Saturday, July 02, 2011

I don't have the background to state an opinion

on this; I do have to wonder of the lighter weight is worth giving up a MG. From what son's told me, the tradeoff of the weight is that you CAN put a lot more fire downrange when needed. And change the barrel fairly quickly when needed.


There's a reason it's called the Stupid Party,

and some branches are downright retarded.

Also, please note this: The president of the AZ police union also called up every Republican candidate and elected official in the state telling them ‘you’re fucked’ if you don’t condemn Brian Miller.” The proper response to this would be "Fuck you; I don't like being threatened, and I'm going to spread this far and wide."

Apparently the current mayor of Chicago isn't as stupid

and arrogant as the last. Or maybe just not stupid.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will introduce an ordinance next week to allow gun ranges to operate in Chicago.

To obtain a gun permit in Chicago, residents must now travel to a suburban gun range to complete a mandated firearms training course.

The city is currently facing a federal lawsuit saying the city’s ban of gun ranges in the city has created a burden for those seeking a Chicago gun permit
If you don't remember, the previous mayor, Richard the Turd, when faced with the fact that he couldn't ban gun ownership, tried to make it as difficult and expensive as possible for the peasants to have arms, and this was one part of that: "You have to go to a range for training, but no ranges are allowed for the peasants in the city of Chicago." Apparently Emanuel, while an anti-gun dirtbag, isn't wanting to explain to the people why they're paying for another big lawsuit the city will lose.

Link to the Murrah Building Bombing hearing

the other day in the Trentadue case(thank you, Anony, why I didn't check there I have no idea). The opening pretty much covers it, and causes my bullshit meter to just about knock the peg out:
In a response filed yesterday to a federal judge’s order May 11, an FBI official offered no denials about the existence of video images captured by more than 20 surveillance cameras operating prior to 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, in the vicinity of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. Instead, he explained that officials at the bureau merely cannot find the tapes and raised the possibility that they “might have been misfiled and thus could be located somewhere other than in the OKBOMB file (though it would be impossible to know where).”
One of the things I remember from the KTOK reports was that the FBI official said they'd done an 'electronic' search, but it's possible the tapes(if they exist) are in a warehouse full of evidence and it could take a year-and-a-half to look for them...

What The HELL?

What was, until 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in the US in history, videotapes that may or may not show the whole thing and they expect us to believe THEY DON'T KNOW IF THEY EXIST? OR WHERE THEY ARE?
I'm a firm believer in that adage "Do not look for treason or treachery where incompetence or stupidity will explain"; I cannot apply that here, because neither incompetence or stupidity of this level is believable.
This comes across, to me, as "We don't want to actually lie to the judge(with some of the documents already on record it WOULD be a lie) and say there were none, so we'll play dumb and say "Duh, we don't know, Your Honor, maybe we should look further? It'll only take a year(or two, or three, or...)."

If this IS the unbelievable, this level of incompetence should get some of those Special Agents fired. AND their supervisors. There is flatly no excuse whatever for failing to keep track of such evidence. And if it's not incompetence, then the FBI doesn't want those tapes to be seen and has lied to the judge and said "Beats me, no idea if they're around."

As Quint said, it's enough to piss off the Good Humor man.

And I do wonder why the story isn't on the KTOK website; hell, the repeated it at least half-a-dozen times yesterday.

The Superintendent of Chicago Police:

Even worse than we thought:
It should be noted how counterfeit and disingenuous McCarthy is. This is a man who has spent his entire professional life in an extremely aggressive, no-holds-barred crusade to put as many black men as possible in prison. He has vigorously advocated the wholesale arrests of black men for the smallest of infractions or violations with not a care as to how such actions could hamstring or effect their futures. He has publicly castigated (and humiliated in some cases) other police executives when they failed to pursue this crusade with the same zeal that he had.

This man is one of the architects of the “Stop, Question and Frisk” policy that the ACLU, the New York attorney general, newspapers, and civil rights activists have condemned as racist. For him to now climb up on stage and tell a black audience that he cares about them and that the problems in their neighborhoods are the fault of “gun laws” and some mystical governmental action is bizarre.

Garry knows what the real problem is but he is shamelessly prostituting himself in an effort to get a high approval rating and establish his liberal bona fides

More here and here. From the second link:
So Gary was back up to his old tricks again. He involved himself in another car stop, this one involved the arrest of a relative in Manhattan for DWI. When a cop on the midnight tour of the Manhattan North Task Force pulled the relative over, the relative telephoned McCarthy but the cop refused to speak to him. Interestingly enough almost identical to his daughter Kyla's incident. Instead, after consulting with his Sergeant and Lieutenant, the cop arrested the relative of McCarthy. McCarthy was not happy. He began calling the borough commander, Assistant Chief Raymond Diaz, to have the cop, Sergeant and Lieutenant transferred. Behind-the-scenes negotiations with a union trustee ultimately produced a back-door apology.

The Trailer guy points out that Cummings and the VPC

& Co. really DO want to ban all arms from private ownership; they're just willing to go 'round at angles and play word games to do it. For instance, "We don't want to ban your 'standard' rifle. Unless we can define it to be a 'medium' or 'intermediate' sniper rifle, in which case it's gone. Along with your ammuntion and that telescopic sight and anything else we can steal."
...Such litigation could impose tort liability, including punitive damages, for manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, importers, retailers, and any others who participate in bringing to the civilian market any sniper rifle (in any caliber) or associated gear (such as ammunition or optics) that is used to kill or injure a human being or to damage property.
Which is the equivalent of Ford and the Ford dealer who sold a car being held liable for a drunk driver. Which they'd probably also love to do.
The existing ban on armor-piercing ammunition should be updated and expanded to cover all AP and API ammunition. This would most effectively be accomplished through the promulgation of a performance standard in which ammunition is tested for its ability to penetrate bullet-resistant vests, ballistic glass, and armor,ee as opposed to the existing standard based on the bullet's content.
Guess what? Most "bullet-resistant vests" are designed to stop PISTOL rounds. Not rifle rounds. You're 30 cal of any sort would be categorized as AP ammo.
Which means Grandpa's .30-30 Winchester would no longer have ammo. Along with every other rifle or handgun legal for hunting deer, I would imagine.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Dammit, they're affecting EVERYTHING!

Got some kids or grandkids or nieces or nephews?

Want to show them something they'll probably never see in school?

More over at Ace

So, I have a question:

If the flotilla is so full of non-violent protesters with NO violent intentions,
A second Greek Coast Guard boat with more heavily armed forces arrived. There were more discussions between the Greeks and the captain of our boat, and in the end the decision was made to return to shore.
why did the Greek CG bring in a second 'more heavily armed' boat? Maybe they know something?

I heard a story on the latest Trentadue hearing Updated

and was going to write about it, but there's a problem: I can't find the story. Update: here it is; oddly- since they reported it several times on the air- there's no link I can find at the KTOK site

KTOK radio had it earlier, but there's not story or link I can find on their webLinksite. And I can't find it elsewhere.

As I recall, Trentadue had sued the FBI to be given access to security camera videos that should show the scene before the bombing. If I'm remembering what I heard correctly, the FBI today told the judge that
"We can't find any such videos", followed by
"If there are any, they must be in storage with a lot of other evidence; and it'll take us a year and a half to look to see if there is such."

Assuming I can find the new story, I'll add it to this.

Ok, here's the part that causes my 'Bullshit' meter to peg out:
In a response filed yesterday to a federal judge’s order May 11, an FBI official offered no denials about the existence of video images captured by more than 20 surveillance cameras operating prior to 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, in the vicinity of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. Instead, he explained that officials at the bureau merely cannot find the tapes and raised the possibility that they “might have been misfiled and thus could be located somewhere other than in the OKBOMB file (though it would be impossible to know where).”
Really? You Absolutely Effing Expect us to believe that? What was, until 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in the US in our history and you supposedly CAN'T FIND THE VIDEOTAPE EVIDENCE? THEY MAY EXIST, BUT YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE? We're actually supposed to believe that?

I am a firm believer in that adage "Do not blame treachery or treason where stupidity or incompetence explains it", but this is WAY outside the limits.

Ensign Sean Barner

Someone you should know about. And someone the Brady types wish didn't exist.

I simply have no words to express my contempt

for these sorry excuses for lawmen.

I don't want to excerpt from this, go read it. Breakables/RCOB warning in effect.

If these clowns aren't at LEAST fired, then this agency has given up any reason to expect the citizens to respect that agency.

Found at Robb's place. I'm not sure whether to thank him or not, as this has ruined my digestion.

From India: You can't refuse an arms license to someone

by saying 'there might be a law & order problem'. Some real interesting stuff, but I'll pull two bits out. First, what happens when owning arms is a 'privilege':
Revenue authorities or police officials cannot refuse to issue arms licence by citing the likelihood of law and order problem as all citizens of the country are entitled to possess weapons, under licence, for self-defence unless their antecedents or propensities do not entitle them for the privilege, the Madras High Court has ruled.
He pointed out that the Arms Act, 1959 was enacted to lessen the rigours of the colonial Arms Act, 1878 which made it difficult for law abiding citizens to possess firearms for self-defence whereas terrorists, dacoits and other anti-social or anti-national elements were using not only civilian weapons but also bombs, hand-grenades, Bren-guns, Sten-guns, rifles and revolvers of military type.
So the judge recognizes the fact that the bad guys do not obey the law; that's a Good Thing. real interesting part is what follows:
The The 1959 Act was also intended to recognise the right of the State to requisition the services of every citizen during national emergencies. “The licensees and permit holders of fire arms, Shikaris (hunters), target shooters and rifle-men in general (in appropriate age groups) will be of great service to the country in emergencies, if the Government can properly mobilise and utilise them,” the Act read.
Damn. That sounds kind of like 'the Militia will be called up in time of emergency', doesn't it?
God knows they could have used it in Mumbai a couple of years ago. Or just a lot more honest citizens with arms in that city

Found thanks to Uncle

To borrow from Tam,

So we need to crack down on the flow of guns being illegally smuggled into Mexico by increasing the power and funding of the federal agency that was, as it turns out, aiding and abetting most of the actual illegal smuggling in the first place.

I guess you need a law degree from the University of Maryland for that to make even the slightest shred of sense, because from here it sounds like the opposite of a solution, if not outright crazy talk.

I admit to being unfamiliar with some of the tech matters,

but I would think the effing NAVY would be a bit careful about the chips it buys...
Wired reports the chips weren't only low-quality fakes, they had been made with a "back-door" and could have been remotely shut down at any time.

If left undiscovered the result could have rendered useless U.S. missiles and killed the signal from aircraft that tells everyone whether it's friend or foe.

Hey, why blame the people actually responsible for Gunwalker

when you can spin it to try and demand MORE personal disarmament laws!

Like the way Bloomberg's Mayors Against Gun Ownership claims lies are truth; because the truth won't help them get what they want.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Win a galley copy of Monster Hunter Alpha

Details here. Also, if you're ordering a copy, how to help Correia boost the ratings just by buying at the right time

Ok, Labour, if 'reasonable force' is allowed IN your home

in self-defense, why have so many people wound up in jail?

Or is it just that your definition of 'reasonable' is something nobody can meet? You bastards.

Link fixedLink

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sometimes reality is far in advance of satire

when it comes to absurdity. The results, however, are not always funny.

When she left him, he hunted her down (despite court orders to stay away from her), slashed the tires of her car, and daubed the wall outside her apartment with the word “slag.” He was convicted of harassment in 2009.

Such was the man whom the University of Bradford selected to pursue a doctorate in homicide studies, a subdivision of the Department of Criminal Justice Studies, with fees and living expenses paid by the government.
Words just fail me.

Followon to "If you get rid of your nuke plants,

the electricity still has to come from SOMEWHERE..."
Nuclear power currently supplies 25 percent of Germany’s power, 39 percent of Switzerland’s power, and 20 percent of the electricity consumed in the U.S.

“Turning off a single large nuclear power plant could require dozens of coal and gas-fired plants to ramp up production to make up the difference,” says Paul Fischbeck, professor of social and decision sciences and engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

“These plants use fossil fuels, cost more to operate, and emit pollution that can lead to acid rain and ozone, and CO2, a greenhouse gas.”

The differences could be significant, Fischbeck says. “Replacing the Brown’s Ferry plant in Alabama with a mix of coal and gas power plants would cause CO2 emissions to increase by approximately 24 million tons each year. That’s the same as the annual emissions of over 4 million cars.

Finally found the article(again), thanks to RNS

I have two questions:

First, as to the references to disaffected minority youths attacking people and robbing stores, why are they referred to as 'flashmobs' instead of 'Thieving little thug bastards'?

Second, just what is it they use as the seal material on whiskey bottles? That stuff you peel off?
Clarification: not the wax on stuff like Maker's Mark, the foil you have to peel off.

Might explain some things: the EPA is using regulations to extort

money. Isn't that just wonderful?

the Knob Hill Board of Directors and the Property Owners Association

ought to be collectively horsewhipped. I'd say 'shamed', but it appears they have no shame. Or ethics.
Late last week, a lawyer for the HOA served the contractors on site with a cease and desist letter to stop the preparation of the build site. Facing strong opposition from the Property Owners Association, the Knob Hill Board of Directors and the Property Owners Association met again on June 20th, just four days before the planned kickoff of the home build. Homes for Our Troops was then notified that the house plans do not meet the Knob Hill standards and the original approval was thus rescinded. Homes for Our Troops has now been told that it must begin anew the entire approval process and that the house needs to be at least 3400 square feet and multi-level to even be considered.
Note that the clowns now say 'plans are moving forward'; I'd hope they realized just what assholes they were being, but it's probably Deity-knows how many people TELLING them that that gave them the idea that their behavior wasn't exactly going over well.
"Shockingly, it appears that the Knob Hill community has decided it does not want to welcome SFC Gittens and his family, as we were previously told," said Homes for Our Troops Founder John Gonsalves. "Despite our working closely with the Knob Hill Property Owners Association over the past four months, we find ourselves in an untenable situation. We cannot afford to add 700 square feet to the house, particularly under our special adaptive plans. And our experience in building over 100 homes dictates that severely injured veterans need a specially adapted single level home. Frankly, this late action begun by the Knob Hill Property Owners means we must suspend working on the home. The Knob Hill Property Owners Association has now assured that SFC Gittens and his family will not be able to have the home they so desperately need. We have done everything in our power to try to resolve this situation, but it appears that the community is not willing to accept this home, and SFC Gittens and his family into the community."

"Nossir, Boeing should not be allowed to move

because those slope-browed workers in the south just aren't smart and skilled enough for the jobs!"

Remember the wondering about why Leahy

made the deal? Some thoughts and more information here. Short answer: damage control and 'they think this is all they've got'.

A try at some new grips

In this case on a S&W K22The factory grips are in great shape(and carefully put away), but too small for comfortable shooting. So I dug out a walnut plank and did some layout. A while back while at Harbor Freight I ran across a trim router(much like this) on sale; "That might be handy for some projects!" thinks I, and I was right. I found it a lot easier to use for something like the inletting on grips like these than a full-size router.

The router does the bulk of the cutting, then used chisels to clean it up, then a lot of rasping and filing and then sanding later they were ready for some coats of this stuff. Very good stuff it is, makes a very durable finish that's easy to touch up if it gets dinged. I did take them to the range before finishing, so I could find if anything needed to be changed, then did the final sanding.

I did make a set of escutcheons and a screw for them; I'll do another post later on how, it's nice to be able to make them instead of ordering.

I think they'll work well.

Well, isn't this just a wonderful addition to the security theater

mess? Among other things,
One document set reveals that even after TSA employees identified cancer clusters possibly linked to radiation exposure, the agency failed to issue employees dosimeters - safety devices that could assess the level of radiation exposure. Another document indicates that the DHS mischaracterized the findings of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, stating that NIST "affirmed the safety" of full body scanners.
As to the cancer clusters, Phelps has a theory.
As far as the cancer clusters go, based on the dates, it’s unlikely to be the new pornoscanners. It is more likely that they had a malfunctioning luggage scanner, and it’s killing everyone who was near it for more than a few hours. What they have been hiding is that they were warned not to let employees stand around this thing, and avoided giving them the safety equipment that would show if something was malfunctioning and putting them in danger.

Another quote from Mamet; no wonder the lefties are so pissed at him:
Contemporary Liberal sentiment endorses the abrogation or elaboration of law to ensure that no one suffers, but the first and most important task of law in a democracy is not to right individual wrongs, but to ensure that no one suffers because of the state. And the simple, tragic truth is that this may be accomplished not by a Czar or committee, or by reorganization, or by accession to office of the Benevolent or Wise, but only by limiting the State’s power.
That very idea just scares hell out of people like Obama and Clinton and Japete, doesn't it?

Some more thoughts on Richard Stengel and his errors ref the Constitution.

Does have a ring to it: Mayors Against the 5th Amendment:
Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns has formally changed their name to Mayors Against the Fifth Amendment w/ the release of a video calling for the elimination of Due Process.

By the way, the agency that can't actually do things that make sense on airline security have the spare time and money to do this. (thanks to Tam)

When "We were only following ordersprocedures"

becomes the excuse for everything, this is what you get.
  • In November 2010, the Daily Mail reported that a woman passenger carrying 12 ounces of her breast milk asked for the bottles to be visually inspected, per TSA guidelines, instead of run through the x-ray machine. In response to her request, TSA screeners detained the woman for an hour, causing her to miss her flight, and told her that “if she didn't 'go through with the horse and pony show' she would be arrested.” The TSA responded to the story on its blog thusly: “Although the proper screening procedures were followed at the time, we acknowledge this particular passenger experienced an out of the ordinary delay, and have worked with our officers to ensure we proceed with expediency in screening situations similar to this.”
  • In 2008, a heavily pierced traveler was made by Lubbock TSA screeners to remove her nipple piercings with a pair of pliers while two male screeners snickered and cracked jokes. Once again, the TSA defended the actions of its people on the ground. “The bottom line: the security officers followed the procedures for when someone alarms the metal detector and did nothing wrong,” wrote “Lynn” on the TSA Blog. “But, after looking at the procedure the officers followed, it was determined that the procedures should be modified.”
Uh, you know something? If you were hiring people with working brains and a sense of honor THEY WOULDN'T BE DOING THE SHIT THAT'S CAUSING ALL THE UPROAR, now would they?
Of course, if you had people who actually gave a damn about catching terrorists instead of being PC and interested in security theater, the rules wouldn't be so effing stupid, either.

From a friend: new firearm announcement

Ruger has just announced that they are coming out with a new pistol in honor of Obama. It will be named the "Union Worker".

It doesn't work and you can't fire it.

If you need a small bugout bag or general carry

bag, here's one on sale. But not for long, ends 1400 today

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bigger & faster equals

bigger holes and more jump in the barrel.

Thanks to Parkway Rest Stop

Never heard of Bill Wineke before, which is kind of a surprise;

his idiocy and sliming would fit right in to many major media businesses.Link

I should note, about the deal to get Melson to testify,

Leahy is a miserable little political skidmark on the national underwear; extorting another senator to get some nominations freed up to get testimony on a piece of work like Gunwalker.

That just plain sucks. But then, this IS Leahy we're talking about.

Gunwalker: What Will Happen When Ken Melson Testifies?

thoughts over at PJ.

And, just to give Melson, Holder & Fallguys something more to think about,
The ABC15 Investigators have uncovered new information showing weapons linked to a questionable government strategy are turning up in crimes in Valley neighborhoods.

What? Timemagazine is full of crap?

Anybody surprised?

Holder & Co. must be very unhappy with this

Maybe they figure they can get Melson to, ah, 'shade' his testimony, but I have doubts hwo much he'll want to do that under oath. Or does Obama consider getting these three a hearing so important that he'll risk it? Are they still hoping the major media will help cover it up as much as possible(actually, that should be "Do they still think the major media can EFFECTIVELY spin this for them?")

One of the things about this that pisses me off more the longer I think about it:
As head of the agency that conducted the controversial sting, Melson has faced calls for his resignation. But in private conversations with congressional investigators in recent days, Melson has indicated he does not believe he did anything wrong because he carried out his bosses’ wishes and is eager to testify to describe the full picture, according to sources familiar with those conversations.
Does that not sound VERY disturbingly like "I was just following orders"?

Found over at Sipsey. From the comments there, as to DoJ trying to claim Issa was 'fully' briefed:
Lemme get this straight . . . we're supposed to believe that a relatively junior member of the House was "specifically briefed" on F&F but Attorney General Holder wasn't?!? Pull the other one!

This just in:

Monday, June 27, 2011

So getting rid of one whole sector of your energy production (UPDATED!)

means the other parts will have to INCREASE production. And since they're more dirty than the one you're closing...

Gee, takes a real genius to figure this out, doesn't it?

Update: being the brilliant sort that I am, the link didn't take AND I've lost the article; soon as can find it will add it in. Basically, Germany is discovering that-SURPRISE!- if they get rid of their reactors in, uh, reaction to the problem in Japan from the quake aLinknd tsunami they'll have to ramp up ALL their other generation systems, especially coal and gas. Which means more cost AND more of that awful carbon pollution they're so worried about.
Second update:
Found it! Over at RNS. From the article:
Nuclear power currently supplies 25 percent of Germany’s power, 39 percent of Switzerland’s power, and 20 percent of the electricity consumed in the U.S.

“Turning off a single large nuclear power plant could require dozens of coal and gas-fired plants to ramp up production to make up the difference,” says Paul Fischbeck, professor of social and decision sciences and engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

“These plants use fossil fuels, cost more to operate, and emit pollution that can lead to acid rain and ozone, and CO2, a greenhouse gas.”

The differences could be significant, Fischbeck says. “Replacing the Brown’s Ferry plant in Alabama with a mix of coal and gas power plants would cause CO2 emissions to increase by approximately 24 million tons each year. That’s the same as the annual emissions of over 4 million cars

That is an interesting thought about Helmke

leaving, isn't it?
What if he could be implicated in Gunwalker? Not involved, but had been told about it("See, we said we were working under the radar, and this is it! Just think of what we can do with this!")?
Could it be that, with Gunwalker blowing up in the administrations face, he decided to separate from the group so that if his knowledge came out he could try to avoid blowback on the group?

Pure speculation, but I have to wonder.

Damn you, Andrew Robathan

Andrew Robathan, Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, admitted that the decision to avoid public scenes of emotion had been taken deliberately.
And just what was so upsetting that the eminent clown wanted to avoid it?
For several years, the flag-draped coffins of fallen servicemen and women have been met by large crowds who line the streets to pay their respects as they return to British soil.

But repatriation flights are to be diverted and will no longer be flown back to RAF Lyneham and through the small Wiltshire town of Royal Wootton Bassett, where they were saluted come rain or shine.

Instead, they will arrive back to RAF Brize Norton, where they will be driven through the back gate and then down side roads, neatly avoiding the nearby town of Carterton, as they make their way to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford
Because God(if you're still allowed to say that where Great Britain used to be) forbid the commoners show respect for fallen soldiers. It's all upsetting and stuff.

You do know that the CSGV people will stroke out

when they read this, don't you?

Reminds me somewhat of daughter in high school. Had a teacher who decided to get into 'should you hurt people, even in self-defense' argument for some reason and asked "If you caught someone coming in through your window, and they have a knife, could/should you shoot them?"
Other kids:
"I don't think so."
Daughter: "How far away is he?"
"What? Why?"
Short lecture on Tueller drill and the threat of someone with a knife at close ranges.
That teacher never did know what to make of her.

A lot of people, after New Orleans reelected that clown Nagin,

said "Screw NO; this is what they want, they can get by on their own dime." Well, if you needed any further demo of just what a squirrel Nagin is, go read.

Yeah, because Bush had a habit of whacking mayors who said nasty things about him; why, there was an epidemic of idiot politicians falling over after their 'vaccinations'!

Been working my way through The Secret Knowledge:

On the Dismantling of American Culture. It's received a lot of attention due to being written by a long-time liberal who finally met and talked to some conservatives(and read some books) and realized that he really liked what they had to say.

Some interesting reading, and some bits in particular rang a bell with me. For instance:
about two years back I made a post on the Senate, apparently having nothing important to do, making an apology for slavery. In comments a guy argued that it was a Good Thing, and that we should all apologize for it, and I called bullshit; base of argument being "What the hell good does it do for me to apologize for something I did not do?"(followup here) I see doing that as nothing but posturing for forgiveness by people who also had nothing to do with it; usually politicians sucking for votes and/or liberals who think they have to apologize for damn near everything this country does/has done*, in the name of 'healing' or such garbage.

So when I ran across this, I thought I'd post it here:
This illogical sentiment, which can only be called “racism,” is found again in the Liberal love of the idea of “apology”- that the Government should apologize for Slavery, Japanese Internment, Coolie Labor, and so on. But the Rabbis teach that no apology is legitimate unless the offender (a) expresses remorse stating specifically what he has done; (b)makes restitution; (c)refrains, in similar circumstances, from again committing the offense.(bold mine)

But even upon the first of these, a governmental apology founders. For who is the “we” and who the “they” of the apology?

Is the American Government of today guilty of slavery? If so, are those African American members of the Government equally guilty? Or, are the American People alive today guilty? If so, which citizens? The Black as well as the White?** Is the guilt heritable, or not? If so, then would not those(the great majority of) American whose ancestors did not arrive until after slavery be exempt from apology? Are the ancestors of the 300,000 white males who died to defeat slavery excepted from apology? If not, on what basis are the descendants of slaves entitled to it?

Is one entitled to apology by genetics? If so, then those making the apology must be tainted by their own blood. Is this an American concept?

How is it that, sixty-some years after the West defeated Nazi Racism, we are enmeshed in a race-based culture, and making governmental decisions on the basis of genetics?
A damn good question, I think.

A few years back I was a regular at a Scottish country dance group. There was a lady who hadn't come in quite a while, and the guy who ran the group and I were informed that she'd been insulted by something we'd said or done, and we needed to apologize to her. No, he didn't know WHAT we'd said or done, but we ought to apologize anyway.
I said that if I'd done something to insult her I had no problem apologizing, but I wanted to know exactly what it was I was apologizing for; otherwise, forget it. I didn't say at the time, but thought "What good is apologizing for something when you don't know what is you're apologizing for? What the hell good IS such an apology?"
Unless you're a politician sucking for votes, or a liberal desperate for forgiveness for something; then we know what it's good for...

*note that they won't apologize for the damage done- in particular- to minorities by their feel-good policies
**And let's not forget the Indians who owned slaves; in the case of some Cherokee, for example, to work their plantation. If I've got something to apologize for, THEY damn well do.
'Course, a lot of the tribes were practicing slavery for long before the nasty Europeans came over; so I guess they get a break for it being their Sacred Ancient Tribal Custom or something.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Yes, things do change...

The husband leans over and asks his wife, 'Do you remember the first time we had sex together over sixty years ago? We went behind the village tavern where you leaned against the back fence and I made love to you.'

Yes, she says, 'I remember it well.'

OK,' he says, 'How about taking a stroll around there again and we can do it for old time's sake?'

Oh Jim, you old devil, that sounds like a good idea!'

The elderly couple walks haltingly along, leaning on each other for support aided by walking sticks. Finally, they get to the back of the tavern and make their way to the fence.
The old lady lifts her skirt and the old man drops his trousers. As she leans against the fence, the old man moves in..
Then suddenly they erupt into the most furious sex that the policeman has ever seen. This goes on for about ten minutes while both are making loud noises and moaning and screaming.
A passing cop hears the noise and looks down the alley, and stops in amazement.
Finally, they both collapse, panting.

The cop runs up and asks "Are the two of you all right? Do you need an ambulance?

They insist no, they'll be fine, as they rearrange their clothes.

The officer says, as they start to leave, "I'll leave off the lecture about behavior in public, but I have to ask: at your ages I'd not have expected that kind of, ah, effort, so how'd you do it?

Shaking, the old man is barely able to reply, 'Sixty years ago that wasn't an electric fence.'

I am at the point of saying God damn these TSA bastards

Jean Weber of Destin filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security after her 95-year-old mother was detained and extensively searched last Saturday while trying to board a plane to fly to Michigan to be with family members during the final stages of her battle with leukemia.

Her mother, who was in a wheelchair, was asked to remove an adult diaper in order to complete a pat-down search
But don't worry, it's all good because
The representative told her that personnel had followed procedures during the search, Weber said.
So, just like the SWAT assholes who shoot your dog that's cowering in a corner, it's OK because 'they followed procedures'.

Koshetz said the procedures are the same for everyone to ensure national security.

“TSA cannot exempt any group from screening because we know from intelligence that there are terrorists out there that would then exploit that vulnerability,” she said.
Really? How many people in muslim attire get this level of search? How many who make a point of letting everyone know they're muslim get it? I doubt anywhere near the number of old people and children and well-built women who get felt-up by you bastards.

Found over at the Advice Goddess

Is it any surprise that this is what people like Mahar

and Carr think of people in flyover country?
New York Times columnist David Carr responds to Bill Maher implying Alabama and Kansas are not the "smart states."

David Carr: "If it's Kansas, Missouri, no big deal. You know, that's the dance of the low-sloping foreheads. The middle places, right? [pause] Did I just say that aloud?"
Yes, you did, and we heard you.

A blog I hadn't seen before had a piece on "How do I get him to be more dominant in bed?" Which brought to mind a bit Roissy(discovered through Dr. Helen) had on how to treat a girlfriend who publicly insults you. His firm response makes sense, but there's a problem: in the current climate holding a girl's arm and saying "Don't every talk to me that way again" can get you arrested if one of her friends(or she) calls the cops. Which is the reason why most guys would want a very solid "This is what I want!" from the female before getting really aggressive.

Very strange world out there.