Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Decline of the West, or Neale's Weekly Gun Rant for 3-29-2015

We start off this week with a lament from Mama Liberty that more and more people don't want freedom. Of course they don't. One of the biggest misconceptions of mainstream libertarianism is that people mostly do. What most people want is to do what they want, which isn't the same thing as "freedom" in any meaningful sense at all. If that seems paradoxical, just think — doesn't Obama want to do what he wants? That tinpot dictator of North Korea? Politicians everywhere? Ah, "freedom" has to mean a condition where people in general are free to do as they want, constrained only by the limits imposed by the rights of others. That's a weird idea, in space and time, and most people don't want anything to do with it. People in the know, know that such a condition can obtain only in a polity where most people want it to be that way. In short, it's pretty much limited to Western Civilization, and within that pretty much to Northwest European people, and within that to British and British-derived people, and within that to Americans who are British-derived. So with every immigrant who doesn't fit that template, freedom becomes less and less possible. Neale says other stuff. Good for Krogers. I used to work there, back during the Johnson Administration. Post Office surveillance? Hmm. Another righteous shooting story. And another. Some idiot activist church. A cops shooting wrongly story — BTW, I take all such stuff with a grain of salt, especially considering the media orgasm over the Charleston shooting that seems to be what they're dreaming about finding. I'm not ready to judge that one yet, nor should you be. This week's illustration is from Yurikuma Arashi (ユリ熊嵐?, lit. "Lily Bear Storm", "Yuri Bear Storm" or "Lesbian Bear Storm") I don't explain 'em, I just post 'em. Now to Neale:

Neale's Weekly Gun Rant for 3-29-2015
by Neale Osborn

Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise

We're starting this off with a new author, Mama liberty. Ok, she's not new, in fact, she's been my go-to Gal for a long time. [Link]. Mama is usually a pretty up-beat lady, but this one has echoes of my bad days. It's called "Nobody and Everybody".

More and more I'm hearing less and less from people who used to be serious about freedom, especially freedom from the bogus "authority" of non-voluntary government. More and more of what I read in the forums and blogs tells me that these people are tired of the fight, burned out in their efforts to communicate. They either give up the fight or just go silent. 

So many of the freedom oriented blogs I visit have become little more than a platform for complaints about government. Lots of outrage and condemnation, but little offering of any reasonable counter measures except "letters to congressmen," lawsuits and the usual political activities we've been trying for so long —even when it is quite clear that they have little or no hope of any real change from such things. There are exceptions, but most of them still seem to cling to the "constitution" and the "bill of rights" as magic bullets that will set everything right if people would just accept those chains. And this, of course, means that they still believe that non-voluntary government, one way or another, has that authority. 

So, more and more often, people I talk to are wondering if there are any others in the world who think like they do—or even close. Some are convinced that "nobody" really wants freedom, and that "everybody" is too stupid to see the truth, prepare reasonably or ever take personal responsibility for themselves. I am tempted to indulge in that thought pattern sometimes myself, but I truly think there are a great many people in our world and communities who might well be our allies, if we only knew them.

And the worst part of what she says? She's correct—I DO often think most people out there have given up. Too many people actually believe the government is good overall, there's just "a few bad apples" in it. You're wrong. In fact, the opposite is true—Overall, the government is evil, with just the occasional good apple in there. It's not true. Government is a tyranny over minorities, and the smallest (and most numerous) minority is the individual.

I REALLY wish a Krogers was around here. Why? Because they are basically ignoring the Morons Demand Surrender... er, Moms Demand Action, Bloomberg's false-flag "grass-roots" movement. [Link]

According to a new interview with Kroger CFO Michael Schlotman, the grocery store chain is not about to give in to the demands of Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The group turned their attention to Kroger in August of last year, insisting that the store stop letting customers openly carry firearms on the premises. Appearing on CNBC's Squawk Box, Schlotman said the store would continue to abide by state laws. 

"If the local gun laws are to allow open carry," Schlotman said, "we'll certainly allow customers to do that based on what the local laws are. We don't believe it's up to us to legislate what the local gun control laws should be. It's up to the local legislators to decide to do that. So we follow local laws, we ask our customers to be respectful to the other people they are shopping with. And we really haven't had any issues inside our stores as a result of that." 

While it's gratifying to see a corporate chain stand up the pressure from the left, the fight for "gun sense" in America is far from over. Moms Demand Action, led by activist Shannon Watts, has proven to be a powerful force in the gun control debate. A former PR executive for Monsanto, Watts brought her public relations experience to the fight for gun control after the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Today, MDA boasts more than 200,000 members and—thanks to a strategic partnership with Michael Bloomberg—millions of dollars in funding. And they have used that support system to bring legal, political, and social pressure for stricter gun laws.

Stand strong against the scum, Krogers.

Now the USPS is doing surveillance runs on the American people, ala the NSA.[Link].
The "Mile High" state might have bee one of the first to legalize marijuana, but voters in the western state know for a fact they didn't sign up to be monitored illegally by USPS surveillance cameras. Even though it was never authorized it looks like the state decided they were going to do it anyway.
Which is why when the local Fox affiliate discovered a "spy camera" sitting outside of a Golden post office they decided they needed to put everyone on alert. 

Infowars reports on what happened next. Make your own judgements if anything suspicious was going on. 
A face and license plate scanning camera was torn from the ground outside a Colorado post office this week less than one hour after being discovered by local reporters.
The camera, run by the United State Postal Inspection Service, the postal service's law enforcement unit, was hidden inside a utilities box near the exit of the Golden Post Office. 
Now you vill be vatched at ze Post Office, Ja!

Oh, have I said recently that supporting gun control hurts women, minorities, the elderly, and the handicapped? Well, it does! As this "Well Armed American" clearly shows. In fact, in this case, it hurts a handicapped AND a minority male.

Good thing guns protect the handicapped too. When a man in a wheelchair and his friend got into an argument with three others, they retreated into their home to ensure violence didn't erupt from the encounter. 

The three men must have been itching for a fight, because after the two men locked themselves in their apartment, they kicked the door down to continue the fight. 

That's when the man in the wheelchair sprung into action. 

A Tulsa News network wrote on the shooting: 

Police are investigating a double shooting during a home invasion.
We're told the door had been kicked in at the Suzanne Apartments near 11th and Mingo about 12:35 a.m. Thursday.
"We did find two males that were deceased apparently shot inside the apartment," Tulsa Police Sergeant Gillian Phippen said.
KRMG has now learned the names of the two men are Kejuan Shields and Demario Harris. Another man, Tymalk Love, jumped out of the window and ran away.

Police believe Shields, Harris and Love got into an argument outside of the apartment. The resident and a friend went inside the apartment and locked the door.
Investigators believe shortly after that, Shields, Harris and Love broke into the apartment and assaulted the resident's friend.
The resident, who is in a wheelchair, grabbed his pistol as his friend was being assaulted and shot Shields and Harris, according to police.
The wheelchair bound resident and his friend were interviewed and released. The investigation is ongoing. 
It's pretty obvious if the man in the wheelchair didn't have a gun things could have been much worse for the two. 

Imagine what would have happened if three men unleashed their violence on a man who couldn't move his legs. The outcome would likely be quite rough. 

That's exactly why his ownership of a hand gun was the right and prudent thing to pursue.
Surely his friend agrees, don't you think? 

Damn good job, Sir. And some fine shooting, too! Oh, wait! If the lying Victim Disarmers were correct, I'd be opposing letting this young wheelchair-bound black man have a gun. But then, I'm not Michael Bloomberg.

Well, this particular "Well Armed American" is a retired cop, but it's STILL impressive that he did so. [Link].

A civilian risked his life to save a man who was being attacked by a crazy wielding a knife in Salt Lake City last week. The fact that he has a permit to conceal and carry certainly didn't hurt. 

The civilian is a retired police officer and felt compelled to get involved. 

The civilian, who asked to be identified only as 'Nick' said, "I was just driving in my car on North Temple, (when) I saw a guy pull a knife on another guy, a fight ensued, the guy with the knife was swinging it several times at the unarmed person," said Nick. 

Nick's training and his heart responded. He went into action and moved in to stop the altercation and pull his gun on the suspect. 

"I see somebody in need of help it's just the right thing to do, the wrong thing to do would of been to turn my back and have somebody be stabbed because I didn't do anything." Nick. "I told him to lay down on the ground and he stayed there," Nick said. Without getting further involved, Nick used his common sense and a little patience, called 911 and gave his location and a brief detail of what had happened. 

Good work, Nick.

This affects us all. An activist church, which owns a few Wal Mart shares, wants to tell Wal-Mart what to sell, how to sell, and what it may not sell. [Link].

A U.S. appeals court showdown looms next month for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in a case with potentially broad impact on how much influence investors can have over their companies.

The dispute concerns Wal-Mart's sales of assault rifles with high-capacity magazines. New York's Trinity Wall Street church wants shareholders to vote on a resolution calling on Wal-Mart's board to review management decisions to sell the weapons, as well as other products that could harm the company's reputation.

A district court sided with Trinity in November and said that Wal-Mart has to include the proposal on the corporate ballots it will send out this spring. Wal-Mart appealed, arguing that the shareholder resolution meddles in regular business decisions and is at odds with decades of guidance from the Securities and Exchange Commission that such affairs are off limits.

Of course, the story fails to mention that the church ALSO wants to violate the 1st Amendment, as well. Trinity Church also wants stockholders to vote on whether Wal-Mart may sell music and videos with "adult content" such as nudity, foul language, drug references, and sexual content. While, as the story points out, Wal-Mart doesn't sell "adult films" or music with warning labels, it DOES sell "R" rated films, and even some "NC17" films. Which could effectively forbid them from selling most films.

I'd like to work for this boss! [Link].

A law office in Iowa is rewarding staff members who tote guns to work with a monthly $50 bonus. As a registered NRA instructor, Davenport attorney Eric Puryear says he wanted a way to combine his law practice and his passion for the Second Amendment."About four years ago I thought well, I'd like to see more employees exercise their right to carry if they so choose, how can I incentivize that?" Puryear told NBC affiliate KWQC.Puryear, whose law office carries a sign that reads "Guns are welcome on premises," says he instructed three of his employees last month, and that his motivating factor was the promotion of responsible gun ownership.


This article contains actual footage of a black man being murdered by cops—6 seconds after asking a mentally ill man to drop his screwdriver in his front door, he takes 6 bullets and dies while his mother cries. [Link]. I can't say anything else—this poor man didn't deserve to die.

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