Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Not selling insurance.

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When liberty is taken away by force, it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default, it can never be recovered. — DOROTHY THOMPSON

Monday, February 26, 2007

Rules for thee, not for me

In Australia handgun ownership is almost exclusively the privilage of the state. Well the state and their friends.
HE shot his best mate in the head, now US Vice President Dick Cheney wants to make sure his bodyguards can carry guns in Sydney.

The State Government has urgently changed its gun laws to allow Mr Cheney to bring armed Secret Service agents to the city this week. For three days, the bodyguards will have permission to use their own weapons to protect Mr Cheney, who arrives in Sydney today.

The Federal Government last week made an urgent request for NSW to amend its laws after it was discovered Mr Cheney might have been forced to skip Sydney as part of his visit.

Under the changes, visiting foreign dignitaries can now bring their armed bodyguards on a trip.
Rules for the state/system, and their friends, are not the rules we live under.

Speech crime

Assault
Assault is a crime of violence against another person. In some jurisdictions, including Australia and New Zealand assault refers to the actual violence, while in other jurisdictions, such as the United States, England and Wales, assault refers only to the threat of violence, while the actual violence is battery. Simple assaults that do not involve any aggravation such as use of a deadly weapon are distinguished from aggravated assaults.
Telling the vice-president the following.
Then I said to myself, ‘I can’t in good conscience let this opportunity pass by.’ So I approached him, I got about two feet away, and I said in a very calm tone of voice, ‘Your policies in Iraq are reprehensible.’ And then I walked away.”
Guess what he was arrested and charged with? It was later dropped to harassment, then even that was dropped.

Was this whole fiasco a simple lesson in power, or a sign of government out of control? Both?

This is a 2006 story that I just came across and thought to share.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

War on...everything

The government is involved in so many "war on.." that it is hard to keep count. War on drugs, terror, poverty, obesity, freedom, speeding, pirating, and spam". All have one thing in common. They all have pretty much failed, except the freedom one. The war on freedom seemed to have been carried out to great success on their part.

Now "War on.." is not a new phrase. This is from a 1920 newspaper talking about one of the early "War on..".
Raids and Fights In War on Moonshine
Volume: 02
Issue Number: 35
Page Number: 01
Date: 02/14/1920
I think they kind of admitted that prohibition was a failure. Now we have liquor boards strangling us with regulations.

Lets have a "War on regulations". That one may be the most important in our life

Friday, February 23, 2007

when a monopoly is not responsible

Now monopolies are illegal you say. The government is against them...unless they have the monopoly. Take a moment and read the history of the fight against this monopoly by one man.

Now with a monopoly enforced by the government, you would thing they would be responsible. HA!.

This story starts with three unpaid parking tickets.
Three unpaid parking tickets cost Kelly Watson her Ford truck. When Watson, 32, of Columbia, went to retrieve her 1999 Ford F-250, the city had auctioned it off. A vehicle, with an estimated Kelly Blue Book value of $6,700, sold for $2,500. Somebody got a great steal. And it sure wasn’t Watson.
You would feel the city should have tried to MAIL her. Right?

They did.
When she complained, city officials cited a certified letter receipt signed by her. They say Watson knew the car was there. Watson says she never signed anything.

“I told them it wasn’t my signature, I never received the letter,” she said.

The United States Postal Service agreed. In a letter sent to Watson’s attorney, Peter Semel, the U.S. Post Office admitted that the certified letter receipt was in fact forged.

Sometimes a carrier signs it as a favor, so the person doesn’t have to pick it up at the post office,” said U.S. Postal Attorney William Neel.

Still, the Postal Service won’t take responsibility for her loss. Not their problem, they say.
How nice of them. They forge, she loses, and they walk away because it's "not their problem".

A gov monopoly at work.

Gun question

I have a nice Swedish Mauser model 96, and I don't want to cut/drill and other things to it. I do want to put a scope on it. I found a scope mount that replaces the rear site.

It is produced by B-square. Does anyone have experience with this scope mount? It goes for $83.27. Not sure if anything needs to be done to the rear site, outside of removing the sliding part.

96 Swedish (small ring)
Small Ring Model. One piece sight mount & 1" rings packaged together
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Do not mess with grandpa

He may lose his temper...and that is not good.
A tour bus of U.S. senior citizens defended themselves against a group of alleged muggers, sending two of them fleeing and killing a third in the Atlantic coast city of Limon, police said on Thursday.

One of the tourists - a retired member of the U.S. military - put assailant Warner Segura in a head lock and broke his clavicle after the 20-year-old and two other men armed with a knife and gun held up their tour bus Wednesday, said Luis Hernandez, the police chief of Limon, 80 miles east of San Jose.

The two other men fled when the 12 senior citizens started defending themselves. The tourists then drove Segura to the Red Cross where the man was declared dead....
Grampa is grumpy.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The future of cheap power

The article is a good read of the future of solar power. One line stands out for me.
"We don't need subsidies, we just need governments to get out of the way and do no harm. They've spent $170bn subsidising nuclear power over the last thirty years," he said.
Can I get an amen?

Call 911 and wait

Wow. What is more important? A priority one call of "battery in progress" on a child, or waiting to write a ticket on expired tags. You can figure the answer out by the fact that I'm posting this.
A Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer has been suspended for failing to take "prompt action" to a child abuse call.
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The officer close by is Officer Gabriel E. Dobkin.

An internal affairs report shows Officer Dobkin 2.9 miles away writing a speeding ticket.

During the stop, the report indicates Dobkin saw a truck pull into a drug store parking lot with expired tags.

Internal Affairs investigators say Dobkin wrote out the ticket and then sat in the drug store parking lot, waiting for the driver of the truck to leave the store.

At that moment, a priority one call for a "battery in progress" came, the most serious on JSO's scale.

Internal Affairs says Dobkin went inside the store to find the truck driver to see if he had insurance.

Dobkin fingerprinted the driver, and wrote him a ticket before driving away to help a little girl in trouble.
Recordings of the 911 call show them saying to the caller NOT to act as the police are on their way.

Call 911 and die.......or listen to a child being beaten.

Your body, your products.

In England you "own" your body, and products, as long as they "allow" it.
Women will also be allowed to donate through egg-sharing plans in which they receive cut-price fertility treatment in return for giving eggs to stem cell researchers. But egg donors will not receive payment, only expenses. Sperm donors receive £250, about $490.
The state. Your friend, your owner.

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In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all — security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again. — EDWARD GIBBON [On ancient Athens]

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Liberty has a one year shelf life

At least in Virginia it does.
It was less than a year ago that Virginia lawmakers admirably outlawed red light cameras, citing--believe it or not--"liberty" as their reason.

How fleeting liberty can be. Yesterday, the state senate gave the okay to traffic cameras. The bill had already passed the House of Delegates, which provided most of the resistance last year. Governor Tim Kaine is expected to sign it.
This is the problem when you allow the politicians to protect your freedoms. They have a bad habit of expiring.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Nanny of the day

In New York the state government is attempting to protect us from a great threat. An evil that may bring down the society that we enjoy.
New York State is taking fresh legal steps to ban spinning hubcaps and wheels. Bill Number 1640 is presently being considered by the Senate Transportation Committee, and it would make such wheels illegal statewide. The bill was introduced previously, but it is now gaining traction after being reintroduced by State Senator John Sabini. The measure would fine vehicle owners up to $750 for a third (or subsequent) violation.
This is a nanny is all of their glory.

{via pervasivelight 5.0}

Monday, February 19, 2007

Under what rock?

Sorry. her use of her poor virginal 11 year old kid borders on sickening to me.
It's still going to be legal in Arizona for trucks to have splash guards with racist terms and silhouettes of naked women.

The state House on Thursday rejected a Democratic amendment that would have banned splash guards with images that are "obscene or hateful."
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I personally am tired of explaining to my 11-year-old son why they (women) are depicted on mudflaps , but not all women are 36Ds. He's very confused by that," Ulmer said. "But seriously, this is about family values -- what are we going to send out as a message to our children."
She has pulled out every hot button word in politics. Children, obscene, hateful, and family values are all used by this political nanny.

Why is she acting like 36D is big? My wife would love to be that SMALL.

"Just because"???

That pretty much is the reason given by an anti-salt activist. "Just because"
The American Medical Association recently asked the FDA to remove sodium from its list of food additives generally recognized as safe. That's right. Saccharin can stay, but sodium's got to go. Call it the physicians' preemptive strike. "There's no way to tell which chronic health problems will result after years and years of a high-salt diet," explains Stephen Havas, MD, vice president of science, quality, and public health for the AMA. "We'd rather people not be put at risk at all."
Radical idea. Inform the people and let them make their own damned decissions.

Fight the nannies people. They want to control you like a child.

Granted?

The letter to the editor was straight in it statist anti-gun views.
But the most annoying thing about Wolfington's letter was his statement saying that gun ownership is a "God-given" right. I'm no religious scholar, but I don't think there are any biblical passages stating it's OK to own a Glock. And I'm willing to bet there is nothing in the Torah or the Koran about gun ownership, either.

Your right to "keep and bear arms" is not "divinely given," but is a right granted by "man" and guaranteed in the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution, a document I wish J.F. Wolfington understood better.
No Glock, but something high tech at the time. Let's check out Luke.

35Then Jesus asked them, "When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?" "Nothing," they answered.

36He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.

37It is written: 'And he was numbered with the transgressors; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment."

Looks like the Lord said to carry protection for your own goods. Most states say protecting your property is illegal. Looks like the states disagree with the Lord. Oops! That's going to piss off the big guy.. But the next section is often not quoted.
38The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords." "That is enough," he replied.
Jesus says a backup piece is very appropriate and divinely advised.

His view that rights are granted by man is so offensive. Privileges are given by man, and can be taken away. This man and his views are the enemy as much as the Brady group.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to me.
Happy birthday to me.
Happy birthday dear Gunner
I got a tattoo.

pictures to come

Friday, February 16, 2007

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The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding. — JUSTICE LOUIS BRANDEIS (1928)

Cooking with Gunner

This is something I just did myself one day and it worked good. I call it "pepper oil" and it likely is unhealthy and risky as heck.

I had some spare jalopenoes and wanted to put them to use. After cleaning and deseeding them I sliced them thin. Like french cut green beans. I then drained off some olive oil from a small bottle I had. I filled it up till the peppers filled it and pushed the oil level to the top. I then capped and set it on the counter.

I figured I would have some oil with pepper "aroma"

Several weeks later I noticed that it looked "bubbly" on the pepper slices, and that the slices looked "soft". I rotated the top to smell it and heard "FZZZZZZ!" like a pop bottle. all of a sudden bubbles started rising like it was carbonated, and oil bubbled out of the top. I recapped it and just stared at it. "what had I done" was all I could think.

All I can figure is that the peppers had fermented in the oil.

I then released pressure every few days over the next couple of weeks and noticed the change to the peppers. They seemed to break apart. The oil took on a thicker look, almost milky.

After a month the peppers had broken/disolved into little pieces and I found that cooking with this oil was tasty.

I would give the bottle a good shake, to stir up the pepper "glop" on the bottom and season my pan. Frying eggs leaves you with a standard fried egg, with little pieaces of red and green pepper in the white, and a nice mellow "warm bite" to the taste. Good for most meats you want to kick the flavor up with.

I've done this three times since and it "ferments" every time. I call it my "pepper oil". Today I noticed that the bubbles were nice and formed. I released pressure and flavored meat I was cooking.

If you don't think it will kill you, you ought to give it a try.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Revenge of the Nanny state

Legally drink a beer in another country..hell, another continent, and the state threatens you with...everything.
A slick commercial for Asahi “Super” Dry beer features Matsuzaka donning a Red Sox jersey and throwing in full uniform in front of a simulated frenzied throng. In between those shots, Matsuzaka, in street clothes, is shown first taking a couple of gulps from a large glass of beer. After a quick cut, the shot returns toMatsuzaka downing the beer and, with foam on his lips, smiling and sighing contentedly.

Asahi’s beer is No. 1 in overall sales in Japan and the ad campaign, which also features the Yankees’ Hideki Matsui, is nothing unusual for Japan, where athletes are often used in beer endorsements and can be seen drinking on camera.

But in the United States, beer cannot be consumed in TV ads and Major League Baseball does not allow its players to endorse alcohol domestically. Those rules do not apply to international markets, however.
No law broken, yet the threats from our nanny gov starts flying fast and furious.

The long arm of the law Nanny will always get you.

Monday, February 12, 2007

The last lines

There is a podcast by Jimmy Doane and he has a saying that the last line of an article normally is very important.

The story is basic. Gov goons raid antique shop and seized old gambling gear with plans on destroying them, or donating them to museums(how nice).
Antique gambling equipment, including a roulette wheel dating to the 1880s, was seized from an antique store here by state agents under a state law prohibiting the possession of unlicensed gambling equipment.

“Some of these things are over 100 years old,” said Ron Turner, owner of the Cowboy Cabin. “These are not gambling devices. These are antiques. It's a historical collection. This never is, nor will be, a gambling establishment.”
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The agents seized two roulette wheels, two early 20th century punchboards and a chuck-a-luck - a small, hourglass-shaped cage that spins with three dice inside. The agents marked as evidence and said they would return for a craps table, a blackjack table, a roulette table and a smaller craps table top - all 19th century items.

Turner said the items are worth an estimated $77,000.
The next to last sentence (sorry Jimmy) had this to say.
Huntington said federal law prohibits transporting gambling equipment across state lines.
Yahtzee dice and playing cards are gambling gear. Are we all criminals? Don't answer that. It has proven that we are all law breakers.

Government. Protecting us from antiques one table at a time.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

They're coming to take me away

OK. I just had to say it, and likely will end up on a list somewheres because of it.

I was at the ATFE website looking up some liquor laws. It asked me if I wanted to fill out a customer survey. After getting my hysterical laughter under control I filled it out. Now I played straight with it. Never lying about the quality of the site or the layout.

Then they asked THE question.

The one that likely got me put on a list.
What would you like to see on this website?
Hmmmm? so I submitted this answer.
A banner that says "This agency has been permanently closed down by executive order."
I couldn't control myself.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

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To prohibit a citizen from wearing or carrying a war arm . . . is an unwarranted restriction upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of constitutional privilege. [Wilson v. State, 33 Ark. 557, at 560, 34 Am. Rep. 52, at 54 (1878)]

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Armed America

This may be news all over the net, but I just came across it. Seems a picture book of Armed Americans, and their firearms, was published. Some of the pictures have been put online and show a wonderful cross section of our Armed America.

AK47 museum pictures

The famous, or infamous, AK47 has it's own museum in Izhevsk, Russia and English Russia has some pictures for your enjoyment.

Such as this picture described as "Here is an assault rifle AK-47 from the first ever production series"


He also dabbled in lawnmower designs as one picture shows.

At least they're honest

Their bosses may not like it.
Five cops who heard an NYPD captain give a controversial order told the Daily News yesterday the message was crystal clear: Stop and frisk every black man at a robbery-plagued Brooklyn subway station.
"The captain said the descriptions of the [suspects] vary a lot, so we were to stop all black males at the station, stop and frisk them because 'they have no reason being there,'" said one white officer who was outraged by the command.
It hurts to be honest.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Going back

I just spend a couple of hours today with my continuing education advisor at MTSU. I find myself in life at a point when going back to school and finishing my bachelors is at hand. I plan on taking 2-3 classes this summer to see if my brain cells are not to dusty to attempt to learn new stuff.

Where this leads is still up in the air, but I do know my life will be busy for the future, starting this summer.

Chicken little wins

Chicken little is a story known to all, and Mr. Little seemingly runs the Boston anti-terror network.
Turner Broadcasting Systems and an advertising agency agreed Monday to pay $2 million in compensation for planting blinking electronic devices around the Boston area in a publicity stunt that set off a terrorism scare.

The agreement between Turner, Interference Inc. and several state and local agencies resolves any potential civil or criminal claims against the two companies, Attorney General Martha Coakley said.

"We hope that this painful lesson will not be lived or learned again either by the communities involved or ... Turner Broadcasting and Interference," Coakley said.
Cities just learned that the more they scream, cry, and wet themselves, the better they look.

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No law ever written has stopped any robber, rapist or killer, like cold blue steel in the hands of their last intended victim. — W. Emerson Wright

Friday, February 02, 2007

Firearm abuse

One hot firearm, and one dumb way to abuse said firearm.

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A Bill of Rights that means what the majority wants it to mean is worthless. — Justice Antonin Scalia

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Tennessee crosses the Rubicon

There was in Italy a river called the Rubicon. It was more then a waterway, it was also a border between action and limits. For you see when a commander was returning to Rome from a campaign, he could not bring his legions south of the Rubicon. This line was there to keep a man from feeling that he not only ruled the battle field, but should rule the Roman senate. If he did bring more then his private staff with him across the Rubicon, then he had gone over the line.

"Crossing the Rubicon" has morphed into a modern saying that implies there is no going back. A point has been crossed, and it cannot be uncrossed.

We, as a nation, and state, have crossed the Rubicon, and cannot retreat.

Tennessee, and to a smaller extent Smyrna, are in the middle of a political and social storm. Should a public smoking ban or limit be instituted? Let me rephrase that. Should a smoking ban, or limit, be enforced on us? We should at least be honest when approaching how it will be carried out.

Now I have posted previously on the subject of the proposed smoking ordinance that James Yates will soon be putting forward for council vote. I am against it for many reasons. One reason why I am against it that is hard to articulate without a bit of ancient and modern history thrown into the post.

I have no doubt that this new law from the legislature in Nashville will soon pass. Why? Because politicians do not get re-elected for NOT doing something. Action, even if misguided, gets votes. I have never heard of a politician who got elected on the platform that "I did nothing during my last term". A politician must have something to take credit for so they can fill the airwaves with the soundbites of their deeds.

We are reaching the point where everything in life is regulated. From the tank size of our toilets, the water flow from our shower heads, and even to the size of the holes in cheese. However, the things the government can control and legislate are finite. With that limit approaching they must turn their controlling eyes towards us.

That's you and me for sake of this post.

Now to be truthful, they do not see it as control. No sane person has a desire to control and manipulate the actions of others. The problem is what our government has become as it has evolved through time. In history there is a philosopher named Kant, a man under-taught in schools today. He formulated his ideas of freedom and liberty in Principles of Rights.

The first of these rights was the "Liberty of every Member of the State as a Man". A certain part of it stands out as important in this debate on smoking and other acts.
:*'No one has a right to compel me to be happy in the peculiar way in which he may think of the well-being of other men; but everyone is entitled to seek his own happiness in the way that seems to him best, if it does not infringe the liberty of others in striving after a similar end for themselves when their Liberty is capable of consisting with the Right of Liberty in all others according to possible universal laws.'*A Government founded upon the principle of Benevolence towards the people*after the analogy of a father to his children, and therefore called a paternal Government*would be one in which the Subjects would be regarded as children or minors unable to distinguish what is beneficial or injurious to them. These subjects would be thus compelled to act in a merely passive way; and they would be trained to expect solely from the Judgment of the Sovereign and just as he might will it, merely out of his goodness, all that ought to make them happy. Such a Government would be the greatest conceivable Despotism; for it would present a Constitution that would abolish all Liberty in the Subjects and leave them no Rights.
I remember as a youth asking my dad to shoot off some fireworks. he told me that I was too young and that they were dangerous. He was my father. I look and see municipalities banning fireworks for the same reason. Daddy government? Paternal you might even say. I also remember going about building a small cabin with my cousin. We were halted from the first site because my Uncle said it would be a problem there. Today if I try to build a shed in my backyard I would need to get the local governments permission and OK. Daddy government again?

We have so silently slid into the paternal government that Kant warned us of so many years ago.

Now a smoking ban on public places may seem such a small thing when compared to the ills and sins of the world. "It's just smoking" you may say.

Back to the Rubicon.

When you cross that point there is no going back. Tennessee is standing in the river and can still see the line below it's feet, and the next few months may be very important to all of us.

Some states have crossed the river long ago. You could not find a finer example then New York. Here is just a short list of things that they have tried to ban, or have banned, in that state.
* Trans-fats.

* Aluminum baseball bats.

* The purchase of tobacco by 18- to 20-year-olds.

* Foie gras.

* Pedicabs in parks.

* New fast-food restaurants (but only in poor neighborhoods).

* Lobbyists from the floor of council chambers.

* Lobbying city agencies after working at the same agency.

* Vehicles in Central and Prospect parks.

* Pit bulls

* Cell phones in upscale restaurants.

* The sale of pork products made in a processing plant in Tar Heel, N.C., because of a unionization dispute.

* Mail-order pharmaceutical plans.

* Candy-flavored cigarettes.

* Gas-station operators adjusting prices more than once daily.

* Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

* Wal-Mart.
California follows the state of New York with attempts to ban smoking in your car when children are in it, and even Incandescent light bulbs. Berkley California has even banned coffee they don't like. After all, Daddy knows best.

These states crossed the river so long ago that it has become a faded memory. Tennessee stands shakily on that line, not sure whether to go forward, or pull back.

Now it rests upon the shoulders of the politicians and that frightens me.

Last night I sat in the Smyrna city council chambers and watched the latest town workshop. A short one when compared to others. It ended for me on a foul note. Mr Yates asked the town attorney if she was still working on his smoking ordinance. One that he is putting forth to require a smoking section in all restaurant's. The mayor, Mr Spivey, laughed and said that the way things are going in the capital, that it would not be needed. That moment of laughter from several made me think.

Why are they working on a limitation, when a ban would soon be enforced from Nashville? Why waste city time, and resources?

It was at that moment that Kant famous words came to mind.
These subjects would be thus compelled to act in a merely passive way; and they would be trained to expect solely from the Judgment of the Sovereign and just as he might will it, merely out of his goodness, all that ought to make them happy
It's hard for a government to break the habit of control.

We all stand as a state in the river Rubicon. Tomorrow we will find if we have crossed that line.

{cross posted at This is Smyrna, Tn.}

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 ...