December 28, 2013
Don't Accept Collect Calls
During the occupation of Poland by the Nazi's, a doctrine referred to as "collective responsibility" was employed. It was simple really; if a person helped out a Jew that person and that person's immediate family were shot. If a German was killed a couple of hundred Poles were killed in retaliation.
You're likely familiar with the system itself as it's carried out in schools, the military, some occupations and detention facilities. It's just that if little Jimmy was caught chewing gum in the hall, he wasn't killed, but his entire class had recess cancelled for that day.
This can be effective, as it lends to a group doing the dirty work of whatever authoritarian is in charge by trying to keep everyone else in line. It can also bomb horribly and generate the opposite effect from that which was desired.
Gun owners know all too well the downside of this little bit of intellectual pysch-ops; when there's a mass shooting, folks try to take away our guns, even though we weren't anywhere near said shooting site and hadn't shot anyone at all, ever. So it's slightly irritating that gun owners themselves fall for this particular line of bullshit as often as they do.
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December 25, 2013
I'm still running months behind on everything, but I thought this worth mentioning, as it'd seem like a great xmas gift for the lady in your life (especially if you're her).
I'm a fan of Tanfoglio's (which are imported into the u.S. and branded as the Witness by EAA), specifically their T95 (which, in 10mm, I'd consider the best option for a martial/general purpose pistol on the market today). I own a few and I've been meaning to do some write ups about them (see that bit about running behind mentioned earlier) but I've just stumbled across a new offering of theirs - the Pavona line.Continue reading "Sparkly!"
December 21, 2013
A few vids (not all of which are safe for work) are in the extended entry, for your listening pleasure. Hope your birthday is a happy one sweetie. (and you know who you are, unless of course, you have amnesia, in which case, did I ever tell you how fun it is to shoot a Garand...?) :)Continue reading "Just Because"
Garands Are Good For You
"Now that right there was just pure fun. I don't know if it was good for you but it was good for me" - Jerry Miculek, upon doing some rapid fire work with a Garand.
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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.