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Movie Quotes – Day 208

If you find a mate in life, you should be loyal. In your case, grateful. — Ice Age

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t remind myself of how lucky I am to have Irish Woman as my wife.  Yeah, we’re both rugged individualists who seem to revel in making the other crazy, but we compliment each other, and it works.  What made a successful, free, beautiful woman want to saddle herself with me and my hellions is a mystery, but I will never forget how fortunate I am that she did.

What It’s All About

By now, you know that I am involved with my local committee of the Friends of the NRA.  It’s a great program, with all proceeds going toward youth shooting and firearms safety programs.  Here’s a quick video from 2012 that sums it up quite nicely:

 

This is one way we can all make sure that our shooting sports and rights extend into the future.  As someone said to me yesterday, we don’t want to be the  last generation that does this.

The Louisville banquet and auction is going to be on Saturday, August 2.  If you’d like to buy tickets, either individually, a package, or a table, please get back with me by the evening of Monday, July 28.  If you’re local, I will come to you to get you your tickets.  If you’re not local, but would like to attend, or if you’d rather not see my ugly mug, you can go here to buy tickets.

If you can’t make it, but still want to chip in, I have tickets for the 2014 FNRA Gun of the Year, a matched set of Colt pistols.  Tickets are $20, and I can either bring them to you local or mail them to you.

I’ll be working the three gun table this year, and I’d love to award one of my readers three guns for a $20 chance.  If you want to take guns from me, you’ll have to come to the banquet, so let me know or hit the link.

I hope to see all of you there!

Good News

Alan Gura is reporting that the case Palmer vs. DC has been decided by the District Court in favor of the plaintiffs.  Basically, Washington D.C.’s ban on carrying a read-to-use handgun for protection outside of the home, and ban on licensing handguns for any purpose for non-residents, has been found unconstitutional.  The court leaned heavily on the Heller and McDonald decisions, but also drew from cases decided by various courts of appeal in other areas of the country that also drew from Heller and McDonald.

Is this particular fight over?  Not by a long shot.  I’m sure that an appeal is already in the works, and we may well see this issue at the Supreme Court in a few years.  We need to thank Mr. Gura and his colleagues for their hard work, but we also need to support them in their future efforts, both here and elsewhere.  If you’re not a member of the SAF, please consider getting in on the game.  The SAF has been playing offense on our behalf for a long time, and most of the court cases that have advanced our cause have been done, at least in a large part, by the SAF.

To my brothers and sisters in Washington, D.C., congratulations.  Welcome to free America.

Movie Quotes – Day 207

He was smiling… That’s right. You know, that, that Luke smile of his. He had it on his face right to the very end. Hell, if they didn’t know it ‘fore, they could tell right then that they weren’t a-gonna beat him. —  Cool Hand Luke

You can’t defeat a free person.  All you can do is kill them.  So long as you keep resisting, you are still free.

Movie Quotes – Day 206

Today, my jurisdiction ends here. — Silverado

There has to be a limit.  There has to be a place where we tell our public servants “This far, and no further”.  They have to be taught to respect that, either in the courthouse or at the ballot box.  The first step in rolling back the more outrageous abuses is to keep them from spreading.  Maybe we can remove the chains they’ve put on us, maybe not, but we won’t get anywhere until we stop their advance.

News Roundup

  • From the “Dumbass” Department – A man in Colorado was arrested hours after he allegedly robbed a bank wearing a shirt with his name on it.  Reports are that he will be clothed in jail with an “I’m with Stupid” shirt, only the arrow will pointing up.
  • From the “Been There” Department – A woman in Washington was arrested recently when she failed to stop for a police officer.  What drew the officer’s attention was her boyfriend taking a flying leap out of the car to avoid arguing with her.  All I can say is that I know the feeling.
  • From the “Demon Rum” Department – A man in Washington was arrested when he broke into a home and refused to leave, all while taking drinks from a bottle of whiskey.  It appears that Otis thought he was at a a friend’s house, but missed his turn and was 10 miles away from his expected destination.  I’m assuming that he brought the booze with him, since I expect that a teenager seeing someone drinking his father’s whiskey would have put that knife to good use.
  • From the “ChooChoo” Department – The Obama administration has decreed that railroads must use stronger rail cars to transport flammable liquids such as crude oil.  Railroads will have two years to comply with the new regulations, which mandate phasing out older cars, added armor on new cars, and bags of kitty litter strapped to the sides.  If only there were a way to move mass quantities of liquids from one part of the continent to another. You know, like a line of pipes, with these stations that have pumps.
  • From the “Oopsie” Department – A woman in California had a surprise recently when a large advertisement banner fell on her house.  It appears that the banner, which was advertising for an insurance company, broke free from the plane towing it.  No word yet on casualties, although there are unconfirmed reports that the pilot was found badly bruised and covered in gecko bites.
  • From the “Callback” Department – In my last roundup, I talked about the vials of smallpox virus that were found in a defunct lab. Now, the same scientist who found that cache of doom has repeated the feat.  Over 300 vials of pathogens were found at a NIH facility in Maryland, and the government has promised swift action to make sure such things never happen again.  New federal guidelines forbidding the cleaning out of storage rooms have already been drafted and published.
  • From the “Knowledge is Power” Department – A Pennsylvania woman is facing jail time after being arrested in New Jersey for having her gun on her with hollow point bullets in it.  While I believe that the law is garbage, I have to side with New Jersey on this one.  If the law is on the books, then she ought to have known it and planned accordingly.  Your concealed carry license is only good in the states that recognize it, and you have to follow the law when you travel.  If her concealed carry instructor didn’t tell her that, then shame on both of them.
  • From the “Conundrum” Department – A judge in California has found that state’s death penalty unconstitutional due to the long wait that condemned prisoners go through while their multiple appeals go through.  You see, it’s cruel to execute them immediately after trial because they have the right to appeal their conviction, but it’s also cruel to make them wait until all of the appeals that they initiate wend their way through the governor’s office and the courts.  Wait, what?
  • From the “Self-Inflicted” Department – A woman in Florida has been awarded $23 billion in a lawsuit against a tobacco company.  It would appear that her father never bothered to read the side of a pack of cigarettes, read the newspaper, or watch the TV news after 1952, so he did not know that cigarettes were bad for you.  While he did try on multiple occasions to quit, he was never successful.  While I feel for her, and I believe that at least a few generations of tobacco company executives were slime, nobody put a gun to his head and told him to light up.
  • From the “NIMBY” Department – A shooting range in New York, which had been in business for 73 years, was recently shut down after the utility company that owned the land terminated its lease.  It appears that pressure on Con Edison had mounted over the years as homes were built next to the range.  My question is this:  If you don’t want to deal with the noise and such that such a facility brings with it, why did you build a McMansion next to it in the first place?  Then again, I was raised right and have common sense, so maybe I’m asking too much here.
  • From the “Hypocracy” Department – First Lady Michelle Obama, taking a break from her hectic schedule of spot checking the consistency of the gruel fed to school children, recently had a bit of cognitive dissonance.  During a speech when she decried the influence of money in the political process, she asked her audience to “write the biggest, fattest check” they could.  In follow-up comments, Mrs. Obama decried the violence in Ukraine, then asked the audience to “kill a Commie for Mommy”.  She also suggested that they support the Palestinian movement by keeping kosher, and to help the President advance his gun control agenda by joining the NRA.
  • From the “Hubris” Department – A man in Maryland was arrested after talking trash on social media over whether or not the police could catch him.  Remember, pride goeth before the fall, and, to paraphrase Chris Rock, if the police have to come looking for you, they’re bringing an ass-kicking with them.
  • From the “Customer Service” Department – A used car dealership in Florida decided to refund a customer the cost of some repairs, which should have been covered under warranty, with pennies.  The woman had complained to the DMV about the companies refusal to cover labor on the repair, and the DMV had ordered the refund.  While perfectly legal, this shows just how little the company cares about people buying cars from them.   Hopefully making them famous on the web will help others avoid them, and hopefully the owner comes down with a bad case of ocular hemorrhoids.

Movie Quotes – Day 205

They were both poisoned. I spent the last few years building up an immunity to iocane powder. — The Princess Bride

Find a way to succeed.  Scratch, bite, claw, cheat, steal, whatever it takes.  If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing whatever it takes to finish the job.  Remember, if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.

Musings

  • I am no longer allowed to use the phrase “bone breaker” when referring to the hand specialist myrheumatologist wants to send me to.
    • Neither will I be allowed to request “Terminator hands”.
  • I am no longer allowed to use the phrase “Computer fall down, go boom” in a status message.
    • “Storage go bye-bye” probably ought to be on the list of things to not say in official communications, too.
  • I am no longer allowed to compliment a customer for being a good canary in the coal mine.
  • I am no longer allowed to suggest “jacking the old one up and shoving a new one underneath it” as a solution.
  • I’m a baking fool.  Had to use up some bananas that were growing freckles and a batch of homemade butter that wouldn’t firm up.  So I made shortbread cookies and banana bread.
  • We got over three inches of rain in the past 24 hours, and it’s still coming down.  If we can get a good, hot, sunny day, the tomatoes should all ripen quite nicely.
  • Pork chops and hamburger were above $3 a pound today.  Guess we’re going to be having meatless Fridays for a while.
  • Saw a woman at the grocery store today.  Her 10-ish year old son was being a little turd, but I’m proud to say that her turning around and saying “Do you want me to embarrass you in front of all these people?” seemed toright his little wagon.
    • And yes, her Kentucky accent was quite syrupy when she said it.
  • One stage at the shooting match yesterday had us simulating walking the dog and being attacked.  We took a penalty if we stopped moving or let go of the leash while shooting.
    • I don’t know about you, but if I’m walking Moonshine and five guys jump out of the bushes, he’s on his own for getting home.
    • You could do a variant of this where you have to pick up a sandbag “child” and walk to an “exit” with a lot of no-shoots and valid targets that pop up.

Today’s Earworm

Movie Quotes – Day 204

In the future, in place of “search and destroy,” substitute the phrase “sweep and clear.” Got it? — Full Metal Jacket

They’re not illegal aliens, they’re undocumented immigrants.  It’s not police brutality and harassment, it’s an aggressive response to someone resisting arrest.  It’s not a wholesale attempt by the government to control what a consenting adult uses to change their mood or how they feel, its a War on Drugs.   It’s not a rifle, it’s an assault weapon.  I’m not a concerned citizen who believes that things have gotten out of hand and that we should use every legal method we can to right the ship of state, I’m a potential domestic terrorist.

Words matter, especially when being used to influence the attitudes of the masses.  Yeah, those who use guns know that “assault weapon” and “high capacity magazines” are buzzwords.  The same goes for “limited operations”, “budget cuts”, and “government reform”.  All of these things are misleading ways of saying “we are going to screw the greatest number of you possible with the smallest number of you realizing it.”  But does the average citizen watching the 6 o’clock news know that?  We have to take back the language if we are to make any headway in taking back our country.

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