Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Observations on the Walter Scott Shooting

By now, nearly everyone has heard of South Carolina police officer Michael Slager who has been charged with murder for shooting Walter Scott who was fleeing a traffic stop.  I would like to add my own observations:

  • At first I felt that Slager is guilty and that the case should be open and shut.  The trouble is, there does seem to be some credibility to Slager’s claim that Scott had grabbed his Taser.  A close inspection of the video shows a wire coming from Slager’s leg and appears to be going to Scott as he is fleeing.
  • Even if the Taser was on Scott at the time of the shooting, I don’t think that justifies lethal force.  A Taser does not disable someone completely.  Yes, while it is being used on someone, they feel immense pain, but you can recover quickly from it.
  • All police officers should face a public grand jury hearing when they are involved in any kind of fatality while working as an officer.  I am surprised that a murder charge was brought to Slager in this case.  Usually there is an internal investigation that will clear the officer of all wrongdoing.
  • More people have been killed by police officers than US soldiers in the Second Iraq War since said war began.  This is happening precisely because prosecutors refuse to properly investigate these killings like they would had it not been a police officer.  I know that police officers are more likely to find themselves in a violent situation than regular people.  At the same time, that doesn’t mean that they should be given the benefit of the doubt just because they have a badge.
  • Race is a factor in this case, whether we want it to be or not.  I don’t care much for the race baiters and the Social Justice Warriors who view this as a white police officer killing a middle aged black man.  At the same time, we have to recognize the tribalism that goes on in the black community and the lack of it being recognized in the white community.
  • Regardless of race, we need to recognize that human life is sacred.  Our culture by and large does not, regardless of your stances on abortion, euthanasia, or police brutality.  Instead we lift up animals higher than human life, which is suicidal culture-wise.  Part of recognizing that human life is sacred involves treating every fatality in law enforcement as a serious offense which requires investigation and a trial.
  • The overlooked story in this case is that Walter Scott fled primarily because he was going to go back to prison for back child support.  A 50-year-old man still owed child support and the draconian laws in South Carolina required that he go to prison until he pays it off.  That makes perfect sense, right?  If it wasn’t for feminism and their white knights, Scott may not have fled in the first place.
  • If the trial ends with a not guilty verdict, than people need to accept it.  Unfortunately, many people will not.  I’m not saying you shouldn’t shun Slager, who used lethal force is what was probably a non-lethal situation, but at the same time, our justice system was designed to ensure that only the definitely guilty get punished.  Did you know that conviction rates in colonial times was about 40%?  This was because they believed in the principle of innocent until proven guilty.
  • I suspect that Slager will try and get a plea deal arranged, probably try to get one with probation and no prison time.  The evidence is stacked against him, regardless of the Taser wire in the video, so I suppose it is not out of the realm of possibility for him to plea out.

I know that this is a heated issue, especially with the Michael Brown shooting (which was justified) and the choking death of Eric Garner (which was not justified).  I doubt real justice will come about, regardless of the final outcome of the trial.

I will say this though: Slager’s career as a police officer is more than likely done.  At least there is that.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Our Origins and Ideas

The origin of a person matters.  For a long time, humanity has wondered whether our behavior is in our nature or if it is nurtured.  The predominant thought is that it is nurtured, that we are a blank slate at the beginning.  While I do not ascribe to this belief, especially in light of the observations of my now two-year-old son, I do believe that nurture is an important part of it.

Ideas come from our experiences.  New ideas are often developed based on old ones and they are improved upon as we continue on.  So we combine our experiences with our ideas of the behavior we exhibit in our natural and nurtured behaviors.  This leads us to make our own individual observations about life, the universe, and everything.

This is why investigating a person’s background is crucial in understanding their ideas.  Without this understanding, we’re left with just ideas with no person, no humanity behind.  This can be, and has proven to be, very dangerous for human beings.

Often times you might hear some people complain about this.  A person’s background shouldn’t matter, they’ll say.  It is the ideas that they came up with that really count.

But would you accept the ideas of a serial murderer?  Would you take marriage advice from a person who has been divorced?  Would you heed the warnings of a proven pathological liar?  Would you join a religion started by a science fiction author?

These are just rhetorical questions really, something to get you thinking about the origins of ideas.  I know I wouldn’t want a thrice divorced person working as a marriage councilor if my wife and I were have serious issues.  I’d consider that person a three-time failure at a relationship he or she is trying to help mend.

Communism is one of those ideas that still permeates our culture.  Sure, nobody really claims to be a communist anymore, but most of those ideas have been ingrained into the major institutions of the West, it is hardly anything people really notice.

But would you even consider communist ideas if you knew that Karl Marx was a lazy, ill-tempered, adulterous, rich boy who lived most of his life without working side by side with the people he advocated for?  Hell, he even dismissed the workers as being too stupid to understand him.  Sadly, he lived much of his life in poverty largely because he refused to lift a finger to actually make money and instead relied on family and friends for much of his life.  To top that off, he usually spent more money, which wasn’t his, than what most people made in year.

Now if you knew about such things, would you even consider his vision of Utopia?  I know I wouldn’t.

John Maynard Keynes is another great example.  The man was a member of the Bloomsbury Group, a club of British artists who were also largely sexually deviant.  Keynes himself was a gay (or at least bisexual) man whose market manipulations went largely to the extravagant art of the Bloomsbury Group.

And his works have largely been regarded as the cornerstone of modern economic thought.  Most Western governments have fashioned their economic policies around the ideas of a gay hedonist.

The primary reason that we need to look into the origins and backgrounds of people, especially prominent rulers and philosophers, is because we need to apply our moral code to their lives and ensure that they are sound enough to consider their ideas.  Doing so would allow us to better understand what someone is talking about.

Nobody is perfect of course.  We all have our moral failings.  But at the same, it is better to make moral judgments on the life and times of a person before we consider accepting their ideas.  This does not mean we can’t analyze them and maybe try and find flaws in them.

People should be wary of people who have questionable backgrounds when it comes to accepting their philosophies.  More often than not, their philosophies, their ideas, are wicked and ultimately evil in those cases.

As for myself and my ideas, know that I have had a fairly mediocre life.  I have a bachelor's degree in Computer Science with minors in English Literature and Mathematics.  I have a wife and a son.  I am overweight, though not terribly so and probably have more muscle mass than average (I can barely pinch my legs as my wife found out).  I have been to Africa on mission to build solar powered lighting systems in rural areas.  My wife is also overweight and has struggled with that as a result of growing up in a household with a borderline mother.  I have no financial debts and I have a steady job that provides for my family.  I tithe (literally) to the church I attend.  I do have struggles with lust and gluttony, though lately I have seen a significant decrease in these struggles.

So accept my ideas or reject them as you wish based on the information I have provided.  I am more than willing to listen to criticism but that does not mean I will accept it.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

So a Guy Walks Into a Buffet in Las Vegas

It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad:

The day before he put a gun to his head and killed himself at an M Resort buffet on Easter, a Las Vegas man filled a box with his complaints against the resort and its employees and mailed it to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

In his final, angry message to the world, delivered to the newspaper Monday morning, John Noble blamed his suicide on depression that set in after the Henderson resort awarded him free meals at the buffet for life then banned him from the property in 2013 for harassing some of the women working there.

“Today, I end my life due to the M Resort Spa Casino and its employees,” the 53-year-old Noble wrote in one of two suicide notes he included with an obsessively detailed dossier on the people he blamed for destroying his life.

Easter is a weird day to commit suicide on.  While every other person in the country is celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, you’re putting a bullet in your brain.

Anyhow, this is truly sad and pathetic.  This guy was given free food for life at a resort and he screwed it up.  Then he goes and offs himself largely because of that.

There are plenty of reasons to kill yourself.  I generally don’t judge people who have because that’s not my call to make.  But over the loss of a lifetime buffet?

I mean, hell, Tom Ball immolated himself over the unfair divorce court proceedings he was facing on the courthouse steps.  Sadly, that didn’t even get a mention on the Drudge Report as far as I know.

I have nothing but deep pity for this guy who couldn’t find a better life or change himself for the better.  Instead he’d rather just off himself because he didn’t get free food.

Just wait until the collapse of the welfare system….

Monday, April 6, 2015

Delusional or Just Plain Idiotic?

Here’s some fun with twitter morons:

It starts with Space Bunny stating that overpopulation is a myth and this guy responds:

I go on and make this comment:

Later, @AmbikaPadmaloch responds:

Of course, it gets better.  This person flat out denies ever stating that the graph has anything to do with overpopulation:

From there I just reiterate that Ambika Padmalochana was posting the graph in response to the original statement of overpopulation being a myth.  I know that the tweet did not literally cry “overpopulation” but any person with a low-triple digit IQ could easily infer that is exactly what this person was saying.

So either this person is stupid, or flat out lying.  Probably some combination of both.

In any case, it was amusing to see it.  Finally Ambika Padmalochana called me an idiot and demanded that I cite Space Bunny’s sources.

This is how the Unmen argue.  They aren’t even half as good and the fictional Unman from whom I derived the term.  They simply are incapable of admitting the truth even when it is staring them right in the face.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Being Anti-Religious Freedom Restoration Act is Pro-Slavery

In case you weren’t paying attention, Indiana passed a law that allows business owners to discriminate against sodomites and carpet lickers.  At least that is the hype in the mainstream press right now.

You see, many business owners got tired of being made slaves of the sacred elite 3% of Americans who demand that their perverted sexual practices be accepted by us “normies”.  In the past, many business owners were sued and fined over not participating in their mock weddings and other assorted activities.

But what most people don’t know is that the law merely allows business owners to use their religion as a defense against a discrimination lawsuit.  So, in essence, it’s not about religious freedom or securing the freedom of association, both rights protected in the Constitution, but merely allowing lawyers to get their dues and have people endure frivolous lawsuits from assholes while claiming that their religion allows them to not cater to assholes.

You see the problem here?  The problem is that Americans have forgotten what it means to be a private property owner and what forced slavery is.  When you force a business owner to do something against his or her will, you are in effect enslaving them.

“But they are getting paid in the process” is the bullshit argument that comes up in the wake of this.  Yes, they probably are getting paid to make a cake featuring two guys blowing each other.  But then again, there were slaves who were paid a wage to do the slave labor they did.

So let’s call what the Lavender Mafia and their assorted allies on the Left out on this.  They are in fact promoting slavery for the sake of overthrowing a religion that tells them they are disgusting.  A religion that is shared by 82% of Americans and one that also served as the basis for the rise of Western Civilization and provided the means for people to find a different way to run their lives besides just conquests and slave labor.

It is a pity that the Indiana Governor caved on this issue.  I don’t know why people feel a need to please Leftists.  They are generally a hateful lot who have no real moral code other than the minority wins, be they the worker, the non-white, or the non-heterosexual.  There isn’t a straight white man that the Leftist sees as a saint while there is a non-straight, non-white person that the Leftist doesn’t think highly of.  Unless said non-straight, non-white person agrees with straight white men who don’t kiss the ass of minorities (and women since women aren’t a minority class but somehow still oppressed by SWMs).

Truth be told, if you think it is okay for men to blow other men or women to go down on other women, I don’t give a damn.  You are wrong if you think it isn’t immoral, but then again, there is a lot wrong with people and this is merely the tip of the iceberg.

But to force that opinion on others through the force of law and then require their services for things they disagree with is slavery.  So do not try to tell me that it is wrong for a baker to deny a wedding cake to a gay couple.

You’re just a slaver in my eyes.

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