Archive for September, 2010

The War on Drugs.

Posted: September 25, 2010 in The End is Near

After 4 decades of the “War on Drugs”, we are no closer to winning than when we started.  The asset forfeiture laws, mandatory minimums, and other draconian measures have destroyed more lives than they have saved, yet our civil rights continue to erode.

Looking at these pictures of the assets seized recently from a Mexican drug lord, you can see how well things are going in stamping out the “scourge of drugs”, and you can be sure NONE of that loot is making it’s way into the pockets of government officials NORTH of the border.

No sir, not one penny.

Of course, the only solution is to spend more money on this never-ending farce, but in case you haven’t heard heard; the government is broke.

Maybe we should borrow some money from the drug lords to pay for the drug war.  They seem to have plenty, and probably charge less interest than the Chinese Army to boot.

America, with less than 5 percent of the world population, has a quarter of the world’s prisoners.  There are six times as many Americans behind bars as are imprisoned in the 12 countries that make up the entire European Union, even though those countries have 100 million more citizens than the United States.  Our jails and prisons have become the 51st state, with a greater combined population than Alaska, North Dakota and South Dakota.Editorial, San Jose Mercury News, 1999-12-31.

And don’t worry, that black helicopter buzzing around your neighborhood is just looking for illicit marijuana cultivation.  Nothing to worry about.

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Posted: September 24, 2010 in The End is Near

Not much to rant about today.

Best to just watch stuff getting blown up, and reflect on the coming Zombie Apocalypse.

40 reasons to ban guns…..

Posted: September 20, 2010 in The End is Near

1. Banning guns works, which is why New York, DC, & Chicago cops need guns.

2. Washington DC’s low murder rate of 69 per 100,000 is due to strict gun
control, and Indianapolis’ high murder rate of 9 per 100,000 is due to the
lack of gun control.

3. Statistics showing high murder rates justify gun control but statistics
showing increasing murder rates after gun control are “just statistics.”

4. The Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban, both of which went into
effect in 1994 are responsible for the decrease in violent crime rates,
which have been declining since 1991.

5. We must get rid of guns because a deranged lunatic may go on a shooting
spree at any time and anyone who would own a gun out of fear of such a
lunatic is paranoid.

6. The more helpless you are the safer you are from criminals.

7. An intruder will be incapacitated by tear gas or oven spray, but if shot
with a .357 Magnum will get angry and kill you.

8. A woman raped and strangled is morally superior to a woman with a smoking
gun and a dead rapist at her feet.

9. When confronted by violent criminals, you should “put up no defense –
give them what they want, or run” (Handgun Control Inc. Chairman Pete
Shields, Guns Don’t Die – People Do, 1981, p. 125).

10. The New England Journal of Medicine is filled with expert advice about
guns; just like Guns & Ammo has some excellent treatises on heart surgery.

11. One should consult an automotive engineer for safer seat belts, a civil
engineer for a better bridge, a surgeon for internal medicine, a computer
programmer for hard drive problems, and Sarah Brady for firearms expertise.

12. The 2nd Amendment, ratified in 1787, refers to the National Guard, which
was created 130 years later, in 1917.

13. The National Guard, federally funded, with bases on federal land, using
federally-owned weapons, vehicles, buildings and uniforms, punishing
trespassers under federal law, is a “state” militia.

14. These phrases: “right of the people peaceably to assemble,” “right of
the people to be secure in their homes,” “enumerations herein of certain
rights shall not be construed to disparage others retained by the people,”
and “The powers not delegated herein are reserved to the states
respectively, and to the people” all refer to individuals, but “the right of
the people to keep and bear arms” refers to the state.

15. “The Constitution is strong and will never change.” But we should ban
and seize all guns thereby violating the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Amendments to
that Constitution.

16. Rifles and handguns aren’t necessary to national defense! Of course, the
army has hundreds of thousands of them.

17. Private citizens shouldn’t have handguns, because they aren’t “military
weapons”, but private citizens shouldn’t have “assault rifles”, because
they are military weapons.

18. In spite of waiting periods, background checks, fingerprinting,
government forms, etc., guns today are too readily available, which is
responsible for recent school shootings. In the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s,
anyone could buy guns at hardware stores, army surplus stores, gas stations,
variety stores, Sears mail order, no waiting, no background check, no
fingerprints, no government forms and there were no school shootings.

19. The NRA’s attempt to run a “don’t touch” campaign about kids handling
guns is propaganda, but the anti-gun lobby’s attempt to run a “don’t touch”
campaign is responsible social activity.

20. Guns are so complex that special training is necessary to use them
properly, and so simple to use that they make murder easy.

21. A handgun, with up to 4 controls, is far too complex for the typical
adult to learn to use, as opposed to an automobile that only has 20.

22. Women are just as intelligent and capable as men but a woman with a gun
is “an accident waiting to happen” and gun makers’ advertisements aimed at
women are “preying on their fears.”

23. Ordinary people in the presence of guns turn into slaughtering butchers
but revert to normal when the weapon is removed.

24. Guns cause violence, which is why there are so many mass killings at gun
shows.

25. A majority of the population supports gun control, just like a majority
of the population supported owning slaves.

26. Any self-loading small arm can legitimately be considered to be a
“weapon of mass destruction” or an “assault weapon.”

27. Most people can’t be trusted, so we should have laws against guns, which
most people will abide by because they can be trusted.

28. The right of Internet pornographers to exist cannot be questioned
because it is constitutionally protected by the Bill of Rights, but the use
of handguns for self defense is not really protected by the Bill of Rights.

29. Free speech entitles one to own newspapers, transmitters, computers, and
typewriters, but self- defense only justifies bare hands.

30. The ACLU is good because it uncompromisingly defends certain parts of
the Constitution, and the NRA is bad, because it defends other parts of the
Constitution.

31. Charlton Heston, a movie actor as president of the NRA is a cheap
lunatic who should be ignored, but Michael Douglas, a movie actor as a
representative of Handgun Control, Inc. is an ambassador for peace who is
entitled to an audience at the UN arms control summit.

32. Police operate with backup within groups, which is why they need larger
capacity pistol magazines than do “civilians” who must face criminals alone
and therefore need less ammunition.

33. We should ban “Saturday Night Specials” and other inexpensive guns
because it’s not fair that poor people have access to guns too.

34. Police officers have some special Jedi-like mastery over handguns that
private citizens can never hope to obtain.

35. Private citizens don’t need a gun for self- protection because the
police are there to protect them even though the Supreme Court says the
police are not responsible for their protection.

36. Citizens don’t need to carry a gun for personal protection but police
chiefs, who are desk-bound administrators who work in a building filled with
cops, need a gun.

37. “Assault weapons” have no purpose other than to kill large numbers of
people. The police need assault weapons. You do not.

38. When Microsoft pressures its distributors to give Microsoft preferential
promotion, that’s bad; but when the Federal government pressures cities to
buy guns only from Smith & Wesson, that’s good.

39. Trigger locks do not interfere with the ability to use a gun for
defensive purposes, which is why you see police officers with one on their
duty weapon.

40. Handgun Control, Inc., says they want to “keep guns out of the wrong
hands.” Guess what? You have the wrong hands.

Innocents Betrayed (NSFW video)

Posted: September 11, 2010 in The End is Near

On this poignant day in American History,  forever marked by a tragedy some say was a false flag operation, we must peer into the wake of history if we hope to steer a true course towards the future.

Serious questions remain unanswered about the events of 9/11/01, but one thing is certain:  Our civil liberties have been eroding quickly ever since. Each week seems to bring yet another incremental decrease in our liberties in the name of “The (never-ending) War on Terror.”

Some feel tyranical conspiracies could never happen in the United States, but they would be wrong.  Very wrong.

Mass grave in the "Killing Fields" of Cambodia. (1980)

The history of world civilization shows, time and again, those in control always seek to further their own interests, power and profit. At all costs.

To deny true human nature is foolish at best, naively dangerous at it’s worst.

♥♥ Love and understanding for all mankind ♥♥♥” will always be trumped by raw naked force of will, and no amount of spirited intellectual discussions over a latte at Starbucks will change that.

The following documentary was produced by the Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, folks who know very well what happens when you are not allowed to protect yourself.  It is a very eye-opening hour-long documentary that shows the shocking results of what happens when we forget history, and convince ourselves that evil in our world is only a relic of the past.


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(Self-play version of documentary here.)

Gun control by the numbers.

Posted: September 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

A LITTLE GUN CONTROL HISTORY:

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control:  56 million.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana (1863-1952)

I was discussing gun ownership with a customer a few days ago, and she made the statement that “gun owners seem to be illiterate rednecks who just want to blow stuff up while drinking beer.”  She voiced this opinion to me, not realizing that I was standing next to her with a concealed pistol on my hip.

Rather than bristle and leap to defend the Sacred Honor of Gun Owners Everywhere, I let her explain further.

She feels that beyond hunting, and perhaps a shotgun for home defense, Americans do not need so many weapons and that some people have WAY, WAY too many guns, and behave like idiots with them a lot of the time.

The irony of her statement is that she collects sewing machines, and probably has over 100 in her house.  The joy of collecting (and yes, fondling) a precision tool doesn’t apply to UNHOLY INSTRUMENTS OF DEATH in her mind.

Unfortunately, looking at it dispassionately, I see her point of view as an outsider to “USA Gun Culture”.

The “average” gun owner (to her crowd) IS the immature, drunken buffoon who shoots up old appliances in the back yard, or posts “Hey y’all; watch this!” gun videos to YouTube.

The media always seems to interview the mouthy skinhead (with more tattoos than teeth) every time a news story on gun-ownership/tragedy/rights is aired.  You also see very few, if any, African-Americans represented in gun ownership stories (except for the stereotypical gangsta, holding a Glock sideways, robbing a liquor store in the ghetto.)

They don’t see the average gun owner because most of us are meek, non-racist, law-abiding, and blend in well with the community. Yet they judge us by the above-mentioned idiots because they stand out so much more.

In  contrast, compare how these Swiss gun-owners (home of a very, very low crime rate and MANDATORY high rates of gun ownership) present themselves, versus the typical American gun-toting YouTube sensations:

I’m sure the guys in the second video are decent folk, but they seem to violate every stereotype and safety issue in just one 3:15 video,  (That’s some skill right there – Git ‘er done!) and this type of behavior is not rare.

Organizations like the NRA spend a great deal of time working with lawmakers (and fundraising…), but no company or organization seems to be reaching out to the masses of non-gun owners to present to true face of gun owners in America.  This should change as “preaching to the choir” will not gain allies.

There is no need to provide the anti-gun forces with any more (ahem) ammunition against us so, as a group, let’s clean up our act ASAP.

The craftsmanship is noticeably better than the Cross-Breed Supertuck or Kholster. However, looks alone are not that important for a CCW holster for obvious reasons. The adjustable retention is a plus for me and the plastic clips do not scratch furniture like metal clips.

I use this holster to CCW an XD45c wearing summer clothes (shorts and t-shirt) most of the time. I forget I’m wearing it, even when driving. I highly recommend it, but if you sweat a lot, I would sew a terry cloth liner (like a woman’s showercap made from a washcloth) as leather can be kind of sticky against bare skin. (All IWB holsters can benefit from this IMO.)