Archive for November, 2009

Dear Abby drops the ball…

November 16, 2009

once again:

My wife of 25 years, in an effort to get me to stop smoking, refuses to have sex until I quit. It’s been more than a year since we made love.
I love my wife with all my heart, and I always will. I plan to stop smoking, but not this way. She will not give in (or give out). I don’t want to think of sex as her weapon, but it is. Any advice on how to cope with my unwinnable battle?
DESPERATE in Arlington
Dear Desperate:
Yes. You mentioned you plan to quit smoking, so why not start now? Read on:
Dear Abby:
On Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, the American Cancer Society is celebrating the 34th Great American Smokeout…

Now, this whole Great American Smokeout is a great thing, but is it wrong here that I see the issue as one of the woman’s use of sex as leverage as much as it is the man’s not quitting the cigarettes? Haven’t made love for more than a year? I really don’t know what to say to that. I maybe hopelessly naive here, but I thought using sex for such purposes was supposed to be verboten. I am not a relationship expert; all I know is that I think that woman’s doing her husband wrong even if it is for a good cause, and I’d think that if the roles were reversed, too. Thoughts?

This ran in a TEXAS newspaper?

November 15, 2009

Yeah, it did

Production of the AR-15 sporting rifles a big mistake

I’m a strong Second Amendment rights person. I stand against fire arms registration and government control and confiscation of our guns. But I strongly feel that the firearm manufacturers of our country are making a big mistake in producing the AR-15 sporting rifles.

These modern sporting rifles are inflammatory in looks — they don’t look like modern hunting rifles. They are military in looks. They look like they were produced to kill men, not deer.

…why endanger our Second Amendment rights by manufacturing and defending a modern hunting rifle that has such an inflammatory design? It plays right into the hands of the anti-gun movement. They love the looks of the AR-15. It’s easy to enrage the average American against such an “assault rifle.”

Let’s get wise. We have a difficult enough task defending our right to own firearms without this foolish battle.

Wow, where to start here? I think if you say things like “I support the Second Amendment, but…” my fellow gun owners and I are well within our rights to call you out as NOT supporting the right to keep and bear arms. Either you do or you don’t, and if you support throwing any kind of gun to the anti-freedom wolves, for any reason whatsoever, you are not a supporter of the right to arms. I really do believe it’s just that simple. Jim Darnell makes it even easier to call him out, as he even readily acknowledges the excellence of the platform for hunting, calling the rifles “light, compact and accurate.” Yet he still advocates ceasing production of the rifles on the flimsy grounds that “it’s easy to enrage the average American.”

So I guess he thinks it’s not even worth trying to educate this archetypal “average American.” Of course that’s ASSUMING what he says is true. And I’d be willing to bet that isn’t the case, because of the very facts he uses in his column — namely that it’s a very popular rifle and that it’s produced by several different manufacturers in MANY different calibers, from the .223 Remington right on up to the .50BMG. With that large of a market for those rifles, after the expiration of the Clinton gun ban and especially after last year’s elections — and the lack of a groundswell of support for a semiautomatic rifle ban — it’s worth asking just how “enraged” Americans are about these weapons. Not enough to make that much of a difference, I think, if ANY.

Wow, what a pathetic excuse for a man…

November 13, 2009

Doug Pennington is:

[I]sn’t it ironic how some libertarians want government to stay out of their lives, yet have no problem with forcing other people to live with loaded, concealed weapons everywhere they turn? The grocery store; the park; the school; the airport. Apparently, we have the “freedom” to live with what these so-called libertarians tell us to live with. After all, they have the guns, right?

Actually, no. I see no irony in that whatsoever. Libertarians merely want others to respect their right of self-defense. Doug Pennington thinks said libertarians are going to pull out their guns and start shooting for whatever reason, I guess. I get the idea he’s confusing libertarianism with nihilism, or one or more aspects of one belief system mixed up with the other belief system. Which makes him either a blithering idiot (spouting off about things about which he knows little to nothing) or appallingly disingenuous (intentionally confusing the two belief systems and/or aspects thereof in a cynical attempt to take advantage of his audience’s ignorance vis-a-vis the different belief systems). At any rate, his rhetoric does not speak well of him. One wonders how he gets out of bed in the morning with such an overweening fear of his fellow human being.

He is right about one thing, though. We DO have all the guns. He and his anti-liberty ilk would do well to keep that in mind as they push for ever more restrictions on our liberties.

I don’t know if it goes under the heading….

November 12, 2009

…of “Only in Texas,” but this took balls of steel:

A Missouri City man was able to get the drop on a pair of armed robbers Wednesday, shooting one several times as the other fled, authorities said.

After he was forced upstairs, the man managed to grab a pistol and began shooting at the attackers, striking one several times, Bailey said.

Huh. Now, the antis always tell us guns are bad for self-defense because the goblins will get the jump on you with them, but here this guy was working on his car in his yard, forced in the house with a rifle, no less, and he manages to get a pistol under that stress and take down one of the would-be robbers. I’d guess it was the goblin with the gun, too. (So much for the argument, as well, that rifle always trumps pistol…) To paraphrase the inimitable JayG: Do NOT fuck with Texans. We WILL get a gun and shoot your stupid ass even if you DO get the jump on us.

Oh, and one final note: The resident shooter was 20 years old, one year younger than the legal age to own a pistol. Why is it that our state and federal governments deem him unworthy to own the very tool that likely saved his life?

UPDATE: Mike W. pointed out in comments that one can possess a pistol at 18, but one may only buy a pistol at 21. I knew this but did not think of it as I was writing earlier. He also points out something else:

This also illustrates why you should have a gun ready to go. If he had to abide by a “safe storage” law he’d never have been able to use the gun for self-defense.

Yep. God bless Texas, as it has not yet been sullied by such feel-good nonsense and with the grace of God never will.

To all the veterans, near and far…

November 11, 2009

…thank you all, for making the sacrifices you have made and are making for all of us. May we prove ourselves worthy of them.

Personally, I thought it was the government…

November 11, 2009

…that got us into this mess:

A new poll shows Southerners are fretting about job loss and the economy and don’t think the federal government is doing enough to address either.

Nearly 72 percent said they favored new government programs to create jobs.

And no doubt economics and history teachers everywhere — and especially from Texas to Virginia — are crying. How are those federal programs going to be funded? You and I both know the answer to that: the funds will be taken from the people who actually fund job creation, that is, all the small businesspeople in this country. I honestly figured more people would know — at least intuitively — that said entrepreneurs would be better at creating jobs than faceless federal bureaucrats, considering it’s, you know, those entrepreneurs who depend on said job creation to put roofs over their heads and feed their families. If this poll is any indication whatsoever, the dependence on government is a lot farther along than I thought it was. It’s going to be interesting to see how many Republicans campaign for next year’s elections on the promise of “creating more jobs” via yet more stimuli….

Acting presidential for once…

November 11, 2009

…that would be Barack Obama

…For those families who have lost a loved one, no words can fill the void that’s been left. We knew these men and women as soldiers and caregivers. You knew them as mothers and fathers; sons and daughters; sisters and brothers.
But here is what you must also know: Your loved ones endure through the life of our nation. Their memory will be honored in the places they lived and by the people they touched. Their life’s work is our security, and the freedom that we all too often take for granted. Every evening that the sun sets on a tranquil town; every dawn that a flag is unfurled; every moment that an American enjoys life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — that is their legacy.

There’s really nothing else I can say, but that he did their memories right. May they all rest in peace.

If I were a Virginia taxpayer…

November 10, 2009

…I would be quite ticked at this:

Unless Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine steps in, sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad will be executed Tuesday for the attacks that terrorized the nation’s capital region for three weeks in 2002.

Death penalty opponents planned vigils across the state, and some were headed for Jarratt, about an hour south of Richmond, for the execution.
Beth Panilaitis, executive director of Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, said those who planned to protest understand the fear that gripped the community, and the nation, during the attacks.
“The greater metro area and the citizens of Virginia have been safe from this crime for seven years,” Panilaitis said. “Incarceration has worked and life without the possibility of parole has and will continue to keep the people of Virginia safe.”

Excuse me, but no. She may be right that the citizens of Virginia are safe now, but to insist that the hard-earned tax dollars of those citizens continue to be used to feed, clothe and house that murdering monster is just…words fail me. How about the opponents of the death penalty take care of that? Let their tax dollars go to the care and feeding of Muhammad and the others on death row, since they’re the ones insisting on keeping him alive and let the rest of the people’s money go toward more worthy endeavors? Sounds fair to me. They want this bastard to continue to draw air, so they should be the ones to pay for it.

Closed for what, now?

November 9, 2009

Yeah, I read this right, apparently…

MARION, Ala. — The sign going on the front door at the Perry County courthouse reads: “Closed for the Obama Holiday.”
The rural, mostly black county has proclaimed Monday as an official holiday celebrating the election of the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama. It’s one of Alabama’s poorest counties, but it’s sparing little during five days of festivities.

County Commissioner Brett Harrison, who cast the lone “no” vote when the commission voted 4-1 to set up the holiday, questions adding a paid day off in such a poor county. He said the county already had 14 paid holidays and it didn’t seem like the right time for such an ambitious event in the middle of a recession.
“The timing didn’t make any sense,” Harrison said, pointing out that many private businesses will be open Monday, including his full-service gas station.

Wow, I just don’t know what exactly to say to this. One of the poorest counties in the state throwing away its money on a golf tournament, parade and a carnival, and paid days off for county employees, and the citizens support this? I’m sure you’ll also find most of the people in this county supporting yet more redistribution of wealth by way of taxing teh eeevil rich folks to pay for government health care. I wonder what the Perry County residents who support this holiday would be saying if I blew my rent money on music and gun stuff and then demanded the government pay my rent because “living space with climate control is a right that no one should be denied because of his or her inability to pay for it.” And furthermore, I wonder how many of the people who would rightly protest my statements and actions with responses such as, “You should have had your priorities in line” see absolutely no problem with pissing away their own money on stupid crap like this when in all likelihood they don’t have their own damn priorities in line.

And the fast train to hell chugs on down the tracks…

Hey, wait a minute!

November 7, 2009

This surely did not happen where they said it did!

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. — The high school buddies who trolled the streets looking for Hispanics to attack called it “beaner hopping.”
“Jose, Kevin and I started popping and Jose punched him so hard he knocked him out,” Anthony Harfford told police.

But…but…but…I thought they were all enlightened souls up there in the North! Progressive, tolerant and all that good stuff, and the South was the exclusive domain of such incidents! Huh, d’you hear that? That, my friends, is the sound of another leftist meme shattering.