THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 777, June 29, 2014
Over a fairly long lifetime, so far, I
have come to the sobering realization
that all that leftists, communists,
socialists, Democrats can do ... all
they ever think about is killing.
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To Tell the Truth
Saw the following posted on the net: Parents of California shooting victims speak out. One teeny, tiny problem, the parents in question were the parents of the young men stabbed to death. This headline is the fourth or fifth I've read misstating the event. Let me sum up my take on these misstatements:
A) It was not about a mass shooting, it was a mass killing. Three men were stabbed to death, one man and two women shot dead, several others injured by gunfire, two injured with an automobile (he was trying to kill them), and the killer finally committed suicide. Our sociopath was killing whoever, however, with whatever.
B) It was not part of a "war on women", not with more male victims than female. Then again, the young man in question was quite inept in dealing with real life, as demonstrated by his plaint that at twenty two he was still a virgin. Sorry, any kid who can act like a gentleman for twenty minutes straight can begin a friendship that will get him laid within two months given sufficient privacy. ( I will confess to being socially inept and knowing many socially inept people, all of us managed to make new very good friends at least once by the age of 22. Hell, at 16 I was crashing college dances and at least managing not to get kicked out.)
C) It is not a consequence of "male privilege." That said, I am willing to concede that the boy in question suffered from delusions of male (and class) privilege that he apparently failed to exercise successfully in an amatory manner. It's kind of scary when the leftist hoplophobic statists shaping government policy and cultural debate and sociopath murderers share a delusion.
D) At least they refrained from calling for gun bans this time. They did call for doing a better job of correctly listing mentally ill persons likely to misuse weapons. Arguing against this is the danger of persons the party in power finds objectionable for political reasons being declared mentally incompetent (they have to be crazy or they'd be on our side.). On the other hand I know at least one person of questionable mental stability who otherwise qualifies for a CCL, but won't get one because they don't want to promise to abide by the ZAP even to the limited degree Texas law requires.
Mass killings happen because psychotic sociopaths try to reorder the world to fit their delusions by force (Did I just describe many famous political leaders?). These people are more likely to be stopped by armed (and even unarmed) resistance. It is nice if we can identify and block such people from acting on their delusions on time. It is even possible that without generating a lot of attention we do. But slapping ideologies of left or right on these events is a distraction from preventing as many of these atrocities as possible.
Re: "Being John Hancock" by L. Neil Smith
I think part of the problem with showbiz types is that they've been encased in a "cocoon" of the showbiz culture, and honestly often don't know much about the real world. To make it in that field you have to have laser-beam focus on it, which makes it more difficult to understand things outside of it.
And I also think that the fact that even the most successful actors and actresses know that their success was at least as much a matter of luck as talent has a lot to do with it. Being "in the right place at the right time" helps immensely—Harrison Ford was working on George Lucas' house as a carpenter (he'd had roles before, but not big ones) when he got asked if he'd do Han Solo. If he'd been elsewhere that day, or Star Wars had been El Floppo Maximo, he'd be back with the carpentry. Every big name in the field almost certainly knows people who're just as talented, just as good, but who didn't get the breaks. They extrapolate from that to the outside world, and think that all success is a matter of pure raw luck, not something that the successful deserve.
Just a Thought
"President Barack Obama on Friday slammed Republicans for a forthcoming lawsuit against him over alleged abuse of executive power, saying such actions were only necessary because the GOP has been unwilling to compromise on even the most basic issues." (http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/obama-slams-gop-lawsuit-theyre-mad-im-doing-something-n142686)
Apparently nbcnews.com doesn't get it. You don't compromise on "the most basic issues." Arguably, that's the definition of terms of most basic issues, things you don't compromise on. Or perhaps that is exactly the point. From "thick libertarianism" to "Republican compromise", the left more and more seems to be of the opinion that their way is the only way and that other parties exist only to pretend opposition, then face palm, yell "of course, now we get it", and agree with the progressives.
Perhaps its time the left stop defining compromise as admitting that they are right and giving them everything they want. Just a thought
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Death of a Cowboy
Old Bill—The Cowboy; former rodeo judge at the Township Fair, neighbor & Father of my friend Bruce The Historian has finally hung up his ropes for good. After lingering a few months in failing health he passed away yesterday evening. He was an uncommon kind of man in this part of the country and this day and age. He always called me TJ—"Turtle Jeff" as it was a conversation with him several years ago at my Grandma's funeral that led to my friendship with Bruce when came seeking husbandry advice for his daughter's pet turtle. Now I'll be going to his funeral this week.
I will miss him. It won't be the same anymore visiting his place now—though his widow will carry on and his sons will continue to use the recently refurbished arena in the pasture for years to come.
Could say a lot more but better to keep it short and sweet.
EPA Employees Told to Stop Pooping in the Hallway
L. Neil Smith
[ Ya just can't make this stuff up, folks—Editor ]
Re: "Three And A Half Funerals", by L. Neil Smith
Bravo Neil! I wish more teenage boys would read this before going down to the local recruiter and ruining their lives and others' lives.
Ron Paul Channel: Ron Paul Makes Cameo in J. Neil Schulman's Film Alongside Night
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J. Neil Schulman
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