Archive for January, 2013

The Zumbo-ing of the Harrisburg gun show

Posted: January 22, 2013 by doubleplusundead in This Is My BOOMSTICK!

If you live in PA, you know about the HUGE fucking gun shows that get put on at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, except perhaps this time.  If you haven’t heard, Reed Exhibitors, a British firm, runs and manages the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, and oddly enough, SHOT Show too.  But for whatever fucking reason, they decided to bar ARs and other politically incorrect firearms at the show, or even graphic presentations thereof (as in, no literature, no t-shirts, fucking nothing).

First, lemme say, this is what happens when you let Brits run gun or gun related companies, they ALWAYS sell out at some point, that’s what happened with Smith & Wesson when they sold out to the Clintons, they were owned by Tompkins PLC.  Limeys don’t get the gun thing, they just don’t.  Thankfully, a proper ‘Murican company bought S&W and revived it, Tomkins had to fire sale S&W for a small fraction of what they bought it for.

Anyway, bunch of companies and hunting and outdoor and shooting names and celebs are bailing on the ESOS show, Cabelas was probably the first of the big names to bail, but more and more are, and today, Ruger and Smith & Wesson have announced they’re bailing.

I will say, on the face of it, it’s most important to have the big names pull their support of ESOS, but we NEED to be aware of and support the little companies that are bailing out of the ESOS show, this is an annoyance to a Cabelas or S&W or Ruger (though certainly it costs them too, I’m NOT dismissing that), but being forced to make a decision like this is heavily damaging to a small company, many of which don’t even sell firearms.  They deserve recognition for defending the Second.

I do need to get me some Rugers, I’d love to get my hands on a 77/.357, since I’ve got a substantial pile of .38 and .357, but I need to get a GP-100 and SP-101, as well as the older Six series.  But not till after I get my fill of Colts and Smith & Wessons.  And that’s gonna take a while.

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First up, we have Leadership that’s a failure.

Headlining our failed “leaders”, we have everybody’s favorite Mitch McConnell! Give him a hand.

Once again we have him demanding, DEMANDING!!!!!, a budget. I’m sure the Dems are just a shaking in their shoes over his threat.

Republicans have repeatedly attacked Senate Democrats for failing to produce a budget.

Yes, and then what did they do each and every time?

Both parties avoided a government shutdown in December by passing an omnibus spending bill for 2012.

See, that’s what you and I would call a budget, but McConnell allows the Dems to do this so they, the GOP and Minitrue can say it’s not a budget to keep the stupid, unhelpful, tea party (terrorist) minority that’s taken over the country from knowing how bloated it is.

Which means this scares the shit out of me.

And the email pledges that McConnell will oppose any extended gun-control measures

He’s up for re-election in 2014, so I have high hopes, but I also worry that he’ll try to make it get done quickly so people will forget by next year.

In Lebanon we see a failure to provide any leadership is having Hezbollah fill the void.

Salafi Sunni Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir accused Hezbollah of distributing weapons and drugs to Sidon youngsters as well as training them to fight on their side.

Yay! Let’s get southern Lebanon all armed up with Hezbollah fighters! I’m sure that since they’re in the gov’t they’ll have to moderate. You know, just like Hamas moderated after they took over Gaza.

Speaking of feckless GOP “leadership”, this is a failure in leadership. I mean, they’re providing leadership, but I call it a hugh, fucking stick in my eye FAIL!

the House GOP Leadership made an important twist in their plan to pass a short-term increase in the debt ceiling. Rather than increase the debt ceiling by a few hundred billion dollars, buying them time for further talks on the budget, they have opted to “suspend” the debt ceiling.

Okay, so what does that mean?

Upon enactment, the government’s borrowing authority would be unlimited until May. Presumably, the government could borrow trillions in this window, providing either the markets or the Fed would meet the new supply of debt.

Man, they sure stood up to Obama on that whole debt thing, just like we were promised!!!!!

Motherfuckers.

Next, we have a failing leader ((non-sarcastic) Yay!!!!) and they’re wondering who will take over.

There are two main guys under Chavez, Cabello who’s in charge of the military wing of Chavez’ dictatorship, and Maduro who’s in charge of the civilian side, I’d suggest that means, secret police. Hmmm, a civil war between the secret police and the military. Should be interesting. It’s not as if Venezuala provides anything important on the international stage like iPods or Xboxes.

So far they’re all buddy-buddy, and are showing their strength by going after an evil, right-wing TV station that, against the law, read a part of the Constitution over the air that Chavez didn’t like (Huh, I hope Obama isn’t reading that article).

In another failing leader, we have bombs going off in Damascus. Yay! Terrorists blowing up terrorist supporters! That’s win/win.

Here we have a man who’s not so much a failure as a leader as that he fails to understand how to provide leadership but others take up the slack and things get done, he doesn’t really understand how or why, but he knows he’s great. Can you guess who? That’s right, Teleprompter Jesus himself, Obama and his amazing skittle-shitting, unicorns for everyone budget!

A mini-fisking, I’ll be in bold.

The President’s 2013 Budget is built around the idea that our country does best when everyone gets a fair shot (sociallism), does their fair share (more socialism), and plays by the same rules (except his supporters and most especially his administration). We must transform our economy from one focused on speculating, spending, and borrowing (capitalism) to one constructed on the solid foundation of educating (teacher unions), innovating (green boondoggles, Solyndra writ large), and building (the infrastructure he keeps talking about but never gets around to using those $trillions to actually do anything about). That begins with putting the Nation on a path to living within our means (that ship sailed, we elected you, but no Obama speech is complete without a bunch of howlers) – by cutting wasteful spending (the military), asking all Americans to shoulder their fair share(tax increases for everyone!), and making tough choices on some things we cannot afford (the military), while keeping the investments we need to grow the economy (food stamps, welfare) and create jobs unemployment). The Budget targets scarce federal resources to the areas critical to growing the economy and restoring middle-class security (welfare, food stamps, unemployment): education and skills for American workers (teacher unions), innovation and research and development, clean energy (Solyndra), and infrastructure (it’s like a tic, he just adds “and infrastructure” to every pronouncement. Heaven help us when he focuses on jobs again).

Now that’s leadership! If you consider screwing me and paying off his supporters leadership I guess.

There is some good news, Americans are noticing that their “leaders” are failing to provide leadership and are only looting the fisc.

that when Americans were asked whether they had a positive view of the country, only 39% agreed.

Everybody is pissed at everybody else for voting for idiots and assholes is how I read that.

Dutch leaders decided that they hated a huge part of the reason for the tourism they see, so they decreed that coffee-shops would only sell pot to Dutch. It ends in Fail!

Many Dutch mayors, particularly in the main cities, oppose the new law and do not intend to enforce it. They say it will cause more problems because foreigners will purchase their drugs from dealers on the streets. As a result, over half of all coffeeshops say they will continue to sell soft drugs to foreigners.

If half say they will, I’d bet more are not willing to admit they’re going to ignore the law, and if the mayors are not in favor, the police won’t be in favor so another leadership Fail!.

We’ll end on a somber note, a most heinous failure of leadership.

Two lemurs on the loose have been captured early Monday morning after police say they received a report that the lemurs attacked a 2-year-old girl in South Florida.

Bastards!

I feel that this incident reflects very poorly on the very top of lemur society, the king himself!

Now more than ever, the lemurs are crying out for a revolution!

And people wonder why I boycott him.

Update: I updated this a little to fix mistakes and insert words I forgot to insert.

Important Update (not like that slacker one)

Can I get a Heh?

Eric found it. 3 million views, it’s probably old but still pretty good. Except for the Glock part. Needs more 1911s.

Kathleen Parker’s Gun Control Sophistry

Posted: January 21, 2013 by socklessjoe in Uncategorized

You know Kathleen Parker is going to lay an egg when she starts off like this:

Unlike many who recently have joined the debate about gun rights, I have a long history with guns, which I proffer only in the interest of preempting the “elitist, liberal, swine, prostitute, blahblahblah” charge.

“Prostitute”?  Oh boy…

She goes on to relate the fact that her daddy was, by modern standards, a “gun nut”.  Then she meanders though highlights in the history of guns, starting with guns as the tool of the white oppressors, to a freedom cry of civil rights activists trying to defend themselves.  She appeals to the authority of a late-60s era Ronald Reagan, who it should be noted was substantially less conservative than his 80s incarnation.  She casually juxtaposes the black civil rights activists against the NRA’s lack of interest in constitutional issues until the late 70s.  (Wink-wink, nudge-nudge.)  Never mind that this change in focus had nothing to do with racial civil rights, or that the NRA had previously been a sportsmen’s organization and wasn’t in the lobbying business.

“The degree of one’s allegiance to principle apparently depends mainly on who is holding the gun.”

 

Having slandered those who bitterly cling to the Second Amendment, she concludes by begging the question of what constitutes reasonable gun control.

This still leaves open the loophole of private sales that do not require background checks, which President Obama wants to close. We will hear more about this in coming weeks, but the call meanwhile to ban assault weapons or limit magazines in the wake of the horrific mass murder of children and others at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut is hardly draconian. It won’t solve the problem of mentally disturbed people exacting weird justice from innocents, but it might limit the toll. Having to stop one’s rampage to reload rather breaks the spell, or so one would imagine.

One also imagines that the old Reagan would say there’s no reason a citizen needs an assault weapon or a magazine that can destroy dozens of people in minutes. He would certainly be correct and, in a sane world, possibly even electable.

This is a classic example of question-begging.  Kathleen Parker gets to decide what’s sane and reasonable because,… just because. I mean, she’s sane and reasonable…

Parker’s column is noteworthy not because I happen to disagree with her –there are oodles of columns like that– but because of her horrible writing.  There is not even the hint of a rational argument in it. It is comprised only of sophistry and gimmicks.

Oh, Condi

Posted: January 20, 2013 by socklessjoe in Conservatism, GOP FAIL, Government FAIL, Lame, Notes on the Revolution, Op/Sped

Look, I’ve never been a huge Condi fan.  No doubt she is an exceptionally intelligent person, accomplished academic, and probably pretty cool to have a beer with.  Nevertheless, under the watch of that expert Sovietologist, an ex-KGB man managed to freeze and roll-back democratic reforms in Russia and install himself as what looks like President for Life.  Suffice to say I take any praise or reverence of Condoleeza Rice with a grain of salt.

NRO has a write-up of Condi’s recent appearance of Face The Nation:

“The Republican party certainly has to stop turning off large segments of the population,” Rice said on Face the Nation to laughter. “It’s not a strategy to keep hoping that parts of the population don’t turn out. You’ve got to simply broaden.”

Immigration, Rice added, was the “big issue.”

“Frankly, we sent some pretty bad signals around immigration. George W. Bush, John McCain, Jon Kyl, and Ted Kennedy had an immigration bill in 2007 and it failed. And I felt at that moment that that was the real missed opportunity. We’ve got to get comprehensive immigration reform back on the agenda.”

Excuse me, Condi, but your old boss Bush is the one who fouled up immigration.  He, McCain, and Graham put up a colossal piece of crap bill so bad that even Bill Kristol was against it, then started an internecine war among Republicans, calling anybody who dared think the bill sucked a racist.

Nobody responds well to being called racist.  You guys burnt major bridges with those who might have been willing to compromise.  In the process, you gave the actual racists a voice.

Wow, I’m rooting for EUnuchstanians.

They’re going to smash a space ship into an asteroid to see if they can alter its trajectory.

They claim they chose it because it has no chance of hitting the Earth.

Me? I figure they’ll alter the trajectory just enough to hit the Earth dead center. I mean, how else could it happen? It’s obvious when you think about it.

I’m still rooting for the one the day after Valentine’s Day, but it’s a nice back-up plan.

 

Gotta nuke something” posts first.

Brunei, fucking Brunei, is the chair of ASEAN this year and they’re bearding China in their den.

Brunei will pursue a binding code of conduct among competing South China Sea claimants as a top priority during its ASEAN chairmanship, officials said Monday.

 

So I guess having a feckless American president is causing others to stand up.  Of course, they need America to stand up for them when push comes to commie invasion.

Which leads to this, Obama’s been selling stuff to non-commies so

The key strategic aim of the “pivot”, experts contend, is to contain China’s maritime assertiveness and protect freedom of navigation in the Western Pacific, a global artery for trade and energy transportation. Yet the US’s strategic re-focus on Asia has paradoxically not only strengthened the hands of Chinese hawks calling for a more muscular counter-strategy but also emboldened the US’s regional partners, namely Japan, Philippines, and Vietnam, to push their claims more aggressively.

 

 

I have high hopes, but I’m just not sure if I trust that Obama fellow. Every time he’s been involved in an international dispute, from Honduras to Iran to Great Britain and more, he’s sided with the commies. but apparently at least some non-commies and non-Chinese commies think they can trust him.

Still, I’m not sure if I’d place my country’s future in Obama’s hands, especially as we see it heating up.

I had other possible nuke things going on, but I’m no longer in the mood so on to Le Ha Ha.

I love this one. I’m a little embarrassed it was commie Chinese and not good, old, American rednecks who came up with it though. We’re falling behind in the crazy use of weapons department.

Organisers of an ice festival in China’s northern Jilin province thought they were being clever by inviting tourists to use live chickens as shooting targets. Instead, it has sparked controversy and anger when people across the country learned about the cruel game.

The photos, published by major newspapers including The People’s Daily, showed people shooting arrows at live childrens at an ice park. In one photo, a chicken is seen struggling after being shot with two arrows.

 

Sputter. I mean, I love it, but did any of the people involved with this stop and say, “You know, maybe this isn’t such a good idea.”?

This is kind of a brutal, endy sort of Ha-Ha but since I’m happy when terrorists torture and kill each other instead of me, I’m calling this a win.

Then there are the prisons run by the armed opposition, filled with partisans of the Syrian regime. Inside these walls, people accused of committing crimes are being tortured and liquidated by their captors in the armed opposition.

 

In their own torture centers. That’s gosh darned endy and funny. I mean, I know they’re jihadis who are just grabbing anybody they don’t like, but at least some of them must be actual Syrian agents.

Another that’s not funny. But it is.

A 31-year-old Bronx man fell to his death yesterday while defecating between subway cars on a moving 6 train, cops said.

 

Is it wrong to hope he had a goatee, was wearing a vest and a vintage Quisp t-shirt?

 

And for the big finale, my very favorite type of Ha-Ha, global warmmongering ha-has.

Freezing weather with light snow flurries greeted about 200 climate activists gathered on the steps of the state Capitol noon Monday to demand the state Legislature get serious about climate change.

Just cuz the endy is getting worse doesn’t mean Gaia stopped hating Al Gore.
Not From Olympia, just a funny pic

Not From Olympia, just a funny pic

Don’t forget to point and laugh folks, schaden is the only freude you’re getting.

Best Supporting Accent

Posted: January 15, 2013 by veeshir in Random Crap, The Big Screen

Just because I can actually watch the news doesn’t mean we need to get away from our core duties of answering life’s big questions.

In today’s exciting episode, we’re going to find out the celebrity with the worst fake accent.

Our first nominee paid attention to the small details, you have no idea where he’s supposed to be from.

Leon the Professional.

A few years ago told me he was supposed to be Italian, I had always thought he was Russian and I couldn’t figure out why he worked for Italians.

Next, a non-movie showing but no bad accent list would be complete without its inclusion.

Madonna’s ‘British’ accent.

That makes me giggle every time.

Another non-movie entry, Sean Connery doing a Scottish accent.

He makes me laugh every time. His accent is like Michael Jackson’s nose or skin color, it changes a lot over the years.

The next entry is so spectacularly bad, I would bet that it got some casting type fired, perhaps a whole slew of them.

Seriously, who thought Keanu Reaves doing Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan doing a British accent was a good idea?

The only reason that one didn’t win was because it just felt too cruel and the hilarity of it is reward enough.

I could have made this whole thing about the bad accents in Destry Rides Again, but too many were just bit roles. Everybody had an accent and they were all associated with a different country or region of Europe and not a one of the accents matched the region they claimed.

In that vein, Ladies, Gentlemen, people who read this blog, I give you the winner of the worst accent by someone we’re supposed to take seriously………………….

Marlene Dietrich as Lili Von Schtupp….Frenchy!

I love that movie, but the director obviously had a fever and the only prescription was more cowbe... bad accents.