Saturday, May 29, 2010
'Dog and pony show'...
There are people out there who really aren't worth saving, aren't there?
And some of them are miserable, selfish, stinking offspring of distempered slugs and rabid whores; self-made ones.
Hey, Lympian, you suck. You're a sorry excuse for man and a worse excuse for an American. Fuck you.
Some thoughts on the O'Keefe matter
This is especially concerning in light of the recent publication of court documents in which the Government admits that a member of Landrieu’s staff had told O’Keefe’s companions, on tape, that there had been no problem with the phones:
One of Senator Landrieu’s staff members (WITNESS 1) told BASEL and FLANAGAN that she did not report any phone problems and that the office was not experiencing any issues with the phone system.
I’m interested in the First Amendment implications of a court ordering the destruction of a copyrighted work with possible political relevance — with no apparent statutory authority, plea agreement provision, or national security concern to justify it.
Yeah, that's a very interesting situation: the judge orders the destruction of private property, and the prosecutors do it. No questions. What about the ethical implications of the prosecutors carrying out that order, for that matter? And, speaking of the ethical implications of the actions of the prosecutors,
In addition to the lack of justification for destroying the footage, we have a positive reason that it should have been turned over long ago: namely, this was potentially exculpatory evidence in O’Keefe’s criminal case. The Government has now admitted, in court documents signed by the Government lawyer, that the evidence shows O’Keefe’s intent was “not to actually tamper with the phone system, or to commit any other felony” but rather “to orchestrate a conversation about phone calls to the Senator’s staff and capture the conversation on video.” This means that the tape recording made by O’Keefe, when viewed in the light of O’Keefe’s history as an undercover video journalist, did not support the Government’s original charge that O’Keefe entered with the intent to commit a felony.
It sure sounds like the tape was exculpatory evidence, which the Constitution requires prosecutors to turn over immediately. Instead, they held on to the tape, and agreed after about two months to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor, which is all they could ever prove anyway.
So, even if you pass over everything else, you have pretty serious prosecutorial misconduct in withholding evidence from the defense. THEN you add in the actions of the judge.
Crap like this is why a lot of bureaucrats and judges need a place in line for the tar, feathers and banishment treatment.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Be it noted that Chief of Police Beck of LA is- well,
Assuming the L.A. Times has accurately paraphrased Beck’s statement, we can reach either of two possible conclusions: that he is misinformed on the language of the new law, or he is deliberately distorting the truth to serve a political agenda. Neither choice is comforting.
Beck said that his officers are guided by a different set of rules than the ones laid out in the Arizona law. For more than three decades the LAPD has followed a policy that prohibits officers from initiating contact with someone solely to determine whether he or she is in the country legally.
(isn't that a nice way to say Beck's either a fool or a liar?)
Like the LAPD policy in place since 1979, the Arizona law specifically prohibits officers from stopping anyone for the sole purpose of determining his immigration status. Arizona goes beyond the limits of the LAPD policy only in that it allows inquiry into an individual’s immigration status after a detention based on reasonable suspicion rather than an arrest based on probable cause. The reasonable suspicion must concern some crime other than illegal immigration. This important provision has been widely reported but just as widely ignored by those who seek to discredit the new law and forestall its enforcement.
Hit the range for a while today Pics added
Zeroed the 15-22 at 50 yards, which only required adjusting elevation, and then did some comparison groups; saved the targets, I'll post pics later.
Ok, it's later. The inside dotted ring on these targets is 1". Here's the Aguila:
I tried this stuff in one rifle that shot it wonderfully at 25 yards, but at 50 the bullets were tumbling. No sign of that here; a couple of the holes look suspicious, just not quite right, but I'll have to try it at longer range to be sure. Out to 50 would definitely be a critter whacker. Low noise, but noticeably more recoil than the 40-grain stuff.
Fed Auto Match:
Like I said earlier, found a baggie with about fifteen rounds of this in Stanley so gave it a try; I'm pretty sure a couple of the high-left ones are my fault, I was getting tired by that time. I lost track of the target fired with this stuff from the Martini, I'll just say it was impressive to me; more testing definitely on the schedule.
I know the high-right was my fault, the two low-left might be. This is their bulk-pack inexpensive stuff, so the consistency isn't what it could be(I've noticed the recently-bought stuff is a bit less so than older stuff), but overall this stuff shoots pretty well.
Remington subsonic HP:
I'm not taking responsibility for the flyers here; not having fired it before I was being very careful on sight and breathing, and considering the number of FTF(two out of twenty fired) I'm not real happy with the stuff.
All these were fired with that 2x LER scope I pictured before. Having the very high rings made a world of difference in comfort and accuracy(easier to shoot well when you're not grinding your cheekbone into the stock). Something I do need to check on, there may be some parallax error in this scope. Thinking about it on the way home, I think some of the shots to the side may have been when my eye was a bit to the left of center. Next time I take this out I'll experiment and see if that's so. What I really need to do is get a 4x or higher scope for ammo testing.
Short version: the Aguila SSS shot fine, gave groups better than some other ammo but not match-level; the Federal Champion cheap stuff gives accuracy as good as almost anything else; the Federal Auto Match looks very promising, wish I'd had more along(tried it after found a bag with about fifteen rounds in Stanley); Remington Subsonic hollowpoints gave 'eh' accuracy, and out of twenty rounds fired had two misfires(apparently Remington needs to work on their priming shop, both fired after rechambered). This 15-22 has proven pretty impressive; so far I cleaned & lubed it right after it came in and haven't done so since, and out of hundreds of rounds fired- high-velocity, standard and subsonic- it's fed and fired them all. I discount the misfires as ammo problem, and there's been twice a round- always the first- popped vertically out of the magazine, both times Federals and I think magazine, not rifle problem.
I'm not trying to be easy on this one, it's simply performing like the first one should have. Now if S&W would bother answering their damned mail, snail or e- variety...
Fired a couple of other .22 rifles, including the Martini, which I tried with the last few Auto Match rounds; very interesting- good- results, I need to take more of those next time.
On the handgun side fired the TT33 and had the only problem I've every had with it; twice the slide hung in the rear position and didn't chamber the next round. Once banged the butt and it closed, other time had to slingshot the slide. You know, if there were a simple way to change the grip angle to more like JMB intended(Tokarev, you bastard, why did you change it?) this would be a really good shooter. As is, in draw & shoot or point-shoot work I have to make myself tilt it up to line the sights properly.
That's it for now, pics to be added later.
Speaking of the DOJ, in this case something they SHOULD be investigating,
Joe Sestak explains that his brother (and senior adviser) is coordinating their job offer story with the White House, so its all good. A pre-Memorial Weekend file dump is predicted:
Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) said Thursday his brother has spoken with White House officials about the congressman's allegation that he was offered an Obama administration job if he would stay out of a Democratic Senate primary.
...He told reporters Thursday that he would not expand upon his prior statements until the White House releases its report on the matter. President Obama said in his news conference such a report would come "shortly."
Sestak expects the White House script to be available Friday.
The White House asked former President Bill Clinton to talk to Rep. Joe Sestak about the possibility of obtaining a senior position in the Obama administration if he would drop out of the Democratic primary race against establishment-backed Sen. Arlen Specter, the Obama administration said in a report released Friday morning.
Oh, that was a big mistake.
So, I'm sure they cleared it with Clinton before they announced this(though it'd be funny as hell if they didn't); so what was the wording? "Bill, I need you to take this one for me" or "It's the only way to quiet this down to protect my presidency, Bill; you've got to do it!" or what?
When told about the Clinton revelation, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who has been leading the charge for more details on the allegation, said, “This is punishable by prison. This is a felony.”
“This is about the White House. This is not about Congressman Sestak,” Issa said, adding that he wants to know what Clinton was empowered to say.
“They’ve answered a question and it begs many more answers,” he said. “We want elections not to be appointments.”
Good question: why DID the DOJ work so hard to avoid this getting notice? (Updated)
As I noted in a more detailed post below, the Government sought to bury this admission by omitting it from their press release, and attempting to avoid reading it aloud in court when setting forth the factual basis.
I have updated that post to note that I have now obtained the filed version of the document, with the signature of the Government’s representative.
Now I think it’s time to start asking the U.S. Attorney’s Office why they tried to hide this language from the public.
It’s also time to ask Big Media why they aren’t reporting on this.
"Ultimately, the government apparently could not prove its case, and yesterday gave O’Keefe a misdemeanor — presumably because they lacked proof of this felonious intent.
I have said from the beginning that viewing the tape would shed light on this. After all, O’Keefe was making an undercover tape. It has all the evidence on it. That tape would reveal whether O’Keefe is telling the truth.
And now the judge has ordered that potentially exculpatory evidence destroyed.
I contacted O’Keefe last night to ask when we could expect to see this tape. He told me that he wanted the tape back, but that the judge had said in open court that he wanted it destroyed, and instructed federal agents to destroy the evidence before returning the camera to O’Keefe.
I find this astounding — first, that O’Keefe got this far in the proceedings without the government disclosing the key evidence in the case to him and his attorney, and second, that the evidence will now be destroyed.
Why destroy it? To my knowledge, O’Keefe and his companions never accessed any part of the office that was not open to the public. They did not receive any sensitive information regarding Sen. Landrieu’s phone lines that would be useful to a terrorist.
And if O’Keefe is telling the truth, the tape would exonerate him in the public eye.
O’Keefe wants the tape back. The judge told the government not to let him have it.
What does that tell you?
We cannot forget just what kind of gun-grabbing socialist is in the White House
This is the REAL reason the UN want the Small Arms Treaty. You can’t control an armed population.
This U.N. treaty will lead to more gun control in America. “After the treaty is approved and it comes into force, you will find out that it has this implication or that implication and it requires the Congress to adopt some measure that restricts ownership of firearms,” former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John R. Bolton warns. “The [Obama] administration knows it cannot obtain this kind of legislation purely in a domestic context. … They will use an international agreement as an excuse to get domestically what they couldn’t otherwise.”
The U.N. Small Arms Treaty opens a back door for the Obama administration to force through gun control regulations. Threats to the Second Amendment are as real today as ever.
Gun control is about control, not guns.
Remember, all treaties have to be ratified by the Senate. Make sure your Senator knows that this treaty has no place in America.Thanks to Uncle for pointing to this.
Yell at your Senators. Now. Loudly.
Sure enough, like a lot of people predicted,
An initial research paper by the University College of London Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction said: "Analysis of the seismic energy released around Katla over the last decade or so is interpreted as providing evidence of a rising ... intrusive magma body on the western flank of the volcano."
"Earlier seismic energy release at Katla is associated with the inflation of the volcano, which indicates it is close to failure, although this does not appear to be linked to seismicity around Eyjafjallajökull," it added.
"We conclude that given the high frequency of Katla activity, an eruption in the short term is a strong possibility," the report said. "It is likely to be preceded by new earthquake activity. Presently there is no unusual seismicity under Katla."
And since the eruptions at Katla have historically been bigger than those at Eyjafjallajökull, it will get really nasty if it does indeed erupt.
Icelandic President Ólafur Grímsson has warned governments around Europe that a significant eruption at the volcano is close. "We [Iceland] have prepared ... it is high time for European governments and airline authorities all over Europe and the world to start planning for the eventual Katla eruption," he said.
Bumper sticker just seen
Obama's a commie, and Pelosi is too
First, I'm not real impressed with some police chiefs
At first glance this all seems like a perfectly normal news story, but there was a very important piece of information left out: the meeting was arraigned by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and the police chiefs attending the meeting were members of PERF. (Holder is an “old friend of PERF, he addressed their convention in April) . In the rare cases where a news organization mentioned the PERF connection (the NPR story referenced above is the only one I could find) they neglected to mention that PERF is an organization that objects to any enforcement of immigration laws directed at the illegal alien (as opposed to an employer who hires illegals). The Forum describes itself as a “national organization of progressive police executives.”
Damn ATF for a bunch of idiot bureaucrats that WANT to screw everybody over. Apparently just because they can, and maybe to curry favor with some politicians. AND they screw over agents who dare expose problems or wrongdoing. Wonderful bunch of people.
Enough. Stuff to do, I'll chew over all the other crap out there later.
A fine demonstration of idiocy in a politician,
"I think there's a comprehension gap," said Kerry. His point: While people may not be feeling the benefits of the bailouts and healthcare reform yet, Congress has been working with Obama to right the economic ship. Still, he sounded sympathetic to those kicked around by the economy. "There's a sense of some things unraveling" to them, said Kerry.
But he said that the D.C.-directed attacks are hypocritical, since many of those attacking Washington spending presumably want to keep their Social Security and Medicare and want Washington to play a big role in the Gulf Oil cleanup. "There's a huge contradiction on a daily basis," he said.
Maybe, he concluded, the Democrats should change their communications strategy "to better sell what we've done."
So. Every time we turn around we find another piece of crap hidden in Obamacare that means another 'X'-billion dollars and another power grab, the bailouts- well, you know. But we just don't comprehend how this is all actually wonderful...
And SS & Medicare? Those programs we've had money for taken out of every paycheck we've ever made? We're hypocrites for wanting that money back instead of it being wasted by assholes like Kerry? And expecting government to do the things it's actually supposed to do instead of wasting our money on bullcrap, that's hypocritical?
Kerry, you're an arrogant fool. And while the people in your home state deserve you for being stupid enough to elect you, the rest of us do not.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
The news really began damaging my calm quite a while ago,
We've got Venezuela under Chavez all huggy-cozy with terrorists and supporters, and Obama ignores it.
The State Department currently designates four nations — Syria, Cuba, Sudan, and Iran — as state sponsors of terrorism. These countries provide ideological support and material assistance to terrorist groups. Once you consider the evidence behind Venezuela's substantial ties with U.S.-designated terrorist organizations and state sponsors of terrorism, we would like to know the strategic implications of designating Venezuela a state sponsor of terrorism. We would also like to know the implications for the integrity of this list if Venezuela continues to evade designation. . . .
Given that Chavez is expected to receive a $20 billion loan from the Chinese Government and his government has just signed yet another multi-billion dollar arms deal with Russia for weapons that far exceed any rational analysis of Venezuela's national defense requirements - it is clear that this is the time to revisit our policies within the region...
We've got Obama pushing for idiots like this to be on the federal appeals courts:
You've got to be pretty hard core to fight against the death penalty in the case of an eight-time serial strangler (seven time rapist, too).
Especially when the rapist-murderer himself doesn't want to fight his execution any further.
You've got to be really hardcore to bully the guy's lawyer into signing a motion for a stay of execution that the client didn't want but you wanted to sign.
Admitted. Guilty as sin.
So why this fight for a rapist-murderer's life?
Obama's nominee thought he was the "least culpable" of all death row inmates, because, he feels, a tendency towards sexual sadism as he had should be a mitigating factor, not merely against the death penalty, but conviction, too.
We've got more on who's involved in the denials of the Sestak claims:
My column today focuses on the White House lawyer behind the Sestak stonewall: Bob Bauer — a familiar figure if you’ve been reading this blog closely. He’s the hubby of former White House Fox-basher-in-chief Anita Dunn and a veteran Democrat legal fixer.
Unrelated to current problems but interesting,
A plan to attack Hitler's bunker in 1943 and a 1944 plot involving an assassin who had gained the trust of the Nazi leadership were both cancelled on Stalin's orders, General Anatoly Kulikov told a historical conference in Moscow on Tuesday.
"A plan to assassinate Hitler in his bunker was developed, but Stalin suddenly cancelled it in 1943 over fears that after Hitler's death his associates would conclude a separate peace treaty with Britain and the United States," Russia's RIA news agency quoted Gen Kulikov as saying.
I'll end this with some balancing good news: as Uncle likes to say, I guess he was compensating for something. I'd guess age and the fact that facing an armed intruder with empty hands generally doesn't work too well:
At about 5:20 a.m., the homeowner and his wife, also in her 80s, discovered the intruder entering their home through a back door. The homeowner, who had a gun, confronted and killed the burglar on the doorstep, police said. Cops said the intruder also fired his gun during the struggle.
"It's a good thing they had a gun, or they might be dead," said Curtis Thompson, who lives next door to the couple, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
So the imam who wants to build a mosque by the WTC site
But that was two months ago. More recently — in fact on May 26, one day after his Daily News column – Abdul Rauf appeared on the popular Islamic website Hadiyul-Islam with even more disturbing opinions. That’s the same website where, ironically enough, a fatwa was simultaneously being issued forbidding a Muslim to sell land to a Christian, because the Christian wanted to build a church on it.
In his interview on Hadiyul-Islam by Sa’da Abdul Maksoud, Abdul Rauf was asked his views on Shariah (Islamic religious law) and the Islamic state. He responded:
Yeah, he's a real religious freedom type, isn't he?
Throughout my discussions with contemporary Muslim theologians, it is clear an Islamic state can be established in more then just a single form or mold. It can be established through a kingdom or a democracy. The important issue is to establish the general fundamentals of Shariah that are required to govern. It is known that there are sets of standards that are accepted by [Muslim] scholars to organize the relationships between government and the governed. [emphasis added]
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Ok, so O'Keefe pleads to a misdemeanor
Attorney-client communications are among the most sacred in the American system of jurisprudence, so when James O’Keefe’s lawyers noticed at least two instances of privileged communication between them and their client appearing in the media, they wrote to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Mann in New Orleans: “O’Keefe materials improperly provided to media.”
The information that I have confirmed was disclosed to the media appears to be intentionally calculated to foment negative public opinion against Mr. O’Keefe, presumably in an unethical effort to prejudice any criminal proceedings… a clear violation of Chapters 1-7.500 and 1-7.600 (E) of the United States Attorneys’ Manual as well as a prosecutor’s ethical obligations…
When O’Keefe and three others were arrested in January, his computer and cell phone were seized, under the completely false premise that they were surveillance devices, and it appears that the documents came from them. If true, as O’Keefe’s lawyers note, this would constitute an outrageous violation of law-enforcement ethics as well as “severe prosecutorial misconduct.”
This has the potential for some real first-class trouble; even a lot of lawyers who may personally despise O'Keefe will throw fits over this; they know damn well that if they'll do it to him and his lawyers, they'll do it to anyone.
A quote for the day
It was like reading about old friends getting up in the world. These were people you could count on, unlike the supercilious sons of bitches in the Pentagon and State Department and elsewhere in this lousy town that had probably been a fine swamp before some fool decided to drain it.
Seems Obama either likes taking orders from Calderon,
US National Guard troops being sent to the Mexican border will be used to stem the flow of guns and drugs across the frontier and not to enforce US immigration laws, the State Department said Wednesday.
The clarification came after the Mexican government urged Washington not to use the additional troops to go after illegal immigrants.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday authorized the deployment of up to 1,200 additional troops to border areas but State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters, “It’s not about immigration.”
He said the move was “fully consistent with our efforts to do our part to stem, you know, violence, to interdict the flow of dangerous people and dangerous goods — drugs, guns, people.”
Bad enough that this sorry excuse for a President does this, but the Guard troops will not be armed, either. Yeah, that's just fucking great: put them in hazard with no arms. Just the kind of thinking we've come to expect from these assholes. Just effing wonderful.
And now back to corrupt politicians, racists and union thugs
Corrupt politicians and racists, Holder's DOJ and the Black Panthers:
It’s about time the courts rule on the panoply of made-up defenses and fake privileges that Holder has cooked up to avoid turning over these documents. Let the courts decide if the Obama administration can have it both ways — declining to invoke executive privilege but relying on the privilege under other names (”deliberative privilege”).
A knowledgeable lawyer e-mails me: “Notice DOJ revealed nothing about the number of panther documents in the AG and deputy AG office. Even for the associate attorney general they revealed there were 135 but they weren’t going to turn them over. Failing to even name a number is extremely suspicious because those units can be searched quicker and easier for compliant documents. It leads one to conclude any number would be an embarrassment, and a high number would be a catastrophe. So, don’t reveal a number. Typical of this non-transparent operation.”
And now we’re going to see the administration’s true colors played out in open court. As a Judicial Watch spokesman said: “If there is nothing to hide, then Eric Holder should release this information as the law requires. And this is just one more example of how Obama’s promises of transparency are a big lie.”
Union thugs, and lawmen who don't do their jobs:
Presumably it was the assumption that Easton had a dog in the fight–not just the fact that protesters woke up her 2-year-old and terrified Baer’s son, who was home alone–that led Vandeventer to write, “a woman came storming across her lawn, screaming at us to shut up and go away – telling us we had no business being there”; and, “The really interesting question here is: why is Ms. Easton so angry? And why has she decided to use her position as a member of the media to air her own personal rant at the people who showed up to share their foreclosure stories?”
I have to note two comments on this story from the second link:
SEIU, try that crap on my front lawn. I live in Texas. You’ll meet my friend Mossberg. Threaten my child and Mossberg will say hello.
Exactly…I live near Fort Bragg, I’ll provide an H&K greeting. NC law actually allows you to shoot through your front door. Crazy, but awesome.
And yet more corrupt politicians:
There was a time when the White House and Rep. Joe Sestak were enemies. Now they're in the bunker together: Neither wants to talk about whether a White House official tried to get Sestak to drop his campaign for senator by offering him a job. With its reticence, the Obama White House raises some eerie (and, from its perspective, unwelcome) parallels with the Bush White House.
You have to work through the "Just like BUSH!" crap in this story, but at least they are noting the quite-possible illegalities involved in this mess.
And finally, more corrupt union bullcrap AND more corrupt politicians:
Gerald McEntee, AFSCME's president, candidly told The Hill that his union's big spending campaign will go to "protect incumbency in the House. We've got to protect the incumbency in the Senate." He admitted that "it's going to be hard, those tea-baggers are out there. There is an anti-incumbency mood out there." McEntee is just doing what Big Labor bosses have been doing for decades — spending their members' dues to elect and re-elect Democrats. Campaign finance data going back to 1989 reveal that six of the top 10 groups designated as "heavy hitters" by the Center for Responsive Politics are labor unions. AFSCME ranks second on the list, with SEIU 10th. More than 90 percent of their contributions went to Democrats.
And just what are these bastards spending union money to help push? Besides keeping a bunch of corrupt and arrogant National Socialist Democrats in power?
Schumer and Van Hollen's bill — the DISCLOSE Act of 2010 — would reverse the Supreme Court's recent Citizens United decision upholding the right of individual citizens, acting in concert with each other in corporations, labor unions, trade associations and independent citizens groups, to pay for TV ads critical of incumbent congressmen during the often-decisive final months of a campaign. As U.S. Chamber of Commerce head Thomas J. Donohue said, the bill "is an unconstitutional attempt to silence free speech. ... It's un-American and it must be stopped."
Generally speaking, if Schumer is involved, it needs to be stopped. Hard. And I've come to the conclusion that if most unions are involved, the same holds true.
Among the reasons it doesn't bother me that the New York Effing Times is going out of business
Yesterday, The New York Times published another front-page article based on a leaked classified document. This time, it was an order signed by Gen. David Petraeus authorizing black operations against adversaries and such dubious friends as Iran, Syria, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
Gee, thanks. We really needed to know that. The world's a better place now.
I'll agree and disagree with this next bit:
Yet the Times' sin was the lesser one. The paper has long since given up any pretense of patriotism. (Ugh! Yuck!) Its editors are just publishing and perishing as citizens of the world.
It's whoever leaked the document that bears the burn-in-hell blame.
No argument that whoever leaked this- EVERYBODY involved in leaking this- ought to be suitably punished, and I'd strongly consider a noose to be suitable and appropriate. Thing is, I'm not willing to give the NYF'nTimes a break; they've repeatedly shown they're willing to see American troops killed and operations damaged or ruined for the sake of their own political agenda, and I'm long out of patience or tolerance with this shit. They know exactly what they're doing when they publish these things, and tar & feathers is the least the bastards deserve for doing so.
In another demonstration of weather in Oklahoma,
But I don't have to water the garden.
Looks like some members of the Stupid Party have discovered
Senators and other sources inside the meeting described the gathering as “testy” and “direct” — and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) accused Obama of acting two-faced by asking for GOP support on regulatory reform only to push forward with a bill supported mainly by Democrats. Others felt that the meeting may have made already tense relations between the two parties even worse.
"The more he talked, the more he got upset," Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said. “He needs to take a valium before he comes in and talks to Republicans and just calm down, and don’t take anything so seriously. If you disagree with someone, it doesn’t mean you’re attacking their motives — and he takes it that way and tends then to lecture and then gets upset.”
He doesn't seem to take it very well when "I won" doesn't end the argument. Or anybody stands up to him on any thing. Too bad, Obama, because they're supposed to oppose you when they think you're wrong and when the people who elected them say to. Deal with it.
And if anybody argues with a straight face that the press isn't in Obama's pocket, they're either a serious liar or a fool.
Pointing out once again that Calderon is a liar. And so are the NSD clowns who support him.
Figures can lie when used by politicians. Mr. Calderon repeated a several-year-old contention that something like 80 percent of the arms used by Mexican drug warriors have been traced to the United States. The claim was a lie when his government first asserted it, and repeating it before our Congress doesn’t make it true. This figure represents the percentage of those guns (a few thousand) submitted by Mexican authorities for tracing here. . .
In fact, Mexico’s cartels get their guns on the international market and most of what they buy aren’t the semiautomatic sporting arms they could get here, but fully automatic military weapons, grenades, rocket launchers and the like from China, Israel, Korea and Russia. According to the Los Angeles Times, most of this weaponry flows into Mexico over that nation’s southern border with Guatemala, not over her northern border with the U.S.
The great thing about gun control is you can never have too much of it. Chicago goes about as far as a city can go, but you can always blame it, in Daley’s case, on those intransigent downstaters and their insistence on not going farther. But the last thing Daley would want is for the state to actually pass something. At some point you run out of people to blame, just like in fiscal matters you eventually run out of other people’s money.
At some point the gig is going to be up. Pretty soon for Daley, Bloomberg, Nutter, Menino, and all the other big city mayors. Maybe they can switch to blaming the Supreme Court or the Constitution, but it doesn’t seem to me that’s quite the same tool they’ve been using. That’s probably why Daley is losing it. Heavens forbid he level with voters about having to make hard decisions to bring the city’s crime down.
Oh, about those troops Obama decided to send to the border?
Regarding the Administration’s decision to send 1,200 National Guard servicemen to the US Southern border, the Government of Mexico trusts that this decision will help to channel additional US resources to enhance efforts to prevent the illegal flows of weapons and bulk cash into Mexico, which provide organized crime with its firepower and its ability to corrupt.
Additionally, the Government of Mexico expects that National Guard personnel will strengthen US operations in the fight against transnational organized crime that operates on both sides of our common border and that it will not, in accordance to its legal obligations, conduct activities directly linked to the enforcement of immigration laws.
Translation: "Don't you dare stop any Mexicans illegally crossing the border! You're just supposed to stop stuff heading south!"
Response should be: "Fuck you, Calderon, you don't run this country."
And guess which prophet will be the ONLY one this would be enforced about?
Demanding a permanent ban on Facebook, over two dozen Pakistani religious groups working under the umbrella of the JuD have decided to contact the UN for enacting a global law “against blasphemy of prophets and awarding death penalty to violators.”
And somewhere, hiding out, is the magazine catch for the Sistema. And I can't reassemble it until I find it. I bleepin' HATE it when parts take a trip on their own.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Two more things, then I'm to bed: First, the Marriott seems to be feeling
Today, upper level Marriott executive Keith Thomas told GRNC board member Bill Krupicka that signs from the Charlotte property had already been removed, and that signs across the country will be removed promptly.
Please bear in mind that this victory is conditional: Marriott has not yet confirmed its policy, and a public apology to the gun owners staying in and traversing the Marriott across the weekend of the NRA convention has not yet been issued. Accordingly, please do not relax pressure against Marriott International yet. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
When they make it official, AND apologize for the trouble caused, I'll believe it.
And here's their suggestions for contacts:
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED
* Keith Thomas: Reports directly to JW Marriott, Jr. himself. Thomas can be reached at Mr. Marriott’s office at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-621-0999.
* Kathleen Matthews, Executive Vice President, Global Communications and Public Affairs: Kathleen.Matthews@marriott.com, 301-380-7770. Also include her assistant, Marilyn Cole at: email@example.com or 301-380-7525.
* Chad Callaghan, Vice President of Loss Prevention: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also call his assistant Pat Murphy at 301-380-7814 and presuming he ignores your call, feel free to page him at: 800-313-9391.
* Jim Diehl: Don’t forget the General Manager (and reportedly regional executive) who started this mess:, email@example.com, phone: 704-333-9000, fax (directly to his office): 704-358-6522.
Who, as I recall from the posts, put the signs up AFTER the event started and then lied about matters when called on it.
Second, a NYEffingC politician once again proves that having no damned idea what you're talking about is no barrier to either being a idiot politician or pushing laws based on your ignorance. Or stupidity. Or both.
A big part of why I was busy today: project gun update
Came out pretty well. Soon as it was dry and hard I soaked it with a good oil. Then I remembered what Xavier once wrote about treating parkerizing, and found the post. I think I'll try the same on this one.
At this point I've done the following:
Clean up the surface(wet/dry paper with a hard backing),
Ground the arched mainspring housing down and stippled it,
Fiber-optic front sight and a taller rear sight to match up to it,
Extended thumb safety,
Beavertail grip safety(fitting that was fun),
New hammer & barrel,
and now parking it. Pretty much done.
I have to say, Texas DOES do some things right
Yes, Gentle Readers, if you go through the training, and the background check, and the fingerprinting -- as well as coughing up the dosh -- and you decide to visit your Capitol building in Austin (with your handgun and license in paw) you have an express lane through Security.
If that doesn't warm the fuzzy little cockroaches of your heart, I don't know what will.
I give up; I have to post on another idiot politician and a media weenie
Respected State-run media journalist Sam Donaldson is now comparing Arizona to the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
Jake Tapper takes him to task.
This is what passes as a 'respected journalist': Arizona decides to enforce the law against illegal aliens and this fucking sorry excuse for a reporter compares it to the PRC committing mass murder. Words fail me.
Second, the idiot Biden:
“As you probably know, some American politicians and American journalists refer to Washington, DC as the “capital of the free world.” But it seems to me that this great city, which boasts 1,000 years of history and which serves as the capital of Belgium, the home of the European Union, and the headquarters for NATO, this city has its own legitimate claim to that title.”
Ladies and gentlemen, our Veep. God help us.
And, by the way, about that sorry bastard Donaldson,
Well, you can forget about updating that story any time soon because USDA is no longer updating the database. Seems that the Democratic Congress in 2008 changed the law that previously required the department to maintain the database to say that doing so was merely optional.
The federal farm bureaucrats naturally opted out of disclosing how much they were paying people like former ABC News White House correspondent Sam Donaldson and multi-millionaire David Rockefeller not to grow crops. No doubt the decision was made to "save tax dollars."
Yes, the integrity of the major media; a fine thing, isn't it?
Been busy today, so I'll just point to two politicians for demonstrating just what
Weiner had such little evidence to back up his Weiner report that he actually decided to use a message board as a credible source of complaints. Before we move on, ask yourself this: If you were a sixth grade teacher, and your student turned in a report citing a message board as their source, would you give them a good grade? Any rational teacher would fail a sixth grader for doing that, so we should all definitely acknowledge this EpicWeinerFail.
But, it’s one thing to use a message board as a source. It’s another thing to use a message board that completely disagrees with you as a source. The founder of “Rip -off Reports” did an investigation on the claims about Goldline. They found the following:
“Consumers can feel confident and secure when doing business with Goldline International.”
“They provide extensive free information to help people make informed choices when buying precious metals. - feel confident & secure when doing business with Goldline International.”
“Goldline International has made every effort over the past few months to deal with any client issues that might arise. Because of our efforts and those of Goldline International, Rip-off Report is confident in giving Goldline a positive rating.”
“Rip-off Report knows there is no company or individual that is perfect – Goldline International knows this also and demonstrates their need for continuing improvement – that is why Rip-off Report comfortably states that you can be completely confident, safe and secure when doing business with them…”
From the NY Times: “The Better Business Bureau, which has given Goldline an A+ rating, said Tuesday that it was standing by that. A representative of the bureau said it had recently re-reviewed Goldline in response to Mr. Weiner’s accusations and saw no reason for a change. “It’s a company with not that many complaints,” said Gary Almond, from the bureau. When compared with other companies that sell gold, “there was a remarkable difference in how each one addressed complaints,” noting that some of those other companies had F ratings.”
Weiner response: This is one fact that Weiner prepared for. His claim? That the Better Business Bureau might be guilty of fraud, making the not-so-subtle accusation that Goldline paid for their A+ rating. And Glenn is the one accused of being a conspiracy theorist?
That's your first, the second is actually a combination of a bunch of people in the Obama Administration and Rep. Sestak:
Rep. Joe Sestak, winner of the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary, is refusing to provide more information on what job he was offered by a White House official to drop of that race, although he confirmed again that the incident occurred.
The White House was backing incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) in the primary. Sestak acknowledged in an interview in February that he was offered a position by an unnamed White House official - a potential violation of federal law - but has not offered any specifics on conversation. Republicans are trying to use the issue against Sestak in the November Senate race.
Gee, ya think maybe? Since this appears to be an actual federal crime and all?
Monday, May 24, 2010
Had a chance to ride something I've never been on before
0 to 70 in AAAHAAHHAAAAAH! I mean, DAMN. And at 70 the thing was obviously just loafing along.
It'd be real easy to get in trouble on it, the handling is much different from the Vulcan.
Good brakes, good suspension, but the riding position would kill my hands after a while.
Did I mention the sucker is fast?
In 6th gear, at 60, you had to watch it because it just seemed to creep back up to about 70; took very little throttle change to affect speed quite a bit.
A very impressive bike, but not the thing for me; I need to sit more upright.
A bit more on the SEIU assault on a private home
Easton provided a straightforward eyewitness account of the demonstration, protesting mortgage foreclosures. Based on her reporting, Easton concludes that the protest was something of a pretext. She offered an explanation of SEIU's demonstration based on its current organizing goals and noted in passing that "SEIU, suffering financially, owes the bank nearly $4 million in interest and fees. Bank of America declined comment on the loans."
Easton is almost certainly on to something. We should pause to consider the event she witnessed long and hard. It provides another window onto the phenomenon that Michael Barone has dubbed "gangster government."
And the union thugs aren't happy that Easton had the nerve to pass on word of what happened.
Amazingly, the SEIU has actually taken aim at Easton for reporting on this incident. Their defense? Easton’s husband is a Republican strategist and has a lobbyist as a client – oh, the horror! (Especially considering that the SEIU itself is also a lobbyist). In their post “Nina Easton & the Bank Lobbyists: Too Close for Comfort,” SEIU’s crack Googlers researchers break the case wide open:
“The really interesting question here is: why is Ms. Easton so angry? And why has she decided to use her position as a member of the media to air her own personal rant at the people who showed up to share their foreclosure stories?Wow. Amazing. That kind of muckraking puts my time working at LexisNexis to shame. Perhaps I should take SEIU’s employment recruiters up on one of their recent job offers sitting in my email inbox. (really, they are hiring, and they did email…can you imagine that job interview?)
Nina Easton’s husband’s firm has Business Roundtable as a client, a special interest group that counts giant banks like Bank of America as members.
One Google search clears it up pretty quickly. Her husband is Russell Schriefer, Republican strategist and consultant to several big corporate interest groups. In fact, her husband’s client list includes the Business Roundtable, a special interest group that counts Bank of America and other Wall Street banks among its members.
Ms. Easton’s husband used to be a corporate lobbyist himself, before he started his own consulting firm for Republican politicians and corporate interest groups like the Business Roundtable and the Chamber of Commerce. Now, according to his website, he helps garner positive media for “a wide range of corporate clients including Fortune 500 companies and national associations.”
Thugs. The kind who prefer to work in as much darkness as possible. Which means they need a halogen lamp turned on them.
And I'll repeat: the DC cops who escorted these clowns need to be punished. And whoever authorized the action should be fired.
So after several coats of Minwax finish
One thing I've found you can do with the Minwax Antique Oil Finish is after you do the final coat you have a very glossy finish, but:
steel wool it lightly, not down to the wood but scuff the finish thoroughly,
get a piece of soft cloth, put a little finish on it and buff the wood lightly
then let it dry and you get a very nice matte or low-gloss finish. Which I like much better on many things. Best to let it dry a couple of days before use it, so it can dry hard.
Let's start this Monday with another actor who wants a say in your life
Launching himself as a green campaigner, Irons has revealed plans to make a documentary about sustainability and waste disposal, likening himself to Michael Moore, the controversial film maker, although “not as silly”.
Mr. Irons, Moore isn't 'silly'; he's a lying progressive bastard who has a great fondness for tyrants(he'd like to be one, for that matter).
The actor, who says he is apolitical although he is a former Labour donor and his wife Sinead Cusack is “deeply socialist”, has already made a plea for action in a short video for an organisation campaigning to end world hunger.
Labour donor... wife's a commie... yeah, he's as apolitical as my dog is a cat. Further demonstration:
The grimmer alternative, says Irons, is to continue to inflate the richer western economies to bursting point at the expense of poorer nations: “We would have to ringfence those who are starving and fighting over water, keeping everybody out. We’d live in a sort of fortress world, with an area which is fine, with its guarded oil pipe coming from Afghanistan or wherever, but I can’t see that working.”
'Apolitical' my ass; standard socialist/progressive "You have to starve someone else if you want to eat" bullshit.
The ultimate solution, he says, is for us all to live less decadently — growing our own food and recycling instead of replacing goods: “People must drop their standard of living [so] the wealth can be spread about. There’s a long way to go.”
Which means poor countries will have even less opportunity to become less poor, because they won't be able to sell their goods and develop their resources. But that's not as important as his theoretical 'wealth spread about' bullshit. With someone like him in control of it, of course.
What is it about Greenies and their pervy yearning for the apocalypse which is going to teach us all a lesson for messing with mother Gaia?
And what is it about people with seven homes? This is the same number as are currently owned by our terrifying new environment minister Chris “Chicken Licken” Huhne. Al Gore, the Prince of Wales and Zac Goldsmith have similar numbers, I’m sure.
Could it be that “sustainability” is a concept one only truly understands when one has grown so incredibly rich that one is able to shelter from the consequences of one’s eco-fanaticism in the seclusion and comfort of one’s many agreeable homes?
Some history on the Katyn Forest Massacre, committed by the Soviet Union and covered up by politicians and media who, in some cases, were in the tank for socialism quite a while ago:
On May 10, 1943, Life called the Poles “the most chip-shouldered chauvinists in Europe,” and Newsweek ridiculed the Polish attempts to find out the truth about Katyn as evidence of “that curious trait of unrealism that still permeates Polish politics.” The New Statesman did not shy away from implicitly justifying the Soviet crime (without admitting that it happened): “The Soviet government, often with reason, would regard the landed aristocracy and the officer class in Poland in the light of Fascists and class enemies.” This implies that the Bolshevik category of “class enemy” should suffice for a justification of killing thousands of people. (At the same time, similar semantic operations were used by the Nazis to justify the killing of their “racial enemies” such as Jews). The Spectator, meanwhile, came to a more “philosophical” reason why no investigation of the Katyn massacre should be pursued: “There is more to be said for leaving the dead to their sleep. No amount of investigation will bring them to life.” To put it briefly, the truth about Katyn could not be told because it would expose the most protected taboo of the war—that the democratic West, in order to liberate the world from one criminal, allied itself with another.
Speaking of socialists and bastards, some information on a bunch of corrupt academics and how they just keep getting honors and money, despite lies and insults and abuse they spread.
It appears the Metro DC Police Department needs to be cleaned out; at the very least, whoever gave the orders for this should be fired.
So, let’s sum this up: A caravan of SEIU buses receive a Metropolitan (D.C.) Police Department escort to a private home in Maryland where the protesters, from all appearances, violate Montgomery County law by engaging in a stationary protest. The Montgomery County police were not informed by their cross-jurisdictional colleagues of the impending, unusually large protest pending in their jurisdiction.
Snork. For all of you out there across the globe who have fought so hard to tackle the hideous enemy of our planet, namely carbon emissions, that bogus god you worship named "Climate Change" or "Global Warming", there is some really bad news that will be very painful for you to process.
The current volcanic eruption going on in Iceland, since it first started spewing volcanic ash, has, to this point, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet. Not only that, this single act of God has added emissions to the earth estimated to be 42 times more than can be corrected by the extreme human regulations proposed for annual reductions.
Nature can be a bitch, can't she?
It appears the Administration is still playing games with terrorism data; not a good thing.
The Obama administration has failed to keep congressional intelligence officials in the loop on the investigation into the botched Times Square bombing, as required by law, the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate intelligence committee charged in a letter this week.
"Having to fight over access to counterterrorism information is not productive and ultimately makes us less secure," wrote Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein and Vice Chairman Christopher S. "Kit" Bond in a letter to President Obama on Thursday.
It appears Gov. Jindal isn't going to play the "We have to have more studies" game. And there's a Coastie officer who isn't dodging. Though I have to wonder, what pressures was he under to act as he did before? And to take blame now?
Yes, I AM a suspicious type anymore.
Oh Canada, you're being run by idiots and buffoons.
Why Californicated is so screwed; and how the illegal alien lobby is trying to do it everywhere.
In 2001, the last time I attended the Monterey County Fair, the Mexican flag flew above the American flag. I asked an official why that was permitted. She replied matter-of-factly that California belonged to Mexico because the United States stole it. She added that Mexico is gradually reclaiming California by becoming the demographic majority.
And in the People's Republic of Massachusetts, we have a demonstration of Irony:
State Rep. Mike Moran of Brighton was rear-ended by a suspected illegal immigrant this week. The suspect was wearing a Mexican costume at the time of the crash where he slammed into Moran at 60 mph.
The suspect, 27-year-old Isaias Naranjo, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a valid license. According to the report, when told of the serious charges he would be facing, he just laughed.
But because of action taken by Gov. Deval Patrick, state police were unable to notify immigration authorities that Naranjo might be illegal.
And in one more demonstration of just how well Richard the Turd(as Kim used to call him) Daley's precious personal disarmament laws are working,
At least nine people were shot on a hot night on Chicago's South Side, with one of them killed, authorities said. No one was in custody for any of the shootings this morning.
Well, trying to make someone else pay your way IS the Chicago way...
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and his family dined on seafood at an Eilat restaurant and left the bill for the Israeli Tourism Ministry, according to reports in Israeli media. The report was met with consternation by MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari of the National Union, who wants the bill sent back to Emanuel.
Ben-Ari fired off a letter to the Attorney General in which he said: “I was amazed to hear that following the sumptuous meal at the ‘Boston’ restaurant Emanuel handed the bill to a Ministry of Tourism representative who was present. In my humble legal opinion there is no possibility of making the State of Israel pay for such a meal, as part of a private visit by the White House Chief of Staff and his family.”
And speaking of the Chicago Progressive Way,
President Obama has decided to pre-announce to the world once-secret American ballistic missile tests and satellite launches.
The Democratic administration’s goal is to show a friendlier face to other countries and to coax Russia to do the same.
It’s part of a confidence-boosting initiative launched, so to speak, last fall when Obama suddenly abandoned the U.S. missile-defense system in Eastern Europe that had exercised the Russians, though it was aimed at potential future missiles from Iran.
Obama hoped such a unilateral U.S. forfeiture would encourage Russia to put pressure on Iran to halt its nuclear weapons development. So far, no good on that.
Of course, the point of secret tests by any state in an insecure, suspicious world is to deny advance notice to potential enemies, making it more difficult if not impossible for them to gain intelligence by monitoring the tests themselves.
Yeah, I'm sure Putin will just roll over and wave his legs in the air he'll be so happy to join in.
That's about enough stomach upset for one morning.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Here's a contest for you
Yes, I'd like to win it.
The Crittenden take on Obama's speech at West Point*
Think about it. The West Point class of 2010 is made up of cadets who had the guts to commit themselves to combat leadership, who believed in their country even at the lowest depths of that bitter war, when the media and the pols — half of them anyway — were screaming “Get out! Run! Devil take the hindmost!” You’d think the president who sought to crate a new Vietnam in Iraq would approach Americans like the West Point Class of 2010 with a little more humility. Gotta hand it to him. The man’s got gall.
Here’s a line he might have tried: “I really have no business standing here lecturing you, when there is so much you could teach me. About service to one’s nation. About what any one of us might dare to do, to be a positive force for the future of this world … ” Something like that.
*Where, if there were justice, he wouldn't be allowed to set foot
The shortest way to put this is that if the police can video you,
Have you heard of S. 3388
This bill protects the second amendment rights of soldiers and DOD civilian employees by prohibiting the DOD from requiring the registration of privately owned firearms, ammunition, or other weapons beyond what is already required by state and federal law.
S. 3388 allows a military or civilian employee of the Department of Defense to possess, own, carry, or use a private owned firearm or ammunition in keeping with state and federal laws without the additional interference of the Department of Defense when those items are not located on property owned and operated by DOD.
- The Department of Defense will continue to regulate military and civilian employee’s possession of a firearm while on official business or in uniform.
- Regulations adopted before the enactment of this S. 3388 that prohibit the protection of second amendment rights will be void.
Sounds good to me