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I lost my family

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I think I lost my family. I walked up last week to pick up the wifes prescriptions so I could have them filled, and an argument ensued. The details are unimportant, but during the course of events I was insulted rather severely and unnecessarily. In the few emails that followed, she said things that reinforced the insult.

So, I wrote her an email plainly explaining how she insulted me, as well as several other things that again reinforced the insult. I told her I would not do anything for them until I received an apology. She responded, calling into question my remembrance of the facts and basically called me crazy.

What really hurt was the fact that she picked this fight, no doubt about it. I think I had access to them just because I had the vehicle, so I could be their on-demand transportation. Now that the vehicle is dead, I am worthless, so she drives me away to make sure I won’t bother them any more.

While I have told most of this to my case manager today, (he’ll read the rest of it tonight when he visits here), you are the only people whom I can tell this to.

Thanks for letting me cry on your shoulder, I’ll try not to do it again.

No Quarter

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This article, Campus left silences opposing views exposes who we are dealing with.

This is the vocal, radicalized minority who will do anything to push their agenda. These people will continue down their path, ignoring facts (after all, if you ignore facts hard enough, they go away) and becoming more shrill as you contest their positions.

There can be no dialog with these people, because no amount of verifiable facts can get them to change their position. All you can do is convince those who are able to be swayed by the facts that these people are full of garbage. Of course, this will raise cries of “censorship” from the leftists, and all you can do is ignore it.

What you must not do is be silenced by these leftists. They know on some level that their ideology is nothing more than blue smoke and mirrors. They can gather people to their cause only as long as you are not out there refuting their positions with facts and the truth. So they will do anything to silence you. And I do mean anything.

Now go forth and give them no quarter, no mercy. Because they will do the same to you.

Veterans Day

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Think about the brave men and women who have served this great country for today. Thank them for their sacrifice.

I served in the Navy for 13 years and am still proud to have served.

Cox and Forkum

“It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.

“It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.

“It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

“It is the soldier, who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”
–Charles M. Province

Hat tip to American Realpolitik

New Happy Pills

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I visited my medication nurse today, and voiced concerns about the side-effect problems I have alluded to you before. She responded by cutting my Geodon by 2/3rds and starting my on another anti-psychotic, Abilify. While I don’t have schizophrenia, it does have properties useful in treating biploar disorder as well. I hope it addresses the issues so I can get a modicum of normalcy back in my life.

While the urge to blow my brains out is taken care of, the cost in side effects is a serious life-impacting problem that calls into question why I am going through the effort in the first place.

Living with mental illness is like being in recovery. You have to beat it every day, it’s never far from your thoughts and your life is forever changed because of it. The cost if you fail can be catastrophic, not only for yourself but your family as well.

Your Second Amendment Rights

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Lying Scholars Fuel Anti-gun Court Verdicts warns of a significant danger to your rights.

The Second Amendment was clearly meant for individuals to own arms for possible use against the Federal government. Reading the papers of our founding fathers makes that very clear. They had just fought a revolution against an oppressive government and they wanted the citizens to be able to do that again, if the day ever came.

The “collective right” about the National Guard is a fallacy. Get the anti-gunner to agree on the fact that the militia/NG is supposed to overthrow the federal government if necessary, then explain to them the president can federalize the NG with the stroke of a pen. Short of widespread revolt in the ranks, there isn’t anything anybody can do about it. That presents a rather thorny conflict of interest. How can you overthrow an oppressive government if you take your orders from it?

It has also been case law since 1856 that the police cannot be held liable for not protecting citizens. That’s not the job of the police. Personal protection has always rested on the person, and the best and the most effective way to do that is by force of arms. 2,500,000 crimes are prevented every year by armed citizens. in 98% of those cases, once the citizen shows he has a firearm, the bad guys run away. You never hear about this in the news because nothing newsworthy happened. Bad guy threatens, good guy pulls out his weapon, bad guy runs away. End of story.

Don’t expect the police to be there in time if someone breaks into your house in the middle of the night. The best the police can do is gather evidence and catch the criminals for the crimes committed. That will be little comfort to you if it includes your murder.

Illegal immigrants

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This is not a good sign. Illegal Immigrant Workers Sue Wal-Mart is set to create a very bad precedent.

To give illegal immigrants legal standing is going to open a floodgate of lawsuits. Illegals accept below scale wages because they know they are illegal and can’t complain about substandard wages. This lawsuit (if successful) would give them standing to do such a thing. Businesses take advantage of illegals, that’s a fact. But if the illegals can sue over low wages, the risk becomes too great for the businesses and they would have to start hiring legal workers at legal wages, freezing the illegals out. After all, if illegals can sue over substandard pay, who says they won’t sue over minimum wage? Or the illegals can sue over just being employed by the business in the first place. That way they get money without the backbreaking labor.

Maybe this won’t be such a bad thing after all.

If we want to stop the flood of illegals, we need to freeze them out of any financial gain. No jobs, housing, public assistance. As long as they can get some money of some kind, they will come.

Poverty

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I heard this on Rush’s show Friday, and I even wrote a note to myself about it, then promptly forgot about the note. Well, I found it today and remembered to bring it home.

Walter E. Williams was interviewing Bernard Goldberg. They were discussing Mr. Goldbergs book (whose title escapes me). Search Amazon if you want to.

Anyhow, Mr. Goldberg mentioned three rules for young adults:

  • Graduate High School
  • Don’t have a child before you turn 20
  • Don’t have a child before you get married.

If you followed these simple rules, you had a 94% chance of staying above the poverty line.

If you broke even one of these rules, you had a 79% of ending up below the poverty line. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

Beat these rules into your kids, by whatever means necessary. Their future is too important.

‘Legal’ theft

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I got mad when I read this, Citizens ‘Mugged’ by the State.

These stories and the others documented in Readers Digest are abominable. It isn’t quite as bad here in the Memphis area. Although in one suburb the land developers are on the city council. They managed to convert a large forested semi-swampland into 2 million square feet of mall and multiple strip malls. Then the suburb promptly lost the tax money when Memphis annexed the area.

These stories are a prime example as to why there should be limited government. The scope of government was properly (and narrowly) defined when the Constitution was drafted, and the state Constitutions were similarly narrowly defined. Then everybody started on that slippery slope into doing more to ‘help’ the people. Now we have stories like this.

I do not have an answer for the solution. Armed rebellion seems a tad too much, but it might become a more popular option as things go from bad to worse. Don’t load up on ammunition just yet, I’ll let you know when it’s time. For the moment, the ballot box is still a better option than the ammunition box.

Busy tonight

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Sorry for the lack of bloggidy goodness, but this morning was a real problem getting out of bed. I got up 40 minutes late, did minimum morning stuff, then climbed back into bed to cower until the last possible moment to go to work.

Nothing tonight because there was some rule changes to MechWarrior:Dark Age that affect the metagame (certain tactics that take advantage of game mechanics are no longer viable, things like that) and I’ve been thinking about them and how to keep an effective army in the face of these changes. I’ve been asked by the game designers (well, everybody has) to play with these new rules and BattleMasters are supposed to report on the effectiveness of these rules on Monday, so I’ve got to develop an army (actually two) for Sunday so I can give a learned opinion.

Posting will also be spotty for the weekend, but will be back on track on Monday.

He’s up to it already

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I found this article, PATRIOT ACT: Law’s use causing concerns where the FBI is using parts of the Patriot Act to investigate a strip club owner and some politicians. I am sure there are already laws on the books to use against this gang, but why they used the Patriot Act is a big question.

I have already spoken on this subject here. The Permalink is not working at the moment, but you can scroll down about 60-70% of the way, it’s the post for 9/20.

Sources said the FBI sought the records under Section 314 of the act. That section allows federal investigators to obtain information from any financial institution regarding the accounts of people “engaged in or reasonably suspected, based on credible evidence, of engaging in terrorist acts or money laundering activities.”

If you make it, they will use it.

See, I’m right!

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I happened across this article, Iraq ‘Fundamentally Different’ From Vietnam, Analysts Say and I am proud that at least some of my commentary about my last post is verified.

“We’re at war, and it’s essential that the people of America not forget the lessons of September the 11th, 2001. We are vulnerable to attack. There are people who hate us and there are people who are willing to take thousands of lives in acts of tremendous violence, and the United States must understand that and adjust to the new reality,” Bush told reporters while inspecting damage caused by wildfires in California.

While the author still talks about an ASAP withdrawal, Unless US forces are there for the long haul, as soon as we start withdrawing, Saddam will show up and sweep the fledgling government aside, and the atrocities we have learned about will start again, this time exponentially worse.

I’ve been told that the Marines have a counter-insurgency manual. If they do, it’s time for them to take a crack at the Sunni triangle. It is the Marines who told Iraqis, “No better friend, no worse enemy."

Wrongheaded

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Just to show that I don’t read just what agrees with me, I found this: Cut Losses: Leave Iraq

I can see how this makes perfect sense to the author, but he’s 100% wrong on this.

Back in the days of the crusades, Christians would torture Jews and Muslims until they accepted Christ. There was no “religious tolerance.” It took the Reformation and people like Martin Luther to change Christianity into what we recognize today.

Today, it is the Muslim faith that has no religious tolerance. To them, any infidel (non-Muslim) is worth less than the dirt under the Muslim shoes. Of course, the vast majority do not heavily invest into this view, but there are enough that do.

Now is the time for this to change. Either this change must come about internally or externally. Since there is no equivalent Muslim Martin Luther to preach moderation and acceptance, we must bring change about externally. If we do not force change, there are but three alternatives:

  • Everybody convert to Islam
  • Christians accept the constant terroristic attacks
  • All out war. Christianity wipes out every last Muslim.

I do not find any of these alternatives attractive. Bringing about a Islamic Reformation is the only reasonable choice if the Christianity and Islamic religions are ever going to exist together.

To do that, we must win in Iraq. We must show Muslims across the world that freedom and religious tolerance works. The only way to win this battle is to win in Iraq. There is no other choice. There is no exit strategy because there can be no exit strategy. Just like we spent 50+ years in post WWII Germany and Japan, so must we spend 50+ years in Iraq.

If we pull out at all, Saddam Hussein will be back in power before the last American soldier leaves. It doesn’t matter if we set up a democracy or not. It cannot survive on its own for years yet. The butchery that Hussein would inflict on the people of Iraq in response to the invasion will make the Holocaust look like a garden party. We would lose so much prestige across the world it isn’t funny. If you thought 9/11 was horrible, don’t worry, you’ll get used to having something like that every month or so, because every terrorist group will be so emboldened by our cowardice that they will make the West Bank look like a day at the beach.

Now that I’ve explained all of this, let me Fisk a bit of this article.

Even if such a plan did not work, stability in Iraq never has been vital to U.S. security interests. The threat from Saddam Hussein’s programs to develop weapons of mass destruction was overstated. And economists from across the political spectrum always have been skeptical that Persian Gulf oil needs to be secured militarily. Yet their views have been ignored by vested interests in U.S. national security bureaucracies.

Stability in Iraq is essential to not only the US, but to the rest of the non-Muslim world as well. We must stabilize Iraq to produce instability in the rest of the Muslim world. We must show the Muslim world that this can work. Once that is proven, change will come to the rest of the Islamic world. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen. And the more change is accomplished, the faster the rate of change will be.

Saddam’s WMD program was only one of several reasons President Bush stated. What stockpiles he had may have been destroyed by others in his regime, but he still believed he had them, and he has used them before. While details about exact things may have been very sketchy, there were three undeniable facts:

  • 1. He had had chemical weapons at one time.
  • 2. He has used them before.
  • 3. He was trying to develop more WMD.

Now I must Fisk a bit of this article.

To preserve U.S. “credibility” nearly 40 years ago, American policymakers pursued an escalated war in Vietnam — when cutting their losses and getting out sooner would have ultimately salvaged more world esteem. The same is likely to be true in Iraq.

There was no way to “win” the war in Vietnam. The best that could have been hoped for was a Korea-like stalemate. Political control over targets and strategies produced the catastrophe that we all remember.

But we must win in Iraq. This foe will not stop at Iraq’s borders if we pull out. These people we fight will fight us wherever we are, be it in Baghdad or Boston. We are in a fight to the death with radical, fundamentalist Islam and the course of that war will be decided in Iraq. If we cannot win there, beat them on their home ground, then the next battle will be here in America. And that will likely involve a mushroom cloud.

Are you still in favor of withdrawing?

Closet time for me

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For some reason, I am peaking out at 8 on the depression scale. No reason, but I am contending with thoughts of hurting myself. I am cowering in the closet hoping this will pass soon. Until it does, no posting.

Sorry

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Today pulled the wind out of my sails and I’m not up for my normal witty analysis. I promise to make up for it tomorrow before my case manager shows up.

Serves them right

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CBS got their hand caught in the blender over this, and it looks like they’ve taken the right step. CBS Considers Selling ‘The Reagans’

“This is censorship,” one source told Newsweek. “A pressure group has had a major network rip this movie to shreds.”

No, this is responding to market forces. The only thing that happened was the script was leaked to the internet and when people saw how destructive it was, people responded. When CBS realized how polarized the audience was over this, they saw a threat to advertising income. They are, after all, in business to make money and can’t do it if they can’t get advertisers for the show.

This was a bad decision on CBS’s part. Sure, the writers, producers and director might be good at what they do, but in such a circumstance, you need to examine their political ideologies as well. I’m pretty sure it was a foregone conclusion to anybody who looked at these people politically would have seen right away that there was no chance of this being an accurate portrayal.

Now CBS is trying to dump this albatross off on another network. The result will be poor at best. Even if there are massive edits and reshoots, the best Lifetime could hope for is nobody (except the liberal Left) watches it. At worst they can go through the wringer just like CBS is doing now.