God, Guns, and Chick-Fil-A

God, Guns, and Chick-Fil-A is in the news lately

Over at DATech guy’s blog, a matter of do we trust or not? Guns and Chick-Fil-A being given much voice in the public domain of late, one has to wonder in whom we trust these days?

I have heard a lot of people on the left self righteously complain that conservatives are unwilling to agree to “common sense gun control” that we are unreasonable fanatics who would oppose restrictions on the ownership of Sherman Tanks.

Most of all; we are totally wrong to believe that the left is after our guns just because of the proposed assault weapon ban.

Why would we have such a belief, how can the folks on the right even think we on the left are after their guns, all their guns?

The answer: Chick-Fil-A

Twenty years ago there was nobody NOBODY nationally who was pushing the idea of gay marriage. If Bill Clinton had come out for Gay Marriage in 1992 he would have lost 49 states.

Then came the VT Supreme Court ruling requiring civil partnerships.

First off, “common sense gun control”?

Really, Chucky Schumer? As I recall from Grade school, the Second Amendment was about common sense and gun control being a given trait of the people, not something exercised on their behalf by a tyrannical benevolent government. You really think this an appropriate place and time to surreptitiously insert an amendment about gun control into legislation. Looking to sneak it in behind America’s back, so to speak? Sorry, bucko, but some of us did notice.

What an apropos comparison between the Left’s America’s Socialists attempts over the years to subvert American policy from DOMA to “Gay is the norm”. Someone asked me on Facebook the other day if’n I had something against Gays? Me? Nope. Got lots of Gay friends, and I support their right to live as they please. What I do not support is their right to subvert our way of life to their whims and fancies. Case in point? Try California’s two attempts to legislate into law marriage as being between a man and a woman. Overwhelmingly passed on both occasions and signed into law, the Gay crowd decided that wasn’t okay with them and enlisted a Gay Judge to overturn the law as being unconstitutional. We see it now, again rather, with Chick-Fil-A. A privately owned corporation takes a stand, somebody doesn’t like it, and now the Courts are supposed to decide whether private citizens and their corporations are free to say and do as they please? Wow…sounds more Marxist than Constitutionalist, if you ask me.

Look. Living a Gay lifestyle is a freedom most straight folks aren’t of a mind to abrogate, but, conversely, the same cannot be said about the Gay community. They DEMAND, they don’t ask for or vote into law as a majority, the right to get married. Hmm. Then explain for me, please, what happened to that whole plural marriage thing? Remember the Mormons? What about their rights? What about religious freedom? Ask the Mormons what they did after plural marriage was prohibited by law. Answer: they abolished the practice and excommunicated those who refused to abide by the law. They taught their members to honor and obey the law. Strange notion, innit?

When were Gays ever threatened with disenfranchisement, or did they have the United States Army sent after them? How come the Federal law prohibiting plural marriage has not been overturned? Geez, you want to be all about fairness and equality. Yes? Then go to Arizona and Utah, and engage in conversation those who have to live in hiding because of their belief in plural marriage. Ask about the Mormons who fled to Mexico because the separation of church and state was suspended just this one time. Ask them what it’s like to be denied familial benefits and recognition under the law.

Then, ask them what they think about Gay marriage. That last one might not go over well, because how they answer will probably be more of a Chick-Fil-A kind of answer.

All this, and more, in a year of Presidential election and really sucky economy…quickly becoming second fiddle to important matters like Chick-Fil-A. Or not. Go read the Guns and Chick-Fil-A post, and let it kick around your brain cells.
Update: I knew there was another company facing a similar battle, only this time it is the Federal government

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I knew there was a reason I liked this guy

A one term President who should have run for a second, but thought it best to live according to his beliefs.

President Calvin Coolidge

The point President Coolidge makes about “stand for a good deal more of its application”, has to do with our insisting on government letting us live and control our own lives. Some days we talk about a new Reagan showing up, but some days I think we need a new Coolidge.

 

Somehow, something humor or business oriented doesn’t seem appropriate in this moment

A 24 year old walking, talking, societal dung beetle decided last night that he would make everybody’s day. I cannot even begin to imagine what drives a creature such as James Holmes to do what he did…murder 12, including small children, and leave another 59 injured.

At one blog, friend Andy posted:

I’ll let all those in the “mental health industry” try and give us reasons for this act of egregious brutality. Sometimes, crazy is just plain crazy.  Because of that crazy, lives have ended and other lives have unalterably changed forever. Other than that, I got nothing.

I got nothin’ either, but contempt and a baseball bat in the corner. I see small children every single day. Yesterday on the bus going downtown, a young mother with her small daughter and an infant. Mother and daughter having a good time together, while the infant slept. I treasure that memory.

Laura Ingraham put up a short blog post earlier, and I’d like to share it here:

If the President chooses to fly to Colorado to address the community as it process its grief, I hope he will consider making a similar plea for order and healing in his hometown of Chicago. Gang and drug-related violence have sent the city spiraling out of control this summer. So far this month, 27 were murdered in the city, with last month’s killing of 7-year-old Heaven Sutton especially heart-breaking. We have a values crisis in this country, not a “gun crisis.” A polluted popular culture where rampant promiscuity and gratuitous violence are everywhere. Families without strong male role models present. Girls who demean themselves sexually in order to be popular. Men who treat women as property to be used and discarded. Faith under attack by government institutions and politicians who prefer that Washington be our favorite place of worship. We can and must do better. The carnage in our society today extends far beyond a movie theater in Aurora.

We do indeed have a value crisis in this country, not a gun or anything else crisis. I won’t enumerate the many things that steer people away from values of common sense and decency. The nation, as a whole, screams and begs for a return to Mayberry, with guys like Sheriff Andy and Deputy Barney walking the street. The nation, as a whole, needs to be reminded that WE are the ones responsible for making it happen. Parents, a polluted popular culture…

where rampant promiscuity and gratuitous violence are everywhere

is largely controllable at home. Men, how do you measure up? Are you leading your family? Are you the role model for your wife and children? Women, are you teaching your children proper principles? No, I’m not going to tell you what those principles are…or should be. You already know what they are. The real question is, what are you doing with those principles?

Government cannot give us back Mayberry. Government helped get us away from Mayberry in the first place. Religion cannot get us back to Mayberry. Religion cannot mostly because those who attend church haven’t followed the principles they were taught. Mayberry starts at home. Society starts at home. Civility starts at home. James Holmes turned into a societal dung beetle at home. He got it there, and there’ll be none of parents blaming society. He is who he is because he failed to get who he should have been at home. Period.

Colorado, the nation feels your pain. Chicago, you’re too busy hiding behind a facade, or we’d feel your pain too. America, are you hiding your pain and blaming others for it?

Getting a group of people together to create a new town called Mayberry won’t make it so. We simply need to focus on creating Mayberry right where we are. One household at a time…

Be Andy. Be Aunt Bee. Be Opie. Be Mayberry.

I’ll start with me.

Yeah, I’m still here.

Just been busy with other things. I haven’t forgotten about you. Besides, you’re all over at The Lexicans. Aren’t you? 😉

If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear

I guess I’m not on top of current events enough these days to have known about the storms in the eastern U.S.  that cut power to millions of people. I find myself disinterested in the fact that TomKat is at an end; big surprise. Reading about Anderson Cooper being gay doesn’t do anything for me, as it’s none of my business and has absolutely nothing to do with my life. Cooper says he strives to be objective as a Reporter, and I do find value in that (lots, actually), but his personal life is his own to live. Colorado I know about, mostly from Facebook, not so oddly, but other news I have shied away from lately due to a reticence to subject myself to bias in reporting. But that’s another post.

As we look at events around the world, natural events, not man-made ones, I’m left with the impression that so many of us, myself included, are not yet prepared to face disasters. Do we have enough food or water to provide for ourselves? Do we have means with which to provide power and warmth (or cooling, as the case may be)? What if we’re away from home when disaster strikes? What if, God forbid, the situation turns ugly enough to where looters and marauders, after having emptied the markets and stores, turn to their neighbors? What if they come to your neighborhood? Are you and your family able to provide for your own safety? Do you know your neighbors? Does the neighborhood have a plan for safety and protection?

Planning for something removes the fear of not being prepared. Planning requires more than just a shopping list to fill the larder. Planning requires training and usage of emergency resources, in order to know what works and what does not. Planning requires consistent and persistent effort, much the same as requirements for maintaining good health and fitness. One workout or one healthy meal a week does not make for good fitness.

So, what resources then? I’m not making money on these, and perhaps I could, but here’s what works for me:

Survive In Place
Fastest Way To Prepare
Secrets Of Urban Survival
West Coast Seeds
Off The Grid
Simply Differently
Pathfinder School; YouTube videos galore, so do some research

One word of caution: Some plan for packing it all up and moving to a remote location. Bad idea. Stick with where you are, and make it work. Unless some idiot burns down your home, it remains your single best refuge.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Time to do some of your own creative thinking.

Go and do great things today!

Always me with the Kitty pr0n

I swear I’ve tried to give it up. Really have. But once you’re hooked on the Tomcat, no other drug will do!

Git yer fix right here!

Pinch is prolly laughing at me right now, but, umm, we all know how it is. Don’t we, Pinch? 😉

Besides, whenever you get a chance to gawk at Slick and Squeaky, tell me you’re gonna look the other way.

This is what I’d like to hear from the pilot

I’d find this most reassuring to hear, coming from the front office of the airliner I’m on.

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It works for me!