Friday, June 30, 2006

Google and banned objects.

Google has started up its own version of PayPal. Google Checkout has a list of banned items. One involves objects close to my heart.
Weapons: Firearms, ammunition, knives, brass knuckles, gun parts, and other armaments
No shotgun stocks, no replacement springs, and no new barrels.

So nice of them.
Protecting yourself.

Security cameras are used to protect property and yourself from criminals all the time. The police like them as they are a sure way to get solid evidence in cases. The police DO NOT like it when those same security cameras are pointed the thuggish way.
A city man is charged with violating state wiretap laws by recording a detective on his home security camera, while the detective was investigating the man’s sons.
.........
The security cameras record sound and audio directly to a videocassette recorder inside the house, and the Gannons posted warnings about the system, Janet Gannon said.

On Tuesday night, Michael Gannon brought a videocassette to the police department, and asked to speak with someone in “public relations,” his wife said and police reported.

Gannon wanted to lodge a complaint against Karlis, who had come to the family’s house while investigating their sons, Janet Gannon said. She said Karlis showed up late at night, was rude, and refused to leave when they asked him.

“He was just very smart-mouthed. He put his foot in the door, and my husband said, ‘Excuse me, I did not invite you in, please leave,’ and he wouldn’t,” Janet Gannon said. “We did not invite him in, we asked him to leave, and he wouldn’t.”
If the man has recorded tapes of this and he has balls enough to go to the cops then I have to believe him on this one.

What is odd is the police reaction.
“They were waiting for a warrant to seize the cameras and the tapes in my house . . . because they said having these cameras was against the law. They’re security cameras,” she said, adding, “They said they could do that. They could seize my apartment.”
Illegal to have security cameras. Unless they plan on shutting down and "seizing" every fastfood joint and convenient store then they are jerking the man around.

The whole thing revolves around the fact that the police were not informed that they were being recorded. Nice, but I don't see signs in public that those cameras up on WalMarts high walls, or the cameras up on towers are recording us. I just don't buy the polices line here. If it IS against the law, then the law is simply bad.

I would like to point out the one form of intimidation they used. Seizing the house. That can pretty much ruin a person to have their property seized. How many people in this country has rolled over to avoid their lives being ruined? How many crimes by the system goes unreported because of this threat?

Bastards.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Guilt by computer?

It seems so easy to be charged with a crime today. Now you can be charged automatically by computer with no real human interaction.
Retired Kennedy Space Center mechanic Jack Garrison doesn't own a dog. He doesn't own a squirrel, either, though he admits he likes to feed the squirrels in his backyard.

Recently the Florida man was issued notices of fines totaling nearly $1,400. The infractions, which Garrison calls just plain nuts, included a barking dog violation along with four squirrel-related charges -- from squirrel disturbing the peace to squirrel at large.

The city of Melbourne has admitted its mistake. It says someone called to complain that Garrison was feeding the squirrels in his backyard, and an automated computer program spit out the charges. Authorities have issued Garrison an apology.
Notices of fines. No attempt to see if they were true, or anything. Just automatic notices of fines. The system at work.

update: The system is now throwing a clerk to the wolves on this one.
Officials in Brevard County, Fla., are blaming a new employee for a series of summons issued to a retired Kennedy Space Center mechanic for feeding squirrels.
......
An anonymous caller contacted animal control, complaining Garrison's wildlife feeding was attracting raccoons and other critters.

Officials said the operator who took the complaint was new and entered the information into the computer system, which then automatically generated the notices.
The system is never wrong. Just the scapegoats.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

I feel so safe now. Thanks Uncle Sam!

In the war to protect us from making our own decisions the government has come down hard on pushers of illegal products.
Arlie Stutzman was busted in a rare sting when an undercover agent bought raw milk from the Amish dairy farmer in an unlabeled container.

Now, Stutzman is fighting the law that forbids the sale of raw milk, saying he believes it violates his religious beliefs because it prohibits him from sharing the milk he produces with others.

"While I can and I have food, I'll share it," said Stutzman, who is due in Holmes County Common Pleas Court on Friday to tell a judge his views. "Do unto others what you would have others do unto you."
I disagree that this is a religious issue. This is a "get the hell out of my way you regulatory bastards" issue.

Of course the state has to be quoted in the article.
"You can't just give milk away to someone other then yourself. It's a violation of the law," said LeeAnne Mizer, spokeswoman for the department.
Spoken like a well trained monkey government drone.

Here in Tennessee we live under similar laws.
Reporters today are far removed from America's founding values and are alarmed and contemptuous of gun owners as dangerous lower classes. — HENRY ALLEN, WASHINGTON POST
LMAO

Article
The White House on Tuesday defended President Bush's frequent use of special statements that claim authority to limit the effects of bills he signs, saying the statements help him uphold the Constitution and defend national security
Nothing more needs to be said.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. — Billy Graham

Monday, June 26, 2006

Commonplace?

In England they are about to start selling cannabis tea in health food stores. I'm all for it and wish more power to them. The image in my head is of the scene in Saving Grace where the two older ladies makes a nice pot of brew out of a pilfered pot plant. Hillarity ensued.

Of course the anti-drug chicken little are crying tales of doom and destruction. The line I like is this.
But British anti-drug campaigners say that selling the tea is dangerous because it will give young people the impression that cannabis is commonplace.
Impression! What rock does this fool live under?

At least the simpleton did not use the tired phrase "gateway drug". I can only laugh so much before it hurts.
De-scumming my food

Sounds so yummy. Right?

I just finished a bowl of homemade saurkraut and brats. I'm rather proud of the fact that I made the kraut myself, with my wonderful assistant wife. I cut and she salted and packed. Then after about a week it became my duty to descum the film that formed on top of the liquid. since my wife would not get near enough to touch it. I did that for over two weeks before we canned it all into mason jars.

We let it "age" three months before finally pulling a jar out and eating it today.

I've only had canned, food kiosk, and grocery store kraut before but I can say mine is as good as if not better then that stuff. I plan on doing one more big batch and then we might try some peppered kraut. Never had it before, but what the hell.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Not even the courtesy of a "sproing"

I guess that's the sound a spring makes when it shoots off in an unknown direction when cleaning a gun. I did not even get the pleasure of hearing the cute "sproing" noise.

I own a PA63. A nice small Hungarian handgun in 9X18 caliber(9mm Makarov). I've shot it some and outside of a basic barrel clean and outside wipe down had never taken it apart. Why? Cause I could never figure out how to. D'oh!

I went to my vastly better mechanically inclind brother and in just a few seconds he figured out how to get the slide off. I hate him so.

I first took the slide and did a good clean and set it aside. I then picked up the main frame and connected parts. That's when one small piece(red item in image) became unconnected. The "ejector and spring" came off in my hand.


No worry. I just slid in right back in place and sat the frame down. I got the chemical I was using and picked the frame back up and the ejector came out again. That's when I noticed that the spring was missing.

At the time I did not know the correct name for the missing "spring". The terms I used for it are to graphic to be used here, but you can likely figure out what they are, or get real close.

My brother and I ended up on the floor trying to find it. Even dragging slowly a big magnet did not bring happy results. I finally had given up and was about to go to the gun store to order a new spring when I spotted it about 6 feet from where I had "dropped" it.

How the hell did this little piece of metal get that energy to "sproing" 6 feet? It's not like it's a super spring or anything. Oh well. I'm happy. I gave my handgun a good clean and I can now see how to get to the recoil spring that I'm going to be replacing soon.

The image shown is from an exploded view of a Walther PPK. The Hungarian PA63 is a direct copy of the PPK and since I could not find an exploded view of the PA63 I used it instead.
Quote and article

Quote
The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either.
Benjamin Franklin
Reality of living that quote.
OTTAWA -- A new poll on attitudes toward terrorism suggests many Canadians think preserving national security is more important than protecting civil liberties. And the feeling is strongest amongst the sizeable minority who fear that they themselves could be victims of terrorism.
.......
According to the poll, Canadians are divided on whether the federal government has struck the right balance between national security and civil liberties in its counter-terrorism laws.

Though 37 per cent say the balance is about right, 23 per cent think the government has gone too far in protecting national security, while 18 per cent think it has tilted too far the other way.

But civil liberties appear to lose out to national security in some other questions.
What else can I say that would trump their own words?

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Quote and image

Quote
most attractive to Americans, the possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave, it being the ultimate means by which freedom was to be preserved."
-- James Burgh, 18th century English Libertarian writer, Shalhope, The Ideological Origins of the Second Amendment, p.604
Living that said quote.
Title: Union
Item Title: Negroes Arm Against Klan: Black Belt Smuggling Guns & Bullets
Author: N/A
Item Date: 10/08/1921
Item Location: Ohio Historical Center Archives Library
Call Number: Newspaper Roll #8847
Vol.: 16 No.: 40 Page: 04
Medium: Newspaper
Living free can be a dangerous act in some societies. Even ours.

Are you free to own firearms? People living in Illinois, California, and New York need not answer.
Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. ? James Madison, The Federalist Papers No. 46 at 243-244.

Friday, June 23, 2006

I'm not sure what it is, but diet cokes are messing with my mind. I drink water and lemonade when out and try to avoid carbonated drinks except when visiting my mom's. My wife is a diet coke junky and there is the problem. She will come home with a diet coke and I'll take a slug of it. I swear that I just took a drink of whiskey and coke. I don't get the alcohol flavor, but the essence of whiskey seems to be there. In my younger days I had a lot of experience with Jack and coke, and I'm getting it again. I did a test and it only works on diet cokes from a fountain machine. No cans. At chili's and other establishments the same thing occurs. Have they changed the formula lately or something? It's driving me to drink.
What happens when the state says "Jump!" and you don't?

That what we are about to find out in the story of a librarian, the demands of the state, and what used to be called due process.
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS -- Library Director Michele Reutty is under fire for refusing to give police library circulation records without a subpoena.

Reutty says she was only doing her job and maintaining the privacy of library patrons. But the mayor called it "a blatant disregard for the Police Department," which needed her help to identify a man who allegedly threatened a child.
..........
On May 12, Reutty said, she complied with the second subpoena -- which required a special computer program by the Bergen County Cooperative Library System. Police found the information right away, which helped them to identify the suspect, according to Colaneri.

But borough officials say Reutty intentionally stonewalled the police investigation by putting the library first. They also charged that she did not follow procedure by contacting the borough's attorney when she received the subpoena. Instead, she called a lawyer from the state library association.
The state said jump, she demanded due process, and for that she is in trouble. I guess a lot of lessons are being learned in that library.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

My Anti-gov



From BUREAUCRASH by way of Hammer of Truth
This makes a knot in my stomach

Read this and more.
"We're going to have to be mobile, agile and slightly hostile in trying to get the job of policing done in the City of Buffalo," Buffalo Police Chief H. McCarthy Gipson announced when he was appointed to his position in February 2006.

In April, Buffalo police made good on the boss's promise. The city conducted a massive anti-drug sweep from April 18 to April 20, dubbed "Operation Shock and Awe." Scores of police officers dressed in battle gear conducted 38 no-knock SWAT raids over the course of three days. They deployed diversionary grenades, broke down doors with battering rams, stormed residences with guns ablaze, and arrested 78 people.
It's getting harder to NOt call the police the enemy.
The power of the net

The story is long so I direct you to two sites. The New York Times article that is brief, or the guy's personal site that has delightful details.

From the New York Times article
Dirty Harry had his .44. Sherlock Holmes had his brain.

Evan Guttman had his computer, the Web and a few thousand people he had never met. That was enough.

Three weeks ago, Mr. Guttman went on a quest to retrieve a friend's lost cellphone, a quest that has now ended with the arrest of a 16-year-old on charges of possessing the missing gadget, a Sidekick model with a built-in camera that sells for as much as $350. But before the teenager was arrested, she was humiliated by Mr. Guttman in front of untold thousands of people on the Web, an updated version of the elaborate public shamings common in centuries past.
The story ends on an upbeat note.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Politics verses the blogs in Kentucky.

A blogger that has become a thorn in the side of the Governor of Ky find his site blocked on state computers.
I've gotten a handful of e-mails this morning already that BluegrassReport.org has apparently been blocked to state computers by the Commonwealth Office of Technology. Readers in three different cabinets have e-mailed to tell me they get a "blocked" message when they try to access the site.

Nothing like a little censorship with your breakfast. Welcome to the People's Republic of Kentucky.
Blocked the same day the site is quoted and mentioned in a New York Times article. What are the odds?

Matter of fact, the action might be illegal according to one comment..
Sounds like you have an excellent Equal Protection and Ky. Const. Sec. 2 case. Because the state's decision to ban your site is content-based, the decision should be subject to strict scrutiny. You also should be able to fit the case under 42 U.S.C. sec. 1983, which would give the right to attorneys' fees under 42 U.S.C. sec. 1988.
You piss one blogger off you get swarmed.
Armed Females of America

I was rather tickles the day I found out that I had been linked by the Armed Females of America. This post is for that organization.

I was surfing through the archives in the library of congress and came across an image of a whole group of armed females. From The New York Times (New York), March 18, 1917 issue it shows a group of young and old and they all were armed, and seemed comfortable with the firearms.



YOUNG SOCIETY WOMEN OF THE PINEHURST COLONY ORGANIZE A PREPAREDNESS GUN CLUB WHICH THEY CALL THE "HOME DEFENSE OF PINEHURST".


I was intrigued by this image. A group of women and even a young girl, all armed in a period when shooting was mostly seen as a man's sport. Who were they and why were they armed?

I first Googled Pinehurst colony and found one return. That was for this picture.

I then google just pinehurst and realized that Pinehurst colony was likely the early name for Pinehurst resorts. Pinehurst was founded by the Tufts family and I contacted the Tufts Archives to see if this image was from Pinehurst. The reply I received was not what I expected.
Gunner,

The image was most likely taken at the Gun Club at Pinehurst, North Carolina. We have several images here from that particular vantage point. From 1916 to 1924, Annie Oakley worked for the resort and she and Frank Butler operated the gun club. Annie thought that it was vital that women knew how to handle firearms. These women were probably her students.

Audrey Moriarty
Executive Director
Tufts Archives
Pinehurst, NC
Annie Oakley?!?!



When I originally saw the first image I looked at the date and felt it likely was a group of women worried about the "Huns" attacking America. The problem is it did not seem right. With the Annie Oakley information I did a little digging and came to the conclusion that maybe I was not wrong in the first place.

Annie Oakley was not just a shooting instructor and display shooter. She also involved herself in the politics of the war.
During 1915 and 1916, the Butlers traveled between Pinehurst, Cambridge, and Newcastle-by-the-Sea, New Hampshire. The later was a small resort owned by the owner of their hotel in Pinehurst. Finally, in 1917, the Butlers sold their home in Cambridge and moved to Pinehurst. That same year, Buffalo Bill Cody died. Annie Oakley wrote a long eulogy for him and for the passing of the wild west era.

With Buffalo Bill gone, Annie Oakley continued to press on with her own career. Although she did not return to the traveling arena, she continued to give performances and to remind people how she had fought for her right as a woman to compete with men and to be a performer. She also took great care to remind her fans that she had always been careful to be a lady and to act and dress as such. She and Butler were often unhappy about the costumes and manners of performers in other shows and would never associate with them. However, Annie also made a great effort to make a distinction between her efforts for women's rights and the woman's suffrage movement.

When the United States was pulled into World War I, Annie Oakley offered to raise a regiment of woman volunteers to fight in the war. She had made the same offer during the Spanish-American War. At neither time was that offer accepted. She also offered to teach marksmanship to the troops. She did travel across the country for the National War Council of the Young Men's Christian Association and War Camp Community Service. At stops at training camps, she gave shooting demonstrations. She also raised money for the Red Cross. The Butlers' dog, Dave, became the "Red Cross Dog" by sniffing out donations of cash hidden in handkerchiefs.
It looked like she went ahead and trained her own "home Defense of Pinehurst" group after all.

It does seem that she placed in her life a separation between shooting and the suffrage movement that is a bit puzzling.
Mary Zeiss Stange: Annie Oakley, for a variety of personal and perhaps professional reasons, did not ally herself with the feminist movement of her time. She didn't argue for -- in fact, she explicitly argued against -- women's suffrage. She didn't argue for the kinds of things that the so-called "new women" of her day were arguing for. But interestingly, and ironically, in a sense, she was living a lot of the things that her feminist sisters were arguing for. And in some ways, she was also arguing for some of the same things they were, especially with regard to equal pay for equal work. She was an early proponent of that... In a sense, Annie was rather like the kind of women that you hear still today, who say, "I'm not a feminist, but I believe in equal rights for women; I believe in equal pay for women."
While not a supporter of the suffrage movement Annie Oakley was a supporter of armed protection.
She says she teaches 15,000 women over the years. She tells stories. This is when she starts sounding like a feminist. "I think women should have the right to protect themselves and carry a gun." She even appears in the Cincinnati newspaper, showing how to hide your gun under an umbrella so no one will know you have it. Then if someone attacks you, you can pull it out.
A believer in concealed carry.

Annie Oakley showed the world that she could be better then the rest.

I end this with a bit from an Irving berlin song from the play "Annie get your gun"
Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better
I'm superior, you're inferior.
I'm the big attraction, you're the small.
I'm the major one, you're the minor one,
I can beat you shootin', that's not all.

anything you can do, I can do better.
I can do any thing better than you.
No you can't.
Yes I can.
No you can't.
Yes I can.
No you can't.
Yes I can, yes I can.

anything you can be I can be greater.
soon er or lat er, I'm greater than you.
No, you're not.
Yes I am.
No you're not.
Yes I am.
No you're not.
Yes I am, yes I am.

I can shoot a partridge with a single cartridge.
I can get a sparrow with a bow and arrow.
I can do most anything.
Can you bake a pie?
No.
Neither can I.
Annie Oakley and her students. Armed females of America.
Guess who is spying on you?

If you think the answer is the police, state, or the federal government you will be surprised to find you're wrong. They are tearing down daily the limits placed upon them, but some still exist.

Today the ones spying on you, and doing it for the government, are your own fellow people.
Numerous federal and local law enforcement agencies have bypassed subpoenas and warrants designed to protect civil liberties and gathered Americans' personal telephone records from private-sector data brokers.
These brokers, many of whom advertise aggressively on the Internet, have gotten into customer accounts online, tricked phone companies into revealing information and even acknowledged that their practices violate laws, according to documents gathered by congressional investigators and provided to The Associated Press.
While I like the free market I do have this to say. Working for the government should place upon you the same limits the gov has. The free market should NOT give the government an avenue to work around those limits. Limits such as the constitution and other laws.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Why I am against CCW.

The power to regulate is the power to withhold
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has revoked the concealed weapons license of a retired sheriff’s captain who waged a fiery but unsuccessful campaign to unseat him in last week’s election, a move the candidate’s lawyer called “blatant retaliation.”
Thanks to Say Uncle for this little lesson in life.
cross posted at This is Smyrna, Tn.

Last night I went to my first town government meeting. Even with my view of politicians I tried my best to go in with a non-judgmental eye towards the proceedings.

The meeting started at 7pm but my wife and I got there at 6:35 to get a feel of the place.

The feel I got was "where the heck are the citizens of Smyrna Tennessee?". There were only three other people in the room that did not have some sort of government id on a lanyard around their neck. The problem is that even those three had piles of paper giving them a "member of the system" look. Here they were, making decision on the budget and tax levels for the next year for everyone in the town, and no one seemed interested enough to show. That bothered me greatly.

When the council members first started to arrive a bit of levity was inserted into night. The room was hot. Uncomfortably hot. As each council member walked into the room a common line of "Why is it so hot in here", or a variant, was spoken. They then each walked over to the temp control and futily attempted to turn it down, just like each of the others has already tried.



That small box was the center of the councils attention at the beginning. I leaned over and whispered to my wife.
and all the kings horses
and all the kings men
couldn't get the AC
to work again
It was well into the meeting before things started to cool down.

The first one to show was Paul Johns and he seemed the friendly sort. Mainly because he was the only one to walk around and introduce himself. A good handshake impresses me and he did. The rest just wandered in and took their positions, including major Spivey. I was looking for a little glad handing.



The meeting started on time and my wife and I noted a few things. The first is the cameras. I'm not sure how the town meetings are broadcasted as I've never seen one. I gladly have no working TV in my house, thus no cable, and no community access channels. The meeting did not start when the major said so, the meeting started when a tech came out from the electronic room and said "in three, two, one," and then he retreated. Now I know the real power behind the throne.

Nice to know our local government runs on "cable/TV time"



The meeting then took the time to announce the subject matters of the meeting and got to work. The night was going to be involved with the years tax level and city government budget. That's when I was very disappointed, even in myself.

After announcing the issues for the night they opened the floor for public comments. Since it seemed my wife and I were the public that would have been us two. No one else was there. As previously mentioned that worried me.

After that uncomfortable moment of silence they got to work.

They started on the tax level and the needed tax increase. They bantered the subject and numbers around for the next hour with only one ripple. It seemed council member James Yates had an alternative budget that he felt would require little or no tax increase(not sure on that detail). The mayor and others did not seem to go for it. The view was that Yates's budget was not assembled with full input from each department head and did not take into consideration a lot of factors.

A certain amount of talk involved the number of police to hire. With input from the police chief about what would be a better resource to acquire. 4 patrol verses three narcotic or vice was the main subjects here. The police chief's main worry seemed to be that if certain areas were ingored a larger hire would be needed down the line to combat problems when they got to out of control.

They then voted and passed what tax level they thought was the best for the proposed budget.

They then went to look at and vote on the general budget and what was called non-profits. Things such as pet placement, animal control, United way, rescue squad, public housing, senior citizens center, and the boy and girls club(not sure of this last one).

This is where a humorous aspect of the night came in. They had already set the level BEFORE the looked at how much they were going to spend on certain non-profit items. They ended up a little over 100,000 over budget. After a period of debate the put most of the non-profits back at the same level of last year and still ended up over. Only thing they could do was to rescind their earlier vote on the tax level and increase it one cent. THEN they had the needed funds.

Because of the tax level they decided on the state law requires a public meeting before final vote. This meeting has been set for June 29th. I hope more people show up to have their say in how their money is spent.
The whole of the Bill of Rights is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals. It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of. ? Albert Gallatin of the New York Historical Society, October 7, 1789.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Buy or else

I'll admit the guy is a coot. One of those grumbling individuals most neighborhood have. I'll even admit that he broke some sort of law.

What I will not admit is that he should lose his house if he doesn't purchase the states monopoly product.
But Allegheny Power officials said the company owned the right of way, or it would not have installed the guy wire and anchor.

He could face even more problems if he doesn't tap into the public sewer system. Its officials could file a lien against his property if he doesn't connect
This little bit of nanny-state action was brought to my attention by Ozarks Nick at My Front Porch.
Well?

What is the opposite of concealed carry. VERY open carry.
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution (1776).


Sadly the PROPOSED Virginia constitution.
Agents of the government everywhere.

On the surface I would say that the idea of helping a victim is good. Hard to say otherwise. The problem is the government and the way it is doing it.
Maine is enlisting hairstylists in the ongoing effort to eliminate domestic abuse. The idea is that women often open up to their hairdressers, so they should be alert and report problems. "You build a trust with your stylist. They are the ones who are looking out for you," said Debra Krasniak of Cosmotech School in Westbrook, where a training session was held last month. "You tell your stylist a lot of things, and it becomes a safe place at times." ...

Sometimes controlling behavior can be spotted by a stylist, Krasniak said. "You might start offering a change [of hairstyle] and she says, 'No he would not like that,' or 'He would kill me if I cut my hair,"' she said. "You start to think there might be some control issues."
At least they're not doing this in the name of homeland security.

In the age of government intrusion "for your own good" this is simply outrageous. Who can you trust.
Three can keep a secret if two are dead
Franklin
DARE teaches kids to snitch on their own parents, truckers are trained to look for suspicious activities, and now hairdressers are being trained to REPORT possible abuse.

Orwell was so right.
A Party member lives from birth to death under the eye of the Thought Police. Even when he is alone he can never be sure that he is alone. Wherever he may be, asleep or awake, working or resting, in his bath or in bed, at their hairdressers, he can be inspected without warning and without knowing that he is being inspected. Nothing that he does is indifferent. His friendships, his relaxations, his behaviour towards his wife and children, the expression of his face when he is alone, the words he mutters in sleep, even the characteristic movements of his body, are all jealously scrutinized. Not only any actual misdemeanour, but any eccentricity, however small, any change of habits, any nervous mannerism that could possibly be the symptom of an inner struggle, is certain to be detected
Ok. I'll admit I added the hairdresser line. It just seemed to fit so nicely there.
"You tell your stylist a lot of things, and it becomes a safe place at times."
The article and the government brings forth the idea that the hairdressers is a nice safe place. How safe will those "abused" women be when their husbands find out they go there?

Trust no one seems to be the new catch phrase of our new society.

This issue has been covered before by Overlawyered.com here and here.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

cross posted at This is Smyrna, Tn blog

Smyrna Tennessee just gained an average of 4 pounds per person this fine weekend due to the culinary skills of the BBQ greats. The third annual Tennessee Heritage Barbecue Festival ended today at the Sam Davis home.
The Tennessee Heritage Barbecue Festival is a community event sponsored by the Sam Davis Home to celebrate the culturally diverse and rich heritage of Tennessee. The Festival will host an annual barbecue cook-off to celebrate the cuisine of fine barbecued meat. The categories of meat will include: Chicken, Pork Rib, Beef Brisket and Pork.
Out of those four categories I had my fill of three of them. Somehow I shamefully missed having brisket.

This BBQ festival was well attended by amateur and professional BBQ cooks from the south. I was not even trying to and I saw Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky represented.






Each stand had it's own "flavor" in layout and taste.





Dana and Judy Andrews kept my wife and I well fed while waiting the judges ruling. As they are our friends we rooted for them.



Of course no activity on a historical site like this can occur without civil war re-enactors. With public displays of skills, wares, and music they were one of the big draws.





I think what I liked the best was the setting. Most BBQ festivals are set in some sun blasted place with no shade or reprieve from the heat. Sam Davis home offered nice benches and shade to relax and take a moment to breathe, as I am doing in this picture.



all pictures enlarge when clicked.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

One man can make a difference.

This shows how one person being active in their beliefs can change the place they live in.
On February 22nd, Jeff Garvas from OFCC advised me to put all of the business from The Shoppes at Turnberry into the CPZ database, and write each one of them a personal letter from me to let them know they would be losing my business due to the posted parking lot. I mailed each one a letter. Several days later I received a phone call from the manager of the Speedway. She was surprised to find that the parking lot was posted and asked me for details regarding where the signs were located. She was not happy about it, and promised that this would not go unaddressed. I assumed she meant with the landlord. She further told me that her husband has a concealed carry license. To me that was good to hear in that it made me feel like I was not alone in opposing the posting of the signs by the landlord.
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On May 22nd, I noticed that the no weapons signs at the Shoppes at Turnberry had been removed!

I emailed OFCC to have the business in that shopping center removed from the CPS database (all but the two which still have their own signs on their store fronts).
A true grass roots activist.
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German philosopher

Friday, June 16, 2006

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND

I'm out of here. Unless Bush steps down, and we can all dream right, I'm going to be busy as heck today and tomorrow.

The last two weeks here in the extended No quarters household has been very interesting as these TWO POSTS show on my wife's blog. Things are only now getting back to a level of calm.

Party on people.
Yuck.

One accident, two vehicles, two dead, two survivors, and one EXTRA head makes for a heck of an accident report.
There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.
ROBERT HEINLEIN

Thursday, June 15, 2006

If they want it they will build it.

New York is shocked. Shocked I say. Seems that they have outlawed a lot of firearms and now are alarmed that people are building them illegally.
Police across the nation have recently been finding an alarming amount of homemade guns and weapons, Newsday reported.

The New York Police Department, during a narcotics raid in the Bronx, reportedly found a gun made out of a flashlight, the newspaper said. Sources told Newsday that disguised weapons allow drug dealers and other criminals to stay armed without arousing suspicion.

Police have said that the rise in homemade weapons is likely a response to the careful attention paid to finding and removing illegal guns.
"Likely a response"? The person who wrote this is an idiot.

The debate about the supply of guns on the street have the police and politicians saying that if we remove them, the violence will go away. This has been shown to be false when drugs were outlawed, and liquor and every other damned item they banned. Human desire NOT to be controlled will win.
Welcome to Tennessee.

“I told him: ‘You need to get off my truck.’ I warned him twice before I actually pointed the gun at him,” Frazier said.

Frazier said the man lunged at him. The pool of blood in the grass tells what happened next.

“I had no choice. I went ahead and shot him,” Frazier said.
Be nice
The history of liberty is the history of the limitations placed on the government.
WOODROW WILSON
A wonderful example.

I sometimes bring forth articles where there seems a double standard between the treatment of us proles and the servants of the system. Maybe it looks like I have a dislike, almost hatred, of the establishment. I hope so because I work hard to imply, say, and show that on this blog.

On The Liberty Zone, Nicki has been accused of cop bashing and cop hating. Seems an ex-law enforcement person trolled a post and threw out those claims. In her replies in the comments she brought forth a great example of the wide difference in treatment between the people, and the servants.
A high-rise window washer in Boston has been fired because he killed a sea gull on the job.

Christopher Guay was washing windows at a building on Devonshire Street last Friday. He told WBZ Radio's Carl Stevens he was being harassed by sea gulls.

"I was waving a broom all day and it was working up until the end of the day and I accidentally whacked one of them and killed it."
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An officer for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) arrested Guay. He spent Friday night in jail. He had to be
bailed out by his wife.

When he went to work Monday morning, he was told he was fired. (*)
A bird got him fired, arrested, and thrown into a lot of newspapers.

Compare that to this.

Two police officers patrolling the beach in an SUV ran over and killed a sunbather Monday, authorities said.

The officers did not immediately realize they ran over the woman and continued driving, police Cmdr. Tom Chronister said in a statement.

The officers, who were not immediately identified, had stopped on a small berm of sand to watch a swimmer whom they believed to be in distress. When they saw the swimmer was fine, they drove over the berm and apparently over the woman's head, authorities said.
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The officers have been placed on paid leave pending an investigation. (*)
No names in the paper, they still have their jobs, and they have not been arrested and thrown in jail. They even are paid while waiting for the results of the investigation.

Compare the two and honestly ask yourself how you would be treated if you had run over someone and continued driving away. Would the police buy the excuse that "I didn't know" when you get arrested?

This is a fine example of how the separation between the people, and the empowered servants of the system piss me off. People do not bash cops. People bash servants with extra-ordinary powers and privileges.
Protecting our airports

The DHS has taken over the job of protecting our airports and nation from terrorists t-shirt sellers.
Arriving at JFK from Dubai recently, I was stopped at customs by an officer from the Department of Homeland Security and directed to a drab backroom filled with Arabs, South Asians and Africans. I wasn't surprised, really, having just spent six months working and traveling in the Islamic world — Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Pakistan. If ever there were a DHS red-flag candidate,

I was it, and I assumed this was just protocol.
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No, these frontline warriors in the global war on terrorism at Homeland Security had far more pressing issues to question me about. "Why did you infringe on the Boston Celtics' copyright in Boston in 2003?" asked my case officer, Malik — ironically a Pakistani — from behind his high desk. Uh, because I used to sell T-shirts outside sporting events, I said, wondering what this had to do with national security.
Well now our nation is safe from t-shirts.

What happened to this criminal?
So I sat and waited. Four DHS officers working two cases — a Senegalese guy who was caught with $100,000 in a suitcase and mine — couldn't even get the NYPD on the phone. A debate then broke out among Malik, his co-worker and their boss about how to call the NYPD. Six hours later, the DHS still hadn't gotten word from the NYPD. A shift change was coming up, and officers aren't allowed to leave until finishing all their cases.

Instead of protecting the homeland from such a dangerous T-shirt-selling, off-road-rager like me, Malik set me free, so he could get home in time to watch Mike and the Mad Dog ("Eh, is Pedro pitchin' tonight?" I overheard an officer ask).
Held and released like a small fish because the DHS officers just wanted to go home. Maybe it was meatloaf night.
Third party candidates

The standard image os third party candidates are either Libertarians or one of the flag waving parties(i.e. Constitutional Party). In Flordia they have elected the ultimate of third party candidates. An Anarchist chearleader.
In 1996, Cara Jennings, then 19, and her sister Aimee started the Radical Cheerleaders in their hometown of Lake Worth, Fla., a town of 35,000 north of Ft. Lauderdale. Their fishnet-stocking, punked-out leather outfits and shredded garbage bag pom-poms caught on, as did their obscenity-laced chants against the neo-liberal agenda, the WTO and various other political causes. As the worldwide protest movement rose in the late ’90s, the radical cheerleaders became fixtures at anti-globalization rallies, and cheerleading troupes have sprung up around the world.

For the past six years, Jennings, who works as a special needs program director at a local high school, has been very active in local politics. In late 2005 she decided to run for an open city commission seat. Despite being a self-proclaimed anarchist, Jennings came in second in the primary for the District 2 commission seat, and then won in a run-off against a well-funded darling of developers and the sugar industry.
I bet that was a spicey election

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

IDIOTS!

The acts of government here in America has become to comfortably alligned with specific religious beliefs. I'm one of those people who believe the government should be far apart from religious doctrines.

Why? Because when religion and beliefs mix things like what is happening in Turkey occur.
-- Turkey's Islamic-rooted government has ordered a 500-year old Latin inscription believed to have been carved by the Knights of St. John erased from an old castle, newspaper reports said Tuesday.

In the written order, the Culture Minister told museum officials to scrape away the inscription "Inde deus abest," or "Where God does not exist," carved at the entrance to the dungeon of the Castle of St. Peter in the Aegean resort of Bodrum, Hurriyet, Sabah and Milliyet newspapers reported Tuesday.
History erased by government/religious decree. Odd. One of our government allies is acting rather Taliban'ish.
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.
The Owl and the Pussycat poem

The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are, you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are."
Pussy said to the Owl "You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing.
O let us be married, too long we have tarried;
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling your ring?"
Said the Piggy, "I will"
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon.
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand.
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
Blogging maybe, but message boards yes.

A classic case of a legal bully losing to the basic rights we have just came to my attention. A lawsuit was dismissed against a blogger for comments left on his message board.
Bloggers cannot be hit with libel suits on the basis of anonymous postings on their Web sites because federal law grants them immunity by explicitly stating that they cannot be treated as the "publisher" of such comments, a federal judge has ruled.

In his 22-page opinion in DiMeo v. Max, U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell held that the pre-emption clause of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act -- a provision that remains intact despite court rulings that struck down some of its key provisions -- effectively "overrides the traditional treatment of publishers under statutory and common law."
The comments were left on the blogs separate message board, so the cross over protection to blog comments are tenuous I think.

I'm just glad in this society of lawsuits and dying rights a win can occur.
[Over lawyered]

Monday, June 12, 2006

Well I'm slightly irritated

I have taken my brothers out shooting with me and they both now want an AK based model. Their lever actions, and deer rifles suited them until the craddled a nice Ak in their hands. While mine is the older MAK90 they are willing to get pretty much any model that will not fall apart.

Why does this irritate me? It doesn't. Something else is.

I drop by the AR15.com boards pretty much daily. The section I normally stay in is the Survival forum. A good place for preparedness information without the high level of aluminum hat theories being thrown around.

About three days ago I was there and a flashing banner add at the top grabbed my attention. A "GUNS! GUNS! GUNS!" ad that was right up my alley. This ad listed .308 rifles(with the silhouette of a FN FAL in it) for only $359.




That seems pretty good for a .308. I've looked into them some, and this seemed low enough to get by my wife filter that many of us suffer under. I figured I would check it out. Then the AK-47 flashed up with a price that made me click through right then.



$249?!?! WOW! Even if a SAR1 or something new on the market it would work for my brothers. I was pretty exited and went right to their site to see what it was. Hell! I might even get one for the misses.

The problem arose because as I searched their site I could not find anything less expensive then a $439 combo package in the AK section. A small $190 difference.

I even went to the .308 rifle section and the closest I could find was only $969 for a FN and $799 for a G-3 STYLE .308 Precision Target Rifle in ALL of the .308 section. Well this $610 - $440 was bothersome.

I even went to their bargain(in name only) section. The three firearms listed were less then a bargain. The one AK they had for under 300 was a SAIGA hunting style rifle. I guess after a hundred plus it could be make into what my brothers are looking for. Still not damned happy here.

WHERE ARE THE ADVERTISED RIFLES PEOPLE?

I figured I would ask them that question. Go to the source and all. I sent the following email off to them.
I saw your banner ad on AR15.com and it mentioned an AK-47 for 249$ and a .308 rifle for 359$. I cannot find either on the price lists. Are they in another section?
Simple sweet and to the point, but without being rude.

Reply.
Those rifles are no longer in stock

Thank You
Atlantic Firearms
Then why list great deals to get people to go there and not have them for sale? If you had time to remove them from the listed firearms on your website you could easily have changed the graphic in you ad.

I first saw the ad on thursday(?) and it is still up and running.

Changing the ad is called common courtesy.

So I'm not impressed with Atlantic Firearms. Not at all.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Were you one laughing?

Lets see.
SO STRANGE. WE ROLL OUR EYES AT THE PARANOIDS, BUT time and again, their paranoia turns out to be prescient. "They" (you know, those mysterious people who control the world) really were planning to implant tracking chips in human beings. "They" really did use black (that is dark, unmarked) helicopters. "They" really were scooping up all our phone calls and emails. There really was -- and is -- a creepy, secretive government agency called FinCEN, spying on our financial doings. "They" really do run secret courts that issue secret warrants -- that is, when they don't just feel like snooping or locking people up without all that fuss.

There really are "security" agencies we've never heard of -- until we hear of them. At which point, after a brief flurry of concern, they become just another part of our reality.

And now, there really are internment camps being built in the U.S. to house masses of people without due process. Remember how we laughed at those funny old paranoids over that claim. Hahahahaha.
Jokes not so funny now is it?

Friday, June 09, 2006

What threat was he?

From the article.
For the second time in the past two months, an Orlando police officer is in court defending himself.

Peter Linnenkamp is accused of stunning a teenager with a Taser gun while the teen was handcuffed and strapped to a hospital gurney at Florida Hospital,
This was not about safety. It was about the fact that the system controls you and if you resist ANY control force will be used.

The first time he was in court this was the verdict.
Linnenkamp was acquitted in April on one count of battery, but the jury deadlocked on the Taser gun use.
So lets tie his ass down adn taser him. After all it's NOT battery.

The system is so broken.
A rather interesting line of thought

I do believe that where there is a choice only between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. Thus when my eldest son asked me what he should have done had he been present when I was almost fatally assaulted in 1908 [by an Indian extremist opposed to Gandhi's agreement with Smuts], whether he should have run away and seen me killed or whether he should have used his physical force which he could and wanted to use, and defend me, I told him it was his duty to defend me even by using violence. Hence it was that I took part in the Boer War, the so-called Zulu Rebellion and [World War I]. Hence also do I advocate training in arms for those who believe in the method of violence. I would rather have India resort to arms in order to defend her honor than that she should in a cowardly manner become or remain a helpless witness to her own dishonor.
Mohandas K. Gandhi, Young India, August 11, 1920 from Fischer, Louis ed.,The Essential Gandhi, 1962
I have mange

At least it looks like I do. My wife and I went driving last weekend in her convertible. I, like a fool, forgot my hat. Well as the Tennessee sun is hotter and brighter then the rest of the country I ended up red all over with a few small blisters on the top of my ears. I keep my head buzzed to stubble and today it showed. I awoke and my wife's large eyes full of shock welcomed me. It seems my whole scalp has peeled and is being held by the stubble. I look like I have scalp mange. Ick.

Time for a short buzz and a shower before I subject the world to myself.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session. Mark Twain
Our rights and insects.

A famous quote has given me pause to think.
Heinlein - Specialization is for Insects
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
In the above quote I can honestly say I can do a bit over half. I guess that's better then most, and less then I truly wish for. With that said I look at blogs and see a problem. One thing that I have noticed in the blog world is that rights, and individual issues run strong. Sadly I wonder if it is hurting those same causes in it's own strange way.

The main stream media has a habit of looking down on us as yapping dogs and nothing more then a nuisance. I will admit that they are right. Outside of a few acts of brilliance the blog world has had no major effects on things.

I wonder if a better analogy of blogs would be scurrying insects. Each specialized and prone to not seeing the big picture.

There are many blogs out there that push an issue. Kim du Toit, with others like The smallest Minority and Publicola, has the gun issue hammered nicely. Property rights are dealt with nicely by Say Uncle and Bizzy Blog. Free speech and electronic rights are handled by Boing Boing. All working nicely in their own prospective fields, and yet rather specialized.

Do you the reader know that the major league views you watching baseball on your computer as theft or that taking pictures on a public street in San Francisco can get you roughed up? These battles are being fought by people daily and they have nothing to do with the ability to keep and bear arms. Do you know of the battles occurring over the milk that you drink each morning? An issue likely not addressed on any Carnivals. When was the last time you read about the efforts to let you make adult choices about your own life, and body?

Instapundit has recently released a book called An Army of Davids. Described as this
There was a time in the not-too-distant past when large companies and powerful governments reigned supreme over the little guy. But new technologies are empowering individuals like never before, and the Davids of the world-the amateur journalists, musicians, and small businessmen and women-are suddenly making a huge economic and social impact.

In Army of Davids, author Glenn Reynolds, the man behind the immensely popular Instapundit.com, provides an in-depth, big-picture point-of-view for a world where the small guys matter more and more. Reynolds explores the birth and growth of the individual's surprisingly strong influence in: arts and entertainment, anti-terrorism, nanotech and space research, and much more.

The balance of power between the individual and the organization is finally evening out. And it's high time the Goliaths of the world pay attention, because, as this book proves, an army of Davids is on the rise.
From the description he sees an army of Davids, but I see a situation where our limit has been achieved because of specialization of subject matter.

Each blog produces a product for their individual market/audience. That's what a blog does best. The question can best be phrased this way. Is the limited product from a blog killing the power of the blogs?

I write this to have you do something new. Go to google and pick 2-3 new blogs that deal with issues you may not be normally involved with, or worry about, on a daily basis. If you're a gun nut pick a blog that deals with electronic rights. Find out how the actions of political groups are controlling your TIVO, satellite radio, or ability to save songs to a disc. If you're involved with property rights find a blog that deals with the rights to protect yourself in your own house.

To put it bluntly. Get off of your specialized butt and learn about a new issue as it is occurring.

Bloggers who quote Heinlein and look up to him, need to look at their pet causes, and see if they have become an insect when it comes to their political activity.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. — Edward Abbey
RETREAT!!!!!

Last Friday the police chief of New Orleans declared that they would seize guns if there is another tornado situation like Katrina. The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) jumped into this fight and filed court papers to properly slap the Police chief down.

Soon after the mentioned filing the chief backed down..they say.
Within two hours of an announcement that the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) was calling for a Justice Department investigation of New Orleans Police Superintendent Warren Riley’s plan to confiscate guns again if a major storm hits the city this year, SAF learned that Riley has backed off.


"Somehow,” said SAF founder Alan Gottlieb, "I don’t believe this is a coincidence. Earlier this year, as our attorneys were about to enter a motion for contempt against Riley and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin in federal court, the city finally admitted that it did have hundreds of seized firearms in its possession. That came after months of denial the city had taken guns from anybody.
I found this article in two places(second link) but cannot find out WHAT the police chief said, or did, to declare that he made a mistake. Until I see direct quotes or press releases I'm holding this as possible good news.

If someone can find his "backing down" in more details then a second hand article please comment for my thousand, hundreds, dozens of readers.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Fighting BB in England

To many speed cameras placed for the sole reason of getting your money creates resistance. This comes in the form of fire.
Video laugh for the day.

A simple question.
What happens when you combine 200 liters of Diet Coke and over 500 Mentos mints? It's amazing and completely insane.
The video is the answer.
To trust arms in the hands of the people at large has, in Europe, been believed...to be an experiment fraught only with danger. Here by a long trial it has been proved to be perfectly harmless...If the government be equitable; if it be reasonable in its exactions; if proper attention be paid to the education of children in knowledge and religion, few men will be disposed to use arms, unless for their amusement, and for the defence of themselves and their country. — Timothy Dwight, Travels in New England and New York [London 1823]
I'm still a kid at heart. Does that count?

Another anti-gun article brought to my attention by Keep and Bear Arms with a small note.

The article is straight forward trash.
I am on record as saying the world would be better off without guns. Actually, I'm really not anti-gun, I'm just fed up with reckless and ruthless gun owners. Collectors and sportsmen don't generally fall into either category.
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Last September, a study by researchers at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 1.7 million children live in homes with loaded, unlocked guns. More than 500 children die annually from accidental gunshots. Some shoot themselves, while others kill friends or siblings, often after discovering a gun.
500!. That's a lot, then the article's submitter included this.
Submitter's Note: Actually according to the CDC's WISQARS website, in 2002 and 2003 there were less than 1/10th of that number of children (13 and under) accidentally killed by guns. To reach the over 500 annually number, you have to include 'children' up to 45 years old.
45!. I'm still a kid.

Let's go and skip school today people.
A one quart comment

Have you ever read a line from a politician and the desire to drink to attempt to understand it was overwhelming? Most of the time I mutter that I need a good shot or two of something to comprehend them. Today I have come across one that reaches all the way up into the one quart level of needs. Of course this line comes out of New York.
Criminals convicted of gun crimes in New York City would have to register and update their addresses _ similar to sex offenders _ under a law proposed by city officials on Monday.
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The council also will seek to ban gun painting kits that are used to make real firearms look like toys.
Gun painting kits?

Here is Bloomberg holding his own Honey-Mustard and BBQ colored firearms, Or as he likes to call them "Little Honey and Big B"



Now here is the problem for me. The color of fake guns are set by the state.
Local laws already require that toy guns be certain pastel or fluorescent colors to distinguish them from real ones. Although no painted guns have been recovered in connection with crimes, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said, the proposed law is a pre-emptive move, intended to stop criminals from potentially tricking police officers with candy-colored weapons.
So he is worried people will color real guns to look like fake guns. So they would be fake fake guns. If two negative makes a positive, then is not the real gun a real gun?

I feel sorry for the small girl who owns this rifle.



To Bloomberg the owner of this bARbie-15 firearm is a felon.

How damned sad can a government get before we hang them people?
WHAT!?!?

The story on the surface seems pretty straight forward. Man tries to kill women and fails. The reason he failed was the gapping shotgun wound in his chest. Good reason to fail in my eyes. It's the statement from the police that confuses me.
Sheriff's Capt. Brad Stanley said a man tried to force his way into the front door of 2804 Friedland Church Road, where a woman who may have been his former girlfriend lives. The man shot off the locks of the front door with a shotgun and entered the house, he said.
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The woman ran to a house next door at 2808 Friedland Church Road, where a married couple lives, Stanley said. The man followed her and shot off the lock of a side door of the neighbor's house. A man inside the second house killed the attacker with a shotgun, Stanley said.
Now with those hard-to-twist facts in the open the authorities have their say.
Authorities have yet to say whether the shooting was in self-defense
WHAT?

Monday, June 05, 2006

Why are you surprised?

Come on people! He is a career government drone who answers to the system, not to YOU.
Gun rights activists were up in arms Friday after New Orleans Police Chief Warren Riley said he would confiscate weapons should disaster strike.

The chiefs comments came after a federal lawsuit forced the city to return hundreds of firearms that were seized in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In an interview with WWL Radio, Riley said his officers would seize guns from people on the streets if another storm was to hit New Orleans.

During a circumstance like that, we cannot allow people to walk the street carrying guns as law enforcement officers we will confiscate the weapon if a person is walking down the street and they may be arrested, Riley said.
The lawsuit that has been in the news was to get the seized firearms back. Not to keep them from doing it again.

When they government is in a corner it's first reaction is to limit your rights for your own protection. Never has worked, but they keep doing it over and over again.

Also note that the announcementment came AFTER the mayoral election down there. Odd timing don't you think?

Saturday, June 03, 2006

"Secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy ... censorship. When any government, or any church, for that matter, undertakes to say to it's subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything. You cannot conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him." --Robert A. Heinlein, "Revolt in 2100" (Pg. 68-69, Baen Books paperback edition, 1999 printing)

Friday, June 02, 2006

WOMEN!

All I did was to get my younger brother to shave his head last night and now my mom is miffed. Go figure!
Good quote for the day.

If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government — and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws. — EDWARD ABBEY

I'm with him.
It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error. — Justice Robert H. Jackson
A race is born

There was an old sci-fi book with a certain "race" in it. The name of the book eludes me but the story was simple. This "race" had used technology and other sciences to alter themselves and make them stronger, smarter, and other such improvements. They had taken the name "Morthen". It was a play of a phrase that they were "More Then human".

That name popped into my head when I read this section of words from a certain politician.
It’s been amusing to watch Congress fret over the FBI’s decision to raid the office of their colleague, Rep. William Jefferson. Current Speaker Dennis Hastert called it “the wrong path,” and has demanded a return of the documents seized. An unnamed member told the Washington Post that the tactics was “unduly aggressive.” Rep. John Conyers called the raid “an act of tremendous violence.” On Tuesday, Rep. James Sensenbrenner held hearings titled, “Reckless Justice: Did the Saturday Night Raid of Congress Trample the Constitution?” At those hearings, Sensenbrenner announced his intention to introduce legislation protecting Congress from future, similar police searches.
Some use science to improve themselves and become "more then" the rest of us. Some uses the law. Protected from search warrents and due process places them even higher above us then they already are. Can we start hanging the bastards?

A race is born. You just have to be elected to this one.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

MORE Guys with Guns.

True High School rifle clubs are sadly a part of history. Rifle ranges in the schools even more so. I found a small set of images of another High School rifle club for your enjoyment.

These pictures were taken on 1915 May 15 at McKinley High School. The film for those interested is Gelatin dry plate negatives.


Group portrait of members of the McKinley High School rifle club, lying prone on a sidewalk, with rifles in front of them. McKinley High School was located at 2040 West Adams Street in the Near West Side community area of Chicago, Illinois


Group portrait of members of the McKinley High School rifle club, standing in shooting position. They are standing near a brick building. McKinley High School was located at 2040 West Adams Street in the Near West Side community area of Chicago, Illinois.

What I like is the image of what was considered proper school clothing. A jacket and vest.

A closeup of the rifles show little detail.



Of course no high school club can exist without a sponsor of some sort.


Full-length portrait of Francis E. Brimblecom, an educator, standing by William McKinley High School, where he sponsored the rifle club.

A picture like this is strange and thought provoking. Here stands a man who educated children, sponsored clubs, and yet has no internet existence outside of this one lone image. In today's electronic world the question arises. Do you exist if history and the internet does not recognize you?

The school building was an imposing structure and to my surprise I find that it still is in use.



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To damn lazy

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