Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
... I sent one to Mitt Romney's GA contact, Lamar Echols. I sent it on the 17th, with hopes that I'd get a reply in time for the Super Tuesday primaries.
I also copied David Codrea (since it's his questionaire) and he wants me to keep him posted. Right now, it looks like they'll blow me off.
Now, interestingly, I saw Rick Santorum's responses to a Gun Owners of America questionaire and the answers are pretty good (though I think that the questions aren't specific enough, which is why I like Mr Codrea's version).
Thursday, February 23, 2012
... but I think I'd acquit:
If Roach had removed the vest when he ended his shift as an Atlanta police officer at 3 p.m. on May 29, 2010, he would be dead and Thomas would be facing a life sentence in prison — if not the death penalty — instead of the 25 years he faces this week.
Thomas shot Roach three times when the officer was in full uniform, fracturing Roach’s rib, piercing both arms and shattering a cellphone in a pocket above the officer’s heart. Why? He said he thought the officer was a crook.
Citizen who has just been robbed is confronted by an off-duty officer (still in uniform) but sees him get out of a tinted window-Tahoe (not a cruiser) and the officer has multiple tattoos on his forearms (aren't tattoos one of the ways LEO's identify gang members?).
Yeah, I'd acquit. h/t Radley
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
... I'll just resign:
A defenseless inmate was beaten by Tioga County Jail's top administrator, David Monell, after being pepper-sprayed and handcuffed to a wooden bench by other officers. But the Commission of Correction ended its investigation and Tioga's district attorney decided not to prosecute after Monell resigned.
Surely if the prosecutor had been pepper-sprayed and beaten, charges would have been filed?
Yeah, I know ... it's useless. h/t Radley
Keene, NH bureaucrats are considering buying a new RV. The salesman uses this as an argument:
If a group of terrorists decide to shoot up a shopping mall in a town like Keene, wouldn't you rather be prepared?
So I ask, how many times has a group of anything (let alone terrorists) shot up a shopping mall anywhere (let alone a small town like Keene)?
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
... we can haz it:
A remote-controlled aircraft owned and operated by an animal rights group called SHARK, was reportedly shot down near Broxton Bridge Plantation, South Carolina, on Sunday.
The pigeon shoot was cancelled, but it pissed just enough people off that someone retaliated.
Me, I'd have let the festivities continue and let the drone get caught up with the pigeons (or better yet, had a pigeon or two get chomped by the drone!), then shoot it down.
Then I'd call the sheriff.
Given that there are between 180,000 and 240.000 transferable machineguns in the NFA registry, does anyone actually believe that there are therefore only 240,000 law-abiding enough citizens in the United States?
Sunday, February 19, 2012
... rising GOP star:
“I’m here to say that all of these accusations that are in one of these newspapers are absolutely false,” Babeu said outside his office, “except to the issues that refer to me as being gay.”
As to him being gay, who cares (except the God-bothering socons at CPAC and Rick Santorum).
As to the allegations that he threatened to deport his ex-boyfriend, I'll leave it to time to let the truth come out (remember Herman Cain?).
Beyond that, Sheriff Babeu will find out that the GOP is not the party for him (nor is the Democrat party).
Friday, February 17, 2012
... strike again:
A married mother was subjected to repeated body scanning at an airport after being told by one employee that she had a 'cute' figure.
Ellen Terrell was travelling with her husband Charlie when she was stopped by airport security and told she had been 'randomly selected' for screening by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
I had a whole barrage of things to say about this, but I'll stay with this.
It's obvious that our elected officials will not do anything about the excesses of the TSA. It's obvious that the leaders within the TSA will do nothing. It's obvious that the courts will not grant the public any relief. What is left to do?
Either stop flying, or start the violence.
... but certainly a beating is in order:
A mother in Hoke County complains her daughter was forced to eat a school lunch because a government inspector determined her home-made lunch did not meet nutrition requirements. In fact, all of the students in the NC Pre-K program classroom at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford had to accept a school lunch in addition to their lunches brought from home.The state inspector is due a good ass-whupin', and it's high time someone gave it to him (her).
A state inspector assessing the pre-K program at the school said the girl also needed a vegetable, so the inspector ordered a full school lunch tray for her.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
A generic post template!
“Obama Does Thing We Disagree With; Outrage follows, Pitched in Form of Exasperated Irony”And here you thought _________ was ___________! SOMETHING IN ALL-CAPS AND ITALICS!
Jeff has the whole thing after his site got hacked ... read it!
... finally calls bullshit:
“It [the police report] says that if he did not produce an ID he was going to be placed under arrest for disturbing the peace because he was creating a scene. In other words, ‘Disturbing the peace’ is not providing your ID? That’s a remarkable way of disturbing the peace. It’s the middle of the night in the wilderness and there’s no one else around. ‘Give me your ID.’ ‘No.’ ‘You’re disturbing the peace!’ Nonsense,” said the judge.
The underlying scenario doesn't matter, it was the police response that is what's at issue. RTWT (it's good)
But the judge didn't go far enough. He should have called a recess, summoned the police chief and had him publicly apologise and state right then and there what he was going to do to train his officers before he dismissed the case.
Oh yeah, and ordered the city to pay D’Attilio's attorney fees.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
... is what a panderer sounds like:
"I'm not quite sure what she'd be referring to. I'm pro-life, pro-traditional marriage. I believe in the second amendment. [emphasis added]
I know Bitter claims that Romney was as 'conservative' as he could be in MA, and he actually did quite a lot to help us out. Be that as it may, he's not running for governor of MA now; he's running for POTUS.
And there are a lot of us who just don't buy his bona fides.
Our only real hope, either way, is to solidify GOP gains in the House and gain a majority in the Senate. But even then, the slope only gets less-slippery for a while.
... I'm late to the party, but this has been making the rounds:
Supposed two guys are approaching you in a parking lot and do the classic fan out maneuver. You indicate you have a weapon by clearing your gun hand and fanning your jacket at them. They are not discouraged. DRAW!
I am not saying you should pull your gun out, assume a Weaver stance, and scream "That's close enough motherfuckers!" What I am saying is draw your gun and hold it beside your leg as you start to move to cover. I am very fond of telephone poles. Anything will do though. They will see this. They will remember they have to be somewhere else. They will not call the police.
RTWT, because it's vital information on mindset.
I am fortunate to live in an area with very little violent crime, I mostly stay at home and rarely go anywhere at night. quite a few might wonder what reason I have to carry a firearm, and I answer in this way.
No one, no one who has ever been the victim of violence expected it, and were unprepared for violence as a result. I owe it to my wife, my daughter and myself to ensure that I am ready.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Consider the consequences if citizens could successfully sue the police for failing to protect them. Could any city afford a police force? Who would become a police officer knowing that lawsuits would be filed against them daily? As outrageous as the Court’s decision might seem, it is eminently practical, for without it, there would be no police forces or fire departments.
This is a PJ media article by Mike McDaniel (who co-blogged with Bob Owens* at Confederate Yankee) where Mike goes through just a couple of the cases affirming that police and other emergency services have no duty to help you.
It's a point that is valid, and one that should come up every time an anti-gun politician says 'You don't need a gun, the police will protect you'. But the media won't ever bring it up because they believe the lie (and it is a lie). I'm not trying to impugn the police pisrofession, but it's just a fact.
That's one reason I enjoy the fact that I'm living in a rural area these days; the police understand that they can't be everywhere all the time, and so are much more understanding when a citizen takes care of things themselves (within reason, of course). And that's the way I like it!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
... to watch:
A decorated Marine who was fatally shot by an Orange County sheriff's deputy in a high school parking lot was described as a deeply religious man who regularly went to the campus track with his young daughters for early-morning prayer walks.
Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr.was shot to death during the predawn hours Tuesday under largely unexplained circumstances in a parking lot at San Clemente High School. Loggins' daughters, 9 and 14, were sitting nearby in the family SUV at the time of the shooting.
The article says that Sgt Loggins was travelling at a 'high rate of speed' when he crashed through the gate at 4:30 am, but the picture doesn't show any damage to his vehicle. Marine sources claim that Loggins had no weapons (save himself!), but the deputy suddenly felt threatened.
It seems that 'felt threatened' is code, just like 'contempt of cop'. Seems all you need to do to shoot someone is to say you 'felt threatened' and everything's fine (for the LEO, that is).
'Mr Internal Affairs Investigator, I felt threatened when Sgt Loggins started back to his vehicle.'
'You felt threatened?'
'Uh ... he made a furtive movement ...'
'Oh, well then ... good shoot.'
I can't wait foir the second coming so I can get out of this hell-hole ...
Friday, February 10, 2012
... embrace libertarians?
I think that the GOP would be better served to decide if it stands for limited government, less spending and individual rights or not before it starts to try to woo libertarians.
Because in my experience, Republicans will vote for anyone who sounds like he knows what he's doing, as long as he's got an R next to his name.
... wins in MO, MN and CO:
Why, of course not. The only victories that matter, when we’re dealing with an “inevitable” nominee, are those he wins. Which number is less than the wins by at least one opponent whose victories don’t matter. His not being inevitable and all — and so can be dismissed as a one-off winner who has now won one-off victories in more states than has the frontrunner.
I left Iowa out since it was a statistical tie.
Of course, I won't even mention that in MN Romney was third to ... Ron Paul.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
we're just bricks in the wall:
Voting for my inanimate left sneaker for President may be a vote against Obama’s statism. But voting for any living, breathing, animate political figure because he’s a softer Socialism — which I think is entirely too polite a term — cannot but worsen the condition of essential but vanishing American classical liberalism.
Doing so as a “pragmatic” recourse in a formulation of progressive-era “electability” is to promote a bald-faced lie.
This is a PS at the bottom of the post (RTWT), but I think it's important to note that a vote for Romney is not an end to the struggle (and I feel, a strategic mistake). Rather, the establishment of the GOP must move to the right, and electing Romney will not do that.
It will make things not as bad, but still worse.
... why would you vote for a Liberal?
Chalk up another victory for Mr Inevitable — marking the latest in a string of primaries or caucuses where the GOP primary voter has come out for the Republican candidate who supported the Obama stimulus and whose team worked with the Obama Administration on government-run health care and cap and trade; the Republican candidate who supported TARP and federal bailouts rather than allowing for the market system to work; the Republican candidate who believes in a government-run command-and-control economy — at least with respect to low-wage workers — through support of mandatory increases in federal minimum wage laws, and so stands at odds, from the perspective of basic economic theory, with free market capitalism; the Republican candidate who told one of his competitors that a government takeover of 1/6 of the economy against the will of the electorate was “nothing to get angry about”; the Republican candidate who has supported gun control and lied about an NRA endorsement; the Republican candidate who rejected Reagan and embraced the help and support of his friend and collaborator Teddy Kennedy; the Republican candidate who, while in Massachusetts, decided that the procedural niceties of a top-down state run health bureaucracy supersede First Amendment protections for religious freedom; the Republican candidate who believes capitalism exists to create jobs for the working man — and who therefore has decided to concentrate his campaign, as Obama has, on the “middle class,” in essence, accepting the Marxist framework for dividing up the citizenry into economic interest groups.
Sorry for the long quote, but it's that good ...
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
... at least he gets it half right:
College leaders and administrators are once-again lining up in opposition. In doing so, they run out a parade of horribles to illustrate the harm pistol-packing students and teachers will cause. Why, it will be Armageddon – drunken college students shooting up dorms and fraternities, running gun battles in the halls; mass hysteria.
Except it won’t happen. Four states – Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin and Mississippi- already allow guns on campus and so far nothing bad has happened. Nor is it likely to happen.
Where he gets it wrong is when he says that students won't be any safer for having armed citizens around. They may not, until the next active shooter shows up - then, at least,they'll have a fighting chance, instead of curling up so that they can be shot four times.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
... is starting to document DGU:
In a new Cato Institute paper, Clayton Cramer and David Burnett review the controversy over how often Americans use guns in self-defense each year. Estimates range from about 100,000 to more than 2 million, and the surveys used to generate the numbers are subject to weaknesses that plausibly lead to undercounting or exaggeration. Cramer and Burnett's contribution, an analysis of defensive gun uses reported in the press during an eight-year period, does not resolve this issue.
Of course, one of the weaknesses in their work is that in cases where the brandishing of a weapon stops the crime, most people don't call the police, therefore the documented cases are likely far below what is actually happening.
And that's good news for our side.
Monday, February 6, 2012
... it's stupid when our side does:
Colorado takes pride in its Western entrepreneurial spirit — and that extends to the belief of some lawmakers that business owners should be able to use deadly force against anyone who tries to take what's theirs.
It's an idea that conjures Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry, and its supporters have taken liberties with the hardboiled character's famous line in naming their measure "Make My Day Better."
The NRA really needs to school some folks ...
... my meanderings take me strange places:
People choose vegetarianism for tons of different reasons. Some for the health benefits, some for the environmental reasons, some just don’t like meat. Some because they don’t want animals to die so that they can eat. Which I could respect if it really meant that animals don’t die so they can eat.
Those who choose vegetarianism for this particular reason are (I hesitate a bit here because I want to respect people and their choices) fooling themselves. Animals die whether you choose to eat their flesh or not.
There is no cushy retirement home for cows who are done milking. For hens who are done laying. For the calves who happen to be bulls instead of heifers. For the chicks who happen to be cockerels instead of pullets.
Those animals are killed. Period. They die. Animals die when a person chooses to eat any animal product. When a person chooses to wear an item made of leather. No matter how you slice it, an animal’s life is used and ended when it is no longer useful.
While taking life, we do our best to honor it. We use every part of the animal we can. I won’t get into detail, but the parts that we don’t eat are given to the Audubon Society for their two rehabilitating birds of prey, our 11 chickens (who are not vegetarians!), and our 2 dogs and 3 cats. We have given the hides to a friend to tan. We compost the rest.
We make more than one meal out of a rabbit. One 3 lb rabbit makes a little over 2 meals for 3 people (one growing boy and two active adults). The rabbit’s one life is taken and it benefits 22.
This post is by a lesbian, living in Portland, OR,. who raises her own meat, and is then taken to task by an activist vegetarian (God, I hate those busy-bodies). Read the whole post, because I think it lays out the most reasoned arguments for eating meat, and raising it yourself.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
... Dante articulates for me:
I have a dream.
I have a dream that one day, my grand-children will witness the wholesale rejection of anything that comes out of the mouths of people employed by the state.
I have a dream that all little children everywhere will mock, curse and alienate those foolish and defective humans who falsely believe that telling lies and then backing it up with violence will endear them to the public.
I have a dream that one day, all of the drug warriors will be on the receiving end of a midnight raid which terrorizes their children and kills their dogs. Any resistance, even verbal, will be met by gunfire.
I have a dream.
A comment about the new chainsaw entry tool ...
Friday, February 3, 2012
... this could get interesting:
In a 65-page complaint, served on the government on Wednesday, attorneys for the family claim ATF "wrongdoing" in Operation Fast and Furious.
“ATF's failures were not only negligent but in violation of ATF's own policies and procedures," the complaint claims.
The family has also filed a claim against the Lone Wolf Trading Company seeking unspecified damages for negligence in selling the weapons to the purchaser and aiding and abetting in Mexican drug cartels’ conduct.
I think it's a good thing that the family included Lone Wolf in the suit, since that will get them facing off with the ATF (and they'll learn that the ATF will throw you under the bus faster than Obama).
Of course, the family won't get anything from the ATF, since they're the gubmint ...
... at your peril:
I have been telling anyone who’d listen that Social Media is a huge game changer in the criminal justice system.
The lawyers especially those older warhorses that are not so computer savvy are incredibly ignorant. They don’t see the major influence that bloggers, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube has on prosecutors, judges and jurors.
In the real world judges controlling the reading and television habits was a losing battle. Jurors lie about what and when they read especially when they are admonished. Human nature requires people touch the wall when they see the wet paint sign.
I don't have any facts about the truth of this, but I can see this fellow's point.
... there is nothing conservative about Mitt Romney:
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney renewed his support Wednesday for automatic increases in the federal minimum wage to keep pace with inflation, a position sharply at odds with traditional GOP business allies, conservatives and the party’s senior lawmakers…
You know who supports automatic minimum wage increases?
But Romney will be the nominee, and I'll write-in Ron Paul ...
Thursday, February 2, 2012
... but I'll link to protein wisdom:
Sugar is so harmful to public health it should be controlled like alcohol and cigarettes, US scientists claimed.
I think these 'scientists' need to be ... encouraged ... to mind their own fucking business!
... anytime Westboro Baptist shows up:
I don't want to encourage violence, but I would warn Occupy: If I'm on the jury? No way the guy who beats the shit out of you gets convicted. And I imagine I'd have four or five like-minded people on the panel.
Ace is specifically talking about the Occupy movement, but if the shoe fits ...
... the more I realize that police are just poorly-trained:
The officers, who were standing in the road, said the dog started to circle the three officers and "bumped" into one of the officer’s legs, police said. The first officer deemed the dog a threat and fired a shot toward the animal. A second officer fired two more shots.
The dog "bumped" into an officers leg and so deserves to be shot?
I'm not that up on the deputies in my area, but I just can't imagine any of them being scared of even a pit bull that circles and bumps into a leg.
I wonder if there's any dash video of this incident, because if there is, I'll bet the behaviour of the dog is not really all that threatening.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
... but it won't help:
Third Parties Are to “Parties” What Near Beer Is To Beer. Let’s be honest; if you are a conservative or a libertarian, the GOP is the only chance you have to actually affect policy for real.
At least someone admits that republicans aren't conservative ...
... that work-product belongs to who paid for it:
This is about access to peer-reviewed scientific information—research that we pay for with our tax money. If this bill passes, Americans who want to read the results of federally funded research will have to buy access to each journal article individually—at a cost of $15 or $30 apiece. In other words, as the New York Times recently noted, taxpayers who already paid for the research would have to pay again to read the results.
I'm not a lawyer, so I can't really speak to work-product rules but the way I see it is if the gubmint paid for it, I need to be able to see it.
I'd even extend the idea that if the government pays, then all the raw data, the processes and everything else gets put online for downloading.
Only sounds fair to me ...
...would take care of this one:
Tania Ouaknine is convinced the police are watching her.
She's not paranoid — it says as much on the red sign painted along the side on the hulking armored truck that's been parked in front of her eight-room Parisian Motel for several days.
"Warning: You are under video surveillance," reads the bold message on the side of the truck.
From the front bumper of the menacing vehicle, another sign taunts: "Whatcha gonna do when we come for you?"
Yeah, that last part is particularly pithy ...
So the po-po take a converted armored car, load it with streaming cameras and park it where they want to catch someone doing something bad. Like taggers, who now have a new game.