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how… disappointing

As we pro-rights activists are fond of frequently reminding the "gun control" fetishists out there, the Bill of Rights – and, for that matter, the Constitution as a whole – is not a Chinese take-out menu; you do not get to simply pick and choose which Amendments you will respect and observe and which Amendments you will trample all over at the earliest possible opportunity.

Imagine my surprise and disappointment, then, at seeing a [...]

it is just as well i am no longer in the military

… Because I could not and would not bring myself to obey the orders of a Commander-in-Chief who has decided he can arbitrarily murder American citizens without benefit of due process, trial by jury, or any other quaint, Constitutionally-protected rights.

I am quite serious about that. Were I still active duty today, I would be drawing up my resignation paperwork and submitting it for the earliest date my contract would allow.

And lest [...]

lou gagliardi wants to kidnap your children

But she wants someone else to do it for her, so that is ok. 

Unfortunately, the following Twitter conversation will be somewhat disjointed and I will be unable to adequately link to all of the various tweets.  Why?  Because Lou Gagliardi is a spineless coward who, upon realizing what she said, Memory Hole’d the tweets I managed to keep screen captures of. 

Why did she delete these tweets?  Why do you think – [...]

you are cordially invited to pucker up and…

I have an increasingly nagging suspicion I am not going to make it to wherever I am going the next time I try to board a commercial air flight, which is unfortunate, because I have not seen my parents in a while.

Why? Because flying across the country is neither affordable nor easy any more.

Oh, the other why? Because if some spineless, high-school drop-out tells me to "Freeze", I am just going [...]

it did happen here

In honor of George Takei giving one of the best "Peace, y’all, I’m outta here" monologues I have ever seen come out of a reality television show after his firing from The Apprentice last week, I thought I would take a moment today to remind my readers of a piece of American history that most people probably were never taught, and most of the rest probably try to actively forget:

Once upon a time, [...]

quotes of the day – national defense authorization act

I am not going to directly comment on this situation until much later, after I have had time to calm down and fully collect my thoughts, but I figured these quotes would put you all in the right frame of mind.

United States Constitution, Article 1, Section 9, Clause 2:

The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety [...]

get “angry”

The author of yesterday’s quote of the day kept on tweeting his idiocy for most of the day, capping off a long string of personal attacks and ad hominems with the accusation that I am an "angry" person and have "anger issues". I cannot see as how that is particularly relevant to the discussion of "gun control"’s many failings and failures, but it got me to thinking…

If the government were to forcibly abridge [...]

one cannot escape the government

One of the many joys of living in a relative backwater like Knoxville is that I have been able to observe the spread of the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters’ cancer-inducing, ionizing-radiation-spewing backscatter "security" systems from afar, without having to actually partake of the privacy-invading glow.

Fortunately, that lack of additional radiation in my life will continue for the foreseeable future, but unfortunately, Knoxville will be getting millimeter wave scanners:

McGhee Tyson Airport will [...]

quote of the day – happyexhaustion

One of the more-popular "gun control" extremists’ come-backs to pro-rights advocates expressing concerns over unconstitutional bans on certain types of firearms is, "No one is trying to take your guns away," or, "No one wants to take your guns away," or something similar. That would be great if it were true. Which it is not:

HappyExhaustion: Sometimes I think #GlennBeck is outright crazy. Sometimes, I think: Well, he’s right. I really DO want to [...]

reader input

Geoffrey Asher, the victim of police brutality and excessive force so bizarre that it is almost hard to believe, has offered to answer any questions we might have about his ordeal and his quest to get some compensation from the Lumpkin County police department. 

So, anything you want to know?  Drop me an email, or just leave a comment here. 

mark one for the good guys

Barron Barnett’s State Sponsored Criminal Count is spinning merrily along about as well as we all knew/feared it would, but sometimes, only sometimes, there is a faint glimmer of hope on the horizon:

Geoffrey Asher just returned home from buying auto parts, and after coming out of a shed where he stored the parts, a sheriff’s deputy was pointing a gun at him.

He didn’t know the deputy had followed him for speeding, [...]

hopefully the start of a trend

Until more parents start pulling more "stunts" like this one, the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters at airports around the nation will continue intentionally violating our Fourth Amendment-protected rights:

Andrea Fornella Abbott yelled and swore at Transportation Security Administration agents Saturday afternoon at Nashville International Airport, saying she did not want her daughter to be “touched inappropriately or have her “crotch grabbed,” a police report states.

After the woman refused to calm down, airport police [...]

speaking of the tsa

Around seven months ago, almost to the day, I wrote the following words:

There is no safe level or threshold of ionizing radiation exposure.

… in response to the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters’ new "backscatter scanners" and the x-ray radiation those devices will be flooding users and observers with.

I am not a nuclear engineer. What little knowledge I have on the topic comes from purely recreational reading and no first-hand experience or [...]

manufacturing justification against jose guerena

It disgusts me to say this, but this outcome was a foregone conclusion before Jose Guerena’s body had even hit the floor:

Guerena did not fire a single shot in the incident, but Pima County Chief Criminal Deputy Attorney David Berkman said in the report issued today that the five SWAT team members were justified in using deadly force because the former Marine pointed his weapon at them.

"A close examination of the [...]

sometimes i hate being agreed with

Why do I think Police-State-Formerly-Known-as-America is effectively an unavoidable fate for our country? Barron breaks out the reasoning and most-recent examples, with this being my primary point of contention (though, as usual, I did a bad job expressing it):

The government is murdering it’s own civilians and it seems like only a few of us are bothering to care or notice. Frankly, that is the most saddening and disturbing prospect of all. The American [...]

recorded for all posterity

One of the favorite sayings of ‘net denizens is, “The Internet never forgets,” but the unspoken other half of that phrase is, “… because we never let it.”

With that in mind, I am recording the below paragraph from Mike Church’s radio show’s webpage regarding a certain Indiana Sheriff’s comments:

According to Newton County Sheriff, Don Hartman Sr., random house to house searches are now possible and could be helpful following the Barnes [...]

this is a no-brainer

I have just one thing to say to the Indiana Supreme Court as well as the United States Supreme Court, and that is:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things [...]

starting to not recognize my country

Apparently the American people have absolutely no problems with complete strangers being able to electronically photograph them naked, and no problems with being dosed with an unhealthy amount of ionizing radiation.

Shiny.

I do have a problem with both of those concepts, and, as such, will be minimizing my airline use for the foreseeable future… as will my parents, and my parents-in-law, and…

Now, however, the question seems to be whether the [...]

failure after failure

In another classic case of “support the authoritarians at all costs, no matter how idiotic they or I may be”, UBU52 comes galloping to the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters’ defense by saying:

The general flying public just wants to get on a bomb-free plane and fly to their destination.

Obviously, the TSA cannot actually guarantee that any plane we board is “bomb-free” (see “shoe bomber”, “underwear bomber”, Red Team tests, and countless other [...]

human-sized radar ranges

If you did not already have enough reasons to “opt out” of the Transportation “Security” Administration’s blatantly privacy-invading full-body scaners, here is an even better one: they can, and statistically will, cause cancer.

U.S. scientists warned Friday that the full-body, graphic-image X-ray scanners that are being used to screen passengers and airline crews at airports around the country may be unsafe.

They say the risk is minimal, but statistically someone is going to get [...]