Saturday, February 17, 2018

I apparently did something stupid...again

I have this habit of managing to do dumb things when doing maintenance on this blog. This time I have magically hosed the generic blogroll. I'm going to put it back, but it strikes me as a really good time to winnow it down to the blogs that really interest me now, as opposed to those who interested me at some other time. I suspect this list is going to get much shorter.

If your blog gets trimmed, please don't take it personally. My interests have a habit of changing often.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Another school shooting

And once again, the blood dancers, gun banners and general know-nothing idiots all come creeping out from under their rocks. Cockroaches have better manners.

There isn't a media outlet today that isn't simply seething with their blather. Look, I'm sympathetic with the parents' losses; for crying out loud I have two kids myself. I'm not a monster.

That's the point. I'm not a monster. Our 19 year old shooter is your monster. Not Smith and Wesson, not the gun store who (legally, it seems, much to the chagrin of those above named) sold him the gun, not the ammunition manufacturer, not Uber, not the company who made his breakfast cereal. I'm sorry to break that to you.

I'm also sorry to break it to you that no, once again I and my fellow gun owners will not be taking responsibility for this twisted little waste of protoplasm's actions. My ARs killed no one yesterday. They stayed in the safe, minding their own business. Which is what all law abiding gun owners' guns do, except when we decide we'd like to go exercise our civil rights and hunt, plink, participate in a shooting sport or some other legal gun-related activity.

Nor will we be cooperating with with whatever version of gun grabbing you have in mind this time around. I've seen all the old canards trotted out, some of them in new clothes, such as the piece on FoxNews by someone named Liz Peek who claims it's time for conservatives to stand against mass murder. Funny, I didn't know that conservatives supported mass murder. I've never seen that on any elected official's--conservative, liberal or otherwise--list of campaign promises.

Of course, Ms. Peek also thinks that we need to get rid of "high-powered rapid-fire guns" because they are "too dangerous". Of course, she also says that full auto guns are illegal and "Hunters or those who enjoy shooting clay pigeons don’t use semi-automatic weapons."

When you are this damn ignorant about the subject you choose to opine on, there is no fucking way I'm going to take a word you say seriously. Go sit in the corner and be quiet, the adults are talking here. Should you decide to educate yourself on the subject, then I'll be gracious enough to give you a fair hearing.

Others are demanding that the politicians do what they do best and "do something". God save us from politicians doing something. That's how we find ourselves in the various social and economic messes we're in now. Politicians, please count to 10. Take a deep breath. Then take a vacation--for a few months. When you get back, then we can discuss this with cooler heads.

Sure, I'd like to wave a magic wand and make it so that these things didn't happen any more. No thinking, feeling person wants to see another mass murderer trying to get the high score. But there is no magic wand, and that's what all these people want. And no matter how had they wish for it to appear, it won't.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The ultimate triumph of socialism

The ultimate triumph of socialism is rapidly becoming obvious in Venezuela. Every time I read one of these articles I wonder how much further they can sink before the people revolt, and every time the answer is apparently "a little further."

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Against the backdrop of a 1000 point drop in the Dow, I'm going to toss this into your lap

I expect that most of the folks who happen by this particular spot on the Intertubz have at least heard of Strauss and Howe's book The Fourth Turning. If you haven't you're going to be behind the curve for this post. I would say "Go read it and I'll wait," but it's 400 pages in paperback and takes considerable time and digestion. If you haven't read it, I suggest getting a copy and doing so as soon as you can. I have, and it definitely...interrupted is a good thinking on a lot of things having to do with planning for the future, at least when it comes to extreme cases.

Some months back, a two part post appeared on The Burning Platform blog entitled "The Unbearable Slowness of Fourth Turnings". (Link is to Part 1, there is link to Part 2 at the bottom of it.) Jim Quinn, the author of the blog, basically explains why it's taking so long for this whole Fourth Turning thing to really get moving, considering he believes it began in 2008.

I'm not going to rehash his post. He doesn't need my interference, and you should go read it yourself. All I want to do is point out that our great societal problem and its associated issues havn't gone away. As I noted in this morning's post it's been kind of easy to get lulled into a sense of complacency in the last few months. I think that, from the point of view of most people with a similar point of view as ours, things have been going relatively well. The other side has been quiet for the most part, nobody's coming after our guns, the economy has been improving and we've been watching Trump rub the other side's nose in it all. It's been quite a party.

But to some extent, it's the sort of party that was had just after Prohibition passed, where people drank up the last of the booze in the house in one big blow out. Sobriety is going to set in, sooner rather than later, I suspect. It's probably going to set in with all the subtly of a 2x4 to the head when it happens, unless you're paying attention and are ready to duck at the right moment.

Is today's 1000 point drop in the Dow that moment? Is it the moment where things start to accelerate? Beats me. It may be a market correction, the beginning of another painful yet standard bear market or it could be that moment. Only history will be able to make that judgement. But it doesn't hurt to consider your status in light of those options, and any others you may see. Depending on your situation, financial and otherwise, each scenario will require certain reactions from you. It may be no more than an elevation in your level of attention, but you need to take that action.

The last thing you want to do is find yourself in the position of our forces on the island of Oahu on December 7, 1941 at 7:47 AM. Because by 8 AM, things weren't going so well.

A hot civil war

We haven't heard much talk lately about civil war in the US. However, if you think that means the left has settled down, I suggest you read this article from one of my local news organs. This particular leftist, a professor at the University of North Carolina, decided that since no one was "doing something" that he would arm himself and take matters into his own hands. Thankfully, calmer heads among law enforcement prevailed.

It isn't over. They didn't win in 2016, they're still angry and they're still trying to figure out how to reverse their loss "by any means necessary". Further, I believe that they will, if they regain power, work to "reform the system" to ensure that no one who disagrees with them ever wins again.

No, this isn't over by a long shot, much to our society's detriment.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

And now for this musical interlude

Since I now have all this time on my hands, I've been able to do things that I used to do, like listen to music. Providentially, ESR recently wrote an interesting piece positing that The blues ate rock and roll! It's an interesting read, and if you have some time, even more interesting to follow along the listening trail.