December 28, 2013

Don't Accept Collect Calls

During the occupation of Poland by the Nazi's, a doctrine referred to as "collective responsibility" was employed. It was simple really; if a person helped out a Jew that person and that person's immediate family were shot. If a German...
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November 09, 2013


The united States has many cultures within it. Not just sub-cultures, but cultures. Just so we're on the same page, a definition (from wikipedia, but let's go with it anyway) " integrated system of learned behavior patterns which are characteristic...
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November 08, 2013

A Cramp In Your Metcalf

Dick Metcalf, longtime gun-writer, decided to pen what has been perceived as a column condoning gun control (to some degree). That got him fired and an editor, Jim Bequette, assumed responsibility and resigned. What was so bad about his column?...
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July 31, 2013

Some random thoughts and links

Three words sum up Jackson, Sharpton and Crump - baiter's gonna bait. And when it comes to baiting, Jackson and Sharpton are masters. I found an article where an actual reverend, in NYC no less, is defending Zimmerman against the...
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May 31, 2013

Right To Carry

Words have meanings. Those meanings can change over time, and along with them the concepts they represent. This is a natural function of language and it can be good or bad or neutral. When it comes to the word "Right"...
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May 10, 2013


According to Shall Not Be Questioned, the SAF is backing gun owner control again. The specifics are that while Manchin is trying to drum up support for his and Toomey's universal background check bill, an SAF article is saying it's...
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April 22, 2013

Two More Slaps In The Face

The Colorado house will vote on the last two bills of the gun owner control package today. Colorado SB 13-195 requires most training for a concealed carry permit to be conducted in person, as opposed to online. Here's a .pdf...
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April 13, 2013

Waitin' For The Bus

A suspect in a fatal stabbing on a bus in Denver has been arrested. Witnesses say two men were arguing, and they next thing they knew one of those men got all stabbed. (I assume "transfer center" means "really big...
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April 11, 2013

Not Even In The Ballpark

A local TV station did a segment on what items are prohibited from being carried to a Rockies game. While they did point out that chainsaws were verboten and that baseball bats and brooms were permissible accessories they neglected to...
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Where The Devil Is

First, a grammatical pet peeve. Ages ago (during the Danian stage of the Paleocene to be specific) I had a girlfriend with one linguistic tick that drove me up the wall. She habitually eliminated "to be" from a sentence. For...
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April 04, 2013

An Indulgence

Gun owners (and those generally in favor of our gun culture) have tried for decades (millenniums if you take the general concept of owning weapons, not just guns per se) to use facts to persuade folks to not punish us...
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March 12, 2013

It Still Ain't Over Til It's Over

At least one Colorado house dem may change his mind on a gun owner control bill: "...The Senate amended the bill, and it must go back to the House, where one Democrat who supported it earlier now says he's undecided...
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March 11, 2013

What Happens Next

5 gun owner control bills passed the Colorado senate today. For a recap of what these bills do look here. HB 1228, the background check tax, heads straight to the governor's desk. SB 195, the bill that bans complete online...
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Coming At You Live Yet A Damn Gain

This is the link to The Colorado Channel's general assembly page. Clicking the "senate live video" link on the page should open a new window & let you see the proceedings today in the Colorado senate. Today will be the...
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March 09, 2013

It Aint Over Til It's Over

The Colorado senate gave preliminary approval to 5 anti-gunowner bills while shelving 2. But it's not a done deal; on Monday they'll take up the 5 remaining bills for a recorded vote. If the house bills pass they'll go to...
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March 08, 2013

Coming At You Live Again

This is a link to The Colorado Channel's general assembly page. Clicking the "senate live video" link on the page should open a new window & let you see the proceedings today in the Colorado senate. Having lived through barely...
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March 07, 2013

More Things To Do

The Colorado Senate appropriations committee passed 3 bills to the senate floor. This will come as a shock, but the three bills all passed on party line votes. The other four bills didn't have to go through appropriations so they...
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March 06, 2013

Hudak Is Sorry Alright

That video speaks for itself. (h/t The Dana Show). In watching the committee hearings here in Colorado that sort of arrogance, contempt and disregard for the "peasants" has been all too common with our public servants. But there is...
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March 05, 2013

There's A Lady Singing

All seven of the bills heard in the senate committees yesterday passed. All on party line votes - 3-2. Democrats in favor, Republicans opposed. The next step for the respective house bills will be a 2nd reading on the senate...
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March 04, 2013

Coming At You Live

Via this link you should find a player. The default is the Colorado Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs committee, which is hearing HB 1226 (the ban on concealed carry on a college campus), HB 1228 (The tax on background...
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March 03, 2013

Senate Hearings Tomorrow

Michael Bane as well as Billlls Idle Mind both have posts up concerning the Colorado Senate committee hearings tomorrow. As pointed out by Jed in a comment over at Billlls place, they're shipping in Mark Gifford's Kelly to testify in...
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February 28, 2013

SB 195

Here's a .pdf of Colorado Senate Bill 195. It's fairly straightforward; it requires concealed handgun permit classes be attended in person, not online or through any electronic device or in any other location except the instructor's classroom. Classes to satisfy...
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February 26, 2013

Video Killed The Bumper Sticker Star

Stephen Kruiser notes that whilst we type of fact laden arguments, the Chancellor's clones are making holograms videos to win over hearts and minds. While a valid point in some ways, I'm not so sure that our video efforts would...
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February 18, 2013

Virtual Carpetbaggery

A long time ago (called right now) in a state far far too close (that'd be my, the state)... Senator Barackatine, who became chancellor amidst vows to rid the Republic of the corruption that threatened to topple it, became frustrated...
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February 15, 2013

Anti Gun Owner Bills Pass 2nd Hurdle

All 4 anti gun owner bills ( HB 1224, HB 1228, HB 1229 & HB 1226) passed a 2nd reading in the House today, after a lengthy debate. (HB 1224 was amended in committee to 15 rounds for cartridges and...
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February 13, 2013

HB 1226 passes first hurdle

Colorado HB 1226 passed out of committee on a vote of 7-6. You can find out about it here but it's pretty straightforward; it bans concealed carry permit holders from carrying on college campus. Lots of decent pro gun testimony,...
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February 11, 2013

Bill It To The Head

Things will start to get a bit tense this week. Some of the anti gun owner bills in Colorado will be in committee. Michael Bane has declared a Colorado Emergency. There are also a few pro gun bills in committee....
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February 07, 2013

Co HB 1226

This one is fairly straightforward. Colorado House Bill 1226 would prohibit carrying a concealed handgun on college property. It exempts security officers hired by a college, but that's it. No LEO exception is necessary since this is just a change...
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February 05, 2013

Proposing A Proposal

Well, it's about to begin. Colorado Dems held a press conference today to unveil their gun owner control package. (and of course they had the usual props - victims and kin of victims of murderers who used firearms). Among the...
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February 02, 2013

On The Sly Again

He's at it again. Sylvester Stallone supports assault weapons ban No big surprise. Stallone supported the first "assault weapons" ban and has made several anti gun owner statements over the decades. But let's debunk his money quote for this news...
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May 13, 2007

Carry On

I've been looking for an excuse to post some reggae & to my surprise a Texan provided it. This isn't my favorite Marley tune, but it adheres to the title appropriate rule. Here's a vid of I Know A Place...
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May 05, 2007

Sign Sealed Delivered

An old Stevie Wonder Tune. Not my favorite but a good one none the less. Vid Here. I found the following over at Freedomsight: "Delivery man fights gun charge It violates his rights, he says, in seeking case's dismissal" Needless...
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April 19, 2007

More Links On Virginia Tech Massacre

Rushed yet again. In the extended entry I'll list a bunch of links that you may find interesting. All are concerning or related to the Virginia Tech Massacre &/or the calls for more gun control in its wake....
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April 09, 2007

More Bartering

In Colorado a new law has been passed that requires a Colorado resident to have a Colorado CCW. Out of state CCW's held by Colorado residents will no longer be honored. Reading the language of the senate version of the...
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March 13, 2007

Problems With Parker

This is not an analysis of the decision in the broad sense. It's merely touching on some areas of concern from the decision itself. I'll skip the discussion of standing & try to get to the heart of my concerns....
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February 09, 2007


A mature gentleman in his 50's is out dining one evening. He sees a very attractive lady in her early 20's dining alone & wanders over to her table. He introduces himself & asks her pardon for the bluntness of...
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January 29, 2007

U Got It Bad

Usher again (I've been in an R&B mood lately - lately being defined as the past 25 years). This is a slow R&B tune that always captivated me for some reason. It's about being in love with someone & possibly...
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January 25, 2007

Why Georgia?

John Mayer. I do surely dig the way he plays. Here's the vid. & here are the lyrics. The song is about a guy's introspection as he drives I-85; wondering if he can find some signs that he's on the...
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December 31, 2006

A Busy Year Ahead

From The Herald News' article. This is an excerpt which was taken from a letter written by Richard Pearson, president of the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA): "The following are the Brady Campaign's agenda for the 2007-2008 legislative session. 1....
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December 29, 2006

There'll Probably Be A Quiz On This Too

Ever read a blogger who's a vixen, a jam cookie, a gingerbread house & stewie griffin all rolled into one? Neither had I until tonight when I waltzed in & noticed miss Bitter is a might quiz happy for some...
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December 17, 2006

I Hope He Got A Decent Tip

TFS Magnum as well as Clayton Cramer covered the story about a month ago. I'm mentioning it now just because I am only now stumbling on to it. A reporter (& I use the term oh-so-loosely) by the name of...
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December 02, 2006

Who Wants To Live Forever

The second most perfect & complete sad song I've ever heard. It's by Queen & was part of the soundtrack to the movie Highlander (the soundtrack by Queen is called A Kind of Magic). It's interesting also because Brian May...
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October 26, 2006


The NBA commissioner says he thinks guns are okay at home but shouldn't be carried. "It's a pretty, I think, widely accepted statistic that if you carry a gun, your chances of being shot by one increase dramatically,' Stern said...
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October 19, 2006

Colorado Bulldog

Mr. Big. Helluva tune if you dig the hard/progressive rock thing. Matter of fact here's them doing it live courtesy of I used to love playing that stuff when I was a kid (though my fav was "Addicted to...
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October 17, 2006

School Days

Dizzy Gillespe. I'm feeling jazzy for some reason. Of Arms & the Law linked to an Instapundit piece concerning strategies for dealing with school shooting. The central link is one to a story on ENC about a Texas school...
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October 02, 2006

Hell Is For Children

A Pat Benatar song that deals with child abuse. Again not exactly spot on as far as the song's content goes but the title sums up things pretty well for this post. I was at a friend's the other day...
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July 04, 2006

Me Like

MSSA is Montana's pro-gun org. So there will be no confusion with the NRA I offer you this bill that the MSSA is supporting for Montana. Let's see the NRA get behind something like this....
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ID '06

Here's last years Independence Day post. Not much has changed in the grand scheme of things. sure, there are new outrages & new birght spots here & there, but overall I don't think we're any closer to having the republic...
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April 30, 2006


Recently in the pro-gun bloggers community there has been some debate between the Absolutists & the Incrementalists. Some of the relevant posts are listed below. Absolutists vs. Incrementalists from Say Uncle Continuing to mine an old tradition from Toys in...
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April 15, 2006

Problems And Defense Of CCW In Nebraska

From the Heartland has a couple of posts that deal with two topics relating to the recently enacted 'Shall Issue" CCW law. How many tax dollars will be wasted because LB454 is bad law? In the words of Duncan MacLeod;...
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April 09, 2006

It's Nice to Know That We Don't Stand Alone

Publicola has a webpage that lists gun enthusiasts that have volunteered to teach the fundamentals to new shooters. Here in Ohio we have Chublogga down south, me in the middle of the state, and The Steaming Dragon is up north....
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March 15, 2006

Kansas Carry

The Kansas Senate yesterday passed SB 418, the Personal And Family Protection Act, by a 29-11 margin. The bill now moves on to the House for consideration. The bill passed out of committee with a "do-pass" recommendation by a 6-3...
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January 30, 2006

This Should Be Fun . . .

Yet again, Kansas' hardy annual emerges, this time in the guise of SB 418, the "Personal And Family Protection Act". Attentive (okay, really anal-retentive) readers will know that Kansas is one of five states currently without any provision whatsoever for...
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December 01, 2005

Parchment Please

Say Uncle says that Wisconsin is on the way to getting a CCW permit law. Part of the agreement to get the support of state law enforcement was to have CCW info connected with a drivers license &/or tags so...
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October 14, 2005


You've probably already heard about it. In Nalchik, Russia a group of about 100 "separatist fighters" (i.e. Chechan Islamic extremists/terrorists) attacked police stations, an airport & government buildings. 13 civilians & 12 civilians with badges were killed. 61 Chechen rebels...
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October 12, 2005


I'm sure I don't have to catch you up; Bush has nominated Harriet Miers to fill O'Connor's position on the Supreme Court. There's a big divide over whether this was a good move or not. On one side conservatives are...
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October 02, 2005

Colorado's New CCW Vs. Colorado's Old CCW Vs. Colorado's Proposed But Tabled CCW

This is an oldie but a goodie. It was origninally posted here on April 3rd, 2003. Like the title says it's a comparison of three ideas for concealed carry that Colorado was considering. Another thing worth reading is this...
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August 31, 2005

Gun Control Reasoning

Gun control is being able to say that an armed 72 year old is morally inferior to the man who was killed in the process of stabbing his ex-wife. It's being able to say that a woman who will likely...
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August 22, 2005

Comments III: Worst State And Best Country For Gun Owners?

In the previous post I said I'd get around to answering the lovely, talented & accurate Miss Annika's questions. The questions were: "i'm going to take the Cali Firearms Safety Certificate test today. i read through all the laws and...
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December 11, 2004

Don't Start None, Won't Be None

I've went a round or two with XRLQ before. We've disagreed on a few things & discussed them in more or less a reasonable manner. I even devoted a category to our disagreements. But now he's went & done something...
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November 17, 2004

Rocky Mountain Low

Ya know, I was looking forward to doing a few things around here; cleaning a new acquisition; writing about said new acquisition; loading some ammo for said new acquisition; writing about some older acquisitions; perhaps even watching a movie. But...
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October 02, 2004

Ya Don't Play Nicki Like That

Nicki had an exchange with an elitist. She posted about it at Armed Females of America. It's called Above The Law? & you should be reading it now....
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August 23, 2004

Are Nebraska & Vermont Identical on Concealed Carry?

That's a question posed (in the abstract) & answered by Gunscribe of From The Heartland in his post titled The truth about Concealed Carry in Nebraska. He argues that Nebraska was never delegated the authority to regulate Arms & further...
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July 31, 2004

Not Again

I've previously posted about Ohio newspapers publishing the information of individual CCW holders. I'm afraid this is going to be a continuation of that....
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July 10, 2004

Naming Names in Ohio Part II

Previously I posted some info about reporters & their respective newspapers after they published the names, dates of birth & county of residence of Ohio CCW holders. This will be a continuation of that theme, but this time it concerns...
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June 25, 2004

AWB Update

Just a quick summary of the latest in the "Assault Weapons" Ban renewal attempts....
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June 23, 2004

It's Gotta Be Something In The Ohio Water....

Another Ohio paper has published the names, countie of residence, & dates of birth of concealed permit holders. I'm in a rush so check out this link for the article & some commentary on it by Ohioans For Concealed Carry....
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June 11, 2004

Will the Idiocy in Ohio Never Cease?

This time it's in Shelby County, Ohio. According to this article a sheriff has given the names & addresses of concealed carry permit holders to a local paper & they published them!...
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Naming Names in Ohio

Two Ohio newspapers felt they should publish the information of concealed carry permit holders. After all, it is a matter of public record. So I'm sure they won't mind if I publish their info. The Warren Tribune Chronicle published the...
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May 23, 2004

It ain't an argument if it ain't Hobbesian

Greg has two posts up that I want to address. The first is a response to my last post about our disagreement. The second is a post he did concerning a post of mine on concealed carry permits. This is...
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May 18, 2004

Making the chains rest a little lighter...

Michael Gaddy has an article up that every gun owner should read. It's called Massive Gun Owner Sell Out Of Basic Rights. For further reading please check out these previous posts about concealed carry permits: Concealed Carry & Prior Restraint:...
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May 10, 2004

The Hobbesian Arguments: Round 3 (?)

Why absolutism doesn't work is the latest post by Greg of the Hobbesian Conservative in our exchange. It's a response to this post of mine & it all traces back to a post I did on a speech given at...
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May 06, 2004

Interesting things in the blogosphere

First of all a very sincere welcome back to Ms. Rachel Lucas. She was missed. Clayton Cramer has a post up about a Chicago city official demanding & then defending preferential treatment for elected officials (namely herself). Clayton asks if...
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May 04, 2004

Help Needed in Ohio

I found something disturbing over at Alphecca: According to Ohioans For Concealed Carry two newspapers have started to publish the names of concealed carry permit holders in two Ohio counties. The newspapers in question are the the Warren Tribune Chronicle...
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