Saturday, August 25, 2007

Protest at your own risk

(Via Timebomb 2000)

Remember the news on the summit of North American leaders a week or so ago? You know, the one where the Mexican el presidente decided that if he was going to evacuate for Hurricane Dean, he was going to be sure to get out of the danger zone by going to Canada?

Sure, I'm joking, But more seriously, it seems that the Quebec Provincial Police (or perhaps their masters) decided that peaceful protests during this event should not be allowed. But since police action against peaceful protesters tends to look bad on TV, they needed an excuse to crack a few heads.

Queue the agents provocateurs. Yes, I know that accusations of this sort of behavior have been tossed at law enforcement since the 60s--but this time they have it on camera.


Faced with the evidence, the police admitted to their actions, but claimed there was no wrongdoing, and as a matter of fact, their work was a a great success.

It may not be a police state just yet, but the signs are becoming more and more undeniable. If things don't change--if we don't force them to change--this will be what the future looks like.

Thanks to Red's

Man, is that's some fast service. Ordered a Red's Trading Post hat on Wednesday, got it on Saturday. I'm going to wear it out to supper tonight (BBQ...um-m-m) and see if I get any winks or nods. I don't care if it is 101o.

Got your hat yet?

Friday, August 24, 2007

How easily we forget

(Via Timebomb 2000)

Oh, woe is us! Why are we in Iraq? Why are we in Afghanistan? Bring the troops home! Bush lied, people died!

Bullshit.

Gotta watch those surplus Commie weapons

(Via Conservative Scalawag)

One ex-terrorist, coming up.

The price of energy is going up in NC

Yes, the price of energy is going to rise in North Carolina, I'm sorry to say. The sad part is the cause. It's not a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico or a war in the Mideast. It's because our meddling state legislators have passed a bill to "Promote Renewable Energy/Baseload Generation".

Now, if the bill said something like "It's the sense of the NC Legislature that energy produced from renewable resources is a Good Thing, and we'd like to see more of it" I could live with it as just another waste of time on the part of our elected officials. (Official whats is another post entirely.) Unfortunately, they've decided to impose the requirement that all NC power utilities must generate 12.5% of their power from renewable sources by 2021.

Sure, 2021 is a long time off, and sure, they will allow utilities can take efficiency measures by customers into the total amount. However, studies show that electricity produced by renewable means costs as much as twice what we pay now. Yes, twice. The only way to make it economically competitive is to subsidize it, which is what many governments do.

And I guess we can ignore the pollution caused by the mining, smelting, transportation and manufacturing of all these wind turbines and solar panels. Or the lovely views of acres of solar panels and those unsightly wind farms. (Unless, of course, you're rich and powerful and a US Senator.)

Meddling fools, the lot of them. Bring on the nuclear power plants, instead.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Panty-waists

Officials at an Arizona school suspended a 13-year-old boy for sketching what looked like a gun, saying the action posed a threat to his classmates.

That's the first line from the FOXNews story on the subject.

A better first line would have been "Hysterical school administrators grossly over-reacted to a bad drawing of a gun, wrongly suspending the 13 year-old budding artist from school."

The second line should read "The school board announced the immediate firing of the administrators, saying 'We don't want anyone this stupid involved with the education of our children.'" But as we all know, that won't happen in this lifetime. While the administrators may be forced by public pressure (or a lawsuit) to back off, they will never admit they screwed up, and they will never pay a price for doing so.

No wonder people home school.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

How does the ATF spend their time on the Internet?

Editing Wikipedia, of course.

(While you're at that link, be sure to read the entire blog. Red's Trading Post is fighting an attempt by the ATF to shut them down on the basis of paperwork violations. Other bloggers, especially David Codrea, have been doing yeoman's work keeping on top of this story, and I've been reading it all. If you care about your firearms rights, you should be keeping up with this story. Oh yeah, and you can support them by buying a hat.)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Fred Thompson on guns and New York

As a gunowner, I'm thrilled with Fred's words on gun ownership. Now if he will just announce, already!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Anyone out there on the south Texas or northern Mexican coast?

Leave now.

Hurricane Dean is likely to be a Category 5 storm. The safest place to be is elsewhere. Be there soon. You don't want to join this cast of fools, do you?

The embrace of Big Brother has just gotten larger

Big Brother, in the person of our Federal, and if you live in New Jersey, state governments has just gotten a lot more intrusive, in the name of fighting crime.

Joined by state and federal officials at a news conference at state police headquarters, Corzine said the state would now have real-time electronic access to a database maintained by the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that lists a gun's first buyer, date of sale, and the retailer from which it was purchased.

Yeah, I guess if we can't repeal that nasty old Tiahrt Amendment, we'll just ignore the shit out of it.

Attorney General Anne Milgram yesterday said she was directing all local law-enforcement departments in the state to fully comply by forwarding their tracing information, which will go into a database shared by all Jersey law enforcement.

Of course she is. If we don't control everyone, if we don't know each and every detail about each and every person, why, government might just fall apart. (We should be so lucky.)

It should also be noted that, in the Liberal Tradition (you know, get an inch, take a mile), New Jersey Congresscreatures Lautenburn and Menendez have asked for what they call "clarification". In reality, they want more, more, more paths to gun control:

In their letter, Sens. Lautenberg and Menendez called on the ATF to clarify their cooperation with New Jersey by allowing:

  • Local and county law enforcement agencies, and not just the state police, to access eTrace information for other jurisdictions.
  • New Jersey law enforcement to receive information on guns recovered outside the state.
  • Agencies accessing eTrace information to share that information with other law enforcement agencies.
So how does this effect us, Joe Gunowner? Well, if you're a resident of NJ, prepare to be assimilated. If you buy a gun from a dealer, you're going to be a part of this wonderful new database. Take comfort from the fact that you're helping to catch criminals. Better yet would be to move to a state where you're freedom is at least takend for granted a little less than it is there.

If you live in the rest of the country and you've ever bought a gun at a dealer and then sold it at some later point (or had it stolen, or disposed of it in any manner), you'll get enshrined if the umpteenth purchaser down the line from you uses it to commit a crime in NJ and gets caught. Enjoy that visit from the ATF, FBI or other alphabet soup agency.

As a possible topper, the NRA is said to have no issue with this:

A spokesman for the National Rifle Association, Andrew Arulanandam, said the group had no problem with the agreement as long as New Jersey did not violate federal laws that allow only law enforcement officers -- not the public -- to have access to tracing information.

Andrew Arulanandam can be found in the NRA-ILA website referenced as their Director of Public Affairs. However, that same search shows he hasn't been quoted by them since 2005. Is there something fishy here? Unknown, but I think it may be time for all us NRA members to ask the NRA-ILA some uncomfortable questions so we can find out the truth. You can bet your last round of ammo that I am, and letting them know my future membership and support hinges on their answers.