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If a picture is worth a thousand words…

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

…then here is something that should dovetail nicely with Doug’s post below: Picture source: REUTERS/Jason Reed h/t: Radley Balko, who also posted a video that was pulled just a few minutes ago. It featured a bunch of celebrities (so I know, it shouldn’t be taken seriously) but it included the line “I pledge to be […]

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Quote of the Day, Part Deux

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Comes from this AP story on our soon to be President’s activities on the day before his inauguration: Then his motorcade headed for the Sasha Bruce House, a facility for homeless teens, where he grabbed a paint roller and helped volunteers who were fixing up rooms. “We can’t allow any idle hands,” he said. “Everybody’s […]

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End the War

Monday, January 14th, 2008

The enemy has changed tactics yet again and as a result we are left scrambling to catch up. Despite a large U.S. military presence, he still manages to elude detection and moves with impunity in order to accomplish his objectives. After an investment of billions of dollars and several years of operations, it’s time to […]

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“Young man, turn off your camera.”

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Absolutely despicable: Brian D. Kelly didn’t think he was doing anything illegal when he used his videocamera to record a Carlisle police officer during a traffic stop. Making movies is one of his hobbies, he said, and the stop was just another interesting event to film. Now he’s worried about going to prison or being […]

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Ron Paul’s Reading List

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Ron Paul has given Rudy Giuliani a reading assignment: “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Longshot Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Thursday gave front-runner Rudy Giuliani a list of foreign-policy books to back up his contention that attacks by Islamic militants are fueled by the U.S. presence in the Middle East. “I’m giving Mr. Giuliani a reading […]

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007

“5-minute delay crucial in Tech shooting” “Police said he unleashed 170 rounds on the classrooms of Norris Hall during a nine-minute rampage. Thirty people were killed in the building; more were wounded. During those shooting, police spent three minutes rushing to the building and then about five minutes breaking through the building’s doors, which Seung-Hui […]

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“That Was the Desk I Chose to Die Under”

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Read this compilation of first person accounts of the VT shooting from the Post. Then try and tell me that, with very few exceptions, we have a severe cultural problem when it comes to self defense in America. I should be clear: I am in no way trying to blame the victims. As I said […]

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In Defense of Self-Defense, part II

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

This started as a comment in response to Stephen’s post, but I decided it was big enough to warrant its own post. In the comment section to the afore mentioned post, there’s a discussion going on about exactly what, if anything, the VT students could have done to act in their own self defense. First, […]

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Seven Years for Shoving?

Friday, March 30th, 2007

That’s the sentence 14 year old Shaquanda Cotton received in Paris, TX after shoving a hall monitor in a dispute. Now, while readers of this site certainly would be interested in such an apparent miscarriage of justice, I don’t think it’s too much to say that this wouldn’t get much play in the national media […]

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The U.S.S. Robert A. Heinlein?

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Check it out. Chances are slim, but how sweet would it be? h/t: The CDR.

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Granny’s Got a Gun

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

NEW ORLEANS – Sixty-four-year-old Vivian Westerman rode out Hurricane Katrina in her 19th-century house. So terrible was the experience that she wanted two things before the 2006 season arrived: a backup power source and a gun. “I got a 6,000-watt generator and the cutest little Smith & Wesson, snub-nose .38 you ever saw,” she boasted. […]

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More Amtrak Bashing

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

I’ve beaten up on Amtrak a bit before. This time I’ll just let Reason’s Peter Bagge do it for me, with cartoons! It’s from 2005, but it’s still pretty darn good. h/t: Chap

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Iraq War Four Years Later (Part Deux)

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

No commentary because I’m headed out the door, but I thought this poll would make for an interesting counter-point to Doug’s recent post on Iraq. DESPITE sectarian slaughter, ethnic cleansing and suicide bombs, an opinion poll conducted on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq has found a striking resilience […]

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Tyranny and the Right to Leave

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

Brad has written previously on Mugabe cracking skulls and governments restricting their populace’s right to escape. The two have now combined in Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe has continued its violent crackdown on dissents after an opposition activist was badly beaten and prevented from leaving the country at Harare International Airport, his colleagues reported Sunday. The attack on […]

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A Good Coup

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

Last week there was talk of military coups in relation to Venezuela. I came across this story the other day and thought it was rather interesting in regard to that whole discussion. NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania – Blue-robed nomads, village elders, lawyers and civil servants stream into Mauritania’s presidential palace, urging the bespectacled man who seized control […]

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No Training + Firearms + A Badge = …

Monday, March 5th, 2007

I’ll let this article answer that one: Four months into his job, a police officer in Mississippi holds a gun to the head of an unarmed teenager and puts him in a chokehold. A rookie officer in Illinois gets into a car chase that kills a driver. And a new campus policeman in Indiana shoots […]

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Amtrak Incompetence

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Why is this unwieldy unproductive behemoth still around? With freight traffic soaring in recent years, Amtrak’s never-stellar on-time performance declined to an average of 68 percent last year, its worst showing since the 1970s. When the routes where Amtrak owns the tracks are excluded, the on-time performance last year fell to 61 percent. < ...> […]

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Be Prepared

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

“Be Prepared… the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.” -Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts (emphasis mine) First, extremely brief story time. This Thursday I walked […]

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“Police needing heavier weapons”

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

This is great news. WASHINGTON — Law enforcement agencies across the country have been upgrading their firepower to deal with what they say is the increasing presence of high-powered weapons on the streets. Scott Knight, chairman of the Firearms Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, says an informal survey of about 20 […]

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Latest Rack n’ Roll Development

Monday, February 19th, 2007

The already sordid case from Manassas Park has taken another turn. Greg L, the proprietor of BVBL, has received a cease and desist letter from an attorney who represents the City of Manassas Park, its police chief, and several other officers. I would say this is unbelievable, but it’s actually SOP for city officials caught […]

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