Archive for July, 2011

July 31, 2011

the truth

Surprisingly, it came from Bill Maher: Americans love their socialism.

He’s right, they do. With the federal budget just north of 40% of GDP and about 40% of income in this country coming from transfer payments from the government, it’s almost cute to call it capitalism.

Also, gains are privatized. But the big losses are public with bailouts and such. As a matter of policy, we take the worst of all systems. So admit it!

July 29, 2011

Gunwalker

One step closer to the oval office.

Lashing out at TSA: update

Remember the woman who was arrested when she ‘lashed out’ at the agents fondling her teenage daughter? She goes to court Monday. And there’s this:

Andrea Fornella Abbott, 41, will appear Monday in a Davidson County courtroom to answer to the misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.
News of her July 10 afternoon arrest was picked up by national media outlets, and prompted hundreds of people from across the country to contact The Tennessean in support of Abbott. Many of them asked how to donate money to her legal fund. Horst, a Nashville-based criminal defense lawyer, is handling her case free of charge.

I hope it gets to a jury and is nullified. But, hey, a lawyer doing it for free must mean something.

How many federal laws are there?

So many, that lawyers and academics gave up trying to count them.

ATF and guns in Mexico: The White House Knew

Yup. The “stench of cover-up”

Avoiding a second Ft. Hood Shooting

Thanks to a Texas gun store employee:

Police in Killeen said their break in the case came from Guns Galore LLC — the same gun store where Maj. Nidal Hasan bought a pistol used in the 2009 attack. Store clerk Greg Ebert said the man arrived by taxi Tuesday and bought 6 pounds of smokeless gunpowder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition and a magazine for a semi-automatic pistol.

Ebert said he called authorities because he and his co-workers “felt uncomfortable with his overall demeanor and the fact he didn’t know what the hell he was buying.”

as the cartridge turns

This is pretty much why I don’t watch a lot of the new shows on TV about guns. I still watch the informational programs. But the reality based shows have too much drama. And I’m not going to like it just because there’s also guns.

CrimsonTrace Lightguard

PDB has a review of the CrimsonTrace Lightguard. I rather like the idea of light that comes on automatically for my things that go bump in the night house gun.

ATF multiple long gun forms sent to FFLs

Despite ATF not having the regulatory authority to do so, they’re sending the forms to FFLs.

RFID chips in Chiappa guns?

Looks like it and here’s the explanation.

We must ban the mail

Seems the Norway shooter bought his standard capacity magazines from US vendors and they were mailed to him. And, to draw a parallel, they have to lie about it.

Next thing you know, ATF will be smuggling guns there.

Periodic table of heavy metals

Heh.

Newbie shooter

Ed takes NRO’s Jim Geraghty shooting

Gun porn

BAZ45

7inch barreled 1911

Bul M5

July 28, 2011

expectation of privacy

Dodging the question of whether the .gov has the authority to collect the geolocation information of American citizens for intelligence purposes

Tracking your movement via your phone.

None of us is as dumb as all of us

Holding advance kids back? Our education ‘system’ is hosed.

St. Louis Revolt

I admire the sentiment but I think working together is better than taking over. Besides, none of those people could beat, say, Ted Nugent out.

hah: Doesn’t have too many ideas of his own any more, but he’ll tell you about a good idea he just heard.

Ten Greatest Metal Bands

A discussion. Depends on the definition of metal. I don’t think, for instance, System of a Down is metal.

CalGuns on the move

Excellent:

As part of its ongoing Carry License Compliance and Sunshine Initiative, the Calguns Foundation has filed a lawsuit in Merced County Superior Court challenging Merced County and its Sheriff’s firearm carry licensing policy for violating state law.

Kahr settles

Looks like they’re paying $600K to the family of man killed by one of their guns. Seems an employee of theirs (who had a criminal record and a drug addiction) stole a gun then sold it and it was later used in a shooting. Looks to me like Kahr is paying go away money.

TSA stupidity

It was pretty dumb to make pilots use those horrid holsters. Also dumb is the rules for where they can wear them. It’s even dumber to make them put them in an easily identifiable bag. Why not a bright orange bag with “terrorist, steal me” written on it?

It’s like TSA is trying to destroy the armed pilot program.

Get my ashes into space

Well, the air. A company that puts cremated ashes into ammo.

NSSF said what?

From their blog on ATF and guns in Mexico:

Penalties associated with straw purchasing, up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine, should be supplemented with a mandatory minimum sentence. NSSF supports a five (5) year mandatory minimum sentence for anyone convicted of lying to a federally licensed firearms retailer as a means of unlawfully purchasing (straw buying) a firearm. A slap on the wrist should not be given by judges to individuals who knowingly put firearms into the hands of prohibited persons and drug cartels.

Furthermore, NSSF is renewing calls for Congress, the Department of Justice and the Administration to once again fund the Don’t Lie for the Other Guy anti-straw purchasing campaign – a joint firearms industry / law enforcement program that utilizes both public awareness and firearms retailer education to achieve its goal of further reducing illegal firearm purchases.

I’m not sure that would really help. I darn sure don’t want to give the agency responsible for enforcing these things more money or power.

Should probably send a team of basic business teachers, assuming they still teach that in high school

Emergency Team Of 8th-Grade Civics Teachers Dispatched To Washington

Tilting at tiny, tiny windmills

What she said.

Gun Porn

Pink tiger stripes

S&W Bodyguard

iPhone gun porn

Century Fal

July 27, 2011

Teh st00pid

Norway Shootings: NRA’s fault.

hippies came to town and no one told me

So I couldn’t go taunt them:

Several people from across the East Tennessee protested the lack of a deal on the debt ceiling crisis in front of the Blount County Courthouse on Tuesday.

Organized through MoveOn.org, the protesters were originally trying to protest in front of the district office of U.S. Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan on Broadway Avenue, but later moved to the courthouse lawn. Duncan recently moved his office to the courthouse.

Seems they want to raise taxes on thecomfortable upper middle class err the rich. Meanwhile, this:

“— But, a fair deal,” Don Scott said. “That means not only cutting programs but increasing revenues.”

“They are trying to balance the budget on the back of the poor,” Dan Dobbs said.

Cognitive dissonance in 3 . . . 2 . . .

Is that anything like the poor man’s anti gun lobby?

Violence Policy Center stupidity: Mini-14 Is “Poor Man’s Assault Rifle”

Let’s see, bare bones mini 14 goes for about $650. Bare bones AR goes for about $650.

Reminder

The myth of safe places. No place is exempt.