Saturday, July 25, 2009

While the AG and the PC morons in Congress are pushing 'hate crime' legislation, (updated)

I wonder if they'll bother to be troubled by stuff like this:
...When it emerged that the four female Quebecers were, in fact, Muslim, the tearful parents offered up a strange tale of an impromptu midnight driving lesson gone tragically wrong (Driving Lesson May Have Led To Drowning).

La Presse is now reporting that the girls' father, mother, and brother have been arrested en route to Montreal Airport, and that the deceased "aunt" or (alternatively) "cousin" was, in fact, the girls' father's first wife. The words "crime d'honneur" are beginning to creep into newspaper accounts
But wait! There's MORE!!
Police say 14-year-old Kinza Kaianad died Monday evening at Kingston General Hospital as a result of injuries she sustained Saturday in a hotel pool in Gananoque, roughly 30 kilometres east of Kingston.

Her mother, 43-year-old Naila Yasmin, died in hospital on Sunday.

Yasmin, Kaianad and another daughter, age 11, were found unconscious in the indoor hotel pool just before 9 a.m. Saturday
Seems to me that you'd have to hate someone a fair amount to do something like this to them, but since muslims are a protected species according to Holder, they can't possibly be guilty of a hate crime. As Steyn says,
In other circumstances, they'd be planning the movie with Ashley Judd or some such as the crusading feminist Assistant DA. But as the M-word's involved I expect poor Zainab Shafi and the rest will be quickly forgotten.
Yeah, it's not like some evil white guy, probably Christian or Jewish, committed multiple murders in the name of 'honor'.

You know, there's a real disconnect between cultures about that word: take some dirt-poor hillbilly, someone rapes his daughter he'll give the sheriff a chance to do something about it, and if he doesn't, out comes the scattergun or rifle to deal with the rapist; the idea of killing his own daughter because she had brought shame on the family, generally wouldn't occur.

Update: take a look at this.

It seems that the Commie Who Would Be Stalin is a chicken,

and our SecState and President seem to have gotten the idea that Honduras is in the right, and isn't going to roll over for The One.
Surrounded by a throng of supporters and media, Zelaya, wearing a leather waistcoat and his trademark cowboy hat, stepped into Honduras briefly before returning to Nicaragua.
Before the Honduran authorities could throw his sorry ass in jail.
He retreated further from the border area later in the day and was expected to spend the night in the Nicaraguan town of Ocotal.
"...further from the border..." because he's afraid the Hondurans are tired of this crap and just might grab him. Or shoot him, which would be simpler, and maybe preferable(yeah, I know, but it's an idea).

It makes you wonder how President B. Hussein Cartman Obama will decide when

we've actually 'won'. If he hasn't decided by then that 'winning' is a bad word, too.

Friday, July 24, 2009

I have had my fun for the day.

Yesterday evening went out to the bike to go somewhere and, as I rolled forward, noted a shimmy in the back end(no, not mine; shut up, Og). Rear tire very low, so pulled out the compressor and aired it up. Got there and back, no problem.

Early this afternoon thought I'd check the tire, just to be sure, and found "The pressure, it's not there." As in wouldn't move the gauge. Bleep. Checked the whole tire, no sign of nails, screws, etc., so aired it up again and, hmmm, that his isn't from the slightly leaky chuck, where...

Tire valve. Body leaking right where it goes into the wheel, leaking badly now. So I got to take the back wheel off(not difficult, but a pain in the ass), take it to a shop and get a new valve installed. And no, this is not one of those things I'll try myself if I can avoid it. I've changed tires on my old bike, which had smaller tires and steel wheels; I'm not even gonna think about messing with a tubeless tire on a aluminum wheel without the right tools. Then home and reinstall the wheel, just as much fun as taking it off. At least I now know my rear brake shoes have about 1/3 to 1/2 their life left; be a while before have to change them.

I finally got Security Staff to ride in the front with me instead of in the bed, so she rode along. She sits up watching all, but when I get out to do something and she has to stay in, she gets excited: "Where you going? Why can't I come?!? Come back!" Especially when it's a stop at a place she doesn't remember. At least she doesn't bark, just looks very concerned until I get back.

Either the brass at Los Angeles PD know nothing about firearms,

or they're fully into the 'scare everybody about everything'. Tam pointed to Uncle who pointed to this:
Raids in Los Angeles this week that uncovered an extraordinary cache of illegal assault weapons were prompted in part by an increased use of high-powered weapons in San Fernando Valley shootings, police said.

Two men and one woman were arrested this week after authorities raided a downtown warehouse and several Los Angeles homes and seized 32 firearms, including semiautomatic rifles, high-caliber guns and ammunition for AK-47s.

As we've learned, when journalists in places like LA and far too many cops start talking about 'assault weapons' they sometimes mean a .22 rifle or a pump shotgun; and 'high-powered' seems to have a very flexible meaning. Which leads us to the "You have GOT to be shitting me!" moment of this piece:
Authorities have noticed an increase in high-caliber weapons in Los Angeles. One of the most startling incidents was when a Fabrique National 57, an assault pistol used to kill big game, was found in a victim's car by detectives investigating a double-homicide last year in North Hollywood.

"You use it on large lions, tigers and bears," said LAPD Deputy Chief Michel Moore, commander of the Valley Bureau
Snork. Urgle. Hehehehehehe, does this man do standup? Let's see, an 'assault pistol used to kill big game', hmmmm? Let's leave the 'assault pistol' idiocy out; I wonder if DC Moore has ever seen any of these animals up close? Maybe considered what it would take to kill one?

If you're not familiar with the 'so scary it causes pants-wetting just by being mentioned' 57, a brief(and I hope accurate) history: the Europeans wanted to develop an arm specifically for support troops(i.e., 'Troops you hope never actually engage in combat') and came up with the 5.7x28mm; it's a little bottleneck cartridge firing a dinky little bullet with, as I recall, ballistics very similar to the .22 Magnum. Yes, it will penetrate body armor IF you have the actual AP ammo, which has never been sold to anyone except military and LE(and if it's so horribly lethal and nasty, why does LE need it? Or is that like the 'bullet-spraying killing machines' that somehow are tamed when a minion of the state holds it?) Now, of the three critters named above, would you want to go after any of them with a somewhat hotted-up .22 Mag? I imagine you could do it. Once. After which the rather pissed-off critter will convert you to either mulch or droppings.

Then we get to some more of the meat(more like gristle) of the piece:
Authorities gathered information on gun suppliers during searches at homes of residents on parole and probation.
Let's see, if you're on parole that would indicate a felony conviction which means you can go to jail just for picking a gun up and looking at it; that's not working very well, apparently.
Undercover officers from LAPD's counterterrorism bureau then bought semi-automatic and fully automatic weapons from a dealer.
'Counterterrorism bureau? They couldn't send just plain undercover cops to do it? Damn.
Recent killings of four Oakland police officers gunned down by a parolee with a semi-automatic weapon has reignited cries for the federal government to reinstate a ban on assault weapons, which expired in 2004
A parolee already violating the aforementioned law AND with, as I recall, an illegal gun, for which every honest citizen with a non-PC gun should be screwed over. Very helpful, that'll be.

Further example of why some legislators and some cops

should be tarred and feathered. And a few of them hung.
Consider small-time inventor and entrepreneur Krister Evertson, who will testify at today's hearing. Krister never had so much as a traffic ticket before he was run off the road near his mother's home in Wasilla, Alaska, by SWAT-armored federal agents in large black SUVs training automatic weapons on him.

Evertson, who had been working on clean-energy fuel cells since he was in high school, had no idea what he'd done wrong. It turned out that when he legally sold some sodium (part of his fuel-cell materials) to raise cash, he forgot to put a federally mandated safety sticker on the UPS package he sent to the lawful purchaser.

Krister's lack of a criminal record did nothing to prevent federal agents from ransacking his mother's home in their search for evidence on this oh-so-dangerous criminal
At least it was over, right?


The good news is that a federal jury in Alaska acquitted Krister of all charges. The jurors saw through the charges and realized that Krister had done nothing wrong.

The bad news, however, is that the feds apparently had it in for Krister. Federal criminal law is so broad that it gave prosecutors a convenient vehicle to use to get their man.

Two years after arresting him, the feds brought an entirely new criminal prosecution against Krister on entirely new grounds. They used the fact that before Krister moved back to Wasilla to care for his 80-year-old mother, he had safely and securely stored all of his fuel-cell materials in Salmon, Idaho.

According to the government, when Krister was in jail in Alaska due to the first unjust charges, he had "abandoned" his fuel-cell materials in Idaho. Unfortunately for Krister, federal lawmakers had included in the Resource Recovery and Conservation Act a provision making it a crime to abandon "hazardous waste." According to the trial judge, the law didn't require prosecutors to prove that Krister had intended to abandon the materials (he hadn't) or that they were waste at all -- in reality, they were quite valuable and properly stored away for future use
In this case, first you have a bunch of idiots in DC who seem to think if they're not making something illegal or taxable or both, they're not doing anything. Second, you have law enforcement officials who are statist morons. There was no damned reason for, if you had to arrest Krister at all, using an effing SWAT team. And apparently we're supposed to believe that actual crime is so far under control that this moron prosecutor had the time and money to waste filing the second charge on him.

The other hardened criminal whose story members of Congress will hear today is retiree George Norris. A longtime resident of Spring, Texas, Norris made the mistake of not knowing and keeping track of all of the details of federal and international law on endangered species -- mostly paperwork requirements -- before he decided to turn his orchid hobby into a small business. What was Norris's goal? To earn a little investment income while his wife neared retirement.

The Lacey Act is an example of the dangerous overbreadth of federal criminal law. Incredibly, Congress has made it a federal crime to violate any fish or wildlife law or regulation of any nation on earth.

Facing 10 years in federal prison, Norris pled guilty and served almost two. His wife, Kathy, describes the pain of losing their life savings to pay for attorneys and trying to explain to grandchildren why for so long Poppa George couldn't see them
Again, some morons in DC thought this crap was a good idea, and some prosecutor apparently had so little actual crime to deal with that he thought spending money and time to screw a family over, was a good idea.

Few years back I read about a problem in New York Effing City for people who use guns in self-defense: if you had a legal gun and killed an attacker in actual self-defense, the prosecutors liked to charge you with involuntary manslaughter. It was an easy charge to make, fairly easy to get a conviction on(you either agreed to that or got charged with something else, OR went broke trying to defend yourself against it), and when you ran for office later it gave you another 'conviction of a dangerous criminal' to point to on your record. A prosecutor who actually gave a rats ass about truth and justice wouldn't do such; just like one who gave a crap about those things wouldn't have been involved in the crap above. Unfortunately, there's a lot of them who don't.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Two aspects of The One's work to SAVE US!

Thanks to Theo for both

When someone asks you a question, and the first thing you say is

'I don't know the facts of the case', then if you've got a brain you shut the hell up; you do NOT accuse the cop and the department of being racists and stupid. As Bill Cosby points out.
“I’ve heard about five different reports [on the details of the arrest],” Cosby said on Boston’s WZLX. “If I’m the president of the United States, I don’t care how much pressure people want to put on it about race, I’m keeping my mouth shut.”

“I was shocked to hear the president making this kind of statement,” Cosby said referring to the president’s remarks during last night’s press conference

More information on the incident here, including links to the report that the Boston Globe for some reason scrubbed from their site.

I will point out that from the information available, this professor managed to talk himself into being arrested due to arrogance and general stupidity. You know, I'm quite willing to call 'bullcrap' on a cop when I think he does wrong; I'm also willing to say "You know, professor, if you're so damn smart why didn't you just shut up?"

A response from Government Motors in the comments

so apparently they're actually paying attention to this kind of mess. The other day I posted on how a writer was screwed around when he was trying to test-drive a Camaro because he really wanted to buy one. Response in the comments is listed as from Adam Denison from GM:
Our response, I thought, was pretty proactive. This is a case of supply and demand because of how much in demand the Camaro is right now. Granted, it could've been handled better (hindsight is always 20/20, right?), but we're trying to correct the situation. Vijay and I have been in touch and we'll follow up with him when he gets back from vacation.

Mr. Denison, 'could've been handled better' is an understatement. Supply and demand problems mean telling the guy "Sir, we are flat sold out of them right now, we can notify you as soon as we have one you can drive" instead of either ignoring him, saying "We don't got one" and dropping him, or trying to push him to buy sight unseen. Or setting him up for a test drive and then him finding out A: it isn't the kind he wanted to drive and B: "Oh, you're not allowed to actually test drive it!" THAT was flat idiotic, and crap like that is why so many people hate looking at cars at all; and right now you can't afford to treat customers that way.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A roundup of some crap out there

The Senate made our enemies happy and our allies sad. And I have to say I'm disgusted that Sen. Coburn voted to drop F22 funding. And if you had any doubts remaining about President B. Hussein Cartman Obama, saw over at Ace that he'd promised to veto the bill if the F22 funding for more wasn't cancelled. Ace has the comment "surrender isn't an accident, it's a plan." And it seems to be the plan of the Second Carter AdministrationObama Administration.

Obama and the Democrats paid off the AMA to support his socialized medicine plan:
In the bill, Democrats provide $245 billion to eliminate an annual shortfall in payments to doctors under Medicare. Democrats resolved this annual headache, in large part, to win crucial support for the bill from the American Medical Association. That money currently counts against the overall costs of the bill, but Democrats have introduced legislation that would remove remove this obligation from federal deficit.

Michelle Malkin
tried to get some answers ref the new Science King(ranks right below Emperor Obama) about his views, gets lecture and runaround:

Last week, I called the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to press Science Czar John Holdren on his views; his purported disavowal of Ecoscience, the book he co-authored with Paul and Anne Ehrlich; and his continued embrace of forced-abortion advocate and eugenics guru Harrison Brown, whom he credits with inspiring him to become a scientist.

I got an earful from OSTP flack Rick Weiss, who lectured me about journalism. He let me know that he was a reporter for 15 years (at the Washington Post) and put me on notice against writing a “smear job.” He had snippy words for blogs covering the Holdren story and warned against making unfair associations between what Holdren believes and what other population control promoters believe.

But when I pressed him specifically about Holdren’s relationship with Harrison Brown, he:

1) said he didn’t know who he was;

2) balked at drawing any conclusions about Holdren’s views based on his homages to Brown (even though Brown is a lifelong intellectual mentor, colleague, and continued inspiration for Holdren);

3) and told me not to expect any response from Holdren’s office on my specific question about whether Hodren disavows his relationship with a eugenics enthusiast who referred to the world population as a “pulsating mass of maggots.”

I didn’t have any luck. Maybe you will.

Naw, it's not about Obama, it's about medicine! And HopeyChangey!!! Except when it's about Obama.

And last, the Honduran government told the Venezuelan government
The Foreign Ministry has requested the honorable embassy of Venezuela the withdrawal of its administrative, technical and diplomatic staff in a term of 72 hours due to the threats of using force, the interference in internal issues as well as the lack of respect to the territorial integrity," Deputy Foreign Minister Martha Lorena Alvarado said.
The Venezuelans, being standard-issue commie flying monkeys for Chavez,
The request, however, was turned down by Vezezuelan diplomats who said they would not leave Honduras and would not obey the order of any coup government not recognized by Venezuela.

"We do not recognize the government led by Roberto Micheletti. It is a coup government, supported by bayonets," Uriel Vargas, the first secretary from the Venezuelan embassy in Honduras, told local radio station HRN
I thought when a host government told you to get the hell out, you got. Unless you were actually trying to cause trouble, which these clowns are. Shouldn't that be cause for action like, oh, an infantry company exercise? Of course, since they'd be chasing a bunch of commie troublemakers out the UN and OAS and Obama would all crap bricks and make threats; if we were really lucky some of them would be so 'troubled' by Honduras defending their country there'd be some heart attacks or strokes. Or piles, at least.

Just like Jimmy Carter, "No Dictatorship We Can't Get Along With."

Thousands of Buddhist monks marched in the Hledan area of Rangoon back in September 2007. The monks led massive democracy protests against the violent junta. Unfortunately, the military regime cracked down on the activists killing and imprisoning several thousand men and women for demanding freedom. (BBC)

The regime slaughtered the democracy protesters. They gunned them down in the streets.

This is raw footage of the execution of Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai by the Burmese junta on September 27, 2007.

Today, Obama Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared "The US is back" in Asia as she signed a non-aggression treaty with the killer Myanmar junta.

You know, the Carter Dictator Suckup wasn't fun the first time around; the Obama Suckup is going to be worse, I fear.

Well, he'll have to do SOMETHING

with those old folks who 'maybe should just take a pill'.

"How dare you sell things that offer an opinion?

At least one we don't agree with?"
The bumper stickers and posters sold at "Free Market Warrior" at Concord Mills are meant to be "biting," the kiosk's owner Loren Spivack said.

At least one passerby found them racist and bigoted, and took time to tell the mall in a letter and a letter to the editor of the Charlotte Observer.

Whatever your opinion, the fact is this: At the end of July, Free Market Warrior will not be allowed at Concord Mills Mall. The kiosk chain's owner shared e-mail correspondence with NewsChannel 36 that explains that the mall management has decided that the items sold are not "neutral" enough. The lease will be allowed to expire July 31, 2009 without an option to renew
'Neutral enough'. Really? I wonder how many pro-Obama type shirts and stickers and such are sold at other stores? Especially since
The owner of the mall group, Mel Simon, has been a generous contributor to Democratic causes and politicians, including Barack Obama. Spivack thinks the decision about his lease is political.
You think maybe?

Pointed to by Insty.

Government Motors screws up, tries to catch horse after

barn door falls off; anybody surprised?
So, after seeing a newspaper ad promoting Camaros at a local Chevy dealer, I called and left a voicemail saying I was interested in a test drive.

I never heard back.

I was shocked. Here I was, ready to buy, while GM was in financial straits. I thought they'd be all over me. Turns out it's not so easy to obtain a piece of the American dream.

The next week, I decided to widen my search. I e-mailed four Chevy dealers in the area. Two never wrote back. One replied that they had no Camaros, and ended the correspondence right there. The fourth said they'd have one soon -- just stay tuned.

Dealer 4 began to check in periodically -- pitching Camaros that I could buy sight unseen. I reminded him of my request for a test drive. Then I reiterated my request for a test drive. Then I absolutely insisted on a test drive. And, eventually, I ended up with an appointment. But after driving 45 minutes to the dealer, I found that the one Camaro they'd gotten in was an automatic (I'd asked for a manual transmission) and that I wouldn't be allowed to drive it, just sit in it on the lot. The sales person tried to get me in a Corvette and to convince me that transmission is the same (it's not). I left the dealership, dejected, but not yet ready to give up

Yeah, putting politicians and unions in charge of (used to be)General Motors works out real well. Customer wants car, "Screw you, look at something else."

Oh, the ending:
UPDATE: Just in, via Twitter from GM's Adam Denison, one of the PR personnel for Camaro:

"FYI, we offered that WaPo blogger a ride with Ed Peper at a local dealership tomorrow. Haven't heard from him yet."

Based on Vijay Ravindran's Twitter feed, tomorrow may not work out, but it's interesting to see that GM PR is all over this
Well, gee, they just found out multiple dealers crapped on a potential customer; they'd BETTER be 'all over this'. Although, were I Ravindran, my response would probably be "Too late, jackass."

Quote of the day

in response to
"I don't think that the police should carry guns. Mainly because there is not enough respect for the police in this country. The best alternative is to issue all police officers with Taser guns.

"These are being deployed on a daily basis and hardly ever discharged. The mere threat of being tasered is often enough to stop people in their tracks. Forget the guns and bring on the Tasers. And respect the police."

Keith, in comments, says
Taser = Cattle Prod
Citizens = cattle

Does seem to sum it up, doesn't it?

How's that "Strict control of firearms" in Britain working out?

Not real well.
A 13-year-old schoolgirl has been arrested by armed police - after they discovered a sub-machine gun in her wardrobe.

The teenager was taken into custody yesterday afternoon after the M16-style rifle - capable of firing up to 900 rounds-per-minute - was seized at a flat in Croydon, South London
Please, that's just not possible! Why, such guns are BANNED in Britain!
After they secured the flat, Sergeant Darin Birmingham and his team searched the rooms, uncovering the weapon wrapped in clothes under a wardrobe.

Sgt Birmingham said: 'We received information that the young man living here, who is a known gang member, had access to firearms.

'We pieced together the information we had and decided to act immediately in case the firearm was used
(if it hadn't already...)
A M16 isn't a sub-gun; and we don't know if this was an M16 or an AR; you still have the fact that in 'strictly-controlled' Britain a gang-banger apparently had little trouble getting it. Seems like the "We should have laws like Britain!" idea just isn't working out real well.

Speaking of Britain,
The number of knife deaths in areas targeted by an anti-knife crime scheme has risen, the Home Office has said.

The government's Tackling Knives Action Programme started last July in 10 police areas in England and Wales.

In its first nine months, 126 people died after being attacked with a knife or other sharp object - seven more than in the same period the previous year.

Overall knife-related violence fell by 10%, but the number of deaths among teenagers remains unchanged
There's a lot of "But things are getting better!" sunniness, but at the end you have someone pointing to a bit of reality:
Professor Marian Fitzgerald, a criminologist at Kent University, said the government was putting too much emphasis on knife carrying instead of knife crime.

She said: "They have thrown a lot at very visible police enforcement, lots of stop and search, most of which yields nothing.

"Meanwhile that hardcore who are determined to perpetrate violence whatever is done are not being dealt with."

Exactly. Someone with a pocketknife for general use isn't a threat; someone committing a crime is. Deal with the criminal, dammit, and stop blaming the object. And stop making criminals of people with no evil intent.

Remember the 'FBI agent accused of dealing guns to Mexico'

story? And the possible "Wait a minute..."? There's more:



From a source helping defend Shipley:

The AUSA leaked the sealed (by the AUSA) Search Warrant to the local press the day before John was arraigned, and never notified the Defense Attorney.

Well isn't that interesting--and something else to look into. Also:

Below I have cut from the regulation the definition for a fire arms dealer. You can see that a collector of firearms or a hobbyist is not required to obtain a license or maintain records of sales. So why is John Shipley being accused of being a dealer if he sold 50 weapons in three years and bought 53 weapons. Can a collector improve his collection? Can a collector buy a gun, shoot it and find out that it is not what he thought it was, sell it and buy something else? If you read the regulation there is no finite number that says if you sell ten guns you have to be a Federal Firearms Licensee. So if the regulation is vague, then do we allow the government to pick and choose who they want to prosecute? Does the word Selective Prosecution mean anything to you?
Why yes, it does. It's possible this agent is actually dirty; it's also possible he's a guy who bought and sold stuff for his personal collection, one of which he sold MAY have wound up in Mexico(according to the story, NOT from his hands), and the feds are playing games and wanting to hang him for publicity and example. And, unfortunately, we have reason to think the latter is quite possible; they've done crap like that before.

As Codrea says, more to learn about this.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

"This bill has to be passed RIGHT NOW! Even if I don't know

what's in it!"
During the call, a blogger from Maine said he kept running into an Investors Business Daily article that claimed Section 102 of the House health legislation would outlaw private insurance. He asked: “Is this true? Will people be able to keep their insurance and will insurers be able to write new policies even though H.R. 3200 is passed?” President Obama replied: “You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you are talking about.” (quote begins at 17:10)

This is a truly disturbing admission by the President, especially considering that later in the call, Obama promises yet again: “If you have health insurance, and you like it, and you have a doctor that you like, then you can keep it. Period.” How can Obama keep making this promise if he is not familiar with the health legislation that is being written in Congress? Details matter
Except, y'know, when they get in the way of The Chosen One getting what he wants.

I just don't know what to make of this one

The question is 'Should UK cops carry guns?', and one of the responses is
As a serving police officer, spats13 shares his frank opinion: "I don't think that the police should carry guns. Mainly because there is not enough respect for the police in this country. The best alternative is to issue all police officers with Taser guns.

"These are being deployed on a daily basis and hardly ever discharged. The mere threat of being tasered is often enough to stop people in their tracks. Forget the guns and bring on the Tasers. And respect the police."

Uh huh. Ok. Have at it, folks.

Every time Schumer supports 'state's rights', it's because

it will screw with individual rights in a way he approves:
Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who has pledged to filibuster the amendment, called it a breach of states' rights. "Each state has carefully crafted its concealed-carry laws in the way that makes the most sense to protect its citizens," he said. "Clearly, large, urban areas merit a different standard than rural areas," he said. "To gut the ability of local police and sheriffs to determine who should be able to carry a concealed weapon makes no sense. It could reverse the dramatic success we've had in reducing crime in most all parts of America."
Not a surprise, but Schumer has the same problem Giuliani had: apparently your rights- at least some of them- should depend on the size of the place you live. And he thinks 'may issue', where the sheriff or police chief can screw your carry license application around for months, or just deny it because he wants to, is a wonderful thing. Which, to a statist clown like Schumer, it is.

And note that 'reducing crime in most all parts of America' line: he ignores that the places with the most restrictions on firearms ownership, especially concealed carry, are generally the ones with the worst crime problems, "Let's just gloss over that because it undermines my bigotry."

Monday, July 20, 2009

Oh, jeez, so arguably the worst President we've ever had

won't condemn palestinian terrorists and muslim woman-abusers, but he's leaving the Baptist church because it 'subjugates' women...

Saw a new blurb on this earlier, the 'click to find out why he's leaving' type and didn't click on it because I KNEW it would piss me off and there were breakables in reach.

Former President Jimmy Carter, the moron idiot clownfool that keeps on giving.

Do cop shows make you laugh? Do military shows make you

scream? Does the sound of people racking their arms just before hitting a door*, or AFTER they yell 'Halt!' cause you despair?

Go here for relief.

Thanks to James for the link

*Making enough noise for an infantry squad WITH a couple of M249's thrown in, which makes sneaking up on the bad guys kind of difficult...

Here's something I haven't seen before

Happened to look out back at the birdfeeder and saw white. So snuck out with the camera and got these:
Couldn't take a rest, so not the sharpest. Sparrow or finch, almost all white; that's a new one on me.

Just to add to the fun,

if Obama were found to be ineligible, how about this:
What happens to the people who knew, and still let him run?
Would that come under the heading of conspiracy, or something else? And what would be suitable punishment, besides being marked as vile lawbreakers of the worst kind?(which wouldn't exactly bother them, some would probably consider it a mark of distinction: "I tried to save us by helping The One, no matter the cost!", etc.)

A couple of years ago I posted a range report on a flintlock pistol

of Highland pattern. Just had a question from a gentleman,
I have one but the lock states Main Scott and Deeks. Grnk Greenock? 1777
I have shot it a great many times and it is the 4th of July in your hands.
Anyone know about the info on the Lock?
The name Greenock sounds familiar, and it's a town in Britain but other than that I don't know, and can't find, anything.

Anybody have any information/ideas?

On my question the other day ref the birth certificate question,

I maybe should have phrased it differently:
If it turned out to be true that he's not legally qualified to be President, do we do what the law and right demands, or go with the "It would cause too much disruption!" argument and let him stay in?

Messy as hell either way. If we hold to the law, it means
He's out of office, immediately.
EVERY law, act, executive order, ANYTHING signed into effect by him is void.
Every appointee to any position is out.
And, of course, we'd wind up with Biden in the Oval Office(there's a nightmare for you).

If we don't do the above?
EVERYthing he's done or would do in the future is tainted. This is not something Congress could throw a quick law through to get over(and who would sign it?); we're talking having to actually amend the Constitution to change that. And God, wouldn't there be a mess while you were trying to do it? And lawsuits on everything in sight. Because "He was not a valid President when he signed/appointed/whatever.", and rightly so.

So the question, better put, is "Would you favor follow the law and let the chips fall, or somehow letting him stay in the office(IF a legal way could be found) so as to minimize disruption?(it wouldn't, the disruption might actually be worse, but that would be the argument)

As RNS points out, you'd have heard about this ALL WEEKEND

IN CAPS if it'd been a Republican anything:
The president of the Stokes County chapter of the NAACP was arrested Monday on sex and weapons charges.

Larry Lash, 54, of Walnut Cove is charged with 6 counts of statutory rape, 2 counts of sex offense with certain victims, and 2 counts of first degree sex offense among other sex charges.

Stokes County Sheriff Mike Joyce told WFMY News 2 the case involves three victims. He said at least two of the victims were under the age of 16 when the crimes occurred. Investigators believe the sex acts took place at Lash's Walnut Cove home over a period of time.

That's the sex; what about the weapons?
Lash was taken into custody at his home. During his arrest, investigators found five guns and multiple rounds of ammunition, according to Sheriff Joyce. As a result of the discovery, Lash was also charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

"He had two prior felonies, according to his records," explained Joyce. "One involved the death of two people back in the mid 70's, and the other was an incident where in Rockingham County he discharged a weapon into a motor vehicle."

Damn, nice people in charge at the NAACP, huh? And if they claim "We didn't know about this", I call bullcrap, too:
If the there is any evidence at all that Lash used the influence and prestige of his position to carry out his assaults, I hope that the families of the victims sue the state and local organizations into bankruptcy as a warning that no organization is above the law, and especially one chartered to fight for equality.

In this day and age where you have to submit to a criminal background check for everything from applying for loans, to applying for jobs, to volunteering in many organizations, there is no excuse at all for the NAACP not vetting their officers on every level, including Lash.

The other possibily—that the NAACP knew Lash was an convicted killer, and allowed him to serve anyway—is even more dangerously negligent, and I hope is far from the truth
But, I have to say, it's quite possible.

And down in Honduras,

the legal government has basically said "You're not going to shove this Chavez puppet back into our President's chair":
When asked about the idea of having Zelaya return to Honduras as president with a reconciliation government, Assistant Foreign Minister Martha Lorena Alvarado gave a one-word response: “Impossible.”

Her comment in Honduras’ capital, Tegucigalpa, was the clearest indication that the talks had deadlocked.

“The reinstatement of Zelaya, as we have maintained and now repeat, is not negotiable … there is no possibility of him returning to Honduras as president,” Alvarado said

And, later,
Honduras' interim leader, Roberto Micheletti, flatly rejected Arias' proposal that Zelaya be reinstated, the major stumbling block in the mediation.

"I'm very sorry, but the proposals that you have presented are unacceptable to the constitutional government of Honduras ... in particular your proposal number one," said Carlos Lopez, head of the negotiating team for Micheletti

Hell yeah! The Honduran government followed the law and threw Zelaya out, and they're not letting HopeyChangeypants push them into lettting this clown turn their country into another Venezuela. Despite Obama being seen as so friendly to tyrants that Chavez called Washington for help shoving the dictator wannabe back into power.

So part of bankrupting the country does involve spending lots of money

on illegal aliens for their health care. Wonderful.

And the Obama administration doesn't want to release data until AFTER they get 'health care reform' shoved down our throats, if they can. Keep yelling at the congresscritters, folks, it's the only thing that may stop this atrocity.

Three men and a woman with guns walk and have lunch

Nothing happens. Except for the shooty goodness later.

Pointed to by Insty.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

I have a question for the five of you who read this,

which will probably get me labeled 'conspiracy loon' by some. Question is,

Let's say someone puts information before a judge who then says "I order President Obama to produce his actual birth certificate." Screaming, threats, etc. ensue, but in the end you have a legal order from a judge saying "Produce it or people are going to jail." And the certificate is dragged out and examined, and lo! Barack Hussein Obama is not a natural-born American citizen.

What should happen then?

Yes, I know, I've read all the crap from both sides. I wouldn't worry about it except for one thing: instead of producing the damn thing and ending the question, Obama and the Democrats(or should I just say 'his flying monkeys'?) have spent a hell of a lot of money and lawyer time trying to make sure no such order happens. Which makes me think there's something rotten in the Democrat PartyDenmark of this matter. Thus, the question.

Today I have for you evidence of standard commie-type nation-stealing,

and leftist insanity.

Commie-type bullcrap
A Spanish Catalan newspaper is reporting that Honduran authorities have seized computers found in the Presidential Palace belonging to deposed president Mel Zelaya. Taking a page right out of the leftist dictator's handbook, these computers, according to the news report, contained the official and certified results of the illegal constitutional referendum Zelaya wanted to conduct that never took place. The results of this fraudulent vote was tilted heavily in Zelaya's favor, ensuring he could go ahead and illegally change the constitution so he could remain in power for as long as he wanted to. ACORN, I'm sure, is taking notes.
He's got the article in Spanish, and a translation. Part of which:
The official investigation now deals with the possible crime of fraud and falsification of documents due to the fact that some of the certified voting results had been filled with the personal information of individuals that supposedly participated in the failed referendum that did not take place because of the coup.

One of the district attorneys that participated in the operation that took place this Friday showed reporters an official voting result from the Technical Institute Luis Bogran, of Tegucigalpa, in which the specific number of people that participated in table 345, where there were 550 ballots, 450 of which were votes in favor of Zelaya's proposal and 30 were against, in addition to 20 blank ballots and 30 ballots, which were nullified.
Aside from what seems to be the 'required by journalists' reference to it being a 'coup', it seems hard evidence of prepared vote fraud in an election that was illegal to begin with. Wonderful, isn't it?

Now, to leftist idiocy, I point to Janeane Garofalo:
The, mostly the media in the States is much more to the right. I mean there is almost no liberal outlet for news commentary or editorializing. And also, they have an unfortunate need to make it combative where they have people that wind up devolving into a shouting match of sorts.
It seems that I'll have to refer to her as either deluded, off her meds or insane. Or, simply, a bald-faced liar. Because if she actually believes this crap, then she's out of her damn mind.

Among the reasons it's referred to as the People's Republic of Massachusetts,

"Armed with the knowledge that more than 250,000 tickets for civil motor vehicle infractions were challenged in the state last fiscal year, legislators have voted to charge drivers $25 for such hearings."

Take a day of from work to fight a $100 speeding ticket, and if the court finds you were wrongly cited and clears you of any wrongdoing, the State will now be charging you $25 for the "privilege" of being found innocent.

TWENTY (at least!!!) prior convictions for violent crime, and a woman was raped and stabbed to death, because there was no one in this guy's long relationship with the criminal justice (for lack of a better word) system to say "Gee, maybe this asshole should be in prison."

Massachusetts lawmakers will pass a law making it illegal for a non-criminal Massachusetts resident to purchase a 12-round magazine for a pistol (10 rounds are OK, less violence-inducing, apparently) and justify it with "IF IT SAVES JUST ONE LIFE!".

But that same group of lawmakers has sat on their collective ass for decades, doing nothing to keep repeat violent offenders in prison, and letting scumbags like this walk the streets, free to rape and murder with impunity.
Obligatory Closing Line: Thank God Ms. Gosule wasn't carrying a firearm that night. Someone could have got hurt.

Among the reasons it's referred to as the People's Republic of Massachissetts,

Among the other reasons the current Iranian government should fall

and some members of it burn in hell,
He said he had been a highly regarded member of the force, and had so "impressed my superiors" that, at 18, "I was given the 'honor' to temporarily marry young girls before they were sentenced to death."

In the Islamic Republic it is illegal to execute a young woman, regardless of her crime, if she is a virgin, he explained. Therefore a "wedding" ceremony is conducted the night before the execution: The young girl is forced to have sexual intercourse with a prison guard - essentially raped by her "husband."

"I regret that, even though the marriages were legal," he said.

Why the regret, if the marriages were "legal?"

"Because," he went on, "I could tell that the girls were more afraid of their 'wedding' night than of the execution that awaited them in the morning. And they would always fight back, so we would have to put sleeping pills in their food. By morning the girls would have an empty expression; it seemed like they were ready or wanted to die.

"I remember hearing them cry and scream after [the rape] was over," he said. "I will never forget how this one girl clawed at her own face and neck with her finger nails afterwards. She had deep scratches all over her."

This is not the only case of this conduct coming to light, only the most recent.

And our President Obama and that bitch Clinton just can't wait to have 'talks' with these bastards...

Well, it seems Amazon didn't delete

just the book from Kindle:
Justin Gawronski, a 17-year-old from the Detroit area, was reading “1984” on his Kindle for a summer assignment and lost all his notes and annotations when the file vanished. “They didn’t just take a book back, they stole my work,” he said.

Add that to this:
Amazon’s published terms of service agreement for the Kindle does not appear to give the company the right to delete purchases after they have been made. It says Amazon grants customers the right to keep a “permanent copy of the applicable digital content.”
And yet they did it anyway. And so far their main comment hasn't been "We shouldn't have done that", it's "We shouldn't have done it the way we did." Which isn't exactly comforting.

"Truer words have never been babbled."

Yeah, that sums up Veep Biden, all right. For example,
Iran. Earlier this month George Stephanopoulos asked Biden if the US would stand in the way of Israel decided it was time to take out Iran's nuke program. Said the Veep: "We cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do ... if they make a determination that they're existentially threatened and their survival is threatened by another country."

True. But wrong! The sensible thing is to say: "We are seriously concerned about Iran's nuclear ambitions, and strongly support serious efforts to be concerned, in coordination with allies whose serious efforts are concerned with -- hey, is that a mushroom cloud on CNN? Turn the sound up." Everyone knows Iran will give up the bomb, but in their own way: by putting it on a rocket and waving safe journey, Allah-speed. As the saying goes: If you love something, set it free. If the US isn't going to stop them, shouldn't Israel have the right to?

But that's not the official line, so YANK went the collar. Administration officials explained that the Vice President was using secret reverse-talking, and the allies remain committed to a sustained effort to frown and grip the podium while hoping there's no follow-up questions

As for the 'truer words',
So do not criticize him; applaud his palaver, and hope for more. Biden's "gaffes" are anything but -- they're simply what the administration is really thinking.
Which, if it doesn't already, should scare hell out of you.