Friday, March 31, 2006

Police BOLO follow up.

There has been a lot of talk about the militarization of the police in the US and a small comment in the article about the BOLO issued for the Florida reporter needs to be brought to your attention.

The wife of Mr. Kirsch made this comment and I hope you understand what and why she says it.
The reporter said the posting had concerned him and his family.

''I told my wife about it,'' Kirsch said. 'She's from Bosnia. She said, `It sounds like the cops are going to war with you, and you need to be careful.' ''

Kirsch said the BOLO ''reminded me this is an intimidation effect,'' he said. ``It might have a chilling effect on any news media establishment from doing their jobs and questioning the system and government. It's just disappointing.''
If you get on the wrong side of the police, and have done nothing, prepare. In the collapse of Yugoslavia the police were not your friend.

So I will ask this. When you look in the rear view mirror and see a cop pull in behind you, do you feel safe, or do you feel screwed?
My health.

Yesterday I got my blood test results back and had a phone conversation with my doctor. The test for Mono confused me a bit. It said I did not have Mono, but had in the past. Since Mono is a rather nasty bug I thought I would have remembered it. Since I don't have it now I'm happy.

The tests did show that I had a nasty bacterial infection of some sort. The person from the doctors office was less then specific so I'm not sure what little bug has taken up residence in my body but they have offered an eviction notice to it.

Amoxicillin. They are the biggest dang pills to force down someone's sore inflamed throats. I did go and check it out online and found that my dosage is rather high.

This site lists for adults this dosage.
Ear/nose/throat
Severe 875 mg every 12 hours or 500 mg every 8 hours
The pills I got have a dosage for 1750 MG every twelve hours for the next ten days. That rather worries me some, but as long as it works I could care less.

Well hopefully by the end of the weekend I can will start getting better. I sure the heck hope so.
Washington state online speech victory

Not earth shattering in nature but any win will do
The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday a trial judge overreached his authority when he restricted a man from posting information on a Web site.

Paul Trummel was jailed for more than three months in 2002 in his free-speech standoff with the judge over the Web site he used as a forum for attacking the Council House, a federally subsidized retirement home where he once lived.
Hurrah!!
This bean seasoning takes only two months to make so hop to it people

I use some old glass jars with bail wires or old olive oil bottles with wider mouths on them but a clean sterile mason jar or mayo jar should work fine

Slice and dice up nicely a green or red bell pepper and an onion(yellow is best). Until they are about the size of the side of an individual die(dice). I made a mistake once of slicing thin french fry size cuts of bell once and getting them out of the dang jar was a major pain, so make sure the cut pieces will slide out when aged.

Then hand mix equal parts and pack into your jars. After adding two good tablespoons full of pickling salt(non-iodized) fill with hot cider vinegar(standard white vinegar will work). Cap and then let them set for two months or more.

After draining most of the vinegar add the seasoning according to taste to the dried beans in your crockpot or bean pot. I normally add about one full cup of this type of seasoning to 2 pounds of brown beans or a package of 15 bean soup bean mix. It is all to taste her people.

The aged/pickled aromatic add a nice kick to the pot of beans and is easily noticeable. You can get a good pot of beans with fresh onions and peppers but I find that this quick pickling of them adds a whole new realm of flavor in the finished product.

I use three variants.

1 the standard as mentioned above
2 one good banana or Jalopeno diced and added per two pint is also good
3 Minced Garlic according to taste

I have four bottles aging as I write this. It makes a pot of dried beans have a nice flavor when you might be tired of just adding the standard ham flavor or ham hock.
Dodgeball

One guy forgot the rules are that you throw the ball, not kick them. That's a whole different game.
He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. — Thomas Paine

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Payback's a bitch

Remember the tale of the sting to see how easy it was to get a simple police complaint form? Remember the resulting lawsuit that was dropped quickly afterward?

Well the story is not totally over. A small article from KC about an attempt there to do the same thing, had a small blurb that was beyond delightful.
Channel 5 didn't come up with the idea of this story on its own. A south Florida television did the same thing back in February. WFOR T-V had a producer -- with a hidden camera --- visit 38 police agencies in Broward & Miami-Dade counties asking to get a form to file a complaint against an officer. The story said most of the time, police were courteous & professional but others were not. Since then, a Broward County Police union has posted a "be-on-the-lookout" alert on the WFOR investigative reporter on its website. WFOR by the way is a CBS affiliate.
"Be-on-the-lookout for this guy. He makes the truth hurt and that makes his the enemy.

Talk about a guy who needs to leave town fast.

UPDATE:
The BOLO(Be on the look out) that the Broward county union issued for Mike Kirsch at first listed his home address, and his car information as THIS newscast shows. Information that is a federal offense to use as they did. But when has the law ever slowed down the state when they want to do something?



After they complained they did remove the personal information and replaced it with a nice image of his face.



This story is getting a lot of press down in Florida. A follow up newscast was enlightening on how they treat people who expose a dirty side of law enforcement.

"To serve and protect" should not be a punchline of a sad joke.
Arresting your own boss

The dream of every person in the world at one point. This dream became a reality in Phoenix when the Chief of Police was arrested for a whole list of naughty deeds.
Phoenix Chief of Police Bob Kershaw was arrested Tuesday on felony tampering and forgery charges after investigators determined he altered a police report to absolve his son — a Phoenix police community service officer — of criminal charges.
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Kershaw remained jailed late Tuesday on charges of first-degree forgery, hindering prosecution, first-degree official misconduct, tampering with physical evidence and tampering with public records. His bail was set at $14,000.
I will say that he was trying to protect his son. His adult son who should have known better.
Firearm 1, Ninja 0

Firearm trumps ninja. The circle of life goes on.
43-year-old Todd Rasmussen was investigating a suspicious noise in the backyard of his residence when he discovered a man dressed in dark clothing and a mask.
Call off the dogs

We all want FBI to be called off, but they quit listening to us years ago.
PuertoRico's attorney general asked Congress to pressure the FBI to cooperate with his investigation into raids by the bureau against independence advocates in the U.S. territory.
Good luck, but don't hold your breath.
Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom. — John F. Kennedy

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Can I use that excuse?

"you can not arrest me until my work adjourns for my vacation". Yeah! Works for them, should work for me.
Hello out there!

What is your computer saying about you? It always starts with good intentions, then quickly goes to hell.
Patriot act at work

Those damned pro-US Cubans Croatians Kurds are sending money to their own families. This will not be allowed.
Very interesting quote from a Gun grabber

While the ATF is being drug over the coals for the TV the VPC rep made a rather interesting quote that needs to be pointed out.

The story involves a cop and a gun.
An Arizona police supervisor Tuesday said the federal agency charged with regulating the nation's firearms industry "absolutely devastated" his career and his personal life, all because he gave a gun to a friend as a gift.
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Lara purchased a handgun from a federally licensed firearms dealer (FFL) in 2003, planning to give it to a friend who was licensed by the Arizona State Police to carry a concealed weapon. One of the forms he completed as part of the purchase asked if he was the "actual buyer" of the firearm. The 28-year law enforcement veteran read the definition of "actual buyer" on the form and answered the question "yes."

During a review of the gun dealer's records, ATF noticed Lara's purchase and began investigating it. Lara was placed on administrative leave with pay, but even after an internal affairs investigation cleared him of any wrongdoing, ATF continued to pursue the case for seven additional months.
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"I lost over $216,000 in saving and earnings. I had to refinance my home to help pay the bills and the attorney's fees," Lara recalled. "Three months after my arrest, my case went to trial. At the end of the trial, the jury deliberated less than one hour before finding me innocent of the charges."

Lara would wait two more months for his badge to be returned to him. But the ATF prosecution did not end when he resumed his police career.

"On my first day back to work I was given a 40-hour suspension without pay for 'criminal activity' because I had been indicted," Lara continued. "My professional career is shot. It's now been three years after the event and I am still a patrol lieutenant. It was made clear to me when I returned to work that I would never see any advancement."
Now this is the normal act of the government. Hammer hammer hammer.

Now as this story was brought to the attention of the representatives the VPC spoke up in defence of the ATF.
The ATF representative present at the hearing did not address Lara's case, but Kristen Rand, legislative director for the anti-gun Violence Policy Center, did.

"Mr. [sic] Lara's situation sounds extremely unpleasant," Rand said, "but we should be careful not to just legislate based on one anecdote."
She is the director of a group whose main tactic is to use anecdotes like this to limit our rights. Every time a killing occurs they run in and roll in the victims blood screaming that something must be done.

They live, breath and attempt to "legislate" by the single "anecdote" that she so easily dismisses.
I blame Bush

How else would this occur "across swathes of the world's poorest lands"
The new rules

Seems one politician like the newer versions of rule number 7.
Bullshit

Free speech costs $100. I think that makes it not free.
"Paging Chicken little. Chicken little white courtesy phone"

Standard lines from the gun grabbers.
Governor Signs Bill Expanding Mississippi No Retreat Law
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Critics say the legislation could open the door to a slew of homicides committed by people who mistakenly thought someone was breaking into their home or business.
I live in a state with a "no retreat" law and I have yet to see even one small pool of blood on any street. Maybe I need to get out more.
Twinkie power

That guy hasn't had a hit movie since the 80's. No way will I let my nephew eat that twinkie now.
I love you

WAIT! I don't. I take it all back. I totally dislike you. Plus you likely have cooties.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Is Bin Laden after our Salmon?

From the big brother knowing all look it sure does seem so.
Bush

It may be the law but I will ignore it because I don't like it.

Does that mean I can ignore gun laws on full auto weapons if I don't like them?
Being sick does have it's advantages. Since solid food is painful I get a nice breakfast of a homemade shake spiced with protein chocolate powder.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Feel like crap today. About to head out to the doctor's office and praying they can fix me or at least have the common courtesy to end my suffering.

Update
The doctor is simply not sure what I have. They did a test for strep and it came back negative so I'm clear there but the unknown is hard to treat. She says it looks viral and due to the symptoms she put me on Valtrex. When I told my wife she told me valtrex was good to help flare ups of herpes and other viruses. HERPES!. I never touched her. Honest!.

It looks like I have either Mono or HERPETIC STOMATITIS. Each a nasty that is sending my wife to the couch for the next week to protect her.

So liquids that are simple, low acid, and cold are all I will have for the near future. This is because I have canker like sores all over my tongue and it seems down my throat. They may be stressed induced by the mono, or a symptom of the stomatitis. The fever, the swollon glands, the painful swallowing are just icing on the cake.

Shoot me!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

The FBI in action

The FBI decided to critique and offer suggestions to a group after one of their panel members said harsh words about them.
On March 14, Pingree participated on a panel on open government sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Berrien and Cass Counties, Michigan that received news coverage in the local newspaper on March 17. A week after the panel, an FBI agent contacted the local League president, Susan Gilbert, to raise questions about Pingree's published remarks at the panel. In her brief comments addressing the law, Pingree raised some privacy and secrecy concerns about the USA PATRIOT Act, and praised Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for their leadership on Freedom of Information issue.

According to Gilbert, FBI agent Al Dibrito said that Pingree's comments on the USA PATRIOT Act were "way off base," and that the League should have invited someone from the federal government to be on the panel and to respond. DiBrito then told Gilbert that she would be contacted by someone from the assistant U.S. attorney's office in Grand Rapids to give her the real story on the Patriot Act.
Well this sets my mind at ease. Honest! If they have enough time to do chicken shit stuff like this then the war on terror drugs poverty whatever must have been won. I must have missed that on the evening news.
Because we can.

The story writes itself.
Government attorneys finally told Sameeh Hammoudeh, Tuesday, the main reason they're keeping him imprisoned: because they can.

This explanation was their response to a lawsuit filed by Hammoudeh's lawyer, Stephen Bernstein, against U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and others.
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But government attorneys argued in their written response Tuesday that the overriding reason Hammoudeh remains in jail is because ICE can legally keep him for six months, according to a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

In the Zadvydas case, the Supreme Court said it was illegal to keep a deportee in jail for more than six months without justification.
The supreme court also supported the rights of slave owners. legal does not mean right or moral.
Oh the pain!

I learned something today. Hot metal burns.

I have several firearms. Since I have never fired a firearm enough for the barrel to get more then warm I have missed out on the fun of flesh burns. Up to now I say.

I took my closet queen MAK90 out to a friends field yesterday. With it we, my brother and his girlfriend, took along a big ass pile of guns and ammo. We started slow and started on the mausers.

I had a 6.5X55 Swedish mauser in original military stock and it was sweet. We all fired it and we impressed by the smooth nature of it. While we did not try to get any long range shots with it the accuracy was nice for basic military sights. Sadly the ammo is costly enough that I am going to be selling it in the near future. Any takers?

Then my brother pulled out his Mauser. A civilian model 98 calibered in 30.06. This was a FN production model in that caliber. No after market change. We found the scope was so off that the iron sights gave us better returns. Strangely enough this was my first time firing any rifle in 30.06 and liked it a lot. My brother got this one in a deal for $150.

We then pulled out my brothers lever action Marlin in 30.30. He purchased this one about a year ago for $50 because it was broken. Turns out the loading spring screw was loose causing the loading spring to mess up the action. 5 turns of a screw later and the value went up $150. Only my brother shot this one a few times.

We then pulled out our handguns to fire some. My brother was firing his "new" handgun. An older model Taurus in .38 special that has seen better days. As in President Kennedy's days. While it fired most of the time we found that the hammer had the habit of dropping before the cylinder had come full circle almost striking the primer. As the cylinder was not yet lined up with the barrel the chance of a KB was high. Not sure if it is simply worn out or what, but he is going to take the POS to a local shop and have them look at it. Would rather my brother keep all of his fingers.

We then pulled out the shotguns for some "fun" shooting. His Mossberg 500 Persuader and my basic Mossberg 500. He was trying out his "new" pistol grip stock combination and found something about it he did not like. The pistol grip shifted his hand so much that he could not easily suppress the button to work the action if a shell was in the barrel. Normally he could just suppress it with his middle finger but the grip made it so he had to remove his hand and rotate the shotgun to get to the button and work the action. While he likes the pistol grip he plans on going back to a standard stock for now.

Then we pulled out the EBR. I only took four 30 round magazines loaded with 25 rounds each. I fired off the first magazine and it was damn fun. My brother and his friend then each went through a magazine. I then fired off the last magazine. Then it happened.

I was going to lean the rifle against the truck and started to switch it from one hand to the other when I touched the barrel. DAMN!! I then dropped it against the truck. As It slid from my hand the barrel slid along my fingers.

BURN

I now have a nice quarter size blister on the palm of my right hand and several areas of skin that are "dry" and will likely peal off in a few days or so. Add to that a small blister on my left them the size of an M&M.

I have fired firearms till they got warm but never this dang hot. Live burn and learn I guess. So now I am going to have to find myself some shooting gloves. I see online many types and would love some suggestions on specific ones.

A fun day in a guy's back 40.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

WHAT!

Why is the government resisting making your food safer?
Meatpacker John Stewart has sued the U.S. government to provide it with cattle testing kits so his Kansas company can prove to customers, especially in mad cow-leery Japan, that its beef is safe.
Stewart's firm, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, wants to test all its slaughter cattle for mad cow disease. Its suit, filed this week in U.S. district court in Washington, would force the Agriculture Department to give it access to test kits for the brain-wasting disease.
Uncle Sam regulating stupidity.
Arms are the only true badges of liberty. The possession of arms is the distinction of a free man from a slave. — Andrew Fletcher 1698

Friday, March 24, 2006

The games they play

A photographer was taken into custody and interrogated for two hours for taking a single picture.
As a freelance photographer, Ben Hider carries his camera with him just about everywhere, and so it was on Friday, as he was heading to the train station in White Plains he stopped to snap some beauty shots on the flags in front of the court house. That's when his trouble began.

Ben Hider, Photographer: "Three police officers ran at me, immediately, telling me to stop where I was."

And that's exactly what Ben Hider did. He even showed the court officers the pictures he took and offered to delete them. Moments later they escorted him inside the courthouse for two hours of questioning.

Ben Hider, Photographer: "Emptied my pockets, searched me, frisked me, started telling me about the recent terrorist threats in America over the past five years and 'haven't I been watching the news?'"
No crime committed but still taken into custody.

Now why is the question and the answer from the gov is enlightening in so many ways.
David Bookstaver, Office of Court Administration: "Yes, they went too far. Picture taking in itself is not suspicious behavior, detaining someone for two hours for taking pictures was wrong and we've apologized to Mr. Hider for what happened."

The New York State Supreme Court Officers Association strongly disagrees with that assessment and instead blames the office of court administration.

John McKillop, the union president, told us: "There is no policy anywhere in the unified court system, in New York City or Westchester, dealing with this and officers are left to fend for themselves."
In this current war on (insert whatever the hell you want to) the police, when confused, simple detains and interrogates.

When in doubt, STRONG ARM!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Online Hate speech

Online hate speech has been much in the news and a lot of people are less then happy.
Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime. It's no joke. Last Thursday, President Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity.

In other words, it's OK to flame someone on a mailing list or in a blog as long as you do it under your real name. Thank Congress for small favors, I guess.
Now people online have started to speak up.

Maybe Publicola went over the line. His online hate speech example is cruel in so many ways...for some people.
There was never a specific point when I started to dislike the political system we suffer under. No single book enlightened me to the sins and blemishes of our government. No great evil act performed in the name of democracy by the troops of our government turned me against them.

Why I dislike our government is made up of a lot of little things.

The first, strangely enough, was the welfare system. As a kid I was always confused by it. "If welfare is supposed to help them get back on their feet then why does the government make it so easy to stay on it forever?". I asked questions like that to my mom and her reply can best be summed up as this "Because it is a government program. The government cannot say that one of their great plans is not working and to cancel it or truly reform it would be to declare defeat or that they made a mistake. The government never would admit that. So generations will be breed to live on welfare. Their mistake, our money.". This view that the government is ALWAYS right never settled nicely in me. The government was wrong in so many things yet will never admit it.

Now you may say "of course! The gov is always like that". That is the first real step in starting my hatred of the current system we live under. It is not supposed to be that way.

We elect representatives who are supposed to carry out our wishes. I wish, and hopefully you do to, for a balanced budget. No debt. Freedoms. The whole list of basic truths that we hold dear.

So why is it not working?

I see three main reasons.

The first is that politicians view the job as a career and not a chance to represent the people. Of course the people have pushed for term limits, and of course they were smacked down.

The second is that politicians are not held responsible for their deeds. Oh I will admit a few random ones are sacrificed to the law for the sake of TV. The truth is that they will pass laws putting on rights on hold, our budget in the crapper, and our country in the toilet and they still get elected. This is our fault. Not enough politicians have been tarred and feathered lately.

The third is the complete dumbing down of our country. The schools, run by the government, teach such a sad curriculum that it can best be compared to training the slaves how best to work, and not much more. Until the schools are seized back from the system the generations being born today will never be free.

No book or deed taught me to hate the system. The system's daily activities did it all on their own.
No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself, and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion. — James Burgh, Political Disquisitions: Or, an Enquiry into Public Errors, Defects, and Abuses [London, 1774-1775].

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Sometimes the politician gets it right

This is one of those times. With an idea given to him by a local Tennessean a politician may just deliver a blow to speed trap governments throughout this state.
Tim Gant, a guardrail inspector from Clarksburg, says his tiny West Tennessee town is a speed trap that artificially drives down speed limits so it can drive up collections from speeding tickets.

Gant has persuaded state Rep. Chris Crider, R-Milan, to introduce a bill that would require blue speed limit signs for any municipality that gets more than half its revenue from traffic tickets.
Oh the simple dream of bills that punish governments for the games they play.
BBC on the militaristic nature of police

With even some beat cops dressing like military it is becoming harder and harder to not feel that they are the enemy. The BBC did a good article about this with some numbers that are frightening.
The recent killing of an unarmed Virginia doctor has raised concerns about what some say is an explosion in the use of military-style police Swat teams in the United States.
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Professor Peter Kraska, an expert on police militarisation from Eastern Kentucky University, says that in the 1980s there were about 3,000 Swat team deployments annually across the US, but says now there are at least 40,000 per year.
Protect and serve my ass.

More with several good links on this militant plague

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Quote

People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. RALPH WALDO EMERSON
The gungrabbers must live a terrified life. Afraid of every shadow and living in the darkness of despair.
For your viewing

I sadly spent way to much time in my youth sipping either Vodka and orange juice or Pure grain and coke. I did this while normally listening to Pink Floyd in one form or another. All bootleg copies of course. Was not till later in life that I purchased the non-pirate copies. I sadly and with pride can sing almost the entire album "The Wall" along with them.

One day I heard that the school I was attending was going to have two midnight showing of "The Wall". I had up to that time never watched it, just heard it. A large group of us decided that classes be damned, we were going. On advice from friends I went to the first showing and watched it stone sober and on the second night I was very well lubricated. They were right in their view that you end up with two totally different movies. Now whenever I see it I have the desire to mix myself a screwdriver. As I say "Heavy on the screw, light on the driver".

What is amazing to me is that number of people who have listened to Pink Floyd on the radio but have never seen the movie.

That can now change.

Pistolwimp has put the entire movie online so you can watch it at your pleasure. So go mix a strong drink, sit back, and enjoy.

Monday, March 20, 2006

If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government that is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. — JAMES MADISON

Saturday, March 18, 2006

I don't think most people noticed

The national center for policy analysis released a statement on the New Orleans situation and while good I simply have to disagree with one part.
In the days following Hurricane Katrina, Americans watched in horror as law enforcement officers confiscated legally-possessed firearms from New Orleans residents, who were accused of no crimes.
I did not see the horror they refer to. The average person saw the chaos there and most likely figured that removing those guns would be good. The standard person in this country live in a happy bubble of ignorance. If it doesn't effect them then it is not worth getting worried about.

Some were likely horrified. Most people yawned.
Both the oligarch and Tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of arms. — Aristotle
My wife and I are entering the big world of being a landlord

She posted on her blog
Anyone know somebody in the Smyrna/LaVergne Tennessee area looking for an apartment?

I have a nice one bedroom apartment in my home that I will need to rent as of the end of this month (March).

It has hardwood and carpet floors, kitchenette, spacious floorplan, paid utilities(except phone), FREE WIRELESS HIGHSPEED INTERNET ACCESS, private patio and entrance, covered off street parking, fenced yard (shared) and pool (shared) and trash service.

I am still trying to determine what rent to charge and what to do about deposits.
A nice mother-in-law apartment on our house is up for rent.

Has anyone out there had experience as a landlord you might want to share?

Friday, March 17, 2006

"Judges ought to remember that their office is jus dicere, and not jus dare; to interpret law, and not to make law, or give law." --Francis Bacon, From "The Essays of Counsels, Civil and Moral"

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Oh! Those guns!

Seems that New Orleans did have some of the firearms they claimed not to have.
BELLEVUE, Wash., March 15 /U.S. Newswire/ -- In a stunning reversal, the City of New Orleans revealed today to attorneys representing the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association that they do have a stockpile of firearms seized from private citizens in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The disclosure came as attorneys for both sides were preparing for a hearing in federal court on a motion filed earlier by SAF and NRA to hold the city in contempt. Plaintiffs' attorneys traveled to a location within the New Orleans city limits where they viewed more than 1,000 firearms that were being stored.
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"We're almost in disbelief," admitted SAF Founder Alan Gottlieb. "For months, the city has maintained it did not have any guns in its possession that had been taken from people following the hurricane. Now our attorneys have seen the proof that New Orleans was less than honest with the court."
1000 firearms means 1000 "Ooops". Right?
The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed;... — Thomas Jefferson to Justice John Cartwright, 1824. ME 16:45.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Thought I was a lot more evil then this.

You Are 66% Evil

You are very evil. And you're too evil to care.
Those who love you probably also fear you. A lot.
...but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights... — Alexander Hamilton speaking of standing armies in Federalist No. 29.
The need for control runs deep

government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
A fine example of this is occurring in new York. A new method of cooking is being used to produce food that is more tender and has a better flavor then before. Since the city does not know much of it the strength of the regulatory armed power of the state is cracking down on a cooking method.
The phrase sous vide was a mystery to most diners when it started popping up on menus around New York City. Waiters at restaurants like Per Se and Sumile, Blue Hill and Cru could tell them that it was French for "under vacuum" and referred to the use of airtight plastic bags in which chicken breasts, for example, were infused with herbs, or lobster was slow poached at temperatures too low for simmering.
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The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has quelled the sous vide revolution, for the moment. In the past few weeks inspectors have told some chefs to throw out shrink-wrapped food, forbidden them to use the equipment used to make it and told them to stop cooking and storing food sous vide until they have a government-approved plan for it.
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The city health code, which governs the way chefs cook, does not specifically address the way a restaurant should vacuum-pack food. While no health problem has ever been tied to sous vide in restaurant kitchens in New York, officials say they are concerned that food could breed botulism and listeria if it is vacuum-wrapped improperly.
The government. Fining and threatening people to protect us from savory tender food.

Another article
[OverLawyered.com]

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Bullshit tm

Penn and Teller take on the subject of gun control. A youTube video for you to watch.
They will beat their swords into plowshares escopetarra

Well a new twist on recycling comes to my attention that needs sharing.
Street musician César López was playing in front of a Bogotá country club destroyed by a guerrilla car bomb when he noticed an army guard carrying his rifle the same way López plays his guitar.
''I saw that our body movements were the same,'' López said. ``He had his gun. I had my guitar. And BOF! It hit me.''
The first escopetarra -- a combination of escopeta and guitarra, the Spanish words for rifle and guitar -- was born a few months later.
Read on
A true classic

A boss wondered why one of his most valued employees had not phoned in sick one day. Having an urgent problem with one of the main computers, he dialed the employee's cell phone number and was greeted with a child's whisper.

"Hello."
"Is your daddy home?" he asked.
"Yes," whispered the voice.
"May I talk with him?"
The child whispered, "No."

Surprised and wanting to talk with an adult, the boss asked, "Is your Mommy there?" >
"Yes," whispered the small voice.
"May I talk with her?"
Again the small voice whispered,
"No."

Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave a message, the boss asked, "Is anybody else there?"
"Yes," whispered the child, "a policeman"
Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee's home, the boss asked, "May I speak with the policeman?"
"No, he's busy", whispered the child.
"Busy doing what?"
"Talking to Daddy and Mommy and the Fireman," the whisper answered.

Growing more worried as he heard what sounded like a helicopter through the earpiece on the phone, the boss asked, "What is that noise?"
"A helicopter." answered the whispering voice.
"What is going on there?" demanded the boss, now truly apprehensive.

Again, whispering, the child answered, "The search team just landed the helicopter."
Alarmed, concerned and a little frustrated the boss asked, "Who are they searching for?"

Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle: "ME."
Two items of note

Ooops! Our bad.

and

Security threat?
...to disarm the people - that was the best and most effectual way to enslave them. — George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 380.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Big time slap down for one government drone

The story writes itself and ends with a humbled and properly beaten political worm.
Once upon a time in a place called Alexandria an official decreed that news must be submitted to the government for approval before being disseminated.

The official was not Alexander the Great but rather a county administrator, Bill Schalow. The place was not the Great's namesake on the Nile but rather Alexandria, Minn. The date was March 6, 2006 -- last Monday.

By Friday, Douglas County Coordinator Schalow's new "Public Relations/Communications Protocol," which required the local paper to submit its stories about the county for fact-checking or be cut off from top county officials, was ancient history.
It gets better. The press, the one he wanted to crawl to him, decided to fight this idiocy with publicity. Outrage is the best description of what happened. I see a new guy in the unemployment line soon.
Lazy politicians

Unless you live in a government financed drugged nirvana you should have a healthy distrust of politicians. While it is not time to hate them, it is close. Damned close. A personal sore spot for me is when a politician is simply lazy. Not even caring enough to put out the minimum effort to look like he cares before looting the nations coffers for political gain.

The lazy damn politician I suffer under is Frist. Bill Frist MD of Tennessee. A small case in point for why I dislike this lazy man so much can be found on his website for all to look at and deride.

Let's start by saying a good blogger can do a good half dozen posts a day with good material or one or two great ones. So with that said how hard would it be to put out a news release that is original. I say original to denote made up quotes from the politicians in question. Frist specifically.

A few examples of why he and his office is full of lazy people can be pointed out so well in head start news releases. The ones where his office takes a moment to brag on how much of your tax money is being spent to buy him votes.

Here is the part that says so much from the March 7th release on the Kingsport news release.
"I'm pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services continues to support children and families in the Morristown area," Frist said. "We owe the gift of education to all of our children, and Head Start helps ensure that Tennessee's underserved students are given every opportunity to succeed. Senator Alexander and I appreciate the commitment of HHS to the growth and development of all America's children."
Such compassion. Such love for his fellow man. Such bullshit.

Here is the march 7th about the head start in Pikesville
"I'm pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services continues to support Pikeville's children and families," Frist said. "We owe the gift of education to all of our children, and Head Start helps ensure that Tennessee's underserved students are given every opportunity to succeed. Senator Alexander and I appreciate the commitment of HHS to the growth and development of all America's children."
They sure do look the same to me. Now what are the odds that he would phrase his quotes the exact same way two times in one day? Pretty high but there is a small chance.

Lets step back into the way-back machine and look at his old press releases.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzaaaaaaaaaaaappppppp!

Back in Nov 1st of last year he had a press release about the head start in Morristown and would it surprise you to find some similarities?
"I'm pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services continues to support children and families in the Morristown area," Frist said. "We owe the gift of education to all of our children, and Head Start helps ensure that Tennessee's underserved students are given every opportunity to succeed. Senator Alexander and I appreciate the commitment of HHS to the growth and development of all America's children."
Same layout and same quote with the words of the city changed. Does the guy speak for himself or what?

Back to the way-back machine

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzaaaaaaaaaaaappppppp!

Oct 19th of 2005 he was bragging of money given to the headstart in Erin Tennessee. Should I even waste time quoting it? What the heck!
"I'm pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services continues to support Erin's children and families," Frist said. "We owe the gift of education to all of our children, and Head Start helps ensure that Tennessee's underserved students are given every opportunity to succeed. Senator Alexander and I appreciate the commitment of HHS to the growth and development of all America's children".
Now I'm not to bothered by the copy and paste layout they use. It eases the process and such. What is bothersome is the made up quotes that they used. There is NO CHANCE that he said it the same way four times the same way unless he is a Disney animatronic.

When the man is so lazy that he cannot take a moment and speak original words when he is so free with the governments largesse then I cannot have any feelings for him then disgust. They talk about the political machines that run the country from behind the scenes. Seems the machine also talks for the politician in question.

This is not the first time he's been lazy with headstart.
July 1st 2004
July 1st 2004
June 10th 2004
“I applaud the Department of Health and Human Services for providing this critical funding for (insert cities name) Early Head Start program,” said Frist. “Early Head Start has proven itself as a catalyst for educational development of young children. This funding will support services that greatly improve the quality of life for children in (insert cities name) .”
What's your politician saying?
Quotes from politicians.

Every once in a while when I give a quote someone comments that the person may have said that "but". The "but" is normally them saying the person did some crappy things in the name of big government or some such nonsense that politicians are known for.

I agree. I also use the cow-diamond theory when it comes to such quotes. The remains of what a cow eats is the works of the politician. Sometimes something precious is found. Rare, but it does happen.
The history of liberty is the history of the limitations placed on the government.
WOODROW WILSON
After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.


Alexis de Tocqueville

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Credit worries

The news is full of the PIN hack that has caused so much trouble for debit card holders across the country.
The unfolding debit card scam that rocked Citibank this week is far from over, an analyst said Thursday as she called this first-time-ever mass theft of PINs "the worst consumer scam to date."
Wednesday, Citibank confirmed that an ongoing fraud had forced it to reissue debit cards and block PIN-based transactions for users in Canada, Russia, and the U.K.

But Citibank is only the tip of the iceberg, said Avivah Litan, a Gartner research vice president. The scam -- and scandal -- has hit national banks like Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Washington Mutual, as well as smaller banks, including ones in Oregon, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, all of which have re-issued debit cards in recent weeks.

"This is the worst hack ever," Litan maintained. "It's significant because not only is it a really wide-spread breach, but it affects debit cards, which everyone thought were immune to these kinds of things."
Stories of "stranded" cardholders are crossing the net faster then the truth of what has happened.

But this post is not about the debit card hack as that is high tech. This post is how easy it is to get a credit card no matter how criminally lame the attempt is. Cockeyed.com decided to try something out and if this does not show you how insecure they are, then nothing will.
I get a heck of a lot of credit card applications in the mail.

A bunch for Visa, quite a few from Mastercard and tons of them from American Express.

I almost always tear them in half and throw them away.

Sometimes, if I am feeling particularly paranoid, I'll tear them into little bitty pieces.

Is that good enough? Could a determined and dexterous criminal gather all the bits, tape them together and apply for a card in my name? Would a credit card company balk when confronted with an obviously resurrected application?
One credit card later and everyone who reads his article will go out and purchase a paper shredder.
A fanatic is one who won't change his mind and won't change the subject. — Winston Churchill

Friday, March 10, 2006

AK47 History channel video

Since I am taking my gelded AK47, in the form of a MAK90, to the range tonight I figured this video would be a nice post for today.



Enjoy
Joke for the day

Should I laugh at this joke or the punchline? Is it cruel to laugh at this joke?
Going to the range today.

My wife and I are taking my younger brother and his girlfriend out to the range today after work.

It was kind of funny the prep work. We were all sitting in my mother's livingroom shoving sellier and bellot(?) rounds into Chinese 30round Ak magazines for Friday and laughing what a sight it would be if the police showed up at that point,

Since he has never fired a rifle above a 22LR ( just a few shots with a shotgun) and she has never fired anything I plan on starting them slow. His Ruger 10/22 and my Ruger 10/22 for a few hundred rounds. If they like the 22LR a lot I am planning on taking two bricks just in case. I really want to try out my wife's new Butler creek magazine we just bought for it. Then we will let them fire off some 38 special(100 rounds of winchester white box) from my revolver(S&W Model 65). After that we start having a little fun and I will let each go through a single magazine in my MAK90. That's to wet their appetite to try to bring them back. The first taste is free and after I have them hooked I start charging them for ammo. Street economics at it's best.


Hopefully by the end of today we will have two more riflemen in embryo in this country.
Damn good quote

"What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long."
- Thomas Sowell

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Suffer the children

First they banned the guns, then the knives and all for naught.
A 16-year-old London youth, fearing for his safety after a fight over a girl, has been given permission to wear body armor to class.

The boy was allowed to wear a stab-proof vest under his uniform after the school and teachers reviewed the "exceptional circumstances" of the situation, the London Mirror said.
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Meanwhile, stores selling body armor have seen a sharp rise in the number of children, some just 10 years old, buying protective vests.
The wolves run freely when everyone looks like sheep.
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board isn't

A board signed into law to protect our rights and privacy, at least on paper, simply isn't.
For Americans troubled by the prospect of federal agents eavesdropping on their phone conversations or combing through their Internet records, there is good news: A little-known board exists in the White House whose purpose is to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are protected in the fight against terrorism.

Someday, it might actually meet.

Initially proposed by the bipartisan commission that investigated the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was created by the intelligence overhaul that President Bush signed into law in December 2004.

More than a year later, it exists only on paper.
Ask yourself if you are honestly surprised.

Of course if it does meet do not expect much from it.
The board chairwoman is Carol E. Dinkins, a Houston lawyer who was a Justice Department official in the Reagan administration. A longtime friend of the Bush family, she was the treasurer of George W. Bush's first campaign for governor of Texas
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Dinkins, a longtime partner in the Houston law firm of Vinson & Elkins, where Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales once was a partner
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The board vice chairman is Alan Charles Raul,.....Raul, a former Agriculture Department general counsel currently in private practice, has published a book on privacy and the digital age and is the only panel member with apparent expertise in civil liberties issues.
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The panel's lone Democrat, Lanny J. Davis, has known Bush since the two were undergraduates at Yale.
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The board also includes a conservative Republican legal icon, Washington lawyer and former Bush Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson, whose wife, Barbara, died in the Sept. 11 attacks. The fifth member is Francis X. Taylor, a retired Air Force general and former State Department counter-terrorism coordinator, who is chief security officer at General Electric Co.
A whole bunch of Bush cronies and one token privacy expert are to keep an eye on Bush's war on us.

The news from Newsweek is that they might start kissing George Bush's butt with a rubber stamp start meeting.
March 13, 2006 issue - For more than a year, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has been the most invisible office in the White House. Created by Congress in December 2004 as a result of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, the board has never hired a staff or even held a meeting. Next week, NEWSWEEK has learned, that is due to finally change when the board's five members are slated to be sworn in at the White House and convene their first session
Warm up those rubber stamps the race to mediocrity has begun for them.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

What it means to take rights seriously is that one will honor them even when there is significant social cost in doing so. —SANFORD LEVINSON
The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them. — Zachariah Johnson, 3 Elliot, Debates at 646
Know your enemies

Knowledge is power.
We'll take one step at a time, and the first is necessarily - given the political realities - very modest. We'll have to start working again to strengthen the law, and then again to strengthen the next law and again and again. Our ultimate goal, total control of handguns, is going to take time. The first problem is to slow down production and sales. Next is to get registration. The final problem is to make possession of all handguns and ammunition (with a few exceptions) totally illegal. — Pete Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc., New Yorker Magazine, June 26, 1976, pg. 53
Liberty has never come from government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. — Woodrow Wilson, May 9, 1912, Address, New York Press Club.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Spying on yourself

What would be the best response to a government "national security letter" demanding, under threat of law, that you not only spy on yourself, but that you do not let yourself know you are doing it? Doug Thompson replied with a short and to the point letter.
Just how widespread, and uncontrolled, this latest government assault has become hit close to home last week when one of the FBI's National Security Letters arrived at the company that hosts the servers for this web site, Capitol Hill Blue.

The letter demanded traffic data, payment records and other information about the web site along with information on me, the publisher.

Now that's a problem. I own the company that hosts Capitol Hill Blue. So, in effect, the feds want me to turn over information on myself and not tell myself that I'm doing it. You'd think they'd know better.
An example of what a NSL looks like can be found here(PDF). An unrelated copy supplied by the ACLU.

Monday, March 06, 2006

My lustful little heart

I will admit a smoldering lust for a certain Australian lead singer of the Divinyl.. While mostly known for her infamous song "I touch myself" I thought you might like to see another song from them and understand why I smolder so much.

The war on cheap Milk

A company is doing what we all want it to do. Supply us with a product and at half the price of other companies. These other companies like their profit so much they are sending the government dogs out to the attack.
Hein Hettinga is a dairy farmer but he doesn't spend his days milking cows.

Rather, Hettinga keeps a cell phone pressed to his ear to keep tabs on his empire of 15 dairy farms stretching from California to west Texas, including five massive farms in the desert east of Yuma.

But what distinguishes Hettinga from other large-scale dairy farmers is that he also bottles the milk from his Arizona farms and trucks it to stores in Arizona and Southern California. At one of them, Sam's Club in Yuma, two gallons of Hettinga's whole milk sell for $3.99.
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In the highly politicized world of dairy, efficiency could carry a price. Major dairy cooperatives and milk processors successfully persuaded federal regulators to write new rules that would prohibit the business practices that Hettinga has so successfully put in place.

Under the proposed regulations, Hettinga could continue to process his own milk only if he agrees to participate in a federally regulated pool of milk revenues, which would essentially require him to pay his competitors to stay in business. A bill that would have a similar effect is working its way through Congress.
Pay his competitors to stay in business? How Leninistic of them and the government.
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. — Senator Barry Goldwater, 1964 (1909-1998)
Knowledge is power

The Cato institute has come up with an idea on how to bring the ideas of freedom to the middle east. With the saying "knowledge is power" as the basic idea, they are bringing to them the great books that have inspired freedom in so many other corners of the world.
Odd though it may sound, somewhere in Baghdad a man is working in secrecy to edit new Arabic versions of Liberalism, by the Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises, and In Defense of Global Capitalism, by the Swedish economist Johan Norberg. He is doing this at some risk of kidnap, beating, and death, because he hopes that a new Arabic-language Web site, called LampofLiberty.org ( MisbahAlHurriyya.org in Arabic ) can change the world by publishing liberal classics.
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Kamil's work is anonymous out of fear, not modesty. Translating Frederic Bastiat's The Law, he says, took 20 days of intense labor. "I am proud of that, especially when I knew that the book has never been translated before. This is one of the works my heart is aching for not having my name in its front page."

Asked how he began this work, he recounts meeting an American who was lecturing in Baghdad on principles of constitutional government. The message struck home. "Yes, you could say I am libertarian," Kamil says. "I believe in liberty for all, equality and human rights, freedom and democracy, free-market ethics, and I hate extremism in everything. I believe in life more than death as being the way to happiness."
The middle east is not an area that normally one connects with freedom. To put it bluntly. The middle east is at best a hellhole when it comes to freedom of anything except death and suffering.

With all of the reasons why I never thought it was simply lack of knowledge. Hell. Every nation is connected to the net. The ideas of freedom should be there. Then I read why basic primers that we think of when it comes to freedom and liberty has never spread there.
Intellectual isolation is a widespread Arab phenomenon, not just an Iraqi one. Some of the statistics are startling. According to the United Nations' 2003 "Arab Human Development Report," five times more books are translated annually into Greek, a language spoken by just 11 million people, than into Arabic. "No more than 10,000 books were translated into Arabic over the entire past millennium," says the U.N., "equivalent to the number translated into Spanish each year." Authors and publishers must cope with the whims of 22 Arab censors. "As a result," writes a contributor to the report, "books do not move easily through their natural markets."
Damn! Only 10,000 books and likely censored to hell at that. The thought is simply horrifying. I have over 2000 books myself. While most are fiction I do have a nice selection of though provokingng books also.

What they are missing is the grounding in basic ideas. When you see the rioters holding signs that say "Free speech is terrorism" you know they do not understand either word.

From Lamp of Liberty website they list some of what they are doing.
The Lamp of Liberty hopes to create a dialogue between individuals in the Middle East and the rest of the world on the ideas that underpin a free society and the universal aspiration for freedom. It will publish opinion articles in Arabic newspapers, present policy reports, and translate important works by Frederick Bastiat, Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, F. A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, Leonard E. Read, Hernando de Soto, Fareed Zakaria, Julio H. Cole, Mario Vargas Llosa, David Hume, Voltaire, and Ibn Khaldun, among others. Topics include classical liberalism, the rule of law, property rights, economic freedom, free trade and globalization, the division of labor, limited government, challenges of democratization, and the role of institutions in economic development.
The seed they plant today may bear fruit tomorrow.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Illegal trade in the pure white stuff.

Milk not nose candy. Pure frothy raw milk. Ohio has a problem, in the eyes of it's regulatory government. This problem is people wanting to make their own decisions about their own food and lifestyle.

That will not be allowed.
Pssst . . . got raw milk?

Christina Trecaso does; the unpasteurized product -- which is illegal to sell in Ohio -- is chilling in the refrigerator at her Copley Township home. Just don't ask Trecaso where she acquired the fresh-from-the-farm liquid. The underground doesn't share its secrets.

The Summit County mother of two oversees Northeast Ohio's "white market," a network that supplies raw milk to more than 120 local families. Drop-off points exist in Akron, Broadview Heights, Cuyahoga Falls, Copley Township, Gates Mills and Lakewood.
Any good Tennesseans want to sell me some good white milk? It is illegal here also and now I find a desire to drink some.
A bit confused

There is not much details in this story but what is known is confusing. A kid posted a threat online. He is being suspended. I agree on this point. What is strange is that 20 students who simply read the threat from home are also being suspended. Since most schools are closed mouthed over issues like this the question of "why" is not being answered.
COSTA MESA, Calif. - A middle school student faces expulsion for allegedly posting graphic threats against a classmate on the popular MySpace.com Web site, and 20 of his classmates were suspended for viewing the posting, school officials said.
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Metz said the students' suspensions in mid-February were appropriate because the incident involved student safety. Some parents however questioned whether the school overstepped its bounds by disciplining students for actions that occurred on personal computers, at home and after school hours.
Whether it occured on or off campus the punishment is for reading it and that seems rather BS in nature. Maybe the reasoning is that the kids should have informed the school of what they read?

Something is either really screwed up or we are not getting all of the pieces to this strange government puzzle.
Over the edge to full idiocy in England

Seems that after they came for the firearms and knives the next weapon the came to seize were snowballs.

SNOWBALLS! WTF!

Yep!
Snowball fights have been banned in the region controlled by Britain's most controversial police chief after a youth was arrested for allegedly pelting a younger child with snowballs that were thought to have been refrozen to make them harder. Three of the 14-year-old boy's teeth were broken.

North Wales Police sparked outrage with its warning that patrols would be told to be on the lookout for offenders.

The force whose chief Richard Brunstrom has been dubbed The Traffic Taliban for his crusade against speeding motorists announced the crackdown on snowball fights on Saturday, describing the winter pastime as antisocial. A spokesman said, North Wales Police will endeavour to make patrols minimise incidents of antisocial behaviour, such as snowballing.
Words of a contemptuous nature fail me.
At the range

Saturday my wife and I went to Stones River Shooting Range and it was a lot of fun. This range is located just north of Lavergne Tennessee it is run by the Tennessee wildlife resources agency.

My first impression was good. The place looks clean. I have been to some places that can be labeled grungy. This place sees a lot of upkeep and tender care. The people working there, and the Safety range officers, were all nice and answered all questions for new customers like my wife and I.

The cost was pretty low for two hours of range time. I was caught off guard at a few of the rules. They required you to have the firearm in a case or sleeve and I had thrown the rifle in the back of the Suburban. It seemed we are not the first to find this out when they showed up. So for a $2 fee we rented a gun sleeve. To remedy this situation we have gone and purchased some butt ugly colorful material at WalMart. Our plan is to make the prettiest covering on the range. Mine will be a sleeve of dark blue material covered in light blue flames and a multicolored tie string. My wife's will be a light blue cloth covered in covered in yellow stars and metallic sparkles. Hey! If you have to make a statement make a colorful one I say.

We took three firearms.

My wife took her Ruger 10/22. During the two hours there she experienced one misfeed. Not sure what the problem was. The damn bullet simply would not slide out of the magazine and feed properly. I slid it out with my fingernail easily enough and all the rest fed perfectly. She also had one misfire. The cartridge showed that it was struck but simply did not fire. That one misfire was from a 550 round brick of federal ammo from Walmart.

I did find out my wife is going to be a hi-capacity lover. She complained of having to stop and reload so much so on the way home we stopped and I picked her up a Butler creek 25 round magazine. If she likes it more will be purchased. My brother said today he had a Ram-Line 50 round magazine that he got from the Cabbela(?)catalog for $30. Just 5 more then we spent. I should have looked around some more but it was an impulse purchase so what the hell.

I took two firearms

My Smith and Wesson model 65. Fired 100 rounds of Winchester white box 38 special and had no trouble with it at all.

My other firearm was the PA63 Hungarian Makarov. First round would only slide halfway into the barrel and then it jammed. I ejected the magazine and worked the action until it fell through the well. I tried the next round and it worked fine as did the rest in the magazine. When I tried the next magazine the first round slid into the barrel but stopped just a 1/4 inch from closing the slide. So again I had to eject the magazine and remove it.

I need to figure out how to take it apart and clean the hell out of it. A new spring as I mentioned in my last range post also is in the works. Finding idiot proof instructions to disassemble it has failed so far. Does it disassemble like the standard makarov of soviet origin?

They have four ranges and we did all of our shooting at the 50 foot range
50-foot range (30 positions, including 2 wheelchair accessible positions.)
50-yard range (20 positions)
100-yard range (18 positions, including 1 wheelchair accessible position.)
200-yard range (2 positions, one of which is wheelchair accessible.)
My brother, his girlfriend, my wife, and I plan on going back this Friday. I plan on bringing my Mak90, my Smith and Wesson, and my Ruger 10/22. He likely will bring his Ruger 10/22 and my other brothers Mossberg 500. Also a crap load of ammo.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Illegal metals?

This sounds so screwed up that it has to be true.
The United States CPSC has initiated criminal legal action against us and other chemical suppliers.
In short, the CPSC would like to ban the public from all access to chemicals. This would mean an end to hobbies such as model rocketry, pyrotechnics and of course chemistry. One by one, our freedoms are slowly being taken away from us - this action must be stopped now.
Specifically, the CPSC is focusing on certain chemicals and metals at this time. The current CPSC injunction would require:



"Not sell, give away or otherwise distribute any of the following Metals for which the particle size is finer than 100 mesh (or particles less than 150 microns in size) to any recipient who does not possess a valid
manufacturing license for explosives issued by the ATF:"

Aluminum and Aluminum alloys
Magnalium metal
Magnesium metal
Magnesium/Aluminum alloys
Titanium and Titanium alloys
Zinc metal
Zirconium metal

"Not sell, give away or otherwise distribute any of the following chemicals to any recipient who does not possess a valid manufacturing license for explosives issued by the ATF:"

Antimony and antimony compounds
Benzoate compounds
Nitrate compounds
Permanganate compounds
Chlorate compounds
Perchlorate compounds
Salicylate compounds
Sulfur
Sulfur? When i was young we used a mix of sulfer and oil to get rit of a skin problem my dog and I had. Smelled like hell but it never smelled like a crime.

I can see why they wish to remove some of them. A nice thermite mixture that can melt steel is easy to find through Google.
Thermites are a group of pyrotechnics mixtures in which a reactive metal reduces oxygen from a metallic oxide. This produces a lot of heat, slag and pure metal. The most common themite is ferroaluminum thermite, made from aluminum (reactive metal) and iron oxide (metal oxide). When it burns it produces aluminum oxide (slag) and pure iron. Thermite is usually used to cut or weld metal. As an experiment, a 3lb. brick of thermite was placed on an aluminum engine block. After the thermite was done burning, only a small portion of block was melted. However, the block was very warped out of shape plus there were cracks all through the block. Ferro-thermite produces about 930 calories per gram The usual proportions of ferro-thermite are 25% aluminum and 75% iron oxide The iron oxide usually used is not rust (Fe2O3) but iron scale (Fe3O4).Rust will work but you may want to adjust the mixture to about 77% rust. The aluminum is usually coarse powder to help slow down the burning rate. The chemicals are mixed together thoroughly and compressed into a suitable container. A first fire mix is poured on top and ignited.

NOTE: Thermites are generally very safe to mix and store. They are not shock or friction sensitive and ignite at about 2000 degrees F.

A first fire mix is a mixture that ignites easier than thermite and burns hot enough to light the thermite reliably. A very good one is :
Potassium Nitrate 5 parts
Fine ground Aluminum 3 parts
Sulfur 2 parts

Mix the above thoroughly and combine 2 parts of it with 1 part of finely powdered ferro-thermite. The resulting mixture can be light by safety fuse and burns intensely.
All three items for thermite are listed in the "forbidden" items.

This is also a damn dumb list. Unless they plan on banning everything, and I do not want to give them ideas, anything can become a weapon.
Punchline. 6

Question. How many homeland security agents does it take to ticket a t-shirt salesman?


Protecting us from free t-shirts and the evil that they do. Homeland security. A joke unto itself.
George Barisich, president of the United Commercial Fisherman's Association, has been selling anti-FEMA T-shirts since last fall, a reflection of his frustration with the federal government's response to the storm that left him homeless and unemployed.

But on Feb. 1, when he handed a shirt to a fellow Katrina victim as he was picking up canned goods at a charity's relief tent, Barisich found himself in trouble with the government.

He was cited by a group of Homeland Security officials for selling a T-shirt on federal property - in this case, near a FEMA center in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Chalmette, La.
Now I'm damn sure that mockery is still a form of free speech and giving away a t-shirt is still legal. The question in my mind is why did it take 6 to ticket him?
Barisich says he was ticketed after six DHS officers gathered at his truck. Boyd says he can't confirm the number. Barisich says he was told he would be arrested if he did not take the ticket. "I said, 'Do you really want to arrest me? Am I the only one here who thinks this is asinine? You're harassing a person who just lost everything.' "
Mockery is free, and we aint it seems.
Does everybody get to be an anti-terrorist cop in the future?

A strange little story about a wrecked car, anti-terrorist unit, a garage and homeland defense. Seems a real gomer wrecked a car worth more then a lot of houses. Nothing to odd about that but homeland defense got involved.
A few minutes after the crash, two unidentified men arrived at the scene, flashing badges and saying they were from "homeland security," according to Sheriff's Department officials.

Deputies allowed the men into the accident scene, where they spoke to Stefan Eriksson before leaving, Sgt. Phil Brooks said.

Sheriff's officials on Thursday said they now want to question them.

"We would like the public's help with any information about these men or the crash," Brooks said
Flash a homeland defense badge and the world is your oyster. That's the power and influence that a homeland security badge has. Opens all doors and damned the rules.

Now for me the strange thing is the driver.
The car's owner, a former video game executive from Sweden, told Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies at the scene of the Feb. 21 accident in Malibu that he was deputy commissioner of the San Gabriel Valley Transit Authority's police anti-terrorism unit, detectives said Thursday.
WOW! deputy commisioner. Now to have an anti-terrorist unit it must be on the front lines in the war on the bad bad people. Right?
Just as murky is Eriksson's connection to the San Gabriel Valley Transit Authority.

The organization is a privately run nonprofit that has agreements with Monrovia and Sierra Madre to provide bus rides for disabled residents.

On its website, the San Gabriel Valley Transit Authority lists its address as 148 E. Lemon Ave. in Monrovia. The location is Homer's Auto Service, an auto repair shop
My brother is a mechanic here in Tennessee. I'm going to see if he can get me one of those cracker-jack badges and anti-terrorist de-coder rings.

The government is creating badged thugs homeland-anti-terrorist-whatever-the-hell cops at such a rate that soon the nation will be populated by cops, and suspects..if not already.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Who's spying on who?

In Guam Airport the people who have no trouble opening your suitcases, following you with security cameras, and even scanning you for explosives are upset. It seems these eyes of the government has had eyes on them and they are not happy in the least.
A tip from U.S. Customs led Guam airport agency and local customs officials to numerous surveillance cameras and listening devices hidden in security-sensitive areas at the airport's arrival area yesterday.

The two agencies' top officials said they were unaware the devices had been installed, including in areas where arriving passengers and their bags and other belongings are checked.
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Although he does not know if anything has been compromised, Blas said it is possible that the confidentiality of individuals being inspected and interviewed by customs officers may have been breached. If the information was breached, Blas said, the civil rights of passengers might become an issue.
Yeah! Only they have the right to breach your rights. Not someone else.
Another terrorist act averted..I guess

Homeland defense always seems to either be wasting money, or labeling every act under the sun a suspicious activity. This time they really put forth a prime example of why homeland defense is not there to protect you at all.
Walter Soehnge is a retired Texas schoolteacher who traveled north with his wife, Deana, saw summer change to fall in Rhode Island and decided this was a place to stay for a while.
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We're a product of the '60s," he said. "We believe government should be way away from us in that regard."

He was referring to the recent decision by him and his wife to be responsible, to do the kind of thing that just about anyone would say makes good, solid financial sense.

They paid down some debt. The balance on their JCPenney Platinum MasterCard had gotten to an unhealthy level. So they sent in a large payment, a check for $6,522.

And an alarm went off. A red flag went up. The Soehnges' behavior was found questionable.
Yes indead. when paying a bill raises flags we as a nation are screwed. Can we start hanging politicians? I know of a group of 89 that would be a good start.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. — RONALD REAGAN (1986)
ATF abuses in Virginia

If a criminal investigation happened maybe, just maybe, something would come from it. With the grandstanding happening as I see it I can foretell that not one damn thing will happen. If anything the ATF will now feel justified to do this at ALL gun shows...for the good of the people of course.
Police lawsuit dropped in Florida

A few days ago I posted about the cop who openly threatened a reporter, hidden camera that is. The film shows a very system broken in Florida(and the rest of the country?) on how to simply get a complaint form. The threat was simply the grand finale of the investigation.

Well Mr."take another step closer and you'll be sorry" filed a lawsuit to get the film removed from the stations website. The judge was less then impressed and rightly turned him down.

After losing in the first round in court the officer has decided to withdraw the suit.

I don't blame him. He looks bad, and his attempt to silence them simply gets more airtime for the station. I openly think his chief told him to drop it or else. They do not need more bad press right now.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Civil disobedience

How do you show that a law is bad and pretty damn dumb? Sometimes all it takes is following the law..with a camera close by of course(google video).
we were dangerous, cause, you know, we were obeying the law. Maybe the law should be changed.
Now will any government drone change his view? Of course not. What it might do is get someone else to look at the laws and what they really do.
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. — Billy Graham
When you have to break the law to help the suffering

In Canada they are suffering under a national health system very similer to the one Hillary wants to set up. Things there are so bad that private companies are openly breaking the law and offering services for money to save lives.
The Cambie Surgery Center, Canada's most prominent private hospital, may be considered a rogue enterprise.

Accepting money from patients for operations they would otherwise receive free of charge in a public hospital is technically prohibited in this country, even in cases where patients would wait months or even years before receiving treatment.

But no one is about to arrest Dr. Brian Day, who is president and medical director of the center, or any of the 120 doctors who work there. Public hospitals are sending him growing numbers of patients they are too busy to treat, and his center is advertising that patients do not have to wait to replace their aching knees.
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Dr. Day, for instance, is planning to open more private hospitals, first in Toronto and Ottawa, then in Montreal, Calgary and Edmonton. Ontario provincial officials are already threatening stiff fines. Dr. Day says he is eager to see them in court.

"We've taken the position that the law is illegal," Dr. Day, 59, says. "This is a country in which dogs can get a hip replacement in under a week and in which humans can wait two to three years."
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Private doctors across the country are not waiting for changes in the law, figuring provincial governments will not try to stop them only to face more test cases in the Supreme Court.
As few liberals likely comes by this site I ask those with blogs to share this story of Hillary style national medicine and why it is just evil to the suffering.
Evil soup?!?!

Now making fun of the French seems to be the nature of some blogs. I try to avoid it because it seems rather vogue and damned if I want to be in the "in" group.

The problem is that this time I find myself having to make light of the French government and evil soup. Soup so powerful that it is bound to bring down kings, impregnate young women, and cause the decline of western literature.
More than 200 political demonstrators defied a police ban here on Thursday, scurrying across Boulevard St.-Germain and under the sycamore trees of Place Maubert to engage in their forbidden action: eating "pig soup" in public.
With steaming bowls of the fragrant broth soon passing through the crowd, Odile Bonnivard, a short-haired secretary turned far-right firebrand, climbed atop a dark sedan with a megaphone in hand and led the crowd in a raucous chant: "We are all pig eaters! We are all pig eaters!"
Europe has fallen to such a level of political correct law enforcement that I am slightly embarrassed to have an origin from that continent.

Now I will admit openly that the groups serving this soup are racist idiots. I was going to say that they have the right to be racist idiots, but they don't. Not in Europe that is. There they have thought crimes. Without a single victim they have been labeled criminals and are forbidden to give away soup. We are not talking about explosives, or other weapons of mass destruction, just pork soup. How screwed up is that?

Into this evil free soup picture comes the thought police.
In December, Ms. Bonnivard said, a van of plainclothes police chased her soup-bearing car through the streets, and several busloads of officers arrived to stop her group from setting up at their usual spot near the Montparnasse train station, citing "the discriminatory nature of the soup."
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The police initially granted permission for the "European solidarity feast" that Ms. Bonnivard's and the other right-wing soup kitchens planned last Thursday. But the authorities called late Wednesday evening to say the permission had been revoked. Officers appeared at Ms. Bonnivard's apartment at 6 a.m. Thursday to deliver a written notice prohibiting the pork-eating rally.

By evening, four police vans filled with anti-riot police officers were waiting at the group's designated meeting point outside a conservative Roman Catholic church while Ms. Bonnivard and her associates huddled in a nearby cafe, plotting diversionary tactics so they could serve their soup before the police could intervene.
This is the problem with regulated speech. If you have to ask permission to have a feast or other forms of speech then the state has the power to remove that privilege.

Now who decides what is discriminatory? Is the soup vegetarian, peanut free, no animal testing, ingredients grown on organic farms, made by unionized workers, cooked over heat produced by renewable energy sources? With the fact that every damned idiot out there is getting insulted and discriminated against and whining like little bitty babies I ask where do you draw the line?

Regulated speech is not free and soup is not evil...Except to thought police.

To damn lazy

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