Friday, January 13, 2012

Self-defense Quote of the Day, or, The Reality of Policing

The headline out of Florida reads as follows.

Florida senior citizen shoots, kills suspected burglar

The 82-year-old resident did something that the criminal justice system couldn’t do,” said Mike Chitwood, the chief of Daytona Beach police. “And that’s put this burglar out of business this morning.”

Via Doug at Sondrakistan.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/13 at 09:21 AM
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Rising Perception of “Class Conflict” or Temporary TOMA

According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, the results of which are published under the somewhat inflammatory headline Rising Share of Americans See Conflict Between Rich and Poor, Americans’ perceptions of class conflict has become part of the “national consciousness.”

I wonder, is this actually the case, or, is this alleged rising perception of “class conflict” among Americans just a temporary top of the mind awareness (TOMA), due to the news cycle bombardment regarding the OWS movement, including words of encouragement and acknowledgement from public officials, including Obama’s public references to “class conflict,” around the time the survey was conducted (December 6 - December 19, 2011).  You know, kind of like when you’re in the market for a new set of tires, or car battery, and for some reason you seem to be especially aware of tire or car battery advertisements because they’re at the top of your mind?

UPDATE:  James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal in the Best of the Web for January 12, 2012, The Phony Class War.

The perception of “class conflict” has grown because the media have paid the putative conflict so much attention. They have done so in part for ideological reasons—lefty journalists have had a weird preoccupation with “income inequality” for as long as we can remember—but also in part because it’s newsworthy, especially when the president of the United States is trying to foment class war.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/12 at 12:06 PM
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A Sharp Dressed Man

My Dad was a sharp dressed man, and I took my cues from him.  Here he is wooing my Mum.  The story is, he walked into the bakery where she worked and told her he was going to marry her.  And he did.


Posted by John Venlet on 01/12 at 09:00 AM
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Politics, Religion, The Jefferson Bible and Advice from Thomas Jefferson

Many individuals will think that politics and religion have only been seriously mixing it up in elections over the past six or seven decades, when in fact politics and religion have been mixing it up since America’s founding.

The Los Angeles Times has an interesting op-ed on this subject titled Jefferson’s Bible, which notes that Thomas Jefferson himself was attacked for his religious beliefs due to statements he made in his book Notes on the State of Virginia during the elections of 1800.

The op-ed then seques into the history of Jefferson’s book The Jefferson Bible itself, of which I have this particular linked volume, and it is an interesting little read and compilation, as is the op-ed.

But it was this advice, noted in the op-ed, Jefferson offered in his previously mentioned work, Notes on the State of Virginia, which I wanted to put down here.

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

Additionally, there is this thought which Jefferson shared in correspondence with John Adams.

...on the subject of religion, a subject on which I have been most scrupulously reserved.  I have considered it as a matter between every man and his maker in which no other, and far less the public had a right to inter-meddle.

Thomas Jefferson, The Jefferson Bible - The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, Boston, MA, Beacon Press, 1989, Introduction pg.22

Link to op-ed via Claire Wolfe’s Monday miscellany

Posted by John Venlet on 01/11 at 02:11 PM
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Recycle Your Christmas Tree, with an Edge

In my neighborhood, Christmas trees started showing up on the curb the day after Christmas to be gathered for recycling.  The city then comes and picks up these trees and turns them into wood chips.  In other areas here in Michigan, towns and cities gather up the Christmas trees, weight them down and toss them into the lakes to create artificial reefs for the fish.  But here’s a Christmas tree recycling idea from The Slingshot Channel with a bit of an edge.  Turn your Christmas tree into a deadly slingshot crossbow! (YouTube viddie 6:07)

I liked it.  I wonder what The Sling Shot Man thinks of this slingshot?

Linked via Weird Universe.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hillsdale College’s Constitution 101

Via LauraB, The Trooper’s Gal, I learned that Hillsdale College is offering, free of charge, a 10 week online course titled Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution.

This will be a series of lectures of about 40 minutes apiece.  Constitution 101’s Schedule.

Like LauraB, I am interested in what this series of lectures will bring out.  The 10 week course begins February 20, 2012.  You can register for Constitution 101 here, if you’re interested.

UPDATE:  Corrected link to lecture series schedule.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/10 at 02:12 PM
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Here’s An Honest Tip For Ya

Daphne’s, of Jaded Haven, complete post titled I Love This Child.

A question on my fifth grader’s math worksheet.

    The Jones family ate dinner out last Sunday. The bill was $25.50. Mr. Jones left a 50% tip. Do you think this is too much? Explain your answer.

His complete answer.

    I honestly don’t care how much he paid.


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Life Lessons

Fred Lapides links to a post titled 50 Lessons I wish I had learned earlier which lists a good number of aphorisms many of us will already be aware familiar with.  But there were a couple which I was not familiar with and thought worth posting here.

44.  What lies before us and behind us are tiny matters when compared to what lies within us.

45.  Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines

Posted by John Venlet on 01/10 at 10:35 AM
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Lenin’s Theory of Four and Eight Proven

Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.


Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.


Lenin’s theory of


education, as outlined in the above two quotes, which I have deemed the Theory of Four and Eight, has been proven by economics professor Jack Chambless of Valencia College, who tasked approximately 180 of his students with writing a 10 minute essay on the meaning of the American Dream and how the dream should be achieved.

While approximately ten percent (10%) of the students expressed a desire for the government to tax less and butt out of their lives (these students were immediately selected for additional intensive remedial training as expression of such wishes is most definitely a dream), over eighty percent (80%) of the students expressed wishes which decidely proves Lenin’s Theory of Four and Eight.  To wit.

*Free Tuition and Health Care
*Money for a House
*Money for Retirement
*Money for Me (After Taxing Rich People)

So there you have it, folks, Amerika has proven Lenin’s Theory of Four and Eight and is reaping what it has sown in spades.

You can watch the full video report (5:02) at GunRights4US in a post titled Our kids have been brainwashed - The Gimmie Generation is here, which he linked via Causapatet.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/10 at 09:41 AM
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Monday, January 09, 2012

Another Rat Heeds the Call

Billy Beck’s recent post “Now Hear This”, quoting Mencken in regards to Barney Frank.

“When the water reaches the gunwales, follow the rats.”

Another rat, White House Chief of Staff William Daley, heeds the call.

Water just might be pouring over the gunwales.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/09 at 03:26 PM
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A Brief Exchange At Lowe’s

One of the errands needing completing today was a run to Lowe’s for some furnace filters and black oil sunflower seeds, for my backyard bird friends.  Well, except for the English sparrows.

As I stroll briskly and decidely into the store, attired in Winter gear and dark sunglasses, heading for the bird seed section, I pass a Lowe’s employee heading in the opposite direction, and he say’s to me “Good morning, how ya doin’ today,” as we pass.  I reply to him, as he continues on his way and me on mine, “Excellent, thank you very much sir, how ‘bout yourself?,” and I think nothing more of it and hear no other reply.

After grabbing a twenty pound bag of seed, I head back the way I came to briskly stroll to the furnace filter section of the store, which, naturally, is on the other side of the store.  As I purposefully stride that direction, here comes the individual who initially greeted me.  He puts his hand out to me, we firmly shake hands, and he says, “I knew you were a guy who would help someone out, and I can see by that bird seed in your hand that I was right.”

What could I say except “Thank you.”

Posted by John Venlet on 01/09 at 01:24 PM
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That Young Oklahoma Mom, Help Her Out If You Can

Most readers here, and elsewhere for that matter, are already aware of the story of the young Oklahoma mother who just lost her husband on Christmas day and then was forced to defend her young daughter and herself from an armed home invader by killing the armed invader, which I mentioned here.

Via Tam, via Rational Gun, who posts a few words regarding an individual criticizing a photo taken of the young Oklahoma woman shortly after her life altering encounter, I learn that a fund has been established to assist her drastically changed life.

If you’re able, lend a hand.  If unable, hold her in your thoughts and prayers.

Here’s where you can donate, if able.

Sarah D. McKinley Donation Account
C/O Chickasha Bank & Trust
P.O. BOX 1307
Chickasha, OK 73023
(405) 222-0550

Rational Gun has checked this out and states it’s legit.  I’ve gotta go and get a money order made out.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/09 at 11:12 AM
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Marketing Pink Princesses and Super Heroes

I’m going to be a Grandpa for the first time in the not too distant future, and it’s going to be a baby girl.  I’m certain this new little girl will get her fair share of pink stuff; though bless my daughter’s heart for attempting to limit this pink stuff avalanche from the git go; but this Grandpa will be buying her super heroes, especially after watching a short viddie that Karen De Coster has up of a little girl adroitly analyzing the marketing of pink princesses.  The viddie is posted under the heading A Child Says, “Marketing Tricks Us”.  The viddie runs 1:11.

My soon-to-be granddaughter will also get fly fishing gear and adventures from her Grandpa, firearm training, camping experiences, solid doses of self-reliance training, and a whole lotta love.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/09 at 10:02 AM
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Candlelight Violence Quote

DirtCrashr, from his post Light A Candle To Stop Violence.

Violence isn’t an existential abstract *thing* unto itself that floats around in the air like a cloud raining here and there and making some unfortunate people terribly unhappy.  It’s real and personal and committed by people with evil in their heart, not things.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/09 at 07:28 AM
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Sunday, January 08, 2012

In Name or In Spirit

The nation of soldiers, magistrates, and legislators, who composed the thirty-five tribes of the Roman people, was dissolved into the common mass of mankind and confounded with the millions of servile provincials, who had received the name without adopting the spirit of Romans. (italics by ed.)

Edward Gibbon,The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume One, New York, Random House, The Modern Library, pg. 168

What does it mean to be an American?  The answers are many and varied, if you delve into any of the opinions at the link which is that question, and this subject has been on my mind since I read that Gibbon’s comment which opens this post on Friday.

A good number of individuals are embarrassed to say they are Americans, for one reason or another, and of those I’ve read who are embarrassed to say they are an American, most would fall into that category which Gibbon suggests to us as being an American in name only, entirely lacking in the spirit of individual rights and responsiblities.  The American spirit.

Does being an American simply consist of being able to pass the American Citizenship Test?  Which you can actually practice for at that link.  Some individuals would say that this is all it takes, or even insist upon, but they would be wrong.  It is not the passing of a test and the receipt of a piece of paper which makes individuals into Americans.

Being an American is something that is within you, in your psyche, as AM notes in his recent post The slow collapse into the soft dark ages…., and the not insurmountable problem is how can this spirit be inculcated into larger and larger numbers of individuals who may be American in name only, or are embarrassed to admit they are Americans.

Posted by John Venlet on 01/08 at 03:56 PM
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