Friday, May 29, 2015

Electric Glide in Blue

Ultimate Motorcycling reports that more than 50 police departments have adopted Zero battery-powered motorcycles for some of their patrol officers.

As the write-up notes, one advantage the Zero gives patrol officers is the absence of engine noise.  They are agile and fast.  I disagree with the view that they are better for the environment given a) that I do not consider carbon dioxide a pollutant and b) that the electricity to charge the battery comes most often from coal-burning power plants and c) that battery building is a dirty business.  Politically correct BS aside, however, I can see that electric bikes have a future in our urban jungles.  I think they are a beneficial application of the technology -- more so than electric cars in my opinion.

Off point, I also think, once they become popular, they will be stolen and chopped at very high rates because the components will be so valuable and easily traded.   

I can't imagine a scenario where I would buy an electric bike, but I do not have the (admittedly) irrational and visceral antagonism toward electric two-wheelers that I feel for electric four-wheelers.  I don't know what my problem is.  I even hate Cooper Minis, and I consider the Smart Car an automotive armadillo.  

Some day, if battery and charging technology continue to improve, it might be possible to "fill up" a plug-in bike with a range of a couple of hundred miles in ten minutes or so. Until that day comes, electrics will continue to impress with their acceleration and maneuverability under limited functional conditions. Municipal police patrols are a good current use.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

War on Water

You've probably heard that Obama and the EPA are claiming sovereignty over all water in the U.S.

The EPA was created, as I recall, under Nixon.  It's not a bad idea -- in principle, however, as we were talking about earlier this week with the Department of Agriculture, it is now as much a rogue agency as the IRS or the ATF.  Dogs are good.  Mad dogs have to be put down. 

Common sense would suggest that navigable waterways do not include drainage ditches or fish ponds on private property.  Of course, common sense has nothing to do with it.  It is all about seizing power and control.  Property rights, including all-important water rights, mean nothing to tyrants, petty or otherwise.

I have my own little red line.  The day the government tries to come in and tell me what I can do with my pond or the little spring and stream I have on my property or my well is the day I begin practicing uncivil disobedience.  I'll put up with a lot of silliness and taxation and regulation and bureaucratic stupidity, but water is life, and I take it very seriously.  I don't think I am entirely alone in this.

A government that has no respect or regard for the most vital rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is a government unworthy of respect or regard. 

It is time to de-fund and dismantle the EPA. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Possible Cottonmouth Fatality

Death from snakebites are rare, but, over the weekend, a man died after being bitten twice while wading in the James Rivers south of Springfield, MO. 

Gilbert DeLeon, 37, was wading at the Delaware Access Area of the James River when he was bitten on Friday.  Christian County Coroner Brad Cole says his girlfriend wanted him to get medical attention, but he refused and tried to treat himself.  His girlfriend told investigators that DeLeon was lethargic the rest of the evening.  He died early Saturday in his sleep.

In the video at the link, the reporter says DeLeon told his girlfriend he wouldn't go to the hospital because he could not afford it.  I will refrain from my usual tirade about how a perfectly good free market medical system was ruined by government intervention in the 1960s -- except to suggest that government policies and Obamacare may have contributed to Mr. DeLeon's death. 

I have known people to survive venomous snakebites without any sort of treatment.  My father claimed that he was doing all right until he was given the anti-venom, but I think that was a matter of timing.  We got him over to the clinic within about an hour after he was bitten by a copperhead, so about the time he got the shot is when he would have started feeling the full effect.  A bull-headed friend who survived an untreated bite from a copperhead just a few years ago suffered considerably in the process.  He thought he was going to die and told his wife he did not want to be buried in a blue coffin.  He might have been slightly delirious.

The reason I posted this was Ben's comment the other day about cottonmouths versus copperheads.  According the report, unspecified "experts" think the snake was probably a cottonmouth.  Copperheads certainly swim, but it is most likely a cottonmouth given the location and the fact that it happened in the water.  It is rather difficult to imagine what the man could have done to antagonize the snake.  The spokesman for the Department of Conservation mouthed the standard official-speak, "... it is best just to leave them alone ...", referring to snakes and other creatures.  It's possible that the victim cornered the snake or struck at it, but there is nothing in the body of the report to indicate deliberate aggression on DeLeon's part.

There won't be an autopsy but there will be a toxicology test.  The coroner was unsure if that would indicate the species of snake. 

It is a sad story.  The world can still be a dangerous place, and it is always wise to pay attention.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Abolish the U.S. Department of Agriculture

The USDA budget is about $135-140 billion annually.  Of that, approximately $2 billion is spent on food safety inspections and plant and animal safety.  I'm OK with that $2 billion -- though half of it is probably wasted.  We can keep that part.  The rest of the USDA should be shut down today. 

I was out over the weekend, and we passed by this farm near where I grew up.  There was a lot of corn planted.  I asked about it and was told it was for silage.  It's on a dairy farm run by what they said were "people from Sweden or some such place". 

The thing is, these foreigners were able to come into the States and set up a nice operation with financial help from the USDA.  In just one recent instance, it became known that this operation ran up a bill of about $30,000 at a local farm store. The bill was paid by the USDA. 

This is far too typical of the corporate cronyism in agriculture and other industries.  If you know the right people and are willing to jump through the various government hoops, you can make a good living on taxpayer dollars.  The family farm is being destroyed while corporate farms and agribusiness giants like Cargill and ADM prosper. 

Government dependence is bad -- whether one is a welfare queen in East St. Louis cranking out bastard babies for fun and profit or a business-suited CEO getting "free" money from the taxpaying serfs in this country. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Hedgehog's View

There is an ancient saying from the Greek poet Archilochus:  The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.

The hedgehog's world view is centralized and simplified.  The fox is too engaged with the complexities of reality to formulate a general theory, since, to him, all theories are cutting off and ignoring obvious aspects of existence as it is.

I'm not entirely sure Raymond Ibrahim is using the metaphor quite the way I would in his American Thinker article:  "Obama, ISIS, and the Writing on the Wall".  Read it and see what you think.

You probably also need to read the earlier piece by Mr. Ibrahim to which he refers:  "Does Obama Need 'Time' to Defeat or Forget ISIS?"

Ibrahim predicted in the October 2014 essay that Obama's intention was never to defeat ISIS but to get them out of the headlines, to placate those who were offended by the Islamic State's videos of decapitations and other reported atrocities. 

The regime has succeeded.  Now "suddenly" we learn that Ramadi, the key city of the crucial Anbar province, is under the control of ISIS.

To quote from the conclusion of Mr. Ibrahim's AT essay (links in original): 

To fully appreciate the significance of this latest conquest by the Islamic State, consider the words of Anbar governor Ahmed al-Dulaimi, spoken back in November 2014: “If we lose Anbar, that means we will lose Iraq.”
Of course, none of these developments are surprising for those among us who were able to take a step back -- to transcend the distracting noise and nonsense daily grinded out by mainstream media -- and look at the big picture.  For those able to read the plain writing on the wall, the end game of Obama and IS was always easy to discern. 
Put differently, Americans need to start viewing the Obama administration with the eyes of a hedgehog, not a fox.

The fox might think Obama is incompetent as a political and military leader, unable to comprehend the complexities of the battlefield, unwilling to engage in a ground war for political reasons, and so forth.  The hedgehog has a simpler explanation.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Papa Needs A Brand New Bag

Times change and sometimes, even the most traditional of us, have to consider changing with them.  No, I'm not going on Fakebook, and I'm not getting a smart phone.

My favorite "weekender" bag ever was a little faux leather duffel or gym bag with pockets on the ends.  I carried that thing all over the country for years.  It's retired to the attic; I can't bring myself to burn it, although it is beyond all hope.  I currently have three or more duffels, none of which I really like -- too big, too small, too floppy, not enough compartments, etc.

I do like my laptop bag.  I still have to have a laptop for work, and this bag, though limited in capacity, is great to carry.  It holds my laptop, power cord, charger cords, and various miscellaneous electronic necessities along with pens, pencils, notebooks and even my tablet.  That's it, though, there's not much room for other gear. This laptop bag has a single strap for carry over the shoulder.  I like that, too.

I mentioned on the other blog that I have been thrown out of sync this week by the necessity of searching for a missing family member over the weekend.  It turned out to be no big deal, but it did start me to thinking -- often an expensive activity.

I thought, when I left the house, I might wind up staying away for an extended time, overnight at the very least.  I usually keep some basic travel gear in one of my duffel bags -- a small Dopp kit with toiletries, a couple of changes of underwear and socks, t-shirt, shorts -- enough to sleep and take a shower and brush my teeth the next day.  So I grabbed that bag, threw in a firearm, ammo, a serious blade, a couple of tools, water bottle, protein bar, that sort of stuff.  Then I grabbed my laptop bag and loaded it for work.  All I would need, if I were still away on Monday, would be a WiFi connection. 

Once I got everything in the truck and was rolling down the road, I became slightly annoyed that it had taken me so long to get out of the house and the fact that I had to bring two bags.  It seemed to me that I should have been able to have one bag to rule them all to haul everything.  I didn't have that much stuff.  And, I ought be able to keep it sufficiently stocked with "spare" gear (e.g., one or even two of my forty-seven knives) that I would not have to think too much about what I might need.  Undock the laptop, shove it in the bag, pick up the .40, shove it in the bag, and go.  Maximum five minutes.

So, why don't I have a bag like that?  

I looked at messenger bags.  Even if I could find one with sufficient capacity, they look like purses.  I know the man-bag/murse is now acceptable, but it's not for me.  I guess I could wrap it in buckskin and call it a possibles bag.  Probably because of my age and the time I went to college, despite having read The Complete Walker and the Outdoor Life camping column every month throughout my formative years, I have always associated backpacks with hitchhikers and hippies.  I never saw a hillbilly with a backpack. 

Still, that's what I'm considering -- a backpack that will protect my laptop, hold my electronic odds and occasional end with additional space for gear sufficient to get me comfortably through a night or two away from home and help me deal with most contingencies that might arise. 

I am open to suggestions and will report here on whatever I might eventually obtain.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Nothing Succeeds Like Secession

So this 28 Sherman guy has a couple of interesting maps and links that show the relative economic power of the various states.

Read it and see what you think.

Part of our historic power as a nation has always been in the economic diversity of our regions.  Natural resources and geography have combined to allow us to prosper as producers, traders, and creators. 

Technology makes the role of a central government far less relevant than it might been in the past.  We can find people and resources and make contacts without all the machinery of bloated and expensive bureaucracies and agencies. 

Any time there is talk of states pulling out of the Union, someone will say that the concept of secession was settled by the Civil War.  It is true that the secessionists lost the war, but that doesn't mean the concept was erroneous.  It was simply a matter of the North having more manpower and manufacturing capability to continue the war than was available to the South.  Slavery is wrong.  Secession isn't necessarily. 

Joss Whedon may be a liberal idiot but the words Malcolm Reynolds spoke ring true, "May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one."

I am not convinced that secession is the way to solve our problems, but I'm not convinced it isn't.  I am sure that the federal government is, as Reagan said, not the solution but the problem.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Rare Occasion When I Agree With Obama

The half-Kenyan restricts local police access to some military surplus gear:

In previewing the president's trip, the White House said that effective immediately, the federal government will no longer fund or provide armored vehicles that run on a tracked system instead of wheels, weaponized aircraft or vehicles, firearms or ammunition of .50-caliber or higher, grenade launchers, bayonets or camouflage uniforms. The federal government also is exploring ways to recall prohibited equipment already distributed.

In addition, a longer list of equipment the federal government provides will come under tighter control, including wheeled armored vehicles like Humvees, manned aircraft, drones, specialized firearms, explosives, battering rams and riot batons, helmets and shields. 

Local LEOs do not need tracked APCs.
The Department of Education, Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms doesn't need that stuff either.  We do not need a national police force.  We don't need to try to get around Posse Comitatus.  

Obama is still an idiot.  He may be like the proverbial stopped clock.  He may be right for the wrong reason.  Still, as painful as it is for me, I will admit that he is right in this case. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Foxy Friday

No, it's not what you think.

He or she was bopping along the wall at 11:00 am -- broad daylight.  This is a red, by the way.  My pet gray is more nocturnal.  It has be close to sundown or after dark before the gray prowls.

This fox is approximately forty-five feet from my office door.  It headed for the cat food behind the barn, and the cat that was sleeping by the door headed back there, too.  I guess she just wanted to see what he was doing.  The other cat came up out of the orchard for the same reason.  I was going to try to sneak up on the fox with the camera (this picture was shot through the storm door), but he heard me and took off for the timber.

I suppose if I caught a fox in my chicken house, if I ever get a chicken house, I might shoot it, but I doubt it.  I like coyotes.  I admire their adaptability and their intelligence, but I'll still hunt them.  Foxes are more like kin.

Come to think of it, I have kin I'd sooner shoot.

I should add that you can click to get a closer look.  Also, those blocks are 12 inches wide, which gives you a good idea of the little guy's size -- what, maybe fifteen or sixteen inches at the shoulder?  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Disobedience, Civil and Otherwise

On Townhall, one of our favorite libertarian journalist, John Stossel, reviews the latest work by Charles Murray.

If you haven't done so already, click over and read the whole thing.  It's worth the time: 

Murray's suggestion -- laid out in "By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission," will make some people nervous. He argues that citizens and companies should start openly defying all but the most useful regulations, essentially ones that forbid assault, theft and fraud.

He writes, "America is no longer the land of the free. We are still free in the sense that Norwegians, Germans and Italians are free. But that's not what Americans used to mean by freedom."

Very true.  Stossel goes on to mention Uber which is now too large and popular to be shut down by the government.

Along these same lines, I had a conversation recently with a colleague who lives in Colorado.  I made a joking reference to the legalization of marijuana in her state, and it set her off on all the repercussions and ramifications of states ignoring the federal law.  For one thing, tax revenues from marijuana sales have contributed so much to state coffers that Colorado will be forced to rebate tax money to its citizens.

This causes some consternation because reefer transactions take place almost entirely in cash.  Banks still fear federal law enforcement and being accused of laundering drug money.  So is the state going to send out cash in envelopes?

This shows us that our Federales still have some leverage when states defy their rules, but it also shows that the feds are not so interested in direct and open confrontations with the states.  State and local governments can get away with a lot more than they are getting away with now. 

One side of disobedience is what we see on television with all the rioting and looting on the streets of Baltimore or Ferguson.  Those are things that do actual harm to people and property.

The other side is exemplified by the quote from Jefferson which Stossel cites from Murray:

He quotes Thomas Jefferson's observation that a good government is one "which shall restrain men from injuring one another (and) shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits." 

We can understand laws like that.  We cannot understand the myriad of IRS regulations or Obamacare minutiae or the details contained in a hundred other laws the government has dumped on us in the last twenty years.  It's just like the ATF stuff we were talking about yesterday.  One way you go to jail; the other way you have the world's coolest copperhead dispatcher. 

As the bard from 'Bama said:

If my wife and I are fussin', brother that's right
'Cause me and that sweet woman's got license to fight
Why don't you mind your own business?  Mind your own business
'Cause if you mind your own business then you won't be mindin' mine.

Mindin' other people's business seems to be high-toned
I got all I can do just to mind my own.
Why don't you mind your business?  Mind your own business
If you mind your own business, you'll stay busy all the time.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Interesting Regulations by the ATF

This is NOT an ATF-defined "destructive device" requiring the $200 NFA stamp.  It is a perfectly legal firearm because it has a bore in excess of one-half inch and fires shotshells. 

Dean Weingarten at Gun Watch explains in some detail with feedback from Mossberg:

I was surprised to learn that firearms that fired shotgun shells with a bore of more than .5 inches, and a barrel length less than 18 inches,  could legally be purchased and possessed without all the complex regulatory burden and $200 tax required by the National Firearms Act, the Gun Control Act of 1968, and all the following changes.

The firearm pictured above is based on the Model 500 series.  At the Shockwave Technologies site, there is considerable discussion about ordering a 14" front end to use to build a legal (non NFA)  firearm with a barrel less than 18 inches.

 ©2015 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

I would love to have one of those without jumping through the NFA hoop.  These are useful weapons for civilians and have more practical applications for someone like me than other perfectly legal weapons like the Rossi mare's leg lever-action or AR-type pistols.  It's not something to use for shooting skeet, but with a little practice, I am sure it could be controlled and fired with reasonable accuracy at 10 or 15 yards.  Short-barreled shotguns always made sense to me - - as does basically any shotgun.

Aside from another one of my gun fetishes, the larger point that Weingarten and others make is that the ATF has a myriad of regulations that are often contradictory in some aspects.  Why is this an acceptable weapon if there was never a shoulder stock installed on it at the factory?  If there was a factory shoulder stock and someone modified it afterward, it is a destructive device.  It's a morass.  

Monday, May 11, 2015

Women Rangers

Army Rangers are elite.  Since we have women in the military, they are allowed to try out for the Rangers.  Out of 380 men and 19 women, only 115 men made it through the first round.   

Women who complete the Ranger course will be awarded a distinguished tab but will be excluded from the 75th Ranger Regiment, which remains open only to men.
The military has until January 2016 to open all combat jobs up to women or explain why they remain exclusive.
So it was just an exercise in futility and a waste of time and taxpayers' money.  

I would like to know why, as a man over 60, I am excluded from the military and all the elite units.  If I can get this pesky meniscus in my knee healed up, I guarantee I can lift more, carry more and outrun some of those women -- not all of them, like I could when I was twenty or thirty.  Now, just go through the arguments about women in the military and substitute "senior citizens" for "women".  See if our opposition to such makes any more sense. 

Women can shoot.  There is no reason I can think of that a woman can't out-shoot a man, no reason that women, on average, can't shoot as well as men, on average.  What women can't do, on average, is carry as much as men or run as fast as men or be as strong as men in general.  If soldiering were nothing except shooting then, yes, women would be fine.  It isn't.  Shooting is a relatively minor part. 

Any unit is only as strong as its weakest member or members.  When the standards are lowered and less fit, less physically capable people of either sex are allowed to pass, the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit as a whole is compromised.  Decreasing efficiency and efficacy leads to an increase in casualties.

There are some "Velasquez" women (see Aliens) who might, as the line goes, be mistaken for men, but these are relatively rare genetic anomalies. 

If we are going to use the military as a tool for social engineering then I think we might be better off getting rid of it altogether and go back to state militias.  We have to keep the Navy (with the Marines) and the Coast Guard, and we probably need a federal force to man the missile silos and something on the order of the old Strategic Air Command.  We are blowing way too much money on stupid stuff to continue in our present course. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Way Behind on My Garden

I finally got some tomato plants out yesterday.  I also have a few pepper plants -- bell, habanero, and jalapeno, planted.  That's it.  I don't even have everything tilled up to plant. I'm barely keeping up with my lawn-mowing.  I am just not highly motivated this year. 

My wife loved to run the lawnmower, so generally all I had to do was the trimming.  I do trim a lot, which should not be confused with Camelot.  Somebody probably has one of those around here.  We have peacocks and bison, why not camels? 

The lawnmower is easier, but it takes time that I used to use for other things.  I've also been spending more time with my daughter, especially as she has been recovering and just starting to really deal with her mother's death.  Some of the things that normally get priority at this time of the year are going down the list.

Still, I have several packages of an heirloom popcorn that I want to plant along with beans and watermelon and some winter squash -- probably Queensland Blue.  They are really nice-looking squash and make good pumpkin pies.  I also have to plant some cucumbers.  I don't eat them when I can avoid it, but my wife could never get enough, and the grandkids are the same way, so I have to have some for them.

Between rain for the next few days and having to attend a family get-together on Saturday, I"m gaining any ground, but I guess it will work out in the end.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Muslim Sense of Humor

At PJMedia, Goldman explains why Muslims seem to lack the humor gene: 

The answer is that radically different deities are in question. Judaism begins with a covenant between God and human beings–Abraham and his descendants–that is a partnership in which God is normally, but not always, the senior partner. As Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks observes, the Jewish sages of antiquity envisioned Moses acting as a judge for God, permitting God to annul his earlier vow to destroy the Jewish people after the sin of the Golden Calf. This is unimaginable in Islam, just as unimaginable as the Christian God who humbles himself on the cross. 
I first came to a glimmer of this understanding thirty years ago in a conversation with a Nation of Islam convert who asked, "How can you believe the Great God could become a man?"  My answer was to speak about the kenosis of the Logos from Philippians 2:5-11. 

Despite the claims of many, I do not believe the God I worship is the same as that of the Mohammedans.  I would say, too, that there is a deep divide that separates the nature and purpose of revelation in the Judeo-Christian tradition from that of Islam.  Yahweh seeks to reveal Himself that He might relate to us, to know and to be known.  Allah seems to demand obedience that his cosmic order might be maintained.  Back to Goldman:

As Franz Rosenzweig observed, the actions of God are indistinguishable from naive observation of the natural world. They simply are the way things are, and for no other reason than it is Allah’s whim that they be that way ... the way things are, to Muslims, includes the sedimentary layers of centuries of tribal practice ...To slight Mohammed, and by extension Allah, means the ruin of the way things are, the dissolution of the ties that hold society together. To question the way things are is to inspire social chaos.

Finally, Goldman concludes with an observation that is similar to what I was thinking as I wrote Monday's post:

The organizers of the Garland, Texas exhibition of Mohammed caricatures–the Dutch politician Geert Wilders and the anti-jihad campaigners Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer–have proven their point: To placate Muslims in their resistance to modernity would require the West to give up being the West. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Baltimore Burns Over Knife Laws

I don't know anything about Freddie Gray.  Except to use the mayor's remarks for my rant on private property last week, I have not paid much attention to the Baltimore situation.  This, however, annoys me:

While Mosby said Friday that the officers had made an illegal arrest because a knife Gray was carrying was not a "switchblade," a violation of state law, the police task force studied the knife and determined it was "spring-assisted," which does violate a Baltimore code.

Essentially, in a lot of these metropolitan areas, a person can be arrested and charged over almost anything.  It's a pocketknife.  There is no reason that I can imagine for outlawing any kind of automatic or assisted-opening knife.  It's a buggy-whip law.  I will guarantee you that there are cops in Baltimore carrying knives that are illegal for citizens.

Law and order is only as good as the law.  If we have stupid laws then our order is often the order of the police state.  Thus, I find myself in odd agreement, in a way, with the eternally aggrieved in Baltimore and even some of the comments by Dear Reader Obama.  We do treat those of the government-created underclass "unfairly", enforcing laws with the aim of, as the police would argue, simply getting "criminals" off the streets.

Laws should be clear and uniform, and uniformly enforced and enforceable.  That means, in reality, that we need many fewer laws than we currently have. 

Government vote-buying has created this urban underclass who then vote for living.  They have sufficient funds and support to have a great deal more leisure than I have.  They use that leisure mostly in pursuit of pleasure, some of which is immoral and self-destructive.  We would do far more good by stopping the subsidies for laziness, bastardy, and dysfunctional families than by making self-destructive behaviors that harm no one else illegal.  If those folks were busy working for a living, they would not have time for as much mischief and mayhem. 

I would also suggest that we ought to stop disarming citizens to the point that a pocketknife is considered enough of a threat to earn a man, whatever his prior history, a broken back. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

America Has a Culture

I was not following any of the news over the past three or four days.  I did hear in passing about the events in Garland, Texas where some Muslims attempted to attack some people who were making fun of them.  I can sympathize with Muslims.  I feel bad when people mock Christ and the Church and deny and reject God. 

I’ll even concede that the event was provocative, and, if Muslims had protested, that would have been reasonable.  If someone had gone in and heckled the speakers, that would have been American.  We understand that. 

Americans understand that when we mock and ridicule and criticize a group of people, whether they are Muslims or Mormons or homosexuals or Catholic priests or rappers, that group has every right to get offended and even get angry if they so choose.  They have a right to express themselves and protest and wave signs. 

The line, however, is pretty distinct.  Throw all the hissy-fits you like.  When you try to bomb or murder somebody because you don’t like what they say, you are no longer one of us.  You are no longer welcome here, and we think that if you try to kill us, we have every right, as Mal Reynolds would say, to kill you right back. 

That is American culture.  We’ll get in one another’s face and scream and holler, and it’s all right.  Speaking strictly for myself, I really don’t mind that much if it comes to some fisticuffs or a little pushing and shoving.  But beheading, stabbing, shooting, and blowing people up, and generally killing people for speaking their minds is wrong, and we will not tolerate it. 

You Muslim folks need to learn how this works.  If you want to live in your backwater, mind-controlled, theocratic, insulated little world, there are plenty of hellholes all over this big blue ball where you can go and do that.  We do not want America to be one of those places, whatever our current regime and its media minions might think. 

I have additional news in that France and Germany and a whole bunch of people in the UK and the Netherlands and other countries don’t want to be one of your cultural latrines.  

If you want tolerance, tolerant you must be.  We have been more than tolerant.  We have been stupid and na├»ve.  Our governments have encouraged your intolerance while blaming us for being xenophobic.  What the attempted attack on Pamela Gellar and the successful attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine earlier this year showed was not that we are too insensitive, but that a lot of Muslims are not fit to live in civilized society.  They are like rabid dogs – feral humans that need to be put down and destroyed or at least isolated until they can learn how to live with the rest of us.