Sunday, April 15, 2018

Now Is The Winter Of Our Discontent

And it's the Winter that never ends.

Apologies to Mr. Shakespeare.  I wanted a catchy title.

It's middle April - literally, today being the 15th day of a 30 day month, and there's snow on the ground, the thermometer says 30*F, and it feels like half that with the 20 MPH wind out of the North.

I got to ride to work 3 nights out of 5 last week.  That's not nearly enough wind therapy for this time of year.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Fear

Much ink, airtime and social media space is being spent calling out Trump for being 'scared of the NRA'.

Trump, Schumer, Pelosi, et al, SHOULD be scared of the NRA.

Not because it's some major source of political donations - Bloomberg spends more on anti-gun candidates every year than NRA has in the last couple of DECADES - but because NRA is a REAL grassroots organization with motivated members, not an astroturf facade for someone with money and an agenda (Bloomberg, Soros).

NRA is not Dana Loesch or Wayne LaPierre or 'the gun industry'...NRA is approximately 5 million American voters generally educated about an issue and motivated to vote accordingly.

NRA and the other 2A organizations such as SAF and GOA are comprised of a small portion of the general population of law-abiding gun owners, just like groups like ABATE are a small portion of the general population of motorcycle riders, but we all work to remind everybody that the function of our constitutional republic form of government is to protect the rights of the minority from the tyranny of the majority.

When people threaten NRA, they are threatening real people, not a faceless corporation.

“People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.” (Alan Moore, V For Vendetta)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Prosecuting the Parkland Murderer

Another one of my percolating thoughts...not fully thought thru yet, so I imagine there are flaws in my logic; reasonable critique is appreciated; explain clearly where I'm wrong, please.

Here goes:

I'm seeing posts calling for the public execution of the Parkland FL murderer.

Bad idea. The Left will spin it as the State executing a person with diminished mental capacity and will make him a martyr.

Instead, he needs to be charged with and tried for every local, county, state and Federal firearms law he violated to illustrate how many already exist and to show why new laws are pointless.

No plea bargains - the laws are there, prosecute accordingly or explain the failure to enforce and prosecute the violations, up to and including the failures of the various levels of government to perform their required duties.

Presumably there will be claims of 'piling on' and 'overcharging' and of not being able to mount an adequate defense. This is rather uncharted territory, as it seems most of these murderers don't survive to be arrested.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Brushing Off The Cobwebs and Reflecting on Franklin

It appears that I've neglected this site for some time.

Many of the writers of blogs I followed started spending more time on social media sites like Facebutt, so I did too.

Since Parkland, though, I've found that I can't tolerate the noise, so I'm back here, and on MeWe, for a while until things calm down a bit.

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Ben Franklin is credited with something to the effect of "Those who will trade liberty for security deserve neither." 

Let me state for the record: 

You are free to trade liberty for security for yourself and those in your care. 

I do not grant you the authority to make that trade on my behalf, for me, or for those in my care.

Clear enough?

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Hmmm...

I work overnights, and have for most of the soon-to-be 17 years I've been with Very Large Global Corporation, so as a result I'm often awake in the middle of the night on weekends and holidays.

I enjoy it, because it's quiet and I can work on stuff needing a bit of concentration.

I started a spreadsheet for tracking fuel consumption back when I was riding the '90 Ultra Classic, and have kept it going for the '07.  I grabbed the odometer reading on Jan 1 so I could update my mileage and figure out how far I'd ridden in 2015.

Along the way, I figured out that my last ride of any significant distance was to Marshalltown in early November for ABATE IA STEAM.  I know I had the bike out a couple of times in December, but apparently I didn't travel far.

Notables from the spreadsheet: 68290 on the odometer, 32022 miles of which I put on the bike since purchase in 2013, 11119 miles of which I put on in 2015.

Now that the ibuprofen has kicked in I think it's time to go back to sleep.

Thanks for watching this space!