”

Well, that’s a perfectly legitimate question, but for the fact that it presupposes yet more laws are going to stop this sort of thing. Registration, licensing, and all that.

Yeah, no.

Even if we ignore the historical fact of registration leading to confiscation EACH AND EVERY SINGLE TIME, there is the fact that these laws face massive noncompliance right here in the United States. According to the New York Daily News, hardly a bastion of pro-gun sentiment, fewer than 44,000 semiautomatic rifles were registered with the state after the SAFE Act introduced such a requirement into law after the Sandy Hook shootings. Not only that, but several New York county sheriffs have gone on record as saying they won’t help enforce the laws in the SAFE legislation. And New York is one of the bluest states in the country. The same played out in another blue state, Colorado, after that state’s passing laws outlawing normal-capacity magazines, according to a report from the CBS affiliate in Denver. Also, in Connecticut itself, according to the Hartford Courant, some 50,000 semiautomatic rifles were registered after Sandy Hook, but with as many as 350,000 semi auto rifles in civilian hands in Connecticut…well, there you go.

How do they think such is going to play out in Alabama, or Oklahoma, or Texas?

And how are these laws not going to stop such?

Well, in case you forgot, even if we stopped making and selling new ones, the guns are already out there. A whole fucking lot of them. While it’s hard to nail down an exact number, there are probably enough semiautomatic rifles in American civilian hands and ammunition to feed them to outfit the armies of several small countries. And that number has only increased in recent years as after every shooting just like the one in Orlando, control freaks like Hillary Clinton never fail to rush to the mikes and scream to the rooftops for more laws punishing the people who didn’t shoot anyone.

So the guns are already out there, and there are more going out the doors of gun shops in this fair land every single day. Are you going to go door-to-door, or rather, send other people’s sons and daughters to go door-to-door? (Because let’s be frank, very few if any of the people actually screaming for more gun control are actually going to put their own skin in the game here.) If that’s what you’re suggesting, perhaps you should google “4th generation warfare” sometime, or perhaps give Mike Vanderboegh’s essay “Kill All They Send” a read:

“And it would be a WAR, make no mistake, not the sanitary “police action”…. And how would the big bad boys of the ATF and FBI fare against committed freedom fighters? Even well-paid federal police bureaucrats just want to live until retirement. How long do you think they would last when team after team of them are shot down like dogs in the street, garroted in their sleep, poisoned in their mess halls, or found with their throats slit in guardposts, restrooms and bordellos?”

And even if we did manage to pull it off, in the complete vacuum of moral issues, logistics and all that…there’s still the matter of that porous southern border. I think it’s probably safe to say that narcotics aren’t the only thing coming across them. If you know what I mean. And I think you do.

In short: the guns are here. And they are not going away, no matter how you might wish they would. So what now?