J. Kb

On Nykea Aldridge

On Saturday, 8/27/2016, NBA Star Dwyane Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge was killed in a shooting in Chicago.  She was one of nine people killed, with 40 more wounded, in shootings in the Windy City this weekend.

Moms Demand Action posted this on their Facebook Page:

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The Tweet they are referring to was this one from Dwyane Wade:

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This is a man in mourning, so I don’t want to be overly critical, but his cousin was not killed for “NO REASON.”  True, she was not targeted in any way, and her death is tragic and senseless, but there is a reason that she was killed.

A cultural rot at the heart of Chicago’s predominantly poor and black south side.   This interactive map gives you an idea of the danger zones in Chicago.

So what cultural rot am I talking about?  The two men that shot Nykea Aldridge were known gang members.  Both had previous felony conviction, one was on parole and the other had been wearing an ankle monitor at the time of the shooting.  It should be crystal clear, that these men where both prohibited persons and could not lawfully possess guns or have been issued FOIDs.

Chicago has some of the worst gang culture and gang violence in the country.  This is in part fueled by a black unemployment rate that is one of the worst in the country for metropolitan areas, with a staggering 47% of young black males neither working or in school.  Illinois’ welfare policy encourages single mothers not to work perpetuating a cycle of unemployment and poverty.

The animosity between this community and police is both horrifying and protects criminals.  Young men harass the police who try to solve these murders  and treat black cops as race traitors.

(I can talk all day about the abuses of the Chicago PD, but if a community won’t even let the police try to solve the murders in their area, all hope is lost)

Stop Snitchin’ (available on YouTube) may have gained national notoriety in Baltimore, but believe me, as a former resident of the area, it alive and well (and heavily enforced) in Chicago.

The Chicago political machine is more than complicit in these murders and the deterioration of the City as city elected officials and politicians rely on gangs to “get out the vote” to keep them elected.

All of this leads to deadly spiral of calamity and is the root cause of why Nykea Aldridge was killed.

If Dwyane Wayde really wants to make a difference like his Twitter feed suggests:

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This is what needs to be addressed.

I’m afraid (call me skeptical) that this will turn into just another anti-gun push by a celebrity.  That will be just another useless, worthless, platitude that won’t stop another pair of prohibited persons from obtaining an illegal firearm and opening fire for whatever gang related reason they have.

A little more to it

Moms Demand Action reposed this news story over at their Facebook Page.

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Look at how it is framed. This guy, with an AR and body armor, wanted to go on a rampage to protect the Second Amendment.  He must have been one of those awful NRA members right?  We all know how often pro-2A terrorism occurs, don’t we (hint: never).

I went to the article and had a read.

Bryce Cuellar, 24, was arrested by Las Vegas police after they were notified by Interpol in July about Cuellar’s video.  In the video, Cuellar stated that he is tired of the government trying to take away his First and Second Amendment rights and planned to go on a killing spree.

Uh oh.  This isn’t good.  This is the kind of Timothy McVeigh/Turner Diaries talk that the left likes to claim is said behind closed doors at NRA meetings and Tea Party rallies.  This one of those dangerous gun owning “insurrectionists” that MDA and Everytown warn against.

Calling himself a “Christian warrior,” Cuellar bragged that he would use his weapons as the Founding Fathers intended, killing,” gays, faggots, lesbians and satanists.”

Now I’ve read the Constitution of the United States, many of the Federalist Papers, the Silence Dogood letters, and a lot of the personal correspondence of our Founding Fathers in which they explained the principles they held (Jefferson’s are quite good).  I don’t seem to remember any mention of “killing faggots or satanists” in any of those texts.  We’re drifting away from strict Constitutional interpretation here.  We’ve left behind the 1st Amendment, which protects Satanists, and have grossly misinterpreted the 2nd Amendment.  I’m not thinking this guy is really a gun-rights and free speech advocate.

A review of Cuellar’s YouTube page reveal a collection of conspiracy-minded videos including ones that question what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary, support for the Bundy family’s war on the government, the threat of the Illuminati  and proof that angels and demons are real. Investigators say the timeline of his videos suggest that he has sunk deeper in the world of conspiracy mongering over the past three years.

Now this is starting to make sense.  As it turns out, this guy is – and I am being technical here – batshit crazy.

Following his arrest, Cuellar admitted to making the video but said that he was “angry and drunk” at the time, and has no intention of murdering anyone.  Despite that, Cuellar is being held on $100,000 bail and has been admitted for a psychological evaluation.  The Las Vegas man’s next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 1.

And there we go.  Cuellar is headed to a padded room.

I hopped over to this guy’s YouTube channel.  It is a treasure trove of insanity.  The Illuminati are using the CIA to brainwash us, dinosaurs are real, Noah’s Ark has been found and Obama is covering it up, Oprah is a shape shifter, Aliens and Demons have taken over the US government, and ONE video on the 2nd Amendment.

I was doing a bit more on research on this story and found out it was covered by the NY Daily News.  Unbelievably, the NY Daily News actually had a more honest headline:

Prominent conspiracy theorist charged with threatening a terror attack against gays

A little less “it’s all about the 2A” and a little more “this guy’s a homophobic nut job.”  And this is coming from a newspaper that did several covers claiming that the NRA and Wayne LaPierre were terrorists.

Pro Tip: When the NY Daily News is more honest about guns then your news source, you fucked up.

Turns out, the NY Daily News also has better reporting than the MDA’s news feed.

He told officers that he “screwed up” by shooting and posting the video when he was drunk and angry.  Cuellar was also arrested the same night for punching his wife, choking her and telling her he was going to kill her, according to KTNV.  He is currently serving four months in jail for domestic battery in that case.

Oh shit!  He’s a domestic abuser.  He’s now a prohibited person according to the Lautenberg Amendment.  I’m totally fine with this guy losing his gun rights.  He made threats, beat his wife, and is (mostly likely) about to be adjudicated mentally ill.  I don’t believe it is unreasonable for a guy this nuts with a conviction for domestic violence to denied firearms.  It’s the law.  I’m glad they caught him before he want all Jared Lee Loughner or Adam Lanza on a group of people.

Funny (not really) how Moms Demand Action skipped over the details about this guy being a crazy wife beater and when straight for the “this guy was going to go on a rampage because he’s a pro 2A gun nut.”

Many of the comments on MDA’s Facebook page reflected this total abandonment of truth in favor of political prejudice.

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Not afraid of ISIL but this dude?  Didn’t some ISIS supporting Middle Eastern Jihadi kill 49 people and wound 50 more at a guy night club back in June?  I guess Barbra Lockwood and her 15 supporters were real quick to forget about that act of terrorism because it wasn’t committed by a NRA loving white guy.  Why let truth get in the way of a good virtue signaling post.

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Really, this isn’t a case of mental illness?  An angry drunk with a history of violence and believing in conspiracy theories got his way because… I kind of lost track of his argument.  Bullets more useful thank books?  What?

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Because “how the Illuminati and the CIA are using fast food to brainwash you” is a regular column in American Rifleman.  “Although I don’t listen to them I believe” = “I have no evidence but my prejudiced tells me.”

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I don’t think you would find a single NRA member that believes a person with a domestic violence conviction qualifies as a “good guy with a gun.”  Taking a peek at Mr. Jenkins’ Facebook Page, it’s obvious he’s an ardent leftist, who hates Republicans, gun owners, and white people.  So like any good leftist, his fellow countrymen with whom he disagrees politically must be tortured at Gitmo; actual radical Islamist terrorist, not so much.

I didn’t see one person actually bring up that a Domestic Violence conviction or  judge ordered involuntary commitment to a mental institution are both disqualifying events for firearms ownership.

Like Miguel often says: if your cause is righteous, why lie?

 

So much wrong here

I did one of my regular checks over at the Everytown Facebook page, looking for post fodder, and I found two gems of anti-gun wisdom that I couldn’t pass up sharing.

On a post about how Pediatricians should talk to parents about guns, I found this reply from some Everytown supporters.

Dumb Everytown

Way to go Linda, you lost your gun.  Let me tell you something I learned as a parent.  No matter how will you think you babyproofed your home, you didn’t.  Because you have no idea where your gun is, you have no control over it.  So if one of your grandkids finds it, and hurts themselves with it, it’s on you for being a dumb ass.  Maybe that’s why you liked Lyle’s post about EXTENSIVE gun safety training (although he fails to define extensive) because you know you did something stupid and dangerous and risked your grandkid’s lives.  But if what I know about antis (especially liberal antis) is true, you don’t have that level of self awareness and think what you did is right (hiding a gun so that you lost it) and think everybody should be as irresponsible as you.

I didn’t need an EXTENSIVE  training course to have the common sense to know when my son started to toddle about and get into things, all of my guns got locked in a safe.  I know where each gun is, and I have control over all them.  But because I am a gun owner that isn’t stupid enough to lose my gun and then virtue signal my stupidity on Facebook, I am the bad guy according to Everytown.

 

Next is a T-shirt that Everytown is selling as a fundraiser.

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Now, I may be an asshole (in fact, I’m pretty sure I am) for thinking this, but Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung was killed by a freaking nut job who murdered his own mother and had an obsession with mass shootings.  Being nice didn’t prevent the Sandy Hook massacre.  Being nice didn’t stop Columbine or the Virginia Tech shooting before that.  This is a worthless, feel good platitude, that is idyllic to the point of being naive.  But we can’t go about questioning the wisdom of our martyrs, can we?

If you wan’t some words to live by that might actually make a difference is people’s lives, try the quote by the Warrior Monk, USMC General James “Mad Dog” Mattis: “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.

 

On AC and Mass Murder

It’s been said: Scratch a liberal, find a Fascist.  History has demonstrated, unequivocally, that the road to a liberal utopia is paved with corpses.

There is absolutely nothing that the true believer won’t use as an instrument of or justification for mass murder.

Take these two examples:

The Washington Post published this piece the other day: I don’t need air conditioning, and neither do you.

Ms. Karen Heller is happy without her AC.  She may be pouring out sweat, but her self righteousness keeps her comfortable.  So much so that she wants everybody else to live her misery.

No I know what some people will say “But, J.Kb, didn’t people live for thousands of years without AC?  How bad can it be, really?”

I grew up in an “Old Florida Home” meaning it was built before AC was a standard in homes.  It had big French doors in the back and  floor to ceiling louvered windows up front.  When you opened everything up, there was little to block the wind from blowing through the house to keep it cool.  If you look at traditional Native American dwellings of Florida, the Chickee, as well as aboriginal dwellings from tropical climates around the world, they are just a roof with no walls and provide only shade and protection from rain.  The Persians invented Windcatchers, and architectural style that uses wind to force cool a home.

Modern homes are designed to be cooled by AC.   The AC went out in the place I am living in now, which was build 16 years ago.  For the week it was broken in June in Alabama, with all the windows opened, my upstairs hit 98F according to the thermostat.  Downstairs was only 92F.  We made sure that there was a fan going full blast on the crib at night to keep Mr. Baby cool.  Despite the open windows, there was little to no breeze blowing through the house.

In major urban centers and in large apartment complexes, conditions are even worse.  This is why when a heat wave passes through a big, modern city, it leaves behind a wake of death.  Great Britain lost over one thousand people in a heat wave.  In 1995, Chicago lost 739, and in 2012, they lost as many people in a week to a heat wave as they did gun deaths, 18.

Shutting off AC isn’t a matter of inconvenience, it is a matter of life and death.  Ms. Heller, is going to smile her smug smile of self satisfaction and get people, mainly children and the elderly, killed.  She might not be pushing people into ovens in a death camp, but she is still going to be responsible for people roasting to death.  But she doesn’t care.  Her self satisfaction from reducing her energy consumption just a tad, and trying to convince others to do it, will cause to her completely disregard the blood that would be on her hands.

Over at NPR, which is government funded form taxpayer dollars, the question being posed is: Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change?

“Here’s a provocative thought: Maybe we should protect our kids by not having them” says Travis Rieder, the petty tyrant and sadist who wants to control you and your human desire for procreation.

First, this man used his Environmentalism to emotionally destroy his wife:

“I have been one of those women who actually craved to have a baby,” says Sadiye Rieder, smiling as she sits next to her husband in the sunroom of their Maryland home. “To go through pregnancy and everything, that mattered to me a lot.”

Sadiye also wanted a big family. She grew up among extended relatives in the Turkish part of Cyprus and says she enjoyed having people around all the time.

This was not a problem early in their marriage, as each focused on their studies. But by the time Sadiye began feeling ready for motherhood, Travis’ research had delved into the morality of adoption, which led to the ethics of procreation and to its impact on the climate.

They knew they had to talk.

In the end, they had one child.  That’s still one too many for the rust of us in the proletariat for Rieder’s taste.  This guy can talk to me until he’s blue in the face, but I was one of three.  My wife was one of five.  We want three kids.  I don’t give a shit what his model predicts will happen to the low lying areas of Bangladesh 100 years from now.  I will have the family I want to have.  Remember, these are the same type of people that predicted that NYC will drown in horse shit (literal poop from draft horses) and they everybody was doomed, until the car was invented.  These people can’t model how technology or innovation will fix problems, so they just continue to peddle their bullshit.

Rieder is not alone.  There are other Environmental zealots out to ruin life for the rest of humanity.

At the New Hampshire meeting, 67-year-old Nancy Nolan tells two younger women that people didn’t know about climate change in the 1980s when she had her kids. Once her children were grown, “I said to them, ‘I hope you never have children,’ which is an awful thing to say,” Nolan says, her voice wavering. “It can bring me to tears easily.”

She adds that of course people are driven to procreate, and you can’t really tell them not to.

Of course you can’t tell people not to have kids.  The urge to reproduce is one of the deepest biological drives, right up there with eating and breathing.

So what is their goal?  To get the human race to voluntarily die off?  Maybe just dwindle our numbers a great deal?

What happens when trying to convince people no to have kids is not enough for them?  How about fines for having kids?  Maybe they could encourage abortions to prevent global warming?  How about the extreme of forced abortions?  China already has forced abortions, they just don’t use global warming as justification.

There is no amount of human carnage that these people are not willing to pay as a cost to their cause du jour.  Your freedoms, your children, your family. you, are just an inconvenience to them.  They don’t care about you, no matter how much they say they are trying to protect you.

They will kill you and your children, with a smile, for a polar bear.

 

Fashion sense

Over at Hillary Clinton’s website, there is a Pantsuit T-shirt for sale as a fundraiser.  I just love how it is descried as “Unisex sizing, women may consider ordering one size smaller” – meaning a men’s shirt, but they don’t want to say that.  Also, I’d be wary of actually wearing this on a causal Friday, since I’m pretty sure wearing this shirt to work anywhere but CNN might be a fireable offense.

This is the perfect shirt for the male petty tyrant that really wants to put the boot in your face but is not man enough to lace it up and do himself.

All I know is that if I ever saw that shirt in the wild, it would take the self control of a Shaolin Monk to resist the urge to punch the wearer into paste.

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Saturday Morning Poetry

I was tempted to post the last stanza of this as a comment to Miguel’s Under Armour post, but decided it would be better served as a post of its own.

For historical context, Danegeld, which means Danish Tax or Danish Gold, was a “tribute” that was paid by locals to Viking (Dane) raiders to keep the Vikings away.  It was protection money.

Vikings fought every viciously, which was part of their reputation.  Rape and slaughter one town, let the few survivors spread the word of just how terrible the Vikings were.  When the Vikings showed up at a nearby town a little while later, they would demand tribute or they would repeat the rape a slaughter.  Most villages would pay tribute and the Vikings would go away.  The Vikings operated a very effective protection racket across Scandinavia, The British Isles, Ireland, and the coastal countries of Northern Europe for several hundred years with this tactic.

Rudyard Kipling, who is by far my favorite classical English poet, wrote a poem about the Danegeld, as a warning.  I have committed it to memory, it is not long.

As a warning it is every bit as appropriate today as it has ever been.

It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
  To call upon a neighbour and to say: --
"We invaded you last night--we are quite prepared to fight,
  Unless you pay us cash to go away."

And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
  And the people who ask it explain
That you've only to pay 'em the Dane-geld
  And then  you'll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
  To puff and look important and to say: --
"Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
  We will therefore pay you cash to go away."

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
  But we've  proved it again and  again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
  You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
  For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
  You will find it better policy to say: --

"We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
  No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
  And the nation that pays it is lost!"

 

On the Law and Religion

A professor of law at the University of Miami will be giving a lecture at Drake University Law School on September 15 to discuss the alleged similarities between “constitutional extremists” and religious extremists.

According to the press release on the lecture:

In recent years, the Constitution has become an article of faith in the worst possible sense, t is increasingly invoked to justify irrational and destructive agendas in a way that strongly resembles the way religious extremists use the Bible to advance fundamentalist views. This constitutional extremism occurs on both ends of the political spectrum: in the Right’s obsessive focus on the Second Amendment and the Left’s equally obsessive focus on the First. Though their targets are different, constitutional extremism on both the Right and Left is united in the privileging of the powerful.

I am not a law scholar by any means, but I from my experience and study of the world, I believe this professor is mistaken.

As a layman, when I try to understand religious extremists, the basic philosophy seems to be:

Believe that I tell you to believe.  Pray how I tell you to pray.  Say only what I allow you to say.  Do only what I allow you to do.  Live exactly how I tell you to live.   If you don’t, I will kill you, kill your family, kill everyone that doesn’t fall in line with my beliefs.

Religious extremists seek to control a population.  The use whatever god they believe in, and the rules set down in their holy book to justify their control.

When I think about “Constitutional extremists” the basic philosophy seems to be:

Leave me alone.  Don’t tell me what to believe, what I can or cannot say, how I should live, what I can own, or anything else for that matter.  Don’t treat on me and I won’t tread on you.  If you do start to tread on me, you won’t like it, and then shit will get real.  So for you own protection, fuck off.  

Constitutional extremism pushes the limits of small government, almost to the line of anarchy.  It is defined by an almost complete lack of control.

I assume that this professor is going to try and link religious extremism and constitutional extremism by rhetoric of violence.  But even then they are different.  Religious extremism violence is (to coin a word) actionary.  The religious extremist initiates the violence to get what they want.  Constitutional extremists violence is reactionary.  It is used to repel oppression, which generally manifests itself in the form of violence or the threat of violence.

These two philosophies are diametrically opposed to one another.

Keep in mind, I am not defending or justifying Constitutional extremism in all of its forms.  The Bundy Ranch and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) stand-offs were stupid and dangerous.  It is that this professor seems to have a bone to pick with the NRA, which is often considered to be a Constitutional Extremist group since it puts the 2nd Amendment and Constitutional rights over the feelings of anti-gun activists.  I am concerned that her interpretation of Constitutional Extremism means any time someone says “my rights are more important than your feelings.”  Which is not extremism.  It is a foundational principle of our Nation.  Then again, some on the Left go so far as to identify our Founding Fathers as extremist.

I guess what I am doing is defending a philosophy, not a group.  The idea of parading around with AR-15’s in front of some Park Rangers over cattle is extreme for me.  It’s stupid.  If some Progressive president decides to go full Vichy France and try to appease the Iranian government by putting the boot down on the Jews, well… all bets are off.  Extremism is a matter of degree.  I’m not going to wage war over cattle.  I will wage war over children in cattle cars.

I found it funny, however that this professor associates 1st Amendment extremism with the Left.  Maybe once upon a time, that was true.  Today, is the Progressive Left that tries to crush free speech with hate speech laws or diversity initiatives.  We have seen the loss of free speech on college campuses, which are overwhelmingly left of center.

The Progressive Left has waged war on religion, forcing the religious to comply with their whims against religious doctrine.  The desire of religious people to be left alone to practice their religion in peace is considered bigotry by the left.

This has led to the term Regressive Left.  Liberals who fight against freedom.  If this professor wants to talk about extremist political violence, she needs to focus on this area of politics.  The philosophy of the modern Progressive Liberal is:

Believe that I tell you to believe.  Don’t pray if you practice a “privileged” religion.  Say only what I allow you to say.  Do only what I allow you to do.  Live exactly how I tell you to live.   If you don’t, I will kill you, kill your family, kill everyone that doesn’t fall in line with my beliefs.

The modern left is a religious extremist who worships at the Church of Big Government Our Non-Gendered Person of Tyranny.

But i have a feeling that would cause this professor to take too long and too hard a look in a mirror, so she won’t.