January 1, 2013

Colorado purported to be testing ground for new draconian anti-gun measures

Courtesy Geoff B, a release from the NRA-ILA, portions of which I’ll reprint here:

Governor John Hickenlooper, a former member of a national anti-gun group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) founded and funded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was just recently joined by thirteen mayors in Colorado to coordinate with President Obama to help pass gun control measures here in Colorado and nationally.

Governor Hickenlooper has also gone on the offensive when it comes to gun control by making statements just this past week that the “time is right” to consider stripping away your gun rights this next session.

[…]

As we know all too well, there are those in Colorado and across the country who do not support the Second Amendment the way you and I do.  They choose to take an impulsive approach to these situations that could end up harming more law-abiding citizens in the process.

Those anti-gun extremists are looking to Colorado as a “guinea pig” to push through ineffective and illogical gun control laws at the state level; those that have proven to be failures in other states, and solely affecting and punishing law-abiding citizens.

There has already been serious discussion by some Democrats in the Colorado General Assembly to ban commonly-owned semi-automatic rifles, ban “high capacity magazines,” ban online sales of ammunition, restrict private sales and reverse the state Supreme Court ruling on Campus Carry.  These misguided views are an affront to our constitutional rights as law-abiding citizens.

The battle to protect our gun rights that lies before us in this next legislative session in is one unlike we have ever seen.  As gun owners, sportsmen and supporters of the Second Amendment, we urge you to contact Governor John Hickenlooper and your state legislators to respectfully express your opposition to restrictions to your lawful gun rights.

Governor John Hickenlooper can be reached by e-mail or telephone at (303) 866-2471.  Contact information for your state legislators can be found here.

My letter to Governor Hickenlooper, sent via email:

Dear Governor Hickenlooper:

The NRA-ILA is reporting that your office has plans to make Colorado a testing ground for significant gun control measures. As a law-abiding gun owner who has been fingerprinted and vetted for a concealed carry permit -- not to mention paid the money required to acquire that permit, a not insignificant sum for someone outside of government -- I find any move to go after law-abiding gun owners on the back of several tragedies that are more the product of provably ineffective governmental policies that in effect single out where law abiding citizens WON'T be armed, creating de facto game reserves for spree killers (one of which used a shotgun), not only cynical and opportunistic, but a direct affront to my right to protect myself, my wife, and my two small children from predators who, experience has shown us, ignore gun bans.  Witness Chicago today.  Too, as the 1994"assault weapons" ban did nothing to curb gun violence -- and given that very few gun crimes are committed with the kinds of weapons being proposed by Dianne Feinstein's summary of bans -- one is justified in concluding that this is more about politicians wanting to be seen as "doing something" against gun violence than it is about effecting real change that may curb such spree killings in the future.  For that, look only to Utah or those places in TX where teachers, as citizens, have the option, if certified, to carry weapons.  Spree killers aren't interested in having their fantasies shattered by an armed citizen.  Which is why they tend to hit those places the government has told them will be most unprotected.  It is no coincidence that the Aurora shooter picked the theater he did.

The bottom line is this:  attacking law-abiding gun owners because you have a disdain for those Coloradans who live outside of the Denver / Boulder area is political posturing, nothing more.

And it will be a sad day for this country when the Governor of a state rooted in outdoor tradition such as Colorado seeks to have that state remade into some wannabe cosmopolitan Chicago of the west.

I strongly urge you to reconsider what it is you may be planning, and to recognize that you don't stop criminals by hamstringing law abiding citizens looking to protect themselves and their families.  When seconds count, the police are minutes away.  And no cosmetic add-on to a semi-automatic rifle makes it any more lethal than a traditional scoped hunting rifle -- or, as it is often known in the military, a "high powered sniper rifle."

Leave us alone.  Protect our fundamental right to self defense. I implore you.

Regards,
Jeff Goldstein

Looks like outlawism is coming to the west. This won’t end well for me. But I owe it to my family to fight for what is right — and any attempt to disarm law-abiding citizens is an affront to the very ideas contained in our founding, including natural rights to self defense that far precede the formation of this country.

Molon labe.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 6:25pm
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Comments (119)

  1. You forgot to mention the miserable cock-suckers took an oath to protect and defend the constitution, and by violating that oath, become themselves the domestic enemies they are supposed to defend against. Ya pack of traitorous bastards.

    Oh well, maybe next time.

    Oh yeah, happy fucking new year.

  2. My letter to Governor Hickenlooper Governor Moonbeam, Jr., sent via email:

    Fixed that.

  3. You need to move South a few states, Jeff.

  4. for what its worth

    via wiki

    The oaths of state and local officials are largely patterned on the federal oath of constitutional allegiance. Typical would be the oath taken by all New York government officials:

    I solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of New York, (and the Charter of the City of New York, e.g.), and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of (mayor of the City of New York, e.g.) to the best of my ability.[65]

    (So help me God is traditionally added.)

    link

  5. You need to move South a few states, Jeff

    bad advice for the constitution

  6. You need to move South a few states, Jeff

    proggtards would never round up undesirables into pens. really!!11!!

  7. Hey, our Governor just lowered our taxes and we have open carry.

    We live in America down here.

  8. Alternatively:

    “Nuts!”

  9. They’re relentless. We need to be even more so.

    They have no interest at all in any facts or historical evidence, nor do they care about the “children.” They find private gun ownership revolting — an intolerable symbolic and material impediment to State power. They wish to end it. Simple as that. They’re beginning to understand that they can get exactly what they wish — like never before — with the tools and forces presently at their disposal. (After all, Obama’s audacious lies and the media’s fanatical determination pulled off the inconceivable coup of a second term for this epic failure of a president.) Republicans in Congress will not fight any concerted Obama/media push — on anything. They simply do not have it in them. We now know this. This is our fight.

  10. “proggtards would never round up undesirables into pens. really!!11!!”

    Unless they were Nisei.

  11. Need a pro-freedom Democrat (there must be at least one in Colorado) to primary Loopy.

  12. <– As my avatar reads, "Come and take it."

  13. As the doctor said to the mummy, turn your head and sarCOPHagus, please.

  14. I been out on hwy 50 the last 4 days I love it here and these is gun people… Pueblo West… Florence… Canon City

    plus it’s crazy beautiful

    plus they have a walmart where an asian guy will manicure you six ways to sunday

  15. goddamn my cuticles is looking tight

  16. Walmart is truly an American triumph.

    It must be why lefties hate it so much.

  17. So are chicks staring at your fingers and you’re all “Hey! I’m up here!” n’ shit?

  18. No scheme too crazy.

    Imagine if you will that the Freedom Group is bought by a consortium of investors including Michael Bloomberg and George Soros. Imagine further that the new CEO is a pro-gun control “hunter” and that the new board of directors will include representatives from the families of the children shot in Newtown. Top this all off with the notion that the company will provide “moral leadership” to the gun industry and will establish a fund to compensate crime victims who have been shot with firearms produced by the Freedom Group.

    You would be right to ask if I was either showing signs of early dementia or having some sort of drug-induced hallucinogenic dream. Actually, it is neither. This comes from an opinion article written by John Macintosh for CNN.

  19. is cause my cuticles is beautiful like diamonds in the sky

    shine bright like a diamond, little cuticles

  20. If Soros and the nanny and their fellow travelers want to blow billions on a gun manufacturer that will no longer manufacture guns once they own it, well hey — it’s their money.

    Once their re-imagined Freedom Group has gone out of business, other companies will buy the brands at yet another auction and put them back in production.

  21. Twinkle, twinkle, little cuticles,
    There’s no word that rhymes with cuticles.

  22. “Imagine further that the new CEO is a pro-gun control “hunter” ”

    scams across the board

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    Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania has worked with computer maker Dell for the past five years to recycle or refurbish old computers, and it began taking TVs last year in its recycling program in anticipation of the new law, spokesman David Tobiczyk said.

    Last year, the nonprofit recycled more than 2.5 million pounds of electronics, not counting what was resold.

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  23. you know jeff you might have alot of “journalists” in the reader column

  24. I imagine a federal subsidy plan to incentivize the non-production of guns. It worked for Agriculture and Minerals.

  25. cubicles!

  26. protein wisdom news now! who wants to buy bandwidth?

  27. Starting the new year the [disarmed, gun banned] Chicago way, “The list: 15 people shot, 3 fatally, on New Year’s Day “.

  28. But how can Chicagoans be getting shot if guns are banned in Chicago? That doesn’t make any sense.

  29. You need to move South a few states, Jeff

    yea glenn beck: stand and fight in nyc

  30. Knock yourself out. Glenn Beck lives in Texas.

  31. I like the part about – as a man, it’s your role to protect the women’s and children’s and taking your guns is the equivalent to cutting off your nuts. I mean what’s next? The state will make you wear a dress and hand out lolly-pops?

    “This deal’s getting worse all the time…”

  32. Shine on you crazy diamond, Happy.

  33. I like the part where you think we give a shit which part you purport to like.

  34. There are no guns in Illonois, which is why no one gets shot there, so surely that will happen in Colorado was well.

  35. Slurpy must still be in the Boones Farm from last night.

  36. Knock yourself out. Glenn Beck lives in Texas.

    coward

  37. The state will make you wear a dress and hand out lolly-pops?

    ask the faggot communists

  38. Is that song about a couple deciding that the man needs to roll over get poo-holed with a marital aid? ‘Cause that’s what the bonzo lyrics seem to imply. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  39. Knock yourself out. Glenn Beck lives in Texas.

    yep he be fighting sumthing where it don’t matter

  40. new year resolution: turn off beck/hannity turn on levin

  41. ask the faggot communists

    … i see you’re true colors shining through, i see your true colors and that’s why i love you. so don’t be afraid to let them show. true colors are beautiful, like a rainbow…

  42. Beck is good with bringing the info. He really is.

    BUT

    There are some pretty serious turn offs. His speeches followed by tangentially related commercials for goods and services feel pretty “Face in the Crowd”-ish sometimes. It feels like a slightly toned down charismatic televangelist kind of thing. I am too much a stark hard eyed grey lutheran to take that more than once a week. He does it just about every day. As Hank Hill would say, “That ain’t right.” And he cries so much “OH MY GOD I’M BEING SO SINCERE RIGHT NOW LIKE GERALDO AND OPRAH AND SHEPARD SMITH” that it either has to be a phony act he can dredge up on command or he’s a really fragile unstable guy who needs to be followed by a hug robot with soft mitts. Either way…sheesh.

    His co-hosts are pretty decent. They carry some of his lamer jokes when he can’t. They do mockery well.

    But I do like his basic Blaze news site. I tried his pay-stuff and was not impressed so I canceled. His coverage of the election was abysmal. It was a bunch of guys sitting around in the middle of a bunch of infomercial-esque show sets groaning and eating while S.E. Cupp lost her voice.

    I’m not saying that he’s not a nice guy or that he doesn’t edit a funny book ( I have Arguing With Idiots) every now and then but there are some signals that he is either a cynical guy playing cornball to ingratiate himself with his audience or he’s s strange hyper-emotional fractured man of the sort who only knows he exists when he is working on projects and selling .

    Like I said, there are some turn-offs.

  43. “I like the part about – as a man, it’s your role to protect the women’s and children’s and taking your guns is the equivalent to cutting off your nuts. I mean what’s next? The state will make you wear a dress and hand out lolly-pops?”

    Wow. This sounds kind of like something a homophobe would write, it seems to disparage both cis and transexual identity at the same time in the hopes of being offensive.

  44. You spent 5 minutes writing a post about Glen Fucking Beck? Bwahahahaha

    Wait! Wait! Do on on Ann Coulter!

  45. Why? What does she have to do with anything?

  46. Salida?

    That was the only name on the list of towns that surprised me.

    I thought maybe Durango might sneak in there…. I missed on guessing Avon and the rest of the ski towns to the west on I-80.

    Shocked no one called out to Ophir just in case they had a mayor…

    Hunter Thompson of Woody Creek was unavailable for comment… which is the only reason Hickenlooper doesn’t need an ass transplant

  47. slipperyslope says January 1, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I like the part about – as a man, it’s your role to protect the women’s and children’s and taking your guns is the equivalent to cutting off your nuts.

    You do seem inordinately fond of the lies you make up in a lame attempt to distort things.

    I mean what’s next?

    Who knows? Your mendacity seems to be without any sort of limits or sense of shame.

    Begone.

  48. slipperyslope says January 1, 2013 at 9:34 pm
    slipperyslope says January 1, 2013 at 9:57 pm
    slipperyslope says January 1, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Fuck off.

  49. Slipshod is a liar and hurt’in stupid. I suggest ya’ll treat him like a drunk’in uncle at Thanksgiving dinner and just pretend you can’t see him drooling and acting the fool.

  50. you know jeff you might have alot of “journalists” in the reader column

    Got a for instance?

  51. “He’s so ugly his nails ain’t even got cuticles.” — a Spider Robinson character.

    I still find it amazing that Slaphead can make time in his busy schedule to come here and lecture the rubes. You’d think that immanentizing the eschaton would be a full time job.

  52. They all hatch out.

  53. slipperyslope says January 1, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I like the part about – as a man, it’s your role to protect the women’s and children’s

    I like that you don’t think that. Too bad we can’t find politicians who will point that out.

  54. -I don’t know if I’ve written this before here, so, to be on the safe side:

    Good friends don’t let friends try to Immanentize The Eschaton

    -Palaeo: Methinks Beck cries a lot for the same reason Boehner does – they’re both alcoholics.

  55. “Hickenlooper”?

  56. You spent 5 minutes writing a post about Glen Fucking Beck?

    Do you speak English?

  57. gun control = guilty until proven innocent.


    In particular, the government may not descend to the evil of preventive law. The government cannot treat men as guilty until they have proven themselves to be, for the moment, innocent. No law can require the individual to prove that he won’t violate another’s rights, in the absence of evidence that he is going to.

    Link.

    Via http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/

  58. And it will be a sad day for this country when the Governor of a state rooted in outdoor tradition such as Colorado seeks to have that state remade into some wannabe cosmopolitan Chicago of the west.

    They’re going to have to pick up the pace to keep up with The Democratic People’s Republic of Illinois.

  59. So they legalized marijuana, almost certainly in part based on the argument “prohibition doesn’t work,” but now throw that reasoning out the window (since it’s become inconvenient). And according to the CDC, alcohol kills several-fold nore people in this country every year than firearms (with plenty of equivalent massacres that don’t rate news coverage beyond their local area).

  60. You would be right to ask if I was either showing signs of early dementia or having some sort of drug-induced hallucinogenic dream. Actually, it is neither. This comes from an opinion article written by John Macintosh for CNN.

    Wow.

    iii) Operates the business as if sensible gun laws were in place (this may turn out to be a wise investment in future-proofing the company): discontinuing sales of the most egregious assault weapons and modifying others as necessary so they cannot take huge-volume clips; offering to buy back all Freedom Group assault weapons in circulation; micro-stamping weapons for easy tracking; and providing price discounts for buyers willing to go through a background check and register in a database available to law enforcement.

    This is the work of a deeply ignorant mind.

  61. In future complaint letters, remember that shorter is usually better.

  62. I’m doing Salida and Durango today but it’s time to mostly scoot home

    all good things and all that

  63. Modifying weapons so they can’t take a large clip? WTF? How in the fuck does he think that is going to happen?

    I mean, a rifle is just parts. You can mod the hell out of a rifle.

  64. He’s ignorant, mechanically and economically for starters.

  65. JG: I am a loyal reader and try to support you when I can!

  66. Which idiot troll was it that posted a count of how long we paranoids have been waiting for the government to grab our guns, implying it would never happen?

    Wasn’t that slippy? Or maybe it was some other idiot troll. They all look alike to me.

  67. It was slippy, McGehee. Incidentally, as I mention above, I banned him. His usefulness waned.

    But he’ll be back at least once more, rather quickly, I suspect, to attack me personally one time before he’s run off. Only to return again months later under yet another new name, pretending to be everything we know him not to be.

  68. In future complaint letters, remember that shorter is usually better.

    Just because some people don’t have the attention span beyond a soundbite doesn’t mean I need to acquiesce to their flaws.

    I’m tired of being told what to do. If you want to write a short complaint, have at it. Me, I’ll make my own decisions, thanks.

  69. as I mention above, I banned him. His usefulness waned.

    Thank you.

  70. “Thank you.”

    Indeedy, seconded.

  71. pretending to be everything we know him not to be.

    Such as, a human being.

  72. Thinking more on that left proposal to buy a firearms manufacturing group and change what they make and how they sell it makes sense from their perspective. A perspective I’ve always thought they were only espousing as a rhetorical position.

    They have always said that evil corporations force people to buy their overpriced, crappy products that no one really wants to purchase. So now they are proposing to put their own billions behind that idea in the real world. I expect that an Obama government bailout is part of the business plan.

  73. Incidentally, as I mention above, I banned him. His usefulness waned.

    Thank you.

  74. Awww. I was hoping that when he was banned I’d feel something like with Obiwan when Alderan got blown up.

  75. “Thinking more on that left proposal to buy a firearms manufacturing group and change what they make and how they sell it makes sense from their perspective. A perspective I’ve always thought they were only espousing as a rhetorical position.”

    I secretly wish we’d do the same thing with NBC. Everyone would pool a lot of money, buy up most of the stock, send everybody home. Listen to the lamentations of the 4th estate who suddenly get to enjoy fun-employment like everyone else. Then liquidate all assets.

    And yes I know that :
    1. buying enough of the the stock to avoid fiduciary misconduct suits following the shutdown from minority stock holders be would be very tough,
    2. a lot of ‘innocents’ would also lose their job if it worked.
    3. That the government would probably just declare a new network and take over the old employees paychecks as gov employee, thus negating or reversing any chilling shock and awe “stunt” effect quickly. It would also create a new monster of official government supported press.
    4. that destroying value is bad for everyone eventually and should only be considered in the context of war.
    5. The former owners could use the money from their stock sale, probably at a premium above market value to facilitate the sale, to found a new network and hire the fired people back if the government didn’t.
    6. It would be better to use such money to start and support competiton with NBC and destroy it by making it irrelevant by providing real news instead of weird Pravda like PR.

    That’s why I classify it as a fantasy and not a plan.

  76. JG, you know that the effectiveness of concise writing is not “Just because some people don’t have the attention span.” If you don’t know that, three minutes with the Google search “why concise writing is important” will reveal some other reasons.

    When even I, a partisan of your position on guns, encounter a 122 word sentence at the outset of your letter, I hesitate to continue reading, but I do finish. Many readers not sympathetic to your position will stop at that point. For them, if your goal in writing was persuasion, you will have failed.

    I acknowledge your superior training and academic authority in the use of English language. That doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from good earnest advice once in a while.

  77. When even I, a partisan of your position on guns, encounter a 122 word sentence at the outset of your letter, I hesitate to continue reading,

    But you take the time to count the number of words in a sentence?

    I’ll take your position on how I should write to my Governor under advisement. Thank you for sharing your critique of my writing style. Here. Publicly.

    Anything else I can do to make the blog more to your tastes? Or increase the effectiveness of my prose?

  78. Wait until he reads one of your sentagraphs.

    gp, the commas are so you know when to pause. Just a hint.

  79. I think some wood cut illustrations and medieval illumination would be nice. Grated cheese coupons would be awesome too. Because I go to the store for cheese a lot.

  80. When even I, a partisan of your position on guns, encounter a 122 word sentence at the outset of your letter, I hesitate to continue reading, but I do finish.

    DON’T READ THIS BOOK EVER!!11!!

    link

  81. Actually, Pravda is more reliable than NBC nowadays.

  82. Our host is a stylist, gp. He also writes very short sentences and posts, of course. I enjoy his varied deployment of the language.

    Someone* once advised me to pay close attention to previous writing to better interpret what’s in front of you at the current moment. I happily pass that advice along in the most friendly fashion possible.

    *Jeff on Pynchon.

  83. What I predominantly noticed was the greater emphasis thereby put on the following sentence of only three words: “Witness Chicago today.”

    Varying sentence length is a tool in the kit.

  84. I imagine we all have our flaws.

    I know I have mine.

    Hey, this very comment is one of them.

    (Attempting constant emphasis with short, staccato bursts.)

  85. I acknowledge your superior training and academic authority in the use of English language. That doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from good earnest advice once in a while.

    i don’t do this: “acknowledge your superior training and academic authority in the use of English language”.
    the credentialled folks can kathygifforded – andersoncooper all they want. me: does it make effin’ sense or is it the truth?

  86. Awww. I was hoping that when he was banned I’d feel something like with Obiwan when Alderan got blown up.

    I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of paella-gobbling midget hilljacks suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

  87. You’re smelling a little like something we just got rid of, gp.

    Let me put it this way: when you go to someone’s site, you generally accept their style and choice of content. You don’t start offering “helpful advice” without first establishing yourself as someone worth listening to, and maybe not even then. It certainly does not ingratiate you to the host or readers.

    By the way, I have no trouble reading anything Jeff writes, even the “sentagraphs.” When he uses terms I don’t understand (or, at this point, didn’t understand at first blush, though now I do), I acknowledge that the lack is mine. Context usually defines the words anyway, like it does in most prose.

  88. I did a bit of driving over the holidays. Passed by Murfreesboro twice, spent a precious few microseconds trying to remember our former troll’s name, and then remembered that he doesn’t matter.

    I’ll never get those microseconds back.

  89. Let’s have a neonym!

    Say . . . . Berlch. (As opposed to *neonym* itself in this context, unless we have to say ‘another’ neonym).

    So he berlched. And we ask: “Didja get any on ya?”

  90. They have always said that evil corporations force people to buy their overpriced, crappy products that no one really wants to purchase. So now they are proposing to put their own billions behind that idea in the real world. I expect that an Obama government bailout is part of the business plan.

    I especially appreciated the part of the business model wherein they were to aspire to (1) buy back all of their previously sold products, presumably so that they could destroy them.

    2. ????

    3. Profit!

  91. There seems to be a Murfreesboro hive. Either that or Willie the racist hilljack fucker makes Sybil look like she’s got it all together.

  92. “I’ll never get those microseconds back.”

    And if you did it would be Déjà vu.

  93. 2. ???? = A weird fantasy of some sort of Soros subsidy or a Nobel Peace prize

  94. The last time I passed through Murfreesboro I stopped for lunch at Culver’s.

    Every other time I’ve passed through Murfreesboro, since learning that my great great grandfather’s eldest brother is buried in a Civil War cemetery there, has involved thoughts of my ancestor and that brother, and the other brother who, like my ancestor, survived that war. I had those same thoughts on my last pass-through, but they were accompanied by a delicious burger and tasty fries.

    I can’t say I’ve spared any thought for trolls during any of those occasions.

    I need to visit that cemetery again one of these days.

  95. profit

    A cargo train filled with biofuels crossed the border between the US and Canada 24 times between the 15th of June and the 28th of June 2010; not once did it unload its cargo, yet it still earned millions of dollars… The companies “made several million dollars importing and exporting the fuel to exploit a loophole in a U.S. green energy program.” Each time the loaded train crossed the border the cargo earned its owner a certain amount of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), which were awarded by the US EPA to “promote and track production and importation of renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel.”

    link

  96. Culver’s is awesome. They still have actual frozen custard instead of froyo or soft serve. They do fired fish and chicken too. Austin has one over on Metric Blvd. from back when that was ‘Dell Computers’ central hub.

  97. Everyone who’s eaten at Culver’s in the last few months is obligated to root for the Packers this weekend.

    If you don’t, your body will/might immediately reject the fine Wisco goodness you’ve recently enjoyed. Might be a little bit of your brain now. Hey, who knows what part of your body is now composed of Wisconsin hamburger and custard. Might be a little bit of your heart. Might be. Myself, I wouldn’t tempt fate. That’d just be reckless.

  98. I didn’t eat at a Culver’s but I’ll root for the Packers with you,bh.

    My Stillers suck hind tit this year.

  99. I get by with not rooting against the Packers. The anti-NFL prions have reached an understanding with the pro-Green Bay prions by generously letting them keep their kneecaps.

  100. Blessed are those who will freely root for the Packers without fear of Culver’s-vectored bodily contagion, leigh.

    Just like it says in the Bible.

  101. I completely reject any suggestion that Culver’s has engineered pro-Green Bay prions, McG. That’s just crazy talk even if I’ve had a hand in it and have personal knowledge that you’re taking a terrible risk.

    But, let’s imagine that happened, just for fun. If that was the case I’d probably root for Green Bay out of a free-floating sense of vague self-preservation.

    Why take a chance?

  102. I am of two minds on that game, bh. When the two teams aren’t playing each other, I will root for either of them. Last weekend I wanted the Vikings to win to keep Chicago out.

    This time, I don’t know. I would be happy either way, though GB has the better chance going forward to win the whole thing.

  103. BH, the way that things are going for me lately if I root against the Packers they will end up running the damned country with an iron fist. If I root for them then scientists may declare that they are not a real planet or something.

    ——————–

    A marine responds to Feinstein via open letter format as is popular these days:

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/marines-scathing-response-to-sen-feinsteins-gun-control-proposal-i-am-not-your-subject-i-am-the-man-who-keeps-you-free/

    “Senator Dianne Feinstein,
    I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.

    I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America.

    I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.
    I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.
    We, the people, deserve better than you.

    Respectfully Submitted,

    Joshua Boston?Cpl,
    United States Marine Corps
    2004-2012″

  104. Jeff, Thought you might want to see this on Jawa Report.

    “Gun Stats Liberals Don’t Want You To See”

    http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/214667.php

  105. We, the people, deserve better than you.

    Respectfully Submitted,

    Joshua Boston?Cpl,
    United States Marine Corps
    2004-2012?

    oo-rah!

  106. Voting with one’s feet to me seems appropriate, if a particular State is become a leftist Hell.

    I wouldn’t live in California, for instance, if they offered me ten times my salary. I’ve turned down lucrative pleas to entice me to move to Chicagoland, so I’m not just sayin’.

  107. Oh, and the ‘elephant in the room’ that’s not been poked at by either side during this Sandy Hook debate. I recall writing somewhere early on that Adam Lanza was ignored by his father and brother (two male influences who need excoriating for their absence in his life). Here’s the best (only?) exploration of that causal I’ve found…

    Adam Lanza was not normal. He suffered from morbid shyness and an inability to connect with his student peers and anyone else—a cold, withdrawn, hollow shell of a person to his classmates, an Asperger’s patient to professional psychologists. Even under the best of circumstances—with a loving, caring, two-parent family consisting of a husband and wife who complemented each other’s strengths and worked together as a team—raising someone like Adam Lanza would be a real challenge.

    One can’t say how he might have turned out under different circumstances, but statistics show that having divorced parents, as Lanza did, plus a father who moves out of the household, remarries, and has little contact with his son for long stretches of time, is not the ideal formula for successful childrearing. Yet what sociologists call “family structure issues” were rarely discussed in the media, not even on conservative talk radio where one might have expected them to have a preeminent place. Most Americans, it seems, have so many divorced or single-parent neighbors, friends, and relatives (if they are not themselves divorced or living as single parents) that discussing family structure is simply too painful and too sensitive to be taken up in any honest or candid manner.

    Not discussed, because ‘separation victimhood’ is a fertile ground for netting these ‘victims’ for the warm and loving arms of the State. Which loves itself some victims.

  108. Which loves itself some victims.

    You spelled “creates” wrong.

  109. Bob Munden video goodness. Go to the end for the really juicy stuff.

  110. Add this to paleo’s link above.

  111. Serr8d: Ehh… there’s hundreds of thousands, possibly not millions of people to whom that set of circumstances (reclusive, antisocial Aspie with a dad that split and disappeared) would apply. Waves hand in air like an idiot.

    But only a handful of us have gone on a Totally Awesome Murder-Suicide Rampage. While I don’t doubt that there’s some correlation between “mass-murderer’ and ‘loner freak’, you can’t really make a case that loner-freakdom causes anything when 99.9999% (or more) of said freaks just play video games and avoid human contact.

    I’m with Derbyshire in his 12/22 podcast: these things are so statistically unlikely that they’re random noise — which won’t win any compassion awards from grieving parents, but there it is. Such events can’t be stopped before they happen without going full-on police state and Minority Report; and even that wouldn’t be 100% effective. Let’s not start “locking up the crazies” — not only because “conservatism is a mental disorder” according to SCIENCE!, but there’s a big personal liberty problem when we start locking people up against their will, before they’ve actually done anything. Even if it’s “for their own good”.

    That said, I’m completely down with the “let people carry everywhere” argument, as that’ll possibly dissuade some killers (if you’re only going to get to kill 1 or 2 people before moving on to the suicide portion of the affair, it hardly seems worth the effort), and should greatly reduce the body counts racked up by the non-dissuaded.

  112. “a cold, withdrawn, hollow shell of a person to his classmates, an Asperger’s patient to professional psychologists.”

    Pablo, Aspergers sufferers need not be cold or withdrawn. They just can’t reliably tell if they are boring your or pissing you off. They have trouble reading feedback from others. They have a poor instinct for it. They tend to have a pretty normal range of emotion and empathy for people when they have good information about how the people are feeling. They just may need to be told how those people are feeling. If you burn yourself badly an aspergers guy will get you ice and bandages or call you an ambulance if necessary. It’s just that he may also tell you that you need to be really careful around barbecue pits about thirty seven times and tell you all the differences between first, second, and third degree burns .

    That kid that murdered his mom and a good portion of a school had a lot more wrong with him than no instinct for social skills.

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