Saturday, February 18, 2012

9-1-1- is a notification service,

not a crime stopping service.

Boss, life is trouble; only death is not! To be alive is to undo your belt and look for trouble!
(from Zorba the Greek)

Just a couple of quotes I like.
And I need to work on that second one

Assuming it actually happened as the weenies say,

the obvious question comes up: What caliber for drone?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Romney campaign says "I am your friend!"

Nothing else, really, just that.

You believe him?

I poke something with a fruit logo

and enough computing power to run the entire 1960's NASA program with an index finger.

"Do you have a smart phone that's been sitting in the corner and eating paint chips?"
Go. Now.

"Why are so many anti-gun types so violent?" is the usual question;

a corollary could be "Why are they such slimeballs?"

Ultimak Garand mount, second test

A while back I mentioned getting a Ultimak mount for my M1; first tryout here. It being a fine day for the range*, today it got a tryout on the 50 and 100-yard ranges. Total of 48 rounds of cast-bullet loads at 50(accuracy test) and 32 rounds of Korean PS ball split between 50 and 100.

I like this mount. Didn't shift, move, squiggle, nothing, just sat there solidly in place, the way it's supposed to. It's an overcast, cool day, and the mount got a touch warm; I can see how firing a bunch on a hot day could get it hot, but unless you're actually touching it with your forward hand, shouldn't be any big deal. And that aluminum cools down fast.

I'd have to say 'Recommend'. Solid, nice-looking. And having an optic takes some of the guesswork out of testing loads. I do need to find some lower rings, I'd like a better cheek weld on the stock, but if you had a scope with a large bell you'd need a bit higher rings; you could always make/buy a cheekrest if need be. Or if you're not worried about a original stock or something, put a wood one on top of the comb like that used on the #4 Enfield snipers.

Speaking of loads, I had three variations of cast-bullet loads and none of them will set the world on fire. Great for the indoor range, but not good for 100 yards or beyond.

Also took something I hadn't fired in a long time, my muzzleloader. It's a Lyman Plains Rifle, .54 caliber; I'd forgotten the fun of working with it. And with some of the stuff available now, cleaning up after is a lot less mess.

Noticed a guy with a S&W 15-22 and a red-dot sight and asked about it: it's this one from Primary Arms. He said he's had it about four months with zero problems.

I shall now get stuff out of the truck before it rains, and get ready: my goddaughter has the same birthday, and I'm going to her party tonight.

*Defined as "I'm not at work, it's not raining, and the clouds prevent glare"

A civil rights victory in Canada

as Insty put it:
OTTAWA — The Harper government’s controversial bill to end the long-gun registry has passed the House of Commons, marking the end of a long political battle over one of the most controversial law enforcement measures in recent memory.

The bill passed easily, by a margin of 159 to 130, as the Conservatives used their majority in the House secure passage of the bill, which now goes to the Senate where the Conservatives also have a majority.
With the usual suspects whining and calling names, etc.

And here, the kind of fargin' idiot we have in Congress:
Birth control “is not a male issue, it’s a female issue. I’ve never met a man that had the need for birth control.”
I will leave the dissection of that flat stupid statement to you.

Obama likes high gas prices? What was your first clue?
And Chu should be in line for a special dose of tar and feathers.

Yes, I double-checked the calendar: this actually IS the 'another year' day

There are museums and such in NYEffingCity I'd love to see; but not while this kind of crap is still going on. A: you can't carry, B: I just don't want to put money in the pockets of that government.

Bigoted and cowardly fools running schools; they'd never have allowed some Christian song, if a Jewish cantor had wanted to sing I very much doubt they'd have allowed him; but a song praising Allah? No problem!

And now, I think I shall mark the day with a trip to the range.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I have to note an interesting thing:

Had to go by Wally World for something(couldn't find it elsewhere) and in the pharmacy area found packages of Quikclot.
This discovery will shortly be followed by a DHS warning that people buying this may be militia/terrorist suspects. Except if they pay with cash, then they ARE suspects.

Power tools and gun cleaning is a combination that tends to freak people out(with good reason), but one way you can use them:
my K-22 has some of the problem Tam has mentioned: combine match chambers with lots of .22 ammo, and you get sticky ejection and loading. Had some stubborn spots in a couple of chambers, so got a brush that would be snug in the chamber, chucked it into the power driver, added a little solvent and- spinning it SLOWLY- worked it into the chamber, then back & forth a few times. Next chamber, repeat. Let it sit a few minutes and wiped them out: not a trace of fouling left.

Did the same thing on the .32 Hand Ejector; saves a lot of back & forth scrubbing.

So, CNN ran another piece about the Administration's proposal for a single internet identity for everybody, to circumvent all those pesky passwords and logins you have to remember right now.

This may be the stupidest idea to come out of Washington since the creation of the TSA.
And at least equally ripe for abuse.

By the way, the dollar stores around here carry a 'LA'a Totally Awesome' Cleaner/Degreaser', dilute as needed and so forth. I tried it straight on where chain lube had fouled the chain guards on the bike; this stuff works pretty damn well. Masked the chain with plastic, sprayed, hardly had to brush it dissolved the stuff so well, then rinsed right off.

And now, I shall do some of the cleaning I've been putting off.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Another year older,

but at least no more in debt than I was before.

Added: I can't even keep days straight, I'm one ahead. Damn

This doesn't sound like a 'serious mistake' to me;

it sounds like premeditated misconduct.

And yeah, he damn well should be personally liable for this

Among the reasons I dislike politics and often despise

politicians: unless you know the guy personally, you can't tell if they're actually working toward something, or gaming with other politicians. Case in point:
On Tuesday Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House committee on Oversight and Government Reform, took a major step toward holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to provide subpoenaed documents and other information about Operation Fast and Furious.

In a Jan. 31 letter, Issa had threatened Holder with such a move if he failed to provide all the subpoenaed documents relating to the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal by Feb. 9. That deadline has come and gone, and Holder’s Department of Justice still hasn’t provided most of those documents. Issa’s subpoena dates back to Oct. 12, 2011.

On Tuesday in a seven-page letter, Issa revealed that Deputy Attorney General James Cole begged Congress to extend the Feb. 9 deadline. Issa wrote that the request was “ironic” and “ignores the reality that the Department has unreasonably delayed producing these documents to the Committee.”

“On its face, the requested extension demonstrates a lack of good faith,” Issa wrote to Holder.(Really? What was the tip-off?) “With one exception, the Department has only produced documents responsive to the subpoena on the eve of congressional hearings in which senior Department officials testified. The Department appears to be more concerned with protecting its image through spin control than actually cooperating with Congress.”
Few days ago I was yelling about this story that Issa had given them the extension; now we get this. Problems: the subpoena was issued last October; the deadline was(supposedly) last Thursday; and they're 'taking a major step' by sending another letter now? Why wasn't the contempt proceeding started the day after the deadline? Interference from Boehner? The FBI playing games like it did under Hoover? We don't know.

I really don't like jumping on top of people and yelling over things like this when I don't know- CAN'T know- if they're actually bending over, but if you don't yell at them when it appears so, you'll never yell at all. Which I think greatly increases the chances of a lot of them bending and making deals.

I hate this crap because
You really can't know who to trust(if anyone),
We're seeing a contempt for the law and for life from the people supposedly in charge of protecting them.
We've been seeing politicians actively trying to protect the bad guys in government from being held responsible for what they did, and it's purely for political reasons: "Screw the law, screw who's dead, we need to protect these people because if they fall it damages my party, and damages the gun-control stuff I like." If you had any remaining respect for these clowns, that kills it.
And you have that dread that, once again, the people responsible for this will not suffer any real punishment; that they'll walk away from it.

I've been using that line from Jaws more and more: it's enough to piss off the Good Humor man.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Good God, what the hell is WRONG with these people?

A veteran Orange County sheriff’s deputy feared for the safety of two young girls sitting in a parked car when he shot and killed a Marine sergeant in a dark parking lot near San Clemente High School, authorities said Friday.

Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr. was shot early Tuesday as he started to get into the SUV where his two daughters -- 9 and 14 -- were sitting, authorities said. Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the department, said the deputy was fearful that Loggins -- who he said appeared to be acting irrationally -- was about to drive off with the girls.
There'd better be a damned good something beyond "I didn't like the way he was acting." Especially with this:
A former commanding officer said Loggins routinely went to the school with his daughters during the early-morning hours to walk the track and read the Bible.

Amormino said Loggins was not armed and that it doesn’t appear the incident was alcohol- or drug-related.

Added: Loggins wife is pregnant.

Feral's right:

this is funny:

Speaking of 'hypocritical progressive dirtbags', Anita Dunn

has reared back into the public eye:
After attacking hedge funds and their managers during her tenure in the Obama administration, Anita Dunn is now working as a public relations consultant to improve the industry’s image, according to a secret proposal obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Dunn, formerly the interim White House communications director for the Obama administration and currently a managing director at the Democratic consulting firm SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK), is being promoted by the public relations firm McLean/Clark LLC as a director of “paid media” for a pro-hedge-fund campaign. The project is described by promotional material as a “comprehensive public affairs operation” to “raise awareness about the positive role hedge funds play in the American economy” and to “eliminate the need for politicians to take aim at hedge funds.”
An industry outsider who was pitched on Dunn’s proposal told the Washington Free Beacon that he was surprised to see the former Obama official involved in the effort. “First we see Dunn attack us on television,” he said, “and then she tells us to hire her to head off the exact attacks that she herself is hurling at us. The entire thing begins to stink like a protection racket.”
You expect integrity from someone who considers one of the worst mass-murderers of the last century to be one of her favorite philosophers?

Ah, the dancing-in-the-blood 'faith community', the NGVAC

Tam notes their boycott of Starbucks is Epic-Level Failtm; and points to one of their "SEE WHAT ALMOST HAPPENED?!?" talking points:
This past December, a 17-year-old dropped her purse in a Cheyenne (Wyoming) Starbucks and the gun inside went off, the bullet missing a customer’s head by twelve inches. Will it take a death to convince Starbucks to ban guns?
Let's see... a minor who can't legally buy OR carry a handgun... this is their "See why you should ban them!" point? Really?

And you get slapped once again with their version of reality: it's only 'gun violence' victims that truly count. Bunch of- well, I was going to say 'effing weasels', but I have nothing against weasels; how about 'nanny-state gun-bigot fools'?

As my part in the Starbucks buycott,

I find that they serve a mug of very good Earl Grey.

Bite me, CSGV

Jeff Rosen's a fine example of what a 'journalist' is nowadays:

slant and lie to push a political viewpoint, and screw truth.

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime has used chemical warfare in order to ease its entrance into Homs, said Awad Al-Razak, an officer who defected from the Syrian armed forces.

Al-Razak, who served in the chemical warfare department of the Syrian military, told the Al-Arabiya network that the government used nerve gas under the supervision of Russian and Iranian scientists, and intends to do so again in other parts of the country.
Gee, I wonder where he might have obtained some of that stuff...
'Course, if the Iranians and Russians are involved, they may have given them the stuff; but I do have to wonder if some of it is, ah, 'previously obtained'.

As the threat of invasion loomed and the terror of Nazi bombs continued, Yale University sent a letter to both Oxford and Cambridge universities, offering children of their fellows and dons evacuation refuge in the U.S.

Calling itself the Yale Faculty Committee for Receiving Oxford and Cambridge University Children, 125 Oxford children and 35 mothers took up the offer, boarding the SS Antonia from Liverpool to New Haven, Connecticut on 8 July 1940.
Dr John Fulton of Yale Medical School was a driving force behind the rescue and said the committee 'hoped to save some of the children of intellectuals before the storm breaks.'
So we have either 'Let's try to save some children of proper type', or 'Screw the general populace, us university types have to stick together.'

Back to leftist media 'journalists', Daily Caller has a whole string of reports on what has come out about Media Matters coordinating with the Obama administration, trying to destroy Fox News and so forth. And it includes
Brock, the head of the liberal nonprofit Media Matters for America, had told friends and co-workers that he feared he was in imminent danger from right-wing assassins and needed a security team to keep him safe.

The threat he faced while smoking on his roof? “Snipers,” a former co-worker recalled.

“He had more security than a Third World dictator,” one employee said, explaining that Brock’s bodyguards would rarely leave his side, even accompanying him to his home in an affluent Washington neighborhood each night where they “stood post” to protect him. “What movement leader has a detail?” asked someone who saw it.
Well, that would include, under that old saw 'people tend to think other people think the same way', movement leaders trying to destroy other people probably think their targets might act the way the 'movement leader' does.

But Eric Holder knew NOTHING about it. Right....

Next time someone I know starts whining about Faux News

and bitching about 'fairness', I'm going to send them some links about Media Matters & Co.

Reminds me of all the bitching about 'nasty conservatives/Republicans and their hate speech, we need more civil discourse!', right up until someone called for Walker to be killed. Or attacked one of the Palin kids; THAT was 'free speech', etc.

Monday, February 13, 2012

An experiment Updated

Couple of days ago was over at James' place reading this post on the Walther PP, PPK and the .32acp cartridge. One of the commenters left this link on loads for the .32acp to make it better for small game(light carry pistol when hiking/hunting) and self-defense. Which got me to thinking...

I've got a Lee mold to cast 93-grain roundnose bullets for my .32 Hand Ejector; they work quite well(they come out closer to 95 with the mongrel lead I use). The Lee mold for a .32 semi-wadcutter has a fairly narrow nose; the Saeco and RCBS molds for that style have a much wider nose, but I don't really want to lay out that much to try the idea out. So, came the experiment:

Take a drill press vise, and some lubed bullets. Hold the vise vertically, place a bullet on the lower jaw, turn the screw down until it just touches, and from there crank it down. A little experimentation showed that a half-turn just flattened the nose a touch, 1.5 turns squished the bullet too much, and one turn gave a nice, wide flat nose without expanding the body too much.

Take those bullets to the Lee sizer
Lee makes these in a lot of diameters: the sizing die screws into the press, the ram fits into the shellholder slot, and the tub goes on top to catch the bullets; place the bullet on the ram and stroke the lever, you get a nicely sized bullet. It'll also seat gas checks. This one is .311", I use it for .303 cast bullets, and since .311" is also the nominal diameter of the .32 bore, I ran these bullets through. They'd been upset enough that the mouth of the die actually shaved a tiny bit off the sides. After they were all sized they were dosed with Lee Liquid Alox and left overnight. Here's an original on the left, reformed on the right
The tiny ring the die shaved off is TINY; the as-cast and lubed bullets run between 94.5 and 94.8 grains, the reformed 94.3 to 94.7 by my little electronic scale. I know they'll work in the .32S&W; I'm going to load some in .32acp and try them in friends' Pocket Hammerless for function, and when the weather allows try them from both on water jugs for penetration.

I've been thinking: if you wanted to reform bullets like this while eliminating the sizing die step, you could take a steel slug, bore a hole and polish it to .311 or .312 with a nice finish, and turn a ram for a proper fit. Drop in a bullet, set it on the vise jaw, drop the ram in and form. It would come out the proper diameter, needing only a second dose of lube*.

Or, yeah, you could find suitable cast bullets somewhere and buy them. I'll see how these work before taking such a drastic step.

*Lee specifies to lube bullets before pressing them through the die, otherwise you will get lead fouling on the walls that you'll have to clean out. I also took the precaution of treating my die with Microlon, and so far no fouling problems at all.

Windy in comments was right; just to try them out I loaded two bullets into cases and tried them in that .32; the slide will barely go into battery as the ogive engages the rifling enough to nicely engrave the bullet. And not knowing what that might do to pressure, not to mention others possibly not letting it get quite there, more thought is called for. First thing that comes to mind would be the die and punch idea above, but turn the end of the punch so it gives the nose a semi-wadcutter shape with that wide, flat nose. If I can get a problem with my little lathe figured out, I'm going to have to try that.

On the other hand, I loaded twelve into .32 S&W Long cases and tried them in the Hand Ejector: worked perfectly, and cut nice, clean holes in the target.

A couple of inches of snow, but temps high enough

that the roads are just slushy here. So I'm perusing the 'net, and finding things like this:
There are two possible conflicts on the table in Washington. One is with Iran and the other with Syria. The Iran conflict is the one that Washington doesn’t want. Its most likely trigger at this stage is an Israeli assault on Iran’s nuclear program. Like most of the wars centering around Israel, this one is existential and of no interest to the philosopher kings in D.C. who wage wars with the grand purpose of making the world a better place.

Washington does not particularly care whether Iran gets nukes or doesn’t get nukes. It cares about History. With a capital “H.” Libya got bombed because it was on the wrong side of history. Syria is about to get bombed because it’s on the wrong side of history. There are people in the administration like Samantha Power who would like to bomb Israel for being on the wrong side of history, but they don’t think that even J Street and Peter Beinart could spin that as a pro-Israel move.
Washington needs the Syrian war to happen, and it needs to keep a conflict with Iran from happening. The great diplomatic problem of Israel has always been that its leader insist on viewing conflicts in practical terms. Israel does not fight wars to make the world safe for democracy, it fights wars because there’s someone shooting missiles as it. This is an unacceptable reason for a war in a postmodern world where wars are fought to preserve the international order, protect civilization, make the world safe for democracy and prove that human rights violations will be punished by the duly constituted body of international jurisprudence.
Which does indeed sound like what's been coming out of Sodom-on-the-Potomac.

Thanks to Rodger I read this: a man honest enough to look at both sides of a situation, and stubborn enough to not back off from telling the story. And getting mugged by former friends for daring to do so.

And with that, screw the news; that's about all the Hopey-Changey!!! I can take this morning.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

When the police run out of tear gas,

I think you can count that as a severe situation.

So grossly-oversized fake boobs are good for something besides back trouble!

Whitney Houston died. Way she looked last time I saw pictures, I'm surprised she made it this long. Gorgeous woman, beautiful voice...
One of the things that used to annoy me about some of Spider Robinsons' stories was that he liked to hit on the idea 'what kind of world have we created, that so many creative people have to drug themselves to get through it?'; my reply was "What the hell is wrong with so many creative people that they screw themselves up with drugs?" Houston's a good example: what the hell happened to her that she did this to herself?

I'm going to have to learn some of these: being able to call someone 'a baboon's asshole' in Mandarin might come in handy.

So if Congress can't steal your retirement account now, they want to steal what they can if you die and leave what's left to your kids. Have I mentioned how I'm on the edge of actually hating these thieving bastards?

Purple squirrels?

That's it from me. Cold outside all day, and the snow's just starting to reach the ground here. I spent the day inside, loaded some ammo, did a bit of cooking and cleaning. I think I shall now clean myself up and retire to a bit of rum and a video I borrowed from the library.

Anyone want to bet that one of their hearts' desires

is banning all private ownership of arms? After all, armed peasants might not do what their UN masters order.
Its members see Rio as the springboard for consolidation of an expanding U.N. agenda for years ahead, driven by still more U.N.-sponsored global summits that would, as one participant put it, “ensure that the U.N. connected with the roots of the current level of global discontent.”

Citing a CEB high-level committee report entitled Moving towards a fairer, greener, and more sustainable globalization, a top CEB staffer, Elliot Harris, told the gathering that the issue was not to reverse globalization, “but rather to harness it to generate better outcomes.”

Anyone else get the feeling we need to work on becoming as close to Operatives as possible?

...I'm sure that Ron Paul is a very fine fellow,

for a politician. If held on my knees with an RPG to my head and forced to cast a vote, I'd vote for Ron Paul without hesitation.

If that sounds like I'm saying I'd prefer to be infested with mosquitoes than with ringworm, you caught me.

Definitely snork-worthy material

Chris has lost his mother

After a long illness, the time came.

Borrowing from GFZ,

I am gonna coin a term here: Legis Magicae. And it will be defined at that supposedly magical legislation that will force criminals to do the right thing or stops them from doing the wrong thing. It is a legal incantation approved by the Harry Potters of a legislative body and once signed by the Sorcerer in Chief of the State, it creates a magical force field on each criminal controlling his actions.

More from the same article:

Dennis Flaherty, executive director of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, said the bill could result in dangerous situations for police officers, who regularly enter homes without permission.

So in Minnesota, search warrants and Probable Cause are ignored in a regular basis? Is the Constitution known in the State or is it something vague & vapid?

Dayton said when lawmakers were debating the bill last year, he was “concerned because law enforcement in Minnesota was mostly opposed to it, felt that it gave citizens more freedoms and rights than they had.

Mother of Mary! Is it really that bad up there?

I rarely go to 'liberal'/progressive sites,

and things like this is why:
Just to be clear, I’m proceeding from the position that much of organized evangelical Christianity in the U.S. is closely linked to traditional sensibilities of white supremacy. In other words, Mormon > Negro.
And everyone there agrees. Them Christians are all racists and bigots and stupid and Romney being Mormon means the most of them hate him, on and on ad effing nauseum. NOTHING matters but if he's 'Christian and white' enough...

Oh, and the Democrat party is pretty much without flaw except for not going left far and fast enough

Californicated: if you own a politically-incorrect firearm,

that of itself is a crime of 'moral turpitude'. And all those AR clones and SKS and Garand rifles used for target shooting and hunting? Well, they aren't actually used for those things, the judge says so!("Don't believe your lying eyes, believe what the court tells you.")

Here's our current "What to expect tonight and tomorrow" weather map:
Snow and sleet, big deal(except for the idiots who think anti-lock brakes or 4WD/AWD means they can drive like normal); just keep the glazing away from me, please.

Alphecca has some thoughts on investments. Including
In an aside, I’ve always been a late-night radio listener and for — how many years? 30-years or more? — I’ve heard the ads and advice for buying gold. Of course, never having any money, I never did. When I think of all those years where gold sold for $35 dollars an ounce and I shrugged my shoulders . . .
I know the feeling. Tempered by the knowledge that when gold was at those prices I could have beggared myself and bought some, but that didn't seem like a good idea. When it was $80/ounce I'd have had to stop eating and/or stop feeding the kids if I wanted to buy some(it is a nice dream, to send back the knowledge "Hey, if you can hide away enough to buy an ounce or two a year, in twenty years and more it'll be worth a FORTUNE!"). For that matter, if I'd had any idea at the time, when I was 19 or 20 I'd have raided the store south of Lawton every month or two and made another selection from the big rack of greasy old Mausers of various origins that sold for $35-40 bucks. Left them in the grease and just stored them away...

The BBC now stands accused of covering up the allegations, which were detailed in The Oldie magazine, because senior executives did not want the corporation’s reputation to be tarnished.

A BBC News source said: “The extreme nature of the claims about Savile meant that the Newsnight report was going to seriously compromise the lavish BBC tributes scheduled to run later the same month.

“And second, the allegations directly involved the BBC, in that the woman who gave the interview said that she and others were abused by Savile on BBC premises.”

Well, I'd guess a combination of "We know what's best for your children" combined with "If the farmers and ranchers' kids can't work, they'll have to hire someone! and we'll make sure they're union employees!!"
Can you imagine the local sheriff being told "Here's a warrant for Farmer Jones and Rancher Smith; they're letting their kids do illegal labor, so go arrest them."? Or does the plan consider an enforcement arm so they can send their own SWAT teams out to arrest people?

Interpol: anyone who trusts these clowns, especially after this, is a fool.
Interpol has been accused of abusing its powers after Saudi Arabia used the organisation's red notice system to get a journalist arrested in Malaysia for insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

Police in Kuala Lumpur said Hamza Kashgari, 23, was detained at the airport "following a request made to us by Interpol" the international police cooperation agency, on behalf of the Saudi authorities.

Want. Badly.

I would flat love to see the current mayor of Chicago put under oath and asked about Gunwalker(and questioned by people with the balls to not back off). Take a look at what he wants his subjects to be slapped with:
Illinois handgun owners would be required to register their weapons with the state — and pay a $65-per-gun registration fee — under a mayoral plan proposed Thursday to arm police with the information they need to solve crimes and reduce illegal firearm transfers.
His proposal would require all handgun owners to obtain a certificate of registration from the State Police for every handgun they own — at a cost of $65-per-weapon — and to renew that registration every five years.

They would be required to provide: their name, address and telephone number; the manufacturer of the gun, its model type and serial number; and the date and source of the purchase.

Whenever a handgun is sold, the seller would be required to report the sale to the State Police “no less than 48 hours prior to delivery.” Handgun buyers would have 20 days to file for a new certificate of registration. Anyone caught carrying or possessing an unregistered handgun would face a Class 2 felony.
It's all for the public good, of course; and of COURSE, in Illinois, none of the many millions of dollars extorted from the citizens(the honest ones) would POSSIBLY be misused, or disappeared into pockets...

So one big reason The Lightworker needs to trash religious freedom is to save us from global warmening...
On The Lightworkers' current "You churches will do what you're told, your conscience means nothing to me or The Government I Decree:
One of the more memorable occasions of my finding out what a uncaring bastard I am was when I informed some people that they could get an abortion if they wanted "but stop demanding that I pay for it." I could have strolled into a church on Sunday and pissed on the altar and had a less hateful reaction.

That was when it truly struck me that, for a lot of these people, abortion and contraception and such aren't actually 'available' to women unless the women using them don't have to pay for them. And, simply by disagreeing with that, I was classed as a misogynist, christianist, fascist who wanted womyn to DIE!!! etc. rinse repeat.

So: Obama says "You will provide this, or else." A bunch of religious people say "Screw you, start throwing us in jail, we won't do it." So he 'compromises' with "Ok, so YOU won't have to provide it, you'll just be forced to pay the insurance company to provide it, so all is well." Which is such utter bullshit that I can't believe he can throw that out without first painting his face like the Joker.

So, we'll see which churchmen actually believe what they preach, and have the balls to stand by it, and which are the kind who gave that Kennedy annulment of his first marriage- kids and all- so he could have a full church wedding with the second("Well, belief is all nice and good, but you can't expect us to cause a problem for that family! And nobody will take this seriously, and they're friends of mine, so...").

Daughter informed me yesterday that there's a Starbucks in the nearby Barnes & Noble bookstore; and it carries various munchies and tea as well as coffee; this is going to make the Buycott even better.

Teacher's unions; just so concerned for the kids...

I can say this about George Lucas without feeling Updated

a bit of pain: the man is a friggin' moron. And a lecturing little nanny.

As I recall he's also a contributor to various gun bigot groups; reading this, you can see the tie-ins.

So Han was drawing his gun and expecting that Greedo would miss, then he'd pull the trigger? Even law enforcement shoots when they get the chance if a gun is being waved in their face, and I'm pretty sure that Solo is about as far from a cop as you can get without giving him a Thompson in a violin case.