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Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

– Wiccapundit

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“All The President’s Men” – the Reboot

Friday, September 28th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

If this movie was remade using today’s Lamestream Media, it would be the shortest remake in the history of film:

FADE IN:

(Scene in the newsroom of the Washington Post)

Woodward:  “Do you want to check out this burglary at the DNC headquarters at the Watergate complex?”

Bernstein:  “Nah.  Nobody would be interested in reading about that.  Let’s go get a beer.”

FADE OUT

Just where the hell is the Fourth Estate on the Libyan fiasco and administration coverup?

Bueller?  Bueller?

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Aurora

Friday, July 20th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

The first words that must be said are these: pray for the families.  Pray if you are Christian or if you are pagan.  Pray if you are an atheist.  Just pray.

Second point.  I will not mention the name of the shooter.  Ever.  His identity should be stricken from the roll of the names of human beings, and he should profit not from his deed in any way, least of all by gaining notoriety.

Third, I would hope that this evil, savage act of violence not be politicized, but the Left is already way ahead of the curve on that.  Note that I did not refer to this as a “tragedy.”  Tragedies are tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes, or being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  No, this was an evil act; a willed act by an individual aware of exactly what he was doing.

So, since the Left is already sharpening their knives on the gun issue, let’s address it.

What appears clear, at least from reports already available, is that no one in the theater was carrying a concealed weapon.  At least, no one is reported as having used one.  It is not clear whether one person having a weapon and being willing to employ it would have made a difference, as the shooter was heavily covered in body armor.  Nonetheless, it is certain that no one tried, and therefore, we will never know if it could have made a difference.  The people killed and wounded were defenseless.  The police could not protect them.  The government could not protect them.

The Left is already crying out that more gun control is the solution.  Here is my answer to them: 1) Chicago – murder capital of the U.S. – has registered 200 homicides so far this year, up 49.5% over 2011;  851 shootings in 2012 vs. 747 by this time in 2011.   In 2010, it became legal for Chicago residents to OWN a firearm, but only in your home.  You can’t even possess it on your porch or in your car.   Oh, and gun shops are banned from operating in Chicago.  Do the math.

The person who shot 71 innocent people in Aurora committed at least 6 crimes I can think of off the top of my head: 1) murder; 2) attempted murder; 3) assault with a deadly weapon; 4) possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; 5) use of an incendiary device in a public place; 6) possession of explosive devices with intent to cause bodily harm (the booby traps at his apartment).  I’m sure he will be charged with more.  So, gee, he was probably going to be deterred by a law prohibiting him from having a gun in the first place.  If he was planning on committing multiple murders, the gravest crime he could possibly commit, what does the Left think?  That violating a puny gun ordinance was going to give him pause, to cause him to rethink his plans?

UPDATE: Nice classical reference on this point from Charles C.W. Cooke at NRO:

As Cesare Beccaria wrote in 1764 in Crimes and Punishments:

The laws of this nature are those which forbid to wear arms, disarming those only who are not disposed to commit the crime which the laws mean to prevent. Can it be supposed, that those who have the courage to violate the most sacred laws of humanity, and the most important of the code, will respect the less considerable and arbitrary injunctions, the violation of which is so easy, and of so little comparative importance? Does not the execution of this law deprive the subject of that personal liberty, so dear to mankind and to the wise legislator? And does it not subject the innocent to all the disagreeable circumstances that should only fall on the guilty? It certainly makes the situation of the assaulted worse and of the assailants better, and rather encourages than prevents murder, as it requires less courage to attack unarmed than armed persons.

People seem to reach out and struggle at a time like this, to search for some kind of meaning or motivation on behalf of the shooter.  It’s like the perennial search for conspiracy theories with the Kennedy assassination.  It must have been the Cubans, or the CIA, or the Mob, or anything other than some lone wackjob.  Perhaps we’ll learn the Aurora’s shooter’s reason for his evil acts.  Perhaps we won’t.

Maybe he’s just evil.

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Death penalty opponents, answer this: what’s different about these two cases?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

– Wiccapundit

Death penalty opponents among the screeching liberal hive-mind were apoplectic over yesterday’s execution in Georgia of convicted cop-killer Troy Davis.  To read a rebuttal to the shallow, superficial, self-serving and blatantly incorrect analysis of the case from the Lefty media, read Ann Coulter’s latest column.   What is amazing is how many people feel compelled to issue their opinion on the case and its outcome, having read NONE of the tens of thousands of pages of trial and hearing transcripts, having heard NONE of the actual testimony from the 34 prosecution witnesses, and having read NONE of the judicial opinions of judges who have presided over the trials, hearings,  or appeals during the past 22 fucking years.  Justice delayed is justice denied, so it is said.

Lost in the shuffle was another execution that took place on the same day, in another Southern state.   On September 22, 2011, the State of Texas executed Lawrence Russell Brewer, who was convicted just 14 years ago as one of three men involved in the infamous dragging death of James Byrd.

I’ll answer the question posed above, because the Lefty moonbats can’t or won’t.  Troy Davis was black, and his victim was a white police officer, so there is total outrage over Davis’s execution.  Brewer was a white supremacist, and his victim was a black man, so nobody on the Left is outraged in the least over his execution.

Jimmy Carter, Al Sharpton, Hollywood celebs without number; all opponents of capital punishment.  Ooops.  I meant, opponents of SOME capital punishment.   No candlelight vigils for Lawrence Russell Brewer.  No Hollywood pontification about Lawrence Russell Brewer’s fate.  No Bob Dylan songs memorializing Lawrence Russell Brewer’s life in song.  No, he is an embarassment, and an object of loathing, so no liberal really cares that he got the death penalty.  No, he deserved it, at least in their minds.  For another thoughtful  exploration of this issue, see Jonah Goldberg’s column Why Death-Penalty Opponents Can’t Win.

I might respect a principled opponent of the death penalty who objected to ALL exeuctions.  Most of those objecting to Troy Davis’s execution, I respect not at all.

Both men died by lethal injection, slipping softly into the long, dark night that awaits them.  Perhaps both of them might have been deterred had capital punishment been as swift as it was in 1901, when Leon Czolgosz assassinated President William McKinley.  Czolgosz went on trial only nine days after McKinley’s death.  Three days later, a jury took just one-half hour to convict Czolgosz and sentence hime to death.  The killer was electrocuted a little over a month after the verdict.  Justice, swift and sure.  Troy Davis stayed the executioner’s hand for more than two decades.

Pity that Old Sparky has been retired:

 

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America’s poor – richest in the world

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

– Wiccapundit

As a follow-up to my earlier post on “Meet the leeches”, here is this video by Bill Whittle.  He absolutely nails it.  As Dinesh D’Souza said an acquaintance in Bombay told him: “I really want to move to a country where the poor people are fat.” I once personally observed the entitlement mentality in action. Someone in line in front of me at the grocery store was trying to buy dog food on food stamps (as they were then called). The cashier stated that food stamps couldn’t be used to buy non-human food. The person then asked their partner to go back to the meat department and get some ground chuck for the dog. WTF?
(h/t to ArmedGeek at Hookers & Booze)

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God Bless Texas

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

– Elphaba

The other day I was feeling really down while reading the news headlines.  Casey Anthony walked for murder, the GOP caved in on their pledge not to raise the debt ceiling, the ATF gun running scandal was unearthing more widespread corruption, and the Obama Administration was trying to use the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene with the planned execution of a Mexican national who had brutally raped and murdered a 16 year old girl in 1995; internationally, liberal bed wetters were crying for a stay to the execution on the basis that the long-time illegal alien (had lived here since he was 2)  was denied access to the Mexican consulate.  I’m thinking, America, what the fuck?!

Well, the execution took place as scheduled.  That evil son of a bitch will never hurt another person again in this life.   Texas basically told Mexico, the U.N. and the administration to butt out and mind their own business.  I love this state, and ideologically, it loves me.  In the words of Lyle Lovett, “that’s right, you’re not from Texas, but Texas wants you anyway.”

Humberto Leal takes the eternal celestial dirt nap. Are you hungry?  Justice is served, Baby!

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You suffer. But it’s good for you. Really.

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

– Wiccapundit

I am often amazed that people who seem to lack the intelligence to put on underwear in the morning have a forum to share their stupidity with the world.

Lynn Mucken of MSN Money is just such a stupid person.

In Why you should love $5 gas, she lists the reasons that you stoopid proles should just be overjoyed at the prospect of paying a sawbuck for every gallon of the juice you pump into your SUGWV (Sport-Utility Global Warming Vehicle).

Reasons like, “you’ll get in shape,” because you’re walking the three blocks to the market instead of driving, and you’ll be bicycling to work.  Hey Lynn, I don’t live three blocks from the market; more like six miles.  Try walking a half-marathon distance round trip carrying your groceries.   My job is nearly sixty miles away – one way.  If I wanted to bike 100+ miles at a crack, I’d do the Ironman™ triathlon.   Just not every freaking day.

Another priceless reason?  “Shorter security lines at the airport.”  Right.  When everyone is reduced to subsistence farming to survive, those precious few who can still afford to fly will just breeze through security.

Lynn, when people are starving because $5.00/gallon fuel has driven food prices through the roof, I’m sure you’ll be one of the first to lose weight on the new forced-calorie-reduction plan.

Lynn Mucken is black-hole-stupid.  How stupid is that?

[Lynn Mucken] broke all known measurements for stupidity. It was unabashed stupidity. Dumber than grandpa’s claw hammer stupid. Stupid to the bone stupid. Blazing hot mid-day summer sun in Qatar stupid. So stupid it goes past mushrooms on the scale of stupid. It is stupid collapsed on itself – black hole stupid. The event horizon of her stupidity prevents so much as the beginnings of an idea or a rational thought to penetrate the singularity of stupid perched on the top of her emaciated torso. Her grasping to form an idea was some primordial fragment from the original big bang of stupid. Pulsar stupid, spinning like an insane dervish spewing more stupidity in one pulse than an entire galaxy of stupid, stupid. She emitted more pure stupidity per second than Congress emits in a year. Some pure essence of a stupid so uncontaminated by rational thought as to be beyond the ability of intelligent beings to classify it’s stupidity.

(h/t Neal Boortz)

That’s pretty stupid.

(article via Ace)

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Where’s Woodward & Bernstein when you need them?

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

– Wiccapundit

How high must the stench of corruption go before some enterprising journalist (what used to be called a “reporter,” whose job it was to look for “facts”) decides he can make his career by just doing his damn job? Remember the Blagojevich scandal regarding the Senate seat formerly held by Obama?  Remember the allegations (pooh-poohed by the Left) that Obama involved himself improperly by suggesting to Governor Blago that he appoint an Obama toady to the vacated seat?  Remember how we were told by the MSM that there was no evidence that Obama had anything to do with it?  Er, not quite.

Fed informant passed delicate message to Blagojevich from Obama

John Wyma, a lobbyist and Blago’s former chief of staff, passed to John Harris (Blago’s last chief of staff) the following message: “the President-elect would be thankful and appreciative if the governor would appoint Valerie Jarrett to the Senate seat.”

Problem was, Wyma was a Federal informant.  Oops.  Blago was later caught on a wire-tapped call saying: “We know he wants her, they’re not willing to give me anything, just appreciation, f— them.”

Does this meet the legal standard required to establish criminal conduct?  I don’t know.  I’m not a criminal lawyer.  (I have a real job as a productive member of society, being an oil-speculating, pollution-belching, obscene-profit-acquiring capitalist.)  But there’s at least a story here.  If anyone in the media was paying attention.   Which they’re not.

Of course, it’s not really news, because it comes from the fevered writings of some right-wing-nutjob conservative blogger.  Oh wait, it doesn’t.  It comes from the Chicago Sun-Times.  Noted conservative newspaper and all.

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Some thoughts from a witch on self-defense

Friday, January 14th, 2011

– Wiccapundit

The recent atrocity in Arizona has had the blogosphere in an uproar.  I have withheld comment thus far, preferring to direct the energy of my thoughts in support of the families whose lives have been shattered by this obscene criminal act.  One fact that has emerged from the MSM-induced fog of faux-reporting is that one of the bystanders who selflessly leapt in to restrain the shooter – a young man named Joe Zamudio – was legally carrying a firearm and was prepared to use it.  He did not, showing admirable restraint, and demonstrated what a responsible gun owner and concealed weapon carrier looks like.  Not that the media cares to see that.

I am often asked by liberal friends, particular pagan ones, if I carry a gun.  I reply:  “Of course.  Don’t you?”  My answer is only meant to be partially tongue-in-cheek.  Even though I am known to be a conservative witch, the answer still takes them aback.  Apparently they believe that the Wiccan Rede somehow proscribes the carrying of a personal weapon or using it to defend yourself.    I believe that law-abiding, responsible citizens not only have a right to go armed, but may well have an obligation to do so.  I believe that each of us has an obligation to attend to our own personal safety and not devolve that responsibility to the State.  I believe that responsible adults have an obligation to defend their families, particularly their children.  The most effective way to discharge these obligations is to carry a personal weapon and to be proficient in its use.

The Rede, in its abbreviated form, states that “An it harm none, do as you will.”  What part of this constitutes a proscription on carrying a personal weapon?  Do as you will, but accept the consequences of your decisions, is the correct interpretation of this phrase.  Those who choose to go about their daily business while armed have chosen to exercise their will and to accept the consequences of that very serious decision.

I have been licensed to carry a concealed weapon for nearly three decades.  For nearly every day of that entire time, I have been armed in every place I am legally allowed to be while armed.  I have obtained the proper training in the use of that firearm, from a former law enforcement officer.  The firearm I own was carefully selected by me for the task at hand, and I maintain it just as carefully.  I have taken the time to study completely and to understand thoroughly the laws concerning concealed carry in my jurisdiction and the law governing the use of deadly force.

During those three decades, I have faced two situations in which a weapon could have meant the difference between life and death for me or a bystander.  In one, I arrived on the scene of a mass shooting only minutes after it had occurred exactly at the place I was going that day.  Several people were shot and one killed by a deranged lunatic.  I will never know what might have happened differently had I been at that spot a few minutes earlier.  In the second instance, I narrowly avoided being caught in a rioting mob and had to seek shelter with a small group of people.   We were able to leave safely after the riot was quelled, and I was grateful not to have needed even to unholster my weapon.

In neither case was I called upon to draw my weapon or to fire it.  However, I was prepared to do so.  It was comforting to me to know that in extremis, I would not have been a helpless victim, unable to protect myself or those around me.

Anti-gun people regard firearms with a sense of horror and revulsion that should be reserved for the Ebola virus.  A firearm is a tool; nothing more.  A tool that can be very dangerous in the wrong hands, just as a table saw or a compressed-air nail driver can be very dangerous in the wrong hands.  They are tools as well, and useful ones.  Society does not ban the responsible and law-abiding ownership of such implements just because they could possibly be misused.

Our founding fathers gave us a great gift in the Second Amendment to the Constitution.   We must resist the efforts of those who would cravenly use the recent tragedy in order to diminish our rights and further their own political agenda.

What say you, dear readers?

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Profiles In Cowardice

Monday, October 11th, 2010

– Wiccapundit

The Washington Post has no balls, but your Wiccapundit does (Substantial Ones of Clanging Brass™), so I will post the cartoon that the Washington Post thought was so inflammatory, that Muslims would be upset: a cartoon that doesn’t show an image of Muhammed (Peace Be Upon Him™).

That’s right.  NO IMAGE.  Courtesy of PowerLine via Ace of Spades.

As the cartoonist himself says:

The award-winning cartoonist, who lives in Maine, told me the cartoon was meant to satirize “the insanity of an entire group of people rioting and putting out a hit list over cartoons,” as well as “media cowering in fear of printing any cartoon that contains the word ‘Muhammad.’ ”

“The wonderful irony [is that] great newspapers like The Washington Post, that took on Nixon . . . run in fear of this very tame cartoon, thus validating the accuracy of the satire,” he said by e-mail.

How true.

Here it is, without any semblance of an apology:

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