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“Mistakes were made…” (courtesy of Kent McGonigal)

When the first person initiated force or theft and was allowed to live…
And when the first person fell for the belief in “authority“…
Which led to those who survived their initiation of force and theft setting themselves up as “government”.
When the first govthug made up a rule that wasn’t based upon Natural Law.
When a “standing military” was permitted.
When that military was used in wars of aggression.
When “laws” against owning and carrying certain weapons were imposed and not defied universally.
When those rules were applied to people whose ONE JOB (whether it’s a legitimate “job” or not) is to use weapons.
And that leads directly to a government pawn killing government pawns in a “gun free zone”- Ft. Hood.
And, yes, it is a “gun free zone” anytime the right to own and to carry weapons is violated in any way, and there are “authorized” armed people singled out as above the rule.

And, as long as those same old mistakes keep being made, the same thing will keep happening. The enormity of the stupidity is astounding.

h/t Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog

‘Oh, CRAP!’

There’s a new smartphone app for drivers having an ‘oh crap!’ moment behind the wheel. The ‘Oh Crap’ app is designed to help drivers being pulled over for suspected drunk driving.

It was put together by lawyers in Iowa as a way to educate the public of their rights if they are pulled over. It also helps to document the stop for lawyer’s use later.

“We want to educate citizens on what their legal rights are and are not in the state of Iowa and eventually everywhere else. But we also want to serve as a tool to allow people to document their invocation of their rights and their use of legal protections that exist,” said Bob Rehkemper, an attorney and co-creator of the app.

The app gives tips to drivers being pulled over like: “shut up” and “be polite.” There’s a feature to calculate your blood alcohol content and a button that contacts an on-call lawyer. Plus, there is a whole section on basic legal rights when being pulled over.  (Fox News)

WHAT?  We now need an APP to understand and exercise our basic legal rights?

Okay – they should develop one for self-defense shooting and related matters.

I sense a trend, here…

“…something’s not working.”

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who was in Hawaii, called the shooting (@ Ft. Hood, yesterday) “a terrible tragedy.”

Asked about security improvements to prevent more shootings on U.S. military bases, Hagel said, “Obviously, when we have these kinds of tragedies on our bases, something’s not working.” (New York Daily News)

DUH.

I know, I’m a civilian with no military experience.  The closest I come by it is a fraternal grandfather who was a Marine prior to WWI.  And walking into the Army ROTC office in college.  The guy-behind-the-desk there asked me to walk back and forth, noted my leg disability, and stated “You can’t march – we can’t use you.”

BUT I greatly respect this Nation’s military, past and present.  And I support them to the best of my ability.

And so I’m confounded as to why, when we are in The Global War On Terror Overseas Contingency Operation Countering Violent Extremism that those uniformed military forces who are duly qualified are not allowed and encouraged to carry weapons anywhere they might encounter hostile action?

‘They’ are turning our military men and women into a target-rich environment, incapable of responding in kind to a threat.  How wrong is THAT?

Our people are sitting ducks – in uniforms!

Isn’t this both ironic and dangerous?

Mr. President/Secretary Hagel – PLEASE allow our people to defend themselves.  (Look to whom I’m appealing, the same folks who call the first Ft. Hood shooting ‘workplace violence’ (wherein the guy was yelling Allahu Akhbar while murdering people!), and a President who actively is pursuing policies toward civilian disarmament in his own country!)

Talk about deaf ears…

The Obama Generation

Remember when we were kids, and taught to strive for self-sufficiency, personal responsibility, and integrity?

Remember when Candidate Obama told us he was five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America?

Welcome to that world…

Congratulations, progressives: here’s what you’ve managed to create:

“The majority of the class felt that they would rather be a slave than to be a factory worker. And she was just extremely confused by that, knowing what slaves went through, she couldn’t understand why anyone would choose that,” James said. “The rationale by those students to choose slaves was that they had free housing, they had free food and they had free protection…”
You’ve done it.  Created a bunch of slave-minded kids who’ll grow up willing to be slaves if you give them enough ‘free’ stuff.

I think I’ll go throw up now.  (Firehand)

Sadly (a word I’m utilizing more and more) I agree with Firehand.  To be fair, obviously, this New America didn’t begin with President Obama.  (FDR?)  But, he’s certainly done nothing to foster the rugged individualism that used to typify citizens of this country.

We are now generationally creating citizens legal residents occupiers dependent on the government teat for nourishment, information, protection and all manner of goods and services.  Paid for by those of us who spent most of our lives working and paying taxes.  And the recipients are so dependent, they have no understanding that their contract with government has a quid pro quo.  And they are passing this tradition onto their drone progeny.

♫ I owe my soul to the company store ♫ – Tennessee Ernie Ford

Well, There’s ONE Thing We Have Going For Us…

Worried about ‘the authorities’ getting involved in civilian disarmament?  If NYPD is any example, and you are planning resistance to their plans…

The triggers are a major factor, but are not entirely to blame.  The NYPD apparently does not teach the Weaver stance, or at least, does not train in it to any standard of proficiencyIts internal documents admit that only about half of officers involved in shootings fired with any kind of two-handed grip.  As late as 1992, overall officer hit potential was only 17%, and only 28% at 3 yards–9 feet–and closer.
If this is true, then everybody involved in training needs their ass kicked.  C’mon, do you know ANYBODY currently teaching defensive handgunning who doesn’t teach some kind of two-handed hold?

You should go and read the whole thing (link – Firehand)

And take heart – when the SHTF you can throw it faster and with more accuracy than agents of government trained by bureaucrats.

I’m reminded of my IPSC days.  We’d have some hot-shot cops show up to compete with we lowly civilians.  Usually, after two or three sessions, we’d not see them again.  Because the civilians took their training seriously and weren’t answerable or trained by bureaucracies!

Of course, hopefully, this is all just fictional commentary, and none of us will ever have to know if it holds true for us.

Oh Heavenly Grid!

PREACHER ON TV: …nointed with oil on troubled waters? Oh, Heavenly Grid, help us bear up thy Standard, our Chevron flashing bright across the Gulf of Compromise, standing Humble on the Rich Field of Mobile American Thinking? Here in this Shell we call Life… (excerpted from The Firesign Theatre’s “How Can You Be In Two Places At Once, When You’re Not Anywhere At All”)

Florida City Threatens Woman For Living Off the Grid

|  Feb. 25, 2014

Solar panels

Oregon Department of Transportation

By all accounts, Robin Speronis is engaged in a successful experiment in “living off the grid” in Cape Coral, Florida. The 54-year-old former real estate agent disconnected from city water and power about a year and a half ago. Now she relies on solar panels, propane lanterns, and collected rain water in her duplex and seems quite happy about it. But the city clearly is not. Officials tried to boot her from her home, and have now given her until the end of March to reconnect to the grid. A special magistrate who tossed many of the charges and admits that reasonableness may not play a role in the rules says she will ultimately have to comply. Speronis is standing firm.

You can’t be FREE, all by yourself, doing as you please!  That’s not being part of the collective!  Don’t you know it takes a village?  Resistance is futile!

Okay, all you freedom-loving self-actualized, libertarians and self-governing folks.  Listen up.  The government NEEDS you.

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun – Mao Tse Tung

h/t Say Uncle

Guns Lost By a Firearms Dealers

or rather (oops, my mistake), by the dealer’s government agency watchdog…

Impressive FOIA results.

“It is clear that agency rules were not followed in many of the incidents, which show at least 49 guns were lost or stolen nationwide between 2009 and 2013.”

“The newly released ATF reports show that between 2009 and 2013, agents lost their guns or had them stolen in at least 45 incidents — with a couple of the cases involving the loss of three firearms.

It is unclear if the records include “missing” guns, a separate category used by the agency.

Most of the lost weapons were handguns, but there also were at least two assault rifles stolen. Typically the reports do not indicate what happened to the unrecovered guns. However, in a November 2008 incident, the gun may have wound up in Mexico, according to the report.”

“The report cited examples similar to those in the documents obtained by the Journal Sentinel, with agents leaving weapons in public bathrooms, atop their vehicles, on an airplane and one in a shopping cart.”

Via Katie Pavlich

I sit here wondering how this compares with licensed firearms dealer records, and, of course, the whole Fast & Furious debacle.  And wonder if any of the BATFE missing arms are responsible for crimes or even murders?

Inquiring minds want to know.

h/t David Hardy

Go Cougars!

Ninety Miles From Tyranny brings us the story…

How girl ELEVEN grabbed gun and shot dead cougar that was stalking her brother, 13, outside their house (link)

Of course, these kids would have been much safer had they no firearm or safety or shooting instruction or access to firearms.  After all, the cougars were here first.

Picking on a poor, defenseless animal like that, how dare they!

It’s for the children…

PS – I took my first shot at age 6.  When did you start?

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?

Just An Observation

The United States seems hell-bent on making all nationalities resident here inclusive – even those who aren’t here legally and those who fail to assimilate into American culture.

And those who refuse to learn or use English.

My ancestors came here legally from Germany (and Ireland – kinda already speaking English!). learned it and assimilated.  There were proud Americans.

Witness below the nation/nation-state/Russian satellite of The Ukraine:

Nationalism unites, and multi-culti ‘diversity’ divides. So does culture and language.

- Paying attention yet America? Liking how that whole ‘diversty’ joke is working for you?

Belgians have the whole Flemish vs. Walloon thing.

- I don’t know if this is WHY Brussels is so dysfunctional, but when all else fails it never hurts to go with “blame the French.”

Many of us understand what happened in the former Yugoslavia. The linguistic divide between Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Slovene, and Macedonian (plus a few more languages) made the ‘country’ less functional than their infamous car, the Yugo. (map and text courtesy of Theo Spark)

Is anyone in our State Department listening?  If not, press one for ENGLISH.

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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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