Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday 12-31-12

Getting ready to start the new year and things are still the same, what if government would turn over a new leaf as far as letting people have their freedoms and privacy back.   Why is it that it is under reported in the states but to get the news you have to go across the pond to get it?

Activists voice dismay as Senate renews government surveillance measure

Two amendments that would have provided basic oversight for US government's warrantless surveillance program

Civil rights campaigners voiced dismay on Friday over the US Senate's re-authorization of the government's warrantless surveillance program, and the defeat of two amendments that would have provided for basic oversight of the eavesdropping.
The Senate voted 73-23 to extend the law, called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Act, for five years. The House of Representatives has already passed the measure, which President Obama has said he will sign.
But while the program was extended as expected, campaigners saw a silver lining in that the vote was closer than when the legislation was first introduced in 2008.
"We're incredibly disappointed, not just that it passed, but that they rejected some very moderate amendments that wouldn't have interfered with the collection of intelligence," said Michelle Richardson, an ACLU expert on surveillance issues.
An amendment by senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon would have required the secret court that oversees surveillance requests to disclose "important rulings of law." It failed 37-54. An amendment by Merkley's fellow Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden would have required the government to estimate the number of US citizens it had spied on. It fell by a narrower margin, 43-52.
"We're actually pleased that so many [Senate] members today want more transparency," Richardson said, pointing to the 43 votes for Wyden. "There were more members voting for transparency and accountability than there were in 2008. The amendments did better this time."
The amended FISA Act was passed in 2008 to retroactively cover Bush-era domestic surveillance. The law permits the National Security Agency to track communication between foreign targets and people inside the United States without obtaining a warrant. Critics say it violates fourth amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. NSA whistleblower Bill Binney has estimated that the agency, under protection of the law, has "assembled" 20 trillion transactions between US citizens.
Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, said in debate on the Senate floor that the surveillance program provides useful intelligence and does not target US citizens. She opposed both oversight amendments but agreed in principle to release unclassified summaries of actions taken by the secret court.
The Obama administration has already begun reviewing FISA court decisions to see what can be released, Richardson said.
"I think we have a long and slow fight on this, but we'll eventually get there," Richardson said.

Only common sense to those that have it.

California gun sales jump; gun injuries, deaths fall

Gun deaths and injuries have dropped sharply in California, even as the number of guns sold in the state has risen, according to new state data.

Dealers sold 600,000 guns in California last year, up from 350,000 in 2002, according to records of sale tallied by the California Attorney General's office.

During that same period, the number of California hospitalizations due to gun injuries declined from about 4,000 annually to 2,800, a roughly 25 percent drop, according to hospital records collected by the California Department of Public Health.

Firearm-related deaths fell from about 3,200 annually to about 2,800, an 11 percent drop, state health figures show.

Most of the drop in firearm-related injuries and deaths can be explained by a well-documented, nationwide drop in violent crime.

The number of California injuries and deaths attributed to accidental discharge of firearms also has fallen. The number of suicide deaths involving firearms has remained roughly constant.

Two caveats: State figures track gun sales, not ownership. They treat a family's first gun purchase the same as a collector's twelfth. Second, gun sales in California peaked in the early 1990s, as violent crime also peaked.

These charts show gun injuries, deaths and sales trends over the last ten years.  

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday 12-30-12

So he is only partially risen?  Parts of Him are still here?  God is powerful enough only to resurrect part of Him and not His whole body.

Jesus relics at church:Relics From Time Of Jesus On Display At Church In Chicago

Relics said to be from the time of Jesus’ birth are on display at a Roman Catholic church in Chicago.

The relics include fragments said to be from the manger at Jesus birth, his mother’s veil, and a thread from St. Joseph’s cloak.

The relics were fragments released by the Vatican in 1972, reports The Chicago Tribune. They were given to the Holy Family Church from the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii.
Displaying them now has significance. Not only is it in celebration of the church’s 155th anniversary, but it is also close to Christmas, which is when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus.
The church’s administrator, Reverand Jeremiah J. Boland, is “not that interested” in performing carbon dating to see if the relics on display are actually from Jesus’ time. Boland explained:
“The Vatican has its own process to determine the authenticity of things. I’m more concerned with it as an object of faith.”
Boland added that the relic from the manger has even “more authenticity,” because it was brought to the Vatican from the Holy Land in the 5th century. The Huffington Post notes that he added:
“One could argue how real the relics of Mary or Joseph are, but there were all sorts of objects over the centuries that have been venerated and are based on faith rather than scientific explanation.
The fragments will be placed on display in a crystal reliquary, which is the normal vessel used to preserve relics of saints. A mass will be held on Sunday to celebrate the transfer of the relics from The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii to Holy Family Church on Sunday. The relics will then be placed on display in the afternoon.
Would you be interested in seeing relics on display from the time of Jesus’ birth? Do you believe they could be real, or would carbon dating show that they are from a different time period?

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Saturday 12-29-12

2,750-year-old temple discovered in Israel
An overhead view of the excavation site (Skyview/Israeli Antiquities Authority)Israeli archeologists have discovered the remains of an ancient temple that is nearly 3,000 years old and was once home to a ritual cult.
"The ritual building at Tel Motza is an unusual and striking find, in light of the fact that there are hardly any remains of ritual buildings of the period in Judaea at the time of the First Temple," excavation directors Anna Eirikh, Hamoudi Khalaily and Shua Kisilevitz said in a statement released by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The temple remains were discovered at the Tel Motza site, located to the west of Jerusalem. The Israeli Antiquities Authority has been conducting excavation efforts at the site and says that along with the temple remains itself, the findings include a “cache of sacred vessels” estimated to be 2,750 years old.
"Among other finds, the site has yielded pottery figurines of men, one of them bearded, whose significance is still unknown," the statement from Khalaily and Kisilevitz reads.
NBC’s Cosmic Log notes that the discovery was made during preparations for a new section of Israel’s Highway 1. Because of the number of historical sites and artifacts in and near Jerusalem, the Israeli government typically conducts similar archeological excavation efforts before beginning construction on major infrastructure projects.
Two head figurines discovered at the 2,750-year-old site (Clara Amit, courtesy Israel Antiquities Authority)Dating back to the Iron Age, the temple was designed in accordance with similar layouts for other religious buildings from that era, according to the Israeli government. More from its analysis:
“The walls of the structure are massive, and it includes a wide, east-facing entrance, conforming to the tradition of temple construction in the ancient Near East: The rays of the sun rising in the east would have illuminated the object placed inside the temple first, symbolizing the divine presence within. A square structure which was probably an altar was exposed in the temple courtyard, and the cache of sacred vessels was found near the structure.”
The excavation directors said they will continue to examine the findings and conduct further digs while preparations for the highway construction continue.
"The find of the sacred structure, together with the accompanying cache of sacred vessels, and especially the significant coastal influence evident in the anthropomorphic figurines, still require extensive research," they said.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday 12-28-12

It is amazing how they can selectively inforce the law.  If i was riding around in DC and got pulled over and they found a mag like that in my car, i would still be in jail.  But i guess Mr. Gregory curried enough favor with the dems while he was the white house correspondant and railed on Mr. Bush every shance he got or could make up.  I guess that allows you special perks.  If it would have been a conservative that did it, he would be infront of senate and house panels when they allowed him out of jail.

Media Pulling Strings with Administration Officials
It seems that NBC contacted the DC police about having David Gregory use a 30-round-magazine on Meet the Press and was told that they could not violate the law. However, TMZ reports that NBC appears to have gone to the ATF and they contacted the DC police about the issue. It seems to me that permission to violate the law was suddenly granted once the federal agency stepped into the situation.

More from the religon of peace

Christian Convert From Islam Beheaded in SomaliaIslamic extremists from Somalia's rebel al Shabaab militants killed a Christian in Somalia's coastal city of Barawa on Nov. 16, accusing him of being a spy and leaving Islam, Morning Star News reports. The extremists beheaded 25-year-old Farhan Haji Mose after monitoring his movements for six months, underground Christians in Somalia said. Mose drew suspicion when he returned to Barawa in December 2011 after spending time in Kenya, which is nearly 83 percent Christian, opposed to Somalia, which is close to 100 percent Muslim. Mose had converted to Christianity in 2010 while in Kenya. Sources said a crowd assembled in Barawa to watch the slaughter of Mose. "His body was split into two, then carried away, only to be dumped near the beach of Barawa city," a Christian who witnessed the murder said. Other Muslim witnesses independently described the same scene, saying the extremists accused Mose of being a spy for foreigners and of embracing the "foreign religion of Christianity." Al Shabaab rebels have killed dozens of Christian converts from Islam since embarking on a campaign to rid Somalia of Christianity. The extremists, variously estimated at 3,000 to 7,000, seek to impose a stricter version of sharia (Islamic law) on Somalia.

District traffic cameras to more than double amid record revenues

City's take skyrockets at start of 2013 fiscal year
Traffic camera fines are poised to dip in the District, but one aspect of the controversial program is set to surge in 2013: the number of the devices that generate tickets for common traffic offenses like speeding and running stoplights.

Over the course of 2013, the District government will add 134 traffic cameras to its network, more than doubling the size of a system that generated $85 million in revenues for the city in its last fiscal year.

Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump told The Washington Examiner that the city will intensify its camera-based efforts to cite motorists for speeding and stoplight violations while also adding cameras to detect other moving violations.

Cameras add heft to Maryland budgets
Although the District has the region's most profitable -- and frequently vilified -- traffic camera program, Maryland counties have also found the cameras to be lucrative traffic safety tools.

Authorities in Prince George's County forecasted a surge in revenue in its 2013 fiscal year, which began July 1 and will conclude next June.
The county budgeted for $4.3 million in ticket revenue in 2012, but that figure climbed nearly fourfold to $16.8 million in 2013.
And statistics from Montgomery County show the county took in $15.8 million in its 2012 fiscal year from speed and stoplight cameras. Most of the money -- $13.9 million -- came from nearly 331,000 speeding tickets.
The county's 2012 take was far from a record, though: In the 2009 fiscal year, the county collected $20.7 million from camera-snagged speeders.
Virginia has a far more limited automated enforcement program and only allows stoplight cameras - Alan Blinder and Kate Jacobson
The District's plans for the new devices, Crump said,
include 32 cameras that will produce tickets for drivers who blow through stop signs and 16 to monitor crosswalks.
Supporters of the cameras -- like Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul Quander -- say they are vital to protecting lives on the roadways.
"They save lives because people slow down, and the reason people slow down is they don't want to pay a penalty," Quander told The Examiner. "If ever there was a model for a public policy event that has changed behavior for the betterment of overall society, this is it."

And District officials say raw numbers back up their assertion that the program has been successful: Although the city recorded 72 traffic fatalities in 2001, that number fell to 32 in 2011.

But the cameras have vocal detractors, many of whom point to the revenues they've brought into the District's coffers.

In the 2012 fiscal year, which ended in September, the city collected more than $85 million from its cameras. That haul easily topped the record set in 2011: $55 million.
And the new budget cycle is already proving lucrative for the city. Recent figures
 show D.C. collected about 2,000 percent more in camera revenue in the first two months of the 2013 fiscal year than it did in the same stretch in the 2012 budget year.

"It should be about traffic safety, but at what cost?" asked John Townsend, a spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "Our concern is the city will get a reputation as being more interested in generating revenue than in traffic safety, despite whatever they say."
Quander dismissed such criticisms.

"People get fixated that it's about the money," he said. "Money is generated, but if people would slow down, then it wouldn't be generating as much money."
Although the District has operated ticket-giving cameras since the late 1990s, the surge in revenues suddenly made the system a political football this year. The ensuing battle pitted Mayor Vincent Gray, who portrayed himself as a champion of public safety, against lawmakers, who said the city appeared hungry for cash.
By the time the gavel dropped during the final D.C. Council session of the year, lawmakers had made a point of taking a vote to thwart Gray's proposal to stem public outcry and voting again to enact their own strategy.

Ward 6 Councilman Tommy Wells said the size of the program's impending expansion showed why the legislation was critical to residents.

"It underscores the importance of getting the fine amount correct, or people are going to be owing so much money," Wells said.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thursday 12-27-12

This does not surprise me at all, it is nice to see someone admit the truth

Ex-TSA Screener: Officers “Laughing” At Your Naked Image

Whistleblower launches blog to expose federal agency’s ridiculous policies

A former TSA screener turned blogger who is now causing embarrassment for the federal agency has revealed that TSA officers routinely laugh at and make fun of passengers’ nude body scanner images in back rooms.In a blog entitled Taking Sense Away, the anonymous ex-TSA worker reveals how he, “Witnessed light sexual play among officers, a lot of e-cigarette vaping, and a whole lot of officers laughing and clowning in regard to some of your nude images, dear passengers.”
The revelation was in response to a reader who asked, “Tell us, please, what really happens in that private room and why the TSA does not want it seen in public nor recorded.”
The ex-TSA screener also ridiculed the existence of I.O. rooms (image operator rooms) where naked images produced by body scanners are viewed by TSA agents.
“The most ridiculous thing is that these I.O. rooms even exist, to begin with. The backscatter machines are useless, as I and many, many others have previously pointed out. They should never have been put into use to begin with; TSA officers should never have been viewing nude, radiation-rendered images of passengers in those private rooms, period,” he writes.
“That’s why there are federal lawsuits pending against TSA (Ralph Nader, Bruce Schneier, et al) and why TSA is trying to backpedal and sweep the radiation scanners under the rug away from oversight committees and the public at large, as quickly as possible, right now. The entire thing was, as usual, a hare-brained, tax payer money-wasting, disaster of an idea.”
In a separate blog post, the whistleblower explains how TSA higher-ups are fully aware of the public’s disdain for the agency and that, the, “TSA is the laughing stock of America’s security apparatus,” with most employees desperate to transfer into a more respected government agency.
The whistleblower also highlights how TSA screeners would punish passengers who displayed a bad attitude by subjecting them to pointless bag searches with zero justification.
In a series of “confessions,” the former TSA screener also rails against the federal agency’s more ridiculous policies, including the ban on snow globes.
“The entire ban on snow globes was just another of the many intelligence-insulting rules that I was often forced to follow during my time at TSA. Imagine having to look, year after year, into the faces of innocent children and tell them and their parents that their Pretty-Princess-in-a-Blizzard snow globe has to go into the trash. “But why,” little Angie would ask, puppy dog pouting, tears trembling,” he writes.   This should not suprise anyone either, it happens all the time.   People In Northland ‘Panic-Buying’ Military-Style Rifles   Northland gun dealers are reporting a spike in military-style gun sales.Pat Kukull, owner of Superior Shooters Supply, says they are out of semi-automatic rifles due to people “panic buying.” Some buyers are afraid of possible changes the federal government could make to gun laws.
She says other guns are selling fast as well and she’s never seen anything like it in her 35 years in business.
Glen’s Army Navy Store in Grand Rapids ban out of the semi-automatic rifles by Thursday morning and operators aren’t sure when more will arrive.
Scott Van Valkenburg is owner of Fisherman’s Corner in Pike Lake outside Duluth.
He says the semi-automatic rifles are usually about 5 percent of his thriving gun business but last week sales were nearly half of his gun sales.   Happening all over   In Tenn.   Look at this post on a forum from Brownells they sold in 72 hours as many mags as they normally sell in 3. 5 years     Aquaponics has always interested me  

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Wenesday 12-26-12

Well back to work i go...

If is amazing to me that a black person would have the nerve to bring up rational profiling.  It is done to white people all the time, he is either woefully ignorant or just plain stupid.  But i guess it ok to profile the white guy (because he deserves it, lol).  But to answer the dullard question, white men are already profiled, and they don't whine about, but what happens when a black or muslim is profiled?

CNN's Don Lemon On Gun Control: Should We Start Profiling White Men?

CNN's Don Lemon discusses the possibility of profiling white men in an attempt to prevent gun violence and decrease the amount of mass shootings. Lemon argues that white males between the ages of 18 and 25 were behind nearly all recent mass killings.

On the panel: David Sirota, radio talk show host; Richard Moran, criminologist; Lou Palumbo, retired police detective and private security provider; and Tom Deets, gun store owner.

Active shooters in schools: The enemy is denial

Preventing juvenile mass murder in American schools is the job of police officers, school teachers, and concerned parents   “How many kids have been killed by school fire in all of North America in the past 50 years? Kids killed... school fire... North America... 50 years... How many? Zero. That’s right. Not one single kid has been killed by school fire anywhere in North America in the past half a century. Now, how many kids have been killed by school violence?”
So began an extraordinary daylong seminar presented by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, a Pulitzer Prize nominated author, West Point psychology professor, and without a doubt the world’s foremost expert on human aggression and violence. The event, hosted by the California Peace Officers Association, was held in the auditorium of a very large community church about 30 miles from San Francisco, and was attended by more than 250 police officers from around the region.
Grossman’s talk spanned myriad topics of vital importance to law enforcement, such as the use of autogenic breathing, surviving gunshot wounds, dealing with survivor guilt following a gun battle, and others. But violence among and against children was how the day began, and so I'll focus on that issue here.

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, pictured with PoliceOne Senior Editor Doug Wyllie, spoke before a crowd of more than 250 police officers in an event hosted by the California Peace Officers Association.

Arming campus cops is elementary
“In 1999,” Grossman said, “school violence claimed what at the time was an all time record number of kids’ lives. In that year there were 35 dead and a quarter of a million serious injuries due to violence in the school. How many killed by fire that year? Zero. But we hear people say, ‘That’s the year Columbine happened, that’s an anomaly.’ Well, in 2004 we had a new all time record — 48 dead in the schools from violence. How many killed by fire that year? Zero. Let’s assign some grades. Put your teacher hat on and give out some grades. What kind of grade do you give the firefighter for keeping kids safe? An ‘A,’ right? Reluctantly, reluctantly, the cops give the firefighters an ‘A,’ right? Danged firefighters, they sleep ‘till they’re hungry and eat ‘till they’re tired. What grade do we get for keeping the kids safe from violence? Come on, what’s our grade? Needs improvement, right?”
Johnny Firefighter, A+ Student

“Why can’t we be like little Johnny Firefighter?” Grossman asked as he prowled the stage. “He’s our A+ student!”
He paused, briefly, and answered with a voice that blew through the hall like thunder, “Denial, denial, denial!”
Grossman commanded, “Look up at the ceiling! See all those sprinklers up there? They’re hard to spot — they’re painted black — but they’re there. While you’re looking, look at the material the ceiling is made of. You know that that stuff was selected because it’s fire-retardant. Hooah? Now look over there above the door — you see that fire exit sign? That’s not just any fire exit sign — that’s a ‘battery-backup-when-the-world-ends-it-will-still-be-lit’ fire exit sign. Hooah?”
Walking from the stage toward a nearby fire exit and exterior wall, Grossman slammed the palm of his hand against the wall and exclaimed, “Look at these wall boards! They were chosen because they’re what?! Fireproof or fire retardant, hooah? There is not one stinking thing in this room that will burn!”
Pointing around the room as he spoke, Grossman continued, “But you’ve still got those fire sprinklers, those fire exit signs, fire hydrants outside, and fire trucks nearby! Are these fire guys crazy? Are these fire guys paranoid? No! This fire guy is our A+ student! Because this fire guy has redundant, overlapping layers of protection, not a single kid has been killed by school fire in the last 50 years!
“But you try to prepare for violence — the thing much more likely to kill our kids in schools, the thing hundreds of times more likely to kill our kids in schools — and people think you’re paranoid. They think you’re crazy. ...They’re in denial.”
Teaching the Teachers

The challenge for law enforcement agencies and officers, then, is to overcome not only the attacks taking place in schools, but to first overcome the denial in the minds of mayors, city councils, school administrators, and parents. Grossman said that agencies and officers, although facing an uphill slog against the denial of the general public, must diligently work toward increasing understanding among the sheep that the wolves are coming for their children. Police officers must train and drill with teachers, not only so responding officers are intimately familiar with the facilities, but so that teachers know what they can do in the event of an attack.
“Come with me to the library at Columbine High School,” Grossman said. “The teacher in the library at Columbine High School spent her professional lifetime preparing for a fire, and we can all agree if there had been a fire in that library, that teacher would have instinctively, reflexively known what to do.
"But the thing most likely to kill her kids — the thing hundreds of times more likely to kill her kids, the teacher didn’t have a clue what to do. She should have put those kids in the librarian’s office but she didn’t know that. So she did the worst thing possible — she tried to secure her kids in an un-securable location. She told the kids to hide in the library — a library that has plate glass windows for walls. It’s an aquarium, it’s a fish bowl. She told the kids to hide in a fishbowl. What did those killers see? They saw targets. They saw fish in a fish bowl.”
Grossman said that if the school administrators at Columbine had spent a fraction of the money they’d spent preparing for fire doing lockdown drills and talking with local law enforcers about the violent dangers they face, the outcome that day may have been different.
Rhetorically he asked the assembled cops, “If somebody had spent five minutes telling that teacher what to do, do you think lives would have been saved at Columbine?”
Arming Campus Cops is Elementary

Nearly two years ago, I wrote an article called Arming campus cops is elementary. Not surprisingly, Grossman agrees with that hypothesis.
“Never call an unarmed man ‘security’,” Grossman said.
“Call him ‘run-like-hell-when-the-man-with-the-gun-shows-up’ but never call an unarmed man security.
"Imagine if someone said, ‘I want a trained fire professional on site. I want a fire hat, I want a fire uniform, I want a fire badge. But! No fire extinguishers in this building. No fire hoses. The hat, the badge, the uniform — that will keep us safe — but we have no need for fire extinguishers.’ Well, that would be insane. It is equally insane, delusional, legally liable, to say, ‘I want a trained security professional on site. I want a security hat, I want a security uniform, and I want a security badge, but I don’t want a gun.’ It’s not the hat, the uniform, or the badge. It’s the tools in the hands of a trained professional that keeps us safe.
“Our problem is not money,” said Grossman. “It is denial.”
Grossman said (and most cops agree) that many of the most important things we can do to protect our kids would cost us nothing or next-to-nothing.
Grossman’s Five D’s

Let’s contemplate the following outline and summary of Dave Grossman’s “Five D’s.” While you do, I encourage you to add in the comments area below your suggestions to address, and expand upon, these ideas.
1. Denial — Denial is the enemy and it has no survival value, said Grossman.
2. Deter — Put police officers in schools, because with just one officer assigned to a school, the probability of a mass murder in that school drops to almost zero
3. Detect — We’re talking about plain old fashioned police work here. The ultimate achievement for law enforcement is the crime that didn’t happen, so giving teachers and administrators regular access to cops is paramount.
4. Delay — Various simple mechanisms can be used by teachers and cops to put time and distance between the killers and the kids.
a. Ensure that the school/classroom have just a single point of entry. Simply locking the back door helps create a hard target.

b. Conduct your active shooter drills within (and in partnership with) the schools in your city so teachers know how to respond, and know what it looks like when you do your response.
5. Destroy — Police officers and agencies should consider the following:
a. Carry off duty. No one would tell a firefighter who has a fire extinguisher in his trunk that he’s crazy or paranoid.

b. Equip every cop in America with a patrol rifle. One chief of police, upon getting rifles for all his officers once said, “If an active killer strikes in my town, the response time will be measured in feet per second.”

c. Put smoke grenades in the trunk of every cop car in America. Any infantryman who needs to attack across open terrain or perform a rescue under fire deploys a smoke grenade. A fire extinguisher will do a decent job in some cases, but a smoke grenade is designed to perform the function.

d. Have a “go-to-war bag” filled with lots of loaded magazines and supplies for tactical combat casualty care.

e. Use helicopters. Somewhere in your county you probably have one or more of the following: medevac, media, private, national guard, coast guard rotors.

f. Employ the crew-served, continuous-feed, weapon you already have available to you (a firehouse) by integrating the fire service into your active shooter training. It is virtually impossible for a killer to put well-placed shots on target while also being blasted with water at 300 pounds per square inch.

g. Armed citizens can help. Think United 93. Whatever your personal take on gun control, it is all but certain that a killer set on killing is more likely to attack a target where the citizens are unarmed, rather than one where they are likely to encounter an armed citizen response.
Coming Soon: External Threats

Today we must not only prepare for juvenile mass murder, something that had never happened in human history until only recently, but we also must prepare for the external threat. Islamist fanatics have slaughtered children in their own religion — they have killed wantonly, mercilessly, and without regard for repercussion or regret of any kind. What do you think they’d think of killing our kids?
“Eight years ago they came and killed 3,000 of our citizens. Do we know what they’re going to do next? No! But one thing they’ve done in every country they’ve messed with is killing kids in schools,” Grossman said.
The latest al Qaeda charter states that “children are noble targets” and Osama bin Laden himself has said that “Russia is a preview for what we will do to America.”
What happened in Russia that we need to be concerned with in this context? In the town of Beslan on September 1, 2004 — the very day on which children across that country merrily make their return to school after the long summer break — radical Islamist terrorists from Chechnya took more than 1,000 teachers, mothers, and children hostage. When the three-day siege was over, more than 300 hostages had been killed, more than half of whom were children.
“If I could tackle every American and make them read one book to help them understand the terrorist’s plan, it would be Terror at Beslan by John Giduck. Beslan was just a dress rehearsal for what they’re planning to do to the United States,” he said.
Consider this: There are almost a half a million school buses in America. It would require almost every enlisted person and every officer in the entire United States Army to put just one armed guard on every school bus in the country.
As a country and as a culture, the level of protection Americans afford our kids against violence is nothing near what we do to protect them from fire. Grossman is correct: Denial is the enemy. We must prepare for violence like the firefighter prepares for fire. And we must do that today.
Hooah, Colonel!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Tuesday 12-25-12

What does Christmas mean too you?  It is supposed to be the time we recognize and celebrate the birth of the Lord and Saviour (of the world) Jesus Christ.  We commeralize it and buy presents for each other.  What would happen if next time your kids birthday rolls around you by a gift for a neighbor kid instead of yours.  I was going to use the wife for example, but then i know of wives that have gotten shotguns for their birthday, lol.  Probably worse is the vacuum for the birthday.  But i digress.  I doubt that Christ was born on Dec. 25th.  He was more likely born around September.  Trying to get back on point, keep in mind why you do what you do, if you really want to do something for HIM, then ask Him what he would like you do, if your not afraid of the answer.

Santa Claus & Satan’s Cause

The modern-day Santa Claus is an American version of Saint Nicholas, a fourth century Roman Catholic bishop from Asia Minor who was noted for his good deeds and gift giving. This tradition first spread throughout Europe, and then found its way to America by the early Dutch settlers.
Since God's word warns us to BEWARE of tradition (Col. 2:8), we shouldn't be surprised to find the Devil right in the middle of the world's most celebrated holiday. Lucifer's desire has always been to dethrone God and exalt himself (Isa. 14:12-15). He desires worship (Luke 4:7; II Ths. 2:3-4). Perhaps you've never thought of it, but please note how Satan robs the Lord Jesus Christ of His glory by spreading the Santa Claus tradition...

A child knows nothing of his beginning. To a child, Santa has just always existed.

"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." (Rev. 1:8)

Tradition holds that Santa Claus lives at the North Pole, a place ABOVE the rest of us.

"Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King." (Psa. 48:2)

Santa wears a red furry suit.

"And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God." (Rev. 19:13)

Santa is always pictured as an old man with white hair like wool.

"His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;" (Rev. 1:14)


Santa has the ability to defy the laws of gravity and fly around giving gifts to people.

"But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men." (Eph. 4:7-8)


During the Christmas season it is emphasized over and over that "Santa is coming".

"He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus." (Rev. 22:20)

Children are taught that Santa "knows when you've been good, and he knows when you've been bad".

"The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." (Pro. 15:3) "And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?" (Mat. 9:4)

Santa must be omnipresent, because he has the ability to visit over a billion homes in a twenty-four hour period. That's over 1100 per second.

"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Mat. 18:20)

He has the ability to carry presents for over a billion children.

"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." (Mat. 28:18)

Webster, 1828: "ELF...a spirit, the night-mar; a ghost, hag, witch"

"Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him." (Mat. 4:11)

Sanat Kumara is worshipped by some new age groups as God. H.P. Blavatsky, the mother of the new age movement, said on page 350 of her book, The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 2: "The name isn't important. It is the letters". "Santa" has the same letters as "Satan"! According to G.A. Riplinger, "Ole Nick" is listed as the name of a fallen angel in the Dictionary of Fallen Angels. (New Age Bible Versions, Gail Riplinger, pg. 53)
Friend, don't glorify Satan by giving the glory and attributes of Jesus Christ to Santa Claus! Santa is a COUNTERFEIT GOD, and you are honoring Satan when you teach your children to believe in Santa! Christians should teach their children the TRUTH. We should glorify God by teaching our children about Jesus Christ and His saving grace!
If you've never received Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, we would love to send you a free copy of Understanding God's Salvation Plan.

Dear Santa,

This year for Christmas I just want the truth;

Come clean, if you will, and stop deceiving our youth!

Isn’t it true that only Jesus knows

When we’ve been good or bad, Santa, isn’t it so?

And all of that hype about presents for everyone,

You know the greatest gift is God’s beloved Son!

And, Santa, are you really coming in the sky,

Or will it be Jesus in the twinkling of an eye?

And that home in the north of which you tell,

Why, it’s really God’s throne, and your home is Hell!

That’s right, Santa, you’re Satan in disguise;

Folks could see it in your name if they’d open their eyes!

So, come on, Santa, let’s have the real story,

Just rip off your mask and give God the glory!
A child of Jesus

Friend, don't glorify Satan by giving the glory and attributes of Jesus Christ to Santa Claus! Santa is a COUNTERFEIT GOD, and you are honoring Satan when you teach your children to believe in Santa. Christians should teach their children the TRUTH. We should glorify God by teaching our children about Jesus Christ and His saving grace. If you are not a Christian, you should become one, and you should teach your children to believe in Jesus. Children need a real God, not the worldly, make-believe Santa.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me." (John 14:6)
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
The Lord Jesus Christ has come and PAID for your sins by shedding His own blood on Calvary. By receiving Him as your Saviour, you can be WASHED from all your sins in His precious Blood (Rev. 1:5, Col. 1:14, Acts 20:28, I Pet. 1:18-19).
Notice these important words from Romans 5:8-9: "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him."
Friend, Jesus Christ PAID your way to Heaven. By receiving Him as your Saviour, you will be receiving God's ONLY means of Salvation for you. Are you willing to forsake YOUR righteousness and receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your ONLY HOPE for Salvation?
Romans 10:13 says, "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:9 says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Why not pray right now and ask the Lord to come into your heart and cleanse you from all sin? Then tell your children about someone far greater than Santa!
If you've received Christ as your Saviour, start attending a Bible-believing church. Submit to believer's baptism, and become a faithful church member. Read your Bible and pray daily. Keep Jesus Christ FIRST in your life, because He kept YOU first on Calvary's cross.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Monday 12-24-12

'Twas The Night Jesus Came
'Twas the night Jesus came and all through the house

Not a person was praying, not one in the house.

The Bibles were left on the shelf without care,

For no one thought that Jesus would come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed,

Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.

And mom in her rocker with baby in her lap

Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the east there rose such a clatter,

I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash

Tore open the shutters and lifted the sash!

When what to my wondering eyes should appear

But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here!

The light of His face made me cover my head--

It was Jesus returning, just as He said.

And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,

I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He held in His hand

Was written the name of every saved man.

He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;

When He said, "It's not here" my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love

He gathered to take to His Father above.

With those who were ready He rose without a sound

While all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late;

I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.

I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;

Oh, if only I'd known that this was the night.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;

The coming of Jesus is now drawing near.

There's only one life and when comes the last call

We'll find that the Bible was true after all.

Obama Uses Funeral Service to Talk About Himself
President Barack Obama used the funeral for Hawaii senator Daniel Inouye to talk about himself. In the short 1,600 word speech, Obama used the word "my" 21 times, "me" 12 times, and "I" 30 times.
Obama's speech discussed how Inouye had gotten him interested in politics. "Danny was elected to the U.S. Senate when I was two years old," he said.

The headline should read, Clinton's convenient concussion.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday 12-23-12


(Friday Church News Notes, December 21, 2012,, 866-295-4143) - It grieves my heart to say it, because I so love America, but America is a spiritually and morally foolish, nearly benighted nation today, looking to the Far East and to Europe, even to Africa, for light; but there is no excuse for this. From its inception, America’s most popular book, by far, was the Bible. The English Bible was brought to America by its first settlers in the early 1600s, and that Bible had a profound influence on America’s unique founding political documents in the late 1700s. The first English Bible published in America, by Robert Aiken in 1782, was printed only eleven months after the British surrendered at Yorktown, thus ending the military conflict part of the Revolutionary War.

The Aiken Bible was officially recommended to the American people by the U.S. Congress on September 10, 1782. “Resolved, That the United States in Congress assembled highly approve the pious and laudable undertaking of Mr. Aiken, as subservient to the interest of religion as well as an instance of the progress of the arts in this country ... this recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States.” The American Bible Society, founded in 1816, further flooded the land with inexpensive Bibles.

By 1829, the Bible Society’s printer, Daniel Fanshaw in New York, “was operating sixteen Treadwell steam-powered presses exclusively for ABS Bibles” (David Daniell, The Bible in English, p. 736). By the 1860s the Bible Society was printing a million Bibles a year. (By 2004 the American Bible Society had distributed more than 6 billion Bibles.) The relationship of early America to the Bible was illustrated by the frontispiece of the 1792 American “Self-Interpreting Bible.” The drawing depicted three women.

“The chief figure represents America. Her left elbow touches a column with thirteen names, headed ‘Washington’; her left hand holds a scroll labelled ‘Constitution’; her right hand is extended to receive from a kneeling woman an open copy of the ‘Holy Bible’” (Daniell, p. 602). The Bible permeated society at every level. There were Soldier’s Bibles for our military men, including those in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I, and World II, and the government was still giving Bibles to soldiers when I was in Vietnam with the U.S. Army.

There was a Bible for every Pony Express rider. The KJV family Bible was the most respected book in households and was taken westward by countless thousands of pioneering families. The KJV was used as a textbook and reader in the nation’s schools well into the 20th century. We were still reading the Bible in school when I was a kid. It was not until the 1960s that Bible reading ceased in public schools because of an unconstitutional and very sorry Supreme Court ruling foisted on the nation by activist judges. The English Bible even saturated the national dictionary.

Noah Webster’s An American Dictionary of the English Language of 1828 was filled with quotations from the King James Bible. Similar quotations formed a part of the hugely popular 19th-century McGuffey Readers, tens of millions of which were distributed, mightily influencing generations of Americans. They taught not only reading and writing and literature, but “honor, integrity, and fair play.” “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13).

A few resource for the Wod of God

online Bible

Free Bible program

A   good resourse for books
An excellent resourse to have books repaired or bibles inter-leaved

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Saturday 12-22-12

This is a very good video.  Thanks Ken

This explains alot, about taxes and the government in general

Everything that’s Wrong with the Tax System, in a Single Picture

December 19, 2012 by Dan Mitchell

I used to think this image was a damning indictment of the internal revenue code. Or here’s another chart showing how the tax system has become more convoluted over time.
But this new image may be the most effective of all of them. We don’t know what’s in the other 72,000 pages of tax code, but we’re all familiar with the basic 1040 tax form. Look at what the politicians have done to it over the past several decades.
Vladimir Putin goes on offensive against US

During a four and a half hour question and answer session, the president said Russian MPs had acted "emotionally, but reasonably" in approving the legislation, a retaliation for a new US law that bans alleged Russian human rights abusers from visiting the country. Mr Putin said that despite Americans being "up to their ears in a certain substance" made up of their own problems, they still insisted on highlighting Russia's ills.
"Why does one country consider itself entitled to spread its jurisdiction to the entire world?" he said in his characteristic rapid-fire delivery.
"Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo – people are kept in prison for years without being charged, they walk around in shackles like in the Middle Ages. "They have legalised torture inside their own country.
"Can you imagine what it would be like if we had at least something similar? We'd have been eaten alive! They would spread such a Bacchanalia [of criticism]! But in the US there's only silence."
The withering remark was just one of the notable moments in a combative performance from the Russian leader, who was giving his first mass press conference – a yearly feature of his first two terms in the Kremlin – since 2008.
Mr Putin also warned of an "endless" war in Syria, promised French actor Gerard Depardieu a Russian passport and claimed jailed billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky had been fairly prosecuted.
More than 1,200 reporters from all over the country and abroad attended the event at a central Moscow business centre. As in the past, many provincial journalists frantically waved signs with the names of their regions, or with words on the subject they wanted to ask about: Ice, Crude oil, Students, Problem, and From the Countryside were just some.
Delegates took the microphone with flowery compliments on Mr Putin's achivements and his family. One invited him to a celebration of record coal production and a correspondent from Kalmykia on the Caspian coast asked for a birthday message for his daughter. The president dashed it off on a notepad and handed it over forthwith.
But there was also a smattering of ticklish questions from liberal media - and some surprisingly challenging posers from pro-Kremlin outlets.
The Russian leader seemed at ease as he kicked off with a 15-minute speech giving a blizzard of statistics about harvest output, tractor production and rising birthrates. Yet two early questions about the legislation to ban Americans adopting Russian children - which still needs to pass a third reading in the State Duma and be signed by the president - appeared to get his hackles up.
One reporter criticised the law, which is named after Dima Yakovlev, a Russian toddler who died in Virginia in 2008 when his adoptive US father forgot him in a car for nine hours. The reporter said he had been humiliated in a Russian court when trying to adopt a child.
But Mr Putin retorted that the failure to allow Russian oversight of court cases involving abuse of adoptees in the US was unacceptable.
"Do you think this is normal? What's normal if you are humiliated?" he asked the journalist. "Are you a sado-masochist?"
The law, which would end around 1,000 adoptions a year, came after Barack Obama last week signed into law the Magnitsky Act - a measure paying tribute to a Russian lawyer who died in custody in Moscow in 2009 after blowing the whistle on a $235 million police embezzlement scheme.
After a raft of questions on internal matters, which he used to plug Russia's reviving economy, Mr Putin returned to foreign affairs. Asked whether Russia was risking its reputation in the Middle East by supporting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, whose government could fall, he replied: "We are not anxious about the fate of Assad's regime. We understand what is happening there and that [his] family has been in power for 40 years. Undoubtedly, change is needed. We are worried about something else: what happens next." Russia wanted to see dialogue between Mr Assad and the Syrian opposition to "save the region and the country from collapse and endless civil war," he added.
In a curious vignette, Mr Putin said the French actor Gerard Depardieu - who recently announced he was leaving France because of high taxes – was welcome to a Russian passport if he wanted one.
When a pro-Kremlin website asked if he had promised so much to the Russian people because he knew the exact date for the end of the world, the Russian leader caused a ripple of excitement by confirming "I know when the end of the world will be".
However, after a pause for effect, Mr Putin added: "In about 4.5 billion years' time." The Russian leader brushed off rumours over his health, suggesting they were invented by his political opponents.
  Got this as an email, strange i guess but true   Pentagon Study Finds Beards Directly Related To Combat Effectiveness

TAMPA, FL – Forget new gear, weapons, or sophisticated targeting systems. The newest tool coming to combat troops is low-tech: beards. In a report released yesterday, research think-tank Xegis Solutions noted that beards have a direct correlation to combat effectiveness.Jonathon Burns was the lead researcher in the study.
“We took 100 soldiers. 25 were Special Forces qualified and had beards, 25 were Special Forces qualified without beards, 25 were regular Army allowed to grow beards for the study, and the last 25 were regular Army without beards. All 100 of these subjects were in direct combat in Afghanistan during the study.”
He continued, “Xegis Solutions had several teams of researchers embedded with these troops to make observations on their combat effectiveness. The results were overwhelming, out of the 50 soldiers with beards, zero were wounded or killed and they had a significantly higher accuracy of fire than the soldiers without beards. The soldiers lacking beards had a higher rate of weapons malfunctions and basically, shit went wrong most of the time.”
CENTCOM wasted no time establishing a new rule forcing males to grow beards.
Commander General James Mattis issued a statement to all troops in combat zones.
“The time has come for the Armed Forces to accept the facts, and the facts are that beards save lives. All this time it was speculated that Green Berets were better because of their superior and intensive training while in fact, most of it had to do with beards.”
There’s no doubt that many in the Special Forces community will be angered, but General Mattis is convinced.
“It’s settled science. In light of this information we will enforce a rule requiring all males to wear at least one inch of facial hair at all times. Furthermore, any females able to grow facial hair are encouraged to do so as well.”

Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday 12-21-12

Got this email, i thought was funny

It all makes sense now.

Gay marriage &  marijuana being legalized on the same day.

Leviticus 20:13-"If a man lays with another man he should be stoned."

We were just interpreting it wrong.

Well we are still here, this one last cartoon

Here is a sign of the times, the president has been the saleman of the year for the gun industry for the last 5 years running, no one even close.  If he worked for a store (instead of supposedly for us) his commisions would exceed  what his salary is.  lol   We have been throught this before (y2k, president clinton), the price runs up, there are shortages and then it levels back out.  For y2k the price of 308 if you could get it was 500 dollars a case, now it is the norm.  If you can afford it you should have stocked already.  Why is when the gas producers use these tatics, you want them to be run out of business?

Gun, Ammo And Magazine Sales Soar, Prices Skyrocket, Stock Levels Low

The Obama administration announcement that they are supporting a new Assault Weapon Ban, and a ban on high capacity magazines, has sent shockwaves through the industry. All day consumers have been buying guns, ammunition and magazines.
Brownells is fast running out of stock of 5.56mm NATO and magazines. They still have 20 and 30 round aluminum magazines in stock but they are have run out of 30 round Magpul magazines and 5.56mm ammunition. They still have some premium .223 Remington ammunition in stock, but it won't last long.
Better not lose your compass

Global GPS Infrastructure 'Vulnerable to Attack'

Up to 30 percent of the world's Global Positioning System infrastructure could be taken offline by a 45-second message sent from equipment that costs only $2,500, researchers, say.
The implications of such an attack are grave and would affect everything from the abilities of ships, planes and unmanned drones to navigate to vital military operations and emergency services' abilities to quickly respond to distress calls.
"The good news is that as far as we know, we are the only ones with a spoofing device currently capable of the types of attacks," Carnegie Mellon University's Tyler Nighswander, who co-authored a paper on the subject, told SC Magazine.

Up to 30 percent of the world's Global Positioning System infrastructure could be taken offline by a 45-second message sent from equipment that costs only $2,500, researchers, say.

The implications of such an attack are grave and would affect everything from the abilities of ships, planes and unmanned drones to navigate to vital military operations and emergency services' abilities to quickly respond to distress calls.
"The good news is that as far as we know, we are the only ones with a spoofing device currently capable of the types of attacks," Carnegie Mellon University's Tyler Nighswander, who co-authored a paper on the subject, told SC Magazine.
"The bad news is that our spoofer would not be prohibitively expensive and complicated for someone to build, if they had the proper skill set ... It's difficult to put an exact likelihood on these attacks happening."
Nighswander added that a determined attacker faces no huge obstacles at this time.
The researchers tested the concept on GPS receivers manufactured by several different companies. Each crashed after receiving the malicious signal due to "software bugs in the processing of the navigation message," the paper said.
Researchers' attacks included location spoofs that could trick certain systems into shutting down or misbehaving, such as systems that run prisoner ankle bracelets, traffic signals and other programs that run critical infrastructure.
"The overall landscape of GPS vulnerabilities is startling, and our experiments demonstrate a signi´Čücantly larger attack surface than previously thought," the paper added. "Until GPS is secured, life and safety-critical applications that depend upon it are likely vulnerable to attack."

I thought of Jerry story Expedition and Jack Sandusky when i read this one.  If you have not read it i would recomend it highly, five stars.  You can read the first couple of hundred pages at his site, click teaser.   Don't You Dare Open a Door for Me!

Chivalry is back in the news. The always-alert Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute draws our attention to an item in the Psychology of Women Quarterly. A new study on what the authors are pleased to call "benevolent sexism" (which, as Murray translates, seems to mean gentlemanly behavior) found that both women and men are happier when men behave like gentlemen.This being a sociological publication, though, the findings are not written in English, but rather in academic argot. It's full of sentences like this: "A structural equation model revealed that benevolent sexism was positively associated with diffuse system justification within a sample of 274 college women and 111 college men."
If you spend more than $100,000 on an undergraduate and graduate education in women's studies, you can learn to be this impenetrable, too.
The authors of the study were quick to warn readers about what they'd discovered. "Our findings reinforce the dangerous nature of benevolent sexism and emphasize the need for interventions to reduce its prevalence." Right. Though it seems to increase the life satisfaction of both sexes, it must still be eradicated.
When feminists set out to remake the sexes back in the 1970s, they seemed to choose all the wrong traits to emulate and/or eliminate. Women were encouraged to match the promiscuity, aggressiveness, and irresponsibility of men. In other words, women were to model themselves on the worst men. Meanwhile, the best traits of traditional men -- specifically their most chivalrous and protective impulses -- were to be maligned, mocked, and resented.
Still dancing on Mitt Romney's political grave, feminist writer Gina Barreca told the Washington Post's Gene Weingarten that Romney would be a "terrible, terrible date." (Leave it to a feminist who wants women to be taken seriously to evaluate a presidential candidate as a potential date.) Why? Because he'd be chivalrous. "Chivalry is the opposite of good manners. It's infantilizing. It's contempt masquerading as politeness. The chivalrous guy is establishing roles; he is the protector, you are Limoges. Your job is to let him be masterful. In my experience, when you are standing on a pedestal, there's not much room to move around. That's by design."
Emily Esfahani Smith isn't buying the chivalry as disguised power grab line. Writing in the Atlantic, she notes (as Rich Lowry has highlighted) the contrast between the Titanic and the Costa Concordia -- two sinkings 100 years apart. Three quarters of the women on the Titanic survived, while three quarters of the men died. In 1912, men would have been ashamed of themselves if they failed to protect women -- even at the cost of their lives. Was that just "contempt masquerading as politeness"? On the Costa Concordia, early in 2012, men shoved women aside to get into the lifeboats. Oh well, at least the women had more room to move around than on that darn pedestal.
Smith reminds us that chivalry arose in response to the violence and barbarism of the Middle Ages. "It cautioned men to temper their aggression, deploying it only in appropriate circumstances -- like to protect the physically weak and defenseless members of society." Obviously many men failed to fulfill the ideal. We've always had boorish behavior. But wasn't it preferable to label boorish behavior as such, rather than celebrate it as a victory for sexual equality?
The chivalric code persists to this day, despite the best efforts of the feminists. When a shooter opened fire at an Aurora, Colo. movie theater, no fewer than three young men protected their girlfriends from bullets with their own bodies -- and died in the process.
Smith includes an anecdote that sums up the case for chivalry. Samuel Proctor, pastor of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church, tipped his hat to a lady. She was offended and demanded, "What is that supposed to mean?"
He replied: "Madame, by tipping my hat I was telling you several things. That I would not harm you in any way. That if someone came into this elevator and threatened you, I would defend you. That if you fell ill, I would tend to you and if necessary carry you to safety. I was telling you that even though I am a man and physically stronger than you, I will treat you with both respect and solicitude. But frankly, Madame, it would have taken too much time to tell you all of that; so, instead, I just tipped my hat."