It is not news that lots of Americans are fed up with the newspapers. The bias we are endured to read everyday in the printed press is so blatant that readers are tired of writing letters to the editors complaining about it but they never get published unless you sound like a loony and they can use your words to make their point. If anything this election has brought out the worst in biased journalism and it was so blatant that only the most fanatical of the Obamo-Chavistas seem not to have noticed, but the regular folk has and it is making it clear by not buying newspapers.
The dear old Miami Herald seems to be doing worse than the rest with a circulation drop of 11.8% in the last six months according to and article in Editor & Publisher. The Herald seems to be caught in the maelstrom of not understanding that half its readers despise almost all their columnists because they wage a constant insult attack and moral superiority thinly covered under the pretense of Journalism. May it be Leonard Pitts verbal contortion to blame every pitfall befallen on the Black race on Whitey without sounding like Louis Farrakahn to Ana Valencia’s discourse sound more like Granma or old time Pravda editorials against the US way of life than “thoughtful and caring” pieces. The Miami Herald does carry Cal Thomas’ columns as an obvious token conservative and the occasional assorted piece by a middle-of-the-road commentator, but these only accentuate more the ultra liberal slant of the rag.
Tim Oren over at Winds of Change gives us a detailed observation on how newspapers make their money and you must read it. It reveals to you how deeply stupid newspapers are ran in the business sense and, even better, how to give them a coup de grace which is not only tempting but the humane thing to do so think of it as euthanasia for the printing media. As for myself I am of two minds: in one hand I am very tempted to call them and cancel my subscription with the added bonus of giving them a detailed reason why. In the other hand I would love to be the last subscriber and being able to send the last letter to the editors simply stating: We told you so.
Box, Ballots & Bullets are the three legs in which our republic stands. I have this blog going so I am covering the soap box part somewhat although I admit I gave up writing my opinions to the Miami Herald ever since they “edited” one of my letters and made it sound like I was in favor on the piece I was criticizing. Then again the Herald Editorial staff would kiss Fidel’s ass at high noon over Freeedom Towerif it wasn’t for the fact that the they live amongst Cubans that had to leave Michael Moore’s paradise to escape oppression and hunger and that such people would turn One Herald Plaza into a serious bonfire.
The Bullet Part is also covered although not as much as I wanted but according to my dear wife it will have to suffice until I either become CEO of Freddie Mac (but I will refuse becoming a member of the Obama Jamboree) and get one of those Golden Parachutes or we hit the Florida Lotto. But besides the ownership of Guns, I am keenly aware of what they represent as freedom and its defense. As I read many years ago, the Second Amendment is the reset button of the Constitution if the time ever arises to do so.
Ever since I became a Citizen, I haven’t missed an opportunity to vote. It was a promise I made to myself when I was still a Resident and I had the chance to meet Fred Thompson during a gun Show at the Tennessee Fairgrounds when he was running for the Senate the first time around. I was impressed by him, how he spoke and more importantly what he said and I felt impotent that I could not cast a vote. Thank God Fred did not need my help and got his seat but the feeling of having to vote because is important to exercise my right and elect the best person for the job remains in me.
So, I am waiting for the missus to finish getting ready and we shall be heading for the polling place in a little bit to take advantage of the early voting system. Obama is a clear and present danger to our freedoms and reminds me of Hugo Chavez way too much. The level of seething fanatism that this guy inspires in his subjects scares the heck out of me because it reminds me of the Chavistas I saw a decade or so ago in Venezuela preparing the path of his ascension to power. The Chavistas, cajoled, bribed, threatened, lied, distorted and did everything in their power to get him elected and then to keep him in power. Same as with Obama, press was enamored with the bastard who promised “Change” and “Hope” (no shit, those were his words too) and ignored his absolute lack of preparation to be president. A friend of mine said that Chavez only had military training and he took twice the test (directing personally the first coup attempt and supporting the second) and both times he failed the test so if he sucked as military leader, he was bound to be a total crap as civilian president. History has proven such words mighty right.
Not that McCain is perfect or good or even regular compared with Obama, but I have a feeling that he would think twice before screwing too much with the Constitution while Obama would not lose sleep if somebody would place our magna carta as sandbox linning.
I will take a momentary detour of the regular themes that occupy this blog so I can share with all my three readers the following information:
I recently took the Community Emergency Response Team training in which we had a 4 hour class on terrorism. The instructor, besides teaching the established points as written in the material gave us a small chat on islamofacist terrorist organizations within the USA. As time was short, he recommended a couple of books to further our knowledge of the situation. Yesterday Amazon came through and the books arrived and promptly started on one and, ladies and gents our noses are barely above the pool of fecal matter and we do not know it.
The author, Harvey Kushner is not getting most of his information from deep undercover sources (he has them but keeps them anonymous) but from published government reports, legal documents and the terrorists own words. In case you still don’t get it, it means that the information has been out there for anybody in the media to see and do further investigation but remained untouched because it was politically incorrect to follow up. The same applies to our government and Law Enforcement agencies who we lay our trust in protecting our country. I have seen conspiracy cases against Organized Crime built and successfully prosecuted with less than 10% of the evidence presented in this book, yet the Washington mindset is so deeply corrupted with the fear of being labeled racist that the cases remain untouched, barely investigated or poorly prosecuted. The same applies to journalist who either because of fear or political convictions purposeful refuse to “connect the dots” and bring us the information we need to know ( Sarah Palin’s wardrobe seems more important than terrorists freely operating in our soil.)
I will not bother to go on. Get the book, now. No excuses. It is being sold for one miserable cent at Amazon which should be further proof on how ignorant we are on the issue. Stop being ignorant, information is key, get it.
Let me make this clear: I will never Open Carry out on the street. I think from a self defense standpoint is dumb as wet crackers for caulking and I open carry only in 2 places: At the range and at home. That out of the way I want to address the issue within the gun community known as Open Carry = Stupidity. If Open Carry is legal in your state and you want to do it, fine with me since it is your right, God Bless and you will have my support 100% because it is your right. What is royally pissing me off is the name-calling and infighting of some in the Concealed Carry against Open Carry bands and the obvious responses from the Open crowd.
Let’s be clear about Open Carry. It is not the question of tactically sound practices but of Civil Rights and to oppose Open Carry just because it makes your inner Black Nylon Ninja cringe is not reason enough to oppose it. Actually you are no better than Chuck Schummer or Sarah Brady when you voice your “tactical” concern. If you oppose Open Carry you are just pulling a Jim Zumbo by badmouthing on our right.
The Chicken Littles are eager to point out that Open carry is scaring normal people and that results in police interventions and bad press for the cause. That sounds pretty much like people complaining about niggers interloping with the withe folks in common areas exclusively reserved for Whites. Yes I make it sound bad because it is that bad and this is no time to be pulling punches about it. We must support all Law Abiding Citizens’ choice of weapon and methods of carrying just as we must support the First Amendment rights of every Che, Barrack and Pelosi out there no matter how disgusted we could become.
That is not to say that some in the Open Carry crowd are without sin. I have seen in forums the glee which some OC people have in confronting Law Enforcement and making them look bad in their ignorance of the law. This is very counterproductive for us too and I believe it will erode the confidence of the rank & file police officer that was either with us from the beginning or came around after realizing that CCW was not such a dumb idea and figured out that those citizens were not only the least of their problems but supporters of LEOs.
So boy and girls on both sides of the carrying issue, CHILL!
You will find the following instructions and several variations in the websites of various police departments and rape prevention groups:
Choices if it happens to you:
There is no right or wrong way to respond. Here are some options to consider.
Escape: Have a plan in mind and think it through. Use a surprise move to distract the attacker in order to get away.
Defend yourself: Self-defense may be useful IF you are adept at it; it is useful only if you are ready to use it immediately. Often there is not time to use it effectively or you have not practiced it for some time. If you choose to use it, hit to hurt; run fast toward help and don’t look back. Eyes, nose, throat, knees, shin, foot and groin are effective areas to hit.
Draw attention: Yell loudly, blow a whistle, break a window, make a scene and yell assertively. Yelling “Fire!” will bring more attention than yelling “Help!”
Stall for time: Pretend to cooperate until you can get near people or possibly escape.
Pretend you are crazy.
Talk your way out. Try to get the assailant to see you as a person rather than an object by telling him/her about yourself. Don’t plead or bargain with the assailant.
Throwing up as defensive method? Now that is peculiar. No, it is not peculiar, it is stupid! That somebody even had the time to think such retarded and infantile things denotes a deep disconnection to reality and a really politically inclined view on how things are supposed to be according to an anti gun agenda. Nothing stops an attacker better that the high velocity incursion of pieces of metal in the innards of a rapist.
At least there is one group out there that gives women the whole spectrum of self-defense: Arming Women Against Rape & Endangerment (AWARE) is a Massachusetts organization that offers women from how to be aware of your surroundings to avoid being attacked, to training with lethal and Less than Lethal weapons and that is a novel approach in the world that is killing and maiming killing women by political correctness’s idiocy.
Domestic Abuse best served unarmed. Originally posted April 27th, 2008.
I found this little tidbit in the website Helpguide.org. Please click on the picture to view full size and check the highlighted part.
So let me get this straight: You have been a defenseless victim and, in order to avoid having the pulp beaten out of your brain, you must continue to be defenseless to avoid injury? Am I the only one who actually sees the colossal stupidity behind these “instructions”?
But the little voice in my head that goes by the name of Reason clamors: “Miguel, some people might not understand why you are so mad. You better explain.” I begrudgingly must grant the point so here it is: When confronted in a home invasion situation, those of us who are into the Personal Defense side of gun ownership, are taught that we must go to a room where we can lock ourselves with our gun(s), and wait for the Bad Guy to either go away or be ready to stop him if he decides to bust in that final door. Having a cell phone to call police is better because Bad Guys actually are known for cutting regular phone lines and leaving victims with a dead piece of cheap plastic and electronics to call nobody for help. If that happens, it is nice to have an actual piece of equipment that would be activated at a moment’s notice and stop the intruder rather than an electronic gadget that will either record for posterity the moment of your death, or do basically nothing to stop the attack.
Although somewhat dissimilar both Home Invasion and Domestic Abuse do run under the same principal: you are attacked by somebody at home, where you are supposed to be safe, by somebody who might have the advantage of initiative, surprise and/or power. Your life is at stake and the consequences of inaction can be deadly. You must act with the tools and strength required to stop the attack. Saying “Please Don’t Hurt Me” is not going to keep you safe.
So the fact that this article does nothing to empower the victim of domestic abuse when attacked by her abuser. It only ensures that the cycle of violence repeats over and over because we are not politically incorrect enough to show the victim how to stop being one. That is offensive and irresponsible. And that is why I am mad. Political Correctness Kills People.