Monday, April 19, 2010

You call this justice?

It is wrong to send Seandall Jackson to prison for life
without parole because he robbed and killed a man.
He and his accomplice should be hanged Saturday
noon outside the county court house.

The video of the sentencing of Seandall Jackson
shows urban America in microcosm. See the gleeful,
swaggering, black badass smirk at the snivelling
whining, gutless family of the unarmed white victim.
If their faces had shown rage I might have some
hope for the country.

Texas leads the nation in number of felons executed.
It usually takes less than 27 years, and costs less
than a new aircraft carrier for lawyer fees for
the fifty-three appeals. I would execute them
at no cost, buy my own ammo, and award the
condemned thug two 22LR in the back of the head.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

AZ now has constitutional CCW law

Friday, April 16, 2010
AZ: Governor Brewer Signed Constitutional Carry!

It's official. Arizona joined Alaska & Vermont in recognizing the right to bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment this afternoon when Governor Brewer signed SB 1108 into law. Although you are still free to apply for an Arizona CCW permit to receive reciprocity in States that recognize it, you will no longer be required to ask the Arizona State Police for their permission to bear arms in defense of yourself and your families once this law takes effect this fall (90 days after the end of this legislative session), even if your gun happens to be covered by your shirt or jacket. The current legislative session is expected to end in the next few weeks, so this law should take effect sometime in late July or early August.

This is a great day for freedom in Arizona. Here is a link to the press release from Governor Brewer. Be sure to send her a note to say thanks for supporting Freedom.

Update 1: Alan Korwin has issued an excellent summary of the change to the law.

Update 2: NRA Press Release.

Update 3: Check out the comments from the hoplophobes!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Show us your starving waifs
Vin Suprynowicz
Show us your starving waifs

Americans are generally willing to make considerable sacrifices in order to pay the taxes that fund the most expensive public school system in the history of the world — even though the effectiveness of said schools in advancing our students much beyond what the rest the “first world” would call a fourth- or fifth-grade level is pretty pathetic.

But what if Americans come to realize the giant jobs program they’re financing under the rubric of the “public schools” is no longer mostly about “schooling,” at all, but has instead morphed into a huge archipelago of food banks and full-service welfare agencies?

More than 19 million American schoolchildren are already provided free or reduced-cost meals during the week when they’re at school, according to Feeding America, a national network of charities.

In Clark County, roughly 148,000 children qualify for the free or tax-subsidized meals — not because they are all necessarily poor, but because they live in school districts where a certain percentage of the populace is statistically “poor,” and no one wants to embarrass a child by making him or her assert individual poverty in order to qualify for free stuff.

But that’s not enough, according to freshman Democratic Congresscritter Dina Titus of Las Vegas, who introduced a bill Tuesday that would allow the schoolchildren to head back to their “schools” on the weekends to pick up “free,” tax-funded weekend food handouts, as well — or else carry home backpacks full of canned meats and fruits on Friday afternoons.

“Gimme gimme” welfare food from the “gimme gimme” welfare schools — who could be surprised?

The “Weekends Without Hunger Act” would allocate $10 million per year for five years to launch a federal “pilot program,” giving away food for schools and local anti-hunger groups to distribute.

Meantime buying up more “surplus” agricultural products as a way to control and buy the votes of America’s farmers, as well?

“With 45 percent of Clark County schoolchildren relying on the free and reduced-price lunch program, more than 140,000 students in Southern Nevada are facing hunger at home, and many depend on school meals as their main source of food throughout the week,” Ms. Titus said.

According to who? Where are these kids living, inside hollow trees? Where are their parents? If those parents (in an era when child-bearing is optional) either can’t or won’t feed their children, have they no relatives or fellow parishioners willing to take in these starving waifs — waifs most of whom carry cell phones, play video games, and wear hundred-dollar name-brand sneakers, unless I miss my guess?

If the culture of welfare dependency created by the “entitlement” approach of the federal government over the past 55 years has actually rendered the American family unable to do today, in a land of luxury, what it was able to do through all the tough times of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the Great Depression — feed its children — then surely it’s time to end the welfare-state experiment, not extend it.

Ninety percent of the people in the world would love to be poor in America. America is one of the few places in the world where a quasi-literate woman can decide to raise her children alone without benefit of a wage-earning husband, and be rewarded by her government for this brilliant decision — despite the greatly enhanced risk her sons will grow up to be felons — with a subsidized home that has central heating, indoor plumbing, and a color television, all courtesy of money looted from total strangers by our wise and powerful government.

Is America full of starving waifs? In fact, we have an epidemic of childhood obesity.

If Americans today are not properly feeding their children, it’s because of bad spending priorities, not a shortage of cheap foodstuffs.

When I see young mothers in the supermarket line using government food vouchers of various kinds, they’re not generally buying 40-pound bags of rice. Perhaps the grandly named “Weekends Without Hunger Act” should instead be dubbed the “Freeing Up The Family Budget to Buy Beer and the Cable Sports Package Act.”

Anyway, do our state or federal Constitutions grant those respective governments any power to tax the rest of us to feed the children of parents who would just as soon “let government do it”? They do not.

Close down programs, Ms. Titus. Cut taxes so the free market can create real jobs. Leave America’s willing workers their own income to feed their own kids. Eastern Europe tried for 70 years to “guarantee” everyone a free lunch. The scheme fared badly.

And by the way, are you still going to ask us “Where you gettin’ that?” about Democrats promoting higher taxes?

Copyright 2007-2009, Vin Suprynowicz. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Vermont CCW for Arizona soon?

Ariz. House approves concealed weapons bill
Thu Apr 8, 7:52 pm ET

PHOENIX – The Arizona House voted Thursday to make the state
the third in the nation to allow people to carry concealed weapons
without a permit, sending the governor a bill that would allow
Arizonans to forego background checks and classes that are now

The legislation, approved by the House 36-19 without discussion,
would make it legal for most U.S. citizens 21 or older to carry a
concealed weapon in Arizona without the permit now required.
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Most tires made in China are good, it says here

Seems to me the message is this. The tire quality is the
same if made in Oklahoma or in China. So who cares if
an American has no job?

The answer depends on whether you buy Chinese-made
tires from name brands like Goodyear or Michelin, vs. Chinese-label
tires or those made in China under contract for some private store
labels, tests show.

Tire manufacturers, many of which have moved some production to
China to save money, say that production techniques and materials
are the same no matter where the tires are made, and that their Chinese
tires are every bit as good as those made elsewhere in the world.

“The Chinese tires coming into this country for the most part have
been safe tires,” said Roy Littlefield, executive vice president of the
Tire Industry Association. “All the tires have to be tested before they
come here," he said, referring to U.S. government testing and standards.

“We have same global quality standards around the world,” said Keith Price,
a spokesman for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. “The standards are the
same whether we make it in Oklahoma, Germany, Brazil, Indonesia, or
China, the product standards are the same.”

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Old tires may fail and kill you

It says here that new tires on the shelf begin to
deteriorate. You should not use any tire older than
ten years.

I carry two spares on my pickup. I keep the
front tires for spares when I buy four new tires.
One morning I saw that one of the spares had broken,
the tube bulging through a hole in the tread.

Date stamp as seen on tire shows week and year
of manufacture.
0109 01 is first week of January, 09 is 2009
5209 is last week of Dec 2009

PS For some ten years I have used 10 ply 235-85R-16
Buckshot Maxxis Mudders on the pickup. Best
mud and snow tire I ever saw, and fairly quiet at speed.

After reading the article on tire age I looked at them
for date of manufacture, and found in very small letters
"made in china".

I will look for a tire made in USA.