It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. -- Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Virtue Signalers. Frauds As Usual



Sadly another school shooting occurred, and there are the predictable shrill calls for gun control from the virtue signalers.

Yes, virtue signalers. The talking head political hacks in the media and their political bedfellows in the Democratic party. The virtue signalers of the left who want you to believe that they are better than you or me, because they care!! And if for some reason it starts to look like we don't believe them, they'll remind us again, and again, and again.

They want you to know that they care about our children! There is no reason for them to die so needlessly!

That is there's no need unless they die from an abortion or from being gunned down on the streets of Chicago (where 309 have already been shot in 2018, and where 26 of the last 50 victims were aged 19 and under http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/data/ct-shooting-victims-map-charts-htmlstory.html). Those don't matter though, and are not the kids they are referring to.

Our caring doesn't matter. Our belief that the shootings are more indicative of a morals problem and serious mental health issues among the shooters is dismissed. After all, we come from the south, the mid-west, the west, the flyover country where they see us as "clinging to their guns and their religion".

Yes, the virtue signalers have the stage, and will wail for "common sense gun control" until they turn blue. Yet, these virtue signalers don’t tell us what that "common sense gun control" is.

Is it the same "common sense gun control" that has failed so miserably in Chicago? Is it total gun confiscation like they had in Australia?

The virtue signalers can't...or more likely... won't say.



Thursday, February 15, 2018

Opinion: Mass Shootings Due To A Mental Health Crisis


"The Madhouse" -- by Francisco Goya (1815-1819)- PD-Art-1923


For nearly 2 decades or longer, this country has had a plague of mass shootings. Many, if not all of the shooters, have had serious mental health issues. Often times, it is discovered that some of the perpetrators were known, or made known to law enforcement, well before they carried out their heinous acts of violence.

People then become outraged, and more often than not, point the finger of blame at local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, for not stopping the atrocities before they occurred. Yet these agencies don't have the power to do anything until or if some perpetrator makes an attempt to carry out their dark acts.

What is the reason for this? In many cases, law enforcement agencies have been hamstrung by an out of touch justice system, and well intentioned, but myopic "victim's advocacy" groups.

Advocates for the mentally ill, too often have successfully painted all mental health agencies with the broad brush of the insane asylums of the 19th and early 20th centuries. They successfully portrayed them as wretched places of despair and hopelessness as often depicted in some old horror movie.

They effectively championed the picture of all mental health agencies as being like those insane asylums from long ago, and demanded the release of hundreds, if not thousands of mentally ill patients. The courts agreed, and large numbers of the mentally ill were released onto a society that frankly, did not want them, nor was prepared to provide them with the care they need.

We have seen some of them appear among the large numbers of the homeless. Mentally ill homeless people, whose numbers began to grow rapidly in the cities and towns that were, and still are unprepared for them. Numbers that grew rapidly after court decisions ordering their release, with little or no consideration as to how they would continue to receive the treatment they need, or the physical care that all human beings have a right to.

In essence, another stigma was added to these already stigmatized people for being mentally ill, and to those facilities that cared for them. This has resulted in a justice system that was and still is, all too reluctant to give orders for the diagnosis, treatment, and care of those people whose behavior, threats, and actions, have warranted it.

Until there is a demand from the public at large for reforms, the numbers of these heinous, evil atrocities will only occur again and again. The time for us all to demand action is now.

We must all remember as well, that the time for us to pray is now, and always. Especially pray for all the victims, the first responders, and the young shooter Nikolas Cruz as well.



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

From "Conservative Review": "Regime-friendly NY Times makes big money selling Iran tours"

The following is from an article at “Conservative Review” by Jordan Schachtel:

Regime-friendly NY Times makes big money selling Iran tours

Conflict of interest?




The recent protests in Iran have raised many red flags and questions as to whether the Times is reporting the news objectively. As videos continue to surface on social media, showing masses of people calling for an end to the regime (and even “death  to the Islamic Republic”), the New York Times has downplayed the protests as merely  economic disputes. Moreover, the paper’s Tehran-based reporter was conveniently “on vacation” as the most consequential, anti-regime protests in years spread through Iran like wildfire.
It turns out that The New York Times has a special financial relationship with the Iranian regime, likely unknown to many of its readers. As one of the few U.S.-based Iran tour providers, The Grey Lady delivers unprecedented access to the theocratic nation for a price.
Based on publicly available data  on the New York Times travel website, Conservative Review has analyzed that the organization’s “Iran: Tales from Persia” trip, which is hosted by New York Times journalists and opinion writers, is a cash cow that has reaped millions of dollars in revenue for the publication.
The Times’ travel website lists nine publicly available trips to Iran in 2018, with an average group size of 20 people. The Iran tour costs $7,895 per person (based on double occupancy. Single travelers pay an additional $1,500), plus $425 for internal airfare. The price does not include international airfare.

Read more at “Conservative Review” by clicking here.



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