Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The strategy is FREAKOUT!

February 27, 2013

Government by Freakout

It is always cliffs, ceilings and looming catastrophes with Barack Obama. It is always government by freakout. -- Peggy Noonan


Source: February 22, 2013, Wall Street Journal
Noonan: Government by Freakout Obama's scare tactics aren't much of a long-term strategy.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

This just in - inanimate object goes haywire

February 21, 2013
Colorado USA

Haywire... hmmm... perhaps a better word is ballistic... ha!


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Do NOT send your daughters to Colorado

February 19, 2013
Colorado USA

A moment please - while I throw my petticoats over my head and have an attack of the vapors...

Read the title of this post again. That's right - I say if you value your daughter's life, well-being, self respect and self esteem I repeat - do not send them to Colorado. Especially do not send them to Colorado for a higher education. Why? Because higher education in Colorado for women will have more to do with pot (it's sorta legal here now) than potential. The legality of pot in Colorado is perceived as progressive - the legality of firearms and using them for self defense - not so much.

I say Colorado but I am actually referencing metropolitan Colorado (Denver, Colorado Springs and so on) as well as other metropolitan cities across the USA.

I digress, this post is not about pot or gun control as much as it is about lawmakers advising our youth to cower and be conquered. I am not a women's libber, never have been. I never felt I needed to be liberated. No, I was raised to stand on my own two feet and be accountable for my actions and personally responsible for my personal well-being.

No matter how progressive the talk - if lawmakers have their way Colorado women will shortly be wearing bonnets and pinafores and pantaloons, corsets and crinolines and chastity belts. Ask your daughter - right now - if she knows what any of those items are and if she knows what that statement (no, let's call it a warning) means. Ask your daughter if she would like to visit her great-great-great grandmother's world where her gender had no rights, no property and no vote and were viewed as a sub-species (not quite slave - not quite plow horse - more brood mare than anything else). Rather than applauding a daughter who stands on her own two feet our lawmakers advise they cringe in the face of a threat. Ask yourself if you raised your daughter to depend on anything other than herself (and perhaps the grace of providence) to get by in this world. If you did, you best marry her off now and I would choose a troglodyte politician who has armed security (compliments of the tax payers) as her mate.

Colorado lawmakers have what can only be described as a chastity belt rape deterrent mentality. For the record, they must be wearing that pesky archaic apparatus on their heads and have cinched it a bit tight. It should be duly noted that your sons will not be safe here either because no one (not even those with concealed handgun permits who might stand between your precious offspring and harm) will be allowed to carry now on all campuses. According to Colorado lawmakers none of the citizenry especially women are capable of making a judgement call regarding their own safety. No - we dainty little things are all running around in high heels, waving our hankies in a feminine dither shooting people who probably were just reaching out to give us a big ol cuddly bear hug - coochy-coochy-coo.


We send our overgrown children out into the big, bad, world in the hopes they will become productive, upstanding adults and citizens only to deprive them the knowledge and wherewithal to conduct themselves and protect themselves in adult fashion. In the near future, when your daughter or son cross the Colorado state line the word VICTIM will be stamped across their forehead. Why? Because Colorado lawmakers make light of real and tangible threats while pointing us to call boxes and safe zones and so on.

In response to ever-rising attacks on our young women and in direct defiance of the outcry from gun advocates not to disarm our campuses nameless numb skulls (well, we can name a couple -----> Dem. Rep. Joe "chill-out-and-blow-a-whistle" Salazar and Dem. Sen. Jessie "grab-an-assault-pen" Ulibarri and UC "pee-your-panties" CS) have offered the following solutions for young women facing an assailant. I would be ashamed to offer the following lame, limp noodle advice to my daughter - how about you?
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From the UCCS University of Colorado at Colorado Springs web site:

What To Do If You Are Attacked

These tips are designed to help you protect yourself on campus, in town, at your home, or while you travel. These are preventative tips and are designed to instruct you in crime prevention tactics.

1. Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself.
2. Your instinct may be to scream, go ahead! It may startle your attacker and give you an opportunity to run away.
3. Kick off your shoes if you have time and can't run in them.
4. Don't take time to look back; just get away.
5. If your life is in danger, passive resistance may be your best defense.
6. Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating.
7. Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.
8. Yelling, hitting or biting may give you a chance to escape, do it!
9. Understand that some actions on your part might lead to more harm.
10. Remember, every emergency situation is different.

Only you can decide which action is most appropriate.
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Sure, it is reasonable to caution our daughters if robbery (not rape) is the intent - and they can somehow determine (through ESP I guess) robbery is the sole intent, hand over the money, the jewelry, the electronics or the keys to the car. And hope that's all the criminal desires. Otherwise, they have two choices 1) be a victim and hope the criminal leaves them with what's left of a damaged life or 2) fight and fight hard in the hope of a better outcome. Sure, pepper spray and mealy-mouthed protest may work but I still say something that goes boom (dare I mention the g-word?) would be a far more effective deterrent.

I confess I saw red when I heard Salazar talk about call boxes (BTW apology not accepted) and more red when I heard Ulibarri talk about ball point pens. And Representative Rhonda Fields doesn't bother much with gun control or restrictions - she calls for an outright ban on assault weapons (and she is not stopping there) - better hide your pens.

Salazar - “It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re going to be shooting at... and you don’t know if you feel like you’re going to be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop a round at somebody.”

Ulibarri - "And so there are other ways to address violence and it doesn’t mean we have our kids exposed to a whole crossfire of multiple folks in a room shooting simultaneously. And that Congressman Giffords life was saved and so many others when very valiant folks stood up to defend themselves and protect themselves. And they did it with ballpoint pens."

Fields - “As a government, we cannot allow people to have assault weapons."

First of all, is it me or has articulate rhetoric in the first two comments all but left the building? Good grief.

Second, after surviving over 50 years on this earth I can honestly say not once in my life, when faced with adversity have I pissed my panties or decided the best line of defense was to gross-out a potential attacker. I do not know if this happens much but speaking for myself I do not cry, vomit, urinate, burp or fart much less menstruate on demand and I find the suggestion that I or any other woman employ any or all of the above as defense mechanisms reprehensible as well as sexist. I am fairly certain I could not sputter I am diseased without wincing. I am positive I would not say anything at all. I am positive I would just let the something that goes boom do the talking.

Third, I am not the least bit passive about my own well-being and the warning that some actions may lead to more harm is completely nonsensical. I do not know how fouling the air or pissing on a rapist's hush puppies is going to improve or negate a life-threatening, life altering circumstance. I heartily resent a lawmaker telling me how best to defend myself or inferring that I am too inept to use a gun or any other weapon outside of a ballpoint pen in a responsible manner. Here's a thought - the advice about assault pen usage says to attack when the attacker is reloading - ummmm - er - excuse me, if my attacker is reloading I have likely lost the opportunity to attack him with a pen. I am likely lying on the street with a body full of holes. Duh. Here's another thought - I have to ask in this day and age - who carries a ballpoint pen anyway and how many can find it at a moment's notice because IF I have one in my purse (and I hardly ever carry a purse) that sucker is rolling around in the bottom of said fashion accessory with my loose change, spare keys and my whistle with a tic-tac likely stuck to it. On the other hand, it is a heavy, well-made Harley-Davidson hand bag so if all else fails swinging it at a criminal's head would likely do more damage. I can guarantee I would find the thing that goes boom quicker.

I saw an interview with a democratic Colorado lawmaker a few days ago. (I am still looking for the clip.) She calls herself a woman. I will say upfront - the woman part is debatable as she (let's call her a worman - emphasis on the first syllable) in no way resembles the proud, independent, self-reliant sort of women with whom I associate. She said that most people (maybe she stressed women) would not be able to use a handgun in their own defense and that it was likely their own gun would be used against them. Agreed, it is possible that could happen... it could happen whether one is armed with a pen or a gun I am thinking. Irregardless, I fail to see how the decision to put up a fight in my own defense whether armed with a pen or a gun is anybody's decision but my own.

If you are a gun owner/user who has put in the time to get proficient in the use of a firearm that comment you-won't-be-able-to-defend-yourself-with-it has to piss you off. Because one of the first things you learn when you pick up a gun is if you cannot handle it - do not carry it - and certainly do not point it at anyone. In a handgun safety course, even the most inept are taught almost from the get-go this mentality if you need it, pull it, if you pull it, use it and if you do not intend to use it - again, you do not need to carry it.

Life presents the most interesting of challenges. Bad people exist and one is never certain when our paths might cross with such a one. What did Joe Hallenbeck (Bruce Willis) say in the Last Boyscout? Be prepared, son, that's my motto, be prepared. I say, Be prepared daughters...

Who knew that self defense would one day be more about removing political barriers than the criminal element from our line of sight?

Do not mistake the tone of this post. I could care less what some panty-waist lawmaker thinks is good for me. What is disturbing is the complete and utter lack of respect for women, for men and for the peaceful, law-abiding, citizenry of Colorado at large. I have said it before - I will say it again. Denver is not Colorado. Gun control is not about safety. Law-abiding gun owners are not mass murderers. The elitist, inarticulate, lack lustre personages who temporarily occupy our seats of power are out of touch, out of step, out of sync, and out of control -- for now. I trust we will add out of office to the list sooner rather than later.

I am not an indiscriminate gun advocate. I am a Constitulionist. I am a die-hard advocate of the Second Amendment, the Bill of Rights and all liberties afforded We the People by the first and foremost LAW of the land.


Respectfully yours in unfailing allegiance to the USA,
Dissident Daughter
Because: Silence is the most insideous form of consent

UPDATE: 02/20/2013 Michelle Malkin says (and I could not agree more): ...colleges and universities have become coddle industries. Big Nanny administrators oversee speech codes, segregated dorms, politically correct academic departments and designated “safe spaces” to protect students selectively from speech the left deems “hateful.” Instead of teaching students to defend their beliefs, American educators shield them from vigorous intellectual debate. As the erosion of intellectual self-defense goes, so goes the erosion of physical self-defense. Instead of encouraging autonomy, our higher institutions of learning stoke passivity and conflict-avoidance.
See: http://michellemalkin.com/2013/02/20/the-anti-choice-lefts-disarming-of-the-american-woman/


Source:
Michelle Malkin. com http://michellemalkin.com/2013/02/18/colorado-morons-want-to-leave-women-defenseless-vomiting-or-urinating-better-than-carrying-a-gun/

Red State.com http://www.redstate.com/dloesch/2013/02/18/colorado-democrat-women-dont-need-guns-if-they-feel-like-theyre-going-to-be-raped/

Revealing Politics.com http://revealingpolitics.com/blog/video/hes-got-a-gun-get-your-ballpoint-pens/

UCCS University of Colorado at Colorado Springs http://www.uccs.edu/pusafety/what-to-do-if-you-are-attacked-.html

Contact Jessie Ulibarri 200 E. Colfax Avenue, Room 339 Denver CO 80205
(303) 866-4857 office line (720) 446-VOTE campaign line
jessie.ulibarri.senate@state.co.us twitter.com/Jessie4CO facebook.com/JessieForColorado

Contact Jospeh Salazar State Representative – District 31
200 East Colfax Denver, CO 80203
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2918 E-Mail: joseph.salazar.house@state.co.us

Contact Rhonda Fields State Representative, HD 42
Due to the volatility of recent matters and the perception that any comment in opposition to this lawmaker's position on policy can be viewed as racist or threatening I am removing Rep Fields contact info from this post.
That info can be found at the following public link http://rhondafields.com/

Victory was never in doubt

February 19, 2013
Colorado USA

Reposting:

Iwo Jima
The raising of the American Flag February 23, 1945 - on Mount Suribachi Japan
Battle of Iwo Jima/Operation Detachment February 19th thru 26th, 1945

This will be the bloodiest fight in Marine Corps history. We'll catch seven kinds of hell on the beaches, and that will be just the beginning. The fighting will be fierce, and the casualties will be awful, but my Marines will take the damned island. (concerning the upcoming attack on Iwo Jima)
-- Lieutenant General Holland M. "Howlin' Mad" Smith, USMC

Victory was never in doubt. Its cost was...What was in doubt, in all our minds, was whether there would be any of us left to dedicate our cemetery at the end, or whether the last Marine would die knocking out the last Japanese gun and gunner. (In reference to the Battle of Iwo Jima)
-- Major General Graves B. Erskine, USMC

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Dissident is an unusual career choice

February 16, 2013
Colorado USA

You do not become a "dissident" just because you decide one day to take up this most unusual career. You are thrown into it by your personal sense of responsibility, combined with a complex set of external circumstances. You are cast out of the existing structures and placed in a position of conflict with them. It begins as an attempt to do your work well, and ends with being branded an enemy of society.
~~ Vaclav Havel

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Lawmakers: Colorado Gun Owners Guilty by Association

February 6, 2013
Colorado USA

Is it just me or do recent headlines read like the jacket blurb of a dystopian novel?

Like most people, I am following the gun control debate (more aptly named debacle) and monitoring closely what our lawmakers are saying and doing so you can imagine my Constitutionalist dismay when Colorado lawmakers released a package of bills just yesterday that propose among other things, a ban on ammunition magazines with a capacity of 10 rounds or more; creates strict liability for manufacturers, distributors and owners of so-called assault weapons; and requires background checks for all buyers.

Little red flags exclaiming WHAT! began waving in my head. Aside from the fact that I fail to see how limiting the number of rounds in a magazine or increasing the number of background checks will affect criminals who, it should go without saying, by nature never bother with the limitations or expectations of the law, it was this statement that got my attention: Create strict liability for manufacturers, distributors and owners of so-called assault weapons... I repeat. What! How does a lawmaker gain credibility by holding a law-abiding manufacturer, distributor, seller or owner of practically anything liable for the actions of an irresponsible person or criminal using that product with ill results? How does one make a suggestion like that and call it reasonable? I do not know the answer.

What I do know is this: 1) The words reason and credible can rarely be used with any accuracy in the same sentence as lawmaker. 2) The word revenue in relation to the word liable popped into my head immediately. Those two words often dance out of a lawmaker's mouth and seem to be ever intertwined.

Using this rather absurd mentality - it is not much of a stretch to make the following associations - make that guilt by association... if we can make gun manufacturers, distributors, sellers and owners liable for criminals using guns with ill intent then...

Heads UP! Automotive manufacturers, distributors, sellers and owners - you are next! If somebody kills someone while driving a vehicle - you are liable for their actions!

Heads UP! Smart phone manufacturers, distributors, sellers and owners - you are next! If somebody texts while driving and kills someone - you are liable for their actions!

Heads UP! Computer manufacturers, distributors, sellers and owners - you are next! If somebody uses a computer to commit a cyber crime against someone - you are liable for their actions!

Heads UP! Alcohol manufacturers, distributors, sellers and owners - you are next! If somebody drinks a beer and kills someone while under the influence - you are liable for their actions!

Heads UP! Kitchen/utility knife, baseball bat, golf club, fireplace poker, hammer, tire iron, screw driver, ice pick and 2x4 (just to name a few) manufacturers, distributors, sellers and owners - you are next! If somebody uses any or all of the above to commit a crime or injury to another person - you are liable for their actions!

Hmmm... here's a thought and/or perhaps a brief digression - if lawmakers create gun-free zones and people are killed by armed criminals in those gun-free zones because they cannot defend themselves - how about we hold the lawmakers who put those people in peril accountable for their deaths? While we are at it, how about we hold lawmakers who send our military and law enforcement personnel into harm's way accountable for their deaths? I am talking personally accountable.

I read a comment in an online discussion group not long ago where a person argued against the statement that anything can be used as an assault weapon. This person said it was not reasonable to say cars, cell phones and so on were as dangerous as guns. This person said cars and cell phones are not weapons of mass destruction. Excuse me! I didn't even have time to blink before a rebuttal (actually several) entered my mind. A car driven into a convenience store or fast food restaurant is a weapon of mass destruction. A car driven by an irresponsible driver plowing into a school bus or a van carrying a family of six is a weapon of mass destruction. A cell phone used to detonate a bomb is a weapon of mass destruction. A watch used to detonate a bomb is a weapon of mass destruction. A single match that ignites a forest fire is a weapon of mass destruction. And according to Homeland Security a single ballpoint pen or a pair of nail clippers (not to mention tin-foil underwear) is enough to bring down an airliner. Yep, you guessed it - a ballpoint pin and nail clippers are weapons of mass destruction.

I read another comment by a person who has apparently led a rather sheltered life who asked, why can't people just call law enforcement when they have a problem as opposed to using guns to defend themselves? Again, no blinking required. I just shook my head at how totally clueless people (let's call them victims) are these days. Seriously, and I mean no insult to law enforcement as I value the friendship of many who protect and serve... but when in anyone's mind did law enforcement become a preemptive rather than a reactionary force? I mean, it is rare to have a concurrence of crime and prevention of that crime - isn't it? Yep - that's a problem. I wanted to explain to little ms. clueless that the police are not going to stake out your house based on the presumption you might be the victim of theft or worse - nope - the odds are you are going to be robbed or raped or worse before law enforcement ever learns of the crime. If one is lucky enough to have the opportunity to dial 911 when coming face-to-face with criminal intent, it is possible law enforcement will arrive in time to save the day, but sadly - such a happy outcome is not guaranteed.

Personally, I am thinking if someone threatens the safety of me or mine - I am going to use whatever is handy to defend me or mine. I refuse to be a victim, especially at the behest of a lawmaker or politician who can command 24 hour protection. If that means turning a can of green beans into an assault weapon - well, so be it and my apologies to the Jolly Green Giant if some lame-brain lawmaker holds your company accountable for my actions.

I saw a person make a statement on a national news broadcast from a gun rally. She said in what I suspect was her best give the world a hug voice, people need to learn that there are ways to get along in this world without resorting to violence. I confess the phrase you first popped into my head just before I fell out of my chair laughing. I have to wonder if Sesame Street is where she tunes in for the news of the day.

What is the most deplorable aspect of this particular announcement is lawmakers and politicians seizing on the limelight media attention of recent tragic events to further their careers, political agendas, and public notoriety. They should be ashamed! I think most of us want to believe these lawmakers are acting on our behalf and out of concern for our safety and the common good. That's sort of like believing in selective truth. Truth does not require translation - it is what it is. Gun control is not a misnomer - it is about control - not safety. I do not know how a lawmaker can look a person in the eye and say if you stand behind me with your loved one's photo plainly visible I will make certain with these new laws this type of tragedy does not happen again. Despicable!

Like the rest of our nation, I grieve for the loss of innocents to mindless criminality... but, (and I won't make any friends with this statement) hard as it may sound - making an innocent, law-abiding citizen arbitrarily accountable for the actions of a criminal is the same as making a parent accountable for putting their children in a situation that seemed safe but inevitably and tragically was not - safe.

Making law-abiding gun owners responsible for the actions of a person using a gun for criminal purpose is the same as making all vehicle owners resposible for irresponsible drivers, is the same as making all cell phone users responsible for terrorists who use cell phones as detonators, is the same as making every computer user guilty of a cyber crime, is the same as making every husband as guilty as the husband who beats his wife and is the same as making every parent responsible for a parent who abuses a child. It is arbitrary and it is the same. We are human. Most of us are good people, but evil walks among us and try as we might for centuries upon centuries we rarely know its name nor when or where it will show itself.

The right of a gun owner to keep and bear arms is specifically and unquestionably protected by the law of the land known as the Bill of Rights. Car owners, cell phone users, beer drinkers - and all Americans have only to look to the simple statement in America's Declaration of Independence for the rights afforded to them: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

Some people love guns. Some people love cars. Some people love cell phones. Does it have to be argued that the pursuit of happiness is afforded to one and all no matter what form it [happiness] assumes?

Despite what some people read into it, Freedom is not and never has been free. True, there are people who enjoy freedom without ever considering its cost the same as some enjoy entitlements without ever recognizing the source of their welfare. Freedom is the product of sweat, blood, tears and is ever in peril. Freedom is not a right. Freedom is a legacy. Our legacy. May we ever preserve it for posterity.

Finally, justice is not served by depriving a law-abiding citizen the joy of gun ownership (ie: the right to keep and bear arms) because a gun in the hands of a criminal has caused someone injury and loss.

Footnote: I am over 50 years old. I have never held a gun in my hand with the intent to use it in my life. But, I will never willingly sacrifice the right to keep and bear arms to appease anyone, much less a lawmaker or politician. I would like to thank the lawmakers of the United States Government and the State of Colorado for making it clear to me that this is an issue for which I must and will make a stand.

I stand on the side of the Second Ammendment. Any questions?

Respectfully yours in unfailing allegiance to the USA,
Dissident Daughter
Because: Silence is the most insideous form of consent

Source: The Colorado Observer - Dems Unveil Gun Control Bills - 02/06/2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Courage under fire

February 5, 2013
Colorado, USA

Sandy Hook father Bill Stevens owns Congress.

This is why...

February 5, 2013
Colorado USA

I am back. And this is why.

The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men. -- Samuel Adams