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guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.
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A Potential Cause For WORKPLACE Violence…

From David Codrea…

From a range operator in a southern state:

After 50 years of existence, we are suddenly having an OSHA inspection of our ranges. We found out recently that the local skeet/trap club is also having an OSHA inspection. Have you heard of this happening else where? With this administration, I am paranoid with anything involving the Federal Government and attacks on civil rights. Please let me know if you have heard of other OSHA inspections of ranges.

My reply:

http://www.examiner.com/article/osha-shooting-range-ruling-points-to-agenda-besides-worker-safety
Plus see supporting links. The head of OSHA is an anti-gun ideologue a handful of us warned about before he was confirmed by the Senate.

I would not be surprised to see them stepping this kind of harassment up.  I’m not aware of anyone raising an  alarm on this and do not know how widespread it is — I’ll ask around.

OK, I’m asking.

As an aside, leave it to “Every day is Opposite Day” Prozis to deem us all safer by threatening places where we can train and practice.

3 comments:

Anonymous said…
OSHA only has jurisdiction over WORKPLACES. If your company endangers its employees, OSHA can penalize you. If it only endangers the non-employee public, it can’t. If your gun club range has only members and officers and no employees, OSHA has no jurisdiction. If it’s a commercial range with employees, it does.
Ned said…
OK – Anon – that’s how it’s supposed to work…
David Codrea said…
Like they can’t trump up all kinds of infractions if they’ve a mind to–and pull an economic Waco on anyone who thinks they have the resources to challenge them, the same way ATF does.

If you know of a range that is being subjected to this kind of enforcement harrassment, please let David know!  dcodreaAThotmail.com

It’s GOOD To Be The King! – NSFW

 Kalashnikov imports banned by executive order

My first ‘assault weapon’ (military-styled semi-automatic rifle) was an MAK 90.  A Chi-com cheap export.

I’d good friends who knew I was morose about the impending Clinton Assault Weapons Ban, and knew I couldn’t even afford an SKS, so they gifted me one!

Nothing like the government telling Guffaw he cannot have something to get him riled up and make him want one!

I was never much of a rifleman, and didn’t really care about military-style stuff, but Bill Clinton pissed me off!  I wasn’t much of a fan of Chi-com imports (supporting the commies, and all), but it was a gift.  And it had a decent trigger and shot half-dollar-sized groups offhand @ 25 yards.  First thing someone did was to add standard furniture, removing the thumbhole stock. (which I was told later may have been some kind of rule violation)  And a sling and a number of very expensive (due to the impending legislation) magazines.  ($5.95 30-rounders for $33.00.  EACH!)

Of course, she was in the safe when it was taken.  Not on my list of the most missed of the missing guns.

Here it is 20 years later and the current president (a more dangerous version of the original bastard) drafts and signs an executive order banning further importation of AK-style rifles.  It’s good to be the king!

Now, of course, I want another one!

It’s the principle of the thing!

PS – Word on the ‘Net is there has been a run on AK-style rifles, history repeating itself.  Perhaps the Supreme Court will address this legislation-via-edict business and stop The President from making such pronouncements (?)

h/t SayUncle

Not Exactly Andy Rooney…

not THIS guy

not THIS guy

But kind of…

There’s a lot to love about America and its people: their pioneering spirit, their entrepreneurship, their ability to think outside the box, their passion for the arts, etc.  Increasingly, however, as time goes by, I find the things I don’t like about living in a nation that has long since ceased to be a sanctuary for freedom are beginning to outnumber the things I love.

Here’s what I don’t like about living in the American police state: I don’t like being treated as if my only value to the government is as a source of labor and funds. I don’t like being viewed as a consumer and bits of data. I don’t like being spied on and treated as if I have no right to privacy, especially in my own home.

I don’t like government officials who lobby for my vote only to ignore me once elected. I don’t like having representatives incapable of and unwilling to represent me. I don’t like taxation without representation.  (THIS is the statement that wins the Internets! – Guffaw)

Brock Townsend

h/t Free North Carolina

Today in History

I remember walking home about a mile-and-a-half (in the Summer heat, in Tempe, Arizona) the day of the Moon landing, with friends Jim and John, after bowling a few lines @ Tempe Bowl.  The RED CARPET Lounge, in the bowling alley, had an exterior sign missing some letters.  As we were irreverent high-schoolers, it was always the Ed Carp Lounge to us!

We came home to watch the history on our televisions.

Interesting that there is a direct line from JFK asking we land on the Moon ‘in this decade’ (certainly as a technology/arms race with the Soviet Union), to the Moon landing, to further development of solid-state technologies leading us to personal computers, the Internet and cellular telephones.

We didn’t know the half of it watching Neil and Buzz!

But we were proud.

h/t Theo Spark

ANOTHER Country Heard From!

(one of my Dad’s expressions, usually when another – unwanted – opinion was proffered)

My roommate is an animal lover.   As am I.  The difference being I usually consider ramifications of finances, interaction with other animals, available space and other factors before introducing another animal into the menagerie.

AND, I’d ask her opinion.

So, day-before-yesterday, she advised she’d an errand to run.  I did as well.  Separately.  Imagine my surprise when she texted me a photo of a tiny kitten!

Now, I love cats, perhaps even more than dogs, because they are less maintenance and aren’t codependent, as dogs are.

The end result is another rescue (Lola-the-chee-hooa-hooa was rescued a little over six months ago)

She is 2 1/2 months old, very pretty, and stands up to the other dogs and the big cat with the best of them.

How could I say no?

20140718_173840(attn Murphy’s Law – her name is BELLE, and she likes salsa!)

Boy, am I a sucker!  :-)

James Garner RIP

This just in…

garnerJames Garner, a TV and film legend whose career spanned over 60 years, just passed away @ age 86.

Of course, in my circles he’s most remembered as Jim Rockford, the reluctant private-eye who never made much money in The Rockford Files.  But there’s so much more.

Maverick – TV

The Americanization of Emily

The Great Escape

Eight Simple Rules

and one of my favorites…

Rest-in-Peace Jim.  You were loved by millions, and one of the few pretty boys who progressed from leading man to character actor with aplomb!

You will be missed.

Deutschland Uber Alles, Y’all

State Police Now Fingerprinting Every Texan

July 16, 2014 by

State Police Now Fingerprinting Every Texan

THINKSTOCK

This story by Jon Cassidy originally appeared at Watchdog.org.

HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Public Safety has quietly embarked on a project to take the fingerprints of every Texan old enough to drive over the next 12 years, and add them to a statewide criminal history database.

Not only has the department made that momentous decision on its own, it doesn’t even have clear legal authority to do so.

h/t Facebook, personalliberty.com

 

“Project”.  What a benign word describing such activity.

Akin to the NSA “project”, listening to every telephone call, both foreign and domestic, land-line and cellular.

I believed once-upon-a-time that agents of government may have done their jobs as ordered, but at least they had taken an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution.  Between these kind of actions, and legislators taking a similar oath and then passing blatantly unconstitutional laws, that perjuring oneself during one’s oath is simply pro-forma for government service.

Because all government is backed by some kind of force.

And all these intrusions at all levels of government need to stop.

NOW.

AND, be reversed!

tin_foil_hat_area

“Imagine If You Will…”

“a world where law-abiding American citizens are huddled together in camps.  NOT for the acquisition of merit badges.” -  Guffaw (with apologies to the late, great Rod Serling)

There’s a lot of information available on the Internet – free for the reading.  Much of it is unadulterated crapola!  Of course, some of it holds a kernel of truth.  And some, parroting Goebbels, is an oft repeated lie, until the great unwashed believe it to BE true.

For example, I keep seeing stuff about this…

FEMA Camps To Pop-Up Up Like Wildflowers Nationwide Under New DoD Authorization

My question to you, dear reader (as I doff my tin-foil chapeau once again), is how much of this is crapola, and how much is true?

We keep hearing about anthropogenic global warming climate change climate disruption (or whatever they are calling it this week) even though much of the ‘evidence’ has been tainted by obvious fraud and bribery of the ‘scientists’ involved, along with a specific political agenda tied to a pre-arranged outcome.

But they keep beating the drum so that the lie becomes truth.

Does this also apply to these FEMA camp stories?  Is it misdirection lest we look at some other heinous act(s)?

tin_foil_hat_areaInquiring minds want to know.

(If I’m getting locked up, I want to take my woolies – and my tin foil hat!) 

h/t Paul Lemmen

Then And Now

How Times Have Changed!

elianLaw Enforcement of The United States forcibly taking a Cuban child refugee back to communist Cuba. (1999)

bpLaw Enforcement of The United States welcoming illegal alien children (who are being abandoned by the thousands, many of whom are ill) into the United States. (2014)

What’s wrong with these pictures?

OR…

I recently received an email from the Libertarian Party (Large L).  (I self-identify as a libertarian (small L).)  In part it says we (The United States) should wholesale accept these (illegal alien) children, as we have accepted other minor refugees previously – like after the fall of Nazi Germany.  They state there are enough private or religiously-funded charitable entities to handle their care and welfare.  Of course, what they fail to mention is someone is still needed to catalog and sort these children by their needs, and distribute them to the appropriate charity for assistance.

Gee, I wonder what government entity will volunteer demand to assist in this Herculean task?

At what cost to whom?

Of course, the Libertarian Party (Large L) also stands for open borders, and unrestricted commerce.  This is where they and I part company – philosophically.

I believe we should secure the borders and monitor commerce.  Securing the border allows us to maintain food safety, security from external terrorism, and parity of domestic goods and services.  If we allow completely open borders, and we get tainted produce from say Chile, who ya gonna call, the U.N.? (snicker)

Not to mention all the diseased minors being forced across our border, designed to tax the system and weaken the health of Americans.

Don’t get me wrong – these kids do pull at my heart strings – just as designed.  The same folks who don’t want us to be the World’s policeman want us to be the World’s doctor.  Interesting…

I keep thinking of the Cuban boat people, and Cloward & Piven.  Yet again.

Some things never change.

h/t Theo Spark

Maura RIP

My friend North advises us that his good friend – and a friend to us all – MAURA – passed away this morning.

I only knew her from the Internet, but was introduced to her via North.  She authored a blog for a while about clean, healthy eating.  We exchanged emails for a short time, as my niece was doing a vegan blog then.  I missed her when she stopped blogging, but was unaware of her having health issues.  This now makes sense.

RIP Maura.  You touched more people than you know!

maurah/t North

"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas - how he got in my pajamas I dunno!" - Groucho Marx as Captain Spaulding in Animal Crackers

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The Four Rules

1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

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"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit, from Frank Herbert's Dune

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