Howdy folks, I am running behind tonight, and really don’t have time to both look for content and write. So I am just going to write.
I took Thing 1 flyfishing in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park today. It was her first time fishing with a bug-rod. I, Clay Aalders, mighty professional fishing guide, had failed spectacularly with my first 4 attempts (granted with worms and powerbait, not a fly) to put her onto fish on a variety of local waters.
This year I said screw it and taught her to cast a fly rod. I take clients as young as 8, and she isn’t much younger. Today I had the opportunity to take her out and give it a shot. She landed 3 fish I hooked, and hooked and landed 1 on her own. It was a wonderful day. Thanks for indulging my storytelling tonight.
I will be back tomorrow evening if I don’t have time before then, but in the mean time I will leave you with this. As KnifeRights.org likes to say “Knives are the second front in the fight for the Second Amendment. Unfortunately, the actions of a deranged racist in VA followed closely on the heels of another deranged racist in SC, and the hoplophobic media have managed to fan the gun control flames again. To that end, there is an older piece from the Daily Kos (of all places): “Why Liberals should love the 2nd Amendment“, and it is the singularly best defense of the Second Amendment I have ever read.
“When it comes to discussing the Second Amendment, liberals check at the door their ability to think rationally. In discussing the importance of any other portion of the Bill of Rights, liberals can quote legal precedent, news reports, and exhaustive studies. They can talk about the intentions of the Founding Fathers.
And they will, almost without exception, conclude the necessity of respecting, and not restricting, civil liberties.
So why do liberals have such a problem with the Second Amendment? Why do they lump all gun owners in the category of “gun nuts”? Why do they complain about the “radical extremist agenda of the NRA”? Why do they argue for greater restrictions?
Why do they start performing mental gymnastics worthy of a position in Bush’s Department of Justice to rationalize what they consider “reasonable” infringement of one of our most basic, fundamental, and revolutionary — that’s right, revolutionary — civil liberties?”
As the Good Doctor would say, “Read the whole thing”.