Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Perhaps the "worst year ever"

"In other gender news, the Treasury Department asks for input from the public on which woman will be depicted on the redesigned $10 bill. The immediate front-runners are Mary Ann, Ginger, Taylor Swift and the two sisters from Frozen." - Dave Barry, writing his 2015 Year in Review at the Miami Herald

False flagger?

Suspect charged with Houston mosque arson attended services there.

This almost sounds designed for intentional abuse

 No notice necessary. Cops in California may selectively start grabbing some folks guns in the new year.

Something called the Gun Violence Restraining Order goes into effect January 1st in California.

Breitbart reports:
According to KPCC, GVROs “could be issued without prior knowledge of the person. In other words, a judge could issue the order without ever hearing from the person in question, if there are reasonable grounds to believe the person is a threat based on accounts from the family and police.” And since the order can be issued without the gun owner even being present to defend him or herself, confiscation can commence without any notice to the gun owner once the order is issued.
What ever happened to due process,  the right to face one's accusers?

Things that were once woven into the fabric of America are being snipped away.


H/T: Sipsey Street, where a comment also links to this additional story about the new California law.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Privilege. Think of it as a Marxist buzz word

"You know you've gone Full Marxist when you no longer communicate with people, instead you write denounciations of them. When even a stupid subjective argument over music has to be settled by accusing the other side of privilege. As the left wraps itself in a warp cocoon of identity politics and political correctness, this is where we are now." - Daniel Greenfield, writing at Front Page Mag

Strikes me, today's progressives assail privilege much the same as old line Commies used to malign the bourgeoisie.

Listening to shortwave as a kid, it used to crack me up now hardliner Commie bloc broadcasters used to work phrases like "capitalist bourgeoisie dogs" into nearly every commentator. Radio Tirana out of Albania used to be especially bad about using that particular phrase.

It's happened again

Another mom with a gun takes down a home invader.

Plan accordingly

 "If you want to know what collapse looks like, look around. We're living in an ongoing collapse—civil, economic, military and moral. Everything's political, acquiescence is mandatory, dissent is a crime . We have fallen far. We shall fall much further. Emergencies and disasters follow each other ever more closely, each more astonishing than the last. Sociopaths and madmen—the mainstream, the real lunatic fringe—have neither the capability nor the will to fix them. And so we fall. The collapse will end when we can fall no further." - Ol' Remus at the Woodpile Report

Monday, December 28, 2015

About that proposed new 'assault weapon ban"...

A bill introduced in the House purports to revive legislative efforts to enact a new national assault weapon ban.

David Codrea notes, it's probably more about stoking the emotions of constituents and designed to boost campaign fundraising. No one seems to think it's a bill with a reasonable chance of passage.

"Bringing peace to Syria"

Seriously, what do you call this?

Pure fantasy, bold lie, or self deluded spin?

According to the Obama State Department, "bringing peace to Syria" has been one of its major accomplishments in 2015.

The more the Obama team tells you everything is under control, be assured things are getting more out of control with each passing day.

If peace is busting out all over Syria, or even just around the corner, why the hell do Obama and Kerry insist there's need to airlift tens of thousands of "Syrian refugees" into the U.S. for resettlement?

Washington doesn't want to share

The Feds have gotten greedy with asset forfeiture.

When assets are seized in joint federal and local police operations, the feds no longer want to split to booty. 

The federal government treats us all, including local law enforcement, more like serfs with each passing day.

Is there ever a good time?

"Now is not a good time to lay down your weapons – how will you protect yourself?" - actor Kurt Russell

You're not Muslim. For them, that's reason enough

"The ritualistic 'Why do they hate us' browbeating favored by the chattering classes is nonsense. Al Qaeda hated us because we were not Muslims. But it was only using us as the hated 'other' to consolidate a collective Muslim identity. We are to Islamists what the Jews were to Hitler; a useful scapegoat whose otherness can be used to manufacture a contrasting pure Aryan or Islamic identity." - Daniel Greenfield, writing at Sultan Knish

Saturday, December 26, 2015

To ensure your rights are not unlimited...

The Bill of Rights was enacted to keep government from treading on our God-given rights.

Now?

Congress proposes new laws to limited the Bill of Rights, keep it from getting in the way of totalitarian power grabs.

Such is the case of H.R. 4269, which boldly touts:
To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.
H.R. 4269 was introduced as legislation on December 16th.

The Boston Tea Party also took place on a December 16th.

Embrace the irony as you ponder this nation's present direction.

Freeform

Remember when cable TV used to tout its diversity in programming choices?

Now it seems, the more cable channels there are, the more they all try to look the same.

Take ABC Family rebranding as Freeform.

Apparently ABC wants the network known for catering to more family oriented programming to look more like AMC or TNT or whatever.

Thank goodness for services like NetFlix or Amazon Prime delivering viewer directed options to spare us from the sameness of today's copycat cable TV.

Invasion USA. Circa 1985

Watched a campy (and violent) old Chuck Norris movie last night.

Invasion USA.

Plot was about an army of international terrorists infiltrating America, and wreaking havoc in urban and suburban neighborhoods across the county (though scenes in the movie appeared to be limited to South Florida and Atlanta).

Mall under attack in 1985's Invasion USA
I ordered the disc on NetFlix so we could pick out Atlanta landmarks used as scenes. My wife was a teen when it was filmed here; the mall scenes were shot at Avondale Mall (now the site of a Walmart) close to where she grew up.  The old downtown Atlanta Rich's building can be seen in the film, as well as the former downtown Davison's department store (Both Atlanta based chains were later acquired by Macy's).

Former WSB news anchor Monica Kaufman (later Pearson) plays a newscaster in the film.

There's also a scene with tanks in the streets not far from where The Walking Dead decades later staged a tank on Mitchell Street to introduce us to its Glen character.

But back to the Invasion USA plot.

When the attack began, suburban neighborhoods as well as urban settings were targeted. A church and a mall also caught the terrorists eye when selecting targets for bloodshed.  At least one of the attacks was done false-flag, with killers masquerading as cops to make their hit on a street party, touching off a riot.

Strikes me, there's a lesson here. Since 9/11, we've experienced isolated terrorist attacks in the U.S., but have been spared a wider, orchestrated surge.

In the movie, the terrorist army came ashore using World War II type landing craft. Today, we should realize a navy won't be necessary.

Open borders, even a government provided "refugee" airlift, can deliver potential terrorists to America's heartland in a wider, numerically superior manner that screen writers never imagined in 1985. Nor could screen writers then imagined the kind of command and control communications now available to potentially coordinate dastardly deeds in our present age of smartphones, Internet and social media.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Let there be light

The ballast on the overhead kitchen light died. On Christmas Day.

So, until Lowe's or Home Depot open early Saturday, we swapped in a basic bedroom closet type fixture...


It pays to keep some basic fix-it or replacement parts on hand. Just in case.


Update: Neglected to mention I'm counting my blessings for having a sump pump standing by when rain began filling the crawlspace next to our basement with water. I had uninstalled the pump seven or eight years ago because the crawlspace "never" got wet. Rising water in the previously dry sump barrel necessitated a quick pump re-installation on Christmas Eve.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Another odd UPS shipping story

Among the things I've noted in 2015 is that United Parcel Service performance seems to have somewhat degraded.

Take for instance my latest inbound package. It's gone from a California origination to Hapeville, Georgia, to Atlanta, to Louisville,Kentucky, before showing back up in Doraville, Georgia just outside of Atlanta for delivery today.


This was first advertised by UPS to have arrived on my porch yesterday, as a "second day air" delivery. But after it arrived in Louisville, UPS added another day, but still touts my Christmas Eve delivery date as "on time." There's actually a step prior to what's shown in the chart. The package entered the UPS system Monday evening, California time.

Wish I knew if the wayward routing was by accident or design.  

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Here's your bullet, Barn...

A 12 round limit every 90 days works out
to one round every 7.5 days
Wow.

Woke up to this.

Some lawmakers in New York propose limiting civilian ammo sales to only twice the number of rounds a gun holds, and then restricting said ammo purchases to only once every 90 days.  That puts caps of ten, twelve or fourteen rounds on most ammo sales, and gun owners would have to wait three months before buying again. 

The lawmakers say their intent is to make sure terrorists can't build stockpiles.

Yeah, right.

How the heck are law abiding gun owners supposed to be proficient if they're denied sufficient ammo to practice with? How will they know a firearm has dependable function if they can't feed it ammo in a break-in period, or to sufficiently test after a modification or repair?

Know-nothing anti-gun lawmakers are going to get law abiding gun owners hurt or killed by forbidding them opportunity to train or fully vet a firearm, or from having ammo necessary for self defense.  But maybe that's what these totalitarian bastards want: To build a series of skewed stats purporting that guns aren't safe, and can't be trusted in self-defense situations.

H/T: Sipsey Street

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Is the science really settled?

Or are Climate Change numbers just cooked to meet a desired conclusion?

I'd like to know more about this...

TV news in Hartford, Connecticut reports that AR maker Stag Arms is expected to enter a guilty plea today on charges stemming from the manufacture of rifle receivers that lacked required serial numbers.

Raises some questions in my mind.

At what point in the manufacturing process are serial numbers required to be imprinted? Is there any statute or regulation that spells out the time frame in which it is done?

Are products held at the manufacturer, not prepped for shipping, necessarily completed products?

Stag is a relatively small manufacturer and, if I recall, it also does contract work for other manufacturers. It also seem rational to think one aspect of production may have gotten ahead of the serial number phase as a company like Stag rushed to fulfill orders in the gun buying panic that came after the gun control panic of 2012.

If there as wrong doing, was it by intent, or merely oversight?

Pending further information, I don't necessarily see a guilty plea as a true admission of guilt. Sometimes it's just a matter of expediency. Small businesses and small business owners seldom have resources to fight back and prevail when a heavy-handed and well financed federal government chooses to target them for prosecution.


Update: Post plea reporting by the Hartford Courant

Seems the same ATF that allowed thousands of guns to walk over to cartels in Mexico under Fast and Furious has no tolerance for loose record keeping at U.S. gun manufacturers.

While the Courant reports some guns missing, there are no documented instances where Stag's arms fell into criminal hands.

ATF that brought charges against Stag willingly allowed guns to flow to Mexican drug cartels under Operation Fast and Furious earlier in the Obama administration.

Incompetent?

Incompetent? I think not. And he doesn't act alone. Both major political parties have entered into complicity.

As seen on social media. Click on image to enlarge.

What will his final year in office bring?

Tradition

Do we overplay the role of terrorism or potential gun restrictions when assessing credit for what drives Christmas gun sales?

Disgusting attempt at Omnibus spin

My congressman tries to put positive spin on his vote for Speaker Ryan's fundamentally Obama enabling Omnibus spending bill.

Trying to tout so-called conservative victories in Omnibus is like bragging there's a few good bones buried in a pile of rancid meat.

I also note this congressman hasn't put the release (distributed via email, and linked above) on his congressional website, nor has he posted it on this Facebook page, nor linked to it on Twitter.

Chances are, he doesn't want the grief of the blow back he'd get for publishing to a wider audience.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A devilish assessment

Another voice declaring our dire predicament:

The Devil's Holiday Letter: 2015, as posted as Of Two Minds. 

Says, in part:
I feel like dancing a jig when I hear the unbridled sense of entitlement which has poisoned the American spirit. Yes, let greed and avarice be cloaked with rationalizations--"I was promised," "It's my right," "I deserve it"--it is wondrous indeed how my secret invention, "free money," debilitates once-independent souls.


Trump sees collapse potential

If the economic bubble's going to pop, Trump seems to prefer it come sooner rather than later. 

Post attack restoration

If hackers or saboteurs take down the U.S. electrical grid, government planners think they can get things back up and running in seven days. 

Depending on how wide and deep the hit is, I think seven days may be overly optimistic.

Have planners taken into account the chaos and unrest that will plague urban and suburban areas?

Seven days might as well be eternity in neighborhoods where most folks have but a day or two's worth of food on hand, and no water in reserve.

Folks sitting tight may not starve in seven days, but folks won't sit tight, as hordes of panicked have-nots attempt to take from those they believe to be haves.

Shrinking your constitutional rights

Connecticut's Supreme Court deems the state lord and master in decide what arms are appropriate for civilians to possess:

"Coach Collins" picks up on a line from the court's ruling:
As long as our citizens have available to them some types of weapons that are adequate reasonably to vindicate the right to bear arms in self-defense, the state may proscribe the possession of other weapons.
The court clearly overlooks founder's intent. The Second Amendment isn't about hunting or about self defense. It was intended to keep the people sufficiently armed to keep the government in check should said government overstep its bounds.


H/T: Sipsey Street

Friday, December 18, 2015

Steer clear of Harvard students over the holidays...

They've been dispatched to indoctrinate.

What goes under the tree in uncertain times?

Some holiday gift ideas as America moves into even more uncertain times...
Guns. Can't go wrong with guns. You can use 'em to hunt, use 'em for self defense. They hold value if properly cared for, and they're just plain fun to shoot. For recreation, Thomas Jefferson deemed a walk in the woods with a gun to be a safe alternative to dangerous ball sports. 
Ammo. Guns aren't much good without ammo. Stuff those stockings. Buy more stockings and stuff them too.  
Shortwave radio. There are some decent portables available for a hundred bucks or less, most also receive the standard AM and FM bands. My preference would be to get one capable of single side band reception (a mode of transmission used by many amateurs). 
Solar charger. All your battery powered stuff's gonna run down and stay flat in a grid down scenario unless you have a way to recharge. Of course, you'd probably want rechargeable batteries too.  
Camping gear. It's adaptable, much of it useful even for semi-normal occurances, like having a propane stove handy when the power goes down during a winter storm.  
A compass. How many people today even know how to use one? And I'm not talking a smart phone app, I'm talking battery-free, real magnet types. 
A Boy Scout handbook. I like the ones from the late 1960s best. You can find 'em at Amazon, eBay, sometimes in thrift stores. It's only a good refresher on basic outdoor stuff, it's a nostalgic gift for any former scout baby boomer. 
Classic lit. Sunlight's free. So's reading a good book if you have one within reach.
Night vision. I've become a believer of late. Even the entry level stuff is better than none, though I recommend some research of a choice prior to purchase. They're not only good for security purposes, you can watch for critters at night, or turn them upward and see a bunch of stars you couldn't see before. 
Silver coins. They're neat and nostalgic. And they'll hold value even in times of runaway inflation. Anyone remember finding a silver dollar or two down in the bottom of a Christmas stocking? 
Survival food. It can be your favorite canned goods, or the freeze dried stuff. Few things bring peace of mind in uncertain times like a well stocked pantry.

Feel free to suggest others. This is not a complete list, by any means.

And, no. I can't say for certain a major catastrophe or national emergency will take down utilities or have you sheltering in place for extended period in 2016. But who's to say one or more won't? Localized outages are not uncommon in some areas, especially with electricity. And electric outages are apt to become more common as government forces more coal plants off line prematurely.

Most everything I've mentioned has application in everyday life as well.  I like things that get people thinking, that help instill traits of self-reliance.

Too many people today depend on smart phone apps to guide themselves through even the most mundane tasks.

Obsessive compulsive gun control disorder

The editors at the New York Times want so badly to have  us disarmed, it seems they can no longer think straight.

The Times now blames Republican candidates and their party because this week's CNN debate panel didn't ask questions about gun control.  


Ryan's legacy already sealed

Paul Ryan emerges as a progressive General Sherman, leading the Congress in a slash and burn campaign targeting the Republican voter base.

What kind of fools destroy their own party, betray their own nation?

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Letter to my establishment lapdog congressman

Last I checked, Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA) still hasn't posted anything about Omnibus on his Facebook page or on Twitter.

Rep. Woodall is supposed to be representing me in the Congress I've sent him the following via email:

What happened to all your rosy talk before the Gwinnett Chamber last December? 
Are you satisfied with the damage being done by arrogant House and Senate leadership that moves legislation going against the best interests of, and against the will of the people? 
Boehner was a nightmare. Ryan's a disaster. Again in the budgeting process, conservatives are shoved aside, as Ryan and McConnell steer the country more to the left by being fully complicit with Obama's agenda. 
I am against Syrian refugee resettlement on the government dime. There's no effective way to vet them, and many will have intentions to shape as into a form more pleasing to Islam than they are interested in assimilating into America.  
The anti-American abuses in Omnibus are too many to mention. Defeat this bill. Enact a short term funding resolution, and come back next year and start doing appropriations in an honest and more honorable manner. 
Do you really think Republicans can hold Congress next November after two straight years of Republican leadership and their minion underlings stabbing voters in the back with CRomnibus and Omnibus games?

Putin would welcome President Trump

Whatever his intentions, Russia's Vladmir Putin has reportedly offered an endorsement of sorts for Donald Trump's Republican presidential campaign.

Via Buzzfeed:
“He’s a really brilliant and talented person, without any doubt. It’s not our job to judge his qualities, that’s a job for American voters, but he’s the absolute leader in the presidential race,” Putin said after his annual press conference in Moscow, according to the Interfax news wire. 
“He says he wants to move on to a new, more substantial relationship, a deeper relationship with Russia; how can we not welcome that? Of course we welcome that,” Putin added.
Even Putin likely understands a leaderless America is a dangerous thing, that Obama keeps lining up on the wrong side in terms of defending Western Civilization from a broad Islamic threat.

And, I think Putin could't resist saying something that would make both U.S. political parties fume.

Settled science. Yeah, right

Two updates from the so-called settled science of "climate change":
Discovery reports: "Earth May Spin Faster as Glaciers Melt” 
And 
From the CBC: "Melting Glaciers, Rising Sea Level Slow Down Earth’s Rotation"
The stories were published three days apart.

Omnibus holds potential to threaten Georgia water rights

The Omnibus spending bill model Congress used to fund the country is an abomination. But at times it's more an abomination than at other times. And at times, an Omnibus can be used to threaten everyday things you take for granted.

Take water, for instance.

I heard yesterday that Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama is  weaving language into the Omnibus that might be used to threaten part of Georgia's present water supply.  Battles over water rights along watershed basins that Georgia, Alabama and Florida share have fueled ongoing feuds between the three states for more than two decades.

So far, the only thing I've found is a Shelby release where Shelby wants more study on oyster aquaculture, and some other gulf coast eco-studies. Shelby says such studies would be funded as part of Omnibus.

I've also heard members of Georgia's congressional delegation are aware of Shelby's  additions, and believes they give potential to diminish greater Atlanta's available water supply.

But, if Congressional leadership steps in, and assists Georgia in countering whatever threat Shelby's move presents, this might give congressional leadership clout to coerce Georgia's delegation into support for Omnibus as otherwise written, an Omnibus bill opposed by many of the delegation's constituents.

Ironically, while touting its coastal study additions, Sen. Shelby also claims to oppose Omnibus in present form, and seeks revisions to the Syrian refugee program as presently included.

While conservatives in Georgia may cheer Shelby's push to restrict and amend Syrian resettlement, they likely have no idea Omnibus, as amended by Sen. Shelby, has potential to snatch a big share of their drinking (and toilet flushing) water somewhere not too far down the road.

It's a tangled web  weaved in Washington, and an Omnibus spending bill helps hide a lot of it. Things like how a senator who professes to oppose Omnibus may actually be using it to further one state's agenda over another, giving us  just one glimpse of how an Omnibus game can be played.


Related: Florida Senator (and Republican presidential contender) Marco Rubio also advocates a larger share of Chattahoochee basin water for Florida and Alabama. Rubio backs "protections" for those states in "any forthcoming appropriations bill moving through Congress."

Update: The AJC picks up on the story, with deeper detail.

Taking stock at year end

I'll still blog over the holidays, but Friday, December 18th will likely mark our webcast's final live program of the year.
The Don and Doug radio program will take some time off over the holidays, so consider this our year-ender update. 
The program is also marking its fifth anniversary, having debuted (on another platform) on December 16, 2010. 
Some were sure the Republican fix to counter Obama was already in as we made our first webcast. Republicans had taken the House, Obama's fundamental transformation would surely be held in check.  
How'd that work out? 
Fast forward to 2014 and now 2015, and Obama's fundamental transformation pushes forward in ways unimagined in 2010. And 2016 will take us even deeper. 
And while a general sense of dissatisfaction may be growing across the land, still far too few Americans are willing to connect the dots to venture assessment of what it all really means. 
Are you ready for what comes next?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

"Due process is not a loophole"

David Codrea expands on the deep dangers embedded within the Democrat plan to use a terror watch list as criteria to deny gun sales.

Regular order? Seriously?

CRomnibus sounded evil, easy to vilify. So this year, when House Speaker Paul Ryan pushes another omnibus spending bill, he kicks in with a promises of "regular order" emerging in government next year.

I dare guess this year's omnibus spending bill will once again be complicit with the president's agenda, including a massive program to resettle Syrians in the U.S.

I have a new name for the Speaker. I call him the Cowardly Ryan, a speaker who hides behind the promise of a better tomorrow while delivering betrayal today.

Update: About midway through Tuesday night's Republican debate, Ryan apparently issued a statement saying a deal has been struck with Democrats allowing the spending plan's approval to roll. The timing? Suspicious, as if Ryan hoped the debate would provide distraction from what he's moving forward.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Dig deep, America

It's time to cough up the cash for another Obama Christmas vacation. 

The coercive power of the state

California's Jerry Brown says coercive power in the hands of the state is a wonderful thing, a force for good.

We've apparently forgotten how Europe's fascism thrived on coercion, and how its coercion was initially billed as a force for good.  State coercion was also woven into the fabric of heavy-handed Communist states.

We travel a perilous path that's highly predictable through the lens of history. And we seem to now enter a phase in this journey where "progressives" dare tout expanding government coercion as exclusively a good thing.

Perhaps we'd best recall the time tested observations of Lord Acton:

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Monday, December 14, 2015

Updates from Rahm's Utopia

Seems Chicagoans are not only protesting police violence over the way some calls are handled, they're also upset some calls don't get answered at all.

And then there's the tale of the alderman who expresses bewilderment after some passers-by pelted his yard with rocks.

Unraveling Chicago makes for some interesting tales.

But be careful. The kind of stuff we're seeing in Chicago will spread wider and farther across the U.S., as such is the stuff of brought on by mobs and masses fueled by ill conceived fundamental transformation.

Rabid anti-gunners want confiscation, but where does it end?

Daily Kos indulges in fantasy, or is it?

A writer at Daily Kos spells out raids and audits of every gun sold by every gun seller, with copies of every Form 4473 placed in possession of bureaucrats in DC... ATF raids backed up by National Guard troops, going house to house...

The article at Kos even includes Stalin like measures of withholding water, food, fuel and utility services from communities that dare resist.

The Kos writer is sure Republicans would go along.

Can you bank on Republicans not caving, maybe not this month, but at some point in the near future?

Welcome to the fundamentally transformed America, those constitution protections you count on apparently no longer phase the radical "progressives."

But do read all the way through.

You'll find the writer understands the concept of slippery slope.

Even a writer at Daily Kos understands the end game after gun confiscation.


Finally catching on?

"Despite a ceaseless propaganda campaign declaring all is well with the U.S. economy, the Status Quo is fragile--and voters know it. Not only do they know the economy--and their financial security--is one crisis away from meltdown, they're also fed up with all the official gerrymandering of data to make the economy appear healthy." - Charles Hugh Smith, writing at "Of Two Minds"

I'd like to think this the case, and surely some have awakened.

But the vast majority of low-infos remain stuck in their sheeple status, by my estimation. And it will take a hard crash before they begin to grasp hard realities.

Meanwhile, the foundations and supporting structures under their their feet continue to rot, rust and crumble.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

To hold tyrants in check

We do not have a Second Amendment to protect hunting rifles and shotguns. We do not have a Second Amendment to enable our personal self defense.

The Second Amendment was added to the Constitution after founders expressed, during the constitutional ratification process, fears of a Congress that would have the means to trample and subvert the will and the rights of the people.

Patrick Henry, in 1788, was among those expressing such sentiment:

"Your militia is given up to Congress, also, in another part of this plan; they will therefore act as they think proper; all power will be in their own possession. You can not force them to receive their punishment: of what service would militia be to you, when, most probably, you will not have a single musket in the State? For, as arms are to be provided by Congress, they may or may not furnish them," said Henry in a speech before the Virginia convention held to ratify the Constitution.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Threat to Trump supporters

The Left is starting to show it's inner Stalin. Or maybe it's its inner Mao.

An ACLU board member in Colorado posted on Facebook suggesting its time to kill Trump supporters. The board member has since resigned. Meanwhile a woman, also in Colorado, has been arrested after calling Planned Parenthood and reportedly said she found the idea of shooting up a room full of Republicans be be "tempting."


 Update:  But wait, there's more.

Via YouTube
There's a video on YouTube that shows children and others beating a Trump pinata.

"I want to kill him," says one boy.

Looks strangely like the kind of indoctrination ISIS or Palestinian radicals put kids through to ensure deep rooted hatred of professed enemies.  There's even an ISIS-like scene where the severed head is raised aloft.

And yet, the Lefties in Portland, Oregon apparently dare claim this pinata bashing was intended to "promote peace," and was more about marketing a food vendor than politics.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Poor Josh

Knows his job's on the line if he admits his boss is the best gun salesman ever. 

Hard targets

Gun sales are easy to gauge, thanks to background check stats.

But does anyone else get the sense that body armor sales are also seeing a solid December?

The harder Democrats push for gun control, the more Americans buy more guns

And now, there's this:

Get ready for Obama's Syrian express

Seems Democrats demand  our government-funded Syrian migration go as Obama planned.

Seems Republicans in DC want to keep the Democrats happy, and are ready to fully fund it.

Once set in motion, Senator Jeff Sessions says, according to Breitbart,  things are structured so that Obama will have free reign, and unlimited means to import an unlimited number of Syrian "refugees" if he so chooses.

Paul Weston's "I am a racist" talk

This as been on YouTube for a couple years now.

Have you ever heard it all the way through? Run time is about seven and a half minutes.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The anti-gun idiots running CT are at it again

Connecticut's governor wants access to "no-fly" lists so Connecticut can use them as an excuse to block gun purchases. 

Summing things up:

"In short, millions of citizens think the nation is headed for a financial reckoning. They feel threatened by radical Islamic terrorism. They sense that cultural and social stability has disappeared. And they know that expression of these worries can be a thought crime -- hounded down by politicians, media, universities and cultural institutions that do not enjoy broad public support and are not subject to the direct consequences of their own ideologies." - Victor Davis Hanson, writing at Townhall.com

Just the facts, ma'am

“Muslims account for only about 1 percent of the U.S. population but account for about half of terrorist attacks since 9/11. That means Muslims in the United States are about 5,000 percent more likely to commit terrorist attacks than non-Muslims.” - Mark Krikorian, writing at National Review.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Another call to ban and confiscate our guns

The latest published call to disarm Americans comes from a professor at the George Washington University in DC.

Maybe GWU is trying to stay competitive with Lefties at Georgetown where a call to scrap the whole Constitution was made a few years back.

GWU sure has fallen far from the place of learning and liberty it once was.

Was a time students with rifles charged across the GWU campus, and no one saw it for more than what it was: A school sanctioned sports team.

 

Tis the season for tech failure

Okay, I goofed. Tried to download something I shouldn't have. Ended up swimming in malware soup.

Spent about six hours doing restorative work on my laptop. All is back in order now, except the Chrome browser is now prone to outbursts of flickering. Firefox seems okay. Short story, I'm reacquainting with Firefox.

Meanwhile, in the desktop department, my just over two-year-old Dell desktop died. Bought Dell, and a higher grade desktop, in 2013 thinking it would give years and years of service. Big disappointment.

I've got an eMachines unit from a decade ago that, while crappy slow and running an obsolete Windows version, keeps chugging on.

Looking like the Dell failure is either a power supply or the motherboard. Do I dare buy a new supply to test the theory? A new motherboard probably not worth the effort. I will begin efforts to lift programs and data off the hard drive later today. Maybe I just put pertinent data on the laptop, if it seems stable enough (laptop's less than a year old), and let the desktop sit awaiting deeper assessment.

One potential course of action: Watch eBay for the same or similar desktop model as a used or off-lease special. Working, of course.  If one's found cheap enough, I could swap in my existing hard drive, and/or use the replacement computer as a test platform to check out, one by one, components from the Dell that's failed.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Militant Muslim migrants carry menacing message

"Open (borders) or Die"

Message to Obama and bleeding heart immigration supporters: These enemies of Western Civilization are incompatible with who and what we are.

News nuggets galore

From National Review:
There is now a “wonderful opportunity and wonderful moment to really make significant change,” Lynch declared the day after 14 innocent Americans were murdered and 23 injured at the hands of a Muslim couple who’d reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS. And what is this change? New gun-control measures, of course.
This and other nuggets can be found at the latest Woodpile Report.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Quick recap

Here's Obama's Oval Office address in a nutshell:

  • ISIS isn't Islam. 
  • Pledges to keep doing what he's been doing, stuff like dropping bombs in Middle East deserts.
  • Wants to ban scary guns in the U.S. A bureaucratic watch list should be enough to negate constitutional rights. 
  • Muslims make great neighbors. 

Feel better? 

After making a fool of himself at the climate change conference, and in other ways in recent weeks, Obama really needed to be seen as presidential tonight.

Missed his mark by a country mile. 

An awesomely rational statement

"Trying to prevent carnage by getting rid of “assault weapons” is like trying to prevent alcoholism by outlawing vodka. There are plenty of good substitutes." - Steve Chapman, writing at the Chicago Tribune

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Anyone seeing similar reports?

I don't know anything about The Muslim Issue, but it reports "migrants" are passively moving into Afghanistan. Once numbers are sufficient, they're said to be rising up, deposing the local Taliban, replacing it with ISIS aligned factions.

Would love to see any reporting of similar accounts or claims.

I have seen reports, however, that Afghans are now exiting their country in droves, making their way to heart of Europe, much like the self-labeled, oft suspiciously labeled Syrians.

Someday, nations are going to wake up, and realize the concept of having enforced borders was a great idea after all. But it's also likely they'll be hopelessly overrun by the time they do. We may be there already.


Gen 2 night vision on the cheap

Posted not along ago about my introduction to Gen 1 night vision.

I got lucky, had an opportunity to get a used Gen 2 monocular on the cheap.

An older, used MO4-2 was on eBay Thanksgiving Day, with bidding ending just before 4:00 pm Eastern. Who watches eBay on Turkey Day, right? I placed a bid with seven seconds left in the window, got it for under $200.

Yes, the unit is used, shows some wear, and is likely off from full specs. At times, in some conditions, the image appears grainy, and there are a few small black dot "artifacts" in the image.  But, overall, it's a big step up from my Gen 1 stuff, amplifying light to higher levels, letting me see things farther and more discernible than my Gen 1s can.  It also shows less glare, and has greatly reduced "halo" effect from nearby streetlights or yard spotlights compared to Gen 1. It's a little bigger, a little heavier too, so Gen 1 gear is still the go-to for casual pocket carry.

Point is, my night vision capabilities are now greatly enhanced; and by taking a chance on used gear, I probably saved $700 to a thousand bucks (More accurately, I wouldn't have advanced to Gen 2 if I had to pay retail). Buying used isn't the right choice for everyone, but for those who've done some research, are willing to take a little risk, and have flexible expectations, bargains can be had by those who are patient and diligent in stalking sites auction sites.

Commentary sharpens

From Chris Muir's Day by Day Cartoon:


DBD sometimes NSF. But the characters keep their clothes on at least back through November 29th. Scroll back through the week's posts, take in the political content.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Gun laws, only as good as those enforcing them

Forget not the Obama team that now demands more gun control in the U.S. previously instructed U.S. retailers to look the other way as straw buyers filled a pipeline with semi-auto rifles bound for Mexican cartels.

They called it Operation Fast and Furious. Some of the guns were eventually recovered at mass shooting scenes. Some otherwise recovered. Still others apparently remain in criminal hands.

Undated DOJ document (2011 or earlier)
Click for larger image

The Obama administration, claiming executive privilege, still blocks release of documents that would show how high approval for this operation went. However, it seems inconceivable that U.S. Department of State wasn't looped in as guns were allowed to flow into a neighboring nation where such arms are prohibited by law.

Hillary Clinton was secretary of state at the time. Eric Holder headed DOJ. And despite the spin you might see some Democrat-protecting websites, Barack Obama was indeed president when the operation first got underway.

As seen on Facebook

Message from a New York sheriff:


Betrayal of our founding principles

You'd think a journalism prof would understand the importance of due process, presumption of innocence, and other rights protected under the Constitution.

But here's one who'd trash all that, choosing instead to put his faith in bureaucrats and their arbitrary lists.

These are dangerous times.

It gets harder to say if America as we once knew it is going away, or if it's already gone.

Another record-breaker

Black Friday 2015 gun sales broke a new record. 

Empty ammo shelves
Early 2013
And that was before a trio of Muslim Jihadists targeted a Christmas party in San Bernardino, before Obama and the Democrats unleashed their latest emotional tirades for more gun control.

Pity the poor general merchandise retailers who won't see expected holiday sales this December because anti-gun forces are again causing gun control panic.

Remember December 2012? Some blamed the weather, some blamed Sandy Hook shootings for sluggish holiday sales.  But while general retailers took a big hits, families diverted last-minute holiday budgets to specialty stuff like guns and ammo because of the panic brought on by a fanatical push for gun control.

You couldn't find a guns or ammo in stores by the time Christmas 2012 arrived. And in some cases, gun and ammo inventories remained depleted well into the following year as manufacturers couldn't keep up with on-going demand.

Armed citizens deter terrorist attacks

Don't take my word for it, it comes from Detroit's police chief. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Let it sink in...

Via Twitter:

Assessing Islam's chosen course

Prior to George Bush, I dare ya to find anyone calling Islam a "religion of peace."

Islam is a hard-line religion that insists on submission.

A guy named Matt Bracken writes:
A meaningful or permanent reformation of Islam is impossible, because a new generation of fanatics, wielding the unexpurgated Koran and Hadith as their weapons, will always declare the reformists to be apostates and murder them. In Islam, the fanatics who are holding the unalterable Koran in one hand and a sword in the other always stand ready to seize complete power and exterminate their enemies.  
This latent danger breeds fear and causes nearly all non-Muslims to be carefully circumspect in their dealings with Muslims, lest they lose their heads at a later date. This intentionally fostered fear of Islam is used as a cudgel against those who would otherwise resist its domination. The immutable Koran is the constant fountainhead of bloody Islamic conquest. Radical Islam is the pure Islam, the Koranic Islam, the real Islam.  
Anyone who does not understand this bitter reality is dangerously ignorant of the past 1,400 years of human history. 
Bracken's assessment aligns with Islam's history.

Bracken also speculates radical Islam may be on the verge of initiating a Tet style offensive in Europe as soon as in 2016.

But don't get hung up on the time frame. If a Tet style offensive is in the makng, those prepping for a conquest play may wait until the flow of reinforcements out of the Middle East slows.

Last I heard, Europe expects to receive another three million Muslim migrants next year alone.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Lexicon change?

Watching coverage to unfolding events in San Bernardino.

Can't help but notice cable news types keep referring to "long guns" or "long rifles" as the weapons used as opposed to the usual "assault rifle" labeling.

Talking-point lexicon change?

If so, does the came emanate from someone's political talking points?

Or does audience research show bashing "assault rifles" has become a turn off to the TV audience?

Even when the killers were confirmed to have AR15s, the network talking heads keep going back to the awkward "long rifle" terminology.

Is this the "new" terminology what will accompany the next, wider, gun control push?

Our most delusional president ever

While Obama doesn't seem so concerned about ISIS grabbing or holding territory in the Middle East, and while he shrugs over importing potential terrorists among Syrian refugees...

Obama does seem to fret over the distorted, exaggerated, or out-right untrue story that fish now inhabit the streets of Miami.

Forget not, this is the same Obama who recently gave a speech in Chicago claiming guns were easier to come-by in the city than books or veggies.

Is Obama knowingly talking hyperbole, or has this president passed into some sort of delusional realm?

What's up, Doc?

Saw this floating around Facebook, so I borrowed it:


Seriously, folks, the day may be closer than you think.

Dirty political tricks done under the guise of publicly funded scientific study

Let's not forget why Congress banned the CDC from conducting "firearms violence" research.

Greedy gun-grabber convicted on corruption counts

"It does kind of make you wonder what kind of idiots demand to be disarmed by criminals." - David Codrea, as noted on Facebook.

It's a tease for this Codrea-authored story at Ammoland:
Disgraced former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a leader in the effort to disarm peaceable citizens, has been found guilty on seven federal counts of extortion, money laundering and fraud. 
Additionally the jury convicted him of trading favors in exchange for $5 million. Unbelievably, except it’s really not, his defense centered on the protest that in New York politics, everybody does it.