Archive for September, 2013

Well. I certainly was not expecting that.

September 18, 2013

I did expect it from Dianne Feinstein, of course, but not the San Antonio Express-News:

We have advocated in the past for universal background checks and an assault weapon ban. Incompatible with the Second Amendment? Not if the concept of “guns in the wrong hands” has any meaning.

Expect what, you ask? Advocacy of a ban of a gun that was not even used in the Navy Yard shooting. It just goes to show you, of course, that anti-gunners are utterly shameless, that they have no compunction about using tragedy to further their goals.

And really, from all the indications that I’ve seen, the Navy Yard shooter was a ticking time bomb that probably should have been locked up. But still no one’s talking about that. Why?

And then there’s this, from the Houston Chronicle:

For craven lawmakers, though, in thrall to the gun lobby and Second Amendment absolutists, neither this mass killing nor the next will make a difference. Mention Colorado to them, and their immediate thought will be, not the killings at Aurora or Columbine, but the recent recall election that bounced two state senators out of office because of their support for sensible (sic) gun restrictions.

Ahem. No, that recall mainly had to do with the fact that Morse and Giron more or less told their constituents to go to hell. The fact that they supported the gun laws was just a part of it. The futility and wrongness of said laws has already been discussed in this space before, so no need to go over it again, but as far as the recall itself goes, why shouldn’t Angela Giron and John Morse have been recalled? They were quite clearly ignoring the will of their constituents, and for that alone they had to go. They weren’t elected to vote their own consciences. They were elected to represent the consciences of their constituents. I know it’s a sticky situation because the wishes and tolerance of the electorate don’t always jibe with morality, but if an elected representative’s constituents don’t think said elected representative is representing them as they think they should be representative, and if they give a damn enough to organize a recall election — let alone actually recall them — who the hell do the members the Houston Chronicle editorial board think they are to tell them that they’re wrong?

They just couldn’t help themselves, I guess.

September 17, 2013

Ooh, blood!

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is renewing her call for new gun-control laws because of Monday’s deadly Navy Yard shooting.

Shall we dance?

 Jay Carney on Navy Yard, other shootings: ‘This is why we should take action’ on gun control

There’s just one big problem with all this, a problem that few in the mainstream media are saying anything about. The Navy Yard shooter allegedly got the pistol from a security guard that he killed and the AR-15 from a cop that he ambushed. In other words, he took those guns from the only people that Feinstein, Carney, and Carney’s boss think should have guns. And from another report that I am seeing, the shooter might not even have had an AR-15.

If that turns out to be true, then Feinstein — all the while hiding behind her own armed guards that we pay for — will have been calling for a ban of a gun that was not even used in those shootings.

And, once again…

September 16, 2013

…we see ideological lunacy on display, as 12 more people are sacrificed to the gods of the gun-free zone — a gun-free zone inside a gun-free zone, to boot! I’d like to think that one of these days, we as a people will finally wake up and demand a better response to an active shooter than waiting on the police, but I will surely not hold my breath.

In the meantime, Mike Vanderboegh said it after Virginia Tech, and it’s still just as true:

“‘Gun-free zone’ is a lie every bit as much as ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ and every bit as deadly.”

Some corporations and lobbies are more equal than others.

September 15, 2013

Every so often, you’ll see progressives railing against conservatives and Republicans for proposing laws and regulations that would benefit certain industries and such, branding such laws as for example, “a sop to the gun lobby” or “another giveaway to Big Oil.”

Well, reading about a certain law that’s being debated in the Senate right now, it struck me. Check this out (h/t David Codrea):

A Senate panel has approved a measure defining a journalist, which had been an obstacle to broader legislation to protect reporters and the news media from revealing their sources.

The Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 on Thursday for a compromise worked out by Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin in coordination with news organizations.

You know what that is, right? It’s a Progressive Democrat sop to Big Corporate Media, that’s what it is — in collusion with Big Corporate Media, to add insult to injury. I can just imagine the dialogue:

Big Media: “Hey y’all, you know all those embarrassing stories that have been leaking out from the bloggers, Examiners and whatnot about the deal in Benghazi, running guns to Mexico and all that? All those things we wouldn’t talk about, covering your asses? Well, we have a way to marginalize them even more than they already are! Here are some guidelines…”

Progressive Democrats: “Okay!”

Seriously, though, I know how a lot of folks feel about alternative media sources, and that’s all fine and good, but can we at least agree that letting the government in any way define who is and is not a journalist is a very bad idea?

Saturday music musings.

September 14, 2013

Shoulda known Gary Allan would speak up up sooner or later:

The parade of country artists coming out to criticize the direction of country music continues, with Gary Allan now coming out in an interview with Larry King, decrying country music’s move towards pop, and specifically Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

Of course, such isn’t the first time Allan has spoken about the shape of mainstream country music, but I thought it took some stones for him to come out and say that he actually didn’t like it. Given that, and Gary Allan’s music that’s never gotten played on the radio, I must admit I think it’s sheer lunacy to claim that Gary Allan is about as country as Snoop Dogg, as one commenter did.

But the comment that really got me was this one, on Carrie Underwood:

She may be far from traditional country- but she is contemporary country and deserves better than a snarky comment saying she is using the genre.

My response: No she doesn’t. Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift are just two different kinds of crap, really. Just because Carrie Underwood doesn’t court pop music fans as aggressively as Taylor Swift does not make her any more of a country singer or better for the genre. Given Underwood’s favorite music as evidenced by some of the songs she’s covered, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if she courted the ’80s rock/hair metal crowd if that particular genre was anywhere near as commercially viable as it was way back in the day. So in terms of country music, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood really just boil down to two kinds of bad — sugary teen pop versus glam metal; in other words, the absolute worst of the ’80s and ’90s.

Not that I’d like Carrie Underwood any better if she was aping, oh, I don’t know, Ann Wilson or Bruce Dickinson, but still — tell me again why this should be the accepted evolution of country music?

Speaking of the monsters that walk among us…

September 13, 2013

…another one was taken off the streets yesterday:

A Georgia teenager convicted of fatally shooting a baby in a stroller while trying to rob the child’s mother was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole.

De’Marquise Elkins, 18, was sentenced in Georgia’s Glynn County Superior Court less than two weeks after a jury found him guilty of murder in the slaying of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago.

Now, you’ll note I didn’t say Mr. Elkins got his just desserts. Why? Because, well, his just desserts would have been two rounds of .45 to the torso and one to the head. As it is, we’ll have to feed and water that monster for the rest of his days. Better than the all-too-common alternative of catch-and-release, though, to be sure…

Well, I would surely hope not.

September 12, 2013

From today’s Houston Chronicle:

 Houston carjacking victim may not face charges for shooting attackers

Well why in the blue fuck should the dude face charges? I’m sure there are those who would say the man was in no danger, but while that may be true, I think that shouldn’t matter when it’s all said and done. Why?

Because he ultimately did the city of Houston and Texas taxpayers a favor. To paraphrase a comment on a story I saw once, if you’re the kind of person who would walk to somebody and pull a gun on them to steal their car, then you don’t belong on this earth. I mean, sure, putting people like that behind bars and keeping them there would be a perfectly acceptable solution (if, of course, we ever actually did that), but shooting them dead in the act is even better. Perhaps if that got to be the norm, this sort of thing wouldn’t happen as often as it does. Not having to feed and water those monsters for the rest of their days would just be an added bonus.

And yet…

September 11, 2013

…and yet

I watched the segment and just shook my head. I am not a researcher, nor do I claim to be one.

…he spewed his uninformed opinion anyway. And stereotyped Second Amendment supporters as trigger-happy racists, to boot!

most (gamers) are socially awkward and a tad annoying at times, but generally good people…

You could say the same about most gun owners, as opposed to stereotyping them.

I’m a gun owner, not a gamer. But I support those who play video games and would never throw them under the bus for any kind of political gain. I’m sorry to see this M4d Ski11z person doesn’t feel the same.

But he’s just as wrong as the conservatives who blame video games for mass shootings.

Well, that’s just it, isn’t it?

September 9, 2013

Keith Urban:

At its most primal level, I’m a country, rock, folk, pop guy. Those four things are somewhere in everything I do in varying degrees, and this record is that presentation captured on one album.

Curiously enough, Urban doesn’t market his music as rock, pop, or even folk. You take that with his oddly vehement defenses of other influences in country and you have to wonder why he even bothers with country, other than it being probably the most lucrative place for him to be.

(Is that cynical of me? Sure, and I’ll admit it. But modern country pretty much yanked me in that direction over the last few years.)

Given that, I found this to be quite odd…

everyone sticks to the same blueprint and the same sound and the same slickness and the same songs about tailgates and pickup trucks….You don’t have to follow the same musical landscape when half the people who own country records also own heavy rock records and rap records.

…as it seems to me that Butch Walker is implying that Keith Urban is part of the solution to what ails country music, when he’s actually just a different part of the problem.

(h/t Country California)

Well, if that’s how they’re gonna word it…

September 8, 2013

…it might as well not even exist:

 PROPOSED AMENDMENT (2nd Amendment — ed.) : “Because a well-regulated National Guard and Reserve, and well-regulated Federal, state, and local public safety departments, are necessary to the security of our free states and our free nation, the rights of citizens, while serving in their capacity in the aforesaid organizations, to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

So, in other words, they think the Second Amendment should perhaps be redefined to say the government shouldn’t take guns away from the National Guard or any other government agencies — or worse, that the only time a citizen has a right to own a gun is when he or she is wielding it on behalf of the government. That’s not much of a right. I shudder to think of what they propose be done to the other amendments.