Saturday Movie Blogging – Henry V

Rather appropriate for the day before the biggest football game in the history of Arizona.

All things are ready if our minds be so.

GO CARDS!!!!

 
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January 31st, 2009 by admindude

Friday Music Blogging – Motorhead

Pardon me while I take a short vacation in my reptilian brain stem.

BRB.

 
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January 31st, 2009 by admindude

Rush Limbaugh is wrong.

Utterly, completely, totally and inescapably wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.

27-24 Cards.

 
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January 30th, 2009 by admindude

Legal and wise

Once more into the breach, dear friends…

Dustin (whom I’m looking forward to meeting in May) has a posted information on a couple more firearms-related bills that are to my liking.

SB 1243, clarifying when “Defensive Display” is justified, has 18 co-sponsors. This bill is similar to an AzCDL-requested
bill filed last year that passed in the Legislature but was vetoed by
our former anti-rights Governor. Defensive display includes:

  • Verbally informing another person that you have a firearm available.
  • Exposing or displaying a firearm in a manner that conveys you mean to protect yourself.
  • Placing your hand on your firearm while it is holstered or in a pocket, purse or other means of containment.

HB 2439,
with 22 co-sponsors, provides for an alternative 3 hour CCW course,
dealing only in legal issues, for qualified individuals who can show
proof of prior firearms training, such as:

  • Completion of an NRA pistol course.
  • Completion of pistol related courses at the college level, or at places like Front Sight or Gunsite.
  • Completion of certain law enforcement training.
  • Current military service or an honorable discharge.
  • A competitive rating or ranking in an organized shooting competition.
  • A CCW permit from another jurisdiction that required training or testing to obtain.

I like both of these. The “Defensive Display” is a nice trip-wire in between someone threatening your life and you defending your life. It makes a CCW into a defensive deterrent, rather than a last-resort choice.

And the alternate CCW course is perfect for people like myself and commenters here who have received prior training and know how to hit what we aim at, but need the grounding in when, where and how we can defend ourselves in public.

Common-sense laws for common-sense people. Makes a nice change to see this sort of thing coming from our state government after eight years of Napolitano.

 
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January 30th, 2009 by admindude

A Death in Real-Time

Bambi, meet Google Maps. Google Maps, Bambi.

 
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January 30th, 2009 by admindude

Fighting back

As I would leave for an evening’s entertainment during my teenage years, my parents last words to me were usually “Remember who you are and who you represent.”

This would inevitably lead to a boring night for me, as I’d feel too guilty to have any REAL fun, the kind of fun that would land a teen in jail (or worse), which of course was their intent all along.

I’ve never forgiven them for that, but I guess the fact I survived my teens gives them some small measure of satisfaction. The big spoilsports.

I digress.

The Republicans forgot who they are and what they represent, and therefore lost the 2006 and 2008 elections. When more people expect the Democratic candidate to cut taxes than the Republican, it’s a clear sign the party’s in trouble, both with it’s policies and with it’s image.

There is hope, though. The recent Republican solidarity on the bloated, pork-laden “stimulus” package is one sign that the GOP may be getting it’s mojo back, and Eric Cantor is leading the GOP’s charge back into fiscal responsibility.

With so much at stake, there is a tremendous necessity for an honest
check on one-party Democratic rule. American taxpayers, on the hook for
the huge deficit sums Congress plans to spend, instinctively know that.

The GOP may not control the agenda, but there are reasons for hope. We
share a set of values that make us unapologetic about rewarding hard
work and preserving the incentive for small businesses and the
self-employed to grow. History is on our side. Countries, towns and
communities stagnate when government micromanages industry and people
are left to depend on handouts. They thrive when small, medium and
large private businesses – driven to innovate and grow – create
sustainable jobs.

Is it the Contract on America? No. But it is a blueprint for fighting back, for returning the GOP to it’s roots as the party of economic freedom. Let the people decide how to spend their money, and the rest of the freedoms will follow.

 
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January 29th, 2009 by admindude

Dutch courage

In-sane.

Via xBradTC.

Dang it, I can’t get the video to play. Oh well, here’s a link to the original post instead.

 
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January 29th, 2009 by admindude

NBC sacks pro-life Super Bowl ad.

Remember that powerful pro-life ad we blogged about last week? Apparently NBC found it too effective. From a CatholicVote.org press release we just received:

NBC has rejected an uplifting and positive pro-life ad submitted for its Super Bowl broadcast this Sunday. After several days of negotiations, an NBC representative in Chicago told CatholicVote.org today that NBC and the NFL are not interested in advertisements involving “political advocacy or issues.”

Brian Burch, President of CatholicVote.org reacted: “There is nothing objectionable in this positive, life-affirming advertisement. We show a beautiful ultrasound, something NBC’s parent company GE has done for years. We congratulate Barack Obama on becoming the first African-American President. And we simply ask people to imagine the potential of every human life.”

“NBC told CatholicVote.org that they do not allow political or issue advocacy advertisements. But that’s not what they told PETA,” said Burch. “There’s no doubt that PETA is an advocacy group. NBC rejected PETA’s ad for another reason altogether.”

According to an email posted on PETA.org, Victoria Morgan, Vice President of Advertising Standards for Universal, said: “The PETA spot submitted to Advertising Standards depicts a level of sexuality exceeding our standards.” Morgan even detailed “edits that need to be made” in order for the spot to run during the Super Bowl.

“NBC claims it doesn’t allow advocacy ads, but that’s not true. They were willing to air an ad by PETA if they would simply tone down the sexual suggestiveness. Our ad is far less provocative, and hardly controversial by comparison,” said Burch.

“The purpose of our new ad is to spread a message of hope about the potential of every human life, including the life of Barack Obama,” said Burch. “We are now looking at alternative venues to run the ad over the next several weeks.”

We’re not afraid to let you see the ad:

 
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January 29th, 2009 by admindude

It may be legal, but is it wise?

Dustin’s Blog mentions a push by state Senators to remove the permit requirement  to legally carry a concealed weapon in Arizona and change some of the rules regarding where you can carry and how.

It essentially would remove the current requirement to have a CCW
permit when carrying a concealed weapon unless you’re a prohibited
possessor or are in the process of committing a serious criminal
offense as defined in 13-706 or a violent crime as defined in 13-901.03.
It would also remove the current problem of people being cited for
concealed carry without a permit when open carrying in their car. Open
Carry would of course remain as is, no requirement for any permit
either.

It would still allow people to get a CCW permit if they
choose to in order to gain certain additional benefits such as
reciprocity granted by other States that don’t yet have constitutional
carry laws, or to carry in current restricted areas under specific
conditions, such as to carry onto school grounds while dropping off or
picking up a child.

A couple of thoughts…

First off, removing some (if not all) of the restrictions on concealed carry on school grounds just makes sense. “Active killers” or spree shooters usually stop and turn their weapon on themselves when confronted with armed resistance, so empowering people to stop these murderers as soon as possible takes the current police doctrine of first response to it’s logical conclusion.

And I’m all in favor of clearing up the language of where you can and cannot carry when it comes to bars and restaurants. My local Friday’s serves beer; does that means I can’t carry concealed if I get a hankerin’ for some chicken wings?

Ditto on the open carry within a car dilemna. You can display a gun openly while walking down the streets, but you can’t have a gun open in the car.
No, I don’t get that either.

But.

When I got my CCW, I was semi-shocked at the lack of training required to obtain a permit. My instructor was knowledgeable, thorough and concise, but it was still only 8 hours of classroom training and another 3 hours on the range. I passed the written test with flying colors (thanks to some NRA training) and did even better on the shooting qualification (Have I mentioned how much I love my CZ?), but a few of my classmates didn’t fare as well. Some of them downright scared me: They had little to no knowledge of safe gun-handling skills and couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn when we went out on the range. They passed, but it took a long time and a patient instructor to get them to the point where they could handle a firearm safely and hit what they aimed at. And all of this was under safe, relatively stress-free classroom situations: What will happen to these people if and when they need to use their weapon in defense of their life?

While it is very true that a criminal doesn’t care in the slightest about gun laws, (“Oooh, this a gun-free zone! I better not shoot anyone here!”), removing any restriction on concealed carry is not something to be undertaken lightly as we need to take into account that some people are more careful than others. For people who train regularly and live by the three rules of gun safety, removing the permit requirements for a CCW is a great idea whose time has finally come, but if people who use guns carelessly can do so without any sort of training, it opens up new opportunities for danger to the public and may reinforce the stereotype of “the trigger-happy gun nut”.

For those who are trained and careful, is the freedom to carry concealed without a permit worth the potential risk of people who don’t value training and safe gun handling? For me, the answer is “No”. While there obviously needs to be a long, hard look at where we currently are allowed to defend our live and the lives of our families, overall,  I think that a weekend’s worth of classroom and range time is a small price to pay in order to increase firearms safety and maintain an orderly and professional reputation for all us who value our Second Amendment rights.

 
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January 29th, 2009 by admindude

Don’t let them put the moves on you.

 
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January 28th, 2009 by admindude