Archive for June, 2008

30
Jun
08

The Meaning Of Search

I’m never too sure about how people wind up on this blog. Actually, I’m amazed that anybody actually reads it! Every now and then I will take a look at some of the search terms that lead people here. What does this say about the casual Internet surfer?

Search Views
celebrity porn 20
douchebag 14
cute cats 12
gangs 12
cute cat 8
wd-40 6
belly rings 5
women in bikinis 3
sadness 3
cat 3
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30
Jun
08

Political Correctness

Most of us take all the forwarded email crud sent to us and quietly drop it in the old bit bucket. I got one last night that is actually (IMO) worth repeating…

‘Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.’

30
Jun
08

Trialogue: 2nd Amendment

Unless you have been underground for the past couple of years, you are aware that the US Supreme Court recently ruled in the Heller case. For the first time in the country’s history, an ultimate legal decision has been made as to whether the right to keep and bear arms is an individual or collective right. The court said a lot of things in its opinion. Of note:

  • The right to keep and bear arms is an individual, natural right that shall not be infringed. What this means is that the right existed before the Constitution existed and that the Bill of Rights spelled out this natural right (enumerated) so as to prevent infringement by government.
  • This individual right is not tied to participation in formal military service.
  • That reasonable regulation, such as preventing convicted felons from owning firearms, is allowed.
  • And that it is unconstitutional for a city (such as DC) to outlaw the use of all handguns.

There are many other things expressed in the opinion, but these are the top of mind “big deals” that are immediately apparent. The NRA and various other gun rights groups have already begun filing actions against cities such as Chicago and San Francisco which have similar, Draconian handgun laws. Heller will be the beginning of a lot of litigation to come. That is absolutely certain.

What I would like to do now is establish a “blog trialogue” with the authors of the Electric Venom and Opining Online blogs. We are going to take a look at various aspects of the Second Amendment and gun laws in the US and bounce some questions off of each other. It may or may not be an effective process, but we are going to try! Comments on any and all of the blogs are welcomed with regard to this trialogue.

First Topic and it is aimed at Opining Online:
I think that both of us agree that firearms are tools and, as such, it’s kind of silly to affix blame for crimes on tools. A car is just a tool, but when somebody runs over and kills a pedestrian with their Ford F150, the truck didn’t do it, the driver did. We don’t have laws that outlaw an F150 because it is used more often in pedestrian killings and we don’t hold Ford Motor Company or the local Ford dealer responsible for the pedestrian death. But we do outlaw certain kinds of firearms and we have tried to hold firearms manufacturers and dealer responsible for crimes committed by individuals who used their products. Long set-up, eh?

We’ve tried a lot of regulations that seem to fly in the face of logic and that also seems to be less than effective. Hell, DC has had their silly handgun ban for many decades and it is still one of the most dangerous places to live in the country in regard to handgun violence. SCOTUS stated that reasonable restrictions are allowable under the Constitution. One would think that reasonable should equal effective, but maybe not. My question to you is multi-part: What is the definition of a reasonable restriction on firearms? How do we determine if that restriction is effective? And, should those reasonable restrictions be harmonized, uniform, across all the States (or should individual jurisdictions be allowed to have their own rules?)? What say you, Ms. Opining?

29
Jun
08

Ridiculous Cage Match

“This New Wave Nigel doll that they’ve created is just a complete Devo rip-off and the red hat is exactly the red hat that I designed, and it’s copyrighted and trademarked. “They didn’t ask us anything. Plus, we don’t like McDonald’s, and we don’t like American Idol, so we’re doubly offended.” Yep. Devo is suing McD’s and American Idol over the use of the “Energy Dome” hat. And Robert Mugabe was sworn in, hands on the Bible, afer winning the “election” in Zimbabwe.

Who wins the Most Ridiculous Award in this head-to-head? A band that railed against the de-evolution and dysfunction of American society that uses the very tools of that society to battle its corporate icons… Or a guy who steals his 184th election and swears that the results are legit? At least Devo’s move has some cunning irony. Mugabe must be drinking Viagra milkshakes every day just to keep his balls in shape.

29
Jun
08

Advertising Intrusion

There are two primary types of vacationers: those who want to do absolutely nothing and those who want to see and do it all. If you are part of group number two, then you probably have a jam-packed agenda and have a camera ready to go with extra memory cards (film?). You absolutely must have a visual memento of seeing Trevi Fountain in Rome. Be prepared to bring home more in those photos than you thought was there.

How would you feel if, when you got back home to check out your pictures, there was a giant brand logo of Nike, Gatorade, Prada, IBM, or whatever, plastered over your perfectly composed image of the fountain? What if there was a giant package of Velveeta cheese as a backdrop on your shot of the Eiffel Tower? It wasn’t there when you snapped the picture. But every standard tourist picture that you grabbed is now a marketing vehicle. Yep, there’s technology to do this right now. And Julius von Bismarck’s ‘Image Fulgurator’ is directly to blame.

Essentially, the device waits until it senses a flash. Don’t think that a flash means that only night shots will be affected. Most of you use a flash all the time for all the wrong reasons. Just think of all the flashes going off in a football stadium… When that flash is sensed, the device fires off a flash of it’s own right back at the camera trying to take a picture. The would be Ansel Adams never sees it happen because it happens so fast.

The device is a modified camera — in this case, an old manual Minolta SLR. A flashgun fires through the camera in reverse, from the back. The flash picks up the image of a slide inside and projects it out through the lens and onto any surface.

The trick is in the triggering. The Fulgurator lies in wait until an unsuspecting photographer takes a picture using a flash. When the device’s sensor sees this flash, it fires its own unit, throwing up an image which is captured by the hapless photographer’s camera while remaining unseen by the naked eye.

Now, imagine for a moment that an ad agency gets hold of this. You couldn’t take a photograph of a tourist attraction ever again without worrying that some marketing crap would be pushed into your camera. As Julius told me, “I see it as a piece of media art. It could be a dangerous attack on media. [But] if people do shit with it, I feel bad.”

What do you mean if? Shouldn’t that be when?

29
Jun
08

Kimberly Dawn Trenor: Monster

Update (2/3/09): The filth has been convicted. My post here.

This is Kimberly Dawn Trenor, 19, of Spring, Texas (near Houston). She is awaiting trial in the slaying of her 2-year-old daughter, initially known to the public as Baby Grace. Trenor — accused with her husband, Royce Clyde Zeigler II, 25, of beating Riley Ann Sawyers to death July 25 in their Spring home. Trenor has said that she and her husband beat Riley with a belt, held her head under bath water and pushed her face into a pillow and couch and that Zeigler hurled her onto a tile floor. Riley’s body was stored in a plastic box for up to two months before being tossed into West Galveston Bay, Trenor has said in a statement to investigators. A fisherman discovered the box Oct. 29. The then-unidentified child was dubbed Baby Grace. Trenor gave birth to another child this past Thursday afternoon, while in prison custody.

Child Protective Services officials have said that Trenor would not be allowed to keep her newborn. The normal procedure is for the mother to be allowed to choose a relative to raise the child and for CPS to take the child if an adoptive parent is unavailable. The newborn was taken away from Trenor immediately after birth.

Her trial is set for November 3rd. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty. Why not? Our Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty is not appropriate unless a death is involved and, one would assume, the crime is particularly heinous. Fantastic blog post and civil discussion about the issue is here. Can anyone give me a good reason to believe that this is not a prime example of a case where the perp deserves the death penalty? Perhaps the prosecutors aren’t going for it because Trenor pretty much admitted to what she did? So what? This is a ghastly person who is committing ghastly deeds and is still procreating. I’m not thrilled with the idea of taxpayers shelling out over $7,000,000 for incarceration alone to keep Trenor and her douche nozzle hubby in the can for the rest of their lives.

28
Jun
08

Charity Raffle: The Silent Killer

As many of you know, I am a firearms enthusiast. My family also has a bit of a history of ass cancer. They call prostate and colon cancer a “silent killer”. So I decided to do a charity raffle on HKPRO (an HK firearms discussion forum that I help moderate). Here’s the post that I made:

Most of us on this board are male. And as such, we all have one thing in common: an irrational fear of our own a$$ holes. And now that I have stated that plainly, I will explain. Get your butt checked. If you are over 50, get a colonoscopy. Make that 40 if there is a family history of colon cancer. Get an annual physical and let the doctor play jelly finger with you. Colon cancer and prostate cancer are beatable if detected early. And by beatable, I mean cured completely in most cases.

Many folks don’t know they have it until it is too late because they don’t check or are to skittish about getting checked. You’re a guy, you shoot a gun, you can kick Chuck Norris’ butt… Have yours checked! You know how you have to go piss more often, how it wakes you up, how it doesn’t always work? It could be a sign of something as easy as an enlarged prostate (which is no big deal to treat) or it could be something worse. Go get it checked.

And to do my part, I’m setting up a raffle for one of my own silent killers! For the rest of June and the entire month of July, I will accept raffle entries for one of my lightweight .22 cans. These are generally used on a Walther P22 or SIG Mosquito. Very fun and very quiet. Entries will be $10 each and you can buy as many entries as you like. PM me for payment details. Every single solitary dollar generated by this raffle will go to bona fide, registered prostate and colon cancer research.

Now for the fine print:
If you win the raffle, you will have won a brand new .22LR caliber screw-on suppressor. Now, just because you have won it does not mean you can get it. This only includes the can and shipping the can. It does not cover any sales tax that may be due, it does not cover any transfer fee that you may get charged by your dealer (if it is a Texas winner, we’ll try to work something out), and it does not cover the BATF transfer fee that may be due. If you live in an area that does not allow the legal possession of suppressors and wind up winning, you are expected to defer your win to another drawing in the raffle. The drawing, itself, will be held on August 1st at a time and place of my choosing. I will have witnesses, etc.. I will assist with paperwork and transfers, etc..

Head on over to HKPRO if you want to participate. You’ll need to register, etc.