Saturday, January 31, 2015

Clock Hands

My computer has the time and date in the lower right hand corner.  Click the mouse and it shows the day as well.  Also there is a calendar showing the month and a forward or reverse carat that can take you back or forward, presumably ad infinitum.  Don't have time to find out nor the motivation, if there were one, to see lol.  As well there is a clock.  It has a dial, with hour and second hands.  Below, it displays the time ticking off digitally and below that there is a feature to adjust for time zones.

When I was a kid, just about every clock was the dial kind.  I was taught about the big hand for minutes and the little hand for hours.  Also, one could watch the second hand tick tick tick to the next minute and beyond.

I never had 'time' to watch the seconds, minutes, hours fritter away.  I was a busy kid with lots of growing up to do.   I'm still a busy kid.  There is always more to learn.

In this digital age, I hope many skills either remain intact or at least might be reacquired.

I've heard and seen so much dependence on others.  I've talked of the throwaway society we have become.

Now of course one can't know everything.  Skills being shared might alleviate this but the need for specialists has narrowed.  People are beating themselves out of usefulness.

We may need to get back to basics.  Perhaps we need to find out what makes things tick.

The big and little hands are coming together.  They approach the midnight hour.

What lies beyond dwells inside us as much as around us.  And above.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Rocks And Hard Places

Police.  I've known a variety of them and for decades.  As I said, I almost became one myself.

I believe many people become cops to serve, to help.  Some get off on the power trip.  At any rate, there is increased disillusionment when faced with life on the street.

Cops, whatever the stripe, usually see the worst of humanity.  Quite a few become jaded.  Personal problems can ensue if they bring this home  or take it out on the job.

We are concerned with militarization of police as well we should.  Police work is not like that of the military.  Cops are supposed to be peace officers, there actions by and large are not martial.  Military mission is primarily to fight and win war.  Police are supposed to be peace officers, civilians who patrol to apprehend criminals.  Military can be preemptive while cops usually respond after the fact.

As usual, research all of this.  The internet is full of relevant sources.

Now that I've given you the pamphlet info, here is my point.

Police must be responsible for their actions.  They should serve the people and not the state.  Though police work is not covered in the Constitution, we are a Constitutional Republic.  Therefore, we must have checks and balances for all offices and their duties or disband them.

Police brutality must be stopped.  This responsibility lies with all of us.  They're subject to the same laws as the rest of us.  Military btw are responsible to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, though some affairs spill into civilian court.

I like David Codrea's term 'only ones' for cops at all levels.  It refers to the attitude that cops have a special dispensation the rest of us do not have.  Not so, though it's an uphill battle to make them accountable.

Worrisome is the fact that we cede more and more of our rights.   More problematic is the fact cops are serving the state as we surrender our rights.

Cops who try to do things 'the old way' are between a rock and a hard place.  Cops who legitimately defend themselves are trapped too, just as the rest of us can be.  It is an endemic right for us all   They are, after all, civilians with badges.  We all have the right to carry weaponry for self defense.  We must all be responsible.

Cops have become pawns, either as state enforcement or convenient excuses for subversion by collectivists.  The aim is to nationalize them while we are disarmed.  The iron fist, which destroys from within as evidenced in every collectivist dictatorship including monarchies from time in memorial, demands complete control and accountability only to the state.

I might be in between a rock and hard place myself for this post.  There is, however, a solution.  We return responsibility to the people. 

As I say, we must work bit by bit to accomplish this.

Otherwise, rocks and hard places will crumble and tumble, taking us all with them. 

We are all in this together for weal or woe.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

2nd Chances And Nights

I often have pretty much a plethora of things to blog.  I mainly leave it open til my usual 4 posts at the end of a month.  And btw, I've already have explained my cutting back.

At times, I wonder if anything grabs me to share.  After all, so many talk about so much, I don't want to be redundant.  And most regulars here are cognizant I usually only offer a palette for a portrait.  I urge everyone to research and dig.  Hopefully, I light brushfires in the minds of men and women -s- to paraphrase Sam Adams.

The following struck me just this morning.

These collectivists won't stop til we are completely unarmed.
The arrogance of those who think they know better than individuals.    Behold:
Pinciaro adds that he’s glad a new bill wasn’t necessary — lawmakers were considering changes that would have extended the deadline beyond Jan. 4.
“Now we’re saying, ‘OK, we gave them eight months, what else can we do for them now?’ That’s not the way any other law works,” he says.

And this which I found at SipseyStreet as a piquant reminder of what happens when armed collectivists 'control' the unarmed:

In light of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, this says volumes.

Will night fall?  Do we get a second chance?

In the face of tyranny I say Nie Wieder!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sniping Snippets

Not really about American Sniper, though see it before you love it or hate it.  Learn about the background, as in who's who and what's what.

Better yet, meet and get to know some in the military if you don't already.  I'm betting you may get something positive out of the movie, especially if you are interested in what school calls current events aka that which is newly minted history.

As for the sniping that's gone on against the movie, the military and snipers in particular, I'm not mentioning names.  It's the regular cast of characters.  They have nothing better to do than gain negative attention/points at the expense of others.  It's the collectivist (add your other labels-this one 'collects' them all) troll fest when something they can't eat disagrees with them.

Don't let them drag you down into their miasma.  Watch your own diet and don't bait others.  Say what you mean and mean what you say
Staying on topic and being specific are methods many of us began to learn in grade school.  These days, many kids don't master these essential skills.

Of course, one person's snide remarks might be someone else's attempt at being succinct.

Alinsky's rules come into play in the above and many of our encounters with collectivists of every stripe.  Had 'em try and turn the tables on me before.  It frustrates such when I'm brief.  They don't have a lot of material to disseminate.  They pout and become dismissive.

Naturally, it's just peachy for these mokes (is that a snipe or ad hominem?) to shortly wave one off with a curt remark.  After all, for collectivists, every day is Opposite Day (ty to David Codrea).

I'm not in this world to pander and stroke egos.  Neither am I here to show them the door
I'm here to have honest dialog, either short or long, with others to expand the mind and foster solutions.  It's impossible with our already mentioned Menschen.

If its their way or the highway, then I'm on a road trip for Truth.