speaks for itself

In general, the anti-rights cultists have largely abandoned the lie of “only wanting to compromise”, which is just as well; it was always a lie, everyone knew it was always a lie, and it convinced no one. 

But, occasionally, you find a useful idiot who did not receive the memo: 

comebackshaneCompromise@comebackshane: @Soldier1eaODGrn Reasonable should be determined by an equal number of representatives from both sides. Compromise.

@wallsofthecity: The pro-rights community has been "compromising" for over 80 years. It’s time to reclaim our rights. @comebackshane @Soldier1eaODGrn

@comebackshane: @wallsofthecity @soldier1eaodgrn Compromise is a continuous thing. It doesn’t go away. You can’t just go, "Fuck it, I’m done!"

@wallsofthecity: Actually, we can. "Compromise" requires both parties to give something up. #guncontrol never hass. @comebackshane @soldier1eaodgrn

@comebackshane: @wallsofthecity @soldier1eaodgrn OK…you can own a semi-automatic military style weapon…after a proper background check and training.

compromise_v21Yes, that was Shane Ross’ – aka @comebackshane – notion of “compromise”: he will “allow” you to continue owning your “semi-automatic military style weapon” so long as you submit to his demands. 

Now, just so everyone is on the same page, the definition of “compromise” is “an agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions.”  What concession did Shane here make?  Oh, right, he “allowed” you to go on exercising your rights to keep and bear firearms, own private property, and tend to your self-defense.  These mental midgets literally believe that respecting basic human rights is a “concession”. 

As the title says, that speaks for itself. 

Of course, this is the same useful idiot who could not define “assault rifle”, and managed to define “assault weapon” as “semi-automatic firearms with a detachable magazine”… and that was it.  I shit you not.  Yes, this individual wants to restrict, if not outright ban, something he cannot adequately or properly define.  As I am fond of noting, “gun control” supporters seem to exhibit the Dunning-Kruger Effect with… shall-we-say above-average frequency. 

By now, everyone should be familiar with Lawdog’s famous – or, perhaps, infamous – dissertation on “compromise” in the “gun control” arena, but please refresh yourself on how much we have surrendered for absolutely nothing in return. 

Should I “compromise” with someone looking to murder me?  No?  Then why should I waste my time “compromising” with someone trying to deprive me of other rights, especially when the “compromise” itself is naught but a bald-faced lie? 

destroying your faith in humanity, one tweet at a time

If there is one thing Twitter is good for (and there may be only one), it is exposing the somewhat filthy, naked underbelly of those who work to deprive us of our basic human rights. 

Take, for example, this friendly chap

ConstantGreekThunderdome@ConstantGeek:  Or, maybe rather than build a border fence w/Mexico, we build a Thunderdome-style fence for retrogressives. #MadMax #politics

Of course, by “retrogressive”, he means anyone who is not a progressive, and we all know how the Thunderdome was a fight to the death…

Sadly, wishing death on their ideological opponents is not something uncommon for “progressives”

zeitgeistghostdrones@ZeitgeistGhost:  Too bad we can’t use drones on our homegrown #Tealiban #Terrorists @JBurt73 @wallsofthecity @HarrisburgU_F

In fact, “kill them with drones” is becoming a theme (this particular tweet was deleted by its author, but this one is close enough to count): 

HarrisburgUnderFireDroneStrike@HarrisburgU_F:  Looks like I need to start submitting a few more #insurrectionists for the #gulag. If only Twitter could devise IP-based #dronestrikes. 

For those unfamiliar, “gulag” refers to malicious abuse of the “spam-block” feature of Twitter in order to get accounts suspended; this is a favorite tactic of anti-rights cultists.  Speaking of, though, I happened to ask one such individual what could have prevented the shooting at the Jewish Community Center in Kansas City; his response?  Somewhat predictable

HaroldItzkowtizBanGuns@HaroldItz:  @wallsofthecity banning private ownership

He seemed somewhat unfazed by numerous people pointing out the small, insignificant fact that this is illegal, unconstitutional, and immoral.  But remember: no one wants to ban/take your guns.  Of course, little facts like the Constitution, or even numbers, get tossed aside when there is the chance to attack law-abiding Americans

TXLiberalDarlingCounting@LiberalDarling:  1 word can tweak a gun nut: ASSAULT WEAPON. note: Words aren’t deadly, bullets are. #gunsense

How can you take someone seriously when they literally cannot count to two?  A problem grasping simple numbers seems to be a common failing as well, given gun fetishists ignore the FBI saying that violent crime has been dropping for years when they have an agenda to push

co_kmaldonado4FBI@co_kmaldonado4:  @deaf_erin @citizen_salty @wallsofthecity not dodging the question I don’t care what the FBI says we need sensible gun control laws!!!

In this specific case, though, it rapidly became apparent that I was dealing with someone who did not have a blessed clue what she was talking about, though (this tweet was also, sadly, deleted): 

co_kmaldonado4AutomaticRound@co_kmaldonado4: @jrk1089 @deaf_erin @citizen_salty @wallsofthecity by reducing the number of automatic rounds a person is allowed to own

The question she was responding to basically amounted to “what good would ‘gun control’ do in X circumstance”.  Despite being asked by numerous interested parties, she could never explain what “automatic rounds” were or even where to procure them; the current hypothesis is that they load themselves into the magazine for you. 

However, she was an absolute rocket scientist compared to this gem

elliswinninghamwind@elliswinningham:  @CarryWisely The point is that any outside force, (human, wind, earthquake, animal, vibration) can act on the firearm and discharge a round.

Did you know that the wind can cause your firearms to go off?  As Lucas from Triangle Tactical said, maybe that explains the idiotic ban on carrying firearms during a hurricane that North Carolina used to have

And lest you think you are safe simply sitting back and laughing at these nimrods, remember that they vote, sometimes repeatedly, and that their individual voices matter just as much as yours in our not-so-happy little not-so-republic.  Still, with my next post probably amounting to copious quantities of me venting my spleen, I figured you needed something to laugh at, regardless. 

what i have learned of news through osmosis

You know, for being a supposed “constitutional scholar / teacher / professor / lawyer / whatever-the-hell-else-he-claimed”, Our Glorious President does not have a damned clue about what his job entails, or what limitations are imposed on it by the Constitution: 

"In this year of action, the President will seek out as many opportunities as possible to work with Congress in a bipartisan way. But when American jobs and livelihoods depend on getting something done, he will not wait for Congress," Pfeiffer said.

[…]

"President Obama has a pen and he has a phone, and he will use them to take executive action and enlist every American… in the project to restore opportunity for all," Pfeiffer said.

And lest you think this is just the off-the-reservation, exhorting-the-crowd campaign-donation-begging (… oh wait) from one solitary White House paper-pusher, this is becoming a theme:

Obama has pledged to act, saying, “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need.”

"The president sees this as a year of action, to work with Congress where he can and to bypass Congress where necessary," White House press secretary Jay Carney told ABC News Sunday.

Allow me to speak plainly, Barry; you have neither the power nor the authority to “bypass Congress”.  Period.  If Congress has to be involved in a process – say passing a piece of legislation – you cannot simply… will… them out of the chain of events.  Unfortunately, the American people chose to elect you President, but note that word: “President”, not “Dictator”.  It would be tremendously helpful if you knew the difference and stuck to the job description of the former, not the latter. 

Here, let me help you out: go here, and scroll down to “Article II”

In similar news, we get this all-too-memorable news report

Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole wrote in a memo sent Thursday to federal prosecutors that it will not be a priority to block landmark marijuana-legalization laws in the two states. The federal government also will not make it a priority to close down recreational marijuana stores, so long as the stores abide by state regulations, according to the memo.

In other words, the second-in-command of the federal agency responsible for enforcing the laws of the United States government just arbitrarily and single-handedly stated that it would not enforce the laws of the United States government.  In a just world, the Attorney General would have fired this man about five minutes later, issued a formal retraction, and done his damned job or resigned, but given that Eric Holder is still occupying that particular position, this is obviously not a just world. 

I will, however, disagree with Dr. Milton Wolf

Selective enforcement of the law is the first sign of tyranny. A government empowered to determine arbitrarily who may operate outside the rule of law invariably embraces favoritism as friends, allies and those with the best-funded lobbyists are rewarded. Favoritism inevitably leads to corruption, and corruption invites extortion. Ultimately, the rule of law ceases to exist in any recognizable form, and what is left is tyranny.

Selective enforcement is not the first sign of tyranny; it is just one of many symptoms of creeping tyranny.  I stand by what I said last year; given that Our Glorious President has not been rightly slapped down by Congress for overstepping his powers, given that the deputy Attorney General was not fired, and given that we have a disturbing history of re-electing the same morons in Congress over and over and over again who enable this gos-se, we are getting exactly the government we want. 

And when the President, deputy Attorney General, and, by extension, the Attorney General have all stated that they are going to ignore existing federal laws, how can you be surprised at news articles like this:  Connecticut recently registered 50,000 “assault weapons” and 40,000 “large capacity magazines”.  Ignore, for a second, the complete and utter stupidity of the arbitrarily-defined concept of “assault weapons”, ignore that the magazines being banned are, in fact and truth, normal-capacity magazines in the overwhelming number of cases, and ignore that registration of firearms never ends well for their owners; instead, just pay attention to the numbers.  By all definitions I am aware of (including Connecticut’s), an “assault weapon” involves a removable magazine.  Do the morons in Hartford really believe that 10,000 “assault weapon” owners somehow do not have magazines for their firearms?  And that the remaining 40,000 “assault weapon” owners only have one, single, solitary magazine for them?  And this is all without considering the “large capacity magazines” that are made for handguns… 

Are Connecticut politicians that stupid?  Well, they are politicians, I suppose. 

ThoreauDisobeyApparently the last speculative accounting of “high capacity magazines” and “assault weapons” in the state of Connecticut numbered them in the “tens of millions” and somewhere around 400,000, respectively.  To describe what is going on in the now-atrociously-mis-nicknamed “Constitution State” as “massive” civil disobedience would be something of a massive understatement. 

So what is the politicians’ solution to their employers informing them exactly what those employers think of the politicians’ idiotic laws?  Why, the state is going to offer an “amnesty” period for people to continue registering their firearms.  *headdesk*  While there may be one or two folks who got their paperwork in an hour late at the post office, I can guarantee you that the overwhelming majority of people who did not register then are not going to register now. 

We have a President – a representative sworn to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States” – saying, unequivocally, that he will ignore that document whenever he finds its restrictions inconvenient.  We have the deputy Attorney General – a man charged with upholding federal laws – telling his subordinates that they should instead ignore those federal laws.  And those are just the most-recent, big-ticket examples. 

Is it any great wonder that, with examples like those, the American people have decided that now is as good a time as any to start disobeying unjust laws?  Here is to hoping that more people find their own way to freedom

… *sigh*  There is a reason… actually, a lot reasons why I do not read news sites or newspapers or even watch the news on TV.  These three stories are simply things I stumbled across as my parents told me about news they had read recently and while I caught up on my comics reading.  And, no, I will not be watching Our Glorious President pontificate tomorrow on how allowing him to transition his Presidency to a Dictatorship-in-Everything-But-Name is better for everyone and especially him.  While that is in fact one of the very few things a President is supposed to do, quite frankly I have more important things to do… like getting my Torchlight 2 Outlander up to level 50. 

(“Disobey” graphic borrowed from Jack Daws.) 

could you stop the world please? i would like to get off

Alright, I am officially not a fan of North Carolina.  Since moving to this state…

– My DSLR has broken (refuses to auto-focus). 
– My printer has died (printer head went kaput, and those cost more than printers).  
– My new-to-me Land Rover Defender’s engine detonated for no apparent reason. 
– My desktop’s video cards are exhibiting all the classic symptoms of spontaneously combusting in the near future (no, I do not overclock, and yes, if you have a >512MB video card laying about collecting dust I would appreciate an email). 
– I have had to pay more for exceeding the speed limit than I had to pay for being involved in an accident that ended with one car upside-down.
A good friend of mine just had open-heart surgery (all reports are that the surgery went smoothly and he is recovering well).
– My father has been diagnosed with squamous cell cancer with no known origination source (he starts “carpet-bombing” radiation treatment (linear accelerator and chemo) next month). 

No, almost none of that is the state’s fault, but damned if I will not blame it anywise. 

In somewhat related news: 

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Which is good, because we are not Minbari.  It only took us three months…

And to show that I have not been completely idle these past months of not-really blogging, you may do with these two graphics as you like: 

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… and …

ShannonMomsDemandMaskSlips

And speaking of things found on Twitter, I give you the classic example of a “gun control” cultist’s psychological projection: 

KevinVaughanGunControlProjection

The government should tell you that you cannot own a firearm because he does not trust himself to own one.  Statism, projection, insecurity, and assumptions, all in 140 characters or less, wrapped up with a tidy little bow.  Granted, the author of this particular tweet is a British subject, and thus the very natures of freedom and liberty are probably foreign to him, but still; you cannot get a lot more perfect than that. 

Oh, and if you need something to shake your head at and go “Whiskey tango foxtrot?” over, here are two parts of the same conversation: 

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The only reason I engaged the nutter above is that he is rabidly (and I do mean rabidly, in all of its irrational, frothing, abusive glory) anti-open-carry and pro-“gun control”… and then everything just fell off the rails.  Of course, this is the same “ex-arms dealer” who literally could not differentiate a Mosin (specifically, this one) from a Mauser… literally, and then proceeded to tell me “Mosins use Mauser actions”.  Ummmno.  I guess that should have been my first clue. 

One does not have to nucking futs to support “gun control”, but apparently it helps. 

And on a lighter note, the first experimental batch has been started: 

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Details on the Rover will be forthcoming, along with probably a listing for its sale.  Prayers for my father, if you are the praying type, would be appreciated, and I know the same is true for Dennis.  As for the rest… well, I am still breathing.  And I still dislike this state. 

shoot like a girl

If you can:

Katelyn Francis is all of 13 years old, and I have absolutely no hesitation whatsoever in admitting that she shot that stage far better than I could ever hope to at the moment.

Of course, that short video also neatly undermines a massive number of arguments put forward by your average anti-rights cultist – "assault weapons have no sporting purpose", "assault rifles have no sporting purpose", "children cannot be trusted with firearms", "high-capacity magazines have no sporting purpose", "no one needs an assault weapon unless they are going to kill people", "no one needs high-capacity magazines unless they are going to kill people", "all gun owners/shooters are old, white males", and so on, so forth. Unfortunately, as I say that, I assume we are dealing with rational people who can comprehend a reasonable counterpoint to their unreasonable claims and thus admit defeat; all evidence shows no aspect of that assumption to be true.

On a somewhat related note, this is perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the artificially inflated ammunition market, at least for me: I kept meaning to get into shooting sports like the 3-Gun competition Katelyn was participating in, and now there is absolutely no way I can rationalize throwing that much money downrange. Hell, I have not even been to the range since Christmas vacation, and I do not anticipate going back any time soon… When sending 100 rounds of remanufactured practice ammunition – just enough to get the shooter and barrel warmed up, in my opinion – downrange costs almost $30, how can you realistically spend half a day at the range with anything more than a .22?

This is why I am wholly behind the NRA’s notion to start .22 and airsoft variants of 3-Gun; any kind of trigger time, even if it is simulated trigger time, is better than nothing at all, and maybe it will help transition folks from one community, or no community, into the competitive shooting world.

Once ammo prices come down, that is.

(Found by way of Mike W.)

boycott new york

On 01JAN05, the ".50 Caliber BMG Regulation Act of 2004" took effect in the state of California – more commonly known as "Kalifornistan" on this site. This law required existing .50 BMG rifles in the state to be registered with the state government within a year or be labeled "illegal firearms", and furthermore prohibited any sale of any rifle so chambered; unsurprisingly, law enforcement officers and agencies were exempted from this law.

Sometime in April of 2005 (I have been unable to dig up the exact date), Ronnie Barrett, the owner and CEO of Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc. – possibly one of the largest .50 BMG rifle manufacturers in the world – informed that state’s government that "we will not sell nor service any of our products to any government agency of the State of California".

Since then, Mr. Barrett’s example has been held up as something of a gold standard for what pro-rights activists expect out of companies when state and federal governments overstep their Constitutionally-prescribed boundaries. Unfortunately, not many other companies have stepped up and met that standard… until recently.

As most of my readers are already aware, New York state recently passed an amazingly draconian "gun control" law functionally prohibiting the overwhelming majority of semi-automatic firearms, banning all magazines over 10 rounds in capacity, and limiting remaining magazines to a mere seven rounds. I have little to no doubt this law will eventually be ruled unconstitutional, for obvious reasons, but for the time being, New York residents are basically prohibited from purchasing one of the most common and most popular rifle platforms in America these days.

Well, some companies, including LaRue Tactical, Olympic Arms, Templar Custom, Extreme Firepower Incorporated, LLC, and others, have informed the state of New York that if they cannot sell products to private citizens, they will not sell products to any governmental entity in that state either.

Sounds good to me.

Sean has been doing the yeoman’s work of maintaining a list of corporations currently boycotting the government of New York state, and I echo his exhortation to contact SIG, Smith and Wesson, and Glock and encourage them to get onboard with the boycott as well.

Likewise, I have sent the following email to Barrett:

Mr. Barrett,

As a pro-rights activist, former California resident, and fellow Tennessee resident, I would like to take a moment and thank you for taking a stand against that state’s government and deciding that if the state will not allow you to sell your products to its residents, neither will you sell those products to the state. It took some serious nerve to do that, especially considering the number of large police departments in that state, and I appreciate your willingness to stand by your fellow Americans.

However, the assaults on our freedoms and liberties never stop, and now it is the state of New York which has decided to unjustly relegate average Americans to "second-class citizen" status. You may have heard that the NY Legislature recently passed a law enforcing a "one-feature" "assault weapon" test on its residents’ rifles, and prohibiting the purchase of new magazines that can hold more than 7 rounds. So far as I can tell, that would functionally ban your entire product line, excluding the bolt action rifles.

I know this is asking a lot, as I imagine the NYPD is quite the customer of yours, but I would like to ask you to extend your boycott of California’s governments to include New York’s governments as well. Companies like LaRue Tactical, Olympic Arms, Extreme Firepower Incorporated, Templar Custom, and others have already taken this step; can we add your name to that list as well? Thank you for your time.

Very Respectfully,
[Linoge]

Unfortunately, I can neither afford nor rationalize a single thing Barrett makes, but, given the increase in ammunition prices, I have been meaning to expand my .22 firearm collection, and the Whitney Wolverine, resurrected by Olympic Arms (if they still make it – reports vary), looks like way too much fun. Likewise, my next/first quick-detach optic mount will come from LaRue, and while I do not need any custom firearm work done and cannot afford / wait for a new AR platform, I will do what i can to support the other companies who are also participating in the NY boycott.

dear white house: kiss my ass

So apparently the White House has gone and released a photo of Our Glorious President, Barack Hussein Obama, allegedly shooting some skeet; no mention was made of whether or not he actually managed to hit them.  Whatever.  Given Obama’s long and sordid history of being anti-firearms, this is rather like a racist individual claiming to have black friends, and in that vein, I never would have even bothered to comment on this… 

… If it were not for this disclaimer to go along with the picture

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

I would like to take a moment to introduce the White House to 17 United States Code § 107 (a document that residence probably owns countless copies of… all with perfect spines), specifically: 

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.

(Emphasis added.) 

And given that this is an “official White House” photograph, I would like to introduce the White House to the copyright terms said photograph is published under

A United States government work is prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person’s official duties.

It is not subject to copyright in the United States and there are no copyright restrictions on reproduction, derivative works, distribution, performance, or display of the work. Anyone may, without restriction under U.S. copyright laws:

  • reproduce the work in print or digital form;
  • create derivative works;
  • perform the work publicly;
  • display the work;
  • distribute copies or digitally transfer the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending.

For clarification, Pete Souza, the man behind the lens for the skeet photograph, is the current “Chief Official White House photographer” and the “Director of the White House Photography Office”, and, as such, an “employee of the United States government” taking pictures of the President “as part of that person’s official duties”.  In other words, this picture was taken by a public servant, of a public servant, using taxpayers’ money.  I dare say we can do with it as we please. 

With all that in mind, I am sure the warped 4chan minds (link defintionally NSFW) behind these derivative works were merely criticizing or commenting on the quality of the photograph or the subject contained therein:

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Like I said, I created none of those, and I lack the imagination or motivation at the moment to try my hand at it myself, but I do believe in preserving them for the time being. 

Given that idiotic disclaimer, though, I would imagine this is only the tip of the iceberg. 

(On a note unrelated to the White House being staffed by imbeciles, however, I have only been shooting clay pigeons once, and my shotgun was never pointed that low… but I do no know if I was shooting skeet, trap, or whatever.  According to what I am reading, though, the target point skeet are launched at is an altitude of about 15 feet about 27 yards 0in front of the shooter.  I think.) 

(And on a second unrelated note, it is worth observing that the firearm Our Glorious President was discharging is significantly more powerful than an AR-15, and will either leave a single massively larger hole in the target, or 8 to ~300 holes of varying size.  This just goes to show how idiotic the notion of “assault weapons” really is.)