March for Our Guns!!

I guess there is another march against guns today. Yet another waste of time on the part of thousands of ignorant kids being pushed into thinking they are doing something good by evil leftists who have an agenda. All while being protected by hundreds of police officers armed with guns, including that evil AR-47 assault rifle that shoots 500 automatic bullets per second (sarcasm added intentionally). These cops could be doing better things, like taking illegal guns off the streets! Guess last weeks march wasn’t enough. Good thing its a Saturday and there are no law makers at work. Anyway, back in reality where people like us don’t march for stupid reasons. Let us use this day to show the world how tens of millions of guns are owned and operated by good people. It is a beautiful day…so march your ass outside with some guns and do some shooting. Take some pics and videos and tag em all #MarchForOurGuns

Respect an Engineer!

You know I have respect for someone who has made something for themselves without going to college. But the problem is, those people sometimes don’t have respect back to to those of us who are college educated. College is definately not for everyone and I would go so far as to say that well over 50% of the people who attend college ended up dropping out or not doing anything with their degree. I agree that college was a waste for them. But it was not a waste for me. I busted my ass going through college and attaining one of the hardest degree programs in existance (actually 2 degrees and a minor lol). As a result I have a skill that 99.999% of the world does not have. The byproduct of which is used by almost everybody every single day. The things you take for granted. Things that runs off electricity that can be programmed to make your life easier. Phones, tablets, cars, tvs, laptops, drones, ohh the list goes on. Finite state machines that are nothing more than an amalgamation of electronic circuits that run software. All made possible by college educated people like me. You are all welcome for the hard work we put into this stuff. Now please show us some respect!!

Dating Tips for The Ladies (and Men)

Ladies..here are some tips to avoid dating idiots and actually finding a good man.

1. Don’t sleep with a guy on the first date. Nor the 2nd, 3rd, 4th..hell hold off for a while. Good guys will hold off with you..f*ck boys will move on.

2. Stop judging solely by physical appearance and get to know the guy. Sure he may not be your “ideal” guy and be as tall, be as skinny, wear certain clothes, have a beard, or covered in tats..but he may turn out be the best damn man you will ever meet and will treat you like gold.

3. Try some respect. A man will respect you, your family, and your friends. But you need to respect him back. If a guy doesn’t hold the door for you or shake your daddy’s hand…he’s no good.

4. Where does he place you? If a guy doesn’t make you a priority, especially when you first meet him, move on. But it does go both ways.

5. And finally. Stop waiting for a good guy to just appear out of nowhere. The cliche is that men should approach women first. But society has changed and the ball is generally in the court of the women. Good men don’t put themselves out there as much because we are used to failing to women choosing idiots over us. But we will give our best to someone that appreciates us and we do require patience. So take a chance, follow these tips, and you will meet a man that will devote himself to you for as long as he lives.

Join The NRA and Buy a Gun!

All the snowflake high school kids can walk out of school in protest, CNN can have all the one sided town halls they want, and the media and idiot celebs can trash talk the NRA and their members day in and day out. But guess what?!?! Enrollment in the NRA has skyrocketed. Their website went to its knees due to people going on to join. Oh and gun sales are also increasing. Gun shows have seen record turnouts. So, you can listen to the talking heads all you want, but America has clearly spoken, yet again, on this matter. They will not silence us. So join the NRA, and spend some of that tax return on a nice gun. It is the true American thing to do.

Feel Good Laws Do Nothing

So now the magic “solution” to fixing the “gun problem” is to raise the minimum age for purchasing any firearm. Yes because years of raising the age to purchase alcohol and tobacco worked out really well. Go to any college party on a Friday night and most of the people are under 21 and plowing down beers left and right. Most mass shooters were either over 21 or acquired their weapons from someone else. And in “gun free” Chicago, you can be any age to acquire a pistol off the streets and go shoot a rival gang member. The hypocrisy of all this just kills me. Like I l know I am intelligent, but are these people that f*cking stupid? To build a career in politics you would think intelligence would be a factor, apparently not. But see its all for show. They will “bipartisanly” pass this new age restriction law, then clap and celebrate that they did something. Pelosi and Schumers ugly mugs will go on TV pretending to be heros. Then when some God hating, psychotropic drugged up, broken family raised nut job goes and shoots up another school, they will demand more laws..more! They will take survivors and parents and put them up on a pedestal and try their feel good tactics to pass even more worthless laws. All while ignoring the real problems with this country, most of which they caused in the first place!

Ignorance is Bliss

I had the opportunity to educate a co-worker on firearms today. He is your typical middle class baby boomer who comes from a suburban setting. He has had no exposure to firearms his whole life. He watches mainstream media and listens to politicians, so everything he knows about the AR-15 is from people who actually know very little about firearms. I pointed out some basic facts for him, all backed by actual sources. I explained to him that the AR-15 is simply another semi-automatic rifle no different than the hundreds of other makes and models sold on the market. That when compared side-by-side to a “non-scary looking” Ruger Mini-14 that he has never heard of, the two are almost functionally identical, just look different. That ARs are mainly target and small game guns and that they are seldom used by big game hunters. That the military does indeed use a very close version of the rifle, but also use many other guns that are comparable in the civilian market and are much deadlier, yet no one wants them banned. That most of the “scary features” are simply cosmetic in nature. That this particular rifle is easily identified because Hollywood and the media glorify it. And that pistols are actually the leader in gun deaths by 100 fold, yet never no mention of them because the victims are from forgotten inner cities where guns are banned and crime is out of control (oh and run by same people that want more gun control). I kept going with facts. This person was amazed by the information I presented to him. The media pushes a narrative because it stirs an emotional response and gets them ratings. Politicians use their agenda of “gun control” simply for votes. I say to those that listen to the media and think gun control may be the answer, please go out and do your own research. I will gladly have a debate with you if you are still on the fence. Don’t be swayed by bias. I guarantee you will think different. Unless of course you are truly liberal. In that case there is no changing your mind.

It’s a Family Problem

I grew up going to church and believing in the word of God. I got my ass beat if I mouthed off. I got grounded for the minor things, and by grounded I mean the things I enjoyed were taken away for a long time. I knew my place as a child and dared not speak a word without being spoken to first, especially outside of the house. I wasn’t given a participation trophy if I failed in something. My parents didn’t feel sorry for me and demand that someone change the rules. My high school principal grabbed me by the collar and literally dragged me to his office if I screwed off (and it happened many times!). I turned out to be a normal functional person because society didn’t dictate the punishment for my actions. It made me a better person. So if you sit there scratching your head wondering why someone would go and kill innocent people, look no further than the drastic change in our society. We have become so soft, so politically correct. We drug up children for all kinds of “disorders”, when their main problem stems from lack of discipline. Family values have went down the tubes and God is forgotten. Want to fix the problem? A change in our society and ways of life is needed.

Online Dating..The Not So Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

I recently became single again (phew!) and decided to explore the online dating world. This was not my first rodeo as I have jumped on these services a couple other times. I admit to have even paid for a Match.com subscription a few years back. I don’t last long on dating sites because they get old pretty quick. I occasionally will try a site out to see if anything has changed, or to find a genuine old fashion lady that seeks a guy like me. I have a busy life, have an introverted nature about me that makes me a homebody, and on top of it all, I live in a pretty rural area, so my options of finding a significant other in the real world are limited. On the flip side, I am pretty content on being single. I have built a great life and did it all by myself. Of course now that I am in my 30’s, I have been getting this bug about having a family. I prefer not to do it the “new school” way whereby I knock someone up, pay child support and see my children every other weekend. I want an old fashion family, something that is dying away in the country.

You would think in today’s technological age that dating would be so much easier. We can jump on a site or launch an app and browse for a suitable mate. You can find out a lot about someone just by reading a profile (if it is well thought out). But there are so many faults with dating sites, or should I say the people on the sites themselves. Our society and the way people live their lives has made dating in general a difficult thing to master. I list just some of the issues with trying to find love in the online dating world.

People are trashy and even flaunt it

I may get some flak for this one, but I have found many people on dating sites have a lot of self-inflicted issues and come off as “trashy”. This of course does not mean everyone as I personally don’t consider myself to fit in this category. This is very relevant on free services such as POF and Tinder. I cannot tell you how many times I have viewed a profile of a thirty something (even some 20’s) that has kids from multiple men, never married, jobless, car less, drama filled life, and just overall trashy looking. I have never browsed the choices of men on these sites, but I am sure they are worse than the women. I have no issues with someone who has a child with someone that didn’t work out. I have always been willing to accept a child in a relationship. But many of these people simply pop children out from hookups (probably from the same dating site) and then complain how all men are the same. Then you have the ones that just look the part of trash. They take half naked pics, filled with tattoos and piercings, which ironically they seem to think makes them attractive. I am not judging all people that have tattoos and having them doesn’t make someone automatically trashy. But a tattoo on the breasts, piercings all over the face, and a half naked pose in front of a dirty mirror is pretty trashy. I have seen it many times on these sites. These people simply attract the same level of trash from the opposite sex and the pendulum keeps swinging for them.

People are too independent

On the flip side, those that are well off and established tend to be very independent. I fall victim to this issue. Who doesn’t want someone that has a career, established, intelligent, hardworking, and dedicated? It all sounds good, the only issue is a person with those features also tends to be independent. We tend to own our own homes and take care of ourselves. Generally we seek someone else like us and that is where failure begins before it even starts. Two people can hit it off well and even start dating. But if things get serious, who is moving with who? By that I mean, who is going to sell their house and everything they have to move with someone? I have met women online who have their own house, a sound career, and are independent. They want the same things I do – family, love, children, etc. But because they have worked hard for what they have, they do not want to give up what they built. Their only other option is to move someone in, and chances are anyone they meet that doesn’t have their own house and is established will be undesirable to them. Many years ago people started dating younger and built their lives together. Today, people date later in life and have each built their lives separately. I believe this to be the number one factor in why modern relationships just never take off. I have met people who I think would make a great wife and mother, but I never got anywhere with due to us having different goals in mind.

People are too picky

The first thing you see when you launch a dating app is the swipe feature. We have all heard about Tinder and their “swipe right for yes or left for no” feature. All dating apps have went to this approach and it is such a sad way of meeting someone. By judging just one picture of someone, you are making the decision right then and there if they are worthy of your time. I realize we all tend to judge someone the first time we meet them. I don’t care who you are, we all take looks into account. But someone’s personality is equally, if not more, important. A young lady who dresses provocatively, yet has the personality of a rock and the intelligence of a 3 year old will get far more “right swipes” than an intelligent individual who looks mediocre in her picture. This is the sad state of dating in the modern age. There are some dating services which try to avoid this kind of issue, but they tend to be very match focused and cost (way too much) money.

People are boring

I don’t think people really put much effort into online dating. Again, this is more relevant on the free services. They sign up, make a lame profile, and put their “hottest” picture up so that they can see how many swipes they receive. When two people become a “connection” you would think that they could hit it off and see where it goes. But generally, messages go ignored, especially by the “hot” girl that gets a ton of matches and subsequently a lot of messages. Many people simply say “Hey” and expect someone to respond to them. The conversational skills are very limited on dating sites it seems. No one puts the effort into writing a nice message, and if they do it usually goes ignored anyway. Paid sites try to “fix” this issue by focusing more on matching people better before they can connect. This of course limits the number of people you can message, and of course there is a premium for that kind of service.

People are jerks

Lastly, there is the situation that tends to arise even if two people connect and begin messaging each other. Talking over a messenger service tends to create a mixed bag of signals and the interpretation of what things are said to mean something the person did not intend. It begins right away, usually when people begin to tell the other person about themselves. If someone mentions their accomplishments or things they own, the other individual may take it as them bragging. If I were to say to someone “I am intelligent and have a good paying job, own my own home, and have  a nice car” or say “I am pretty good at basketball and playing guitar”, both may be interpreted as me bragging, when I am simply making conversation and telling the person about myself. This has created a world of jerks, conceded, and stuck up people. Most of the time the person may not be any of the above, but can come off as something they are not over virtual messaging. Indeed there are many of those kind of people on dating sites that are the same in person, but it is generally hard to tell from simple conversation. An aforementioned person from the boring category above is definitely a stuck up jerk for not responding to your messages. But someone who doesn’t respond because you say “hey” or because your profile makes you look like an idiot they do not desire, they are not jerks by any means. They simply want to engage a conversation with someone that shares similar traits and actually wants to talk to them. Of course all of this is difficult to interpret over messaging, which is why dating sites never work.

Conclusion

I could go on writing about other downsides of dating sites, but I would need to contact a book publisher first. I have since quit the online dating scene and have no desire to go back to it. I am pretty content on being single and will try other means of filling the void in my life. I understand others have tried more focused sites that they paid for and had luck. I am sure they work, but being in a rural areas limits my options on those kind of sites. If I lived in the Silicon Valley, then perhaps a site more tuned toward professionals would work best. I am also aware that many have had some luck on the free sites, but I find that to be a lot less common than those of us who have no luck. My advice to others who are in my boat, get off the dating sites and try to meet someone in person. That is my goal, no matter how challenging that may be.

The War of Northern Aggression

I consider myself a history buff of sorts, specifically American History. I am an engineer by trade, but history fascinates me to the point of it being a hobby. I can tell you that the modern education system from elementary school all the way to advanced college courses has failed in their attempt to teach American history. Until I started reading books on history I began to realize that much of what makes up our history is not taught in public schools. It has nothing to do with time constraints and more to do with picking and choosing what is taught to students. There is a clear bias in the American education system. This bias has brainwashed most American people in believing that what is told to them is right and that there is no other explanation. I think the Civil War (or more appropriately, the War of Northern Aggression) is a perfect example of the bias being pushed onto children in the public education system.

I am not going to give anyone a course on the Civil War, it would take many pages to write and there are many resources out there to learn for yourself as I will show you below. Most people who went through public education could not give any simple facts on the Civil War without using Google. How many Confederate and Union generals do you know? What years did the war occur? What percentage of the south actually owned slaves? Did you know Lincoln himself didn’t truly care about slavery? I could go on with questions that no one could answer. It is expected though because the American education system does not teach such things. If you open a textbook you will find maybe a dozen pages on the Civil War and everyone one of them will focus on slavery as the underlining issue. They may mention a few notable battles, maybe call out a Confederate general or two, but the takeaway on their educating the student will be that the Civil War was over slavery and nothing but. This has brainwashed people into a state where anytime issues are mentioned in the news, especially of late with the removal of Confederate monuments, they attack with their “facts” given to them by the education system. I have read hundreds of comments on different media sources on the drama surrounding the removal of the Confederate monuments. Most of those that support the removal of the monuments do so in the name of “forgetting the slave owning south and their bigotry” or “the south lost the war, slavery was abolished because the north won, time to move on”. Those kind of reactions clearly show how our education system has failed people, because they truly know nothing of American history, especially the Civil War.

I compiled a list of books for those that want to learn about the Civil War. I realize every author may present their form of bias, but it is the facts that I tend to focus on when reading history. There are many books just on the Civil War, but I have found these to be the best.

The Civil War by Bruce Catton – One of the first writings on the Civil War and to this day still one of the best. Can be a hard read, but very informative.

Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson – James is a great historian and he doesn’t skip a beat with this book. Lot of information and a much easier read.

Civil War Volumes 1-3 by Shelby Foote – Another classic that is very informative. Shelby puts great attention to the battles that took place and the individuals who were part of them.

Lee by Dougles Freeman – Since Lee has been getting a lot of flack and disrespect I think this book is a plus. After reading this book you may actually start giving Lee the respect he deserves. There are also many books on other Civil War generals that people should look into as well.

Everything They Taught You About the Civil War is Wrong by Lochlainn Seabrook

The Politically Incorrect Guide to The Civil War by H.W. Crocker III

These 2 books may have some bias toward the Confederacy, but are filled with facts that they do not teach in schools. I highly recommend reading them both.

The Real Lincoln by Thomas Dilorenzo – And finally a book that I think all should read, especially Lincoln supporters. This book shines light on the real Lincoln and his views on war and slavery. I won’t say no more, just read it and find out for yourself.

Remember the old sang, “Do not believe everything you hear”. It is unfortunate that it applies to our education system, but it does. So go do some reading and then spread the word to others. People need to be educated on real history, not bias!

 

The Power of the First

This past week we have seen yet another clash between different groups with opposing opinions. One side there was a group of white supremacist NAZI sympathizers who are by sheer definition racist toward anyone that is not white. On the others side were a mix of leftist organizations, who want American history, or more specifically white American history, all but erased. I want to add as a footnote that in attendance were peaceful demonstrators who were legally permitted to hold a rally in protest to the city of Charlottesville taking down the Robert E. Lee monument and changing the name of the park. These people were not part of any side, even though the media considers them NAZI supporters, which is clearly their intent.

Both of the above mentioned groups have a right to their opinion and believe it or not, their voice is protected by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. I could end it there, but there is more to be said on the matter. You see the media and people of higher power pick and choose what is protected by the 1st Amendment. If an individual goes outside with a NAZI flag and yells “white power” he could potentially be charged with a federal hate crime and most likely a slew of state level crimes as well. This person will then be all over the media outlets who will berate him of his “crimes”. Social media will then get involved with the help of Hollywood hypocrites that will shame the individual. Minorities will use the occasion to push their belief that white people are all racist and new laws should be in place. Now let’s shift gears to a black lives matter (BLM) march where young black men in masks are holding signs that say “Kill white people” or “Shoot the police”. Before you think I am making up those signs do an image search on them. These same protestors are marching down the street chanting anti-white propaganda and things such as “Fry the pigs like bacon” (again look it up). As light turns to dark these protestors turn violent and begin destroying storefronts and city owned property. Now I understand that not all BLM supporters are like this, but it is clear there is a subset that are racist and violent. Outside of maybe a few BLM supporters who were arrested for damaging property, how many do you think were arrested for chanting racist talk? None! On top of that the mainstream media does not even report on the racism that BLM spews. Social media is quite and the Hollywood elites are mum on the subject.

The Libertarian viewpoint is and always has been that the 1st Amendment protects all speech, regardless if it offends or triggers another party. There is no difference between a NAZI sympathizer and a BLM march shouting racist slurs. They are both completely wrong in their approach to solving any problems, but they have a right to their opinion. Furthermore, hate crimes pushed down on people for simply saying something are entirely biased and wrong. If someone causes physical harm to another, regardless if it was because of their race or simply because they wanted to, they should be held accountable for their actions. If a white person harms a black person because of his skin color, he will receive a hate crime. Yet if a black person harms another black person, which is 1000 times more likely to happen, no one seems to care. The hypocrisy of berating someone because of their 1st Amendment rights is ridiculous. I am sure by this point some will bring up the “Fire in a crowded theater” statement and how it applies to free speech. Again, the Libertarian belief is that one does indeed have a right to yell “Fire” in a crowded theater because that is his 1st Amendment right. But the theater is also private property and they impose their own rules on certain matters, assuming that government does not restrict what they can and cannot do, which is always the case. If the theater makes it a rule not to talk or yell in their establishment, they can do so and anyone who breaks said rules can be thrown out. I realize philosophically the term “Fire in a crowded theater” means more, but in a real world sense it is as simple as that.

The 1st Amendment protects the free speech of ALL people regardless of what they say. As soon as physical harm is done to someone then the line is crossed and appropriate laws are in place to protect them. If you are driving by and you see a NAZI march, as long as they are not harming you, move on and let them be. The same applies to a BLM march. They have their opinion and you have yours.