Saturday, January 30, 2010

National Health Care, Japanese Style.

Read this blog entry at Big Lizards. It's one woman's account of how her parents get good health care in Japan.
You see? National health care works great... so long as you're rich enough to afford the premium level of government insurance and to buy multiple additional private policies; so long as you have influential relatives; and so long as you're willing and able to brazenly bribe the doctors and bureaucrats who run the system.
Read the whole thing. It is a frightening glimpse into the reality of socialized medical care.

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Bayonet

Sipsey Street Irregulars has a good Praxis Posting on the bayonet. Apparently the Army is considering dropping the bayonet from Basic Training.

I live in California where the bayonet lug is a big no-no. Sorta. It is one of the characteristics of the dreaded "assault weapon" but only if it is on a semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine. I guess the politicians in Sacramento want to put an end to all the drive by bayonetings.

Anyway, a fellow I know rigged a Cold Steel Bushman on a short stick as a bayonet. When I asked him how he plans to attach it to his rifle, he replied, "duct tape".

Friday, January 22, 2010

I Hate Reading Stuff Like This

Pizza Deliveryman Shot, Killed During Robbery
2nd Pizza Deliveryman Killed In Less Than 2 Weeks

A pizza deliveryman was shot and killed during a robbery in the Belmont section of Philadelphia.

Authorities say the victim, who works for Accu Pizza, was shot while making a delivery at 41st and Aspen Streets at about 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Read the entire article here

The second one in less than two weeks? How many people have to die to before the idiots in charge learn? The predators are only getting better at trapping their prey and the worthless politicians are still protecting the killers. Don't resist. Give them what they want. Just once I'd like the hear a goddamn cop say something like:
Look people. There are vicious predators out there who don't give a damn about your life. They will kill you for pocket change and just watch you die. We cannot protect you! Get a gun. Learn to use it. Then when some animal tries to rob or hurt you, shoot the son of a bitch. Call us and report shots fired. We'll show up and make sure the right person got shot.
Is that to much to ask?

H/T to David Codrea

Thursday, January 21, 2010

First They Came for the Guns

Her Crime? Sex Work in New Orleans
New Orleans city police and the district attorney’s office are using a state law written for child molesters to charge hundreds of sex workers like Tabitha as sex offenders. The law, which dates back to 1805, makes it a crime against nature to engage in “unnatural copulation”—a term New Orleans cops and the district attorney’s office have interpreted to mean anal or oral sex. Sex workers convicted of breaking this law are charged with felonies, issued longer jail sentences and forced to register as sex offenders. They must also carry a driver’s license with the label “sex offender” printed on it. Of the 861 sex offenders currently registered in New Orleans, 483 were convicted of a crime against nature, according to Doug Cain, a spokesperson with the Louisiana State Police. And of those convicted of a crime against nature, 78 percent are Black and almost all are women…
To make it easier to prosecute, the Louisiana Legislature made challenging the sentence in court a sentencing enhancement.
“The way Louisiana’s habitual offender law works, if you challenge your sentence in court and lose, and it’s a third offense, the mandatory minimum is 20 years. The maximum is life,” he explained.
The Sex Offender Registry was, arguably, a useful tool. However, by adding people who are not a threat, whatever effectiveness it may have had is diluted. Instead of concentrating on the small number of truly dangerous perverts, resources are being used up tracking prostitutes. This means fewer resources tracking rapists and child molesters.  It also means greater public contempt for the registry itself.

In the aftermath of Katrina the NOPD disarmed honest citizen making them easier victims for looters. The same bunch of idiots are now making it easier for pedophiles and rapist to slip between the cracks and commit their crimes

New Orleans Police Department:  Enabling the criminal at every opportunity.

H/T to Radley Balko

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

BATFE, Austin PD and the Gun Show

According to this posting at Whose paranoid are you, the fallout from the pressure put on Darwin Boedecker and the Austin Gun Show is embarrassing the even to the management at BATFE.
Nevertheless, as I said earlier, words like despised, flat out hated, and psycho is what I heard by the little bird. In fact, I made it a point to ask SPECIFICALLY if I heard correctly and was informed YES! Also heard that he is a headhunter, always looking for GLORY and the limelight- has to BE on top.
If true then what will the BATFEces do about it?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Brown Wins in Illinois

Drudge reports:
52% SCOTT BROWN (R) 1,153,808
47% MARTHA COAKLEY (D)D: 1,052,391
I suspect more than a few Democrats are relieved over this. Under the current rules, without that 60th vote for cloture, the Republicans can now filibuster the Health Care "reform" bill into extinction. For the current session, anyways. This means that Democrats who know that voting for it will hurt their re-election chances will not have to go on the record as supporting it.

When the law is an Ass...

Then I guess I am an outlaw.

Kurt Hofmann ask the question, "Is 'law abiding gun owner' what we should strive to be?

The "enforce existing gun laws" argument has never made any sense to me. It implies the infringing laws are legitimate and thereby cedes the moral high ground to the enemy. It also means that when realpolitik demands "compromise" the law always moves in the direction of greater regulation.

The best argument is "Repeal existing gun laws". All of them. In a civilized society, the law does not interfere with a peaceable citizen going about his life. If there is violence the job of the police is to show up and make sure the right person got shot.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Eight-Year-Old on Watch List.

According to the TSA here (Retrieved Jan, 15, 2001 at 08:52 PST)
No 8-year-old is on a TSA watch list. Airlines can and should automatically de-select any 8-year-olds out there that appear to be on a watch list. Whether you're eight or 80, the most common occurrence is name confusion and individuals are told they are on the no fly list when in fact, they are not. If you get a boarding pass, you’re not on the no fly list.
Note how the TSA switches from "a TSA watch list" to the "no-fly list," implying that the watch list and the no-fly list are equivalent. This is a common rhetorical trick in Internet "debates". It serves to mislead the reader and is generally considered sleazy by honest and intelligent readers. OTOH, the above quote is from a government web site so who know what wrote it. Maybe one of the Infinite Monkeys.

Giving lie to the TSA claim, a NYT article dated January 13, 2010: Meet Mikey, 8: U.S. Has Him on Watch List reads in part:
"Meet Mikey Hicks," said Najlah Feanny Hicks, introducing her 8-year-old son, a New Jersey Cub Scout and frequent traveler who has seldom boarded a plane without a hassle because he shares the name of a suspicious person. "It’s not a myth."
As for "automatically de-select[ing] any 8-year-old" on the watch list:
A third grader at a parochial school in Clifton, N.J., Mikey recites the drill like the world-weary traveler he is. Leave early for the airport, always with his passport. Try to get a boarding pass at the counter. This will send up a flag. The ticket agent, peering down at tiny bespectacled Mikey, will apologize or roll her eyes, and call for a supervisor. The supervisor, after a phone call — or, more likely, a series of phone calls — will ultimately finagle him onto the plane. But the Hickses are typically the last to select seats and the last to board, which means they sometimes can’t sit together.
Ok. It looks like the government is lying to us about this. Gomer Pyle used to put it this way, "Surprise, surprise, surprise!"

Maybe that's who is writing the TSA mythbuster site.

H/T to David Codrea

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Beyond Root Causes

Something to think about over at Armed and Dangerous

Fred on Airport Security

On February 17, at Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, DC, a young Nigerian terrorist named Farouk Abdul al Faisal attempted to board United Airlines flight 1497 to Stuttgart, Germany. He had eluded detechtion [sic] by the FBI, and was not on the Terrorist Watch List. He seemed to have succeeded in his aims.

Al Faisal had not counted on an alert TSA employee, as none had been encountered before. TSA agent Michael Trabinney noticed that Faruouk’s cheeks were puffed out strangely. He pulled the young African aside for further screening and discovered in his mouth a condom filled with black powder and a detonator. Trabinney sounded the alarm and Farouk was arrested. The Department of Homeland Security immediately closed the airport for three days, saying that, since the terrorist was in custody and posed no further threat, extreme measures were necessary. Travel snarled around the world as flights were diverted or canceled.

Read the rest
High praise for the ever vigilant employees of the TSA who are working constantly to protect us from the Islamists who hate freedom so much they are ready to die to destroy it.

Gun Control and Magical Thinking

Original here Gun laws: Keep the safety on

There is an incredible dearth of logic in the author's argument. On one hand he admits that, in your home or in a "public place" you can be a responsible gun owning citizen.
In this country, law-abiding adults should have the right and the means to protect themselves in their own homes and in public places, such as streets and sidewalks.
On the other hand, if you cross an invisible boundary onto a school
However, carrying a weapon onto school campuses increases the potential public safety risk. What happens if a student finds a handgun in a briefcase or a desk drawer and accidentally or purposefully uses it on himself or another student?
or airport property
We live in an era when America must confront terrorism in the skies. Allowing guns within an airport shaves too closely to the conflict between self protection and broader public safety.

Air travel has proven a specific target of terrorists, in part because of the number of potential victims and the fear of death in the sky, but also for the potential to halt a vital transportation sector.
you are suddenly transformed and are no longer a responsible gun owner but something else. What is the remarkable magic that can cause this? How is it a person who is a responsible citizen in one place moves a few inches and is suddenly transformed into a crazed psychopath who cannot be trusted with the means of self defense?

Of course there is no such magic. The author's arguments are are just red herrings to distract from the issue of responsibility and self reliance so it is no surprise that he veers off into gross logical inconsistency.  If a person is responsible enough to carry gun in his home or on a public street he is responsible enough to carry it into a school or airport.

H/T to David Codrea: Link

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Darwin Award winners revealed

Full text below. Original is here
Two bank robbers have been declared winners of the 2009 Darwin Awards after they blew themselves up while trying to crack open a cash machine.

The Belgian pair used so much explosive to get their hands on the money that they destroyed the whole bank building.

When police arrived at the scene, they found one of them with severe head injuries, and rushed him to hospital where he died shortly after arrival.
Investigators initially assumed that his accomplice had managed a getaway, but the second one's body was excavated from the debris twelve hours later.

Wendy Northcutt, the founder of the annual awards, declared them the 2009 winners of the Darwin Awards, given to those "doing the most to improve the human gene pool by removing themselves from it".

The bank robbers just edged ahead of their main rival Shawn Motero who was stuck in a traffic crawl in Florida when he needed to answer a call of nature.
With no toilet handy, he got out of the car before jumping over a concrete wall to find a more secluded spot.

Unfortunately, the 30-year-old had not realised he was on a bridge, and fell 65 feet to his death. Award organisers said it proved you should "look before you leak".

In third place was the first ever woman to be nominated for the award. Rosanne Tippett drove her moped into a flooded river, despite the warning signs.

She was rescued by police, but died after jumping back into the river in an attempt to recover the two-wheeler.
Main Darwin Awards Page

The Darwin Awards are given for exceptionally stupid behavior and lack of judgement. Commonplace stupidities like smoking in bed are excluded. The Awards are often criticized as demonstrating "insensitivity" but I think they serve as examples of the kind of thinking to avoid. We live in a dangerous world and the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of another person should be welcome.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

On Shooting Colonels and Other Unlikely Events

Read these in order:
  1. When to Shoot the Colonels
  2. "When to Shoot the Colonels": A West Pointer's ad seriatim commentary upon Baugh's essay.
  3. Reprise on 'When to Shoot The Colonels'
I was talking this over with a friend and he argued that a nationwide gun confiscation won't happen all at once. His suggestion was to get troops used to treating citizens like subjects in small increments. Maybe start off with the areas controlled by street gangs -- nobody likes them.
  1. Surround and close off area like South Central LA (#6 on the Oath Keepers Declaration of Orders We Will Not Obey)
  2. Start systematic searches of residences (#2)
  3. Confiscate any guns found (#1).
H/T to David Codrea

Monday, January 4, 2010

Five Minutes after the Rapture

It's not what you think. Read it here

Saturday, January 2, 2010

God versus Smith and Wesson

News Article in the UK Times Online:
Toddler kills cousin with father's gun

The toddler son of a US police officer shot and killed his three year old cousin with the gun his father had left in the family car.

Police were called to a house in Louisiana at 2.30 pm local time on Thursday after the three-year-old boy gunned down his cousin when they were playing in their front garden.

In the comments, someone identifying himself as "harish lathia" wrote:
Dear all American Brothers and Sisters

Please get rid of these guns.
You are a very intelligent and rich/ educated people, please TRUST IN GOD, not guns.
Do not fear, but analyse yourselves and you will see that your essence is a spark of divinity as you are human beings.

With this knowledge and your other endowments you can lead us to a better world.

You do not need guns.

Harish Lathia
If any one of mankind's gods exists -- a big if in my opinion -- It doesn't seem to care much about human beings. So, even if God exists, I am still on my own.

Self defense is a natural function as fundamental to the human animal as eating, sleeping and excreting. It cannot be delegated. Turning the other cheek and giving the criminal what he wants is a fool's game. You may believe it will buy you an eternity in Paradise but in the real world it will get you hurt or killed.

In the Movie version of Watchmen, the character Rorshach tells a prison psychiatrist about an early case involving a kidnapped girl and her killer. He summed up the lesson of that case thusly:
You see, Doctor, God didn't kill that little girl. Fate didn't butcher her and destiny didn't feed her to those dogs. If God saw what any of us did that night he didn't seem to mind. From then on I knew... God doesn't make the world this way. We do.
Good advice. In any encounter with a criminal, given a choice between trusting in God or trusting in a Smith and Wesson revolver, I'll pick the revolver. I have evidence it works.

H/T to David Codrea