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Rule Five Shootings and Killings Friday

This is a pretty good summary of goings-on in some of our major cities.  Excerpt:

Since June, shootings and murders have surged across many of the country’s major cities. Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Nashville, Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and New Orleans have all seen murders jump over 20 percent this year. The violence is heavily concentrated in the last few months, ever since protests have led to nationwide pressure on politicians to “defund” and “reimagine” policing.

Just as concerning is that these stats do not include data from the end of June and July. Data from New York and Chicago, recent data from which we do have, tells that the last few weeks have seen by far the worst of the violence. Murders and shootings in the Windy City are up about 80 percent, and New York has averaged at a 209 percent over these last weeks compared to the same times last year. It’s likely these disturbing numbers for the cities above only captures a fragment of the lives lost during unrest in which many protesters chant “Black Lives Matter.”

It’s also worth noting that Atlanta appeared to lack this crime spike just a few weeks ago, according to the statistics released above. If it serves as a bellwether, then the cities that already had a surge at the time of recording are in deep water. The scale will likely become apparent over the next few weeks.

Every one of the cities above has both a Democrat mayor and Democrat-controlled city council.

And:

The surge also raises questions about the role of existing reforms in causing the violence. Of the eight cities with the worst surges listed above, Minneapolis‘s leadership has pledged to abolish the city’s police department, while Philadelphia and New York have already cut money from law enforcement under pressure from activists. All have voiced criticism of police departments. While police chiefs in both Chicago and New York have begged city leaders to grant them greater latitude to deal with the surge, city leaders have instead taken the politically expedient route of keeping policing limited.

Combined with a public willing to attack officers making arrests, it’ll surprise few to learn that record numbers of police are abandoning their line of work, straining cut resources even further. Having more officers on the street is widely recognized to reduce crime of all stripes, and the inverse is true as well. With blue cities’ law enforcement spread thin, restrained, and lambasted by soundbite attacks, it will be difficult for politicians to dispute the link between their policies and results on the streets.

Now, here’s the onion:

No major Democrat politician has yet come forward to address the connection.

Of course not.  That would mean admitting that decades of Democrat government has resulted in cities out of control, the rise of the toxic urban “thug” culture, turf wars over drug territory and innocent cities caught in the crossfire.  Correlation may not equal causation, but in this case, there’s a hell of a lot of correlation.  When conducting cause analysis, something I’ve spent a lot of time teaching folks to do, one of the things you do is look for trends.  This is a trend.

What’s baffling is how the residents of these cities keep putting the same lunatics back in charge of these asylums.  That’s also a trend.

What’s baffling is how these same pols keep up their autistic screeching about poverty, or guns, or other irrelevancies, ignoring that small-town and rural denizens with similar income levels and many more guns don’t exhibit the same violent tendencies.

What’s baffling is how black lives only matter when they are taken by white cops.

What’s baffling is how our major cities are continuing their descent into violence and chaos while the pols in charge continue the same damn circle-jerk.

Animal’s Daily Gun Sales News

It’s been an interesting year, and here’s another interesting bit; June 2020 saw the highest number of gun sale background checks ever conducted, just short of four million.  Excerpt:

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, June 2020 saw the highest number of gun purchases since the FBI started keeping track 20 years ago. Further, this year’s June number increased over June 2019 by 135.7 percent. According to the unadjusted number from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, 3,909,502 background checks were conducted.

“These figures represent the highest June on record since the FBI began conducting instant background checks more than 20 years ago. The sharp increase in Americans buying firearms in June continues a trend we saw start in the spring. Civil unrest, rioting, looting and calls to defund police are unquestionably motivating factors of why this trend is increasing. Americans are right to be concerned for their personal safety. It’s entirely reasonable that law-abiding citizens are exercising their Constitutional right to purchase a firearm to protect themselves,” NSSF Director of Public Affairs Mark Olivia released in a statement.

But wait!  There’s more!

In addition, the numbers for the first quarter of 2020 already far outpace the entirety of 2019.

“The second quarter 2020 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 5,451,599 reflects an increase of 92.8 percent over the 2,827,606 figure for first quarter 2019,” NSSF data shows.

Meanwhile, the Colorado primary election has an interesting wrinkle; five-term Congressman Scott Tipton has been unseated by an insurgent, Lauren Boebert, she of Shooter’s Grille fame.  Excerpt:

Image from linked story

Lauren Boebert delivered a stunning upset victory knocking off five-time incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, in Colorado’s 3rd U.S. Congressional District in the Colorado Primary Election on Tuesday night.

Boebert, who gained notoriety by openly wearing a pistol holstered to her thigh, has attacked the incumbent from the right for not standing up forcefully to object to left-wing members of the U.S. House, such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

According to unofficial results from the Colorado secretary of state’s website as of 9:55 p.m., Boebert had 55,237 votes, or 54.38% of the vote, compared with 46,340 votes, or 45.62% of the vote, for Tipton.

Given the makeup of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, at least some Coloradans (yr. obdt. sadly not among them) are soon to be represented in the House by a lady who may be the staunchest 2nd Amendment supporter in Congress; an honest-to-gosh pistol-packing lady who would surprise no one if she strode into the House with her Glock in its customary place on her hip.

So what does this mean?  Well, as I see it, a couple of things.

First:  Gun control may well be a dead letter for a while.  All of these new gun sales must have a hefty percentage going to first-time buyers, especially given the recent unrest in our major cities.  It’s going to be hard, after the recent waves of rioting and looting, to convince many folks to meekly lay aside their arms, convinced that their local governments will protect them.

Second:  What’s driving all these sales?  What are these folks concerned about?  Well, if I were to guess, I’d say is was the aforementioned rioting and looting.

I’d bet a few shekels that the next wave of rioters and looters may have a harder time of it.  For a while there was some talk of the fomenters of the unrest expanding into small-town and rural environments, but the idea was quickly dropped, as the prospect of facing armed rural folks had a chilling effect.  But now, the next wave may well find themselves facing similarly well-armed city and suburban denizens.  Their masks will be a dead giveaway; in the words of one of my personal heroes:

Col. Cooper

Let us reflect upon the fact that a man who covers his face shows reason to be ashamed of what he is doing. A man who takes it upon himself to shed blood while concealing his identity is a revolting perversion of the warrior ethic. It has long been my conviction that a masked man with a gun is a target. I see no reason to change that view.

Colonel Cooper also said:

One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that ‘violence begets violence.’ I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure — and in some cases I have — that any man who offers violence to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can enjoy.

I think that maybe, just maybe, recent events are turning more folks to a similar point of view on both counts.

Animal’s Daily Machine Gun News

Full Auto.

Be sure to check out my latest over at Glibertarians; this time it’s the first in a new series, Five Shotguns You Should Shoot Before You Die.  Enjoy!  And speaking of guns:  This could be big.  Excerpt:

A prosecution for unlawful machine gun possession was granted cert by the Supreme Court–and the Justice Dept. filed a motion applying to vacate the judgment and drop the indictment.  (It appears that the defendant challenged the constitutionality of the indictment before this went to trial.)  Huh?

The argument that scared DOJ into dropping felony charges is that:

1. Federal authority to regulate machine guns is derived from their authority to tax them.
2. Since 1986, it is has been unlawful to make them for private ownership.
3. If they will not collect that tax, do they have authority to regulate their possession?

Apparently this is a side effect of ACA which required you to pay a tax for not being insured.  The penalty was reduced to 0 recently by Congress, so the individual mandate no longer has any basis, because it was derived from Congressional taxing authority.  It appears that DOJ has figured what that my friend Stephen Halbrook argued in U.S. v. Rock Island Armory (C.D. Ill. 1991) could sink machine gun regulation, very quickly.

It seems to me the ultimate upshot of all this could be that the Imperial government really doesn’t have the power to regulate the manufacture and sale of automatic weapons, like the AK-pattern carbine being fired by the adorable Kari Byron above.  Could commercial production resume, once all this is hashed out in the courts?

Honestly I kind of doubt it.  Some shenanigans will be pulled somewhere, because “OMG LEGALIZING MACHINEGUNS BAD,” and some torturous reasoning will block the legal manufacture of said pieces.  And, honestly, I probably wouldn’t buy one anyway; not my particular cup of tea, and if I could get an original Pigeon Grade Model 12 for the same money, well, I’m going for the scattergun.

But as a matter of principle, I believe that as long as I’m not harming another citizen either physically or fiscally (I refuse to allow “emotional” harm to alter my behavior) then it’s nobody’s damned business what I choose to own or not to own, whether that be an original 1928 Thompson or an 8-inch howitzer.

I’d like to see this happen.  It would be a rare move in the direction of freedom.  I’m just kind of skeptical that it will amount to anything.  And that’s too bad.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks once again to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time and Whores and Ale for the Rule Five links!

More relevant now than ever:  The Roof Koreans of 1992.  These brave people have evidently been largely forgotten by today’s rioters, but we could sure see a resurgence of this sort of thing if the current unrest continues.  Excerpt:

The riots of the spring of 2020 are far from without precedent in the United States. Indeed, they seem to happen once a generation at least. The 1992 Los Angeles Riots are such an example of these “generational riots.” And while most people know about the riots, less known – though quite well known at the time – were the phenomenon of the so-called “Roof Koreans.”

The Roof Koreans were spontaneous self-defense forces organized by the Korean community of Los Angeles, primarily centered in Koreatown, in response to violent and frequently racist attacks on their communities and businesses by primarily black looters and rioters during the Los Angeles Riots of 1992. Despite their best efforts, over 2,200 Korean-owned businesses were looted or burned to the ground during the riots. It is chilling to imagine how many would have suffered the same fate had the Koreans not been armed.

Standing on the rooftops of Koreatown shops they and their families owned, clad not in body armor or tactical gear, but instead dressed like someone’s nerdy dad, often smoking cigarettes, but always on alert, the Roof Koreans provide a stirring example of how free Americans of all races can defend their own communities without relying upon outside help.

The Koreans of Los Angeles were the ultimate marginalized minority group. They were subject to discrimination and often victimized by the black community of the city. Due to language barriers and other factors, they lacked the political clout of other minority groups, such as the large Mexican community of Los Angeles County. This in spite of their clear economic success in the city beginning in the 1970s and 80s.

Roof Koreans.

This, folks, is the Second Amendment in action.  When we can’t rely on civil law enforcement, we have to rely on ourselves.  Forget the whole idiotic “abolish the police” movement.  The police in some of these jurisdictions are abolishing themselves.  The L.A. Korean community did just that in 1992, and I have little doubt they’d do it again.

Apparently, today, in several of our major cities, anyone to the right of Leon Trotsky is “marginalized.”  And apparently, today, in several of our major cities, a “marginalized” community is fair game for mayhem and looting.

The “roof Koreans” in 1992 knew how to deal with that.  Today, how many folks will do the same?   And what will be the result?

Rule Five Line Up for Guns Friday

One of the more interesting things to come out of the most recent round of urban riots is this:  A long, long line for guns at a Long Island gun shop.  (There are gun shops in Long Island?  Who knew?)  Excerpt:

In the last several days we’ve seen many people on social media say that they’ve called the police and have been told the response either wouldn’t happen or would take a long time. It seems now more than ever that Americans increasingly aren’t relying on the police to protect them and are taking things into their own hands. 

And here’s the kicker:

The 2nd Amendment will definitely remain.

It’s probably no coincidence that the rioting is happening in urban areas, mostly in blue states, where the peasantry faces numerous hurdles to jump through if they have the temerity to want a firearm for defense of life and property.

“But why, Animal,” you may ask, “would the rioters so limit themselves?”  Well, there are a couple of reasons, not least of which is that urbanized areas have far greater amounts of stuff to steal, concentrated in smaller areas.  But, do you suppose, the AntiProfa fascists and the accompanying bummers that trail after them would have an easy time looting a small town in Texas, or Idaho, or Alaska?

They would almost certainly be met with gunfire if they tried.

For a historical example, let’s cast our optics back to the year 1876.  On September 7th of that year, a notorious outlaw gang set their sights on the bank in a small town.  That town was Northfield, Minnesota, and the gang was the James-Younger gang, consisting of Cole, Jim and Bob Younger, Frank and Jesse James, Charlie Pitts, Clell Miller and Bill Chadwell.

At 2:00PM on the afternoon of September 7th, Bob Younger, Frank James and Charlie Pitts entered the bank, guns drawn, while the rest of the gang stood guard outside.  They murdered a bank employee when he refused to open the safe, but wasn’t the only way in which the robbery didn’t go as planned.

The town was aware of the gang’s presence, and quickly figured out what they were up to.  A civilian named J.S. Allen shouted, “Get your guns, boys, they’re robbing the bank!”

The James-Younger gang attempted to flee, but as they rode hell-for-leather out of Northfield, there was a rifle behind every corner, and firing from every window.  Miller and Stiles were killed, and every other member of the gang wounded and all but Jesse and Frank James were consequently arrested.  That was the end of the infamous James-Younger gang, laid low by armed citizens.

It’s important to note that the robbery was not motivated solely by greed.  The Northfield bank had been rumored to hold the deposits of a former Union Army general, Adelbert Ames, among others; most of the James-Younger gang had fought for the Confederacy.  So there was a political motive lurking behind the attempted theft.

Sound familiar?

Imagine a similar response from business owners today.  Imagine a mob of rioters and looters appearing in a business district, to be greeted with cries of “grab your guns, boys, they’re looting!”

Imagine how short that stint of looting would be.

Now think for a moment about that long line of gun buyers outside that gun store in Long Island.

It’s not impossible that we may be about to witness a repeat of some of the more notorious episodes of the Wild West, only this time in an urban center in the east.  And, frankly, I have no problem with citizens taking up arms to defend their lives, homes and businesses; that’s one of the reasons the Second Amendment was born.  And, with this evidence, it looks like the right to bear arms will a little safer, at least for a while.

Animal’s Daily Insurrection News

Before we start, go check out the latest in my Allamakee County Chronicles over at Glibertarians!

Here’s how Merriam-Webster defines “insurrection“:

in·​sur·​rec·​tion | \ ˌin(t)-sə-ˈrek-shən

an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government

Now, compare those words to the powers given to the President by the 1807 Insurrection Act, as modified in 2006:

(1) The President may employ the armed forces, including the National Guard in Federal service, to–

(A) restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition in any State or possession of the United States, the President determines that–

(i) domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of maintaining public order; and

(ii) such violence results in a condition described in paragraph (2); or

(B) suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy if such insurrection, violation, combination, or conspiracy results in a condition described in paragraph (2).

(2) A condition described in this paragraph is a condition that–

(A) so hinders the execution of the laws of a State or possession, as applicable, and of the United States within that State or possession, that any part or class of its people is deprived of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law, and the constituted authorities of that State or possession are unable, fail, or refuse to protect that right, privilege, or immunity, or to give that protection; or

(B) opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws.

And before you bring up Posse Comitatus, that Act specifically states “…except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress…”  This means that suppression of domestic insurrection is specifically exempted, as an Act of Congress – the Insurrection Act – allows the use of the military.

Now, I’m not generally in favor of government, at any level, using force unless met first by force.  But dip me in shit if the events of the last few days ain’t been different.  There is an organized, armed, destructive rebellion going on, against civil authority, funded and supported by unknown parties (as evidence, see pallets of bricks delivered in advance to riot locations) and enormously, wantonly destructive of property both public and private.

If the President won’t authorize the use of soldiers and Marines to quell the burning, rioting and looting, then the only recourse is for private citizens to arm themselves in response, and to use deadly force themselves in defense of the life, limb and property of themselves and their neighbors.

That’s not something that will end well for anyone.

Senator candidate Tom Cotton yesterday tweeted:  “If local law enforcement is overwhelmed and needs backup, let’s see how tough these Antifa terrorists are when they’re facing off with the 101st Airborne Division.” That’s one option.  Civil war may be the other – and you all know I’m no wild-eyed conspiracy theorist predicting a second civil war over the normal acts of an increasingly-overbearing government.  But this is something else; this is the utter breakdown of the rule of law in several major cities, coordinated, funded, organized and supported deliberately by parties unknown.

We have two choices.  So, Mr. President – which will you have?

Animal’s Daily Shooter’s Grill News

The Shooter’s Grill in Rifle, Colorado, is on my list of places to visit; while I’ve spent a fair amount of time mooching about in that general area, I somehow haven’t yet been there.  That has to change.  Now the Shooter’s Grill is open in defiance of a stay-closed order.  As of yesterday, they’re fighting to get their license back, as Garfield County is punishing them for their act of civil disobedience.  Now I want to visit them more.  Excerpt:

After a cease and desist letter, a temporary restraining order and being told by Garfield County Public Health not to serve customers on the premise, Shooters Grill owner Lauren Beobert decided to take it outside.

Dining, that is.

With most businesses continuing to adhere to public health orders from local and state governments and minimal vehicle traffic on Third Street Thursday morning, Boebert set up tables on the sidewalk and parking spaces outside of her downtown Rifle restaurant and began serving breakfast to customers.

“I’ve been patient, followed all of the proper channels, and provided service in a safe and responsible manner using the same guidelines as neighboring Mesa County restaurants. When that wasn’t good enough for our local officials, they issued a cease and desist,” Boebert said in a statement Thursday. “The fact remains that my staff needs their paychecks, so this morning I moved my tables out onto the city street and opened back up for business.”

State and local orders prohibit restaurants from offering food or beverages for on-premises consumption, as well as movement in and out of restaurants by the public until May 27.

That’s six days from today; we’ll see what happens.

It’s also important to note that the Shooter’s Grill owner, Lauren Boebert, is running for Congress.  We wish her luck; unseating Scott Tipton would be a considerable and long-awaited coup for the Colorado GOP, which has been in a circular firing squad since Governor Bill Owens left office.

From the linked story

I can’t see how the government’s actions here square with the Fifth Amendment:  No person shall… be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.  Business owners all across the country are being deprived of property in the sense that their businesses are being shuttered and their income cut off; there has been little if any “just compensation,” nor could government at all levels combine make “just compensation” for the billions of dollars lost by businesses like the Shooter’s Grill.

With no more time wasted camped in New Jersey, Mrs. Animal and I will have more weekend time in our own Colorado, and I will have more time to resume my role of being a semi-notorious local political gadfly and general pain in the ass to local pols.  One of the things we need to do is drive to Rifle (a three hour or so drive) and offer our support in person to the Shooter’s Grill – holstered revolvers and all.  I’m certain they will eventually re-open, and we’ll be there.

Political support in the form of bloviating on a blog is great, but support is best expressed in the form of currency.  So that’s what we’ll do.  We can’t vote for Mrs. Boebert for Congress, but we can support the Shooter’s Grill, and it’s past time we did so.

Animal’s Daily Chickens Roosting News

Mark Antony – Toxic Masculinity?

Don’t miss the latest Profile in Toxic Masculinity over at Glibertarians!

The Obama Administration pulled a particularly boneheaded stunt with the Fast and Furious gun-walking scheme.  Now those chickens are coming home to roost.  Bawk bawk.  Excerpt:

The Mexican government is still waiting for an apology for Operation Fast and Furious, an illegal and secret gun running scheme implemented during the Obama administration. 

“Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said his government would send a diplomatic note to Washington for information on the 2009-2011 operation known as ‘Fast and Furious,’ a topic that has resurfaced in recent days amid a debate over historic U.S.-Mexico cooperation on security and possible corruption under previous administrations,” Reuters reports

During the operation from 2009-2010, thousands of AK-47s, .50 caliber rifles and other weapons were purposely allowed by ATF and Department of Justice officials to be purchased illegally by straw buyers at gun stores in the United States and trafficked over the border into Mexico. ATF officials sat by as thousands of guns “walked.” They argued this was done to trace weapons to the upper echelons of Mexican cartels, but out of thousands of firearms, only two were rigged with GPS devices that died within hours of crossing the border. 

On December 14, 2010, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, a former police officer and U.S. Marine, was shot and killed while on a BORTAC mission near Rio Rico, Arizona. The weapons left at the scene were obtained through Operation Fast and Furious. 

Ah, but who isn’t nostalgic for that good old scandal-free Obama White House?  And it’s important to remember why they did this:  To gen up public support for gun-control legislation in the U.S., even though the Fast and Furious weapons represent a small fraction of the weapons in the hands of Mexican cartels today.

Mexico is right to demand an apology for this, as it was a fuck-up of the first order, but they’re about three and a half years too late; it is former President Obama and his machine politician/AG Holder that should apologize for this fiasco, not the Trump Administration.

But where, one might ask, will any accountability lie?  The answer is as obvious as it is disappointing:  Nowhere.   There will be no price paid for this Charlie Foxtrot, not by the former President, by his partisan hack of a former AG, not by anyone.  The families of Mexican law enforcement that were killed will see no justice done; neither will the family of Brian Terry.

What, you didn’t think equal treatment under the law was still a thing in this country, did you?

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I’ve been thinking a bit about picking up a .22 bolt gun.  The .22 rifles I have are all semi-autos, from the Old Man’s old Mossberg that Mom bought him in 1950 to my tricked-out Ruger 10-22.  But if I do this, I won’t buy a new model; what I’d really like to have is a nice pre-64 Winchester 52 sporter.  These are neat little rifles, well-made and usually sporting some nice American walnut furniture.

Model 52 Sporter

I’ve set up a recurring search on Gun broker.  We’ll see what, if anything, that turns up.  If I find something suitable, watch these virtual pages for a report.

With that said…

On to The Links!

Early humans had balls of stone.

Chocolate – is there anything it can’t do?

Bill Maher finds an acorn.  But then gets taken down hard by Rep Dan Crenshaw, who I continue to like more every day.

CNN gives Groper Joe Biden some bad advice.  Advice to the 2020 Trump campaign:  When your opponent is in the process of doing something stupid, let him!

Tenure is Dying.  Good.  If one good thing comes out of this Moo Goo Gai Panic, I hope it’s an utter and total revamp of our education system, from kindergarten through university.

Gov. Cuomo:  President Trump was right.  Gobsmacked.

People will always do what pays more.

That stunted little gargoyle with bad hair from a line of stunted little gargoyles with bad hair who runs North Korea is probably not dead.  Too bad.

Oh please please please please please please!

This Week’s Idiots:

Chris Cuomo is an idiot.  Twice, in fact.

Amanda Marcotte is an idiot.

Bill De Blasio is an idiot.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Witmer is an idiot.

Crazy Eyes is still an idiot.  This is getting to be a habit.

And So…

I don’t really have any deep thoughts to conclude with.  So, instead, enjoy a bit of animated totty action from the archives:

With that, we return you to your Wednesday, already in progress.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I recently bid a few shekels on a lovely, original, almost unblemished 1968 Browning Auto-5 in 20 gauge, made at the FN works in Belgium and as fine a piece of shooting iron as you’re likely to find.  I’ve been watching for a 20 to go along with my Remington-made WW2 12 gauge and my Belgian/FN Sweet Sixteen.

The Auto-5 was a historic piece, another brilliant product of the mind of the DaVinci of Firearms and the first commercially successful autoloading shotgun.  The Auto-5 action was made by FN and was also licensed to Remington, who made a version of this gun they called the Model 11, and to Savage, who called it the Model 720.  Both the Remington and Savage versions were basically the Auto-5 minus the magazine cutoff, and both sold well, although they lacked the fit and finish of the Belgian Brownings.

Now, when I bid on a gun (or anything else) I refuse to get drawn into a bidding war.  That’s a recipe for paying more than you really intended for any given object.  Instead, I figure out exactly what I’m willing to pay for a piece, bid that, and if I’m outbid, I let it go.

And that’s what happened on that sweet little FN 20-gauge.  My search for a 20-gauge FN Auto-5 continues.  But that’s OK, because to a collector, the search is half the fun!

Now that we’ve had our gun talk:

On To The Links!

“Papiere, bitte.”  “Fuck off, slaver!”

“Papiere, bitte,” Part Deux.  “Fuck off, slaver” Part Deux as well.

I could do this all day!

On Sunday last, Groper Joe stumbled and mumbled through another interview.  Why hasn’t his family put a stop to this?  It’s embarrassing.

I love a happy ending.

Directive 10-289.

No, stupid, 5G isn’t causing the coronavirus.  Note:  This is a refutation, so not in “This Week’s Idiots,” even though idiots prompted this article.

Speaking of the Kung Flu:  President Trump has cut off U.S. funding for the World Health Organization over their bumbling coverup for China.

Heh heh heh.  If only.

Denver’s own Mike Rosen tells us how government can prop up an economy, but capitalism will fix it.

Support your local gun dealer!

This Week’s Idiots:

Congresschick Crazy Eyes is an idiot.  I know, low-hanging fruit.

David Frum is an idiot.

San Francisco is run by idiots.  Again, I know, low-hanging fruit.

The UN is apparently run by idiots.

And So…

The upside of this whole “social distancing” thing is that the airlines are slashing prices for domestic flights – not yet international, it seems.  Add to that, United, our airline of choice, has cut in half the amount of qualifying dollars/miles it takes to make status and also announced that any flights booked before the end of April may be re-scheduled at no charge!  It looks like time to make some travel plans.  I’d sure like to spend the week of Labor Day in Alaska, when the silvers are running.  I’d like another visit to Japan, maybe, or Ireland, or maybe someplace else.  Who knows?

One takes one’s silver linings where one finds them.  So, on that speculative note, we return you to your Wednesday, already in progress.