Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Teach Your Children Well - “Tools for Vigilence” Edition

Brigid, at Home on the Range, has a wonderful essay up titled Tools for Vigilence - What My Parents Taught Me, which, as I read through it, made me think that my parents would have gotten along, quite well, with her parents, as the similarity of the lessons Brigid was taught, while growing up, appeared to be much the same lessons I was taught.  Well, except that when my Mum washed my mouth out with soap, for swearing, it was not washed out with so mild a bar soap as Ivory, but rather with a golden bar of Dial soap, authoritatively scraped for accumulative effect.  From Brigid’s essay.

You can say all you want about what our youth are exposed to, violent video games, bloodshed, sex and violence on TV. But I truly believe that as children, what moral imperatives initially form in us are in response to parenting, not society or entertainment…

We were children, but we knew there was a moral code to this world and that the world as well, did not revolve around our every need and happiness. It was how our parents were raised, and how we were raised. Our parents clothed us, loved us, praised us and punished us, not without thought and not with unwarranted decree, but in a manner firm enough it definitely got our attention.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/26 at 02:16 PM
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Breeding Defiance, One Gun Law At A Time

Interesting article at Reason.com, written by J.D. Tuccille, titled Gun Restrictions Have Always Bred Defiance, Black Markets, which ends this way.

Given a choice between complying with restrictions on firearms ownership and defying the law, a clear majority of people in most jurisdictions have chosen rebellion. The tighter the law, the more obvious the rebellion, to the point that the vast majority of firearms in civilian hands in Europe are owned outside the law.

If history is any judge, that’s probably a good thing. But even if you don’t agree, this is a world in which civilians are well-armed, and intent on staying that way.

The article runs 7 pages.  All are worth reading.

Linked via Claire Wolfe.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/26 at 11:43 AM
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Statist Conservative Lemmings

Almost without exception, calls are being made throughout the conservative media and blogoshpere for the prosecution of NBC correspondent Dick Gregory for “brandishing” a 30 round AR-15 magazine clip on the teevee news, and the DC police are the case.

William A. Jacobsen, who runs the blog Legal Insurrection, has a post up which stresses The importance of prosecuting David Gregory if he violated D.C.’s gun law.

These statist conservative lemming calls for the prosecution of Gregory for having a 30 round AR-15 clip in his hand are as ridiculous as the “law” which allegedly prohibits an individual from owning a 30 round AR-15 clip in the jurisdiction in which the alleged “crime” took place.  Both the calls for prosecuting Gregory, and the “law” prohibiting ownership of a 30 round AR-15 clip, should be mocked unceasingly.

Link to Jacobsen’s piece via InstaPundit, whom also toes the statist line.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/26 at 10:38 AM
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Lamed Vav

Roger L. Simon has a piece at PJ Media titled ‘The Last of the Just’ in Belgium, which includes a video of a Belgium town hall meeting in which one man, and one man only, stands up to denouce the installation of two new town council members who are Islamist and proponents of Shariah Law.  As Simon notes, and as the video illustrates, not one other individual stands to support this man’s denunciation.  Not one.  In fact, all those attending appear to be as docile as sheep, while the president of the council orders the man to “Shut up!,” “Get out!,” and one spectator avows to the man ““Sir, this is democracy.,” as if, because it is “democracy,” it somehow justifies majority mob rule.

Simon wonders if this Belgium man is one of the Lamed Vav of Jewish talmudic tradition, one of the thirty-six.  I don’t know the answer to Simon’s wondering, but I do think that this Belgium man is one of “The Remnant,” as described in a story by Albert J. Nock titled Isaiah’s Job, which I previously mentioned here.

The line of differentiation between the masses and the Remnant is set invariably by quality, not by circumstance. The Remnant are those who by force of intellect are able to apprehend these principles, and by force of character are able, at least measurably, to cleave to them. The masses are those who are unable to do either.

I do not know if this Belgium man is one of the Lamed Vav, or “The Remnant,” but I do know, that like this Belgium man, I will stand in defiance and speak boldly against those attempting to restrict my freedom, and yours.

More on the Lamed Vav here.

Link to Simon’s piece via Neanderpundit.

Posted by John Venlet on 12/26 at 09:20 AM
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