For some time, an email has circulated about the UN Small Arms Treaty, that it would provide a mechanism for the United Nations to force the Obama administration to take the guns of US citizens. Snopes.com declares the idea that the UN treaty would provide “a legal way around the Second Amendment” completely false. Why? Well, because: “…the U.S. ‘voted in favor [of the treaty only] after the Obama Administration secured its key “red line” that the treaty would have no impact on the Second Amendment.” In other words, we have President Obama’s assurance that “if you like the Second Amendment, you can keep the Second Amendment.” That is certainly reassuring. But… [...]
The woman who tried to breach the barricades around the White House (and perhaps the Capitol building) allegedly had a history of mental illness. You can tell that there was insanity going on: She fired seventeen shots at an unarmed person.
Well, actually, that was the police. But in any event, Miriam Carey was not [...]
To avoid government snooping into the contents of emails, many people use encryption. But if you use Microsoft Outlook, there’s a problem with this: Microsoft helpfully saves the unencrypted version of the email for the NSA before doing the encryption for you, according to this UK article: [...]
The NY Times is evidently dishonest about its dishonesty. Yesterday, they published an article on President Obama’s climate speech, wherein he tackles the “problem” considered least important by making the #1 problem — jobs — worse. Obama’s speech was summarized as follows: [...]
Several background stories on guns and law enforcement have contributed to flavor one new item on a target practice company, giving the story more buzz than it might otherwise have gotten. The background stories are: 1. The recent holding of practice “realistic urban drills” in by US military forces in American cities. This was defended as “only taking place on defunct military bases” with a link to this site. But the news at that site says otherwise, about a drill held around “the old jail” in Galveston, Texas. Could someone have been confused thinking “the old jail” mean “abandoned military base”? In any event, other drills match the same pattern of taking place in civilian populations. The same link mentions an apology for concerns raised during a drill in Houston. And there is this video news report of a drill in Miami. That news report shows the indoctrination of the media in the recent gun rights restriction push: Instead of “military helicopters,” the reporter called them “military-style helicopters.” He also described (and showed a video of) the choppers “firing blanks” at the roads below, “pinging off the nearby hi-rises.” [...]
Decades ago, I was the only non-pot-smoker machinist on the crew of a high-precision machine shop that made aerospace parts, including pieces for the new project that would become the Space Shuttle. When I was moved to the big Brown and Sharpe vertical mill, I encountered a cartoon taped inside the lid of the day [...]
Scary Weapons What, exactly, does the Left mean by “assault weapons”? Evidence is abundant that this expression means to them “anything that could hurt someone” (i.e., anything capable of self defense). Senator Feinstein’s bill clearly denotes a raft of guns to be banned based upon their scary appearance, furthering the silly notion that a bullet fired from a black gun is inherently different from a bullet fired from a brown one. Or that a bullet fired from a rifle with a pistol grip will do something different from the same bullet coming from a gun with no such grip. Stupid, isn’t it? It is just military style that seems to bother them. “Who needs military weapons?” she says. Of course, a gun styled to look like one made for the military, painted black or camoflage, is still s civilian weapon, and is not of course an “automatic” weapon or machine gun. It’s just emotions. But… [...]
Two tidbits relating to the arms rights attacks by the Left: (1) Wayne Pierre of the NRA suggested that schools should have arms guards, a notion that was instantly vilified and ridiculed by the Left. (2) Obama adopts the NRA proposal for increased armed guards in schools, in a speech which was portrayed as “one of his greatest” by the same Left. [...]
Biltrix and Catholibertarian brought the case of Gary Harvey to my attention in this post. Mr. Harvey was injured in 2006, and the state (Pennsylvania in this case) has taken guardianship of him and has been striving to terminate his life.
Years ago, I read the (and posted about, with lots of comments and references) [...]
“The church bell chimed ’till it range twenty-nine times, for each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.” I’ve always liked this Gordon Lightfoot song, and it made me feel a little guilty to create The Wreck of Al Gore’s Copenhagen. Sunday, President Obama somberly read a list of victims of Adam Lanza, while mixing politics into what should have been a eulogy. He read only 26 names, as Adam Lanza’s mother Nancy, the first person he killed, was worth omitting from history for her crime of having guns at home. The bells rang only 26 times in most places, though a few rang 27 — and some pushed for 28, to include the killer himself. But for most of the “official” memorials, including the balloons with the numbers 2-6 on them, Nancy Lanza is merely the victim not worth remembering. [...]