Thursday, February 28, 2013

- Time To Kick It Up A Notch

Given the readership of this blog, I'm sure you all know how public pensions are being pressured by their blue state masters to divest themselves of firearm manufacturers. With the way firearms sales have been going, they are only hurting themselves.

And I mentioned a few weeks ago that the firearms industry has begun shooting back. A number of companies have joined the Firearms equality movement, where they are refusing business from states and municipalities in states that are infringing upon the rights of it's citizens. Liberals will complain about this terminology because any law they like is automatically considered a good law, but there are no liberal involved so they can go hang. These companies all agree that there is infringement going on. So they are refusing sales to states and all town in CA, NJ, MA, IL, and most of all NY.

This is mostly smaller tactical and special purpose firearm builders so far. But I think it's time for us to take it one step further. I think it's time for us, the gun purchasing community, to call on the big gun manufacturers to join the movement. The big Ones are Glock, Sig Sauer, Ruger, and Smith and Wesson. And I think we should all commit to only purchasing products from the companies on this list that have made it clear that they support the constitutional rights of their customers.

At this point I would write a whole bunch of stuff explaining why a boycott would work to get them on board, but thanks to another belligerent blogger I don't have to. Sean Sorrentino at the NCGunBlog has very fluently done it all for me, and has also fielded many of the questions planted by liberal trolls who are trying to undermine the movement. Sean makes it kind of personal against Mike Bloomberg. I've met Bloomberg, so that seems perfectly OK with me.

The liberals in government are trying to use their power as investors to pressure companies into not doing something that is legal but that the liberals don't like. I think it's only reasonable that the grass roots side of this debate use it's power as consumers to not support companies that don't support us. Let's see who packs more weight.

- Maryland: Fingerprints Required to "Excercise" Your Rights

New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts can now look south to the new Laughing-Stock of the USA. But it's hardly a laughing matter when a Legislature, at the insistence of the Governor, rams through laws that are designed to restrict an otherwise inalienable right.

“The Senate recognized that fingerprint-based licensing of handgun purchasers is the best way for states to reduce gun violence.”

...and the road to hell is paved with good intentions...

Maryland Senate Democrats passed sweeping gun-control legislation proposed by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Thursday, with tighter firearm restrictions on the mentally ill and token concessions on a new licensing requirement that will force most gun buyers to be fingerprinted.
Before Thursday’s 28 to 19 vote, Republicans attempted a filibuster, railing against the plan for more than four hours and warning that the bill proposed by O’Malley (D) would put Maryland in the untenable position of requiring fingerprints of residents to exercise a constitutional right.

Sen. Christopher B. Shank (R-Washington) said that Democrats were willing to trample on a constitutional right that they didn’t like. “Can you imagine the outcry if we were forcing people to be fingerprinted to vote?”

I think Maryland ought to change both the State motto and the State nicknames:
Fatti maschii, parole femine
Nickname: The Free State (... well, maybe for some people)

There are many other provisions in the law that are vague and questionable in scope.

- Mad Max: 170 Million Jobs Lost!!!

This woman is too stupid to be in Congress. I know, I know....it's Congress, what should you expect. But she's even too stupid for that. What a shamelessly pandering useless corrupt hack she is. She makes me ashamed to have the same passport she does.

Honestly, how can you not be offended by this woman?

- A "Kangaroo Court" He Says

Over at Ammoland, Joe Alessandrini has been following the debate about NJ's new gun restrictions closely, and has a quote from the good governor from his weekly radio address:

“Are there things that you like being talked about now? Things that we can do, things that we can’t do or do you agree with some members of the Republican caucus that this is a knee-jerk reaction and not well thought out?” Scott asked of Christie.

Christie responded, “…I’m not going to comment on legislation that is pending until it gets to my desk and I make a decision. But, I do find it fascinating, of course, that they can move 22 bills through in one day, yet they can’t pass the user fee cap, they can’t pass zero means zero on sick leave abuse, they can’t pass a shared services agreement, down in the assembly, they can’t pass a tax cut for the people of New Jersey, but man let me tell you something when they think they did something that can play to their political advantage they can move like Grease Lightening. And that’s why people are so cynical about government, Eric, this is why, this kind of stuff. Now, I am not gonna go at this in a way that’s not that’s not thoughtful, I’m sorry. I have my NJ SAFE task force out there holding public hearings, meeting with experts, they are going to come back to me with some recommendations. I know that the State Attorney General’s office has a lot of opinions on this as well. Attorney General Chiesa is working with folks in the legislature to give his view and the view of his law enforcement professionals on what the best way to approach this is. I am not going to comment on the merit of any of the particular bills the assembly passed. But I will say that I find the process to have been like a laughable kangaroo court.”

If you read his piece Joe seems to think that this means Christie is leaning against the bills.

Now there is no doubt about it, Joe is one of the good guys, so I don't want to make this sound too critical. But I think if we trust Christie on this issue we're nuts. Christie is a liberal Republican. Don't believe for a minute that he has embraced a small government outlook and individual rights just because he's lucid enough to know that Unicorns aren't real. NJ is an anti-gun state, and Christie is anti-gun. He'll run for president as a Democrat before he grants NJ citizens their full right of self defense.

That's my bet.

- Meanwhile In Upstate NY...

LOL! Remember the upstate local politician who called all gun owners Psychotards? Well his constituency attended the local meeting to let them know how they feel about his opinion.

As far as I know he was uninjured.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

- The Courts Defend Gun Owners Too

In the dead of night, Andy Cuomo, Mike Bloomberg and a bunch of the guys they bought in Albany rushed through a bunch of new gun laws that were of ... debatable legality, that were designed not to prevent violence, but to disarm their political opposition. It was all rushed through before anyone could do anything about it. Now the NY State Supreme Court is asking why:

State Supreme Court wants NYS to show good cause that gun law is constitutional.

The laws impose an effective ban on almost all full sized semi automatic handguns, the most common weapon in the country used for self defense. These are not some special 'assault' style super scary guns. They are not "fully automatic" guns capable of spraying a crowd of minority children with hot lead. The bullets don't explode, they don't shoot down airplanes, they don't do any of the things that the liberals have told you they need to save you from. They are plain old ordinary handguns, just like the ones that roughly 100 million Americans own.

I'm not a lawyer, but by my read of Heller that makes it unconstitutional. Hopefully that's the way it plays out. I also personally hope that the most arrogant man in America (Bloomberg) and arguably the biggest jerk in America (Cuomo) both get taught a lesson in humility, but I won't be holding my breath.

- Ammo Shortage Reaches Absurd Levels

A report rolled in from friend of this blog RA this morning. He was underlining what we have already come to discover, there is a truly serious Ammo shortage out there right now.

This is more of a problem for we folk in NJ where internet sales may be banned. I shoot a lot and always buy in bulk because it's cheaper. If I have to pay the criminally high retail prices that are typical in NJ, or pay the fuel to drive out to Pennsylvania, my costs to shoot are going WAY up.

My current supplies are OK. I have a few thousand rounds set aside for ... you know... emergencies. But I don't have enough to take people shooting like I used to. And with the spring coming soon I need to stock up in 12 gauge bird shot, but can't.

All this is the downside of the supply-demand curve. There is no conspiracy here. But it's getting very inconvenient. I hope the manufacturers get their behinds in gear and make the most of this. Lord knows the prices are now high enough.

- We're All "Gun Toting Psychotards" Now!

I always enjoy those moments when the left lets its contempt for the voters show through the facade. This one is a real classic. A local Politician in New York State, from a town that is considering the kind of all out ban on firearms that the Supreme court has just overturned in DC, called a gun rights group a bunch of "gun toting psychotards". Classic.

Intelligence is a really interesting thing because the less of it you posses, the less ability you have to detect it in others. The result is that virtually everyone thinks the other guy is an idiot and that he is a genius. Some people can prove that of course, and others can't. Those who can't either teach, or go into politics.

- A Word On Spam For Regular Readers

Guys,

Normally blogger is pretty good about automatically removing Spam. But as we've seen, they've gotten a little behind the curve on the whole dumpster rental issue. If this keeps up, I'm going to have to turn comment moderation on for a while.

This will mean that when you submit your comments (which I hope you will continue to do) they will be posting to a staging area until I approve them. I can count on one hand every time I've deleted a comment - even one I disagree with, and that won't be the intention here. It's just that approving real comments will be considerably less work than deleting all the spam.

Hopefully Blogger will figure out what they're missing, and the spam level will reduce. If it does, I'll reset comment moderation back to what it is now - where stories are open to comments for 5 days after posting. But if this keeps up, then I'm afraid I'll have no choice but to act on it.

I'll let you know when it comes to that.

Thanks.

- Chris Christie: Democrat Candidate For President

There is a line you can't cross in America if you expect the conservative movement's support. It's not immigration or gay marriage, or even abortion. It's guns. If you favor gun control you have a "limited future" in the party - say the organizers of CPAC about why they didn't invite Chris Christie to attend this year.

Ages ago, before National Review tossed him into the volcano to appease the gods of racial political correctness, our man Derb was in an informal meeting with governor Christie. He was fresh off his win of the governor's mansion and was looking south to DC at presidential primary time. Most people were asking him about unions or public pensions - all valid issues for a Republican governor from a state in such a ludicrous fiscal condition. But our man Derb asked him about his position on guns.

I don't recall the exact quote. With the CPAC business maybe Derb will quote himself, or I'm sure you can find it archived on his website if you look around a bit. But the upshot of Christie's comment was that he is unambiguously in favor of gun control, and that he was still a supporter of NJ's stupid and useless Assault Weapons ban. If I remember correctly, Derb informed him that he had doubts about the governor's national future if he was to maintain that perspective.

So here we are just a few years later. The big man from Trenton has done the blue state Republican Shtick - trashing conservatives and the conservative movement for the TV cameras every chance he gets. He practically did a series of commercials for President Obama just before the election, which certainly helped him. And he has seen his popularity with NJ liberals soar, making him an even bigger favorite with the national news media who are also universally liberal. So naturally Christie has started to think again about a national job.

But it turns out that 'The Derb" was dead right. The Republican movement is responding to his leftward shift in general and his continued support of gun control in particular by shunning him. He can run for President as a Democrat I suppose - it might even be a good fit for him. Given the circus sideshow that Obama will leave behind when he skulks back to Chicago with the Whitehouse flatware in his suitcase, the Democrats would probably welcome him. But he has a "limited future" as a Republican given his stance on gun control. I've always thought it was his weakest position, but of course I would. Now it seems that many others agree.

So which way does Christie move now? Does he sign the gaggle of idiotic bills designed only to punish Republican gun owners that is working its way through the NJ Senate, putting the final nail in the coffin for his future as a Republican? This would signal his future desire to switch parties for any national run. Does he reject the bills to try to bolster his position with the conservative base? Even the Obama justice department says they won't do anyhting to reduce violence, so he can certainly make a logical case for that which will resonate nationally. But it will cost him his local popularity among NJ's unicorn farmers, and make him unpopular with the NY press. Or does he drag his feet, let the new gun control bills expire without action and try to make it all go away without being blamed for anything?

The last is the most likely direction of course. The man is a politician after all, and avoiding responsibility is what he's all about in spite of his well known bluster. But given the luck of NJ's gun owners I'd bet on him switching parties and infringing away when it comes to gun control. He's a better national fit for a Democrat than a Republican anyway. And compared to the people running that party he would be a shining light of reason. But he will look truly silly riding a unicorn.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

- Every Single Branch...

I've always been more of a Burt Lancaster fan than a Kirk Douglas fan. More so now. Somewhere out there is a plastic surgeon who should be doing time - more for her than for him.

(click on the photo if you need to see what I mean.)

- Here's A Racist Comment For Ya

I drove up to Boston and back this weekend, so it was a lot of mileage on some of America's busiest highways. Rt 95 around New Haven is particularly known for the number of rude drivers who are happy to go 50 miles per hour in the fast lane while a line of cars stacks up three miles deep behind them. But I live in NJ where subtlety is not a problem. So by using high beams, my horn and sometimes the highway shoulder, I usually found a way to fight to the front of the line and pass the clueless miscreant in question.

I don't know what it was, but for some reason on this trip 100% of the people I found doing the 50 mph fast lane dance were black. Are blacks particularly poor drivers? I don't know. I've certainly never heard anyone say so. These drivers were of both genders, a variety of ages, and even seemed to be of differing economic conditions, so I don't think they had anything else in common. But one thing that was absolutely certain was that they either didn't notice or didn't care that they were inconveniencing hundreds of people.

I've always been under the impression that racism had to have something to do with a preexisting negative bias. I know nothing at all about Black people's driving skills, so I don't think this quite makes the grade. But since my daughter calls me a racist every time I put creamer in my coffee, I'm sure I'm letting myself in for something just by noticing what all these impolite drivers had in common.

I must say though, whatever you want to accuse me of for noticing it in the first place, I find that kind of rudeness infuriating. I don't care how fast you go. You don't have to go the speed I want to go at all. But have the good manners to at least get out of other people's way.

- The Snows Of Chicago

Snowstorm In Chicago Delays Hundreds Of Morning Murders

The city of Chicago is steadily recovering from an overnight snowstorm that delayed hundreds of murders on Friday morning and will likely continue to push numerous homicides across the city drastically behind schedule, public authorities announced.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

- You Can't Rely On Teachers

There is a problem with this idea of giving teachers electronic panic buttons.

According to liberal logic, you can't have a panic button, without something justifying a panic.

Public school teachers are , for the most part, people who are too irresponsible, stupid, or self aggrandizing to get by in the private sector. They are "useless know it alls" who mostly enjoy the idea of being in an environment where people have no choice but to treat them with deference, even if they probably don't deserve it. The only person in the last 20 years who intentionally and stubbornly continued to condescend to me after it was obvious to everyone in the room that I knew more about the topic than she did, was a public school teacher.

Those people can't do, so instead they teach.

Give them a bunch of panic buttons, and everything to them will seem like a panic. Child raises his voice? Panic. Child refuses to return to their seat with the proper speed or alacrity? Panic. Child adamantly disagrees with the political position of the teacher? Panic. Over time the Marietta Ga. police department will learn not to take the teacher 'panic's so seriously, because the teachers themselves aren't serious.

So instead they'll come up with a bunch of zero tolerance rules that even public school teachers can understand. They will spell out with meticulous precision which circumstances justify a panic and which don't. And the value added of the whole 'panic button' concept will be reduced to zero. Might as well just tell them to carry a cell phone.

The fact is, even with gun free school zone laws ensuring the defenselessness of our children and education employees, school shootings happen very rarely. Far too rarely to justify a 'panic button' system. but the good citizens of Marietta will no doubt figure that out.

Friday, February 22, 2013

- Frithguild, You May be Onto Something...


Black Leaders: ‘Direct Correlation Between Gun Control and Black People Control’

“History is [rife] with examples. There’s a direct correlation between gun control and black people control,” Stacy Swimp, president and CFO of the Frederick Douglass Society, said at the event.




- President Christie And Gun Control

Yesterday the NJ assembly passed a long list of new anti-gun regulations. Some suspend due process entirely, others are simply short sighted and stupid. None will reduce crime or violence in any way, but all of them will make it tougher on the law abiding supporters of the Democrat's political opponents. Which is exactly the point.

The NJ legislature is controlled by Democrats who in aggregate have an average IQ of about 85. But dim as they are, they know that law abiding gun owners are overwhelmingly conservative, and are therefore not their friends. So anything they can do to punish someone who would otherwise own a gun is seen as a political plus. Violence Schmi-lence, They don't care about that. They know criminals aren't going to obey the new laws anymore than they are obeying the old ones. For them, this is about politics not crime.

But that's not the problem. The problem is Chris Christie.

It's no secret that Chris Christie has ambition. He wants to be President Christie one day. I once asked Frithguild (our local expert in the political machines) if there was such a thing as a pro-gun Republican in NJ. He pondered a minute and then flatly said "Um.... no." And Chris Christie is that flavor of Republican. He was a big supporter of the original Assault Weapons ban which is still in effect in NJ.

But in truth that was 1994, and 1994 was a long time ago. He could probably explain that away - or at least he can convince himself that it can be explained away. Whether the public will buy it is anyone's guess. But if he signs this new stack of bills that among other things, suspends a constitutionally protected right without due process, his national ambitions are finished.

Team Christie may be thinking, "Well we'll have to see how we look against Hillary or Cuomo or whoever the Democrats put forward" but that's not what they should be thinking. No anti-gun Republican Presidential candidate will survive the primary. People like me will make sure of that. You may have us all on the ropes in NJ, but try going to Texas, or Virginia or... Florida. Let's see how a gun banning, due process suspending squishy liberal "Blue-State" Republican will do in a Presidential primary in those states with several million howling NRA members adding to the discussion.

Here's the thing the left can't seem to get through their skulls when it comes to guns. For me, and people like me, it's a first principles issue. It's the same for me as it would be for them if someone were trying to take away their vote.

It's something I and the people like me simply refuse to give up ... period. My right to use force to defend my person and property, is what makes me a 'free man'. It prevents other from forcing me to do what they order me to. Just possessing a gun limits the power of those who would rule me because it gives me the ability to push back at them as hard as they push me. And I will vote against any candidate who supports gun control. I will fund any campaign to prevent it. And if it comes to it, I will break any law that demands I do otherwise.

I'm a good citizen. I'm peaceful, law abiding, and productive. I work hard, I eat right, I exercise regularly. I don't even cheat on my taxes or park in a handicapped zone. I'm exactly the kind of citizen that people in government should want to encourage others to emulate. But instead the Democrats in NJ legislature see me as a part of the problem.

It's obvious that their proposed gun control laws aren't really designed to "reduce violence". They're really only designed to punish people like me because they don't like my politics. People like me may be rare enough in NJ, bu tit isn't that way in the rest of the country. It's NJ that's the special case here. There 100 million homes with guns in them in this country, and all of those people vote.

So take heed "President" Christie. The 100 million gun owners in this country won't take kindly to you signing a suite of laws that are designed to do nothing but punish them for their politics. If you ever want to be President, you had better act like you can hear them from Trenton because you won't be able to explain this away.

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In case you're wondering what provision I'm talking about when I mention 'suspending due process', it's the business about preventing anyone on the "Terrorist Watch List" from buying a gun. you don't have to be convicted of a crime to get on the Terrorist Watch list. You don't have to be accused of one. You don't even have to be suspected of one. It's an absolutely arbitrary bureaucratic designation that 100% of the citizens of NJ can be put on without any evidence whatsoever. and once you go on, there is no reasonable way to be take off.

An ambitious anti-gun pol could simply put 100% of the registered Republicans or firearm permit purchasers in an area on the watch list and presto - universal disarmament. That would take bigger cajones than most of them have but it could be done.

That's a constitutionally protected right just like free speech or the vote - totally suspended by bureaucratic fiat. This is what the Democrats call "common sense regulation".

Thursday, February 21, 2013

- The NRA and Fundraising

I got another request for funds from the NRA today. I'm a proud lifetime member of the NRA. It's the only political organization I belong to because it's the only one in my opinion, that unambiguously supports giving political power to me - the individual citizen.

But I have to confess, I'm a little peeved that they keep asking me for money. The fact is, they are there when I need them on the national battle, but when it comes to the local battle, where my rights are most seriously infringed, they are a consistent no show. I find that disappointing.

I've read Sun-Tsu. I know they are doing the right thing by not wasting resources where they are unlikely to win. But I don't think putting my money to work protecting the rights of the good people of Texas and Tennessee is the best use it could be put to.

Just sayin.

- Eliminating The Rest Of The Amendments

It's good to see some consistency at least from the Illinois state legislature. They now would like to eliminate 'anonymous' comments from the internet by doing the same thing to to first amendment that they propose doing to the second:

The bill, called the Internet Posting Removal Act, is sponsored by Illinois state Sen. Ira Silverstein. It states that a “web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless the anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate.”

Big brother is watching. Truth is fiction, weakness is strength, defenslessness is security... blah blah blah. Welcome to Obama's brave new world.

- NRA: "We Are America"

I like the picture this video paints, of a free people with a government that does as it's bidden. But to be frank, I don't think it's very accurate anymore.

The liberal left (our rulers in government) does what it likes to us. We are in effect, it's indentured servants. The most immoral thing you can do in Obama's America is work hard and achieve financial success. It's not just that they assume you cheated someplace - which they do. but they believe you have had some moral failing to not have given away your profits first.

We used to be a free people. Now we are all just subjects.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

- What Are These Guys Smoking?!

Actually, it's the Colorado legislature so we know exactly what they're smoking. I had no idea they were so determined to see women defenseless in Colorado.

- We're not Gonna Take It!


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“The next step is we want to get the lawmakers on Capitol Hill to review the monopolistic rights this company (Comcast) currently enjoys as the largest cable provider in the United States,”

If Comcast (and other socially unconscious companies) picks a fight with enough "little-guys" they will have a real mess on their hands.

- A Quick Word On Biden's Self Defense Advice

Joe is a dimwit, this is no secret. But even a broken clock is right twice a day. If you are going to defend your home from criminals a semi-automatic, or pump action shotgun with a short barrel is probably a top ranked choice.

But he's wrong about what he mistakenly refers to as 'assault weapons'. The AR15 is a weapon specifically designed for the common man. That's what all military weapons are. It's small fast projectile is designed for minimum recoil, and is therefore more likely to be shot well - even by the relatively inexperienced. It's pistol grip (one of the features which makes it evil) is a boon to target acquisition and stable shooting. I doubt we'll ever see a new production rifle design who doesn't have one - ever again.

Liberals know that this effort of theirs in NY, Illinois, Colorado, and NJ won't reduce violence at all. It's not designed to reduce violence at all. It's designed to incrementally disarm their political opponents. They know that law abiding gun owners are not liberals, and they want to do what they can to strip them of what political power they have left. The gun is a political implement. It's a tool of force - of power. It's legal possession empowers the bearer. And the left knows that if they incrementally eat away at the citizens right to arm themselves, they are overwhelmingly punishing their political opponents.

Their supporters, the inner city criminals and their client constituencies, will all simply break the law and posses guns if they need them. And in return the liberals won't prosecute gun crimes.

But stripping honest citizens of their right to keep and bear is critical to them, because those honest citizens are all conservatives. It's all about politics 100%. That's why they're doing this. That's why they rush it in, in the dead of night and why the press is so complicit in letting them do it.

I's all about political power - same as everything else with liberals.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

- How the West Gave Up : Colorado 2013

We're getting a lot of reactionary news and legislation percolating from the halls of the Colorado Legislature.

Ultimately, the Colorado Legislature requires their citizens to just give up. Colorado House approves new gun-control measures despite strong resistance

Limits on the size of ammunition magazines and universal background checks passed the Colorado House on Monday, during a second day of emotional debates that has drawn attention from the White House as lawmakers try to address recent mass shootings.The bills were among four that the Democratic-controlled House passed amid strong resistance from Republicans, who were joined by a few Democrats to make some of the votes close.The proposed ammunition restrictions limit magazines to 15 rounds for firearms, and eight for shotguns. Three Democrats joined all Republicans voting no on the bill, but the proposal passed 34-31.

The House also approved a bill requiring background checks on all gun purchases, including those between private sellers and firearms bought online.

Other proposals would ban concealed firearms at colleges and stadiums, and another requires that gun purchasers pay for their own background checks. Democrats eked out the closest vote on the background check measure, which passed on a 33-32 vote.

Democratic Rep. Ed Vigil, who represents rural southern Colorado, voted against the four bills, saying his decision was rooted in the state's rugged history.

"This is part of our heritage. This is part of what it took to settle this land. I cannot turn my back on that," he said.

Bravo Ed Vigil (Appropriately named!)

But wait, there's more:

Democratic lawmaker apologizes for suggesting women afraid of rape can’t be trusted with guns

Salazar, arguing in favor of disarming college students, 

said Friday on the Colorado House floor that women fearing rape may

suddenly and haphazardly ”pop a round at somebody.”

“It’s why we have call boxes; it’s why we have safe zones; it’s why we have the whistles — because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop a round at somebody,” Salazar said.

Despite Salazar’s support for giving women “the whistles,” his comment that women are more likely to shoot and kill people because they fear being raped has already sparked controversy in his home state.

Republican state Rep. Polly Lawrence, for example, responded with umbrage to Salazar’s assertion “that women don’t know when we’re going to be raped, that [women] can’t recognize when there’s an inherent danger.”

Really, you can't make this stuff up. But I'm sure there are plenty of sheep out there that think Salazar is a genius.

Finally -  the soiled white underwear of surrender: Colorado College Advises Vomiting Or Urinating To Stop Rapists After Lawmakers Pass Gun Control Bills

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Department of Public Safety has updated an online statement advising female students to consider a variety of unusual actions if they are attacked, including vomiting, urinating and claiming that they are menstruating.

"Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating," and "Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone."

... and people say the NRA has extreme ideas!

In one sentence they tell you that you are protected by plastic whistles and call boxes. In the next sentence they go Tex Antoine on you. It seems that the liberal remedy to all of life's ills is to just give up. I wish they'd give up their hair-brained attempt at destroying the Constitution.

We'll round it out with the blithering idiocy of David Frum

So many gun accidents occur because guns almost never indicate whether a bullet is present in the chamber. A gun owner might remove the gun’s magazine and believe the gun unloaded, when in fact it still contains one potentially deadly shot. Why not require guns to be equipped with indicator lights?

Is this guy for real? Indicator lights? Hey Dave, the first rule of Gun Safety: Treat all Guns as if they are loaded!

Why not require that guns be designed so that they will not fire if dropped?

Yes folks - David Frum is a blithering idiot.

Tom, our gracious host, has stated time and again that the "gun conversation" is completely one-sided. We need to be the adults in the conversation because people like Frum steer the talks right into churlish doltsville!

I will close with another immature ass-hat (shame on you WSJ!) ... here is hysterical nonsense from self-avowed liberal Democrat and "gun-guy" Dan Baum:

Believe it or not, what's missing from the current shout-fest over guns and gun control is the voice of gun owners.

Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook, but the NRA doesn't speak for the country's 100 million gun owners. If it did, it wouldn't have just four million members. Some "gun guys" (as I like to call them) probably support the NRA without joining, but if only 4% are signing up, it's safe to say a large majority of them want nothing to do with the NRA's angry extremism.

Who are these people? Screaming its head off? Sorry but even Wayne LaPierre has been remarkably composed and accommodating in tone when confronted by both the Kooks (Code Pink) and the Fake Gun Guys. Dan Baum should have quit writing this fiction after the first sentence. Again - Shame on You WSJ!

This drone has done nothing but repeat the specious talking points of the people that want to take away our rights! Take a deep breath Danny Boy, the only shrill screeching I've heard has come from the children's table, where you will have to reside for now. What upsets me most: I was sipping a delicious Bombay w/ Orange peel on the rocks with a lovely Cortez Cigar when I decided to read this dreck. Thank God for iBooks (and Derbtown for that matter).

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Everyone's favorite uncle can't seem to get enough (or give enough) Gun talk.

This is a guy that has round the clock security, sharpshooters, security guards etc...

He's probably had either private (yeah, right!) or Tax Payer Funded security ever since he first ran for President.

So Crazy Joe Biden hefting that thar Double Barrel Shotgun out the window doesn't seem like it has ever happened (maybe he plagerized an episode of Beverly Hillbillies?)...

It's his stock answer - "Get a Shotgun!" ... and then Joe says you just blindly and stupidly set-off both barrels and that'll scare the perps away!

Yeah - He's off his rocker.

Warning: the guy asking Crazy Joe the questions has a voice that would probably be more effective than two shotgun blasts.


 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Revisionist History: Presidents Day Edition



I used to enjoy the History Channel until it became another Reality Channel. That left H2 (the second History Channel)  to present programming that resembled history.
So it's Presidents' Day (Formerly known as Lincoln's Birthday) and I decide to watch H2's Ultimate Guide to the Presidents. It is to presidential history what fortune cookies are to Chinese philosophy.
Woodrow Wilson.
It's a simple biography, until those evil Republicans took over Congress in his second term. While H2 identified that the Democrats lost because ceding power to the League of Nations was not really a popular concept, and having the US become the "world police" we are today was also tough for a war weary America to stomach, they decided to make an interesting "stretch" into the cause and effect of future events.
Get ready folks:
Because the Republicans refused to accept the Treaty of Versailles as Woody wanted it, as a result, Germany endured severe economic hardship and that allowed for the Rise of Hitler.
... Wha?
I don't recall which "historian" H2 had deliver this bizarre bit of tripe, but maybe he shouldn't get any notoriety. For a historian to blame the actions of Congress in representing the will of the people as a direct cause to the rise of Hitler, he may have just came out and said: "the republicans had a freeze-dried batch of Hitler eggs... Like Sea Monkeys, and decided to unleash them upon the world because Wilson was a smart man that should have gotten his way, the will of the people be damned!"
The historian by the way is some guy named Steven Gillon. I guess in the age of twitter and texting, just stating the historical outcome in 45 words or less suffices for professional history.
So much for 24 hour History programming.
One benefits of the Information Age: I now have quite an extensive library of "real history"  and the classics   accessible - for free - on my iPad. I will close my evening reading Peary's account of his successful final race to the North Pole. I highly recommend it.
Who needs TV?


- "No Warrant" Home Inspection Proposed For Gun Owners

A bill has been proposed to allow law enforcement to enter the homes of gun owners without a warrant, to assure that they are in compliance with the new gun laws:

“In order to continue to possess an assault weapon that was legally possessed on the effective date of this section, the person possessing shall ... safely and securely store the assault weapon. The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection.”

Thankfully, it hasn't been proposed in NJ... yet.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

- Thinking About The Papacy

I really enjoy Mike Potemra's writing on religion.

In the NRO Corner, it tends to come in the kind of serving sizes I most enjoy. I've read Augustine and Assisi, and I flatter myself into believing that I got something out of both of them that you don't get in comparative theology 101 (Christianity is bad) class your freshman year of college.

But I don't lead a very religious life. It's the nature of my work to give empiricism the final say on all things. So if the data doesn't demonstrate it, I've learned not to believe in it. Regrettably I think that's bled into some of the other areas of my life where faith is more important.

I don't doubt for a minute that the human condition is dominated by what can for all intents and purposes be described as 'permanent truths'. And I'm equally sure that the Catholic Church is one of mankind's many flawed attempts to access that. But flawed as it may be (being run by flawed and mortal men) I think it's fair to say that it's been a lot more successful effort than most.

It's an old organization. It has been around for a very long time, and as a result has some very old rules. Modern liberals dismiss it as an archaic and useless institution, but this is delusional. In truth the church's global influence has steady grown through my lifetime even if they have had trouble making inroads into the 'Women's Studies' and Sociology departments of America's universities.

Anyway, this post from Mike about the the nature of the papacy, I think can be very instructive. Oh, not to liberals who are seriously wondering if there is any chance of the next pope being in favor of gay marriage and abortion. (The number of thing they need to completely misunderstand even to ask the question is kind of mind boggling). But to those who take the church and it's goals for humanity seriously, and in the process have asked serious questions about the nature of the papacy and the conflict between his secular and religious power. Take this quote:

I remember thinking, at the time of the 2005 election, that because John Paul II had not paid much attention to administrative issues and to the vicious internecine struggles within the Vatican wasps’ nest, it would be a good idea for the next Pope to be an insider who could take a firm hand. Ratzinger had been a Vatican insider for a quarter-century, and many observers — especially conservatives, who viewed him as a kindred spirit – thought he’d fit the bill: The “Vatican crackdown” so beloved of lazy headline-writers would finally occur in reality, and not least within the Vatican itself. (Remember all the crowing about how “the cafeteria is closed”? Seems like quite a while ago, doesn’t it?) Others, including me, thought the new Pope would be rather too shy and bookish to throw his weight around in this way, and to make his decisions stick. <>

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I agree with Bottum that the pontificate of Benedict XVI was a failure in some very significant ways, including some of the ones he mentions. But I view the matter from a rather different perspective: I think Ratzinger is not a Pope who failed and who should be faulted for that, but rather a man who was not cut out for the demands of the papacy, but accepted the job only because he thought it would be sinful to reject what appeared to be a calling from God.

It's tough to excerpt well so you really need to go read it. And if you really want to get the whole view, you need to also go read the Weekly Standard Article he mentions written by Jody Bottum.

I personally take a position closer to Mike's view. I've had some very limited dealings with the Vatican library years ago. And while there is obviously a deeply entrenched bureaucracy in the Vatican, I don't think it extends into the hearts of the Cardinals. I think the people that rise to that level of the modern church tend to be people who are fairly serious theological thinkers - even the weakest among them. They are not crafty politicians like those who rise to the top of secular governments. At least, it's not what defines them. My limited experience is that at the top of the church are people of genuine faith. they are not trying to fool anyone. they are in a word - true believers.

But if these articles are right, then maybe the church could do with someone who is a bit more skilled on the secular front.

Friday, February 15, 2013

- Who's On First: BLS Edition

My oldest friend in the world sent me this note today with the comment that it "sounds like us". For those of you who are in on that subtle secondary joke, please keep it to yourselves.

COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.

ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It's 7.8%.

COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?

ABBOTT: No, that's 14.7%.

COSTELLO: You just said 7.8%.

ABBOTT: 7.8% Unemployed.

COSTELLO: Right 7.8% out of work.

ABBOTT: No, that's 14.7%.

COSTELLO: Okay, so it's 14.7% unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, that's 7.8%.

COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 7.8% or 14.7%?

ABBOTT: 7.8% are unemployed. 14.7% are out of work.

COSTELLO: IF you are out of work you are unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, Obama said you can't count the "Out of Work" as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.

COSTELLO: BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!!

ABBOTT: No, you miss his point.

COSTELLO: What point?

ABBOTT: Someone who doesn't look for work can't be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn't be fair.

COSTELLO: To whom?

ABBOTT: The unemployed.

COSTELLO: But they are ALL out of work.

ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking and if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.

COSTELLO: So if you're off the unemployment roles that would count as less unemployment?

ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!

COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don't look for work?

ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That's how the current administration gets it to 7.8%. Otherwise it would be 14.7%. Our govt. doesn't want you to read about 14.7% unemployment.

COSTELLO: That would be tough on those running for reelection.

ABBOTT: Absolutely.

COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?

ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.

COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?

ABBOTT: Correct.

COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?

ABBOTT: Bingo.

COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to have administration supporters stop looking for work.

ABBOTT: Now you're thinking like the Economy Czar.

COSTELLO: I don't even know what the h--- I just said!

ABBOTT: Now you're thinking like our current President

- The Gun Industry Starts Shooting Back

York Arms has joined Olympic Arms in refusing to sell any further equipment to government and law enforcement (LE) in the state of NY:

Based on the recent legislation in New York, we are prohibited from selling rifles and receivers to residents of New York.

We have chosen to extend that prohibition to all governmental agencies associated with or located within New York.

As a result we have halted sales of rifles, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, machine guns, and silencers to New York governmental agencies.

For “civilian” customers residing in New York: At your choice, we will:

Complete your order and ship to a dealer of your choice outside of NY. Refund your payment in full.

Hold your items here for up to 6 months, at no charge – if you are in the process of leaving NY and taking residence in another state.

For LE/Govt customers in New York: Your orders have been cancelled.

The policies implemented recently by NY are unconstitutional, and I'm confident they'll be overturned... eventually. In the meantime however, I think we should all do what we can to support these companies in their effort to protect their own interests, and interests of gun owning law abiding Americans.

Here is their website:

York Arms

and here is Olympic Arms:

Olympic Arms

In NJ the assembly has begun debating it's own set of blatantly unconstitutional gun bans, including one law which will allow them to suspend your constitutional rights without due process of any kind. So if you're going to buy something from the companies above, better get get to it before you have that 'fishing accident' and all your guns are lost.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

- The End Of An Era

You heard it here folks. (Disco) Frank Lautenberg, will not be seeking reelection at the end of his term. Disco Frank was well known as one of the most devoutly anti-gun politicians in Washington, as well as managing to be on the wrong side of every historical even since the Kennedy assassination. Few men have done so much to so many with so little, and for so few good reasons.

That tiny light of liberty that once flickered in the hearts of ever New Jersey citizen can smolder just a touch warmer, knowing one of it's greatest enemies has, after too many decades, finally decided to throw in the towel.

It will be tough for the Democrat machine to find another candidate so willing to ride roughshod over the rights of NJ's citizens. But I'm sure they'll give it their best shot. Maybe they'll bring Bob (The Torch) Toricelli back at the last minute. What's one felony conviction among friends anyway? This is NJ.

So long Frankie - don't let the door hit you.

1,000 Words on Gun Ownership vs Homicides


Hat tip to Old Virginia Blog

- Obama's Platitudes On Guns

- Collateral Damage

I have confessed on multiple occasions that my worldview on this score is skewed, but in my experience, America's policemen are slightly less intelligent than average. Compared only to other civil servants, they may very well be above average, but not compared to the people that I deal with on a daily basis.

This of course does not make them bad people. I genuinely don't disparage anyone who is less intelligent than average any more than I do someone who is shorter than average. And in fact I have many friends and acquaintances who are policemen. As a rule 'the grunts' I find are pretty clear headed guys and have a worldview similar to my own. That makes them easy to get along with even if they may not have exemplary higher math skills. Not everyone needs to be great at everything, and calculus is used infrequently in law enforcement.

But modern America has adopted some cultural trends in policing that I find very troublesome. For instance, the various enforcement agencies of California finally tracked down the actual Chris Dorner, and in an affirmation of Patton's comment on the uselessness of fixed fortifications, burned him out of the house where he was holed up.

And it's a good thing they got to him when they did because the civilian body count was really beginning to stack up. In the process of searching for him they shot 3 people, killing one - a septuagenarian grandmother who they had somehow mistaken for the bulky ex military vet. In the process they gave rise to a cottage industry in "I'm Not Chris Dorner - Please Don't Shoot" T-Shirts and bumper stickers.

Meanwhile in New York City, the enforcement agents of the king of civilian disarmament Mike Bloomberg, shot 11 innocent civilians when called to confront a shooter at the Empire state building. They didn't kill any of them. Whether this is attributable to poor marksmanship or not, is still up for debate.

Then there is this story. A Baltimore police instructor shot a trainee in the head during an unauthorized training exercise. One can assume the training was in something other than firearm safety, but you never know.

This is certainly a trend. One cop accidentally shoots another. Cops "accidentally" shoot a convenience store worker. Cops sometimes even accidentally shoots themselves. One can assume those incidents really are 'accidents', but that offers no explanation for the civilian victims of the LAPD during the search for Chris Dorner.

Accidents happen, especially when you think the rules don't apply to you. Firearms safety is actually pretty simple if you are disciplined enough with it. But if you're someone who thinks that rules are for others and that you are enough of an 'expert' to not pay attention to them, you end up in the emergency room trying to explain to the police commissioner and your PBA rep why you were such an idiot.

I personally find the intentional but misplaced killings and shootings much more disturbing. Even worse, in this Chris Dorner case, reports are that the police intentionally burned down the building he was hiding in. For someone like me, that conjures images of the children who were bravely set on fire by federal officials during the Waco incident. And like that one, in this case 'due process' amounted to an incendiary grenade and a recruit with a good throwing arm. I appreciate that the police have the right to protect their own lives , but that seems a bit over the top to me. Maybe Dorner really did give them no choice, but I'm unconvinced so far.

Anyway, the real problem is cultural. We're approaching an end point. Soon everything will either be mandatory like health insurance, or forbidden like drinking from a 16 ounce cup. And since that kind of public regimentation involves making a whole lot of people do a whole lot of things that they would otherwise choose not to do, keeping order is going to involve the use of lots of force. That' s the way it has to be if we're all going to live in the magic rainbow world of progressive America with a unicorn in every pot. And when you have a bunch of heavily armed guys running around ignoring the safety rules and making up others as they go along, there is going to be some collateral damage.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

- Misinforming The Uninformed

USA today is a color printed daily that has a reputation for skipping across the surface of a story like a stone on a still pond. It will give you the highest level of the story so you can then tell people you 'know what's going on', but it would never give you enough detail to understand a story's context.

Compared to the NYTimes, that might actually be better, since no context also means no distorted context. But few would disagree, even on the left, that USAToday is the perfect news medium for today's 'low information' voter.

Which is why this story bothers me so much. Take this quote:

Physicists and economists led by Didier Sornette, chair of Entrepreneurial Risks at ETH Zurich, have developed models that can identify market bubbles and predict when they will burst. Sornette's team has successfully predicted several recent crashes, including the worldwide market crash in October 1997, the dot-com bust in April 2000 and the crash in September 2008.

This is completely false. The truth of the matter is that they have a process which "they claim" will predict market bubbles and has done so only on an ex-post "back-testing " basis. This is what we in the industry refer to as "fitting the curve". Their model will be next to useless in predicting the next 'bubble burst'.

Imagine that you want to write a computer program to fly a plane over the rocky mountains while using a minimum of fuel. It takes more fuel to increase your altitude so only doing so when you have to would make your computer model seem more efficient. If you REALLY custom cut your software to rise only when necessary, the results will look spectacular on paper. Make allowances for every tiny hollow, dry riverbed or broken tree, and your code will look amazingly accurate. But when you then tried to use your software to fly over the Alps and the dry riverbeds and broken trees weren't' where you expect them to be, you'd crash.

That's the principle behind over fitting. And in my opinion it's the most common problem in quantitative finance. It's at the point these days that we with experience can tell how badly something is overfit with just a few summary statistics. There is only so much information in the data. And inexperienced quants have a habit of mistaking data fitting for 'new discovery'.

Then there is this mammoth piece of wrongheadedness:

Economists already use some tools to try to identify bubbles, and the Federal Reserve uses its control over interest rates to try to avoid crashes. But these decisions would be even more effective if policymakers used the full range of predictive tools available, including those produced by Sornette's team.

Granted, doing so would be expensive. But if we consider what we spend on intelligence and defense, the resources needed to improve economic security are minuscule.

We have made this kind of investment in science before, with both the Manhattan Project in the 1940s and the space race in the 1960s. We need to make a similar commitment to financial research.

A big push for government funding is the LAST thing we actually need. There are already thousands of scientists and analysts out there right now trying to figure out how to 'predict' the next market bubble, but they work in the private sector. Some of them work for me. And only those who work in Physics and not markets have the intellectual vanity to make such a ridiculous claim. The data we analyze in the markets is qualitatively different from the data in physics. The rules that Physicists believe are universal (and are in physics) are not in finance. In other words, past results (more often than not) are no indication of future returns.

If the scientists above really could predict the next bubble, then they wouldn't need to go begging for funding from government. People would line up to buy their service in any form they were willing to sell it - and the regulators wouldn't need to use it because the markets would correct themselves. But the fact is they cannot predict it. That's why they go begging to government for funding - because there is no one else who will offer it to them unless they produce results.

People in government suffer from the same sort of intellectual vanity that physicists do. So the scientists who cannot produce results go to the people who do not require results, in order to waste a little public money on a fruitless effort, designed from the outset to fail. and when you want to sell this dubious mish mash of misunderstanding, you run to a publication like USA today and the low information voter. This is jus the kind of pointlessness that makes Snooki-Ameri cans feel like they've accomplished something and made the world better.

I got a resume the other day from an applicant that had spent his career in government and NGO's. He claimed he successfully predicted the last 7 market crisis. Billionaires (Paul Tudor Jones for example) have built entire careers upon having successfully predicted only one of those crashes, so it was a very bold claim to read from someone who had only worked in government. If it were true - even in part - then there was really no reason that I shouldn't have been working for him.

When I pressed him about it it turned out that he didn't actually predict a date, he didn't predict an amount, and he didn't predict the breadth of any of the things he said he did. In other words all he had done, was write a paper describing a vague market excess which will be unlikely to persist. That's the kind of thing that is common knowledge in the finance industry prior to any genuine market bubble. We all know it's there, what we don't know is when it will break.

That's all these physicists can tell us, but to them this is a revelation. It isn't. It's just the thing we all already knew.

We don't need an economic Manhattan project. A bunch of government funded academic intellectuals is the last thing we need mucking around where they aren't qualified. What we really need is for the government to get out of the way and let the rest of us get back to fixing the market ourselves. Physicists are generally smart people. But if the financial markets were as easy to "manage" as they believe, then we would have all those problems solved already. The author of this idiotic piece needs to learn humility. And he won't learn it by over fitting data in a government funded cocoon.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Worry About Google


Sometimes I look at what I have written and worry a little bit. I look at all of this stuff I posted about the Google Purge of David Petraeus and Kip Ward, and how the use of information stifled voices of dissent. Sometimes I think I might come off as pretty paranoid. Then I see a little something like this:
The real threat is that Google, or perhaps just a few people within the leadership of Google, may be quietly operating as a private intelligence agency for the left.
The information analysts and behavioral scientists are busy looking for better ways to predict how all sorts of subsets of individuals will behave. I do not doubt for one millisecond that some legislators, maybe for example Chuck Schumer, are listening carefully about collecting and managing information that wins elections.  They seem hard at work putting little noticed appropriations and authorizations in all sorts of legislation, so that their analysts and behavioral scientists are authorized to harvest and view more and more data.

At the end of the day, however, they are taking something that is mine - unique information. I think that whenever somebody uses my information, they should pay a tax.  Each time my information is passed from one machine to the next, a little more tax will be paid.  The amount of information tax that must be paid should be subtracted from my income tax liability.  I bet Google can figure out just how to do that.

SotU: Standing on Graves to Deliver the Speech

To hammer home his commitment to disarming the populace, Obama has selected victims of guns to attend the SotU tonight. He will point them out in the crowd to punctuate his remarks.
Notice that the attendees are gun victims rather than gun crime victims.
Please take a closer look:
(WASHINGTON) -- As a 16-year-old, Rep. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island was critically injured while working with the Warwick Police Department in the Boy Scout Explorer program.

A veteran officer handling a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol, not realizing a round rested in the chamber, pulled the trigger, bouncing a bullet off a metal locker and striking the teenager in the neck, severing his spinal cord.When President Obama prepares to begin his State of the Union address and looks out to his Cabinet, the Supreme Court and a sea of lawmakers Tuesday night, he’ll likely notice the seven-term Democrat off to his right sitting up front in a wheel chair.  But Langevin won’t be the only reminder in the House chamber of how guns can change the course of history.

What is the message? That this person was the victim of an accident where a police officer violated the cardinal rule of firearms safety? No - In Obama-World, Guns change lives. Here we have the president building a bridge out of wheelchairs and severed spines to span the fallacious chasm.
How is an unfortunate accident related to a criminal act? It's not, but it jerks tears and placates the wackiest gun-grabbers in the US. I don't believe the Brady Campaign even goes as far as to suggest that even Cops should be disarmed. But that's the take-away!

Langevin told ABC News’ chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl that he wanted to be sure there was a “heavy presence” of people who have been directly affected by gun violence in order “to really put a human face on the tragedy of gun violence.”

Really? An accidental discharge of a firearm in the hands of a police officer should now be considered gun violence? Oh, I get it... the anti-gun people say the guns alone are bad not the people that wield them.
Lets take this moronic twist of logic one step further.
To exploit even more victims, Langevin urged lawmakers to give seats to victims of violent gun crimes.
It's not about violent crimes, its about guns! Langevin was not the victim of a violent crime.
Langevin invited one of his constituents, Jim Tyrell, to attend the president’s address as his guest.  Tyrell’s sister, Debbie, was murdered in 2004 during a robbery at a convenience store she owned in Providence, R.I.  The shooter has never been caught.

Again - this was not because the presence of a gun killed his sister... she was in the wrong place at the wrong time and the wrong State since Rhode Island restricts the ability of a law abiding citizen to arm themselves.
The Gun-Nuts in American politics - the true Gun-Nuts that want to disarm Americans are going "all-in" on the victim appeal push.

The take-away before I even witness this purification of logic: The President and the Anti-2A Lawmakers are vile despicable creatures. They are ghouls that frequent fresh graves seeking body parts to build the facade of the agenda.

- Rise Of The Ninja Bureaucrat

A brilliant Deroy Murdock piece. Not to be missed.

Monday, February 11, 2013

- Cheering The Fall Of The West... Again

In southern California, a devoted Obama supporter and gun control advocate has allegedly snapped his leash and gone on a killing spree in retaliation for his being fired from the Los Angeles Police Department. They've been looking for him for days but he's managed to elude capture. And the hard left has responded by cheering him on.

Obviously I disagree with that. If he's really killed anyone, then he should be apprehended and made to face the courts. I say "if" only because I haven't been following the story closely. For all I know they have video of him confessing. I have no idea. But at this point in the evolution of America into 'top down' police state, I think a more accurate understanding of who the police are and what they're capable of would be better not worse.

This guy has a lot of problems with the police, and although he's crazy, I don't think he complaints all are. So if this narrative leads to a view of the police being lowered slightly in the public's eyes, then it looks to me like a silver lining. They are not saviors, they're just slightly less intelligent that average guys who are all allowed to shoot people..

I'm not cheering this guy by any means. I don't believe in killing people in retribution for peaceful acts like being fired from a job. I've been fired before and have never killed anyone. Nor has any of the long list of people (I think probably "everybody") who has been fired from a job. It's not a rational reaction, and if he did it then he's not a rational man. But the left is cheering him on anyway - which when you think about it, makes perfect sense.

Meanwhile, there are elements of the left (some would say large elements) whose only sentiment toward western civilization is to tear it all down. They think a civilization is built so easily that whatever comes next will be better for them than what they have now. They're wrong, but they can't see it. They don't realize that in the world of the future it would be them wearing the shock collar, and the people they hate holding the switch. They would still end up on the short end of the stick, but the stick would be stiffer, and they would get beat about the head and shoulders with it, every time they didn't wave the fan hard enough.

The people who need western civilization the most, are those very people who want to destroy it the most. Examine the occupy crowd, who I suspect make up the bulk of the Chris Dorner fans, are only able to get by in the world because the people who do the heavy lifting of western civilization have made it so easy for them. They are getting by through the use of politics to scalp someone else's productivity. And if they got their wish and it was all torn down, we would not enter a new paradise of peace and plenty. We would enter a time of restricted liberty and hardship - the brunt of which would be borne by people like them.

So they cheer Chris Dorner, an accused madman who actually started killing people because he seems to feel the same frustration they do. At this point, it looks like Dorner will end up either in prison or dead. Given the LAPD's long history of replacing civil rights with live fire, I'd bet on the latter. And the whole while those who hate America will cheer him even though it would bring on a future for them that wouldn't be appreciably better than that in any measurable way.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Information Wars


Now, let’s fast forward to the present. As a society, we expect rapid and massive technical innovation in the creation of physical objects. We measure the speed of directional changes in the allocation of resources for such innovations in milliseconds, rather than years. Our “Sharps” Shooters no longer have a range of 200 yards. A trigger pulled in Washington can hit a target in Islamabad. I keep coming back to the idea that we, as a society have reached a tipping point, but I feel at a total loss as I try to imagine where it may lead.

With the results of the election a couple of months ago, I took note of how a certain part of the winning team took their victory lap. Concededly, I was venturing into the realm of rank speculation. Nevertheless, it then rang true to me then that we were seeing the shape of things to come. In the Google Purges, aimed first at General Patreus, the Elite that Knows Me took information and used it as a weapon against those that served in our military. I saw this a prelude to the strategy the Obama administration would use as sequester approached.

This week, the only voice from the military side of things that one could hear in favor of our present levels of military spending was Leon Panetta. This was no principled dissent or voice of altruism. It was a carefully planned trap to move Republicans away from a “letting it burn” strategy through sequester. The rest of the military voices, however, stayed mute. So mute, that there was little to no voice in opposition to the “savings” that will result in the draw-down by 2/3 of our nuclear arsenal.

As the Greatest Generation drifts into the alluvium of history, so does the voice for strong national defense. I recently saw a sign that our flight from military might is inevitable. I went to see a band play on New Year’s Eve – a true guitar prodigy really. They were all guys in their 20’s, that played southern and 60’s music.  It was a three piece band, with no percussion.  The bass player was really that good.  The keyboard was an electric organ that used a mechanical tone wheel, which gave them a Greg Allman type sound.

There it was, stuck on the organ - a “Ron Paul” sticker.  My friend, a major liberal, said that his son, a brilliant 18 year old kid probably on his way to med school, loves Ron Paul. He communicates with all sorts of like-minded people from the safety of his bedroom. To this generation, it seems that Ron Paul is what I would call "cool."  At 52 years, I am too old now to know the current analog to that expression.  My liberal friend said his son and his friends say that anything is better than these people in Washington. I said, “No, they realize that nothing is better than these people in Washington.” So as I see it, the future holds little promise for our American military.   

The evidence of this trend is all around this week. “[T]he decision this week to delay deployment of the USS Harry Truman aircraft carrier strike group to the Middle East was to adjust to funding for the 2013 fiscal year.” The Navy is delaying work on the USS Abraham Lincoln.  I see it as no coincidence that the old enmity between the Chinese and Japanese seems to be on the rise, as we can see by the misfortunes of a few poor fishermen. There are no powerful dissenting views that I have seen today that say the decline in the American military will make the world less safe.

I can only wonder whether our ability to acquire and process information will be enough to maintain our security, as we stand on the brink of the savaging of our American military material might.  After all, with our low information voters, what we have been calling here the Snookie mentality, the most important question is what would Carrie Bradshaw say about all of these military thingies?  Don't we have drones to do what those aircraft boats thingies do?

Today, it is about information. As Tom pointed out early on, the Feinstein Bill is basically dead on arrival. However, deep within this new legislation, the Elite that Knows Me seeks what they believe to be the real gem. Your information - because that will ensure your silence.

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00:06 EST, 10 February 2013 - Webb said his sources in the FBI told him federal agents wanted to close down their investigation when they learned that nothing illegal had happened, but they were told to keep digging. The FBI investigators, Webb says, never wanted to out Petraeus' affair.  Into what? - 20,000 pages of email.  From where?  

02/09/2013 23:17 - February 3, Nan'an, Fujian Highway 308, artillery units practical exercise for several days. February 3 to 6, Fujian, Xiamen, Zhangzhou, Huzhou, a large troop movements, nearly 100 vehicles of various types of military vehicles, armored vehicles, artillery filled the entire road, endless, Xiamen and even the scene of a traffic jam 10 kilometers. In addition, on February 3 in Shiyan, Hubei, a large number of tanks, wheeled military base from Shiyan room counties is delivered to the coastal areas.

A War Over Gun Control


Economic history, my collegiate academic fascination, focuses upon the adaptation of societal institutions to technical innovations. The American legal history of the right to keep and bear arms can be traced back to the deposition of King James II, who prevented Protestants from owning firearms. The English constitutional right that “Protestants may have Arms for their Defence suitable to their Conditions and as allowed by Law” then served as the model for the American Bill of Rights.

Here in the States, however, firearms were not stored in a castle “keep” with villiens, as part of their required service, bearing the cost to maintain them. The Militia Acts in most colonies required property owners, slaves excluded, to maintain a firearm. After Yorktown, however, when the Continental Congress could not pay our soldiers, they then had their firearms “for keeps.” In America, we lost the notion that keeping arms meant that one must bear the cost to store them in a castle keep.  Americans replaced that British conception with the idea that "keeping," as that word is used in the Second Amendment, meant ownership of personal property, not a power to tax in the form of service to a lord.

The prosperity that ordered liberty brought to the states during the 60 or so years that followed the adoption of the Constitution yielded technical innovation in the manufacture of firearms such as interchangeable parts and mass production. I have argued here that the mass production of the Sharps Carbine tipped the balance in Bleeding Kansas toward the final rejection of that horrendous English belief that certain people enjoy a right to greater freedom than others. Yet, as one state copied the Militia Act of another, slaves were prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The uniquely American idea, ultimately antithetical to the complete deprivation liberty, of a personal right to keep and bear arms, brought the United States to a violent tipping point.  This came, however, only after the relative cost of firearms made them widely available to more than those landed men who were required to participate in the militias. In the days that Kansas formed as a state, abolitionist Protestants, armed with Beecher’s Bibles, opposed those who sought to keep slaves:
We therefore accept the weapons, also, and like our fathers, we go with the Bible, to indicate the peaceful nature of our mission, and the harmless character of our company, and a weapon to teach those who may be disposed to molest us (if any such there be), that while we determine to do only that which is right, we will not submit tamely to that which is wrong.
Letter of C.B. Lines to Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, March 31, 1856
The inhabitants of the Kansas territory thus saw the impact of abolitionists armed with the Sharps Carbine. The people of Kansas thereafter adopted the Wyandotte Constitution, that declared, “The people have a right to bear arms for their defense and security,” and that, “There shall be no slavery in this State, and no involuntary servitude, except for the punishment of crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” As a result, after October 4, 1859, a person of any color, just across the river from slave plantations in Missouri, could possess the mighty Sharps Carbine.

The Kansas-Nebraska Act, which gave those territories their own right to decide whether to be pro-slave or not, fractured the Whig Party in two, giving rise to the birth of the Republican Party. United States admitted Kansas as a state on January 29, 1861. The Congressional legislative balance between free and slave states then forever tilted toward liberty.  On Friday, April 12, 1861, at 4:30 a.m., Confederate batteries opened fire on Ft. Sumpter.

By 1856, Smith & Wesson began to manufacture the Model 1 that used a bored through revolver housing and a metal jacketed cartridge. That machine makes slavery impossible. The fight between the states, as I see it, was between entrenched economic interests that could not resolve who was a “person” who could keep and bear increasingly less expensive and more effective firearms. The Civil War was fought over gun control.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

-Benghazi: Panetta Throws Hillary Under the Bus

No Word from Hillary During Benghazi Attack

Neither the secretary of defense nor the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke to the secretary of state during the 8-hour attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. At a Thursday hearing in the Senate, Republican Ted Cruz asked both Leon Panetta and Martin Dempsey, "In between 9:42 p.m., Benghazi time, when the first attacks started, and 5:15 am, when Mr. Doherty and Mr. Woods lost their lives, what conversations did either of you have with Secretary Clinton?"
"We did not have any conversations with Secretary Clinton," Panetta responded.
"And General Dempsey, the same is true for you?" Cruz asked. Dempsey confirmed this.

...and where was Obama?
Panetta said that Obama left operational details, including knowledge of what resources were available to help the Americans under seize, "up to us."
In fact, Panetta says that the night of 9/11, he did not communicate with a single person at the White House. The attack resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Panetta said that, save their 5 o'clock prescheduled meeting with the president the day of September 11, Obama did not call or communicate in anyway with the defense secretary that day. There were no calls about the what was going on in Benghazi. He never called to check-in.

What about military support?
General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the State Department never requested "support" in Benghazi:

While the delusional leftists told us that Hillary's Benghazi testimony was "her finest hour", the damning testimony above erases any credibility to her testimony and the representations of the CiC.

Apparently Panetta testifies that the US was running Arms to Syria (from Libya via Turkey).

If so:

Perjury?

How anyone would consider this person "capable" of leading the nation is beyond me, but points to the reality that our current administration has significantly lowered the bar.

... at least John Kerry will be there to "right the ship"!?!?!