Charles Winchester from M. A. S. H.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Charles Winchester from M. A. S. H.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
"Without justice being freely, fully, and impartially administered,neither our persons, nor our rights, nor our property, can be protected. And if these, or either of them, are regulated by no certain laws, and are subject to no certain principles, and are held by no certain tenure, and are redressed, when violated, by no certain remedies, society fails of all its value; and men may as well return to a state of savage and barbarous independence."
-- Joseph Story (Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833)Reference: Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 175.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
One of the things that make this nation the greatest nation on earth is our individuality. One of the outgrowth of this is how we've decorated the items that we use regularly. This includes a long history of ornate firearms in this nation whether it's the brass tacks on a Lakota rifle or the Tiffany designed Smith and Wesson revolvers for a World's Fair. Even today Cowboy Action shooters pay hundreds of dollars to get their competition Peacemakers engraved in the traditional way.
During the debate of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban (which no assault weapons were banned because they fall under the National Firearms Act of 1934 and were still available for purchase after a background check that makes what FISA is accused of look like getting carded at a bar.) The semi-auto version of the M-16 was maligned as an evil black rifle. They were banned just because they looked more dangerous.
Since the extinction of the worthless ban there has been a desire for the rifle for several legit reason, including coyote hunting since that's about all the 5.56 round is good for.
Now cnn has done a couple of stories about how the market is responding to the desires of gun owners to have unique looking firearms, if people don't alter their guns appearance their own.
There is some interesting mistakes in their report including this:First off this isn't a Glock design it's is a 1911 design. This is a Glock . Not being a Glock aficionado I don't know if they offer differing colors. I've seen both a red and blue but those are dummy training guns (see non-firing). I know that other companies that offer what is commonly referred to as combat Tupperware offer colors like a dark brown, tan, and OD Green because the blend into various uniforms the troops wear. It can also make it easier to color code one's pistols by caliber 9 MM black, .4o brown, ect so there is no mix up and misloading a weapon at the range.
That Lieberman guy said there is no reason for a Hello Kitty on a rifle, well I wouldn't want one but there isn't any reason a girl wouldn't want one if she wanted to go shooting with mom or dad. Shoot, I've heard some women say that they wanted a pink pistol so it would be different and look cute (well some women buy cars because they are cute.) One firearms company has added colored revolvers to their catalogue because more and more women carrying for self-defense.
Personally, I'd like to get a blue or red pistol but there again the firearms industry has decided those would be training colors, since that's the case I won't try to get one even though they would be helpful colors for me since I wear blue jeans and like red shirts, if my pistol would peak out from underneath my shirt it may keep some that are terrified of inanimate objects from freaking out.
For those that don't carry this won't really be an issue. Shoot, only one (well it was kind of three but it was the same weekend and the same person so...) of the armed robberies that has occurred in town over the last couple of years that it is known for a fact a firearm (a stole firearm from a break-in earlier in the week...lack of personal gun control). There have been a couple where the bad guy claimed to have a firearm.
November 2006 we had teenagers running around with BB guns. I blogged about that being a fear of mine because I don't really want to shoot anyone, especially if it's someone being stupid. The assumption that Law Enforcement would have if a BB gun or a "colored" pistol is leveled is it's real. Which there will still be several verbal disarm orders before it escalates to the point where an officer may have to end the threat.
The bizarre thing about the piece on cnn they kept saying there is no evidence of this really happening, but it could. At least they were honest enough to admit that there were police officers buying them for their wives.
This leaves one last question: Has anyone seen a little chicken running around here?
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
"Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer."
-- Thomas Paine (Common Sense, 1776)
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
About six years ago our church had something that amounted to a church split. What occurred doesn't matter but my poor pastor walked into a church that was hurting and literally bleeding people. People were leaving years after the occurrence and unfortunately it hurt Pastor.
As I missed church due to an illness on Sunday, Pastor was able to convey an amazing story of answered prayer today, not just for our church but for a family escaping marxist rebels and other unrest in Guatemala (Pastor said something about a couple of kidnappings).
With in one family, our church not only regains half of what we lost in church member and attenders, but this family also wants to start a Spanish language church in connection with our church. This family was directed here by a missionary that had been to our church about a year ago where he told this family that we would look out for them (because the church was faithful to God to be disciplined to make sure that one of God's workers be provided for). The only school in the US that could work student visa's for the kids was the Christian school here in town.
Pastor asked two of the men if they would be willing to give their testimony, but it sounds like it may have to wait for a night where there aren't any children around.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
When my sister and I were young our parents would tell us, "Be good or we will give you a lump of coal for Christmas." So I have been pondering this, "If you love someone and want to get engaged why would you give someone what is at it's very essence is coal a gift you give to bad children?"If it were me I would be insulted by such a gift. I have tried to discuss this with other people but the emotional attachment to what is nothing but a hydrocarbon object is amazing.
Now since all life is at least partially made of carbon it isn't rare. At one time, diamonds may have been hard to come by, but there are techniques of making "fake" diamonds. Where these modern "fakes" cannot be discerned from the real diamonds. Hmmmm. Another thing that would give me pause in giving a diamond for an engagement gift. One that really bothers me and I don't know how I could tell someone I love them with a gift such as this. Conflict diamonds, they are diamonds that come from places that use the diamonds to fund civil war. The marxist rebels use slave labor to collect the diamonds. In all honesty, I could not look in the eye of my beloved and tell her I love her knowing these things. In times of fineancial difficulty everyone tries to sell jewels so the value would go away.
ALTERNATIVES The one I like the best is a chrome plated super .38 with engraving with either mother of peril grips or antique ivory grips (for you tree huggers). This gift could say many different things: I will always protect you, I respect that you are your own person and can take care of yourself, or I want to spend the rest of my life. The thing is such a gift will always get attention. It will always keep it's value. And for me it would be a gift from the heart. And will always increase in value.
Practical the woman will always use is and can ponder your thoughtfulness- a car. If you get a classic car it will always go up in value. She will feel like a million bucks in a '65 Mustang ragtop. Just something to ponder. Since I have sworn to stay single I don't have to try these theories out. Although, I had one female friend agree or at least understand the Conflict Diamond aspect. The moral of the blog. What do you put your value in? Is it just a lump of coal or do long for more?
Posted by DAKOTARANGER at 23:47
Friday, February 08, 2008
This weekend the Regan Library is honoring the Medal of Honor recipients. Part of the festivites 20 of the living recipients of the honor were on the Tonight Show. Brian Williams mentioned Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty by Peter Collier.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
As I was getting ready to watch the Super Bowl I really didn't have a dog in the fight. It would have been great if New England got their 19th Victory this year, but at the same time it's fun to cheer for the underdog...except the underdog was a New York team that plays in New Jersey. The angst I felt trying to decide who I'm going to cheer for must be what it's like for moderates that have find their 'answers blowing in the wind'
In the run up to Super Tuesday I had a buddy try to estole the value of moderate pragmatism. This philosophy may work fine for him, but I learned the hard way that selling out my beliefs to compromise to make others happy when I'm convinced I'm right only hurts the people I care about most. God knows I dread the day I have to answer for that lapse in judgment and I won't have a good answer to why I compromised either.
We also talked about Senator mccain. He was trying to sell me on his 'Conservative' values, from his pro-life stance which is really weird because he knows that I think that most in the pro-life movement are short-sighted by not dealing with premarital sex or pregnant single mothers, thus making that issue not a top issue with me. The one thing I had to really admit is most conservatives hold the gang of Fourteen against mccain (Something I still not happy about), but I got the impression when that was going on the majority leader didn't want to pull the 'nuclear option', talked mccain into pulling that stunt.
My buddy conveniently tried to leave out the one thing that is an earmark of a conservative, big government. He finally had to concede that is one of the things that the Senator caved to his liberal leanings. I've been incredibly consistent on big government, on politicians that want to limit freedoms being a threat to the American citizenry. It is bad enough to see liberals try to do this but it is absolutely disgusting to see Republicans that act as they know better than the populace.
I've written about oversized government imposing smoking bans, but I see and hear people say things like well I don't want to sit in smoking section. I've brought up the concept of what if there is an attempt to ban pop (san fransisco is trying to tax it, usually the first step to banning a 'sinful item') and now Mississippi has a bill in their legislature that would criminalize serving fat people. I listened as the Republican politician has tried to back pedal claiming he just wanted to bring attention to the problem in the state--elephant droppings.
While I realize my buddy is only trying to cause me to think a little bit and maybe right that this isn't a conservative nation and even if I was the last conservative on earth I'm not sacrificing my beliefs to make someone feel warm and fuzzy . But it is tiring to listen to Fred Barnes and other Easterner Republicans trying to call those of us that are principled with what we believe essentially idiots because we aren't willing to goose step behind someone that hasn't stuck to Republican principles for the last ten years.
Where this leaves me with the Presidential election is concerned is I have to stick to my principles I'm not a Republican hack where I have to act like Kevin Bacon in Animal House where I bend over and say, "thank you can I have another." I don't have to vote for any of the RINOs. I fully intend to write in Senator Fred Thompson. I have family members that have tried to tell me that I'm just throwing away my vote, but I beg to differ. If I vote my principles I won't have as much to explain on the day of judgment as if I did throw my vote away by backing someone that isn't any where near a conservative.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
"All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observedfrequent instances of superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting inpeace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, along time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?""-- Benjamin Franklin (To Colleagues at the ConstitutionalConvention)Reference: Quoted by James Madison, Notes of Debates in theFederal Convention of 1787. (New York: W.W. Norton and Company,1987), pp. 209-
Yahoo News is reporting that China is experiencing the coldest winter in 100 yrs. It's a good thing they aren't having global cooling or it would be the warmest winter on record
Saturday, February 02, 2008
The Bismarck Tribune is reporting that ross perot, I mean Congressman ron paul is going to be in Fargo and Bismarck in preparation for North Dakota's caucus on Tuesday. While there are some things I agree with Congressman on (there's a couple of things I agree with the Govs for that matter), BUT when you blame the US and Israel for the evil in the world you really should be no where near the White House. The simple fact he's wasting time 24 hours before Super Tuesday in North Dakota really makes me believe he's crazier than britney speers.