Friday, November 27, 2015

Rabid anti-gunners pitch fear to gullible Americans

A new, calculated attempt to infringe on gun rights is underway in Washington DC.

Democrats now push for legislation they say will forbid suspected or known terrorists from buying guns in the U.S.

But there's an ugly, totalitarian side to what these Dems are pushing.

Via National Review:
You will note, I hope, that Reid, Schumer, Jentleson, and co. are not proposing to place restrictions on those who have been “accused,” “charged,” or “convicted,” but upon those who are “suspected.” They are not referring to those who are working their way through the judicial system, but to those who remain outside of it. They are not seeking to limit the rights of those who are out on bail or awaiting trial, but those who have not so much as been handcuffed. Loudly and proudly, they are arguing in favor of removing fundamental rights from anyone whose name has been written down on a list. 
A right denied, without due process. A right denied because some bureaucrat includes a name on a list. Sound good to you?

If government deems a "suspected terrorist" too dangerous to buy a gun, shouldn't said government take steps to remove said "suspected terrorist" from the streets?

As it is, the anti-gun Left seems willing to have "suspect terrorists" walking among us, because it allows the Left to play to public fears as it pushes for legislation to diminish our rights and freedoms under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Idiocy abounds on the Left

It's like the Left can't do enough to undermine American interests and safety at home.

And when it comes to efforts to import large numbers of Islamic "Syrian refugees", the Left continues to pour on efforts to herd the sheeple in its desired direction.

I noticed this headline and byline the other day:

"Experts: Yes, Anti-Refugee Rhetoric Helps ISIS" By Sally Kohn 

Go to the link if you want to wallow in Leftist propaganda, I'm not going to indulge it here.

But I will note the notoriety of the article's author.

Sally Kohn also lobbied the public via CNN to give the iffy-at-best, and later debunked "hands up, don't shoot" credence.

Kohn also claimed if you do something nice for her, you're obviously a racist.

Sally Kohn's either an idiot, or is someone who delights in luring others into idiocy. Maybe some of each.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Prepping the turkey

Mrs. T. M. Crouch, of Ledyard. Connecticut pouring some water over her twenty-pound turkey on Thanksgiving Day, 1940.

U.S. Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information photo collection, Library of Congress.

Additional photos from this 1940 Thanksgiving Day set.

Thanksgiving Day, 1885

A periodical illustration from 1885:

Library of Congress notes:
Illustration shows President Cleveland standing at the head of a table with his cabinet officers around the table at placemats labeled "Bayard, Manning, Garland, Whitney, Lamar, Endicott, [and] Vilas" as Puck delivers a large turkey on a platter labeled "With Compliments of all Good Citizens"; a notice on the wall in the background states "Public Office is a Public Trust". The centerpiece on the table is labeled "Prosperity".
Maybe some of the prosperity would return in our present day nation if those holding public office also aspired to being worthy of the public's trust.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Evolving chaos, pitched as progress

"The US has boundary problems — and not just with illegal immigrants (whoops, undocumented visitors). A mighty flux of standards and principles is symptomatic of an economy in freefall. Nothing is settled. All values are put up for re-negotiation. Steamrolling and bullying are the new fair play. Foundational ideas, such as the first amendment, erode under a flood of special pleadings. There is no center left to hold." - James Howard Kunstler

Immigrants don't have to vote to sway elections

America's big Democrat controlled cities are losing population.

As jobs go away, as the cities decline, those who can often move out. Sometimes they move to nearby suburbs, sometimes they flee to a more prosperous region.

This explains why Democrats eagerly cut corners to recruit massive numbers of immigrants and refugees into America.

 Congressional representation is based on total population, not just citizen count.

Immigrants and refugees are a quick way for Democrat controlled cites to boost their sagging populations, and maintain congressional clout.

In other words, immigrants and refugees don't have to become citizens, don't have to vote to play part in swaying elections or strengthening threatened clusters of the Democrat political power base.

Marxists. They don't make 'em like they used to

"One of my grandfathers served in World War I. My step-grandfather served in World War II. My sixth great grandfather enlisted in the American Revolution when he was only thirteen. These great men did not fight so we could simply relinquish our rights to the enemy within our borders. That enemy is the Marxists who run our public universities. If you are a Marxist and I just offended you, well, that’s tough. I guess they don’t make communists like they used to." - UNC-Wilmington Criminology Prof Mike Adams, in a lecture to students, as reported at Independent Journal.

Are we vetting, or simply enabling "Syrian refugees"?

The UN does the initial vetting of Syrian refugees bound for the U.S.

By so doing, the U.S. has outsourced what may be the most important part of the vetting process. 

Case can be made that the  way things are now, the process actually coaches refugees, so their answers are slick and alibis tight by the time an American screener conducts his/her first interview with a refugee candidate.

Sneaky Democrats. Back with another gun control push

So-called progressive Democrats are seeking another beachhead in their war to negate our God-given, constitutionally protected rights.

Democrats are already making a play for more gun control as part of a bill supposedly intended to "vet" Syrian refugees. 

If Democrats craft a bill to deny gun sales to suspected terrorists, who gets to decide what criteria is used to define suspected terrorists?

The U.S. Attorney General.

Democrats, of course, couch their play as simply "closing a loophole" to prevent gun violence.

But there's term for a government that can strip someone of their rights without due process, and without recourse.

It's called a tyranny.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

That's a long walk...

It's being reported that five more "Syrian refugees" have been detained trying to cross our southern border. 


Walking from Syria to Berlin is one thing, but getting from Syria to Laredo makes for one humongous (and wet) hike.

Any chance that if "Syrian refugees" have the means to get from Syria to Mexico, and up to our southern border,  maybe these "refugees" aren't as destitute or endangered as guys like Obama or Kerry contend?

Best I can tell, Mali is a country-wide "gun free zone"

Not much to be found, even on the Internet, about gun laws in Mali.

However, National Review reported in 2003 that "the guns" were collected and destroyed at a UN sanctioned gun burning ceremony. Never mind that any destroyed gun could be easily replaced through illicit sourcing, propaganda and ceremony became the driving focus.

More recently, earlier this year in fact, Mali celebrated its culture of officially keeping good people disarmed by televising a major anti-gun showcase. While apparently not reported in most media,outside Mali, program details can be found on Facebook:

Musical performances by top Malian artists such as Mamadou Dembelé dit Dabara, the Amanar Group from Kidal, in the North of the Country, Mah Kouyaté n°1, Maman Sidibé n°1, Alou Sam, Djalou Damba, Pay Camara and Nahawa Doumbia were interposed with theatrical sketches about the dangers of the illegal possessions of arms by civilians, the dangers of local arms crafting and the role of women and youth in the fight against the proliferation of small arms. The sketches were lively performed by “la Famille Sissoko”, a popular group of comedians.

The write-up appears to be posted as part of, or in conjunction with, a UN Disarmament page.

And so it appears Mali has its own Moms Demand Action types continually warning of the dangers and menace of anyone, even lawful civilians, with guns. In Mali, that means warring against smuggled or home-brew guns, apparently because, if there ever was such a thing, lawful firearms trading ended long ago.

If anyone has more info or intel on gun control measures in Mali, or on any illicit gun trade there, please feel free to share.

Like I said, what's on the web is scarce, and seemingly incomplete. Maybe Mali doesn't want to let on how ineffective national gun control can be at disarming folks.

Update: H/T to David Codrea's War on Guns blog for linking to this which says, in part:
In Mali, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law...
In Mali, civilians are not allowed to possess weapons of war.
In Mali, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited.
In Mali, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited.
In Mali, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted under licence...
In Mali, only licensed gun owners may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition.
Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Mali are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example demonstrating a need for protection...
Licensed firearm owners in Mali are permitted to possess a limited quantity of smoothbore and rifled ammunition fixed by the Minister in charge of Internal Security...

Post updated 11/23/2015 at 8:50 am EST 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cat pics. Very old cat pics

If you think comical photos of cats in human situations are something new, think again.

I came across a bunch browsing online collections at the Library of Congress.

Here's just a few:

Cats with a canon, 1914

Cats with a camera, 1888

Cats decorating a Christmas tree, 1906