Thursday, November 30, 2006

Quote

"The only practical difference between a politician and a cockroach is that the politician makes a bigger mess when you squash it." -- Bill St. Clair

Pretty much the truth.

Can't say it much better myself.
Lots of kids, when very young, worry about monsters under the bed. Even when Mom or Dad comes in to reassure them, the kids may still worry. But as they get older, they begin to check under the bed themselves. And eventually, after many monster-free nights, they figure out that the danger is purely imaginary and they stop worrying.
You would think by now that gun-control supporters would have made the same progress on one of their most fearsome demons: the licensing of citizens to carry concealed firearms. But they seem to be trapped in a recurring nightmare that exists only in their minds.
No more needs to be said.

Snoop Dog and me

I normally have no interest in what goes on in the rap music scene. I don't listen to it, and pretty much am embarrassed for those who do. It's simply not my forte.

I had just finished my morning swim at the Y and was reading the local newspaper. The back page talked of Snoop Dog's arrest. I wanted to see what his newest charges are, and I read something that befuddled me. An online article repeats the section.
Right after taping 'The Tonight Show', Snoop was arrested for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possessing cocaine, transporting marijuana and having a false compartment in his vehicle.
"False compartment"? That's illegal?

With the power of the internet it was rather easy to go and find the specific California code.
11366.8. (a) Every person who possesses, uses, or controls a false compartment with the intent to store, conceal, smuggle, or transport a controlled substance within the false compartment shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for a term of imprisonment not to exceed one year or in the state prison.
(b) Every person who designs, constructs, builds, alters, or fabricates a false compartment for, or installs or attaches a false compartment to, a vehicle with the intent to store, conceal, smuggle, or transport a controlled substance shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for 16 months or two or three years.
(c) The term "vehicle" means any of the following vehicles without regard to whether the vehicles are private or commercial, including, but not limited to, cars, trucks, buses, aircraft, boats, ships, yachts, and vessels.
(d) The term "false compartment" means any box, container, space, or enclosure that is intended for use or designed for use to conceal, hide, or otherwise prevent discovery of any controlled substance within or attached to a vehicle, including, but not limited to, any of the following:
(1) False, altered, or modified fuel tanks.
(2) Original factory equipment of a vehicle that is modified, altered, or changed.
(3) Compartment, space, or box that is added to, or fabricated, made, or created from, existing compartments, spaces, or boxes within a vehicle.
When they use the words "controlled substance" are they meaning drugs only? I know they control firearms, and other items pretty hard. What about using a concealed compartment to hide your prescription drugs from criminals in a bad area. Will that get you shafted?

More then anything, it sounds like just another law to pile on people to make them plead out to other charges.

Tennessee codes do not have anything like this that I can find.

Crap like this makes me want to make a concealed compartment in my vehicle today.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Gov says to eat trash

A simple act of charity is now illegal, and forcing the homeless to enjoy the trash can cuisine.
The casserole has been canned.

Under a tough new Fairfax County policy, residents can no longer donate food prepared in their homes or a church kitchen -- be it a tuna casserole, sandwiches or even a batch of cookies -- unless the kitchen is approved by the county, health officials said yesterday.

They said the crackdown on home-cooked meals is aimed at preventing food poisoning among homeless people.
The system is really screwed up when it takes food from the homeless to "protect them".

Not a bit outraged

When it rains, I get wet. I expect that to occur.
A Texas official who receives any sum of cash as a gift can satisfy state disclosure laws by reporting the money simply as "currency" without specifying the amount, the Texas Ethics Commission reiterated Monday.
The 5-3 decision outraged watchdog groups and some officials who accused the commission of failing to enforce state campaign finance laws.
So when I hear about politicians, and money, I expect shady dealings to occur.

Are you surprised?

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Loose lips sink ships

All I have to say is "Thank G-d he's out of office".
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich yesterday said the country will be forced to reexamine freedom of speech to meet the threat of terrorism.

Gingrich, speaking at a Manchester awards banquet, said a "different set of rules" may be needed to reduce terrorists' ability to use the Internet and free speech to recruit and get out their message.
I got rope, I just need a strong tree.

It is interesting to note who he said this to.

jaywalking

After being ticketed for jaywalking, the two 'criminals' take matters, and a camera, into their own hands.
Tim Carr and Shaun Selvage are waging a crusade against the flagrant abuse of our city law 106-452 every day on Boonville Avenue outside the Greene County Judicial Courts Facility:

"No pedestrian shall cross the roadway at any place other than a crosswalk within those areas described in ordinances adopted from time to time and on file with the city clerk."

What brought this on? The two were given tickets for crossing outside a designated crosswalk on Commercial Street across from the Commercial Club Farmers Market. "It was about 6:30 p.m. (Nov. 15), no traffic," says Carr, a recent Missouri State University journalism graduate. "Just us and the police officer. I told him, 'I don't have a problem with you enforcing the law, just start with your own clan.' We turn the corner onto Boonville, and every day there are law enforcement officers and officials crossing away from the crosswalks all the time."
Of course the police are not happy with this. How do they attempt to stop them? What weapon will silence these two citizens?

The war on terror was that weapon.
The duo say that on the first day they took pictures a Greene County deputy told them it was a violation of the Homeland Security Act for them to photograph government buildings and told them to stop. Greene County Chief Deputy Jim Arnott says it isn't a violation of the act, but authorities are wary of such activity.
I wish the law enforcers would make up their minds.

Here is a police forum with their take on the matter.

Walking for homeland security

A small bit of "War on Terrorism" humor came to my attention. Software that finds bad guys by the way they walk.
The characteristics of your walk may not be as distinctive as the swaggering of John Wayne or the sashay of Joan Collins, but your stride may still be unique enough to identify you at a distance -- alone or among a group of people.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and elsewhere are developing technologies to recognize a person's walk, or gait. Results indicate these new identification methods hold promise as tools in the war on terrorism and in medical diagnosis
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"We need technology to find the bad guys at a distance around federal buildings," says Jon Geisheimer, a research engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). "That is the original application. And after Sept. 11, we began to see the usefulness of these technologies in airports."
The government has released a film on the agency that will be in charge of walking knowledge.



I read of odd government efforts to fight the war on whatever, and it reminds me of the early WW2 era. Every strange idea was financed and studied, from pigeon guided bombs, fire bats to ice aircraft carriers. We are living in that "mad scientist" era agin. God help us all.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Protecting us from meat

A chef tells what he wants to do with a pig, and why he can't.
If I really am dedicated to cooking by the seasons and supporting local agriculture, I thought, now would be the obvious time to buy a whole pig. Ideally, I would break it down into primal cuts, put the hams in salt for the next month, and then hang them at room temperature for two years, allowing them to slowly dry into prosciutto. And why not grind up the dark, fatty shoulders with salt, pepper and juniper, stuff the mixture into casings, and then leave the sausages in a cool room for six weeks to naturally ferment, developing delicious, tangy porcine flavors?

I can't, because the United States Department of Agriculture and the local health departments do not allow commercial processing of meat without refrigeration.
The government is protecting us from what has occurred since the beginning of time. The first caveman who forgot a piece of meat on a hot rock in the sun, and found jerky a day later, is likely the first person who cured meat.

Another bit of culinary history shafted to protect us from ourselves and our own choices.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

I'm thankful for...

My wife.

My family.

The rest is simply extra baggage.

Nannies at work

In England the nannies ar protecting you from the latest threat.
RESIDENTS of the southwestern English city of Bristol are up in arms about what they see as the latest manifestation of the nanny state after the local council banned doormats in publicly owned housing as a "tripping risk".

Health and safety officers will confiscate mats if they are not removed voluntarily by next week
They can have my mat when they pry it from my cold dead hands.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

What?

An Abercrombie & Fitch commissioned Colt Trailblazer SAA in .45 LC? Wow!

I would be a proud criminal

The bitter tale of the Katrina gun seizures is still fresh in the minds of many. A horrible abuse of so many rights, with no resulting punishment.

Because of a thread in a forum I go to I went to the State of Tennessee codes to see what may happen during an emergency in my state. I found something likely in the laws of many states.
Chapter 9
CIVIL EMERGENCIES
38-9-104. Restrictive orders
After proclamation of a civil emergency, the chief administrative officer may, at the officer's discretion, in the interest of public safety and welfare:
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(7) Order the discontinuance of selling, distributing, dispensing or giving away any firearms or ammunition of any character whatsoever
The idea that the state feels it can keep me from arming any relative or friend I desire with this law is humorous.

The day this 'order' goes into effect, is the day I become a very proud criminal.

D'oh! Moment

I had to reread this to understand the state idiocy about it.
Police aren't sure why more people are fighting back, but some see a natural response to violent crime in a city where shootings and homicides are on the rise.

"People just want to protect themselves and their families," said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. "People are living in fear of what's going on in this community."
A true WTF moment.

What!

The crime they are being charged with is beyond belief.
A man was charged Monday with supporting terrorists by enabling customers to obtain satellite broadcasts of a Hezbollah television station, the second person accused in a case that has drawn scrutiny over how far the government can go in claiming someone is aiding terrorist groups.
By making it possible for people to WATCH tv, they are being charged with supporting terrorism.

WTF!

Mothra is attacking Tokyo

Monsters have killed, maimed, and slaughtered thousands in the movies. To top that Japan created super monsters. Mothra is my favorite. Godzilla simply had better PR in my opinion.

Statist nannies, and their war on everything, is my modern enemy. Like the 'monsters' created by the state's nuclear activities, we have the English state creating super nannies.
A hit-squad of nearly 80 "Supernannies" is to spearhead a new drive to stamp out anti-social behaviour.

The Government is determined to get to the root cause of yob culture and believed that taming unruly children at an early age could be the answer.

Prime Minister Tony Blair is promising £4 million to set up a network of experts to treat the problem.

Mr Blair is also expected to announce plans to force more people to attend parenting classes....
They feel safer already.

[via hit and run]

Monday, November 20, 2006

Twisting the story for effect.

This is a heart breaking story of mothers who have lost their children to guns that run loose in the night killing and maiming criminals and their plans on doing something.

The story talks of three of these "mothers" who are working to fight crime.

The story misses the fact that the main 'mother', and the one in the front in the pictured moms, is a career political activist.

Delegate
Adams, Jackie Rowe — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2004. Still living as of 2004.
A little of her history
Ms. Jackie Rowe-Adams, of New York, New York, is a lifetime resident of Harlem, New York where she has dedicated herself to serving her community, her church, and her family. Since her time as a youth counselor at a young age, she has given back to her community as an activist and volunteer. Ms. Adams has received numerous awards from the community, the Police Department, and her peers. In her present positions as the Recreation Center Manager at Morningside Park and in running the Jackie Robinson Center, she has turned once drug infested areas into an oasis of youth and community activity; Ms. Adams is the mother of four sons, two of whom were lost tragically to urban violence in New York and Baltimore.
Candidate
Jackie Rowe-Adams is the only woman in the race. She is a former community board and school board member and works as recreation manager for Jackie Robinson and Morningside Park, which she says she took ''back from the drug dealers.'' She called herself ''the people's candidate.''
This information does not take anything away from the pain she suffered at the loss of her two 17 year old children. What it does show is that she is not just a grieving mother doing what she can. An activist, and someone obviously good at PR is the truth.

The article should have mentioned some of her activist background to put the story in perspective.

Quote plus comments

You do not examine legislation in light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered. —LYNDON B. JOHNSON
The first time I came across this quote I was shocked. A short simple statement on why I dislike gun laws, and most laws. Above all stated reasons for a law it normally is the allowed abuses of the law that make it go from bad, to damned evil.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Bald is beautiful...and kind

I've heard about them, sort of like hearing about two headed turtles or winning lottery tickets. Yes they are out there, but not near me.

What I'm talking about is bald people. People bald because they took their long hair, and cut it off for wigs for cancer patients. I met one yesterday, and she's a blogger.

She did it in solidarity with a friend.
I saw I had missed an IM from one of my Host Parent buddy's husband over at ParentsConnect.

See, she has breast cancer, and she found out today she will be starting chemo on Wednesday. When I found out she had cancer, I promised her I would shave my head in solidarity with her when she started the chemo.
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I love my hair, but I care about TheNewGirl more. I want her to be healthy and happy. I hope this will help God make sure this goes well for her. Also, even though she lives in Florida, I want to shave my head so she knows that even across the miles, she is not alone, my thoughts and prayers are with her.
Here she is just moments before the buzzing, snipping, and cutting.



After the cutting she went all the way and did a chrome dome shave.



Saturday Ivy was waiting for the hair to dry before sending it on.

Bad bad ivy. My hero this weekend.

Better then any two headed turtle.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

No dragon meat!!!

I have always thought that freedom, at it's base core, meant that you can do stupid things. Smoke, snort, sleep in a badly wired house, or marry whomever. Deeper down I have always thought that true freedom would clean the gene pool out a bit.

Maybe that is why society is getting stupider. The idiots don't kill themselves off quick enough. They are outbreeding us.

Regulation is one of the main ways of protecting these individuals.

I like Europe. Their regulatory system shows the extreme nature of the state of stupidity. Would you like an example?
A SPICY sausage known as the Welsh Dragon will have to be renamed after trading standards' officers warned the manufacturers that they could face prosecution because it does not contain dragon.
The sausages will now have to be labeled Welsh Dragon Pork Sausages to avoid any confusion among customers.
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His company, the Black Mountains Smokery at Crickhowell, in Powys, turns out 200,000 sausages a year, including the Welsh Dragon, which is made with chili, leak and pork. A Powys County Council spokesman said: "The product was not sufficiently precise to inform a purchaser of the true nature of the food."
No dragon in it. Well damn!

Does that mean shepherds pie is not made up of ground shepherds. Damn it again. I'm afraid to ask if angel food cake or devil's food cake have their main ingredients in it or did they lie also?

Small update.

Over at Overlawyered.com the comments on this story run the range from Buffalo wings to Bear claws.

Sacrifice a staffer...NOW!

John Edwards, a man who is known for fighting 'evil' stores such as WalMart for the "little people", is in a bit of a pickle.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Thursday that a staff member for former Sen. John Edwards ' a vocal critic of the retailer' asked his local Wal-Mart store for help in getting the potential 2008 presidential candidate a Sony PlayStation 3. Edwards said it was true, but a mistake on the staffer's part.
Now this is simply delicious, but the true icing on the cake is WalMarts press release on the whole fiasco.
Just like the millions of Americans who turn to their neighborhood Wal-Mart for their holiday shopping needs, Wal-Mart announced today that former Sen. John Edwards is seeking to be one of the first to get a Sony PlayStation3, one of the most coveted holiday gift items this Christmas season.

Yesterday, a staff person for former Sen. Edwards contacted a Wal-Mart electronics manager in Raleigh, North Carolina to obtain a Sony PlayStation3 on behalf of the Senator's family. Later that night, Sen. Edwards reportedly re-told a homespun story to participants of a United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union-sponsored call about how his son had chided a fellow student for purchasing shoes at Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart welcomes Sen. Edwards to visit his local Wal-Mart store and explore the extensive line of home electronics as well as the Metro7 line shoes for men and boys.

The Company noted the PlayStation3 is an extremely popular item this Christmas season, and while the rest of America's working families are waiting patiently in line, Senator Edwards wants to cut to the front. While, we cannot guarantee that Sen. Edwards will be among one of the first to obtain a PlayStation3, we are certain Sen. Edwards will be able to find great gifts for everyone on his Christmas list--many at Wal-Mart's "roll-back prices."
Talk about kicking a man when he's down. Note that I did not say it was wrong to kick him, just that they did.

Quote

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

Friday, November 17, 2006

Quote

Who can protest and does not, is an accomplice in the act. — THE TALMUD

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Living in fear

I feel sorry for anti-gunners who fear armed people. I have a mental view of them looking out of their house from behind curtains attempting to judge who is armed and unarmed walking by. I cannot comprehend such fear and impotence in the face of life.

I don't fear gun grabbers. I pity them.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Good service is bad, and illegal

A dairy owner has found a way to deliver a good product at a low price. That is now illegal.
Long before he discovered a way to sell milk for far less than his competitors, before he enraged the multibillon-dollar dairy industry so much that Congress passed a law to stop him, Hein Hettinga clipped cow hooves for a living.

It was menial work. But it put him on a career path that, in time, would lead him to found Yuma-based Sarah Farms, one of the largest and most innovative private dairy operations in the country.

Now, 12 years after building his dairy business into a proverbial cash cow, Hettinga finds himself waging war against big-dairy lobbyists, high-profile lawmakers and the federal government.

At 64, the Dutch immigrant said he simply is defending his family business, preserving competition in the dairy industry and trying to keep milk prices low for consumers. His critics counter that Hettinga had long exploited a federal loophole that gave him an unfair leg up on his competitors.
This article has so many language lessons for people who enjoy the fight against regulations.

Like this example.
Cooperatives help stabilize the dairy market, guaranteeing farmers a place to sell their perishable products at a fixed price. That helps avert price wars and milk dumping.
What is cooperative about this? The word can best be described as "forced membership".

This example is also lovely
The Milk Regulatory Equity Act, introduced by Republicans Rep. Devin Nunes of California and Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, essentially forces the Yuma farm to pay its competitors through the local dairy pool.
'Equity' translates as "punish the successful". Notice that he is going to be forced to pay his competitors. How communist in nature.

This set of lines comes from his competitors.
He and other proponents of the law said it was Hettinga who was disrupting the marketplace, supplying milk at bargain-basement prices to Food City, Sam's Club and Costco stores in Arizona, and undercutting competitors.
Translate this whole section as "he found a way to make a profit and deliver a product. We must punish that". Instead of fighting the regulations so they can ALL enjoy a free market place, they instead find the government teet a better place to be.

All of these plays on words show the desire that companies have to live under the protection of the regulations. These are not quality regulations, these are regulating competitors. That is damn wrong in so many ways.

It should be noted that this dairy is not above taking the gov money when they want.
"(Hettinga) is the epitome of big dairy," said House, whose boss represents the biggest dairy-producing congressional district in the country. "His is a large, conglomerate dairy corporation that has been sucking down federal subsidies."

From 1995 to 2004, Hettinga's farms collected $895,000 in such subsidies, just under $100,000 a year, according to Environmental Working Group, a Washington-based public watchdog. That ranked his farms third among dairy-subsidy recipients nationwide
There are no innocent victims in this story outside of the people who are forced to buy milk at higher prices to protect their business.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Quote

What it means to take rights seriously is that one will honor them even when there is significant social cost in doing so. —SANFORD LEVINSON

Can I have an amen brothers?

Today I am proud to announce a new religious order. Why am I so proud you may ask. Because this religious order was founded on the idea that the government should take a flying leap.
It's about God, America and the bonds of friendship. Or, maybe, it's just about beer.

On one side of the battle: nine best buds at Georgetown University who hung a skull-and-crossbones flag outside their home and a porn star poster inside. On the other: their neighbors, who accuse the students of running a scam to keep their partying friends together.

They live on quiet 35th Street NW, in a stately section of Georgetown, where Brian O'Neill Jr., 20, and his roommates moved in August and promptly held pool parties so loud the university and police were called.

This is where your classic town-gown dispute gets weird. The $2.4 million house that J. Brian O'Neill Sr. bought for his son is allowed only six unrelated residents under zoning laws. But if it's a residence for a "religious community," the number jumps to 15.

The solution? The Apostles of O'Neill. That's the name the young men used Oct. 2 when they filed paperwork to incorporate as a nonprofit religious organization. In an e-mail statement, the group says that it has donated to charities and that its mission is "to be active and positive members of our community."
The regulations got in their way, so they went around them.

Mocking religion or blasphemous, maybe. Funnier then hell most definitely.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Why "They" need guns

The government sure hates it when we want guns, republican or democrats. They have a whole different view when they arm their own people.
Documents showing that weapons once were reported stolen from Mississippi Board of Pharmacy employees are leading State Auditor Phil Bryant to take a closer look at the agency's inventory.

An inquiry by The Clarion-Ledger sparked Bryant's concern and led state and federal officials to question why some of the board's seven employees are permitted to be armed.
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The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review criticized the board in 2004 for empowering its employees with the "responsibility of making life and death decisions" without law enforcement training.

In his written response to the 2004 review by PEER, McDivitt said the agency's weapons acted as a "deterrent" and "protection."
when we want to carry it becomes a threat to the peace, when they do it's because they desire protection.

I bet he was surprised

The election is over, you ran for office, and you lost. You then find that not one vote was cast for you. The problem is that you know you voted for yourself.

Welcome to the new safer electronic voting system of the future.
Randy Wooten figured he'd get at least one vote in his bid for mayor of this town of 80 people even if it was just his own.

He didn't. Now he has to decide whether to file a formal protest.

Wooten got the news from his wife, Roxanne, who went to City Hall on Wednesday to see the election results.

"She saw my name with zero votes by it. She came home and asked me if I had voted for myself or not. I told her I did," said Wooten, owner of a local bar.
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"I had at least eight or nine people who said they voted for me, so something is wrong with this picture," Wooten said.
The city will not open the machines unless they have a court order.

They did not say the brand of machines that were used. Odd.

Quote

When the government's boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence. — GARY LLOYD

$10,000

I thought that some people had good jobs, but this one goes over the top for "perks and benefits".
My favorite factoid from Campaign 2006 is the one about the Seattle cop who bought 300 lap dances at local strip clubs.

He was undercover, out to clean up the naked city. The goal: Catch strippers or customers in acts of prostitution or other crimes. It was all on your tab — at the going rate of $20 to $40 per lap dance. That's roughly $10,000 for the strip-club expense account for that one detective (not including tips!).

And what were the fruits of this yeoman effort?

Essentially nothing.
Well it wasn't for nothing. There were many crimes found.
They did ring up 40 strippers for some misdemeanors. Such as being too naked. Or "simulating a sexual act" (as opposed to the real thing, which they had a hard time finding).
A misdemeanor for "being to naked" means a pasty slipped, or a thong shifted.

Don't you hate it when consenting adults do what they want?
True freedom means a pasty free lapdance

That thong thong thong thong thong

While the story is not as big as the Thong Song was, it still is pretty interesting.
Police put the kibosh on Thong Thursdays at Joe's Bar in Covington, Kentucky's Mainstrasse neighborhood last week after Assistant Police Chief Lt. Col. Mike Kraft received a complaint about nudity inside the Bakewell Street tavern. Apparently, somebody wasn't as thrilled with the weekly contests between thong-wearing women as the fully-clad fellows cheering them on from the bar floor.

That complaint prompted two detectives to take a closer look at the thong-related goings-on inside the neighborhood watering hole from an unmarked police cruiser outside.

"We ... observed the bar using binoculars (and) ... witnessed two females on top of the bar exposing their buttocks. ... They were wearing thong underwear," the police report states
Those damned consenting aedults doing what they want MUST BE STOPPED!

The binoculars reminds me of an old joke.
A woman calls the police to her apartment because she looked out the window and saw a naked man in the apartment building across the street. When the police arrive they calm the woman down, get her to tell her story, and then take a look through the window themselves. Surprise surprise, the only thing they can see as a run down, vacant lot.

Clearly confused one of the policeman turns to the woman and says, "Ma'am, we're looking out your window right now and we don't even see an apartment building."

Furious the woman jumps out of the chair, crosses to the chest of drawers which is located in front of the window and yanks open a top drawer. "You're doing it all wrong!" The woman growls, pulling out a pair of binoculars as she climbs on top of the chest of drawers. "You can TOO see him!" She again growls. "You just have to get on top of the little chest here, take these binoculars, crane your head to the right, and look at the window way down there at the end of the street."
It's sad when police actions and jokes are so close.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Libertarian blog feed

A new to me Libertarian Blog Aggregator you might want to add to favorites is run by Zebby.org. They also have aggregators on other subjects if you want to check them out.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Rubber bands

This story fits in so nicely with the previous story of airport insecurity.
I was departing a small commuter airport in Southern California last week and I found myself in jail! Here's the story with the facts, and without any "emotional hype."

About two years ago I made a big, rubber band ball. It's bigger than a softball, but not as big as a basketball. It's made of 100% rubber bands, and the core is nothing but knotted rubber bands. It's been in the trunk of a car that I own and keep down there for most of that time.

I decided to bring it home to Anchorage to work on more, and that proved to be a bad decision. I threw it in my carry-on and headed off to the airport. When I got there, I "dinged" at the metal detector while wearing a belt that has never alarmed before. I removed the belt and went through a second time, and "passed." As I got through I noticed that my carry-on bag was open and being rummaged through. The TSA agent held up my rubber band ball and asked, "what's this?" I replied, "it's my rubber band ball. What are you doing looking through my bag?" The Sheriff that was standing there said, "you gave implied consent to search your bag by coming through the checkpoint." I retorted, "you need to ask me first though, and I object to your digging through it out here. If you want to look in there, we need to do it in private."

So the LEO grabbed my bag and he, myself, the TSA "boss," and a TSA agent went behind a curtain. They dug through my stuff and took the rubber band ball away for further screening. They came back with the rubber band ball and told the "TSA boss" that it was positive for flammable residue and that it had something metal at the core. He started up at me accusing me of wrongdoing and saying things about it being a "precursor" or a "trigger." I told him to "quit running at the mouth" and that it was "nothing of the sort." I explained that it had been in the trunk of my car for a long time and probably picked up a bit of oil or gas or something from that. I also told him that there was nothing at the core and that it was 100% rubber bands.
He was arrested, drug tested, and given a leeson in the new power structure.

Information is a crime

I'll admit that she is likely a religious nutcase who wants to kill, maim, torture, and slaw everyone who will not worship like her. What needs to be said is that her crime is one of the most frightful crimes to ever be used. The possession of knowledge and information.
Police on Thursday charged a woman on terrorism-related offences for possession of a computer hard drive loaded with operating manuals for guns, poisons, mines and munitions.
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Police said among the items on the hard drive found in her possession were the Al Qaeda Manual, The Terrorists Handbook, The Mujahideen Poisons Handbook, a manual for a Dragunov sniper rifle, The Firearms and RPG Handbook, a manual for a 9mm pistol and a manual on how to win hand to hand fighting.
Damn! I have a couple of like items, and worse, on my hard drive.

The possession of knowledge and information should not be a crime..EVER!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Shreeeeeeeek!

That was likely the sound heard in the community when a man came across a bullet lying on the street in England(I refuse to use the phrase Great Britain as the greatness has long been nanny'ed out).
LIVE ammunition has been found lying in the doorway of a busy high street shop.

The .22 calibre short round bullet was found at the entrance of the 99p Stores in Walthamstow High Street on Wednesday morning, November 1.

Haroon Khan, who has a firearms licence and is a member of a local gun club, was alarmed to discover live ammunition in a Walthamstow doorway.
You read that right. A .22 short cartridge.
"This sort of thing should not be lying around. It was live, primed and active," he said. "But rather me pick it up than a little kid.

"How can you feel safe when you are finding things like this on the street?
....
"If it goes bang, it is still lethal."
A gelded nation.

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The saddest epitaph which can be carved in memory of a vanished liberty is that it was lost because its possessors failed to stretch forth a saving hand while yet there was time. — JUSTICE GEORGE SUTHERLAND (1938)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

What!

This story is so outrageous that it has to be true.
"The customs officer stopped me to let me know that if I was leaving the country through Birmingham then he was going to have to arrest me because I had a gun on my jumper. I know it isn’t best to argue with these sort of people but I had to question whether he had confused a pink fabric gun shape stuck on a jumper to that of a real gun. His answer – Some people wore t-shirts which had photo’s of guns in holsters or positioned to look as though they were guns sticking out of trousers (as it happened I had one of these in my bag. I wonder if I could have been done for concealing a t-shirt?
A cloth gun stitched to a jumper almost gets a person arrested.

Five minutes

That's about how long this Russian "ban" will last.
Russia won't let local cinemas show the comedy film ``Borat,'' a spoof movie depicting a misogynist, anti-Semitic, homophobic reporter from Kazakhstan, over concern it could offend audiences.

``We decided not to grant this film a cinema license because there are moments in the film which could offend some viewers' religious or national sensibilities,'' Yuri Vasyuchkov, head of the film licensing department at Russia's Moscow-based Federal Culture and Cinematography Agency, said today by phone.
Maybe the Russians think it is the glory days of the old soviet empire. Sadly for them, with modern bit torrent programs, they have a snowballs chance in hell of really keeping this movie out.

I find a particular pleasure in watching governments performing impotent acts of authority.

[via reason]

A musical interlude brought to you by Lasalios

In April I posted a video from the Japanese band Lasalios. I figured it was time for another one.

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An armed society is a polite society. — Robert A. Heinlein

This land is your land...in most states

This election saw a lot of Kelo based laws being voted upon. For the most part your property rights were protected..for the most part.
On a happier note, the backlash against eminent domain is spreading, with property-rights protections passing in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, and South Carolina -- everywhere but California, Idaho, and Washington.
Now Washington and California does not surprise me. Their view, best described as socialist, fits nicely into the Kelo view of land rights. I am horribly surprised at idaho. I knew the Californication of the west was bad, but when Idaho falls from their rugged individualism into the socialism of California, then you know things are bad.

[via Reason]

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Sounds like a threat to me

The FBI has come out and announced that they were going to be increasing investigation into the congress.
The new chief of the FBI's Criminal Division, which is swamped with public corruption cases, says the bureau is ramping up its ability to catch crooked politicians and might run an undercover sting on Congress.

Assistant FBI Director James Burrus called the bureau's public corruption program "a sleeping giant that we've awoken" and predicted the nation will see continued emphasis in that area "for many, many, many years to come."

So much evidence of wrongdoing is surfacing in the nation's capital that Burrus recently committed to adding a fourth 15- to 20-member public corruption squad to the FBI's Washington field office.
The timing of this, in relationship to a house that likely will change party majority, jumps out at me. Sounds like a "stay in line or else" to it. Maybe Bush is just attempting to put them in their place early.

The mindless masses have spoken

Today Tennessee walked into the light dark and with open eyes closed eyes they strove to create a better society bigoted middle age society.
Tennessee voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages Tuesday.

With 75 percent of precincts reporting, more than eight in 10 voters backed the amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman only.

The ballot question had to be approved by a supermajority that equals more than half the voters in the gubernatorial election. It was obvious Tuesday that it would clear that hurdle.
I'm short of words to post on the subject that does not include a lot of curse words.

Witch burning and enforced wearing of scarlet letters will be on the next election. I suspect they will pass also.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

In the spirit of todays election

Being election day I feel, that in the spirit of the system that we suffer under, that I would go to the dentist.

Is there anything more appropriate to for today?

The market place II

In England the nannay state crowd is upset that they could not ban an activity they did not like. Seems their passion to ban, has been trumped by the passion to hunt.
Eighteen months ago, hunting was banned. Remember? Hounds were going to be slaughtered; red coats abandoned; huntsmen sacked. It was the end of hunting - and probably the end of rural life, too. Today, however, there are more hunts than there were at the time of the ban; more hunters, too, according to the Countryside Alliance. No stores selling hunting gear have gone bust. Indeed, business is buoyant, according to Jane White at equestrian store Calcutts in Sutton Scotney, Hampshire. "There was a drastic dip in 2004, the year of the ban," she says.

"People didn't know what was going to happen. Last year saw a slight improvement, and this year has picked up incredibly. A lot of people have taken it up." Hunting, a banned activity, appears to be booming.
The nanny's desire to ban is well meaning, but blind to the market place and people's wants and needs. They want to hunt and they simply need to find a loophole.

The market place

You may not like something, you may even find it evil in your eyes. What you need to understand that not only can you not ban an item, but the market place will improve on the service behind the item.
An untold number of otherwise law-abiding professionals in New York are having their pot delivered to their homes instead of visiting drug dens or hanging out on street corners.

Among the legions of home delivery customers is Chris, a 37-year-old salesman in Manhattan. He dials a pager number and gets a return call from a cheery dispatcher who takes his order for potent strains of marijuana.

Within a couple of hours, a well-groomed delivery man - sometimes a moonlighting actor or chef - arrives at the doorstep of his Manhattan apartment carrying weed neatly packaged in small plastic containers.

"These are very nice, discreet people," said Chris, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition only his first name be used. "There's an unspoken trust. It's better than going to some street corner and getting ripped off or killed."
The establishment with the best service normally wins out. More profit and happier customers.

The free market always is right.

Monday, November 06, 2006

My brother goes shopping

You might remember the story of my younger brother, not to be confused with my baby brother, and our trip to the gun show. His MAADI purchase made me proud.

Yesterday he went back to the gun show hooked on the sweet smell of burnt gunpowder, and the knowledge that he needed more ammo. FAST!

He picked up 5 100 round bundles of Wolf JHP for himself, and 120 Sellier and Bellot 12 guage OO buck 2 3/4 inch shells, for myself.

When he gets his own place I get the feeling he wants to start reloading.

Damn I'm proud.

Crimson Rivers

Looking for some feedback on two French movies. The Crimson Rivers, and Crimson Rivers - Angels of the Apocalypse. Anyone have anything good or bad to say about them?

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I have not one doubt, even if I am in agreement with the National Rifle Association, that that kind of record keeping procedure [gun registration] is the first step to eventual confiscation under one administration or another. —CHARLES MORGAN, DIRECTOR, WASHINGTON DC ACLU

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Movement with few rules

What an idea. What would happen when you remove most of those controls over our daily travels? The lights and lanes and all of that.

Believe it or not, it worked.
Residents of the northern Dutch town of Drachten have already been used as guinea-pigs in an experiment which has seen nearly all the traffic lights stripped from their streets.

Only three of the 15 sets in the town of 50,000 remain and they will be gone within a couple of years.

The project is the brainchild of Mr Monderman, and the town has seen some remarkable results. There used to be a road death every three years but there have been none since the traffic light removal started seven years ago.

There have been a few small collisions, but these are almost to be encouraged, Mr Monderman explained. "We want small accidents, in order to prevent serious ones in which people get hurt," he said yesterday.
Our town here just installed it's first round-about. My brother does not like it, but I find it very useful for traffic flow.

Freedom. What a shocking idea.

Remembering Gayle

You likely have no idea who she is. You don't know of the personal hell she is most likely suffering as I type this post. You probably don't know that she is also suffering for her children.

She is the wife of Ted Haggard.

Understand that when you dance upon the grave of his career and life, you also dance joyously for the pain of his family.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Violence pays

The front door bell rang and guess what I found? A young guy with a sign taped to his chest. It read "I've lost my cell phone". He started in quickly on his sell script.
"Hi. I'm part of a youth initiative. I'm supposed to talk to 100 non-violent people.."
I interrupted him.
"I'm one of the violent ones"
and then shut the door.

Violence pays.

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Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others. — WlLLlAM ALLEN WHITE

Thursday, November 02, 2006

"Gun nuts need to"

At the Hammer of Truth Stephen VanDyke did a interesting post titled "Libertarians need to..". What he did was do a basic google search for that phrase. It was a bit enlightening.

I wondered how a similar search would look using my interests.
"Gun nuts need to"

gun nuts need to get a grip and grow up
gun nuts need to do a little soul searching
Gun nuts need to admit that they believe their obsession with guns is more important than public safety
rabid gun nuts need to move to a third world country
'Gun Nuts' Need to Separate Themselves from Zealots
gun nuts need to get a life
gun nuts need to wake up and see what's going on in our cities
There were not a lot of hits for my self titled beliefs. I'm rather proud of the title "gun nut", even if I can't afford many.

sun glasses of death.

In the never ending war against terror the newest enemy at the airport has been identified, and being delt with as we speak. The threat is sunglasses.
She smiled at me, checked that the name on my license matched the name on my boarding pass, and used a yellow hi-liter to mark the boarding pass with what looked exactly like a one-inch line. (Do I need to tell you that they sell yellow hi-liters in just about every single store in America?) As she handed “my papers” back to me, she paused. She looked me in the eyes. She smiled. And then she said, “I can’t see your eyes.”

I raised my hand to my face to remove my sunglasses and stopped. She wasn’t smiling because she was nice. She was smiling because she was suffering from False Authority Syndrome! The poor child. In the most disarming, rational, peaceful, and kind voice at my command, I said, “You don’t need to see my eyes.”

“You have to remove your sunglasses, sir.”

“No, actually, I don’t.”
...........
“It is. I can’t let you pass.”

“Yes, you can.”

She took my boarding pass and used her yellow hi-liter to turn the line into an X. An X of shame and potential threat. She called to the top-of-the-stairs officer, “Threat alert!”
If you think that is bad, the threat of his water bottle involved cops.

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For, in principle, there is no difference between a law prohibiting the wearing of concealed arms, and a law forbidding the wearing such as are exposed; and if the former be unconstitutional, the latter must be so likewise. But it should not be forgotten, that it is not only a part of the right that is secured by the constitution; it is the right entire and complete, as it existed at the adoption of the constitution; and if any portion of that right be impaired, immaterial how small the part may be, and immaterial the order of time at which it be done, it is equally forbidden by the constitution. [Bliss vs. Commonwealth, 12 Ky. (2 Litt.) 90, at 92, and 93, 13 Am. Dec. 251 (1822)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Much Ado About Nothing

Kerry has become the target for anyone with a notched arrow to aim at. Sadly it's sort of like beating someone when they're down. Cruel in my eyes.

I'm not to bothered by what he said. He tried to make a joke and he fumbled the lines. Big deal.

I once had a social blunder such as his. I meant to say this to my mother in law.
"Thanks for the meal. It was delightful"
What I said in error was.
"You're the spawn of the devil. Back demon spawn! Back!".
Well I sure did blush that day.

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 ...