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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

The equinox is in a few weeks, where the sun hits the halfway point on its long march south.  At these latitudes it is quite a journey, and just now the sunset has moved south of the power lines and is giving us some pretty views:

My summertime’s drive for fishing is now being overtaken by my drive to get out in the field after some birds, but I have to wait for full residency, which comes one year after switching my Colorado driver’s license for an Alaska one; specifically, on February second.  I understand the reason for that law, but the beautiful fall weather, the big stretch of borough land behind us and the hand-crafted Tolley side-by-side double in my gun safe are egging me on.  Next year, dammit!

And with that said…

On To the Links!

Peter Boghossian shows us the difference between politics and principles.

The Biden(‘s handlers) Administration just keeps building back better!

I love a happy ending.

Autophagia.

Ever wondered what happens when you dangle a rhinoceros upside-down?  Well, now you know.

Somehow, I suspect most Texans don’t give two shits about what the SFGate thinks.

We can hope.  Having the GOP in control of Congress will… well, it will slow down the decline of the U.S. some.

Beer.  Is there anything it can’t do?

Fauci can fuck right off, the government does not have this authority.

Inflation is skyrocketing.  Nobody should be surprised by this.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Nation‘s John Nichols (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Harry Reid is still a corrupt asshole, and an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

USAToday’s Ben Jealous is an idiot.

The New Republic‘s Timothy Noah is an idiot.

Sawed-off asshole Robert Reich is and always will be an idiot.

It’s idiots all the way down.

MSNBC’s Kavita Patel is an idiot.

The kind of stupidity shown at the VMAs (whatever those are) should be physically painful.

Alexandria “Crazy Eyes” Occasional Cortex continues to be a tone-deaf idiot.

New York’s new Governor is apparently an idiot with no clue as to the proper role of government.  What is it with that state, anyway?

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of style and grace; she was more beautiful in jeans, sweater and a towel over her hair than many women are in evening gowns, as you’ll see in this week’s selection.  And she wasn’t without pluck; during World War 2 she raised money for the Dutch underground during the German occupation of the Netherlands, an activity that may well have gotten her shot had she been caught in the act.

In the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Hepburn played the iconic character Holly Golightly opposite a very young George Peppard, with a brief appearance by the remarkable Buddy Ebsen.  It’s a great film featuring a great star, and at one point she gives voice to the song Moon River.  Here, in a clip from that film, is that lovely, classy lady and that beautiful song – enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Gun Control Stupidity News

This just in from Law & Liberty;  New Gun Control Efforts: Prudence of Performance?  Excerpt:

Biden repeatedly calls for reviving federal bans on both magazine capacity and “assault weapons.” Defining an “assault weapon” has proven challenging even for the president’s proposed ATF director, but supporters of the ban would probably identify them (and their high capacity magazines) from movies and television. As photogenic as they are, police departments like to display them when confiscated. However, the now-expired ban did not prevent the sale of the guns but only the inclusion of features like bayonet lugs or flash hiders. Admittedly, there were no criminal bayonet charges during the ten-year “assault weapon” ban.

The firearms industry calls these weapons “Modern Sporting Rifles” (MSRs). Hunters may have conflicting opinions about them, but gun buyers love MSR’s: there are about 20 million in circulation. Though cameras may shoot a lot of these guns, the guns very rarely shoot people; murderers almost never use rifles. Even though MSR’s have been used in highly publicized mass shootings, the Rand Corporation discerns no effect on violent crime by banning either these rifles or high capacity magazines. One leading gun control advocate recently explained the opportunity cost of this proposal when he said, “It is both wrong and counterproductive for advocacy organizations and elected leaders to use the moments when the public is focused on gun control to push an assault weapons ban.” In short, insisting on a 1990s-era policy ignores what 27 years have taught us about the disconnect between assault weapons and violent crime.

Some of us didn’t need that intervening 27 years to understand how stupid and pointless the ’94 AWB was.  Among other proscribed fittings, that now happily dead law outlawed bayonet lugs.

That’s right.  Bayonet lugs.

I suppose the goal was to protect the American voting public from a sudden rash of criminals lining up and conducting bayonet charges against honest folk?

While I agree broadly with the arguments put forth in the article – they are good arguments, especially while arguing the specific case of modern semi-auto rifles – the final argument is simply found here:

Second Amendment

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.

End of discussion.

But in the Imperial City as well as in state capitols around the nation, the arguments continue.   Add that to a long, long list of things the various levels of government do to waste our time and money.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

I found this mildly interesting; Russia is now issuing the latest version of the famous Kalashnikov series of battle carbines, the AK-12.  Excerpt:

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss” could describe most AK variants. Inside the AK-12 lies the same long-stroke, gas-operated system that has long made the AK such a doll on the battlefield. It’s an effective close bolt, air-cooled system that’s not fancy, but it’s effective. The AK-12 also keeps the AK’s classic paddle magazine release, the right-side charging handle, and big safety.

Image from article.

At its core, it’s still just another AK series rifle. This is great for Russian forces because training between the two platforms will be identical. No one in the Russian infantry won’t know how to wield an AK-12 when they turn in their AK 74 series rifle for the latest gear. Predictably, the AK-12 also uses the same Russian 5.45x39mm ammunition as its AK 74 successor. While the rifles feature a lot of the same internals, the new AK-12 has some design changes worth noting.

One of those interesting changes was the addition of a two-shot burst mode, so the iconic big-fisted AK safety now includes Semi (pew) Burst (pew pew) and Auto (pew pew pew.)  Yes, you read that right – not a three-round burst like some versions of the M16-M4 platform, but instead a sort of auto-double tap.  Honestly I’m not sure what I think of that.

The original AK-47 was a singular weapon:  Brutally tough, simple, easy to operate; it was a budget lead-chucker designed for use by poorly trained peasant soldiers, leading to its popularity by both military and revolutionary operators in Third World shitholes all around the planet.  But the AK-12 seems to be shedding some of that in favor of more accessorization and more complication – in other words, trying to do what the M16-M4 platform does while retaining most of the AK ergonomics.

I’ve had the chance to handle a bunch of semi-auto, civilian market AKs and a couple of full-bull select-fire military versions.  Not my cup of tea, but they can be fun.  How will this new update play out?  No idea.  But it’s an interesting update on an old theme, all the same.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Drug dealers and growers are running amok in Los Angeles County.  But get this line from the story:

Another resident said the issue they run into with reporting the illegal farms is that there are so many that law enforcement puts them on a list and they do not know which ones are a priority to get rid of. (Los Angeles County Sheriff) Villanueva (a liberal Democrat) said he prioritizes the farms that are nearby the residential areas along with loosening the “may-issue” requirements for residents to obtain concealed carry firearm permits so they can better protect themselves.

Wait wait wait – so now, in extremis, when citizens are being confronted by armed cartel members literally on their doorsteps – now is the time to loosen up the issue of carry permits?

Welcome to reality, Sheriff Villanueva.  Here’s a thought:  How about the people of LA County tell their obviously failed law enforcement to get stuffed, get a citizen’s militia together, photograph the cartel guys from drones, publish their photos and putting a $1,000 bounty on each one – dead or alive?

OK, so with that off my chest…

On To the Links!

Good Guy with Gun.  The Left claims these don’t exist.

I’m guessing this is going to be a long, hard slog.

So, sort of a Secret State Police, then?  (Just for fun, in German that’s Geheime Staatspolizei.)  But hey. no more mean tweets!

Gas prices are expected to keep going up.  But hey, no more mean tweets!

Democrats dig themselves in deeper on election integrity.  But hey, no more mean tweets!

Speaking of integrity, and the lack thereof…  Bear in mind that this is Obama‘s former ethics chief speaking.

AntiProfa attacks demonstrators at an LA spa.  Because free speech can’t be allowed!

Yeah, this will end well.

New poll shows 78% of Americans are racists, bigots and probably pick their noses.

For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.

Read this, and picture Putin literally throwing back his head and laughing until he can’t breathe.

And they fall for it every time.

Of course they’re being played!  It’s what the GOP does best.

Ow ow ow ow ow!

No shit, Sherlock.

Why don’t they just change their name to KGB and have done with it?

And here’s some more Soviet-level bullshit.

Could these assholes be any more blatant in their hypocrisy?  What.  Assholes.

Liberal Writer to Progressives: ‘What Happened to You?’

Well now, this is interesting.  Larry Elder as Governor of California?  Longest of long shots, but if there are debates, they’ll be fun to watch.

This Week’s Idiots:

USA Today‘s Kevin Cokley is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Slate‘s Lili Loofbourow is an idiot.

What idiot thought this up?

Paul Krugman (Repeat Offender Alert) is a partisan hack, and an idiot.

Raytheon is apparently run by idiots.

Not just idiocy:  Absolute fucking lunacy, described at Battleswarm.

The New York Times’ Michelle Cottle is an idiot.

Scientific American‘s A. Hopper is an idiot.

The Atlantic‘s Ibram Kendri (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison is an idiot.

Heels-Up Harris continues to say idiotic things.  Seriously, what the hell is wrong with these people?  Mrs. Animal and I live out in the sticks – the post office doesn’t even deliver here, we are technically classified as “remote” – and we have a solid internet connection and a full modern office with computers, a scanner and printer, all the modern doodads.  And everyone out here has cell phones with cameras.  Just how disconnected from reality is this twit, anyway?  It’s fucking embarrassing!

Strong Man populism?  Colonel Schlichter may have a point, but there are plenty of possibilities how this, too, could head south.

Juan Williams’ meltdown continues.

The Hill‘s Bill Press is an idiot.

The Nation‘s Rebecca Gordon is an idiot.

The daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont doubles down on stupid.

Keith Olbermann is a whistle-ass peckerhead, and an idiot.

OK, that’s all I can take for this week.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Genesis, led by front man Peter Gabriel, formed in 1967 but didn’t really gain traction until the 70s, with a couple of additions to the group that notably included drummer Phil Collins.  In 1983 the group released their twelfth album, the eponymous Genesis, which included the jarring tune Mama.

It’s an odd song, especially considering the mostly upbeat tone of the band, typified in their previous (1981) album Abacab.  Mama features a thumping, almost overwhelming synthesized drum beat, a wavering guitar lead, tremulous keyboards and, most of all, Phil Collin’s jarring vocals set off by a laugh that’s downright unsettling.  It’s an odd song, set off by a video that sets a mood that is…  Well, you decide.  Here it is.

 

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

As do many of you True Believers out there probably do, I’m in the habit of surfing Gunbroker and other online gun auction sites from time to time, looking to round out my collection with a few specifics, like a nice 20-gauge Model 12.  To that end, I’m generally browsing through the Curio & Relics portion, which is appropriate, since I’m something of a curio myself, not to mention a relic.

But one thing jumps out at me these days, and it’s the prices on some old Communist-Chinese junk.  Example:  A plain-Jane ChiCom SKS rifle, a piece so poorly made that if you wanted to injure someone with it, your odds of success would be improved if you just took it by the barrel and used it as a club.  Those old pigs are selling for between $750 and $1,000.

Seriously?

Back in the mid-Nineties they were being advertised in the old Shotgun News for $49.99.  Like a lot of folks, I bought one, and was sorely disappointed in the piece of junk.  I got rid of it pretty quickly.  And now people are apparently paying close to a grand for them?

I guess I should have bought a couple of cases of them.  Who knew?

And so…

On To the Links!

The Democrat’s idiotic “For the People Act” died a well-deserved death yesterday; thanks to Mitch McConnell for holding the caucus together and making that piece of shit die in a fire.

Trump Was Right. 

Constitutional Carry passed in Texas.  This makes 21 states.  Cries of impending doom from the Left still have not materialized.

On the cluster-fuck that was President Biden(‘s handlers) G7 performance.

What could possibly go wrong?  Seriously, fuck these asshats.

Biden on Putin Meeting: “I Did What I Came To Do.”  “And what I came to do was to have a nice pudding cup before beddie-byes.  What?  You want to fight me, fat?  I’ll do pushups!  Corn Pop was a bad dude!  There was a broken train with pottery, and the gorgonzola was in a wheel, and you know, the thing!”

Holy crap that’s a big critter.  I wonder if they would have been any good to eat?

OK, remind me, who’s in charge in Atlanta?

This would be an epic troll, and I’d love to see it.

Speaking of which:  Send one of these to a lefty friend today!

An actual potato can’t get ratings, even on CNN.  Quell surprise!

I pretty much just assume Ilhan Omar is lying any time her lips are moving, and most of the time when they’re not.

This is known as belaboring the obvious.

No shit, Sherlock.

Why single people smell different.

This Week’s Idiots:

Yes, I read all these.  Surfing through the derp so you don’t have to!

MSNBC’s Nikole Hannah-Jones is an idiot.

The Guardian‘s Nicholas Shaxson is an idiot.

Vox‘s Sean Illing (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Chicago Mayor Beetlejuice is an idiot.

The daffy old Bolshevik from Vermont is an idiot.

The Guardian‘s Moira Donegan is an idiot.

CNN’s Nicole Hemmer is an idiot.

Vox‘s Fabiola Cineas is an idiot.

Joy Reid (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

(Supposed) Singer Macy Gray is an idiot.

Robert Reich (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

CNN’s John Harwood is an idiot.

USAToday’s David Rothkopf is an idiot.

The Tampa Bay Time‘s Leonard Pitts is an idiot.

The Hill‘s Tanisha Sullivan is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Anyone who has read these virtual pages for long knows of my fondness for Japan.  While I don’t have the nocturnal endurance I did when I was younger, I have on occasion taken part in the night life of places like Kyoto, Osaka and various other towns, but as far as partying goes, it’s hard to beat Tokyo.  That city has lots of great places where you can down a few drinks and, on the right night, catch some good live music.  I’ve spent some memorable nights in Japanese bars and nightclubs.  There are some neat places in Shibuya and Akihabara, the Golden Gai in Shinjuku is a real gas but not a place you’ll see a lot of fellow gaijin, and there are fun spots even in the lesser-known areas like Kinshicho, where we usually stay when we’re in Tokyo.

Here’s an example of the kind of live music I mean; this is the Tokyo girl-band Tokyo Groove Jyoshi, with their take on a song called What Is Hip?  Enjoy.

Rule Five Why Did It Have To Be Guns Friday

From time to time I peruse the web site of libertarian author L. Neil Smith.  Here’s one of my favorites of his works, Why Did it Have to be … Guns?  Follow the link and read it all.  Excerpts, with my comments, follow:

Make no mistake: all politicians—even those ostensibly on the side of guns and gun ownership—hate the issue and anyone, like me, who insists on bringing it up. They hate it because it’s an X-ray machine. It’s a Vulcan mind-meld. It’s the ultimate test to which any politician—or political philosophy—can be put.

If a politician isn’t perfectly comfortable with the idea of his average constituent, any man, woman, or responsible child, walking into a hardware store and paying cash—for any rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, anything—without producing ID or signing one scrap of paper, he isn’t your friend no matter what he tells you.

If he isn’t genuinely enthusiastic about his average constituent stuffing that weapon into a purse or pocket or tucking it under a coat and walking home without asking anybody’s permission, he’s a four-flusher, no matter what he claims.

What his attitude—toward your ownership and use of weapons—conveys is his real attitude about you. And if he doesn’t trust you, then why in the name of John Moses Browning should you trust him?

And, yes, it’s all about trust.  Even the most Second Amendment-friendly pols on tap today eventually hit that issue of trust.  There is always some point beyond which they don’t trust the population at large.

If he doesn’t want you to have the means of defending your life, do you want him in a position to control it?

If he makes excuses about obeying a law he’s sworn to uphold and defend—the highest law of the land, the Bill of Rights—do you want to entrust him with anything?

If he ignores you, sneers at you, complains about you, or defames you, if he calls you names only he thinks are evil—like “Constitutionalist”—when you insist that he account for himself, hasn’t he betrayed his oath, isn’t he unfit to hold office, and doesn’t he really belong in jail?

Sure, these are all leading questions. They’re the questions that led me to the issue of guns and gun ownership as the clearest and most unmistakable demonstration of what any given politician—or political philosophy—is really made of.

He may lecture you about the dangerous weirdos out there who shouldn’t have a gun—but what does that have to do with you? Why in the name of John Moses Browning should you be made to suffer for the misdeeds of others? Didn’t you lay aside the infantile notion of group punishment when you left public school—or the military? Isn’t it an essentially European notion, anyway—Prussian, maybe—and certainly not what America was supposed to be all about?

And if there are dangerous weirdos out there, does it make sense to deprive you of the means of protecting yourself from them? Forget about those other people, those dangerous weirdos, this is about you, and it has been, all along.

It’s always about someone else.  It’s always about criminals, or nutjobs, or anyone else other than the regular citizen who happens to have an old 12-gauge stuck in a closet somewhere.

But what Mr. Smith doesn’t bring up is the outcry from would-be gun-grabbers to institute all of their policies at the Imperial level.  “All laws should apply to the whole country,” they cry, claiming that places like Chicago have high crime rates in spite of having strict gun laws because criminals are apparently organizing convoys to buy and import guns from Indiana, where gun laws are much less onerous but for some mysterious reason the crime rate is much lower.  These pols would put in New Jersey-style gun laws for people like me, in rural Alaska, where I can guaran-damn-tee you the result will be massive and defiant non-compliance.

So, yes, the Second Amendment is a good litmus test for political candidates.  But if it’s important at the state and local level, it’s goddamn vital at the Imperial level, where they have the ability and the will to screw with all of us.  After all, if your state pisses you off, you can find another – as Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt. just did – but finding a new country is quite another thing.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

I’ve been toying around some with “alternative” social media, mostly Parler and Gab, and I’m ready to give up on both.  Here’s why:

First, Gab.  The layout is generally OK and I like the “Groups” feature, but the “batshit-crazy” ratio is a little too high to suit me.  Anyone who claims that aren’t nutbars on the Right just as there are on the Left clearly isn’t paying attention, although the Right doesn’t seem as willing to elect them to office.  (But only just.)

Second, Parler.  Parler was a little more sane, with again, a decent layout but no “groups” or sub-fora that I was able to find.  But then Parler re-did their login procedure from an annoying “click every panel that contains a bicycle” CAPTCHA to the even-more-annoying “enter the code we sent to your cell phone.”  I never provided them a phone number and refuse to do so, so now I’m not able to log in to Parler at all.  Repeated requests to their customer service folks have gone unanswered.

So, by way of conclusion:  Sure, we have alternatives to Derpbook and Twatter now.  Big deal.  I decided early on to ignore those platforms because the terrible noise-to-signal ratio, and from what I’ve seen, those two new alternatives are no better.

I hate discussion by bumper sticker, and I’ll be damned if I’ll engage in it.  So, True Believers, I guess if you give a damn about my thoughts on anything, you’ll just have to come here Monday through Saturday and read them.

Well, for that and the occasional Rule Five imagery, too.

And so…

On To the Links!

Ferry from Twatt in the Orkneys to Scotland, and then you can drive south down through Cock Bridge, Dick Place, Cockermouth, move through Penistone and Cock Alley, slide east into Slutshole Lane, down through Fingringhoe, and end up on the south coast at Ass Hill and Shitterton.

That guy in the Imperial Mansion continues to improve his impression of an actual potato.

Also:  President Biden(‘s handlers) are off to a bad start.  If you ask me, I’m guessing it’s gonna get worse.  Maybe even worse than the Carter years.

Answers you didn’t want to questions you never asked.

Hard pounding, this.  Let’s see who pounds longest.

Everybody’s different, but I sleep a lot better with my own dear Mrs. Animal beside me.

Some folks want to bring jaguars back to the United States.  I doubt they’ll make it as far north as the Susitna Valley, so, meh.

Humans in apartment fire:  “We are all gonna die!”  Cat in apartment fire:  “What’s this we shit, Kemosabe?”

I’m not a fan of “doxxing” anyone, but it is possible to push someone too far.

Fuck off, slaver.

This kind of shit is why we left Colorado.

You know, maybe some people are ‘rona ‘vaccine-hesitant’ because assholes in government keep telling them they’ll still have to wear face-diapers and socially distance afterwards.

Good guy with gun stops bad guy with gun.  Sad that one innocent person died, but many more could have if not for a good guy with a rifle, and if you look around, the legacy media is ignoring this.  The Narrative must persist.

Dammit, Piers Morgan, stop making me agree with you!

This Week’s Idiots:

The Nation’s John Nichols and Senator Chuck Schumer (Sanctimonious Prick – NY ) are both idiots.

NBC’s David Mark is an idiot.

Slate‘s Dahlia Lithwick is an idiot.  Amazing how often her name pops up in this section.

Maxine Waters (Crazy Old Bat – CA) is an idiot as well as a serial abuser of government employees.

“Pothole Pete” Buttigieg is an idiot.

Apparently everyone at CNN are idiots.

The Squad’s Rep. Cori Bush is an idiot.

USAToday‘s Ross Wiener is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

There never will be another Frank Sinatra.  Nobody since has even come close.  While his fellow Rat Pack members were all possessed of tremendous talent, even in that company Mr. Sinatra stood out.  Here, from 1966, is the Chairman, performing Luck, Be A Lady.  Enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Second Amendment News

Before we proceed, check out the next installment of Mystical Child over at Glibertarians!

For the first time in a decade or more, the Supreme Court is taking up a Second Amendment case.  Excerpt:

The Court decided to take up the case New York State Rifle et. al. v. Corlett, focusing on the question of “Whether the State’s denial of petitioners’ applications for concealed-carry licenses for self-defense violated the Second Amendment.”

Robert Nash and Brandon Koch applied for licenses to carry firearms outside their homes in New York, SCOTUS blog reported. The licensing officer denied their requests after determining that, under New York law, they had “failed to show ‘proper cause’ to carry a firearm in public for the purpose of self-defense, because [they] did not demonstrate a special need for self-defense that distinguished them from the general public.”

Lower courts ruled against Nash and Koch but Nash, Koch, and the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association asked the Supreme Court to take up the case in order to clarify lower court decisions on the strength of Second Amendment protections outside the home.

This case will give the Supreme Court an opportunity to issue a powerful defense of Second Amendment rights. Yet if the Court does rule in favor of New York Rifle, it will also exacerbate Democratic demands for limits on gun ownership.

One would hope that the Court will rule against the very concept of carry permits, as a fundamental right that requires government permission to exercise is a right denied.  But it’s unlikely the Court will go that far, especially with the GOP-appointed squish John Roberts in the Chief Justice’s chair.

But with (we hope) a narrow pro-Second Amendment majority, we could hope for a decision that strikes down the idea that one has to present some suitable justification for being allowed to exercise a Constitutionally-defined right.

It’s a fine pass we’ve come to, wherein courts across the nation struggle so to parse what is after all some pretty simple language:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.

It seems obvious that being required to provide justification is an infringement.  We’ll see what the Court says, but I’m prepared to be disappointed.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

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

Here’s an interesting bit, wherein our good friend Robert Stacy McCain describes a police shooting in Omaha.  Excerpt:

The loaded .45 Jones was carrying on the night of Nov. 19, 2020, had been purchased by his brother. We do not know — the article in the Omaha World-Herald doesn’t tell us — whether the brother acted as a “straw man” purchaser to provide his criminal brother with a weapon, which would be a federal felony. Liberals are always proclaiming they want “common sense” gun-control laws, and prohibiting convicted felons from possessing firearms is about as common-sense as it gets. Need I explain the relevance of this to the death of Kenneth Jones?

  1. Contrary to what liberals would have us believe, there are already numerous laws — federal, state and local — which regulate the sale and possession of firearms.
  2. Criminals do not obey gun-control laws. If it were in their nature to obey laws, they wouldn’t be criminals, would they?
    and
  3. The way to prevent “gun violence” (a phrase beloved by the liberal media) is to enforce existing laws.

Guess whose job it is to enforce laws?

Oh, wait — it’s the police! And liberals hate the police.

The fact is this:  Bad guys will always find a way to arm themselves.  And, predictably, those armed criminals will generally do something stupid, and get themselves killed.

I remember a conversation I had many years ago with a retired career law-enforcement officer, the father of a buddy of mine.  He told us that every criminal he ever encountered combined three primary personality traits:  Greedy, mean, and stupid.  Proportions may vary but those three are invariably present.  Kenneth Jones clearly had those three traits, but it sure seems like stupid was a big part of it.

Mr. McCain concludes:

How often have you heard liberal advocates of gun control speak about the need to “get guns off our streets”? Well, how do they suppose this is going to happen? Whose job will it be to apprehend criminals and confiscate their weapons? Cops, that’s who. And what will happen when, predictably, criminals don’t cooperate with the program?

Most gun-control advocates don’t think that clearly about this issue.  It’s largely an emotional position.  The “get guns of the street” stance is predicated on the idea that all that need be done is passing yet another law, and somehow this time it will be different, and the magic words will somehow make all the bad guns go away, ushering in a glorious era of peace and harmony in our major cities.

And to that I can only reply with two words:  Utter.  Horseshit.  The greedy, mean and stupid will always be greedy, mean and stupid.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Spring seems to be (finally) coming to the Great Land.  After weeks of prevailing winds blowing out from south-central Alaska into Cook Inlet, dragging cold air down from above the Arctic Circle, the last few days have finally dawned warmer.  By the weekend we should have temps in the low fifties and sunshine.

Sunset the other night.

That, of course, is a recipe for wet and muddy surroundings, but at least the new house is on high ground.  According to the folks who we bought the house from, who left us detailed notes, the slope keeps the yard and the upper driveway fairly dry during snow-melt.  Over the next few days, we’ll see for ourselves.

And yes, we still love it here.  More than we expected we would, and we expected we would love it a great deal.  Breathing the free air of Alaska is like taking a step into a new world.

On that note…

On To the Links!

Gee, I wonder why?

This is cool:  Possibly the earliest map in Europe.

Hungry?  Try slapping your meat.

Monkey See.

Monkey Do.

Fuck you, Joe.  And the horse you rode in on.  Also:  How can you tell President Biden(‘s handlers) is lying?  His lips are moving.

Governors push back – including here in Alaska.

Nuclear fusion by 2030?  Maybe, but that’s a song we’ve heard before.

How to woke-proof your kids.

Casting for Indiana Jones and the Nursing Home of Doom is under way.  Or will it be Raiders of the Lost Bedpan?  Kingdom of the Crystal Colonoscopy?  Either way, this is a franchise that jumped the shark on the last installment and needs to just drop.

Good point.  Markets aren’t always “fair” but usually get things right.

Equality and the Criminal.

Apparently being oppressed pays really well.

Letting Hunter Biden Off Is A Message To Us Peasants.  Indeed.

This Week’s Idiots:

Salon‘s Chauncey DeVega is an idiot.

Salon’s Dean Obeidallah is an idiot.  (Anyone else sensing a pattern, here?)

Governor Andrew Dice Cuomo continues to pursue idiot policies.

It’s not about safety, you idiots, it’s about control.  Relevant:

“Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against… We’re after power and we mean it… There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

The Biden(‘s handlers) administration just seems to keep stacking stupid idea on stupid idea.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) responds to idiots.  Honestly, Senator, don’t bandy words with morons.  You’ve proved nothing when you’ve bested a fool.

Idiot David Hogg gets his comeuppance.  Haw haw haw!

The New York Times’ Jonathan Alter is an idiot.

And So:

Man, I had the hots for Debbie Harry back in the day.  Here’s a representative piece of her work, also from back in the day; this is Blondie’s 1980 hit Call Me, from the soundtrack of the Richard Gere – Lauren Hutton grenade American Gigolo, an execrable movie but not a bad song.  Best of all, Call Me featured a smoking hot lead singer, the aforementioned Debbie Harry.  Enjoy.