Zombie Ren, Supreme Commander of the Zombie Apocalypse Legions, encourages you to stay in, eat candy, watch horror movies, and hide your brains, flesh, and other zombie feast worthy parts from plain view…
Happy Halloween, Y’all!
Wow, how did I know Gail Dines and Robert Jensen were lying sacks of shit? Oh yeah, their lips were moving! Remember WAAY back when Stop Porn Culture promised the world That their Fair and Unbiased “documentary” THe Price of Pleasure was NOT for Profit, NOT for entertainment, and ONLY for educational use???? Huh. Then why is the fucking thing in my Net Flix Insta Watch Choices???? Nah, no profit motives there, eh?
And guess who took her little test and got her little certificate for a Concealed Carry Permit? Wooha!
So, I pissed some people off by writing about sexual assaults at OWS events. Which still has me shaking my head and saying WTF, but hey, what can you do, and true enough, I was not speaking in glowing terms about the protesters or the conditions in which they are currently living…how horrible of me, even though the conditions have been described as less than pleasant and well, folk like this guy don’t tend to make me think real highly of them- nor do reports of rape, child rape, and victims being told not to say anything…so sue me, hate my guts, whatever, I fail to give a fuck because holy shit, when things like that are happening, I am not the one being willfully ignorant.
And I don’t normally get too political in my blogging here. I, in general, try to avoid it like the plague, because I’ve seen and learned that talking politics with people whom you do not agree? Fastest way in the world to turn everyone into a buncha screaming morons who simply cannot agree to disagree, and anything and everything about that other person is immediately forgotten because they don’t have the same politics. Which is…well, sad and stupid IMHO. I can like a person and not think lesser of them if they have different politics than me- but that ain’t a universal trait. But oh well. I’m a libertarian, that is known. I am even a more right leaning libertarian than makes some folk comfortable; that too is probably known or suspected. And yep, as you may have guessed…I *myself* am not into or supportive of OWS. Do I think folk have a right to protest? Yep. Do I think they have a right and a reason to be pissed off? Yep. Do I support fully their right to free speech and to assemble and protest? Absolutely. I do. They can have at it. But I also think the second they get violent, or threatening, or endanger/harm/harass other people who are not on the same page as them (or in some cases are on the same page) well, then their rights do not outweigh anyone else’s. And I sure as shit think some of these folks would have learned a thing or two from history: You swing on a cop, you better expect you’re gonna get hit too, media darlings of the moment or not. You rush and damage police and city vehicles, expect you might get hurt when they try to move those things. You piss off enough people, be it by your politics, the mess you are making in their cities, or yes, by shitting on their lawns, you might expect they are gonna get pissed off right back. And maybe, just maybe, if you engage in violence of any kind or are afiliated with those who do or who advocate it (see second link), people might be violent back. Unfortunate? Yeah. True? Yeah. As I have said before, if I had these folk camped out in my neighborhood and one of ‘em decided to use my front yard as a toilet, there might be violence. There would definitely be a call to the police. And that is something I think the OWS folk and their supporters are forgetting…
Their actions? They aren’t just affecting the cops or making the banks and politicians take notice. They are affecting other people, you know, working and middle class folk like themselves who also got screwed, who also have debt, who also are worried as hell about the economy and their futures. People who, for whatever reasons, have not joined the OWS crew and merely want to find/work/do their jobs, get a good nights sleep, take care of their families, keep their towns, cities, neighborhoods, streets as nice and safe and peaceful as possible. YEAH, THOSE PEOPLE. They are also being affected. And they are also getting pissed off. I can promise you, promise, that if I lived right next door to one of these OWS sites, I would probably be pissed as hell at these folks by now. The noise, the hassle, the mess, the cops everywhere, yeah, I’d be real thrilled with all that right out my front door…especially when I am not a banker, a rich person, some fat cat business person, a politician, or anything other than another human being with debt and worries who got screwed just like a huge majority of Americans.
And am I the only one out there thinking to myself “This shit never ends well?” I can’t be really, can I? When this sort of thing does succeed, well, it ends in war. When it doesn’t? It ends in Kent State/Tiananmen Square. Hell, violence is already happening at these events between protesters and police, amid the protesters themselves, and if not already, soon enough it will be happening between protesters and non-police/non-protesters who have simply had enough. And frankly, sorry, these protesters? From what I have seen…I don’t have a real high opinion. They got no more screwed than a lot of other people, seemingly have no respect for those other people who got screwed but have chosen not to protest but rather get up, take care of their business, and pay off their unfair and often undeserved debt, or have concerns and obligations which are More Important to themselves, their families, and their well-beings than, oh, protesting. Hell, simple fact is, some people can’t afford to be protesters, and some have no desire to be socialists, or anarchists, or whatever else- or affiliated with them. That doesn’t mean they got any less screwed over, just like the protesters. And yeah, I think some of those people, the non-OWS ones? They are sick, tired, pissed off, and annoyed as well. And at this point, in thinking person mode I wonder…well, what happens when you have pissed off sick and tired protesters, pissed off sick and tired cops, pissed off sick and tired non-protesters, non-cops, all of whom who have been screwed over? Nothing good. And usually violent nothing good.
But you can only push people so far. And IMHO, it is never smart to push people who are more heavily armed and better trained than you Too Far, or people who have done Nothing To You whom you are infringing upon Too Far, and when you do so? You are a fucking idiot to think they will not push back. Thusly, anyone who pushes- be it a cop you chuck something at or Joe/Jane Citizen who you are sleep depriving and messing up their property or treating them like crap in the name of politics- should be aware you might get pushed back. And that is not a freakin’ excuse, it’s human nature. Period.
When things get pushed, things get broken. After all, revolution is never fun and games now, is it?
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You might wanna take a cattle prod…
So yeah, been out and about reading about Occupy Wall Street and other assorted Occupy events, and frankly y’all, sounds like my idea of hell…a bunch of loud, dirty (often apparently drunk/high) radicals and hippies screamin’ and yellin’ and beating on drums at all hours and yep, according to reports from NY to CA, pissing on the general citizens lawns and embezzeling money from themselves (ah, the irony!) and well, basically a buncha stupid shit but, along with all that joy, there have been reports from various ”Occupy” events in places like Oakland, Seattle, Cleveland, ect., that some of the women at these events have been groped, sexually assaulted, and raped, oh, and some girls too…and then the organizers of these events are encouraging these women NOT to report it to the cops, cause well, cops are BAD and how will THAT make the “occupy” people look? And hey, they are being nice and making condoms, special ”occupy” ones even, so why do these women gotta go ruin the fun and the groups rep??? After all, what’s more romantic and special then screwing some dirty, stinking, been shittin’ and peeing in the park (or on a citizens doorstep) possibily drunk and or drug enjoying protester in yer tent in a rat-infested socialist/anarchist/feminist/anything other than capitalist make-shift commune? Nuthin’! Am I right? (Rolls eyes extensively). Hell, I even like camping, but come on- and generally when I do so- my horrible camping jokes aside- I don’t worry about getting raped, grabbed, or wakin’ up to find some dude I don’t know in my tent sniffing my feet…(ahem, yep, it happened to someone at Occupy Vancouver).
And what’s kinda funny to me, in that sick twisted way of mine- as I pop around bloganistan, I see Very Few mentions of this BS on feminist or lefty blogs…plenty of handy phamplets and Go Get ‘Em advice and encouragement, but only a few things like “holy shit these folk are living in squalid conditions, threatening violence, beating each other up and oh yeah, raping women and girls”…
WTF people, really now? Hating on Wall Street or not likin’ cops or politicians or whatever, yeah, I can see that…pretending like this shit ain’t happening? Really? Are ya fuckin’ kidding me?
Hell, my advice, if yer headed to one these things and don’t like my previous Girl, Get a Gun advice, at least look into a cattle prod…
I’ll be here with my firearms and hot water and shower and bed, waiting for the Zombies before I go all survivalist….
Hell, y’all knew this day would come, didn’t ya?
Not even sure how to start this post. It’s Moon Hut of the She Wolf Sister time around here, but anyway…
As folk who read here know, I do kinda like firearms- hell, just scroll down for proof of that. I also know from poking around here and there in Gun Blog Realm that the fastest growing group of people who are arming themselves? Women. Yep. ”Girls, get yer guns!” is actually happening. However, I would be a big old liar if I didn’t say that anywhere, anytime, anyplace I have been where firearm fans gather…the gals are outnumbered. The last few times I’ve been to the range I’ve been the only woman there shooting (one place, the receptionist was a woman, but all the safety folk and range people -so on- men, same goes for all the shooters). The gun boards/forums I read and participate on…mostly men. Some women, a few, but the one I joined recently, well yep, sure enough, there was the “it’s really nice to see a woman gun enthusiast here”- a very polite line in a very polite “Welcome to the Board” message I got, but yep, enough to tell me sure enough, as a woman here too I was gonna be outnumbered significantly. In my area, they even have “Girls Gun Range” nights and a few even women only Gun Clubs, but yep…still kinda a man thing.
I will say truthfully, while I do not mind, even enjoy shooting with the guys and such, it would kinda be nice to have well…more women around. I’m not saying I am gonna run out and join a girls only gun club, or even hit the range on Ladies Nite, but yeah, it would be nice – just in general- to have more women around. Heck, I don’t need a ton of sisterhood to go with my guns, but a little could be nice. I’ve asked a couple of my female friends if they’d ever like to go shooting…I know Rootie and Aspasia would prolly be up for that, but of my local crew of gals? One, a whole one, has showed any interest at all. The rest of ‘em? Not even adverse to firearms, but well…chicks don’t do the gun thing, roosters do…
Which sent my demented In the Moon Hut Chillin’ With The She Wolf Sister mind to wandering. While I know many-a-feminist are also pacifists and such, not all are. And if you read feminist blogs, you dang well know that they are concerned with and terrified of and enraged by violence towards women. They are – generally- pretty quick to point out that true enough, by in large men tend to be larger, stronger, and even more physically aggressive than women…which made me wonder: Why don’t more feminists (non-pacifist ones) who live in countries and regions where it is possible and legal to do so, own guns? As they saying goes- God Created Man, Sam Colt made them Equal…and I tend to think that applies to the female of the species as well. If these women are sure as shit certain that men hate women (by in large) and actually seek to do us harm (in various ways), well then, why not arm themselves?
And I am not even talking about buying some random gun and stowing it in the nightstand or glovebox for “just in case”. I mean like actually putting some thought and serious
consideration into it. If one is gonna be a gun owner, they should do it right. Hell, I am not saying they should be running to the local arsenal and pickin’ out multiple semi-automatic rifles, making a big wish list of high caliber hand guns and joining the NRA and…oh…wait. Um. Yeah. Ahem, I am not saying women other than me should be doin’ that stuff, but yeah, getting a firearm and learning how to use it, care for it, you know…empowering themselves, in that firearm kind of way. I mean, to me, it almost makes sense that any (non-pacifist) women would be down with that, especially feminist ones. To me it makes sense that a woman would want to be able to defend herself, her home, her family, so on, and do so effectively. It makes sense that they would spend the time and effort- and alas, money- to do so. They’d try out various kinds of firearms and pick one (or more) that works well for them, fits their hands, is the right size and weight and has a good, reliable rep. (Ah yes, this is vitally important, a good fit with a gun is like a good fit with a bra- makes a world of difference!) They’d educate themselves excellently on the use of said weapon. They’d learn to clean and care for it and keep it in proper working order- after all, it will be no good and of no use to you if it don’t work when ya need it to! I think they’d be educating themselves on the laws regarding firearms in their areas, looking into permits, and concealment laws, and classes and such to well, be competent, if not good or great, shots and gun owners. And yeah, I know there is the argument that if women have guns, they run the risk of having those weapons taken from and used on them…but between you, me and the Internet? I look at it like this- the better and more familiar one is with their own firearms, the harder they are to take away and use as effectively, and if my choices are being shot with my own gun or raped and then stabbed/beaten to death? Ummm, shot with own gun please. Yes, grim. Also true. Firearms are, in many ways, like them or not, want them or not, a tool that does, in that very serious mortal sort of way, level the field and make things equal. Thusly, I am somewhat vexed that more women, especially feminists of certain varieties, are not gun owners if they live in places where it is legal for them to be so.
Explain this to me please.
Well, us “Walking Dead” watchers know Atlanta is right out, and I am guessing NY and LA are bad too, but, I am thinking that DC would have to top the list, I mean hell, how the heck are you and your Zombie Apocalypse Survivalist Crew supposed to get outta dodge when the traffic looks like this?
That’s right, DC people, move OUTSIDE the dang beltway, or else you may be zombie chow when the Z.A. comes!
(and people wonder why it can take seven hours to get from Front Royal to Baltimore…)
I am no fan of the Second Amendment, inasmuch as it tends to be the refuge of bumpkins and yeehaws who like to think they are protecting their homes against imagined swarthy marauders desperate to steal their flea-bitten sofas from their rotting front porches. .. Gene Weingarten, Washington Post
One, obviously this bastion of modern intellect and humor has never had anything flea infested. If he had, he’d realize putting said object outside makes sense- one, gets the flea empire outside, and two, first good freeze will kill the little fuckers but good. But anyway, all that ranting I do about how folk make fun of, ahem, those people, and how it’s damned okay fine woohoo and if, oh, they pulled that shit with, ahem, other subgroups of people, they’d get crucified?
Ayep. Exhibit A, right there.
He has also obviously never been a 5’2″ 100 pound woman either.
So, screw you, Gene.
Sincerely- A Yeehaw
So, for years, people (at least three of them: Gin, Vlad & Me) have been asking “Just once, can we get a movie where the hicks are the GOOD guys and the pretty/urbane/privileged sorts are the cannibal/wierdo/inbred/psycho freaks?” And for eons untold we have been denied. Plenty of flicks- from “Deliverance” to “Wrong Turn” have it the other way around, but just once, can we not see the reverse?
Now, in television, we have already seen a bit of this- case in point: Daryl Dixon on Walking Dead. Who is not a particularly cuddly fellow; he starts off as hostile/back woods/racist/volatile as they come…but, for those who have watched the show…well, the Zombie Apocalypse has caused Daryl to rethink a few things, evolve in some ways. We can see he has developed some respect and even, well, not sure Daryl likes anyone, but he seems to not hate Glen (the Korean-American character) and just last night in the Season 2 Opener, he saved T-Dog (a black character) twice, and we have seen him working with both of them well- a few times…so actual Good Guy potential for Mr. Dixon…and face it, when the Zombies do come, you want that guy on your side. He might be highstrung and lack in social skills, but dude knows how to waste some Zombies…
However, while Daryl is one of my two favs on “Walking Dead” (the other is Glen), he does fall prey to so many of the typical stereotypes of characters of his ilk. And hell, admittedly, I have a couple stories filled with characters who fall prey to those same stereotypes- big time. And while there is hope for Daryl (after all,the Zombie Apocalypse will change a person), I still found myself searching for THAT movie/show, the one where, well, yeah, the hicks are not the bad guys and the non-hicks are….
And guess what? It’s out there! On Friday Vlad, who had been thrilled when he found it, introduced me to “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil”. About 10 minutes into it I emailed Gin, who then also watched it (fuck yeah, on demand kicks ass)…and why yes, in “Tucker and Dale vs Evil”, our wishes were granted! A film of the black comedy ilk, this flick is…well…just awesome. Everything a cheesy yet funny black comedy spoofing fun at horror movies and set in West Virginia should be, but with the awesome twist that the hicks are not the evil, psycho, cannibal freaks but well, just some guys who get thrown into a crazy weekend in the woods where they are the victims of some crazy, psycho….college kids. And while it has some violence and gore…well, “Walking Dead” makes it look like a cartoon in that aspect, hell “Supernatural” is way more gross. I absolutely recommend “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” to everyone, but especially Rootie…
See this movie. If you like it half as much as I did, its worth the rental fee!
And will inspire you to take care of your bowling fingers!