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... and throw away the key.

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I spotted this story crossing my news feed this morning: One killed in Holly Springs collision. Having lived in Holly Springs, my interest was piqued enough to read further.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol charged Carla Romero, 20, of Angier, with involuntary manslaughter and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Investigators said Romero was driving at about 80 mph in a 45 mph speed zone....
[Emphasis mine.]

How much of a hurry do you have to be in to do 80 in a 45 zone? What urgency could justify such recklessness? Is the Law merely a suggestion?

And how little regard for the lives and safety of your own passengers — not to mention anyone unfortunate enough to be in your path — must you have to endanger them thus?

Someone acting that way says, in effect, "my immediate desires are more important than either the rules of the road or the lives of anyone sharing the road with me."

It's stupid.

It's selfish.

Ultimately, it's barbaric.

Lock her up.

About that Wikileaks business

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Being known to my relatives and friends as a person with actual experience (albeit many years ago) in the field of military intelligence, I often get asked for my opinion when intel-related matters pop up in the news. Not that my opinion is any more valid than anyone else's, usually, but I do get asked.

First, I'd say that it's hard to imagine an alternate reality in which I could do better than Tunku Varadarajan in describing Wikileaks proprietor Julian Assange.* He concludes:

Unless there is evidence that Assange conspired with employees of the military to procure these leaked materials, there is no scope in the law to take action against him. But let us put the law to one side. Our aversion to Assange and his ways — to his posturing, gaudy psuedo-insurgency — need not be expressed in ways prosecutorial. Let us, instead, shower him with our most basic contempt, and dismiss him as the fraud that he is. WikiLeaks is a brothel of self-promotion, Assange its puffed-up pimp.

I don't think Varadarajan goes far enough. If Wikileaks is acting as a de facto intelligence gathering and dissemination service for al Qaeda and our other enemies — and I think it is — then rather than showering Assange with mere contempt, we ought to consider having a Predator drone shower him with a Hellfire missile.

Assange seems to think he's playing some sort of game. Not so. Real lives are at stake, and he's put many of those lives at risk. He ought to be prepared to pay with his own.

(John Hawkins has similar thoughts.)

The same applies to the "leaker" of the information in question, PFC Bradley Manning. If proven to be the source, then he is no mere "leaker" — he's a traitor.

Article 3, Section 3 of the Constitution sets a properly high bar for Treason:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The "two witnesses" requirement might be hard to meet; I don't know what would count in this instance. If the charge can be sustained, however, it ought to be pursued.

(See also Mike's views on this at the aptly named Cold Fury.)

Not that I have any confidence in the current administration to do so. The Bush administration was, in my opinion, far too lax in hunting and prosecuting leakers, and I don't see the Obama administration being any better; there are too many "fellow travelers" therein, people who, during the previous administration, would have cheered Manning and Assange, and loudly criticized their prosecution.

There's one caveat to that, of course: Obama has to occasionally appear to be tough to appease his critics, and there's no one he won't discard for the sake of political gain** — the fate of some PFC matters not a whit to him.

Even if it's purely for personal political gain, the Obama administration would be doing the right thing by taking the infowar fight to the enemy.

* One might be forgiven for thinking that "-ange" is, in this case, pronounced "-hole."

** See how I didn't say "throw under the bus" there?

Mark Steyn, at NRO:

I'm bored with death threats. And, as far as I'm concerned, if that's your opening conversational gambit, then any obligation on my part to "cultural sensitivity" and "mutual respect" is over. The only way to stop this madness destroying our liberties is (as Ayaan Hirsi Ali puts it) to spread the risk. Everybody Draws Mohammed Day does just that.

I usually try to be polite. I try not to be needlessly offensive. But there comes a time when even nice guys have to throw down the gauntlet and refuse to give up the right to be offensive.

As blogger Zombie notes, "we don’t take kindly to bullshit medieval religious oppression in these parts."

I am not a Muslim, nor will I ever be. I refuse to live by their rules. I will say what I want, when I want, how I want, and if that happens to be less than respectful towards the muslim prophet — or even the muslim god — then so be it. I am not and will not be bound by their rules.

A concise summary from Michelle Malkin:

"I will not submit."

I don't know if I can improve on it, so I'll just repeat part of what I said in "Stand, Men of the West" back in 2006 during the original Danish cartoon uproar:

We are in the midst of an ongoing struggle, culture against culture, and there is no guarantee of victory. But fight we must, in big ways and small. Some of us can don a uniform; many of us have done so in the past. Most do other things, making their own individual stands right where they are, not surrendering to the ideologies of fear or tolerance of evil, but by living the lives of free men and women and exercising dearly held freedoms.

Including the freedom of speech.

In this, I don't care how you vote, nor does it matter what church you attend, or not. I don't care whether you're red state or blue, pink or green. If you value your freedom to make choices, to live your life as you see fit, respecting the rights of others, even though you disagree on some or many things... if you will not surrender your fundamental liberties merely to save your own skin, and will not submit to dhimmitude, then stand.

And to those of you who would tolerate the intolerable, who fear to give offense rather than speak the truth, who would strike a bargain with evil to save your miserable skins: begone. We have no use for you.

Today is, of course, Everybody Draw Mohammed Day. Sadly, I have no talent for drawing... here's the evidence.

Over at Pirate's Cove, some links to others discussing today's event.

The barbarians aren't merely at the gates. They've gotten inside, formed Student Associations, and are not ashamed to publicly advocate genocide.


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Via Mike over at the aptly named Cold Fury, we find a tale of woe, the story of a family scrimping and saving, the father working extra jobs and the mother taking care of the kids.

No... wait.... Quite the opposite, in fact:

The Davey family’s £815-a-week state handouts pay for a four-bedroom home, top-of-the-range mod cons and two vehicles including a Mercedes people carrier.

Father-of-seven Peter gave up work because he could make more living on benefits.

Yet he and his wife Claire are still not happy with their lot.

Not happy? Well, cry me a [expletive deleted] river.

At current exchange rates, the handouts that family receives add up to an annual income of over $65,000. That's not enough. They want more. They want more taken from other people and given to them, unearned.


Look, I'm all for big happy families, but if you refuse to support your family — a category of behaviour well beyond inability to support your family — then I have no problem with an agency taking your kids from you and putting them in homes where they might learn how to take care of themselves, while leaving you to live in a cardboard box, starving to death.

If you won't work, you don't eat.

Much of the fault in the above story properly goes to the British government — when you pay people not to work, they tend not to work. Britain has made the safety net into a hammock, and the Daveys shamelessly snooze while others work to support them.

Shame needs to be re-introduced as a basis for discussion and reportage of such stories. If you don't believe it, follow the link, read the rest of the story and prepare to seethe.

You might remember those statements we all get from the Social Security agency that say "if you retired right now, your SocSec monthly payment would be X dollars per month." I distinctly remember mine, because one of the line items therein was the amount I might receive if I were to have to go on full disability — it comes to less than one fourth of my present income.

Could I live off that? Sure... it wouldn't be much of a life, but I could survive. Barely. I'd have to sell my house, probably my vehicle (insurance isn't free) and so on.

That SocSec disability payment wouldn't be much of a hammock.

Even with my disability, I can work. I'm glad to work. I like what I do for a living. I am fortunate, yes, that I happened to be in a career that allows me to work from home full time. Had I been, say, a carpenter or a travelling salesman, I would be screwed, unless or until I were able to re-educate or re-train myself to do something else.

Nevertheless, while my health declined I never thought about quitting working. Maybe I was just in denial about it, but I never considered just giving up.

So maybe you can see why I have no sympathy, none at all, for those like the Daveys who live off the sweat of other peoples' brows. Let them starve.

Because of this post, I have created a new category for posts, "Barbarians." The barbarians may be either inside or outside the gates; either way, the foundations of Western Civilization are under assault.


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