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Friday, September 30, 2011

Open carry ...

... Nancy has some info:

I guess the whole point of doing something outside our comfort zone is to try to get to the point where you are comfortable doing it. That, or you just love misery. The whole OC thing has pretty much become a non-issue for me.

That about covers it.


The overreach ...

... is slowly coming to an end:

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a 20-year-old state regulation barring the possession of firearms on public colleges' campuses, ruling that Oregon's Board of Higher Education was not authorized by the state legislature to enact such a rule.



Dude ...

... WTF were we thinking:

Nicholas Hill, 19, claims that Houston cops took his brownies, that they knew were laced with marijuana, and munched away after arresting the teen for pot possession.

Never fear, the Houston Police Department has vowed to get to the bottom of this. Riiiight ...


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Petition help

Steven Wright has created a petition to have the Hughes Amendment repealed, deliciously hosted on the site. YUou;ll have to create an account, but if you're petitioning to have Hughes repealed, they know about you already!

Once there are 150 votes, the petition goes public. Please sign this petition.


Update: Sean has more ... go, now!

I'll admit ...

... to not reading John Longnecker nearly enough. I'm a subscriber to his daily newsletter, but I rarely read him. That needs to change:

Remember that you do not find violence, it finds you

Yeah, that's kind of a teaser quote, but read the article - he puts the armed citizenry into another perspective, one that is good and beneficial.


JPFO alert

JPFO's Executive Director on Armed American Radio.

Bullies ...

... we don't like 'em much 'round here:

Green said [Tavis, her son] has been bullied all his life and has even been beaten up on occasion. She has talked to school administrators in the past but said nothing has ever been done. "You don't know how it affects the children that you're picking on, mentally, physically and emotionally," said Green

So when she got a call from Tavis on Thursday, stating he had been punched in the face again while on the bus ride home, Green took action. "My immediate reaction was to go get my son," said Green.

Green said she got on the bus and confronted two teenagers who had been bullying him. She was charged with 13 counts of assault and one count of burglary.

Charged with burglary ... because the law allows it.

The bus driver admits to seeing the teen get hit, but apparently did nothing about it. So here's my thinking on the subject.

If my daughter ever tells me that she's been bullied at school (and it's a credible story), I'll first talk to the school administration, letting them know what happens if it ever happens again. And what will happen is The Packetman goes to jail, but Le Petit Poulet won't get bullied again.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Good for her ...

... I wouldn't back down either:

A year ago, dozens marched to protest the Confederate flag a white woman flew from her porch in a historically black Southern neighborhood. After someone threw a rock at her porch, she put up a wooden lattice. That was just the start of the building.

Earlier this year, Annie Chambers Caddell's neighbors built two solid 8-foot high wooden fences on either side of her modest brick house to shield the Southern banner from view.

One thing I see wrong with what she did; she tried to convince the protesters that she wasn't racist.

I don't give a fuck if she is a racist - it's her house and her flag, to fly when and how she decides.

Is racism a bad thing? Yes. But until an individual does something to another based on racism, then the state has no business getting involved.


This is why ...

... I cannot vote for Gov Perry:

[Rosen's] alarming conclusion: the wrongful convictions were not idiosyncratic but resulted from a series of flawed practices that the courts rely on every day, namely, false and coerced confessions, questionable eyewitness procedures, invalid forensic testimony and corrupt statements by jailhouse informers. Link
Todd Willingham comes immediately to mind about Gov Perry. Willingham was found guilty of murdering his three daughters by starting a fire at their house. But a commission tasked with reviewing his case found that not only did the investigation not meet current criteria, but it failed to meet criteria at the time the investigation was done. So Perry, in his zeal to make sure that justice was done, replaced two members of that commision, who promptly quashed the review.

Likewise Troy Davis; accused of murdering an off-duty cop, he was convicted with no physical evidence, but rather on eye-witness testimony, several of whom recanted. Three jurors on the case said they would not have convicted given the new testimony. And yet, judges reviewing the case said that the inconsistencies were irrelevant.

Rick Perry is a statist, relying on the supremacy of the state over the individual. He doesn't deserve your vote.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I have a different take ...

... on this particular idiocy:

Now, in what surely will be their toughest challenge, the Chester duo are taking on the gun lobby.

Specifically, they want bar codes on bullets as a way of tracking killers and reducing gun violence.

"There are too many unsolved shootings," Funches said. "Take the bullets and trace them back. It will connect people to who bought the ammunition."

I won't debate the wisdom of developing public policy based on the wishes of grandmothers whose granddaughters' are the victims of violent crime.

Rather, I think that firearm rights advocates should embrace this technology without the registration requirements. Let the state enact these laws; let the state embark on a futile boondoggle of paperwork and no results; let the futility of all of this be celebrated.

And let the state start running out of bullets for their guns when no one will comply with their edicts.

And let's ban tobacco while we're at it.


Sure, I'll wear a body camera ...

... because you'll never find it:

The Seattle City Council is currently looking into a program that would make police officers wear lapel-mounted body cameras that would record all the interactions

The Seattle City Council is currently looking into a program that would make police officers wear lapel-mounted body cameras that would record all the interactions between police and residents. It's an innovative idea that could help bridge the yawning chasm of trust between the public and the Seattle Police Department.

But the body-camera program will only work if the videos can be accessed by the press and public. And judging by the lawsuit levied against SPD over the video-camera footage it already collects, there's no reason to think that body-camera footage will be seen by anybody but whom the SPD (and occasionally the courts) say can see it.

between police and residents. It's an innovative idea that could help bridge the yawning chasm of trust between the public and the Seattle Police Department.

But the body-camera program will only work if the videos can be accessed by the press and public. And judging by the lawsuit levied against SPD over the video-camera footage it already collects, there's no reason to think that body-camera footage will be seen by anybody but whom the SPD (and occasionally the courts) say can see it.

They've lost 45,000 videos over the last three years ... probably just a mistake. Nothing to see here.


Monday, September 26, 2011

EPA does it again ...

... on top of everything else:

It's hard to see how the EPA are still in business, until you take into account that the only place you see about their abuses is on the internet. But I'll bet that if Mr. Sackett had put a bullet into the brain of the first EPA agent, you'd hear all about those damned Tea partiers.


Nice cow you got there ...

... shame you can't do anything with her:

You grow a garden; you expect to be able to harvest the food from that garden and eat it. You raise a cow; you expect to be able to milk that cow and consume the milk. You raise chickens; you expect to gather eggs and eat them. It’s uncomplicated, simple, a fundamental right. Perhaps you wouldn’t feel this way if you lived under some other form of government, but here, now, in America and other democratized countries, this is what you expect.

According to Wisconsin Judge Patrick J. Fiedler, you do not have a fundamental right to consume the food you grow or own or raise.

Too much acquiescing going on and not enough tarring-and-feathering. Seriously, this man need to be gone from the bench.


Civility ...

... yeah, right:

This guy is a prick douchbag and whatever violence comes his way, I will rejoice in it. And he's that way because no one will fuck him up for it.


Friday, September 23, 2011

This guy ...

... understands:

And no wise cracks, ok?!


Dear God!

She was a presidential advisor?

Of course, she fits right in with the current gang.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Huh ...

... imagine that:

Police in a suburb just south of Indianapolis are trying to decide what to do with six new fully automatic handguns the chief doesn't want.

Glock 18's in the hands of beat cops? What could go wrong?!


I like ...

... the cut of his jib!

He will speak soothing platitudes to the public when he must, but his vanity is as great as his ineptitude.

Word to your mother.


What took her ...

... so long?

Nearly 20 years of daily insults, threats and physical abuse that allegedly left her with countless bruises and a broken nose ended for Barbara Sheehan in 2008 when she shot her police officer-husband 11 times.

I don't know the political climate where she is, but down here, she'd probably be cleared.

I know that with regard to my daughter, I hold a zero-tolerance policy with regard to violence; if you hit my little girl, you will be held accountable - by me. It's not a threat ...

... it's a promise.


Hopefully ...

... it won't be the last:

It is one of the first times – if not the first time – that Orange County prosecutors have charged an on-duty police officer with murder.

This in regards to the beating death of Kelly Thomas. It's been a long time coming.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Today ...

... I got nothin'.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wait ...

... what?

He says if he knew then what he knows now he never would have voted to uphold the landgrab (and the 4-3 majority for the landgrab would be a 3-4 majority for blocking it).

So he's admitting that his vote was conditional on there being an actual government use rather than a clear constitutional principle.

He needs firing.


The 3% ...

... should keep this information in their back pocket:

Among the reasons for his being pro-gun (he owns a lot of them): A friend of his, along a lonely stretch of Texas highway a few years ago, was kidnapped and nearly raped. Luckily she had a pistol in her pocket, a little .38 revolver, and with it plugged her attacker in the stomach as he was unbuckling his pants.

“And the lesson is: the police cannot be everywhere all the time, they are not omnipotent, and we don’t want them to be,” writes Kelly. “

The link describes liberals who own guns.

Food for thought ...


Nope ...

... no bias here:

The measure, aimed at an increasingly popular tactic used by 2nd Amendment activists, would make California the first state since 1987 to outlaw the controversial practice of publicly displaying a weapon.

You see, open carriers don't want to carry a firearm for self defense, they want to display (some call this brandishing) a firearm; they don't want to carry a firearm for self defense, they want to pack heat.

And since anti-open carriers give them this ammunition, open carrying isn't a legitimate method of carrying a firearm, it's a tactic.

Thanks, buddy fuckers ...


Monday, September 19, 2011

Read this, if you dare!

All about the manufacture of pencils. h/t Ace's headline sidebar

Thoughts about HR 822

First of all, I'm glad that the sponsors of the bill declined to mention congress' commerce powers in their findings, but rather the 14th amendment and the full faith and credit provisions of the constitution.

Sebastian posted last week about the bill, and how it's pissing off the right people (as has Sean). That certainly fills me with a bit of schadenfreude. But it's the full faith and credit arguments that got me thinking.

Pennsylvania has been making noises about closing the "FL permit loophole", whereby PA residents who've been denied a PA carry permit get a FL non-resident permit (which is honored by PA) and go one about their business. I wonder what PA would say if FL told PA that if they decide not to honor FL carry permits, then maybe they'll stop honoring PA drivers' licenses?

Might provide some clarity to the issue.


The spirit of Lexington Green and Concord

Alive and well in Ruidoso, New Mexico:

Armed citizens, upset by a government disarmament edict, confronted the Ruidoso, New Mexico city council Tuesday night in defiance of an executive order from the mayor banning guns on city property, KRQE reports. Yet despite what anchor Dick Knipfing describes as “powerful emotions,” dozens of armed citizens conducted themselves peaceably, controlling themselves and their anger against what activist and New Mexico Militia leader Bob Wright called the act of a “tyrant.”

And nothing happened.

Except that maybe the mayor finds a new job.


Friday, September 16, 2011

This ...

... is what it will take:

I think these isolated incidents will continue until some unfortunate SWAT Team, in its entirety is killed. When they kick in the wrong door, to a house full of retired Navy SEALs or Army Rangers just back from Afghanistan.

And it's too bad it will be that way.


Linoge ...

... does yoeman's work producing this must read post.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Take a look

Sean alerted me to this tool and it looks promising. You have to register, but it seems that it's to comply with silly gub'mint regs.


A post in which I denounce myself

As Jeff says, I'd rather pass a kidney stone than his clusterfuck of a jobs bill.

Now I"m going to report myself to; I urge you to do the same.


This is definitely ...

... worth the read:

But this last point about due process is really the crux of the issue. We should see SWAT raids as a high risk evolution. Risk is technically consequences times probability (C x P), and the product is used to make comparative judgments between alternatives. Something with a high probability but low consequence can be high risk, something a low probability but a high consequence can be high risk. As for SWAT raids, the evolving historical record shows them to have at least a moderately high probability of violence, with that violence having significant consequences. The tactic is an extremely high risk evolution, and it will remain so. The risk may be reduced by better training and competent officers, but in every case, management has made the decision to place the lives of suspects at high risk by use of the tactic.

One of the many reasons SWAT raids should be rare. RTWT


This is really sad.

I've heard that Detroit is pretty much a shithole these days, but this is saddening:

Up and down Detroit’s streets, buildings stand abandoned and in ruin. French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre set out to document the decline of an American city. Their book “The Ruins of Detroit“, a document of decaying buildings frozen in time, was published in December 2010.

RTWT ... there's 32 pictures of buildings that are simply rotting away.

Like I said ... sad. h/t Ace's headline sidebar


Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I am a big softy.

h/t Ace's video dump


I thought the Tea Party had a lock on racism:
Police say union supporters have directed racial slurs and racist symbols at replacement workers and security personnel outside an American Crystal Sugar plant in North Dakota.
Imagine that ... unions, who almost monolithically support the Democrats - the party that started the Ku Klux Klan - racists.



I believe ...

... a trip to Outback is in my future:

Outback co-founder, Trudy Cooper, told me that it was a natural thing to do since their headquarters is so close to MacDill Air Force Base.

“We already serve meals to our military, how hard could it be to take them meals where they fight?” she asked.

And that’s just what they did. Outback actually drove their catering truck into the back of a C-17 and flew it to Afghanistan in what they called Operation Feeding Freedom. Since that day, OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC (...), has traveled every year to feed the troops abroad. And they do it without publicizing their efforts. [deletions by pm]

Yeah, good luck on keeping it secret now. h/t Ace's headline sidebar.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wow ...

... ya think?

When federal agents with Operation Fast and Furious told Andre Howard to sell weapons to illegal purchasers, he complied, but he feared someone would get hurt. Then a border agent was shot.

RTWT to see the stupidity.

Never trust the gub'mint.


Libertarianism ...

... happens to people:

One of my responsibilities was to read the Patriot Act and bring the bank into compliance. Yeah. I read the whole damn thing. I saw every bit of infringement on personal liberty. I suddenly became a lot more interested in what my Congress critters were doing out there in the pretty building. Any idea that I had about the government being benevolent went out the window. Our response to being attacked by pure evil was not to vaporize them, but instead to gouge the freedoms of the citizens of this great nation.

Jennifer's post is kinda unrelated to the quote I pulled, but it made me think about that old adage.

How hard are we to wish that an individual experiences a libertarian-generating moment? I believe there's going to be a interesting financial push towards that very soon.


Why is everyone ...

... hating on Ron Paul?
The poll results were presented in the form of a bar chart displayed with the accompanying data alongside. The results were clear: Ron Paul was the winner, and by a big margin.

How big? By more than double -- that's right, Mr. "Unelectable" beat Mitt Romney by 43.5% to 21.5%. The next runner up to Ron Paul was Rick Perry, with 16.4%.

But if you looked at the accompanying bar chart on the MSNBC web site showing the relative magnitude of votes for the candidates in the polling, it showed what almost looked like a photo finish at Aqueduct raceway - nearly too close to call.

RTWT to see the charts.

My wife gave MSNBC the benefit of the doubt, saying they made an error.

Maybe their just liberal idiots who are afraid of Ron Paul.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Jeff ...

... makes some good points:

Why, glad you asked, Anand! The “breakthrough” — as 2010 should have alerted you — is not really hiding at all. It’s called the Tea Party, and it is a grass roots movement that appeals to ideas, rather than parties, and its goal is to take back America from the entrenched political class.

Had you not been so quick to believe your own narratives of what the TEA Party is, and who it counts among its numbers, you might have seen this — just as you might better understand the real appeal of people like Sarah Palin (who, as you yourself point out, really should appeal to many who call themselves liberal, were they truly liberal and not merely thuggish, would-be authoritarians hiding behind the label of “progressive”)

Follow the link and RTWT,

Mr Goldstein calls himself a classic liberal, rather than Republican or conservative. It's closer to libertarian than either of the others ... that's why I like to read him. You should, too.


Self defense at work

Evil HR Lady has more:

Now, to be honest, I don’t see the gun jamming, but I don’t pretend to know anything about guns. What I do see is darn scary and everybody in that pharmacy had reason to believe their lives were in danger. The would be robbers didn’t calmly walk to the counter and pass a note, like robbers do in movies. They had already taken one person hostage and leaping over the counter shows that they aren’t content to have the pharmacist put their drugs of choice in nice little bottles with childproof caps and leave.

In theory, I support non-escalation rules. Whatever is stolen will not be of more financial value than the cost to a company if an employee or customer is accidentally killed or injured due to the escalation. But, in the past, escalation has been things like chasing the robber out of the store and tackling him. That’s not self defense.

But should a company be able to demand that you sacrifice your own life in deference to the policy? That, I have to oppose.

Sounds like she has some sense. According to the video, it's pretty obvious that Koven wasn't escalating, he was responding to a threat.

Good call on his part ... even if he got in hot water from his employer.


They sure don't do it ...

... like this anymore:

The only hijacker ever shot on an U.S. airliner, was on September 15, 1970 on board a TWA, Boeing 707 jet. The flight left Chicago for San Francisco, but gunman Don Irwin, 27, seized the plane just after an L.A. stopover. Irwin threatened flight attendants in the aft galley with his gun demanding the plane head to North Korea.

This particular plane was in no way equipped or even able to make such a journey. This hijacker was not quite as clever Linkas he thought.

The pilot J.K. Gilman was informed of the hijacking and was aware that Robert Denisco, a Brinks guard was sitting in First Class wearing plain clothes. Capt. Gilman quickly used the telephone to ask a First Class fight attendant to tell Denisco what was going on and to, “tell him I said to go back and shoot that Bastard!”
But they ought to. RTWT h/t Dave Hardy


Sunday, September 11, 2011

What I was doing

On Sept 11, 2001, I was employed by a heavy equipment company that had a rental division. I drove one of their delivery trucks. At the time, I had just delivered a 34' electric boom lift to a customer and was just getting back into the truck, when the local talk radio guys said that they had gotten reports of a plane crashing into one of the World Trade Center towers. The scant information they had was that it was a small plane. It wasn't even two minutes later that they had ABC news pre-empting all of their programming and we knew then that it was a deliberate act.

I got back to the shop just in time to see the second jet impact into the other tower. We were all in shock.

Several of us working there are military types, and the only response we could imagine was nuclear; I sometimes wonder if we should have used nukes.


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Kilted ...

... to make a fool of myself!

At the left of your screen, you'll see your's truly in my homeade wife-made country ghetto kilt (made using these instructions). I'm really looking to make a cargo type kilt soon so I can get out in public and subject myself to scorn and ridicule for the cause.

Remember to donate if you can, and if you're a gent ... get checked!


PS: A big thank you to Ambulance Driver for the great feature!

A couple of funnies ...

... for the weekend.

How can I get on JayG's joke list?

Zombie gives us Solyndra for Dummies.

You're welcome.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Aaron comes through ...

... again with the September giveaways.


You definately need ...

... to put this one in your why-I-believe-what-I-believe file:

I'll need a bigger hard drive to keep up with them all ...


I didn't watch the President ...

... but I trust Jeff to paraphrase him accurately:

I propose we create more jobs. I propose we fix the economy. I propose the wealthy stop being fat-assed pigs and pay their fair share. I propose Congress stop fucking around and figure out a way to get that all done.

I propose reforming the tax code to make it so that fat cats don’t get special treatment. To do that, I propose a bunch of new specialized additions to the tax code.

I propose a bunch of new programs, which will be paid for by cutting the rate of future deficit spending so that we responsibly raise the debt and deficit more slowly.

Yeah, that about covers it.


Interesting ...

... information about PeTA:

Good point ...

... and I've been saying it, too:

So. make your threats, liberals. Shout from your blogs. Bluster from your websites. Bully from your Twitter accounts. Tell us, from your podiums, that you want to shut us up and shut us down. Admit that you want to beat us and kill us.

When you're finished, pray no one takes you seriously – because then you just might have to put your money where your filthy mouths are.

Word to your mother ...


Thursday, September 8, 2011


We haz it:

A former University of Virginia professor who has drawn the ire of climate change skeptics is entering the legal fray over a conservative group’s pursuit of his emails and documents related to his work.

Nothing to see here ...


Of course ...

... this is how all bully's are when they're caught:

A disciplinary hearing for a police officer who threatened to execute a driver has been postponed until Dec. 1 at the request of the union, which says the patrolman has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

And that diagnosis is bullshit. h/t Breda's facebook


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A low.

Down. Pussy:

Despite the wide audience she enjoys, Amy’s story could easily have been lost in the din of routine TSA excess. But because Amy didn’t take it quietly — because she called the TSA employee out for her assault, and because she wrote about it — now she’s

Despite the wide audience she enjoys, Amy’s story could easily have been lost in the din of routine TSA excess. But because Amy didn’t take it quietly — because she called the TSA employee out for her assault, and because she wrote about it — now she’s facing a legal threat.

The TSA agent — one Thedala Magee — has demanded that Amy pay her $500,000 for Magdee’s distress at being called out.

facing a legal threat.

The TSA agent — one Thedala Magee — has demanded that Amy pay her $500,000 for Magdee’s distress at being called out.

Hey, Thedala ... I hope you die in a fire.

h/t Robb Allen


Liberal pantywaists ...

... really need to exercise their funny bones:

But this year, a brouhaha erupted when Osama bin Laden made the cut on the front of the 2011 T-shirt, strapped to a log, with the caption -- "Osama bin Loggin."

A word of advice ... don't fuck with a logger.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

You don't say ...

... I wouldn't want to get under oath either:

He says that Officer Rollins refused to testify at the trial and all charges were dropped, "with a note in the file stating that 'Rollins said he will not testify b/c he does not recall incident.'"

What Officer Rollins doesn't remember is confronting a citizen about a discarded beer can (while the citizen was eating a taco), snatching the citizen up onto one leg, and then leg-sweeping that leg, causing it to break.

Then the poor fellow was sentenced to 30 days because he couldn't stand up.

Fuckers ...



They can do that?

In what sounds like a complete reversal, SFPD told SF Weekly that "three or four" officers did in fact accompany two Apple security staffers to a home in search of a missing iPhone. However, this is where the tale gets even more sinister: According to the SFPD representative that SF Weekly talked to, the officers did not accompany the Apple investigators into the home for the search.

Sounds like a textbook case of action under Title 18, Sec 242 to me.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day!

Stay safe out there.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Please ...

... don't ask me how I got here:

Marijuana’s fibrous cousin hemp has a long history with auto makers. in 1941 Henry Ford unveiled a car body made primarily out of organic fibers, hemp included. seventy years later, the world’s first production-ready biocomposite electric car—with hemp as the “bio”—will finally hit the streets. The Kestrel, a three-door hatchback, is made of a “hemp composite as strong as the fiberglass in boats, yet incredibly lightweight,” says Nathan Armstrong, the president of Motive industries, Kestrel’s manufacturer.

I find it hard to try to retrace my steps!



h/t Ace's headlines sidebar:


Ace ...

... makes some good points:

Where possible -- and it usually is possible -- laws should be simple enough to satisfy the first requirement of written laws -- that the citizens subject to them should be able to understand them and predict the legality of an action. Maybe you need to consult a lawyer to understand it -- but you shouldn't have to "consult" a judge, at trial, because your lawyer can only tell you "It's really up to the judge."

That's not a law. That's the opposite of law-- an ad hoc right of a prosecutor or judge to surprise citizens with their own idiosyncratic, personal "law" for the day.

I'm not sure our current politicos have heard of that 'first requirement of written laws'; else why would we need lawyers?


Thursday, September 1, 2011

This. Is.


In other words, it is an intrinsically childish ideology founded on an abstraction and defies empirical reality and the entire historical record of Man. That sounds about right.

Please, PLEASE follow the link to see what it's about!


Three entities ...

... need to be sued:

Her cache somehow caught the attention of Lakewood Police, who paid a visit last September. When they found Rice wasn’t home, they asked an obliging employee of the complex to open up the apartment without her consent. Once inside, they raided the gun rack, making off with 13 firearms worth around $15,000. The only problem: They had no apparent reason to.

Reason? We don't need no stinking reason!

The three entities? First, the police department and the officers involved. Second, the condo's association for hiring a complete idiot. Third, the complete idiot who let the police into her condo.

JFK had something to say about this state of affairs -"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

Word. h/t Dave Hardy


Sebastian points out ...

... that self-defense is better than relying on the government:

This article on how armed security are helping fight piracy off the coast of Somalia hits on many themes, such as the police (or navy, in this case) can’t be everywhere at once, and how difficult it is to distinguish between fisherman and pirates (the ones shooting at you are the pirates, but by then you’re already under attack):

Be sure to read the linked article on how companies are waking up to the fact that you can't rely on the government.

It's just my opinion, but the gents in the article gave the pirates too much benefit of the doubt.


Where Great Britain ...

... used to be:

Like most boys his age, Alfie Lansdell can spend hours playing happily in his garden.

But playtime could soon be over for the boisterous four-year-old after a neighbour complained to council officials that he was too noisy.

As a result, his parents have been warned that if he doesn't keep quiet, they will be issued with an abatement order and could face a £5,000 fine.

And to think ... they gave us our system of laws.