It’s hard not to like crusty old geezer Fred Reed

Here he is, holding forth on the massive return on investments a couple of losers with pressure cookers get for jihad as our hysterical police state swings into overblown and hysterical police state action to “protect” us.

We look more and more like Gulliver among the Lilliputians as we react like a big dumb giant trying to wipe out polio by stomping on viruses.

I particularly love how our Pols always talk about us being hated for our freedoms just before they take more freedom away and how we won’t be cowed by fear as we jump at our own shadows and pull pressure cookers off the market in terror.  Then we go blow something up and call it peace.  After that, we grab some comfort from a drug or TV or empty sex and call it happiness.  Then we have orgasmic thrills because somebody decided to have a ceremony to give a veneer of societal approval to gay sex and call it marriage while somebody else decides to commit adultery and call it love.  In between, we murder children and call it choice.  We have developed a massive artillery of lies to tell ourselves.

That’s why I like crusty old geezers like Fred.  They have a habit of crude plain speech I find refreshing in an age of euphemism, BS, and lies.

  • Pete the Greek

    If you like that, you should read his articles on gun control.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tom.locker.7 Tom Locker

    I like Fred and even own a few of his books, but he is no friend to the Church.

    • Pete the Greek

      He is really no friend of anybody.

      Inspite of his religious failings, I still recommend everyone read him. He assaults topics that, as the saying goes, polite conversation shouldn’t dwell on. From gun control, to war, to immigration, to drugs, to politics… even if you don’t agree with him, you leave thinking about things in ways you may not have considered before.

  • Corita

    Should there be a warning about the crudely drawn “nekkid” picture on the page you linked? I am apparently one of those people who doesn’t care much about others’ struggles with their chastity (or so I have been told) so I am not always sure…

    • Corita

      But hey I like his style otherwise….

  • Newp Ort

    Just for the record I was seeking comfort in drugs way before 9/11. A LOT of drugs. That was a REALLY bad idea. The empty sex didn’t have the same deleterious effect, but perhaps for it to be able to cause that kind of misery one needs to engage in it more frequenlty than a few times every Presidential term of office.

    Now I’m married, and the sex is not empty, and more frequent. The war on terror has helped a little in that regard; she is occasionally persuaded by the “if not, the terrorists win” argument. She does love our country.

  • Pavel Chichikov

    Mark, if you think fears of terrorist actions are overblown, and the authorities are exaggerating the risks, I think you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    But you’re probably safe enough in a suburb north of Seattle.

    • Pete the Greek

      Considering that you have much MUCH more chance of being stuck by lightning than be killed in a terrorist attack, I think mark is merely being sane here.

      Be not afraid.

      • Pavel Chichikov

        If I were struck by lightning they wouldn’t close the city down and throw a cordon around it.

        What the hell was Tamerlan doing in Dagestan and Chechnya? Why was he there for so long?

        If I were looking at this professionally I would wonder if this event was some sort of a probe, a demonstration of strategy, an exploration. The people who were operational may not have been too bright. They obviously didn’t have to be.

        The only hysteria I see here is the furor over the burial of Tamerlan. Dead people have to be buried.

        • Pete the Greek

          “If I were struck by lightning they wouldn’t close the city down and throw a cordon around it.”
          - And they shouldn’t have done that in Boston either.

          “The people who were operational may not have been too bright. They obviously didn’t have to be.”
          - That’s the point of the linked article. Anyone can think up a million ways to commit terrorism that can’t be stopped.

          “The only hysteria I see here is the furor over the burial of Tamerlan. ”
          - Among average people? I would tend to agree that that is the only real freak-out point I’ve seen. However, it is very plain that the government is terrified, or at least wants to appear so so that it can seize more power.

          • Pavel Chichikov

            That seems… hyper-suspicious.

            How do you know what they should have done? Do you have special knowledge or insight into that situation?

            And who is “the government?” Does it have an emotional state, such as terror? Anyone specific you’d like to accuse of a lust for power?

            • Pete the Greek

              I don’t see why an entire city should have been shut down because of it.

              “Does it have an emotional state, such as terror?”
              - It has fear and panic, yes.

              “Anyone specific you’d like to accuse of a lust for power?”
              - Oh, Bush, Obama, most of the legislative wing… it depends how long you want the list.

              • Pavel Chichikov

                You have inside information? Extensive experience in counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism?

                “The government” is a political and administrative machine. It is not a person. Do you personally know anyone of responsible rank in government, and if so, have they confessed the emotion of panic to you?

                You can accuse anyone you wish of a lust for power, but on the basis of what knowledge?

                I am now out of this thread.

                • Pete the Greek

                  “Extensive experience in counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism?”
                  - I seem to have a bit more common sense than you at this point, which I think counts for a lot.

                  “is a political and administrative machine. It is not a person.”
                  - No, it is a real entity. It is made up of almost exclusively the same kind of people. It can panic the same as a mob can.

                  “You can accuse anyone you wish of a lust for power, but on the basis of what knowledge?”
                  - By looking at their actions and listening to their words. Any sensible man can.

                  “I am now out of this thread.”
                  - You haven’t been ‘in it’ at all up to this point.

                  • Pavel Chichikov

                    I did make a mistake. I began this reply.. Best wishes.

      • Dave G.

        Technically, you have more of a chance of being struck by lightening than being killed in a mass shooting. So the lesson is not to get all bent out of shape the next time someone goes into a school or a movie theater and opens fire? There’s more to things that impact people than numbers.

        • Pete the Greek

          No, the lesson is not to have your reaction be out of line with the event.

          When someone is killed by lightning, we don’t ban all swimming pools and pass a law saying that all people must lay flat on the ground anytime a thunderstorm is in the area.

          • Dave G.

            Actually, the first lesson is don’t use statistics if they may end up hurting your case. As for lightening, guess what. In such storms, it’s not uncommon for such public places as pools to shut down. I mean, haven’t you ever been at a pool that closed because of a storm, or a sporting event, or a golf tournament that did the same? And things like pools closing happen because of laws on the books, local laws perhaps but laws nonetheless Our pool (way back in the 70s and 80s) had to close with thunderstorms approaching because of safety ordinances it was bound by from our local government. Just like towns will do in inclement weather. Natural disasters often cause curfews to be used. Just like the town my sister lived in was shut down when inmates escaped from a state penitentiary several years ago. It happens. Always has. Logical and all. If Boston was still shut down, or forever turned into a police state, then yeah, it would be new. As it is, we’ve seen it all before.

            • Pete the Greek

              “As for lightening, guess what. In such storms, it’s not uncommon for such public places as pools to shut down.”
              - Read my comment again. I said ‘ban all pools’. As in make swimming pools illegal. The REAL lesson is to make sure you understand the comment before you respond.

              The DC Sniper killed more people than the Boston bombings, and yet the respective cities were not shut down.

              ” Just like the town my sister lived in”
              - How big was your sister’s town?

              “If Boston was still shut down, or forever turned into a police state, then yeah, it would be new. As it is, we’ve seen it all before.”
              - That “we’ve seen it all before” is sad. And the trick is to NOT let that happen. And the trick to THAT is keeping people, like you, from accepting it as SOP.

    • Pavel Chichikov

      I think Mark is being ill-informed.

      • Pete the Greek

        How so?

        • Pavel Chichikov

          A general sense of things.

          I’m not afraid, and I don’t know anyone who is. That has nothing to do with anything.

  • Marthe Lépine

    I had being led to think that common sense had been dead and buried a long time ago. Maybe it has come back with people like Fred… There is still some hope, anyway.

  • Pavel Chichikov

    It gos something like this:”I’m a bright guy, I can figure things out. I don’t need any special knowledge, training, experience or insight.

    You’ve been told something like that ever since you were in kindergarten. Any amateur is the equal of any professional. It’s a thick thread that runs through popular culture.

    Droppings of a bull.

    • Pete the Greek

      Actually Fred Reed has quite a bit of experience in the inner workings of government. He did the police and military beat for many years and is a Vietnam vet himself. He has probably also seen more of the world than you and I put together.


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