Saturday, February 28, 2009

Before I forget, on the subject of point-shooting,

CarteachO has a nice piece here on the subject. And other neat stuff on his sidebar.

Just to catch up on some things

Glenn Beck has become so damn depressing I may stop listening entirely; hearing "We're all going to die, or the country be destroyed, or both!" every weekday morning... He does bring up a lot of news, but damn! the price for hearing it. I think things are going to be bad, and unless we manage to convince a bunch of politicians that they’ll straighten up or we’ll hang them from the lamppoststhrow them out of office, possibly very bad; but I’m bloody sick of hearing “We’re doomed! Save every penny and buy gold!”

I have to wonder, does he have a point at which he'd say "Go ahead, roll your Senator's car over with him in it! Enough is enough!"? He's very big on saying "Don't do something the enemy can use to paint conservatives in a bad light", but there's got to be a limit to that; especially when the 'enemy' includes your own Rep. or Senator who now refuses to listen to you. And by the way, the line he threw in one day that "We elected them as our representatives, so it's our fault" is only partly right: some of these clowns either changed into craven thieves after getting to DC, or managed to hide it until then(in the case of Obama, with lots of help from our 'professional journalists' in the media). When the morons in MA know what a miserable, corrupt boob Barney Frank is and re-elect him anyway, then screw them; if the bastard wasn't screwing all of us, I'd tell them to sink. But winning the job interview as a representative DOES NOT MEAN THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO STOP LISTENING TO US. So I'm not taking blame for the jackasses who get calls and letters 9-to-1 or more against something and vote for it anyway.

Also, the simple fact is that the socialists and fascists don't NEED 'any excuse' any more than the Soviets needed an excuse to invade Finland; they'll take anything they think useable and twist it into their justification. In the case of the Soviets it included shelling one of their own villages; in the case of our home-grown fascists and socialists it's lying about us and what we believe and what we do.

I would like to inquire as to when it became the fashionable thing- why, for that matter- to no longer call something a problem; oh no, it’s an ‘issue’.

“I’m having an issue with my printer”, can’t just say “The printer’s dead.”
“We’re having some issues with our terminal.” Apparently impossible to say “We can’t sign on.” Etc. The friggin’ thing could be emitting smoke and small flames and some of these people couldn’t say “IT’S ON FIRE!”, it would be “…a severe issue with our display.”

It’s apparently also now impolite to get such a call and say “What’s the problem?” Problem? “It’s not a problem, it’s an ISSUE, you caveman” comes silently over the line, sometimes after a Significant Pause to let you know you’ve said something improper.

Speaking of the ‘caveman’ bit, after a moments reflection it seems like it’s mostly women who are most adamant about ‘issue’ instead of ‘problem’ or ‘trouble’ or “The damn thing’s broke.” Since it’s the way to avoid the apparently huge unpleasantness of saying the horrid words ‘problem’ or ‘trouble’, does it more appeal to females? With males seems, in large part, to be those who’ve been told by somebody that it’s more ‘professional’ to say ‘issue’. Or who want to soft-peddle something; the inspectors who checked my house over before I bought it brought up a few small ‘issues’ that needed fixing, it apparently being the standard in their line that something needing to be fixed is less upsetting if it’s referred to that way(bastards completely missed the heater being shot, but were very careful not to be upsetting about how the tub needed a stopper).

One of these days someone’s going to call and say “I'm having an issue with my ( ) ” and I’m going to say “No, you have a damn problem, now what is it?” Which will probably result in Upset User making a phone call to the supervisor for my daring to be so blunt.

Apparently one of the things being snuck into The Obama’s budget is a bunch of money for ‘socialized health care’. Which hasn’t been talked about, let alone approved. The bastard and his flying monkeys want to take billions of our money and stick it ‘in an account’ for a program that doesn’t exist; which means they’ll spend it on crap, and then want more later. Which is beside the fact THEY WANT TO ROB US TO FUND SOMETHING THAT DOESN”T EXIST. Along with trying to dump the Tiahrt Amendment and God knows what else is being snuck into this mess.

There, I think that catches me up for now. I shall now retire to the kitchen to prepare a meal involving dead cow.

I mentioned the other day it taking time to get to comments;

The fact is that many comments I have nothing to add to; most of those who post comments here have something to say, and they’re not insulting or belittling about it.

Which does bring up, I’ve had a remarkable lack of trolls or insulting boobs showing up. There was one jerk early on who left two nasties, then either lost interest and went away or got pissed at how I edited one of them and went off in a snit. Probably the worst I’ve had since was the guy who was informing me that the Bribes & Payoffs Bill and the Rip-Off Our Descendants Bill were actually good because most people aren’t smart enough to spend their money the right way, and he wasn’t nasty about it; mostly seemed to think I needed it explained in simple terms- so I might understand it- how The Obama & Co. taking all my money and giving it to thieves, liars and fools was actually a good thing. Which led to my telling him various unpleasant things, which I usually try to avoid, but I am so damn sick of being told by politicians and socialists that I can’t be ‘trusted’ to spend my money the ‘right’ way to suit them…

I actually do read all comments, so don't be shy about saying your piece; if you don't see a response, it means
I thought your bit stood on its own, and didn't need any addition,
Or I just haven't gotten to it yet.
If you throw in some kind of nasty bullcrap as a 'comment', don't be surprised it if morphs into you being an admitted gerbil molester.

There was a gun show today,

and it was friggin' amazing. Not a BIG show, just one of the average-size that usually sees a bunch of people looking and talking, some buying. There was a line about 100 people long when the doors opened, and when Dad and I left there was still a line. The place was packed.

Proving that there are greedy and foolish people everywhere were the dealers with 'real paratrooper SKS' rifles for- I kid you not- $1k. I almost said "You're out of your freakin' MIND!" when I saw that. One guy had an old S&W Model 10, decent condition; he wanted $425. It sold fairly quickly.

Ammo? A fair amount, and the only stuff that wasn't selling fast was the stuff that was WAY overpriced. As in $40 for a box of 20 rounds of .308, etc.

Lots of AR15 variants from different makers, what's now average prices, and they were selling. LOTS of them were selling.

President Barack Cartman The Obama and his AG 'The Cowards' Holder have managed, once again, to cause sales of firearms and ammo to go through the roof. Add that to the increased LE buying(Insty pointed to this piece on it), and... On the LE use, makes sense; if you buy crap like that silenced remote-control machine gun noted the other day, or an APC with a M2 on top(have you SEEN what .50BMG ammo sells for?!?), or a bunch of MP5 subguns for your black-suited Tac-Team to carry("Awarded Most Tactically-Equipped City, population 10,000 or less") you're going to go through a lot of ammo in training; if you don't, at some point some lawyer is going to ask "So you turned your officers loose with MACHINE GUNS and insufficient training? And (fill in the blank) is the result, and you think you should not be held responsible?" Which is apparently more important to a lot of people than trying to explain to the taxpayers why so damn much of their money went into lots of whiz-bangs for the department, etc.("But the Bugtussle PD has a Tactical Team, and we've got a bigger department than they do! We'll be laughed at if we don't have a SWAT team, and a SWAT team has to have tactical balaclavas and MP5 sub-guns!")

I've become firmly convinced that an awful lot of the SWAT & other tactical crap you see LE buying and deploying is in some part directly related to 'prestige'; and once they have it they have to use it to justify the expense, which leads to overuse/improper use, which leads to dead dogs and terrified families and "The officers were following procedure when they stuck a gun in your daughter's ear while the other officer was shooting the yorkie, so no action will be taken against them" excuses.

Which doesn't exactly make the public see you as Officer Friendly, guys; it makes them see you as "Those ninja-suited jerks who cover their faces because they're ashamed for people to know who they are."

Which is off the original subject, which was ammo and gun sales. I got a sales update from CMP this morning, look at this:
ORDER BACKLOG. Normally, we average receiving 2,000 - 3,000 sales orders per month and ship an order in 2-3 weeks. However, these are not normal times. Since October, 2008 we have been receiving 5,000 - 10,000 orders per month, which is several times normal. As a result, we are very backlogged and running several weeks behind on processing orders. Our staff is working up to 12 hours per day 7 days a week, and only today finished the 4,000 orders we received on 1 December alone....
Bold mine. Tad busy, those people are.

A few days back I went to Academy, where I've bought most of my .22 ammo for a while: the only .22 on the shelves was shorts; every other kind of .22 was gone, high-velocity, standard, everything. They had a few boxes of 9mm, a few .38 special, a few .45acp, and that was it for handgun ammo. Asked one of the guys, he said they get a shipment and within two days it's gone, and it's been that way for a couple of months now. Just to see, I went by Wally World(except for a few things that, for some reason they're the only ones who carry, I haven't bought there since the "We will suck up to Bloomberg no matter what" problem came up) and looked; they had shotgun and some rifle ammo, almost no .22 left and out of almost all handgun ammo.

Makes you wonder: does our illustrious President and his AG and their various buttmonkeys actually believe that if they say "We have decided, for the safety of our communities, that you should surrender your guns and ammunition" that everybody will just do it? For that matter, do they actually believe that all LE agencies will happily take part? Or is it just that they're quite happy to cause the level of chaos that crap would start, in the name of pushing their Socialist Paradise schemes?

Friday, February 27, 2009

Harmless exercise, or pratice for action in the US?

RNS had posts here and(the followup) here on an exercise that was going to be carried out in a US city. Last night I saw a piece on it at Smallest Minority, but didn't have time to go into it.

I have to say this: once upon a time, I wouldn't have thought anything bad of it, but that attitude went out the window when I watched video of OK National Guard troops in New Orleans holding people at gunpoint so their arms could be stolen. What made it worse was what one troop said: "I never thought it'd come to this, but we've got our orders" I believe was the wording. Pissed me off no end, and largely ended my trust in the NG. I've read that a number of NG troops said that either they were never asked, or their commanders said "No", but at least some said "Yes". The fact that they were from here... Downright disgusting.

Carbine ammo and current news...

they just seem to go together somehow.

I called my Rep. Fallin and Sen. Inhofe's offices today to ask if they'd heard about the State Department trying to ban ammo imports(thus screwing gun owners while avoiding making Congress take a stand); neither had heard of it, so hopefully started some problems for it there. Thanks to Random Nuclear Strikes, two helpful links I just noticed:
House Contacts
Senate Contacts

I posted the other day on the Jew hater being picked by Obama to head the NIC; today Insty posted this comment he received:

It is kind of hard to get too exercised over his appointment as it relates to Israel in light of the following:

Barack Obama wins 77 percent of Jewish vote, exit polls show

As Obamas favorite pastor might say : “The chickens are coming home to roooost”

Elections have consequences…

He he he he he... they do indeed.

Holder joked, “What the president said during the campaign, you will be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we will be doing here in law enforcement.” After a bit of laughter, he repeated, “What he said during the campaign is now American policy.”
Really? Which part of what he said? I mean, since he lies so much about things, it's hard to know.
The first is that, like Glenn Reynolds, I think that every second that the Department of Justice spends hassling medical pot clubs is a second that they’re not investigating crooked politicians or lobbyists, and frankly these days I’d rather that they concentrate on that sort of thing. We have long since passed the point where a public official with his hand out is doing more to adversely influence my personal quality of life than some guy with a prescription to smoke weed. Or even a “prescription.”

The second is: dude. When your own Cabinet members are mocking you for your inability to keep a campaign promise…

If I actually thought Holder would do serious investigations and prosecutions of said politicians and lobbyists, I might like him a lot more; but I don't believe he will; he'd be putting too many Obama contacts and too much of the Evil Party in jail.

As to the ammo, I now have 100 rounds of my Varminter version .30 Carbine in the box. Which will last a while(barring disaster); I shoot it occasionally to make sure the sights are zeroed, and use other stuff for general practice. Cast loads at the indoor range, and at the outdoor I often shoot Wolf. I know a lot of people have had problems with it; aside from an occasional stovepipe, it's shot well for me and been surprisingly accurate. And it doesn't matter when I lose the cases, since they can't be reloaded.

Speaking of ammo, one of the idiotic points of what Holder said the other day is that not only is AP ammo already banned from us peasants, but if it's being smuggled into Mexico from the US, it's being stolen from/bought from police or military supplies; I wonder if the fearless Holder is investigating that?

But not to worry; Mrs. Obama is bringing the fashion industry to the fore to distract the jobless from their plight.
What makes all of this noteworthy, of course, is that it is taking place against the backdrop of widespread economic misery. As millions of Americans worry about losing their jobs, the first lady is celebrated on the cover of Wintour’s magazine, Vogue, where it is suggested that her "ardent championing of new names in American design" has caused some to call her the "new Jackie Kennedy."

Why not Nancy Reagan? Mrs. Reagan's husband also took office amid an inherited economic crisis, and she quickly became the subject of sometimes bitter criticism for her fondness for high fashion — for "exercising her opulent tastes in an economy that is inflicting hardship on so many," in the words of a 1981 New York Times article
And let us not forget the screaming and bitching about the clothing Sarah Palin bought for the campaign. Which she turned back in afterward for donation to charity.

I think dinner's done; more later.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Been a bit 'going in circles' lately, so not a lot posted

I assure you I see comments, it just takes a bit at times to get around to replying to them. Or, in some cases, nothing to say; I read it and sit here thinking "Yeah, that about covers it."

More later.

I've read that Eastwood is a shooter; if so, this makes another good thing

about him:
Clint Eastwood believes the rise of political correctness is no laughing matter.

He says the world would be a better place if we could still laugh at inoffensive jokes about different races.

The Hollywood actor and director, 78, said we live in constant fear of being labelled racist for simply laughing about national stereotypes.

'People have lost their sense of humour,' he told Germany's Der Spiegel magazine.

'In former times we constantly made jokes about different races.

'You can only tell them today with one hand over your mouth otherwise you will be insulted as a racist.
'I don't want to be politically correct. We're all spending too much time and energy trying to be politically correct about everything.'

Beats hell out of the drivel from people like Sean Penn.

Speaking of ethnic humor:

Ok, it's rolling, the media is spinning for The Obama

and the bullshit is flying. Holder starts it by calling for a renewal of the Pretend-Assault-Weapons Ban, and- as expected- the 'professional' major media is sucking by throwing crap:
The reporter then help up an AK variant type rifle with one of those post-1994-ban thumb hole stocks to show one of these such weapons. Then a “home video” that was reportedly seized from a “Mexican drug cartel member” was shown, with the reporter saying that it showed a cartel member taking target practice with a “.50 caliber rifle”.

The only problem with this reporter’s commentary at this point was that the “home video” clearly was showing someone firing an M2 Browning machine gun from a tripod.
I don’t think this was any clueless mistake by NBC news. They are trying to deliberately create the false impression that a “straw buyer” for some Mexican gangster can go into any gun shop or gun show and walk out with belt-fed heavy machine guns and grenade launchers by the truckload, which of course is the furthest thing from the truth
You know it's bullcrap, I know it; unless they're completely clueless AND stupid, the 'journalists' know it, but as Uncle says the enemy lie to win:
Holder is already lying and saying the ban applies to machine guns and grenades.

And, of course, the misrepresentation comes right out of the anti-gun Violence Policy Center playbook: Assault weapons—just like armor-piercing bullets, machine guns, and plastic firearms—are a new topic. The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons. In addition, few people can envision a practical use for these weapons
Expecting the truth, or just unbiased reporting of facts, is too much to expect from the major media(with rare exceptions), and expecting the truth from Holder & Obama & Co. just isn't in the cards; they don't give a damn about the truth, they want power.
And the 'gunshops in the US selling automatic weapons and RPGs and grenades to smugglers for Mexico' lie is part of that. By his words Holder just told us one of two things:
He has no idea what the law is on these kinds of things, or
He is flatly, knowingly lying.
I'm voting for the latter. Now, at least, Pelosi is saying "No", but if you trust her, well, I have a genuwine Winchester .30-30 owned by Wild Bill Hickock I'd like to show you...

Of course, some of this is going both ways on the 'cause people anguish' scale, as in one of the amendments to the House trying to break the law and give DC a Rep. in the House.

In other news, some Only Ones were caught violating/helping violate NFA laws:
ALBANY — An Albany police officer who unlawfully traded in a federally registered machine gun at a Colonie gun store seven years ago said he purchased the weapon from the head of the department's police officers union.
Romano did not say how much he paid Mesley for the gun. He said he brought it to a Colonie gun store and got $200 credit toward the purchase of a hunting rifle.

Mesley said ''no comment'' Tuesday when asked about Romano's testimony and whether he was concerned any laws were broken
Snork. Choke. Really? No comment?
ATF agents then learned Romano's gun was among roughly 52 machine guns secretly purchased during the early and mid-1990s by Albany police officers. Dozens of officers and at least two civilians bought the weapons with departmental letters signed by a now-deceased assistant chief, William Murray, who was an avid gun collector.

They were delivered in small orders at two Albany police stations over a period of years and paid for with postal money orders and personal checks.

No one involved has ever been disciplined or prosecuted in connection with the gun purchases
Gee, I wonder why?

Rep. Boren of my state is playing "I'm on your side" it seems:
U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, a board member of the National Rifle Association, announced Wednesday he will serve as co-chairman of a new task force on gun rights.

“I am afraid we could witness a significant tilt to the left on gun issues in the current climate in Washington and that has me greatly concerned,” the Oklahoma Democrat said
Yeah, Tom Daschle was always 'very concerned' about things, too. Bluntly, I don't trust Boren; he's seemed to be quite willing to vote in ways to make Pelosi & Co. happy if he thinks he can slide on it back home. I suspect he wants to have a long career in DC like his father; unfortunately(if I'm right), he's got two things going for him:
He's a Democrat, and
His father is long-time Senator David Boren, and an awful lot of people will overlook almost anything and vote for him for those reasons. He may prove to be trustworthy on this, but I'll wait for proof.

More on the Most Ethical Congress Evah!
Burris’ Son Got State Job From Blago. And now he’s facing foreclosure, having made less than $3000 in payments on a $400K mortgage since 2006. Plus this: “Burris II built his home in the booming Bronzeville neighborhood on land he bought from the City of Chicago in 2000. City records show he paid $1 for the lot as part of an effort to clean up his once-blighted block.”

And more Open! from Obama: 'no earmarks' my ass.

A little more on the brilliance of Holder from Moe Lane:
Read the entire thing: there’s a good bit right after that which I didn’t reproduce because I’m trying to keep to fair use here. So, let’s recap: a spokesman who doesn’t know the actual law involved; a Senate that’s looking for an excuse to not act on this; and a House Speaker that’s both annoyed that she was out of the loop, and using language discussing the problem that is often associated with the NRA.
So while Holder is either unaware of the law or lying, he's also apparently stirring things up without letting Blinky of the House know what he's going to do; possible dueling simians with poo at five paces awaiting at some point.

Reasoned Discourse!
1. Post some hysterical bullcrap
2. Get called on it
3. Close comments.

You want to see a fine example of the attitude that's driven the Stupid Party into the ground?
Of course, they didn’t appoint Wurzelbacher as VP as they did with Sarah Palin. The two are of a piece: A faux populism that comes at the cost of alienating the intellectuals and serious leaders of the movement.
I'm guessing the 'intellectuals and serious leaders' are the morons who decided becoming Evil Party Lite was the way to win elections, and that spending like the drunk sailor on shore leave would help.

And I think Chris Muir has been following the news from OK:
And now, I've got ammo to load.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Oh, wonderful: Pres. Obama picks this guy to head

the National Intelligence Council? Whatever could go wrong...
Ben Smith has confirmed that Chas Freeman has been offered and accepted President Obama's invitation to be the Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, the intelligence community's primary big-think shop and the lead U.S. governmental body in producing national intelligence estimates.

For the last dozen years, Freeman, the former US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, has been President of the Middle East Policy Council (formally known as the American Arab Affairs Council) a lobbying group for the Arab world. One of the group’s primary functions is to publish a quarterly journal called Middle East Policy. The journal is filled with anti-Israel messages that are beyond even the broadest definition of mainstream of U.S. thinking on the region. As the President of the organization responsible for this vicious and biased journal, the appointment of Freeman as a gatekeeper for U.S. intelligence is a very disturbing matter.
From the look of the piece, 'disturbing' is an understatement. And Obama wants him in charge of the NIC?

Just bloody wonderful.

I would travel to DC and pay money to see the hearing

And President Barack Cartman Obama makes his first real attack

on the 2nd Amendment:
"A potential legislative gun rights battle looms today in Washington, D.C.," says Washington senior rights activist John M. Snyder.

"When President Obama submits his budget blueprint this week, reports indicate the proposal may include language designed specifically to repeal the Tiahrt Amendment," says Snyder, named the senior rights activist in Washington by Shotgun News.

"This repeal is an objective long sought by gun-grabbing politicians, the anti-gun Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and other extremist groups," he added.

The Tiahrt Amendment, named for Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Kansas, is included in the annual appropriations for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of the U.S. Justice Department. It prohibits gun-grabbing mayors and other repressive officials from obtaining federal gun trace data intended for use only for law enforcement purposes and using the data instead in harassing and costly third-party civil lawsuits against the firearms industry

If you haven't yelled at your congresscritters as yet, do it now. Even if they're personally not supporters of the 2nd; having lots of people point out that this, especially on top of the rest of the crap that's happened lately, is a good way to get their fat ass thrown out of that office just might get their attention.

'Transparency' my ass

The Obama administration has directed defense officials to sign a pledge stating they will not share 2010 budget data with individuals outside the federal government.
Bastards are going to try to slice up the Defense budget to pay for their payoffs and pork, during a time of war. And they don't want anyone to find out until it's too late.

'Too late' in these circumstances quite possibly involving mass death.

No, I didn't watch the speech last night.
First, as I've mentioned, I don't watch such speeches even from people I like.
Second, I was pretty sure what would be in it("Do more of what I want right NOW, we can't wait(for people to find out what's in it) ); and there was the possibility of my head exploding if I forced myself to hear it.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Let me note something else about the 'stimulus' bullcrap

You might remember that when Clinton & Co. shoved the 'assault weapons' ban through, one of their selling points was "This bill will increase the number of cops on the street by 100,000!" as I recall. A bunch of people pointed out that while there was money in the bill for hiring and training, after a few years(four or five) all that money would be gone, and the full cost of the those officers would be born by the cities that had hired them. And, sure enough, a few years later there was all kinds of fiscal woe due to the fact that "We can't afford to keep all these officers on", etc.

This is the same kind of crap that'll happen with this mess; all too many morons in various cities and states will extend themselves while ignoring this, and in a few years(assuming things last that long) they'll be screaming for more money from the feds(i.e., "Loot other states and cities to save us!") because they can't keep up the payments.

Sweden used to produce traders and warriors who roamed the world;

now they produce dhimmi who quake in their shoes at threats from islamists:
Last week Sweden forced the Israeli Davis Cup tennis team to play in an empty stadium due to threats of violence by local radicals.
This week Sweden banned the Israeli Taekwondo team from even entering the country!
The Swedish authorities said it was because, "Ten thousand members of a Muslim organization are threatening to settle the account with you because of the war in Gaza."

And rather than call out the cops and whoever else to keep the peace, they caved. Barring a sudden outbreak of the old spirit(which the government will try to crush), Sweden is doomed.

Sen. Harry Reid(Defeatist Commie-NV) says things are 'turning around', even though no money's been spent as yet; which would bring up the question "If things are turning around, then why not stop the trillion-plus in spending? That'll improve things even faster!" Except that
A: this isn't about 'stimulus', it's about Obama and the Evil Party trying to set themselves up as a one-party state forever, and
B: Reid is a lying bastard; yes, I still remember and will never forget(or forgive) "The war is lost" and "The surge is a failure".
Of course, the Evil Party also has the wonderful Sen. Chris Dodd(Corrupt Socialist-CT) who's both corrupt and can't keep his mouth shut:
What Dodd said, to Bloomberg News, was that while he did not like the idea of nationalizing banks, he could see where it might become necessary for a short time. And investors, thinking, “What does he know that we haven’t heard yet?” sold their bank stocks.

He didn’t know anything. He was just shooting off his mouth. But major bank stocks lost a quarter to a third of their entire value in a matter of minutes. The White House was obliged to issue its own statement that the administration feels private ownership is the way to go
First, I think Dodd was expressing the wishes of the high levels of the Evil Party; they WANT to nationalize the banks, and anything else they can. Second, they don't have the integrity or balls to say it flat-out, so they told Dodd to shut up.

Of course, they've also got that paragon of virtue Joe Biden(Moron-VP) to lend weight to their words:
A fund of hedge funds run by two members of Vice President Joe Biden's family was marketed exclusively by companies controlled by Texas financier R. Allen Stanford, who is facing Securities and Exchange Commission accusations of engaging in an $8 billion fraud.
Of course, it's possible that Biden & Family didn't do anything unethical here, but
A: I don't trust him, and
B: This stuff makes you wonder:
"There is no connection between the Bidens and Allen Stanford or Stanford period, full stop," the attorney said. "There never was any meeting between any member of the Biden family, no phone calls, zero correspondence."

The vice president's office had no comment. A spokesman for Mr. Stanford referred calls to the SEC. A spokesman for the agency declined to comment
Let's see, didn't the President say there'd been 'no contact' between him and Blago? And didn't Burris say something like that? Both of which turned out to be bullcrap? Hmmm...

And our President Barack The Lightworker Cartman Obama is working his foreign-policy magic:
The Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, and with Obama's blessing, is courting the Taliban leadership, promising them that those that chose peace with his government will be involved in power. While in Somalia, Sheik Sharif Ahmed of the Union of Islamic Courts [UIC] has become the new President of Somalia, the UIC was viewed as a terrorist organization by the Bush administration, but is viewed as moderate by the new US Obama administration. And so as I noted in my previous article [The Somalization of Hamas] Obama gave his blessing to Sheik Sharif Ahmed's appointment as President.
'Obama's Blessing'. Which, I'm sure, is going to cause the terrorists to exchange their AKs and RPGs for flowers(probably opium) and sit in a circle singing. While they plot blowing up DC or some other major US city("But.. but I gave him my blessing, doesn't that mean anything to him?) And have you noticed that while Obama & Co. seem to have fits at the idea of us owning a semi-auto AK clone or AR15, they've got no problem with 'presidents' who pose with automatic weapons and/or rocket launchers?

Let due note be taken: the New York Effing Times is still trying to make us lose the war:
Yesterday, the Old Gray Lady broke the news that America Special Forces soldiers were training Pakistani troops to fight the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and that the operations were larger and more ambitious than previously acknowledged.

This was a secret, until the NY Times reported it yesterday.

Oh, crap, more of The Obama magic:
Binyam Mohamed was planning to blow up an apartment block in the United States when he was arrested. He was also alleged to have played a role in what US counter-terrorism analysts characterized as a "dirty bomb plot" with convicted terrorist Jose Padilla. (Daily Mail)

Binyam Mohamed arrived in London earlier today after being released from Gitmo:

And the Brits have announced that he's been released. Wonderful.

And let us not forget the domestic terrorist friends of President Obama:
I don’t regret anything I did it to oppose the war. It was — I did it to oppose the war. I don’t regret it. I don’t look back on those things and regret them, but I’m willing to rethink them. And there are many things which I’m going to rethink.”
Really? He's going to 'rethink' the murders and attempted murders? The desire to destroy this country? Yeah. Right. And he's got an in at the White House.

And The Obama is saying he wants to 'slash the deficit by half' by the end of his term. Yeah. He just increased the deficit by a mind-boggling amount, but he's going to cut it in half in four years? This would be the place where the PFM happens, right after the unicorns crap double-eagles in my front yard. This bastard's minions are now talking about big cuts in the defense budget at the same time they're kissing up to terrorists and trying to use our missile defense systems as bargaining chips with Putin; these people aren't just on the other side, they're flat nuts.

As a close this morning, I'll note this from Uncle:
Via email, I’m alerted to some blogger who’s totally losing his/her shit because the folks on the right now sound like the folks on the left sounded four and eight years ago. Seems some freepers are getting their ammo box, civil war, blah blah, talk on. Suddenly, Free Republic has become Democratic Underground from a few years ago with talks of uprising, planning for the worst, and stocking up on sweet, sweet ammo. Irony level is pretty rich because said blogger complaining about it has that whole V for Vendetta theme going on but is calling the secret service over harsh words seen on Al Gore’s Internets. Too funny. Also, the blogger says these people are talking assassination, which they’re not.

Any way, I don’t mind so much. The Bush years turned a lot of lefties into gun nuts. In fact, the picture that Mr. Fifth Of November Poser used was prominent on a lot of lefty, pro-gun sites. Looks like the Obama years will get a lot of righties back into the gun rights movement
Sacrificing a couple of brain cells(so you don't have to) I clicked on the link, and read the post and the echo chamber in comments. Which includes this prize:
I'm totally fine with legal, registered, responsible people having firearms.

But a lot of comments on the thread in this post are related to having guns "to keep leverage against the government".

Isn't one of their primary (public) arguments is that they need guns to protect themselves from criminals? Seems like they need look no further than the closest mirror...

Paranoid whackos
.(bold mine)
Snork. People who immediately took that monkey cartoon as a 'racist' insult to Obama, etc., are calling others 'whackos'? And the 'that gun looks illegal!' bit is just priceless. And, let it be noted, this is from a website that has 'V for Vengeance' as a theme...

Monday, February 23, 2009

And on the subject of government idiocy

Remember the Kelo decision? Remember how it had to be done 'for the good of the community' due to all the tax revenue that it would bring in?
As you know, Susette's little pink house and the homes of her neighbors were seized and destroyed through phony eminent domain scams in a city landgrab sanctioned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

New London promised to put a glitzy new private development project on the land, but now, nearly four years after the ruling and $78 million in taxpayer money spent, literally nothing has been built on the land; it remains vacant, the neighborhood bulldozed.

What was that line, "It's terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged"?

Government programs, good and bad

The Good, from Pakistan(of all places):
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) — The government of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province will provide 30,000 rifles to the residents of rural areas in a bid to counter Taliban militants, a statement said Sunday.

The troubled province is rife with Taliban and Al-Qaeda extremists who have been regularly carrying out attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Under the "Village Defence Rifle" programme, chief minister Ameer Haider Hoti has ordered the distribution of rifles among "peaceful individuals and organised groups," a statement issued by Hoti's office said
"Hey, Tali-boy, I got yer tribute right here" as he pats the stock...

The Bad, from right here in the US:
The ongoing militarization of the police was a major segment of the SHOT Show, with huge floor space dedicated to weapons and gear the public cannot get. Gnarly looking tough hombres with rippling muscles bulging in skin tight black tactical t-shirts roamed around booths like the tremendous Blackwater recruitment center and outfits selling gear to make cops look like spacemen.
I especially liked the roof-turret mounted, bullet-proof-camera equipped, fully remote controlled, drum fed, suppressed machine gun with 360-degree sweep and elevation control now available for law enforcement vehicles.

Fully mechanized roof-mounted machine gun for police vehicles.
It rotates, elevates and exterminates.

Think about this; this crap is being produced and sold to law enforcement agencies. You know, the guys who're supposed to 'protect and serve', who're supposed to be 'peace officers'? Far too many of whom have developed a bad habit of kicking doors and aiming at people, and shooting their dog, without bothering with any of that messy 'investigating' stuff first. And who then bitch because people in the community don't treat them like Officer Friendly, and also won't bend over when someone with a badge passes by.

On the flight home, I read an inside-the-industry article by Massad Ayoob (if you don't know this fountain of knowledge just google him, or get one of his books on our website). He was telling dealers how to handle customers who want to buy LEO-only ammunition. It seems some manufacturers are making good ammo that only law enforcement officers can buy. It's not law, it's just company policy, and dealers can offer roughly equivalent rounds to their clients.
What gives with that? You mean police can get regular pistol ammo that we can't? We don't face the same bad guys? What, does the stuff kill an attacker more dead than a consumer round? Is it safer, more effective, higher energy, more impact, less overpenetration, what? It's all about political correctness, and making "officials" feel more special than the average person. If it's safe enough or good enough for the police, it's certainly safe enough and good enough for the public. But what do I know, I'm a moderate
One of the standard pieces of advice in a lot of CCW classes is 'find out what ammo the local police/sheriff's office/whoever uses, and use it if it works well in your gun', both because you can be fairly sure it's good stuff and because if some prosecutor wanting to hang you starts making nasty comments about your 'super-lethal ammo' you can point out that Sheriff John issues the same stuff, and is he saying the Sheriff wants his deputies to kill people at random? This 'LE Only ' ammo business... just wonderful. "We're special, and we have to have special ammo."

Yes, I am in a bad mood about this crap. It's like the sheriff somewhere back east who got a friggin' APC with a roof-mounted M2 machine gun for their 'tactical team'. Absolute bullshit.

Something like 20 or 25 years ago the OK Highway Patrol wound up being given a APC(no automatic weapon) for reason I can't remember. I was told they kept it around for a few years, using it once in some really bad weather, before getting rid of it. The things have to be trailered around unless you want to damage the streets, maintenance if you actually use them is NOT cheap, and, terrorist fantasies aside, there's damn little you can do with them. But that SO has one with a damned .50 caliber machine gun on top. I always wondered if the county has to pay for the maintenance or if Homeland Security was covering that; if it's the county, I wonder if the people know how much that piece of crap is costing them?

Why Sharpton & the other RWPPs should stop griping

about the cartoon:
Top 10 Reasons Why President Barack Obama Is Nothing Like Travis the Chimp

10. Travis understood TurboTax
9. Obama somewhat less likely to attack Biden
8. Travis never lied
7. Obama's smile not quite as genuine
6. Travis could get through entire day without teleprompter
5. Obama takes more long-term approach to destroying people's lives
4. Might actually be possible to get copies of Travis's medical records
3. Obama much better at taking orders from trainer, David Axelrod
2. Travis really didn't befriend William Ayers
1. Obama only talks your ear off.

Oh, and ACORN is lying about their "The banks are screwing

poor people" poster child; whoda thunk it?
On Feb. 18, I warned about the ACORN civil disobedience mob working in ideological tandem with Barack Obama to bully Washington into passing a massive new foreclosure prevention/mortgage entitlement scheme. On Feb. 20, I noted that ACORN garnered nationwide media attention for breaking and entering into a foreclosed home in Baltimore at 315 South Ellwood Ave. ACORN vows to use “any means necessary” to stop foreclosures. Baltimore police have taken fingerprints at the break-in site and the current owner, William Lane, says he will sue ACORN. The home was sold in June 2008 for $192,000. This morning, ACORN official Louis Beverly will face a burglary charge. Look for the Left to turn him into a martyr.

Among other things dug up,
According to real property data search information, Hanks bought the two-story home in the summer of 2001 for $87,000. At some point in the next five years, she re-financed the original home loan for $270,000.

Question: Where did all that money go?

This is the group The Obama wants to give a few billion dollars to; payoff, buy-in, attempt to expand power base or combination of the above?

Assuming it does warm up enough that my hands don't stiffen,

got a fair amount to do today, some of which I flat refuse to do when I can't properly hold onto things. Among others, drilling. Years ago, for stitching in heavy or stiff leather, I borrowed the idea of drilling the holes instead of using an awl or whatever. I made up a long, tapered 'bit' of a piece of music wire for some leather, and for the heavier stuff I often use a 1/16" drill bit. Works very well, but you have to be very careful to keep things lined up to keep the stitching straight, which brings me back to stiff hands; not gonna do it if I have trouble holding things in place, which cold hands do not help with.

And something else to set up: Dad's old sizer/luber developed a problem and he bought a new one. We dug around online and found some ideas, and it looks like have the old one repaired and he gave it to me. So I need to find some long bolts and figure where and how to mount it so I can take it off the bench when not in use. Having this is both good & bad: good in that I can run stuff through without waiting to visit; bad in that up to now been a good time to sit & talk, while we ran a bunch of bullets through the press.

Ah well, I need to look at the news and get my blood pressure up for the morning. Ah, corrupt politicians, always good for that. Dodd having little bits & pieces come out more, which is good that it is coming out; bad that he got away with this garbage for so long. And Rangel, of course, is still screwing with our lives. I just love the line Republicans feel they can do business with him, and that he’d just be replaced by another Democrat anyway, so why make a big deal about his numerous ethics problems? Too many politicians spending too much time together and too damn much time in DC; so being a crooked politician just doesn't seem to bother them anymore in far too many cases. Term limits, anyone?

Oh, this is just bloody wonderful.
The Obama administration's decision to join the planning of the U.N.'s Durban II "anti-racism" conference has just taken a new twist: cover-up. On Friday, State Department officials and a member of the American Durban II delegation claimed the United States had worked actively to oppose efforts to brand Israel as racist in the committee drafting a Durban II declaration. The trouble is that they didn't.

The Feb. 20 State Department press release says the U.S. delegation in Geneva "outline[d] our concerns with the current outcome document" and in particular "our strong reservations about the direction of the conference, as the draft document singles out Israel for criticism." One member of the delegation told The Washington Post: "The administration is pushing back against efforts to brand Israel as racist in this conference." In fact, tucked away in a Geneva hall with few observers, the U.S. had done just the opposite. The U.S. delegates had made no objection to a new proposal to nail Israel in an anti-racism manifesto that makes no other country-specific claims.
It is impossible to argue that their silence was unintended. Over the course of the week's negotiations the American delegation had objected to a number of specific proposals. They had no trouble declaring "we share reservations on this paragraph," in the context of a demand to criminalize profiling. They "called for the deletion" of provisions undermining free speech like the suggestion to "take firm action against negative stereotyping of religions and defamation of religious personalities, holy books, scriptures and symbols."

Their silence when it came to Israel was, therefore, deafening. It also had the very concrete result of not placing the Palestinian paragraph in dispute, and the diplomatic rule of thumb is that paragraphs that have not been flagged as controversial cannot be reopened for discussion, as negotiations finalize an end product.

So while these UN clowns are trying to set it up as if 'palistinian' is a race, President Barack Lightworker The Obama's people do this:
Negotiators from the European Union suggested on Wednesday a new provision to "condemn without reservation any denial of the Holocaust and urges all states to reject denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full, or in part, or any activities to this end." Iran--whose president is a Holocaust-denier--immediately objected and insisted that the proposal be "bracketed" or put in dispute. The move blocked the adoption of the proposal and ensured another battle over the reality of the Holocaust in April--at these supposedly "anti-racism" meetings. After Iran objected, the chair looked around the room, expecting a response. He said: "Is there any delegation wishing to comment on this new proposal by the European Union? It doesn't seem the case. We move on." U.S. delegates said nothing, even after the prompt.
Yeah, Jimmy Carter on speed: suck up to dictators and terrorist regimes and crap on someone who's actually on our side. Just bloody wonderful. First Obama 'apologizes' for the US being so unfeeling toward moslems(no mention of aid after disasters, etc., as that would mess up the apology), now this; I don't know whether to think he's sucking up to someone, paying someone off or just on the other side.

Ah, and of course Sen. John Effing Kerry is involved in things, while claiming he didn't know the letter was from Hamas, etc. Wonderful.

Ok, I'd heard about Dodd opening his big mouth(like Schumer)and causing some big problems, here's more specifics:
WASHINGTON - Senate Banking Committee chairman Christopher Dodd said banks may have to be nationalized for "a short time" to help lenders survive the worst economic slump in 75 years.

The Obama administration yesterday said a "privately held" banking system is the "correct way to go" and House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank said nationalization ought "to be avoided."

Senator Jon Kyl, the second-ranking Republican and a member of the finance committee, agreed with Frank, saying nationalizing US banks is "out of the question" and isn't going to happen
When the trouble caused and the screaming is enough to cause Barney Fannie Mae Frank to say something like that, it was bad and loud.

And, again, in the name of saving us, the politicians screw things up even more.
That, in turn, has prompted manufacturers to spread the word to dealers and service shops to pull the youth-sized motorcycles off showroom floors and to cease shipments of about three dozen parts, including batteries, wheel assemblies and brakes, deemed by the federal government to contain too much lead.
"Gasp, there is LEAD in BATTERIES?!? Horrors, we must ACT!" Friggin' morons.

Speaking of lead, I've got bolts to buy and a press to set up.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

I have returned,

as if you noticed I was gone.

Out of town visiting family, which is always nice. Though I could have done happily without the cold front that came through the other day.

Dad's got a pretty good-sized garden, and he's got onions out already. Nothing else; still too early. I'm thinking of expanding my garden a bit, which will mean a trip to the topsoil place for about a thousand pounds or so of the stuff to fill in. Still deciding on that.

The day before I left, spent a while working on stuff for Medieval Fair; I could tell it'd been a while since had done that type of stuff, as my hands were aching for a day afterward. Which sucks. The arthritis doesn't help, either. This next couple of months should be a lot of fun in that respect; between weather shifting back & forth and trying to work on more stuff...

I have to admit I didn't miss looking at the news much; it's depressing as hell for the most part. Although the 'tea party' protests are a good sign, and have got to be worrying a lot of politicians, because when people who actually have jobs and pay their bills take time out to attend a protest and tell you what they think of you, that's got to get the attention of the congresscritters.

In any case, things to put away, including the bullets Dad & I sized & lubed while down there. So more tomorrow, assuming I get all the crap taken care of.