Monthly Archives: December 2014

Feel-good story of the day

Support for gun rights at highest point in two decades

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Support for gun rights is higher than it’s been in decades, according to the latest data from the Pew Research Center that signals a stunning turnaround in how Americans feel about the issue just two years after the Newtown school shooting.

Pew found that 52 percent of Americans say Second Amendment rights are more important than gun control — up 7 percentage points from just after the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 schoolchildren and six faculty dead.

That’s the highest approval rating in two decades, and it’s being driven in part by changing attitudes among black Americans, who are increasingly likely to view guns as good for public safety.

This should work…and a cautionary tale

I think what was happening was that the Relative Image URLs WordPress plugin caused breakage that Farcebook didn’t know how to handle. I recently made HTTPS mandatory for alfter.us, but I don’t think the Relative Image URLs plugin was stripping off enough. The URL for the image below is https://alfter.us/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/apple_iie_larger.jpg (used to be http://alfter.us/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/apple_iie_larger.jpg). It should’ve been trimmed to /wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/apple_iie_larger.jpg, but it appears the plugin only trims off the protocol at the beginning (http: or https:).

I’ve disabled the plugin. There should be a photo of an Apple IIe attached to this post.  If this ends up working, consider this a warning to not use the Relative Image URLs plugin if you want all of your blog posts to show up on Farcebook. (Google+, by comparison, was not affected.)

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Just as you’d expect from Feinstein & Co.

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The only “torture” going on here is of the truth:

Senate Interrogation Report Is Just A Partisan Political Document

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s long, overblown “report” on how we got tough with terrorist detainees after 9/11 misses the crucial point: Hundreds, if not thousands, of lives were saved.

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Feinstein claims that five years of poring over more than 6 million pages of CIA documents brings the “overwhelming and incontrovertible” conclusion that the U.S. tortured terrorists. She cites “confinement” and “conditioning techniques” as examples.

Maybe we should have put up Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others dedicated to killing innocent Americans in five-star hotels. Then again, we did when it came to many of them. It was called Guantanamo Bay.

The so-called “Senate Report” is actually a Democrat report; there is nothing bipartisan about it because no Republican senator signed on to it. Its attacks on enhanced interrogation echo exactly the rhetoric of the 2008 Obama presidential campaign.

Never mind, also, that the coercive interrogation techniques used are no different than what your average special-forces operator gets to experience personally as part of his training. The back seat of Ted Kennedy’s car was a more dangerous place than Club Gitmo.

The Ferguson Riots Are Nothing Like The Original Tea Party Protests

Some much-needed pushback:

The Ferguson Riots Are Nothing Like The Original Tea Party Protests

If you were reading left-leaning commentators over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, you probably saw a rather strange argument: that looting, arson and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri in the aftermath of the decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown was defensible on the grounds that it was equivalent to the Boston Tea Party or the Stamp Act Riots. The problem with this parallel is that it is at best willfully ignorant of history, and at worst a deliberate call for an escalation to violent revolution.

Given the emotions running high over the Brown case, protests were inevitable, and it was also inevitable that some protesters would get out of hand, as happens with angry crowds. But what happened went well beyond protests, to looting and arson of a Little Caesars pizza joint, a small cake bakery, an antique store, a beauty shop, and other businesses, some of them small concerns owned by local [black] entrepreneurs.

Among the various efforts made by people on the Left to justify or defend this, we had a Time Magazine column, celebrities and other Twitter users and even a teachers’ guide pushing the parallel between the Ferguson rioters and colonial protests against taxation without representation.

There are four major problems with justifying the violence in Ferguson by reference to the Boston Tea Party and the Stamp Act Riots, either in moral terms or in terms of the effectiveness of this sort of protest.

Click through for the details.

Sometimes words really mean what they say they mean

Leftists become incandescent when reminded of the socialist roots of Nazism

The clue is in the name. Subsequent generations of Leftists have tried to explain away the awkward nomenclature of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party as either a cynical PR stunt or an embarrassing coincidence. In fact, the name meant what it said.

Hitler told Hermann Rauschning, a Prussian who briefly worked for the Nazis before rejecting them and fleeing the country, that he had admired much of the thinking of the revolutionaries he had known as a young man; but he felt that they had been talkers, not doers. “I have put into practice what these peddlers and pen pushers have timidly begun,” he boasted, adding that “the whole of National Socialism” was “based on Marx”.

Marx’s error, Hitler believed, had been to foster class war instead of national unity – to set workers against industrialists instead of conscripting both groups into a corporatist order. His aim, he told his economic adviser, Otto Wagener, was to “convert the German Volk to socialism without simply killing off the old individualists” – by which he meant the bankers and factory owners who could, he thought, serve socialism better by generating revenue for the state. “What Marxism, Leninism and Stalinism failed to accomplish,” he told Wagener, “we shall be in a position to achieve.”

Leftist readers may by now be seething. Whenever I touch on this subject, it elicits an almost berserk reaction from people who think of themselves as progressives and see anti-fascism as part of their ideology. Well, chaps, maybe now you know how we conservatives feel when you loosely associate Nazism with “the Right”.

Running: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 15:45:29

LVHHH #1275

Want to Limit the Use of Police Force? Limit the State.

Reduce the scope of government and you reduce the harm it can bring about:

Want to Limit the Use of Police Force? Limit the State.

Going after a murderer is one thing…but bringing the full force of the state down on someone for selling loose cigarettes? Why are the government’s hired guns wasting time on that?