Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy Independence Day

We've played baseball, and now we're off to see tractors and fireworks.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Devil caught buying ice skates

Film at 11.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed the federal lawsuit Thursday on behalf of Errol Houston Jr., who was arrested last year following a traffic stop. The lawsuit says the district attorney's office declined to prosecute Houston but has refused to return his .40-caliber firearm.

That qualifies as the damnedest thing I've ever read.

So...how bad is it when the cops are scared?

(Via Timebomb 2000)

Be sure you don't miss the last sentence.

The fear on the street is palpable. Ever since the election of Barack Obama as President of these United States in November 2008, coupled with the election of a democrat party majority in both the U.S. House and Senate, concern for the United States and personal safety has ignited like a fire in dry grass.

Sales of guns – black guns, rifles, shotguns and handguns (particularly 9mm) everywhere, have gone through the roof. AR15s have literally flown off of dealer shelves, and only now in the spring of 2009, have I seen the display samples of ARs begin to reappear on the wall of my favorite shooting emporium after the initial post election rush.

Manufacturers of ARs are still working to catch up and some of the major suppliers are as much as 150,000 guns behind. Not only that, ammo is in the shortest supply I have ever seen in the 43 years of my shooting life. Have you recently tried to get 5.56mm, 9mm or even 380 ammo?

Supplies of 5.56mm and 9mm ammo are in short supply due to the black gun buying craze; .380ACP because of the rise in people getting concealed carry permits and the resurgence of interest in convenient 380 handguns like the fine Ruger LCP. In fact, in doing a review of the Ruger LCP, my gun store only had a small supply of ONE .380 round on hand, the Winchesters 95-grain SXT, which they had just gotten in. Unfortunately, I had to do a 30-round review of that pistol. There was none other to be found.

What is odd about this new fear is that it is not coming from the average citizen gun owner out there, but it is coming from what to me is an almost shocking source: street cops.

Most police departments are, from what I can find out, very well armed these days. Some of them even have their own armor (finding it "intoxicating", according to the link). They generally have good training and intelligence. Thanks to Homeland Security and asset forfeiture (plus the ability to tax), they have plenty of money to buy stuff. Many if not most PDs allow officers to carry their duty weapons home, often including their "tactical rifles".

So how bad do thecops think it is when they personally start stocking up on guns and ammo? Do you think there may be a message there for us civilians?

Helpful tip for any police officers reading--don't forget food. Three to six months worth, minimum. Water to last 2 weeks, plus ways to pruify more. Medical supplies. Multiple sources of heat, light and communication.

Oh...welcome to the club.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Ooof!

(Via Timebomb 2000)



Ho. Ly. Moses. I feel like I just took a punch in the gut. Dr. Manning is a powerful speaker (in the tradition of other black ministers I've had the opportunity to hear speak), and his message both resonates with and scares the hell out of me. Resonates because he speaks the truth, and scares me because it's a frightening truth.

While I pray it doesn't happen, revolution may well come to our country. I can't tell you some of the things I've heard, because they were spoken in confidence, but there are men and groups of men out there who are prepared and simply waiting. Waiting for the signal, which will come from our Federal Government itself, that it's once again time to water the Tree of Liberty.

I can't recall a time that I've ever heard such talk. Not even during the darkest days of the Clinton presidency did people actually talk about a revolution. It's done quietly now, between neighbors and friends of long standing. But what one man says aloud, ten more think silently. All it will take is...something. Something that none of us can see--perhaps something that would, under ordinary circumstances, be inconsequential. But our circumstances are increasingly extraordinary, and the trigger event could come any day (or hopefully, never).

I'm going to reflect on this and other things I have heard, and discuss the matter with those I trust. I urge you to do the same. Time may or may not be short, but I think that stepping up the activities that will allow you to survive and persevere during any sort of extended crisis are advisable at this point in time. I'll be placing some orders soon. If nothing else, I may as well spend some of this fiat currency we're saddled with while it's still worth more than toilet paper.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The ATF does Houston

Michael Bane has a good write up on the current spate of ATF "enforcement actions" in Houston. It would be interesting to see if the crime rate in Mexico drops as a result.

No such thing

(Via @spann on Twitter)

The sky is not falling; the Earth has been cooling for ten years, without help. The present cooling was NOT predicted by the alarmists' computer models, and has come as an embarrassment to them.

The finest meteorologists in the world cannot predict the weather two weeks in advance, let alone the climate for the rest of the century. Can Al Gore? Can John Holdren? We are flooded with claims that the evidence is clear, that the debate is closed, that we must act immediately, etc, but in fact

THERE IS NO SUCH EVIDENCE; IT DOESN'T EXIST.

Of course, the crowd that believes in this have their fingers in their ears and are singing nursery rhymes at the top of their lungs and will never hear. More's the pity for us, because we're going to feel the effects of The Obama's tilting at non-existent windmills climate change initiatives far more than the climate will. perhaps we should start changing our light bulbs out now.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Now let's see...

Reject your country's constitutional strictures about term limits? Check.

Fire the person who refused to follow your unconstitutional orders? Check.

Get you ass tossed when the military decides your a danger to the country? Check.

Complain to the UN about how you've been mistreated. After all, the law is for those other people. Check.

Become the darling cause celeb of leftist governments around the world, including the US? Check.

DeShazo said Zelaya's actions may have been unconstitutional, "but there are constitutional means for resolving these kinds of issues. That's what should be the process."

You know, I'd love to find out what oath the Honduran military swears when they join. You don't suppose is has anything akin to "...I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same..."?

Yes, I know the next part is about obeying the order of the President. But the Constitution is listed first in the oath, and for a reason--as a military enlistee, that's where you first loyalty lies. I suspect the Honduran military swears a similar oath (though I can't prove it) and has went through a similar thought process recently.

But of course, things like duty and honor mean little to the left.

Old school stealth

(Via GreatDismal on Twitter)

Top stealth-plane experts have re-created a radical, nearly forgotten Nazi aircraft: the Horten 2-29, a retro-futuristic fighter that arrived too late in World War II to make it into mass production.

While I'm not sure they've got the nomenclature correct (I've always seen it as the Ho 229), the plane was intended to be a "miracle weapon" that would allow Nazi Germany to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Decades ahead of it's time, the last remaining plane stagnates in the possession of the National Air & Space Museum.

I find it interesting that so many of the experts just can't bring themselves to admit that maybe "stealth" wasn't a "modern" invention. Why, no one could have done it before our advanced technology....

Monday, June 29, 2009

Oh boy! New energy standards for lighting.

Let's see...we're still fighting a war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, we have a proto-revolution in Iran, a kinda-sorta-revolution in Honduras and our economy continues pushing up dead sticks.

So what does the Big O decide to discuss at his press conference?

Light bulbs.

Change you can laugh at.

Didn't we try something like this before?

(Via the NRA-ILA)

And it didn't work very well? I can remember having to cough up all kinds of personal information and sign a log to buy ammo once upon a time. Crime remained just as high as ever.

AB 962 would compel those who sell ammunition to be licensed the same as gun dealers, and mandate a face-to-face transaction when someone buys ammunition.

Funny thing, though...North Carolina passed shall issue concealed carry, and crime went down. I wonder if California might consider that?

Fish are getting big ears, and it's all our fault

According to a study published Friday in the prestigious journal Science, boffins at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at San Diego's University of California have discovered that rising carbon dioxide concentrations in the world's oceans are causing sea bass to grow oversized otoliths - that's boffinspeak for ear bones.

So is there anything we evil humans aren't screwing up? Perhaps we should all just do Mother Gaea a favor and die off.

"wise Latina", huh?

It seems that another Sotomayor decision has bitten the dust. It probably won't derail her appointment, though--more's the pity.