Thursday, March 30, 2006

Free pass?

(Via Drudge)

A hypothetical situation: I'm visiting Washington, DC on business (a pilgrim in an unholy land, to steal a phrase) and I'm in the Capital Building. I walk around a metal detector, then I punch a Capital cop when he tries to stop me. Question: How long will it be before I'm swarmed by police, arrested and charged?

Not very long at all, I'd wager. However, if you're 6 term Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), you not only get a free pass on the assault charge, but you get to "counsel" your asassaultee, his boss, and his boss's boss on the error of their ways.

Question: How long will the citizens of Georgia put up with a nutball like this?

Drudge claims that this is all on tape, and I'd almost bet on that being correct. He also notes that "The cop is pressing charges, and the USCP (United States Capitol Police) are waiting until Congress adjourns to arrest her, a source claims." Question: Why wait? If she broke the law and you have evidence to prove it, why wait at all?

If you're given a free pass because of your race, your sex, your social status or the fact that you changed your hair, then the lesson being taught is that, contrary to my civics classes, there are people above the law.

Question: What happens when laws are disobeyed on a large scale, not by those with the free passes, but because those without think they can get away with it as well?

(FOXNews article here.)

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

As promised--more ATF horror stories

CNS News has a report on yesterday's continuation of the House hearing on the ATF's conduct:

Congress Told of More ATF Abuses, Reforms Suggested

Not surprised are you? Let's get to the highlights:

A Tucson, AZ police lieutenant who bought a gun as a gift for a friend, was hounded by the ATF for months, indicted, found innocent by a jury that deliberated less than 1 hour, and has found that his career is utterly ruined.

An ATF audit of an FFL holder that found 99.96% of his paperwork filled out correctly. For an error rate of 0.04%, ATF revoked his license for a "willful violation" of their requirements.

And once again, the subcommittee chairman, Rep. Howard Coble of North Carolina, refused to believe the facts before his own eyes:

"ATF should not waste valuable resources worrying about ministerial errors committed by licensees," Coble said. "Rather, they should focus, it seems to me, on those licensees who willfully violate the laws and regulations and pose a threat of significant harm."


"Prosecutions that are aimed at only padding case statistics - and I'm not suggesting that that's done, but if it is done - not only waste government resources but can also tarnish a law-abiding citizen's reputation as well, and cause individuals severe financial distress," Coble said.

And this man is considered a conservative Republican. Note to the Republican Party--This is why you're going to lose my vote next election. You people don't seen to remember who your voters are and what they value.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Oh lord, I'm nauseous

According to Sharon Stone (not a noted political commentator as far as I've heard), Hillary Clinton is "too sexy" to be President.



Oh Ga-a-a-a-a...splat

dribble, dribble...spit


Not aga-a-a-a-a-a...splat




Oh geeze, I feel better.

More ATF hearings

Demands on my time being what they are, I missed word that their would be more hearings on the ATF and their various and sundry actions. As soon as I can find some articles, transcripts or other useful information, betcha I'll have a few comments.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Running on batteries

I had to buy some new batteries for our cellphones this week, after the old ones started to undeniably show their age by failing to hold a decent charge.

A trip to Froogle turned up Cellphone Battery Warehouse, and a few minutes later the batteries were ordered. (Bear in mind, I have no connection with either, except as a user of one and a satisfied customer with a single transaction of the other.)

Besides the batteries, Cellphone Battery Warehouse included a great little instruction sheet with the batteries. For those of the Survivalist persuasion, it's full of little nuggets of good information.

There's a lot of contradictory information about batteries, and I was grateful to get some information from folks who deal with them on a daily basis.

Slightly edited and reworded, here are their words 'o wisdom on Ni-MH (nickel metal hydride) and Li-Ion (Lithium Ion) batteries:

Battery Storage
Store batteries in a cool, dry place away from metal objects. If you plan on storing the battery for future use, store the battery at partial charge. Batteries are not intended to be stored for more than one year.

If you have multiple batteries for an application, rotate the batteries regularly. Remember that NiMH batteries will self discharge and should be deep cycled every 3 months.

Batteries prefer a shallow discharge . The number of cycles in a battery's life is dependent on type, use and depth of discharge per cycle. NiMH batteries typically have a life of 200-300 discharge cycles. Li-Ion batteries have a life of 500-1000 cycles.

Dirty battery contacts are the number one cause of charging problems. Clean contacts with rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab when needed.

Use the correct charger and charging procedure for the type of battery you're charging. Ni-cads (nickel cadmium) batteries require a different charging procedure from No-MH batteries, and both have a different procedure from Li-Ion batteries.

Ni-MH batteries get relatively hot when charging, but Li-Ion batteries should not. If a Li-Ion battery gets hot while charging, check the battery and the charger.

Charge the battery (regardless of type) for 8-12 hours on the first 3-5 charges.

Special Procedures for Ni-MH Batteries
For the first three charging cycles, be sure to charge the battery fully (overnight) and discharge it fully before charging. This properly conditions the battery and ensures it operates at its maximum capacity.

Ni-MH batteries need to be deep cycled every three months or 40 charge cycles to prevent a "memory effect" from developing.

There are no special procedures for Li-Ion batteries.

Lucky kids

(Via WorldNet Daily)

Some students from the Fernandina (FL) Beach High School are really lucky--their student film production, shooting a scene at a local post office, was mistaken for a crime in progress, and a full SWAT response ensued.

On Thursday evening, the teens packed into the building with their costumes, scripts and fake plastic guns.

A patron at a bar across the street apparently missed the film equipment, only saw the plastic guns, and called the police.

"We respond as if [there was a] felony crime in in progress," said Lt. Jim Coe with Fernandina Beach Police.

Luckily, the first person to exit the building was the postmaster, who was unarmed (either with a real or a fake gun) as was able to explain the situation to the police.

Here's the kicker:

Officers say charges against the students are unlikely, but they might be asked to reimburse the police department.

Well, I hope charges are unlikely, but they're going to have to reimburse the police for doing their job?

Next thing you know, we'll have to pay a fee if we ask the cops to show up and investigate a break-in.