* – how do I get this job? I was MADE for this job!!!:
* – scary. Innovative and cool, but kinda scary…
* – is the next Star Wars film gonna take place in an old folks home?
* – Steven Seagal and Sheriff Joe Arpaio? There’s an interesting combo!
* – I always liked Bruce Willis…
* – RIP, Harry Reems.
* – RIP, Bonnie Franklin.
* – RIP, Alan Calhamer.
* – RIP, C. Everett Koop.
* – DAMN!!! This is one hell of a smart kid!
* – thank you, Dr. Carson, sir. Thank you very much:
And just who is Dr. Carson? Well…
* – as long as we’re talking about Dr. Carson and his stance on political correctness…
pickles? Don’t go there.
how about the school in MA. that banned Valentine’s Day?
and we can’t have patriotic students. Oh, no!
don’t even think about bringing a gun to school.
don’t think about disarming another student, either.
now the SI swimsuit issue is racist. Seriously.
* – kinda makes me wanna go back sixty years or so…
* – go, Adam Carolla, go!
* – yeah, I’ll definitely be paying attention to what’s being taught in my son’s school.
* – I’m definitely keeping an eye on Rand Paul.
* – I am so glad I don’t live in New York City.
* – fuck you, Nanny Bloomberg. That’s all you’re worth – just a plain, simple “Fuck you!”
* – I bet Nanny Bloomberg does like Milton Tingling very much.
* – you know, when even Democrats are saying at least parts of Obamacare are bad…
* – death panels? What death panels? Well, according to Paul Krugman…
* – just how accurate was the SotU speech?
* – thank you, Senator Cruz:
* – thank you again, Senator Cruz:
Oh, and by the way, Senator Feinstein, I don’t give a damn how long you’ve been doing your job, or how close you’ve been to the Constitution. I give a damn how well you do the job and how well you understand the Constitution, and I have serious doubts about the both.
* – Benghazi? What Benghazi? Who is this Ben Ghazi person you speak of? Never heard of him…
* – according to Leon Panetta, President Obama apparently has no clue about Benghazi…
* – So it’s ok if Obama does the same stuff Bush did?
I don’t really need to say anything else, do I?
(I hope whoever bought her didn’t pay very much…)
* – now this is some scary shit! This is the USDA, people!
* – Marc Lamont Hill of CNN is an idiot.
* – CNN doesn’t exactly hire the brightest bulbs in the closet, do they?
* – global warming is the cause of asteroids, CNN? Really?!
* – NBC deceptively editing?! No way!
* – why don’t we hear more about clean coal?
* – as long as we’re on the climate change schtick: hot girl / conservative monologue.
* – and speaking of that hypocritical windbag Al Gore and his fans…
* – Dear Mexico,
Love and kisses,
* – gun rights:
* – hey, I’m just a guy. I’m the one with the dick between my legs, so what the hell do I know about how women want to protect themselves, right? So, you tell me, ladies, would you rather have a gun – you do trust yourself with a gun, don’t you? – to defend yourself with, or a pen? Or, why even defend yourself at all? Why not just piss yourself? Or puke all over yourself? Or just tell your would-be attacker you’re on the rag?
* – no matter what, ladies, just please tell me you won’t listen to Joe Biden!
* – “But you don’t need assault weapons or large capacity magazines!”
Yeah? Well, you don’t need…
* – you know the idea of higher taxes are bad when even Bill Maher starts complaining about it.
* – so, we’re basically auctioning access to the President now?
I guess that’s one way to combat the effects of the sequestration, huh?
* – this is an MSNBC personality, folks:
* – occasionally John Boehner says something I like:
* – speaking of sequestration, maybe if we just collected the back taxes that all those federal employees owed…
* – or maybe if the DHS wasn’t buying over a billion rounds of ammo and armored vehicles. Why does the DHS need armored vehicles?
* – 170 million jobs could be lost due to sequestration, Maxine Waters? 170 million? Really? You’re aware that there aren’t that many jobs in the country, right?
Here’s what it boils down to, Ms. Waters – you’re either stupid or a liar. Which one is it?
My money is on both, actually…
* – well done, Congressman Harris!
* – about that minimum wage…
* – more about that minimum wage.
* – because I just can’t get enough Bill Whittle…
* – well said, sir, VERY well said!
* – let’s end with some humor, shall we?:
here’s what I would do to try to get the Atlanta Falcons over the hump and hoisting the Lombardi Trophy next year:
Big Picture Overview - on offense, the Falcons need to upgrade their running game and probably replace Tony Gonzalez, who is most likely going to retire, at TE. Typically one of the best running teams in the NFL under Mike Smith, Atlanta dropped to 29th in rushing yards per game and 28th in yards per carry. A small part of this was due to a change in offensive philosophy, as Dirk Koetter clearly emphasizes the run less than his predecessor, Mike Mularkey. Most of the problem, however, was due to an obvious fall-off in talent from RB Michael Turner and an offensive line that was better in pass protection (7th in sacks allowed – though only 24th in QB hits allowed) than run blocking.
Defensively, even though they weren’t very good against the run (21st in yards allowed per game and 29th in yards allowed per carry), in today’s NFL the Falcons’ flaws against the pass are more glaring. They need to generate more of a pass rush from their front four (28th in sacks) and get much better in coverage from their LB corps.
In their attempt to improve this offseason, Atlanta is helped by having a first round pick and a fourth round pick in the upcoming draft, selections they didn’t have last year because of the 2011 Draft Day trade with Cleveland to move up to select WR Julio Jones. However, the Falcons are very tight up against the cap (somewhere between $1.3 – $1.7 million in cap space at this writing), so unless moves are made to free up money, being active in free agency will be difficult.
QB – sign Matt Ryan to a contract extension. Structure the deal such that not only does it keep Ryan in Atlanta for the forseeable future, but that it also frees up some cap space.
Re-sign backup Luke McCown. He knows the offense and is familiar with his teammates.
RB - cut Michael Turner. As mentioned above, he has obviously hit the wall. He no longer has the power, the size-speed ratio, nor the burst to the hole he once had. Also, he is a poor fit in this offense due to his limitations as a pass-catcher. Releasing Turner would free up about $5.5 million in cap space, as well. I would most likely turn to the draft to try to replace Turner. Somebody like Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor would be a good choice. He would likely be available by the time Atlanta’s second-rounder came up. Whoever they select, they should be looking for a back who can catch the ball, pick up the blitz, and whose best quality as a runner is acceleration to the hole (for example, when the backs run the forty at the Combine, I’m willing to bet Dimitroff will pay more attention to the 10-yard split times than the actual 40 times).
Re-sign Antone Smith. He’s a virtual non-factor in the running game, but he’s a valuable special-teamer (the Falcons were 15th in opponent’s punt return average and 8th in opponent’s kick return average).
Expect a change in philosophy in the Falcons’ running game next year. Dirk Koetter’s offense does not require a feature back who totes the rock 20 to 25 to 30 times a game. Expect an RB-by-committee approach next season, with a lot of Jason Snelling, Jacquizz Rodgers and whoever Turner’s replacement is.
FB – not an important position. In this offense, a fullback might see 20% of the offensive snaps. As such, I expect to see last year’s fifth round pick, Bradie Ewing (who missed all of his rookie season with a knee injury), given every opportunity to win the job. If not, somebody like incumbent Mike Cox could be re-signed / signed to fill the spot.
WR – Atlanta looks very good here. The top three targets, Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Harry Douglas, all are healthy, productive, and under contract. Fourth receiver Drew Davis showed well in limited action (the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Davis is a free agent. If he is, he should be re-signed). The fifth and likely final receiver slot could filled by Kevin Cone, Kerry Meier, or Tim Toone (also a free agent, according to the AJC. If he is, I’d let him go and let Cone and Meier battle it out).
TE - by now everybody has heard that Gonzalez is “95%” likely to retire. In a way, if he does, it works to the Falcons’ benefit, as it clears over $9 million in salary cap space. However, #2 and #3 tight ends Michael Palmer and Chase Coffman are both free agents, as well. I would bring both back, though I wouldn’t bank on either stepping up to take Gonzalez’s place. In free agency, Atlanta could look to sign Fred Davis (Washington), Martellus Bennett (New York Giants), or Jared Cook (Tennessee). A rumor has been floated around in the past that the Packers might cut Jermichael Finley. Any of those players would be at least adequate replacements for Gonzalez, though they would be expensive. A less costly option would be to draft a TE. Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame) and Zach Ertz (Stanford) could well be there when Atlanta’s first-rounder comes up, and I am intrigued by some other mid-round possibilities like Travis Kelce (Cincinnati), Gavin Escobar (San Diego St.), Dion Sims (Michigan St.), and Nick Kasa (Colorado).
OL - this position group could see significant changes. Three-fifths of the Opening Day starting offensive line – LT Sam Baker, C Todd McClure, and RG Garrett Reynolds – is set to hit free agency, as is backup swing tackle Will Svitek (who missed this past season with an upper arm injury, but had replaced Baker as the starting LT for part of the 2011 season). I would bring back Svitek, but the other three are no guarantees.
Baker has underachieved since being drafted in the first round (21st overall) in 2008. This past season was arguably his best, but a good part of the reason behind that is likely because he finally stayed healthy for a full season. He has been plagued by back and elbow injuries in the past. So, do you really want to invest a multi-year, multi-million-dollar deal in an injury-prone player who has underperformed to date? Especially in a year when left tackles like Ryan Clady (Denver, though he will likely be franchised), Jake Long (Miami), Branden Albert (Kansas City), Jermon Bushrod (New Orleans), and Will Beatty (New York Giants) could be available in free agency? I wouldn’t.
McClure has always been undersized for his position, and now he is on the wrong side of thirty-five. In recent years the Falcons have drafted Joe Hawley (fourth-rounder in 2010, 117th overall) and Peter Konz (second-rounder in 2012, 55th overall) with the intent of developing them for the day McClure moved on. I believe that day is here. Konz started at RG after Reynolds went down with a back injury, and showed enough to be given the first crack at replacing McClure as the team’s starting center in 2013. As much as I admire McClure and what he’s done for Atlanta since 1999, it’s time to let him go.
Reynolds could be replaced, as well. He was drafted (fifth-rounder in 2009, 156th overall) as a right tackle to back up Tyson Clabo, but moved to right guard when Atlanta decided to let Harvey Dahl move on in free agency after the 2010 season. Reynolds has been adequate at best in that role. While there aren’t many upper-echelon guards likely to hit free agency outside of possibly Andy Levitre (Buffalo) (Louis Vasquez of San Diego, too, perhaps?), the draft looks fairly deep at the position. If by some miracle Chance Warmack (Alabama) fell to the 30th pick, I’d jump all over him. Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina) is a more realistic option in the first round, and Larry Warford (Kentucky) could be there in the second. Brian Winters (Kent St.) and Alvin Bailey (Arkansas) could be worth looking at in the third.
DL – the only consistently reliable pass-rusher in this group is John Abraham, and he is nearing the end of his most recent contract and will be 35 on May 6th. Ray Edwards was released during the regular season. Kroy Biermann is best as a rotational player. Cliff Matthews and Jonathan Massaquoi look like special-teamers at this point. Lawrence Sidbury has failed to develop after showing some flashes earlier in his career and should be allowed to move on in free agency. Both the draft and free agency are deep in edge rushers this year, though I might look to free agency to get a proven player. Guys like Michael Johnson (Cincinnati), Cliff Avril (Detroit), Michael Bennett (Tampa Bay), and Paul Kruger (Baltimore) come to mind immediately.
The interior defensive line needs to generate more of a pass rush, as well. I like Jonathan Babineaux and Corey Peters as the starting DTs, and I think Vance Walker should be re-signed. Peria Jerry, on the other hand, I think should be released. He has never fully recovered from the knee injury that cut his rookie season drastically short in 2009, and likely never will. Unfortunately, he looks like a bust. Somebody like Desmond Bryant (Oakland) would be a nice pickup in free agency to play the role of situational interior rusher.
LB – the key goal here is to get better in pass coverage. Zach Miller (Seattle) and Vernon Davis (San Francisco) in the playoffs (8 catches for 142 yards and a TD and 5-106-1, respectively) weren’t the only tights ends to victimize the Falcons in 2012. Greg Olsen (6-89-1 and 4-55-1) in Weeks Four and Fourteen, Fred Davis (5-54-0) in Week Five, Brandon Myers (5-62-0) in Week Six, Jimmy Graham (7-146-2 and 4-59-0) in Weeks Ten and Thirteen, Dallas Clark (4-65-0) in Week Twelve, and Luke Stocker (3-50-0) in Week Seventeen all burned Atlanta fairly well. The only linebacker currently on the roster who isn’t a liability in coverage is Sean Weatherspoon, and that’s only because he has the speed and quickness to recover from mistakes he makes in instincts and technique. The other starting ‘backers, Akeem Dent in the middle and Stephen Nicholas on the strongside, are far better run defenders than pass defenders. Robert James is a special-teamer. Mike Peterson should be allowed to move on in free agency. Possible free agents to look at bringing into the fold are Philip Wheeler (Oakland), Dannell Ellerbe (Baltimore), and Kaluka Maiava (Cleveland).
DB – another position of strength for the Falcons. While Dunta Robinson will never live up to the contract he signed, he’s a legit NFL starting corner. Asante Samuel turned out to be an excellent acquisition. Robert McClain and Chris Owens really stepped up as nickel and dime backs. Yes, they could do better than Dominique Franks, but a #5 CB / PR is a fairly low priority.
Brent Grimes? Yes, it would be nice to bring him back, but he’s coming off a major, season-ending Achilles injury, will soon be 30 (July 19th), and will likely be expensive to retain. If he’s willing to take a “hometown discount” and sign some sort of incentive-laden deal, great. If not, let him move on.
At safety, the team’s highest priority free agent to retain must be SS William Moore. He and FS Thomas DeCoud were both Pro Bowl alternates this past season. Charles Mitchell and Shann Schillinger are basically special-teamers. I don’t mind letting Chris Hope go in free agency as long as a good #3 safety who can play both free and strong safety can be found to replace him.
ST – Atlanta is also in very good shape here, for the most part. Matt Bryant has become one of the most accurate, clutch kickers in the league over the past few years. Matt Bosher has developed nicely as a punter and kickoff specialist. Jacquizz Rodgers is a good (though not great) kick returner. The coverage teams are solid. Punt returner is the only obvious flaw.
* – 3D printers: cool? Scary? Both? Neither?
* – the company I work for sells a big, $300 version of this. I think I like $50 better. :)
* – yeah… this whole Disney / Star Wars thing might not turn out too well:
* – the Russians did a live-action version of The Hobbit back in 1985?! Seriously?
* – Terminator V, Arnie? Seriously?
* – a S.H.I.E.L.D. tv show? That could be cool.
* – Robin Williams might be coming back to sitcoms?
* – Sofia Vergara’s back on the market, boys!
* – did this mom go overboard with the rules for her son’s Christmas gift (I don’t think so)?
Really? Is that not just one of the crappiest titles you’ve ever heard? How about “How to Avoid a Fight With Your Significant Other”? Or “How to Reach A Mutually Beneficial Compromise With Your Significant Other”?
By the way, the article itself is fine, imho, but the title just sucks.
* – people got pissed at Brent Musberger for this? Seriously? OY! Grow up, America!
* – RIP, Stan the Man.
* – RIP, Earl of Baltimore.
* – RIP, Chris Kyle.
* – RIP, Ed Koch.
* – RIP, Ralph the doorman.
* – RIP, Phillip Drummond.
* – RIP, Dear Abby.
* – now I’m glad I don’t live in Indiana.
* – ok, I lived in New Hampshire for around 12 years, and it deserves SO much better than this waste of humanity!
* – Louisiana is starting to look attractive, though.
* – well, Glenn Beck is getting ambitious now, isn’t he?
* – nice shot here by Jay Leno on the sale of Current TV.
* – and here by Jon Stewart (who’ll be heard from again later in this episode…).
* – remind me not to watch NBC anymore.
* – well, now I’m glad I don’t do business with Bank of America.
* – thank you, Corporal Boston.
* – thank you, Ted Nugent.
* – thank you, Daphne Jordan.
* – thank you, Celia Bigelow.
* – thank you, sir.
* – “The good thing about Newtown is, it was so horrific that I think it galvanized Americans to a point where the intensity on our side is going to match the intensity on their side.” – former Democrat Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.
“The good thing…”?!
Fuck you, Mr. Rendell!!!
* – exactly how in the fuck can you be shot by an unloaded gun?!
These are the people who want to pass gun legislation. And they wonder why we don’t take them seriously?!
* – so why did those evil Republicans hold up the Hurricane Sandy relief bill?
Oh, gee, I don’t know…
* – maybe John Boehner isn’t so bad, after all… :)
* – boy, that Mitt Romney was such a liar, wasn’t he?
And yes, I’m aware there have been other attempts to repeal the 22nd Amendment, and that some of those attempts have been initiated by Republicans. They were asshats, too. Questions?
* – don’t even get me started on Michael Bloomberg.
* – It matters, Hillary. It matters. The fact that you asked that clearly shows why you were never qualified for your position in the first place.
* – thank you, Rand Paul.
* – thank you, Jeff Duncan.
* – ah, yes, the joy and wonder that is Obamacare.
* – and covering more people and… wait… what?
* – and how about that fiscal cliff deal, huh?
* – at least we had enough sense to ditch the “trillion-dollar coin” idea. May be the folks at Treasury were watching Jon Stewart that day?
(Stewart was on a small roll lately, btw…)
* – well, at least The Deal appears to have dismantled part of Obamacare.
* – though it’s debateable as to how much good it will do to resolve the debt problem.
* – and how about Head Start, huh?
* – it’s about time some of Emperor… excuse me, I meant President… Obama’s executive orders got bitch-slapped.
* – Obama using straw men? Nah…
* – the economy SHRANK in Q4 of last year, people. Got that? It SHRANK! In the final quarter of 2012. But somehow that’s still Bush’s fault, right? Couldn’t possibly be associated with Obama’s policies, could it?
Yes, Mr. Obama, we do deserve better!
* – can we make this guy an honorary American and then elect him to some high office somehow?:
* – it just wouldn’t be one of these posts if there wasn’t some nanny-statism.
* – you know, like banning water bottles.
* – or woodstoves.
Or Lego guns.
Or… oh, Jesus, it’s just fucking STUPID!
* – well, at least this isn’t New Zealand…
* – thank you, Chicks On the Right:
* – thank you, Pat Buchanan.
* – to follow up Buchanan’s point, if this had happened in reverse, don’t you think you would’ve heard more about it?
* – there are such things as black conservatives? Who knew?!
* – saving the best for last, the Bill Whittle portion of our show:
Well, it’s been over a month now since the Sandy Hook school shooting. The wounds are as close to healed as they ever will be for the family and friends of those who lost their lives on that horrific day. The school and the community is as close to recovered as they ever will be. Like Tuscon, AZ and Aurora, CO (among others), Newtown, CT is as ready to move on as it ever will be.
In my last post I ended by saying I wouldn’t get into the gun control debate at that time. I felt it would have been disrespectful to the memories of the deceased to do so. While I am now ready to talk about gun control, I would like to emphasize that what follows is not a response to those who want to use Sandy Hook as a catalyst to enact stricter gun control laws, but rather a summary of how I’ve felt about the right to bear arms since I’ve been cognizant of the issue. Certainly, my opinion has been refined over the years by events in my lifetime, including Sandy Hook, but my general position in regards to gun rights has always been the same.
First and foremost, the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States (a document that I view as the supreme law of the land, not just some museum artifact) gives its citizens the right to bear arms, and it is specific that said right shall not be infringed. Anybody familiar with this issue, on either side, is already aware of that. But what was the purpose of the Founders putting the Second Amendment in the Constitution in the first place? It wasn’t to allow people to hunt. People hunting in the Colonies in the late 1700′s was a given. How else were they to eat? If you couldn’t farm, fish, trap, or hunt, you were going to starve. Period. The amendment also was not put in place so that an individual could defend his or her home or person against an intruder or attacker. Again, that was a given. The Right to Bear Arms was given so that the citizenry could defend itself against a government that sought to become oppressive, like the one they had just freed themselves from.
“But that would never happen here. This is America,” many would say. I would say the roughly 110,000 Japanese-Americans who were put into relocation camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor might argue with you. The federal government of the United States of America, at the executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, imprisoned thousands of American citizens who were guilty of no crime, without any trials. That is oppressive.
“But that was sixty years ago, during a war. We had just suffered an unprovoked attack. That would never happen today, in peacetime.” Really? How many laws have been passed since the turn of the century at the local, county, state, and federal levels? How many since George W. Bush was elected? How many since Obama was elected? How many since he was re-elected? Of those, how many actually had something to do with protecting our rights and freedoms? Remember, to the Founders, the point behind the laws in the Constitution was not to restrict the citizens of the new country, but rather to restrict their government. If a law did not protect a basic right or freedom of the citizen, it shouldn’t be implemented. Today we have laws requiring us to purchase health insurance. We have laws restricting the availability of soda containers of more than 16 ounces. We have laws banning the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles. We have laws banning plastic bags. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. What do any of those laws have to do with protecting one’s rights or freedoms? How do they restrict the power of the government? They all sound to me like they restrict the power of the individual.
“But those are harmless little laws. Banning plastic water bottles isn’t the federal government putting its boot on your throat.”* No, it’s not, but always remember the slippery slope. Remember mission creep. Remember “the new normal.” Remember the Overton Window. Remember this quote by James Madison – “Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation (italics mine).”
“Well, even if the government of the United States did try to oppress the people, do gun owners really think they’ll be able to overcome the numbers, technology, and power of the U.S. military? A bunch of average Joes with semi-automatic AR-15s are going to hold of the most powerful military in the history of the world? Come on!” I hear some variant of that a lot. And I have two responses to it:
1) So we shouldn’t even bother trying? We should just give up without a fight? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather go out like a wolf than live like a sheep. Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.
2) History would suggest that those average Joes would have a better chance than you might think. Remember, the Colonials were fighting the most powerful military in the history of the world at that time, and they were just a bunch of farmers, lawyers, blacksmiths, and the like. They won. Nobody thought the Viet Cong had a prayer against the US back in the Sixties. They won. Nobody thought the mujahideen had a chance against the Soviets in the 1980′s. How did that turn out?
Yes, the colonists received aid from France. Yes, the VC received aid from China and the Soviet Union. Yes, the Afghanis received aid from the United States. What’s your point? You don’t think there’s somebody who would help future American citizens overthrow their tyrannical government? I don’t know that there would be, but how do you know there wouldn’t be?
“But, really, what are the chances you’ll have to defend yourself from the government? Heck, what are the chances you’ll have to defend your home or yourself in a dark alley?” What are the chances your house will catch on fire? You still have homeowners’ insurance, right? What are the chances you’ll be in a car accident? You still have automobile insurance, right? What are the chances you’ll get cancer or break your leg? You still have medical insurance, right? It’s not about the likelihood of the need. It’s about being prepared. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
So, we’ve established the existence of the Second Amendment, and its original purpose (and, in my opinion, it’s necessity). What about some of the other, more detailed arguments that are currently being used by those who are in favor of gun control (currently being used, yes, due to the climate of the day, but bear in mind that all of these arguments, really, have come up before, time and time again)?
1) “Do you really need a semi-automatic weapon and/or do you really need a high-capacity magazine?” First of all, it’s likely not a question of need, but rather of want. Maybe I want the gun to do as much of the work for me as possible. Maybe I don’t want to have to work the bolt or pump the slide or jack the lever to chamber the next round after my first shot. Maybe I just want the gun to be ready for me, just in case. Maybe I am a great shot, but I’m also human, and I’m also as subject to Murphy’s Law as the next guy, and so I just might miss, and I’d like to be able to recover and get off a second shot as soon as possible. Is that really so bad?
A personal aside, here. My father, uncle, and grandfather all taught me how to hunt when I was a teenager. They were very strict about gun safety and hunter safety (my father, in fact, attended the hunter safety course taught by the local police department with me). They were very emphatic about gun control – in the sense of having my gun under control at all times. Always knowing where the barrel was pointing. Always knowing whether the safety was on or not. Whether there was a round in the chamber or not. Not having my finger on the trigger unless I was about to squeeze it. Not pointing the gun down range unless I was 100% certain that what I was about to point my gun at was my intended target (a deer, for example). Not squeezing the trigger unless I was 100% certain I had a killing shot. Not squeezing the trigger unless I was 100% certain that there wasn’t something on the other side of my target that I might hit if I missed or if the bullet passed through my target after a hit. So I get it, ok? Don’t lecture me about how I shouldn’t have a gun in the first place if I’m not even sure I’ll hit what I aim at.
By the way, why does everybody seemingly have an issue with semiautomatic rifles, shotguns, and pistols because they automatically chamber a round after a shot is fired, but nobody is screaming about revolvers that can do the exact same thing? You squeeze the trigger, the cylinder rotates, and another round is ready for you. Hmm…
The bottom line is that semiautos can be as reliable and accurate as bolt-actions or any other kind of gun out there. There are many elite military and police units that use semiautomatic sniper rifles. The longest kill shot on record (made by an Australian commando in Afghanistan last year at over 3,000 yards – no, that is not a typo) was made with a semiautomatic Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle. At the end of the day, it’s the shooter, not the weapon, that has the greatest influence on accuracy.
As far as high-capacity magazines go, let’s go back to the original purpose of the Second Amendment – if I have to fight off an oppressive government, I’m going to need high-capacity magazines. The less time I have to spend changing out mags, the better. In regards to more likely present-day scenarios, allow me to remind you of the Los Angeles riots after the Rodney King trial Or the situation in New Orleans after Katrina. Looting of homes and businesses was rampant until law and order was restored. Some people elected to allow their homes and/or businesses to be ransacked. Some did not. Some defended their property with “assault weapons.” Who do you think had more property left when it was all over? Those who elected to try to appease the looters by not resisting, or those who defended their properties?
Even the act of defending one’s person and/or home against a very small group or even single criminal could require high-capacity magazines. The average individual citizen may be a great shot at the range putting holes in a paper bullseye under controlled conditions, but that’s not the same as when you’re shooting at another human being, who may be moving, while you’re scared out of your mind, and perhaps in poor visibility. Your heart is pumping, your hands are shaking, adrenaline is coursing through your veins… The likelihood of missing a vital area – or missing completely – is much higher. Even crack shots typically use more than one round when engaging the enemy. Take a counterterrorist unit like SEAL Team Six. When the unit was founded, commanding officer Richard Marcinko had them shooting so much that the sixty-man outfit went through as much ammunition in a year as the entire United States Marine Corps. Nevertheless, despite the obvious prowess that was developed by so much practice, those SEALs were still trained to shoot their targets twice with a semiautomatic weapon (once in the chest and once in the head – the now-famous “double-tap”) and with a three-round burst with a fully automatic weapon. Why? To make sure their target was DEAD. When your life is on the line, you don’t shoot to wound, you shoot to kill. Now, if you’re not as accurate as a Navy SEAL and you can’t guarantee that your first shot is going to the heart and the next shot is going to the head, you’re probably going to need more than two rounds, aren’t you? And that’s assuming you’re only dealing with a single assailant.
2) “More / better / stricter gun control laws will make the country safer.” Utterly incorrect, and there are all kinds of statistics out there to back up this statement. For example, go here. Or here. Or here. Or here. Or here. Or here.
3) “Well, if we don’t ban certain types of guns,** how do we make sure things like Sandy Hook never happen again?” First of all, let’s be honest with ourselves – you’re never going to 100% guarantee that bad things will never happen. It’s simply impossible. So, stop setting unrealistic expectations. If they want it badly enough, bad people will do bad things. If a violent criminal wants to get his hands on a gun badly enough, he’ll find a way to do it. Remember, none of the guns Adam Lanza used were his – he stole them from his mother after he killed her. Banning guns is only going to ensure that law-abiding people don’t have them, and therefore render them helpless to defend themselves from the armed criminals.
Secondly, start placing the blame where it belongs – on the criminal. On the human being who pulled the trigger. A gun is an inanimate object. It can do nothing by itself. It has no brain, no will, no soul. It is a tool. Period. Done. End of story. Full stop. Stop making excuses for violent criminals. They’re not “misunderstood.” They don’t need “observation” after they’ve murdered people. They’re killers, and they need to pay the penalty for their crime. The penalty may not very well not reform them, but it may very well serve as a deterrent towards potential future killers and make them think twice before they pull a trigger.
Another quick aside – stop trying to place the blame on the entertainment industry or “the culture.” Banning violent movies and video games and television shows and song lyrics is as useless – if not more so – as banning guns. More importantly, it’s also a violation of the Constitution. I am certainly not willing to sacrifice the First Amendment for the sake of the Second. We need to re-establish personal responsibility in this country. It is not the government’s job to raise your child. It is not the school’s responsibility to raise your child. It is your responsibility to raise your child. If you don’t want your child to watch violent movies or play violent video games – don’t let him! Grow a spine and do your damn job as a parent!
So, what would I do? I have no issue with a reasonable waiting period while a background check is performed on me to determine whether or not I should own a gun. What’s a reasonable waiting period? In today’s America, with the communication and information technology that we have available, I don’t think it should take much more than a week or two to run a background check. If I have a violent criminal history, I should not be allowed to own a gun. If I have a history of mental and/or emotional disability and/or substance abuse (and yes, I think that information should be available to law enforcement personnel), I should not be allowed to own a gun. I don’t have a problem with having to register as a gun owner. I don’t even have a problem with that information being public.
Quite frankly, I rather like the idea of potential criminals seeing my name and address being associated with gun ownership – chances are they’ll then stay the hell away from me and my home!
Upon further review,I realize I could’ve have spared all of you this long-winded monologue and just had you watch this:
But that would’ve taken all the ego-stroking out of it for me. :)
* – in fact, the water bottle ban isn’t a federal law at all. It’s a local law in Concord, MA that was implemented January 1st, 2013.
** – or all guns, for that matter. Let’s be honest, there are people out there who like to see all guns banned from private civilian ownership.
…if for no other reason than to make sure it doesn’t take multiple days to do a new post! OY!!!
* – because I haven’t done so in quite some time, I’m gonna start off with some gratuitous sex. You’ve been warned…
Hmm… That’s a tough one. Let me think… :)
* – I definitely needed to know this about Jennifer Aniston! :)
* – Danica Patrick is single again! YES! :)
* – well, I finished dead last in my fantasy football league. Fucking kill me. Eli Manning – who I took with the 2nd overall pick of my league’s draft – did absolute dick for me practically all year long. Hakeem Nicks was injured pretty much all year long. When I traded for Ben Roethlisberger in an attempt for better QB production, he promptly got injured. Yeesh!
Next year’s gotta be better… right?
* – now, my Falcons on the other hand…
13 – 3. Home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
* – yes, I saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on opening night (DUH! :) ). I liked it. I thought it was a good movie. There were many deviations from the book, and several of them were nothing more than an excuse for Peter Jackson to show off his CGI chops, but I still enjoyed the movie. If you’d like to give the soundtrack a whirl without actually buying it, click here.
* – speaking of The Hobbit, yes, I would like to live here.
* – BAHAHAHA!!!
* – what do you really know about the Middle Ages?
* – RIP, Larry Hagman.
* – RIP, Jack Klugman.
* – RIP, Charles Durning.
* – RIP, Reinhold Weege.
* – RIP, Gerry Anderson.
* – RIP, “Macho” Camacho.
* – RIP, Rick Majerus.
* – RIP, Alexandra McHale.
* – RIP, Navy SEAL. Job well done.
* – RIP, Stormin’ Norman. Godspeed.
(I work in the cell phone biz, folks. It’s no guarantee, but yes, rice is worth a shot)
* – imagine having your smartphone in your contact lenses.
* – what you once thought was science fiction…
* – speaks volumes about our education system:
* – the original Boston Tea Party was an act of terrorism? Really? Oy-vey…
* – so, just how brutal, bigoted, and racist was the white man when he came to the New World?
* – nice Thanksgiving commercial…
* – great answer by Marco Rubio (with an even better follow-up by Dan Calabrese).
* – Hillary faints and gets a concussion just before she’s due to testify about Benghazi? Really? How convenient…
* – not that I ever have, but remind me to NEVER buy anything Harry Belafonte does.
* – really, Martin Bashir? You know, for someone who tries to portray himself as an intellectual, that was pretty immature. Grow up.
* – speaking of “intellectuals,” did you hear that Chris Matthews was glad Hurricane Sandy happened?
* – well, Glenn Beck was certainly on a roll after Hurricane Sandy, now, wasn’t he?
* – oh, hey, btw, about that global warming thing? Yeah, it stopped back in 1997. Thought you’d wanna know.
* – but, by all means, let’s consider a carbon tax.
* – did you know the CIA had a Center on Climate Change and National Security? They opened it in 2009.
They shut it down a month or so ago. I wonder why… ?
* – every so often the Swedish come up with some good ideas.
* – oh, Milton Friedman, we miss you. We so need you now!:
* – this is a perfect example of what free market capitalism can do. A couple of guys who had an idea and ran with it. It cooks your food when you’re camping. It charges your gadgets with the energy it creates from cooking your food. It cooks your food and charges your gadgets from being fueled with kindling. It’s fairly inexpensive. It’s eco-friendly.
And there’s not a multi-million dollar federal loan to be found anywhere. Imagine that.
Who built that one, Mr. President?
* – hell, we’re not even in the top ten anymore for prosperity as a country.
* – meanwhile, our federal government is spending money on shit like this.
* – and it was supposedly Paul Ryan who was gonna push Grandma over the cliff?!?!?! Have you seen this?
* – not that government-controlled health care would ever result in death panels, though. Oh, wait…
* – yeah, how’s that Obamacare working out for you?
* – It’s a beautiful thing, isn’t it?
(please tell me you can recognize the sarcasm there)
* – not that it will affect the medical industry at all, though. Oh, wait…
* – yeah, I could see Obama doing this back in 1620…
* – speaking of the Annointed One, he won re-election, in case you hadn’t heard. Yippee-fucking-skip. Do I think we’re fucked? Yup, yup, I do. And for those Libs who think I’m overreacting and being a sore loser, I’d ask you to remember how some of your heroes reacted when Bush was re-elected.
* – still don’t think this ass is just a ridiculous narcissist? He mentioned himelf 63 times at someone else’s funeral!
* – speaking of the re-election of The One, here’s is the brilliant Bill Whittle’s reaction to it:
I fucking LOVE this guy! I wish he would run for President…
* – a nice, concise reaction to the election by Bo.
* – how do you believe these clowns about anything after this Benghazi goat rodeo?
* – Dear Speaker Boehner,
You’re not helping. Please step down and let somebody who actually believes in the principles of the party he claims to represent take over.
* – Don Gaetz can go, too.
* – “… we’re going to make the Senate a more meaningful place.” – Harry Reid.
Say what?!?!?! How’re you gonna do that, Harry? You finally gonna pass a fucking budget? You know, that little thing you’re required to do by law? The most basic function of your political body? The thing you have done in over 1300 days?
* – it’s not too early to think about 2016, is it?
* – you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t shed any tears over Eric Holder potentially leaving his position.
* – having Nancy Pelosi go, too, wouldn’t bust me up, either.
* – I’ll miss Ron Paul, though.
*- sad to see you leave the front lines, Sen. DeMint.
* – now this is my kind of Republican! :)
* – and now that Obama’s been re-elected, we have that wonderful fiscal cliff to worry about…
* – classy, Steny Hoyer, real classy.
* – it’s not a revenue problem. It’s a spending problem.
* – Jesus, even the Chinese are cutting taxes!
* – and what about a “regulatory cliff,” too?
* – who do you think runs their states better, Republicans or Democrats?
* – I wonder how lower taxes impact state economies?
* – glad to see the Left isn’t using any language that would incite violence or anything…
* – funny, I thought only right-wingers were supposed to be racist? Weird…
* – is it just me, or is a civil rights leader using the n-word more than just a little hypocritical?
* – I don’t think Malcolm X liked Democrats very much:
* – I hope the GLBTQ community doesn’t expect Obama to be their savior in the next four years.
* – I hope nobody expects their taxes won’t go up in the next four years.
* – and now for a random act of journalism:
* – like I needed another reason to want the US to get the hell out of the UN…
* – oh, goody – it’s nanny-state time! In today’s episode, we’re going to fine a 3-year-old $2,500 for peeing in public!
We’re also going to give a man a hard time for having a vegetable garden in his front yard.
We’re also going to fine somebody $97,000 for using their own driveway.
Don’t even think about having a treehouse.
Heaven forbid you have a burger stand!
Pardon the pun, but people are getting their panties in a twist over this?! Seriously? Jesus, but we as a nation need to grow up and learn how to differentiate the innocuous from the malevolent.
Who’s up for Nanny of the Year?
Well, you know, in a country run by idiots…
* – oh, and let’s just toss out the Fourth Amendment while we’re at it.
* – are we becoming Rome?
* – an interesting article on Perception vs Truth.
* – I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas. I wish you the very very best New Year.
Oh, and P.S. – yes, I am very much aware of the Sandy Hook tragedy that took place a couple of weeks or so ago. Yes, I’m familiar with all the debate raging about it now in regards to gun control. Yes, I had many articles bookmarked and ready to be linked to to support my side of the gun control argument. I obviously chose not to use them.
Twenty-six people are dead. Twenty of them six- or seven-year-old children. I refuse to cheapen and trvialize their memories by using them to help me try to win an argument.
Here endeth the lesson.
This is the closest I will come to forming an opinion on this issue at this time:
Oh, not much… (snort!)
* – yeah, I’m really not looking forward to Windows 8.
* – my Falcons are now 7 – 0 and my man-crush Matty Ice is starting to look like a legit MVP candidate.
* – I’m thinking the NFL is keeping an eye on this kid:
* – my fantasy football team is 3 – 5 because Eli Manning is fucking killing me!
* – RIP, Alex Karras.
* – RIP, Gary Collins.
* – RIP, Natina Reed.
* – RIP, Sylvia Kristel.
* – one of the better commercials I’ve seen in a while…
* – I know I’ve said it before, but just allow me to reiterate that only reason I’d want to work in porn is for the money.
Swear to god.
* – another Die Hard movie?
Sure, why not?
* – another Conan flick – with Schwarzenegger?!
* – political BS aside, I do want to see this:
* – Hobbit tv spots!
* – so, Disney’s bought out Lucasfilm, huh? Interesting…
* – yeah, I’d go to this theme park.
* – Iron Man 3, baby!
* – there are Republicans in the American entertainment industry?! No way!
* – of course, sometimes that kind of political allegiance in Hollywood can backfire on you.
* – that doesn’t seem to be holding David Letterman back, though.
* – well, that didn’t work out the way you thought it would, did it, Madonna?
* – how’s that foot taste, Eva Longoria?
* – really, libs? This is the best your messiah can do for a campaign ad?:
* – of course, these aren’t necessarily the brightest bulbs in the closet, anyway…
* – this is another beauty.
* – yeah, you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t take the mainstream media’s news outlets too seriously…
* – I’ve asked this before, but the question bears repeating: how does anybody take Chris Matthews seriously?
Let me ask that again.
And yet again.
How many times do I have to ask this?
* – Soledad O’Brien isn’t much better (though she is admittedly prettier).
* – who is this person, and what did she do with the real Barbara Walters?
* – who is this person, and what did he do with the real Piers Morgan?
* – who is this person, and what did he do with the real Matt Lauer?
* – maybe they’ve been taking lessons from Jake Tapper…
* – this is about a half-hour long, folks, so pour a drink and pull up a chair. Don’t worry, though, it’s worth it:
* – “It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today, and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the tax rates…. [A]n economy constrained by high tax rates will never produce enough revenue to balance the budget, just as it will never create enough jobs or enough profits.” —John F. Kennedy, 1963
* – “…we are in the midst of a huge recovery,” Michelle? Really? Huh. Weird. What country are you living in, again?
* – ya know, when Bill Clinton admits “we’re not where we ought to be“…
* – I think Chris Christie has said it best:
* – yeah, that Obamacare makes a whole lot of sense, doesn’t it?
* – to say nothing of the myths about Medicare…
* – yes, the White House told companies to break the law to cover its ass, and then assured them that if they got sued, it would cover their costs. Awesome.
* – so, how about that first presidential debate, huh?:
(the altitude excuse is the best one, imho. :) )
* – too bad the prez couldn’t have had his teleprompter with him, huh? How unfair.
* – and there are those who wonder why I like Paul Ryan.
* – have we ever had a VP with less class than Joe Biden?
* – Biden was in porn?
* – yup, that Mitt Romney is a real scumbag, isn’t he? I’d hate to have him for a president, wouldn’t you?
* - he has no sense of humor, either:
* – seriously, what a slimeball, huh?
* – I mean, not going where the media wants you to go to when you give charity…
* – not like Obama and Biden. Oh, no, not at all. I mean, those guys are Boy Scouts…
* – they never lie. Never.
* – how the whole Benghazi thing has not become a bigger deal just blows my mind.
* – did you get that, everybody? The results of the Benghazi attack were not “optimal.” The deaths of four Americans were not “optimal.”
* – where are the cries of “RACISM!!!” over this?!
* – racism? What’s that?
* – $57k is “indentured servitude?” Really? Sign me up!
* – oh, btw, global warming ended 16 years ago!
* – if anything, it’s been cooling.
(bring on the cries of “that’s why we call it ‘climate change’ now!” Uh huh…)
Must be because those electric cars are so great for the environment.
* – hmm… nanny-state much?
* – yeah, how’s that higher education working out for you?
* – voter fraud? What voter fraud?
* – great piece by Bill Whittle:
* – I’ll leave you with this excellent site I found a couple of weeks back: One Grateful American.