Archive for December, 2012

And he says that as if it is a good thing.

December 16, 2012

One Michael Lind, that is:

When the vast majority of kids grow up watching video games instead of hunting and fishing and have parents who teach them to tell the teacher about a bully instead of whooping his ass, I think opposition to sensible gun regulation will collapse, everywhere except among the craziest militia types.

Huh. There are those of us who might think such dissociation from the real world and running to authority figures instead of taking care of our own issues is one of the things that’s wrong with this country. I think if we had more parents who taught their kids like Ambulance Driver’s mother taught him, we’d honestly be a lot better off.

But now that I think about, the whole “hunting vs. video games” bit is more than a little bit, shall we say, off. Why?

Because of this. Gun culture isn’t what it used to be. People don’t buy guns mainly for hunting so much anymore. The self- and home-defense uses of guns have come back into the public eye in a big way in the last 10-plus years, especially since 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina. A lot of people have awakened to the reality that the police can’t always be there when you need them to be. Add to that the fact that, hey, the AR-15 and rifles like it can be used for hunting as well as home defense, and you have a whole different atmosphere. Now, the anti-gunners will say, “We don’t want to ban your hunting rifle,” and a lot of people are rightly going to say, “The hell you don’t! Not only that, but you also want to ban the guns I use to defend myself and my family with!” Put another way, they’re going to see that old canard as the line of bullshit that it is.

Will it continue? We’ll see. But I don’t think it’s nearly as simple as Mr. Lind thinks it is.

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Coffeepot musings.

December 15, 2012

…or, Hey, more expensive isn’t always better!

A friend on Facebook was bemoaning the fact that the $150 Keurig wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, which reminded me of this post from Dave.

I didn’t  say anything at the time since I figured it’d be bad form. 😉 But here’s what I brew my coffee with. I got it at Walmart for about $11 or so and it works like a charm. Still haven’t quite figured out how to get it just right every time, but most of the time I get pretty close. Not that I’d ever spend $150 on something to make coffee with, but if I did I’d be pretty pissed to find out that it was, as Dave put it, a hot water dispenser for instant coffee.

I do have to say, though, thank God for HEB, its whole bean coffee, and the in-store grinders. Were it not for that I’d have to limp along with the already-ground stuff that’s ground for drip coffee makers. It doesn’t work as well in the percolator; you end up with more grounds in the coffee, and that just won’t do….

How did they think that was gonna work out, again?

December 14, 2012

Oh, look, another massacre in a gun-free zone!

Contrast, if you will, what happened today in Newtown, Connecticut with what happened at Pearl High School in Pearl, Mississippi in 1997. Or with what happened at the Appalachian School of Law School in Grundy, Virginia in 2002. And remember, if you will, that of the 32 that were killed at Virginia Tech a little over five years ago, 30 of them were dead before the cops showed up.

Now, tell me. Why is an ordinary citizen on site with a gun not the answer to things like this? Why is the answer always “wait on the cops” or “take the guns away from everyone but the cops”?

(And why no link? Because Matt G is right, that’s why.)

I think I have figured it out.

December 13, 2012

Figured what out, you ask?

Why certain groups of people keep saying things like this:

On Dec. 1, Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, took the life of his young girlfriend and killed himself at his team’s stadium. Like other tragedies in recent years, in Tucson or Aurora or the Milwaukee suburbs, Belcher’s crime has spurred calls for a national conversation on America’s culture of guns and violence — a conversation that has not taken place.

…or, more specifically, why they keep calling for “a conversation on guns” or however they prefer to put it.

They keep calling for this conversation because it never goes the way they want it to go. They all want the conversation to go like this:

“Let’s ban guns!”

“Hokay!”

However, as Mike Vanderboegh put it after the Virginia Tech shooting:

The Virginia Tech massacre was supposed to strengthen their legislative hand (the anti-gunners — ed.), yet it is the gunnies who seem the stronger for it now. We didn’t react the old timorous NRA way as they expected us to. Those of us who share the traditional American values of the Founder’s republic– faith, responsibility, opportunity and armed defense of liberty– have finally been pushed to the point that they’ve made us fighting mad. We’ve been pushed to the point where it is WE who are beginning to push back.

Of course, we probably have Bill Clinton to thank for that, as his “assault weapons ban” mobilized tens of millions of gun owners to the polls in 1994, and as you see it’s all been downhill since.

Of course, what’s really odd is that they never want to take a look at underlying causes of violence in general in this country. It all seems to be about the tools, and they think if the tools could be banned things would be just peachy. Funny how that doesn’t seem to work with drugs. Why do they think it will work with guns?

It could well be that they know it won’t, but they just don’t care. After all, as so many say, gun control isn’t about guns — it’s about control. Which would explain why all their “solutions” are all about a more onerous burden on the people who aren’t to blame.

(h/t David Codrea)

Well, this is long overdue…

December 11, 2012

here:

In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois — the only remaining state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal — and gave lawmakers 180 days to write a law that legalizes it.

No doubt all those in the gun-ban lobby are drowning their collective sorrows in a bottle of Cuervo Gold tonight.  As well they should. If I had the resources I’d send them all industrial-size bottles of Vicodin to wash down with it.

Oh hey, a double whammy!

December 10, 2012

Another journalist using the First Amendment to shit all over the Second! And a Limey, to boot!

Somebody ought to ask that spaghetti-spined fuck Piers Morgan why he doesn’t just catch the next flight out to England, since he obviously thinks things are so much better in jolly olde England where nobody has guns. I am sure there are at least a couple of flights between Atlanta and London every day, especially considering Hartsfield-Jackson and Heathrow are the busiest and third-busiest airports in the world respectively.

“We hear all your whinin’, and it starts wearin’ thin, when we see our milk and honey runnin’ down your chin.”

(h/t David Codrea)

Hey, what’s good for the goose, and all that.

December 9, 2012

I eagerly await Bob Costas’ and Jason Whitlock’s denunciations of alcohol and/or motor vehicles and how they’re too easily available to the average person and should be banned for the good of society — and of course, Mr. Whitlock to call the American Automobile Association the modern day Ku Klux Klan.

What? That would be stupid, you say? Of course it would. But wasn’t it just as stupid to bitch about guns after the dude from the Kansas City Chiefs shot and killed himself and his girlfriend? The least they could do is be consistent in their stupidity.

Well, it’s about time.

December 8, 2012

Dwight Silverman, yesterday:

T-Mobile dropping handset subsidies and picking up the iPhone

I am sure that T-Mobile’s customers are quite happy with this development, as T-Mobile was the only one of the four major U.S. carriers that did not carry the iPhone. I have said before that the only reason I didn’t have an iPhone was that my provider didn’t offer it. (You probably guessed I was with T-Mobile, didn’t you? Well, you’d be right. After all, you can even get the iPhone from smaller carriers like Cricket and Virgin Mobile.) And as I’ve also said, I do like my Android phone, but I would like to get an iPhone at some point, especially considering that I have a Mac. We’ll see how it goes.

I did find this bit, shall we say, enlightening:

Your out-of-pocket cost for a phone (without subsidies — ed.) would go way up. For example, the list price for a Samsung Galaxy S III is $900, while Amazon.com sells it for under $600. An unlocked 16-gigabyte iPhone 5 sells for $649.

Wow, $900. Hell, even a 64GB iPhone maxes out at $850 and it has roughly the same specs that the Galaxy does. Of course there are other smartphones that cost a good bit less — my own HTC Sensation 4G goes for about the same price as the iPhone, if I remember correctly — but if I was going to pay $900 for a phone, I’d just go ahead and get the iPhone and be done with it.

Interesting point, but still…

December 6, 2012

…or, I can see both sides of this.

From the comments to this New York Times blog post:

It strikes me as the height of absurdity for anyone to lament the absence of a particular artist on iTunes or any other digital music service. Presumably, if someone is a “big fan,” they likely already own the vast majority of the catalog on CD or vinyl anyway; if not, well then they probably aren’t that “big” a fan anyway.

This is especially true of classic acts like the Beatles, Black Sabbath, Zeppelin, et al. Are we seriously arguing that their music is/was unavailable elsewhere until appearing in the iTunes market?

This is a good point that I had honestly never thought about. Taken in that context it is pretty amusing, which is why I thought it was ridiculous to make such a big deal about the works of acts like the Beatles and AC/DC becoming available on iTunes. How many records have those two sold? Hell, Back in Black all by its lonesome is the second-biggest selling album music history, with more than 50 million copies worldwide. For your edification, No. 1 is Michael Jackson’s Thriller.)

But there is the other side…cultivation of appreciation of classic music by the younger generation. The technological trend is toward digital downloads, as much as an old-fashioned guy like me might not like it. And for that old music to be appreciated by the younger generation it’s going to have to be accessible to them. If iTunes and Amazon downloads are the way they discover that, can that be such a bad thing?

“To-night we have blaming of the guns…”

December 3, 2012

Or yesterday, at least. at any rate…

What the fuck is it with East Coast sports media hacks and their hatred of guns? I recall a while back one slimeball named Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News blamed American gun culture for the death of Steve McNair, as if McNair’s death couldn’t have been avoided if, say, he had not been fucking around on his wife.

And in the latest installment, we have NBC sportscaster Bob Costas, who was quoting Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock last night during halftime of the football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. I was going to comment on that, but just go read Tam instead, because she put it a lot better than I could.