Saturday, June 21, 2014

Bookworm’s 5-Point Gun Manifesto; or why I believe in gun rights

Bookworm’s 5-Point Gun Manifesto; or why I believe in gun rights:
(June 15, 2014)
God forgive me, but I used to be so anti-gun that I donated to The Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence. I know. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. 
This is how "BookWorn" starts her Manifesto ... and it is perhaps probably the best single exposition I have ever read which thoroughly describes the process of rejecting the philosophy of "Gun Grabbers" in favor of embracing the values of the Second Amendment.

Pour a cup of your favorite beverage, keep the pot warm, and settle back to an hour of nodding in agreement.  Expect to hear yourself  murmer "yeah, what she said" from time to time.

A Magnificent Manifesto, an excellent exposition, and the ONE place to go when you feel the need to defend your constitutional rights but just don't quite know how to SAY it!

Five Thumbs Up!

Hat Tips:
The Smallest Minority

Statement from USPSA President

(Email from USPSA President -- June 21, 2014 @ 10:55 PDT)

USPSA will make an official announcement when our investigation is finished and we reach a decision. To do so before that would be pre-mature.
The Area 1 Director and myself have responded to concerned Facebook users to let them know we are looking into it on the same channels that the original comments were made.
With that said, we hope to have our investigation concluded and decisions made by this week.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Say it ain't so! (USPSA Range Officer Collusion?)

Range Officer Cheating Scandal in United States Practical Shooting Association | Gun Nuts Media:
 (June 18, 2014)
Why cheat at USPSA?
I've just read the article (via Gunwire ... probably rotated out by the time you read this) and you can click the link at the top of the page to read it for yourself.

I will not name names ... which are clearly shown in the referenced link ... because so far there are only accusations and I haven't found anything on the USPSA website (even as a "News Flash") which suggests that the accusations have been officially confirmed by the Regional Autority.   And by now *(1730 on Friday) the office is closed, so I can't even call to ask for a statement.

The entire weekend remains for rumor and inuendo to proliferate.  I won't be a party to assuming guilt without hearing from 'the other side'; I encourage you to wait, also, before you assume anything about the reports.

Essentially, a trained and experienced CRO (Chief Range Officer) has been accused of reporting stage times at Level II or Level III USPSA matches to influence the outcome of the match.  For one competitor, the stage-time reported by the RO to the person writing the figures on the score-sheet were faster than the actual time taken; for (some) other competitors, the times were slower.

Thus, the RO is accused of both means of cheating:

  1. biasing reported stage time in favor of one competitor
  2. biasing reported stage time to the detriment of other competitors

Not Smarter than the Average Bear

Colorado governor tries to apologize for gun control measures, blames staff, then curses | Fox News: WASHINGTON –
(June 19, 2014)

So assume you're the governor of a State in the most prestigious nation in the world, and you want to push Gun Control upon an unwilling populace ....

... would YOU be smokin' and jokin' with the sheriffs who are (reluctantly) charged with enforcing anti-constitutional laws on your constituents?

Of course not!  These guys carry guns and aren't afraid to use them.

But this clue-challenged hodad is dancing as fast as he can:

 Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s awkward attempt to patch things up with his state’s sheriffs over his support of controversial gun control legislation isn’t going as planned. The governor, a Democrat, offered a series of unusual explanations during a meeting he held last Friday with a group of Colorado sheriffs for why he signed legislation that restricts the sale of ammunition magazines of more than 15 rounds. First, Hickenlooper blamed his staff for not anticipating the opposition on gun control. He then apologized for his staff’s inability to effectively communicate and promised to do better in the future. When Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith pressed the issue, Hickenlooper snapped back, “What the f---? I apologized!” He apparently was kidding around, as the sheriffs could be heard laughing. But on his Facebook page, Smith said he was surprised by the governor’s choice of words ...
Considering that a couple of his most ardent supporters have been canned by these same constituents for SUPPORTING this bill, a reasonable politician man would be backpedaling like a bear on a tricycle.

But then, the bear probably wouldn't be a Liberal Democrat.

Bears are too smart for that.

*(Assume the usual rant)*

PS: Any executive who blames his staff (extra-credit test:  Who Hired Them?for discontinuities in policy has already served notice that he is not only incompetent, but a raving lunitic who MUST be driven out of office "Most Rikki-Tikki!"

I know you're tired of firing Politicians, Colorado, but it's time to serve the coup d'gras on this imbicile.

You say "Potato" and I say "Patawtoe" ....

David Codrea of WAR ON GUNS (and the editor for the "GUNS" department on The Examiner).. famous for the phrase "We're the only ones ...") and Larry Correia (of the "Monster Hunter Nation" series of books).

Am I the only one who gets them confused?

Or am I just the only one who knows about and reads them both?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

What he said!

Texas Sponsors of OC Bill Say Flat Out: Rifle OC Ain’t Helping | Shall Not Be Questioned:

As I mentioned in an post yesterday, if you give skittish lawmakers more excuses to drag their feet, it won’t help anything. This article outlines the trouble that’s being created in Texas for the open carry bill from the sponsors themselves ....
Open Carry Texas demonstrators ... you look like a bunch of buffoons.  

Many of  us who read this sort of blogarticle understand what you are trying to do (introduce fellow Texans to the concept that just because somebody walks into a restaurant with a rifle slung over his shoulder doesn't mean that they're all going to die!)

But ....

... take a chill pill, okay?  You may teach your dog not to puddle on the carpet by rubbing his nose it it, but people are a bit more complicated.

People THINK.

You should, too.


Two Home Invaders Shoot Mother and Son, Dad Grabs His Gun and Shoots Them Both:
(June 18, 2014: Guns Save Lives)

It must have been a terrifying scene in the Valdosta, GA home. A 56 year old mother and her 15 year old son were home for the night when two men kicked in their front door.
One of the men was wielding a rifle, the other carrying a handgun. They opened fire on the pair, striking the son in the leg and the mother in the arm as she tried to run towards the back of the house.
Hearing the commotion, the father, who was in the back of the house, armed himself and went to investigate. When he got to the front of the house, he opened fire on the home invaders, striking them both and sending them fleeing

Of course, this is impossible.  We know it never happened because the Gun Control Advocates tell us that the whole concept of "Good Guy With Gun Stops Bad Guy With Gun" never happens.

While the NRA claims that a more armed population can prevent these types of mass killings, we know this is not true...  (NY DAILY NEWS, June 15, 2014)

Also, Gun Control Advocates reassure us that "Home Invasions" are so rare as to be statistically meaningless:
Professor Harold Pollack, who (among other things) co-directs the University of Chicago's Crime Lab was kind of enough to send along the following note:
I enjoyed your conversation on Up with Chris Hayes. You mentioned the risk of home invasion, and the realistic fear that the cops just wouldn't get there in time. That's obviously a primeval  
motive to have a gun by the bedside or whatever.  [My note: "primeval"?  As in "outdated" or "Neanderthal"?]  But the fear is also easily out of proportion to the threat. I had the Chicago police run the number on homicides. In 2011, precisely one homicide listed "burglary" as the motive ... [My note; perhaps true in Chicago, where  they shoot each other on the street and on their porch]  ... Nationwide, there are about 100 burglary-homicides every year. When you compare that to more than 18,000 gun suicides, the conclusions seem pretty obvious.
"Gun Violence and the Irrational Fear of Home Invasion":
            (The Atlantic, December 23, 2012:  by Ta-Nehisi Coates)

We are all grateful for their reassurance that, if we just give up our fears and give up our guns, or at least stop TRYING to stop random shootings or protect ourselves, our family and our home with guns, all would be peaceful and beautiful here in Never-Never-Land.

After all .... "the conclusions are pretty obvious"!

(Unless, perhaps, you are one of the unfortunate victims of "... about 100 burglary-homicides...).

Anthrax exposure at CDC

CDC lab workers might have been exposed to anthrax |
(June 19, 2014)
Some workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have been accidentally exposed to dangerous anthrax bacteria earlier this month because of a safety problem at some of its labs in Atlanta, the federal agency said Thursday.
While trying to find ways to detect the deadly disease, the research people at Atlanta did a bit "oopsie!" today.

They're jumping the shark, but who knows how dangerous the situation might really be, or whether or how far the infection might spread:
CDC officials say the risk of infection seems very low, but that about 75 staff members were being monitored or given antibiotics as a precaution.
"Based on the investigation to date, CDC believes that other CDC staff, family members, and the general public are not at risk of exposure and do not need to take any protective action," a statement from the agency says.
Yeah, right.

The Armed Citizen Blog - American Rifleman

My father ("Pop"), was a Life Member in the NRA.  He was such a "gun nut" that he purchased those goofy-looking binders where you could store a year's issues of the NRA magazine "The American Rifleman" (which was the only publication they had, and came automatically with your membership).

I remember as a teenager going into the "den" at home and taking an annual volume of American Rifleman down for 'casual reading'.

Actually, it wasn't all that casual.  I was fascinated by the articles, the stories ... and the columns.

My favorite column was "The Armed Citizen".  Looking back, it seems like "Surfing The Net" for interesting news stories relating to --- well, an appreciation for stories which told how common, ordinary people were able to protect themselves, their families and their homes.

The stories were presented in a consistent format ... pithy, terse, they were like the first paragraph of a well-written newspaper article.   The only downside was that there was no means to get (as Paul Harvey use to say) "The Rest Of The Story".

I've only just now discovered that same format and collection of stories (including 'archived' stories) is available online, with three stories published daily.
The Armed Citizen Blog - American Rifleman: Read three more amazing stories of self-defense in the latest online edition of The Armed Citizen.
The format remains the same.  The good news, there are now links to the publication; bad news, there are no links to the actuall story.  boo hoo.

So I've been looking through the stories, and my appreciation for the rawest national inforation on what is, essentially 'raw data' hasn't changed.

Thanks, NRA, for continuing with your traditional format and for making it available online.

PS:  My father had about 50 years of magazines when he died.  I inherited them, but one day I had to move and rather than haul a trailer load of binders, I sold them to a book store for a buck a year ... and while the time I was glad to have the cash, I've always regretted my short-sighteness.

Guns For Me, No Guns For You - Part 2

Anti-Gun Group Moms Demand Action Marches on the Brooklyn Bridge With Armed Security | Right Wing News:
(June 19, 2014)
Moms Demand Action is the notorious anti-gun group made up of loons who say ridiculous things like, a good guy with a gun has never, ever stopped a bad guy with a gun. Makes you wonder, then, why they would feel the need to have security guards armed with big, bad guns accompany them on their anti-gun march over the Brooklyn Bridge...
Go, look;  they have pictures!

Have I ever mentioned my disgust of the Hypocracy of Liberals?

Oh.  Right.  I have.

Last Month, it was "The Brady Campaign" and "Washington Ceasefire" who doubted the credibility of the "NO FIREARMS ALLOWED" sign on the door of Town Hall Seattle building.

The only guns allowed there were carried by the armed security hired to protect Gross and Fascitelli.

One might almost believe that this cognitive dissonance is endemic to the Liberal Left.   It's certainly characteristic of peope who arbitrarily want to take away the rights of others.

Are Police Better Shots Than You?

(June 13, 2014)

David Cole at AmmoLand has an interesting observation about the Liberal-vaunted accuracy of police:
This summer, I’ll be accompanying my sister (a teacher, by the way) to her first real gun class since she took her concealed carry course. It’s a one-day class with a top-notch instructor. The course description says students should bring 300-400 rounds of ammunition, and tuition is $150.
In that one day, my sister and I will each expend at least twice the amount of ammo an average cop shoots in a year, doing productive skills training under the supervision of a pro instructor.
 I’ve been a police officer, and I understand the conditions of the job. I give them full marks for the dangerous, difficult job they do. They work hard and the vast majority will do their very best to help you in your time of need, risking their own lives in the process.
 But you are deluded if you think that they are capable of responding to your emergency with any more speed or skill than you. Do not allow gun prohibitionists to convince you that you are better off waiting for a “professional” to bring you a gun, than to have one with you right now. That is an outright lie told by politicians who wish to see you disarmed.

Journalist's Guide to Firearms Identification

77d3d70b.jpg Photo by theweaselking | Photobucket

(More seriously: see this:)

The Journalist's Guide to Gun Policy Scholars and Second Amendment Scholars

What do Alan Gottlieb and I have in common?

Neither of us have ever heard this song before.

Bloomberg's Anti-Gun Head Admits Defeat

Blunt candor from Bloomberg’s departing gun control advocate - Seattle gun rights |
(June 17, 2014)
Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal featured a stunning display of candor from the man it described as “the face of the gun-control movement” for billionaire anti-gunner Michael Bloomberg, who acknowledged as he stepped down Friday as head of the ex-mayor’s gun control effort that, “when a mass shooting happens…nothing that we have to offer would have stopped that mass shooting.”

It takes a big man to admit that everything he has worked for has been "Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing"!

Perhaps Mark Glaze should apply for an internship with the NRA?

(Be sure to read the Comments Section of the article.)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My Cell Phone is Smarter Than I am. I hate that!

At random intervals .. from once a day to once every two weeks .. my cell phone BEEPs me.

There are never any incoming emails.  No Text Messages. A total dearth of input.  But the phone BEEPs me, anyway.

The GEEK explanation is that I don't  understand the power of the Smart Phone, which is true.  But am I the Only One who is arbitrarily harassed by his Android?

The PSYCHOTIC  explanation is that the phone doesn't BEEP me; I'm just depressed because nobody else seems to call, or write, and I imagine it BEEPs me because I'm Too hungry!

My PERSONAL explanation is that it's lonely, because  I neither get nor give traffic;  I detest phones, which (in my opinion) are present for my convenience, not for the convenience of others.  Which is probably wrong, because most of my actual calls are from strange people whom I've never met.

So I'm wondering ... is a Smart Phone like one of those electronic key-chain games, which you have to 'feed' regularly or it will 'die'?   Thereby laying a great burden of guilt because you aren't a good parent?

And I wouldn't mind the BEEPs which come at 3:15 am if there was some other insomniac idiot on the line who just needs someone to talk to.  (I'm pretty good about ignoring people, as my ex-wife would confirm.)  but answering a BEEP when I don't even get to hear the anonymous white-noise which I was accustomed to --- that's a bit scary.

Maybe my Smart Phone knows that I hate it.  Is this Revenge ON The Nerds?

"Last night I met a man upon the stair,
A Little Man who was not there.
He was not there again today;
Oh how I wish he'd stay away!"

I connected my Smart Phone to my computer the other day, to download some pictures.  Apparantly, I completed the data transmission  quickly enough (using google+) that my SmartPhone wasn't able to hand-shake my connection.  Otherwise, this article I'm writing woudn't be able to be intercept when I started talking about the really EVIL things that my smartph.... [!BEEP!]

Nekulturny Americans

nekulturny is Russian for "uncultured."
Only Americans have been charged of this on Wiki. Please explain this prejudice instead of indulging in DisagreeByDeleting.At the least, please don't deprive us curious Americans of the opportunity to learn a few Russian words.In Russian, it would be nekulturnyj amerikanecNekulturny American is Slovak.

So, Russians consider Americans to be nekulturny.

As it happens, many Americans (aka 'them funny-talking Easterners', aka 'Liberals') agree with the Russians.

Here's an example of that attitude, snidely insinuated in this June 17, 2014 article  in WAPO.

Where gun stores outnumber museums and libraries - The Washington Post:

Just last week, a Pew Research Center survey found that liberals are much more attached to their museums than conservatives are: 73 percent of "consistently liberal" Americans say that being near museums and theaters is an important factor in choosing where to live. Only 23 percent of consistently conservative Americans say the same. 
 Considering that divide, I thought it might be useful to map museums and libraries against an institution that conservatives might be more fond of: gun stores. The inspiration here was Nathan Yau's recent map of where bars outnumber grocery stores. I took the IMLS' museum counts from last week and added to their count of libraries. The idea here is that museums and libraries play similar roles, as institutions of informal learning where students and adults can go to learn more about their communities and the world around them.

Completely ignoring the demographics of the crowded Colony States as compared to states which have more room between people and more of them live in rural areas, the implication is Conservatives (most of whom don't live in  DC or NYC or Boston or ... whatever megalopolis one might choose to name) really have little interest in either museums for the culture, or libraries for the knowledge.

Which boils down to this: Conservatives are Nekulturny.

Hence, the map which displays the proportion of gun stores to museums and libraries.

Which can be quite dramatically demonstrated in the original article, which you might find especially interesting.  If sometimes misleading.   For example, in my small community of 40,000 (when the University has its usual 30,000+ students attending during the school year) there are three libraries and three museums.   There are zero gun stores in this, the County Seat.  However, there is one gun store in a nearby community of about 1,000 permanent population, which has two museums and one library.

However, I do live in Oregon, and ...

But the most gun-heavy county is in Oregon.
Gun stores outnumber museums and libraries by nearly seven-to-one in Deschutes County, Ore., giving it the most lopsided ratio in favor of gun stores among counties with at least 10 of each.
 Hmmm .... Deschutes County.  Located dead center in Oregon.  Elevation 3600 feet, annual rainfall TWELVE INCHES; it's high desert country. They have four towns and a bunch of ranches. Population in 2011 less than 160,000 spread over 3000 square miles about 55 people per square mile.  There are only four incorporated towns in the entire county.     Industries?  Tourism and Timber. Culture? One museum, and at least one library.

Folks don't 'go to town' all that often.  But what they can do is step outside their door and hunt or plink at targets any time they want to, and the neighbors won't call the police in blind panic at the sound of gunfire because ... "Hey Maybelle ... sounds like Hank is practing for that SAS match over at Bend next weekend".

Keep in mind that these two quantities aren't diametrically opposed— there's no reason you can't be a fan of both guns and museums (there is in fact a National Firearms Museum run by the NRA in Fairfax, VA.). But viewed in relation to each other guns and museums give some sense of a community's values. As my colleague Emily Badger wrote the other day, we live in places that reflect our values, and many of us are sorting ourselves into communities that share our political views.
Yes, Mister Wonkette.  We Oregonian may be nekulturny, but at least we're not condescending snots.

Don't mess with Oregon.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Obama-isms: 40%: Presidential Clue-Bat on "Universial Background Checks"

I spent last Christmas (December 25, 2013) with my son the Squid Kid and his family.  I gave cash to my grandchildren, family heirlooms (Edison Lamp, Crystal Pitcher) to my daughter-in-law), and firearms (revolver and rifle) to my son.  All of my gifts were part of my inheritance which I received from my mother; I wanted my children to benefit from my progeny.

I could do this, because there were no laws which restricted my freedom.


Can't "ban" guns? Let's mandate INSURANCE - and tax it!

In 1993, NY Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan proposed a graduated Federal tax ranging from 55% to 10,000% on ammunition.  This wasn't a fiscal measure; it was a punitative imposition on the Second Amendment.  Did it 'infringe' on your right to own a firearm?  No, it did not; only on your ability to buy ammunition.

It's a funny thing, how when the government becomes involved in the private lives of its citizens, the first thing that happens is that they RESTRICT your rights.  Have you noticed that all laws either deny your right to do something, or the government benefits financially from your exercise of your rights?  There's a reason, and it's not what you might immediately assume:

It's not about violence.  It's about money, control, and the growth of government.

Here is a good CURRENT example of that abuse of power:  proposed by a purported Gun Owner.
Let's remove all 'restrictions' from guns; but let's make gun owners buy "insurance" depending on how powerful the gun is, how many bullets it can hold, and a bunch of other things that maybe we haven't thought of yet.  Make gun owners pay through the nose for their noxious toys, and use the money to fund 'free' Mental Health.
Not a direct quote, but rather the gist of a June 14, 2014 editorial opinion article from a small-town newspaper in (surprise!) New York.  (See a quote and citation at the bottom of this page).   He wants gun owners to pay a mandatory 'insurance' for all guns and all magazines that he or she owns.  Presumably, with annual premiums