Two Cars of Students

March 29, 2018

I recently went on a trip to a conference with a bunch of undergraduate students. Driving there was a rush, as we had to leave early Friday morning for Provo, hoping to get there before the evening events. We arrived with 20 minutes to spare.

On the way home, there was no rush. We had all day to get back to New Mexico, other than getting back to study and such.

We were split between two cars; I had three students in my car, and the other car had five students total. All eight of these students are relatively good students.

We left in the morning. I stopped in Moab, UT, for lunch. The other car said, “We don’t have time to stop” and they drove on. Instead, my group bopped around Moab for a nice lunch, a nice walk, and a little sight-seeing.

We drove a little farther and stopped to walk up to Wilson’s arch, a natural arch along the roadside. The other group texted to say they were crossing into New Mexico.

In the end, we showed up three hours behind them. But who had a richer experience?

Often, as hardworking people, we feel that we don’t have time to have fun. That we don’t deserve it. Look around. All of the people who DON’T work stop and have fun once in a while. Why can’t we?

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Eminem, the New Champion of Children

March 23, 2018

I finally got around to commenting on Eminem vs. the NRA.

Eminem has been commended by all manner of liberals for “standing up” to the NRA. He’s been featured in CNN Rolling Stone and virtually every other news outlet has reported on it.


“And the NRA is in our way/ They’re responsible for this whole production/ They hold the strings, they control the puppets / And they threaten to take away donor bucks so they know the government won’t do nothing / And nobody’s punching, gun owners clutching their loaded weapon / They love their guns more than our children.”

He’s standing up for the kids with his lyrics. What a swell guy, right? In fact, let’s check a few more of his lyrics to see what insight he has for us:

“Oh where’s mama? She’s takin a little nap in the trunk
Oh that smell (whew!) da-da musta runned over a skunk
Now I know what you’re thinkin – it’s kind of late to go swimmin
But you know your mama, she’s one of those type of women
that do crazy things, and if she don’t get her way, she’ll throw a fit
Don’t play with da-da’s toy knife, honey, let go of it (no!)
And don’t look so upset, why you actin bashful?
Don’t you wanna help da-da build a sand castle? (yeah!)
And mama said she wants to show how far she can float
And don’t worry about that little boo-boo on her throat
It’s just a little scratch – it don’t hurt, her was eatin
dinner while you were sweepin and spilled ketchup on her shirt
Mama’s messy isn’t she? We’ll let her wash off in the water
and me and you can pway by ourselves, can’t we?”
-’97 Bonnie and Clyde

A song about slitting his baby mama’s throat and throwing her in the water.
Eminem, always the family man. Hmmm, I wonder what else he has to say.

“I’m a psychopath, I’m never keepin’ it plain
Lyrical murder is somethin’ I’ve been about
Ever since I was a little kid, doodlin’ in the class
Drew a picture of my teacher, bullet in his head, ruler in his ass
With a toilet in front of him, throwin’ up, pissed off”
-Psychopath Killer

You mean a song about shooting a teacher?

The funny thing is that I don’t dislike Eminem. I just wonder when he became such a spokesperson for non-violence. I don’t take him seriously, and neither should you. He’s basically a foul-mouthed comedian, nothing more.

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Cutting Up Guns

March 16, 2018

Some people will do anything for 15 seconds of fame.  For example, there are quite a few “viral videos” (read:  pushed by the media) of people cutting up their AR-15s.  All of these videos have the same story: “I bought an AR-15, but after the school shooting, I don’t want it anymore.”

So, they take a saw and cut it up.

First: Many of them cut the barrel, making this a short-barreled rifle (SBR), which is against the ATF code. If I did this to my gun, I would be a felon, as it is considered a destructive device, and requires a special permit.

Second: If you look at the gun you bought, and you only worry that it will be used to shoot up a school, you probably don’t need a gun in the first place. I look at my ARs and see lots of things. I see the time I spent assembling them with family members, the money I invested in them, and the good times and memories I’ve had shooting them. I don’t school shootings. If you can only think of school shootings when you look at your gun, you probably are unstable.

Third: One of these women is running for office. She cut up an AR as a political piece. Nothing says “politician” like turning $800 of working machinery into $0.25 of scrap metal. Boy, I can’t wait for her to get my tax dollars.

Finally: These folks have already bought these guns. It is their property, and they can dispose of it how they choose. I just wonder what they think they’ve accomplished. They took one gun out of circulation; probably 100 more were stamped out at the various factories in the time it took them to turn on their saws.

These folks buy a gun, then destroy it to protest that they could buy it in the first place. It’s like protesting obesity by buying a Big Mac, then throwing it in the trash. It just shows you’re a wasteful ass.
 
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Malia Obama and Other Kids

March 8, 2018

I will preface this article by saying I don’t like Obama.  I hated most of his policies, and I hated the way people thought he did no wrong.

Having said that, I have seen too many articles over the past week about Malia (Obama’s daughter) and her boyfriend.  Can we please leave the girl alone?

I have thought this with all of the presidents and their kids.  I didn’t like it when they hounded the Bush kids over using a fake ID, and made them out to be alcoholics.  I didn’t like it when they called Palin’s daughter a whore.

These kids didn’t get to pick their parents.  Perhaps they would have preferred to not have a president as a parent, and perhaps they are happy with it.  Either way, they are becoming their own people and probably don’t need the attention as they try to make their own ways through life.

Let these kids be themselves.  Let them date, make mistakes, do whatever.  I may not like Obama’s policies, but I don’t really care who Malia is dating while she is in college.   It is simply not my business.  I don’t care that the Bush twins were caught using a fake ID.  Are you sure your kid isn’t using one in college?  I don’t care that Bristol Palin got pregnant before she was married.  What was your daughter doing at 17?  Let these kids alone.

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Not Playing

March 2, 2018

New gun laws are coming.  There’s probably no avoiding it.  I’m not surrendering anything.  But I also can’t fight.

The balance of power has shifted so far in favor of the government, there is no fighting.  Some people think that they will never come for our guns.  Some people think that if there is some gun confiscation scheme, there will be a big old fight, and maybe even a revolution.  Don’t count on it.   If you are foolish enough to fight, you’ll be killed quickly, and without any fanfare.  There will be no “shot heard ’round the world.”

Realistically, there is no fight.  There’s probably nothing we can do.

Well, except not play the game.  Gun confiscation is the seizing of property by the government.  Property you purchased, property you inherited.  Property they have no right to.

If we live in a society where it is considered acceptable and right for government to seize property, we have a society where we have no property rights at all.  Without property rights, there are no right at all.  We are merely serfs living on the king’s land.

Therefore, don’t help the king.  Don’t feed him.  Don’t work for him.  Don’t create anything for him.  Don’t think for him.  Don’t work any harder than absolutely necessary.

Whatever you could create, don’t.  Whatever you could write, don’t.  Whatever you could invent, don’t.

Don’t contribute to a society that expect you to accept random property confiscations as normal and just.

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School Shooting

February 23, 2018

I’m exhausted and emotionally drained.  This most recent school shooting, while extremely tragic, has whipped up a frenzy unlike any I have seen.    Sure, people have been outraged by school shootings in the past, but this one is somehow different.  I’m not sure how.

I have argued with long-time friends on social media, most of which started out their post with something like, “F*** the NRA” or “white men strike again” or other such drivel.  My mistake was to try to reason any of these people.

At work, the other professors complained about “easy access” to firearms but then asked if I knew who had a concealed carry permit, and who carried.  I told them, “Yes, I know…but no, I won’t say.”  I realized that even though these professors are generally good people (they are), that if I revealed this tidbit of information, it could be harder for them to get into grad school, get letters of recommendation, and so on.  When, in reality, whether they carry or not is none of the school’s business, once they are not on school grounds.

Instead, I go through my friends list and realize that I have none.  There are virtually no people who support my right to own the AR-15’s I already own.  Between the professors asking me that question, between the ad hominem attacks on my friends list, I realize that our right to own guns is almost over.  We are losing this battle.  In ten years, I bet there is a ban in place.  If there isn’t, we’ll run around like druggies, ostracized by society and struggling to find employment.

Yet, I will surrender none of my guns.  I don’t know if I have any will to fight, but I will try to vote every chance I can.  I will try and respond, when there is some shred of logic in the statements that are argued against me.  I don’t think it will do any good, but I’m not sure what there is left to do.

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Virginia Tech “Shooter”

February 16, 2018

 
My father sent me a link to this article:
 http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Virginia-Tech-student-arrested-after-illegally-possessing-assault-rifles-471815644.html

This kid’s life is over, and for what? He is not a school shooter, or at least has shot nobody at this time. His actual crime was that he shot from a 30 round magazine instead of a 20 round magazine. At a shooting range. Safely. A rifle he stored IN THE POLICE STATION.

After he checked his rifle out of the police station, he went to the shooting range. The police followed him there and watched to make sure he didn’t use a magazine that was two inches longer and held 10 extra rounds.

Why? Because as a kid on a student visa, he was allowed to have a rifle, but not an “assault” rifle, as defined by a 30 round magazine instead of a 20 round magazine.

The rest of the article is a sludge-fest. He drives an old police car. He did research on bullet-proof vests on his computer.

I look back on my life at Virginia Tech. I always wanted a police car (which I currently drive). If I had stayed, my graduate work would have been in ceramic armor plates. I would have done lots of research on armor.

THIS COULD HAVE BEEN ME.

Your stupid, antigun terminology is going to ruin this kid’s life, just like it could have been mine. I guess that’s the real problem will all of this. You are willing to sacrifice the rights of some for the pretend security of others. “You can’t make an omelet without cracking a few eggs,” some might say. Well, I say, screw your omelet. I’m not willing to be an egg you crack, and neither should you be willing.

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No News

February 9, 2018

 

I don’t have much to say this week.  I haven’t paid much attention to the news.  I haven’t been on Facebook much, either, and I have purged my Facebook of whining.

It’s nice to know that I can detach from all of the politics and nonsense when I want to.

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Anti-technology

February 1, 2018

Along my commute this morning, I snapped a few cell phone photos of the sunrise.

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It would be easy to say that the “man-made” things in these photos spoiled the photos.

But what is it I should damn? Should I damn the lampposts which have provided light and safety for the people that walk through here at night? Should I damn the power lines that allow me to share these photos with anyone who is interested? Should I damn the roads and cars? These roads and cars make our routine traveling today was seemingly impossible, a mere one hundred years ago (or a brief flash in human existence). Why is it when a deer makes a path through the woods that it is natural and good, and yet when man makes his own path, it is to be damned?

The antitechnologists would have you believe that the world was better man “wrecked” it.  They would have you believe that life was better when man lived in caves, foraged for berries.  They have a strange fascination with the primitive.

Don’t let it fool you.  Life was tough, brutish and short.  In addition to the fact that none of our modern comforts were available, the division of labor that was made possible through technology has afforded us more free time.  It isn’t just that our lives are longer, but the quality of our lives has improved.

No longer does a person have to simultaneously farm his food, sew his clothes, raise his livestock and his children, repair his hovel, mend his wounds and teach his children.  With the division of labor made possible through improved technology, he can purchase these things for cheaper than he can make them himself (in terms of time and effort, which translates to money).

Do you want to light your house with a candle instead of an electric light?  Do you want to face the nearly-routine cycle of house fires?  Do you want the limited light, smoke and wax in your home?  Or would you rather flip a switch, and thank the power company, Thomas Edison, and the others with your gratitude and your dollars?

Would you rather walk (or care for horses)?  Would you rather travel in a manner that does not protect you from the elements, at low speed, for short distances?  Would you rather that a relative moving out of state be gone forever from your life?  Or, would you rather thank the airlines and the car manufacturers with your gratitude and your dollars?

Would you rather return to the days of medicine by leeches and blood-letting?  Would you rather consider it normal to die during childbirth?  Would you rather we return to the “amputate and wait” days of injuries?  Or, would you rather thank your doctors, pharmaceutical companies, researchers and scientists with you gratitude and your dollars?

Don’t buy into the anti-technology mindset that is unfortunately so common today.

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Trying to Find Reliable Sources

January 26, 2018

I don’t have a well-researched post tonight.  I did have a piece of a story I found on Reddit, but I have no way to verify the incident, so I won’t write a full post on it.

The post was about a man who fell asleep on a plane, developed an erection while he was asleep, and was then sued for sexual misconduct.

I spent a bunch of time looking for the article, but couldn’t find it, so it may be fiction.  Unfortunately, it is believable with today’s ridiculous witch-hunts.

Also, my wireless card may have died on this laptop, but I am going to have to reboot to find out.  Therefore, I’m not wasting any more time working on this.