Archive for March, 2009

Hey, you idjits, the culture’s already like that!

March 31, 2009

Mr. Codrea in today’s Gun Rights Examiner column (if you don’t read him every day, you really oughta) discusses a Bay Area newspaper’s advocacy of an AWB renewal:

No, the ban would not have prevented this massacre and will not absolutely prevent others like it in the future. But it will over time reduce the ready availability of some extremely dangerous weapons. More important, it will begin to change the culture from one of glorifying the possession of a military-style arsenal to one of responsible gun ownership.

Hey, you assholes, the culture’s ALREADY one of responsible gun ownership! Some 50 million to 80 million people in this country versus about 12,000 murders committed with guns each year is just one thing that testifies to that…and another would be the fact that you never see that sort of thing (shootings like the one that happened in Oakland) at shooting ranges or gun stores. Speaking of gun stores, I am reminded of an old urban legend that circulated via email a few years back, which was actually based on a true story…

The following mind-boggling attempt at a crime spree in Washington appeared to be the robber’s first (and last), due to his lack of a previous record of violence, and his terminally stupid choices:
1. His target was H&J Leather & Firearms, a gun shop specializing in handguns.
2. The shop was full of customers – firearms customers.
3. To enter the shop, the robber had to step around a marked police car parked at the front door.
4. A uniformed officer was standing at the counter, having coffee before work.
Upon seeing the officer, the would-be robber announced a hold-up, and fired a few wild shots from a .22 target pistol. The officer and a clerk promptly returned fire, the police officer with a 9mm Glock 17, the clerk with a .50 Desert Eagle, assisted by several customers who also drew their guns, several of whom also fired.
The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics. Crime scene investigators located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop. The subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics identified rounds from 7 different weapons.
No one else was hurt in the exchange of fire.

(The clerk, who fired the fatal shot in the real-life account, actually had some sort of 10mm. Sweet. ;-))
Back on the topic though, it really burns my tail when I see these people trying to conflate feral vermin like Lovelle Mixon with all the semiautomatic rifle owners who don’t go on rampages. And as for “glorifying the possession of a military-style arsenal,” again, as a member of that gun culture these creatures defame, I haven’t seen it…but if we’re going to take an honest look at what they’re saying, we may only conclude that ultimately they want everything banned but single-shot .22s, as just about anything big enough to be used for self-defense will have some sort of military utility, as has been pointed out before. Not that many in the mainstream media are really interested in an honest look at anything gun-related, I know, but it’s still aggravating as all hell to see things like this.

Something tells me we’re not getting the whole story…

March 31, 2009

here:

Dear Abby:
My father used a leather slipper on me instead of a belt. He also used his hand and his impressive vocabulary to keep me in line. Was I afraid of him? Absolutely! Did I love him? I am still not sure. I grew up to be a woman who is afraid of men, afraid of making a mistake, afraid to share myself and my ideas, and generally timid about life.
John’s daughters are learning that the way men in their lives show love is to beat them. He is setting his girls up to marry abusers because they think abuse is normal behavior. I hope John realizes soon that fear and love cannot share the same space in a child’s heart.

This, friends, is complete, utter, unmitigated bunk. I think it would be interesting to find out exactly how this woman’s childhood went…because it would seem to me that, in addition to her father apparently ruling the house with an iron fist, this woman has other deep-seated issues that probably stem from verbal abuse and lack of any kind of rapport with her father as well as dear old Dad overdoing it with the corporal punishment and not giving her any kind of positive reinforcement when she did as she was told. Both of my sisters and I, when we were growing up, got the belt when we were bad, but I didn’t grow up and think hitting a woman equated to showing her love, and as far as I know neither of my sisters thought that either. But then we got that positive reinforcement when we did what Mom and Dad told us to do, and they took an interest in us and our lives and interests…they were parents, as they should have been, and it’s because of that, that I for one just took the episodes with the belt as punishment for making bad choices. Honestly, I don’t know if timeouts or groundings would have worked all by themselves. That immediate and painful negative reinforcement sometimes is exactly what a kid needs. No, I’m not a child psychologist…but I WAS a kid once. I know what worked with me, and while I don’t think “one size fits all,” I think completely doing away with corporal punishment as a tool of discipline is a terrible mistake. Sometimes I wonder if any of those aforementioned child psychologists who eschew corporal punishment were ever really kids themselves, or if they were just indoctrinated by their professors. I know that last thing sounds so damn trite sometimes, but honestly I don’t know how else to explain a LOT of the politically correct crap that comes out of the nation’s universities; yesterday’s post about the ex-Va. Tech student was a perfect example of that. You hear a lot of talk about the “Greatest Generation,” the generation that weathered the Great Depression and then, weary as they might have been, went, fought and won a years-long world-wide war…I will bet you everything I have of value that when they were growing up, they got the belt or whatever when they were bad too, but they obviously didn’t take the lessons with the belt to mean that physical abuse equated to love, else they’d have gotten the reputation as a herd of violent and abusive psychopaths as opposed to having set the standard of how Americans should weather hard times and fight wars against existential threats…and, well, somehow I think they would not have taken to fighting a “more sensitive” war against the Germans and Japanese, that they would have ultimately seen such as national suicide. But back on topic…

Are John’s children obeying because they are making good choices or because they are afraid of the belt?

False choice. Who says it can’t be both? I was afraid of the belt too, but I came to figure out that the good choices were the ones that didn’t get me the belt. Somehow I doubt I am the only one. Anybody else wanna weigh in?

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March 30, 2009

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Learned being armed wouldn’t solve anything?

March 30, 2009

Sorry, but I don’t buy it

AUSTIN — John Woods sometimes sits in a classroom at the University of Texas and wonders what would happen if somebody walked in and started shooting.
In April 2007, he was a student at Virginia Tech when his girlfriend and several other people he knew there were gunned down in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Thirty-two people died, plus the gunman.
There were times when Woods thought that maybe he should get a gun.
“Then I learned pretty fast that wouldn’t solve anything,” said Woods, who is now a graduate student at UT. “The idea that somebody could stop a school shooting with a gun is impossible. It’s reactive, not preventative.”
Today, Woods is among the leaders in a fight against bills in the Texas Legislature that would allow licensed concealed gun carriers to take their weapons to school.

Nothing in there about how he “learned pretty fast” that being armed wasn’t a solution. I can’t help but think it was one of his leftist professors that just told him that and he took said prof’s word unquestioningly. (Seeing the Obama-Biden button on his bag, for me, only makes that explanation the more likely one.) Or maybe he’s one of those folks that’s under the impression that RKBA advocates think a gun is some sort of magic talisman. At any rate, for him being a graduate student at one of the premier universities in the nation, John Woods is pretty damn ignorant. I’m sure people such as Joel Myrick, Tracy Bridges and Mikael Gross would definitely beg to differ that having a gun available “wouldn’t solve anything” or that “the idea that somebody could stop a school shooting with a gun is impossible,” considering that, y’know, they actually STOPPED SCHOOL SHOOTINGS WITH GUNS — that they didn’t even have on their respective persons, no less! (And civilian shooters with firearms in their cars also played a pretty big role in limiting the carnage on the UT campus in August 1966.) Honestly, when one gets right down to it, one could say keeping a fire extinguisher handy is just as reactive a measure as carrying a gun, but no one shits their pants about having those on campus. I wonder why that is? I sympathize with what Mr. Woods dealt with that day in Blacksburg — that was something that no one should ever have had to deal with — but I don’t understand why any right-thinking person would see or cite him as an authority just because of that. As a matter of fact, I know some might see this out of line, but I can’t help but agree with one of the commenters to that story:
“So John Woods, who was in a ‘gun free zone’ at VT, and watched so many die, now wants UT to be a ‘gun free zone’ too. Does he like to see people die?”
It might sound harsh, but sometimes that’s just the way you have to be. As one of the commenters said here, “No matter where you are in the world, no matter your race or religion, there is only one antidote to an armed bad guy and that is an armed good guy.” And at the end of the day it’s just that simple. I hope our legislators remain unswayed by those who would leave our colleges target-rich environments.

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How many times was that, again….??

March 29, 2009

If I heard the deejay right, as he led into Glen Campbell’s “Gentle On My Mind,” he said that John Hartford-penned song had been recorded over 300 times. Just…wow. That’s pretty cool.

In case anyone reading might have doubted…

March 29, 2009

….where the road of gun bans leads

Within the last 5 months, Mississippi Law Enforcement affected 3 interdiction stops resulting in a total of 45 firearms seizures….A consensual search of the vehicles revealed five 12 gauge shotguns and one .22 caliber rifle in the towed vehicle…23 long guns and 12 handguns; and approx. four thousand rounds of ammunition…

Huh. Unless I miss my guess, all of those are guns that those clamoring for “assault weapon” bans say they don’t want to ban. I wonder how long it would take for the Mexican government to advocate a ban on THOSE guns…and for our elected officials to get on their knees again…

I’m all for working within the system…

March 29, 2009

…but it’s worth asking where the road’s leading when the people administrating the system say “screw you and your rights”…

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – A tea party to protest government spending and taxing is canceled. Canceled by the government.
Why? They feel too many people could show-up.

And I can almost understand the requirement for insurance, but then I wonder if anyone protesting back in the early 1770s had such a burden and what in the hell happened in the years since that got us to the point of accepting, even embracing, such a requirement. I know more than a few would say that one should go along with it because it’s what we as a society have accepted, but then down here in Texas a certain segment of society accepted some asshole behind a badge arresting a woman for uttering an obscenity as she was under the stress induced by an approaching tropical storm. (The charges against her were ultimately dismissed, but it’s worth asking how in the hell her arrest was justified in the first place…) I also wonder what some people would say if the protesters decided to disobey and go ahead with the protest in defiance of the government’s requirement, being as it would not be the, ahem, pragmatic thing to do. It’d make for a hell of a spectacle to see them led off in handcuffs for that, especially if it was later determined that less than 500 people showed up. From what I understand the tea parties that have been held so far have had very good attendance though, more than 500 people, to be sure. Maybe they ought to hold a bunch of smaller protests, all in roughly the same vicinity. 😉

“…as I watched my mother die, I lost my head…revenge now I sought, to break with my bread….” You know, I could get used to this Mandatory Metallica channel on Sirius…

Take it from a guy…

March 28, 2009

…who deals with with this sort of thing to put food on the table:
IE 8 is better – not perfect, but an improvement. However, it still has ActiveX, which is completely and utterly unsecurable.
The problem isn’t even so much that you’re downloading native code from Al Gore’s Intarwebz, but that these controls also have security bugs, they never get patched, and J Random Web Site can invoke them at will.
Yes, the control is signed by Microsoft. That doesn’t mean it’s vulnerability-free, and since you checked that box that said “Always trust content signed by Microsoft Corporation”, it can (and likely will) be used against you.
This is probably why some sites don’t work for Hammer – they require ActiveX. Bad, bad security juju.

Not that I had any inclination to go back to Internet Exploder, but for anyone who does, those are words worth pondering, I think. If there are any sites that don’t do so well with Firefox, I suppose one could try Google’s Chrome, or Opera, and I know there are a few others that I forget. Input, Ted? (or any other security guru reading?)

Tradin’ violations…

March 28, 2009

…of the Constitution, maybe?

A $700 million initiative to strengthen the U.S. role in the fight against Mexican drug cartels will place Houston at the center of efforts to shut down gunrunning to Mexico, federal officials said.
The Obama administration this week announced a multi-agency effort to assist Mexico’s battle against warring drug cartels by adding hundreds of agents to gun-running units, drug intelligence groups and task forces aimed at fighting kidnapping and public corruption.
The initiative places new agents in Houston to quickly expand Project Gunrunner, a federal effort to staunch the illegal flow of guns into Mexico. A “large majority” of 100 federal gun agents being transferred to the border region in the next 45 days will be assigned to monitor purchases at the 1,500 gun stores in the Houston area, a federal official confirmed.

I guess this could be better than something like an “assault weapons” ban, which of course is a blatant violation of the Second Amendment, but it still leaves the door open to effective violations of other amendments to the Bill of Rights, namely the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, such as happened after a Virginia gun show a few years back. Of course we all know the likelihood is very high of the administration coming back and trying again for that ban…just like the scorpion has to sting, and the fish has to swim, the Marxists we elected have to try their damnedest to take the guns out of the hands of the citizenry. It’s just what they do. I do hope the Republicans and the Blue Dog Dems hold the line on their refusal to vote for such a ban, and remind the advocates of such a ban how things went the last time they put through something like that, but we’ll see how that one goes.
On a related note, we have this

A gun trafficker convicted of buying weapons in Houston to arm Mexican drug cartels was sentenced Friday to four years in prison — a forewarning of the U.S. government’s escalating war on narco-violence.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Juan Pablo Gutierrez was a “prolific” purchaser among a group of 23 arms traffickers who bought at least 339 firearms for Mexican organized crime syndicates in 2006 and 2007.

Adler, Gutierrez’s lawyer, said it was time to do more than just look at his client if the U.S. government wants to get serious about weapons going to Mexico.
“Somehow the guns stores, and the gun shows, and the gun manufacturers, are the ones the government should be looking at to formulate a solution,” he said.

Huh. Now it’s those damned American gun manufacturers and damned American gun stores to blame, too. I don’t guess I am really so surprised, as that’s really just the logical extension of blaming the damned American gun shows

Another good one gone…

March 28, 2009

I can’t believe I missed this

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dan Seals, who was England Dan in the pop duo England Dan and John Ford Coley and later had a successful country career, has died of complications from cancer. He was 61.

Just…damn. I didn’t even know he was sick. Dan Seals was one of my favorites from the ’80s, even the more contemporary sounding songs he did. I see his manager said, “They were Hank Williams, Grand Ole Opry people. He was much more of a country singer than a pop singer.”
Listening to the pop vs. the country stuff, I’d believe it. I can’t explain exactly why, but I always thought Seals sounded much more at home singing country music, even if a lot of what he did had more of a pop sound. Of course, the irony of it is that the one song I’d bet more people will remember him for than any other, was the most traditional-sounding country song he ever recorded…

http://www.youtube.com/v/LUXCaXSTmns&hl=en&fs=1

Vaya con Dios, Mr. Seals.