Guest commentary, from the ever-wonderful Carl B:
Your Tax Dollars At Work ON Vacation
First dog Bo is airlifted to Obama holiday home
Carl: Bo, the president’s Portuguese Water Dog, arrived separately on one of two MV-22 Ospreys, a hybrid aircraft which takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane. Arriving in the idyllic coastal retreat of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, Mr Obama left him behind in Washington DC.
It was a national security issue. Couldn’t put him on the same plane as Michelle. You know how dogs fight.
Nathan: I wonder how many attendants the First Dog needs. After all, you have to keep up appearances. Wonderful how the occupant of 1600 PA behaves just like his predecessors: Tiberius, Caligula, Nero, Louis XIV, Charles II, and so forth. Might be better if we had a “legitimate” royal family: at least in the British model, they are expected to pay part of their own way. But we Americans are too stupid to do something like that.
Stupid people – NOT Self-defense
Memphis cookie store owner in hot water after firing at robbers who took off with his cash
(Guns.com) A small business owner may find himself in a legal battle after shooting at three men who robbed his cookie store inside a Memphis mall on Wednesday, local media reported. The three men took off with $45, but not before the store owner chased them out and fired several shots from his 9mm, and in turn put him in the hot seat as he violated the mall’s no firearms policy.
Mama’s Note: First problem is shooting at fleeing criminals. Dumb, and pointless in most cases. Not self defense. Second, why in the world would he want to have his business in a place that forbids self defense? The crime rate is climbing there? No kidding.
Nathan: Third, $45 isn’t worth the risk of shooting up someone ELSE’s business or hitting a bystander, especially when he was stupid enough to work where he did. And the Memphis crime rate IS climbing: the blacker and more liberal the city becomes, the greater the crime rate is. Although “white America” is blamed for it, 90% of black people who are murdered (2012 data), are murdered by other black people. The percentage of whites (including Anglos and Hispanics and Europeans) and other ethnic groups – except AmerInd – which are murdered by their own ethnic group is much lower: in large part because many of them are murdered by – you guessed it, blacks. It appears at a quick glance that not just murder, but MANY crimes against black people – and especially black business owners and employees – are committed by blacks.
Of course, this isn’t really black people’s fault, is it? Aren’t they forced to do that, because all white people do is enslave them and hate them and attack them? Well, actually, it IS black people’s fault: I suppose there are a few Fagans out there, but nobody forces the typical black gangbanger to go out and hold up a convenience store or mug someone, or go gun down a brother or some poor child by shooting up their house. Far from it. So yes, I blame the man (or woman) who commits the crime, NOT some “sick society” or some pre-1865 slaveholder or even some pre-1965 KKK or Dixiecrat.
Mama’s Note: “…$45. isn’t worth the risk…” What does the dollar amount have to do with it? NO amount of money is worth seriously endangering innocent bystanders with uncontrolled shooting at a fleeing thief. The answer, of course, is for the gun owner to be well armed, well trained and conscious of the difference between self defense and committing careless aggression. All of which is moot if one chooses to do business in a place that prohibits either the gun or self defense itself.
OPINION: Lovers of Liberty
(Wendy McElroy via Freedom’s Phoenix) “As Voluntaryists, we reject the Libertarian Party on the same level and for the same reason we reject any other political party…”
Nathan: That is fine, and I wholeheartedly support their choice to do so. Voluntaryists (and those who may not accept the title but share the idea) do not agree with those lovers of liberty who DO work in and with the Libertarian Party – even some who are free-market anarchists, and not just minarchists, too. Again, that is fine. But there are too many (Wendy is NOT one of them, I think) who want to become little political cops, and attempt to intimidate people they don’t agree with – but ONLY inside the “libertarian community.” They do not practice what they preach, and this (surprisingly) makes me very frustrated and even angry. Consistency is critical, whether it is in the “political” realm or is “anti-political.”