Monday, November 30, 2015

Shoots and Leaders

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Let's get a few things out of the way first: the mass shooting at the Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic is an awful tragedy which should never have happened. Whatever the gunman's twisted motives (which remain unclear, although he mentioned "no more baby parts" in a rambling, disjointed conversation with police) he is nothing more, and nothing less, than a psycho killer who deserves capital punishment as quickly as the system will allow.

Clearly, the world would have been better off if this lunatic didn't have a gun. But Hope n' Change is struck by the hypocrisy of the president declaring "enough is enough" over this shooting of 12 people (3 killed, 9 wounded) while showing less interest in the holiday weekend's body count in Chicago (15 killed, 67 wounded) than he shows in sports scores.

And the reason is simple: Mr. Obama's goal remains to take guns out of the hands of the law abiding while doing nothing to curb the endemic inner city gun violence which takes so many black lives (which apparently don't #Matter to him much.) So his selective outrage is clearly political rather than moral.

Make no mistake, Hope n' Change is all for keeping guns out of the hands of homicidal lunatics. But how? What are the telltale signs which clearly signal that someone has gone around the bend?

According to voter records, which Democrats assure us are always 100% accurate, the bearded, formerly-married shooter was listed as a female. Was this a governmental error (unthinkable!) or a case of Caitlyn Jenner-itis? If it's the latter, the Left assures us that this is proof of rock solid mental stability.

The shooter also lived in tiny dwellings (sometimes a shack with neither running water nor electricity) which once might have seemed the mark of a spooky loner, but now is laudable for producing only a small, environmentally-sound carbon footprint.

Might his college records have provided a tip-off? Unlikely, since even those who spent their college days actively seeking out radicals (and later consorting with bomb-making terrorists) - as Obama boasts about in his autobiography - are clearly on the side of the angels. Still, the fact that the shooter got his degree in "public administration" suggests that he's harbored antisocial tendencies for quite awhile.

Sadly, there's no absolutely certain way to make sure that the insane (or people who have become insane over time) don't get access to guns - although Hope n' Change is genuinely open to hearing realistic ideas.

Until then, we suggest that the president drop his "weapons of war" rhetoric when talking about sane people who carry guns to help ensure public safety, and instead finally get serious about the actual wars and staggering death tolls in his Democrat-ruled inner cities.

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Say what you will, the president isn't afraid to use Brut force.

Join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday to the intelligent, well-informed, lovely, and remarkably understanding woman who contributes so much to the insights and opinions expressed here on Hope n' Change!


Joseph ET said...

Only 10 candles on Mrs. Jarlsberg’s Birthday Cake?
Oh, right! Her age is 10 plus shipping and handling.

Happy Birthday Mrs. Jarlsberg !

REM1875 said...

Happy Birthday and many more!

REM1875 said...

Well this shooting appears to have taken place in a sacred religious site- the cathedral of the left- saint margaret sanger's of the 'youth in asia' movement, so perhap oblamer was a little more peeved than usual about white people shooting each other up.
After all the staff not only votes for him, they send in money (!!!) and actually believe in his selective 'war on women' narrative.

Judi King said...

Happy Birthday to Mrs. Jarlsberg! A totally predictable reaction from the left about this latest shooting by a lunatic. Of course it's the fault of the Republican candidates who don't believe abortion (baby murder) or selling baby parts is a good thing.

Bobo the Hobo said...

Happy Birthday, Mrs Stilt! Gonna keep this apolitical and wish you the best ... have a piece of cake for me.

Geoff King said...

And many more Mrs. J!
"Weapons of war". As the ak-47 used by this psycho is one of the most popular weapons on the planet, with upwards of 100 million in use and a black market saturated with cheap copies of it, making it illegal will simply flood the streets with the fully automatic version instead of the totally legal semi automatic version.

OpenTheDoor said...

I always just adore the Prog line of, "We didn't have all this killing before the advent of the gun culture.".
No you retards, the USA has always been a "gun culture".
We didn't have all this killing because the crazy people who do them were put away where they could do no harm.
Now they have to actually commit such a terrible crime to get attention, attention they desperately need.
Dr.s were once allowed to remove dangers from society, now the Progs insist we leave them in place until they commit a terrible crime and then decide they need some attention.
If Progs need someone to blame, it rests on their narrow, immature, sophist, sissy shoulders and nowhere else.

Jim Lane said...

Stilt, hope you and your missus celebrate MANY more birthdays together!

Fred Ciampi said...

See, if only the entire planet had a year round temperature of 71.4 degrees all crime would end. Also all wars, famine, pestilence, plagues, epidemics, and spitting on the sidewalks.

Oh, and a very happy birthday to Mrs. Jarlsberg and may you both have the best of times together.

Rod said...

Indeed happy birthday to Mrs. J. I bet you stay busy keeping Stilt somewhat in line; enjoy the chocolate cake & don't even share unless you really want to.

Pete (Detroit) said...

Grandfather always said "birthday's are good for you - the more you have, the longer you'll live"
I guess he'd know, he had nearly 90 of 'em
Wishing you and the Lovely Mrs J all the best, Stilt! And may more years together..

Sally Jo said...

Happy Birthday, Mrs J!

George said...

Happy Birthday Mrs. J

chef621 said...

The government seems able to keep up with our health, especially when we reach the age to receive SS benefits. Why can't they keep up with all of the people who are on anti-psychotic drugs and restrict the purchases of weapons to them by punishing any one who sells or gives a weapon to such a person. I get phone calls every year now wanting to know if I have had any falls or dizzy spells in the past year. I am sure that they are not really interested in my health. They are more interested in limiting my medical care. They do what they WANT to do.

chef621 said...

Blessings to you Mrs J. Hope your year is fantastic!

Mike aka Proof said...

Great 'toon depicting the hypocrisy of #BlackLivesMatterAsLongAsThey FitALiberalAgenda.

rickn8or said...

Strange that Colorado Springs PD has slapped a gag order on this incident, as to type of weapon, statements by the shooter, etc. And it seems he did all his shooting outside the PP clinic and only sought refuge/barricaded himself in there, but the MSM is keeping that under wraps too.

Hippo Birdie Mrs J. provider of Adult Supervision to Stilton.

Dan said...

Regarding the climate change conference:
Why don't they have these conferences in a Motel 6 in Paris, TX? It's only 42.99 a night. And they have both nonsmoking and smoking rooms!

Plus, Lamar County Chamber of Commerce has a Civic Center with a 13000 sq ft exhibit hall! Rates are very reasonable. Probably could fit a whole bunch of world leaders in there.

And, of course, Happy B-day to Mrs. J.

Colby Muenster said...

O'Liar should be so worried about taking guns away from ISIS! Oh wait! I forgot; ISIS is defeated and on the run. Besides, when HRH Barry gets done in France, solving the problem of our country's greatest threat (global climate change), those ISIS dudes better go hide! I sure wouldn't want to be in their shoes when O starts making them drive Priuses and turning their thermostats down to 65.

Happy birthday to Mrs. J, and thanks for sharing your husband with us!

John the Econ said...

What a country. It does say something that a crazoid white guy who lives in a shack shoots up an abortion clinic and it's front-page news whereas simultaneously 5-times as many people are killed just in the President's home city and it's not even news. And whereas abortion clinic attacks today are relatively rare, the latter takes place every single day.

What does that really mean? That by the numbers, the Progressive meme that "lone wolf white guys" are the real threat to social safety and stability is completely bogus, or at least it would be if unless black lives don't matter on the south side of Chicago.

Speaking of "memes": I saw one last week with the amusing notion that if all black males between 18 & 35 were to join the NRA, they could take it over and then Congress could finally move to outlaw guns. Seriously. Of course, this meme arrogantly presupposes that black Americans are universally opposed to gun ownership, and would prefer that all citizens, including black ones, be disarmed. I know many black Americans who would be very disturbed by the notion, and highly doubt that this is the case. Second, could you imagine the optics of a post-2nd Amendment America where armor-clad ATF agents are scouring black neighborhoods to collect the outlawed weapons? Or are they only planning on collecting "white" guns?

Just another example of how today's Progressives don't think things out very far, or well.

John the Econ said...

Meanwhile, the President is busy dealing with the real threat to global stability, "Climate Change" at COP-21.

First, he, along with his entourage of hundreds of heavily armed Secret Service security personnel, bravely toured the theater where hundreds of disarmed victims were killed by Islamist terrorists. To my knowledge, there was no talk of how the guns were responsible.

Then it was on to the conference, where the meme is "time is running out". When they say "time is running out", they don't mean "time is running out for the planet" as they'd like you to think, but "time is running out because more people are coming to the conclusion that this whole 'climate change' thing is a giant scam aimed squarely at the poor and middle classes".

You see, the real problem is that globally, the embrace of free markets by formerly repressive regimes has reduced poverty to the lowest levels ever. This just does not sit well with the control freaks of the world, as independent and self-actualized global citizens are much more difficult to manage, and have a reduced need for government.

So that's why we need a "crisis" like "climate change"; to put these people back in their place, and to get the middle-classes of the not-poor nations under control. Since there's absolutely no activity in life that does not somehow involve carbon, it's the perfect excuse to regulate activities that the elite do not approve of the lower classes partaking in, like independent automobile travel. Since the majority of Americans still support gun ownership, I expect that guns will be outlawed based upon their perceived carbon footprint instead of repeal of the 2nd Amendment.

They made a big deal of lighting the Eiffel Tower up in green lights:

"The project, the work of the artist Naziha Mestaoui, is called 1 Heart 1 Tree. It allows participants to add a tree to the installation through the project’s website or a mobile app, by buying a virtual tree."

Why doesn't anyone question the carbon footprint of that silliness? If "climate change" is the imminent threat that all these world leaders say that it is, why are these national monuments still lit up in the first place? INHO, if these people are "serious", the plugs should be pulled on everything non-essential. Or is the real agenda to give these totalitarian wanna-bees the power to pick-n-choose what uses of carbon is appropriate, and which are not?

So, for example, anything from politically correct artists like Naziha Mestaoui gets a thumbs-up. But if your art doesn't conform to the correct politic? Never mind.

Given their way, the same will apply to entire economies, and your personal life as well.

And Happy Birthday to the ever-supportive Mrs. J. I doubt we'd be here without her love and support of Dr. J.

Shelly said...

As sure as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, Obama will drag out the gun control crap if a white person shoots up a place. If it's a black person or a radical Muslim, not so much. And, of course, while it is heresy to paint all Muslims as radical terrorists, it's perfectly okay to condemn all conservatives/Republicans for the actions of one deranged jerk. Even though facts are scarce in this shooting (so far), the narrative was being written before the event was even over. It's been proven that most, if not all, of the mass/spree shooters are leftists, a fact that gets glossed over as it doesn't fit the narrative. I despair.

On a happier note, happy happy birthday to Mrs. J and many many more!

Anonymous said...

Why so much news and back-lash over thugs and not much on a young white pregnant house-wife, raped and murdered for her credit cards?

Stan da Man said...

Not that this isn't a horrible tragedy, but does it strike anyone else as a hypocritical getting all fussed about a few deaths at an abortion clinic?
I mean, SERIOUSLY?!?!?

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Readers- Many thanks to all for the nice birthday wishes for the ever-youthful Mrs. Jarlsberg! As some have surmised, she actually plays a bigger role in what you see here than what you might expect. I can't tell you how frequently the direction of a commentary (or punchline for a cartoon) is a direct offshoot of the conversations we have at home. Not to mention the fact that she's the one who encouraged me to expand on the editorial portion of HnC (which originally only had a wry sentence or two accompanying the cartoons). We've been married forever (I'm vague on dates), are best friends, and partners in all endeavors - including this one.

And now, back to the news. (Sigh)

@REM1875- Barry surely savored the Colorado shooting because it seemed like he could tar a group of people (Christians, pro-lifers) to the actions of an individual. Funny how one nut with a gun indicates a "systemic" problem, but one Muslim who slaughters a bunch of innocents is always a lone wolf.

@Geoff King- I wish someone would explain to me why the government can't remove 11 million illegals, but can remove many more millions of guns (or at least claims they could).

@OpenTheDoor- We absolutely need to reform our mental health system in such a way that dangerous individuals can be taken out of circulation. Although it's admittedly getting harder to know who's certifiably crazy and who's just regular crazy.

@chef621- I certainly agree when it comes to anti-psychotic drugs. It gets dicier when you get to the various psychoactive drugs commonly (almost surely too commonly) prescribed for depression and other mood disorders. Such drugs can absolutely be beneficial for a lot of people (like me!) who should not have their rights restricted. Reasonable restrictions should definitely be put into place - but agreeing on what constitutes "reasonable" is going to be a difficult task.

@Mike aka Proof- Yep, exactly. I think those black lives in inner cities do matter; not just the ones prematurely ended by gang violence, but also the lives of those who deserve better educations, safer communities, and a real chance to participate in the American dream. I pray to see the end of liberal slavery in my lifetime.

@rickn8or- The lack of information about the shooter's motive is intriguing, since he actually survived the incident and could theoretically clear things up. I'm hoping there's a good reason that the police are withholding information at present.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Dan- My question is why these guys don't use electronic teleconferencing for their damn climate summit instead of flying all over the world in fuel-guzzling, smoke-belching jets (not just for themselves, but for their entourages and security people). You want to save the friggin' planet? Start using Skype, you idiots.

@Colby Muenster- When climate change is abolished, ISIS will lay down their weapons and join in the brotherhood of man. And, coincidentally, there will be ice-skating in Hell.

@John the Econ- I think part of the ugly little secret behind the Left's refusal to try to clean up messes like the Chicago war zone is their belief (most assuredly NOT mine) that there are limits to how much "those people" can be civilized or held to common standards of behavior. Clearly Obama expects much more from white people (per his "enough is enough" statement) - but how is this not the worst kind of racism?!

Regarding the climate change nonsense, you've absolutely distilled the essence of the matter. Much as was the case with Obamacare, this isn't about accomplishing any real world objectives - just the consolidation of power over peoples' lives and wealth.

If Barry is serious about this, why hasn't he kicked off an initiative asking Americans to voluntarily reduce their energy use by 10%? Where are the inspirational speeches telling us to "pull together" and "protect the future" and so on? But no - you'll never hear a Democrat tell voters that they should sacrifice for the common good.

It's all such a transparent sham.

@Shelly- Clearly, you and I are on the same page here (your comments are much like the ones I was writing above when you posted).

@Anonymous- I'm sorry for the death of any innocent. And yes, it does seem like the Left and the media (or am I being redundant) are very selective about #WhoseLivesMatter.

@Stan da Man- Certainly the irony is there, but only for those of us who believe that abortions also constitute the taking of lives.

NVRick said...

Happy Happy to Mrs. J!

Perhaps Dear Leader refers to legal guns as weapons of war in anticipation of his ISIS homies beginning their jihad on US soil. They would then, indeed become weapons of war.

@John the Econ:
Why isn't the massacre of blacks in Chicago news?
Why isn't the sun rising in the east news?
Because it happens every day. It isn't rare or unusual.

Why is a white guy shooting up a clinic news?
Why is snow in July news?
Because it is an unusual and rare occurrence.

Hope that clears up any confusion.

PRY said...

Ah, the power behind the throne! HappyBirthday, madam J!

mjloehrer said...

Isn't it wonderful to be 21 every year?

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Rod said...

PS to all this: I was just helped with a new (& insurmountable alone)new lap-top computer set-up by a major chain's "Knowledge Expert", and that's an official title; it's on the name tag. He delivered. Working quickly he navigated through & fixed all the hurdles in about an hour. (Easy and automatic set-up my ass.) As for "Knowledge Expert"... that's what I wannabe when I grow up. Meanwhile HNC gets pretty close on a regular basis.

JustaJeepGuy said...

A friend of mine was particularly incensed Sunday by the shooting here in the Springs (as it's known around these parts). He was leaving the shopping center that's just a stone's throw from the abortion mill but he had to take a long detour to get home since Centennial Blvd. was still (two days later!) blocked by the police. I didn't take my usual route to work this A.M. because I feared the street was still blocked. The police were still "processing the crime scene". The nutcase had surrendered Friday and they knew he was the perp, but they still needed to process the scene? WTF?

Don't forget, the Left wants to remove Second Amendment rights from law-abiding citizens and not common criminals because the criminals aren't going to overthrow the government. If they cared about crime, they'd do something about crime but they never do.


Happy Birthday wishes to Mrs. J.......

Bobo the Hobo said...

Mr President,

In spite of your statement that you wanted to “fundamentally change this country”, I was willing to trust my fellow Americans’ collective political decision and accept you as my president. Although I did not vote for you I was willing to take a wait and see approach to your administration when you took office in the desperate hope that because we have a checks and balance system embedded in our political process, you could not excessively damage our country.

Mr President, I was astonishingly wrong and my misplaced confidence in my fellow Americans has led me to the conclusion that you are a very angry individual who would sully our good name on a whim to further your own desires.

Instead of “hope” we have been subjected to angry name calling. When we express our outrage at the fundamental “change” you wish to inflict upon our founding documents we have been called “angry white people”, “racists”, and “homophobes”. The “change” you have wrought has depleted our reserve of optimism and the alleged “hope” you espoused during your campaign has become a gossamer spider’s web of confusion and despair.

Were it possible to change your mind about the direction in which you have bullied our country, I would invite you to walk with me down my city’s streets and see the destruction your administration has inflicted upon our country. I would point out the empty store fronts of businesses that defiantly struggled to succeed in spite of your economic fiats. I would show you the weeds that have begun to grow between the cracks of sidewalks no longer tread by shoppers eager to help stimulate the economy. I would show you the lonely parking lots where ghosts of customers wander, admiring cars that are no longer for sale.

You have done this to our country Mr President; you and Congress have led us down the path of self-destruction into a pit I fear we may never escape. But most of all, Mr President, you have broken the hearts of millions of Americans who can no longer state with certainty that their children’s future will be brighter than theirs.

And that, Mr President, is the unkindest cut of all.

Judi King said...

@ Bobo the Hobo: So well said. Thank you for stating what, I hope, millions of us feel.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@NVRick- Excellent point. The "news" is what's out of the norm, no matter how spectacularly awful that norm might be.

@John Robert Mallernee- What a great rendition of the birthday song! Thank you!

@Rod- I will never attain "Knowledge Expert" status. I topped out at "wiseguy."

@Bobo the Hobo- Beautifully put. You've captured the failed hopes and multiple betrayals of this presidency.

chef621 said...

@Stilt, I totally agree with you. I was thinking along the lines of Lithium etc. I was prescribed a mood med when my thyroid quit functioning properly. It works. I would never shoot anyone. My husband left me a gun when he passed, however I have no carry (YET). I keep putting that off. At this point if someone was breaking in, I would probably do better throwing the gun at him than trying to figure out how to shoot it. Then again I am 78 so if I keep putting it off, I won't need it. ;) I still don't want anyone saying that I can't have it.

John the Econ said...

One thing that events like last week's shooting in Colorado Springs does is to expose the intellectual inconsistency and rank hypocrisy of the left. One such offensive meme was the usual "right wing rhetoric made him do it".

But did it? Quite frankly, if I was "on the bubble" sane, it wouldn't be "right wing rhetoric" that would send me over the edge. It would be the insipid "sharing" of mindless leftists. My recent favorite is from "Christian Democrats" who are arguing that they support Planned Parenthood because since evil Republicans won't front for more welfare, then it's probably better than babies are aborted. Seriously, they're trying to make a "What would Jesus do" argument about abortion. If people are being pushed over the edge, it isn't due to long-term exposure to the Confederate Flag. It's due to the insanity that the left is pushing on America.

Personally, I'm not "anti-abortion", only because if we're going to be a socialist country, we can't afford more stupid people. But arguing that Christians should be okay with it because Republicans aren't paying enough for welfare is just sick.

Jim Geraghty in National Review makes the point:

"...criticism of Planned Parenthood means something like the shooting in Colorado “was bound to happen”… …but chants where people describe police as ‘pigs’ and call for them to be ‘fried like bacon’ doesn’t lead to attacks on police…

...but chants where people describe police as ‘pigs’ and call for them to be ‘fried like bacon’ doesn’t lead to attacks on police...

Wouldn’t Occam’s Razor suggest that those already driven by a desire or compulsion to kill other people are going to do so, and will merely latch on to whatever “reason”, justification or excuse is at hand or is most convenient? Isn’t it ridiculous to expect sane people to watch what they say and restrict what thoughts they express in order to prevent a rampage by someone with an inherently illogical, literally unreasonable, not-sane thinking process?"

A few weeks ago, our own Secretary of State went as far to argue that the attacks against Charlie Hebdo had "legitimacy", "rationale" and "particularized focus”.

Personally, I don't think that last week's Planned Parenthood attack had such. Shooter 20111128 was clearly a nutcase. And yet, Democrats wish to define this event as "domestic terrorism". I'd be okay with that, if only the same Democrats weren't classifying actuall terrorism like that which took place at Fort Hood as mere "workplace violence".

But more curious, as James Taranto points out:

"We were struck by the contrast between the left’s responses to the Paris and Colorado Springs attacks. The former brought out a display of empathy toward Muslims; the latter, of antipathy toward pro-life Americans."

The left really does hate us more than the people who actually want to kill them. How crazy is that?

Colby Muenster said...

Bobo the Hobo,

That is truly profound and extremely well stated! Sad to think that if O'Liar actually read it, he would harrumph his displeasure and dismiss you as a right wing, racist, hate monger. We all know that his true intentions do not include helping anybody but himself, especially the supposed "downtrodden poor folks" he claims to be fighting for. He could give a rat's ass about this country, freedom, liberty, or anything else our founders fought and died for.

This turd is on a mission and he will NOT be dissuaded by anything or anybody.... ever. January 2017 can not come quickly enough, and I pray to God that we don't end up with more of the same from that lying criminal, HRC.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@chef621- Glad that your med is helpful. I'm absolutely an advocate of mood meds for people who need them, myself included. And as you say, mood meds aren't the same as antipsychotics. Like you say, among the nominally sane gun ownership should be a choice - and I respect those who want one and those who don't. But when the government says I can't have one, that's when I will move Heaven and Earth to make sure I'm armed.

@John the Econ- Excellent points. The factors which might have motivated the crazy Planned Parenthood shooter are yet to be revealed, but the relevant part is that he's crazy. If a killer is motivated by his interpretation of the Bible, I'm not going to call for banning the Bible.

But what IS the fallout from things like demonstrators marching in the street and chanting "What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? NOW!" Two police officers were shot to death shortly after that obscene parade, and we know from his own statements that he was influenced by the rhetoric coming from demonstrators and, oh yeah!, the president of the United States.

And the point from James Taranto is absolutely true. When Muslims commit atrocities, the media feels the need to celebrate all things Islamic. Let a white guy shoot people and suddenly he's emblamatic of all pro-life conservatives. Appalling.

@Colby Muenster- I think I can safely (and sadly) predict that "we ain't seen nothin' yet" from this president. In his final months in power, I expect to see abuses undreamed of until now.

Chuck Baker said...

A belated Happy Birthday Mrs. Jarlsberg! Thank you for your sacrifices ...