We’re still winning

Sure, the days of BB gun advertisements in comic books are long gone, but that doesn’t mean that little boys have stopped playing with toyguns. I had to satiate my need for firepower with cap guns and my friend’s air rifles and could only WISH for toys like this.

So what’s so special about a Nerf gun, you say? Well, this one has frickin’ laser sights on it, that’s what. Mere words cannot express how badly I would have wanted such a gadget in my younger years.

Or how about this:

Pistol grip? Check. Hi-capacity magazine? Check. Shoulder thing that goes up? Check. Heck, the darn thing’s even got a rail on it! What we have here, then, is a full-on Nerf assault rifle that any wanna-be 3 gun champ can buy right now, no waiting period or background check required. And speaking of multiple guns…

I’m not certain, but having a rifle with a detachable pistol would be an NFA gun if it shot anything other than Nerf darts, which makes this toy even cooler. But not as cool as this:

A tripod-mounted, belt-fed, burst-fire Nerf gun.

Let me say that again for you, just in case you didn’t get it: IT’S A TRIPOD-MOUNTED, BELT-FED, (almost) FULL AUTO NERF GUN!!!!! The implications for terrorizing your siblings and/or parents (in limited but judicious doses) with such a piece of machinery just boggle the mind! Who needs a wimpy little air gun that’s got a compass in the handle? You’ve got rock and roll now, baby!

And yes, there is a better-than average chance that one (or more) of my boys may be getting one (or more) of these toys this Christmas.

If Dad doesn’t claim them for himself first, that is.

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November 30th, 2009 by exurbankevin

Sal DiCiccio named “Nanny of the Month”

This is an honor no right-leaning councilmember wants to get. The libertarian watchdogs at Reason.tv have named Sal DiCiccio and the Phoenix City Council “Nanny of the Month” for November 2009. Their offense? Stopping a church from feeding the hungry on its own property.

No, really.

CrossRoads United Methodist Church is located on the corner of Central and Northern avenues. For our many out-of-state readers, this is a very well-to-do neighborhood filled with old money and serious political connections. Some of these upstanding citizens weren’t keen on the rabble clogging up their bridle paths and loitering near their automatic gates. Nothing so ruins a guest’s appetite like glimpsing a distended belly off the porte-cochère.

A gift of advice to the Phoenix City Council from a hometown boy: In an era of 10+ percent unemployment and a collapsing economy, you don’t want to play Scrooge this holiday season. If you won’t drop this selectively enforced zoning rule to preserve your shaky consciences, do it to preserve your political careers. The letter of the law is no match for the Spirit of the season.

Merry Christmas!

(H/T: Hot Air)

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November 30th, 2009 by exurbanjon

Mike Gallagher is right

Hang on to that headline, folks, you won’t see that very often in these parts.

Driving into work today, I tuned into the Mike Gallagher show. I rarely listen to him because I don’t listen to talk radio shows that rely on polemics instead of logic, and as a result, I don’t listen to a lot of talk radio.

I digress.

Mike was advocating that because the GOP was successful (in part) because of Lee Atwater’s “Willie Horton” attacks on Michael Dukakis, we should hold Mike Huckabee responsible for the many questionable pardons and commutations of sentences he gave to hardened criminals during his time as governor of Arkansas.

He’s right.

Huckabee says his reasons for granting clemency are because of his Christian beliefs:

“I would not deny that my sense of the reality of redemption is a factor, and I don’t know that I can apologize for that because I would hate to think of the kind of human I would be if I thought people were beyond forgiveness and beyond reformation and beyond some sense of improvement.”

Here’s the problem with that line of thinking, though. Maurice Clemons committed two crimes: One against man’s laws (murder) and one against God’s laws (Thou shalt not kill). Like Huckabee, I don’t believe that any man is beyond forgiveness, reformation and improvement, because i have seen hardened, career criminals come to faith in Christ in some of the worst prisons you can think of.

But the forgiveness I’m talking about is forgiveness from God’s judgment through the saving grace of Christ, and this grace does not cover redemption from the laws of man. I do not want my pastor judging my speeding tickets, and I do not want a judge counseling me against adultery. To quote someone infinitely (literally!) wiser than me, give to Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and give to God that which is God’s.

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November 30th, 2009 by exurbankevin

Saturday Movie Blogging – The Godfather

Quite simply, the best and most influential American movie of the last 50 years, and if it isn’t, then the sequel is. If you haven’t seen either, buy them now.

P.S. People have told me that there was a Godfather Part III, but I don’t believe them: I think it doesn’t really exist, just like the Star Trek Movie That Shall Not Be Named.

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November 28th, 2009 by exurbankevin

Deuteronomy 8:10

“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.”


And if you’d like to share your blessing, please consider sharing in the work God is doing around the world by giving a gift to Food for the Hungry for yourself or in honor of someone else this Christmas.

Thank you.

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November 27th, 2009 by exurbankevin

Happy Thanksgiving.

“As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”

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November 26th, 2009 by exurbanjon

You should be thankful

If you’re reading this on your computer.

If you have a car.

If you have two cars.

If you own your own home.

If that home has more than two rooms.

If you are 100% certain you’re going to have supper tonight.

If you can tell your government you don’t like what it’s doing without fear of punishment.

If you can do ANY of these, you should be thankful, because the majority of the people on this planet can’t say the same.

Happy Thanksgiving.


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November 26th, 2009 by exurbankevin

Wednesday Music Blogging – U2

My absolute favourite U2 song.

If I could throw this

Lifeless lifeline to the wind

I’d leave this heart of clay

See you walk, walk away
Into the night

Through the rain

Into the half-light

Through the flame

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November 25th, 2009 by exurbankevin

A very bad idea, indeed

The told me that if Glenn Reynolds voted for John McCain, fringe groups would pressure the government to put troops on the streets to patrol civilians, and they were right!

After the sickening murder of a 9-year-old boy in Washington, our friend Spencer Ackerman made an impassioned plea: U.S. Central Command chief General David Petraeus for D.C. metro police chief.

Ackerman’s not the first to pick up on the idea that smart counterinsurgents could teach the police a thing or two. Last week, Karl Vick of the Washington Post reported on how the police in Salinas, Calif., enlisted the help of the Naval Postgraduate School to help them combat a homicide wave. And earlier this year, Andrew “Abu Muqawama” Exum hosted an interesting discussion thread about using counterinsurgency tactics in Oakland.

Want to see what a place looks like when counterinsurgency starts to seep into policing? For a softer example, take a look at the United Kingdom. I’m not going to wade into Second Amendment territory here, but suffice to say that the United Kingdom has a pretty expansive surveillance system that in part was developed in response to IRA terror. (It also has a more robust Official Secrets Act.) For a more dismal example of what happens when the police take enthusiastically to checkpoint operations, take a look at Russia. We’ve been spared much of this, because we tend to intervene in other countries’ counterinsurgencies. Let’s not start looking for one at home.

Wired.com is able to see what this would do to civil rights in the U.S. if this were allowed in D.C., but they miss one vital element of fighting an insurgency: Empowering the natives to take charge of their own security. Any security force can’t be around 24/7, and it’s imperative to give the people you want protected the means to protect themselves.

Something like this would work. Too bad it’s still practically illegal to own one in D.C.

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November 25th, 2009 by exurbankevin

Even lefty hipsters are turning against Obama.

First SNL, now this? I guess the honeymoon really is over.

A new offensive has been launched against President Obama, and if it catches on it may make as much noise as a Birther at a Town Hall. It’s the new “Hope Is Fading Fast” t-shirt from LA streetwear company Freshjive — a sad, disappointed take on the iconic “HOPE” poster by Shepard Fairey…

FreshJive founder Rick Katz is well-known locally as both a streetwear pioneer as well as a provocateur (he was protested, for example, by the Jewish Defense League with two controversial Palestinian-themed shirts last June). This shirt will probably cause a more conflicted reaction as Democrats debate whether it’s fair or unfair, and Republicans will probably love it. What makes this image significant, of course, is that it comes from the left.

Katz is hitting Obama for not being leftist enough, but it reveals the embarrassing naïveté of all Obama supporters. It’s funny how all us knuckle-dragging L7 squares were wise to this cat two years ago, but the edgy, self-professed intellectuals were so easily taken in.

Not funny “ha-ha,” more like funny “uh-oh.”

(Via Allahpundit on Twitter.)

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November 24th, 2009 by exurbanjon