October 12, 2015

RIP, Blog Pioneer Mark Garbett (1976-2015)

Filed under: General,News from Other Sites — Tom @ 9:36 am

Mark Garbett, who entered God’s kingdom early this morning, and co-blogger Matt Hurley were blogging before 99.99% of the people who are currently at it even dreamed of doing it.

Matt’s tribute at Weapons of Mass Discussion is here — “He was an American, conservative, Republican.  In that order.”

What a profound loss.

Carson Is Right: An Armed Populace Deters Tyrants; An Unarmed Populace Emboldens Them

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:19 am

That’s why they want to take citizens’ guns away.

Ben Carson is of course right when he says that an armed Jewish population would have made Hitler’s attempts to wipe them out more difficult.

What isn’t sufficiently appreciated is that “good intentions” made it easier for Hitler to first consolidate his power and then to undertake the Holocaust, as Stephen P. Halborrk wrote at National Review in December 2013 (bolds are mine):

How the Nazis Used Gun Control

… In 1931, Weimar (Republic) authorities discovered plans for a Nazi takeover in which Jews would be denied food and persons refusing to surrender their guns within 24 hours would be executed. They were written by Werner Best, a future Gestapo official. In reaction to such threats, the government authorized the registration of all firearms and the confiscation thereof, if required for “public safety.” The interior minister warned that the records must not fall into the hands of any extremist group.

In 1933, the ultimate extremist group, led by Adolf Hitler, seized power and used the records to identify, disarm, and attack political opponents and Jews. Constitutional rights were suspended, and mass searches for and seizures of guns and dissident publications ensued. Police revoked gun licenses of Social Democrats and others who were not “politically reliable.”

During the five years of repression that followed, society was “cleansed” by the National Socialist regime. Undesirables were placed in camps where labor made them “free,” and normal rights of citizenship were taken from Jews. The Gestapo banned independent gun clubs and arrested their leaders. Gestapo counsel Werner Best issued a directive to the police forbidding issuance of firearm permits to Jews.

In 1938, Hitler signed a new Gun Control Act. Now that many “enemies of the state” had been removed from society, some restrictions could be slightly liberalized, especially for Nazi Party members. But Jews were prohibited from working in the firearms industry, and .22 caliber hollow-point ammunition was banned.

The time had come to launch a decisive blow to the Jewish community, to render it defenseless so that its “ill-gotten” property could be redistributed as an entitlement to the German “Volk.” The German Jews were ordered to surrender all their weapons, and the police had the records on all who had registered them. Even those who gave up their weapons voluntarily were turned over to the Gestapo.

This took place in the weeks before what became known as the Night of the Broken Glass, or Kristallnacht, occurred in November 1938. That the Jews were disarmed before it, minimizing any risk of resistance, is the strongest evidence that the pogrom was planned in advance.

The other infamous tyrants of the 20th century also confiscated guns.

Syria: The Almost Invisible Carnage Continues; Obama Says This Shows How ‘Weak’ Putin and Russia Are (Update: And Climate Change Is More Important)

Desperate, delusional, or both:

Russia’s move into Syria is a sign of weakness, not strength, President Obama tells 60 Minutes

President Barack Obama: Well– Steve, I got to tell you, if you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in, in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we’ve got a different definition of leadership.

Related (as of June):

A human rights observer group says more than 320,000 people have been killed in the Syrian Civil War since 2011.

If this was happening while anyone other than Barack Obama was in the White House … oh, you know the rest.


UPDATE: From the full transcript … words fail —

President Barack Obama: Well Steve, I got to tell you, if you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we’ve got a different definition of leadership. My definition of leadership would be leading on climate change, an international accord that potentially we’ll get in Paris.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101215)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:10 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Flower Girl & Ring Bearer Are Now Bride & Groom 17 Years Later

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Charlotte, North Carolina (video and slideshow at link):

October 6, 2015

She could think of nothing better.

She got to be a flower girl and the ring bearer was the boy she already had a crush on.

He could think of nothing worse.

He was five-years-old and dressing up and walking down the aisle with a girl were not at the top of his list of things he wanted to do.

On September 19th, Brooke and Adrian Franklin were the bride and groom, getting married and walking down the same aisle where they were flower girl and ring bearer.

The bride tells WBTV in Charlotte, NC that her one true love started coming around in middle school. By high school, they were a couple.

Go here for the rest of the story.