Archive for February 21st, 2012

Spending Watch

A couple of items related to spending and our national debt.

Obama called Bush’s increase in the debt "irresponsible" and "unpatriotic". What does he think about his own contribution to the debt?

Obama signed an agreement to fund the DC-area incredibly successful school voucher program. Yet with all the new spending he added, he didn’t fund this. Does he really care about education, or just teacher unions?

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    Fabulous Food Foto (# 008)

    Breakfast burrito, with chorizo, in La Puente, CA.

    A simple rendition, done near homemade style (if the tortillas were homemade, then this would be The Bomb). Just outside the football field at La Puente High School, the El Rey Farms distribution of New Mexico Green Chiles takes place every year (from late summer into early autumn). If you get there early, then the local sports boosters are serving up some breakfast items – of which we never pass up the chorizo breakfast burritos! Not oozily dripping grease, like nearly every other chorizo burrito out there, but very well made, with the right mix of chorizo (Mexican sausage), scrambled egg, and potatoes.

    Enjoy!

    - image © 2011 A R Lopez

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      Things Heard: e209v1n2

      I’m running late, busy busy. But … a few links?

      1. OWS and lessons in free money and value of property ownership.
      2. There are them rich folk who think rules don’t apply to them. Laws of nature … still do however.
      3. The “stay in your car” survival tactic.
      4. How can “shooting monks” be a good public relations move?
      5. Much is made of the EU social networks compared to ours, yet do we note the “socially excluded” in that tally?
      6. Did you know Isaac Newton wrote more theology than science & math? I didn’t.
      7. life lived.
      8. Logic and personhood.
      9. A beautiful photo from Afghanistan.
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        Links for Tuesday, 21 February 2012

        When Gun-Control Advocates Carry Guns
        It’s more prevalent than you might expect. From The Firearms Blog,

        There is a level of hypocrisy that goes beyond belief from the anti-gun crowd. Over the years anti-gun zealots such as Rosie O’Donnell suggested that no one should have gun, yet her bodyguard was armed. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues a crusade against all guns (not just the illegal variety) with his anti-gun group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, yet everywhere the billionaire goes he has armed guards.

        And now it seems that David Brock could be the biggest hypocrite of them all. His name might not be as familiar to readers as Bloomberg or O’Donnell, but Brock is founder of Media Matters for America, a progressive watchdog site that routinely calls out the NRA for anything pro-gun.

        Yet it gets even better (or worse, depending on your point of view), from the Daily Caller,

        By 2010, Brock’s personal assistant, a man named Haydn Price-Morris, was carrying a holstered and concealed Glock handgun when he accompanied Brock to events, including events in Washington, D.C., a city with famously restrictive gun laws. Price-Morris told others he carried the gun to protect Brock from threats.

        Remember incidents like these whenever someone advocates “common-sense” gun laws. Yes, as these anti-gun people so plainly illustrate, “common-sense” equates to taking the necessary steps to protecting oneself.

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        CEO Demonstrates Body Armor
        By having a live round fired at him, point-blank!

        Kids (and adults) DON’T try this at home!!!

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        Negligent Discharge (ND) of the day
        Remember, Remember, Remember: Guns don’t discharge or “go off” all by themselves. From Knoxnews.com (emphasis added),

        A vendor at the Knoxville Gun & Knife Show shot himself in the hand while attempting to show off his personal weapon Sunday, according to the police.

        Adams, a licensed vendor at the event in the Jacob Building on Magnolia Avenue, apparently was showing his personal concealed weapon — a Kimber .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun — to a customer when the weapon discharged, DeBusk said.

        Please, people, know and practice the 4 Rules of Gun Safety.

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        If you keep a firearm for home defense – know when the safety is off
        And when it’s on. From the Springfield News-Leader (emphasis added),

        Branden M. Slavens, 28, has been charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree assault, armed criminal action, felonious restraint, first-degree robbery, felony resisting arrest, third-degree assault and two counts of first-degree tampering, according to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

        Between 3 and 3:30 a.m. Friday, Slavens used an ax to force his way into the back door of a residence within one mile of the crash site, the documents said. A woman at the residence, awakened by noises, initially told Slavens to leave before he used the ax to get in. Once inside, he threw the woman onto the floor, the documents said. A man at the home then came down the stairs with a rifle. The man later told police he pulled the trigger to protect himself and his wife, but the safety was on. Slavens then struck the man on his left arm with the ax, causing severe injuries. Slavens then took the gun.

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        New York City working on “X-ray Vision” to look under your pants
        For any concealed guns you might be hiding. And the ACLU is not happy (among others). From the New York Times,

        In a speech on Tuesday morning to the New York City Police Foundation, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said the department was working with the Defense Department to develop gun-scan technology “capable of detecting concealed firearms.”

        The tool would operate as a sort of reverse infrared mapping tool by reading the energy people emit and pinpointing where that flow is blocked by some object, like a gun.

        Can we all say, “governmental intrusion”?

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        Another pregnant woman with a shotgun
        In Minnesota, and she ran off burglars by racking her shotgun. From CBS,

        It’s the last thing two burglary suspects expected to hear when they broke into a Coon Rapids home. From within the house came the unmistakable sound of a pump shotgun. At the other end of that gun was a 22-year-old woman who is nine weeks pregnant.

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