Archive for May 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.
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.
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.
Via Ace of Spades:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.