"10 Years ago the EU was taking 55% of British exports. Last year it was taking 45%. Where is it going to be in 2030? Where is that figure going to be in 2050? How low does it have to go before we drop this bizarre idea that we have to merge our political institutions with those of neighboring countries in order to have a minority say in a declining block?"
"Being a nation means that we are not just a random set of individuals born to another random set of individuals. It imposes on us a duty to keep intact the freedoms we were lucky enough to inherit from our parents and pass them on to securely to the next generation."
And one more:
"We are a great country and our song is not yet sung. We still have more to give. Though much is taken. Much abides. And though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are."
I really have not had my finger on the pulse of Birmingham politics for a few years, but I am wondering at what point did the City Council become completely over-run with the irredeemably stupid? I know that cities can tolerate a certain amount of incompetence and graft and survive so long as there are enough people to pick up the slack. Pity. It used to be pretty nice.
"Tyson, who has previously asked the city to pay for repairs at the historically black Shadow Lawn Cemetery, said she didn’t understand why the city should help the privately funded memorial project.
“Isn’t it still for dead people,” Tyson said. “It is for dead people. Aren’t the people they are memorializing deceased?”
"City Attorney Thomas Bentley, whose parents are buried in Shadow Lane, sighed and tried to explain how the black cemetery was a private entity, while the Holocaust memorial expressed the city’s remembrance."
“I’m not sure I have the vocabulary or explanatory power to indicate the distinction although it’s clear to me from a legal standpoint that there is a distinction,” Bentley said."
I feel your pain, guy. I really do.
“This is the oldest cemetery in the world,” Tyson said. “If this isn’t a tourist attraction I want to know what is."
In. Da. Wurl. Go big, or go home, right? Not to be publicly admonished, the pack senses distress and comes to her aid.
“I know the difference,” [fellow Councilwoman] Scales said. “The difference is the haves and have-nots.”
I am in contact with a few gentlemen that would that stand ready to send care some really awesome care packages to currently deployed service members. I know our forward deployed military foot print is significantly downsized. but we still have plenty of people out there deserving of our support.
I shared this picture on facebook and it received (for me anyway) a fair amount of attention. With nearly 300400 500 "likes" and well over 10002000 3000 shares, I have been able to track how people interpret a meme that I think is fairly self-evident. Most people got it. Some, to my surprise, did not.
I will numerate a few of those that just "did not get it". These quotes are taken directly from Facebookers that shared the meme. All painful syntax errors have been left. I have to share the pain somehow.
1. "You wrong no guns not even for cops. Yea Hillary . I love that girl" - For so many reasons, I hope you choke while you eat a giant bag of dicks. Asshole.
2. "Yet another attempt by weak-minded NRA minions the further the paranoid, hysterical, fallacy that "da guvment is gunna take yer guns". NOBODY, NO rational person, wants to take away everyone's guns. What sucks is that 2nd Amendmenters apparently lack the critical thinking skills necessary to recognize this." - Yes they are trying to prevent private ownership of firearms. Stop being obtuse. Also see #1.
3 "The 2nd Amendment has NOTHING to do with hunting. (Just saying)" - No one said it was. However, any restriction on standard capacity mags should be met with bitter scorn and willful disobedience. Just saying.
4. "Incorrect on 30 rounds for hunting if your hunting hogs you need 30 rounds maybe more depending on size of herd and if they're coming at you" - No one cares. See #3. Just saying.
5. "and if you need a gun to feel free you suck at freedom" - If your only contribution to the country is to throw spitballs on social media, you suck at freedom. Also, I need to have a gun because I suck at being a slave. Where does that put the people on the other side of the debate?
6. " If you need a gun to kill someone, you suck at murder! Box cutters got 3000 on 9/11. The most dangerous weapon is your brain. If you hate enough to murder, you can carry it out." - Socialist governments were responsible for over 260 million murders last century. The most dangerous weapons are "greater good" assholes like you that load people on cattle cars. That is quantifiable.
I did find it amusing to see one anti-freedom prole in debate with another anti-freedom prole over certain nuances of gun control. It was like watching chimps try to use tools for the first time. They understood some rudimentary concepts but they have no idea of the purpose.
None of them understood the "why" of the debate. They understood to a certain degree the "how" and the "what". The "why", as in why would you demand your freedom to retain the most basic human right to self defense, had them at a loss. Until they figure that part out, they will just not get it.
"Correlation does not prove causation. But a negative correlation certainly proves that “easy access to guns” cannot be blamed for murder and violent crime."
"We have still other means to test the claim that “flaccid gun laws” are a problem. I have been asking a question for over a decade now. And many others, including the CDC and the Department of Justice, have been asking it in slightly different forms without being able to find an answer that agrees with those who want more repressive gun laws. The background for the question can be found here: http://blog.joehuffman.org/2004/12/14/just-one-question/"
"The question is, “Can you demonstrate one time or place, throughout all history, where the average person was made safer by restricting access to handheld weapons?” The answer turns out to be, “No.”
As found making its rounds on Facebook. Oh the irony of the FBI training, setting up, and funding the white supremacist movement for years to troll for a steady stream of truly useful idiots only to accuse the same people for infiltrating the LEO.
"We in the liberty movement all talk about “restoring rightful liberty” whatever that means to the folks talking about it. Many of us call ourselves three percenters, alluding to the three percent of the patriots who fought for liberty during the revolutionary war."
"The Patriots were motivated by equality, economic mobility and freedom of religion."
"What percentage of Americans are motivated by these three things today? We read daily of regular folks begging the government to take their rights away under the notion that we “might” be safer. The number of folks that really want equality of opportunity is almost none. Attacks on economic mobility occur from every side of the political spectrum. Freedom of religion? Americans are embracing religion at a smaller number every year it seems."
"So, what are we restoring? How many Americans even recognize these motivations enough to even want them?"
I confess, I had wanted to be a Soldier since I was knee high, so I never did give much thought to vintage military aircraft. Growing up in Columbus with Wright Pat down the road, by rights I should have paid more attention. Maybe it is a touch of sentimentality I am getting in my old age, but I am starting to see the romance with these obsolete war birds .
These machines were made in a time well before computers and certain air superiority. Even if you cannot appreciate the birds, you can sure appreciate the grit for the men that flew them.
Tell me again what happens when we have an armed forces whose moral compass is the State?
"Master Sergeant (MSgt) Charles “Chuck” Roberson is a USAF veteran who retired on April 3, 2016 at Travis Air Force Base. A month before his retirement, Roberson saw Rodriguez perform the flag-folding speech at a friend’s retirement ceremony. Moved by the speech, Roberson personally asked Rodriguez to give the same speech at his own retirement ceremony. Rodriguez readily agreed. Read a script of the speech."
"When Roberson’s unit commander discovered that Rodriguez would be delivering the flag-folding speech, which mentions “God,” during the ceremony, he attempted to prevent Rodriguez from attending. After learning that he lacked authority to prevent Rodriguez from attending, the commander then told Roberson that Rodriguez could not give the speech. Rodriguez asked Roberson what he should do, and Roberson responded that it was his personal desire that Rodriguez give the flag-folding speech as planned."
"Roberson and Rodriguez tried to clear the speech through higher authorities at Travis Air Force Base, even offering to place notices on the door informing guests that the word “God” would be mentioned. They never received a response from the authorities. As an Air Force veteran himself, Rodriguez stood firm on his commitment to Roberson."
The article deals specifically with islam; a 1600 year old threat that most Americans view as very distant and ephemeral. Submission, whether it is to a bureaucrat or an imam is one in the same. You are a given a choice of easy, apathetic submission or a never ending battle to politically, spiritually, and physically keep your God given rights.
"Orlando is not the first mass shooting by a so called ‘Lone Wolf’ Islamic
Jihadist in America; it’s the seventh
in recent years but this one is different. The knee jerk reaction from the
political left and their media enablers has (unbelievably) gained traction in
the establishment media. The Orlando massacre has nothing to do with guns;
decreasing the civil liberties of law abiding Americans is not the answer. A
majority of the American public knows this and are dismissing the governing
elites attempts to spin this attack for political advantage out of hand. The
problem is Islamic Jihadists and the fact that they are embedded inside our
society and are going to, with ever increasing frequency, attack the citizens
around them in the name of Allah. It’s what they do."