Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fin Bin Serendipity




Imagine my delighted surprise:
Two unfindable movies, which have largely slipped into oblivion, are inexplicably both currently included in the same collection at one's local Wally-World, in the Five-Flicks-For-Five-Bucks rack.


One is Castle Keep, a typically quirky anti-war movie from Hollyweird from about the same time (late '60s-early 70's) as flicks like M*A*S*H* and Catch-22 were all the counter-cultural rage, without being as good as either of them. Directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Burt Lancaster and Peter Falk, among others, between them having 10 nominations and three wins of Oscars back when they meant something besides just a cookie for diversity beans. Still, the flick used to be a staple of late night TV movie fare, and then disappeared forever. Until now.

The other one is the wholly worthy Young Winston, starring a cast of unknown actors including Simon Ward as the titular young Winston Churchill, and including the likes of such other obscure talents as Anne Bancroft (at the pinnacle of her talent and beauty), Robert Shaw, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Hopkins, Ian Holm, Edward Woodward, an unspeaking role by Jane Seymour, and directed by Richard Attenborough. Mayhap you've heard of some of them by now. Being a largely British affair with such nameless featured players, it slipped into and languished in unrecoverable oblivion for decades under the studied ignorance of 20-somethings running studio archives until some wit at Columbia/Sony decided to mine the vaults and let WalMart include it on this $1/movie five pack.

It's definitely worthwhile, worth the price of the DVD by itself if you like a decent flick, and if you can spare forgoing a cup of Starbuck's boiled concoctions just one time, you can catch them both, and three other bits of (well-)forgotten film fare for less than the bargain rates at Netflix.

Enjoy. Get them while they last.

And if anyone ever spots The Secret War Of Harry Frigg loose in the wild, give a holler.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Just An Observation




You could tabulate the amount of time I spend watching broadcast or cable TV on-air most years with an egg timer sandglass. Even though (or more likely because of the fact that) I still work in the biz.

But seeing a few minutes of the Clinton News Network (a fully owned subsidiary of Time Warner/DNC) on in the break room last night, plus what I was hearing on the Radio Punditry channels to and from work, one thing is pretty damned obvious, the more so because I don't spend time absorbed in the Idiot Box:

Everybody, every last swinging Richard, is fangs out trying to take Trump down any and every way they can. In broad daylight, before a packed set of bleachers.

By everybody, I mean the entirety of the dinosaur media, including Fox, every registered Democrat (but I repeat myself), and damned near every member of the pedigreed country club Republican mainstream, to include Hairpiece's own campaign staff.

Clearly, to the lot of them, Trump is the Viagra they crave in the political world, and his effrontery at getting his nomination in a walkaway has given them all hard-ons to last for months. Something just over three of them, at the moment.

Mind you, Trump isn't my guy, and probably never will be - I've reached the point this year that I may skip the entire damned process as an utterly pointless waste of my valuable time - but such a concerted, shameless, widespread effort to take down a political candidate by firing an entire junkyard at him from low altitude, to see what might hit and damage his candidacy, is simply unparalleled in modern US history. Were they to suborn Trump's own Secret Service detail into stuffing kilo-sized bundles of dope into Trump's coat pockets while he works a rope line, it would not, this election season, be beyond belief.

If Shrillary and the combined anchors at ABCNNBCBS all dressed in picador and matador costumes and came at Trump bodily with darts and swords it wouldn't be any less subtle than what's going on right now, and it instills in me the desire to rebel, with the decisiveness of Charlie Brown tackling Lucy, and kicking the unattainable football right up her ass just once, to teach the lesson. And if not to do so myself, to at least hope that enough voters in swing states do, just to thwart the schemes and plans of our self-appointed betters.

Any self-selected group of ass-clowns panting so hard to elect the Criminal rather than Hairpiece really have a deep-seated need for a flamethrower enema.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Life During Wartime

Way too apropos, with every passing day...



Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons,
Packed up and ready to go
Heard of some grave sites, out by the highway,
A place where nobody knows

The sound of gunfire, off in the distance,
I'm getting used to it now
Lived in a brownstone, lived in a ghetto,
I've lived all over this town

This ain't no party, this ain't no disco,
This ain't no fooling around
No time for dancing, or lovey dovey,
I ain't got time for that now

Transmit the message, to the receiver,
Hope for an answer some day
I got three passports, a couple of visas,
You don't even know my real name

High on a hillside, the trucks are loading,
Everything's ready to roll
I sleep in the daytime, I work in the nighttime,
I might not ever get home

This ain't no party, this ain't no disco,
This ain't no fooling around
This ain't no Mudd Club, or C. B. G. B.,
I ain't got time for that now

Heard about Houston? Heard about Detroit?
Heard about Pittsburgh, P. A.?
You oughta know not to stand by the window
Somebody see you up there

I got some groceries, some peanut butter,
To last a couple of days
But I ain't got no speakers, ain't got no headphones,
Ain't got no records to play

Why stay in college? Why go to night school?
Gonna be different this time
Can't write a letter, can't send no postcard,
I ain't got time for that now

Trouble in transit, got through the roadblock,
We blended in with the crowd
We got computers, we're tapping phone lines,
I know that that ain't allowed

We dress like students, we dress like housewives,
Or in a suit and a tie
I changed my hairstyle, so many times now,
I don't know what I look like!

You make me shiver, I feel so tender,
We make a pretty good team
Don't get exhausted, I'll do some driving,
You ought to get you some sleep

Burned all my notebooks, what good are notebooks?
They won't help me survive
My chest is aching, burns like a furnace,
The burning keeps me alive
(c) David Byrne

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Time For You To Go, Officers




North Miami police shoot unarmed black therapist, with hands raised, unarmed, while he was trying to calm down an autistic patient, armed only with a small toy truck.

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There is preliminary information that North Miami police officers were dispatched to the scene after a 911 call was received of an armed male suspect threatening suicide. Arriving officers attempted to negotiate with two men on the scene, one of whom was later identified as suffering from autism. The other man was later identified as an employee of an assisted living facility. At some point during the on-scene negotiation, one of the responding officers discharged his weapon, striking the employee.
Really, jackasses?!?!?

So finding instead two UNarmed males, attempting in point of fact no crime whatsoever, your Officer Fuckstick carefully and considerately shot the unarmed black man, in broad daylight, with a clear view, and while his hands were documentedly raised far away from his body, hands empty of anything.

Fucking geniuses with badges.

Let's try that again, only with another 70 IQ points applied:

 Officer Random Fuckstick has been fired for cause from the North Miami PD, arrested, and turned over to the Miami-Dade County district attorney, to be prosecuted for one count of attempted murder, which under FL law as attempted murder in the third degree is a second degree felony, and carries a possible sentence of life in prison. He is also being referred to the US Atty.'s office immediately for violation of civil rights under color of authority for further federal prosecution after the state trial. He will also be administratively stripped of all sovereign and qualified immunity for his actions, and plaintiff(s) will therefore be able to recover damages directly from him for his conduct and its consequences, as well as from the city.
 North Miami and their PD has zero tolerance for anyone, citizen or police officer, shooting unarmed innocents, and holds their police to a higher standard.

Absent reality and common sense breaking out, or multiple brain transplants to the Chief of Police in North Miami and his PIO minions, let alone the leadership of the North Miami police union and rank and file, who should be clamoring for this idiot's head to be delivered on a platter - but won't, because Team Blue - let me state for the record, ahead of the BLM useful idiots, that random crazy people clearly haven't gunned down enough police officers yet to fully get your attention, you bunch of cowardly incompetent murderous bastards.

This is only evidentiary item #3,217,723 that the police ARE the problem.

Not all of them, not everywhere, and not every time.
But this incident will doubtless fuel the fires of crazy, and more officers who didn't do this will be gunned down exactly like the last few batches, to punish vicariously the one(s) who do, have, and will continue to act this way, since time beyond accounting.

That this kind of crap continues to occur 25 years after Rodney King, at a time when widespread unrest is poised to explode, precisely when most we need a professional, circumspect, and well-trained police, only makes the continued failure to perform to any bare minimum standard of competence doubly damning.

The only thing that made this "just" a shooting, instead of another police murder execution, was the abysmal marksmanship of the PD's incompetent minions despite total tactical dominance over two unarmed and criminally innocent victims, at a range measured in feet, which is a thin reed for the average citizen to hang his survival on every time any one or more police are anywhere within 100 yards, fangs out, and dumber than a bag of hammers, time after time after time after mother-effing time. The video documents that the PD in this instance were approaching from cover, and that at least one of them was carrying (and pointing) an M-4gery style carbine at the unarmed men at the time of the shooting. If nothing else, fire the shooter and his partner for that: both inappropriate deployment and use of weapons, and lousy accuracy.

I'm henceforth all out of fucks to give for the victims and families of every police officer shot from here on out. You've played your last "one bad apple" card. Burn down the orchard. 
Perhaps it's time to either take all your guns away 24/7/365, and mandate any response will be solely by unarmed officials, or else simply disband entirely all armed and uniformed patrols, and take our chances without police running around armed and stupid, 24/7/365, once and for all. Word to all departments: Police Academy and the sequels were comedies, not training films. (We'll ignore, for the moment, the myriad reasons why feds with guns should be concurrently reduced somewhere between 90 and 99% as well.) Police collectively and individually have blown too many chances, and continue to, and no matter how harsh the blowback, no additional learning occurs. Ever.

This wasn't in some Podunk town with 3 officers averaging 300 pounds, and a weekend correspondence course for training. It was in friggin' North Miami, FL.

Maybe total unemployment, or when their chances in Anytown for making it through a shift alive are lower than for a guy riding shotgun on an Iraqi convoy in 2004, some small number of the police may elect to re-connect with the citizenry as equals, and return to maintaining law and order amongst the community, instead of over it from on untouchable high. In any event, it's probably going to take a Vietnam War-esque body count of officers every year before the light of reality dawns on most of your membership.

You, the police, have become a cancer on the society that hired you and a plague upon those you formerly served, for far too long to tolerate any further.
Hoping for collective change from you is like cheering at the Special Olympics, and ignoring the consequences was never an option.
Blame entirely yourselves.






(Entirely for bonus points, I'd love to hear the exact 911 call(s) in question, and how they were relayed, to determine if the dispatcher fucked up the information by the numbers, and helped create the situation in the first place. It doesn't absolve the officer on the scene, who is theoretically trained to employ the Mk I Mod 0 eyeball in all situations, which should have led to not falling back, and shooting from cover at an unarmed person, with zero appreciation of common sense or what was going on. 
But 3:1 odds some civil service Affirmative Action hire with D-level English skills contributed materially to misinformation to arriving officers, and should similarly be charged with gross incompetence, depraved indifference and reckless endangerment, and similarly terminated for cause and referred for further prosecution, should that turn out to be the case.
Whoever put it out as "armed man threatening suicide", someone else should fry on this.
And if the PIO made it up out of whole cloth, that would be your target, for accessory to attempted murder, after the fact.
100% certainty none of that will ever happen, and 9:1 against any of it coming out until the settlement phase of the inevitable civil suit.)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Stephen Loomis, Jack-Booted Thug




Concurrent with the latest targeted assassination of police officers occurring in Louisiana, Stephen Loomis ( stephenloomis@cppa.org ) - who (purely coincidentally, I'm sure) looks exactly like a giant penis - as head of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, has come out loud and clear in public against the rule of law, the constitution, and due process:

“We are sending a letter to Gov. Kasich requesting assistance from him. He could very easily do some kind of executive order or something — I don’t care if it’s constitutional or not at this point,” Stephen Loomis, president of Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, told CNN. “They can fight about it after the RNC or they can lift it after the RNC, but I want him to absolutely outlaw open-carry in Cuyahoga County until this RNC is over.” 
Loomis also told CNN that law enforcement would be stepping up inspections of anyone who is holstering a weapon in the downtown area.
 
“We are going to be looking very, very hard at anyone who has an open carry,” he said. “An AR-15, a shotgun, multiple handguns. It’s irresponsible of those folks — especially right now — to be coming downtown with open carry AR’s or anything else. I couldn’t care less if it’s legal or not. We are constitutional law enforcement, we love the Constitution, support it and defend it, but you can’t go into a crowded theater and scream fire. And that’s exactly what they’re doing by bringing those guns down there.”
Ohio allows licensed firearm owners to wear holstered firearms in public except in “secure zone” areas around the RNC Convention site at Quicken Loans Arena. Legal firearm owners can walk around the city within the 1.7 square mile regulated “event zone” with any firearm not banned by the state.
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Looking at this dispassionately and conservatively, I'd say that gives the CPPA until about sunup local time tomorrow to both
1) Fire Loomis, for cause
2) Rescind and distance themselves from his dictatorial and unconstitutional remarks.

Anyone who lends any support to Loomis should be investigated and prosecuted with him under federal statutes regarding conspiracy and civil rights, including any "extra scrutiny" of citizens found to be studiously obeying the law and presenting no probable cause for any additional "inspections" of their persons or property in Cleveland during the convention period.

As it is, none of that will happen, so any Cleveland cops who subsequently get killed or injured during the sure-to-follow Activist Follies scheduled to drown out the GOP Convention there can die or suffer while wounded happily, knowing that their blood is on the hands of the president of their own CPPA, the spiritual heir of Reichsfuhrer Himmler, Stalin, Castro, and Pol Pot. In word, if not deed.

Well played, shitbag.
Cleveland's Finest should sleep well, knowing what an unabashed kleine Nazi dictator they've elected to represent their interests. And yet they'll still probably sit there and wonder why everyday people are starting to root for the gunmen...
The rank and file ought to pray that citizens can tell the difference between cops on the beat, and their jackassical mouthpiece.

I just want to know why, O Why? such stacked piles of shit as Loomis never get capped in any one of the far-too-numerous shooting rampages by the Special Snowflakes. If only to leave open the question of the existence of a benevolent deity in the universe, if not pour encourager les autres.

In fairness, at least for his part, Gov. Kasich took about 0.2 seconds to issue a release in response to this idiocy, to the effect that the governor of Ohio is not empowered to arbitrarily suspend US or Ohio state law purely for the convenience of police union goobers with room temperature IQs, or the at-least 51% of their union members who voted them into their position. Which, whatever his other virtues and flaws, puts Kasich above the midline in understanding the Constitution and his official powers, in comparison to the governors of the other 49 states. Or at any rate, smart enough not to openly hoist a swastika flag over Ohio.

I could be wrong though: Loomis may simply be bucking for a job over at the US DOJ or the FBI. Shrillary's going to need a lot of gauleiters if she wins.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Turkey: Question du jour




Q: Does the overthrow of radical mainstream Islam lover Erdogan in Turkey, by that country's military and police forces, signal that the Turks have had enough of that shit, and are belatedly going to start rounding up and beheading their jihadi cousins, or that they will now embrace them even more boldly than Erdogan ever did, leading to all sorts of mischief, not least of which their pending expulsion from NATO?

So many questions, so little popcorn.


Indeed.

UPDATE: Never Mind.
It seems Erdogoof has managed to stave off being overthrown, while underlining that his regime is an unmitigated clown show on the way to full-on failed nation status, and advertising for clandestine support to homegrown dissidents from actual and potential enemies, which at this point include Russia, Greece, Israel, and ISIS.

At the very least, there are a couple of dozen new job openings in Ankara for Presidential Food Taster.

Color Me Shocked





Incredibly, not so much as a peep out of The Usual Suspects suggesting bans on either delivery trucks, nor muslims, after yesterday's incident of workplace rage by a blonde Swedish Lutheran nun in France.


And for the record, Nice was "merkeled"* yesterday.
Vidkun Quisling shouldn't be the only Youre-A-Peon toady bastard to have his own honorary word.









*(For any lexicographers in the audience, the synonym of merkeled involves the fate of any small boys left at either Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch at any point while the singer was alive, or any small boy left in the company of adherents of the Religion Of Pieces{tm} anytime since about 622 A.D. Dulce et decorum est.)




Thursday, July 14, 2016

Nice




As word of the horrific tally of carnage comes in from the south of France, reaction in Washington D.C. has been forthcoming and clear.

Emperor For Life HopeyDopey I, hisownself, started out by decrying the tragedy of what he described as a clear case of road rage: "If only the French weren't killing the planet with carbon-belching global warming, that poor lost driver never would have accidentally blundered into those thoughtless pedestrians. It's long past time for the people of France to realize that if they don't like the way their Muslim citizens drive, they should stay the hell off of the sidewalks."

FBI Diretor Comey piled on, decrying the extreme carelessness of the driver in question.
Attorney General Lotretta Lynch, when asked about the incident, stated that a single driver running over and then gunning down 80 or more Frenchmen was puzzling, but that without the full specifics and a careful study of the relevant French laws, she couldn't say for certain whether anything actually illegal had occurred. Both offered the French any help they need in exonerating the poor innocent Muslim cruelly gunned down on the way to his daily prayers by racist and wicked French police, because black-robed-and-hooded lives matter.


Her ladyship and Duchess heir apparent Shrillary Peron Macbeth, returning from a campaign fundraising trip to the Five Families, when quizzed, was certain she had sent numerous memos regarding the dangerous situation in Nice to the French security services, at some point, but said that her staff had experienced some difficulty locating the e-mails in question. She was also pretty sure that she had landed in Nice (under enemy fire the entire time) at some point while serving as Secretary of State. "But what difference, at this point, does it make?" She pledged to have the usual video producers rounded up if elected Queen of Hearts.

White House Head Press Spokeshole Ernest Reifenstahl stated categorically that "the tragic events in France earlier today make keeping assault weapons out of the hands of law abiding Americans here that much more of an urgent priority, for the children."

Even overseas, condemnation of the events has been swift as well. Reichsfuhrer Merkel, when asked what she thought about the gory deaths of over 80 Frenchmen during a celebration commemorating opening doors and letting Algerians and other oppressed post-colonial refugees settle in Europe, replied "Today's incident was a good start. I wasn't able to attend the event in person, but I'll definitely send along a note saying I approve of it heartily."

The only response garnered thus far from French officials themselves was indecipherable. Marine Le Pen stated through a spokesperson that "John has a long moustache. Frexit in 3,2,1..."

Listening to the responses from American leaders to the incident, the editorial staff of The Onion have announced that they'll probably be forced to close their doors for good by the end of 2016. The printed statement from the editorial board stated simply
"We just can't compete with this sort of thing anymore."



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Demographics Is Destiny

"You cannot invade the United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass." - whoever



Demographics Is Destiny
Usually that's observed for Western democracies in terms of gloom, due to a declining birthrate, esp. vis-à-vis any given xenopopulation.
But if you take a peek at Robert Gore's Essay Bring It On over on Straight Line Logic, regarding the impending collapse of the current world system, it's far less doom-and-gloomy.

He gets to the meat-and-potatoes here:
But, never underestimate the stupidity of the aristocrats. Let’s say the US government descended into full-on totalitarianism. This is the same government that couldn’t subdue Vietnamese in Vietnam, Afghans in Afghanistan, Iraqis in Iraq, Syrians in Syria, Libyans in Libya, or Yemenis in Yemen. Nevertheless, it will attempt to subdue Americans in America, who collectively are far better armed (thank you, NRA) than any of the insurgencies in those other countries.
Of course, many Americans are sheep so the resistance would be a subset, but the daunting math of fighting insurgents on their own territory, according to military expert Richard Maybury, is about 20 military personnel for each domestic guerrilla fighter. So even if only a million US insurgents resist, probably a low estimate, it would require 20 million government personnel to suppress them, not to mention what would be necessary to maintain order should any collateral chaos and violence, including racial and ethnic animosities, erupt. Currently, there are a little over 2 million active and reserve personnel in the military, and about 1.1 million in law enforcement, and some of both are administrative personnel who would not participate in suppression or combat. The government is stockpiling weaponry, but where does it find at least 17 million recruits to pull the triggers and drive the MRAPS, and with what will it pay them?
The reality is that things are far simpler than that.

Team Oppression is never going to raise another 17M oppressors. In fact, they're highly likely to lose a significant subset of the 3.1M they're already counting on, either to indifference, desertion, or actively joining any resistance movement, if not actually forming one themselves.

And at Maybury's nominal 20:1 ratio to suppress insurgency, that means in the entire USA, a mere 150,000 active resistors places TPTB into a perpetual unyielding stalemate.
Any combination of insurgent recruitment above that number, and/or losses to Team Oppression, means a resistance inexorably gains ground.

You can also forget the likelihood of any blue-helmeted UN troops, or Chinese hordes descending on us here: both entities currently have far more on their plate at home than they can presently handle, and lack the time, troops, treasure, or trouble to go looking for foreign adventure here, unless they desired a repeat of both Little Big Horn and Gallipoli amalgamated into a fearsome Franken-battle of biblical proportions. With the locals playing the part of Home Team under both scenarios.

Also, let's bear in mind that current criminal elements far surpass that 150,000 number, and TPTB are hard-pressed to maintain order now with the forces at their immediate disposal. The crooks aren't going away anytime soon, and adding a resistance to more than offset the addition of the military, under any rule set besides nuking your entire country to glass, avails them a permanent losing battle, and an eventual prom date with a tumbrel cart and gibbet.


I'm not saying they won't try, or that there will never be foreign toadies willing to come here, but the unassailable facts are that for even the most minimal insurgency here,
they can never, ever win.
And even the dimmer bulbs on whatever side can parse that mathematical reality out, without much effort.

Which should lead you to recognize how stupid the leadership that would try must be to skirt the edge of that abyss, or think they have any chance of carrying it off. Like jihadis poking America, or Shrillary dodging indictment (so far), when the rules change suddenly, and the Marquis Of Queensbury gloves come off, the sudden appearance of a mob with torches and pitchforks headed for their house comes as the wildest and most unpleasant shock to the cores of their being.

All you need to do is concentrate on assembling and preparing your local slice of that 150k or so - even if you're any army of one, currently - and the outcome is largely a forgone conclusion.

Provided you actually make that effort, prior to the day.

Just saying.


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Dallas: After-action





Now that things have started to settle down, let's give this a once-over based on updated information.

New Realities:

The shooter:
Infuriatingly for the media and the other leftist Usual Suspects, the shooter wasn't a white angry male, nor armed with the dreaded AR-15 series. Boo frickin' hoo. He was a black angry male. (And you'll see neither his name nor face mentioned herein, nor ever.) He was a one-man assault force. He pinned down 20-50x as many officers for hours, had them convinced they were dealing with a team of guys, and chasing their tails and imaginary suspects. He killed, so far, 5x his weight in police officers, and held off an entire urban SWAT team, to the point that TPTB elected to blow him up rather than risk more officers. And his weapon was nothing more ferocious than a humble semi-auto SKS (updated-A.) AK, probably with Russian surplus steel-core ammo, and simple optics. 1947 Russian technology sez "Hi".
A couple years back, I met Chris Hernandez (bloglist, right) in person, and one of my humble non-LEO observations on active shooter protocols was that eventually, bad guys, singly or in groups, were going to be expecting the whole "swarm 'em immediately" tactic, and eat the PD's lunch. Chris, both a military veteran of multiple recent deployments, and a serving police officer "somewhere in Texas" with tactical response experience, wasn't so sure that would happen, or make much difference.
Today I won that hunch, and it's going to cost DPD several funerals, and years of soul-searching. Every SWAT team in the country just got pwned Thursday night, and like Columbine, this incident is going to dictate a re-evaluation of everyone's future doctrine and tactics. And if you think the ISIS-holes aren't lapping this incident up, and filling notebooks with their own analysis, I've got a bridge to sell you, for cheap.

The only thing the left and DHS' crystal-ball gazers can salvage out of this is the knowledge that if you paint someone into a corner, even a humble military reservist with one whole SWAsia deployment under his belt, a rifle, and the will, can indeed be a formidable potential terrorist threat, and proved in the event to be more than a match for the forces of law and order for as many hours as one stays alive and on the loose.
Had he been possessed of better tactical planning (apparently pulling this whole incident out of his @$$ on the fly) and escaped, however briefly, he'd have been leading the entire state of Texas on the biggest ghost hunt in history, exactly as Dorner did in CA, and without helpfully painting them a trail right back to himself in advance.

This is also bad news for Team Oppression, when they contemplate that there are 300 million guns in circulation nationwide at last rough SWAG, and some number of millions of veterans in the country, many with multiple combat tours, minimal tactical training, or both, and a significant number pissed off to the gills about the last 8-40 years' worth of Leftism on a rampage, and any number of other causes.
That fact alone both undoes any hope of "gun control", and should have fecal matter running down the legs of everyone with a badge and the desire to go all King George/"just following orders" for the next 50 years, at least. For them, shit just got real.

The cops:
Just as in the celebrated North Hollywood Bank Shootout, the cops in Dallas, to their eternal credit, ran towards the gunfire, like they do, and interposed themselves between an active shooter and innocent victims, despite in  most instances being outgunned with just their sidearms vs. a rudimentary long weapon. Bravery 10, tactical acumen 2, if you're keeping score, also just like North Hollywood. And with similar body counts in both instances. The officer who blundered up on the shooter, then was single-handedly outflanked, surrounded, and then executed by multiple rounds to the back and body after he fell was the clearest example that being braver than you are smart is a short-term recipe for dying gloriously, but quickly, and permanently. Life is not a FPS game with "respawn".
Their SWAT team, despite being held at a standoff, at least had the wit on the fly to change the rules of engagement, drop Marquis of Queensbury Rules, and elect to blow this adversary up with a bomb robot ("C4-PO" per Arf.com. Hillarious!-A.), correctly determining that deadly force=deadly force, and that after 12 of their guys and two civilians were already down, attempting an arrest was futile, and that there's more than one way to skin that cat. It turns out that most problems in life can, indeed, be solved by a suitable application of high explosives. Kudos.



My condolences for the PD's losses, and a hearty thumbs up for taking out their opponent any way they could get the job done, and with no additional casualties. Just like with Flight 93, you get about an hour in America to turn the tables on folks; after that, the means may change, but the outcome isn't in doubt once you, the bad guy(s), have been fixed, outnumbered, and surrounded.

On the other side of the equation, this guy had a grievance. One that law enforcement in general has ignored, and would have continued to, right up until Thursday evening. After squirting the effluvia of a macho burrito on the whole Black Lives Matter bs'ers myself, the reality is that there's a serious, long-unappreciated, and finally acknowledged truth afoot in the black community: the average black person justifiably is afraid of being executed by Any Police Officer for any interaction whatsoever, and for cause.
And after last week, the fear of being gunned down for nothing now applies to Team Blue.
It was a long time in coming, and it took getting a dozen of their peeps gunned down in cold blood to get their attention. A preliminary listen to responses in the aftermath of the shootout shows it may finally have begun to swing the pendulum the other way.

An over-militarized, authoritarian, "respect mah authoritay" gene has run rampant in law enforcement in this country since the 1960s. And it isn't "a few bad apples", nor is it every swinging Richard on every force. The truth lies between those extremes, but the official institutionalized Team Blue attitude leads to the conclusion that qui tacet consentire videtur has been policy from coast to coast, with thousands of officers deciding they are cops first, and citizens second, and covering for, or even defending, in word and deed indefensible and egregious over-reaches by their brethren -  to the point that nothing but paying in blood gets their attention. As Officer John McClane once said famously. "Welcome to the party, asshole!"
 
When an entire occupational field - law enforcement - has reached, exactly like Islam, the point that only either being killed wholesale, or learning to call out and deliver the heads on platters of your own murderous offenders from within your midst will suffice to expunge your guilt in the public's eyes, as it has with American law enforcement for decades, you've fucked the pooch so hard the ASPCA should have had you arrested long ago. And we've now reached the threshold that people are going to start treating them, wholesale, randomly, exactly like jihadis, when they get the chance.

If that doesn't institute a sea change in Team Blue, leading to a deep and profound reversal of course, and a return to Peel's Principles rather than Machiavellian politics as usual, the body count from here on out is entirely justifiable, and I'll be rooting more for the shooters than the law enforcers, despite the near-term consequences to civilization, and so will millions of ordinary Americans.

If you wear a badge, LEARN. THAT. LESSON.
Think it over long and hard, and make some serious changes, right damn snappy.
Else, go to war with the American people and Constitution, and ask history how that's going to end for you over time.
Fix the problem, or settle your affairs.

The Black Community
During, by all accounts, an entirely peaceful protest otherwise, the march in Dallas accomplished precisely nothing of note. Right up until one lone gunman, a couple of blocks from Dealey Plaza, where JFK was un-elected with some finality, highjacked their march, and made a point that hundreds of protests, both non-violent and violent, hadn't made since at least Rodney King's time.
The bitter pill for everyone to swallow is that damnable as the highjacking of the event was, it probably accomplished more in 30 minutes than peaceful protests had in 40 years. Everyone is simply going to have to digest that, and deal with it. I neither call for nor applaud this, but I acknowledge its reality.

The black community, and individual members, are finally getting heard on their justified concerns. And, hopefully, they'll start to pay attention themselves to the reasons why no one's been listening until now. The list of reasons no one cared has been 1% their skin color being different, and 99% the myriad ways they sabotaged and continue to, their own agenda.

The way not to squander this abrupt crack in the door, and gaining the attention of both The Man, and the rest of America, is to fix the things they can:

Stop sticking up for the guilty-as-hell Dindu Nuffins, who get shot while fucking up by the numbers.

If Black Lives Matter to you for real, rather than for rent, stop ignoring that 98% of black crime and deaths are perpetrated on your community by your community, and not by The Man. (Unless, by The Man, you mean the calculated indifference of Rahm Emmanuel, the black mayors of DC and Detroit, and President For Life HopeyDopey the First, hisownself.)

While no one is advocating for police mistreatment, even Chris Rock has pointed out that you're a lot less likely to get shot, or get a PR-24 Shampoo, if, when interacting with law enforcement officials, you don't act like an oppressed, entitled jackass of biblical proportions, and probably thence deserve everything that happens afterwards.

The Civil War ended in 1865. Slavery ended with the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments in the 1860s-1870s. Civil Rights was instituted in the mid-1960s. So unless you wore slave chains, and picked cotton yourselves, STFU about your imaginary (for the last 50 years, minimum) allegations of widespread institutionalized racism. Do that, and we'll gladly hear you out about actual injustice perpetrated last year or 15 seconds ago. Swear to God, hand to my heart. The rest of us neither want nor tolerate that shit either.

Act like fellow citizens, instead of aggrieved, entitled @$$clowns, and you'll be treated like the former and not the latter. Just like everyone else in this country, including every wave of immigrants going back multiple centuries, is.

So either get in, or get out. You want to start yapping about how your great-great-grandparents got brought here instead of coming freely to Ellis Island, there's a solution to your whine, and it's no farther away than the ticket desk of Air Africa. You don't like it here, and can't parse out how to behave day in and day out forever, GTFO, and go live in Liberia. I hear the Ebola there is lovely this time of year.

Learn those lessons, take them to heart.


The Government PTB:
Are you kidding me? Those @$$clowns never learn anything from anything, and never have, so I'm not even going to waste the electrons to discuss the myriad ways they'll fuck this up, from HopeyDopey on down to the lowliest TSA minion, nor note the hundreds of thousands of ways they'll work, by indifference to actual malign design, to make things worse, starting with "never let a crisis go to waste."

If fucking up by the numbers were an Olympic event, the government would long ago have won the Lifetime Achievement Award in perpetuity.




The real aftermath can work out for good, if the people most directly affected choose to learn from the whole thing. It could actually serve to start turning the ship around on some decades-long major problems that have been driving this country to the brink, going back to the occasion of the last noteworthy shooting in downtown Dallas.

But if people behave stupidly, as they have universally until this point, the entire sorry spectacle will serve solely as a how-to manual for what the next 100 incidents will look like, and serve simply as a Harbinger of Ultimate Doom for the republic, as we collectively lurch and stumble towards our ultimate destruction.

Looking at the parties we need intelligence and wisdom from, I'm far from sanguine about the eventual outcome, but the opportunity for positive change is not imaginary.

And if it fails to materialize, wherever and whoever you are, you don't have enough ammunition. Pray for the best, but prepare for the worst.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Dallas


Dallas:
Unknown shooter "extremely careless" with rifle fire, multiple Dallas police dead, wounded.

FBI Director Comey unavailable for comment.


Guess that whole "Rule Of Law" thingie comes in handy sometimes, eh Jimbo?

Wait...actions have consequences...?
Who knew...???

And for anyone with their panties in a twist, the time before The Usual Suspects start waving the bloody shirts and splashing in the blood of the victims to start braying "Gun Control! Assault Weapons Ban! Magazine Limits! Ammunition Registration!" was probably measured in milliseconds, and is now so old it's cold news.

Sauce for the goose, bitchez.