26 January, 2011

Police worried about being shot at.

Police across the country have faced a number of deadly violent incidents in the last week. They are worried that the po po is a target after so many instances of cops being shot at.

Richard Roberts, a spokesman for the International Union of Police Associations had this bit of useful insight into the situation -

"We don't have any data, but there seems to be a type of criminal out there looking to thwart authority," he told the station.

Choosing a career path that puts you on the opposite side of the law is thwarting authority. That is a flash of brilliance right there Richard, worthy of Sherlock Holmes.

25 January, 2011


We live in a time when the language surrounding Second Amendment rights are out of control in my opinion,” White said. “It takes real courage from someone like him to bring that up and talk about it in a public place.

This was Oklahoma City Ward 4 councilman Pete White commending the bigotry of Oklahoma City police chief Bill Citty. While others see it as courage, I see it as bigotry.

The chief calls for 'better' tracking of guns, particularly guns guns similiar to the M-16 military rifle. But I wonder what that tracking entails? Registration? maybe, confiscation, possibly?

I'd agree that the language coming from those that would infringed upon a natural and specific enumerated right is out of control. Perhaps Councilman White would like to address that by restricting the chiefs first amendment rights.

24 January, 2011

Just keep doing what you're doing

I ran across this article on The Joyce Foundation. (no linking per my policy) The article paints them as the gun control advocate's answer to the NRA. Ellen Aberding, president feels the need to carry on pushing for gun control, long after other organizations have quit.

And that requires stricter gun control, Ms. Alberding says. She feels an additional obligation to carry on after other foundations stopped funding gun-control efforts over the past decade as the U.S. Supreme Court, Congress and state legislatures endorsed fewer and fewer restrictions on guns. Currently, only Illinois and Wisconsin prohibit carrying concealed weapons.

The funding they provide is laughable, 3 million dollars spread over 16 different grants. Let's see here, 3 million dollars goes into 80 million gun owners.... That's $26.66 per gun owner they're spending to convince the general public that a specific enumerated right isn't.

Slowly, but surely, these bigoted fools are sweeping themselves into the dustbin of history. I'd like to lift the lid on the trash can and help them into it.

21 January, 2011

20 January, 2011

More Buycott choices from TJIC

So last night after I buycotted a graphic novel from Heavy Ink, TJIC commented on the previous post with this.

Btw, if comic books aren't your thing, I own and run a second business: SmartFlix.com.

Sign up for Combat Pistol University


... or Gunsmithing University:


...or one of the others:


So instead of entertaining yourself with the latest Spiderman, Batman, etc., you can get yourself some practical knowledge from a variety of subjects.

19 January, 2011

I am TJIC and a Buycott

Massachussetts has arbitrarily decided that the writer of a blog, in exercising his First Amendment right to infringe on his Second Amendment right by disarming him.

Travis is going to need money for the legal bills that are sure to follow. He runs an online comic book store. There are already comic book artists that are speaking out against him. What sweet irony would it be to buy something from Travis to help him make a living, that came from one of these bigoted fools?

Molon Labe!!

update: I kinda just banged out this post originally and didn't do the proper thing and credit the image. In it's current form, it comes from Borepatch. While I occasionally have a dim little flicker of something profound, Borepatch consistently hits Grand Slams out of the park.


Kevin has found a wonderful chew toy and is pawing at it and dissecting it's philosophy to shreds.

This quote, that Kevin quotes comes from H.L. Mencken -

The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.

The whole piece at TSM is worth the read, as always. And the scary part is that Kevin's chew toy votes.

Them goalposts, they keep moving

When talking about gun control, the proponents of such will almost always use hyperbole to advance their agenda. When Josh Sugarmann coined the term "Assault Weapon" to use in pushing for the AWB of 1994, it was based on cosmetic appearances alone. Not a single mechanical function of one of these rifles helped to lump them into this arbitrary set. For years now, journalists keep blathering on about military style assault weapons. Now it seems there's a new category out there, police-style assault weapons.

So now, the Glock that Jared Lee Loughner purchased by lying on his 4473, is a police-style assault weapon? Beyond what David Codrea chroncicles at his website on police misbehavior, I doubt seriously the police routinely 'assault' anyone.

Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Glocks are found every day in gun safes, being worn by licensed concealed carry permit holders, and by police carrying out their duties. The gun is a tool. It ought to be treated as such. By not calling out those who would make up another term to cloud the debate is doing a disservice to the Second Amendment.

18 January, 2011

QOTD - destination and terminology edition

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said Sunday that a citizen protecting his home or hunting doesn't need a gun with 33 bullets per clip.
"I think the nation's spirits would be lifted if the Congress acted quickly with the president and reinstated the assault weapons ban which also had the ban on these large magazines, these clips that carried 30-plus bullets," he said

Heh, I think the nation's spirits would be lifted quickly if Congress acted decisively to move to a deserted island and not bother their constituents any longer.

BTW, Ed, it's a magazine MEH GUH ZEEN! not a clip.

17 January, 2011

The Brady Background Check Loophole

Say what? Isn't this piece of federal regulation supposed to catch the very thing that happened in regards to Jared Loughner in Arizona? It seems that Jared Lee Loughner lied on his 4473, the paperwork that EVERY SINGLE PERSON MUST FILL OUT WHEN PURCHASING A NEW GUN THROUGH A LICENSED DEALER.

And now, that bastion of state nannyism, Chuck Schumer is wishing to add more regulation. We keep adding laws and regulations in the fervent hope that the next one will be the one that solves all of society's ills. And over and over, this premise proves false.

14 January, 2011

Friday Fun Track - Astrophysics Anomalies

The same two songs, one the original by the band Muse, quite the group of libertarians they are and I heartily approve of their eclectic musical influences. The second is from the Vitamin String Quartet. Just ignore the fact it comes from the Twilight series of movies.

13 January, 2011

Taking the wookie suit out of the closet

I'm trying really hard not to put it on. But the darn thing looks so warm and inviting. Especially considering how cold it is here. (link NSFW) In regards to the political rhetoric issuing from all sides, STOP!!!! To paraphrase; rhetoric is not the solution to the problem, rhetoric is the problem. Mayhaps that's my inner Chewbacca showing himself. Or my inner Reagan, Hmmm, did George Lucas ever offer Ronnie a part?

12 January, 2011

Free Book!! Free Book!!

OK, so maybe it is slightly misleading. But the fact is, if you own a Kindle or have a Kindle compatible device; i.e a Smartphone with the Kindle app installed, you can download good egg Ambulance Driver'se-book, En Route. His publisher somehow missed out in providing the book for Kindle users during the original offering and has graciously extended the offer thru 17 January. Hurry up, will ya and download it already. It's free. Well? What are you waiting for? GO!!

10 January, 2011

Let me be... CRYSTAL... CLEAR

Using the Second Amendment as a remedy for a redress of grievances IS NOT, SHOULD NOT, CAN NOT be the first option chosen when you have a serious disagreement with a politician's views. The way to turn this country around, is by winning hearts and minds. Violent revolution won us the chance for peaceful redress. This is one of our most sacred ideas, that we have peaceful transfers of power. I urge everyone to address the cultural norms they see if they disagree with them. Please don't go down the path of violence unless and until the state makes the first move. Then and only then should we take up arms and fight.

06 January, 2011


To the little hipster asshole who wouldn't issue me a raincheck, screw you. I sure as hell won't darken your door anymore.
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Did the ATF 'walk" guns across the border to pad statistics?

David Codrea has a line on getting to the bottom of the an important question. It is alleged that the murder of a Border Patrol Agent recently was committed with one of those "walked" guns.

A surprisingly balanced article from the Telegraph-Herald in Dubuque IA

Iowa has recently became a shall issue state in regards to concealed carry.  Rather than the usual the sky is falling PSH hysteria that accompanies these pieces, the Telegraph Herald provides a refreshingly unbiased view of this subject.

And Dubuque bank takes a relatively neutral position on the subject.

"If somebody walks in with a sidearm, who's not a uniformed police officer, that's going to make some of our customers uncomfortable," Beresford said. "While we're not posting signs, and we're not trying to create any prohibition, we certainly will not encourage it."

We are winning. Everyday folks are realizing that peaceably armed citizens pose little threat to their fellow citizens. Even the press is waking up to this. I'd like more of the same, please.

05 January, 2011

Sweet 16

Ann Wagner, one of five contenders to replace Michael Steele as head of the RNC was asked Monday in a debate as to the number of firearms she owns. Her reply...
"About 16," replied Wagner, "everything from pistols and a Glock, to shotguns, rifles, and my son, who's on the combat weapons team at West Point, has an assault rifle,"

She also said they just bought a gun safe for Christmas. Tea Party members were quick to tweet their approval of Mrs. Wagner's gun collection. Here's video of the whole exchange.

Not something you see every day

Cats & dogs frolicking, Nancy Pelosi in a bustier, and Attorney General Eric Holder and myself agreeing on a subject.

"The threat has changed from simply worrying about foreigners coming here, to worrying about people in the United States, American citizens — raised here, born here and who for whatever reason, have decided that they are going to become radicalized and take up arms against the nation in which they were born.”

Yes sir, Mr. Holder, finding out that some kid has decided that becoming Jihadi Johnny is what all the cool kids are doing has me worried also. However, the last part of that statement, the one about American Citizens taking up arms, has me concerned.

For somehow, disagreeing with this administration on even the smallest point, has me and a whole bunch of other people labeled as domestic extremists.

Who knows, maybe Mike Rogers will call Holder to heel and the DOJ will get around to, I don't know, actually pursuing justice.  I am not going to hold my breath though.

04 January, 2011

And Water is Wet

Missouri ranks 9th in Police Officer Deaths, not exactly a ringing endorsement if you wish to pursue a career in blue here, however the head of the Missouri FOP haf this to say.

Missouri has the dubious distinction of being among the top ten states where law enforcement officer were killed in the line of duty in 2010. The head of the Missouri FOP says he doesn't think conceal carry laws are the cause, it's criminals who have guns that are behind the deadly crimes. The group says it will  lobby state lawmakers to toughen penalties for those who use guns to commit crimes.

The Sugarmanns, Horowitzs, Bradys and Petersons would have you believe that the problem for the police is peaceably armed citizens flipping out and going on cop killing rampages.  It just doesn't happen.

Here's a more thorough piece

How F*&%ing Many??

According to this WSJ article, state legislatures were keeping busy apparently.

State legislators passed about 31,000 news laws in 2010, down slightly from the previous year. Many of those laws took effect at the start of this year, and many reflect the potential misuse of computers.

31,000? Seriously, and that is down from 2009. I'd like to propose a law, every time from now on whenever a politick says something to the effect of, "We need a law that does, covers, addresses this...." someone takes said drain on productive society and not so gently explains in a direct and forceful that their political life depends upon them resisting this urge.

Should they see the light and say "We need to repeal this law." pet their tummy and tell em in a baby talk voice say, "thatsa good boy!"

03 January, 2011

Control Who? for the common good

Michael Kelly of McCarter & English recently published what he calls a wish list for the new year.

It seems that Mr. Kelly wants his friends in public office to think of the common good.

To my friends in public office, I distill my advice to one phrase: Think of the "common good," not what is best for a special interest group. "Unless we work for the common good, there won't be any."

When we expand civil causes of action to one class, the rest have to pay for it. And when we expand privileges to a few, the non-privileged have to live with the consequences.

Those who advocate the deregulation of handguns enjoy a benefit enjoyed by a few at the expense of the majority and to the detriment of the common good.

One has to wonder how many copies of Das Kapital Mr. Kelly has gone through. Classes and privileged few, why I'm a bit shocked the word bourgeoisie wasn't used.

My wish for the New Year, that people like Michael Kelly discover how wrong they truly are.

02 January, 2011


NJT tells us how he came to his blogging moniker.

Happy New Year!

I know this is a day late, but I want to wish both of my regular readers out there a happy new year.

It's going to be a hell of a ride.