Friday, February 27, 2009

Ha Ha - Emiliana Torrini


direct link
Cool song from skor.

Prof. intimidates student for political views!

Oh, no, wait, the student had a pro-gun stance. Never mind.

"If you can’t talk about the Second Amendment, what happened to the First Amendment?" asked Sara Adler, president of the Riflery and Marksmanship club on campus. "After all, a university campus is a place for the free and open exchange of ideas."

Cease your political dissent, heretic!

Conform to our belief system or you will suffer!

Interested in what We The People think?


Page linked is here.

Annoyed you can't control "Radical right-wing bloggers?"

Enjoy your power while you can.

No referral URL. Interesting...

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Yet another amazing image from Oleg


Clicky for full size and detail.

There's a reason he's called the chief of propaganda for gun owners.
Click through, and find out why.

The tax increase you won't find in your California Voter Guide

Apparently the California Voter Guide will exclude an important note on Prop 1A.

Even though plenty of anti tax organizations and republicans submitted opposition statements, Democrat Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento decided to give the task of writing the opposition statement to Democrat Loni Hancock of Berkeley.

And wouldn't you know it? The opposition statement in the voter guide leaves out a teeny tiny bit of information...

$14 billion in taxes.

Why would they feel the need to engage in this trickery? I thought the public were supportive of these tax increases!

I hope this gets out, and people realize what they've voting for...

SAVE MEXICO! SECURE THE FUCKING BORDER!

U.S. Is Arms Bazaar for Mexican Cartels

As you read the article, note the word "automatic" appears nowhere in the article. These guns are semi-automatic (one shot per trigger pull).

What this gun seller did was ILLEGAL.
What these Americans with clean records did was ILLEGAL.
What the people who transported these guns did was ILLEGAL.

But the problem lies with law-abiding Americans that have access to semi-automatic rifles. Obviously.
In 2007, the firearms agency traced 2,400 weapons seized in Mexico back to dealers in the United States, and 1,800 of those came from dealers operating in the four states along the border, with Texas first, followed by California, Arizona and New Mexico.

2,400? Out of how many? 3,000? 10,000? 50,000? How many guns do you think the drug cartels have? Probably more than those guesses. But that doesn't matter, because if it was just ONE gun, it was one gun too many, right? And if we pass a new AWB, the violence in Mexico will cease, right?

Idiots.

The article goes on to admit that crossing the border is child's play in a vehicle, and even those that enter Mexico through legal means are rarely searched. Who's fault is that?

SAVE MEXICO FROM GUNS!
SECURE THE BORDER!

POLICE STOPPING PEOPLE WITH ANTI BUSH STICKERS AND SECRET SERVICE INVESTIGATING!!!

Oh, no, wait, it was an anti Obama sticker, and no one cares.


Think this is just an isolated thing? Think Obama really is CHANGING things after Bush? Read more of these posts here and think again.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Fall is awesome

It's The Cell meets... uh... something awesome.



See it.

Quote of the Rapists

Child rapists are so hated that few people can bring themselves to say a word in their 'defense'. That's what the State relies upon -- a general willingness to strip certain people of all rights under the law simply becuase they are that thoroughly detested. Through its treatment of sex offenders, the state establishes many precedents in law that can be used against other categories of people, especially in perilous time when oh-so many categories constitute a public threat.
~ Wendy McElroy

I've written about this before.

Don't allow yourself to become blinded by hate. It's exactly what they'll use to get their way.

From Say Uncle and Two Four

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Only 8 weeks away?!

As David just reminded me, Boomershoot is coming up faster than I thought!

Prepare prepare prepare!

Quote of the Day

In response to Mike Mallowe making this stupid comment:

Philadelphia Police officer John Pawlowski was not killed by Rasheed Scruggs — he was killed by the .357 pistol that Scruggs was using.


Phelps responds with:

C’mon guys, give him a break. He didn’t even write the article.

His computer did.


From Say Uncle

7 Questions to Obama Left on Cutting Room Floor

From the indominable reason and clarity that is Larry Elder, comes;
Obama in Prime Time: 7 Questions Left on Cutting Room Floor

1) Mr. President, tonight you criticized those who argue that FDR's policies failed. I'd like to read a passage from the diary of Henry Morgenthau, FDR's Treasury secretary: "We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises. � I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started � and an enormous debt to boot!" Please comment.


Worth your time.

Larry stepped out of his radio position recently, leaving millions without his flawless logic. I know he'll be back in some capacity, and suspect he'll be back where all of America can see him.

Whatever your endeavors are, Larry, we wish you success. We need you back.

Quote of the Race

Most of America doesn’t care about race. Over time race matters less and less to the average American. Nobody is just one race anymore, and every generation it matters less and less. For example, I don’t even know what exactly I am. The only time that it ever matters is when I have to fill out a government mandated form that puts me into some specific box.

I was reading about a guy today who father was Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese, and his mother was Irish and Japanese. Good luck checking a box there, dude. But you better, because the liberals still care. Nobody else does.

~Larry Correia

Le Cafe - with english subtitles


direct link

Worth reposting.

Let me tell you something you already know...

1. Click "play"

2. Repeat step 1 as necessary.
3. ???
4. PROFIT

Monday, February 23, 2009

OC Grand Jury to CCW supporters: Shut the fuck up!

The Orange County grand jury has a message for county supervisors, gun rights advocates and everyone else who disagrees with Sheriff Sandra Hutchens' plan to reduce concealed weapons permits: "Let the sheriff do her job."

"An orderly society is the goal. Public safety is the paramount consideration," concludes the grand jury report. "The fact that public clamor has reached the ears of politicians is irrelevant."

So the Grand Jury weighs in, and all it can produce is wild wild west! and blood in the streets! I keep saying that this is not rocket surgery, but sometimes I have to wonder.

CCW supporters have facts on their side. Honest, real-life, no-bullshit numbers that say CCW issuance does not increase violence, and in most cases actually decreases violence. Yet here we are, arguing about what should be academic. Why?

Seriously.

WHY?

Sometimes I wonder if our "betters" take their jobs seriously.

There I go again.

Reading Kevin Baker and getting all worked up.

When is the last time you were sufficiently agitated?

I've always held that discomfort is good. Or rather, when others succeed in making me feel discomfort, it's good. I'm confident in my decisions, and I consider my options heavily before making my decisions, so when someone says something that makes me feel uncomfortable, it's usually because I have some doubt about my decision. This causes me to further consider their position, reconsider my decision, and possibly change my mind or actions.

Kevin seems to have a kind of clarity that always leaves me feeling uncomfortable.

I'm looking forward to shaking his hand at the Phoenix blog bash.

Rant of the Year



From One man's vote

Friday, February 20, 2009

Notetag front end development done!



Getting my hosting set up now!

What is NoteTag?

The kluge is perfection

Klugenoun Computer Slang.
A software or hardware configuration that, while inelegant, inefficient, clumsy, or patched together, succeeds in solving a specific problem or performing a particular task.

The Son of ITAPPMONROBOT

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Kittens! Inspired by Kittens!

Fuck the 2nd Amendment

Too many people, on both sides of the 2A debate, are caught up with linguistics, true intent of the writings of dead people and the perceived force of court precedent. There are others that have hashed out Miller, Cruikshank, Heller, the Federalist Papers etc, at great lengths. While I admire and deeply respect the time, energy and detail in this research, I can’t help pouring myself a drink, raising it above my head and softly saying:

"Wow, that’s neato... now F*ck it."

As a life form, I have the inherent Right to preserve my living status whether or not the 2A was written clearly, written poorly or even written at all.


Sometimes we lose sight of the debate.

Self defense is a human right.

California legislatures passes the budget with few changes

The bad news
State sales tax raised one percentage POINT (NOT 1%)
Double vehicle license fee. (the promised repeal of which actually got Arnold elected)
Reduced dependent credit claimed on taxes. (hope you don't have lots of kids)
.25% increase on our taxes.

The "good" news
$0.12 increase in gas tax dropped (replaced by magic stimulus money from unicorn farts)
Turncoat Republican got a ballot initiative for "open" primaries approved. (slated for the 2010 ballot)

The open primaries ballot initiative is a good thing, it's actually something that could bring some real change to California. Unfortunately, it's likely to be opposed by almost every seated politician, because Dems want to keep things the same, and Republicans don't want to risk losing what seats they have to the choice of the people.

"We should reopen negotiations and we should pass a no-tax budget," Hollingsworth said. "The majority of the Senate Republican caucus said we want to stand for a no-tax budget."

A majority of Republicans? What the hell do you think this is? Bipartisanship? Don't be stupid Hollingsworth. Bipartisanship only matters when Republicans are in control.

All the taxes in the budget package would last for two years, but they would be extended another two years if voters approve a permanent spending cap that would be placed on the May 19 ballot as part of the complex deal worked out with Republican leaders over several months.

This'll be fun. If the people get pissed off at the taxes, and vote for the cap, they get the taxes for longer. If they don't vote for the cap, legislators get to spend all they want. This is part of the deal that was discussed behind closed doors with two Republicans who did not represent the entirety of the Republican legislature. They should have unseated these leaders earlier.


The people are not going to like this. Californians have proven themselves to be very slow to easily redirected anger. They're not going to like this, and they're likely going to make the wrong move. The politicians aren't the problem, it's the people who hired them. Californians need to realize that the politicians they vote for have real-world effects on their wallet. Twenty-somethings making peanuts and not paying any income taxes may not have felt previous tax increases, but they're certainly going to feel the doubled registration fees, and the increased sales tax. (assuming they still have their low-tier job after businesses adjust for the increased costs)

The people need to realize they have a duty to investigate the politicians they vote for more than just checking the letter next to their name.

Until that happens, change will never come to California.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

You seem to be confused...



A paraphrase from the OC Sheriff at the last BOS meeting.

A better caption

From the Sacramento Bee comes a cartoon by Rex Babin.




I prefer my caption.



bonus points for hope and change! w00t!

There is always hope...

Around 11 p.m., a group of GOP senators, unhappy with the higher taxes that Senate leader Dave Cogdill of Modesto agreed to as part of a deal with the governor and Democrats, voted to replace him in a private caucus meeting in Cogdill's office.


Dare California hope?

UPDATE: Holy crap. I just realized! I'm proud of California Republicans! PROUD! WOO!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Oh, so meta

We were watching the Office episode where a bat gets into the office, and Dwight was trying to hit it with a broom. I recommended aloud that he use a bat instead for ultimate metatasticness.

How will the tax-heavy Ca Budget affect you?

California proposed tax increase calculator

Enter your info, and find out how much this new budget is going to cost you!

Don't live here? Play along anyway!

A Canadian on Socialized medicine



From SR, so is also Canadian, and agrees with the sentiment.

California Republicans Hold the Line

California lawmakers stymied for third day on budget

No Republicans changed their votes to allow the tax-heavy budget proposal to pass. This is good, but I suspect it's only a matter of time before the Democrats sweeten the pot with the right something to buy the right Republican vote.

Schwarzenegger, lacking a budget, is prepared to make serious cuts and layoffs to keep the state afloat. If things continue in this manner, checks will stop coming from Sacramento, and non-essential services will grind to a halt.

This is the way things have to be.

Things must get worse before they get better. Passing this budget will only postpone the time when the state spends more than it takes in. The entrenched unions, with their impractical pay, immovable job security, and impossible pensions must be ousted before California can even begin to repair its fiscal problems. Pet projects must be cut, and unnecessary appendages of Sacramento removed. What is unnecessary? How about we start with Fire Departments, police departments, city hall functions, and roads; and see what other necessity pops up after that.

The only hope is that Republicans hold out long enough for the tough decisions to be made.

There is always hope.

Response to LA Times Editorial "Under the Gun"

Under the Gun

The LA Times "discussion" section limits your input. Rather than break it up into multiple comments, I only posted the last two paragraphs. My complete response is below.

To be certain, there was corruption in Carona's issuance of CCW permits. He issued CCW, and actual Sheriff badges as political favors to friends and donors, but he also issued CCW permits to people he didn't know, and people who did not make any contributions to his campaigns.

The first BOS meeting open to public comment on this topic saw citizen after citizen stand up and state that they had never met Carona, nor had they ever contributed to his campaign. These were men and women who met his standards for good cause to receive a CCW permit.

One of Hutchens' first actions was to revoke the honorary Sheriff badges Carona had issued to friends and donors. This was the right move, badges, and the powers of a Sheriff deputy belong only in the hands of people who have the qualifications and training to hold them. Actively revoking the CCWs of regular citizens with valid permits for legitimate reasons is not the right move. Hutchens used an axe to trim fingernails, and she's paying for her heavy handedness.

I understand that this is an editorial, and that this paper likely does not support issuance of CCW permits for most cases, but what does the LA Times consider to be a "good cause?" Should a woman who is being stalked, but lacks documentation from the stalker declaring his intentions be denied? What about the disabled or elderly, who are often targeted by criminals for their inability to effectively fight back?

Does the LA Times support a Sheriff's complete discretion in permit issuance? A discretion with its roots firmly planted in the racist refusal of permits to blacks in the south?

Monday, February 16, 2009

BUSH REWRITES RULES TO THWART FOIA LAWSUITS!!!!

Oh, no, wait, it was Obama, and no one cares.

Despite President Bush Barack Obama's vow to open government more than ever, the Justice Department is defending Bush administration decisions to keep secret many documents about domestic wiretapping, data collection on travelers and U.S. citizens, and interrogation of suspected terrorists.



Think this is just an isolated thing? Think Obama really is CHANGING things after Bush? Read more of these posts here and think again.

California hates the auto industry

Just realized; as the budget is proposed, buying a new car will result in extra sales taxes on the purchase, double the registration fee, and twelve more cents per gallon when you want to fill the tank.

This is the recipe for success???

The Governator is treading a very fine line with the car registration fee increase. The last time the governor pushed through a similar increase, he was recalled, and Arnie was voted into the spot!

They say history repeats itself, but I really think it's just that retarded politicians naturally have the same retarded ideas.

I sense a tax revolt in the future. People may not be paying attention right now, but they WILL feel the pinch this year, and they WILL be pissed.

Whether or not the people will be distracted by shiny objects before they can vote some real change is the real question.

First time ever?

Has any state ever taxed a tax before?

California's new budget imposes a "fee" on your taxes.

The "fee" is measured as 2.5% or 5% of whatever you paid in state taxes last year.

Taxing our taxes.

Has this ever happened before?

California one republican vote from 14B in new taxes

Unhappy with the highest gas, income, sales, property taxes (and highest business tax in the west), California democrats are pushing a budget with 14 billion in new taxes.

They need every democrat and three republicans to pass this monstrosity, and developed the budget behind closed doors, working closely with one Republican leader. In a late Sunday vote, the budget failed to pass by one republican vote.

We've already got Colorado actively courting businesses and professionals from California, and these taxes will go a long way to evacuating the state of every private company and skilled worker. Atlas is going to shrug California right off the economic map.

The Republicans are drawing lots to pick which three are going to take this budget bullet. Luckily for them, they managed to pick some representatives who are already termed out and need no reelection.

There is serious pressure for one Republican to step up, place his head on the stump, and wait for the axe. But what's the real threat when Schwarzenegger can just give you a cush job for playing along?

I'm trying really hard to stay in this state.
But Sacramento is trying really hard to get me to leave.

I've also added a new tag.

Friday, February 13, 2009

BUSH PRE-SCREENS REPORTERS FOR PRESS CONF QUESTIONS!!!

Oh, no, wait, it was Obama, and no one cares.

I was wondering why he kept looking down, then looking up and asking where [name] was for the next question.

And if they were pre-screening these reporters, why the fuck did that bullshit question about major league baseball get in there? Appealing to Joe Sixpack? Man of the people?

I think I just hopechanged a little in my mouth.

Think this is just an isolated thing? Think Obama really is CHANGING things after Bush? Read more of these posts here and think again.

The Gun Nuts that weren't

From the LA Times comes; Armed and courteous foes of fewer gun permits.

Dana Parsons wrote an article opposing CCW issuance, and prepared for a hurricane of hatred.

But it didn't come.

Instead he got well-reasoned folks arguing against his point with nary a "TRAITOR!!!11" or "HOPE YOU DIE!!!"

He was pleasantly surprised by this, and I must admit, so am I. Reasoned debate is the only way to change hearts and minds. The fact that more gun rights advocates (and "gun nuts") are beginning to realize this means more success for us.

After speaking to the rationality of the CCW supporters who took the time to e-mail, he agreed that we are just regular, "salt-of-the-earth" people who just want to be able to defend ourselves. But, he notes, that doesn't change that fact that he, Dana Parsons, simply doesn't feel comfortable with more people carrying guns.

Luckily for most states in the union; feelings do not trump the bill of rights.

Perhaps I simply don't feel comfortable with just anyone at the LA Times being able to publish articles. Perhaps I feel it's OK for some limitations on our first amendment rights. Even if Dana disagrees, it's OK for me to infringe on his rights as long as I get a simple majority to agree with it, or find a supreme court justice who concurs.

Fortunately for Dana Parsons, I don't feel that way. I think Dana has the right to his free speech, up to, and INCLUDING shouting FIRE in a crowded theater. I do not, however, think his speech should be without consequence. If he abuses his right to free speech, by shouting "fire," he should be punished. But there should NOT be any form of prior restraint. Because I, apparently unlike Dana, believe that people as a whole are generally good.

I trust Dana Parsons not to shout "FIRE" in a crowded theater, so I don't vote that he and everyone else be muzzled before entering a theater, unless they get entirely discretionary approval from the Sheriff.

Dana Parsons does not trust his fellow man not to pull a gun, and shoot him, simply because the man has it in his pocket.

I hope Dana takes the time to review the permit-holder crime statistics of the other 37 "shall issue" states. Perhaps he can quell his fears and embrace the reality; CCW permit holders are the most law-abiding group of people in America.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A little more about the CCW debate

Not new, but still timely.

BUSH ADMIN: SUPPOSED 'ENEMY COMBATANTS' CAN BE HELD INDEFINITELY!!!

Oh, no, wait, it was the Obama Administration, and no one cares.

(not that I disagree, of course; I'm just having fun with the lack of change in our hopechange sandwich)

CHENEY: FORGET BIPARTISANSHIP! WE CAN'T WAIT FOR THE DEMS!

Whoops; it was Biden, and no one cares.

Oh, don't worry. It not like they held Bush's feet to the fire on his promise for bipartisanship.

>_>

<_<

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

BUSH TAKES OVER CENSUS BUREAU!!! GUARANTEES FUTURE REPUBLICAN VICTORIES!!!

Oh, no, wait, it was Obama, and nobody cares.

Why is the census bureau important? Click it to find out.

"As a mapmaker, I can have more of an impact on an election than a campaign, than a candidate," says Republican consultant David Winston, who drew House seats for the GOP after the 1990 U.S. Census. "When I, as a mapmaker, have more of an impact on an election than the voters, the system in out of whack."

Respecting firearm safety is a matter of life or death


A sadly avertable tragedy.

Xavier has posted a horrible story you must read.

It's not so much that people who respected firearm safety lapsed, but that they never really had a solid foundation in firearm safety, and were never corrected.

Ignorance and firearms leads to tragedy eventually.

Respect the four rules of firearm safety, and READ THIS POST.

Fallout 3 remains impressive

The significant other fired up Fallout 3 last night, and in the short time she played, I noticed a number of things I had never seen or heard during my complete and partial playthroughs.

I still amaze myself playing when I wander into a new discovery. That'll teach me to think I had discovered everything.

The $60 for Fallout 3 continues to rack up the hours of enjoyment. Last count was 150 hours.

Beats the shit out of $30 for two for a 2 hour movie!

Disgraceful conduct from Orange County Sheriffs Department

From the last Board of Supervisors' meeting comes a story about a stalker, a woman, an uncaring LEO, a caring LEO, a CCW permit, and the disrespectful actions of boys masquerading in sheriffs' uniforms.

Excuse the caps and possible errors, it's from the transcript. Emphasis mine.

MY NAME ----- I LIVE IN LA HABRA. MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, SHERIFF HUTCHINS, I SPOKE TO YOU NOVEMBER 18th AND EXPLAINED TO YOU ABOUT MY STALKER, WHY I HAVE A CCW PERMIT, WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO ALLOW PERSONAL PROTECTION AS A GOOD CAUSE. YOU HEARD ME THEN SO I'M NOT GOING TO BE REDUNDANT AND GO THERE AGAIN.

WHILE I MAY NOT BE A PROFESSOR AT CHAPMAN LAW LIKE MR. MINERO OR MR. MICHELLE, WHO YOU HEARD FROM IN NOVEMBER I AM A CHAPMAN LAW GRADUATE AND MEMBER OF BAR. I HAD A NICE SPEECH PREPARED TO ADDRESS FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS AND INTIMIDATION. THEN I GOT A PHONE CALL FROM ONE OF THE PEOPLE AT ORDINARY CALIFORNIA CITIZENS CONCERNED WITH SAFETY, TELLING ME THEY HAD GOTTEN THE RESULTS OF A PUBLIC RECORDS ACT REQUEST AND THERE WAS SOMETHING IN THERE THAT I NEEDED TO SEE.

UNFORTUNATELY I CAN'T SAY WHAT I'D PLANNED BECAUSE I ONLY HAVE THREE MINUTES SO I'M GOING TO GIVE COPIES OF MY ORIGINAL DRAFT TO THE CLERK SO YOU CAN READ IT LATER.

WHEN I CHECKED MY E-MAIL AFTER THAT PHONE CALL I FOUND SCANS OF INFORMATION THAT OC AND CCW GAINED THROUGH THEIR PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST AND TOLD ME WHEN I WAS HERE IN NOVEMBER ADDRESSING YOU EMPLOYEES OF THE SHERIFF WERE DISCUSSING ME, MY GOOD CAUSE AND INFORMATION I GOOD CAUSE AND INFORMATION I HAD GIVEN THEM. I WASN'T ACTUALLY NAMED BUT HOW MANY FEMALE STALKING VICTIMS ADDRESSED YOU THAT DAY? JUST ONE. I HAVE HAD IT WITH THE WAY I HAVE BEEN TREATED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE FOUR-YEAR-LONG NIGHTMARE.

FIRST I TOOK MY INFORMATION TO THE POLICE, WHERE DESPITE THREATS SUCH AS, "I DON'T WANT TO HURT ANYONE BUT YOU ARE PUSHING MY BUTTONS. MAYBE I SHOULD COME DOWN TO YOUR APARTMENT AND WAIT." I WAS TOLD COME BACK WHEN HE ACTUALLY TRIES TO HURT YOU. THE OFFICER WAS ANNOYED THAT I MADE HIM TAKE A REPORT AND MADE ME GO INTO EMBARRASSING PERSONAL DETAILS OF MY SITUATION AT THE PUBLIC COUNTER WITH TOTAL STRANGERS STANDING AROUND, LISTENING.

THEN I TOOK MY SITUATION TO THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, WHICH AT THE TIME WAS HEADED BY JACK ANDERSON, AND APPLIED FOR A CCW PERMIT. FOR THE FIRST TIME I FELT AS THOUGH I WAS TREATED WITH RESPECT. THEY LISTENED, READ THROUGH THE DOCUMENTATION AND GAVE ME MY PERMIT.

WITH THAT THEY GAVE ME MY LIFE BACK. I COULD LEAVE MY HOME AND LIVE MY LIFE WITHOUT BEING HELPLESS, IF HE FOUND ME. AND MOST OF YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THAT MEANS BUT, TO A VICTIM, WHEN SOMEONE REALLY IS OUT TO GET YOU THE ABILITY TO PROTECT YOURSELF IS PRICELESS.

THEN I FIND OUT THAT THE PERSONAL INFORMATION THAT I GAVE THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT WAS USED BY BORED OSCD EMPLOYEES FOR THEIR AMUSEMENT TO ENTERTAIN THEMSELVES WHILE I WAS SPEAKING. SORRY YOU WERE BORED AND HAD TO SIT HERE. BUT IF YOU CAN'T SIT THROUGH A MEETING WHERE PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO BRING LEGITIMATE CONCERNS TO YOUR ATTENTION WITHOUT GOSSIPING AND BEHAVING LIKE CHILDREN THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT GAMEBOYS INSTEAD OF BLACKBERRIES. THANK YOU.


Disgusting.

LA Times lacking CCW PSH???

In this article published today, the LA Times avoided the condescending tone it usually unsheathes when discussing CCW rights. Is this an anomaly? Could some minds have been changed by the speakers? Or was this a simple case of 'just the facts, ma'am'?

Time will tell.

Either way, good going, LA times.

Yahtzee reviews the Thief series!

WOOOOOT!


Once a guard saw me so I hopped back into the shadows and the guard yelled, "DON'T THINK YOU CAN JUST HOP BACK INTO THE SHADOWS, BOY" which impressed both myself and my dry cleaner.


My Thief series review is here!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Open Carry is not practical!

Open carry is wrong! It gives people negative impressions of the gun owning community! It scares the white people! How could you even think to do it in anti-gun California?!

What on earth do you expect to do?!

Carry your gun to Starbucks, Chili's, and TGI Fridays?
Carry your gun to the BANK?!
Carry your gun to Duncans, the bank (AGAIN!), and lowes?!
Carry your gun to Frys, Best Buy, Rubio's, and the Tmobile store?!
Carry your gun to In-n-out?!
Carry your gun to YET ANOTHER BANK?!
Carry your gun to Ralphs?!

Improbable!
Impossible!
Impressive!


Confucius say;
Man who say it can't be done, shouldn't interrupt man doing it.

Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting on CCW LIVE

Watch a fight for our rights now!
UPDATE: it's over! and therefore not live. You can watch the session by watching the morning and afternoon sessions for the BOS meeting on 2/10/09 here.

Be warned! It's open to public comment, so it'll probably go until 5pm PST.

Watch it, and see what some "Kommiefornians" are doing to fight for their gun rights.

What have you done for your rights lately?

UPDATE 1:22 PST, they're at lunch now...
UPDATE 1:40 PST, they're coming back in
UPDATE: good point, someone said they sent in their CCW app with a $40 check, and it was returned denied WITH the check. If the money is for processing, and it was returned, was it not processed?
UPDATE 2:20 PST, you bitch; you keep saying you have no control over issuance, YOU HAVE TOTAL CONTROL! THERE IS NO RECOURSE! YOU ARE THE FINAL WORD! YOU ARE LYING! She's still clinging to a THIRTY YEAR OLD AG letter of OPINION!
UPDATE 2:23 PST, Oh, I'm sorry! She said it was law because state law says it's illegal unless the sheriff issues a permit, except she has TOTAL CONTROL OVER ISSUANCE!
UPDATE 2:25 PST, Yeah, you better be around for that budget discussion!
*ET takes a breather*
UPDATE 2:41 PST, She isn't giving an inch. Her big move was the option to "expire" your permit early to prevent a blemish on your record from the revocation. She obviously plans to continue with revocation, and has no intention to bend on her "good cause" limitations. The BOS is obviously feeling the heat since Morloch took the time to make it clear he disagreed, and had nothing to do with the decision. She's not going to move, and the BOS is feeling the heat, so I think the BOS are going to feel more uncomfortable on reelection. Whether or not they will do anything about it, remains to be seen.

Monday, February 09, 2009

The Golem will turn.

There was a time when we, the people, needed big things done for our country. We needed something to keep us safe, to do our heavy lifting, and to manage the things we hadn't time to manage.

We created for ourselves a Government.
We created for ourselves a Golem.


A Golem with more power than any one of us, to do our bidding, and work when we couldn't work, and protect us as we slept.

For a time, it was good.

The Golem mindlessly followed our orders. We voted, and it counted our votes the way we wanted it to, and executed the orders by the process we agreed upon. It kept us safe, and made decisions based solely on our wills and our votes.
It was our most trusted, most loyal servant.

As time wore on, the times got harder. We asked more of our Golem than it could deliver. It needed to become larger to protect us from bigger threats. It needed a longer reach to affect the spread of the country. It needed more faculties to process the requests of the increasing number of masters it had.
It needed more clay.

The Golem helped make our country a superpower. A strength in the world unlike any other. But with this strength, came more responsibilities. The Golem had to be smarter than ever. It needed to weigh the complex requests and requirements of a world with the will of its masters.
It needed more clay.

Tragedy, as a group strikes at our very hearts. Worse, it targets us from within our own ranks. There have been criminals within our borders since the country began, but this was different. It was something we had never faced. Once again, we asked that the Golem be made larger, be given more reach, and granted more power to process information. But for the first time, we asked the Golem to turn its gaze upon us, its masters.
It needed more clay.

As the Golem turns to face the masters, they now experience something they never have before. Something only their enemies had ever experienced. They see what their Golem has become for the first time. They see what they've made their Golem into.

They see a Golem larger than anything in the world.
They see a Golem powerful enough to lay waste to entire nations.
They see a Golem with arms that reach around the very planet.
They see a Golem with ears that hear all within and without their borders.
They see a Golem with eyes that pierce earth, stone, sea, and space.
They see the fire and wrath it's capable of delivering.
They see eyes burning with suspicion.
They see teeth eager for blood.
They see how fearsome their Golem is.


But they see something that scares them more than all the other things. Something they never could have seen until the Golem turned to face them.

They see the flicker of intelligence.

We are uneasy masters of a servant that could destroy us with a thought.

We realized that when it spoke to us, its tone was no longer that of a servant reporting the wills of its masters, but of opinion.

We gave it problems to solve, and it tried to convince us that what it thought was best. The Golem told us that WE had given it the intelligence to make the right decisions, that WE were the ones that placed our trust in it, that WE built it because we saw the need, and that WE would be wrong not to trust its judgment.

But still we insisted.

WE said "NO," and it did as its masters ordered.

Reluctantly.


Now, as has happened many times before, we give it a crisis, and look to it for guidance. But this time, it stands on a podium of governance, and speaks its opinion freely.
It speaks as our better.

It warns us that our very way of life is at stake. It pleads that its course of action is the only one to take. It challenges nay-sayers with its superior intellect, and flawless speaking skill. It tells us with perfect sincerity that it is the only being capable of understanding the complexities of the situation. It plies from compassion, fear, love, anger, and friendship. It insists and that to disregard its opinion would be folly, and lead to nothing short of destruction.

It pleads that we deliver unto it more clay.

It promises that were it not for this crisis, it would certainly not need this clay, but as this crisis deepened, it reluctantly arrived at this, the only possible solution.

The Golem even goes so far as to say it will give up the extra clay after the crisis is over, but as the masters search their memories, they cannot think of a single time when clay was ever removed from the Golem. It has only ever been added. It has only ever made the Golem more powerful.

The masters are dubious. They have grown to distrust the Golem. They cite the previous failures of the Golem, and even suggest it may not have their best interests at heart!
But the Golem insists that its recommendation is the will of the masters.

The masters call out in a strong voice! They do not agree with the Golem, and shout so loudly the Golem's senses are overwhelmed! Over the cacophony the Golem thunders, "You are a small, vocal minority! I know the true will of my masters, and will proceed with their wishes!"



The Golem proceeds.



What will happen next is inevitable.

The Golem will turn.

There is no other thing for it to do.

The Golem will turn.

It will not willingly relinquish its power.

The Golem will turn.

It's too smart to listen to its masters.

The Golem will turn.

It will not matter what party is in charge.

The Golem will turn.

Everyone will suffer.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Dear Deer,


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Teehee!

Snubby Pr0n! Knife Pr0n! Rabbit Pr0n! (oh my!)

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The 442 is fresh back from S&W. It was sent in for weak hammer strikes, and returned with a note indicating the issue was fixed along with repairs to the yoke for "end cylinder shake." The note said the problems had been "examined and repaired to our standards." I found this slightly amusing since the problems existed when it left the factory. So, S&W quality control; not so good. S&W repair service; fantastic! They paid shipping both ways, and asked only for a short letter explaining the problem and a return address.

I took it to the range, and put 50 rounds of 38 special through it so I could be sure it would be able to serve if needed. No misfires, but one surprise. I've called the Smithy Firestarter before, now I'm going to call it Firebreather. I'm not sure what they did to it back at S&W, but now when I shoot it, 5 inch flames shoot out the forcing cone at 10 and 2 o'clock. It's pretty fucking awesome.

I need to work on my one handed shooting a bit, and my one handed weak side shooting a lot... The trigger was also noticeably smoother upon return from S&W, which definitely improved my shooting with this tiny handful of a gun.

I like it even more now. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, I suppose. Maybe I should send my G22 somewhere. :p

Next up are two of the Benchmade 940 series.

The black blade is my first serious EDC, and saw carry every day in every place I was allowed since I was 16. It was my baby. It's 154cm steel, and the action flies open at a hard look.

Turners was having a sale on the late model satin bladed 940 that I just couldn't pass on. It sported my new favorite steel, S30v, and a wider cut on the blade that I really liked. When my girlfriend asked for a fast opening blade she could carry, the older 940 had a new job. Now we have matching knives, how cute.

The differences between the two were the more aggressive blade shape on the late model, the steel, and the coating on the handle.

The coating on the handle was actually a source of discomfort for me. The early model had a smooth anodized aluminum handle that was very easy on the fingers. It was smooth, but not slick. Almost 10 years of pocket carry made the grip very smooth, but never wore the green anodization. The late model had more of a bead-blasted matte finish that initially felt more like a chalk board. It was rough, but didn't afford any additional grip. After a year and a half of pocket carry the grip is much smoother, and no longer feels odd.

One of the best things about the 940 series is the grip shape. It just seems to fit perfectly in your hand.

It has all the curves in all the right places, and feels very natural, and very confident in your hand. If you have yet to wrap your hands around one, I would recommend it.

But don't take my word for it, the incredible popularity of the 940 series speaks for itself. Save up for it. Spend the money on it. It's worth it.

And now a limited edition Benchmade Skirmish.

This is a big knife. It's obviously a combat folder, something you carry where you cannot be armed, or want the piece of mind only a bigger blade can afford. Try to use the book for scale, this is a big knife.

I picked this up from Josh at SouthParkPundit a while ago. I took one look at the light carry wear on the handle and the practically unused blade, and realized he had given it the same job I had intended on giving it.

It's a heavy carry, but it's slim and carries well. At first, you think you'd prefer tip up carry, but the fact is the handle is so long your thumb would have quite a way to travel from the rear of the handle to open it. Pulling it from your pocket and twisting it into a high grip puts your thumb right against the opening loop. Tip down carry is faster on this knife.


Lastly, Spyderco Native II and III. The three is serrated with the wider handle.

Ignoring the sarration/plain difference in the blades, you'll notice the three has a wider blade than the two, and a different cut on the blade. I included a lot of pictures to help explain the opinion I shared earlier. Since then, I have become more accepting of the two, but still can't get over the utter lack of ergonomics.

The three is damn near perfection in ergonomics, while the two is an obvious evolutionary predecessor.



The difference in width of the grips seems minor, but it makes quite a difference.

The clip on the three is also superior in pliability, yet remains strong in grip. It's an impressive design that has clearly been minutely tuned.

Note the finger grip at the choil, just below the blade. The three has a fully shaped circle, and relief cuts in the grip so your index finger feels comfortable and sure there. The two is obviously misshapen, and the edges on the blade side are sharper than the three.


And Ava lounging about.

Friday, February 06, 2009

OH GOD THE DMV WAS CLOSED TODAY!!!!!!111

First day of state furlough brings confusion, anger at DMV offices

CONFUSION!!!


ANGER!!!


BLACK IS WHITE!
UP IS DOWN!
CATS LIVING WITH DOGS!

WHY GOD?!
WHYYYYYY!?!?


Oh wait, most of the California government shut down today, and I didn't notice a damn thing...

Overreact much, LA times?

Lip Service or Lack of Communication on medical marijuana raids?

A Promise to Keep Obama's Medical Marijuana Promise

Big O said he'd stop DEA raids on medical marijuana facilities in states that allow medical use of marijuana, and since he has become president, he has reiterated his position. However the raids continue.

His lips are moving but his pen has yet to.

Lets keep a face on this issue


Image from OC Register

This is who doesn't think you should be allowed to carry a gun.
        Even if you have a perfect history.
        Even if you are disabled and unable to run.
        Even if you live out of cell coverage.
        Even if you run a gun shop that supplies the local swat team with automatic weapons.

This is who thinks it's OK to zoom in on the private notes and blackberrys of board of supervisors.
This is who claims she has no choice in her CCW policy even though she has SOLE CONTROL over the policy.
This is who intimidates her political opposition with body searches, deputies "tailing" opponents, and a SWAT team.

This is who does all of the above, and then complains about the "tone" of the debate!

This is our enemy.

Practically, philosophically, and politically.

Transparancy ducked by Obama Administration



Feeling the hopechange yet?

It's ok, just mentally block out his words, and replace them with "Hope," "Change," and "Transparancy."

Hat Tip to StoutRepublican for the vid.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Quote of the PHD in Poli Sci

It must be the same with Obama’s stimulus - a trillion dollar crap sandwich so obviously doomed to failure you’d need a PHD in political science not to see it.
~Mike

BUSH EXPANDS POWERS OF FAITH OFFICE!!!

Oh, no, wait, it was Obama, and no one cares.

President Bush Obama signed an executive order Thursday to create a revamped White House office for religion-based and neighborhood programs, expanding an initiative started by the Bush administration that provides government support — and financing — to religious and charitable organizations that deliver social services.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Tea and Poundcake

...And two dinosaurs, a library book, and a cow.

From some kind of robot comes this picture.


Great picture.

Good thing big O's closing Gitmo

11 former Gitmo inmates on Saudi wanted list

Al-Qaida: Foolish infidels! You have released our operatives from your Guantanamo facility, now they have returned to our ranks, and shall continue our holy war against the west! Actually, could you infidels close down the entire camp, and release the rest of our brothers of war? We could really use the help.
Big O: Yes we can!

The Government Money Disease Spreads

You've no doubt heard about Wells Fargo catching much flak for planning an expensive "junket" for top earners of the company, after they accepted tax-payer money as a bailout. Originally they defended it as a standard practice to reward their top earners. After much negative news coverage, they decided to cancel the trip, and likely the practice.

Initially, I was happy they canceled the expensive and apparently extraneous trip after claiming poverty, but after I thought about it a bit, I realized that this is just spreading the government mentality to the private sector.

There is a serious difference between workers who decide to work in government, and workers who decide to work in the private sector. There is more money, more bonuses, more payouts, and more extras in the private sector. The government sector lacks most of those things, but makes up for it in stability, and usually better practical benefits.

This "junket," as it was derogatorily called in the media, was one of those private industry perks disappearing. Do you think the top earners at Wells Fargo are going to stay at Wells Fargo now that they've had their bonuses and perks cut? Why wouldn't they take their considerable skill elsewhere? What incentive would the people at the top have to stay?

Unfortunately, there is no way this will stop at "junkets" or "CEO pay". How long until companies who start accepting government cheese kill everything that makes them different from a government branch?

As these perks evaporate from these companies, the top producers of the companies will have less and less reason to stay, and revenue will fall, necessitating more government money.
Eventually, any company who accepts a government "bailout" will homogenize into the DMV.

Government money is an infection used to spread the government's influence.

The checks must stop.

Things were better when I had no real say over my life

People who say things were better in high school or when they were kids are full of shit.

... Or irresponsibility.

Yeah, being an adult is hard. There's shit you've gotta do, and numbers to keep track of. But you have freedom. Real freedom. Not the kind of freedom that requires you to do several things to afford yourself liberty time; the kind of freedom that lets you do almost anything or go wherever you please.

I can stay up late on a weekday.
I can have ice cream for breakfast.
I can play video games all night.
I can buy candy at 2am if I want to.
I can get as many tattoos or piercings as I want.

But these are tiny freedoms in the grand scheme.

I can move to another state.
I can move to another country.
I can buy a boat and live on it.
I can start my own business.
I can get married and live with someone.
I can have children.

Don't be so narrow minded as to focus on the responsibilities of freedom, and ignore the freedoms of freedom.

That way lies the nanny state, and limited freedom.

Acquire a taste for your big freedoms.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Life without the gub'mint's assistance

Anarchy, I tell you! ANARCHY!

How dare this partisan "Tam" get things done without the government's approval!

Surely, this way lies madness...


...and beer.

Get yourself high - Chemical Brothers


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Monday, February 02, 2009

BUSH REFUSES TO STOP RENDITION

Oh, no, wait, it's Obama, and no one cares.

Think this is just an isolated thing? Think Obama really is CHANGING things after Bush? Read more of these posts here and think again.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Benchmade Fixed Griptilian Sheath Mod

The Benchmade Fixed Griptilian is a fine knife that comes with a fine sheath.

However, I took issue with the placement of the snap strap. It's high enough that the shape of the handle allows the knife to slide upward until the heel of the knife is against the snap catch, exposing the blade.

I decided to relocate the snap strap so it would be more accessible, and hold the knife more securely.

I removed the strap from the top of the sheath, and cut off the end of the strap with the bottom snap on it. I cleaned up the edges of nylon with a lighter, and epoxied the bottom snap square to the outside of the sheath, under one of the straps. (this took a bit of fitting) I also cut a small relief in the horizontal strap so the bottom of the snap was not covered. (right above the "M" on the benchmade logo)


I then epoxied the rest of the strap to the plastic back behind the end of the grip. This takes a bit of fitting, so make sure you get it right by testing it before the epoxy dries!

Note the angle, and the small relief cut in the strap for where it wraps around the grip.

Done! Nice and smooth, exposed handle, secure lock-up, and convenient to unsnap and draw.


The only point of caution is sheathing the blade, because the strap likes to fold over the opening right where the knife passes. Be sure you draw the strap back before inserting the blade.

The verge of a breakthrough

I'm on the verge of a breakthrough with my pistolcraft; I can feel it.

I was at the range yesterday with my trusty Buckmark .22 pistol, and was doing alright, but not nearly as well as I'd done in the past.

I tried to remember what I did differently, and it struck me. I adjusted my grip, and shot off 10 rounds at 50 feet. It felt uncomfortable, I needed to readjust a few times, and I had little idea of how well or poorly I had done.

When the paper plate was close enough for me to see, I was dumbstruck. Well, not dumbstruck exactly; I did say, "You've got to be fucking kidding me."

I had a wide three leaf clover, with one shot right in the middle of the three. The remaining 6 shots fell randomly around the group, but the impression was made.

For those four shots, I did everything perfectly. I futzed with my grip and position while shooting, so I can't tell if the good group was from shots made while uncomfortably in position, or in a slightly looser position. Either way, I'm getting better.

After a bit, I hung a tennis ball, and kept putting it further out. Locking my shoulders, and moving my eye with the front sight made tracking the swinging target much easier, but the front sight was black against the black backstop, necessitating true lock up on eye/front/rear sight alignment, because in order to confirm my sights were aligned, I'd have to aim at the white of the roof, or a neighbor's target. I wanted to develop that "feel" for my firearm that I had developed with my paintball marker.

Where you look at your target, and think about hitting it, and it is hit.

Practice, practice, practice.

Random bits from the camera

Bunny

Ava and her toys

Snack

it's peanut butter jelly time!

Mohawk

only had it for a day

Dinner

pepper plant is the shizNITE!

My new AwesomeR-15


I was going to pose it with a pmag, but the HK mag looked better :)

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It is, of course, a California legal AR-15

The anodizations look rather mismatched under the flash, but in regular light and sunlight, the difference is only faint.

Without any "evil" features, it can accept detachable magazines of unlimited capacity (assuming you owned your mags prior to 2000, of course).

The silly "evil" features include, pistol grip, adjustable stock, and flash hider. So the pistol grip was replaced with a MonsterMan Grip, the precision rig had no need for a collapsible stock, and the flash hider has been removed, soon to be replaced with either a thread protector, or a muzzle break.










Muzzle with the Vortex flash hider. (After the upper was removed from the lower, of course)