Friday, February 17, 2006

Carnival, the mighty carnival...

The Carnival of Cordite #48 is up at RWVA. Cabinboy has done an excellent job, even dredging up one of my old blog entries to illustrate a point. (I'm flattered.)

There is a major story on the violation of a citizen's Second Amendment rights by a Louisiana law enforcement agency that you shouldn't miss. Ninth paragraph. A Must Read.

Wake for an Indian warrior

(Via Heartless Libertarian)

I won't sully this with my thoughts. Go read.

Another victory for freedom

(Via the Captain's Quarters)

Well, it seems our neighbors to the north have realized that their billion dollar (Canadian, I suppose) gun registration scheme isn't working, will never work and is actually causing more crime than it solved (and no, I'm not talking about all those intelligent folks who told their government to take a hike and refused to register their guns).

And apparently, they're going to have more to be angry about than just the fact it didn't work:

Canadians will be shocked by the true cost of the federal government's ill-fated gun registry, says new Public Security Minister Stockwell Day.

As an old, old friend of mine used to say, "Better to be pissed off than pissed on." Seeing which end of the stream Canadian gun owners have been on for the last few years, I'd say get cleaned up and get angry--then make 'em pay for what they've done to you.

(Read the Captain's thoughts on the subject here.)

Wisdom of the Ages

GuyK at Charming, Just Charming has 27 thoughts for you to ponder. I'd swear I've seen/heard these before, but they're too good to miss.

My three favorites:

8. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
14. How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis? Raise my hand.
24. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

BATF hearings--read all about it

The BATF hearings before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security took place yesterday, as advertised. Reports are that very few people actually got to see the video, reasons unknown. As the Mountain Man said, "I hope it was because so many people were trying to see it."

Transcripts are available. You can read Annette Gelles', the owner of Showmasters, testimony here; John White's, owner of The Gunsmith, testimony here; and James Lalime's, an attendee at the show, testimony here.

Spread the word.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Hello, University of Oregon visitor

I was checking the stats today, and I note that I had a visitor from the University of Oregon, no doubt drawn by this post.

For those of you who don't want to click, it's about Gullyborg's (who handles the Carnival of Cordite) little adventure last weekend at the University of Oregon, where a bunch of our big-hearted government employees were falling all over themselves to help illegal aliens get matricula consular cards and sign up for welfare.

I suspect they got here by following the trackback links from his Carnival of Cordite #47. That's cool.

I hope you enjoyed what I had to say about your actions. Were you surprised when you saw I was one of the more charitable responses?

It really jerks my chain. Everyone, and I mean everyone, in the US is a descendant of immigrants. Even our "Native Americans" aren't native--they immigrated. Man did not evolve on this continent. But most of our ancestors came here legally, at least under whatever system was in place. And they didn't have the benefit of welfare--they came here looking for a better life, and they damn well worked for it. They worked in sweatshops, they worked in mines, they worked on railroads, they fought their way west and farmed, they worked in the lumber industry, they started stores and so on. Nobody gave them squat, except for a hard time because they were Irish, or Chinese, or Finns or whatever.

(Yes, I'm leaving out the slaves and the few tranportees we had. Special cases. Slavery and involuntary transportation of criminals for labor are abominations. Our lowest impulses getting acted out. Happens.)

These people are not special, and they have no more right to come here than anyone else who wants to immigrate. If they want to come, let them do it the right way--get a visa, get a work permit, come, learn the language, work hard and get ahead--in that order. I'll be happy to stand there at your swearing in as a citizen and bid you congratulations--you've figured out the dream that is America.

If they'd rather their first act was a crime (face it, coming here the way they do is a crime in this country, whether the law is enforced or not), then I don't think we need them. We definitely don't need to be putting them on welfare--we need to be sending them back home and securing our borders.

Of course, that won't happen. Neither Democrats nor Republicans nor Libertarians want to secure our borders or truly deal with our immigration problems, though for different reasons.

That means that all those people who think like me (and I'll be you lunch there are more of us than there are of you, oh U of OR folks) are going to sit around and stew and say nasty things about you.

You may want to get used to it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Thank you

(Via TB2K)

OK, it's a tearjerker. Go watch it anyway.

If you're curious, here's the backstory.

Care to see sausage made?

As noted a few days ago, there will be congressional hearing on the BATF Richmond, VA/Showmasters gun show hoopla from last year. The Free Market News Network reports that the hearings will indeed be webcast at 4:30 PM tomorrow, February 15.

You can get to the webcast from this page. If we're really lucky, we'll get to hear the story from the horse's...mouth.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Carnival of Cordite #47 and more

Gullyborg was a little late getting the Carnival up this week. Click here to see why, after removing everything breakable from easy reach.

"Illegal aliens" my ass. How about "invasion"? Assisted by our faithful government employees, no less. In the words of the great du Toit, "Traitors, rope, tree. Some assembly required."

Oh yeah, the Carnival--it's right here.

I'm pissed, so I'm going to go clean guns now.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

ATF's "purported expertise"

You have to love it when a US Court of Appeals has the following to say to the ATF on the subject of their jihad to regulate the model rocketry hobby out of existence:

The problem in this case is that ATFE's explanation for its determination that APCP deflagrates lacks any coherence. We therefore owe no deference to ATFE's purported expertise because we cannot discern it. ATFE has neither laid out a concrete standard for classifying materials along the burn-deflagrate-detonate continuum, nor offered data specific to the burn speed of APCP when used for its 'common or primary purpose.' On this record, the agency's decision cannot withstand judicial review.

You can get the full story from the guys who beat them, the National Association of Rocketry, here. Nice work, guys.