Vote for me, and I’ll set you free

“From the standpoint of governance, what is at stake is our ability to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption. After all has been said and so little done, the truth about the climate crisis — inconvenient as ever — must still be faced.” 

Al Gore

The science is settled: The only way to redeem humanity is to give government more control over our daily lives, like helping solve alcoholism by adding poison to industrial alcohol during Prohibition

“During Prohibition, however, an official sense of higher purpose kept the poisoning program in place. As the Chicago Tribune editorialized in 1927: ‘Normally, no American government would engage in such business. … It is only in the curious fanaticism of Prohibition that any means, however barbarous, are considered justified.’ Others, however, accused lawmakers opposed to the poisoning plan of being in cahoots with criminals and argued that bootleggers and their law-breaking alcoholic customers deserved no sympathy. ‘Must Uncle Sam guarantee safety first for souses?” asked Nebraska’s Omaha Bee.’ “

Ok, so what a few hundred people had to die: We’re talking higher purpose here, people, we’re talking about using the rule of law to redeem humanity! 

 
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February 27th, 2010 by admindude

Saturday Movie Blogging – Aliens

Once upon a time, James Cameron could make a movie where the military was the hero and technology saved the day.

Now? 

Game over, man, game over

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February 27th, 2010 by admindude

This can’t end well

During my dozen or so years as a professional photographer, I got used to having a gadget bag hanging off my shoulder, and I got used to the convenience of having someplace to put all the stuff that just won’t fit in your pockets. 

This, however, is not a solution to that problem. 

Dead meat

From their website

“The Koffski sits on the user’s left-hand side underneath his armpit and cannot be seen by others when worn under a jacket. Whether in the office or on the move, the shoulder holster allows the user to carry his basic items around with him in a manner that is manly, flamboyant and, above all, extremely practical.”

Anyone who wears one of these and then reaches for his wallet whilst being mugged will end up flamboyantly dead. 

And I’ve got just the accessory to go with it: The Handgun Bluetooth Headset

Via Sebastian.

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February 26th, 2010 by admindude

Entry point

The Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club (my home range) is having an Open House on Saturday, April 24th. It’s a great opportunity for the whole family to come out and share in the fun of the shooting sports. Admission is free, and you’ll have a chance to try your hand at 

  • .22 Caliber Rifle shooting
  • Black Powder
  • Cowboy Action Shooting
  • USPSA Action Pistol
  • Sporting Clay Shooting 
  • Full Auto firearms

More information available at http://www.riosaladosportsmans.com/openhouse/

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February 26th, 2010 by admindude

Lights out for Chavez.

As the infrastructure of Socialist Paradise ver. 27.0 continues to deteriorate, Huguito “El Douche” Chavez recieved a stark reminder of his failed leadership of oil-rich Venezuela:

Power failures have become a fact of life in Venezuela, but the energy problems have not affected the presidential palace – until now.

President Hugo Chavez was giving a televised address Thursday when the broadcast on state TV was suddenly interrupted. TV screens went fuzzy for a couple of seconds, then the channel switched to a spot urging Venezuelans to save electricity.

When the live broadcast resumed minutes later, Chavez said the interruption was caused by problems with a power generator.

I think the problems go a little higher than that, Huguito. The best part of the story? He was in the middle of an anti-Bush, anti-capitalist rant. Video below (en español):

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February 26th, 2010 by admindude

Quote of the Day, 2/25 Edition

“The problem with quotes on the internet is that it is difficult to verify their authenticity”

President Abraham Lincoln

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February 25th, 2010 by admindude

Wednesday Music Blogging – Lloyd Cole and the Commotions

Shame on you, you’ve got no sense of grace
Shame on me, ahh, just in case 

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February 24th, 2010 by admindude

Style points

“Personality goes a long way.” 

Jules Winnfield 

Geraghty articulates why Hayworth over McCain may not be a sure thing and really nails why I’m lukewarm on Hayworth. 

“Style and tone count for a lot, and some voters are repelled by too much table-pounding. ” 

Ok, so I’m still a Canadian citizen and can’t actually vote (except in Chicago municipal elections), but the point is still valid. As a politician, Hayworth is a very good talk show host. If McCain’s default political style is to be the consummate Washington insider, then Hayworth’s default style is to fall back on his roots as a sportscaster and radio talk show instigator.

Arizona doesn’t need a Senator who’s good at talking: Arizona needs a Senator who’s good at listening. 

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February 24th, 2010 by admindude

So, you’ve got your CCW. Now what?

A few years ago when I took my CCW class, the instructor had us look at the student on either side of us. 

“Look right, then look left. Only one of you, on average, is going to take the necessary steps to protect yourself. This class is not enough, and only about one-third of your will actually learn how to defend yourself with a gun.”

I knew I’d be in that third, because I was taking the necessary steps to protect myself long before I took that class. 

  1. Pay attention to what you’re paying attention to.
    AKA Observational skills. The best fight is the one that didn’t happen because you were aware of your environment and didn’t look like a victim. Learn how to use the Cooper Color Code. Be aware of your surroundings and what’s around you, doubly so if you are carrying. 
  2. Get training.
    A CCW class is a licensing class: It is not a training class. Learn how you react in stress situations, and take classes to help you manage and direct your stress. I recommend the NRA Personal Protection series: The Personal Protection Inside The Home class is an excellent one-day primer on self-defense with a handgun and I heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to use a pistol in self-defense in side or outside the home. 
  3. Train like you (might) fight, fight like you train.
    Practice with your firearm. Learn some good dry-fire drills and practice them regularly. Go to the range as often as you can, and most importantly, practice shooting the gun in stress conditions. Learning how to shoot a perfect one-hole group in 20 minutes won’t do you much good if you have to draw, aim and shoot in only a couple of seconds. If you want to get a good idea of what stress shooting feels like, I recommend shooting an IDPA or IPSC match at least once (and you’ll probably want to do it more after you try it). No, it’s not “combat” training, but it does teach you how you react to complex situations with a pistol in your hand. 
  4. Relax. Be safe. Have fun.
    By getting a CCW, you’ve made a decision most people never make, and are in fact probably incapable of making. You’ve decided that your safety is in your hands and not in the government’s, and that’s a good thing. 

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February 24th, 2010 by admindude

Know thyself

… know your enemy, and you will be invincible. 

Sun Tzu 

“A man’s got to know his limitations.” 

Inspector Harry Callahan

Greg Patterson knocks it out of the park with this post on Sarah Palin. Why is Palin attractive to conservatives? Because she knows what government can, and most importantly, cannot do. 

Government doesn’t have a monopoly on bad ideas. Government can simply do them on such a large scale that it really screws up people’s lives. Oh, and what happens to bad ideas in the market place? They go away. That’s why you don’t drive an Edsel or a Pinto.

Actualy, in the market place, even good ideas run their course and go away…that’s why you don’t go to the drive in movies, rent from Hollywood Video, or have a newspaper on your drive way. Ok, I guess there’s still one drive in theater in Tempe, and I think there’s a Hollywood Video in Avondale and I’m sure someone in Sun City get his news exclusively from the Republic.

Government programs never go away…that’s why we still have farm subsidies and Head Start. Those programs don’t work, but at least they are expensive. 

When all you have is a hammer, the entire world is a nail, and big-government politicians of the left and right think that government is the solution to (and not cause of) all the world’s troubles. We’ve had one President in my lifetime who understood how this hurts people’s lives and limits freedom. Let’s hope, (and pray) we have another, and soon. 

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February 23rd, 2010 by admindude