Archive for November, 2008

Not so narrow, nope…

November 10, 2008

Mike W., in comments to this post:

Narrow subsection my ass. I bet if you ran down your blogroll you’d find that almost everyone on it owns a gun (or several) that’d be banned under HR1022 or similar AWB’s.

Yep. ARs, AKs, Garands, M1As, G3 clones, FALs, Mini-14s, I know all of those are represented on my blogroll. And I know there’s probably no way to know for sure, but I’d bet there are a lot of people buying the in-demand rifles for whom those rifles are their first EBRs. (I’m one of them — yep, believe it or not, last week’s purchase was my first battle rifle.) And the way the story’s been told in both the MSM and the blogs (blogs from gun store OWNERS too, mind you), the spin that it’s a “narrow subsection” of gun owners being afraid here is a load of horseshit. So yeah, Doug Pennington was more or less talking out of his ass. His organization and others like it seem to be are really good at that.

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Nice, I suppose, but I still ain’t so sure…

November 9, 2008

I didn’t have the visceral reaction to this that some other folks did, but that’s not to say that I don’t understand that reaction. The spirit of the thing is nice, but that’s about as far as it goes. I suppose it’d be real nice if we all did work together, but what about those on the left side of the aisle who opposed those in charge on the right side every step of the way over the last eight years? And what are those 52 percenters going to be doing when Barack Black Racist Jesus Obama and his cohorts in Congress, say, bring back involuntary servitude, throw the country into a depression with their confiscatory taxation and start making ever-bolder moves towards citizen disarmament via the Democratic Congress and the United Nations? Are we supposed to go along to get along then too? I don’t theeeenk so, Lucy.

Maybe we’re not as stupid as they think, eh?

November 8, 2008

….at least, if this is any indication…

…gun enthusiasts nationwide are stocking up on firearms out of fears that the combination of an Obama administration and a Democrat-dominated Congress will result in tough new gun laws.
“I think they’re going to really try to crack down on guns and make it harder for people to try to purchase them,” said Smith, 32, who taught all five of her children — ages 4 to 10 — to shoot because the family relies on game for food.
Last month, as an Obama win looked increasingly inevitable, there were more than 108,000 more background checks for gun purchases than in October 2007, a 15 percent increase. And they were up about 8 percent for the year as of Oct. 26, according to the FBI.
No data was available for gun purchases this week, but gun shops from suburban Virginia to the Rockies report record sales since Tuesday’s election.

Huh. Looks like freedom-loving Americans didn’t buy Barack Piss On The Founders, You Don’t Need Guns Obama’s shuck-and-jive about respecting the constitutional rights so many have fought and died for. Or, to put it another way, they’re buying guns ‘n’ ammo instead of hope ‘n’ change. One would almost think gun owners thought he and Joe Biden were feeding them a line of shit. (I know that’s exactly what I thought.) It’s good to see that not all of us have either stopped using or completely lost the ability to evaulate things and think critically.
And if this story is any indication, I got off my ass and went to the gun store right in the nick of time…

And he says this with a straight face?

November 7, 2008

I believe he does

Obama has said he supports an individual’s rights to own guns with reasonable restrictions, so it seems that a “narrow subsection” of gun owners are afraid of being denied access to assault weapons, said Doug Pennington, spokesman for the Brady Campaign, which supported the weapons ban.

You know what this is? This is what is commonly referred to as a lie. Ever since the AWB expired, the guns it proscribed — as well as the guns that are proscribed in HR 1022 — have come to be the best-selling weapons in the country, no doubt due in no small part to groups like the Organization Formerly Known as Handgun Control agitating for them to be banned. So I’d say it’s more than just a “narrow subsection” of gun owners who are afraid of being told they can’t buy those guns anymore. I see the AP hack didn’t bother to find any kind of figures that contradicted his claim. So much for the press looking for both sides of the story…

Another guilt-ridden white liberal spews word vomit…

November 7, 2008

in this morning’s Chron:

It has been disheartening to see, during the last phases of this long, bitter presidential campaign, unmistakable signs that the seeds of racism, while no longer flowering forthrightly as in the bad old days, still lurk just beneath the surface of the soil, waiting for a chance to bring forth another sickly bloom. The spectacle of attendees at McCain/Palin rallies yelling “Kill him” and “Terrorist” and “Off with his head” when Obama’s name was mentioned, the repeating of all the Big Lies, that Obama is a secret Muslim, that Obama “pals around with terrorists,” the encouragement and unleashing of the witless fringe, this is just racism in another form. Even “Joe the Plumber,” given a national forum, could not restrain himself from indulging in a little casual racism by comparing Obama’s “tap dancing” on the issues to “Sammy Davis Jr.” How far back are we willing to wade in the racist muck in order to win an election?

Really. So if Mr. Wurzelbacher had compared Barack Jimmy Buffett Obama to Fred Astaire it would have been ok? How far back are we willing to wade? Why don’t you ask that question to all those who demonized Michael Steele, Clarence Thomas, Colin Powell or Condoleezza Rice? As for the contention that our President-elect “pals around with terrorists”…well, considering one of those pals did indeed want to kill 25 million Americans in the aftermath of his socialist revolution, well, I’d say that would be pretty damn terrifying if you were one of those 25 million. (Oh, and then there’s the thing about the “kill him” meme…as it turns out, that one was more or less an urban legend…) But what the hell do I know, I’m just a bitter hick clinging to my guns and religion down here in the hinterlands of flyover country…

Parting Stabs…

November 6, 2008

Interesting, but not surprising

As the running mate with a potentially brighter political future, Palin has more at stake going forward than McCain, whose aides now have an interest in blaming outside factors for their loss, making Palin a tempting target.

Fox News reported Wednesday that Palin’s lack of knowledge on certain topics also strained relations. Carl Cameron reported that campaign sources told him she had resisted coaching before her faltering Katie Couric interviews; did not understand that Africa was a continent, not a country; and could not name the three countries that are part of the North American Free Trade Agreement — the United States, Canada and Mexico.

*FOUL LANGUAGE FOLLOWS*
Ah yes, the ever-reliable “campaign sources said.” It’s bullshit — snarky mean-girl he-said-she-said middle-school rumor-mongering bullshit, all of it. Unless I miss my guess, most of us learn the seven continents around fifth grade. And mark my words, Palin was no exception. You just don’t get that far in life without that basic knowledge. It was bad enough to see the conservative intelligentsia dump on Sarahcuda the way they did, but this, this is just…despicable. Can you fucking believe these people? Damn them all. How the fuck many people do you think went to the polls voting for “Sarah Palin and that other guy?” I would lay money down that most of them did. Because let’s face it, while McCain deserved respect for his service to our country, he would have been a piss-poor choice for President just like Barack Obama was and I guaran-damn-tee you he would have lost by an even bigger margin had it not been for Sarahcuda. I am still wondering why in the hell Fred Thompson didn’t get any further than he did in the primaries….because while he had his flaws, he was a far, FAR superior choice. But nooo. Damn these people. Sarah Palin is arguably the best thing that happened to the Republican Party and the conservative movement since Ronald Reagan and now even more people supposedly on our side are trying to destroy her. Pardon my french, but may these people roast in hell. Every last fucking one of them. And for you people who claim Fox News is basically the PR branch of the Republican Party or the conservative movement…here’s a big ole FUCK YOU too.

As Ron White said, you can’t fix stupid…

November 5, 2008

So the Organization Formerly Known As Handgun Control thinks that “America should take notice that reasonable policies on guns are carrying the day.” You know, things like laws that would ban the purchase of rifles just like the one I picked up yesterday. It’s worth asking where in the hell they get that idea, as it was the gun owners who the Democrats were pandering to, with just a mention here and there of bringing back the Clinton gun ban. And then there are those gun owners out there who are morons or who just suck. (Apparently there’s a shitload of ’em too.) As Mike Vanderboegh said, these people are just like the “rooster who crows just before dawn and concludes that when the sun rises, it is because he has commanded it to do so.”
They go on to say, “There is no indication that candidates, at any level, lost their elections because of support of reasonable gun measures.” Question is, though, how many of those candidates made those unconstitutional laws a centerpiece of their campaign, or even pointed to them as a plank as opposed to downplaying them or not talking about them at all? I see that Blanco County, recently mentioned in this space, went 70 percent for John McCain and John Cornyn…do these fools think that county’s Dem party chair mentioning the Brady Bill and the Clinton gun ban in the local newspaper actually HELPED Barack Obama or Rick Noriega in that county? As Ron White said, you can’t fix stupid.

Random gun stuff

November 5, 2008

Reader and fellow blogger Ted, in comments here

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, it to find yourself in possession of ZERO rounds of 7.62×51 NATO Ball.

Bring it on, buddy. And the next mission too, which will be to replenish the ammo supply. As they say, an unloaded gun ain’t nothin’ but an expensive club. 😉

Shooter, in the same post:

Enjoy the hell outta that rifle. I take pleasure in thinking that maybe I put the bug in your head about it in the first place.

You kinda did. I thought about getting something in .223, but I wanted something a bit more versatile. I’d heard great things about the HK91 but the prices on one deemed it completely out of the question, no doubt due to the 1989 import ban (thank you George H.W. Bush, you motherfucker). When I read up on the PTR-91 and checked it out more it looked to be quite an attractive option. Just for grins, do you reload for it? I’ve heard that if you get a port buffer for it, that salvages the brass leaving it in decent shape for reloading. I got that milsurp 7.62 for a pretty good price, but I know there’s only so much of that.

Oh, you think? Check out this nice bridge…

November 5, 2008

Subhead from this story in the Houston Chronicle:

For some, Obama’s victory signals a move toward equality and a dramatic change in attitudes toward race in America

Dramatic change in attitudes towards race? My aching ass. If these people actually believe that, I have a bridge I’d like to sell them. It might be a stretch to say that white guilt was a deciding factor in what happened last night, but considering the treatment of people like Clarence Thomas and Michael Steele, I refuse to believe this country’s that much less racist than it’s always been. In fact, I’d say in a way the tables have turned…now it’s the blacks who are the dominant racists in the country now. You’ll just never see it pointed out in the mainstream media, just like you’ll never see it pointed out that a great portion of the violence committed with guns in this country is black-on-black. (And once again, it’s worth looking at how that violence is fueled by turf wars over illegal drugs. Nary a word on the War On Some Drugs during the campaign from either side, so I’m guessing the current insanity will continue, on both the drug AND the gun front.) When a black Republican is elected to the Presidency, I’ll believe that there’s been a “dramatic change in attitudes toward race.” Till that day comes, I’ll be thinking the blacks are the predominantly racist ones now.

Really, there’s only one thing appropriate this morning…

November 5, 2008

…and that’s some Rudyard Kipling.

As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!