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Movie Quotes – Day 206

Today, my jurisdiction ends here. — Silverado

There has to be a limit.  There has to be a place where we tell our public servants “This far, and no further”.  They have to be taught to respect that, either in the courthouse or at the ballot box.  The first step in rolling back the more outrageous abuses is to keep them from spreading.  Maybe we can remove the chains they’ve put on us, maybe not, but we won’t get anywhere until we stop their advance.

News Roundup

  • From the “Dumbass” Department – A man in Colorado was arrested hours after he allegedly robbed a bank wearing a shirt with his name on it.  Reports are that he will be clothed in jail with an “I’m with Stupid” shirt, only the arrow will pointing up.
  • From the “Been There” Department – A woman in Washington was arrested recently when she failed to stop for a police officer.  What drew the officer’s attention was her boyfriend taking a flying leap out of the car to avoid arguing with her.  All I can say is that I know the feeling.
  • From the “Demon Rum” Department – A man in Washington was arrested when he broke into a home and refused to leave, all while taking drinks from a bottle of whiskey.  It appears that Otis thought he was at a a friend’s house, but missed his turn and was 10 miles away from his expected destination.  I’m assuming that he brought the booze with him, since I expect that a teenager seeing someone drinking his father’s whiskey would have put that knife to good use.
  • From the “ChooChoo” Department – The Obama administration has decreed that railroads must use stronger rail cars to transport flammable liquids such as crude oil.  Railroads will have two years to comply with the new regulations, which mandate phasing out older cars, added armor on new cars, and bags of kitty litter strapped to the sides.  If only there were a way to move mass quantities of liquids from one part of the continent to another. You know, like a line of pipes, with these stations that have pumps.
  • From the “Oopsie” Department – A woman in California had a surprise recently when a large advertisement banner fell on her house.  It appears that the banner, which was advertising for an insurance company, broke free from the plane towing it.  No word yet on casualties, although there are unconfirmed reports that the pilot was found badly bruised and covered in gecko bites.
  • From the “Callback” Department – In my last roundup, I talked about the vials of smallpox virus that were found in a defunct lab. Now, the same scientist who found that cache of doom has repeated the feat.  Over 300 vials of pathogens were found at a NIH facility in Maryland, and the government has promised swift action to make sure such things never happen again.  New federal guidelines forbidding the cleaning out of storage rooms have already been drafted and published.
  • From the “Knowledge is Power” Department – A Pennsylvania woman is facing jail time after being arrested in New Jersey for having her gun on her with hollow point bullets in it.  While I believe that the law is garbage, I have to side with New Jersey on this one.  If the law is on the books, then she ought to have known it and planned accordingly.  Your concealed carry license is only good in the states that recognize it, and you have to follow the law when you travel.  If her concealed carry instructor didn’t tell her that, then shame on both of them.
  • From the “Conundrum” Department – A judge in California has found that state’s death penalty unconstitutional due to the long wait that condemned prisoners go through while their multiple appeals go through.  You see, it’s cruel to execute them immediately after trial because they have the right to appeal their conviction, but it’s also cruel to make them wait until all of the appeals that they initiate wend their way through the governor’s office and the courts.  Wait, what?
  • From the “Self-Inflicted” Department – A woman in Florida has been awarded $23 billion in a lawsuit against a tobacco company.  It would appear that her father never bothered to read the side of a pack of cigarettes, read the newspaper, or watch the TV news after 1952, so he did not know that cigarettes were bad for you.  While he did try on multiple occasions to quit, he was never successful.  While I feel for her, and I believe that at least a few generations of tobacco company executives were slime, nobody put a gun to his head and told him to light up.
  • From the “NIMBY” Department – A shooting range in New York, which had been in business for 73 years, was recently shut down after the utility company that owned the land terminated its lease.  It appears that pressure on Con Edison had mounted over the years as homes were built next to the range.  My question is this:  If you don’t want to deal with the noise and such that such a facility brings with it, why did you build a McMansion next to it in the first place?  Then again, I was raised right and have common sense, so maybe I’m asking too much here.
  • From the “Hypocracy” Department – First Lady Michelle Obama, taking a break from her hectic schedule of spot checking the consistency of the gruel fed to school children, recently had a bit of cognitive dissonance.  During a speech when she decried the influence of money in the political process, she asked her audience to “write the biggest, fattest check” they could.  In follow-up comments, Mrs. Obama decried the violence in Ukraine, then asked the audience to “kill a Commie for Mommy”.  She also suggested that they support the Palestinian movement by keeping kosher, and to help the President advance his gun control agenda by joining the NRA.
  • From the “Hubris” Department – A man in Maryland was arrested after talking trash on social media over whether or not the police could catch him.  Remember, pride goeth before the fall, and, to paraphrase Chris Rock, if the police have to come looking for you, they’re bringing an ass-kicking with them.
  • From the “Customer Service” Department – A used car dealership in Florida decided to refund a customer the cost of some repairs, which should have been covered under warranty, with pennies.  The woman had complained to the DMV about the companies refusal to cover labor on the repair, and the DMV had ordered the refund.  While perfectly legal, this shows just how little the company cares about people buying cars from them.   Hopefully making them famous on the web will help others avoid them, and hopefully the owner comes down with a bad case of ocular hemorrhoids.

Movie Quotes – Day 205

They were both poisoned. I spent the last few years building up an immunity to iocane powder. — The Princess Bride

Find a way to succeed.  Scratch, bite, claw, cheat, steal, whatever it takes.  If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing whatever it takes to finish the job.  Remember, if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.

Today’s Earworm

Movie Quotes – Day 204

In the future, in place of “search and destroy,” substitute the phrase “sweep and clear.” Got it? — Full Metal Jacket

They’re not illegal aliens, they’re undocumented immigrants.  It’s not police brutality and harassment, it’s an aggressive response to someone resisting arrest.  It’s not a wholesale attempt by the government to control what a consenting adult uses to change their mood or how they feel, its a War on Drugs.   It’s not a rifle, it’s an assault weapon.  I’m not a concerned citizen who believes that things have gotten out of hand and that we should use every legal method we can to right the ship of state, I’m a potential domestic terrorist.

Words matter, especially when being used to influence the attitudes of the masses.  Yeah, those who use guns know that “assault weapon” and “high capacity magazines” are buzzwords.  The same goes for “limited operations”, “budget cuts”, and “government reform”.  All of these things are misleading ways of saying “we are going to screw the greatest number of you possible with the smallest number of you realizing it.”  But does the average citizen watching the 6 o’clock news know that?  We have to take back the language if we are to make any headway in taking back our country.

Press Release

I got this from the NRA this morning.  I’m passing it on because I think voting is one of the most important things you can do as a citizen.  To put it bluntly, my ancestors didn’t come to this country so that I could sit on the sidelines and gaze at my navel on election day.  If you’re not registered, time is running out for this year’s cycle.  Get off your butt and get registered.

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National Rifle Association’s Freedom Action Foundation Announces 2014 “Trigger the Vote” Voter Registration Campaign

Honorary Chairman Chuck Norris Will Lead the Campaign to Defend our Freedom

Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association’s Freedom Action Foundation (NRA-FAF) announced the kickoff of its 2014 “Trigger the Vote” voter registration campaign, and also unveiled its captivating new ad, “Father and Son,” which can be viewed here.

The campaign once again enjoys the support of Honorary Chairman Chuck Norris, and will soon be releasing exclusive new videos featuring Norris that can’t be seen anywhere else.

One of the missions of NRA-FAF is to protect the Second Amendment through a vigorous non-partisan voter registration program. The initial “Trigger the Vote” campaign was introduced in 2009, and it has expanded in scope and reach in every election cycle since.  The program uses a variety of means of communications to connect gun owners and Second Amendment supporters with tools to facilitate the voter registration process, and ensure that they are prepared to cast an informed ballot on Election Day.  Trigger the Vote field teams have been visiting events across the nation since May of this year to register new voters in person.

This year, Trigger the Vote is also releasing its redesigned website, www.TriggerTheVote.org . The site has new, robust user-friendly tools to help gun owners and Second Amendment supporters easily register to vote, check to make sure their existing registration is current, as well as locate their polling place.

“The Freedom Action Foundation is one of the most critical parts of the NRA,” explained NRA-FAF President Chris W. Cox. “Through its valuable work, the NRA is able to reach millions of freedom-loving Americans and ensure that they are prepared to exercise their right to vote.”

To learn more about Trigger the Vote and how you can be a part of it, please visit www.TriggerTheVote.org .

100 Years on – Ultimatums

On July 23, 1914, Austria-Hungary sent an ultimatum to Serbia over the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo by Serbian nationalists.  Basically, Austria-Hungary demanded that Serbia surrender its sovereignty in regards to how it dealt with Austria-Hungary, that Austrian officers be part of the investigation into Serbian involvement in the assassination, and that government officials in Serbia be arrested.  The Serbs were given 48 hours to unconditionally comply.  Serbia, in an attempt to avert war, ascquiesced to these demands, except for the point that Austrian officers be allowed to investigate Serbian citizens.  Austria-Hungary began preparing for war with Serbia.

Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on July 28, beginning a conflict that would kill millions and throw most of the world into chaos for the better part of a century.  Russia, the self-styled protector of the slavic people, partially mobilized its military against Austria-Hungary on July 28, and called a full mobilization on July 30.  Germany responded with mobilization of its own.

All this came to a head on August 1, as Germany declared war on Russia.  Germany occupied Luxembourg on August 2, the same day it demanded that neutral Belgium allow German troops to transit the country on their way to France.  Finally, Germany declared war on France on August 3, giving Great Britain a reason to go to war with Germany.

A final ultimatum was sent by the British to Germany on August 4, demanding that Germany leave Belgium immediately, and that a response from the German government must be sent within hours.  As the time limit for this ultimatum ended, Great Britain entered the war, bringing in the last great power that would fight in the war until 1917.

Between all of these events was a flurry of diplomacy, both to head off the war and to encourage it.  Calls for multilateral conferences were made and ignored, as were offers for one-on-one negotiations.  From reading about the work of the diplomats, half of them seem almost naive in their belief that a general war could be avoided, if not war altogether, while the other half seem almost evil in their machinations to goad the nations of Europe into the fire.

As I read the history of this period, the thing that strikes me is how apathetic a lot of the leadership seemed to be when it came to preventing the war and how much a slave to the process of going to war they were.

Austria could have accepted the answer from Serbia.  Russia could have stayed out of the war by telling the Serbs to take their lumps for killing the Austro-Hungarian successor.  Germany could definitely have kept to its own business by not mobilizing against Russia and by not invading Luxembourg and Belgium.  Great Britain could have been more forceful in its efforts to deter Germany and Austria.  All of these countries’ leaders seem to have ridden the wave of history, rather than directing it.

Once the dominoes of mobilization and ultimatums began to fall, all of these leaders refused to pull out the next one in order to stop the avalanche.  Wilhelm, the German Kaiser, allowed himself to be cowed into continuing with the Schlieffen Plan by Moltke, his chief of staff, when he suggested that the invasion of Belgium be called off.  Nicholas changed his mind about mobilization after being browbeaten by his generals.  If either of these men had stood up to their subordinates, the war might have been avoided or at least contained.

Movie Quotes – Day 203

Basie: Jim, didn’t I teach you anything?
Jim: Yes! You taught me that people will do anything for a potato.

Empire of the Sun

It’s easy to have principles when your belly is full.  Anyone can choose to believe in liberty and be contrary to those who want to control others when their children don’t cry themselves to sleep every night.  It’s amazing how quickly things like freedom and justice get jettisoned when people are hungry or afraid.  Live through enough suffering for long enough, and you may find yourself selling the things we fight for now at fire sale prices.

That’s why it’s so important to build up the walls that protect us now, when times are relatively easy.   In 1928, Germany and the United States were free societies.  By 1934, both had socialized their economy, adopted gun control, and were giving massive amounts of power to oligarchical juntas.  Let the collapse be quick and painful, and people will line up to sign away their rights in exchange for a bag of food and a warm place to lay their kids down.  Preparing for those times now will help us to fight holding actions while the rest of the herd panics.

Musings

  • It says a lot about our society when we confused the clerk at the courthouse by showing up with our paperwork in order, our checkbook ready to pay the fees, and our identification out.
  • Dear Valhalla Golf Course – I hope your fairways get a case of the creeping turf plague.  Putting all of your entrances on the busiest highway in my area, not telling your vendors that semi-trailers will not fit through the main gate, and not having adequate traffic control is making me a little testy.  You can’t tell me that you spent millions to create a huge lawn for people to chase little white balls and didn’t think to have a back entrance for freight.
  • Dear country music station – you are not playing classic country tunes.  Willie is classic, Wynonna is not.  Loretta is classic, LeAnne is not.  Patsi is classic, some pop tart who is wearing cowboy boots and a straw hat with her mini-skirt and crop top is not.  Also, I really like Toby Keith, but bless his heart, he isn’t classic.  Get thee to the record vault and get some Williams, Williams Junior, Paycheck, and Cash.
  • No, I wasn’t staring at you while you poured Mountain Dew into your daughter’s sippy cup.  I was memorizing her face so that if she ever tries to date my son, I can forbid it to keep your genes out of my pool.
  • We made a breakthrough with Boo tonight.  When I bought a watermelon, he protested that he didn’t like watermelon because of the seeds.  Discovering it was a seedless watermelon, he decided to try it.  He ended up eating three big slices.

Movie Quotes – Day 202

When I was your age, television was called books. And this is a special book. It was the book my father used to read to me when I was sick, and I used to read it to your father. And today I’m gonna read it to you.  – The Princess Bride

All of my kids have liked to be read to, and Boo loves it most of all.  I think at first it was the one-on-one attention, but now he enjoys reading along in the simpler books and helping to tell the stories.  There’s something absolutely golden about finding a quiet moment to read to a young kid who is paying attention.  Children who are read to will read to themselves, and that opens up an entire new universe for them.  Ten minutes of reading thrown in between brushing your teeth and turning off the bedroom light will pay off in spades later in their life.

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