In defense of the AR-15

Posted by Troy on 19th February 2018 in Current Events, Political

Let’s be honest: this is a failure of the FBI.  Holy crap, how many people have to report a kid?  How many times does he have to say he wants to kill cops and be a professional school shooter before you say, “I’ll look into it?”

Okay, so people are all up on the AR-15.  Here’s my defense on why average Americans should be allowed to have these weapons:

1 – Just like drugs, if someone really wants an “assault rifle” for nefarious reasons, they are going to get it.  Sorry, but that’s the truth.  You can make the argument “Yeah, but why make it easier for them?” which does have some merit, but I will continue.

2 – For the most part, if you want to kill multiple people, a sawed off shotgun with a followup .45 pistol will give you similar numbers.  [exclusion for the Las Vegas shooter... in that kind of scenario with a packed field of people and a long distance, an "assault rifle would be ideal, but this is just one instance.]

3 – School shootings are statistically unimportant.  “HOW DARE YOU!  It is a tragedy!  What if that had been your child?!”  It was my child, I’d cry my eyes out.  Likewise, if my child drowned in a 5 gallon bucket (happens 20 times a year), I would be devastated.  However, I would also realize it is statistically unimportant.  As such, I would not push for federal anti-bucket laws.

4 – If you want to say, “If we save BUT ONE LIFE!  JUST ONE TEEN,” I will counter with: Do you know how many die from drug overdoses?  From alcohol related accidents?  What if we lowered the speed limit to 25 miles per hour?  What if we increased the age for driving to twenty-one?  Think of all the lives that would be saved.  But all of these have costs, and we are unwilling to pay for these costs.  The uncomfortable truth is this: “The way we live our lives, kills people.  We know this, and we are willing to accept a certain number of deaths to maintain our lifestyle.”  Think of it this way: the five-year old girl that got hit by a car and died may have lived if we had a fifteen mile per hour speed limit, or if we required that children stay indoors at all times, but we don’t.  Getting to places quickly helps us get more done per day.  Going outside is fun and healthy for the child.  We feel sad that the girl died, but we do not do away with cars that she may live.  We don’t make her parents keep her inside so that she will be safer.

5 – Murders are mostly caused by handguns.  Demonizing the AR-15 or any other rifle doesn’t’ make it so.

Long Live the Constitution!  Long Live the Second Amendment

School Shooting Solutions

Posted by Troy on 15th February 2018 in Current Events, Political

This kid was on Youtube saying that he was going to be a professional school shooter.  He was reported to the FBI.  Everyone that knew this kid knew that he was dangerous.  They knew that this was going to happen.  But I guess the FBI was too interested tracking down Russian collusion than following up on some kid threatening to shoot cops and school kids.

This kid was screaming out for help, and no one listened.  That’s why 17 people are dead at his hands.  Plain and simple.

You want to stop these things?  Identify people with mental issues and get them they help they need.  I am also a fan of increased CCW.  You say that schools should be a gun free zone.  Yeah, it was…until he brought a gun there.  Then it was suddenly NOT a gun free zone.  At larger schools, one or two armed guards would be a good idea as well.  Frankly, I am sure that there are plenty of retired military that would gladly volunteer their time tot he community in this service.

If you want to point to the “assault rifle,” as the issue, I hate to break this to you… a sawed off shotgun and a 1911 .45 would have had a similar body count in those packed conditions.  So either be honest and say you want to total gun ban or understand that your solution really isn’t a solution.  Let’s also be honest, there are over a million “assault rifles” in circulation.  How do you plan on getting rid of those?  Are you going to kick in people’s doors and take them?  And what if the people take offense at that and are willing to die over it?  How many law-abiding gun owners are you willing to turn into criminals and subject to fascist tactics and/or kill?  Just curious.  I want to have an honest conversation here.

Ask the people of France how their ultra-strict gun laws protected them from the AK-47s used by the Muslim extremists.

It’s like I always say: “Guns should be illegal.  That way, no one will be able to get them…just like drugs.”

Long Live the Constitution!

FISA and Why It Matters

Posted by Troy on 3rd February 2018 in Current Events, Political

Oh, and what a tangled web we weave!  Who knew that what would bring neo-cons and liberals together is their hate of Trump.  Besties foreva’ ya’ll!!!!!

Take Trump out of it.  Take him completely out of it.

If there was a racist cop.  He KNOWS that this black guy is dirty.  I mean, he just KNOWS it.  So the cop has his cousin start spreading rumors that the guy has child porn on his computer.  Based on all of these rumors the cop is hearing, he requests a search warrant.  In searching the man’s house, he finds a dime-bag of pot.  The cop was right…that guy was dirty.  The cop arrests the guy who goes to jail for drug related charges.

If you are against the above, I demand to know how this scenario is any different than what is being alleged by the memo?  Swap out “racist” for “radically partisan,” “cop” for “agent,” and the “rumors” for the “dossier;” and the scenario matches up nicely.

If the memo is correct, this is beyond troubling.  These are the types of abuses that you see in communist countries and dictatorships.  What’s scary is that if Trump had lost, we never would have heard about it.  I will grant you that this memo was written by Republicans.  As such, I feel like we must demand a full investigation into the matter.  If a search warrant was obtained on knowingly false grounds, people need to go to jail over it.  PERIOD.

Long Live the Constitution!

State of the Union Address Review

Posted by Troy on 30th January 2018 in Current Events, Political

For the past few years, I would take down notes and refute the State of the Union speech point by point.  But tonight, I think I’m going to do something a little different.

I am going to laugh my ass off!  Oh my God, Trump found the loophole that no one else even knew existed!  He delivered line after line that gave Democrats two options: either applaud or look like assholes–your choice!  Again and again, he delivered lines like giving terminally ill the right to try.  I want to make prescriptions less expensive.  Together we can accomplish anything.

I will say that his speech was very middle of the road.  It was a listing of issues and challenges facing this nation.  His remarks were sensible.  They were the types of remarks that most people would hold.

The Democrat rebuttal was pretty much an emotional tirade with little substance and much rhetoric.  I swear to God, every time I see a politician fake cry/get choked up, I wish I could reach out and slap the ____ out of them.  I really do.  Don’t the rest of you get sick of the fake cry already?  It’s so demeaning.

Long Live the Constitution!

The Grammys Gets Political

Posted by Troy on 29th January 2018 in Current Events, Entertainment

Who could see it coming?!  Um… EVERYONE!  And that’s pretty much the way it’s been since Bush.  I don’t remember the Grammys being that political before Bush.  Maybe there would be an occasional gay marriage thing or something else, but it wasn’t overwhelming.  Then Bush came.  Bush was Hitler.  Bush was a moron.  Bush was a war monger.  The Obama came.  Obama was soooo cool.  He was, like, the coolest!  OMG, it’s Obama… he’s like… the bee’s knees!  Sooooo dreamy!  And that brings us to Trump.  It’s so hacky, it’s not even worth talking about.  This is part of the reason why people stopped watching shows like the Grammys.  Here’s the rundown:

1 – These things are basically a popularity contest.  It’s a bunch of elitists jacking off other elitists and celebrating how great they are.  It’s kinda disgusting.  You want to know how to tell if music is good?  Well, frankly, sales is a good indicator.  If you have a bunch of people buying your music, you must be making music that appeals to people.  If you want to claim that being commercially successful isn’t the same as being artistically successful, I’ll counter that argument by saying: having other people tell me that something is artistically successful doesn’t mean crap to me.   If you want to go with some sort of immeasurable measurement: any music that manages to touch anybody deeply is artistically successful.  Period.

2 – Why do people tune to to have other people tell them what is good music?  Do you not trust your own ears?  Do you not trust your own guts?

3 – Let’s be honest: you have a group of people that mocks half of America and calls them stupid or Nazi.  Gee, I wonder why those people don’t want to tune it?

4 – These shows have become joyless.  Absolutely joyless.  There, I said it.  That’s all these things are.  They are self-important, self-aggrandizing, preachy…This drags on for hours.  You claim that you are there to celebrate the year in music?  How about you actually do it.

Who is surprised that the Grammys got political?  Probably the same ones that were surprised the ratings were in the gutter.

Long Live the Constitution!

White House Amnesty Deal – Democrats Suck at this Game

Posted by Troy on 26th January 2018 in Current Events, Political

People on the right went nuts at Trump’s deal.  He’s going to give 1.8 million illegals citizenship?  He’s going to let them have chain migration?  He’s not even getting e-verify?  And the only thing he really gets out of the deal is a wall?  This is madness.  This will cost Republicans the 2018 election!

Of course, I doubted the whole thing.  I think Trump offered it to prove a point.  He gave the Democrats everything they wanted for those poor, unfortunate “dreamers.”  More than legal status…citizenship.  He knew that it would prove that the Democrat’s don’t care about the dreamers.  Well, they might, but that’s not what the fight was about.  The fight is about having an open border.  That is all they truly care about.  If they cared about the dreamers and protecting them, they take the deal.

And the Democrats fell for it!  It was an obvious trap, and they took the cheese and whip-snap when the trap.  My god… how stupid can they be?

Here was the winning move, morons:  Take the deal to defend the dreamers.  Paint the wall as racist.  Run on that in 2018.  Defund the wall.

For all the people out there that think Trump is stupid, here’s a true story.  There was a chess tournament.  A chess master was being beaten by his challenger and stood in his chair and yelled, “Why must I be beaten by this idiot?!”  If your opponent is an idiot and he is beating you…what does that say about you?

Long Live the Constitution!

Why Oprah Will Never Be President…If She’s Smart

Posted by Troy on 10th January 2018 in Current Events, Political

If she were to run and get the Democratic nomination, I believe she would win.  She would win as she would have the same wind at her back (a lackey media and pop culture just spewing sugar all day for her) without the anchor of being the most unlikable person on the planet (i.e. she’s not Hillary Clinton).  So she would win (unless the economy is just exploding under Trump, in which case, there is nothing Democrats can do but cry… more money in your pocket always wins on election day).

1 – Oprah’s brand is her fortune.  Look at her empire.  Say what you will for Trump, his product is his fortune.  He builds real estate.  He has other little side ventures, but his name (as much as he would cringe at hearing this) is not really his fortune.  No one buys a building because Trump built it.  No one buys a wine because of Trump on the label.  They do for Oprah.  She may have some manufacturing of some sort in her portfolio, but her main income is from endorsing things.  Selling things.  Marketing things (including herself in her show).  If she gets into politics, she will instantly have 40% of the nation pretty much hating her.  This would destroy her brand and her fortune.  But let’s assume she doesn’t care about any of that.

2 – Being President means you are Commander in Chief.  That means you have to give orders that cause people to die.  Or withhold orders that cause people to die.  Their deaths are on your shoulders.  Could Trump give those orders?  Yes.  Could Hillary?  Shit Hillary could send 100,000 men to their deaths without batting an eye.  This is not a sexist remark.  Women can do it just as well as men (Queen Elizabeth, Margret Thatcher, Angela Merkle, Hillary Clinton…).  Could you imagine Oprah giving those orders?

If she were to become President, this country is pretty much toast.  While I am generally a non-interventionist, every country in the world is going to assume that she is unwilling to see men die at her command and would instantly start running roughshod over weaker countries.  We would have open borders.  Her way of dealing with every crisis would be to open the coffers either in aid to poor countries or as bribes to evil countries.  Trying the techniques she used to gain her status in the world: be likable.  Be generous.  Try to talk things out.  All these sound great.  But it’s one thing to talk things out with your friend who is mad at you.  It’s another to talk things out with an MS-13 member that’s about to kill you or Rocket Man.

Long Live the Constitution!

Why I’m Against Net Neutrality but For California Doing It

Posted by Troy on 20th December 2017 in Current Events, Political

Tenth Amendment, ya’ll!

Okay, this is one of the very few issues where I am truly on the fence.  I think it comes down to two things, really:

If you believe that the internet is a public utility, you probably support Net Neutrality because no one should have substandard service from a public utility.  In exchange for these restrictions, utilities also get certain benefits such legal monopolies and the like.

If you believe that the internet is a product, you are probably against Net Neutrality because you believe that companies should be able to set their prices and policies.

I think that the internet is becoming such a massive part of people’s lives, that you could easily make the argument that it is a public utility.  If there were a power outage, many people would be most upset about the loss of the internet, not power or water.  Of course, those people are absolutely stupid, but there you go.

However, I am not in favor of Net Neutrality.  Why?  Because I haven’t been shown that the internet companies have been unfair.  If they ever start doing the nightmare scenarios where Amazon pays Comcast the most money so they throttle down Walmart’s internet speed, well, that’s a problem.  Of course, that is anti-competitive practices and could be considered collusion or extortion or racketeering.  But let’s put all that to the side.  Anyone COULD do ANYTHING.  You can’t punish people for things they can do.  Until such practices become common place, I do not wish to place the heavy fist of government on it.  Once the government gets involved in something, it’s difficult to get them out again.  Also, after ten to fifteen years, you could find that the government itself may start using Net Neutrality (as a base law) to add in a “Fake News” clause or something to control content.  It’s the old, slippery slope argument, but it is a valid argument.  I am always very cautious when it comes to given the government more regulatory power.

So why do I approve it for California?  Because California is a state and can do pretty much anything it damn well pleases as long as it does not conflict with Federal Law or the Constitution.  Boom.  If California is having problems, have your Net Neutrality.  If they are not having any problems and their citizens just want the law, have your Net Neutrality.  If it works out well, maybe other states will follow.  If it turns into a total shitshow, other states will learn from your example.

Long Live the Constitution!

Is it any wonder why we are starting to hate one another?

Posted by Troy on 15th December 2017 in Human Nature

We are always being played against one another.  Each side picks the worst example of the other side.  For instance, when the Tea Party was rolling strong, the media went out among the crowd and searched for the one guy holding a racist sign.  That’s they guy they showed, and they told everyone watching on the nightly news that the Tea Party was racist.  And the people believed it because they saw the guy holding the racist sign.  There was the proof.  Why did they do this?  Because the Tea Party opposed the Obama agenda, so they had to be destroyed.  Rather than deal with the Tea Party’s legitimate concerns about over taxation and the ever increasing size and power of the government, they knew that it would just be easier to paint them as racist.

The same could be said of the Black Lives Matter movement.  I guarantee you the vast majority of people in that movement have legitimate concerns that the police are killing unarmed young black men.  However, rather than deal with these legitimate concerns, they show the professional looters/rioters that use the movement as cover to do their misdeeds or they show the black equivalent of red necks screaming “What do we want?  Dead cops!  When do we want it?  Now!”  Likewise, rather than deal with the cop supporters who say that the cops are doing their job (etc), they want to talk about systemic racism or white indifference.

The fact of the matter is that if you ever went to a Tea Party event, you would have been amazed at the differences of opinion there.  They were not parrots.  They thought about issues and came to their own conclusions.  And their views were not rooted in racism but rooted in a fear of large government.  And when you get down to it, most of us have an innate fear of large government.  Likewise, if you talked to a black person calmly and rationally about their experiences growing up black and how these cop shootings look to them, then you would understand their point of view.

But even these cop shootings is a further example of media bias.  More unarmed whites are shot by police than unarmed blacks.  A black cop is more likely to shoot a black suspect than a white cop is.  These are statistical facts.  However, you never see when a white cop kills a white guy on the news.  You never see when a black cop kills a black guy on the news.  However, if a white cop kills a black guy, then that’s national news.   This does not excuse bad shootings.  But every time people turn on the TV, they see “white cop kills black suspect.”  They never see those other words.  Anytime they see this, it is always the same scenario.  White kills black.  Over and over and over again.  Again, what is shown to us is what becomes the truth.  How could blacks not learn to fear cops?  Every time they see it, it is confirmation of their belief.  Not only that, but these thoughts and feelings are more likely to make a black suspect nervous or angry which makes it more likely for an escalation during cop encounters which further confirms the belief, and the cycle continues.

And if you dare to discuss anything outside of the pre-determined, pre-approved narrative, you will be shouted down.  Take the cop example above.  If you try to point this out and have a rational discussion, you’re probably going to be yelled at.

I was recently talking to my brother-in-law and mentioned that Song of the South was the only Disney movie never made available to the public.  I’ve always wanted to see it just so I could see why this was.  He basically said it was because there was only one allowable way to depict slavery, and they did not do this.  ie, the slave in question was dance-walking down the road sing “Zippity-doo-da, zippity-aaaaa…”, which is a far cry from the renaming scene from Roots.  I had a conversation with a black friend of mine.  He asked me out of the blue, “Was there anything good about Nazi Germany?”  I had to preface the answer with “Well, it was far outweighed by the mountains of dead bodies and stuff… but he did make the trains run on time, they had national health care, paid for vacations to resorts, jobs for everyone…. but all of this is, as I said… outweighed by the 6 million dead bodies.”  But it’s crazy, isn’t it?   You are not allowed to say anything positive about that time of Germany’s history.  As though saying “The trains ran on time” some how excuses the SIX MILLION DEAD BODIES.  Again, there is only one way you are allowed to discuss the subject.  Anything outside that parameters is not allowed.

We are being trained to regard the other side as horrible human beings.  We are being trained to think the worst of each other.  If people actually sat down and talked, they would find out that we aren’t all that much different.

Long Live the Constitution!

I was wrong

Posted by Troy on 13th December 2017 in Current Events

It is rare that I have to admit I was wrong.  I had predicted that Roy Moore would win because Alabama voters wouldn’t want a Democrat representing them.  It didn’t pan out that way.  I guess there is a level of personal flaws that will cause voters to elect someone who will try to impede laws they want and push for laws they do not want.  In fairness, I do get it.  Also, it does not cost the Republicans the majority.  It’s only for two years before Doug Jones is going to get kicked to the curb.  It will also take away a major bullet the Democrats were wanting to use next year, so all in all, I can live with it.

Before Democrats gloat too much, just remember:  you ran against a creepy guy that chased under-aged girls, and you only won by about 1%.  You didn’t even get 50% of the votes.  A little humility may go a long way under the circumstances.

Long Live the Constitution!