Veteran's Day

It's all there is to say.

Asked and Answered

Billy Beck asks the questions "Why didn't Mike McQueary just punch Jerry Sandusky's lights out, on the spot?" and "Just exactly what sort of eunuch-drone is this, and where on earth do they come from to this country where men once knew the right thing when they saw it?".

Because he's a coward. Because he's been programed to be a coward for the entirety of his life.

From the time we are children we are told "Don't hit!" and "Fighting is wrong." As youths we are told that "Violence never solves anything." and "It's not worth fighting over." violence is discouraged through punishment; detention, suspension and expulsion. As adults we are told "It's not worth dying over." and violence of almost any form is punishable by law, both criminal and civil. Even in some cases, self defense.

Admittedly children are poor judges of what constitutes "justifiable circumstances" and youths often have a poor sense of "appropriate response". An adult however should, and must be able to make these judgements, and to have trained them not to use violence when appropriate, is a disservice to the adult and the community.

We live under the Rule of Law almost in name only. The powerful and the rich do as they please and are only occasionally called to answer for it. More often than not the punishments are light, if any at all. And punishment for those who employ violence righteously is almost as common. Yet should we shirk our duty to our community? Should we allow ourselves and our loved ones to become victims, to save ourselves from punishment?

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do
-Edmund Burke

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A Little Late, but the Love is Still There.

Thanks for doing what you're best at, for 236 years. Sorry for being a little late, have a present on me.
And for anyone wanting a bit of USMC to brighten up your desktop...

Doing it Right

My newsfilter coughed this up in my morning check.

Four guys housebreak this fellow, Larry James's home, smack him in the face and force him into the back at gunpoint, to open the safe and cough up the cash. In response James pulls his own piece and shoots two of them, one kicking, literally on his target's doorstep and the other at the gas station about two blocks away. Later the same day APD pick up the other two suspects and frog-march 'em off to the clink, charged with robbery, burglary, assault and conspiracy.

Larry James is not charged, which is as it should be.

When you take up arms against your neighbors, intending to apropriate their lives, property or freedom, this is what should happen. You pays your money and you takes your chances. In Alaska, chances are you get a bullet or a blade for your trouble.


Ladies and Gentlemen, Evan Sayet

This talk was given by Evan Sayet, writer, comedian, and in general a fairly smart guy. While I don't exactly agree with everything he says, I agree with most of it, and the little I do disagree with is a matter of opinion and I'm willing to let it slide. We each have our irrational preferences.

h/t to Dutchman6 over at Sipsey Street Irregulars


I Think She Slept Through it the First Time

"Well, I'm going to be pilloried for this. I think get rid of the second Amendment, the right to bear arms. I just think in the grand scheme of the rights that we have; the right of assembly, free speech, I mean, owning a gun does not, it does not tally on the same level as those other Constitutional rights. And being more discreet about who gets to have a firearm and right to kill with a firearm, I think is something that would be in our national interest to revisit that." -Alex Wagoner

Lady, I don't think pillory is still on the books, but even if it were, I doubt it'd be appropriate. Remedial US Government classes on the other hand...

Just so we're clear Alex, can I call you Alex? It's so much easier than smoothbrain. Just so we're clear here Alex I'll recite for you the actual amendment:

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"

Where does it guarantee the right to kill people? And who exactly whould you like to restrict the abilty to kill with a firearm to? LEOs? Military? Gestapo?

By denying others the right bear arms, you deny them the freedom to accept responsibility for their own safety, and the safety of their community. Is this because you feel too irresponsible to accept that responsibilty yourself?