Saturday, June 18, 2016

Perpetual victimhood.

Recently a family friend who is active on Facebook posted an article about a horrible situation.

Click here to read.  It's not a very pleasant story but no one gets physically hurt in the end.

This was my response.   Apologies for making it stupidly difficult to make cut and pasted text look normal.

Jenny, this story really struck a chord with me, as I and most everyone I know has had similar (if not as severe) experiences with homelessness over the last decade. If you'll permit me, I'd like to offer my views on the subject, which as you can probably guess, come from a conservative viewpoint. Please feel free to delete this if you are in sharp disagreement. I plan to put it on my personal blog, but I don't want to impose on your wall if it is too confrontational.

Well this is horrible. And it two big issues to light. First and foremost it calls attention to our collective decision as Americans to allow the mentally ill to live among us. By permitting a "street culture" many people view this as compassion, the reality is that it's just the opposite.

All major cities in this country run by progressives are now overwhelmed by unmedicated and dangerous inviduals like this. San Francisco is right now a toilet. Santa Monica, a place i used to enjoy very much is an absolute no go zone. Westwood in L.A. is an open air asylum. New York city, now under liberal leadership after two decades of conservative mayors has seen it's crime rate skyrocket as homelessness is once again permitted to reign. 

There is no excuse for the apathy and the misguided notion that we can give people like this the same rights and freedoms that rational people enjoy.

It seems there is an utter lack of common sense in liberal leadership, fueled by a lethal mixture of political correctness and fear. Fear of being seen as uncaring or cold. The truth is, we need to be grown ups about this issue - tough love is 100% more caring and compassionate than permitting this incredibly obvious danger of homelessness to exist on our streets. This problem will only grow, with more and more violence and mayhem until we decide to wipe it out, by taking the hard step of recognizing that it cannot be tolerated.  

Incarceration is not the answer, but humane containment and treatment must be made mandatory. This is going to be very difficult for some people to swallow, but I am not on board with subjecting myself or my family to people like this on a regular basis. To do so is not only the epitome of idiocy but it is also the cruelest thing we can do. Ignoring the mentally ill is absolutely inhumane, as is giving them self-determination. I am not sure what the precise machinations of ending homelessness should be, but it must include humane, mandatory and long lasting, if not permanent, separation of people like this from our communities.

The other issue that this incident brings into sharp relief is the over reliance of people on the state to protect them. Now I confess, I am a bit skeptical of this woman's description of the officer in question. I am familiar with the Portland PD and this is not in any way shape or form their M.O. They have a very tough job dealing with the mentally ill, as city leadership refuses to deal with the homeless in any appreciable way other than soup kitchens and various hand-outs. Basically the cops hands are tied in terms of removing people like this man from the streets.  

But if we are to take this woman's word, that this officer indeed acted this way, then she has a ton of resources at her disposal to go after him, and I hope she does. His behavior is atypical and entirely unacceptable.

Beyond this, and getting back to the fairy tale that people have in their heads that the state will always be there for them, I would like to posit that this is Exhibit A as to why most, though not all, communities with open carry laws have substantially lower crime rates. When citizens are allowed to defend themselves as they deem necessary, there are far fewer incidents of this nature. Statistically, this truth is hard to measure, because often the mere revelation of the presence of a firearm will diffuse a situation and nothing is reported to police. But beyond that, I would also posit that the right to carry removes most of the fear from a potential victim, and puts it where it belongs - on the potential perpetrator. 

For a period of three years at my job, I worked directly with law enforcement in communities across the country. From Detroit, to Memphis, to Orlando. Different officers had different views on the subject of concealed carry, but they all agreed on one thing - you cannot rely on police to stop a crime, only to help with the aftermath.

If we look to our leadership to provide absolute protection, we are doomed to be disappointed. They are simply human beings with limited time and resources, especially when a problem as large as homelessness is ineffectively placated, and - as this story illustrates, they are also human beings who can be flawed and even occasionally as malicious as the bad guys.  

When I see a story like this, it makes me more determined than ever to not be a victim - and it strengthens my belief in the absolutle sacredness of the sovereignty of the individual. We cannot submit our fate to the state, we must be pro-active in our defense of ourselves and our family. All of the manipulated statistics in the world cannot alter the peace of mind that self-determination brings. 

I know of two women, one of which is a long time friend, who at different points in their lives were stalked. Both of these women are good, honest liberals, who found themselves confronted with real world evil, and both had to come around to the realization that the only way to fight back was the purchase of a firearm.  

My friend never had to bring her gun into use, thank God, but when she was carrying she felt a great weight lifted off her shoulders because she had at least taken some control of the situation and didn't have to rely on help coming that she knew would likely be too late. Her stalker eventually moved on, probably to another target, but she knows that should he return or someone else of evil intent should enter her life, that she has recourse beyond the flimsy hope of police intervention.

The second woman, who was a friend of a friend, but shared her story with the television show I was editing at the time, actually was confronted by her stalker to the point where she had to draw down on him. The revelation of the firearm quickly doused the flames of her potential attackers anger, and she never saw or heard from him again. As is often the case, even though the incident was reported to the police, this is not a statistic which is kept on record in any appreciable way, and it is something that happens far more frequently than the comparatively rare incident of an attacker taking and using a victims gun on the victim - which is 100% always recorded as a statistic and used as loudly as possible by anti-gun groups.

My point here is not to covert you or anyone to my view, which is that the right to bear arms is an essential component of liberty - but illuminate the fundamental truth that there can be recourse to this kind of attack.

Portland of course, like most liberal cities including Los Angeles, makes it incredibly difficult to carry a concealed weapon. So this woman, faced with the two pronged absurdity of living in a city that permits sick people to freely interact with healthy people and then doesn't allow people to defend themselves against this, is put into a place of mandatory victimhood, and has no recourse or exit from this horrible circumstance.  

It is a sad and inexcusable situation, and it happens every day in this country, and will continue to happen until we wake up and understand that treating sick people like they are perfectly healthy is not rational. Nor is denying law abiding citizens the right to protect themselves.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

No go zone.

So my Facebook wall has basically been a disgrace for the past three days.

So much ignorance, so much knee-jerk emotion based hyperbole.

Not going to do it, not going to take the bait.  But I am going to let loose a little bit here so I don't have an aneurysm.


So against my better judgement, because my Facebook wall has basically been a relentless diatribe against guns from the moment the bodies hit the ground.

So this guy - 29 years old, born and raised here, contract employee of DHS, licensed to concealed carry, trained with US tax dollars to operate firearms, no criminal history, no history of mental illness except for complaints of racist and misogynistic behavior by his work colleagues which were ignored because he was a Muslim.

Florida - background check and waiting period that he went through an passed, because he had nothing on his record, thanks largely in part to political correctness and fear of being labeled racist.

Exactly what new laws are we talking about that would have stopped this?  I want specifics.

Oh, and please educate yourself, don't be ignorant.  An AR-15 is not an assault rifle, it is a 
civilian semi-automatic rifle that functions just like dozens of other rifles that happen to not look militaristic.  It is not a weapon of war, not even close.  A Glock in trained hands can be just as deadly, deadlier in California where AR-15s are limited to 10 rounds in a magazine that can only be changed with a tool.

And then there is the LGBT community's reaction, which is basically insane.

Gay people are under assault, not just from this jihadist, but from the Muslim community at large in the US and overseas. In Syria gays are flung from rooftops.  In Saudi Arabia they are whipped in soccer stadiums.  In all but a handful of Muslim countries it is flat out illegal to be gay.

The majority of all Muslims, not just radicalized ones, believe that being gay is immoral and that honor killings can be justified.

Brian Adams protests a bathroom law in North Carolina, after returning from a concert in Egypt - a country where admitting that you are gay will at minimum get you thrown in jail.

How exactly is the issue here guns?  Get specific. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Knock it off.

The biggest terrorism attack since 9/11 went down last night in Orlando, 50 people slaughtered by a radical Muslim with a handgun and a rifle.   Those are the facts.  Here's what liberals on my Facebook would have you believe -

The biggest mass shooting in American history went down last night in Orlando, 50 gay people slaughtered by a crazy person with an assault weapon that should be illegal.

Honestly, I shouldn't be so aggravated by a simple difference in semantics, 50 human beings who were breathing before now aren't, thanks to a man who was clearly out of his mind - but I tell you, it does bug me.  A lot.

Liberals are allowed to post whatever they want, whenever they want.  Five minutes after the shooting?  Absolutely...

"It's all about gun control and the lack of it in this country."

Yeah, the bodies are still warm, but so what?

"Don't pray.  Religion is what started this in the first place"

Yes, that's literally a post.   Not radical Islam, religion, as if they are all equal.

"We need to talk about gun control."

No, how about you keep the fuck away from my guns.  We need to talk about radical Muslims first.

Honestly, I try not to be angry with my liberal friends, but sometimes they make it very hard.

It's like someone died from cancer and they want to talk about a vaccine for chicken pox.  Makes about as much sense.

But I, the conservative, I have to refrain - I have to not be hateful, I have to be (once again) the grown up.

That's why it's nice to have this blog.

Fuck gun control nuts.

Fuck radical Islam.

Fuck atheism.

And seriously, fuck someone who is gay and thinks that this is about gun control or about Americans intolerance of homosexuals.  This is about hundreds of millions of Muslims that hate you and they are not Americans.   It is illegal to be gay in all but a handful of Muslim countries.  In Qatar they hang you, in Yemen they stone you, in Syria they throw you off a roof.   Get educated about this sort of thing, the information is out there.

Honestly, I don't know if there is a bigger group of idiots on the planet than gay people who think that Christians are just as bad as Muslims.  Maybe Jews who don't support Israel.  Same idiocy, same self-loathing disease.

And if you think going after law abiding citizens is going to solve the problem of radical Muslims, you're a fucking moron.

Knock it off.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016


The only thing I can't stand more than Donald Trump, is the anti-Trump protesters.

Here's 16 minutes of typical anti-Trump behavior, culled from hours and hours of disturbing footage.

This is what the radical left does, and the mainstream left does little to condemn or disown it.

I have aleady made my final decision, I am not voting for Donald Trump.  But I will take every opportunity I am given to stand up for free speech and speak out against hate and violence.

What these thugs are doing is wrong.  Trump and his supporters must be listened to and treated with respect.  We must have a dialogue, not a shouting down, not a melee' of sucker punches.