Sunday, September 30, 2007

A view from the police side of the barricades

WTF!

I found this and thought I would share this sad little idea of how to stop violence.
Kill the 7.62x39 and Save the World
Peacekeepers are desperate to stop all the shooting going on. There are too many people with AK-47 running around, firing at anything and everything. How to stop that? Simple. Outlaw 7.62x39 ammunition. Since the end of the Cold War in 1991, this rifle round has become the biggest killer on the planet. This is the ammo used in the AK-47 and the SKS carbine (a non-automatic rifle with a smaller magazine than the AK-47). You can't get all those weapons collected and destroyed. But you can sharply reduce the supply of ammo. Unlike the rifles, which last a long time, the ammo has a limited shelf life, and it tends to get used real quick. There are millions of half-century old rifles still out there, and many that go back nearly a century (to World War I). But ammo degrades rapidly, and people tend to use it. Empty rifles are basically awkward clubs, and left without ammo long enough, will be discarded by their owners.
This is from Strategypage. I was surprised to find it there as it sounds like some left wing KOS/Brady pipe dream.

It gets worse when the simple denial of reality kicks in.
you make manufacture of the 7.62x39 illegal, most of the large producers will have to shut down, or face international sanctions. The small, outlaw, producers will make a lot of money, because suddenly 7.62x39 ammo will be real scarce, and the price will skyrocket. Not as much of the ammo will be available for all those weapons. Fewer bullets means fewer dead bodies. The poor users are not stupid, and they can count. Expensive ammo means you use the weapons less. That means fewer people get killed.
They tried that with drugs. They keep crowing how the latest blow to the drug world will keep the prices high. Prices are at an all time low, and quality and potency keeps getting higher.

There is simply so much wrong with this idea. Good intentions, but misguided.

I found this at Liveleak, and some of the comments echo my view.

The versatile AK

When you just have to smoke that camel, the AK is there for you.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

NRA beware

The NRA has seemingly forgotten the black gun market and have sucked up to the "hunting meme" as why they fight for gun rights.

We need to keep the Brady's from seeing this. They will then say guns are not needed for hunting.



Small deer and big bird. I'm impressed.

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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

Idealism verses reality

First Hamilton's quote from the Federalist papers.
I go further, and affirm that bills of rights, in the sense and in the extent in which they are contended for, are not only unnecessary in the proposed constitution, but would even be dangerous. They would contain various exceptions to powers which are not granted; and on this very account, would afford a colorable pretext to claim more than were granted. For why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do? Why for instance, should it be said, that the liberty of the press shall not be restrained, when no power is given by which restrictions may be imposed? I will not contend that such a provision would confer a regulating power; but it is evident that it would furnish, to men disposed to usurp, a plausible pretense for claiming that power.
On one hand he says this.
For why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do?
Idealistic because unless you say "NO", the government assumes silence is as good as saying "Yes!".

Then he says this
but it is evident that it would furnish, to men disposed to usurp, a plausible pretense for claiming that power
How true. Freedome of speech...as long as all election laws, and free speech zones are respected(i.e. followed like good serfs).

This section and his hitting it on the head, and yet so wrong in the same section, has always puzzled me.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

really really really really delayed charges.

Well it took long enough
A former Michigan police corporal who admitted taking marijuana from criminal suspects and baking it into brownies has been charged with using a controlled substance.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Edward Sanchez, 30, and his wife Stacy, 27, are expected to be arraigned on charges of using marijuana.
Not theft of evidence, or destruction of evidence, or even extreme stupidity, just the usage of the "drug". Justice delayed, is justice denied is par for the course.

http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5ilo5ql_h0HSZQrbsM2am9Q12SC0A

Monday, September 24, 2007

Sit back and let the authorities do your thinking

Everyone just watched, and only afterwords did they say it "seemed" wrong.
A Roseland, Indiana, city council member orders police to remove a fellow city council member. The police escort him out, shove him down on his face and pound his head. Onlookers either cheer, do nothing, joke, behave as if all were normal, or yell at others to let the police do their jobs. Not a single person protests. Only the one victim is hauled off in the police car. No one jumps in and shouts "Before this becomes Nazi Germany, arrest me too!"

A University of Florida student asks inconvenient questions of a U.S. senator. Police tackle him and shoot him with a taser. Onlookers, including the senator, either cheer, do nothing, joke, behave as if all were normal, or yell at others to let the police do their jobs. Not a single person seriously protests. Only the one victim is hauled off to jail. Fascist-friendly media outlets love the story because the senator is a Democrat, but they don't tell the story right. Progressive media outlets don't tell the story, even though they would tell it right, because the senator is a Democrat.

A television newscaster announces that planes were delayed in Boston's airport and tells us the name of a college student, shows us her picture, and tells us that we should blame her. He tells us to give the airport security guards credit for doing their jobs. They mistook her school project for a bomb. Again, we must let the "authorities" handle things.

We must pretend toothpaste and deodorant are weapons. We must pass through metal detectors. We must shout through bullet proof glass. We must refrain from hysterically laughing at police officers who solemnly believe every backpack or stroller is a threat to national security. We must speak freely in "free speech zones," except when we speak the wrong things freely and go to jail for it. We must be treated as criminals any time we attempt to get near members of our government.
We now live in a de-balled nation.

I'm in bizarro-land. I just linked to the Democratic Underground. I swear I'm not drinking people. Honest!

Fear silences a voice

NYPD at its best?
Flynn says the damage is done. She sees it in the attitudes of other activists. There's less desire. More trepidation.

"When you use scare tactics, you really are curbing our right to dissent against the government," she said. "The only thing this is serving to do is squash public dissent. By going after the organizers of a rally, you really are sending a message - 'Don't hold a rally.'"
SSDD

Don't distract him.

Damned distracting constitution
Rep. Tom Allen has recently acknowledged that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have committed multiple impeachable offenses. But Rep. Allen refuses to support legislation calling for impeachment of Bush-Cheney because it would be a “distraction.”

Since when is protecting the Constitution a distraction? (Impeachment by the House of Representatives actually just means investigations for crimes against the Constitution.)

This is just Mackinac Island funny

I almost feel sorry for the smuck.
It was the last ferry back from the island to Mackinac city. Nearly 100 Ron Paul supporters were waiting on the dock when they were surprised to see Mayor Giuliani appear with his bodyguards walking toward the ferryboat. The crowd started cheering Ron Paul’s name and Mayor Giuliani’s smiling face suddenly turned thunderstruck. Informed that it was the last ferry, Giuliani ended up boarding with those Ron Paul supporters and took the “longest” ferry ride in his life.

The ferryboat was going like the wind, cleaving the waves on the Great Lakes in the inky darkness, as if the Black Pearl in the movie Pirates of Caribbean. Giuliani was “hiding” beneath the window in the captain’s cabinet, with bodyguards standing around him to block the sight. The crowd kept cheering Ron Paul’s name again and again all the way, for almost 20 minutes, many of them were calling their friends and family to give them the play-by-play.

When the ferry reached Mackinac City, Giuliani went out of the captain’s cabinet with a cheering face and offered to shake hands with passengers sitting in the first row but they were reluctant to do so. Afraid of Ron Paul supporters’ enthusiasm, Giuliani got off the fore of the boat, instead of taking the normal path at the stern.
Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani at Mackinac Island Conference

I'm amazed

I find myself having to control the urge to link to Daily Kos posts as they are sounding more and more like the sane ones when describing Bush's war on freedom, while the ultra conservatives seem to fall back on the old "It's to protect us from Terrorists" line.

I guess I have to go buy a hooka and some die dye.

Giuliani

I'm trying to stay out of the whole presidential election theme. After all, deciding who will be the next thug on the block doesn't thrill me.

Giuliani has made a small statement that I do want to address.
Rudolph W. Giuliani appeared Friday before the National Rifle Association — a group he once likened to extremists — and defended his very vocal past advocacy of tougher gun laws while affirming the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms.
This is a true politician. On both sides at the same time. Maybe I'm an odd one, but with the plethora of laws, it is becoming harder to be a law abiding citizen, so I say everyone should be allowed to possess and carry. Why should 'bad' people not have the right to protect themselves?
And he confronted his past directly, saying he faced different challenges taming crime in New York City a decade ago, while signaling that he opposes new restrictions on gun ownership.
Until a politician comes out against even the old restrictions on gun owners, then they are all bastard scum.

With the knowledge of his background how the hell could the NRA give him a platform? What the hell are they thinking?

Friday, September 21, 2007

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I say thank God for government waste. If government is doing bad things, it's only the waste that prevents the harm from being greater

- Milton Friedman

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Interesting take on the Florida tazering incident.

A very interesting view of this tazering, and one I agree with.
The four players in the present-day American political drama were all represented at the University of Florida on Monday:

1) Andrew Meyer writhing on the ground in agony represents the Constitution and the freedom of speech and the protection from unlawful arrest that it enshrines.
2) The police holding Mr. Meyer to the ground and inflicting torture with 50,000 volts of electricity represent the fascist forces in America led by George W. Bush and their attempts to kill the Constitution.
3) John Kerry droning impotently on in the background and allowing the torture to occur through his shameful lack of courage and principle represents today's Democratic Party.
4) The majority of the students who sat passively by while one of their own was tortured for speaking out represent the largely apathetic American populace.

And, of course, after the fact, the fifth and perhaps most important player in the drama made its inevitable entrance: the press. Major press outlets and even some supposedly left-wing political blogs were united in suggesting that Mr. Meyer actually deserved to be tasered because of his history as a prankster.
Of course the whole cake is iced with a police report that seems to be incorrect, if not an outright lie. Damned video cameras.

I don't believe he said it

I'm a bit shocked at this section, but I'll let it stand on it's own merit.
Jon Stewart: Many people are free-market capitalists, and they always talk about free-market capitalism, and that is our economic theory. So why do we have a Fed? Is the free market – wouldn’t the market take care of interest rates and all that? Why do we have someone adjusting the rates if we are a free-market society?

Alan Greenspan: You’re raising a very fundamental question. … You didn’t need central bank when we were on the gold standard, which was back in the nineteenth century. And all of the automatic things occurred because people would buy and sell gold, and the market would do what the Fed does now. But: most everybody in the world by the 1930s decided that the gold standard was strangling the economy. And universally this gold standard was abandoned. But: you need somebody to determine –or some mechanism – how much money is out there, because remember, the amount of money relates to the amount of inflation in the economy. … In any event the more money you have, relative to the amount of goods, the more inflation you have, and that’s not good. So:

Stewart: So we’re not a free market then.

Greenspan: No. No.

Stewart: There’s a visible – there’s a benevolent hand that touches us.

Greenspan: Absolutely. You’re quite correct. To the extent that there is a central bank governing the amount of money in the system, that is not a free market. Most people call it regulation.
Enough said. A free market is not a regulated market.

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

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

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At the end of the War, if we have surrendered our liberties, freedoms and rights, does it matter if we win or lose?

M.P.

No Quarters' future

Well today I finally got the word on my schooling. I'm going back full time as of January. I plan on fulfilling the required classes for my 4 year degree, and then maybe a bit more.

As I will be going to school full time, and local activities, and such I will be putting No Quarters on Hiatus permanently as of the new year.

I still have a few months to blog here so don't flee to other blogs yet.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Shut up and get thrown out.

When a politician doesn't like what you say, sometimes their inner desires get recorded.
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, told a New Hampshire veterans group that members of MoveOn should bethrown out of the country for producing an ad attacking Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq. McCain's staff later said the presidential candidate merely meant that such ads had no place in the political debate.
Free speech is allowed at the whim of the government.

Socialized medicine

Hillary and Obama each have their own plans for socialised medicine. Remember what they give, they can withhold as other socialized programs show. Also the states attempts at socialised medicine has failed at the local and federal level.

One big reason not to vote democrat and vote libertarian.

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No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution (1776).

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Ouch!

A truthful comment like this says a lot.
SPENCER, IA-- Democratic Presidential candidate Governor Bill Richardson, campaigning today in Iowa, issued the following statement regarding the recent "spying" incident involving the National Football League’s New England Patriots:

"The President has been allowed to spy on Americans without a warrant, and our U.S. Senate is letting it continue. You know something is wrong when the New England Patriots face stiffer penalties for spying on innocent Americans than Dick Cheney and George Bush."
But Bush does it for the children.

This is my first post to the Daily Kos. I'm a bit surprised I ever linked there. Who knew!

Quote and comment

Look into the mirror
A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power. —ABRAHAM LINCOLN


Well Lincoln baby. You failed.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Oh Canada!

This is the ultimate cognitive-dissonance I have ever seen.

Google is bad because they might invade privacy.
Google's new Street View application uses photographs captured at an earlier date to let computer users navigate through city streets and neighbourhoods in major cities quickly and easily.

But the program, which relies on pictures taken without the knowledge or consent of people in them, seems to violate many basic rights of citizens and poses a serious threat to personal privacy....
But at the same time the Canadian government has no problems invading your privacy.
That could change, if Public Safety Canada and Industry Canada move forward on plans for new legislation that would require telecommunications providers to give up private information about their clients, on demand.

Rather than having to go to a judge for a search warrant, police and other authorities could instead issue what's called in Europe a "Production Order" -- a request for information that would help speed up investigations.
Do as we say, not as we do. The modern mantra of this "War on (insert latest perceived threat)".

overconfident

o·ver·con·fi·dent (ō'ver-kŏn'fĭ-dent)
adj.
Excessively confident; presumptuous.


A reason in Not-Great Britain to be searched.
As I walked up the entrance ramp I was stopped by police. "I am afraid I can't let you past me until I have searched you, as I have reason to believe that you could have articles intended for criminal damage," said an officer.

"What good reason?" I asked.

"We watched you address the crowd."

"I am being stopped for what I said in a speech?" I spluttered.

"Oh no. Not because of what you said. It is because you look overconfident."

That was the official reason, I was "overconfident"; bless them, they even wrote it on the stop-and-search slip the police have to provide. Under the title "Grounds for Search", the officer wrote: "overconfident attitude of Mr Thomas".
Obviously a man not broken by the system yet, thus a threat.

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All our liberties are due to men who, when their conscience has compelled them, have broken the laws of the land. —WILLIAM KINGDON CLIFFORD
Hell yes.

"Black silk jacket, flowing black silk skirt "

A story of how much fun firearms can really be.
It was mid-September, 1998, the first day of Northern California’s Range War, a "cowboy action shooting" competition in which participants dress up in Old West costumes and use replicas of antique weapons. So far things were going pretty well. I was just starting to get used to my borrowed 12-gauge shotgun, and my revolvers (single-action .38s) were performing smoothly. My cowgirl costume was pretty comfortable -- black silk jacket, flowing black silk skirt -- and for once my hat was staying on my head. I was getting into my groove, hitting most of the targets with my pistols, and almost all of them with my new lever-action .44 rifle. My shotgun shooting wasn’t too great, but the gun was borrowed, and that’s always a good excuse.
The story is even better because of this section.
There was a time when I would not have wanted to touch a gun of any kind, much less spend part of an afternoon riding the back of a rocking mechanical pony and blazing away at a series of targets with revolvers, rifles, and shotguns. But that improbable picture is the culmination of a journey that took me from the ivory towers of academia to the shooting ranges of Northern California.
Happiness IS a warm gun.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands? — Patrick Henry, 3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836

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"Under any conditions, anywhere, whatever you are doing, there is some ordinance under which you can be booked."
-- Robert D. Sprecht

Monday, September 10, 2007

You will repect my authority.



The video's best comment is "I can come up with nine things" to arrest you. Police work at it's best.

Video description
This happened in a speed trap town ... all » in Missouri called St. George with only a few officers that think they have more power than they really do. This happened outside of their jurisdiction and they have no police powers, except for felonies in progress, where they stopped me, according to state law.

The commuter lot is open 24 hours a day and can be confirmed by calling 1-888-Ask-MoDOT.

You can see me pass the officer at :08 seconds as he nearly blocks the road as he sits waiting for the next car without license plate lights to come by.

You'll hear this officer tell me he'll make up "9 different charges" including resisting arrest before he has even tried to arrest me. You'll hear him say how I didn't use my turn signal and I was weaving when the video clearly proves him wrong.

I truly thought if I didn't suck up, I would be beaten and maybe killed.

His tone started to change when he realized that the young man's car had a video camera in it. Funny thing that is.

At least he did not make the following chat room comment like THIS officer did.
According to the Portland Tribune article in Friday’s newspaper, the deputy, using the screen name Trafalgar, said, “Seeing someone get Tasered is second only to pulling the trigger. That is money – puts a smile on your face.”
The things that put a smile on my face differ a lot from these people.

update:
Story verified and transcript for your reading enjoyment.
Officer #1: Let me see your insurance card for the vehicle.
Brett: Did I commit a moving violation?
Officer #1: Yeah you did, when you were coming in here.
Brett: Really? What was that?
Officer #1: Yeah, you wanna try me? You wanna try me tonight? You think you've had a bad night? I will ruin your ****ing night.
[Officer starts to get close up to my face]
Officer #1 You want to try me?
[Officer is inches away from my face, screaming as I'm pinned between him and my vehicle]
Officer #1 Do you wanna try me young boy? Do you want to try me tonight young boy?
Brett: No I don't.
Officer #1: Do you want to go to jail for some ****ing reason I come up with?
Brett: No I don't.
Officer #1: Do you wanna see who knows the law better, me or you. My experience compared to your young ass. Huh? Don't ever get smart mouthed with a cop again. I show you what a cop does. Do you understand me?
Brett: Yes sir.
Officer #1: Try and talk back -- Talk back to me again. I bet I could say you resisted arrest or something. You want to come up with something? I come up with nine things. Do you wanna try something?
To protect and serve.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Images from the web

Who can identify this firearm from this 'unusual' viewpoint?



"Gun go Boooom"!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Don't let him see the protesters

Seems keeping the "leader" of the free world happy requires a whole manual on silencing the opposition.
Not that they're worried or anything. But the White House evidently leaves little to chance when it comes to protests within eyesight of the president. As in, it doesn't want any.

A White House manual that came to light recently gives presidential advance staffers extensive instructions in the art of "deterring potential protestors" from President Bush's public appearances around the country.

Among other things, any event must be open only to those with tickets tightly controlled by organizers. Those entering must be screened in case they are hiding secret signs. Any anti-Bush demonstrators who manage to get in anyway should be shouted down by "rally squads" stationed in strategic locations. And if that does not work, they should be thrown out.

But that does not mean the White House is against dissent -- just so long as the president does not see it. In fact, the manual outlines a specific system for those who disagree with the president to voice their views. It directs the White House advance staff to ask local police "to designate a protest area where demonstrators can be placed, preferably not in the view of the event site or motorcade route."
The idea of "free speech zone" is repugnant to me, but just fine to the White House.

Bastards.

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A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders. —Larry Elder

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 ...