Politics

Political views and social issues.

I moved to Florida from France when I was twenty six. One of my first order of business was to open a bank account. The local bank I visited had two posters in the entrance, advertising loans to finance houses. One poster had a smiling white family in front of a nice white picket fenced house. The other poster had a black family in front of a similar house. My thought was “why not save by having one poster with a mixed race couple?” We’re not in France anymore Alice…

To emphasize where I come from, consider Alexander Dumas, not the famous French writer but his father Thomas-Alexander Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, a genuine Marquis. He was half black. He also was a famous French general who commanded vast armies of white Frenchmen and was married to a white French woman. This was right before the 1789 French revolution. His son wrote “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “The Three Musketeers,” among other things.

Thomas-Alexander Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie

Thomas-Alexander Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie

So wondering why that bank poster wasn’t picturing a black man, white woman and mixed kids in front of a white picket fenced house was a legitimate question for a Frenchman fresh off the boat. After twenty two years in the United States, I know better…

I am writing this today after the shooting in Dallas of eleven police officers, five fatalities so far and hopefully no more. Racial tensions in the United States are high, but racism is not new. Why such a big difference between Europe and America? Not that Europe is entirely void of any racism, considering the recent Islamic extremist attacks in Paris and Brussels, but Islam is not a race and most French people understand the difference. Racism however isn’t particularly directed at blacks.

What people don’t like is crime. The United States prison population is 37.7% black (BOP May 2016). The general population is 12% black (2015 Census). I would argue that poverty is the main cause of crime. Drive to MLK Boulevard in your city and have a look… Prisons are also big business and some people are getting richer every time some poor sod gets put in jail for smoking a joint. Still, the statistics can’t be denied.

Blacks are not especially poor in Europe. One of my good friends, both French and black is an airline pilot; not a co-pilot, but a captain on one of those giant airliners. He did well because his parents valued education. He valued education and worked hard to get his license, then jumped from poorly paid jobs to poorly paid jobs flying all kinds of planes, some you wouldn’t want to trust your life to, and finally reached the top. So, why are so many blacks in America selling crack on the street corners?

Before I continue I can already imagine some readers getting worked up here. The fact is, young black men have an image problem in America. The police is so afraid of them they will shot one at the slightest incident. Pervasive racism within law enforcement and to some extent, the white population doesn’t help. I don’t condone racism. Being racist is a sure sign of ignorance and close-mindedness, if not plain bigotry. I condemn racism from both sides, because it isn’t a one-way problem.

Today knowledge is widely available. The Internet is fraught with free courses, tutorial videos and free books you can reach with any computer or smart phone. Unfortunately education, to the young black man, isn’t cool. I don’t think the problem is new, otherwise there would be no black poverty in America, no black crimes and no racism. Poor whites are also as likely to commit crimes, so don’t call me a racist here. Education wasn’t available to the black population until fairly recently mind you, but the new generations are not taking advantage of its availability. I heard expressions such as “The white man’s game.” Unfortunately it’s not a game, it’s people’s lives. Science isn’t white, math isn’t white and money is green. The only way this problem will solve itself is if young black men pick up books and start reading, because they can do as well as anyone else. They should be able to do so without being made fun of by their parents, siblings and friends. I do not know the cause of this cultural pitfall, but it does exist. Just listen to music lyrics… What is extolled is easy money and material possessions. Excuse my French, but “shit doesn’t mean shit.” Better buy a bunch of books than a new flat screen television.

Blacks in America got a bad hand at the card table. Hell, they weren’t invited to the table until recently, but things are different now. America is one of the greatest country in the World because anyone willing to work hard can make it. Unfortunately not everyone believes it. The problem is that the government would rather give poor people hand outs in exchange for their votes instead of encouraging them to educate themselves. It’s easy to get used to stolen money falling in your lap, and I mean stolen by the government.

I wish I knew how to eliminate racism. I do believe education is the key, but education needs to be valued, it needs to be cool again. Otherwise the poor will stay poor, no matter what political party is reigning and there will be crime, violence and bigotry. How to encourage young people to educate themselves, I don’t know. Not by paying for their schooling, because a “free” education has little value. When I was in high school I didn’t learn much because I wasn’t paying for it and didn’t care. College was out of State tuition, and boy did I work hard. Yet the skills I use today to make a living I learned from books, not school. Some of my customers wouldn’t even know if I was black because all my work is online. What they know is that I can solve problems for them and my programs work. My first programming book cost me $50. That book is still feeding me fifteen years later.

Segregation still exists because people are more comfortable in their own communities, but it doesn’t help. We need to put the mixed couple on that poster. We need mixed churches. We need brown babies of all shades. It shouldn’t be forced on people. It should be encouraged. Where are the mixed couples in Hollywood movies? That is real racism, insidious, everywhere, yet not seen, until the bullets fly.

L'Europe Communiste

L’Europe Communiste

Communiqué de presse du Comité Guillaume Tell du 2 juin 2016

Le Conseil européen déclare la guerre aux tireurs sportifs et aux chasseurs !

Au nom de la lutte contre le terrorisme et le crime organisé, la Présidence hollandaise du Conseil vient de soumettre des propositions inadmissibles aux 28 États membres.

A la dernière minute et sans la moindre concertation, la présidence hollandaise du Conseil vient de prendre pour cible les tireurs sportifs avec des contraintes nouvelles imposées sur la taille des chargeurs et sur les dérogations exclusivement limitées aux compétitions sportives.

En parallèle, le même acharnement a lieu contre les chasseurs en supprimant purement et simplement la catégorie D afin que toutes les armes, y compris de chasse, déjà soumises à enregistrement, passent dans un régime lourd.
Qui va nous faire croire que la suppression de la catégorie D va permettre de lutter plus efficacement contre le crime organisé et le terrorisme.

Les criminels qui utilisent des kalachnikovs et les trafiquants d’armes qui fournissent les délinquants se moquent éperdument de ces nouvelles contraintes qui frappent exclusivement d’honnêtes citoyens, détenteurs légaux d’armes à feu et qui déclarent tout.

Un tel choix nous contraindrait à revoir en profondeur la réglementation française de 2012 et 2013 pourtant reconnue par tous comme sécuritaire et efficace.

Les 2 millions de détenteurs légaux vont subir des contraintes supplémentaires considérables, avec une multiplication de nouvelles procédures administratives que l’administration préfectorale ne sera pas en mesure de gérer.

La présidence hollandaise du Conseil européen veut que soient enregistrées en C toutes les armes à canon lisse à un coup, mais aussi les pistolets d’alarmes, les répliques et les armes neutralisées.

Cet élargissement de la déclaration à des armes qui ne répondent plus à aucun critère de dangerosité est totalement inadmissible et démontre le coté bureaucratique et anti armes d’une telle décision.

Selon nos informations, seules la France et l’Autriche se sont opposées à cette initiative de dernière minute.
Cela revient à multiplier par 100 le nombre de déclarations, ce qui équivaut à une paralysie du système pour les prochaines années au moment même où nous allions parvenir à une évolution en France en accord avec le ministre de l’Intérieur.

La présidence du Conseil européen se trompe encore une fois de cible.

Pour le Comité Guillaume Tell, ces mesures inutiles et liberticides vont provoquer la colère des 2 millions d’honnêtes citoyens qui se demandent pourquoi l’Europe, déjà si critiquée, ne se concentre pas sur les vrais enjeux de sécurité publique que sont la traçabilité des armes, leur neutralisation irréversible et l’interopérabilité des fichiers.

Le Comité vient d’interpeller les organisations nationales et européennes afin que chacun alerte les ministres de l’Intérieur de chaque pays qui doivent se réunir le 10 juin 2016 pour prendre une position définitive.

Nous venons de demander une audience au ministre de l’Intérieur, Bernard Cazeneuve, afin d’aborder les conséquences catastrophiques de cette réforme, si elle arrivait à son terme.

Avec ses homologues des autres pays, le Comité va continuer à rencontrer les députés européens pour qu’ils redoublent de vigilance afin que les mesures du Conseil européen ne puissent faire l’objet du moindre compromis dans les négociations qui vont avoir lieu en septembre entre la Commission européenne, le Conseil européen et le Parlement.

Pour les 10 millions d’utilisateurs légaux d’armes à feu, la lutte contre le terrorisme et la criminalité organisée ne doit pas passer par un acharnement contre les honnêtes citoyens qui font déjà l’objet d’un encadrement très strict.

Pour tout contact :
Thierry Coste
Secrétaire général du Comité Guillaume Tell
E-mail : thierry.coste@accesyst.com

A recent Facebook post on an accidental death prompts me to set things straight on gun control. Gun related deaths are relatively few compared to other causes like hammers or swimming pools, the list goes on. So why the hype? What is so scary about guns? One can be killed as easily by a car or baseball bat, not to mention smoking and eating fatty foods. Yet, you don’t see many posts about hammer control. The answer is simple: Guns are a threat to the left, so they use fear and brainwashing to push their agenda. Are socialists afraid of being shot? Do they have a special sensitivity to gun deaths? No. They couldn’t care any more if someone died of a gunshot, accidental or not, or got fatally hit by a bus. Why would anyone? Both are preventable and accidents happen, especially around stupid or careless people, that will never change. The left is about taxation, and it is much harder to tax an armed population. What happened to the British in 1775 is a prime example. The only reason for gun control is the support of taxation and population control. It has nothing to do with reducing accidental gun deaths or shootings, nothing! If it was about saving lives, there are numerous more important causes that need support.

Keep Kids Safe

Keep Kids Safe

If you support gun control, ask yourself why. I mean, really, aren’t other things more important and more urgent? Why don’t you make a list of pressing issues with more victims than gun related ones? I suggest you make yourself a sandwich, get some water and go to the bathroom before you start, because it will take you a while before you get to guns. The truth is that by promoting gun control online you are promoting taxation and control, your taxation and the control of your life. While it might not be a noticeable issue yet in the United States, your future might be at stake. Don’t fall for the brainwashing and peer pressure, think for yourself. If you want to save lives, donate money to the NRA, they have wonderful gun safety programs. The solution is education, not control. Don’t be a sheep.
Self Defense is Baaad!

Self Defense is Baaad!

There is nothing you can do about guns. The cat is out of the bag. Guns exist and are not going away. Criminals have them and can always find them. The only people affected by gun laws are honest citizens. Many are your friends, even family members. They have children, love their wives. They go to family picnics with their kids, pay taxes and respect the speed limits. They just like shooting as a hobby, hunting or want to be able to protect their families and communities, you included.
1984

1984

If you have an irrational fear of guns, the best way to cure it is not by preventing others to own one. It won’t reduce your chances of being shot, on the contrary. You should go to a range and take a class. You will meet the nicest people imaginable, friendly and family oriented. They will be glad to help you discover a fun activity that might one day save your life. What more could you ask for?
Manhood

Manhood

The United States is still ahead of all others when it comes to freedom, and the best measure of it is the ability of honest citizens to own weapons. There is no better barometer of freedom, none.
Gun Monopoly.

Gun Monopoly.

Well, things were not supposed to turn out the way they did, that’s life. I lost my boat in the Bahamas, see the post here. I am glad I succeeded in leaving the dock and crossing the Gulf Stream mind you, I will never forget those few days.

Brainwashing on a national level, is it possible? Oh yes. I see it clearly here in France. I found it much worse than when I left it twenty two years ago. The government has full control over businesses, choking them to death, milking them to their last pennies. I can’t believe they don’t understand why the economy is tanking. There are no jobs available here. People stay on short duration work contracts for years because companies can’t afford to hire anyone long term. Salaries for similar positions are half to three times less than in the United States, with much higher taxes to boot. It is the new bloodless slavery, just sweat and tears. You work seven months out of the year for nothing. You would be a fool to start a business in France. It’s a communist nightmare. They try to reduce unemployment by implementing more rules, more social programs. It’s like trying to extinguish a fire by pouring gasoline on it. It’s cutting the branch you’re sitting on. A government produces nothing, it steals. The producers are the entrepreneurs. They are the real motor of a nation. Alienate them and see your country sink like the Titanic. Yet the passengers are still pretending it isn’t happening and the band is playing music on deck. Imagine a well dressed thug in a dark alley, he asks you politely to give him most of your money, it’s for the poor, and you can see he has a gun in his pocket, but hey, it’s for a good cause, right? After all, you making more money than the other guy is kind of shameful, isn’t it? Never mind how much you worked and sacrificed to get to where you are. I am all for solidarity mind you, I have been the recipient of it and the benefactor at times, but not under the threat of violence. France is now a police state. There are three categories of people here: The producers, and the government that steals from them and gives to the leeches. The beauty of it is convincing the population that they are doing the right thing. I remember a government slogan way back, it was all over the media, “Impossible isn’t French.” Well, now impossible is the French motto. Bureaucracy makes sure of that. There is a law for everything and for anything you like to do there is a form to fill, an authorization to obtain, including for your hobbies. People actually vote for all this, and I saw the same phenomenon starting in the United States. This ship is a goner, don’t let it happen to yours! Your life belongs to you, don’t let someone take it from you and don’t give it all away for nothing. You can help others without losing your freedom, without being a slave. You can be a good person without enslaving others with your vote. Don’t let politicians tell you that the European model is the solution, it’s a lie! Please share.

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To my young friends here, because I care about you. We may or may not have had long conversations at Big-Es, Indian Beach or anywhere else. If we have, you know I am the kind of guy who really thinks things through. I am also a bit older, and that means more experience and more time to figure out how the world works. I will probably be leaving the country soon, so this post isn’t about me, it is about you and your future. I noticed a lot of you guys are fond of Bernie Sanders. I get it, really, I fell for it when I was younger too. Everyone should make a decent wage, we shouldn’t spend money on needless wars, we need to end corruption, etc. We can all agree on that. Socialism however, I assure you, is not the way to do it. I came from a socialist country and I know the ravages it does. On the surface, it sounds good. It seems just, morally justified. It couldn’t be further from the truth. It is smoke and mirrors and you guys aren’t looking beyond the nice curtain. Socialism is based on theft. Once you start to make a decent living, and knowing you guys, most of you will, you will understand what I mean. Not only is it based on theft under the threat of violence, but it is also based on control, on controlling your life. I know right now you’re rolling your eyes, but hear me out. Europe is a bit ahead of the United States on the socialist front, and it is a nightmare. You can’t do anything over there without some sort of permit, and the state has everyone under a microscope. Europeans are slaves seven to eight months out of the year. That’s right, all the money they make seven to eight months out of the year is taken away from them, and they get back just a little in the form of social services. That’s what Sanders and the left wants for you, to milk you dry until you die. They don’t tell you that, they promise you higher minimum wage and a few free handouts. What they promise you is nothing compared to what they will take away from you! The more you dig, the more you will find their motives evil, under the disguise of equality. What they mean by that is everyone DOWN to the same level, except themselves. I could go on and on… The biggest threat to the world today is not global warming or terrorists, it is socialism and communism, and yes, they are the same thing, slavery with a nice pink moral wrapper. Stop worrying about the weather, worry about losing eighty percent of your paycheck for fifty years! Worry about having every aspect of your life controlled and engineered to make you obey and pay. What I am telling you is easy to understand, just not easy to accept if you have been led to believe the lies. Your friends agree, your teachers, your peers. I know it’s hard risking losing friends for ideas, but remember, we’re not talking about just now or next year. So I beg you, look into it a bit deeper. I hated politics when I was in my twenties. It was so much easier to just go along with the consensus and it all sounded fair, take money from the rich and give it to the poor, etc. It was all a big lie and it still is today. Don’t saw the branch you’re sitting on. Unfortunately this time around the candidates really suck. I would have voted for Rand Paul, but the powers in place would not let him get elected. It’s down to choosing the least evil, and evil they are. Sanders, Clinton, and the liberal side is not the least evil, trust me on that. If you value my opinion just a little and you know I’m not stupid, just don’t take my word for it, look into things yourselves, take the time, educate yourselves on how things really work in the world, because if you don’t, you’ll really wish you did later. Not only that, but if you don’t, others will, those who will be after your stuff and your life. Please share and listen to me, I want nothing but good things for you all. I am very glad I met every one of you guys, and I will miss everyone. It is just time for me to go on to new adventures; more on that later.