“When I watched Easy Rider (1969) it immediately reminded me of Woodstock (1969), an event I had hoped Lyndon Johnson would carpet bomb. Had he done so, roughly 100% of today’s college educators would… not have been. ” — Rodge
Not much I can add to that, other than to note that (under his wishful scenario) a goodly number of our current Democrat politicians might likewise not have been.
Meanwhile in Plano:
…or as we call it, “First week of summer”.
Megan Fox has some advice on “How to Go Out in Public as a Trump Supporter”.
This because White House staffers have been tossed out of restaurants, cinemas etc. by screeching SJW / Commie / Democrat / Antifa [lots of overlap] loonies, and because we’re seeing this kind of thing in the so-shull meejah:
Unable to get what they want peacefully (e.g. via elections and rational argument), it seems as though the Left is starting to preach and foment violence, as they always do under such circumstances. And as George Orwell once intimated, the Left are all for violence / revolution / [insert violent action e.g. gun confiscation, mass executions or gulag sentences here], as long as they themselves as individuals aren’t required to do it.
So my advice to all Trump supporters is rather more succinct, and less tongue-in-cheek, than Ms. Fox’s:
“How to Go Out in Public as a Trump Supporter”?
As a wise man once said: “I’m not going to start anything. But I sure as hell am going to finish it.” I wonder how the Left will feel if they actually have to reap the whirlwind they’re sowing.
Update: Looks like I’m not the only one offering this advice.
“So what we see is that there is no direct correlation at the global level between firearm ownership and violence.” — Anna Alvazzi del Frate (program director, Small Arms Survey)
There are several interesting snippets contained in this study, which blessedly seems to be focused on data and not an agenda.
The one that’s got the most airplay has been of course that the United States constitutes nearly half of all the guns held in private hands — yeah, I know, we need to do better — but the quote above is, I think, the clincher in the study. This is because in the grand scheme of things, who and how many gun owners there are is just a statistic; the more important information is how those gun owners use their guns — and the most interesting observation is that once you exclude military gun use, the most common use for privately-held guns, even with crime included in the incidence, is suicide.
And of course because suicide is going to occur regardless — whether by guns, pills, hanging, falls, jumping in front of trains, whatever — it’s quite clear that including gun suicide in “violent crime” statistics (which is what most of the would-be gun confiscators do) is a mendacious device. (I know, when someone eats their gun there’s a violent outcome because brain splatter, but it’s hardly a more violent outcome than, say, hitting the sidewalk after a jump from a height of twenty stories, where no gun is involved.)
It’s a fascinating read, and it’s so clinical that not even TIME magazine can spin it into a Schumeresque sound bite. In fact, the only reasonable sound bite from the study is the conclusion at the top of this post, which is why it’s the Quote Of The Day.
“That” being the raft of laws and regulations which prohibit felons from owning guns.
Here’s the story:
Authorities in California acting on a tip swept into a rural home and seized more than 500 guns from a convicted felon, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
The tip indicated Manuel Fernandez, 60, was “in possession of a large arsenal of firearms,” the department said in a statement. On Thursday, a team of state and local officers raided the house in Agua Dulce, about 45 miles north of Los Angeles. Authorities immediately seized 432 guns, the department said.
The next day, another 91 guns were found hidden at Fernandez’s home, authorities said.
Yup: looks like all those laws which California adds to the federal laws really work, huh? I mean, a felon possessing guns? That’s doubleplusunpossible in the Golden [Shower] State, you betcha.
And yet he got the guns, 500 of them, somehow… so California probably needs more laws, like this one. At least, that seems to be their thinking, such as it is.
Also Quote Of The Day:
“I had my own personal AK-47.”
Here’s the summary: man comes home, finds two (!) choirboys ransacking his house. They see him, start to pull guns on him, whereupon Our Hero grabs his “personal AK-47” from a closet and ventilates both said choirboys until they are dead.
Now go and read the luscious details, including the part where the DA doesn’t press charges on Our Hero.
Afterthought: He seems apprehensive that the choirboys’ acquaintances may attempt some sort of revenge. My suggestion: buy a couple spare AK mags. Bet they don’t; would you try and whack a guy who’s prepared to kill people over a TV set? It is, as they say, to laugh.