Author Archives: R.D. Walker

Tweet of the Week

I am calling it early.


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Everybody gets a medal for participating…

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Even if it kills us.

If you’re ever trapped in a burning building, just pray the firefighter climbing up to rescue you isn’t Rebecca Wax. Or someone like her, who’s been given an EZ-Pass through firefighting training for the sake of gender equity.

This week Wax, who repeatedly flunked the rigorous physical test required by the New York City Fire Department, will graduate anyway, The Post reported.
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Wax tried six times to pass New York’s Functional Skills Test within the 17-minute, 50-second deadline. Five times she couldn’t finish at all; on the sixth try, she needed 22 minutes. Women’s groups claim the test is needlessly difficult and unfairly bars women.

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Thought for the day

Proposition: Being a conservative/libertarian does not make you a rational individualist. Being a rational individualist makes you a conservative/libertarian.

Corollary: There are many conservative/libertarians who are neither rational nor individualists.

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Tribalism

Why would anyone support rifle bearing men sighting weapons at law enforcement officers over a dispute regarding the amount Cliven Bundy is or isn’t willing to pay to graze federal land but find no sympathy for citizens rising against a crapulent municipal regime with a long history of police violence and brutality? Ayn Rand knew the answer: Tribalism.

What are the nature and the causes of modern tribalism? Philosophically, tribalism is the product of irrationalism and collectivism. It is a logical consequence of modern philosophy. If men accept the notion that reason is not valid, what is to guide them and how are they to live?

Obviously, they will seek to join some group—any group—which claims the ability to lead them and to provide some sort of knowledge acquired by some sort of unspecified means. If men accept the notion that the individual is helpless, intellectually and morally, that he has no mind and no rights, that he is nothing, but the group is all, and his only moral significance lies in selfless service to the group—they will be pulled obediently to join a group. But which group? Well, if you believe that you have no mind and no moral value, you cannot have the confidence to make choices—so the only thing for you to do is to join an unchosen group, the group into which you were born, the group to which you were predestined to belong by the sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient power of your body chemistry.

The only remedy for the problem of tribalism (irrationalism and collectivism), she argued, is rationalism and individualism.

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Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.

*I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery

Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.* Even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government, and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccesful rebellions indeed generally establish the incroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is a medecine necessary for the sound health of government.” – Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, Paris, January 30, 1787

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It’s the real thing!

“If you stop and think just a moment, you’ll find that we have more of the good things in this country than anywhere else in the world.”

I really believed it.

Do you remember when it was still politically correct to be proud of your country and businesses appealed to that pride in their advertising? If you do and you are close to my age, you will enjoy this walk down memory lane.

Maybe it was just naivety but I miss it.

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Team Hillary preps for spontaneous, everyday American activity

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Hill’s Dueling Headlines

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Advanced Political Thinking Training II

Christians generally believe that all people are sinners: 1 John 1:8

Most fundamentalist Christians also believe that all sins are equal: James 2:10

Serving your fellow-man, therefore, means that you are necessarily serving sinners; none worse than others. It must follow, therefore, that serving sinners is not a sin or serving your fellow-man would be sinful. It is not: Ephesians 6:7

So, by what Christian principle does a baker refuse to sell a cake to one particular sinner while knowingly and openly selling to many, many other sinners?

Discuss.

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Advanced Political Thinking Training

According to the New Culture™, if a transgendered lesbian trapped in the body of a homosexual eunuch walks in your Christian bakery and demands you bake a Wicca themed ceremonial blood-binding cake for his/her wedding to a cisgendered, bisexual, Zoroastrian Womyn-born womyn, it is in the state’s interest to mandate that you do it. These people, after all, have rights.

Also, according to the New Culture™ if, this time you are the customer and that very same bakery puts up a “No Guns” sign, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is immediately and completely eclipsed and your right to keep and bear arms on the sacred and sovereign property of that business owner becomes inactive, inert and inoperative. The business owner, after all, has rights.

Discuss.

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The Virtue of Agreeing to STFU

I have concluded that the primary problem here, as in much of life, is that everybody refuses to STFU.

Bear with me here. If the Memories Pizza woman would have STFU, nobody would have ever asked her to cater a same sex wedding and there would have been no problem. She would have quietly lived her faith and no gay supremacist would have gotten his chaps in a twist.

Once she shot her mouth off, gay rights advocates should have just ignored her and STFU. No gay couple was harmed and none ever would be. No gay couple was ever, ever, ever going to ask Memories Pizza to cater their flamboyant wedding party so why not just STFU?

Look, our individual rights come into conflict every day. I am guessing that when everybody agrees to just STFU, about 99.999% of the time nobody notices the conflict. It is only when people start howling does it even matter.

Christians have a right of association and gays have a right to fair access to commerce and trade. The VAST majority of the time, these conflicting rights roll right past each other without even the threat of collision. There had never been a collision at Memories Pizza and, if everybody had just STFU, there never would have been.

I remember back in the 1970s my stepmother was showing me her set of limited edition Franklin Mint commemorative dinner plates. She told me the one commemorating Elvis in Viva Las Vegas was worth $300. I remarked “Only if you could find somebody willing to give you $300.” I was a smart ass kid too. She thought about it and agreed. Since no one would give her that amount, it was pretty much worthless regardless what the collector catalog said.

Then along came eBay and matching sellers of Elvis plates with buyers of Elvis plates became easy. Suddenly the damned thing was actually worth $300+ and she could find a buyer anytime she wanted. The Internet takes the friction out of human interaction. Now we can match the relatively few buyers and sellers of atrocious kitsch lickitysplit.

The thing is, the Internet also takes the friction out of matching up enemies. In the 1970s, a fundamentalist Christian pizzeria owner in Walkerton, Indiana would have never crossed paths with a militant gay supremacist. Now the Internet effortlessly matches them up and the result is a needless stupid, stinking shit storm.

Real life is complicated. People’s rights come into conflict every minute of every day. There is no realistic way to write laws that are so comprehensive that they can solve every conflict like they were written by King Solomon. Even if it were possible, it would be a nightmarish destruction of liberty to reduce all human interaction to legal code.

Therefore, I conclude there is only one way for everyone to have the maximum amount of freedom and liberty while imposing the the minimum amount of encroachment on the freedom and liberty of others. Everybody needs to just STFU.

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On Memories Pizza…

Are public accommodation laws reasonable?

Yes, I think so. It is reasonable for a community to regulate the businesses in its area of control. Most of us would agree is reasonable to for a city or county to condition a business licence on adherence to cleanliness standards, safety standards, standards of physical appearance and building codes. Few would argue that property rights demand that I should be able to open a hog confinement facility in the middle of a retail district. In my opinion, it is also reasonable for a community to require that, if you open a business on a public thoroughfare, you should serve all lawful, paying customers and not deny service based on race, religion etc.

Should people be free to practice their religion without interference from the government?

Of course. The government has no right to demand that fundamentalist Christians, for example, accept same-sex marriage as the theological equivalent of traditional marriage. The right of these Christians to reject and even abhor same-sex marriage as an abomination and a mortal sin is absolutely, positively inviolable. No government or any group has the right to force people to associate with whom they choose not to associate.

Are the two principles above on a collision course?

You bet they are. No one should be surprised by this, however. It happens all the time. For example, a few years ago Muslim cab drivers serving the Minneapolis airport began to refuse carrying passengers traveling with service dogs or passengers carrying liquor in their bags. They claimed that dogs and liquor are “haram” and that their religion forbids their association with them. The governmental body in Minneapolis responsible for regulating taxis did not demand that these cabbies violate the tenants of their religion and carry passengers with dogs and/or liquor; it had no power to do that. It had the power, however, to revoke the taxi licence of any driver who refused to carry the hounds and booze. The Muslim cabbies were given a choice: accommodate the public or find another job. No Muslim was forced to associate with dogs but the terms of their agreement with the rest of us meant they had to transport dogs if they wanted to keep their licences.

So what about Memories Pizza in Indiana?

I’d say that they made a huge, unforced error. The chances that a gay couple would have ever asked a carry-out pizza joint to cater a same-sex wedding in Walkerton, Indiana was about zero point zero. No business should actively invite mobs of ignorant thugs to subject their businesses, their families and their lives to a high tech Kristallnacht.

That “zero point zero” thing is important, however. No gay couple has ever asked Memories Pizza to cater a wedding and there is virtually no chance that it was ever going to happen. No one was denied service. What occurred was that a reporter trolled around rural Indiana until he found a business owner foolish enough to volunteer to subject himself to the depredations of a dangerous mob.

The result is that the owners of the pizza joint are receiving death threats, arson threats and constant vandalizing of their online presence. These business owners have a real reason to believe their lives are in danger. As of today, their business is closed.

What did they do to deserve this? Who was harmed? No one was refused service. The spokesperson said they serve all people, including gays, just that they wouldn’t cater a hypothetical same sex marriage. In other words, no person anywhere was harmed in any way by Memories Pizza. The owners, however, are in fear for their lives for one thing and one thing only: They are under death threats for professing a belief regarding same sex marriage that is identical to that held by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as recently as 2013.

That is the real story here. Christians are under attack, not for harming anyone, but for their beliefs. As most of you know, I think Christians should voluntarily serve all lawful customers and “not cast the first stone”. If, however, they choose to not serve a particular customer due to sincerely held religious beliefs, they should not be subjected to vile, mob tactics. To accept the sincerely held beliefs of others is the definition of tolerance and tolerance is for what the wildly hypocritical left claims to stand.

That a rural Indiana pizza joint stated that they would not cater a hypothetical gay wedding that was never going to happen is a non-story. That the owners of that pizza joint are under death threats from all over the country for stating a standard, garden variety, mainstream Christian tenet of faith – marriage is between one man and one woman – is the real story here.

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Which came first, correlation or causality?

Here is the headline at New Scientist…

A big bank balance leads to big-brained babies

Go on. Read the article. It verifies that high earning families produce brighter children. They posit vairous hypotheses to explain how your fat paycheck makes your child smarter.

More money may enable parents to better support their child’s cognitive development, allowing them to buy more nutritious food, for example. It may also mean parents are less stressed and can devote more time to their children. “We believe these differences are likely to be most influential early in childhood, when the brain is most malleable to experience,” says Noble.

Here are my questions for you:

1) Is it true that being a member of a wealthy family makes you smart, or

2) Does being from a smart family make you wealthy?

Nowhere in the article do they even suggest as possible an affirmative answer to question #2.

Discuss.

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Hugo comes to America?

What happens when a populace trusts no one in government except the military?

Americans’ confidence in all three branches of government is at or near record lows, according to a major survey that has measured attitudes on the subject for 40 years.

The 2014 General Social Survey finds only 23 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the Supreme Court, 11 percent in the executive branch and 5 percent in Congress. By contrast, half have a great deal of confidence in the military.

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M855 Ammo Ban Suspended… for now

Here is the NRA:

The National Rifle Association (NRA) was instrumental in stalling the Obama Administration’s initial attempt to ban commonly used ammunition for the most popular rifle in America, the AR-15. The announcement that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) will suspend its proposed framework to ban M855 ammunition validates the NRA’s assertion that this effort was nothing more than a political maneuver to bypass Congress and impose gun control on the American people.

“Today’s announcement proves what we have said all along — this was 100% political. President Obama failed to pass gun control through Congress, so he tried impose his political agenda through executive fiat. But every gun owner in America needs to understand Barack Obama’s hatred of the Second Amendment has not changed,” said Wayne La Pierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association.

The rationale for banning M855 could have been used to ban virtually all centerfire ammo. This is what the NRA is for, folks.

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Republicans join Democrats and fund Obama’s illegal amnesty

Now that the GOP controls both houses, the “do nothing” congress is going to start supporting Obama. This is a huge victory for Obama.


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Brian Williams Recalls Operation Iraqi Freedom

I remember back in 2003 when I was embedded with the 3rd ID. Here is the sit-rep. We were about 25 clicks north of the DMZ outside of Mosul. Let me tell you, Charlie was everywhere. This wasn’t no boondoggle. We were in the shit and there was a body count.

My partner, a butter bar, shave tail named Tex, had just offered me some pougy bait from his K rations when the Iraqis started raining napalm mortars and Willy Pete rockets on us. I quickly grabbed the nearest 50 cal and a handful of magazine clips and dove under a half-track. After what couldn’t have been more than a minute, Tex screamed, “DINKS IN THE WIRE!” This was the moment that I knew things were FUBAR.

I busted a few caps but I couldn’t get a bead on the enemy with my tommy gun so a yelled at Tex to start passing me pineapples from his ALICE pack. In only took a few minutes and I was almost buried in grenade pins.

Tex and I decided to didi mau so I grabbed two bandoleers of magazine clips for my chopper and we unassed the AO. I pretty much had to DX Tex after we had a break in contact but I ended up meeting up with a group of eleven bravos. There were still gooks everywhere so we moved a grid square back, popped smoke, fired up the Prick-77, put on our SPIES gear and waited for a LURP team to show up with a crash-hawk and extract us.

It was only on extraction that I realized I had a million-dollar-wound. Luckily they let me rotate back to the world. It occurred to me as I took off in that big, silver freedom bird… I never did find out what happened to Tex.

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An occasion to criticize Christianity….

When Islamists burn a caged Muslim pilot to death and film the horror, the President of the United States does what comes naturally to him. He uses the event as an occasion to criticize Christianity. Start at 2:10.

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The short version of the State of the Union Address

“The goals, dreams and aspirations of the American people will become reality when the government decides they will.”

That’s pretty much all you need to know.

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As expected, Missouri burning…


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Breaking: Hagel out as SecDef


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Now Hillary says, “I support the president’s decision…”

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Thought for the day…

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Imagine the disappointment this morning of all of those immigrants who came to the United States to escape banana republics and tin-pot dictatorships.

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Freaky Friday Caption Contest

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If I were an illegal immigrant tonight…

If I were an illegal immigrant, I would think twice about exposing myself by applying for Obama’s apply for ‘deferred action’ amnesty. I would recall that it is a temporary amnesty and that Obama won’t be president forever. Signing up for amnesty today may be tantamount to signing up to be deported later.

I’d keep that in mind and think really hard about accepting any offers from a serial liar. I’d be very careful.

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