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.

Related Reading:

Weaponry - An Illustrated History
SODIUM:1 Harbinger
The Mysterious Benedict Society
Body Armor (The Executioner, No. 225)
The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I

Hitler vs. Bush

Posted in Politics, Society on September 11th, 2014

Education in America’s lamentable public school system has gone a long way over the last six decades. Sadly, it’s gone a long way away from America and basic, right-thinking morality. Most certainly it is now little more than poorly, if at all, disguised anti-American, Liberal indoctrination of our children.

hitler-v-bush

Use a Venn Diagram to Compare Adolph Hitler and President Bush Jr.
(Click to Enlarge)

A current and most egregious case in point is that McKinley Middle School in Washington D.C.’s Northeast curriculum includes some “interesting” homework assignments, especially in what they purport to be their English department.

Directions: Now that we have read about two men of power who abused their power in various ways, we will compare and contrast them and their actions. Please refer to your texts, ‘Fighting Hitler — A Holocaust Story’ and ‘Bush: Iraq War Justified Despite No WMD’ to compare and contrast former President George W. Bush and Hitler. We will use this in class tomorrow for an activity!

Bear in mind that this was a 6th grade English class’ homework assignment. It was neither a class filled with more mature students nor was it a class on Social Studies. Yet the class’ teacher, who McKinley Middle School and the school district refuse to identify, felt that was both needful and appropriate to have the class compare and contrast President George W. Bush with Hitler, all the while tacitly and implicitly comparing the Iraq War with The Holocaust.

Yeah, education in America’s lamentable public school system has gone a long way over the last six decades. :-(

Related Reading:

Biological treatment of synthetic wastewater containing 2,4 dichlorophenol (DCP) in an activated sludge unit [An article from: Journal of Environmental Management]
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, 10th Anniversary Edition
Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life
The Indoctrination
Hitler's Last Secretary: A Firsthand Account of Life with Hitler

Riddle Me This

Posted in Humor, Politics on September 11th, 2014

Whine Cellar
What Do You Call A Basement Full Of Liberals?

Related Reading:

What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't: A Non-Partisan Guide to the Issues That Matter
Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City
Politics (Dover Thrift Editions)
Riddles and Brain Teasers: Laughter is the best medicine (The Humor Series)
Riddles and Puzzlers