Thursday, December 30, 2010

Don't buy isk from!!

In a slight change, I'm doing a favor for a friend. For those of you who don't know, EVE Online is an MMORPG, or Massively Multiplayer Online Role Play Game. I still haven't figured out why they call it a role play game, all you really do is fly around in space ships, shoot up everything, mine asteroids and build stuff. There's very little role playing that I can see. But there it is. is one of those websites that sell game money for real money. Most of the online game companies frown on the practice, even though they do it themselves. I guess they don't like the competition. Anyway, this friend of mine, has been playing EVE almost as long as I have. And like most of us in EVE, they have a real life too. Something that just interferes with their fun time, so much, they can't spend as much time making "isk" (this is what the money is called in EVE) as some of the players do. Mind you, some of the "players" are employees of some of the money trading sites. All they do is mine asteroids or ice fields which is processed and sold in the game for "isk." They do this either by macros, or what is more common now, people just sit and run the character to do this all day long. They then sell this game money to people for real money. Usually cheaper than what they could get the game money for if they did it through CCP.

Now, I'm not gonna go into great detail here. If you're interested in EVE, you'll find out via EVE's forums, and other methods as well. In any event, my friend has used this "illegal" service to get isk to buy stuff with. He finally got caught. Now, thanks to some stupid isk seller who used a hacked account to transfer the funds, my friend's bank account in EVE is negative over 9 billion isk. Needless to say, this will take a long time for him to fix. But, he's also out the money he spent to get that isk, and the company that sold it, isn't giving it back.

The kicker, if they hadn't used a hacked account, my friend would not be in the position he's in. Then again, if he hadn't been so weak, as to buy the stuff in the first place, he'd still not be in the position he's in. Anyway, if you look at the link to the title of this post, it will take you to THSale's faq. If you go to the bottom of that faq, you will find the following statement.

Will my account get banned if I buy from thsale?
Quite simply - no. We have never been informed of any account bannings of thsale customers due to their dealings with thsale. We are a reputable company that does not engage in cheating, exploiting or phishing. Dealing with other companies who obtain currencies and virtual commodities through these illegitimate means may result in your account being banned, but we can assure you awe are not one of those. We are proud of our company’s reputation and we will continue offering a safe, quality service to our customers, whilst combatting scammers and fraudsters in MMORPGs.
"We are a reputable company that does not engage in cheating, exploiting or phishing." Really? My friend has proof that says otherwise. But I guess that's to be expected.

Take this as an example. Do not engage in Real Money Trading, in ANY game. Sooner or later, it will turn around and bite you in the ass.

 Current Mood: Tired
 Current Music: None
My Carry Pistol: RIA M1911-A1 .45APC

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Congenital Heart Failure, and The myth of invincibilty

Why is it, until faced with a life threatening disease, we consider ourselves to be invincible? I don't know about the rest of you, but that's how I felt, until last month. Now, I knew something wasn't right, because I had been feeling less than 100% for a while. I was getting out of breath on short walks, and I had trouble sleeping, unless I was practically sitting up.

And, like a lot of people, I put off going to the doctor. Partially because I thought I knew what was wrong, and partially because I was in denial. I figured it was pneumonia, since I'd had it before and new what it felt like, and this was really close to that. For the most part, I weathered the illness I thought I had, even managing to go to work, without calling in sick.

However, finally on October 10, I knew something was wrong, as I was having trouble breathing while just sitting still, at the computer. I decided then to go to the local urgent care. They ran numerous tests including EKG, and nothing showed up, but they could see fluid in my lungs, and the doctor there told me it was best to send me to the ER. So, off I an ambulance.

I get there, and they do more tests, including an enzyme test that came up negative. However, other tests they did pointed to the extremely good possibility that I had Congenital Heart Failure. So, I get admitted to the progressive cardiac wing. After seeing a long string of doctors, I'm told they want to do a heart catheter. For those of you who don't know, they stick a camera up an artery in your groin to you heart to see what's going on.

Now, I've NEVER had any sort of surgery on me. Not even a broken bone, so this was a minor shock to my system. But I was assured that I'd get the right drugs, and that even though it was done with a local, I'd not feel it....much. Pretty much, they were right. I didn't really feel much pain, and was in good spirits for the most part. Until afterward when they told me I needed bypass surgery.

They found 4 major blockages that could not be fixed with a stent. Now, I knew what that entailed, to a minor degree. I have a relative who's gone through that. Which means, they take a vein from one of your legs, crack open your chest, including your sternum, and bypass the blockages. Typically, you're on a heart and lung machine while they do this.

So now I'm scared half out of my wits. And I just don't know what to do. Then one of the many doctors that had paraded through my room the past 48 hours tells me, "Ask questions, find out your options, don't take it at face value that this is what you have to do." His advice helped to make me feel more in control. So, I asked those questions and more, of the cardiologist, the surgeon, anyone that I thought might answer them. In the end, I agreed to have the surgery.

I have to say, in retrospect, it was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I went to sleep, then work up, with tubes coming out of more places than I care to mention. But I was alive, and they told me the surgery went without any problems. I won't bore you with the details here. Let me just say the recovery was probably more painful than the operation. Specially when some of the tubes were pulled out.

But I have to thank the staff, nurses, doctors, Patient Care Techs and Physician's Assistants of Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan for the great care I received while I was there. I'm told they have one of the best cardiac facilities in the country. As far as I'm concerned, they are THE best in the country.

In closing, I'll just add, if you think, even remotely that you might have a heart problem, don't delay like I did, get it checked out right away. You might save yourself from having major surgery like I did. In spite of what we may think, we are not invincible.

One more item. Many of the doctors I saw and spoke to were Muslim. I don't know what country they were from, I didn't ask. But EVERYONE gave me good advice, and took excellent care of me. So to those of you out there reading this, who have some religious prejudice against those of other faiths, I say this: Get over it.

 Current Mood: Happy to be alive
 Current Music: Gallery - Nice to Be With You
My Carry Pistol: Rock Island Armory M1911-A1 .45 ACP

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Another Reason to AVOID Philadelpia

The story below came from a certain 2A forum. I have made some minor changes for confidentiality. But in general, this story just goes to show how corrupt the police in Philadelphia appear to be, specially to those of us who lawfully exercise our 2nd Amendment rights.
Today I stopped in Best Buy on my way home to buy a music CD. While I'm browsing the CD's I'm approached by an older guy telling me I can't carry like that in Philadelphia. I asked him if he was a Cop or a Lawyer and he said No, so I told him. I know the Law. He proceeded to follow me around the store harassing me and then called the cops to report a Man With A Gun (MWAG), following me around giving them my description and our location etc. I pay for my CD, leave the store get in my work van to leave and he follows me all of the way out, gets in his car and follows me down the street. None of the Best Buy Employees said a word to me, and neither did anyone else. The store employees rang me up and that was all.

I get down the road a few lights and I'm pulled over by a Philadelphia PD car. I pull over immediately and he approaches my car with his gun drawn and says to me put your hands out of the vehicle. So I'm sitting there with my hands outside of the truck as he approaches me with his gun drawn and so it begins with the insulting "You're an idiot" "What do you think you are, John Wayne?" begins. 7 more Cops arrive and there's a total of 8. 3 cars and a van. In between their bullshit comments they open the door, unbuckle my seat belt and take my whole holster off of my right side.

They grab my arms and make me step out and Immediately begin searching the work van and my pockets. They take my wallet and take out my License To Carry a Firearm (LTCF) and my Driver's License. They're all insulting me and rambling nonsense that even disagrees with each other about how it's illegal to open carry in Philadelphia. A Sergeant arrives and has to tell them all, It's legal to open carry in Philadelphia. He tells them it was changed recently. (It's actually been that way for years) The sergeant also goes to the guy who was following and harassing me and tells him that recently it was changed to make Open Carry legal in Philadelphia.

They all stand around complaining about how they had to stop watching TV because of me (this asshole) and take turns telling me how stupid and irresponsible I am.

I'm standing behind my work van with my hands against the van for about 45 minutes and eventually they start to leave 1 by 1 and they run the Tag on my work van and ask me who's is it. I tell them it's "My companies delivery van" the cop said back "Not anymore". They said it's not registered so I asked to get the paperwork out of the Van. They let me and I show them the pink slip. They insist the van is not registered so they're going to impound it.

They write me two tickets. One says "Unlawful Tag Display" and the other says "Tag registered to a Dodge". About an hour later of standing there while they sit in their cop van watching their little TV they give me my tickets, a copy of the Live Stop paper, my LTCF, my License, my Glock (Chamber open, unholstered, they took all of my ammunition out of my two magazines and gave me them back in a pile) They told me they think Hollow Points are illegal and kept one of the rounds. (They're not illegal, except maybe in New Jersey.) They had to ask me if they were Hollow Points because apparently they didn't even know. They also never returned my Sunglasses which they snatched from my face in the beginning so they could "See who we're dealing with." and before I leave the cop tells me he's lucky the Sergeant was there or this wouldn't have happened this way.

If ******** did not have his encounter with PPD and have his gun stolen, then I would have been ******** and my gun would have been stolen.

Names and places have been intentionally omitted.

IF the Original Poster wants full credit, let me know, I'll link this to the original post on the forum it came from.

Aside from training on the laws of Pennsylvania, it seems to me PPD needs to better train their officers on how to identify the various types of ammunition. I mean, my mother would know the difference between full metal jacket and hollow point ammo on sight. These cops must be half blind. Maybe that's why they stole the poster's sunglasses.

 Current Mood: Highly disappointed that police anywhere in the US would act like those above.
 Current Music: None
My Carry Pistol: RIA M1911-A1 Polished Nickel Plated show off piece.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

An old "love" returns home

The was the first major caliber handgun I ever owned. My mother bought it for me about 1975 or 76. I don't remember the exact year, but, it was a long time ago. I kept that one for a number of years, but eventually sold it. It wasn't until later that I realized the mistake I made. The Ruger revolver is one of the finest ever made. And after some searching, I finally found one. (Thank you

 Current Mood: Happy
 Current Music: None
My Carry Pistol: Ruger Police Service Six .357 magnum

Sunday, September 12, 2010

My Latest Love interest

It is a Rock Island Armory M1911-A1FS, caliber .45ACP. Yes, it's nickel plated and shiny as all get out.

And no, that stuff near the muzzle is not some marring, it's a reflection.

 Current Mood: Happy
 Current Music: The Village People - Macho Man
My Carry Pistol: RIA M1911-A1FS .45ACP

Sunday, August 29, 2010

IF George W. Bush was an idiot......(which he isn't)

If George W. Bush had doubled the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read, would you think that he is just an ignorant hot head?

If George W. Bush joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder who's side he was on?

If George W. Bush had put 87000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that have one of the best safety records of any industry because one company had an accident would you have agreed?

If George W. Bush had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed would you support him?

If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan's holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia , would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had stated that there were 57 states in the United States , would you have said that he is clueless.

If George W. Bush would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking out his front door in Texas , would you have thought he was a self important, conceited, egotistical jerk.

If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?

If George W. Bush had misspelled the word "advice" would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoes as proof of what a dunce he is?

If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?

If George W. Bush's administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11?

If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans , would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

If George W. Bush had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America , would you have approved.

If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can't think of anything? Don't worry. He's done all this in 15 months -- so you'll have two years and nine months to come up with an answer.

Every statement in this blogpost is factual and directly attributable to Barrack Hussein Obama. Every bumble is a matter of record and completely verifiable

For those of you who can't seem to comprehend, the title is "IF GWB was in idiot..." And if you don't get it, it's not so much about GWB or BHO, as much as it is about the left leaning media, and the way they react to things, depending on who does it. A more accurate title might be, "Since the liberal leaning media are a bunch of idiots, and think that we are too." But, that would be too long.

 Current Mood: Amused
 Current Music: The Village People - San Francisco
My Carry Pistol: Taurus PT92AFS 9x19mm NATO

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Help save our heritage, The end of the USS Olympia

I don't know if this is going to go anywhere, but I'd like to make an appeal for help. We are about to lose a precious commodity, a piece of American history, if someone doesn't step up and do something. The life and death of the oldest steel warship still afloat, anywhere in the world is at stake.

Where are this country's millionaires and billionaires? Can't they step up to the plate and save this historic, sole surviving ship of the Spanish-American War? How about George Soros? He claims to love his adopted country. Can't he donate a teeny tiny portion of the money he floods into political campaigns, to help save this historic landmark? Or Bill Gates. What about him? Or how about the millions of quick made millionaires, those people who won lotteries all over the country. Can't they band together and keep this ship afloat?

We have until November 22, 2010, well, more likely until November 21, 2010. There has to be something that can be done. The Independence Seaport Museum has estimated they need about $30 million to keep it going for a time. Naturally, they'll need more later on, but I think if we found the donors, $30 million would save it from being turned into a coral reef.

Are we going to stand by, and let another piece of US history sink into the sea? When you compare the cost to so many other things, for some of the people in this country, helping to raise $30 million is just a drop in the bucket. If you want to help, try contacting Mr. Soros, and/or Mr. Gates. Bring this crisis to their attention. If you know any lottery millionaires, contact them. I don't expect them to come up with the entire amount as individuals, but if just 30 donated a million each, we'd have the money needed to save the Olympia.

If 60 donated $500,000.00 each, we'd have the money. If one thousand millionaires (those who actually have more than a million dollars, not the gov't standard of someone who makes $250,000 a year) donated $30,000.00, we'd have the money to save the ship.

Would we let this happen to the USS Constitution? How can we let this happen to the USS Olympia?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Support Glen Beck, and you support the truth!

There is a new hate-monger from the left on the internet. His name is Angelo Carusone, and with his website, he is trying to pressure advertisers to drop their advertising from Glen Beck's radio and TV shows. He does this with out right lies, innuendo, and taking Glen's comments completely out of context. (Just what you'd expect from a liberal left wing weenie.)

If you are a supporter of free speech, even if you don't always agree with Mr. Beck, (I don't always agree with him.) I would urge you to go to Mr. Carusone's site, and look for the list of remaining sponsors, contact them and let them know you still watch and/or listen to Glen Beck, and if they continue to advertise on his show, you will buy their products. If not, you'll boycott them for dropping his show.

You can also go to the list of dropped sponsors so you can see who to contact and let them know you won't be buying their products and services.

 Current Mood: Awake
 Current Music: Rob Zombie - What
My Carry Pistol: Taurus PT92AFS 9x19mm NATO

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

More guns DO equal less crime.

Monday, May 24th, 2010

BELLEVUE, WA – For the third year in a row, violent crime has declined in the United States while increasing numbers of American citizens own firearms and are licensed to carry, a trend that belies predictions of anti-gunners that more guns will result in more crime, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

Preliminary data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report shows that the violent crime rate went down 5.5 percent in 2009, compared to statistics from 2008. This covers all four categories of violent crime: murder, robbery, aggravated assault and forcible rape. Violent crime went down 4 percent in metropolitan counties and 3 percent elsewhere, according to the FBI.

At the same time, the agency’s National Instant Check System reports continued increases in the number of background check requests and the National Shooting Sports Foundation has reported increased federal firearms excise tax allocations to state wildlife agencies, an indication that more guns and ammunition are being purchased.

“This translates to one irrefutable fact,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “There are more guns in private hands than ever before, yet crime rates have declined. In plain English, this means that gun prohibitionists have been consistently wrong. Higher rates of gun ownership have not resulted in more bloodshed, as the gun ban lobby has repeatedly forecast with its ‘sky-is-falling’ rhetoric.

“According to the FBI,” he continued, “the murder rate fell last year 7.2 percent in larger cities. Robbery declined more than 8 percent and forcible rape was down 3.1 percent. It might just be that criminals are less likely to attack someone out of fear their intended victim is armed. Robbers might be discouraged by the growing potential that the clerk behind the counter is willing to fight back. Maybe would-be rapists are deterred by the possibility that they might get shot.

“For many years,” Gottlieb observed, “anti-gunners made all kinds of wild predictions that higher rates of gun ownership and the expansion of shall-issue carry permits would leave neighborhoods awash in blood. The data proves otherwise. America should turn its back on the gun prohibition lobby and their insidious policy of victim disarmament.”

With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States. The Citizens Committee can be reached by phone at (425) 454-4911, on the Internet at or by email to

  Current Mood: Happy
  Current Music: Macho Man - The Village People
My Carry Pistol: EAA Witness .45ACP

Monday, April 19, 2010

Government troops clash with civilians over gun control

BOSTON, April 19

- National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache
of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed on
April 19th by elements of a para-military extremist faction.
Military and law enforcement sources estimated that
72 were killed and more than 20 injured before
government forces were compelled to withdraw.

Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor
Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction,
which was made up of local citizens, has links to
the radical right-wing tax protest movement. Gage
blamed the extremists for recent incidents of
vandalism directed against internal revenue

The governor, who described the group's
organizers as "criminals," issued an executive
order authorizing the summary arrest of any
individual who has interfered with the
government's efforts to secure law and order.

The military raid on the extremist arsenal
followed wide-spread refusal by the local
citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault
weapons. Gage issued a ban on military-style
assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the
week. This decision followed a meeting in early
April between government and military leaders at
which the governor authorized the forcible
confiscation of illegal arms. One government
official, speaking on condition of anonymity,
pointed out that "none of these people would have
been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and
turned their weapons over voluntarily."

"Government troops initially succeeded in
confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons
and ammunition. However, troops attempting to
seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with
resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had
been tipped off regarding the government's plans.

During a tense standoff in Lexington's town park,
National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander
of the government operation, ordered the armed
group to surrender and return to their homes. The
impasse was broken by a single shot, which was
reportedly fired by one of the right-wing
extremists. Eight civilians were killed in the
ensuing exchange.

Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government
forces rather than the extremists for the
civilian deaths. Before order could be restored,
armed citizens from surrounding areas had
descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith,
finding his forces over-matched by the armed mob,
ordered a retreat.

Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support
the state/national joint task force in its effort
to restore law and order. The governor has also
demanded the surrender of those responsible for
planning and leading the attack against the
government troops. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and
John Hancock, who have been identified as
"ringleaders" of the extremist faction, remain at

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
-George Santayana 1863-1952

Current Mood: Free
Current Music: Yankee Doodle Dandy
My Carry Pistol: .69 caliber smooth bore musket

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

hydrogen barackside, it's for what ails you.

Found a great cartoon, that is unfortunately, right on the money.
It's from Scotland. Always love those Scots.

Current Mood: Awake
Current Music: Rob Zombie - What
My Carry Pistol: RIA FS Tactical 1911A1

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The Parable of the Sheeple

I found this on a site called The Network54 Forum. I post it here with no modifications to spread the wealth.
The Parable of the Sheeple
by Charles Riggs

Not so long ago and in a pasture too uncomfortably close to here, a flock of sheeple lived and grazed.

They were protected by a large, fighter dog, who answered to the shepherd, but despite his best lone efforts from time to time a nearby large pack of wolves would successfully prey upon outer fringes of the flock.

One day a group of sheeple, bolder than the rest, met to discuss their
dilemma. 'Our dog is good, and vigilant, but he is one and the wolves are many. The wolves he catches are not always killed, and the shepherd judges and releases many to prey again upon us, for no reason we can understand. What can we do? We are sheep, but we do not wish to be food, too!'

One sheeple spoke up, saying 'It is his fangs and claws that make the wolf so terrible to us. It is his nature to prey, and he would find any way to do it, but it is the tools he wields that make it possible. If we had such fangs and claws, we could fight back and stop this savagery.' The other sheeple clamored in agreement.

They went together to the old bones of the dead wolves heaped in the corner of the pasture where they gathered fangs and claws, sharpened them and turned them into very effective weapons.

That night, when the wolves came, the newly armed sheeple sprang up with their newly-acquired weapons and struck at the wolves, crying, 'Be Gone! We are not food!' They drove off the invading, hungry wolves leaving them most astonished!

"When did sheeple become so bold and so dangerous?" the wolves wondered. "When did sheeple grow fangs?" It was unthinkable!

The next day, flush with victory and waving their weapons, the armed sheeple approached the flock to pronounce their discovery. But as they drew nigh, the flock huddled together and cried out, 'Baaaaaaaadddd! Baaaaaddd things! You have bad things! We are afraid! You are not sheeple!'

The brave sheeple stopped, amazed. 'But we are your brethren!' they cried. 'We are still sheeple, but we do not wish to be food. See, our new fangs and claws protect us and have saved us from slaughter. They do not make us into wolves, they make us equal to the wolves, and safe from being eaten!'

'Baaaaaaad!' cried the flock, 'the things are bad and will pervert you, and we fear them. You cannot bring them into the flock!'

So the armed sheeple talked no more about their weapons, for they had no desire to panic the flock and wished to remain in the fold. But they resolved somehow never to return to those nights of terror, waiting for the wolves to eat them.

Beaten back, time and again with weapons of their own kind, in time the wolves attacked less often and sought easier prey. They had no stomach for fighting sheeple possessing fangs and claws like theirs.

Not knowing which sheeple had fangs and which did not, they came to leave sheeple out of their diet almost completely, except for the occasional raid from which more than one wolf did not return.

Then came the day when, as the flock grazed beside a stream, one sheeple's weapon slipped from the folds of her fleece. A cry of alarm went out from the flock -- in terror once again, 'Baaaaaad! You still possess these evil things! We must ban you from our presence!'

And so they did. The great chief sheeple and his council, encouraged by the words of their advisors, placed signs and totems at the edges of the pasture forbidding the presence of hidden weapons there.

The armed sheeple protested before the council, saying, 'It is our pasture, too, and we have never harmed you! When can you say we have caused you hurt? It is the wolves, not we, who prey upon you. We are still sheeple, but we will not be food!'

But the flock drowned them out with cries of 'Baaaaaaddd! We will not hear your clever words! You and your things are evil and will harm us!'

Saddened by this rejection, the armed sheeple moved off. They spent their days following the flock, trying from time to time to speak with their brethren, to convince them of the wisdom of having such fangs, but met with little success. They found it hard to talk to those who, upon hearing their words, would roll back their eyes and flee, crying 'Baaaaddd! Bad Things!'

The wolves kept up with the latest status of the sheeple through spies placed in and around their pastures. They decided to implement a false plan of appeasement and avoid attacks until a new and more successful strategy was developed.

The Council of the Sheeple, noticing the greatly diminished incident of attacks by wolves, and having such great fear of the "baaaaad things,' decided it would better serve the peaceful purposes of the flock to require that those in possession of such 'baaaaad things' sign a list of ownership for identification purposes.

This list helped the Council gain better control of who owned what whenever any of the 'baaaaaad things' got stolen or misplaced.

However, many of the sheeple -- who greatly feared the wolves -- refused to sign. Consequently, they hid their "baaaad things" from the rest of the flock by burying them underground.

Meanwhile, the wolves, still wounded from their prior foiled attacks, temporarily lost interest in the sheeple. They hunted and attacked easier prey elsewhere.

As a result, the Council, desiring to further the resultant peace, passed a law -- disregarding the objections of many -- that all 'baaaad things' be stored in cases with locks to prevent little lambs from playing with them, and thereby, getting hurt.

Consequently, those who refused to rely entirely on the shepherd and dog for their safety, insisted on their right of self-defense by maintaining the hiding of their "baaaad things" underground from the rest of the flock.

That night, the wolves visited the sheeple's totems and saw their signs. They exclaimed, "Truly, these sheeple are foolish, easy prey!

Brothers, let us feed!" They set upon the flock, and horrible was the carnage in the midst of the fold. The dog fought like a demon, and often seemed to be in two places at once, but even he could not avoid harm nor halt the ensuing slaughter.

It was only after some of the sheeple (though wounded and bloodied in the fight) -- at the peak of the battle, when all seemed lost -- successfully retrieved their buried, locked fangs and claws, and, thus, succeeded in warding off the hungry, invading wolves, causing them to flee.

However, some of the surviving sheeple reported to the Council that most unfortunately some of their brethren had been wounded, and in one instance, accidentally killed by armed sheeple in the battle.

So, in the morning, when the armed sheeple spoke to the flock, and said, "See? If the wolves know you have no fangs, they will fall upon you. Why be prey? To be a sheep does not mean to be food for wolves,' the rest of the flock cried out more feebly (for their voices were fewer, though with no less terror), 'Baaaaaaaad! These things are bad! If they were banished, we would be less likely to be harmed! Baaaaaaad!'

So the Council, at the urging of the remaining frightened flock, banned all fangs and claws, imposing severe penalties on anyone found in possession of same.

All the while, the blood-thirsty, snarling, vicious and drooling wolves remained on the edge of the pasture secretly waiting for the next time they could attack. The ravenous wolves knew that since the sheeple were peaceloving in nature and lacking in survival prowess (being demonstrably prone to foolishness), they would be so again. This they did, and still do.

In contrast, the armed sheeple -- having resolved to conceal their ever-ready, sharpened weapons from the remaining view-sensitive flock at all costs -- endured their fellow brethren's resultant fear and loathing. They even resolved to protect their brethren should ever the need arise, until the day the flock learned to understand that as long as there were hungry, ravenous wolves waiting to attack in the night, sheeple would need sharp fangs and long claws to repel them.

The armed sheeple would still be sheeple, but -- unlike their wolf-eaten brethren -- they would not become food!

"The beauty of the Second Amendment (right to bear arms) is that it will not be needed until they try to take it." Thomas Jefferson

Current Mood: Awake
Current Music: Rob Zombie - What
My Carry Pistol: Rock Island Armory FS Tactical .45ACP

Friday, February 19, 2010

Second Amendment applies to the States also, says WA State Supreme Court

While not actually finding for the appellant (Christopher William Sieyes), the justices did find that the 2nd Amendment applies to the state governments as well as the federal, via the 14th amendment's due process clause.

This should make next month's US Supreme Court's hearing of McDonald v. Chicago, very interesting. Will SCOTUS uphold the same convictions as the WA State Supreme Court, and find that the 2nd Amendmend applies to the states as well as the federal gov't?

Only time will tell.

Current Mood: Happy
Current Music: Rob Zombie - What?
My Carry Pistol: RIA M1911-A1 .45ACP

Friday, February 05, 2010

I don't drink coffee, but it's time to support Starbuck's

Brady Campaign declares war on
Starbucks; time for a cup of coffee

February 4, 2:17 PM
Seattle Gun Rights Examiner
Dave Workman

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has declared war on a Northwest institution, and in the process perhaps the public will discover the extremes gun prohibitionists will go in an effort to push their radical agenda.
The Brady Bunch has Starbucks squarely in its crosshairs, hoping to browbeat the coffee giant into refusing service to an evidently growing clientele of law-abiding firearms owners. In an e-mail message sent out this week, Brady Campaign President Paul Helmke laments that, “Starbucks is refusing to prohibit open carrying in its stores, despite protests from loyal customers." (To read the whole story, click on the title of this article.)

Current Mood: Thirsty
Current Music: None (Watching Fox News)
My Carry Pistol: Rock Island Armory M1911-A1 .45ACP

Friday, January 29, 2010

Conservative vs. Liberal

Found the following at GazeToTheRight. He doesn't know where he found it, so I'm giving credit to him, for now.
If a conservative doesn’t like guns,
he doesn`t buy one.
If a liberal doesn’t like guns,
he wants all guns outlawed.

If a conservative is a vegetarian,
he doesn`t eat meat.
If a liberal is a vegetarian,
he wants all meat products banned
for everyone.

If a conservative is homosexual,
he quietly leads his life.
If a liberal is homosexual,
he demands legislated respect.

If a conservative is down-and-out,
he thinks about how to better his situation.
A liberal wonders who is going
to take care of him.

If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Liberals demand that those they don’t like
be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer,
he doesn’t go to church.
A liberal non-believer wants any mention
of God and religion silenced.
(Unless it’s a foreign religion, of course !)

If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it,
or may choose a job that provides it.
A liberal demands
that the rest of us pay for his.

If a conservative reads this,
he’ll forward it
so his friends can have a good laugh.
A liberal will delete it
because he’s “offended”.

Current Mood: Content
Current Music: None
My Carry Pistol: Rock Island Armory 1911 .45ACP

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A quote for all times, but specially for now.

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
--C.S. Lewis

Current Mood: Content
Current Music: None
My Carry M1911-A1 .45ACP

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

My newest acquisition

Well, it took long enough, but it finally got here. This is the Armscor/Rock Island Armory FS Tactical M1911-A1 pistol. And yes, it's a .45ACP caliber pistol.

As soon as I get it "broken in," (500 rounds is the recommended break-in) it will become my carry weapon of choice. Assuming it operates as well as I'm told, by other Armscor/RIA owners.

Current Mood: Awake
Current Music: The Village People - Macho Man
My Carry Pistol: Taurus PT92FS 9x19mm NATO