Thursday, December 27, 2012

Strict gun laws in Great Britain and Australia haven't made their people noticeably safer, nor have they prevented massacres.

Via wanusmaximus



After a school massacre, the U.K. banned handguns in 1998. A decade later, handgun crime had doubled.

Americans are determined that massacres such as happened in Newtown, Conn., never happen again. But how? Many advocate more effective treatment of mentally-ill people or armed protection in so-called gun-free zones. Many others demand stricter control of firearms.

We aren't alone in facing this problem. Great Britain and Australia, for example, suffered mass shootings in the 1980s and 1990s. Both countries had very stringent gun laws when they occurred. Nevertheless, both decided that even stricter control of guns was the answer. Their experiences can be instructive.

In 1987, Michael Ryan went on a shooting spree in his small town of Hungerford, England, killing 16 people (including his mother) and wounding another 14 before shooting himself. Since the public was unarmed—as were the police—Ryan wandered the streets for eight hours with two semiautomatic rifles and a handgun before anyone with a firearm was able to come to the rescue.

Nine years later, in March 1996, Thomas Hamilton, a man known to be mentally unstable, walked into a primary school in the Scottish town of Dunblane and shot 16 young children and their teacher. He wounded 10 other children and three other teachers before taking his own life.

More @ WSJ

Oh, By The Way

Via Tom


Pretty sure American History isn’t being taught today the same as way back when my generation had to learn that stuff.  So here it is, in one lesson, just so we all know what we’re talking about.


Remember the Battle of Lexington, where the seventy Minutemen of Captain Parker met the 800 man advance guard of Major Pitcairn, and the “shot heard ’round the world” took place in that early morning in April 1775?   Well, that was all about gun confiscation. 


 There, now don’t that make you feel a whole lot better?



Decide by Dec. 31 Whether to Stay in Medicare, Societies Say

Via Hype And Fail 

As the threat of a massive cut in Medicare reimbursement on January 1 becomes more real, 2 medical societies are reminding their members that they have until December 31 to decide how they want to participate in the program — if at all — next year.

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) are not suggesting that physicians bail out of Medicare. Their guidance, recently posted on their Web sites, merely states that physicians should know their options.

However, organized medicine has repeatedly warned Congress that if it fails to avert a huge cut in Medicare pay, droves of physicians would quit the program, leaving many seniors in a medical lurch. Military families also would experience less access to care, because their TRICARE coverage is based on the Medicare fee schedule.

More @ Medscape

Dog Beers

Via The Feral Irishman


Via Angry Mike

Hopscotch Detroit style

Via Knuckledraggin' My Life Away

The Final Straw?



Uh, no shit, Sherlock, but only after the final straw which y'all seem to be approaching.

Hon. John Lancaster


Hon. John Lancaster
1815 - 1884

John Lancaster was born in Radcliffe near Bury, Manchester on September 19th 1815, one of seven sons. From an early age he showed a liking for mechanics and interest in mining engineering. When John was about 20 years of age, he and his brother bored for coal on Chat Moss. In 1841 he worked on the sinking of the colliery at Patricroft where coal was cut at a depth of 1400 feet. Although this colliery was run by his father and partner for several years, during its working life John retained responsibility for the engineering management of the site.

In 1841 John Lancaster married Euphemia, eldest daughter of Mr David Gibson of Johnston, near Glasgow. In the years that followed he would become a driving force in the coal mining industry holding several Directorships including the first Chairman appointed to the Standish Coal Company.

Lancaster took out a lease on Hindley Hall c1855 and resided there for over a decade. During these years he was renowned for his further, considerable involvement with several engineering, mining and railway companies of the day. However, it was through his intervention and rescue of survivors from the Confederate Cruiser, C.S.S. Alabama following her sinking by the U.S.S. Kearsarge in the waters off Cherbourg on June 19th 1864, that would propel him controversially into the public limelight on both sides of the Atlantic.
According to reports at the time, Lancaster’s was spending his vacation aboard his boat ‘Deerhound’, a steel hulled steam yacht of some 190 tons built by the Birkenhead Ironworks (Messrs Laird & Sons) and one of the yard's first vessels of the new steel construction that subsequently validated many of Laird's construction techniques and theories. Coincidentally, John Laird also built the Alabama under great secrecy for the Confederate Navy in 1862. Regarding the presence of the Deerhound and her owner in the vicinity of Cherbourg, much speculation and anecdotal attendance is given to the Deerhound being a supply ship; but evidence points to Lancaster only arriving the previous day, having travelled north by rail from Caen. On arrival he was informed by the Captain of the Deerhound on the impending battle due the following morning, whereupon he instructed the yacht to be positioned offshore to enable himself, his wife and family to view the action.

The log of the Deerhound records in full detail, the battle that followed. Finding themselves to be within two hundred yards of the sinking Alabama, Lancaster ordered that two boats be lowered and with the assistance of the Alabama’s own whale-boat and ship’s dingy - saved forty one of the cruiser’s complement including the ship’s Captain, Raphael Semmes. At this point, and to avoid any threat of capture by the Union vessel, Deerhound steamed at speed from the scene heading for Cowes and hence to Southampton. During this short trip, Lancaster and the crew of the Deerhound tended the wounded sailors from the Alabama until they could be safely delivered ashore in England. By this brave action and enduring care, Lancaster and the crew of the Deerhound, ‘by their providential presence’ saved many lives that would have undoubtedly been otherwise lost.

This rescue created immense excitement in this country and in America, where lengthy letters and opinions appeared in most papers. John Lancaster was condemned by friends of the Northern Government for his conduct but he retaliated in kind, stating what had been done in the cause of humanity and not political bias. Public opinion in England eventually swung behind him, endorsing his action and applauding him for his courage. Lancaster received letters of thanks from many, including one from James Bulloch, the Confederate Agent and another on behalf of President Jefferson Davis himself.

In the late 1868 John Lancaster, then described as a Lancashire Coal Mine Owner and Liberal Member of Parliament for Wigan, left Hindley Hall and bought Bilton Grange, a magnificent and historic Victorian mansion in the picturesque village of Dunchurch, near Rugby in Warwickshire, designed by the famous architect Augustus Welby Pugin and built in the 1840’s. Lancaster remained MP for Wigan until 1874 before giving up politics to concentrate on his role as Chairman of the West Cumberland Iron & Steel Works. At the time of his death at 58 Fitzjohns Avenue, Hampstead on April 21st 1884, John Lancaster was almost bankrupt. The courts subsequently relented and allowed his sons John and Gerald time to put his affairs in order. This they did by selling Bilton Grange and one hundred and seventy five acres of land.

When Liverpool, Was Dixie!

Via Ian Dewar


Gallup: Majority of Americans Hold Favorable View of NRA

But, but, but that's not what the media says.........:)


Gun Owners of America!


A majority of Americans have a favorable view of the National Rifle Association, according to a new Gallup poll.

The poll also found that views of the gun advocacy group were more positive among gun owners, although owners said the NRA did not always reflect their views.

Fifty-four percent of respondents to the Gallup survey said they held a mostly favorable or very favorable view of the NRA, while 38 percent said they had a mostly unfavorable or very unfavorable view of the organization.

That is down from a high of 60 percent favorability in 2005, but still far above the low of 42 percent recorded in 1995.

Eighty-three percent of Republicans, and 71 percent of gun owners, also had a favorable view of the group, while 36 percent of Democrats and 40 percent of none-gun owners saw the NRA in a favorable light.

At least half the respondents in the poll said that the NRA “only sometimes” or “never” reflected their views on guns, whether or not a member of the household owns a firearm. Among gun owners, however, 50 percent of those participating in the poll said the group sometimes reflects their opinions.

Gallup conducted the poll of 1,038 people between Dec. 19 to 22 — after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., which left 26 people dead, but before the ambush killing of firefighters near Rochester, N.Y. The margin of error is 4 points.

© 2012 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Charlie Parr ~ "Motorcycle Blues"


Letter to Marxstein

“I realize this e-mail may be a waste of time and effort, BUT, regarding your announcement of proposed legislation outlawing civilian copies of military weapons, has anyone on your staff considered the horrendous loss of life on BOTH sides, if this legislation is attempted to be enforced?

It was this very same issue which began the American Revolutionary War on the morning of 19 April 1775 when seventy-seven inexperienced men and boys defied the largest, most powerful, best trained, and best equipped army in the whole wide world.

Our right as individuals to keep and bear arms does NOT come from our government, but is an UNALIENABLE right that each individual is born with.

The primary purpose of our divinely inspired Constitution of the United States of America, and Amendment II, is to impose strict limits on the powers of our federal government.

The primary purpose of Amendment II to our divinely inspired Constitution of the United States of America is to guarantee the people, whenever necessary (such as now), will always have the practical means to rise up in bloody armed rebellion against our own government.

That is why ordinary citizens MUST have weapons that are equivalent to the ones used by soldiers and police, whom we may be forced to fight against.”

 John Robert Mallernee
 Comment on Summary of Feinstein's 2013 gun ban legislation


Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dies

Via Carl



A U.S. official says retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died. He was 78.

  The official tells The Associated Press that Schwarzkopf died Thursday in Tampa, Fla. The official wasn't authorized to release the information publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

  A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as "Stormin' Norman" for a notoriously explosive temper.

  He lived in retirement in Tampa, where he had served in his last military assignment as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command. That is the headquarters responsible for U.S. military and security concerns in nearly 20 countries from the eastern Mediterranean and Africa to Pakistan.

Piers Morgan: Both the Bible & Constitution Are Inherently Flawed

On Monday, CNN host Piers Morgan invited Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren on his program to discuss gay marriage and the bible. Fresh off his feud with Second Amendment rights activists following his full-throated defense of stricter gun control laws in the wake of the Newtown massacre, Morgan inspired further outrage among the religious when he told the pastor he thought it was time for an “amendment to the bible.” In Morgan’s opinion, the bible, like the American Constitution, is “inherently flawed.”

Radio Flyer

Via Cousin Colby

12,000 mile unrestored 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda 426/425

Don't get no better.:)

S123 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda  All Original with Only 12,000 Miles Photo 6 

One of the most original and highly optioned of its kind, this unrestored 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda has earned the ultimate decoration for such a car: the Bloomington Gold Survivor ZZenith Award, which certifies that "the level of preservation (originality and condition) is extraordinarily high and highly unlikely among most unrestored original automobiles of this vintage." It retains its original paint, brightwork, glass, trunk compartment and most of the original interior.

The complete original drivetrain comprises the 426/425 HP Hemi engine with Shaker hood, D21 4-speed transmission and A33 Track Pak 3.54 Dana rear end, augmented by heavy duty suspension and drum brakes. Exterior options include a painted elastomeric front bumper, tinted glass, hood pins, painted racing mirrors, vinyl roof and Rally Road wheels, while the interior is equipped with bucket seats and console, a 3-spoke Rim Blow steering wheel, Rallye instrument cluster, wood-grain trim, 6-way seat adjuster and AM/8-track sound. This rare Hemi Cuda has a well-documented title history, 2 fender tags and the original broadcast sheet.

 - Bloomington Gold ZZenith Originality award
- All original car
- Unrestored with 12,000 miles
- 426/425 HP Hemi engine
- Black with Black interior
- Documented with build sheet
- Original title
- 23 options

Map: Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?

Via Don


The map indicates the addresses of all Journal News Employees in the New York Tri-State area. Each dot represents an individual Journal News employee -- a reporter, editor or staffer. The data does not include freelancers — reporters or photographers — which can be hired without being an employee. Being included in this map does not mean the individual at a specific location is a responsible reporter or editor, just that they are a reporter or editor.

Data for all categories is included, but certain information is not available on an individual basis.
To create the map, Talk of the Sound submitted Google searches for the names and addresses of all Journal News employees in the New York Tri-State area. By state law, the information is public record.

Readers are still putting together records and could not immediately provide some data. The map will be updated when that data is released.

Leftist agenda, its all a matter of semantics

Via Don

Obama: I Ran So I Could Have 'Men With Guns' Around My Daughters

The height of hypocrisy.

Walters: I want to talk about the girls. we have been watching them grow up from little girls to young ladies. now, Malia recently got her first cell phone. do you want to see who she calls and who she texts? 

Michelle Obama: I give my daughter at this age -- I give her a long rope. and there is monitoring because we have rules. But monitoring may be -- you never know when I'm going to walk in your room and i'm going to definitely ask you, who are you talking to and are you talking about school work? But...

Barack Obama: And they're not very good at lying. We joke sometimes about how Malia's getting to the age now, and boys start calling and, you know, sort of, I always talk about how one of the main incentives for running again was continuing Secret Service protection to have men with guns around at all times...

More @ Breitbart

Summary of Feinstein's 2013 gun ban legislation


Following is a summary of the 2013 legislation:
  • Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:
    • 120 specifically-named firearms
    • Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one military characteristic
    • Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds
  • Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:
    • Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test
    • Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test
    • Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans
  • Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds. 
  • Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:
    • Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment
    • Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes and
    • Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons
  • Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:
    • Background check of owner and any transferee;
    • Type and serial number of the firearm;
    • Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;
    • Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and
    • Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration
A pdf of the bill summary is available here.

Murder rate historically low and trending down

Via Angry Mike


Listening to the latest media chatter, one could get the impression that murder in the US is historically bad and getting worse. As the Reverend Al Sharpton put it, "The time for their talk is over. Now's the time for action, and real change on gun control."

Actually, now would seem to be a very bad time for such action.