Quote of the YEAR!
Yes, more people are killed by cows each year than lawful guns intentionally fired by a non criminal. Even more than sharks (though I’d avoid if swimming in the Pacific wearing your wasabi wet suit).
Yes – Cows.
My dear friend Brigid wins the Internets with this one! And all the more serious (and sometimes less so) appending text.
I’m not big on insulting my readership, however, if you are not reading Brigid regularly (and own a copy (or more) of her Barkley book – see the sidebar) THEN YOU ARE AN IDIOT!
She is thoughtful, and well-versed in the manner of educated prose. And poetry! And turns-of-phrase. (see above).
Who would hurt me significantly if I posted a proper photograph.
Or libertarian (small L)?
From Say Uncle:
My wookiee suit is strong but . . .
How do libertarians deal with quarantine? Personally, I accept that I am a rational actor and I’d go all quarantine because I should and am responsible for my actions. But some folks, like patient zero, who is not a libertarian, say I’m looking out for numero uno. Libertarians might just tell you to fuck off but that’s not kosher in the whole “I am responsible for me” thing. What say you?
One answer (of 23 when I viewed it) from his posting:
- Joe Allen Says:
October 17th, 2014 at 11:11 pm The Zero Aggression Policy perfectly addresses quarantine. If you know, or have reason to believe, you may have a deadly contagious disease, you cannot hop on a cruise ship or jet airplane and call yourself a libertarian.
Of course, no mention is made any longer of the illness(es) being brought ashore by the thousands of
illegal alien children children who came here illegally without parents. This has been relegated to page 24, if it’s on ANY pages at all!
I suspect, as we are not the World’s policeman, we are also not their nanny.
What do you guys think? – Guffaw
From The View From North Central Idaho, in part…
While the Corps retains the right to regulate the possession and carrying of handguns on Corps property, this regulation imposes an outright ban, and is therefore unconstitutional under any level of scrutiny, as set forth in Heller and Peruta.
For all of the reasons cited above, the Court will grant plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment…
Summary judgment! Can school and Post Office carry be far behind?
One can only hope…
Most of you know I was raised on TV and movies. It was an escape from my somewhat dysfunctional family and from the daily stress of life. My roomie and I still enjoy much on electronic media, especially now that so many choices are available.
I recently completed watching the many morality plays that made up Have Gun – Will Travel. Certainly NOT your typical horse opera. And I went looking for something else.
And I found something. It was produced in 2008. (see, behind the times!)
It was an HBO production, and I found it on On Demand on DISH. A seven part mini-series.
This, too, is no horse opera. It is based on the David McCullough book about our second President, and his life leading up to his Presidency. He was not handsome; he was not a great orator. He didn’t stir the passions his cousin Sam Adams did.
But, he WAS a man of principle.
I find myself wondering if he was the last man of principle to hold that office, politics being as they are.
He abhorred slavery, and unlike some of the other Founding Fathers didn’t own any. He was very uncomfortable with Dr. Franklin’s dalliances while they were on a diplomatic visit to France during The Revolution, and by all accounts was loyal to his wife. He was not afraid to pick up a gun in defense of his country.
But few remembered the second President. Until the book and this mini-series.
You should read/watch it!
“Wrong hat!” – Rocky
“I wear a seven and a half.” – Bullwinkle
FBI Director James B. Comey made some kind of pronouncement a couple of weeks ago, regarding your rights and mine. Something of a positive, pro-rights nature. I took notice, and thought to myself “Gee, I should post this on the blog, it’s unusual for this, or any federal administration!”
Then, last week he flushed it all away when he announced:
Nice upholding your oath there, Mr. Director!
Thank the heavens above that the position of FBI Director is now federally-limited to ten years. Of course, with whom will he be replaced? Another nazi or soviet…?
h/t Motherboard, Joel
It’s been suggested if only I changed my hair, my clothes, some of my beliefs (etc.) I’d be cooler. I don’t care – I’m happy being who I am.
Never Yet Melted quoted what I think is the definitive comment on hipsterism.
Hipster economics are standard economics because hipsters are everything the US economy has ever wished for in one convenient package. It’s a group consisting largely of young, upper-middle class people with very little conviction, who will spend large amounts of money to maintain their own comfort and the appearance of diversity and rebellion. They are activists as long as it’s easy, poor as long as it doesn’t involve dirt or hunger, and selfless as long as they don’t stand to lose anything. They represent the sanitizing of national issues so that they can be discussed without being addressed. And all you have to do to control them is use some reverse psychology. They’re not rebels, they’re not even malicious, because they’re not anything except a bunch of kids playing pretend. They’ll eventually grow up and become bankers, lawyers and politicians, just like their parents…(Robert)
Again, I’m NOT a hipster…
They’re with the missing IRS emails! :-)
DC forcing people to reregister and re-finger print gun owners, new fees
Two decades after skyrocketing to fame with his role as superman in the hit series “Lois & Clark,” Dean Cain is still busy acting and making his own films. But these days, Cain is more than just an entertainer. The single father is now a regular guest on Fox News and is not afraid to open up about politics and social issues.
“I’ll discuss things,” Cain told Fox News. “You know, just because someone is an actor doesn’t mean they’re a blithering idiot — although sometimes,” he joked.
Cain said he is stepping into the cable news arena because he isn’t afraid to speak his mind and hopes he might encourage others to do the same.
“I think it’s important as an American, as a citizen, to go and talk about things, to try and educate yourself because the general public wants to be educated on these things and maybe if it’s a face they’ll recognize, they’ll pay attention,” Cain said.
The actor is particularly vocal about gun rights. He said a frightening experience at his home in Los Angeles helped shape his opinion on the topic.
“I was terrified. I’m a big, strong guy and my knees were buckling like ‘Oh my gosh,’” Cain said of a night when he awoke to a stranger pounding on his door. “I’m armed to-the-teeth now. At 4 o’clock in the morning come bang at my door, my knees won’t buckle.” (…)
Take THAT Liam Neeson, Sylvester Stallone, Bill Maher, ad infinitum – ad nauseum. (To be fair, Bill Maher admits to gun ownership – while railing against the Second Amendment!)
h/t John Lott
(Of course, I cannot come close to affording a Google Glass, much less a TrackingPoint rifle and THIS! – Guffaw)
A real must for the millionaires who already own the TrackingPoint rifle, now there’s some cool shades to go with it:
You can shoot from completely protected positions behind trees or around corners when it’s necessary to remain unexposed to the target.
ShotGlass can record everything you see and say. You don’t need to clamp a GoPro® to your hat anymore. ShotGlass videos download directly to your smart phone for sharing with friends, family, and social media.
Friends or family can wear ShotGlass while you are shooting. They can see exactly what you see, and share your experience. A father can mentor his son by guiding him to the proper whitetail. A professional hunter sees exactly what target his client is engaging and can direct the client to the desired target and point of impact. In battle, a spotter wears ShotGlass to direct his sniper to the target in real-time under high stress.
Photo from the TrackingPoint website:
More information at Ars Technica. Pretty spiffy!
(FTC, go away empty-handed!)
Back when I worked @ TMCCC, they decided they would hire field investigators. Folks who would actually go out in the field to interact with the police, federal agencies, witnesses and suspects concerning our company’s credit card fraud.
Having been a licensed private investigator, process server and security guard, I felt I was ripe for such a job. The company dangled field positions over the we-call-center-interview-and-interact-via phone-folks for years.
Corporate then hired outside retired law enforcement as field agents! Quelle surprise.
Fortunately, most of them became good work friends. It was noted that corporate then ran their asses off, spreading their talents and abilities way too thin! Made us thankful we didn’t make the cut.
They did keep the guys pretty busy. Our office was responsible for accounts in the United States west of the Mississippi River, and I think we finally had four field agents! One alone for California.
One of the guys – I’ll call him John – when I met him was a short, round guy. Seriously. Round. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’ve had weight issues for years, but I’m 6′ 3/4″ (on my good leg) and have been 350 pounds! I’m now significantly less – 240 – ish.
But John was something like 5′ 5″ and maybe 300 pounds, on a good day!
John had worked for the Cook County Attorney’s Office, then was medically retired, as he had been shot.
A spherical, but genuinely nice guy. I think his excess weight saved his life.
THEN, I didn’t see John for about six months.
And John stops by the main office. The only way I recognized him was his large, brown mustache and beaming countenance.
He looked to be a ‘normal’ weight for someone his height!
I had to ask him, “Have you been ill?”
He responded no, he had stopped taking fat pills!
He further explained that as an Illinois State Investigator, he (like many of those in blue uniforms) developed an affinity for doughnuts! It had become more than a habit, it had become an addiction!
So he simply stopped eating doughnuts. Cold jelly.
And the weight just fell off him. He swore he would never eat another one.
I’ve not seen him since I left the company five years ago. I hope he has kept his promise.
I LOVE(D) MIAMI VICE! (the TV show – the later movie, not so much)
The girls, the guns, the music, the gritty (for then) plot lines. Being a young married guy at the time, who was shooting I.P.S.C. on Thursday nights, Friday evening was just right for kicking back and imagining my suburban life rebooted as Sonny Crockett.
NBC program director Brandon Tartikoff had put out the request for a new show with the memo: Give me MTV Cops!
I’d admired the lead actor Don Johnson since A Boy and his Dog, and the fact Michael Mann (the producer/creator who had done the film Thief) hired experts to show the actors proper gun handling and techniques made this TV show too cool. The Galco custom holster, the Bren 10 pistol (used by Johnson one year, until they could no longer get magazines!), the ubiquitous Weaver stances, Jan Hammer’s music…
Now. Johnson (@ age 64) is himself envisioning a Miami Vice reboot!
I loved the show, but, what are they going to call it – Geriatric Vice?
h/t Jerry the Geek