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Beat-Up Cars and Guns

I’m not rich.  Even when I was able to go to a regular 40-hour/week job with benefits.  I was lower-middle class, at best.  Now that I’m on medical disability, I can barely make ends meet.  I lost my home a year and a half ago.

Cars and guns are important to me.  Guns apparently more so.  I currently am driving a 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue with over 140K miles on her.  She needs a lot of work I cannot afford.  And I certainly cannot afford a (newer, in-better-shape) different vehicle.  Sigh.

I also own two guns:  a custom 1911 and an electroless nickel Smith .38.  Both have seen better days, but, just like the ol’ clunker, THEY WORK!

Murphy’s Law recently posted a photo of his workhorse pistol, a Beretta 92F.  She looked a little like she had been dragged behind something for a while.  Obviously, this made no difference to Murphy, who said she worked and shot like a champ!

Which brings me to my point.  My car looks and works like crap, but she still works.  My 1911 and revolver both function, albeit they are cosmetically imperfect.

So I’m a bigot.  :-)

I LOVE the look of a nicely appointed vehicle and a fine firearm!  When I first saw Murphy’s photo, my heart sank.  I thought how sad it looks like that, and how much she resembled my well-worn 1911.  And, I see nicely running cars on the street, painted all pretty, and I secretly loathe my beater car.

Okay, I don’t know if it’s bigotry or shallowness…

Thankfully (as of this writing) the car and guns still function, but there’s always tomorrow!

h/t Lagniappe’s Lair

Here We Go, AGAIN!

There is a piece of legislation making its way through both the House of Representatives and Senate that could have real implications for freedom of speech in the media and on the internet. On Wednesday, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 (S.2219), which seeks “to examine the prevalence of hate crime and hate speech on the Internet, television, and radio to better address such crimes.” Meanwhile, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) introduced a companion bill in the House – H.R. 3878.

“This really bothers me a great deal. Senator Ed Markey and Representative Hakeem Jeffries… are taking their Hate Crimes Reporting Act and they’re trying to jam it through and get passage in both the House and the Senate. It’s happening simultaneously… Is that part of Cass Sunstein’s old stomping grounds? The information administration looking to analyze all media outlets including radio to determine if they are working to advocate and encourage hate crimes. This is good, huh?”

In a Wednesday press release, Sen. Markey a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, explained why this legislation is particuraly important given the recent shooting in Kansas.

“We have recently seen in Kansas the deadly destruction and loss of life that hate speech can fuel in the United States,” Sen. Markey said, “which is why it is critical to ensure the Internet, television and radio are not encouraging hate crimes or hate speech that is not outside the protection of the First Amendment.”

Glenn happened to have a German radio from the Nazi era on his desk this morning, and he explained the great lengths taken by the Nazi government to ensure the German people only heard what they wanted them to hear.

“This [radio has] the German swastika on it, the German eagle is on it. This was an S.S. approved radio. It would only pick up the right radio stations, so you couldn’t tune into to the BBC or anything else. They just took those frequencies away,” Glenn explained. “I love the people who say the Nazis are extreme right. No, they’re not. The battle of World War II in Europe was communist versus Nazis – communists versus the national socialists… Both of them wanted world domination… Both of them were socialist… It’s the same group of guys.”

(excerpted from Glenn Beck)

YES, the recent shootings in Kansas were horrible.  REGARDLESS of the allegedly White supremacist’s choice of targets or his own political thoughts.

Remember when so-called ‘liberals’ championed the First Amendment rights of disgusting individuals like the Nazis who marched in largely-Jewish Skokie, Illinois?  Well, these same folks (and their political descendants) are now trying to remove the First Amendment rights of anyone with whom they disagree, for ‘our’ own good, under the guise of the ever popular PC term hate speech.

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS HATE SPEECH IN A NATION WHICH ESPOUSES PROTECTIONS AS ENUMERATED IN THE FIRST AMENDMENT OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION!  PERIOD.

AND, USING IT AS AGGRAVATING LABEL FOR VIOLENT CRIME GIVES THE STATE THE METHOD IT NEEDS TO SUPPRESS NOT ONLY THE SPEECH OF DISGUSTING PERSONS WE ALL DON’T LIKE, BUT ALSO THOSE WITH WHOM WE AGREE, BUT ‘THE POWERS THAT BE’ DISAGREE’.

Don’t like President Obama’s policies or legislation?  Must be a racist.  Wait a minute – that’s hate speech!

Oh wait, it only works one direction…

Dominoes

“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?

"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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