Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Top Stories Of 2009...

That Was The Year That Was...A Forward Thinking Backward Look At Some Of The Top Stories Of 2009

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the year was President Obama turning the Lincoln Bedroom into a home away from home for former President George W. Bush. The incoming President made headlines when admitting that neither he nor his transition team had the slightest idea as to how to run a government, and when the outgoing President said he'd "stay on a spell" to help out, supporters of President Obama didn't know whether to take to the streets in protest or simply do as the media has always done when it comes to covering Obama. Simply make like it didn't really happen.

And wasn't it something of a shock to us all when Michelle Obama offered to take over the Oprah Winfrey show while the host was recovering from a month...some say year-long...eating binge that saw her balloon to over 300 pounds. Awe turned to shock as the First Lady herself began gaining weight at a prodigious rate but the show's producers remain steadfast in their belief that even though they do seem to pack on the pounds at an alarming rate when asked to sit down for more than a moment or two during the course of a day, a black woman should continue to sub for Opray until her return.

The world itself did a double-take when environmentalists released news that polar bear populations had swelled to epic proportions, greatly endangering the very existence of certain species of seals. Famous Russian polar bear expert Karol Gedisvostock Boransky, or KGB as he is know to his throng of followers, was forced to imagine a unique way in which to capture and relocate many of the hungry bears. "First you dig through ice and make big wide hole," he offered, "then place cage underneath. Sprinkle seal fat all around opening, and when bear bend over to look in you kick him right in the ice hole."

All of us were stunned when Islamic terrorists kidnapped Secretary of State Hillary Rodham back in early April, and negotiations still continue to determine precisely how much of a ransom should be paid to assure her safe return. The terrorists gang backed off its initial request for several billions of dollars, and as of this printing are discussing amongst themselves whether or not to accept the governments latest offer of three used but serviceable prayer rugs, and a years supply of Billy Mays infomercial Samurai Sharks guaranteed to keep those beheading blades scary-sharp. "There is absolutely no truth to the scurrilous rumor that the terrorists actually offered to pay us to take Mizz Rodham back," chief negotiator Vice President Biden told reporters during a recent press conference, "and I'll redouble my efforts to free the former First Lady via a trade that will be acceptable to both sides."

News just in assures us that Nobel Prize winner Al Gore continues to recover from the avalanche triggered by that freakish snowstorm in Miami last July, and doctors still believe that the king of global warming will soon walk again despite losing both feet to frostbite.

I don't know about you, but I was shocked when Congress began the debate on re instituting another assault weapons ban and we actually managed to march on Washington in over a real, not press-inflated, million strong. And remember how, at the stroke of midnight, we all aimed our poodle shooters to the sky and let loose a barrage that shook the very rafters of those dusty old buildings? Word had it that not only did Congress see the error of it's ways, but that President Obama had to wear "Depends" for days.

Do you have a favorite tale from 2009? Then why not continue the reverie and include it in the comment section.

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Prohibitionists Are Stirring....

"I’ve got news for the prohibitionists of the world. My father won’t give up his freedom to pass on his legacy without government interference — and neither will I, nor will my family, nor my friends. Nor will millions of other freedom-loving citizens."

There are times, like this, when the unmitigated rage arises from deep within the recesses of where it's been sublimated in order to "just get along".

Yep, THEY are talking gun bans and gun-show-loopholes once again.

For once, and for all, cut the bullshit and concentrate on the criminals.

We know who they are, we know where they live, we even know why they kill with impunity and without a shred of remorse. They've been allowed to roam free because politicians need their enablers to keep voting. And the police need them to be free because the more crimes THEY commit, the more cops can be hired and the more toys can be bought. Not to fight the crooks...heavens forbid...but to keep US in line.

Can't blame the real culprits. Sweet moses on a pogo but they're some scary sons a bitches while we are not some scary sons a bitches. We let the cops and politicians run roughshod over our rights day in and day out because dammitall we WANT the system to work. We WANT to be law-abiding, we WANT to respect the social contract. We WANT to keep America strong and united and keep it the greatest nation ever to grace the earth.

That's why we're such easy pickins'. Time was when flashing the badge and demanding law & order was all it took. Take our guns and our full capacity magazines and our poodle shooters, but just go after the criminals, okay?

Nope. Didn't happen. Not gonna happen. The bloodsucking leeches have grown fat sponging off of our reluctance to stop them dead in their tracks. Hey, it's LOTS easier to feed off of us rather than face a genuine bad guy. We gave them their full-auto rifles, their baby tanks, their body armors their sniper rifles and their high power explosives...all things they want to BAN us from ever owning. And instead of tackling the crooks with the means they've NEVER had before, they took on us.

It has to stop and it has to stop soon. Like yesterday. We simply will not tolerate anything resembling another assault weapon prohibition like the one Blowjob Billy foisted upon us.

David Codrea over at The War on Guns has more, just click this link.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Kennedy Legend Lives On

Caroline Kennedy tells Daily News: I wouldn't be beholden to anybody

"I'm really coming into this as somebody who isn't, you know, part of the system, who obviously, you know, stands for the values of, you know, the Democratic Party," Kennedy told the Daily News Saturday during a wide-ranging interview.

"I know how important it is to, you know, to be my own person. And, you know, and that would be obviously true with my relationship with the mayor."

Criticized for ignoring reporters after her name surfaced as a possible Clinton replacement, Kennedy sat down with the media this weekend. Displaying her notorious shyness during the 30-minute chat, the mother of three, author and public education advocate was pleasant, but spoke softly and rarely made eye contact. Her speech was often punctuated with extra "you knows" and "ums."

Kennedy revealed she has had several recent discussions with her former cousin-in-law, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who is also considered a serious candidate for the Senate seat.

"Andrew is, you know, highly qualified for this job," she said. "He's doing a, you know, a great job as attorney general, and we've spoken throughout this process."

"You know, I think, you know, we're sort of, uh, sharing some of this experience. And um, as I've said, he was a friend, a family member, and um so, and uh obviously, he's, you know, he's also had an impressive career in public office."

"It's really, you know, it's not about just the Kennedy name," she said. "It's about my own work and what I've done with those values."

ENOUGH!

Her brother John Jr. was an acquaintance of mine. Once, perhaps twice a week on average we'd wind up in the same little breakfast diner in downtown Manhattan, and while the guy was salt of the earth, he was considerably dumber than your average box of claw hammers.

And even HE would laugh at how stupid his sister was.

Which of course means she is perfectly suited to be a politician.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Florida Man Shoots Home Invader


"Charles Johnson is a man of his word.

On Oct. 4, 1936, then 19, Johnson promised to love and protect his bride, Berlie Mae.

On Tuesday, he did.

Now 91, he scared off two home invaders with his 38-caliber revolver when the men threatened his wife of 72 years at their home east of Ocoee.

"I was going to kill him either way," the retired jack-of-all-trades said Wednesday. "She's all I've got to live for . . . Why would I want to live?"

Terror erupted in the Johnsons' heavily barred house on Lake Stanley Road shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday as the couple watched TV news. She was sitting in her wheelchair. He was sitting nearby on the sofa.

That's when a stranger stepped through the back door.

"What are you doing? What are you doing?" Berlie Mae Johnson, 90, remembered asking as the man stepped on her shiny-clean tile floor. "By then, he had the gun to my head. I don't know what all I said."

The man ordered the couple: "Be quiet. Don't say a word. Don't move."

Overcome by shock and fear, Berlie Mae Johnson said she couldn't move as a second man wearing a stocking over his face started to come through a sliding-glass door from the backyard.

"It's terrible. You don't know what [they're] going to do. You expect at any moment . . ." she said, her voice breaking. "I can't hold up. My nerves are shot. He'd probably have killed me."

But the love of her life was ready.

Her husband, who goes by Johnny, had his stainless-steel Police Special revolver tucked under a cushion on the sofa. He has been protective, she said, ever since they met at a Church of God service in Cocoa during the Great Depression.

"You don't think, man. You do what you have to do," Johnson said of how he grabbed his revolver as the second intruder entered. "He saw the gun and, boy, he was gone."

Shifting his aim, Johnson fired at the man still holding a gun to his wife's head.

"I shot as plain in his middle as I could have," said Johnson, describing how the man jumped and ran out the door. "I think I missed."

Orange County deputy sheriffs began arriving within three minutes of Johnson's 911 call. The response was delayed slightly because the home invaders tore out the Johnsons' telephone, so Johnson had to walk next door to call for help.

A K-9 tracked the home invaders' scent until it disappeared through a neighborhood on the south shore of Lake Stanley. Local hospital emergency rooms were notified to be on the lookout for a man suffering from an unexplained bullet wound.

Johnson bought his revolver for protection decades ago. A former citrus grove manager and plumber, Johnson said, "I'm still active. I still garden. We want to get a message out to other people. Be prepared. Keep your doors locked. And be alert."

His wife added, "And have a gun ready."

The Johnsons weren't worried that the home invaders might return.

"If he comes back he'll be sorry," Johnson said. "I'm ready for him."

Yes, he didn't stop to think if he had the shot, he TOOK the shot. Anyone who's ever been in combat will tell you that the most important thing is to shoot the friggin weapon, and not wait for the perfect scenario to magically appear.

I'm saluting you, Mr. Johnson. And would recommend loading up with some nasty ass rounds that'll make that .38 a certifiable man killer.

Stories like this are important because anti's, and stupidity-lovers, and morons the world over would have you believe that guns, handguns in particular, serve no useful purpose for "civilians". Instead of realizing that such events happen on a daily basis, they continue to spout the nonsense that the OWNER or a firearm is the one most likely to be harmed by it.

Unless of course the owner happens to be a cop, since immediately after being sworn-in a magical force, something like, say, Peter Pan or the Tooth Fairy, assumes total control of the individual in question and PREVENTS bad shit from going down.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

From Fort Fits to all the free world. And, in the spirit of true Christian generosity, to even the liberals amongst us, too.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Plaxico Burress: And The Beatdown Goes On

"The bloody pants that Plaxico Burress wore when he accidentally shot himself last month, plus a handgun, a rifle and an assortment of ammunition were seized Wednesday by authorities from the home of the New York Giants receiver."

Oh well. Blogger ate my rather lengthy defense of Plaxico Burress, but it sure seems like the powers that be are trying to make him into the poster boy for those who would DARE own a gun in a commie state like NY or Jersey.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Florida Open Carry

Quietly, certain among us have been lobbying for the return of open-carry to Florida, and while it still remains a pipe dream the election of THE ANOINTED ONE has opened a great many eyes to the thought of going on offense rather than awaiting the knock on the door when they come for our guns.

Doesn't matter if you happen to dislike the idea of OC...and the states where it IS allowed haven't had to hire special clean up crews to combat the BLOOD RUNNING IN THE STREETS!!! phenomena, nor have OC'ers been attacked by bad guys due to the tired old wives tale that states they'll be the first shot should the shit hit the fan. All OC is is an option, an option the giverment (no sic) shouldn't have a say on. The naysayers were in error when they predicted wholesale slaughter when concealed carry spread throughout America, and all the OPEN-CARRY folks in Virginia, Vermont, Kentucky, Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota have had to worry about are...as usual...the cops. Criminals, it seems, shy away from men carrying guns, while the police, it seems, lose their hard-ons whenever someone ELSE shows up sporting a visible piece. Tough shit.

Again, no one is telling anyone WHAT, or HOW to carry, far from it. All we're looking for is to make the decision based upon the individuals need/want/desire, rather than what the soccer mom's think is in our best interest. As a free man I bristle at the thought of anyone having the absolute gall to tell me, using lies, innuendo, and skewed "statistics", what I should do with my God given right to keep and bear arms, and regardless of your opinion on OC, all men of good will should be at the very least somewhat pissed as well.

I'm not particularly fond of some of the wording in this petition, but its a start at a time when all we seem to be worried about is hoarding all of them shinny new assault weapons just in case THE ANOINTED ONE gets a wild hair up his ass and wants us disarmed again. Not asking anyone to sign it, either. At this stage of the game I'll settle for planting the thought. Maybe you'd even wish to consider the idea that your state should do the same thing. California, Massachusetts and New York excluded, of course. They don't like their citizens thinking.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Armed homeowner runs off burglars

The anti's would have you believe that stories such as this are mere fairy tales...

FLORIDA "Two masked, armed men broke into an Orange City house but fled empty-handed after the homeowner went after them with his own handgun, officials said Friday.

The 36-year-old husband and his wife, 37, whom officials did not identify, were watching television in their bedroom at their Cedar Avenue home when they heard a loud crash in another part of the house at 9:45 p.m. Thursday. When they investigated, they were met by two armed men in their kitchen, Volusia County sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught said.

The couple ran back to their bedroom where the husband grabbed a handgun and went after the armed men, who then bolted through the front door, Haught said.

No one was injured in the incident, Haught said.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is hoping a reward of up to $12,000 will generate tips about those responsible for this or any other home invasion in the county. Anyone with information is asked to contact investigator Greg Seymour 386-668-3830 or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-TIPS (8477)."

This is why I strive to never find myself in a position where a gun is not within easy access. Running isn't something I do all that well, you see, and especially not when behind the stout posterns of fort fits. Being a willing victim isn't an option, nor should it be for any man, woman or child in the only remaining free country on earth...

...regardless of who is selected President or head-gun-grabber masquerading as something other than a mere civil servant.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Armed officers raid home, hold mom, kids for 6 hours

Health department cops allege licensing issues over food co-op

"An Ohio family whose members have served their friends and neighbors with food cooperative services involving bulk and discount supplies has been targeted in a raid by armed law enforcement officers wearing black fatigues who forcibly rounded up the mom and 10 children and held them for six hours.

The raid prompted a complaint filed today on behalf of the family by the Center for Constitutional Law at the Buckeye Institute. It alleges authorities "made a haphazard unannounced entry into the property with guns drawn, as other officers surrounded the property, with guns drawn," then "confiscated the family's personal food supply, personal computers, and personal cell phones."

Ever wonder why it is that these vermin with badges can't control gang violence or put any dent in crime to speak of?

Ha. Think they'd rush into any ONE of the estimated 30,000 street gang headquarters and confront those well armed 800,000 members?

Women, children, and passive men are FAR easier targets. To keep these scumdogs in shape, their liberal masters make up all sort of new and interesting "laws" that allow them to no-knock with impunity, and that, my friends, is that.

These thugs seem to be getting bolder by the day, but I honestly don't think they'd DARE take on men and women with the gumption to fight back. Not when the pickings are ripe, what with all the amiable kids and mommy's to kick around.

Thanks to The War on Guns for the link.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

'It doesn't get more deadly than an AK-47'

By LESLIE FARK

"The recent discovery of two rapid-fire, high-powered assault-style rifles in Peoria has alarmed police because they know the devastating punch they pack. And when police are worried, residents ought to be.

The first gun, a knock-off version of an AK-47, was recovered Oct. 29 from a Central Peoria house as police raided the home looking for drugs. Three days later, another AK-47-type semi-automatic rifle was used against officers in a shoot-out that ended with the gunman being killed.

"It doesn't get more deadly than an AK-47," Peoria police spokesman Doug Burgess said.

Oh for heavens sake, but come now. I'm a lot more dangerous than an AK, and I bet you are too.

Let's do a little research. We'll ask this hysterical gal to monitor the results, and she can bring along old Kent Ketchum, aka police spokesman Dougie Boy Burgess.

Take an AK, any AK will do. Place it on a chair. Move an identical chair next to it, then place me on that chair.

On the count of 3, we all shout "KILL!"

Ya know, if we could get 'em to place cash money wagers on this we could win a bundle.

And by the way, you distraught nitwit...

Fark you.

Thanks to The War on Guns for the link.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Concealed and loaded weapons in national parks and wildlife refuges...

by Neala Schwartzberg

"Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t imagine why anyone should be allowed to carry a concealed weapon into a national park or wildlife refuge.

I’ve tried to envision the scenario – an undercover federal officer chasing a suspect into the Petrified Forest has to stop because the officer is carrying a concealed weapon and that isn't permitted. But it’s hard to believe that was the impetus for the new rules. Or, perhaps it’s to stop killer sandhill cranes at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge?

The real reason is hidden in the announcement released by the Department of the Interior.

On February 22, 2008, Interior Secretary Kempthorne responded to letters from 51 Senators, both Democrats and Republicans, as well as from the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, urging him to update existing regulations that prohibit the carrying of firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges.

Who were these 51 Senators? And why did they think the rules needed to be changed?

It seems that the new rule doesn’t allow just anyone to carry in a hidden gun. It only allows people who are authorized to carry a concealed weapon under state law, in the state in which the national park or refuge is located. So if you’re allowed to carry a concealed and loaded gun down the state’s streets and in the cities, you can continue to carry that concealed and loaded gun into your local national park.

“The Department believes that in managing parks and refuges we should, as appropriate, make every effort to give the greatest respect to the democratic judgments of State legislatures with respect to concealed firearms,” said Laverty. “Federal agencies have a responsibility to recognize the expertise of the States in this area, and federal regulations should be developed and implemented in a manner that respects state prerogatives and authority.” Lyle Laverty is the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.

But don’t for a moment think that will narrow the field. Currently, 48 states have passed legislation allowing for the lawful possession of concealed weapons.

Now I have a broader question – why are people carrying hidden guns? Who is screening them? What are the rules (or lack thereof) about who gets to carry one? Can I get one? Can you?"

Kind of late to the party, aren't we now dear? The people carrying guns are the citizens of America, who by the laws of man and nature, have the right from the time of their birth. And know what, kiddo...

Sort of bothers me a tad that you are so very worried about folks being "allowed" to protect themselves. Usually, its only the cops and politicians and crooks....wait, I repeat myself...who get their panties in a knot over concealed carry. Thinking of snatching a wallet or two and afraid of the consequences?

And not for nothin', but guess what...

We don't particularly care what you can or cannot imagine. Sadly, lots of folks turn into commies after coming to the conclusion that THEY can't be trusted thinking or acting without government supervision.

Just leave US along and all will be well. I promise.

Would Even A Telethon Bring In Enough To Buy This Dufus A Clue?


Mark Knudson, DDN Sports Columnist

Friday, December 12, 2008

Guns don’t always help

"This is not an argument over the second amendment. Citizens in this country have and probably always will have the right to bear arms. Does that mean they should…especially in public? Sorry, but I can’t equate Plaxico Burress’ need to take a gun into a nightclub to what happened to former Redskin’s safety Sean Taylor, who was shot and killed by an intruder in his home last year. Taylor was the victim of senseless and random act of violence – just like thousands of American’s are every year. It’s a sad fact of life in America. Still, statistics continue to show that owning a gun INCREASES your chances of getting shot. I’ve yet to read a headline that says “Athlete stops robbery attempt by brandishing his pistol.”


So the million or so times a year that the mere sight of a gun is enough to thwart a felonious confrontation isn't enough?


This is what happens when certifiable idiots pay little no attention to the rest of the world. They ASSume that everyone else is as disarmed and helpless as those who live in our larger cities. Of course Plaxico Burress was well within his RIGHTS to carry a gun. Wherever and whenever he wanted. Don't particularly like the guy, never have never will, but RIGHTS are RIGHTS.

Friday, December 12, 2008

It's Official...

Barack Hussein Obama has now said "I know nothing of those charges" to every last accusation leveled at virtually all crooks, swindlers, villains, thieves and scoundrels in modern politics, adding "and we weren't all that close to begin with" AGAINST the prevailing evidence at hand.

Amazing, isn't it?

The guy isn't even the President Elect yet and he's ALREADY embroiled in more shady dealings than all of Bill Clinton's presidency.

This is gonna be one helluva fun time cranking on this asswipe for the next 4 years.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Could Today's Law Enforcement Defeat An Insurrection

Well could they?

On one hand, we don't have anywhere near the logistical capability to wage a protracted insurrection, but believing that we'd sell our lives dearly means something, a something not particularly quantifiable. Law enforcement has long since succeeded in removing modern weapon systems from the hands of the average person, and while the Hawaiians did manage to kill Captain Cook, it was by vastly outnumbering, then drowning him.

These are not our Fathers' constabulary. Had Hitler won WWII, Mahatma Gandhi would have been killed in the most hideous manner imaginable and I am of the opinion that today's cops are robbers who'd revel in crushing any resistance. The Yellowstream Media would portray us as gun-crazed madmen and most of the general population would believe them. Let's face it, were the media to have been fair, Barack Obama wouldn't be readying himself to the take the oath of office and that means they fooled a helluva lot of people.

So we'd soon be forced to fight from an underground. Martial law would be declared, and firearms would be confiscated and summarily banned. Oh hell yeah, I'd fight; no one is taking what belongs to me be they regular crooks or those hiding behind a badge, but would WE stand a chance at winning?

PHARMACEUTICALS, GUNS, & GOVERNMENT = PEOPLE BANS

"In Nassau County, New York, a revised handgun application went into effect in January 2007. A new question asks: “Have you used or still use narcotics, tranquilizers or anti depressant [sic] medication? If YES, record doctor's name, address and phone number, (attach).” If the applicant answers in the affirmative, a list of those medications is also required.

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that a history of legal drug use is a valid disqualifier of firearm ownership. According to the best criminological evidence, the most accurate predictor of violent behavior is a past history of violence."

Well, duh. Don't think the cops wanna be tackling REAL criminals, now do ya? Of course they'd rather pull a no-knock on some law abiding Joe who thinks that telling them he uses Zoloft really isn't all that big a deal.

"The Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) acts as the county’s handgun licensing authority; licenses issued in Nassau County are valid for 5 years, after which time they must be renewed. If licensing authorities are allowed to determine that some drugs should be firearm “disqualifiers,” and others not, we will soon discover that there is no line between which drugs are dangerous, and which are not.

The new question has the potential to destroy the right of millions of Americans to use and possess firearms for self-defense. And it can damage the long standing ethical code of doctor-patient confidentiality."

Ethical code? Ethical code in the same story, a mere inches from the word "Police"? These thugs haven't clue-one as to what the word "ethical" means, so asking them to respect and protect a doctor-patient confidentiality is simply not possible.

They do what their masters tell them to do, and in return are given rights and privileges far beyond those of mortal men. Anyone believing otherwise simply hasn't been paying enough attention.

Thanks to The War on Guns for the link.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Griptilian


3 and a half inches of 154 CM on the business end of one of the most popular folders means they pretty much fly off the shelves.

The Benchmade Griptilian can be had for $63 and that's not half bad for such a good knife.

Carbon Manganese Chromium Molybdenum HRC
1.05 0.5 14 4.0 58-63

Now That's A Knife


The Benchmade LFK might be only 440C, but five and a quarter inches of steel in a folder makes up for a lot of shortcomings.

$63 and its yours.

Just be careful if you live in a commie ass state that doesn't ALLOW it's peons to carry real knives. Then again, if you DO live in such a hellhole you prolly like it that way or you'd a moved.

Carbon Manganese Chromium Molybdenum HRC
0.95-1.2 1.0 16-18 0.75 58-62

The Spyderco Civilian


4 inches of VG-10 stainless, and one of the most wicked blades available.

Since anything above .5% carbon is considered a high-carbon steel, you can see that VG-10 is tough blade material. And most of the VG-10's in use today are closer to 62 HRC than 58, or at least they were last time I bugged the shit out of them.

The Civilian will set you back about $160

Carbon Manganese Chromium Vanadium Molybdenum Cobalt
0.95-1.05 0.5 14.5-15.5 0.1-0.3 0.9-1.2 1.5

Monday, December 08, 2008

Blades


From left to right:

Byrd Cara Cara 8Cr13MoV

Spyderco Native CPMS30V

Flying Falcon from Frost Cutlery 400 Series Stainless

Winchester Folder 440A (?)

Four distinctly different folders. The Byrd is almost 6 ounces with a nearly 4" blade. The Spyderco is less than 3 ounces with "THE" steel of the month...S30V. The Frost and Winchester are basically junk stainless of dubious parenthood.

Basically, few folks care enough to spend more money, in some cases lots more money, for a high quality blade. In perusing some of the online knife forums, I saw time and again how men were perplexed as to why a Spyderco or pretty much any other of the upscale manufacturers would charge so much when "their" knife was just as sharp as sharp could be and what was up with all of this special steel anyway?

Now, I didn't say all, but one helluva lot of knife owners simply don't know good steel from bad, and ya know what?

Who cares. For most purposes, not a damned thing wrong with a knife like the Falcon or the Winchester branded product, but then don't be all that surprised when it goes kerplooey. S30V steel will take and keep an edge longer, and at 60-61 hardness still remains flexible enough to roll with the punches.

The Byrd Cara Cara is the closest thing to a self-defense knife in folder form as I've seen, for any amount of money. The Chinaman steel is closest to, say AUS 8 on vitamins, it keeps an edge well and is easy to resharpen.

Both the Falcon and Winchester are with me whenever I'm camping out or swamping, blades that are reasonably sharp and wouldn't break my heart to lose. Hey, Wally World had the Winchester for 5, yes, 5 bucks and it came from the package sharp enough to shave hair. Won't stay that way for long nor take anything close to its original edge, but at 5 bananas why worry. Same with the Falcon. Sharp enough for government work and losing a $6 knife isn't going to cause me all that much lost sleep.

But back to the Spyderco. The Native is simply one of the best pocket knives I've ever owned. Retail it goes for between $45 and $80, and yeah, that's an awful lot of between but even at list price is a bargain for the kind of steel you get. The handle is a special nylon but you can get the Native in G-10 if the spirit moves you, but that's going to raise the price another $20 or so.

The Cara Cara is ALL stainless steel, including handle, and so is the Winny. The Falcon grip area is pretty much the cheapest plastic you can imagine but you do get what ya pays for, and of all of the knives it has a permanent mounted clip that cannot be removed and switched around for left handed carry, etc.

Bombay Attacks Worry NY's Top Only One

"In the aftermath of the deadly Mumbai terror attacks, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has come out with guns blazing - with a plan to get all 1,000 rookie cops ready to use heavy artillery in time for New Year's Eve, The Post has learned.

The NYPD wants all 1,000 Police Academy recruits trained to use M4 automatic machine guns - which are now carried only by the 400 cops in its elite Emergency Service Unit - in time for the holiday celebration in Times Square.

The recruits currently at the academy will get three days of training to familiarize them with the weapon, police said.

The department also plans to train its 2,000 officers in the Organized Crime Control Bureau. They include narcotics, vice, gang- and auto-crime cops. That means five times as many cops will be able to use these powerful weapons as now.

"In the event of multiple terrorist attacks, these other units will be deployed to supplement Emergency Services," said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne."

Just what the doctor ordered. Thousands of poorly trained recruits and senior fat guys racing through a crowd of over a million with select fire carbines cranking on full rock & roll. Not that there's a chance in hell "multiple terrorist attacks" would happen in the Apple, real life isn't a Steven Seagal movie no matter what the Yellowstream Media happens to think, this is nothing other than a way to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to play soldier boy and prove to the peasantry that their upper class still enjoys oh so special rights and privileges while reminding them as to who's the boss.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

It's Florida Vs. Oklahoma For The BSC Championship

...While poor Texas comes in 3rd, after having beaten the Sooners.

That's what happens when ya let a computer call the shots. Not that I did much better, offering that it'd be Penn St. versus Florida for all the marbles.

Pearl



The 'greatest generation' served in the millions to avenge their losses from the dastardly Jap sneak attack, and never had such bravery been seen anywhere, anytime.

So What Precisely IS IT That The Brady Bunchers Want?

"...As the FBI states in its annual national crime report (www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2007/about/variables_affecting_crime.html), a variety of factors determine the type and volume of crime, and none of these factors is guns, gun ownership, or gun laws. And the Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, National Academy of Sciences, National Institutes of Justice, and others have studied gun control and found no evidence that it reduces crime at home or abroad.

Secondly, the nation’s violent crime rate began declining in 1991, three years before the Brady Act took effect. And violent crime committed with weapons other than guns has declined, as well as violent crime with guns--the only weapons requiring a background check. This is largely due to tougher criminal justice policies imposed in the states during the 1990s, such as mandatory sentencing and reduction of probation and parole of violent criminals--precisely what NRA has advocated for years.

Thirdly, Brady incorrectly assumes that denying gun sales must necessarily decrease crime, because it believes guns are the cause of crime and it opposes the use of guns for defense against crime. However, since 1991, the number of new guns sold to private citizens has increased by 70 million, and total violent crime has decreased 38 percent, including a 43 percent decrease in murder. Let’s not forget also the deterrent factor posed against criminals by the Right-to-Carry laws now in effect in 40 states."

For those listening in from Rio Linda, all of the above categorically states is that gun laws have no effect on crime or criminals. Never has, never will.

What the Brady's want is for all of America to be disarmed so that their ultra-liberal social agenda can be instituted forthwith. This simply cannot be accomplished if there are those among us capable of fighting back.

The story itself was taken from a War on Guns posting where David Codrea wanted to know why it was that the NRA supports the NICS system. I believe that such agreement is nothing more than the NRA tossing the anti's a bone, but its one of the reasons I've let my membership lapse. I cannot in good conscience belong to an organization that is in favor of presuming the innocent to be guilty, bone or no bone. The Constitution lists the right to own a firearm as an inalienable absolute; this isn't a driver's license or a permit to conduct a garage sale, and I for one will not bend on the subject.

Either I am totally free or not, as the days of someone being a one-third or two-third citizen are long gone, DESPITE what modern day law enforcement happens to think.

Brooklyn cop indicted in subway sodomy case

"A grand jury has indicted a NYPD cop accused of sodomizing a tattoo artist with a baton during a subway station arrest, police and legal sources said Saturday.

The grand jury concluded its work in the case against officer Richard Kern, 25, on Thursday, but the decision had not been communicated to any of the lawyers involved in the case, as of Saturday night.

Michael Mineo, 24, accused Kern of sodomizing him in October while two other officers held him down, after they caught him smoking marijuana outside the Prospect Park subway station.

The other officers involved - Noel Jugraj and Kevin Maloney - maintained their innocence.

"Based on what I know about what happened, I'm not surprised and I wouldn't be surprised if he (Kern) were the only officer" indicted, said Paul Martin, the lawyer for Maloney, the transit officer who broke the Blue Wall of silence and told grand jurors he saw Kern use the baton on Mineo.

"My client is a decorated officer who had absolutely nothing to do with this case," said Jugraj's lawyer, Edward Mandery. "I don't think he's going to be charged. I trust the District Attorney's office is investigating this properly."

Nothing to do with the case. As if standing there and watching someone being sodomized is legally considered to be nothing.

To serve and protect.

Unless of course there's a funny show going on featuring some junkie getting reamed. And you know damned well that if it happened once it happened plenty. Just that this time around there was a kink in the blue wall of silence and one of their own was too disgusted to remain silent.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Stay Tuned

For a Christmas Buying Guide Of Knives For The Manly Man. Or manly woman for that matter. As soon as I work out some of the quirks in my camera software I'll post the definitive, no holds barred, Katie bar the door and leave no stone unturned treatise on modern cutlery. From stainless 400 to CPMS30V, we've got it all.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Proposed fee on farting cows, hogs, angers farmers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – "For farmers, this stinks: Belching and gaseous cows and hogs could start costing them money if a federal proposal to charge fees for air-polluting animals becomes law.

Farmers so far are turning their noses up at the notion, which is one of several put forward by the Environmental Protection Agency after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that greenhouse gases emitted by belching and flatulence amounts to air pollution.

"This is one of the most ridiculous things the federal government has tried to do," said Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, an outspoken opponent of the proposal.

It would require farms or ranches with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs to pay an annual fee of about $175 for each dairy cow, $87.50 per head of beef cattle and $20 for each hog."

So okay then. Megabucks for the dude who invents a Cowtalitic Converter. Failing that, betcha the loons then set up farting-offset credits to sell at ridiculous prices to frightened farmers and cattlemen. "For every cow, pig or beefer you own, we'll buy similar critters then shoot them dead on the spot to offset your fart-crazed animals..."

After all is said and done it's ALWAYS about the money when it comes to such liberal nonsense.

Chicago Proves That Things Can Always Get Even Worse

Well, its official. Modern law enforcement has crossed the line and the mad dogs all dressed in blue need a SERIOUS attitude adjustment...

"A handicapped man from Chicago was arrested and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Chris Morley, a long-time and well-liked supporter of gun rights in Illinois, has been carrying his unloaded pistol for nearly a decade – ever since a law was passed to allow this form of carry.

Suffering from cerebral palsy and depending on a cane to walk, Chris Morley has been the would-be target of muggers numerous times. On these three or four occasions, merely reaching for his unloaded firearm was enough to scare the attackers away and possibly save his life.

Morley was not feeling well at work on a Monday, however, and had a coworker help him to an empty room to rest and feel better. As a matter of policy, paramedics were called. But not only did the paramedics arrive, but police in full tactical gear arrived too!

Morley’s personal belongings had been searched without warrant or probable cause and his unloaded pistol in his Maxpedition case had been exposed. Instead of going home as he planned after falling ill, Morley was on his way to county lockup! He was handcuffed to a wall for a few hours, processed, photographed, fingerprinted, stripped of clothes and belongings including his cane and glasses. Morley could not walk or see.

During his arrest, the police even had the nerve to accuse him of being drunk – at approx 10:00 AM in the morning. Morley has a speech impediment due to his condition, but as often happens the police assumed the wrong thing. Meanwhile, locked up in his rubber cell for over twelve hours, Morley listened as the prison guards watched movie clips on YouTube, feature film Walk the Line, news, late-night replays of Oprah and Doctor Phil, and finally the morning news came on. Morley’s wife, parents, and other loved-ones had no idea where he was. Luckily his sister got in contact with someone from the police department and told them Morley suffered from major medical problems."

Luckily for Mr. Morley, he wasn't some homeless stumble bum the cops figured would be incapable of having the resources to protest such despicable behavior. Never fails that such scumbag cops work in armpit towns like Chicago where the citizenry has been divided into groups where the average man on the street is lowest on the totem pole and law enforcement considers itself so very above it all.

Go on over to ICarry and read the whole thing. And thanks to Of Arms and the Law for the heads up.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

When the THOUSANDS OF Gun Laws Don't Work...

Then It's Time To Make Some More!

"IN Bedford-Stuyvesant, a boy named Mario Avilez is dead for no reason.

He was not rich or famous, nor was he able to catch a speeding football.

But on the Brooklyn block where he lived, Mario was a star - a young man who dressed to impress and had the heart of every giggling teenage girl at PS 308.

His four sisters spoiled him. His mother, who waited so long to give birth to a boy, can't stop crying.

Mario was 14 years old when he was shot to death Tuesday night, the victim of a bullet that was meant for someone else. As the city pays rapt attention to Plaxico Burress, a spoiled football star who fumbled a loaded gun inside a nightclub - its bullet, fortunately, missing the flesh of innocents - attention must be paid to Mario Avilez. Dead because of a gun. Just like Plaxico's.

Folks gathered on Kingston Avenue yesterday to act out a familiar ritual. They placed candles on the sidewalk for a child who'll never see them. There was Fatima Smith, Mario's 22-year-old sister, who rushed from college on Long Island.

"That's my only brother," she said, tears welling in her eyes.

"I am angry. Of course I am!" said Fatima. "He was a kid!"

Mario was the fourth of five children born to Chenelle Smith, and the only boy. "That's what she tried for," said Fatima. "She was just preparing for Christmas, and now she has to prepare to bury her son."

At her house, the mother, unable to speak, clutched a photograph of her baby. "She's upset. She's confused. She's traumatized," said Fatima. "I have to stay strong."

On Kingston Avenue, Nikki Floyd watched Mario grow up. And there, she watched him die.

She was on the block Tuesday evening after 9 p.m. when an argument broke out. A gun came out. Pop, pop, pop - 10 shots rang out. People on the street scattered. Mario ran, too. Then, he fell.

"Mario, listen to me!" Nikki shouted. "If you hear me, talk to me!

"He just looked at me and blinked his eyes twice. He lay there, lifeless."

Mario Avilez was not wealthy or celebrated. But his life counted.

Get rid of the guns.

andrea.peyser@nypost.com

From liberals, you never hear "Get rid of the ones who use tools to kill innocent people", or "Get rid of the set-em-free judges" that let loose these monsters back into society, or "Isn't about damn time to ask why such a relatively small percentage of the population commits such a big chunk of the crime and what are we really doing about it?"

Nope. Do as Great Britain and blame the inanimate object because inanimate objects don't organize the likes of million-mommy-marches.

The innocent will continue to perish because no one holds accountable those million-mommies nor the million poppies that allow their progeny to kill one another with impunity. Mizz Peyser is blissfully unaware of this reality, because abject stupidity has taken the place of common sense with today's "journalists".

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Get Yer Obo Caganer While They're Hot...


"A Caganer (pronounced [kəɣəˈne]) is a little statue found in Catalonia, in neighbouring areas with Catalan culture such as Andorra, and in other parts of Spain, Portugal and Italy."

From Wickipedia.

Yes, they are considered to be good luck charms, and often used to decorate Christmas trees with.

To be accurate, however, they'd need to put a map of the USA, or a copy of the Constitution directly under where the little crapper is squatting.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Wal-Mart Blitz

That's exactly what Wal-Mart refers to its Black Friday sales day...the Blitz.

See if you can identify one common theme in this YouTube video.

St. Louis City Leader Says Police Ineffective, Tells Residents to Get Armed

But Chief Of Police Doesn't Support Citizens Arming Themselves

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis city leader frustrated with the police response to rising crime called Tuesday on residents to arm themselves to protect their lives and property.

Alderman Charles Quincy Troupe said police are ineffective, outnumbered or don't care about the increase in crime in his north St. Louis ward. St. Louis has had 157 homicides in 2008, 33 more than last year at this time.

"The community has to be ready to defend itself, because it's clear the economy is going to get worse, and criminals are getting more bold," Troupe, 72, said Tuesday.

Troupe said that when he and residents approached a district police commander last year, they were told "there was nothing he could do to protect us and the community ... that he didn't have the manpower."

Police did not immediately return requests for comment. Chief Dan Isom told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he understands Troupe's frustration but doesn't support citizens arming themselves.

Carrying guns, he said, is not a "recipe for a less violent community."

Wow. So the logical presumption is that you are all for disarming your cops, right Chief?

Beg pardon...Oh. Guns are only tools of violence in the hands of citizens?

I see. Even after you've all but surrendered to the rampaging hordes, you STILL just don't like the idea of folks protecting themselves, do ya? Why, it'd make them almost as special as a...as a cop!

Whew. Just THINK of the run on donuts...

Monday, December 01, 2008

Miami "Activist" Moves Homeless Into Foreclosed Homes


"Florida — especially the Miami area, with its once-booming condo market — is one of the hardest-hit states in the housing crisis, largely because of overbuilding and speculation. In September, Florida had the nation's second-highest foreclosure rate, with one out of every 178 homes in default, according to Realty Trac, an online marketer of foreclosed properties. Only Nevada's rate was higher.

Like other cities, Miami is trying to ease the problem. Officials launched a foreclosure-prevention program to help homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage, with loans of up to $7,500 per household.

The city also recently passed an ordinance requiring owners of abandoned homes — whether an individual or bank — to register those properties with the city so police can better monitor them."

Ha.

Ha, ha ha.


Ha hahahahahahahahahahahaha.


Cough.


Okay.


Better now.


Good one. "Monitor them".


Ha.


Ahem.

So then, is an activist the same as a community organizer?

Study Reports U.S. Can Expect Nuclear Terrorist Attack Before 2013

WASHINGTON — "The United States can expect a terrorist attack using nuclear or more likely biological weapons before 2013, reports a bipartisan commission in a study being briefed Tuesday to Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

It suggests the Obama administration bolster efforts to counter and prepare for germ warfare by terrorists.

"Our margin of safety is shrinking, not growing," states the report, obtained by The Associated Press. It is scheduled to be publicly released Wednesday.

The commission is also encouraging the new White House to appoint one official on the National Security Council to exclusively coordinate U.S. intelligence and foreign policy on combatting (sic) the spread of nuclear and biological weapons.

Begging your pardon, but we've lived under a nuclear/biological threat since the early 50's, and the libs did just about all they could to pooh-pooh the idea that it was a serious problem. And as far as things getting worse rather than better, please now, get a grip.

The Soviets had thousands of missiles aimed at us, and the prospect of a terror group...aka moslems...sneaking in a nuke is worse?

How can this be when Obo is around to go talk nice to them?

If we'd have wanted a kickass commander in chief we'd have voted one in, right?

Seems to me like someone finally told Hussein that the world isn't ready for kumbaya 'round the maypole, and they're breaking it to their constituency ever so slowly,

But back to the original story. WILL we be nuked in 5 years? Probably. Nothing makes terror groups...aka moslems...happier than going after a weak opponent. Same with all bullies. They know full well that he isn't nuking mecca in retaliation, so what if a few walking body bags get off'd.

Victory, you see, comes from strength. Now take a look at your new President and tell me he has what it takes.

Ha.

Court Rules That Special People Can Be Safer Than Less Than Special People

Court Rules Cops Can Carry Guns ... Nationwide

"A ruling on a case from South Dakota -- where off-duty law enforcement officers were criminally charged for carrying guns despite the authority to do so under the federal 'Law Enforcement Officer's Safety Act of 2004' (LEOSA) -- has confirmed that all qualified off-duty and retired law enforcement are allowed, by federal law, to carry a concealed gun for personal self-defense irrespective of state law.

The local prosecutor's apparent effort to challenge the federal law, and send a message to all in law enforcement not to carry a gun for self-defense in South Dakota, was soundly rejected! Thankfully, after careful review, the gun charges against the officers were dismissed. "The Judge's crystal clear and unambiguous legal opinion should be required reading for every prosecutor in the nation so that no other law enforcement professionals, active or retired, have to endure what those officers and agents have endured in South Dakota," declared Carl Rowan, LEAA's Vice President.

Robert Van Norman and Kenneth Orrock, Attorneys for the officers, said "We are pleased with the court's decision, as it reaffirms the intent of the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act and in effect will protect law enforcement officers and our communities. The law enforcement community should find comfort that LEOSA has been properly applied in this case."


See now, that's what we need. A Regular-Gal & Guy-Safety-Act that affords us the same courtesy as is given the hired help. After all, CCW licensees commit fewer criminal acts than do sworn peace officers, so there'd be less chance of scalawag goings on if we were treated as equal as them. And since bad guys and gals attack regular gals and guys lots more than they do the cops, it's sort of a DUHHHHH situation, you see.

Wait....

You say we already HAVE a regular-guys & dolls safety thingamabob, and it's called the Constitution?

Whoops.

Thanks to Of Arms and the Law for the link.