Archive for October, 2013

Observations on the open carry rally…

October 19, 2013

You know what’s awesome? How supposedly pro-gun bloggers are citing the San Antonio Express-News article on the rally in front of the Alamo in said bloggers’ ongoing efforts to shit all over the open-carry movement. Because of course, if anyone’s gonna paint gun people in a positive light, it’s the same news outlet whose editorial board used the Navy Yard shootings to advocate for a ban on a class of gun that was not even used in those shootings.

Reportedly the counter-protest took place a good bit away from the rally, down on South Alamo. I told Sabra that it would have been quite appropriate if they’d protested down at the corner of South Alamo and South St. Mary’s. (For those of you not from here, at that intersection there was once a “Texas Highway Patrol Museum” that actually was not affilliated with the Texas Department of Public Safety; it served as a front for a telemarketing scam that raised money by soliciting donations for the families of slain state troopers.)

She went and got pictures and has some observations of her own. You should go check them out.



Just a question…

October 18, 2013

… after reading this story:

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – Lockport Police are coming under fire, following the arrest of a gun owner. Lockport Police made an arrest this weekend, when a man had too many bullets in his pistol clip. Police admit there are even some city employees not happy the man was arrested….

Lockport Police Department Captain Michael Niethe said, “We’re aware that there’s people who are not in favor of this law and there’s probably some people in this building that are not in favor of this law, but it’s the law of the land and we’re going to enforce it.”

You know what else was the law of the land at one point? Blacks and whites having separate places to eat and drink. So with that in mind, what makes Captain Michael Neithe and the Lockport, New York police department any different than Bull Connor and his gang of thugs? Just because they’re not unleashing dogs and turning firehoses on gun owners doesn’t make what they’re doing any more moral.

28th verse, same as the first.

October 17, 2013

So the questionable Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations continue this year, with Chic, LL Cool J, and N.W.A.

But hey, Yes and Deep Purple! (After how many years? This is me rolling my eyes.) And sure, Nirvana will probably go in this year and arguably deserve to for their influence, but still, any time Nirvana is mentioned in any context, I think of this comment from way back when:

(Kurt) Cobain was a lot of things. Genius was not one of them. He played a mediocre-to-decent guitar when he was on the upside of a dose, but after that everything sounded like a monkey fucking a Telecaster. And those sounds we all heard on Nevermind? He hated all that. Geffen Records spent a ton of money running their crap sounds out of the garage and into a professional studio environment, where the turd was polished into a record that sold a metric fuckton of copies…

…all to Cobain’s chagrin. He hated every inch of it. He wanted to be a shitty garage band. I guess he had to support his (and her) habits, so he signed a contract and spent a few million of David Geffen’s dollars to make an album he hated. So he kacked himself over it.

What makes me puke is when people look over Jerry Cantrell, Layne Stayley, Chris Cornell, Mike McCready, et al, and call Cobain the genius….

And yeah, I would say it’s about time Deep Purple got in, but honestly, with all the questionable nominations and inductions over the years they’ve lost so much credibility that it really doesn’t matter. That being the case, an RRHOF nomination is just like an award from one of the myriad award shows anymore — if x deserving artists don’t get it, it’s really not that big of a deal, because we all know the impact they made on their chosen genre anyway.


Chickens coming home to roost.

October 16, 2013

Aww, isn’t this precious!

Obamacare will double my monthly premium (according to Kaiser)…

I am canceling insurance for us and I am not paying any fucking penalty. What the hell kind of reform is this?

It’s the kind of reform you and your tribe voted for, Sparky, all the while calling the rest of us alarmists and racists if we didn’t agree. You wanted your Hopenchange and now you’re getting it. Good and hard.

And as for “not paying any fucking penalty” — are you familiar with wage garnishment? You know, what the IRS does if you don’t pay your TAX, which is what this was ruled to be by the Supreme Court? I mean, sure, some people might save money. Some people might even get their “free” healthcare. But who exactly did you think was going to be covering that? You and your tribe voted for this, dude. OWN IT.

A new bar has been set for ignorance.

October 14, 2013

By whom, you ask? Brad Paisley? Tyler Hubbard? Eric Church?

Oh no. None other than Kenny Rogers:

I know I’m gonna get a lot of flack about this, but sooner or later country music has to decide whether it’s an art form or a business. If it’s a business, welcome anybody that sells records. If it’s an art form, get rid of everybody that doesn’t sound like Hank Williams.

Sooner or later? It really ought to be obvious that the decision has already been made, as evidenced by all the shit that’s been foisted on country listeners over the last few years. Doe he really mean to say that the Nashville music establishment unjustly doesn’t let just anyone make a record anymore? Sure sounds that way.

On the other hand, there could be something deeper at work here. Kenny Rogers never really was that country if he was country at all, so I suppose it’d only be logical that he’d defend the bastardization of country music. Still doesn’t make a bit of sense that he’d implicitly defend what’s going on now, though, because as pop as most of Kenny Rogers’ stuff was, a lot of it was still more deep and meaningful than most of the recycled musical cliches passing as country music anymore….

(h/t Country California)

And as if to prove the point once again…

October 13, 2013

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, on gun owners:

I almost wish bad things upon these people

Of course, this isn’t surprising. Vedder has long been known as a left-wing activist, and such is not exactly uncommon among them.  It’s really amusing that Wikipedia claims Vedder writes about, among other things, freedom and individualism, considering he has advocated for yet more unconstitutional gun laws based on the supposition that 90 percent of Americans support them. I guess he’s all about freedom for the individual unless the collective demands otherwise. What a courageous, free-thinking guy!

Anti-gunner tolerance on display!

October 12, 2013

Caught in the moderation queue:


Ah, anti-gunners. Such peace-loving, tolerant people!

No. Mr. Burroughs, I most certainly am not going to take your advice. You know why? Because the world needs more people like me and fewer people like you. Because I’m better and smarter than you. I’m sorry your reasoning skills aren’t advanced enough to figure out what I was getting at, but that’s no reason to lash out at me. Why are you people so violent?

(Incidentally, the post in question was here.)

Seen on the checkout racks at HEB…

October 12, 2013


Oh, Rolling Stone. So original, so edgy, so…relevant!

Honestly. I wasn’t expecting a feature on Symphony X or George Strait, but for fuck’s sake, people, how many times has this been done?

If this doesn’t smack of CYA…

October 11, 2013

what does?

It’s a dramatic case built on amateur video that went viral — footage of motorcycles swarming around an SUV on a highway, the driver plowing over a biker to escape and a high-speed chase that ends with the driver pulled out and beaten in front of his family….

Nearly two weeks later, some bikers are suggesting SUV driver Alexian Lien, knowingly or not, instigated the confrontation off-camera earlier by clipping one of the bikes in a rally on the Henry Hudson Parkway in Manhattan.

“Hey, our first bullshit defense didn’t work! Hurry up and think of another one!”

Seriously, if this all went down that way, why not come out and say it in the beginning? You know what everyone would have been saying if this had involved guns instead of motorcycles?

“They are lying liars who LIE! Lock them up and throw away the key!”

I am of two minds…

October 9, 2013

…on this:

Should dealing with shooters be part of teacher-training?

Teachers should be prepared for any eventuality, including a school shooter. The fact that we’re still hemming and hawing around the answer to Cepeda’s question as posed in the headline says so much about our society, none of which is good.

That said, though, Esther Cepeda should be applauded for giving another response to the question besides the same answer we get from everyone else. Instead of all the wailing and gnashing of teeth about guns and the eeeevil NRA, we get an honest, open-minded assessment of such proposals. And even though Cepeda doesn’t say anything about guns, the above in itself is something to be celebrated. Baby steps, as they say. We ARE better than that, but better this than the same old hysterics we’ve been getting.

I ddi get a kick out of one of the comments, though:

What happens when an armed teacher goes berserk?

1995 called, dude. It wants its unfounded fear back.