Archive for December, 2012

To Arms!

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

We all knew it would come to this.

 

In January, Senator Feinstein will introduce a bill to stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devises.

 

I don’t even own a weapon but this is a grave concern. We have an administration that ‘walked’ guns to the Mexican drug cartels, armed the Libyan and Tunisian rebels and now, it seems tried to walk guns to the Syrians rebels. What is it about the Muslim Brotherhood and the Mexican drug lords that this administration would rather see them armed than its own loyal citizens?

Following is a summary of the 2013 legislation:

  • Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:
    • 120 specifically-named firearms
    • Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one military characteristic
    • Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds
  • Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:
    • Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test
    • Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test
    • Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans
  • Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
  • Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:
    • Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment
    • Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes and
    • Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons
  • Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:
    • Background check of owner and any transferee;
    • Type and serial number of the firearm;
    • Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;
    • Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and
    • Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration

We have been down this road before. This cannot end well.

Time to beat the plowshares into….

 

New improved plowshare

Molon Labe. Or in true American parlance “Come and take it”.

Thanks, efa!

Death to the Deniers!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012
I am often reminded of this quote:
Liberalism is a disease, just like tuberculosis of the spine. Liberalism works like that on the soul. Appearances become deceptive and the consequences of clearly present causes are dismissed as superstition. There are people even now who don’t believe that Napoleon was in Moscow. … The most shameful products of godlessness destroy human feelings of nobility … Black becomes white, darkness is called light …. I have, as in the case of physical disease, mentioned the mental symptoms of the final stages. God forbid that you, my friend, should be seriously ill. But you seem to me to be sick, because disbelief in conspiracy is the first unmistakable symptom of the liberalism that dessicates the soul.-Letter of Friedrich Wilhelm IV to Christian Bunsen, Prussian Ambassador to England, March 1848.

But never so much as when I read this.

In this article I am going to suggest that the death penalty is an appropriate punishment for influential GW [Glowbull Worming] deniers. But before coming to this surprising conclusion, please allow me to explain where I am coming from.


Gulp.

This guy is Richard Parncutt, a Professor at the University of Graz, Austria. Parncutt, an expert on the psychology of music, originally from Australia. Maybe he spent too much time in Austria, or rap ‘music’. Or maybe he will kill me with a dirge in “Be Flat”.

I have always been opposed to the death penalty in all cases, and I have always supported the clear and consistent stand of Amnesty International on this issue. The death penalty is barbaric, racist, expensive, and is often applied by mistake. Apparently, it does not even act as a deterrent to would-be murderers. Hopefully, the USA and China will come to their senses soon.

Blah, blah.. Wait! Barbaric? That’s racist! The Barbary Coast is now Libya and Tunisia.

GW deniers fall into a completely different category from Behring Breivik. They are already causing the deaths of hundreds of millions of future people. We could be speaking of billions, but I am making a conservative estimate.

My estimate of “hundreds of millions” is based on diverse scientific publications about GW.

A “conservative estimate”?  About GW? See how he tosses that in there conjuring ideas of George W. Bush and Conservativism?

…it is clear that there is a dividing line somewhere between murders for which the death penalty is appropriate and murders for which it is inappropriate. I am proposing to make that dividing line concrete at about one million people. I wish to claim that it is generally ok to kill someone in order to save one million people. Similarly, the death penalty is an appropriate punishment for GW deniers who are so influential that one million future deaths can with high probability be traced to their personal actions. Please note also that I am only talking about prevention of future deaths – not punishment or revenge after the event.

Why should I even bother with a leftist screed if it doesn’t contain any Christian bashing? Oh. Wait. Never mind. It is Christmas Day.

There is a clear causal relationship between the Vatican’s continuing active discouragement of the use of condoms and the spead [sic] of AIDS, especially in Africa. We are talking about millions of deaths, so according to the principle I have proposed, the Pope and perhaps some of his closest advisers should be sentenced to death. I am talking about the current Pope, because his continuing refusal to make a significant change to the church’s position on contraception (more) will certainly result in millions of further unnecessary deaths from AIDS in the future.

 How refreshing! A leftist rant without a mention of Nazism! Oh wait. There’s more…

Those who deny the holocaust certainly belong behind bars. The death penalty would be too much for them, because holocaust deniers are not directly causing the deaths of other people. The holocaust is in the past, not the future. Those who died in the holocaust cannot be brought back to life.

How magnanimous. As Teri always says, you have to look all the way at the bottom to get the “money quote”.

 I would just like my grandchildren and great grandchildren, and the human race in general, to enjoy the world that I have enjoyed, as much as I have enjoyed it. Andto achieve that goal I think it is justified for a few heads to roll. Does that make me crazy? I don’t think so. I am certainly far less crazy than those people today who are in favor of the death penalty for everyday cases of murder, in my opinion. And like them I have freedom of speech, which is a very valuable thing.

Indeed. A very valuable thing until the State deprives you of it. Nothing screams “Shut up!” like “we will kill you”.In fairness, this moron has revised his article, here. I didn’t bother to read it. Idiocy, like Glowbull Wormening is contagious, studies would show.

Lessons in Latin

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

 

Today’s Latin lesson is ab initio.

CHICAGO (AP) — In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois — the only remaining state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal — and gave lawmakers 180 days to write a law that legalizes it.

Whoa! The Court gave lawmakers 180 days?

The court gave 180 days before its decision will be returned to the lower court to be implemented,” Maura Possley, a Madigan spokeswoman, said in a statement. “That time period allows our office to review what legal steps can be taken and enables the legislature to consider whether it wants to take action.”

What they are doing is slow-walking this ruling back to the lower court to give the legislature time to promulgate a new set of hoops for law-abiding citizens to jump through. There is, of course, one tiny problem they have.

The classic formulation of the void ab initio doctrine, and the one followed in Illinois, is found in the early case of Norton v. Shelby County, 118 U.S. 425, 30 L. Ed. 178, 6 S. Ct. 1121 (1886). There, the Court considered whether an unconstitutional state statute that created a county board could give validity to the acts of the board. The Court answered in the negative, stating in relevant part:

“An unconstitutional act is not a law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; it affords no protection; it creates no office; it is, in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed.” Norton, 118 U.S. at 442, 30 L. Ed. at 186, 6 S. Ct. at 1125.

See People v. Gersch, 135 Ill. 2d 384, 399 (1990) (“An unconstitutional law ‘confers no right, imposes no duty and affords no protection. It is *** as though no such law had ever been passed,” quoting People v. Schraeberg, 347 Ill. 392, 394 (1932), in turn citing Board of Highway Commissioners v. City of Bloomington, 253 Ill. 164, 176 (1911), in turn citing Norton, 118 U.S. 425, 30 L. Ed. 178, 6 S. Ct. 1121). Thus, under the Norton rule, an unconstitutional statute is void ab initio, i.e., void “from the beginning.” See Black’s Law Dictionary 1604 (8th ed. 2004).

Using the logic that an unconstitutional statute is void ab initio and applying that doctrine to the Illinois Concealed Carry Law ruled unconstitutional by the Federal Court days ago, it really doesn’t matter that the Court gave the legislature 180 days to promulgate anything- it’s all smoke and mirrors. Right now, this minute, there is no Law prohibiting carrying a concealed weapon.

So make sure you smile and wave before you cut me off in traffic today.

They’ll just Boogey to from Baghdad

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

 

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Recall this:

 

National-security adviser Sandy Berger suggested that the U.S. send just one U-2 flight, but the report says Clarke worried that even then, Pakistan’s intelligence service would warn bin Laden that the U.S. was preparing for a bombing campaign. “Armed with that knowledge, old wily Usama will likely boogie to Baghdad,” Clarke wrote in a February 11, 1999 e-mail to Berger. The report says that another National Security Council staffer also warned that “Saddam Hussein wanted bin Laden in Baghdad.”

That e-mail was at the center of the casus belli for Iraq- or more accurately, deflated the opposition to the war.

Now we have an amendment to the Executive Order designating  al Qa’ida in Iraq a terrorist organization.

The Department of State has amended the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 designations of al-Qa’ida in Iraq (AQI) to include the following new aliases: al-Nusrah Front, Jabhat al-Nusrah, Jabhet al-Nusra, The Victory Front, and Al-Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant. The Department of State previously designated AQI as an FTO under the Immigration and Nationality Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under E.O. 13224 on October 15, 2004.

AQI emir Abu Du’a is in control of both AQI and al-Nusrah. Abu Du’a was designated by the State Department under E.O. 13224 on October 3, 2011, and by the United Nations under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 on October 5, 2011. Abu Du’a also issues strategic guidance to al-Nusrah’s emir, Abu Muhammad al-Jawlani, and tasked him to begin operations in Syria.

What we have here is the State Department saying al Qa’ida is operating in Syria, like that is a big surprise. But then they go on to say:

…all responsible Syrians should speak out against al-Qa’ida and other extremist elements. By opting for the use of force against its own people, the Asad regime has created the circumstances that attract the violent extremists of al Qa’ida, who seek to exploit civil strife for their own purposes. The sooner the political transition to a post-Asad Syria begins, the better it will be for the Syrian people and the region.

When President Bush denied al Qu’ida their base in Afghanistan he was vilified for creating a climate in Iraq that would attract terrorists. President Obama, on the other hand, is giving aid to the opposition in Syria known to contain al Qa’ida- they’ve boogeyed from Baghdad via Libya and Egypt:

The United States takes this action in the context of our overall support for the Syrian people. We have provided approximately $50 million in non-lethal assistance to the unarmed civilian opposition and nearly $200 million in humanitarian assistance to those affected by the violence in Syria.

 

Mr. Obama knows there are terrorists in the opposition but he gave them $250 million. How well did that work out in Egypt and Libya?

 

It doesn’t really matter to this administration because Asad is like Bush, only different.

Old Wives Tail

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Not Helen Thomas

 

The Duchess of Cambridge has morning sickness.

 

The Duchess, who spent three nights in hospital last week being treated for hyperemesis gravidarum, took a turn for the worse as she spent the weekend at Kensington Palace.

The Duke of Cambridge pulled out of an official engagement at the British Military Tournament at Earl’s Court, London, on Sunday night, so he could look after his wife.

The Duchess, 30, had said she was feeling “much better” when she was discharged from hospital on Thursday morning, and on Saturday night was well enough for the Duke to feel able to attend an engagement at the Royal Albert Hall.

But at lunchtime on Sunday, St James’s Palace announced that the Duke would be “spending Sunday privately with the Duchess” instead of going to Earl’s Court. A St James’s Palace spokesman said: “It is well known that hyperemesis gravidarum often recurs and, until further notice, to allow the Duchess a degree of privacy during her pregnancy, we do not intend to offer regular condition checks or advise of routine developments associated with it.”

Suck it up, sister. You aren’t the first, nor will you be the last to toss your cookies morning, noon and night after finding out that Royal Sepulcher has that effect on people. Just ask Harry and the broads he was partying with in Vegas. They were tossing up some high shelve alcohol.

Just to show how concerned I am with your condition, tho, I have decided to leave you with this recommended cure- can’t say for sure it’ll work, but it isn’t just some old-wives tale.

Leave a comment, duchess, if I can be of further service to ya. ;~)

Connecting the dots blasts.

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

A couple weeks ago, I wrote of the air attack on a munitions factory in the Sudan. It was clear, at the time, Israel was behind it as the Sudanese blamed them almost immediately:

Four military planes attacked the Yarmouk plant … We believe that Israel is behind it,” Information Minister Ahmed Belal Osman told reporters, adding that the planes appeared to approach the site from the east.

“Sudan reserves the right to strike back at Israel,” he said.

With a combat radius of 340 miles fully loaded and the target 1,000 miles away, they would need to refuel en route as drop tanks would diminish their ordnance capability- even if they had drop tanks, they would have to refuel.

A couple things stand out in this story.

Sudan, which analysts say is used as an arms-smuggling route to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip via neighboring Egypt…”

“A huge crater could be seen next to two destroyed buildings and what appeared to be a rocket lying on the ground.”

Last night, there was this story:

Jonathan Schanzer, a former counter-terrorism analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, said the real agenda behind Israel’s assault last month on Hamas’ munitions stockpiles and smuggling tunnels was not simply to end the daily barrage of relatively primitive rockets that have become part of daily life in Israel. The real mission was to eliminate as many as 100 Iranian-built Fajr5 missiles – with the power to reach Tel Aviv – that had been sneaked into Gaza through Egypt. The Obama administration knew in advance of the operation and agreed that the missiles, built in a Sudanese factory, had to be neutralized to protect millions of Israeli citizens who were now within range of the deadly Iranian weapons, according to Schanzer.

 

That explains the rocket lying on the ground after the explosion in the Sudan.

 

“There’s little doubt that Iranian-built rockets came from Sudan through Egypt, and that Egypt’s security forces weren’t interested in intercepting the missiles,” Eric Trager, of the Washington Institute, an expert on Egyptian affairs, told FoxNews.com. “Morsi was more interested in furthering his own internal agenda than worrying about foreign policy issues at that time.”

Spook86 weighed in on the Israeli Iron Dome here:
Of course, the Israelis have long considered that possibility, prompting the deployment of a layered anti-missile system, built around the Iron Dome (for short-range rockets); upgraded Patriot units for short-range missiles like the SS-21 and SCUD variants, and the Arrow II system for longer-range missiles from Iran.  The recent conflict demonstrated that Iron Dome can handle mass volleys of rockets–including the larger Fajr-5–without assistance from other assets.  At one point, the Palestinians even tried to refine their “saturation” tactics, concentrating their launches at a single Iron Dome battery.  Their scheme failed; the system engaged rockets that threatened populated areas, while ignoring those bound for the open countryside, just as it was designed to do.  Not long after that failed “project,” the Palestinians were pressing for a firm cease-fire.While political motives for the “November war” cannot be discounted, it also seems clear that Hamas (along with its Iranian patrons) wanted a better read on how their tactics would fair against the Iron Dome, which is now entering wider operational service.  To say the least, Hamas got its answer during the week-long war, and it wasn’t the one they were looking for.

And the Syrian WMD’s here:
Not surprisingly, the current activity involving Assad’s CW stockpile has caught the attention of Israel’s neighbors.  Turkey has asked NATO to deploy two Patriot air defense battalions, to help defend the country from chemical-tipped missiles that might be fired from Syria.Meanwhile, Israel is considering a much more aggressive approach.  Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic reports that Prime Minister Netanyahu has sought Jordan’s permission to bomb Syrian WMD sites on two occasions in the last two months.  In both instances Jordan declined, saying the “timing wasn’t right.”

With many Syrian CW facilities located near the Jordanian border, Israel believes it is important to have Amman’s permission before launching an attack through its airspace.  But as U.S. officials observe, Israel doesn’t need Jordan’s permission to go after Syria; over the years, the Israeli Air Force has struck a number of targets in Syrian-controlled territory with near-impunity.  So, why the sudden concern about Jordanian permission?

The marriage of missiles and chemical weapons would be a nightmare. And the assertion that the Palestinians were victorious is laughable.
Israel essentially achieved its main aims within the first few days, said Schanzer, noting that Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., said as much when he remarked on Day Three of the campaign: “We have run out of good targets.”

Oh, Quitcher Blubbering

Friday, December 7th, 2012

The word for today is schadenfreude. It’s a delightful word. Let me explain how it is used properly.

Take this news story, for instance.

 

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A dead whale rotting near the Malibu homes of Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan and other celebrities is causing a gigantic cleanup problem as authorities try to decide who’s responsible for getting rid of it.

Stop laughing. How would you like to live next to  that stinking rotting corps corpse and Rosie O’ Donuts too?

I’m sure PETA would know what to do. Think of all the snail darters that could feast off this massive carcass. Where is the EPA? They should be demanding that it stay on the beach. It could feed the flying rats for months!

Far be it for me to expect these liberal types to figure out what to do. They’ll need a committee with a blue ribbon panel to ‘study’ the problem. That will mean money from the U.S. Government.

Maybe Babs could just sing to it. Then it will want to go away.

I could tell them what not to do.

 

 

“Never let a crisis go to waste.”

Hope Springs Eternal

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

In President Obama’s ‘Arab Spring’ speech he is quoted  as saying:

 

“For all the challenges that lie ahead, we see many reasons to be hopeful. In Egypt, we see it in the efforts of young people who led protests. In Syria, we see it in the courage of those who brave bullets while chanting, ‘peaceful,’ ‘peaceful.’ In Benghazi, a city threatened with destruction, we see it in the courthouse square where people gather to celebrate the freedoms that they had never known. Across the region, those rights that we take for granted are being claimed with joy by those who are prying lose the grip of an iron fist.”

That was May 19, 2011. What he failed to mention in this quote was the people “prying lose the grip of an iron fist”, we now find out, were of dubious moral turpitude. The New york Times reports:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats.

No evidence has emerged linking the weapons provided by the Qataris during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to the attack that killed four Americans at the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in September.

 

Here’s the best part:

American officials say that the United Arab Emirates first approached the Obama administration during the early months of the Libyan uprising, asking for permission to ship American-built weapons that the United States had supplied for the emirates’ use. The administration rejected that request, but instead urged the emirates to ship weapons to Libya that could not be traced to the United States.

“The U.A.E. was asking for clearance to send U.S. weapons,” said one former official. “We told them it’s O.K. to ship other weapons.”

Libyans murdered his ambassador. But there is no evidence the weapons came from the United States. According to local reports the F.B.I. spent three hours at the consulate almost three weeks after the murders.

As for the assertion “In Syria, we see it in the courage of those who brave bullets while chanting, ‘peaceful,’ ‘peaceful.’ ”

His Syrian opposition is murdering prisoners.  (Warning extremely graphic.)

What’s a tin-horn dictator to do? Why, dust off the chemical weapons, of course.

Meanwhile, the Egyptians ran Mursi out of the palace.

The Turks, the ones that wouldn’t allow the 4th Infantry into Iraq, acquired patriot missile batteries.

Iran, that bastion of Liberty, Democracy, and progress nearly melted down a reactor:

According to our intelligence sources, Russian scientists and engineers were rushed from Moscow to Bushehr when Russian leaders including Vladimir Putin were warned that the danger of an explosion at Bushehr was high. Neither Moscow nor Tehran reported what was happening. Now they are racing against the clock to get the reactor back on stream.

The cause:

“Indicators showed that some small external parts were… in the [Bushehr] reactor vessel….” They were identified as “bolts beneath the fuel cells.”

More like spare change.

Actual quote from “The Audacity of Hope” [pg. 261]: Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.

I swear, this guy is the Anti-Midas.