Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Harley Davidson of Rifles

Now this is news: News Report Gives Accurate Facts About AR-15 Rifle
There is no doubt that the anti-gun crowd has targeted the AR-15 rifle. The amount of incorrect information that they are pushing out about the AR-15 is amazing. And the worst part is that some people are buying into the lies.

I think that most of us would agree that, in general, the media loves to join in on the AR-15 demonizing bandwagon. Story after story tries to convince us that the AR-15 is something it is not. But I was very pleasantly surprised by this story that was just released by a Connecticut news station. The goal of the story was to actually clarify the facts surrounding the AR-15.

Special Report: Firearm Facts -- the AR-15

What makes the AR-15 so popular?
  1. It's made in America. That's been getting hard to come by over the years.
  2. Cool factor. It works good, it looks good. It has a history. It's flexible. I can protect my family if I need to, I can hunt with it if I choose, I can compete with it, I can just have fun plinking. I can do all that with a choice of many different calibers. The options for owner customization are unparalleled in the gun world, bringing us to the next point.
  3. It's customizable, I can make it my own. It's easy to work on. It's relatively inexpensive.

    Like a lot of Americans I used to like to work on cars. It used to be you had endless options to make your car your own. That is no longer the case, the price of customizing a car has risen to unaffordable levels and modern cars all have proprietary computer systems that the average shade tree mechanic can no longer work on.

    Motorcycles fit the bill for a while but even motorcycles have been modernized with computers and prices have risen to unaffordable luxury level for many of us.

    Much like the Harley Davidson, I can buy a stock AR-15 off the shelf. I can customize it a little or a lot. I can build a complete AR-15 from parts myself if I so choose - and I do- and I can do all that for just about $1000.00. At least I could before the gun ban threat.
The AR-15 is a great rifle, it's fun and it's as safe as a rifle can be. There are millions of them in the hands of your fellow Americans and the number of people harmed by them is infinitesimally small in comparison. We would save more people banning swimming pools or ladders rather than the AR-15.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

To Highlight How Screwed Up Our Government Bureaucracy Has Become

DHS steals TechCrunch founder's boat over paperwork error

The down and dirty:
A person with a gun and a government badge asked me to swear in writing that a lie was true today. And when I didn’t do what she wanted she simply took my boat and asked me to leave.

Monday, February 25, 2013

He's Still on the Dark Side, But Coming Around

Juan Williams on Lib Media: They Will ‘Shut You Down, Stab You & Kill You, Fire You’ if You Speak Out
"I always thought it was the Archie Bunkers of the world, the right-wingers of world, who were more resistant and more closed-minded about hearing the other side..." he said. "But in fact, what I have learned is, in a very painful way — and I can open this shirt and show you the scars and the knife wounds — is that it is big media institutions who are identifiably more liberal to left-leaning who will shut you down, stab you and kill you, fire you, if they perceive that you are not telling the story in the way they want it told."

After noting that many in the media have "preconceptions of the truth" and an idea of what Williams as a black man should believe regardless of the facts, Williams continued: "I deal with conservatives all the time...I must tell you, they're far more tolerant of me as a dissident voice than anything I ever encountered on the left."

Thursday, February 21, 2013

From the White House Comedy Channel

White House declares: First lady has reduced childhood obesity rates
"Thanks to these efforts ... the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off, and even declined in some cities and states," the statement says, marking the third anniversary of the first lady's signature public health program.
Wow, great job! How did you do it?
"48 percent reported having lost weight because they did not have enough money for food," according to the USDA.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Here It Comes...

The tax man is coming for the middle class
"This is, initially, gonna seem like heresy from a progressive," [Howard] Dean said in an interview with MSNBC. "The truth is, everybody needs to pay more taxes, not just the rich. That's a good start, but we’re not gonna get out of this deficit problem unless we raise taxes across the board."

"This is the fundamental problem in American politics and it's the fundamental problem with democracy in general," Dean said. "Somebody has to tell the Middle Class that either your taxes are going to go up or your programs are going to get cut or else we're going to go into financial oblivion, and nobody really wants to tell them that."
Because up until now no one has been saying that... Oh, sure, conservatives, Tea Partiers, Libertarians have been saying it but who listens to them? Progressives tell you the lies you want to hear, sweet little lies that make you feel all fuzzy inside.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Rolling Stones:

Post Office of the Future!

Struggling US Postal Service to launch new apparel line
"This agreement will put the Postal Service on the cutting edge of functional fashion," Postal Service corporate licensing manager Steven Mills said in a statement. "The main focus will be to produce Rain Heat & Snow apparel and accessories using technology to create ‘smart apparel’ — also known as wearable electronics."
Water and electronics. In clothes. You mean I can surf the web and the waves at the same time? It's the wave of the future.

I don't know what to say, except... ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha ,ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. ROFL. :-D

Ralph Kramden can advertise:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

There is No Green Fuel

Biofuel rush is wiping out unique American grasslands
"Exchanging real environmental impacts for the dubious benefits of biofuels is counterproductive,"

Monday, February 18, 2013

Quote of the Day

Americans were born a rebellious, nearly ungovernable bunch of independent individuals, and we need to reclaim that honorable heritage. We have to decide once and for all whether we are going to remain free citizens who answer to no one but God, or become a sad selection of submissive serfs living out our collective political daddy issues.

--Kurt Schlichter
I know, who? I don't care. He's right.

Luckiest Kid Ever?

14-year-old hit by 30,000 mph space meteorite
Gerrit Blank, 14, was on his way to school when he saw "ball of light" heading straight towards him from the sky. A red hot, pea-sized piece of rock then hit his hand before bouncing off and causing a foot wide crater in the ground.

The teenager survived the strike, the chances of which are just 1 in a million - but with a nasty three-inch long scar on his hand.

He said: "At first I just saw a large ball of light, and then I suddenly felt a pain in my hand.

"Then a split second after that there was an enormous bang like a crash of thunder."

"The noise that came after the flash of light was so loud that my ears were ringing for hours afterwards.

"When it hit me it knocked me flying and then was still going fast enough to bury itself into the road," he explained.
They should have let the kid keep the meteorite.

There's No Sense of Humor in Government

'I chase him, I bite him'...
Police are under investigation for jokingly filling in a witness statement in the name of a force dog.

Officers became exasperated when prosecutors asked for an account of a crime from a ‘PC Peach’, not realising Peach was the name of a police dog.

So they completed the form as if it had been written by the alsatian, and signed it with a paw print.

The dog’s statement read: ‘I chase him. I bite him. Bad man. He tasty. Good boy. Good boy Peach.’
That's funny. It was obviously meant in good humor.
The CPS (Crown Prosecution Service), however, failed to see the funny side. Officials are believed to have complained to police that their mistake has been turned into a very public joke.

Friday, February 15, 2013

That IS the Underlying Problem!

"Now, I often hear the argument that before reform can move forward, we must first secure our borders. But too often, the border-security-first refrain simply serves as an excuse for failing to address the underlying problems," Napolitano told the Senate Judiciary Committee today at a hearing on immigration.
What exactly is the problem if it's not people coming into the country illegally? The only other problem is the government not enforcing immigration laws, or more to the point, selectively enforcing immigration laws. We have immigration policies - follow them. If we are following them and something needs to be adjusted, fine, adjust it. But don't ignore the laws and then say we have to reform immigration. We don't need immigration reform, we need government reform.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

'A Tragic Misinterpretation'

Details emerge in LAPD's mistaken shooting of newspaper carriers
It was around 5 a.m. in Torrance on Thursday and police from nearby El Segundo had seen a pickup truck exit a freeway and head in the general direction of the Redbeam Avenue residence of a high-ranking Los Angeles police official, which was being guarded by a group of LAPD officers.

Police were on the lookout for Christopher Jordan Dorner, a disgruntled ex-cop suspected of hunting down members of the LAPD and their families in a twisted campaign of revenge. The radio call indicated that the truck matched the description of Dorner's gray Nissan Titan.

A few minutes later, a truck slowly rolled down the quiet residential street.

As the vehicle approached the house, officers opened fire, unloading a barrage of bullets into the back of the truck. When the shooting stopped, they quickly realized their mistake. The truck was not a Nissan Titan, but a Toyota Tacoma. The color wasn't gray, but aqua blue. And it wasn't Dorner inside the truck, but a woman and her mother delivering copies of the Los Angeles Times.

I think it's pretty sad that we live in a time when there is a Monty Python sketch for every occasion. We've become a joke.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

It's the Mental Illness

Woman showed up at Charleston school intending to kill, police say
The woman arrested with a loaded pistol outside a downtown private school Monday was trying to kill people, but she couldn’t get the gun to fire, according to Charleston police. Alice Boland, a 28-year-old Beaufort woman with a history of mental illness, was arrested at Ashley Hall on Rutledge Avenue.
Mental illness is the common denominator in most, if not all, of the horrific killings that we have suffered. I only say most because I don't have scientific evidence to back it up - most likely it's all. And most of the time people who have come into contact with the person will remember that, yes, that person had a serious problem. But what can you do? I knew a guy who - if he had a gun - I have no doubt would have used it to kill someone - at least. And I'm not the only one who thought so. All his co-workers knew, his neighbors, and at least two police officers that I knew - more actually, because they also had been called to his house by neighbors. I personally spoke on several occasions to the 2 police officers and there is nothing that can be done unless he does something illegal.

I don't pretend to have the answer about what to do for people like this but I know it's not leave them alone. Psychiatric hospitals can be a sensitive subject but I believe they have a role in helping to curb this problem. There are homeless people right now that need one, the majority of the long term homeless are mentally ill. We need to be helping these people, not putting them out on the street to fend for themselves. And we need to figure out a way to get help for those who are obviously not right in the head but managing to live in society. It's hard, a lot harder than banning guns. But banning guns is not the answer.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Enough With The Stupidity Already

Alexandria cops bust 10-year-old for bringing toy gun to school
The boy, a fifth-grader at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School whose name is not being released, was charged as a juvenile with brandishing a weapon, police said.
How do you charge someone with brandishing a weapon if it wasn't a weapon? It was a plastic toy gun with an orange tip. Why do they have to get the police involved? That's child abuse. Playing with toy weapons is normal behavior - at least for boys. Just take it away and send a note home for the parents to come pick it up, then remind them that it is against school rules. That's all that is necessary. Anything beyond that is child abuse.

They Ruin Everything

I had been watching and enjoying the new Hawaii Five-0 the past few seasons but tonight I lost my taste for it. In what I believe is the first show with an English title (Hookman) they went anti-gun, making a gun shop owner look like an idiot and a kook and Danny angrily ranting screaming about guns killing people - " guns, no killing. It's that simple." I can't even finish watching the show. I'm done.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

First Response?

If your 1st response to the shooting of dozens of children was to rush out in a 2nd amendment frenzy to buy guns, you are a loathsome human.

--Dave Foley
I don't know anyone who's "1st response to the shooting of dozens of children was to rush out in a 2nd amendment frenzy to buy guns." That was not the first response of the gun community, not at all. There was a local gun show the weekend after it happened and it was not packed, no one was buying everything in sight and there was no rush to buy AR-15's or AK's. The panic buying was the response to the news that the government was going to reinstate the "assault weapons" ban - only stronger. That was when people started the buying frenzy.

What I find loathsome, Dave, is people who paint millions of law-abiding, decent people as evil because their hobby is shooting or they have guns for self-defense. It takes willful ignorance to not understand the difference between a criminal and a law-abiding citizen.

In fact, it was the anti-gunners on the left who were sitting on this legislation waiting to take advantage of a tragedy so they could push it through while emotions were high. Witness New York. That is also loathsome.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Gunshot Wounds

Very interesting talk by an anesthesiologist on gunshot wounds. Must see if you carry. Warning: graphic images.

Most people are shot with handguns, not with rifles.

Handguns are not nearly as deadly as you would think.

There are often no exit wounds, handguns have low penetration.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

What Would We Do Without Scientists?

Fish Thinking
Scientists have just observed a thought swimming through the brain of a live fish, and that thought concerned getting something good to eat.

Fish and other wild animals appear to think a lot about food: how to obtain it and what to consume
Who would have guessed?

Pack 'em In

Welcome to Hong Kong

It looks like it's the most popular place to live in China.

Beware the Regulation

15 Tons of Cheese Trashed After Two Year Raw Milk Battle Ends and Sheriffs Called In to Carry Out Order
"...they requested a trial by jury and were denied as the rules governing the safety of the product were a regulation not a law."
You have rights under the law, but not under regulation. And unelected, unaccountable people make the regulations.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Good News is No News

A kid got a gun past metal detectors at Price Middle School in Atlanta yesterday. He shot and injured 1 boy and was apprehended by an armed school resource officer. This from Neal Boortz:
the shooter at the Price Middle School was apprehended by an armed school resource officer. Did you get that word “armed?” That’s right! There was an official in that school with a gun. That leaves you to wonder just who is making more sense here: Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano and her promotion of scissors as a defense against workplace (and presumably school) shooters? Or NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre who has suggested armed law enforcement in our government schools?
So I checked around to find the story in the news and it is there but guess what? No mention of an armed resource officer. Not here. Not here. Nor here. Not here either.

Finally, this one mentions he was armed. And this one.

So I guess the media is reluctant to admit that NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre was right about armed law enforcement in schools. What a suprise.