Conscientious Car Thief?

I have to say that I agree with the car thief:

Crystal Leary told them she had gone into the store to quickly grab a couple of items and left her 4-year-old son in the car with the engine running.

While she was inside, a man got into the car and drove off with the boy inside.

Leary says the suspect then drove back to the store and yelled at her, threatening to call the police because she left her son in the car. He ordered her to get the boy out of the car then drove off again.

It’s stupid enough to leave your car unlocked. Even more stupid to leave the keys in the ignition with or without the engine running…but if that turns out badly, you’re just losing property.

To do that with your kid in the back is flat out child neglect. And I’d bet this wasn’t anywhere near the first time either. The odds of her leaving the kid in the car with the engine running for the first time ever coinciding with the relatively rare event of having the car stolen is astronomical.

Maybe the thief should have taken the kid to the nearest child protective services office rather than give him back to the mom…”here, I found this in the back seat of an abandoned car…”

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Et Tu, TN?

Well crap.

Tennessee has been at the top of my shortlist for states to which to flee when Virginia gets too communist to abide…a state which is rapidly approaching.

But then I read this:

“I’m seeing a lot of people from California move [to Tennessee] because they’re attracted to our lifestyle,” Jeff Porter, U-Haul Company of Nashville president said in a release. Tennessee also has no income tax, plenty of jobs and is business-friendly, Porter said.

That is the death knell for any freedom loving state. That’s what happened to Virginia but from evacuees from the northeast rather than California.

That’s why Texas isn’t on my list…the government is working way too hard to get fleeing California businesses to relocate there and with relocating California businesses come relocating California liberals.

You see, leftism is not as much a political ideology as it is a religion. As with any religion, to its adherents, belief is an act of faith, not “proof” or “evidence” or “logic”.

So, in honor of their religion, Californians agitate for high taxes and unfettered migration, and lax enforcement of criminal laws, and strict regulation of every aspect of their lives, but then can’t figure out why their job went away, the median home price is more than they can ever expect to earn in their lifetime, gas is four times more expensive than right across the boarder in Nevada and more of their paychecks go to taxes than to their bank accounts.

So they flee.

And when they get to their new home of low taxes, minimum regulation, and low cost of living they immediately start agitating to turn their refuge into a mirror image of what they just fled.

Why?

Because it’s a religion. It can’t be wrong.

Look, I’m not a spring chicken. I’ve got maybe another 30 years in me max. I just need a place I can go where people (and the government) will just leave me the heck alone until I have the chance to die in peace. If they want to turn it into a communist hell-hole after I’m dead and gone…not my problem. I did my part to defend the Constitution and our way of life, if the rest of the country wants to give that away without a fight, there’s not much I can do about it all by myself.

So…South Dakota?
Wyoming?
Idaho?

How about Mississippi? It’s warmer there.

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Impressive “strike”

I almost left this as a comment on the article, but I’m going to start trying to blog a bit more.  I know I don’t have an audience any more since I’ve let this outlet languish, but I have a feeling blogging may make a comeback, at least for people who lean right, as a result of being shut out of the major social media sites.

At any rate; the big news today:

Roughly 1,000 American fast-food workers around the country went on strike Friday to protest for a $15 minimum wage and demand union rights in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday, organizers said.

 

According to mashed.com, as of 2018 there were 3.7 million fast food workers in the US. .

I’m sure those numbers are different today due to the Wuhan virus if nothing else, but the point remains the same: that’s approximately .03% of all fast food workers who went on strike. That’s certainly newsworthy isn’t it?

What’s encouraging to me that 99.97% of fast food workers are smart enough to understand that increasing minimum wage ultimately means less jobs and more “self-service kiosks”. The minimum wage is always zero.

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Remington’s Done

Put a fork in ’em:

Najavo Nation intends to stop the production of AR-15s but instead focus on the manufacture of hunting rifles. The new owners will also concentrate on defense contracts and equipment supply for law enforcement and the military. The company will also start the development and manufacture of smart guns.

I seriously doubt they’ll be able to produce enough 700’s and 870 expresses to keep them afloat. If they think they can stop making the most popular style of rifle in America and waste their R&D on “smart guns” that will never sell (especially not to the law enforcement or defense communities), while simultaneously overcoming the financial difficulties that have led Remington to dire straights twice already, they’re going to be very disappointed. It never ceases to amaze me how many people seem to think that gun manufacturers can just stop making the guns that people want to buy and somehow still stay viable.

The only thing the Navajo nation brings to the table is that they’ll be immune from nuisance lawsuits (that gunmakers are already supposed to be immune from, but judges keep pretending that law doesn’t mean what it means). Oh…and I’d bet the factory in NY will be gone, so there’s that.

But their kinder, gentler approach to gun manufacture is inevitably going to run Remington even further into the ground. I wonder how many times a company has to declare bankruptcy before investors decide it just isn’t salvageable any more?

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New personalized Virginia Plate

Hat tip to Musings over a Barrel.

Virginia has come up with a new “Stop Gun Violence” license plate option

When I first saw it, I feared that the money from sales of the plate would end up going to some anti-gun organization, but a Republican amendment to the bill earmarks the funds for mental health programs, which I think is a fine purpose even if unrelated to violence or any particular tool.

With that in mind, I’m sorely tempted to order one of these for my truck who’s plates expire next month.

Paired with another accessory I have in mind, I think it would be a worthy addition:

What say you?

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Hornady gets it.

In response to the New York Comproller’s not so veiled “nice bank you’ve got there, it’d be a shame if anything happened to it” strong arm tactics to convince banks to discontinue servicing the gun industry, Hornady has opted to cease any ammunition sales to the New York government.

While it may not make a difference to New York, Hornady will not knowingly allow our ammunition to be sold to the Government of the State of NY or any NY agencies. Their actions are a blatant and disgusting abuse of office and we won’t be associated with a government that acts like that.

Hornady’s XTP Jacketed Hollowpoints have long been my go to round for self defense and I even buy the bullets for when I roll my own. They have several offerings that get very good reviews and I’m very happy with the performance of the XTP.

Since I’m a long time customer, I can’t exactly switch my business to them, they already have it, but what I can do is: 1) Recommend them to others, which I will…adamantly…hence this post and 2) Stock up. Looks like it’s time to invest in precious metals like lead and copper. You can never have too many bullets on hand, and as an added bonus, when properly stored, they never go bad.

Now if that evil NRA that controls the entire gun industry in the US (trust me, I know it’s true, I read it in the New York Times) could get all ammo, gun and accessory manufacturers to follow suit, we could put these petty attempted power grabs by even more petty politicians behind us.

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Open carry laws work (updated)

[Update] When I initially posted this, I missed a closing tag which prevented everything after the blockquote from showing up. I fixed it so now there’s more content, it’s not that I added the additional content later, I just fixed the tag so that what was there is now visible. My bad [/update]

It’s rare that an anti-freedom advocate so clearly articulates why they oppose free people being properly equipped to defend themselves, but a “Code Pink” organizer in Cleveland this week accidentally did so:

McCracken says she’s not sure why relatively few people showed up to protest in Cleveland, but she believes many were scared off by Ohio’s open carry laws, which allow people to carry firearms

You see…they know that if we commoners are “allowed” to defend ourselves against assault and injury, they have no power to bully people, harangue people and shut down free speech. In other words, laws that liberalize the ability of free people to be properly equipped to defend themselves against tyranny (governmental or non-governmental) ensure that freedom reigns supreme and prevents those tyrants from employing their oppressive tactics.

This is, of course, related to a couple of other points I and other gun rights activists have raised from time to time:

1. If gun owners were really as dangerous and prone to violence as anti-gunners accuse us of, there wouldn’t be any anti-gunners left by now.

2. Every time I’ve ever been involved in a public demonstration, meeting or other event that pitted pro-gun activists against anti-gun activists, it was ALWAYS the anti-gunners who acted angry, tried to shout down opponents, got in people’s faces and just acted violent in general. The pro-gun activists were always respectful of the oppositions speakers, calm, level headed and polite.

3. Which raises one of the possibilities as to why anti-gunners are so virulently anti-gun: they know good and well that they are not personally emotionally stable enough to even trust themselves with the tools of self-defense. They project that untrustworthiness and instability onto everyone else; thus assuming that no one should be afforded those rights.

4. And finally, it’s not about the guns, it’s about the control.

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Attack in Dallas

I’ve got a couple of thoughts about the Dallas attack…fair warning, none of them are particularly “politically correct”.

I do feel sad for the families of the slain officers and hope for the rapid recovery of those wounded. There’s a good chance that those cops were good, hard working and diligent public servants.

But they were a part of a larger community and that leads me to my first thought:

You reap what you sow.

The Police, as a community, has been fostering an “us vs them” mentality for many years. They openly consider themselves “warriors” and place more value on “getting home safe” at the end of the shift than protecting the public or doing their jobs.

When you treat the general public as the enemy and publicly declare that occasionally killing innocents is an acceptable outcome when compared with officer safety, you are no longer a police force, you are an occupying military.

It should come as no surprise when some of the people you view as the enemy decides to view you in the same way.

“You reap what you sow” also applies to the Black Lives Matter people.

Details are still sketchy and we have no inkling of the motivations of the attackers, but considering that they killed none of the protesters and only cops, I’d have to say it’s a safe assumption that they were at minimum ambivalent toward the movement and were likely supporters of it.

Many of the BLM people, who have been actively calling for attacks on police and shouting down, harassing and intimidating anyone who had the audacity to counter with “all lives matter”, are now decrying the attacks and claiming that they never really MEANT all those times they chanted about killing cops.

Sorry, but this is what you’ve been begging for for over a year, acting all surprised now when you get it seems a bit disingenuous to me (to put it lightly).

And, of course, the inevitable blood dancing has already begun. Those who eagerly await any bloodshed they can use as a rationalization for advancing their agenda of control have already started doing so. We don’t even know who the attackers were yet, let alone how they got their guns, and Obama is already blaming the shooting on “easy access to guns”.

My sincere belief about this is that it’s been a long time coming and it’s going to get A LOT worse. The government has been abusing the people for way too long and way too many are seriously pissed off about it. With the Hillary fiasco demonstrating unequivocally that the laws are only for “little people” and that only we will be held accountable for our actions, while the “elite” can pretty much do whatever the heck they want with impunity, it’s only going to get worse.

And, in the face of rising unrest and discontent, they want to relieve us of the most effective tools we have available to defend ourselves against the coming mayhem?

I think not. In fact, that would be the quickest and most sure way of adding more recruits to the ranks of those ready to strike out against those who would try to control us.

Unless that’s the plan. I’m no conspiracy nut, but it sure would be convenient for Obama for things to go to hell in a handbasket over the next few months, thereby “requiring” him to declare martial law and “temporarily postpone” the upcoming elections…you know…for the public’s safety and all that.

At any rate, it doesn’t take a crystal ball to foresee what’s coming. Gun rights activists and patriots had better be prepared because the onslaught against our rights is about to reach a whole new level.

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It’s not about the guns

Re another hack writing in the NY Daily News (something in the water there?)

Let’s See:

This time it was just amendments on the floor of the U.S. Senate, one simply asking that no one on a no-fly list be allowed to purchase a gun in this country.

OK, it “Simply” asked that Americans be denied a constitutionally protected right based on a secret list, with no due process, means of redress or even ability to know one is ON the list until denied access to basic rights. Yeah, that’s simple and reasonable.

Strangely, nowhere does this hack mention that the Republicans, supported by the NRA, had an alternative available, but it failed, not because it couldn’t get a majority vote, but because the DEMOCRATS filibustered it, preventing any vote at all.

What was this Republican bill? Well, it basically said that if someone on a terrorist watchlist tried to buy a gun, the sale would be delayed while an investigation was conducted. If the investigation determined the attempted purchaser was involved in terrorism, they would be ARRESTED and PROSECUTED…you know…that whole due process thing. Otherwise, the sale would be allowed…you know…exercising rights and all that.

Seems like a pretty straightforward compromise to me. The Democrats get a little of what they want, while due process and constitutional rights are protected. Win-win right? Not for the Democrats, who love to compromise as long as compromise is defined as “Democrats get everything they want and Republicans get nothing”.

Apparently, Democrats don’t want terrorists off the streets, only to be denied the ability to buy a gun from a dealer. As long as they only kill people with pressure cooker bombs and not with guns, the dems are OK with it.

Oh…and by the way…no mention of the FACT that none of the proposed amendments would have had any affect whatsoever on the attack in Orlando, or on any of the other recent “sudden Jihad syndrome” attacks.

There’s a reason for that. This really doesn’t have anything to do with Orlando; it has nothing to do with terrorism in general; it really has nothing to do with guns. It has to do with “never letting a crisis go to waste”. It is a pure case of “saltatus cruoris”…dancing in the blood of innocents. The Democrats are doing nothing less than exploiting the victims of tragedy to try to advance their longstanding agenda…and in my humble opinion, it’s disgusting.

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Philadelphia reporter discovers she lives in a free country…is appalled.

A Philadelphia reporter yesterday decried the fact that she was able to purchase a self-loading rifle and that the requisite background check only took 7 minutes

Seven minutes. From the moment I handed the salesperson my driver’s license to the moment I passed my background check.

It’s obscene.

Makes one wonder: what is it that this reporter knows about herself that causes her to think she should have been delayed in exercising a fundamental right? Based on the tenor of the entire story, the author makes it clear she doesn’t believe she should have been “allowed” to purchase a gun at all…or at the least should have had to articulate a reason for doing so.

Why is that? Why, in a country that used to be known as the “Land of the free and the home of the brave” would someone EXPECT to have to justify the exercise of a right explicitly spelled out in the Constitution?

What does she know about herself that we don’t know…what does she know about herself that makes her believe so strongly that she shouldn’t be allowed to own a self-loading rifle?

Maybe we SHOULD enact some common sense gun control: Perhaps journalists, Muslims and liberals should all be added to the list of “prohibited persons”.

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