Saturday, July 17, 2010

Things to come?

While we should remain focused the problems that unchecked illegal immigration from Mexico brings to our country, we shouldn't forget the reasons why they are leaving their country in droves. The freebies we hand out aren't helping, but running the risk of getting caught in a fire fight has got to have a little something to do with it.

There have been more than 72 grenade attacks in Mexico in the last year, including spectacular assaults on police convoys and public officials.

A bit further along, we find out that

According to the Mexican attorney general's office, there have been 101 grenade attacks against government buildings in the past 3 1/2 years....

Gee, those numbers kind of suck. Especially compared to the number of grenade attacks in the US, land of the open air arms bazaar (if you believe the Brady Bunch).

I was waiting for the Post to point out that the grenades were purchased at gun shows throughout the United States (I want a list!), but no, I was disappointed.

Sent a generation ago to battle communist revolutionaries in the jungles of Central America, U.S. grenades are being diverted from dusty old armories and sold to criminal mafias, who are using them to destabilize the Mexican government and terrorize civilians, according to U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials.

But wait, this is all the fault of Republicans!

The administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush sent 300,000 hand grenades to friendly regimes in Central America to fight leftist insurgents in the civil wars of the 1980s and early 1990s....

Ah, my faith in the mainstream media is restored. Of course, we don't mention that it isn't the fault of Reagan or Bush that this flow of grenades is being perpetrated by the corrupt governments in the countries the arms were sent to. Oh no....

We also have a mention of the mythical flow of AR-15/M-16 (they can't make up their minds; probably mentioning both just to cover their bases) from the US to Mexico. And we still disappointingly don't mention the mythical "gun show loophole" either. (Somewhere at the Post, a copy editor must have fallen asleep.)

The redeployment of U.S.-made grenades by Mexican drug lords underscores the increasingly intertwined nature of the conflict, as President Felipe Calderón sends his soldiers out to confront gangs armed with a deadly combination of brand-new military-style assault rifles purchased in the United States and munitions left over from the Cold War.

Oddly enough, the picture accompanying the article shows Mexican Federal Police armed with what appear to be either AR-15s or M-16s. An don't tell me the Mexican Army doesn't have hand grenades--after all, they are available for "$100 to $500 apiece on the black market", sayeth the Post. If they are outgunned and/or intimidated by the firepower they're facing, they need to talk to their government.

Smart-ass comments aside, we need to remember that we have a "failing state" on our southern border. Barring some major changes, it will become a failed state. If you think illegal immigration is a problem now, wait and see what it becomes if that comes to pass. Because the drug gangs don't recognize international borders. At least here they will face some folks who have not been disarmed and who know how to shoot.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Sign of the times

Deputies in Yadkin County are investigating the theft of crops from two fields.

Expect more of this. It would also be advisable to give some thought to how you might protect your crops from both 2- and 4-legged thieves in the event you had to depend on them to feed your family.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Do not read the article at...

...this link. Really, don't. Watch the video instead. If you listen carefully, you can hear both the bleating of the sheep and the bark of the sheepdogs.

I bet it was a Glock :-)

A Charlotte police officer "accidentally" fired his gun into the ground during a foot chase, and apparently lied about it. However, that's not the big story in my book.

Police now say the only person who fired was Officer Parker, who has been with CMPD since 2001 and is assigned to the Metro Division. He fired his gun into the ground while attempting to draw it from holster, police said.

Rule 3: Keep your finger off the trigger until the sights are on the target.

It's also why I still like some kind of manual safety on a gun, or at least a really long double action trigger. It's hard to take that "monkey grab" thing out of the equation, no matter how much training you do.

And no, I don't know if CMPD actually carries Glocks, but if I were a betting man, it's how I'd play my money.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Offensive? Slanderous? Funny as hell? Painful truth?

(Originally story found on Drudge)

It would seem that Democrats and some Tea Partiers alike have their undies in a big sweaty wad over a billboard in Iowa featuring pictures of Hitler, Obama and Lenin. It seems that the Democrats believe that it going to do a lot of good for the Democrats (reasoning unspecified) while some of the Tea party folks at the national level (I didn't know the Tea Party was that organized, but I digress) seem to think it's a waste of money and a general bad idea. One Tea Party spokesdroid who apparently slept in a Holiday Inn Express last night says it's "slanderous" (I'm not sure about his legal qualifications to render that opinion, but again I digress).

Somehow, they're all getting tied up in two of the three pictures and missing that umpteen point text at the bottom of the billboard: "RADICAL LEADERS PREY ON THE FEARFUL & NAIVE". All of those pictured, plus a lot of others any marginal student of history could name, are poster boys for that statement.

OK, if that doesn't work for you, let's try it this way:

Is that any more palatable? No? OK, let's try this fellow:

Starting to get the picture? Radical leaders prey on the fearful and naive. When times are bad, they spring up like mushrooms after a rain. We should all beware of them. All of them.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Way to fight back, St. Louis!

When the NAACP decided that it would attack the Tea Parties as "racist", the Tea Party in St. Louis decided to follow the old saying that "the best defense is a good offense".

In a matter of hours, the St. Louis group drafted and fired off to the NAACP a resolution demanding the organization withdraw its "bigoted, false and inflammatory" statement. The missive accused the NAACP of resorting to political tactics and urged the IRS to reconsider whether it can continue to qualify for tax-exempt status.

Supposedly the NAACP wants to refer to a incident in which "racial epithets" were allegedly tossed at black lawmakers prior to the health care "reform" vote. Interestingly enough, with all the TV cameras, personal video and audio records at the event, no one has ever turned up the first bit of evidence that this actually happened.

But of course, the NAACP wouldn't want to waste a crisis, now would they? I mean, why let the pseky facts get in the way when you have Hope-N-Change to accomplish.

I hope other Tea Party groups are equally well led and adopt this strategy, because it's the only one that works. I've had to personally use it before, and it didn't fail me. When someone wants to tag you as a "racist", your best defense is to go right back in their face.


(Via the Drudge Report)

But in a sort of sad way. Those of us who have advocated for our right of self-defense have long pointed out the numerous court cases in which it has been found that the police have no duty to protect you.

In Oakland, CA, the police are going to one up that one. Playing the "panic the sheep" card in the face of a budget cut, the police chief has listed crimes the Oakland PD "will no longer respond to and they include grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and vandalism."

Over the years, I've watched various government agencies repeatedly and reflexively reach for the things guaranteed to cause the most public outcry each and every time a budget cut is discussed. I hope the people in Oakland call their bluff this time. The chief deserves to be fired and someone who is willing to get the job done despite the constraints needs to be installed.

Of course, it's a pity that the people of California have been denied so many of their rights under the Second Amendment for so long. It's going to be a little difficult for them to defend themselves.

Welcome to life in the "declining empire".

Monday, July 12, 2010

Conway's Game of Life

in HTML 5. Prepare to be addicted.

(I forget where I saw this first, but whoever you are, thanks.)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Negative Incentives, function and effects thereof

The Whited Sepulcher has the scoop. Interesting stuff. Bet you never thought you'd see Lebron James, U-Haul rental rates and oil drilling rigs in the same post, didja?