Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Complete Societal Reversal

Behold the reversal in our society. From "colored bathrooms" to "no-whites Waffle House" in just 50 years.

Guess what? Both are racist.
WEST POINT, Miss. (TheBlaze/AP) — The police chief in West Point, Mississippi, says he expects an arrest soon in what police are investigating as an aggravated assault that left Ralph Weems IV, a 32-year-old former Marine and Iraq war veteran, hospitalized with a brain injury. (...) 
David Knighten of West Point says he and Weems, who also lives in the city of 12,300, apparently were followed to the Huddle House from a Waffle House where Weems had argued with other patrons. 
Knighten told AP on Sunday that a man had waved him over outside a Waffle House and told him politely that people were upset by the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and it wasn’t a safe place for whites. When he went in, he said, Weems was inside and was arguing with other men. 
They left after an argument that brought police, Knighten said.
That was about 1 a.m., according to police. 
On the way to Weems’ house, Knighten said, they went into a Huddle House restaurant with a nearly vacant parking lot. 
However, he said, they apparently had been followed by more than 20 people.
“From what we have seen from surveillance video and from what other witnesses say, it doesn’t appear it’s going to be nearly that many,” Brinkley said. 
In an updated version of its story, the Associated Press seemingly removed comments from Knighten recalling “racial slurs being yelled from the crowd.” When he got outside, he said Weems was on the ground being kicked by a group of attackers.
Knighten says he has broken bones in his face, a cut over his left eye and a blood clot in his right eye.
(Original, popup-filled source article at The Blaze.)

Friday, August 22, 2014

What to Do about JPFO?

Lots of rancor from people I respect about the possibility of the Jews for Preservation of Firearms Ownership being taken over by the Second Amendment Foundation.

I'm torn here.  I am a longtime Gentile monetary and emotional supporter of JPFO.  I also have sent money to SAF, and am glad for what they have done for the cause of firearms freedom with the Heller, McDonald, Ezell, and Drake cases.  And I love, love the lady Claire Wolfe.  I have read most of her books on freedom, and try to take her advice to heart.  Her Backwoods Home column is always a good read.  And, I like the work David Codrea's been doing for JPFO.  I think it is in the spirit of Aaron Zelman.

But-- this kind of intramural rancor makes me sad.  You sure won't see gun-grabber organizations fighting it out in public.  They may have their private disagreements, but they will unite for the cause.

Shamefully, we apparently can't, because of a personal dislike of Alan Gottlieb by Aaron Zelman, two men whose work I cheered.  So, what to do?

I did sign the petition to keep JPFO independent.  But forgive me if I don't think this is the end of the world if the merger happens.

UPDATE: Oh dear, a very public food fight ensues (see the comments).  This is not good for the cause, people.

UPDATE 2: A reasonable set of compromises.  Yes, possibly.  JPFO does do 2nd Amendment education very well, SAF does indeed do litigation very well, GOA does do legislative vigilance very well, and NRA is excellent at training.  Maybe people should major in their good at.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Federal System and the Scalability of Autocracy

Francis Porretto is among the smartest people Ol' Backwoods knows, even if that acquaintance has been limited to conversations on the 'Net.
" The number of things the federal system attempts to control is simply beyond the power of any central authority to manage or control. Special interests routinely dominate decision making. Perhaps 98% of Washington's demesne should be delegated to smaller systems -- the original point of a federal system. "
Read it all: "Scailures" 

Suspension of Presumption of Innocence?

What's next, suspension of habeas corpus?  This man has not even been indicted, much less given a trial by a jury of his peers.  The Constitutional order in America appears to be ending.

Liberty News: OUTRAGE: MO Governor Ignores “Innocent Until Proven Guilty,” Calls For “Vigorous Prosecution” of Officer Darren Wilson (VIDEO) 

Monday, August 18, 2014

"Not Really All That Smart"

Ol' Backwoods read an interview in a trade magazine with Dr. Stephen Maas, whose book on nonlinear RF circuits is considered to be a foundational text in my field.  I was fascinated by this quote, which I totally identify with.  (Sorry about the pic; Penton does not allow text copying from the PDF version of their magazine.  Stupid.)

It's ironic: a guy whose work I totally "geek out on" thinks he's "really not all that smart", and
"had to learn how to dig into a subject and explain it to myself."  That's how I view myself, too.

Just goes to show: sometimes effort really is more important than intelligence.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

This is America, August 2014

Full-on looting, with the politically-correct and running-scared-from-the-media oath-breaking cops not doing a single thing to stop it.  One more reason to get armed and stay armed, citizens.

RAW Instagram video of looting in Ferguson, MO last night.

The fit appears to be hitting the shan.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Who is 'Maximalist', Mr. President? The Republicans? Or YOU?

If he's complaining about it, he's doing it:

“The president mused, the biggest threat to America — the only force that can really weaken us — is us,” said the interviewer, Thomas Friedman [a commie]. 
“Our politics are dysfunctional… societies don't work if political factions take maximalist positions,” said Obama, who repeatedly claims to be a moderate stymied by the GOP’s supposed obstructionism and radicalism. 
“And the more diverse the country is, the less it can afford to take maximalist positions,” Obama added.
“Increasingly politicians are rewarded for taking the most extreme maximalist positions… and sooner or later, that catches up with you,” Obama warned.
(Emphasis from Ol' Backwoods.)

Notice the repetition of that word.  I believe this is code being sent out to all the Lefties. Here's the definition of 'maximalist':
one who advocates immediate and direct action to secure the whole of a program or set of goals
If Obama is griping about the Republicans being "maximalist", then that is exactly the tack his administration is on.

The Left generally operates incrementally.  Except when they know that their time of maximum power is coming to an end, and they must consolidate their gains to prevent the other party/ideology coming to power and spoiling all their plans.  That is what the throwing open the borders, and campaigning for the immigration of the "children" is all about.  The Left must secure a new constituency, or they will not hold on to power.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

To: Sactimonious Leftist Re: Race

   "I wanted nothing but to be left in peace, to get along with my neighbors as best I can regardless of the color of their skins.  
   You refused to permit it. You've emphasized race at every opportunity. You've harped on racial injustices in the distant past as if they were the doing of contemporary whites. You've taught American blacks and Hispanics to think of themselves as helpless victims of "Whitey."  
   You've agitated ceaselessly for racial preferences in the law, and you've usually gotten them. You've excused non-white criminals, traitors, and other miscreants on the grounds that "they couldn't do otherwise in this oppressive society."  
   You've granted a wholly undeserved degree of respect to racialist hucksters like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Julian Bond, Toure, Melissa Harris-Perry, and hundreds of others. You've used ordinary words and idioms as justifications for destroying decent men's lives and careers.  
   You've used cries of "racism!" to silence anyone who disagrees with you about anything. Worst of all, you've got everyone in the whole damned country seeing race everywhere, and afraid to speak his mind if it might somehow touch on that subject. But now that whites are showing some racial consciousness, voting and relocating and arming to protect our own from the groups you've sheltered and coddled, you find that you dislike what you've wrought?"
Fran Porretto is awesome.    Read it all.