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Videos On Various Topics

November 2, 2017

Gun Rights Are Women’s Rights, at PragerU.com.

More and more women are getting concealed permits. Katie Pavlich explains why.

 

Milton Friedman Addresses Economic Fallacy,

Milton Friedman dispatches this question without leaving a mark. Brilliant!

 

College Made Me A Conservative, at PragerU.com.

The brainwashing of students by progressives isn’t working like it used to.

 

Are Your Kids Too Fragile? How To Make The Next Generation Resilient, at reason.com.

I’m glad I grew up when I did. You left the house in the summer early in the morning. Came home for lunch. Left again. Came home for supper. Left again, and tried to make it home before the street lights came on so your mom wouldn’t get mad at you. I wouldn’t trade those days for anything.

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Good Cops Shouldn’t Tolerate Bad Cops

September 15, 2017

When a video like the one below surfaces the tendency is to say all cops are like this. Even though this video blows my mind at how stupid this cop is, I will not paint all cops with the broad brush this bad cop has placed in my hand. Not all cops are like this.

When you watch this video you will notice the other police officers, not the security guards, seem a little uncomfortable with the action this cop has taken. I think the cop whose body camera filmed this video is trying to figure out how to get out of the mess that the out of control cop has created. So why do regular cops seem to stick up for bad cops? Don’t they know that their silence about the bad cop is seen as support by default? Their inaction is in fact an action.

If you drag this video to 11:00 you will see an officer, who I think is of higher rank than the arresting officer, try to smooth over the situation. The higher ranking officer is using verbal gymnastics and a calm voice to try to confuse the nurse. He is trying to convince her that his fellow officer is in the right and the nurse is wrong. But the Nurse is right. The cops need a warrant or the person’s consent to draw blood.

When you watch the video. Try to put yourself in the nurses shoes. Try to put yourself in the arresting officers shoes, if you can. But try to put yourself in the shoes of the cop who is filming this. What would you have done if a colleague of yours acted like this?

GROUP IDENTITY

I don’t understand the mentality of sticking up for a person in your “identity group” who is not just being an ass, but is not following the rule of law. I am a white male but I have no problem saying that another white male is dead wrong. The difference is I don’t think of myself as a member of a group consisting of white males. I think of myself as an individual. For some reason people find their identity from being a member of a particular group. When you identify yourself as a member of a group and not as an individual, you have to look at criticism of another member of the group as being an attack on the whole group, and therefore an attack on you.

Each of us is a member of many groups at once. We are members of the particular family we were born into. We are male or female. We are a particular race. We have a particular religion or no religion. We work in a particular profession. We have particular hobbies. We are American or from another country. We are a Democrat, a Republican or neither. There are many groups we can choose to identify with. And that’s when the problem starts. We paint ourselves into corners that are hard to escape if our identity comes from a group. You can identify as an individual even though you are a member of many different groups. You don’t have to defend the bad people in ‘the’ group if you think of yourself as an individual first.

Watch the video. Put yourself in the nurses shoes. Put yourself in the arresting cops shoes, if that’s possible. But try to put yourself in the shoes of the cop who is filming this. What would you have done if a colleague acted like this?

 

Sheriff Forced To Pay After Ordering Raid On Blogger Who Criticized Him, at reason.com. This Sheriff should have been fired. Because of his position as sheriff, he had to know he was breaking the law. Since he is in a position of power, he should only get one strike and he’s out. It is not about him as much as it is about constraining other’s in positions of power who want to wield it against citizens.

Police Devise New Revenue Scam By Citing People Who Forget To Press Crosswalk Button, at thefreethoughtproject.com. These are the kind of petty rules that make people dislike cops. City councils should get rid of laws like this.

Forget The Violent Campus Protests – This College Cop Is Gunning For Unlicensed Hot Dog Vendors, at reason.com. Another example of a law that should not be on the books. Cops should be policing real crimes.

Police Serve Warrant To Wrong Address, Kill Man Who Lives There, at reason.com. I know that men are not perfect. We all make mistakes. But can you be sure you are at the right address! Put yourself in the shoes of the person whose door was broken down. Should the cops rules of engagement be like the military’s rules of engagement? Don’t fire until fired upon. Would a different type of person be attracted to the job if this was the rule of engagement?

The Drug Whisperer’: Drivers Arrested While Stoned Cold Sober, at wltx.com. The cop is smarter than the ‘science’ of a blood test? This has to be a violation of a persons fourth and fifth amendment rights.

What Can Happen When You Try To File A Complaint Against Police Officers

There are millions of contacts between citizens and police each day. The vast majority turn out just fine. The bad situations are not the norm. But just because the bad situations are not the norm doesn’t mean they should to be swept under the rug by the people who are supposed to investigate them.

The video below shows cops attempting to stop complaints against their fellow officers from even being filed. These cops use straw man arguments, intimidation, lying, verbal sleight of hand, and force to stop people from filing complaints. By letting the bad cops go unpunished the bad behaviour is incentivized.

This video shows how people act when they identify themselves as members of a group and not as an individual.

If cops want to identify themselves as a group, people are going to gladly give them their wish. People will begin to identify all cops by the lowest common denominator of the group.

Cops have to purge themselves of their bad apples. Or their credibility will continue to erode.

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‘The Onion’ Can’t Compete With The ‘Real’ News.

August 23, 2017
Sense vs Nonsense - Traffic sign with two options - meaningfulness and usefulness based on reason and vs stupid, silly and illogical absurdity

How can the ‘fake’ news ‘Onion’ stay in business when it can’t compete with the humor provided by the ‘real’ news?

‘The ONION’ couldn’t make up these two (real) stories:

ESPN Removes Robert Lee From Calling U-Va Game In Charlottesville Because Of His Name, – The Washington Post.

Traveler, USC Mascot, Comes Under Scrutiny For Having A Name Similar To Robert E. Lee’s Horse, – The LA Times.

Here is a story The ONION came up with: Six Flags Removes Confederate Flag.

Which is better?

How absurd have the squeaky wheels and the media become when a ‘Real Fake News Paper’, which is trying to be funny, can’t come close to being as funny as the ‘real’ news stories which are supposedly serious.

The good news is a majority of people can’t relate to this absurdity. And as the media continues to cover the behaviour of the people on the fringe, more people will see it for what it is and stand against it.

 

THE SILLIEST GENERATION

Victor Davis Hanson’s recent article titled: The Silliest Generation,  gives great insight into the world in which we live. It makes you think, which is always a good thing. Here are some excerpts from the article:

“Every generation, in its modesty, used to think the prior one was far better. Tom Brokaw coined “The Greatest Generation” to remind Americans of what our fathers endured during the Depression and World War II—with the implicit message that we might not have been able to do what they did.””

Yet what is strange about the present age is that our current generation uniquely believes just the opposite. Apparently, we believe that most cadres before us were not up to our standards. Indeed, we are having to clean up their messes of racism, sexism, homophobia, nativism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia, as well as environmental desecration and global warming.”

“Apparently, proof our generation’s genius is that no one in the past had a clue how to build an iPhone or do a Google search—or even make a good Starbucks Teavana shaken pineapple black tea infusion. Yet given our own present lack of humility and meager accomplishments, we have combined arrogance with ignorance to become the smuggest generation in memory. What good is the high-tech acceleration in delivering information if there is now precious little learning to be accelerated? Google is an impressive pump, but if there is no real water, what is the point of delivering nothing faster?”

“For the silliest generation, human nature should somehow be seen as perfectible as a smartphone app. So no wonder we allow no glitches in the way people talk or think, if we sense they dare to deviate from our programmed correctness.”

“Rhetoric trumps muscle. The majority of Americans no longer work with their hands, grow food, make or build things, and they are paid quite handsomely to avoid such drudgery. But the result on society at large is that abstraction rules over practicality, and nature remains theoretical and deified rather than concrete and thus sometimes feared.”

“Those who sit at desks all day believe nature is mastered as easily as the temperature control in their offices—without much acknowledgement that different sorts of people are pumping natural gas to heat turbines to make electricity to send it into high-rises—and it isn’t always easy or clean. Techies love four-wheel drive cars, hiking boots, and parkas, as if by being prepared to go anywhere they can feel good about going nowhere.”

“The more technologically sophisticated we become, the more like a Mycenaean top-heavy palace we grow vulnerable. If the grid goes down, will those in Menlo Park learn that food is not grown at Whole Foods or that there is no such thing as a raisin plant?”

“This present generation’s impulse to play judge, jury, and executioner of the culpable of our past takes for granted that it does so as the moral superior of our forefathers. But that premise is an unfounded assumption.”

 

Related Article – If you liked that article, you might want to read another recent article by Victor Davis Hanson titled: Our War Against Memory.

 

Socialism, Media Mischief and PC Nonsense: Some Short Videos

July 28, 2017

 

Students Love Socialism But Can’t Define It. 

At campusreform.org.

When I watched this it reminded me of how I thought when I was in high school. Thank God I didn’t go to college or my shallow thinking about socialism would have been pounded into my brain for the rest of my life. I started working right out of high school. Working in the real world helped me figured out the economic reality about socialism. Socialism sounds good but it doesn’t work.

 

Dream Machine On The Greg Gutfeld Show 7/15/17

Doris and Matthew Melton, members of the band Dream Machine, talk with Greg Gutfeld about how they were dropped from their record label for not being PC. Doris is from Bosnia. She has a deep appreciation for the freedoms we enjoy in America. We need this kind of common sense thinking in Washington D.C.

 

John McEnroe On Serena Williams: A Media Meltdown.

By Christina Hoff Summers, The Factual Feminist, at American Enterprise Institute.

I was going to post something about this when it happened a few weeks ago. This is an example of fake news trying to create Mt. Everest out of a mole hill (not even a mole hill, out of nothing). The Factual Feminist does a better job of addressing this issue than I could have done.

 

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July 20 1969 Apollo 11 Lands On The Moon

July 20, 2017

I was 12 years old when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. The Apollo project captivated me. I remember staying up to watch the coverage of the landing, and the moon walk. It still gets to me whenever I watch this.

This documentary titled, Failure Is Not An Option, documents the events of the space program from Mercury through Apollo. Of course I’m biased but the whole thing is really good. If you want to just watch the part about Apollo 11 move to 53:43 on the video. The story is told through the eyes of the flight controllers. It is fascinating.

Here is the flight directors audio loop synced up with the video of the landing taken from the LEM.

I doubt we could ever do something like this again. We are so risk averse today we wouldn’t take the chance. For the guys who pulled this off, failure was a possibility. They were willing to accept that reality.

Our Lives! Our Fortunes! Our Sacred Honor!

July 4, 2017

What does the 4th of July mean to us? Paul Harvey tells us what it meant to the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

 

America the Beautiful by Ray Charles

This gets me every time.

 

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Please See Through The Politicization Of Every “Serious Crisis”

June 14, 2017

Vector hand drawn Politician concept sketch. Politician standing on globe and playing with small people as puppets

Every time there is a shooting, one of my articles titled; “You Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste”, gets a lot of views.  The post talked about the politicization of the Sandy Hook shootings by President Obama just 6 hours after the shootings.

The shootings by an individual at an early morning baseball practice today of House and Senate Republicans who were preparing for tomorrows charity game against House and Senate Democrats, brought out some of the usual suspects who were trying to make political hay out of a crisis. Here is what the Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, had to say about the situation. It took him less than a minute to ‘never let a serious crisis go to waste’.

Here is an excerpt from the video: “……let me say this; I think we need to do more to protect all of our citizens. I have long advocated, this is not what today is about, but there are too many guns on the street. We loose 93  million Americans a day to gun violence and I’ve long talked about this. Back ground checks, shutting down gun show loop holes, that’s not for today’s discussion. But it’s not just about politicians, we worry about this every day for all of our citizens.”

A reporter then asked a great question; But if it’s not the day for it, why are you bringing it up at this time?”

A reporter then asked what I thought would be an obvious question; “….sir did you say 93 million, that’s a big number?”  McAuliffe corrected his “obvious mistake” about the number of Americans “lost a day to gun violence” from 93 million to just 93 individuals a day.

NEVER LET A SERIOUS CRISIS TO WASTE

McAuliffe made a subjective decision that his political agenda concerning gun control was more important than anything else he could have talked about when questioned after the situation. At that moment in time he decided his best course of action was to say what he said. His action tells us all we need to know about him. His subjective decision allowes us to judge him objectively.

Here is an excerpt from my article; “You Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste”.

“The full quote, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” is by Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief of Staff under President Obama. This reflects the thinking of Saul Alinsky, who wrote “Rules for Radicals.” “Rules for Radicals” is the default position the President, and Emanuel operate under. If you understand this, it will be easier to analyse everything they say and do.”

“Here is the template. 1) Use a tragedy as a crisis, or create a crisis where none exists. 2) Paint the crisis with as much emotion as possible, and throw logical analysis out the window. 3) Propose the one and only solution to the problem, which just happens to coincide with what you’ve wanted to implement for many years. 4) Paint anyone who opposes your one and only solution as evil, uncaring, not smart enough to understand the nuanced brilliance of your solution, or in the pockets of …. you pick the evil entity. 5) Force the solution on the people by any means, whether legislatively, by executive order, or through the legal system. 6) When the unintended consequences of your solution rear their ugly head, use them as a reason for more brilliant solutions to made up crises.”

“Forgive my cynicism, but, when I heard the President’s emotional address on the radio about six hours after the shootings in Connecticut, I thought about the “Rules for Radicals” template. “You never let a serious crisis go to waste” is in full operation, because this is who politicians are in general, and who the President is in particular. Politics is the world in which they operate, and the lens through which they view everything. Because of this underlying reality, and because they have the power of Government behind them enforcing their edicts, you should never trust what they say or do, and always question their motives.”

CONCLUSION

Politics is going to be played on both sides of this “crisis”. We have to be smart enough to see through the political BS. I just want to point out that this political game we have been dragged into is a losers game for us. Politicians are the only ones who win when we allow them to split us up into groups, and then pit these groups against each other. Groups don’t act. Only individuals can act. Is there pattern prediction of individuals belonging to certain groups? Yes. But this particular individual shooter is probably an outlier and not part of any group pattern. At least let’s hope so!

 

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