Monthly Archives: March 2012

Unclear on the Concept

Uncle, and just about everyone are talking about the shooting in Florida. Just so we are clear. If you chase the guy, you aren’t standing your ground. Do anti-gunners and liberals understand basic concepts? If the police in Florida would have otherwise arrested the shooter except for the Stand Your Ground law, then they messed up. Cops make mistakes, go figure. It sounds like, however, that the case is a lot more complicated than the sound bites would have us believe. Not sure if anyone knows if this was a good or bad shoot yet.

Since I have students though, let me make sure everyone understands. You are not a cop. It is not your job to arrest people. It is not your job to chase someone down who done you wrong. If the guy is fleeing, then he is not an immediate threat and you can’t shoot him. Maybe none of that applies to the Florida situation, but CCW holders should be clear: Protect your life. If your life is not in danger or your body at risk of serious harm, you can’t use deadly force.

Panopticon: Both Republicans and Democrats Love It!

The U.S. intelligence community will be able to store information about Americans with no ties to terrorism for up to five years under new Obama administration guidelines.

Until now, the National Counterterrorism Center had to destroy immediately information about Americans that already was stored in other government databases when there were no clear ties to terrorism.

Giving the NCTC expanded record-retention authority had been urged by members of Congress, who said the intelligence community did not connect strands of intelligence held by multiple agencies leading up to a failed bombing attempt on a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas 2009.

“Following the failed terrorist attack in December 2009, representatives of the counterterrorism community concluded it is vital for NCTC to be provided with a variety of datasets from various agencies that contain terrorism information,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a statement late Thursday. “The ability to search against these datasets for up to five years on a continuing basis as these updated guidelines permit will enable NCTC to accomplish its mission more practically and effectively.”

via Fox News.

For your edification: Panopticon.

Explanations, I haz one.

a Virginia middle school politics class today, in which an 8th grade teacher assigned students to do opposition research on the four Republican presidential candidates. The students’ research included looking into the backgrounds of the GOP candidates and finding weaknesses in their positions.

Now, this kind of research wouldn’t be out of the norm for a typical politics class if it weren’t for the teacher requiring the students submit their findings to the Obama campaign!

via Fox News Insider.

That eight graders could be providing strategic analysis for the White House actually explains quite a lot. But if true, I’d expect there to be more focus on the Free Ice Creme for Tonsillectomies health insurance mandate. Also, more references to boobies.

QOTD: Tam

“Hollywood, this is Maverick. We are low on Gatorade and target pasters. I say again, we are low on Gatorade and target pasters. Over.”

via View From The Porch.

Debtors’ Prison

Read this article written by R. Gil Kerlikowske Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. This is how he describes people who abuse drugs:

“After all, addiction is not a moral failing on the part of the individual — science shows that drug addiction is a disease of the brain that can be prevented and treated.”

All of us know someone who suffers from a substance use disorder — we are not at war with our own people.”

We can address these two problems together and, in doing so, ensure that Americans are able to get treatment for chronic pain without falling victim to the disease of addiction.”

A disease, substance use disorder, victims of the disease of addiction. These are the words our government uses to describe those who abuse drugs. Now how do we justify the 1,725,387 people in prison on drug offenses?

In the movie, As Good As It Gets, Marvin Udall is an obsessive-compulsive who refuses to take his medication. In one scene he bursts into his therapists office:

Melvin Udall: *Help!*
Dr. Green: If you want to see me, you will not do this. You will make an appointment.
Melvin Udall: Dr. Green, how can you diagnose someone as an obsessive compulsive disorder, and then act like I have some choice about barging in here?

The diagnosis is that drug users are victims of disease, so how can the government justify putting them in prison? We don’t put people who get sick in prison; apparently sick people have a right to medical care. It makes as much sense as putting people who owe money in prison. I happen to believe that there is a third category, people who recreationally uses drugs who are not addicted (I myself am a huge fan of the drug alcohol and administer weekly doses as needed). But the words of Mr. Kerlikowske speak of victims of the disease of addiction and we put those victims in jail.

1.7 million people in jail. We are at war with our own people.

Another one bites the dust

Authorities said a man who identified himself as the woman’s grandson called police at 8:12 p.m. to report that a burglary was in progress at the house, Officer Leland Ashley said. Three responding officers arrived four minutes later and entered the home through the back door, which showed signs of forced entry, he said.

As they entered, they heard the woman pleading for help and asking not to be hurt and saw a man hovering over her, Ashley said.

The officers ordered him to stop, and when he didn’t obey their commands, one officer shot him, Ashley said. He died at the scene.

via Tulsa World.

Self-defense experts, and amatures like me, like to talk about how the police won’t be there to save you and how you need to take responsibility for yourself. Its easy to find countless stories of the police arriving in time to take pictures, write reports, and start the manhunt for the killers. I’ve linked to a bunch here.

There are also lots of stories where the police get there in time, but wait outside until the water fowl alignment is complete and bad things happen inside.

In this case, the police were called, arrived in a reasonable time, they entered the house right away and shot the bad guy before he could kill the woman inside. That, in my humble opinion, is a story with a happy ending and it was brought to you by the Tulsa Police Department. I spend a lot of time bitching about cops here, but when they get it right, that deserves some acknowledgement too. Great work guys (or girls)!

 

Senators Thune and Vitter Introduce Reciprocity Bill with more than 25 Cosponsors – Gun Owners Of America

Today, Senators John Thune R-SD and David Vitter R-LA introduced legislation to recognize national reciprocity for gun owners who can legally carry concealed firearms in the state where they reside.

via Gun Owners Of America.

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Time Machine

QOTD: Truth to Power

The reason so many of the liberals’ arguments are so awful is that they operate under the false assumption that other people are dumber than them. “This wouldn’t quite fool me, but if I were someone who found NASCAR entertaining, I bet it would be pretty compelling.” — Frank J.

 

Protect Your Guns

I don’t watch the news enough to be a good blogger. Luckily Jennifer does. Yesterday some 11-12 year old kids were home alone and one of them got out a rifle from under the ‘rents bed so he could show the other kids. Bad things continued to happen and the kid accidentally shot one of the other kids. According to the reports, the 12 year old girl who was shot will recover which is great news in this otherwise sad story.

“Dumb children may get a hold of your guns and shoot each other. If your children are dumb, put them up for adoption to protect your guns.”

Like Jennifer I love my kids and don’t really want to put them up for adoption (I might sell them for medical experiments though if the price were right). So all my kids from the earliest ages have been taught about guns. Here is what they were taught when they were little:

  • How to tell the difference between a toy gun and a real gun; if you aren’t 100% certain — then it’s a real gun.
  • Do not pick up or touch a real gun without Daddy’s say so.
  • If you ask permission from Daddy, you may touch and handle any of Daddy’s guns whenever you want.
  • You may not touch or handle any other gun, no matter who says it is Ok, unless the who is Daddy.
  • If you break any of the above rules, you will never go to the gun range again — ever.

And when I first went over these rules with them I got out every gun I owned, unloaded them, and put them on the bed for the kids to all see. Then, while talking about and practicing safe gun handling, I let them touch and hold every gun they wanted. We did this several times; any time they asked. Guns are no mystery to them. They aren’t nearly as cool as the Nintendo 3DS Ultra Mega Game Star Platform.

My philosophy is whatever I make a mystery, my kids will actively seek out. If I make it mundane and boring even they won’t give a crap. This theory is panning out. I have no idea what to tell or when to tell my kids about sex. So it is a mystery that my soon to be 12yr old keeps trying to investigate. He is such a good hotness detective that we have banned all Internet capable devices from the kids rooms lest grown up versions of Selena Gomez or Miley Cyrus teach them before I figure out what to do.

Other people’s kids though may be dumb so when friends are over all the guns go away into the safe.


I can’t let a couple of things in the news report pass. If you’re tired of me ranting about the press, just skip this part.

“The boy cleared the gun’s chamber and removed the magazine, police say. Investigators believe a round was still inside the weapon.”

No he didn’t. Either the reporter got it wrong or the police got it wrong. If he removed the magazine and cleared the chamber, then no round could be in the gun. Also, duh, if it wasn’t in the weapon then he would have had to throw it at her. Not sure what the muzzle velocity of his right arm is, but I’m pretty sure Nolan Ryan couldn’t hurt you with a .22 bullet.

“Witness reported to police that an 11-year-old boy was holding the gun when he accidentally squeezed the trigger.”

This isn’t an error, I just think it funny that when cops have a negligent discharge the gun “goes off” by magic and unknown forces. But here this kid squeezed the trigger.