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Open Monday

Open Monday

I’m crushed for time, as are the other authors.

Sometimes that happens.

Maybe I’ll have something more later this afternoon, maybe I won’t.

Until then, keep each other informed.

Update 6:15 p.m. — 25 comments with lots of good content, maybe you don’t need me after all.


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Just had an experience that freaked me out. Tractor trailer delivery for son. Driver needed signature. No problem. BUT, when I reached for the clipboard, what did I see under the receipt but the JOURNAL NEWS map of gun owners, our house circled!!!! I was afraid to confront him and ask what the hell he was doing. Instead, my instinct was to whistle to our pit bull to come sit by my side. Scary stuff.

    If your yard is fenced, another Pit or two roaming around should make your place similar in looks to this obama doofus’s or doofi’s signature on his widdle map. All done.

    In lieu of, this could make him, eat his widdle map..

    delicountessa in reply to eosredux. | January 14, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    What the…? Yes, eosredux, I would be worried about that as well. You should contact the company and find out why they are doing that and/or reporting what that particular driver is doing.

    2nd Ammendment Mother in reply to eosredux. | January 14, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    It must be the day for this kind of stuff. I work from home and my “office” is situated by the front window. A little while ago 2 men pulled into my driveway and started loading some empty rabbit cages we keep in the side yard. I didn’t think twice, I grabbed the rifle closest to my desk and went out the front door at the top of my lungs. Little 5 foot tall me must have looked just scary enough to cause these guys to hop in their truck and peel out down the street without my cages.

    That was just after lunch, I immediately pulled the surveillance tape with clear images of both men, their vehicle and their plates then called the police department to report the incident. The nice operator told me that it would be a couple of days before an officer was dispatched. She also mentioned that my part of town has been reporting more than 20 robberies a day and I was lucky they only went after something in my yard.

A local gun control advocate is denouncing a plan by the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police to raffle off 31 firearms to raise money for a youth training academy — while a gun ownership advocacy group is asking what the big deal is.

“It’s absurd,” John Rosenthal of Stop Handgun Violence said about the May raffle. The event is co-sponsored by Sturm, Ruger and Co., which manufactures guns in New Hampshire; gun maker Sig Sauer, which is based in Exeter, N.H.; and a Newport, N.H., gun shop.

But Jim Wallace of the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts applauded the Granite State chiefs’ charitable efforts.

“Why not?” Wallace said. “It’s a perfectly legal product, and obviously, there are a great number of citizens who want to support the cause.”

The chiefs association, whose officers could not be reached for comment yesterday, reports on its website that all of the raffle’s 1,000 tickets have been sold.

Innit interesting what people choose to do when they are left free???

And those bad, ol’ swamp-dwelling Southerners (from New Hampshire) just play with their guns, because…shut up!

A couple of off-the-wall questions:

Why are there two thumbs down votes for this thread, already?

Why, when you mouse over the thumb icons, does the thumbs up say “like”, and the thumbs down says “unlike”? Does that mean the person who votes “thumbs down” is different than the person who votes “thumbs up”?

    2nd Ammendment Mother in reply to rinardman. | January 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Maybe the 2 thumbs down votes were sympathizing with our authors on how a seemingly normal day can get out of control and your whole schedule can go to heck in one phone call.

    Good questions. Probably a banned Lefty, or just some lefty jerkoff, that don’t know why the knob is where it is.

    9thDistrictNeighbor in reply to rinardman. | January 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    It may be a telephone vote…I’ve mis-voted before (however not on this one).

    Or, it could have been someone who is quite desperate for a little boost from the Perfesser to get through a Monday afternoon….

I am the most awesome guy there is.
there, I kept you all informed.
now as to truthfulness….well…yeah 😛

“Natalie Wood Death to be Reclassified as Not Accidental”

h/t Hot Air.

In 2000-2001, when my team and I were working on a trails and outdoor education plan for the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy, we had a guide provided by the conservancy who was a long-time resident of the island. He told us that he’d talked with other locals who swore it wasn’t an accident. We didn’t pay him much attention when he was telling us this.

It did catch my attention, though, when he mentioned that John Davidson had been the only person in the world known to have been gored by a bison … right there on the island.

Now, if that bison had ever watched John Davidson on TV, I can tell you that goring him was no accident.

Right after submitting it, I realized that this comment about Swartz prosecutor Carmen Ortiz was in the wrong place. It belongs in one of the dedicated Swartz posts, in the Tip Line, or in an open thread like this one.

Since I can’t move it, I’m linking to it.

delicountessa | January 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm

I posted this on another thread, but it deserves to be seen by as many people as possible. If Piers Morgan wanted to go head to head with someone who knows his stuff, he should spar with WVCDL member Keith Morgan.

Henry Hawkins | January 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm

“Until then, keep each other informed.”

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Oklahoma is a state located in the Southern United States. Oklahoma is the 20th most extensive and the 28th most populous of the 50 United States.

Lend-Lease was the program under which the United States of America supplied the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, China, Free France, and other Allied nations with materiel between 1941 and 1945.

The muskellunge (Esox masquinongy), also known as muskelunge, muscallonge, milliganong, or maskinonge (and often abbreviated “muskie” or “musky”), is a species of large, relatively uncommon freshwater fish of North America. The muskellunge is the largest member of the pike family, Esocidae.


Outstanding video. Just sent the link to my email list. Definitely need more like him.

After the lunch time presser by the the Preezy, with his comments on gun control and the debt ceiling, I think we’re going to need a “Legal Insurrection.”

All you need to know about gun control in this 5 minute Susan Gratia video:

The money quote is at the very end.

An Ace of Spades HQ open thread post by Professor Jacobsen.

Commenters, the unified field theory of blogging has just been confirmed in our presence.

Congratulations to us all.

Thank you, Professor.

D Murray

    9thDistrictNeighbor in reply to dmurray. | January 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Great quote over in a story by Ace about Bubba: “Politics is Hollywood for ugly people and Hollywood is politics for stupid people.”

FRIENDLY TALK BETWEEN TEA PARTY AND MOVEON: “It’s possible because there is more common ground between left and right in this country than you might think.”

Posted at 5:02 pm by Glenn Reynolds

    n.n in reply to JP. | January 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    That would mean that elective abortion — from “creation” — cannot be elected without due process. That redistributive change would be limited to rehabilitation (i.e. promote the general Welfare). That denigration of individual dignity would be proscribed (i.e. special classes of race, gender, “diversity” in general). That behaviors which constitute evolutionary dysfunction (i.e. do not secure the Blessings of Liberty for our Posterity) would not be normalized. There are reasons why many on the Left, and some on the “Right”, seek to overturn our national charter and Constitution. Both pronouncements together serve to harsh their mellow.

Very nice presentation on the definition of “assault weapon”:

I read a quote on a blog late last week and think it is worth repeating here. Liberals/progressives are not against gun control as long as you prescribe to their liberal/progressive ideas of gun control.

Which is why, as a newly single, 57 yr. old, Granny of two, I just acquired a new man in my life! His name is Sig Sauer P229! Love him, he is sleek, shiny and loud and I just love holding hands with him! And he doesn’t snore!!!

BannedbytheGuardian | January 14, 2013 at 7:40 pm

The board has been a lot of fun lately. I am happy to be attacked by persons completely new.

i am further pleased to be attacked as left wing style combative & all around mean poster who spells cheque the other way & is completely devoid of empathy for a dead left wing Harvard operative.

Most west nations have since 1960 been evenly split between their versions of right /left. By 2016 America will be 28 years od D & 28 years of R.

One would think you would have learnt how to fight , how to stand up for your selves .

Not that the world is perfect out here but Spielberg was interviewed yesterday on the House Of Reps scenes for Lincoln. he said he had to go & view proceedings overseas to capture the right passion , the combativeness that is totally missing in the Us Congress today.

He found 3 examples to learn from – The British House of Commons , The Knesset & The Australian House of Representatives because they still threw it all out there .

I know lots a about the left but less on the right but I come here to learn how you think.

I really do think you guys are losing it just now & it is slipping away .

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I gather that Rubio is selling out on immigration and Ryan is joining him. Key statement ascribed to Rubio:

Unlike many Republicans, Mr. Rubio doesn’t say that improved enforcement is a precondition for immigration reform. Such reform would, by his argument, ensure that fewer people will need or want to risk an arduous border crossing.

If I weren’t completely inured to GOP politicians selling out their voters, I’d be angry.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to gs. | January 14, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    You’re gathering late, my friend. Rubio is a lip-service conservative. IOW, a RINO who is more focused on illegal aliens than on Americans.

    Canusee in reply to gs. | January 15, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Rubio is a RHINO tool by his own choice. If he was anything different he would say, loud and clear, “I am not a natural born citizen because I was not born to two American citizens. My parents were not citizens when I was born.” But he does not.

I think Lance Armstrong should have owned up to taking the performance enhancing drugs on ESPN (a long time ago) and not on Oprah.

Living Strong, Lance?

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Sally Paradise. | January 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Armstrong reveals the deep character flaws that got him in trouble in the first place. Only after he’s kicked out of the sport of bicycling and stripped of all titles does he choose to get honest. He abandons his previous story only because it’s been revealed as all lies and no one believes him anymore, and now attempts to rehab his image with a faux confession to a media priestess, Oprah.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Sally Paradise. | January 14, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Not sure America is coming up smelling of roses in the doping game.

    Now I cannot snarl about China.

    I think. I have just about given up on sport.

    a for Lance I think the universal reaction is GFYS . it has been too much for too long & his betrayal to all is nihilistic.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to Sally Paradise. | January 14, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    By going on Oprah, he’s taking the pussy way out and being manipulative. Rather than a hard interview, he wants sympathy.I used to admire Armstrong, but then I found out what he did to the wife who stuck with him through his battle with cancer.

    byondpolitics in reply to Sally Paradise. | January 15, 2013 at 2:48 am

    Given that he’s confessed to drug crimes and substantially defrauding the federal government (his team was sponsored by the USPS), I think he & his lawyer should’ve gone to a federal prosecutor rather than any entertainment channel.

    Now, can Oprah get Dear Little-Man Leader to admit his own doping??

My humble contribution to the spending problem is this: a White House petition to limit the salaries of State Governors and executives of non-profits to $400K in salary and benefits. If that is enough for the President of the These United States, it ought to be enough for a Governor or a non-profit executive. Of course, none of their subordinates should make any more than they do.

Executives of non-profits and state institutions shall not exceed that of the President of the United States of America.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Milwaukee. | January 14, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Should not state Governors conditions , powers & renumeration be set by the states. Individually & gun laws?

    Are you really asking for federal control?

    What is happening to this board ?

      If they’re willing to waddle up to the trough like pigs then thems that’s slopping the hogs gets to make some rules. It is totally ridiculous that Federal taxes have come to be used for wealth redistribution.

      For example, the Federal taxes on gas get redistributed for mass transit and bike paths. Through the largesse of the Federal Government taxpayers are subsidizing all sorts of projects communities wouldn’t dream of paying for themselves. All that money that was going to be denied states that didn’t raise the legal drinking age came from states to start with. They get us to give up our money in taxes and then force us to dance to their tune. I’m sure the same thing happens in other arenas than Federal gas taxes.

      The National Football League is a non-profit organization, as are the other major league professional sports. They then enjoy tax privileges. Why? Alumni donations to major collegiate sports programs are tax deductible. The list goes on.

      Our taxes subsidizes the Department of Education which is a real make work factory. Since they never actually do much, they need more people to do it, and states need to hire more people to comply with more rules, and students don’t seem to be moving the academic achievement needle by much.

        BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Milwaukee. | January 15, 2013 at 12:56 am


        Federal revenue in all federations is distributed across the states / regions of every Governance system I know of that ever existed.

        There are parts of the world still enjoying the facilities built by The Romans & I doubt they paid for it Evah.

        Give unto Caesars what is Caesars …

        There are 2 certainties in life – death & taxes.

Recently recieved an email from the Ruger CEO about Protecting Our Rights. It contained a link to a page on the Ruger Website that enables anyone to easily send a letter to your Representatives. Just thought I’d add it here:

    Rorschach in reply to DeernWalleye. | January 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Funny that, seeing as how the whole idea of a ban on “high capacity magazines” came from Bill Ruger Sr. to begin with. Ruger makes good guns, but I still don’t trust their politics.


Much of the debt limit discussion is dishonest, like this statement from the Obama White House:

There are only two options to deal with the debt limit: Congress can pay its bills or it can fail to act and put the nation into default.

This is wrong: under the 14th Amendment, the US cannot default on its bond obligations, and there is no need to do so. Federal revenues are more than ample to pay interest on the $16.4 trillion national debt, and to pay off federal bonds as they mature. It is the other federal spending that will have to be cut if the debt ceiling isn’t raised.

What should be done by the GOP is to force the issue of wasteful spending. Name and shame should be the tactic used against liberal bleating of the children starving if you don’t raise the debt ceiling. Start with Coburn’s Back in the Black report from the GAO. Name and Shame each time Obama opens his mouth claiming SS recipients aren’t going to be paid. Each time it is claimed the military isn’t going to be paid.

Name and Shame each and every wasteful spending program that Obama INTENDS TO FUND because he rather let children starve…

IF the GOP can’t even do this, then we need to disband the Party and start fresh. This has been out there since 2011 and what has been done?