Thursday, July 26, 2007

Lies, damn lies, and the Brady Bunch

The Brady Bunch is lying again. I can tell, because they issued a press release.

WASHINGTON, July 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, released the following statement about U.S. House passage of the federal spending bill funding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Justice containing the so-called "Tiahrt Restrictions" on police access to crime gun trace data:

"The U.S. House of Representatives did a grave disservice to law enforcement today when it failed to remove the 'Tiahrt Restrictions' from the Federal Appropriations Bill funding the ATF. Similar restrictions have handcuffed law enforcement since 2003. At a time when crime is rising, and corrupt gun dealers and traffickers are fueling gun violence in our neighborhoods, this action is inexcusable.

"More than 200 individual police chiefs, 11 national police organizations, 21 state and regional police organizations, along with more than 230 mayors, have repeatedly urged Congress to repeal these restrictions. We know that gun crime trace data is critical to mayors and law enforcement. Without it, dangerous gun dealers avoid public scrutiny and local police are deprived of advance warnings of possible criminal activity in their communities. Simply put, the 'Tiahrt Restrictions' shield dangerous gun dealers.

"Actions which favor the gun lobby and the small minority of corrupt gun dealers over the needs of police and mayors are deeply troubling. Congress and the Bush Administration should be acting to help police and mayors fight gun crime, not hinder their efforts. The Brady Campaign will continue to fight this battle along with law enforcement and mayors as this spending bill continues through the legislative process."

First of all, the Tiahrt Amendment, authored by South Dakota Congressman Todd Tiahrt, specifically allows gun trace information to be release to law enforcement and/or prosecutors in connection with a criminal investigation. So much for paragraph one.

Paragraph two is even more farcical. Federal Firearms Licensees are perhaps on of the most regulated groups in the United States. While there will inevitably be some bad apples, they are usually caught and delt with expeditiously.

Paragraph three--I challenge the Brady Bunch to provide us with the 232 names of police organizations that want the Tiahrt Amendment revoked. The 230+ mayors are easy, they're a part of Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun cabal. They only want the information so they can sue the manufacturers of a legal product out of existence, even though there is a federal law prohibiting such suits. What they say is unimportant, and we do not hear them.

Paragraph four is simply posturing, similar to monkey's flinging feces at interlopers.

This is the sort of nonsense law-abiding gun owners have come to expect from Helmke and the Brady Bunch. Why this group has any credibility left is unfathomable to me. That the liberal mainstream media continues to report their blatherings is simply another reason they are becoming less and less relevant.

Stupid government gets its comeuppance

Senator Reid (Nabbed-NV) has withdrawn his "P2P is a threat to national security" amendment to the Higher Education Act.

It seems public ridicule still works.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Old Blood 'n Guts speaks out about the war on terror

Of course, you have to wonder if this is what he'd really think, but I'll tell you this: I do.

Just curious

There has been a spate of dam demolitions, such as this one on Oregon's Sandy River, in recent years. Many of them provided hydroelectric power generation.

Now, I'm happy for the fish, but I'm just wondering where and how this electrical generation capacity will be made up? I don't think oil- or gas-fired plants are going to be the answer (with Peak Oil and all), and it'd be too rich if the dams were demolished for the good of the fish and replaced by nukes (although I'd love it).

Do you suppose the greenies are actually going to start turning off their lights?

Citizenry not a stupid as their government hoped

It seems that the new North Carolina lottery is not making nearly as much money as our legislature thought it would make. As a matter of fact, they're $110 million behind projections.

I take this as a good sign that North Carolinians aren't quite the stupid herd animals that our elected officials believed them to be. They understand that they have higher odds of being killed in a plane crash than winning the lottery, and are reacting accordingly. (Or, as the Mountain Man puts it, "Playing the lottery does not substantially increase your odds of winning.")

Of course, lottery officials simply believe that the prizes aren't big enough. Well, they can put the lottery players' money where their mouths are, make the prizes larger and see what happens.

Personally, I just don't care for government-sanctioned gambling, any more than I care for government-owned liquor stores, single-payer heath care or welfare. Government should be kept small and highly focused, and that focus should be on a very limited scope of activities.

Government is, however, as stupid as the citizenry believes

(The time on this post has been deliberately reset so it will appear in a desired order.)

Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (Asshat-Calif.) said today that P2P networks are a threat to national security.

OK, the Freeholder is calling BS on this one.

I suppose that since they've been so spectacularly unsuccessful in shutting down the illegal trade in music and movies, they're going to swaddle the next effort in the flag and pass some more laws. But since the crackdown is in the name of "national security", far more draconian in the methods can be used for finding those who are passing around those top secret movies files.

It still isn't' a police state, but not for a lack of trying.

Monday, July 23, 2007

NASA can do it right

Despite a certain amount prejudice on may part against NASA, I'm a firm believer in giving credit where it's due, given the Spirit and Opportunity.

Mars Rovers Still Alive Despite Dust Storm

And these little guys are still going how many months past their design lifetimes? Yup, this time NASA got it more than right, and they deserve a round of applause.

NASA, could you do as well with the space station, the return to the moon and the next generation Earth-to-orbit vessel? Pretty please?

What? The surge is working, you say?

Amazing. Despite the rush to surrender by Congressional Democrats, it would seem that the surge is actually bearing fruit:

Fed up with being part of a group that cuts off a person’s face with piano wire to teach others a lesson, dozens of low-level members of Al Qaeda in Iraq are daring to become informants for the U.S. military in a hostile Baghdad neighborhood.

Pardon me, Senator Reid? What did you say?

Oh. The Tums are on the top shelf of the medicine cabinet in the hall bath. Help yourself.

Sunday, July 22, 2007