Gunbroker

Curios and Relics.
Curios and Relics.

I’m a fan of Gunbroker.com, both for modern arms and the pre-WW2 stuff I like to tinker on and shoot.  But Gunbroker, like any online auction house, has its pitfalls; read this summary from The Sacred Cow Slaughterhouse for some examples.  Excerpt:

I like to spend money on guns. Since there’s no point in hanging out on ArmsAmerica anymore, that means I spend a lot of time on Gunbroker.com. There’s some great stuff there, and sometimes it even coincides with me having money.

The downside is that some sellers are…stupid.

Not just stupid, but world class morons.

My favorite, and one that I’ve seen plenty myself in my browsing for project guns:

Pepperbox.

“We don’t play the C & R game.”

That’s unfortunate. My C & R license was issued and is recognized by the ATF, and we don’t regard it as a “game.” Any firearm over 50 years old automatically qualifies. Modern ones can be hit or miss, so if this was modern I could see the caution, but, since you describe this as…here we go: “1928 Colt Special Police,” I’m pretty sure we can figure it’s over 50 years old. Like many “Crufflers,” I have crap tons of disposable income to throw at my hobby. Dissing me just means you’ll never see any of it, because I don’t play the conceited cockbag dealer game.

And neither do I.  More’s the pity for the dipshit sellers who won’t deal with the fully legal, BATFE-issued Curios & Relics licenses.

Goodbye Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!
Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks once again to The Other McCain for the Rule Five linkery!

Who Lost the Cities?  Excerpt:

Philadelphia, for example, has not had a Republican mayor since the Truman administration. It did enjoy the services of Mayor Frank Rizzo, a Democrat who endorsed Nixon in exchange for federal handouts and who governed in the progressive style: He converted a private utility into a public one and promptly turned it into a patronage machine, he was close with the labor unions and raised the city’s wage tax to fund spending on transportation and infrastructure projects, worked for economic benefits for the elderly, etc. He was a classic welfare-statist Democrat — and a man who, as police commissioner, famously promised to “make Attila the Hun look like a fag.” (Rizzo later ran as a Republican.) It wasn’t a right-wing radical who bombed a Philadelphia rowhouse and burned down the neighborhood — it was an African-American progressive, Wilson Goode. Closet Ayn Rand fans have not been running the affairs of Detroit all these years, and the intellectual patrons of the Chicago Boys have had approximately zero influence on the municipal affairs of Chicago. Ralph Reed will never be the mayor of San Francisco.

Sad-BearThere is a correlation here that is strong enough it is hard to discount to probability of causation:  Progressive urban politics leads to a loss of economic opportunity, the diminishing of personal responsibility and, eventually, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles.

Anyone living in or near any of our major cities should be living in fear of the day the Imperial Federal government finally realizes we are broke, and that the endless stream of wealth transfer payments have to stop.

Our major cities will destroy themselves in a matter of weeks.

Rule Five Friday

2014_08_15_Rule Five Friday (1)Since today’s post concerns the ongoing situation in Iraq, specifically the rise of the bloodthirsty savages of ISIS, let’s hope that the accompanying display of toothsome and free American totty pisses them off.

To any ISIS sympathizers who are offended by my Rule Five material, I will say only this:

Fuck off and die in a fire.

Now, on to Jonah Goldberg and The West’s Gaza.  Excerpt:

2014_08_15_Rule Five Friday (5)In the early days after 9/11 there was a lot of talk about a “clash of civilizations” and a long “existential struggle” facing the West. I once asked the late Christopher Hitchens what he felt on that terrible day, and he said he felt no small amount of joy. Not for the suffering and death, but for the fact that the West finally had been awakened to the terrible but necessary struggle before us. 

And for a time, many liberals bought into the idea that America was heading into a generational struggle with jihadism. There were a slew of books on the subject. Peter Beinart, for instance, wrote The Good Fight: Why Liberals — and Only Liberals — Can Win the War on Terror and 2014_08_15_Rule Five Friday (2)Make America Great Again. As the subtitle suggests, there was a lot of partisan mischief in his argument, but it rested on the premise that liberals must accept that “Islamic totalitarianism” — his phrase — has replaced communism as our enemy. On this, at least, Beinart and company, briefly agreed with George W. Bush that the war against “Islamic fascists” (Bush’s term) was the “decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century.”

Like most Americans, I am of mixed feelings about our history in Iraq.  The initial military operation was a walkover, nothing but – however, we were sadly unprepared for what came next.  To some extent Colin Powell was correct in his “Cracker Barrel theory” (You broke it, you bought it) but in retrospect one wonders if we shouldn’t 2014_08_15_Rule Five Friday (4)have simply utterly destroyed Iraq’s military capacity and the Ba’ath government and left the survivors to pick over the ruins.

But ISIS may have arisen in any case.

Barack Obama’s repeated (and repeatedly ignored) lines in the sand certainly do give the impression of weakness on the part of the United States, which encourages bad actors of all sorts.  A more decisive President and a more robust foreign policy may have discouraged some of the Islamic radicals.

2014_08_15_Rule Five Friday (3)But ISIS may have arisen in any case.

Mr. Goldberg concludes:

No one in the West wants a generational struggle with jihadism any more than Israel wants perpetual war with Hamas in Gaza. The problem is the enemy always gets a vote. It just may be that the Middle East will become the West’s Gaza. And, so far, nobody has a good answer for what to do about it.

But we’re going to have to do something about it sooner or later.

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Animal’s Daily News

Smiling BearThanks once again to The Other McCain for the Rule Five links!

Speaking of Robert Stacy and company; the inestimable Mr. McCain has been handed a win in his legal case, in which he (and numerous other high-profile bloggers) have been sued for defamation by convicted perjurer and peripatetic asshole Brett Kimberlin.  Kudos and congratulations to Mr. McCain on this event, and (of course) to his co-defendants as well.

And while we’re on the topic – why the hell is it that perjuring assholes like Kimberlin feel so free to sue?  Mostly for one reason; if they lose, they are only out their own expenses.  (Since Kimberlin apparently represented himself, proving once more the maxim that anyone who represents himself in a trial has a moron for a client, he apparently isn’t even out that much.)

Angry-BearIf there is a better argument for a loser-pays tort reform, I don’t know what it is.  Liar and asshole Kimberlin, having lost miserably, should now be liable for the legal expenses of the defendants.  That, if nothing else, would make assholes think twice before filing stupid, frivolous lawsuits.

Speaking of assholes, in New York City a cowardly, sniveling young punk sucker-punched a 72-year old man and ran off, in another disgusting example of the “knockout game.”  If there were any justice, this cowardly little shit would be put in a ring and left at the mercy of an MMA fighter for ten or fifteen minutes.

And on that note, we return you to your Thursday, already in progress.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!
Happy Hump Day!

Today we have another egregious Charles Fox from the least competent, most corrupt Attorney General since Ed Meese:  Hey, Eric Holder:  Voter ID Isn’t Stuck in 1965.  Excerpt:

To wit, black voter registration in North Carolina exceeds that of whites—data from 2012 indicates black registration at 95.3 percent and white registration at 87.8 percent. Given that black registration in North Carolina is 7.5 percent greater than among whites, the court was less than convinced that a voter ID requirement would suddenly lead to an unequal access to the polls. Moreover, Holder and the NAACP asserted that the elimination of same-day registration would lead to a decrease in black voter participation—another claim swatted away by the court.

Their expert witness testified in court that without same-day registration the number of blacks would have declined by 3 percent in 2012 and that one could predict similar results in future elections. This claim, too, was batted away when Schroeder, a George W. Bush appointee, noted: “Plaintiffs have not shown that African-American voters in 2012 lacked—or more importantly, that they currently lack—an equal opportunity to easily register to vote otherwise.

The resistance to voter ID laws staggers belief.  Setting aside AG Holder’s pandering to the self-appointed “civil rights” leadership, it’s impossible to make a realistic case that a society that requires ID for boarding an airplane, for cashing a check, for buying a firearm or a Yes-YOU-bearcar, or for any of a thousand other transactions of everyday life, should somehow allow a citizen to vote without showing such ID.

How many people care enough about their country to vote but not enough to take an hour out of the year to go to the DMV and obtain a state-issued photo ID?

Such people deserve very little sympathy.

Animal’s Daily Burger News

Excellent!
Excellent!

Want to see a possible consequence of a minimum-wage hike?  Meet the Burger Robot.  Excerpt:

I saw the future of work in a San Francisco garage two years ago. Or rather, I was in proximity to the future of work, but happened to be looking the other direction.

At the time, I was visiting a space startup building satellites behind a carport. But just behind them—a robot was cooking up burgers. The inventors of the burger device? Momentum Machines, and they’re serious about fast food productivity.

“Our device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient,” cofounder Alexandros Vardakostas has said. “It’s meant to completely obviate them.”

As a burger aficionado, I wonder if the automated Burger-O-Matic will produce adequate burgers while never producing some of the idiosyncrasies that  can make a burger truly great.

Which brings me to Soldotna, Alaska, and the greatest burger in North America.

If, True Believers, you ever find yourselves wandering Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, go to the small town of Soldotna, on the Homer Highway between Sterling and Ninilchik.  On the main drag you will find Hooligan’s Saloon, and in Hooligan’s Saloon you will find the best Burgersburger in North America.  It’s not on the menu, and you have to be there on a day when the chief cook, Todd, is in residence.  But on that happy day you can request a Todd’s Burger, a masterpiece of a grilled half-pound beef patty on a sourdough roll, with bacon, two kinds of cheese, and trimmings at  your request.

Apparently the secret to the Todd’s Burger consists of various ingredients mixed into the ground beef prior to pattification.  I have no idea what those ingredients might be, nor do I intend to try to find out – some mysteries should stay just that.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday
Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Or is it?  This just in from PJMedia’s own Richard Fernandez:  A Ringside Seat To Our Own Destruction.  Excerpt:

How about this lead paragraph? “BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of women from the Yazidi religious minority have been taken captive by Sunni militants with “vicious plans,” an Iraqi official said Friday, further underscoring the dire plight of Iraq’s minorities at the hands of the Islamic State group.” Vicious plans is the 21st century journalistic equivalent of the Victorian phrase, “a fate worse than death”.

This eyewitness account is pretty close to the best reportage, however. “On board Iraqi army helicopter delivering aid to the trapped Yazidis, Jonathan Krohn sees a hellish sight”.

Mount Sinjar stinks of death. The few Yazidis who have managed to escape its clutches can tell you why. “Dogs were eating the bodies of the dead,” said Haji Khedev Haydev, 65, who ran through the lines of Islamic State jihadists surrounding it.

And:

Grizzly-Bear-FaceThe story adds, almost superfluously, that ISIS is attempting to shoot down aid deliveries. They would do that, wouldn’t they? Yet all this time the world was assured there was nothing to worry about in the hundreds of radical mosques, the thousands of militants eagerly received into the West and creeping sharia law in its institutions.  The dangers, they were told, all lay in the Tea Party and elusive militia groups holed up in a cabin in the Ozarks.

It’s worth remembering that ISIS split off from Al Qaeda because that latter group was a little to cuddly, warm and fuzzy for the monsters that are now decapitating people in Kurdistan.

There’s an even more interesting point to ponder; how much have these savages been emboldened by six years of weak, feckless and ineffective foreign policy from our Imperial City?

Let’s be clear about one thing; these ISIS assholes and their ideological counterparts are not doing what they are doing because of any perceived or real oppression or because of anything the United States has done.  They are doing it because they are the very, very worst sort of savages, the kind of people that gave the Dark Ages a bad name.  They want to kill anyone who resists their plan to patton1yn7impose a horrific version of Sharia law on the planet, and to kill them in the most horrific way possible.

What is the most effective way to deal with these people?  One suspects George Patton would have had the answer.  But the  Imperial Federal government no longer seeks living weapons like Patton for the proper response to savagery.

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