Friday, April 27, 2007

A handy site has batteries of all descriptions, plus a variety of LED lighting products and quite a few things that sort of go along with the "stored power" motif.

I haven't ordered anything yet, but if I keep looking around much longer I'm going to get sucked in--I can just feel it.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

A little something that made my day

So I'm on the way home, and I'm behind soccer mom in her SUV. You can see mom driving and the head of a kid in the back seat. All of a sudden, I see a toy-sized M4gery and a toy-sized lever action rifle waving in the air, obviously held by the kid. Mom just keeps on concentrating on her driving.

I ease over to the other lane and manage to get beside her to confirm it's a soccer mom and not a soccer grandmom. Yep, definitely a soccer mom. Young and good-looking to boot. Drives well. Lets her kids play with toy guns.

My kind of lady.

Thanks, morons

Just what gun owners and those of us who aren't exactly in love with our government need:

Feds Raid Alabama Militia Group, Uncover Small Weapons Arsenal

That on top of these assholes, who may or may not have been agent provocateurs (Uncle says no, but with due respect, I remain unconvinced.):

Way to go, dipshits. You've just set us back 20 years.

Oh yeah--it's "hanged", not "hung".

A sign of hope?

(Via Timebomb 2000)

Remember the 92 year old woman, shot to death in her home in Atlanta last winter by police executing a "no knock" warrant?

These three cops are going to remember it, for a good, long time.

They "let" the mentally ill avoid the "gun list"?

The Raleigh News and Observer is reporting that "N.C. lets mentally ill avoid gun list". Of course, the tone is immediately that this is bad and that somehow NC is doing something wrong.

Reading the article brings out that writers complaint is that certain mental health records are covered by state privacy statutes, and that this information can not be legally forwarded to the FBI for inclusion into the NICS system. The article also totally ignores HIPPA privacy requirements, which may or may not bear on the issue of releasing medical records without proper authorization.

This article helpfully points a loophole in the law that local sheriffs can use to "backdoor" this information into the NICS system. (NC sheriffs have commendably been sparing in its use--319 times in 9 years.)

I'm not quite sure what to make of this issue. As a very ardent supporter of the Second Amendment, I'm really big on that "shall not be infringed" thing. At the same time, the realist in me doesn't want to see whackjobs like
Seung-Hui Cho given access to firearms--especially when there are so many places that I can't legally carry a gun to defend myself.

Discussion, anyone?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A letter to the NRA

I received the following from Grass Roots North Carolina.. It originally came from Gun Owners of America.

The biggest gun battle of the year is about to erupt on Capitol Hill. Fueled by the recent Virginia Tech shootings, an odd coalition is forming to help expand the number of honest people who now won't be able to buy a gun.

The legislation has been introduced by none other than the Queen of Gun Control herself, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY). But she has picked up a key ally, as the bill (HR 297) is being pushed by a powerful gun group in Washington, DC.

On Friday, The Washington Post reported on the strange coalition. "With the Virginia Tech shootings resurrecting calls for tighter gun controls," the Post said, "the National Rifle Association has begun negotiations with senior Democrats over legislation to bolster the
national background-check system."

Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), who was once on the NRA Board of Directors but resigned when he supported and voted for the Clinton semi-auto ban in 1994, is reported to be "leading talks with the powerful gun lobby in hopes of producing a deal ," Democratic aides and lawmakers told the newspaper.

Rep. McCarthy admitted to the Post that her "crusades" for more gun control have made her voice "toxic" in gun circles. "So Dingell is handling negotiations with the NRA," the newspaper reported. "Dingell is also in talks with Sens. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (Wis.), the senior Republican on the House Judiciary Committee."

In response to this news, I've sent the following to the NRA vial the NRA Institute for Legislative Action:

It's being reported in the Washington Post that the NRA is working with Rep. John Dingell who has "hopes of producing a deal" on some form of gun control legislation in the wake of the Virginia Tech murders.

It's also being reported that this deal may involve as much as $1 billion in grants to allow state and local governments to add names to the NICS check system. This is supposed to help keep people like the VT shooter from successfully buying guns from FFLs.

This sort of legislation is unacceptable, as it has the potential allow "gaming" of the NICS system. While we may all wish to believe that it wouldn't happen, history show differently. Even now, certain elements wish to open the NICS check information for this and that "good cause", and they're perfectly willing to dance in the blood of innocent victims in order to reach this goal.

As a relatively new member of the NRA, but one who has successfully recruited others to join as well, I'm asking you to actively work against any flavor of anti-gun or potential anti-gun legislation, now and in the future. Accept no compromises on our Second Amendment rights.

I will be watching this subject closely, and I assure you that any future contributions as well as my continued membership in the NRA hinges on taking a "no compromise" position on any proposed anti-gun legislation.

Those of you who are NRA members need to keep an eye on this issue along with me. While I hope the NRA has changed from its old "accept this or it may be worse" mindset, I'll lay money that there are still those in the organization who are mired in that mindset. We're going to need to keep their feet to the fire on this one.

I'm from the Thought Police

And I'm here to fire you. Nicholas Winset, professor at Emmanuel College, has apparently gotten himself fired for having the temerity to question the prevailing wisdom. Gunner at No Quarters has the full story, along with links to the prof's video rebuttal.

Foolish leftists. How will you fight your revolution without guns?

Potty Talk

OK, there's no nice way to put this, so you might as well be humorous:

U.S. singer plans to wipe away global warming

Yes America, singer Cheryl Crow thinks limits on how much toilet tissue can be used in a sitting is going to save trees, end global warming, and achieve world peace.

Yeah, I'm joking on the last one. Yesterday, I thought she was joking on the first two, so I let this one go by. Today, I think she's actually serious, so time to say something.

Her plan is that if we'd just stick to 1 square (3 if it's a dirty job) of toilet tissue all will be right in the world. Oh, and wipe your mouth on your sleeve (as long as you buy her new clothing line) instead of using a napkin. (My son will be thrilled.)

Cheryl, WTF are you thinking? Are you thinking? Sweetheart, you win The Freeholder Award for "Most Ignorant Environmental Statement of The Year", and it's only April, for cryin' out loud. I'm so confident that no one will be able to top this nut-ballery that I'm closing the contest now.