Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Medal of Honor

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Captain Roger Hugh C. Donlon


Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while defending a U.S. military installation against a fierce attack by hostile forces. Capt. Donlon was serving as the commanding officer of the U.S. Army Special Forces Detachment A-726 at Camp Nam Dong when a reinforced Viet Cong battalion suddenly launched a full-scale, predawn attack on the camp. 
During the violent battle that ensued, lasting 5 hours and resulting in heavy casualties on both sides, Capt. Donlon directed the defense operations in the midst of an enemy barrage of mortar shells, falling grenades, and extremely heavy gunfire. Upon the initial onslaught, he swiftly marshaled his forces and ordered the removal of the needed ammunition from a blazing building. He then dashed through a hail of small arms and exploding hand grenades to abort a breach of the main gate. 
En route to this position he detected an enemy demolition team of 3 in the proximity of the main gate and quickly annihilated them. Although exposed to the intense grenade attack, he then succeeded in reaching a 60mm mortar position despite sustaining a severe stomach wound as he was within 5 yards of the gun pit. When he discovered that most of the men in this gunpit were also wounded, he completely disregarded his own injury, directed their withdrawal to a location 30 meters away, and again risked his life by remaining behind and covering the movement with the utmost effectiveness. 
Noticing that his team sergeant was unable to evacuate the gun pit he crawled toward him and, while dragging the fallen soldier out of the gunpit, an enemy mortar exploded and inflicted a wound in Capt. Donlon's left shoulder. Although suffering from multiple wounds, he carried the abandoned 60mm mortar weapon to a new location 30 meters away where he found 3 wounded defenders. After administering first aid and encouragement to these men, he left the weapon with them, headed toward another position, and retrieved a 57mm recoilless rifle. 
Then with great courage and coolness under fire, he returned to the abandoned gun pit, evacuated ammunition for the 2 weapons, and while crawling and dragging the urgently needed ammunition, received a third wound on his leg by an enemy hand grenade. Despite his critical physical condition, he again crawled 175 meters to an 81mm mortar position and directed firing operations which protected the seriously threatened east sector of the camp. He then moved to an eastern 60mm mortar position and upon determining that the vicious enemy assault had weakened, crawled back to the gun pit with the 60mm mortar, set it up for defensive operations, and turned it over to 2 defenders with minor wounds. 
Without hesitation, he left this sheltered position, and moved from position to position around the beleaguered perimeter while hurling hand grenades at the enemy and inspiring his men to superhuman effort. As he bravely continued to move around the perimeter, a mortar shell exploded, wounding him in the face and body. As the long awaited daylight brought defeat to the enemy forces and their retreat back to the jungle leaving behind 54 of their dead, many weapons, and grenades, Capt. Donlon immediately reorganized his defenses and administered first aid to the wounded. 
His dynamic leadership, fortitude, and valiant efforts inspired not only the American personnel but the friendly Vietnamese defenders as well and resulted in the successful defense of the camp. Capt. Donlon's extraordinary heroism, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.


Capt. Donlon: We humbly salute you and thank you for your service.

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Hat tip Home of Heroes

There are seventy five living MoH recipients today. Their names and their stories should not be forgotten. My mission is to honor one of those heroes here each week, and salute them for their courage and sacrifice. In the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors; the men it remembers.”

Bleak History Month™

Federal agents raid the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas

-Feb. 28, 1993

#BleakHistoryMonth

KiRKWOOD



Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quiptoon du jour

Quote du jour

“Yes, the fight starts with the Dreamers but the goal is to legalize their parents, their siblings and the majority of the 11M undocumented immigrants. This is the REAL immigration reform."
-Jorge Ramos, Univision anchor

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sex in Advertising

For all you connoisseurs of advertising...


I may not be exactly sure what she's selling, but, I'm pretty sure I'm in the market!

Bleak History Month™

Mine explosion kills 74 in Montana

-Feb. 27, 1943

#BleakHistoryMonth

KiRKWOOD




Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

"The Department of Justice cannot look like it is bending to political pressure from the White House"
-Marie Harf


You mean like they did for eight years in the last administration?
Liberals are irony impaired.

Monday, February 26, 2018

On the 25 Year Anniversary of the First World Trade Center Attack


Today is the sad anniversary of the first World Trade Center bombing. Twenty five years ago today, Islamic terrorists drov a truck bomb into the basement of the WTC, and detonated it, killing six and wounding many others.

Today, in the dueling memos of the House Intelligence Committee, we hear a lot about "sources and methods" that need to be kept secret. In 1993, instead of treating this as an act of war, President Bill Clinton treated it as a crime. And when the suspects were brought to trial, the defendants were entitled by law to "discovery": all of the evidence the prosecution had against them and how it was obtained. Sometimes referred to as "sources and methods".

The enemy defendants learning that the satellite phones they thought could not be tapped were intercepted routinely by the NSA, afterwards stopped using them to coordinate their attacks. Likewise there was an attorney doing pro-bono work for terrorists at Gitmo, who also wanted them tried in a court of law as criminals rather than enemy combatants. That would be Eric Holder, and the results would have been the same: legally requiring US intelligence agencies to give up sources and methods so that these non-citizens could be afforded all the rights of American citizens.

The liberals' idea of "lawfare", treating acts of war as criminal acts, did not end well. The terrorists redoubled their efforts and eight years later attacked again, this time with more devastating results. Those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it. Terrorism is a scourge and we should not extend all of the rights and niceties that accompany US citizenship to foreign, terrorist combatants, not if we are serious in trying to end them.

Commentary on Obama's Secret Speech: Paranoia or Subversion?



In another brief suspension of our "Obama Free Zone", former President Obama gave a speech in which all the audience was sworn to secrecy as to what he said. No recordings, no quoting, no Tweeting, and anyone caught doing so would be subject to penalties. What in the world is he trying to hide? This was my comment over on another forum.

This is truly bizarre, and to use one of Obama's favorite words...unprecedented! No president to my knowledge, living or dead, has ever made such a request. Bizarre, too, in that every politician, celebrity or activist who believes that their viewpoint, policy or knowledge is superior to any other, typically wants to find the biggest platform, the biggest microphone, the largest audience they can find.

I suspect he took some cheap shots at Trump and didn't want to look petty,
took claim for the success of the Trump recovery, which would make him look delusional,
criticized Trump, Republicans and the NRA for the lack of gun control, which would make him look irrelevant.
If I were in his shoes, I would ask the event be televised, but then, the things I would say would be to strengthen the nation, preserve liberty and freedom. But then, that's just me!

Bleak History Month™

World Trade Center is bombed - Six people died, 1,000 were injured by the powerful blast

-Feb. 26, 1993

#BleakHistoryMonth

A Powerful Argument for Unarmed Guards...

...at your local bank.

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I live in California. When the weather turns nice, a young man's fancy turns to... bank robbing. We get a lot of bank robbers in California. Some years back, I was pulling into a bank parking lot and saw the guard there in the lot instead of the lobby. And I noticed he was unarmed.

Which, at first struck me a little strange. For one, it ran contrary to all the old TV shows and movies depicting bank robberies, where there was at least one armed guard in every bank. So, if the presence of an armed guard might deter just one robbery, why aren't the banks doing it? If you think about it from a liability standpoint, the bank with an unarmed guard doesn't have to worry about whether or not their guard will accidentally wound or kill someone during a robbery, or whether the presence of an armed guard might cause violence to escalate, causing some of the same liability problems of injured or dead customers and bystanders.

Which seems, on the surface, to coincide with some of the arguments that the pro-gun control crowd put forth: "Arming the teachers could be dangerous to themselves or the students." But, does an unarmed guard serve the same purpose in a school as in a bank?

In a bank robbery, the objective is not to hurt anyone, but to steal as much money as possible, and to escape without being caught and incarcerated. To that end, an unarmed guard in the parking lot could spot suspicious cars or suspicious activity and provide an eyewitness who could testify against the robbers at trial, ruining their chances of living happily ever after on their ill gotten gains. The unarmed man in the parking lot deters the robbers by being someone who could thwart their long term plans.

Apply this same logic to a mass shooting. The deterrence doesn't lie in thwarting the shooter's long term plans, because the shooter has no long term plans. The temperament of the shooter is often suicidal. He doesn't fear being identified for prosecution because he is not planning on being alive that long. An unarmed observer therefore, is not a deterrent. Thomas Sowell has pointed out that in nearly every mass shooting, the event that brings it to an end is when more men with more guns show up, at which point the shooter commits suicide, is shot by someone else or is taken into custody.

The deterrence in arming teachers is not in an open display of strength, but in the uncertainty of where the threat may come from. During the Cold War, conventional wisdom was that if the USSR did not know where all of our nukes and missiles were, that they might not be able to take them out in a first strike and thus not survive American retaliation. Uncertainty is a deterrent.

In Florida some years back, there was a rash of armed robberies of tourists coming from the airports.  Rental cars were easily identifiable, so it was likely that an airport rental car would have someone flush with vacation cash and unlikely to be carrying a gun, since they just got off a plane, therefore it was a very low risk venture for criminals. The law was changed to make rentals less distinctive and such robberies decreased dramatically. You see, it was harder for the crooks to tell if the car had a rich tourist, or a Floridian with a gun in the glovebox in it. The uncertainty made them decide the risk was too high.

Some copycats of Columbine and other shootings are obsessed with the "body count", trying to exceed the infamy with higher numbers. However, if they are not aware of who on campus might be carrying or have access to a gun, the uncertainty that they might be stopped before firing a shot, or achieving the twisted notion of whatever glory awaited them might give them pause in their planning. Uncertainty is a deterrent.

And if a suicidal teen is undeterred, better to have a gun in the hands of a teacher, in the line of fire, than behind a car, outside in the parking lot.



Editor's Note: I wrote this about a year ago, saw something shiny, and never finished it or posted it. The recent school shooting in Florida and its aftermath convinced me to let what I had written see the light of day. BTW, I added that last part.

KiRKWOOD




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Quote du jour

Laws disarming honest citizens proclaim that the government is the master, not the servant, of the people.
- Jeffrey R. Snyder

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018

A Little Saturday Night Music

Nancy Sinatra - Sugartown


Editor's note: Playing this song is not an endorsement of Ms. Sinatra's politics or her current state of mind. It was a popular tune back in the day. Also, she wasn't that hard to look at.

Bleak History Month™

A massive avalanche in the Austrian Alps buries homes and kills 13 people in Valzur

-Feb. 24, 1999

#BleakHistoryMonth

KiRKWOOD




Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Best of the Web*

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*…that I’ve seen all week!

(BTW, if you wonder where any of the links will take you, hover your cursor over the link.)

Political/SocioEconomic

Hero Aaron Feis, the Disarmed School Guard

The Murder And Dismembering Of This 18-Year-Old Girl And Arrest Of A Failed Asylum Seeker Has Convulsed The Italian Elections

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill Removing Penalty for Using Gun in Crime - Oct 2017 -at the same time that he signed other legislation making it illegal for teachers to be armed on K-12 campuses for self-defense.

7 Things We Can Do to Prevent Another School Massacre, Without Violating the Second Amendment


Shooting Down Gun Control Memes




Videos
Ted Cruz Owns Celebrities on Gun Control

S.E. Cupp gets into tense exchange with Angela Rye over gun control on CNN

Censorship -Pat Condell

Dana Loesch at CPAC



Culture
The Left Is Reaping the Whirlwind of the Culture They Made -Andrew Klaven

Time to END This ‘President’s Day’ Foolishness

Three Billboards: A Surprising Meditation on God's Grace - movie review by Andrew Klaven

NBC: They’re Not Leaving Hearts In San Francisco




Technology
The state of AI: 10 eye-opening statistics




Photoshops/Cartoons/Graphics

Cartoon of the Day – NRO

Flopping Aces -Sunday Funnies

John Cox- KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD

Today's Toons 2/14/18, Today's Toons 2/15/18

5 Facts Gun Controllers Advocates Hate

Cartoon Round Up...

Today's Toons 2/19/18, Today's Toons 2/20/18





Linkfests:
Larwyn's Linx: Rosenstein: No American ‘Had Any Knowledge’ In Russian Meddling Indictment

In The Mailbox: 02.19.18

Larwyn's Linx: What Do We Do about the Biased and Incompetent FBI?

In The Mailbox: 02.21.18

Larwyn's Linx: Russia Launches ‘Information’ War, U.S. Responds with Lawsuit and Self-Destruction

In The Mailbox: 02.22.18

Larwyn's Linx: How A Michael Flynn Plea Reversal Could Uncover Federal Corruption

Top of the News

Larwyn's Linx: Nunes Demands Answers from Senior Obama Officials on Steele Dossier

Late Night With In The Mailbox: 02.23.18

Larwyn's Linx: Surviving The Coming Storm Attacking Your Rights

Larwyn's Linx: The Paradoxes of the Mueller Investigation





Rule Five Roundup:
(While all Rule Five posts may be NSFW, I generally only flag the ones that are certainly NSFW)

90 Miles From Tyranny - Morning Mistress, girls with guns, girls with guns,  Hot pick, Hot pick, Hot pick

American Power- Jennifer Lopez, Samantha Hoopes, Claudia Romani, Barbara Palvin, Haley Kalil

By Other Means - Cosplay, Tap Rack & Bang, Seeing Red

Daily Mail - Alessandra Ambrosio, Samantha Hoopes

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes: Sunday Babe, Monday Babe, Tuesday Babe, Wednesday Babe, Thursday Babe, Friday Babe, Saturday Babe, Saturday Pics

Good Monday Morning

EBL - Karen McDougal, Hostiles- with Rosamund Pike, Women with Guns

Feral Irishman - Friday Femme Fatale

Friday Night Babe - Stacey Farber!

Knuckledraggin' My Life Away - I’m sure she’s taken, men

Pirates Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup, If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see...

Flowing Curves of Beauty

Sex in Advertising - Scarlet Johannson

The Right Way -Friday Babe, Rule 5 Saturday LinkOrama

Theo Spark – Hailey Clauson

Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day

The Other McCain- Rule Five Sunday

Vintage Babe of the Week – Gloria Grahame

Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day, Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day, Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day, Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day, Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day

Fitness Babe of the Day

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

Your Crazy Uncle Bubba - Buenas


Use the comments as an open thread on any of these topics. Please send links of news, commentary, choice humor or Rule Fivage to: Proof.Positive@Hotmail.com

Quote du jour

Donald Trump beats up frail, mentally challenged, elderly woman!
But enough about the 2016 elections!
-Mike B

Friday, February 23, 2018

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Stacey Farber!

(*a.k.a. Rule Five Friday)











Bleak History Month™

On this day in 1887, an earthquake off the Mediterranean coast of southern France and northern Italy destroys villages and kills more than 2,000 people.

I blame global warming.

-Feb. 23, 1887

#BleakHistoryMonth

Classic KiRKWOOD




Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

By conflating an Adam Lanza with a gang member shooting up a street corner in Chicago, the media hides what is really going on. Rampage killers are rare. Gang violence is commonplace. By making rampage killers into the face of gun violence, the left gets to blame its own policies on the NRA.
-Daniel Greenfield

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Vintage Babe of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babe* is Gloria Grahame!

(*a.k.a. Rule Five)











Bleak History Month™

Milli Vanilli win the Best New Artist Grammy

-Feb. 22, 1990

#BleakHistoryMonth

KiRKWOOD




Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.
- H. L. Mencken

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Medal of Honor

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Staff Sergeant Drew Dennis Dix


Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Dix distinguished himself by exceptional heroism while serving as a unit adviser. Two heavily armed Viet Cong battalions attacked the Province capital city of Chau Phu resulting in the complete breakdown and fragmentation of the defenses of the city. S/Sgt. Dix, with a patrol of Vietnamese soldiers, was recalled to assist in the defense of Chau Phu. Learning that a nurse was trapped in a house near the center of the city, S/Sgt. Dix organized a relief force, successfully rescued the nurse, and returned her to the safety of the Tactical Operations Center.
Being informed of other trapped civilians within the city, S/Sgt. Dix voluntarily led another force to rescue 8 civilian employees located in a building which was under heavy mortar and small-arms fire. S/Sgt. Dix then returned to the center of the city. Upon approaching a building, he was subjected to intense automatic rifle and machinegun fire from an unknown number of Viet Cong. He personally assaulted the building, killing 6 Viet Cong, and rescuing 2 Filipinos.
The following day S/Sgt. Dix, still on his own volition, assembled a 20-man force and though under intense enemy fire cleared the Viet Cong out of the hotel, theater, and other adjacent buildings within the city. During this portion of the attack, Army Republic of Vietnam soldiers inspired by the heroism and success of S/Sgt. Dix, rallied and commenced firing upon the Viet Cong. S/Sgt. Dix captured 20 prisoners, including a high ranking Viet Cong official. He then attacked enemy troops who had entered the residence of the Deputy Province Chief and was successful in rescuing the official's wife and children.
S/Sgt. Dix's personal heroic actions resulted in 14 confirmed Viet Cong killed in action and possibly 25 more, the capture of 20 prisoners, 15 weapons, and the rescue of the 14 United States and free world civilians. The heroism of S/Sgt. Dix was in the highest tradition and reflects great credit upon the U.S. Army.


S/Sgt. Dix: We humbly salute you and thank you for your service.

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Hat tip Home of Heroes

There are seventy five living MoH recipients today. Their names and their stories should not be forgotten. My mission is to honor one of those heroes here each week, and salute them for their courage and sacrifice. In the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors; the men it remembers.”

Bleak History Month™

Malcolm X assassinated

-Feb. 21, 1965

#BleakHistoryMonth

Alien vs. Elon

Classic KiRKWOOD




Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

"The average woman is a despot. The average man is a serf."
— G. K. Chesterton

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sex in Advertising

For all you connoisseurs of advertising...


I may not be exactly sure what she's selling, but, I'm pretty sure I'm in the market!

Bleak History Month™

On this day in 1864, at the Battle of Olustee,the largest conflict fought in Florida during the Civil War

-Feb. 20, 1864

#BleakHistoryMonth

KiRKWOOD




Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
- P.J. O'Rourke

Monday, February 19, 2018

Bleak History Month™

Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066 for Japanese interment

-Feb. 19, 1942

#BleakHistoryMonth

A Primer on "Common Sense" Gun Laws


First, let me say that I share in the loss and mourn with those who lost loved ones in that terrible Florida school shooting. Some people want to take advantage of those raw emotions to see if they can obtain some political advantage in what really ought to be a time of mourning. But I want you to fully understand that what the anti-gunners mean by "common sense" gun laws is not necessarily what the rest of us call "common sense". The phrase itself, "Common sense gun laws", polls well. I mean, it's obvious, isn't it? Who in their right mind could object to "common sense"? Poll any number of people if you think we should have "common sense gun laws" and you will get a majority, maybe even unanimity!

The gun grabbers then try to use that superficial verbal agreement, since nearly everyone agrees we should have common sense guns laws, then, you should have no problem accepting the ones they're proposing, regardless of how ineffectual they might be, whether or not they solve the problem, and whether or not there are unintended consequences to Constitutional rights, public safety or both, so long as we label them "common sense". There's the bait and switch.

A Democrat, John Dingell, of Michigan said in 1965,
"We now have on the lawbooks of this nation over 20,000 laws governing the sale, distribution and use of firearms.”
I guess it's pretty safe to assume we've added some since then. Yet, for all the "common sense" gun laws already on the books, the people whose ultimate goal is the complete elimination of privately owned firearms (the honest ones will tell you that. Stop laughing!), the anti-gunners want ever increasing restrictions on firearms, the quantity, the quality, the ease of ownership, the cost of ownership, until they have made it too prohibitively expensive or onerous to obtain, and erode the Second Amendment rights of honest, law abiding Americans to keep and bear arms. At least you common ones! We with political clout and wealth will still require our bodyguards to be fully armed!

"But, but..."you might say, "we still have terrible school shootings. We have to do something!!" Aye, and we can. But before we trip down the primrose path of passing new laws, pause a moment and consider what effect new laws will have if they are enforced exactly the same way as the 20,000 plus we already have?

Consider straw purchases, that is to say, buying a gun for someone else, who could not pass a background check.  That is currently against the law. "Well then, that's settled!" You would think so, wouldn't you? But, "U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones told a Congressional panel in 2013 that out of 48,321 cases involving straw buyers, the Justice Department prosecuted only 44".
If you're wondering how that works out to a percentage it's: 0.0009105 ( 0.01 = 1 percent).

And just how harsh is the punishment for those prosecuted? To quote Jim Geraghty,
"Last year, Simone Mousheh purchased four weapons for $600 each and sold two to a man with Chicago gang ties. She was sentenced to 12 months probation, 15 days in the Cook County sheriff’s work alternative program and ordered to pay $679 in fines."
In other words, a "slap on the wrist". California's "common sense" gun laws did not stop the San Bernadino shooters, (14 killed, 22 seriously  wounded), from getting their long guns via a straw purchase, nor did they prevent them from illegal modifications under the state's assault weapons ban.

Let's recap: Under state and federal "common sense gun laws", you can't buy guns for someone else and lie about it, you can't legally modify the guns you bought illegally to operate the way they did, oh, and by the way, it's illegal to shoot people. Noise ordinance or some such.

California has, in addition to their common sense gun laws, some of the most restrictive laws in the nation. Likewise, Chicago, where just last year, 3,561 people were shot, 650 killed. Which, granted, was fewer than 2016, where they had 771 murders. Just checking my memory, but have you heard anyone screeching that Mayor Rahm Emanuel had "blood on his hands"? Any screams of "We have to do something?" Funny how only white suburban shootings seem to rouse the anti-gunners from their slumber! According to CBS News, 27 people were shot in Chicago the very first day of the year.

Shrieks of outrage? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller??

No, because Chicago already has the strictest gun control laws in the nation. Making a fuss there would be counterproductive to passing new laws, which would be, for the most part, those very same laws for the rest of the country. Show me the law working in Chicago and I'll consider implementing it somewhere else. Anywhere else. You say, "Thoughts and prayers are not enough!" Likewise, emotional grandstanding and demagoguery is not enough, either.

One last point on "common sense" gun laws and their implementation. Consider the incongruity of liberal attitudes towards guns. I'm sure you've all heard the horror stories of "zero tolerance" in the public schools, which are by and large the domain of liberals. A kid is expelled for biting a Pop Tart into the "shape of a gun" or drawing a picture of a gun. A kid put a green Army man on his ball cap to honor veterans, but because it carried a 3" plastic rifle, it violated the "zero tolerance" policy on guns. Zero means zero! Repercussions are swift! Off with his hat!

Contrast that with our attitude with people who bring actual guns onto a school campus. How many times do you suppose has a teenager walked away from a courtroom because "it was his first offense". Really? So we get one free murder each, like the Bill Clinton "one free grope" rule? Or we question whether or not to try a 16-17 year old gangbanger as an adult, because "He's just a child, better go easy on him!" If there ever were a place for zero tolerance, shouldn't it be for murder and violent assaults? Popular media reinforces the stereotype that first offenders, and those under eighteen, will skate on a first offense, or receive a much less stringent sentence. Where's the deterrence in that?

Listen to what Nikolas Cruz's public defender, Melisa McNeill, said about him:
“When your brain is not fully developed, you don’t know how to deal with these things. When you have the lack of impulse control that a 19 year old has, that effects the behavior you exhibit."

Got that? All you seventeen, eighteen, nineteen year olds: your brain is not fully developed, you lack impulse control and you don't know how to deal with these things! Next time you get pulled over by a police officer, tell him, "Officer, my brain is not yet fully developed and my lack of impulse control effects the behavior I exhibit." At which point, the officer will pat you on your head and send you home to Mommy...in no universe ever!

I'm thinking maybe we need a class action suit against the military. For years they drafted 18 year olds, with brains not fully developed, enlisted recruits as young as seventeen, with their parent's permission, and put a rifle* in the hands of all those poor lads who lacked impulse control and showed them which end the round came out!

"That’s the child I’m sitting across from...He’s sad. He’s mournful. He’s remorseful. He is fully aware of what is going on, and he’s just a broken human being.”
Not sure if any jury is going to buy this. A 19 year old "child" who is "fully aware of what is going on", even with his 'not yet fully developed brain' and 'lack of impulse control' is somehow not responsible for what millions of similarly functioning young adults have managed not to do for as long as anyone can remember?

If it's a question of not knowing right from wrong, ask yourself why he took his vest off and tried to exit unnoticed with all the other students? To avoid capture. Why would he try to avoid capture unless he knew what he did was wrong?

Before you join the stampede for new guns laws, because "we can't just do nothing", consider the consequences of electing and appointing District Attorneys, Judges, and Attorneys General and electing the politicians who appoint them, who do not enforce the laws they write, that are already on the books, such as "straw purchases".

And maybe before you start calling pro-gunners vile names and wishing for their painful deaths and the death of their children, consider that they probably value much of what you value, and want many of the same things for their children and their communities as you do, but simply disagree with you on the best way to accomplish it.


*Or a fighter jet. What could possibly go wrong?

KiRKWOOD




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Quote du jour

"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone."
- Pablo Picasso

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Bleak History Month™

Arsonist sets fire in South Korean subway, 198 people were killed and nearly 150 others were injured.

-Feb. 18, 2003

#BleakHistoryMonth

Classic KiRKWOOD



Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

After the game, the King and the pawn go into the same box.
-Old Italian proverb

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Little Saturday Night Music

Lucky Enough - Scott Kirby



Yep. Same guy what did our Valentine's Day music. This is one of my favorites.

Bleak History Month™

Approximately 900 people drown when a passenger ferry, the Neptune, overturns near Port-au-Prince, Haiti

-Feb. 17, 1993

#BleakHistoryMonth

KiRKWOOD




Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Best of the Web*

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*…that I’ve seen all week!

(BTW, if you wonder where any of the links will take you, hover your cursor over the link.)

Political/SocioEconomic

Deputies called to suspected shooter’s home 39 times over seven years

What Democrats' bleatings about "national security" are really hiding -Daniel Greenfield

An Open Rant Aimed at Those Who Would Repeal the Second Amendment -Charles C W Cooke

New Gun Policies Won’t Stop Mass Shootings, but People Can -David French

What Mass Killers Want—And How to Stop Them

Adam Schiff Confirms Democratic Memo Contains ‘Sources and Methods

FBI: Over Four Times More People Stabbed to Death Than Killed with Rifles of Any Kind (2016 stats)

Bloomberg’s Well Funded Gun Control Lobby: Over $50 Million in 2014 Alone (Yet CNN's Don Lemon has the vapors that the NRA (representing millions) spent $30 million to get Trump elected





Videos
Comedian Bill Murray Shocks Democrats with Truth Bomb

And The Dance Continues... Hillary/ Comey mashup

What Can we Learn from the Florida Shootings - Andrew Klavan

Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer Shot and Killed During 'Tactical Chase' of Armed Suspect

Communist Manifesto or Democrat Party Platform?





Culture
Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn: Dumped In Duluth

Remember Filegate? Where the Clinton's promised everyone that they had only accidentally been looking through FBI files on Republicans?

IS CALIFORNIA STARTING TO CIRCLE THE DRAIN?

Obama Painter Kehinde Wiley Known For Portraying Black Heroines Decapitating White Women

Obama’s Official Portrait Painter Outsources the Painting Part to China

Delaware Students Can Now Choose Their Own Race. This Should End Well

ON GUNS, A COST-LY MISTAKE BY SLOW JOE

Success Academy - John Stossel



Technology
Two Tesla Autopilot incidents raise driverless concerns




Photoshops/Cartoons/Graphics

Cartoon of the Day – NRO

Flopping Aces -Sunday Funnies

John Cox- KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD

Today's Toons 2/7/18, Today's Toons 2/8/18

Cartoon Round Up

Today's Toons 2/9/18, Today's Toons 2/12/18


Thanks for clearing that up

Today's Toons 2/13/18




Linkfests:
Larwyn's Linx: The rogue FBI may collapse

In The Mailbox: 02.12.18

Larwyn's Linx: Russian Collusion Confirmed. With Democrats.

In The Mailbox: 02.13.18

Larwyn's Linx: A Tale of Two Dossiers

In The Mailbox: 02.14.18

Larwyn's Linx: Did Hillary Clinton try to pull off the dirtiest dirty trick in US history?

In The Mailbox: 02.15.18

Larwyn's Linx: Scandal, Corruption, Lawbreaking — And So What?

Top of the News

Larwyn's Linx: Anatomy of a Coup

In The Mailbox: 02.16.18

Larwyn's Linx: What Did Comey Tell President Trump about the Steele Dossier?





Rule Five Roundup:
(While all Rule Five posts may be NSFW, I generally only flag the ones that are certainly NSFW)

90 Miles From Tyranny -  girls with guns, girls with guns,  Hot pick, Hot pick, Hot pick

American Power- Kate Upton, Joy Corrigan

By Other Means - Cosplay, Tap Rack & Bang, Seeing Red, Throwback Thursday: Cheesecake Edition

Daily Mail - Martha Hunt, Elizabeth Hurley

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes: Sunday Babe, Monday Babe, Tuesday Babe, Wednesday Babe, Thursday Babe, Friday Babe


Good Monday Morning

EBL - Cheese is as addictive as drugs, Marley Shelton, Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Carnival

Feral Irishman - Friday Femme Fatale, ♫♫ "She's Got Marty Feldman Eyes...er Boobs" ♫♫, That Moment When You Realize , Friday Femme Fatale

Friday Night Babe - Deborah Ann Woll!

Knuckledraggin' My Life Away - I’m sure she’s taken, men

Pirates Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup, If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see...

Flowing Curves of Beauty

Sex in Advertising - Calvin Klein

Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day, Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day, Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day, Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day, Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day, Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day, Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day

The Right Way -Friday Babe, Rule 5 Saturday LinkOrama

The Other McCain- Rule Five Sunday

Vintage Babe of the Week – Lona Andre

Women of PETA LVII

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

Your Crazy Uncle Bubba - Shorts, Selfie Sunday!, Random hotness, Legs and Dresses!


Use the comments as an open thread on any of these topics. Please send links of news, commentary, choice humor or Rule Fivage to: Proof.Positive@Hotmail.com

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Entropy: a state rewarding participation that leads to a gradual decline into disorder.
-Mike B
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