Remember The Fallen and Live Well

I’m not going to do my usual berating of those who say “happy Memorial Day!” I’m not going to post a screed about sales and barbecues. I’m not going to lament the civilians who should know better than to thank someone for their service this weekend. I’m going to ask you to watch the linked video.

I’m a Veteran who served in combat, but I’m also a husband of a Veteran who served in combat. I admittedly get so wrapped up in my own issues, that I forget that my loving bride has demons as well. When she went into harms way, I cared for our two very young daughters. Had the worst happened, I’d like to think that I would have been stalwart and steadfast…a rock to our amazing kids. But I’m really not so sure that I could have held it together.

Treasure who you have in your life. If you don’t personally know someone who has fallen in battle in your lifetime, take a couple of minutes and read of someone….anyone….and remember that they have a still hurting family. That they still have a hole in their heart. That politics and opinion aside….they made a sacrifice in the service of their Brothers and Sisters alongside them.

They should be remembered.

I’ll be pouring a glass in remembrance of a friend tomorrow.

Practical Public Education?

I’ve been told, to varying degrees that home economics is not being widely taught in our public schools anymore; I hope I’m largely mistaken…given that just the financial aspects of Home EC have evolved wildly since I was in school. Many schools used to have marksmanship teams (a handful in rural areas still do)…..and even fewer (likely) offer first aid/CPR training on an extra-curricular basis.

I’ve long advocated for more….far more practical injects into our public school curricula. Estonia (and they’re not entirely alone) has done just that.

In Estonia, the Riigikaitseõpetuse (National Defense Education) program is aimed at teens. Organized into 70 hours of formal instruction, half are delivered online via remote education, then capped by an intense three-day field camp. Besides military history, drill, and courtesy, it also spends nine hours covering land navigation, 14 hours in basic weapons training, 14 hours in first aid, and 10 hours in CBW/NBC along with civil defense tasks such as basic firefighting and search and rescue.Link

Now, to assuage those who will raise hue and cry about this being a pipeline for the ‘military-industrial complex’, I would be OK with cutting the drill & weapons training (or having it be voluntary), but the CW/NBC aspect is just as pertinent for industrial/hazmat situations. The others speak for themselves, and can always be expanded upon.

My support for a program such as this, is not to provide an increased footprint/feeder for the Armed Forces, but to begin to re-educate our next generation in the arts of being more self-sufficient. Too many of our young Citizens believe the genesis of our foodstuffs begin at the local Whole Foods, if they even consider it at all; that life can go on if the power goes out….or ((gasp)) if cell service is interrupted.

What say you? Agree or disagree?

The Easter Message from Donald of Orange


There you go. The tidings from the man who has been labeled by some as the most “godly, biblical president in our lifetime“, sends his annual Easter message…..once again, sans any mention of Jesus or the rising.

Now, I don’t care if he even believes in a god or not, but he certainly cosplays as a Christian….and his cult eats it up.

But we need to ban drag shows?

Report details ‘staggering’ church sex abuse in Maryland

BALTIMORE (AP) — More than 150 Catholic priests and others associated with the Archdiocese of Baltimore sexually abused over 600 children and often escaped accountability, according to a long-awaited state report released Wednesday that revealed the scope of abuse spanning 80 years and accused church leaders of decades of coverups.

The report paints a damning picture of the archdiocese, which is the oldest Roman Catholic diocese in the country and spans much of Maryland. Some parishes, schools and congregations had more than one abuser at the same time — including St. Mark Parish in Catonsville, which had 11 abusers living and working there between 1964 and 2004. One deacon admitted to molesting over 100 children. Another priest was allowed to feign hepatitis treatment and make other excuses to avoid facing abuse allegations.

That’s only ONE Diocese out of 194 in the United States alone. Given the previous reporting of similar abuses in other Diocese, if we presume even 10% of the criminal and immoral acts were committed over the same time frame (likely a low estimate). we’re talking about almost 12,000 kids.

Not to mention that this is ONE sect in the broader Christian umbrella*; as we see near daily reporting of other clergy/pastors being arrested for sexual abuse and/or child porn.

But ‘drag shows’ are the problem? Transgenderism is the problem? We have some serious moral rot in our society….but the self-proclaimed exemplars are focusing on the wrong problems. I wonder why……..

  • No, I’m not ignoring Islam. I’m very aware of the culture of pederasty that exists in predominantly Muslim nations.

We’re Animals

The human race. At our core, we’re smooth-brained savages. Allow me to recap last night on the University of Connecticut’s campus in Storrs, CN:

“Yay, the sports team that I root for won the National Championship game!”

“I literally contributed nothing to that victory, but every utterance of said team will be ‘WE‘!”

“I’m so excited about my (‘WE) non-contribution to dropping a round ball into a net more times than the other team, that I’m going to drink to excess and run around screaming!”

“Hey, what are these uninvolved cars doing sitting on their 4 wheels? They must be completely turned over at once!”

“Why is there no fire in that campus building, where I take classes? This must be rectified immediately! I’ll not have unvandalized property that my tuition goes to maintain left unscarred. My love and adulation for my sports team demands it!”

“Wait, why are you arresting me? Don’t you know hat ‘WE‘ won the big game?”


The Militia = The People

A Substack post over at Stark Realities, should be required reading for anyone pushing gun control legislation; but they’ve pretty consistently shown that they’re not interested in primary sources or factual information regarding firearms. So this piece will largely only be read by those who already know it’s truth. Such a shame.

It’s a long piece, and I’ll excerpt it here, but I recommend reading it in it’s entirety.

America’s latest episode of mass homicide has sparked renewed advocacy for restrictions on gun ownership. Once again, the accompanying debate has many gun control advocates claiming the Second Amendment’s reference to a “well regulated militia” narrows the amendment’s scope if not rendering it altogether moot.

Before we examine those claims, it’s important to ensure readers have a proper general understanding of the Bill of Rights. Contrary to common misperception, these amendments do not bestow privileges upon American citizens. Rather, they are primarily a set of prohibitions against the government infringing on pre-existing human rights all people have.

That’s evident in the language. For example, the First Amendment begins “Congress shall make no law…” This amendment isn’t awarding citizens the rights of religion, speech and assembly — it’s outlawing the government’s thwarting of those innate and universal human rights.

Similarly, the Fourth Amendment asserts that “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.” Again, the authors are not granting those rights, they are protecting them.

When the Bill of Rights was proposed, some feared the enumeration of a handful of rights could be misinterpreted as providing a comprehensive catalogue — and thus empowering the government to infringe on human rights not specified. That’s why they included the Ninth Amendment, asserting that “the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

“Amendment II. 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.”

With that understanding of the Bill of Rights in mind, we see that, via the Second Amendment, the founders explicitly asserted that there is a “right of the people to keep and bear arms.”

What about that reference to “a well regulated militia”? As we set out to scrutinize the phrase, let’s first observe that the Second Amendment contains two distinct components serving two different purposes:

  • An operative clause that sets out a specific prohibition against the government’s infringement on a right: …the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
  • A prefatory clause that announces a purpose: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State…

Positioned in the prefatory clause, the “well regulated Militia” reference merely serves to provide a rationale — and not necessarily the only rationale — for the operative clause that follows.

While the Second Amendment stands apart from the others in the Bill of Rights by having a prefatory clause, such clauses were common in state constitutions of the era.

Prefatory clauses were used to help “sell” amendments to those being asked to approve them. In this case, the authors were pointing to the necessity of an armed populace as the well from which militias are drawn — militias seen as a vital safeguard against the federal government they were creating.

In particular, America’s founders were wary of the federal government’s potential to create a standing army that could be used to destroy state sovereignty and individual liberties. Seeking to “sell” the amendment to drafting committees and state ratifying conventions, it made sense for the authors to highlight the link between militias and the people’s right to bear arms.

The Bloody Shirt Continues to wave

Another shooting, this one a bit different in terms of the firearm used as well as shooter themself. But what doesn’t change?” The legion of witting liars and unwitting minions, continuing the industry of false narratives and absurd fantasies.

I feel like reposting an earlier offering, because the same idiocy deserves the same response. But before I do, allow me to present a foundation that everyone should be able to agree on, and go from there.

Doesn’t any legislation, regarding such a weighty matter – need to be meticulously defined and ‘suit-proofed’? Legislation that proposes to turn law-abiding Citizens into felons if they don’t abrogate their Constitutional and Natural Right via diktat of the State?

Who dares disagree with that?

No, onto the the required response to those who would fuel said diktat:

I invite any gun control proponents [as I long have] to define the following:

“Weapons of war” – Please identify a class of firearms that have NOT been used in armed conflict. And explain why the 2nd Amendment wouldn’t explicitly include ‘weapons of war’?

“Military Grade” – Define please.

“Military style” – Define please.

“High Capacity” – Define please. And while you’re at it, please justify an arbitrary number of a lawful item, where having that number is lawful, but having one more than that number is criminal.

“High powered” – Define please.

“Assault / offensive / defensive weapon” – Define please.

Hunting – Please define what firearms are suitable for hunting and which, in your opinion, are not….and why.

*For extra credit, define “arsenal” and why.

Sure, I know that nobody is likely to try and define the above, from the gun control perspective. They uniformly never do. Because either they are confused when asked to define simple terms that they employ……or they know that they’re lying to you. And they don’t care.

But my point is this, legislation that seeks to curtail, regulate or restrict a Citizens actions with regard to a Constitutional Right……it should be deliberate, thoughtful and based on definable metrics and endstates…..not emotion.

Now….if you employ the above terms, I hope you at conduct a bit of introspection about why you do, and are honest with yourself that you don’t understand what you’re saying….and that we’re laughing at you.

Of Cults and Memes

Another episode in WTF?

I apologize in advance for the forthcoming assault upon the eyes.

What is the deal with the sci-fi Trump memes? The farcical caricatures that portray Trump as anything but an obese, orange-tinted blowhard? I use the word ‘cult’ with regularity when speaking of the slack-jawed mouth-breathing idiots who buy into his every lie…..but it’s never quite as stark as when your gaze has to endure the ‘yuuuge’ number of memes depicting him as some sort of tough guy….or as a patriot *stifles laugh*. Though there are untold numbers of these to choose from (including Trump’s own NFTs that he weirdly rolled out), I’ll post only one…..out of respect for my dear reader; the most recent meme my eyes were accosted with.

Yikes. As if a convicted Trump would even be in an actual prison. He would only find himself in the ‘Club Fed’ facilities reserved for the moneyed, elite, protected class. You know……not you and I.

A more truthful representation might be like the meme below:

Double yikes.

But to put a bow on it…..the weird fascination with using actual time and effort in one’s life to construct such homoerotic, fantastical images.

Music Truths

I’ll take this this to my grave, this is the best cover ever produced in the history of ever. Sorry, you can’t argue against this….you’d be wrong.

And for a heretical hot take (may the Metal Gods have mercy upon my soul)…….I actually like this version better than the original. It made me question everything I knew about music when I realized who sings it…..