Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Disney Anti-Gun Bias

Honey Girl was watching Disney Channel before her nap and a preview for the DNC movie Cadet Kelly was being shown.

Now, I haven't seen the movie and cannot - unlike a "Liberal/Leftist" - comment on the story or what happens in it. I can however mention that one scene shown concerns the activities of the military school's drill team, which of course involves rifles. Nowhere else in the clip was any editorial content visible or audible - except in the drill team scene. "No real guns were used in the movie" it said. Why? Is there something so horrible about someone seeing a gun, or handling a gun, or using a gun? Not in the minds of free men and women, but those who fear freedom will apparently get the vapors if the possibility exists that someone might actually touch or use a real weapon.

I suppose that's the current demographic for the Disney product these days. Wish upon a star, no one is ever hurt or dies, and there's no evil at all in the world, just poor misunderstood good guys. Too bad for them it's not true. Of course that's probably not how Walt saw the world, but Walt ain't around, his company is run by accountants. In their defense we know that Disney wants to sell to everyone, so they believe they cannot offend anyone, except that by telling cotton candy stories they don't let anyone see the truth of the brutal existence of modern life.

The truth is that a revulsion for firearms does nothing to protect anyone from evil. Guns in truth protect our society, no amount of sensitivity toward those who mean you ill has ever turned away violence from those who are determined to bring it to you and bring it in full.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

War Crimes In Texas!

Watch this video carefully! The Geneva Conventions have been violated by Bobby Knight! He must be punished. Oh the shame, oh the shame!!!!! The Bush Administration is responsible for this!!!!!!! Yeearrggghhh!

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Arlington Cemetery And The Differences Between US

Reposted from last December:

I've received many hits at Ah, Shoot! looking for this story. People are still searching for information about it, so I decided to repost as commenter Mel directed me to a new website, Wreaths Across America. It appears that Worcester Wreath is expanding their program to other cemeteries and veterans monuments across America. Visit the website and see if there's a location in your area.

From Michelle Malkin. There has apparently been a tradition started at Arlington Cemetary that has a company in Maine supplying wreaths to decorate various sections of the graves. At the end of the post she posted an e-mail from a reader that said "Thanks for posting the photo of the wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. Your readers may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state."

I thought it would be interesting to find out more about this selfless owner. I searched for the Worcester Wreath Company and stumbled on this article by Dorothy Brush of the Crossville Chronicle of Crossville Tennessee in 2004. It told of her search for the Worcester Wreath Co. "In 1998 I saw a tiny item in Yankee magazine telling about a wreath company in Maine that had been making and sending wreaths to Arlington since 1993. It was their way of recognizing hero veterans. My reaction was there had to be more to the story. The name of the company was given so I dialed directory assistance. The operator said there was no Worcester Wreath Co. listed in Harrington, ME. Was there a listing for the Blue Bird Trucking Co, I asked. The answer was no...." Well, it looks like the story about the selfless donations was nothing but an urban myth. Another great story that didn't pan out. But then I read further..."but then she added there was a Blue Bird Ranch. I called that number, and the man who answered the phone was able to give me the number for the wreath company." Whoa! Maybe the story is true. I read the rest of the story and it agreed with the e-mail from Michelle's reader. Unfortunately, the story by Brush doesn't indicate that the area is poverty stricken, it looks like the volunteers came from the Washington DC area. Still, it shows that some people will be generous with time and materials for something worthwhile such as honoring our fallen soldiers. Time, talent, and treasure given for something beyond self by those who aren't considered opinion leaders or intelligent. No, those people wouldn't waste time honoring heroes, they spend their time here.

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If You Hear Something, Investigate

Updated: Hmmm, multiple helos hovering in the area. None were lifeflights. Wonder if the accident was a hit and run?

I was setting here prepared to write a screed a few minutes ago and heard a thump from outside. It wasn't close to the house, but it wasn't far either. Sounded like a fender bender at the nearest intersection about half a block away.

I thought, oh well, someone's crunched.

A few minutes later I heard a siren. After the fire department responded I went outside to take a look.

Motorcycle and car with body in the intersection.

Strangely I heard the sound of the car, but not the motorcycle. Too bad I didn't investigate earlier. The FD has a station less than a mile away. Had I checked out the sound right after hearing it, I could have had the FD here in minutes. I don't hold out much hope of the cycle rider in any cycle/car accident. I hope my delay didn't cause someone to lose their life. Next time, check out any sound you hear, I know I will.

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Mmmm...Another Pointy!

What's the use of having a battle rifle without a bayo? With the correct bayonet, you complete the circle. You have your total package, a long range and a short range tool of freedom.

I checked out the price of bayonets for the '03 Springfield at the last gun show in town and suffered sticker shock. Over $200 for the correct model for the venerable M1903. That's a bit more than I wanted to pay and I decided to check out other sources. I did find one for around $100 without a scabbard. I purchased it from the buyer.

At first glance a bit of rust and a sticky release were the only things I could see that needed some care. I took some mineral spirits to the handle and it cleaned up rather well. It did help me notice that at least one of the grips was a replacement.

As you can see on the top grip, the cutout is done poorly, it's obviously a hand tool job. Also, the grain doesn't match the lower grip. They do fit together well and I think the outside work was at least done by a skilled hand. The inside probably wasn't as much of a concern as it would hardly be seen. I'm not going to complain about the replacement as the rifle itself has many WWII replacement parts on it anyway.

Once I removed the grips the rust inside showed itself. It wasn't really much and I removed it easily with a mineral spirit wash and some 0000 steel wool. The release was full of cosmoline and once it was removed it worked flawlessly.

Even though the bayonet and rifle dates don't match I'm happy with the end result.

I'm happy, but I'm sure there are others who won't be as happy if they find themselves on the business end....

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