Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Attack of the Ninja?

Or not. More like Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

CBS 5 - San Francisco Bay Area's source for news, weather, traffic and sports: Man Shoots, Kills 'Ninja' Attacker Near Home So a guy dressed like a ninja attacks a 64-year-old lady.
The man was near the home's garage or carport when he attacked 64-year-old Sandra Phillips, Jones said. The two struggled and Phillips ran screaming into the house.

Her cries awoke her husband, 68-year-old Lou Phillips, who grabbed a .357 revolver and shot three times at the intruder who had one hand on Sandra Phillips and was holding what appeared to be a firearm.
He died at the scene.

No indentification on the dead guy. I guess ninjas don't carry credit cards.

A very long check on the bias.

Alphecca: Weekly Check on the Bias I haven't got through it all, but the section on Illinois is disturbing. The Gov. and Chicago's mayor appear to want to outlaw all retail gun sales.

Monday, February 27, 2006

MSM is AWOL again

Unity ProtestGateway Pundit: Unity Protests Break Out in Basra, Mosul, Hillah, Al Kut, Karbala... Unity among Iraqis breaks out and the press is silent.

As Gateway Pundit says, this just doesn't fit the doom and gloom mantra that the Left (and their mouthpieces in the MSM) want repeated about the war on terror. (The photo is a group of Shia Muslim women demonstrating from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square in London.)

Update on the Ilan Halimi Murder

Fausta's Blog: More on the Halimi murder How the French authorities tried to sweep the hate part under the rug, how neighbors and family members of the gang responsible "dropped in to participate in the torture," how this is NOT (as the French are trying to maintain) the first time a Jew has been killed in France out of hate in 60 years. The last high-profile case was in 2003. Go read the whole thing

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Salisbury Burglary Suspect Gets Rude Awakening Finally a news organization that knows the difference between a criminal and victim.
The police say at around 12:53 a.m., [48-year-old John] Collian broke into the home at which time the homeowner fired one round- hitting Collian in the abdomen. The victim then called 911.
Collian was not the victim. The homeowner was the victim. Collian has been hospitalized and is in stable condition following surgery.

Florida Will Try Again to Stop Parking-lot Bans

Bring your guns to work?. The business community likes to pretend that this policy stops crime. But the truth is it just creates disarmed victim zones.

One of the groups who benefit most from concealed carry laws are women and men being stalked by violent people. They could be forced to defend themselves at any time, and they are most vulnerable when on a set schedule to a known location: picking-up and droping-off kids at daycare and school, to-and-from religious services, to-and-from work. But these are exactly the places where, thanks to both the left and the right, they are most likely to be disarmed.

Personally I don't think that anything will change until one of these employers is hit with a major law suit as a result of an otherwise armed employee, disarmed by company policy, being attacked on their premises. I think they should also be held accountable if the person were attacked on the way to work, since their corporate policy disarms them on the entire trip to work.

Of course the author of this editorial does not agree. The paper believes that by keeping the honest hard-working people of Florida disarmed, the criminals will not prey upon them. Or something like that. [KABA]

Disarmed Victim Zones and Death

My Way News: Gunman Kills Woman in Detroit Church *Updated* Michigan law forbids law-abiding concealed carry permit holders from having guns in Churches. It does not of course stop the criminals from committing crimes.
DETROIT (AP) - A man opened fire during a church service Sunday, killing an 18-year-old woman and wounding her child before shooting another man outside, according to police.

Investigators believe a domestic dispute led to the shooting at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church about 11 a.m., said Second Deputy Police Chief James Tate.
Whether or not someone could have stopped this man before he took an innocent life and wounded a child no one will ever know, because if any of the congregation were CCW permit holders, they had been disarmed by the law.

Attacking this woman in church was therefore the safest place this mutant could stage an attack.

UPDATE: It appears I was misinformed. The law allows concealed carry in churches providing that a presiding official sanctions it. Apparently a pastor did recently allow this after a rash of attacks after services. Hat tip to 2 Valuable

Right-to-carry a feminist issue

The News Journal: Right-to-carry a feminist issue Gun grabbers never like to talk about self-defense. Handgun Control Inc. even says you should cower and offer no resistance. This was written by a man, and may be good advice for a man confronted by a burglar. For a woman confronted by a rapist, the advice sucks.
The average man can physically overpower the average woman; this is a biological fact. The vast majority of violent crimes are committed by men. We women should not have to depend on the men in our lives for protection, nor can we expect police to be in all places at all times.

My ability to have a gun for self-defense is central to my concept of freedom and safety in a hostile world. Anyone who tries to take that right is trying to take the only tool that makes me the physical equal of a man.
Or as Col. Colt's advertising said, "Have no fear of any man no matter what his size. When danger threatens call on me, and I shall equalize."

We live in a dangerous world. According to the FBI Uniform crime report for 2004, a forcible rape occurs every 5.6 minutes. One aggravated assault occurs every 36.9 seconds. There is a very real possibility that I will encounter a situation that requires me to defend myself. But how am I do to that? Without effective means of self-defense, I can be overcome by one large attacker, or by several people.

This news article is a very good description of why concealed carry should be "shall issue." I should not have to convince a bureaucrat that I have the need to defend myself.
The right of a rational, responsible, safety-conscious adult to carry a gun offers one way for women to protect themselves against violence. Making permits easier to obtain by law-abiding Delawareans can give us a fighting chance.
[hat tip Keep and Bear Arms]

Best of Me Symphony conducted by WH Auden

The Owner's Manual: #118 Best of Me Symphony The Owner's Manual host BOMS - a collection of posts at least 60 days old.
Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Girls with Guns

The Replacement Killers versus Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Kami over at Incoherent Ramblings was talking about movies she has seen, and of course Mr & Mrs. Smith came up. I can't say I hated this movie, but I don't think I will ever rent it again. It just didn't do that much for me. I don't like either Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie; they are both cute, but I don't think either acts very well. (I keep hoping the next Tomb Raider movie will be better with a new a Lara Croft.)

I keep comparing Brad and Angelina as the Smiths to Chow Yun-Fat and Mira Sorvino in The Replacement Killers. A similar story. Two career criminals that start out opposing each other, develop feelings for one another. But the Replacement Killers (which is also not a great movie, and certainly not the best of the Chow-Yun-Fat-as-assassin movies) I can watch again from time to time. (This movie also has one of my favorite rolls for Jurgen Prochnow)

Both movies contain multiple gun battles consisting of the two principals against other bad guys. The fights may even have better choreography in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but at the end of the day, I just don't care what happens to the Smiths, while I do care what happens to Meg Coburn (Sorvino) and John Lee (Yun-Fat).

The jeopardy in the Smiths consists of "will they survive." I don't think there is any doubt that they will win the last fight, and live "happily ever after." I just don't see that much suspense in the film. And anyway, I didn't care if they survived or not - they were both mostly without redeming quailities.

In the Replacement Killers there are 2 levels of jeopardy. The main thrust is the saving of innocent lives. There are the lives of John's family, and the life of a young boy at stake. The other level is will the two main characters survive. Given the tone of the movie I think both levels project a real question of what the outcome will be. This gets you to the edge of your seat, the way an action movie should. You care about the saving of the innocent lives.

Further, John Lee tells Meg, how he got into this situation. "All I ever wanted was for my family to be safe." And since that is what he wanted, people used his family against him to force him into the situation he finds himself in. After he makes that speech, Meg Coburn and the audience are on his side. You want his family to be safe, you want him to survive, and you want the two of them to save the innocent life in immediate jeopardy. You care about these people as well as their cause.

While neither of these are great cinema, I think it is a shame that Mr. & Mrs. Smith was such a success, and The Replacement Killers was not. Brad and Angelina are cute, but they just can't act as well as Chow Yun-Fat and Mira Sorvino on a bad day.

Journalists Urged to Remain Unarmed Victims

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Journalists 'must resist call to carry arms' Journalists are being killed all over Iraq, because some elements don't want the truth reported. But instead of being told to defend themselves, the INSI wants them to remain helpless in the face of death.
The International News Safety Institute has pleaded with journalists to resist suggestions that they should carry guns in Iraq, following the killing of al-Arabiya's Iraq correspondent Bahjat, cameraman Khalid Mahmoud and technician Adnan Khairullah yesterday.
I guess this is just another measure of the fact that I would make a lousy journalist. If I was in Iraq, I would want to be able to defend myself from kidnapping and beheading. The fact that I want to live doesn't make me biased.
"A journalist with a gun says 'some people in the situation I'm covering are my enemies and I am prepared to kill them if necessary'. That is not the position of a neutral civilian." [INSI director, Rodney Pinder.]
People who threaten me, automatically declare themselves my enemy. But hey, that's just me.

Pinder is also concerned that the journalists will also forfeit the protections afforded civilians under the Geneva conventions. He does not point out the the militias in Iraq are not abiding by the conventions. He merely calls the protection "flimsy." Non-existent would be a better call. Car bombs and suicide bombs targeting civilians, and the execution of prisoners are not allowed under the conventions, but happen all too often. (Execution of spies is allowed.)

US Firearm Accident Statistics

In all the noise over VP Cheney's hunting accident, very little has been said about the nature of hunting and firearms accidents. Missoulian: Actually, firearm accident trend is good - Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006 is an exception.
[A]ccidental deaths involving firearms comprise less than 1 percent of accidental deaths or about 700 deaths a year nationwide in 2004, the most recent year studied. [NSSF] cites a recent report from the National Safety Council, a nonprofit public service organization, showing an amazing 48 percent decline in accidental firearm-related deaths in the past decade. According to the National Safety Council, which keeps tabs on accidents in its “Injury Facts 2005-2006” publication, no other category of accidental death has declined as much in recent years.
Some statistics from the National Safety Council: The average Americans chances of dying
In any accident1 in 23
By a vehicle while walking1 in 612
Fall from bed, chair, furntiture1 in 4745
Firearm accident1 in 4888

As Alphecca says, "If people really want to be safe, they should get rid of all their furniture!"

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Four Calls to Police Do Nothing

WOAI: San Antonio News - Pregnant Teen Murdered after Five Calls to Police. The 5th call was to come collect the victims.

Four calls to 911 over domestic violence in less than 24 hours. The police
were powerless to arrest [Leo Angel] Luna the first four times because there was no probable cause or evidence of violence. An internal police investigation found no wrongdoing by officers.
Blanca Ponce, Luna's common law wife, her daughter Diana - who was 8 months pregnant (the child did not survive) - both died from gunshot wounds. Diana's brother is recovering from a gunshot wound to his face.

Of course this was not the first incident. Bianca had even moved into a shelter for abused women at one point, but then refused to press charges. So she did in part tie the hands of the system.

But the fact remains that the system - called 4 times in 1 day - did nothing, until it was too late.

Open carry may come to Hawaii

KHON2 - The Team That Knows Hawaii | Bill could allow Hawaii residents to carry a gun. Hawaii has a "May Issue" concealed carry law, but most people are never issued a permit. So now they are trying for open carry... still permitted, but of the "Shall Issue" variety.
Police still worry.
Using all the tired arguments that have been used since 1987 when Florida adopted Shall Issue concealed carry, the police fear all of the things that never came to pass in Florida or Michigan or Ohio or any other state that allows citizens the means to effective self-defense. States never want to give up liberty to citizens. [h/t NRA-ILA]

Friday, February 24, 2006

The Carnival Comes Home

Carnival of Cordite #49. Gullyborg at Resistance is futile! is hosting again this week, before the Carnival goes on the road for while. (Real life interfering with blogging - say it aint so!)

There is a cool range report on an FN 5.7, the gun the libs want to ban, and a lot of photos. Something for everyone who likes guns.

Shooting Sports: Olympic Biathlon

This Athlete Skis, Shoots and Heaves. A tough sport, where people often colapse on the snow after they finish.

Fast endurance skiing, and precision shooting. (Miss your target and you have to ski a penatly loop.)

Anyway this is a great story about the US biathletes - mostly about the women who compete (US finished 15th out of 18.)

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Estranged Husbands and Death

Two dead at east Ceres apartments | The Modesto Bee
Police said they believe a Modesto man shot his estranged wife to death just outside of her home Wednesday afternoon before he killed himself with the same .40-caliber handgun.

The apparent murder-suicide took place in a gated apartment complex in east Ceres in the 2800 block of Della Drive, a block east of Mitchell Road.
No restraining orders, but a history of violence.

Hardeeville Murder Suspect Admits Guilt
Jasper County Sheriff's investigators say the suspect in a brutal murder and beating in Hardeeville has a history of domestic violence. Patsy Grant was found inside her home Sunday night shot to death, her daughter Michelle Lovette badly beaten. The suspect is Leonard Lovette, Michelle's estranged husband.
This mutant had been repeatedly arrested, but was not considered by The System to be a "danger to the community." He paid low bails and got out of jail. Funny, I would have thought domestice violence (any violence) would mean you pose a threat. But it was just to his wife and her family.

Yeah, this is The System I am going to trust my life too!

The CEO of Death Inc.

Or "What Anime Gun-toting Hooligan Are You?"

You are MIREILLE - Beautiful and highly skilled,
you see killing as a business. Yet you can't
seem to shake those demons from your past,
and that is what continually drives you
forward. You never let personal feelings
interfere with your assignments. The CEO of
Death, Inc.

What anime gun-toting hooligan are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

[Hat Tip Cowboy Blob and to Ox Rant as well]

Mireille Bouquet: Assasin
Weapon of Choice: Walther P-99

One of the most proficient professional assassins in the business, Mireille Bouquet's reputation has earned her great notoriety throughout the underworld of Europe. Calling Paris, France her home, this Corsican beauty lives an upscale and trendy lifestyle; befitting of her heritage as the daughter of influential Corsican ancestry.

Walther P-99 (German)

Caliber: 9mm x 19
Capacity: 16 + 1
Overall Length: 180mm
Barrel Length: 102mm
Weight: Approx. 710g

Mireille's weapon of choice is the Walther P-99 chambered in 9mm, which was designed to fit the needs of the German police force's pistol specifications in the mid-90's. Mireille utilizes the Walther's high-capacity magazine and striker-fired action to its full extent while in the field- allowing for maximum effectiveness in situations calling for the demise of multiple targets.

More on House Guns: Storage and Safety

Denise over at the Ten Ring mentions that if she had kids, her strategy on keeping a house gun would change. One thing that would change would need to be storage.

Everybody today is excited about trigger locks. Aside from the fact that most trigger locks can be defeated with hammer and screwdriver, and some will let the gun fire anyway, they do not stop anyone from walking off with the firearm. They will also keep you away from your defense when you need it.

For my money, safes are much better storage medium. The can be secured in place, and the big ones are too heavy for your average burglar to move anyway. They can also protect against fire.

The problem of course is how to get at a weapon quickly in time of need. If it is in keysa safe, how long will it take you to open the safe? Well of course the market has taken care of that. Several are available that will open in a few seconds.

I like the Gun Vault, but I don't like the fact that the lock is electronic and requires either battery power or AC power to unlock. (The battery will be dead and the power out on the night you need your weapon.) I like the fact that the key pad (see photo) can be found in the middle of the night to unlock the thing.

For those of you have to have every latest technical gadget, there is the BioVault which uses the latest in biometric recognition to open only for people with the right knoxfingerprints. More issues of electrical power.

I would want a non-electrical option, something with a mechanical lock, like the Handgun Box, or the Fort Knox Pistol Box that can still be opened in the dark in a very short time, should you need access to a firearm.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

This sounds like a movie

Telegraph | News | �40m stolen in Britain's biggest robbery Kidnap the family of a bank manager, and force him to help you rob his bank.

First, they grabbed the manager, posing as the police.
At around the same time, two men posing as police officers called at his home in the Herne Bay area and escorted his wife and young son from the house, saying that there had been an accident involving her husband.

The petrified wife and boy were then held hostage and the manager was warned that their lives were at stake if he failed to co-operate.
They got millions of pounds worth of bank notes.
£40 million cited by ITV News "does not seem far off the mark".
It is a good thing the UK outlawed guns, because only some of the robbers were armed.

St Pete Murder Rate Up 57% in '05

2005 Year-end Crime Report for Saint Petersburg, FL

Photobucket - LibertyThis is not the kind of thing that the St. Pete Times ever reports. Because while there is good news, there is not-so-good news.

This post is mostly for my St. Pete, Florida friends. While I like some things about that city, there are certain problems. Crime is mostly out of control - or that is my (first amendment protected) opinion.

The data below is from the Saint Petersburg Police Department's submission to the 2005 FBI Uniform Crime Report. This is a PDF (You have been warned!) The FBI won't issue the nation-wide report on 2005 for some time. The FBI's 2004 UCR was issued in October of last year.

The good news is that violent crime in the city is down 2.8% over 2004. The bad news is that murder is up 57.9% over 2004. There were 30 murders in 2005, versus 19 in 2004.

Also, certain neighborhoods seem to be passed over completely by by that dip in violent crime.

The Midtown neighborhood (The Midtown area is located south of 2nd Avenue North and north of 30th Avenue South, west of 4th Street and east of 34th Street) is not enjoying that 2.8% decrease in violent crime. The Midtown stats are as follows (all percentages are as changes from 2004)
  • Homicide +120% (11 murders in 2005 compared to 5 in '04)
  • Forcible Sex +16.5%
  • Robbery +5.6%
  • Aggravated Assault +1.9%
Total violent crime is up 4% in Midtown.

The Childs Park neighborhood (1st to 22nd Avenues South from 34th to 49th Streets South) is also not doing well on the crime front.
  • Homicide +50% (3 murders in 2005 compared to 2 in '04)
  • Forcible Sex +37.5%
  • Robbery -2.2%
  • Aggravated Assault +1.0%
Total violent crime is up 2.9% in Childs Park.

(Forcible Sex is not a category reported in the FBI Uniform Crime Report. "In addition to Forcible Rape & Attempted Rape, Forcible Sex includes Forcible Sodomy and Fondling.")

Saint Petersburg has a problem. This problem will not be solved by tearing up more of the shoreline to build high-rise condos. The problem is a crime a problem. We know how to fight crime in this country. New York City under Mayor Giuliani went from being one of the most dangerous cities in America to being one of the safer cities.
In the early 1990s, the city routinely suffered over 2000 murders a year. Under Rudy Giuliani’s leadership, overall crime has been cut in half and murders have decreased by 70%. In fact, between 1993 and 1997, New York City accounted for 25% of the Nation’s total crime decline and the FBI recognized New York as the “Safest Large City in America.”
Chicago drove its murder rate down 25% in 2004 over 2003 levels and held them steady in 2005. Chicago did this without new gun control laws or even more police. They did it with better utilization of their officers - concentrating on the problems, and cutting down on adminstration.

Some will no doubt say that Guliani's tactics were racist, or that Chicago's targeting high-crime areas was too harsh. But who benefits most from a reduction in crime? Those people living the neighborhoods hit hardest by crime.

The police cannot solve this problem unless they get backing from the City Administration. And the current Saint Petersburg administration - in my First Amendment protected opinion - appears to be more interested sweeping the problems under the rug, so that developers can be convinced to build and investors can be convinced to buy million dollar condos. The truly sad thing is that the local paper seems bent on helping the adminstration sweep these problems under the rug.

House Gun Meme

Apparently there is House Gun Meme started by SayUncle...

OK if you say so, I will just point you to my House Gun post from November 2004.

I bet you can guess what it is. [Hat tip Ten Ring]

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

local6.com - News - Central Fla. Homeowner Shoots, Kills Home Invader. Under Florida's Castle Doctrine, if you break into a home, you are assumed to be there to do harm. Homeowners may defend themselves.

A man was trying to break into homes in Melbourne, Florida. He finally broke into the Frink residence.
Residents Pete and Emily Frink were home at the time. Emily Frink fled the home, running towards a neighbors house yelling for help. Her husband stayed in the home with the intruder, police said.

Moments later police say Pete Frink shot the unidentified intruder. He was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne where he was pronounced dead.
Several people called 911 - after the fact.

Baton Rouge Bystander Comes to Officer's Aid

Baton Rouge WAFB CBS: Bystander Fired Deadly Shot, Not Officer. Sometimes, even the police need to call for help.

A concealed carry permit holder came to the aid of an officer, shooting and killing the person fighting with the officer.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's spokesman Greg Phares says Officer Brian Harrision was escorting a funeral procession Friday when he pulled Temple over and wrote him a ticket for breaking into the procession. According to Phares, that's when Temple attacked Harrison. Police say Perry Stevens was walking outside of the Auto Zone on Greenwell Springs Road when he heard Harrison yelling for help. Harrison was reportedly on his back with Temple on top of him. That's when Stevens went to his car and grabbed his .45 caliber pistol.
After repeated warnings to stop fighting with the officer or be shot, Stevens shot Temple four times. This did not end the fight, so Stevens shot one more time, striking Temple in the head, killing him. Temple was also shot once by Officer Harrison.

No charges will be brought against Perry Stevens. He came to the assistance of an officer who was calling for help.
Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff stopped short of crediting Stevens with saving the officer's life.
George Temple is dead from fighting over a traffic ticket.

Quote of the Day

Something to remember when the Left tells you they are doing something for your own good.
A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it [...] gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
Milton Friedman

The Cotillion for Feb 21, 2006

Casandra of Villainous Company hosts this week's Cotillion Carnival, with The Cotillion: Domestic Terrorism Edition.

The retro graphics alone are worth a look.

Also at The Cotillion's main site.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Jew tortured to death in France

EJP | France | Thousand people in Paris demand justice for Ilan Halimi. ** UPDATED **

A gang of Islamic terrorists in France abducted Ilan Halimi - using pretty girls as bait - and tortured him, and then dumped his burned, mutilated body in the street. He died on the way to the hospital.
While three of the 13 people arrested have been indicted, French police were still hunting for Youssef Fofana, the 26-yar-old black Muslim African man, considered as the mastermind of the kidnapping ring suspected of using charming women to lure Ilan Halimi to his death.
They tried five or six times before they kidnapped Mr. Halami. The Washington Post reports that he was "tortured for weeks," three weeks.
Until now, police have publicly denied any anti-Semitic link, saying the gang led by an Ivory Coast immigrant with a Muslim name had also attacked non-Jews.
But now the French justice ministry is admitting that this was an anti-Semitic attack, seven of the suspects are under investigation for murder linked to the victim's religion. [Hat tip to The will to exist]

Update Feb. 21, 2006: It seems some of the MSM is begining to report the story

The Chicago Tribune managed to omit the fact that people who kinapped and tortured Ilan Halimi were Islamic. (Though they did make mention of the recent Paris riots being by "mostly Muslim" youth.)

The LA Times, does a little better, mentioning that the kidnappers read verses from the Koran to Halimi's family whenever they called to discuss ransom demands. But they did have to say that the suspects were "not tied to the extremist community." If torture doesn't qualify as extreme....

The story is still not widely reported.

Update: More information on the Halimi case can be found here.

Another Look At a Domestic Violence Shooting

I wrote about this case late last week when it was first reproted. Now we have a Follow Up on Attempted Murder-Suicide.

There is 1 thing to emphasize. The restraining order did nothing to protect her.

The shooting happened the day the restraining order against Ricardo Eldridge was made permanent. It had been a temporary restraining order prior to that. Not only did getting a restraining order not help Roseanne Buckman, it likely lit the fuse that ended with her shot in the throat.

Deputy Bill Mills with the Henderson County Sheriff's Department has this to say.
If somebody has this in mind to do it's tough to stop anybody, if I've got a mind to shoot you, it's hard to stop me. Try and stay with your family, stay in an environment where people are around, and not be out where you are isolated where something like this happens
I would not just say stay with family - you will endanger them. He can kick in your mother's front door, just as easily as he can kick in yours. You must also take steps to ensure your own safety. This means being able to defend yourself with whatever means you choose.

Cowboy Bebop and the Glock 30

I have mentioned that Anime is one of my guilty pleasures. One reason is that the women tend to be hard as nails. Faye, of the Cowboys, is no exception to this rule.

Cowboy Bebop - Faye
The Cowboys are a group of late 21st century bounty hunters. Spike is ex-Mafia, Jet is an ex-cop and Faye a street-smart soldier of fortune.
Glock 30

Another reason I like Anime is the attention to detail. As you can see from the still below, the gun is a Glock 30, not just a caricature of a pistol. [click the image for a larger view]

Since Faye has to do a fair amount of detective work, the Glock 30's ability to be concealed comes in handy. The .45 ACP's stopping power comes in handy too.

Cowboy Bebop - Glock
[h/t Lone Gunman]

See More Guns of Cowboy Bebop: Spike Spiegel and the Jericho 941

W.C. Fields Conducts the Best of Me Symphony

The Owner's Manual: #117 Best of Me Symphony BOMS is a collection of posts at least 60 days old.
I never worry about being driven to drink; I just worry about being driven home.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Latest Volley in the Cartoon Jihad

RegYou Are A F*@#ing Moron episode 12 sets its sights on the whole of the Muslim people. This is Definitely NOT WORK SAFE.
Don't want any more cartoons? Here's an idea. Stop bombing Shit!
For those not in the know, YAAFM is hosted by Reginold - a large purple demon (very sarcastic demon) - from Seventh Layer of Hell. [Hat tip e-Claire]

The Deacons for Defense and Justice

LibertyI seem to have missed most of Black History Month. Not having a Television is a disadvantage occasionally. But I did want to say at least one thing before the month was done.

I first heard of Deacons for Defense (the title of this post reflects their full name) via a movie by that name, which starred Forest Whittaker. (IMDB lists it as being made-for-TV, so I assume it was HBO or Bravo or the like.) I thought it was quite good. It dealt with the very real danger blacks in Louisiana and around the country faced as they fought for the their civil rights. While most of the Civil Rights movement had adopted non-violence, they were really dependent to a large extent on the Deacons to provide low-key, armed security.

One of my favorite descriptions of the Deacons comes from Gun Owners of America.
During a desegregation effort at the Jonesboro High School, the authorities brought up fire trucks and prepared to hose the black students attempting to enter the school. The Deacons pulled up and four men publicly loaded shotguns and then made it plain that the lead was for the firemen if they turned the hoses on. The firemen wisely beat a retreat.

This was a very significant event. This was a self-defense effort in the spirit of the American War for Independence. The government was attempting to exercise illegitimate power ... and it was repulsed by the use of community force -- by the militia, if you will.

The Deacons were in the great tradition of American freedom -- liberty is not given by tyrants and thugs, it is wrested from their hands by force.
The Deacons first came to light in Jonesboro, Louisiana after the Chief of Police led a Ku Klux Klan motorcade through black neighborhoods. The Deacons informed the Chief that further incursions would be met with force. (A Klan motorcade was not a peaceful drive in the country. More like a multiple-car drive-by. Though sometimes the violence was just implied, it was still an instrument of terror.) The motorcades stopped after they met armed citizens defending their communities. After a group of Klansmen were fired upon when they set fire to a cross in a clergyman's yard, that also stopped. Jonesboro saw effective self-defense on another occasion.
When Deacon Elmo Jacobs was driving a carload of white civil rights workers, they were fired upon and took a load of buckshot in the door of Jacobs' car. Jacobs returned fire and the Klan attack ended immediately -- and for good.
The bulk of the article from Gun Owners of America seems to be based on a piece of scholarship by Tulane University Professor Lance Hill. His book, The Deacons for Defense: Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement is published by the University of North Carolina Press.

Hill found one of the truths of gun control that the Left loves to sweep under the rug.
In Bogalusa, LA, Hill found that the police made no attempt to stop the attacks and in fact took pains to arrest blacks who had armed themselves in self defense. In other words, gun control was simply a tool of people control and had nothing to do with fighting crime. Had crime control been the concern, plenty of opportunities had come and gone to arrest the Klan.
Furthermore, only when blacks actually defended themselves - shooting a white man at point blank range in the chest - did it become less likely that whites would attack. That shooting also forced the mobilization of the military and national guard to enforce desegregation. (After all, now whites were getting shot too!)

Dr. Condoleezza Rice Remembered that time, when growing up in “Bombingham, Alabama”
growing up in Bull Conner's Birmingham, Ala., when the shotgun wielded by her father was often the only thing that stood between her family and the Ku Klux Klan.
This is why Dr. Rice does not support gun control.

Since this was taking place in the 1960s, the FBI got involved. They followed the Deacons from 1965 (shortly after it was founded) until 1972 when it became inactive. The FBI's web site on Freedom of Information Act inquiries has the available info - 1580 pages of information, memos, etc. FBI agent Frank Hicks told blacks in Bogalusa, LA that any shooting would result in a murder charge.
He did not explain where the FBI had any legal or constitutional authority for such a move, but the Deacons were not interested in a scholarly debate. They simply told Hicks that self defense is a constitutional right. Hicks got the message.
Self-defense is a human right.

The Left says "call the police and wait for help." But not that long ago, there were whole sections of the population that could expect nothing in the way of help from police. The police were part of the problem; either actively participating in Klan activities, or passively looking the other way while the Klan did as it pleased. Even today, not everyone can expect calling the police will bring help.

The civil rights movement always looked to Gandhi and India's non-violent revolution for inspiration. (They still do.) But the Left always misses one thing in this analogy. India was governed by the British aristocracy, and they cared how they looked to the world as reported by the press. Non-violence did not work with the Klan, because they did not care how they looked to East Coast liberals. They were perfectly willing to deal out violence to further their aims. The same was true of Nazi Germany. (Stalinist Russia didn't have to worry about the press - they were in its pocket.)

The Deacons for Defense and Justice did not plead to be given their rights. They did not beg to be taken seriously. They made sure they were taken seriously. They took action and fought for their rights, and they defended themselves, their families and their communities from oppression and violence.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Just try to block access

Canadian barbarians invade China’s Great Firewall. This makes me very happy. People are actively working to subvert China's attempt to filter the internet.
THE UNIVERSITY of Toronto has worked out a way to help those trapped behind the blocking and filtering systems set up by restrictive governments.

The system is designed to disable the Great Firewall of China and prevent countries running repressive control over the net ever succeeding.
In the great arms race of information, I would not put my money on the likes of Google and Yahoo! who are working to support the tyranny in China. [Via Small Dead Animals]

Shani Davis Becomes First Black To Win Individual Winter Olympic Gold

Shani DavisDavis Does It His Way, and Makes History. I guess he gets a lot of flack from his team, and let's just say that the winter Olympic community isn't used to integration.
Davis became the first black athlete to claim an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history Saturday, winning the 1,000-meter speedskating race and justifying his decision to focus on himself first, his team second.
He has received a lot ill wishes (that he fall, break his leg, etc.), and he has been called all of the usual names in messages left on his website.
His victory came four years after Vonetta Flowers, the bobsledder from Alabama, made history at the 2002 Salt Lake Games as the first black athlete to win gold.
Davis gets grief for looking out for himself, but 4 years ago, nobody looked out for him and he was dropped from the team.

ATF - The Jack-booted Thugs of US Law Enforcement

Townhall.com :: News ::Congress Told of ATF Seizures, Threats to Gun Buyers More on the illegal activities of the ATF at various gun shows around the country. ATF - Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms should be a convenience store, not a federal agency.

Basically, women were assumed to be straw purchasers. Making a straw purchase - buying for someone else - is of course a federal offense. John White, a former law enforcement officer who is now a licensed dealer, had this to say.
"Every woman that makes a purchase, every woman who comes to my table to buy a gun was automatically [treated as] a straw purchaser," White said.
Blacks were also targeted.

It's funny, but I don't hear the Left screaming about gender profiling or racial profiling. I guess violating the law is OK if only hurts law-abiding gun owners.

The True Cost of Canada's Gun Registry

Captain's Quarters: Liberating The RCMP. The true cost wasn't even the 1 billion dollars Canadians know they spent on a program that DID NOT PREVENT 1 crime.

The true cost is measured in what happened to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police - the national police force. The Liberals refuesed to fund the registry, but mandated that the RCMP manage it. The result was that the RCMP was not able to enforce the law. Which law? Anti-corruption law for one. (Capt'n Ed covered the Adscam almost single-handed since the Canadian newspapers were barred from reporting. No free press in Canada.) Go take a look!

Alphecca also gets in some licks on the stupidity.

The Ethica Foundation: The Emancipation of Women in Islam

The Ethica Foundation It is best to let them speak for themselves
The Ethica Foundation (founded in 2005) is an independent organization which has as its central aim to develop and support the emancipation of Muslim women across the globe. We make use of all available legal measures and resources to liberate and empower Muslim women in the broadest sense.
The projects are as follows:
  • Creating an international network: They are creating an international network, including regional offices, to provide aid and education to Muslim women and girls who are victimized or affected in any other way by domestic violence, oppression, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and honour related violence.

  • Education and raising public awareness: They are reaching out to a broad international audience by releasing publications (including articles, printed lectures, books and educational material), delivering speeches and making public appearances in any appropriate forum.

  • Supporting partner organizations: Work in close collaboration with NGOs, foundations and other organization who share our goals. Ethica assists these organizations, whether their challenges are of logistic, legal, financial, marketing or PR nature.
Based in Amsterdam [hat tip Free Thoughts]

Friday, February 17, 2006

Andreas Katsulas: 18 May, 1946 to 13 Feb, 2006

Andreas Katsulas as G'KarAndreas Katsulas was a great actor. It is too bad in some ways that he will be best remembered for his role as G'Kar on the series Babylon 5. [Click the photo for a better view]

Many people love to hate B5, but in many ways it was unique for an American show. It was the first to make heavy use of digital technology, It was the first to tell a unified story with a beginning, middle and end - over the first 4 or 5 seasons. They tried to take in beyond the end, but it didn't work. During those seasons that told the story - people changed, people died.

Katsulas also had a recurring role on the Star Trek: The Next Generation as a Romulan Commander. He was fated to act under lots of makeup.

I think I liked him best in the 1993 adaptation of The Fugitive staring Harrison Ford.

Screw the Press Corps

I have been reading a lot on the great Cheney incident, and one thing stands out above all else. The elite press are pissed off that the story - which took place in Texas - was reported in Texas.

I think that the Bush Administration should make a point of annoucing import stuff via small town papers all over the US. Why should the WaPo and the NY or LA Slimes get the scoops? Why not give a reporter in Dayton, Ohio first crack at something?

Next taxpayers could stop paying for the airfare and meals for the press corps. (They don't like the food anyway, so let them travel on commercial airlines, or charter their own flights.)

Carnival of Cordite In a New Location

Revolutionary War Veterans Association Weblog: Carnival of Cordite #48. The constraints of real life have conspired to make Gullyborg's life a bit busy. So RWVA is hosting this week.

There is much on the Cheney incident, the Congressional hearings on the BATFE going overboard on gun shows, and more.

An Uphill Battle

Hawaii Reporter: Women Tell Lawmakers They Want the Right to Protect Themselves with a Concealed Firearm. Several bills are introduced but they seem to have been killed by committees. One bill would change Hawaii from a "May Issue" to a "Shall Issue" state. If you meet the legal requirements, the state "shall issue" a concealed weapons permit.

The law enforcement agencies are unwilling to give up their monopoly on firearms.
In the last 15 years, no law abiding citizen applying for a permit to carry a concealed firearm in Honolulu has been granted one -- not one domestic violence victim, not one person whose life was in danger, not one person working where they may be robbed at gunpoint.
Of course not everyone can "turn and run" when threatened.
Elizabeth "Biz" Kellam says is a 51-year-old disabled woman living alone who does not appreciate the police chief’s advice that to protect herself, she should "turn and run," rather than aim and shoot. "With the rise of violent crime here on Oahu, I want passage of this bill so I can protect myself from physical danger
The nay-sayers of course do not consider the history of concealed carry in the other states that have "Shall Issue" forms of the law. Instead they go on "feelings" and "beliefs." Facts are not required. [NRA-ILA]

Dick Cheney's Got A Gun

You know a subject has jumped the shark when the parody songs are out.

This is at least a well done parody...
Dick Cheney's got a gun
The safety, has come undone

Another Nay-sayer on Mideast Reform

In the Mideast, the Third Way Is a Myth. Since the Palsstinians have gone one way, Shibley Telhami maintains that any free election in the Mideast would put an Islamic governemnt in power.

I only have time for 1 observation: Iran. If the people of Iran were free to elect who they want, they would not have put the man in power who is threatening to unleash nuclear weapons. That government is in place because of the religious control of elections.

Is Iran not in the Mideast?

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Another Restraining Order Fails to Protect

LibertyHenderson County: Attempted Murder-Suicide 44-year-old Rosanne Buckman was shot in the throat by an ex-boyfriend, Ricardo Eldridge. This happened Tuesday night.
Buckman had a restraining order issued against Eldridge, but that did little to stop him.
He killed himself with a gunshot wound to the head. She is alive, but in critical condition. Her 10-year-old daughter was in the house at the time, but was not injured. Happy Valentine's Day.

The police arrived in time to see she was taken to the hospital, and find his body in the house. (In other words, they were not able to protect her.) A gun may not have enabled Ms. Buckman to defend herself from this attack, but relying on the police has once again proved to be a bad strategy. This is not a dig at police. It is simply impossible for them to be everywhere, or to get to the scene of crime fast enough to make a difference in most situations.

As to those who say that the world would be better if no one had firearms, I will point out 2 things. 1) Eldridge was barred from having a firearm as there was a restraining order in place. It was already against the law for him to have the weapon. 2) How would this story be better if she had been stabbed, not shot? It would not. Had he been armed with a knife (or a baseball bat, or a length of pipe or his bare hands if he is large enough) she would still need a firearm to mount an effective defense.

"The system" cannot defend you. There was a restraining order in place. What did it do? The police were called when neighbors heard shots. The police cannot watch over you 24 hours per day. In those few moments when danger strikes, you are on your own.

Cheney Takes Responsibility

Cheney Takes Full Blame for Shooting - Yahoo! News. You pull the trigger, you are responsible for the outcome. This basically what Cheney said.

But I do like his take on the media reaction.
I had a bit of the feeling that the press corps was upset because, to some extent, it was about them — they didn't like the idea that we called the Corpus Christi Caller-Times instead of The New York Times. But it strikes me that the Corpus Christi Caller-Times is just as valid a news outlet as The New York Times is, especially for covering a major story in south Texas.
How dare he bypass the White House press corps. How could he wait for information to be available before making a statement?

A statement was made Sunday morning by the woman who owns the ranch to the local paper. The story then went out on the wire. An accurate story. Do you really think a NY Times reporter, who doesn't know the difference between a rifle and a shotgun, or what 28 gauge signifies, would have written anything intelligible, or unbiased?

And yes, 28 gauge is the correct round for quail, 16 gauge would be the preferred gauge for pheasant, while 12 would be for larger fowl and longer distances (e.g., duck and goose hunting). The only use I know of for 10 gauge is in signalling cannon.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

I'm a Day Late

But Alphecca's Weekly Check on the Bias is still worth taking a look at. And yes, there is a lot of bias this week.

Stay Between the Lines

Neighborhoodtimes: On rainy day, driver takes off-roading trip into pond: Why you shouldn't drive through deep water.
I knew I wasn't in the road when I saw the duck swim by
Almost qualifies for Quote of the Day

Life's Too Short to Drink Cheap Beer

big pig gig It's good to see that one of my favorite beer companies (Warsteiner) was in on the Big Pig Gig. This insane art-festival in greater Cincinnati, in 2000, celebrated the fact that Cincinnati was once known as Porkopolis. They celebrated by putting pigs all over the place.

This is Andy Warhol-steiner Piggy. Clicking on the pig, takes you to its page on the Big Pig Gig site. There you can find a larger version of the pig by clicking on "Zoom."

As always, this image is here to keep my blog insulting to anyone insulted by images of pigs. [I just realized: Alcohol and Pork... what a combination. Ought to insult someone with this combination...]

New Hampshire, Arizona and “Stand Your Ground”

Photobucket - LibertyTwo more states are getting into the game on changing the ability of the average citizen to defend him or herself.

New Hampshire needs a 'Shoot First' law This was somewhat of a surprise.
Currently, if you're publicly attacked, even in your vehicle, and shoot, you face legal troubles and possibly a criminal record. You may also be sued by the attacker or his family. This differs from in your home, where an intruder is always there illegally, and shooting him is nearly always lawful.

Self-defense is a constitutionally accepted reason to carry a weapon, so why does using one for self-defense carry such harsh penalties? Current law, which has been marred by inconsistent court decisions, expects a person to make an attempt to flee the scene before opening fire.
Turning your back on a rapist is not a good idea. Better to defend yourself.

That New Hampshire has these restrictions on self-defense is surprising - at least to me.

'Three-strikes,' self-defense bills advance Arizona seems to have a definite bias against self-defense.
Right now, Arizona is one of just two states that require someone who uses deadly force to prove he or she was justified. That presumption bothers Senate Majority Leader Tim Bee.

"It's extremely important that people in this country are considered innocent until proven guilty," said Bee, a Tucson Republican. He said the current statute puts people in the position of having to prove their innocence.
The Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Council have their knickers in a twist. They like to be able to prosecute self-defense.

Self-defense legislation is moving forward in many states.

Hunting Safety

Hunting-related accidents rare, state data show - Houston Chronicle. The media and the Brady Bunch want to make much of the unfortunate accident in which Vice President Cheney shot a companion while quail hunting. The truth is hunting has become very safe over the years.
In 2004, Texas' 1 million-plus hunters were involved in 29 hunting-related accidents, four of which were fatal.

The overall accident rate, 2.7 per 100,000 licenses sold, is the lowest since TPWD began keeping accident records in 1966, when the rate was 12.6. From 1999 to 2003, the accident rate was 4.02 per 100,000 licenses.
For some information on the relative safety of hunting and football, see this link.

The sport of quail hunting is one of the more dangerous hunting sports to take up. Shotgunners generally are involved in more accidents - 65% of the Texas accidents. They are hunting close to others, shooting at low-filying, fast-moving targets that they track with their weapons.

What happened with the Vice President was a tragic accident. No more. [Via KABA]

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentine's Day at the Cotillion

Darleen's Place hostsThe Cotillion Valentine's Day Dance. The Cotillion presents a selection of posts for you Valentines's Day reading pleasure. (Also can be found cross-posted at the Cotillion's main site.)

Monday, February 13, 2006

Quote of the Day

"Those who sow the curds of blasphemy will reap the cheddar wheel of destruction.”

Helping Iraqi Businesswomen

Army helping Iraqi businesswomen win contracts Funny how you never see the good things going on in Iraq reported in the legacy media.
About 250 reconstruction contracts worth more than $250 million have been awarded to women-owned businesses in Iraq over the past eight months.
Who knew there was this much reconstruction in Iraq? Let alone this much given to women-owned businesses.

Camp Katrina is certain that the lack of support from feminist groups is just an oversight.
I'm sure that previously withheld support for the war is forthcoming from any number of radical feminist groups.
I don't think I will hold my breath.

The MSM twists and spins on self-defense

WBTW TV-13 Florence, Myrtle Beach, Lumberton - Coverage you can count on | Self Defense Bill Read the following passage.
[G]enerally speaking, if the bill becomes law, and if you lawfully use deadly force... you would be immune from criminal prosecution and may not be arrested. [I did not edit this passage. The ellipsis is in the original. Z-Deb]
So do they think that if you lawfully defend yourself, you should be arrested and prosecuted?

There shouldn't need to be a law that states if I act within the law I should not be prosecuted. My guess is that this isn't quite what the bill says, but I may be mistaken. There are certainly enough cases of prosecutors taking self-defense to trial. [via KABA]

Gun Stops Home Invasion

KXLY - One wounded, one at large following attempted home invasion. Armed home invaders stopped by armed citizen.
According to investigators on the scene, two suspects, armed with a knife and a pellet gun, tried to force their way into one of the apartments.

The resident of the apartment, armed with a small-caliber automatic pistol, shot one of the intruders, striking him twice in the chest and lower torso.
The one who was shot collapsed in the front of the building. The other one is still on the run. [via KABA]

Oregon and Self-defense

The Register-Guard: Self-defense cited in fatal shooting No charges will be filed against a man who was being beaten with a baton. He shot his attacker twice with a shotgun.
"This is what we would call self defense," District Attorney Doug Harcleroad said. "You're allowed to use deadly physical force under Oregon law when you're in fear for yourself or your property."
"Or your proerty." Interesting

Voltaire Conducts the Best of Me Symphony

The Owner's Manual: #116 Best of Me Symphony
The person ready to believe unlikely and unproved things is readily made a slave of by the crafty. There are no sects in geometry.
BOMS is a collection of posts at least 60 days old.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

“Stand Your Ground” in 25 States

montgomeryadvertiser.com�::� Deadly force battle brews. Alabama is considering "Stand Your Ground" or an enhanced Castle Doctrine law similar to what was passed in Florida last year. Prosecutors are upset because this would "hinder prosecutions." They like to be able to treat self-defense as a crime.

But the interesting thing is the statistic.
Alabama will be the next state to allow a person to use deadly force outside of the home and without first attempting to elude danger.

Twenty-five states across the country already have these laws. [my emphasis. Z-Deb]
So once again, we have the left claiming that these changes will lead to "blood in the streets," but conveniently ignoring the fact that in those 25 states that is not the case.

Prosecutors are claiming that they will not be able to do their jobs, yet in those 25 states laws are still enforced and criminals brought to trial. 14 states are currently considering similar laws.

Why in all of the articles I've read on this subject - and there are many with 14 states considering these changes - do people never look at the predictions of the Brady Bunch and other gun grabbers and say "Let us compare that prediction for Alabama with the state of affairs in Washington state, or Kentucky?" Predictions that these laws will lead to blood running the street are patently ridiculous once you know that 25 states already have these laws. That doesn't stop the predictions from being made however. What was that about the "Big Lie?" Tell it often enough and it might become accepted as true.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Murder/Suicide: another ex-husband kills

Macon Telegraph | 02/10/2006 | 'She was different' I hate stories like this, but read them all too frequently.

What is it that these men think they are doing?
Masterson had married Summers, 47, in July. Early on, he loved to take her to school in his yellow Corvette. But the dark truth, she had confided to a close friend of several years, was that after the marriage, Summers had changed and become abusive, and it took less then two months for Masterson to decide she wanted out.
The divorce was final in January. She is dead in February.

Murder/Suicide - no guns required

St. Paul Pioneer Press | 02/10/2006 | St. Paul police say man killed wife then himself. Stabbing was the method. An argument over a failed marriage was the motive. Two people are dead - Kou and Joane Khang - and two children, aged 1 and 8, are orphans.
Police had been called to the home at 1192 Burr St. on Sunday about a verbal argument between the Khangs, police said. No one was arrested, but Kou Khang left the house of his own accord.
They gave Joane Khang information about getting a restraining order, but Kou Khang didn't wait that long.

Concealed Carry in Kansas

Kansas City Star | 02/10/2006 | Senate passes concealed-gun bill It now goes to the House before the Governor vetoes it.

The opponents worry about what may happen if the measure passes - even though the things they worry about haven't come to pass in any of the other states where "shall issue" concealed carry is the law. But hey, maybe Kansas is different than every other state.

It has all of the usual - stupid - restrictions on where you can and cannot carry, but the real issue is the upcoming elections. Publicola has the pertinent analysis.
What she'll be weighing is the political cost of a veto of this measure. It's an election year here in Kansas, and the Governor's got to determine whether or not such an action, patently unpopular with a majority of Kansas citizens, would be enough to tip the electorate back toward their natural inclinations and select a more conservative alternative.
Wait and see.

Yahoo! joins Google as Tool of Communist Oppression

Captain's Quarters. This disgusts me.
The London Times reports that Yahoo! coughed up records used to send a dissident to prison for ten years:
I thought Americans (and American companies) were better than this. "Anything for a Buck" is stupid way to run a business.

Iowahawk is Back

iowahawk: Seething Midwest Explodes Over Lombardi Cartoons. After a well-earned break since his Yuletide News Niblets, Iowahawk is reporting on the rioting in the Midwest over cartoons of Vince Lombardi - venerated coach of the Green Bay Packers - published in a Texas newsletter.
Protestors demonstrated against the images throughout the Badger State yesterday, with violent egging and cow-tipping incidents reported in Oconomowac, Pewaukee, Sheboygan, Ozaukee, Antigo, Oshkosh, Waubeno, Wauwautosa, Waunewoc, Wyocena, Waubeka, and Washawonamowackapeepee.

Some of the most dramatic skirmishes were centered around Kenosha, where a mob of masked snowmobilers invaded the Texas Roadhouse on I-94, briefly holding the margarita machine hostage.
You need to at least see the "cartoon that shocked the Midwest." This is classic Iowahawk. [Hat tip to Baldilocks]

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Mephis Police Helpless to Stop Home Invasions

Eyewitness News Memphis - String Of Home Invasions: Victims Tied Up & Robbed. People shot, dragged from their cars back into their homes and tied up. These home invasions are being done by groups of men.

One homeowner shot and killed one man as a group tried to break into his home.

Police don't know if it is one group or several, but they seem to be treating their victims in similar ways, giving some evidence it is one group.

Late to the party

Alphecca: Weekly Check on the Bias The check on the bias happened Tuesday, but it is still worth a look!

Grey Eagle remebers 2 fallen soldiers

Pfc. Brian J. Schoff and Sgt. David L. Herrera both assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. They were killed in separate roadside bomb attacks on January 28.

Both posts are worth reading.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

If you can't win the game change the rules

Liberals push to give vote to felons�-�Metropolitan�-�The Washington Times, America's Newspaper. So the thinking is that once you "pay your debt" you should be able to participate in the democracy.

So why is it that the right to vote is more fundamental than the right to defend yourself? Why is it that you lose your right to own firearms forever (even if it was an embezzlement scheme - no violence) but you get the right to vote?

Just asking...

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

STLtoday - 87-year-old woman fatally shoots man in her home. More on the perils of relying on 911....

Before Larry Tillman started to break into the home of an 87-year-old woman, he first pulled the phone cable out of the side of the house, making it impossible for her to call for help. She was on her own.

Her daughter had given her a pistol after a December break-in in which she had been beaten. Tillman was shot once in the chest after he removed burglar bars from the porch and was trying to break down the front door.

If she was relying on 911, she would have been out of luck. No phone - no 911. She was beaten in December - police are investigating to see if that was Tillman as well. She could have been beaten or killed. [Hat tip to The Ox Rant]

More on Cartoons and Islamic Outrage

French weekly reprints cartoons - Yahoo! News In addition to publishing the 12 cartoons of Mohammad that started all of the "outrage," a new cartoon was added on the cover
depicting the Prophet Mohammad burying his face in his hands and saying: "It's hard to be loved by fools."
[If anyone finds a link to that image, please post the info in the comments! UPDATE: LINK to Photo of Magazine Cover courtesy of an anonymous commenter]

The editorial is right on the money.
"When extremists extract concessions from democracies on points of principle, either by blackmail or terror, democracies do not have long left," Charlie Hebdo editor Philippe Val wrote.
They also added cartoons lampooning Christianity and Islam. No word yet on whether the Islamo-fascist community is outraged at these insults to other religions.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Call to 911 results in no officer dispatched

Clerical error preceded killing. Someone calls claiming to be menaced by an ex-husband with a gun. What does 911 do? Look for paperwork.

30 minutes later someone - the new boyfriend of the estranged wife - is dead at the hands of the husband. Police finally respond. Too little. Too late.

Tell me again how calling 911 and getting a restraining order will protect me and mine. There was a restraining order in this case - that was the paperwork they were looking for and could not find. If you are in jeapordy, the police will not always be able to get to you on time. In some cases they will wait until it is too late to even bother.

South Dakota Moves to Eliminate “Duty to Retreat”

AP Wire | 02/06/2006 | Self-defense bill advances Out of committee and to the full state senate.
Deadly force - without a requirement to retreat - may be used if people are defending themselves in their homes, businesses, public areas and other places where it's legal to be, [Rep. Alan Hanks, R-Rapid City] said.

"Anybody who feels threatened has the ability to protect yourself," Hanks said.
This article contains no quote from the Brady Bunch or like organizations. One state senator (on the committee) voted against sending the legislation to the full senate. Steve Sibson said the law goes "too far." He doesn't say why.
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Patriotic Porker

Uncle HamBig Pig Gig - What a strange place Cincinnati is! To celebrate the fact that it was once called Porkopolis.

Uncle Ham was one of hundreds of pig statues that were placed around the city and even in northern Kentucky. I don't remember the outcry from Islamic clerics.

As always this image of swine is here to keep my blog insulting to anyone insulted by images of swine.

From Liberal Democrat to Neocon - Part 6

neo-neocon: A mind is a difficult thing to change--Part 6 B (After 9/11: war is interested in you) This post in the ongoing tale of how one lifelong Democrat got "mugged by reality on 9/11." It is also the winner of last week's Watcher's Council vote on posts for the week. It is a long post, but really worth it!

I particularly like her description of the MSM's response to the war in Afghanistan. All of the liberal media had been predicting years of bloody war, famine, disease, etc. They didn't examine why they were wrong, or even discuss that they had been wrong.
Where were they? On to the next gloomy prognostication, that's where. I never could find the declarations of "we were so wrong; things are much better than they looked just a month ago." Here was an entire host of Emily Litellas saying, "Never mind." And now it was on to the next thing: "the Taliban are about to return."
A great post that deserved to win the Watcher's Council competition.

Bigotry and Honesty Together in 1 Post

Clayton Cramer - The Greatest Threat to Marriage... Well people are finally owning up to the real threat to marriage - easy divorce. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have done more to undercut traditional marriage than all of the same-sex couples in the world. And of course they are not alone.

Cramer admits this, but can't see clear to focusing on the issue. He has to showcase his bigotry and slam same-sex couples.
The Greatest Threat to Marriage... Unfortunately, it isn't same-sex marriage.
Why would it be fortunate if this were the biggest threat? Because same-sex couples are easy to vilify and attack? He goes on to say, "I do think that same-sex marriage needs to be stopped." He doesn't say why.

I don't know why Cramer opposes same-sex marriage. Why should it matter to him if 2 people who make a commitment (relative to all the shortcomings he mentions about opposite-sex marriage) and get some legal benefits for doing so. There are thousands of same-sex, married couples in the UK. I don't know how many are in Mass. How does that impact him? or You? Most straights (especially straight men) I know seem to feel that if they don't oppose gay marriage, they will be accused of being gay.

In a separate post, discussing the anti-gay marriage amendment in Idaho, Cramer admits that long-term gay relationships exist. But since they currently exist without any legal rights, there is no reason to grant those rights. Since some straight relationships also exist without legal recognition, why don't we rescind recognition for all straight relationships? That recognition is after all not required.

Cramer has objections to gay marriage. He doesn't say specifically what they are. He may think it is "icky" for two men to be married; he may have religious objections. But there are people who have religious objections to anything accept Orthodox Jewish marriages. Should their objections rule Christian marriage? (Or overrule them?) We don't live in a theocracy. If Cramer wants to live in a theocracy I suggest he move to Saudi Arabi, though his wife may have a few objections. (The Saudis are least friendly to the US. The other theocracy that comes to mind is Iran, but they are less friendly.) And if you think that a Christian theocracy would be better, I suggest you read the history of the Spanish Inquisition.

Canadian Liberals Still Trying to Ban Guns

Canadian Red EnsignOntario handgun ban 'difficult,' U of O expert says. It is so much easier than fighting crime, after all. You don't have to deal with criminals, just the law-abiding as you disarm them. While it is true that it does nothing to stem the tide of crime - and if the UK is any indication it increases crime - but it does give the impression of doing something - just not something useful.
Bill Molnar, president of the National Capital Region Rifle Association, said Mr. Bryant's plan is "a ridiculous idea which is designed only to buy them votes, as far as I can tell. If they ban the handguns, only the legal and registered owners of handguns will lose them and the criminals won't."
It would be interesting if the Canadian Liberals could point to one jursidiction where handgun or gun bans work to reduce crime.

Reason Regarding Concealed Carry on a Wisconsin Campus

The Badger Herald - Concealed-carry misunderstood. UW Madison is one of the more liberal universities in America, giving Berkley, California a run for its money. Which is why it is so surprising to see a rational piece on concealed carry in the campus paper.

Instead of swallowing down whole the lies and fear-mongering of the gun grabbers, this is a reasoned and researched approach to the topic.

It addresses the fear that people have of guns, and calls into question the idea that concealed carry will increase crime in Wisconsin.
There is evidence that concealed carry has the opposite effect, that of deterring crime. Several studies have shown that violent crime, homicide, robbery and aggravated assault rates are higher in those states with the most restrictive laws regarding concealed carry. It is suggested that the decrease in crime rates is a result of potential criminals avoiding confrontations due to the fear that their selected victims may possess a weapon and use it for self-defense purposes.
It turns out that not only is self-defense a human right, it is good public policy. [via KABA]

Stand Your Ground in PA

First duty is to yourself - PittsburghLIVE.com Areview of the Castle Doctrine and "stand your ground" initiatives around the country.

Currently 11 states are considering versions of the law passed in Florida last year. Despite predictions, blood is not running in the streets.
How could anyone actually believe that you should not defend yourself until you've run out of room to flee? When did it become a person's duty to scurry into the basement like a cockroach fleeing the exterminator?

A duty-to-retreat law is the ultimate debasement of man.
Why am I required to turn my back on a threat and flee? Self-defense is a human right. [Technorati Tag: ]

Monday, February 06, 2006

Finally - A European Leader Who Get's It!

Jerusalem Post | Merkel: Nazi past shows that Iran must be stopped. The problem of radical Islam in Iran (and elsewhere) is - acording to Angela Merkel - akin the Nazi movement in the 1930s. In the '30s people said, the Nazi threat did not need to be met decisively. Of course nothing was done (right up to Neville Chamberlain doing nothing) until it was almost too late.
"Looking back the to German history in the early 1930s when National Socialism was on the rise there were many outside Germany who said it is only rhetoric - don't get excited," Merkel said. "There were times when people could have reacted differently, and in my point of view, Germany is obliged to do something at the early stages."
Iran has denied the holocaust, and has called for the destruction of Israel. Letting them get nuclear weapons would be the worst kind of irresponsible on the part of the world.

Guns and Kids

Alphecca: Good .22's For Kids. Alphecca has a great post about guns in house that has kids and also covers a couple of .22 rifles that would be great for those first shooting lessons.

He also discusses a problem with cats and photos, since the cats seem to think that any photo should include them. (His post might qualify as cat blogging...)

Boycott the Boycott

Tuborg Beer from Denmark Don't forget that since the Islamic world has gotten their collective knickers in knot over a few cartoons, they have decided to boycott Danish goods.

What better way to stick it too them than drink Danish beer. Of course since Muslims don't drink beer, Tuborg won't be impacted directly. But every little bit helps. (See also)

Shooting Sports: Getting the Next Generation Involved

DesMoinesRegister: Taking a shot at new team sport. Chad Gleason, 13, has been shooting clays for about 6 months, and he has some interesting reflections on the shooting sports.
It can teach you patience," he said. "Just today, I got all the way down to the last station and almost got my perfect round. Then, I lost my concentration and missed the last target.

"The next round, I wanted to get through it and do it right, and I missed even more."
His mother, Colleen Gleason also believes the sport has had an impact.
"I think it has given him more confidence, particularly around adults," she said. "I would be all for him joining a team."
Ben Berka, Chad's coach is trying to get a series of teams set up for competition in Skeet and Sporting Clays. He needs coaches, and is trying to work with range owners to control costs. He says a round of shooting clays is similar to golf. (I think he is misinformed as to the cost for a round of golf!)

Berka was "recently appointed to Scholastic Clay Target Program director of skeet and sporting clays in Iowa." He is looking for 20 coaches to get teams set up. Sounds like a good idea for people in Iowa. Unfortunately, the article contains no contact information for the program or Berka.

Virginia Woolf Conducts the Best of Me Symphony

The Owner's Manual: #115 Best of Me Symphony This week's Symphony is guest conducted by Virginia Woolf.
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.
Always fun, the BOMS is a collection of posts at least 60 days old. As such, current events do not tend to dominate the selections.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Quote of the Day

"Everyone is in favour of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled. But some people's idea of it is that they are free to say what they like - but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage."

Winston Churchill [via The Telegraph]

Relfections on Muslims' use of free speech in the UK to denounce free speech in the UK.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Self-defense Still Legal in Ohio

- toledoblade.com - Wells found not guilty in fatal shooting at Taco Bell. A near collison in a parking lot, lead 3 men to chase Anton Wells across the parking lot. He retrieves a gun from his cousin and shoots one of the people chasing him. Prosecutors didn't think this was self-defense. The Jury did.

Life Imitates Art

Crazed Palestinian Gunman Angered By Stereotypes | The Onion - America's Finest News Source "Crazed Palestinian Gunman Angered By Stereotypes"

If the Onion's sarcasm is coming true I don't know what to think.

Shooting Sports: Trapshooting

The Times-News Online: Pull!: Local gun club sees surge in membership A local gun-club in Burley, Idaho is enjoying a surge in membership, driven by women and youth. "Especially teenage girls" are being drawn into trapshooting.
The basics of trapshooting

A trap range has five stations arranged in a crescent, one station for each member of a five-person squad. In a round, shooters take five shots from each station before rotating to the next.

Depending on handicap, each shooter stands between 16 and 27 yards behind the trap house, from which the clay targets are thrown. All shooters in a squad must be within two yards of each other.

The machine that throws the targets, called a trap, oscillates continuously. While all targets are thrown away from the shooters, they travel left or right at varying angles due to the oscillation and there is no way to predict which direction a target will fly.
This sounds encouraging to me; the next generation of Second Amendment supports is being trained.

Gratuitous Pig Posting

Freedom Pig - Pig in a BlanketBig Pig Gig was a wonderfully strange thing. I wonder why we didn't read news stories about how Muslims were insulted that hundreds of pig statues were all around Cincinnati.

So anyway, this is Freedom Pig - Pig in a Blanket. I present him in order to keep my blog insulting to any Muslims insulted by images of pigs.

Misdirected Outrage

boortz.com: Nealz Nuze Today's Nuze Here is an interesting view of the "outrage" in the Muslim communities around the world because of a few cartoons. A little perspectve on the issue if you please.
  • Muslims fly commercial airliners into buildings in New York City.  No Muslim outrage.
  • Muslim officials block the exit where school girls are trying to escape a burning building because their faces were exposed.  No Muslim outrage.
  • Muslims cut off the heads of three teenaged girls on their way to school in Indonesia.  A Christian school.  No Muslim outrage.
  • Muslims murder teachers trying to teach Muslim children in Iraq.  No Muslim outrage.
  • Muslims murder over 80 tourists with car bombs outside cafes and hotels in Egypt.  No Muslim outrage.
  • A Muslim attacks a missionary children's school in India.  Kills six.  No Muslim outrage.
  • Muslims slaughter hundreds of children and teachers in Beslan, Russia.  Muslims shoot children in the back.  No Muslim outrage.
  • Let's go way back.  Muslims kidnap and kill athletes at the Munich Summer Olympics.  No Muslim outrage.
  • Muslims fire rocket-propelled grenades into schools full of children in Israel.  No Muslim outrage.
  • Muslims murder more than 50 commuters in attacks on London subways and busses.  Over 700 are injured.  No Muslim outrage.
  • Muslims massacre dozens of innocents at a Passover Seder.  No Muslim outrage.
  • Muslims murder innocent vacationers in Bali.  No Muslim outrage.
  • Muslim newspapers publish anti-Semitic cartoons.  No Muslim outrage
  • Muslims are involved, on one side or the other, in almost every one of the 125+ shooting wars around the world.  No Muslim outrage.
  • Muslims beat the charred bodies of Western civilians with their shoes, then hang them from a bridge.  No Muslim outrage.
  • Newspapers in Denmark and Norway publish cartoons depicting Mohammed.  Muslims are outraged.
Dead children. Dead tourists. Dead teachers. Dead doctors and nurses. Death, destruction and mayhem around the world at the hands of Muslims .. no Muslim outrage ... but publish a cartoon depicting Mohammed with a bomb in his turban and all hell breaks loose.
While the cartoons may (or may not) be in poor taste, worse things have been done to Christianity with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

And if they are so outraged at the depiction of Mohammed as a terrorist, then they need to get outraged at the people reponsible for making that connection come to mind. al-Qaeda, Hamas, et al.

Neal's view is that outrage of this type is just like tailgating to a Steelers' Fan. A reason to get together with friends and have a good time. But Steelers fans don't usually blow things up, shoot people, cut heads-off, hijack airlines, etc. [via Texican Tattler]

Friday, February 03, 2006

46th Carnival of Cordite

Resistance is futile!: Carnival of Cordite #46 Lots of good gunnie fun.

No Shots Fired, But Gun Stops Robbery

News-Record.com - Greensboro, North Carolina: News: Grocery store clerk turns tables on armed teens They point a gun at her. She points a gun at them. They run away.
Employees said two people entered the store wearing masks. The clerk, Yong Bryant, told police one of the suspects pointed a handgun at her and demanded money.

Bryant removed her handgun from beneath the counter and pointed it at them, police said in a press release.

They then fled on foot.

A third suspect was outside and ran away with them.
All three were arrested a short while later and charged with armed robbery.

No statistics on people shot - good guys or bad guys - will be impacted. The Brady Bunch will try to ignore this incident (won't count it in any of their stats). But this is what the power of self-defense can mean.

Facts vs. Fiction in Iraq

The American Enterprise: Facts vs. Fiction: A Report from the Front America's reputation in the middle east, the real situation in Iraq, and some perspective on the war from the front lines. Well worth a read. [Via Heartless Libertarian]

Disarmed Victim Zones

Image hosting by PhotobucketNazi items in home of alleged gay bar attacker - Crime & Punishment - MSNBC.com Now most everyone in MA is disarmed by state law, but if you are allowed to carry a concealed weapon, you are still disarmed in a bar.

A suspected Nazi used this fact to attack a gay bar in New Bedford.
The young man flashed an apparently fake ID, the bartender said, and calmly ordered a drink, asking if he was at a gay bar. Told that he was, he attacked the patrons with a hatchet and handgun, sending three men to the hospital early Thursday, one with critical injuries.
The "no guns" rule did not stop this attack. One patron with a gun could have ended this rampage before it got started. An armed bartender would have had a similar result. But the powers-that-be know what is best for us.