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Your Monday Dose of Doom & Gloom, Gotterdammerung-Sized

A modest proposal for coping with the end of the world.

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Stephen Green

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April 6, 2014 - 11:13 pm
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Don’t let Doom! get you down. Instead, take 30 minutes a day and make them yours.

Our first example, the most recent Fort Hood shooter, was made possible — perhaps made inevitable — by the Administration’s refusal to even just reexamine military policy towards carrying firearms on base. Our second example, ♡bamaCare!!!, remains a mystery, wrapped in fuzzy numbers, covered by a media haze. The state of affairs in the Far East, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere, is the sad result of the world’s thugs having six years to take the measure of the man behind the Resolute desk and finding him irresolute at best. In our fourth snapshot, good news for Main Street has become bad news for Wall Street as we continue, after more than five years of “recovery,” to buy today’s feeble growth at the cost of tomorrow’s crushing debt. Leland Yee’s bizarre case in California is yet another example of why Americans, especially young Americans, continue to drop out of politics and tune out the dinosaur media.

And earthquakes in Oklahoma? While we can’t pin the blame for those on anybody in particular, they certainly do add to that feeling of existential dread I experience each morning before flipping open the lid on my laptop or lighting up the screen on my iPad.

“What’s next?” I think all of us find ourselves asking after scanning the headlines or turning on the radio for the top-of-the-hour news. “A new outbreak of some terrible disease? China and Japan going to war? Human sacrifice? Dogs and cats living together? Mass hysteria?”

It’s difficult to enough to fight vainly the old ennui — where are we going to find the energy to fight all the new?

And so I present to you the VodkaPundit Plan for Dealing with It All™.

Take 30 minutes after work each day and do with them what you will. But there is a short list of do-nots.

Do not:

● Discuss work.

● Read the news.

● Turn on the TV.

● Perform any chores more involved than making a cocktail for you and yours, if you imbibe.

Take 30 minutes — just 1/48th of your day — to be unencumbered by any issue bigger than telling your kids to take it outside, or if you’re feeling really ambitious, to walk all the way over to the liquor cabinet to refill your beverage.

Take those 30 minutes and make them yours.

It’s not like the world is going to end if you do.

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Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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Speaking from the perspective of AD service for nigh on 18 years; I think if anyone's perspective is a little bit off, it's your assertion that 18-25 year old folks would be killing each other in droves. it's your projectionist attitude that makes senators think and believe that young male adults cannot handle their own existence or interaction with others. That's the same nonsensical drivel that libs pushed down the throats of Texans in the 90s before they enacted legal CHLs. Not everyone who straps on a pistol thinks they're Wyatt Earp-that's just-again-your projection of lack of maturity. Besides, they're not telling soldiers stationed at Ft. Hood-hey, everyone go out and buy a gun! The proposal is that folks with a TX CHL would be legal to carry their legally purchased firearm on base to such entities as the commissary or BX/PX...not legal entities like the JAG/Legal office, or Post Office. You really need to slow your roll if you actually believe the sewage you're spewing.

Also, many people who live in on-post housing likely own firearms...not because they think they're Wyatt Earp, but because they want to...maybe they're competitive shooters...maybe they're aware that the community outside Ft. Hood (Killeen) is a giant s***hole in certain locations. I was stationed at Dyess AFB, next to Abilene. There were places there I wouldn't typically go after dark, and I carried a CHL-does that make me a John Wayne wannabe?

In short-NO-it doesn't.

The points you bring up about people being assassinated vs. some lunatic going on an un-vectored attack are two vastly different scenarios. Another thing which is preached and put into exercise every single day by soldiers is about SA, or situational awareness...there are times where SA can be the difference between being a soft target ripe for the taking, aka "a statistic", or being the guy who thwarts an attacker before the assailant is capable of getting the upper hand.

If you don't believe this, that's purely your own ignorance. I'm decent friends with a local forensics specialist from Abilene. He often shares his experiences among friends and would be glad to tell you a story or three about how wrong you are. Your description above is an isolated incident and not the norm...people who die in random attacks like the one at Ft. Hood, although may've started due to a disagreement, are not planned out events...the guy was a damn lunatic and like many other lunatics, when confronted by someone with some fortitude and the will to take them down, took his own life.

Western frontier forefathers had people check their guns in town because they had their laws, most of which dealt with the often deadly mix of alcohol and firearms-which by the way in Texas is still illegal...and you can't carry in a 51% establishment...even if you are a CHL holder. And no one in here is saying they're "old fools" for having their laws the way they did. If the laws which enable law abiding citizens to carry, open or closed, were that much flawed, don't you think the per capita murder rates would be higher in those locales? Hmmm. I am more inclined to believe I'd be shot by a stray shot from an LE than a citizen trained in carry of their firearm and responding to an active shooter situation.
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The key to this last shooting at Fort Hood is Ivan Lopez' voter registration. we have all seen the list of shooters and note the common denominator. Democrats + guns + gun-free zones = domestic terrorism.
15 weeks ago
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Because I'm not Democrat.
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I am going to post this comment until someone does something about it.

The PJ Media site is not working, worse it is working erratically. Comments sections disappear, articles disappear then appear again, comments are posted once and then appear repeated.

I am an unemployed systems person with more than 30 years of actual EXPERIENCE and I can tell either this site is being sabotaged from the inside or in the hands of a very incapable administrator. I am available to work and my systems actually work without a hint of a problem. Some of them have been working since the 90's without ONE crash or inconvenient minor or major.

Try to DO SOMETHING ABOUT it. Of course you can give a speech or do something Liberal about it like saying "this is the price of freedom"

Do your work gentlemen. This does not happen at the Huffington Post.
15 weeks ago
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Discover cigars: the scent of liberty and the antithesis of essential liberalism.
15 weeks ago
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BTW, Stephen, Yee was indicted for attempting to traffic weapons from Muslim separatists in the PI, not to. The guns were to be sold to interests in Africa via ports in NJ, or whatever.
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As always, the correction is appreciated.
15 weeks ago
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I recently read the memoirs of a man who lived in the U.S.S.R. and was not liked by the communists. Some of his friends had been to the prison camps and others expected they would soon go. While we are growing closer to such a life every day, we still are very far from the darkest days of the Soviet Union. I do find it sad that I find solace thinking we aren't as bad as them, though. Vodka's on me if you stop by tonight.
15 weeks ago
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I hope it's ok if I substitute Grey Goose Citron Vodka instead.
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"A well armed society is a polite society." It's a hell of a thing when every person in my family has the ability (and the right) to defend ourselves from harm, except my youngest son who's been a competitive shooter since he was 8 years old and is a firearms instructor in his own right, who is a sitting duck on an army base.

and I hate to break it to you, but with April 15 less than a week away, we're all the way into Single Malt Scotch territory.... for those of us who calculate our tax bill in number of hours we're paying for on Air Force One - we've already crossed over into straight up moonshine in a very dark room.... preferably spending quality time performing therapeutic cleaning and maintenance on our extensive firearms collections - Disclaimer - all ammunition is safely and separately stored.
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Anyone who would ever suggest troops carrying arms on post have never been in the military. Regard yourselves as truly ignorant. I cannot conceive of the stupidity of that idea. I mean is there an idiot out there with that dumbass "I gotta carry a gun for protection" bull that has the sense God gave a retarded Goose. The murder rate would be out of sight with pissed off testosterone fueled 18 to 25 year olds running around with weapons on them all the time. Your Sargent won't approve leave to be there when your pregnant girlfriend delivers, shoot the SOB. Your CO hits you with a few months of reduced pay for an Article 15 and a week of confinement to quarters and you know the wife is going to be out partying and spending what money you get while you're sitting in the barracks trying to make yourself fell better. Shoot the MF!

I could go on and on, but I've got to address the incredible stupidity of brain dead fools who continue to think carrying a weapon for protection is going to protect you. The only people that will protect you from is somebody dumber than you are and tries to take you on face to face. Anybody with smarts is going to do it from behind in the dark.

Every once in a while some dummy walks in on something criminal and stops it with a gun, but the number of such incidents successfully concluded is few and far between. If you think you're protected by carrying a gun consider the prosecutor for Kaufman, Texas who had a deputy shot in the back of the head walking into work at the courthouse. As the world, at least locally, hunted for the assailant, but had no leads, the search was joined by State Troopers and Rangers with support from the FBI. The Prosecutor told the world they would not rest until the assailant was brought to justice and that he, the Prosecutor was armed at all times, even watching TV at home. A couple of weeks later that safe fellow was found dead along with his wife on a Saturday having been shot multiple times Friday night. After the assailant was finally identified and captured, his wife told authorities her husband had shot all three while she drove the car. They had done some scoping out of the house and habits of the Prosecutor and his wife and after dark on Friday, while she waited in the car, he just walked in the house and started shooting. Neither the prosecutor or his wife, both of whom had guns ever got a hand on one.

The idea of gun-toting aficionados strutting around town carrying loaded weapons like they are John Wayne or perhaps Wyatt Earp thinking they are going to prevent and defend themselves against crime is full bore crap. How many of you are stupid enough to think you'll ever get your hand on a gun before being shot yourself by the guy with his gun already out and ready to use.

Our western frontier forefathers had good reasons for making folks check their guns in town, but today we have a bunch of folks that just know so much more than those old fools. Just do me a favor and stay at least a block away from me when in town. I really hate being shot by an idiot with good intentions.
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So I guess 20 years ago - BEFORE this prohibition was enacted - the military personnel were out murdering each other in record numbers, right?

Didn't think so.....
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Well, private carrying of firearms was prohibited at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1961-1963, at Presidio of Monterey in 1963, and at Fort Bliss, Texas in 1965. I know this because I was there, and it sure predates Clinton. (Lessee... who was da Prez in 1961-3? Oh, yeah: Sanctus Johannes Kennedy.)

Ben Hartley
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Sure. Carrying firearms does nothing to reduce crime. Aside from the mountain of evidence to the contrary.

Testosterone fueled 18 to 25 year olds cannot be trusted with firearms. Tanks, fighter jets, and the deployment of nuclear weapons is fine. But no firearms. They're really dangerous.

Are you crazy, or just stupid?
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This isn't serious, right? I mean, it's too dangerous to give a testosterone fueled 18 year old a gun on base in the US but the same hormone soaked kid can carry a fully automatic (do the "death star" voice there) a fully automatic machine gun on base every day morning to night and sleep with her too... and not kill his *ffing bunkmate who thinks it's funny, in a beavis and butthead way, to fart on him... and no one dies...

But... OH NOES... our military men (and similarly hormonal military women) are just hovering on the edge of atrocity... better not actually give any of them keys to a rocket launcher or ground to air missile platform or, heaven help us, a vehicle mounted 50 cal.

Oh the humanity!
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And this is demonstrated by the high rate of Blue on Blue murders along the front lines, where if the enemy doesn't shoot you, your squad-mate will?
If that were true, we would have to disarm the armed services and go to war with spit-wads.
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Using old Western films to base political and legal positions on isn't the best way to present an argument. Even in those fictional films, the sheriff usually only collected guns from cowboys who had finished a cattle drive and just got paid and were likely to be soon enjoying too much of the hospitality of a saloon or two. Even in Texas, it is a felony to carry a weapon on your person or in your car, concealed or in the open, while drunk. By the way, I have had a CHL for years and haven't ever felt the urge to shoot anyone or place myself in the position of possibly needing to defend myself. There are people with CHLs all over the place, from every imaginable background. They swagger around thinking they are gunslingers a bit less than the average police officer does. Even a legally justified shooting can open you up to all sorts of lawsuits and felony charges to fight.
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I don't know what branch you were in oldlarry but it makes me glad I was Navy because I can't imagine that even among the guys stuck on gator freighters or oilers.
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Generally speaking, there are 4 classes of people who are prohibited by law from owning/possessing a firearm.... 1) convicted felons 2) illicit drug users
3) those that have been committed to a mental institution 4) those that are subject to a restraining order... Which class are you in, Larry ?
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Sounds like Old Larry could be in ALL FOUR categories..........
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Speaking from the perspective of AD service for nigh on 18 years; I think if anyone's perspective is a little bit off, it's your assertion that 18-25 year old folks would be killing each other in droves. it's your projectionist attitude that makes senators think and believe that young male adults cannot handle their own existence or interaction with others. That's the same nonsensical drivel that libs pushed down the throats of Texans in the 90s before they enacted legal CHLs. Not everyone who straps on a pistol thinks they're Wyatt Earp-that's just-again-your projection of lack of maturity. Besides, they're not telling soldiers stationed at Ft. Hood-hey, everyone go out and buy a gun! The proposal is that folks with a TX CHL would be legal to carry their legally purchased firearm on base to such entities as the commissary or BX/PX...not legal entities like the JAG/Legal office, or Post Office. You really need to slow your roll if you actually believe the sewage you're spewing.

Also, many people who live in on-post housing likely own firearms...not because they think they're Wyatt Earp, but because they want to...maybe they're competitive shooters...maybe they're aware that the community outside Ft. Hood (Killeen) is a giant s***hole in certain locations. I was stationed at Dyess AFB, next to Abilene. There were places there I wouldn't typically go after dark, and I carried a CHL-does that make me a John Wayne wannabe?

In short-NO-it doesn't.

The points you bring up about people being assassinated vs. some lunatic going on an un-vectored attack are two vastly different scenarios. Another thing which is preached and put into exercise every single day by soldiers is about SA, or situational awareness...there are times where SA can be the difference between being a soft target ripe for the taking, aka "a statistic", or being the guy who thwarts an attacker before the assailant is capable of getting the upper hand.

If you don't believe this, that's purely your own ignorance. I'm decent friends with a local forensics specialist from Abilene. He often shares his experiences among friends and would be glad to tell you a story or three about how wrong you are. Your description above is an isolated incident and not the norm...people who die in random attacks like the one at Ft. Hood, although may've started due to a disagreement, are not planned out events...the guy was a damn lunatic and like many other lunatics, when confronted by someone with some fortitude and the will to take them down, took his own life.

Western frontier forefathers had people check their guns in town because they had their laws, most of which dealt with the often deadly mix of alcohol and firearms-which by the way in Texas is still illegal...and you can't carry in a 51% establishment...even if you are a CHL holder. And no one in here is saying they're "old fools" for having their laws the way they did. If the laws which enable law abiding citizens to carry, open or closed, were that much flawed, don't you think the per capita murder rates would be higher in those locales? Hmmm. I am more inclined to believe I'd be shot by a stray shot from an LE than a citizen trained in carry of their firearm and responding to an active shooter situation.
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It doesn't sound like you've ever been to a military post yourself. I have. I know you're spouting nonsense.
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What color is the sky in your world?
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THE world isn't ending. OUR world is ending. That happens to everyone eventually.
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I highly suggest getting rid of traditional TV service altogether.
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The shooting at Fort Hood was a suicide with incidental homicides. This guy wanted to die. In Austrailia, reducing the number of firearms reduced the number of suicides. A recent US Army study demonstrated that increased access to firearms increased the suicide rate and showed decisively that method substitution does not occur, in other words soldiers who commit suicide with weapons would not try to commit suicide by other methods. This means that increasing personal weapons availability on post will increase the suicide rate and make similar shootings more likely.
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would you mind citing your sources?
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That is an opinion being pedaled as a significant statistic, and it's referring to an extremely small number of events. This is the same idiotic tactic that "global warming" hysterics use to suggest that a 0.01 degree change in temperature average is meaningful.
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In 2006, after years of suicides among young men in the Israel Defense Forces, authorities forbade the troops from bringing their rifles home on weekends. Suicides dropped by 40 percent, according to a 2010 study by psychiatrists with the IDF and the Sheba Medical Center.
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In 2008, I split up with my girlfriend, and my monthly expenditures dropped over 50%! This is clear, unquestionable proof that women cause financial hardship.
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Why is it that Japan has a suicide rate of 19/100K population, and almost a total lack of civilian firearms ownership; and the US rate is 11/100K?
(2007 data, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_in_Japan)
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It's the insane tv they have to watch.
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A statistic out of context. While the presence of a gun may make it easier for a potential suicide to act, it also makes it possible for the non-suicidal to defend themselves and their families.
The suicide more often than not, kills only themselves, though obviously murder/ suicide exists.
The net REDUCTION in loss of life is in favor of wider gun ownership...by a big margin.
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You assume that the military population on post is representative of the American population at large with similar experiences and stressors. That is a questionable assumption.
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" A recent US Army study demonstrated that increased access to firearms increased the suicide rate and showed decisively that method substitution does not occur, in other words soldiers who commit suicide with weapons would not try to commit suicide by other methods.

Citation, please
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