Posted by Jeff Soyer on 11 Oct 2014 05:26 am
PA: Search For Cop-Killing Mutant Impacts Hunting Season
It is completely understandable as to why hunters are prohibited from the forests in several towns, at the moment. With a sharp-shooting survivalist cop killer on the loose, public safety (as well as safety for the officers involved in the manhunt) comes first. Alas, it does come with a price:
…as the manhunt nears the one-month mark, the press has largely moved on and the state has canceled hunting season in seven area townships. Hunters can still track their game elsewhere, but the businesses that depend on sportsmen, from taxidermists to bed-and-breakfast proprietors, are cursing the killer police describe as âpure evil.â
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Dave Weiss, a hunter who lives in the Monroe County seat of Stroudsburg, understands why the Pennsylvania Game Commission implemented the temporary ban on hunting and trapping. His anger is directed at the man suspected of killing Dickson.
“I’m mad for all of the sportsmen out there,â said Weiss. âAnd this ban affects a lot of people whose livelihood is dependent on hunting. It hurts the entire economy of the Poconos. It has a ripple effect. That area was built on tourism.”
Area motels, campgrounds, sporting goods stores, restaurants have all been affected by this lunatic. Not to mention, of course, the families, friends, and co-workers of the slain and the injured troopers.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 09 Oct 2014 05:36 am
What If Gun Rights Were Equal To Voting Rights?
Or vice versa. Former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr examines the hypocrisy of Eric Holder and the left:
Imagine if voter ID laws were as rigorous as gun regulations found in many of Americaâs major cities. In order to vote in such a scenario, citizens would be forced to take a day-long class (at a cost of $100 or more) about the basics of the U.S. government and electoral process. They then would be required to take a competency test (only available at inconvenient locations during normal working hours) on the current electionâs issues. Finally, after paying a non-refundable processing fee of $100 to score the results, they would then be forced to wait months for the actual voter registration card â which could be rejected for any reason â to arrive in the mail. If a voter decided to seek the help of a tutor to help ensure his non-refundable processing fee was not wasted by a possibly failing grade, he would have to be prepared to shell out another $100.
Much, much more at the link.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 09 Oct 2014 05:20 am
Record Sea Ice Around Antarctic
I blame ‘global warming’:
Sea Ice around Antarctic Reaches Record High Levels: NASA.
NASA scientists say that the southern oceans that surround the Antarctic have record sea ice levels. The sea ice in the region has covered the maximum area since 1979 the date when tracking started.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 09 Oct 2014 05:09 am
Public Schools Practice Child Abuse
What’s really weird is that this happened in Nebraska:
A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by âgendered expressionsâ such as âboys and girls,â and use âgender inclusiveâ ones such as âpurple penguinsâ instead.
âDonât use phrases such as âboys and girls,â âyou guys,â âladies and gentlemen,â and similarly gendered expressions to get kidsâ attention,â instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools.
âCreate classroom names and then ask all of the âpurple penguinsâ to meet on the rug,â it advises.
The document also warns against asking students to âline up as boys or girls,â and suggests asking them to line up by whether they prefer âskateboards or bikes/milk or juice/dogs or cats/summer or winter/talking or listening.â
âAlways ask yourself . . . âWill this configuration create a gendered space?ââ the document says.
I’m glad I probably won’t be around when this batch of students starts running the country.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 08 Oct 2014 03:34 am
PA: Don’t Bring a Gun to a Boxing Match
I wish there was security camera footage of this! From the Observer-Reporter:
A would-be robbery suspect was beaten up when he found out the hard way a convenience store clerk on the University of Pittsburgh campus is also a former Golden Gloves boxing champ.
The boxer, Eric Sydnor, told KDKA-TV he just did what he had to do when 45-year-old Leverett Johnson walked into the convenience store with a gun Saturday night.
âHe got slammed,â Sydnor told the station.
Johnson was still in the hospital Tuesday, recovering from the beating Sydnor administered, police said.
Sorry, this made me smile.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 08 Oct 2014 03:29 am
Rumors: U.N. Wants to Ban Lead Ammo
I put this under “rumors” because of the source. From InfoWars:
The United Nations Convention on Migratory Species, operating under the U.N. Environment Programme, is meeting in Quito, Ecuador on Nov. 4-9 to discuss and act on the lead ban recommended by a scientific council.
Reference material for the conference suggests that âvoluntary approaches to restricting use of lead ammunitionâ do not work on a national level and for a proposed ban to work, a ârange of societal issuesâ would need to be addressed, including âphilosophical issues regarding gun rights and increased government oversight of shooting.â
âWith respect to lead ammunition, the most effective way of reducing risks to migratory birds is to create legislative processes to restrict sale, possession and/or use of lead ammunition to ensure lead ammunition is not left unretrieved within the environment,â the document states.
More at the link.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 08 Oct 2014 03:21 am
OR: Guy Buys Gun, Gets Robbed of it Carrying it Home
Although short on details, I’m guessing it was still in the box. From the Greenfield Reporter:
The victim told police he was approached by a young man who asked for a cigarette, then asked about Coleman’s gun and finally pulled a gun from his own waistband and said, “I like your gun. Give it to me.”
The officer says Coleman handed over his gun and the robber left on foot.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 07 Oct 2014 03:35 am
Future of Comments
Lately, some comment spam has been appearing.
I started experimenting this morning. Henceforth, any comment containing even one link — including in the “website” box on the form, will be held for moderation. I’ll try to check it often throughout the day. If you want the comment posted immediately, just leave the website box blank.
Why not just get rid of the website box? It screws up the Gatekeeper plug-in, that box you fill in with a word to prove you’re not a robot.
Why not just get rid of Gatekeeper? Because it blocks an average of 100 spams per hour!
I wish there were a better way. On my book review site, The North Country Review, I tried requiring registration, only to find dozens of phony registrations per day. Sure, their email addresses were phony, so they never got the confirmation emails, and never actually came back to comment, but it clogged up the “Users” database. So, I simply did away with comments there, not that my book reviews ever generated all that many comments…
I thought about using the Facebook comment plug-in, but a surprisingly large number of people don’t have a Facebook log-in. But, spammers do!
I’m still toying with updating Alphecca to a modern WordPress version, but that would mean the loss of the last four years of posts. That would, however, open up some possibilities.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 06 Oct 2014 10:45 pm
The Militarization of Coroners
The Feds just love to hand shit out. From Ocala.com:
Doug Wortham used a Defense Department giveaway program for law enforcement to stock his office with an assault rifle, a handgun and a Humvee â even though the people in his custody are in no condition to put up a fight.
Wortham is the Sharp County, Arkansas, coroner. He says the Humvee helps him navigate the rugged terrain of the Ozarks foothills, but he struggled to explain why he needs the surplus military weapons he acquired more than two years ago.
More at the link. American taxpayers paid for all of that unneeded stuff.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 06 Oct 2014 10:38 pm
Kroger Manager Brushes Off Anti-Gun Moms
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 05 Oct 2014 09:07 am
Another Attempt by “Progressives” to Rewrite the Constitution
This time, it’s from the left’s garbage pale, Salon. Here’s a quote regarding gun rights:
Gun rights libertarians have tipped the scale from the victims of gun violence in favor of the shooters. âStand your groundâ laws permit the gun owner to define the threat, giving him or her (usually itâs him) carte blanche in applying lethal force. The George Zimmerman travesty was not the first instance of this either. Remember Bernhard Goetz pulling a gun on black teens in the New York City subway in the mid-1980s?
Americans forget the past with disturbing regularity. Few recall how Ralph Nader changed the safety standards for American cars in the 1960s. True, tÂhe automobile industry tried to ruin him. But at least GM and Ford never claimed that owning an unsafe car was a constitutional right. Yet hereâs a revealing fact about the present debate: the same people who believe itâs an imposition for a gun owner to register his weapon (though he registers his car) believe itâs okay to deny voting rights to those who cannot produce a driverâs license. Think about that.
So, no matter what a slim majority of the sitting Supreme Court says, the right to bear arms, as Revolutionary Americans conceived it, had nothing to do with the modern libertarian conception of âgun rights.â The framers of the Constitution never endorsed what Justice Scalia invented in the Heller decision. They tended to believe in regulation, fearing the greater danger of anarchy; they did not advocate gun rights amid suburban sprawl; their guns fired a single ball. Minimally, then, it should be a requirement that everyone register every gun and declare why he wishes to purchase it. No stockpiling. No hi-tech, military-grade weapons in private hands.
And criminals will do that…when?
It goes on endlessly; paragraph after liberal-self-serving paragraph. Businesses required to pay anyone enough to live on comfortably; political parties only allowed one filibuster per year (is that like this year’s MLB rule that managers can only challenge an umpire’s call once per game?). Oh, and high court justices would only be appointed for 10-years. Much more, but it’s the usual tripe from lefties that insures that they’ll hold all the cards. I think this quote from the article sums it up:
It is critical that twenty-first-century American conservatives agree to one slippery principle, however, if anything good is to take place. And that is this: Individual liberty is not won by âgetting government off our backsâ; it is gained through good government.
They get to decide what “good government” is.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 03 Oct 2014 06:55 am
Gun Control Crowd Advocates ‘SWATting’ Open Carriers
And, they’re hoping that the open carriers are killed by responding cops:
Reacting to a photograph of a man standing at a checkout with a handgun holstered upon his hip, mom-who-demands-action Joyce Ward asks, âWhy werenât the police called immediately?â And âwhy,â Ward continues, âwasnât he shot by the police for having a weaponâ? Fellow poster Lisa McLogan Shaheen has a similar inquiry, wondering, âWhy hasnât someone called 911 so the cops can gun him down?â Others go a little further, proposing that they might help their cause along if they were actively to bring about an altercation. âEvery time I see someone with a gun in a store I will call 911,â Jennifer Decker vows, âtheyâll get tired of that right quick!!!â Even that plan is too limited for Ann Marie. âJust call the police every time you see someone with one,â she counsels, âthe police will get sick of it eventually or have a run in with one of these clowns and then things will change.â
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There is no kind way of putting this, Iâm afraid: Ultimately, what we are seeing on the fringes of the gun-control movement is the suggestion that American citizens be âSWATtedâ for their choices â that, in the name of a political disagreement, one party calls the cops on another and, under false pretenses, puts them in harmâs way. Is this reconcilable with âcommon senseâ change?
It is always the liberals who advocate for the death of ideological opponents.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 03 Oct 2014 04:43 am
Climate Change: Is There Anything That Can’t Be Blamed On It? (Cont.)
From Discovery News:
Climate change could affect the ratio of human males to females that are born in some countries, a new study from Japan suggests. The researchers found that male fetuses may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Since the 1970s, temperature fluctuations from the norm have become more common in Japan, and at the same time there has been an increase in the deaths of male fetuses, relative to the number of deaths of female fetuses in that country, according to the study.
Sounds like a win-win for those guys who survive…as long as they can get through college without being accused of sexual assault. /snark
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 03 Oct 2014 03:17 am
CA: Gov. Brown Vetoes “Ghost Gun” Bill
I guess he IS thinking of a presidential run. From The Blaze:
The bill, Senate Bill 808, got all the way to California Gov. Jerry Brownâs desk but the liberal Democrat governor vetoed it Tuesday.
âI appreciate the authorâs concernâs about gun violence, but I canât see how adding a serial number to a homemade gun would significantly advance public safety, â Brown said.
It was a sigh of relief for gun rights supporters not only in California, but across the country.
âWeâre getting better at throwing back the nightmare scenario,â said Texas gun rights activist Cody Wilson, who oversees the nonprofit group Defense Distributed, Ars Technica reported. One day after Brown vetoed the legislation, Wilson announced he had discovered an even easier way to manufacture guns.
Wilson is now manufacturing and selling what heâs calling the âGhost Gunner.â Itâs essentially a digital gun mill that uses three-dimensional printing when plugged into a computer. It creates a part that can be attached to the lower receiver of an AR-15 rifle.
Wilson’s previous 3D printer software worked in plastic. The Ghost Gunner works in metal. And, it’s selling like hotcakes:
On Wednesday, Cody Wilsonâs libertarian non-profit Defense Distributed revealed the Ghost Gunner, a $1,200 computer-controlled (CNC) milling machine designed to let anyone make the aluminum body of an AR-15 rifle at home, with no expertise, no regulation, and no serial numbers. Since then, heâs sold more than 200 of the foot-cubed CNC millsâ175 in the first 24 hours. Thatâs well beyond his expectations; Wilson had planned to sell only 110 of the machines total before cutting off orders.
To keep up, Wilson says heâs now raising the price for the next round of Ghost Gunners by $100. He has even hired another employee to add to Defense Distributedâs tiny operation. That makes four staffers on the groupâs CNC milling project, an offshoot of its larger mission to foil gun control with digital DIY tools.
Other than as part of an expression, what exactly IS a “hotcake?”
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 03 Oct 2014 03:10 am
Poll: Voters Not Interested in Gun Control
I’m tempted to say, “Again.” From the Associated Press:
The subject barely registers in polling that shows voters far more focused on the economy and terrorism. This weekâs Associated Press-GfK poll showed less than 1 percent of likely voters named guns as the nationâs top issue â a view that many House and Senate contests reflect.
“I canât think of one race where the gun issue has been prominent in any way,” said Democratic pollster John Anzalone, who is involved in two dozen congressional campaigns.
That isnât stopping each side in the gun debate from planning to pump tens of millions of dollars into this fallâs races. There are numerous close contests, particularly for seats in a Senate that both parties hope to control next year.
They might not be interested now, but they will be should legislation be proposed in the future Congress. That prospect should always be in our minds when we pull the levers in the voting booth.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 03 Oct 2014 03:01 am
About Those Race/Ethnicity Questions on ATF Form 4473
It has never bothered me to answer (both) of them, but I guess it does others, who are making what I think is much ado about nothing. In any event, Frank Miniter gets to the bottom of it:
…Still, why does the ATF ask about race and ethnicity in this confusing two-part manner? An ATF fact sheet says, âTo comply with OMB format standards, question 10 on Form 4473 was divided into 10a (Ethnicity) and 10b (Race).â
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In a fact sheet the ATF says, âATF does not, and never has, maintained an archive or other information repository on the race or ethnicity of firearm purchasers or licensees, and it has no intention to do so in the future. ATF may inspect individual Forms 4473 containing personally identifying information held by FFLs only for limited regulatory or law enforcement functions-specifically, during inspections, and in the course of investigations (for example, when tracing firearms linked to individual criminal investigations). Similarly, the FFL may use the demographic data to ensure proper identification or facilitate the background check process.
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In the end this didnât turn out to be about race, but rather about applying the law as written to give law-enforcement identifying information on someone they might later have to investigate.
That happens often enough. A month or so ago, while hanging out at my local gun store, the owner received a call from the ATF asking him to look up a transaction from a couple years ago. A rifle used in a crime was being traced. They (the ATF) knew that particular serial number had been sold by the manufacturer, to a particular distributor, who in turn sold it to him (the dealer). Now they wanted to know who the original purchaser was… All part of the long process of tracing the route a gun might take.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 01 Oct 2014 04:17 am
Climate Change: Is There Anything That Can’t Be Blamed On It?
Now, someone’s blaming it for ISIS:
As the Obama administration undertakes a highly public, multilateral campaign to degrade and destroy the militant jihadists known as ISIS, ISIL and the Islamic State, many in the West remain unaware that climate played a significant role in the rise of Syria’s extremists. A historic drought afflicted the country from 2006 through 2010, setting off a dire humanitarian crisis for millions of Syrians. Yet the four-year drought evoked little response from Bashar al-Assad’s government. Rage at the regime’s callousness boiled over in 2011, helping to fuel the popular uprising.
Because, you know, it was just a couple decades ago that the Middle East was a veritable rain forest.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 01 Oct 2014 04:10 am
A ‘Tetris’ Movie?
Seriously, there might be one:
A film adaptation of the classic â80s video game âTetrisâ will be falling into theaters sometime in the near future.
Threshold Entertainment has teamed up with the Tetris Company to develop a live-action film based on the game. While no directors or cast are attached to the film yet, there is a story in place.
âItâs a very big, epic sci-fi movie,â Thresholdâs CEO Larry Kasanoff tells Speakeasy exclusively. âThis isnât a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. Weâre not giving feet to the geometric shapes.â
Somehow, I think the Warcraft movie is going to be a bit more interesting.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 30 Sep 2014 01:29 am
Gun Shop/Range Owner Bans Muslims
Ten percent of any group ruins it for the other 90%. That said, I disagree with this action:
Jan Morgan, a popular conservative writer who owns the Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has declared her business a “Muslim-Free Zone,” Truth Revolt reported Monday. Citing concerns over the safety of her customers who buy, rent and shoot firearms at her business, Morgan said she has banned Muslims from her business.
“This is not a coffee and donut shop,” she wrote, explaining that she runs a live-fire indoor shooting range. Customers, she added, shoot firearms in close proximity to each other, so, she explained, “my patrons depend on me and my discretion regarding who I allow to shoot beside them.”
Whenever there’s a gun murder, gun control activists are quick to demand the disarming of America, ignoring the fact that 70 million gun owners did not go out and kill someone that same day.
The same logic applies — or should apply — here. The fact is that 2.6 million Muslims living in the United States did not behead someone last week. They want nothing more than to go about their lives, raise their families, and enjoy the same freedoms the rest of us do. And, some might enjoy the freedom to buy a gun and practice with it at the local range, just as you and I do.
Further, if someone (Muslim, Christian, whatever) were to snap and start shooting people at a range, I’d think that there are enough other armed people there to end it pretty quickly.
I think Morgan is being an ass about this.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 29 Sep 2014 08:51 pm
Cop Killer Invited to be Commencement Speaker at VT College
Goddard College is a small, liberal, irrelevant school in Vermont. To demonstrate just how diseased the brains of some of the students attending it are…. From WPTZ TV:
Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer, was selected to be the commencement speaker Sunday at Goddard Collegeâs fall graduation.
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“As a reflection of Goddard’s individualized and transformational educational model, our commencements are intimate affairs where each student serves as her or his own valedictorian, and each class chooses its own speaker,” said Bob Kenny, interim president of Goddard College. “Choosing Mumia as their commencement speaker, to me, shows how this newest group of Goddard graduates expresses their freedom to engage and think radically and critically in a world that often sets up barriers to do just that.”
Uh-huh. Abu-Jamal is serving a life without parole sentence. His “speech” will be delivered via a prerecorded video. His invitation came from the 20 students graduating from the college’s bachelor of arts program.
Incidentally, the article points out that the cop killer graduated from the college in 1996. While in jail. Goddard must have some pretty stringent admission policies.
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