Sarah Palin's presence in the lower 48 means the Arctic ice cap can finally return.

calendar   Tuesday - October 01, 2013

You Bastards

I missed this one. Sorry. That snide little twat in the Oval Office and his treasonous Secretary of State have sold us out. Impeach them. Please, somebody wake the hell up and impeach them.
Second Amendment folks always say “which part of ‘shall not be infringed’ don’t you understand”. Well ...

This part of “shall not be infringed”

Kerry Signs UN Small Arms Treaty


that grinning commie son of a bitch and his running dog traitor henchman

[9/25/13] Kerry signs UN arms treaty, senators threaten to block it

Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday signed a controversial U.N. treaty on arms regulation, riling U.S. lawmakers who vow the Senate will not ratify the agreement.  As he signed the document, Kerry called the treaty a “significant step” in addressing illegal gun sales, while claiming it would also protect gun rights.

“This is about keeping weapons out of the hands of terrorists and rogue actors. This is about reducing the risk of international transfers of conventional arms that will be used to carry out the world’s worst crimes. This is about keeping Americans safe and keeping America strong,” he said. “This treaty will not diminish anyone’s freedom. In fact, the treaty recognizes the freedom of both individuals and states to obtain, possess, and use arms for legitimate purposes.”

U.S. lawmakers, though, have long claimed the treaty could lead to new gun control measures. They note the U.S. Senate has final say on whether to approve the agreement.  Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., in a letter to President Obama, urged his administration not to take any action to implement the treaty without the consent of the Senate.

He claimed the treaty raises “fundamental issues” concerning “individual rights protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

The National Rifle Association blasted the plan, claiming it would impose an “invasive registration scheme” by requiring importing countries to give exporting countries information on “end users.” “The Obama administration is once again demonstrating its contempt for our fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement. “These are blatant attacks on the constitutional rights and liberties of every law-abiding American. The NRA will continue to fight this assault on our fundamental freedom.”

“Riling”?? Riling? Pardon the pun, but every man-jack of them ought to be up in arms. The terrible thunder of their outraged voices ought to be shaking the very walls and causing birds to fall from the sky. This is an attack on our very foundations, a usurpation of the lowest kind, the worst kind of oath breaking, end-running, foul playing, inept, stupid, misrepresentative overreach I have ever seen. High crimes and misdemeanors? Oh, to hell with that. This is a hanging offense.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., one of the most vocal opponents of the treaty, also sent a letter to Kerry declaring the treaty “dead in the water,” since a majority of senators has gone on record against the agreement.

“The administration is wasting precious time trying to sign away our laws to the global community and unelected U.N. bureaucrats,” he wrote.
Still, gun-rights supporters on Capitol Hill warn the treaty could be used as the basis for additional gun regulations inside the U.S. and have threatened not to ratify.

Over the summer, 130 members of Congress signed a letter to President Obama and Kerry urging them to reject the measure for this and other reasons.

The chance of adoption by the U.S. is slim. A two-thirds majority would be needed in the Senate to ratify.

Sorry, I refuse to accept that this is “merely” another one of Obama’s calculated insults against the American people. This is head and shoulders - on tall ladders! - above and beyond his standard daily douche-baggery. This is a crime against the Constitution, plain and simple. Whether it remains an empty gesture because of lack of ratification does not matter. And that lack ... is flexible. The United States of America has signed the Agreement. Period. That will ALWAYS be hanging over us. ALWAYS. Vote now to not ratify it. Vote next term to not ratify it. Vote again and again ... but someday, somehow, someone can vote to ratify it, and at that point the game is over. Your God given rights, signed away by traitors, as part of their One World commie plan to destroy the nation. Signed away without Legislative approval. Signed away without a national vote. Poof. Gone. And open the door to armies of   targets   Blue Helmets coming here from Turd World shitpits to search and enforce this Treaty and the adjunct dis-arming provisions that are guaranteed to follow. To leave the people powerless against tyranny. That’s what they have set in motion. That’s the stage THEY WANT.

And the GOP is merely “riled”? And they’re “threatening” to not ratify it? What a crock. Anything and everything is for sale in DC. You can’t trust a single one of those self-serving fuckwits to not trade his signature for   30 pieces of silver   a bit of special interest pork barrel earmark and some slush fund money in an offshore account. Not one of them. Not the Democrats certainly, and just as certainly not the Republicans. Like Juan Amnesty McLame. Or crybaby droopy Boehner. They will sell you out for their own personal gain and vote pandering. In a heartbeat, behind lies, smoke, and mirrors. But they’ll do it, and you know they will because they’ve done it countless times before.

Holy shit. If I had any hair left I’d tear it out. These filthy, dirty, rotten, underhanded, scrofulous sons of bitches.

Stake. Firewood. Kindling. Matches. Some assembly required.

There had better be a vote in Congress, and it had better be soon, and it had better say not just NO but HELL NO FOR THE NEXT 1500 YEARS and it had better carry both sides of the aisle in both houses in total unanimity. Because any Senator or Congressweasel who dares to dick about, who seems “open to new ideas”, who “is on the fence about this” is declaring themselves a traitor. Period. To even consider ratification is more than ample proof. And to actually vote Yes or Present ... there isn’t enough fire and brimstone in all of Hell.

No, I don’t care that you believe with all your heart in Constitutional Hegemony, that the Constitution shall always take precedence over any international agreement. So do I. But that view was made long ago (SCOTUS, Marcy, 1854) and the current “enlightened” leftist view is that things from back then don’t matter any more (unless it’s something they like) ... like last month’s sour milk, old inconvenient decisions seem to have a hidden “ignore by” date hiding in their penumbras ... so all it would take is a Supreme Court decision. Which could come down to one vote. Just like that other traitor did, Chief Justice Turnabout “Obamacare is a tax not a penalty” Roberts, and sold out the entire nation. Forever. “It is what it is” until they say it isn’t, and they can say that whenever the fluck they feel like it. And you can’t do a damn thing about it.

RCOB doesn’t begin to express my reaction to seeing this bit of news, even if I only found out about it a week later.


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calendar   Tuesday - September 17, 2013

another inconvenient truth

FBI: Um, Sorry, Navy Yard Shooter Did NOT Use AR-15

Remember this, when in a week or two the story changes. No AR-15 used here. Or in Newton, probably; I’m never going to accept that BS 180° about-face.

Facts? We don’t need no steenkin facts!


Piers Morgan and his apoplectic rants notwithstanding, it seems that the FBI has let a small cat out of the bag o’ lies. No AR-15. One shotgun, legally purchased. Several handguns, possibly pick ups from those he shot.

And no Piers, it wasn’t an AR-15 shotgun either.  rolleyes

… federal law enforcement sources told CNN Tuesday that authorities have recovered three weapons from the scene of the mass shooting, including one—a shotgun—that investigators believe Alexis brought in to the compound. The other two weapons, which sources say were handguns, may have been taken from guards at the Navy complex.

The sources, who have detailed knowledge of the investigation, cautioned that initial information that an AR-15 was used in the shootings may have been incorrect.

“may have”. You sniveling little waffle wiener. It either WAS, or it WAS NOT. Right. Wrong. No “may have”. Yes. No. Pick. One.

And of course, the left wing diarrhea from Mike Lucia in the NY Daily News, “AR-15 is the rifle for the ‘sport’ of hunting humans”. Because, you know, panicking witnesses can tell a rifle from a shotgun as they’re blindly running away, and because Lanza [Newton shooting] couldn’t possibly shoot a semi-automatic handgun as fast as a semi-automatic rifle, and hit all those kids from 2 feet away and kill them. Because pistols are just movie props, right?

So when you hear Oblahblah going on again for more gun control, whining how “we had 90% of the people”, let’s ban evil Assault Rifles, you’ll know it’s just more opportunistic nonsense. As if you didn’t already know that. Once again, we’ve got a case of crazy people with guns. And another case of crazy legislators shooting their mouths off from the hip before the bleeding even stops.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/17/2013 at 12:25 PM   
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Shot Down In Flames

You Make ONE Little Mistake ...


image via Insty A new high school level textbook designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam, may be chock full of revisionist leftist slant. I don’t know; I haven’t read the thing. But it does contain at least this one major error, restating the Second Amendment in the classic, classically WRONG, far Left manner. Even though that view was never supported by most citizens, and was shot down by SCOTUS a couple years back. I think people are getting damned fed up with the indoctrination, and they’re pushing back. Finally.

At Amazon the tome is getting savaged, garnering hundreds and hundreds of negative reactions. Good. I wonder how many it will take before they pull this POS off their digital shelves?

This text is designed for a one-semester or one-year United States history course for students preparing to take the AP U.S. History Exam. Teachers can assign the book as the course textbook or as a supplement to a college-level textbook. U.S. History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination presents the history of the United States from pre-Columbian times to the Obama administration. It follows the curriculum put out by the College Board for this course of study. Thirty chapters, each covering a different time period. Each chapter begins with an historical quote. Then each chapter narration is divided into sections and subsections by three levels of heads. Each chapter then has an “Historical Perspectives” (historiography) essay on some topic related to the chapter. This is followed by a list of key names, events, and terms from the chapter. Each chapter ends with a set of multiple-choice questions, a set of essay questions, and a set of questions related to a group of documents. In some chapters, this last set of questions is called a Document-Based Question (DBQ). Five of the text’s chapters have a special feature on how to write DBQs. The instruction is sequential, from one feature to the next. Students can gain additional experience by completing the Practice Exam at the back of the book.

Yadda, yadda, yah ... want to bet the entire thing is nothing but Black Armband History? Oooh, dem eviil Dead White Men done come over and mess up everything! ‘Merika all wrong, all bad, da big lie, and worse!

Burn it.


Oh Hella Yeah


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calendar   Monday - September 16, 2013

All Hell Breaking Loose In DC

Man on the run with a gun.

Breaking News ...

The body count increases by the minute.

Guy shot one or two people in the DC Navy Yard. Then the story was 4, one the victims being a police officer. Then it was 5. A couple minutes later, now it’s 10.

Don’t know where this is going, but it appears there’s another armed crazy on the loose.

Damned white people. It’s always some dumb creepy ass cracka with this kind of thing, right? Always.

At least 10 people have been shot at the Washington Navy Yard and an active shooter is still on the base grounds in Southeast D.C.

The U.S. Navy says shots were fired at 8:20 a.m. Monday at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building. D.C. police confirm that at least 10 people, including one D.C. police officer and one base officer, have been shot. The MPD officer was shot in both legs and transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center with critical injuries.

Authorities have reportedly described the suspect as a bald black male dressed in all black, possibly carrying an assault rifle and a double-barreled shotgun. Law enforcement officials believe the suspect is still in the building.

Well I’ll be a son of a   gun   squirrel. Guess mass shootings can be equal opportunity after all.


WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Multiple people are dead and several more are injured after a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning in Southeast D.C.

U.S. Navy spokesman Ed Buclatin says at least four people were killed and eight were injured when at least two gunmen opened fire around 8:20 a.m. Monday at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building.

Buclatin says that the building has been evacuated and authorities believe they have one shooter cornered in the building.

The Navy Yard is on lockdown and a “shelter in place” order has been issued, the Navy says. About 3,000 people work at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters.

UPDATE 12:35

ONE GUNMAN IS DEAD and police say there may be two others at large in the shooting of at least 10 people — including ‘multiple victims that are deceased’— at Washington Navy Yard at a building housing the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters, above. The AP is reporting six fatalities, but there are conflicting reports on the number of victims, and the number of gunmen.


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calendar   Wednesday - September 11, 2013

the right girl

Actress Courtney Hope


Fine, I’m 9 months slow with this one. Oh well. 


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calendar   Thursday - September 05, 2013

packin heat


Model “Jordan” seems to do most of her work for Dillion Precision, a company that makes the world’s best ammunition reloading presses. Oh, and they also make the M134D-H minigun for the government. They put out two calenders a year which seem to be highly popular with our guys in the military. Wonder why?




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calendar   Sunday - August 18, 2013

thing about guns and crime and stats

Away all day yesterday and so trying to catch up. BTW ... apologies to those and especially Lyndon for non replies to emails.
I only recently checked my mail and it was darn near full. Or looked it anyway.  As regulars here will have seen, my posting has not been up to the numbers I used to post.  Personal matters restrict my time quite a bit these days. 

So, I booted today to check things and read yesterday comments etc, and came across a link of some interest.

H/T Rich K for the LINK to this posted in comments.  I thought the article deserved posting here on our front page.  Not that most of you didn’t already know much of this.  I confess there are a couple of things I find a bit confusing, and will mention same at the end.

CDC Study Ordered by Obama Contradicts White House Anti-gun Narrative

Written by Bob Adelmann

In January, following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, President Obama issued a “Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence,” along with 22 other “initiatives.” That study, subcontracted out to the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, was completed in June and contained some surprises for the president.

Obama had announced at the beginning of the year his push for three major gun control initiatives — universal background checks, a ban on “assault weapons,” and a ban on “high-capacity” magazines — to prevent future mass shootings, no doubt hoping that the CDC study would oblige him by providing evidence that additional gun control measures were justified to reduce gun violence. On the contrary, that study refuted nearly all the standard anti-gun narrative and instead supported many of the positions taken by gun ownership supporters.

For example, the majority of gun-related deaths between 2000 and 2010 were due to suicide and not criminal violence:
Between the years 2000-2010 firearm-related suicides significantly outnumbered homicides for all age groups, annually accounting for 61 percent of the more than 335,600 people who died from firearms related violence in the United States.

In addition, defensive use of guns “is a common occurrence,” according to the study:

Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.

Accidental deaths due to firearms has continued to fall as well, with “the number of unintentional deaths due to firearm-related incidents account[ing] for less than 1 percent of all unintentional fatalities in 2010.”

Furthermore, the key finding the president was no doubt seeking — that more laws would result in less crime — was missing. The study said that “interventions,” such as background checks and restrictions on firearms and increased penalties for illegal gun use, showed “mixed” results, while “turn-in” programs “are ineffective” in reducing crime. The study noted that most criminals obtained their guns in the underground economy — from friends, family members, or gang members — well outside any influence from gun controls on legitimate gun owners.

Also, the report noted that mass shootings such as the one in Newtown, Connecticut, have declined and “account for a very small fraction of all firearm-related deaths.”

There was one startling conclusion which, taken at face value, seemed to give the president what he was looking for. The study reported that “the U.S. rate of firearm-related homicide is higher than that of any other industrialized country: 19.5 times higher than the rates in other high-income countries.” However, Zara Matheson of the Martin Prosperity Institute, produced a map that compared gun violence rates in the major metropolitan areas of the country to rates of foreign countries. As Graham Noble of Guardian Express noted, “If one were to exclude figures for Illinois, California, New Jersey and Washington, DC, the homicide rate in the United States would be in line with any other country.” These areas, of course, are noted for the most restrictive gun laws in the country, thus negating any opportunity for the president to celebrate the report’s findings.

The current report from the CDC echoed findings the CDC published back in 2003 that showed that suicides were responsible for 58 percent of all firearms-related deaths in 2000. Also noted is that back in 2003 Americans owned an estimated 192 million firearms, while today that number is estimated to be closer to 300 million, an increase of more than 55 percent.

Said the CDC back in 2003, “Evidence was insufficient to determine the effectiveness of any of these laws” (Emphasis added.):

Bans on specified firearms or ammunition,

Restrictions on firearm acquisition,

Waiting periods for firearm acquisition,

Firearm registration and licensing of owners, and

Zero tolerance for firearms in schools.

mass shootings such as the one in Newtown, Connecticut, have declined and “account for a very small fraction of all firearm-related deaths.”

Whoa hang on a minute.  Someone has to explain this one to me, cos it just seems like a weird and pointless statistic. What have I missed or misunderstood?
Newton was so darn recent, there can’t have been enough time to make that statement a statistic.  OK, I suppose technically since there has not been another mass school killing you might stretch the point.  But wouldn’t you need a lot more time ?  If there’s been “insufficient evidence” (based on events I’d assume) that the CDC uses in one set of examples, then surely there is insufficient evidence with regard to the above example I have questions about.

Also ... re. waiting periods.  Is a waiting period a bad thing? Or, does it work for the common good?  I’m going on the assumption that this is in regard to waiting while a buyer is checked out as not being on a crime list, like someone recently out of jail for a serious crime.  And there seem to be lots of those guys roaming about based on what I read daily.

The following isn’t anything new to most here.  I got it at Wikipedia.

The Colt AR-15 is a lightweight, 5.56 mm, magazine-fed, air cooled, semi-automatic rifle, with a rotating-lock bolt, actuated by direct impingement gas operation or long/short stroke piston operation. It is manufactured with the extensive use of aluminum alloys and synthetic materials.

The AR-15 was first built by ArmaLite as an assault rifle for the United States armed forces.[8] Because of financial problems, ArmaLite sold the AR-15 design to Colt. After modifications (Most notably: the charging handle was re-located from under the carrying handle like AR-10 to the rear of the receiver), the new redesigned rifle was subsequently adopted as the M16 Rifle.[9] Colt then started selling the semi-automatic version of the M16 rifle as the Colt AR-15 for civilian sales in 1963 and the term has been used to refer to semiautomatic-only versions of the rifle since then.[10] Although the name “AR-15” remains a Colt registered trademark, variants of the firearm are independently made, modified and sold under various names by multiple manufacturers.

The AR-15 comes in many sizes and has many options, depending on the manufacturer. The part shown bottom center is the lower receiver with pistol grip and trigger assembly. Under U.S. law the lower alone is the component legally considered the “firearm”.

I really didn’t know that. I always assumed the whole thing was taken as a unit and was a “firearm”.  So I guess I learned something new.
Over here, you could probably be arrested for just having the top part.

Hmmmm. I guess I’d need both parts to delete the neighbor’s dog. Wonder if I could ...... whoops. Never mind. 
Actually, been quiet last month as they’ve been away for summer holiday.  Been awhile.  They are I was informed, on a tour in India and other places.
Maybe they’ll get nailed over there in a riot or some other welcomed disaster.  Hey, there isn’t much except hope. Have to cling to that. For awhile.


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calendar   Monday - August 12, 2013

pure coincidence I’m sure

Bang Bang
You’re Fired
You made a map
And now you’re mired

delayed justice is justice nonetheless

The Rockland County Times has learned that Rockland County Chief Editor Caryn McBride is among the casualties of the recent purge of 17 journalists and 26 total staffers at the Gannett-owned Journal News newspaper.

McBride gained fame earlier this year for her involvement in the Journal News gun map fiasco. Police reports indicated McBride had called the Clarkstown Police Department to notify them of torrents of angry phone calls and letters the newspaper received following the publication of the map.

The Rockland editor said she felt threatened by the complaints, but local police did not agree a credible threat against the safety of employees of the newspaper existed. Unsatisfied, McBride and other executives decided to hire armed guards to protect their property, causing an uproar due to the perceived hypocrisy of the avowed anti-gun editors hiring gun-toting men.

The decision to lay off McBride was made by Journal News Publisher and CEO Janet Hasson. The fate of Editor-in-Chief CynDee Royle and other editors that approved the gun map have not been made public. McBride had been with the newspaper approximately three years.

Layoffs took place company-wide for the Journal News parent Gannett. There is no indication the gun map played a role in the layoffs.

Oh no, no indication at all. Maybe the company did their annual quartiles and she came up in the fifth segment. Out of four. You know, because subscriptions and ad revenue dropped off the cliff starting the day after she published that map.

The article and the maps are still online, though the maps are no longer interactive. However the raw data was pasted elsewhere by some “mystery person” and is still available. No, I’m not telling you where, but I found it in less than 30 seconds.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/12/2013 at 12:39 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - August 06, 2013

Clear This Bench And Start Over

The Blackrobes blow it again ... how bass ackwards can these buttmonkeys be?

3rd Circuit Court: Second Amendment “Unsettled”

In a case over New Jersey’s requirement that a citizen demonstrate “justifiable need” for a carrying a firearm before receiving a concealed carry license, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that such a requirement “does not burden conduct within the scope of the Second Amendment’s guarantee.” The court also said “it remains unsettled” whether the Second Amendment is even applicable outside one’s home.

Filed on July 31, 2013, the ruling in Drake v. Filko upheld New Jersey’s practice of placing the burden of proof upon the citizen. In other words, the citizen who wants to carry a gun for self-defense must demonstrate why doing so is necessary for him or her. In simple terms, the citizen must justify being free.

Hey retard with the gavel ... “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” doesn’t say anything about WHERE. Or WHEN. Or WHO. Or WHAT. Nor does it say a jot or a tiddle about hunting or self-defense. It is a natural, UNIVERSAL right of all mankind, applicable everywhere and at all times by everyone. It’s been that way forever, long before pharaoh, long before USA, not just since some recent SCOTUS decision like Heller. If you can’t understand that, you are both too stupid and too willfully blind to hold the job. Period. No ifs, no buts, no maybes. You’re fired.

Read the rest at Breitbart.


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calendar   Sunday - August 04, 2013

I Just Fucking Shot Myself - The Musical

Adding humorous insult to (self-inflicted) injury.

H/T Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler


Addendum: Here’s our ‘hero’ telling how he shot himself and showing how kind the .45 ACP round was to him. I imagine if it had hit bone he’d’ve been lucky to ‘only’ lose the leg.

See More Below The Fold


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calendar   Saturday - July 20, 2013

Which President Would you trust?




Posted by Christopher   United States  on 07/20/2013 at 06:35 PM   
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I dare you …

… to try this at school!



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calendar   Friday - July 19, 2013

Gun-supporting Republicans in America.

When I read this today in the hard copy version I almost became apoplectic.

I see stuff similar all the time.  Still not used to it.

So anyway, I wanted you folks to see how a left wing liberal comedian sees it.
I don’t think he’s funny here.
You won’t either, but it won’t hurt us to see it.

Oh yeah.  It’s evident he’s seen too many westerns because actually, the wild west was a bit less wild and it was a bit calmer than he would suppose. But hey, he’s a liberal on the left. Why should he be interested in facts.

Gun-supporting Republicans in America have missed an opportunity to make their argument that more weapons makes us safer.
By Mark Steel

Following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who shot 17-year-old black man Trayvon Martin dead because he “looked like he was up to no good”, they should have declared: “This shows we need to give handguns to every black teenager. Only when they’re all armed and ready to fire on any suburban white who looks menacing will we be truly safe.”

The law seems to be that Zimmerman was innocent as he genuinely believed the lad was “up to no good”. So it wasn’t enough that Trayvon Martin was coming back from the grocers; he had to look like he was coming back from the grocers. Instead of blaming the gunman, maybe the black community should send its teenagers to acting school to learn to look like they’re up to good.

Otherwise this will keep happening, with court cases reading like a theatre review. The defendant will say: “Sadly, the victim failed to convey the full range of innocent expressions required by this demanding role, his inadequate portrayal of angelic intentions leaving us no choice but to gun him down by the car park.”

It was also stated that Trayvon Martin appeared suspicious because he was walking slowly. Presumably if he’d run that would also have been grounds for suspicion, so again it’s up to black people to work out exactly the right speed they should walk at to avoid making people shoot them.

This case was further complicated by the fact that while Zimmerman had a handgun, Trayvon Martin had a packet of Skittle sweets. If Zimmerman had seen the television adverts, he might have thought the teenager could turn him into a pile of multicoloured confectionery, and that may be why he was looking up to no good, so it was hardly up to him to explain why he shot him.

So the genius of the legal system is that the case revolved around the way Trayvon Martin should have reacted when pursued by a neighbourhood watch official with a gun. Did he argue, did he scream, did he resist were the crucial questions.

This is an exciting new approach to murder cases, in which instead of the antiquated method of hassling the defendant, it’s the victim who’s put on trial. Crimewatch could begin: “Tonight we investigate the horrific murder of a man in Peckham. Did you see the person who was shot dead on the pavement? What direction did he head off to? What did he do to cause all this trouble? Which sweets was this monster carrying? Your evidence could be crucial.”

So now the call has gone out across America, that the most important thing is for black people to stay calm. It’s basic word association – the first word anyone thinks of after “We’ve acquitted a chap who shot dead a teenager for carrying Skittles” is – “calm”.

To help this calm, one of the jurors explained her reasons for finding Zimmerman not guilty, saying of Trayvon Martin: “He didn’t have to do whatever he did.” It’s surprising more murder trial defendants don’t try this defence, saying: “As I see it, your honour, the victim didn’t have to do that thing, I can’t recall what, but whatever it is, that they did.” Then the judge could say: “In that case you’re free to go, Mr and Mrs West”, and we could all carry on without any fuss.

In case that wasn’t enough to assure calm, most newspapers, TV stations, and the President insisted on it. Because the worst thing about a boy being shot dead and the gunman being let off is if we get upset about it.

Calm is the way to make progress – that’s the attitude that’s pushed back racists in America in the past. How was slavery abolished in the southern states? By the four-year long American Civil Calm, that’s how. The Confederates broke away, insisting on the right to run a slave economy, but Abraham Lincoln said: “Don’t get worked up. That will only make things worse.” So the North all had a relaxing sauna and the slave owners were finished.

Then in the 1960s, segregation and lynching were overturned by the civil rights movement, with its most potent weapon of staying calm. James Brown sang: “Say it out proud, I’m calm and not loud.” Bob Marley cried: “Get up, stand up, put the kettle on”, and no one got worked up, which is why they did so well.

You might think, if you’d not being following the case closely, that the appeals for calm ought to be made to white people in suburban areas not to set up semi-military neighbourhood watch patrols with a keenness for firing on black teenagers, which could, if we’re being picky, be described as straying from calm. And an appeal for calm could be made to the 24 states to repeal the law that allows such executions to take place, as long as the gunman believes the victim is up to no good, a situation that’s calm in the same way the Wild West was calm.

So don’t protest, about the legal system, or the police that didn’t inform the boy’s parents he was dead, or the way Zimmerman insists that black people should now apologise to him. Go for a relaxing stroll, and it will all come right by itself, like it always does.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/19/2013 at 01:31 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - July 13, 2013


I had been reading a book, and something caught my attention.

It was this quote.

“The German made Heckler and Koch MP 5A submachine gun is the U.S. SEALS weapon of choice for anything close quarter.”

OK. I don’t have any problem with that but it did make me wonder.

Don’t we make things like this at home in the USA anymore?




Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/13/2013 at 12:42 PM   
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