Thursday, March 19, 2009

I've noticed something this week

Outside of the simple fact that being insanely busy leads to a lack of blogging, that is.

There seems to be a bit of a split in Democrats in Washington. A couple of examples:

Somewhere in the bowels of the DoD, some minimally aware bureaucrat decided that military surplus fired brass had to be "mutilated" so that it was truly scrap brass. Can't have all that evil metal turned back into killer ammo.

Two Montana senators, both Democrats, sent a nice letter to DoD and, lo and behold, DoD says "Oopsie! Did I do that?" and the mutilated brass is made whole. Crises averted, at least for now.

Now, via various and sundry sources on the Intertubz (this particular link is from Michael Bane), we find out that 65 House Democrats have sent Attorney General Holder (God, I can't even type that and not smirk) a nice letter that says "Yo! Loserboy! Try to get another one of those scarey gun bans passed and we aren't going to help you."

Now, mind you that we aren't seeing this sort of split on every issue. After all, House Democrats hung together (and even got some Republican help) on the GIVE (or else) Act. I'm betting we'll see the same dynamic in a confiscatory tax bill when it's voted on by the House.

So what does this mean? I think it means that we may be entering a period in which the partisans of various issues, such as Second Amendment rights, are going to have to carefully pick their friends on each issue. Your friend on gun rights may not be your friend on the economy. Your friend on the economy may be perfectly happy to confiscate 90% of your income. A time of constantly shifting alliances will challenge each of us to stay on our toes.

Keeping informed is going to be just as important as any other preparation you can make for bad times.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

President Tool

(Via the Drudge Report)

Because what else can you call a man who can't figure out that the speech he's reading from the teleprompter is the same speech his guest just gave?

I used to think we had elected an amateur as president. Now I think that would be an improvement.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

You know your blog has hit the big time...

...when you have to delete spam comments. Grumble, grumble.

Put Serenity in orbit

(Via Chaos Manor)

Remember how Star Trek fans were ripped off when they lobbied to have the first Space Shuttle named "Enterprise"--and then it never flew to space? Well, this time fans of Firefly and Serenity have a chance to get their favorite name in space, maybe. Go vote for Serenity as the name of Node 3 on the ISS. You have until March 20.

A view of the future?

(Via Timebomb 2000)

French photographers document the ruins of Detroit. Pretty scary.

Mass shootings

SayUncle has the best (as well as most succinct) post on the recent spate of mass shootings and the reactions to them that I have encountered so far.

I want you to go back down the page, please

I've been on a little posting frenzy in the past 24 hours, and I'd like to direct your attention to an edit for my Lexington Gun Show post from yesterday. SciFiJim asked an important question about the availability of reloading supplies in comments, and I've pulled it up into the post, along with my answer. Warning, the edit is almost as long as the post.

The Big Lie

It seems the Left is once again putting the theory of The Big Lie to work:

"There seems to be a market for saying that I am very partisan, and that I don't give the Republicans their opportunity. That simply is not true," Pelosi said in an interview with PBS' Charlie Rose. "They know in this recovery package that we had, we ask them what they wanted."

I'd say that ranks right up there with Biden's opinion that the economy is getting better (link via Drudge).

Floating around the Intertubz

This list and similar ones have been floating through the Intertubz since forever. That dowen't make them any less true. I received this one today, and in light of recent events thought I would make a few edits and share it with you.
  • Free men need not ask permission to bear arms.
  • An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
  • What part of "shall not be infringed" do you still not understand?
  • The Second Amendment is there in case the politicians ignore the others.
  • The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control in place.
  • Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to disarm them.
  • Guns have two enemies: rust and politicians.
  • "Assault" describes a behavior, not a device.
  • Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer and easier.
  • If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.
  • A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone when there's a bad guy at the door.
  • 90,000,000+ firearms owners killed no one yesterday.