Veteran’s suicide note highlights the problems at the VA.

Absolutely disgraceful.  It didn’t have to end this way for this vet nor does it have to be this way for other vets who are suffering.  These men and women are heroes and should to be treated accordingly when they return home.


National Review exclusive: Barack Obama stunned to learn he is President of the United States.

Responding to recent allegations that Barack Obama is president of the United States, putative White House press secretary Jay Carney stated he was looking into the matter. “We found out about Obama supposedly being president from reports in the media, just like everyone else.”

Appearing briefly at today’s news conference, Obama stated, “I’m madder than anybody to learn about this. If true, this is completely unacceptable. I won’t stand for it; I won’t tolerate it. Not a smidgen. Period.”

This would actually explain a lot if it were true.

Video games being blamed for the Isla Vista slaying.

I should have seen this coming.  As is the case with just about any mass shooting, people start looking for someone or something to blame.  And once again, you have some on the religious right blaming video games for the recent murder rampage that occurred in Isla Vista, California.

Glenn Beck on Monday begged Americans to have a “real conversation” about the ramifications of video games on our nation’s children, saying “we don’t have any idea the damage that’s being done, because this is the first generation” where many have grown up more comfortable in “virtual reality” than actual reality.

The plea came after 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, the son of an assistant director on “The Hunger Games,” murdered six people and wounded several more on Saturday, authorities said. Rodger seemingly wrote a lengthy manifesto and created a number of disturbing YouTube videos before the attack, describing how he filled a void in his life with video games, only to find that he would “never have a satisfying social life ever again.”

“This loss of a social life coupled with the advent of puberty caused me to die a little inside,” the manifesto read. “It was too much for me to handle, and I stopped caring about my life and my future. I even stopped caring what people thought of me. I hid myself away in the online World of Warcraft, a place where I felt comfortable and secure.”

Beck said that Hollywood is trying to have it both ways by saying “you can’t have anybody smoking on television or in movies because it affects people,” but that continued exposure to horrific violence onscreen is “totally fine.”

“Please listen to me,” Beck begged his audience. “You’ve got to get the video games out of your child’s hands. Please. I’m having a hard enough time trying to do it in my own home. … Enough. No more. Because they cannot handle it. This is not the same as Pac-Man. It is not the same. These are virtual worlds where they live. They live in these worlds; talk to them.”

“Brains are being rewired here,” Beck’s co-host Pat Gray added, “and nobody is paying attention.”

Brains are being rewired?  Seriously?

This is getting predictable and downright ridiculous to the point that those on the religious right deserve to be mocked every time they do this.  How long are we going to blame video games for bad parenting and mental illness?  And why are video games consistently singled out but rarely violent movies, which are much more prevalent?  Or books?

I don’t care how much World Of Warcraft and Halo this kid played, video games do not drive people to mass murder.  And there are literally tens of millions of people that can be pointed to who play Halo and who play World Of Warcraft and who play Call Of Duty and who play Mario Kart and who play StarCraft and who play all kinds of other games online every day who do not commit crimes that bear this out.   There have been numerous studies on this over the last 20 years and no link between video games or violent video games and actual violence have ever been found.   None.  Zero.  Nill.

In the past, I’ve had a lot of respect for Glenn Beck.  I think he’s a smart, intelligent guy who knows a lot about the history of our country and is very good at teaching and explaining the basic principles of liberty.  But if this is his direction now, then him and I are going to part ways very quickly.  He sounds like a liberal talking about this, which is scary.  (I’ve found that not knowing the facts and general ignorance about what you’re talking about breeds the same kind of attitudes that are usually found in left-wing thought and the people who embrace it.)

It’s the height of hypocrisy that people like Beck will stand up and defend gun-owners against those who want to blame the gun for a committed crime, but then have no problem doing THE EXACT SAME THING to video games and treating video games not very differently than anti-gun people treat guns.

From what I’ve read of this kid’s manifesto, he was lonely, isolated, and sexually frustrated.  It sounds like he turned to video games as a refuge from that, when what he really needed was healthy parenting and someone to listen to him.  Not more Halo and World Of Warcraft.  This is about parents taking responsibility for their child’s upbringing and not letting TV, movies, and video games babysit their kids. And then when they act out because of neglect, blaming those very mediums or some other scapegoat. But he didn’t get the help he needed even though the warning signs were there.  He obviously had a lot to say about his frustrations and anger, as is evidenced by his large 141-page manifesto wherein he is very blunt about what he’s going to do, why he’s going to do it, and how he’s feeling.

I’m not holding him blameless for his act.  I believe he is mainly responsible for what he did.  But if we’re going to look outside of that at how this could have been prevented, you start with the parents first and go from there.  Blaming video games and movies for the consequences of parental neglect and mental illness is pure moral cowardice.

Thank you to all who have served.

I wasn’t able to blog yesterday, but I wanted to take a moment to thank all who have served in our military, all who have fought to preserve our freedom here in the U.S. and abroad for others, and especially to all who have died.  You will be heroes for all time.  You fought and died preserving and protecting the greatest country to ever exist on planet Earth.  We can never say thank you enough.

I ran across this YouTube video just this last weekend.  We lost about 400,000 men in World War II fighting against imperial Japan and fascist Germany.  This is what our men died fighting.  World War II has been romanticized almost to the point where certain things about it have become cliche, but it’s important we not forget the evil that took root in Germany so it never happens again.  If Germany had won WWII, think what a different world we would be living in today.

In the context of that speech and what is going on in the world today, Reagan’s 1000 Years Of Darkness speech (that’s what I call it) is just as appropriate today as it was in 1964.  Think what a different country we would be living in today if Goldwater had won the presidency then instead of Lyndon Johnson.

Never forget.  And thank you again, veterans.

“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” ~Edmund Burke

Former Congressman Alan West: ‘Benghazi is going to make Iran-Contra look like Romper Room.’ Exclusive source reveals details of terror attack.

Former Congressman Alan West is claiming that a source has entrusted to him the details that the White House has gone to great lengths to hide of what happened in Benghazi the night of the terror attack against our consulate.  Granted, this is an anonymous source West is claiming, so this is far from etched-in-stone fact.  So, take it how you will.  We’ll be finding out if it’s true in the months ahead.

If this does end up being true, the Democratic Party may be finished.  It will be one of the biggest scandals in American history.

I was seated beside someone who personally knew one of the men who was there on the roof in Benghazi. This person was excited to share with me the “ground truth” of what happened September 11, 2012.

My seat mate drew schematics to orient me to the “time and spacing” and the direction of the attack. I learned about the repeated orders to the men at the CIA annex to stand down and do nothing — thank God two of them, Glenn Doherty and Ty Woods, lived up to their code of honor and ran to the sound of the guns, resulting in their loss of life — but the preservation of life for others, their fellow Americans.

I learned about the proximity of the staging area of the attack to the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, and the attackers were indeed Ansar al-Sharia, a group affiliated with al-Qaida. I came to understand why Ambassador Chris Stevens was there in the first place and that he had in fact requested better security but was denied – the question is, by whom? And I learned that the Martyrs of 17 February Brigade were in charge of security and were the ones who opened the gates, then fled.

No, it was not about a kidnapping scheme, it was about something, as I’ve stated, that will make Iran-Contra look like Romper Room. The web of lies spun is coming apart, and all other committee hearings on this matter should be shut down.