Stormcrow's Warnings

With just over a week to go before we as a nation, reach the climax of our political nooner (a what a grudge fuck it has been too). I feel the need to voice my concern over what, or rather who we are about to elect to office. I cannot stress enough the need to thoroughly investigate your options. not just examination of the voting records, but look also into what kind of people your candidates really are.

Are they hypocrites (knowing or unknowing), oath-breakers (not just liars, which is a given in a politician), cheats, murderers (yes I'm talking to you people in Massachusetts) or just plain stupid? Walk around the old gal, kick the tires and slam the doors, really look under the hood. Consider this; Would you be willing to share a lot-line with your proposed elected official? I find that most of the politicians from my state fail that simple test (Tea Party included).

If you find your candidates to be completely unpalatable, use your option to write in a candidate that you can stomach. Just remember that your local laws may restrict who you can write in. After the tremendous write-in success of Snoopy in '68 and '72 California passed a law forbidding the entry of fictional characters on write-in ballots. But you can vote for someone you think would do a good job, or at least someone unlikely to completely screw us over.

Me? I'm looking at voting for Cthulhu. Why vote for the lesser of two evils?


Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet Ivan Chesnokov

Ladies and gentlemen (and blogwriters) allow me to introduce you to one of the most bat-shit crazy fixtures of /k/; Ivan Chesnokov. Ivan is the resident ruski (at least we think he's Russian (at least we think, he thinks he's Russian)) and a vocal supporter of all Russian firearms and their accoutrement. Presented below are the gleanings of my encounters with Ivan; those passages and parables that were just too good to let go. Enjoy.

Ivan really is kind of a purist.

Not a good winner, Ivan gloats about a recent conquest.

Ivan humbles those who think they are all that and a bag of brass.

Ivan offers his opinion on the FNH Five-seveN.

Ivan Explains all...

All passages copied directly from /k/ threads. Use at your leisure.

Enough Lulz to Overcome My Melancholy

By Hoðr's emo bangs, it's been a heavy week. All work and no play makes Rauðbjørn a dull boy. So here's a bunch of images to make you lol. I know I did. Be advised, while not NSFW, some images may include profanity.

This pic should set the tone for your visit today.

Yes, this is an AK-47 made entirely out of bacon.

Yarr, me hearties! We'll be a match for any mall ninjas we meet now! Arr!

I feel this is self explanitory.

It's a wonder no one wants to ban them. Oh wait....

See! See how effective they are!

Guns for little girls.

Guns for big girls.

Call of Duty was never like this, the recruiter lied to me!

Advice to live by.

Ah, American ingenuity. It allows you to take common houshold items and turn them into a flamethrower. I love this country!

Yeah! And Chuck Norris too!

Bond: Do you expect me to talk Goldfinger?
Goldfinger: No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.

Yes, yes it would.

I'll just leave this here.

That is a very talented man.

A horror-action-musical for the entire family.

We can't stop here man! This is BAT country!

You know that's what would happen.

Yo Dawg. I heard you liked....

I know how you feel guys.

Yes! I've been waiting to see that for three years! HA!

True, too true.

What? That's what it is.

I showed you that one to show you this one.

I'm not usually a big fan of lolcats, but well...

I have no words.

I never did like those things. I guess fluffy doesn't either.

You know it's true.

This pic is like the thread it describes.

After sorting through the pics for this I realized that my humor is not of the "family friendly" variety. These pics represent prehaps 2% of my humor archive. The rest is all NSFW. Wonder what that says about me?

Freedom not Liberty

The difference between Liberty and liberties is as great as between God and gods.-Ludwig Boerne
As seen quoted at The View from North Central Idaho

Rather, the difference between Freedom and Liberty is as great as the difference between Jehovah and the Aesir.

Liberty means freedom from restraint, obligation or control; having no restrictions. A man at liberty owes nothing to no one, and is footloose and fancy free. Liberty is freedom from oppression, limitation and interferance. Liberty means not being subject to the will of another. Liberty ultimately means having no accountability. Freedom on the other hand is a onerous state in which a man enjoys no obligatory support from his community and is restrained by his moral and ethical compasses. A free man is accountable to himself, and noone else.

If he is moral, a free man he will realize his duty to others of his "tribe", be it limited to his family, his comunity, or his nation. He will recognise his duty to aid them in protecting his tribe and their access to vital rescources. He will acknowledge his duty to the children of his tribe, to educate them, to support them, and to protect them.

If a free man is ethical he will realize his duty to others of his tribe in the form of protecting life and property. He will recognize his obligations to codify laws to prevent "mob rule" and despotism, and he will recognize the need to codify the essential liberties that allow men to live with one another in freedom and safety. Likewise an ethical man will acknowledge his obligation to defend, enforce and maintain both the code of laws and the articles of liberty from all that would pervert the law, abrogate freedom, and ruin those liberties essential to the freedom of all men.

If a free man is neither moral nor ethical he will be less than a man, a grown-up child; selfish and little more than a hyena, gibbering about his "rights" and trying to take by deception and cunning, what others have earned and fought for. A man at liberty is a man with no roots, no ties and no obligations and is an unknown vaiable; a threat, because he will not accept the responsibilites that seperate a free man from a man at liberty.

My apologies to Joe Huffman for taking so long to respond to his challenge to my comment. Real life interferes, you know.


Of Sheep and Wolves

I keep seeing this Sheep, Wolf, Sheepdog meme bandied about, and I don't like it. I developed this theory independently back when I was about 15. About the time I hit 21 or so I discarded it. It's too simplistic, and demonstrates a juvenile view of both social dynamics and biology.

People are not sheep. People ofttimes display sheep-like qualities for one simple reason. We (as a people) have been lied to. We have been told that it is OK if you fail, so long as you try. We have been told that life should be fair. We have been told that the world owes you a living. We have been told that "If you follow your dream you too can become an astronaut and the president of the United States." People behave like sheep, because we do not require them to behave as adults.

Criminals are not wolves. Wolves are social pack animals that rarely inflict harm on each other and hunt only for survival. Criminals hunt out of desire. They kill each other as readily as they kill the civilians they hide amongst. Again, criminals are often the way they are because at one point in their development no one required better of them than robbery, rape and murder. Some can be rehabilitated, most can only be put down like mad dogs.

I am not a sheepdog. A sheepdog is a creature that herds the sheep in accordance to the will of the shepherd. What is most likely meant when referencing a "sheepdog" is a Livestock Guardian Dog. And even they obey the will of the shepherd. And don't give me that "society is the shepherd" crap. The sheep exist to sustain the shepherd. He is no less a predator than the wolves, he just hides it better. the closest you'll find to the sheepdog analogy are LEO's and the military. Cops that do a piss-poor job of guarding the "sheep"; fairly dandy at finding out who killed Gilbert Lamb, but that's not defense, is it? The military does a bang-up job of defending the "sheep" but a military is really meant to savage the other shepherd's sheep until he agrees to quit letting his sheep eat our flock's clover.

So what are we left with? People that act like sheep, unless you demand more of them.
People that act like rabid dogs unless you demand more of them and kill the ones that cannot or will not.
People that are set apart from us because they serve the one that keeps us around to provide him with a living.

And then there's me, and those like me. We are not sheep, we are not wolves or dogs, rabid or otherwise. We obey no master save ourselves and we urge those around us to do the same. We require that we rise to the challenge of adulthood. We require of ourselves that we act as the guardians of ourselves and our kith and kin.