Archive for September, 2007

September 29, 2007

More people of the gun

Pics!

More on Google Ads

No guns. But hookers are no problem.

September 28, 2007

Being Evil

Google is anti-gun. Received a message from Google Adsense:

While reviewing your account, we noticed that you are currently displaying Google ads in a manner that is not compliant with our policies. For instance, we found violations of AdSense policies on pages such as thegunblogs.com.

As stated in our program policies, AdSense publishers are not permitted to place Google ads on sites with content related to certain weapons and weapon accessories, such as firearms, balisongs, butterfly knives, and brass knuckles.

As a result, we have disabled ad serving to the site.

Your AdSense account remains active. However, we strongly suggest that you take the time to review our program policies to ensure that all of your remaining pages are in compliance.

Please note that we may disable your account if further violations are found in the future.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team

I reply with:

To my knowledge, my site is in compliance as your policy states:

“Sales or promotion of weapons or ammunition (e.g., firearms, fighting knives, stun guns)”

There are no sales occuring at thegunblogs that I am aware of.

They reply (after a week):

Hello,

Thanks for your email. We feel that, because the content of your site is largely focused on firearms, the site is not a good fit for the AdSense program. We appreciate your understanding.

Sincerely,

Scott
The Google AdSense Team

I reply:

You should specify that in your policy then. I and other reasonable people are unable to determine how you ‘feel.’

I note, however, you’ve had no issue selling gun related items on my site via your ads*.

Don’t be evil.

* Note: for evidence, look to your left.

The Revolutionary’s Cookbook

Adam Kleinheider of Volunteer Voters gave a little link love on an idea I first presented on KnoxViews.

Maybe this can help some gunnys in protecting 2nd Amendment Rights?

From today’s NiT post that Adam linked on VV.:

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Holy Crap

This would probably induce PSH in me.

Ron Paul: end the drug war

A video of Ron Paul stating we should end the drug war. Now, I don’t think Ron Paul has a chance in Hell of winning the election. But I am glad that someone is talking about this issue. I’m also surprised since this is an issue that is usually verboten at political debates because it’s complex and, essentially, goes against everything the .gov is telling your kids in high school. In debates, you can never ask a question like:

So, the drug war costs billions and billions and billions of dollars. Many innocent, peaceable citizens have been needlessly killed by a police force that has been essentially militarized. People are not secure in their homes because of no knock warrants and search warrants issued based on the frequently false testimony of criminals. Property is taken and lives are destroyed over a few minuscule amounts of drugs. Is it worth that price to confiscate an infinitesimally small fraction of a percent of the drug supply in this country?

Maybe we should get as many people as possible to ask that question on the next youtube debate thingy.

End the drug war and release the prisoners.

Oh, and Paul’s opponents will now say that Ron Paul is soft on crime.

Creepy

See through frogs. You know, so you don’t have to dissect them. Sometimes, scientists kinda scare me.

Some people have no shame

9-11 survivor story probably a hoax.

Via 2–4.

Messengers of God: inconsiderate pricks

So, the other night at a little bit after dark (say a bit past 8:00), The Second was in his bed sawing toothpicks, the Mrs. was at the gym, and me and Junior were downstairs watching Little Bear for 1,483rd time that day when Politically Incorrect Dog starts raising utter Hell. Now Politically Incorrect Dog makes very distinct sounds. He has a low groan which translates as I want that thing. Please give it to me. He has a high pitched groan which translates as I’m serious, I want that thing. Why haven’t you given it to me yet and it follows the aforementioned groan. He has a mid-ranged woof that indicates hey, there’s someone here who I happen to like. He has a half-hearted bark which translates as Someone’s at the door. You may want to check it out but otherwise I’m mostly unconcerned. And he has his OMG. Do something now or I’m gonna kill it bark. That bark, I’d only heard once before and I heard it again the other night.

I thought someone was in my house. I told Junior to stay put. Retrieved El Nino* from the safe (whole process took about five seconds). And went upstairs. Politically Incorrect Dog continued his hell-raising, ear-splitting barking. He was staring at the door. I set El Nino down by the banister and looked out the door. Two Jehovah’s Witnesses. At night. Repeatedly knocking and ringing the doorbell where there is a sleeping child. While an obviously angry dog kept barking at them. I guess they’re persistent. I looked at them through the door, shook my head, and walked away. You might get more converts if you weren’t such pricks.

The Second, thankfully, is a sound sleeper and slept through it. Of course, he slept through the alarm one night when I accidentally set it off.

To add to the story, the Mrs. was pulling into the subdivision and noticed the Jehovah’s Witnesses at our door. She did another lap to avoid them. She had the same reaction as I did. Seriously, it was night time you twits.

* Why El Nino? Because at close range, I can put 10 in an eyeball.

Buying Power

Remember this:

Firearms: $2.4 billion
Optics: $203 million
Decoys and game calls: $187 million
Hunting apparel: $459 million
Ammo: $696 million

Cool

An Uncleism has made it into a media piece. Dave Workman used the phrase: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership.

Cool. And he’s right: The anti-gun lobby misleads us with false data on officer deaths.

Commonality

What is it with gun nuts and Politically Incorrect Dogs?

For real?

Seen at Robb’s:

In the case of the Virginia Tech rampage, a state-appointed commission of inquiry has come to the astonishing conclusion that better locks are needed on classroom doors and that troubled students should be more closely monitored. The Newark tragedy, since the killers have been identified and several turn out to be illegal immigrants, has produced renewed demands for harsher immigration regulations. Practically no one has raised any questions about this nation’s gun laws or, more accurately, this nation’s lack of gun control legislation.

Were you paying attention? I mean some folks were more interested in raising money but there definitely were calls for that. But, to show you how far gone the anti-gun lobby is, the only headway they made was an attempt to improve a bad law. And that improvement (HR 2640) is even supported by the NRA.

50 rounds per second

Remember that DillonAero SUV mounted mini-gun? Well, a local security contractor bought one. You know, for protecting nukes.

The musket loophole

It’s true, folks, but some black powder guns aren’t even considered firearms and are, therefore, not regulated. The press seems to think this is PSH worthy.

Of course, this is the same press who heard 50 caliber and ran a picture of a Barrett.

Gun Blogger Rendezvous Update

Exciting news about a couple of attendees. You are coming, aren’t you?

And those attendees are, of course, coming to plunk down a ton of cash in my lap. Just ask Laura Washington.

ZOMFG

We’re not all the same and don’t always agree. Who knew?

Another gun blog

The Firearm Blog. Nifty stuff like:

Lego guns

M16 / M4/ AR-15 Manuals

Izhevsk promotional videos

Gun Porn – pink edition

Crickett. And let’s not forget the bARbie-15 and the pink Glock.

September 27, 2007

Engine #9

Co-blogger and troublemaker Number9 has the reigns over at Nashville Was Talking. Let the hippie annoying begin.

Touchdown

In Atlanta. My buddy’s wife is now stateside.

That’ll show us

So, the kid who is kind of a douchebag and goaded the cop into being a bigger douchebag has been treated to having his place staked out by other cops who are now even bigger douchebags than the two aforementioned douchebags.

Update: Clarification in comments:

Some clarifications are in order:
1. the cop that the guy video taped worked for a completely different department than the st. louis city PD
2. apparently, the officers stalking the video taper are part of the st. louis city PD
3. the st. louis county PD (again, completely different agency) is doing the investigation of the original video taped cop

Defending Kleinheider

I concur. Free AC! An AC at rest can not be stopped.

Update: Silence concurs: With all due respect, this is the kind of gobbledygook I expect from a politician

More respect from newscoma:

Ironically, Nashville is talking about Kinsey’s quote. They just aren’t doing it over at that blog, they are doing it over at MCB. I have posted at both places in the spirit of disclosure over the past couple of years.

I wonder what some of the blogs on the eastside of the state have to say about this.

And, you two, what’s with this respect business? Respect is earned. Not given. If they want respect, let AC do what AC does best.

Parker/Heller at Cato

Robert Levy has a good preview of the case.

Buy smokes, go to jail

Unreal:

Starting today, state Department of Revenue agents will begin stopping Tennessee motorists spotted buying large quantities of cigarettes in border states, then charging them with a crime and, in some cases, seizing their cars.

Critics say the new “cigarette surveillance program” amounts to the use of “police state” tactics and wrongfully interferes with interstate commerce. But state Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr says his department is simply doing its job, enforcing a valid state law while protecting Tennessee retailers who properly pay state taxes.

Yes, for denying the state a few dollars, you’ll be a felon.

Baiting

Every year, about this time, some local yokels get arrested for setting bait for bears. The twist this year is that those involved are Tennessee Wildlife Resource Officers, who are breaking the laws they are supposed to enforce. Nice.

Why Rudy Matters

People have asked me why I give a flying poop about Rudy Giuliani and his newfound love of gun rights that nobody is buying. And why I care that he spoke at the NRA event. It’s simple: It proves that he realizes he needs us gunnies if he wants to win.

The NRA represents a pretty substantial voting block. And it has political clout. And, as pointed out before, no candidates are begging the Brady Bunch/VPC for support? Rudy, McCain and Romney (neither of which have stellar gun records – and that’s an understatement) are sucking up to gun owners. They have to. They need the votes. The question is whether we’ll buy what they’re selling. So far, I’m guessing not.

Jonathan Martin notes:

President Bush’s ability to motivate Republicans was the most significant force among five conservative-leaning people or groups tested for their influence among GOP voters in a new poll. The survey showed that 55 percent of Republicans would be “more likely” to back a candidate if he had the endorsement of the president. Only 12 percent said “less likely,” but 31 percent did say that the preference of the incumbent president would have “no affect”

The data showing the impact of endorsements or opposition was provided to Politico.com by Fabrizio & McLaughlin, the GOP firm that conducted the poll. They surveyed 1,000 Republican voters between September 21-23.

Of the other entities tested — the NRA, Chamber of Commerce, James Dobson and Pat Robertson — the gun-rights organization rated the next most powerful among Republican voters. Forty-four percent of those polled said they would be more inclined to back a candidate who had the support of the NRA. Fifteen percent would be less so and 38 percent indicated it would have no impact. Notably for Rudy Giuliani, 40 percent of those surveyed said they would be “less likely” to vote for a candidate who was opposed by the NRA.

I’m rather amazed that Bush placed so high since he’s pretty much destroyed all of his conservative street cred. So, there’s why they’re sucking up and pontificating and suddenly all about gun rights.

Because gun owners vote. And NRA members vote.

And James Dobson? For real?

Parts of Patriot Act struck down

Again:

Two provisions of the USA Patriot Act are unconstitutional because they allow search warrants to be issued without a showing of probable cause, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Via JB.

Assault Hawk

Hunting deer with a bird? Not for the squeamish.

ATF Director’s Confirmation Hearing

The AP notes:

U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan fielded some tough questions about gun laws while winning praise Wednesday at a Senate confirmation hearing to become director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Sullivan, a former Republican state legislator and district attorney in Massachusetts, was nominated by President Bush for the job in March. He has been acting director of the agency for more than a year.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., who chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, lauded Sullivan’s “distinguished career in public service.”

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., introduced Sullivan at the hearing, praising both his professional abilities and his character.

“It is a job that he’s proven more than qualified and capable of performing,” Kerry said.

Sullivan also faced some grilling from Kennedy and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., about whether the ATF would be willing to release more gun tracing data, a move the senators said could help state and local law agencies fight gun crime.

Sullivan said there has been confusion about what data ATF could share, but he said he hopes ATF will provide more data.

Zoiks. Look who he’s getting praise from. Ryan says:

The ATF has been on an agenda to shut down firearms dealers and manufacturers. Sullivan has continued to carry out this Back Door attack on our Second Amendment. As Gun Owners we should be deeply concerned when the ATF Director is being praised by John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, the bows to release more information to Chuck Schumer.