Monday, December 10, 2012

Among the reasons I despise PC nanny-state dirtbags:

they want to twist everything to suit their "Here is how people must be" compulsions:
But subterfuge and propaganda appear to be the order of the day in Sweden. In their efforts to free children from the constraints of gender, the Swedish reformers are imposing their own set of inviolate rules, standards, and taboos. Here is how Slate author Nathalie Rothchild describes a gender-neutral classroom:
One Swedish school got rid of its toy cars because boys "gender-coded" them and ascribed the cars higher status than other toys. Another preschool removed "free playtime" from its schedule because, as a pedagogue at the school put it,when children play freely 'stereotypical gender patterns are born and cemented. In free play there is hierarchy, exclusion, and the seed to bullying.' And so every detail of children's interactions gets micromanaged by concerned adults, who end up problematizing minute aspects of children's lives, from how they form friendships to what games they play and what songs they sing.

Need some electronic earmuffs?  Midway has these on sale(at least if you want green).

So, no matter what kind of GPS or app you have, a bloody map just might be a good idea.

A serious error in the victim selection process.

Something always good to keep in mind:
I would like politicians and bureaucrats to acknowledge this: Every law, rule, and regulation made by the government ends in puppy killing SWAT Teams. Every dime that is spent in our name was taken at gunpoint.

I want them to understand that every action they take has this statement as a footnote: “This is important enough that my grandmother should be killed if she does not abide.”
The rhetoric might be a little over the top, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. Take the story of Rawesome Foods, who were raided twice in one year by full-ninja swat teams for such horrible crimes as “improper egg temperatures.” I mean really what could possibly justify that?

It seems ridiculous that this could happen, right? Well, all it takes is one word: No.
Example follows. All brought up by the quote from Penn Jillette:
There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint.
People try to argue that government isn’t really force. You believe that? Try not paying your taxes…. When they come to get you for not paying your taxes, try not going to court. Guns will be drawn. Government is force — literally, not figuratively.


Sailorcurt said...

Regarding your map story:

They recommend using Google Maps versus Apple Maps, but Google isn't perfect either.

I work for a company that makes the dispatching computer systems for public transportation authorities.

We recently had one of our customers report that the in-vehicle system navigated them to the wrong location for the address they were trying to reach.

The problem is that our system navigates to GPS coordinates, not an address.

Come to find out, the driver was not using our system to navigate, he was using Google maps on his phone for some reason. When he got sent to the wrong place he A) didn't want to admit he was using an unauthorized navigation system and B) all those navigation systems are the same anyway right? So if Google got it wrong, the in-vehicle system would have too right?


Another example: years ago, I was using an external, USB GPS receiver connected to my laptop to navigate with. I was in Scranton PA, in the middle of the night, trying to find my way.

The GPS kept telling me I needed to turn east onto a road that, as far as I could tell, simply didn't exist. I went back and forth and crossed the road according to the mapping software at least three times...but there was no road there.

I had a map. I checked the map. Turns out the road they were trying to get me to turn onto was actually an overpass that had no access from the road I was on. I didn't notice the thing above me because it was dark and I was looking for an intersection at ground level.

Anyway, the point is that you're right: Those GPS mapping systems aren't always right. It's a great idea to double check them against a map to make sure you know where you're supposed to be going...and have a map as a backup in case they try to lead you somewhere that simply doesn't exist.

Luton Ian said...

Re: victim selection error,

How amazing, a statist badge and costume allows the cops to know what the dead man was thinking

Sailorcurt said...


You know...when I first started reading that story, I thought the same thing: How do they know that he wasn't just a concerned citizen trying to stop a perceived robbery?

But then I read the assertion "Santos was known in the neighborhood for pulling heists" and kind of let it pass...well, they were probably right then.


Known by whom in the neighborhood for pulling heists? Had he ever been convicted? Or even charged with such a crime? If so, I'd think they would have mentioned that.

Hmm...could this be a case of the cops being a bit fast and loose with the facts to support a narrative to excuse an unjustified shooting (again)?

Seems plausible to me.

I think you may be on to something there.

Sailorcurt said...

Upon further review...clicking through to the full story:

"The dead man had 39 prior raps against him for charges including assault, trespassing, and robbery and had just been released from prison in June after a six-month stint. He had 15 prison stays under his belt, with his first arrest dating back to 1987"

Although Luton's larger point that the cops have no ability to read anyone's mind is still true, I'd have to say, based on the dead guy's penchant for robbery, there's a pretty good chance they were right.

Teaches me to spout off before reading the whole story.

Windy Wilson said...

So in a Swedish school toy cars were banned because boys "gender-coded" them and ascribed the cars higher status than other toys."
I suppose that the "gender-coding" means they as boys really liked playing with them.
I wonder what the Swedish school busybodies would have done with the woman who called in to Dennis Prager's radio program once and described how as little girls, she and her friends played with the Hot Wheel cars by dividing the cars into "boy cars" and "girl cars." The "boy cars" raced, and the winner got to choose which "girl car" "he" got to marry.
I suppose the girls really were gender-coding the cars in that case, but it was ok, they were girls. Or perhaps they would give the girls sticks and show them how to slap puddles of water into submission.
Some ideas are so stupid you really do have to go to graduate school to believe them.

Luton Ian said...

Hi Sailorcurt,

I read the whole thing too, and (perhaps surprisingly) the dead man does appear to have been a genuinely scumbaggy individual.

"scumbag" is something which I used to automatically assume when a doughnut muncher killed someone. Now I don't, I automatically suspect murder, or at the very least a "constructive" homicide.

but, the thing which really caught my eye with this one was that anyone could have the neck to issue a statement implicitly claiming to have known the thoughts of another individual

and that they have the neck to expect it to be believed

are there potential jurors out there who might believe that a tin badge and a taxtheft funded costume imparts such superpowers to the statist individual who's wearing them?

There are certainly plenty who appear to assume, despite abundant evidence to the contrary, that the state is an omniscient and omnipotent (borg like?) entity, rather than a group of generally over paid and too often over promoted individual and perfectly fallible individual humans (who live on the proceeds of armed robbery, counterfeiting and Ponzi schemes).

I know I'm perhaps recommending William N Grigg's blog a little too often, but I find his in depth analyses of the increasingly murderous fat blue line, very insightful :

Luton Ian said...

I can't remember who said it back at the time Assflange was first accused of screwing someone there without wearing a condom:

"Sweden; the feminist version of Saudi Arabia"

Sailorcurt said...

I'm with you Luton Ian; basically they just got lucky this time.

The cops on the scene had no way of knowing that the dude they were shooting at had a long rap sheet, they were in "shoot first, ask questions later" mode.

Luckily, they found out after the fact that the dude rapidly assuming room temperature was not a nice guy and thus a narrative is born based upon the advanced mind reading skills of the boys in blue...or ninja black...or OD green, or whatever it is they're wearing these days.

I'm only willing to consider giving them a pass on this one because the nefarious character of the recently deceased implies that their crass assumptions about his motives may have been right.

That doesn't relieve them of the fact that they had no way of knowing this at the time they were pulling the trigger and were almost as likely to be blowing away a fellow cop (either undercover or off duty) as a bad guy. I believe that such is an inherent risk of living in an area where the prohibition on lawful bearing of arms by citizens cause the cops to automatically assume that anyone they see with a gun who is not concurrently wearing a uniform is a bad guy.

All of which being, of course, an excessively long-winded way to say:

"yeah, you're right".