Saturday, July 21, 2007
Quick! Someone call the Wa-a-a-abulance!
Personally, I hope the whole bunch of them get nailed. If one of us did this, they would be the first in line to participate in the burning at the stake.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
From a survival standpoint, I've long expected any sort of TEOTWAWKI event to involve a global economic collapse. The trigger event isn't as important as the idea that things would go completely to hell and probably not really recover to the level of security and comfort we now have.
It would seem that even the Powers That Be are starting to take note that this could happen. A little late, but maybe not so late that we can't begin doing some things to make it less likely to happen or less damaging if it should.
It started with a simple question by Samuel Bodman, the energy secretary: "What does the future hold for oil and natural gas supply?"
The query was made in October 2005 in a one-page letter sent to Lee Raymond, the former chairman of Exxon Mobil and head of the National Petroleum Council, a federal advisory group representing the oil industry.
After nearly two years, Raymond has finally delivered his answer. The result is a colossal 476-page study entitled "Facing the Hard Truths About Energy" that involved 350 participants, suggestions from over 1,000 people, submissions by 19 foreign governments from Australia to Saudi Arabia, and dozens of subcommittees.
I wonder if all us "survivalist nut cases" will seem as strange in the future as we have in the past? Then again, it's never good to be right too early.
Producing 2.2lb of beef generates as much greenhouse gas as driving a car non-stop for three hours, it was claimed yesterday.
So I guess if I go through the drive-thru at McDonald's, my karma for the day is pretty well used up, huh?
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Labor Department Announces It Will Revise Overreaching OSHA Explosives Rule
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it will significantly revise a recent proposal for new “explosives safety” regulations that caused serious concern among gun owners. OSHA had originally set out to update workplace safety regulations, but the proposed rules included restrictions that very few gun shops, sporting goods stores, shippers, or ammunition dealers could comply with.
Gun owners had filed a blizzard of negative comments urged by the NRA, and just a week ago, OSHA had already issued one extension for its public comment period at the request of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. After continued publicity through NRA alerts and the outdoor media, and after dozens of Members of Congress expressed concern about its impact, OSHA has wisely decided to go back to the drawing board.
Working with the NRA, Congressman Denny Rehberg (R-MT) planned to offer a floor amendment to the Labor-HHS appropriations bill this Wednesday when the House considers this legislation. His amendment would have prohibited federal funds from being used to enforce this OSHA regulation.
Such an amendment is no longer necessary since Kristine A. Iverson, the Labor Department’s Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, sent Rep. Rehberg a letter, dated July 16, stating that it “was never the intention of OSHA to block the sale, transportation, or storage of small arms ammunition, and OSHA is taking prompt action to revise” this proposed rule to clarify the purpose of the regulation.
Also, working with the NRA, Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) gathered signatures from 25 House colleagues for a letter, dated July 11, expressing concerns about this proposed OSHA rule. The letter calling the proposal “an undue burden on a single industry where facts do not support the need outlined by this proposed rule” and “not feasible, making it realistically impossible for companies to comply with its tenets.”
The OSHA proposal would have defined “explosives” to include “black powder, … small arms ammunition, small arms ammunition primers, [and] smokeless propellant,” and treated these items the same as the most volatile high explosives.
Under the proposed rule, a workplace that contained even a handful of small arms cartridges, for any reason, would have been considered a “facility containing explosives” and therefore subject to many impractical restrictions. For example, no one could carry “firearms, ammunition, or similar articles in facilities containing explosives … except as required for work duties.” Obviously, this rule would make it impossible to operate any kind of gun store, firing range, or gunsmith shop.
The public comment website for the proposed rule is no longer accessible. The Labor Department will publish a notice in the July 17 Federal Register announcing that a new rule proposal will soon be drafted for public comment. Needless to say, the NRA monitors proposed federal regulations to head off this kind of overreach, and will be alert for OSHA’s next draft.
We will post the letter to Congressman Rehberg shortly.
While I'm glad that all the pressure got OSHA to back down, not for a single New York Minute do I believe that it was never their intent to make the manufacture, transportation, sale and possession of ammunition impossible. Of course that was their intent.
There is documented evidence that OSHA will skew it's enforcement activities based on pressure from their oversight committees. Knowing that, one of the more interesting names on the roster of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce (the House's oversight committee) is Carolyn McCarthy of HR 1022 fame.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is far worse. Chaired by Senator "I'm safer hunting with Dick than riding with Ted" Kennedy, it's a veritable club of a gunnie's worst political enemies--Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders are only a few of the gun-grabbing luminaries on this committee.
Folks, this was a back door attempt to put us out of the shooting business. We caught them this time, but remember, eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
The title of this post consists of some very wise words. Even though I'd never heard them put that way before, I've heard them all my life--from parents, from drill sergeants and from intelligent friends. I think that if you lived by these and the Golden Rule, you'd probably do just fine in life.
Sometimes, however, you're faced with a situation where doing what needs to be done is something far outside your experience. In 1942, Wheeler "Johnny" Lipes, a pharmacist's mate on board the USS Seadragon, a US Navy submarine operating in the South China Sea, had to step up and save a shipmate, performing a job far beyond his experience.
Therein lies a tale.
One day, perhaps soon, many of us will be called to step up. When that happens, remember Johnny Lipes.
If you're interested in surviving an encounter with a predator (as opposed to Joe Criminal), you need to note these danger signs:
There are seven “danger signs” for homicidal escalation in the commission of a crime
- If the subjects use of violence escalates beyond a slap or punch; even if by accident
- If the subject is extremely nervous, out of control, has violent mood swings or is frantic, etc…
- If the subject appears to be eager, having fun, or high/tweaked/stoned/drunk
- If the subject singles out, isolates, personalizes, or sexualizes their interaction with an individual
- If the subject makes specific threats on a particular individuals life to force compliance from another
- If the subject physically restrains an individual or group (rope, tape, handcuffs etc...)
- If the subject attempts to move individuals to an area away from public view, or isolated from others
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
"He was well done."
That's what one woman said Monday after helping her son apprehend an alleged child rapist using her barbecue meat fork.
If the 17 year-old choirboy turns out to be guilty of raping the 7 year-old boy, I have a few suggestions on which BBQ tools we need to use next.
One enterprising soul (allegedly) had the temerity to call the manufacturer of his printer to complain and received a visit from the Secret Service for his efforts. Not Good, in my book.
The reason this should worry you is that it also makes it impossible to be anonymous if you use one of these printers. Want to rat out your employer for doing something illegal? Want to blow the whistle on some government excess? How about file an anonymous complaint to your local government? Your printer will tell on you.
Ars Technica has the word on Project Yellow, an attempt to human wave the printer manufacturers with complaints, making it difficult-to-impossible for the Secret Service to visit each one. The idea is to get the message through to the manufacturers that the people who pay for their products, thus keeping them in business, aren't happy with this.
You can also resort to buying a used color printer in some anonymous manner, and let it rat out the wrong person. Wouldn't it be rich if it was a government surplus printer? Not that I'd advocate doing such wicked things, of course. Just musing out loud....