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Watch as people, free from any sort of rule or direction, navigate a rather busy intersection sans accident I’m not saying I’m all for Anarchy or anything, I’m just saying that often what we think of as necessary rules & regulations really isn’t. A commenter on the page indicated that Ethiopia (where this was filmed) has one of the highest traffic related death rates but I’ve not confirmed that (nor do I care). I just found this video fascinating in the way that people will navigate...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/23/2014 6:58:15 PM | Feedback (27)
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The best violinists in the world will tell you that nothing sounds better than a true, million dollar Stradivarius. The proof is incontrovertible & if you hand someone a handmade, Italian Stradivarius and a brand new, just made cheap violin, in a blind test they will choose… The newly made violin When the lights were dimmed and the musicians donned dark glasses, the soloists' top choice out of a dozen old and new violins tested was by far a new one. So was the second choice, according to a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/9/2014 9:24:25 AM | Feedback (8)
One of the reasons I have so few friends is that I prefer to be right rather than adored. Because of this quirk, I will call out people who are on my side over things that aren’t true. On a Twitter conversation this morning, I saw this tried and true image being used Irony upon irony upon irony, there is no credible source that says Goebbels ever said that. Folks, be careful with attributions. I jokingly made this image However, being serious, don’t fall into that trap. Yes, sometimes a pithy...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/28/2014 9:31:04 AM | Feedback (10)
When we took the family to Montgomery, AL, I was simply floored with all the history concentrated into such a small place. The civil war started there, and down the street the Civil Rights movement started in earnest. I stood on the porch of the Dexter Parsonage over the missing chunk of concrete from the bomb thrown at the Kings that indicated the beginning of something so large, we’re still dealing with it. I walked through the kitchen where MLK prayed to God, asking him for strength. The man...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/26/2014 9:44:14 AM | Feedback (10)
Related. Complete with Titty Sprinkles When you read something on the interweb tubes, you’re bound to assign a voice to it. Many times it’s probably your voice, but often people assume a tone and timbre for a particular person, especially if they’ve read them for a while. There’s another phenomenon I’ve noticed – if you are politically misaligned with that person, suddenly you find their tone hostile and angry. I don’t have any particular links because this happens everywhere there are...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/7/2014 10:03:01 AM | Feedback (9)
One thing that has always made me chuckle darkly are the signs on the back of dump trucks that say “Not responsible for broken windshields”. Really? So, if I were to put a sign on my car that said “Not responsible for rear-ending accidents” then I’m completely in the clear when I try to parallel park in someone’s tailpipe? What happened to our society that caused us to put so much faith in the power of signage? They had to make the sun-visors in my car bigger because they needed to put more...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/25/2013 9:31:01 AM | Feedback (10)
Some people hunt animals. Some people grow gardens in their back yard. Some people like to knit their own sweaters. Our society is so advanced that doing the things necessary for survival are now frickin’ hobbies. Think about that. Allow the concept to marinade in your grey matter. Savor the irony about people bitching how awful hunters are. Allow me to pull up one of my favorite quotes "As human society gradually solves the problems of basic survival and reduces the amount of other miseries...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/22/2013 10:50:11 AM | Feedback (5)
I spend a lot of time in my own mind. I think about thinking. I question my ideas and motives, consider how my initial response to any information is jaded (for ex. when someone says ‘clip’, I automatically get riled up, even if they’re talking about hair accessories), and generally try to refine my beliefs. It sucks because it’s an endless loop that can never actually be resolved to absolute certainty, and my OCD won’t let it go. Anywho, one of the things I’ve realized in life is that distance...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/10/2013 10:04:11 AM | Feedback (7)
As an activist, you tend to be very involved in a relatively small part of the bigger picture. For a relevant example, I’d say the vast majority of the population doesn’t spend the amount of time and effort I do into firearm related politics. Doing so tends to focus your attention to details and if you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself trying to shoehorn everything into the tiny box you call ‘activism’. There have been several items of interest to me late.  Take this article over at Ace...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/7/2013 8:51:05 AM | Feedback (7)
To claim you must run away, turning you back on someone who wants to harm you, first before being allowed to defend yourself. “Stand Your Ground” simply means you do not need to roll over and expose your belly to your attacker. It does not give you carte blanche to murder someone and then walk away by simply claiming you felt threatened. There are hundreds of cases where people claim SYG and still get convicted when the proof is there that they did not act in self defense. Then there’s the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/29/2013 9:33:30 AM | Feedback (9)
It doesn’t matter if someone who could pass as my identical twin, who shares the same hobbies I do, and aligns 100% with me politically did it, I didn’t. So don’t try to smear me with the actions of someone else.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/31/2013 9:25:26 AM | Feedback (1)
There is a corollary to Godwin’s Law I am coining  that I think this is going to ruffle the feathers of some of those with the really nice Wookie suits, but I think it’s important because I’ve seen this argument deployed many a time and I think it’s faulty. Here we go - As an online discussion over taxes grows longer, the probability of a libertarian leaning person comparing it to slavery reaches 1. Now before you grab your bow-caster and a box of Kashyyyk’s finest ammo (apparently,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/2/2013 9:17:59 AM | Feedback (45)
I understand that after a well televised school shooting there’s a heightened sense for some other nutbag to go try to ‘one up’ things, so I get the heightened presence of cops at schools for the interim until the 24 hour news cycle finds another pool of blood to splash around in. The chances are probably statistically nil that another shooting is going to happen exactly where a cop is, but it makes people feel better, and that’s what counts right? Because we aren’t really concerned if our kids...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/26/2013 8:53:57 AM | Feedback (5)
So, about the crazy ex-cop who decided the best way to show his innocence was to murder innocent people got the LAPD in such a frenzy they decided to kill on sight, regardless if the sight was their target or not. When they finally cornered the guy in a cabin where he could not escape, they decided to execute him by burning him alive – hearings, a trial, and a jury considered superfluous in their revenge. Some people feel the cops were justified in their actions. Others do not feel the same....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/14/2013 10:22:57 AM | Feedback (29)
It’s our biggest enemy. Until Godzilla is cloned in some lab in Taiwan. Then he’ll be our biggest enemy.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/8/2012 11:39:32 AM | Feedback (5)
Let’s say I was having a problem managing my life. I needed security for my house. I needed some lifestyle management to keep my costs down as well as help with balancing my finances. I also needed something to assist me with medical decisions, dietary requirements, and the education of my children. Like millions of other Americans, I decided to go buy a chimpanzee to take care of all of it for me. Now the first chimp I had was excellent at security. His poo flinging skills were, bar none, the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/2/2012 10:37:26 AM | Feedback (12)
I overheard a conversation the other day that gave me a sad. A few people had watched documentaries and made up their minds about how the world works based on 90 minutes of shaky-cam footage and sound-bites designed specifically to invoke an emotional rather than a logical reaction (this was all about organic foods / GMOs / etc). Someone brought up a recent study that showed that organic foods were no more healthy than the pesticide laden, frankenfoods everyone has been eating for years. The...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/30/2012 8:41:39 AM | Feedback (8)
In Common Use. I was reading this post by Joe Huffman and in the article he talks about the phrase “in common use” and how it’s been applied to cases like Heller. The phrase bugs the shit out of me because it means absolutely nothing when it comes to protecting rights. Either the right to self defense against tyrants big and small exists or it doesn’t – why does it revolve around whether or not a lot of people use the same tool or not? Now, I am not a lawyer, and I realize lawyers make a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/25/2012 9:52:24 AM | Feedback (13)
Recently, I’ve been seeing articles written saying that Americans overvalue the freedom of speech, that somehow, speech that offends someone is somehow unworthy of the amount of protection we apply to it. Worst, many of these articles come from American Journalists whose entire lives revolve around being able to say what they want, when they want. You see, if we knowingly offend someone’s religion (and only if that religion is Islam it would seem) then speech should be curtailed because of the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/1/2012 12:58:13 PM | Feedback (16)
Bitter, bitter fruit. It’s a dark laugh that I got out of this one. You see, we’ve gone so far off the deep end of allowing other people to attach their intent to our speech that we are now self-censoring what we say because we fear that someone else can ‘take offense’ at our words even though they know we intended none. Hence, the pious progressive cannot use the word ‘black’ in front of someone with dark skin because even though everyone understands they’re talking about how they want their...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/24/2012 8:37:17 AM | Feedback (7)
The barbarians win Civilization is a lot like the skin of an apple. It can be brilliantly colored, flawlessly smooth, and brightly polished. But it’s very, very thin. It’s fragile. So, it has to be protected. Barbarism, on the other hand hand, is tough. It doesn’t have to be nurtured. It is, in fact, the natural state of man. It grows spontaneously, and so, like weeds in a beautiful lawn, it must be ruthlessly stamped out. And the only thing that’s ever been effective in stamping it out is a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/12/2012 8:30:46 AM | Feedback (4)
I recently posted about a shop keeper who was robbed. The shop keeper managed to shoot one of the thugs in the head and chased another down the street. When he returned to his shop, he closed all the doors, locked them, and then proceeded to empty the thug’s own Tec-9 into said thug’s back. Going off of nothing but the description above, in my mind that is murder if the shopkeeper thought the thug was still alive. If he believed him to be dead, then it wouldn’t amount to much more than some...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/20/2012 9:27:11 AM | Feedback (31)
Take this law 44-8-411. No liability for killing proud bitch at large. Any person crippling, killing, or in any way destroying a proud bitch that is running at large shall not be held liable for the damages due to such killing or destruction. Now, when this law was written, I assure you they were referring to a female dog in heat that was running loose. However, if we are to take the view that those who believe the Constitution is “a living, breathing document” do, then we can now say that...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/13/2012 11:07:47 AM | Feedback (21)
Not on disarming their customers “Any weapon such as guns, knives, swords, laser pointers, and any other items that can harm the customer will be confiscated and given to proper authorities.” Trying to take my pistol from me is an act of aggression that indicates you wish to cause me grievous, bodily harm and will be met with the appropriate response. Regardless, taking ANY possession of mine without my consent is theft. Don’t like my shirt / hair color / smell / gender / weapon? Ask me to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/13/2012 10:34:13 AM | Feedback (4)
Political correctness runs amok at megasupergiantcorporation where I contract. The break room is always covered with the latest and greatest of ‘feel good’ stuff that generally makes me roll my eyes, but there’s one word that constantly pops up – Diversity; A word so detached from its denotation that I wonder if the people who write the posters even know what it means. Diversity in the workplace doesn’t mean people with different ideas approaching paradigms and being open about ways to change...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/9/2012 1:35:50 PM | Feedback (16)
Driving home from work yesterday, I ran into the stereotypical hippie-mobile slathered full of “COEXIST” and “IMAGINE PEACE” bumper stickers. The driver, too, looked like what you’d expect, with a scraggly beard, dreadlocks, and one would expect an overpowering stench of patchouli. He apparently was in a hurry because he managed to cut off a few people and when someone honked at him, (well, technically it could have been a her. Hippies transcend gender-facial-hair limits) he gave them the old...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/3/2012 9:22:43 AM | Feedback (11)
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Just a few quick thoughts re: the Colorado theater shooting. Like every other event for the past decade, the media seems to focus on being First rather than being Right. You’ll notice I didn’t qualify the media with “Main Stream” or “Legacy”, or “Dinosaur”. All media. Blogs, Tweets, forums, even chat rooms. Heck, my wife and I were talking about it this morning. I realized we were discussing things as if the information we had was pristine, accurate, and complete. It’s not. And it won’t be for...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/20/2012 11:53:19 AM | Feedback (10)
Coming off… Coming off… The wheels on the bus keep coming off and Zimmerman ain’t guilty. It’s a catchy tune – too bad there are a lot of tone deaf people out there. What saddens me is the sheer number of people who bought into the racism angle, hook, line, sinker, the bobber, and 200 yards of 20lb test. These people cannot be reached, they are not intelligent enough to be able to correct their thinking, and are so wound up in the narrative that to agree to the overwhelming facts that George...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/13/2012 8:46:30 AM | Feedback (5)
Permit me, for a moment, to get my prude-on. As many of you know, I’m a social liberal yet personally very conservative. What you want to do with your life is none of my business, but that doesn’t mean I reflexively approve of every lifestyle that graces my doorstep. This is one of the failings of the modern, Big L Libertarians that I’ve encountered – the conflation of “that should be legal” with “it should be done and encouraged” – that keeps me from being an actual Libertarian instead of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/11/2012 10:33:01 AM | Feedback (22)
I’ve got great news! Even though the effects of Obamacare won’t be felt for another year or so, you can hop on the morally-righteous bandwagon today! You don’t have to wait for the tax man to take your money, you can just pull out the old credit card, waltz down to the local hospital / homeless shelter / battered women’s center and say “I would like to assuage my guilt and make a large donation.” If you’re like me and deal in cash, many of these places will gladly take that as well. If you’re...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/2/2012 8:37:56 AM | Feedback (5)
I’ve not kept up to date on the details, but it would appear that some leftists, devoid of arguments, logic, reason or humanity (i.e. a normal day for them) decided that since they cannot beat their opponents in a battle of wits, they’d just try to kill them with a tactic known as SWATting. Somehow the leftists spoof a person’s home number, call 911, and make some sort of threat like they just killed their family or something, prompting a SWAT team response to the target’s house. Make no...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/11/2012 9:27:02 AM | Feedback (22)
I am not fond of having to fear lawyers because of your ammo choice I had a listener tell me he carried this ammo in his self defense guns, but heard someone say perhaps he shouldn't due to the "Disclaimer" from Hornady. Having read it, I have to say I wouldn't own it either. It doesn't matter if it really isn't any more effective than something else, THIS ONE comes with the instructions by the manufacturer that it should never be used against a human being, and I am guessing an...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/31/2012 11:49:06 AM | Feedback (7)
I’d like to say I’m at a loss for words, but I’m not. The problem is the words I have would not make it past most decency filters and run the risk of igniting your monitor. So, I’ll just attempt to remain calm and show you what has my unmentionables in a Gordian knot. Here’s the scenario. The RINO convention is coming to Tampa. The city mayor is all atwitter that he must follow the law and cannot restrict guns from the area. The city council, staffed by people with an IQ just shy of a jar of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/29/2012 9:20:07 AM | Feedback (16)
Straight to the gas chambers with you! Tam mentions how barbaric it is that Middle Eastern cultures give lethal stone showers to women who have the temerity to show a kneecap in public and commenters mention how it’s no different here in the states because social mores prevent women from exposing their sweater-yams. Because putting up Flickr streams of said yams is exactly the same as stoning them to death. I’d try to sell a Sense of Perspective on Amazon, but I’d get a rude lesson in supply...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/25/2012 10:08:06 AM | Feedback (20)
RobertaX speaks fluent Wookie, and damned well Unfair? Possibly; but it's the world we live in -- a world of dangerous things that will provoke strong reactions if you meddle with them incautiously around others. You don't juggle bottles of rat poison in a crowd; you don't wave firearms around -- and you don't make suicide threats. That doesn't mean you can't use rat poison, defend yourself, or that your right to ownership and control of your person has been abridged. You're a grown-up and..
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/24/2012 8:42:13 AM | Feedback (4)
So, Obama in now “The First Gay President” much as Bill Clinton was the “First Black President”. The left is enamored with redefining language so that you cannot speak and have your intent remain. We’ve been losing this battle for years and it’s something I’ve touched on repeatedly, but that’s not really the point of this post. Read some of the comments here at Althouse’s joint. There are those who truly believe that Obama, by virtue of being forced into protecting his gay cash cow donation...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/14/2012 10:25:20 AM | Feedback (5)
Seriously, a Treyvon Martin target? Does this company carry around gasoline in case there’s a forest fire that needs assistance as well? Look, the other side had to make Zimmerman out as some sort of KKK type racist. They had to manufacture as much dirt on George as possible because it was the only way to bolster their case. Making hoodie targets with Skittles and Iced Tea is the same tactic. It is clear from all the data we have that George Zimmerman was in the process of having his head...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/3/2012 10:21:03 AM | Feedback (2)
You remember when the parable of the Grasshopper and the Ants was actually in favor of the ants…
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/1/2012 9:55:51 AM | Feedback (6)
Seems iPhone users of Instagram are miffed that it’s now available for Android. Because apparently, the ability to take pictures, apply a cross processing effect, and then doll them up with a fancy frame should not be possible with anything less than Steve Job’s pride & joy. Or something.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/9/2012 3:00:05 PM | Feedback (8)
So, in another long series of This is the {physical item} I’ve invested my money and my ego into and thus is the One and Only True way, we’ve got some banter back and forth regarding how the Ugly, Plastic Gun is better than the other Ugly, Plastic Gun. I carry both a Glock and a Smith & Wesson M&P. I compete with the M&P. In my opinion, the M&P fits my hand better, the stock trigger, while mushy, was much better than the Glock trigger (which needs work), and I shoot a HELL of..
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/9/2012 11:09:03 AM | Feedback (11)
Thus Tam spoke Think about it: Joe Schmoe wants to get a bicycle. He does his research, determines how much he can afford, heads down to the bike shop, chats with the sales clerk, sits on a few bikes... and then invests $800+ dollars of his identity into a chunk of aluminum, steel, and rubber. So when he gets on the bike forum and someone tells him his Crankrailleur 2000 is garbage and he should have bought a ShockStumper 750, what's he supposed to think? It seems a lot of people...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/5/2012 9:49:28 AM | Feedback (13)
I am sick and tired of this whole affair. Many people seem to have the right idea, Tam summarizing it up quite well Zimmerman was out doing his neighborhood watch thing and saw Martin. He called 911 and followed Martin in his vehicle. When Martin walked someplace that Zimmerman couldn't follow in his vehicle, he got out of his vehicle and followed on foot. ??? In the process of getting his ass beaten, Zimmerman busts a cap in Martin. The entire case turns...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/26/2012 10:43:14 AM | Feedback (27)
A while back I recall reading an article discussing political questionnaires given to people who identified as conservative or liberal (since the term ‘liberal’ was used in the study, I’m using it here where in reality, ‘progressive’ or ‘leftist’ is a better indicator). They were asked to fill them out, then to fill them out again how they thought the other side would. Conservatives did a better job of matching liberal beliefs than vice versa with liberals wildly misunderstanding the ‘other’ in.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/22/2012 10:52:55 AM | Feedback (24)
I’ve avoided commenting on the Zimmerman fiasco here because plenty of other places are doing a good job covering it, and I’m quite aware that as someone sitting behind a keyboard, I’m as far away from the information I’d need to make a valid decision of guilt or innocence. This, according to some people, makes me a dumb redneck who wants to shoot blacks. Whaaatever. I don’t really care about this case insofar as the case itself. It’s messy, has been blown out of proportion, and there seems to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/21/2012 9:32:03 AM | Feedback (9)
When you’ve granted the waiting staff carte blanche to dip their jimmies in your minestrone*. A rather left-leaning friend on mine on Facebook was complaining about "A proposed new law in Arizona would give employers the power to request that women being prescribed birth control pills provide proof that they're using it for non-sexual reasons. And because Arizona's an at-will employment state, that means that bosses critical of their female employees' sex lives could fire them as a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/15/2012 10:02:44 AM | Feedback (7)
Every time I get a glimmer of hope for the human race, I go and read the comments to my most popular post ever as a reminder that a large portion of the populace is so blinded by… I don’t even know what. Some are blinded by ideology, others seem to be incapable of processing data that conflicts with what they know to be true, and many are just stupid as a sack of broken lawn darts. In that particular post, it was clear that people saw their God King being mocked and rather than scroll through...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/14/2012 9:34:30 AM | Feedback (14)
A fine article on cleaning up the impossible to follow laws that have accumulated through the years is here at The Atlantic America is mired in a tarpit of accumulated law. Reformers propose new laws to fix health care, schools, and the regulatory system, but almost never suggest cleaning out the legal swamp these institutions operate in. These complex legal tangles not only set goals but allocate resources and dictate the minutest details of how to meet those goals. Most are obsolete in...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/7/2012 8:27:03 PM | Feedback (6)
I am not an anarchist. I do not believe that humans can coexist without some basic, agreed upon framework. Sure, if every last person was a Anarcho-Capitalist who each shared the exact same philosophy, then it would work, but that goes for Communism, Socialism, and any sort of ism. The problem is that there will be differences that need some sort of framework to settle and thus if you call that ‘mutually agreed upon rules’ or ‘government’, it is just that. The problem is that governments,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/21/2012 8:45:57 AM | Feedback (7)
Tam has a very interesting conversation going on regarding Look, I loathe me some bunny-huggin' human haters as much as the next person, but I thought conservatives were supposed to be all about the rule of law, and the eco-terrorists were the ones who resorted to property destruction, like tree spiking and SUV torching? When did self-identified conservatives start high-fiving each other over naked vandalism? Next thing you know, graffiti will be okay, so long as you're defacing somebody...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/20/2012 9:19:04 AM | Feedback (15)
There is no question that our opponents in the gun rights world are vile, disgusting human beings who are so blinded by their hatred of an inanimate object that it clouds their judgment. It is well and good that we continue to point out that the fruits of their labor actually result in more violence and highlight their logical inconsistencies such as supporting a woman’s right to do with her body as she pleases, so long as that doesn’t involve her being able to protect herself with the best...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/3/2012 10:03:33 AM | Feedback (13)
What I say - “I think we should scale back the government” What they hear – “I want to abolish all government and let orphans and the elderly starve to death in the freezing cold”. What I say – “I think we need to get rid of the NEA and let the states handle education” What they hear – “I hate education and want to abolish schools” What I say – “There is too much regulation that is killing business” What they hear – “I want pure anarchy where we allow fat-cat CEOs to force migrant...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/20/2012 11:35:16 AM | Feedback (24)
But Larry Correia says is much better As for all of the people out there on the internet having a massive freak out about the government potentially damaging something they love… WELCOME TO THE PARTY. You think this is something new or unusual? Nope. This is just about a topic that you happen to be familiar with. If you fall into that camp, I want you to take a deep breath, step back, and examine all of the other issues in the past that you didn’t know jack squat about, but your knee...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/19/2012 11:24:01 AM | Feedback (2)
In a post, Tam links to my Ford EarthF*cker poster from a while back. That post was simply a response to something Say Uncle said and in no way illustrates my desire to drive a vehicle that serves absolutely no purpose other than to piss off hippies. I may joke around about doing stupid things just to tweak the greenies, but jokes are all they are. Look, I drive my VW GTI because it gets 25 to 30 mpg depending on how I baby the gas pedal. I used to drive a 95 Jeep Wrangler but got tired of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/19/2011 9:41:21 AM | Feedback (9)
At UC Davis, there were no winners, only losers. In St. Louis, the cops came out on top with nary a molecule of capsaicin sprayed The rest were advised to please continue to protest, over there on the sidewalk … and what happened next was the most absolutely brilliant piece of crowd control policing I have heard of in my entire lifetime. All of the cops who weren’t busy transporting and processing the voluntary arrestees lined up, blocking the stairs down into the plaza. They stood...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/6/2011 6:21:31 PM | Feedback (2)
It never has been A former Philadelphia school district superintendent who collected a $905,000 contract buyout from the city has reportedly filed for unemployment benefits. … Her weekly salary was $6,669 and her annual salary $346,000, according to records obtained by the station. All these teachers who bitch and moan that we’re wanting to cut the waste from the school system are willfully blind to their bosses’ stealing their lunches right under their collective noses. This chart...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/30/2011 12:30:12 PM | Feedback (13)
So, after learning more about what happened at the UC Davis campus, I’ve changed my mind. We ask polices officers to do a job. That job entails them to enforce the laws as they understand them. When they are told to go remove people blocking a public pathway, they go do it. In this instance, the protestors were given plenty of notice of the penalties for failing to unblock the sidewalk. Those who continued to stay there knew the consequences of their actions and were planning on getting...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/29/2011 10:03:20 AM | Feedback (8)
The following is a mishmash of ideas, do not expect it to make sense or flow. You’ve been warned. I may joke around that pepper spraying hippies is legally justifiable because “it’s fun, and they needed spraying” but like most of my dark humor, it’s nothing more than a chuckle, not to be taken seriously. I may dislike what some people say or what their views are, but I cannot justify using physical force against them just because we disagree. The pepper spraying of UC Davis students is a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/23/2011 9:29:16 AM | Feedback (26)
A while back in #gunblogger_conspiracy, I mentioned that it wouldn’t be long before the kid who came forward about the abuse he received at the hands of Penn State’s Sandusky would start getting blamed for being the victim. Right on cue Victim One, the first known alleged victim of abuse by former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, had to leave his school in the middle of his senior year because of bullying, his counselor said Sunday. Officials at Central Mountain High School in Clinton...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/21/2011 12:13:15 PM | Feedback (1)
Stealing this picture from Random Nuclear Strikes     You see, it’s stupid {word redacted to keep this blog XXX rated or less} like this who are the problem. She’s too morally inept to do what’s right on her own and instead demands the government pull out their guns and point them at your head so that her conscience can be assuaged. Sorry, {another word that probably shouldn’t be spoken of, even in the presences of sailors}, but you don’t get out of your pity party by demanding...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/2/2011 2:46:02 PM | Feedback (12)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/5/2011 11:29:04 AM | Feedback (25)
Over at Joe’s, Ubu52 makes a comment about the Libertarian desire for small government Isn't the smallest form of government a dictatorship? Is that really what Libertarians crave? The problem here is that, like most people who disdain personal freedom, the concept of ‘small’ is confused with size rather than scope. To a Libertarian or someone like me with a Wookie-suit bent, it doesn’t matter if it’s one person demanding you live your life a particular way or a thousand, it’s the fact...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/30/2011 9:37:18 AM | Feedback (10)
Filthy, religion-of-piss follower tries to put Shelly ‘in her appropriate’ place. Failure ensues. Update – Xman’s comment is solid gold It’s all fun and games until a French-manicured female USAF Reaper driver sitting in a trailer in Nevada pickles off a Hellfire on your goathumping, mysogynistic buddies.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/18/2011 11:09:29 AM | Feedback (4)
From Kevin Baker (who I just knew wasn’t going to be able to stay away from blogging too long) The British state lectures, hectors and micro-manages the law-abiding. When it comes to defending them, it is, all too often,  AWOL. -- Andrew Stuttaford This is one of those things that really stick in my craw. All too often we’re told over and over that we need to let the government do X, Y, and Z because only the government can. Unfortunately, when abdicating your responsibility to the...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/10/2011 10:17:42 AM | Feedback (5)
The US Government isn’t too big to fail. It’s too big to succeed. Discuss.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/29/2011 11:29:17 AM | Feedback (7)
I know it’s probably gauche to brag about one’s children, but both of my daughters are exceptionally bright. My oldest’s reading ability is literally off the charts. They don’t have tests that challenge her. My youngest too is well beyond her classmates in most areas. Georgia is a straight A student, iMac could be if she’d just pay attention a bit more (she’s more like me, scatterbrained and possibly having ADD which, honestly isn’t tha…. SQUIRREL!). We cannot afford private schooling for them...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/27/2011 9:24:27 AM | Feedback (38)
Company Paid Health Insurance is Part of Your Salary People don’t understand that they are already personally paying for their “employer-paid” insurance. Employers buy health insurance with part of the salary earned by the employee. Employees don’t buy this insurance directly so (1) it doesn’t attach to them when they change jobs, and (2) they can’t shop around to select the insurance they really want. From Bill Quick who says It’s hard to get people to understand this, but there...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/15/2011 12:57:01 PM | Feedback (17)
Or 20 cops will taser, pepper-spray, zip-tie, and beat you Dayton police "mistook" a mentally handicapped teen-ager's speech impediment for "disrespect," so they Tasered, pepper-sprayed and beat him and called for backup from "upward of 20 police officers" after the boy rode his bicycle home to ask his mother for help, the boy's mom says. I’m getting sick and tired of all these stories like this. I’ve gone from wanting to be a cop to developing an...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/30/2011 12:47:01 PM | Feedback (36)
So at megasupercorporationwithareallylongname, the break room has posters for “Care Day”. There’s a little graphic that basically says “When there’s trouble, where can you turn to?” and a quartered circle that has “Friends, Family, Community and Environment” on it. WTF? Environment??? I mean, usually when I have a bad day I try to go have a conversation with an elm or maybe discuss my feelings with a pond. I hate this personification of the earth as if it has a soul. It leads to companies...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/17/2011 10:49:33 AM | Feedback (5)
My father is a cop. He works for the DOT and as much as I love him, there are times when he gets an Only Ones attitude. I supposed it comes with the job, but it shouldn’t. I have nothing against cops in general, and even to this day I wouldn’t mind being one myself. Being a Wookie Suiter though, I’m not sure how well I’d fit in. This latest atrocity though, has really rubbed me the wrong way. Seems that the Indiana supreme court has decided you are not allowed to resist anyone breaking down...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/15/2011 1:29:48 PM | Feedback (15)
In the mail today I got a letter from the Unemployment Office (which is nice, considering I’ve not received any payment yet) stating that I am eligible for benefits because I was “discharged for not performing the job to the employer’s satisfaction.” My old employer said they weren’t really given any choice but “Couldn’t do the work” or “Misconduct”. Nothing in between. Now, last week I got a call from the “Agency For Workforce Innovation” (as they call themselves). I saw “FL ST” on the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/9/2011 12:19:22 PM | Feedback (7)
Like alan, I believe we’re headed for a major collapse. Just like alan, I also don’t believe it will be TEOTWAWKI. Not by far. Just yesterday, someone posted a picture of London after being bombed during WWII. This isn’t the same picture, but it carries the same message Even after a bombing run that level the vast majority of a major city, Londoners still got up and got to the business of rebuilding. No, it wasn’t pleasant, and yes many people died, but even after something as devastating...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/24/2011 11:38:16 AM | Feedback (21)
The element of surprise is only effective as an offensive tactic. Period. As a defensive tactic, it sucks. Mightily, I might add.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/22/2011 12:55:55 PM | Feedback (8)
You know, the $50 it cost to fill the tank of my tiny GTI? Imagine what that feels like when you’re pumping 200 gallons of diesel into your semi to haul things like food, supplies, and metals around. That ammo that you’re just glad started showing back up on the shelf? Get ready for those prices to start going up. Sadly, everything will start skyrocketing really soon. You can’t just print billions of dollars, restrict offshore drilling, continue all these ‘wars’, and pay the TSA to fondle...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/3/2011 12:10:59 PM | Feedback (9)
Now, my last post was meant to be sarcasm and humor and not to be construed as a complete argument. I’ve already gotten wind that feathers have been ruffled, and it’s interesting to see that when I apply my snark to certain people, I’m lauded for it, but against others I’m called names you don’t use in front of drunken sailors in fear of harming their delicate sensibilities. Open Carry is a sore spot for me. I’m trying to get it legalized here in Florida while some in other states seem to be...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/20/2011 3:55:02 PM | Feedback (17)
When the anti-gunners bring up articles about a CCW holder getting in trouble with the law, they like to use it as ‘proof’ that CCW permits are a bad idea. We soundly mock them over this bit of stupidity. However, one young adult carries a shotgun into a library, something that is perfectly legal, and some gun owners are claiming that this single event is pretty much going to get the AWB reinstated and Heller overturned. Yeah, that’s a bit of hyperbole, but the following comments from over at...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/17/2011 8:53:07 PM | Feedback (35)
A young Sikh wishes to wear his ceremonial kirpan dagger to school. Instead of applying Zero Intelligence the school says OK. Now, I’ll admit that I believe the only reason this Michigan school allowed this is because the 4th grader is a Sikh and that Political Correctness has caused more brain damage than drinking rubbing alcohol. If a 10 year old Christian wished to bring in some sort of slightly sharpened stick, they’d be looking at ten to fifteen years in a Federal Pound Me In the Ass...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/2/2011 8:42:53 AM | Feedback (8)
Just intuition, nothing solid or anything I can back up with links and whatnot, but I believe we’re going to see a stealth attempt at some pretty strict gun control within the next few years. Hear me out. As much as I want to see Obama leave after one term in shame, I’m not confident it will happen. I like Palin, agree with what she says, but do not see her as President material. But, watching the GOP turn on her gives me the feeling they’re going to go with yet another Democrat-Lite like...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/27/2011 11:55:32 AM | Feedback (15)
For those living under a rock, TJIC is a Massachusetts blogger who posted a fairly offensive post regarding the Giffords shooting. Now, I’ve said some pretty harsh things regarding politicians that involved ropes, trees, and various assembly methods. I’ve mentioned that I hope certain individuals ‘die in a fire’. Pretty much, it was hyperbole as I am sure TJIC’s post was as well, just without a lot of tact. Regardless of how I personally feel about the content of his post, the fact that...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/21/2011 8:51:12 AM | Feedback (7)
I saw somewhere that somebody of the left-leaning persuasion was aghast that in modern times people could believe in such nonsense. You would think that with all the evidence at one’s disposal, the belief that somehow the stars determine the events of your life would be impossible to buy into to. Yet we still have newspapers prints columns on it every day and the shifting of the Zodiac calendar is considered newsworthy. Funny, I feel the same thing about those (both left and right) who...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/17/2011 11:19:11 AM | Feedback (2)
My post the other day asking people to describe what makes a handgun caliber effective without describing or naming a particular round was meant for more than hornets’ nest stirring or blatant link whoring (that was just a happy side effect). It was an attempt to illustrate that the definition of what makes a handgun cartridge effective for self defense covers a wide swath of calibers. The interesting thing is that the definition of ‘effective’ changes per person, and often per situation per...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/15/2010 9:01:19 AM | Feedback (9)
This is one of the many reasons why Global Warming Cooling Climate Change is a farce – the people who support it are so scientifically illiterate that they fall for the ‘Ban the Use of Dihydrogen Monoxide’ gag. These are people who are gathering for nations to decide on how to best transfer wealth punish the United States combat Global Warming Cooling Climate Change. You’d think they’d know enough about science or at least be curious enough to ask questions in regards to something they don’t...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/8/2010 1:41:02 PM | Feedback (3)
Why it was so horrible that Bush wanted trained FBI agents who were required to get warrants first to listen in to phone conversations of suspected terrorists*, but it’s perfectly reasonable for some high school dropout to fondle a 3 year old girl’s privates? Hell, I’m missing Bush simply because if he were in office, the leftists would be screaming for this shit to stop toute de suite and I’d be there right along with them. As it is, even feminists are champing at the bit (that was for you,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/24/2010 3:28:10 PM | Feedback (7)
And I guarantee you at least 1 of them will do something so monumentally stupid today that you wonder how the human race ever got past the whole wheel thing. Now, extrapolate that number to the millions, and you’re going to have a tremendous force of stupidity to deal with. The reason I am bringing this up is because of what appears to me to be the raison d'être of the pro gunner argument against open carry, namely that all it takes is one idiot to Open Carry in some fashion that totally...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/11/2010 4:22:21 PM | Feedback (7)
One of my major gripes with progressives is their blind faith that politicians and / or our “elites” not only have our best interests at heart, but that by their nature somehow they are possessed of such keen intellect that they can craft laws regarding topics which they have no current knowledge. This happens quite often in my chosen line of work. Developers assume that since they know how to program a computer, they can write any sort of program. This is not always the case. While I could...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/4/2010 9:49:57 AM | Feedback (5)
Giving squirrel shit a run for the 'nuttiest item on planet Earth', some environmental whacko decided that the Discovery Channel wasn't doing it's part to promote worldwide genocide so that Mother Gaia could take a well deserved break and, like many whackos before him, chose the ever so effective method of getting his point across by getting himself blowed up while attempting to kill others. Of course progressives and the media, using a predetermined set of conclusions, labeled the loon a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/2/2010 1:48:12 PM | Feedback (7)
From an article discussing a new Minority Report style iris scanners Do they really think Americans will go for it? Yeah, I guess they probably will. Like they said, their main marketing angle is convenience, and if there's one thing Americans like more than freedom, it's convenience. Sadly, he is correct. This type of technology, while awfully convenient, is fraught with 100% chance of abuse. And many, many people will simply bow down to their masters' feet and beg to not be abused..
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/18/2010 12:14:17 PM | Feedback (9)
Would you have a problem or not with waiving the waiting period if the purchaser had on his or her person, a firearm? Meaning, Joe Shmoe walks into Baby Killers R Us, and after fondling himself while looking at the Blast-O-Matic R7 (now with interchangeable back straps!) offers to buy it. After passing the background check, the store owner asks if Joe has a concealed permit or if he can show possession. Joe opens up the cased Blast-O-Matic R6 he brought with him, and the store owners completes...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/18/2010 11:58:56 AM | Feedback (10)
I tossed Kevin Baker a link I knew he'd find interesting, knowing damned well he'd jump on it and rip it apart with his usual aplomb. There was a bit of a scare that I'd have to do the hard work, but alas he came through (in order to not partake in confirmation bias, I'll refrain from commenting on how he nailed this one right out of the park!!!1!) Now, I had read through the speech and at first I was hoping this would be a ray of sunshine but instead I found it turned into a basic manual of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/12/2010 9:03:22 AM | Feedback (2)
A fantastic parable on why central planning can never work Hat Tip RobertaX
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/10/2010 8:24:40 AM | Feedback (2)
Breitbart Warning in effect. Westside killer denied handgun permit An application for a concealed handgun permit filed by one of the shooters in 1998's Westside Middle School Massacre in Jonesboro has been denied by the Arkansas State Police, citing the objections of the Sharp County sheriff and at least one answer on the application that appears to be false. For those not in the know, here's a rundown of the Westside Middle School Massacre The following morning, the boys drove in...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/28/2010 9:38:55 AM | Feedback (13)
Louisiana Catholic churches won’t allow guns Concealed handguns will continue to be banned in Catholic churches despite a new state law that allows them, officials said Monday. The decision was made by Louisiana’s Catholic bishops. “We don’t think it is appropriate to have guns in churches,” said Danny Loar, executive director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops. Unfortunately, the NRA headlines this as Louisiana: Catholic churches will not respect Right-to-Carry. I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/20/2010 10:59:34 AM | Feedback (33)
*SPOILERS* Stop reading if you've not seen it. I like the show but would like to see more shooting and less prancing around of the Drama Llama, but it's a 'reality' series because in real life, you generally find yourself thrown into a fancy house with 20 strangers and have to shoot stuff with random weaponry. Anyway, if you've not already figured it out from all the blog activity, Caleb was eliminated and that really takes away from the urge to watch the rest of the series. Surprisingly, my...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/14/2010 9:08:53 AM | Feedback (3)
Not the government If you bought a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson Sigma series pistol in 2004 or 2005, Daytona Beach police want your personal information. They think it could help them catch a serial killer. Daytona Beach police Chief Michael J. Chitwood sent letters to gun shops across Central Florida asking for the names, addresses and phone numbers of customers who purchased that type of gun during that time frame. … The problem is that Florida law prohibits law enforcement...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/8/2010 10:40:14 AM | Feedback (3)
Maybe I need to switch the theme of the blog from guns to the death penalty… Say Uncle asks if death by shooting is humane? Alas, the concept of 'humane' has been conflated with 'clean'. 00 Buck from a 12 gauge behind the ear is quick and as painless as it gets. But it's messy. Guillotines are the same. There's no pain and it's over practically instantly. But there's a loose head and plenty of blood. Instead of doing it fast and efficiently, we've convoluted the process with a series of.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/21/2010 10:29:03 AM | Feedback (24)
Laurel talks of the death penalty, and I left a comment that I figured I'd bring up here to illustrate my view on the topic. Well, as a gun owner, I cannot say I am against the death penalty. In defense of my own life and that of my family's, I am willing to risk becoming an instant judge, jury, and executioner if need be. The concept of taking a human life in and of itself is something we as gunnies always must consider as our actions to stop an immediate threat may end up costing someone...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/17/2010 8:32:46 AM | Feedback (16)
But still serves as a good point. Let's say you are part of a group that studies the Knight and how it is best utilized in chess. Your group, the National Knight Association, is a single issue group that focuses solely on how to best utilize that particular chess piece the most effectively during a game. Because of your specialization, you don't generally worry too much about the Pawns, Rooks, or Bishops, but being that those pieces are involved in the game, you do understand how they work. ...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/15/2010 11:04:52 AM | Feedback (5)
JayG had a little run in with the po-po this morning where he barked his tires and was promptly ticketed. Someone in Gunblogger Conspiracy posted this disgusting link for something very similar. I work as a reserve police officer in a small town north of Boston. It's one of those towns where reserve's get to patrol as well as do details. The question I had is with regards to an incident that occurred the other day. I was stopped at a traffic light on patrol in a marked unit when the vehicle...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/7/2010 9:52:44 AM | Feedback (13)
That I had to look up 'Weltanschauungs', but it makes for a good read nonetheless. Unfortunately, I think I'm more in line with Scooteroi's perspective. I don't think this is all going to end well.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/3/2010 10:34:02 AM | Feedback (3)
This headline says it all Illegal immigrants plan to leave over Ariz. law While I disagree with the implementation, I totally agree with the intent of this law. I'd love nothing more than to have unlimited immigration to the US, but reality has time and time again shown this to not be a good idea. The current system is busted, agreed, and it needs to be changed so that anyone seeking a better life can come here. Spend a few years here, learn the language, show you are willing to meld into our...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/29/2010 10:27:45 AM | Feedback (17)
Tam has lovingly decided to play devil's advocate in my rant about illegal chunks of metal. The general consensus from the infringers (JUST KIDDING) is that some part of the system must be considered the firearm in order to have any laws that are effective. Laying aside my feeling about firearms laws, this is why I disagree with that sentiment To define a gun based on a single part makes as much sense as defining an egg as a cake. Eggs are an integral part of cake. Oh sure, there are...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/9/2010 10:35:24 AM | Feedback (23)
Looks like my plan to ensure I owe taxes at the end of the year was a good move Individuals who don’t purchase health insurance may lose their tax refunds according to IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. After acknowledging the recently passed health-care bill limits the agency’s options for enforcing the individual mandate, Shulman told reporters that the most likely way to penalize individuals that don’t comply is by reducing or confiscating their tax refunds. Civil disobedience is required...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/6/2010 10:20:03 AM | Feedback (6)
We're in a car. The people we let drive the car aren't too keen on keeping the car on the road as they're busy milling in the back of the car, handing out whisky and hors d'oeuvres. I'm sitting in the back, telling everyone that hey, we're going to crash if we don't get someone to drive the car correctly and I'm being shouted at to shut up because the song on the radio is SOOOOOO good. Enough people in the United States now desire services more than they value freedom that simply 'switching...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/26/2010 3:48:04 PM | Feedback (7)
You know what really burns my ass? A 3' tall tiki-torch. You know what else burns my ass? The use of the word 'allegedly' used to describe piles of shit like the Ft. Hood Micro-Jihadist WASHINGTON - Army superiors were warned about the radicalization of Major Nidal Malik Hasan years before he allegedly massacred 13 soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, but did not act in part because they valued the rare diversity of having a Muslim psychiatrist, military investigators wrote in previously...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/22/2010 12:35:17 PM | Feedback (15)
This is always something that's hard for me to discuss in public because so many people are unable to segregate my personal feelings from my political views. I'm not gay. Never have been, don't think I'll ever really develop a hankerin' for trouser sausage. Many years ago, I was fairly homophobic. Didn't want to be around gays, didn't want them sashaying their gayness all over the place, didn't want them serving along side me in the Marine Corps (dear President Obama. It's pronounced mah-REEN...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/5/2010 9:48:07 AM | Feedback (12)
There is no justice in breaking the law to ensure a conviction. Gene Weingarten tells his tale of police misconduct in the courtroom Last week I was a juror in the trial of a man accused of selling a $10 bag of heroin to an undercover police officer. At the end of the two days of testimony, I concluded that the defendant was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I also concluded that he should be acquitted. Read the whole thing for all the details, but rest assured I would have been right...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/3/2010 8:01:01 PM | Feedback (14)
Montieth Does anyone find it odd that the FTC has regulations and laws that are apparently structured to control how bloggers advertise a product they review and how those reviews have specific rules on disclosure ? And yet it's legal for a campaign to pay people to stand around with campaign signs as if they were actual supporters and NOT disclose such??
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/19/2010 12:26:56 PM | Feedback (1)
Hit Animal Kingdom yesterday with the family. Still can't get over the half-assed 'bag search' you have to go through. You could put a brick of C4 (complete with a Hollywood style timer and wires) by itself in a knapsack adorned with "I ♥ Martyrdom" and "Detonate if You Love Allah!" stickers and still get through. Now, I find the searches annoying and insulting, but not so much where I'm not going to go. I realize they're only for show and so far, I've not been hassled...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/18/2010 8:43:01 AM | Feedback (11)
I've had something rattling around in my noggin for a long time and it's something I can't seem to ever get out in words to explain what I'm thinking. Thankfully, Say Uncle has a post that allowed me to be sarcastic in the comments, and I realized that's EXACTLY the point I've been trying to make From his post OK law makes it illegal to fortify home if you have drugs: bill that makes it unlawful for “any person to willfully fortify an access point into any dwelling, structure, building...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/14/2010 10:55:14 AM | Feedback (7)
This story is sad. The Fail Boat set sail early in this one and touched many ports. Here's the short story. Dude pulls a burglary in 1990 and is convicted. Does his time. Gets married, settles down, has a kid. Someone breaks into his home so he calls police. Police come, he shows them around, even points them to his wife's .22 and .380 she owned before they met. He's now busted and back in jail. At 18, Luke Groves made a bad decision and ended up with a felony conviction. I don't know the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/8/2010 9:07:34 AM | Feedback (31)
Phil over at Random Nuclear Strikes has a link to some article about HSA's and how evil they are. The comments are telling, as "Wingnuts" are dismissed as 'non sentient', a great method of making one's enemies sub human. People who supported slavery did the same thing to blacks, as do jihadists for the same reasons. Anyway, the main thrust is that some HSA CEO stole money (which is illegal) and therefore HSA's are bad ideas. For whatever reason, most articles hatin' on HSA's seem to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/30/2009 12:12:27 PM | Feedback (11)
You'd see signs at the airport that say Due to increased airline security, federal regulations require that all firearms remain concealed and loaded with frangible ammunition. If you are carrying a weapon, please let your stewardess know so that you may be placed at strategic locations throughout the aircraft.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/28/2009 11:03:00 AM | Feedback (8)
When she says In other news, 3,699 to 13,999 Muslims serving in the U. S. military didn't go on a shooting spree yesterday. It's not the religion. It's not the guns. It's the crazy. And no one group has a lock on crazy. Yeah, it'd be nice if you could single out the wicked and the dangerously loony with a simple survey. But it doesn't work that way and no amount of pointing-with-alarm will make it so. This isn't to say that we do not face a threat from Muslim extremists, because we...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/6/2009 8:47:54 AM | Feedback (17)
This is why Arlington: Race a Factor in HOT Lanes … Buried in the lawsuit filed last month, county attorneys argued the HOT lanes, "encourage and enable a financially-able, privileged class of suburban and rural, primarily Caucasian residents from Stafford and Spotsylvania counties operating single occupancy vehicles ("SOV") unimpeded access on toll lanes." In other words, it benefits wealthy white people. Apparently, wealthy black and Asian people are not...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/24/2009 10:00:59 AM | Feedback (4)
Much has been said about a certain person carrying an AR-15 type rifle openly near where Obama was going to be speaking. Surprisingly, many of those I consider like minded speak derisively of this man and his actions. What is about to follow is my view on this, but I have to give a disclaimer. I'm tired as hell, I'm already grumpy from other stuff from my day, and writing longish posts is hard for me. I'll be all over the place using bad language, worse grammar, and more than likely looking...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/19/2009 7:20:11 AM | Feedback (59)
He just happened to be born elsewhere. Like Joe's friend, I don't understand why people continue to think that socialism of any stripe is good. I don't get why people think corporations are bad but intrusive government is fine. One has no power to make you purchase their products or services, the other not only doesn't give you the choice, you can't go elsewhere if you're not happy with it.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/7/2009 7:56:36 AM | Feedback (0)
Sebastian talks a little about Green Americans One problem I think we’re going to have doing anything about global warming is the fact that most people, while they say they want to do something about it, don’t really want to when it gets down to details. Like most quasi-socialist ideas, taking care of the Earth is just like taking care of the downtrodden – too much cost and effort to want to do it because you think it's right, so laws are made to make everyone do what you think they...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/22/2009 7:58:42 PM | Feedback (4)
Kevin at The Smallest Minority posts this beautiful letter. I am copying it here so it gets published as far and as wide as possible I'm a home grown American citizen, 53, registered Democrat all my life. Before the last presidential election I registered as a Republican because I no longer felt the Democratic Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. Now I no longer feel the Republican Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me. The...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/18/2009 8:09:32 AM | Feedback (15)
Just got this from Vonage Dear Robb Allen, At Vonage, we're committed to providing our valued customers with the best experience possible through meaningful updates to our services. To ensure that we continue to deliver top-notch service and quality, we will modify two of our existing fees as follows: The Emergency 911 Cost Recovery will become the Emergency 911 Service Fee, which ensures we maintain nationwide E911 service in compliance with FCC regulations. Our customers' safety in...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/16/2009 10:39:22 AM | Feedback (4)
At work, we have a little cafeteria that you can get breakfast and lunch at. Semi-ok food, overpriced, but occasionally edible. The company that runs the place has been on this "Green" kick – you know, printing out dozens of fliers and posters claiming they're going green all while trucking in the food from various locations, etc. Their latest scam, however, is indicative of the whole green movement. They're no longer selling Styrofoam cups for drinks. You have to purchase one of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/1/2009 9:50:19 AM | Feedback (4)
Via Uncle I found this charming picture of a woman holding a turkey in her wedding dress It wasn't long before Bruce got a turkey to gobble. They put a decoy out and about 10 minutes after that Rene had a 17-pound jake with a 4-inch beard on the ground. "Bruce would call and it would gobble and to be able to experience that was great," she said. "Bruce was telling me to move a little this way and stuff and then I saw it coming in." The turkey never new the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/20/2009 11:25:59 AM | Feedback (9)
So, I did manage to get Assassin's Creed up and running on my PC. The game is fun, but not as fun as it appeared at first. It gets repetitive pretty fast. The gist of the game is that you play a character whose ancestor was an assassin and using high tech doodads, you can 'relive' the memories of him. It's set back during the Crusades, so the game play has Christians and Muslims duking it out. Anyway, when you load the game, there's a message from Ubisoft letting you know that this game was...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/20/2009 8:54:43 AM | Feedback (1)
Kevin posts something that is proven to be false. Instead of deleting the post he simply mans up DISCLAIMER: Until proven otherwise, I'm going to go with reader juris_imprudent's assessment that this "report" is a very clever fraud, thus my Quote of the Day for Monday, April 13. I was not the only one suckered (not an excuse), but juris is right - it smells, and I can only plead stuffed sinuses for not recognizing it. Still, I'm not going to pull the post. I admit my mistakes when...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/13/2009 9:34:02 AM | Feedback (1)
By now, you are probably aware of Simon-Jester.org. Simon Jester was the "Kilroy was here" of Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress novel, perpetrated by Mike, the computer that 'woke up' when it became complex enough to think for itself. As much as it pains me to say, I am Simon Jester. It pains me to say it because I like to be myself, and not just a "Me too!" kind of guy, but sometimes there's something that just nails what you've been thinking so perfectly...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/2/2009 11:10:13 AM | Feedback (4)
So, I'm thinking about attending the Tea Party in Tampa on April 15th. Being that I'm the kind of guy who has a job and responsibilities, I don't generally show up for protests and instead tend to do my protestations at the ballot box. Unfortunately, limited choices have muddled that idea as of late. Because of this, I am not an avid paper mache and poster artist. Because most of my principles do not neatly fit on a bumpersticker, it's kind of difficult for me to think of how I can make my...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/2/2009 10:16:24 AM | Feedback (4)
Yesterday, on my way home, I ended up behind a jacked up Git-R-Done with a decal that read "Niggerigers Customs". Now, various other features lead me to infer that the owner's intent was to use the term "nigger" as an insult to blacks. I found the message offensive, and it really caught me off guard how deeply I resent racists. Real racists, not people who use terms like 'black hole' or 'niggardly' and are smeared with others' ignorance, but rather those who consider people...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/25/2009 7:57:13 AM | Feedback (7)
From Wait a second... you want to blame ME for the financial crisis? on AR15.com (via Ry) Let me just tell you, Congressional/Executive Branch Scumbag, Esq., if you do this… if you take this turn… I won’t even think twice. I will move my firm to Switzerland, or to London before the year is out. Those employees who do not follow me, I will have to fire. The corporate taxes I pay will no longer be yours. Instead, they will go to something useful, like a nice tunnel through a mountain for high...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/23/2009 11:51:21 AM | Feedback (1)
Kevin Baker asks a simple question of Jim Scoutten of Shooting USA im, have you ever covered or considered covering the annual Boomershoot in Orofino Idaho? I realize it's probably far too late for this year's (end of April) event, but I think this is something a lot of people would really enjoy seeing. There's video at the link done by a local (well, regional) TV station to give you the flavor of the event, but it's not enough for us gun-nuts. I'm going for the first time this year,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/11/2009 8:59:35 AM | Feedback (8)
Gee, I didn't see this coming 'Octomom' spawns bills limiting embryo implants ATLANTA — Lawmakers in two states, outraged by California's "Octomom," are seeking to limit the number of embryos that may be implanted by fertility clinics. Lawmakers are not doctors working with patients' individual needs. They are not close enough to the 'problem' to devise a solution. See this post for more examples of this phenomenon. No, instead, some petty tyrant got a stick up their ass and...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/4/2009 7:48:38 PM | Feedback (12)
But only one an hour... MANCHESTER, N.H. (WBZ) ― There is a new bill proposed by New Hampshire's top liquor law enforcer that suggests a one-drink-per-hour limit at local restaurants and bars, according to a newspaper reports. SeacoastOnline.com reports the law is aimed at combating drunk driving. State Liquor Law Enforcement Chief Eddie Edwards suggests that bar and restaurant owners would only serve one drink per hour, four at a sitting. According to the paper, Edwards defines one drink as...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/16/2009 8:33:08 AM | Feedback (8)
The Mrs. and I were planning on redoing our bathroom. That would have meant purchasing tile, grout, paint, cabinets, sinks (we've got two), new shower fixtures, lighting, wires, switches covers, new doors, and then the labor to get the job done (I'd do it, but I'm not skilled enough with scissors, much less a trowel). The more President Big-Ears talks, the more I'm considering just socking that money away someplace less likely to get taken over by the government. Instead of helping the economy...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/10/2009 10:57:44 AM | Feedback (9)
Last week I was getting some coffee when I happened to overhear a conversation from some coworkers. Now, in my building we have a call center who employs people who's sole job it is to answer phones, so these are not high skilled workers by any stretch of the imagination. A few of them were chatting by the coffee (if the swill we have here can be called that) about the fact that they weren't going to be able to make their rent payments this month. What floored me was one of the girls'...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/9/2008 9:27:05 AM | Feedback (5)
It's pretty clear by now that H-S Precision does not care about the backlash from printing an endorsement from Lon Horiuchi, the FBI agent who shot and killed Vicki Weaver while she held her 10 month old baby. Calling their low key response (they didn't announce it and only hid it on their web page) tepid would be like calling ice hot. My opinion is that they're not concerned about this for a mix of two reasons. I don't believe they make their money selling directly to you and me and I'd assume...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/6/2008 7:01:22 PM | Feedback (7)
If you look back on this blog just two years ago, you'll notice I rarely posted about guns. Heck, a few years before that and it was all politics (ah... the salad days of 2000+ daily hits), then I simply was aimless for a while. However, I began to realize that it was in my best interest to be able to defend myself if need be. Now I am 6'3", two hundred and something pounds, walk with a purpose and make eye contact with people, so I don't project "EASY TARGET", but that doesn't preclude me from...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/3/2008 10:36:57 AM | Feedback (10)
Breda, the world's most awesome, armed librarian, posted a link to Lt. Col. Grossman's popular article on Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs. I love the story because it explains perfectly the mindset of so many anti-gun individuals We know that the sheep live in denial; that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/2/2008 9:59:46 AM | Feedback (13)
Meet Gustav. Gustav is a 4th generation piano wire maker. Using the skills his father taught him (and who's father taught him), Gustav painstakingly crafts some of the most beautiful piano wire known to man, used in only the best concert pianos in the world. His handiwork is known not only for the perfect pitch they produce, but also for their strength and durability. Now, meet Timothy. Timothy is being garroted by one of Gustav's piano wires (Middle C, in fact). Instead of Gustav's intent that...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/1/2008 8:17:53 AM | Feedback (8)
This article is outstanding Imagine there's an elderly widow down the street from you. She has neither the strength to mow her lawn nor enough money to hire someone to do it. Here's my question to you that I'm almost afraid for the answer: Would you support a government mandate that forces one of your neighbors to mow the lady's lawn each week? If he failed to follow the government orders, would you approve of some kind of punishment ranging from house arrest and fines to imprisonment? I'm...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/24/2008 12:59:52 PM | Feedback (4)
For a few days, I started thinking this Obama thing might turn out better than I had expected. I watched as the term "President-Elect" became almost holy in nature as his minions (and even himself) started talking about all the miracles he was going to do within minutes of taking the office. I also started watching many people seem to realize he wasn't going to be able to deliver on all his promises. There was talk of "lowering expectations" from the Obama camp, and that put me a little more at...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/10/2008 8:52:56 AM | Feedback (32)
Gays will vote in the Democrats that will more than happily throw them under the bus. Sucks to have your rights trampled, doesn't it? Maybe if you concentrated on not allowing the government so much power and teaching your fellow man and woman to respect those old fashioned notions of personal property and liberty then you wouldn't have to worry so much about the mind set that makes people think they can simply vote away your rights and the government complying. Personally, while I didn't vote...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/7/2008 1:06:34 PM | Feedback (7)
So, my blog mama discusses the impending implosion of the far-right and how they're already turning into the far-left they so despise Hey, right wingers? You have become the people you hate. You have become everything you screamed at people for being in 2004. You are running around claiming that Obama cheated, lied and bought his way to the White House. Looking around the blogosphere and its comments I see the words slimy, corrupt, devil, Antichrist, communist, evil, Stalin, Lenin, Hitler....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/7/2008 9:20:54 AM | Feedback (2)
Tgirsch, frequent poster over at Say Uncle's place has lost a friend of his to cancer. What makes this story even more sad is that his friend was a commenter at his site, Lean Left. From the day he first showed up here, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with frequent commenter Ted. I have no idea how he found this blog, but it seemed like he came here with the sole purpose of disagreeing with pretty much everything I wrote (or so it seemed to me). In the beginning, we would get into huge,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/20/2008 7:31:32 PM | Feedback (0)
Florida sucks. This November we have not 1, but 6 Constitutional Amendments to vote on. Lucky us, there was originally 9 to ponder over, but we've managed to whittle it down a few. Only one actually removes power from the state government but is worded in such a way that even I had misread it and was planning on ticking off No. We've got deleting provisions that allow the Legislature to regulate private property of illegal aliens, preventing gays from being as miserable as heterosexuals, wind...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/20/2008 11:24:43 AM | Feedback (5)
Is this really what the left has become? So much for freedom of speech. When I disagree with others on gun issues, I do so by laying out the facts, not by digging in my opponent's past trying to find anything to smear them with. But apparently, stand up to Barack Bend Over and Spread Your Legs While I Spread Your Wealth Obama and you'll have every last bit of dirty laundry aired from liens to signed confessions from ex-girlfriends that you were a cheap tipper on dates. Instead of laying out...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/16/2008 2:06:05 PM | Feedback (4)
This quote by Barack Haaaaaaands Across the Water Obama is disgusting "It's not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody that is behind you, that they have a chance for success too." ... I think that when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody. Socialist. Pure, unadulterated wealth redistribution. First off, you fucksicle, success comes to those who take the risks. Hard work is generally involved, but not always. I'm successful because I busted...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/14/2008 7:27:31 PM | Feedback (8)
If an Obama win wasn't a big deal. I mean, he's just the president. If you're not too familiar with everything that the president is responsible for, here's Article II of the the US Constitution Article II Section 1. The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the term of four years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same term, be elected, as follows: Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/7/2008 8:15:01 AM | Feedback (3)
Why is it when there's a shooting of innocents, the calls for more gun control reach a feverish pitch but when there's a story about a woman defending her life and those of her family with a firearm, there's not a similar amount of noise given to reducing the restrictions on firearms? Even though there are more of the latter than the former?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/23/2008 9:13:28 PM | Feedback (2)
Sigh... Owning a gun is nice and all, but if we keep putting up with shit like this, it's a useless gesture amounting to nothing more than a distraction from the true loss of freedom TAMPA - Hillsborough County soon will begin enforcing its strict ordinances governing adult businesses now that a federal appeals court has ruled the restrictions are constitutional. ... "But we will make sure that these businesses comply with the law," she said. The ruling from the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/19/2008 10:40:18 AM | Feedback (5)
So, on my flight out of Tampa I had to declare my weapon. Guns are like Schrödinger's cat, apparently if a TSA agent observes them, the all danger goes away. Don't get me wrong, I have no problems with having to declare a firearm. By having your weapon and ammunition inspected, more eyes can be placed on a situation where some carelessness could cause harm. Loose cartridges could easily slam into something during the turbulence incurred in air travel that cause the primers to go pop (which...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/27/2008 12:09:11 PM | Feedback (3)
Ready to get spitting mad? The elderly Ted increases my blood pressure a few points with this article. Seems like some petty tyrant has issued a curfew due to crime. Said tyrant doesn't think anyone has any reason to be outside at whatever time he feels they shouldn't. “Now if somebody wants to sue us, they have an option to sue, but I’m fairly certain that a judge will see it the way the way the citizens see it here,” Mayor James Valley said. “The citizens deserve peace, that some...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/14/2008 8:52:24 AM | Feedback (8)
It's a real easy game. When you're ready, click on this link. You have as long as you need to tell me what's wrong with this mug shot. If you said "WTF??? 20 MUG SHOTS???" then give yourself a cookie. Now, I can't say this... umm... guy (?) is guilty of anything. But one cannot imagine that you can get arrested 20 times simply because you're unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But this isn't about Mr(s?) 20 Muggies, since we cannot prove or disprove he/she/shim/shits'...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/11/2008 7:39:40 PM | Feedback (3)
One of the Interweb greats - KB - has written out another long read, but damned well worth it. I wanted to respond on my own blog because, well, comments aren't always read especially after such a lengthy post. The article revolves around the infamous Mike Vanderboegh letter to the editor. I've not written much on it because I'm in an odd spot. I understand, sympathize, and even partially agree with Mike, but I disagree that his letter was effective, and Kevin's post really nails home why....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/7/2008 9:16:27 PM | Feedback (0)
Let's say you're the mother of this "little angel" Nichols, 17, and four other teen girls were arrested in April, accused of attacking 16-year-old Lindsay and recording the beating on video. Investigators have said that the attack on Lindsay was in retaliation for online trash-talking with some of the girls and that the footage was going to be posted on MySpace and YouTube. Each of the girls is charged with kidnapping and misdemeanor battery. Nichols, Brittany Mayes and Brittni Hardcastle,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/23/2008 12:04:42 AM | Feedback (0)
One of the major fallacies of anti-rights bigots when it comes to guns is that gun owners care nothing about crime. I hear it all the time that somehow, me valuing my rights equates to wanting criminals to have guns. Nothing could be farther from the truth. My point, and I would think where most of us gunnies come from, is that if you are waiting until a sale of a tool to prevent a criminal from doing mischief, you've not only missed the boat, but that boat has sunk off the coast as it were....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/11/2008 4:30:57 PM | Feedback (0)
I've bitched about this before, but being that this is my blog I'm free to repeat myself (as well as say things over and over). The one thing the government has a legitimate claim to do is to punish criminals. Unfortunately, they've discovered that this is hard to do and instead have created a labyrinth of laws so complex that ever last man, woman, and child is guilty of something. Then, when the politicians' numbers are too low, they arrest a grandmother who purchased a set of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/8/2008 4:00:46 PM | Feedback (0)
I've heard quite a few economists say that the price of oil is going to drop eventually because it's a bubble of some sort. Now, I'm not an economist, nor do I play one on the Interwebs, but give me a break. That's simply not going to happen. Ever. Why? Because it's been proven that people will pay $4 a gallon for gas. If they had raised the prices and people suddenly stopped buying fuel at a greater rate than the added difference in price gained the oil companies, then the prices would have...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/13/2008 8:52:22 AM | Feedback (7)
One thing I see happen all the time is that when I say I don't want the government doing X, people automatically assume that I don't want X to happen. For example, I don't believe it's the government's job to manage education. That doesn't mean I think nobody should manage education. But private schools are generally superior to public schools because they receive their payment based on how good of a job they do. People pay out the wazoo for private school because of this. There's a limit to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/5/2008 1:03:16 PM | Feedback (10)
Voice of a goddess with the body to match. I link to this because it's part of my War On The Lie That Women Have To Be Skinny Bitches To Be Hot. Again ladies, this is a woman's body. Notice those things on the outside of the bikini bottom? Those are called hips and are something to be proud of. Notice how there's no straight lines? We call that curves and curves are a good thing. Granted, Sarah and I would not converse well seeing as she's pretty much a full blown hippie, but that's not going...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/31/2008 11:15:21 AM | Feedback (10)
Something the anti's fail at tremendously is they never let facts get in the way of their views. Our side, on the other hand, fosters free and open discussion to ensure the right data gets disseminated. Then again, the truth helps our cause while it blows theirs out of the waters, so I can understand their reluctance to embrace honesty.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/22/2008 3:43:26 PM | Feedback (0)
Because it is clear that easy access to drugs with the knowledge of how to use them is forcing physicians to commit suicide And when the pain is too much, doctors have easy access to prescription drugs and a precise knowledge of both how the body works and the amount of a drug needed for an overdose to stop breathing and halt the heart. "All physicians have access to neat, clean ways to commit suicide," said Dr. Robert Lehmberg, a Little Rock, Ark., surgeon who has battled depression and long...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/9/2008 11:04:24 AM | Feedback (2)
That was the word used by a coworker to describe Exxon's profits for last year. *Big Sigh* It's amazing how other people's profits are obscene yet people will readily accept a new, higher paying job, or a raise without blinking twice. I asked this guy if he accepted his raise (as paltry as ours was this year) and he said "That's different". Different how? Each person looks out for his own self. Charity begins when you're needs have been met and you realize that it is in your best interest to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/25/2008 11:33:46 AM | Feedback (8)
Joe has an interesting post regarding some points on the new totalitarianism that's always just on the horizon. A friend sent me this link to a video (about 45 minutes long). The synopsis is: Naomi Wolf on It not only can happen here, it is happening here. Mussolini created the blueprint (with inspiration from Lenin), Hitler elaborated on it, Stalin studied Hitler...Here's how it works (notice how many Bush & Co. is using now.):1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy2. Create...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/15/2008 1:52:45 PM | Feedback (8)
(Cross Posted at The Line is Here) Ian Coburn, a NIU Alumni, shares his views on the recent shootings. And I happen to find what he says quite in line with what I preach here. "I am drained from these shootings, the feeling of helplessness they bring, the fear they create which hangs over every campus like a dark cloud, and the net cast out for causes which always comes back empty of solutions. Instead, it is filled only with speculation, blaming everything from video games to guns to the lack...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/24/2008 4:52:51 PM | Feedback (5)
Rusty speaks true Will this solve the problem? No. Nothing will ever solve the problem. There has been, and always will be, evil in the world. I've not written about the NIU shootings because every time I sit down to do so, I get angry. Instead of focusing on what I want to say, the blogger in me that's been fighting this fight for so long wants to argue every point again like I do each time this happens and I know it will be to no avail. But Rustmeister brings up a valid point that many...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/16/2008 9:33:49 AM | Feedback (1)
THIS is what women are supposed to be shaped like. Don't let the simple minded children in the comments make you feel bad. Women are supposed to have curves. Thighs should be noticeable. I get so tired of the stick figures they put on the screens these days. Give me a woman with a little heft and I'd take it over any twig with plastic tits any day. Well, if I weren't married. I happen to be quite happy with the Mrs.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/11/2008 9:27:57 PM | Feedback (9)
(Cross posted at The Line Is Here) Oh, this is just classic State Del. Lionel Spruill introduced a bill Tuesday to ban displaying replicas of human genitalia on vehicles, calling it a safety issue because it could distract other drivers. Oh really? A safety issue, eh? I'm assuming Mr. Spruill has reams of documentation showing vehicular accident reports with the main cause as "Driver was hypnotized by pair of large, dangly, hot pink testicles and ended up running off the road." Right? Or maybe...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/16/2008 9:34:23 AM | Feedback (2)
Why shouldn't we require licensing for having children? Nobody would be "denied" having children, but you'd have to take courses, pass a mental competence test, waive your 4th amendment rights from time to time for surprise inspections and have 20,000 laws which dictate exactly how you may raise your children - laws which differ from county to county, state to state and pay a fee that has to be renewed from time to time (only several hundred dollars). By poorly raising your child, he or she may...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/29/2007 8:54:58 PM | Feedback (3)
Oleg considers the new ban on light bulbs Some days I wonder if I got lost on my way to America and ended up elsewhere... No, buddy. You made it here. But here is slowly moving somewhere else under our feet. This is what I was talking about when I discussed how our freedom is slowly eroding away. A light bulb here, transfat there, a specific "looking" firearm all around. Slow boiling of the frog.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/21/2007 11:38:57 AM | Feedback (2)
It is considered "reasonable" to restrict 2A rights when the "greater good" is served. Law abiding citizens are told that it is in their best interest if they are closely monitored when purchasing firearms, licensed to do so, registration, fees, etc. since these "reasonable infringements" will somehow lower the number of guns in the hands of those who would use them with ill intent. The justification for this is that we have a crime problem. Some of that crime is committed with a firearm. And...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/13/2007 9:35:15 AM | Feedback (6)
I've been reading "Free to Choose" by Milton Friedman and what he said over 20 years ago is just as true today, and I can see we've completely ignored his wisdom.  The problem is that Milton recognized that freedom and Free Market Capitalism are intricately linked. Since we've been brainwashed that looking out for yourself is considered "greed", we've raised generations of people who don't like the Free Market. What they don't understand that is to get rid of it is to remove the freedom that...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/28/2007 3:18:28 PM | Feedback (16)
I've said this before, but I'm going to say it again because it bears repeating. Thanks to Greg, my blood pressure has permanently gone up by quite a few points. Greg lent me his copy of Florida Firearms Law, Use & Ownership by Jon H. Gutmacher and I've almost finished it, but I've learned that if you want good law made, never leave it to the legislature. I am a programmer. I understand how to push buttons on a keyboard that will tell the computer to do what I want it to do. It is a major...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/19/2007 7:54:17 AM | Feedback (3)
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/14/2007 9:19:31 PM | Feedback (5)
Because it seems that even our enemies have a say in our elections. 8 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were registered to vote Let that sink in for a moment. The very people who wish to destroy our country and way of life are allowed to vote for people who they think will do the worst possible job. The background here is the National Voter Registration Act, commonly known as "Motor Voter," that President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1993. It required all states to offer voter registration to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/2/2007 12:43:10 PM | Feedback (5)
Only not funny. Here's the scenario as an analogy. Let's say my companies business is interior decoration. One of the major things we do is hang pictures. So, I'm part of a team that is to help with this. The upper management sets the requirements as so In order to attach pictures to the wall, we need to take 16 penny nails and embed them into the wall using this dead-blow mallet. See the problem? The requirements are too detailed. What it should read is We need to attach pictures to walls....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/2/2007 12:13:53 PM | Feedback (6)
This post is going to tread into Jeff Goldstein's favorite area - intentionalism. I was reading TBT, a mini-newspaper similar to The Daily Planet or whatnot from the St. Pete Times. Specifically, a short in the dead-tree edition points to this story: CRYSTAL RIVER -- Rich and Chantal Dolata try to decorate their Softails Tavern bigger and better each Halloween. This year, the dim orange and black watering hole in Crystal River is full of body parts, corpses and even a coffin. But a new...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/31/2007 12:54:05 PM | Feedback (10)
Want a gun? Sign away all your privacy New gun buyers must sign waivers releasing their mental health records to state police under a new regulation that took effect quietly on August 1. It's a response to the killings at Virginia Tech in April. Yes, I have a major issue with this. Legally I am allowed to own firearms. I have never been committed or suffered through anything that would make me a danger to society by owning a gun. But my history of panic attacks would be all the excuse some...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/18/2007 10:05:12 AM | Feedback (3)
A good article in the Baltimore Sun Gulliver was my first cousin. Murder in Baltimore is now very personal for me. And personally, I don't see how a gun offender registry in Baltimore helps me. I don't see how it would have helped Nate. I don't see how it would have helped Matthews, Arthur and Brown either. ... Excuse me, don't police and prosecutors already have that information? What would be in a gun offender registry that anybody with a computer couldn't get by going to the Web site...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/11/2007 10:02:04 AM | Feedback (0)
Would you deny this man the ability to protect himself? Jim: "When I was diagnosed with cancer I found myself and my family in need of protection. I was too old to fight, too sick to run and since cancer took my vocal cords, I couldn't yell for help. I purchased my first-ever firearm." You see, his handgun gives him a fighting chance against criminals. He can't run, but he can hold a handgun and apply 3 to 5 pounds of pressure. He will probably never need it. But it affords him true security...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/24/2007 3:30:06 PM | Feedback (0)
Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace. James Madison The fact of the matter is that I don't think Uncle Sam could get the Marines, Army, Navy, and Air Force to attack Americans. Being that our's is a volunteer force, I don't think that kind of army exists. But we have the police, who are practically armed and trained just like the military. And I think they'd do the job just fine. As far as the press, ours is not enslaved....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/8/2007 11:04:57 AM | Feedback (5)
Sebastian tells his journey into Gun Nut territory. Here's my tale. If you've been a reader of SaaM for any time, you'll notice that I rarely talked about guns even a year ago. What happened? Well, unlike Sebastian I grew up around guns. My father always had one in his nightstand. My cousins hunted and sometimes I'd go with them. When I got a bit older, my dad would take me to the range with him on a regular basis. So, growing up, guns didn't hold any magical properties to me. They were just...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/1/2007 10:48:28 AM | Feedback (8)
In my post regarding the purchase of my M44, commenter DC decries the only thing guns are good for, is putting holes in things ( and people ) In reply, I said: Actually, that's one thing they do. They're also good for the enjoyment people get out of target practice. They provide a good hobby for some of us reloaders to try to get the best ammunition possible. They provide an equalizing force for people like my 98 pound mother who can take on a 300 pound linebacker. They provide an extra bit...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/30/2007 9:59:21 AM | Feedback (4)
This tidbit reminded me of something that happened last weekend. My mother called me all a twitter because her water heater had sprung a leak, soaking some electrical wires, which then proceded to catch fire. Sounds familiar to me. So my mom did what we are all trained to do - she called 911. Nobody answered. She had to call the fire department directly. Luckliy for her, when she killed the power the arcing stopped and nothing continued to burn. But what would have happened if an intruder was...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/23/2007 9:39:20 AM | Feedback (0)
A US military sniper is not going to accept a mission to assasinate a US political figure, and they are not going to accept any mission that requires them to attack a target in the US. Period. If you want that job done, you find a police sniper... (Link) Pardon me for paraphrasing Battlestar Galactica, but at one point in the series, Adama was asked to use the military as police. His response was that the military was used to defeat the enemy and when used as police, the people become the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/13/2007 10:14:44 AM | Feedback (0)
But I'm going to continue to beat this horse, no matter how dead it is, because there are too many people out there that simply can't get this through their thick heads. This is from Philidelphia's Chief of Police in an editorial from the Philadelpha Inquirerer We have to stop pointing the finger everywhere but at the very people who prey on us each day. Over time we have allowed our value system to erode. We refuse to hold people accountable for their actions and constantly make excuses for...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/12/2007 10:44:50 AM | Feedback (1)
Two things, both from David C over at War On Guns. First, this little doozy from the NY slimes U.S. Set to Begin a Vast Expansion of DNA Sampling The Justice Department is completing rules to allow the collection of DNA from most people arrested or detained by federal authorities, a vast expansion of DNA gathering that will include hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, by far the largest group affected. The new forensic DNA sampling was authorized by Congress in a little-noticed...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/5/2007 7:00:34 PM | Feedback (3)
I'm not a big Ayn Rand fan, but this quote is worth tattooing on my forehead The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/22/2007 3:05:06 PM | Feedback (5)
Apparently, the MSM's vaunted editorial checks aren't quite as vaunted as they like to pretend. Let's look at this little gem GULFPORT - Johnathan Barfield had gotten used to answering the door at his FEMA trailer with a Glock pistol in his hand. Scary gun story. But when Tiffany Talley knocked Wednesday, the gun somehow fell from his grasp and to the floor, discharging a bullet that struck the Gulfport High standout student in the face and killed her. Just to clarify something, this is a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/31/2006 4:12:02 PM | Feedback (1)
They no more 'support the troops' than Tom Cruise supports anti-depressant use. It's been said before, but I will repeat it here because it pisses me off to no end. You cannot support the troops unless you support their mission - The troops are their mission! The troops are the ones pulling the triggers. They are the ones guiding the bombs. They are the ones planning the attacks. If you disagree with what's going on, then you do not support the troops, period. It is intellectually dishonest to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/13/2006 9:22:29 AM | Feedback (7)
Hizb'Allah. Seriously. Doesn’t the building to the left of the arm with the gun look like a technical illustration of the urethra?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/9/2006 2:32:00 PM | Feedback (4)
In case you’ve been like me and pretty much unplugged over the weekend, Reuters has been caught publishing photographs that have been tampered with. The scariest part is that this particular photo was simply a shitty Photoshop job. As a wedding photographer, I use Photoshop to open people's eyes,  take off that last minute zit, and even move people closer to each other. When I am done, there isn't the slightest hint that anything ever changed. For example, a friend of my wife's recently...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/7/2006 9:42:00 AM | Feedback (7)
Man, I’m not sure what to make of this. First, the article states that the US plans to keep control of the root servers, which basically is the same thing as having control. The biggest point being made was that more countries would have a vote as to what direction ICANN would take. This isn’t the best thing in the world. I’m all about democracy, but I’m not about giving non-democratic countries votes. Period. This is part of the reason I want the US to stop funding and remove itself from the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/29/2006 8:48:00 AM | Feedback (1)
from the Perry Bible Fellowship.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/21/2006 9:12:00 AM | Feedback (2)
I read this post by Mary Madigan over at Deans’ World, and  I couldn’t help but rehash my comments here. At one time in my life, not so long ago, I was a proponent of unlimited, legal, immigration. I’ve always felt that America is great because of those who came here to make a better life for themselves. But I learned that immigrants must be given time, as well as a reason, to assimilate. Look at what has happened in Europe with their unassimilated cultures. So, I’ve backed off and realized...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/5/2006 11:10:00 AM | Feedback (0)
So I’ve had to take some online courses at work regarding happy horse-shit things like Diversity in the Workplace*, SOX Whistle-blower protection, Sexual Harassment, etc. It takes hours to do these, but if you can pass the pre-test, you don’t have to sit through them. On the sexual harassment one, I looked at all the answers, figured out which ones I felt were correct, then selected the others instead. I aced it. I’m not sure what that says about me, but I’m still a happy camper! *Don’t...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/18/2006 9:13:00 AM | Feedback (0)
So, here’s the short version. A woman has a husband over in Iraq. She puts up a “Support Our Troops” sign on her front lawn. The Homeowners' Association tells her she needs to take it down. TAMPA - Before David Kelley went to Iraq, he bought his wife a "Support Our Troops" sign to display outside the couple's home in the Westchase subdivision. When Kelley, an Army private, went overseas in November, Stacey Kelley posted the sign outside their home. For her, the sign is a daily reminder of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/14/2006 10:46:00 AM | Feedback (0)
From the Dilbert Blog Blog reader Diana W. wrote to opine that the sentence for attempted murder should be the same as the sentence for successful murder. Otherwise we’re just rewarding incompetence.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/1/2006 10:27:00 AM | Feedback (1)
Reading this really pisses me off The last time 1st Lt. William “Eddie” Rebrook IV saw his body armor, he was lying on a stretcher in Iraq, his arm shattered and covered in blood. A field medic tied a tourniquet around Rebrook’s right arm to stanch the bleeding from shrapnel wounds. Soldiers yanked off his blood-soaked body armor. He never saw it again. But last week, Rebrook was forced to pay $700 for that body armor, blown up by a roadside bomb more than a year...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/7/2006 3:40:00 PM | Feedback (0)
There is an adage called the Peter Principle which goes The theory that employees within an organization will advance to their highest level of competence and then be promoted to and remain at a level at which they are incompetent. Here at work, I think they’ve decided to forgo the promotion of incompetent individuals and simply hire them from the get go. Update: How embarrassing. Spell check indicated I misspelled incompetent
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/25/2006 11:06:00 AM | Feedback (0)
I’ve got a meeting today, lovingly scheduled during lunch, that I absolutely do not wish to go to. You see, they don't usually let me go to meetings because I have this awful habit of saying what I think instead of simply nodding my head. I have no problem telling a VP that his idea won’t work and then lay out un detail the reasons why. Did you know VP’s don’t like to hear things like that? Anyway, our network admins purchased an Identity Management product. In short,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/24/2006 9:25:00 AM | Feedback (7)
So wired has the top 10 scientific events for 2005. 9 of them are pure scientific goodies that just tickle my cerebrum. Things like the Cassini Hyugens Probe, the discovery of the first soft tissue from a dinosaur, and machines that can be controlled with human thought. One would think that an article that writes about scientific wonders would rate the number one item as the most amazing discovery of the year, right? Well, you might find it a little surprising then that instead, the top...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/29/2005 2:38:00 PM | Feedback (9)
The other day, I went to pick up a cheesesteak from a local joint and I I was reminded of something that has bothered me for many years now. The employees there all were wearing disposable gloves. For some odd reason, it appears that many people actually think this is a safe and sanitary measure to take when handling food. Why this is so, I cannot fathom. Let me start off by recanting a story from a few years ago. I had gone to Subway to pick up a sandwich when this lady came in behind me with...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/12/2005 1:59:00 PM | Feedback (5)
I have Brighthouse cable. HD. DVR. The full enchilada. It sucks. Sucks bad. I get better picture quality from 12kbps Quicktime movies over the net. Even the HD channels are so overcompressed that they’re hard to watch. When my wife, who has no eye for such things, complains about how blocky the channels are, you know there’s problems. Here’s the rub. To get the same number of channels as well as the same # of HD channels through satellite, we’re talking at least $30...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/21/2005 4:09:00 PM | Feedback (6)
Let me preface this post with the fact that I consider myself God’s gag gift to women. That being said there are 2 girls at work who just amaze me. The first one is a good 40 to 50 pounds overweight, yet wears the tightest shirts, shortest skirts, and anything that shows off her rolls. We’re talking serious cankleage here. While I’m no longer the stick I used to be in high school, I’m still not a muscle bound hunk, therefore I avoid wearing muscle shirts. Why is it...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/21/2005 9:24:00 AM | Feedback (2)
So yesterday I came in late to work due to a doctor’s appointment. At that time of day, my normal spot to park is long gone, so I ended up having to park on the 3rd floor of the parking garage. I call this the asshole floor. Why? Because this is where all the people who think there’s nothing wrong with taking up 5 spaces to protect their shitty cars. It’s not like all these cars are Porches, Lamborghinis, or even high end BMWs. They’re Fords, Corvettes, and...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/11/2005 9:07:00 AM | Feedback (8)
So now pledging allegiance to your country is unconstitutional? OK, so I pulled a few words there to sensationalize the issue, a tactic I decry all the time. But the reason I do is going to piss off a lot of my right leaning, Christian friends. Kids reciting the pledge are mindless drones. They have no idea what they’re saying, no idea the sheer importance of what they say and what it means if they betray that sentiment. In many ways, it’s the same concept as why I have a hard...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/14/2005 3:32:00 PM | Feedback (6)
I want to clear something up because there’s a wee bit of confusion, and I want to ensure what I mean gets across. I appreciate any help or sympathy from anyone during the crisis of NOLA. I am thankful there are others in the world who know what the right thing is to do and then do them. Those people, as individuals, are to be considered friends. And the latest reports have 20 – 22 countries offering aid. My comment earlier was directed more at the people who were upset that...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/2/2005 7:50:00 AM | Feedback (4)
Several bloggers have commented on the fact that, in the aftermath of Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans, the only country to offer any sort of support has been Israel. Some bemoan the lack of support and find it sad that with all the help we give others, the favor is never returned. And to summarize a comment I’ve left on this – Fuck ‘em. We don’t need their help. We don’t need piles of flowers at some church in a foreign land to help America rebuild what...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/1/2005 12:59:00 PM | Feedback (5)
So, I drive a 95 Jeep Wrangler 4.0 Liter Straight 6 that’s been modified to….errr, ‘enhance performance’. She gets about 18 mpg, but has a 20 gallon gas tank. So fill ups for me run around $45–$50 right now. The Mrs. and I talked about getting another vehicle, joking around that gas prices would put us in the poor house (we have enough money to fill ‘er up, it’s just annoying). So I did the math 20 x $2.55 = $51. I fill up every 8 to 10 days, so about...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/24/2005 8:16:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Look, I’m an ex-smoker. While I was stupid enough to vote for a smoking ban, I realize now the error of my ways. However, if some idiot proposed a ban on smokers from using elevators, I’d probably vote for that sucker too. Man, do people go outside, light up, and exhale into their shirts? Why is it that all the elevators we have here smell like someone rolled themselves in a wet ashtray? Add to it Perfume Woman (a lady that you literally can tell everywhere she’s been in the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/11/2005 3:30:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Holy crap. I’m on hold with the credit card company (apparently, it is physically impossible to ‘pay off’ a credit card as they’ll charge you interest on the interest on a day to day basis, so mailing in a few thousand dollars just isn’t enough. Bastards.) and every 5 seconds some dude is reminding me of how important my call is. Every 5 friggin’ seconds??? I can’t even enjoy the fabulously annoying elevator music without some butt nugget...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/6/2005 12:33:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Imagine this scenario: You head to Uncle Lumpy's Shakin' Shack for lunch . You know, the place with the 'Putting the Buff back in Buffet' sign? Suuuurre you don’t…. Anyway, you fill your plate with lukewarm chicken patties and order a $20 lap dance. A few minutes later ‘Misty Mounds’ is earning her Andrew Jackson a mere quarter-inch from the frontal apex of your trousers. The DJ’s halfway through the second refrain of AC/DC’s Highway to Hell,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/5/2005 4:14:00 PM | Feedback (6)
So the Supreme Court decided today that you only have the right to own your house / land so long as Wal-Mart doesn’t want it? And all the blogosphere appears to be in throes of agony over this travesty, as they should. However, I wonder how many of the blog authors and their numerous commenters will expend the same amount of energy they do in writing blog entries or comments as they will in writing their representatives in the House and Senate (both national and local)? How will our...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/23/2005 3:11:00 PM | Feedback (4)
Discussing the horrendous decision in the Kelo eminent domain case, Daily Pundit contributer JCoke says the following On the other hand I do find it somewhat heartening. The Conservatives on the court have shown a principled commitment to states rights and property rights. Sorry J, the conservatives on the bench are a bunch of spineless cowards. True conservatives with principles would have reached over and choked the ever lovin' shit out of the other 5 judges. Damn this whole thing...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/23/2005 1:11:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Dear George, Saw Revenge of the Sith this weekend. I enjoyed most of it, even through the wooden acting. However, I was rather impressed with the reaction from the crowd when any politics came up. People giggled. No shit. They laughed. Especially at the ‘You’re either with me or my enemy’ part. And when we walked out, the overall tone of the conversations were ‘Not bad, but geez, what’s up with all the stupid political statements?’. Why didn’t you...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/30/2005 3:11:00 PM | Feedback (0)
I usually don’t get to read too much in the blogosphere over the weekends. I have to spend some time with the family. This weekend was no exception as the Mrs. had a Woman’s Retreat to go to and I had daughter duty. Had fun taking her to the zoo and she was even pleasant when we had to go do a little shopping. Mondays, I have to be very, very selective of what I read from over the weekend. This is why catchy titles and well written first paragraphs are so important for me. I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/16/2005 1:11:00 PM | Feedback (4)
So the UN Bloggers are pissed that someone is concerned about the UN Oil-for-Food scandal and cannot understand why Roger Simon is so focused on it. Maybe it’s because the UN is corrupt as hell and needs to be exposed so that we can all get off the silly notion that any organization that includes Libya as chair on human rights probably is exactly what the world needs for peace. Instead of refuting any claims made by Simon, the UNBloggers try to distract you with a list of things the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/11/2005 3:07:00 PM | Feedback (5)
I guess I’ve calmed down enough to write about this. This event happened last week, but every time I went to blog it, I would get all bent out of shape. I was driving to work last week, something I’m wont to do on occasion, when I was cut off by some asshole who was in a hurry. Now, normally I just back off and let Mr. Idiot rush towards his impending demise, but this car caught my eye. On the back he had two bumper stickers that literally made my blood boil. Both stickers had the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/2/2005 10:09:00 AM | Feedback (17)
Let’s just say that not only do I agree with this sentiment, but that I will do everything in my power to ensure that my daughters do not grow up to be push-overs. Holy Gaia-on-a-pogo-stick, what’s going to happen when these kids grow up to take over our jobs? Already I think we’re seeing poorer performances by the kids only one generation behind mine, what will become of us when we get people who think that they can just whip out a stress card when reality gets too...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/25/2005 12:10:00 PM | Feedback (0)
I’ve been involved in quite a few conversations lately, both online and in real life (did you realize you can actually speak to real people?). A common thread in these conversations is politics or particular views on events. One thing I try to do when composing arguments is to frame them from a different perspective so that the other party must defend something they’ve not thought out completely, thus exposing the weaknesses in their logic. For example, racism. When I speak of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/22/2005 12:31:00 PM | Feedback (8)
Let me get this straight. A woman has a rough day with her kids. She writes the story on eBay and auctions the baseball that started the day off. Someone buys it for $1,125.00. This has got to be a joke. What in the hell makes a baseball and a good story worth that much money? Seriously? There were 108 f’ing bids on this thing like it was the winning homerun ball from the 1967 World Series game between the Cardinals and the Red Sox. Why do I bother coming into work? Apparently...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/14/2005 10:27:00 AM | Feedback (3)
Jeff Jarvis of BuzzMachine points out some tit-for-tat on Pamela Anderson’s new show and keeps us abreast of the situation: American women have no nipples (before 10 p.m.): Pamela Anderson, appearing on Howard Stern this morning to plug her new Fox show Stacked, said that the network censors have come on the set and ordered that her nippled be "taped down" because you can't have nipples before 10 p.m.……Free the nipples! Gosh! It’s nice to know the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/13/2005 1:02:00 PM | Feedback (5)
So here in my lovely home state of Florida, land of hurricanes, hanging chads, and feeding tubes, Jeb Bush* is preparing to sign into law a bill that allows me to protect myself if attacked. This is akin to signing in a law that allows me to shit after a good meal. Seriously. The current law states that, in the case I am attacked in public, I am to make like Brave Sir Robbin and run away. Which is a good idea if you’re Superman and can outrun a speeding bullet but a rather silly notion...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/7/2005 9:05:00 AM | Feedback (6)
Ramblings' Journal: Why go nuts regulating cornrows? Hair dye is hardly a serious safety threat, but even if it were, Cornrows & Co. didn't dye or perm hair. They only braided it. That didn't matter, said the Cosmetology Board -- they still had to get a license. In order to get one, Uqdah would have to pay about $5,000 to take more than 1,000 hours of courses at a beauty school. I hate the whole concept of ‘licensing’ for businesses. Licenses are nothing more than a barrier...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/6/2005 11:15:00 AM | Feedback (3)
A while back I penned an article I titled “Theocrazy”. During the election season, lefties were running around with their hair on fire claiming W was pushing this country into a bona fide theocracy. I responded with my article. Some excerpts. Which leads me to my main point. Which denomination shall W base the theocracy on? Baptist Methodist? Presbyterian? Seventh Day Adventist? The Holy Church of the Cross? Branch Davidians? You see, the same problem I had finding a church...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/5/2005 11:32:00 AM | Feedback (2)
I’m not a doctor. I don’t even play one on TV. So my knowledge on stem cells is based on what I can (a) read and (b) understand of what I read. Keep that in mind. Anyway, while I understood that stem cells had vast potential to change medicine, I found the method used to gain them was repulsive. Using harvested fetuses is, in my opinion, immoral. I always thought that there would be a better solution and that abortion culled stem cells weren’t the only way to solve the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/29/2005 1:34:00 PM | Feedback (2)
At least I hope so. I hope that this page is cached so it can be used as proof in case I am ever in Terry Schiavo's situation.Let me be clear. I am more concerned with quality of life than quantity. If I am ever rendered helpless through disease or some freak accident involving a moped and one of Liberace's elaborate diamond rings and can no longer survive without the assistance of machines or other people taking care of me 24-7, I do not wish to be kept alive. Life is meant to be lived. While...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/18/2005 12:55:00 PM | Feedback (23)
Look, I know traffic is annoying. This morning a car fire pretty much choked up the bridge I have to go across to get to work. 4 lanes of stopped traffic is enough to piss anyone off. But the assholes of the world seem to think that they are more important than even ambulances. It is these assholes who think that the 10 inches of space on the outer sides of the bridge are their own personal express lane.What gives? How much do you have to think of yourself to say "Screw this, I'm going to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/28/2005 9:21:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Due to the upcoming addition to the family, Mrs. Marble wanted to clean out the baby's room and have a yard sale to get rid of all the stuff that's accumulated in there throughout the years. Man, I hate yard sales. Something about yard sales brings out the dregs of society.We didn't prep much for this one. The last one we had, I put out signs the day before and we had everything set up in the garage earlier that week. This time, we had crap sitting in the hallway in the morning and nothing set...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/26/2005 9:20:00 PM | Feedback (4)
My daughter Georgia has fallen in love with watching Disney's Cinderella and while at 2½ she doesn't quite understand the whole story, it's not a bad tale for her to learn.Granted falling in love isn't a dance at a ball, Cinderella shows spirit that is sorely lacking in today's cartoons. Abused and neglected, she shows that the human spirit can survive. And even when the ball is over and she has lost everything she had, she simply says 'thanks' and appreciates what she was given, temporary...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/21/2005 7:22:00 PM | Feedback (6)
I'm seriously thinking about cutting out 80% of my political blogroll. To be honest, I've grown weary of the idiocy that masks as politics these days (from both sides). And those blogs with comments either turn into echo chambers or vitriol-pits, neither of which further my knowledge of current events.Some bloggers seem to be on a kind of high right now. Blogs are doing a fantastic job of 'watching the watchers' so to speak when it comes to the MSM, but I'm getting this feeling that...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/21/2005 1:40:00 PM | Feedback (5)
So there's this whole brouhaha about some Whitehouse staffer being 'reportedly' seen at a gay bar and that's supposed to be big news? That's what it takes to become a top-level reporter? Kick ass, because I know someone else who, as a conservative type person also went to a gay bar on a regular occasion and I'm about to out him!!!Ladies and Gentlemen (and you too Nathan), I, Robb Allen, CEO and Editor of Sharp as a Marble used to frequent a gay bar in Tampa many years ago. I admit it freely.I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/15/2005 11:09:00 AM | Feedback (16)
Looking through my referral logs today I see that 90% of my traffic is for things like "teacher sex", "teacher sex scandal", "27 year old sex", etc. They're hitting this post here where I talk about Deb Lefave.I can't tell if these people are perverts looking for steamy videos / pictures or if they're just looking for news. Either way they're screwing up my numbers by inflating them artificially. I know for a fact nobody reads this site and that all the comments are left by me when I suffer...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/9/2005 12:48:00 PM | Feedback (2)
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Remember the Weatherman who got canned for the so called "racial slur" against MLK? Wizbang has the audio. Clear as a bell slip of the tongue (doesn't even pronounce the 'n' at the end of koo). The real kicker - the portion was prerecorded! There are editors who are more at fault than this poor schmuck.Now, I am not going through a bunch of hue and cry about the company's firing of this guy. From a business perspective, it probably was the quickest thing they could do to satiate the real...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/24/2005 7:07:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Is a blind man a fool for believing that stars exist?
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/18/2005 1:04:00 PM | Feedback (0)
I decided to sign myself up at a local Tampa Bloggers Blog since, well, for all intents and purposes I live in Tampa, Florida and this could kinda be considered a blog.So all new blogs get a little one-liner treatment as they're listed. What did SaaM Get? Sharp as a Marble: Conservative in Brandon I know what Ford Prefect felt like after reading his entry for Earth in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.I mean, I talk more about beer than politics. I talk more about my cat than politics....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/18/2005 12:52:00 PM | Feedback (2)
As soon as I see the following words in a blog title today, I shall skip it:CBS, Rathergate, Memogate, Mapes, Thornburgh-Boccardi, and Nursing Home Wet T-Shirt Contest Photos.None of that do I wish to bother myself with any more. I've had my fill, thank you.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/11/2005 8:24:00 AM | Feedback (0)
I didn't need a months late report to tell me anything. I never watched CBS news in the first place, I shall never watch them again.Who really cares what an internal investigation 'revealed'? We were blatantly lied to and still millions of people turn to 60 Minutes for the honest-to-God truth.Suckers.Update:Dean gets it
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/10/2005 2:09:00 PM | Feedback (0)
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I disagree with Michelle Malkin, whom I adore and normally find myself nodding in agreement with. Michelle writes:We are at war, fools. You really want to make this idiot a civil liberties martyr? Stop clucking and get serious. I am serious and I disagree with her.I'm not the staunch supporter of the Patriot Act that many who have argued with me say I am. That label is often given to me because I don't find the PA to be the threat people want to make it out to be so it is assumed I agree with...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/5/2005 2:03:00 PM | Feedback (9)
I've always wanted to be a cop. My dad has recently joined the police force and has worked with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as well as the DOT. I've always tried to hold a good view of police, but stories like this make me shudder. I admit, this isn't both sides of the story and I'm taking what this story says at face value. But it is sickening nonetheless.How long must we constantly bicker over the language of what makes a gun scary looking or too dangerous? If you hit someone...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/21/2004 10:57:00 AM | Feedback (4)
It looks like I'm not the only one experiencing the rollercoaster effect of The Truth Laid Bear's ecosystem. A few days ago, I dropped to 112 incoming links, but somehow managed to become a Large Mammal. Then, my links jumped up to 150, but I was a Maurading Marsupial again. Then Large Mammal, and now back to Marsupial. Hell, I barely even know what the #!&@% a marsupial is.Then there's traffic from Sitemeter. It's free for me and God bless them because running through log files sucks....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/7/2004 9:17:00 PM | Feedback (3)
John Cole over at Balloon Juice serves up this juicy bit of irony.For the past four years on Black Friday, three Newark sisters have been trekking to the Christiana Mall to celebrate a global anticonsumerism movement called "Buy Nothing Day." This year, they got arrested after police asked the women to leave. Anna White, 30, said she and her sisters Laura, 28, and Rachel, 25, and their friend Terri Carter went to the mall about 11:30 a.m. Friday on their annual junket to not shop. They were...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/30/2004 3:08:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Recently, I feel I've been attacked by friends. Granted I've yet to meet any authors of the blogs I read, I consider them 'virtual' friends as we all seem to have common threads.Lately, there have been a lot of posts regarding religion, most of them notable for their disdain for it. Heck, one post the other day even called me ignorant because I didn't believe what she believed. And it's depressing.Now, I don't want to get into a pissing match regarding evolution versus creation as that's not an...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/24/2004 9:39:00 AM | Feedback (25)
As everyone knows, there is quite a bit of tension at my work ever since it was 'discovered' that I am supporting Bush. I'm getting emails from my boss' boss who happens to sit in the office directly across from my cube. He sent me an email the other day  Challenger says more than 724-thousand job cuts have been announced so far this year.At the same time, employers revealed only 16-thousand new job openings, according to the Challenger report. Let's hear the spin on this one :}The...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/7/2004 9:46:00 PM | Feedback (13)
Just an update on my 'Outed Republican' situation at work.First off, my boss isn't an asshole. Let's clear one thing up real quick because I think a lot of people, judging by their comments here and abroad, automatically assume people who suffer B.D.S. automatically are complete wastes of oxygen, and that's not the case.I actually like my boss. I like most of the people I work with. Sans politics, they're mostly good people whom I'd have no problem with going out for a beer after work or...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/7/2004 8:13:00 AM | Feedback (0)
An email from my boss (one of many):Challenger says more than 724-thousand job cuts have been announced so far this year.At the same time, employers revealed only 16-thousand new job openings, according to the Challenger report. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6183320/ Let's hear the spin on this one :} Then, when I counter with a few articles that I've read to the contrary, it's all about how I'm ignoring the facts. I can't win. Granted my boss is actually cool about it, we both get...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/5/2004 1:12:00 PM | Feedback (4)
Middle School Teacher In Trouble Over Presidential PhotoBy Ken Rosato(Monmouth Junction-WABC, October 3, 2004) — You might say it is a symbol of the Great American Divide, a teacher putting up a picture of President Bush in the classroom. Some say it is partisanship while others say it is patriotism. ...Parents expressing outrage after a teacher is kicked out of her public school for hanging a picture of President Bush next to pictures of other presidents in her classroom. Shiba Pillai-Diaz,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/4/2004 12:36:00 PM | Feedback (4)
What the hell is going on in the world today? Oakland police halt DUI checkpoints Immigrant activists say roadblocks discriminate against those without licensesBy Heather MacDonald, STAFF WRITEROAKLAND -- Oakland police officers have stopped setting up roadblocks to check whether drivers are under the influence because of a rash of complaints from the Latino community and City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente. The checkpoints, which allow officers to demand licenses and proof of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/27/2004 3:56:00 PM | Feedback (3)
A coach walks into the locker room at half time, beet red and furious. He proceeds to shout at the team."What do you think you are doing out there? We are not blocking, we are not protecting the quarterback, and we sure as hell aren't running the plays right! I haven't seen anyone following their route the entire game. Is this the best you can do? Is this all you've got?"A player timidly raises his hand in the back. "Coach, we're up 31 to 6, aren't we?"The coach scowls and says "It's thinking...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/17/2004 12:16:00 PM | Feedback (4)
I just got through purchasing a Nikon SB-800 flash for my camera. My current flash unit, a Nikon SB-50 DX just isn't powerful enough for the type of photography I do so I needed to upgrade to something with a bigger guide number. But this post isn't about the flash, per se.I looked at the regular joints for my photography equipment: B&H Photo, Adorama, Cameta Camera (where I bought my D2H), Ritz, and various e-bay auctions. I don't trust the e-bay crowd all that much but sometimes you...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/17/2004 11:04:00 AM | Feedback (0)
And loses big. I don't want another repeat of this. I want the Iraqis to have victory ripped from them at the last moment and leave them with a bitter defeat.Why?Because I want the world to take notice. I want the world to see the looks on their faces and remember them - for the next game.Because if they lose, they will be back again. Had the US not gone to Iraq, many of the men you would see walking off the field would be horrified. Not at losing the game, but at what probably awaited them...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/13/2004 9:24:00 AM | Feedback (53)
Naomi Kline of The Nation lets it all loose with this steaming pileBut the zealots in Bush's White House are neither insane nor stupid nor particularly shady. Rather, they openly serve the interests of the corporations that put them in office with bloody-minded efficiency. Their boldness stems not from the fact that they are a new breed of zealot but that the old breed finds itself in a newly unconstrained political climate. Why is it always those faceless, souless corporations when it...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/11/2004 8:49:00 AM | Feedback (3)
Many years ago, an buddy and I created the website www.marsconspiracy.com (if there's a site there now, I had nothing to do with it). Back in 1997 you could register a domain name with InterNic and have 30 days to pay for it before they shut it down. Since the landing was so 'timely' we decided to put up a hoax site and use the 30 day grace period because, well, we were cheap bastards and we knew the novelty wouldn't be there in a month.Anyway, sadly my friend had lost all the code for the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/9/2004 1:22:00 PM | Feedback (4)
There's a lot of hoopla going around now that Bush / the GOP is going to push for the abolishment of the IRS probably by a flat tax system or consumption tax. I am 100%, if not 110% for fair taxation in the form of a National Sales Tax. I don't care if the IRS stays put or not, I just want the bastards to keep their noses out of my personal finances as it's none of their business.Now, I am by far no economic genius. My checkbook is a mystery to me! So I've tried to learn what I can about a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/2/2004 11:33:00 AM | Feedback (0)
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Over at the Captain's Quarters, there's a discussion on how tax payers are going to have to start paying the health costs associated with obesity. I strongly am against this. However, I just wanted to point out one of those priceless comments that makes blogs so much funThe cost of "treating" Michael Moore alone will be staggering.And that's just mental health treatment. Imagine the obesity treatment!Posted by: Jerry at July 16, 2004 07:29 AM
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/16/2004 2:30:00 PM | Feedback (2)
Glenn isn't a journalist trying to be objective, I will grant him that, but he blows it here when he saysI TOLD YOU SO: The Federal Marriage Amendment failed miserably yesterday, and there's reason to believe that it's backfiring on its sponsors.From my understanding, the vote was 48-50 (12 short of the needed 60). That's not miserable. Miserable would be 8-90. That's close, if you ask me.I think what Glenn is doing here is common amongst all of us. When you want something to be true, it's much...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/15/2004 10:55:00 AM | Feedback (2)
Bill at INDC is discussing abortion. A hot topic I don't care to cover here as flame wars are bound to start. However, I would like to expound on this concept of "A women's choice to do with her body what she pleases".Why can't women go topless then? Or nude completely? If it is so important that women* have complete control over their bodies, why do they allow the government to tell them they must cover up their breasts and genetalia?I'm not trying to be snotty, it's just that it perplexes me...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/14/2004 10:49:00 AM | Feedback (2)
Don't like it at all. I feel dirty for watching it. First major complaint is that Michael Moore, while being very popular on the left, is not a representative of the Democrat Party. The ad might as well have shown a video clip of the man on the street saying “Bushitler lied”. Second, the MoveOn ads aren't official Democrat videos. Again, the were not produced or distributed by the DNC, and while I agree they are vile,, they distract the viewer from any real issues that Bush...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/25/2004 11:11:00 AM | Feedback (0)
I'm sucking on an atomic fire ball right now to get this awful taste out of my mouth after reading this drivel on the normally readable (albeit it sometimes over my head) Volokh. This is what “progressives” are so fond of? I want to look at the following so called rights  that Cass Sunstein, a guest blogger, distills from FDR. The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation;Excuse me? As a company owner, I have the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/24/2004 2:49:00 PM | Feedback (5)
Exploding TV? Sounds great, but I have my hesitations.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/18/2004 9:06:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Bill Quick nails exactly what I feel is wrong with our political system these days
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/16/2004 9:31:00 AM | Feedback (0)
So we've got some of the most fancy Spam filtering stuff at work. Not a lot comes through because the system we use 'learns' patterns in Spam. Well, someone finally broke the code - I am now getting Spam.....in German. I mean, what the hell am I supposed to do? Go take a language course at the local community college so I can find out how to get the lowest mortgage rate on my house? These people are desperate. I don't get Spam. Viruses, yeah, I can understand why the idiots who write them use...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/14/2004 12:31:00 PM | Feedback (0)
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No more sympathy for Michael Berg. Bill at INDC journal explains why.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/7/2004 1:36:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Every person who claims to love freedom should be required to read this.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/1/2004 10:12:00 AM | Feedback (0)
I purchase photography equipment. Any photographer will tell you that photo stuff is expensive (my camera body alone cost $3200!). Lenses are ridiculously priced as well. I love to order online. It's fast and convienent and, if the shipping charges don't offset it too much, quite often cost effective. However, when the dollar amount starts cranking up, I'm still more comfortable talking to a human. That is an emotional thing and not based on any sort of logic. However, there is a logical...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/24/2004 10:20:00 AM | Feedback (1)
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I'm trying to do my part to expose this travesty. The Hooters in Lakeland, Florida is having a contest {from Sekimori} The contest is for girls 5 and under, and will require they be dressed in little orange spandex shorts, and a tied up Hooters t-shirt. Simply disgusting. Please let Hooters know how you feel about this stunt. [UPDATE] I received an email back from Hooters. Thank you for expressing your concern regarding the contest in Florida. A store manager decided to host an event for...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/21/2004 1:48:00 PM | Feedback (1)
Sarin Nerve Gas Round Found, Partly Detonated in Iraq Ok, what bothers me the most about this is that when you make Sarin, you don't make it in 2 liter quantities. Where's the rest of it? I'm really surprised at the voraciousness of people who are so ready to deny this as a WMD. This was part of a larger system of weapons that Iraq was forbidden to have. Argue all you want wether or not we should have gone to war, but it's clear as can be that Saddam was working on weapons that were forbidden...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/17/2004 12:58:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Apparently so! If someone who has won such a high prize for peace can understand the value in what we've done and that war, while being a bad thing, is not always the worst thing, why can't so many American's who are opposed to our mission? Top Comment (IMHO): At this point in time, America will not win in Iraq. From this point forward, winning in Iraq will be up to Iraqis. America could only take the horse to the water. It is now time for the horse to drink the water.Hat Tip - Brain Terminal
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/14/2004 7:59:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Oh man! I am excited already. The Incredibles website is up and with plenty of new info as well as [access denied] screens to really keep you guessing. I have been a Pixar fan for a long time. I actually knew about them before Toy Story came out from their shorts, namely Luxo, Jr. So far, everything Pixar has touched has turned to solid gold and yet, I  admit, I am a little worried about this film. I know Pixar focuses on story more than the fact they're using computers for the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/14/2004 11:09:00 AM | Feedback (1)

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