Friday, September 12, 2008

Every Teen Boy's nightmare

Dad chases nude boy from daughter's room with pipe

DELTONA, Fla. - An angry Deltona father whacked his teenage daughter's boyfriend with a metal pipe after finding the boy naked in his daughter's room. Authorities say the father, 45, didn't even know his daughter had a boyfriend or that the youngster had been sneaking into the home for more than a year.

When he heard noises coming from his daughter's bedroom Thursday morning and saw a stranger standing naked on the girl's bed, he swung a metal pipe. He then chased the teen out the front door and called police.

Pretty much what any father would do.

Evanston, IL reneging?

Seems a lawfirm has volunteered to go pro-bono in defense of their gun ban so they're considering re-instating it.
The NRA lawsuits include the San Francisco Housing Authority and Chicago, Oak Park and Evanston, Ill. Evanston ended its handgun ban last month but is considering reinstating it because a law firm has offered to defend the city at no cost, said Evanston Alderman Steve Bernstein.

Via Illinois Carry.

Cut down in the prime of its life....

"Jones was arrested and charged
first-degree murder of a firearm."

Proof read people.

Via Kaveman.

Who really needs to start his own blog.


The UN has put out another report claiming that guns in the US are bad and cost uncountable billions in "economic productivity". An average of $3million/person. I'm going to guess this is based off of the phone survey done asking how much people would pay to reduce gun crime. So far I haven't found it on either the UNDP or SAS sites.

They make lots of assumptions:

"These people — had they lived — would have contributed as any other individual as productive members of society. Their deaths represent a loss that can be quantified," he told The Associated Press.

Wennmann said the report was based on figures compiled by international organizations and national authorities.

Like IANSA. A completely unbiased source.

Another factoid.

The report claims "at least 490,000 people are killed in armed crimes each year worldwide".

In the US? About 15,000/year.


That's half of what IANSA claims are killed each year by firearms alone in the US.

They seem to be padding their numbers . The "Small Arms Survey", the other party in the report states on their site:

About 200,000–270,000 non-conflict-related firearm deaths occur each year throughout the world. These include firearm homicide, firearm suicide, and unintentional shooting deaths.

That would be closer to the IANSA numbers as noted .

The US accounts for 40-50% of civilian firearm ownership in the world.

Seems the US isn't having as many troubles.

War on Guns has more.


Bitter has a post on a letter to the editor from a Philly woman by the name of Charlotte Mears. Ms. Mears seems to project some of the blame onto the NRA for the death of her son in 2006.

My beloved son was stolen from me on Oct. 4, 2006. I say "stolen" because that's what happens. Our children aren't "lost," they are stolen from us by a horrid evil that lives in the hearts and minds of some human beings....

Who need guns to prove how tough they are - why don't we put the blame where it truly belongs? They are an open, festering, rotten wound on the soul of this country that will never heal until something is done about them.

If you're wondering what I'm talking about, they call themselves the National Rifle Association! We'll continue to have a gun problem as long as we have people who are afraid of their own shadows.

No one in this nation is safe. No one!

As is the SOP for people blaming guns, there's more to the story:
It was a routine request heard daily in city prisons - an inmate wanting some medical attention. But Lance Mears needed more than aspirin or an Ace bandage yesterday. Mears, 30, was clutching his bloody neck as he approached the prison guard shortly after breakfast and "asked to go to medical," prison spokesman Bob Eskind said. The guard escorted him the 20 or so feet to a medical triage area on the F-1 unit of the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center, where Mears was being held without bail in connection with a June killing, Eskind said.

Mears, of Southwest Philadelphia, went into the city prison system in June, less than a year after he was freed from a 10-year-stint in state prison for a 1995 shooting, records show.

He was in court Tuesday for his latest case, the June 5 slaying of Victor Shaw, 20. But the judge continued his preliminary hearing to November, according to court records. Mears' mother, who was not at the proceeding, said the case was postponed because two witnesses failed to appear.

That's right. Another "Good Boy" who was "turning his life around" and who never would have caused any more problems if it wasn't for the NRA handing out guns on the streets.

Sorry Ms. Mears. This has nothing to do w/ the NRA and everything to do in the sub-culture of violence your son was involved in and which you are an apologist for.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Feeding time.

NRA Legislative Meeting

Sebastian was a fly on the wall.

OK, this is funny...

Blago for Palin? WTFO?

Blagojevich defends Palin's experience

But Blagojevich, who supports favorite son U.S. Sen. Barack Obama for president, on Thursday criticized Democrats for belittling the experience of Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and took a jab at the work of legislators who run for executive positions.

"The reality is, governors every day have to make decisions for better or for worse. That's part of the job. It's an executive position. And it's a position that is like what you’re going to do when you're president. Legislators, they do different things. They debate and they pass their bills back and forth," he said.

"But governors make decisions, and I think it's a tactical mistake for the Democrats to question Gov. Palin's experience when she's been a governor of a state," he said. "I don't think the size of the state is relevant. It's the kinds of decisions you have to make as governor. They (Democrats) should focus on the issues and why the policies of President Bush ought to be changed and I think that's what will help Obama win."

"Only Ones" Factoid

From an Obama interview with the Chicago Sun-Times on April 25, 2008:

New York has seen a huge drop in crime over the last decade, more than even other cities, and part of it is they've got more cops than anybody else per capita.

In actuality:

NYC has a population of 8,165,001 and a police force of 37,838 giving it a ratio of 1 officer/216 people.

Chicago has a population of 2,873,790 and a police force of 13,700 for a ratio of 1:210

Chicago has a murder rate 2.5x that of NYC and climbing.

The sheep bleats..

Ray Schoenke thinks the NRA shouldn't attack Obama even though he's voted to ban and confiscate firearms. He calls it 'vicious'. I guess the truth really sucks, eh Ray?

But this is the funniest:

My wife doesn't hunt. She doesn't even like guns. But, she does appreciate my love for hunting and guns - and we share a deep commitment to preserving our environment. And, I accept that she was a financial supporter of the Brady Campaign.

If she appreciates it, then why is she spending thousands of dollars to stop it? I'm sure you had no say so in where that money went, right?

Let's look at "Open Secrets", shall we:

WASHINGTON,DC 20005 RETIRED 3/23/00 $5,000 Handgun Control Inc

Who donated what now?

Sharks w/ frickin' Laser Beams on their heads.

Well, planes really.

The laser based anti-ballistic missile system placed in a Boeing 747-400F jumbo jet is one step closer to actuality.

TSA "Only Ones"

The TSA is issuing out new uniforms to intimidate 'command respect' from travelers.

They already act like little tin gods who revel in their authority. I'm sure things will get better from now on.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Banning shotguns..

Obama voted to. In another poorly worded "Assault Weapon" legislation pushed by IL gun banners, it would, in its voted on version, have included single shot and double barrel shotguns as "over .50 cal" and not falling under exemptions.

(b) Definitions. In this Section:
(1) "Semi-automatic assault weapon" means:
(A) any of the firearms or types, replicas, or
duplicates in any caliber of the firearms, known as:

x) any firearm having a caliber of 50 or

It also included language mandating confiscation, destruction, or removal of said firearms. No grandfather clause except for 'Only Ones':

(c) Except as provided in subsection (e), 90 days after
27 the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General
28 Assembly, it is unlawful for any person within this State, to
29 knowingly manufacture, deliver, or possess or cause to be
30 manufactured, delivered, or possessed, a semiautomatic
31 assault weapon, a large capacity ammunition feeding device,
32 or an assault weapon attachment.
33 (d) Any person who knowingly possesses a semiautomatic
34 assault weapon, large capacity ammunition feeding device, or

-5- LRB093 10905 LRD 11424 b
1 assault weapon attachment must, within 90 days after the
2 effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General
3 Assembly, destroy the weapon or device, render it permanently
4 inoperable, relinquish it to a law enforcement agency, or
5 remove it from this State.

I'm sure he'll dismiss this as well. Just like the survey he didn't fill out but had his handwriting on it. So he voted for a crappy bill because he wanted to ban as many guns as possible and/or he or his staff didn't bother reading it.

It passed the Judiciary 6-4 before it died following several amendments added to it. Now here's an interesting bit. His name is listed on the JC voting tally as voting for it. The online listing for the 93rd General Assembly JC though, has former Senator Kwame Raoul listed instead. Obama is not listed for that Committee at all. He must have been sitting in that day.

Curiouser and Curiouser.

Suspicious Behavior in the UK

There's alsways the debate in the US about police being able to stop and question people for 'suspicious behavior. That usually constitutes turning around suddenly when seeing the police, odd bulges in clothing, throwing things, or walking down the street w/ a dripping water heater in a shopping cart.

In one town in the UK, however, suspicious behavior is now defined as being in a public park w/o children.

The sad thing is is that too many people here think we should emulate this kind of authoritarianism idiocy.

Buggy Whips and Ignorance

War on Guns points to another PSH WaPo article. This one is not decrying firearms but instead the fact that people aren't getting their information from authorized journalists as they should be. The argument is that democracy will fail unless the information they recieve is limited to a select few sources.

The solution? Force the alternate sources of information out of business through taxes and surcharges.

"Ignorance is Strength"

Brady Campaign talking points

Anti's are always going on about pro-rights advocates 'regurgitating NRA talking points'. A funny claim when most of them can't be in a debate w/o talking about 'military style assault weapons' and 'gun show loopholes'.

Today it seems the DC police chief shifted this little tidbit to another stomach:
D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier assailed a new bill yesterday that would eliminate most of the District's gun laws, telling a congressional panel that the measure would allow residents to carry loaded semiautomatic rifles in the streets, creating a nightmare scenario for homeland security officials.
Hmm. Where did she get that bit from?

The WaPo article notes that the Oversight committee released a report opposing the bill. That would be true. There was the opening statement by Chairman Waxman, rated F by the NRA. They also had four politically motivated 'witnesses' testify before them. All of them use the same exact lines and talking points.

But they didn't get a presser from the BC. No, not at all.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Fearmongering beyond WaPo

Other posters have hit upon the Washington Post regurgitating a Brady Press release stating that Congress is trying to turn DC into Somalia.

I'll hit on just one sentence from the Brady front page:

The bill, H.R. 6691, would allow nearly anyone, even teenagers and children, to carry loaded assault rifles on the streets of our Nation's Capital.
The bolding was theirs.

Enough said.

Update: OK, I can't pass this one up either....

"It would be legal for citizens to possess and openly carry .50 caliber sniper rifles, weapons that can pierce einforced bunkers, aircraft, and armor-plated vehicles, and are accurate to 2000 yards and effective up to 7500 yards. Given these weapons size, they may be fore useful mounted on the back of a pick-up truck-which would be perfectly legal under H.R. 6691. Imagine law enforcement having to stand idly by while an individual sets up a sniper rifle on North Capitol or K Street, waiting for a motorcade, a government official, or a White Househelicopter to come within range." -Paul Helmke

Mary really left these people disjointed, didn't she?

Monday, September 8, 2008

Been There, Done That, Bought the T-shirt..

My new 2A BlogBash T-shirt arrived today.

Bitter customized mine a bit, giving it a front pocket logo in addition to the main back one.

As for quality, Zazzle's screen printing is better than the shirt I got from CafePress. Prices were about the same and were able to do printing on both sides even w/ dark colors.

We're not the NRA..

You have to love the PuSH'ers. Our old friend Kelli, over on Huffpo, cited an article in her defense that groups like the Brady Campaign have values that are 'incongruent' w/ gun rights advocates. Obviously she didn't read the whole thing.

It is an interesting article based off the abstract. It basically says that they argue from ignorance and stereotypes:

"In fact, the authors note, the more respondents' feelings were based on a stereotypical perception that all NRA members felt the same about rejecting gun control, the more likely they were to reject the organization as a way to distance themselves from these views."

*singing* Feelings! Nothing more than feelings!*

"Similarly, the authors found, the less personal experience that respondents had with NRA members, the more likely they were to reject the organization."

And which organizations push that stereotype of the NRA? Which ones require a blatant misrepresentation of their opponents and flat out lies in order to progress in any way? Oh, right.

"Respondents suggested that maintaining a cognitive separation between how they viewed themselves and what the NRA stood for was important to their self-image."

"I can't even comprehend what they're thinking."

They need to have something to hate, need to remain ignorant and mentally limited to help feel good about themselves.

Judging by the experiences I've had w/ BC members, that seems pretty accurate.

Thanks for the cite Kelli. I'll be looking up the whole thing (available at my local library), this week. You are your own worst enemy.

Kim Jong Il is dead.

And has been for at least five years according to a Japanese researcher.

The question has baffled foreign intelligence agencies for years, but a veteran Japanese expert on North Korea says the “dear leader” is actually dead — and his role is played by a double.

Sorry. That's no double. There's a reason we've been preparing for a zombie apocalypse and it's starting in North Korea. The reason everyone looks gaunt and starving there? The majority of the nation is actually undead and preparing to sweep across the continent. The few actual living humans are carefully cultivated for propaganda purposes.

FOP for Palin/McCain

The FOP national organization has endorsed McCain and Palin.

I'ld lay my money that the Joyce Foundation funded IACP endorses Obama next.

A quiet weekend in Chicago.

Partygoer, 20, shot, wounded in Back of the Yards

"may be gang related". Shock.

Teen fatally shot in West Englewood

By another teen.

A few more murders and non-fatal attacks rounded out the weekend. Like I said, fairly quiet for this gun free city.

Yes she is....

In a Coalition to Stop Gun Ownership Two-fer, Josh Horowitz claims that Palin is out of the mainstream on gun control.

His defense consists of polls cited by MAIG and supporting the Heller Amicus Brief.

But his most damning evidence? Several paragraphs of ad hominems of Palin's association w/ the AIG.

Josh already has his *ss handed to him trying to push the whole "insurrectionist theory' nonsense. But, as is PuSH'er SOP, repeat ad nauseum in order to make the lie into truth.

My question. If she's 'so far out of the mainstream', how is it that she's part of an organization w/ around 4 million members? More than all the anti-gun groups combined.


In the report from French reporter looking to do a piece on youth and firearms, the CSGV was interviewed as well. Here's the header:

"A mentality of fear and distrust, not understanding"

Ladd then goes on to endorse a lack of understanding of firearms while encouraging fear and mistrust w/ this line:

Particularly when you might be building a false confidence in them that they can safely handle firearms in all situations even when an adult is not present.

Yep, leave your kids ignorant because otherwise they might build confidence and not want to rely on the authorities to coddle them their whole lives.

The real goal of the Coalition to Stop Gun Ownership.

"Only Ones" rap...

Sheet that is. Got one? All you need to do is appeal to the Human Resources Board and you can get put back on the CPD hiring list. Want to guarantee it? Bribe Get an Alderman to vouch for you.
Of the 79 people who successfully appealed their rejections from the Chicago Police Department:

• • Eighteen were former drug users. A woman said she was a cocaine dealer at age 12. Others gave seemingly far-fetched excuses: One man, whose father is a Chicago Police sergeant, said he was in Mexico and smoked a cigarette but stopped when he realized it was pot. A woman said she only smoked pot in Amsterdam, where it's legal.

• • Five, including a former Calumet Park cop, were arrested on domestic battery charges. One of them admitted hitting his daughter with a watch during a spanking and was accused of abusing a child in the Cook County juvenile detention center. Another man admitted striking his mother.

• • Four were arrested for battery, including a man who slashed someone with a knife in a bar fight, a man who pushed a teacher down a stairwell as a youngster, a bar brawler and a Cook County Jail guard accused of beating an inmate. He kept his jail job after criminal charges were dropped.

• • Six were in the military and ran into disciplinary problems, including a man who admitted he was diagnosed with a personality defect in the Navy, a man with a "troubling history" in the Navy that previously barred him from the Chicago Police Department, a woman who failed to show up for National Guard duty and a man who was absent without leave.

• • Four were rejects from other police departments, including a woman forced to resign from a Michigan department, a man who failed a Milwaukee Police Department background check, a man who failed an Elmhurst police polygraph and a man who failed a Phoenix Police Department polygraph.

• • Three were tied to gangs in the past, including a Cook County correctional officer who said he was a former Two-Sixer and failed to disclose a disorderly conduct arrest.

• • Two were fired from jobs, including a Cook County sheriff's deputy fired from two security jobs.

• • Two were relatives of crooks, including a woman whose husband is a convicted murderer and member of the Vice Lords street gang.

• • Others were involved in theft, reckless driving, turnstile jumping and underage drinking.

• • Three were endorsed by aldermen despite prior problems with the law. Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) backed a woman arrested for impeding a shooting investigation; Ald. Helen Shiller (46th) vouched for a man who threatened to shoot someone, and Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th) supported a man who sold drugs in the late 1990s.

Some of these things I can see waivering. Minor juvenile offenses? So what. Assault, impeding, fired from other departments? No. These people should not even be considered for law enforcement.