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Posted by Jeff Soyer on 09 Oct 2014 05:20 am

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

What’s really weird is that this happened in Nebraska:

A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.

“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools.

“Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug,” it advises.

The document also warns against asking students to “line up as boys or girls,” and suggests asking them to line up by whether they prefer “skateboards or bikes/milk or juice/dogs or cats/summer or winter/talking or listening.”

“Always ask yourself . . . ‘Will this configuration create a gendered space?’” 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

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.

“He got slammed,” 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

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 “voluntary approaches to restricting use of lead ammunition” do not work on a national level and for a proposed ban to work, a “range of societal issues” would need to be addressed, including “philosophical issues regarding gun rights and increased government oversight of shooting.”

“With 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,” the document states.

More at the link.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 08 Oct 2014 03:21 am

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

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 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 — even though the people in his custody are in no condition to put up a fight.

They’re dead.

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

One Kroger store manager in Ohio wasn’t about to be intimidated by Moms Demand Action.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 05 Oct 2014 09:07 am

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. “Stand your ground” laws permit the gun owner to define the threat, giving him or her (usually it’s 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, t­he automobile industry tried to ruin him. But at least GM and Ford never claimed that owning an unsafe car was a constitutional right. Yet here’s a revealing fact about the present debate: the same people who believe it’s an imposition for a gun owner to register his weapon (though he registers his car) believe it’s okay to deny voting rights to those who cannot produce a driver’s 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 “gun rights.” 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 “getting government off our backs”; 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

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, “Why weren’t the police called immediately?” And “why,” Ward continues, “wasn’t he shot by the police for having a weapon”? Fellow poster Lisa McLogan Shaheen has a similar inquiry, wondering, “Why hasn’t someone called 911 so the cops can gun him down?” Others go a little further, proposing that they might help their cause along if they were actively to bring about an altercation. “Every time I see someone with a gun in a store I will call 911,” Jennifer Decker vows, “they’ll get tired of that right quick!!!” Even that plan is too limited for Ann Marie. “Just call the police every time you see someone with one,” she counsels, “the police will get sick of it eventually or have a run in with one of these clowns and then things will change.”

[ . . . ]

There is no kind way of putting this, I’m afraid: Ultimately, what we are seeing on the fringes of the gun-control movement is the suggestion that American citizens be “SWATted” for their choices — that, in the name of a political disagreement, one party calls the cops on another and, under false pretenses, puts them in harm’s way. Is this reconcilable with “common sense” 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

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

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 Brown’s desk but the liberal Democrat governor vetoed it Tuesday.

“I appreciate the author’s concern’s about gun violence, but I can’t see how adding a serial number to a homemade gun would significantly advance public safety, ” Brown said.

It was a sigh of relief for gun rights supporters not only in California, but across the country.

“We’re getting better at throwing back the nightmare scenario,” 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 he’s calling the “Ghost Gunner.” It’s 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 Wilson’s 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, he’s sold more than 200 of the foot-cubed CNC mills—175 in the first 24 hours. That’s well beyond his expectations; Wilson had planned to sell only 110 of the machines total before cutting off orders.

To keep up, Wilson says he’s now raising the price for the next round of Ghost Gunners by $100. He has even hired another employee to add to Defense Distributed’s tiny operation. That makes four staffers on the group’s 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

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 week’s Associated Press-GfK poll showed less than 1 percent of likely voters named guns as the nation’s top issue — a view that many House and Senate contests reflect.

“I can’t 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 isn’t stopping each side in the gun debate from planning to pump tens of millions of dollars into this fall’s 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

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, “To comply with OMB format standards, question 10 on Form 4473 was divided into 10a (Ethnicity) and 10b (Race).”

[ . . . ]

In a fact sheet the ATF says, “ATF 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.

[ . . . ]

In the end this didn’t 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

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

Seriously, there might be one:

A film adaptation of the classic ‘80s video game “Tetris” 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.

“It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie,” Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff tells Speakeasy exclusively. “This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.”


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

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

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 College’s fall graduation.

[ . . . ]

“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.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 28 Sep 2014 10:37 am

Seriously, Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times is an idiot. His cell phone goes missing. He’s able to locate it and goes to the address to retrieve it. Here’s what happened next:

The lights were on, so I rang again and knocked hard. I spent five minutes ringing the doorbell and pounding on the door. Finally, a man emerged.

“I think you have my phone,” I explained tautly.

“Your phone?” he asked.


“Oh,” he said, “your phone.” He pulled it out, still with my name, email address and office phone number pasted on it, and meekly handed it over.

I left, no questions asked.

From THAT, he concludes that there are too many guns in the U.S. Why? Because he posted about the incident on his Facebook page and comments to it told him he was crazy to have gone to that house and demanded his cellphone back. He could have been shot! The fact that he wasn’t is of no concern. All that matters is that because the peanut gallery says he’s nuts, that’s a good enough reason to demand more gun control.

He writes:

Put aside the question of whether I was a knucklehead. Isn’t there a larger question of why we tolerate a society so bristling with guns that such a quest may be perilous? Aren’t we all knuckleheads for tolerating such a threat?

First of all, he is a knucklehead for banging on the door of a presumed criminal. Secondly, you can ban or regulate guns all you like, but criminals aren’t likely to fall into compliance. Just the opposite; they’ll be emboldened to increase their illegal activities, knowing that their potential victims will less likely be armed and offer resistance.

Lastly, this isn’t a case of him being carjacked, or someone smashing in the rear door of his home — where seconds count. Any “quest” such as his should have been carried out by the police. Supposedly that is what they’re there for.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 27 Sep 2014 03:02 am

First of all, regarding the gruesome beheading in OKC, I saw this excellent Tweet:

And just in the last 24-hours, three other stories in similar vein:

From the Baxter Bulletin (wherever that is):

A parolee found himself in the wrong house and at the wrong end of a gun this morning. Bryan Keith Sutterfield, 31, of Mountain Home, is back behind bars thanks to a man who caught him allegedly burglarizing a house, according to Sheriff John Montgomery.

Cpl. Kristofer Savino responded to a 911 call about 9:45 a.m. on County Road 69 near Maple Hollow Lane. The caller reported he had caught a man burglarizing his mother’s home and was holding him at gunpoint in the front yard. According to the sheriff, the caller had caught the interloper inside the house carrying a box of jewelry and detained him as he called 911.

Meanwhile, in California… From the Turlock City News:

Around 10 p.m., a victim was standing outside of her home on the 2500 block of Crowell Road when she was approached by a male subject.

The suspect allegedly pulled the victim’s hair and held a gun to the back of her head, said Turlock police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.

She was ordered to go into her home to retrieve her purse for the suspect, but instead reached for protection.

According to Lewis, the victim acted as though she was unlocking a safe with her purse in it, but opened a gun safe and pulled a handgun on the suspect.

The suspect immediately fled out of the front door, said Lewis.

Meanwhile, at a store in Virginia… From the Suffolk News-Herald:

He came in the door with a handgun and demanded money, Simmons said. He then raised the gun up as if about to fire.

“I didn’t think that was real cute,” Simmons said.

Simmons drew his own weapon and chased the robber out the door with four rounds, he said.

“I inspired him to get out of town,” he said.

I understand that criminals are becoming the largest donators to gun control groups.

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