Thursday, May 17, 2018

Well-Seasoned Pot Calling the Kettle Black

Easy Warrior lies for profit.
"The President of the United States
lies for sport and gets away with it.” -Elizabeth Warren

original photo: hennessysview.com

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Statutes Vs. Law

Hypothesis: Statutes suck.

Law is organic and grows out of judicial decisions involving juries of actual peers.

Statutes are legislated by an extremely small minority and finished by bureaucrats working to protect their jobs.

Conclusion: All statutes are illegal.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

We Outsourced The Fight

According to Michael Bane, gun-rights advocates are failing on two fronts, and a new one has opened up:

1. "The willingness to outsource the fight."
2. "Inability to consolidate victory."
3. "We are now in a Culture War" and that makes it a "zero-sum game."


Whom did we outsource the fight to? Bane said it was pretty much left up to Gun Culture 2.0, and they did what the rest of us did (Gun Culture 1.0) - which was not much. But I think the most important that we ALL did was act like "membership" WAS the fight. We joined the NRA. We followed Facebook gun pages. We liked posts and loved tweets. We enjoyed the echo chamber. 

We do make small victories. Bane contends that we elected Trump, but what have we gotten for it? And he said that the same thing went for Bush, Jr. We do not hold our elected officials to task and account, and Republicans in Congress are demonstrating that in spades. We rest on shaky laurels; we do not consolidate victories - judicial, legislative, elected, and appointed.

And now with the liberal MSM and politicians pandering to youth, Bane finally contends that we are in a Culture War in which the anti-private-gun faction wants us dead. They want to rip private guns from American culture, and since they are so determined to pursue this Culture War, then this is a zero-sum game. Either we win, or they win.

Well, I believe that we will never lose. We may have setbacks - like most of the 20th century, but gun rights are on an upswing with concealed carry and Constitutional carry, and the judiciary slowly recognizing the natural, individual right to arms.

So what have I done? I have argued with Facebook friends and foes - and edjumacated coworkers, but did I do anything political?

Well, in this modern social-media age, I did offer kudos to my U.S. Rep, when he posted his NRA rating on Facebook - and I defended him and encouraged him and he responded positively. But I haven't written a letter to a pol in a couple years, and I've never done anything else.

 So what to do? I listened to the recent Society and the State podcast episode "How To Lobby In Your Pajamas." Connor Boyack's main strategy is, if I can be so bold to paraphrase: Treat politicians as people. Offer them a free lunch. Honor their accomplishments (of course, the ones that went our way). Even if they are not NRA "A+" rated, we still need to make them feel appreciated. Give kudos for non-gun issues. Make your contact with them a positive experience, and of course, contact them about the issues you care about.

What else, I don't know. But in the meantime, I need to research what my Congress people have been doing - and contact them.

Oh, yeah. Apparently, state-level gun rights organizations can be really effective and need more attention.

You might be saying: "What's this we crap?" If you have been active in lobbying politicians and defending our rights, then I say: "Thank you."

Friday, March 30, 2018

Gun YouTube Alternatives

UDATE (4/11/18): InRangeTV still exists on PornHub.

UPDATE (4/1/18 11:55 AM EST): ACTUALLY, I really hope that this IS an April Fools Joke.

UPDATE (4/1/18 11:25 AM EST): Well, the content is still there. Are PornHub webmasters out for Easter, while the marketing staff virtue signals?

UPDATE (4/1/18 11:22 AM EST): Well, that was quick.  According to TheFirearmBlog, PornHub is kicking out all content that is firearm related. I assume that this is NOT an April Fools joke.

Now that YouTube has transformed itself into NotYouTube, many consumers and producers are looking for an alternative video home for firearms content.

Of course, YouTube's assault on nonstatist or nonliberal ideas is not limited to guns. Before outright banning content, YouTube has been social engineering with demonitizing, suspensions, and closing channels - and of course banning content for some time. But now YouTube is doubling down.

Gun enthusiasts, gun media, and gun manufacturers have a significant presence on YouTube. It makes sense to fight to keep the "franchises" producers have created, and that spirit is represented by Jorge Sprave's YouTubers Union. But in this current politicized environment, I wouldn't want all my eggs in one basket. I'd highly question having ANY of my eggs in a basket that contains a giant chicken that is crushing and kicking  YOUR eggs out.

So, here are some alternative video sites for firearms content.

VIDEO STREAMING SERVICES

But first, the 800-lbs gorilla in the room:

YouTube.com





founded: 2005
owner: Alphabet, Inc. (Practically speaking, a 2015-created restructuring of Google, Inc. Still often colloquially referred to as Google.)
value: $1,200,000,000
producers: almost everyone in the gun industry (But some producers have segregated their content, because of YouTube's progressively more restrictive rules).
audience: almost everyone who Googles something or opens a webpage for that matter
pageviews, daily: 55,000,000
gun friendliness: Diminishing (Content policies have been slowly eroding the abilities of freedom-loving "franchisees" to make money from their gun and "conservative" content.)
primary sources: Wikipedia, various biz pubs, WebsiteOutlook

And now, the alternatives, starting with the ones that are all the rage for internet warriors:

Full30.com
founded: 2014
owner: Tim Harmsen (MAC owner of Military Arms Channel)
value: $25,000
producers: 40+ (spanning the  responsibility spectrum from Hickok45 to Royal Nonesuch)
pageviews, daily: 11,250
audience: boutique audience , primarily looking for "banned" YouTube content. (wild speculation here)
gun friendliness: 90% (What!?! Not 100%? Well, content publishing is by "invitation" only. This is NOT the open playground for gun enthusiasts. In other words, this does not replace YouTube by any measure. Well, wait a second. LP states that "We are opening our platform to all creators!" )
primary sources: LinkedIn, WebsiteOutlook, Full30 forum, TheTruthAboutGuns

TheGunTube.com
founded: 2017
owner: Josh Vidana (owner of SkidTactical)
value: N/A
producers: 5 (including The Firearm Rack, the new endeavour of Patrick from The Firearm Blog)
audience: gun enthusiasts looking for a YouTube alternative
page views, daily: N/A
gun friendliness: 100% (Open to users posting videos)

PornHub.com
founded: 2007
owner: Mindgeek
value: $70,850,000
producers: InRangeTV (direct link for the less adventurous. Beware: in screen pornographic links)
audience: Anyone willing to wade into the original money-making internet segment. (The ads might dissuade many consumers, especially in nonpermissive environments)
page views, daily: 32,350,000
gun friendliness: To be seen (InRangeTV has offered to post videos without taking any revenue. Also, this is a new frontier for gun enthusiasts).

To Be Continued

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Solution To Government

God has given to men all that is necessary for them to accomplish their destinies. He has provided a social form as well as a human form. And these social organs of persons are so constituted that they will develop themselves harmoniously in the clean air of liberty. Away, then, with quacks and organizers! A way with their rings, chains, hooks, and pincers! Away with their artificial systems! Away with the whims of governmental administrators, their socialized projects, their centralization, their tariffs, their government schools, their state religions, their free credit, their bank monopolies, their regulations, their restrictions, their equalization by taxation, and their pious moralizations!
And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works.
- "The Law" by Frederic Bastiat

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Us for Them



It is merely irritating - or simply ignorable - when a fan says that "we" won the Super Bowl. It is only a slight confusion of terms. It has little effect on society except for instilling marginal intellectual sloth and promoting armchair participation.

But Frédéric Bastiat pointed out a much more nefarious form of the same fallacy:

"Socialism, like the old policy from which it emanates, confounds Government and society. And so, every time we object to a thing being done by Government, it concludes that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of education by the State—then we are against education altogether. We object to a State religion—then we would have no religion at all. We object to an equality which is brought about by the State then we are against equality, etc., etc. They might as well accuse us of wishing men not to eat, because we object to the cultivation of corn by the State."
- The Law, Bastiat (Mises edition)

Friday, January 5, 2018

The New Juvenilism

I couldn't begrudge the liberal MSM's antics the early morning that Donald J. Trump won the presidency. They were going through mourning, including plenty of bargaining, over something they were highly emotionally, unprofessionally invested in.

I didn't begrudge them. I felt for and empathized with their loss. But I still laughed heartily. And I still enjoy videos of their suffering.


I was also emotional invested in the elected. I cheered for joy. But I did NOT loose my mind, start petting my guns, and thank God Trump for allows me to burn liberals at the stake. 

Moving on. Thanks to Mark Dice, I have learned of a new Watergate involving Trump. It is a minor story, but it illustrates quiet well the mentality of many "journalists" we have come to trust over the years.

Watergate II 

If you thought Iran-Contra, Whitewater, Lowensky, Benghazi, or others were the new Watergate, you were wrong. During a press conference in November, President Trump needed a drink of water. Through the valiant efforts of several hack reporters, our president acquired the much needed hydration and was able the continue the press conference.

Needless to say, the MSM found "news" in this incident.

"The average male hand measures 7.4 inches from wrist to fingertip and 3.30 inches across the palm. If Trump's hands are not sufficiently large for him to easily grasp the 500 mL bottle with just one of them, then the logical fit would be the next size down: the Lil' FIJI." (11/15/17 drivel)
- Serious New Juvenilist Kastalia Medrano of Newsweek 
And crazily, Newsweek has not bother to remove that crap. 


There is nothing like clinging to minutiae as harbingers of social standing. But it gets worse.

The main-stream (self-avowed silly) media latched onto the story like an available teat, and helped further to discredit the likes of CNN (Fake News Network) and Newsweek (Newsweak) by aping their delivery.


This incident succinctly illustrates the new mentality of the MSM. They have been able to combine journalistic skills with pubescent fretting. They are the new junvenilists. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Trump: MSM's Master



Trump just continues to bat around CNN and the rest of the LSM (lame stream media).

Trump plays with his food

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Personal Challenge: Day 14

I am giving myself until October 31, 2018 to develop a better healthcare payment and insurance plan for my family.



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