Sunday, March 3, 2013

Gun Control and Our History

  Gun Control Through Our Civilized History


In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control.
 From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves,
 were rounded up and exterminated.


In 1911, Turkey established gun control.
 From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves,
 were rounded up and exterminated.


Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945,
 a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves
were rounded up and exterminated.


China established gun control in 1935.
 From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents,
 unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated


Guatemala established gun control in 1964.
 From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians,
unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


Uganda established gun control in 1970.
 From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves,
were rounded up and exterminated.


Cambodia established gun control in 1956.
 From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people,
 unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century
as a direct result of gun control: 56 million.


You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes,
 gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!
The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.

With guns, we are 'citizens'. Without them, we are 'subjects' (and too often,: Targets).

During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America
 because they knew that most Americans were ARMED!

If you value your freedom, please spread this anti gun-control message to all of your friends.

The purpose of fighting is to win.

There is no possible victory in defense.

The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either.

The final weapon is the brain.

All else is supplemental.


Life Secrets #7: Why Carry Arms?

Life Lesson: Armed Carry

 Why Do You Carry A Gun?

Why I Carry a Gun

-  My old grandpa said to me 'Son,
there comes a time in every man's life when he stops
bustin' knuckles and starts bustin' caps
and Usually it's when he becomes too old to take an butt whoopin.'

I don't carry a gun to kill people.
I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

I don't carry a gun to scare people.
I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.

I don't carry a gun because I'm paranoid.
I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.

I don't carry a gun because I'm evil.
I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.

I don't carry a gun because I hate the government.
I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.

I don't carry a gun because I'm angry.
I carry a gun so that I don't have to spend the rest of my life 
hating myself for failing to be prepared.

I don't carry a gun because I want to shoot someone.
I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed,
 and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.

I don't carry a gun because I'm a cowboy.
I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy.

I don't carry a gun to make me feel like a man.
I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.

I don't carry a gun because I feel inadequate.
I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.

I don't carry a gun because I love it.
I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

I carry because I understand that Police protection is an oxymoron,
 and that Free citizens must protect themselves.

Police do not protect you from crime,
they usually just investigate the crime after it happens
 and then call someone in to clean up the mess.

Personally, I carry a gun because I'm too young to die
and too old to take an butt whoopin'

... author unknown

( but obviously brilliant )


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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Life Secrets #3: Happiness Pursued

Life Secrets Your grandfather Should Have Told You

 #3:  Happiness pursued


Maybe you've heard it before, but the simple truth is this:

 Happiness is NOT something that can be found. Stop Looking.

 Bummer, Right?  Not really.
A bit of a let-down maybe, especially for those few who enjoy the hunt, even if their quarry is a snipe.
If you're one of those "It's not the destination so much as the journey" types, then I apologize for peeing on your Cheerios, but the truth is often uncomfortable.

 Truth of Life #3 is that your ideal life, your true, genuine, and un-shakable happiness is locked within yourself at this moment and you have been trained to ignore it.
...but, by whom?

  The first culprit is your television.
 Since Americans spent an average of 6 hours staring at this brain-draining device daily, and EVERY program that you watch exists for the sole purpose of selling products for it's advertisers, it's a foregone conclusion that those advertisers will make every attempt to convince you that they are selling happiness in a bottle, pill, box or bag.
 ...and it works.

 Marketers are making enough profits from gullible Americans to allow the studios to churn out an endless stream of faked dramas and scripted un-reality to keep the consumer cattle sedated and spending.
  And, just in case you are in that portion of our society who use the commercials for bathroom and kitchen breaks, they have gotten very good at splattering and hiding product placement within the shows themselves.
 Movies, too?
  Yep, even the movies have fallen victim to the lure of extra free cash.
 Every James Bond film for example, has advertisers lined up to place products within the film. From cars to watches and shoes, even champagne...Please, Google the term "subliminal messages".

 They don't love you. They don't know you, and they don't want to.
The only reason they aren't sending 300 pound goons to your livingroom to stuff their product down your throat and take your wallet, is because that's still illegal. For now.

 You know all those billboards that we all complain are blocking the landscapes of this beautiful country? Well, you have one in your living room.
 That's really all it is.
  I'm not suggesting that you throw it out the window, as much as asking that you simply see it for what it is: An advertising vehicle. 
  Maintaining your perspective in this matter is critical.
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 Your forefathers were wise enough to understand that happiness can not found, which is why they only guaranteed your right to pursue it.
 They knew that only an intelligent few could see that truth, while the majority of citizens would continue to search for it elsewhere.

 This understanding came from a time in our history when people had very little in the way of personal possessions, and many owned nothing more, literally, than the clothes on their backs.
 The then-fledgling US Government was giving away land ("50 acres & a mule!") to anyone brave enough to make it here, and countless poor immigrants* sold everything they owned just to get here.
 *{ Interesting side-note: We are, each and every one, descended from illegal immigrants who came here hoping for a chance at a better life. Those few who actually owned birth records got better value from them as toilet paper. Something to remember when the politicians re-start talking about deporting the families of other hard-working immigrants who simply couldn't wait the 3-7 years of red tape to get here legally.}

 Despite severe poverty and many extreme hardships, or more appropriately because of these factors, these earlier generations learned that true personal happiness is within each of us, just waiting to be discovered.
 Without electricity or any of the basic conveniences that we take for granted, these "first Americans" worked hard and played, sang at church, shared with their neighbors, and found all the happiness they needed to keep going through droughts, harsh Winters, and even deaths from disease.
 How?  That answer is as simple as my point here:
 Ever heard the term "The power of positive thinking"? It's a bit like that.

  These founding Americans learned the hard way that every life, whether long or short, hard or easy, hectic or boring, would only hold as much happiness as each one of us was willing to inject and accept.
  It can be shared, and it should be...but it can't be bought at any price.
 Those who chose to be miserable would remain so, regardless of any changes that came their way...and likewise for those who chose to be happy.
 ≈ § ≈

 Long before the rap videos tried to convince you that you would finally be happy if you had a stack of cash and a banana Hummer* to make the bitches come running, you already had the key to your own happiness in your hands, but the first step to unlocking it was to turn off the TV. 
 *{Interesting side-note: In the Miami of the '70s, the Cuban girls charged an extra $20 for a banana hummer, but I was 18 and it was money well spent.}
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Have you ever hunted all over the house for your car keys, only to realize that they were in your pocket the whole time?  
Your personal happiness is a lot like that.

 You've had it all along, but were blinded to this fact by the intentional static coming from your television.
 Combined with the expectation of every American to become a consuming machine and maintain the current system of "Spend first, ask questions later", your path to happiness became a maze that was designed to keep you indentured for life.
≈ § ≈

 Break free.  Find your happiness, and hold on tight.
  That hobby that you think about should become a goal with a specific means of getting there. Family is all that many need, and that's the whole point:
  Your happiness is a personal choice.
Become your own leader, and noone's follower...and above all else:

 Believe, and you will be happy.

 JB "Pop" Stran.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Walmart Special: Corpses and Cadavers

 "Need a Body Clean Up in Parking Aisle J"

  Heard the news today that a body was found behind the local Walmart here in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
 When I got home, I searched "walmart suicide" for details and got a few interesting surprises as a result.

 The first surprise was in the fact that there was no mention of my local store, and the second was that there was in fact many pages of results.
 Apparently, Walmart stores are just as popular with the suicidal crowd, as they are with the shoppers on a tight budget who also happen to have very low standards.

 A few Honorable Mentions...

January 17 2013:  At aproximately 9AM, Martinsburg WV police were dispatched to the Foxcroft Walmart for a report of a body lying in the rear of the store with a single bullet wound to the head.

November 6, 2012: A 32 year old Austin woman was found dead in her car in the parking lot of the Gonzales Texas Walmart. She had been dead about 3 days, apparently of an overdose.

November 10, 2012: A 46 year old woman was gunned down in the parking lot of the Hillview, Kentucky Walmart as she was loading her purchases into her car. The shooter was a boyfriend who fled the scene, but shot himself later as police closed in on him.

October 31, 2011: A 38 year old man shot himself in the parking lot of the Bethel Road Walmart in Columbus Ohio. He left a suicide note before stepping out of his car and capping his own ass.

 December 7, 2011: A 28 year old Palm Coast resident shot himself in the parking lot of the local Walmart during the night. He was spotted in his Honda by an employee who showed for work at 11AM, but the employee thought he may be sleeping. On his 3pm break, the employee took a closer look and called police.

November 22, 2010: An elderly man entered the bathroom of the 7th Street Walmart in Joplin Missouri around 10AM and shot himself. A man in the next stall was not injured, but he was seen buying new underwear on his way out.

December 18, 2010:  The Columbia County Coroner was called to the parking lot of the Walmart in Grovetown Georgia to retrieve the body of a 51 year old woman who shot herself in her truck. The coroner estimates that the woman had been dead for 3 days.

* While there are lots of pretty words available to help make this slightly depressing post a bit easier to digest, pointless fluff simply isn't my style.
 Truth is; Should punching your own ticket be your chosen path, then by all means have at it.  I know I should care, but with all the recent stories of suicidal wads choosing to take innocent strangers out with them, and in some cases, children...I fully support your option of returning this gift of life, provided that you keep that personal choice personal.
 Don't involve anyone else.   Coward.
  Jumping out the back door is too easy. Life is hard. Facing the consequences is hard.
Let go of your expectations and learn to roll with the punches.

 True Courage is Grace Under Pressure.

 Tough it out and people will respect your accomplishments.
  Bail out when it gets tough and you leave nothing behind but pain and disappointment.


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