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Archive for May 2011

Quote of the day

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Renee Montagne, NPR Morning Edition, May 31st, 2011:

When a gunfight erupted outside a kindergarten classroom there a few days, the teacher knew exactly how to respond. In an episode the teacher managed to videotape, she led the kids in a song about chocolate droplets falling from the sky.

Thankfully, what actually happened is not nearly so stupid as Renee Montagne made it sound.

Written by BornLib

May 31, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Memorial Day

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Take a good look around you today.  The entire country, and the lives we live in it, exist thanks to the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to defend it.  In a way, the nation itself is a memorial, one so vast and grand that sometimes it is hard to see it, but it is there.

This is yet another excellent excuse to mention Move America Forward’s upcoming annual Troopathon. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by BornLib

May 30, 2011 at 7:13 am

Posted in Our Troops

CSGV’s freedom to rule other people’s lives

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Miguel has unleashed a most elegant takedown of yet another piece of brain-dead CSGV rhetoric: “OUR freedoms are endangered by THEIR guns.”

What Freedoms do you speak of Mr. Everitt? We have not threatened you and yours even when your ilk have planned on destroying our families. We are not forcing you into anything, yet you demand we must be disarmed because we make you feel “uneasy” as if were Negros attending a lunch counter in the 50’s. Your concept of right to be safe is to demand our women to be powerless and to fall victim of sexual predators. We must be powerless against intruders that invade our homes but that makes you happy and cheerful. You demand the right to tell lies, distortions and assassinate our characters and try to force us to be silent and not to confront our accusers.

We celebrate independence and that makes you mad since Victimhood is your banner. After millions and millions of bytes of “information” you have sent through the webs, I have yet to see one single item where you criticize or condemn a criminal for attacking a law abiding citizen of this country. But you had no qualms on assailing peaceful common folks whose only “sin” is to own a gun.

It is amazing how CSGV, an entity dedicated entirely to taking away the natural rights of others through coercion, has the gall to talk about freedom.

Written by BornLib

May 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Plugging pirates

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Via Ace of Spades:

InformationDissemination.net: Finding Piracy’s Tipping Point

After several unproductive years of dithering in the Indian Ocean, navies and shipping companies are slowly changing their mindset towards countering piracy. Unsurprisingly, this shift has begun to produce a positive outcome. For 2011, the number of attempted Somali pirate attacks has continued to increase as in previous years; however, it appears that to date this year, the rate of successful attacks has actually begun a decline. What is contributing to this change? First, shipping companies have started to put aside their fears of liability and embraced the only foolproof deterrence against successful attacks – embarked armed security.

If only there were some lesson we landlubber civilians could take from this.

Written by BornLib

May 25, 2011 at 11:21 pm

How bad was the Obama budget?

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Obama budget receives zero votes in Senate – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room.

No senators voted for President Obama’s 2012 budget when it came up for a vote in the Senate Wednesday.

A procedural vote to move forward on the president’s plan failed 0-97.

As they say, bipartisanship.

Written by BornLib

May 25, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Posted in Economics

Cleveland Ordered to Stop Enforcing Local Gun Control Laws

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BFA: Court Orders Cleveland to Stop Enforcing Local Gun Control

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Brian Corrigan has ordered Cleveland to stop any enforcement of 19 separate local gun control ordinances, effective immediately.

State preemption passed, what, four years ago?  This is what the city thought it should spend its limited funds on, rather than police.

Buckeye Firearms Foundation is the lead Plaintiff in the case, which was filed in early 2009. In the interim, Cleveland sued the State of Ohio in an attempt to have the state’s firearm laws declared an unconstitutional usurpation of a city’s home rule authority. In December 2010, the Ohio Supreme Court entered final judgment against Cleveland, ruling (for a second time) that the state’s laws were valid.

Cleveland was hoping they would get to be the Denver of Ohio. Thankfully that didn’t happen, else Columbus, Cincinnati, etc, would have gotten exemptions as well.

The Cleveland ordinances invalidated dealt with gun registration, owner I.D. cards, assault weapon bans, limits on firearm dealers within city limits, possession of firearms in parks and other public places, seizure and destruction of firearms, storage of firearms, reporting theft of firearms and concealed carry of firearms.

All the stuff that Brady dreams are made of.  *poof*

Judge Corrigan wrote, “R.C. 9.68 clearly invalidates any and all municipal ordinances regulating ‘the ownership, possession, purchase, other acquisition, transport, storage, carrying, sale, or other transfer of firearms, their components, and their ammunition.'” Judge Corrigan set July 7, 2011 as a hearing on Buckeye Firearm Foundations request for mandatory attorney fees. The Ohio Supreme Court has already upheld the validity of the mandatory attorney fee provision.

I think that settles the matter pretty decisively.  Congratulations and a hearty thanks to the Buckeye Firearms Foundation for all their hard work.

Written by BornLib

May 25, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Posted in 2A, Second Amendment

“any attack on Pakistan would be construed as an attack on China”

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By “any” do they by any chance mean the Taliban, who attack Pakistani police and military forces on a regular basis?  Why no, that would be silly.  China is talking about us.

China ‘asks USA to respect Pak sovereignty’

In the wake of the US raid in Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden, China has “warned in unequivocal terms that any attack on Pakistan would be construed as an attack on China”, a media report claimed today.

The warning was formally conveyed by the Chinese foreign minister at last week’s China-US strategic dialogue and economic talks in Washington, The News daily quoted diplomatic sources as saying. China also advised the USa to “respect Pakistan’s sovereignty and solidarity”, the report said.

Ed Morrissey asks a poignant question (or four):

This new doctrine from China will pose some difficulties for the US. For instance, what about the Predator attacks on terrorists in the border regions? Pakistan has officially protested these attacks while unofficially tolerating them. If China is serious about its message, will they insist on an end to all operations within Pakistan from now on? And how will China respond to an attack on Pakistan under a doctrine that’s not dissimilar from NATO’s charter? Will they attack the US and start a war, or will they react only diplomatically?

My bet is on diplomatically.  I believe China will not want to upset the house of cards they call their economy by interrupting the flow of filthy American lucre.  Will we really challenge them though?  That’s the sort of thing Kennedy or Reagan would have done, and I don’t see anyone like them around these days.

Written by BornLib

May 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Posted in Terrorism

Because California wasn’t boned enough

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HotAir: Supreme Court orders release of over 30,000 prisoners in CA

California will have to release over 30,000 inmates from its prison system to comply with a Supreme Court ruling earlier today.  The court cited chronic violations of inmates’ rights in its 5-4 decision.  The reductions will improve the delivery of health care services to the remaining inmates, claims the majority

I doubt California is going to be pulling 30,000 jail cells, parole officers, or police officers out of their back pocket.  If you live in California and were on the fence about buying a firearm for your protection, or better yet, moving someplace sane, I would say this is plenty of motivation.

This poses other questions as well.  What is California supposed to do with convicts now?  If they can’t add to the current level of inmates, then they’re going to have to release even more on a one-for-one basis, putting revolving doors on the prisons again.  The same will be true in other states, which had joined California in opposing the order, which now have to operate under a new Supreme Court mandate on prison populations.

Prison isn’t going to serve as much of a deterrent under these circumstances. The state is not equipped to deal with this, and short of some radical changes (i.e. judicial corporal punishment), that will not be changing. If you want to be secure in your persons, you’re going to have to take responsibility for it yourselves.

Written by BornLib

May 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Of Mamet and Madoka

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Bear with me, this is going to be a strange one.

For the last few months, I’ve been following a Japanese TV show, an anime, called Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, sometimes refered to as Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

Aside from some of the junkiest of junk science, which I can forgive given that this is a fantasy series, the show is excellent.  This fan-made trailer gives a good overall impression of the tone and direction of the show without spoiling the plot:

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Written by BornLib

May 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Posted in Anime, Liberalism

Armed Forces Day

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… was yesterday.  I forgot; shame on me.

This is an excellent excuse to mention Move America Forward’s upcoming annual Troopathon.

Troopathon

The goal of Troopathon is simple: Send care packages to our troops, as many as we can get sponsored in a single 8-hour show. In our first year (2008) our inaugural program brought in over $1.5 million for care packages for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was the single largest shipment of care packages ever recorded. Over the succeeding two years, our innovative webcasts have raised over $2 Million for our troops. Since our organization began sending care packages in 2006, we’ve sent over 168 TONS of high quality beef jerky, Gatorade, Oreo cookies and gourmet coffee to our troops, and that’s just the beginning!

It’s all too easy for people like me, who don’t have family or friends in the line of fire, to overlook that there are so many brave men and women out their putting themselves in harm’s way for all our sakes. That is why I am grateful not just to them, but to groups like Move America Forward who make sure that they are not, in fact, forgotten.

It seems that there are a number of blog teams who are competing to see which can raise the most funding for care packages.  They’re all patriots, so I’m not going to endorse one over the others, but I did pick a team for my own contribution.  I think it will be pretty fun to see who comes out on top.

Times are tough, but please give if you can.

Written by BornLib

May 22, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Posted in Our Troops