January 7, 2013

“Crony capitalism: Obama going for gun control with tactic used to pass Obamacare”

Here, read it yourself. 

I’ll only comment thusly:  if you make an imperial move, colluding with big corporate entities to reward their obeisance, that turns millions of erstwhile law-abiding Americans into instant felons by infringing on their natural and Constitutional rights —  by way of confiscation schemes, banning schemes, or onerous taxation schemes — do not act surprised or outraged when those felons, accepting their new lot, begin acting accordingly.

If fighting fascism and tyranny is to become the new mark of criminality, well, then I guess we’re all outlaws now.

Don’t tread on me.  Seriously.  Don’t.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 11:24am

Comments (63)

  1. If you’re gonna take the rap anyway, you got nothing to lose in doing the crime.

  2. If living as a free man is wrong, etc.

  3. You know what’s stealing around the country killing people by the hundreds right this minute? Influenza.

    That’s right, slackers. Get out there and get a flu shot or you could be next. Over 2000 sickened and hospitalized. Over 20 children dead. In 2003, 40,000 people died from ‘flu related symptoms.

    Not only that we are witnessing a world wide epidemic of pertussis (whooping cough).

    Respect microbes. They outnumber us by the billions.

  4. From what I’ve read, they now think the people who survive flu pandemics do so in part because they survived an earlier similar (though less virulent) strain of the flu.

  5. …which makes sense, when you consider where they got the idea for vaccines in the first place.

  6. One of the many things that bugs me is people spouting idiocies like “It can’t happen here” when it is happening here right in front of their faces.

  7. The point where people in general stopped being dismissive of the Federal government and started being afraid of it (and rightfully so) was when the tyranny began. Most of us have lived in tyranny our entire lives.

  8. That’s partially true, McGehee. Influenza is a wily bastard, as are most viruses in that they mutate like nobody’s business. Every season brings a different strain of influenza so even if you and yours were vaccinated last season, it doesn’t matter because this season’s ‘flu is a different animal.

  9. Obamacare – Unpopular with 60% to 65% of the population. Passed anyway.
    Bank bailouts – Unpopular with a large majority of the population. Passed anyway.
    Prohibition – Unpopular with a large majority of the population. Passed anyway.

    I suspect gun control is too unpopular to pass, amiright?

  10. “Gun up, kid. There’s Federales to put outta our misery!”

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  12. Actually, the finding was that the flu gets recycled, and every so often a “new” strain turns up that’s similar enough to a past one that your residual immunity, if you had the past one, helps you survive.

  13. Owning a gun is a natural right because on the 6th day, God made guns.

  14. Ah, slippy, foul to see you back.

  15. I have never caught the flu, even when in close quarters with kids and their handlers.

    The one time I got the flu shot was right around the time this effing fatigue started, but I can’t be sure of any causality. (I did a lot of new things around that time, such as buying a new house and starting a new job.)

    I will also be buying a car in the near future, because my old one is, indeed, totaled (surprise!).

  16. In other news, Rachel Lucas weighs in on gun control from Italy.

  17. God made guns

    Then God works in mysterious wonderful ways.

  18. Owning a gun is a natural right because on the 6th day, God made guns.

    No, silly, he sent us his messiah, John Moses Browning, to make them.

  19. “The importance of this article [2nd Amendment] will scarcely be doubted by any persons, who have duly reflected upon the subject. The militia is the natural defence of a free country against sudden foreign invasions, domestic insurrections, and domestic usurpations of power by rulers. It is against sound policy for a free people to keep up large military establishments and standing armies in time of peace, both from the enormous expenses, with which they are attended, and the facile means, which they afford to ambitious and unprincipled rulers, to subvert the government, or trample upon the rights of the people. The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.” – Joseph Story, Supreme Court 1811-1845

    ‘Usurpation and arbitrary power of the rulers’ — not hunting and self defense from muggers & burglars.

  20. Now, for all you flu vaccine “experts” here’s the real scoop:

    1) You don’t get the FLU from the typical flu vaccine for adults unless you take the inhaled one (which is a live virus for those ninny’s who are afraid of needles) – its a dead virus. You DO stimulate your immune system to make antibodies, which can, in some people, be associated with fever, muscle aches and fatigue while the immune modulators in your body ramp up your antibody response.

    2) The vaccine is most effective when taken every year – you get better memory for the various strains in your immune system.

    3) Its not perfect, but then neither is low recoil Federal Hydra-Shok. Would you rather have blanks in your antibody system? Prefer to just wait and call 911 when a deadly virus breaks down your front door?

    Its your choice.

  21. Oh yes, and just because you never had any flu symptoms does not mean you have never been infected nor spread the disease to others. We recommend the vaccine not just to protect yourself but to limit the spread of the disease to others.

  22. Oh, is that ?lippery?lope?

    Edit: Dammit, PW’s comment system doesn’t support rune letters.

  23. It really is slippy, btw. Let’s skip right to the shit-canning, please.

  24. “Owning a gun is a natural right because on the 6th day, God made guns.”

    On the eight day man made sophistry.

  25. Definitely a paid performer.
    Slip-slop, do you get paid by the word or by the post?

  26. Prohibition – Unpopular with a large majority of the population. Passed anyway.

    Prohibition was popular at the time it passed. You don’t get a constitutional amendment ratified without it being popular.

    I’ll gladly concede it didn’t remain popular for very long.

  27. dicentra, you cannot get the flu from a flu vaccine. You may, however, have mild cold like symptoms due to antibodies relaying information to your immune system. Those will usually only last 48-72 hours at the most. Also, injection site irritation may happen so, don’t scratch!

    The solution influenza vaccine is suspended in is benign and doesn’t contain any egg in order that those who have egg allergies can receive the vaccine without worry. The elderly, those with compromised immune systems and infants and children should be vaccinated. The rest of us should as well, but some folks feel like they can whip the flu with their minds. Those folks often end up hospitalized, getting breathing treatments and IV antibiotics.

  28. Oh, and my your old Mazda RIP(ieces).

  29. Wildly OT but brought to mind by the flu talk is this TED talk on bacterial communication. Probably depends on how much you know about such things but as a lay person I thought the quorum-sensing stuff was wicked cool.

  30. Honestly, I think I’d rather die of the flu than witness what’s almost sure to come.

  31. No you wouldn’t, Ernst.

  32. It really is slippy, btw. Let’s skip right to the shit-canning, please.

    Again? I thought he was a prosperous, well-adjusted family man with a full life. Oh, wait. No, I actually didn’t.

  33. Your well-regulated militia will not kick anybody’s ass

    “Whaddya gonna do. Shoot us all?”

    “No, Ace. Just you.”

  34. That’s two bans of slippy today. He must really be feeling the heat of being so decidedly wrong about everything he tried lying to us about.

  35. So, the author of that article can’t stay home and care for his own small children who are too young to go to school? He’d rather have complete strangers mold his children’s formative years. What a heartless, clueless jerk.

  36. Though there might be, there really isn’t anything especially noteworthy in an admission that Barry Obazma would be perfectly willing to behave just as Bashar Assad behaves today — nor in the nominal conclusion that even after so behaving, Good King Obazma would be just as decisively on the losing end of the proposition as Bashar is certain to prove in the coming months.

  37. More oikophobe than hoplophobe. Mr. Garland doesn’t loathe guns, he loathes you.

    Probably because you can’t seem to learn your place, teatards!

  38. Father of a wannabe mass-murderer on the gun control task force? Laughable, but still not as bad as a tax cheat in charge of Treasury…

  39. What Victorian Nuland said today.

  40. Do slippy and Garland have any idea what the notion of six million sharpshooters would do to your average military enforcer charged with subduing District 12 the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?

    A sniper behind every tree. Nope — no disincentive there at all!

  41. We recommend the vaccine not just to protect yourself but to limit the spread of the disease to others.

    Were I working with children or the elderly, I would get the shot to protect them.

    Instead, I work with software engineers. Who cares about a buncha nerds?

  42. Garland is so far-sighted he can see the U.S. winning in Afghanistan, despite that the U.S. is cutting and running from the joint just as fast as Unka Barry’s lithe legs can carry him. And in evidence? Apache fire from the air! Winning! Wowza.

  43. Father of a wannabe mass-murderer on the gun control task force?

    How much would you bet that he doesn’t think promoting increased parental involvement with children is the way to go?

  44. I saw somebody on Twitter post about how the 2nd Amendment is stupid because my stupid assault rifles are useless against drones… That person has obviously never worked with the people who build the drones, fly the drones, and service the drones. I have. Where to you think the majority of the US military falls on the political spectrum exactly? There’s a reason Mitt Romney won the military vote by over 40 points, and it wasn’t because of his hair.
    And as for those 700,000 cops, [arrayed against, conservatively, 800,000 “from my cold dead hands” gun owners] how many of them would side with the gun owners? All the gun nuts, that’s for sure. As much as some people like to complain about the gun culture, many of the people you hire to protect you, and darn near all of them who can shoot well, belong to that gun culture. And as I hear people complain about the gun industry, like it is some nebulous, faceless, all powerful corporate thing which hungers for war and anarchy, I just have to laugh, because the gun industry probably has the highest percentage of former cops and former military of any industry in the country. My being a civilian was odd in the circles I worked in. The men and women you pay to protect you have honor and integrity, and they will fight for what they believe in.
    So the real question the anti-gun, ban and confiscate, crowd should be asking themselves is this, how many of your fellow Americans are you willing to have killed in order to bring about your utopian vision of the future?

  45. http://reason.com/blog/2013/01/06/union-gives-quaker-meetinghouse-the-week

    “Police say union workers “almost certainly” torched an under-construction Quaker meetinghouse in northwest Philadelphia four days before Christmas. The Chestnut Hill Friends had hired non-union labor for the project, which discommoded several construction unions.”

  46. It begins.


  47. Slipshod is a 1 percenter and yet has the time to create numerous fake email accounts and new registrations here.


  48. Slipshod is a 1 percenter and yet has the time to create numerous fake email accounts and new registrations here.

    As one does, cranky. Clearly, if we were 1% ers we would better understand this compulsion phenomenon.

  49. Is the left’s go-to argument now that we shouldn’t own guns because we couldn’t possibly stop them from slaughtering us all?

    So, is that like an admission that they intend to slaughter us all?

    I mean, not that we didn’t *know* that already, because we’ve been paying attention to history. But still, kind of an own goal.

  50. If your’re talking about our very own kitschy keychain tchotchke, agreed.

    Mr. Garland though strikes me as the kind who thinks The Hills Have Eyes and Deliverance were documentaries.

    It was the gun culture what murdered Wyatt and Billy you know.

  51. *yawn*
    So Slip posted a link to someone who simply adds up firepower and presumes that is all that matters?

    Been there, done that.

  52. I was driving past a sporting goods store today and saw a guy carrying a scoped high-powered rifle with a shoulder strap across the parking lot.

    Curiously, I was not alarmed. Just envious.

  53. You’re not thinking about the children Patrick.

    Now, hand over your guns before some lunatic shoots up a day care. Your The South Will Rise Again! fantasy of white supremicism can’t stand up to the reality tanks and helicopters and remote operated drones.

  54. You keep using that word, but I do not believe it means what you think it means…

  55. slippy’s link says:

    I have had it with people suggesting that allowing the completely unfettered availability of small arms is essential to the operation of a modern democracy.

    I don’t know very many people who are arguing for completely unfettered availability of small arms. Availability is already fettered, to a certain extent: it’s very difficult to own automatic weapons, and most states have background checks for new firearms purchases.

    So: strawman.


    You are better off writing blog posts

    But the government has better access to the means to disseminate opinion, so: game over. Your access to public media is not going to kick anyone’s ass.

  56. Personally, I’d feel a lot better about the “debate” if what was at issue was whether or not the Second Amendment protected a citizen’s right to own rockets (RPGs, LAWs, WWII vintage bazookas) and crew-served weapons.

  57. “Slipshod is a 1 percenter and yet has the time to create numerous fake email accounts and new registrations here.”

    Sinecures are wonderful things as long as you are the one getting paid and not the one doing the paying. Certainly easy to bullshit about.