December 06, 2013
Hudak Hears A Howl
You've probably already heard that public servant Hudak resigned her seat lest the recall turn the Colorado senate over to the republicans (a lengthier treatment of Hudak stepping down can be found here). And the apologists have come out in full force, defending her record, despite her record. There are two potential replacements for Hudak to choose from:Continue reading "Hudak Hears A Howl"
Government Child Abuse
I've written before about social services and the danger they currently represent to adults and children alike. Sadly I'm writing about it again. A family is suing the case workers involved, as well as the local sheriff's department and the local police department. That link explains some of it. This link has a more detailed account.
To sum up, the parents found out their 15 year old daughter was having sex as well as sending elicit texts and photos. They spanked her. Enter the .gov - a case worker was sent out and interviewed the 15 year old. The caseworker tried to get the 15 year old to drop her pants so she could take a picture of her bare ass to document any bruising. The 15 year old refused saying it was "gross and embarrassing". The mother refused to compel her daughter to strip. Feeling affronted at the disrespect to her authority, the caseworker called the cops. When the cops couldn't coerce said 15 year old into stripping, they gave up and proclaimed the mother and daughter free to go. So they went - to Kansas in fact. Meanwhile the case worker went and kidnapped the family's three younger children from school. They escaped when they saw their father drive up as they were crossing a street. The father drove the youngins to NC to stay with their grandparents. The mother and daughter returned to Colorado and got the full felony stop treatment, complete with being muzzled by the Colorado State Patrol. Meanwhile the local DHS contacted NC and had the younger children forcibly removed from their grandparents' house and deposited in a teen shelter. When the family was finally reunited in Colorado, the parents were arrested for misdemeanor child abuse. The father pleaded guilty to avoid felony kidnapping charges (I assume as part of a plea deal) and spent 2 months locked up. And now they're suing.
From that last linked account, here's something to chew on:
"Girl Doe 2 said that she had rights, and Ms. McAfee told her, 'You have no rights.' " (emphasis added)
A 15 year old was spanked for having sex contrary to her parents wishes. Enter the .gov to make everything all better, and you get attempted child porn, kidnapping and assault as well as a general deprivation of Rights. I'm disappointed that the CSP wasn't included in the suit, as pointing a weapon at my family when they posed no direct, imminent threat would've been a casus belli, so at the least it'd be considered an assault.
Spanking. For years people have jumped the gun and lamented that it was illegal to even spank your kids in this place or that. While not de jure one could make the case that it's de facto illegal if a switching gets the cops called to investigate.
The case worker proclaiming that the child "had no rights" should be worrisome, as I doubt this attitude is isolated.
To quote from an earlier post of mine:
"I am repeating myself. I am more frightened of you guys on this thread than I am of criminals. They aren't self righteous like you guys. Self defense, my ass. And my reading comprehension is just fine, thank you. That's why you all scare me.
I should have known better than to call you nutcases. It may piss one of you off and you are all armed and dangerous.
I have had guns pulled on me more than once. I was a child protective services worker for years. Ever try to take away kids from somebody? I don't want any guns around at all at a time like that. The ones the parents have are quite enough. Peace!" (emphasis mine)
That was from a comment to this post.
When the state can take away your children, with little or no justification, and with little fear of effective resistance, I'd say we've entered a very dangerous situation.
Hopefully the court will find in favor of the family, and heap economic woe onto all the .gov employees involved. It's a pity it's only a civil action, as I'd at least want the jury to be able to ponder giving some of these public servants the chair.
November 09, 2013
The united States has many cultures within it. Not just sub-cultures, but cultures. Just so we're on the same page, a definition (from wikipedia, but let's go with it anyway)
"...an integrated system of learned behavior patterns which are characteristic of the members of a society and which are not a result of biological inheritance."
Subcultures are usually regarded as minority groups within a parent culture that share some of the parent culture's characteristics but deviate in some beliefs or interests.
Because the u.S. is so vast it's more likely that a bunch of superficially similar cultures are falsely assumed to be one single culture, with deviation being erroneously labeled as subcultures. (My anthropologist ex-g/f would be so proud - she thought I wasn't paying attention when she'd talk about her homework!)
In an earlier post I wrote of the seemingly eternal struggle for dominance in a society betwixt the individual & the collective. That's playing out here, but on a more shallow level it's not merely vying for prominence - it's a war of annihilation betwixt two very differently based cultures that share the same real estate. And you get to be part of it, whether you want to or not.Continue reading "Drafted"
November 08, 2013
A Cramp In Your Metcalf
Dick Metcalf, longtime gun-writer, decided to pen what has been perceived as a column condoning gun control (to some degree). That got him fired and an editor, Jim Bequette, assumed responsibility and resigned.
What was so bad about his column? Robert Farago over at The Truth About Guns has a link to a .pdf of the column, as well as commentary on its defects.
Metcalf released a statement about his column and firing that was not well received either. Bitter over at Shall Not Be Questioned did a partial fisking of it, and Michael Bane wasn't impressed by Metcalf's tone or sentiment.
This article from The Bang Switch lists previous examples of gun writers who've been fired for expressing views sympathetic to some forms of gun control. While having accurate ideas about why previous gun writers erred, they claim to have little idea how Metcalf could have made such a mistake.
I think I know how, and some of y'all ain't gonna like it.Continue reading "A Cramp In Your Metcalf"
October 04, 2013
More Linky Goodness
I'm still swamped but it's easing up a bit. I decided to
send someone's kid(s) through college drop my bike off at a shop to have the rest of the mechanical work done to it instead of knocking it out myself (though I'm still going to figure out how to rig a mount for long gun cases around the luggage racks.). Work has only required a little less than 50 hours of my time this week, but a co-worker is expecting a baby so I don't see such a leisurely pace continuing for long (I blame the government shutdown of course). I'm still months behind on personal projects (loading ammo, a little 'smithin', running away from home, etc.) but hopefully this weekend I'll make a dent in some of that. Course now that the .gov is only running at 80% to 87% capacity, I may have to resort to spying on myself should the phone ring. In the meantime, here are some things I found interesting enough to save.
I'm Too Texty For This Hearing
Public Servant Hudak. You remember her right? She's the one who, among other things, texted while a rape victim testified then condescendingly told her she'd just have had her gun taken away from her if she'd been armed? Then offered a pseudo-apology of questionable sincerity? Then arrogantly told someone to "flip a coin" when she wanted to rush a vote on a very large bill (that included a $1 billion tax increase)?
Well she's been busted again.
In a legislative hearing concerning the corrections department of Colorado, Hudak was texting, tweeting as well as generally surfing the web and posting to facebook.
Funny thing, Hudak voted, in 2009, to make it illegal to text and drive. (Here's a.pdf of the senate finance committee vote, and I presume she voted yes on the floor vote in the senate). She also voted for Colorado's internet sales tax (Project Votesmart's page about her vote on that bill, & here's Project Votesmart's summation of said bill).
Of course, texting and driving can be dangerous, while no one has ever, like, you know, died from enforcement of a law, or as a result of bad policies instituted by inattentive committees who just want to get the vote over and done with so they can drool over an actor's picture more privately. And the web surfing was obviously Public Servant Hudak's way of helping out the executive branch enforce that internet tax by making sure websites had it listed with their pricing. Besides, Public Servant Hudak is smarter, better and much more socially elevated than us peasants, so who are we to question what she does at a hearing, where obviously she knows her job so well that paying attention is optional. /sarcasm
Then again, when you already are told how you're going to vote by your boss in NYC, perhaps paying attention in a hearing wasn't really necessary? Or maybe it's that she's just got this petty tyrant wannabe thing so down that lording over us like she's Pharoah's overseer doesn't require that much concentration?
Hudak wasn't recalled. That's bad for us, but I can't see it as being anything but a gift to the Colorado Republican party. She's term limited and can't run again anyway, but you'll hardly find a better example of the arrogant and patronizing perspective that the Colorado Democrat party has brought to the state in recent years. Even the stupid party should be able to put together some high-sterical and effective campaign ads using Public Servant Hudak.
September 27, 2013
You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had
Being a smart ass can make serious discussions tricky, I admit. Take for example this recent exchange:
Scarlett: So what do you think about the Starbucks thing?
Pub: I don't want to have to hash this out again. All I'm gonna say is there's only one Starbuck, & he was a man!
Scarlett: No, I mean Starbucks, the chain that sells coffee and the way they asked gun owners not to carry in their stores anymore.
Pub: Oh them. Wait - when did they start selling coffee?
Scarlett: (rolls eyes, which is somehow audible over the phone) I'm serious - do you think it's okay to carry an AR-15 into a coffee shop?
Pub: Well it is in bad taste. They should have carried Garands. Again though - when did they start selling coffee? I thought they just made brownish drinks with pretentious tricky-to-pronounce names*?
There's been a lot of talk about how this is a "self inflicted wound"; that if the Open Carriers hadn't actually openly carried we wouldn't have "lost" Starbucks.
We never had Starbucks. Let me analogize a bit...
I Stand Corrected
I used to say the ATFEIEIO was incompetent and this was apparent because of the actions of their firearms division. I was wrong; it's not just their firearms division that behaves irresponsibly:
"Government agents acting without authorization conducted dozens of undercover investigations of illegal tobacco sales, misused some of $162 million in profits from the stings and lost track of at least 420 million cigarettes, the Justice Department's inspector general said Wednesday.
In one case, agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sold $15 million in cigarettes and later turned over $4.9 million in profits from the sales to a confidential informant — even though the agency did not properly account for the transaction."
One snitch the ATF paid off walked away with $4.9 million. The revenuers with delusions of grandeur defended that expenditure by saying it was needed to cover said snitch's expenses. On the one hand I'd be glad if ratting out folks not involved in violent crime was that expensive, but somehow I doubt an itemization would leave anyone thinking that legitimacy was an apt description of the pay-out.
September 21, 2013
Well, when a co-worker and our boss quit on the same day, I thought that'd max out the overtime opportunities within the company. I was wrong. After that the owners decided they didn't need a supervisor over my division after all and would just run it themselves. (They bought our division from another company a little while back and judging by their decisions since they don't seem to understand the business model we're running under, which tends to make our jobs harder, thus longer hours for all.) Things were starting to stabilize when a co-worker died (and a real shame as not only was he a decent fellow but the kid was only 30). So suffice it to say time at the keyboard has been slim.
I have collected a bunch of stories that I planned to comment on if I ever got any time, so here they are in no particular order: