Friday, March 30, 2018

Gun control doesn't end violence. It just makes it easier for the perps

Guy I know witnessed an attack something like this a few years back. He pulled his gun, and told the attackers to back off. The victim suffered no lasting injury.

Apparently no good guy with a gun around when this happened in New Jersey.

New Jersey law makes it hard to be a good guy with a gun.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Another refreshing night of solitude. But different

Last night at this time, silence on the mountain.

Tonight, it was wind whistling through the trees, now rain pounding the metal roof.

Had to latch the screen doors, they kept swinging open.

Now's about the time I should light a lantern or an oil lamp, just in case the power fails after nightfall.

Time tested strategy

The progressive left indoctrinates students. And then sends them forward to sway public opinion.

It's a proven path to gaining political leverage.

Via MyDailyKona blog:

The statist subvert the kids first because they are the most malleable to support the goals of the state.  For years after the Bolsheviks took over Russia and it became the Soviet Union, there was an organization that was formed to indoctrinate the young, they are called the Young Pioneers  and besides learning the tenets of Marxism, they also were used to spy on the parents and the kids would rat out their parents if they did something that violated the decrees from the local communist party commissar. 

Our schools used to teach students about the indoctrination habits of Nazis and Communists. I wonder if they still do. Now too many of our government run schools seem to largely follow their pattern. 

Gangs in schools... And maybe it's not just among the students

Fifth grade teacher charged in gang killings of two kids

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Quiet day, taking post-winter inventory...

Quiet afternoon on the mountain. Silence except for an occasional passing jet at maybe 20,000 feet (Easy to hear with no competing sounds).

Lots of firewood left at the end of this winter season. Then again, some of those remaining stacks are still aging for next season. And there's a mess of wood to be split that should give good burning into the 2019-2020 time frame.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Striking imagery

Washington DC, March 24, 2016. 

Looks a lot like something out of  Germany, sometime in the early 1930s into the '40s.

DC rally tally

Media was full of hype over the weekend, letting us 500,000 or 600,000, maybe even 800,000 mostly student activists packed Washington DC for an anti-gun rally.

According to CBS, a professionally generated tally of march size came in much, much lower.

About 200,000.

With celebrities and the entire gun-control movement likely spending millions to make this rally what it was, it's doubtful they'll ever admit how far below expectations the turnout was.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Getting away from it all...

I've redacted the highway numbers and street names. But this is an otherwise unedited set to directions to a local real estate listing:
Hwy XXX to Hwy X  go approx 3.7 miles to a left on Hwy X. Follow for 3.8 miles to a left onto Xxxxx Xxxx Rd. Follow to T in road. Go to the right. Will be paved for 50 feet then becomes gravel.Go for 4.3 miles.Stay on this road crossing creek 4 times (not counting double ford as 2) following to a right at fork in road. (if you cross the creek to cemetery turn around too far). Following road keeping right until you get to 2nd gate. Go thru gate to home on left. (last home on left). 4 wheel drive needed

Marijuana: Gateway drug to undo your 2nd Amendment rights

Fortune reports:
If you have a medical marijuana card, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says that you can’t buy a gun.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Understand the bigger agenda

Via Twitter:

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Eleven teens a day die from accidents caused by texting and driving.

Sometimes their accidents kill others.

Where's the outrage?

Where's the national walkout against texting and driving?

Where's the movement to ban cellphones (or to at least establish an age gateway at 18... or 21)?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Elitist Democrats

Not sanitary, they say.

An abuse of taxpayer funds, they say.

Some Democrats on Capitol Hill want to crack down on members of Congress who sleep in their offices.

I think what Democrats mean is they want to limit office holders to being people of means who can afford expensive DC housing and other high costs of existing inside the beltway.

They want economic barriers to holding office to fend off potential challengers.

I see nothing wrong with a rep crashing in his/her office especially early in a first term, keeping them close to the business at hand while learning the wider lay of the land.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

What he says versus reality

Via Twitter:


A lot different than assumptions pushed by MSM

A new narrative emerges in the Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

Nikolas Cruz was a bumbling, incompetent gunman with a cheap AR-15, only 10-round magazines, and maybe some defective ammo.

And it was a jam in Cruz's sub-par rifle that ended the shooting while deputies cowered outside.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Violence at an anti-gun rally

And they wonder why some of us don't buy into the whole disarmament game. 

Get over the notion that victims are experts

"Suffering through a terrible crime gives a person no special insight into its causes, and (David) Hogg has no special insight into its causes — or, frankly, into anything else. He’s ignorant about basic civics; he’s liable to backward reasoning; and, unable as he is to synthesize the evolving talking points upon which he relies, he has increasingly come across as slippery." - Charles C. Cooke, at National Review

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Cultural tribalism

Via Twitter:

Survivor? Witness? Or something else?

Most the Parkland kids we see pitched as "survivors" of the Stoneman Douglas shooting may not have been anywhere near the building on campus where shootings took place. I'm not even sure it's fair to call them witnesses to the shooting, let alone survivors. To be deemed a survivor suggests overcoming an injury caused in the event or, at the very least, having been in direct and immediate peril.
Did any of the Stoneman Douglas students now making regular appearances pitching gun control even see the shooter or his weapon on campus on the day of the shooting?
You are considered a survivor of a ship wreck if the ship sinks and you are rescued. But if a limited part of the ship is damaged in a storm or by an attack, and you are on another part of the ship, are you a survivor of the incident?
How many times are soldiers engaged in battle, but are not wounded or injured. How about the support troops, perhaps at the embattled location, but not directly involved in hostilities? Do we bestow upon them the title of "survivor"?
Was every student on campus at Virginia Tech deemed a survivor of the mass shooting event there in 2007?
Maybe the term survivor is being applied too broadly in post-event reporting of the Stoneman-Douglas shootings. Strikes me, the term survivor is being exploited to elicit emotion and bestow credibility to teenage activists pushing an agenda rather than to accurately describe what role they had, or how close to the threat they were, when the actual violence took place.

I'm also curious. Was it media that first bestowed the survivor title on the young campus activists? Or is that how they pitched themselves before making their first media appearance? 

The under 21 loop hole

To raise the minimum firearms purchase age to 21 means 18 year olds will go outside the present purchase path, go directly to ways that circumvent background checks in acquiring a firearm.

After age 18, a parent no longer has access to a child's medical records, may not know what care they are receiving, or know what meds they are on.

But with age now rising to 21 for firearms purchases in some states, or at some retailers, it's likely parents will still be their buyers, as they now are for 15, 16 or 17 year olds.

Raising the gun purchase age actually obstructs the background check process rather than enhancing it.