The Myth of Guns and the Wild West

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Ordinance No.9: “To Provide against Carrying of Deadly Weapons” (effective April 19, 1881). Section 1. “It is hereby declared to be unlawful for any

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History Repeating Itself? (Sort of) Groundhog’s Day Edition

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In 1881, when John Slaughter was kicked out of Lincoln County, New Mexico, he made his way to the Arizona Territory, ending up in

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The High Cost of Doing What Is Right

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It was clearly a case of cops gone bad. Even during the inquest, the judge said that the town marshal had committed an ‘injudicious

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The High Cost of Doing the Right Thing

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There are times, when doing the right thing, sets off a chain reaction that results in good and honorable individuals ruining their lives. Such

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An Open Letter to the SPLC

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I am a fan of the SPLC.  I reference the SPLC’s work so often I’m surprised they don’t either go after me for plagiarism

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PART X-I: Christian Reconstruction, ATI, Abuse & Submission – Modesty & Lust

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This is (I promise) the last of the series on modesty, cowboys, and clothing. I was only planning one part to the piece on

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Just When You Think the Bigot Has Sung His Swan Song….?

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The poor little dogie has died, slain by the evil monsters of the BLM, when they rounded up his mama a couple weeks ago

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The Myth of the Libertarian Wild West

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The Pink Flamingo first ran this article on January 3, 2011. NOTE: For those who don’t know The Pink Flamingo, in my real life

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David Brooks’ View of the Wild West Is (well) Stupid

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David Brooks had a recent article about the decline of the male.  It makes no sense at all.  Rather than attempt to make something

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It’s Not the 2nd Amendment, but the Technology

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The Pink Flamingo owns a shotgun.  Anyone where I live should have one.  I wish my parents did, but with my father’s Alzheimer’s, no

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Paul Ryan’s Worship of Ayn Rand

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“…”Compassion is never wasted. It has the power to give us hope,” and it brings us into the presence of God’s goodness and mercy…” 

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PART X: The Myth of the Libertarian Wild West

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NOTE:  For those who don’t know The Pink Flamingo, in my real life I specialize in the Wild West, with two novels and two

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Perhaps We Need More Ethinc Studies, Not Less

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“…While I have supported black studies programs and as a trustee, one must really ask whether the demand for a completely autonomous is not in reality a request for sanctuary from the rigors of the institution, a sanctuary from the normal standards? If that is what it is then what in reality, will these students have when they leave the institution, what will they have learned, and will they be able to compete in the outside world. On the other hand, it is possible that you can justify a black studies program on its symbolic value alone. But an all black studies department would not be useful. What we really should do is get some whites into the black studies department to learn something about black people. …” Ronald Reagan!

There are very few times when I disagree with Michael Medved. This is one of them. The other day he was discussing ethnic studies. Rightly he does not actually approve of them. Neither do I in their current form, but the Pink Flamingo thinks one of the very real problems we are facing as a nation is the fact that we Americans have become so insular that we expect cultures to adapt to us. We need not learn anything about others. Once upon a time it was called “The Ugly American”. Today we call it conservative.

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Lindsey Graham on Democrat Grandstanding on Immigration

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“…”To the Hispanic community – if you bring a bill up now, it’s going to go down,” Graham said after the hearing. “You won’t get 40 votes because nobody can go back home and justify that the system is fixed when we know it’s not.”…” Lindsey Graham

Once again Lindsey has put himself into the cross-hairs, this time with the Dems, for simply being Lindsey and doing what is right.

Barack Obama is attempting (as usual) to subdivide the country along racial lines, trying to ratchet up Hispanic anger against the GOP to get votes in November.

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The High Cost of Honor and Greatness

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Because it is The Pink Flamingo’s birthday, I am going to indulge myself. The other night I was watching Tombstone. (Yea, this is yet another “Why I love Wyatt Earp…”). Even having watched the movie so many times, something struck me that I’d not noticed.

The perfect definition of honor:

When a person of honor does something that requires personal strength and character, something difficult that the average person would shrink from doing, that person is usually criticized. Those of lesser character would like nothing better than to swoop in and destroy. The most perfect example of this The Pink Flamingo knows is the life of Wyatt Earp.

Wyatt Earp, 1923Wyatt Earp basically gave up his entire future to do what was right. This 1923 photo is my favorite. It shows a man, brave, courageous, and bold – one unafraid, unflinching, and was willing to face the consequences.

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Wyatt Earp and George W. Bush

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Today is the 128th Anniversary of the Shootout at the OK Corral. After 30 seconds of shooting, three men – Billy Clanton, Frank & Tom McLaury were either dead or dying. Ike Clanton had fled, and three others – Virgil & Morgan Earp and Doc Holliday were injured. Only Wyatt Earp was uninjured. Thus was born legend and the American character was fully defined.

We are a nation of Wyatt Earps. “It all ends now!” Stand up and fight for what is right no matter what the personal cost. We see it again and again in the history of this country. Fact is, once upon a time a Wyatt Earp clone resided in the Oval Office.

Right is right and wrong is wrong. A President of the United States of America should know the difference and should know how to lead. Actions speak louder than words read from a teleprompter.

2009-10-22

We should all have the courage of a Wyatt Earp or a George W. Bush.

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By Your Friends & Associates You Are Known

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“…I took office at a time when many around the world had come to view America with skepticism and distrust. A part of this was due to misperceptions and misinformation about my country. Part of this was due to opposition to specific policies and a belief on, on certain critical issues, America had acted unilaterally without regard for the interests of others.

And this is has fed an almost reflexive anti-Americanism which, too often, has served as an excuse for collective inaction….” Barack Obama

Years ago when I started researching the life of Wyatt Earp, I came across two different men. The Wyatt Earp of Stuart Lake’s Frontier Marshal is a cross between Superman, The Lone Ranger, and Abraham Lincoln. The Wyatt Earp of Frank Waters’ The Earp Brothers of Tombstone is a cruel, vindictive, psychopathic monster.

Wyatt Earp, 1923

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