Friday, March 20, 2009

ISP Director Resigns.

Another anti-gun Blago appointee gone.

A spokesman says Illinois State Police director Larry Trent has resigned.

Sgt. Luis Gutierrez says Trent stepped down Friday, effective immediately.

He did not have further details, including whether a replacement for Trent has been named.

Trent served with the Illinois State Police for 22 years before former Gov. Rod Blagojevich chose him as director in 2003.

Trent is an Army veteran who served in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

This is the same guy that compared firearm rights supporters to criminals:

"There isn't really any middle ground on this issue," State Police Director Larry Trent said at a news conference Tuesday. "You either stand with the gun lobby or you stand with law enforcement."

But at the same time refused to enforce the laws.

Good riddance Larry. Don't let the door hit your @ss on the way out.

UPDATE: Potential reason. Rehabilitated? Have a court order to expunge or seal your record? Like the ISP cares.

Wayne Lapierre on Glenn Beck

O-Day +58: Insults and Media Silence

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has apologized to the chairman of the Special Olympics for his late-night talk show quip equating his bowling skills to those of athletes with disabilities.

The reaction by the media? Virtual silence.

The reaction by the Obamabots? Apologetics.

Can you imagine what the response would have had Bush made a similar statement? It would have been front page news for a week.

But there's no media complicity. No, none at all.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Kalishnikitty 2009

Via SmallestMinority:

Kalashnikitty time! Eric is doing another run of that popular classic.

OK, guys and gals, I have gotten a lot of emails in the past few months about people wanting Kalashnikitty shirts and have decided to do up another run.

I will be taking orders until Sunday, April 12 and the order with my shirt maker will go in on Monday April 13. I should have the shirts in my hands and shipping out by the last week of April and they will ship out immediately by Priority Mail. Occasionally things get delayed or sped up depending on his inventory, workload, shipping issues, etc. - but I'm giving myself enough time this time to hopefully get around these occasional issues.

Here's the procedure for getting the shirts (this makes it a LOT easier for me to track and ship these things ASAP)

Email me, with the following:

1 - Number and sizes you want - sizes are Child's Medium, Child's Large, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large, Adult XL, Adult 2XL, and Adult 3XL.

2 - Your name and address

3 - How you would like to pay for them (Check, Money Order, Paypal)

TWO color choices this time around! - the classic light ash grey (very nice) - shirts are high-quality, do not fade or shrink, long lasting, very soft. Image is screen printed, NOT iron on or transfers. I've never gotten an email from any of my previous customers saying, "The shirt shrunk, faded, looks horrible after 3 months, etc." - these really are quite nice shirts.

I talked to my shirtmaker and he said he might be able to do this on a BLACK shirt - this has been requested by a lot of you over the years. He's working up a graphic for me (since the current outline of the graphic is black and wouldn't look right on a black shirt) - I think we may got with a white outline that will be a little wider and slightly different looking than the current white inside the graphic. As soon as I know and have an idea as to how it will look I'll let you know.

The extra cost of a black shirt will be $2.50 - this is due to the shirt "shells" in black costing more and the initial new setup of doing another plate for these.

Let me know if you would like your shirts in regular (ash-grey) or the new black.

Pricing - I have, in the past 7 years, never raised the price, even though my cost has gone up. I'm STILL not raising the price yet - even though shipping has gone up, I'm going to eat that since you all have been so great to me over the years and I want to make these available to as many people as I can.

Any size up to XL is $20, 2XL is $21.50 and 3XL is $22.00. As noted, black is $2.50 extra, regardless of size.

Shipping via 2-3 day Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation is $5.00 for 1 shirt, and an extra $2.50 per shirt after that.

Check, MO, or Paypal is good for payments. If using Paypal, add 4% to the total payment, including the shipping.

** When you email me your order, include your full name and mailing address. I will email you back with the total.

Below are some pictures of the graphic and some happy customers wearing them. Thanks again to everyone and spread the word!

The Man behind the Scenes.


The "Look" is Gone

Charlie Manson then:

A sociopath with an ability to mesmerize people w/ his words and glare.

Charlie Manson today:

Just a tired old man.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Common Sense Gun Laws Won, The NRA Lost

That's what the Brady Bunch told us a few months ago.

Maybe not.

Today in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, 65 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Congressman Mike Ross (D-AR), expressed their opposition to the reinstatement of the failed 1994 ban on semi-automatic firearms and ammunition magazines. These congressmen cited numerous studies that proved the 1994 ban was ineffective, and they strongly urged Attorney General Holder to stop his effort and instead focus on the enforcement of existing gun laws.

NRA would like to thank Congressman Ross for his leadership on this effort. We will continue to work with Members of Congress from both parties on this important issue.
Two of those Democrats were Jerry Costello and Debbie Halvorson from Illinois. Special thanks go out to these individuals from all the law abiding folk in Illinois.

No Confidence in Chicago PD Leadership

The Fraternal Order of Police joins the rest of the city residents in a "No Confidence" vote.

Officers Issue Vote Of No Confidence In Weis
FOP President: 'I've Never Seen Morale This Low'

"I think the message that's being sent from the membership by their votes is that they want to see change, and whether it's a new superintendent himself, or the overall administration of the department, something's got to change to put their men and women in a better frame of mind; a more secure frame of mind so they do their job as they know how to do it," FOP President Mark Donahue told CBS 2.

Not really a surprise. Not a thing has changed since he took over (at $310K/year) except that crime has skyrocketed and Daley has cut their numbers down to replace them with cameras that don't work.

Chicago Area Appleseed

From my associates at the McHenry County Sportsmen's Assoc.
With help from our friends at various 4-letter organizations such as
MCSA, ASSA, SLRA, CCKC, we've done it: We're going to hold an
Appleseed event about an hour north of Chicago!! (That's the closest
possible range, BTW...)

Won't you help me spread the good word? (If you can, please plug the
event as the "Chicago" Appleseed...)

Here's the link:

Cheers, I'm going to go collapse in a heap now...
Les K

The McHenry Co. Sportsmen's Association, in conjunction with the State Line Rifle Association, Action Shooting Sports Association, present the APPLESEED Program at the Conservation Club of Kenosha Co (Bristol, WI) on August 14th and 15th, 2009. Mark your calendars now... Registration information coming soon!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Brass Scrapping Reversed

According to the Montana Shooting Sports Association. This is grassroots advocacy.
Dear MSSA Friends,

I just received a phone call from the office of U.S. Senator Tester of Montana to inform me that at 5:15 (EST) today a letter cosigned by Senator Tester (D-MT) and Senator Baucus (D-MT) was faxed to the Department of Defense asking DoD to reverse its new policy requiring destruction of fired military cartridge brass. At 5:30, I am told, Tester's office received a fax back from DoD saying that the brass destruction policy IS reversed.

Others report to me that they are already seeing evidence of this on the Websites of entities that liquidate surplus DoD commodities.

Our thanks go out to Senator Tester and Senator Baucus, and their staff, for getting on this problem promptly and making the reversal happen

Staff for Tester and Baucus promise they will get me the documentation for this reversal tomorrow morning. I'll forward that when I get it.

Best wishes,

Gary Marbut, president
Montana Shooting Sports Association
author, Gun Laws of Montana

Excellent work. Keep it up.

Cam & Co. says they were told the same thing by NRA-ILA.

DLA documents here and here.

Unorganized Militia Gear

O-Day +54B:Volunteers of America

"But they volunteered, it's their own fault" must be the thinking of President Obama on his latest plan to hope to get all your change. The plan requiring wounded combat vets to use private insurance to cover their injuries received while serving.
" The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization says he is "deeply disappointed and concerned" after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases."
Quite the way to support the troops.

Weer'd Beard has more.

CPSC in Charge of Firearms?

That's what groups like the Brady Campaign want. I'm sure they would do a smash-up job of it.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has raised that possibility in urging the nation's libraries to take children's books printed before 1986 off their shelves while the federal agency investigates whether the ink contains unsafe levels of lead.

O-Day +54:The Indirect Approach

Ending spent brass sales, cutting the armed pilot program, blaming US gun owners for the disaster that is Mexico.

These are the kinds of indirect actions against firearm owners that we have been seeing and will continue to see from the Obama Administration. The direct approach failed miserably so the new tactic is to slowly but surely quietly increase the numbers of restrictions, reduce beneficial programs, change regulations, ect. to drive costs up and discourage associated activities like reloading, target shooting, what have you.

Practically every nominatee Obama has chosen (including his VP) has had an extensive anti-gun history. Not to mention his own history of opposing firearm ownership.

The only one's this would come as a surprise to are those naive enough to thing his campaign rhetoric was legitimate.

Right Ray?

Monday, March 16, 2009

5,000 vs 200

Anyone care to lay odds on which gets more media coverage?

Not For Revenue Generation

Isn't that what we're always told about traffic cameras?

Chicago could rake in “at least $200 million” a year — and wipe out the entire projected deficit for 2009 — by using its vast network of redlight and surveillance cameras to hunt down uninsured motorists, aldermen were told today...

“You could put these cameras on the Dan Ryan. … You could have the same camera at the entrance to O’Hare Field’s parking lot where you have 10,000 cars parked. In theory, 20-some percent of those wouldn’t be insured and they’d all be in violation of a city ordinance,” Burke said.

“Maybe that’s why the staggering amount of revenue you’ve suggested could be potentially achieved.”


Like they're going to collect anywhere near what they spend on attempting to implement it.


Buried Treasures

Out doing some yardwork this morning and my daughter runs up to me yelling "Daddy, I found a sharp knife thing". So of course she hands it to me. *sigh* Anywhoo. What she handed me turns out to be a vintage Girl Scout pocket knife.

A little research shows that these were made between 1947 and 1980. Talking to my Mother-in-Law about the property would date this one to most likely before 1975.

History is fun.

Gun Control Causes AIDS

Hey, if they can play the causality/correlation game, why can't we?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Chicago Crime is Still Spiking

A school district spokeswoman said this week's shooting death of Franco Avila means 27 students have been killed, eclipsing last year's 26 for the entire school year. In 2006-07, there were 32 students killed in the school year, according to a Tribune tally. -Chicago Tribune
There was an apparent drop in January but, as is the historical trend, that has reversed.

Welcome to Chicago.

Illinois Snowjob?

Is the momentum on Concealed Carry in Illinois just one giant snowjob by the legislators? One 'pundit' thinks so:
Madigan sends the bill to a Committee with strong downstate presence, lets the bill pass giving his downstate conservative Members the ability to vote for it and then sits on the bill. Downstate Dems get to go back and say they sponsored or voted for the bill in committee, but they couldn’t get it to the floor, but they’ll keep working on it. Cross goes along because his downstate Members get the same opportunity and when the bill is killed, he doesn’t have to worry about his Chicago area Reps voting on it which would hurt them in a potential primary if they vote against it, but hurt them in the general for sure if they vote for it.

Madigan and Cross protect their Members. Members get to say they tried. Nothing changes. Repeat.

Sending these bills to a strong pro-gun committee instead of the ones where pro-gun bills go to die is a realistic claim in lieu of the way Illinois politics works. This would be more compelling though, if "Downstate Dems" didn't vote consistently with the firearm rights movement and the Chicago Machine voting the exact opposite.

O-Day+52: Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske

The man invested to run the US's "policies, priorities, and objectives to eradicate illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences". Obviously he's got a lot on his plate in regards to the heated up drug wars in Mexico that are spilling over here.

Gil Kerlikowske? Where have I heard that name before? Oh, right. He stood shoulder to shoulder with Paul Helmke and John Donohue in a debate last October on the issue of firearms and crime. His statements show that he blames firearm crime on the legal owners (due perhaps to personal experience), opposes Concealed Carry, and has also supported bans on "Assault Weapons" etc.

With the whole "US is supplying machine guns to Mexico" meme flying around, what do you think Kerlikowske's focus is going to be on?

So Ray Schoenke? Is this one of Obama's "so-called "gun-grabbing" cohorts" or not?