Sunday, October 31, 2004
Joyce Lee Malcolm discusses the British government's usurpation of the people's right to self defense, and the disastrous results, shown most simply by crime statistics.
A UN study in 2002 of 18 developed countries placed England and Wales at the top of the Western world's crime league.In Britain it is basically illegal for you to defend yourself. At the same time, sentences for criminals have been reduced. The result, as anyone could have guessed is that criminals are free to do whatever they please.
The impact on law-abiding citizens has been stark. With no way to protect themselves, millions of Britons live in fear. Elderly people are afraid to go out and afraid to stay in.The piece ends with an important quote on the subject of self defense.
Self defence, wrote William Blackstone, the 18th-century jurist, is a "natural right that no government can deprive people of, since no government can protect the individual in his moment of need".At 3 o'clock in the morning, when there is an intruder in your home, even if you call the police, it is unlikely that they will arrive before harm can be done to you. It is just a fact that the police cannot be everywhere at once, and in too many instances their only action at the scene of a violent crime is to draw chalk outlines around the bodies.
Self defense is a natural right. But that right must be backed up by the means to defend myself, against more than one violent attacker.
The London Telegraph, and others, are waging a battle to restore the right to self-defense to Brits, and the means as well. I wish them the very best of luck.
Saturday, October 30, 2004
A Florida Democratic club has taken out a newspaper advertisement urging the assassination of Secretary of Defense Donald H. RumsfeldAs Heads Bunker points out, it is good thing the Democrats aren't gun owners. Their propensity for violence is amazing. (Or maybe this is more irony)
So we have a call for extermination of Republicans by the Village Voice, the attempt to run a candidate over with a car, and now the call for the assassination of a cabinet member they don't like. What's next?
It is a good thing that the DNC called for the ads cancelation, and that it was removed is also good. But that a group of Americans can call for assassination in a political ad is very disappointing. I for one do not want to see the politics of violence, intimidation and assassination gain a foothold in America. There are too many historical examples of that, and none of them are good. But maybe it's already here....
I explain to detractors and supporters alike that President Bush is the man who will keep this nation safest. The president and I hold dramatically divergent views on a number of social issues of importance to me, and yet for the 3,000 people who died on September 11th, abortion rights and same-sex civil unions mean absolutely nothing to them now. These issues, while important to me and ones on which I will continue to speak out about, are luxuries in the face of a world war where the enemy is a stateless savage who hunts children and cuts off people’s heads.This is the central issue of our time. We need to be around to enjoy the fruits of liberty. And as far as winning the War on Terror, and keeping America safe, I believe Bush will do a better job.
Like so many right-of-center gays, I chose silence on political issues rather than face the ostracism of my peers. I feared that if I came out (as a [Conservative]), I would be isolated and misunderstood. ... It seems that so many of the self-proclaimed broad-minded people (largely in the creative professions) are the ones most likely to misunderstand the ideas and experiences of a gay conservative. Too often it seems, they are open to everything except for political views to the right of their own.This year we can see that the left is not the bastion of peace and good will. They are peaceful as long as you agree with them. Disagree and they become violent. They accept diversity in everything accept ideas. Political Candidates are attacked, political views are shouted down (they cannot even dare to let the opposition message out). And then The Village Voice call for extermination, and outside of some mention in the blogsphere, it goes by without a comment in the mainstream media.
(If you doubt the vitriolic nature of the repsonse, check the comments GayPatriot got from his post.)
On a personal level, when you tell someone that you are in the NRA, or generally support the right to own guns, people react as if you said you were a Satanist. Tell this to a group a lesbians, and they will often just walk away. Often they will start personal attacks - you must be a monster if you are willing to defend yourself from attack.
Not all, of course. Many of my friends own guns, a few are even NRA members. But most don't want to even talk about anything that questions their world view. Ask them what they would do if attacked, and they will discuss how careful they are, but never answer your questions. They have the, "It won't happen to me," attitude.
I believe in that I have the right to defend myself if attacked. In order to exercise this right, I need to have effective means at my disposal. To me, this means a firearm.
I believe that people are generally better off under free-market conditions than they are under planned economies. The rule of law is a necessary precondition, for in those places where the law has failed, and corruption taken over, no one is better off. Specifically, I that Americans are better off than citizens of the old Soviet Union were, than the citizens of China are, or than the Cubans are. Free enterprise, and solid property rights are what built western civilization, and given us (and the rest of the world) the comforts we enjoy today. The automobile, the computer, the airplane, air conditioning, electrical power generation, the electric light, the telephone, and a thousand other things were developed by capitalists seeking to make a profit.
I believe that people are generally better off with smaller government. As government controls more aspects of life, my life is less-free.
I believe that the private sector does a better job of providing services than governments do.
I believe that people should be - must be - responsible for their own actions, their own support. The fact that I do not have health insurance is not your problem, but mine.
I don't believe that religion should invade the political sphere as it has. I don't care what religion you are, why do you care what religion I am?
GayPatriot identifies as a "Gay Republican." The Republican party is too wrapped up in the Christian right for me to really say I am one of them. Of course the Democratic party is so wrapped up in Socialism, that I can't stand them, either. The only party that has a "live and let live" platform is the Librertartian party, but their attitude on the war on terror, is insane. This is why so many Americans stay away from the polls at election time. Who wants to constantly choose the lesser of two or more evils?
I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast.
- General William Tecumseh Sherman
Friday, October 29, 2004
The 9-ton bust had brown paint thrown on it and the words 'NO MORE BLOOD' written with the same paint on its base, Pennington County Deputy Sheriff Jack Mann said Thursday.Vandals and violent people on both sides of this election will destroy this country.
U.S. military commanders estimated last fall that Iraqi military sites contained 650,000 to 1 million tons of explosives, artillery shells, aviation bombs and other ammunition. The Bush administration cited official figures this week showing about 400,000 tons destroyed or in the process of being eliminated. That leaves the whereabouts of more than 250,000 tons unknown.
"There is something truly absurd about focusing on 377 tons of rather ordinary explosives, regardless of what actually happened at al Qaqaa," Anthony H. Cordesman, a senior analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote in an assessment yesterday. "The munitions at al Qaqaa were at most around 0.06 percent of the total."But the Poodle will keep after it, because he would rather not talk about his Senate record.
The image shows several bunkers at the Al-Qaqaa (search) weapons facility, one of which has two tractor-trailers parked next to it. The picture was shot from the air on March 17, 2003.
Senior Defense officials adamantly refused to speculate as to what is happening at the bunker highlighted in the photo, saying it's anyone's guess.
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Taking apart a NYT article - always a joy - but this article is one long whine about how the blogs (that's you and me - everyday people) are calling the MSM to task for inaccuracy, bias, etc. The NYT, CBS and all the other MSM - who so obviously want Kerry to win - cannot stand the fact that they can no longer say whatever they want without regard to the facts. (Further thoughts on memogate)
After years (decades? centuries?) of having it all their own way, the MSM is surprised to find that technology has leveled the playing field. But the NYT claims it is the blogs trying to turn journalism into politics. AlphaPatriot sees things differently
A campaign is under way to de-politicize journalism, you totally thick moron! It is you who have caused this with your stories attacking Bush's service and ignoring Kerry's communist connections, your endless beating of the prison scandal and ignoring of the mass graves, your "just because the memos are fake doesn't mean the story isn't true" insult to our intelligence, your 2000 rosy economy stories and 2004 economic doom-and-gloom, your lauding of Fahrenheit 9/11 and smear-campaign against decorated Swift Boat Vets instead of investigating the claims, your ignoring 20 years of liberal voting and refusal to sign the Standard Form 180, your Jason Blairs, your press conference attacks on the president during prime time.In repsonse to this Tom Brokaw statement about memogate,
The NBC anchor Tom Brokaw recently likened the tone of the Internet coverage of the CBS National Guard report, presented by the anchor Dan Rather, to a "political jihad." In an interview last week Mr. Brokaw said CBS News had clearly made mistakes. But, he said, "I think there were people just lying in the Internet bushes, waiting to strike, and I think that particular episode gave them a big opportunity."AlphaPatriot observes
no hint of remorse for not having done due diligence on an obvious forgery. Not even a suggestion that perhaps a decade of ideologically-driven reporting is just deserts for those who attempt to fool and persuade rather than inform.Why be surprised at the lack of remorse. This is business as usual. The only thing different is that they can't get away with it.
The Wall Street Journal has some advice for the Kerry Campaign in OpinionJournal - Featured Article:
But here's something our Democratic friends might keep in mind: The next time you try to set a land-speed record for demagoguing an issue, first check if the story has wheels. In this case, it doesn't.Which is to say that the Kerry Campaign, with help from the NYT and CBS News - 60 Minutes, of all shows - are at it again. They claim that 380 tons of high explosive have gone missing.
In the late 1980s, Saddam Hussein's regime purchased large stocks of the explosives HMX, RDX and PETN from suppliers in China, Yugoslavia and--deep breath now--France. Ostensibly, these explosives have their civilian applications, such as mining and demolition. But because they are both chemically stable (they detonate only when properly fused) and highly explosive, they also have extensive military uses.So what are we to make of this? The last time we know of their whereabouts is before the invasion.
[Late in 2002 is] the last we know of their whereabouts. According to a Times source, U.S. troops "went through the bunkers, but saw no items bearing the IAEA seal." NBC News, which was embedded with the 101st Airborne when it arrived at Al-Qaqaa on April 10, 2003--the day after the fall of Baghdad--also reports this week that back then it found no sign of the explosives either. Stands to reason: Of course Saddam would remove his precious HMX from its last known location before U.S. cruise missiles could find it.
Given that a goo pickup truck has a payload capacity of just over 2000 pounds, how was this explosive supposed to be moved? How many men, trucks, luches, smoke breaks does it take to move 380 tons? (This did not disappear overnight.)
UPDATE: October 29
ABC News reports
confidential IAEA documents obtained by ABC News show that on Jan. 14, 2003, the agency's inspectors recorded that just over three tons of RDX were stored at the facility — a considerable discrepancy from what the Iraqis reported.3 pickup trucks worth of material, I can accept got moved.
And still more problems ...
Although these bunkers were still under IAEA seal, the inspectors said the seals may be potentially ineffective because they had ventilation slats on the sides. These slats could be easily removed to remove the materials inside the bunkers without breaking the seals, the inspectors noted.Seals that don't seal anything. Why does that not surprise me, coming as it does from the UN?
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Now these are federal income taxes, not payroll taxes, but is anyone in Washington going to be able to change Social Security taxes (accept to raise them)?
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Violence and Destruction carried out by political parties.
Calls for the Extermination of those who disagree with that party.
A Candidate who will say anything to get elected. (Isn't "Truth" supposed to be an American value?)
What's happening in this country?
There apparently exists a double standard when it comes to the treatment of women. Conservative women that is.UPDATE: October 31
The Ann Coulter attack by two pie-wielding men this week was appalling. I have no problem with dissenters attacking her ideology; however, an act of physical violence by two men on a woman would never before have received kudos from the left.
Ink Well has a great take on this:
It’s OK to Be a Misogynist If You’re a Liberal
When men of the right physically attack a liberal woman, it’s called misogyny--not to mention criminal assault. When men of the left physically attack a conservative woman, it’s called making a clever political statement.Then out of Sarasota, we get the following from WFTV:
SARASOTA, Fla. -- A motorist who told police he was exercising his "political expression" was jailed Wednesday on an aggravated assault charge alleging he tried to run down U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris and a group of re-election campaign supporters. No one was injured.Where is the outcry about intimidation, and violence? Oh that's right, the Democrats are screaming about it - claiming victimhood.
Republicans, whose goal in life is to profit from disaster and who don't give a hoot about human beings, either can't or won't. Which is why I personally think they should be exterminated before they cause any more harm. With thanks to Resplendent Mango As she says, "I'm sure that, like the Guardian piece, this is an example of humorous irony."
KERRYGATE CINCINNATI BREAK-IN
KERRYGATE FLAGSTAFF BREAK-IN
KERRYGATE SEATTLE BREAK-IN
KERRYGATE SPOKANE BREAK-IN
KERRYGATE BELLEVUE BREAK-IN
KERRYGATE KNOXVILLE SHOTS FIRED
KERRYGATE WEST VIRGINIA BURGLAR AND RANSACKING
KERRYGATE OFFICE RANSACK ORLANDO FLORIDA
KERRYGATE DISTURBANCE in MILWAUKEE
KERRYGATE DISTURBANCE IN TAMPA
Look for this pattern to continue as the election approaches and the post-election continues... but don't hold your breath waiting for the media to see the pattern!
(List via watersblogged)
Democrats allege intimidation but Republicans can point to ransacked campaign offices and injured campaign workers to prove it.
UPDATE: October 28
In the interest of fairness I have to report that this is happening on both sides of the political spectrum
The Toledo Blade reports "Thieves hit Democratic Party offices; computers containing sensitive data removed"
A leader of the Presbyterian Church, USA (which, appropriately enough, abbreviates “PC-USA”) Ronald Stone is nobody’s candidate for the annual brotherhood award of the National Council of Christians and Jews. At a meeting with representatives of Hezbollah in Lebanon last week, Elder Stone fawned on the terrorists while observing that people of the jihad persuasion are far more congenial than those horrible Hebrews.
“We treasure the precious words of Hezbollah and your expression of good will toward the American people,” the Presbyterian poobah simpered to his terrorist hosts. Hezbollah demonstrated its good will toward the American people in 1982, when it slaughtered 240 of our Marines in the Beirut barracks bombing.
In the same meeting, Stone confessed, “As an elder of our church, I’d like to say that according to my recent experience, relations and conversations with Islamic leaders are a lot easier than dealings and dialogue with Jewish leaders.”
One can see why the mainline-church honcho would be vexed with the Chosen People.
After all, Jews in Pakistan periodically shoot churchgoers. Jews in Sudan are waging genocidal warfare against Christian tribesmen. In Nigeria’s northern provinces, there’s a concerted effort to impose Jewish law on Christians.
In Saudi Arabia, Jews have banned Christian worship services, even in private homes. Jews in the Balkans are committing ethnic cleansing of Orthodox Christians, as well as demolishing their churches, monasteries and shrines. And all over the world, radical synagogues and Jewish day schools teach hatred of Christians and the religious imperative to wage holy war against them.
Oops, I forgot, it’s Muslims who are the perps in all of these cases. Still, Stone finds Jews difficult and Muslims easy. To a liberal Protestant, the persecution of Christians in the Third World is irrelevant – compared with the opportunity to declare his solidarity with so-called victims of Western imperialism.
Making Duke Safe for Hate
Under Brodhead’s new regime, Duke gave a green light to the Palestinian Solidarity Movement (PSM) conference, refusing to listen to critics who questioned the appropriateness of Duke hosting an the anti-Israel hatefest (“Zionism is a disease,” and suicide bombing of Jews is beyond criticism according to its speakers). Putting its money where its mouth is, Duke provided over $50,000 (according to an administrator interviewed by FrontPage reporter Lee Kaplan) to make the conference possible. Most of these funds were spent on security, which makes sense when you are hosting a gathering to support terrorism. Duke also allowed the conference to put on one face for the public – a rally for oppressed Palestinians – while holding closed sessions devoted to facilitating the genocidal agendas of Hamas and the PLO. One result of this fiasco was: a classically anti-Semitic article published in Duke University’s main student newspaper, the Duke Chronicle.Can you imagine the press coverage and the reaction - rightly so - to an article titled "The Blacks" or "The Arabs" would have produced?
The Chronicle article, written by Duke senior Philip Kurian -- who is a co-founder of Duke’s Center for Race Relations and a Duke scholarship recipient and who is African American -- has the virtue of candor, beginning with its title: “The Jews.” (In attacking the opponents of the conference, Kurian simply ignored the presence of several anti-Israel Jews among the organizers and participants.)
Kurian begins by informing readers that opposition to the PSM conference was spearheaded by “the powerful Jewish establishment,” which as Kurian warns us is “a very well-funded and well-organized establishment, indeed.” There are in fact too many Jews at Duke and other universities for Kurian’s comfort. “It is well known that Jews constitute the most privileged ‘minority’ group in this country,” and that Jews “enjoy shocking overrepresentation” among the most elite universities in the nation. Jewish students, it can be inferred, don’t earn their successes through hard work and long hours of studying, but through covert backroom deals that unfairly help them gain entrance to Duke and other institutions at the expense of non-Jewish students. In short, having your people secretly run the show sure helps.
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
I suppose a good way to describe me, actually, would be as an Eowyn voter. For those of you who aren't rabid Tolkeinites, Eowyn is the niece of a king who's kingdom is under attack, and she chooses to fight rather than to stay back with the women and children. She fears neither death nor pain and chooses to defy the Nazgul (big scary way-evil thing) which stands between her and her "lord and kin." You mess with me and the people I love -- I take offense to that. You stand aside and let other people mess with me and the people I love -- I take offense to that too. I'm not a fan of war, I have no great desire to be a warblogger, but it is because I long for peace, true peace, that I choose to fight the war that is upon us. I choose to fight by blogging, I choose to fight by voting, and if I ever find myself in a situation where I have to physically fight for my life or for those around me, I will choose that as well.Now this is the kind of person I respect. She sees the world as it is - not through rose-colored glasses - and understands that we all have the duty to defend those we love.
See another Resplendent Mango post on the League
To post? Or not to post?
That is the question.
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind
To suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous Frenchmen,
Or, to take arms against a sea of morons
And, by deft posting, quench them.
To post...to speak... no more.
And by speaking, to hope to end
The heartburn and the silly words of fools
That blogs are lairs to.
'Tis a conversation
Devoutly to be wished!
Monday, October 25, 2004
This story is a major threat to Kerry, and I think the left knows it. Here's why:This is just another example of the Poodle saying whatever he believes (at the time) will get him elected. Truth, we don't need no stinkin' truth.
- It is recent: this isn't a case of differing recollections about something that happened in the jungle 30 years ago.
- It is relevant: This isn't a case about lying about sex (as Bill pointed out): it was a lie right at the heart of Kerry's key foreign policy argument: that Bush failed to involve allies adequately in the war, and that Kerry would do better.
- It is simple. There's no confusing details; you don't have to learn the specifications of a Swift Boat or the precise qualifications required to receive a Purple Heart . He said he met with the entire Security Council. The representatives of the Security Council say he didn't. Period. Easy.
All these factors add up to a straightforward and clear story that most definitely could damage Kerry --- and should damage Kerry --- in the critical last week before the election.
The Sunday Telegraph today launches a campaign for the law to be changed to give householders the right to use whatever force is necessary against intruders.The problem of "reasonable force" must be addressed, and I hope they succeed in getting it changed. What force is "reasonable" when a father is defending his family from assault? What force is reasonable for a mother to exert when defending her children?
Our initiative follows last week's fatal stabbing of Robert Symons, a schoolteacher, who disturbed a burglar at his family home in Chiswick, west London.
It is backed by Mr Symons' mother, Amyra, who said yesterday: 'I agree with your campaign totally. The law must be changed.' Victims of crime, MPs and victims' charities are also supporting the campaign.
The law permits the use of 'reasonable force' as a method of self-defence against intruders. What 'reasonable force' constitutes, however, is difficult to define, leaving vulnerable people unsure of what force they can use to protect themselves and their homes. The Home Office, admitted to this newspaper last week: 'There is no definition of what is *reasonable force*.'
For years, it seems, the British government has worked to make it illegal to defend yourself, prosecuting those who do. Citizens should not come to each other's aid, but leave that to the police. Witness the result: crime and violent crime out of control.
Of course, since the British government has disarmed the law-abiding citizens, but not it the criminals, I wonder what type of force most people will be in the position to use in their own defense. Will the British home owner be in the position of the man who brought a knife to a gunfight?
If you are in a position that threatens imminent death or grave bodily harm, to you or your family, you should have the right to defend yourself - exerting any and all force necessary to remove the threat. That is, you should be able to exert as much force as needed to incapacitate your attacker or cause them to flee.
Most of the world now knows that Kerry, in this grand moment during that last debate, decided to make a singular point about his view of homosexuality, and used Mary Cheney, noting she was a lesbian, and then remarkably declaring what Mary would have to say about whether homosexuality is a choice—that she would say she was “being who she was born as.” Wow, I had no idea he was so close to Mary, or could read the minds of lesbians. I better go think nice thoughts right now!Minority Leadership is often disdainful of folk's who go over "to the dark side." Log Cabin Republicans were villified, and when that didn't work, infiltrarated and destroyed from within. Look at the things that the left has said about Secretary of State Powel - and others - for example. Like the Communist Party in the old Soviet Union, these people think they know what is best for everyone, and anyone who has a different opinion is a counter-revolutionary and needs to be silenced.
While the Kerry behavior seems bizarre at best, there is a method to his and Leftist madness in general.
First, Mary Cheney is hated by the Gay Elite. There are discussions are direct efforts to make life uncomfortable for her. Why? Because she dares to be different. She has made the same mistake as I—she refuses to have her sexuality be the singular defining aspect of her identity, and she has had the gall to be her own person and not bow down to the leftist agenda. Yes, she commits the fatal mistake of not conforming to the conformist Gay agenda.
And if you think that Kerry had respect for Cheney, or that his statement was not an attack, consider
Kerry campaign director Mary Beth Cahill’s interview remarks immediately after the debate. When asked if Kerry’s remarks about Cheney were appropriate Cahill said Mary Cheney was out so “it is fair game.” Others in the campaign have used the same phrasing.
Gee, “fair game.” A fascinating term to use when paying compliments. And remember, for the Democrats “it” in this instance is a woman.
Sunday, October 24, 2004
See the Quicktime Video for yourself.
The file is linked from an Air Force website for an online education class called " COCKPIT PHYSICS: Physics Instruction for the Twenty-First Century." The website doesn't appear to be a joke, nor does the cat-tossing QuickTime clip, presumably intended to illustrate the science that governs cruelty to fluffy, innocent housepets in reduced gravity environments.Just when it thought it was impossible for Washington to be even more wasteful, we have Cat Tossing. What's Next? [Hat tip to Uncle Mikey]
The reason for this failure is that the Organization of the Islamic Conference, which comprises 56 of the U.N.'s 191 members, defends terrorism as a right.What, the UN supports terrorism?
For eight years now, a U.N. committee has labored to draft a "comprehensive convention on international terrorism." It has been stalled since Day 1 on the issue of "defining" terrorism. But what is the mystery? At bottom everyone understands what terrorism is: the deliberate targeting of civilians. The Islamic Conference, however, has insisted that terrorism must be defined not by the nature of the act but by its purpose. In this view, any act done in the cause of "national liberation," no matter how bestial or how random or defenseless the victims, cannot be considered terrorism.And the left still wonders why many of us choose not to view the UN as the source of international peace and justice.
This boils down to saying that terrorism on behalf of bad causes is bad, but terrorism on behalf of good causes is good. Obviously, anyone who takes such a position is not against terrorism at all — but only against bad causes.
There is of course another motive behind this stance. If the OIC took a stance against terrorism - as defined by most of the world - they would be taking a stance against Palastinian suicide bombers and (indirectly) in favor of Israel. Illegitimi Non Carborundum
Saturday, October 23, 2004
Assaults in the subway have soared this year — a figure that was compounded by a 130 percent spike last month, The Post has learned.And what is the solution? Keep more ticket clerks employed. The transit district is bleeding red ink and wants to eliminate jobs.
There were 202 assaults in the system over the first nine months of the year — a 9.8 percent increase compared to the same period last year, NYPD statistics show.
The growing number of assaults was compounded during September, when there were 23 incidents compared to 10 last year.
Critics of the closings said eliminating clerks would lead to an increase in crime and jeopardize the safety of riders at a time when the system could be a terrorist target.Of course, this will increase public safety. Let's not do anything radical, like admit that police are human, and cannot be everywhere at once. Letting the honest people of NY defend themselves would be asking too much.
[Thanks to Keep and Bear Arms]
In the latter case, a protection from abuse order was denied the woman who feared for her life and said to the judge: "What does he have to do (before I can get an order) put a gun to my head?!" He shot her seven times, but she survived.Of course a protection order won't really protect you from anything.
Overall, a nice piece of editorializing. It isn't reporting, but more on that later. Overall, a balanced, if sad, treatment of domestic violence.
I do take exception to one thing said, that defending oneself,
would be giving into the male mentality, and is usually anathema to most women who seem to instinctively abhor guns.Women DO NOT instinctively abhor guns. This is a learned behavior. And other behaviors can be learned. Self-defense is a completely natural reaction. Women have been denied effective means of self-defense, and brain-washed into thinking that "guns are bad," or "guns cause crime."
They do cover one incident in which the woman blew her attacker ex-husband away with a shotgun.
I cannot say that this is a fine piece of reporting, because the author wishes, or suggests that the NRA could do more. The NRA does everything it can to teach people how to defend themselves. From their classes of Basic Pistol and "Personal Protection in the Home," the latter deals specifically with self and family defense, to Refuse to Be A Victim which covers how to defend yourself without a firearm, NRA teaches personal security. (Yes, there is an NRA class that does NOT use firearms.) These NRA classes - and other classes - could have been found with a simple web search.
But don't try to schedule these classes via Victim's Services Organizations; you will be treated like the Great Satan. God forbid women should defend themselves (or their children). The cynical part of my mind says that without a constant supply of victims, there would be no victim advocacy programs.
Computer simulation has settled a long-standing mystery haunting pubs and perplexed beer drinkers for centuries. Despite the common knowledge that bubbles float up, beer drinkers over the ages have argued, even after an evening of studying the issue, that a large portion of the bubbles actually move downwards.They go up AND down. Now I just need to find someone who really knows how to pour a Black & Tan. (With thanks to The Prejudicial Effect)
The documentary is 42 minutes long.Get to see the video that the Democrats don't want anyone to see.
The Stolen Honor website: The producers of The documentary have stated in the Washington Times that they are making the documentary available for FREE.
PLEASE HELP: UPLOAD THIS DOCUMENTARY on KAZAA and other PtoP file sharing sites. Spread it so far and wide the Kerry thugs won't be able to shut it down.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS DOCUMENTARY. The Kerry campaign is threatening the producers and Sinclair with lawsuits and boycotts to suppress it.
Hat tip to the Rottweiler.
In the interests of truth, honesty, blah blah ... I have to confess that this is not my 357, but it's the thought that counts. Image by A Human Right
The Preferred Home Security System! 357 Magnum and semi-jacketed hollow point bullets.
Friday, October 22, 2004
Think about it: What do the Europeans and the Arab states endlessly rail about in the Middle East? What (outside of Iraq) is the area of most friction with U.S. policy? What single issue most isolates America from the overwhelming majority of countries at the United Nations?Giving up on the one sane country in the middle east. This should improve things. At least for Kerry and his European friends. (Thanks to LGF)
The answer is obvious: Israel.
In what currency, therefore, would we pay the rest of the world in exchange for their support in places such as Iraq? The answer is obvious: giving in to them on Israel.
In a major blow to the credibility of the national Log Cabin Republicans organization as a moderate voice in the Republican Party, newly discovered documents reveal that the person who manages the national Log Cabin political operation is, in fact, a long-time operative for the John Edwards Democratic Presidential campaign.This then begs the question of is this an elaborate dirty trick that was intended to supress the vote of the (estimated) 1 million gay voters who supported George Bush in 2000.
I fully recommend the GayPatriot post and the follow-up, that covers LCR's *response* - or attempt to discredit - to this report.
Thursday, October 21, 2004
- Polls show 75% of Iraqis want a democracy.
- 51% of Iraqis say their country is going in the right direction.
- Almost 80% of Iraqis say they would want to vote for their leaders in real elections, rather than have religious clerics appoint their leaders or the central government appoint their leaders.
- Saddam tortured and killed 750,000 of his own people - 5 times the number of people that were killed in the Hiroshima blast.
- 61% of Iraqis say that any price they are paying now is worth it to be rid of Saddam. Among the Shi'ia, who were most oppressed by Saddam, this number increases to 74%.
"Can I get me?" Is poor grammar something that amounts to reaching out to to them-there dumb, gun-loving right-wing redneck Ohana hanas in Kerry's world?when will this man stop pretending to be friend of the 2nd Amendment? But more to the point, when will he stop telling lies to the American public. (And when will he treat us like we have a modicum of intelligence? Does he think this down-home routine does anything but piss people off?) Let's not lose sight of the fact the down-home routine is a lie. It says "I am one of you." Or it tries. What it really says is I don't know you are, but I have a general idea that you are an uneducated, uncooth boob, and so I will talk down to you in the hopes you will ignore the 500 million dollars, the 20 years of votes against the 2nd Amendment and hunting rights. In other words, he hopes that you will accept this lie at face value.
This is part of a painful pattern of bad acting that begins with mindboggling foreign policy prevarication, picks up speed with terribly awkward stump soundbites ("Bring. It. On."), reaches new heights with a bizarre debate detour into "lesbian[ism]," digs up questionably exploitive quotes from a dead Christopher Reeve and leaves us today with patronizing redneck grammar from the original effete Boston Brahmin, a man so dedicated to etymologically correct pronunciation that he's one of 10 people in North America that uses the "soft-g" when he breaks out the word "Ghengis" during the course of false war crimes testimony before the Senate.
Having lived in Ohio - Cincinnati - for 5 years, I can attest to the fact that this is the way the eastern establishment (Oh hell, easterners generally) views people in "fly over" country. If you live in Ohio, you must be a hick. They couldn't even get it through their heads that Ohio is in the Eastern time zone. Show Easterners a picture of Cincinnati, and they will guess it is Chicago.
The first problem, to my mind, is non-repsonders:
There's also the matter of nonresponse — the increasing problem of getting people to answer. Though studies show that nonresponders aren't much different from responders, the issue still worries pollsters.How many people today have caller ID, and of those, how many never answer a call from a) someone they don't know, b) an unknown number, or c) a business - usually thought to be a telemarketer. I know I wouldn't
Then there is the problem of the "Cellphone Only" population. If you have a broadband connection, and a cellphone, why have a landline?
As a result, an entire category of people — we can call them CPOs, for "cellphone only" — are missing from surveys. Does it matter? Probably not this year, because CPOs constitute only an estimated 4% to 7% of the population right now. But if there were a huge, unexpected surge of voting by CPOs in, say, swing states like Ohio with big college student populations, they could have an effect not reflected in the polls. Voila: Truman beats Dewey.I know more and more people who fall into this category.
All this leads to the conclusion, that the polsters are wasting our time. They can see big swings in opinion - after 9/11 when the country was really behind bush, and the war in afganistan they saw that. As that support erroded - as it had to - they could see that. But given that the current political campaign is a statistical dead-heat, they cannot tell us anything of value. (That doesn't stop them from trying of course, or MSM from concentrating on a horse-race, and ignoring the issues.) Polls are just more static in the information overload of life in America.
George W. Bush has not been the strongest gun rights advocate, but he has helped our cause considerably during his political career. Never forget that as governor of Texas he signed concealed carry legislation making it possible for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.I have to admit, he is a better choice than the poodle. I won't vote for Nader, and after research, I don't think I can for Badnarik - his position on the war-on-terror seems designed to make us less safe.
For that alone, he deserves the support of every right-thinking gun rights supporter.
He has done nothing since to repudiate that act. He has never apologized or hidden from it.
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
So the next time someone wants you to adopt the Canadian, ask them if they like to wait.
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Moss then produced a handgun and a struggle ensued. She fired three shots, and the suspect fled but left the stolen car in front of her home, Palant said.You don't often see articles showing how armed citizens defend themselves from crime. Why is that? This story is not unique. Could it be that the liberal powers who control the press are so anti-gun, they don't like to see this type of thing in print? Three cheers fot eh Sun Sentinel. (Fort Lauderdale, FL paper)
Monday, October 18, 2004
[I]f simply wearing a tee-shirt to a Bush rally that says, "Support Our Civil Liberties" is cause for expulsion, then that further puts a nail in the coffin of my support for Bush and the Republicans. From the Oregon Bend:This is why I am still undecided. Democrats have become the party of Socialism, but I am afraid that the Republicans have become the party of authoritarianism.
The first part is well written.
So I am willing to put the Moonbat and Wingnut nonsense aside for the moment, and grant that both men – and their supporters -- have in mind the same objective when they talk about national security.
We both look at this:
Sept. 11, 2001
And we both want to make sure that it – or worse – does not happen again. We don’t want it to happen again. We want to deter it from happening again. And all of this rage and fury and spitting and tearing up of signs, all of these insults and spinmeisters and forgeries and all the rest, seem to come down to the fact that about half the country thinks you deter this sort of thing by being nice, while the other half thinks you deter this by being mean.
The carrot or the stick. Can we stop Terrorism by offering them something? Or do we need to carry a Big Stick? I have stated my view on this elsewhere; you can't bribe hate to make it love.
The second part deals with the role and character of alliances in the world since WWI - through WWIII and (now into WWIV).
But this is not 1916, or 1940, or 1976. Europe, ruler of the world in the first war, had become a military freeloader by the end of the third. Europe was not able to muster the military muscle or political will to extinguish a genocide within Europe – and things have gotten worse since then. The French nuclear carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, returned from her sea trials with a reactor room flooded with five times the allowable level of radiation and with one of her propellers at the bottom of the Atlantic. She borrowed a screw from her predecessor, the Foch – which was faster – and now sits in port making impressive appearances during national holidays and furthermore showing that if God exists he has both a sense of justice and a sense of humor.So when calls are made for more troops from future alliance partners, where are they to come from?
The Germans cannot deploy an effective force beyond her own borders. The Russians – the mighty Russians -- could not call up so much as one decent ten-man special ops squad when she and her children needed them the most. Japan has constitutional restraints – drafted in American English – preventing her from deploying her defense forces overseas: a fact that has given me many nights peaceful sleep. And as for China… even if she decided, out of the kindness of her heart, to commit her forces to help her arch-rival…who do you think, Senator, would benefit the most from us sharing our weapons, tactics, logistics and intelligence with China?
"'As the elected leader of the largest organization representing America's Federal, State and local law enforcement officers, I believe it's important to point out yet again that we do not support his candidacy for President,' Canterbury said. 'And to be perfectly frank, the groups which do support him actually share the same membership rolls and, taken together, probably comprise less than one-quarter of our nation's police officers.'Since most of the police I know - don't know too many big city chiefs, actually none - are great supporters of the 2nd Amendment and NRA members, it is no surprise that they don't support the biggest gun grabber in the Senate.
Canterbury further noted that unlike the organizations which Senator Kerry touts, F.O.P. members as a whole decided that the Fraternal Order of Police would endorse the reelection of President George W. Bush. They based their decision, he said, on the record of the Bush Administration in supporting America's first responders-including helping to secure passage earlier this year of H.R. 218, the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, the organization's top legislative priority. Bush also successfully fought to greatly enhance the benefits for the families of officers killed in the line of duty.
'While Kerry was flying around the country campaigning and leaving the actual work of the nation to his colleagues in the Senate, the President was out there working on our behalf,' Canterbury said."
This whole attempt of the Kerry campaign to paint themselves as the choice of law enforcement is akin to the lefts attempts to scare us about all kinds of issues. Gun Control not the least of these.
MADRID (Reuters) - Police arrested seven suspected Islamic [terrorists] on Monday to foil a planned bomb attack on Spain's High Court, judicial sources said.The Spaniards elected a government - after a terrorist attack - that pulled out of the international coalition in Iraq, to appease the terrorists. Their attempts have clearly failed.
Will the left learn the lesson? You CANNOT negotiate with terrorists. To do so, only encourages more terror.
"Note [picture in reference] that Mr. Kerry's finger is on the trigger while his eyes are closed. At any decent gun range in America, that kind of disregard for the safety of others would get you tossed out on your ear. His statements to the contrary notwithstanding, John Kerry doesn't know squat about guns, and his record makes clear that he's no friend to the Second Amendment."Rule 2 of Gun Safety - is "Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot." Having his eyes closed would make it hard for him to follow the other rules too. For someone who claims to be a friend of the 2nd Amendment, he looks scared of the gun.
Sunday, October 17, 2004
THE scale of gun crime in Britain since the shooting of 14-year-old Danielle Beccan in Nottingham last weekend is revealed today in a survey by The Times.The only thing interesting they report - in terms of policy changes called for - is basically the end of the unarmed policeman. Well, they want more armed police. (Remind me again, why aren't they all armed in the face of this? Oh, that's right, "we've always done it this way." The world's worst excuse for doing anything that isn't working.)
It found that a firearms offence was committed once every five hours in the six days after Danielle’s death, with at least 31 gun crimes in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland between Saturday and Thursday.
They also had to admit that the figures here - as bad as they are for a "gun-free" society - are under-reported.
Gun control will not keep guns out of the hands of criminals, it only disarms honest citizens.
It's difficult to describe New York's gun laws in general terms because they vary greatly from place to place and are vastly different in New York City.or
Even those who know New York's law best are hard pressed to explain the motivation behind its convoluted provisions.The article does quote gun banners saying that the current system is good (what else would they say?), but nowhere is there a call for clarity - or sanity.
As I have said before, when states have a "may issue" law, cronyism, favoritsm and racism often dictates who does and who does not have a "right" to carry. I am so glad I live in a "Shall Issue" state.
In a separate article, the Times Union goes on to admit that New York's draconian gun-control laws are not keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals. Well, they backslide and claim that it is harder, but they offer no proof that it is.
They also mention the federal/regional initiatives underway to prosecute gun crimes in federal court, but they do so in a critical manner, and don't site the success this approach has had in reducing gun crime. But then, they aren't interested in reducing gun crime, they are interested in eliminating guns.
Friday, October 15, 2004
So "cops and robbers," "cowboys and Indians" are now illegal. Playing with a toy is the legal equivalent of assault. Is it just me, or do we live in a crazy society?
An 11-year-old boy in Marion County, Fla., was arrested Friday after he pointed a toy gun (pictured, left) at a Marion County school bus and another passer-by, according to the sheriff's office.
Hughes was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center, where he was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of disruption of a school function.
They have cleverly made copying difficult - to protect their copyright - so I only give you here, a flavor. (Take a look at the article and the footnotes.)
Had all the bills passed that [Kerry] voted for, we would effectively have a firearms ban comparable to those in Austraila or England.This man is not a friend of the Second Amendment. But then we knew that. It is nice to see it all spelled out in black and white.
How else can one describe the Drudge Report's claim that the DNC is planning to allege voter intimidation even if none exists?The Posse goes on ...
Let us review the litany of Democratic tactics:Eventually, the people that keep doing this will become known for what they are, liars. And when that happens, it won't matter if they try to tell the American People that it is Friday, no one will believe them. Americans do value honesty (as I believe CBS news is finding). And there are consquences to actions.
1. They falsely claim Bush was a deserter.
2. They falsely claim the draft is being restored.
3. Now they are falsely claiming voter intimidation.
Thursday, October 14, 2004
If this is such a wedge issue, why are the Democrats the ones bringing someone's family into it? "Your momma!"... "No, your lesbian vice president in-law!" C'mon.Attacking the relatives of the people you are arguing with was funny on "Welcome Back Kotter," but it fails to be funny in a Presidential Debate.
I think they forgot that they're supposed to be the party of inclusion; the party that embraces diffrerences in everyone, the party that wants the whole world to treat each other respectfully and join hands and just get along.
So why did they put out a poster that ridicules Special Olympics particpants? Because that is exactly what this poster does. It takes a wonderful event and turns into a cheap, juvenile joke.
Not really surprising coming from the party who has vandalized their opponents offices.
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
In terms of our actions, could we do anything to change their attitudes? Are we under a moral obligation to change our actions to accomodate them, and "get along?"
Can you change hate? Not too long ago in the south, black men were lynched for any number of "reasons." But were these valid reasons, just because the Klan claimed they were? Could a black lynching vicitm in the old south, have done anything - was he in anyway responsible for doing anything - that would have changed the attitudes and actions of the KKK members who killed him? My answer is an emphatic no. The victim was NOT responsible for the crime, and in fact could have done nothing really to change the hate, or the outcome.
Could the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto have done anything or changed any behavior that would have convinced the Nazis to spare them, or stop hating them? Again, "No!" Nazis, antisemites of any stripe, hate all Jews. All Jews who ever were, all who live today, and all who ever will be. They hate the baby in the cradle. This hatred is not rational; you cannot reach it through rational discourse, nor can you influence it through rational action.
No action on the part of the Jew generated this hate in Germany. No action on the part of the black generated the hate of the KKK. Neither the Jew nor the black should have to change to accomodate the hate, and on a fundamental level were/are incapable of doing anything to change this hate. It is not their fault.
The hate of the Islamic fascists of today is the same. They hate me and you for being different than them. Just as the Klan hates African Americans, and as the Nazi hates the Jews. We cannot change this by altering our economic policies. We cannot alter their hate through our foreign relations initiatives. The only thing we could do to appease them - and change their behavior toward us - is to adopt their values completely and become a radical Islamic country. I for one, will not do this, and even though it is within my power to create this change - at least for myself - I submit that I am under no obligation to do so, moral or otherwise.
I said you could not impact the hate through rational action. You can however impact the actions taken by those who hate. You can defend yourself. When defending myself, I don't have to wait for a criminal to actually draw my blood before I am allowed to act.
Now I know that racial profiling has lead to problems and needs to be treated with delicacy when applied. But to ignore the source of problem is to ignore the problem. Our resources are limited. Let's use them wisely.
More Democracies Needed on UN Rights Body (Human Rights Watch, 10-5-2004)In late April the Commission censured Sudan over its severe human rights violations in the country's western Darfur region, where the government is backing militias that are systematically destroying whole villages, executing civilians, raping women, and displacing hundreds of thousands of people.The Human Rights Watch is not part of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.
"A government that engages in wholesale abuses of its citizens should not be eligible for a seat at the table, especially a country just criticized by the Commission," said Joanna Weschler, UN advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. "This is a major credibility test of the regional bloc structure at the UN in terms of how it nominates candidates for key UN posts," she said.
Oh, and lest you think that this is an isolated problem, both Vietnam and Pakistan are both slated to get seats on the commission. (from the same reference above)
"There are serious, well-known concerns over the human rights records of both Vietnam and Pakistan," said Freedom House Executive Director Jennifer Windsor. "Vietnam in particular is in the midst of a violent crackdown against the country's indigenous Montgnard people. The European Commission and several human rights groups have protested the government's refusal to allow in independent observers to the affected region," she said. "Surely the Asia group could have nominated more suitable candidates to sit on the one UN body charged with monitoring and condemning human rights abuses," she said.
While talking about differences is important, it is equally important to select the correct venue for the discussion. I would not choose to attend "The Klu Klux Klan Konvention on Race Relations" just because such a convention were scheduled, and I believe discussing race relations to be important. I believe that by attending this particular convention I would be implicitly granting legitimacy to a set of beliefs I feel are completely illegitimate. Similary, I would choose to not attend a "Skin-Head-Nazi meeting on Religious Tolerance." By participating in the UN, we grant credence to an organization that has become antithetical to human rights, antisemetic, corrupt, and anti-American, and completely ineffective at doing just about anything. As Mark Smith says in The Official Handbook of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, let's tear it down and put up a Starbucks - it would be a much nicer place for a discussion.
WorldNetDaily: Iraq to chair Conference on Disarmament:
"Later this year, the U.N.-established Conference on Disarmament will seat a new president: Iraq."Yes, Virginia, it is WorldNetDaily.
The nation under scrutiny by the world body for weapons of mass destruction will have control – for nearly four weeks – of the agenda of a committee established in 1979 as "the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community."
The really funny thing is that no one worried too much, since in 25 years, not very much was accomplished by this confernce.
OHCHR: English (English) - Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
"These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations."So freedom of speech and the press - but don't get in the way of (or act contrary to the purposes of) the United Nations. Criticize them - act contrary to their purposes - and your rights are history.
This should be no surprise, when you remember that the United Governments is comprised of a lot of regiemes that don't give a rat's ass about their people's rights. Rights of the government come first.
This is in direct opposition to our Bill or Rights, which for the most part state that the rights of the people come before the powers of government. Which system do you want to live under?
We all know it is better to be a homophobic Democrat than a Republican anytime in the eyes of the gay activists. And we all know the leftist gay activists are handwringing because this little voice inside them (us normal folk call it a conscience) is saying 'this seems wrong.' And we all know the LGBT community wouldn't be divided if a Republican lawmaker had gone berserk on the Senate floor screaming 'faggot' at the top of his lungs.Why does the left accept this from Dems? Why do they look the other way when Dems "step over the line," and scream for blood when it is a Republican?
"when the Palestinian Authority starves to death known homosexuals, blame the f-ing Jews!"Playing the Blame Game is fine for the left. As long as they blame the people it is (currently) PC to blame....
1. Which Middle Eastern country has no sodomy laws nor uses vague charges such as "offenses against religion" or "immoral conduct" to prosecute and imprison gays and lesbians?
Again - hats off to Alphecca for the great coverage!
Yes, it's the latest redux of "ballistic fingerprinting" and it involves requiring all ammunition bought in or brought into California to be "laser-etched" with a serial number. Unlike my crude Photoshop picture, the code would be nearly invisible. Unlike what proponents of the bill claim, it would add a huge expense and bureaucracy to residents of California and probably the rest of the country.
Monday, October 04, 2004
In Florida you need a license do be an interior decorator. Apparently having drapes that don’t match your carpet could be dangerous to society and the government needs to protect you from it.
This is just the kind of insanity that is killing business. And while this particular example is not tied to killing innovation, it is an artifical barrier to earning a living.