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calendar   Friday - March 23, 2007

We Need a Storm

Just saw this over at Kim’s

Help Needed
Reader George K writes:

Kim,

I’m writing you today to ask for your help.  Not for money, just to help spread the word about the abuses of the AFT against law abiding gun dealers.  We need a “blogburst” or whatever they are called these days.

Red’s Trading Post in Twin Falls, Idaho (Idaho’s oldest gun store) is being shut down by the ATF over minor clerical mistakes.  The owners and staff at Red’s are like family to me.  They provided a lot of help and advice to me while I was setting up my own business, and continue to help promote my firearms classes.  Right now, this is the only way I can help them back.

Red’s has started an online petition asking for fair treatment of FFL dealers by the ATF.  As of this time, they have only received about 860 signatures.  This is unacceptable.  One of the silly “Impeach Bush” petitions that will likely go nowhere has almost 19,000 signatures!

Please understand that this petition is not about Red’s Trading Post.  It is about all FFL dealers.  Law abiding dealers across the nation are being shut down for trivial issues.  Small dealers usually have to close as the legal costs would bankrupt them.  (Red’s has already spent $20K in their fight) This also affects the average gun owner.  Where will you buy your guns when your local dealer is shut down?

Read about Red’s battle with the ATF here.

Sign the petition Here.

It’s in the upper 900’s now.  I want to see at least 3,000 by tonight. 

Go. 

Now.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/23/2007 at 02:26 PM   
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Keep the Socks, Send the Jerky

BMEWS Management would like to remind our gentle readers that we need to continue supporting the troops with care packages.  Here’s a good piece from the CSM and NewsMax.

Americans Flood Troops with Support

Four years into the war in Iraq, private support for US soldiers looks as strong as ever.

What do U.S. soldiers need in Iraq? Probably not hand-knitted caps and booties.

“We’re running into a lot of knitted items” in care packages, says Marine 1st Lieutenant Barry Edwards, public affairs officer for Regimental Combat Team Six in Fallujah. “Great job on the knitting, but we’re starting to break 85 degrees [F.] ... and in about another month it’s going to be over 100.”

[snip]

“The most common thing that we’ve seen in care packages recently and in previous deployments I’ve participated in has been snack items, small hygiene products, reading material, writing material, cards and letters, those kinds of things,” says Edwards.

A number of people like to send candy, but service members ask that people please consider the nutritional value of what they’re sending. “A little [candy] is fine, just not a lot,” wrote hospital corpsman 3rd class Adam Shepherd in an e-mail from Al Taqaddum, Iraq. More popular is beef jerky and low-carb snacks.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/23/2007 at 10:42 AM   
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Sub Primal

Jayson Javitz, the new guy over at Wizbang, has a great piece explaining the recent bruhaha over sub-prime lending.  Yes, the Donks and the MSM seem to be getting the vapors over everything lately, but this one has no legs.

The Media’s Subprime Soliloquy

You’ve been hearing a lot of rancor about subprime mortgages, haven’t you?

Gloom!
Doom!!
Vote Democrat!!!

It so happens I work in that field. I own a mortgage business. I’m a licensed mortgage broker. I have 26 loan agents working under me. I deal with subprime borrowers and lenders every day of the week. Hell, I teach mortgage finance at real estate school.

I can say with certainty that if you actually *believe* the liberal Democrat media’s apocalyptic headlines about subprime mortgages you need to take a step back, take a deep breath, at least postulate taking a Xanax (or two), but most importantly you need a reality check.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/23/2007 at 10:15 AM   
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Good Show

Right then.  The Queen did right by one of our boys yesterday.

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Marine Maj. William Chesarek, left, is the first U.S. pilot to earn the British Distinguished Flying Cross since World War II. British army Pvt. Michelle Norris, right, became the first woman ever to be awarded the British Military Cross at the same ceremony


Major gets British Distinguished Flying Cross

England’s Queen Elizabeth II awarded the British Distinguished Flying Cross to a U.S. pilot for the first time since World War II during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on March 21, according to a Corps release.

Marine Maj. William Chesarek was serving as an exchange officer with England’s 847 Naval Air Squadron in Amarah, Iraq, last year when British forces on the ground came under “repeated attack from rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire from insurgents using large, hostile crowds for cover,” the release said.

Chesarek spent five hours flying overhead in a British Lynx helicopter identifying targets and covering the British troops on the ground, the release said.

“Given the serious threat to the forces on the ground, and the inability to return fire given the crowds of protesters, Chesarek elected to fly repeated passes at very low level, under heavy small-arms fire and at least one near-miss from an RPG, in an attempt to distract and disperse the crowds,” according to the release.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/23/2007 at 08:36 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - March 22, 2007

Liars

I know, I know, I should not be surprised....again.

Hoyer Won’t Rule Out Extending War Vote
When Democrats were in the minority, they lambasted Republican tactics on the House floor, reserving particular vitriol for the GOP practice of holding votes open longer than the allotted time in order to round up enough support for victory.

Now in the majority and facing their first close vote with the $124 billion wartime spending bill, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) is leaving open the possibility that Democrats might extend the vote beyond the usual 15 minutes.

Asked Wednesday night whether Democrats would keep to the time limit, Hoyer paused, then pointed out that many votes can run a few minutes longer for various reasons. Pressed further by a reporter who pointed out that Democrats themselves had often criticized Republicans on this very point, Hoyer said, “It won’t be open three hours. How about that?”

“How about 30 minutes?” the reporter asked.

“I won’t guarantee it,” Hoyer replied.

On their first day in the majority in January, Democrats amended the House rules to mandate that a vote “shall not be held open for the sole purpose of reversing the outcome of such vote.”


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/22/2007 at 04:38 PM   
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God, Guns & Glory

I stumbled upon a new (to me) blog today and found this great photo.

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This is a photo of my father’s Bible, my new Springfield Micro 1911 .45ACP, and a copy of the United States Constitution.
-JJ

Go visit JJ at God, Guns, Glory


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/22/2007 at 03:27 PM   
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300

I went and saw 300 last night.  Since I had read some reviews, I was expecting a bloodfest, and boy did I get it!  To be honest, I did not get the same emotional high as I did with movies like Braveheart, The Patriot and Gladiator, but it was a fun film nonetheless.  It was based on a comic book Graphic Novel after all.

Well, apparently there has been no small amount of the vapors because it is not historically accurate.  Did I mention it was based on a comic book Graphic Novel?

Victor Davis Hanson speaks to this in his latest article.

‘300’—Fact or Fiction?
Crowds are flocking to see the film “300” about the ancient Spartans’ last stand at the pass at Thermopylae against an invading Persian army. Yet many critics, in panning “300,” have alleged that the film is essentially historically inaccurate. Are they right?

Here are some answers. But first two qualifiers. I wrote an introduction to a book about the making of “300” after being shown a rough cut of the movie in October. And, second, remember that “300” does not claim to follow exactly ancient accounts of the battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. Instead, it is an impressionistic take on a graphic novel by Frank Miller, intended to entertain and shock first, and instruct second.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/22/2007 at 12:50 PM   
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Thompson Slow Motion

With the positive comments about the Glock Full Auto post, I thought you might like to see some battle rifles in slo-mo as well.

Yeah.  machinegun 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/22/2007 at 10:00 AM   
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The Surge is Working

Even though its only in the beginning stages.  This, according to the NY Post

March 20, 2007—‘I WALKED down the streets of Ramadi a few days ago, in a soft cap eating an ice cream with the mayor on one side of me and the police chief on the other, having a conversation.” This simple act, Gen. David Petraeus told me, would have been “unthinkable” just a few months ago. “And nobody shot at us,” he added.

Petraeus, the new commander managing the “surge” of troops in Iraq, will be the first to caution realism. “Sure we see improvements - major improvements,” he said in our interview, “but we still have a long way to go.”

What tactics are working? “We got down at the people level and are staying,” he said flatly. “Once the people know we are going to be around, then all kinds of things start to happen.”

More intelligence, for example. Where once tactical units were “scraping” for intelligence information, they now have “information overload,” the general said. “After our guys are in the neighborhood for four or five days, the people realize they’re not going to just leave them like we did in the past. Then they begin to come in with so much information on the enemy that we can’t process it fast enough.”

In intelligence work - the key to fighting irregular wars - commanders love excess.

And the tribal leaders in Sunni al Anbar Province, the general reports, “have had enough.” Not only are the al Qaeda fighters causing civil disruption by fomenting sectarian violence and killing civilians, but on a more prosaic but practical side, al Qaeda is bad for business. “All of the sheiks up there are businessmen,” Petraeus said. “They are entrepreneurial and involved in scores of different businesses. The presence of the foreign fighters is hitting them hard in the pocketbook and they are tired of it.”


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/22/2007 at 08:31 AM   
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Ban the Evil Bulb!

Mike at Cold Fury has an outstanding rant at one of his local lawmakers who is intent on keeping us from any harm.

Here’s a sample:

RALEIGH — How many legislators does it take to unscrew an incandescent light bulb?

A majority. But it takes one to get it started, and that’s what Greensboro Rep. Pricey Harrison is trying to do.

Harrison, a Democrat,

No. You don’t say.

has authored legislation that would ban the sale of the familiar household bulbs in North Carolina on Jan. 1, 2016. The bulbs, she says, are inefficient energy hogs that can be replaced by more efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.

“I sort of feel like we’re going this way anyway,” Harrison said. “The market may drive this.”

Not if you liberal Commiecrats have anything to say about it, right, Pricey?

God, and right here in my own home state, too. What a perfectly mortifying humiliation. Us rugged, independent Southern types are supposed to be above this sort of thing. We were raised better than to go around legislating every least little thing. Guess not. Guess the yuppie-puppie-pussification of the Old North State is nearing completion.

Bills to take similar steps have been introduced in California, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Strike that “nearing” bit.

Look, can you liberals not keep your grubby mitts off of ANYTHING? Is there nothing, nothing at all, that you won’t try to micromanage, regulate, prohibit, ration, restrict, proscribe, or otherwise disallow? Do you think you dimestore dictators could maybe get through ONE SINGLE FUCKING DAY without proposing to ban SOMETHING?

Then Mike really gets going, as only he can.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/22/2007 at 05:31 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - March 21, 2007

No Way

I’m not agoraphobic at all. In fact, I love being on high places. But there is no way on God’s Green Earth™ that I would get up on this thing.

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First steps on skywalk over Grand Canyon
Indian leaders and former astronauts stepped gingerly beyond the Grand Canyon’s rim Tuesday, staring through the glass floor and into the 4,000-foot chasm below during the opening ceremony for a new observation deck.

A few members of the Hualapai Indian Tribe, which allowed the Grand Canyon Skywalk to be built, hopped up and down on the horseshoe-shaped structure. At its edge—70 feet beyond the rim—the group peeked over the glass wall.

The tribe will include access to the deck in a variety of tour packages ranging from $49.95 to $199.00. They’ll allow up to 120 people at a time to look down to the canyon floor more than 4,000 feet below, a vantage point more than twice as high as the world’s tallest buildings.

No. Freaking. Way.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/21/2007 at 02:59 PM   
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A Man of Character

This whole deal with the firing of 9 US attorneys is really getting on my nerves.  I know, I should expect the Donks to take any and every opportunity to stick it to the President, but this is getting just a little too out of hand.

The President gave a good offer for his enemies to get the information they say they seek, and they dismissed it out of hand, showing (again) their true colors.  They are no more interested in finding out what went on (which, by the way is nothing since these folks serve at the President’s pleasure) then in seeing pigs fly.

Bush Warns Dems to Take Offer in Firings
Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - A defiant President Bush warned Democrats Tuesday to accept his offer to have top aides testify about the firings of federal prosecutors only privately and not under oath or risk a constitutional showdown from which he would not back down.
Democrats’ response to his proposal was swift and firm: They said they would start authorizing subpoenas as soon as Wednesday for the White House aides.

Bush, in a late-afternoon statement at the White House, said, “We will not go along with a partisan fishing expedition aimed at honorable public servants. ... I have proposed a reasonable way to avoid an impasse.”

He added that federal prosecutors work for him and it is natural to consider replacing them. “There is no indication that anybody did anything improper,” the president said.

The president cast the offer as virtually unprecedented and a reasonable way for Congress to get all the information it needs about the matter.

“If the Democrats truly do want to move forward and find the right information, they ought to accept what I proposed,” Bush said. “If scoring political points is the desire, then the rejection of this reasonable proposal will really be evident for the American people to see.”

Bush said he would aggressively fight in court any attempt to subpoena White House aides.

“If the staff of a president operated in constant fear of being hauled before various committees to discuss internal deliberations, the president would not receive candid advice and the American people would be ill-served,” he said. “I’m sorry the situation has gotten to where it’s got, but that’s Washington, D.C., for you. You know there’s a lot of politics in this town.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is leading the Senate probe into the firings, spoke dismissively of the deal offered by the White House:


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/21/2007 at 02:41 PM   
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Not Your Daddy’s Bungee Jumping

Woah.

This. Is. Insane.



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/21/2007 at 11:27 AM   
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D’oh!

I probably just cost the Skipper a lawsuit by using that title, but he’s on some sunny beach right now chasing grass skirts, so he doesn’t care.  LOL

Overlawyered

That syllable is trademarked? D’oh!
Twentieth-Century Fox has a trademark for “the spoken word ‘D’oh’” (popularized by Homer Simpson’s annoyed grunts) though the docket indicates that they have not yet filed a statement of use; the USPTO kids’ page, however, indicates that that syllable, along with many other sounds, are trademarked.

H/T Michelle Malkin


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/21/2007 at 11:05 AM   
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