Friday, September 29, 2006

Happy whatever

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The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. — H.L. MENCKEN

My wife's odd request

My wife came to me a few weeks ago and told me she wanted a rifle. I repeat that she TOLD ME! The words "I want a rifle I can reach out and touch someone, or something with" was so melodic to my ears.

Now the problem. What to get her. Seems she is trusting me to lead this purchase program.

Due to chronic poverty, and low end rifles. My knowledge of "good" rifles and cartridges are lacking. So I come to you.

The few gun stores in this area have a Midas touch mentality to them. They touch a rifle and they sell it as if it has turned to gold. I go out of my way to support small businesses as much as possible. I just refuse to bend over and grab my ankles to do it. Their prices have pretty much driven me from ever visiting them except in an emergency.

Off to WalMart. Yes. The evil corporate empire will supply my firearms.

I know Mauser(Springfield) actions so the selection there leaves me asking the people here about a few models.

The main two options in my view, and wallet view, are a Savage model and a Remington model.

The Savage is going to be a version of 111FCXP3



What I like is the fact that a scope comes with it and the low price. Some reviews say it is an OK model, but it ranks lower then the other options. This package also has the advantage that if she finds that a scoped rifle is not to her liking, it can easily be resold.

The other options are both Remingtons. I'm just not sure what WalMart is selling.

I've read a lot of good stuff about the 700 line and the local WalMart has a large selection of them.

On the WalMart website they list two low end rifles. One is a 700 SPS SS



Online all of the 700 SPS were stainless steel in a synthetic stock and prices at $500 plus. What my local WalMart had were labeled 700 SPS and were NOT stainless steel and priced at less then $400. Unlike the image they also had iron sights.

They looked like these youth models.



The youth models are priced at $467 and the ones I found were all $400 or less. They also had calibers of .243, .270, and 7mm. I just befuddled as to what the WalMart rifle is. I'm going to be going back and looking at them again, and checking them closer.

I'm not sure what they were, but I liked them. They all had a line of four small screws along the top where they were already tapped for a scope mount, another cost that I'm happy to avoid. The problem with the Remington is that I would need to get scopes and such to make them what my wife wants.

The only other option that I have is an odd one for me. I have a Swedish Mauser in 6.5mm(Swede). A lovely rifle that could easily be rebarreled to something she likes, and does not require a bank loan to get ammo. It would require a rebarrel, a new stock, tapped for a scope, plus scope, mounts, rings, and possibly changes to the bolt face. All together it pretty much blows the budget I have for her rifle out of the water. But if I go this route I think I may end up with a higher quality of rifle then a WalMart one. This is one I want her to enjoy and consider a "keeper". So a sported Mauser is a far off option, but is still on the table.

Right now it looks like I'm going to get her a Remington 700 SPS (Non stainless) on a synthetic stock. Getting the Remington up and running will cost about $500 total, and that hits at the limit of what I have available in pocket

Now the caliber is also up to me and that is even causing me some problems. I have two larger caliber bolt action rifles. The formentioned Swedish Mauser in 6.5, and a Mauser 98 in 8mm.

I can say openly that the 8mm is to much for my wife. When we go shooting she is happier with .38 in my revolver then .357 mag. Bigger is not better, so it is vital that recoil be lessened for shooting enjoyment.

I will be taking my dear wife out in a week or so to have her shoot my Swede and my brothers Mauser in 30.06. My brother, who is no weakling, says that the 30.06 has a big kick to even him.

Due to recoil, perceived or real, it looks like the options are limited to .270(maybe) or 308, or 223. With that said it I also want a round that is cheap. The three listed are all pretty good price wise, and the 308 and 223 can be found in bulk military surplus.

There are many other rifle, scope combinations out there that are interesting enough. This ATR bolt action is real low, minus the scope. Also this H&R looks like it would tickle her fancy.

Any advice or thoughts on this?

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Follow the law

I was watching a Youtube.com video and listening as one politician pretty much summed up a problem we have in this nation.

The section that got to me is at 1:51 in this video.



Bob Casey jr. starts chanting this mindless reply "following the law" over and over, like it would protect him. His opponent replies "following a law that you now say in unconstitutional". Think about that. He is saying that as long as it was a law, then it was 'ok.

This "if the law says it's 'ok', then let's do it" view from the government is damnable. A lot of laws are evil, but as long as it is codified, then their hand are clean? Bull!

I wish we had politicians with enough balls to stand up and declare that a law is evil, and refuse to submit to it.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

"Kip Hawley is an Idiot"

Maybe he isn't, but the fools working for him are.
I was detained for about 25 minutes today after passing though the TSA checkpoint at MKE terminal E.

I thought about posting this in the other treads devoted to their experience today under the new new liquids-are-okay-in-a-quart bag rule, but I decided it needed its own thread.

Yesterday, while discussing the new rules a fellow Flyertalker suggested we write "Kip Hawley is an Idiot" on the outside of our clear plastic quart bags. So I did just that.
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After he was assured I didn't have any warrants out the first office came back and I had my first chance to really speak, I explained that I was just expressing my opinion and my writing should be protected my by First Amendment rights. When he didn't respond, I then repeated that the TSA Supervisor stated my First Amendment rights didn't apply at the TSA check point and I asked if he (the deputy) agreed that was the case. He responded by saying "You can't yell fire in a crowed theater, there are limits to your rights.

At this point I chucked again

I asked how this was even remotely like shouting "Fire" in a crowd, and his answer was "Perhaps your comments made them feel threatened."
When a simple act of free speech is threatening then the TSA is never to be trusted.
[via boing boing]

The walls crumble

A peanut butter sandwich is a simple thing to make. Take two pieces of bread, any kind will do. Apply peanut butter to one side of one slice. Now if you do have an accident and apply the jelly first, fear not. The sandwich is still salvageable. Simply apply the peanut butter to the other slice and place it peanut butter side down onto the jelly slice. A simple item to make, and yet I end up cursing whenever I pass the peanut butter jars at the grocery.

I go down the isles of the grocery store and see more and more prepared foods being sold. All labeled with an "easy to make" or "fast to prepare" tag on it somewhere. I mutter about the lazy bastards that cannot even make a box of macaroni and cheese for dinner. How about chicken salad premade.

Then a while back I saw the encroaching demise of our civilization.

Peanut butter and jelly in the same jar. A simple three step sandwich has now become a two step sandwich. Was it so hard to make, that they had to simplify it?!?!? Come on people. It's a sandwich. Each kids makes it there own way.

I grumbled and slowly noticed the growing selection of easy foods. Even the chicken in the deli is charred with grill marks and pre flavored. Damn damn damn.

Then I saw the end of our nation.

Premade peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

They have simplified it to the point of "open bag. Eat". Our nation is loosing the ability to make a good PB&J sandwich.

We have a sandwich gap developing people.

Our society, that makes it easy to shove HFCS down our gullet, is slowly loosing the ability to create, or cook.

The logical next step is pre-chewed sandwiches. Sort of like the tubed food of NASA's early days.

"Honey! Pass the tube of steak and potatoes. I'm hungry tonight!"

Our jaws will atrophy just like our nations mind have.

Bread and Circuses people. Bread and Circuses.

Story for the day

A simple story
It was a ricochet nearly 50 years in the making. At age 8, Terry Jackson gave up his prized .22-caliber Winchester short-barrel rifle to get his grandmother a washer. Recently, the 57-year-old got the gun back through a series of chance encounters and conversations.
Worth the read.

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It is difficult to maintain the illusion that we are interpreting a Constitution, rather than inventing one. — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia, in his minority dissenting opinion in Nebraska vs. Carhart

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Interesting video


If youtube removes it, the video can also be watched here.

Jeff Cooper has passed

As a blogger I have come across short bits of Cooper's writings, and even quoted him time to time on my blog. He was be a great writer, and a major factor in the Scout rifle. I never have read much of what he wrote in his life. Might want to see what the local library has on him.

[via Say Uncle]

Religion aside..this guy is an ass.

My wife sings choral and participates each year in the her church's regional choirs performance of Handel's Messiah. She even is trying to get me to take part in it.

I also know good choral music is hard to personally experience. Not that many good groups out there. Why someone would do what this one school superintendent did is beyond me.
The all-star choir visiting from Europe was called "Voices of Heaven" but members were told by a Michigan school district not to sing sacred songs while on campus, leaving the artists bewildered and district parents enraged that the German singers would return home with such an impression of the United States.

The order came recently from Supt. Charles Breiner of the Howell School District in Michigan just as the Eberbach, Germany, choir arrived for its scheduled concert at Howell High School.

In a report in the Livingston County Press, parents said Breiner's administration had ordered the choir to leave out music deemed too religious.
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Officials told the local newspaper that the censorship was imposed to bring the program into line with a policy of Howell Public Schools that limits the amount of sacred music in any performance.
Most good choral music is religiously inspired, so cutting it out likely gutted their performance.

I understand why people want religion out of schools. Having your child taught beliefs you may not believe is bothersome, but this is idiocy to an extreme.

They said it again

A to commonly found line, that I keep coming across, is found in a slightly better form.
Vivian Deen had never fired a gun.

But Friday morning she didn't hesitate to shoot at an armed robber threatening her husband, William.
She missed, and the bad guy got away. Then comes the line.
Although it is self-defense, Assistant Chief Chip Simmons said the Pensacola Police Department does not encourage this type of behavior.

"We certainly don't want everyone to be drawing weapons," Simmons said.
People are tired of lying down for scum. It's that simple.

Then he keeps talking to my enjoyment.
"However, if someone is inclined to rob a store or an individual, they should be cognizant that that person may be armed."
That should be true in all areas of our country. Sadly it's not.

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The power of the state is measured by the power that men surrender to it. — Felix Morley

The system will protect

One of the main arguments against firearms and other general weapons, is that the system will protect you. This ominous system that now goes out of it's way to control, or at least record, every part of your life.

Canada is a sign of things to come when it comes to gov intrusion in your life. They will protect, they will serve, and they will run like little girls from a lizzard.
BLAINE, Wash. — Four Canadian border crossings were shut down Sunday as about 60 of Canada's unarmed border guards walked off the job after they were warned that a person classified as "armed and dangerous" may be headed into Canada.

The walkouts — permitted when the guards perceive threats to their personal safety — began mid-afternoon and stalled northbound border traffic for hours.

Canada's national CTV News said the walkout was triggered by a report from Homeland Security officials in the U.S. who told the Royal Canadian Mounted Police that a suspected killer from California, considered armed and dangerous, might try to enter Canada.
The system will protect. They banned so many guns in Canada and yet the job they promised to do, they fail at. At least here in the US the courts admit that the police don't have to do their job. They can stay on the job, and still do nothing.

Monday, September 25, 2006

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Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.... We've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of government himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price. — Ronald Reagan

Darn happy cows

Seems happy cows produce more milk.
Five Romanian farmers are being investigated after police discovered they were feeding their cows cannabis.

The farmers from Romanesti in Botosani county, told officers the drug helped the cows produce more milk.

The farmer aged between 57 and 82, claim they didn't know they were doing something illegal by growing the drug in their field

Farmer Ion Astarastoaie said: "We grew it because the cows seemed to like it, and happy cows give more milk."
Did they include the bud with the feed?

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Fleas?

The nanny state in England have gone into the realm of an Onion Story
Police called after one flea is found on student's kitten
That headline is correct. Now to the story.
Animal lover Robert Emberson thought he was doing a good deed when he adopted a stray kitten from a cat charity.

The police, it seems, did not agree.

A few weeks after giving the 16-week-old cat a new home two officers swooped on his house accompanied by charity workers to demand he return his new pet.

The action came after a single flea had been spotted on the kitten, named Plume, by one of the charity's officers during an earlier visit to check the animal's welfare.
The first symptom of a nanny state is that the things that are yours, is yours only as long as they like it. They don't like how you raise your kids, then they take them. They don't like the ways you treat your animals, then they take them. This nanny view can take your car, house, land, family, money, or anything. The nanny state goes for ownership first.

TSA question

Is Bush searched like the rest of the riff-raff, or is he immune because Airforce One is private?

Friday, September 22, 2006

He wasn't so sure

Guy takes knife to gun fight, and a Dirty Harry line is spoken.
The woman's father said she pulled her .380 automatic pistol on the man, who came up behind her as she was getting sinus medicine from her van about 9 p.m.

He gave the following information about the incident:

The man asked her, "Do you have anything good in that van?"

The woman knew she was in trouble. She told him yes and moved to the front passenger-side door.

She pulled out her pistol and heard a knife click open.

When she looked back, she saw the man was holding a knife pointed downward in his hand.

She quickly turned, pointed the gun right at him and asked, "Are you really sure you want to do whatever you're going to do?"
Seems he wasn't really sure he wanted to be shot.

A win for the good guys.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

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For those that will fight for it, FREEDOM has a flavor the protected shall never know. --L/Cpl Edwin L."Tim" Craft, February 1968, Khe Sahn Combat Base

2 out of 3 aint bad

Gonzales is pushing for internet providers to keep a record of all sites you visit for up to two years.

Now using the base scoring on this he only gets a 2 out of 3.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday that Congress should require Internet providers to preserve customer records, asserting that prosecutors need them to fight child pornography(score ONE).

During those meetings, which took place earlier this summer, Justice Department officials asserted that customer records would help them investigate child pornography cases. But the FBI also said during the meetings that such records would help their terrorism investigations(score TWO), said one person who attended the meetings but spoke on condition of anonymity because the meetings were intended to be private.
He did hit the "for the children" score, and the "fighting terrorism score", but failed miserably by missing the "common sense law" score.

Now in the revised BS scoring system of 2006 that will be going into effect in November he would have gotten a perfect BS score.
"We respect civil liberties, but (possible score three) we have to harmonize this so we can get more information," he said.
Yes the "respect or guard civil rights, BUT" will be replacing the "common sense" score.

Sorry Gonzales. Good, but not perfect.

Well damn!

I had the choice between helping a family member, and going to the St. Jude machine gun shoot in Memphis. As family last longer then the smell of burned gunpowder, I'll be staying here doing what I can.

It also would have been my first machine gun shoot.

Damn! Damn! Damn!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

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When you sit down to negotiate on what you already have, you lose. —REP. MARIE PARENTE

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Good Question

Heartless Libertarian asks a good question.
Why is it that when companies collaborate or otherwise join together in order to increase the prices they charge for their products, it's considered bad and immoral, a restraint on free commerce, but when workers join together (ie, for a union) in order to charge a higher price for their product (labor), it's considered, at least by the government, to be a good thing and deserving of protection?
I think the answer is simple. Votes. Unions have a stronge voting block and people to put behind a candidate they like. If a company put to much force behind a candidate, the press crucifies them.

Votes

The standard reaction

I can always be sure that when something happens the government will react in the same way. Passing and creating new regulations.

Remember when SpaceShipOne captured the X prize? Within days the government was already kicking into high gear to create regulations in the name of safety, peace, happiness, and a chicken in every pot. Luckily the regulations were toned down after it was shown that they would have destroyed the private space industry even before it got started. That likely did not bother the government, the bad PR was what scared them

Even with SpaceShipOne being a good thing, the government's reaction was to control. What happens when something bad occurs?

Regulations of course.
E. coli cases prompt calls to regulate farm practices
Even as investigators track the source of tainted spinach, consumer groups seek more FDA authority over farms.
"We think this incident shows the FDA is suffering from the same weak-kneed approach that they had before they were given more power to regulate beef in the 1990s" after several outbreaks of E. coli were linked to ground beef, says Caroline Smith DeWaal, director of food safety for the Center for Science in the Public Interest. "No one is really in charge of food safety on the farm, and the FDA has come in with fairly weak guidelines there that they can only suggest but not enforce. They need direction from Congress to address standards on the farm."
What is sad is that this is private consumer groups. What the hell is a consumer group? I'm a salad consumer and I have no group. A consumer group is a financed group with an agenda that normally has nothing to do with the good of the consumers that they claim to be representing and protecting.

The regulatory ideal is that they can create enough laws that bad things will not happen. If they outlaw every possible set of actions that might feasibly lead to something bad, then that is good. The problem is that no amount of laws, and regulations, will keep bad things from occurring.

A simple example is here in Tennessee. There is a regulation that individual steps have to be the same size. This cuts out trip hazards. Of course the cannot regulate that you watch every foot fall as you walk, and that simple clumsiness be outlawed, but they'll try.

Even with this regulation the people making the steps mess up.
Local developers frustrated with the bureaucratic red tape various Metro agencies impose upon them are enjoying a bit of irony.

The city's recently renovated Second Avenue office building that houses the Metro Codes Department was redone with front steps that do not comply with the Metro building code.

So, for now, the steps cannot be used, Manley Biggers, assistant director of the Codes Department, said late last week during an interview. Still, Biggers said, it is not a terribly big deal given the main entrance to the building is on its other side, facing a parking lot rather than Second Avenue.
Did the city just imply that the standard person is top dumb and incapable to walk up a set of stairs?

Regulations will not keep bad things from happening, or even lower them for the most part. All this will do is place more stress on struggling farms.

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

Damned hooligans

Their crimes are so violent.
A 70-year old Jew is being charged with 'hooliganism' after shooting an attacker in self-defense, according to a September 7, 2006 report in the national daily Moskovsky Komsomolets. Anatoly Vaysman, a journalist at the 'Behind the Wheel' magazine, reportedly got out of his car near a Moscow store in January 2005 when he heard someone shouting at him "Stop, you kike!" He turned to see a middle aged man charging at him. The man allegedly gave him a hard shove to the chest and then reached into his pocket, possibly for a weapon. Mr. Vaysman then shot his assailant with a gas-powered pistol (a non-lethal weapon commonly used in Russia for self-defense). The alleged assailant was lightly wounded in the neck and filed a complaint against Mr. Vaysman with the local police.

Moscow prosecutors are aggressively pursuing the case, according to Mr. Vaysman's lawyer, who told Moskovsky Komsomolets that his client had been placed on a watch list three times, even though he had no intention of leaving the city before his trial.
With 'hooligans' like this running free. How can we ever be safe?

Russia is a disarmed society. I do not think people there feel safe.

Monday, September 18, 2006

It did not seem to work

The news if full of the shooting spree in Montreal. A virtual Danse macabre on every channel. Finally a few bits of interesting news is coming out, and it does not look good for the one chanting the "gun registration is best" line.

The news is that this criminal DID have his firearm registered.
Kimveer Gill's weapons were registered, but it did not stop him from killing, says Rondi Adamson

On Wednesday, at Montreal's Dawson College, Kimveer Gill used three apparently legally registered firearms to kill (as of this writing) one person, and injure and traumatize many others.

In one sense, at least, he was law-abiding. But given what he was able and willing to do with his registered weapons, how can it be argued that the registry is anything but a misuse of funds, time and energy?

Even had Gill's weapons not been registered, what difference would that make? It isn't paperwork that will prevent the kind of violent crime Gill committed. That kind of crime can probably never be completely prevented.
All this registry is doing is wasting money and stopping NO crime.

Here is Blogonomicon's take on it.

Follow the instructions...or else.

At the Lew Rockwell blog Manuel runs afoul of the law when cleaning his carpet.
"DIRECTIONS FOR USE: It is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling."

Does this mean I can get fined or go to jail if I use this spray without a sponge as the label requires, or if I fail to wait 60 seconds before wiping?
Sponge or else.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Inspired by Momma

The reality of BB

BB was the verbal shorthand used by Winston in 1984 to address Big Brother. The all seeing, all knowing, specter that guided you and controlled you.

One of the main means of control were the telescreens. TV/Cameras that were always on, and always watching you. They could also command you to do better if the need arose.
'Thirty to forty group!' yapped a piercing female voice. 'Thirty to forty group! Take your places, please. Thirties to forties!'

Winston sprang to attention in front of the telescreen, upon which the image of a youngish woman, scrawny but muscular, dressed in tunic and gym-shoes, had already appeared.

'Arms bending and stretching!' she rapped out. 'Take your time by me. One, two, three, four! One, two, three, four! Come on, comrades, put a bit of life into it! One, two, three, four! One, two, three, four! ...'
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'Smith!' screamed the shrewish voice from the telescreen. '6079 Smith W.! Yes, you! Bend lower, please! You can do better than that. You're not trying. Lower, please! That's better, comrade. Now stand at ease, the whole squad, and watch me.'

A sudden hot sweat had broken out all over Winston's body. His face remained completely inscrutable. Never show dismay! Never show resentment! A single flicker of the eyes could give you away. He stood watching while the instructress raised her arms above her head and -- one could not say gracefully, but with remarkable neatness and efficiency -- bent over and tucked the first joint of her fingers under her toes.
In England the state, a BB wannabe, has decided to follow the lead of Orwells great book and make their cameras interactive.
Big Brother is not only watching you - now he's barking orders too. Britain's first 'talking' CCTV cameras have arrived, publicly berating bad behaviour and shaming offenders into acting more responsibly.

The system allows control room operators who spot any anti-social acts - from dropping litter to late-night brawls - to send out a verbal warning: 'We are watching you'.

Middlesbrough has fitted loudspeakers on seven of its 158 cameras in an experiment already being hailed as a success. Jack Bonner, who manages the system, said: 'It is one hell of a deterrent. It's one thing to know that there are CCTV cameras about, but it's quite another when they loudly point out what you have just done wrong.
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'This isn't about keeping tabs on people, it's about making the streets safer for the law-abiding majority and helping to change the attitudes of those who cause trouble. It challenges unacceptable behaviour and makes people think twice.'
The reasons always are cloaked in nice terms of safety and the good of society. I'm surprised the term "common sense" wasn't included in this article.

The part that saddens me is in the articles comments. One subject of England said this.
I think talking cameras are great! That is a really good idea. I really hope they will be used in our area as well.

- Marilou, Chessington, Surrey
"Such pretty shackles. I think everyone should have and enjoy them"

Saturday, September 16, 2006

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A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away. — BARRY GOLDWATER (1964)

Regulations and control over profit

I've never understood why a successful method of doing something is so bad for some people. Recycling for one. Enviro's like to scream how bad some companies and that they are destroying the planet for profit.

I've read about a viewpoint that is simple, yet ignored by many enviro's. "Don't force them to do good, make them want to do good". What is good to a company. Simple. Profit!

An historical example is a tale that mixes Ford vehicles, and your BBQ chicken.
Kingsford was a relative of Henry Ford who saw that Ford's Model T production lines were producing a large amount of wood scraps that were just being discarded. Kingsford pitched a simple idea to Ford: Set up a charcoal manufacturing facility next to the assembly line and sell the charcoal, with the Ford name, in Ford dealerships. Ford, knowing a good idea when he saw one, immediately implemented Kingsford's idea. After Kingsford's death, the company was renamed Kingsford Charcoal Co. in his honor. Today, Kingsford charcoal is the dominant brand used by charcoal grillers.
One companies waste became a new market. They found that profit was much more fun then waste.

A win win situation. Sadly in today's business place the regulatory fist of the enviro's make a win win rather impossible.

An example of a modern "green" business.
Wild sea turtles were declining rapidly when Cayman Turtle Farm Ltd. was created in the West Indies in 1968. The farm, located on Grand Cayman Island, hatched green sea turtles in captivity and raised them for meat. By selling these turtles, it reduced the incentive of poachers to take endangered wild turtles. The farm also released year-old hatchlings into the ocean and supported turtle research.

The farm quickly gained fame as an example of -enviro-capitalism-entrepreneurial protection of the environment (Anderson and Leal 1997). "The net contribution to the survival of the green turtle has been enormous," wrote R. J. Smith (1988).
But the mighty fist of the enviros and regulatory goons soon did their bloody work.
Mariculture Ltd., the original name of the farm, started with a stock of eggs collected from nests below the water line and on eroded beaches, eggs that had little chance of successful hatching or of turtle survival.1 The founders hired former turtle poachers and set about learning how to raise the turtles in captivity. Using revenues from turtle product sales at home and abroad, the company funded research on sea turtles and released thousands of year-old turtles into the sea. By employing former poachers, the company both reduced the danger to turtles in the wild and allowed a number of Caymanian turtlers to continue working in the industry that had defined island life for hundreds of years.

In the mid-1970s, the United States listed the green sea turtle as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. This closed off U.S. markets and ended the farm's ability to ship through U.S. ports and airports. Then in 1979 the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) changed the interpretation of its exemption of 'bred in captivity' animals. This excluded the first generation of turtles born in captivity (because they may have come from eggs laid by wild turtles). This happened just as the farm announced that its captive breeding program had successfully produced its first generation of turtles. As the then-CEO of Cayman Turtle Farm explained in 1980, the convention's language exempting animals 'bred in captivity for commercial purposes' was repeatedly reinterpreted by opponents of the farm to stop the farm's sale of turtle products (Johnson 1980). This led additional countries to close their markets. With the loss of its international markets, the company's economic model collapsed.
Now the company is a shell of what it was. Owned and operated by the local government, an enviro's dream. Pure statism.

If the enviro's only knew how much damage they do, in the name of enviromental green protection.

via Hit and Run

Finally a gravatar I like


That slightly perverted smile says so much to me.

Friday, September 15, 2006

I'm not surprised one bit.

New law rammed up our arse down our throats.
A bill radically redefining and expanding the government's ability to eavesdrop and search the houses of U.S. citizens without court approval passed a key Senate committee Wednesday, and may be voted on by the full Senate as early as next week.
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The committee also passed two other surveillance measures, including one from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), one of the few senators to be briefed on the National Security Agency program. Feinstein's bill, which Specter co-sponsored before submitting another bill, rebuffs the administration's legal arguments and all but declares the warrantless wiretapping illegal.
Some day blogging can be depressing.

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I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men's rights. — ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Producing the banned

I have never understood a certain government/nanny view. The idea that if you ban or outlaw an item that it will not just go away, but will keep people from making it. This has been proven wrong since the first caveman leader tried to outlaw that scary object called fire.

There is a freewill that exists in man that ignores a government with no qualms when it comes to his own personal desires. Liquor, nose candy, and guns are items that will be acquired no matter how much others do not want you to. Punishment be damned.

So the question arises. How hard is it to make long guns? I came across a website that shows how the rifles in the hills of Pakistan were made during the 50's. It seems that just basic tools, and a little skilled knowledge is all that is needed.



Using handpowered tools they produced rifles of this quality.


Information on making firearms are as easy to get as one two three.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

I think "Oops" doesn't go far enough

The story is one heard way to often.
Deputies Chris Roth, Katie Broda and Kevin Hinton, of their own volition, submitted their resignations to Harrison on Wednesday, he said. One is effective immediately; the other two are effective Friday.

The alleged incident happened outside Applebee's on Aug. 26. Robert Wise, of Garner, said he, his wife and 11-year-old daughter were leaving the restaurant when a man came up to their car window, yelling at them about taking up two parking spaces.

Wise said the man didn't identify himself as a law enforcement officer and tried to pull Wise out of the car. He said he was beaten, sprayed with pepper spray and handcuffed, and needed to be taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Robert Wise, a local preacher, and his whole family is a victim of an assault. The sad words of the sheriff is worthy of note.
Harrison said that he in no way condoned the officers' alleged actions, but said that they had made a mistake.

"This was something that just happened," he said. "We're human beings. We make mistakes; and we're going to learn from these mistakes and keep going."
What training do police get to de-escalate a situation? I don't mean de-escalate by cuffing or subduing. I mean just walking away. A "we're the law so we make the rules" is not a method, it is a crime.

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The people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them. — Zachariah Johnson, 3 Elliot, Debates at 646

Is that a gun, or are you just happy to see me?

That may be the question asked a lot in the Colombian city of Pereira in the future.
BOGOTA: They are calling it the "crossed legs" strike.
Fretting over crime and violence, girlfriends and wives of gang members in the Colombian city of Pereira have called a ban on sex to persuade their menfolk to give up the gun.

After meeting representatives of the mayor's office to discuss a disarmament program, a group of women decided to deny their partners their conjugal rights and recorded a song for local radio to urge others to follow their example.
I guess a lot of guys will be polishing their own barrels tonight.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

We are lab mice to the government.

I am at a loss for words here.
Air Force chief: Test weapons on testy U.S. mobs

Nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices should be used on American citizens in crowd-control situations before being used on the battlefield, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday.

The object is basically public relations. Domestic use would make it easier to avoid questions from others about possible safety considerations, said Secretary Michael Wynne.

"If we're not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation," said Wynne. "(Because) if I hit somebody with a nonlethal weapon and they claim that it injured them in a way that was not intended, I think that I would be vilified in the world press."
I'll be seeing his goons through rifle sights one day.

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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.

Reminds me of the joke

CHICAGO - The war on terrorism took a strange and sad turn Monday when airline officials at O'Hare International Airport refused to let a 77 year old grandmother board her plane as she had in her possession two, 6 inch knitting needles. Apparently authorities were worried that she may knit an Afghan.
The problem is that the joke is much closer to reality then most would ever comfortably admit.
A TOURIST was told to turn his T-shirt inside-out at an airport — as a picture of two guns on it was deemed a SECURITY RISK.

Dave Osborne, 21, was bound for Newark, New Jersey, when guards hauled him out of the queue for his Guns N Rollers T-shirt.

They told him the two pistols on the front could constitute a security risk and upset passengers.

He was ordered to turn his top inside out before boarding.
Did the security just say that the masses could become alarmed by ink? If the people are that scared then the government "war on terror" criers have won.

What do you do when the joke becomes the norm?

Village idiots win one

In a small town in Arkansas Oklahoma the village idiots have made a few good people leave their government.
The police chief, the mayor and a councilman in this small town resigned Friday amid an uproar over nude photos of the chief's 300-pound, tattooed wife that she posted on a Web site.

Dozens of residents of the town of 1,500 had demanded Police Chief Tod Ozmun resign, and the district attorney recommended an obscenity investigation, but the City Council decided last week that the pictures were protected by the First Amendment.

On Friday, Ozmun, Mayor Dale Moore and Councilman Clifford Barnard said they were stepping down because they were fed up with the public attention and criticism of the chief. Another council member resigned earlier over the council's support of Ozmun.
The city is now looking for some narrow minded people to take those positions. A desire to control other peoples bodies, thoughts, and acts are a prerequisite for the town's masses. Elementary school education desired, but not needed.

Is this the village that Hillary says is needed to raise a bigoted child?
more
via Hit and Run

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Armed chicks..Very hot.



I have no shame

I wish!

All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void. — Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. (2 Cranch) 137 (1803)

WARNING: Toilet humor ahead.

Was that a bomb, or did we serve burrittos on this flight?
Air passengers could have their conversations and movements monitored as work intensifies to design the terrorist-proof aeroplane.

Researchers in Britain and Europe are looking at technology that would see a comprehensive network of microphones and cameras installed throughout the aircraft, including the lavatory, which would be linked to a computer.

This computer would be "trained" to pick up suspicious behaviour, said Catherine Neary, of Bae Systems, one of the British participants in a £24 million European Union project Safety of Aircraft in Future European Environment.
The noise you are hearing is Orwell spinning in his grave.
"If people know they will be safer, they will be happy to accept the sensors...."
Sorry, but you are wrong. But since this is England, she is probably correct.

To dream the impossible dream

I stand in awe of what I just read a few seconds ago. Maybe it is a publicity stunt, but the idea is simply titillating to me.
B.C. Liberals decide to cancel fall session

VANCOUVER -- Saying the success of their government isn't dependent on passing laws or regulations, the B.C. Liberals have decided not to hold a fall session this year.

The cancellation has angered NDP Leader Carole James who says the government has no reason to be complacent and there are many issues that need debate.

Ms. James said the government's argument that the economy is in good shape and no pending legislation needs to be passed demonstrates a lack of accountability.
I may email this to my local political vermins in Washington.

Then I read what a nanny statist's view is.
"Unfortunately, the legislature in B.C. has not been as relevant as it could be and it should be in the lives of British Columbians," said Mr. Mitchell, a vice-president at the University of Ottawa.

"The legislature exists to keep the government accountable and if it's only in session for a few months a year, it's hard to make them accountable."
Did he just say that the government is not involved in enough aspects of your life, and that is a bad thing?

Now if we can just get this started at the state level here.

sigh!

In England(I refuse to use the term Great Britain) a company has had to change it's products because of the subjects are so lazy.
LONDON (AFP) - US fast food giant McDonald's announced it had gone hedgehog-friendly, following a long running campaign waged by British lovers of the prickly mammals.

McDonald's said it had redesigned cups and lids for its McFlurry ice cream so that they were no longer a danger to the animals.

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) said it had spent more than five years campaigning against the containers, claiming that countless creatures had died by getting their heads stuck inside when trying to eat left-over ice cream.
Five years they campaigned for this. Nothing about trying to get the lazy bastards who throw the cups on the ground. Nope! Had to be the product. Blame the big corporations. How damn hard is it to walk a few meters to a trashcan and do what is right? Blaming the companies simply say that you are all lazy bastards who should be kept from breeding for the good of man!

Monday, September 11, 2006

9/11

I slept through the whole thing.

I worked nights, as did my wife. We got home and a standard play worked it's way out. Bed by 8AM, sleep until 4PM.

Wake at 4Pm, eat, dress, in that order, and get to work by 6PM.

That night I woke and turned on the computer to check the Drudge report. My wife turned the TV on. I saw that drudge was filled with nonsensical headlines. Like something from a Tom Clancy novel. Behind me my wife was watching the Tv and every channel had the same shots on them. I turned and said "Honey. I think someone hacked Drudge". I then saw the images that matched the headlines on the computer screen play out over and over again.

We were both late for work that night.

In a way I had it easy. I did not sit and watch it all unfold in such horrible images in front of me as most did that morning, waiting for the next shock. I simply experienced it like coming upon a car crash. The worst was over, now let's fix it.

Take a letter

Dear China

Censor this

Love
Wikipedia
The founder of Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia written by its users, has defied the Chinese government by refusing to bow to censorship of politically sensitive entries.

Jimmy Wales, one of the 100 most influential people in the world according to Time magazine, challenged other internet companies, including Google, to justify their claim that they could do more good than harm by co-operating with Beijing.
I like it.

Your stuff is ours. So shut up!

A city has decided your stuff is theirs.
The city has given itself the right to seize its residents' personal property for public use in an emergency.And although commissioners say it would use its new law only in "an exceptional disaster," some residents are furious
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"There's always the possibility of abuse of power," Commissioner Elliot Kleiman said, "but it's not going to happen here."Property that could be taken includes a truck to transport emergency workers or a building to shelter disaster victims.
I see how the material grabbed from us could be used for good. The problem is that the ends do not justify the means. Theft is not the way to get it.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Bad, bad, assault thingy

A million dollar pot bust in California brought out the best and worse, of the main stream media.
One man was arrested on suspicion of possessing an assault weapon near where authorities were clearing a 3,800-plant marijuana farm
The first image of this weapon, sometimes called an assault rifle, and assault weapon is here.


The assault thingy is a Calico M-100.

With this assault thingy they found over 2 dozen rounds of ammunition. 2 dozen rounds of .22LR ammo. Note that the Calico magazine holds 100 rounds, so 24 rounds is not even a quarter of its capacity.


With the flash hider, high capacity magazine, and pistol grip they are mostly correct. According to their definition of an assault thingy, this is one.

I would define it as a plinker.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Information they don't want you to know

In this everlasting war on drugs a small bit of information has come to light on word usage.

Here are some headlines.
Trooper helicopter spots mar**uana plants, two arrested

35 mar**uana plants seized

State surpasses number of pot plants seized in 2005

Sheriffs destroy 1,500 pot plants

Deputies seize mar**uana plants
This may make you look at those numbers and at the strutting done by the law slightly differently in the future.
More than 98 percent of all of the mar**uana plants seized by law enforcement in the United States is feral hemp not cultivated cannabis, according to newly released data by the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Domestic Ca**abis Eradication/Suppression Program and the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics.

According to the data, available online at: http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/pdf/t4382005.pdf, of the estimated 223 million mar**uana plants destroyed by law enforcement in 2005, approximately 219 million were classified as "ditchweed," a term the agency uses to define "wild, scattered mar**uana plants [with] no evidence of planting, fertilizing, or tending." Unlike cultivated mar**uana, feral h*mp contains virtually no detectable levels of THC, the psychoactive component in ca**abis, and does not contribute to the black market mar**uana trade.
They are burning weeds, not weed. Quick! Raise their budget!

So the next time you see a big number thrown up on the TV screen , take a moment and look past the words to the lies.

NOTE: The links are from the first page of a Google news search. Words are editted to keep workplace filters from blocking this page.

Driving while stupid

The facts are not in dispute. He was drunk, and driving a bus of children. past that, the tale gets interesting.
An intoxicated school bus driver for Dallas Center-Grimes allegedly ran a stop sign and almost hit another vehicle Tuesday night while driving the high school girls' volleyball team from a tournament in Waukee, according to reports from parents and school officials.

When the driver blew through the stop sign, coach Angie Reed told him to pull over and stop the bus, school officials said.
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Waukee police charged the driver, Michael Louis Rolow, 49, of Grimes, with intoxication Tuesday night. Police records show Rolow's blood- alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. A bottle of Hawkeye Vodka was found on the bus under the driver's seat.
Driving drunk is an understatement.

It's the reason they gave for not charging him with a DUI, even with a whole bus of witnesses and the reality of it that bothers me.
Police said Rolow was not driving when they arrived on the scene, so a drunken driving charge was not filed.

Rolow was chief of the Windsor Heights Police Department before retiring in December 2002 after 23 years of service.
No special treatment here people. Just move along.

All problems in America have been fixed

That is what had to have happened. Otherwise why would the government take the time to vote on crap like this.
After a five-week summer recess, one of the House of Representatives' first items of business was a vote on a bill to ban horse slaughtering in the United States.

Members on both sides of the aisle expressed outrage that Congress was spending time on the bill with only 15 legislative days left in the session. The legislation would shut down the three foreign-owned slaughterhouses operating in the United States.

After debating the bill Thursday afternoon, the House passed the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act 263-146 without amendments. The measure now goes to the Senate, which may or may not take up the measure.
Rope, tree, knot, solution.

anyone know where I can buy some horse meat in middle Tennessee? I'm suddenly hungry.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

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Sometimes a person has to exercise personal judgement and take the chance of being mistaken, or stop calling himself or herself free. —POUL ANDERSON

F free speech

This F'ing story just F'ing upsets me. Free speech just got F'd again.
State highway officials are setting up a roadblock of sorts for John Miller, a Boone man whose sporty 1966 Chevrolet Corvair has personalized plates that say, "F NADER."

The Iowa Department of Transportation plans to send a letter to Miller advising him the license plates will be revoked within 10 days because of the objectionable combination of letters, said Andrew Lewis, the DOT's assistant director of vehicle services.

State officials contend the "F" is shorthand for a four-letter vulgarity aimed at consumer advocate Ralph Nader. Nader wrote a 1965 book, "Unsafe at Any Speed," that criticized the safety of American autos, citing General Motors' Corvair as an example.
An "F Nader" bumper sticker would be fine, but not a license plate. Lets get rid of them in the first place. Just another state money grab.

F'ers!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Stuck in my head

Ever have a tune stuck in your head? One where it drives you nuts until you find the whole tune and can hear it again, or at least identify it.

I've had one stuck in my head for about 30 years.

It was in Owensboro Kentucky and I was about 10-12. We had two national TV stations, one independent, and one PBS. We also had a black and white TV that had the UHF knob broke off and a handy pair of needle nose pliers sitting on top of the TV as its replacement.

The NPR, or whatever it was called back then, had Masterpiece Theatre and some of their early shows were delightful. One of the shows that had on had an introductory piece of music that left me enthralled. It was a show I would watch just for that music. I've looked through their archive list, and the brief blurbs online, or none at all, leave me without hope of finding the music again.

The story revolves around a young women who marries a titled man. It was set in the period just before, and during World War One. He is into flying(early Wright brother type planes) and goes off to war and she stays and deals with the land, people, and even a German prisoner who has "work release" as a hand. The husband disappears and is assumed dead. That is all my 30 year brain cells hold of the plot.

The music in question was the introductory piece and it bordered on ethereal to my young ears.

Do you have any idea how bothersome a 30 year stuck tune is people?

Help!

The mouse is dead. Arrest him!

In an mocking act of civil disobedience, a man asks to be arrested for the death of a mouse, and a mole.
A retired police officer has admitted twice flouting the new hunting law by allowing his terrier dog to chase and kill a mouse and a mole.
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He turned himself in to the police on both occasions to demonstrate that the 2004 Hunting Act was a "ridiculous law".

Under the legislation, moles and mice are classed as mammals that cannot be killed by dogs, although they can be shot by a competent huntsman.

Mr Morrison said he was not taken seriously when he reported himself, but was eventually cautioned. He was later told no further action would be taken
Mockery is a high art, and damned if this guy does not achieve greatness here in my eyes.

Let there be light!

Being prepared implies many things and one of them is light. No light means no activities, for the most part. While it may seem like a large costly outlay to get your lighting in order, it isn't. Most of the stuff in this post was purchased over several regular trips to Walmart. A little here and a little there and before you know it, you have a small section of preparedness taken care of.

In my preparedness I have a nice collection of light producing products.

Today I will introduce you to the "fire" side of my lights.



Light not only allows you to do things in the dark when you might ordinarily be idle, but it gives you and your family a level of comfort when there is no power. Darkness is frightful for children and not that fun for adults.

The main part of this storage tote is three basic WalMart oil lamps.


While lowend in the lamp market, they are a good basic light to buy and have on a budget. These lamps use Ultra Pure liquid. A mix of liquid paraffin and lamp liquid.

Of course I would recommend extra wicks.


I remember seeing lamps like this, and more decorative ones, in most of the rooms in my grandmothers house. In the rural area of Kentucky they lived they had a lot of power outages. All of her lamps had soot tipped chimneys showing their regular use.

They were raised in an era where you got up with the sun and went to bed when it set. The regular work induced sleep lifestyle of today is artificial in so many ways.

Now I also have an amount of candles.


Candles have a lot of weaknesses. They cannot be refilled, and unless you have special candle holders, are an open fire threat. Kids and candles do not mix, outside of birthday cakes. Even with that said I feel candles have a place in a preparedness program. I have seen some "survival" candles in catalogs going for $10-20 and they are laughable. Avoid them! Good candles can be purchased at most hardware or general merchandise store.

A substitute is those smelly candles that is in vogue today. Their large glass bodies make them a good product, but the cost of them being so "smelly pretty" make them a questionable buy.

Now when you are running around trying to find a cigarette lighter or matches I will laugh as I have cornered the match market.


You simply cannot have to many matches. I will admit these are just regular matches. None of those fancy strike anywhere, or high wind matches. A few thousand basic matches is a good number to start with. I would recommend you avoid the paper matches in the cute little books. To short and fast burning.

Lamps and candles are a long term light. Flashlights do have a place and are very important, but they are short term. For larger room lighting for a long time, a lamp is the best choice.

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"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling in terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? [...] The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!" —Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago (Chapter 1 "Arrest")

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Quote

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

I disagree on the solution

At the Blogonomicon the subject is a silly article on getting guns off the street. Bloginomicon puts up the solution of jails.
Which is it, oh exalted one? Maybe you should try getting people off the street instead of guns. And keep them off the street, you know, so that "over and over again" part can stop.
Sadly jail does not deter them being criminals, all it does is delay them. My suggestion is to make the street so deadly that they fear the act of crime. Yes there will be poor criminals dying regularly and in a pool of blood. That pool of blood is also the Darwinian gene pool being cleaned.

I'm not one to scream the standard vigilante-like line of "kill them all and let God sort them out". The fact is that I do not put my hand in a tank of piranhas because it is dangerously dumb. I want society to bring forth the same primal fear in criminals.

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A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury. — Alexander Tyler (in his 1770 book, Cycle of Democracy)

Monday, September 04, 2006

pulled from the ether

I want to admit something surprising to some. I would respect and listen to anti0gun nuts if they used real numbers and not emotional based facts.

Like this guy.
TWO YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, the federal ban on assault weapons expired. Since then, sales of such weapons have almost certainly increased, and the number of crimes in which they have been used has undoubtedly risen. Unfortunately, there's no way to know for sure. That's because the public and law enforcement agencies no longer have access to information they could routinely get just a few years ago.
No facts, but he just knows. Using emotionally based numbers makes me look down upon you, and your views.

He just pulled this knowledge from the ether.

I want to pull a Joe Friday saying on him.
"Just the facts ma'am"

Selling trash

Michael Caine has come out and accussed Hollywood of making bad movies. Sadly I think he was being generous when he described them as bad.
FILMS made today pale against cinema classics of the past because they are so lacking in dialogue, character and plot, Sir Michael Caine told The Times yesterday.
The Oscar-winning star has lost count of the number of times he has seen films such as Casablanca, On the Waterfront and The Third Man, which he never tires of watching. Which is more, he said, than can be said for today’s “banal” films: “I can’t think of one I could see again,” he said.
My wife and I were big movie goers years ago. Not always great movies, but a good enough selection did exist to keep us returning. In the last several years I have seen a trend to the "let's make the movie big and that is better then good" from the west coast. Honestly people. I watched the newest Star Wars and it was just ok, and the second was pretty bad. The third is still unseen, and I have no desire to see number three.

In the last year I have gone and seen two movies. One was Serenity. I received free tickets as a blogger themed promotion deal. The other one was Snakes on a plane. My brothers and I thought it would be good. Lets just say it was better then a lot of the big hits.

My wife and i have this critic habit when we see a movie. As the priviews roll at the beginning we rank them as "YES", "Maybe", "No way" and "DVD". The last time we went there was only one "Maybe" and nothing else.

They complain their market is getting killed by illegal copies. Maybe they should look at the material they produce. Crap galore!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

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"Smart" guns and "safety" locks aren't meant to protect children. They're meant to kill gun owners. —VICTOR MILAN

Friday, September 01, 2006

Lost

California's attempt to pass a bill requiring micro stamping of bullets has failed according to Alphessa.

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That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of The United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms... — Samuel Adams, Debates and Proceedings in the Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, at 86-87 (Pierce & Hale, eds., Boston, 1850).

The end results say so much.

Two tales from texas in one article

Tale one.
A Dallas man died late Wednesday after jumping through a window to escape three robbers who burst into his apartment, north of the city's downtown area, officials said
.......
Daniels chose to flee by jumping through his bedroom window, and was severely hurt in the attempt.

"We don't know if any shots were fired, but he was bleeding from everywhere because of the glass," Crowther said.
The article does not say if the poor guy was armed, but the "jump" implies he was not.

Tale two
In another overnight home invasion, the would-be robber was hospitalized, said Sgt. Ross Salverino, a detective in the robbery unit.

The incident occurred about 1 a.m. in an apartment in the 9400 block of Royal Lane in northeast Dallas, Salverino said. The residents, who sold compact discs out of their home, were confronted by two gunmen demanding money.

But, Salverino said, one of the residents grabbed his own pistol and gunfire was exchanged.
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No one else was hurt in the shootout,....
In this one the "victims" were armed, and did not seem to be in the mood to be robbed.

I cannot say the first man would have lived if he was armed. I can say the odds would have been better.

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 ...