Archive for February, 2008

Changing Human Nature

February 18, 2008

Marko Kloos makes some great points here, but I would like to expand on something he said:

The will to defend your own hide cannot be legislated, nor can it be curbed by legislation.

He’s exactly right, of course, and the enemies of liberty know this. They know it can only be conditioned or bred out of us. So, of course, they indoctrinate us all with the damnable lie of The Only Ones, as David Codrea so artfully puts it every time. You know what I mean. The police and the military are The Only Ones perfessional enough to handle teh Glock Fotay. So what do we do? Well, we see what we do at places like Northern Illinois University and Virginia Tech. We wait on other people to come and save us. We don’t take action ourselves with whatever weapon we can scrounge up, even when there’s a break in the action, as evidenced by this chilling line from one news account: “The gunman paused to reload his shotgun after opening fire on students in a geology class.” I guess they were waiting on the police, but you might as well call that for what it is — waiting to die. The warrior spirit isn’t completely bred out of us yet, as the great Bill Whittle observed a few years ago and as was seen on United 93, but I can’t help but think it’s getting to be more and more that way, every single day. We’d better hold on to it, though…because if we don’t, we’re finished.

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Random Sunday Morning Gun Musings

February 17, 2008

Xavier’s Ugly Gun of the Week is STILL better-looking than Gaston’s plastic monstrosity. But I still want a Glock 20. Almost three times the firepower of a .357 in one’s initial battery…you need more than that and you shoulda brought a rifle. 😉
Searches for the Eff Oh Are Te Eye Ess personal defensive arm have brought me quite a few visitors. If that’s any indication at all then maybe the 10mm cartridge isn’t quite as dead as some say it is. From what I’ve read, it’ll be rolled out by the end of the year. And yeah, guys, I want one too.

Saturday Morning Media Snippets

February 16, 2008

I thought it might be interesting to see what was on the op-ed pages of today’s Houston Chronicle vis-a-vis the shooting in Illinois this week. Let’s just say I was not disappointed.

How many more horror-filled shooting rampages will have to occur in our country before Americans come to their senses and demand strict gun-control laws comparable to those in place in virtually every other civilized nation on the planet?

You mean comparable to the ones they have in Illinois — you know, where that crazy piece of shit went on that rampage? From what I’ve heard about Illinois firearm laws, the requirements and process for getting a Firearm Owner ID card there — which you have to have to even get ammunition — are more or less equivalent to the requirements and process for getting a license to carry everywhere else — background check and all that good stuff. It should also be noted that said crazy piece of shit jumped through every single one of those flaming hoops to get his tools. And I’ve also heard that if you have a single round of even .22LR in your possession and you don’t have a FOID, that makes you a felon as per Illinois laws — which means, of course, that you can say bye-bye to your rights. And of course, Illinois is one of only two states where law-abiding subjects — no, they ain’t true citizens — cannot legally carry a personal defensive arm under any circumstances. And all of this, of course, is on top of the 20,000 federal gun laws on the books now. As for those other civilized nations…well, let me just say, from everything I’ve heard about jolly olde England *hawk-spit* these days, it ain’t exactly civilized. Hell, it’s like Kevin Baker said, it’s a damn island and guns STILL come in. So I say, ever so hopefully, that Americans will demand those laws right about the time that mules sprout wings and fly. And even if that day comes, there’s still only one thing that needs to be said by true lovers of liberty…
Molon Labe.

The shooting at Northern Illinois University was very tragic, as were all the others, beginning with Columbine. These assaults will continue as long as the media continues to dramatize and glamorize these events. This is the only chance these sick attackers have at fame and glory.

When does freedom of the press begin to infringe on people’s rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

Bwaaaahaha, you naive FOOL! Don’t you know that responsibility is only something that only those who exercise their SECOND Amendment rights should exercise? And that this is, of course, defined as licensing, registration and all those other nanny-state reindeer games? The First Amendment protects the right to say whatever we want and by calling the wisdom of actually saying whatever we want into question, well, bubba, you just don’t understand the First Amendment at all, do you?

This is…inconceivable!

February 15, 2008

Inconceivable, I say!

A gunman dressed in black stormed into an oceanography class at Northern Illinois University Thursday afternoon and opened fire with a shotgun and two handguns, killing five students and wounding 16 more in a matter of seconds.

Then, still on stage, he killed himself, authorities said.

The gunman was not a current student at the school of more than 25,000 that rises from cornfields and subdivisions 65 miles west of downtown Chicago, authorities said.

Do you know how I know this was inconceivable…unpossible, even? Because as per its regulations, NIU was a gun-free zone. The Brady Campaign and Violence Policy Center have told us that gun-free zones are SAFE from deranged lunatics with firepower. They said it, I believe it, that settles it. This has got to be some sort of joke. Question is, what is the Chicago Tribune doing, running such a damnable lie of a story?

Oh, wait….you mean it was TRUE? Some deranged lunatic went on a rampage in one of these gun-free zones? For some reason the words of the great Mike Vanderboegh come to mind…

“Gun Free School Zone” is a lie every bit as much as “Arbeit Macht Frei” and every bit as deadly.

Ooooh, more straw men to burn!

February 14, 2008

Which in its own way isn’t all bad, ’cause it’s a tad nippy outside, for Southeast Texas anyway.
Via THR, comes this, from Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald…

You have no right to read this.

The First Amendment gives me the right to write it, but doesn’t necessarily give you the right to read it. Or so I was once told by an attorney. While the right to free speech certainly infers a corresponding right to hear what is being spoken, he said, the First Amendment doesn’t explicitly grant such a right. So theoretically, it could be argued that no such right exists.

I guess one could make that argument, but only someone as dense as an attorney or big-city journalist would make that argument. Just because it isn’t spelled out in the Constitution doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not a right. And I know I may be going a bit out on a limb here, but I’d argue the Founders likely figured we would all be smart enough to figure out what our rights were without them all being explicitly spelled out in the Constitution — otherwise they’d still be writing the thing.

Do you really think, regardless of what the court rules, it would be possible to ban firearms on a national scale? I think any attempt to do so would lead to uprisings we can scarcely imagine.

Which, my good man, hardly stops some people from thinking it could actually be done. See Simpson, Dan.

What if supporters of gun control could concede that hunting is, for some, an honored tradition? That some people feel it necessary to have a weapon at home for protection? That some entirely rational folks simply like guns?

Leonard, you might as well be asking, “What if pigs started flying out of my ass?”

Could gun-rights people then concede that you don’t need an assault weapon to go deer hunting?

If you really were all about compromise, Leonard, you’d be asking, “Could gun-control supporters concede that semi-automatic rifles such as the AR-10/AR-15, AK-47 and M1A/M-14 might actually have a defensive purpose, as we all should have seen during the 1992 Los Angeles riots and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? And that they actually may be used for hunting as well, as evidenced by the fact that AR-15 pattern rifles are getting to be one of the most popular hunting rifles in America?” And get with the gun-grabber program, Leonard. It’s “intermediate sniper rifle,” not “hunting rifle.”

And that manufacturers who flood poor, violence-prone neighborhoods with cheap handguns ought to be held accountable?

If there was a shred of solid evidence that any manufacturer was doing this and not being held accountable, it would have been front-page, above-the-fold news in newspapers across the fruited plain. Since it’s not, I think it’s safe to say there’s no credible evidence of said phenomenon and you, Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald, you are talking out of your ass. Yet again. I guess you could make a big stink about “cheap handguns,” but as for me, I prefer the term “affordable defensive arms.” But that’s ok, I say tuh-may-duh, you say tuh-mah-doe, right?

And that background checks and gun-safety classes for new gun owners make us all safer?

I guess I couldn’t really argue with a gun-safety class if it began and ended with the Four Rules, but anyone who’s paying attention would know that it’s a bit naive to think that any kind of program administered by the .gov — and you know that’s what Pitts and his ilk are advocating, gun-safety classes taught by government standards — would end there. As for the background checks, I’d argue they only make us feeeeel safer, but maybe that’s just me.

And that gun registration isn’t totalitarianism any more than a driver’s license is?

Perhaps it isn’t, but one more time, it just makes it so much easier for the would-be totalitarians to do their dirty work.

And, most of all, that all of us are tired of seeing children shoot children with guns they never should have had access to?

Right, Leonard, because it’s just so much better seeing teh childrenses! stab or beat each other to death.

When theory confronts reality, put your money on reality every time.

Take your own advice, Leonard. Take a look at what more often than not comes after gun registration, for starters. And then take a look at just why teh childrenses! are killing each other. Or is that “too close to reality” for you?

Sometimes I Get Some Really Strange Referrals…

February 14, 2008

This time, from San Antonio: “texas country song fuck you“.
From what I remember, the name of that song is actually “Leavin’ Tennessee,” by Cross Canadian Ragweed. It’s a pretty popular number in their live show but as far as I know it was never committed to record, though you could probably find some recordings of it on YouTube. “Fuck you, fuck Nashville, fuck everything, I see…” And you better believe I drank to that when I heard ’em sing it, too…

Another "what the hell" moment…

February 13, 2008

So I got a wild hair and decided this morning to drive to Houston. Before I muse on what I went for, I do have a couple of things to say about what I heard on the radio on the drive back.
I was listening to Rush, and he played some snippets of a speech Barack Obama gave, I guess it was last night. I’d never actually heard this guy talk or read any transcripts of his speeches, but after hearing that all I can say is what DO people see in this character? If what Rush played of that speech was any indication, he has absolutely nothing going for him besides his ability to talk. It really WAS little more than believing in hope and change. The first thing I thought upon hearing it was, this is basically the rhetorical equivalent of cotton candy. But I’d also bet that if he talked more about his ideas and what he has in store for this great country should he get elected, there would be more than a few who would be turned away by that. There was actually a self-proclaimed conservative who called in to Rush’s show who said that he’d vote for Obama just because of his rhetorical skills, even though he didn’t agree with a lot of Obama’s thus-far elusive ideas, just because “he makes me feel good about myself” or some such claptrap. (The actual quote I do not remember, although I will say it was very close to that.) Rush later opined the caller was a plant because the caller said he was inspired by Reagan in high school — and, as Rush asked, what high school is actually going to teach GOOD things about Reagan? I swear, though, this cult of personality is going to be the death of us all if we don’t watch out…
Now, where did I go? I went to Houston to check out Carter’s Country, the outdoors place that’s kinda like Gander Mountain but a good bit smaller. I’d always heard great things about it but had never been, so I figured I’d take a ride & check it out. It’s a pretty neat place, actually, with just about any kind of gun you could want, from revolvers to EBRs. They were also the only place in the region that dealt the Shooting Chrony. I needed another one but didn’t want to have to get it through the mail, and I was off work today, so I figured I’d just gas up the truck & go over there and get one. I picked up the Beta model, the blue one with the 60-shot memory that stores the data even when it’s turned off. I’ve had good luck with the Shooting Chrony products themselves; it’s just my aiming too low that’s been the death of them, so to speak. 😉 We’ll see how long this one lasts! I think I’ve learned my lesson, though…

So, it wasn’t just an urban legend…

February 12, 2008

that anti-freedom bigot Josh Sugarmann had a Federal Firearms License!
Of course, the question is, if one cannot legally own a firearm in Washington, D.C., what the hell is he doing with the license to sell them in that locale? And of course, the VPC has no brick-and-mortar storefront with regular hours as required by the BATFU, which makes Sugarmann’s ranting about “kitchen-table dealers” that much more hypocritical. I’m as much in favor of the abolition of the BATFU as the next lover of liberty, but I’ll freely admit it would be quite satisfying indeed to see Mr. Sugarmann hauled off to federal prison for about ten years for such a blatant violation of the laws he advocates. But I’m betting that much probably isn’t going to happen, if only because the BATFU’s spending their time and resources going after people who actually make their livelihood selling firearms. We’ll see how it goes, though…

Another Great Old Song…

February 11, 2008

but no, it’s not a country song on the radio now…made you look!
No doubt most of you are quite familiar with all my rants on how modern country music has gone to the dogs with its basic consolidation with bubblegum pop. Well, because of the sorry state of modern country, many times in the truck I go back to the rock stations. Saturday night was one such night, and I had it on this station out of Lake Charles, Louisiana. And lo and behold, what should I hear, but my favorite George Thorogood song.

http://www.youtube.com/v/ysXMAOgEIq4&rel=1

Sometimes it seems like the only Thorogood songs they play on the radio anymore are “Bad To The Bone” and Move It On Over,” with “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” now and then. Now and then they’ll pull this one out, and it’s great when they do.
“….Yeah, you know when I drink alone, I prefer to be by myself…”

Once again, Misha nails it…

February 10, 2008

…and yeah, it’s a few days later, but the observation’s still quite relevant

A big, hearty fuck you to whatever mouth-breathing troglodytes thought up our sequential primary system, from the roughly half of the country who never had a chance to vote.

We’re so very fucking grateful that a bunch of damnyankees and cross-over liberals got to decide our candidate for us.

Time to start putting the “Republic” back in the “Republic of Texas.”

The rest of y’all can go fuck yourselves. Y’all have fun now, y’hear?

A-yep. I’d just about give my left family jewel to see what the shit-sandwich Republicans everywhere else would say to that if the people of my great state actually up and decided to take our marbles and go back to the way it was. No doubt half of them would keel over and die right there. But with what the political situation has come to, it’d be worth all the trouble to see the heads of all the sanctimonious hacks like the Anchoress explode. To what extent the old values of liberty and self-reliance still live here in the Lone Star State I don’t know, but I’d like to think there’s still some truth to the image many have about Texas and its residents — that we were and are forged in a hotter fire, as Southeast Texas native Bum Phillips so eloquently put it. I don’t know if it’d ever happen, but the thought of it gets more and more appealing with every tick of the clock…