possibly fake but definitely accurate

By now, most of my readers have probably seen this image, along with the various other ones floating around all branded with the Brady Campaign’s logo:

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Said image’s text reading, "A rape can last 30 seconds but a murder lasts for ever. Guns are not the answer." For the Googles.

And, like most of my readers, I saw the image and immediately dismissed it as a parody – oh, to be certain, the image more than captures the mentality and arguments of those who would strip law-abiding women of their Constitutionally-protected right to self-defense, but I did not figure that the Brady Campaign would be that mind-bogglingly idiotic.

It appears I might have been wrong. Might.

By way of ExurbanKevin, I bring you this photograph of a monitor apparently showing the above image posted on the Brady Campaign Facebook page by the Brady Campaign Facebook account itself:

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Likewise, this screenshot is floating around out there as well:

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Are those real? Honestly, I have no idea. Snopes, of course, has ranked the image as "Fake", but the only proof they offer is the Brady Campaign stating they "did not post that ad and have no affiliation with it". While I am loath to succumb to a genetic fallacy, the Brady Campaign is a known, inveterate liar with a documented history of scrubbing inconvenient slip-ups from their web presence, so I am somewhat disinclined to take them at their word.

Is the ad an actual Brady Campaign product? Did they really post it on their Facebook page? We will probably never know for absolute certain. But what is for certain is that graphic completely sums up the arguments and positions of your average anti-rights cultist quite plainly – "do not defend yourself, just give the criminal what he wants".

Hell with that.

one-line review: paul

Paul: This is quite possibly the funniest, most irreverent, spoofiest, and definitely the most crude science fiction comedy I have seen in a very long time, and stands a very good chance of knocking Galaxy Quest off its well-deserved, parodical throne.

“smoke and thunder” crashes and burns

Alright, I give up…  the compounding idiocy and bizarreness of “Smoke and Thunder” is just too much for me to keep up with at this point.  Sometime last night, it appeared as though the site got hacked; I sincerely doubt it was actually hacked – I rather believe that it was a warped idea of a warped mind to try to distance himself from the damages he has wrought upon himself – but, regardless, the site disappeared, and it is still somewhat out of order. 

Here is to hoping that it remains indisposed. 

Regardless, Smoking Blunder is still going strong, and promises to provide all manner of entertainment for the future.  It is amazing what the despicable actions of spineless trolls can produce, nyet? 

“smoking blunder” trumps “smoke and thunder” at its own game

Regardless of the motivations, desires, or warped perversions of the twisted and abusive mind behind “Smoke & Thunder”, one thing is for certain – he seems to be attempting to discredit pro-rights webloggers by acting the arse and then associating himself with us, and by lampooning us at every available opportunity.  Given how much the anti-rights cultists of American believe in and peddle the fallacy of “guilt by association”, it would not be a difficult stretch for them to start spreading the lie if some pro-rights advocates are rude, abusive, sexist, misogynistic, crude, obnoxious, trollish, or otherwise misanthropic like the person behind “Smoke and Thunder” is, then all pro-rights advocates are like him. 

And, really, he provides a perfect example for that fallacy. 

Thus far, we have distanced ourselves from the perverted “administrator” of “Smoke and Thunder”, but it is time to stop being reactive and start being proactive… 

As such, I am proud to announce the launching of Smoking Blunder.  As you can probably see, it is pretty much a stem-to-stern parody of the all-encompassing “fail” of “Smoke & Thunder”, complete with such wonderful re-writes as this: 

SmokingBlunder.info profiles may contain previews and snippets of copyrighted material such as text excerpts and image samples. The fair use of a copyrighted work … for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. However we acknowledge that by our doing so we are acting outside of normal ethical bounds.

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include- (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work; (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

For the most part, we only will legally steal content when it’s morally wrong and will benefit us while screwing you to do so.

Yup, sounds pretty much exactly like what “Smoke and Thunder” was doing. 

Sadly, I am not responsible for the creation of “Smoking Blunder” (this weekend was a little busy for me), nor am I entirely sure who all is behind it, but they appear to have made it their cause to go through “Smoke and Thunder” and create an all-too-amusing caricature of most of their posts. 

More power to them. 

Attacking gunblogers is rarely a good idea, considering how many highly intelligent, motivated, and snarky individuals there are amongst us.  Once we have a common enemy to target… well, things like this happen.  Enjoy! 

really, people, how could you?

Look, folks, I am not sure how many times I have to say this, but it is an incontrovertible FACT that guns are “bad news” for women. Period. Full stop. End of story. No debate permitted.

And due to the unquestionable nature of that simple and obvious truth, I really, really wish you people would stop publishing complete falsehoods like this:

Meet Sammi. She’s never handled a gun before in her life. She’s a single mother of two adorable children. And she’s got the cutest new shooter grin ever. We worked our way through various guns. Her favorite, .45 semi auto. She can load the magazine and work the slide and does a fine job shooting it. I should point out that it’s Michael’s Compact .45 that she enjoyed so much. Never underestimate a new shooter.

[…]

Meet Jeni. Her husband is overseas serving our country. She’s here making sure she can defend herself and her son. That’s my compact S&W M&P9c she’s using to tear up that target. She’d only ever shot a 22lr rifle previously, and that was years ago. Her favorite? Michael’s .44 Magnum. She now wants a 9mm because they are just fun to shoot. And the .44 is kind of a commitment.

… or this:

I was nervous and excited as we set up to shoot. I think anticipation got the better of me, and thinking about what was going to happen had my stomach a little flip floppy. I trust my husband, I knew I am safe, I knew I was following those “4 Golden Gun Rules”…but I was still nervous.

[…]

I wasn’t scared. I didn’t freeze. I was confident after my initial trepidation – serene and collected. I shot a gun – several guns – without incident. And I mean to do it again.

… or this:

So after a little bit of safety, grip, and other procedural info we were to go live! Bless that gals heart! She shoots a firearm for the very first time live on camera. She did awesome too! 13 years ago I would have broken down into the ugly cry after my first shot. Even more important, after less than 20 minutes of training, she was able to consistently hit a the targets. I was really impressed with her!

Here’s the link of the short clip they were able to show. http://www.abc4.com/mostpopular/story/Women-and-Guns/D1c1sOKqJEq8BL6Jlg2Bsw.cspx

She was sure to take the milk carton that she obliterated several times–as a souvenir. I’ve never seen someone so happy to be taking home a dirty milk carton! *grin*

… or this:

Then there was Cheryl — after shaking and jumping the first hour, she achieved an unexpected monklike calm and fired a tightly bunched group into the heart of her paper man.

Houser beamed like a proud parent at his kid’s first piano recital.

“I told you women were the best students,” he said. “I wasn’t sure she was gonna make it, but just look at her target,” he said, admiring the blossom of little dark holes. “Couldn’t have done any better myself.”

… or even this:

The facilitator, Guy Masterson, presented the information in a way that did not increase fear or danger but instead made us aware of how to use the knowledge of potential dangers and threats with preventative measures that allow you to take charge of a situation and refuse to be a victim. The flexibility in teaching topics also allows each seminar to be individualized to suit the appropriate audience.

I recommend this program for not only Girl Scouts, but for parents and children to do together. I look forward to future collaboration on programs and providing these important messages to the Girl Scouts.

Please, people… in order for us pro-rights activists to maintain the high ground in the “gun control” debate, we have to stop fabricating this nonsense… Despite the body of evidence to the contrary, we all know that guns are “bad news” for women, so stop trying to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and start toeing the party line already!

Good grief. What do we have to do to make you parrot the right talking points? Put you in burkhas?

(It saddens me that I have to specify this, but I know I do: the entire above post was written very sarcastically, and with good reason. The entire notion that “guns are ‘bad news’ for women” is absurd on its face, and both it and those who promulgate it should be treated with the utmost contempt. Also, April First and all that…)

moving open carry forward

Some days, you just want to throw in the towel. Other days, you do, and realize there is absolutely no shame in doing so. Nothing I could write today would even compare, however remotely, to this outstanding piece of parody by Robb (of which the below blockquote is just a very small sample):

Salesperson: “Good afternoon Ma’am. How can I help you today?”

Customer: “Hi, yes, I was hoping to look at banning a gun today”

Salesperson: “Absolutely, you’ve come to the right place. We’re one of the top stores in the south-east for banning weaponry. I think you’ll find what you’re looking for as we have a wide selection of firearms for you to demand be banned. What exactly are you looking for?”

… or this news interview Robb gave… yes, a broadcast news interview, given to WFTS, the ABC affiliate for the Tampa Bay region of Florida.

First up, Robb has significantly larger gonads than I could ever hope to – what with his stepping in front of a camera with millions of people behind it – and is a hell of a lot more articulate to boot. I stumble over what I am saying when I am just typing; good on him for keeping it together on-camera, and presenting a reasonable, every-man face for the open carry movement.

Second, that is how you encourage people to at least consider your position, folks… You do not go around flinging logical fallacies like monkeys fling poo, you do not be an asshole just because you can, and you do not subject folks to unsafe behavior just to make a point. You make your point in a reasonable, polite, calm manner, and let people make up their own minds. Not everyone is going to agree with you – and that is ok – but the point is to not scare people off with your presentation.

Third, I love that Florida was singled out for being one of seven states where open carry is illegal… Granted, that is only half the story, in that some states (*cough*Massachusetts*cough*) you could end up losing your carry (or even ownership) license for openly carrying just because your local police department does not agree with it, but it was still nice for the generally anti-rights media to touch on that point, however briefly.

Fourth, that Brady Bunch weenie was a whiner, was she not?

So, really, go read Robb’s post and watch his interview… We just keep on winning, slowly but surely, and that is aided significantly by efforts such as these.