sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Dream to End Private Firearms Ownership

There are people who feel as if the Bill of Rights needs to be reconsidered. These people feel as if they needed protection, that the government - possibly the Dept. of Homeland Security would be there for much the same way as FEMA has been there for the victims of natural disasters.

The truth is a bit harder for these people to stomach.

There are three hundred million (estimated by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) firearms in the United States in private hands. Of those .02% are ever used to commit a crime. 

The activists, the pettifoggers in the legislatures, the amateur spies and reactionary weak willed in society who are pining for somebody to control both them and the environment around them feel that laws will deter criminals. We all know that's a dangerous delusion. We have the Bill of Rights to make us free, not to enslave us.

But let's presume that the anti-firearms elements have their way.

Of course, you could hope that the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives could contain the three hundred million firearms in the US. Their track record would indicate something completely different as most of the employees there would seem to find difficulty in heating water in a tea kettle to the boiling point, if any of their recent legion of failures are any indication.

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Operation Fast and Furious didn't work. It backfired - badly - and the conspiracy to use Mexican Drug Cartels as the straw man to generate national gun legislation that would naturally lead to confiscation didn't work. Now, they're going at it more directly.

(Washington Times)"...the Obama Administration believes its gun control plans won’t work unless the government seizes firearms and requires national gun registration — ideas the White House has not (yet) proposed and does not (presently) support."

Thoughts on Californication

In 1950, there were ten million people living in California. Today there are 38 million. 

If you are from California and travel to any state that borders California even remotely (Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, etc) you will find that they may like you until they notice the license plate on your car. 

Eagle Talon Tomahawk, made by
RJM Forge, and in common usage
by Naval Special Warfare
About three years ago, I was traveling through Cottonwood, Arizona in my 4x4 and was literally attacked at a gas station by a couple of angry tweakers who took exception to my California license plates. Apparently they felt that because I was from California that (a) I was unarmed and unprepared (b) was a left wing pansy and (c) wouldn't welcome the confrontation because I happened to be older than they were. They went away wrong on all counts. But the point remains. 

I visited friends in Oregon who gave me a set of "cold" (police type) Oregon license plates to use while I was in Oregon so that people wouldn't think badly of me. Yes, it goes that far. 

When I was a kid, "California hunter" was one of the largest insults that could be hurled at another during deer season in Utah. The "blue state stain" spreads.

Californication is the process whereby the subject or object is enveloped in a California-esqe hold, whereby everyone is young, perfect but most of all plastic and fake. For Example: It looks as if Amy's got a case of Californiacation going on.

I've seen the bumper sticker, "Don't Californiacate Colorado!"
- fornicate being the verb pertaining to coitus, or in intended translation "don't screw up Colorado the way they have California." The context was to stop the migration of people (and culture) from California to Colorado, thus eliminating the growing problem of political activists/extremists, the general point of view Californian's have (hyper left-wing views). 
As viewed on the television show South Park - The smugness of Californian people (and their perceived ignorance, naivety and over-all self importance/self promotion or smugness) caused an epic natural disaster thereby adversely affecting many other states and peoples residing within.

Californians have been leaving the state in record numbers over the past few years (rats leaving a sinking ship) and have infected neighboring areas -- according to people who live there. It's come to the point of outright defamation. But in my heart I can't blame them. There are islands of sanity in California but they are all but eclipsed by the loud chanting of fruits and nuts.

For your Sunday tune, I offer the following:

Psychic spies from China
Try to steal your mind's elation
Little girls from Sweden
Dream of silver screen quotations
And if you want these kind of dreams
It's Californication

It's the edge of the world
And all of western civilization
The sun may rise in the East
At least it settles in the final location
It's understood that Hollywood
sells Californication

Pay your surgeon very well
To break the spell of aging
Celebrity skin is this your chin
Or is that war your waging
And tidal waves couldn't save the world
From Californication