Category Archives: Rants

Are you an adult or just a sheep? (*Video*) (Language Warning)

I’m pretty sure that there are better responses to school shooters than lockdowns. Shooting them in the face with your legally carried concealed handgun has always been my favorite method, but for some unknown reason it’s not allowed. But if all you’ve got to deal with a possible roving madman with a gun is a locked door, then close the door and lock it. This is a no-brainer. Unless you are a teacher for Purdue University.

A surreal scene unfolded around noon on Tuesday. As a gunman shot an instructor at point-blank range in front of a classroom of students, some Purdue professors continued to teach class as if nothing was amiss, ignoring students’ pleas to lock the doors and turn off the lights.

“I’ll have the TA tackle him if he comes in,” joked Professor Rebecca Trax, according to Sami Menard, a student in her 12:00 Introduction to Accounting class.

Trax may very well have been describing the scene that unfolded in the Electrical Engineering building, where a TA was killed.

Look fuckwit, if some douche is planning on murdering my ass, you can bet that I’m going to close the door, lock it, and look for weapons to use to beat his face in if he breaks through the door. And I’m not going to ask your permission to do it.

This brings me to the point that absolutely mystifies me.

Students also reported that many other professors and instructors made no adjustments. The indifference was not unique to one department or building. Professors teaching in the Physics, University, and Armstrong buildings paid no heed to the warnings. Many students felt unsafe and wanted to leave, but felt they could not because of the shelter-in-place protocol.

If your teacher is not locking the door, get off your fat ass and lock it yourself. Every person sitting in that class (bar the occasional child prodigy) is an adult. Yet instead of getting up and making the right things happen, they allowed a teacher to tell them to do something stupid. And then they had the temerity to bitch about it later. NEWSFLASH: If you did something stupid because someone else told you to do something stupid, who is the stupid person? YOU ARE.

Get off your fat ass and do it yourself. How many problems would be solved if more people would just follow that simple idea. But no, they’ve been socialized to be good little automatons and follow stupid instructions from stupid people. It’s almost as if this was the result that the schools wanted, people too dumb to be able to see their own best interest and act in it. Because let’s face it, if people are too stupid to get off their asses, close the door, and lock in before a gunman comes and murders them, then they’re stupid enough to do anything. Like vote for Obama a second time.

Perhaps this video will help you. Feel free to share it on Facebook, Twitter, wherever. You never know who will see it and say “Oh, damn! He’s right! I am an adult and responsible for my own safety! And I can even get off my fat ass and do it myself!” Stranger things have happened. (Language Warning)

Update: I corrected my incorrect spelling of Purdue University.

Why the Metric System sucks

Oleg Volk, who is an awesome photographer and is a really nice guy (seriously, ask anyone who knows him) has a partiality to the Metric system. From Facebook, Oleg points to this really cool graphic.

Sweet. Now if only I had some wall space near my kitchen I could use this graphic instead of constantly asking my wife.

Oleg, being from Russia, wonders why we don’t use the Metric system and save ourselves the problem of conversions back and forth in the US Customary System. I hate the Metric system. I hate it with the passion of pretty much any system that someone dreams up to replace a perfectly useful system we already have. The reason? Here’s the comment I left.

The metric system is based upon two arbitrary things. #1. The number of fingers normally present in humans. #2. The distance from the equator to the North Pole at sea level divided by 10,000,000. It’s now defined as “the length of the path traveled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299,792,458 of a second.” Or, basically the length of the agreed upon metal bar in a museum in France.

Riddle me this. Who actually measured that distance and divided it up into meters? So basically, we’ve got a system that’s exactly as arbitrary as the old “foot” meaning “Ehh, about *that* much” as the person holds their hands a random distance apart. In this case that random distance is about three times the random distance of the guy showing you the foot.

Now, please divide the meter by 2, 3, 4, & 6 and give me rational number usable by normal humans. Base 10 happens to be how our number system is designed, and it’s based upon the arbitrary use of the number of fingers the average human is born with. It’s no better and no worse than any other number base. The advantage to using base 12, as the foot uses is that it is easily divisible by 2, 3, 4, & 6. Half a foot? 6 inches. 1/3rd of a foot? 4 inches. All helpfully marked on your handy measuring stick. Please pull out your measuring stick and measure me 1/3rd of a meter. Be precise.

So if the metric system is so awesome, how come we don’t have metric clocks? 10 hours in a day? 100 minutes per hour? Nope, we use 24 hours, which is, as you might be aware, 2 x 12 hour half days. Which is really helpful when working out longitude. All you need to know is what time it is in England when the sun is at it’s apogee (Archer, in comments, correctly points out that I meant ZENITH, not apogee), multiply the hours by 15, and BAM, there’s your longitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds. Let’s see you try that with a radian.

Then there’s the silly attempt by non North Americans at using some “rational” base for electricity. We use 60Hz. The quick among you will recognize that 60 is merely 12 times 5. That means it can be easily divided by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, & 30. This is important when you wish to use some speed on your electric motor other than 60 revolutions per second. Simply wire the motor in a different way and you can have a motor that turns at any of those fractions of 60 revs per second. This doesn’t work in Europe because they got all metric with it and specified 50Hz. Because? I don’t know why. Perhaps they were just being obstinate.

Then there’s the fact that it’s French. That’s enough to doom it as far as most of us are concerned.

UPDATE: Thanks to Robert Evans in comments. Check out this section of Tristan Jones’ Saga of a Wayward Sailor. He hits the same points as I do. Start from “Shocking Harridan” in chapter 15 and keep reading. I wish I could cut and paste, but it’s not set up to allow that.

Time for Business to do their part: A Modest Proposal

We all know that your rights trump everyone else’s ability to turn a profit, right? You run a business, you must provide health insurance for your full time employees or pay a penalty. According to Dahlia Lithwick, and several others, the fact that your religion forbids participation in abortion doesn’t change a thing.

Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. v. Sebelius and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius—a pair of cases probing whether the religious rights of a for-profit corporate entity allow it to refuse to provide for employees insurance that would include certain forms of birth control. In so doing, the court may now be forced to reckon with the question of whether the same corporate personhood that includes the right to free speech also encompasses rights to religious conscience. In other words, Corporate Personhood is back! And this time, it’s got God on its side.

How can we allow this to go on? Those dastardly plutocrats at Hobby Lobby are attempting to turn the church into a bludgeon to beat health care to death.

Artificially created constructs that exist to shield owners from lawsuits will be able to shield owners from compliance with basic civil rights laws.

I wholeheartedly agree. We cannot allow this spectacle to continue. We cannot permit the basic human rights of all Americans to be trampled because a few capitalists refuse to pony up the money. I just don’t think she goes far enough.

The Second Amendment, unlike this new found right to receive health insurance from your employer, is written directly into the foundation document of our government.

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

This isn’t remotely difficult to understand. What we never seem to recognize is that proper training is vital to ensure that our militia is “well regulated.” The most basic of all training is individual firearm instruction. It is well within the powers of the Federal Government to insist that everyone be proficient in the safe and effective use of firearms, but it would be unfair and discriminatory to force the citizens to pay for this training themselves. To limit a person’s rights under the Constitution simply because they cannot afford to exercise those rights is completely unacceptable.

What I propose is the “Affordable Firearm Training Act,” or “AFTA.” Congress shall pass a law that requires all businesses with 10 or more full time employees (30 or more hours a week = “full time”) shall be required to pay for or directly provide individual firearms instruction to their employees.

Because it not only says “keep,” it says “bear” arms in the Amendment, employers must pay for the necessary training not only to become proficient in the use of firearms, but also for each employee to meet the requirements of their State to receive a Concealed Handgun License or the equivalent. At a bare minimum all employees shall be trained to a standard that shall include,

If there is any further training necessary to “bear” arms in that State, the employer shall provide that training as well.

And as Dahlia Lithwick so eloquently points out, corporations are not people. They have no faith, conviction, or conscience, so they don’t get to complain that they oppose being forced to pay for this sort of training.

No one could possibly disagree with this approach, could they? We’ve already established the principle that if the government deems something to be a right, the government has the  power to force someone else to pay for it. Just look at Obamacare!

You aren’t my friend

I got unfriended today. I left a comment on a friend’s link saying “Ask a simple question. Do you believe there are any circumstances where a non-government employee can legally and morally kill another person? If the answer is ‘No’ then that’s a dead giveaway that you aren’t dealing with a serious person. Apparently this person is not serious.

Here’s the “response” I posted as a status update.

Dear “Friends.” It has come to my attention that some of you aren’t really my friends at all. I don’t mean you aren’t “close friends,” I mean that some of you may have declared yourselves my enemy without even realizing it. As a friend, albeit in many cases only a virtual one, I feel it is incumbent upon me to show you the lines before I call you “out.”

If you deny my right to use lethal force to… defend my life, the life of my wife, or the lives of innocent people around me, you are not my friend. You are my enemy. You are demanding that I die rather than kill someone who is attacking me. You don’t have that right.

Anyone who is silly enough to believe that it is better to allow evil to win at the cost of his or her own life is free to live like that if they want. There’s no law against stupid. But you cannot demand that I live under your rules. As a free man, I have the right to defend my life with any force necessary to preserve it. I further have the right to stand in defense of my family and in defense of innocent people around me. You cannot demand that I stand idle while others are attacked. You don’t have that right.

My life, my wife’s life, and the lives of the innocent people around me do not belong to you. You did not give these lives and therefore you cannot take them away. You cannot unilaterally redefine thousands of years of legal and moral precedents to suit your whims. If you wish to die because you refuse to kill, that’s your business. Like I said, there’s no law against stupid. But don’t expect me, watching you jump off that bridge, to jump off with you.

If you decide to let someone kill you instead of fighting to keep your life, I’m not going to lie and say that I “respect your position.” I can’t respect that and I won’t. I don’t ask you to “respect” my position either. I don’t actually care. You can either be on my side or you can be on the side of society’s predators, because to refuse to fight evil is to ally yourself with it. There is no “neutral” ground.

And don’t say “I’ll call the police.” If you refuse to defend your own life, what the hell gives you the right to demand someone else fight to preserve it? Where do you get off demanding that another person take responsibility when you refuse to? That cop is just another person. He isn’t your dog, to order to take your wounds, to fight your enemies while you sit safely outside the battle, your moral “purity” unstained.

If you are one of those unfortunates who has been programmed by your parents, your friends, “society” or whoever that your life is not worth defending, think about who you owe duty to. Are you married? Kids? Parents? Friends? Who will be hurt when you are hurt? Who will suffer when your die? Consider saving them the pain and suffering by respecting your own life and fighting to preserve it. And if the attacker dies in his attempt to harm you, he bears the shame of it.

If I’m attacked, I will use any and all means consistent with honor to stay alive. I carry a gun, pepper spray, a knife, and I will use them all if necessary. I won’t fight fair, I won’t take chances. I will leave an attacker bleeding on the ground if I’m given half a chance.

And if you don’t like that, too bad.

 If you don’t agree that I have every right to use deadly force to defend my right, feel free to unfriend me. Because you aren’t my friend at all.

Duke Energy Progress is run by idiots

Unfortunately I have to use some unkind language. Please avert your eyes if you are offended by this sort of thing.

Dear Duke Energy Progress,

How fucking stupid are you? My wife’s been doing our bills for a long time. She’s got the computer banking all set up, with the addresses all put in for sending out checks each month. Types a few numbers, hits send, bang-zoom, bills paid. That’s what you idiots want, right? Our money? I guess not.

Just recently you people merged. It was “Progress Energy” here, Duke Power somewhere else. Now it’s “Duke Energy Progress” or some such thing. I don’t give a crap what you call yourself, so long as my power works and the bill isn’t outrageous. But on the back of your bill it has a statement “Remit payment to: Duke Energy Progress, PO Box 1003, Charlotte, NC 28201.

Now my wife, being the logical sort of person she is, remitted payment to that address. So imagine her surprise when the check came back “Return to Sender, Unable to Forward.” Ummm. What?

I, sensing my wife’s clear inability to calmly and rationally explain her predicament to the poor fool manning the phone, made the customer service call. After punching about 100 buttons on the phone to get to the right department…

  • Me – Hey, the check from the bank got returned to us as undeliverable.
  • Him – Well, I can give you the new address that starts next month, it’s  Duke Energy Progress, PO Box 1003, Charlotte, NC 28201
  • Me – That’s the address we sent it to.
  • Him – It doesn’t work till next month.
  • Me – (Inside Voice) Are you fucking shitting me? Who the fuck is so stupid that they print an address that doesn’t work on a bill sent to hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of customers? No one, that’s who. Except you assholes. (Outside Voice) Oh, well thank you. Could you please explain to your bosses that printing an address that doesn’t work on the power bill doesn’t make a whole lot of sense?
  • Him – Yes sir.

Duke Energy Progress, you are officially the stupidest people I’ve dealt with all week. And that includes the women on Facebook pissed off that they couldn’t find their particular bra size at Victoria’s Secret.

Remind me someday when I’ve calmed down to explain to you why I consider “I don’t fit the bras sold in ‘normal’ stores” to be a shining example of “First World Problems.” You are on Facebook, so clearly you have an internet connection. Google “Bra Store” plus your city name. Go there. Get fitted. Done.

And women wonder why men don’t seem to care about whatever it is they are bitching about.

Stop pretending that you care! (Language Warning)

By now pretty much everyone has read the story of the 5-year-old who shot his 2-year-old sister to death.

In southern Kentucky, where children get their first guns even before they start first grade, Stephanie Sparks paid little attention as her 5-year-old son, Kristian, played with the rifle he was given last year. Then, as she stepped onto the front porch while cleaning the kitchen, “she heard the gun go off,” a coroner said.

In Tuesday’s horrific accident that shocked a rural area far removed from the national debate over gun control, the boy had killed his 2-year-old sister, Caroline, with a single shot to the chest.

So let’s count the errors.

  1. Leaving a real firearm unsecured where children might get it
  2. Knowingly allowing a child to play with a real firearm
  3. Failing to teach proper gun safety to a child in a home with guns
  4. Leaving ammo laying around.
  5. Every single one of the 4 Rules.

It’s a tragedy. It’s not technically an “accident,” but you can’t prosecute a 5 year old for it. He didn’t know better, so he can’t be held responsible. Here in North Carolina, the parents could be charged with a Class 1 Misdemeanor. Not that they’d get any real serious punishment. 45 days probation and a fine for a first offense, max, but are you really going to drag the grieving parents through the courts?

  • This is your official language warning. If naughty words bother you, go read something else.

Here’s what bothers me about the story. The fuckheads on Twitter screaming bloody murder about the accidental death of a child none of them knew and none of them actually cared about before she became a prop in their political morality play.

SympathyBomb

Newsflash assholes: You aren’t fooling anyone with your crocodile tears. Tearing your hair and rending your garments while wailing might look cool in a movie, but you look really stupid when you do it over a child you’ve never even heard of before today.

Here’s what’s really going on. You assholes are pretending to care about this girl’s death so that you can use it to push for stricter gun control laws. You are using this girl’s death as a weapon to attack the gun company that makes the Crickett rifle (Warning, ThinkProgress) her brother was playing with. You don’t give a shit that tens of thousands (at least!) of these rifles have been sold to parents all across the USA. You don’t give a shit that these tens of thousands of rifles are used safely to teach children and small adults to shoot.

No, the only reason you give a shit at all about this poor little girl from a gun owning family in a flyover state is because you think you can use her death to advance your political agenda. At some point, when you were down on your knees scooping her blood up in your hands so you could grease the skids for more gun control, you should have seriously questioned your humanity.

The fact that you didn’t tells me you don’t have any left.

And what the fuck is it with all the Australian #GunControl fanatics on Twitter? Go the fuck back to your own country. If you want to cheer your masters for taking away your rights, go ahead. But don’t expect me to celebrate with you. And you better damn well not expect me to give up my rights to be just like you pussies.

I swear, half the gun hating assholes on Twitter are from Australia. It’s bad enough that if I were rich I’d fund an Australian version of GOA just to fuck with them.

#TheyDeserveAVote? No, They Don’t!

I’ve had it about up to my eyeballs with the Sandy Hook Parents. We try to be nice to you people since your child was murdered. We recognize that it’s a little hard to be objective, or even rational, when you’re dealing with something like that. But it’s gone too far.

They don’t try to sound like wonks or pundits or operatives. They just tell their heart-breaking stories, weaving in a demand for action that is respectful but forceful. As a result, senators respond to them as bereaved parents, not advocates.

“These are smart, articulate people, who don’t have a scintilla of Washington about them,” said Matt Bennett of the centrist Democratic group Third Way, which has been helping the families navigate D.C. “But they virtually cannot be denied a meeting. There are not many groups of people that can get a meeting with any senator they want, whenever they want.”

It doesn’t matter how smart, articulate, warm, and bereaved you are when you are asking to demolish my civil rights. At a certain point it’s time to stand up to you directly, and forcefully, to back off.

Get away from my rights. I don’t care how bad it hurts that your child got murdered. I didn’t do it, so leave me alone. Your children were murdered by a crazy person who broke so many laws that it looked like he was going for a high score in the Lawbreaking Olympics. I know that you are in pain, but you can’t take your rage at the killer and use it to attack me.

Then there’s this girl, Jillian Soto, sister of a Sandy Hook teacher killed. She seems prepped to become her generation’s Joan Peterson.

 

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No. Something does NOT need to get done. You aren’t getting my rifle. You aren’t getting my standard capacity magazines. If you think the horror of Sandy Hook was bad, think about what a civil war would look like. Because if you try to take our rifles, we will fight. My rights don’t dissolve when you smear your sister’s blood over them.

I’m going to be called “uncivil.” That’s how the Left deals with everyone who doesn’t submit to their emotional blackmail. Well fuck them. I’m going to stick to the truth. And the truth is that I have a right to defend myself. I have a right to keep and bear arms to defend myself. And that right to keep and bear arms includes the right to own an AR15 rifle. And if you come to take away my rights, I will fight. And I won’t be alone.

It would be better for all concerned if you would go home, grieve for your murdered children, and leave the rest of us alone.

Dear anti-gun Police Chief, GFY. Signed, Me. *Language Alert*

Warning: Language alert.

You have a “greater right?” How about you take that “greater right” print it on card stock, fold it until it’s all sharp corners and jam it up your ass. If you need help, let me know.

“To tell you the truth, Dave, we’re not worried about it,” John Grebert says. He is the executive director of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, a group that supported the new gun law in New York State.

But, he adds, “I think it’s pretty unfortunate that any business thinks they can bully us.”

Because people in law enforcement deal with criminals every days, Grebert thinks they have, “a greater right” to weapons, “to deal with potentially violent situations.” And Grebert says he’s confident police will still have access to the equipment they need “to get the job done right.”

Bully you? That’s pretty rich from a guy who supported stealing the rights of the millions of citizens of New York. It does open up a window on that sort of mindset. A private company refuses to do business with the government and this ass-clown calls it “bullying.”

Is it any wonder that so many people have a crappy attitude towards police? When people like this make asinine public statements, you can hardly blame people for hating them.

HT: Captains Journal who is entirely too polite with his comments, if you ask me.

Public Service Announcement: Avoid this movie

We interrupt the normal gun news to bring you a special Public Service Announcement.

Do not, under any circumstances, watch the movie, “After Fall, Winter.”

 It sounded like it could have been cool. Kinky, certainly, but interesting. Unfortunately it turned out so badly that not even hot naked French chick could rescue it.

It was awful. I will do my utmost to avoid ever seeing anything by writer, director, actor Eric Schaeffer ever again. It was so bad that I am not sure I could ever see anything with the hot naked French chick, Lizzie Brocheré, without remembering how terrible this movie is.

Avoid it like the plague.

This is why I can’t be a Public Information Officer (*Language Warning*)

I just don’t have the patience to deal with self-centered assholes. (Language warning, obviously)

Jeers to Hoke County Animal Control. A dog was hit on U.S. 401 Business but was still breathing and whimpering. Animal Control was contacted. I sat and soothed the dog while they were on their way.

The officer who showed up was very rude and inhumane. He was going to shoot the poor dog on the side of the road in public view. He did not take into consideration the safety of others or that animal lovers like myself or a small child could have seen this.

Here’s the response this tool would have received from Sean, Public Information Officer-at-Large.

Dear Self-Centered Asshole,

Toughen up, Buttercup. While you were whining on the side of the road, trying to prove your “compassion,” our animal control officer was trying to keep the poor animal from suffering any longer. You see, our animal control officer actually loves animals. He took this job because there were assholes in this world who, out of meanness or plain self centeredness, would treat animals like shit. Some assholes beat or starve their dogs. Others are so horrified by death that they’d rather force an animal to endure another hour of suffering as well as a bumpy truck ride just so that they don’t have to actually see the dog be put out of his misery.

Do you see what I’m getting at here? That dog suffered. It suffered miserably. It had broken bones, was bleeding, and suffered terrible internal injuries. If it had a voice and could ask for what it needed, it would have asked you to end its suffering immediately. Instead, what it got was hauled off the pavement, shoved in a metal box, and bounced down the street on its way to the shelter where the animal control officer was finally able to do his sad duty away from the eyes of “animal lovers” like you and any small children who might have been present.

Good job, dickhead. If you want to know who the asshole was in this situation, find a mirror and take a good long look. That’s the asshole who denied the poor suffering creature release from his pain. That’s the asshole who condemned the poor animal to a final painful ride to the shelter for the exact same outcome. The dog is dead. He was going to be dead either way. Instead of ending up dead immediately, you made sure he suffered another hour before he died. I pray that you are not treated the same way.

It all comes down to your selfishness. Your squeamishness cost that animal an hour of suffering. Instead of thinking of what was best for the animal, you demanded that your suffering be minimized and damn the cost to the dog. You gave our animal control officer a ration of shit because he was trying to do his job. He had to perform the most soul destroyingly painful part of our job, taking the life of an animal in his care, and you were such a baby about it that you made the whole situation worse. 

I’ll tell you what he was much to polite to tell you. Fuck you, Chris Gales of Raeford, NC. Fuck you. You had a chance to assist an animal and instead of thinking of that animal you thought only of yourself. Your first question to the animal control officer should have been “Can he be saved?” When you got told no, your second question should have been, “How can I help you end his suffering?” Then you should have done exactly as I did, many years ago and carried the dog to a safe location so that the animal control officer could carry out a final act of kindness for the poor creature. And you should have thanked him for it. You should have found it in yourself to tell that man, “Thank you for not making him suffer any longer.”

A man would have done these things. A man would have told any children nearby that putting the dog down immediately was an act of kindness. A man would have held those children and cried with them if he had to, but a man would have made them see the truth. Maybe when one of these children grew up he would not act like such a selfish ass and cause another poor animal another hour of suffering just so he could avoid dealing with reality.

But you, sir, are no man. You proved that with your actions. You proved that with how you treated the injured dog. You proved that by how you treated our animal control officer. And you proved it again when you penned your whiny letter.

Go away sir. Grownups are working.

Signed,

Sean,

Public Information Officer at Large

Providing Non-PC counseling to assholes who desperately need it.