After Rapture, Piece of Mind Service

Since I will not likely be joining any of you headed 'up there' I will be happy to attend to your worldly possessions if you will sign them over to me.

I will also care for pets, but that will require a small fee, paid up front.

I specialize in caring for NFA firearms, fast cars and bad women. And will give applicants needing help with those items priority, those I realize that those possessing such items will likely stay here with me anyway.

Tell me you don't miss Ronaldus Magnus

Even the CDC understands the threat!


You're what's for dinner!

May is Zombie Awareness Month

Does this sound the least bit familiar?

The statesman who should attempt to direct people in what manner they ought to employ their capitals, would not only load himself with a most unnecessary attention, but assume an authority which could safely be trusted, not only to no single person, but to no council or senate whatever, and which would nowhere be so dangerous as in the hands of a man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it.

Sowell, Thomas (2007). A Conflict of Visions: Idealogical Origins of Political Struggles (p. 46). Quoting Adam Smith.

Add A Conflict of Visions to your reading list.

In Indiana, No Right to Resist Unlawful Police Entry at Home, Court Says

Sometimes, I think we get have all 'come to the same place' sometimes I think there is time yet.

Y'all got on this boat for different reasons, but y'all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything, I know this - they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They'll swing back to the belief that they can make people... better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin'. I aim to misbehave.

First Principles

So I've been having this running debate on an anti-gun blog and it occurred to me that the debate is totally NOT about guns. It's truly about first principles. We will never agree on the meaning of 'common sense' so the idea of us agreeing on anything is likely impossible.

At the national level we are all left with the uneasy feeling that there is no real difference between the parties. Likely because there isn't. It's better at the local levels and as the tea party folks infiltrate and gain control of the levers of power we have SOME hope of fiscal changes. The problem is that fiscal responsibility is just the tip of the 'personal' responsibility iceberg and, as a nation, we are life times away from being ready for people to be personally responsible in the way the founders intended again.

On the Smallest Majority site he quoted a former blogger that went by the moniker "ironbear" I wish I had said these words because it so totally defines the conflict between the 'left' and the 'right' and WHY they act like horse's asses when they are confronted with someone that disagrees with them.

Iron Bear wrote these words before the rise of the Tea Party, but they are prescient in terms of the left's reaction to them.

He said.
It would be a mistake to paint the conflict exclusively in terms of "cultural war," or Democrats vs Republicans, or even Left vs Right. Neither Democrats/Leftists or Republicans shy away from statism... the arguments there are merely over degree of statism, uses to which statism will be put - and over who'll hold the reins. It's the thought that they may not be left in a position to hold the reins that drives the Democrat-Left stark raving.

Stark Raving indeed.

So this brings us to Thomas Sowell. Perhaps the greatest living mind capable of exact social commentary on this conflict of visions.

Again, from the Smallest Majority..

On "knowledge and reason," Sowell writes:

In the constrained vision, any individual's own knowledge alone is grossly inadequate for social decision-making, and often even for his own personal decisions. A complex society and its progress are therefore possible only because of numerous social arrangements which transmit and coordinate knowledge from a tremendous range of contemporaries, as well as from the even more vast numbers of those from generations past. Knowledge as conceived in the constrained vision is predominately experience -- transmitted socially in largely inarticulate forms, from prices which indicate costs, scarcities, and preference, to traditions which evolve from the day-to-day experiences of millions in each generation, winnowing out in Darwinian competition what works from what does not work.

And the unconstrained vision?

The unconstrained vision had no such limited view of human knowledge or its application through reason. It was the eighteenth-century exemplars of the unconstrained vision who created "the age of reason," as expressed in the title of Thomas Paine's famous book of that era. Reason was as paramount in their vision as experience was in the constrained vision.

Given the ability of a "cultivated mind" to apply reason directly to the facts at hand, there was no necessity to defer to the unarticulated systemic processes of the constrained vision, as expressed in the collective wisdom derived from the past.

Implicit in the unconstrained vision is a profound inequality between the conclusions of "persons of narrow views" and those with "cultivated" minds. From this it follows that progress includes raising the level of the former to that of the latter.

So we are forever branded as the "persons of narrow views" as thus will always be the targets of those who think that we can be educated into thinking "correctly"

The problem is that when "education" doesn't go as fast or achieve the desired thinking, we end up being the butt of jokes and ridicule, as if our message can be blunted by that.

Perhaps they are right. The John Stewarts of the world provide the majority of the "news" to the young college aged people and they very deftly use comedy to make fun of "persons of narrow views"

By the way. Don't try "reason" they don't work that way. All they will understand in the end is the word "NO".

My youngest daughter once had a tee shirt that said "You're not the boss of me!"

Sooner or later we will be forced to show them that "Oh, yes I am" and begin the long climb back, and I fear the "how" that happens, or we will simply fade away and our country will languish until the barbarians come to put it out of it's misery and the great experiment in freedom will be over.

Obama: I won't release bin Laden death photos

And in other news from the "Most Transparent Administration in History"

nothing changed. go back to sleep.


I guess I need to go outside and do that Palestinian la la la uulating thing.

To EVERY service man and woman. You have my heart felt gratitude for what you do.

It took a while.


Got Em'