30 December 2010

Hubris. They haz it.

(HT iOTW)

SHHH!  The Oppressives are loading their guns and painting targets on their toes.  In the words of Napoleon Bonaparte, "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."


“In what could be the most extreme and influential crowdsourcing project ever, Democrats are beginning to organize to purposely vote for Palin in the 2012 Republican primaries. Their theory is by having Palin as an opponent, Obama will have the best odds at winning reelection. Recent polls have shown that Obama comfortably leads Palin by 10-20 points, but Obama is statistically tied with Romney and barely ahead of Huckabee. They even have a state-by-state primary voting guide to help Democrats navigate various states’ rules for voting Palin in Republican primaries.”

You just try telling me there's no God.  If history teaches us nothing else about Him, we know He appreciates irony...!

'Gravitas.' She haz it.

Let's drop in on David Solway at Pajamas Media for some Palinista goodness

To begin with, Palin is by no means poorly educated; she merely did not graduate with a degree from an Ivy League institution, which by any reasonable account in today’s academic milieu should stand decidedly in her favor...

As for the absence of foreign policy experience, David Jenkins reminds us in an article for PJM that, with the exception of the elder Bush (who, incidentally, was no presidential cynosure), “it is not common for presidents to enter office with foreign policy experience.” In this respect, Palin is no different from the vast majority of her predecessors and certainly not from the present incumbent. What is needed in this domain is precisely what Palin would bring to the highest office in the land: insight and principle...

...the truth is that frowning on Palin’s wilderness skills is nothing but class snobbery on the part of those who would be utterly lost were they stripped of the “civilized” amenities they thoughtlessly take for granted. It is their mincing pretentiousness and fashionable outrage, not Palin’s honest hardiness, that is deplorable...

Further, Palin is by no means politically unnuanced. Quite the contrary, she is as politically savvy as they come, whether on the domestic or international front. Her speeches during the recent congressional elections were not only unteleprompted barnburners in the best populist tradition, but revealed a meticulous command of the domestic issues currently bedeviling the nation as well as a finely nuanced understanding of America’s pancreatic failures in international diplomacy...

Palin does not believe in tax and spend, in fiat printing, in redistributive economics, in ObamaCare, in the AGW nonsense that is only an opaque wealth transfer scheme, in making purses out of sows’ ears (aka pork and earmarks), in pressing reset buttons, in blaming Israel for the Palestinians, or in a degrading and unproductive “outreach” to the Islamic umma. These are policies she would reverse, as indeed would anyone with a nuanced understanding of the economic and political worlds. There is little doubt that Palin would be a strong, resolute, and effective president should she ever accede to the White House.
Go RTWTThat's how the President of the United States is supposed to roll, and the sooner we correct our current disastrous mistake, the better off America--and the world--will be.

29 December 2010

You keep using that word...

...'RIGHT.'  I do not think it means what you think it means.

Nor does Walter Williams.


I'm starting to like the nasty weather keeping me home...I'm finding all sorts of timeless wisdom online today.

They're in thousand-point font FOR A REASON.

Consider those three words at the beginning of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America:  WE THE PEOPLE.



Why were those words written in such an enormous, overbearing manner?  As a reminder of who, exactly, has the ultimate authority in this country.  But, as the great and learned Thomas Sowell points out here, our God-given and Constitutionally-explicit authority is being undermined by the criminal scum who think they're in charge of the rest of us.

It is not only members of Congress or the administration who treat "we the people" and the Constitution as nuisances to do an end run around. Judges, including justices of the Supreme Court, have been doing this increasingly over the past hundred years.

During the Progressive era of the early 20th century, the denigration of the Constitution began, led by such luminaries as Princeton scholar and future President of the United States Woodrow Wilson, future Harvard Law School Dean Roscoe Pound, and future Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis.

As a professor at Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson wrote condescendingly of "the simple days of 1787" when the Constitution was written and how, in our presumably more complex times, "each generation of statesmen looks to the Supreme Court to supply the interpretation which will serve the needs of the day."

This kind of argument would be repeated for generations, with no more evidence that 1787 was any less complicated than later years than Woodrow Wilson presented -- which was none -- and with no more reasons why the need for "change" meant that unelected judges should be the ones making those changes, as if there were no elected representatives of the people.

Go read the rest of this.  Now.  And then consider how far we've fallen.

What are you doing about it?

(HT iOTW.)

It's official:

My blogroll is now larger than the Library of Congress.

Just kidding.

Maybe.

Anyway, bid welcome to Lost & Found.

Libertarianism explained...again

While making my way through the intartoobz, I came across a comment--on a story in The Blaze, I think--which I found absolutely laughable.  My internet connection threw a temper tantrum before I could reply, and now I can't find it again, but this is it, more or less:

"Libertarians don't exist.  They're just conservatives who don't have the guts to be non-PC."

Oh, please.  While I'm trying to not be gratuitously offensive on this blog, I'm so non-PC I could make the late Sam Kinison do a spit-take.  Either this guy is trolling, or--like many so-called conservatives--just doesn't get the concept.  So, for new readers and/or slow learners, I present the difference between libertarianism and too many people's idea of conservatism.

When libertarians talk about liberty, we mean it. 

People on both the Left and the Right can talk both your ears off about freedom, but it's usually just talk.  We've seen clearly that what the Left knows about freedom could fit up a flea's butt with room for a motocross race and a Metallica concert.  But too many on the Right are simply mirror images of the same control freaks.  Anything they don't approve of should be illegal.  We have an 'obligation to society' to make it so.  It's for the chillldrun.  Does any of this sound familiar?  Out of context, could you tell whether they were said by a liberal or conservative?  Exactly.

Libertarians see no difference between a group of tyrants telling us we can't smoke tobacco, and a group of tyrants telling us we can't smoke marijuana.  It's the same principle.  You may or may not approve of tobacco.  You may or may not approve of marijuana.  That is completely immaterial.  Freedom and liberty, the guiding principles of America, do not rest upon your approval.  You have a right to your opinion, and if you disapprove of something, you don't have to support it, pay for it, or allow it in your house.  But if it's not causing direct, proveable harm to the person or property of another, you have no right to initiate force--and the law is force--against someone simply because you're offended.  That's the logic of shari'a law, of the Inquisition, of the tyrant.  And that mindset is simply incompatible with liberty.

So, in opposition to my unknown commenter, I maintain that libertarians are conservatives with real guts--the guts to practice what they preach, even if they might be uncomfortable, offended or disgusted.  A principle isn't something you make exceptions to, or sacrifice, out of convenience.  It's something you live by and uphold because it's right.  The main principle of this country is liberty.  If you find that whole liberty thing really doesn't work for you, perhaps China or Iran might be a more suitable place to hang your hat. 

Otherwise, there are times when you just have to take the bad with the good, or start down a path that eventually leads to nothing but bad.  Remember, for every thing someone else is doing that you want banned, there's something you're doing that others want banned.  A ban for a ban eventually enslaves the world.

Just a bit of faith here:  Ponder Matthew 6:14-15 in the context of this post.  You might find it relevant.


UPDATE:  Radley Balko debunks the "libertarians promise utopia" lie thus:

There would still be problems in a libertarian society. There would still be crime, income inequality, acne, nu metal, and reality TV. Most libertarians merely believe that in a libertarian society, most people would be better off than they are now—that being free to make more of your own choices is preferable to having politicians make them for you. Most conservatives and liberals also believe that most people would be better off if their own policy preferences were implemented. That isn’t in the same ballpark as promising utopia. People will still make bad decisions. They should be free to do so.

If anything is utopian, it’s the idea that the world would be much better off if only we put more of society in the hands of a few very smart people who somehow know all the answers. And that somehow the political process will ensure that those all-knowing people always end up in a position to make all the decisions.
Emphasis mine.

28 December 2010

I love this place!

Don't get me wrong:  If the whole thing were simply a matter of drug smuggling, I'd be singing a different tune.  But this matter is far beyond innocent migrant workers or illicit substances.  The illegal invasion has given rise to a wave of crime and violence that would give Capone pause for thought, and we've damn well had enough of it.

Meet Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Arizona.  He not only recognizes the problem, but he knows how to solve it:  by dealing with violent criminal invaders on their own terms.

Be afraid, chingados.  Be very afraid.

(HT Something Wicked Comes)

27 December 2010

Chicken Soup...

...for the Pro-Life human being's soul.  Regardless of your views one way or the other, here's something you should take the time to read.

Mistakes are sometimes made.  Decisions are sometimes agonizing.  Consequences are sometimes unpredictable.  Brigid didn't have any idea where her decision would lead, but it ended up somewhere wonderful.

This is one of the most moving and profound blog posts I have ever read. 

(And when you're done being awed by it, direct your attention to her sidebar where Brigid does comparably awesome things with food.)

26 December 2010

'Intellectualism' != 'intelligence.'

From Conservatives4Palin, the difference explained here, with relevant parts quoted below.

In just under 2 years as president, Obama has ushered in the government takeover of the healthcare, college loan, banking, and internet industries, in addition to extending the extensive government involvement in the auto industry that he supported during President Bush’s administration. President Obama has given further regulatory control to unelected agencies like the EPA, FCC, and FDA. He has added more to the national deficit in 2 years than his predecessors did in more than 200 years. His stimulus package led to over 10% unemployment, when it was promised to prevent unemployment from going over 8%. President Obama kowtowed (or as I like to call it, bowtowed) to both America’s enemies and union bosses. He pushed for a treaty with Russia that allows Russia to continue to produce nuclear weapons while America must halt weapon production; all the while reducing funding for missile defense. He mishandled America’s most destructive environmental disaster in history by blaming the previous administration for his own appointees’ failures. He is joined with foreign nations in suing the state of Arizona for desiring to enforce federal border security and immigration laws.

As Governor, Sarah Palin put $5 billion in state savings and decreased state spending by more than 9%. She reduced earmark requests by 80%. She stands for smaller government and reduced intervention by unelected, appointed bureaucrats. She stood firmly against the stimulus package and called for President Obama to veto the bill. She stood against cuts to missile defense and called for the Senate to not verify the START treaty. She called for the President to turn away from his “enemy centric” foreign policy. She stood for oversight of the oil industry and federal responsibility in cleaning up the oil spill, rather than burdensome, job killing regulations and drilling moratoriums. She stood with Governor Brewer in a desire to secure the border.

Governor Palin has private sector experience as a journalist, fisherwoman, and small business owner in addition to nearly twenty years of political experience between the city council, mayor’s office, Oil and Gas Regulator, and Governor. President Obama has experience as a community organizer, state senator, and US Senator. By the time President Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Governor Palin already had three times as much executive experience as President Obama currently has. She has had to balance a budget as a small business owner and a governor, and she has understood the importance of handling both prudently and responsibility. President Obama established a deficit commission after he signed legislation that added more than a trillion dollars to the deficit–willfully oblivious to the effects of his lack of executive experience.

If you juxtapose President Obama’s experience, policies, and record against Governor Palin’s experience, stances and record, then I suppose Williams is right. Governor Palin cannot stand on the “intellectual” stage with Obama, and rightfully so. While President Obama’ s supposed intellect has made us a less secure nation in every sense of the word, Governor Palin’s gubernatorial record and stances would lead America to a more financially stable and a more secure nation.
Mr. Williams...will you ever learn to refrain from sticking your foot in your mouth?  You ought to be grateful that FOX is far more tolerant than your former employers at NPR.

Haiti

Man, these people have never been able to catch a break from the word 'go.'

On 1 January 1804, Dessalines, the new leader under the dictatorial 1801 constitution, declared Haiti a free republic. Haiti was the first independent nation in Latin America, the first post-colonial independent black-led nation in the world, and the only nation whose independence was gained as part of a successful slave rebellion. The country was crippled by years of war, its agriculture devastated, its formal commerce nonexistent.

Haiti was forced to make reparations to French slaveholders in 1825 in the amount of 150 million francs, reduced in 1838 to 60 million francs, in exchange for French recognition of its independence and to achieve freedom from French aggression. This indemnity bankrupted the Haitian treasury. It mortgaged Haiti's future to the French banks that provided the funds for the large first installment, permanently affecting Haiti's ability to be prosperous.
And now, after years of enforced poverty and ignorance, they're pummeled by a major earthquake...and a cholera epidemic on top of that.

It's one thing to let people suffer the consequences of their own stupidity.  It's another to ignore those who are in dire straits through no fault of their own.  VidSweet reminds us, below, of our duty as human beings to help the innocent.



Let's all do what we can.

25 December 2010

Just one more...

...on the Christian/atheist question.  Can you believe CRACKED.com is hosting the most profound article on the subject I've ever read?

10 Things Christians And Atheists Can (And Must) Agree On.  Relatively SFW, even.

Truth is where you find it, my friends.  Whatever your faith, or even if you have none--peace and joy be with you, today and always.

All we want for Christmas...

...is our country back.

In your heart of hearts, you know, like I do, that 2010 was the easier fight. You know that the next two years (and beyond) are going to require greater actions, greater coordination and greater sacrifice, if we are going to save this nation for your children and my children.

In a week, we need to start 2011, hopefully, refreshed and renewed, but start we must. The fight over the next few years will be more brutal, as the stakes for them and for us are so high. But, it is a fight that must continue until either they lose, or we lose and America is lost forever.
...
Our nation is far from secure, our childrens’ futures far from certain. We are the generation on whose shoulders this falls. No one else will do it for us, or for our children. We must do it—all of us.
Today, after all the toys have been unwrapped, take a moment to pause and look at your children. Do you think that in 10 years they’ll still appreciate that new X-box or doll house more than a free nation? In 20 years, do you think they’ll still be squealing in delight over unwrapping that toy made in China, or will they be crying in anguish over a nation lost?
November 2nd was the opening salvo.  The war is still on.  We keep fighting, tooth and nail, to take America back...or liberty is lost.

Forever.

Of the respective laws of God and man

At Lew Rockwell, a great read concerning the consequences of socially conservative principles when they are given the force of secular law.

No part of this argument should be misconstrued as an endorsement of political correctness or the left’s agenda to grant positive rights to their own special interest groups for political purposes. If we are truly a free country and we meant what we said in the first amendment to our Constitution, then every individual, whether the most fundamentalist Christian or the most libertine atheist, should have the right to speak freely, even if what they say offends another person. For many devout Christians, it is their sacred duty to try to persuade their fellow man to repent of his sins and embrace Jesus as his savior.

However, there is an ocean of difference between persuasion and coercion. The minute that we say, “there ought to be a law,” we are picking up the sword. If we do so in defense of the inalienable human rights of life, liberty, and property, we are within our rightful authority. If we do so to supplant the authority of God, we become the very type of people that Jesus spent his life fighting against. To truly be Christian, we must recognize the need for “a wall of separation between church and state.”

Jesus was very clear about his views on what would lead to salvation and what would not. Jesus condemned many behaviors, like adultery, that social conservatives likewise condemn. He also said that “no one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) However, he does not go on to say, “Therefore, if your brother does not come to me willingly, then draw your sword and force him.” Salvation must be chosen; God did not create a race of slaves.


Remember, folks: Free will is one of God's most precious gifts to the human race. We have it for a purpose, and to force others to live by a single--human--interpretation of the Scriptures is to deny God's gift. God also gave us the gifts of logic and reason, which are the only way to truly bring others to Christ. The force of law can compel one to act in certain ways, but it can do nothing to compel one's heart, mind and soul, which are the places faith resides.

Think about it.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Sundance Cracker gives us a Christmas story that really puts things into perspective.  No matter how tough things are, if you live in the United States of America in this day and age, you really aren't doing that badly by both the perspective of the rest of the world and history.

Dear Lord, I humbly thank You for the blessings You have bestowed upon me; a wonderful wife, a good job, great friends, good health, and--above all--the opportunities and benefits of America, Your childrens' greatest achievement.  Please help me, and all of us, to never forget how blessed we are to have so much that others have never had, and many still have not.  Remind us, Your children, what is truly important; not the latest and greatest toy, but love, compassion and faith.

Amen.

22 December 2010

"Are you the Nanny State Liberation Front?"

"What?"  "Are you kidding?"  "F--- off!"

"We're the Liberation Front of the Nanny State!"

Whatever you call it, you all need to read it.

'Moderate' Islam does not exist.

By way of a Conservatives On Fire commenter, I have discovered the writings of Amil Imani.  Go forth and read them:


Many non-Muslims are obviously very well-meaning with regard to Islam, but they are also extremely naïve and ignorant of the facts. They seem to think that Islam is just another religion of love and peace and Muslims should be given full freedom to practice their religion. Do they also believe that thieves, misogynists, rapists, child-molesters and any and all manner of practicing evils should be given complete carte blanche to carry on with what they value and believe? These well-meaning simpletons are just as deluded as the fanatic jihadists by refusing to acknowledge the fact that one cannot be a Muslim and not abide by the dictates of the Quran.

There is no such thing as moderate Islam. There is no such thing as secular Islam or a secular Muslim. How can you possibly secularize a shark or a snake? You can’t. It’s the nature of the beast. There are numerous sects within Islam. One and all are extremes and not in the least amenable to change. Keep in mind that Islam claims that it is the perfect eternal faith for mankind. Splits have occurred and will continue to occur in Islam. Yet, reformation has not happened in nearly 1400 years and is not going to happen. Islam is carved in granite, just the way it is. No change. Allah's book is sealed.

There are indeed some Muslims who are moderate in the way they practice their religion. These people, for the most part, are culturally Muslims. They don't practice Islam the way it is mandated. They pick and choose. Therefore, "moderate Islam," is no Islam at all. It is not possible. The only way to deal with the menace of real Islam, the Islamofascist varieties, is to fully dismantle it and relegate it to the confines of museums.

Many of Mr. Imani's articles grace the linked page.  His website is here, and it will be available on my sidebar from this moment forth.

I salute your intelligence, eloquence and courage, Mr. Imani.  God be with you.

Of divorced men and suicide

Sorry to start off the day like this, but people really need to understand just how broken the system is.

Men in this situation see no hope in living. So they give up, and take their own life.

It's not because they don't have enough friends, or meaningful social networks.

It's because they are cut off from that which they value more than their own lives: their flesh and blood offspring.

That is why divorced men are far more likely to kill themselves than divorced women.

I've seen this up close and real personal this past week.

My long time high school buddy is now just another statistic.

A statistic that is casually dismissed by gyno-centric researchers as the man's fault for not building up strong enough social networks and the male's inability to "communicate."



RTWT @ Hawaiian Libertarian.  (HT NC Gun Blog)

21 December 2010

Someone go get Aaron Sorkin some ice...

...because he just got burned so bad he'd have to leap into an active volcano to cool off.

Many of you may remember his whacked-out rant about the Caribou Hunt episode of Sarah Palin's Alaska.  Maybe he should have gone with acid or ganja as his drug of choice, as I'm pretty sure the cocaine use has annihilated his entire cerebral cortex.  Still, though I find it questionable to pick on the mentally handicapped, this dumbass really did bring his literary curb-stomping on himself.

Sorkin is out of touch and narrow-minded about how past civilizations, our pioneer settlements, and even current societies get their food. Sorkin hates people who hunt for food and who celebrate success because it brings food to the table. Again, he hates people who hunt—he hates Africans—well, tribes in Africa—indigenous Australians, Asians, Indians, and many other cultures that live off the land. I’m saddened that this white man is so elitist and racist! Sorkin, stand by your supposed moral conviction—we are waiting for you to rail against how the Jews and Muslims, Africans, Australians and Asians kill animals for food.

...

Sorkin admitted to buying meat and using leather. Those animals originated from animal farms, where animals are fenced in confined spaces, branded, and raised unnaturally. There, the animals’ sole purpose in life was to be fattened and killed. By contrast, the Alaskan caribous live and roam freely. Some do get killed for food by humans or other predators, but they can run away, too. The wild caribous have a better chance of surviving than do the farm animals that are herded into holding pens at slaughterhouses without escape before they are stunned then exsanguinated.

...

Fact: Palin hunted and killed an animal for food. Aaron’s entire premise, entire argument is INCORRECT. The hunt was not done with malice and it was not purposeless. It is one way Alaskans have caribou meat to eat. People eat, therefore they hunt. He may be unfamiliar with this because his favorite thing to consume is snorted off some surface.

RTWT @ C4P.  And drink a toast to author VidSweet, who just made my blogroll for an ass-whooping done with style and brains.

Sarah Palin on the Iranian threat

(HT Adrienne Ross @ MotivationTruth)

Even at this late date, people are still of the opinion that the Governor doesn't have any grasp of foreign affairs.  This ridiculous garbage even comes from some people--I won't name names--who really ought to know better.

So, you think Governor Palin doesn't know foreign affairs from a hole in the ground?  Really?

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia "frequently exhorted the U.S. to attack Iran to put an end to its nuclear weapons program," according to these communications. Officials from Jordan said the Iranian nuclear program should be stopped by any means necessary. Officials from the United Arab Emirates and Egypt saw Iran as evil, an "existential threat" and a sponsor of terrorism. If Iran isn't stopped from obtaining nuclear weapons, it could trigger a regional nuclear arms race in which these countries would seek their own nuclear weapons to protect themselves.

That wouldn't be the only catastrophic consequence for American interests in the Middle East. Our credibility and reputation would suffer a serious blow if Iran succeeds in producing its own nuclear weapons after we've been claiming for years that such an event could not and would not be tolerated. A nuclear-armed and violently anti-American Iran would be an enormous threat to us and to our allies. Israel in particular would face the gravest threat to its existence since its creation. Iran's leaders have repeatedly called for Israel's destruction, and Iran already possesses missiles that can reach Israel. Once these missiles are armed with nuclear warheads, nothing could stop the mullahs from launching a second Holocaust. It's only a matter of time before Iran develops missiles that could reach U.S. territory.
You might want to pay a little more attention.

20 December 2010

Before Calvin and Hobbes!

Via Bayou Renaissance Man: the early days of one of the all-time great cartoonists, Bill Waterson.

Waterson, along with Gary Larson and Jimi Hendrix, knew when to quit.  Go out at the height of your popularity, and you're a legend. 

Unfortunately, some people never got the memo.

Drink recipe

For to deal with consequences of leftover Congress

I haven't tried it yet, but I'm wishing I could just drink myself into a coma until this nightmare is over.

Looks like America dropped the soap.

S-510, the Screw Small Food-Related Businesses And The Average American While We're At It Food Safety Act, has torn down our pants, obtained a firm hold on our underwear, and will likely be north of our colon by the new year.

Without notice and in a matter of minutes Sunday evening, the Senate approved the bill by unanimous consent, sending it to the House, where passage is expected. President Obama has said he would sign the legislation, which would give the government far-reaching authority to set and enforce safety standards for farmers and food processors.
I have a new slogan for 2011:  REPEAL.  And when people ask, "Repeal what?" I will answer, "YES."

Otherwise known as the Pointy-Haired Boss Effect

Making the rounds of the Vast Right Wing Blogosphere is an actual technical explanation of how Leftists can actually believe--in the face of every bit of objective reality--that they're qualified to run our lives.

The short version:  They're too stupid to know how stupid they are.

The long version, via Conservatives On Fire by way of My Tea Party Chronicle etc etc...the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

Arrogance, ignorance and authority.  The ultimate cocktail of synaptic atrophy.

19 December 2010

Of logic and faith: prelude

Logic and faith, as it turns out, are not mutually exclusive.

I'm working on another Uberpost which will hopefully explain how I reconcile my newfound Christianity with that whole 'reason' thing.  In the meantime, IAmDagny aka Hottie With An Evil Pink Rifle has given a pretty solid explanation on HoneyTrail.

In a nutshell, whenever you read Rand and she is talking about “reason” or “logic”, she is actually (unwittingly) talking about Christ. John 1:1 specifically identifies Christ as “the Word”, which is “Logos” in Greek. Logos is the Greek word for “logic” and “reason”. God is, in Himself, logic and reason, and we are made in His image. The fact that humans possess the capability to reason and think logically is the attribute that makes us “made in the image of God”. Rand was so close. She knew that our ability to reason lifted us to infinite dignity, but she missed that it was Christ indwelling in our minds and giving us that “spark” of reason. She thought that human minds self-generated reason and that there was no outside Source.

Re-read Atlas making that substitution and it will knock you on the floor.
And another Christian libertarian, Don't Tread On Mike, brings us evidence that even according to the Bible, the Earth is not 6000 years old.

Whatever you choose to believe, if you don’t take anything else away from this article, understand this: The theories that some Young-Earth Creationists come up with are flat out stupid. Not only are the completely unscientific, they aren’t even grounded in the Bible. Where do the Biblical authors mention a giant ice canopy that melted and fell to earth and caused a flood?

So before you go making scientific claims, make sure you understand basic high school science…if you want to be taken seriously that is. And don’t believe Young-Earth Creationists just because they’re Christians. A lot of them have no idea what they’re talking about, even in terms of scientific theories that everyone knows are facts.
As I said, I'll be putting forth my own thoughts on the subject when I have time--things are a little busy right now.  But just as Christians need to quit dismissing science out of hand, so do secularists of all stripes need to quit slamming their minds shut at the mention of faith.  That's the only way we can ever have any form of civilized debate.

Global warming ends age-old tradition

I can't tell you all how heartbreaking this is:  The Independent, a UK news agency, has informed us that we likely will never have any significant amount of snowfall in Britain again.  No more snowball fights, no more white Christmases.  A keystone of British culture is simply melting away due to that damned global warming.

This is horrible.  How could I have been so blind as to dismiss global warming as nothing but hooey, balderdash and poppycock?  How could I have been so cynical as to contradict the claims of these great scientific minds?

Easily.  The above-linked article is from 10 years ago.  This is the state of things in Britain today.

Now, I may not have a degree in 'climatology,' but then, no one does.  I may not be an Ivy League alumni--in fact, I never even went to college.  But I can damn sure tell if it's cold outside or not.  And I know enough to realize that if your theory conflicts with observed reality, then your theory is wrong.  Anyone who still believes in Anthropogenic Global Warming at this point, is demonstrably insane.

The Earth is round, water is wet, and AGW is a hoax.  Welcome to reality.

(HT Drudge)

Mutiny!

Via Politics, Guns & Beer, we find a jury in Montana living up to their 1000-year-old responsibility to judge not only the facts of the case, but the law itself.

Jurors – well, potential jurors – staged a revolt.

They took the law into their own hands, as it were, and made it clear they weren’t about to convict anybody for having a couple of buds of marijuana. Never mind that the defendant in question also faced a felony charge of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.

The tiny amount of marijuana police found while searching Touray Cornell’s home on April 23 became a huge issue for some members of the jury panel.

No, they said, one after the other. No way would they convict somebody for having a 16th of an ounce.

In fact, one juror wondered why the county was wasting time and money prosecuting the case at all, said a flummoxed Deputy Missoula County Attorney Andrew Paul.
It's about damn time.

Let's just leave our respective opinions concerning marijuana out of this.  The fact is, regardless of over a century of government lies saying otherwise, juries exist to judge, in part, the law itself.

Were it just a matter of judging the 'facts of the case,' any judge could do that all by himself.  Facts don't change according to how many people observe them.  The reason for a jury trial is to ascertain the community's opinion not upon the facts, or upon the letter of the law, but upon the spirit of the law.  And that's just what this community did.

Nothing like starting a gloomy winter day off with some heartening news.  Go, Montana!

A great idea

...from Frankenstein Government:

[Congress] should have to pass a bill comprehension test before voting. Like college finals. Flunk the test, abstain. Flunk too many tests, get ousted. How's that for progressive government?
Now, there's a great mind at work!  RTWT here.

18 December 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell--REPEALED!

Though many of my readers may disagree, I consider this a good thing.  Here are two pieces explaining why.

Now can we please get over this?  Goldwater was right--it doesn't matter if a servicemember is straight, as long as they can shoot straight.

UPDATE:  ColoradoPatriot continues pontificating here.

17 December 2010

Leftists, you're grounded.

We've had enough of your misbehavior.  You go to your rooms and think about what you've done.

Like a teenager to his parent, the "free" liberal reacts strongly against any effort to channel, upgrade, or improve his choices or behavior.  From this rebellion, Lefty gets a very short-lived free "feeling" on which no lasting value can be built.  The personal cost of this pursuit of disordered freedom is irresponsibility, frustration, and a lack of peace.
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Unfortunately, today's left has a ways to grow before achieving maturity, lasting fulfillment, or personal excellence. At this point, these people are neither calm, cool game theorists nor consistent political wizards. Dr. Evil is safe and will be unchallenged for some time to come. For now, the ranting teenager analogy is the best fit.

Finally, I must apologize to mature teenagers everywhere. Let me be clear: ranting adolescents and rabid progressives are very similar. You, on the other hand, share nothing with the left.

And to you ranting teenagers, buck up! You will most certainly outgrow it well before Lefty does.
RTWT.  Then write it 100 times on the blackboard.

16 December 2010

Blogrollin' VI: Return of the Gunnies

Please welcome A NC Gun Blog to The Blogroll Even The Sarlacc Couldn't Eat.

Speaking of tolerance having its limits...

I've tried.  I've really tried to understand the gun-grabbers.  I've tried to reason with them.  I've tried to explain the facts to them.  I've tried to bring them around to the concept of logical thought.  And it's like trying to reason a schizophrenic out of their delusions.

So, I'm done being nice about the whole thing.  You hoplophobes can scream and cry and protest all you want, but it will not change this objective reality:

We are right.  You are wrong. 

Deal with it.

Real Americans love her.

Statists fear and loathe her.

At the American Thinker, an in-depth analysis of Palin Derangement Syndrome.

Indeed, Sarah Palin rose from humble origins eventually to win the office of governor of Alaska and take the number-two spot on the Republican presidential ticket. She overcame all obstacles without any connections, entirely by dint of talent, hard work, and perseverance. She fearlessly took on the GOP establishment and the oil interests that had dominated Alaska for decades, and she beat them all at their own game. She achieved great success and popularity in all public offices she ever held. And on top of all that, she efficiently juggled public service with homemaking duties, married an Eskimo (the left should be particularly ecstatic on this point -- a minority!), and gave her husband a hand in his business undertakings. She raised a large family and does everything a full-blooded Alaskan male is supposed to do, including killing her dinner.

A woman who can successfully challenge and beat any man, climb any mountain, ford any stream, shatter any glass ceiling -- a feminist dream come true, don't you think? And yet, the feminist leaders seethe with boundless hatred for that "upstart." Why?
And another.

Why do they hate her? Lewis hits the nail on the head. Sarah Palin is quintessentially American. She is a throwback to the days of the founders, when citizens became politicians because the common good demanded service -- not because political office offered wealth, power, and a pool of Beltway interns ripe for sexual exploitation -- and followed their tenure with a return to private life. But we now live in the age of professional politicians, the self-proclaimed best and brightest who make decisions for an electorate too simple to understand "the facts or the truth." Or so says Senator John Kerry, the Massachusetts politician who is to "haughty" what Paris Hilton is to "self-involved."

And so anger and angst bubble over, spilling out as the grandees realize Sarah Palin is just so darned...normal! Lewis describes her as a "beautiful, strong, intelligent, articulate, healthy-looking, truth-telling...gun-totin', sports-lovin', all-American woman." And that "sunny disposition" sets them off, for Sarah Palin is a fiery red poker plunged into the pasty white of the collective metrosexual gut.

Go forth and RTWTs.

15 December 2010

"Please take over; I have no idea what I'm doing."

Our friends at NextMedia once again bring the snark, via Ace of Spades.


Honestly, I don't know which is weirder:  that we're apparently outsourcing our news coverage to a bunch of animators in Taiwan...or that they're actually getting to the point a lot better than our LSM?

This is why no one will appoint me to a diplomatic position

Back in the dim and distant past, I posted about the dangers of Iran's nuclear program coming online.  It turns out that some unnamed party decided to jack them up without undue risk to others, by creating an agent of cyberwarfare that is, indeed, a thing of beauty.  It is subtle.  Elegant.  And it almost remained undetectable.  Truly a masterpiece, a shining example of the ingenuity inherent in God's children.

Me, I would have nuked the bastards and had done with it.  I'm not holding my breath waiting for that Secretary of State appointment.

*BLUSH*

Forgive me while I go all fanboy here...but I just got one major compliment from someone who has all my respect.  So, at the risk of blowing my own horn(I tried that once and couldn't move my neck for a week), I'm going to quote it here.
CROSSPOST UPDATE: A dude has started linking to some of my stuff on his blog. He calls me "Hottie With An Evil Pink Rifle". He has done so tonight with this post. Click over and read it. Let me just say that in this context I appreciate his . . . flowery prose and colorful metaphors. If things get hot, I want dudes like this right behind me as we storm the beach. Oooh-Rah.
Seriously...thanks for that.  :D  And if things get hot, I will have your back.


(If you click on the quoted link, it will take you to the post two down from this...or possibly into a dimension of pure chaos...pure evil.  Where a Palin/West administration is in charge, Michele Bachmann is Speaker of the House and Jim DeMint is Senate Majority Leader...oh, wait...that would be the good dimension.  Son of a bitch--this is the dimension of evil, isn't it?)

Tolerance has its limits.

Let's get something out of the way now:  all cultures are not created equal.  Yes, some are better than others.  Yes, some are more advanced than others.  Yes, some are more successful than others--for a reason.  Call me whatever names you want, that still won't make me wrong.

On the heels of that highly disturbing video I linked to in the last post, I present an extremely alarming trend which appears to be on the rise in America:  The concept of interpreting American law in accordance with the defendants' cultural and/or religious beliefs.  This concept is very interesting, mainly due to the fact that it is clear and present evidence of insanity on the part of its advocates.

14 December 2010

Oh. HELL. No.

Send the children and other squeamish folks out of the room before you click the fold.  Carnage and profanity alert.  NSFW or pretty much anywhere civilized.


13 December 2010

Synchronicity II

Hmm.

A certain name keeps popping up in the media of late.

Over and over.

I'm certain it's a coincidence, and has nothing at all to do with the fact that America once again cries out for a leader with a servant's heart, who bleeds red, white and blue.

Yep.  Just a coincidence.

Revisiting Detroit

I touched upon this blighted place a while back.  If you can believe it, it's getting worse.

Now, remember, folks...Detroit has been down with the ProgOppressive program for quite some time.  Take a look at where it's led them--Straight.  To.  Hell.  One would think that these Leftist 'intellectuals,' these beacons of reason and enlightenment, would--I dunno--take a look at the freakin' evidence right in front of their freakin' eyes, and conclude that the whole Oppressive thing doesn't really work as well as they thought.

One would think that.  One would be wrong.

So, we see people who insist they want to create utopia on Earth, who are, in fact, acting in direct opposition to their stated goal.  This is, on the surface, a contradiction.  But contradictions are impossible.  When facing a supposed contradiction, one only needs to check one's premises and figure out which of them is wrong.*  In this case, the wrong premise should be obvious.

Oppressives say they want to create utopia.  They are lying.  They do not, in fact, wish to create anything.  Their whole mission, whether they consciously recognize it or not, is destruction.  They are nihilists.  They are disciples of emptiness, who believe that the destruction of a thing of beauty puts the destroyer on the same moral level as the creator.  Their ideal is the drab gray of nothingness, of indifference, of nonexistence.

If you wish to follow these people, it's your decision.  I'm the last person who will ever interfere with someone's free will.  But now you know the destination you're being led towards; the end result of The Master Plan.  If you would travel this road, you should at least do so with open eyes and firm purpose.  In that case, though I may fight you, I will at least respect you.

But now that you know the details, ask yourself:  Is this truly the road I wish to travel?



* You may thank the late Ayn Rand for her Gordian-knot method of solving apparent contradictions.

Welcome to reality II: The photographic evidence

I understand that there are still some people out there who remain convinced that re-legalizing drugs will cause havoc, bad hair days, chaos, human sacrifice, a new Back Street Boys album, the waking of Cthulhu from his ageless slumber in the heart of R'lyeh, anarchy, ragnarök, post-nasal drip and other horrific events sure to bring America to her knees.

"Dang right!  If we...uh, waitaminnit...'RE-legalizing?'"

Yep, that's what I said.  Observe Ye Olde Marketing Ploys from the days of yore:


I shall give you a moment to pick your jaw up off the floor before someone uses it as a dustpan.

You're reading that right:  At the turn of the last century, you could buy heroin, cocaine, opium or anything you had a mind to, at any local druggist or mercantile store.  Not only did you not need a prescription, you didn't even need ID.  That's right--you could send your seven-year-old down the block to pick you up some heroin cough drops, a fifth of Jack, a box of 12-gauge slugs and a pack of cigs.

And yet, not only did America somehow survive, but she continued to produce some of the smartest, toughest, most independent and charitable human beings ever to set foot on planet Earth.

There's this theory out there that says that if you give people responsibility, true responsibility...that most of them will live up to it, and the ones that don't, wouldn't have anyway.  I think the theory has been proven, in both the responsible behavior of our ancestors and the childish behavior of our descendants, who have been kept far too long in the nursery.

Just sayin.'

12 December 2010

God bless the USMC...

...and all the rest of our military who stand against evil at, if necessary, the price of their own lives.

Read this, and consider how much you owe to these brave souls.

(Via B&R)

I have got to get me one of THESE!

What do you get when you cross a dune buggy with a big freaking parachute?

A flying car.  Yes, I know there are others out there, but this is just the effort of some unknown dude without a huge amount of venture capital.  While others were saying, "it can't be done," he was busy doing it.  That's America, y'all!

Welcome to reality

Spend some time at the Market Ticker and read Denninger's latest missive.

Lives have been ruined, criminal enterprises have boomed, and now violence is increasing at a geometric rate on our border...whether the current administration wishes to admit it or not.  Simple minds see all this and say, "It's because of drugs!"  People who can see the big picture have known for years that "It's because of drug laws."

Folks, it's long, long, LONG past time to face the facts.  Drug prohibition is an absolute, unConstitutional, life-destroying, crime-enabling failure.  It's accomplishing the same things alcohol prohibition did, with the added bonus of being entirely outside the Federal government's Constitutional authority to enforce.  And too damn many 'Conservatives' continue to willfully refuse to get the point.

The same people who will--rightly--point to history to demonstrate the failures of statism, will ignore that selfsame history regarding the inevitable outcome of prohibition.  It goes beyond simple failure--it actually expands the same things it was meant to curtail.  This is not a matter of opinion.  It is a matter of indisputable, demonstrable, historical fact.

Whether you or I 'approve' of others' use of drugs is entirely and completely irrelevant.  In a free country, no one else's life is subject to your approval.  If someone steals to buy drugs, or drives under the influence, or attacks another person while high, it's the same as someone doing these things in regards to alcohol.  In each case, it is the theft, the risk to others' lives, the assault that constitute the criminal behavior, not the possession and use of intoxicants, 'approved' or not.

If you Conservatives are going to claim to stand for liberty, you need to realize that liberty is all-inclusive.  It means freedom for everybody.  Not just you.  Not just those who think like you.  Not just those you approve of.  You either stand for the right of every single peaceful person* to go about their lives the way they see fit, or you cannot logically claim to be an advocate of liberty.  What you want is a tyranny you agree with.

I've been saying this for years, but it's never been more important that you drug-warriors start listening.  Your decades of attempting to legislate morality have now brought open warfare to our very doorstep.  I'm telling you the same things we tell the socialists:  your policies have utterly and completely failed, and that's all they can do.  They do not work, they cannot work, and all they result in is loss, suffering, violence and misery.  Prove yourselves smarter than the socialists, recognize reality, and let's get to work cutting the financial legs from under these cartels.

Fast.

* For the purposes of this post, "peaceful person" is defined as someone whose actions are not causing direct, proveable harm to another person or their property.

11 December 2010

God's Chosen People?

Well, now I know why.  They have a sense of humor and they brew beer, which sets them head and shoulders above the Jihadists. 

But I just can't give up bacon...

Definition of a Progressive:

Someone who lives in mortal fear that someone, somewhere, might be running their own life.

08 December 2010

And now for something completely different

Wraith's Butt-Kicking Burger Recipe!

This is simply a base.  Mrs. Wraith has serious stomach issues, but considers this flavorful and not painful.  Feel free to add your choice of hot sauce and other stuff.

For every one pound of ground meat, add:

3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp horseradish

Mix thoroughly, cook to taste(I prefer rare), and then try to tell me your guests and family don't love 'em! 

Language warning

Ace at Ace of Spades may be rude, crude and obnoxious(not that I can point any fingers), but the man knows logic, reason and truth inside and out.

FOOD FIGHT!!!

In which I address the Left

"So where were all you conservatives when Bush was blahblahblah...?"

I am now officially fed up with that tired old crap.  Let me school you Leftists on a few matters.

First off, "Republican" does not equal "Conservative," and hasn't for a long, long time.  The last Conservative we had as President was Ronald Reagan.  George Bush 2.0 was not a Conservative.  George Bush 1.0 was not a Conservative.  Conservatives(and I include libertarians like myself in that definition) believe in limited, Constitutional government first and foremost.  Fiscal responsibility follows from the "Constitutional" part.

We Conservatives and libertarians were doing the same thing during the Bush regime that we're doing now--decrying the expansion of government and the theft of our liberty.  Just because the Leftist media didn't see fit to cover it, doesn't mean it didn't happen.  The difference now is that we are much more able to seek out and connect with our brother and sister patriots due to the explosion of the internet and its attendant social networking capabilities.  This makes us more effective, and more visible.  The LSM can't ignore us any more, which is why they've taken to demonizing us.

Unless you're a hard-core Oppressive, you might be surprised at how much you have in common with real Conservatives.  Real Conservatives don't want to run your life.  We don't want to establish a theocracy.  We don't want to take over the world.  We respect and value the inherent dignity of every human being, and believe that empowerment of the individual is the best way to ensure that every person has the opportunity to be the best they can be.

Fake-ass Conservatives--the Cocktail Party--want to run your life and steal your money, just like the Oppressives.  They may want to run different aspects of your life, and take your money for different purposes, but we consider them just as evil if not more so--at least, the Oppressives are fairly upfront about their intentions.

The Left/Right, Con/Lib, R/D paradigm is not at all how it's been presented to you.  Open your mind, do your own research, and never jump to conclusions.  What you think you know is likely wrong, and many of those you hate may one day stand up for your freedoms.  Are your opinions really yours...or are you simply echoing that which you've been taught?

Think.

07 December 2010

Another Police Blog

Better And Better joins the LawDog and B&R on my list of officers who are a credit to both their profession and the blogosphere.  (Thankfully, there's no such charge as Blogging While Intoxicated...!!)

Barack Obama may have saved America.

No, I'm not any more insane than usual.  But Peter Heck illustrates why Obama serves as America's sorely-needed wake-up call.

I touched on this a while ago, but Mr. Heck proves far more eloquent than I.

(HT iOTW)

Chicken Soup for the Palinista's Soul II

Sundance Cracker once again brings the truth.

Every time we elect a Romney or McCain or allow the virus of doubt insinuated by the likes of a Karl Rove or the legacy media to occupy our better judgment we compromise something. We surrender, we expose our soft underbellies to elitism. All above and so much more are people who are essentially of the elitist class. They all have something to loose, POWER, and by consequence wealth.

...

See it is time to make the choice. Right now; and I believe this is the last time you and I will have choices. You have to choose not what these morally entitled elitists are telling you is right for you, which is them telling you what is right because it benefits them or their agenda, but what is not right and right for you. You still have this instrument of Liberty, your instrument of independence and freedom.
...

There so many of them, they are all really the same, left right middle, it don’t matter, they hold all the power and wealth, they are omnipotent and full of arrogance, they are not our friends or our allies, they are of an entirely separate class beholden to none of us but try everything to make us believe we are one of them, they are our best friends. Think about the lies and bullshit they all feed us with their silver spoons, but never allow that spoon to leave their grasp.

RTWT @ HoneyTrail.

05 December 2010

Progressivism dissected

Arnold Ahlert analyzes the motivations and, more importantly, the consequences of ProgOppressivism.

As the four recent examples, along with others occurring all over the world illustrate, a group of like-minded "thinkers" is emerging.  It is a group composed in equal parts of economic illiteracy and pathological self-entitlement.  Only an utter fool—or a dedicated progressive—would riot or strike because someone else can no longer afford to underwrite your lifestyle.

What part of "running out of other people's money" don't the complainers understand?
 
Such a complete disconnect from reality doesn't happen on its own. 

It is where moral relativism, the cornerstone of progressive thinking, inevitably leads.  Decades of teaching people that the state is their bottomless benefactor hasn't just ruined economies around the globe.  It has ruined the people themselves.  Economies eventually recover.

Can people recover their dignity and character?
RTWT @ Human Events.



(H/T iOTW)

I missed this the first time around

Courtesy of Don't Tread On Mike, I bring you Erica Goldson's graduation speech.  This young lady, indeed wiser beyond her years than she gives herself credit for, explains exactly why our children will never be truly educated by America's public schools.  No matter how much money is wasted, how many programs are offered, how many teachers we hire--the system itself is broken.

04 December 2010

Things you're likely going to need to know.

Soon.

While putzing about in my SiteMeter, I noticed more than a few referrals from Something Wicked Comes.  I have no idea why this incredibly useful Prepper site would link to my demented collection of ramblings, but once you're done rolling your eyes at my snarkitude, you'd do well to head on over there and take some notes.

Maybe nothing will happen.  Maybe things will go rolling right along with no serious interruption of our lifestyles.  But if things go sideways, you'll have a much better chance of getting yourself and your loved ones through it with some simple skills, knowledge and preparation.

Your call.

Abstruse Goose.

"Do what now?"

It's the newest comic on my Comics list.  Geek humor that sometimes gives you pause for thought.  Like this.

We've gone from ENIAC to the ready availability of pocket-sized devices that function as a phone, camera, video recording studio, text messager, television and computer.  These devices are so widespread, many people can't imagine life without one.  And this has happened within the memory of people living today.

Sometimes, it's a good thing to consider the wonders of the modern world.

There's only one solution to this tragedy...

Crossbow control.  Yep, Canada needs total, unilateral crossbow control.  Every single crossbow in Canada needs to be banned or heavily regulated to the point where you can't so much as look at one without 100 official permits.  This will certainly stop anyone else from ever being murdered anywhere in Canada. 

They'd better pass it quickly, before things get worse!

A salute to those who matter...

...rather than those who only think they do.

John Nolte (with a little help from the Motor City Madman) posits:  Who are these elitist whiners to criticize anyone, let alone great Americans like Governor Palin?  What have they done for anyone?  In whose mind, other than their own, do they make the slightest difference to the world in general and America in particular?

Good questions.

(H/T HoneyTrail)

I don't get it.

Why?  What makes a country so suicidal that it will energetically aid and abet its own destruction?  How can a supposedly civilized nation throw its gates open and hand the keys to the barbarians?


(H/T NewZeal, a blog everyone should be following closely.)

RED ALERT...READ THIS NOW

The White House wants budgetary transfer authority.

For those of you who don't get why this is important, it means that when funds are appropriated by Congress, the Obama regime will be able to spend them solely as it sees fit.  The normal Constitutional check against a runaway Executive branch, by defunding unpopular legislation, will no longer exist.

Spread the word.  If this passes, the Republic is lost.

03 December 2010

02 December 2010

Can we impeach an AG?

OK, like for serious and stuff...if we can't remove Eric Holder for being either stupid, crazy or evil, then our system is Teh Brokenz0rz.  The phenomenal Michele Bachmann lays it out for us.

We are supposed to be a nation of "Laws, not Men."  A country based upon standards that everyone, regardless of race, color, gender, orientation, creed, faith or style of undergarments must adhere to.  When the law of the land is cast aside in favor of Political Correctness, our Republic is in deep doo-doo indeed.

(H/T Marooned In Marin)

Disillusionment and hope

Well, I've tried like hell to stay out of this whole mess, but it looks like HillBuzz isn't exactly all it was cracked up to be.  A massive defection occurred recently, spawning a new site populated by many of the ex-Buzzers.  The rundown is here.

I cannot, in all good concience, leave HB on my list of blogs.  However, I will not delete the posts or links concerning the site.  Perhaps I was taken in, but so were a lot of folks.  It happens.  While Mr. DuJan's character may be questionable, he remains one hell of a convincing writer.  No matter his motivations, he inspired a whole lot of people to a whole lot of great things.  What turned my life around wasn't Mr. DuJan's writing so much as the wonderful Americans it attracted.  And though the veil has been lifted, that crew of wonderful people still hang together and look out for each other.

Maybe "unintended consequences" is just another term for "God's will."  Drop by HoneyTrail and meet some fine people!

UPDATE:  HoneyTrail has now become The Last Refuge, due to infiltration by backstabbing jerks.

Bush this, Bush that...

OK, I have my own issues with Bush 2.0.  But they're based on principle, not party.  Let's see you Leftists hold to your own standards and ask yourselves, "What if Bush...?"

(Linked post likely SFW(unless you work for HuffPo et al).  Rest of blog, not so much.)

01 December 2010

Yes, this will make you cry.

Read it anyway.  And then give thanks to God for people like Ambulance Driver, who somehow manage to serve the public in these their darkest hours while somehow keeping their sanity.

It's not a pleasant picture that AD draws, but it is reality--a reality many of us are insulated from and rarely think about until we meet it unexpectedly.

Welcome to my blogroll, Ambulance Driver--you're one powerful wordsmith.