Bill Whittle’s latest:
The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. – Ayn Rand
Bill Whittle’s latest:
The registration form is now available to print out, and the Silver Legacy is taking reservations! The Group Rate Code is GBLOG14, and the number you must call to get the special room rate is (800) 687-7733. I made my reservations tonight. Get yours in soon!
Another victory in Palmer v. D.C.
In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny. Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional. Accordingly, the Court grants Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and enjoins Defendants from enforcing the home limitations of D.C. Code § 7-2502.02(a)(4) and enforcing D.C. Code § 22-4504(a) unless and until such time as the District of Columbia adopts a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.4 Furthermore, this injunction prohibits the District from completely banning the carrying of handguns in public for self-defense by otherwise qualified non-residents based solely on the fact that they are not residents of the District.
I guess I need to write another check to the Second Amendment Foundation.
I sincerely hope Alan can make a third appearance at this year’s Gun Blogger Rendezvous so we call all bow towards him and chant “We’re Not Worthy!!”
Another reminder: If you haven’t already, start making plans to attend the ninth annual Gun Blogger Rendezvous in Reno, NV September 4-7, 2014!
It’s a lot of fun, and you can go home with some GREAT stuff!
Read the whole piece before it drops into the bit-bucket. It was hard to select just an excerpt. I’m going with the part Gerard Vanderleun picked:
Middle class America is no less violent than any other people. They seem passive because they’re results oriented. They rise not out of blood frenzy but to solve the otherwise insoluble. Their methods of choice are good will, cooperation, forbearance, negotiation and finally, appeasement, roughly in that order. Only when these fail to end the abuse do they revert to blowback. And they do so irretrievably. Once the course is set and the outcome defined, doubt is put aside. The middle class is known, condemned actually, for carrying out violence with the efficiency of an industrial project where bloody destruction at any scale is not only in play, it’s a metric. Remorse is left for the next generation, they’ll have the leisure for it. We’d like to believe this is merely dark speculation. History says it isn’t.
Seriously, read the whole thing.
For archival purposes, and thanks to a commenter, I’m going to put the entire piece by Remus here:
It’s said the human intellect is the highest achievement of evolution, but as George Carlin said: look what’s telling us that. Mankind supposedly triumphed because of his toolmaking genius and organizational skills and language and ability to plan and provide for the future. None of these are the real reason. Man prevails because he has a hole card: he’s the most creatively violent species the planet has ever produced. Deny it and you deny your own true self. If you’ve ever weeded a garden you have an understanding of the principle.
Oh, we feel guilty about it, we rationalize, we excuse, yet murder and mayhem is our default. Now consider which part of our population is growing faster. The ever-so-sensitive peddlers of tolerance and understanding aren’t even replacing themselves while the coldly vicious and minimally sentient multiply unchecked. They can scarcely use tools much less make them, nor can they organize themselves much less anything else. But they are violent as a first option; irrationally, unpredictably, homicidally and proudly so. It is they who are prevailing, not their over-aware and over-educated keepers. You’d think smart people would notice these things.
The feral aren’t the feral because, say, the educational system is defective—although it is defective and fundamentally so, we’re now 24th in the world. Education fails to engage and redirect the feral because it’s built around the fantasy that everybody will be smart and nice if nurtured just so. No they won’t. No amount of education can improve the incurious. They will become what they admire—the stunningly stupid, criminally improvident and violently impulsive. They know it and we know it. The difference is, they admit it and we don’t.
Willful ignorance has a lot going for it, the natural adaptability of the uncomplicated for one. When clever meets over thinker, bet on clever. Clever adapts. The over thinker mistakes complexity for adaptability. It’s a bad mistake. Complexity is something engineers avoid because modes of failure increase exponentially while the benefits increase linearly, if at all. Complexity is costly in and of itself, but what overwhelms systems is the maintenance. Maintenance of complex systems is a sort of artificial adaptability, ad hoc changes for specific instances, inserted by hand so to speak, all very clumsy and after the fact. Eventually maintenance doesn’t just overwhelm the system, it becomes the system.
For example, the cost to society of laws and regulations eventually reaches a point where no conceivable benefit could justify it. We’re asked to believe lawlessness would exact an even greater price. Not proven, and not even a choice. Complex societies get so stupefying unintelligible, so convoluted and self-contradicting as to be the direct equivalent of lawlessness. “Government by enabling act” is getting to be so obvious even the media is noticing:
Using “prosecutorial discretion” as a pretext, he has exempted the vast majority of illegal aliens from the consequences of their actions. He has formally amnestied—without legislative authorization—more than a half-million illegal immigrants who claim to have come here before age 16. He is signaling that sometime this year he will unilaterally, and illegally, amnesty half or more of the roughly 12 million illegal aliens now living in the United States.
Mark Krikorian at washingtontimes.com
On no legal basis, all 4.5 million residents of the five U.S. territories were quietly released from ObamaCare. It seems the costs of healthcare soared in these five territories due to uneconomic mandates… WSJ reports all of a sudden last week HHS discovered new powers after “a careful review of this situation and the relevant statutory language,” that enabled them to ‘selectively exempt’ American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, and Virgin Islands from Obamacare.
Wall Street Journal and Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com
Nor does DC shrink from creating enemies of the state on the basis of “a reasonable suspicion to believe that a person is a known or a suspected terrorist”, which they admit doing, with Soviet-style secrecy, on no evidence at all:
The U.S. government is rapidly expanding the number of names it accepts for inclusion on its terrorist watch list, with more than 1.5 million added in the last five years.
Matthew Barakat at ap.org
For another, federal government is now so complex their agencies fail at inception, the Department of Energy for example. It was sold to the people during the oil crisis of the 1970s as a command system mandated to achieve energy independence. Clear enough. Instead we have buildings full of professionals working diligently to dismantle what energy independence we had and to frustrate future attempts. DOE’s mandate was effectively annulled when the EPA “discovered” coal and oil have—gasp!—downsides, and took them off the table. This twisted the DOE into a self-paralyzing loop, like a thermostat where “off” and “on” are set at the same temperature. They can’t abandon their mandate and they can’t pursue their mandate—every energy source has a downside. So they’ve “gone lawless” and do neither, or occasionally, both.
Because modes of failure multiply with each patch, more maintenance means more failure. Once committed to this tar pit there’s no U-turn out. So they dither in ever-slower motion, with all the purpose of the purposeless, slowly toppling in place, as-is. A recent headline from parched California illustrates the concept, “California couple faces fine for brown lawn after complying with water-saving rules”. Which gets us back to violence.
As always, complexity cedes ground to adaptability. We’re well into it. We’re no longer a nation of laws, we’re a nation of men, specifically those men who were the first to figure out legitimacy is no longer a serious constraint, and there are no other constraints. Said another way, they adapted. The populace is just now noticing all enterprises are, or are becoming, criminal enterprises, “non-profit” and “faith based” organizations not excepted. It’s no mystery how to adapt to lawlessness.
Absent legitimacy it’s a sprint to whatever irreducible power center presents itself. As in any other no-rules fight, the violent prevail over the peaceful and the homicidal prevail over the violent. This isn’t mere looting, major assets, even national assets, are in play. Mexico for example, one of the most violent countries on earth, is conquering—not merging with, conquering—the southwestern US. National borders are always under control, the only question is by whom, and events are answering that question. We forfeited this essential element of sovereignty by getting wrapped around our own prissy little axle while Mexico and its domestic enablers adapted.
The middle class is the designated prey in all this. This is unwise. Middle class America is no less violent than any other people. They seem passive because they’re results oriented. They rise not out of blood frenzy but to solve the otherwise insoluble. Their methods of choice are good will, cooperation, forbearance, negotiation and finally, appeasement, roughly in that order. Only when these fail to end the abuse do they revert to blowback. And they do so irretrievably. Once the course is set and the outcome defined, doubt is put aside. The middle class is known, condemned actually, for carrying out violence with the efficiency of an industrial project where bloody destruction at any scale is not only in play, it’s a metric. Remorse is left for the next generation, they’ll have the leisure for it. We’d like to believe this is merely dark speculation. History says it isn’t.
Come such a time, we shall find our personal default mode to be as bad as we imagine. It had better be. When good people arrive at the bottom they’ll find it already populated with masters of lawlessness and violence by both inclination and long experience. Chances are they aren’t you, but don’t despair, the learning curve is no more steep than the descent. Should societal norms give way altogether, should there be a catastrophe, it won’t matter much who or what you are, only what you’ll do or not do. And we’ll all find out together.
I posted this a couple of years ago. I thought I’d drag it out and update it.
On this day at 02:56 UTC 45 years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first human being to leave one of these on the surface of another astronomical body. Three years and five months later, Eugene Cernan became the last man to do so, so far.
The last Space Shuttle touched down for the last time on this day three years ago.
Elon Musk of PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX fame has said that the impetus behind the development of SpaceX came when his son asked him, “is it really true that they used to fly to the moon when you were a boy?”
Now there are two-dozen or more private space ventures around the world. There is a plan to capture and retrieve an asteroid for commercial purposes. At least two companies want to mine the moon. A proposal to colonize not Mars, but Venus has been proposed, and it actually makes better sense.
If we can just hold it together for a couple more decades, humanity might get off this rock, and we might do it in my lifetime.
But it’s still not looking too good.
Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist by Danusha V. Goska at American Thinker. Excerpt:
How far left was I? So far left my beloved uncle was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party in a Communist country. When I returned to his Slovak village to buy him a mass card, the priest refused to sell me one. So far left that a self-identified terrorist proposed marriage to me. So far left I was a two-time Peace Corps volunteer and I have a degree from UC Berkeley. So far left that my Teamster mother used to tell anyone who would listen that she voted for Gus Hall, Communist Party chairman, for president. I wore a button saying “Eat the Rich.” To me it wasn’t a metaphor.
My favorite bumper sticker in ultra-liberal Berkeley, California: “Think Globally; Screw up Locally.” In other words, “Love Humanity but Hate People.”
Interesting read. Pay particular attention to reason #1.
I’ve always enjoyed the film and television work of James Garner. He passed away yesterday.
Back in 2012, I posted this:
I watched an interesting interview of actor/producer James Garner from 1999 recently, and I’ve extracted three significant pieces from that interview that I wanted some feedback on. Please watch the short (2:50) video, and give me your thoughts. I’m really interested.
In the comments, TheGeekWithA.45 described it thus:
My initial thought was “cognitive dissonance”. Giving it a little more consideration, I’m going to go with “the triumph of indoctrination over reason”.
His latest Afterburner, Apogee: