Saturday, April 14, 2012

Short memories

Maybe because my parents grew up poor in the Great Depression, but the concept of "multi-generational households" just does not send me into a panting fit. My Dad often told stories of having 3 or even 4 generations of family in the same house. It wasn't weird, it wasn't odd and apparently no one viewed it as either an imposition or something to be ashamed of. The older generations watched after their grandkids and did such things as they could to contribute to the running of the household, along with providing a font of hard-won wisdom about living life.

However, in Moscow on the Catawba (AKA Charlotte, NC), it's apparently the "only option" for many, pant, pant, pant. Please give us money to care for the poor-and-starvin' is the unstated subtext.

Great Bleeding Ghu, how far we have come--and what we have lost in the process.

Old dog learns new tricks

For a long while, I've been advocating for my favorite of our civil rights, the 2nd Amendment. Sure, I like the others as well, but as someone who simply loves guns and their history, the 2nd has a special place in my heart.

However, my form of advocacy has been limited to things like this blog, writing letters to politicians, donating to various gun groups, explaining my passion to friends/neighbors/coworkers and so on. Never did anything more "formal". Sure, I've joined several pro-gun groups, but I'm not a big one to get more "involved", doing the things that require a more hands on/face-to-face approach with folks I don't already know.

But today I took my first foray out into that larger word, attending a conference for budding 2nd Amendment activists put on by Grass Roots North Carolina. It was definitely an eye-opening experience.

Led by Paul Valone, GRNC's front man, those in attendance got a basic overview of GRNC's successful methodology for influencing the legislative process--or as Paul put it, providing a source of political pain for politicians who don't vote our way. It's in-your-face aggressive and it gets results. Not my normal way of doing things, but given the documented results that GRNC has achieved, I may have to learn a new way of doing things.

Hell, as an old retired guy who is just working now because he likes what he does for a living, I may even try a bit of it on some of my opponents in office politics, just to see if it transfers. It would be a shock for the crowd I work with now, that's for sure. They are the poster children for "compromise" and "civility" and "passive-agressive behavior". I suspect the looks on their faces would be a Mastercard moment--priceless.

I also got to meet a fellow blogger, Sean D.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Test case?

(Via Mountain Man)

"...a local gun store has refused to comply with an order from the ATF to turn over to the agency the official 'Bound Book' that firearms retailers are required to keep on site on customers and their purchases, photo I.D.s, and background checks."

I expect this will get good in a hurry. More as I can find it.

Another catastrophic failure in the victim selection process

Bad guy attempts to break into the home of a veteran recently returned from Iraq. Bad guy quickly begins assuming ambient temperature.

But I am a bit ticked by the whole "...will not be charged at this time..." BS in the article. I have to wonder if that's something they got from the police, the DA or it's just the wishful thinking of the authorized journalist?

Monday, April 09, 2012

Gotta love technology

Especially when it's deployed after warnings that it's insecure, and gets hacked. Some people never learn.

Wonder just how much money those utilities are saving, hm-m-m?

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Found circulating about the Intertubz

Ineptocracy: A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Sounds about right to me.