Saturday, December 31, 2005
Thursday, December 29, 2005
While surfing today I came upon this post at All Things Beautiful. Alexandra von Maltzan has invited bloggers from all over the blogosphere. Do yourself a favor and don't read the other's choices until you've made yours. It's amazing that one's I chose I felt would be a little obscure made various lists. Create your list and then check out all the others.
Here's mine, in no particular order:
Charles Lee: Because of excessive pride which made him believe he should supplant Washington as Commander in Chief. He was captured by the British prior to the Christmas attack on Trenton, and it was later revealed he had treasonously offered a plan to the British to end the Revolution. After he was exchanged he was dilatory in carrying out his orders and spent a large amount of time denigrating Washington. He was court-martialed for disobeying orders and publicly insulting Washington. He spent the rest of his life attacking Washington.
Benedict Arnold: Causa dicta est.
Clement Laird Vallandigham: Ohio Democrat politician and original Copperhead. Expressed sympathy with the Confederate cause and publicly spoke against Bush and the War, er Lincoln and the War in such uncertain terms that he was arrested and tried for treasonous activities.
John D Rockefeller: Avarice personified. He built Standard Oil into the country's largest monopoly by ruthless business practices. His competitors were either driven out of business or forced to sell out to him because of Standard's kickback to railroad companies. He tried to change his image by throwing dimes out to children on the street. Someone once remarked that he made dollars and gave away dimes. The legacy of fake philanthropy continued with his descendants, who give away massive amounts of money but also have massive amounts of control throughout society.
Boss Tweed: One of America's most corrupt politicians, Tweed is the poster boy for graft and public corruption. $400 toilets for the military have nothing on Boss Tweed's brooms for $41,190.
Margaret Sanger: Icon of the birth control and abortion movement, many people think she helped create reproductive freedom. In reality, she championed eugenics and the forced sterilization of those she deemed unfit to have children. Her destructive legacy is the abortion pushing Planned Parenthood Foundation of America.
Lucky Luciano: Although Capone was the bigger name, the modern mafia was conceived and built by Luciano with his friend Meyer Lansky. The ruthless corporate crime syndicate was his idea. Infiltration of honest businesses made it very hard to root out organized crime.
The Rosenbergs: Convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and providing details for atomic weapons, this pair helped the Soviets develop their WMDs. They may have not provided the most essential information, but they willingly adhered to an enemy and were involved in other activities, according to their former handler and corroborated by the Venona Papers.
FDR: The architect of the modern welfare, expect government to care for you, helpless American state. Whether or not he had the idea to socialize America, or if circumstances conspired to make it so is immaterial. The illegal, unconstitutional acts and agencies he created affect the republic today. Personal responsibility died with his election to the presidency.
The Monstrous One: Committed to power, this person will say whatever it takes to control the government. Appearing to back middle American values, this politician extraordinaire tacks from left to right to appear palatable to most of America. If this person ever succeeds, darkness will descend on America.
Monday, December 26, 2005
Earlier this week Enemy Press USA Today posted an editorial by Skidmore College professor Mary Zeiss Stange which argued for hunting in urban areas overrun with deer. Professor Stange is the author of Woman The Hunter, a book about her perspective concerning society's view of women and hunting.
She discusses the need to cull deer caught in an urban setting, and details how some cities go about this. She does seem to have an aversion to baiting the antlered rats by professionals who then kill them. Stange prefers to have non professionals do the work. "All that skilled hunters need to do the job are access and homeowners' permission, and several metropolitan areas that have established 'urban hunts' do provide both - among them are Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, and some counties around the Twin Cities. Though most of these urban hunts involve archery rather than firearms, all have three things in common: They are highly regulated, and only very well-qualified hunters make the cut. As a result, they are very safe; there are no documented cases of injuries to non-hunters in any urban deer hunts. And they do work to bring down deer numbers - perhaps not quite so dramatically as a sharpshooting fest, but certainly more humanely, economically and ethically. The meat from these urban hunts generally goes to community food banks."
This seems like common sense for areas under attack by an overpopulation of deer. Someone at the editorial board must have been at a meeting or asleep when this editorial ran. Imagine the Enemy Press ever endorsing hunting!
Now that the presents are opened and the food eaten, it's time for the other holiday to take center stage. Unfortunately for me, this is now the prime time for my employer. Tonight is my last night off for the rest of the year. Light posting perhaps until sometime next week.
Year end poll:
When did you decorate for Christmas and when do the decoraions come down?
I put them up my first day off after Thanksgiving and remove them my first day off after New Years Day.
Template testing. Great. So now it works except I have a continued link at the bottom of every post. And the wisenheimers at Blogger tell us to figure it out for ourselves how to remove it from non-continued posts. Any readers out there who've been able to do it?Test Here. Five attempts before success.
Sunday, December 25, 2005
President Bush offered a few words this weekend for Christmas. Reproduced below is the text of his speech and a draft copy of the Democrat response found in a garbage can in Hyannisport, next to some empty liquor bottles.
President Bush in lowercase. DEMOCRAT RESPONSE IN UPPER.
At Christmas, we give thanks for the gift of the birth of Christ, and for the blessings that surround us every day of the year. In this great and prosperous land, we have so much to be thankful for, and Christmas reminds us of our obligation to share these blessings with others. There are many among us who are hurting and require a helping hand. In the new year, I hope Americans will look for ways to volunteer your time and talents where they are needed most. By reaching out to a neighbor in need, we make our nation a more just and compassionate place. This Christmas, we remember our fellow citizens who suffered from the hurricanes and other disasters that struck our nation this past year. We pray for their strength as they continue to recover and rebuild their lives and their communities.
AT THIS SO CALLED CHRISTMAS DAY, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEADERSHIP REMINDS EVERYONE THAT THIS IS NOT A CHRISTIAN NATION, WE ARE MADE UP OF MANY BELIEFS AND THEIR IDEAS AND HOLIDAYS ARE JUST AS VALID, IF NOT MORE SO THAN THE OLD, TIRED JUDEO-CHRISTIAN ETHICS THIS FAILED PRESIDENT HONORS TODAY. WE FEEL THAT THIS CHRISTMAS MESSAGE BY PRESIDENT BUSH IS A BIGOTED CALL TO MORE OF THE SAME HATE FILLED EVIL GENIUS INCOMPETENT ACTS HE HAS PERPETRATED AGAINST THE WORLD SINCE HE FIRST STOLE THE PRESIDENCY FROM VICE PRESIDENT GORE. MR BUSH CLAIMS BLESSINGS CAME TO AMERICA THROUGH THE AGENCY OF A SUPREME BEING AND CHEATS US OUT OF OUR SHARE OF THE CREDIT FOR CREATING THE SUCCESS WE HAVE TODAY. PRESIDENT BUSH CYNICALLY CALLS ON THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TO SACRIFICE FOR THE GOOD OF OTHERS WHILE HALLIBURTON AND THE BIG OIL COMPANIES REAP THE BENEFITS. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BELIEVES THAT VOLUNTEERISM IS A WORTHY ENDEAVOR AND IN THE NEXT SESSION OF CONGRESS THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP WILL INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE ALL CITIZENS TO ENGAGE IN VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES WITH FINES AND JAIL TIME FOR THOSE WHO REFUSE TO PARTICIPATE.
During the holiday season and throughout the year, we think with pride of the men and women of our Armed Forces, who are keeping our nation safe and defending freedom around the world. In Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, they are protecting our liberty by spreading liberty to others, and all Americans are grateful to our troops for their courage and commitment.
WE THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP DEPLORE THE CALL TO REMEMBER THE TROOPS AT THIS TIME OF YEAR BY THE MAN WHO, AS SEEN BY THE TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD MEMOS, REFUSED TO DEFEND HIS COUNTRY DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. MANY DEMOCRATS WERE HEROES DURING THIS TIME AS SWIFT BOAT CAPTAINS AND NEWS PHOTOGRAPHERS AND RELIED ON THEIR OWN WORDS TO ATTAIN THE HONOR DUE THEM SUCH AS REPORTS LEADING TO PURPLE HEARTS.
We're also grateful to their families. Staying behind when a family member goes to war is a heavy burden -- and it's particularly hard at Christmas. We pray for our military families; we ask Almighty God to bestow His protection and care on their loved ones as they protect our nation from grave dangers.
SHAMEFULLY, THIS PRETEND PRESIDENT SINGLES OUT THE FAMILIES FOR SPECIAL SCORN. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY KNOWS THAT NONE OF THE FAMILIES OF OUR TROOPS SUPPORT THIS ILLEGAL WAR FOR OIL, AND TO CYNICALLY PRAY FOR THEM IS THE HEIGHT OF ARROGANCE. WE FULLY SUPPORT THOSE WHO REFUSE TO PRAY AND WE CALL ON PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE LAND TO REFRAIN FROM PRAYING FOR THE FAMILIES AS WE BELIEVE THAT WOULD ONLY ENCOURAGE THIS PRESIDENT TO CONTINUE TO OCCUPY IRAQ IN DEFIANCE OF THE UN AND THE OIL FOR FOOD PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES.
We also remember the heroic men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation's freedom. We pray that God will comfort the loved ones they left behind. The sacrifices of these brave troops have rescued millions from lives of tyranny and sorrow, and made America more secure. We will always cherish the memory of each of our fallen servicemen and women, and count it a privilege to be citizens of the country they served.
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WANTS ALL PEOPLE IN AMERICA TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO DIED IN SERVICE TO THIS REGIME THAT THEY DIED FOR A LIE. MUSLIMS DO NOT WANT, NOR HAVE ANY ABILITY TO APPRECIATE, A DEMOCRATIC LIFESTYLE AND WE DEMAND THE PRESIDENT IMMEDIATELY WITHDRAW TROOPS FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN TO LEAVE THOSE PEOPLE TO SORT OUT THEIR OWN COUNTRIES. WHO ARE WE TO BRING FREEDOM TO THOSE AROUND THE WORLD? THIS ARROGANT MESSIANIC WORLDVIEW IS A DANGER TO OURSELVES AND THE PROGRESSIVE WORLD AND WE CALL ON THE PRESIDENT TO IMMEDIATELY CEASE HIS CURRENT COURSE OF ACTION.
The times we live in have brought many challenges to our country. And at such times, the story of Christmas brings special comfort and confidence. Christmas reminds us that we can trust in God's promise of peace on Earth and goodwill toward men. On a night more than 2,000 years ago, an angel of the Lord brought good tidings of great joy: the God of Heaven had come to Earth, and He would be with us always.
THERE ARE INDEED CHALLENGES FACING US, BUT WE REJECT CALLS TO A SUPERNATURAL BEING TO SAVE US. AMERICA MUST PUT ITS FAITH IN THE CURRENT DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP TO REVERSE THE HEADLONG SLIDE INTO TYRANNY BEING FOISTED ON AN UNEDUCATED, IGNORANT AMERICA. AMERICA NEEDS A STRONG PROGRESSIVE HAND AT ITS HELM. ONE THAT WILL NOT SHRINK FROM EMPLOYING ANY MEANS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE A COLLECTIVE FUTURE THAT WILL INSURE THE CONTINUED EXISTENCE OF SOLID DEMOCRAT VALUES LIKE WELFARE, A REDUCED MILITARY AND MANDATORY SENSITIVITY TRAINING FOR THOSE WHO REFUSE TO CELEBRATE THE DIVERSITY OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION, NON RESTRICTIVE ABORTIONS AND FREE ACCESS TO ADULT MATERIALS.
Thank you for listening, and Merry Christmas.
BE GRATEFUL WE DEIGNED TO ADDRESS YOU, AND MAY THE BLESSINGS OF ANY NON CHRISTIAN DEITY BE SHOWERED ON YOU, MINUS TAXES.
I was checking my sitemeter stats and found a referral from an msn.com search from the Arlington wreath story I linked to from Michelle Malkin. I'm right on top of her on the search results....I think I need a cigarette....
Thursday, December 22, 2005
From Yahoo News. It appears Dr Death got a "no" from the parole board in Michigan. Man, I have to say it again, if you can't suck it up buddy, why not kill yourself? But of course, he won't.
Enemy Press Network CNN reports that the corrupt and mobbed up state of New Jersey is trying to trick people into thinking it's a tourist spot. They've started a contest to choose a slogan and are asking residents to vote. Only Jersey residents are eligible apparently, but that won't stop you from voicing your opinion here. Leave your great idea in the comments section.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Same day, two different takes on the President's popularity. On one hand, Enemy Press Network CNN gleefully claims that "Poll: Iraq speeches, election don't help Bush" and on the other Enemy Press Network MSNBC somberly notes that "Bush's support jumps after long decline, Poll shows growing optimism on Iraq, economy."
Here's what CNN tries to push on America. "A CNN/USA Today Gallup poll conducted over the weekend found his approval rating stood at 41 percent, while more than half, or 56 percent, disapprove of how the president is handling his job. A majority, or 52 percent, say it was a mistake to send troops to Iraq, and 61 percent say they disapprove of how he is handling Iraq specifically. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points." Here's what MSNBC says. "Bush's overall approval rating rose to 47 percent, from 39 percent in early November, with 52 percent saying they disapprove of how he is handling his job. His approval rating on Iraq jumped 10 percentage points since early November, to 46 percent, while his rating on the economy rose 11 points, to 47 percent. A clear majority, 56 percent, said they approve of the way Bush is handling the fight against terrorism -- a traditional strong point in his reputation that nonetheless had flagged to 48 percent in the November poll."
Why the disparity? Well, CNN lamely claims that their poll was taken before the President's latest speech. That way they can report their gloomy assessment and not add the new numbers. Of course they really just don't want to report the truth, that when President Bush explains to America what he's doing and his rationales, the people believe him. After all the time the Enemy Press has had to denigrate his plans and to outright lie, the public will tend to believe them until the truth comes out. SOP for those in the press who hate America.
Take a look about this story from Europe. The Enemy Press Network ABC reports that the gay and girl sport of soccer seems to be having an outbreak of rude and boorish behavior.
"Soccer clubs that fail to control racist fans were threatened by FIFA president Sepp Blatter (real name, Full Pissholder) with relegation, suspension and expulsion. Blatter said legal experts at world soccer's governing body would decide in January what measures are needed to strengthen FIFA's anti-racism laws. National soccer federations will then vote on the proposed regulations at FIFA's annual congress next year." B-b-but, I thought that Europe was enlightened and superior to the low class US? Where does all this come from? Can it be that "Europeons" are subject to the same passions and hatreds that the rest of humanity is? Perhaps.
As per usual in the Land of Increasing Darkness, ze zolution ist regulashun, regulashun, regulashun. "Teams that fail to control their players or fans also might be forced to play matches in empty stadiums. But Blatter said new, more severe punishments are needed." Open the re-education camps! There will be a Great Leap Forward in race relations, all will learn to be tolerant of others, except Muslims of course, they will be exempt from such laws. A Prague Winter will solve all the continent's problems.
Poor old Europe, destined for the trash heap of history. A failed experiment in self government gone awry. I guess Europeans and democracy and rule of law aren't compatible after all, they need a strongman to rule them. Too bad. Bye.
Special Sauce. Found this site while browsing. A Good Aussie site, take a look. Added to the blogroll.
Enemy Press Network CNN reports that Germany, a founding member of the Axis of Weasels, released the cold blooded murderer of a US Navy diver in return for the release of one their citizens held by the terrorists in Iraq. Although the German government denies the allegation and tries to say it was a state's decision and not a federal one, it's clear that a quid pro quo was in action.
Mohammed Ali Hamadi was convicted of murdering "Robert Dean Stethem, a 23-year-old U.S. Navy diver whose body was thrown on the tarmac at Beirut airport during the hijacking of TWA Flight 847." So another killer gets sent back into action because of the cowardly actions of a faithless ally. How many others will this man kill? Unfortunately, the story doesn't indicate why the state of Hesse allowed a man sentenced to life in prison a parole. As the leftists like to say, "if it only spares one life..." then this man should have remained in prison. If this hero of the resistance is involved in anything that destroys a life or property, the German state is responsible and those who are affected should immediately bring the Hessen officials to the dock.
Of course the officials will deny any responsibility if anything should happen. Where are the calls from the unhinged left (sorry, redundancy) for immediate withdrawal of all troops from Germany? Well, nowhere really because it won't hurt America, therefore that quagmire gets ignored. Hopes ran high when the new Chancellor Merkel took office, sadly, it seems not much has changed in the former ally.
It's clear that we must maintain our course and count on no one to deal correctly with the terrorists of the world in this GWOT. All the whining of the America haters must be brushed aside like yesterday's garbage and we must continue on the course set by President Bush. Our continued existence demands it.
Axis Of Weasels
Yahoo News reports that a singer for some band named Weezer (apparently a group of asthmatics) took a vow of celibacy a while back and has decided to continue it.
Wouldn't the world be a more wondrous place if all entertainers and celebrities decided not to chance reproducing? No more raving lunatics trying to tell citizens how to vote. Why any free man or woman would take political cues from trained monkeys is bizarre, yet it happens. We'd be better off if they all kept their pants on.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Christmas. The Holiday Season. How many times do you hear people greeting strangers on the street during the year? Not as many as in December. It seems that this time of year brings out our best feelings for our fellow man.
Well, not for everyone. Here's something I saw written on the back window of a truck today. "WORSHIP YOURSELVES! Stop worshipping your imaginary friend on Sundays and put your faith in yourself."
Of course in the old days I might have gotten angry at the owner of said truck and maybe cursed at him. Apparently I'm getting soft in my old age. Well, not really. After I read this screed writ large, I burst out laughing. Why? Not because I believe what's written on the window is true, but it reinforces the idea that there's no one more intolerant than a militant atheist. They claim the name of Bright, as in knowing the light, or being enlightened or carrying the light. You know a light bearer, or as the Latin would say, a Lucifer. Ooops, no offense meant to live and let live Atheists.
I guess there's just something about the public expression of goodwill and peace towards your fellow man that riles up militant atheists. I suppose that this Jesus fellow has something to do with it. The militant atheists claim He doesn't exist, but they sure have to keep denigrating the non-existant God don't they?
Merry Christmas to all the Atheists out there who aren't bothered by Christmas.
Fox News reports that the WTO meetings in Hong Kong ended with "a last-minute compromise on a date for wealthy nations to end farm export subsidies." Of course these meetings always get an out of control group of hate filled protesters who just say "rah, rah, rah, our side hates you," and freedom by the way.
Anyway, a group did gather and had a violent confrontation with police. One little note, this WTO meeting was in a totalitarian country, Communist China, in fact. This leads one to wonder, with the typical Chinese response to protests being this, and this, how did these people get in to do their deed?
Perhaps China isn't as interested in free trade as they seem? Well, of course not, the government is an illegal, immoral, murderous thug junta. What they really want is access to the world's markets to bring in cash for expansionist plans. Ever hear of the gun maker Norinco? Well, despite denials to the contrary, it's not a free enterprise. Norinco is an arm of the Peoples Liberation Army, or the Communist government. Every item purchased from Norinco goes directly to support the criminal designs of the government.
With this knowledge, one is lead to believe that the protests were allowed and tacitly encouraged by the government. Otherwise you would think that a large influx of people who have no ties to the WTO coming into the meeting area would make the authorities investigate who they are, and then, keep them out. But no, that didn't happen. Maybe people should pay more attention to the global activities of China, they aren't anyone's friend. Someday we may regret integrating them into the world economy.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
The people of Iraq showed up the defeatist Democrat leadership and the Enemy Press by voting in massive numbers throughout the country.
All the lies by hate filled Democrats were exposed by the vote - even Sunnis voted and began the rebuilding of a democratic Iraq.
Senator Biden of Delaware went to Iraq to pooh-pooh the idea that Iraqis wanted a free state, but then when he saw that they rejected the lies of those who desire to have freedom fail, changed his tune. "'There's going to be a real election here and I think there's going to be a significant turnout. That's a very important first step,' Biden said on CBS News' The Early Show." He probably felt his ears burn when this video was played on Fox News.
I passed by a new Big 5 and stopped in to take a look at the sales. They had one K31 for $99. I saw some little dings on the underside of the stock and some scratches and wear near the butt. The worst bits of damage were two gouges, although the area was less than the size of a pinky fingernail. The handguards looked pristine. There was finish on nearly all of the wood, except near the buttplate. What type of finish is standard for these guns? The guards looked relatively unfinished, but the rest of the stock looked lightly finished and slick, was it shellac or something else? No cosmo or any other residue on the stock.
All metal parts had grease on them, except for the magazine. I detached it and saw some slight green residue on the plate. I assume copper fouling. I pressed the plate up and down and it seemed to move easily, no sticking. The bolt was sticky, but I expected that. It took a little force to return it. Although I'm left handed and that could have been part of the problem with working the bolt. I saw no damage or pitting on the bolt. The top of the receiver has very miniscule pitting near the Swiss badge, otherwise it looked like new.
Unfortunately, the new store didn't have a bore light. I had to pull back the bolt and try to hold it up to the light to get a look down the barrel. Not enough light to see everything, but I could clearly see it had rifling. I saw no pitting or any other damage or residue, but it was dark, so I can't be sure. The front sight had a coating of grease, but apparently no damage to the ears and the sight itself was clean. It seemed rather small. How tall are the sights normally? I did notice that the sight was resting on an angled base. I never noticed that before. Does that make it easier to adjust? The barrel bands were a little rough, they seemed to be the worst part of the equipment. I didn't look at the trigger as I forgot to ask the salesman to remove the lock. Yeah, I know, I just didn't think about it at the time.
The sling was apparently original, it was a light brown well used leather. The only cartouche or other marking I saw was on the right side of the stock. It appears to be a number one in a circle.
I wasn't sure what to do, it looked nice and the straight pull bolt was relatively easy for me as a left hander to use. It seemed relatively clean, so I wouldn't have to do a major clean up on it. I decided to take one more look over it and noticed that the magazine, bolt, and receiver all had the same serial number. I've heard about rebuilds that mismatched parts, but I wasn't sure if that was the way the K31s were. The matching serial numbers clinched the deal for me and I put it on layaway.
I checked the serial number on Swissrifles.com and it appears the rifle was built in 1950. Perhaps it only had one owner. If I end up completing the purchase, I'll take a look under the buttplate and see if there's any info on the citizen issued the rifle.
Was this a good buy?
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Professor Reynolds posted a column at TCS Daily about the future of shopping. Resale shopping specifically. He talks about a new book by Daniel Nissanoff who is involved in internet business ventures. Nissanoff writes of how resale portals such as eBay will profoundly change the way Americans see and discard of possessions. He apparently believes that we will use eBay and other sites to buy items regardless of the cost because we will recoup the premium paid by reselling it later.
A bright future for consumers? Perhaps, but what if your consumer heart desires to promote and protect the Second Amendment? Say you live in a state that's unfriendly to your right to self protection. You fire up the computer and go to eBay to search for a little rifle or shotgun. What will you find? Why, their list of banned items. Here's the main point that rankles, or should, everyone concerned about their Constitutional liberties. "Weapons listed on eBay U.S. must comply with the California Penal Code covering the sale of weapons. Otherwise, these items are not permitted on eBay." One of the most regulated, citizen fearing, true liberty restricting states is vetoing your Constitutional Rights. Of course eBay is probably a California based company, so they must follow state laws, but your Constitutional Right trumps state law every time. Are the owners of eBay anti-gun? It's not stated anywhere, perhaps they are not, but they are aware of the consequences of breaking state laws, even blatantly unconstitutional ones.
If eBay and other sites are indeed the future of shopping, it bodes ill for our freedoms unless new competitors for eBay are located in states that realize they have no power to keep Americans from exercising their Constitutional Rights. Many will say, so what if eBay won't let you have guns, you can always use sites such as Southern Ohio Gun, or Gunbroker, or Guns America.
Well, if those people would actually go to those sites, they could see quite clearly that these sites are also under the control of each state's gun laws. Do you live in East LA, or South Central LA? Would you like to buy a nice Czech surplus pistol for self protection? Sorry, you can't have it if you live in California. It's for your own good apparently, and eBay agrees. "Since (sic) the sale of weapons is highly regulated, or may cause harm to eBay or its members, sellers are restricted in their listing of them on eBay." However, cars, which do more harm to people each year that firearms, are for sale in abundance on eBay.
It's a frightening thought that the internet, which is touted as a tool of freedom, could become a tool of oppression. Those who hate your right to bear arms already use every lie they can and manipulate figures to try to keep you from protecting yourself. Let's hope this coming online revolution doesn't aid the cause of freedom haters. Perhaps you should buy a gun today...for the children.
Monday, December 12, 2005
I've wondered about this for years, but who the heck is Felix Natividad, and why do people sing about him at Christmas time?
Sunday, December 11, 2005
According to the CBS News website, Merriam-Webster, the dictionary publisher, stated that the word "integrity" was the most searched word for 2005. It seems that over 200,000 people accessed the word at their website.
"The noun, formally defined as a 'firm adherence to a code' and 'incorruptibility,' has always been a popular one on the Springfield-based company's Web site, said Merriam-Webster president John Morse."
It's possible that the word has gone out of usage according to Ralph Whitehead, a professor of journalism at UMass. "'You hope integrity is a word everyone understands,' he said."
Apparently no one at CBS looked it up last year.
This year's final Carnival Of Cordite is up at Resistance Is Futile!
Friday, December 09, 2005
Fox News reports that "Hundreds of riot police armed with guns and shields have surrounded and sealed off a southern Chinese village where authorities fatally shot demonstrators this week, villagers said Friday."
"During the demonstration Tuesday in Dongzhou, a village in Guangdong province, thousands of people gathered to protest the amount of money offered by the government as compensation for land to be used in the construction of a wind power plant. Police started firing into the crowd and killed several people, mostly men, villagers reached by telephone said Friday. The death toll ranged from two to 10, they said, and many remained missing. State media have not mentioned the incident and both provincial and local governments have repeatedly refused to comment."
This illustrates exactly what type of government China has. Murderous thugs who have no compunction over killing those who oppose their way. "The number of protests in China's vast, poverty-stricken countryside has risen in recent months as anger comes to a head over corruption, land seizures and a yawning wealth gap that experts say now threatens social stability. The government says about 70,000 such conflicts occurred last year, although many more are believed to go unreported." And why haven't we heard of these occurrences? Total media control? And some people believe that these thugs and murderers should have control of the internet.
For one brief, shining moment, the usual thug loving Amnesty International makes a statement against the Chinese actions. "'These reports of protesters being shot dead are chilling,' Catherine Baber, deputy Asia director at Amnesty International, said in a statement." Then of course, right back to the same unknowing, unfeeling characterization of the true nature of the Chinese junta. "'The increasing number of such disputes over land use across rural China, and the use of force to resolve them, suggest an urgent need for the Chinese authorities to focus on developing effective channels for dispute resolution.'" Idiot. Gunning people down in cold blood is the effective channel for dispute resolution for thugs and murderers. Here's another choice statement from AI in London, "'Amnesty spokeswoman Saria Rees-Roberts said Friday in London that 'police shooting people dead is unusual in China and it does demand an independent investigation.'" What? Have you forgotten Tiananmen Square?
As usual, the world will forget about what happened there or never even hear about it and no one will even consider taking the Olympics away from China. If we cannot punish China by removing the precious chance to propagandize their illegal and illegitimate government, maybe we can ask Paul McCartney to stay away. Although, it was people being killed, not animals....
The recent events in Venezuela have been covered in detail elsewhere such as at Fausta's Blog, but it remains a rich source of information for those who keep an eye on the supporters of tyranny everywhere. The Guardian "Newspaper" penned an editorial concerning the election with the head, "Democracy under threat." Now, before you fall off your rocker, although it appears the Guardian "Newspaper" got it, they show their love for dictators by blaming the opposition and by extension, America, for the threat.
First off, though, the "Newspaper" tries to explain away the dismal turnout for the election. "The people of Venezuela have gone to the polls 11 times in seven years. Almost a superfluity of democracy, some might think, and signs of electoral fatigue could be detected in Sunday's elections for the National Assembly when only 30% of the electorate bothered to vote. The rest perceived the result as a foregone conclusion since in earlier elections President Hugo Chavez, or the candidates he backed, had stacked up substantial majorities. Sunday's poll followed the trend, and the Chavez list wiped the board." One small problem. The ever reliable (reliable to totalitarians that is) Reuters ran a story that quotes Venezuelan officials as stating that they blamed "the low turnout on traditional apathy in Congress elections and the opposition boycott which led many Chavez supporters to believe victory was assured." Hmm, not quite the rosy picture the Guardian painted is it?
However, the Guardian then pulls out the old "they knew they would lose" chestnut to explain why the opposition withdrew from the polls. "Their rejection (of the referendum to impeach Chavez) did little to enhance their authority or popularity and when they withdrew from Sunday's poll they knew that they faced defeat and humiliation." Really? Based on the fact that Chavez won the referendum, the Guardian divined that the opposition wouldn't win any seats anyway? How would the parties suffer defeat if some of their members won seats in the Congress?
Of course, it's all really Washington's fault as "The US-backed strategy is to use apparently neutral non-governmental organisations to tell the world that the elections are not free and fair, that press freedom is under threat, and that human rights are not respected. These allegations are then exaggerated and amplified in Washington." This fixation on President Bush and his administration could be taken for insanity. Perhaps the Guardian should stop looking under beds for bogeymen, it might improve their mental health.
But their main point is democracy is threatened by those in Venezuela not named Chavez. Hugo is a god, and his enemies are small little disorganized groups of malcontents. "It (Democracy) is indeed in peril, threatened by a tiny ragbag of opposition groups given disproportionate international influence through the support of the US. By their irresponsible electoral abstention, they hoped to undermine the credibility of the parliamentary system." Oops, that pesky Reuters article contradicts them again. "Traditional parties such as Democratic Action and the Copei Christian Democrats, who led the boycott of Sunday's vote, were at the center of power before Chavez came to office in 1999 promising to end years of corruption and neglect."
Sorry, but although the opposition is disorganized now, perhaps because of the Chavez government's oppressive activities, they are clearly a larger group than the dictator loving Guardian "Newspaper" lets on. But that's part and parcel of the leftist plan, lie about your opposition and belittle them at every opportunity. How many barrels of oil did the Guardian get to run this little editorial?
The Guardian closes with a denial of little Hugo's true colors. "Yet Chavez is not a dictator as the Americans claim...There is every sign that he will win the presidential election next year and, who knows, the one in December 2012." Confound it, why does everyone rain on the Guardian's parade? "New deputies elected to Venezuela's National Assembly, to be sworn in January, will legislate to keep President Hugo Chavez in office until 2030, National Assembly President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday. The legislation would be revolutionary and would ensure that Chavez remains in power not just till 2021, but till 2030, Maduro said at a ceremony celebrating the victory of pro-government deputies in Sunday's elections." And this from the Chinese government!
Not a dictator, eh? President for life? Changing the constitution to remain in power? I though this was what people of this ilk claimed President Bush was going to do? Yes, it's plain, the Guardian is in full insanity mode. President Bush is Hitler and a war criminal, but Chavez actually does what they claim Bush is secretly planning to do and that's just fine with them. Who said terrorist lovers had to be consistent? They just have to support them no matter what happens.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
A federal air marshal shot and killed a passenger on a flight from Colombia. According to Fox News, the passenger claimed to have a bomb and when confronted, fled down the passageway from the plane to the concourse. "It was the first time since the Sept. 11 attacks that an air marshal had shot at anyone, Homeland Security Department spokesman Brian Doyle said. According to a witness, the man frantically ran down the aisle of the Boeing 757, flailing his arms, while his wife tried to explain that he was mentally ill and had not taken his medication. The passenger indicated there was a bomb in his bag and was confronted by air marshals but ran off the aircraft, Doyle said. The marshals went after him and ordered him to get down on the ground, but he did not comply and was shot when he apparently reached into the bag, Doyle said."
Bad news for the family, but what if the man did have a bomb as he claimed? Should air marshals be more hesitant to use deadly force? Are we more likely to see incidents such as the shooting in Britain of an apparently innocent bystander? What would happen if a marshal decides not to shoot, allowing a bomb to be detonated?
We need to ask these questions now before another, possibly more tragic incident occurs. The safest course, though one fraught with risk, is to do as done today. One life was lost. This is a tragedy for his family, but it could have averted a larger one. Many people could have lost their lives as a result of a homicide bomber. We must make our priority the securing of American airways. Imagine the economic disaster that awaits if our skies become unsafe. Many businesses and people rely on safe airlines. Shipping cost could skyrocket if companies were forced to use ground transport. More dependence on foreign oil for the extra cars used because of flying fears. Economic havoc wreaked on America would be as important to those who want to destroy us as actually causing deaths. We need to remain vigilant and remain free at the same time. We must also resist those calls for revamping or doing away with the use of deadly force to protect our airlines that will surely come. We weren't there at the incident and don't know what caused the marshal to shoot, but we must remain ready to shoot. Our lives and freedom may depend on it.
Irony abounds in this Enemy Press Network CNN story. It appears Dr Kevorkian is in poor physical health, and it's been caused by his incarceration, according to his attorney Mayer Morganroth. Twice before pleas for clemency or pardon from the governor of Michigan have been denied.
Hey doc, if you're in such poor health, why not kill yourself? It's been said starving to death will be painless, but Terri Schiavo was unable to comment.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Enemy Press Network MSNBC aired a story about a blind North Dakota shooter who complained to Tucker Carlson about that state's decision to do away with a marksmanship test for those seeking a concealed carry permit.
"TUCKER CARLSON, HOST, ‘SITUATION’: 'You are worried that people who should not have concealed weapons permits are getting them, is that right?'"
"CAREY MCWILLIAMS, BLIND MAN WITH GUN PERMIT: 'Yes. The legislature went ahead and, without consulting me at all, just decided that if a lowly blind person can pass their shooting exam, which I have heard from the police officers that were around me when I was shooting, they said that they dread that kind of test. Even though I passed that, they were just going to toss it, and throw it away, and then everybody and their brother-in-law can just pretty much show up and don’t know anything about firearms, but feeling macho that day, they just show their driver’s license, and there they are.'"
Loaded question. Who exactly are those people who should not have concealed permits anyway? Carlson doesn't say but McWilliams does. He arrogantly believes that he alone has the right to decide the (unconstitutional) gun laws in North Dakota. "...without consulting me at all...." the government apparently doesn't take into account McWilliams' ideas about the right to keep and bear arms. He doesn't like the fact that anyone now can obtain a permit. It appears North Dakota is going to brace for a flood of applications from those he deems unfit to carry weapons.
Although McWilliams appears to be on the right side of the right to own guns, it's disturbing to hear those with permits say other people shouldn't be allowed to have them. The Constitution of North Dakota itself doesn't limit who should be able to own guns. Neither does the US Constitution. Apparently even gun owners are sometimes blind to the reality that all citizens of America have the right to guns, whether they know anything about them or not.
Monday, December 05, 2005
Pajamas Media posted an open letter by Dr. Peng Hwa Ang of Singapore who tries to rationalize the UN's attempt to wrest control of top level domain servers from the US. As per usual for those who bow to dictators, Dr Ang tries to tell us that all the world prefers the slavery of the UN and other authoritarian regimes to the freedom an American controlled internet offers.
The whole open letter is a response to this column by Pajamas Media Editorial Advisory Board Member Claudia Rosett. Rosett has been covering the Oil for Food scandal, and now she turns her attention to the UN's IPG.
Dr Ang begins with lies, and continues lying throughout his apologia pro Dictator. He first tries to tells us that he's one of "those of us who consider ourselves centrists and friends of the US in the debate over internet governance." Sorry, I know centrists and you're no centrist. Friends don't steal each other's property. "I hope her views are not those of the informed in the USA, primarily because they ignore the concerns of Most of the Rest of the World (MRW) and come across as spin from the Department of Commerce." Who's he trying to convince here? Bush haters? The extremist Democrat leadership? Who are the "informed in the USA?" Liberal internationalists? Those who hate their own country and would gladly see it destroyed? MRW, as this friend of evildoers writes, is filled with totalitarians and freedom haters, why on earth would America care what they think?
These "informed in the USA" are seen to be the target of this piece as he interjects Iraq. "Well, just before the US went to war in Iraq, the domain name of Iraq-.IQ (or country code Top Level Domain ccTLD) disappeared from cyberspace. In other words, if Yahoo then had wanted to register its domain name in Iraq, it could not register Yahoo.com.iq. This was the unspoken fear of MRW at WSIS: that critical infrastructure and services for an information age laid on the internet could be shut off if the US, for any reason, decided to do so." Has America done this before? Does it happen with regularity? Could there be a military reason to shut off internet access to an enemy regime during wartime? Of course there is, the internet can be used to transfer money and instructions to scattered troops and sympathizers. No, this point from Dr Ang is only meant to stir up BDS among those in America who hope for defeat and the strangulation of American power. Does anyone really believe that the lovelies who dream of taking over the internet wouldn't cut off access to their own subjects to keep them disconnected with the free world. Only the willfully blind and those who love oppressive governments would say yes.
Dr Ang then tries to say that the "informed in the USA" absolutely love the idea of ending US control. "In October, I gave four presentations to university audiences in the USA, just before WSIS. In all cases, not a single person objected to the handing over of the ccTLD from the USA to the country in question. The audience understood the nub of the problem." And just who were these audiences? Students at UC Berkeley? Other universities where the truth is no longer taught? Places where conservative thought is shouted down or forcibly repressed by either students or administration? We don't know, and probably never will.
Here's a bald example of straight out deception on the part of Dr Ang. "It is therefore disingenuous to describe what was done at the Summit as an "internet grab." The US did not have to do an "internet grab" because it already had the internet in its hands." Accurate, but Fake. The "internet grab" is from thug governments and their supporters like Dr Ang. We know you are the culprits here. The evildoing is on your part. Sadly, there will be the willfully ignorant and the enemies of America who'll believe these totalitarian lies.
Another Accurate, but Fake moment from Dr Ang. "And so while the US said no to oversight, the US had to agree on other issues it did not want to give in to earlier, such as agreeing to a forum to discuss internet governance issues." Oh, you mean the new forum that has no ability to enforce its desires? We've already heard from Assistant Secretary of Commerce Michael Gallagher on the matter as seen below. This forum will just be a toothless debating society declaring the cat needs to be belled, although no one will do it.
To close out his encomium to oppressors, Dr Ang tries to tell us that only the UN is trusted and the MRW loves the idea of a thug organization controlling things. "Only the UN has the credibility as a third-party to be acceptable by Most of the Rest of the World (MRW). That credibility is reflected in the Internet Governance Forum. In the end, after looking around, MRW decided to park it under the UN Secretary General. Given the choice "trust the US or trust the UN" unlike Ms Rosett from the USA, MRW chose the latter." But did they? Was there a vote that the people under the totalitarian governments participated in? Of course not. This dictator lover insinuates that the world wants UN control, yet no one really agreed to it except the mouthpieces of evildoers. SOP for these people. Lies, lies, and more lies. The totalitarians are getting desperate as the world sees people working and demanding freedom everywhere. The Internet is the greatest force for freedom in the world today, and they can't handle it. The thugs and murderers throughout the world will do all they can to suppress freedom. America needs to stand strong and maintain control. We owe it to the world to do so.
World Summit on the Information Society
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Cybercast News Service linked to an Enemy Press Washington Post (reg. req.) story concerning the famous Texas redistricting plan which led Democrats to flee the state to avoid doing their constitutional duty. "Justice Department lawyers concluded that the landmark Texas congressional redistricting plan spearheaded by Rep. Tom DeLay (R) violated the Voting Rights Act, according to a previously undisclosed memo obtained by The Washington Post. But senior officials overruled them and approved the plan. The memo, unanimously endorsed by six lawyers and two analysts in the department's voting section, said the redistricting plan illegally diluted black and Hispanic voting power in two congressional districts. It also said the plan eliminated several other districts in which minorities had a substantial, though not necessarily decisive, influence in elections." Later the story quotes Eric Holland of the Justice Department, "'The court ruled that, in fact, the new congressional plan created a sufficient number of safe minority districts given the demographics of the state and the requirements of the law.'"
Please tell us again how each race is supposed to be granted the rights to representation based on the color of skin? Where in the Constitution is the right for each ethnic group or skin color to be given a House or Senate seat? What happened to the colorblind society? Perhaps it's all just rhetoric.
As usual, those leading the opposition are Democrats. Are they really concerned about the supposed dilution of voting power, or are they just angry because power is shifting away from them in Texas? Let's take a look at one aspect of the case. "The complexity of the arguments surrounding the Voting Rights Act is evident in the Justice Department memo, which focused particular attention on seats held in 2003 by a white Democrat, Martin Frost, and a Hispanic Republican, Henry Bonilla. Voting data showed that Frost commanded great support from minority constituents, while Bonilla had relatively little support from Hispanics. The question to be considered by Justice Department lawyers was whether the new map was 'retrogressive,' because it diluted the power of minority voters to elect their candidate of choice. Under the adopted Texas plan, Frost's congressional district was dismantled, while the proportion of Hispanics in Bonilla's district dropped significantly. Those losses to black and Hispanic voters were not offset by other gains, the memo said."
Isn't that bizarre? The memo - which was secret by the way and was leaked, shall we have a Congressional investigation? - plainly states that the White candidate was the one preferred by minorities, and the Hispanic candidate was not. But please note that the White candidate was a Democrat and the Hispanic candidate was a Republican. Where is the vaunted claim that only non-whites can represent people of color? Nowhere, because it's about the Democrats loss of power, not concern for minority rights.
The colorblind society will never exist as long as the Democrat party exists. They claimed ownership of persons before, now they demand ownership of votes. It seems that America is turning away from them and they will do anything to regain control. The Republican party has done much to turn minority voters away during the last century, but Republicans were also the ones who championed the Civil Rights movement while hooded Democrats in West Virginia fought against it. Look up "Dixiecrat" and "Jim Crow." The party of freedom needs to continue to show that it accepts and desires all people from every ethnic group and skin color to join and help build a strong America. Set asides and safe districts are not the answer, ridding our polity of those who use race as a wedge to gain power is.
The latest installment of Carnival of Cordite is up at Resistance is Futile!
The Enemy Press Network ABC reports that "Judges in Michigan cannot use a person's race, gender, religion or nationality to select jurors under a new rule approved by the Michigan Supreme Court." This perfectly sensible ruling has some government agencies lining up against it, although it is a reasonable interpretation of Constitutional law.
"'While on its face the language appears to prevent discrimination in the jury selection process, in reality its application will do nothing to enhance the constitutional guarantee of a jury of one's peers,' Linda V. Parker, director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, said in a written statement." What exactly does this dolt think a peer is? Does this halfwit understand the meaning of the word. Highly doubtful as this is a government bureaucrat.
A person who has equal standing with another or others, as in rank, class, or age: children who are easily influenced by their peers." This is from dictionary.com.
Clearly this blather about not getting a jury of one's peers is codespeak for racial discrimination. All citizens of the US are peers of each other. Black, White, Asian, Native Americans and Hispanics are equal in the law and are peers. This bureaucratic buffoon is spreading the idea that only people of the same race are qualified to judge each other.
Poisonous claptrap. Not only foolishness, but sinister as well. What would happen if these conditions were followed? Perhaps the director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights might be out of a job? How far have we come from the ideas of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution! People in government actively subverting the ideas in those documents with an eye to gaining power. Sadly, it seems that's all we have to look forward to these days. These charlatans piously speak of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, yet they would all consign us to racial and religious and political ghettos in order to satisfy their lust for power.