Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Saturday, July 20, 2019

More

Bigger


Higher



Faster


Taller


More powerful


Happier


...Better

More.  It's a concept that defines human nature, makes us what we are.  We want more.

More of what?  That's one of the defining attributes of unique individuals - the what that we want more of.  The what that drives our own personal pursuit of happiness.  But now a growing contingent of The Anointed™ is telling us and the rest of the world, "You can't have more."

Fuck 'em.

(Another early draft dusted off and polished a bit.)

"We Have Met the Enemy, and He is Us."

The immortal words of the comic-strip character Pogo.

(Perusing my blog, I noticed that I had a half-dozen started essays that I'd never completed and published.  This is one of them from back in early 2016.  I thought I'd dust it off and hit "Publish."  Comments?)

Here we are in the early stages of the Run for the Presidency, 2016, and the most likely candidates at the moment are a lying, incompetent carpetbagger from Arkansas and a blowhard billionaire whose only principles seems to be "make money" and "promote myself."  The Vermont Socialist could still pull it out if he could get the Democrat Superdelegates on his side, but that seems unlikely at this point.  The Republican elite is shitting itself over the possibility that The Donald® might win the nomination, and the only other candidate with a chance is Ted "No Compromise" Cruz.  They could defeat The Donald® if they united behind Cruz, but as Rush Limbaugh keeps repeating, they hate The Donald®, they FEAR Cruz.

How the fuck did we get to this point?

Political commentator Henry Louis Mencken, an early 20th Century Cassandra wrote in 1920:
The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.

The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
So a low opinion of politicians and the electorate both is nothing really all that new, but I wonder if Mencken really believed what he was saying, or was he instead writing a warning?  Doesn't really matter now, though, because instead of electing a moron, we're looking at electing an entirely different kind of disaster.

In 2006 I pulled a Quote of the Week from an Orson Scott Card book I was reading:
(America) was a nation created out of nothing - nothing but a set of ideals that they never measured up to. Now and then they had great leaders, but usually nothing but political hacks, and I mean right from the start. Washington was great, but Adams was paranoid and lazy, and Jefferson was as vile a scheming politician as a nation has ever been cursed with.
...
America shaped itself with institutions so strong that it could survive corruption, stupidity, vanity, ambition, recklessness, and even insanity in its chief executive.
A couple of years later, I pulled that quote again for my post Restoring the Lost Constitution, and asked the question:

But can it survive enmity?

I don't have an answer to that question yet, but it may be coming sooner than anyone would like.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Monday, July 08, 2019

I'd Like to See That Venn Diagram

So Iran threatened to name Western politicians who took bribes to create Obama's nuclear deal.

It has been strongly suggested that the Justice Department bent over backwards to not pursue the Hillary Clinton over her private email server and possible pay-to-play abuse of her Secretary of State position because of the political fallout.

Now billionaire Jeffrey Epstein - a major Clinton and Dem contributor - has been arrested on child trafficking charges - and major political fallout is expected

You have to wonder what the Venn diagram of all those corrupt swamp-dwellers looks like, don't you?

Friday, July 05, 2019

Quote of the Day - Charlie Martin Edition

From his PJMedia column We May Consent to be Governed but We Do Not Consent to be Ruled:

...a whole wing of American politics right now is dedicated to the proposition that all men are not created equal; that the clerisy, the lettered, those with Ivy-League degrees and the right family connections, form a distinct and natural aristocracy that should by rights not just govern, but rule.
I wish I had written that.  I've been trying to get a piece out for weeks now on this.

Whoops! They Did It Again!

2002: Venezuela passes its first version of the Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law

2012: Venezuela bans private gun owners Version 2.0

2014: Disarmament Law in Venezuela Yields Near Zero Results

Not exactly:
Since the Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law came into force in June 2013, authorities have seized 12,603 illegal weapons, while only 37 guns have been voluntarily handed in, reported El Nacional.
Which still isn’t much from an estimated pool of perhaps *six million*, but still...

2017: Socialist Venezuelan Leader Steps Up Arming of Supporters After Outlawing, Confiscating Civilian Guns

2019: Venezuela's army death squads kill thousands

We were warned 100 years ago:
AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: *"Stick to the Devil you know."*

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: *"The Wages of Sin is Death."*

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: *"If you don't work you die." *

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!
The Gods of the Copybook Headings - Rudyard Kipling, 1919.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

A Blast from the Past

From July 4, 2012, Walter Russell Mead's re-imagining of the "woke" Declaration of (In)Dependence:

The unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen Post-Colonial, Multi-Racial Societes of North America
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to strengthen the political bands which have connected them with the Global Community, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the cooperative and deferential station which a careful review of the relevant peer reviewed literature suggests is most appropriate for long term win-win outcomes, a decent and rigorously equal respect to the opinions of woman- and man- and transkind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the ever deeper union.
We hold these views to be consistent with the evolving cultural consensus, that all humans are equally obliged to the performance of certain Duties, that among these are the Participation in the Struggle against Racism, Economic Injustice, Genetically Modified Organisms, Homophobia, Nationalism and the Excessive Emission of Carbon Dioxide and Other Greenhouse Gasses. That to secure the performance of these Duties, Governments are instituted among humans, deriving their just powers from the considered Opinions of the Educated Classes, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Duty of the Enlightened and Credentialed Guardians of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect the Unquestioning Performance of their Duties by the Less Enlightened Members of the Public. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Change cannot come too quickly to suit the Convenience and the Predilections of an Enlightened Minority; Governments long established should be changed the Moment a Sufficient Number of Well Regarded Contributors to the New York Review of Books have determined that such Change is Morally Incumbent; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that intellectuals who have never run anything in their lives are the Fittest of all Living People to remedy virtually any evil by abolishing the forms of Government, Laws and Customs of Society to which the brutish and unreflective Common People are accustomed. And when a long train of abuses and usurpations pursuing invariably the same Failed Dogmas of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy evinces a design to allow said Common People to evade all obligations to the Global Community, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide New and Expanded Regulations for the future better restriction of the Lower Orders as they deem Meet for the Purpose.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Why do Some Gun Owners Frown On Open Carry?

I'm still answering questions over at Quora, and - like blogging - it seems that you never know when a post is going to strike a nerve.  Right now, this answer has over 175k views, 1.5k upvotes, 10 shares and a shitload of comments.  It's currently the second-most popular answer I've given over there since I signed up.  Interesting.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Your Moment of Zen

Been too long since I posted one of these:

Hamnøy in Lofoten, Norway

Nice view, huh?

Friday, June 21, 2019

Quote of the Day - the Four Rules Edition

I spend 24 hours a day with the person most likely to inflict a gunshot wound on me.

The safety rules of firearms are what they are for a reason. - Jeff Brosius
Wisdom.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

It's a Feature, Not a Bug

I will not register.  Period.

Budget 2019: Money for gun buy-back scheme may not be enough (New Zealand):

Pullquote:
Police Association president Chris Cahill said it was a bit of unknown if the money would be enough because there had not been a gun registry.

"We really have no idea how many of these firearms are out there in New Zealand," Cahill said.

"Which really points to how bad our firearms legislation has been, that we have let this get out of control."
Hard to confiscate if you don't know who owns what. That's kind of the point.

UPDATE:
Once again, responding to a horrendous crime by inflicting knee-jerk, authoritarian restrictions on innocent people proves to be an ineffective means of convincing people to obey. Specifically, New Zealand's government—which also stepped up censorship and domestic surveillance after bloody attacks on two Christchurch mosques earlier this year—is running into stiff resistance to new gun rules from firearms owners who are slow to surrender now-prohibited weapons and will probably never turn them in.

Officials should have seen it coming.

"Police are anticipating a number of people with banned firearms in their possession won't surrender them," Stuff reported at the end of May, based on internal government documents.

As of last week, only around 700 weapons had been turned over. There are an estimated 1.5 million guns—with an unknown number subject to the new prohibition on semiautomatic firearms—in the country overall.

Traditionally relaxed in its approach to firearms regulation, and enjoying a low crime rate, New Zealand has no firearms registration rule. That means authorities have no easy way of knowing what guns are in circulation or who owns them.

"These weapons are unlikely to be confiscated by police because they don't know of their existence," Philippa Yasbek of Gun Control NZ admitted. "These will become black-market weapons if their owners choose not to comply with the law and become criminals instead."

Yasbek's organization advocates registering all guns in private hands. But that won't help with gathering guns already in the possession of owners appalled by the government's attack on the rights of innocent people—government attacks, it's worth noting, that come in response to the crimes of one man who explicitly anticipated just such a response.

"I chose firearms for the affect it would have on social discourse," the killer wrote in a document he released to explain his crimes. "The gun owners of New Zealand are a beaten, miserable bunch of baby boomers, who have long since given up the fight. When was the last time they won increased rights? Their loss was inevitable. I just accelerated things a bit."

Politicians fulfilled the murderer's predictions with panic-driven legislation.

That gun owners would, in large numbers, defy restrictions should have been anticipated by anybody who knows the history of government attempts to disarm their subjects—or who just glanced across the Tasman Sea to Australia.

"In Australia it is estimated that only about 20% of all banned self-loading rifles have been given up to the authorities," wrote Franz Csaszar, professor of criminology at the University of Vienna, after Australia's 1996 compensated confiscation of firearms following a mass murder in Port Arthur, Tasmania. Csaszar put the number of illegally retained arms in Australia at between two and five million.

"Many members of the community still possess grey-market firearms because they did not surrender these during the 1996–97 gun buyback," the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission conceded in a 2016 report. "The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission continues to conservatively estimate that there are more than 260,000 firearms in the illicit firearms market."
RTWT.

Quote of the Day - Democracy Edition

Via Instapundit:
In days gone by, superannuated elites refusing to accept defeat on existential questions of this type finished up with their heads on pikes. Democracy put a stop to that by doing what democracy does best: facilitating the peaceful and orderly transfer of power. But democracy means you elect a new parliament, not a new people. That, in truth, is the only deal that matters. - Helen Dale, Brexplaining the UK's Future
 Today only Democrats and dictators fear elections.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Meanwhile in Climate News...


National Parks Quietly Toss Signs Saying Glaciers ‘Will Be Gone’ By 2020:

The National Park Service has quietly removed all the signs put up by the Obama administration that told visitors that the glaciers would “all be gone” by the year 2020 due to global warming… because… it’s 2019, and the glaciers are all still there and have been growing.

Glacier National Park quietly removed a sign at its visitor center saying the glaciers will disappear by 2020 which were originally placed because former President Obama believed the predictions pushed by the left’s climate change hypothesis.

According to federal officials, several years in a row of high snowfall and cold temperatures totally obliterated a computer model that authorities relied on to claim that the glaciers would all be melted by 2020, Daily Caller reported.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Quote of the Day - Glenn Reynolds Edition

Like he needs a link from me, but I wanted to archive this one.  In response to the New York Times deputy managing editor Rebecca Blumenstein stating:

‘We are in no way anti-Trump.’

Glenn zings back:

ALSO, NO ONE IS STARVING IN THE UKRAINE

That ought to leave a scar.


Thursday, June 06, 2019

Comment Moderation

If you've been having problems posting or replying to posts, I apologize.  I haven't been paying attention to Disqus the way I should be, and the spam filters have been overactive.  I just approved several comments (and deleted a couple it caught).  Sorry about that.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Failure to Protect

Broward Ex-Deputy Sheriff Scot Peterson has been arrested and charged with seven counts of neglect of a child, three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Peterson, a School Resource Officer, declined to intervene in that shooting, instead hiding behind cover for 45 minutes while the shooter killed seventeen and wounded seventeen others.

This is pretty much unprecedented.  Until now, officers of the law have been held not liable for the protection of any individual person or persons, as I explained in detail in my May, 2003 posts, Is the Government Responsible for Your Protection? Part I and Part II.  As I explained in Part I:
Carolyn Warren, Joan Taliaferro, and Miriam Douglas were the appellants in a lawsuit against the District of Columbia and its police department for failing to protect them. Fail them it did, but the court found against them. And here is its reasoning:

A publicly maintained police force constitutes a basic governmental service provided to benefit the community at large by promoting public peace, safety and good order. The extent and quality of police protection afforded to the community necessarily depends upon the availability of public resources and upon legislative or administrative determinations concerning allocation of those resources. The public, through its representative officials, recruits, trains, maintains and disciplines its police force and determines the manner in which personnel are deployed. At any given time, publicly furnished police protection may accrue to the personal benefit of individual citizens, but at all times the needs and interests of the community at large predominate. Private resources and needs have little direct effect upon the nature of police services provided to the public. Accordingly, courts have without exception concluded that when a municipality or other governmental entity undertakes to furnish police services, it assumes a duty only to the public at large and not to individual members of the community. (Emphasis is mine)

Note the quote: "without exception." This is not the first time someone has sued the government for not protecting them, not by a long shot. It's one of the most egregious examples, but far from the only one.

So, it isn't the government's responsibility to protect "individual members of the community," that is, you and me specifically.
This has been established for years, most recently in Castle Rock v. Gonzales from 2005. But in Part II of my essay I linked to a different case, Riss v. the City of New York, from 1968 in which a woman got a restraining order against her abusive boyfriend who had told her if he couldn't have her, no one else would want her - and then carried out his threat by hiring someone to throw lye in her face, blinding her in one eye and disfiguring her face. She begged for police protection before the attack and got nothing. After the attack she received 24-hour protection. She sued. She lost, for the same reason Carolyn Warren, Joan Taliaferro, and Miriam Douglas lost - there is no duty to protect any particular individual or individuals unless they're in custody or under direct care.

Here's where it gets interesting. There was a dissent in the Riss case, and here's the pertinent part of that dissent:
No one questions the proposition that the first duty of government is to assure its citizens the opportunity to live in personal security. And no one who reads the record of Linda's ordeal can reach a conclusion other than that the City of New York, acting through its agents, completely and negligently failed to fulfill this obligation to Linda.

Linda has turned to the courts of this State for redress, asking that the city be held liable in damages for its negligent failure to protect her from harm. With compelling logic, she can point out that, if a stranger, who had absolutely no obligation to aid her, had offered her assistance, and thereafter Burton Pugach was able to injure her as a result of the negligence of the volunteer, the courts would certainly require him to pay damages. (Restatement, 2d, Torts, § 323.) Why then should the city, whose duties are imposed by law and include the prevention of crime (New York City Charter, § 435) and, consequently, extend far beyond that of the Good Samaritan, not be responsible? If a private detective acts carelessly, no one would deny that a jury could find such conduct unacceptable. Why then is the city not required to live up to at least the same minimal standards of professional competence which would be demanded of a private detective?
So if someone volunteered or was paid to protect her and failed as spectacularly at it as the NYPD did, THEY would be held liable, but the City is not.

Scot Peterson was paid to protect the kids in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It was his JOB. And he failed them. Criminally.

I hope he spends the rest of his life in prison contemplating his failure.

UPDATE:  Gun Free Zone has a different take.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

#WalkAway Campaign

When I'm doing dialysis, I like to listen to YouTube videos. I came across this one, the guy who kicked off the #WalkAway movement. It's worth your time.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Need a Laugh? Pranking Spammers.

This is hysterical:


This man is my hero.

This I HAVE to See


I Love Michael Ramirez

...in a totally non-sexual way.  Not that there's anything wrong with that.


Quote of the Day - William Barr Edition

From his recent CBS interview:
I'm not suggesting that people did what they did necessarily because of conscious, nefarious motives. Sometimes people can convince themselves that what they're doing is in the higher interest, the better good. They don't realize that what they're doing is really antithetical to the democratic system that we have. They start viewing themselves as the guardians of the people that are more informed and insensitive than everybody else. They can - in their own mind, they can have those kinds of motives.
This echoes a previous QotD from Steve Green:
Once you’ve convinced yourself that your job is to protect the proles from themselves, any foul action you take becomes excusable, or even noble. That’s progressivism in a nutshell.

Toxicity

Give this some thought:

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Vent of the Weekend

If you've read this blog for any reasonable period, you know I like to use other people's words when they say something well.  Today I give you, in its entirety, a comment by reader Grumpy Old Fart to my post Quote of the Day - P.J. O'Rourke Edition from a few days ago:
Democrats are the party of hatred, envy and bigotry. It's the basis of everything they do, and they use it at every opportunity.

If you disagree with them on race, it's because you're white (even if you're Thomas Sowell, Mia Love or Marco Rubio). If you disagree with them about women's rights, it's because you're a man (even if you're Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter or Megyn Kelly). If you disagree with them about gay rights, it's because you're straight (even if you're Jimmy LaSalvia or Chris Barron). They're not interested in empowering minorities, they're only interested in punishing white people. They're not interested in empowering women, they're only interested in punishing men. They're not interested in empowering gays, they're only interested in punishing straight people. They're not interested in helping people become successful, they're only interested in punishing the wealthy. They don't want justice, in fact they work hard to subvert it... because they pander to those who want revenge.

Of course, they always claim the opposite. But it wasn't the Republicans who wanted a Supreme Court Justice who thought she was better than others because she wasn't white or male. It wasn't the Republicans who called Condoleeza Rice a "house nigger." It wasn't the Republicans who coined the term "white hispanic." It's not the Republicans who to this day call Justice Thomas an "Uncle Tom." It's not the Republicans who delight in "Teabagger" as a derogatory term.

It isn't the Republicans who are proud to be associated with openly racist organizations like BLM, the NAACP and La Raza. It wasn't the Republicans who proudly put a proven rapist in the White House in the 90s. It wasn't the Republicans who were proud of voting for our last President because he's not white. It wasn't the Republicans who voted for Hillary because she's not male. It's not the Republicans who have fought tooth and nail to make it easy to get on welfare, but hard to succeed in business.

Democrats spent several years calling Republicans "terrorists," "suicide bombers" and "hostage takers." But the majority of Hamas supporters in America are Democrats.

I'm agnostic, and yes, I find it annoying when Christians act as if I'm some poor deluded soul who must be saved from his own stupidity. But at least Christians treat me as if I am a human being, and by their lights they are trying to help me. They'll try to change my mind, but they don't try to have me arrested or outcast when I don't. The anti-Christian left thinks I should be punished for daring to disagree with them, if they concede that I should be allowed to exist AT ALL.

"Diversity" my hairy butt. I want my doctor, my lawyer, my local police and firefighters, even the guy who sacks my groceries, to be the best, and I don't care what color they are, whether their underwear has a fly, or who they kiss when they go home in the evening. And because I have that attitude, I have been called a racist, a fascist, a white supremacist, a neo-Nazi, and just about any other derogatory name you can imagine. This is apparently what is known as "reasoned discourse" and "rational debate" among members of The Party of Tolerance™.
I have nothing to add to this.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Adulting

So, my 40-year old house has a leak in the water line IN the foundation.  This is a masonry home, and the drywall is laid directly on the masonry walls, I believe, which means re-piping the house is going to be messy.  And expensive.

Dammit.

Sometimes adulting sucks.

UPDATE:  Second Plumbing contractor came out.  Couldn't find a wet spot, didn't try to jack my wife around, recommended calling a leak detection specialist who said "don't call until the wet spot returns, or we'll have a hell of a time finding the leak." Oh, and "It'll be much less expensive to find and fix the leak than to re-pipe the whole house, and it should be covered by your homeowner's insurance."

I feel better now.

2nd Update: It's not a slab leak. It's a canine leak. Apparently one of our dogs has anxiety issues when neither my wife or I are at home. The bedroom door will be kept closed from this point on.

It's a lot cheaper than a re-pipe.

Quote of the Day - Thomas Sowell Edition


From his recent Uncommon Knowledge interview.

Facebook

I deleted my Facebook account.  Deletion should occur on or before 6/28.  I don't have access to the account anymore.  You want to get in touch with me, email works.  I think I'll just return to blogging.  It's less toxic.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Medical Miracles



A year ago on this day I was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. Yeah, it was kind of like that.

Kinda graphic images below the fold.

Duty, Honor, Country


Forgot to add: Photo credit, Tamara Keel from a Facebook post.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

What the Internet was Made For

The spreading of information.  Friend Kevin Creighton, who works now for Ammoland, generated this and posted a link to it on the Book of Face.  I'm posting it here.  Please spread it around.

State Gun Rights Matter

From the repeal of onerous gun regulations in Illinois to the opening up of permit-free concealed carry in states like Missouri and Kentucky to the unfortunate losses of Constitutional rights in California and Washington state, the fight to keep our right to keep and bear arms is often fought on a smaller scale by state level gun rights groups, rather than at a national level.

This is why we’ve built this handy interactive map to help you find the gun rights organizations in your state. The people in these groups are the ones who are knocking on the office doors of the politicians in your state, doing their best to preserve and expand your right to keep and bear arms. Support them, along with supporting your favorite nationally-based gun rights group, because we need to win the fight to preserve (and maybe expand) our right to keep and bear arms everywhere we can.


State
Organization
Mailing Address
URL
Alabama
Alabama Gun Rights Network
2009 Rodgers Drive, Huntsville, AL 35811

Alaska
Alaska Outdoor Council, Inc.
310 K Street, Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99501
Arkansas
Arkansas Rifle And Pistol Association
P.O. Box 2348, Conway AR 72033
Arizona
Arizona Citizens Defense League
P.O. Box 86256, Tucson, AZ 85754
Arizona
Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association
P.O. Box 74424, Phoenix, AZ 85087
California
California Rifle and Pistol Association
271 E. Imperial Highway, Suite 630, Fullerton, California 92835
California
Gun Owners of California
P.O. Box 278120, Sacramento, CA 95827-9932
California
Calguns
4212 North Freeway Blvd., Suite 6, Sacramento, CA 95834
Colorado
Colorado State Shooting Association
510 Wilcox St., Suite C, Castle Rock, CO 80104
Colorado
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners
P.O. Box 357, Loveland, CO 80539
Connecticut
Connecticut State Rifle And Revolver Association
P.O. Box 754, North Haven, CT 06473
Connecticut
Connecticut Citizens Defense League
P.O. Box 642, Groton, CT 06340
Delaware
Delaware State Sportsmen's Association
P.O. Box 94, Lincoln, DE 19960
Florida
Florida Gun Rights
2910 Kerry Forest Parkway D-4, Suite 361, Tallahassee, FL 32309
Florida
Florida Sport Shooting Association Inc.
4105 Saltwater Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33615
Georgia
Georgia Sport Shooting Association
880 Marietta Highway, Box 351, Roswell, GA 30075
Georgia
Georgia Carry
P.O. Box 142924, Fayetteville, GA 30214
Hawaii
Hawaii Rifle Association
P.O. Box 543, Kailua, HI 96734
Iowa
Iowa State Rifle And Pistol Association
240 Prospect Rd North Liberty IA 52317
Iowa
Iowa Gun Owners
P.O. Box 3585 Des Moines, IA 50323
Idaho
Idaho State Rifle And Pistol Association
P.O. Box 140293, Boise, ID 83714-0293
Idano
Idaho Second Amendment Alliance
P.O. Box 4292, Boise, Idaho 83711
Illinois
Illinois State Rifle Association Inc.
1589 N 7000 W Road, Bonfield, IL 60913
Indiana
Indiana State Rifle And Pistol Association Inc.
P.O. Box 40025 Indianapolis, IN 46240
Kansas
Kansas State Rifle Association
P.O. Box 219, Bonner Springs, KS 66012
Kentucky
Kentucky State Rifle And Pistol Association Inc.
P.O. Box 241, Elizabethtown, KY 42702
Kentucky
Kentucky Concealed Carry Association
P.O. Box 1269, Frankfort KY 40602-1269
Louisiana
Louisiana Shooting Association
350 Quill Court, Slidell LA 70461
Massachusetts
Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts
361 W. Main ST Northborough, MA. 01532
Massachusetts
Massachusetts Gun Rights
P.O. Box 785 Worcester MA, 01613
Maryland
Maryland State Rifle And Pistol Association
341 Whitfield Road, Catonsville, MD 21228-1808
Maryland
Maryland Shall Issue
1332 Cape St. Claire Rd #342, Annapolis, MD 21409
Maine
Maine Rifle and Pistols Association
14 Pine Street, Wiscasset, ME 04578
Maine
Gun Owners of Maine
P.O. Box 65, China, ME 04358
Michigan
Michigan Rifle And Pistol Association
P.O. Box 71, Marshall, MI 49068-0071
Michigan
Michigan Coalition For Responsible Gun Owners
P.O. Box 14014, Lansing, MI 48901
Minnesota
Minnesota Rifle And Revolver Association Inc.
13756 89th Place N.Maple Grove, MN. 55369
Minnesota
Minnesota Gun Rights
7809 Southtown Center, #173, Bloomington, MN 55431
Missouri
Missouri Firearms Coalition
1709 Missouri Blvd, Suite E, #302 Jefferson City, MO 65109
Mississippi
Mississippi State Firearm Owners Association
430 Withers Lane, Woodville, MS 39669
Montana
Montana Rifle And Pistol Association
P.O. Box 48 Ramsay, MT 59748
Montana
Montana Shooting Sports Associations
P.O. Box 4924 Missoula, MT 59806
North Carolina
Grassroots North Carolina
PO Box 10665 Raleigh, NC 27605
North Carolina
North Carolina Rifle And Pistol Association
P.O. Box 4116, Pinehurst, NC 28374
North Carolina
North Carolina Firearms Coalition
3434 Edwards Mill Road, Ste. 112-130, Raleigh, NC 27612
North Dakota
North Dakota Shooting Sports Association
P.O. Box 228, Bismarck, ND, 58502-0228
Nebraska
Nebraska Rifle And Pistol Association
P.O. BOX 27131 Omaha, Nebraska 68127
New Hampshire
Gun Owners of New Hampshire
P.O. Box 847 Concord, NH 03302-0847
New Jersey
New Hampshire Firearms Coalition
PO Box 7182 Milford, NH 03055-7182
New Jersey
Association Of New Jersey Rifle And Pistol Clubs Inc
P.O. Box 651, Newfoundland, NJ 07345
New Jersey
New Jersey Second Amendment Society
P.O. Box 96, Highston NJ 08520
New Mexico
New Mexico Shooting Sports Association Inc.
P.O. Box 93433 Albuquerque, NM 87199
New York
New York State Rifle and Pistol Association
713 Columbia Turnpike East Greenbush, NY 12061
Ohio
Ohioans For Concealed Carry
2885 Sanford Ave SW #24874
Grandville, MI. 49418
Ohio
Ohio Rifle And Pistol Association
P.O. Box 1201, Morehead, KY 40351-5201
Ohio
Buckeye Firearms Association
PO BOX 357 Greenville, OH 45331
Oklahoma
Oklahoma Rifle Association Inc.
P.O. Box 280, Maud, OK 74854
Oklahoma
Oklahoma Second Amendment Association
P.O. Box 626, Edmond, OK 73083
Oregon
Oregon State Shooting Association
P.O. Box 231191, Portland, OR 97281-1191
Oregon
Oregon Firearms Federation
P.O. Box 556, Canby, OR 97013
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Rifle And Pistol Association
624 Jerseytown Road Millville, PA 17846-9783
Pennsylvania
Firearms Owners Against Crime
P.O. Box 1111 McMurray, PA 15317
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Firearms Owners Association
PO Box 37635 #26617, Philadelphia, PA 19101-0635
Rhode Island
Rhode Island 2nd Amendment Coalition
928 Atwood Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919
Rhode Island
Rhode Island Firearms Owners League
P.O. Box 226, Fiskeville, RI 02823
South Carolina
Gun Owners Of South Carolina
Post Office Box 326, Prosperity, SC 29127
SouthCarolina
Palmetto Gun Rights
4711 Forest Drive, Ste 3 #298 Columbia, SC 29206
South Dakota
South Dakota Shooting Sports Association
P.O. Box 3, Dell Rapids, SD 57022
South Dakota
South Dakota Gun Owners
P.O. Box 3845, Rapid City, SD 57709
Tennessee
Tennessee Shooting Sports Association Inc.
105 Imperial Blvd. #1213, Hendersonville, TN 37077-1213
Tennessee
Tennessee Firearms Association
P.O. Box 198722, Nashville, TN 37219
Texas
Texas State Rifle Association
8411 North I-35 AUSTIN, TX 78753
Texas
Lone Star Gun Rights
9870 St Vincent Place, Austin, TX
Utah
Utah State Rifle And Pistol Association
2718 E. 9725 South Sandy, UT 84092-3405
Utah
Utah Shooting Sports Council
P.O. Box 17561, Salt Lake City, UT 84117
Virginia
Virginia Citizens Defense League
P.O. Box 513, Newington, VA 22122
Virginia
Virginia Shooting Sports Association
PO Box 1258, Orange, VA 22960
Vermont
Vermont State Rifle And Pistol Association
454 South Main Street, Northfield, VT 05663
Vermont
Gun Owners of Vermont
P.O. Box 45, Saxtons River, VT 05154
Washington
Washington State Rifle And Pistol Association Inc.
PO Box 64971, University Place, WA 98464
Washington
Gun Owners Action League of Washington
P.O. Box 50012, Bellevue, WA 98015-0012
Wisconsin
Wisconsin Firearm Owners
P.O. Box 130 Seymour, WI 54165
Wisconsin
Wisconsin Gun Owners
PO Box 329, Waupaca, WI 54981
West Virginia
West Virginia State Rifle And Pistol Association
P.O. Box 553 Charles Town, WV 2541
West Virginia
West Virginia Citizen's Defense League
P.O. Box 11371, Charleston, WV 25339-1371
Wyoming
Wyoming State Shooting Association
P.O. Box 942, Worland, WY. 82401
Wyoming
Wyoming Gun Owners
1740H Dell Range Blvd. #447, Cheyenne, WY 82009