Bleg — Image Plugin

Since the start of the blog, I had been using “NextGen” photo gallery plug-in and it was great.

Until about a year ago, then they started updating it  and every update made the plug-in less and less usable.
Now it simply doesn’t work.

So, simple request for the WordPress crowd; what is a good replacement?

 

Thanks for your help in advance.

 

 

 

 

Graphics Matter – Year 5

Has it been that long since Linoge started posting a very useful graphic at his blog “Walls of the City“?
Yep, 5 years of clearly showing that the bumper sticker slogan of the antis “more guns = more deaths” is simply not true.

 

If you haven’t already, check out this incredible work; provided with information to the source data. Something you’ll rarely see the antis provide.

 

— And I haven’t been ignoring you, just not been in a position to post the last couple of days. I hope to explain why this has been a good thing.

 

 

Throwing It Out There — Blog Shoot?

I know I’ve been relatively absent from the blog for a long while. I hope to explain soon but until things shake down a little more I want to stay a quite about personal issues that have had me distracted.

 

That being said; isn’t it about time we started working on another Dallas Area Blog Shoot?

I realize the name is something of a misnomer; we have had people from all over Texas and beyond join us and we loved that. Bloggers, readers, commenters, friends, family are all welcome to come.

So what do you folks think?

Sorry for the Absence

Had another issues with the blog; WordPress this time. Kept wanting me to reset my password but never got to the point of actually being able to enter a new password. Finally got that resolved.

 

Then we lost power last week. You might have heard we had some weather came through here. 60 to 90 mile per hour winds in some areas. Power was out at Bunker BS for about 8.5 hours. Of course it came on at quarter til two in the morning — a most jarring experience.

 

Thanks for sticking around.

 

 

Judge and Jury Apparently

I knew the anti-rights cultists would push the idea that every gun owner is a criminal in disguise  ”  I’ll tell you why.  All a “law abiding citizen” really is, is a previously unconvicted felon waiting to commit his first crime”. but sometimes you think they would give a person the benefit of the doubt.

Joan Peterson Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence board Member, co-president of the Northland Chapter of the Brady Campaign, President of  Minnesota Million Moms March, Spokesperson for Protect Minnesota ; aka Japete doesn’t seem to want to cut Will Hayden any slack though.

Under the category of- “you can’t make this stuff up” comes yet another “good guy with a gun” doing something so heinous that he was arrested. This gun guy has been raping his young daughter for years. Stories like this should alarm us all. This man is not a “good guy with a gun” though he has been posing as one. Disgusting to say the least. From the article:

No mention that it is just an accusation at this stage. That no evidence has been heard, no defense presented — nope this “gun guy has been raping” — and “this many is not a ‘good guy with a gun’  – she’s already made up her mind regardless of the facts.

Now I don’t know if he is guilty or not; until the trial is over he has the presumption of innocence or at least should.

This is really indicative of the gun grabber mentality; mere accusation, any reason is sufficient to smear someone they disagree with.

Nor are they too concerned with the accuracy either

School is starting all over the country. Let’s talk about arming teachers. Texas passed a law after the Sandy Hook shooting allowing teachers to carry guns in schools.

Texas state law did change recently but it was a specific law the “School Marshal” program.

But for a very long time; it has been legal for staff, teachers, or other to be armed on school property.

Sec. 46.03. PLACES WEAPONS PROHIBITED. (a) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly possesses or goes with a firearm, illegal knife, club, or prohibited weapon listed in Section 46.05(a):

(1) on the physical premises of a school or educational institution, any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by a school or educational institution is being conducted, or a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or educational institution, whether the school or educational institution is public or private, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the institution; (empahsis mine – Bob S.)

Harrold Independent School, for example, has authorized employees to be armed since 2007. Hardly a case of Texas changing the law after Sandy Hook. Guess Joan is too busy to figure out such details, eh. That law has been in place, as near as I can tell, since 1974.  2 decades prior to the passage of Concealed Carry. So why doesn’t Joan Peterson want to focus on the recent law? To hide the fact that decades of experience have taught us trusting the people in schools with firearms hasn’t been a problem.

 

Really makes me wonder why the antis can’t seem to get the facts straight. Maybe they don’t want to — maybe they think their goal is too important to risk telling the truth. In which case, I ask — can we trust them when they say they only want ‘reasonable restrictions”?

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Longing for the Past…

…when rampant speculation and innuendo was mostly found on the trashy papers like the National Enquirer; not the Atlantic Journal-Constitution.

This is a follow to a previous post. I was interested in seeing if more information has came out. Apparently not but that doesn’t stop the AJC from filling column space.

Family members and the White County coroner on Monday identified Araim as the victim of a shooting that stunned tourists and residents in Helen, a town of 500 people about 90 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. The police have released few details of their investigation, but said they planned to file involuntary manslaughter charges against 53-year-old Glenn Patrick Lampien of Jasper. His small-caliber handgun apparently fired by accident, wounding his hand before crossing the street and striking Araim. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Okay….so the facts known right now. Ms. Araim is dead and the shot came from a firearm owned and carried by Lampien. Most people would stop there, right?

Whether Lampien saw Araim and the other women before the shooting was not clear. Neither the Helen police nor the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which took over the case Sunday, responded to requests for information Monday. The Helen police deleted information about the shooting posted Sunday on the department’s Facebook page.

The case fueled online debate about a new Georgia law that greatly expanded the rights of gun owners to carry weapons in public places, such as bars. The new statute, which took effect last month, has been labeled the “Guns Everywhere” law.

It was not known whether Lampien, the owner of a commercial and industrial air conditioning company, had a concealed-carry permit for his handgun. Nor was it known whether he had removed the weapon from a holster before the shot fired. Lampien received a minor hand injury and was treated at a Gainesville hospital.

Now as bad as the AJC, some it seems they don’t hold a shine to anti-rights cultists like Southern Beale

Did GA’s Liberal Gun Laws Enable A Hate Crime?

Starting to look that way:

HUH?

Now I’ll admit it is possible that a ‘hate crime’ could be the motivation here but isn’t it a little early to be trying to draw that conclusion?

Especially since the person in question a.) not only didn’t try to flee the scene of the ‘crime’ and b.) injured himself committing the ‘crime’. I am not saying those rule out his intentions; he could just be that incompetent. But doesn’t it make a little sense to wait a little longer?

Oh….probably not in their case because as we’ve seen all too often they have to distort the truth and try to make every gun owner look bad in order to push their agenda.

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Don’t Confuse Me With Facts — Part 809

I use WordPress’ built in ‘tag’ explorer to see what other people are writing. I saw this title for a blog post pop up today

One example of why homicides are higher in states with “Stand your ground” laws

Curious I clicked over and read it.

He talks about the recent “Guns Anywhere” Bill — which is a tenuous stretch regarding “Stand Your Ground Laws”. And the incident he linked to?

Police said the bullet came from a small-caliber handgun carried by a 53-year-old man from Jasper, Ga. The gun accidentally discharged, and the bullet traveled across Helen’s tourist-laden Main Street and struck the woman in the side.

Bystanders attempted to administer first aid, police said, but authorities pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

The shooting took place outside the Old Heidelberg restaurant and bar, one of many Bavarian-themed businesses in Helen, a town of about 500 residents in White County, 90 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

Completely unrelated to “Stand Your Ground” laws in any way, wouldn’t you agree?

I pointed out, nicely for me, that the incident had nothing to do with either Stand Your Ground or the new laws; restaurants were removed from the list of prohibited places 4 years prior according to my quick research — SB308 signed into law June of 2010.

His response was typical of the anti-rights cultists:

Well, I consider it pretty obvious that a law that allows a mix of guns, liquor, and public places will lead to more shootings, accidental or intentional, than a law that prohibits such a mix. This is evident to me; the fact that it is not evident to you sort of brings the discussion to a close. Aristotle commented on the folly of trying to convince someone of something obvious through the use of things that are not. So if you don’t see it, we can agree to view reality from different angles.

Thanks for commenting.

 

The only mention of alcohol was a prior conviction 15 years ago by the gun owner. No information if he was legally carrying, no information if he was drinking again. Heck we don’t even know if he had even been in the restaurant…..but that is enough for some people to jump all over and and anything remotely related.

We have enough legitimate issues to be debating; making up stuff and claiming that various laws are responsible when they aren’t isn’t helping.

 

And since he made it clear that further comments of mine are unwelcome over there; I’ll add this here:

Well, I consider it pretty obvious that a law that allows a mix of guns, liquor, and public places will lead to more shootings, accidental or intentional, than a law that prohibits such a mix.

 

Yeah….people thought way before; it was called “Prohibition” and it didn’t work out so well

America had experienced a gradual decline in the rate of serious crimes over much of the 19th and early 20thcenturies. That trend was unintentionally reversed by the efforts of the Prohibition movement. The homicide rate in large cities increased from 5.6 per 100,000 population during the first decade of the century to 8.4 during the second decade when the Harrison Narcotics Act, a wave of state alcohol prohibitions, and World War I alcohol restrictions were enacted. The homicide rate increased to 10 per 100,000 population during the 1920s, a 78 percent increase over the pre-Prohibition period.

Shouldn’t we learn from history ?

 

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