Doom

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I read this over at Robb’s the other day (from Daily Pundit, originally from Wired), and it was reposted over at SayUncle today among other places.

The highlight is that there are actually some ass^H^H^H, um, I mean teachers claiming to be actual educators who are really more interested in doing the exact opposite.  They wish to modify an great educational platform, which is designed to help students excel, “to stop students from becoming this advanced.”

Stay. Away. From. My. Kids.

Some Things Are Certain…

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Sure, Benjamin Franklin was right to a degree: “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.”

But those aren’t the only things.
There’s one other thing that is certain: change*.
After the company I work for was purchased by a larger corporation, almost nothing changed. It was business as usual for about three years.
Then, yesterday, we have change:
  • we’re a larger team, now spread over a few cities around the country
  • staff reporting has changed; we’re under a different set of managers, many long distance
  • the team’s collective mission has changed
  • the rules for advancement have changed
  • many of the team are wondering why they appear to closer to the bottom of the organizational ladder
  • it seems the definition of success have also changed
If we didn’t have change, then everything would stay the same. We wouldn’t grow physically or mentally. We wouldn’t learn that there are better ways — and, yes, far worse ways — than what we know now. We certainly wouldn’t have the opportunity to achieve goals, whatever they seem to change to from day to day.
Sure is an odd world we live in.
* No, you can’t change the first two certainties. Those two are non-negotiable.

What the…

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Via Traction Control, via Confederate Yankee, Townhall has an email from Mark R. Chait, Assistant Director Field Operations with the ATF. Here’s the email:

Can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same FfL and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks Mark R. Chait Assistant Director Field Operations.

You’re going on a fishing expedition? And you’re looking for anecdotal cases? Are you serious? What the hell is wrong with you?

Disband the ATF and bring them all up on charges. Oh, wait — it appears both the judicial and executive are in on the scheme, too. Will the legislative do anything to stop them? Do they have the teeth?

Hey, while they’re at it, can we have a chat about the TSA, too?

Two-fer

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Do not point your firearm at anything you do not wish to destroy. Madam Senator, if you have a concealed carry permit, I suggest you turn it in. Read. More people have been killed by persons wielding “unloaded” or “safe” arms than you might think. She would do well to read Cooper’s rules. She should also be grateful that the reporter didn’t have his own pistol to return the favor.

Next is this bit of “WTF” from Arizona: several skinheads armed with bats and knives attack a Paiute family. One of the victims gets seriously injured, arrested, jailed without medical treatment. Law enforcement stonewalls and sides with the assailants. Oh, wait — the head perp is the son of a retired Sheriff.

The unfortunate thing is that the victim was unarmed and, therefore, unable to defend himself or his family against the deadly threat posed by these little monsters.

The thing learned, therefore, is that you must defend yourself. Because nobody is going to do it for you.

Act accordingly. Attack brutally and unrelentingly until the threat stops or runs away.” I couldn’t agree more.