September 1, 2015

Why government will fail

Obama’s press secretary is on record saying Congress is afraid of the NRA.  Silliness.  It’s we’re the government and we’re here to help trying to sway public opinion and walk on our freedoms.

It’s time we began recognizing and decrying this for what it is. It isn’t “control the masses”, though it could be. It isn’t “we have to take care of you, we’re the government”, though it could be. It’s an innate and basic failure to understand human nature.

We, as humans, are going to kill each other. If we don’t have guns we’ll use knives (don’t believe me, look at England). If knives are taken away, we’ll use sticks. If we don’t have sticks, rocks will do just fine. It isn’t the instrument used, it’s human nature.

The “we’re the government and we’re here to take care of you” crowd is trying to swim against the stream of human nature. It doesn’t matter how many times in whatever way they try it, it will fail and in the process it will reduce our freedoms and make our country weaker. Until we get to the root of that, we cannot change government.

One of the very best examples of human nature at work is welfare. Welfare was supposed to help. President Roosevelt (we’re the government and we’re here to help), with the aid of human nature, created a whole society of people dependent on the government. We as a nation are weaker as a result. Instead of poor houses and orphanages run by communities we have people living high on the public dime or stuck in a ditch from which they cannot climb. Welfare, the great disabler is at play thanks to the government and we as a nation are in debt as a result.

So, let’s not look to the government to make good decisions for us. They are blind to human nature and fail to take into account how human nature will play out when they enact something sweeping. If they should succeed in removing guns, they will make us as a society much weaker and less free, unable to defend ourselves from those who fail to respect the law. England and Australia may have a reduction in gun crime but they have an even greater rise in every other kind of crime. Human nature is, after all, human nature.

August 26, 2015

Everything Old is New Again

There was a time in human history when communities were rounded up, imprisoned, dissected, murdered, starved and harvested, and the surrounding population turned a blind eye.  This complicity was national and the debasement of a whole sect of people was rationalized because they were considered sub-human.  A nation bought into this abuse because it was in their own best interest with gains in market share, land, property, esteem, power and wealth.

While 1940’s Germany’s treatment of the Jews may come to mind, this has happened in America, China, North Korea, Japan, the Middle East and Russia.  This depraved treatment of our fellow man has been justified on racial, religious and ethnic grounds.

Today we have the very same mental processes at work with abortion and the unborn.  Those advocating for abortion and support of Planned Parenthood have chosen to believe that human babies aren’t worth consideration.  They are considered sub-human and word-play is used to title them as such. We are being sold a bill of goods, that abortion is for the good of mankind.

As a population we are slowly starting to wake up.  Abortion is an act of personal selfishness which demeans human life.  To devalue one diminishes all.  To profit from this debasement is the new depravity.  Everything old is new again.

August 20, 2015

Daily Rant

Apparently Bernie Sanders is advocating a free bachelor’s degree for all and someone on Laissez Faire Capitalism posted a mocking cartoon.  I took exception to Bernie Sanders’ socialistic thinking and posted this:

This is so interesting. It speaks to a complete failure to understand economics and the mechanics of supply and demand. The question regarding training for jobs is also apparently not being properly considered. Fascinating. I think this is actually willful stupidity, not lack of intelligence. If people want jobs they need to seek training that would make them suitable for jobs. Free education is worth exactly what the student pays for it . . . nothing. If they don’t work for it, struggle for it, PAY for it, they don’t value it. Proof of this is the number of unemployed with liberal arts degrees. Come on Barnie. Quit being deliberately stupid.

René Robichaud is apparently feeling abused and used and posted this.

I’ll tell you what really worths nothing. Poverty. Working your ass off for years saving enough money to go to university and trying to live in this economy. Taking loans coming out of university with no work experience, having a hard time securing a liveable wage, having to pay more than 50K+ in debts trying to survive on a salary paying debts for a good portion of your life with an interest rate going to a crooked system of banks based on world debt and indentured servitude to the upper class. Not everyone is in the same boat. Education should be equal for ALL CLASSES, it could be paid through a common tax for everyone to have the same opportunity to get an education based on what they want to do (poor and rich alike). The struggle of the people to meet ends is not viewed as an opportunity for economic development anymore, but as an act of self-preservation and slavery to a system of debt.

Okay, couldn’t pass that up . . . you know me, right?

Rene, you are SO wrong. If you make bad choices and end up in debt, that is YOUR problem. It should not be MY problem or anyone else who works hard and makes GOOD choices. The concept of indentured servitude to the upper class is a socialistic ideology that is warped at the core. It’s the “I am a victim” meme of the weak, stupid and lazy. If you have trouble living on the wage you make make the changes that FIX IT instead of blaming someone else for your inadequacies. You are NOT entitled to the product of the labor of others. Education CANNOT be equal for all classes because that is not how things work in real life. The product of a couple of low income and low intellect cannot achieve what the child of hard working intelligent people will. To dream they can is self-deceiving and not helpful. If you WANT something, stop whining and start working to make it happen. Be smarter, be stronger, work longer and harder and make it happen. Stop expecting others to make you something you desire but aren’t willing to work for.

July 5, 2014

Poor me

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Something jerked my chain recently. In 2 months Terry and I will be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. Throughout our marriage we’ve dealt with PTSD made worse by a dysfunctional childhood. I don’t tell you this to garner either celebration or sympathy but to tell you I know what I’m talking about.

On Facebook, someone posted a photo of a bearded pot-bellied guy standing behind a sign announcing a military veteran lived there and asking people to monitor their fireworks on the 4th. After 40 years of PTSD, counseling, self-reflection and struggle, this one really jerked my chain. This was my response.

I am married to a delayed stress vietnam vet. I’m telling you right now, if you have problems with fireworks, get counseling and buy good quality ear plugs to wear for the 4th. Play music to help cover the noise. If you are a shooter, wear your shooter ear protection. They are excellent for this type of noise. And, most importantly, DO NOT use your disability to manipulate others’ actions. This is the worst kind of “feel sorry for me ’cause I can’t cope” crap. Get counseling, wear ear plugs and get the fuck on with your life. Having PTSD is no picnic but the longer you ask for accommodation and don’t get the help you need, the less life you will have to live.

July 5, 2014

And then they came for me

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On Facebook this morning was a post about a woman with brain cancer who got caught up in the whole Obamacare mess, lost her coverage and in the mess that ensued, died from lack of treatment.  There have been a number of things on Facebook lately that flipped my switch, this was just one.  Thus this post . . .

A system, administration, party or individual which puts the collective over the individual will never be bothered about a few cracked eggs. You see this in the avocation of abortion and in the promotion of systems that cause harm to individuals in a quest to caretake the masses.

When we lose our INDIVIDUAL liberty, we lose the ability to care for ourselves. We lose the ability to make decisions that are in our own best interest. We give up that right when we fail to fight to the last breath a system that decides what is best for us.

If we sit back and allow ourselves to be taken care of, what happened to this woman is a natural extension. Remember the poem attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

If you continue to allow the government to get bigger and bigger, to further reduce out freedoms and rights, it’s on YOU when they come for your rights and freedoms. Get a grip, people

February 12, 2014

The up side of down

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I like to understand how things work and I thrive on streamlining whatever the action is to the point that I can’t improve it any further.  I’m fairly sure this must be the very definition of anal.  My dad was the same way.  He was a boat designer/builder/commercial fisherman and the work he did was as close to perfect as it was possible for him to get.  He was always analyzing to improve so I must have inherited my anal gene from him.  I can’t count the number of times my husband has told me over the 40 years we’ve been married “it doesn’t have to float” though my father’s ideal is my unconscious standard of perfection.  Floating means we stay alive when the seas get rough.  Perfection means I’m finished and I can let it go because it’s as good as I can make it.  Efficient flow satisfies the inner me.  Yup, totally anal, that’s me.  I want perfect and I want my perfect to be replicable.

One of the CATO podcasts I listened to this morning was Caleb Brown’s interview of Megan McArtle, author of The Up Side of Down and Learning From Failure.  It was excellent, full of insight, the kind of stuff that advances my understanding of how I think.  It’s a bonus when the insightful stuff is also timely.

One of the activities I enjoy is World of Warcraft.  I’m fairly new to the game and my learning curve is finally starting to level just a bit.  I don’t feel nearly so overwhelmed which I see as improvement.  I still make mistakes and my characters die fairly regularly but each occurrence is a learning experience and I only kick myself when it’s a multiple repeat of stupid.  On the down side, the analysis of what happened appears to be driving those I’m associating with nuts and that’s been bothering me.  Feedback is part of learning and I’m not getting it.  If I suck, I want to know how to fix it.  Ignore isn’t the new neutral.  I need feedback to analyze.  I’ve been struggling with understanding this lack of feedback and generally being depressed.  I think McArtle’s interview provided a connection.

They say understanding is acceptance.


March 27, 2013

Weather vane mentality

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Something I read this morning sparked a thought.  We know me.  That’s always dangerous and often amusing in a “can you believe it” way.  This morning’s fireworks sparkler can be attributed to an article by IowaHawk on Breitbart on same sex marriage.  First, it’s the kind of writing I love, expressing obvious common sense with humor and wit.  That’s always a plus.  I love connect-the-dots writing, even if it’s dots I had connected only peripherally or subconsciously.  You know what I mean.  Somebody will say something and you have that momentary recognition of the truth or validity of what was said.

So this morning, in IowaHawk’s article he said “If there’s anything that gives me pause about SSM, it’s the thuggish tactics of some of its most vocal proponents. It’s hard to take a “human rights activist” seriously while he’s beating someone over the head with a “NOH8″ placard for holding the same position Barack Obama held until 5 minutes ago.”  And just that quickly and easily he summarized what had been bothering me about the same sex marriage argument AND pointed out the weather vane mentality of any movement’s sycophantic followers.

Read the article.  Tell me what you think.  Did IowaHawk nail it?  I think so.

February 26, 2013

It’s all about what is disgusting

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I just watch the most fascinating talk about how our tolerance for disgust determines our politics.  It’s one of those illuminating discussion, one that I will watch a number of times.

This is the second really illuminating thing I’ve run into in the last two weeks.  I’m on a roll!

February 13, 2013

Life altering events

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You never really know what you’re capable of until you face a crisis.  You never really understand that statement . . . until you face a crisis.  Been there.

Enter my life altering event . . . my very best friend in the whole world had a massive stroke.  For four months I fussed over her, cared for her, worried about her and did everything I could to make her life better.  I literally set my life aside to care for my friend and support her family.  Even now I cannot imagine having done any other thing.  As I mourn her passing, I would not trade the time I spent caring for her for anything.

It’s hard to understand the depth of our hearts until they’ve been tested.  My husband stepped up and did so much for me and my friend.  I am blessed to have that heart in my life.

February 7, 2013

Who knew?!

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Did you know there’s a site that track retractions of scholarly papers?  The latest report has a German professor losing her PhD over plagiarism.  Ouch.

So, here’s your warning.  Just because it was published in something high-brow and scholarly doesn’t necessarily make it good, true or worth reading.  The site counts the number of retractions for any given person/entity as it reports the retraction.  Yup, it’s a new amusement for me.

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