Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The NC Agricultural Review

You know, it's getting fairly rare that I meet a government expenditure that I approve of. But one of my spies pointed me to this site today--the North Carolina Agriculture Review. I'm not a farmer, so the articles are more of academic interest, but the for sale ads are great. If you need a tractor, want to buy a goat of want some less expensive lumber, this is a great place to look.

If you're not in North Carolina, check your state's Department of Agriculture. They may have a similar publication.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

And this the "conservative" Republican candidate for president?

(Via Timebomb)

Pressured by a huge lobbying effort by Big Telecom and by fears of being painted as weak on terrorism, the Democratic-controlled Senate has rolled over on your right to privacy, abandoning legislation that would enforce the constitutional requirements of probable cause and due process of law before the phone companies can help the government spy on you by turning over your phone records, emails and other sensitive information.

Yeah, the Fourth Amendment is going the way of the rest of them, I guess. And how did the Presidential candidates vote?

Sen. Barack Obama voted for your freedom. Sen. John McCain voted against you. Sen. Hillary Clinton didn't vote but is opposed to immunity, a spokesman said.

Yeah, that sounds about like McCain. I'm surprised at Obama, though. Never figured him for anything other than a socialist so-and-so.

Why the hypocritical son of a ...

As was noted in Animal Farm, some pigs are more equal than others. And to prove it, Josh Sugarman of Violence Policy Center infamy, has an 01 FFL. Raven's Beak has the story.

Pardon me while I go find something that needs breaking.

Buttery taste

(Via Timebomb)

Here's a skill that could be useful soon--how to make organic cultured butter. Right now, the idea of buying the cream makes it seem a bit silly ot me, but if things got so bad that folks returned to the concept of the "family cow", this could be useful information.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Do you know Jack Schitt?

(Via GuyK, who has far too much time on his hands. It must be a bear being retired, hey Guy?)

Be sure to swallow that milk before you click on this: Know Jack Schitt.

The War on Terror is still on

I haven't been blogging on the WOT much lately. At least for now, we have things in hand, as much as this thing will ever be in hand. I suspect that this war will wax and wane for the rest of my life and perhaps my kids' lives. Scary when you consider that Daughter is beginning to think of a career in the military--but that's the world we find ourselves in. If she goes, I won't be the only parent to ever send a child to war.

I think that there is still room for debate, both about the nature of the war and how we conduct it. I don't think, Democrat candidates for the Presidency and useful idiots aside, that there is any need to debate why or whether we we should be fighting it. Our dead in the Marine barracks in Beirut, on the USS Cole and of 9/11 are enough reason--but if you need more, there is the Achille Lauro hijacking, Black September, Beslan and the list goes on and depressingly on....

Blackfive has the story of CPOs Nate Hardy and Mike Koch, both of whom recently died in Iraq. In that piece is probably the best epitaph for our fallen warriors I've ever read. It's worth your time.

A lifetime's passion

(Via The Smallest Minority)

The personal firearms collection of Bruce Stern, former NRA director who died last July, is going on the auction block. The catalog is here. It takes a long time to load, even on a fast collection.

If the old saying "He who dies with the most toys wins," is even remotely true, we can all go home now. Mr. Stern won.

Your Sunday firepower video

You can't go wrong with AC-DC and choppers:

What to do with "found money"

So our betters in Washington have decided that it will benefit their reelection chances the economy if they give us back some of our money. Have you given any consideration to what you're going to do with it? It goes without saying that the government wants you to spend it--after all, 70% of our economy is consumer spending, and Wal-mart had poor January sales.

A lot of folks are advocating a "Save it!" position. At one time, I'd have said the same, but with inflation cranking up (Been to the grocery store lately? I don't care how Washington cooks the books, inflation is livin' large.) and the possibility of shortages of various items on the horizon, investing in the things you may not be able to get easily (or at all) strikes me as a good idea.

Kim du Toit is advocating putting that money into guns and ammo, unless you need it to keep the wolves from the door. Me, I'd go one better and say do it at a local gun show in cash, taking advantage of that well-imagined "gun show loophole". This is known as a "three-fer". You get guns and ammo and the gungrabbers get tagged twice. Sweet.

There are also other items you may want to consider. Food suitable for long term storage is always a good idea. An alternative means of power is a reasonable purchase. And if you need nothing else, there is that "buy precious metals" thing.

Like that commercial says, "It's your money." Put it to good use.

Here we go again

Folks, the Anti-Freedom Brigade is at it again, and please note, they aren't waiting for the Presidential election. From the NRA-ILA:

This week, Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA) introduced "microstamping" legislation titled the "National Crime Gun Identification Act of 2007." The bill is co-sponsored in the Senate by Senators Feinstein (D-CA), Menendez (D-NJ), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Durbin (D-IL), Schumer (D-NY), and Reed (D-RI).

Looks sort of like a "Who's Who" of the ranks of gun grabbers, doesn't it?

Gunnies, if one of these critters is your "representative", then we really need for you to get on the email or the fax and let them have a piece of your mind. Sure, it won't change their minds, but if enough of that group known as registered voters in their districts complains, it may well change their vote, and that's what counts. The rest of us need to get onto our reps and ask them to do everything they can to bury this one deep.

Folks, this is what we're in for, no matter who wins the next election. From a Second Amendment perspective, I see no good candidate out there. So for the next several years, we're in for one attack after another. Hitch up your gunbelts and get ready, because this is going to be a rough one. And whatever you do, do give up the fight.