Saturday, December 27, 2008

Famous doesn't mean intelligent

(Via the Drudge Report)

Or well-educated, or possessing common sense, or able to read at an 8th grade level, apparently:

When it comes to science, Barack Obama is no better than many of us. Today he joins the list of shame of those in public life who made scientifically unsupportable statements in 2008.

Closer to home, Nigella Lawson and Delia Smith faltered on the science of food, while Kate Moss, Oprah Winfrey and Demi Moore all get roastings for scientific illiteracy.

Why am I...unsurprised.

Tens if not hundreds of millions listen to these people and give greater credence to what they say than they do to the words of those who are trained and experienced in the subject under discussion. Then those of us who are willing to listen to people like nuclear physicists and engineers sit around with skyrocketing electric bills and wonder why the hell we aren't building more nuclear-powered electric generating plants (for example).

The experts might not always be right, but they have a better track record than celebrities.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Well I didn't know this

(Via The High Road)

If you're a citizen of the State of North Carolina with a concealed carry permit, your name, date of birth, address and several other pieces of information useful to identity theives, stalkers, burglars and other low life is public record. NotConcealed.com has plenty of information on the subject. They're trying to drum up support for having this information removed from public view.

Time to start writing letters, folks. You can find the necessary addresses here.

*sigh* It never ends, does it?

So, what did Santa bring you?

Well, outside of the pleasure of having family and friends about, I got a DVD (There Will Be Blood; I'm wondering about my daughter...), a little 2" digital picture frame, and a few bigger items:



A nice set of DeWalt drill bits and one of their nifty cordless screw drivers, and...

A Smith and Wesson Model 65 in .357 Magnum, a set of Hogue grips and a box of Federal Hydrashocks for same.

Ho, Ho, Bang!

Now if you will excuse me, duty calls. Son and I need to utilize his new Xbox to win WW II in the Pacific (Call of Duty: World at War).

Merry Christmas!

The Family Freeholder would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

Please take a moment to remember the real reason for the season, and to remember our service men and women and their families as they stand between us and the darkness beyond the walls.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

This just in

This just came in via the Slice of Sci-Fi RSS feed. I gotta share:

"Nothing says Christmas like subjecting the lesser races and exterminating all those who oppose your goals of universal domination."

Doesn't that just give you a Christmas-y feeling all over?

Success is evil

Bloomberg writer Bob Ivry seems to have an advanced case of wealth envy. He can take the closing of a Wisconsin paper mill, which "pretty close to breaking even" according to the CEO of the company that owned it (How's that for a ringing endorsement of its financial performance?) and turn it into a screed against Stephen Feinberg and his firm, Cerberus Capital Management. Feinberg is a billionaire (more or less), so his highly indirect role in the closing of this mill must mean he's evil.

I wonder if he knows what his boss, Michael Bloomberg, is worth? I wonder if, in Mr. Ivry's eyes, he's 20 times as evil as Mr. Feinberg?

As the economy continues to have problems, expect more of this. Be particularly aware of it filtering down, as well. If you appear to be better off than those around you, you may find yourself a target as well.

How screwed up...

...does the law need to be before We The People decide to take matters in hand? Bear in mind, this isn't a rhetorical question for those who were bilked by one Bernie Madoff:

Like some of Bernard Madoff’s clients, a Florida restaurant owner was lucky enough to withdraw part of his investment before the money manager allegedly confessed to a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. Now he’s worried he might be asked to give it back.

The 53-year-old investor, who asked not to be identified to protect his stake, took out about $600,000 this year from his $1.5 million account, using some of it to pay down a mortgage. He and other Madoff clients who withdrew funds as long as six years ago may be sued on behalf of other victims to return profits and even principal, securities and bankruptcy lawyers say.


While the article goes into it in more detail (and it's worth your time to read it), here's the long and short of it--if you were an investor in Madoff's Ponzi scheme, and you actually got any money out of it in the last 6 years, then you may have to cough it up.--even if that money is a portion of your original investment. Your only out is if you had no inkling that ol' Bernie was up to no good.

Yes, if you invested and then had second thoughts ("Gee, this whole deal doesn't feel right...no way could this guy be making this kind of money")--and you had what most of us would think of as the good sense to get out while you could--well, as we have said here before, "Nazzo fast, Guido". Our legal system is going to suck that money out of you on the principle that rather than anyone "winning", all must instead lose.

Google the phrase "anarcho-tyranny" sometime. Soon. You'll find the concept most entertaining.

Monday, December 22, 2008

The mechanics of election theft

FoxNews has a very interesting article on the Minnesota Senate election recount. I wonder if Norm Coleman has called 911 yet. He should, because he's being robbed. Read it and see if you can reach another conclusion.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Heh

Days of our Trailers has posted his favorite picture of Che Guevarra, beloved of foolish college students, opportunistic t-shirt manufacturers and leftists world-wide.

Viva the revolution, baby.

What is it with you people in Minnesota?

An election is being stolen, a few votes at a time, right in front of your faces, and you aren't raising hell in the streets? What's wrong with you--is it too cold to get out of the house already? If you let this FrankenFool keep counting the votes over and over and over, if you let him keep reworking and redefining the electorial process for his own advantage, if you fail to speak out, if you fail to fight for your rights, then you deserve what you get.

May your chains rest lightly upon you.

What you can do this week

So now that you've had some time to work on my first couple of suggestions, it's time for another idea. This one is sort of courtesy of Michael Bane and his Down Range Radio podcast, although it's something I've been practicing on a personal level for a couple of years. I just hadn't considered telling other folks that they should do it. (Silly me.)

As a firearms owner, GET OUT OF THE CLOSET! Stop hiding, stop disseminating and be proud of who you are. You are the current frontman (or frontwoman) of all those previous generations of gun owners, ranging from the first European immigrants to this land up throough today. Be proud of your history!

If someone asks you what you did this weekend, tell them directly, with no sugarcoating. "I went to a gun show." "I went to the range and shot pistols." "I competed in a rifle match."

If someone asks you about your hobbies, tell them. "I collect historic Lugar pistols." "I do custom reloading." "I'm a home gunsmith."

Put your gun books out on the bookshelves the visitors to your home can see--stop letting them sit in the basement with the reloading presses.

Get the idea?

You will get some odd looks from some folks, and some of those folks will look at you funny for a long time. However, from personal experience, I can tell you that your hobby will soon become an accepted part of you. (By and large at any rate; there are always going to be some who think you are an e-e-e-vil monster, just waiting to "go postal" at the least slight--screw them, their psychological issues are theirs, not yours. Let them deal with them on their own time.)

If it works for you as it has for me, you'll start getting more people who open up to you about their firearms ownership. You compare notes, trade suggestions, maybe pick up a member for the NRA or your range.

Everybody wins from this tactic--except the anti-freedom forces.