Saturday, July 30, 2011

George Lopez: don't let the doorknob hit you in the ass

on your way out. Why don't you just leave now, you bastard, and save yourself the stress of even hearing 'President Palin'?

You know, I told a friend I'm at the point of wanting to hear those two words together officially just to watch various peoples' heads explode; if clowns like Lopez actually WOULD leave, that'd be the icing on the cake.

Depending where you work, this may not be acceptable

Hey, blame him, he started it!

And in news from the animal rights/vegan moron front,

The former frontman of the Smiths, who is a staunch vegan and animal rights campaigner, drew the comparisons at a concert in Warsaw, Poland, on Sunday where he is currently in the middle of his summer tour.

Before singing Meat is Murder, the 52-year-old British musician told the crowd: “We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 dead [sic].

"Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried s--- every day.”
This is not the first time Morrissey has courted controversy. In September last year he was accused of racism after describing the Chinese as a "subspecies". He said he made the comment in relation to what he described as the nation's poor treatment of animals.

Earlier this year the singer also said killing a stag is the same as killing a child and in 2006 he refused to tour Canada in protest at seal hunting.

Meanwhile, across the pond,

Islamic extremists have launched a poster campaign across the UK proclaiming areas where Sharia law enforcement zones have been set up.

Communities have been bombarded with the posters, which read: ‘You are entering a Sharia-controlled zone – Islamic rules enforced.’

The bright yellow messages daubed on bus stops and street lamps have already been seen across certain boroughs in London and order that in the ‘zone’ there should be ‘no gambling’, ‘no music or concerts’, ‘no porn or prostitution’, ‘no drugs or smoking’ and ‘no alcohol’.
The former lawyer added: ‘This will mean this is an area where the Muslim community will not tolerate drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling, usury, free mixing between the sexes – the fruits if you like of Western civilisation.

Directly connected:
Ministers have abandoned an inquiry into the rise of secretive Sharia councils that deal in Islamic justice – because the Muslim courts refused to help.

The failure of the Ministry of Justice probe has generated new fears among politicians and pressure groups about the increasing influence of Sharia courts.

They are worried the courts' decisions may run against the law of the land, particularly in divorce settlements for women.
A: well, duh. B: That's the BIG reason this bothers you? Really?

Maybe I'm the only person who feels this way

but I normally feel like I'm just a little kid occupying a grown up's body.
Well, I don't know about 'normally', but I definitely know the feeling

"Dammit, I want every seat checked,

I don't care if the bus is on fire!"

Damn. Put the man on leave and order him not to stop till he gets- no, that wouldn't work, would it?

A bit of the early history of John Browning

at TTAG.

Some of the various screaming/insulting/hatred directed at Palin and Bachmann- and pretty much any other woman who won't follow the Evil Party/'feminist' line reminded me of something from The Truth:
No one said: Character assassination. What a wonderful idea. Ordinary assassination only works once, but this one works every day.

Yes, Virginia, the cops should have been more careful about this. And the musicians should damn well have known better. Wonder if there'll be any actual legal action like there would be for George down the street if he did something similar?

But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid objected, even though the vote would occur on his own bill. He instead said the chamber would have to run out the full procedural clock, which means a vote in the early hours Sunday morning.

He said he would be willing to move up the vote if Republicans didn't insist on a 60-vote threshold, which has become traditional for big, controversial items to pass the Senate. But the GOP held firm on that demand, so Mr. Reid said he would insist on the full process, which he said would show the country that Republicans were being obstructionist.

"There is now another filibuster. That's what this is. It's a filibuster to stop us from moving forward," he said.
Given: a bunch of the politicians in both parties(who need an introduction to tar & feathers, and in some cases a rope) are far too busy scratching each others backs to care what actually happens to the country. Also given at this point: Reid is one of those who I'm thinking deserves the rope. Or a whipping post, at least. Hey, Reid, the Evil Party had it all: House, Senate and Oval Office for two years; where's the budget you clowns submitted? Oh, that's right, you didn't.

Ok, people, so if you don't want the nasty people cutting down some trees, let the natural fires run their course. Oh, but most of you don't want that, either.

I've had a bunch of people accuse me of 'ignoring the Science!' of AGW; but they really don't like to see things like this:

Related: remember the scientist who warned of masses of polar bears drowning because all the ice was going away, etc.? Slight problems with that: he's been suspended unrelated to Monnett’s scientific work and instead a result of new information on a separate subject recently brought to light, but in the transcript(here) it would seem that at the least his methodology in that study is being looked at, hard.

We're fighting chimps. Deadly, murderous chimps. But chimps.

And, totally unrelated to news, I remembered to print out a target for the current e-postal match and take it last range trip:

S&W K38 Target Masterpiece, 148-grain wadcutters, ten yards. Damn, I love that pistol, sometimes it even lets me shoot well.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Insert blonde joke here....

The Hope Diamond of fender benders unfolded yesterday in possibly the most conspicuous stretch of asphalt in the .75-square-mile principality — the round-about in front of the James Bond-worthy casino — when three blondes in a jelly-bean blue Bentley Azure ($363,000) scraped the rear of a white Mercedes-Benz S-Class (a paltry $91,000). And that was merely the appetizer.

Served up for the main course were a hapless black Ferrari F430 ($186,000), which was hit nose-first by the 2.7-ton Bentley. Then, like two tankers mashing in the fog, a four-door Aston Martin Rapide ($228,000) crunched into the Azure’s passenger door. The cherry on this metal, plastic and carbon-fiber shattering souffle: a stray Porsche 911 ($77,000).

Found over here

Dirtbags and politicians and clowns, next edition

Officer Harless has needed his attitude adjusted for a long time, it appears. And if these two incidents are both on video, makes you wonder what he and/or his partner have been involved in that somehow managed to escape recording.

Also at SiH, the kind of idiot politician who should be fired immediately and banned from every holding public office again:
The bill’s sponsors freely admit that it’s completely unconstitutional, but they just want to do something about those perverts who take pictures in public places where minors run around freely...

When it gets the point where I can go through the galleries of scrapbooking sites to find moms who have pictures of their children posted with other minors in the background and declare that in New Jersey, they could face five years in prison if lawmakers get their way, something has gone terribly wrong in our society
Speaking of God-damned politicians who just can't resist any try at controlling us and watching what we're doing,
Despite serious privacy concerns being voiced by both Democratic and Republican leaders and by thousands of digital rights activists using EFF's Action Center, this afternoon the House Judiciary Committee voted 19 to 10 to recommend passage of H.R. 1981. That bill contains a mandatory data retention provision that would require your Internet service providers to retain 12 months' worth of personal information that could be used to identify what web sites you visit and what content you post online. EFF had previously joined with 29 other civil liberties and consumer privacy groups in signing a letter to the Committee members that condemned the bill as a "direct assault on the privacy of Internet users."
DAMN these people; I'm so freakin' sick of them...

I note that, in several bits I heard on the news earlier, a lot of major media weenies and leftists(sort of duplication there) are noting that a lot of the conservative/libertarian types who won seats in the last election really don't care if they're reelected in the next; that they're here to stand for certain things and they're doing it. That just seems to scare the shit out of the media and a bunch of Democrat politicians.

Well, it seems various 'anti-war' groups who were real friendly to Abdo when he was a 'conscientious objector' are trying to cover their tracks now that he's been caught planning mass-murder and in possession of child porn.
Note: if you join the military when it's involved in combat in a couple of muslim nations and THEN decide 'fighting other muslims is forbidden', you're either a fucking moron or were planning on making a show of your objections later on.

Sen. Tester, you ought to make sure of who you're accusing of things; and it's really better if you do that BEFORE you open your big mouth.

On to Gunwalker:
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said on a conference call Wednesday evening that he will try to get a White House official who may have had knowledge of the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning operation to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

But Issa, who chairs the committee, was not optimistic about the effort. “Try? Yes,” he said, asked whether he would try to get the official into his committee room. But Issa noted that there has been “political interference at the highest level” throughout the Oversight committee’s Fast and Furious investigation.

The White House official in question is National Security Director for North America Kevin O’Reilly. During a Tuesday Oversight hearing on Fast and Furious, former ATF Special Agent Bill Newell, who was instrumental in implementing the operation, said that he had spoken with O’Reilly about Fast and Furious as early as September 2010. Whether O’Reilly was made aware that the ATF had let guns cross the border into Mexico as part of the investigation was not clear

Newell sent O'Reilly the requested information with the caveat, "You didn't get this from me."

Why was a National Security Council staffer asking about an operation that no one in the upper echelons of the administration was supposed to be aware of? We find it hard to believe it was for O'Reilly's personal amusement. Why would Newell request that he not be acknowledged as the source?

Certainly the whole area of drug cartels, cross-border violence and gun trafficking are matters of national security. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made a cause celebre of blaming the easy access to U.S. weapons for Mexican violence.

Are we to believe neither the White House nor the Department of Justice knew about a program that made that access even easier?

Couple of times I've received comments that links to Sipsey Street could not be looked at by some people in some places; both the above links were found there, but I used the direct article links. If you can go there, remember Sipsey Street is one of the places that helped blow Gunwalker from some bitching by ticked-off/scared to death agents into the serious investigation it's become; the other is David Codrea at the Examiner.

Among the reasons Captain America was good:
Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter: smart, very decorative, and downright nervy when things are going bad

A light from Crimson Trace that fits onto the pistol rail and is actuated by the same kind of grip button their lasers use; I like.

And now I shall try to accomplish something other than pushing keys. Preferably without heat stroke or melting.

To: Chiappa Firearms

Ref: RFID chip and your response
Text: Fuck you, I won't buy your stuff.
Sincerely, etc.

That's about the only response that comes to mind after reading this "Silence, you irritating peasants" press release, which includes:
RFID Removal: For those still concerned you can simply remove the grip and remove the hot glued RFID from the frame in the grip area when (over a year from now) these begin to appear. Others may prefer to wrap the revolver and their head in aluminum foil, curl in a ball and watch reruns of Mel Gibson's 1997 film, Conspiracy Theory. Well, that's a plan too!
I've a better plan, clown: Don't Buy Chiappa Products.

As to the 'can only be read within a 2-3" distance crap, when I read that I thought "Really? I call bullcrap." Much better response:
Having no small experience now with RFID, let me tell you that they can be read by the appropriate reader at 30 meters. Furthermore no RFID chip reader that is being used for logistical control will have its range limited to 3 inches. A carton, or even pallets of materials will need a reader set to several feet. " Passive RFID is also a final check that verifies that what is inside the sealed box is the same thing as shown on the box exterior bar code during shipping. Now, it will no longer be necessary to open/inspect hundreds of boxes by hand prior to packing in export containers. " 3 inches eh? How is it going to read a pallet of material at 3 inches? I can only assume that MKS Distributors thinks most people are idiots, and incapable of figuring things out on their own.
The post notes something else I'd wondered about:
Here is the problem: RFID units can be detected at long ranges with the right equipment, even if the signal is to low to be accuracy read. Hacking RFID systems is always popular at the big hacker conventions. Last year a hacker at DEFCON was able to detect if an individual standing on the ground floor parking lot of the Las Vegas Riviera Hotel was carrying a certain brand of RFID chip from as far away as the 29th floor of the hotel.

Potentially a high powered reader could be developed to detect if anyone passing by was carrying a concealed Chiappa firearm, even though they would not be able to read the serial number. Most gun owners are probably a lot less concerned about people reading the serial number, as they are about people covertly identifying that they are carrying. This will worry many consumers.
Well, yes, it would and it does. We've already got cops in some places using readers that run every tag as they pass by; so they could do the same thing with this to say "Ah, some of these people are carrying, let's go mess with them." And if you don't think it'd happen, I suggest you review events in Canton, both from Officers Bad Attitude and from the city councilman; think people like that would NOT abuse it?

Added: another thought occurs: will Chiappa decide that removing the chip counts as 'unauthorized tampering or modification' that voids the warranty?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

There is a place; a dark and sinister place

where the stupid and bigotry burns. Burns, I tell you.
In my new book "Sex, Mom and God" I predicted just such an action. I predicted that right wing Christians will unleash terror here in America too. I predict that they will copy Islamic extremists, and may eventually even make common cause with them.

There is a growing movement in America that equates godliness with hatred of our government in fact hatred of our country as fallen and evil because we allow women choice, gays to marry, have a social safety net, and allow immigration from other cultures and non-white races.
Yeah. Uh huh. If I remember right, this is one of the clowns who shit his pants full because a black guy at a tea party rally in Arizona had a AR clone as his open-carry piece, and I doubt he has any problems with the disgusting hatred thrown at women like Michelle Malkin for speaking their piece, but it's conservatives and Christians that hate people not like themselves... As to the nutcase in Norway being called a 'radical conservative Christian',
Breivik described himself as not a religious person and mentions praying only once. His plans leading up to the attacks involved multiple visits to prostitutes. In one section of his manifesto he clarifies what he means by Christian.

Q: Do I have to believe in God or Jesus in order to become a Justiciar Knight?

no, you don’t need to have a personal relationship with God or Jesus to fight for our Christian cultural heritage. It is enough that you are a Christian-agnostic or a Christian-atheist (an atheist who wants to preserve at least the basics of the European Christian cultural legacy

Breivik did call himself a Christian, but meant that in a cultural sense, rather than a theological one. He emphasized that he was not seeking a theocracy, but a secular society. His idea of a Christian Europe had nothing to do with religion.
Jeez. It's at Tam's second link here; if I'm going to send traffic anywhere, I'd rather send it to her place.

NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011

show the Earth's atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.
The new NASA Terra satellite data are consistent with long-term NOAA and NASA data indicating atmospheric humidity and cirrus clouds are not increasing in the manner predicted by alarmist computer models. The Terra satellite data also support data collected by NASA's ERBS satellite showing far more longwave radiation (and thus, heat) escaped into space between 1985 and 1999 than alarmist computer models had predicted. Together, the NASA ERBS and Terra satellite data show that for 25 years and counting, carbon dioxide emissions have directly and indirectly trapped far less heat than alarmist computer models have predicted.

In short, the central premise of alarmist global warming theory is that carbon dioxide emissions should be directly and indirectly trapping a certain amount of heat in the earth's atmosphere and preventing it from escaping into space. Real-world measurements, however, show far less heat is being trapped in the earth's atmosphere than the alarmist computer models predict, and far more heat is escaping into space than the alarmist computer models predict
Ah, but the science is settled, right?

One of the more common criticisms I've read of the AGW crap is the dependance on models; this just points out again that the models aren't worth crap.

So, if we go by the same standards used by the left

after the Norway murders, we have to assume that any muslim in the US Military who wants to be a 'conscientious objector' or says he won't fight against muslims should be removed from the military immediately and put on a terrorist suspect list.

Except with this, we actually have good reason to worry about it.

Along with Wu being a high-level flake and Pelosi & Co.

wanting to just cover it up, I can't help thinking about this:
Last fall, Wu's senior campaign staff quit en masse after confronting him about his ongoing drinking problem, watching him throw hissy fits at the Portland International Airport and at a local Democratic Party event, and receiving the now-infamous e-mail photo of him smiling in a Tigger costume.

Wu's staff received another photo of him seemingly passed out on a bed in the same costume in the wee hours of the morning, along with incoherent e-mails from his official government BlackBerry signed in the names of his tween-age children. The staffers so feared what Wu might do next that they kept him hidden from public view in the final days of the campaign.
So he's been doing this crap for years, he was bad enough that his staff quit- after the last election- and actually hid him during the campaign BUT THEY STILL WORKED HARD TO GET HIM REELECTED.


Saw Captain America today

Good movie. The US is the good guys, the Germans of WWII the bad guys with a super bad guy who decides Hitler doesn't have the proper vision for conquering the world. And the good guy...

I liked it

If you've heard the name Charles Johnson,

you probably know some of the history: spent a while being a loud anti-jihadi and then screeched into a "YOU HATE ISLAM!!" u-turn. Apparently he's been saying some really stupid things about the nutcase in Norway and- well, anybody who doesn't agree with Johnson and/or actually notes that the nutcase in Norway referred to Johnson's site. Just in case you have a need for it, this piece has links to someone who found copies of posts Johnson dumped

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

One of these days somebody is going to beat the crap

out of some of the Touching Special Areas clowns. And I find myself hoping it's an amputee using the limb the "We make up the rules as we go" bastards made them take off.

Seriously, I'd contribute to their defense fund, with a bonus if at least one of the TSA shits goes to the hospital. Is the ANY real excuse for this bullshit?

First, Newell really doesn't like answering questions:

Second, there are some Congressmen getting really tired of the talkaround-but-don't-actually-answer bullcrap:

Found at Moe Lane

TSA: We Screw With the People Who Might Actually

Stop A Terrorist.
Because since we're not trusted with guns, we don't want those stupid pilots having one.

Presented without comment

Just might be interesting

I've got two library books I need to read,

and the postman just delivered the newest Dresden Files novel.

I need more time or something.

Singing bird pistols?

Friend sent me this link; take a look

Now that is an ark!

Built in the Netherlands

Adam Schulman: where Officer Roid Rage gets his support

"It's all the fault of you nutcases who want to carry guns! YOUR FAULT!!!"

One more politician heard from who thinks 'approved' uses of firearms are ok, but you wanting to carry for self-defense? "YOU ARE THE PROBLEM! THIS WILL HAPPEN IN YOUR CITY BECAUSE OF YOU!!"
Mr. Schulman, if some OKC cop acts that way, he'll be dealt with the same way: honest citizens will raise hell and he and the city will face one hell of a lawsuit because he acted in an unprofessional and unhinged manner. And it won't be because of our CCW law, you effing moron.

'Full partners in Gunwalker'

William Newell, the former head of the Phoenix field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, was pressed by Rep. Pat Meehan, R-Penn. to identify all the federal agencies involved in the operation.

In response, Newell identified the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service as "full partners" with the ATF.

Another ATF lie or 'misstatement', this one on the death

of BP Agent Terry:
The claim by senior ATF officials that none of the weapons lost in the botched Fast and Furious sting operation were used in the shooting of a Border Patrol agent is not supported by FBI ballistics tests, according to a copy of the FBI report on the shooting.Link
Last week, spokesmen Scot Thomasson and Drew Wade of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told The Times that the FBI had assured them that neither of the two Fast and Furious weapons found at the scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry's death were the ones that killed the agent.

"We're not aware of any forensic evidence that would link these guns to the homicide," they said.

A copy of the FBI report obtained by The Times' Washington bureau shows ballistics tests did not rule out the Fast and Furious guns.
Whole story at the link. Which ends with this demonstration of what bastards we're dealing with:
Then on Dec. 21, Newell emailed his boss and admitted that "guns purchased early on in the case couldn't have [been] stopped mainly because we weren't fully aware of all the players at that time and people buying multiple firearms in Arizona is a very common thing."

But Newell defended the operation. "I don't like the perception that we allowed guns to 'walk,'" he wrote.
Newell, you are a truly sorry piece of crap. You didn't just ALLOW guns to walk, you HELPED THEM GET ACROSS THE BORDER. Based on what we know, you WANTED them to get across the border, you bastard.

The people our President says we need to negotiate with

The reports say that his father refused to turn over a police vehicle to the enemy, and so they murdered his son. Late last night, a courageous Afghan journalist named Mustafa Kazemi emailed an image of the boy that Mustafa said had been murdered. Afghans are enraged. They hate this behavior as much as we do. The boy appears to have had his eyes gouged out before being strangled to death. This image is graphic.
Apparently, according to Afghans, the Taliban may have been testing a new bomb made from a soda bottle. The boy’s name is Jalil, and our people estimate that Jalil is 6 to 8-years-old. Jalil was picking grapes with his brother when the Taliban, according to reporting, told the boy to step on the bomb. It blew off his right leg below the knee, leaving hamburger on the stump, and fractured his femur. Afghans brought Jalil to the nearby American base called COP Kolk, where 4-4CAV Soldiers treated him. A helicopter took Jalil and his father to Kandahar Airfield for advanced treatment.

I asked the Taliban spokesman for his take on this, and he emailed back that “It is enemy propaganda.” The evidence is against him

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This would NOT be a good place to wake up

The morgue, that is

My my my, the people Sen. Kerry hangs around with

John Kerry was introduced at the 2004 Democratic National Convention by Wade Sanders, a retired Navy Captain and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy who served as a Swift Boat officer in Vietnam. Like Kerry, Sanders was the recipient of a Silver Star for gallantry in action. During the 2004 campaign, Sanders functioned as Kerry lead attack dog against the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, repeatedly denouncing the veterans on the air as liars and comparing them to Nazi propagandists.

Wade Sanders is now in Federal prison, serving a 37-month sentence for possessing child pornography. Now the Navy Times reports that Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has revoked Sanders' Silver Star. The highly unusual decision appears unrelated to Sanders' felony conviction. A Navy spokesman cited "subsequently determined facts and evidence surrounding both the incident for which the award was made and the processing of the award itself." John Kerry has to be hoping this doesn't become a trend.

As one might imagine, the media has ignored this story. Even the Navy Times declined to post its own article online.

I think we can safely say today's Gunwalker hearings

were both productive and probably caused- are causing- severe indigestion among a bunch of people.
Newell was asked about his relationship with Kevin O’Reilly, Director of North American Affairs of the National Security Council, and this was followed up shortly thereafter with his being questioned why he began one email correspondence with the words “You didn’t get these from me.” [UPDATE: A copy of this email is presented here.] Newell, who was chastised by multiple Committee members for being evasive, answered that he and O’Reilly were long-time friends, but he would admit no wrong-doing in why he wanted O’Reilly to keep his name secret as a source for disclosure about an investigation that allowed guns to “walk” to cartel criminals in Mexico.

The question becomes: Why is Newell’s communication with O’Reilly significant?

Rephrased: Why are ATF field office management communications about Fast and Furious with NSC’s North American Affairs Director significant?
The President, Vice President, Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of State are considered to be statutory attendees of NSC meetings, but they are also regularly joined by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Director of National Intelligence, the National Security Advisor, and other executive officials. The NSC conducts its meetings in the White House Situation Room, and the National Security Advisor’s presence in the West Wing provides the President with direct access to research, briefings, and intelligence related to all aspects of national security. During times of crisis, the National Security Advisor is also responsible for operating out of the Situation Room in order to provide the President and other members of the NSC with regular updates pertaining to the situation at hand.
Put bluntly: this makes AG Holder(at the VERY least) and the President denying they knew anything about this operation extremely difficult to believe. And, just to make this even more heartburn-inducing for some people,
What’s evident from today’s exchange is Issa’s committee has some degree of access to past Newell/O’Reilly email correspondence. How much is one question. Where following up on what they have will lead—and how high up—is another, and the most important one of all.

I still have to wonder if Obama gave any information on this to the Bradys when he assured them of his working 'below the radar' on gun control. Be interesting if it were shown that people in the CSGV knew about Gunwalker, wouldn't it?

Let's see, the Washington Post either doesn't care

about the truth, or considers it a problem when it comes to gun laws; anybody surprised?

I didn't think so.
...Straw buyers — people with no criminal record who purchase guns for criminals or illegal immigrants who can’t legally buy them — are subject to little more than paperwork violations. Even people convicted of buying AK-47s meant for the cartels typically just get probation for lying on a federal form attesting that they were buying the guns for themselves. With such a light penalty, it is hard to persuade those caught to turn informant against their bosses. And federal prosecutors rarely want to bring such charges because they do not consider the effort worth their time, according to ATF supervisors.

In what world is a ten year mandatory prison sentence and a quarter of a million dollar fine “toothless?” That’s up there with armed robbery. It took me three minutes to look that up and double check my facts just to be sure. I’m not at all convinced it would be that hard for Ms. Horwitz. I can only assume the reason she’s reporting untruths is because the truth doesn’t fit the narrative, which is the need for more laws.

Remember that electric 'drives itself' vehicle?

Government Motors plans to produce it.

I can't help thinking "One more way to let people think they have personal freedom while we control where and how they go."

The next hearing on Gunwalker

should be starting right about now. (fill in your favorite deity) knows what all's going to come out at this point. Especially with the news about the FBI playing games with the NICS system, which apparently went over really badly at HQ
The William LaJ. FOX piece on the FBI's perversion of the NICS checks to facilitate the Gunwalker plot "went off like a bomb" in the Hoover building, according to my sources. "Command deck panic," said one, with institutional mid-levels looking at Mueller and Company askance and asking "What would J. Edgar do?" The source answered that question: "Boy, I'll bet J. Edgar is some kinda pissed." He added, "He didn't mind breaking the law, but he was purely allergic to getting caught at it."
In one of the Joe Leaphorn mysteries, Leaphorn is considering the FBI and thinks that 'there are really only two things that will REALLY get an agent in trouble: bringing bad publicity onto the Bureau, and having an original thought'. With bad publicity being worst. So here's a combination of both which directly connects the Effin'BI with Gunwalker, and whatever other projects are going on at various ATF offices.

Speaking of 'directly connected',
**At a March 5, 2010 briefing, ATF intelligence analysts told ATF and DOJ leadership that the number of firearms bought by known straw purchasers had exceeded the 1,000 mark. The briefing also made clear these weapons were ending up in Mexico.

** ATF and DOJ leadership kept their own personnel in Mexico and Mexican government officials totally in the dark about all aspects of Fast and Furious. Meanwhile, ATF officials in Mexico grew increasingly worried about the number of weapons recovered in Mexico that traced back to an ongoing investigation out of ATF‟s Phoenix Field Division.
G. March 5, 2010 Briefing

FINDING: At a March 5, 2010 briefing, ATF intelligence analysts told ATF and DOJ leadership that the number of firearms bought by known straw purchasers had exceeded the 1,000 mark. The briefing also made clear these weapons were ending up in Mexico.

Two months after the January 5, 2010 briefing, ATF headquarters hosted a larger, more detailed briefing. Not part of the normal Tuesday field ops briefings, this special briefing was dedicated to Operation Fast and Furious. David Voth, the Phoenix Group VII Supervisor who oversaw Fast and Furious, traveled from Phoenix to give the presentation. On videoconference were the four southwest border ATF SACs: Bill Newell in Phoenix, Robert Champion in Dallas, J. Dewey Webb in Houston, and John Torres in Los Angeles. (Emphasis supplied, MBV)

In addition to the usual attendees of the Tuesday morning field ops briefings (the Deputy Assistant Directors for Field Operations, including Bill McMahon, and Mark Chait, Assistant Director for Field Operations), Deputy Director William Hoover also attended. Joe Cooley, a trial attorney from the gang unit at Main Justice, also joined. After a suggestion from Acting ATF Director Ken Melson in December 2009, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer personally assigned Cooley as a DOJ representative for Operation Fast and Furious. Kevin Carwile, chief of the Capital Case Unit at Main Justice, may have also been present. According to Steve Martin, the inclusion of Main Justice representatives was unusual.
I'd say that implicates them, wouldn't you? I would think it also trashes Melson trying to play "I didn't REALLY know what was going on!"

Monday, July 25, 2011

In toights episode of Idiots and Dirtbags In The News,

we start with Cynthia McKinney speaking to Iran about how the US has killed, well, just about everybody. And wants to kill everybody else, etc.

Mark Bittman wants to decide what you'll eat and what it'll cost. Well, I want to decide how tall a tree we hang the little bastard from.
Just like gun control isn't really about guns, this isn't really about food, it's about control.

Among the reasons Sen. Reid can't be trusted- at all- is crap like this:
Supporters of the Reid plan are measuring their savings against a baseline that assumes the continuation of surge-level spending in Iraq and Afghanistan, even though the President has neither requested this funding nor signaled that he might request it. Instead, the President has signaled the opposite: a troop drawdown over the next few years. In other words, the Reid plan is claiming credit for “savings” that were already scheduled to occur, and for “cutting” spending that no one has requested.

Rather than defend this gimmick on the merits, supporters of the Reid plan are defending it by claiming that House Republicans “also included” this $1 trillion in savings when calculating spending reductions in the budget resolution that passed the House last April. This claim is false.

Remember the name Pamela Waechter? She was murdered by a muslim, in Seattle. For being a Jew. This lady has some questions:
But American Jews have found no "teaching moment" in the murder of Pamela Waechter, and the shooting of six women at work, performing the administrative tasks of the Jewish community. The tragedy of Waechter, a Lutheran who converted upon marriage and devoted her life to Judaism, remains a private heartbreak for those who loved her.

And yet, the images of the Seattle women under attack are so unbearable that the question must be shrieked from the rooftops: Where are the men?

Where are the Jewish men, who ought to be rushing to protect their wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters? Where are the Jewish men who lead the community, as Jewish women come under increasing assault, right here in America, from Islamic fanatics?

Kevin has a thought on the murders in Norway, specifically on what happens when the authorities and the public forget something:
Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
But, like in (fG)Britain, the Norwegians have been taught that Mommy Government will take care of everything, and don't you dare try to do something yourself; and this is one of the results.

And last, isn't this special?

Don't care how wonderful it looks or shoots,

you stick a RFID chip in it for tracking after it's sold, I'm not buying one. I can see one in the frame during manufacture for tracking along the line if needed, but after it's sold?

These people at FBI really need to be hung out to dry

In the latest chapter of the gunrunning scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious, federal officials are refusing to explain how two suspects obtained more than 360 weapons despite criminal records that should have prevented them from buying even one gun.

Under current federal law, people with felony convictions are not permitted to buy weapons, and those with felony arrests are typically flagged while the FBI conducts a thorough background check.

However, according to court records reviewed by Fox News, two of the 20 defendants indicted in the Fast and Furious investigation have felony convictions and criminal backgrounds that experts say, at the very least, should have delayed them buying a single firearm. Instead, the duo bought dozens of guns on multiple occasions while federal officials watched on closed-circuit cameras.
When asked about the breakdown, Stephen Fischer, a spokesman for the NICS System, said the FBI had no comment. However, ATF Special Agent John Dodson, who worked the Fast and Furious investigation, said NICS officials called the ATF in Phoenix whenever their suspects tried to buy a gun. That conversation typically led to a green light for the buyers, when it should have stopped them.
Besides the criminal records, the story notes that one guy had a protection order against him; if it was a permanent VPO, that alone would make it illegal for him to buy a gun. And, let's note, since they did have those criminal records, for them to go into the store and pick up and look at a gun is enough to get them arrested IF the law is being enforced. Which the FBI and ATF made sure it wasn't.

Does anybody believe that Mueller did not know about this? I really doubt some supervisor at NICS decided to approve this. Makes you wonder if one reason Obama wanted Mueller kept as FBI head was over this.

Full story over here

So a bunch of the ATF brass involved in Gunwalker

and associated programs studied at the Bill Clinton School of Lying: "It depends on what the meaning of 'is' is."

These people ought to be fired for this, if nothing else.

Here's a flaky-as-hell shooting

wherein an officer seems to have loaded his 'less lethal' scattergun with buckshot instead of bags. And the details of why he shot at the guy in the first place are very sketchy.
Police got reports that, according to a press release today, the man had been "possibly harassing children'' involved in a day camp at the Lair Hill Park. A second caller said he was armed with a pocketknife concealed in his sleeve and acting in a "peculiar manner.''
Well, that's a really detailed complaint, isn't it? They say he did have a knife, but that's it; which means it could have been a pocketknife. Which I lean toward, as if it'd been something mean-looking they'd probably have mentioned it.

Also, four nine-pellet rounds fired, and the guy got hit with five pellets; that means 31 others went flying off to hit something. Not real good.

In a wonderful bit of good timing, my Gunwalker shirt

was found in the mailbox when I got back from the range. Along with Midway and Sportsman's Guide catalogs.
Do you want one? You can have one!
I had so much fun with this shirt that I'd like to do it again.I have had several people email me asking to purchase shirts after I had closed the ordering. Unfortunately, I had a hard deadline to meet with the first order. I wanted to have them in your hands before I went on vacation. This second batch of shirts will have an order period of more than 2 weeks. I will open the ordering process in the next two days. My thought was that I should wait until you all received your shirts before I started taking more money. Unfortunately I have also had to raise my prices by one dollar per shirt, but I have also convinced PayPal to allow me to customize the shipping costs. Here is the link to the new Gunwalker T-Shirt ordering page.
As a special bonus, anyone who buys 12 shirts at one time will receive free shipping. PayPal is set up to recognize orders of 12 or more and set the shipping price to zero. If you can get 12 people together who want a shirt, you'll all save money. Shipping 12 shirts together is much easier and cheaper for me, so I'll pass the savings on to you. This also means that if you have a table at a gun show, you can order 12 or more shirts and sell them at a profit. If you want to order 24 shirts or more, please email me first so I can work out some special pricing for you. The bigger the order, the better the pricing.

Please note: David Codrea actually had a few inquiries from ATF agents!
Now, that just makes me giggle

Sunday, July 24, 2011

"Your wookie su- er, garment is back from the cleaners."

Not quite what you think of, is it?

More Comic-Con stuff here

A bad memory renewed

Carteach0 has a post on cleaning up an old scattergun, and it reminded me of something kind of painful.

Woman I was dating a couple of years ago had mentioned she had 'her father's gun'. She was very ambivalent about firearms, being a Methodist of the 'peaceful at any cost' attitude, but had decided I was of a 'proper' mindset about the nasty things(yes, that was a warning note). So one day I asked about it and she dug it out.

It was a Remington bolt-action .22 rifle, badly in need of care: it wasn't too bad, but there were patches of rust where it'd been handled and not cleaned since he'd died. So I offered to bring some stuff next time I came over and clean and oil it, and she looked at me kind of funny and asked why?

It was a shock. I mean this was her father's rifle, she'd kept it, but the idea of actually doing anything with it, even to keep it from rusting, had not only not occurred to her but actually bothered her. She has two grandsons; the idea that they might someday enjoy firing Grandpa's rifle had never come into her mind. It was just a thing that used to belong to Dad, so she kept it around.

No, didn't see her much longer after that. It wasn't a cause, it was a symptom of the real problems. I do hate to think what that poor rifle looks like now.

Seems like, in some cases, the Brit border guards

have situational blindness.
An Islamic extremist who is supposedly banned from Britain delivered a speech to a packed hall in the Midlands last night.

Raed Salah, who is accused of ‘virulent anti-semitism’, strolled through immigration checks at Heathrow Airport on Saturday, despite being excluded from the UK by the Home Secretary.

Last night, Raed Salah was giving a lecture organised by Islamist radicals to a large crowd in Leicester, and today he was due to speak at Westminster at the invitation of Left-wing Labour MPs.
I will pass over the Labour Party wanting this piece of shit in their country; right now I'm talking about the Brit security and police forces. The police because
Yet, to the fury of Jewish groups, Salah was last night able to address a packed hall of 500 British Muslims in Leicester.

The cleric, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, also addressed an audience at Conway Hall, in London, on Monday evening.

Police were said to be trying to hunt him down, but he was not arrested at the event though the power is available to officers if his presence in Britain is considered not to be ‘conducive to the public good’.

Officials are now waiting to see if a hugely embarrassing appearance at Westminster, originally scheduled to take place alongside three Labour MPs, will go ahead today.
Deity, if COURSE not! Can't have the police actually enforcing something if it'll upset the PC-Approved victim class, now can we?
Which brings me to the 'hugely embarrassing appearance': if these clowns actually cared about their own laws they'd find this jerk, arrest him and throw his ass out of the country, but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for that.