A New Type Of Poverty Is Crushing The Middle Class

As if the current global monetary system didn’t put the middle-class at a structural disadvantage versus the wealthy, by taxing them disproportionately with inflation, encouraging dissaving and taxing labor (ordinary income) much higher than capital (long-term gains), we now find out that the middle class has a new reason they’re being pushed into poverty: banks are willingly trying to put them there.

Source: A New Type Of Poverty Is Crushing The Middle Class

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This brings up some “interesting” issues.  If it’s happening in Australia, you can be assured that it’s happening here.

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A Mass Knife Attack Just Left 7 Children Dead: What It Means for Gun Control

A brutal knife attack at a school in Mizhi County in the Shaanxi province, located in northern China, left seven students dead and twelve more wounded on Friday in the latest of a string of knife attacks in the country. “Police have detained a 28-year-old suspect, who confessed to police that he had been ‘bullied’ at the same school as a child and ‘hated’ classmates,” Deutsche Welle (DW) reported .

Source: A Mass Knife Attack Just Left 7 Children Dead: What It Means for Gun Control

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Sad that “banning” knives doesn’t work.  Any wonder why?  Did we learn nothing from Prohibition!

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PLANTBASEDDIET: Never too late? Hope so!

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/never-too-late-to-start-eating-healthier/

Never Too Late to Start Eating Healthier
Michael Greger M.D. FACLM  January 16th, 2015  Volume 22

Since many tumors take decades to grow it’s remarkable that cancer risk can so dramatically be reduced– even late in life.

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Well, we’ll see if that applies to those of us over seventy.  I’m not sure if I can do it.  It’s hard to overcome a lifetime of pallet training.  Argh! 

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ErrorPort

Apple’s latest strategic blunder with the death of AirPort It’s a pretty standard pattern. If Apple neglects a product line for five-plus years, it’s dead, Jim . And this one, we actually already knew about in 2016 . Still, it’s shockingly dumbfounding that Apple has officially killed off the AirPort product line.

Source: ErrorPort

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Apple is a shadow of its former self in terms of innovation.  And, other than “planned obsolescence”, it’s behind in other dimensions.

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Visualizing The World’s Other ‘Aging’ Problem

While the world is becoming increasingly aware of the west’s looming (and current) demographic dystopia – solved in its globalist way via immigration and government-dependence – there is another ‘ageing’ problem that is potentially even more catastrophic…

Source: Visualizing The World’s Other ‘Aging’ Problem

“But, as Statista’s Dyfed Loesche shows in the infographic below, a lot of the currently still running reactors were connected to the grid in the 1980s, now 29 to 38 years old. “

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Think “we” could build some new ones?

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France seizes France.com from man who’s had it since ‘94, so he sues

Enlarge (credit: Bernard Van Berg / EyeEm ) A French-born American has now sued his home country because, he claims, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has illegally seized a domain that he’s owned since 1994: France.com . In the mid-1990s, Jean-Noël Frydman bought France.com from Web.com and set up a website to serve as a “digital kiosk” for Francophiles and Francophones in the United States.

Source: France seizes France.com from man who’s had it since ‘94, so he sues

 

Might makes right.  And, there’s little that any “little guy” can do about it.

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Olympic Medalist Files Suit Against California Over Bullet Control

California thought they were onto something. Since they can’t seem to control guns, even though they really keep trying to, they decided to control bullets instead. After all, what could go wrong with that. Well, now the state is staring down the barrel of a lawsuit.

Source: Olympic Medalist Files Suit Against California Over Bullet Control

 

As well they should, this is “back door” prohibition!

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Who decides whether your sick child lives or dies? You or the hospital?

The more power the state takes over health decisions the more we will see of this sort of thing. Make no mistake. For the most part you are not a human in the eyes of the state. At least that is true if you are not powerful. No, you are a number to be managed.

Source: Who decides whether your sick child lives or dies? You or the hospital?

 

Completely unacceptable that the parents aren’t in control. Sarah Palin was correct about “death panels”!

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GOVERNACIDE: Why aren’t the exit ramps equipped with tire shredders?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5652015/Wrong-way-driver-kills-mother-one-23-fiery-crash-Duncanville-freeway.html

Drunk driver caught on video driving the wrong way down a freeway before crashing and killing mother-of-one, 23

  • A man has been charged with intoxicated manslaughter after deadly car crash
  • Guillermo Suarez, 31, was seen driving the wrong way along a Dallas freeway
  • He hit Amberly McCrae, 23, head on in a crash that killed her, destroyed her car
  • Suarez’s car was seen bursting into flames as a crowd tried to save Amberly 

By Hannah Moore For Dailymail.com
PUBLISHED: 11:41 EDT, 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:15 EDT, 24 April 2018

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Shocking video shows the moment an intoxicated driver speeds down a freeway on the wrong side of the road and crashes head on into a young mother, killing her.  

Guillermo Suarez, 31, was seen driving east along the west-bound side of the I-20 Freeway in Duncanville Texas on Saturday when he set off a fatal multi-car crash.

His actions took the life of Amberly McCrae, 23, who left behind her nine-month-old son Jace.

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I’ve ranted on this before. As a fat old white guy injineer, why aren’t the ramps “trapped” to get the wrong way drivers?

If parking lots can afford to do it, then why not the Gooferment roads?

What no one’s relative sells them?

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Pennsylvania Dem Candidate Calls For Gun Ban

Democrats are odd creatures. In my experience, they get bent out of shape when you talk about how their party wants a gun ban of any sort. Then, you get candidates like Scott Wallace in Pennsylvania. This Democrat very openly wants a ban on certain guns, and he even says so .

Source: Pennsylvania Dem Candidate Calls For Gun Ban

 

There is no doubt what the liberal left agenda is for everything, it’s Gooferment control. Then, the next step is genocide.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Social Security is a Ponzi scheme

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/04/mark-nestmann/are-you-ready-to-work-until-you-die/

Are You Ready to Work Until You Die?
By Mark Nestmann — April 20, 2018

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Social Security suffers from a fundamental problem: it’s a Ponzi scheme, referred to in more polite company as a pay-as-you-go system. Benefits aren’t banked for payment to the persons who earned them. Rather, like a Ponzi scheme, early “investors” have first access to the funds. The so-called Social Security Trust Fund doesn’t exist, at least not in the form most people believe it does. It represents only an entitlement to future benefits, financed by future payments from workers.

Ponzi schemes work as long as the numbers of persons paying into the system and those receiving payouts stay in the same approximate proportion. The proportion of people paying into the Social Security system to beneficiaries is now at a historic low. And in the next 25 to 50 years the ratio will go even lower. In 1960, the worker-to-beneficiary ratio was 5.1:1. In 2005, it was 3.3:1. In 2020, it will be about 2.6:1. It is projected to be 2:1 by 2060.

Unfortunately, even that projection is optimistic because millions fewer workers will be paying into the system than even the most pessimistic scenarios estimate. Researchers at Oxford University estimate that a stunning 47% of US jobs could be eliminated in the next two decades.

Bridging the enormous gap between the benefits promised to retirees and the resources available to meet those promises requires a long-term infusion of trillions of dollars. The Board of Trustees for the Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes an annual report on the sustainability of Social Security benefits. In 2012, the board projected that full benefits could be paid through 2038. In 2016, the board projected Social Security would be insolvent in 2035. Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan federal agency, projects an insolvency date of 2029.

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That’s the problem with Gooferment. It makes promises that it can’t keep. 

I remember my family discussing many things but Social Security was described as the sacred cow of FDR. My uncles blamed it for breaking up families by permitting old people to move to Florida.

Only later, in college economics, did I realize that Social Security was a “plot” to transfer wealth from poor minority men to rich white women. Conspiracy Theorist supreme! (YACT = Yet Another Conspiracy Theory) It also deprived the poor of their only asset that they accumulated that should have been left to their heirs.

Even later, I heard about Chile who privatized their “social security” system and turned it into a national asset of capital formation. I attributed their success to the fact that the population was illiterate and the designer made it brain dead simple with strict rules and animal logos. While the people may have been illiterate, they certainly understood it was their money.

Where is “We, The Sheeple” DEMANDING “social security” reform. If MetLife did what the Congress has done, then all the executives would be in jail. 

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Should James Comey be Prosecuted? Take the AMAC poll!

https://amac.us/poll/should-james-comey-be-prosecuted-for-intentionally-leaking-information-to-the-media-while-he-was-director-of-the-fbi/

Should James Comey be Prosecuted?

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IMHO in one word — yes!

As should everyone who was involved.

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INOVATION: Seven points to help yourself

http://highexistence.com/self-help-minus-bullshit/

The 7 Universal Life Lessons Contained in Every Self-Help Book Ever Written

As Jon Stewart once said, “Bullshit is everywhere.” It stinks up politics, news, TV, school, religion, and of course, many self-help books.

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1)  If you CONTROL YOUR MIND, you CONTROL YOUR LIFE.

2)  FOCUS YOUR THOUGHTS in order to CONTROL YOUR ACTIONS.

3)  Controlling your mind takes PRACTICE EVERYDAY.

4)  Goals are useless unless you create SUCCESSFUL DAILY HABITS to achieve them.

5)  Results TAKE TIME.

6)  BLAME NOTHING.

7)  DON’T BE AN ASSHOLE.

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The Pension Crisis Gets A Catchy Name: “Silver Tsunami”

Authored by John Rubino via DollarCollapse.com, Pensions really are in crisis, but the story is so full of large numbers, obscure projections, and dry terms like “unfunded liabilities” that not many people are paying attention. The same is true for a lot of other big trends out there, which is why those sounding the alarm eventually settle on pithy/scary (if not always accurate) terms to get people’s attention.

Source: The Pension Crisis Gets A Catchy Name: “Silver Tsunami”

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The BHO44 DOJ interfered in the Clinton Foundation investigation

http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/15/fbi-clinton-foundation-investigation/

Behind The IG Report — How The Obama Justice Department Tried To Shut Down The FBI’s Investigation Into The Clinton Foundation
RICHARD POLLOCK — Reporter — 8:37 PM 04/15/2018

  • The Department of Justice Inspector General released a report Friday claiming “lack of candor” by former FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe
  • The report also details Justice Department’s influence to close a multi-state investigation into the Clinton Foundation
  • The IG claims McCabe leaked DOJ’s pressure to end the Clinton investigation to battle claims he was partial to the Clintons

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The Department of Justice Inspector General report on the “lack of candor” by FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe also documents for the first time the Obama administration’s effort to shut down the bureau’s investigation of the Clinton Foundation, according to a review of the report by The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group.

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The question is how much additional pressure did the Obama administration apply upon the FBI to end its investigation of the Clinton Foundation. The IG’s report is silent on this point.

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Seems factual that the BHO44 DOJ interfered in the Clinton Foundation investigation.

How high did the interference go? 

To BHO44 himself?

Who knew what and when?

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Shut the USPS down!

Interesting personal experience

Had to send a return via UPS. Since I had some other stuff to send, I used them.

I usually use USPS priority mail that costs 6$+ and change with a free envelope.

UPS was 10$+, but they charged separately for the envelope.

If UPS is a proxy for the “real cost”, then this explains how the USPS loses so much money.

Time to put the USPS out of its misery.

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FITBIT: Got my new Versa; hope it can make me thin, young, and handsome

Fitbit Versa Smartwatch, Black/Black Aluminium, One Size (S & L Bands Included)

It seems good.

  • Changing the small band installed to the large one was a little tricky.
  • Large face is an improvement.
  • Firmware update took a while.
  • Getting it setup was very simple and trouble free.

Hope the power meets expectations

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Gooferment Skrules should be teaching more about the Shoah and other genocides

https://nypost.com/2018/04/15/why-were-forgetting-the-holocaust/

OPINION

Why we’re forgetting the Holocaust
By Karol Markowicz
April 15, 2018 | 7:06pm

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A scary new survey released on Holocaust Remembrance Day purported to show that Americans are forgetting the atrocities of the Holocaust. What it really showed, however, was that Americans don’t learn enough to forget in the first place.

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Yet lack of Holocaust knowledge had become so pervasive that in 2016 Michigan and Rhode Island passed bills requiring Holocaust and genocide education in high school, joining New York, New Jersey, California, Florida and Illinois. Several organizations are pushing to expand this mandate to all 50 states.

That would be a good start. As these surveys show, students need to be taught not just the basics but the details. The Holocaust stands apart as one of the few world events students should have to master.

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Instead of protesting the Second Amendment, the “children” should know about the direct relationship between a disarmed population and genocides. 

If there not going to learn the three R’s, then they should learn how to shoot.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: End Gooferment defined benefit pension plans immediately

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5617901/Oregon-public-university-president-receives-monthly-76-111-pension.html

REVEALED: Oregon public university president receives a $76,111 A MONTH taxpayer-funded pension

  • Dr Joe Robertson retired as president of the Oregon Health & Science University in October last year 
  • The 66-year-old is receiving a monthly taxpayer-funded pension of $76,111
  • His pension is considerably higher than what the average family in Oregon earns a year with the median household income being $57,532 in 2016
  • His high pension is a result of the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System
  • Pensions paid out by PERS are reportedly consuming other essential spending

By Emily Crane For Dailymail.com

PUBLISHED: 10:08 EDT, 15 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:19 EDT, 15 April 2018

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A former Oregon eye surgeon and public university president is receiving a $76,111 a month taxpayer-funded pension after retiring late last year. 

Dr Joe Robertson, the former president of Oregon Health & Science University, will receive an annual pension of $913,000, which is the state’s largest public pension.

The 66-year-old’s pension is considerably higher than what the average family in Oregon earns a year. The median household income for the state was $57,532 in 2016, according to Census data.

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Why should the taxpayers be one the hook for something that’s impossible for them to get?

It puts a burden on future taxpayers that they can’t escape.

And, in the case of the average fixed pension, inflation can ravage the purchasing power of the pension.

By making it a defined contribution plan, the taxpayer is off the hook for a future liability.

Argh!

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HEALTH: Plant-Based Diets for Diabetics

https://nutritionfacts.org/2018/04/12/plant-based-diets-put-to-the-test-for-diabetes/

Plant-Based Diets Put to the Test for Diabetes
Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on April 12th, 2018

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The bottom line is that the more plant-based diet “led to a greater improvement in quality of life and mood. Patients consuming a vegetarian diet also felt less constrained than those consuming the conventional diet.” People actually felt the conventional diabetic diet was more restrictive than the plant-based diet. Disinhibition decreased with a vegetarian diet, meaning those eating vegetarian were less likely to binge, and the subjects in the vegetarian group tended to feel less hungry. All of this helps with sustainability in the long term, which is, of course, critical for any dietary change. So, not only do plant-based diets appear to work better, but they may be easier to stick to. And, with the improvement in mood, patients may exhibit desired improvements not only in physical, but also in mental, health.

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I’d wish I had know this back in 1970.

Would it have made a difference, who can say?

But, upon reflection, I’d hope I’d have been smart enough to try it.

Argh!

Add it to my list of failures.

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SECESSION: I don’t believe that 350M people should be ruled bt the “District of Corruption”

https://tomwoods.com/i-gave-this-washington-post-reporter-an-earful/?omhide=true

I Gave This Washington Post Reporter an Earful
12th April 2018 — Tom Woods

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Blast from the past:

One of my favorite speeches ever was the one I gave in Houston, on secession, during the last presidential campaign.

The Mises Institute hosted a one-day event on secession. Ron Paul and I were among the speakers. The Washington Post sent a reporter, for the obvious purpose of reporting on Ron’s remarks as a way of embarrassing then-candidate Rand Paul.

Now you’d think secession would be a question we could discuss rationally, the way we discuss anything else. The American Union is obviously just a utilitarian arrangement, to be judged by how well it works, and not sacred and unchangeable. (Why on Earth would it be? Does the Union exist for the people, or the people for the Union?)

Of course, we’re not allowed to have this conversation. Why, neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama thinks it’s a reasonable question, so that does it, citizen!

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Why can’t we dissolve the Union?

Allow CA to do a @calexit. And, everyone else that wants out to get free.

Worked for the USSR.

Argh!

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ECONOMICS: Never thought of a cargo ship that way

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2018/04/whos-we.html

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018
Who’s the “We”?
Donald J. Boudreaux

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You’ll say that the “we” is Americans – to which I say that our capacity as Americans to make all these marvels has emphatically not been dismantled.  We do make them, sometimes directly and other times in a roundabout way.  But always we make them.  As the economist David Friedman points out, we Americans have an ingenious machine for transforming the corn that we grow in Iowa into automobiles that we drive.  That machine is called a “cargo ship.”  Into the ship we put corn and, a few days later, out of the ship comes automobiles.  We make cars by making corn.  This production process is akin to every other production process: mix various inputs together to produce something different and greater than the sum of its parts.

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Now that’s an insight.

And the Gooferment should get out of the way of “we” filling up the outbound ships with “stuff”!

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FUN: A “trash panda” makes fools of Gooferment bureaucrats and their “raccoon proof” trash can

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5611463/Rascal-raccoon-figures-open-secure-bin-hilarious-footage.html

Trash panda strikes! Brazen bandit figures out how to open ‘raccoon proof’ trash can in seconds in hilarious footage

  • Toronto householder Graeme Boyce spotted the brazen daylight break-in
  • The animal forced its way in to the ‘raccoon-proof’ trash can in 30 seconds 
  • They were introduced in 2015, touted at the time as being totally critter proof
  • But the animal in the video dispelled that claim with consumate ease 

By Alastair Tancred For Mailonline

PUBLISHED: 05:32 EDT, 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:41 EDT, 13 April 2018

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This is pretty funny. 30 seconds to dispose of the barrier?

Link when they mandated “bear proof trashcan” in North Jersey. The bears just threw the cans at the conveniently located garage doors; splitting the cans open and damaging the garage door. Then they proceeded down the street and doing it at every house. Nothing like having an annoyed hungry bear in the neighborhood.

When will people learn that wildlife will find a way to survive. And, we’d best not get in their way.

This video made me laff at the arrogance of humans.

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GUNS: Without them, it’s all about size and strength

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5612133/Horrific-moment-female-worker.html

Horrific moment female worker is pinned to the floor by knife-wielding ‘rapist’ before a ‘guardian angel’ bursts in to save her

  • Man spotted a woman being attacked in a shop in Krasnoyarsk, Russia
  • Seeing ‘an attempted rape’ by another man with a knife, he intervened
  • CCTV caught the moment  the attack took place, and when it was stopped

By Will Stewart In Moscow for MailOnline

PUBLISHED: 09:25 EDT, 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:49 EDT, 13 April 2018

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A Russian man has been hailed as a hero after saving a female shopworker from an armed man who was ‘attempting to rape her’. 

Alexander Vysotsky was walking past a shop in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, when he saw a young female clerk being attacked by a man, and dashed in to pull him off her, and held him down until police came.

The horrific attack was caught on CCTV and shows the woman, known only as Ekaterina, 28, suddenly attacked by a man with a knife in the shop.

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“God made men and women; Sam colt made them equal.” — Unknown

I think the RKBA is a “woman’s issue” or a “senior citizen’s issue” or a “gay right’s issue” or even a “bully’s victim’s issue”.

We need to “even the playing field” from the thugs and criminals. Make them guess. 

As wrote more than a decade ago:

“I particularly like unlimited concealed carry. If the criminal regards the general public as sheep to be shorn, then let’s sprinkle in a few “sheepdogs” with big teeth in the flock.

Guess which gay to bash? Buzz, wrong, you picked a Pink Pistol and you’re dead!

Guess which woman to bash? Buzz, wrong, you picked a Paxton Quigly and you’re dead!

Guess which brown person to bash? Buzz, wrong, you picked a Massad Ayoob and you’re dead!”

https://reinkefaceslife.com/2006/11/02/guns-lets-sprinkle-in-a-few-sheepdogs-with-big-teeth-in-the-flock/
GUNS: Let’s sprinkle in a few “sheepdogs” with big teeth in the flock
Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 at 20:26

“Victim disarmament is the view that it is somehow better to see a woman raped in an alley and strangled with her own pantyhose, than see her with a gun in her hand.” — T.D. Melrose

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