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Does ANYONE See The Irony?

I remember a time, not that long ago…

When Canada was thought of as the weak sister to the North of The United States.  Still symbolically tied to a monarchy, NO Bill of Rights, The Mounties were the FBI on steroids, high taxation to pay for their universal health care (wherein many folks came HERE for more-timely surgery), and their jeezly nickels and pennies kept finding their way into OUR change!

They did make good beer, and had a quaint way of verbally punctuating with the syllable ‘eh?’ though.  :-)

theo1NOW, an American fast-food giant, Burger King, has decided to move their HQ North for better taxation!?

I do hear about the Yukon and The Northwest Territories largely ignoring gun control edicts from Ottawa, to the point where they reversed their rifle registration scheme.  So there is some hope.

Just think – if they adopted OUR Bill of Rights, we could move there and with a population akin to the U.S. in 1860, and a still largely polite society, we could have Utopia.

A COLD Utopia…

Hey, a guy can dream…

 

This Grumpy Old Fart Comment Should Go VIRAL!

(I’m doing MY part! – Guffaw)

(Now, just a reminder, I’m NOT a republican, nor a democrat, but I did find some truths in this rant (by Grumpy Old Fart, courtesy of Kevin @ TSM) – Guffaw)

I’ve said it here and elsewhere, but I’ll say it again:

Democrats are the party of hatred, envy and bigotry. It’s the basis of everything they do, and they use it at every opportunity.

If you disagree with them on race, it’s because you’re white (even if you’re Thomas Sowell, Mia Love or Marco Rubio). If you disagree with them about women’s rights, it’s because you’re a man (even if you’re Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter or Megyn Kelly). If you disagree with them about gay rights, it’s because you’re straight (even if you’re Liz Cheney, Jimmy LaSalvia or Chris Barron). They’re not interested in empowering minorities, they’re only interested in punishing white people. They’re not interested in empowering women, they’re only interested in punishing men. They’re not interested in empowering gays, they’re only interested in punishing straight people. They’re not interested in helping people become successful, they’re only interested in punishing the wealthy. They don’t want justice, in fact they work hard to subvert it… because they pander to those who want revenge.

Of course, they’ll always claim the opposite. But it isn’t the Republicans who wanted a Supreme Court Justice who thought she could do better than others because she wasn’t white. It isn’t the Republicans who called a black politician a “house nigger.” It isn’t the Republicans who coined the term “white hispanic.” It’s not the Republicans who TO THIS DAY call Justice Thomas an “Uncle Tom.” It’s not the Republicans who delight in “Teabagger” as a derogatory term.

It isn’t the Republicans who are proud to be associated with openly racist organizations like the NAACP and La Raza. It wasn’t the Republicans who proudly put a sexual predator in the White House in the 90s. It wasn’t the Republicans who were proud of voting for our current President because he’s not white. It’s not the Republicans who have fought tooth and nail to make it easy to get on welfare, but hard to succeed in business.

Democrats have spent the last several years calling Republicans “terrorists,” “suicide bombers” and “hostage takers.” But virtually every supporter of Hamas in America is a Democrat.

I’m an agnostic, and yes, I find it annoying when Christians act as if I’m some poor deluded soul who must be saved from his own stupidity. But at least Christians treat me as if I am a human being, and by their lights they are trying to help me. They’ll try to change my mind, but they don’t try to have me arrested or outcast when I don’t. The anti-Christian left thinks I should be punished for daring to disagree with them, IF they concede that I should be allowed to exist AT ALL.

“Diversity” my hairy butt. I want my doctor, my lawyer, my local police and firefighters, to be the best, and I don’t care what color they are, whether their underwear has a fly, or who they kiss when they go home in the evening.

My largest bone of contention with this rant is two-fold.  First, they say Democrats, when I would say PROGRESSIVES – not necessarily the same thing.  Second, they don’t rant at the Republicans, for all their misdeeds – The Patriot Act and it’s evil children, for example.

I’m a libertarian (small L), and I say vote ‘em ALL OUT!  Of course, the only problem with that, of course, is with whom do we replace?

“I’m from the government, and…

…I’m here to protect you!”

NHTSA to require backup cameras on all vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a proposed rule Monday (two weeks ago) requiring all new light vehicles — including cars, SUVs, trucks and vans — to have “rear-view visibility systems,” in effect, requiring backup cameras.

The rule — which would be final in 60 days — would start phasing in on May 1, 2016 models and be at 100% May 1, 2018.

Yes, my friends, the almighty government is saving us once again.

It is to be ultimately a NERF™ WORLD!

I thing JayG said it best:

The problem isn’t that drivers can’t see the people behind them, it’s that the drivers aren’t looking. The video that plays in the accompanying story is a very sad one indeed – a woman out for a walk was backed over by a teenaged driver. It’s terrible, certainly, and 100% avoidable. But to think that a backup camera would make a teenager pay better attention? REALLY?

Driving, not unlike carrying a firearm, is an inherently dangerous act!

PAY ATTENTION!

h/t MArooned

A Pro Walks Away From The 1911

At Gun Nuts Media, I was shocked to see this article headline.  Even more so when I read the professional in question was Hilton Yam!

About Hilton Yam

Hilton Yam is the founder of 10-8 Performance, LLC. He is a full time law enforcement officer in Florida with extensive experience working robbery and violent fugitives. He is currently assigned to firearms training and SWAT. He is a team leader as well as the lead instructor for his team, responsible for providing training in firearms, CQB, rappelling, defensive tactics, and team tactics. Hilton is also responsible for RDT&E of equipment. He has carried a 1911 extensively on duty, and has spent a great deal of time examining what makes the guns succeed and fail.

An excerpt from Mr. Yam’s essay:

It is easy to get caught up in the mystique and history of the 1911, but the design is over 100 years old, and we have learned a few things about designing and manufacturing since then.  If you enjoy the craftsmanship of a finely built 1911 or you enjoy tinkering on your own, by all means continue to enjoy them.  However, if training, shooting, and performance is your primary goal and you lack the resources, time, patience, or knowledge to keep after a 1911, then be realistic and choose something more modern.  These days I spend much less time at the workbench fixing my training guns or having to wonder if the latest build or mod will work.  I no longer need the 1911 as a crutch, and can now just concentrate on the performance.

Of course, I am not a LEO, SWAT trainer, and team leader like Mr. Yam.  I do greatly respect his judgement and expertise.  And, perhaps, if I had the finances, I would opt for a carry pistol that was more reliable and less finicky than a 1911?

BUT, the point is moot, as I do not and will not.  I will continue to carry my S&W 442 electroless nickel and (weather-permitting) my National Match 5″ 1911.  The only hiccups I’ve had with MY 1911 were due to improper maintenance (need of lubrication and lack of cleaning).  When reasonably clean and lubed, she runs like a champ!  And has for over 15,000 rounds since 1983!

Perhaps old-timers like me are akin to the guys 100 years ago who stuck by their horses or black powder?  I’m not a specops guy or even a LEO.  I’m just an old crippled guy on disability who doesn’t get out much.

But, plastic guns STILL have no soul.

h/t Gun Nuts Media, Modern Service Weapons

WHY Do They Do THIS?

Lagniappe’s Lair (Murphy’s Law) posted about one of his favorite eateries posting a ‘no open carry of ocweapons’ sign.

Regarding the restaurant’s decision to limit the patronage of their establishment, and his decision to not eat there, henceforth.

One of his commenters, Papa Bear, posted the following:

Huh, I wonder what would happen if I owned a business and posted a sign “No openly gay or closet individuals allowed”?

An interesting twist on the rights of business to refuse service, and the rights of individuals to be let alone with their proclivities.  Got me thinking of this flap on AZ Governor Jan Brewer’s desk, the ‘right to refuse service’ bill – which the media is soundly trouncing, lest she sign it.

I still believe in the businesses right to refuse service, and the individual’s right to vote with their feet, and take their stomachs and money elsewhere.

Of course, as another of Murphy’s commenters said (in part):

They do have that right, and they are allowed to make that business decision. We, however, also have a right to take our business there or elsewhere. Well, we did until Obamacare came about, anyhow.

As my dear departed Father used to say, “ANOTHER country heard from!”

Is this Republic’s goal to support the rights of individuals, or is this democracy’s goal to enforce the will of the majority, ignoring minority rights.  Or the will of the elite?

I fear that decision has already been made…

THIS JUST IN.  ARIZONA GOVERNOR JAN BREWER VETOED THE BILL.  Was it her choice as governor, or ‘the will of the vocal ‘majority’?  Who knows?

“Ye Shall Know The Truth…

az…And The Truth Shall Set Ye Free!”

Kevin Baker, of The Smallest Minority fame, said what many (including me) have been thinking, with regard to this Arizona ‘Right To Refuse Service’ Bill pending in State government.

The liberal media have been painting this as pure bigotry by Christians against Gays.  “It’s another black mark against Arizona – we could lose the Super Bowl!”

And, that may be true.  But that doesn’t mean it isn’t necessary.

I, for one, do not like the government mandating with whom I may or may not do business.  Period.

I think the free marketplace will provide a solution.  If you don’t like (gays, blacks, women, short people, Republicans, Jews ad infinitum, ad nauseum)  FINE.  Don’t do business with them.

And see how your profits dry up.

I don’t have a business, but, if I did, I’d choose not to do business with felons, pedophiles and bureaucrats.  I know, I’m repeating myself…

But, Kevin says it better:

The function of government should not be to punish people for acting on their fervently held beliefs.  It’s function should be to ensure that potential customers are made aware up front who a person, business or legal entity will refuse service to.

They already do that in a tiny way under Arizona Revised Statute §4-229, which states:
A. A person with a permit issued pursuant to section 13-3112 may carry a concealed handgun on the premises of a licensee who is an on-sale retailer unless the licensee posts a sign that clearly prohibits the possession of weapons on the licensed premises. The sign shall conform to the following requirements:

1. Be posted in a conspicuous location accessible to the general public and immediately adjacent to the liquor license posted on the licensed premises.

2. Contain a pictogram that shows a firearm within a red circle and a diagonal red line across the firearm.

3. Contain the words, “no firearms allowed pursuant to A.R.S. section 4-229″

So, the legislature should simply extend this logic to whatever other prejudices there are out there and require signage to advise potential customers where they’re not wanted.  Something like this, for instance:

That way everyone will know right up front what kind of bigots they will be dealing with, and can decide for themselves whether or not they want to spend their money there. No hurt feelings, no lawsuits.

AMEN, brother!

PS – The media is all up in arms (figuratively, of course) about conservative Christians.  What about those Muslims who not only don’t want to serve gays, but want to KILL THEM?  Oh, that’s right.  We can’t talk about them, that’s (bigoted, racist, non-inclusive).

Political Correctness IS killing this Nation!

h/t Dawn Daniels

How Principled (Hungry) ARE You?

Keads wrote on FB regarding a potential student, whose wife did not want a gun in the house, wanting his tutelege.  The prospective student thought one hour of training might suffice!

I was reminded both of potential shooting students, and of private investigation clients.

I had shooting students who didn’t think their spouse would let them purchase a firearm.  And those who already had a number of them, and also bad habits that needed unravelling.  Many of my students were gratis, as I  felt it was my duty to teach (and, at the time I could afford to do it that way!)

But, when I was a private investigator (cue walking bass music here) I was trying to eke out a living, and as such was not always as discriminatory as I would have liked.  When the phone bill’s due, and you promised the wife the PI biz would float on it’s own, you took whatever came your way.

Ah, there’s the rub!

Fortunately, Keads had other information come his way.  Like the potential student thought ONE HOUR of instruction would be sufficient to complete his training – thus his decision was made for him.  Sorry, Charlie! (I suspect there’s a liability component here, as well.)

Sadly, when it came to P.I. clients, I pretty much was a slave to the almighty dollar.  Was I an expert in electronic debugging?  No, but I was able to borrow the equipment and comport myself well enough to make a few dollars – carefully explaining I was only as good as the equipment was.

Fortunately, that wasn’t my P.I. bread-and-butter.  Those were locating persons (usually skip-traces) and domestic cases.  At least locations were for insurance adjusters, which meant repeat business.  Domestics?  Hardly.  Cheated on wives and girlfriends are tough to get money from.

I would think shooting students who messed up would have a liability component, as well!

Watch your back, Jack (or Jane)!

Sorry, Jim!

I’ve a good, long-time friend named Jim.  We met in 1960!

Jim is a former Marine, and has worked for the federal government for years.  He is a good man, even though we differ politically and philosophically on many levels.

Jim LOVES trains.  Especially train history and actually traveling in them.  My father, who had worked on the railroad for a time (like his father before him) left me a gold-filled pocket watch, with a fob and locker key.  The key was to his locker in Grand Central Station, NY!

Jim loves trains so much that for his 50th birthday, I gave him my father’s watch, fob and key.  I knew he would appreciate it much more than me.

When we were in high school, Jim joined the National Association of Railroad Passengers.  Got me to join, too.  And Jim, his younger brother John and I took an overnight train trip from Flagstaff to L.A., and back (after spending a day @ Disneyland.)

Amtrak, the U.S. taxpayer-supported passenger railroad, is losing tens of millions of dollars a year on food and beverage service even after years of cost cutting, its inspector general said.

Amtrak’s Auto Train from Virginia to Florida offers passengers complimentary wine and cheese, and three long-distance routes provide complimentary wine and champagne to sleeper-car passengers, Alves said, costing Amtrak $428,000 in 2012.

“The Amtrak Inspector General has confirmed that Amtrak cooked the books to cover up food service losses that now approach $1 billion,” [John] Mica [R-Florida, chairman of the House Government Operations Subcommittee - DB] said.

The government running goods and services just isn’t healthy for the economy!  (BTW – my ‘membership’ in the NARP only lasted one year.  My heart wasn’t in it.)

Sorry Jim!  And that government-run postal service for whom you work isn’t a bastion of efficiency and profit, either!  Maybe they should increase the cost of their ad deliveries and get into the 21st Century offering Email and computer message services?

Just a suggestion.

(Hattip: Virginia Postrel, by way of the Popehat Twitter.)  Whipped Cream Difficulties

Guns And Ammo, We Hardly Knew Ye

Well, G&A is well on it’s way to going the way of Newsweek.

Magazines.  Not the spring-loaded ammunition feeding apparatus, but the old-school print media.  Sure G&A has a website, but still relies primarily on subscriptions for advertising revenue to make a buck.

And it just shot itself in the foot…

Dick Metcalf (the long-time editor) just wrote a piece (In the December issue) regarding gun control.  ‘REASONABLE’ gun control.  In a magazines devotes itself to the proliferation of…Guns and Ammo!  What?

Most gun owners are reasonable people.  But, if riled, they will get steamed.  And take action.

NOT violent action, but political action.  Like taking their hard-earned dollars elsewhere.

Shooting Times?

This just in - Mr. Metcalf has been FIRED from the writing staff of G&A!

Best you know from whence your bread is buttered, Bubba!

I Remember Halloween Past

I’ve always loved Halloween.

From my own childhood as a pirate, or a hobo; a cowboy or a secret agent…it meant getting to be out of the house at night, after dark, extorting goodies from neighbors and even houses far away.  Homemade popcorn balls, cookies and caramel apples sometimes weighed down the trick-or-treat bags of commercial candy though.  (As if this were a problem!)

It was ‘safe’, in the 50s and 60s.

Then, not long after my Man-From-Uncle/James Bond excursion into the night air, I was too old.  :-(

I didn’t go out trick-or-treating again for many years, when I accompanied my daughter Molly.  I remember a number of years of fairy princesses followed by ballerinas – Molly had started taking dance lessons.

Guffaw’s Rule of Weather (in Phoenix) – It never really ‘cools off’ until Halloween.  People have short memories from the previous years, and think when it reaches October it means cooler weather.  Not necessarily so.

I remember one Halloween escorting young Molly door-to-door, resplendent in her costume, covered by my insulated Ike jacket.  It was something like 45 degrees, breezy and humid.  The drill was I was to wait on the sidewalk and remove the jacket while she raced all sparkley  to the next front door, rang the bell, got candy, then raced back to the jacket I warmed up until her next house!  Next house after next house…  GEEZ, it was cold!

jean greyThen, she had gotten old enough she no longer wanted an escort, and good enough with her Mom’s sewing machine to make her own costume – Jean Grey from X-Men.  Did her own makeup, too!  She and her best friend had been making a killing buying, trading and selling X-Men comics at school.

My daughter –  the 6th Grade capitalist entrepreneur!

She would have probably had another year before she was too old, but Jean Grey was to be her last.

You made a terrific Jean Grey  –  Happy Halloween, Molly!

Remember to hug those close to you and tell them you love them, because you never know.

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