Parkland, Florida – Guns, Mass Murder, and America

Anyone notice that the high school in Parkland, Florida is a gun-free zone and the shooter was 19. It is illegal to purchase a handgun for anyone under 21. I guess we can all agree those gun control laws worked very well.

What if we concentrated more on the causes of mass murder and less on the means? We’ve made laws and discussed the means ad nauseam. The causes are mental health issues, violence in our entertainment, hate promoted by politics, prejudice, and under privilege.

All the talk about guns won’t change anything. Mass murders will happen with homemade bombs, arson, knives, or vehicles. Banning the means, making mass murder illegal, stomping our feet in the streets, calling those who disagree with us names and spewing more hate are all unproductive, ineffective, and likely to lead to more violence.

What about raising children who respect each other, have compassion, and faith. Parents who listen, love and offer support, not just discipline when the grades don’t measure up. Teachers who care, identify troubled students and offer help. Churches that offer a message of love, hope, acceptance, and deliverance. Use social events to draw young people into an environment where they learn forgiveness, acceptance of others, and coping skills. Not to mention God changes lives.

Finally, let’s stop polarizing the environment. Poisoning minds with outright lies about those with whom we disagree, by spinning every event into a political point, and by demonizing each other.

I’ve seen the problem and it is US.

Changed hearts change society.

Disclaimer: While I support the 2nd amendment, I find any use of firearms, beyond target shooting, self-defense, and peacekeeping, personally offensive. Sorry, I don’t get hunting that is not necessary for survival. However, the founding fathers did not guarantee the right to bear arms, simply for hunting, no they saw citizens as needing to have the capacity to defend themselves from an aggressively repressive government.

Why liberals don’t want us to have a gun

explodingheadThis post is about the comments that fall out of the mouths of people who don’t believe Americans have a God given right to protect themselves. I should warn you that if you have any common sense, you will probably want to first wrap your head with a good roll of duct tape to prevent it from exploding.

The video is presented by The Blaze.

You really have to wonder if these people actually listen to themselves. Either way, it is difficult not to be left with a low opinion regarding their collective IQ, which indicates these people couldn’t have arrived at their points of argument on their own. They’ve been fed.

If they were really involved with understanding the problem, and I don’t believe they are, they would eventually come across the data point that tells them that when threatened and without the ability to defend themselves and loved ones, they would be dead long before police arrived.

Police rarely prevent the murder. Only comic book heroes can do that. Law enforcement (key phrase, there) only show up after the fact. So, to their argument about 30k or so gun victims, the counter argument should then be “If only those poor souls had been armed and trained.” At least then there would be a fighting chance for a different outcome.

A few days ago, April 17,2014 to be exact, Bloomberg (Michael Bloomberg’s business) published what they call “Bloomberg Visual Data” titled “How Americans Die”, by Mathew C. Klein. It presents data in a graphical form showing, well, how Americans die. One page in particular caught my eye and I wondered about the left hand knowing what the right was doing. As many probably know, Michael Bloomberg is no fan of gun ownership and even committed $50 million in an effort to challenge the NRA with gun control legislation. Honestly, I couldn’t make this up if I tried. The chart is presented below.murderbygun

The data presented by this chart renders the woman’s argument (in the video) about 30,000 gun deaths each year as either a lie or, at best, deliberate disinformation. If neither of those premises are true, then she’s either making stuff up as she goes or, again, she’s being fed.

With this data, the question should now be about why these protestors and others of their ilk aren’t absolutely livid over the fact that drug induced deaths are above 40,000 per year and rising above deaths by automobile and suicide, the latter of which is also on the rise.

I know they can’t be livid about automobile deaths and diligently working to ban the automobile, because then they wouldn’t be able to drive to their next protest. However, we shouldn’t expect that from preventing liberal politicians to pass legislation that limits the number of passengers to only two. If you’re like me, now you’re recalling that Colorado, a very liberal state, recently legalized marijuana. This is where I reach for that duct tape.

Food for thought:
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Robber shot dead by jewelry store owner

Armed robber shot dead by businessman

Famous Presidential Lies

No lead in picture as the pile of hooey I wanted to use was just too over the top. Enjoy.

LBJ: We were attacked (in the Gulf of Tonkin)!

Nixon: I am not a crook!

Clinton: I did not have sex with that woman… Miss Lewinski!

Bush – 41: Read my lips – No new taxes!


I will have the most transparent administration in history.

TARP is to fund shovel-ready jobs.

I am focused like a laser on creating jobs.

The IRS is not targeting anyone.

It was a spontaneous riot about a movie.

If I had a son.

I will put an end to the type of politics that “breeds division, conflict and cynicism”.

You didn’t build that!

I will restore trust in Government.

The Cambridge cops acted stupidly.

The public will have 5 days to look at every bill that land on my desk

It’s not my red line – it is the world’s red line.

Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.

We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks and auto companies, with interest.

I am not spying on American citizens.

Obama-Care will be good for America

You can keep your family doctor.

Premiums will be lowered by $2500.

If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan

It’s just like shopping at Amazon

I knew nothing about “Fast and Furious” gunrunning to Mexican drug cartels

I knew nothing about IRS targeting conservative groups

I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi

And the biggest one of all:

“I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America

You got what you asked for

No fancy post, just an editorial. I haven’t really written a post since the election. Why? The people made a choice, like Nancy Pelosi, they re-elected him to find out what’s in him. Well, you found out, the President is a compulsive liar and extreme leftist ideologue. Obama and his henchmen remind me of the old joke adapted to read, "How can you tell if Obama’s lying?" Well you should know by now, "His lips are moving."

All the incompetence of the first four years, might have been lessons learned for a less ideological President, but we didn’t elect a President without dogma. No, Obama is devoted to his dogma. Just read his books. Is Obamacare affordable? Heck no.

The Unaffordable Healthcare Act

A friend of mine, nearing 60 in age and who’s wife has a history of heart trouble, lost his insurance policy because it didn’t cover birth control and maternity. He had been paying $8,000/year, which is quite expensive. He bought into the lie that Obamacare would lower his rate. He voted for Obama and supported his policies because he believed he would benefit. What a shock when he discovered his premiums were increasing to $15,600/year. Suddenly my liberal friend became a conservative.

Another friend, with a similar experience, continues to drink the Koolaid, blaming Republicans for Obamacare’s massive and epic failure. Republicans caused Obamacare’s failure? CNN blamed Republicans by citing that they never supported the program. Democrats told us we had to pass it to find out what’s in it. What vacuous and dangerously idiotic reasoning. Republicans were shut out of the design and are now criticized for not participating. Wow.

And we haven’t even got to the increased budget load this will eventually have on the federal government. Already the CBO has gone from phoney reports of money saved to what I believe are conservative esates of massively increased spending.

I could ramble on with facts and references to make my point, but I don’t care anymore.

In light of recent events, I’m disgusted with the entire system. Republicans are self-loathing wimps, undeserving of any respect. And that is exactly what they get, both from the press and their opponents across the aisle. Democrats are largely brain-washed drones, clamoring for more green Koolaid. While both parties continue to press for the same failed solutions. Democrats have been calling for higher taxes and "make the rich pay their fair-share" for about 100 years. Republicans follow with chants for lower taxes and empty calls to reduce spending, (which they clearly don’t intend, but they know it resonates well.)

And what of the Tea Party candidates? In my humble opinion, they’ve been a mixed bag of crackpots, political opportunists, and well-intentioned people who’ve either been co-opted or marginalized.

Yet, what I want is a third party with sound ideas.

A good friend of mine appealed to me, saying a third-party would be ineffective and that the best hope is to take back the Republican party. Every attempt to influence that party has been disastrous. Leftists under the false flag of Progressiveness, have a firm grip on both parties. Progressives have the country heading toward ruin, one party rushing toward the cliff while denying the cliff exists and the other wishing for a leisurely pace in the same direction.

We need a real move away from irresponsibility, hypocrisy, and finger-pointing. However, I’m confident this won’t happen. I believe most Americans who say Congress is the problem, would promptly re-elect the same Senators and Congressmen. I think they see everyone else as the problem, but not their guy. Simply put the system won’t change until it collapses under its own weight.

Or perhaps, the administration will allow an external source to do it for them.


We have an Administration that has exceeded all imaginable incompetence. The Obama administration now appears so desperate to make a deal with Iran they may settle for a hollow compromise that extracts nothing from Iran and allows it to continue to pursue nuclear weapons.

And this isn’t just my opinion, this is also the opinion of many foreign governments. Just read this, "Obama faces worry at home, abroad over Iran talks"

I think CNN and the LA Times are distributing a very poisonous beverage in promoting the lie that if the administration doesn’t reach a deal – no matter how bad – a devastating war will surely result. Read this, "Iran talks: Do we want a deal or a war?" A deal that allows a radical Islamic state to have real nuclear weapons will have a much greater possibility of a "devastating war" than a breakdown in talks.

Broken talks and a defiant Iran might actually result in a greater resolve among the more sane world powers. However, I’m not a policy wonk, just trying to apply common-sense where I see none.

In conclusion, as the old 80s commercial used to say, "You asked for it. You got it!" Or as my mother used to say, "you made your bed, now you gotta lay in it." And this is why I haven’t continued to complain. The people deserve the path they have chosen.

From Clown Cars to Moon Shots

The other day, a friend of mine asked me what I thought of Dr. Benjamin Carson. For those who don’t know, Dr. Carson is a retired and rather famous neurosurgeon. He recently addressed the National Prayer Breakfast where he made news for his criticism of Mr. Obama’s policies in general and specifically, for Obama Care. You can read the story here where there is a video of Dr. Carson’s speech.
I told my friend that I like Carson’s point of view. He shows he is willing to go toe-to-toe with Obama’s principles. However, at the end of the day, he’s a doctor. He knows not of the ways of politics and campaigning and it may eat him. Time will tell.

My friend then asked what I thought about him forming a third party.

I am no fan or supporter of a 3rd party system, no matter who steps up to form one. We should instead learn the lesson taught us by recent history when Ross Perot split the vote away from George H. W. Bush and allowed Bill Clinton to win. It’s a losing proposition.

Instead, we should concentrate on how to reconstitute the Republican Party which has allowed itself to be undercut and discredited by the left. The GOP has been a dismal failure on commanding the national dialog and delivering a message that can garner votes.

In addition, there is a bigger problem working against the GOP. Simply put, America has been subverted. That process has produced several generations of voters who believe they have a right to access to the treasury. From that same pool come the politicians who also believe they have that right. The GOP has a long and bumpy road ahead of it.

It was at this point I began to tell my friend about a recent article written by David A. Stockman. Stockman is a former Republican congressman from Michigan, President Ronald Reagan’s budget director from 1981 to 1985 and the author, most recently, of “The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America.” Mr. Stockman’s piece was very well written and also garnered some criticism from both the left and the right. The piece describes the current state of America, how we got that way and offers a remedy for our financial and political systems because these systems are indeed wrecked. Stockam’s point is that if we’re going to get anything done, it’s going to ….

… require a drastic deflation of the realm of politics and the abolition of incumbency itself, because the machinery of the state and the machinery of re-election have become conterminous. Prying them apart would entail sweeping constitutional surgery: amendments to give the president and members of Congress a single six-year term, with no re-election; providing 100 percent public financing for candidates; strictly limiting the duration of campaigns (say, to eight weeks); and prohibiting, for life, lobbying by anyone who has been on a legislative or executive payroll. It would also require overturning Citizens United and mandating that Congress pass a balanced budget, or face an automatic sequester of spending.

It would also require purging the corrosive financialization that has turned the economy into a giant casino since the 1970s. This would mean putting the great Wall Street banks out in the cold to compete as at-risk free enterprises, without access to cheap Fed loans or deposit insurance. Banks would be able to take deposits and make commercial loans, but be banned from trading, underwriting and money management in all its forms.

It would require, finally, benching the Fed’s central planners, and restoring the central bank’s original mission: to provide liquidity in times of crisis but never to buy government debt or try to micromanage the economy. Getting the Fed out of the financial markets is the only way to put free markets and genuine wealth creation back into capitalism.

As it turns out, this the the very issue that I have been rattling around in my head for awhile now, and it relates to my current vision of America as being a clown car aimlessly bouncing around in the desert. The issue takes the form of a few simple questions; “Where do we want America to be in 20-50 years? What should our priorities be and how do we get there when we change captains every 4-8 years? ” Remember, it took a mere 40 years to get where we are today. We should be looking for answers to these questions and if we’re going to solve the problems facing us we are going to need a national policy that takes on characteristics of a moon shot.

Happy Birthday Mr. President

102 years ago today, a President was born with a vision of freedom and prosperity for all.  He defeated communism rather than promoting it.  He encouraged people to strive for a better life, rather than holding people in a state of dependency.  He created jobs that created additional tax revenue, rather than those that feed on tax revenues.  He inspired hope for a brighter tomorrow, rather than hope for another government handout.

Grassfire posted this tribute.

Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan!

The Subversion of America. Is it ‘Game Over’?

The slow burn.

For more years than I would like to count, America has been drifting to the left. I began to notice around 1988 when CNN started to substitute the term “homosexual” with the term “gay”. I recognized it for what it was then; an agenda driven initiative to retire a clinical term describing a human condition draped with negative connotations and replace it with a happy word in an effort to make the condition more mentally acceptable for the public. In other words, it was then and still is today an effort to make an abnormal state a normal one. It’s a form of subversion and it is still in operation today.

For a more recent example take a look at the opposition to California’s Proposition 8 which changed the state’s constitution to restrict the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples and eliminated the right for same-sex couples to marry. It is a wise attempt to stop a small but determined sub-culture of homosexuals who want to undermine a core value of this country that a marriage is between a man and a woman which in an of itself is designed to solidify a healthy environment in which children can be properly raised under the influence of a normal environment. For those who want to take issue with “normalcy” please refer to Sociology 101.
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