Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sandy Hook families sue Bushmaster - Updated -

The families of nine people murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, plus a survivor of the massacre, are  suing Bushmaster, the North Carolina company that made the semiautomatic rifle Adam Lanza used in the attack. The lawsuit also names as defendants the weapon's distributor and the East Windsor, Connecticut, gun store that sold it to Nancy Lanza, the killer's mother. Although none of these businesses broke any laws, the plaintiffs argue that they are guilty of "negligent entrustment" because they made a gun with no legitimate civilian uses available to the general public. Joshua Koskoff, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, told The Wall Street Journal "there is so much ample evidence of the inability of the civilian world to control these weapons that [it] is no longer reasonable to entrust them to [civilians]."
Reason


And here we go. Demonization of the firearm. Never mind that this firearm in question was legal to purchase and own at the time of the shooting......never mind that this firearm in question functions no differently than any [generally speaking] other semi-automatic rifle. It looks scary so it must be banned. I don't blame the lawyers here...they're just looking to make money off of tragedy...it's what they do. I don't even blame the victims families, because they are seemingly simply ignorant of the basic functions of firearms and the lawful nature of the product.


I blame the gun control cabal, who instead of focusing their attention on the root causes of why one resorts to violence.....they pursue the lazy avenue of trying to demonize the tool used in said violence. They do this fully knowledgeable to the lawful nature of these tools and the Constitutional protections guaranteed for their ownership by the citizen. They rely on invented labels and rhetoric and the relative ignorance of the public at large. They preach "gun safety" only because the truthful term of "gun control" has not panned out in their favor...but don't actually support teaching gun safety. Education is not their goal, but rather a utopian vision that will ultimately leave more victims in it's wake...as well as the fundamental and Constitutional right to defend oneself with a tool commensurate with the median threat.


- Updated - Eugene Volokhs astute summation of the merits of this case here.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mahalo Marcus

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Apparently, only SOME lives matter.....

The president of prestigious Smith College is red-faced and apologetic Tuesday for telling students on the Northampton, Mass., campus that "all lives matter."

Kathleen McCartney wrote the phrase in the subject line of an e-mail to students at the school, whose alumni include feminists Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan, former First Lady Nancy Reagan and celebrity chef Julia Child. McCartney was attempting to show support for students protesting racially charged grand jury decisions in which police in Missouri and New York were not charged in the deaths of unarmed black men.


Protesters have adopted several slogans in connection with the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, including "Black Lives Matter." McCartney's more inclusive version of the refrain was seen as an affront that diminished the focus on black lives and racism, according to emails obtained by FoxNews.com.


“We are united in our insistence that all lives matter,” read the e-mail,in which she made clear she was strongly behind the protests, writing that the grand jury decisions had “led to a shared fury… We gather in vigil, we raise our voices in protest.”


But she soon received backlash from students for her phrasing. They were offended that she did not stick with the slogan “black lives matter.”


The Daily Hampshire Gazette, which first covered the story, quoted one Smith sophomore, Cecelia Lim, as saying, “it felt like she was invalidating the experience of black lives.”

FNC


I suppose we should be grateful that these special little snowflakes weren't so traumatized by a Grand Jury verdict they weren't a party to, that they petitioned to delay law examinations.


Prissy fricken pajama boys [and girls].......

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Pearl Harbor Day


Remember the fallen.......

Friday, December 5, 2014

That time of year again....the invented "war on Christmas"

Earlier this week, Finntann, one of the astute bloggers at Western Hero, penned a piece based on an American Atheists billboard going up in several cities. The resulting discussion was constructive and civil.



On the other end of the pendulum swing, the Catholic League is apparently countering with a billboard of their own in Los Angeles.




I would proffer that calling religion a fairy tale isn't terribly productive....nor is labeling those who don't share your belief [and your quest for preferential treatment] 'haters'.

In the spirit of the holidays....or Christmas if you prefer.....it's important to remember the actual definitions of religious liberty and religious persecution. Rachel Held Evans, author, skeptic and Christian....offers a handy flowchart for the season, along with some sage words:


There is a pernicious rumor that resurfaces every Advent season and spreads across social media faster than a cold in a kindergarten class. 
It’s the rumor that God can be “kept out” of Christmas. 
You may have heard it from Kirk Cameron or an anchor at Fox News or an army of culture warriors who have once again worked themselves into a frenzy over the “War on Christmas.” Galvanized by fear, they storm checkout counters to demand that clerks issue them a “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays” and cry persecution when inflatable manger scenes are moved from public courthouses to private property. They pine after the good-old-days when Christians could force Jewish kids to sing Christmas carols at school and they demand that every gift purchased, every mall opened late, every credit card maxed out must be done so in Jesus’ name or else Christ will be “kept out” of Christmas. They do it because someone told them that God needs a nod from the Empire to show up, forgetting somehow that the story of Advent is the story of how God showed up as a Jew in the Roman Empire.
In a barn.  
As an oppressed minority. 
To the applause of a few poor shepherds.
The whole story of Advent is the story of how God can’t be kept out. God is present. God is with us. God shows up—not with a parade but with the whimper of a baby, not among the powerful but among the marginalized, not to the demanding but to the humble. From Advent to Easter, the story of Jesus should teach us that God doesn’t need a mention in our pledge or on our money or over the loudspeaker at the mall to be present, and when we fight like spoiled children to “keep” God in those things, we are fighting for idols. We’re chasing wind. 
Religious persecution is real. Suffering is real. But sharing the public square is not persecution and being wished “happy holidays” causes no one to suffer. 
Merry Christmas, Chanukah Sameach (Happy Chanukah) and Happy Holidays

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Prophetic?

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota entered Saturday as the Heisman favorite, and he ended Saturday as the Heisman favorite.

That's what happens when you pile up six touchdowns and more than 400 yards and your team wins a rivalry game 47-19 on the road, as the second-ranked Ducks did against Oregon State.

During that stellar performance against the Beavers, Mariota made a move during a play that made it look like he was posing as a certain trophy. And Register-Guard photographer Brian Davies captured it perfectly.

ESPN PAC-12 Blog

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Words matter...

“The biggest problems we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I am president of the United States of America.” — Senator Barak Obama, March 31, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Acknowledge our invisible sky-God...or else

For years, PetSmart has refused to use the word Christmas on its website, in television commercials, newspaper ads and in-store promotions, despite tens of thousands of consumer requests to recognize Christmas and in spite of repeated requests from AFA to do the same.


Want proof? Go to www.PetSmart.com and type "Christmas" in the search bar. As of today, the website brings up zero results, although the company’s website is clearly marketing to "Christmas" shoppers.


At PetSmart, you'll find a "Holiday Shop," a "holiday" wish list and plenty of "holiday" items, but you won't find "Christmas."


Ironically, PetSmart had no problem with saying Halloween though. They promoted their "Halloween Shop" very heavily for weeks in October. So why are they so afraid of Christmas?


PetSmart is censoring the word Christmas, pure and simple. Yet the company wants all the people who celebrate Christmas to do their shopping at its stores.


Until PetSmart proves it recognizes Christmas by using it in their newspaper, radio and television advertising or in-store signage, the boycott will be promoted throughout this Christmas season.


AFA has successfully influenced (intimidated?) almost all of the nation's largest retailers to embrace the use of Christmas in their advertising. But at PetSmart, it's "Bah, Humbug!"


Link


Translation: Our personal faith is sustained by the politically correct buzz words and catch-phrases of the general public, inextricably linking the chosen day of celebration for the birth of our savior, with mass marketing and crass consumerism.


They should just rename it McChristmas.....

Monday, November 17, 2014

When I was a young Soldier in West Germany in the 1980's

This couldn't even be imagined. h/t SNAFU!

1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers dismount a M2/M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle and advance on a target as dismounted Hungarian soldiers and soldiers in Hungarian BTR-80 Armored Personnel Carriers lay suppressive fire during a NATO demonstration at the closing ceremony of Iron Sword 2014 in Pabrade, Lithuania, Nov. 13.