Monday, April 30, 2007

such a simple statement

A town wants to sell a machine gun that was supposedly captured by alvin York. Of course the gov steps in.
A small Massachusetts town wants to auction a rare German machine gun believed to have been captured by legendary Army Sgt. Alvin C. York during World War I, hoping to use the money to fund its public library improvements, but the federal government says the unregistered automatic weapon can’t be sold.
I like how the weapon ended up here.
Many of the stunned Germans were ordered to stack their weapons near the adjutant’s headquarters. According to the family, Lewis plucked the deadly Maxim machine gun and a Mauser rifle from the pile and shipped them home as war souvenirs.
Shipped home to cause trouble and perform violent acts. Isn't that what unregulated weapons do?

Damned gov. Damned regulations, Damned laws. DAMN DAMN DAMN

Not that annoying in america... Yet!

A "woe is them without gov" article in the NY Times.

One section stood out.
They are attacking government troops, smuggling in arms and using their business savvy to raise money for the insurgency. And they are surprisingly open about it.

Omar Hussein Ahmed, an olive oil exporter in Mogadishu, the capital, said he and a group of fellow traders recently bought missiles to shoot at government soldiers.

“Taxes are annoying,” he explained.
Talk about a free market spirit.
Somalis are legendary individualists, and when the central government imploded in 1991, people quickly devised ways to fend for themselves.

Businessmen opened their own hospitals, schools, telephone companies and even privatized mail services. Men who were able to muster private armies, often former military officers, seized the biggest prizes: abandoned government property, like ports and airfields, which could generate as much as $40,000 a day. They became the warlords. Many trafficked in guns and drugs and taxed their fellow Somalis.
Now they have a gov to regulate them. Life will now be happy...just pay your taxes or die, but smile while doing it.

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The whole of the Bill of Rights is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals. It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of. — Albert Gallatin of the New York Historical Society, October 7, 1789.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Assistance

My google-fu must be weak because I'm having trouble finding something online.

What I am trying to find is this
Le spleen de Paris, also known as Paris Spleen or Petits Poèmes en prose, is a collection of 51 short prose poems by Charles Baudelaire. The collection was published in 1869, posthumously by his sister and it is related with the modernist literary movement.
There was supposed to be a full version for downloading here, and I hope in English, but the link is dead.

Any help?

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Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. — JUSTICE LEARNED HAND

Thursday, April 26, 2007

What they did not say

The article mentions filth and the fact that he was unlicensed.
A man was held Wednesday on charges that he performed dental work on customers without a license in his "filthy" garage, authorities said. Roger Bean, 60, was arrested Tuesday and held on $6,000 bond.

Bean performed denture fittings and made false teeth in his garage, charging just $200 for a full set of dentures, a procedure that typically costs more than $2,000, authorities said. But he was not licensed to practice in Florida.
In the whole article not one person was mentioned as a victim. His neighbors liked him AND his service.

They knew he was unlicensed, as not many dentists work out of their garage. They balanced the cost verses the threat. He won customers over the strangled regulated system.
"He's helping the old people who don't have a few dollars," he said. "I think the world of him."
If the state doesn't get their cut, they shut you down.

In the last year I have had ALL of my car work done by home mechanics. No licenses, no company insurance, and at a lower price. If the gov found out, they would shut my mechanic down. My costs would go up, and I would be screwed. I simply cannot afford a regular mechanic and their prices.

I know that if he/she screws up my vehicle they has no insurance to cover the damages. I know the risks. I made the choice to save money knowing the risks and advantages.

The gov sees my mechanic as the enemy. I see them as a lifesaver.

Support your local underground economy. They live next door to you. They may be you

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Overheard conversation

Under our carport this afternoon.
Wife
"Get the charmin from the car"

Gunner
"I can't. I've holding to many rifles"

Wife
"GET THE CHARMIN"!

Gunner
"Okay okay"

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Common sense isn't common...today

I've been reading some small stories of WW2 on a BBC site. One story had a few lines that struck me as so true. The story is about the batteries that the family used to power their radio.
I would exchange the used battery for the recharged one and pay my threepence, then return home, gaily swinging the battery alongside my bare, short-trousered knees. Most weeks I would make the journey down Glebe Road with the old sulphuric acid filled battery and return with a charged up one. I can’t remember having any accidents, but there must have been a real danger of acid burns. In those days the Health and Safety agency was unheard of and its nannying would have been derided. Care and common sense were enough and not legislateable.
The modern view today is that common sense CAN be legislated...thus our nanny state.

Ban Cho

I'm with Jed on this one.

In memory of Liviu Librescu



Thanks to Bruce for a great idea.

TOPPED TILL TUESDAY

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"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws."

credited to Ayn Rand

Monday, April 23, 2007

"celebration of victimhood"

His views may have gotten him fired.
An Emmanuel College professor has been fired after re-enacting the Virginia Tech massacre in his classroom in order to air a pro-gun viewpoint that offended students at the Catholic liberal arts school, the professor charged yesterday.

Nicholas Winset said he was terminated and permanently barred from campus following a Wednesday lecture in which he dramatized the massacre to show that deranged gunman Cho Seung-Hui could have been stopped if another student had been carrying a gun.

“If there were more guns in society, the response time to the (rampage) might have been much faster,” said Winset, an adjunct professor of financial accounting. “Someone might have been able to do something to stop it.”
Now as a private organization, I feel they should be able to fire anyone for any reason. If they did fire him for his views, then they're asses.

This professor is of the Internet age, and is fighting back.
On Saturday, Winset posted an 18-minute defense of his actions on YouTube.com, a popular website for homemade video clips.

Under the title "Fired Professor Speaks Out!" the four-part video features Winset describing the lecture that led to his dismissal. He said it included a brief discussion of gun control, whether to respond to violence with violence, and the public's "celebration of victimhood" in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings
Here they are if you want to watch them.

Fired professor speaks out, part 1 of 4
Fired professor speaks out, part 2 of 4
Fired professor speaks out, part 3 of 4
Fired professor speaks out, part 4 of 4

what did he do that was so horrible?
Winset said he opened the discussion by summarizing nonviolent philosophies, such as Tibetan Buddhism.

Afterward , "I walked among them, [aiming a marker at students] and went 'bang' five or six times," Winset said in the telephone interview. He then held up his hands, signaling to a student he had prepped before class, to draw his own marker and point it at Winset, "at which point, I went down," Winset said.

"Why did I stop?" Winset asked his 23 undergraduate students , before someone replied that the "gunman" was shot.

"So guns maybe aren't all bad," Winset told the group.
Reaction to this forewarned demonstration.
After class, students and parents contacted officials at the Catholic liberal arts school in Boston, ........
I guess some like their "victimhood".

This article is being tagged with a new term. "Thought crime". This professor thought things others did not like, and suffered for it.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Vermont, here we come

Somebody gets it here in Tennessee.
In a surprise move, a House panel voted Wednesday to repeal a state law that forbids the carrying of handguns on property and buildings owned by state, county and city governments - including parks and playgrounds.

"I think the recent Virginia disaster - or catastrophe or nightmare or whatever you want to call it - has woken up a lot of people to the need for having guns available to law-abiding citizens," said Rep. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains. "I hope that is what this vote reflects."

As amended, the legislation still wouldn't allow guns on school property, however.
Sadly still no schools. A step in the right direction. just not far enough.

This is not law. Still several steps to go,.
But when Niceley brought the bill before the Criminal Practice Subcommittee, a branch of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Rob Briley, D-Nashville, promptly proposed an amendment to expand its scope.
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The panel then approved the overall bill, sending it to the full House Judiciary Committee for a vote next week. Briley is chairman of the committee.
Explanation of "Vermont" title.

Thanks to Drew for the lead.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Glock sin

update: The person who made it says the following.
Yes, it's a 19 that has been reduced and chopped to accept 26 mags.
In several other forums they were discussing what model it could be.


The message on the forum was simple.
We made this gun up for the local Friends of the NRA banquet on 28 April. Uhmm, try to remember it's for a GIRL
The image was mesmerizing.




This was done by Ross Sporting Goods in Farmington, NM.

It looks like it would go good with the bARbie-15.

Hello to visitors from Combatcarry, SIGforum, The High Road and 1911 forum. Look around and visit for a bit.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

musical interlude

Wrong question

In the wake of the slaughter of the unarmed in Virginia the following question has been asked by some.
Do Americans have right to own a gun?
I think that is the wrong question. The content and the context of the questions is getting confused.

The content is a gun. It's an inanimate object with no powers or rights outside of its existence. Focusing on it sometimes make the big picture get missed.

The context of the issue is all encompassing. The context is "do we have the right to defend ourselves?".

Now here is where the problem is. I don't have the claws of a dog/cat, or the fangs of a lion, the shell of a turtle, the speed of a gazelle, or even the poison of a snake.

Since I do not have these, I have to make a weapon. Knives are good...if you want the 'bad guy' to get close enough to you to use. Mace and tazers are ok enough, but I wouldn't trust them. etc. etc.

For me it comes down to this. Since the gov cannot promise that there will be a cop around me 24 hours a day to protect myself, then I need a firearm.....Like those poor kids in Virginia who were not allowed to carry on campus.

The sin of the shooting is equally laid at the feet of the shooter, and the politicians who kept the firearms away.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Open question

In a nasty divorce one of the tools used sometimes is a restraining order. sometimes warranted, sometimes not.

Should a restraining order allow a persons right to own and possess firearms to be removed?

Is it to late?

The era of resisting big government is never over. — PAUL GIGOT (1998)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Question

Can anyone identify this game?



Click picture for slightly larger image

Video for the day

I cannot say whether this man would be a good president, but his commercials do show how screwed up the government is.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Papers please!

This sign was seen in California.

The person who saw this called the police and got the expected run around.
I called the 650-321-1112 number and was routed to a lady in police admin at 650-853-3160. I could not get the lady's name but she told me that the program was designed to get the public to report young men who were seen with guns in the street.

When I asked her what happened with these reports she said that these were only considered “incidents" until an officer checked them out.

When I asked her what she meant by checking them out, she said they would dispatch an officer to the address and see if the person had the “proper paperwork" for the weapon. If not, they would confiscate the gun and hold it pending further investigation. At this point a true report would be filed.

When I asked her to define "proper paperwork”, the process for getting a gun back, etc. she got very evasive and said I had to talk to a sergeant. I was then left on terminal hold. I called back twice with the same result.
Thanks to the Golden State 2nd Amendment Council for the heads up.

I blame George Bush

Everything else is blamed on him.

Shut up! Or else.

What happens when a volcal opponent to G.W.Bush tries to fly?
"I presented my credentials from the Marine Corps to a very polite clerk for American Airlines. One of the two people to whom I talked asked a question and offered a frightening comment: "Have you been in any peace marches? We ban a lot of people from flying because of that." I explained that I had not so marched but had, in September, 2006, given a lecture at Princeton, televised and put on the Web, highly critical of George Bush for his many violations of the Constitution. "That'll do it," the man said. "
The first thing that jumps out to me is the 'peace march' comment. The rest just turns my stomach.

Trolls

I thought only trolls lived under bridges.
Once upon a time there were three billy goats, who were to go up to the hillside to make themselves fat, and the name of all three was "Gruff."

On the way up was a bridge over a cascading stream they had to cross; and under the bridge lived a great ugly troll , with eyes as big as saucers, and a nose as long as a poker.
It now seems that our government is creating a new class of trolls.
The sparkling blue waters off Miami's Julia Tuttle Causeway look as if they were taken from a postcard. But the causeway's only inhabitants see little paradise in their surroundings.

Five men -- all registered sex offenders convicted of abusing children -- live along the causeway because there is a housing shortage for Miami's least welcome residents.

"I got nowhere I can go!" says sex offender Rene Matamoros, who lives with his dog on the shore where Biscayne Bay meets the causeway.

The Florida Department of Corrections says there are fewer and fewer places in Miami-Dade County where sex offenders can live because the county has some of the strongest restrictions against this kind of criminal in the country.
why not force them to live way underground in mines. A new version of Morlocks for a modern age.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

It's simply not credible

Someone sees a legal grow lamp in an apartment. The resulting police raid net tomatoes.
A Pullman landlord notified police about a grow lamp in a closet, and police got a search warrant for a drug raid.

Eight officers with guns drawn surprised three roommates in the apartment last weekend and discovered they were growing tomatoes.

Commander Chris Tennant says it's the department's duty to investigate all credible complaints regarding marijuana growing operations in Pullman
The person who filed the complaint said the people seemed nervous, and he smelled 'smoke'.

I don't see this as a credible complaint.....But when has that stopped the strong arm of the system?

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Quote

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

Thursday, April 05, 2007

That much?

The election, our suffering, is running full tilt. The lies are also running full tilt.
To hear Mitt Romney talk on the campaign trail, you might think the Republican presidential candidate had a gun rack in the back of his pickup truck.
“I purchased a gun when I was a young man. I've been a hunter pretty much all my life,” he said this week in Keene, N.H., to a man sporting a National Rifle Association cap.
How many times did he go hunting?

2 times.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Quote

The whole of the Bill of Rights is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals. It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of. — Albert Gallatin of the New York Historical Society, October 7, 1789.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

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They should have stopped with "Congress shall make no Law..."

Monday, April 02, 2007

A bit of reality hit me today

It's been five weeks writing for the Smyrna A.M. and I am greatly enjoying it. I get stressed right before I send them my copy, or deciding what the subject will be, but it's good stress.

This will be week five when Wednesday gets here. The first two weeks my column went out without a picture, just my name. The last two weeks there was a picture included.

A side effect of this hit me today.

Bloggers know one another. When I get a comment from someone I get to know their likes, and their blogs(If they have one). I know Say Uncle. We have never met, but know of each others interests. You get to know your readers. You also know that your blog readers and you will probably never cross paths.

I found that it's not like that in print.

I was walking into the YMCA this morning to swim and a worker there called out from the across the room "Gunner. I love what you're writing". All I could do was mutter "Thanks" and scurry to the pool. I am not joking when I say that the hairs on my arms stood on end.

It hit me. Each week my column and my picture are in every mailbox in my town. The semi-anonymity and distance of blogging is not there when you write for print.

The people who read what I write lives next door, work at the YMCA, and are on the city my picture is That fact is a bit unsettling.

A lot of bloggers blog because of the distance. It offers them protection from the fear that blogging may affect their daily life. Many use a nom de guerre to enhance that protection. The protective nature of the Internet is not there for print, and I simply don't like that. It's obvious that there would be people who look at the picture and connect the big fat hairy guy with the column. I just wasn't prepared for it.

I guess as long as they keep sending me a check, I will continue writing.

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Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. — JUSTICE LEARNED HAND

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 ...