Thursday, August 30, 2007

Interesting letter

This is the news from the Brady Bunch:


Dear Robert,

Activists and community leaders gather in cities and towns across the country for a national day of protest against illegal gun and corrupt gun dealers.

Thank you! Your support and activism helped make our nationwide events on August 28 a huge success!

On Tuesday — the 44th anniversary of Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech during his March on Washington — in more than 25 cities and towns across America, thousands of activists gathered in their local communities to raise their voices about the dream of stopping gun violence in America.

The Brady Campaign with its network of Million Mom March Chapters organized local events — along with Protest Easy Guns activists, state group leaders, and other allied organizations — in support of the efforts of Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition to draw attention to our nation's epidemic of gun violence.

From San Diego and Richmond, California to Portland, Maine and Newark, New Jersey — and from Dallas to Denver to Duluth, Minnesota — activists and community leaders organized marches, rallies, candlelight vigils, "lie-in" protests, memorial bell-ringing ceremonies, and press conferences.

This week, volunteers around the nation came out to make it clear that there are steps we can take to fight gun violence in our communities. We applaud the efforts of Rev. Jackson, our Chapters, and all the volunteer activists across the country who worked hard to make their voices heard on this day.

If you were unable to join us at one of the events, you can still be a part of the day by giving a gift in honor of these events and helping us all make our dream of a safe America a reality. Thank you.

Sarah's Signature [image]
Sarah Brady, Chair

What is interesting is that this bears no resemblance to to what I have read in the news or heard from witnesses.

...thousands of activists gathered in their local communities to raise their voices about the dream of stopping gun violence in America.
I wonder where that was?

Monday, August 27, 2007

This is an interesting bill

It would seem that some of our Congressmen feel that taxpayers should pay for groups friendly to illegal immigration. Why does La Raza need money out of my pocket? Most of the people I've seen associated with La Raza were running around yelling "Reconquista!" and claiming to own the part of the country I live in. Not all members of the organization are this extreme, but the group is just one step away from espousing open borders. Seems that the people whose representatives are sponsoring this bill might want to send a letter or two to those representatives.
Just my opinion.

Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D-TX]

Cosponsors [as of 2007-08-26]
Rep. Barney Frank [D-MA]
Rep. Edward Pastor [D-AZ]
Rep. Rick Renzi [R-AZ]
Rep. Silvestre Reyes [D-TX]

Friday, August 24, 2007

Another letter

The Brady Bunch is pushing again; part of their latest letter below:


Dear Robert,

Paul Helmke and Jesse Jackson at Rainbow PUSH Event
Brady Campaign President Paul Helmke joined Jesse Jackson at a Chicago protest against illegal gun trafficking, organized by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition designed to highlight the roleplayed by corrupt gun dealers.

We know you share our dream of a safer, saner America. We also know this dream must be supported by action.

That is why the Brady Campaign is supporting the Rainbow PUSH Coalition's National Day of Protest — against corrupt gun dealers and the scourge of illegal gun trafficking in our country — on Tuesday, August 28, the anniverary of Martin Luther King's March on Washington. We ask that you support this day in any way you can: by joining us at one of the protests or by giving a gift in honor of the day.

More than 20 events are being organized in communities throughout the nation by the Brady Campaign's Million Mom March Chapters, state gun violence prevention groups, and individual activists.


Notice how they are begging for more money, again? These people have no shame.
And who is their poster boy today?
Jesse Jackson, assclown and media whore par excellence. These people are targeting law-abiding merchants (if they are doing any illegal trafficking, they would have been arrested by now) who are not bothering anyone. If they want to cut down on crime, try going after criminals, and conditions that give rise to criminals. Jackson would be better advised to try protesting against drug dealers, since much of the crime stems from drug users. Of course, he wouldn't get his face in the media or get as many donations. The same goes for the Brady Campaign; they make more money by demonizing inanimate objects than pushing for better criminal control. Most firearms used in crimes are not bought from licensed dealers or gun shows; they are stolen or bought from other criminals, something which has been known to the law enforcement community for years. Of course, we can't be distracted by the facts, can we?
I think I need another cup of coffee...

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Buy more ammo

The Brady Bunch and Jesse Jackson are having some sort of protest against guns on August 28. For those of us who think they are nothing more than a bunch of people exploiting the media for power and money, we ask that you buy some ammunition on that day, as a way of having our own protest.

"A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition."
-- Rudyard Kipling

H/T to The War on Guns

A special day

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On August 18, 1973 I got married. It would turn out to be the smartest and most important thing I have ever done. Not everyone is lucky enough to find the one person that makes life complete, and helps keep a person balanced and grounded. Fortunately I was one of those lucky people. To all of the other happily married people out there, I wish you well, and hope you can be as fortunate as I am. This is a picture of myself and my lovely bride (Sandy) with Father Howlett at the St. Stephens Episcopal Church in West Valley City.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

More panhandling

I just got some email today from the Brady Bunch; here is how the letter starts out:

Dear Robert,

We have a tremendous opportunity to accomplish a major Brady Campaign goal: keeping guns out of the hand of criminals and the mentally ill. And the Brady Campaign needs your help today to make this happen.

For just $5 or more each month, you can help the Brady Campaign ensure passage of this important legislation that will saves lives. The Brady Campaign is lobbying key Senators to help ensure the bill's passage and we need the necessary resources to make this happen. We must also be prepared to launch a targeted ad campaign to get our message out and get the critical Senate votes we need.

In the first place, they don't really say what their legislation is about; I am just supposed to take their word for it.
In the second place, why do they need money to pass it? Are they planning on bribing someone in the Senate?
These people are interested in money and power; and they are able to get it by appealing to uninformed people who are prone to hysteria rather than logic. If they really wanted to do some good, they would go for harsher penalties on criminals, and slapping offenders in jail, instead of letting them out on bail to commit more crimes. It seems to me that locking up a criminal is the best way for "keeping guns out of the hand of criminals and the mentally ill".
Just my opinion.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Guardian Angels come to Utah

Either for a lack of resources or a lack of concern, Salt Lake City and Ogden have not been able to stem growing gang and drug problems.
That's the position of Curtis Sliwa, leader of a controversial group of red-beret-wearing civilian security guards who came to town Thursday to announce help is on the way.

The New York native said he has seen rough parks in San Francisco and Los Angeles but never expected to see a similar site in Salt Lake City.
"You say no way, people smoking meth, smoking crack, openly in Salt Lake City," Sliwa said. "That means City Hall is openly allowing that activity. It's not a hard problem to fix."

I'll be interested to see how this pans out; a lot of people have been getting frustrated by the lack of law enforcement of gangs and related problems. The park to which they refer is Pioneer Park in SLC; it is home to junkies, drunks, dealers, and bums. Most of the undesirables there are not "just homeless", the majority of them are people who have fallen to the bottom through circumstances of their own choosing, so I have little sympathy for them.
Utah didn't really have a gang problem until a few years ago; much of it was the result of people moving from southern California to "get their children away from gangs". As soon as they got here, the "children" formed local chapters of the gangs of which they were members.
Much of the local criminal activity has been the result of two main groups; illegal aliens, and meth junkies. Between the fact that a lot of Utahns are getting CWW permits, and these Guardians coming in, maybe things may turn around a bit. We'll just have to wait and see.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Quack alert!

A study by doctors in Hong Kong has concluded that epilepsy can be induced by the Chinese tile game of mahjong.

The findings, published in the Hong Kong Medical Journal, were based on 23 cases of people who had suffered mahjong-induced seizures.

The report's four authors, from Hong Kong's Queen Mary Hospital, said the best prevention - and cure - was to avoid playing mahjong.

The study led the doctors to define mahjong epilepsy as a unique syndrome.

Remind me to never get a medical diagnosis from a Hong Kong doctor.
God only knows what you could get from solitaire or dominoes...

Friday, August 03, 2007

Something to ponder

My wife sent me this; I don't know who wrote it, but they obviously were thinking.


Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that our government can track a single cow born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she sleeps in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they
are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.


They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq . Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we're not using it anymore.


The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this:
You cannot post "Thou Shall Not Steal," "Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery," and "Thou Shall Not Lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment.


"EEEK! It's the Constitution!"

After perusing all of the captions, my favorite (your opinion may differ) has to be the one from Ambulance Driver.