Sunday, May 30, 2004

Crime in progress?

This article seems straight forward. The president was given Saddams personnal hanggun as a trophy by the soldiers who captured him from his septic tank hiding place.
Question. Does the president know that handguns are outlawed in Washington D.C.?
I got this from the NRA-ILA site
Handguns

No handgun can be legally possessed in the District unless it is registered. All handguns registered in the District prior to Sept. 24, 1976, were required to have been reregistered by Feb. 5, 1977. After that date, no more handguns could be registered.

But here is the rule for non-residents, remember, Bush is registered in Texas.
Nonresidents are prohibited (subject to the recreational activity exception) from carrying or possessing a firearm while traveling through the District unless the gun has been registered with the Metropolitan Police.

Now the section on "recreational activity exception" seems vague
Residents and nonresidents of the District may possess firearms while going to or from and while engaged in lawful recreational firearms related activity, provided that their firearms are legally possessed in their place of residence. In addition, the person should be able to "exhibit proof" that he is on his way to such activity and must transport the firearm "unloaded, securely wrapped and carried in open view."

While this can be read several ways does keeping it for show count as lawful recreational firearms related activity?
But this only effecs firearms before 1976
From the Washington DC police website
The Law

With a few exceptions, it is illegal for individuals to own or possess a handgun in the District of Columbia.
DC Code, Title 6-2312, states that a registration certificate shall NOT be issued for a:

Sawed-off shotgun
Machine gun
Short barreled rifle
Pistol not validly registered to the current registrant in the District prior to September 24, 1976.

Hate to say it but it looks like Bush may be a criminal. We have achieved regulative nirvanna, even our President is a criminal.
So who gets to charge him with a crime? I wonder how hard it would be to find out if it is registered as the law requires.

Thanks to Army of One for this fine article.

NOTE: Since he informs people that it is unloaded I would say it is not likely demiled.

Saturday, May 29, 2004

Gun control

For some good, for some bad. Drop by Wolfesblog and watch what the lack of gun "control" can do to some.
April 11-USA
May 30-Great Britain


Well with little fanfare the British isles will be celebrating tax freedom day. While we had ours on April 11 they had to slave away for another month and a half to pay the government the privilege of protecting them.

Here ours is getting earlier and earlier since Bush has taken office. When he took over the tax day in 2001 was April 29. Today it is 18 days earlier. 2 1/2 weeks of pay more in your pocket. Money to buy and our people to work, yet the Democrats do not seem to like that.

The last time ours was this early was in 1967 on April 10, the year I was born.
Thanks to Samizdata for bringing this to my attention
10% is not always 10%

Found at Boots and Sabers they go into detail showing how the words used by Gov. Jim Doyle is not what they seem.
While he said
Gov. Jim Doyle ordered state agencies to prepare for 10 percent cuts in their operations

The reality is far worse to behold according to Boots and Saber.
Ahhh, but then there’s the fine print. The Operations portion of the budget consists of about 25% of the overall budget. So, 10% of 25% equals a 2.5% overall budget cut.

Now the article is full of hope and glory as the budget is being cut, but the breakdown leaved you feeling like doublespeak is here and now.

Friday, May 28, 2004

Minnesota's main woe - their own state government

I feel sorry for Minnesota. Here we are in the middle of some of the highest gas prices on record and what do they do, they fine gas stations for selling gas at to low a price
ST. PAUL - Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Minnesota's Commerce Department is cracking down on service stations over the price of gasoline. The problem: Some stations aren't charging enough.

Under Gov. Jesse Ventura, the state adopted a law in 2001 that prohibits gas stations from selling gas without taking a minimum profit. These days, they must charge at least 8 cents per gallon, plus taxes, more than they paid for it.

On Friday, the Commerce Department announced a $70,000 fine against Arkansas-based Murphy Oil for breaking the law at its 10 stations in the state, based at Wal-Mart stores and elsewhere. They also fined Kwik Trip Inc. $5,000 for violations at one station in Apple Valley.

This is a fine example that shows how the rule of regulations override common sense.
Whenever there is sacrifice, there are ones who are left behind

This is their story.
Thanks John.
TANSTAAFL

The government has never found anything it can not, and will not, regulate. If it moves, lives, exists, or even is thought of, the government will try to control it.
What is the latest you might ask. Gmail, the new FREE email service from google. Now why is it free? Because they do a scan of each email and put an add in it customized to your interests. No problem with me, the old saying TANSTAAFL (There aint no such thing as a free lunch for non Heinlein readers) is never more true then with Gmail. You get it "free" because you have to look at some adds. That's the price.
Well with "holier then thou" attitude the California state government just had to put their nose into it in the name of privacy.
The California Senate approved a measure Thursday that would curtail a new e-mail service from Google Inc. that scours messages to tailor advertisements for users of the service.
The bill, approved 24-8, is a reaction to the Internet search powerhouse's plan to start a free e-mail service, "Gmail," that gives users a gigabyte of storage but attaches ads for products related to what's discussed in the e-mail.

Technology that allows e-mail content to be scanned could allow companies to "use our e-mails to create profiles on us, based on our most personal and intimate thoughts," said the bill's author, Sen. Liz Figueroa, a Democrat from Sunol. LINK


Now as someone who believes in personnel privacy why am I not bothered by Gmail. Because it is free and optional. If I do not like it I do not use it. So the ones who use Gmail know from the start this is going to occur. This is not forced down anyone's throat like TSA/TIA or any other government data gathering effort that we have little control over and no choice if we want to participate.
So to the California government I say get off our backs

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Esoteric items of war

John of Argghhh! has a breakdown of a fine example of a glass warfare mine, the Glasmine 43. I have, up until now, only seen the body and the glass insert of one. He has the whole kit, and gives a lot of detailed information on it. The ingenuity of the Germans in WWII is amazing to see.
Our government in action

Well with a swelling pride in my bosom I am here to give you one of our nations finest achievements in protecting us from disaster.
What is it you might ask.
I now give you

FEMA RAP FOR KIDZ
Disaster . . . it can happen anywhere,
But we've got a few tips, so you can be prepared
For floods, tornadoes, or even a 'quake,
You've got to be ready - so your heart don't break.

Disaster prep is your responsibility
And mitigation is important to our agency.

People helping people is what we do
And FEMA is there to help see you through
When disaster strikes, we are at our best
But we're ready all the time, 'cause disasters don't rest.

I just hope that they did not pay for this.
Now looking for Scott J. Wolfson, the one who wrote this musical masterpiece, I find leads to two. One is in the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the other seems to be the US Consumer Product Safety Commission public affairs representative. So I cannot credit the correct one.
Credit for this find goes to the dead blog of lababosa
Getting fired the old fashioned modern way- Threaten to kill someone on your blog

Seems that is what happened here to Scooter over at Lababosa. In her signature line of her work emails she put a link to a page, that then linked to her blog.
For the past two years, Amy Norah Burch, an undergraduate coordinator for the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, included a link to her personal website, www.AnnoyYourFriends.com, in her e-mail signature. The site, in turn, included a link to her online blog, which contained hundreds of posts about music, politics and her social life.

This is where the trouble began. With threats of violence and comments against some people she worked with the axe fell.
Examples
I was seriously pissed off today. I was livid. I was ready to get a shotgun and declare open season on all senior faculty members and students who dared cross me. I had a window of Word Up going on my computer so I could take a few moments in between snippy emails to de-stress and compose myself so that I could reply to them sounding somewhat professional, and not typing strings of obscenities like I wanted to.
..........................................
I Officially despise my stupid job now. I hate it more than anything. It is driving me crazy. I just don't give a shit about it on any level. I've been looking for a new job for a while now, but I'm going to triple my search efforts. I cannot work for those losers anymore. Anya with her random freaking out, Sarah with her anal retentive control freakishness, the stupid professors who think they are so important there is no need to follow little simple instructions to make my life easier... I swear, someday I'm going to find every single Senior Faculty member and force them to take a test-- one that in all their learned, educated smartness, they will be sure to fail. It will involve loading a stapler, following some simple instructions, like writing 5 sentences about something, printing it out, and putting their name on it. I bet none of them would be able to do it. Just FOLLOW THE GODDAMN INSTRUCTIONS, PEOPLE! IT'S REALLY NOT THAT HARD! Oh yeah.

I feel sorry for her. We all have feelings like this on the worst of days. I think her biggest "sin" was putting the link in her email signature.
She has changed the template of her blog and removed the posts but google sees and remembers all.
Talk about a career changing "Ouch".
RTB Tailgate Party XXIX

Stoney at The Rebel Yell is having the party and you should drop by for a good group of Tennessee bloggers. No Yankees please.
Question of the day

Why is it that when I use the spellcheck tool before I post "blog" is always highlighted? The spellcheck for my blog thinks "blog" is not correct.
New additions to the family

Well at least to my blogroll. If you take a moment to look right you will see several new blogs on my list. I have been lazy and not added many blogs to the list lately so here is my attempt to make right.
The problem is there is truly not enough time in the day to read all of the blogs I want.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Repeat after me mindless masses. "Petitions bad, government good"
or
Beware the evil petition takers

The government really hates when the people speak. Now protests and such have little effect on those in the big house. The ones who rule from on high.
But we do have one power that they have tried to limit but we still have the habit of using. The petition. Not just any, but a ballot petition and they hate them in King county Washington.
In radio spots that begin airing today, King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng is adding his voice to a campaign to discourage voters from signing petitions for ballot initiatives, especially those carried by paid signature gatherers.

In the one-minute ad, paid for by a group working against Tim Eyman's proposed initiatives to lower property taxes and expand gambling, Maleng asks listeners to beware of companies earning up to $3 per signature and advises, "Ask questions. You have a right to know the truth about what you are signing and who is asking you to sign it."

The truth is that this is something they cannot control. Gray in California laughed at the effort to get him out and he now enjoys his free time. Some of the most controversial petitions have occurred in California. Proposition 187 was voted on and passed by the people. Now working hand in hand with a group the King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng lowers himself to scare tactic.
And, he said, his message is his alone, even though the Washington State Council of County and City Employees, which is paying for the ad, also has been putting out hundreds of thousands of automated calls in the state telling voters that paid signature gatherers have been convicted of forgery and signature fraud and warning them to "protect yourself and beware!"

While Maleng makes no mention of crimes committed by paid signature gatherers, and no prosecutions for such crimes have occurred in the state, a woman's voice at the end of the ad warns voters to protect themselves from "misinformation and signature fraud."

Looking at it from my view. The more the politicians are against the people having a choice, like Dole, Perot, and Ballot petitions, the more likely I am to be against the politicians involved.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Open carry, openly hassled

That's the only way to describe this story found by way of The High Road over at FISH OR MAN
He then told me why he was stopping me, a 911 call of a man with a gun.

I quizzically asked, "You just described a legal activity???"

That's when the investigating an investigation came in. That is when I was being pushed.
Crushing dissent, or humorous story?

The blog world and newspapers around the world have all jumped on the latest "America is evil because" bandwagon. This time over a story about Rumsfeld banning cell phone cameras in Iraq.
Sounds horrible, but some think it is just another urbanlegend/hoax and over at Museum of Hoaxes he has some information on it.
May I see your ID sir?
No!
Ok.


In New Mexico this may be what you hear a little more. In a ruling that set nicely with me the state Court of Appeals sided against the police in a case similar to Hiibel.
"To permit law enforcement officers to ask for and check out passenger identification under these circumstances opens a door to the type of indiscriminate, oppressive, fearsome authoritarian practices and tactics of those in power that the Fourth Amendment was designed to prohibit," Judge Jonathan Sutin wrote in an April opinion.

Of course the state sees it totally the other way
The state argued that the passenger was free to go after the officer approached during the July 2001 stop, and that the passenger consented to a search.

"In reality, few passengers in this circumstance would, in our view, feel free to ignore an officer's request for identification or feel free to get out of the vehicle and leave," the opinion said.

I like the fact the court mentioned the fact that most people would not feel free to ignore the police request. Being arrested for not following the lawful orders of the police have been hammered into many people.
Now how this does differ from Hiibel is this.
While the officer could ask the driver for a license, registration and insurance, the issue changed when he sought the passenger's identification.

Under the current laws you have to have a license and other papers to travel. Hiibel was just standing there. I do not think standing needs paperwork..Yet.
So a little sanity in New Mexico.
The baby-killer factor

I think the democrats have not figured in one large factor in the coming elections. With the anti-war groups being so aligned with Kerry and the left/democratic party you have a large number of Americans who are related to, married to, and children of "baby-killers". The same people being vilified by the left.
So when they go to the poll, and until that moment they were undecided, the fact is they will not want to vote for the ones trashing their loved ones, they will vote for the person who honors their sacrifices.
If they think the "military vote" is only the soldiers and their spouses then they have a surprise coming. Families are large and blood is thicker then rhetoric

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Now repeat after me. BALANCE.

Good. I knew you could.
But a sponsor and 25 cosponsors have decided the three tiers of our government just isn't good enough for them. Screw 200 years of one of the best governments out there. They know better.
So what did the slack jawed fools do this time you ask? They introduced H. R. 3920. Lets just say the title says everything.
To allow Congress to reverse the judgments of the United States Supreme Court.

So here it is in all of it's screwed up glory people.
A BILL
To allow Congress to reverse the judgments of the United States Supreme Court.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Congressional Accountability for Judicial Activism Act of 2004'.

SEC. 2. CONGRESSIONAL REVERSAL OF SUPREME COURT JUDGMENTS.

The Congress may, if two thirds of each House agree, reverse a judgment of the United States Supreme Court--

(1) if that judgment is handed down after the date of the enactment of this Act; and

(2) to the extent that judgment concerns the constitutionality of an Act of Congress.

SEC. 3. PROCEDURE.

The procedure for reversing a judgment under section 2 shall be, as near as may be and consistent with the authority of each House of Congress to adopt its own rules of proceeding, the same as that used for considering whether or not to override a veto of legislation by the President.

SEC. 4. BASIS FOR ENACTMENT.

This Act is enacted pursuant to the power of Congress under article III, section 2, of the Constitution of the United States.


But it gets better. This is not the bill of one madman. No sir. There are 26 vermin who should be horse whipped politicians involved.
Here they are.
Rep Aderholt, Robert B. - 3/30/2004 [AL-4]
Rep Ballenger, Cass - 3/30/2004 [NC-10]
Rep Carter, John R. - 4/28/2004 [TX-31]
Rep Coble, Howard - 3/9/2004 [NC-6]
Rep Collins, Mac - 3/9/2004 [GA-8]
Rep DeMint, Jim - 3/9/2004 [SC-4]
Rep Doolittle, John T. - 3/9/2004 [CA-4]
Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. - 3/18/2004 [TN-2]
Rep Everett, Terry - 3/9/2004 [AL-2]
Rep Feeney, Tom - 3/18/2004 [FL-24]
Rep Franks, Trent - 3/9/2004 [AZ-2]
Rep Goode, Virgil H., Jr. - 3/9/2004 [VA-5]
Rep Hefley, Joel - 3/9/2004 [CO-5]
Rep Herger, Wally - 3/18/2004 [CA-2]
Rep Johnson, Sam - 3/18/2004 [TX-3]
Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. - 3/18/2004 [NC-3]
Rep Kingston, Jack - 3/9/2004 [GA-1]
Rep Manzullo, Donald A. - 3/18/2004 [IL-16]
Rep Pence, Mike - 3/18/2004 [IN-6]
Rep Pitts, Joseph R. - 3/9/2004 [PA-16]
Rep Pombo, Richard W. - 3/9/2004 [CA-11]
Rep Schrock, Edward L. - 4/28/2004 [VA-2]
Rep Sessions, Pete - 3/30/2004 [TX-32]
Rep Smith, Nick - 3/18/2004 [MI-7]
Rep Souder, Mark E. - 4/28/2004 [IN-3]
Why Bush is the choice

While I do not like Bush for many reasons, Geekwitha45 has said it best on why we should vote for him.
Remember what happened the last time we "sent the Republicans a message"?

Yup. That was Clinton. We're STILL sorting out the mess.

Kerry or Bush. Hurts to say it but Bush has my vote.
Baby bloggers

They start so young.
Eggplant

You're kidnapped
You're stripped naked
You're locked in a small place
You may starve
You will suffer
You will be watched
You have to earn your way out
The Geneva Convention will not protect you
Iraqi Prison? No!
Japanese TV
Sword of our protection, or knife in our back?

A bill has been introduced to establish a privacy czar. Now normally I would be all for this but for two reasons I am less enthused then normal.
The bill does this
establish a federal chief privacy officer position, as well as separate positions at every federal department and agency

Sounds good but then this occurs.
Additionally, the Strengthening Homeland Innovation by Emphasizing Liberty, Democracy, and Privacy Act -- or Shield Privacy Act -- would establish a 10-member commission, appointed by various government bodies, for overseeing privacy and civil-liberty freedoms related to homeland security initiatives

So the departments would put their own people on this commission to decide if we are protected from them and others? Pardon me but are they serious?
Lets just say that the history of commissions in the government for doing anything more then public self aggrandizing is horrible. So they say commission, I say Starr, 9/11, oil companies(after first gulf war), Warren commission, etc etc, They have picked the most inefficient form of governing possible to do this.
Then the part that really is the kicker.
Meek said he hoped that a privacy commission and czar would help guide technology companies to produce products for law enforcement and other federal agencies that have privacy safeguards built into them. Companies have been criticized for marketing technologies that benefit their bottom line while ignoring civil liberties and the privacy rights of citizens.

So the government wants safe guards. A "not for me, but for thee" situation. The government has abused the onstar system, hipaa is a joke, forcing ISP to leave trapdoor open for the feds, and even GPS in cell phones have been used against us.
This whole bill is icing on a turd cake. It may look nice from the outside, but it is still full of shit.

Saturday, May 22, 2004

AWB Sunset is almost here(I hope)

But we need to do something to keep it on the minds of people out there. Bill StClair of End the War on Freedom was the site that gave me the code for the new link/box on the right side of my blog. He has posted the code for two layouts that you can use.

I really hope the AWB dies, but knowing Washington we should make sure they know how much many want it gone.

Friday, May 21, 2004

Keep and bear arms

Site seems to be down. I have had troubles getting the page to load for a couple of days and now a message is up that invitation is required. Has it gone paid or something?
NRA targets gun enthusiast Kerry

That is the honest heading for the article. Can they be more oblivious to reality. But it gets worse, in a humorous way
John Kerry owns a shotgun and a rifle, has taken time from the campaign trail to go hunting and relied on firearms during the Vietnam War. But the Democratic presidential candidate’s fondness for his guns will not save him from a political assault by the National Rifle Association.

Ouch. Chills run through my body. He is a true gun nut.
Are they so blind to the media tricks or are they working with him?
The NRA says it doesn’t matter how many guns the Massachusetts senator owns or how often he hunts because he nearly always votes against gun rights in the Senate. Kerry supports extending the ban on assault-type weapons and requiring background checks at gun shows. He opposes granting gun makers immunity from civil lawsuits.

Since Bush did not come out vocal for the immonity attempt, he supports the AWB, and has been quite on the background checks I am not sure how they differ.
Kerry called that claim “the phoniest argument I’ve ever heard in my life.” He said he has been hunting since he was 12 and invited LaPierre to come along and see for himself.

“If he wants to come hunting with me one day, as long as he agreed not to turn the gun on me, I’d be happy to,” Kerry said in an interview this week with reporters and editors from The Associated Press.

How nice. A little "NRA may kill me" thrown in for good measure.

This article is either a joke, or so serious in nature that it is tragic. Not sure myself.

To say owning a firearm makes him pro-gun is like saying owning a box of bandages makes you a doctor
Some days I feel like there is hope

A lady who was horribly offended at a drawing in a book at the library asked it to be removed.
The reply to her is something glorious to behold in today's society.
"A good library collection should have something to offend everyone," said Jan Bojda, head of children's services at the library. "If they don't, they are not doing their job." LINK

If you do not like a book, do not check it out. Now see how simple that was.

login/pw if needed 1 2
After counting to 20 they run out of digits

With over two hundred years of voting you would think that Maryland would have it down pat. Nope!
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – About 100 Maryland voters who requested paper ballots for the March primary because they did not trust the state's new touch-screen voting machines might never have their votes counted.
The provisional ballots they filled out during the primary election have been rejected by local elections boards, which concluded the ballots could not be used as an alternative to the machines.

So either use a machine with more holes then Swiss Cheese, or good old paper ballots, that do not get counted.
Well I now know who runs the election board in that state.
The sky is NOT falling

While people are running around in circles about this story it need to be said it is not all bad.
DidTheyReadIt is a company offering you the ability to find out a lot of information on who you send emails to. In reality it is an old spammers trick.
You get an email. It has a picture that is pulled from another site on it. Well when it retrieves the picture it also tells the person a lot of info. This is why you should never open spam even to preview it. The image is a one pixel white dot, but large enough to tell the spammer the email address is good, or the DidTheyReadIt people what they want to know.
Rampell Software CEO Alex Rampell says he's braced for controversy. "It can be used inappropriately, but our intentions are good," he says.

The tracking service could be used by job hunters who want to see if their résumés were read, or by salespeople wanting to track pitches. Today's spam filters can sometimes block e-mail sent with attachments, leaving the sender thinking an e-mail got through when it didn't. This is a way to check. "It can be useful peace of mind to know people got your e-mail," Rampell says.

"our intentions are good" Great last words if I ever heard of them.

Claire Wolfe has a good post on it, and how to defeat it.
Q: "Why did the chicken cross the road?"

GEORGE W. BUSH We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either against us or for us. There is no middle ground here.

COLIN POWELL Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.

HANS BLIX (Exec. Chairman of UN Weapons Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission) We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

JOHN KERRY Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road I am now against it!

RALPH NADER The chicken's habitat on the other side of the road had been polluted by unchecked industrial greed. The chicken did not reach the unspoiled habitat on the other side of the road because it was crushed by the wheels of a gas-guzzling SUV.

PAT BUCHANAN To steal the job of a decent, hard-working American.

RUSH LIMBAUGH I don't know why the chicken crossed the road, but I'll bet it was getting a government grant to cross the road, and I'll bet that somebody out there is already forming a support group to help chickens with crossing-the-road syndrome. Can you believe this? How much more of this can real Americans take? Chickens crossing the road paid for by their tax dollars. And when I say tax dollars, I'm talking about your money, money the government took from you to build a road for chickens to cross.

MARTHA STEWART No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

JERRY FALWELL Because the chicken was gay --- isn't it obvious? Can't you people see the plain truth in front of your face? The chicken was going to the "other side." That's what they call it "the other side". Yes, my friends, that chicken is gay. And if you eat that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like "the other side."

DR SEUSS Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY To die in the rain. Alone.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR I envision a world where all chickens will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question.

GRANDPA In my day, we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

BARBARA WALTERS Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart-warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its life long dream of crossing the road.

JOHN LENNON Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together - in peace.

ARISTOTLE It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

KARL MARX It was an historic inevitability.

RONALD REAGAN What chicken?

CAPTAIN KIRK To boldly go where no chicken has ever gone before.

SIGMUND FREUD The fact that you are at all concerned that the chicken crossed the road reveals your underlying sexual insecurity.

BILL GATES I have just witnessed eChicken2003, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook and yes, Internet Explorer IS an integral part of eChicken.

ALBERT EINSTEIN Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

BILL CLINTON I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What is your definition of chicken?

AL GORE I invented the chicken!

THE BIBLE And God came down from heaven, and he said unto the chicken "THOU SHALT CROSS THE ROAD". And the chicken didst cross the road, and there was much rejoicing.

COLONEL SANDERS Did I miss one?

Thursday, May 20, 2004

But what about the children?
or
We only do this because of the children.


The words used at Waco and hundreds of other places around the country to tragically mess in other peoples affairs. Here in Tennessee a local church is pushing the limits and the end result has yet to be determined.
Operators of the Priest Lake Bible School camp had wanted the state government just to stay out of its business.
But yesterday, a Davidson County chancellor issued a restraining order barring the church from continuing its daily child services because it is not licensed to care for children, according to state law. LINK 05/18

So another government "for the children" action. But things got very interesting in the Tennessean the next day when this article came out.
A Nashville church that's fighting to keep from registering its daily child ''camp'' as a state-licensed day-care center posts armed guards on the church grounds, which is raising alarms for state human services officials.
.........................................
Meanwhile, Michelle Mowery Johnson, spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Services, questions the church's heavy security in an area of town that's reasonably safe. (I like the use of "reasonably safe" here, reminds me of "sort of pregnant")
.............................
Every day and night, at least a handful of guards in orange shirts patrol in golf carts on the church grounds, Bennett said. They frequently stop, question and escort guests who come to the church property. The guards' weapons have not been visible; their orange shirts are pulled over their belt lines. The church also has an extensive surveillance system, he said.

Bennett said the armed guards have had extensive training through a gun-training course. The church guards receive monthly updates on their training and they are licensed by the state to carry firearms, he said. LINK 05/19

If the level of training they describe is correct then this has been in the works for awhile and just lately in the news.
Not sure how this will turn out, but when the government has to put its nose into everyone's business they should expect it to get punched now and then.

note
I added the link to the main church page and realized that I pass the building everytime I go visit my in-laws. It is a nice middle class neighborhood. Sometimes things are closer to us then we think.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Sentenced

Mark Lancaster has had his sentence hearing and it is not horrible, but still sucks.
Over at The Nashville files blogger Blake reports on what he saw that day.
Some made me have some hope.
His final reasoning for a downward departure was that there were extraordinary circumstances surrounding this case...ie...the crime was victimless, the guns were for a collection, and they weren't fired unlawfully or sold for criminal purposes. He did mention that the government's recent tactic of collecting names of judges that downward departed added a "chilling effect" to the entire process. I found this to be a bit humorous.

Some made me less the happy.
The betrayers got their budget...the wife beater was set free...and Mark goes off to Federal custody. Is this justice?

Time for us to think over an old saying I like.
Do we make the rules, or do the rules make us?

How much time did he get? Nashville files knows.
Why do they hate us?

I have heard many reasons why and what we should do to be loved by the world.
There's really only one reasonable answer to that one:

"Who gives a fuck?"

Go read the rest.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

With a readership of 20-30 I should never take time off. But things are such that I will be posting none or little for two days or so.
I will return..

Monday, May 17, 2004

Coming soon to a bookstore near you.

Claire Wolfe's new book is coming out and I plan to buy it. Anything she writes will make you think, shopping list not withstanding, and this will be another. Well in an interview with MIke Hoy,president and founder of Loompanic's, he gives out one small section of it and I thought I would throw this tidbit out to you.
“Here is number 49 from Claire Wolfe's forthcoming book The Freedom Outlaw's Handbook: 179 Things To Do Until The Revolution (scheduled for July 2004):

49. BUYING ON THE QUIET
“What if you want to order merchandize that's very confidential – legal, of course, but so private or so controversial you don't want your order to show up anywhere in your own records or in the records of the business you buy from?

“If the business is local, of course, it's still possible to walk in and pay with untraceable cash, as long as the amount of your purchases remain below the fedgov's ever-changing 'reporting thresholds' or don't constitute 'suspicious activity.' But what if the company's 3,000 miles away?

“That's where Quiet Buy comes in. This service, the brainchild of Tim Wingate, gives you a way of purchasing those controversial books, tapes, DVDs, and other merchandise without drawing unwanted attention

Quiet Buy
124 York Ave. Box #214
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126
Web site http://www.quietbuy.com/

“(Complete information on how to use the service is found on the Web site.)”
The idea that we have to have a service like this because of the government has sent me into another bad mood. I seem to get them whenever the government tries to "protect us from ourselves.
Who is Lucinda Ogle and why is she important?

I never heard of her until today. She died in February I believe and outside of family and friends no one was the wiser. What she did do was live to close to "The Man" and the story of what happened when she was less important then a bear to the government.
A shooting, federal agents, jail, and one person who thought we should hear her story is what happened.
Plus pictures
Thanks to the Tennessee alliance for citizens rights.
Freedom in every corner

I have to admit that I look at freedom with three things in mind. The freedom to say what I want, go where I want, and arm my self as I desire. A lot of people who worry about our freedoms need to know that we have allies in many areas. This article was pointed out to me on Assault web forum forum.
Now when an article is titled Apes, Guns, Whiskey and Drugs it's got to be good.
Here is a teaser
A few years ago, in France, politicians became alarmed because French street gangs were using pit bulls to attack or intimidate rival gangs. As is custom among cretins, these Yves Saint Laurent boys, or whatever French gangs call themselves, would raise the dogs to be vicious and when not using them for gang warfare, they’d use them to scare the shit out of effete Frenchmen. Worse yet, they’d fight the dogs against each other.

To put a stop to this, the French Government banned all pit bulls. It became illegal to breed them and any existing dogs had to be neutered, tattooed with a serial number, and kept on a chain. This is exactly what local authorities tried to do to me, but the bill fell a couple of votes short in the State Senate. But I digress.

The French thought they had solved the problem. Wrong.

French gang members simply looked for an alternative and the alternative they found was the Barbary ape. Imported illegally from Gibraltar, Morocco, or Algeria, the apes are known for their powerful limbs, sharp teeth, and extreme aggressiveness. What’s more, they regard smiling–showing your teeth–as a sign of aggression.
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Authorities have long worried about semi-automatic weapons. Most laws concerning them have centered on bullshit cosmetic changes like barring the inclusion of bayonet lugs (an attachment under the barrel that allows the user to attach a bayonet). Sure, that makes perfect sense because a guy robbing a 7-11 is somehow more dangerous if he’s got a bayonet attached to his semi-automatic weapon. Not only can he blow away customers and clerks, he can also wreak havoc on the store inventory by gutting some Twinkies.

However, a few legislators have, at least half-heartedly, tried to make some meaningful changes to these weapons. For instance, manufacturers can’t make weapons with high-capacity magazines (those containing more than 10 bullets). This makes it damn inconvenient for gangsters when they have to blow away more than 10 people. It’s downright vexing to have to stop smack dab in the middle of creating carnage.

There is more, and it's all worth reading.
Bitches with guns

This may be an old story, but it is as truthful today as when it first was printed.
I should not have shown my wife this

Since exposing her to Skippy's rules months ago she has enforced one on me.
87 If the thought of something makes me giggle for longer than 15 seconds, I am to assume that I am not allowed to do it.

Hey people. Let's make up laws whenever we want.

Seems that is what Radford Virginia is doing. So a 2nd amendment advocate writes them a letter. The STFU reply is a fine example of how the government treats people, and written by a self proclaimed NRA member is icing on the cake.
The poor government has problems following their own laws.

Thanks to The High Road for the link.

Sunday, May 16, 2004

Gifts

Never give a gift when expected. There is no surprise involved. Tonight I write this sore and battered.
My mom is out of the house for a couple of days and we, the family, went out and switched her fridge for a bigger one with an ice maker in it. Now this may sound small, but my family and I have had a fun night of moving them around, transferring food from one to another, trying to identify food items in tupperware from the back of the fridge, and their lethality levels. She is in oblivion to what we have done.
So when she returns she will be very happy for her early June 02 birthday/late mother's day gift.

Saturday, May 15, 2004

This is just sad

I dropped by KABA today and was looking at the daily articles and I just shook my head. Now I cannot say if the placement of the two articles next to each other was on purpose or accident, but they work together to give a larger meaning then each alone.

Story one is about a man who has been convicted of taking the life of one of four thiefs who tried to rob him at knife point.
The prosecution also said that Gardien cannot claim he was acting out of self-defense, despite the fact that the shooting occurred when he was confronted by four men attempting to rob him on 15 December 2003.

And despite the fact that a knife was found underneath the body of Yuruyucu, the prosecution denies Gardien had the right to shoot him. The prosecution said the four robbers were not planning to kill him.

So the state says you have no rights to protect yourself. Unless they have ESP how do they know they were not planning on killing him? Was they knife there for a manicure? How can he not claim self-defense when they head towards him with a knife and wearing balaclavas? Idiots!!

The second story involves a bank robber who used a pen. When confronted by police they thought the pen was a knife and killed him.
A final determination on whether to pursue a case against the officer has yet to be made, but Frasier said he has seen no evidence indicating Hatzel acted improperly and added he believed the shooting is justifiable.
"Based upon what I'm seeing so far, I don't see that he had a choice," Frasier said during a press conference Thursday afternoon in Coos Bay City Hall.
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Washburn added that police training teaches officers that a suspect wielding a knife within 21 feet of an officer is considered within lethal distance.


Now I understand rules are diferent here then in the states but one thing is clear. The state believes it has a right of self-defense that you and I do not.
When someone comes at me with a knife, unless they are a sushi chef, I will react. The articles show how far they have gone in europe to creating a servant state, and how far we have gone to creating an benevolent rule of force here.
Certain supreme court members feel we should use other foriegn laws to judge the laws of our country. If this is the law they live under there, then they can keep them.

Friday, May 14, 2004

Big brother's stereo?

With the government putting its nose into every orifice it can why am I not surprised that now people are even thinking that your home theatre entertainment center could be a threat to you.
As ports to the Internet, computers have become a necessary part of our work and personal lives. Audio/video equipment is now starting to connect to the Internet for software updates and data needed to run music and movie servers, along with other advanced feats like TiVo2 units, which consumers can program from a remote location. While these conveniences are making our home theaters more self-sufficient, they also open us up to potential corporate scrutiny and privacy violations.

somehow I am not surprised.
Now for something different

I was taking a dump in the restroom and I noticed that I was surrounded. All over were bottles, tubes, and spritz bottles. Well curiosity got the better of me so I took a survey of what my wife buys to support whole third world nations uses and how much was in each bottle .
Shampoo
VO5 Tangerine 10%
Suave coconut 30%
Suave juicy fruit apple 20%
Sheer blonde 85%
Suave ocean breeze 100%
Suave Salon effect 80%
Eva Gabor 80%

Conditioners
VO5 tangerine 90%
White rain coconut 30%
Suave citrus ginseng 100%
Suave salon effect 80%

Body/facial washes
Juniper berry scrub 50%
Green tea 50%
Peach body beautiful 25%
Simply Me orange ginger 10%
Body Fantasy Vanilla 85%
Healing Garden olive 80%
Equate facial 60%
Peach sorbet facial 60%

Hair spray/Mousse
Salon selectives 95%
Sheer blonde 10%
Equate 100%
Intimate Ultra mousse 70%
Herbal Essences foam 75%
Suave mousse 10%

One face, one head, 25 bottles.
I use one liquid soap, one shampoo, and one medicated shampoo.
Other blogs put out five questions and other items like this. So here is mine. Go survey your wifes inner sanctum and report back. With 15 regular readers I hope for 5 replies.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

TSA Fugitive

Now I can claim with all sincerity that I place the TSA right up there with gestapo. Well it seems one lovely soul feels the same and was, for a short time, a fugitive from the TSA.
What do other people think about this fine story?
Ebert
"The story will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you go to the restroom"
Siskel
"...."
Ebert
"Ignore my dead rotting friend. This story is worth reading"
Siskel
"..."THUD(((Sound of limb falling off)))
Ebert
"Why are you still reading this? Go read the damn story"
Les Jones gun links

Well he has a nice array of gun links up this Thursday. A few rifles to drool over and info on the newest whiz-bang Buck Rogers looking rifle the military is hankering for.
Somedays a good read makes the whole difference.

This is one of them.
We have a two-party system. Fans of this system say it gives us the benefits of an antagonistic system without the relentless coalition-building that often seems to force foreign nations (with stronger minor parties) into crisis when conditions change. Opponents say that it denies third parties a significant voice in the government of their nation. Both are correct; the two party system acts to mute dissent and provides the illusion of broad consensus around the party positions. But increasingly, the two-party system is providing another illusion: an illusion of conflict.
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That's something the two major parties can't do. They've neatly divided up the electorate while making a backroom deal to keep their hands off the other guy's programs. To any career politician, government must always be grown, never shrunk; and the two major parties feel that in their bones, however their lips might move when they want your vote. The established power structure will never vote to reduce the power of government while they control a large portion of it. Instead, they trade off the role of boogeyman and savior.

There's more. I have to admit that everyday I am becoming more disillusioned with the parties we have. Yet they only come together for two things. Splitting the pork loot and keeping any viable third parties from threatening their territory.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Linksys decided my windows XP was a windows 2000. I had to reload My wife had to reload it on windows 2000 settings for it to work.
Computer down and after two rebuilds it still is down.
Damn Bill Gates


UPDATE:
Damn Linksys

Monday, May 10, 2004

Pot calling the kettle black

The media industry has been infested by the rise of pseudo-journalists who go against journalism's long tradition to serve the public with accurate information, Los Angeles Times Editor John S. Carroll told a packed room in the Gerlinger Lounge on Thursday.
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"All over the country there are offices that look like newsrooms and there are people in those offices that look for all the world just like journalists, but they are not practicing journalism," he said. "They regard the audience with a cold cynicism. They are practicing something I call a pseudo-journalism, and they view their audience as something to be manipulated." LINK

LA Times balanced?
Judge Orders Couple Not To Have Children

My wife and I were having one of those conversations that just wanders. I mentioned the word Eugenics and she asked what it meant. Well here is the classical definition.
The word eugenics comes from the Greek for "good genes." Therefore, any policy that is thought by advocates to stimulate the prevalence of "good genes" is considered eugenic in its effect. Another term -- dysgenic -- is applied to a situation in which the undesirable elements grow at a greater rate than the rest. LINK

This story is close enough that I am bothered.
Monroe County Family Court Judge Marilyn O'Connor ruled March 31 that both parents "should not have yet another child which must be cared for at public expense."

Is her desire to protect children born to some very bad parents good? Yes, I think so. Is her methods over the line? Hell yes.
Think of this.
By 1913, more than 29 states had laws against interracial marriages. Penalties included fines up to $2,000 and a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Papers with titles like "The Deviation of Idiot Boys from Normal Boys in Bodily Proportion," and "Do Races Differ in Mental Capacity?" were published in the Eugenical News.

In 1927, the Supreme Court in Buck v. Bell upheld a ruling that institutions could sterilize people considered "mentally defective" without their consent. Lombardo is writing a book about the case.

By 1930, at least 15,000 Americans had been involuntarily sterilized. The number totaled nearly 50,000 before the last eugenics law was taken off the books in the 1970s. LINK

1970? That was only three years after I was born. My mom is handicapped. I understand a little the feeling of revulsion against this judge.
Even one step down this road again is to much.

Small laugh. This Female judge who just made such a bad ruling was supported by the NOW PAC during the 2000 election. With NOW's support for a womens reproductive rights I wonder if they feel a little betrayed?

Sunday, May 09, 2004

Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone
Look real stupid and they write about it for the whole world to mock you.

PART IV

Now grass roots activism is what gets things done a lot of the time and in Seattle no one is a better example then Bobby Inshetski.
When officials from the Seattle Monorail Project pay homage to the monorail movement's grass-roots heritage, they're talking about citizens like Bobby Inshetski.

But something happened.
What he didn't know was that the final plan would permit trains to pass as close as 6½ feet from the bay windows at his building. He said overhead tracks would block the only sunlight into the apartments of Inshetski and many of his neighbors in the Serrano, a 34-unit condominium.

Now Inshetski is considering whether to join a campaign to repeal the monorail plan.

"They affected not just all the residents, but one of their most faithful workers," he says. "If they could do that to a volunteer, then how would other people feel?"

He seemed to have no problems when other people were going to be inconvenienced but the second he got bothered it was an insult. Well I am sorry some people are not happy, but not him.

PART III
PART II
PART I
Some get it

With the torture scandal growing due to the hardcore pressure put on it by the media something was missed by a lot of people. The soldier who did it could have said "no!" but they went on a did it anyway. Some of the photo's seemed like sick horseplay, but some seemed organized.
I posted that they should be punished because they should have said no.
Looks like some other soldiers think the same thing.
"This was morally wrong. If you're given an illegal order, even by a superior, you shouldn't do it. You go to a higher authority. We're taught that," said Staff Sgt. Nancy Wellons-Stewart, who is based in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. "Those people should be punished."

So when he says "We're taught that" he is implying to me they made the choice to do it. She understands that she is responsible for her actions.
So no sympathy here folks.

Saturday, May 08, 2004

What is the price of freedom?

Some say the price is paid in blood, some say it can be purchased with gold. Smoke on the water says you need to pay with something more precious.
That debt cannot be paid in dollars, coin or even in gold.

But lead is Legal Tender in the commerce of freedom.

Gold, without freedom, is worthless. Today, I am free and rich beyond measure. I will enjoy the companionship of a precioius few other women and men who understand this uniquely American Alchemy.

Thanks to Mostly Cajun for this link
Is it wrong to laugh at someones pain?

This time I think laughing is just fine. A strong willed women decided she was not going to go down (pardon the pun) without a fight, and a trophy. Well with the natures attack weapon of teeth she collected a small sample of DNA.
"This woman managed to grab the lower lip of the man with her teeth and bit it off," police Captain Moatshe Ngoepe told Reuters from the fruit-growing northern Limpopo province town.
The man was arrested when he sought treatment at a nearby hospital. He is due to appear at magistrates court on Friday.

Ouch!! Not quite a Bobbit job, but will suffice.
By hook or crook

How many times have you heard that if we ban firearms it will get them off the streets and society will be safer? How many times has your reply been to laugh in the persons face?

Well in Canada they just sentenced a man to 7 years for assembling handguns in his basement. I would say built but it looks like he stole the parts from Para-Ordnance before they were stamped with numbers.
While police never proved the weapons that Zoltan Balatoni made from parts he stole from the Para-Ordnance gun factory in Scarborough ended up being used in serious crimes, crown prosecutor Brian McGuire told Balatoni's sentencing hearing this week there was no doubt Balatoni's salesmen sold his home-built weapons to criminals.

This is a prime example of why no matter how much they ban, seize, and register guns there will always be a way to get or make them.

Friday, May 07, 2004

Chicks with breasts and guns.

Short of the pornographic sounding title a non-pornographic controversy is occurring in Canada. Female police officers got together and tastefully posed for some calendar poster shots. With breast cancer the problem they know the answer is funding research.
But of course the gun-haters freaked.
The poster, with the caption "Girls with Guns Target Breast Cancer," is a fundraiser for breast cancer research but that message is lost, detractors say, in images of sexy, heavily armed officers. LINK

So my advice is for the scared populous of Canada to calm down and look at some pretty ladies in fine looking outfits..

I am adding a banner add on the right for the rest of this month just because the idiots of the world bother me.
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Update:
On The High Road someone contacted the local station there and they are swamped with orders for it.
She says they are overwhelmed with orders. the phone number is 1-519-824-1212 for the police dept. spoke with her for about 5 minutes. they are taking down peoples email addys and phone #s and getting back to them for their order. cost is $10 Canadian for the poster. They had no idea the poster was going to such a HUGE hit. They expected it to be a small local affair. I told her someone had posted a link to the Star's articale on the "firearms related" forums down here. Real freindly lady!
Coke machine gun safe

Over at The High Road they linked to the ultimate DIY project for gun owners this person is working on.
As one person said about safety from theft.
Gunsafes from a manufacturer look liike gunsafes.
Cokemachine gunsafes look like COke Machines.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Celebration time

Rachel Lucas has posted again. Time to celebrate.
Ravenwood. Modern terrorist?

Ravenwood has taken the time to show how word play and stupidity can define terrorists more then facts.
Point of view.

The stories of "torture" coming out of Iraq are bothering me, but not for the reason most are getting upset about.
In the late 1940's we had a series of court cases where Nazi's in command during WWII were prosecuted for crimes against humanity. Although some admitted what they did, most fell back of the "I was ordered" defense. It is now called the Nuremberg defense and it does not work.
Nuremberg defense

a legal ploy that was invalidated in the American legal system from the Truman administration until the Nixon administration.
The validation was repeated during the Reagan administration.
"I was only following orders."

This is a problem that is more widespread then most know, or wantto know. In St. Louis police uses governmental powers to hinder free speech
Also on the same day, the police raided the Bolozone, an activist group home where many of the cyclists were staying. Reminiscent of police raids in Washington, D.C., during the 2000 World Bank-IMF protests, this one succeeded in detaining people prior to the demonstration.
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"I was out in the alley painting a sign," says Meister, "and one cop car drove up and then four more. Two officers came toward me, and I said, 'Hi, can I help you? I live here.'
"And they said, 'This building is condemned.' And they started to walk past me.
"I said, 'Do you have a warrant? I don't give you permission to enter my house.'
"The reply was, 'We don't need a warrant. This building is condemned.' " The St. Louis housing inspector, who came with the police, brought a condemnation notice with him, she says.
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The timing of the raid makes it clear that the police used a "bogus housing inspection to conduct a criminal search without a warrant," she says.
"They arrested me and two of the cyclists, and charged us with occupying a condemned building," Meister says. "They put us in handcuffs, and placed us in a police van. I could see them carrying things out of the house, such as art from my room and bags of stuff. I was taken to the station and held for fifteen hours. Some of the others were held for twenty hours."

The police did not let Meister back in her home for five days. "When we finally got inside, we realized that they had ransacked the house from top to bottom," she says. The police also confiscated the bikes, puppets, props, posters, and banners of the Rutabaga Circus cyclists who had been staying at the Bolozone. When they got their bikes back after the weekend was over, many of their tires were slashed, Gillard says

And if they feel like it they even make up laws as they go along
"We set off on our bicycles for our first performance, a small skit, to let the protesters know about our Caravan Across the Corn Belt tour," says Erik Gillard, one of the Flying Rutabagas, who was riding with eight others. "We were following traffic rules when a big police paddy wagon pulled up with its light on. Gradually, more police officers arrived, and they told us we had to leave our bicycles. We were all arrested for operating our bicycles without a license."

There is no such offense in St. Louis, the ACLU of Eastern Missouri says. Afterward, Police Chief Joe Mokwa said the arresting officer was "overenthusiastic," according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

After a while, the police changed the charge to "impeding the flow of traffic on a bicycle," Gillard says. "It was written up for some intersection ten blocks from where we were all picked up." He says the police detained the group for six or seven hours. "All of our journals that contained phone directories or e-mail lists or information about where we were going to stay were taken and never returned," he says. LINK

So why give examples like this?
Because not one police officer in St. Louis ever said "No! This is illegal and we cannot do this". What they did was follow orders like good well trained attack dogs. This is not anti-police. This is anti-enforcers.
The Nuremberg defense does not work, so do not use it for the soldiers there.
"She told me nothing happened which wasn't ordered by higher up," she said.
"They are trying to pin all of this on the lower ranks. My daughter was just following orders. I think there's a conspiracy. "

And
"He was unhappy with what he saw. There is no way Chip would do these things unless he was ordered to do," Mr Frederick said. LINK

Sorry if I sound harsh but the generation of today are not being taught that enforcing bad laws and orders is illegal.
I am sorry that will be punished and scapegoats for the people in charge, but they made the decision to obey without thought.
One way or the other

That's my opinion on how police will get you. If they want to try to put you away they will try one path and if that does not work they will hunt till they find something.

The sad thing is that we have so many laws covering every minutiae of our lives it is close to impossible to NOT be breaking some law.
Here we have a guy who goes to the bank and is carrying a concealed firearm. He even has his permit. Problem is his concealed firearm shows and someone sees it.
"I think he just used some bad judgment by letting it be seen," White said. "He didn't realize it was showing."

This I agree with. We live in a society that has been taught that guns are evil so their first reaction is to call their nannies to wipe their noses the police in fear. So if you carry you need to be aware of it showing.
Well some ninny(short for nitwit) sees it sticking from his belt and calls the police.
Well after proving it was legal what did they do? Did they say "sorry" and let him go?
If you say yes please go to another website now......I'll wait.
No what they did is why I am angry
After the man walked out of the bank, Leoni Township police decided to confiscate his weapon and forward a report to the prosecutor's office.
The gun was seized while the matter "was being sorted out," White said.

So he was legal they still took the firearm and forward a report to the prosecutor. Report of what, that he was legal? This is what bothers me. When found legal they then will try a '"public disturbance" charge or something.
The only thing they should have done is hand it back and let him go on his way.

In Michigan it is legal to carry in banks

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Dear Hillary. Shut up!

You have finally made a statement that I have to react to. I normally expect stupid words from your mouth but this one is better then normal.
"The bottom line is that leadership has to be responsible and held accountable and that is not just in the prison in Baghdad," Clinton told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
"That goes all the way up the chain of command," she insisted.
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"I don't care whether it's military or civilian," she told CNN. "Anyone acting on behalf of our government is supposed to abide by certain rules and regulations. ...."

So unless you feel your husband should be punished for the crimes committed at Waco and Ruby Ridge my advice is to not open your mouth.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Say Uncle

Well Say Uncle has come out and declared himself Media Watchdork. This is due to a Michael Zitz, a columnist who Say Uncle properly exposed as...well just dumb.
Fly the unfriendly skies

To say the TSA is failing is an understatement. Born in the wake of 9/11 this giant money sucking program has done nothing but delay flyers, hurt the industry, and throw our country farther into debt.

The TSA seems to think they can do no wrong.
So what is the truth?
Recently, the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general and a private consultant commissioned by the government presented performance reports to the aviation subcommittee of the House Transportation Committee. The reports remain classified, but according to representatives present, they were devastating. The studies concluded that there was little difference between federal screeners, hired and trained at government expense, and the private screening agencies that have been allowed to operate at a handful of airports under TSA regulation: Both performed poorly. Worse, the two reports concluded that there is little difference between the current system and the system that was in place before the TSA existed. The agency has brought long lines at airports and the routine removal of shoes and belts, but a similar percentage of contraband can still be smuggled through security LINK

Even a major report commissioned by themselves say the whole thing is a failure.
Now this giant machine of a human crushing nature sure is spending a lot for a failure. What has our money bought?
SINCE IT WAS CREATED by an act of Congress in November 2001, the Transportation Security Administration has grown exponentially. Many billions of dollars have been spent on setting up the agency and hiring and training tens of thousands of staff. In his 2005 budget, President Bush has asked for $5.3 billion in further funding
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the chairman of the aviation subcommittee, blames the agency's performance problems on the over-centralization of the system, which has left Washington bureaucrats trying to cope with flight schedule fluctuations in Las Vegas, and on "1950s X-ray technology" that cannot detect explosives (that's what the handheld wands are for). There are multiple explanations for the lack of technology, of course: For two years running, money originally allotted to TSA for "research and development" -- $50 million in 2002 and $75 million in 2003, according to Mr. Mica -- has been diverted to other uses. Others locate the TSA's difficulties in its poor use of personnel: The agency still puts trained, relatively highly paid TSA employees in charge of directing people to the right lines, for example LINK

I am not getting that happy fuzzy feeling I thought I should get with the new flight overlords* watching out for us.
The old saying that the closest thing to immortality is a government bureaucracy will apply here.
It will never be shut down, it will never die.
The TSA is a parasite.

*gratuitous use of the word but it is sounds right

Monday, May 03, 2004

Now I'm envious

The Heartless Libertarian has purchased a SVT-40, a rifle I have always had an eye on. I really need to go and get my own C&R.
Questions asked and answered.

Kim has asked a few questions and I will take him up on it.

1 - If you could only have one handgun, which would it be?
A S&W model 686 Not much different then the model 65 I have now but the sights would make me go for this model. I have always liked revolvers over automatics most day.

2 - Ditto for a rifle
Now this will throw some. I am not an aficionado of the larger rifles as I like the smaller ones. I would go for a Ruger 10/22-T. While others I have seen answer this went for big rifles I would stick to the ones closest to my heart.

3 - If you were told you could only drive one car or truck for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?
What I have right now. A 79 Chevy Suburban with only 78,000 original miles with a 454 engine in it. A little body work, very little and a new interior head liner is all she is needing right now. The original owner was 60 when he got it and kept it in the garage for most of the time. No rust issues with this vehicle. Plus with all the steel if we hit a little aluminum Nissan we may slow down to laugh.
Escape

Claire. In England, it is time to shoot the bastards.
Where's the beef?

Well it is not being shipped to Japan due to regulations. Now some regulations are good, but some are just so damn dumb. Unless there is a side to this story I do not see the government is hurting this one farm in the name of the industry.
Japan has banned all beef importations due to a Canadian rancher sending an infected cow to us with faked paperwork. Now the Japanese have banned all beef imports. One rancher has an idea to get around it. Test all cows. The Japanese will then take them.

This is a big problem to our government. It will force all the industry to test. Well since all of the industry is banned from selling to Japan it looks like the ought to.
The USDA estimates testing all cattle could cost $1 billion. The rest of the cattle industry, which could be forced by competition to test as well, is siding with the government.

So the industry would rather NOT sell and go belly-up?
This makes no sense. I thought competition was good. Why would they not want to sell?

Sunday, May 02, 2004

Canadian hate speech laws

The socialist ideal is to create a cradle to grave social system to protect you from all the bad in the world, mainly because you are to dumb to do it yourself.. Only one problem. When they try to protect you from the mean harsh world they have to stomp on other people.
Some members of Parliament have called it a "dangerous" law that muzzles free speech, including Liberal Party member John McKay, who dubbed it a "chill bill."
"Anybody who has views on homosexuality that differ from Svend Robinson's will be exposed rather dramatically to the joys of the Criminal Code," McKay said last fall.
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Robinson, who recently in a tearful apology to supporters admitted stealing a $50,000 ring, has said fears that freedom of speech and religion will suffer are "a mask for homophobia for people who don't want to be honest about the real reason why they don't want to include sexual orientation in the law."

"don't want to be honest" He says. At least I am $50,000 more honest then him
It is hard to feel for any group that yells homophobia like the little kids who yelled "wolf".

But if you read the law it says this

Hate Propaganda
Advocating genocide
318. (1) Every one who advocates or promotes genocide is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.

Definition of "genocide"
(2) In this section, "genocide" means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy in whole or in part any identifiable group, namely,
(a) killing members of the group; or
(b) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction.

This is down farther in the law and it says specifically that religious speech is protected

Defences
(3) No person shall be convicted of an offence under subsection (2)

(a) if he establishes that the statements communicated were true;
(b) if, in good faith, he expressed or attempted to establish by argument an opinion on a religious subject;
(c) if the statements were relevant to any subject of public interest, the discussion of which was for the public benefit, and if on reasonable grounds he believed them to be true; or
(d) if, in good faith, he intended to point out, for the purpose of removal, matters producing or tending to produce feelings of hatred toward an identifiable group in Canada.

So I am stuck between thinking any infringement of speech is totally wrong, and thinking the religious groups are using this law as a forum against their government.
A real complex issue Simple. Any infringement of speech is a stepping stone to loss of all freedoms, no matter how upsetting what they say is to you.

Saturday, May 01, 2004

Spam spam spam

I have another small side project going on. It is a blog fiction story and I am rather happy about how it is turning out.
I went to yahoo to get a special email address for it. The story and address have been up for three weeks. I drop by and check the account once per day. So today I get 9 emails.
You can most likely guess what they were.
SPAM
Everyone damn of them. The first 9 emails to my account are all spam.
That just makes me feel so good for my fellow man.

Well I went to the email riddler and I hope this slows it down. It encrypts your email to fight the web-bots.
Heck, even Kim duToit had to change his email address because of spam.
If the government wants to really fight spam place a bounty on them. I would try to collect a few pelts. I think Kim would like to try his rifles out on this vermin.
Thank you Kevin

The Smallest Minority posted on a government that is working. Now all governments "work", but this one is working for the people.
So go get a drink, sit back, and read what is one eye opening article.
Land of the serf

I love a good article that makes you think. I have always wondered why most people are not bothered by the freedoms that are being eroded. He puts into word why most do nothing. The status quo is fine for most.
Many Americans see nothing wrong with servitude to the state — in the forms of military draft, limitless taxes, or what is now being touted as “national service.” All these things presume that we belong to the state and must do whatever it demands of us.

In their minds, the state is within its rights to force young men to fight wars across oceans against other states that have done them no harm. Of course these young men are always told that these foreign states are “threats” and therefore that “we” are fighting for freedom. And of course it is treason to suggest that there is a certain paradox in being forced to fight for freedom, let alone that the real enemy of the young men’s freedom is their own state.

Some Americans think the draft would be all right as long as it were applied “equally” — to whites and blacks, to rich and poor, to men and women alike.

Fighting for our masters had new meaning for me.

Thanks to KABA for finding this one

To damn lazy

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