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May 15, 2016

Entitlements – A Complete List of What The World Owes You and Why

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This commentary was sparked by an image someone sent me on Facebook. It’s perfect and is displayed at the end of this article.


Our world is filled with whining crybabies who believe the world owes them simply because they waste oxygen. It’s a sad reality and the list of what the crybabies of the world believe the world owes them is shockingly comprehensive. Abusive, really, when it is applied to those willing to actually get off their butts and earn their own living.

Job-Is-A-Human-RightA Job is a RIGHT.

No, it’s really not. A job is many things…. good, helpful, sustaining… but it is NOT a right. If you are unwilling to work I have no sympathy for you. If you’re willing but unable to find a job that’s an entirely different animal. I will gladly help you find gainful employment, but that offer of help, like a job, is not a right either. It’s just what decent people do. They help their neighbours in times of need.

Workers.org says this:

You need a job to keep a roof over your head, feed yourself and your family, and pay the bills. Everyone needs a job or other source of income to survive.

Having a job is a basic necessity. It’s a simple human right.

They are completely correct… right up until that last sentence. Yes, a job is necessary to support yourself and your family but that does NOT make it a “right”.

housing-is-a-human-rightHousing is a RIGHT.

Like a job, a place to live is really really good. But if you don’t want to work guess what? You are not entitled to someone else’s property just because you want a roof over your head. You’ve got to pay for that with the fruits of your labour, or what is otherwise known is a “job”.

It is not the responsibility of others to ensure you have a roof over your head.

Education is a RIGHT.

This one is quite silly, you must admit. Education is really nice and can help with that whole “job” thing, but it’s a very long way from a human right.

Welfare is a RIGHT.

Welfare-is-a-RightThis is my favourite. Driving through downtown Vancouver one day I saw this protest where some loser held a sign saying “Welfare is a RIGHT.” I wasn’t sure whether I ought to vomit or laugh.

What on earth makes that pathetic and lazy turd believe he is entitled to the contents of yours and my wallet? Since we are willing to work it’s our duty to pay for him? Not a chance.

Perhaps if the lazy slob put half the effort into finding a job instead of waving that retarded sign in the air he might get somewhere in life.

Right-Not-To-Be-OffendedAnd on it goes… every little thing under the sun is called a human right, including the most ludicrous of all, the “right” not to be offended.

We as a continent have become so thin-skinned that the slightest thing sets us off. But instead of dealing with the person you feel offended you directly we run crying to “daddy” to “save” us.

“Daddy” in this case is, naturally, big government and the bureaucrats who infest it. Our human rights commissions across the land are bombarded with claims that should be laughed out the door yet are taken seriously for reasons I will never fathom.

Take the case of Guy Earle, the Vancouver stand-up comic who offended a couple of lesbians at a comedy club. As I wrote at the time,

The mere fact that you’re pissed off about what the guy on stage says, it’s not a violation of your human rights. Tossing a couple of drinks in his face certainly doesn’t make you the “bigger woman”, either.

What is completely laughable and frankly, insulting to every man and woman who has ever been in a combat zone, is that this ditzy bitch dares claim she has suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because of the incident.

Yes, Lorna Pardy actually had the nerve to claim in court that she now suffers from PTSD. I submit she has no clue what the term even means. She surely doesn’t suffer from it, that much is a given.

She is an insult to all the brave men and women who have served their country, past, present and future, and one would hope that she will eventually be ashamed of her disgusting actions.

That’s just one in a long line of stupidity emanating from our human rights commissions.

There is a single truth, however, that these crybabies do not want to hear. In fact they will probably haul you before a grossly misnamed “human rights commission” merely for suggesting it.

“Needs” or “Wants” are not rights.

Just because you need or want something it does NOT mean you can demand someone else give it to you, be it your community, your church, your government or anyone else.

The ongoing fad of punishing the successful for the imagined crime of working hard to earn what they have is pretty darned repulsive.

Cut to its core this fad is the sins of envy, jealousy and sloth combined… folks too lazy to work their butts off to amass wealth while overtaken by envy and jealousy that someone else did.

You have the right to life. What you make of that life is entirely up to you.

Should you choose not to be a productive human being it most certainly is not your right to the contents of anyone else’s wallet. Deal with it.

The Complete List of Entitledments

 

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October 26, 2014

William Coleman III – “Situational Awareness of a Pickle”

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It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so predictable.

William Coleman III buys a gun but has no idea how to use it. He has no concept of situational awareness and believes, wrongly, that because he carries a gun he will be safe.

He straps on his new handgun and carries it publicly, all perfectly legal in Oregon, and then finds himself at the mercy of an actual criminal.

That criminal puts his own gun in the face of the new gun owner and asks a simple question.

Wanna give me your gun or you wanna die?

With the muzzle of a handgun pointed in his face the man with his open-carry handgun does the only sane thing… he lets the criminal steal his brand new toy.

If you’re going to carry a gun, know how to use it AND be aware of your surroundings.

According to Gresham police, William Coleman III was talking to his cousin near 172nd and Glisan at about 2:10 a.m. on Saturday while openly carrying the gun he had purchased on Friday.

Coleman said a man, about 19- to 23-years-old, approached them, asking for a cigarette. Coleman said the man then inquired about Coleman’s weapon, then pulled a pistol from his own waistband and said, “I like your gun. Give it to me.” Coleman handed over his new handgun and the suspect left on foot.

Coleman described the man as 6-foot-1, clean cut with a small patch of facial hair on his chin and short black wavy hair. He was wearing grey sweatpants, a white t-shirt and flip-flops during the incident.

The stolen gun was a black Walther P22 semi-automatic designed to take 22-long ammunition.

The issue here is not whether carrying a firearm openly is a good or bad idea. The issue here is that if you are going to openly carry a firearm you are obligated to be aware of your surroundings every single second.

It’s called Situational Awareness, and Oregon handgun owner William Coleman III clearly had none.

One commenter on this story described this case perfectly.

Luckily, one idiot is now without his sidearm. Sadly, another idiot now has two.

Bob Owens wrote on BearingArms.com:

Open carry announces to the world that you are armed. That makes you a primary target in almost any conceivable situation, especially if you have the situational awareness of a pickle.

Presumably, the suspect was last seen laughing his butt off at a friend’s crib, as he told them about the look on Mr. Coleman’s face as Coleman handed over his new gun.

I’d suggest that before Mr. Coleman even thinks about purchasing another firearm that he find a reputable shooting school in the Gresham area. He needs to learn not only know how to shoot, but how to carry a firearm concealed, how to select a decent firearm and holster for self-defense, and most importantly, how to stay out of dangerous situations. He set himself up for failure spectacularly, and the results are hardly surprising.

Buying a gun no more means that you know how to use it than buying a car means you know how to drive. Self-defense knowledge is the real weapon in your arsenal. A firearm is merely a tool that allows you to apply that knowledge in worst-case scenarios.

Then of course there are the stupid people, like commenter Mike Lowry, who said:

Wow, what a surprise, a snarky comment. Would you have preferred that the guy shoot the robber? I personally think he made the right decision by handing it over and leaving no dead bodies unnecessarily. Guns should only be fired in order to save lives, not to stop property theft.

Mike Lowry is willing to bet his life that a criminal willing to pull a gun and steal from him won’t be willing to kill him too.

How progressive

Me? I’m unwilling to trust my life to the good intentions of a bad man, whether he just wants my property or not.

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June 7, 2014

BC sends untrained child hunters into the woods. With Guns.

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BC sends untrained child hunters into the woods with guns. Have they gone mad?

That’s a more appropriate title for the misinformation piece printed in The Province newspaper titled “Seasoned hunter aghast at B.C. government’s move to delay safety training for beginners“.

If all you read was The Province‘s so-called “news report” you would conclude BC dropped all hunter safety training requirements and now happily sent children into the woods with loaded guns, no training and no supervision.

“Kids running wild in the woods with loaded guns!”

Can’t you hear the screams now?

Quoting extremely selectively from the BC Hunting Synopsis the article says this.

“These changes will give youth and other new hunters an opportunity to find out if they enjoy hunting,” Forests and Lands Minister Steve Thomson writes in the government’s Hunting and Trapping Synopsis 2012-14, “before requiring them to go through the time and monetary commitment of taking hunter safety training.”

Langley resident Phil West is identified in the article as “an experienced hunter.”

ARE THEY INSANE?!” he wrote The Province after reading about the policy shift.

Giving a hunting licence to someone with no training or education in the sport and sending them into the forest with a loaded rifle!

Phil West is quoted because his identification as a hunter and his uninformed outrage give Ian Austin’s anti-hunting screed the one thing it lacks: legitimacy.

That Phil West didn’t know what he was talking about is irrelevant. His usefulness was his identification as “hunter“. His uninformed opinion merely a bonus.

The idea he”ll be sharing the woods with untrained kids as young as 10 scares the hell out of him.

It boggles the mind to think that the government values revenue from licences over safety. So next season I guess I’ll be watching my back as well as the wildlife.

Phil West ought to get the facts instead of listening to biased drivel spouted in The Province. There are no kids as young as 10 running around the woods alone with guns.

What alleged reporter Ian Austin failed to include in the screed he passes off as reporting are those pesky little facts that make all the difference.

BC’s government, whatever its faults may be, rightfully views hunters and their commitment to responsible game management as a valuable resource. That is a good thing. A very good thing.

The BC government wants to ensure we have more hunters. That’s also a good thing. The logical way to accomplish that goal is to make it easy for someone to decide if hunting is for them by experiencing it firsthand.

Oh, the horror!

Below is the entire page devoted to the changes in the latest BC Hunting Synopsis, but here are the relevant facts Ian Austin and The Province don’t want you to know, and were pleased to discover hunter Phil West didn’t know either.

  • An acknowledgement of responsibility signed by a parent or guardian is still required for all youth under 18 years of age. The youth licence is issued on behalf of the youth, but held by the parent or guardian.
  • All youth under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an experienced supervising hunter.
  • It [the Initiation Hunting License] is a one-time-only licence and requires that the person be accompanied by an experienced supervising hunter.
  • Accompanying Hunters Are Mentors
  • Both a youth licensed hunter and an initiation licensed hunter are required to be accompanied by an adult licensed hunter.
  • These proposed requirements for an accompanying hunter will be slightly more stringent than previously, however they aim to improve safety, facilitate an ideal learning environment, improve the chances of a successful hunt, and attract more seasoned hunters to mentor the new hunters. They are not intended to create barriers for participants.
  • Numerous studies have shown that it takes a hunter to make a hunter. Most people that become hunters do so under the tutelage of an older relative, usually their father or mother, grandfather or grandmother, or uncle or aunt.
  • The changes aim to increase recreational opportunities for you and others to hunt in BC, to keep hunting affordable for families and to increase hunter recruitment and retention.

Every person learning about hunting under this program MUST be accompanied by an experienced hunter. That experienced hunter is RESPONSIBLE for the individual they take into the woods. That means the experienced hunter MUST teach their charges about safe handling of firearms, game identification and all that goes along with the hunting experience.

Does that sound like Phil West’s nightmare that he will “be sharing the woods with untrained kids as young as 10“?

No, it really doesn’t.

But who cares about facts. All they do is get in the way of a good propaganda piece, don’t they?

For those interested in learning those facts here is the relevant page of BC’s Hunting Synopsis, page 15.

SO, YOU WANT TO HUNT. GREAT IDEA!

British Columbia boasts a greater variety of game species than anywhere else in Canada and many of our opportunities are world class. Hunting is a popular and healthy recreational activity for many in the province.

Some upcoming changes to the hunting licensing program will make it easier and more affordable to start hunting in BC. These changes will give youth and other new hunters an opportunity to find out if they enjoy hunting, and to begin the social and participatory process of actually becoming a hunter, before requiring them to go through the time and monetary commitment of taking hunter safety training – the Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) course.

HUNTING LICENCE FOR YOUTH

The $7.00 junior licence currently available for youth aged 10 – 13 will be expanded soon to include youth aged 14 – 17 and will be renamed a “youth licence”. This change will provide youth with the opportunity to try hunting without the requirement to take CORE. An acknowledgement of responsibility signed by a parent or guardian is still required for all youth under 18 years of age. The youth licence is issued on behalf of the youth, but held by the parent or guardian. As always, any youth who wants to take CORE and get their own regular hunting licence and bag limit entitlement can still do so. All youth under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an experienced supervising hunter.

INITIATION HUNTING LICENCE

A new initiation hunting licence is planned to be introduced in the near future. This new licence will allow a person 18 years or older who has never previously held a hunting licence in B.C. to try hunting for a period of time. It is a one-time-only licence and requires that the person be accompanied by an experienced supervising hunter. The cost of the initiation licence is still under review.

ACCOMPANYING HUNTERS ARE MENTORS

Both a youth licensed hunter and an initiation licensed hunter are required to be accompanied by an adult licensed hunter. An accompanying hunter must be a BC resident hunter 18 years of age or older who meets certain qualifications. Persons hunting under the youth licence or initiation licence will not have their own bag limit. Any wildlife killed by a youth hunter or initiation hunter will be included in the bag limit of the accompanying hunter. A maximum number may be set for either youth or initiation hunters, or both, that may be accompanied at the same time by one mentor hunter. These proposed requirements for an accompanying hunter will be slightly more stringent than previously, however they aim to improve safety, facilitate an ideal learning environment, improve the chances of a successful hunt, and attract more seasoned hunters to mentor the new hunters. They are not intended to create barriers for participants.

Numerous studies have shown that it takes a hunter to make a hunter. Most people that become hunters do so under the tutelage of an older relative, usually their father or mother, grandfather or grandmother, or uncle or aunt.

Those that come to hunting outside of a family setting usually do so in a manner that simulates the same path, such as befriending a hunter and becoming their protégé. People that are new to hunting need mentors and advice on how to safely pursue their new interest. Simply going hunting does not make an individual see themselves as a hunter. Becoming a hunter is a protracted learning and social process.

Advice on where to hunt and how to hunt can be difficult to obtain. New hunters need advice on where to hunt both in a general geographic sense and in the sense of being shown what type of habitat and terrain they should investigate for the species they seek.

The actual techniques of hunting must also be learned. Fundamentals of firearms care and use, wilderness survival and orienteering, hunting ethics, basic equipment, first aid and care of game meat must be understood in addition to the various techniques for stalking game.

These matters are covered in mandatory hunter education courses (e.g. CORE), but further study, especially under field conditions, is necessary in order to truly become a hunter. Generally, the acquisition of such skills requires a mentor.

The new initiative related to the licensing of youth and new hunters, including requirements for the accompanying hunter, are still being finalized. The changes aim to increase recreational opportunities for you and others to hunt in BC, to keep hunting affordable for families and to increase hunter recruitment and retention.

The new licences are expected to be available by April 1, 2013. Please check the Ministry website for updates www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/news/

 

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May 20, 2014

Thomas Harding and the Heavy Hand of Surete du Quebec’s Police State Thugs

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Thomas Harding, as you may know, is the engineer of the train carrying oil that derailed in Lac Megantic, Quebec, leveling the town with the resulting explosion and fire. From the date of that terrible tragedy Thomas Harding avoided public comment at every turn. He cooperated with police and accident investigators fully and completely.

Through his lawyer he even made it clear if he was charged with a crime he would turn himself in willingly.

Such willingness to face the music, to be accountable for one’s actions in such a horrific case as this shows me Thomas Harding must be a man of great character. Whatever his role in the disaster, his steadfast and unwavering determination to be held accountable for his actions that fateful day is to be respected and admired. Few have such courage.

That is precisely the kind of principled man Surete du Quebec thugs humiliated with their high-profile SWAT takedown on May 12th, 2014, at his home in Farnham, Quebec.

Over-compensating for their incredible lack of humanity and armed with both delusions of grandeur and fully-automatic weapons, Surete du Quebec thugs tossed Thomas Harding, his son and a visitor to the ground before they handcuffed him and hauled him off to jail.

It’s no wonder police get stonewalled by actual criminals when they treat a citizen cooperating fully with investigators this atrociously. What incentive is there when no matter how properly you conduct yourself you are still subjected to a heavy-handed, make that obscene display of police power?

Through the media, Surete du Quebec thugs gave a pathetic rationalization for their appalling behaviour, as though they were actually in the right. They were not.

Claiming Mr. Harding unlawfully possessed firearms and spoke of suicide, they acted.

What they conveniently failed to explain is why, if they truly believed Mr. Harding possessed firearms illegally, did they not obtain a search warrant and remove those firearms instead of leaving them in his possession for months?

Most days I feel pretty good about being a Canadian citizen but, upon reading of the treatment of Thomas Harding at the hand of Surete du Quebec thugs carrying their badges and guns, I must confess today is not one of those days.

I am revolted, seeing police resources abused so callously in the name of “public safety” and “concern” for Mr. Harding.

Concern for a person’s well being isn’t usually expressed by pointing a fully-automatic rifle into his face, handcuffing him and hauling him off to jail for a 10-hour interrogation. At least not by my dictionary, and I hope not yours either.

The most troubling aspect of the very public and theatrical arrest of Thomas Harding is that it wasn’t about Thomas Harding at all. This very public shaming and humiliation, while Thomas Harding was the recipient of this abuse, it was not intended for him.

It was intended for you and me, the mere citizens of Canada.

Step out of line and thugs with badges and guns will do the same to us.

Am I over-reacting? I doubt it.

I’m sure some will not agree, however. If you’re one of those people I would ask you to ask yourself one simple question.

Put yourself in Thomas Harding’s shoes.

After you’ve made it clear to police you will turn yourself in whenever you are asked, is it reasonable for authorities to order a “high-risk takedown” by SWAT instead of simply calling you on the phone and saying, “Hey Mr. Harding, would you please come down to the station so we can process your arrest?

If you answer in the affirmative, then I must seriously question your humanity as I have already questioned that of the badge-wearing thugs of the Surete du Quebec.

 

 

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May 15, 2014

Two Home-Invading Thieves Shot Dead and Who does Mom Blame?

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Two young criminals, Steven Crider (16) and Michael Sambrano (14), discovered the error of their ways in the early morning hours of May 4, 2012. Upon breaking into the Sacramento, California, home of an elderly woman in her 60’s they were both shot dead.

California homeowners are protected by legislation that protects their right to defend themselves and their property, often called “Stand Your Ground” legislation. Police ruled the shootings self-defense, not a stretch given both dead criminals were found inside the house.

Naturally Lisa Sambrano, mother of the dead 14 year old home invader, complained to the media,

I just don’t understand why they were shot multiple times.

Then you are a profoundly dumb woman, Lisa Sambrano. Your son broke into the home of an elderly woman whose home. He was a criminal who thought he could do as he pleased with no consequences for his criminal actions. He was wrong and paid for his stupidity with his life.

Christina Sambrano, slain criminal Michael Sambrano’s younger sister, whined to the press:

They were on their way out the door, and I just think it was wrong that they were shot.”

Given your younger daughter sees no issue with her brother’s criminal actions, Ms. Sambrano, only with his being shot dead because of them, you really ought to brush up on your parenting skills and teach your daughter the concept of “personal responsibility“. Clearly your daughter has no clue about this fundamental building block of character.

A couple of questions you may also want to ask yourself, Ms. Sambrano, are these:

1. What was your 14-year-old son doing breaking into a home after midnight on a school night?
2. Why was he not home in bed getting a good night’s sleep in preparation for school on Monday morning?

Let me guess… you have absolutely no idea.

Here’s how a rational and sensible people view the killing of your criminal son and his moronic friend Steven Crider.

Other residents in the neighborhood believe the teens got what they deserved for burglarizing homes in the area. Robert Robinson’s home was burglarized twice and he said:

Justice was served.

David Keck, another neighbor told the media:

He was not an innocent bystander. I’m sorry the little boys or teenagers were killed, but if it’s my family, my family comes first.

It is unfortunate that two young men lost their lives in the early morning hours of May 4th, 2014. However, I will not lose any sleep over their untimely deaths as both these young criminals got precisely what they deserved.

Thieves broke into this elderly woman’s home two times prior to May 4th as well, April 20th and April 29th. After the second break-in she called her brother, a man in his 70’s, to come stay with her for a while. She was naturally scared for her life after being broken into twice in the early hours of the morning in under two weeks.

Less than a week later Steven Crider and Michael Sambrano broke into her home. Fingerprint evidence showed that one of the two teens, although police did not specify which one, matched prints from the break-in on April 20th.

Yeah, good little boys these, right?

On the plus side of two dead home-invading criminals is the unintended consequence it provides… this area of Sacramento will likely be safe from robberies and break-ins for some time to come.

That’s a good thing.

 

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May 9, 2014

Former NFA President Jim Hinter, aka James Murray, Faces New Criminal Charges

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James-Hinter-aka-James-MurrayIt took almost 10 years, but now there is an explanation for former National Firearms Association President Jim Hinter’s disappearance from the world.

Turns out Jim Hinter didn’t disappear at all; he simply decided using his first and last name might cause him problems, given the allegedly criminal nature of his demise from the NFA.

Hinter is currently listed as the president of a media website, NetNewsLedger.

NetNewsLedger is a website based in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where Jim Hinter is listed as “James Murray, Chief Content Officer” as well as “James Murray, President” on their “About NNL” web page.

NetNewsLedger.com

offers news, information, opinions and positive ideas for Thunder Bay, Ontario“.

NFA-logoWhile nobody from Canada’s National Firearms Association would say it on record, off the record Jim Hinter’s removal from the NFA presidency was shrouded in allegations of fraud. While he never faced criminal charges for those allegations, Jim Hinter left town so fast he forgot to remove one of his cowboy action handguns from of the gun safe at NFA’s Edmonton headquarters.

You may recall back in 2002 he faced a criminal charge of careless use of a firearm after he tried clearing a jammed handgun in his home, sending a bullet through the wall into his neighbour’s apartment. The gun jammed while he was at a shooting range and instead of dealing with the issue there, he took the still-loaded firearm home. After a lengthy trial Hinter was found not guilty of careless use of a firearm in a Calgary courtroom.

The negligent discharge was a black eye for both Jim Hinter and Canada’s National Firearms Association at the time.

Once again Jim Hinter, currently living in Ontario under the alias James Murray, faces firearm-related criminal code charges.

According to the CBC story that revealed Hinter’s whereabouts:

Thunder Bay police have charged a city man with firearms-related offences in connection with the seizure of weapons in September 2012. Police report they were called to an apartment in the 100 block of North Edward St. after a landlord discovered a number of firearms allegedly belonging to a former tenant. Officers seized 23 firearms, including eight handguns and a large quantity of ammunition.

On Tuesday police located and arrested 53-year-old James Murray Hinter as a result of their investigation. Hinter is charged with unsafe storage of six firearms, and unauthorized possession of all 23 of the seized firearms. He has been released from custody on a promise to appear in court on May 27.

We wish Mr. Hinter good luck as he faces this latest round of criminal charges. He appears to be doing good work in the Thunder Bay community and it would be a shame if that work ended with him in a prison cell.

 

 

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May 8, 2014

Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff

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Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto by Matt Kibbe is an excellent treatise on the state of liberty in the 21st century and a roadmap back to our precious Rights and Freedoms. 

While written to an American audience, the principles he outlines apply equally to we freedom-loving citizens here in Canada.

In this essential manifesto of the new libertarian movement, New York Times bestselling author and president of FreedomWorks Matt Kibbe makes a stand for individual liberty and shows us what we must do to preserve our freedom.

Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff is a rational yet passionate argument that defends the principles upon which America was founded—principles shared by citizens across the political spectrum. The Constitution grants each American the right to self-determination, to be protected from others whose actions are destructive to their lives and property. Yet as Kibbe persuasively shows, the political and corporate establishment consolidates its power by infringing upon our independence—from taxes to regulations to spying—ultimately eroding the ideals, codified in law, that have made the United States unique in history.

Kibbe offers a surefire plan for reclaiming our inalienable rights and regaining control of our lives, grounded in six simple rules:

  1. Dont-Hurt-People-and-Dont-Take-Their-StuffDon’t hurt people
    Free people just want to be left alone, not hassled or harmed by someone else with an agenda or designs over their life and property.
  2. Don’t take people’s stuff 
    America’s founders fought to ensure property rights and our individual right to the fruits of our labors.
  3. Take responsibility 
    Liberty takes responsibility. Don’t sit around waiting for someone else to solve your problems.
  4. Work for it 
    For every action there is an equal reaction. Work hard and you’ll be rewarded.
  5. Mind your own business
    Free people live and let live.
  6. Fight the power
    Thanks to the Internet and the decentralization of knowledge, there are more opportunities than ever to take a stand against corrupt authority.

These 6 rules are simple, but as with most things “simple”, they are not easy. 

Defending Rights and Freedoms Takes WorkOur own complacency is the first roadblock to kick in.  Someone else will do it.  I don’t have time.  I’m too tired… the excuses we make for our own inaction are endless.  The very first thing we must do is kick ourselves in the behind and do what is put in front of us to do.

That’s all.

Fighting for our Liberty takes effort.  It takes time.  It often takes money, too.

Each and every one of us must prioritize what is most important to us and act accordingly.

If defending Liberty is important to you it, your actions will show it.  If your actions are not showing your commitment, then you and only you can do something about it.

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May 7, 2014

Welcome to the Firearms Community by Dr. Mike Ackermann

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The following is from a post on Facebook by Dr. Mike Ackermann in response to a question from a new shooter about what she should do before purchasing her first firearm. I believe it is a “must-read” for everyone, shooter or not.

1) All lawful shooters are our friends.

I support them all, even if someone else’s sport is something I do not personally like. For example, I don’t particularly like trophy hunting, but as long as it is done ethically and legally I realize that it adds financial value to maintaining healthy animal populations and ecosystems, creates jobs in otherwise impoverished areas, and huge injections of funds into local economies and conservation programs.

2) There is no such thing as a bad gun.

Guns have no volition of their own. They are just tools that will do what we ask of them. There is a huge range of interest in everything from single shot black powder antique muzzle loaders to fully auto, belt fed, crew served machine guns, and everything in between. All lawful gun use is good, even those activities I personally have no time for, interest in, or money for, and I support them all.

3) Guns are designed for a single purpose, and that is NOT “to kill”.

Guns are designed to launch projectiles in order to protect human and livestock life from predation, to provide food for the table, to help their owners win competitions, and to advance the engineering evolution of the industry. They are no more purposefully designed kill than are knives or baseball bats.

4) Assault is a verb, not an adjective.

There is no such thing as an “assault weapon“. That is a term invented by the anti-gun lobby to besmirch us in the minds of the non-shooters and to make them fear us. The proper terms are “modern battle rifle“, “personal defense firearm“, and “modern sporting rifle“.

5) Anything is a weapon when used to assault someone or some animal.

The anti-gun lobby has called our tools “weapons” for a couple decades now. We should not help them denigrate us. I call my guns “guns” or “firearms“.

6) Guns do not have morality.

Anything can be used for good, unintentionally misused to cause harm, or intentionally abused for evil. The gun has no morality and is vastly more often safely used than misused or abused.

7) Firearms are the Great Equalizer.

Guns are the only tools that allow the old, the ill, the weak, the small, the female, and the few to effectively defend themselves against the young, healthy, strong, large, male mob intent on harming them.

8) Police have no Magic Abilities or Special Powers.

A cop is just a high school graduate who passed a security check, with 20 hours of firearm training divided into 15 hours classroom and 5 hours on the range. They have no special secret powers. Most never handle their firearms outside of mandatory annual qualifications that require them to hit a human sized target from contact range to 7 meters.

Compared to this, most lawful shooters will have much broader and deeper knowledge and experience with firearms than the police. The lawful gun owner is 1/3 as likely as the general population and 1/2 as likely as the police to ever be involved in criminal violence.

The public has no problem allowing the police to carry guns in public and yet for some strange reason the thought of one of us doing so has them, the police, quaking in fear.

When someone calls 911, what they want is for someone else to bring a gun to their aid; a gun that would be much more useful in their hand at the moment when they are in the act of being attacked than in the holster of a cop who is, at best, several minutes away.

The bad guy is always the one to choose the time, manner, and place of their attack, and they will always do so to maximize their chances of success, not yours or the police’s.

If all you do is call 911, you will wait the rest of your tragically prematurely truncated life for help that will inevitably arrive in time to gather evidence from your body for presentation in court later.

9) Concealed Carry of Firearms Saves Lives

Every jurisdiction that has gotten out of the way of lawful, trained, effective personal defense (AKA concealed carry) has seen huge declines in criminal violence.

All the mass killings are in “Gun-Free Zones“. 95% of violence in America occurs in 5% of the land area, and those areas are typically “gun free” inner city.

10) “If it just saves one life then it’s worth it” is a propaganda slogan.

The anti-gun lobby attempts to claim the moral high ground, stating that “if it just saves one life then it’s worth it” to destroy the rights of millions to effectively defend themselves in order to futilely abuse the legal process to try to stop a few murders, and at a huge cost in life and freedom.

The anti-gun lobby projects their own terrified self-image onto us. They are the ones who would be dangerous with a gun, who are filled with impotent rage, not us.

Thus endeth today’s lesson. I hope you find it informative.

Your homework, should you so desire is to read this:

http://jpfo.org/filegen-n-z/ragingagainstselfdefense.htm

Best regards, and welcome again!

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Rural Family Physician,
Box 13, 120 Cameron Rd.
Sherbrooke, NS
Canada B0J 3C0
Phone: 902-522-2172
Email: mikeack@ns.sympatico.ca

 

“Hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst”.

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April 1, 2014

Families of Slain Robbers Threaten to Sue Man who Killed Robbers While Defending Himself

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Parents-In-Denial-Sale-PFTR“He was such a good boy!  He didn’t deserve to die!”

“Robbing a convenience store shouldn’t be a death sentence!”

“He had no right to kill my boy.  He was a good boy!”

Bla bla bla.

If he was such a good boy, why did he rob a store at gunpoint, and then threaten an innocent shopper outside the store he just robbed?

It’s a simple question.

The answer is a lot more complicated, of course.  As the Bible tells us in Romans 3:10, “As it is written: ‘There is none righteous, no, not one;’” meaning that good people do bad things all the time.

It’s in our nature.

The harsh reality for the families of the two slain armed robbers is that Actions Have Consequences. If you rob a store with a gun, odds are you will pay steep consequences for that choice.

This all unfolded at Krick’s Korner Store in Reading, Pennsylvania.  A private citizen walking down the street saw two men inside the store pointing firearms at the store clerk.  He immediately called 9-1-1 to report the armed robbery in progress.  Then the two armed criminals exited the store and threatened him.

He shot them both dead.

A third suspect was arrested a short time later.  He wisely did not resist arrest.

“[William] had no right to lose his life over something that man could have called the police for,” said Virginia Medina, mother of slain armed-robber William Medina. “He took the law into his own hands and walked away scot-free.”

Uh, no, that is not what happened.

He DID call the police.  Only after your thug son threatened his life did this civilian defend himself, meeting your son’s lethal force with his own.  He acted in self-defense.  There is a difference.

Reading Police Department Sgt. John Solecki said in an interview with local media,

“He saw the first suspect with his arms extended, holding a large revolver, and he looked and saw a second suspect, also with his arms extended.”

Alexander Garcia-Bialek, the would-be getaway driver, was charged Tuesday with second degree murder and conspiracy.

“He was charged as an accomplice because he was involved in the planning of this robbery where they targeted that store,” said Solecki.

Keith Heckman, commenting on this story, wrote:

Let’s get this straight America. “Good boys” don’t point guns and rob people. Good boys shoot the guys that rob people.

Amen.

If getting shot down like a dog in the street isn’t on your Bucket List, then don’t rob stores at gunpoint.

You should also avoid pointing weapons at individuals willing to stand up to thieving thugs like William Medina and Robert De Carr.

Actions Have Consequences. 

Now there are three words to live by…

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March 29, 2014

Leah McHenry: Canada’s Celtic Rock Secret

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Last week I wrote about Celtic Rocker Leah McHenry, her dedication to liberty, and her amazing music in my article “Celtic Rocker Leah McHenry: The Homeschooling, Gun-Loving, Metal Mama“. A number of people wrote to thank me for bringing this fascinating woman and her music to their attention.

If you haven’t checked out her music, or if you didn’t read the interview with Leah McHenry in last week’s edition of Canadian Rights and Freedom Bulletin I would encourage you to do so.  She’s quite the woman.

After writing last week’s article I stumbled across a 30-minute interview of Leah McHenry on Anarcast.com.  While the interviewer, Jeff Berwick, tried pinning Leah down with the “anarchist” label Leah would not let that characterization stand.  She defines herself as a libertarian instead.

The interview covers a wide variety of topics, including Christianity and Anarchism, marriage, government, homeschooling and becoming a successful musician from home.

One of the facebook comments on the interview said:

Watch this and tell me: wouldn’t you want solid people like her and (so I assume) her family nearby if
a zombie apocalypse was going on? LOL

From my interview with Leah McHenry last week on the topic of Guns, Self-Defense and “Gun Control”:

“I am among those who believe the right to defend your own life and the lives of your family is indisputable, and a right given by God. One only needs to spend a few minutes studying history to see the pattern of gun control leading to dictatorship and ultimately the mass slaughter of those people from whom they took the guns.”

Independent liberty-loving musicians like Leah McHenry both need and deserve our financial support.

As of today Leah’s IndieGogo.com fundraiser is just under $4,000 away from reaching her goal and funding her next Celtic Metal album.

If you haven’t given to this worthy cause yet, please check out her music, then contribute to making Leah McHenry’s dream come true.  She offers some pretty interesting rewards for those who support her, and there are only 10 days left for her to reach her goal of $25,000.

If she doesn’t raise the entire $25,000 then Leah McHenry doesn’t get a dime.  Please help me ensure that does not happen!

Yours in Liberty,

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Leah McHenry is an independent musician. She is a gifted musician and a talented singer. She is precisely the type of person I believe in supporting so she can achieve her goals.

Leah-sword-smallIn Leah’s case her current goal is to raise $25,000 to finance the production of her next album. If you listen to her music, as I did, I am sure you will agree she is worthy of your support.

What I appreciate about Leah’s fundraising efforts is she believes, as I do, that when you give to a cause you get something in return.

Leah has some amazingly creative rewards for anyone who supports her IndieGogo.com fundraiser.

  • Donate $10 and receive a digital download of the new album before the release date.
  • Donate $15 and receive a personally-autographed photo card in the mail, as well as a digital download of the new album before the release date.
  • Donate $20 and download every song Leah has ever recorded. It’s a LONG list!
  • Donate $50 and receive a singed copy of Leah’s new CD and a newly-designed Leah T-Shirt, along with a digital download of her new album.
  • Donate $100 and receive signed copies of her two previous CDs, a singed copy of the NEW CD, a Leah T-Shirt, signed photo card and a digital download of all Leah’s music.
  • Donate $300 and Leah will record a cover of any song you want. Then she’ll post it on YouTube and dedicate it to you!
  • Donate $500 and Leah will write an original song just for you. Just name your subject matter and she will do the rest.
  • Donate $1,000 and you get pretty much everything except the cover and original songs. Plus you’ll receive lifetime VIP passes to all future Leah shows in your area.

Leah has done an amazing job of fundraising so far, but she has only 2 weeks left to reach her goal of $25,000. As of today she is just $4,000 from her goal.

Help Leah cross the finish line! Send your financial support today through http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/full-length-leah-album

Check out Leah’s music at these sites, then financially support Leah’s new full-length album, even if you give only $10.

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March 29, 2014

Lighting a Candle Defeats the Purpose. Earth Hour is Stupid

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Earth Hour is Stupid.  That’s obvious if you have any critical thinking ability.  If you don’t, no amount of proof will change your mind.

For those people whose critical thinking skills are intact, you will understand the graphic below.  If your critical thinking skills are lacking perhaps the facts below will open your eyes to the truth about Earth Hour and the mindlessness it promotes.

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March 29, 2014

Earth Hour is Stupid: Pandering to North American Guilt and Shame

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Earth Hour is one of those feel-good but utterly useless exercises North Americans use to lessen their bizarre guilt for being prosperous.

The whole “Earth Hour” notion is stupid, if you take a moment and actually think about it.

The concept that turning off your lights for an hour will magically stop anything, let alone pollution, is ludicrous.

It’s like some weird IQ-destroying virus that destroys a person’s ability to think critically. We desperately need more critical thinkers, not less!

Think about it for a moment. What do these charlatans ask you to do on “Earth Hour” so you aren’t sitting in the dark?

They tell you to light a candle.

Do you realize what a candle is made from? Do you?

Paraffin.

What is paraffin? A petroleum product. Do you have any grasp of how much electricity is required to create paraffin wax?

Here’s a description of the process:

The feedstock for paraffin is slack wax, which is a mixture of oil and wax, a byproduct from the refining of lubricating oil.

The first step in making paraffin wax is to remove the oil (de-oiling or de-waxing) from the slack wax. The oil is separated through crystallization. Most commonly, the slack wax is heated, mixed with one or more solvents such as a ketone and then cooled. As it is cooled, wax crystallizes out leaving oil in solution. This mixture is filtered into two streams: solid (wax plus some solvent) and liquid (oil and solvent). After the solvent is recovered by distillation, the resulting products are called “product wax” (or “press wax”) and “foots oil”. The lower the percentage of oil in the wax the more refined it is considered (semi-refined versus fully refined). The product wax may be further processed to remove colors and odors. The wax may finally be blended together to give certain desired properties such as melt point and penetration.

Why-Earth-Hour-Doesn't-Work-PFTRIf the goal is to reduce so-called “greenhouse gasses” then why in the world would you want to turn OFF your electrical lights and light dozens of candles?

If you are willing to think about this rationally and turn off your emotional misguidedness for just a few moments, you might realize something.

Not a single electrical generation station in North America will shut down during Earth Hour. Every single one of those electrical generation stations will run at exactly the same capacity it did both before and after some mindless feel-gooders turned out their lights for an hour.

Not a single kilowatt hour of power will be “saved“.

Not a single African child will be saved by this useless exercise either, although the fear-mongers pandering to North American guilt and shame will no doubt say otherwise.

Earth Hour is Big Business for eco-groups.

It is in their own self-interest to sell this snake oil. It generates millions of dollars in revenue for them.

If you want to save a child in Africa (or anywhere else in the world) then do something practical and useful. Research non-profit organizations who work in these places and donate your hard-earned cash to them. Better yet, join one of these organizations’ overseas mission trips and do the work yourself.

You can then wear your emotions with pride, for you will actually have done something useful; not turning out your lights and pretending for an hour that you’ve actually accomplishing something.

You’re not.

Electricity is nothing to be ashamed of. Electricity is perhaps the most amazing technological breakthrough in recent human history. Electricity transformed our world from darkness into light. Electricity makes the impossible possible.

Do you really not comprehend your precious Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest could not exist without the technology electricity makes possible?

Wow.

Being technologically advanced is nothing to be ashamed of either, although the “save the earth” weenies will certainly send me buckets of hate mail for daring to call them names.

I might actually cause some mere citizen to think critically about the whole stupid “Earth Hour” scam and the organizations who promote it. I might cost them some previously self-deluded donors.

Oh, the horror!

Hey, if I can stop even a single person from sending money to these charlatans then my job here is well done.

Now, a reminder to all those who love Earth Hour. If you’re going to write me hate mail, remember to do it before you turn off your computer and lights at 8:30! You wouldn’t want to be a hypocritical hater, after all, would you?

This Earth Hour I will do as I do every year on this appointed day and appointed hour: I will turn on every light in the house, blast some great music on the stereo and read all the hate mail the drones too scared, too wracked with North American Guilt and Shame to think for themselves, send me.

After all, someone ought to use all that power. It’s already generated… waiting for an eager individual like me to crank on some more appliances and stopping it from going to waste.

Should be a fun evening!

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PS. If you need a little more enlightenment I would highly recommend Ross McKitrick’s essay “Earth Hour: A Dissent“. Here’s a taste for those brave enough to think for themselves:

I abhor Earth Hour. Abundant, cheap electricity has been the greatest source of human liberation in the 20th century. Every material social advance in the 20th century depended on the proliferation of inexpensive and reliable electricity.

Giving women the freedom to work outside the home depended on the availability of electrical appliances that free up time from domestic chores. Getting children out of menial labour and into schools depended on the same thing, as well as the ability to provide safe indoor lighting for reading.

Development and provision of modern health care without electricity is absolutely impossible. The expansion of our food supply, and the promotion of hygiene and nutrition, depended on being able to irrigate fields, cook and refrigerate foods, and have a steady indoor supply of hot water.

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March 28, 2014

Vircurex Bitcoin Exchange Freezes Customer Accounts in Wake of Insolvency

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I read the most bizarre statement concerning the latest Bitcoin exchange, Vircurex, to declare itself insolvent.

Bitcoins1Rather than filing for bankruptcy, as Mt. Gox has done, Vircurex is locking down its existing accounts and has a strategy aimed at paying back all affected customers and returning the exchange to positive financial health. In order for its plan to work, Vircurex is betting that new users will continue to sign up to use its service despite the fact that it has become insolvent, while it is also relying on not being hacked again. Those are two huge risk factors, and it remains to be seen how the plan will play out.

Vircurex is “betting that new users will continue to sign up to use its service despite the fact that it has become insolvent” as a way to dig themselves out of their financial hole?

Seriously?

This is the most perfect example of a Ponzi scheme I’ve read in recent weeks!

From Wikipedia:

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation where the operator, an individual or organization, pays returns to its investors from new capital paid to the operators by new investors, rather than from profit earned by the operator.

If Vircurex is betting their future on an influx of gullible dreamers, well, I suspect they will be in for a very rude awakening quite soon.

As I said before, if you own something but do not have access to it and you cannot sell it, then it isn’t yours.

It certainly is no “investment.”

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March 27, 2014

Alaska Says Fair Chase Hunting does not include Drones

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Fair chase hunting does not include the use of drones to find your intended prey.

From the Anchorage Daily News

Hunting big game in Alaska with the help of remote-controlled, camera-equipped aircraft will be illegal later this year when new regulations take effect.

Hunting is a time-honored tradition allowing each of us to put food on our family’s dinner table. It’s also called “hunting” and not “finding” for a reason. The concept of fair chase.

While technology continues to advance it is often to our detriment. Relying on cameras in the air means we no longer rely on actual hunting techniques like tracking and learning the habits of the game we seek.

As Royce Tuckness said so well in his comments on the Anchorage Daily News article:

I have hunted and fished my entire life (59 yrs) without the assistance of drones, airplanes, blimps, helicopters, kites or any other flying device. I think the Alaska Board of Game has absolutely made the right decision here. Hunters should hunt track and harvest game on foot and only use other animals or mechanical devices to get to and remove harvested animals from the field. Anything else would be considered wrong in my opinion. There are hunters and there are takers. The “Takers” are generally Unethical Guides and those who are basically lazy and look for any advantage to simplify the hunt.

I wholeheartedly agree.

Fair Chase, as defined by the Boone and Crockett Club, is the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, native North American big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such animals.

In simpler terms, it means the animal must have a reasonable opportunity to escape unharmed.

Boone and Crockett Hunter Ethics

Fundamental to all hunting is the concept of conservation of natural resources. Hunting in today’s world involves the regulated harvest of individual animals in a manner that conserves, protects, and perpetuates the hunted population. The hunter engages in a one-to-one relationship with the quarry and his or her hunting should be guided by a hierarchy of ethics related to hunting, which includes the following tenets:

  1. Obey all applicable laws and regulations.

  2. Respect the customs of the locale where the hunting occurs.

  3. Exercise a personal code of behavior that reflects favorably on your abilities and sensibilities as a hunter.

  4. Attain and maintain the skills necessary to make the kill as certain and quick as possible.

  5. Behave in a way that will bring no dishonor to either the hunter, the hunted, or the environment.

  6. Recognize that these tenets are intended to enhance the hunter’s experience of the relationship between predator and prey, which is one of the most fundamental relationships of humans and their environment.

If all you want is to fill your freezer without the “headache” of all that “work” tracking your prey, then go to the butcher store. He will happily provide you with everything you could possibly want.

If you want to be a real hunter, then by all means learn the skills you require to find your prey, then get out into the woods and hunt in an ethical manner.

Like so many hunters, I am sure, I come home empty-handed more often than not. That does not, however, diminish my hunting pleasure. I love being out in the woods. I love searching for the animal that will fill my freezer, but I am thoroughly unwilling to act in a manner unbecoming simply to do so.

Some days I simply do not take the shot because the joy of watching one of God’s amazing creatures wander in front of me is just too good to end with a bullet.

And there’s always tomorrow…

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February 22, 2014

Personal Responsibility: Claude Ritchie Learns an Expensive Lesson

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When I read the headline “Cyclist ordered to pay man $226,000” I thought the award was outrageous. Perhaps even ridiculous. Then I read the article and the actual court ruling in the case of Jang v. Ritchie (Jang v. Ritchie 2013 BCSC 2459) and came to a very different conclusion.

The award is far too low.

Claude Ritchie learned a very costly lesson. He is now on the hook for $226,102 as a result of the civil lawsuit filed against him by the victim of his negligence, Myong Su (John) Jang.

He is accountable for the result of his actions, even when they are an “accident”.

On May 25, 2007, Claude Ritchie cycled along a trail in Burnaby’s Central Park. He lost control of his bicycle and crashed into John Jang, a sushi chef at many well-known Vancouver restaurants for the past 25 years.

When Mr. Jang crashed to the ground his wrist and hand were shattered. It took surgeons over two and a half hours to reconstruct his broken bones.

As a result of his injuries Mr. Jang lost his career, is still in pain, and his hand is permanently fixed in a claw-like position. As a result of the “negligent” actions of Claude Ritchie Mr. Jang’s life is changed dramatically and permanently for the worse.

[4] I find Mr. Ritchie was negligent in driving his bicycle into Mr. Jang.
[5] I also find that Mr. Ritchie’s negligence caused Mr. Jang’s injuries.

For his part Claude Ritchie appears to shirk all responsibility for his actions. He never attended the trial and stopped communicating with his own lawyer who then removed himself from the case.

To quote The Honourable Madam Justice L.A. Fenlon’s judgment,

It appears Mr. Ritchie has chosen to avoid this litigation. He did not attend examination for discovery and, as noted, did not attend this trial to contest either liability or the amount of damages.

From his own actions, or more specifically his lack of action at all, Claude Ritchie appears to believe he should not be held accountable.

That is wrong. Completely wrong.

We live in a nation that promotes this notion, much to our detriment. That needs to change.

For his part Mr. Jang is not a mean or vindictive man. He simply wants Claude Ritchie to do the right thing; to take responsibility for his actions.

Mr. Jang spent his entire life doing the right thing, being responsible for himself and his family, including bringing his parents to Canada from Korea and supporting them as well as himself, his wife and their two children.

[7] I turn first to non-pecuniary damages. Mr. Jang came to Canada from Korea 30 years ago. He did not speak English so opportunities were limited. A friend taught him how to make sushi. Mr. Jang found a job working as a helper in a sushi restaurant. Within two years, he had worked his way up to sushi chef, a position he held for the next 25 years in fairly well-known sushi restaurants in the Lower Mainland.

[8] Mr. Jang is not a complicated man. His life has centered on his work and his family. He has a strong sense of responsibility to the members of his family. Within a few years of arriving in Canada, he brought his parents over from Korea. He worked hard throughout his life to support them, his wife, Teresa, and their two children, Christopher and Angela. Mr. Jang took pride in his ability to provide for his family and to care for their home. He had limited recreational and social activities outside of work and family, walks in the park, swimming at the community centre, and weight training. His life has been profoundly affected by this injury.

In short, he is a man who believes in personal responsibility. He is a man with a strong work ethic.

He is the kind of man we need more of in Canada.

Claude Ritchie, based on what Justice Fenlon said in her ruling, is the kind of man Canada needs none of.

We do not need men who shirk their responsibilities. We do not need men who can only whine “It wasn’t my fault” and run away from those responsibilities.

We need men who will stand up, act like men and take responsibility for their actions, good and bad, no matter the consequence.

Claude Ritchie’s negligence (as determined by Justice Fenlon, not me) cost a good man his career and livelihood, yet Claude Ritchie isn’t interested in taking responsibility for that negligence, no matter how “accidental” it may be.

Accidents happen. That does NOT mean we are not responsible for the result of those accidents. Especially when they cost another everything, as in Mr. Jang’s case.

I pray that Claude Ritchie will be found and made to pay every penny of this judgment against him. It’s a pittance compared to the loss suffered by the victim in this case, Myong Su (John) Jang.

If you know Claude Ritchie I would implore you to urge him to do the right thing, to take responsibility for his actions and, most of all, act as a man ought to act: with integrity and honour.

The cost of personal responsibility is very high.

It should be.

It’s the only way human beings can live together properly.

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February 21, 2014

With Concealed Carry Comes Personal Responsibility

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A frightening story from Belize reinforces the responsibility we gun owners have when carrying our firearms legally, no matter where we are.

A man was in Brown Sugar Mall, a crowded area called “Tourism Village”, when felt the need to adjust his pants. Perhaps they were too baggy; perhaps his belt was too loose? Whatever the reason this man committed the heinous error of placing a digit inside the trigger guard of his holstered firearm and, as will happen when the trigger of a loaded gun is pulled, a bullet exited the barrel into the floor where it shattered.

bullet_holesBullet fragments hit at least two nearby people, injuring them. While the reporter calls this an “accidental” discharge that is a misnomer. This, like all “accidental” discharges, is a negligent discharge. The firearm holder was negligent. Period. Safe handling of a firearm requires a person be aware of themselves, their surroundings and their firearm AT ALL TIMES.

There are no exceptions.

If a bullet leaves the barrel of my firearm, I am responsible for whatever happens next. Just like every other firearm owner.

From Belize:

There were thousands of tourists today in the area of the Tourism Village when a pair of visitors narrowly escaped grave [injury]; they were wounded by the fragments of a nine millimeter round. The incident occurred inside the Brown Sugar Mall shortly before ten o’clock. A mother and her daughter were reportedly in the vicinity of the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi terminal when a firearm, in the possession of a licensed owner, accidentally discharged. The bullet, it is believed, ricocheted and grazed the women. Belize City police were immediately called to the area where they observed the injured persons. According to Superintendent Gualberto Garcia, the women were treated on site and subsequently released.

It is critical to remind ourselves we firearm owners bear responsibility for every bullet that leaves the barrel of our firearm, whether intended or not.

The story does not mention whether there were any legal repercussions for the firearm owner.

Thankfully these instances of negligence are extremely rare and I for one am grateful both these ladies were not harmed more severely.

And I’m sure the owner of this firearm is one heck of a lot more careful as a result of this near tragedy.

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December 20, 2012

The Real Reasons for Mass Shootings

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When you read today about Adam Lanza having ‘trouble relating’ to fellow students and teachers, ask yourself this question: what is the standard definition of a psychopath?

Here it is:

“a person with a psychopathic personality, which manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc.”

Sound familiar? It should.

Here’s Lanza as described in the National Post:

“He would have an episode, and she’d have to return or come to the high school and deal with it,” Novia said, describing how the young man would sometimes withdraw completely “from whatever he was supposed to be doing,” whether it was sitting in class or reading a book.”

RiverviewHospital-250x166In other words, Adam Lanza suffered from psychotic episodes and exhibited other characteristics that closely matched the definition of a person with a psychopathic personality.

In the old days, and by this I mean forty years ago, Adam would likely have wound up in an institution like the one pictured here, the Male Chronic Unit of Riverview Mental Hospital in Vancouver.

The reason he didn’t is that since the 1970’s, Progressive do-gooders, educators, lawyers and activists have convinced the public mental patients should be ‘treated’ in the ‘community.’ Governments were only too happy to oblige since this reduced their costs and they were seen to be, yes, ‘progressive.’

Progressives like this idea because they are morally relativistic; they believe all people are the same when it’s clear this is not the case, and especially not the case with people suffering mental illness.

That is one reason the media hasn’t got its head around. Here’s another: Adam’s father, Peter John Lanza, divorced Adam’s mother in 2009, three years ago. That would mean Adam was 17 at the time. We know statistically that children from divorced households are more likely to be involved in crime than children from families with two strong parents.

A study by R.L. Maginnis in 1997 said

“Children from single-parent families are more likely to have behavioral problems because they tend to lack economic security and adequate time with parents.”

Whether Peter John Lanza could have turned Adam around is problematical, but whether he recognized Adam had a problem is not. You can’t live with a dis-associative personality for 17 years and not know about it. Of course, if you aren’t living with that personality, you don’t know about it, do you?

And now a third point; gun-free zones. Progressive educators believe in this concept because they don’t understand that mentally disturbed people don’t care about social engineering.

Signs don’t matter.

Social pressure doesn’t matter.

It doesn’t matter because psychopaths don’t feel social pressure.

The only thing that stops a madman is a man (or woman) with a gun. There have been a number of such cases in the United States but none of them have received any publicity. The reason they haven’t is that this contradicts the liberal talking points that guns cause crime.

I mentioned the Israeli example yesterday; a nation that armed its school teachers and let parents sit in class with fully-automatic weapons to protect their children, but this is also never mentioned by the Main Stream Media. Why would it? They oppose the idea in principle.

On this Sunday, when fewer and fewer people go to church, feel religious or understand Judeo-Christian morality, it’s time we reminded each other that the key to personal safety, school safety and safety in society is a strong sense of morality, a strong belief in family and an understanding that there is evil in the world and always will be.

Everyone has to take personal responsibility for security, their own and certainly that of their children.

Progressives are wrong about human nature, wrong about society, wrong about morality wrong about ‘gun control.’

What we saw in Newtown, CT, shows the cost of being wrong again and again.

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