The Greatest Play in Baseball, made by Rick Monday at Dodgers Stadium, when he saved an American flag from being burned by two protesters.
H/T Jawa Report:
AMERICA. FUCK YEAH.
Jeep put out a very patriotic ad last night during the Superbowl:
We’ll ignore the issue of them being owned by an Italian car company, the bailouts, and moving production to China for now.
What’s worth comparing is the message above with the messages here, from Twitchy, concerning the murder of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (by a guy whose family had tried to institutionalize him, but couldn’t because of leftist laws – so Kyle did what he could to help the kid as the system had already failed).
There really are two Americas.
German police officers fired a total of 85 bullets in 2011, 49 of which were warning shots, the German publication Der Spiegel reported. Officers fired 36 times at people, killing six and injuring 15. This is a slight decline from 2010, when seven people were killed and 17 injured. Ninety-six shots were fired in 2010.
Meanwhile, in the United States, The Atlantic reported that in April, 84 shots were fired at one murder suspect in Harlem, and another 90 at an unarmed man in Los Angeles.
I love these kinds of stories because they’re so simple in what they’re trying to imply, yet how quickly they fall apart as a narrative. The clear objective of them is to show how wonderfully marvelous Europe, European government control, and enlightened Europe is, and how backwards and gun-oriented we are in the US.
People are free to make bad decisions in the US. And once deadly force is used it’s deadly force, whether it’s one round fired or one hundred.
“Our police officers are no thugs in uniform,” Lorenz Caffier, interior minister of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, said at a press conference Tuesday.
“It is gratifying that the use of firearms by police officers against people is declining,” Caffier added.
It’s gratifying only if there is a lack of crime that necessitates fewer violent encounters. Otherwise the police could be running away or ignoring crime, especially in Gastarbeiter neighborhoods.
There’s a joke about the difference between heaven and hell. They’re the same, except different nationalities have different professions. In heaven, the English are the cops, the Germans are the engineers, the Italians are the cooks, the French are the lovers, and the Swiss run everything. In hell, the Germans are the cops, the English are the cooks, the Italians are the engineers, the Swiss are the lovers, and the French run everything.
Thing is, there’s little comparison in those statistics. The German police deal with a mostly homogenous, aging society that for the most part doesn’t have that much crime. There’s also the argument that they lost a lot of alpha males and their genes in WWI and then WWII, so they don’t even have the risk-taking types who end up skirting the line and becoming criminals anyway. The US has a naturally more volatile society, but we have a more free society. We have multiple ethnic groups (and as posted recently, we even have illegal criminal invaders), we have a vast, free country that leaves people to their own ends to a greater degree than Germany.
Ultimately, a few criminals and the regrettable, tragic losses of life that come from conflicts with the law that aren’t resolved well are a small price to pay. See, there’s a reason the “Germans are the cops” line applies to hell.
F.A. Hayek dedicated entire chapters in The Road To Serfdom explaining why the worst get on top in a socialist system (slightly less so in other systems) – because ultimately, such a system is totalitarian, and desires control. A system which makes for a pacified society ultimately leads to the violence at the hands of government authorities and police as per in Germany’s not-too-distant past. Otto von Bismarck’s socialist state that began offering government benefits set the stage for a government with more and more and more control.
Ultimately, many of the instruments of government control were already in place by the time things got far worse.
American law enforcement, where some 150+ officers were killed in 2011, and a greater number of criminals were killed, even when spread out over 300 million people, looks like a large number. Assuming that American cops kill ten times the number of officers killed, we could guess there are some 1500 people killed by law enforcement each year (a few internet searches couldn’t pull up a real number, so I’m just making that up based on a 10:1 ratio).
Just because I’m making numbers up, let’s assume it’s more like 5,000 per year. Totally made up number. It will still take 1200 years of 5,000 per year to equal Germany just from their famous years, and that’s with Germany’s lowest estimate. More than likely it’d take some 2400 years, and that’s not including East Germany’s actions for 40 years, the actions of the Kaiser or Bismarck before a decidedly anti-freedom Austrian made Germany’s police famous.
“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”
- Admiral Yamamoto
Now, it’s my problem.
Something to contrast with the last few weeks worth of posts.
>Bill Whittle’s final Part VII of the What We Believe series, explaining Tea Party/conservative beliefs:
Whittle wraps up the series, and hopefully those who’ve watched it have gotten a little more insight – possibly into their own views and how to express them.
Folks used to statistics will note that his comparison of “science units” is not done per capita, as the other nations listed are smaller. Were it done per capita (rounding to nearest million in both cases) it would look like this:
UK:______.29 science units/person (18 million science units/61 million population)
Italy:_____.11 (7mil/60mil pop)
Considering the VAST size of the US population, that’s pretty darned decent. Couple it with the fact that the UK benefits from many very well established science centers, and that Canada has no small benefit from being a partner to both the US and UK, it’s not too much of a surprise that per capita, the UK and Canada are doing very well. And good for them – but by no means is their prosperity an indictment of the fact that the US is the shining beacon of science by volume, and a very strong third per capita. That the US, with a vast population to offset in per capita comparison, still eclipses other nations is perhaps a greater support of Whittle’s point of American exceptionalism in science endeavors.
Now, there are other reasons for this as well that Whittle hit on in earlier videos. One is the rule of law. Individuals who discover or invent something are probably going to have their patents, inventions, or ideas respected. Discovery and invention are generally rewarded through prosperity, and only rarely thwarted by intellectual theives or seizure by the state.
Consider Mikhael. He invented a product that’s used worldwide, was adopted by his own government, and is so famous and iconic as to be recognized immediately. You probably know his last name already, and undoubtedly the initials his invention is known by.
Did he earn anything from it the way an engineer in the US would have? He received a lot of medals, promotions, and state handouts, but nothing along the lines of what a US inventor would receive for such a prolific creation – with about 100 million units worldwide. If he were selling records, it’d be a decuple diamond album, topped only by another Michael. Except a record cost about thirty to fifty times less.
1. He believes the American electorate to be a bunch of self possessed teenagers who are acting out at their parents, i.e. the government. It has to be mentioned that this is a definite liberal sentiment, that “they” (statist, modern liberals, socialist etc.) know what is best for you, just like your parents did. They want “the best” for you but with that comes the erosion of your personal responsibility by the statist government. Some examples include New York state regulating your salt intake, and a general push in some states to not allow vending machines on school campuses for “the good of the children.” It also includes determining if you should receive healthcare if your 65 years old or a new born infant because some government bureaucrat has decided he knows better the a physician does.
2. He also is still clinging to racism alledgedlly perpetrated upon President Obama by the American people especially those that love their guns and are just angry white folks. Look at Lt. Colonel Allen West in Florida, look at all the African American voters that stood within and with out the tea party this last election. This has nothing to do with race. It has everything to do with the Obama Regime’s agenda and a congress that was owned lock, stock and barrel by statist and followed regime’s whims. Even then the regime couldn’t always do what it wanted. People forget about the statist super majority and the senate and healthcare almost failed anyhow.
The gentleman from Vanity Fair attempts to sound a moderate but it is evident he is not. He clings to the liberal argument that the majority of this country is racist and hates Obama when in reality its the Obama Agenda that is truly despised. He wants to get back to the days of “moderate” President Bill Clinton which he apparently forgets was forced to the center after the statist attempted to pass healtcare reform during his first term and was “shouted at” by us angry teenagers. He also points out that what makes this national “teenage backlash” worse is that us right wingers like our guns and that statement further implicates this gentleman as another statist that just doesn’t get it.
Statist will never understand conservative principles of freedom, liberty, nor personal responsibility. They want to take care of us…. The only problem is “We The People” grew up between 2008 and 2010 and we want our government back.