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Enter a Peaceful World

I apologize profusely for taking so incredibly long to post here again. Procrastination and school work haven’t helped the situation, despite having many good ideas for post subjects. On the one hand, I have built up quite a stockpile of great subjects for posts, but on the other you were deprived of my meanderings for a long damn time.

Today, ladies and gentlemen I want to talk to you about gun control. For those of you who know my politics, you know that I vehemently oppose gun control in all of its forms as I believe that the right to self defense is a basic human right, and we have the right to utilize and exercise that right with whatever tool we see fit. More importantly, whatever the government can own, citizens should be able to own. I believe this because I believe that freedom and liberty must come first before everything.

Yes, everything, and no I will not make an exception. Would my idea of perfect liberty and freedom provide us with world peace? No, but anybody who sincerely believes that ‘world peace’ is even possible would be called a naive idealist even by Jesus Christ or The Buddha. World peace, while a beautiful ideal, is just that. An ideal. It is not practical nor possible, at least not in this day and age. Perhaps thousands, or tens of thousands of years in the future when humanity no longer has homicidal maniacs or sociopaths or power hungry fuckheads, we will be able to work towards world peace. But not today.

And those homicidal maniacs, sociopaths and power hungry fuckheads are the exact reason why I oppose gun control with such fervor. Because those people have never and will never obey any type of gun laws. Why? Because they don’t give a fuck. If gun control was the answer, Washington DC, Detroit, and Oakland California would be havens of peace. If any of you have ever been to DC, Detroit or Oakland, you will know they are anything but peaceful. In fact, those three cities have some of the highest crime rates in the country. Detroit has the second highest violent crime rate in the country (St. Louis is the first). It also has the third highest murder rate in the country.  DC has the seventh highest murder rate in the country. Yet all three of those places have some of the strictest gun control in the country.

With that strict gun control, should the gun grabbers be right, shouldn’t places like St. Louis and Detroit be wonderful places to live?

On the converse side, we have Vermont, where I live. I will make no assertions as to Vermont being crime-free, because it’s anything but. It does, however, have a significantly lower crime rate than many other places in the country. Last year (2009), Vermont had a total of 817 violent crimes, which makes the violent crime rate roughly 0.13%. Compare this to New York which in the same year had 75,176 violent crimes, bringing their violent crime rate to a fucking impressive 0.38%. Now you might laugh at that number. After all, 0.38% is less than one percent. That’s very low, right?

Wrong. Think about it in context. 0.38 percent is over double the size of 0.13 percent. Now the argument of the other side will be, “Well New York is far larger than Vermont, of course it’s going to have a higher crime rate!” No, Mr. I-can’t-do-math. Yes, New York is bound to have more crime because it has a far larger population (nearly 31 times the size of vermont’s) but that doesn’t mean it should have a higher rate. If gun control was having a very mild effect on crime, let’s say simply keeping it level, then New York’s violent crime rate for 2009 should be 0.13 percent, just like Vermont. In fact, if the gun-grabbers are to be believed, it should be the other way around: Vermont should have the higher crime rate while New York has the lower, because New York has the “better” gun control.

Additionally, this is state wide. Buffalo, New York, has a whopping violent crime rate of 14.59 percent in a city of 268,655 people (that’s almost 1 violent crime for every 6 people!) It has a scary murder rate of 0.22 percent (that’s 591 people dead). So once we bring it down to city-wide crime, we suddenly start seeing much scarier numbers.

In reality, Vermont is one of the safest states in the nation and has been ever since the implementation of the Gun Control Act of 1968. If guns were really the problem, then Vermont should be the proverbial old west, with shootings happening all the time. We’re actually rated as one of the worst states to live by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence where as California is rated as one of the best to live (despite having Oakland, which has the sixth highest murder rate in the country).

The Brady Campaign is part of the problem, however. They are insisting that the solution to gun violence is a bunch of blanket laws that illegalize guns. This would be like illegalize alcohol to stop crimes induced by drinking. Oh wait… we tried that. IT DIDN’T WORK. Or does the Brady Bunch forget about prohibition and what a cluster-fuck it was?

A bunch of blanket laws wouldn’t stop gun violence. It’s simply just a feel-good measure, making people who know nothing about the situation feel better because they can now go to bed happy, knowing that the government has made some laws. It’s ridiculous. Murder, theft, and every other violent crime IN THE WORLD is illegal, but it doesn’t stop criminals from perpetrating them. The problem is not the means of the crime, but the person committing the crime. The solution to stopping crime is stopping the criminals, not making the tools they use illegal. Not to mention that criminals don’t get their guns from legitimate means most of the time anyway. It’s like illegalizing bananas in the goddamn jungle. The monkey isn’t going to care that he can’t buy a banana from the store, he’ll just go to the nearest tree and fucking pick one, JUST LIKE HE ALWAYS DOES.

Criminals get most of their guns from the black market in order to make sure if the weapon is discovered it will be harder to trace. The black market gets their guns from many sources, including stolen weapons and getting them from overseas dealers. Making guns illegal everywhere would make it impossible for them to steal guns, yes, but it would hardly diminish their supply of illegal guns. All gun control does is disarm the very people it’s supposed to protect. That’s like trying to curb drunk driving by making it illegal to drink. People who still want a drink will get a drink.

There’s a reason I’m calling back to Prohibition, and it’s because it’s the same thing only different. The only difference between prohibition and gun control is what is being controlled. Prohibition didn’t work and only made the situation worse. Gun control isn’t working, and just like prohibition, is simply making the situation worse.

The Washington DC gun ban was instituted in 1975. During that time, the number of violent crimes was 12,704 for a population of 716,000. In 2007 (a year before the ban was declared unconstitutional), the number of violent crimes was 8,320 for a population of 588,292.

Now, at first glance it seems the gun ban, worked, right? After all, 8,320 is lower than 12,704. But look closer. The population fell from 1975 to 2007 by roughly 127,000 people. The violent crime rate, on the other hand, only fell by 4384. That’s a 34% decrease in terms of violent crime rate, but only a 17 percent decrease in population. Wow! That’s great, right?

Wrong. Look. Again. In 1975, the violent crime rate was 1.7 percent. In 2007, it was 1.4 percent. So for the most part, with the exception of .3 percent, it stayed the exact same. If we look closer, and zoom in on the murder, it shows my point even more. In 1975, the murder rate was 0.0328 percent. In 2007 it was 0.0307 percent. Barely any change what-so-ever. Was disarming the innocent public really worth it for a an insignificant .3 percent change in violent crime and a .0021 percent change in murder? That’s like using a coupon to save .0021 of a cent on groceries. Not 21 cents. But .0021 of a cent. To give you an idea of how small of a number that it is, in order to save a penny, you would need 476 of them.

In 2007, there were still 181 murders, 192 forcible rapes, and 3,686 aggravated assaults. That measly percent change due to the gun ban of 1975 is hardly worth 181 lives and the honor of 192 women, don’t you think? It’s not even worth one life or the honor of one woman in my opinion.

Now comes the part where I stop bitching and offer a solution. Today, there’s too much bitching about whether or not gun control works and too little work being done. It’s proven that gun control isn’t working, so what can we do that will work?

Firstly, make it mandatory for everyone to get gun training. I am not advocating that everyone must own a gun, but everyone must know how to use one. Why? Because then guns will be handled with more respect. If you look into any single hand gun accident that wasn’t a freak accident, I bet you will see that every single one was caused by someone not observing gun safety.

If everyone knows gun safety, this not only enables them to pick up and use a gun if they have to, but also to have more respect for guns. This will thus make children less afraid of guns and also make them think of them more as tools that much be handled with care rather than toys. Guns can be fun to shoot at the range, or during hunting, but that fun must be had in safety. One stray bullet or one fuckhead who doesn’t know how to use his gun is all it takes to make your day turn shitty.

Secondly, focus on repeat offenders. I won’t start an argument about death penalty or not death penalty here, but something must be done about repeat offenders. At the very least, offer a rule where the offender will never be released on parole again if they commit another crime of magnitude. I’m not talking about throwing them back in jail for forgetting a parole meeting or stealing a candy bar, of course, but they need to punished if they are given a chance like parole and squander it.

Additionally, there are some crimes that people shouldn’t be offered parole for. Murder is one of them. If you commit first degree murder, you should be given the maximum penalty allowed – no exceptions. Repeat offenders are not only an insult to the victims, but are a sign of a justice system that is horribly flawed.

Thirdly, educate people and work to alleviate poverty. 90% of the people who get into crime don’t do it because they want to. They commit a crime because they have no other choice. There are of course people in the 10%, maniacs, sociopaths, etc. But most people do not choose a life of crime because they think it’s fun. They choose a life of crime because they have no other way to survive.

I will write a more in-depth post about alleviating crime, but I hope this post has given you guys something to think about. I certainly thought about some things while writing it.

Until next time, stay frosty.

Tuesday’s Rant: Asshole America

Firstly, before we get into this episode of “Mark rants like a little child about something that annoys him,” I want to apologize for not posting over the weekend. I won’t lie, I had nothing pressing. I just couldn’t think of a good way to word the article, so I will be postponing it until this upcoming weekend. With that over, we now return you to our regularly scheduled program.

Know what pisses me off? People in America and the American Government at large acting as if we’re the greatest fucker in the world, and that we have a right to walk over anybody we please, but the minute someone does it to us, we scream like a little girl and go crying home to momma. Then when momma explains to us that if we didn’t want Billy to kick us in the testicles, we shouldn’t have done it to him first, we slap momma in the face and call her a dirty two-faced lying whore. Aren’t we a lovely child?

If America was a child, it would be the type that would drive its mother to become a raging alcoholic and scream at her child about how she should have gotten an abortion in between snorting enough cocaine to kill a hippopotamus, just to forget that her bastard spawn-of-the-devil child doesn’t exist.

To begin with: FUCKING NAFTA. FUCKING GODDAMN MOTHERFUCKING NAFTA. The North American Free Trade Agreement is the biggest load of horse cock this side of horse cock mountain. To summarize, what the Horse Cock Agreement basically does is eliminate trade barriers between countries. Its big brother, Elephant Cock Organization (also known as the World Trade Organization) polices over world free trade, making sure that international trade is “liberalized.” Free trade liberalizes trade as much as raping a woman makes her your wife. And that is not a harsh analogue, because Free Trade literally does rape the world (now you’re probably getting the point of the cock jokes).  Free trade essentially says that no country can tell another country that they won’t accept a good of theirs. Sounds good in theory, right?

Wrong! Wrong, wrong, wrong, FUCKING WRONG! Free Trade is as good for the world economy as going on a psychotic murderous rage and killing ten thousand people is good for getting your soul up to the pearly white gates to have a chat with Saint Peter. Free Trade doesn’t just mess up the world economy, it fucks it with a monkey-wrench and then pulls its intestines out through its urethra. Wanna know what fucked up the milk economy in the US? Free Trade. Wanna know what fucked up the coffee economy in Colombia? Free Trade. Wanna know what fucked up the milk, coffee and corn economy in Mexico? Free Trade. Wanna know the main reason why so many illegal immigrants can’t find work in their own countries and so come from Mexico and the other central and south American countries to come to our country, to further fuck up our economy? FREE MOTHERFUCKING TRADE!

American grain and coffee companies dump MILLIONS of pounds of grain and coffee (most of it that they don’t deem fit enough to serve to their customers) on the Mexican market. Now, if you know anything about the Mexican economy, you’ll know that two giant staples of its economy, are coffee and grain (such as corn, maize, rice, etc). Dumping this amount of outside coffee and grain into the market causes the market price to plummet. Suddenly, Mexican families who have worked ten generations on the same corn or coffee farm can’t sell their coffee and find themselves out of a job, then out of a house and then dead or illegally immigrating to North America.

FONTERRA® is a New Zealand based milk mogul. They are one of the largest milk companies on the planet. They dump billions of gallons of surplus milk on other countries every year, and one of their biggest ‘dump sites’ is the United States. This has caused milk prices to plummet, making it impossible for family owner dairy farms to make a living, causing many of them to close down. I live in Vermont, and I can’t even buy VERMONT BASED MILK at the major supermarkets. It’s hard to even find Vermont based milk at the INDEPENDENT MARKETS. The dumping of milk on our markets causes giant moguls like Hood to be the only ones that can compete.

“But Mark!” you cry, “I can get ORGANIC VALLEY® milk at my supermarket! That punches a hole in your argument!” Well, Stupid Person, Organic Valley® is THE LARGEST COOP OF ORGANIC MILK IN THE UNITED STATES! Firstly, to be considered organic you have to do very little. “Hey! I don’t kick my cows in the face and make them eat other cows! That makes me organic! Hooray!” Secondly, most of the ‘organic farmers’ working on Organic Valley® are large farms that employ hundreds of people. They are not the small, quaint (and beautiful) farms that dot the landscape of states like Vermont. They are not the farms that are operated by one family that gets up at the crack of dawn, milks the cows until the sun goes down, then goes to sleep and gets up the next day–regardless of the weather–and does it again. And while Organic Valley® is a good company, as far as the giant companies go, they are not a flaw in my argument, since they are part of the argument. So before you go screaming some moronic thing like “Organic Valley® is a small company,” or “Cumberland Farms® is a Small Company,” make sure you know what you’re talking about. Because if either of those statements are true, I am a flying monkey with a banana hat.

“Oh wait!” You might be thinking, as you think back to that wonderful organic milk you bought in the store, “What about HORIZON®! HA!” Well, even more stupid person than the last, Horizon® is THE largest supplier of organic milk in America. Furthermore, it is owned by Dean Foods® which is a multi-billion dollar company. Do we have all of your asinine arguments out of the way? Good. Moving on.

Free Trade doesn’t just affect milk and grain, however, it affects everything. Cars, clothes, technology, entertainment, and the list goes on and on. Know all those politicians that scream about how everything in American should be made in America? Remember Joe “I can’t talk right now, my one brain cell is taking a nap” Biden talking about how he dreams of a day when people can purchase a product and read “Made in America” on it? Well I bet you everything I have (It’s not much, but I still bet it) that if you walked up to politicians like him, and asked them what they thought of NAFTA, they’d say it was great. And at that point, you could point at them and have them escorted away by the Bullshit Police (they really do need to exist). Any politician who says that he dreams of a day when we can read “Made in America” on every product we buy, but also doesn’t think that the North American Free Trade Agreement or World Trade Organization are anything but giant steaming piles of rat feces, are two moos away from bullshit.

The main problem, is that they do want to be able to pick up products that say “Made in America” but they don’t want other countries to have the same privilege. They want to dump all their excess products onto other countries, but the minute the other country does it to us, we scream about how unfair life is, and how mean that country is and how they’re probably full of “socialist liberal communist nazis” (which makes no sense, but we’ll let Glenn Beck have his fun) and they eat babies for breakfast. We want to be able to let Monsanto® essentially ship their products all over the world, and inundate markets with them, thus causing their prices to plummet. But the minute Fonterra® does it to us, we scream and cry to mommy and then we plot to have everything say “made in America.” And then that never happens because of the WTO and NAFTA, and we’re back where we started, knee-deep in bullshit.

Lastly, if any one of you tells me, “But Mark, you’re wrong. Fair Trade is a good thing!” I’m going to find out where you live, drive to your house and have you escorted away by the stupid police because clearly your existence lowers the global IQ. Yes, Fair Trade is a good thing. It’s a fantastic thing, and a great thing and even better than fish and chips SMOTHERED in sweet butter. But it is not Free Trade. Free Trade is about as far away from Fair Trade as Adolf Hitler is from Mother Theresa. But that’s an explanation for another, less angry article.

NAFTA, and the WTO, ladies and gentlemen. That’s what FUCKING PISSES ME OFF!

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Orwell, and Today’s Government

I had a dream last night. It was quite a terrifying dream because it both represents a fear that any intelligent free person has, and also represents a clear and present danger due to the direction that the United States Government is headed. My dream was that the Obama administration had put forth a bill that would create a Council for Social Awareness. This council’s aims was to essentially be the Un-American Activities Committee of the twenty-first century, and its purpose was to report on people who were ‘against’ the American government. This, as you will obviously know if you’ve ever read 1985, is very Orwellian.

The reason this scared me so much, is because it’s not far from reality. In fact, there are many facets about our Government that are already Orwellian (The Patriot Act, anyone?) and it scares me. The reason it scares me is because it requires a blatant disregard of the powers given to the government in the Constitution. These powers have been abused and taken farther than they should be allowed for almost one hundred and a fifty years. Now any of you who are history buffs will known that 150 years puts us at 1860. If this doesn’t ring a bell, shame on you. For a refresher course, this was about the time of the American Civil War, which lasted from 1861 to 1865. Anyone who knows history will know that before the civil war, the country was referred to as “The United States are…” referring to a set of separate but equal sovereign states led by a single unifying government (which is how it’s supposed to be as outlined in the Constitution). After the civil war, this phrase became, “The United States is…” referring to a single union of states with a consolidation of power at the center. And unfortunately, it’s all Lincoln’s fault.

Not counting the other reasons that the civil war was a travesty, the result was a more powerful single central government, and much weaker sovereign states that despite the name were no longer sovereign. This is a horrible occurrence, and had no reason to happen. The excuse that “The southern states made slavery legal so the federal government needed to step in,” is bullshit. You have to remember that slavery was the backbone of the southern economy. The civil war and freeing of the slaves in the south created an economic downfall that the south still hasn’t recovered from. And it’s been 145 years! Am I advocating slavery? Hell No. But I am putting it into perspective. This was not a moral issue for the south. The north wanted to take away the backbone of their economy without any alternative. From a purely economic standpoint, this would be like taking away the north’s factories without offering any alternative. The next time that someone tells you the civil war was about slaves, look them in the eye and politely tell them that if that is their opinion, then they know nothing about the civil war. The civil war was as much about slavery as World War 2 was about Jews. Sure, they factored into it, but they were far from the reason.

So from the civil war we acquired this central government with far too much power. In the constitution, the executive branch (president) has very little power. He has the power to wage war, and to veto. That’s about it. There are many powers that recent presidents have used that are not allowed within the constitution. And nobody has said a word. If someone can find me in the constitution where the Patriot Act is allowed, then I will roll around in honey, cover myself in peanuts and allow myself to become an elephant lollipop for the rest of my life. And if you think the patriot act is a good thing, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I think you’d be interested in.

As time has gone on, our constitution has gotten chipped away at by these assholes, and we’ve done nothing about it. Technically, income tax is unconstitutional, but because of the elastic clause of “general welfare” outline in the article that allows taxing, the government says it’s okay. It’s not okay for a government to go against the constitution. If I went against the constitution, or the laws of this country, I would get thrown in jail. When the government goes against the laws of the constitution and the laws of our country, it’s called politics. And it makes me sick.

Now I cannot say that I lean towards one political side or another. I have many things in common in liberals, anarchists, conservatives, and libertarians. Most of my beliefs fall in the latter category, but I don’t consider myself to be part of any party. But one thing I truly agree with, and fight for is a small government. A government that controls everything, that ‘gives’ us everything we need is just a government with too much power. And mark my words, if we don’t do something about this situation, and soon, we’re going to find ourselves living in George Orwell’s nightmare. And it will lead to another civil war more bloody than any we’ve ever seen.

You have been warned.