Thursday, May 5, 2016

Blue Peter is a flyin'

Traditionally, Blue Peter is the nickname given to the nautical signal flag that represents the letter “P.” When communicating with signal flags, each letter of the alphabet has a specific meaning. The letter “P” means “All persons should report on board as the vessel is about to proceed to sea.”

I'm leaving for the island of Hispaniola first thing in the morning with some good friends. I'll be gone for a little while, and although I will be unplugged from all communications, I've got some pre-selected blog fodder ready to auto-post.

New Red Line for Obama in Syria?

This time, they mean it. Seriously, you guys.

Secretary of State John Kerry imposed an August deadline for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to transition out of power, warning the Damascus-based government and its Russian and Iranian backers that non-adherence to the ultimatum will prompt a new US approach to ending the five-year-old war. "The target date for the transition is 1st of August," Kerry said in a press conference at the State Department on Tuesday. "So we're now coming up to May. So either something happens in these next few months, or they are asking for a very different track."

Here's the very next sentence: (You're gonna love it.)

It's not clear how much weight Kerry's ultimatum has.

It's not clear how much weight the ultimatum  has? Yeah. How about none? I'm sure Assad is really really worried that Obama and John Kerry are going to start pushing him around. If only someone would let our President be clear on this issue.

Our foreign policy in this region is a freaking clown-show. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

"When the fall is all there is, it matters."

So yesterday Cruz dropped out, and today, Kasich did the same.

So we're left with the Idiot Orange Carnival Barker against the Hillary. I ain't voting for either of those people. Neither are worthy of my vote, as neither is qualified to be POTUS. I know lots of traditional Republicans are going to eventually fall in line and support Trump because "He's better than Hillary", but we're not grading on a curve here.

I'm not going to surrender my principles and integrity and support Trump. I'd rather just die honorably, like Prince Richard in The Lion in Winter, who, believing that he's about to be killed refuses to beg for his life.

Richard: He’s here. He’ll get no satisfaction out of me. He isn’t going to see me beg.
Geoffrey: My you chivalric fool… as if the way one fell down mattered.
Richard: When the fall is all there is, it matters.

It matters how you handle Trump being the GOP nominee, especially if you're a tradtional GOP voter. Do you stick with your principles, or do you cast them aside? Brad had some thoughts on this and went with a WWII metaphor of the Nazis marching through Paris and how Churchill refused to surrender. I think that's appropriate.

Other thoughts I have on not giving in or giving up would be best embodied as follows:


Never give up.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Feel Good Story of the Day

Smith is the founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service, a group that's lending a hugely helpful hand to neighbors in need. They do free lawns for the elderly, disabled, and single mothers. Smith says Raising Men Lawn Care Service is "the union of an ordinary yard maintenance service and the commitment to establish an inspiring program to keep our young men and boys (young women and girls) on a positive path while learning and understanding their value in society.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Are universities eroding masculinity?

Camille Paglia on gender and masculinity.
The problem right now is that the masculine has no honor whatever in our culture. We’re in a period now where young people are being processed for the universities, and the gender norms are said to be that gender is a construct. It is simply the product of environmental pressures on people. There’s no nothing in the body — .
COWEN: We have a big culture. Not everyone goes to university, thank goodness. You can go to a NASCAR race and a few of the people there have not been to the Ivy Leagues.
PAGLIA: Working class culture retains an idea of the masculine. There’s absolutely no doubt about that. But, with that, comes static. So you have to have strong women in order to deal with masculine men.
That is why masculinity is constantly being eroded, diminished, and dissolved on university campuses because it allows women to be weak. If you have weak men, then you can have weak women. That’s what we have. Our university system, anything that is remotely masculine is identified as toxic, as intrinsic to rape culture. A utopian future is imagined where there are no men. We’re all genderless mannequins.
The movie The Time Machine is like one. We’re moving toward that, the Eloi. That’s how I see the upper middle class graduates of the Ivy League. They’re the Eloi.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Michigan Public School Creates Separate But Equal Music Class for One 4-Year Old Child

All because her father exercised his legal rights.

A Kalamazoo mother says her daughter has been isolated and bullied all because her father followed the law. As Newschannel 3 reported, the KRESA West Campus was locked down after the father of a 4-year-old legally open carried his gun on campus. Now, the man's wife is speaking out for the first time about the ramifications of that decision. The mother says her daughter refuses to go back to the music class, because she's alone. All of the students have been transferred to another class on a different campus.

So...because a parent exercised his legal right to carry, the school decided that it was going to isolate the child from all of her other classmates. Because...feelings or something.

I remember back when schools created separate but equal facilities for some kids. I guess we're doing that again, huh. Maybe they'll start making this little girl drink at separate water fountains, too.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Chelsea Clinton has this idea that the Supreme Court will "next time" issue the "definitive" ruling.

I guess according to Chelsea, the Heller ruling wasn't "definitive". It must just be sort of a temporary ruling of some sort until the left can come out with the newer, more permanent ruling that is the opposite.

If the individual right to bear arms is important to you, Hillary ain't your candidate.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prince is Dead

I was never a big fan of Prince, but I do acknowledge he was a big time music icon. I'm not saying I didn't like his stuff. I"m just saying I didn't go out of my way to listen to it.

He was legend, though.

 He is pretty damn good at playing the guitar.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Harriet Tubman to Replace Andrew Jackson on $20 Bill; Alexander Hamilton Gets to Stay

So Andrew Jackson is getting the boot. Not that I really care who is on my paper money, anyway. For what it's worth, I'm all in favor of a gun-toting, Christian, Republican woman getting some face-time on some currency.

Also, as I mentioned on Twitter, I'm sure that Ol' Hickory is probably glad to be off currency issued by a central bank, as he wasn't a big fan of central banking.

I guess now the Federal government will start the removal process and Jackson will just have to pack up all his stuff and march off to some other less desirable place without any sort of say-so in the process...

I doubt many tears will be shed for him.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

70% of Marine Corps Hornet Strike Fighters Aren't Ready to Fly

Thirty percent ready to fly is a statistic I would expect from some third-world country, not the United States Marine Corps.

The Marines are the tip of the spear for our armed forces, but that spear is starting to look rusty and dull. You can't have a well-trained fighting force when only 30% of their aircraft are ready to fly.

But hey, we got women on the front lines. That ought even things out, right?

Friday, April 15, 2016

"Sort of 1776 in reverse"

A rising number of Britons say they are offended that the U.S. president will try to persuade them to stay in the European Union, just as a poll indicates the “Out” forces have pushed into the lead in the national vote. “If the American people aren’t happy with foreign heads of state or politicians telling them how to vote, then they shouldn’t be happy with their head of state lecturing other countries,” said Rory Broomfield, director of the “Better Off Out” campaign to leave the European Union.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Some Thoughts on Self Defense and the Bible

As someone who is an advocate for self-defense, and therefore carrying arms, I am obliged to think about self-defense and when it's appropriate and when it's not.

Certainly, it makes sense for anyone who carries arms for self-defense to think about these things before they are in a situation where quick action is needed. You can't call time-out to sort out your thoughts on self-defense. You need to already have though about what you are willing to do, or not do.

To avoid thought on this topic is in itself poor preparedness, as having the right mindset is a significant part of self-defense, as much as being armed.

In that regard, one source of thought that I turn to (among others) is the Bible. I was having a back-and-forth over at Brad's Bar and Grill about self-defense and someone brought up the admonition in the Sermon on the Mount to "turn the other cheek". I see that admonition as not resorting to violence in the face of an insult or a rebuke. Simply being insulted is not grounds for violence. If you're insulted, simply allow that person to insult you again.

As I see it, an insult or a slap in the face is not the same as a serious attack on your life. Accordingly, I don't agree with the old ethics of having a duel to defend your honor like they had back in the Napoleonic Era. Dueling for honor isn't something that I would have participated in. You simply turn the other cheek.

At a later point, Brad brought up the question of what Jesus would the say about Good Samaritan, if he had encountered the robbers in the act. Should the Good Samaritan have intervened, or should he have waited and then helped the man. Apparently, someone thought this was a difficult question. It's not. You help people. Need some controlling authority?

Psalm 82:4 "Rescue the weak and the needy; Deliver them from the hand of the wicked."

However, I don't think we mere mortals should get too carried away with ourselves. Having the means to defend yourself does not necessarily make you all-powerful. Don't trust your tools too much. At the end of the day, you have to realize that you're not in control. Even David, before he killed Goliath said:

“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

My thoughts on self-defense put these two passages from the Bible together. Do what you can to protect the weak and the needy, but realize that you’re not in control of everything. Don’t trust yourself and your arms to the exclusion of God and his plan.

Your mileage may vary.