Friday, March 30, 2012

Want to know why you can't find HST on the shelf

From Business Insider:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office is getting an "indefinite delivery" of an "indefinite quantity" of .40 caliber ammunition from defense contractor ATK. 

U.S. agents will receive a maximum of 450 million rounds over five years, according to a press release on the deal. 

The high performance HST bullets are designed for law enforcement and ATK says they offer "optimum penetration for terminal performance."

That's one butt-load of practice.

I hope our border patrol officers use it to good effect.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

True feminism

Fay Voshell reminds her sisters that there are more important things for women who are genuinely concerned about women's rights (as opposed as simply using women's rights as a smokescreen to advance the progressive agenda) to worry about than repealing the First Amendment's guarantee of religious liberty in order to force a church to buy their birth control pills.

All over the world, women and children are being trafficked for sex; women and girls are being subjected to genital mutilation; unborn girls are the victims of sex-selective abortions and female infanticide; and women are subjected to the horrifying strictures and consequences of sharia law.  This is to say nothing of the women who are enslaved by the demeaning and destructive practice of polygamy or the women of the world who are without clean water and food for themselves and their children.

The thing is that all of those outrages against women and girls (with the exception of infant girls being killed by sex-selective abortions - but infant girls still in the womb aren't really "girls" so it doesn't matter - are taking place in other nations.  Well there is some sex-slave trafficking going on in the US but the left doesn't seem to care much about that (see ACORN Sting).

But mostly all the really bad anti-woman stuff is going on in other nations.  Female genital mutilation is mostly a North African and Egyptian custom which is linked to Islam so condemning it would involve making a judgement about another culture and that is strictly verboten to a good multiculturalist.  The same applies to criticism of sharia law.  Since radical Islam is at war with the United States it is seen as some kind of natural ally by members of the radical left - including feminists.

Most feminists (as the term is defined today rather than the past) would point to their support for the United Nations as proof that they really care about women and children getting clean water and adequate food, but a look at what the UN really does in Third World nations makes that a hard case to make.

Now on the issue of polygamy if a Mormon gains the GOP nomination then I expect that American feminists will rediscover their outrage at the concept of plural marriage so long as it can be used to tar Gov. Romney.

The truth is that modern American feminists are nothing more than a component of the progressive-left liberal establishment and they exist to serve the left-liberal agenda.  They care nothing about the real issues facing women in the world unless those issues can be twisted in some way to advance the interests of the left.

It is time that women woke up and realized this.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

It didn't work

Rasmussen Reports:

For the third consecutive day, Mitt Romney leads President Obama by five points in a hypothetical 2012 matchup. It is still, however, too early to tell if these results reflect a lasting change in the race or are merely statistical noise. Today's numbers show Romney at 48%, Obama at 42%. That matches the largest lead Romney has ever enjoyed over the president. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). 

Romney’s support among Republican voters has moved up to 83%, just about matching the president’s 84% support among Democrats. However, only six percent (6%) of GOP voters would vote for Obama if Romney is the nominee. Twice as many Democrats (12%) would cross party lines to vote for Romney. The former governor of Massachusetts also has an eight-point advantage among unaffiliated voters.  

If Rick Santorum is the Republican nominee, he is up by one point over the president, 45% to 44%. He receives 77% support from Republican voters and is up three among unaffiliateds. Santorum and Romney are the only Republican candidates to lead the president more than one time in the polls. See tracking history  for Obama vs. all four Republican candidates. 

The Democrats understand that B. Hussein Obama will be almost impossible to reelect and so have been desperately attempting to find some way of distracting voters from his dismal performance as president.

Creating a false controversy over the issue of contraception was a part of that strategy and it seems to have if not totally backfired to at least have accomplished nothing in their favor.

To start with too much information about the real Sandra Fluke - the 30-year-old professional left-wing activist who deliberately targeted Georgetown rather than the 22-year-old financially disadvantaged law student who only wanted the best education she could get - made it out to the public too quickly for the left's party line narrative to take hold with anyone not already suffering from brain damage from overdosing on progressive Kool-Aid.

In a nation in which a large majority of the population still attend weekly services in church or synagog the attempt to force a religious institution to violate its sacred teaching by providing birth control pills to its students was bound, if I may be permitted a small vulgarism, to go over like the proverbial fart in church.

The truth is that Sandra Fluke is far worse than a slut or prostitute.  Sexually promiscuous women, whether they take money or not, only harm themselves and possibly those who voluntarily chose to sleep with them.  Ms. Fluke, on the other hand, is a parasite, a societal cancer who demands that her fellow citizens be forced to subsidize her lifestyle.  She is the moral equivalent of a tapeworm or tick.

While outrage at Ms. Fluke has understandably been focused at her insistence that the First Amendment's guarantee of religious liberty be repealed in order to finance her desire for consequence-free sexual activity it is just as outrageous that she would demand that anyone be forced to provide for any of her wants or needs.

And that is exactly what she is doing.  She wishes for the federal government to use its coercive power to force her University (which happens to be a ministry of the Roman Catholic Church) to provide her with a product or service against its will.  She wishes to do this because she believes that she has a "right" to have her needs, real or perceived, met at the expense of other people.

Ms. Fluke and others like her believe that they are entitled to the fruit of other peoples' labor.  Just like an antebellum planter believed that he was entitled to live in luxury from the labor of those he presumed to own as slaves.

Our modern society rightly regards the old form of slavery practiced before the Civil War to be evil but somehow holds that those who resist having their property confiscated and redistributed to others today are somehow greedy and selfish. 

Those who demand that others be presented the bill for their wants and needs (whatever they might be) have no more moral right to call those who resent being forced to become their personal ATM greedy or selfish than Simon LeGree would have had in calling his slaves selfish for not voluntarily going out into the fields and picking his cotton.

Our society cannot be rescued from disaster until that attitude of entitlement at the expense of others is seen to be as morally indefensible, as selfish and cruel as the institution of chattel slavery ever was.

Like hitting a bullet with a bullet

From Israel National News:

The Iron Dome system has intercepted 90 percent of missile attacks on urban centers during the latest rocket bombardment from Gaza.

The expensive systems were inaugurated last year amid controversy over its worth. A primitive Kassam rocket costs terrorists only a few hundred dollars while each Iron Dome anti-missile missile costs $50,000.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated Saturday night, “We will continue to improve home front defense including by means of additional Iron Dome systems, the effectiveness of which was shown again over the weekend."

The Iron Dome system intercepted about 90 percent of the rockets fired at Be’er Sheva, Ashdod and Ashkelon, including three on Sunday morning.

Despite the rocket barrage, Israel kept open the Erez Crossing for passengers and employees of international organizations operating in Gaza. Kerem Shalom was open for the delivery of 200 truckloads to Gaza residents.

Its deployment this past weekend appears to have defeated Hamas, at least for the time being. The terrorist organization has been talking with the new regime in Egypt for another ceasefire after failing to inflict mass casualties or property damage on Israel. . .

Remember how Ronald Reagan was mocked for suggesting that a missile defense system was possible?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

More good news amid the gloom

From Fox 31 in Denver:

DENVER — The Colorado Supreme Court has struck down a gun ban by the University of Colorado Board of Regents that had prevented students from carrying concealed handguns on campus.
The court sided with opponents of that ban who argued that the ban is illegal because it was never approved by the state legislature.

The Concealed Carry Act, passed in 2003, prohibits local governments from limiting concealed carry rights with a few exceptions: K-12 schools, places where guns are banned by federal law, public buildings with metal detectors and private property.

College campuses were not accepted under the law.

The fact is that anyone who is lawfully armed should be able to take his gun anywhere he or she has a legal right to be.

Remember Dr. Liviu Librescu, the hero teacher at Virginia Tech who blocked the door to his clasroom with his own body so that his students could escape through the windows the morning that an insane gunman was running wild through the VT campus.  A campus that had been turned into a disarmed victim zone by laws preventing lawfully armed students and faculty from carrying firearms. 

Would it not have been infinitely better if Dr. Librescu and some of his students had been armed that day and could have defended themselves?

Cosmic justice

From The Daily Caller:

On Saturday, Carbonite CEO David Friend released a statement on his company’s website declaring that Carbonite had decided to “withdraw” advertising from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show in the wake of his controversial remarks involving Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke because it will “ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse”:
Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse.
However, it hasn’t done much to contribute to his company’s stock price. Since the market opened on Monday through its close today, Carbonite stock (NASDAQ:CARB) has plummeted nearly 12 percent, outpacing the drop of the NASDAQ index in that same time period by nine-and-a-half points. It was also one of the biggest decliners on the NASDAQ on Tuesday.

Pissing off Rush's devoted audience of 20 million plus fans is not a good business decision.

And did you check out Carbonite CEO David Friend's statement about how "courageous and well-intentioned" Ms. Fluke was?  This from a man with two daughters her age. 

I don't have children but if I did have a daughter and she took it upon herself to appear before the United States Congress - on national TV, no less - and whine that the Church ought to be forced to finance her sexual escapades I seriously think I would have to commit suicide as penance for bringing such a wretched and debased creature into the world.

Let us hope that Carbonite, Sleep Number and the rest of the craven capitalists who have decided to pander to the left by dropping their sponsorship of the Rush Limbaugh Show pay a heavy price in lost business.

And let us support Life Lock for hanging in for Rush and supporting our First Amendment rights.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Rush under attack

Some left-wing websites are pushing petitions to get Rush Limbaugh's advertizes to drop his show over the flap concerning the Georgetown University slattern who demanded that her college, a Roman Catholic institution, be forced by the government to provide her and other women of similar moral degradation free contraceptives.  This despite the fact that the Roman Catholic Church holds the use of artificial contraceptives to be contrary to the will of God.

I will not sign such a petition.  However I will give a respectful hearing to anyone urging me to sign one IF and only IF they can show me a copy of a similar petition directed against Bill Maher when he called Sarah Palin a cunt.  Or against those who advanced the baseless rumor that Todd Palin raped at least one of his daughters.  Or against MSNBC host Ed Schultz for calling Laura Ingram a slut.  Or against the DailyKos for allowing posters to routinely refer to Michelle Malkin an "Asian whore".

What I am doing is writing ProFlowers a note telling them that I will no longer use their services (they are the only Rush advertiser that I patronized).

I would urge anyone who values the First Amendment to do the same because this is nothing but an effort to silence an effective voice speaking in defense of this nation's founding principles.

Some good news among the gloom

From CBS:

BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Maryland’s handgun permit law is unconstitutional.

In an opinion filed Monday, U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg says a requirement that residents show a “good and substantial reason” to carry a handgun infringes their Second Amendment right to bear arms. He says it isn’t sufficiently tailored to the state’s public safety interests.

Plaintiff Raymond Woollard was denied a renewal of his permit in 2009 because he could not show he had been subject to “threats occurring beyond his residence.” Woollard obtained the permit after fighting with an intruder in his Hampstead home in 2002.

The lawsuit, which names the state police superintendent and members of the Handgun Permit Review Board, was also filed on behalf of the Bellevue, Wash.-based Second Amendment Foundation.

Maryland is a blue state.  In fact it is the home state of our esteemed Vice President, Joe "halfwit" Biden. 

That they are being held to the constitution on the manner of firearms law is a sign of how much progress had been made in the field of Second Amendment law.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Andrew Breitbart RIP

When I heard of Mr. Breitbart's passing I was on the road in another state listening to Glen Beck on the radio.  I didn't want to believe that someone who had accomplished so much to further the conservative cause could have left us at such a young age.

But we must face facts, however unpleasant.

Andrew Breitbart was a giant in conservative media.  His achievements are too numerous to list however the way in which he worked with James O'Keefe to publicist the way in which ACORN was willing to work with a pimp to set up a sex slave operation involving thirteen-year-old illegal alien girls has to be his magnum opus.

Like a great many people my first thought upon hearing of his death was to wonder if George Soros had an alibi for the time.  But it seems that it was natural causes.  Of course an autopsy is being performed and if Soros can be nailed for it he will be.

Mr. Breitbart will be keenly missed, however his work at Big Hollywood, Big Government, Big Peace, Big Journalism and and BreitbartTV will assuredly go on.