Whenever I hear about a mass shooting, the first thing that pops into my mind is, what a shame there weren’t armed people there to stop the tragedy.  I know a lot of individuals immediately shout out that the only way to stop these shootings is to enact gun control.  There is an inherent flaw in the gun control arguments–there is no way to prevent bad guys from acquiring firearms.  Criminals do not obey laws in general.  Gun laws are no different.  Prohibition of any kind has never worked.  Why would it be any different with guns?  If guns are outlawed then only criminals would own guns.  Law abiding individuals would be completely at the mercy of armed criminals.  It is no coincidence that 92 percent of mass shootings happen in gun free zones.  That statistic is from this study by The Crime Prevention Research Center.

Almost on a weekly basis, I come across articles chronicling how good guys with guns have saved lives by killing bad guys with guns, thus limiting the casualties.  Because these incidents shine a favorable light on guns, they are buried by the media.  They are also buried by Google.  I made the mistake of trying to use Google to research this article.  When I typed in the search “good guy with gun stops bad guy with gun” I first received an avalanche of completely one sided search suggestions before I even finished typing in my search.  The search results were even more biased towards a distorted progressive agenda.

Here are excerpts from three articles I encountered, just through my usual browsing, in the past two weeks.  These articles chronicle incidents where good guys with guns have stopped mass shootings.

This Daily Caller Article  Sept 24 2017

A Nashville Police Department spokesman said the shooter entered the church after 11 a.m. CST wearing a neoprene ski mask. One woman was shot in the parking lot before the shooter entered the church and opened fire on about 42 people still inside.

One church member, 22-year-old Caleb Engle, confronted the shooter before being pistol whipped in the face. Engle then went to his car to retrieve a gun, which he has under a concealed carry license.

Engle returned to the church to confront the gunman again. The gunman shot himself in the face when the man returned, possibly by accident.

Here is the result — Samson is being charged with murder and multiple counts of attempted murder in the attack that killed one and left at least seven other people injured at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, a town just south of Nashville, Tenn.

This Article from American Thinker

Guns in churches seem like some sort of grotesque oxymoron but in the right hands a firearm can be the ultimate peacemaker. Many were thankful that day in 2007 that Jeanne Assam, a volunteer security guard at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, had easy access to a gun when Matthew Murray entered the east entrance of the church and began firing his rifle. Murray was carrying two handguns, an assault rifle, and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

Assam, who worked as a police officer in downtown Minneapolis during the 1990s and is licensed to carry a weapon, shot and killed Murray. Had she not done so, more than two would have been killed at the church that day.

Investor’s Business Daily Editorial

Before the tragedy in Connecticut, a shooter at an Oregon shopping mall was stopped by an armed citizen with a concealed carry permit who refused to be a victim, preventing another mass tragedy.

In the target-rich environment of the Clackamas Town Center two weeks before Christmas, the shooter managed to kill only two people before killing himself. A far worse tragedy was prevented when he was confronted by a hero named Nick Meli.

As the shooter was having difficulty with his weapon, Meli pulled his and took aim, reluctant to fire lest an innocent bystander be hit. But he didn’t have to pull the trigger: The shooter fled when confronted, ending his own life before it could be done for him.

Here is what NRA Executive Director Wayne LaPierre had to say about this subject, as quoted in this Breitbart article

Politicians pass laws for Gun-Free School Zones. They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them. And in so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk….

…The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT —  Well, that didn’t take long.

Tyrone White, a convicted car burglar who was released early under Louisiana’s new free-the-criminals criminal justice overall, has been re-arrested.  White was out of jail only five days before he picked up a gun and robbed a construction worker in Kenner, Louisiana.  He is now back in jail.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry commented:

“Gov. (John Bel) Edwards’ staffer, (corrections secretary) James LeBlanc, indicated we needed to give the ‘reforms’ time to work,” said the release from Citizens for Louisiana Job Creators. “Perhaps we could suggest that anyone who has SIXTY FOUR counts of burglary NOT be set free when Governor Edwards and the Department of Corrections decides to let the next batch of 1,500+ criminals out of jail on Dec. 1.

“As we said last week, lock your doors and, as U.S. Senator (John) Kennedy has suggested, ‘You ought to own a handgun just in case.’ “

Wait, he said sixty-four counts of burglary?!

Tyrone White has a 40-page criminal history in Jefferson Parish alone.  Is he an outlier?  Is he an early-release candidate that slipped through the cracks and should never have been released?  Who knows.  Who knows how many more Tyrone Whites are walking around right now, free, due to this new legislation package?

In the spring, in order to address Louisiana’s high incarceration rate, the Edwards administration pushed a sweeping criminal justice reform package:

Most significantly, the package of bills aims to overhaul sentencing in the state criminal codes. The package will reduce mandatory minimums, trim sentences and give some inmates access to parole eligibility sooner. It creates a medical furlough program, which allows the sickest inmates to temporarily receive treatment off site, and be eligible for Medicaid, which saves the state on medical costs. The package overhauls drug sentencing, allowing lighter sentences based on weights, and streamlines the state’s many incongruous theft penalties. One bill in the package will limit how often juvenile offenders can receive life without parole sentences.

The measure also expands prison alternatives, like drug court, and expand safety nets for people getting out of jail and returning to their communities, by reducing their financial burdens and helping them have better access to jobs. Another bill will help improve the way victims are notified when offenders have parole hearings or are released.

In this first wave of early release, nearly 2,000 prisoners were set free.  Another wave comes in a couple of weeks.

It is not surprising that the law enforcement community is unhappy about many of these changes.  It means they have to deal with the Tyrone Whites again and again.  And some law enforcement officials are making it known that the numbers of criminals on early release are much higher than what is being officially reported.

The early release provision indicates that “non-violent offenders” are the only prisoners eligible for early release.  In all likelihood, the construction worker on the other end of Tyrone White’s gun last week would beg to differ.

There’s nothing wrong with criminal justice reform and truly low level offenders perhaps deserve a second look and a chance of early release.  But these candidates must be carefully screened and evaluated to ensure their chances of success and assimilation back into society.  What tools are we giving them to ensure they can find jobs and avoid recidivism?

Tyrone White won’t be the only one of the early released to return to jail.  But perhaps he will serve a cautionary purpose in ensuring that those who are released in the coming months are given a second look.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Steve Bannon in Manchester 11-10-17
As I mentioned on Friday Thursday evening Steve Bannon came to Manchester NH for fundraiser for the 603 Alliance.

This event was pricey from $125 for general admission to $750 for the top VIP position yet there were very few tables with an empty seat.

This is a huge contrast to the old days at CPAC when Steve was holding his “Uninvited” events and ignored, also a contrast unfortunately is availability, gone are the days when I was one of the free interested in getting an interview Thursday there was press galore and as soon as his speech was over Steve was out the door and intro a car to the airport and all my running outside and chasing in the hopes of getting an interview were in vain.

However I did get some speeches such as 603 alliance member and former state rep Fran Wendelboe who talked about keeping people in office honest

She introduced Corey Lewindowski who spoke next

Corey was also kind enough to give me an exclusive interview after the event

Steve Bannon followed Corey and he gave a doozy of a speech

despite charging my battery before I left for the event Steve’s speech ran it dry so I had to finish it with Camera #2

and I voiced over what was missed about wanting to be governed by the first 100 people who walked into this room rather than others.

One part of his speech that I suspect will get almost no press was his complementing the 2016 field as one of the best and most qualified collection of pols ever assembled for a presidential race. We’ll likely never see a field of people so full of excellent choices again in our lifetime.

As I mentioned when the event was over Steve was gone pretty quick despite my running outside in the hopes of grabbing an interview but with my newly scalped head there’s always the chance he didn’t recognize me.

(I told my wife she could cut my hair and boy did she)

By the time I got back inside most of the crowd was gone but I lucked into Rep Al Baldarsario who is running for speaker of the NH house and as always he had time for me

I’m fascinated by folks like Corey and Al who recognized the potential for Trump at a time when all of us missed it.

I’d like to close with one little minor insight. The head table where Steve Corey and others were sitting had one empty seat when I got it, that was filled by a lady that I remember from CPAC. The moment she got to the table every single man at the table rose from his seat before she took hers.

Now I know that’s a little thing in the scheme of things but I thought culturally it spoke volumes

The photo gallery follows

My apologies for the paltry number of pitchers as I noted my directions were bad and I got there a bit late

Hollywood Sign in 1923

by baldilocks

With the accusation avalanche of sexual crimes/misconduct being slung about in Hollywood and in the Hollywood for Ugly People (Washington DC), we have this bit of news.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who reported to prison this week to begin a 21-month sentence for sexting with a 15-year-old girl, is hoping to stay in contact with the outside world.

Weiner’s away message on his personal email addresses provide specific instructions on how to stay in contact with the disgraced Congressman, the New York Post reported Thursday.

“Thanks for reaching out,” the message says. “Starting November 6th, I’ll be away for a while but I would love to stay in touch. As quaint as it may sound, the best way to reach me is by sending a letter. When you write, ill get you the information about how email might work.

“So please include your full mailing address here and of course include it when you write,” Weiner says in the message.

You and I both know that Weiner will have no shortage of correspondents.

And then, this morning, we wake up to the news that some dude accuses Star Trek actor George Takei of possibly slipping him a roofie and taking advantage in 1981.

In other words, it’s Saturday and I have nothing really to talk about and choose to gawk at these people.

Both Hollywoods seem to be magnets for predators of many varieties because what they are selling is fantasy and what they are buying is power. That these fantasy-power exchanges spill over into the sexual area shouldn’t be a surprise because most of the denizens of the two kingdoms have no moral/spiritual reign on their appetites – though many of the Ugly Hollywood residents pretend to religious virtue to get elected and the Pretty Hollywood pretends to secular virtue because they’re pretty, Harvey Weinstein notwithstanding. A stage, all the world is.

Watching the stuff is almost as entertaining as going to the zoo. Almost.

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It is safe to say that I’m a very voracious reader.  My primary passions, when it comes to fiction, are science fiction, horror, fantasy, and political thrillers.   I never discriminate when it comes to the political views of authors, even when their political views color their work.  Being a Libertarian, I much more closely identify with libertarian and conservative authors.  When I read books by liberal authors who infuse their views into their work I find myself debating with the author and the characters in my head as I read. This can be distracting, which is why I enjoy reading books by those on the right more.  Here are my favorite fiction authors that also happen to be on the political right:

Dean Koontz

Over the years I’ve read over thirty of his novels. There is no author whose work I enjoy more and there is no fiction author who I agree with more when it comes to political views.  Dean Koontz is very much a libertarian and those views permeate just about every one of his novels.  The heroes pretty much all expose libertarian views while the villains are most often progressives.  The central theme of most of the novels that I’ve read is– individual freedom will triumph over the forces of collectivism.

Here is how Wikipedia describes Dean Koontz:

Dean Ray Koontz (born July 9, 1945) is an American author. His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers, but also frequently incorporate elements of horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and satire.

I completely agree with that description.  His books are thrillers and horror stories.  He uses his political views to color his novels.  They are not works of political fiction.  Dean Koontz is a very vocal Catholic.  His Catholic faith also permeates his novels.  Good versus evil is very often a central theme.

If you are thinking about checking out Dean Koontz, I would very much recommend “Watchers” and “Strangers.”  Those are the two novels that first got me hooked.  His “Odd Thomas” series and his “Frankenstein” series are also fantastic, along with so many of his stand alone novels.

Tom Clancy

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve reread his Jack Ryan series.  It is probably north of a dozen times.  Tom Clancy novels are political and military thrillers. The main character in the Jack Ryan series starts off as an analyst for the CIA.  Tom Clancy was very much a Reagan Conservative and he lets that shine thru very clearly in all of his novels.  In the novel “Executive Orders” President Jack Ryan discusses his political views in great detail.  They are a mixture of Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan.  Tom Clancy was a Catholic and so was his main character, Jack Ryan.

Tom Clancy was a very prolific author who wrote many different series of novels.  I’ve only read the Jack Ryan series.  The first ten novels in the series were all fantastic.  After the novel “The Bear and the Dragon” this series was nowhere as good.  If you’re interested in starting the series then “Patriot Games” is the perfect novel to start with.  His standalone novel “Red Storm Rising” is one of my all time favorite novels.  This book is about a nonnuclear world war between the US and the USSR, which takes place in the mid 1980s.

Suzanne Collins

A few months ago I came across an article listing libertarian works of fiction.  Featured in this article was the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  Before that article I had not given those books much thought.  I heard the name of the books but considered them to be just for young adults.   After reading the article I decided to give that series a whirl.   I’m not ashamed to admit that I enjoyed the series so much that I read it three times and have watched all of the movies.

The author of the article was correct about this series having a libertarian message.  The series is set in the future where the part of the world that used to be the United States is now part of a country called Panem.  This country is made up of twelve districts which are oppressed by an extremely tyrannical central government.  The main character, Katniss Everdeen, accidently ignites a rebellion then becomes a central figure in the rebellion.  Overthrowing an oppressive government and restoring individual freedom is the central theme.  During the third book Katniss overhears a discussion between two central characters about who should lead the government after the oppressive capitol is defeated.  Here is the answer

“Everyone,” Plutarch tells him. “We’re going to form a republic where the people of each district and the Capitol can elect their own representatives to be their voice in a centralized government. Don’t look so suspicious; it’s worked before.”

There is one line in the book that has a slight pro global warming message but no book is perfect.  The line mentions that a lot of the land has been flooded by rising seas.  There are no details. Man made global warming is never mentioned.  The series takes place in the distant future after many wars have been fought so this rise in the seas could have been caused by anything.  .

The political nature of the Hunger Games has been hotly debated by all sides.  Usually a few lines are pulled out from here and there to claim victory by a liberal or a conservative blog author.  After reading the entire series this libertarian stands firmly behind the conclusion that this series has a strong libertarian message.

There are so many other right leaning fiction authors I’ve read.  I may make this into a regular series of articles if there is enough interest.  If anyone would like to recommend an author please do so in the comments section.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – I haven’t poured through the proposed Republican tax plan but I did get far enough to see that teachers will be losing their $250 per year tax credit should it pass unscathed.

The tax bill proposed by Republican leaders yesterday scraps a benefit that many teachers have come to rely on: the $250 “educator expense deduction,” which can be used to recoup the cost of classroom materials.

K-12 teachers who spend money out-of-pocket on books, supplies, professional development courses, and computer equipment and software for their classrooms can claim the deduction each year, according to the IRS. Health and physical education teachers can also use it for athletic supplies. Counselors, principals, and aides who incurred such expenses can claim the deduction as well. In 2015, Congress extended the benefit indefinitely.

Teachers spend about $530 of their own money on classroom items, according to a 2016 nationally representative survey from Scholastic. In high-poverty schools, they spend about 40 percent more—an average of $672.

As a teacher this irritates me.

I spend much more than that each year on my students to ensure they have the most basic materials necessary for class.  I venture to say that I spend $250 along just on notebook paper and pencils.  Every year before school starts I go online to the misprint pencil place and order four boxes of misprinted pencils and then I go on Amazon and order large quantities of notebook paper.  If I’m lucky these will last until the end of the year.

On top of that I buy boxes of Kleenix, pens, crayons, markers, colored pencils, art paper, and spiral notebooks.

Schools furnish none of these things.

In the past I have even used my personal blog to campaign for classroom sets of books and supplies.

I am fortunate to work for a district that will reimburse $100 of the money I spend on supplies.  That is at least something.

When there are so many areas of waste and so many entitlement handouts these days, why pick on the teachers?  We’re already the lowest paid people on the food chain.

Very disheartening, Republicans, very disheartening.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

…then there have been mass shootings by a member of the NRA.

What? You’ve forgotten about Alexandra and the attempt to mass murder republican members of congress? I’m not surprised, like the beating of Senator Rand Paul this weekend by another liberal never Trumper the media doesn’t think it’s all that newsworthy.

That is all


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Arthur Dent: Ford, if I was to ask you “where the hell we were?” Would I regret it?
Ford Prefect: We’re safe.
Arthur Dent: Ah good.
Ford Prefect: We’re in a cabin on one of the spaceships of the Vogon constructor fleet.
Arthur Dent: Ah this is obviously some strange usage of the word “safe” that I wan’t previously aware of. familial with.

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy 1981

The left and the media are on the warpath over the divisive actions of those critiquing the completely and utterly non-divisive NFL protests.

For example in New Orleans the team decided they wanted to honor a local vet and veterans advocate but surprise, surprise he declined:

“Although I am touched and honored to be selected for such an award, the ongoing controversy with NFL players’ disrespect for the national flag forces me to decline to participate in the presentation.”

“Since this award is tainted with the dishonorable actions of the NFL and its players, I cannot accept it,” he continued. “To do so would be hypocritical.”

We continue to be assured that the NFL protests are not divisive, but apparently if you are a disabled vet who takes offense at it, then the New Orleans Saints thinks YOU are:

‘Sad and divisive’: Saints respond to veteran’s refusal of award because of NFL protests

That’s the Washington Post headline, here is a quote from the Saints statement.

We will not allow Mr. Wells’ decision and subsequent media appearances to distract our players and organization from continuing to honor and support our military and veterans. We, as an organization, have decided to move on from this sad and divisive discourse and focus our attention on supporting our military and veterans

Oh so it’s Mr. Wells who has not moved on from the “Sad and Divisive discourse”.

But it’s not just Mr. Wells apparently while the NFL protests are not stoking the culture wars Republican Candidate Ed Gillespie “stokes the culture wars” by bringing it up in a flyer:

A Gillespie flier publicized on Twitter Friday bears an image of a kneeling football player, raising an emotionally charged issue on which Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam essentially agree.

“You’d never take a knee,” it says. “So take a stand on election day.”

…and the left is up in arms over it, while at the same time insisting that Gillespie’s position and his opponent Democrat Ralph Northam are pretty much the same.

By evoking the anthem protests, Gillespie appears to be making a play for Trump voters as well as moderates who see the players’ actions as disrespectful to the flag or the military.

Gillespie and Northam, the state’s lieutenant governor, were both asked about kneeling players shortly after Trump weighed in. Both men supported the players’ right to free speech. But Gillespie made it clear he was offended by the protests, while Northam criticized Trump’s language.

“My view is that I find it offensive when people don’t stand for the national anthem and honor our flag and all that it stands for,” said Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, Washington lobbyist and counselor to President George W. Bush. “But one of the things it stands for is freedom, and you’ve got a right to be wrong in this country.”

Northam, a Virginia Military Institute graduate and former Army doctor who treated soldiers in Operation Desert Storm, hit a similar note but also called out Trump.

So let me get this straight. The NFL protests are not “Divisive” and they do not “stoke the culture wars” BUT if you object to them, or if you invoke them in any contest that doesn’t constitute praise, either in a campaign flyer or in an investor call saying they have hurt your bottom line, you are the worst kind of racist, bigot and a Divisive person stoking the culture wars to divide us.

As Indgo Montoya once said: “You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means”



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Gun control fanatics are already out en masse calling for “common sense gun control.” This is the playbook and the gungrabbers execute this particularly play flawlessly every time there’s a shooting. One important omission in the way the play is structured is to check out the facts before executing the play. They know that if they do, their narrative falls apart.

This is the case with the Texas church shooting as over two dozen people were gunned down while worshiping. The calls for gun control were instant and often offensive. Some celebrities and leftist pundits had the gall to call out those Tweeting about prayers since it happened in a church.

Here’s the problem. They can be as loud as they want about how a lack of gun control laws is the reason for this tragic crime, but they’re skipping one important detail. Devin Patrick Kelley was dishonorably discharged following his court-martial in 2014. He was not allowed to own a firearm based upon the current gun laws.

The dishonorable discharge is based on a general court-martial conviction. This means the conviction is a felony, regardless of what the underlying offense may have been. The convicted felon is banned from possessing a firearm.

What gungrabbers fail to grasp is that the existence of laws preventing ownership of guns has been demonstrated time and time again to be ineffective at keeping guns out of the hands of bad guys. Law abiding citizens are affected, but criminals who want to use firearms aren’t hindered. The fact that it was illegal for Devin Patrick Kelley to own a firearm did not stop him. We need better enforcement, not more laws.

We don’t need more “common sense gun laws.” We need more common sense so gungrabbers can see the real root cause of problems. Their proposed solutions won’t work.