The GOP establishment, from whom come such blessings as John McCain, Mitt Romney, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and Thad Cochran; the so-called conservative press, the sold-out bloggers and the GOP ueber alles bootlickers
Washington, D.C., 20005
The Hobbits, The Crazies, the TEA party, the black middle class, the white middle class, the legal immigrants, the overtaxed, the overregulated, and all those who aren't in your big ruling class club
Anytown, USA, 65552
To all whom these presents come, greetings;
Be it known that by virtue of ignoring your official constituents in favor of The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, La Raza, The Euroweenies, The State Department, Fannie Mae and The Muslim Brotherhood;
We have decided that the GOP as it currently exists no longer serves us (if it ever did).
Therefore we send you The Donald, not to make peace but to make war, war most righteous with all of its glory and horror.
We send him not to praise you, but to bury you.
We send him as a harbinger of the Sweet Meteor of Death.
We throw the Holy Hand Grenade of Queens into the Big Stupid Tent.
We don't care if he wins the presidency as long as you lose. Yes, we've become just as petty as you.
You remind us that he holds none of our values, yet fail to realize that we understand that you don't either, even though during elections you say you do.
You insist that he will bring chaos to the presidency as if the last 16 years haven't already been chaos.
You complain that he has no foreign policy experience while Iraq and Syria burn, Russia invades Ukraine, Europe is swamped with young, male, Muslim "refugees" and Iran gets the bomb.
You scream that he's beholden to Big Business as if any of your candidates aren't.
And then you demand that we provide you with reasons as to why we support him.
Have this instead:
Oh, and take this with you when you go:
knitebane@bunkerbox:~$ ping newhorizons.nasa.gov
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The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
A Marine should be sworn to the patient endurance of hardships, like the ancient knights; and it is not the least of these necessary hardships to have to serve with sailors.
Happy Birthday, Marines!
In the southern part of Texas, in the town of San Antone
There's a fortress all in ruins that the weeds have overgrown
You may look in vain for crosses and you'll never see a one
But sometimes between the setting and the rising of the sun ...
You can hear a ghostly bugle as the men go marching by
You can hear them as they answer to that roll call in the sky
Colonel Travis, Davy Crockett and a hundred eighty more
Captain Dickenson, Jim Bowie present and accounted for;
Back in eighteen thirty-six - Houston said to Travis
"Get some volunteers and go - fortify the Alamo"
Well, the men came from Texas and from old Tennessee
And they joined up with Travis - just to fight for the right to be free ...
Indian scouts with squirrel guns, men with muzzle loaders
Stood together heel and toe to defend the Alamo
"You may ne'er see your loved ones" Travis told them that day
"Those that want to can leave now, those that fight to the death let 'em stay."
In the sand he drew a line with his Army sabre
Out of a hundred eighty five not a soldier crossed the line
With his banners a-dancin' in the dawn's golden light
Santa Anna came prancin' on a horse that was black as the night ...
Sent an officer to tell - Travis to surrender
Travis answered with a shout and a rousin' rebel yell
Santa Anna turned scarlet, "Play [*Deguello]", he roared
"I will show them no quarter, everyone will be put to the sword";
One hundred and eighty five holdin' back five thousand
Five days, six days, eight days - ten; Travis held and held again
Then he sent for replacements for his wounded and lame
But the troops that were comin' never came, never came, never came ...
Twice he charged them to recall - on the fatal third time
Santa Anna breached the wall and he killed them one and all
Now the bugles are silent and there's rust on each sword
And the small band of soldiers ... lie asleep in the arms of the Lord ...
In the southern part of Texas, near the town of San Antone
Like a statue on his Pinto rides a cowboy all alone
And he sees the cattle grazin' where a century before
Santa Anna's guns were blazin' and the cannons used to roar
And his eyes turn sorta misty and his heart begins to glow
And he takes his hat off slowly - to the Men of Alamo
To the thirteen days of glory at the seige of Alamo.
The Ballad of the Alamo
(by Dimitri Tiompkin and P. F. Webster)
This post is triggered by an article over at The Cornered Cat that was notionally about why female shooters don't get advanced training. On that subject Kathy Jackson is the expert and I can find no fault with her findings.
But what triggered me screaming at the monitor was the same blind spot that the gunny community seems to have and seems to be willing to stubbornly excuse when pointed out. It might seem like I'm singling out Kathy for chastisement but I'm not. Most of the gunny community seems to share this problem. An earlier article by Kathy also stems from the same problem so I hoped that she'd spend a little time looking into the root cause. She didn't so I'm going to.
What's the problem? Well bust my buttons, there seem to be a lot of people shooting themselves with their own guns while holstering. Gosh, I guess it's just the way things are. Maybe some people can be trained out of the problem but I guess it's just something that happens and no one is to blame.
Let's reflect a bit on the way things used to be, shall we?
Once upon a time there were single action guns and single/double actions guns. Actually they weren't really called that because you had cowboy pistols (single action) and service revolvers and 1911s (single/double action).
Cowboy guns had holsters that usually covered the trigger but so what because you didn't holster while cocked. In fact the retention on a cowboy holster requires that the hammer be down since the loop is only long enough to go over the hammer spur when the hammer is down:
If you had a single/double action revolver, you carried it with the hammer down in a holster that fully exposed the trigger like this:
That's a modern reproduction of the Bill Jordan style of holster that was extremely common back in the day. The exposed trigger is no accident. It was purposely made that way.
This was considered common sense because only an idiot would have a holster that could push your finger into the trigger upon holstering a gun with no safety. Since revolvers don't have safeties the lack of material that might force an accidental pull of the trigger while holstering is a safety feature.
If you had a single/double action 1911, you carried it in a holster that covered the trigger but you also carried it cocked (pay attention here kids) AND LOCKED. This was considered common sense because only an idiot would carry a gun with a 4 lb. single action trigger without using a safety. Specifically, a safety that didn't involve the trigger finger.
Fast forward to today. The tacticool crowd says to use a hard Kydex holster that covers the trigger and a gun with no thumb safety and says to stuff said gun into said holster. Shockingly, sometimes the newbies (and some oldbies) make the gun go bang.
And the same crowd then lambastes poor newbies for doing it all wrong. Of course, that crowd never seems to get around to discussing what part they had in setting those people up to fail.
Let's sum up, shall we:
We went from the world pictured above to the world we have now because:
Double action guns should have single digit trigger pulls. (Because Glock)
Holstered guns should not have exposed triggers. (Because Scary)
Safeties are superfluous. (Because GLOCK PERFECTION!!!!)
All guns should be like GLOCK! (Because Marketing)
Yeah, people should keep their booger hook off the bang switch. It's one of the rules after all but why do we have three more rules? If you just obey that one rule all will be well, right?
As it turns out, not so much. People are fallible so we have other rules that will often save us from ourselves even if we violate one of them. But if we make changes to our guns and gear that increase the likelihood of disaster for violating one rule then we have departed from wisdom.
Setting up the trigger as a single point of failure is stupid. Compounding that with holsters that invite negligent trigger manipulation is dangerous.
Stupid and dangerous all in one package. How efficient!
So when the inevitable happens remember who owns part of the blame.
I have repeatedly said that I have very little use for the AR platform due to its inherent weaknesses, among these the direct impingment system, the under-performing primary caliber and its relative fragility. As long as there are better choices available the AR has been way down on my list of "must haves." I've not had a really good reason to own one.
That may have just changed.
Press Release: Olympic Arms, Inc. Announces New York State Sales Policy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Olympic Arms is a staunch believer in and defender of the Constitution of the United States, and with special attention paid to the Bill of Rights that succinctly enumerates the security of our Divinely given Rights. One of those Rights is that to Keep and Bear Arms.
Legislation recently passed in the State of New York outlaws the AR15 and many other firearms, and will make it illegal for the good and free citizens of New York to own a large selection of legal and safe firearms and magazines. We feel as though the passage of this legislation exceeds the authority granted to the government of New York by its citizens, and violates the Constitution of the United States, ignoring such SCOTUS rulings as District of Columbia v. Heller - 554, U.S. 570 of 2008, McDonald v. Chicago - 561 U.S. 3025 of 2010, and specifically the case of United States v. Miller – 307 U.S. 174 of 1939.
Due the passing of this legislation, Olympic Arms would like to announce that the State of New York, any Law Enforcement Departments, Law Enforcement Officers, First Responders within the State of New York, or any New York State government entity or employee of such an entity - will no longer be served as customers.
In short, Olympic Arms will no longer be doing business with the State of New York or any governmental entity or employee of such governmental entity within the State of New York - henceforth and until such legislation is repealed, and an apology made to the good people of the State of New York and the American people.
If the leaders of the State of New York are willing to limit the right of the free and law abiding citizens of New York to arm themselves as they see fit under the Rights enumerate to all citizens of the United State through the Second Amendment, we feel as though the legislators and government entities within the State of New York should have to abide by the same restrictions.
This action has caused a division of the people into classes: Those the government deems valuable enough to protect with modern firearms, and those whose lives have been deemed as having less value, and whom the government has decided do not deserve the right to protect themselves with the same firearms. Olympic Arms will not support such behavior or policy against any citizen of this great nation.
Olympic Arms invites all firearms manufacturers, distributors and firearms dealers to join us in this action to refuse to do business with the State of New York. We must stand together, or we shall surely fall divided.
Olympic Arms, Inc.
Let them eat progress.
A monument in Arlington, Massachusetts reads:
Near this spot, Samuel Whittemore, then 80 years old, killed three British soldiers, April 19, 1775. He was shot, bayoneted, beaten and left for dead, but recovered and lived to be 98 years of age.
That actual story is a bit more exciting than that.
Whittemore walked to a secluded position behind a stone wall on Mystic Street, near the corner of what is now Chestnut Street in Arlington, and calmly settled in. Some of the Minutemen pleaded with Whittemore to join them in their safer positions, but he ignored their admonitions. Soon the 47th Regiment of Foot, followed by the main body of British troops, appeared in view. On both sides of Whittemore, Minutemen were shooting at the approaching Redcoats and then sprinting away to where they could reload in safety.
Waiting until the regiment was almost upon him, Whittemore stood up, aimed his musket carefully and fired, killing a British soldier. He then fired both dueling pistols, hitting both of his targets, killing one man outright and mortally wounding another. Not having time to reload his cumbersome weapons, he grabbed his French saber and flailed away at the cursing, enraged Redcoats who now surrounded him.
One Englishman fired his Brown Bess almost point-blank into Whittemore's face, the heavy bullet tearing half his cheek away and knocking him flat on his back. Undaunted, Whittemore attempted to rise and continue the fight, but received no less than 13 bayonet wounds from the vengeful Redcoats. They also mercilessly clubbed his bleeding head and drove their musket butts into his body as they ran by.
When the last Britisher had left the scene and was far enough away for them to come out in safety, the villagers who had seen Whittemore's last stand walked slowly toward the body. To their astonishment, he was still alive and conscious--and still full of fight! Ignoring his wounds, he was feebly trying to load his musket for a parting shot at the retreating regiment.
When the local doctor saw the horrifying wounds he initially refused to treat them as it would be a waste of time to treat an obviously dying man. Whittemore's family insisted and the doctor eventually agreed. One can only imagine what his healed wounds looked like in a time before reconstructive surgery. Then again, no one who saw him could doubt that Mr. Whittemore had done his duty for his country.
February 3rd is Samuel Whittemore Memorial Day, celebrated by American patriots of advancing age.
Sam Whittemore ignored his creaking joints and went forth to battle the enemy. What's your excuse?
Representative Brandon Phelps (D-118) has filed HB997 in the Illinois General Assembly that would allow for shall-issue concealed carry. Rep. Phelps is the representative for some of the most southern counties in Illinois, including Massac, Johnson and Pope counties.
The permit would allow a permit holder to (a) carry a firearm, loaded or unloaded, "concealed or otherwise", on his or her person; (b) on his or her person in a motor vehicle; or (c) in a vehicle either openly or concealed while not on the person. Concealed is defined by the law to mean "completely or mostly concealed".
The requirements set forth in this bill are:
- Age 21 or more
- Valid FOID card if a resident
- Not prohibited by either state or Federal law from possessing a firearm
- Not under pending arrest warrant that would be a disqualifying offense
- Not a chronic abuser of alcohol in prior 3 years as evidence by either (a) residential or court-ordered detox or treatment for alcohol abuse or (b) 2 or more DUIs.
- Has completed approved training and education component
There is both a training and a shooting requirement but they are substantially in line with many other states.
The restrictions on carry would be:
- Any building under control of the Illinois General Assembly including district offices. Members could carry concealed in their district offices.
- Meeting places of local governments
- Bars but not restaurants that merely serve alcohol
- Airport secure areas
- Area prohibited by Federal law
- K-12 schools without consent
- Child care facilities without consent
- Gated areas of amusement parks
- Stadiums and other sports venues
- Colleges and universities without consent
- Public libraries without consent
- Police stations and sheriff's offices without consent
- Prisons, jails, and other correctional facilities
- Permit holder cannot be under the influence of alcohol while carrying
The bill provides for reciprocity with other states that recognize the Illinois permit and that have substantially similar requirements to that of Illinois. So I'd get to visit family there. Yay!
Businesses would be allowed to post against concealed carry and the bill does specify the posting requirements. Local governments and school boards may prohibit by a majority vote concealed carry in any building controlled by them. However, they cannot prohibit carry in public housing, rest stops, public right of ways, or parking facilities. State buildings under the control of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, or Treasures would be allowed to be posted against concealed carry.
The bill contains a very strong state preemption clause. It prohibits any home rule unit from regulating the possession, carrying, or transportation of firearms. The only exception is that local governments can post buildings owned by them against carry. In addition, no home rule unit can regulate the number of handguns owned or require the registration possessed by a person under the act. Violation of Section 95 brings a $10,000 per day per individual affected punitive fine.
There is a notification requirement so it's not perfect. Oh well.
If you live in Representative Phelps' district give him a call and thank him. Rep. Phelps' district covers Alexander, Pulaski, Massac, Johnson, Pope, Hamilton, Galladin, Hardin and White counties.
If you don't live in Representative Phelps' district give your State representative a call and insist that they vote in favor of HB997. If you don't know who your state representative is (really?) you can find your state representative by calling the State Board of Elections Springfield office at 217/782-4141.
This is a very strong concealed carry law and it deserves to pass. In some ways it is a better concealed carry bill than what we have here in North Carolina.
Come on Illinois! Join the rest of us in freedom!
H/T to John Richardson at No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money