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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I wonder why ...

... this gentleman is a former network news analyst?

Barely 10 days before the election, the persistent whiff of scandal surrounding Barack Obama exploded into the banner headlines of a cover-up – at least among certain press outlets. Everything changed Friday afternoon with the stunning revelations by Fox News that CIA operatives defending the embattled consulate in Benghazi, Libya, called three times for emergency assistance while the attack was in progress. Each time, they were shamefully turned down. One of those defenders, Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, was apparently able to use a laser designator to pin-point the location of the mortar that eventually killed him. It would have been an easy shot for American pilots had any been ordered to respond. Another new and critical detail: An American drone was overhead transmitting live video of the battle scene below.
Oh ...

I was an artilleryman in the Marine Corps (FDC, if you must know!) so I was pretty far from any real action, but this kind of shit really burns me up. Yes, we're talking about Libya ... I'm sure it's not on anyone's short list of vacation spots. But Jesus H Christ, if you're going to have personnel in country and they call for help, you'd better help.

I'd also mention that, though I don't know that much about former SEALS, I'd imagine it would pay a person not to get on their bad side.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

JPFO Alert

The Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Now I have a machine gun ...

... ho, ho, ho:
A Downey police officer who shot and killed a man using a submachine gun in a case of mistaken identity acted lawfully and won't face criminal charges, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
The situation was handled badly by all parties, but I can't see how an officer feels that he's in danger from a man who's running away.

I'm just as concerned that an officer had his safety on 'burst' while apprehending a suspect. h/t Radley


Friday, October 26, 2012

Al Gores life ...

... in vain? Say it ain't so:

Sometimes silence can reveal more than words. And the complete silence of both candidates during last night’s (and previous nights’) presidential debate on climate change speaks volumes about just how dead the issue now is. Indeed, this is the first time in 24 years that neither candidate thought it fit to mention what Al Gore has billed the biggest threat ever to “human civilization as we know it.”
I'm sorry Al ... no one takes you seriously anymore.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

About the law and rights ...

... a federal appeals judge has it dead wrong:
But Judge Albert Diaz sounded skeptical, noting that the law “places the burden on the people” to provide a justification to police.
A just law doesn't place a burden on the citizens; a just law shows why it's necessary to violate a citizens' rights.

And God love Alan Gura ... he remains calm even when facing such monumental idiocy as this:
Judge Andre M. Davis asked whether the state could permit the open carrying of a handgun but not a semiautomatic weapon.
It's a wonder we have any rights at all ...


JPFO Alert

Why I am a 'one-issue voter.'

The media continues ...

... to get it dead wrong:

"I'm not crazy," Picuti says. "I know they can't predict earthquakes. The basis of the charges is not that they didn't predict the earthquake. As functionaries of the state, they had certain duties imposed by law: to evaluate and characterize the risks that were present in L'Aquila." Part of that risk assessment, he says, should have included the density of the urban population and the known fragility of many ancient buildings in the city centre. "They were obligated to evaluate the degree of risk given all these factors," he says, "and they did not."
But that's the narrative  ... a bunch of anti-scientist Republicans infiltrated the Italian judiciary and  jailed some of our sciencey friends, nay ... heros!

No, the scientists tried to operate outside of their field of expertise and people died as a result. It's not surprising that the survivors are a bit miffed. h/t Vox

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

If Iran really wants to use nuclear power ...

... why don't we help them with some thorium reactors?

So why didn't we pursue this path for nuclear power?

That's simple: It is entirely-unsuitable for production of nuclear bombs as it produces negligible amounts of plutonium.
 Oh yeah .... h/t Vox


This had to hurt ...

... and it was expensive, too! Click on the play button ot get the slide show. h/t Klavdy


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

JPFO Alert

The inaccuracy of the term 'assault'.

I've got an idea ...

... that I'm sure a lot of people won't like.

A couple of years ago, in my area ... the syphillitic whores at the Freedom from Religion Foundation filed suit against cheerleaders at one high school, asking that their use of bible verse on their banners be stopped, because  blahdy-blahdy blah ... or something.

They won, even though congress hadn't passed any law and they don't have a right not to have to hear religiousity. I digress...

But in Austin, Texas, a judge has issued an injunction against a school who had banned their cheerleaders from using bible verse on their banners, saying that it violated the cheerleaders' free speech rights. Being E Texas, the cheerleaders will probably win.

So, here's my idea. We can do away with SCOTUS if we implement this rule. A law can only stand if all the circuits agree that a law is constitutional; if there is any disagreement, then the law is null and void.

Simple. And it's always been my opinion that a supreme court justice shouldn't have to have an advanced law degree, just some common fucking sense.

Imagine that if in 1939, the justices of the supreme court had asked a simple question regarding the NFA: Does this law infringe on a citizens' right to keep and bear an arm? I don't think there's any question that it does, therefore the NFA should have been struck down.

And a decision like that wouldn't have required a lawyer to hand down, simply someone with some common sense and an eye toward liberty and the sovereignty of the citizen.


Monday, October 22, 2012

This administration ...

... is absolutely the worst in my memory:

State had watched the attack unfold in real time at Foggy Bottom through its security video system, a fact that got revealed at the House Oversight Committee hearings.  That’s why State insisted that they had never considered this a “spontaneous demonstration” that “spun out of control,” as Rice insisted on five Sunday talk shows and as Carney tried to claim two days earlier. 
 Watched ... in real time.

And apparently had popcorn while they did.

Look, if Sean Smith posted his concerns to someone not connected with the State Dept, one can only assume that there was a lot more official communication of the potential danger. I'm just an average former Marine, but if I hear that someone in my employ is in fear (and I have the US military at my disposal), I'm gonna get some force on station ... especially if it's an Arab country and it just happens to be Sept 11. And in the event that American citizens are killed, then the host country will pay a hundred-fold ... immediately.

But not this administration; if you're going to make an omelet, you gotta break a few eggs.

That is absolutely unacceptable.


Friday, October 19, 2012

I'm going to say it ...

... Bruce Springsteen and his I've-got-near-terminal constipation singing style is one of the worst things to happen to music in a long time, and I refuse to take any critic seriously who tells me that I simply must see him.


JPFO Alert

Special offer: Innocents Betrayed

L Neil Smith: Is civil argument possible with a gun-grabber?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Jeebus H ...

... can't these statists just mind their own fucking business?

We see kids' lunches called non-nutritious and replaced with pink-slime nuggets or a child arrested for a plastic knife. Something similar happened this week in Newport, California when the lunch brigade noticed a boy's glass bottle (safely inside a foam sleeve) and confiscated his healthy Kombucha beverage which is comparable to apple cider.

The next day he was required to visit the Vice Principal's office where a uniformed cop was waiting there to give him the third degree. The administration claimed the drink violated the no-drugs-and-alcohol policy. The officer wrongly told the child that Kombucha was illegal and dangerous to mix with medicines or antibiotics - then asked him if and what medications he was taking.
This happened in Kalifornia, land of fruits and nuts and all things healthy, so naturally they confiscated ... kombucha.

There is not enough scorn that can be heaped upon these school busy-bodies.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Why does the GOP ...

... not have a goon squad?

“If [Lugar] had fully embraced and done some campaigning for Mourdock, it would have put a stamp of acceptability on Mourdock. The fact that he has been so lukewarm has peeled off some support.” 
I can understand that a sitting senator might be a bit miffed at losing in the primary, but someone needs to have a heart-to-heart with Mr Lugar.

You can't tell me the Democrats wouldn't do the same if it were them.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Stay classy ...

... stay classy:

An 81-year-old school-bus driver in Wisconsin who had a spotless record has been fired from her job after allegedly telling a 12-year-old boy he should have been aborted because he supports Mitt Romney for president.
Some might take that as a threat.

Glad that she's been fired, though she'll probably petition the school board for her job back.


Once again ...

... the first rule of policing claims another victim:

A police officer fatally shot an unarmed 22-year-old man early Thursday morning during a traffic stop on the side of a highway in Queens, the police said.

The shooting occurred at 5:15 a.m. on the Grand Central Parkway near La Guardia Airport after the police pulled over the driver, who had been driving erratically and twice cut between two police vehicles from the Emergency Services Unit, the police said.
What they don't mention until near the end of the article is that the two police vehicles were unmarked and full of SWAT personnel, so there's that. h/t Radley


Monday, October 15, 2012

It's time ...

... to start pushing back:

In a rare example of political unity, both the Romney and Obama campaigns have expressed concern to the Commission on Presidential Debates about how the moderator of the Tuesday town hall has publicly described her role, TIME has learned.

While an early October memorandum of understanding between the Obama and Romney campaigns suggests CNN’s Candy Crowley would play a limited role in the Tuesday-night session, Crowley, who is not a party to that agreement, has done a series of interviews on her network in which she has suggested she will assume a broader set of responsibilities. As Crowley put it last week, “Once the table is kind of set by the town-hall questioner, there is then time for me to say, ‘Hey, wait a second, what about X, Y, Z?’”
I don't know about Mitt Romney, but I can't see Newt  Gingrich letting a moderator get away with violating the rules.

It's time that Republican candidates started calling the media out on their bias; forget that some may see it as a bullying tactic. A skilled debater could certainly work in a comment about how he's glad to be here and he hopes the moderator abides by the rules that both candidates agreed to for the debate. that right there would put the moderator on the defensive, because, having been called out at the beginning a candidate could simply start with "Well, Candy ... there you go again.".

Go big, SMitt ... or get sent home. h/t Ace's Top Headline Commentws

And still ...

... we're losing:

You'd think that the American people would want a better return for their money. h/t Radley

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

Couldn't have said it better ...

... myself:

The “pragmatic” strategy, apparently, requires gun rights activists to count on the Constitution for protection against people who have made it absolutely clear that they consider the Constitution to be so much Charmin substitute. At least one “prag,” for example, has railed against some other gun rights advocates, for their refusal to vote for one of the chief architects of one of the most brazen attacks on the First Amendment in recent history.
The sentiment is noted that Republicans aren't so much liberty-oriented as they are statist-the-other-direction ... compared to Democrats. I'd only wish that more 2A activists would realize it.

I'd also point out that the colonies were trying to work 'within the system' when they  had to declare war on England - statists don't care about you, only power. h/t Mike


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Aaron's monthly opportunity ...

... to win stuff. Go. Enter!

Police state?

You be the judge:

On June 3, 2011, three plainclothes New York City Police officers stopped a Harlem teenager named Alvin and two of the officers questioned and frisked him while the third remained in their unmarked car. Alvin secretly captured the interaction on his cell phone, and the resulting audio is one of the only known recordings of stop-and-frisk in action.

Interesting that this takes place in the progressive Utopia of NYC. h/t Radley


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

JPFO alert

Do Jewish 'leaders' want us all to be victims?

It's no wonder ...

... McCain lost.

I was watching the Today show yesterday morning and was 'treated' to Matt Lauer interviewing John McCain. In that interview, Lauer continued to press McCain about Mitt Romney's specific proposals regarding foreign policy, and while McCain didn't provide those specifics, he missed a perfect opportunity to point out Obama's failures - by answering like this:

'Mitt Romney wouldn't have pulled 2 security teams from Libya. Mitt Romney wouldn't have farmed the security of an American consulate out to a foreign firm, and allowed Libyan militia to be responsible for security. Mitt Romney wouldn't have blamed a terrorist attack on an American citizens' exercise of his first amendment rights. And Mitt Romney certainly wouldn't have told the consulate in Benghazi to stop asking for more security.'

But he didn't, because he's a squishy RINO - and that makes him the perfect Republican for the media to be talking to.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

This ...

... will not end well:

With nearly half of all suicides in the military having been committed with privately owned firearms, the Pentagon and Congress are moving to establish policies intended to separate at-risk service members from their personal weapons.
Service members will continue to commit suicide no matter what the brass do (just like the general public will).

Perhaps the military should grow a pair and tell the political hacks who get them in these un-winnable wars (at least, unwinnable the way they're currently prosecuted) to wise up.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Tone deaf ...

... yes, the NYPD are:

The 27-year-old coffee barista died in April after being struck by an NYPD squad car that began chasing him as he swiped paver stones in the predawn light at his Brooklyn housing project.

Now his mom’s being chased anew, hounded by a collection agency hired by the city with a cruel final demand, the Daily News has learned.

The city has ordered her to pay the $710 cost of repairing the police car that killed her boy.
You just can't make this stuff up, folks!  h/t Radley


Friday, October 5, 2012

JPFO alert

The young Holder.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Obama's a racist?

Say it ain't so, Joe!

I saw the Hannity piece on Fox, where a more complete accounting of the Obama speech from 2007 was discussed.

I'll admit I was underwhelmed.

Not because the rhetoric isn't vile, it's that no one in the MSM will care.

And sure enough, yesterday morning NBC gave the item a perfunctory treatment, 'We covered that, nothing new to see here'.

We are so fucked.


One might think this happened in another country ...

... one would be wrong:

Police cars screech to a halt outside your door, six deputies approach along with two social workers who warn they have information from an anonymous tipster and threaten that unless you allow them to enter RIGHT NOW, the armed officers will take your children away from you.

So your decision to allow the authorities to enter is completely voluntary?

That’s the determination of a federal judge who has relieved two social workers – Rhonda Cash and Jenna Cramer – of liability for their actions in a case brought by homeschooling parents John and Tiffany Loudermilk in Arizona.
I really, really hope they appeal -  it's way past time that the government showed its hand and let us know out in the open what the score is.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Yes ...

... this is truly bizzare:

The TSA’s bizarre new policy where it orders travelers who have already passed security to “freeze” on command has been caught on camera, with the clip illustrating once more how the federal agency has implemented a series of ludicrous policies that seemingly have no other purpose than to act as an obedience test for the traveling public.

Can't remember where I saw this, but I did see a lot of commenters saying that TSA'd just have to arrest them. I agree.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

JPFO Alert

Hitler was a piker.

Is it any wonder ...

.... that Republicans are quickly going the way of the Whig?

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said on Thursday that he does not intend to put money into the race of controversial Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin.

“We have no plans to do so,” Cornyn told The Courier-Journal in an interview just a short time ago. 
This is another of the many reasons I can no longer support the Republican party. And please, don't give me that crap about wasting my vote; by that metric, anyone who didn't vote for the winner wasted his vote.

The lesser of two evils is still evil.


Monday, October 1, 2012

You keep using that word ...

... I do not think it means what you think it means:

A jihadi writer who has praised the murderer of a Dutch filmmaker is offering a suggestion to cut down on the criticism of Islam around the globe: Behead the critics and post their heads along roads.

Oh, and post a sign that says, “This is the punishment of those who insult our prophet.”
Peace, that is.

Islamists don't have a clue what it means.


KTKC results ...

... Jay G is the Big Kahuna!

Second place goes to Michael (of Evyl Robot fame) and Stingray comes in a very close third.

I won't bore you with my totals, but I had fun, again, and I'm looking forward to next year!