Saturday, February 14, 2009

Why Blagojevich didn't testify..

Because otherwise he would be under investigation for perjury like Sen. Burris is most likely going to be.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.Sen. Roland Burris admitted in a document released Saturday that former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother asked him for campaign fundraising help before the governor appointed Burris to the Senate.

The disclosure is at odds with Burris' testimony in January when an Illinois House impeachment committee specifically asked if he had ever spoken to Robert Blagojevich or other aides to the now-deposed governor about the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama.

State Rep. Jim Durkin, the impeachment committee's ranking Republican, told The Associated Press that he and House Republican Leader Tom Cross will ask Sunday for an outside investigation into whether Burris perjured himself.

Gotta love Illinois politics.

Friday, February 13, 2009

A new resident of the Trailer

In a hole in the ground there lived a Kaveman. Not a Hobbit-hole meaning comfort nor yet a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell: it was a dry, bare sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat.

This Kaveman decided that a lawnchair, a few beers, and a place on the couch were much better circumstances that what he previously had (satellite reception was terrible), so he gathered up his spear and extra furs and went to knock on the door of the Trailer.

When Thirdpower opened the door, Kaveman began to talk.

And the words were good.

Gargle, Spit, Repeat

In the hopes that it will pass this year, the Brady's are again pushing "Universal Background Check" legislation in Illinois, similar to what failed last year:
Legislation in Illinois that would require Brady criminal background checks on all handgun buyers, HB 48, needs the support of your State Representative. Please urge your State Representative to cosponsor HB 48.
The problem? There already is one. It's called the FOID card and the Brady's have been caught lying about that previously.

They continue their dishonesty thought:
A background check on all handgun buyers is an important way to ensure that prohibited people, like felons and the adjudicated mentally ill, don’t gain easy access to handguns. Currently, many unlicensed sales of handguns occur without a background check.
You need a FOID to legally possess a firearm in IL. It is the requirement of the ISP to revoke the card when an individual becomes a 'prohibited person'.

So the Brady's continue their SOP of blatant dishonesty in order to push their agenda of reducing civilian firearm ownership as much as possible through legislation and lawsuits.

Paying Gig.

The LibertySphere has decided to try and make a few pennies off of this whole advocacy thing.

I thought he was younger.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Another Wolf in the Fold

Another anti-NRA organization called the"Liberal Gun Club" is rearing its ugly head. No surprise, it supported Obama during the election. They claim not to be a 'political organization' but in reality, there are several sections on their site that are there solely devoted to supporting political candidates. They also use the traditional "We support the 2A but.." arguments like:

1) slippery-slope to nukes
2) waiting periods
3) registration/licensing
4) 'Assault Weapon Bans'
5) Magazine bans
6) Opening up Trace Data
7) Universal checks through FFL dealers

You can hear their president, Mark Roberts, on the 'Rick Smith' show here, starting at about 27:35, where he endorses the Factcheck report. The usual buzzwords (reasonable, sensible), along with Red Herrings, Ad Hominems, False Dicotomies, etc. abound. A word of warning, keep any heavy objects away while listening.

They also openly advocate Joyce Foundation funded organizations as well as the AHSA.

Why is it that these "NRA Alternatives" always have more in common w/ the Brady Campaign or VPC than any other pro-gun group like the SAF, CCRKBA, etc. ?

Oh, right. Nevermind.

Another Commerce Sec. Out

Sen. Gregg, drops out of the nomination citing irreconcilable differences w/ Obama.

No sh*t sherlock.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Socialized Medicine

Aren't we told that it's the salvation of mankind?
LUCKNOW, India — At least 22 elderly people in northern India have lost vision in one or both of their eyes after undergoing free cataract surgery at a state-owned clinic, a government official said Wednesday.

Joey Courts

Marine Vet is arrested for having a firearm. Charges are dropped because he had a CCW license and wasn't in any public buildings. A Starchamber Hearing ensues and 'convicts' him of violating campus policy, suspending him w/ a mandated psych exam and and a written confession of his 'crimes'.

This is the kind of 'justice' one received following the Russian, Chinese, and Cuban revolutions. Politically indoctrinated youth punishing people for violating their ingrained manifestos.

Welcome to the America that Academia has been grooming for the last few generations.

David Codrea's Examiner column has the details.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

CCW in Illinois Poll

Should Illinois residents be allowed to carry a concealed weapon? Yes: 90%, No: 10%

Go forth and vote on the 'updated' one. Currently Yes:97.6%, No: 2.4%

Seems the Anti's did a little mustering of their own. Final tally was 78% Yes 22% No .

Gotta Luv the InterWebs

Remember when the Brady Campaign shut down their blog after their "Reasoned Discourse" Series?

Remember when they later deleted all former comments on said blog?

Well longtime poster and nemesis of Kelli, Zen21Tao, archived them. They're available here.*

*25Meg Zip file

Monday, February 9, 2009

Miracles can happen

I just listened to a College Professor give a balanced lecture on the 2A, current court cases and legislation.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Guns in Restaurants PSH

You really think some underpaid Virginia waiter is gonna tell an armed smoker to snuff out his butt?
-Mike Licht
Yes, unless they're some sort of scared panty-waist that thinks that someone following the law will start shooting up the joint if they're asked to, you know, follow the law. The kind of person that is afraid of pictures of guns.

That's just one of the mental manipulations the author needed to take to pursue his own little version of reality. This is another:

“Last time I looked the number of “righteous” (i.e., legally-defensible) civilian handgun shootings was stunning in its statistical insignificance.”

No, that would be justifiable “homicides”, not shootings. Does a firearm even need to be discharged to be used in self defense? Obviously not. His reply:

Check the FBI stats (my link went bad). Annual civilian legal gun homicides were ca. 160 out of 49,000 adult gun homicides when I last looked, though I saw a figure of 300 recently. do the math.
So he switched his own wording and (most likely unintentionally) proved my point for me. Never mind the fact that he DOUBLED the number of total murders from its high over 15 years ago. Then 'Reasoned Discourse' kicked in since he was asked to actually defend his assertions and he shut down comments.

More at WallsoftheCity, Weerbeard, and RobertaX

Everything Old is New Again.

One of the missions of the people designing camouflage is to find a pattern that works well in all environments. This is to not only make a more effective soldier but to save money as well. Modern examples of this is the disaster that is Army Combat Uniform (which stands out equally well in all environments) and Multicam.

This isn't a new concept however. The Germans in WWII realized that patterns became less effective during seasonal changes so developed several versions of reversible uniform items.* These included smocks (a stopgap measure since it wasn't feasable to re-equip the entire military), helmet covers, softcaps, and shelter halves. One of the more common examples is the "Oak Variants" w/ Summer and Autumn sides:



There were other variations of this as well as Autumn/Winter reversible coats. Later, they developed a pattern called "44 Dot" that one could argue is a primitive "MultiCam" pattern as it was intended to account for seasonal changes. In fact, it does have some pattern similarities. Most notable small sized color combinations on lighter backgrounds:


Since these were patterns used by the SS, after the war, the newly created Bundeswehr and Nationale Volksarmee took different directions in their choices of uniforms.

*Note that this is just a very basic covering of some patterns available.