Saturday, July 21, 2018

Another Happy Ending

The clerk at a Durham convenience store wrestled away a gun from a man attempting to rob him Monday night and turned the weapon on the would-be thief.
He shot him in the legs. Nobody died. The bad guy is in custody. Good work.

This Kinda Stuff Really Does Need To Stop

We have 3 words for any libs crying over James Gunn being crucified over old tweets: Justice Don Willett
You first.

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Black Chamber by S. M. Stirling

William Taft dies during his 1912 re-election campaign and Theodore Roosevelt is able to take the election. That's the set up for this alternative history of World War 1. Four years later the United States is a near totalitarian state with Roosevelt in charge and the war looming. It's not a United States I'd want to live in but it makes a good backdrop for the story of a female Black Chamber operative's mission to prevent a plot by the German High Command to halt the United States' entry into the war. It is a damn good read. I've started to get bored by Stirling's Amberverse books. This suffers none of that. It's a good hard ride to its conclusion. Highly Recommended.

Because what you've already got...

...is never enough.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Tit for Tat

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Athenian Steel by P. K. Lentz

A superwoman from a parallel timeline finds herself smack in the middle of Ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian Wars. Her goal is to kill a man by changing history. She'll do almost anything to make it happen. It's a well done mash of historical fiction and science fiction. Even better, there are more. Highly Recommended.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

It's A Happy Ending

Two potential home invaders confronted the wife in the driveway as she exited her car. They tried to force her into the house at gun point. The husband heard the commotion, got his gun, and engaged the evil gits. The result was wife and husband fine, evil git one shot in the head, and evil git two running for his life.
Husband shoots home invasion suspect holding wife at gunpoint
Works for me.

A Win for the Good Guys

Unfortunately, I think it will be short lived.
Ninth Circuit Upholds Preliminary Injunction Against Magazine Confiscation in California
A three judge panel upheld a federal district count injunction against a California law to confiscate firearms magazines that hold over 10 rounds. I suspect the California AG will ask for an en blanc hearing, and the district court will be reversed. That's what usually happens. It's the Ninth Circuit. Just saying...

That About Sums It Up











Just one more earth shattering Constitutional crisis brought to you by the MSN and the Democrat Party. Yawn. When everything is racism, nothing is. When everything is "OH MY GAWD!", nothing is.

Monday, July 16, 2018

That Left a Mark

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Armed Robber Gets His Butt Kicked

This is popping up on quite a few blogs. It's called an error in the victim selection process. Kinda heart warming, if I do say so myself.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018

If This is How They Treat Their Friends

The Stupid Party Strikes Again
The short of it is the GOP leadership in the NC Senate think there is no one for gun owners to turn to but them. They fear the Left more than they do us. They think they can ignore us at will. They think we have only two choices: Democrat or Republican. There is a third choice.

I Wish It Were That Easy

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Heh















I figure if Ginsberg passes the Democrats will put her on life support until Trump is out of office.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A Win for the Good Guys

DOJ, SAF REACH SETTLEMENT IN DEFENSE DISTRIBUTED LAWSUIT

For Immediate Release
Contact: Alan Gottlieb (425) 454-7012

BELLEVUE, WA – The Department of Justice and Second Amendment Foundation have reached a settlement in SAF’s lawsuit on behalf of Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed over free speech issues related to 3-D files and other information that may be used to manufacture lawful firearms.

SAF and Defense Distributed had filed suit against the State Department under the Obama administration, challenging a May 2013 attempt to control public speech as an export under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), a Cold War-era law intended to control exports of military articles.

Under terms of the settlement, the government has agreed to waive its prior restraint against the plaintiffs, allowing them to freely publish the 3-D files and other information at issue. The government has also agreed to pay a significant portion of the plaintiffs’ attorney’s fees, and to return $10,000 in State Department registration dues paid by Defense Distributed as a result of the prior restraint.

Significantly, the government expressly acknowledges that non-automatic firearms up to .50-caliber – including modern semi-auto sporting rifles such as the popular AR-15 and similar firearms – are not inherently military.

“Not only is this a First Amendment victory for free speech, it also is a devastating blow to the gun prohibition lobby,” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “For years, anti-gunners have contended that modern semi-automatic sport-utility rifles are so-called ‘weapons of war,’ and with this settlement, the government has acknowledged they are nothing of the sort.

“Under this settlement,” he continued, “the government will draft and pursue regulatory amendments that eliminate ITAR control over the technical information at the center of this case. They will transfer export jurisdiction to the Commerce Department, which does not impose prior restraint on public speech. That will allow Defense Distributed and SAF to publish information about 3-D technology.”

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 600,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

Emphasis mine.

So They Can Kill Him Off?

Billy Dee Williams Returns For “Star Wars: Ep. 9”

Could Be Better...

Could be worse.
It’s Justice Kavanaugh
I'm betting on better.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Recent Addition









Al McWilliams drew Dateline: Danger. He was also known for Twin Earths, Star Trek, and a number of other titles.

Current Events

Saturday, July 7, 2018

It's What They Do...

A little journalistic due diligence would have made it clear that the Army can't discharge immigrants who haven't actually been inducted into the service.
US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits
AP Misfires in Bombshell Report On the Army Discharging Immigrants. [VIDEO]
So, the question is whether it was a simple bit of laziness on the part of the writer or intentional. Based on the main stream media's current track record, I'd go with door number two. They lie.

As election day gets closer we'll see more of this.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Steve Ditko, RIP

Steve Ditko was found dead in his apartment on June 29, 2018. He had probably died a day or two before. He co-created Spider-man, Doctor Strange, the Blue Beetle, the Question, Captain Atom, and was prolific across the industry over decades. He never married. He had no children. By all accounts he lived the life he chose to live. At ninety years old that was a lot of life. Rest in Peace Mister Ditko.
Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, dead at 90

Don't Mess With The Kids

In Dallas, a man stole an SUV with two kids inside. Their mother jumped in the vehicle and shot him causing the van to crash. His injuries are non-life threatening, damnit. Seriously, The mother is seriously upset at shooting the man. I sympathize. She and her kids are OK and that is the optimum outcome. That the car thief survived, I give not a damn.
Mom Shoots Man Trying to Steal SUV With Kids Inside: Cops
The mother shot the man in the head when he refused her orders to stop the vehicle, police say

Thursday, July 5, 2018

About Socialism

What socialism is...















...and what it leads to.




They want our guns...

They want all of our guns.
Op-Ed Claims Every Gun Is An Assault Weapon
Anything they say that contradicts that is an out and out lie.

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Hail, Hail! by Harry Turtledove

This is a short story or a novelette. I don't really understand how that works out. At seventy-three pages, it probably is more of the first than the last, which means nothing at all as to the quality. I've not read much he's written since How Few Remain. I've tried but none have really grabbed me and, honestly, I think he's in a rut. I bought this on a whim. It's one of his alternate histories. The plot drops the Marx Brothers in Texas around 1826 during the Fredonian Rebellion. Lots of the Marx's standard play on words. He's got them down. I liked it. I think he was wise to keep the length down. Not enough here for a full length novel. Maybe I'll go back and look up some his novels I passed over. Maybe not. Highly recommended.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Virtue Signalling

Coral Springs to Residents: Don't Use Personal Fireworks Out of Respect For Parkland Shooting Survivors
If you really meant it, you'd cancel the public display as well.

Whatever.

H/T to GFZ.

Happy Independence Day

In Congress, July 4, 1776 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 harass 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 benefit 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 British 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.

— John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Monday, July 2, 2018

Two Hundred and Forty-two Years Ago Today...

...the Continental Congress passed a resolution severing ties with Great Britain. Two day later they signed the formal Declaration of Independence.

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Contact by Walt Socha

This is the second in Socha's Crossover series. It takes place twenty years after the group for our time found themselves one thousand years in the past. The location of the action now moves to Ireland where members of their group are engaged in trade to extent the influence of Haven. Larry from the first novel and his followers arrive in Ireland where locals and Northmen have other ideas. Things go south. It's a better novel than the first in the series. Recommended.