Race, Justice, and Civility

I’ve been watching all the drama of the Zimmerman case unfold for quite a while, and I have to say I’m beginning to despair of society’s ability to apply critical thought to an issue without clouding their judgement with emotion.
There are three points I’d like to make after giving lots of thought to this case:
1) Race was a factor in the events of that night.
The truth is that Zimmerman was following Martin that night in part because of Martin’s appearance.
Given the fact that there had been burglaries in the area, and that the suspect had been described as a young black male, it stands to reason that Zimmerman would view Martin with some suspicion. Other factors also fed this suspicion, not just race. Zimmerman might have over-reacted to the possible threat, but you have to concede that he was justified in reporting Martin’s presence to police based on the information he was working with.
Now the part where this case gets sticky…
Whether Zimmerman was justified in pursuing Martin or not, I can’t say. Up until this point, Zimmerman had been acting in the interest of the community. I believe he got a little over-zealous, but as with so much of the commentary on this, it’s speculation.
So race played a part in this drama in that Martin fit the description of a burglar, and before I hear any more hysterics over “profiling”, I’d like to ask this: why are black males responsible for such a high percentage of crime? If you want to not be viewed suspectly, then perhaps you should do something about the thug culture, fatherless households, or whatever else it is that leads your young men to behave badly in society.
2) Justice has prevailed.
Most of the furor over the “injustice” of the Zimmerman verdict is based on incorrect perceptions. There is an assumption, which is fed by race hustlers and the media, that Zimmerman shot Martin because he was black. NO. Zimmerman shot Martin because Martin was beating the hell out of him. Based on Zimmerman’s injuries he had a justifiable reason to use deadly force; he feared for his life. The escalation of events which led to this will continue to divide people over this case, but the simple truth is this: Martin could have responded to Zimmerman’s pursuit without violence, but once violence had been initiated the dynamic shifted. This was no longer an annoying and over-zealous neighborhood watchman and a teen on a late night snack run, this was a violent altercation between two men. The media have tried to turn favor toward Martin in this by referring to him as a child. He was a minor, for sure, but he was not a small and defenseless tot. It’s worth pointing out that young men a few months older than Trayvon sacrifice their lives daily in our military. They are young men, not boys.
3) Politicians, celebrities, and the media need to stop inciting incivility.
You may strongly disagree with me on one or both of my previous points, but breaking laws and attacking people is not going to bring about any sort of justice; on the contrary, it only breeds more hate for both sides of the divide. Just as it did the night Martin was shot, violence breeds violence. You cannot perpetuate the same crimes you accuse others of and call it justice: it’s not justice, it’s revenge. REVENGE IS NOT JUSTICE.
The media has been morbidly gleeful over the possibility of riots “for Trayvon.” The vast majority of rioters probably only showed up because the cameras were rolling in anticipation and people will do anything to get on tv nowadays. Celebrities have used their bullhorn of fame to stoke embers of anger in fans who have little knowledge of the case, but are easily swayed by opinion. Most repugnant to me is the way our political “leaders” have declared they want justice for this supposed crime , but have willfully ignored crimes of greater magnitude or with clearer evidence of racial hate. The seeds of division were sown and now they are all carefully tending their gardens of hate at the cost of true justice and civility. It’s maddening. Leadership should not produce such rancid fruit.
The thing to remember in all of this is that you do no service to humanity by continuing to stoke the fires of hate. The Martins have lost a young man dear to them. The Zimmermans have lost their peace of mind. Trayvon will always be missed by his family and friends. George will live with the terrible knowledge that he ended a man’s life, and the Zimmerman family will live in fear of revenge vigilantism. Each person who allows hate to fester will live without real joy.
Destroying property and attacking people will never bring closure. There have been revenge murders against whites and Hispanics for no reason other than revenge for a perceived injustice. Facts, laws, respect, and sanctity of life be damned. Is this how you honor your dead?? If so, you’re worse than barbaric. You’re petty and simple and full of evil.
I dearly hope that we can all stop talking at each other and insulting each other. We need a return of civility. Our country and our communities cannot survive without it.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

This One’s for my Homies

As you well know if you follow this blog, I’ve been inactive for a few months. I hit a major rut and lost my inspiration. I don’t know why I felt so completely incapable of putting together a reasonably coherent post; perhaps a perfect storm of ADD, doubt, and self-criticism kept me literarily mute. (Yes, I just made that word up.) I was overwhelmed by the amount of news assaulting my mind and demanding my notice. I couldn’t focus enough on anything else to bother with an attempt.
Truth be told, I had plenty to say. I didn’t crawl into a hole and stop observing the world, but I’d gotten comfortable with pithy responses and began to doubt I could formulate a more well-thought out response than would fill a sentence or two. I would create a draft, do a bit of research, and then tell myself that this was all old news anyway and no one would care anymore.
That’s why, when prompted by friends and followers, I decided to grit my teeth and get back up on the blog-horse (to amalgamate some metaphors) and just break through the writer’s block by force of will.
I have no illusions that this will result in any devastatingly spectacular prose. For now it is enough to simply string words together and form sentences that result in a conclusive idea.
I know that the people who have encouraged me to return to this form of media and expression aren’t demanding Pulitzer-prize winning posts from me… yet, anyway. They simply missed, for some reason known only to themselves, my views on life, politics, spirituality, or any of the other topics that I sometimes opine on. Their encouragement is why I’m back in the writer’s chair (or bed, as it were).
So to those dear folk; the friends, followers, and fellow writers; thank you.
Thank you for nudging and prodding me back into using the written word to share my thoughts and experiences. Thank you for not giving up on me. Thank you for believing me capable of this when I doubted myself.
This one’s for you, my homies. I pour out these words on the fertile ground of the internet. Peace. ūüėČ

The Leader Of The Free World Knows NOTHING About Benghazi Whistleblowers? Whaa?

The Leader Of The Free World Knows NOTHING About Benghazi Whistleblowers? Whaa?

I promise to get back into my blogging groove later on today and regale you with my witticisms, but while you wait go check out these Chicks and tell me if Obama’s declarations of ignorance don’t sound a little hinky to you? Do his advisers not constantly update him?? Obama’s weak assertions smell like something that fell out of the back end of a bull to me.

Remembering a Legend

It’s been a hard year for the conservative movement. One year ago today we lost Breitbart. Then we witnessed the most radical left-wing president in our country’s history get re-elected. We’ve witnessed the grief and division of our friends and mentors and it has hurt us. It has hurt us all.

We found ourselves adrift after the sudden loss of our captain, that lion of liberty, Andrew Breitbart. I felt his loss even though I’m newly come to this world of blogging and citizen journalism. I know others mourn him more deeply than I do.

Long before I ever tweeted or blogged a single thought, I was hooked on the Bigs. I read Big Journalism obsessively. I don’t think it would ever have occurred to me to take up the torch of activism without people like Breitbart, their inspiration and encouragement. For me, it started with hearing that lone voice speaking truth. Once truth takes hold of your mind, you can’t ignore it. I had to share – information, resources, ideas. It became my passion.

I’ve seen my own small efforts realize results. When I would share articles and information it began to spark conversation and debate. Even here, where conservative ideals reign there was anger over speaking truth plainly. Friends would tell me privately, “I completely agree with you. Thank you for being brave enough to say something,” and I would thank them and tell them it was enough to know that someone was listening. With each step towards activism I gained confidence, but it wasn’t until others found their voice that I felt as if I’d accomplished something.

I’ve witnessed the silent majority grow tired of getting brow-beaten with the politically correct government approved messaging. I’ve seen them begin their own campaigns for truth, heard them speak out against misinformation. Sometimes all it takes is knowing you aren’t alone.

Today I remember Andrew Breitbart in my own small way. My intent is not to increase your grief or leave you in tears over the loss of such a great man. What I want to do is honor his work and that spark of passion and genius in him that ignited a movement.

So here’s to Big thinking,

To reaching millions through conservative radio programs,

To bringing down a President with just a blue dress,

To hijacking press conferences,

To exposing the corruption of ACORN,

To the peaceful protest of the TEA party,

To bullying the bullies of occupy.

Here’s to the spark that lit a fire in all of us, may we hold the torch of liberty high and light other fires along our way.

R.I.P. Andrew

 

The Hypocrisy of Liberal Feminism

Remember when the GOP was accused of perpetuating a “war on women” because we felt Sandra Fluke should buy her own birth control rather than demand a Christian school disregard its moral imperative¬†and provide contraception/abortion drugs? It seemed a simple enough concept that Fluke could have bought insurance through another provider or simply paid for her drugs out of pocket since she was economically secure enough to attend a law school, but to the liberal left it was deemed sexist to deny Fluke this one avenue of access to birth control¬†amid so many others available to her even if by granting her request she and her champions of feminism trampled on the religious rights of a Christian university.

Then there was that issue that the professional pearl-clutchers of the liberal left had with Mitt’s “binders full of women”, meaning of course the resumes he received upon request because he felt women were under-represented in government and he planned to hire competent, professional women in his administration. The irony of the faux outrage over this particular “war” was that these defenders of female equality petulantly ignored the fact that Obama’s administration was run like a political boys’ club, with women being paid 18% less¬†than their male counterparts. Yet we were expected to believe that the man who wanted to hire women was anti-woman?

The condescending vultures of equality were cackling with glee when along came Akin¬†and his ignorant remarks about women’s bodies being able to “shut down” a pregnancy resulting from rape. They finally had¬†something to be legitimately offended at¬†after all their cries of sexist wolf. They were beyond elated to find that when they flung their political poo, some of it actually stuck, and they increased their cries of¬†HATE!,¬†MISOGYNY!,¬†and¬†SEXISM!¬†while parading around in vagina costumes¬†and pontificating about the plight of the downtrodden American female.

Good times, huh?

One has to wonder where all this passionate feminism retreated to when instead of a Republican politician talking about binders it was a Democrat Senator who was being investigated for a list of offenses, including having sex with¬†underage girls. Amazing how the liberal screeching about “war on women” stops cold in the face of actual abuse.

It is also quite telling that when Akin made his comments about “legitimate rape” he was immediately the target of¬†rape threats¬†and death threats…. not just directed at him, but at his family as well. Such is leftist tolerance. Akin’s point was that children who are the product of rape shouldn’t be punished, but that the rapist¬†should be. His bigger point was lost when he spoke ignorantly, confusing biology and statistics, and he was excoriated by the left.

Enter Democrat Rep. Salazar a few months later. Salazar took a page from Akin’s book and turned it into a novel with even more idiotic embellishments. Rep. Salazar was arguing in favor of the nanny state’s latest assault on freedom, namely gun control, when he condescended to women in the most atrocious way possible short of pulling a¬†Bill Clinton¬†or¬†Kennedy-esque¬†type stunt and personally assaulting them. Rather than physically attacking women himself, the Democrat representative simply wants to make it easier for other¬†men to assault women!¬†You see, Salazar suggested that women attending college are too high strung to be trusted with firearms for self-defense. He said¬†we may “feel” as if we are going to be raped, but that we may not be in any danger of actually¬†being raped. His suggestion? Blow a whistle or hope that your attacker respects a “safe zone.” (Because we all know how rapists respect boundaries. Cue *eyeroll*)

Please just take a moment and let that sink in…

What could possibly go wrong with Salazar’s well-intended attempt to save mankind from the histrionics of confused, unhinged females when, in a show of liberal-grade we-know-better-than-you stupidity, the University of Colorado (UCCS) actually advised women¬†to¬†scream, run away, take your abuse like a good little girl, explain you’re menstruating, and vomit or otherwise soil yourself.¬†Salazar and the UCCS do not feel you should endanger your attacker but should make yourself a less desirable victim.

Less desirable, perhaps, but still a victim.

Yes, the party that fancies themselves champions of women’s rights and equality have a politician who openly stated that he wished to infringe upon the Constitutional rights of women because he feels they may be confused in their tiny female brains about what an actual sexual attack is. After the Akin debacle you would think that Salazar would be debased in equal measure, but the irony is that liberals are less offended at a case of legitimate misogyny than they are at the well-deserved mockery¬†of such sneering idiocy.

Seriously… even if I tried really hard and clicked my heels together 3 times, I couldn’t make this up.

Rather than attack a fellow liberal over insanely stupid comments questioning the emotional stability of women, liberal harpies are attacking people who call out Salazar on his misogyny!

(Solidarity!¬†Or something…)

Liberals have spent so much time chasing victimhood down the rabbit-hole that they can no longer comprehend life without it. While conservatives are saying “Don’t be a victim. Arm yourself; defend yourself! If anyone is going to wet their pants it should be your attacker (after he gets a good look at your Glock),” liberals are incensed at what they call “victim-blaming.”

*HEAD DESK*

Rather than deal with the reality that¬†rape happens, liberals are furious that we would dare suggest that women may need to¬†actually protect themselves¬†against¬†violence. They honestly feel that to prevent rape, you simply shouldn’t rape!

Well, that’s just fantastic advice! If I ever pass by a mirror and feel a sudden urge to rape myself I’ll simply breathe deeply and talk myself out of it! Then I’ll walk to a “safe zone” so that I’m absolutely 100% sure that I won’t assault myself in some way.

Yes, friends, the uproar from those stalwart defenders of women’s rights is directed at those of us who know that there is evil in the world and who would trust women to defend themselves¬†against it rather than suggest that women are simply over-emotional and incapable of recognizing a¬†legitimate¬†threat.

But what do I know? I’m just a woman.

keep criminals guessing

Nice Deb

 Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital delivered what is being described as one of the more unique speechesdelivered at this morning’s National Prayer Breakfast. Rush Limbaugh raved about it on his show, today, because the good doctor took the opportunity to share his theories about the national debt, deficits, taxation and health care, all in opposition to  Obama’s policies.

(Updated with better video via Freedom’s Lighthouse)

The Blaze reported:

His keynote, while predicated upon the theme of Jesus Christ as his ultimate role model, also took a starkly political tone, advocating against some of the very policies the president has implemented.

At the beginning of his speech, Carson shared an intense disdain for political correctness. Without getting too specific on the issue front, he said that Americans should stop being afraid to speak up and defend their beliefs; he also encouraged people…

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Gun Control? I’ll Pass.

I have been unsure how to proceed with this topic of gun control. I think all the arguments that can be made for or against it have been made and we’re now preaching to our own choir. As you are aware, I’m strongly against gun control. Our rights, according to the constitution,¬†shall not be infringed.¬†It worries me when our government begins to say that our rights should be curbed¬†for our own good, and¬†so they begin to chip away at them. You can have a gun, but not a large or scary-looking gun, and you may only have 7 bullets at a time. You may speak, but not in¬†this¬†area, or about this thing, or in this hateful tone. You may smoke, but not¬†here,¬†and your drinks may be only¬†this¬†large, and your children can only attend¬†this¬†school.

Call me paranoid, but this slow erosion of our rights to arms, speech, and the pursuit of happiness seems to be portending greater loss of individual liberty down the road. Perhaps we will only be allowed to own guns that are the minimum for self-defense, say a .380 pistol. What happens when our speech no longer includes forums such as blogs and internet chat rooms? In the interest of doing what’s “best” for you, you may well lose the right of self-determination to your government.

“Oh, that’s silly. our government isn’t going to keep us off the internet.”¬†Really? What’s stopping them? You may not know this, but your speech is already suspect under the guise of “hate crimes.” When in the history of the world has crime been compassionate? Yet champions of big government upheld minority groups who felt they’d been bullied and used that¬†to justify policing speech. You think the internet is one big free playground, but can you then explain how information is kept from citizens in¬†communist China? No? I guess the internet isn’t as unfettered as you imagined.

“But this is America, that’s not going to happen here.”¬†This trusting and childlike argument is about as effective at keeping your government from controlling you as a pillow fight would be. You seem to forget that our rights are intended to keep us free from our government. You only need a small pistol for self-defense? What about when your home invader is wearing a military uniform and carrying a¬†fully automatic¬†machine gun? Do you think any tyrannical government that subverted the will of the people gave its citizens a heads up that they might like more power and intended to take it? Of course not. They need you docile. They need you unconcerned. They need you to help them take power by being afraid to live without their benevolent protection that you will pay for by force if necessary. Doubt me? Try not paying your taxes and see how long you own anything. You are being asked to surrender your right to protect yourself by paying inept and often corrupt leaders to handle that job for you. Now run along and watch those Kardashians! Let the grown-ups decide how many police officers your area needs. We promise to try to get to you before the forensic evidence is corrupted. Oh, you thought we’d save you? Yeah… we aren’t¬†obligated to protect¬†you. Sorry.

Shouldn’t you be wondering why your government feels the need to be more powerfully armed than you?

Abandoning what some consider a paranoid argument based on anti-government rhetoric, let’s consider for a moment what gun control means to us outside of a hypothetical tyrannical power grab.

In the same week that Obama gave his speech on gun control and signed his executive orders in front of his child props, using Sandy Hook as his justification for action, my husband’s brother was shot and killed. I was worried at first that some of the family would buy into the gun control argument after such a personal tragedy, but I only heard questions like “Why didn’t he have a gun on him?” and “Why was he in such a dangerous city.. alone?”

You see, my husband, his brothers, and his friends used to work on the road, going from one construction job to another. They always traveled together through dangerous cities, and they always carried a weapon. They had to. As soon as they’d roll into town for a job, the local riffraff would target them. These dregs of society, rather than getting an honest job themselves, would simply wait until the construction workers had their first paycheck. Then, this scum would try to sell them items they’d stolen from other people or they’d simply rob them. Every city, town, and rural community has these criminal societal leeches. My husband’s friend actually got back home to his rural community before he was robbed and had his throat cut. My husband’s brother was robbed and shot in a city known for its criminal element while between home and work.¬†It doesn’t matter where you live, travel, or work, there are always going to be people who would rather take what you have, even your life, than work for their own.

Cities where liberals have done their worst through policies which were supposed to increase growth, education, and opportunity, are the most heavily populated areas and provide the most criminal activity. Don’t believe me? Look at¬†Detroit¬†and¬†Chicago. That is what a statist utopia looks like. Now consider that the same politicians who would champion the work done in those cities also want to disarm you. Feel safe yet?

“Background checks would keep criminals from getting guns. We need common sense control!”¬†I just love these arguments that assume that CRIMINALS WILL FOLLOW LAWS. That’s just precious. You sweet, innocent, child… Chicago¬†is a gun free zone.¬†You honestly think laws are going to keep criminals from committing crime?! Oh sure, our laws against rape, theft, and murder have practically made those crimes obsolete…

Here’s the truth: criminals will never have to worry about background checks, registration, or permits. They have already proven that they are unconcerned with existing laws, what could possibly make them consider abiding by any other laws? Especially if those laws would hinder their criminal activities? Gun control only serves to bind the hands of the law-abiding citizens whose only concern is to protect themselves from the criminals in this country.

“Well you just hate children, because the guns used at Sandy Hook were legal! Guns should be outlawed!”¬†Right. Again, crimes against murder and theft didn’t stop the psycho killer who got his jollies by targeting children. In fact, the weapon is irrelevant. Bombs have been built by killers who had no regard for law, and resulted in a higher death toll. Do you know what could have saved those children at Sandy Hook? Armed faculty or guards. That psycho might have killed one or two people but he wouldn’t have lived long enough to deprive all those families of their children. A school shooter was stopped in Pearl, MS¬†because the assistant principal had a gun. The Aurora¬†shooter passed over other theaters in his quest to find a place that was “gun-free”, meaning of course “full of helpless victims.”

I don’t know how else to state this: people who have every intent to break existing law and do harm to innocent people will not be stopped by laws that limit the innocent from protecting themselves. The only loser in the gun control scenario are those who¬†need the protection.¬†

Having said all that, I think the people in these videos make an excellent case.

Sandy Hook father owns Congress

Immigrant gives testimony against gun control