Well, I take some of it back.
While OUR President (or rather his toady Secretary of State) signed the U.N. Small Arms Treaty (thankfully, an uphill fight for ratification in the Senate!), the Prime Minister of Canada refuses to sign it!
Three Cheers for Canuckistan!
Granted, they still have abysmal internal gun control laws, and no Bill of Rights, but, at least their executive recognizes the danger of ceding sovereignty to outside authority.
The United Nations? Seriously?
Theo Spark presents us with the following graphic:
As one of his commenters mentioned, a third map showing the density of legal gun ownership would also put some light on the subject.
But, what do WE know?
Mike Vanderboegh (and a number of other bloggers) bring to our attention to a further attempted erosion of our rights. This time, Amendment the First!
Advancing their quest for “common sense press control,” the Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to define who the government will consider to be an “Authorized Journalist,” meaning if the measure becomes law, they will also be able to declare who is not. Voting 13-5 on “a compromise worked out by Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin in coordination with news organizations … the overall bill will … would codify many of the regulations proposed earlier this year by Attorney General Eric Holder,” Fox News reported.
Notice who the three Senators are, and who is specifically excluded as an ‘authorized journalist’ in their proposed definition of same.
(I’ll give you a hint) BLOGGERS
ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS. (Wikipedia entry, quoting from George Orwell’s Animal Farm)
Be afraid. Be VERY afraid.
I’m not a fan (nor a regular reader) of the Huffington Post, any more than I am of ‘public’ television or NPR.(No, that’s not true – I dislike HuffPO more, for their outright bombast) At least NPR tries to have the ‘cosmetic appearance’ of centricity.
Give Me Liberty linked to a HuffPo stat-fest, showing how drug overdoses and traffic accidents accounted for more deaths statistically than firearms!
Now most readers of this blog (all two of you) knew this, but my point is this comes from the Huffington Post!
Does this mean they’re preparing an opinion piece about severely restricting drug access and use or driving?
I kinda doubt it.
But, it IS good to see.
I’ve always been a picky eater. You wouldn’t know that by looking at me.
But one of the things I’ve always enjoyed has been MUSTARD. Hot sweet mustard, stone-ground mustard, spicy brown mustard, mustard mixed with horseradish, even plain ol’ yellow mustard. And Grey Poupon.
On hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pretzels, Polish sausages, bologna; used for chip dip (!)
This liking isn’t too surprising. I was born on the East Coast. Many East Coast subcultures thrive on mustard.
Not so much out here in the West.
Many of the fast-food franchises stock mustard. But, ask for it on a sandwich? Or ask for extra? It is as if you said staple that bag of onion rings to my forehead. And extra means two drops instead of one
Most drive through help doesn’t get it.
I’ve a theory about this. One of the subcultures not famous for mustard use is Mexican. And many fast-food places hire Mexican help. One place hired Bosnians. Equal difficulty with the Mexicans in (not) understanding English, but they certainly understood mustard!
Don’t get me started on A-1 Sauce. I LOVE A-1 SAUCE! And loathe mayonnaise – especially on hamburger!. And ketchup is meh…
After the recent Zimmerman trial and verdict, I’ve been seeing comments like the post title popping up. Seems some folks want us to do this, yet again.
The United States of America is alleged to be a nation of laws, not men. As such, not only is racial discrimination prohibited, but justice is supposed to be blind.
If that is so, then why is categorizing folks racially exist on all government forms and applications? I can see it as an identifier, e.g. John Jones the White guy versus John Jones the Black guy, or John Jones the Pacific Islander. Especially is one is already convicted of something.
But why else?
Because in spite of the National and State Constitutions, and the vast body of laws and protections afforded to all, the government wants to keep the battle going.
Because if we are fighting amongst ourselves, we will be paying less attention to Congress and the President making laws exempting themselves from laws they enact. And laws that keep eroding our rights even further.
Add the media focus on the Kardashians, Justin Bieber, and some recently-born British prince, and we will be ignorant of the fundamental transformation the President promised us if elected.
See, he’s keeping at least one promise.
Tam did a recent post mentioning “Cobb-ray”, which was a memory flogger for me. In my callow youth, when I was first interested in things firearm, I remember lusting after a Cobray-Sionics Ingram MAC-10 submachine gun.
Then I saw Mitchell Livingston WerBell III on the Tomorrow Show.
And I was transformed. Here was a real spook, mercenary, soldier-of-fortune, firearms manufacturer and trainer. Right there in my living room!
Of course, who knows how many of his exploits were disinformation, propaganda or hype?
Even though it’s been surpassed by the H&K, the MAC-10 still holds a place in my heart. Even got to fire one once, with a suppressor. All one hears is the clackety-clack of the bolt-hammer operation.
I think of folks like WerBell when I think of the history of covert ops. The predecessors of today’s Special Forces, Delta, SEALs and other folks, many anonymous. You should visit the Wiki link above, especially if you are not familiar with him.
(The name Kardashian never crosses my mind…)
…in Phoenix Arizona (okay, Avondale)…
(Actually, I was born 3000 miles away, but this was happening in the Phoenix area shortly thereafter – Guffaw)
I found this photo in Shorpy’s, a terrific place for photos of history. The clothes, the uniform, the staghorn stocks on the revolver. The terrific street rod. Frozen in time. American Graffiti live!
The photo caption:
Phoenix in 1953. “Photographs show teenagers, mostly male, participating in the Maricopa County, Arizona, programs for teenage delinquent drivers. Includes boys working at Juvenile Farm; teens attending Attitude School; policeman with boys and their hot rods; teens driving on Phoenix streets.” Photo by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment “How to Tame Teenage Drivers.”
Kenny’s Drugs, 1926 Westward Blvd, Avondale, AZ. I’ve no idea what the street name is today. Attitude School. Probably now prohibited by the ACLU. Looks like the wool Arizona Highway Patrol uniform – predecessor to the DPS. Not in Summer – otherwise too hot to lean on the car.
The only thing missing was the Lucky Strike pack rolled up in a sleeve!
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Above is the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. It is alleged to protect ‘freedom of speech’ and other freedoms.
I recently posted about the 19 hotshot firefighters who lost their lives fighting a fire in Northern Arizona. A tragic, horrible loss to the families, the community and the profession.
Their funerals were last week.
The Westboro Baptist Church reported they planned to protest the funeral processions. They seem to show up at every public tragedy, pleading their case that God is killing us because as a Nation we don’t ban same-sex marriage.
One of my regular readers posted a comment hoping they get their asses kicked.
While I find their interpretation of the Bible to be vile and repugnant, there are larger questions.
How is a congregation of reportedly 50 people able to continually travel the Nation, spreading their intolerance and hate? Where is their funding coming from?
And there is another question. Do the folks who wish these folks ill have the same feelings about the Occupy Wall Street protestors? You know, the ones who caused thousands of dollars damage in dozens of cities and defecated on police patrol cars? And were rapists and drug abusers? How about the Tea Party?
Or the folks peacefully protesting the Zimmerman verdict? (As for the violent ones, there are laws…)
The point of this post is not to single out the Westboro folks, or my one commenter. It’s to make a point.
The First Amendment, like the other nine, was designed not just to reaffirm our rights as individual citizens with whom we agree. It’s to reaffirm the rights of the vile, the putrid, the disgusting – people we wouldn’t let into our town if we had the choice.
The putrid have a right to their opinion, as long as they don’t violate any laws in so expressing it. Wishing them violence is akin to Spike Lee wishing Charlton Heston was shot with a .44 Special revolver, like Son of Sam used. Mr. Lee did just that. He had an opinion.
Opinions are like @$$holes. Everyone has one. I would smile if the Westboro folks were convinced violently to leave the funeral processions. Or if something nasty happened to Spike Lee.
But that wouldn’t be right, either the violence or my smile.