Tuesday, March 04, 2008

A change at the masthead

Thanks to the Mountain Man for suggesting the William F. Buckley Jr. quote for the masthead. It comes from the Patriot Post (which you should subscribe to). Unfortunately, the entire quote is too long for Blogger to be happy (for some inexplicable reason, there is a 500 character limit for that area), so in the interest of completeness, here is the full quote:

I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and Liberals at bay. And the nation free. -- William F. Buckley Jr.

Wise words from a wise man.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Your Sunday Firepower Video (on Monday)

Sorry, but I got distracted. Herein, you shall see the 11th MAR execute a regimental fire mission.

I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of that.

Hi there!

One of my recent posts has generated some unusual interest:

Edit, 1906 hrs: I've had another visitor from DOJ.

Guys, face it. ATF has stepped on it again, at least from a PR point of view. They've raided a well-thought of firearms business, one that is, by all reports, honest and above-board in their dealings. There are some rumors floating about that ATF may have actually been duped by false accusations made by someone with a grudge against the company. I don't know. All I know is what I'm able to find out around the firearms boards, which isn't much of substance. I read nothing, anywhere, from ATF to lead me to believe anything different. (And spare me the "ongoing investigation" crap--if you guys want to talk, you can. Remember the Olympic Park bombing? Yeah, I thought you might.)

We gun owners and gun dealers just want to be left alone with our "toys". We put up with licensing and ownership rules far in excess of any other legal product that I can think of. We are willing fingerprinted, photographed and investigated simply to exercise our right to keep and bear arms as recognized by the Second Amendment to our Constitution. How many members of the ATF and the DOJ are willing up to the level of scrutiny that they visit on us? Can I see a show of hands in the comments?

Those of us who legally own guns are, by and large, a law-abiding group. Yeah, there are a few bad apples, and I expect most if not all of us are quite content to see them get what they deserve. But the ATF enforcement types seem to obsess with paperwork violations (Does Red's Trading Post ring a bell?), and when justifiably thwarted, vindictiveness appears to be the order of the day. All ATF agents probably aren't as bad as we may make them out, but look at it from our point of view. Nearly every time we hear about the ATF, it's because of something like Cavalry Arms. We may paint you with broad brush strokes, but you're supplying the paint and the brushes.

There are a lot of Bad Guys out there with illegally owned guns, and people unscrupulous enough to supply them, again illegally. How about going after them for a change?

(Sorry about the formatting. You wouldn't believe what I've went through to get this post looking this good. I still can't figure out that weird space at the top. Blogger...*sigh*)

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Why I'm not voting for John McCain

(NYT article via Timebomb 2000)

Kim duToit and a number of other bloggers have decided that they are going to vote for John McCain because, at least in my understanding, he's a slightly better choice than Hilliary Clinton or Barack Hussein Obama and he won't destroy the country quite so fast. Or, as Kim puts it, "I love my country more than I hate John McCain."

I'm calling "bullshit".

I love my country and I don't hate John McCain. But I'm not going to vote for him. I've went over his voting record, and there is nothing there that says "conservative". For that matter, there's nothing that even whispers it. Sorry, John, but supporting the War on Terror isn't going to get my vote. Being right on one out of a hundred is a failing grade in any class I've ever taken.

The NY Times has an interesting op-ed column today by Frank Rich, who, based on his written output is nothing more than a liberal hack. But, even as a stopped clock is correct twice a day, he's right on in today's piece, "McCain Channels His Inner Hillary." Let's have just a couple of quotes, shall we?
  • The Arizona senator’s otherwise conservative record is closer to the Democrats on immigration, campaign-finance reform, stem-cell research, global warming, oil drilling in Alaska, waterboarding, Gitmo and, until a recent flip-flop, the Bush tax cuts.
  • In The New Republic, Jonathan Chait concluded that Mr. McCain’s Senate votes made him “the most effective advocate of the Democratic agenda in Washington” during the first Bush term.
Parenthetically, I just love the part about his "otherwise conservative record". How liberal do you have to be to accuse John McCain of being conservative--to the left of Che Guevara?

Yeah boy, this sound like just the kind of guy I want to vote for. This may be the first Presidential election in history where the same party gets to run two candidates.

He's the plan, folks. Do not stay home on election day. Go vote, but go vote in your local and state races. Sit out the one truly national one, the vote for President, since your vote will make no difference--as conservatives, there is no one for us to vote for in that race. Voting for conservatives in your local and state races helps to ensure that we at least maintain the current position. This way, no matter which nitwit gets elected President, the harm they can do is minimized to some extent.

I'll admit it isn't a great strategy, but it beats whoring yourself out to a party that, on a national level, doesn't give a damn about you. And perhaps the pimps in the Republican party aren't so stupid that they won't notice the difference in numbers between the total number of people who voted and the total number who voted in the Presidential contest.

I am not looking forward to the next 4+ years. They are not going to be pleasant.

Another Cavalry Arms-related video

"Excuse me while I sound like a complete idiot, but..."

(Via the Drudge Report)

Some French twit of an actress seems to think that the 9/11 attacks were made up. She also thinks man never made it to the moon. It's widely rumored that she believes in the Easter Bunny as well.

If any of you happen to get near her, slap her for me, will ya?