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“Maybe it’ll suck in, somewhere.”

Forty-two years ago, the great Bill Cosby released the record album 200 MPH.  In the album was a long routine entitled as such, regarding his purchase of a sports car from Carroll Shelby, advertised to do over 200 miles-per-hour.  Mr. Cosby, you see, liked to drive fast.

The climax of this routine (spoiler alert) was the fast car so scared him, that he donated it to George Wallace, a well-known Dixiecrat Governor and bigot (at the time-he reformed before he died).

But, in the meat of the routine, Bill stops for gas, and it occurs to him he has no idea where the gas cap is located.  The gas guy (attention youngsters – others filled your tank for you, way back when!) suggested he pour gasoline all over the car, and maybe it would suck in somewhere.

This leads to the title of this post.  After the recent murders in Colorado, the usual folks came out in support of more gun control.  As if more legislation would have stopped the carnage before it happened.  This presupposes the bad/crazy guys obey the law!

And the anti-rights folks seemed well-prepared, as if these important bills were already on file just waiting for some catastrophic event to trigger them to be brought forth for a vote. (!)

They were already discussing Fast & Furious gun control, and the U.N. Small Arms Treaty, then added two more bills regarding ‘assault’ magazines and other controls.  Then yesterday, Internet ammunition purchase control legislation was also introduced.  (Bill Seeks Limit On Online Ammo Purchases)

It’s as if they are saying pour it them over the car Congress, it’ll suck in somewhere!

In other words, a blitzkrieg.  Flood the legislature with as many bills as possible, and maybe one will squeak through.

We must remain vigilant, or one or more will.

h/t Bill Cosby, Murphy’s Law

Flip-Flop on Guns?

Everyday No Days Off gave me a chuckle a couple of mornings ago.  At least I hope it was a chuckle – or intended to provoke one:

You have to improvise.  This got me thinking… with the right type of flip flop you could have a ghetto NY Reload holster.  If you can’t steal one of your wife/girlfriend’s flip flops then hit up payless and cop a pair. This will either give you a backup holster to have on hand in case the 1st one breaks… or better yet carry 4 guns and call it a Detroit Reload setup.

I suspect this isn’t IDPA or OSHA approved.

Magazine Ban Vote TODAY!

from my personal email…

Dear Guffaw,

Democrat anti-gunners could force a “Magazine Ban” vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate as early as today.

They’re attempting to ban magazines used commonly for self-defense and sport shooting by burying an amendment deep inside the “Cybersecurity Act” (S. 3414).

The amendment (S.A. 2575) allows for serial number tracking and the potential for additional gun control regulations by Attorney General Eric Holder — without Congressional approval.

And to makes matters worse for gun owners, if you get caught carrying one of these “high capacity magazines” you could be looking at the inside of a prison cell for the next ten years.

Please call Sen. John Kyl and Sen. John McCain right now:

202-225-3121

OR, OF COURSE YOUR SENATORS! (Guffaw)

Demand they OPPOSE S. 3414, the so-called “Cybersecurity Act,” and S.A. 2575, the Schumer “Magazine Ban.”

Thanks in advance for taking action.

– Dudley

h/t NAGR

and now, LINOGE with the News!

(copied verbatim from walls of the city)

So far, we, the American people, have spent somewhere in excess of sixty billion (yes, with a “b”) dollars on a “security” farce that results in mind-bending idiocy such as this:

The TSA’s bungling reached a new low yesterday when a JFK Airport terminal had to be evacuated and hundreds of passengers marched back through security screening all because one dimwitted agent failed to realize his metal detector had been unplugged, sources told The Post.

The stunning error led to hours of delays, two planes called back from the runway and infinite frustration for furious passengers.

“The truth is, this is the failure of the most basic level of diligence,” a law-enforcement source said.

Apparently TSA agent Alija Abdul Majed is even stupider than your average employee of that particular disaster of a governmental agency – which is no mean feat, given their long, long list of failures and not a single “success” to their names – and somehow managed to not realize that his metal detector was not plugged in.

Seriously.

confusedmalHow can you be that stupid and remember to breathe? I have seen the backs (and fronts) of metal detectors, and while I cannot say as though I spent a great deal of time examining them in tremendous depth, I can say, with a reasonable degree of accuracy, that all metal detectors not only have lights indicating whether or not someone has metal on their persons, but also lights indicating whether or not the bloody thing is actually on. Simple lights. Lights that would be on if it were plugged in. Lights that would be off if it were not.

This is not rocket science folks. This is something that damned near every electronic or electrical device has and has had for about as long as we have had electronic and electrical devices. And the morons the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters hire are so moronic they could not even figure that out.

In some other situations, this kind of idiocy would be cause for a hearty round of pointing-and-laughing, but given that (a) Alija almost unquestionably will not be fired, (2) arguably millions of dollars was lost in terms of people’s time, aircrafts’ time, fuel expenditures, and the efforts necessary to evacuate an international terminal of one of the busiest airports in America, and (iii) this is not exactly unusual job performance for an “agency” that has become the laughing-stock of the world… Well, it is not so funny any more, is it?

The TSA is a product of the fears and phobias of the American people, and it will remain in place, screwing up everyone’s lives and molesting elderly women, until such time as we, the American people, decide we have had enough and inform our duly-elected representatives that it is time to get rid of this waste of money and space. Unfortunately, even with incidents such as these becoming more common, I do not see that happening any time soon…

(I’ve no reason to add anything – Guffaw)

h/t Linoge

Larry Correia Brings It!

Larry Correia is probably familiar to most of you.  He is the New York Times bestselling author of the Monster Hunter International series, the Grimnoir Chronicles, and the thriller Dead Six.

Personally, these are not my cup of tea.  What IS my cup of tea, however is the skilled author, former gun store owner and CCW instructor taking apart an opinion piece published by CNN (you know, that balanced news organization (sarcasm) regarding – you guessed it! – Gun Control, yet again.

Like earthworms after a rain, it seems every time there is a multiple homicide, the usual suspects ooze out of the ground and spew not only tired rhetoric, but misinterpretations and outright lies in an effort to abrogate the rights of all law-abiding U.S. citizens.

And CNN is part of this nonsense, yet, again.

So, Larry comes to the rescue with a point-by-point refutation of the CNN article.  It’s a little long (for those of you who like more pictures! :-)  ) , but well worth the read.

Now, if only the loyal opposition would read it, digest it and leave the law-abiding alone!

The Swimmer

The other day I posted a video in my You Tube widget from Burt Lancaster’s 1968 avant garde film The Swimmer.  This was not coincidental, as upon moving into my new digs, one of the bits of information I gleaned was not only does the townhouse community have tennis and basketball courts, but they have a pool. (!)

I’ve not been swimming in years, but between disability and weight issues, I think it could only help.  I’m pretty sedentary.  So the other day I took a test swim.  I’m generally up early, and decided if I went first thing I wouldn’t be disturbed (any more than I already am) and would avoid the direct Sun of mid-day.

It’s a small pool, no diving allowed, and not very long.  But, it worked for me.  My only complaint is it’s being small, the laps aren’t very long  – as if I could swim an Olympic pool length, anyway!  And, given my size, I do resemble a big dog in a kiddie pool.

But, we’re gonna keep at it.  Perhaps as the Summer winds down it will feel less like bathwater.  And maybe, eventually, one of my muscles will become toned.

This Just In…

The United States WILL NOT SIGN the United Nations Small Arms Treaty, at least in this go around…

The Citizen’s Committee for The Right To Keep and Bear Arms credits grassroots pressure from the citizenry in this reversal, announced Friday morning.  After all, it’s not as if the President and Secretary of State had a change of heart.

LETS KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM WITH PRESSURE ON SENATOR SCHUMER’S LATEST BILL.

THEY’RE GONNA KEEP TRYING, PEOPLE!Guffaw

h/t CCRKBA, GunMag, SAF

Remember ‘Chuckie’?

Sebastian and Matt informs us

That our old friend Senator Charles Schumer is up to his old tricks, again…

S.A. 2575 would make it illegal to transfer or possess large capacity feeding devices such as gun magazines, belts, feed stripes and drums of more than 10 rounds of ammunition with the exception of .22 caliber rim fire ammunition.

The amendment would only affect sales and transfers after the law took effect.

Time to fire up the telephones, fax machines, and email accounts, once again.  This puppet just won’t die.

(I am speaking of the ill-conceived notion of gun control for the law-abiding, only.  No other construction need be inferred – Guffaw)

h/t Shall Not Be Questioned, Matt

What? The President IS for gun control after all??

After running for office with a Democratic Party platform that included gun control, then winning the election and promptly doing nothing (well, nothing above the radar – see Fast & Furious, Holder pushing another assault weapons ban, the ubiquitous UN Small Arms treaty support, etc.) it took the Aurora shooting to bring him out-of-the-closet.

“Obama told the National Urban League here that he believes a lot of gun owners would agree that ‘AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers,’ not civilians on American streets,” the report relates, offering the first official renewal of a “jewel in the crown” goal he’d articulated and then had scrubbed from the White House website (noting that history has conveniently been sealed from Internet Archive “Wayback Machine” searches). Also gone from the official record were his plans to exploit trace data, implement more federal edicts, end private sales, and mandate defensive gun use impediments under the guise of “childproofing.”

Of course, no AK-47s were used in the murders (not even semi-automatic copies) and I suspect as with most of the Brady Bunch crowd, the objective is control, not of crime (‘crime control’ as later stated by the President) but of law-abiding gun owners.  After all the criminal gun users cannot legally own firearms and don’t obey old or new laws, anyway.  Duh.

As he has lost support of some of the Left by not following through on promises to close Guantanamo, this shiny, new retread of the old saws for gun control should bring in more left votes.

Shouldn’t it?

Go and see David Codrea’s complete report and analysis.

(You should be reading David and Mike Vanderboegh regularly, anyway. – Guffaw)

The top 12 things that Libertarians wish that everyone knew

The Whited Sepulchre gives us a list entitled The top 12 things that Libertarians wish that everyone knew.

(In his humble opinion)

1)  The only Fair Trade is Free Trade.  All other arrangements are designed to protect political supporters.  And no, slavery isn’t “Free Trade”.  Slaves aren’t free to make a choice.

2)  You can’t legislate morality.  There will always be a market for alcohol, tobacco, drugs, whores, gambling, and other things that the state doesn’t like.  Prohibitions create a black market, and make the activity more dangerous.  This creates jobs for bureaucrats, which is probably the only rationale for the prohibition.

3)  War is a racket.  Check out this rant from Medal Of Honor winner General Smedley Butler.

4)  If you want to discourage something, tax it.  Or even threaten to tax it.  Now, take a look at our economy.

5)  If it weren’t for our arbitrary political boundaries, we wouldn’t have the words “exports”, “imports”, “globalization”, or “offshoring”.

6)  You can oppose government healthcare, education and safety standards and still support healthcare, education and safety standards.  I’m almost violently opposed to the public school system, but I like the idea of education.  Amazing, isn’t it?

7)  The “Invisible Hand”, the way that markets work in a spontaneous unplanned way because of people trying to make a profit, is far more effective than any “planned economy”.  See: Cuba.

8)  There really isn’t that much difference in Barack Obama and George Bush.

9)  Gary Johnson, who spent twice as much time as governor as Mitt Romney, left his state with a budget surplus.  He vetoed more bills than all other governors combined.  He once told me that if he had been dictator of New Mexico, he could’ve cut government jobs and spending by 40%, and nobody would’ve noticed.  This would’ve left the taxpayers with more money to spend in the manner of their own choosing.  Gary Johnson is considered radical, and “outside the mainstream”.

10)  One day Cash For Clunkers will be linked with Mao’s Cultural Revolution in lists of the most insanely destructive policies ever pursued by a government.  I might have to write the list myself, but it’s gonna happen.

11)  ObamaCare adds no doctors, only IRS agents and bureaucrats.  Therefore, it is going to be a disaster.

12)  No private industry is as scary as any government agency.  Unless, of course, the private industry has the support of a government agency.

I tend to agree with most of these; what do you guys think?  Any other ideas that need to be added to the list?

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