Wednesday, November 29, 2006

I shot the Sherriff

There have been a couple incidents lately where innocent people have been shot and killed by plain clothes police. I see a wonderful bit has been done about this at Front Sight, Press. Please go and read this. I think it's important to realize that our law enforcement community is rapidly spinning out of control and we need to put a stop to it.

I have blogged about this before, I know LawDog just had something about the tasering of a student at a PRK university (that's People's Republic of Kalifornia for those that don't visit here much). What should be done? I don't have an answer for that, but I wish I did. I hereby invite any member of the Law Enforcement community to participate in this discussion and answer the question...is L.E. out of control? What do we, as citizens, do about it?

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

You gotta go do this

I got this in an email from a guy I served in the Navy with and I thought it was so cool that I had to share it. If you're reading this blog on a regular basis then, like me, you support the troops without reservation. We'd all like to say thank you and I, in fact, will cross the street to say thank you to a uniformed member of the armed forces.

Here's your chance to do it for one of them currently over there. THIS is a link to Xerox corporation and they have set this site up so that you can choose a card, most designed by children, and personalize it and they will print them and send them to a random service member overseas.

It only takes a couple minutes and it's free, that's right, everyone's favorite "F" word! Go and do it now! Those guys and gals deserve all the love we can send them and especially at this time of the year.

Friday, November 24, 2006

A New Christmas Poem

I saw this over at Blackfive and it touched me both as a citizen and as a veteran. I thought you should see it, so I decided to do the copy and paste thing.

A Different Christmas Poem
By Michael Marks

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."

"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

I wish every veteran or serviceman/woman that reads this a safe and happy holiday season. As I spent some time in your boots, you may rest assured that I love you brother or sister and that your sacrifices will always be honored wherever I am.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

That reminds me...

I want to take an opportunity to wish all my reader(s) a very happy and safe Thanksgiving. Blogging may be much lighter than usual as this is the Thanksgiving weekend and I start a new job this weekend.

Some Changes

You may notice a few changes. I updated the template to something a little easier to work with (I thought). I can no longer force the links to open in a new window, but it's easer to get links in there so I guess we'll have to live with it.

I deleted a couple links that are just not posting very often.

I added Gun Stuff. The Southside Sportsman Club is where I do all my shooting. It's located in Battle Creek, MI and is a very nice place to shoot with a very helpful staff.

Springfield armory should need no introduction.

Cheaper Than Dirt and Pistoleer are a couple places to go get toys for your gun(s).

Go. Visit. Enjoy.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Police Brutality?

There's some stuff on the internet about a University of California student that was tasered by campus police because he didn't have his student ID with him and could not justify his presence in the student library. As I understand it, there is an 11 PM "curfew" at the student library at which time you must show your student ID or be asked to leave.

This is a pretty common practice and I remember that when my ex-wife was going to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, they had an almost identical policy.

I was reading the LawDog and he has a great take on this and on the use of force in general. I will link to the post here. Take some time to read it over, very interesting.

I also found Chris Byrne's commentary outstanding. I will link to his post here.

I believe that both parties share equal fault here. I think that when a citizen is asked to leave a place, that he/she should do so. Why cause a problem if you don't have to? Sure, you may have a "right" to be there, but the people in control have a "right" to ask you to leave should your behavior become unacceptable. The same as in your own home, you may invite a person in, but you retain the right to request that that person leave should their behavior become unacceptable. It was unacceptable that this person could not produce an ID on request, the policy is well known and posted clearly. Why couldn't he just say, "damn, I forgot my ID, I'll go get it." and then leave without causing a bunch of fuss and bother? The old "if you don't start any sh, there won't be any it policy.

On the other hand, why the blue fuck did he need to be tasered 4 times? How many cops does it take to change a light bulb? Now, I couldn't see the video (which is on Chris Byrne's site) very well, but the person in question did say he was gonna leave, why not just say OK, leave now and this ends? Why not get him on the ground then have the 4 officers pick him up and carry him out? Tasered 4 times? You know that couldn't have been very much fun. I'm not a cop, but I've worked in security on and off for almost 10 years. I just don't get it, I think it was handled badly. Very badly and by both parties. No one is without some guilt here. The guy in question should have just left and the cops should have tasered him down and carried him out, there was no reason for this incident to go on as long as it did.

Phone Sex on a WHOLE new level

I just found this over at the Rott. Please tell me you read the Emperor every day? You better or I'll have him send a couple stormtroopers to your house to "talk" it over. Seriously though, if this guy walks, I'll be really shocked.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

About time too

I see a city has installed some anti-illegal immigration laws by unanimous vote. Found this at the Rott. Go read it's good for you.

It's high time that the cities and states at the border began passing their own laws to do what the federal government has failed to do. I also encourage everyone that reads this to contact their congress critters and make sure it is clearly communicated to them that there should be NO amnesty for illegal aliens and that their votes on the matter will be watched.

I can't believe I'm saying this...

But I just spotted an article about the Vatican that I wholeheartedly agree with. You can read it here. I just can't wait for the peaceful reaction to this.

In essence, what the statement is, is that Islamic people need to honor the laws and customs of the Nations that they visit and/or choose to live in. It's about damn time someone stood up and said something. I especially loved the small blurb about a European lawyer who got kicked off a case because she refused to remove her veil in court. Priceless!

Monday, November 13, 2006

This scared the Hell out of me

I encountered this over at the Rott. This is a little piece of "what if" writing but it's very plausible and kinda frightening given the direction the recent elections have sent us in. You know damn good and well that none of the currently elected idiots would ever see it coming and those that do will be labeled as crack pots and ignored.

Friday, November 10, 2006

New Era II

I've been continuing to think about this for the last couple days. I'm starting to get downright queasy. Now I read that W wants to go ahead and pass the illegal alien amnesty that the repubs wouldn't let him last year. Just fuckin wonderful. I would like to suggest a letter writing campaign to all the congress critters and W himself letting them all know that we don't want this to happen. It's not gonna affect W too much, he's a lame duck and has nothing to lose, but the rest of them might just get nervous enough to drop the issue if a sufficiently large number of us contact them.

I see it shaking down this way. The dummycraps aren't gonna do anything real stupid for the next couple of years. They probably believe that they can carry the white house in '08. I'm not real happy with some of the things that have been done and not done over the last term. I know most of my readers will agree with that. We must not, however, allow a dummycrap in the white house. You can bet that the libs are just waiting to make sure they have the power to get a new assault weapon ban going, and this time I'm sure there will be confiscations involved.

I almost hate to do this, as it could be a bit redundant seeing as I posted it way back when in the blog-city days, and I'm pretty sure it was a post I moved over here, but I want you to go read this article, please. I think that if the dems take the white house in '08, we may have to get together as a pro-constitution group and find an answer to this question. I think they'll finally come after our guns. I think they may just try to dismember the constitution. I think they may try to sell us out to the UN .

I hope I'm wrong, but I fear that I'm not. Look at who the front runners are for the dummies. You really think the Hildebeast will leave our guns alone? I think you're dreaming if you do. I keep suggesting letter writing campaigns because I think we need to remind the elected morons in guvmint that they do indeed work for us, us goddammit, not big business, not the special interest groups, us, we the people. I wouldn't wait until the first of the year if I was you. I'd start writing now right now. Voice your displeasure loudly and clearly, but politely or you get written off as a crank, and tell them what they're gonna do. This nation was founded on 3 words: WE THE PEOPLE, don't let those assholes forget it, EVER.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A New Era

Yeah, I'm not sure how unhappy I should be. I never wanted to see a dummycrat majority, even though the rinos weren't exactly superstars. Now I have to wonder how long it's gonna take the dummycraps to cut and run, enact a new senseless assault weapon ban, and just let Mexico take over the Western US. I'm still hoping that the repubs might hold enough of the Senate to act as a block on some of the stupidity.

Here's the other side though. The repubs have 2 years to clean up their act or we're really fucked.

Oh Yeah

It's here! My brand spanking new Springfield Armory M-1911-A1 Mil-Spec. Seriously sweet right out of the box. The box has some goodies in it too. A belt slide type holster even, and 2 magazines. All the necessary documents and a catalog with some impressive discounts for more toys from SA. I shall peruse it later.

I took it right out to an indoor range in Battle Creek, The Southside Sportsman Club. Very nice facility with a motorized cable/pulley system to run your targets out. I shot at 15 yards and totally blew the chest and forehead out of a couple torso targets. I shot 300 rounds of ball with not one sneeze. I am very, VERY happy. There's a pic on the previous post.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

It's Coming

It should be here Tuesday. What exactly is it? Look here. I'm not waiting for National Ammo day either. I think 250 rounds will be a nice start. Oh wait...make that 300. I need some hollowpoints for goblin extermination too.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

No Knock Warrants

I think that I mentioned before that I think no knock warrants are a really bad idea. I feel that officers placed in this position are real likely to get shot. Well, I hadn't considered the flip side of the coin until I spotted this at Chris Byrne's site, The Anarchangel. You know what? He's right. If this shit is gonna start happening, the Law Enforcement Community as a whole really needs to take another look at how and when they execute a warrant.

God I'd feel like shit if I ever capped a cop, but I have to agree with Chris here. Break down my door at 2 AM and you're gonna take fire. If you feel the need to search my home, do so during the day. Just knock and present the warrant. I'm a law abiding citizen.

National Ammo Day

Now here's a holiday I can get behind. I found this article over at Kim du Toit and I think it's a grand idea. I'm going over to check it out and if there's a banner for it, you better believe that it's going on my sidebar tonight.

Snowball Express

A little something I just found over at Blackfive and I thought I should share it with all of you.