- When you’re a bazillionaire, your April Fools jokes may be lame, but they can be pretty elaborate. (H/T MJR)
- Let me see if I understand this. It’s okay for the government to blackmail, extort, threaten violence, and steal all the assets from Silk Road. But it’s wrong if individual government agents do it. No, no matter how I try, I can’t wrap my head around whatever principle they’re going by.
- Showering with the fedgov.
- I always love these articles on how being a
grumpy curmudgeonly doom-bearing sky-is-fallingworrywort can actually be good for your work.
While I disagree with some of the contentions in this article (e.g. that it takes no skill to wield a knife!), it does offer some food for thought on why it just might be okey-dokey after all to bring a knife to a gun fight. (Tip o’ hat to MJR)
Oooh! Ooooh! I want this job! (H/T jed)
Archive for the ‘Guns and Gun Rights’ Category
Mine on the other hand, is okay. Over at TZP I take on the popularization of group hatred by the left.
Deadlining this week as well as doing my small bit to get The Zelman Partisans ready for its next big step (look for it mid-April, Lord willing and the crick don’t rise). So blogging is a bit slow. But got some links for ya …
- Missed an important anniversary in the history of government on Monday: passage of the Enabling Act. March 23, 1933.
- Personally, I think if they can’t afford to pay for their own first-class travel, the whole scurvy bunch of ‘em ought to just hitchhike and stay in hostels. And what the heck is a “first lady,” anyhow, and why should any sane human being want one? She wouldn’t be worth it even if she cost only $1.98 in upkeep.
- One more reason not to live in California: the Obamacare of energy policies.
- Fabulous opening line: “It’s spring, and just as the appearance of shoots and buds makes you optimistic that winter is departing, so too are there signs around the country that make you optimistic that our leviathan state is, if not departing, at least starting to retreat.” New Mexico abolishes asset forfeiture without criminal conviction.
- The .sucks domain is almost here — and its price structure makes it look like a very clever shakedown scheme.
- “We were wolves once …
- … and maybe some of us still are. (H/T jed from comments)
… are set for today in Congress.
Who gives a rat’s patoot about hearings? They’re just political theater, signifying nothing.
But Operation Choke Point has rightly been called “the greatest government overreach that no one is talking about.” (OCP has been called that, in fact, by the guy heading up today’s hearings, Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin.)
Why this matters: Because it shows how some obscure, unelected entity, ostensibly having zero to do with firearms, civil rights, business ethics or anything other than insuring bank deposits, can get a bright idea in its head (or have one politically implanted there) and become part of the endless effort to destroy gun rights. It also shows the dirty “how” of the dirty business: pressure, innuendo, and the general creepitude of mission creep.
Who needs, you know, actual laws (however bad)? Who needs stormtroopers in the streets to enforce outrageous diktats? That’s so very, very twentieth century! All you have to do these days is whisper the “right” message in the “right” ears to turn legal business people into pariahs and begin the process of gradually destroying an industry — and the human rights associated with it.
- Seymour Hersh revisits the ghosts of My Lai.
- Give a corporation the idea that it’s a government and pretty soon it starts acting like one. (H/T PT)
- What every well-prepared … um, prepper should have: the world’s first portable, grab-n-go flame thrower. (I really can’t decide how far the tongue is in the cheek on this one.) (Tip o’ hat to MJR)
- Bovard on the “food security” charade. That whole “food security” business has always grated with me (it’s so blatantly trumped up). But Bovard doesn’t just let it grate. He knows his stuff on this topic.
- Are we flushing gold down the toilet?
- Was this predictable, or what? Cops raid the pot club of Charlo Green, the former Alaska newscaster who announced on air, expletive included, that she was quitting TV for cannabis activism.
- Scientists think they’ve found the world’s largest asteroid-impact zone. If so, will be fascinating as future researchers trace its relationship to extinctions, climate, and more.
- Two great dog stories: Funny how even a dog that’s scared of people understands when (and how) to ask for human help; and heres a story about an Ecuadorian-Swedish mutt that’s just wonderful from scruffy beginning to happy ending. (H/T Shel in comments)
Over at The Zelman Partisans Nicki Kenyon describes, far better than I ever could, the contrast between the “new” JPFO and the genuinely new spirit and reality of TZP.
Some very cool things are being worked on behind the TZP scenes and Nicki gives a glimpse of them.
I was going to just write a line or two here about the “new” JPFO here while linking to Nicki. Because Nicki really says all that needs saying. But [roll eyes] my line or two turned into a rant or two. If you want to hear what I have to say, click the “more” link. But above all, see what Nicki has to say.
- Chortle. Mexicans (presumably Mexican yuppies) are now importing pot from the U.S.
- Sigh. I really thought the Buddhists were better than this. Okay, it’s not Buddhists. It’s the gummint of Myanmar, so not exactly the heart of enlightenment. But still people, get a clue. If you have to force others to respect your holy men, it’s clear you don’t actually think your holy men are worthy of respect on their own.
- The GNU Manifesto turns 30 this year. (H/T jed)
- Raising up a whole new generation of shooters. Of course, it’s all the fault of the eeeevil gun industry. But still an encouraging article. (Tip o’ hat to LA)
- Another powerful one from Mike V: “The E.N.D. Game and the End of Games.” While I hope it never comes to shooting, certainly the nabobs are better targets than their almost endlessly replaceable minions.
- How it happened in Detroit: one home at a time. Very sad, very well-told story.
- Two from TZP on the awful doom once again looming over Europe’s Jews: first my take on a recent, must-read Atlantic article; then Y.B. ben Avraham says a shofar is calling Jews home.
- Kit Lange pens an open letter to the sheriffs of Washington state. Yes, Kit is revealing herself to be one impressive woman.
- So it wasn’t enough for the feddies to go after our woodstoves. Now our dreadful BBQ emissions are the problem.
- Even the WaPo thinks Obama is blowing smoke on the issue of guns.
- Some things are still creepy despite being “voluntary.” Adidas adds near-field communications to selected clothing items.
- Other things may be technically “voluntary” but still Orwellian. No, Hertz has no plans to spy on drivers with those in-car cams it’s now installing. Noooo. Of course not. (Via Wendy McElroy)
- Ferguson shows that big government is not a victimless crime.
Does anybody else here still get JPFO alerts? Didja notice the one they sent out this evening? On the day of the week that, until two weeks ago, belonged to the highly principled, always incisive David Codrea?
Advocating having armed guards at every exit in theaters, supermarkets, malls, and other public spaces. (Yeah, and you wanna pay $30 for your movie tickets, do you? And ten bucks for your loaf of bread?)
Because, you know, security works so well in airports. (The author really said that. He did.)
And what would be the main purpose of these guards at every entrance and every exit to every public venue in the good old Land of the Free? To make sure no armed citizens can ever enter.
Bravo, JPFO! Such a firm statement of the individual right to keep and bear arms. Such an up-to-the-minute news “alert.” Such a hard-hitting, uncompromising think piece. No nerfing here, nosirree.
- The FAA sez you can’t post your little drone videos on YouTube. Hahahahahahahahaha! Now let’s see you enforce that, feddies.
- Now this woman was some spy!
- Kurt Hofmann ventures the thought that maybe the fedgov shouldn’t abolish the ATF after all.
- I’m as impressed with Kit Lange as Kevin Wilmeth is. And for similar reasons.
- The mysterious fate of Sharpton’s financial records. Hm. Maybe Hillary conveniently deleted them like she’s deleting herself.
MamaLiberty answers today’s earlier post by asking, “Do you smile every day?”
Everyone knows there is plenty in this world to worry about. Even those who avoid the world and national “news” as much as possible can’t help but note the downward spiral in their own financial situation, especially if they or those they love are unemployed. There is the constant push to destroy God given rights to life and liberty, and increasing efforts to criminalize and control everything. Then there is the cost of everyday necessities, increasing due to the sinking national economy and shrinking dollar. A great many people are seriously worried about their health, and the increasing Obummercare insanity replacing free market medicine and insurance. And so much more. Did you know that stress, worry and fear, are far more detrimental to good health than you might think?
It’s almost impossible to know the truth about the “news” or, often, even what’s really happening in our own area. Even people who are present during disturbances and crises seldom have a grasp on the whole problem, much less the whole solution. And, unfortunately, this creates a sort of vacuum that we too often fill with our imagination, our prejudices and the ghosts of our past. All of which can and will be used by the unscrupulous to direct, or even precipitate the next crisis. Trust, but verify. Don’t expect to know or understand everything. Do you need to know? What could you do about it if you did? Good questions to ask yourself, I think.
No hero on a white horse is going to come along and save the day. Not this election, or any other. And expecting the politicians to limit their evil and restore our “rights” is as empty of promise as intergalactic space. Maybe more so. And hoping to do that by threatening not to re-elect them would be a hysterical joke if it wasn’t so painful to watch good people continue to believe in that insanity after all these years, after watching endless rubber room elections.
What can you do? You may not agree at first, but I think there is something we can do, and it has to start with each of us as individuals.
Read the rest here.
Familiar territory to us hereabouts, but always a good reminder.
Now it’s not only Mike Vanderboegh who is persona non grata at KABA. David Codrea gets sent down the Memory Hole.
Remains to be seen whether all things Codrea will be “disappeared” or just that one news item.