Image Control

Posted in Politics, Society on September 15th, 2014

I can understand the Liberals’ and Progressives’ panic over “Militarized Police.” As these Leftists have always been against the police and are equally always more attached to image than substance, their doomsaying and strident complaints about law enforcement being well-equipped to handle rioting, looting, gangs, and other serious threat is consistent with the Liberals’ and Progressives’ normal behavior.

Some so-called Militarized Police
So-Called Militarized Police

What I have a harder time understanding is that Americans seems to be exhibiting the same reactions to well-armed and well-armored police units as the Liberals and Progressives are. This strikes me as odd because, much like the Liberals’ and Progressives’ gun control agenda, this is issue all about image control and nothing about substance. Normally Americans are better than that.

“Assault Weapon” and “Militarized Police” Are the Same Fiction

The terms “Assault Weapon” and “Militarized Police” are the same sort of fiction and manufactured concern. In both cases it is a phobia based upon something looking scary or dangerous without regard to whether it is more so or less than other exemplars of its kind. Also, both fears are predicated upon the delusion that having certain equipment causes one to behave in certain manners.

I really thought that Americans were better than that.

That was Then, This is Now

The simple truth of the matter, despite all the hype created and promulgated to the contrary, is that local and state law enforcement departments are less heavily armed than they were in past decades and that there are far, far, far fewer casualties during riots and (un)civil protests than there were in days gone by.

The “Non-Militarized Police” Of The Past

Sure, modern police tactical and riot response units look “scary” but their actual armaments are far less “militarized” than their predecessors’ were. From the 1920s through the early 1970s it was common for local and state law enforcement departments to have at their disposal Thompson submachine guns.

So, in America’s past our police forces were armed with fully automatic weapons, whereas now they armed with semi-automatic weapons. What they have now that they didn’t have in the past are: tactically practical uniforms, top flight body armor, and trained, specialized units to respond to more intense levels of threat. That is what “militarization” actually is – increasing the survivability of police officers in more intense and dangerous threat situations.

This may be a large part why there are far fewer fatalities resulting from riots, (un)civil protests, and any of the variations of gang-related police operations now than there were in the past.

As I said, I can understand the Liberals’ and Progressives’ panic over “Militarized Police” but I cannot understand why that same sentiment is so prevalent among Americans.

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The Birth Of Suburbia

Posted in Humor, Society on September 8th, 2014

Nothing says that we’ve turned shabby chic into the neo-neo-classical like redoing Sandro Botticelli’s Nascita di Venere as the The Birth Of Suburbia. :-P

The Birth Of Suburbia
The Birth Of Suburbia

Of course, this redux of The Birth of Venus would, without a doubt, incense the intelligentsia and academics to fits of derision and scorn. They barely tolerate the efforts of their students, much less those of the groundlings of suburbia. Also, such a composition as this would need to be heavily retouched so as not to rouse the ire of the multi-billion dollar fashion and weight-loss cartels, the politicians that profiteer off them, and the countless deluded slaves to their whims.

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Trí Mná Ceilteacha Álainn

Posted in Society on September 1st, 2014

There are reasons why my ancestors struck terror into the hearts of the other peoples we encountered and it wasn’t just the fact that we were ferocious in war…and had an almost unseemly fondness for it.

Three Beautiful Celtic Women
Trí Mná Ceilteacha Álainn

No our womenfolk, such as the three beautiful Celtic women above, struck at least as much terror into the hearts of others since they’ve been luring foreign men beyond The Pale (An Pháil), as it were, for millennia, and few of those men so lured ever desired to return home. ;-)

Mura féidir leat a chur ar a gcuid tailte , a chur ar a gcroí!

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