Thursday, August 31, 2006

Forbidden goods


When a state tries to ban an object, or subject, all they do is drive it underground. It is still there, and sometimes in a greater amount then before.

I came across two references to a supply created by a ban. A wonderful tale of using what was on hand when all else is controlled.
Here’s an interesting story. In the 1950s there was very little access to western music in the USSR so people had to rely on records coming into the country from eastern Europe where limitations were less strict. As a result the influx of records coming in from beyond the iron curtain was very small and of course made the records themselves very expensive.

To compensate for this a group of enterprising and technically inclined people learned to make copies of these recordings with a converted phonograph. The cheapest and most available material to make these copies on turned out to be discarded x-ray plates and in only a few years millions of duplications were created and distributed throughout the country. These copies would only last about five months but were also only about one-fifth the price of an actual record so became very popular.
More details here. Damn I like stuff like this.

Spank me baby. Just not in England

Well my "little red riding hood and the big big big bad wolf" fantasy may now be in jeopardy in England. I can still have it, I just cannot photograph it.
A mother whose daughter died at the hands of a man obsessed with violent internet porn has won her fight for a ban on possessing such images.
The government has announced plans to make the possession of violent porn punishable by three years in jail.
Now the kidnapping and murder is already illegal. Another simple law will not stop bad people.

What will is a nice jacketed hollow point fired from a .357 magnum at close range, but those bad handguns are banned in England also.

The American dream

There is a saying that I like. "The business of America is business". While America was built on the ideals of freedom, the foundation is a free market. Sadly the government "knows best", no matter who it runs out of business.
Amare Taye staked his claim to the American Dream when he opened a small convenience store in Seattle's Central Area.

After fleeing Ethiopia in 1984, he washed dishes for $3 an hour, drove cabs and forklifts and changed bedpans as a nurse's assistant. All those years of hard work were worth it when, in 1998, he bought King's Deli at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and East Cherry Street.
A fine example of a success story. Sadly the government, and an elite, have a regulatory future for him.
Prodded by complaints from increasingly upscale Seattle neighborhoods, the Washington State Liquor Control Board is mulling new rules that would yank half the beers and wines from Taye's coolers. Steel Reserve, Olde English "800," Thunderbird 34 cheap beers and fortified wines in all would be banned.

"They're going to push me to the curb. I really have no idea what I am going to do," Taye says, waving his hands and speaking in a rapid, angry staccato. "I think about it when I sleep. I think about it when I walk around. I think about it when I am with my family."
The facts are simple. If he has a market, he stocks what the market buys. If the neighborhood goes upscale, then he will stock what they buy. It's how a business makes a prophet. Instead of letting the market decide what he stocks, they will strangle him with regulations and run him out of business.

The modern American dream is slowly being strangled by red tape.

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Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you. — PERICLES (430 BC)

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Salt

I have mentioned that here in the No quarter household that we believe in food storage. A desire to buy now, what might be in short supply one day.

Besides the basic food items that may come to mind are other essential items.

One of the most important items in my view is salt.

We have here a rather broad selection of salts, each for a different reason.

The pickling salt is an obvious. Good for pickling and canning alike. It does not have a decaking agent added that can effect color, and some say taste, of food. The green lid jars cost $1.90 and are not worth it for the most part. Two of the ones shown have been used and are now holding WalMart brand pickling salt, at $.90 a box. Two boxes will fill two tubes, and leave enough for a ziplock bag. If you like home canning, pickling, or even fermenting, then get a lot of this type. It can be used as table salt.

Now the three off-red tubes of salt are useful as a lesson to me. That is to make sure you look carefully at the label before throwing them into the cart. I was trying to buy Iodized salt, and picked up the non-iodized salt. Lesson learned.

Now the rest are simple cheap tubes of iodized salt. Used as table salt in most of the world, the iodide (not iodine) is added for your health.
Iodised salt is table salt mixed with a minute amount of iodide salts to help reduce the chance of iodine deficiency, which can lead to thyroid gland problems, the most common being goiters. Only tiny quantities of iodine are required in a diet to prevent this disease, but there are many places around the world where natural levels of iodine in the soil are low and the iodine is not taken up by vegetables.
All together we have stored in a tote under our bed 28 pounds of salt in various forms. I likely will add another 10-15 pounds by the end of this year.

Salt is so cheap that spending $4-5 will get you on the way to a good start in food storage.

I don't recommend people go out and blow thousands on bulk food purchases, as bulk buys are normally dumb bulk buys. I DO recommend a "living" food storage. It grows and shrinks as you use it, and it becomes part of your regular grocery shopping, cooking, and budgeting.

Are you a bad person?

I'm not sure what defines "bad" in this brave new world we live in, but the question has importance to me. Do you consider yourself a good person or a bad person?

Don't answer yet! Otherwise I may have to hurt you.

I was reading an article about concealed carry in South Carolina and one line jumped out and it bothered me.
Over the past 10 years, South Carolina has become a much safer place to live, work and raise a family. Since the General Assembly wisely chose to allow good citizens to carry guns for self-defense, the violent crime rate has sharply declined. And although the mainstream news media largely avoid reporting such facts, the truth is more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens equals less crime.
So are you "good". Because if you are not. I may just be coming for you. The state government of South Carolina has implied that you cannot protect yourself effectively, or not at all, and that is good for "bad" people.

When the state decides who is good and bad then we are all categorized cattle.

Even "bad" people have the right to protect themselves from others.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

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The merit of our Constitution is not that it promotes democracy, but checks it. —HORATIO SEYMOUR

Reminds me of the picnic curse

You know the one. You're out on a picnic and you speak the cursed words. "Dang this is beautiful weather". That brings either storms, hail, sleet, or brimstone.

The Feds may have become the next picnic victim.
Feds optimistic that New Orleans is storm-ready

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal emergency officials claim New Orlean's levee system is ready for another major hurricane.
"I think we're in good shape," Don Powell, President Bush's Gulf Coast coordinator, said Sunday. "There's no question in my mind, we're ready."
He said they are ready. New Orleans is doomed!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Call me heartless. I don't care

I dare you. Why? Because in life I can only bend to the whims and the emotional well being of so many people before I say "Screw this" and quit caring. I have seen one to many articles on one subject and find myself running into the "screw this" wall at full speed.
It was meant to be funny. But a fake plane crash during the opening Emmy awards skit made many cringe on Sunday _ the same day 49 people died in a fiery plane crash in Kentucky.
The skit, aired live at the start of NBC's Emmy telecast, brought a swift response from the general manager of NBC's Lexington, Ky., affiliate, WLEX.

"It was a live telecast. We were completely helpless," Tim Gilbert was quoted as saying on the Lexington Herald-Leader's Web site.

"By the time we began to react, it was over. At the station, we were as horrified as they were at home," Gilbert said.

Criticism of the sequence also appeared on other Web sites Sunday night, including the Los Angeles Times, where television columnist Scott Collins called it "cringe-inducing" and "of questionable taste." #
I am so sorry that this crash happened. I am sorry that people died. I also am real damned sorry that people feel we should bend over for their emotions. I have lost family members to car wrecks and heart attacks. Should ALL TV channels refuse to show any movie, episode, or play that have those subjects in them on those days? If I whine enough can I get all of those shows removed permanently?

Some days I just want to throw open the window and scream "Quit your damn whining and get on with life". Today is one of them. Maybe I should plan a middle Tennessee blogger get together for this weekend and show the movie Airplane. I'm just on one of those moods.

You don't say?

I had to reread a section of this article a few times before I could even start to get a grasp of it. It's not a complex article or involves higher math or anything like that. What I had to do was go and drink massive ammounts of liquer to kill enough brain cells to understand a certain government mindset.
A Madison County grand jury declined to issue any charges Thursday against a 36-year-old Collinsville man who fatally shot another man during a gunfight.

The grand jury heard testimony from witnesses and was given the option of charging the survivor with first-degree murder and second-degree murder. A prosecutor said the grand jury determined the survivor, who was shot three times before returning fire, acted in self-defense.
Now call me simple. Call me a mindless gun nut. What I can say, with all honesty, is that if I have just been shot THREE times then I am almost assuredly protecting myself by shooting the man doing me harm.

Now logic aside I can understand why it did go to the grandjury. Illinois does not have, and with the state government they have likely never will, have a stand your ground law. Illinois demands you run like a child and beg the government to do what you should be able to do. That is to kill someone trying to kill you.

Shocked beyond words

Stupid lawsuits amaze me, and this one, from Overlawyered, goes just a little beyond.
A Broadmoor man who said he rescued more than 200 residents after commandeering a boat during the flood after Hurricane Katrina is being sued by the boat's owner for taking it 'without receiving permission.'" Mark Morice cut the unattended boat loose and managed to hot-wire it, then used it to rescue an elderly dialysis patient and many others; he then left the vessel for other rescuers' use. "The lawsuit contends that boat owner John M. Lyons Jr. suffered his own distress, in the form of 'grief, mental anguish, embarrassment and suffering ... due to the removal of the boat,' as well as its replacement costs."
I can almost, just almost, see the replacement part. The rest is simply sad. Maybe the fact that the rescuer is a lawyer, with possibly deep pockets, may be a factor.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

A song to start the week with

Alabama stupidity

An elected candidate has been disqualified to run for office in Alabama. She was not disqualified because of lack of votes. Nope. She was disqualified because the party she is a member of knows best. Translate that as "screw you voters! Your betters know best!"
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A Democratic Party committee Thursday night disqualified an openly gay candidate for the Alabama Legislature and the woman she defeated in the primary runoff because both women violated a party rule that party officials said no other candidate has obeyed since 1988.

The committee voted 5-0 to disqualify Patricia Todd, who was attempting to become the state's first openly gay legislator, and Gaynell Hendricks.
This article is full of "Boot on your face" party politics.
Attorney Bobby Segall told the committee earlier Thursday that if the party disqualified Todd for not filing a financial disclosure form with the party chairman it would also have to disqualify the party's nominee for governor, Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley, and for lieutenant governor, former Gov. Jim Folsom Jr.
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Committee members and party officials said the committee's decision would not affect any other Democratic Party nominees - like Baxley - because the results of other races have already been certified.
Selective weeding out who they do not like.
A challenge filed by Hendricks' mother-in-law, Mattie Childress, claimed that Todd filed her campaign financial disclosure form with the Alabama secretary of state's office late to hide a $25,000 contribution from a national gay rights group.
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Hendricks said after the hearing that she believes the outcome of the election would have been different if voters had known the source of some of Todd's campaign funds.
WOW! A gay candidate getting money from a gay rights group. What a shocking development. Who would have guessed? What are the odds? yadda yadda yadda

Can we say "grasping at straws" children. Good. I knew you could.

The situation is also complicated by a letter written by the head of the black caucus.
"Of course if I was black I don't think they would have contested the election," Todd said. She blamed the contest on Joe Reed, longtime chairman of the black Democratic caucus, who wrote a letter before the election urging black leaders to support Hendricks because of her race and stressing the need for keeping the seat in black hands.

Segall also alluded to Reed's influence in his closing statement to the committee.

"This is about race. Folks are upset that a white woman won in a black district. There are some times you just have to say 'this isn't right,'" Segal said.
With all of the smoke and mirrors in this story it all comes down to one issue. That issue is a ballot box. The voters went out and voted and they picked the one they wanted to represent them. The party and caucus heads decided the voters of Alabama are simply to stupid to make the right choice.

If anyone other then Todd gets into office under the democratic party ticket then an overused line would finally be true. That person would be "selected, not elected".

How stupid are Alabama voters?

Saturday, August 26, 2006

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The limitation of tyrants is the endurance of those they oppose. — Frederick Douglass

Friday, August 25, 2006

Busy day

Going out of town to take my baby brother to school. See you around.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

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"The ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination." --Voltaire (Source: Brainyquote.com)

Government sues Maine

Seems Maine wants to know if Verizon gave it's users info to the government. The Gov is NOT happy.
The U.S. government sued Maine officials on Tuesday to block their demand that Verizon disclose whether it gave the government's spying program access to its customer data, documents showed.

The government's civil suit, submitted by the U.S. Department of Justice to a district court in Maine, said the Maine public utilities officials' attempts to obtain information on Verizon's involvement with the National Security Agency (NSA) were "invalid".
Wish them luck.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Arresting the troll

Deb Frisch has become well known as a grande-troll. So trollish that she lost her job due to her own desires to cause troubles.

It seems her activities went beyond trolling and into the realm of criminal activities.
The saga of Deborah Frisch, long-time comment troll and all-around kook, took another troubling, but not exactly unforeseeable turn in the last 48 hours. As far as we know, she is now the first troll of the political blogosphere to face criminal charges relating to such activity. On August 21 she was arraigned in an Oregon courtroom on charges of stalking and telephone harassment (PDF). The docket can be found at the link preceding, but is captured below for your viewing pleasure:
It seems she may be more, or less, of a troll then some think. Her life seems a cycle of selfdestructive activities.
Instead, her online behavior became even more erratic: Posting fake suicide notes, angering colleagues on an academic listserv, claiming to pursue legal action against Goldstein, Ace of Spades HQ and Matthew Heidt of Blackfive. And most strangely, attacking the folks at lefty satire blog Sadly, No!, well known for its disdain of Goldstein, and which had previously belittled the Frisch controversy. More recently she has gone so far as to heckle Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden (whom she has claimed an interest in working for) and, apparently, now managed to stalk and harass former colleagues in Oregon.
Some bring up the idea that she may have a drinking problem, and some say the cycle indicates a manic-depressive problem. I'm not sure if they are right, or just wild ass guesses. I have followed her story for a while as it was an extreme case. Now I simply feel sorry for her.

Taking the first step to libertarianism

Della croft hits it right on the head.
Time for the evening news: Police have arrested Mr. Consenting Adult for soliciting a prostitute and possession of a small amount of marijuana. He will serve a sentence of 5 years, at the government’s expense, in which time his career will be ruined and his lovely wife and children will be subjected to the stigma of having an ex-convict in the family. But, hey, the streets are now free of this menace to society.

In our second story: Mr. Violent Offender was released on his own recognizance, the police having not read him his Miranda rights. His cell will be occupied by Mr. Consenting Adult. I thought to myself, “Surely I am not the only one who sees the absurdity in this!”

Welcome to Libertarianism.
The state has removed the term "consenting" from our daily life. We must ask their permission to live.

Take that first step please.

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A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves...and include all men capable of bearing arms. — Richard Henry Lee, Additional Letters from the Federal Framer (1788) at p. 169

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Fighting back against the fear

I have to give a big "thumbs up" to Ryanair. An airline company that sees all of this chicken little security rules as the idiocy that it is.
Ryanair today threatened to sue the government for compensation unless airport security measures are returned to normal within seven days.
Michael O'Leary, the outspoken chief executive of Ryanair, described the new restrictions as "farcical Keystone Cops security measures that don't add anything except to block up airports", as he issued the ultimatum.
It needed to be said.

Ryabair is also jabbing the government security rules on their own website with a "not safe for work" image and text that you cannot miss. Honest!

Tension at work?

You don't have to like the ones you work with. Siskel and Ebert always seemed to work well with each other, until I saw this clip.



OUCH!

Why not fired?

An offduty cop fires his "off-duty" handgun, and then lies about the situation to cover for his negligence. This stood out in the article.
Greg W. Kennedy, 29, of 11 Maude Terrace, speaking briefly on the steps outside his home yesterday, said the incident has cost him his firearms permit and may cost him his full-time job at a private security company, but he expects to keep his part-time job as an officer with the Randolph Auxiliary Police Force
It "may" cost him his off duty job, but he "expects" to keep his police position. That somehow seems backwards. Shouldn't the police have higher standards then a mall-cop?

This either implies how hard it is to fire a cop, or how little the police care what their employees do.

Like a badly made movie - part 2

In a previous post I commented on the city of Montville attempts to limit gun rights. The earlier article was so filled with cliches that it became humorous.

It now looks like the city council, and the mayor, is in full retreat and damage control.
Montville Mayor Joseph Jaskiewicz is honoring residents' wishes and withdrawing his proposed target-shooting ordinance.

Jaskiewicz said he has received a "significant" number of phone calls and letters opposing the ordinance and "very, very few" letters and calls supporting it.

"As I have stated repeatedly, this ordinance was drafted with the intent of assuring the public's safety with respect to target-shooting, certainly never to take anyone's rights away," Jaskiewicz wrote in a letter to the Town Council, dated Aug. 18.
Now don't be surprised, but I think he is honest in why he put the ordinance forward. Pulling up the old saying "The road to hell is paved with good intentions" comes to mind. Being a nanny statist he likely thought he was doing good. I do not find conspiracies in all acts by politicians, what I find is simple stupidity and no real knowledge of the issues.

Of course a bit more information on this ordinance.
The proposed ordinance would have prohibited discharge of a firearm, CO2 gun, airgun, BB gun, slingshot or bow and arrow outdoors within 500 feet of an occupied dwelling, a building housing people or animals or public areas.
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"Basically it opposed anything that projects anything," Thomas said. "It would have prohibited a supersoaker."
In a standard city a 500 feet area pretty much would have banned everything. All the little kids, bunnies, orphans, and old ladies would have been protected.

Whoever lives in that city will need to keep an eye on that council for "stealth" bills.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Big money means big guilt

Even if there was no crime committed. At least that is the ruling from the federal courts.
A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that if a motorist is carrying large sums of money, it is automatically subject to confiscation. In the case entitled, "United States of America v. $124,700 in U.S. Currency," the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit took that amount of cash away from Emiliano Gomez Gonzolez, a man with a "lack of significant criminal history" neither accused nor convicted of any crime.

On May 28, 2003, a Nebraska state trooper signaled Gonzolez to pull over his rented Ford Taurus on Interstate 80. The trooper intended to issue a speeding ticket, but noticed the Gonzolez's name was not on the rental contract. The trooper then proceeded to question Gonzolez -- who did not speak English well -- and search the car. The trooper found a cooler containing $124,700 in cash, which he confiscated. A trained drug sniffing dog barked at the rental car and the cash. For the police, this was all the evidence needed to establish a drug crime that allows the force to keep the seized money.
This just screams of some crime. The problems is the details shows an innocent man.
Associates of Gonzolez testified in court that they had pooled their life savings to purchase a refrigerated truck to start a produce business. Gonzolez flew on a one-way ticket to Chicago to buy a truck, but it had sold by the time he had arrived. Without a credit card of his own, he had a third-party rent one for him. Gonzolez hid the money in a cooler to keep it from being noticed and stolen. He was scared when the troopers began questioning him about it. There was no evidence disputing Gonzolez's story.
So the victim of the crime is Mr. Gonzolez and the state keeps the money.

The modern Highwayman wears a badge.

[via TheAgitator]

Gore gored

I love politicians who say one thing, yet do another. Makes it easier to know who to dismiss as worth listening to.

He says
Gore tells consumers how to change their lives to curb their carbon-gobbling ways: Switch to compact fluorescent lightbulbs, use a clothesline, drive a hybrid, use renewable energy, dramatically cut back on consumption. Better still, responsible global citizens can follow Gore's example, because, as he readily points out in his speeches, he lives a "carbon-neutral lifestyle." But if Al Gore is the world's role model for ecology, the planet is doomed.
He does
He says he recycles and drives a hybrid. And he claims he uses renewable energy credits to offset the pollution he produces when using a private jet to promote his film. (In reality, Paramount Classics Pictures, the film's distributor, pays this.)

Public records reveal that as Gore lectures Americans on excessive consumption, he and wife Tipper live in two properties: a 10,000-square-foot, 20-room, eight-bathroom home in Nashville, and a 4,000-square-foot home in Arlington, Va. (He also has a third home in Carthage, Tenn.) For someone rallying the planet to pursue a path of extreme personal sacrifice, Gore requires little from himself.
You just have to love those politicians.

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"An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." --Col. Jeff Cooper

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Such venom

Say Uncle points out an article about the Knob Creek machine gun shoot in Kentucky. The article is written from the viewpoint that the whole thing is a masculine neo-Nazi get together.

The article is of little worth, outside of understanding their hatred. What got me was the pure venom in the comments bellow the article. That's where the hate really flows free.

A few examples.
thousands of completely bonkers super-weapons nut cases
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In fifteen states (most Southern Christian cracker poorly edcucated strongholds) it's legal to shoot and kill someone who threatens your property.
A lot of hate from people who want to disarm us because they are the compassionate ones.

A win yes, but not for personal freedom

An activist in his own right has finally won in the courts of California. While his victory is worthy of note, I do not see a win for personal freedoms.
It looks like Richard Quigley's legal home-schooling, not to mention the hundreds of hours of community service he's spent at the Santa Cruz Law Library, have paid dividends.

A Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that at least a dozen citations leveled against Quigley for not wearing a motorcycle helmet are unconstitutional because the California Highway Patrol has failed to properly define what constitutes a safe motorcycle helmet.
I do not have a motorcycle so the issues of wearing helmets is academic for me. What I do have is a belief that people should be allowed to be as dumb as they want to be and ride without them. Yes the argument of "blood on the highway" or hospital bills will be brought up.

Well f*ing tough. Life is not a special bus full of safe helmeted people protected by the matron so we never get scraps or bruises. Life is damn dangerous and you make those choices on your own. If you get hurt then YOU are the one loosing skin on the highway, or recuperating in the hospital.

Now the question is why I do not think this is a win.

The citations were tossed not because he should be free to make personal choices. The first group was tossed due to vagueness.
In July, Barton sided with Quigley and dismissed nine helmet citations against him on the premise the law was too vague
All this means is the regulatory nature of most politicians will kick in and a stronger, more tough law will get passed. People like this guy must be pulled back into line.

The second group of tickets were tossed for different reason.
Wednesday, he dismissed the final two citations against Quigley, ruling that "The CHP is the only state agency authorized by the statutes to adopt reasonable regulations establishing specifications and standards for motorcycle safety helmets. The CHP's failure to adopt such regulations, and make them available to the public, has rendered the helmet law statutes void for vagueness as applied."
They were to vague on what defines a helmet. So this means they will define one agency to make these rules. A new department, and a new bottleneck to get helmets certified.

This is a court win for a single person. Sadly this is not a win for personal freedom and the right to live your life as you desire....even if it is dangerous.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Make up your mind!

First this anti-gunner tries to pull at your heart strings.
But that's what police say happened in yet another senseless shooting that demonstrated how few truly innocent children are growing up in some parts of the central city.
{{sniff}}

Then he goes the other way and tells how jaded society is to these kids.
These are kids who know about violence and death firsthand. They know about guns and bullets and what they are used for.
What!

This is a fine example of cognizant dissonance. Where you believe on thing but know something else. The steps taken to believe both is a sick thing to see in a writer.

Now he does say one thing that I agree with totally.
Society may have accepted a culture of violence that makes guns part of a child's world. But when kids shoot kids, it's a sign the adults in their lives have failed them.
Nothing in the story about gun education classes, no knowledge on how to use a firearm safety, and to know when to walk away. Here I lay some of the blame on the parents.

Then right after he goes off the edge again. A common thing for him to do.
When a 13-year-old boy's idea of summer fun is showing off a loaded handgun to his friends, that's a sign his youth was stolen from him a long time ago.
Right! He should have been showing off his loaded firearm to his friend at the age of ten at least. My cousin and I were out in the woods with our own personal firearms by the age of ten. The age of 12 is a sign of lost years.

Sad writer and sad article.

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Allowing riflery training while decrying gun violence doesn't send a mixed message any more than does supporting a wrestling team while opposing schoolyard brawls. — CHICAGO TRIBUNE

NSA told to stop....NOW!

The NSA program to spy on you and I have been ordered stopped by the courts
A federal judge in Detroit ruled yesterday that the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program is unconstitutional, delivering the first decision that the Bush administration's effort to monitor communications without court oversight runs afoul of the Bill of Rights and federal law.
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Ruling in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups in the Eastern District of Michigan, Taylor said that the NSA wiretapping program, aimed at communications by potential terrorists, violates privacy and free speech rights and the constitutional separation of powers among the three branches of government. She also found that the wiretaps violate the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the 1978 law instituted to provide judicial oversight of clandestine surveillance within the United States.
Admitting lack of knowledge on some of the subjects she gave for the order I turn you over to Overlawyered.com. They give a breakdown on the individual items, and the strength and weaknesses of each.

Now answer this question honestly. The day after this ruling do you think the NSA employees showed up to locked doors and silent machines, or did they just keep the recording machines going? The government is not exactly fast in following the law, or protecting our rights.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

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They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.— Benjamin Franklin Historical Review of Pennsylvania. [Note: This sentence was often quoted in the Revolutionary period. It occurs even so early as November, 1755, in an answer by the Assembly of Pennsylvania to the Governor, and forms the motto of Franklin's "Historical Review," 1759, appearing also in the body of the work. — Frothingham: Rise of the Republic of the United States, p. 413. ]

I don't want to be your "responsible citizen"

I'm against legal concealed carry. Mainly because I feel it is immoral for the state to regulate my ability to protect myself.

With that said this line is insulting to me.
Cornwell was quoted by the Associated Press noting, "Those with the concealed carry licenses have been good, law-abiding citizens. The worst-case scenarios that were put out there about the gunfight at the OK Corral didn't come to fruition."
Thanks for the patronizing pat on the head you statist bastard. Will you scratch me behind the ear and say how well I follow commands next?

"Fetch citizen! Fetch!"
"Given the test of time," Waldron said, "concealed carry laws give gun owners a chance not only to fight back, but also to prove to skeptics and the media that they are responsible citizens.
Your "responsible citizen" label is my "good subject" title.

Some days the representatives of the state's kind words just piss me off.

Like a badly made movie

That line came to my head when I read this article about a city ordinance that some are pushing in one town.

I hope you understand what I mean. A low budget movie that uses every cliche that is out there. You wait for one of the coeds to say ""lets go separate way to check out this old factory building" right as you see the shadowy figure in the background with the machete/axe/chainsaw.
Before Monday night's Town Council meeting even began, council members were met by a crowd of vocal residents angry about a proposed ordinance regulating target shooting.
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"I knew it would be crowded, but not this many people," Jaskiewicz said. "There are a lot of people who do not live in town. It was never my intent to be taking rights away from people. That is not the intent of this ordinance."
Lets go back to class for "Constitutitonal words 101".

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. .
Infringe v.intr.
To encroach on someone or something; engage in trespassing
Just because he thinks a "little" infringing is ok, he acts shocked. Sorry but he is wrong.

Jaskiewicz proposed the ordinance after it was discovered the state regulates hunting, but not target shooting.
This is a sad mix of statist and nannyist views in one line. The view that just because something is not regulated, that there must be something wrong with it, has caused so much strife.
It also came shortly after John Dufrat, chief warden of the Milo Light Nature Preserve, became concerned about a neighbor's increased shooting near the preserve
Note that the neighbor was not breaking the law. He was simply bothering the warden. A man with a statist view of controlling people.

Now for me the best cliche is this one.
"The proposed ordinance would not ban the ownership, use or transportation of any firearm within town," he said. " It simply seeks to establish some common sense safety guidelines."
When a person ever uses the words common scense I have to resist them. Using this line implies that a person against these guidelines must be dumb, as that is pretty much the opposite of common sense.

Then the police chief takes his turn to push this ordinance.
Montville Police Lt. Leonard Bunnell said he believes the town needs to address random shooting for a sport, whether it be target shooting or hunting.
"random shooting" sounds so scary. This implication of reckless activities shows a police view towards private gun use.

Now this is disappointing. Remember the quote above that mentioned the common sense ordinance? Guess who said it?
Montville resident and NRA member John Dufrat said the ordinance mirrors an existing state law, which establishes a minimum safe distance between a shooter and occupied dwellings.

"The proposed ordinance would not ban the ownership, use or transportation of any firearm within town," he said. " It simply seeks to establish some common sense safety guidelines."
This is why I have issues with the NRA viewpoint. Their common sense is my infringing ordinance.

This whole article is a "one line" disaster. From the chicken little warden, to the fear mongering police chief down to the sad NRA member.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Run! Run! He's got a holster!

Chicken little seems to have been elected to one city council.
City Council members in Minneola typically trade shots over issues such as homes, schools and roads. But last Tuesday the council spent part of their time discussing whether council member Shane Perreault had taken a gun to the meeting.

Fellow council member Joe Teri spotted Perreault wearing a holster on his waist. That sparked enough concern that Teri mentioned it to council member Ed Earl and Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Greg Link.

"It looked to me like he was carrying a gun," Teri said.

The tip led to city officials calling a huddle during one break in the meeting to discuss the matter.

The group, including Link, the city manager and attorney, questioned whether it is legal to have a gun at a city meeting.

Eventually, somebody had to determine if Perreault actually was packing heat.
Someone asked and he showed them he was not carrying.

Run! Run! The sky is falling.

A nanny caught on tape

For me a nanny is a bad term. One of those people who feel they have the right to control you because they KNOW BEST. They used to be called busy bodies until the state started to support their activities.

I remember when I was younger and my "abusive" mom and her friend would throw all of us kids in the back of the truck. Then a night at the drive-in would be the plan. Now, due to the nannys, many people are considered criminals.

Here is one of those nannys in full four color glory.

Giving some a right to shoot?

That headline made me laugh for many reasons. Right? What a laugh.

When my dad died when I was very young some of his friends talked to my mom. Since she was alone with kids in the house they gave her some advice. "If someone comes in to hurt you just shoot them and call us. We will get 'rit' of the body". A version of the old "Shoot, shovel, and shut up".

You read of people disappearing daily and some are on the shady side of life. I wonder how many were disposed of after a "victim" decided that they did not want to be a victim, and damn the law. Years later the "remains" are found in some woods or a creek bed because of bad shovelling.

I like these new laws. Not because they give me a perceived right. It's because I simply do not have a good shovel, and don't want to waste the money buying one.

Quote

If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen. — Samuel Adams

Old food is still food in Nashville

I've mentioned previously that my family believes in food storage. The level of having a years supply of food has not been achieved, but we are easily into the 7-8 month range. I'm comfortable with that number but still will increase it.

Most people who believe in food storage are viewed in two ways.

One is a camouflage clad individual who mutters about those communist Chinese armies across the border in Mexico, or worse. A mad max camouflaged garbed person who wishes to live out the movie based dreams of his youth.

The other image is a religious nut who is waiting for the second coming in his cross adorned bunker while masturbating over the latest Oral Roberts/Pat Robertson tracts about the NWO.

I'm far from these images for many reasons. The big one is 1929.



Now without doing a whole post on the Great depression and it's after effect in the lifestyles of the ones who lived it. You likely have some family stories of a relative who lived during the depression. Your old aunt Emmy who always kept massive amounts of food because she said she would not go hungry like she did as a kid. The strange Uncle who gardened and canned more then he could ever use. They were raised in a nation of "needs" instead of a nation of excess. They remembered the suffering and have no desire to ever relive those times again.

The effects of those years changed peoples views towards being prepared. They went into the roaring twenties living high on the hog, and the fall was hard. No security blanket and no food.

Oh there was food, but with no money and no job that was the same as no food. Peoples formed into food lines and several generations were effected.

I cannot look into the future and see what will happen. What I can do is look into the past and see what went wrong and what I can do to make things less painful if another depression or something else occurs.

Because of that I believe in, and enjoy my food storage.

Most of our food is in small grocery store sized cans. Aldi specials, and other case lot sales have fleshed us out nicely. With the grocery store purchases we believe in buying what you use. No cases of beets or asparagus on my shelves. What we have are cans of soup bases, soups, tuna, hams, multiple fruits, and some canned milk. This makes it easy to cycle it by using it.

The grocery store cans are normally labeled as good for 1-2 years. That number is pretty close but the reality is that in this litiginous nation they undercut the numbers. I'm comfortable that we use it fast enough that it will not go bad before we enjoy it.

We also have an eclectic grouping of larger #10 cans of long term storage food. These are normally self canned or canned by companies who's market are people like me.

We have canned ourselves a lot of items, but it is what we have inherented and purchased that may be of interest to some.

About 4 years ago my wife's grandfather died. He was a Mormon who believed in a year supply of food. Long long ago he had made a large purchase of canned goods from a company named Sam Andy. A unit package like this list shows. This was about 25 years ago, and for that time the boxed cans sat in the garage or basement.

When he died we inherented several cases and we were leery if some of it was good. Certain items will last forever almost. Beans and white rice have storage times given in decades. Some items, like milk, have shelf lives that are just a few years.

Well I HAD to try some of the old stuff. We slowly opened a can of 25 year old powdered milk. The smell was ok, and it had not clumped, so we mixed it up.

Damned if it did not taste alright. Not as good as normal milk, but not bad. I still have some in the fridge and use it for cooking. Since then I have enjoyed milk and dates that are easily 25 years old. Sick sounding I agree, but old tasty food is still tasty.

Several days ago I saw a link to this add offering Y2k surplus food storage for sale.
Food!!!!

jodi ray rayjodi@hotmail.com
7/31/06 15:02

We have 250-300 boxes of alpine-aire food systems
from Y2k. They have a 20 year life spand on them.
We have been paying climate controlled storage on them. Need to sell we are moving. Will sell all or some. Great for camping or just around the house. Nashville, Tn. Pick up area.
Since Alpine Aire is a brand that I have read about often I decided to check it out. Last night my wife and I went and purchased 10 cases of this food. With a shelf life of 10-20 years for most of it, it will be good for a long long time.

My wife and I picked mostly entrees and a few specialized items. We avoided beans, rice, and oats as we already are comfortable in those areas. The entrees are mainly ones that would go good with a bed of rice or homemade bread.

I am doing this post because she still has many many cases still left to buy. This would be a great way to start a basic food storage program without going broke. I recommend that a years supply is out of the range of most people. Cost wise, storage capacity, and mobility required for jobs make it hard to do.

I do recommend a basic three month supply. This deal would be a good way to start.

A great depression is not needed to give you a kick in the arse. Right now if you lose your job how long can you make it with the food in your pantry? A few months in the closet could be the line between going broke, or just living tight.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Intense cute warning

Say Uncle has an image that will make you go awwwwwww!

About time to change, I guess.

Windoze sucks, but I still use it. Rather dumb I guess. The patches that protect you from crap viruses shows why.

I think I have finally found a good reason why I should change over.

Homeland security.

When they get involved in the patches I get a feeling it is time to go elsewhere. Not because it shows how unsafe windoze is. It's because I'm just paranoid about the gov. They do NOTHING without there being an advantage to themselves.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Video of the shooting and a police apology

I mentioned below the humor the cops found in shooting people with rubber bullets. Damned hillarious from their laughter.

Here is a link to the shooting, including the period when the cops started to shoot wildly.

The officer in the previously mentioned videos that thought it was so funny has come out and apologized for his comments.
The ranking Broward Sheriff's officer shown on a training tape in which deputies made fun of protesters at a free trade summit apologized Wednesday, but said his deputies did not violate department policy.

"The comments were inappropriate and unprofessional and I shouldn't have made them," Major John Brooks said during an interview at the Sheriff's Office headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. "I'm apologizing to the people being talked about, I'm apologizing to the BSO and to the public."
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Sheriff's spokesman Elliot Cohen said the tape was reviewed "a long time ago" and it was determined to have broken no department rules.
To serve and protect....the system.

What was the final ruling?
A civilian investigative panel last week concluded that police indiscriminately used stun guns, tear gas and other weapons and unlawfully arrested and searched protesters during massive demonstrations at the 2003 Free Trade Area of the Americas meeting.
Yet nothing more will be done.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Laughing at their victims

This next tale of abuse by the law enforcement is so enraging that I am short of words.

Incident.
Call it unusual optimism, but Elizabeth Ritter counted herself lucky by day's end on Nov. 20, 2003.

On that day, the South Florida lawyer says, she was shot with rubber bullets at least four times by Miami-area law enforcement officers who were out in force to control protesters demonstrating against a free trade summit.

One bullet struck Ritter in the face.

"I felt there had been angels sitting on my shoulders because I had not been blinded by that shot," she said to ABC News.

She was demonstrating against law enforcement's handling of the protests.
Sounds all nice and fuzzy.
"There was absolutely no indication either orally or by gesture that they wanted anyone to disperse or leave," she said. "Had the police given such an order, I would have obeyed it immediately."(I don't buy this line at all)

Videotaped footage of the protests shows Ritter standing next to a police officer using a bullhorn to announce that the protests would be permitted to continue as long as they remained peaceful.

Ritter is later seen on the tape walking away from a line of officers when she is apparently shot in the leg with a rubber bullet.

She then turns toward the officers and asks, "Did you shoot me? A lady in a suit? Who has been walking peaceably in front of you for half an hour and you shot me when my back was turned?"
Then the shooting really starts

The camera then finds Ritter again, crouched alone in the street under her sign as rubber bullets continue to fly around her. She said a rubber bullet pierced her foam-board sign and struck her forehead.

"I fortunately had my head down between my knees while I cowered on the ground under my sign, so the shot didn't hit me directly in the eye," she said. "It hit me in the top of the head, so I felt blessed."

A civilian review board investigated law enforcement response to the protests and found no criminal misconduct.
No criminal misconduct. Cannot say yes or no on criminal conduct as the details are to few.

WHAT HAS PISSED ME OFF IS THIS.
The controversial tape of the officers laughing was shot by the Broward Sheriff's Office one day after Ritter was shot and was produced in response to a request by the civilian review board.

It shows a meeting of Broward Sheriff's deputies discussing their own response to the protests.

The Broward Sheriff's Office identified police Sgt. Michael Kallman as the officer who had discussed Ritter with the group of assembled deputies.
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The lady in the red dress," Kallman says on the tape, to cheers and laughter. "I don't know who got her, but it went right through the sign and hit her smack dab in the middle of the head."

Another officer can be heard off-camera, asking, "Do I get a piece of her red dress?" Ritter said the tape had completely changed her take on what had happened to her that day.

"He congratulated officers rather than reprimand them for shooting an unarmed civilian who presented no threat whatsoever to them, in the head," she said. "It is so disappointing to me that an officer of the law, a police officer would be congratulating an officer for that."
The video can be watched here in an embedded video player. Video ONE and TWO.

Watch them laugh at their red dress trophy shot. Laughing at a victim is what thugs do.

Their words damn them.


Officer off-camera: Who was the lady behind the sign?
Commanding Officer: Pardon?
(everyone laughing)
Commanding Officer: The good news is, the good news...
Officer off-camera: Do we have intel on her?
Commanding Officer: The good news about being able to watch you guys live on TV is that lady with the red dress...
(everyone laughing)
Commanding Officer: I don't know who got her, when it went through the sign and hit her smack dab in the head
(everyone laughing, cheering and clapping)

Officer off-camera: Do I get a piece of her red dress?
Commanding Officer: I don't know what's going to happen today but...(garbled)...I went to Metro-Dade before I went to BSO, this is the first time I actually got to come down here and be part of a winning team, usually we got our ass kicked ok? So yesterday we won and that's something to be proud of let's go home undefeated alright?
(cheering and clapping)
Well I'm pissed for the weekend.

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, August 10, 2006

RSS question

The default rss feed for this site is an Atom feed. I have had two people in the last month mention that they read my site through their rss program. The question is this. I get about 150 average hits a day according to my sitemeter program. Do people who read this site through an RSS feed get counted in that average? If not, is there a way to see how many are getting my feed?

Guilty until proven innocent

Just guilty and punished even if proven innocent in one California city.
Police officers acting like prostitutes in Los Angeles, California are not looking to take money from their street walking, they're looking to take their cars. Since 2003, they have seized over 500 cars with the department's cut being $325,000 in profit and the remainder going to the city attorney's office.

The program takes advantage of a December 2002 municipal ordinance that allows police to seize the vehicle of anyone accused -- not convicted -- of soliciting a prostitute. That accusation can be based on the vaguest of exchanges with the "trick task force" member.
The first line says they are acting like prostitutes. I say if they are stealing cars then car jacking sounds closer to the reality.

'All they have to do is prove their innocence' you might say. Nope!
Once seized, vehicles are held by the city until a civil hearing is held. In this hearing, the traditional rules of evidence and burden of proof do not apply. Instead, the city only needs to prove its case with a "preponderance of the evidence," not establish its case "beyond a reasonable doubt," in order to keep the car. The city attorney then will offer to sell back the car to its owner through a settlement offer. If the settlement is not accepted, the city will auction the car and keep the proceeds
I enjoyed this small article on the scientific way they just know you're breaking the law.
That accusation can be based on the vaguest of exchanges with the "trick task force" member.

"You just know," a 38-year-old officer identified only as Heather told the Los Angeles Daily News. "You look. You see. You smell it."
Something sure smells, and it isn't the sex.

A more detailed article about this state endorced car theft.
[via Hit and Run]

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Read this Brady

A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie. — VLADIMIR ILYICH LENIN

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Those compassionate Canadians

A small article was brought to my attention by Google news. A retired Canadian military attache has an idea on how to bring peace to the middle east.
Ex-military attache draws parallels to today's Mideast crisis with time he served there

To stop the killing in south Lebanon will take a military force powerful enough to subdue both sides of the conflict, says Bill McCullough, a retired Armed Forces colonel with extensive knowledge of the Middle East.
Of course after you destroy the Israeli and Hezbollah you have to control those people.

Here is where that Canadian compassion comes into play.
Then, when order is established, make it illegal to own weapons.

"No one must bear arms. Make it a capital offence - if you're carrying a weapon, you get shot on sight. You could do it. The problem is, everybody still has weapons under their bed."
Thank goodness that in the 2000 election he lost big time. I could just see him pushing for roving execution squads for canadian gun owners.

Where do they breed people like this?
I'm changing a setting in my blog so that the title becomes the link to each post. Sadly i worry this may destroy all of the present links to my posts.
Voting on the unknown part two

Years ago I did a post on the government voting "blind" on bills. Bills so big that they could not possibly have read it. Even a Readers Digest condenced version would have been to big.

Now our representatives have admitted that they are voting on secret bills that they have not read, or even attempted to read.
Nearly all members of the House of Representatives opted out of a chance to read this year's classified intelligence bill, and then voted on secret provisions they knew almost nothing about.

The bill, which passed by 327 to 96 in April, authorized the Bush administration's plans for fighting the war on terrorism. Many members say they faced an untenable choice: Either consent to a review process so secretive that they could never mention anything about it in House debates, under the threat of prosecution, or vote on classified provisions they knew nothing about.

Most chose to know nothing.
The article said that only about 12 took the time to read the secret parts of the bill. Out of 423 that voted only 12 read the parts that you and I would go to jail if we tried to get a copy.

Voting blind is bad, voting ignorant is reason enough hang them.
Breitbart's follies

I read a lot of articles and a well laid out article impresses me. I also enjoy a website that is user friendly and understandable.

Sadly an attempt by Breitbart to make their website articles more informative has returned negatives views from me. In their articles there are a few "topical words" that are underlined. When you touch them with your cursor a pop-up appears that blocks out part of the article. Iritating when you are reading the article.



What is bad is that there are viruses that turn certain words to links like this. Attempting to hawk the latest whatevers. The first time I hit one of these pop-ups there was a moment where I thought I had a virus.

There are so many things that a webmaster could do to improve their website. This is not one of them.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Thanks gov

In this age of higher fuel prices, and a growing desire for alternative fuels, the government is doing what it is best at. Getting in the way.

A grassroots type of guy is rebuilding vehicles to use alternative fuels. All illegal of course.
According to John Millett, spokesman for the EPA, "No motor vehicles have been certified by the EPA to operate on vegetable oil," and neither has it certified conversion kits. Millett adds that the Clean Air Act prohibits converting a motor vehicle to operate on any fuel other than the one the manufacturer used to obtain its EPA emissions certificate. Violations can bring fines of $2,750 for individuals and $32,500 for manufacturers or dealers. Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel that has passed the EPA's testing standards that study emission components and their health effects, allowing it to be a registered, and therefore legal, fuel.

Friedman is working on a way to add diesel to the converted car tanks to, in effect, create a legal, but dirtier, fuel. Devotees of the vegetable oil concept continue to navigate in a legal gray area. On online forums, including Lovecraft's, owners of converted cars discuss emissions, road taxes, oil rancidity, lubricity, flash points, biodegradability, particulates and hydrocarbons. They debate how and if they should pay fuel taxes, register to haul waste oil, and locate the correct tax forms.

"We are doing everything we can to do it legally. That's why we chose to do it really high profile," Friedman said. To him, it boils down to a simple choice: toxic petroleum or safer alternatives. Vegetable oil fuel may not be perfect, but according to Friedman, it's close
Regulations have strangled this country slowly to the pride of the government.

I've been talking with my brother about alternative fuels and possibly a still. Now I read this and find that I could become an arch criminal if I do it.

Can we start hanging the bastards people?
(via Hit and Run)

Sunday, August 06, 2006

The system saving face

In June I posted about a man being arrested. His "crime" was recording a cop on his program with cameras placed for his own protection. As outrageous as the charge was, the system went out of it's way to protray themselves as the victim of this crime.

I just read today that the charges have been dropped, as I expected them to be, and the cops have gone out of their way to save face.
Police won’t prosecute a man for using his home security system to record detectives on his front porch, Nashua Police Chief Timothy Hefferan announced Friday.

Michael Gannon was arrested June 27 after he made the videotape to record conversations among detectives who were at his door looking for his 15-year-old son, who was being investigated in connection with a mugging downtown. When Gannon brought the videotape to a police station to complain that a detective was rude to him, he was arrested on felony wiretapping charges.
The icing on this cake is the fact that the cop that was filmed is in hot water.
In addition to dropping the case against him, Nashua police also have concluded that Gannon’s complaint about the detective was justified, although the chief added that Gannon himself was “provocative” and “disrespectful.” The chief declined to say what discipline the detective might face.
Now all this is obvious, but then the "saving face" occurs in this article.
Hefferan also commended detectives for their “tenacity and initiative” in investigating Gannon’s 15-year-old son, who was later charged in connection with the mugging. Police also found a stolen handgun inside the house, they reported, but it’s not clear who had possession of it, Hefferan said.
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“I have sustained the complaint, and believe one of our detectives did not afford a member of the public the level of courtesy that they expect and deserve, regardless of how provocative, uncooperative or disrespectful that individual may have been to the officer during the same encounter,” Hefferan wrote.
Now knowing how bad their case was, they tried to get him to plea to a lessor charge.
Before opting to drop the case, police offered a plea deal, Gannon had said: a 30-day, suspended jail sentence if he admitted to a single misdemeanor charge of evidence tampering.

Gannon refused.

“I felt that I did nothing wrong, so I wasn’t guilty,” he said Friday.

After Gannon turned down that deal, a prosecutor said his case would be sent to the Hillsborough County Attorney’s office for further prosecution. But Hefferan’s decision Friday ends the case.
I'm glad he stood his ground for his rights.

Sometimes the little guy wins against the system

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Watch what you say. It might now be a crime.

What could be a crime in another country could now be the law you are charged with.
The US Senate ratified the Convention on Cybercrime last night, paving the way for greater international cooperation on cybersecurity issues.
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According to the EFF, "The treaty requires that the U.S. government help enforce other countries' 'cybercrime' laws—even if the act being prosecuted is not illegal in the United States. That means that countries that have laws limiting free speech on the Net could oblige the F.B.I. to uncover the identities of anonymous U.S. critics, or monitor their communications on behalf of foreign governments. American ISPs would be obliged to obey other jurisdictions' requests to log their users' behavior without due process, or compensation."
I'm not up to date on this treaty, and this article just might be a chicken little article. I do find it is not improbable that this is the truth.
Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est ("A sword is never a killer, it's a tool in the killer's hands") — Lucius Annaeus Seneca "the younger" ca. (4 BC - 65 AD)

Friday, August 04, 2006

Damn odd.

I just noticed a "quirk" in the blogger post address system.

I did a post titled test and included the first section of Poe's The raven.

The link read as this.
http://noquarters.blogspot.com/2006/08/test-once-upon-midnight-dreary-while-i.html

I then went in and changed the post by adding the word "update to post" under the word "test". The thing is that the link to the post changed to this.

http://noquarters.blogspot.com/2006/08/test-update-to-test-once-upon-midnight.html

That means that if I write something that is linked to, and I add words to the first line, I will be destroying the link to my blog.

Damn.

I would go to the setting of the blog and change to the number system, but that may screw up all links to my blog. Will just need to be careful and not change the first line for any reason.
Pet peeve
update at bottom

I read a lot of articles each day. Most are firearm and rights based. Two areas that hold my interest more and more as our society changes. I respect the writers for the most part. Most are schooled and have worked their way up from grunt writing to front page articles. Now this does not mean that achieving that plateau means they are smart in all areas. I hope that this means they have attained a level of quality that will keep them from looking dumb.

Writers, for the most part, like to wrap themselves in the protections of the first amendment. I wonder sometimes if they have it tattooed on their tush.

With them being lay scholars of the first amendment I am shocked that they do not understand the second. Lines such as this bother me much more then it should.
Guns are scary because they can kill, but they aren't so scary when responsibly practiced as a hobby; the shooting that is, not the killing. But people own guns for other reasons; be it a stress-release mechanism, a hobby or a mode of self-defense as granted to every American in the U.S. Constitution.
I see over and over that "granted" line used in some form or another. The rights they KNOW are protected in the first, is simple granted in the second by a paternal government.

The constitution does not give me one single right. In theory it is supposed to protect them.

Daily I am saddened by the tunnel vision of reporters.

I understand that this is a futile act, but I am going to email this post to the reporter and ask if they have a comment on the used line, or this post. Maybe I will get a reply from their high towers.

UPDATE:
Wow! I stand in awe at this. Less then two hours after I mailed the editor and reporter of the above article I recieved the following reply.
Gunner,
I have no problem with responding to your e-mail and post.
After reading your e-mail and post, I see that you have a point. A "granted" right implies that the government is bestowing that right. Our Constitutional rights, all of them, are guaranteed, i.e., they can't be taken away. "Guaranteed" or "protected" would have been a more appropriate word choice.
Thanks for reading and responding.

Michael O'Connell
Managing Editor
Connection Newspapers
Not only did they reply in a quick manner, they also edited the story.
Guns are scary because they can kill, but they aren’t so scary when responsibly practiced as a hobby; the shooting that is, not the killing. But people own guns for other reasons; be it a stress-release mechanism, a hobby or a mode of self-defense guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
Now that sits a lot better with me.

One small differnce at a time people.
Am I a terrorist? Are you? Do they think you are?

Mother Jones news put together a collection of how the government spots terrorists.

let's take a moment to see how I look when examined with the list in mind.
Phoenix FBI Manuel
ExampleDefenders of the U.S. Constitution against federal government and the UN
ExampleGroups of individuals engaging in para-military training
ExampleThose who make numerous references to the U.S. Constitution
ExampleThose who attempt to police the police
ExampleLone individuals
ExampleRebels
Looking bad for me. Lets see how I look when the Virginia manual is examined.
ExampleMembers of anti-government and militia movements
Property rights activists
ExampleMembers of racist, separatist, and hate groups
ExampleEnvironmental and animal rights activists
ExampleReligious extremists
ExampleMembers of street gangs
The definition of what an anti-government group is has become so vague that I'm not sure.

The same Virginia manual says terrorist carry the following
ExampleSketch pads or notebooks
ExampleMaps or charts
ExampleStill or video cameras
ExampleHand-held tape recorders
ExampleSCUBA equipment
Exampledisguises
While I do have a Zorro outfit. I'm not sure the games I play at home would define me as a terrorist. Kinky yes, but not a national threat.

So looks like I may never go to Virginia or Arizona.

There are more lists in a good collection of what a government looks like when it jumps at the shadows and fears the darkness.
Crime: Free speech where the system doesn't want you to have it.

That's the basic idea of this image below.


Story:
Last Thursday, after announcing his intensions publicly, Kanning appeared in front of Keene's IRS branch wearing overalls and a straw hat, clutching a pitchfork in one hand and a leaflet in the other. His intent was to enter the IRS office - sans pitchfork - and hand the leaflet to any government employees working there.

"I want them to quit their jobs," he said, referring to the one or two IRS agents who staff this part-time office on Keene's Main Street. His flyers contain a form which he is asking IRS agents to sign, pledging they will stop working for the agency because of what he considers the evil things it funds.

But Homeland Security agents, as well as some from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, stood ready to defend this tiny office from the dangerous flyer. They told Kanning if he attempted to enter the office (situated above Keene's main postal facility) they would arrest him. Kanning chatted with them briefly, then informed them he would not be able to comply with their orders and slowly moved forward toward the IRS section of the building. Agents then gently cuffed him, transported him to Keene Police Department and released him.
After he declined to go to court for free speech they came to his house and arrested him as the picture shows.

He knows that free speech isn't free. He's fighting for it. I wish him luck.
As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. — Justice William O. Douglas, US Supreme Court (1939-75)

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it. — THOMAS JEFFERSON (1791)

To damn lazy

I'm a solid firearms enthusiast. I can't afford to be a proper gun nut, but I can hope. The news is filled with a solid effort to ...