31 March, 2010

Missouri House moves forward with Pro-Gun legislation

from Here.

Update: I had to pull the text as the copy had extra stuff not condusive to the story.

How is that spelled again?

Aibohphobia - the irrational fear of palindromes, words that are spelled the same forwards or backwards.

WOW! Bob good thing you don't have that particular fear.

30 March, 2010


From the Sharp Marble

For instance, if you could harness the spin generated from news reports on the Tea Parties... You could power the universe

Robb wins the Internets today


moar funny pictures

27 March, 2010

Ya know, it's good to know I have such a friend

Editor's Note: this is not word for word, but a general feel of my conversation last night at the bar. Good thing there's a gun show today for me to regain my man cred.

Taupe of the Chain: Aw, that's cute

Me: What?

Taupe of the Chain: You're phone case, it's cute

Me: It's not cute

Taupe of the Chain: Yes, it's cute

Me: You can call it nice, awesome, neat, don't call it cute.

Taupe of the Chain: It's cute

Me: Hand over your man card, now

Taupe of the Chain: You've had your man card revoked

Me: Why

Taupe of the Chain: Saying you feel icky

Me; If I can't describe my physical condition by saying icky, you can't call my phone case cute

.....and it went on

How do you tell if a politician is lying?

Their mouth is moving. Senator(soon to be ex)HealthClaire McCasketkill had this to say

Democrats are "overpromising" about the benefits of healthcare, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said this morning.

The Missouri Democrat said her party has probably oversold the legislation that just became law.

"The side on which I'm on, that voted for the bill, probably is overpromising, [has] not been clear enough about the fact that this is going to be an incremental approach over time, [and] the benefits aren't going to be felt by most Americans immediately," McCaskill told MSNBC's Mornine Joe.

Nevertheless, the Republicans have been over the top in demonizing the health bill, McCaskill said.

"Chicken little is running the Republican party right now, and when the sky doesn't fall then all those independent voters out there go, 'Gosh, they sure told us it was going to be terrible and this isn't so bad," she said.

"So the truth, as always, is somewhere in the middle."

Funny, but John Boehner doesn't look like a rooster to me.

26 March, 2010

Pot, Kettle.... Kettle, Pot

So people like Emanuel Cleaver, Russ Carnahan, Louis Slaughter and the like feel threatened by their understandably frustrated citizens subjects.

Just a point there to these esteemed reviled politicians, you've passed over boisterous opposition, the Health Care Reform Act. which if people choose to resist it's overreaching power grab, a visit by armed agents of the government ready to visit violence upon those who would resist the taking of their property. And while you ignored us as we were on our soapbox, you will feel our wrath at the ballot box.

Friday Fun Track - Forbidden Freedom edition

Every time I hear this song, I can place myself inside the story.

25 March, 2010

Unexpected Surprises

Last Thursday I received one of those e-mails from UPS that a package was headed my way from SI Defense. Now, back in December Say Uncle put a post up that SI Defense had AR-15 lowers going for $50.00 each. I jumped at the chance to start a build on an EBR. I received the lower through my local FFL and thought I was done with SI Defense for the time being. With that e-mail last Thursday, I was informed that another package was headed my way. I came home to find this.


Thank you very much SI Defense. This is most appreciated and unexpected pleasant surprise. Should you find the need to send anything else my way, I of course would be happy to oblige in receiving it. Of course, now I have to rethink my whole AR build, but oh, what a problem to have.

(FTC disclaimer: whatever transpires between myself and SI Defense is none of your business.)

24 March, 2010

Schooling a racebaiter

From Gateway Pundit

“I’ve been to hundreds of tea parties around the country. What I can tell you is that I’ve never seen any blacks lynched at one of them. That’s still one of those things that only democrats can hold a distinction about.”
-Kevin Jackson

Oh yeah, whose that Senator from West Virginia, the old coot, Robert "KKK" Byrd? Yeah that's him.

Control is an illusion

John Dingell(berry) D(umbass)-M(yocardial) I(nfarction) gives us this little gem

Let me remind you this [Americans allegedly dying because of lack of universal health care] has been going on for years. We are bringing it to a halt. The harsh fact of the matter is when you’re going to pass legislation that will cover 300 [million] American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.

As long as the idea of freedom lives in men's hearts, controlling them is an illusion. It's an illusion, period.

An excellent point

Go check out Random Nuclear Strikes on Rights & Responsibilities.

Somehow I believe the statists would crap their little collectivist britches if the Supreme Court ruled in favor of this. But, oh would it be worth it to pay that tax just to see the look on their faces.


Magicians use sleight of hand to misdirect their audience into looking the other way when performing. Leftists, statists and collectivists use misdirection by calling ordinary folks teabaggers, racists, and homophobes all the while hiding behind their publicity machine.

Bill Hennessy of the St. Louis Tea Party has a piece up on his blog about how we need to stop and look at what that other hand is doing. We need to call them out and say no more, this is my line in the sand concrete. Personally I have embraced the term 'teabagger' and use the phrase 'rubbing the balls of freedom in the face of tyranny.' So, please don't apologize or roll over and show your belly like a subservient dog. Stand up and defend yourselves, your friends and your fellow Tea Party members.

23 March, 2010

John (Con)yers D(umbass)-M(yocardial) I(nfarction) seems to believe there is a 'Good & Welfare' clause in the constitution that permits Congress to pass healthcare legislation.

Kevin Baker has a post up to send copies of the constitution to send to all member of Congress. Would someone please highlight this clause for the copy for Representative Conyers?

Update: yeah, I looked through two of my copies of the constitution and couldn't find that 'good and welfare' clause he talks about. Oh Rep Conyers, can you please send me a copy of 'your' constitution. I need to borrow it and make a trip to the national archives.

Blogroll Additions and Site Changes

First off, let me welcome Crip Chronicles, written by Chris. Chris, like myself, thinks that running around in the woods chasing rally cars is a fine way to spend a weekend. Go check out his blog. Did I mention we share a liking for Subaru Outback Sports? With the exception of our choice of transmission, our cars are virtually identical. Welcome Chris.

Next, I've taken the jump into cashing in on the internet. You'll probably notice The Ready Store ove on the right hand side about midway down. They offer a variety of preparedness items that are reasonably priced. Please, click on the link and check them out.

Finally, I added a new widget for the Examiner.com writers. It should update as each one posts new articles. I miss a lot of fine writing and maybe now you & I both can read these folks who have a passion for defending our 2nd amendment rights.

Again, I run a reciprocal blogroll here at Top of the Chain. Please e-mail me if you wish to be added to the mix.

22 March, 2010

To those that voted for or supported this monstrosity you've now hoisted upon me & mine

May you find yourselves running scared, without a shred of cover when the angry mob comes to make you account for your actions. May your children grow up destitute and poor. May you find yourselves rotting away from a wasting disease with no hope of a cure. Yeah, I'm mightily pissed off and I don't fuckin' care at this point. A pox to all your houses

A question of equality

Who or what makes you equal? Is it some outside indiviudal? If so, why do you let someone else define your equality? Can you quantify that equality? Do you let a law define your equality? Then you've let someone else define it for you.

Most people are content to let someone else tell them of their equality. The government is attempting to define equality in such a way that 1/6 of our nations economy will be ran by the government. 1/6th, which means the other 5/6th of our economy is not equal to that 1/6th. Equality can come from each individual making their own choice. Now, isn't that much more equitable?

21 March, 2010


You should be able to read that on your i(fail)phone

There's even an app to read that (for Droid phones)


19 March, 2010

Peddlin for dollars

The tour de ShowMe' is a sad panda because it seems in this era of tighter government budgets, Jay (I'm not sure that I'm a crook) Nixon has decided that the money for this event could go somewhere more important.

Now in helping to organize the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, we have no need of any money from the state to promote our event. Oh sure, some assistance would be nice in promoting the event through state sponsored tourism literature. However, we've not received one thin dime of state money to bring a major motorsports event to the Ozark mountains of Missouri.

Friday Fun Track Tubthumpin' Edition

Oh Danny Boy, Danny boy, Danny boy

I do get knocked down and keep gettin' up again. Nope, you are never gonna keep me down.

17 March, 2010

Doublin' down

Øbama has decided that the Reverend Al Sharpton is a good fit to preach the annointed one's message. Sharpton believes that Øbama is trying to lift all Americans up. And he feels that black leaders should not doubt the Øne's ability to do so. Strange bedfellows does desperation make.

16 March, 2010

Oh, Really?

Somehow telling people what they can and cannot do in their homes when it comes to practicing one's religion is a sure fire way to a court case.

Dear Gilbert Arizona,

You are so screwed. It would be better to just drop the matter and let it be. KTHXBI.

Due regards,

Top of the Chain

15 March, 2010

MO State Representative Cynthia Davis answers the Gun Rights Questionnaire

Previously The Gun Rights Questionnaire has been sent to Senator Scott Rupp and he provided his answers here. IN August, a GOP primary will be held for the seat now held by Senator Rupp. His opponent at this time is MO State Representative Cynthia Davis. She answers the Gun Rights Questionnaire.

Here is my reply to your questionnaire:

1. Do you believe that the Constitution is the "supreme law of the land"
and that the Bill of Rights acknowledges our birthrights?

Yes. The constitution is the only document sparing us from full blown
socialism. I love the way the constitution was written believe every
word was put into it for a very good reason.

2. If so, should these rights be pro actively protected from
infringement by all levels of government, including city, county and

Yes. The national government has an insatiable appetite for power and
will always seek to encroach ever more on wrenching power away from the
citizens. Sorry to sound cynical, but just observe history.

3. Please give some examples of gun laws you consider constitutional.

Any law that restricts a persons natural rights without due process.
The right to defend ones person and property from unjust use or seizure
is a natural and fundamental right.

4. Please give some examples of gun laws you consider unconstitutional.

Requiring innocent citizens to get permits. The bad guys don't need

5. Does the right to bear arms include the right for any peaceable
citizen to carry them concealed without a permit, as in Vermont?


6. Do you believe that Americans have a right to own, use and carry
weapons of military pattern, and will you use the prestige of elected
office to publicly promote that right?

Yes. Switzerland is a great example. I have been told that nearly every
household has a gun and that most men are required to serve in the
military as well as keep a weapon in their homes in good working order in
case of emergency.

7. Do you support or oppose registration of weapons?


Why? It doesn't mean anything. Evil governments can use this to disarm
their citizens. It happened to my grandfather right before they began
the genocide and killed his father and all his brothers and sisters. See
my Capitol Report: http://www.cynthiadavis.net/PDFs/cpr100304.htm

8. Do you support or oppose licensing requirements to own or carry

I oppose the licensing requirements because they have turned a right into
a privilege. However, I got my "Concealed Carry Weapon" permit for
philosophical reasons. I want to have the ability to carry a gun should
I desire to do so. I also want my county sheriff and all the law
enforcement officers to know that there is a lot of demand for such a
popular product. People need to be able to protect themselves.

9. What specific gun laws will you work to get repealed?

I have filed three bills this session pertaining to firearms:
HB1232 removes language that prohibits guns in churches.
HB1239 extends the length of time a concealed weapon permit is valid. I
would have liked to have made this a lifetime permit, like they have in
Indiana, but thought we could do it one piece at a time.
HB1230 is "The Missouri Firearms Freedom Act"---This language is largely
borrowed from Montana. I figured if it worked in Montana, it should be
good here as well. It says that what is made in Missouri in the way of
guns and ammunition cannot be subjected to national government so long as
it stays in Missouri.

10. If elected, will you back your words of support for firearms rights
up with consistent actions? How?

I have been endorsed of the NRA several times for having an "A" rating.
I also send out an e-mail every week helping to shape the conscience of
my constituents. Please see this one because it will show you what I
have been doing: http://www.cynthiadavis.net/PDFs/cpr091105.htm

Please let me know if you need anything else.


Representative Cynthia Davis

Mrs. Davis appears to be in support of our Second Amendment rights. Mrs. Davis has filed legislation pertaining to protecting and expanding our natural right to defense. She does put her money where her mouth is.

Little Bastard, the gun edition

Irregardless of where the gun came from, two people in wholly seperate parts of the country chose to commit an act of violence.

These two winners in the crime lottery could have both ordered their guns from tactiblaster.com and had them shipped to a local FFL for the federally required background check.

Two people chose to commit acts of violence against innocent persons. To somehow link these guns that were previously in the hands of criminals with imparting more criminal behavior is absurd.

Why, it's almost as if these guns carry a curse similiar to that of James Dean's Porsche. Which, of course, they don't.

14 March, 2010

And on this day ladies cried "But I don't like the taste of it!"

Besides being 3.14 ore Pi day it's also this day.

Son of a ...... I already started the Corned Beef Brisket.

A piece of the pi

Happy Pi Day. Did you remember to spring your clocks forward one hour? Don't forget to change batteries in your smoke alarm either.

13 March, 2010

Pick on someone your own size

A 68 year old Ohio Grandfather apparently felt it was ok to punch children.

Being the practical guy I am, once he's sorted out that it is NOT ok to punch children, can we point him towards hippies?

12 March, 2010

Friday Fun Track Vanity Edition

Tip o' the hat to JayG for the inspiration for this one.

I'd like to dedicate this Friday fun track to the Anointed One.

(bleg, Faster Pussycat covered this in the late eighties, if anyone has a copy I'd love to get my hands on it.)

How do you identify your citizenry?

Are you a citizen of your state first or as an American first? In thinking about it, my answer surprised me. What say you?

Pouring salt in a wound

(image courtesy of Robb Allen

It seems that New York wishes to treat salt like a controlled substance.

Why can't people make their own health and lifestyle decisions? Why does the state feel the need to say what is good or bad for us? Please excuse me while I find a moment of Zen to help my blood pressure.

Thumbing your nose at em'

The IANSA , or International Action Network (to restrict private ownership of) Small Arms has a nifty pdf comparing handgun ownership in sixteen countries. The USA has a note that we are the worst. I feel kinda proud that we make them wet their beds with fear. That we have a specific enumerated right to keep and bear arms is relatively unfettered with bureaucratic silliness. As Kurt Hoffman says; "I believe that being despised by the despicable is as good as being admired by the admirable."

11 March, 2010

Further defining 'our' 2nd Amendment Rights

Joe Huffman's QOTD begs the question, Why are we attempting to confer an inanimate object an enumerated right?

I can understand the argument and agree with it. The Second Amendment DOES NOT SAY 'The right of the gun to be with someone and be carried shall not be infringed." Sounds kinda silly when put that way. And thank goodness it wasn't written that way. What say you, Top of the Chain reader?

The two things government does really well

Overreact and do nothing. In this case, they've managed to do both at the same time.

Since Mr. Semtex-aroos tried to blow up a Detroit bound airliner during the holidays, the government has nearly doubled the list of names on the no fly list. A list that is non published as to who is on it. Nor is the criteria for being on that list published either. My name could be Imma Gonnablowyouup and if someone else is named that as well who is a suspect, I am automatically added to that list. That's the overreaction part, right there.

The do nothing part, the government won't publish how to remove innocent people from this list. No procedure exists to scrub a name from the list. Yet, people tell us that the Patriot Act is such a wonderful thing. No thank you. At the expense of being freer, I'll give up some security.

10 March, 2010

Score Ingenuity 1 Potential Fail 1

So it's a tie score. KOSCIELSKI'S & K.G.S. in Minneapolis MN has unveiled a credit card sized shotgun. Actually it's a muzzleloader that uses BB's as the shot. The device is approximately the length and height of a credit card, but is considerably thicker,

For ingenuity I'd like to applaud these folks for building a unique mousetrap. Of course with the bevy of .380 auto pocket pistols for when you can't carry a real gun, I wouldn't know how this fits into someone's choices of what to carry.

For the potential of this device to fail at the most inopportune time is too great for me to consider owning one of these. The trigger system is electrically operated, so some kind of power source is required. You have to push a button to fire this device. Again, button can break or be accidentally pushed. Finally I assume this device would ride in someone's back pocket. Sitting on this item all day long week after week can't be good.

More power to them if they sell these things. Good luck.

08 March, 2010

Perhaps I should send this poor soul some sleeping pills & a bottle of rum

On April 19th, a 2nd Amendment March will take place in Washington D.C. It seems a certain (fellow) Missouri blogger finds this sick. You can google up MO Ravings, as I will not provide him a link to his blog. Here is his post

My depressing find for the day (week, month)
On reading a bit yesterday about the shooter at the Pentagon yesterday and then on true government hate groups, I learned that there is a group organizing a "Second Amendment March" who's coordinating a march on Washington right now set for April 19th this year.

That's bad enough by itself.

But the date?

Besides being my Mother's birthday (God rest her soul) it is also the date of the first shots fired at Lexington in the Revolutionary War, the anniversary of the fiery end of the government siege in Waco and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.


Sick in so many ways.

America seems to be one sad and hurting pup.

Isn't it just sad that the poor wittle anti is depressed. All he has is his feelings. As Robb Allen says, he can't take someone to an anti gun show, or not shoot an anti-gun. That is why we win.

07 March, 2010

Karl Rove on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Karl Rove writes in his new book Rove-elations that the anointed one confessed to Valerie Jarrett that Rove hates hims among other things. In the article though is this piece about the Air Force One meeting between President Bush, New Orleans governor Ray Nagel and Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco.

He continues: "Our biggest mistake was that we did not seize control of the situation in Louisiana sooner. As the Air Force One meeting showed, Nagin and Blanco couldn't even agree on who was responsible for public safety in New Orleans. The president should have ordered a federal takeover and taken the heat for pushing Louisiana officials aside."

Nagin and Blanco couldn't even agree on who was responsible for public safety in New Orleans. First and foremost the public is responsible for their own safety. As this video shows, law enforcement thought differently.

New Orleans is still fighting returning these guns to the peaceable armed citizens of the city. Thanks to the lemmings who decided Nagin was just the cat's meow, the good citizens of New Orleans are subject to the cronyism, and outright corruption that has been rampant in Louisiana poltics for decades. Remember, it's not some politician that is going to assist you when the SHTF, it's you that needs to be able to stand and defend yourself.

06 March, 2010

And this man is in charge of Detroit's school system

Otis Mathis, president of the city's school board, admits he has trouble writing a coherent sentence.

"Instead of telling them that they can't write and won't be anything, I show that cannot stop you," Mathis told the paper. "If Detroit Public Schools can allow kids to dream, with whatever weakness they have, that's something. ... It's not about what you don't have. It's what you can do."

Let me help you there Otis; Otis (proper noun) please (adverb) resign. (verb) See there, Otis, you should have paid attention. Subject verb agreement is such a wonderful thing. That's what you should and can do.

(and people wonder why their children fail in school.)

05 March, 2010

QOTD - Holding your breath til you turn blue edition

“There’s a reality, but also there should be passion and common sense. We assassinated President John F. Kennedy. We assassinated Martin Luther King. And we assassinated Robert F. Kennedy — and we’re proud of that. That’s the answer to problems with a gun. That is not,” Daley said, again ladling on the sarcasm.

We, we, we, what? Did Tyrant Mayor Daley have a mouse in his pocket?

04 March, 2010

The rural gun culture

The local Future Farmers of America helps the rally clean up the stages of the yellow banner tape we string up on the side roads. A pair of really nice kids were sent along with me. As we stopped to tear down the caution tape, I noticed .410 shotgun shells sitting on the dash of the pickup. I suspect that had they been in a metropolitan area, those shells would have raised all kinds of alarms should a law enforcement officer see them. In rural Missouri, the shells are just a part of the background. Maybe the lesson is that irregardless of locale, the perception of weapons should be treated equally.

03 March, 2010

QOTD - Supreme Court Edition

"Justice Sotomayor, States may have grown accustomed to violating the rights of American citizens, but that does not bootstrap those violations into something that is constitutional". - Alan Gura

Methinks the wise latina got told where to put her statist collectivist views, and it's dark and smelly.

New tool for communication from the Top of the Chain bunker

Two Fridays ago, after I was done eating my dinner ( Hot Wings and Fries from Wing Stop, YUM!) I walked into the Sprint store in the same plaza that the restaurant was in. A very nice young lady by the name of Kimberlyn greeted me and inquired how she could be of service.

I informed Kimberlyn that my old phone was in need of replacement. She took one look at my account and said I was eligible for an upgrade. I looked at Blackberrys and regular flip phones. I kept going back to the Samsung Moment. The Moment is one of two of Sprints's offerings of Droid phones.

I settled on the Samsung and started the activation process. After a couple of false starts, Kimberlyn finally got the phone activated.

ZOMG!! I can't believe how I ever got along without it. The phone does everything but wipe the egg off of your face. Hell, there is probably an app for that.

01 March, 2010

McDonald v Chicago

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in McDonnald v Chicago. The case will decide if Chicago's (and other cities and states) handgun bans are constitutional or not. Dennis Hanigan stated this.

Henigan says the case is Gura's to lose based on the premise that the same five judges who were part of the Heller majority will join together and carry the day in this case.

The case is Gura's to lose. The anti's know they are in the wrong, know they are going to lose and there's not a damn thing they can do about it.