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Add me to the list - another scary man

More-er PC? Just not the same; hardly

More-er PC? Just not the same; hardly

You know my worst problem so far today? Fighting a recalcitrant pipe that doesn’t want to stay lit. Yep, that is about it.  Oh sure, I am keeping up with All Things Worrisome but not because I think I can make any difference when it comes to radical Islamic terrorists invading Germany, whether Hillary lies all the time or just most of the time or whether The Donald is truly insane or just playing a part in the Ultimate TV Reality Show.  None of that crap keeps me up at night.  Mainest reason I even pay attention is for the heads up if/when the crap hits the fan and I need to dodge the Zombie Horde northbound up from Laredo.

So the bulk of the Headline News just slides right on by me.  Most of it has no influence on the small sphere of people and things I focus on.   Leave me alone, don’t mess with any of my stuff and life is good, right?  If that sounds all kumbaya and soft bunnies, it mostly is.  I am all for individual freedoms and support whatever you got going on as well  — as long as you don’t expect EXTRA rights which infringe on my personal rights.

My hat - this week

My hat – this week. Snakes AND Camo = double bad juju

Way back in 2014 a federal employee filed a complaint that said his co-worker’s Gadsden cap F’d him up. The fella didn’t do anything, didn’t say anything; all he did was wear a ball cap. So I guess the complaint to the EEOC finally made it to the top of their TO-DO list recently and they had this to say  “The individual who filed the complaint did so because the flag is allegedly an “indicator of white resentment against blacks,” specifically tied to the tea party movement, and that its creator, South Carolina statesmen Christopher Gadsden, owned slaves.”  The EEOC ,at this time, has no ruling either way and is further investigating the matter.   Stuff like this is what our GOV does folks.    The double whammy for the week was the release of the Black Lives Matter manifesto  which, once again, seeks to give a particular segment of our population extra rights at the expense of my rights.

The Gadsden Flag flyin' over the Old Girl ca. 2012

The Gadsden Flag flyin’ over the Old Girl ca. 2012

I was just fine back in the day when things were more laissez-faire:

Being a system of thought, laissez-faire rests on the following axioms:

  1. The individual is the basic unit in society.
  2. The individual has a natural right to freedom.
  3. The physical order of nature is a harmonious and self-regulating system.
  4. Corporations are creatures of the State and therefore must be watched closely by the citizenry due to their propensity to disrupt the Smithian spontaneous order.

Hell, it wasn’t perfect; nothin’ ever is but I damned sure had a better idea where I stood and what I stood for.

Let me try to explain my current quandary with a picture aid so those amongst us who have trouble grasping the written word are not at a (gasp) disadvantage.  Heaven forbid, right?

Examine this picture closely.

For your examination

For your examination

What do I see?

  • An old man and his dog
  • A fella that needs to learn how to take a selfie

What might other folks see?

  • A man with a scary dog (I feel threatened)
  • A threatening man (I feel concerned and frightened)
  • A man wearing camo (He is a racist)
  • A man who needs to shave (He is being intentionally intimidating)
  • A man and dog in a rural setting (There are no Safe Zones nearby therefore I am scared)
  • A man on a gravel road (He is a redneck cracker = racist radical. Cue the theme for Deliverance.)
  • A rural citizen (Bet he has a closet full of  evil assault rifles)

NOTE: I was also wearing my camo Gadsden Flag cap in this pic but dis-included it apurpose so some of those folks north of I-40 would not be permanently scarred or maybe pee in their pants.

As far as I know, I have never caused a woman to bundle up her babies and scurry away when I walked by.  I have never seen a person lock their car doors when they saw me nor have I ever seen anybody break out in a cold fear-sweat when I was behind them in line at the HEB store.  But let me ask you this,  with the current state of affairs,  how absurd are these statements in light of actual reality?

Sometime in the past few months,  I relinquished my lifelong membership in The Boiling Frog Society.   We aren’t all Clint Eastwood and few of us command the audience he does but that does not mean I cannot work toward influencing a small sphere of people who are near and dear to me – I first wrote about the importance of my small sphere back in February of this year and it has become an even greater focus of mine since.   I also included a quote in that entry which raised the hackles of some folks.  I feel obliged to reference it again.

Let me leave with a snippet of prose from Larken Rose  –   avowed anarchist and convicted felon courtesy of our IRS….. (excerpted)

Today’s injustices and oppressions are fashionable and popular, and those who resist them, you tell yourselves, are just malcontents and freaks, people whose rights don’t matter, people who deserve to be crushed under the boot of authority. Isn’t that right? You bunch of spineless, unthinking hypocrites. Look in the mirror, take a good look at what you imagine to be righteous and kind. You are the Devil’s plaything. The crowds of thousands wildly applauding the speeches of Adolf Hitler? That was you. The mob demanding that Jesus Christ be nailed to the cross? That was you. The white invaders who celebrated the wholesale slaughter of those godless redskins? That was you. The throngs filling the Colosseum, applauding as the Christians were fed to the lions? That was you. Throughout history, the perpetual suffering and injustice, occurring on an incomprehensible scale—it was all because of people just like you: the well-trained, thoroughly indoctrinated conformists, the people who do as they’re told, who proudly bow to their masters, who follow the crowd, believing what everyone else believes and thinking whatever authority tells them to think. That is you. (link to the complete speech)

 

End Note: Amerika V. 6.0 by Steve Earle from the Just an American Boy cd double set.

“Four score and a hundred and fifty years ago
Our forefathers made us equal as long as we can pay
Yeah, well maybe that wasn’t exactly what they was thinkin’
Version six-point-oh of the American way
But hey we can just build a great wall around the country club
To keep the riff-raff out until the slump is through
Yeah, I realize that ain’t exactly democratic, but it’s either them or us and
And it’s the best we can do”

 

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10 comments to Add me to the list – another scary man

  • Joel

    Never had much use for flags, bumper stickers or clothing with sports logos.

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  • Richard

    Only Black Bowling Balls matter.

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    • Andy

      Richard,
      The bowling equipment on hand is definitely being scrutinized and amended. One of our potential Presidents has made no secret of the fact she intends to restrict a basic right of ours. Should she gain the office, her Supreme Court appointments will fundamentally change the country for decades.

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      • Joel

        I’m going to ask my account manager to invest in gun companies. The seduction of gun buyers by the firearms manufacturers seems unlimited. I might as well make some money off of this!

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        • Andy

          SWHC Joel – Up 35.21% YTD.

          Second choice: RGR
          Third choice: VSLR

          Assuming Hillary will be the President elect. IMHO, that is a valid assumption.

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  • Richard

    You know, Obama has been the firearms industry’s best salesman. Every time he gives another speech, gun sales go through the roof.

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    • Andy

      Almost every month lately sees a new record of NICS background checks.

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  • Jim

    Andy,

    I’m about 300 miles north of I40 and my beliefs pretty much align with yours. Texas isn’t the only place where good common folk live

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    • Andy

      Yeah, but y’all talk funny Jim.
      J/K

      Back around the Baloney Years time I made some money buying old police cars and reselling them. Crown Vics, Caprices,Camaros, etc. And I went all over to pick them up- except north of I 40. Those harsh winters destroy a car.
      So that is where the I40 rule came in.

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  • Yup, gotta wonder about these cupcakes that Momma and Daddy paid to put in college. They needing safe spaces and all. Oh and Free Speech Zones. Throwing up my hands!

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