faustaby Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

Johns Hopkins economics professor Steve Hanke has been looking at the old misery index, that is, a simple sum of inflation, lending rates, and unemployment rates, minus year-on-year per capita GDP growth, and Venezuela’s on top:

When measured by the misery index, Venezuela holds the ignominious top spot, with an index value of 79. 4. But, that index value, as of 31 December 2013, under states the level of misery because it uses the official annual inflation rate of 56. 2%. In fact, I estimate that Venezuela’s annual implied inflation rate at the end of last year was 278%. That rate is almost five times higher than the official inflation rate. If the annual implied inflation rate of 278% is used to calculate Venezuela’s misery index, the index jumps from 79. 4 to 301, indicating that Venezuela is in much worse shape than suggested by the official data.

Since the government has imposed price controls on mostly everything, the inflation rate appears to be low, but so are the store shelves,

There’s one thing Venezuela has plenty of: guns. Olympian Gabby Franco describes how Venezuelan citizens are not allowed to own guns, but the country has the highest murder rate in our hemisphere,

John Hinderaker posts,

Now, socialist Venezuela is in a state of collapse, with rampant inflation and shortages of basic necessities, like food. Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans, probably millions, have taken to the streets to demonstrate against the government’s corrupt incompetence. The socialist government, now headed by Nicolas Maduro, has responded with a brutal crackdown in which dozens of anti-socialist Venezuelans have been murdered by government forces or paramilitary, pro-government gangs that–who could have guessed?–are heavily armed, despite the country’s “progressive” firearms laws.

In addition to the marauding gangs armed to the teeth, the country is armed. Russia is Venezuela’s largest supplier of weapons and armored vehicles, but China and Iran are involved, too.

Joseph Humire explains,

Using civilian militias to shoot students and beat protestors is only one tool in Maduro’s repressive apparatus. Other tools have come at the hands of one of Venezuela’s top benefactors — China. According to Jane’s Defense Weekly, at least two Chinese-made military systems have recently been battle tested on the streets of Venezuela.

The first is the Norinco VN-4 armored personnel carrier that has been recently deployed by the Bolivarian National Guard to patrol Venezuelan neighborhoods and intimidate its residents. The VN-4 is a multi-role, light armored vehicle with a light machine gun mounted on top. Venezuela purchased 141 of these armored vehicles in 2012 for this type of contingency, and they are now rolling through the streets of Venezuela in the face of the protests. The other system is the Shaanxi Y-8C military transport aircraft, of which Venezuela purchased eight from China for $353 million back in 2011. These Y-8C aircraft were seen on the tarmac of several Venezuelan airports last month, made public through an array of photos posted on Twitter that claimed Cuban Special Forces were disembarking this Chinese-made aircraft.

. . .  on February 26th, a Russian Vishnya-class intelligence ship, the Viktor Leonov CCB-175, was identified in the Havana harbor, just hours from Venezuela. This spy ship arrived unannounced, fully equipped with electronic eavesdropping equipment and weaponry. That same day, several Russian-made surface-to-air missiles were relocated from the Venezuelan military industrial hub of Maracay, to the capital of Caracas. These particular missiles, the S-125 Pechora 2M, were sold to Venezuela by Russia in 2009, and delivered to the Bolivarian Republic as recently as a couple weeks before the mass mobilizations began.

These low altitude surface-to-air missiles are the same kind of anti-aircraft weapons that Vladimir Putin sold to the regime of Bashar al-Assad, which limited the option of placing a “no-fly” zone over Syria as Assad unleashed chemical weapons on his people. The repositioning of the Pechora missiles to Caracas is an ominous indication that the repression in Venezuela will get much worse if the protests continue.

Cuba, China, Russia and Iran are involved in Venezuela’s dictatorial regime.

No wonder the country is #1 in the misery index.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics and culture at Fausta’s blog.

It’s been said the Administration has been less than enthused about the revolt in Ukraine.

Well if they didn’t care for the Ukrainian revolt before after this bit:

Today every citizen of Ukraine understands why our country has hundreds of thousands of policemen. Last illusions were crushed when riot police used rubber batons and boots at the Independence Square on peaceful citizens.

After such actions we realize that it is not enough to only adopt the Gun Law.

As of today Ukrainian Gun Owners Association will start to work on the preparation of amendments to the Constitution, which will provide an unconditional right for Ukrainian citizens to bear arms.

People should have the right to bear arms, which will be put in written into the Constitution.

I very much doubt the Obama Administration will be rushing to climb onboard.

Via Director Blue

1389 blog has a different opinion on events in Ukraine.

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It’s Tuesday and I’m still over $690 shy of the mortgage.

As the days disappear with little movement the daily amount I need to increases as does the prospect of only the 2nd month of missing the Mortgage by a significant amount.

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You might recall some video from last Friday concerning armed men on Fulton Street Fitchburg and my initial report that day from the scene as things developed:

This week the Fitchburg Police department released the following Press release now available on Facebook


On Friday January 24, 2014 at approximately 10:40 p.m. members of the City of Fitchburg Police Department and a Massachusetts State Police K-9 Unit acted on information received and initiated a search of two separate apartments located at 21-23 Fulton Street Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

Here they searched for evidence involved in an alleged weapons incident that occurred at approximately 12:00 p.m. on that day.

That is consistent with my direct observations during the day, apparently they found something, the release continues


As a result of the execution of search warrants by police, three handguns, another type of firearm, and a bullet resistant vest were located and seized inside the apartments by the Fitchburg Police Department.

“another type of firearm?” that’s a pretty broad statement. I find the discovery of the vest significant as I presume it isn’t for safety when leaving a party with a metal detector per Chris Rock. The release continues announcing arrests connected with these searches.


As a result of this investigation, Friday January 24, 2014, Keno Berrick (09/29/1993) of 21 Fulton Street 1st floor was arrested at the Fitchburg Police Department and charged with discharging a firearm with 500 feet of a dwelling and carrying a firearm without a license.

Also arrested was Marquis A. Ford (01/05/1986) of 21 Fulton Street 1st floor at his residence and was subsequently charged with Assault with a dangerous weapon, use of body armor during a felony, and possessing a firearm without a license.

Oddly enough Massachusetts strict gun laws didn’t prevent these two young men being armed, the release continues with a new development.

A third suspect is currently being sought after by the Fitchburg Police Department’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations for their alleged role in the incident.

And concludes with this from the chief of police.


Chief Robert DeMoura said “the quick response by our patrol officers and dedication to this case by our detectives got these dangerous weapons off the street.”

The police certainly did a good job here, but I submit & suggest that the most dangerous weapons they got off the street that day were two legged.

A breaking story with armed principles in a Neighborhood in Fitchburg:

Expect updates

Update: At the request of police I will not be able to provide more updates at this time

Update 2: I can now provide some further updates including two videos shot at the time of the events in question.

In summary here is what we I know based on witnesses In the neighborhood I have interviewed and direct observation.

Between the hours of 9-10 AM three different people in the neighborhood reported the sounds of firecrackers or shots.

2-3 hours later neighbors saw two black men having a loud argument in the middle of the street, a woman ran out toward them screaming “please don’t”. At which time multiple people in the neighborhood called police.

After uploading the first video I returned to scene and shot this.

Multiple witnesses saw a weapon passed from one of the men to the other before they headed back toward 21 Fulton Street.

It is at this point where the first video was shot. When I returned outside I shot this

and then this:

After the third video a large amount of state police joined the Fitchburg police. Fulton street was closed from from Doane street to Caine street and no less that 14 marked & unmarked cars from both State and local police arrived.

Later in the afternoon a vehicle with armor arrived and several people address military style arrived and entered the address.

As of the time of this update 5:15 PM there are still three local police cars & officers on site on site. I can not confirm a motive for the dispute (domestic dispute, criminal activity?) although at least one neighbor stated that the sound of loud arguing from the multi-family building is common.

To my knowledge no official statements have been released to the press at this time.

Question: (from Peggy Noonan via Glenn) “ What does it mean when half the country—literally half the country—understands that the revenue-gathering arm of its federal government is politically corrupt, sees them as targets, and will shoot at them if they try to raise their heads?

Or phased differently: What do people in such a situation do?

Any person who claims conservatism, who willingly allows themselves to be disarmed by this administration and its allies or votes for a pol willing to help disarm them is a fool.

It’s no secret at this blog that I have been watching Morning Joe for years.

For years it’s been an entertaining & informative show. Joe & Mika are one of the best pairings I’ve ever seen on television in such a format. Willie Geist works very well. Barnicle is from my home town and all of them are extremely gracious in person.

They never forget the viewers. At public events I’ve seen them give of their time to and never treat themselves as above the people who spare a part of their weekday mornings with them.

This core makes the show and it makes the people around them better. You get a real sense that you could enjoy a meal & conversation with these people.

Their willingness to be open about opinions is also important, I’d trust Mika for example over many of the MSM simply because she doesn’t pretend her opinion is coming from anyplace other than where it is.

But there is a more mercenary / practical reason why I tend to watch.

As a 6 AM Morning Joe they are pretty much the best source of the left’s daily talking points. If I want to see where the left will be going during the day, and if I want to see the arguments I’ll have to consider or rebut (depending on their quality) Morning Joe provides it.

Unfortunately lately this has been less and less of the case.

Since December it’s become guns, guns, guns, guns. There might have been a day when gun control has not be a topic on Morning Joe since Newtown, if so I don’t remember it.

Now it could be possible that this HAS been the entire daily talking point of the left. Given that nothing else is working for the White House it might be the line of attack for the left for 2014, but what is the point of waiting to see the left’s argument if it’s the same argument every single day that I can recite backwards.

At the end of each show they ask: “What, if anything, have we learned today. Increasingly the answer to that question has been: Not a damn thing.

And if I’m not being informed, then why invest hours of my time that I’ll never get back?

I’m not going to give them forever to figure that out.

Yesterday I attended and Broadcast live from the Honor Your Oath Rally at the State Capital in Concord NH

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The rally was from 1-3 PM as my show begins at Noon I got there early and ran a few interviews

My Favorite sign

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There were also a few vendors of various types. I talked with NH for Israel (unfortunately my camera died during my first attempt and the data didn’t save).

During a pause in the show I panned the crowd

The amazing thing was how the crowd kept growing as the day went on the final number was about 600 which for Concord the day after snow was pretty good.

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I shared a space with Granite Grok and they provided me with net connection. Skip Murphy of Grok was also one of the speakers.

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Our show carried many of the speeches live and talked to some of the speakers afterwards both pols.

And activists

Radio host Jeff Chidester was the MC and spoke to me at the end.

Unlike most rallies on Tax Weekend this one focused on the 2nd Amendment and the Oaths people take in office noting that those oaths specify the Constitution. It’s an important take because if you surrender one constitutional right, it becomes easy to remove others

The Granite State Patriots Liberty Pac ran the event and holds semi regular rallies there. I’m reliably informed that I’ll be invited back. The Gallery follows

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It’s a new week meaning a new thermometer and of course a new $300 paycheck goal. If you think this kind of coverage is of value consider being one of the 15 tip jar hitters needed for me to get a week’s pay.

Breitbart.com is reporting that red state democrats up for re-election are running away from Bloomberg and his gun grabbers:

As the push to pass gun control legislation hits its peak and individuals like NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg spend millions to sway Senate votes, Democrat Senators in red states are stepping back to say they don’t take marching orders from Bloomberg.

They link a Washington Post story that lists the senators in question:

The five Senators are Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.), and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.).

and says this

Proponents of stricter measures are becoming increasingly fed up with the Senate’s inaction. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), a survivor of a mass shooting, said the delays have created “an environment so that cowards can succeed.”

“Ninety-one percent of the American people support a universal background check, and we’ve got members on the House and Senate side that are gutless,” she said. “They know in their heart of hearts that it’s the absolute right thing to do, but they are more concerned about their reelection.”

As I’ve already explained that’s bait & switch, if 91% of the voters were with Congresswoman Speier their concern for re-election would bring them along.

While I’m pleased to see these senators hold the line I think there is a more critical paragraph in the Post story that deserves more attention, particularly from the voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana & North Carolina:

“If there was a secret-ballot vote it would pass overwhelmingly, because from a substantive point of view most of these senators understand that this is the right thing to do,” said Matt Bennett, a gun-control advocate and senior vice president at Third Way, a centrist think tank. “What’s holding them back is pure politics.”

In other words as soon as 2014 is done and more years is guaranteed suddenly there will be room to evolve on the issue.

Here is a perfect example. Meet Senator Claire McCaskill on May 12th 2012 BEFORE the Tood Akin gaffe and before she faced the voters in 2012:

“The state of Missouri’s position on this issue has been clearly established since 2004 and nothing about today’s announcement changes that,” he said.

McCaskill, D-Mo., has stated her opposition to gay marriage in the past, but she’s walked a bit of a tightrope on the question. She has expressed support for civil unions, which grant gay couples some — but not all — of the legal rights that married couples enjoy. She also opposed Missouri’s 2004 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, arguing that it was unnecessary because existing state law already prohibited gay marriage.

And now meet the very same Senator Claire McCaskill four months after she has secured six more years in her current office:

Two days before the U.S. Supreme Court heard the first of two same-sex marriage cases, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., quietly endorsed same-sex marriage in a post on her Tumblr blog.

“I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love,” McCaskill wrote in a post on March 24.

What? You mean to say that a United States Senator in less that one year decided to switch the position she held for years to the Democrat liberal line after election? Who would have thought it….

…anyone with eyes.

Todd Akin was a bad candidate and because the GOP in Missouri didn’t take Sarah Palin’s advice and nominate former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman, Claire McCaskill is now a safe vote for the left on anything they want till at least 2016 or 2017.

The only amazing thing about this, that anyone was amazed.

Now in 2014 5 sitting democrat senators in Red States are running for re-election while brand new democrats are running for senate seats formally held by democrats in red states as well These Sitting senators are trying to tell you that they will oppose the left and the Obama administration and their full court press on guns and I’m sure the Democrat candidates running for those open red seats will say just the same.

I put the question to you, voters in these Red States:

Are you foolish enough to believe them?

We’ll find out November of 2014.

Good luck.

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We’ll while I wasn’t able to move opinion in South Carolina we did get datipjar to move a notch. Now only 11 tip jar hitters for $20 each are needed to get me that elusive $300 payday.

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Two things that I’m sure are totally unrelated (maybe)

Wikipedia on Gun laws in Cyprus:

Cyprus has strict gun control. Private citizens are completely forbidden from owning handguns and rifles in any calber, even .22 rimfire. Only shotguns are allowed, and these require a license. Shotguns are limited to two rounds. The only shotguns typically sold in stores are double-barreled side-by-sides or over-unders. Pump actions and semiautomatics are prohibited.

Bloomberg (via Drudge) on the Cyprus bank deal (emphasis mine)

With the ECB threatening to cut off emergency financing for tottering banks as soon as today, Cyprus’s leaders engineered another way of shrinking the island’s financial system.

The revised accord spares bank accounts below the insured limit of 100,000 euros. It imposes losses that two EU officials said would be no more than 40 percent on uninsured depositors at Bank of Cyprus Plc, the largest bank, which will take over the viable assets of Cyprus Popular Bank Pcl (CPB), the second biggest.

Cause and effect or coincidence, you decide.

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My oldest friend’s father has always been a big gambler and poker player. On occasion he would ask his son to take him to Foxwoods casino in CT.

As my friend was not interested in gambling while he dad played poker he needed a way to kill time. His dad would give him a few hundred dollars and tell him to go to the craps table and bet $5 at a time with the house until he was done playing saying he could keep whatever he won and if he lost, it wouldn’t be his money

So my pal would sit there for hours making his $5 bets his dad played in the next room, he would see all kinds of people come to the table, some would win big on points, some would hit naturals and the entire table would cheer while he would sit there with his $5 bets.

By the time his father was done for the day my friend would almost invariably come out go home with several hundred dollars plus enough points for meals and even a hotel stay for a show for the future while his father might be up some days and others days the only money the father would come home with was the $200 seed money my pal would return.

One day he asked his father why he didn’t just go down and play craps all day when he knew the odds were with him. His dad replied that there was no action, betting with the house all day was like work

And that really sums up the two positions on Gun control debate between the left and the right. The left argues the right is peddling fear, to some degree that is true, the fear is of criminals and intruders, but the truth is the left gun control argument is based on a less rational type as is the media coverage.

The conservative position is like that $5 bet with the house. Conservatives understand that criminals and predators are NOT going to be obeying gun laws but furthermore they are out there every single day. If you doubt this for a moment take a look at Chicago and the murder rate. They know there is always the chance of the occasional guy going crazy, but they get that the odds and the math favor self-protection every single day.

The liberal/media/elite position is exactly the opposite. The daily dangers of crime are not much of a worry when you live far beyond the dangers of the city, or in a gated community or if you and or your employer can afford an armed guards in their workplace. to the daily murders in the cities aren’t worthy of the national media.

But there is always the random nut, the random stalker,  that one person over the edge no matter how rare, That’s the type of guy who might not care if a bodyguard takes him out as long has he gets his shot at the target and the chance for fame.

The left and the elites say it’s all about fear when it comes to the apparently correct concerning of the right, but the dirty little secret has always been it’s all about fear for them, both of the occasional crazy and of an armed populace who might someday come bearing Madame Guillotine to take away all they have.

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Well it’s Tuesday and he thermometer has started it’s movement upward.

It’s still going to take another 14 people with $20 to turn this week and this first month of this attempt to support myself via the site into a success.  Will we make it, well that’s up to you.




Morning Joe is asking questions concerning the Drone program, yesterday Joe Scarborough expressed his upset with the program.

Now I have very little sympathy for US citizens sitting with an enemy in enemy territory collaborating with them in time of war. US citizens working with the Germans in Berlin or Tokyo were not immune to bombing. As however the war is not specifically declared (congress SHOULD do so) and given the more precise nature of the strikes proper oversight is not too much to ask.

Today Morning Joe led with the same story and Joe Scarborough continued on the subject hitting the republicans for not objecting, but it was his next pronouncement that caught my eye.

“The next step is the killings start taking place on American soil”

and that’s when I started to chuckle.

Didn’t Morning Joe in general and Joe Scarborough in particular just spend WEEKS calling people members of the “extremist wing of the NRA” for suggesting that the 2nd Amendment exists for the citizens to protect themselves from tyrannical government? Didn’t he say that people have no “need” of arms etc?

Yet now he is railing about the possibility of the American Government killing Americans on American soil without due process. Isn’t that the definition of Tyranny?

If I was the administration I’d be saying that Joe Scarborough is “obviously from the extremist wing of the MSM”, but I wouldn’t do it for long, good kept republicans are hard to come by.

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Update: Reason weighs in:

There is a darkly comic aspect to this, I suppose: Here’s a president who once taught classes in constitutional law and swore up and down that America doesn’t torture, that he was against “dumb wars” waged by his predecessors, that he was more transparent than a glass of triple-filtered water, and who won a goddamned Nobel Peace Prize! And he turns out to be not just a little iffy when it comes to being constrained in his willingness to break all sorts of rules but downright godawful.

Chip Jones has asked the $64,000 question concerning Benghazi:

Therefore, the question that is simply asked and objectively answered, without placing any of the SF or CIA operatives at mortal risk is a simple one. You see, the Kalashnikov rifle chambers a 7.62 mm round. The US M-4 rifle chambers a 5.56 mm round. What is widely reported and accepted is that at least two of the TDY Green Berets who were assigned by the CIA as ARSO’s (assistant regional safety officers) were badly wounded and were treated for multiple gunshot wounds after they rescued over 20 civilian CIA workers from the compound.

The single question that needs to be asked is: “Were the rounds taken out of the wounded ARSO’s 7.62 mm or 5.56 mm?” And when the answer comes back “5.56 mm”, it opens the door to the proof that the cover up was meant to hide the fact that the Obama administration had been caught once again arming offshore groups that did not have the interests of our country at heart. It would open the door to proof that Benghazi was “Fast and Furious on Steroids.”

Rest assured if it turns out that Benghazi was “fast and furious on steroids” we can be sure that the MSM be all over it sometime around the end of the 2nd Biden Term.

Today on Morning Joe Scarbrough took issue with Ted Cruz on Meet the Press for suggesting the president is using children as a political football.

Later in that very same show Mika brought up man who killed his family with an AR 15 (as if a different weapon would have prevented such a man) as an argument for banning them.

But just before the 7 AM hour Mika Brzezinski said something so incredible that I couldn’t believe I heard it. Talking about the push for Gun control post Newtown she referred to the aftermath of Newtown as an “OPPORTUNITY

OPPORTUNITY? A bunch of dead kids is an OPPORTUNITY?

Let’s go to the dictionary:

op·por·tu·ni·ty
[op-er-too-ni-tee, -tyoo-] Show IPA
noun, plural op·por·tu·ni·ties.
1. an appropriate or favorable time or occasion: Their meeting afforded an opportunity to exchange views.
2. a situation or condition favorable for attainment of a goal.
3. a good position, chance, or prospect, as for advancement or success.

Joe Scarborough is OUTRAGED at Ted Cruz saying children are being exploited in the “gun control” debate. Mike Barnicle insists the idea people are coming for guns is a lie yet in the same half hour Mika sees Newtown as “OPPORTUNITY!”

Pray tell Mika when you say Newtown is an Opportunity, can you tell us for what?

I guess Ted Cruz has you guys pegged.

Closing thought: Pray tell why the story of 12 year old Kendra St. Clair will not be found newsworthy) on Morning Joe today? Could it be her story offers no “OPPORTUNITY”?

Update: If you haven’t heard about Kendra St. Clair here is the video.

No Opportunity there for Morning Joe

Update 2: Colin Powell on Morning Joe:

I’d love to know who “We” is. I think that’s a good question.

KIRK: You have to learn why things work on a starship.

Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan 1982

Batman: My mistake was to try to Match is Savagery. To fight like a Young man.

Batman the Dark Night #2 1986

Hot wife in a bikini? #Winning!

Robert Stacy McCain Sept 14th 2012

The AP reports that the Journal News has decided to take down its interactive map of gun owners or rather disable it:

The maps remained online late Friday but could no longer be manipulated to find names and addresses.

The story suggests the reason for the change is the new gun law in. I say BALDERDASH!

When the Journal News published its online map of gun owners and where they live, it produced a firestorm of critique.

Pixels poured out like water. Television and Radio pushed the outrage and the defense of the paper, James O’Keefe skewered them via Project Veritas, threats poured in to the point where the anti-gun paper in a twist of Irony hired armed guards to protect folks on their staff and it became the target of the Blaze and the subject of multiple Drudge stories.

This is not a bug, it’s a feature.

Obviously the interactive map was a web feature alone. It likely took a fair amount of time and effort to put together and such effort is done on an online site for a reason. The reason is to generate hits, and as the AP article notes:

She said the maps had been viewed nearly 1.2 million times since they were published Dec. 23.

Mission Accomplished!

And not those 1.2 million hits were in under 30 days and that number doesn’t include side hits to other stories on the site generated through those views. Bloggers like myself dream of traffic at that level.

The value of an online site and the price of its advertising is directly related to the number of hits the site gets.  The Journal news may claim this map was all about journalistic discretion and advancing the story and discussion, but when it comes down to it, that map was no different than the first two paragraphs of this post from The Other McCain last year:

Traffic to the blog has gotten a slight and unexpected boost the past couple of days because the entire world, it seems, is Googling for nude photos of Kate Middleton or rather topless photos of Kate Middleton. Don’t bother clicking those links, as they are merely a round-trip ticket back to this post, part of Ye Merry Olde Google Bomb Trick.

Donald Douglas has a post cleverly titled “Kate Middleton Topless” and our friendly Evil Blogger Lady offers ”Kate Middleton topless photos? French magazine Closer publishes them. Rule 5 Britannia! Update: Reports of outraged Brits storming French embassy in protest!

As Robert Stacy constantly reminds us,  he writes for money.  The Journal News does the same. That map was a google bomb directed at 2nd Amendment advocates nationwide, a red cloth in front of a bull to make it charge. The Map fuels outrage among gun advocates,  outrage fuels interest, interest creates searches, searches mean clicks, clicks mean traffic, and traffic dictates what the Journal News can charge for the ads that generate the revenue.

That being the case, the map as a successful revenue generator, why take it down? Why are we seeing posts like this:

Glenn Reynolds 9:50 PM January 18th EVEN A FLATWORM IS SMART ENOUGH TO TURN AWAY FROM PAIN: NY newspaper removes handgun permit holder data. Punching the bully in the nose works.

It’s not punching in the nose? You already had armed guards at homes and outraged people who own deadly weapons and that didn’t get the interactive map down. (BTW Guards not withstanding, the willingness to outrage those armed people tell you all you need to know about how much they actually think those people were going to come to seek revenge)

Nearly a month of outrage and debate didn’t pull down the map, if the interactive map going away is the effect, what was the cause?

The answer is a simple cost benefit analysis thus:

Glenn Reynolds 11:31 PM January 17th  I SMELL A LAWSUIT: Burglars steal two guns from home featured on weapons permit map published by newspaper, just days after break-in at another address on the list.

Lawsuits cost money. All the outrage, anger or potential danger for law-abiding citizens in the world was going to move the Journal News. The potential of a lawsuit turning a source of profit into a loss, now That’s punching back twice as hard.

So the interactive map is gone having served it’s purpose, but the raw map will remain, still able to generate hits for years to come and the Journal News will slowly sink back into the level of obscurity it had before…

…until they find another red cloth to wave in front of an internet bull.

Dr Ray Stantz:Gozer the Gozerian… good evening. As a duly designated representative of the City, County and State of New York, I order you to cease any and all supernatural activity and return forthwith to your place of origin or to the nearest convenient parallel dimension.

Dr. Peter Venkman: That oughta do it. Thanks very much, Ray.

Ghostbusters 1984

James McCandles:Ain’t this a little showy Pa? I mean that big red box and all the guns out?

Jacob McCandles:I hate secrets, never knew one to be kept. They’ve all heard of what’s in that red box, and they all want it. What we’re doing by this ostentatious display is telling them they can’t have it! Hell, we may be saving some poor miscreant soul’s life by doing this, maybe even our own.

Big Jake 1971

One of the weaknesses of liberalism is the belief in the power of good intentions. That if you simply express a belief that it makes you a virtuous person.

The lefts moves on guns is similar. A direct action such as the placing of guards in a school, is inferior to a law that doesn’t achieve the desired goal of protecting children. In fact said law is more virtuous because supporting such a law counts as a personal action.

There are many ways to illustrate this mindset, but I think the best one I ever saw was yesterday at the Post Office to try to pick up blank Tax Forms at the IRS office.

When you get out of the elevator there is a sign with Warning with big red letters and an exclamation point saying any use of a firearm to kill, or kidnap a person on the premisses was a federal offense and listed the consequences of such an act according to federal law.

It took all my control to not break out laughing.

I can see it now. A crazed angry heavily armed guy with a grudge with the IRS overpowers the guard at the ground floor by the elevator, goes inside and gets to the floor where the Social Security & IRS offices are ready to get his name on the national news broadcast. Then the elevator opens he see that big sign with the big red letters and the exclamation point!

Of COURSE he is going to not only instantly think better of it and go home, he’s going to write a short note of apology while the elevator is heading down and leave it on the prone body of the guard that he left behind the desk.

Just like in NY every single drug dealer, burglar, mafia member and potential jihadist as soon as they see the text of the new law limited magazines to seven shots they are going to instantly unload their clips making sure they don’t have that 8th bullet to fire.

Let me ask one simple question to all those who insist NRA’s armed guard idea is so wrong. What would you want between your child and a madman with a gun?

Choice

And before you answer, ask yourself: Which of these two types do the rich and famous employ?

…considering what’s going on now in NY

Burglars broke into the house in New City, New York, on Wednesday and pried open two safes, before leaving with another one.

The criminals escaped with two handguns, two pistol permits, cash, savings bonds and jewelry. The firearms were in the stolen safe.

(HT Gateway Pundit) Newsday has more

The head of the White Plains Police Benevolent Association, Robert Riley, has been one of the fiercest critics of the Journal News map, saying it puts the lives of police and ordinary residents in potential danger.

“The Journal News printed a virtual treasure map for criminals,” Riley said Monday. “It lets the bad guys know who is vulnerable, due to not having a gun permit, and where to go if they wanted a gun.”

Well I think lawsuit talk is premature nor would I be all that worried after all didn’t NY just pass a sweeping new set of gun laws. I’m sure the burglars seeing this will swiftly see the error of their ways

And if not apparently gunowners in NY have options

One ad says in classic Western script: “WANTED: Law abiding New York gun owners seeking lower taxes and greater opportunities.” Clicking on the ad leads to a Facebook page touting the virtues of Texas, including the fact that the state has no income tax so “you’ll be able to keep more of what you earn and use that extra money to buy more ammo.”

After the last census Texas went from 34 to 38 electoral votes and NY dropped from 31-29. After a decade of this nonsense it will be interesting to see what the numbers are come 2022.

I’m prepared too, I have your home address and I noticed that your preparations are light on defensive weaponry.

Dilbert July 31st 2011

Dryden: How did he die?

James Bond: Your contact? Not well.

Dryden: Made you feel it, did he? Well, you needn’t worry. The second is…

[Bond shoots Dryden]

James Bond: Yes… considerably.

Casino Royale 2006

Our friends on the left have a particularly view of gun owners, best represented by this clip from the Movie Highlander and the character played by Christopher Malcolm:

This is the perfect image to them, to them, the crazy ex-vet, white, disturbed, just waiting for the moment to crack.

The absurdity of the argument comes from the lack of violence from all those folks that the Journal News is so anxious to pinpoint as a public service, but let’s play that game for a moment.

For the sake of this post, I’ll stipulate it’s all true; Gun owners are dangerous and we of the right who oppose Barack Obama and gun control are a bunch of violent, heavily armed racist rednecks just waiting for a Glenn Beck or the NRA to give word turning us loose for an orgy of annihilation on an unsuspecting public, particularly women, blacks and gays.

If this is true, even a little bit, is it wise to provoke us with moves like this:

President Obama on Sunday said he would make gun control a priority in his new term, pledging to put his “full weight” behind passing new restrictions on firearms in 2013.

“I’m going to be putting forward a package and I’m going to be putting my full weight behind it,”

Given as stipulated the vast majority of the right is one step away from the cliff of slaughter, might saying: “Next year we’ve coming for your guns” less than two weeks after Andrew Cuomo said “Confiscation could be an option“, be the push to send a bunch of heavily armed Chick-Fil-A eating psychopaths over the edge?

It’s gasoline on a fire ready to engulf the country in flames with only the police, the army and power of the presidency to hold back the impending holocaust of good and decent Obama voters.

Liberals, be afraid, be VERY afraid…

…the rest of us will be out and about living our lives, pointing at you and laughing.

Note: By an odd coincidence my emergency bleg is still ongoing. Any help is appreciated, and for those liberals suffering from the paranoia I’ve just described, let me remind you everybody knows when dealing with dangerous Sicilians a cash tribute is prudent.




Update: Here it comes from Stacy…

UPDATE: Headlines from the Drudge Report:
Buyers flock to gun shows in VA…
‘It’s Never Been Like This’…
Backorders Up To 6 Months From Manufacturers…
Only 1 Person Shows Up To Protest Show In Denver…

Obama: The Greatest Gun Salesman in American History!

The Doctor must be behind it! I sense the vicious doctrine of egalitarianism, Hade!

Doctor Who, The Sun Makers 1977

In my last post on the seeming willingness of Democrats to condone behavior against their foes that they would condemn if experienced by their friends I noted how familiar the arguments of those on the Democrat left sounded to the points their party forefathers of the nineteenth century made when explaining why a particular group of people were unworthy of the protections of law and culture.

While some on the left may not believe it right to comparing the arguments and attitudes of an Alexander Stephens in his famous crossroads speech or the majority opinion in Scott vs Sandford to their own, the objection fails due to their quite understandable mistake of seeing these arguments purely in terms of race rather than in terms of the real game here: social structure.

One of the distinct differences that social structure or caste brings is status. How one reacts to different behaviors and what actions can be permitted is based upon where you exist in the structure.

Here are three current examples of this:

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The people we cover, we move in their world, but it is their world. You can’t live like them. You’ll never keep up.

The Paper 1994

Last Sunday David Gregory, while hosting NBC’s Meet the Press was interviewing Wayne LaPierre of the NRA held up a 12 shot magazine clip during a confrontational moment of the interview.

Meet the Press is shot in DC and these items are strictly banned with a stiff penalty for possession. NBC made it a point to ask permission of the DC police to bring in the studio, and the DC police refused yet Meet the Press and David Gregory felt unrestrained by this refusal.

As Stacy McCain put it:

in full knowledge that possession of a 30-round magazine is illegal in D.C. — where Meet the Press is recorded — David Gregory and NBC willfully violated the law just so Gregory could dramatize his anti-Second Amendment lecture to the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre.

NBC acknowledged directly the validity of the law by their request to the DC police, their ex-post-facto to provide ATF cover for their actions implicitly acknowledges the legal violation.

Yet the argument of the press is not a question of facts it’s a question of intent. Howard Kurtz laughingly states:

I don’t think Gregory was planning to commit any crimes.

I beg to differ, Gregory planned to possess an item in a location where it was prohibited by law.

If it was you or I or anyone else who possessed said device, the law would take it’s course but David Gregory is one of the elites of the media profession (not some grubby member of the Breitbart Crowd like James O’Keefe) as Noah Rothman puts it:

If the post-Newtown debate over gun control has shown that the media is somewhat out of touch with average Americans, the Gregory episode has revealed that they do not see themselves as average Americans.

He is not an average American, he is a member of a different distinct class, Bill Jacobson on the WCRN Morning Show’s case and Glenn Reynolds arguments  not withstanding as far as the media is concerned David Gregory is a courtier to the king beyond these petty rules and laws that an O’Keefe, Jacobson or DaTechGuy must follow.

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“I — I couldn’t take a blow, sir. I suppose I’ve been too long with gentlemen”

Among gentlemen a blow could be wiped out only in blood; among the lower orders a blow was something to be received without even a word.

C. S. Forester: Hornblower and the Hotspur 1962 p 301

Sen. Daniel Inouye, who represented Hawaii in congress since statehood, died this week at the age of 88. Inouye served with distinction during World War 2, losing an arm, his death meant that governor Neil Abercrombie had to appoint a new senator for the seat and selected Lt. Gov Brian Schatz who flew back to the Washington with President Obama to be sworn in as Senator.

Not three weeks earlier Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina announced his upcoming resignation. Governor Nikki Haley in response appointed newly re-elected GOP congressman Tim Scott to the Senate seat. Scott will be the only African American member of the United States Senate and the first Black Senator from the south since 1881.

Yet while the appointment of a black American to the Senate by a female Republican governor of color has elicited responses like this…

MSNBC: Tim Scott, don’t be a token senator

Black Voices News: No reason to celebrate Tim Scott

The NYT: The Puzzle of Black Republicans

…the appointment of Brian Schatz a White Male to the Senate over Rep Colleen Hanabusa by another white Male to replace the longest serving minority in the Senate in US history has not produced a murmur of objection by the MSM.

To supporters of the GOP on the right this contrast might seem unjust but for the media and left Mr. Schatz’s and Mr. Abercrombie status, established by their political persuasion, provides the necessary imprimatur for their choices. That status means their actions are unworthy of complaint while the critique of Mr. Scott & Mrs. Haley, they are to be received without even a word.

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Is that you reading Kizzy?

Roots 1977

I follow several people of the left, some that I have met, some that I haven’t and some simply because the mood struck me. One of these people is a lady by the name of Reda St. Cyr.

I know nothing about Reda than what I’ve seen on twitter and what is in the description above. As she lives in Nevada that is unlikely to change.   We’ve occasionally had disagreements over the NRA, over show ID to vote and other issues over twitter, but I know absolutely nothing else about her.

Yesterday we tweeting concerning Guns & the NRA when a subject that is a pet peeve of mine came up, the slaughter of inner city blacks that is ignored by the media and by those who march. At the end of the conversation she tweeted something I found telling:

It is the confusion that is of note here.  I’m sure Ms. St. Cyr is a nice and reasonable woman and is thought so in her community but like Q on WCRN who sees the Tea Party as totalitarian see the GOP as a force for wrong. She, unlike Q, can not wrap her head around the idea that a seemingly nice fellow could be a Republican, and even stranger that such a fellow could make a public argument to support GOP or NRA beliefs. It’s a source of expletive generating confusion.  Why it’s as unbelievable as an illiterate reading scripture.

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All of these examples, point to a different caste, a caste that lives under a different set of laws then beneath them, a caste where behaviors are not to be questioned, a caste that reacts with amazement when a member of a lower order displays traits that they would expect from their fellows.

In short this is Feudalism, and they are the lords…well almost. as I’ll explain later.

P.S. I have an emergency bleg up to cover some expenses (oil), details are here, any help would be most appreciated.




I’d like to recommend two pieces on the NRA gun plan:

First my piece for the Examiner The NRA Traps for the Left & the Right:

The NRA is going to go forward advancing its plan no matter what anyone in the government says. There is only one question remaining, will the Republicans act quickly to back the NRA program & keep it private or will the Democrats co-opt it into a giant public tax and spending machine?

Either way if the kids end up safe I don’t think the country will care.

The political risks/rewards are real, the question is who will take them?

The second is from Larry Corella’s site. It’s the best and most informed piece of the subject I’ve seen:

No. Hear me out. The single best way to respond to a mass shooter is with an immediate, violent response. The vast majority of the time, as soon as a mass shooter meets serious resistance, it bursts their fantasy world bubble. Then they kill themselves or surrender. This has happened over and over again.

Paging Cynthia Yockey

The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by law enforcement: 14. The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by civilians: 2.5. The reason is simple. The armed civilians are there when it started.

As for Gun Free Zones:

Gun Free Zones are hunting preserves for innocent people. Period.

Think about it. You are a violent, homicidal madman, looking to make a statement and hoping to go from disaffected loser to most famous person in the world. The best way to accomplish your goals is to kill a whole bunch of people. So where’s the best place to go shoot all these people? Obviously, it is someplace where nobody can shoot back.

This is so obvious it’s embarrassing that anyone has to say it aloud.

But my favorite is where he takes apart the media myths that have been perpetuated by the partisan & uninformed which usually are one and the same:

Gun and magazine sales skyrocket every time a democrat politician starts to vulture in on a tragedy. I don’t know if many of you realize this, but Barack Obama is personally responsible for more gun sales, and especially first time gun purchases, than anyone in history. When I owned my gun store, we had a picture of him on the wall and a caption beneath it which said SALESMAN OF THE YEAR.

It’s Very VERY long, but it’s worth it.

Update: Left a line out of a block quote

…and the old lady wasn’t even wearing a fedora:

In a normal world this would be on every newscast and every late night comedian would be playing that clip with the Benny Hill theme behind it, but as it is the single best argument I’ve ever seen for the 2nd Amendment it will get little play outside of Powerline & Glenn Reynolds who get the hat tip here..

And if the 2nd amendment nature of this video didn’t keep it off the charts of national producers national air the preponderance of hoodies among said fleeing robbers would.

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A depressing story to start your Easter Sunday:

Raymond Mitchell, 34, had only popped into the restaurant to buy a hot chocolate.

But he apparently caused offence after splitting up two men fighting in the queue.

One of them, who had several gold teeth, shouted at Raymond: “You are gonna die tonight, you are not gonna see the morning.”

The thug is then said to have phoned an accomplice to fetch a gun, yelling into his mobile: “Bring me that thing.”

Raymond left the 24-hour McDonald’s but was chased into a cul-de-sac. The gun was then delivered and Mr Mitchell was beaten and pistol-whipped before being shot three times in an alley in Brixton, South London, at 6.50am on Sunday. Raymond, nicknamed Brown, was taken to hospital but died hours later.

One neighbour, who saw the shooting but was too terrified to be named, said: “He was begging, literally begging for his life. I didn’t dare look out my window in case they saw me. I heard them laughing and swearing at him, calling him a ‘b***h’. I heard them laughing afterwards as well.”

There was a time in England where Mr. Mitchell might have had a pistol of his own but in England he has been disarmed that allowing him to be in the words of the article the “bitch” of the men who were less worried about legalities.

I can’t help but think these two articles concerning London are related:

He said: “There were disadvantages to the old culture, it was a bit stuffy and it was more sexist and more racist. But it was an educated and middle-class culture. Now it’s a yob culture. The values are so strange.”

He added that he preferred living in Bath to London because the capital no longer felt “English”.

“London is no longer an English city which is why I love Bath,”

“He” is John Cleese, the great comedian and strong financial supporter of liberals in England. And it was the pols he supported that brought about the cultural change that turned London into a city no longer English. Lucky for Cleese despite an insane divorce settlement he can afford to live somewhere else to escape it, leaving men like Mr. Mitchel to live with the consequences.

In yesterday’s Dr. who episode The Impossible Astronaut (very good BTW) The doctor is in the oval office surrounded by security with guns. The Doctor suggests they won’t shoot and River Song runs out of the TARDIS to intervene shouting “They’re Americans”! That might be a good joke in England but I suspect Mr. Mitchel and company and his neighbor who lives in fear are not laughing.

Never forget England you did this to yourself. You became more vulnerable. Nobody made you do this. You threw away the greatest culture in history so you could feel better about yourselves to the point where parts of London are under defacto Sharia Law.

Free societies get the society they choose, to paraphrase Mark Steyn when your country chooses to be more outraged by an armed citizenry than an armed assailant then all that can be said is: May you be happy with your choice and may others learn from it.

…when you have another two people killed 5 minutes from your house.

The wild scene unfolded around 4:30 a.m. outside an address on Mechanic Street where a resident said a loud party had been going on Saturday night.

The district attorney’s office identified the dead as Nelson Geraldino, 18, from stab wounds, and Pedro Genoa, 17, whose wounds included a gunshot to his abdomen. Both were from Fitchburg.

You know for all the criticism of tough old fashioned parenting you hear in the popular press, I note that it doesn’t seem to lead to teens being at parties after midnight let alone 4 a.m. The more stories like this I read, the happier I am with the decision to be Catholic parents to our kids and not buddies.

Arrests have already taken place:

Brothers, Orville Carrion, 22, and Jose Carrion, 27, both of 96 Mechanic St., Apartment #3 have been arrested and charged with murder. Mr. Genoa’s brother, Ronny Genoa, 18, of 137 Meadow Brook Lane was arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder and mayhem. The Carrions were booked at the Fitchburg Police Station and are being held without bail. Carrions were treated for injuries at the Leominster hospital and released. The Carrions will be arraigned Tuesday in Fitchburg District Court. Ronny Genoa was admitted to UMass Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds. He is under guard and also is held without bail.

Off the top of my head that’s 4 murders in town this year including one that took place under 150 yards from my home. Fitchburg has only 39,000 people I’m 46 years old and when I was younger this was almost unheard of.

The timing is ironic considering this story in the paper today: FSC students encouraged to spend time in city’s center.

Residents and business owners have met recently to discuss what to do about downtown problems, such as loitering, drug dealing and prostitution.

Antonucci said one of the best ways to address those problems is to get people, including college students, into the downtown businesses.

That’s what I call bad timing, and speaking of irony from that story again:

But, she said, the Upper Common can have issues with a lack of parking.

“If you can find parking, it’s a great place to walk around,” Wong said.

And if you can’t you’d better duck:

Fitchburg Police responded to multiple 911 calls at about 4:43 a.m. with a reports of gunshots fired near 96 Mechanic St. Police found three victims on the ground with serious injuries and a fourth suffering from serious head and arm wounds. Police report that a disagreement arose about parking arrangements

You know too bad we don’t have those really tough gun laws in Massachusetts to keep stuff like this from happening.

Puts all that Van Jones stuff into perspective doesn’t it?