Saturday, June 21, 2008

I'm Bitter, You're Bitter, We're all Bitter!!!

And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

-Barack Bite The Wax Tadpole Obama

Say it with a sign:

The problem is that all the choices leave a bitter taste in my mouth.

Which "Gun Lobby"?

The Joyce's are claiming that they're opposed to "the gun lobby's confused belief that the Second Amendment grants an "individual right" to keep and bear arms. "

Which "Gun Lobby" proposes this exactly? Seems every "Gun Lobby" I'm associated w/ recognizes that the Constitution recognizes fundamental rights. It doesn't "grant" anything.

Seems it's not the "Gun Lobby" that's confused. They must have studied at the Obama school of Constitutional Law.

Via ArmsandtheLaw

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Outstanding "Only Ones"

An officer hired by the East St. Louis Police Department had a warrant out for his arrest.

And he would have been issued a firearm.

Update: Linky Fixed

Paul Helmke can't count

In his recent screed over at HuffPo, Paul claims that the NRA is in a "slump" because they've gone 0 for 15 on CCW on Campus. I guess Utah isn't considered a state anymore. True, it could be said that they didn't technically go through the state house for that. But it's more likely they just want to ignore that fact and the fact that there have been zero CCW students going on rampages there.

Paul also has to ignore the fact that he's been reduced to trying to keep CCW off of campuses, not CCW, but CCW off of campuses.

It may be a "slump" for the NRA this last year or so. The Brady's have been in a "slump" for over a decade.

The Company You Keep..

Another MAIG mayor under investigation:

BALTIMORE - Sheila Dixon has reduced violent crime and gracefully handled a variety of crises since taking over as mayor in January 2007, but a two-year state investigation of her financial dealings as City Council president threatens to overshadow her successes.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Gun Vs Fake Bomb?

Gun wins. Especially when being used by a veteran.

An attempted bank robbery in Canton played out like a scene from a movie Monday when a man who police say claimed to have a bomb was stopped by a customer armed with a pistol....

Fawzi, who spent six years in the Lebanese army, took matters into his own hands.

He tells he pulled out a .9 mm handgun (for which he had a CCW permit), racked a bullet in the chamber, pointed it at Webster and announced, "You are not robbing this bank!"

The startled Webster countered with, "but, I have a bomb" -- but Fawzi wasn't impressed. "I don't care. You are not robbing this bank!" was the reply from the other side of the gun. He then forced the Webster into a chair and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

But no crimes are really stopped by carrying, right?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The perfect political candidate....

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - The residents of a Romanian village knowingly voted in a dead man as their mayor in Sunday's municipal election, preferring him to his living opponent.

Neculai Ivascu, 57, who ran the village for almost two decades, died from liver disease just after voting began -- but still won the election by a margin of 23 votes.

Really. He's holding office and can't do any harm. What more could one ask for?



"Ten years ago I could never have imagined I'd be doing this," says Greg Pal, 33, a former software executive, as he squints into the late afternoon Californian sun. "I mean, this is essentially agriculture, right? But the people I talk to — especially the ones coming out of business school — this is the one hot area everyone wants to get into."

He means bugs. To be more precise: the genetic alteration of bugs — very, very small bacteria — so that when they feed on agricultural waste such as wood chips or wheat straw, they do something extraordinary. They excrete crude oil.

Unbelievably, this is not science fiction. Pal holds up a small beaker of bug excretion that could, theoretically, be poured into the tank of the giant Lexus SUV next to us.

Not that Pal is willing to risk it just yet. He gives it a month before the first vehicle is filled up on what he calls "renewable petroleum." After that, he grins, "it's a brave new world."

Pal is a senior director of LS9, one of several companies in or near Silicon Valley that have spurned traditional high-tech activities such as software and networking and embarked instead on an extraordinary race to make $140-a-barrel oil from Saudi Arabia obsolete.

"All of us here — everyone in this company and in this industry — are aware of the urgency," Pal says.

South Carolina CCW reciprocity

Any state that recognizes SC's CCW can be recognized in return. From the VCDL:

The Governor of South Carolina has just signed a bill that will open
up reciprocity to any state that honors South Carolina!

The law becomes effective IMMEDIATELY and is now in force.

Virginia ALREADY honors South Carolina, so formal reciprocity should
be a slam-dunk!!!

HOWEVER, it is not in affect yet. So **DO NOT carry concealed** in
South Carolina until I put the word out (Virginia and South Carolina
have to sign a reciprocity agreement first).

I have left a voice message with Tom Lambert who does reciprocity work
for the Virginia State Police. Hopefully the State Police will jump
on this quickly.

As soon as we can begin carrying, there will be an alert going out to
let you know.

Many thanks to Jim Mullins, my counterpart in the West Virginia
Citizens Defense League (, for staying on top of this and
letting me know the new law was coming.

And of course, a big thanks to the gun organizations in South Carolina
for continuing to fight for this law tirelessly over the years!



The South Carolina law requires training to be mandatory for the
reciprocal state (which it is in Virginia, but will cut out a lot of
other states that don't require training).

However, it is not clear about the type, or the amount, of training
required and Tom Glaab tells me that GrassRoots South Carolina has
some issues with the final law as passed because of that.

Tom fears that SLED (which is the government agency that does
reciprocity for South Carolina) might interpret the law so narrowly as
to exclude most states, perhaps including Virginia. SLED has been a
roadblock in states getting reciprocity with South Carolina for
years. :-(

We will just have to watch and see what happens over the next few weeks.

Here is a link to the bill and its status:

Woodfield Ghetto

Increased police presence and visibility to deter crime? Good.

Sealing off a community and establishing a checkpoint at the only access w/o a court order or public hearing? Not so good.

"It's my intent to create a gated community for those residents," Williams said.

I'm sure it is Chief, I'm sure it is.

Seeing what sticks

Armed and Safe notes that rep Mark Kirk (RINO-IL) has introduced HR 6527, a word-for-word reinstatement of the '94 AWB.

How desperate they must be to try and get anything passed that they're resorting to failed legislation from the past. They know that there is no functional difference between a pre and post ban firearm and w/ grandfathering, there are still all those nice legal ones anyway.

You know what? Maybe they don't know. Kirk may not have a clue about firearms. He is Brady endorsed after all.

His office refuses to accept messages outside of his district. Must be that "Reasoned Discourse" again. I think it's letter writing time:

Washington, DC Office
1030 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202-225-4835
Fax: 202-225-0837

Northbrook Office
707 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 350
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: 847-940-0202
Fax: 847-940-7143

Monday, June 16, 2008

Reap what Ye Sow.

Citizens of Cook County, IL overwhelmingly voted in the most corrupt and incompetent regime since Daley Sr. and now are complaining they don't like the way things are being run.

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger faces tense meeting tonight with Palatine officials, residents

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger is scheduled to answer questions tonight at a community meeting in Palatine, where anger over his push to more than double the county sales tax has prompted talk of the village seceding from the county.

Staff for Stroger arranged the forum after the first-term board president canceled an earlier meeting, set up by Palatine officials, out of fear it would turn into a political attack on his Democratic administration.

Stroger was the prime mover behind the County Board's vote to more than double the county sales tax—to 1.75 percent from 0.75 percent, giving Stroger the funding to hire more than 1,000 new employees and close the county's projected $234 million deficit.

The new tax increase—which confers the dubious distinction on Chicago of having the highest sales tax, 10.25 percent, of any major U.S. city—will add about $426 million annually to the county's coffers.

So they vote in another Daley puppet, he screws the pooch, then unsurprisingly does the same to the residents. He'll ignore them, hire a bunch of relatives and donors, then cry they still don't have enough money.

And he'll get voted back into office.


Assault Rifles, Grenades, and Money. Oh My!

Must be those US Gun Shows again:

HERMOSILLO, MexicoA border-state state governor says three police officers were killed in a running battle with dozens of gunmen that lasted several hours in northern Mexico.

Sonora Gov. Eduardo Bours says one of the gunmen was wounded in Sunday's clash and is being treated at a hospital.

Bours says authorities arrested eight gunmen after the shootout that started in Ciudad Obregon, where the state officer was killed. It ended in nearby Navojoa, where two federal agents were fatally shot.

Bours says officers found grenades, assault rifles and money inside four vehicles seized after the gunbattle.

'Cause you can buy military weapons over the counter according to the PuSH'ers.

IL FOID application update

As of June 1st, '08 the IL FOID fee is $10 for 10 years.

New application available here.

Elian Gonzales an Obama supporter

HAVANA - The Cuban boy at the center of an international custody battle eight years ago has joined Cuba's Young Communist Union.

Communist youth newspaper Juventud Rebelde quotes Elian Gonzalez as saying he will never let down ex-President Fidel Castro and his brother Raul Castro, who succeeded Fidel earlier this year.

Welcome Cybernuts.

Save an officer's life, go to jail..

Then get awarded $7.7M.

A trained nurse, Rachelle Jackson immediately ran toward the sound of the crash. A Chicago police car had collided with another vehicle and was starting to smoke, two officers still inside. Fearing an explosion, she quickly pulled one officer from the passenger side.She never imagined her act of kindness nearly six years ago would land her in jail for more than 10 months on charges that she robbed, battered and disarmed a peace officer.

Second City Cop has a different view.

5 days, 5 police shootings.

The officer announced she was a police officer and the suspect dropped to the ground and dropped his weapon. He then got back up and began running. The officer ran after him and the suspect turned and pointed the weapon at her -- and possibly tried to shoot at her -- but apparently had no bullets. She fired twice, but did not strike the suspect, the source said.

Later Wednesday, police shot a teenaged boy who allegedly pointed a weapon at an officer about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 13000 block of South Drexel Avenue.

Devon Young, 26, of 5939 S. Lafayette Ave., was shot at 5848 S. Wabash Ave. and pronounced dead at 3:37 a.m. Saturday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said.

About 7:35 p.m. Saturday, an offender was shot when "officers discharged their weapons" in the 5900 block of South Michigan Avenue, according to a release from News Affairs. A handgun was recovered at the scene.

A man who was fatally shot by Chicago police late Sunday, in the fifth police-involved shooting on the South Side since Wednesday, has been identified.

Along with the nine murders that also occurred over the weekend, it seems Chicago is getting safer every day as less people are populating it.