Saturday, February 28, 2004

Our slide into Third-World status is starting already?

Via WorldNet Daily:

I've long thought many of our policies had the potential to lead us down the path toward "Third-Worldism", but I have to admit being a bit surprised to see it starting so soon. Portland, OR has legalized a group of shanties constructed by homeless people as a campground.

I think too many Californians have moved to Oregon.

And lest anyone think my crack about a "criminal justice system" is out of line...

Via WorldNet Daily:

17-year-old gets death penalty for aggravated battery. No, not really, but that's the way it worked out. He may have been a bad kid; I have no way of knowing the full details. But did he deserve to die, especially this death, for aggravated battery? I don't think so.

You haff no papers?! Zis vay to ze camps...

I saw this website about a week ago in a Usenet post. It's about a Nevada rancher, Dudley Hiibel, a run-in with The Law and a fight over the Constitution.

I wasn't going to post about it at first. After watching the video, I thought everyone involved in this situation was a bunch of ill-behaved idiots, and that this was a poor case to take to the US Supreme Court. To my eyes, even though I agree with his viewpoint, Hiibel isn't exactly a sympathetic character. But, given the rarefied atmosphere of that court, maybe that doesn't make a difference. So I hoped.

But this item at Wired has changed my thought, and I feel I must once again blog. That's because the logic that the Supreme Court will use to uphold the lower courts' findings that you must show identification to the police when demanded is laid out for all to see:

"Knowing someone's identity is a very important part of police investigation," Hobson said. "It can allow them to quickly find people who are criminals." "Hobson" is Charles Hobson, an attorney for the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation. (Parenthetically, let me observe how apt the term "criminal justice" has become in the modern United States.)

"...it was a necessary and not overly intrusive tool in fighting crime and terrorism." That's the Nevada Solicitor General's Office and the National Association of Police Organizations in their amicus curiae.

I hope I'm wrong, but I fully expect another little piece of our freedom to be nibbled away. This is the same sort of nonsense that has been used in the last 30-odd years to justify all sorts of invasions of our privacy and attack on our rights. "It's reasonable." "It's necessary." "It's for the children."

Froggy, is that pot getting warm yet?

Friday, February 27, 2004

Nothing succeeds like success

After months of hoop-la, condemnation by people who could not possibly have seen the film and "What did the Pope say and when did he say it?", Mel Gibson's long awaited "The Passion of the Christ" premiered Wednesday, grossing $26,600,000 on its first day--the third highest Wednesday premier in history.

And surprise, surprise, surprise (apologies to Gomer Pyle), the critics are starting to back off.

There are still charges of anti-Semitism. I haven't seen the movie, and I'll reserve my judgment until I can get tickets and make a first-hand judgment.

You just have to love Hollyweird, though. They hate it; they sort of like it; and I bet in a month they just love it. Freaking' hypocritical losers.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

You gotta love it

There is a growing chorus of yapping, led by the Congressional Black Caucus (you mean they aren't the hyphenated-American Caucus?) and the braying jackasses of the major media, for yet another US intervention in Haiti.

Now I understand that Haiti is a poor county, and could use some help. Look up the phrase "Third World Hell-Hole" in a dictionary, and it says "See Haiti". I know that Haiti is a stop for drugs destined for the US, and a source of illegal immigrants. Those are problems that warrant our concern. But we've tried to help in Haiti before, and saying we've had mixed results is putting it politely.

When we went to Afghanistan and Iraq, these same groups, along with a lot of others, wrung their hands over the issue of obtaining a UN (spit) mandate before we took any unilateral action. Now let me go over that one again--they wanted us to get UN mandate before we went out and whacked the people who aided and abetted those who conducted 9-11.

Now these same groups want unilateral action in Haiti, and damn the UN (spit) mandates. Get in there and prevent a "bloodbath". Never mind that we've seen no evidence of a bloodbath, either occurring or considered. Never mind that bathing in blood, along with various other sorts of inhumanities, are the national sport in such places. Never mind that while we have some legitimate concerns in Haiti, there are probably easier, safer and yes, less expensive ways, in terms of our own blood and treasure, to handle the situation.

I wonder how many muzzles it would take to silence these hypocrites? I'll pony up for the first gross. Better yet, I think we ought to give these concerned citizens free transportation (I'd offer weapons & ammo, but these morons are also antigun) to Haiti, and let them handle the situation.

"Hanoi John"? I LIKE IT!

Don Bendell, a Vietnam veteran and former Special Forces member, pens this opinion of presidential pretender John Kerry. You'll have to scroll down the page a bit, but it's worth the effort.

Don, I appreciate and honor what you and your comrades did in Vietnam. Like you, I don't appreciate what Hanoi John did and is doing. Let's both work to be sure he doesn't get away with it.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

I don't care if it's true or not...

It's just too good. Got this from Jerry Pournelle's website, then tracked it's home to Global Specops.

A U. S. Army Special Forces patrol.

Sometimes all the technology is just...well,.....cool.

"So we are up in the mountains at about 0100 hrs looking for a bad guy that we thought was in the area. Here are ten of us, pitch black, crystal clear night, about 25 degrees. We know there are bad guys in the area, a few shots have been fired but no big deal. We decided that we need air cover and the only thing in the area is a solo B-1 bomber.

He flies around at about 20,000 feet and tells us there is nothing in the area. He then asks if we would like a low level show of force. Stupid question....we of course give him an emphatic yes.

The controller who is attached to the team then is heard talking to the pilot. The pilot asks if we want it subsonic, or supersonic? Another stupid question. Pilot advises he is twenty miles out, and stand by. The controller gets us all sitting down in a line and points out the proper location.

You have to picture this. Pitch black, ten operators sitting down, dead quiet and overlooking a valley about 30 miles long. All of a sudden, way out (below our level) you see a set of four 200 foot white flames coming at us. The controller says, "Ah-- guys-- you might want to plug your ears". Faster than you can think a B-1, is going supersonic, 1000' over our heads, blasts the sound barrier and it feels like God just hit you in the head with a hammer. He then stands it straight up with 4 white trails of flame coming out and disappears.

Cost of gas for that: Probably $50,000

Hearing damage: For certain

Bunch of Al Qaeda and Taliban thinking twice about shooting at us: Priceless"

Monday, February 23, 2004

The downhill slide continues

Here's another case that documents how our own government (you know, the one "by the people, for the people") doesn't trust its own citizens and won't hesitate to use strong-arm tactics to intimidate those who have the temerity to speak out and question its actions.

David Codrea is a well-known author on various gun-related subjects. He has recently noted, as have many others, the on-going hypocrisy in San Francisco relating to gay marriages performed in contravention of state law. He had the apparently poor taste to write the mayor, the judge who refused to stop them and the acting police chief and call them on it. They in turn had the SFPD call him (luckily for him, he's out of their jurisdiction) and also had his local PD pay him a visit.

This sort of action by elected and unelected public officials really gripes my ass. Now I'm not sure if I give a happy do-dah about gay marriage, in San Francisco or anywhere else. But I do give that happy do-dah when those same officials decide that they can flout the law--any law--just because they disagree with it. Down that road lies anarchy.

I'm not sure what if anything can be done about the judge, unless he's elected (The you vote the bastard out!). But I refuse to believe that there isn't a law in California that couldn't be used to deal with the mayor and the acting chief. Of course, there may not be the backbone to do so.

I am so fortunate to not live in California. At least around here (NC), elected officials have some respect for the law.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Well, with Dean out...

The far-out left has to have a candidate--and it's Ralph Nader to the rescue!

This ought to be interesting.