Archive for November, 2010

Now it’s something else’s fault…

November 20, 2010

instead of someone else’s fault:

The Reverend Cedric Miller, pastor of the 1,100 member Living Word Christian Fellowship, called for his congregation’s leaders to dump their Facebook accounts.  He blames Facebook for the marital problems of 20 couples in his church.

Yep, it’s all Facebook’s fault. Damn that Mark Zuckerberg for creating a way for people to stay and/or get back in touch. He should have known that bad things would happen when certain people got back in touch with one another.

Seriously, if Facebook interaction leads to old flames burning down marriages, those marriages had problems that staying off the site wasn’t going to fix. Why can’t people take responsibility for their own actions? And why do church authority figures enable this evasion of responsibility?

I’d just like to say…

November 19, 2010

…that this quote from Robb Allen was just packed with WIN:

“There is no need for the United States to have the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice BATFE.”

Oh, isn’t that special?

November 19, 2010

Talk about a case of flipping the wrong switch:

An undercover Plano police officer told investigators that he meant to turn on a flashlight attached to his gun when he fatally shot a drug suspect.

Wow, that’s a violation of at least two of the Four Rules right there, maybe three if you consider the first one, “All guns are always loaded.” I’d love to have seen how far away the flashlight switch was away from the trigger. Something tells me it’s not so close to the trigger that the officer would mistake one for another.

But remember, friends: Only the police and the military should have guns because they know so much more about how to handle them than us mere civilians!

Hey, it’s their culture, right?

November 18, 2010

Enshrined in the laws passed by their government, right? So who are we to judge?

This month a Pakistani court sentenced…45-year-old Asia Bibi, to death, not because she killed, injured or stole, but simply because she said something.
Prosecutors say Bibi, who is a Christian, broke Pakistan’s strict blasphemy law by insulting Islam and the prophet Muhammad, a crime punishable by death or life imprisonment according to Pakistan’s penal code.

Now, I’m sure you longtime readers remember one Ladd Everitt mewling about “Second Amendment remedies.” Well, it deserves to be asked what those like him would do if our democratically elected government got to the point of passing laws like this. It’d be a long process, considering something like the above-mentioned law is blatantly unconstitutional in the United States, but it’s still a question worth asking.

How about those copy editors?

November 18, 2010

From today’s Express-News:

Police Officer Andrew Montemayor was kicking flares to the side of Potranco Road, joking with fellow rookie Robert Davis about how crazy their day had been, when he heard the revving of an engine outside his line of vision.
Instinctually, he knew something was wrong and began to run, Montemayor told jurors as testimony began Tuesday in the manslaughter and aggravated assault trial of former colleague David Seaton.

I think the reporter meant “instinctively.” That’s pretty funny. I was taught in my journalism classes in college never to use big, flowery words when smaller, more straightforward ones will do. Perhaps they should have also taught reporters never to make up words. And I know no one would believe this without photographic evidence, so…

Wow, what a state big-city journalism is in…

Red light camera supporter FAIL.

November 17, 2010

In the letters to the editor in today’s Houston Chronicle:

Now that they have succeeded in getting the cameras turned off, most citizens are chagrined to find that the police will have to start doing without a substantial portion of their budget, the taxpayers may be on the hook for a penalty for termination of the camera contracts, and some drivers who may have begun to learn that yellow means prepare to stop will go back to their previous misconception that it means speed up. The cynics who say that the cameras were just another way to get money will have to get used to paying more taxes themselves, since the scofflaw drivers will no longer be paying those millions of dollars into the city’s coffers.

My, so much fisk-worthy material I hardly know where to begin.

First, there are going to be times that it’s just not good to put on the brakes when the light turns yellow. I’ll admit that at least as likely as not, when I see a yellow light I speed up to get through it before the light turns red. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. No doubt my wallet has thanked me, too, because it seems obvious that if one slowed to a stop every time the light turned yellow, it’d make the brakes wear out that much faster.

And “cynics who say that the cameras were just another way to get money”? Sounds like they were right to be cynical, considering that Houston mayor Annise Parker made such a big deal about the city’s budget taking a hit.

Last, not that I would advocate that drivers who run red lights shouldn’t be forced to pay, but for the city to rely on those cameras to plug the holes in the police department’s budget just strikes me as, well…wrong. It’s as if lawbreakers are financing the police department, and do we really want to fund the police departments with that concept? What’s next, murderers and home invaders being fined for their crimes too? I can just see where that would go:

“All these citizens defending themselves are really cutting down on murders and home invasions. The police department’s budget is really suffering because of the fines not being paid by these dead or deterred criminals. Is it really a good idea for citizens to be able to defend themselves and not have to wait on the police?”

Is it really that far-fetched?

Hey, more bigotry from the social cons!

November 16, 2010

Okay now. What would you say to this:

The El Paso City Council could overturn a voter-approved ban on medical insurance benefits for domestic partners of unmarried black and Latino employees.

Pastor Tom Brown, who led the ballot initiative, says it’s a matter of democracy and he’s outraged that the will of the people might be overturned.

You’d probably say, “Wow, Pastor Tom Brown is one bigoted asshole, isn’t he?” Well, how is that any different from this?

What’s that? Hunting rifles can kill, too?

November 16, 2010

I wonder how long it’ll take for the gun controllers to latch on to this

Thursday night, (Pennsylvania game warden David) Grove caught a felon poaching deer with a spotlight near Gettysburg, pulled him over and was shot four times, police said. He was the first Pennsylvania game warden killed in the line of duty in 95 years, but the occupation remains hazardous by its very nature.

“Everybody we deal with has a firearm,” said Richard Cramer, the association’s vice president and a land management supervisor for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Often, game wardens are “encountering folks out to intentionally break the law with firearms.”

Hunting rifle licensing and registration NOW, for teh game wardens! Seriously, how long do you think it would be from this to “do you really need to hunt when we have grocery stores and such” if they wanted to take it that far. Certain organizations such as the Violence Policy Center are already calling for tighter regulation of certain calibers of hunting rifles such as the .338 Lapua and .50 BMG, but I’d bet smaller, more common caliber rifles are the ones the poachers are carrying when they’re apprehended by the wardens. I’m sure the VPC will be all over the smaller rifles before long.

Gratuitous baybeh picture.

November 16, 2010

From earlier this evening:

She may be a headbanger already…

November 16, 2010

My Miss Marie, that is.

I was just holding her and she started crying and thrashing about with her mouth open, like she was looking for a nipple to latch on to. It looked like she was headbanging, no lie. I told Sabra about that and what I thought she was looking for, and she said, “She either wants a nipple or Iron Maiden.”

Yeah, I laughed. 😉