We Knew It Would Happen…

Many of us knew it would happen, it was just a matter of when and what the body count would be. A man driven by leftist propaganda attacked a group of Republican Congressmen practicing for a charity baseball game (link) with a rifle and a handgun. It appears the body count only includes the Bernie supporter who carried out the attack but one Congressman and several others were wounded.

The wounded Congressman, House Majority Whip Scalise was, ironically the recipient of the most severe injury but also a big part of the reason the casualties were (fairly) light. The Capital Police detail assigned to protect one of the highest ranking members of the House were the only armed protection on site and were able to stop the attack. Had the Representative Scalise not been in attendance it would have been a far different story as it took Alexandria, VA police ten minutes or more to respond. Representative Mo Brooks summed it up pretty well with the quote of the day from yesterday:

“All we would have had would have been baseball bats versus a rifle. Those aren’t good odds.”

No, they are not Representative Brooks which is why the Second Amendment is so important to those of us without federal protection details. However, anti-gun liberals were calling for curtailing those rights even before the attacker’s body reached room temperature.

Folks, over the last decade or so we have seen American politics and society as a whole become ever more divided. Tribalism in the US is rampant and growing worse everyday. Unless we can find leadership that can reverse this trend and start to bring us back together this type of event will become ever more common. As serious as the injuries inflicted were, if we don’t find a way to reign this kind of thing in future incidents will be far, far worse.

I don’t believe such actions will be limited to leftists and Democrats. At some point the divide and the escalating attacks incited by the media and our “leaders” will generate reprisals and attacks by the Right as well. It will take longer but it will happen. There are crazies (useful idiots) on both sides.

Some believe there is time to step back from the brink of madness. I hope and pray they are right. Personally, I think we are already on the slippery slope and it is not a matter of if, but how quickly, before the thin line between civilization and chaos is breached…

Do you have a plan or an idea of what you will do if/when that line is crossed?

Are you ready to implement that plan/idea?

If not, you might want to get on that…

God bless.

Media Bias In Russia (Too)

I came across a news article on Reuter’s “news” service titled: In Russia, state TV and the Internet tell a tale of two protests

It goes to great lengths to point out that the media in Russia downplayed the recent anti-Putin protests and dramatically under reported the numbers involved…

I think they honestly see this as newsworthy despite the fact that their own reports (as well as most of those from mainstream media in the US) are just as biased towards their own agenda and views. I have watched as anti-gun protests are shot from angles that make 10-15 folks with signs look like a crowd of hundreds. The text in the accompanying articles reinforced the same numbers..despite reality.  Campaign rally numbers in the recent US elections were under or over reported based on the affiliation and agenda of the news service. CNN even posted pictures of a virtual ghost town of attendees at the Trumpet inauguration (taken hours before the event started) and compared them to the crowds of anti-Trumpet protesters.

So, they key takeaway for me is that the media in the UK (based on what I have been hearing), US AND Russia are biased and not to be trusted and all seem more concerned with furthering their own agendas than reporting the news…

God help us…

The Terrorists Are Winning

I came across an article this weekend about a stampede in a European soccer stadium. The stampede was caused by loud fireworks. People stampeded because they thought it was a terror attack. When the fear of an attack can be as devastating as a real attack the terrorists are winning. They have succeed when they have instilled such a level of fear that we change our way of life or injure each other at each loud bang.

In his novel Dune, Frank Herbert wrote:

Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.

We are facing obliteration because of our fears. Fear of terrorist attack. Fear of being impolite. Fear of being politically incorrect. Fear of the ugliness and violence necessary to combat terrorists.

Lord help us…

Dust Up In The Texas House

The Texas House of Representatives was the scene of a dust up we haven’t seen in quite sometime…at least in this country. The stories vary depending on which party and which individual you listen to. The media, of course, has their spin that favors one side over the other. I wasn’t there but from reading the reports and claims from both sides, here is what I can tell happened.

The House was debating Senate Bill (SB) 4, that would work to force local law enforcement to work with and enforce federal immigration laws ending so-called sanctuary cities. A group of protesters unhappy with the bill occupied the gallery and were being disruptive and abusive to the point where Texas Department of Public Safety (state troopers) were forced to remove them and clear the gallery. One DPS trooper was slightly injured in the scuffle with protestors. Some number of the protesters carried signs saying “illegal and here to stay.”

This is where it becomes a little unclear as to exactly what happened and who did what but the representatives on the floor began to scuffle as well. Apparently, one Republican representative called (or claimed to have called) Federal Immigration agents on the protestors. There was pushing, shoving, name calling and threats among the various representatives.

Each side claims the other started it. Each side says the other made the threats of violence up to and including the slitting of throats and shooting in the face. The Republican representative who called or claimed to have called immigration officials was provided a protective detail for some period of time after the incident.

I was not there, as I said, and I don’t have first hand knowledge of how the incident played out or who was to blame and that is not the purpose of this post. Texas politics has been pretty rowdy on occasion. We’ve had a Governor who refused to vacate the office after loosing an election and was forcibly removed. Even General Sam Houston was removed from office for refusing to recognize the vote for secession prior to The Civil War.

And that’s exactly the point. The last time we saw such behavior in Texas was during the time of the Civil War. Texas has long been a diverse state and we have not always seen eye to eye on things but it has been a long time since we have seen this level of divisiveness, this level of conflict. Unfortunately, I think we are headed back down the same dark path we traveled in the 1860’s…

I hope and pray I am wrong.

Just saying

I couldn’t have said it better myself…

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It would seem that many, if not most people here in this Republic have forgotten just what today is about. Today is Memorial Day, not the “unofficial first day of Summer”. It is also not a “sales marketing event”. Today we honor the fallen, the fallen in service to this Republic, the war dead, the Fallen Warriors.

Perhaps it would aid some to put today in perspective if they would just learn or know the name of just one Fallen Warrior, his or her story. Where he or she hailed from. The date of the fallen warriors birth. The date of the fallen warriors death. The country where the fallen warrior died, or if the fallen warrior was lost at sea. The name of the Battle that claimed the life of the fallen warrior. The name of the Church the fallen warrior attended. The name of the Schools the fallen…

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