Friday, February 29, 2008
KINGMAN - Several state senators want a bill passed that allows college students to carry guns on campuses.
The article focused on opposition to the bill. Not very balanced journalism.
Mohave County District 2 Sup. Tom Sockwell of Bullhead City said other alternatives should be looked at before going to the extreme of allowing guns on campuses. Teachers in elementary and secondary schools should learn to identify strange behaviors in problem students, such as those who cannot make friends, before there is a shooting incident.
So Tom thinks it's "extreme" to "allow" victims the means to defend themselves. Implicit in the word "allow" is that our masters decide what is good for us little people. Since the news article doesn't give us Tom's exact quote, we don't know what slant the reporter put on it. Sloppy reporting. And what should we make of teachers identifying "strange behaviors in problem students"? What Carpenter sees is a whole lot more drugs passed out to children and parents being hauled in to 'splain why their kids don't have more friends.
District 1 Sup. Pete Byers, who is retiring from the county board this year, said he supports the right to bear arms. However, he said police officers arriving at a scene of a shooting incident on a campus would not know who the “bad guys” are and who the innocent people are and may shoot at the wrong person.
The police may be confused, but you can bet the victims know exactly who the "bad guys" are. Remember Columbine? The police didn't go into the school for almost 3 hours. A gun-packing potential victim would probably be glad to save the police some work.
“We certainly support a citizens' right to legally carry a concealed weapon. However, we do not feel that allowing the concealed carry of a firearm on school campuses is a safe decision,” Bullhead City Deputy Chief of Police Brian Williamson said. “School violence situations are hectic, chaotic events that provide extraordinary challenges to responding law enforcement officers. Adding more unidentified people carrying guns and possibly engaging in the exchange of gunfire with a suspect may only further confuse the situation and add to the danger for all involved.”
First, would the Virginia Tech massacre have made the front page if a gun-toting student had busted a cap up that little creep's ass? Would that have added to the danger or lessened it? And since a concealed weapon requires a permit, Brian Williamson is all about supporting our right to permission. Huh? If it's a right, why do we need permission?
Williamson said another issue is one of general safety. There may be increased incidents of people leaving weapons unattended in backpacks, briefcases and purses to be picked up by a child or someone unfamiliar with its operation.
Oh, the careless citizens. If we allowed them to pack heat, they'd leave their Glocks laying around everywhere, and children and people "unfamiliar with its operation" would become familiar. Bodies strewn everywhere! Save us, Mr. Po-lice Man.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
"It should not be long-lasting," Bush said at a White House news conference. "The Turks need to move, move quickly, achieve their objective and get out."
There is a word beyond hypocrite, something much worse. Prig is a word which has gone out of use, but fits magnificently.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Here's Ralph inspecting his new toilet area. He approves and can't wait for me to finish.
This view is to the north of our soon-to-be-finished earth-sheltered home. This photo doesn't do the desert poppies justice. They are the most numerous desert bloom right now.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Fred Woodworth has published The Match! since 1969. He doesn't approve of computers, so he can only be reached by mail. His style sheet is free, but donations are welcome. The address is:
P.O. Box 3012
Tucson, AZ 85702
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Americans should be bursting with pride. We've pulled together and accomplished something once thought impossible -- we've pile-driven George W. Bush's approval rating to an abysmal 19%. Bush's disapproval rating is a real tribute to the strength of our government. In any other democratic state (and most dictatorships!) 81% of the people would wield enough collective power to drive villains from office. But not in the U.S. of A!
Truly a sad state of affairs. Is it time to take up arms? But who would we take up arms against? My homies, the citizens of Arizona(McCain excepted), are no more to blame than I am for the wars that have bankrupted this country and robbed us of freedom. Driving the villains from office via ballot box doesn't work, so I suspect nothing will change after the 2008 elections.
This is from RangerAgainstWar's Blog:
The U.S. is not responsible for protecting people that will not bear arms in their own defense.
If they can not protect their own freedom, Ranger concludes they are not ready to be free.
What is sauce for the Iraqi is sauce for the American. Perhaps we hate ourselves for our freedom just like the rest of the world. Sigh.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Here's Dave, pulling off the masking tape over the steel strips.
Here's what the west retainer wall looks like now. In the next week we'll work on the east retainer wall.
Here's a typical Arizona sunset. Sunsets and sunrises are what put Arizona on the map.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Richard Mitchell wrote at least 4 books and for 20+ years wrote a newsletter called The Underground Grammarian. You can read all his newsletters online here.
Monday, February 18, 2008
– Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), letter to Robert Hooke, February 5, 1675/1676. Newton was born on December 25 by the Julian Calendar, at a time when it mattered which calendar was used.
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This once-prosperous country is awash in red ink, mired in recession. Funny we don't call it a depression anymore.
Gee, do ya think the F-ing Iraq War could have anything to do with our economic travails?
It does get cold, though. Look at that thermometer. Brrr!
With lows in the 30's, it's time to turn on the heater. We do this by opening the mini-blinds and letting the sun do its thing. Just letting the sun in the windows keeps our house a constant 70 degrees inside.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
The first step is to push backer rod into the gap between the window and finish stucco.
For caulking I use Sikaflex 1A in Capitol Tan. It comes premixed in the small tubes. The consistancy is like silicon caulking. I use a caulking gun to apply a large bead, then I strike it off with my finger.
Here's the Sikaflex applied between the rusting steel panel and retaining wall. Sikaflex stretches 50%, so it's an ideal product for any place that might have some movement. The gray concrete retainer wall will be painted the same color as the house stucco. We'll also paint the Sikaflex, as the Capitol Tan color doesn't closely enough match the house color. For a lot more pictures of our 2-year homebuilding project, see our photo web page.
Monday, February 4, 2008
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
- Samuel Adams, speech at the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776Sam Adams was a career politician. He started off as a tax collector and ended up as governor of Massachusetts. When he was campaigning for office you can bet his stump speeches didn't have any vague crap about "hope and change".
Saturday, February 2, 2008
This country is falling apart and there's no shortage of great minds. The Republican candidates(Ron Paul excepted) say more war and tax rebate checks will fix things just fine. The Dems say a little less war, tax rebate checks, and universal health care will smooth the bumpy road the little people walk on. The Federal Reserve Board says lowering interest rates will save Wall Street and rescue the economy.
What is the one thing that ties all of these alleged solutions together? They all need to be funded by firing up the printing press. Whose printing press? That, Detective Spooner, is the right question.
Back in the old days, paper money represented stored gold and silver. A paper note couldn't be printed until the gold or silver it represented was deposited in a bank. That one-to-one relationship is what made the dollar a sound currency. Given that constraint, our government found it difficult to finance war and fund a huge standing army and military bases around the world.
Who benefits when a counterfeiter fires up a printing press? The first person to spend the new bills, of course. Everyone else suffers from the resulting inflation. So who is the first person to spend newly printed(and unearned) Federal Reserve Notes? And since the Federal Reserve is not a government entity, who is the owner? Go to the Fed's website and try to understand their FAQ about ownership.
OK, here's some simple math. If the total wealth in the U.S. is measured at (I'm guessing)10 trillion dollars(FRN's), and inflation is 10 per cent(another guess), how much did that "first person" steal? And what did he spend it on? That, Detective Spooner, is the right question.