Going off Memory, seems about right

The last time I was out in Arizona, the temps didn’t quite get as high; it just felt like it.

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Has anyone heard from Minstrel and his Better Half lately?

Monday Meandering Thoughts

Sports

Well, Green Bay let the game slip through their fingers. Seattle simply out played them in the last part of the game; when it mattered the most, the Packers couldn’t close the deal.

 

Entertainment

I missed much of the game – apparently tuning in just in time to see the Seattle come back – because She Who Lets Me Make Her Coffee Every Morning and I were out seeing the record breaking American Sniper movie. Along with just about every gun blogger and a large part of the country.
I wonder if the movie industry is going to pay any attention to these two little tidbits.

The largest R-rated four-day weekend ever. The previous record for the restricted rating was Hangover Part II which made $103.4 million over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in 2011.

 

Hmm, could it be that people are trying to tell the industry something about the types of movies they really wants ?

Sleeping in

Not this weekend. Normally get up on Sundays for church but some Saturdays I can get a few extra hours in; this weekend was one of the times I couldn’t. Was up, out of the house and setting up at the Gun Club at 7:00 a.m. in the morning. Having to make sure we get set up for Orientation class really early; some applicants got there before the club volunteers and the sheer number of applicants is starting to push our processes. We had another 34 new members attend Class. Despite the considerable investment in technology (more on that in another post), we still have the typical slow downs of getting people checked in, money collected etc. What worked in the past “Please show up 5 minutes before class starts” has now turned into “15 to 30 minutes before“. We still get everyone through the process in under 4 hours but sometimes we get really close to that 4 hour mark.

Wonder if the board would approve us moving the Orientation class to 1:00 p.m. just so I could sleep in a little longer on Class dates?

Media Coverage

This really struck home in two events this weekend; both happening in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex

Teenager dies in crash in North Richland Hills

A North Richland Hills teenager died in a crash Saturday night.

The crash happened just after 7:00 p.m. in the 5500 block of Snow Drive in North Richland Hills, according to North Richland Hill police Public Information Officer Jeff Williams. Williams says 15 year old Kendall Clark was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by her mother. The mother made a left turn and her vehicle was broadsided. Kendall’s mother is listed in critical condition in a local hospital. The driver and passenger in the second vehicle were treated for injuries at the scene but did not require hospitalization

And

Colleyville dad arrested for shooting daughter in the hand

A Colleyville man is in jail for shooting his daughter in the hand.

Colleyville Police say 53-year-old Steven Johnson was showing his gun to some friends who were visiting his house when it went off.

Officials say Johnson’s 10-year-old daughter was in the next room and was hit in the hand. The child was taken to the Baylor Emergency Medical Center but had to be later Care Flighted to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas for care.

She suffered a broken bone in her hand and was treated.

Johnson was arrested for injury to a child (a state jail felony) and was booked into the Keller Jail. He does not have a criminal history.

 

Notice any difference between the two reports? (My sympathies goes out to both families, especially of the teen girl who lost her life.)
Still not a lot of information on the traffic fatality but no reports mention speeding or failure to yield by the car that struck the mom’s car. That leads me to believe the Mom was likely at fault in the collision. Not one mention of her criminal history, not one mention of her being booked into jail.

The father who negligently handled and discharged a firearm? Oh, yeah — his past is being brought up and rightfully being changed with a crime for his actions.
Which negligent behavior will the antis focus on ? Of course the firearm related incident even though there was no loss of life; why well because “gun death“.

And what will the media continue to focus on days for days afterwards? Without a doubt the story that had no fatality. An anti-gun bias or agenda doesn’t have to be blunt; simply choosing which story to follow, which words to use  — notice the man is in jail for shooting his daughter but the teenager ‘died’ and the mom ‘made a left turn and her vehicle was broadsided’.

 

Hope you had a great weekend.

 

Media Coverage

Let’s not ascribe to malice what can be explained by greed, eh.

 

On Tuesday morning, an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated next to the local offices of the Colorado Springs, Colorado, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) headquarters. While no one was harmed and the damage was minimal, the FBI found a gasoline can next to the bomb that failed to ignite and cause more damage.

The attack was disturbing to say the least, but what is more profound is the general lack of coverage it has received by major media outlets. It took CNN half a day to report on the bombing and nightly news networks gave little to no mention of story that night.

 

Ohh….it took a day and a half for the national media to realize that something that damaged only property was a serious terrorist attack on the NAACP — and that is a sign of racism !!

How about we step away from the edge of victim-hood for a minute and look at the facts.

No one was killed or injured in the explosion, and there was “only minimal surface charring to the exterior wall of the building,” which also includes a hair salon. The explosion could have been much worse, however, as the explosive device was placed next to a gasoline can in an apparent attempt to increase the force of the explosion. The gasoline did not ignite.

Yep, there was minimal damage to the building. Of course the speculation (probably correct) that the target is the NAACP could be wrong; maybe someone was just ticked off at a bad hair cut.

The FBI statement adds that a “potential person of interest in this investigation is a Caucasian male, approximately 40 years of age, and balding. He may be driving a 2000 or older model dirty, white pick-up truck with paneling, a dark colored bed liner, open tailgate, and a missing or covered license plate.”

Hmm, hard to conclusively identify the person as a racist from that brief description, eh. And we know how the media always gets the information right.

Although the apparent bomber’s motives are not yet known, bombings were a common terrorist tactic during the Jim Crow era.

Gee, what? Wait!! The bomber’s  motives aren’t known. Man, I’m in a weird position here, apparently I’m racist also, of defending the media for NOT jumping on a story. All too often the media jumps in with speculation, innuendo and wrong information. The one time they slowly, and in my opinion, correctly wait for more to be known that is a problem for some people. This is why I said we need to step away from the edge of victim-hood; there will be plenty of time to throw the victim card, the race card, the conspiracy card -after the facts are known. Of course that simply flies in the face of modern concepts and beliefs — “Facts, We don’t need no stinkin’ facts”.

 

And in the mean time, let’s consider, just possibly that the story didn’t make headlines immediately because of the media’s focus on stories that are more scandalous, more salacious. Every knows the media maxim “If it bleeds it leads” — and this story simply didn’t fit that.

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Harness The Power…..

of the media spinning the election results. If I could just figure out where to put the wires, we could harvest mega-watts of electricity from the spin.

Good question. It’s always dangerous to speak of a country of 319 million as having a singular will, or of an election expressing that will. That’s particularly true when only about 40% of eligible voters show up for midterm elections. Like every party that wins, the GOP will claim that “the American people” have endorsed its agenda in full, and therefore if President Barack Obama stands in its way, then he’s thwarting the public’s desires.  We’ve established that the public is fed up with a Congress seemingly incapable of getting anything done. The trouble is that the voters — unanimous in their abhorrence of gridlock — just delivered a result almost guaranteed to produce more gridlock.  To be fair, there was one party assuring them that their votes would do just the opposite. Republican candidates promised voters that they’d stand in Obama’s way, and also promised that they’d “get things done,” sometimes in the same sentence. As The Atlantic’s Molly Ball reported last week, “these two seemingly contradictory messages are at the heart of Republican Senate campaigns across the country. I’ve heard them from candidate after candidate.”

I wonder if Mr. Waldman has ever even considered the idea that the people are getting tired of a Congress that keeps pumping out new law, new regulation, new restriction, new fees and taxes. That ‘gridlock’ in this case is the Republicans finally waking up (to a very small degree) to that fact.

It’s one thing to vote Republican because it’s the party that reflects your beliefs. But if you’re voting Republican because you want to see Congress become more conciliatory and productive, you really should have been paying closer attention the last six years.

That’s because obstructionism hasn’t been an accident, or a reaction to moves on Obama’s part that Republicans found objectionable. It was a strategy they employed from the outset. Literally on the day Obama was inaugurated, Republican leaders gathered over dinner and made a decision to oppose everything he proposed, to deny him both substantive progress and whatever political benefits might accrue to a president who looks like he’s accomplishing things.

I did vote for the Republicans because they have been reflecting my beliefs (at least lately) — stop growing the government. And most importantly stop growing the government in the direction that people like President Obama want to take it. It isn’t amazing how now Waldman is pushing for a conciliatory and productive; I wonder what his views where when either George Bush was president. Did he argue the Democrats should go along and get along?

And it worked. What was the result of six years of unprecedented filibusters, debt ceiling crises, a government shutdown, 50 futile Affordable Care Act repeal votes, endless conspiracy theorizing and a dramatic increase in general buffoonery? Republicans took back the House in 2010, and have now taken the Senate.

Voters rewarded their misdeeds by returning them to power.

Love how trying to stop the run away borrowing and spending is a misdeed. How trying to turn back an incredible over reach of the government (Affordable Care Act) is a misdeed. And ‘endless conspiracy theorizing’ — man that simple phrase dismissing the scandals plaguing the administration should produce about 5 megawatts just by itself.

Perhaps Mr. Waldman should spend a little more time reading the output of the company that pays him

October 2011 - Investigators uncover memos indicating Attorney General Holder had known about Operation Fast and Furious for close to a year, not a few weeks as he had stated in May 2011.

And maybe he could talk to the family of Brian Terry or Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

I’m sure that attempt could end power the country for a couple of weeks. Of course the EPA might step in and stop it — the CO2 from all that hot air would be dangerous to the environment. Let’s not forget other minor scandals like the IRS targeting conservative organizations, hacking reporter computers and so on.

I wonder what the next two years are going to bring from the media. How are they going to cover President Obama’s apparent inability to work with the opposition….heck, his inability to work on anything other then his golf game.

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Let’s Talk About Timing

This comment, one of many like it, regarding the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson Mo. really shows that the writers spend way too much watching television legal dramas and cop shows.

The fact that the Ferguson Police didn’t release a police report until weeks after the incident, which was full of redactions, and under pressure from the Department of Justice leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.

 

 

I will be one of the first people to get onto police departments about releasing information; all too often they decide what the people ‘needs to know’ instead of freely releasing information. But in this case I really don’t think the criticism is warranted.
Turn it around — let’s say it was Michael Brown under suspicion of murder; how many people would want information released the next day, eh?

Part of the blame for this is the unfair consideration given to the timing of an officer making a statement. Many jurisdictions allow an officer 2 or 3 days to make an official statement. Somehow I just don’t see those same officers giving you or I that much time before we wandered in to make an official statement. Nor do we get to review the official videos, transcripts, etc before making our statements.

That said –  is it fair to take 7 days to release a police report on the shooting? Absolutely. Make sure you get the facts straight, make sure the information hasn’t been misunderstood (Can anyone say NBC and “effing coon”?) — this goes for both sides of the equation. I don’t want the police casting blame on someone who doesn’t deserve it and I don’t want the police being tried in the press — by the government statements at least. We can’t stop the race-baiters and media outlets from doing that but we can control what the government does.

We have enough reasons for criticizing the government; let’s not make up more especially when it just stirs people up with imagined slights.

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Still A Hotspot

St. Louis and Ferguson still continue to be in the news for not good reasons.

Protesters gathered in a St. Louis neighborhood late Wednesday after an off-duty police officer fatally shot an 18-year-old black man whom police say opened fire on the officer during a foot pursuit. 

St. Louis Police Chief Col. Sam Dotson, said the 32-year-old unidentified officer, a six-year veteran of the force, was working for a private security company when he approached three men on the street. 

“As he exited the car, the gentlemen took off running. He was able to follow one of them before he lost him and then found him again as the guy jumped out of some bushes across the street,” Lt. Col. Alfred Adkins said. “The officer approached, they got into a struggle, they ended up into a gangway, at which time the young man pulled a weapon and shots were fired. The officer returned fire and unfortunately the young man was killed.”

I’ll withhold judgement on the shooting until the facts are in; unfortunately not everyone reacts the same way.

Hours after the shooting, a crowd gathered at the scene. Some people shouted “Hands up, don’t shoot” in reference to the fatal shooting in August of an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, by a white police officer. That shooting in Ferguson led to weeks of sometimes violent unrest in the St. Louis suburb. Officer Darren Wilson has not been charged in the shooting.

Dotson said some in the crowd late Wednesday shouted obscenities toward officers and damaged police cars. Officers, however, “showed great restraint,” he said.

“Any police officer use of force certainly will draw attention,” Dotson said.

KTVI reported that some protesters were seen hitting police vehicles and shots were heard in the area. The station also reported that police largely backed off to give the protesters space. 

Translated from government and media double speak; the police abandoned their responsibility to the safety of the people and the city. Other media reports are warning of violence if the officer in the Michael Brown shooting is not indicated and charged. That decision is expected later this month or early next month. Stay tuned to your TVs when it comes out because the media is reporting possible violence in other cities besides St. Louis.

 

 

Spin Machine In Action

The local CBS affiliate didn’t mention last year’s record number

The number of Texans who have sought permission to buy firearms has taken an 18 percent drop this year.

The first link at the Houston Chronicle mentioned it but didn’t put it into context.

Experts attribute the slowdown to waning fears of stricter federal regulations, The Houston Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/1pbdWRV ). Gun sales spiked across the nation after the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school massacre in 2012.

Had to go back to the original source, through 3 levels, to find even a mention of how many firearms were sold in 2013.

From January through August of last year, 1,097,392 requests were submitted, compared with 909,050 for that same period in 2014.

And these numbers don’t tell the full story either; people could be making multiple purchases for each check, remember the check is done on the person, not the product. The media seems to be desperate to make it appear fewer people are purchasing firearms; perhaps in the hopes of having fewer people line up to buy later in the year. Well, it is sort of true. Less people are buying firearms this year through the retail or licensed dealers. But that is relative to the year before. Take a look at the list below.

1999 –  9,138,123
2000 –   8,543,037
2001 –   8,910,191
2002 –   8,454,322
2003 –  8,481,588
2004 –  8,687,671
2005 –  8,952,945
2006 – 10,036,933
2007 – 11,177,335
2008 – 12,709,023
2009 – 14,033,824
2010 – 14,409,616
2011 – 16,454,951
2012 – 19,592,303
2013  -21,093,273
2014 Year to Date – 13,795,965

 

This are the number of N.I.C.S checks conducted year year – notice the huge increase ?  Almost twice as high from the “Pre-Obama” years. Wonder why the media and the antis don’t report that. Why they don’t mention the year after year increase?

It is almost as if they want people to think no one else still feels the need/desire to keep purchasing firearms.

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