Archive for July, 2013

Sunday morning musings.

July 21, 2013

Am I the only one who finds it shameful that we didn’t see any nationwide “Justice for Kathryn Johnston” or “Justice for Cory Maye” rallies or prayer vigils right after they met their respective fates? Kathryn Johnston lost her life, and Cory Maye lost his freedom and his right of self-defense, but neither of them got the media attention Trayvon Martin did. I wonder why that is?

And cruising along the Facebooks yesterday, I came up on this little tidbit:

…all this case says to me is it’s OK to murder citizens if you have a permit/badge from the “state”, just say it was self defense even if you started it…. Just eat the food we give you, it does’t matter where it came from or what’s in it… All part of the same bullshit, Agenda 21 exactly…

So, yay, for paranoid fearmongering! (Later on in the thread were musings on GMOs and chemtrails. I shit you not.) But the Agenda 21 thing caught my eye, and so I went to Google. This is what I found (emphasis mine — ed.):

Agenda 21 is a non-binding, voluntarily implemented action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development.

Plan of the United Nations. Surely I can’t be the only one who is greatly amused by those who think that anything created under the auspices of the United Nations would sanction ownership, let alone actual use, of firearms by anyone other than agents of the state. Does anyone besides me remember the shenanigans of Australia native Rebecca Peters in relation to the United Nations small arms conference in 2006? I don’t know how long the battles over this have been going on, but the United Nations has had the United States in its crosshairs for years over this issue. The laws they have in places like England and Australia are what they want for the entire world. And as badly as George Zimmerman fared in the media here, he really would have been screwed if the United Nations had anything to say about it. Seriously, people. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar…

Wow, stop the presses…again.

July 20, 2013

This time, you’ll find me agreeing with Roy Bragg:

Texas: Better than New York and then some

Yes, indeed. I sat down and watched the Lewis Black video, and it was, well, classic Lewis Black bullshit. Don’t fuck with New York, eh? One wonders what the Silver Springs, Maryland native who considers Washington, D.C. his hometown is going to do if we don’t heed his warning. Pull out a knife? One would think he’d know better, if he actually believes everything New Yorkers do about Texas — particularly that we’re all a bunch of heavily-armed lunatics.

Speaking of which, one quote from Mr. Black struck me as particularly absurd:

“People come here from all over the world for the freedom to live as they choose.”

ROTFLMAO. Whatever. I guess they’re golden for that, as long as those choices don’t include, among many other things, owning a gun (let alone carrying one), drinking a soda bigger than 16 ounces, or donating food to the homeless. Black characterizes it as “the city that never sleeps,” where you can get an omelet with a side of meatloaf at 3 in the morning. If such panem et circenses are worth it to them, they’re welcome to it, but I’m sure a lot of New York State business owners would still find Taco Cabana, Whataburger, Jim’s, Waffle House, etc. a worthy trade-off.

I was gonna try to blog about this…

July 18, 2013

…but the Triggerman beat me to it:

This isn’t a cry for relevancy folks, this is a blood-curdling scream…

That’s pretty much the long and short of it. I’ll admit I have never really been a big Montgomery Gentry fan, but that abomination whose title I refuse to type (more here) makes the rest of their catalog sound like Merle Haggard and Rodney Crowell rolled into one.

So look for it to rocket to the top of the charts pretty soon.

What? You know the song’s tailor-made for a “country” radio format where Blake Shelton’s “Boys ‘Round Here” goes to No. 1 and Alan Jackson can’t even get the time of day anymore.

There was this one MG song, though…

Par for the course.

July 17, 2013

Rolling Stone is a shit magazine all-around, people. Surely I canot be the only one who isn’t the least bit surprised by their latest antic. They’re a bunch of raging leftists who try to portray themselves as edgy. I would almost have been surprised if they didn’t put a terrorist on the cover, let alone attempt to absolve the kid of any personal responsibility for his actions.

It’s as if, with apologies to Jonah Goldberg, “suddenly, all of these people and groups are stunned to discover that Rolling Stone is…Rolling Stone.”

That’s about right…

July 16, 2013

Quote of the day, from the comments here:

“Stand Your Ground” is the new anti-gun buzz word to replace “Assault Rifle”. Liberals do not know what either term really means, they just know that to be cool, you have to be against them.

That about sums it up, if you ask me.

As for Stevie Wonder, I’m sorry to hear that he thinks people should run away when confronted with the possibility of having their heads bashed in, but, well, that’s just going to have to be his immorality to live with.

It’ll never happen, but still…

July 14, 2013

So, apparently the president saw fit to put forth a statement on George Zimmerman’s not-guilty verdict, the last sentence of which read thusly: “That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”

Well, that’s pretty spiffy. I would like to know how the president thinks we should honor Brian Terry.

Wait, what?

July 13, 2013

More asshattery seen on Facebook, likely under the auspices of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, formerly known as the National Coalition to Ban Handguns:

waitwhatCaption:

Only #cowards like #GeorgeZimmerman need to use a #gun in a fist fight. Now the #Defense is trying to make it seem like #Zimmerman was some weak man who could not defend himself. Over a year of MMA training and he could not get a 17 year old boy off of him. After a year of #MMA / #UFC training one should be able to defend themselves. But Zimmerman decided to use a gun to kill #TrayvonMartin and now #Trayvon is dead. #NoJusticeNoPeace #ZimmermanTrial #JusticeForTrayvon #ResistViolence #Trial #GunControl

I have one good arm due to my cerebral palsy. If, God forbid, I ever get in a fist fight and that arm is taken out of commission I am well and truly screwed. Having a gun in a situation like that isn’t taking the coward’s way out. It’s taking the smart way out. Beyond that, as Michael Z. Williamson said, “having your brains bashed in by an urban punk is not a fist fight. It’s assault and battery with intent to kill. The logical solution is to shoot the punk.” Training be damned.

And more than that…take a look at that caption. You’ll note that they didn’t say anything about the situation itself, about the dispute over who instigated the confrontation. It was all about Zimmerman and his supposed training and what they think he should have been able to do as his brains were being scrambled on the pavement. It would seem they’re saying that even if Trayvon Martin started the whole thing, even if he was completely in the wrong, George Zimmerman was the bad guy — just because he used a gun.

(I posted the contents of this blog post on their Facebook page, and not long after, BAM! Reasoned discourse — by which I mean, comment deletion & banning — ensued.)

No quarter, folks. Those people are evil. And they must be crushed.

As most anti-gun asshattery does…

July 9, 2013

…this makes no sense at all:

inconsistencyMy first thought was, “So the dude on the right is standing on cases of ammunition. Not getting what the big deal about that is. Without ammunition that gun is nothing but an expensive club.

My second thought was that I saw this on Facebook, as opposed to a handbill produced via a lithograph. Which makes the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence a bunch of hypocrites, because you know the Founding Fathers didn’t think about computers or high-speed Internet when they wrote the First Amendment any more than they thought about the advent of the semiautomatic rifle when they wrote the Second Amendment. Some amendments are apparently more equal than others.

 

And all this time I wondered…

July 8, 2013

…why that music was as shallow as, say, a mud hole. Well, the Wall Street Journal provides a handy answer:

From Georgia to Texas this weekend, the stars of a budding musical genre known as “hick-hop” will perform in swamp-like off-road-vehicle parks. Singing songs that fuse hip-hop with country music, the bands will celebrate the popular rural pastime of driving trucks, lawn mowers, golf carts and even jacked-up grocery carts—all through the mud.

That just about explains everything. Certainly doesn’t justify any of it, though. I know a lot of people stereotyped country music as “twangy, whiny, cry-in-mah-beer-cause-mah-girl-lef’-me” music, but those of us who knew the music knew it by and large wasn’t that simple. But what can we really say now, with the genre (the mainstream component of it, at any rate) being overrun with songs about trucks, mud, beer and however many permutations thereof?

“It’s not all like that.”

Indeed it isn’t. But it’s a sad commentary on the genre that such a large component of it is. Granted, they were only talking about “hick-hop,” but really, that stuff’s not really that much different than the crap Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Florida-Georgia Line spew out, is it? As paradoxical as it may seem, I now believe that the country is where country music went to die.

(h/t Country California)

Everyone knows what would have prevented this…

July 6, 2013

…right? (emphasis mine — ed.)

Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers needs the public’s help to track down three suspects involved in a home invasion robbery in Pecan Grove in the Richmond area.

The homeowner told investigators that he was having dinner with his fiancé and her mother and aunt when they heard a sound coming from a back of the house about 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Crime Stoppers press release. He went to investigate and was confronted by a man holding a large revolver.

A ban on “assault weapons” and “high-capacity bullet clips,” natch!

On a serious note, I have to wonder if the homeowner “went to investigate” with a gun of his own. I would certainly hope so. Hell, I wouldn’t even go to open the door at that hour without a gun.