Quote of the day—dennis @pourteaux

Hong Kong is making me rethink my position on gun rights. Perhaps it’s best for common people to have access to firearms to counterbalance an over-reaching government. Gun violence is terrible, but systemic state violence also must be deterred.

dennis @pourteaux
Tweeted on November 20, 2019
[Duh!—Joe]

8 thoughts on “Quote of the day—dennis @pourteaux

  1. Hey, Joe–he’s getting it. When you’re as indoctrinated as these folks are, a realization like this is amazing, and cause for celebration!

  2. Welcome to the party, dude.

    Have some BBQ. Next time, come strapped with your Barbeque gun so you’re not socially naked.

    Incidentally, I’m usually a semi-auto guy, but if Chiappa ever makes a Rhino in .44 Magnum, I’m totally going to get one in hard chrome, engraved, with St Gabriel Possenti medallions in the grips, finely tooled holster, and a matching gun belt with cartridge loops. I will learn to barbeque just to have reason to wear that kind of piece.

      • The two concepts are not intrinsically linked, by any mechanism of logic that can be reasonably derived.

        However, from practical experience, one can infer a distinct correlation.

        This is either a profound coincidence, or a revealed fundamental truth that may drive one mad to perceive.

        I resolve it thus:
        Freedom of action through one’s own reason: awesome.
        Barbeque: awesome.
        Association of one to the other: similarly awesome.
        Quod Erat Demonstrandum, which is Latin, and therefore it means what has been expressed must be fundamentally true.

        • It’s because BBQ was invented by god himself! You would have to be a demon infested vegan to not like the aroma charcoaled beef fat.
          Notice Abel’s sacrifice was excepted by god. But Cain burned the vegetables. And was rejected.

  3. Can a true leftist admit to such a thing as “systemic state violence”? Publicly?

    Well, they have been telling us that cops are out hunting down black people and murdering them, but at the same time the left has wanted everyone but cops and military, including the black people they say are at exceptional risk, disarmed. One can only assume therefore, that the left loves violence.

    Of course even the most libertarian society would practice “systemic state violence”. We’d call it law enforcement. We’d need it, assuming there’d still be criminals. I assume there’d have to be law enforcement in the most just and free society, and that requires “systemic state violence”, specifically prescribed and carried out consistently. Violence against the perpetrators of violence.

    So once again it’s not really about the violence. It never was. It’s about the principles and laws by which violence is to be practiced. It’s about who gets to (or must) do violence to whom. Therefore it’s about who makes or follows the laws. Rather, it’s about who’s law we as a society choose to uphold; God’s or man’s. It’s about allegiance.

    Are we satisfied with God’s law, or do we choose to see it as inadequate and make our own? It doesn’t take much searching to find direct opposition in modern society to each one of the Ten Commandments (that is, the original ones, not the fake ones the Catholics made up).

    Go ahead. Go right down the list. One through ten.

    • Lyle,

      I’ve had enough of your anti-Catholic bias. I know that you were raised Catholic and you were profoundly disabused, and nothing turns love to hate on a dime quite like a fundamental disappointment. Ask any divorce lawyer.

      You don’t have to tell me that the current Pope is far to the opposite side of John-Paul II as can be. There’s a old saying, “After a fat pope, a thin pope.” Pope Benedict XVI apparently doesn’t count along the way because he resigned when he realized he couldn’t get anything done with the Catholic Deep State in place. When people say the old joke, “Is the Pope Catholic?”, these days, I respond, “Is he? I’m not sure if bears crap in the woods, anymore.”

      The majority of the laity, and the proverbial lapsed Catholics, and quite a lot of the parish-level priests, are not in disagreement with you on many issues. I’m going to have to ask you to have some forbearance for the bishops and archbishops, because the structure is still medieval/feudal in nature, and as every military officer knows, you either take your superiors direction, salute smartly and shut up, or you resign. Take Peter Grant as an example of one that couldn’t toe the line any more, and I respect him for his stand.

      But you’re being a straight-up asshole in the generality of your proclamations. I’m not saying that lightly. There’s differences of opinion, degrees of amicable disagreement. I’ve productively had discussions with Protestant denomination clergy that turned into that Sunday’s sermon, and been thanked for it. I’ve had comparative discussions with Muslims with American allegiance where our concepts of the divine have found common ground.

      But you individually need to get over yourself and your antecedent hang-ups. Nobody, especially God Almighty Himself in any of His Three Persons or any other concept one might perceive, granted you prophetic sole insight into the one true perception of the divine and reality. For all you know, the Catholics and Jews For Jesus got it 85% right (less the Brazilian that thinks Marx wrote one of the Gospels, loves the Chinese Communist Party and covered for the sexually active gay bishops that think their vow of chastity doesn’t cover buttsecks and blowjobs. We already know where he and his pink mafia belongs in the history books).

      Our host is an atheist, and he has no part is this argument. I personally pray for him, even though I am sure he doesn’t derive any appreciation of that, but I pray because it is in my belief to pray for those I respect and admire. It is my belief to pray for everyone that they experience the love of the divine, even if they do not perceive that love in this life. I do not need them to acknowledge God in this world. It is enough that I see in them the spark that God gave them, and I pray that that is enough in the world beyond. If they come to perceive the divine though my belief, that is a provident extra, a pure gift of God. I get that many, if not most, do not want to worship the way that I do. The Apollonian way (to adapt the Greek form) is not for everyone, and through my interfaith contact in the military, I have worked with the Dionysian-type Protestant expressions to still sing praise to my Lord in this holy-day season.

      So, what I’m trying to say, Lyle, is don’t be a dick about it.

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