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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

Deutschland Uber Alles, Y’all

State Police Now Fingerprinting Every Texan

July 16, 2014 by

State Police Now Fingerprinting Every Texan

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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!

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‘Corporate’ America ?

I’m a BIG believer in this country’s capitalist, free market system.  Have a problem with XX Company’s product/service?  Don’t use ‘em!  If they damaged you – SUE ‘em!  It’s the AMERICAN way!

Of course, this assumes (and you know what happens when you assume?) that everyone plays fair and by the rules…

Enter SWAT TEAMS, Incorporated!

No longer must the police operate in good faith and under the purvue of public records law.

(Let that sink in for a minute…)

SWAT Teams Avoid Open Records Laws By Forming Corporations – Free To Brutalize Americans In Secret

But, but…they’re on OUR side?

Yeah, right!

h/t  Downtrend.com, Free North Carolina

America’s Least Wanted

For a number of years, I used to enjoy watching COPS and America’s Most Wanted back-to-back on Saturday nights.  This was because I was usually dateless, and could live vicariously through the lives of videoed law enforcement and express outrage at criminals remaining at-large.  And cheer when another miscreant was captured.

John Walsh was a heroic figure, because he spent years trying to get justice for his kidnapped and murdered son.  The alleged perp finally died in prison.  Good riddance.  Having lost my daughter in an automobile accident – wherein the other driver paid only a fine – I could identify with him.

Mr. Walsh even copped to being a gun owner – for self-protection no less.  I found this laudable.

BUT NOW, he’s picked up Piers Morgan’s mantle about NRA hating, and restricting the rights of the law abiding.  It’s for the children(tm) ya know!

John Walsh Takes on NRA, Vows to Continue Piers Morgan’s Gun-Control Campaign on CNN

I no longer find him heroic and laudable.  I no longer identify with him.

Disgusting is too kind a word.  Hypocritical, too.

h/t Tamara

A Reminder

courtesy of Stately McDaniel Manor

REMEMBER ERIK SCOTT?

Erik Scott

July 10, 2014, the fourth anniversary of the murder of West Point graduate Erik Scott by three panicky Las Vegas Metro police officers at the Summerlin Costco. For those that loved Scott, it’s an inexpressibly sad day. It’s also a sad day for those that love justice.

If you remember, know that the investigation by concerned citizens continues.

If you don’t, go to the link and read the background posts by Mike McDaniel.

And keep a good thought for the family.

I Haz A Sad…

(Sorry. I don’t normally utilize geekspeak any more than I do ebonics – Guffaw)

America’s Vanishing Historic Movie Theaters

by David Rosenberg

During the golden age of Hollywood, the excitement of going to the movies wasn’t only about seeing the stars on screen. It also meant spending time at the neighborhood movie theater, an architecturally ornate center of the community’s social life.

Photographer Stefanie Klavens has long been interested in 20th-century American popular culture, specifically its aesthetic qualities, and has created a photographic series of iconic movie palaces titled “Celluloid Dreams.”(…)

Please click here to see the entire article and collection of fantastic photographs of days gone by.

Palace Theatre Los Angeles, California

h/t Slate

I love living in The Valley of The Sun (except when it’s over 107) but, old buildings here were built in the 1920′s (until back East when it could be the 1820′s – or earlier!  Sadly, many folks here seem to think progress means destroying anything over 50 years old – at least some things, like the Orpheum Theater, are designated historic sites and immune from destruction.

And they are still being used today!

F.N.C. Makes Me THINK

I like FNC…

NO, NOT the Fox News Channel – although I DO like it, too, on occasion.

I’m speaking of the blog Free North Carolina!

They sometimes have blog fare I view as incendiary, but, more often than not, they make me think differently on a specific issue – even if I continue to disagree with them on that very issue!

One of this Constitutional Republic’s tenets I wholeheartedly endorse is speedy justice.  I know, with the judicial bureaucracy, it doesn’t always seem so, however.

FNC did post a short video of one such event:

Pickpocket, purse snatching, shoplifter?

 

Tonsorial Spendor

Well, my roomie is expected back from visiting her family next week.  In her absence, I’ve been ‘holding down the fort’, policing the livestock and being the puppy wrangler.

Most of which has been relaxing and rewarding (at least some of the time!)  :-)

But, I’ve also engaged in a small project which I’d not done in some years:  I started a beard!

I’ve grown (and subsequently shaved) facial hair, in various patterns, since I graduated high school.  I started shaving when I was a sophomore, and grew my first mustache right after graduation.

And shaving has been a pain-in-the-*ss ever since!  (I know, this means I’ve been doing it wrong.)

But, with a quasi-law-enforcement career, much of the time, mustaches were frowned upon, and beards prohibited.  Afterward, they simply became facial adornment until I tired of them, or until I tired of looking at my naked face in the mirror.

My last full beard was in the 90′s, which I shaved off to become Woody Harrelson’s character in Natural Born Killers one Halloween.  I also shaved my head and sported fake tattoos.  (I always went all out @ Halloween).

When I decided to grow back my facial hair, I was shocked and surprised – it was coming back in largely WHITE!  I would NOT be Santa Claus!  So I went back to shaving.  (Once-upon-a-time it was brown!)

Over the past ten years, I had a mustache and goatee, and after J. and I broke up, the goatee went away.  Now that she’s been away for a couple weeks, I thought I’d give it another try and surprise her.  (I know, growing a beard in the Summer is stupid!)

Regardless, here I am, two-weeks-in, no razor or scissor having touched my face.

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J. is scheduled to return this coming Monday.  And she doesn’t always read GiA.

Surprise!

Religious Freedom

Police Officer Demoted for Refusing to Attend Islamic Event

A Federal court in Denver ruled that it is acceptable for a police chief to order subordinates to attend an Islamic event — even if they object based on religious reasons.

When Paul Fields, a Tulsa, Oklahoma police officer, objected to being forced to go to an Islamic mosque that had featured a controversial speaker (who promotes the destruction of Western civilization and the creation of an Islamic caliphate), he was ordered by superiors he must attend the mosque or suffer the consequences.

Paul Fields is a Christian.

As a Christian, his unwillingness to attend centered around the fact he did not want to go to a religious event where the topics being covered “discussed Islamic beliefs, Muhammad, Mecca, and why and how Muslims pray.”

Fields, who was one of the key officers that lead a protection program for the mosque, …

Now, I believe in the rights enumerated in the First Amendment.  Speech, Press, Assembly.  Freedom of Religion (or from Religion) as mandated by State authority.

Doesn’t such an order violate such a Right?

I’m betting this was all done in the name of political correctness and inclusion.  Because, after all even the opinions of those seeking to destroy us have value.  (yeah, right – Guffaw)

I’m certain Hillary Clinton would agree.  Except she stated legal firearms owners are terrorists and as such have no right to an opinion!

h/t Preserve Freedom

PRIVACY – We Hardly Knew Ye

Here’s an interesting, if not fully convincing, piece by Ronald Bailey at Reason on what the future of privacy might look like.

“You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it,” declared tech guru Scott McNealy back in 1999. Fifteen years later McNealy’s statement is no longer factually controversial.

We all give up gigabytes of personal information to Facebook, Foursquare, Google, AT&T—and that’s just the voluntary stuff. In the past year, former government contractor Edward Snowden has revealed that our own government has been engaging in pervasive domestic spying, keeping track of everyone we’ve called, for how long we spoke, and from where. Privacy looks increasingly like a quaint mid-20th century relic.

In his new book, The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? (Current), former Futurist Deputy Editor Patrick Tucker explores a more positive take on how we can personally use the megabytes of information generated and collected by our digital paraphernalia to help us live smarter, healthier, and better lives, and maybe even regain some measure of privacy. Tucker, who is now technology editor at Atlantic Media’s Defense One, argues that all that data will enable us to predict and thus take more control over our futures. The Internet of Things is being born as the world is increasingly loaded up with gadgets that can sense where they are and can report what is happening around them to any other device connected to the network.

To illustrate just how naked we all soon will be, Tucker opens with a vignette from the near future in which your cellphone wakes you with a text message alerting you that on your way to work you will run into an old girlfriend who is going to tell you the happy news that she is engaged. The phone tells to you to act surprised at the news. This scenario unfolds as predicted, but instead of waiting for her to tell you, you blurt out your congratulations. As it happens, she not yet made her new romantic status public and is quite alarmed by your mistimed felicitations. The phone did warn you to act surprised.

Science Fiction?  Hardly.  Perhaps there is something to be said about going off-the-grid and becoming full Luddite?  :-(

c/o Floyd @ threedonia

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

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