Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Thanks to my 500th visitor...oh, wait it was only a ping.....
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Well, I had quite a few hits from my inclusion in the latest Carnival of Cordite, but no comments. I had some spam trouble so I went to a verification system blogger offers. My comments have dropped off, so I think I'll go to Haloscan. It might take a day or so for me to get around to it. I'm busy at work for the day and I will probably post lightly or not at all. I will have posts tomorrow, so if you visit today, please come back tomorrow.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Date of Hearing: August 17, 2005
ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
SB 645 (Dunn) - As Amended: July 12, 2005
Policy Committee: Judiciary Vote:6-3
Urgency: No State Mandated Local Program: No Reimbursable:
This bill provides mechanisms for redressing the forced deportation and emigration of persons of Mexican descent during the Great Depression. Specifically, this bill:
Saturday, August 27, 2005
According to the Guard and the state's attorney general's office the unit regularly "tries to assess threats to bridges, buildings and other structures and does no spying." A secret Army report investigated the spying charges and decided that the charges were baseless. Somehow Senator Dunn reviewed this secret Army report and declared it a whitewash. He alleged that the Guard commander in chief lied about the conclusions of the report and hoped that no one would be able to see it and contradict him. "'Once again, the highest ranks of the Guard have shown that they are incapable of being open and honest with the people of California,' Dunn said in his letter. He requested that the report be made public to clear up the conflicting interpretations." Standard Operating Procedure of the anti-American Left. Denigrate the honesty of the military, insinuate they are jackbooted thugs surveilling honest, law abiding protesters and calling them liars. But they support the troops.
It is correct that military forces should not be used to spy on civilians. That's what the FBI is for. People like Senator Dunn apparently believe that these "protesters" are "speaking truth to power" or other blather. Truth is, they are the power, and they speak lies. It's always a Democrat who spends time and money worrying about what the military or government agency does to protect us instead of worrying what our enemies are doing. Why do we have to say it again and again? There are people who have declared war on us and our way of life, we have been attacked by evildoers. We are constantly bombarded by sympathetic views of vicious killers and our heroes are spat upon and insulted at every turn by fifth columnists in the press and inside and outside of government. It needs to stop and now. By all means, let us not break laws to protect ourselves. We can do what we need with the laws and procedures we now have, let's just use these powers. We must have oversight but let's see who watches the watchers.
Tomorrow: Who is Senator Dunn?
I've received four, count 'em, four comment spams today on one post. What do my commenters think? Should I use word verification that blogger offers, or disable blogger comments and go to Haloscan?
This is a serious problem. I assume that they have no crack airport security squad like our own TSA heroes. Perhaps Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta can head on over there and teach them how to secure their own ports of entry.
The Philippine government was warned by Indonesia that suicide bombers have traveled to the country and have brought money to fund more terrorist activity there. "'We have not yet captured the suicide bombers, and money continues to flow in that we cannot stop,' he (Gonzalez) said. 'I cannot say how we are able to find out, but I can say that money is coming in and (bombing) materials are being purchased.' He declined to give details but indicated couriers take advantage of the busy traffic between the Philippines and the Middle East, where hundreds of thousands of Filipinos work." I suppose it would be bad form to ask whether these travelers are thoroughly searched when they return from The Mideast? Perhaps I would be considered a bigot if I asked if all Filipino Muslims were searched when returning from work there? Does the government have a do not fly list? You see, this underlines the fact that the terrorist network is a worldwide problem. Despite what crackpots say, Iraq is not unconnected to this ongoing problem. Pulling out of Iraq will not stop islamist terror.
These activities affect everyone who does not bow to their will. It appears that it even affects communists. The National Democratic (Ha!) Front has proposed a peace plan to the Arroyo administration. I assume they are also being pressed by the fanatics. Of course their "offer" is laughable. It "calls for forming 'a clean and honest coalition government'(impossible with communists in it) with 'significant representation' (what? by you?) of workers and peasants; canceling foreign debts; (sorry pal, you ain't getting that) cutting military spending to provide funds for economic development; (riiight, disarm and all your attacks will cease) and trying government officials for corruption, treason and human rights violations." (step right up yourselves for punishment first) This offer was of course rejected. Although perhaps these communists have learned something. If only our own hate filled leftists would see the light too.
A stream of buses make the trek to this area on a daily basis to drop off loads of Mexican citizens who then attempt to illegally cross the border into the US. "Reyes Baeza said he would instruct law officers on his side of the border to fine unlicensed bus operators who ferry would-be immigrants 15 miles on a dusty washboard road along the border to Las Chepas."
That sounds like a good start, However part of this new cooperation includes "sharing intelligence." What type of intelligence would we be sharing with them? We need some information from them, such as any drug gang activity in the area and whether large groups of people are converging on the area to cross the border. What do they need from us? Where our border patrol agents are concentrated? Why? To help people to cross? We've already heard about a Mexican government pamphlet instructing people how to get across the border. How many of the so-called immigrant activists will signal when and where it's safe to cross? Will we share information on possible Minutemen activity? Considering Gov Richardson is a Democrat, who could put it past him?
People are increasingly concerned about illegal aliens, and it's time something was done about it. Things like this might work, but the best thing to do would be for the citizens of Mexico to clean up their corrupt government and free themselves from a socialist tyranny. It will benefit them and us.
Friday, August 26, 2005
Thursday, August 25, 2005
I thought the Italians denied there were any deals to trade hostages? Apparently not. Yet that's not all they did. Maurizio Scelli of the Italian Red Cross reportedly said that the deal to release two Italian hostages included medical treatment for four terrorists and their children. Medical treatment, Ok, hard to swallow, but here's the gall: "'The mediators asked us to treat and save the lives of four presumed terrorists sought by the Americans, wounded in combat. We hid them and brought them to the doctors with the Red Cross, who operated on them,' Scelli told La Stampa daily in an interview published Thursday." Did you read that? 'WE HID THEM', yes, they shielded evildoers from us. They kept their actions secret. Why? To hide the fact they were indeed trading something for hostage releases. While these "impartial" Red Cross doctors tenderly treated murderers, did they also give any information they may have had about coalition forces and deployments? Can we ever know?
This isn't just hearsay. "Red Cross spokesman Fabrizio Centofanti later confirmed to CNN that the organization had treated the Iraqis." Of course they then immediately cloaked themselves in respectable garb. "'It did help presumed Iraqi terrorists, but it did so in the spirit of the Red Cross to help out everyone in need.'" Fine, treat the bastards then turn them in to the coalition. They did not do this. This is not impartiality, this is collusion with the enemy.
Did the Italian government have anything to do with this? There is no proof, however, both the Italian government and the Italian Red Cross have made statements about the non-control the state has over the actions of the Red Cross. Yes, convenient isn't it? Plausible deniability. If they had no control over the actions of the Red Cross, how did they even know what was going on? How indeed? In fact Scelli goes on to say that "the decision to hide details about the operation from U.S. officials was approved by Gianni Letta, Berlusconi's right-hand man." What? How did this man "approve" anything if the government has no control over the Red Cross? This leads any rational person to believe that indeed the Italian government did have a hand in this activity, and had the final say over conduct of the operation. Note well this statement: "'Keeping the Americans in the dark about our efforts to free the hostages was a non-negotiable condition to guarantee the safety of the hostages and ourselves,' he said, according to Reuters."
It seems that Signore Scelli was very busy in Baghdad. The story also reports that "Scelli said he held talks with Italian agent Nicola Calipari, who was shot dead in March this year by U.S. troops at a Baghdad checkpoint during a subsequent rescue operation for another Italian hostage." Oh, another Italian hostage? Funny that the enemy press seems to have forgotten who that "hostage" was. Let's refresh their memory shall we? This subsequent hostage was none other than Giulia "handfulls" Sgrena, known communist and a terrorist sympathizer. Recall above how Scelli said he needed to keep the Americans in the dark? Do you also recall how everyone claimed just after the incident that the Americans knew Sgrena was in the car and shot at her on purpose? Of course you do. One small problem. You can't be in the dark and informed at the same time!!!
Unfortunately there is only one sad conclusion that a sane person can draw from this information. The Italian government and the Italian Red Cross actively aided and abetted terrorist activity in Iraq. They shielded terrorists from the coalition forces. They lied when they insisted they did not negotiate with the terrorists. They lied when they claimed American forces knowingly fired upon the car with Sgrena and Calipari. This is all shameful. We thought you stood with us. We were fooled. Please remember we are in a fight to maintain our way of life, stop aiding those who would harm us. "Impartiality" must not be used a cloak to hide sympathy with those who hate us and want us to be destroyed. We must fight and fight until victory, anything less, ends in defeat.
Guy, JimmyB, Mauser*Girl have you had the same problems? If it starts becoming a problem, perhaps I will go to registered comments.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Witness the reactions from the typical quarters: First the family of a slain soldier who apparently do not support the war. "Nadia and Robert McCaffrey, whose son Patrick was killed in Iraq in June 2004, said 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' ended up on his government-supplied headstone in Oceanside, Calif., without family approval. 'I was a little taken aback,' Robert McCaffrey said, describing his reaction when he first saw the operation name on Patrick's tombstone. 'They certainly didn't ask my wife; they didn't ask me.' He said Patrick's widow told him she had not been asked either. 'In one way, I feel it's taking advantage to a small degree,' McCaffrey said. 'Patrick did not want to be there, that is a definite fact.'" Ok, because Maureen Dowd of the Enemy Press New York Times declared that families of dead soldiers have an absolute moral right to speak, then I guess I'll have to trust them. Ah, but as President Reagan once said, "Trust, but verify." Let's see a letter from Patrick saying he didn't believe in the war, not a letter saying he wanted to come home, every soldier wants to go home. No, nothing less than a bold statement opposing the liberation of Iraq will do. Sorry to sound harsh, but those who oppose freedom will use any tactic they think will work to destroy the will of the soldiers and the public to continue the fight.
French officials of the Tour De Lance, er France claimed that they have evidence that Lance Armstrong used illegal performance enhancing drugs during his first Tour win.
"Tour director Jean-Marie Leblanc's comments appeared in the French sports daily L'Equipe on Wednesday, a day after the newspaper reported that six urine samples provided by Armstrong during the '99 Tour tested positive for the red blood cell-booster EPO. 'For the first time -- and these are no longer rumors, or insinuations, these are proven scientific facts -- someone has shown me that in 1999, Armstrong had a banned substance called EPO in his body,' Leblanc told L'Equipe."
Someone? Who's this someone, and how can he or she be sure these samples are from Armstrong? Well we see in the story that the French national anti-doping laboratory did the testing. The samples were provided from various riders and were to be kept anonymous. In fact the lab denied they could even match the riders with the samples. That didn't stop our intrepid L'Equipe from publishing "on one side of a page what it claimed were the results of EPO tests from anonymous riders used for lab research. On the other, it showed Armstrong's medical certificates, signed by doctors and riders after doping tests -- and bearing the same identifying number printed on the results."
Ok, because I've had blood and urine tests myself, I can verify that there are two matching sets of numbers, one on the control paperwork left at the provider's office and a numbered label sent to the lab along with the sample. So if the numbers really matched Armstrong's testing papers it could be seen as circumstantial evidence he used the drugs. However, Jean-Francois Lamour, the French Sports Minister said "he had doubts about L'Equipe's report because he had not seen the originals of some of the documents that appeared in the paper." Hm, something's Rather-gate strange about those papers, there are no originals. Mais oui! Those papers do exist! Trust us, we know, we got them from a Kinko's in Texas! And they were typed on an IBM Selectric typewriter!
Until we can see the originals I would withhold judgment on the test results. If the results are real, it certainly tarnishes Lance Armstrong and his achievements. The story said six samples tested positive, how many samples were there? Will L'Equipe produce these originals? We don't know. Perhaps Sandy Berger can smuggle them out of France for us to examine. One thing we do know is that "L'Equipe is owned by the Amaury Group whose subsidiary, Amaury Sport Organization, organizes the Tour de France and other sporting events. The paper often questioned Armstrong's clean record and frequently took jabs at him -- portraying him as too arrogant, too corporate and too good to be real. 'Never to such an extent, probably, has the departure of a champion been welcomed with such widespread relief,' the paper griped the day after Armstrong won his seventh straight Tour win and retired from cycling."
Yes, I hope the results are false, just because the French envy him, however even the French could be right once in a while.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
So of course that means the IFC comes out with some boilerplate platitudes to try to deflect criticism. They "said on its Web site and newsletter that it had 'drawn inspiration' and received 'important practical advice' from the International Coalition of Historic Site Museums of Conscience." "'We have many, many advisers who have given us lots of advice,' Richard Tofel, Freedom Center president, said last week. 'Some of it we've taken and some of it we haven't - that's the nature of advice.'"He said the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington had most inspired the IFC's vision, and that the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Illinois was also offering extensive advice.
Yeah, right, you really plan on following the example of American museums instead of your soul-mate foreign "museums." Sorry, that won't wash. We've seen below that one of your group cut and run because they've been exposed as America haters and could no longer cover it up.
Listen to what the leader of these foreign "museums" has to say about the memorial: "'No one in the civilized world would ever defend what happened on 9/11,' said Sarwar Ali, the coalition's chairman and a trustee of the Liberation War Museum in Bangladesh. 'But (we knew that word would make an appearance) what happened after 9/11 - with restrictions placed on human rights (where? examples please) and the cycle of revenge (no, the just punishment of the perpetrators and those who aid and support them) and the allegations of human rights abuses in prisons (overblown, wrong, but overblown) - must also be explored,'(not at Ground Zero, punk) Ali said in a call from London."
That being said, our enlightened "museum" friends suggest things like:
"Help distinguish between American people and the U.S. government in exhibits ..." (sorry, we are the government)
"Use reports from human rights organizations to examine contemporary abuse of rights." (again, not at Ground Zero)
"Involve the United Nations, UNESCO and other international bodies." (Hell no!)
"Use the museum as a venue for international meetings, where all views are welcomed and considered." (what? invite thugs and murderers to give speeches supporting their criminal actions? Oh, Hell no!)
No matter what they say, the far left IFC must be booted from the WTC Memorial site. They have no place at Ground Zero. Listen to what they say about the exhibits. "Tofel said preliminary plans call for an exchange of exhibits with some coalition museums. 'It is hoped and expected that temporary exhibits at the IFC will originate at, or travel to, some of the Historic Site Museums of Conscience - and perhaps vice versa,' he said in an E-mail." Why on earth do we need or want to do this? What do these "museums" have to do with 911? Oh, wait, nothing! Maybe they have a good purpose, maybe not. Let's not pollute Ground Zero with off topic exhibits and anti-American propaganda. We should demand no less.
Monday, August 22, 2005
I stopped by one of our local pawnshops that had a large firearms sign outside. I went inside and saw none. I looked around, still nothing. The guy at the counter asked me what I wanted and I told him. "Oh, we don't sell guns here, in fact no pawn shop here does." Then WTHeck do they have that large sign for?! So pawn shop purchases are out. I'll just have to buy used or new.
Friday, August 19, 2005
I'm new to shooting and I first heard about the park a few months ago. I'm distressed to learn that it seems that no progress is being made on funding or construction. Is this the case? Where can we send letters to move this project past the talking stage and get to the construction phase? Are people from outside Nevada who come to visit here welcome to send letters of support?
I'd love to have a large, safe place to acquire better shooting skills and I'd like to see this range become a reality in the next year or so.
What can I do to help?
Thanks for the email. I've taken the liberty to add you to our notification list. Attached is our newest release that explains the funding issues that you mentioned. What we need at this time (before Sept 28), are letters from citizens who support the park, to request full funding of our round 6 application. When you visit our web page, the conceptual master plan map, operational, business, financial and marketing plans are all available. We are currently involved in funding, design, permitting. As soon as permitting and design of Phase I is accomplished, we will begin construction. Things seem to move slower than preferred though. This is a great project, and we really appreciate your support and interest.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
This is the one hundredth post of Ah, Shoot! Cake and Ice Cream at Blogspots house.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Monday, August 15, 2005
Well, the search goes on. I cleaned the bayo up as much as I could and still found no serial numbers. Guess there's no way to really know if it's real or fake. Can't check against serial number lists. Oh, well.
Here's some pictures of a bayonet I own. From what I could tell it seems to resemble a circa 1939 parade dress German bayonet. It has what I suppose is a trade mark cartouche on it of a squirrel holding a sword pointed down to the ground. It says "original" above the squirrel and "Carl Eickhorn Solingen" below it. It is a nickel or chromed blade and has wear points on it. I've examined this and have found no other marks or writing on it, not even a serial number. Any ideas of provenance and what type of gun would it go with? A K98 Mauser?
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Saturday, August 13, 2005
I'm considering purchasing a .22 handgun. For plinking and just because they're cheap to shoot. The Contenders are:
Friday, August 12, 2005
(Hoefer and Arnett analyst Martin) Pykkonnen called that a departure for Yahoo and CEO Terry Semel, because the company usually takes control of a partner's operations when it spends this kind of money. The arrangement could lead to some friction, he predicted."