Drug Induced Death 46,471
Alcohol Induced Death 29,001
Knives or cutting instruments 1,490
Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) 687
Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) 428
Rifles (Including Assault Rifles) 285
…So why are we, as a nation freaking about about Assault Rifles? I call BS on anyone saying “it’s about the lives”. One minutia of critical thinking shows that Assault Rifle deaths compromise one of the smallest categories of death.
Here’s a list of 7 harsh realities of life than anyone planning on being a responsible adult needs to understand and accept:
1. Your Feelings Are Largely Irrelevant
2. You Cannot Be Whatever You Want To Be
3. Gender Studies Is A Waste Of Money
4. If You Live In America, You’re Already In The 1%
5. You Don’t Have A Right To It Just Because You Exist
6. You DO Have The Right To Live As You Please — But Not To Demand People Accept It
7. The Only Safe Space Is Your Home
Paraphrased from here:
“99,999,983 gun owners did absolutely nothing wrong yesterday. So by all means, let’s punish them for the acts of the 17.”
The previously mentioned troll stopped replying to me on Disqus. Score!
Before I make my point, lets read a study done back in the 60’s:
The Five Monkeys Experiment
An experimenter puts 5 monkeys in a large cage. High up at the top of the cage, well beyond the reach of the monkeys, is a bunch of bananas. Underneath the bananas is a ladder.
The monkeys immediately spot the bananas and one begins to climb the ladder. As he does, however, the experimenter sprays him with a stream of cold water. Then, he proceeds to spray each of the other monkeys.
The monkey on the ladder scrambles off. And all 5 sit for a time on the floor, wet, cold, and bewildered. Soon, though, the temptation of the bananas is too great, and another monkey begins to climb the ladder. Again, the experimenter sprays the ambitious monkey with cold water and all the other monkeys as well. When a third monkey tries to climb the ladder, the other monkeys, wanting to avoid the cold spray, pull him off the ladder and beat him.
Now one monkey is removed and a new monkey is introduced to the cage. Spotting the bananas, he naively begins to climb the ladder. The other monkeys pull him off and beat him.
Here’s where it gets interesting. The experimenter removes a second one of the original monkeys from the cage and replaces him with a new monkey. Again, the new monkey begins to climb the ladder and, again, the other monkeys pull him off and beat him – including the monkey who had never been sprayed.
By the end of the experiment, none of the original monkeys were left and yet, despite none of them ever experiencing the cold, wet, spray, they had all learned never to try and go for the bananas.
Not only does our Society work much in this same way, both at macroscopic and microscopic levels, but so do our Systems of Government. We see all these candidates promising the world to the Sheeple of America if they get elected. It’s no secret that a great many people end up disappointed because, unfortunately, one of these clowns always gets elected and then proceeds to fulfill few, if any at all, of his promises. This is largely because once they are in office, they are indoctrinated to the real way the political parties run.
This assumes, of course, that the candidate didn’t know already. Giving the candidate the benefit of the doubt that they were simply naive seems a bit naive in and of itself. Many of them are successful in the political arena because they already know how the systems work. They know that Government is there to fix problems. As the amount of problems decrease, so does the need for government. Thus, it’s in the politician’s best interest to ensure there are always problems to fix. But it’s in the citizen’s best interest to have problems fixed.
After several hundred years of practice, the political parties of the US (and internationally, I’m sure) are very adept at fixing enough problems to placate the masses, but creating / keeping enough problems to ensure they’ll have a tax-payer funded paycheck for the rest of their lives. R vs D vs I vs L is just one more ever-going social divide that creates ‘problems’ for someone to fix.
Obama did a decent job fixing a few things, but is leaving smoldering destruction in his wake. He carries a D in front of his name, and got himself elected because the President before him had an R in front of his. (There’s also arguments to be made that Obama got a lot of votes based purely on his skin color, but that’s a debate for another day.) So will go the 2016 election. We have a big chance of seeing a president with an R in front of their name, because the D’s created so many problems in 8 years that *someone* has to fix them. Who better than the R’s, right?
And so it goes, back and forth, both sides fixing some problems, blaming the other side, then making/creating problems of their own. The *only* two constants between R presidents and D presidents are:
1) They make the Government bigger and more powerful
2) They make the US Debt bigger.
So when the dust settles in 2016, and some fresh new face takes the reigns of the country, we are guaranteed to have elected someone who will have promised to fix all the problems that Obama and his administration made, someone who will expand Government reach and spending, someone who will enact legislation to protect us from ourselves and thus be someone who will make us sacrifice a little more freedom for that security. It won’t matter what letter is in front of their name. So, in reality, your vote doesn’t matter.
A recent news article was posted in my area about how a local legislator is on the war path to get a strip club shut down simply because it is too close to a residential area. One of the biggest arguments FOR shutting this club down was:
It’s the perversion that it feeds in men toward women, girls, children… No, maybe not all, BUT alot! Men in this country should try spending the same amount of effort and time in becoming mature, responsible men as they do going to strip clubs! Maybe an effort like that would help turn this world around?
We could easily flip this around onto women as well, since there are a *LOT* of male strippers in the country as well.
As much as I will never need nor desire to partake of such a service, I will do so by choice. I’m a grown up and don’t need anyone to tell me what my morals and ethics should be, least of all Government.
If we’re going to go down the road of someone trying to use the power of the State to force their set of ethics and morals down other people’s throats, then lets go ahead and start tearing out all sorts of things that the constitutionally protected right of choice impacts, since we obviously be trusted to make decisions for ourselves.
Alcohol – Lets make it 100% illegal, since it serves zero positive purpose in society, kills people in car related accidents AND adds burden to the health care system.
Tobacco – Lets make all of them 100% illegal, since all they do is add massive load to the health care system, and is a general waste of money.
Speeding – Lets make cars that are mechanically limited to 55mph, max. Excessive speed is a contributing factor to over half the vehicle fatalities.
Texting – Lets make texting illegal since it is soon to be the leading cause of vehicle fatalities.
Victoria’s Secret – lets make scandalous underwear illegal since it’s wrapped up in the perversion that exists in men toward women, girls and children.
Porn – lets make all porn illegal, that’s wrapped up in the perversion too.
Low cut / revealing clothing for both genders – lets outlaw all clothing that may cause ‘naughty’ thoughts on both sides of the gender debate. After all, nothing reduces an office full of men to babbling fools than ample cleavage about to fall out of a v-neck…. and then there’s the rumor mill that will circulate just how big that bulg is his pants on the one day he wore a pair of khaki’s that was a bit too tight…
MTV – most ‘music’ videos contain content that is on par with what you can find at a gentlemen club, so lets ban this as well. (Not to mention how glorious it is to shoot some other punk for doing your girlfriend)
R Rated movies – As with MTV, men can get their perversion on with movies just as easily.
The list goes on and on and on. I hope you can see my sarcasm there. It’s proven that throughout history that a society is always better when there is liberty and freedom to choose. This is because any society is composed of basically good people. But there will *always* be exceptions, no matter how free or how oppressive the society is. That’s the human condition. Knowing this, upholding the freedom of choice is paramount to a truly great society.
-The men can choose to go to the gentlemen’s club, or they can choose not to.
-The women can choose to work there, or they can choose not to.
Simply passing a law and shutting down a single club, or all clubs for that matter, will not remove the one industry that is as old as mankind itself: The s e x industry. Across all nations, all races, across all of time, this industry has existed because it is directly couple to one of the most powerful basic human instincts: Perpetuate the species.
Now, if you’re really after increasing the morality of society (even as subjective as that opinion is) then attacking a symptom (Strip club) is not a worthy expenditure of time. You simply can’t get rid of hardwired instincts like that, but through proper parenting one can teach control and respect for others.
But as I alluded to earlier, law != one persons morals and ethics, and this is a matter of law.
Heard a very interesting challenge on Jack Spirko’s podcast on 9.6.13. It’s simple, but enlightening. So much so, I’ve started my own list. The challenge was to finish this sentence:
It’s an interesting exercise in introspective. I say introspective because the entire point of the exercise is to point at others and identify flaws …and then realize that you also have the exact same, or at least strikingly similar ones. It’s pretty humbling, IMHO, but only if you can be honest with yourself. If you can’t do that, then, well, there’s no point in reading further!
I thought about this exercise over the weekend and have decided to change it from ‘man’ to ‘person’. Not because of political correctness or other BS like that, but because these statements of fact apply to anyone, man or woman.
Anyways, here’s my list so far. I plan on adding as I think of new entries.
What kind of person…
- …does not prepare their family for basic emergencies and common disasters, regardless of what other people say about ‘preppers’ and ‘survivalists’?
- …puts themselves and their family at risk by not being in shape and healthy?
- …runs up so many debts they puts their family’s future at risk financially if anything goes wrong?
- …ignores history and passes that ignorance to their children, dooming them to repeat it?
- …would disagree or ignore the reality around them?
- …refuses to take responsibility for their own actions?
- …has the audacity to judge another person on anything, knowing that no one is perfect or “better” than anyone else?
- …uses mere opinion in a discussion yet dismisses another’s equally valid opinion?
- …holds words or actions against another, without giving them the chance to explain and talk things out?
The Southern Watchman
This particular blog has been mostly dormant over the years, with many intended purposes throughout it’s existence, but no real usage. Now, however, I’ve decided to turn the blog towards more of a preparedness, fiction, and general ramblings use. At least for the time being.
I don’t expect anyone to find this blog, except for pure chance. Anyways, if you’re reading this, I’ll probably be completely amazed 🙂