Saturday, November 20, 2010

Another one bites the dust

Whining all the way, Democratc Bob "Who are you?" Ethridge concedes to Republican Renee Ellmers in the NC 2nd Congressional District.

Another win for the Tea Party. The country club Republicans better watch out--we're on the way for a visit.

Local folks make good

Holsters, that is.

Meet N82 Tactical, makers of concealed carry holsters. Nice folks--I've personally met a couple at gun shows. Good gear, good price and made in the USA. Go check out the product--I'm told it will make an excellent Christmas gift.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Almost forgot...

(Via Claire Wolfe)

At least I had it brought to my attention before...

National Ammo Day! Go shoot, go buy, go make Barbara Boxer cry!

Calling it as I see it

"Mr. Pistole, you're doing a great job," Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat and chairman of the Senate committee overseeing air travel, told TSA chief John Pistole, a former FBI agent who's had the job since July. For emphasis, Rockefeller added a few minutes later: "I think you're doing a terrific job."

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, admitted right away that "I have been a fan of the advanced imaging technology." American air travelers, she said, "have to understand that this is being done for their best interests and their safety."

I'm sorry, but anyone who believes that our security theater, seen in airports across the US on a daily basis, is either a "terrific job" or is about our best interests or safety is one of three things:
  • Willfully blind
  • Incredibly stupid
  • A liar
We are no safer in the air now than we were on September 10, 2001. Someone who wants to take a plane down, someone who is willing to die to do so, can. The few attempts so far have been nothing more than half-assed attempts by amateurs. If our Muslim friends wanted to replay 9/11, they would figure out a way to do so. For all we know, they already have and are simply waiting for the right time.

But what we are is becoming accustomed to living in a police state. ID checks, road blocks, endless questions, cameras, intrusions on Constitutionally protected rights, "If you see something, say something" and actions that, if taken by anyone else would be considered sexual assault are now taken for granted, just a part of life in these the United States.

Make no mistake, America. You're being trained. And you're taking the harness well.

Back from the dead?

The Ramshead Rathskeller may be making a return to Chapel Hill. Not sure how this "update" will work out. It strikes me that they're killing a lot of made the place fun, but that may just be an old guy talking.

Hey, you kids! Get offa my lawn!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The simple solution to TSA abuse

Much has been made in the legacy media and the blogosphere about the latest TSA abuse of the populace. A million solutions have been suggested, including one that particularly appeals to me, National Opt-Out Day. However, we ignore the simplest one: DO NOT FLY.

Note I didn't say "easiest". If you have to travel a long distance--across the country or to Europe, say--there is nothing easy about not flying. Of course, you can simply decide to vacation closer to home, or take a pass on that business conference, and those are really of minor impact. For the heavy-duty business traveler, this is definitely not an easy solution, as it could cause you to lose your livelihood. (You poor unfortunate road warriors get a free pass.)

However, if much of the traveling public simply decides to NOT FLY, and to NOT FLY a lot, there will very shortly be changes. The airlines, the airports, the vendors in the airports and all their suppliers, will rise up and see to it, because they will be losing their collective asses because we have chosen to NOT FLY.

And money (or the lack of) definitely speaks louder than words.

When is a shotgun not a shotgun?

(Via Say Uncle)

Whenever the ATF decides it isn't.

And you wonder why gunnies hate that bunch so.

You're only tolerant if you agree with them

Michigan high school teacher Jay McDowell says he didn't like where the discussion was going after a student told his classmates he didn't "accept gays."

In response, the Howell school district, in a fit of unexpected common sense, booted Mr. McDowell for a a day for violating the student's right of free speech.

Dear liberals, if tolerance doesn't work in all directions, then it isn't tolerance--it's political correctness.

Maximizing the take

The N.C. Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies across the state are launching a two-week crackdown on speeding, timed to the Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

I'm sure that the latest word from the state capital is that the red ink is approaching 25% of the total budget figure for next year has nothing to do with this expanding from the holiday weekend to a 2 week period.

Next thing you know, they'll just make the toll roads official in this state. Oh, wait....

Monday, November 15, 2010

A big mistake

I'm currently reading the catalog of Rockler Woodworking and Hardware. The entire thing is made of want. Of course, the first thing I'd want is a 60'x40' shop to put it all in....

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday funnies

(From The Email List That Must Remain Nameless)

The latest in 419 scams:

Dear Sir,

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Due to poor banking system in America, many subprime borrowers are not paying back mortgages and banks have lost ONE TRILLION TWO HUNDRED BILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ($1,200bn) so far. This calamity has caused much suffering in my country. To help remedy this situation, our president, Mr Barack Obama, has authorised to be spent a sum of EIGHT HUNDRED NINETY SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS ($897bn) on stimulus plus many other good deeds like cash for clunkers. Unfortunately, since that time, we are being molested and constantly harassed by bond vigilantes who do not care that their reckless and vicious behaviour could ruin our hopes and plans.

To this effect, last year I authorised the printing of ONE TRILLION TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY BILLION ($1,250bn) of United States currency to purchase government securities. To my great shock, this was not enough so I am now buying another SIX HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS ($600bn).

If you forward a modest sum to purchase Treasury notes then I can buy many more of them with my unlimited printing press and their price will rise. I am absolutely positive that this arrangement will be of mutual benefit to both of us. I can offer you generous interest rate of EIGHT TENTHS OF A PERCENT after taxes.

I want you to immediately inform me of your willingness in assisting and co-operating with us, so that I can send you full details of this transaction and let us make arrangement for a meeting and discuss at length on how to transfer this funds.

Yours Faithfully,

Dr (Mr) Benjamin Bernanke

N/B: Please contact Mr Timothy Geithner on this e-mail address for further briefing and modalities.

Oh, I could so do this

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the United States must reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations, especially night raids that fuel anti-American sentiment and could embolden Taliban insurgents.

You know, I'm not one to cut and run. But, considering everything, here, there and everywhere, I'm not so sure I wouldn't reduce military operations to zero, along with the funding the Afghan government is receiving. I don't care if he's just playing to the cameras and "really doesn't mean it". Enough is too much. You want our help, it comes with strings. String One is that you don't bad-mouth us. String Two is that we kill the Bad Guys whenever and wherever. You might want to tell your people that if the Taliban moves in, they need to be elsewhere for a while, because it's going to get very noisy.

Let's see how well he does with the Taliban without our support. Oh, and by the way, there will be no refuge for you here is you have to flee for your life.

I saw it said, elsewhere on the Intertubz, by one of our soldiers that "We can beat the Taliban, but we can't beat the Afghan government." Sounds true enough.

So my vote is that we leave. Develop long-range drones that can be sent do do what's necessary if the Taliban starts to get out of hand again and be a threat. Bring our people home and stop shedding our blood and spending our treasure on this. But we leave with a warning--"Don't make us come back. You won't like it."