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Posted by: McQ on Friday, August 31, 2007

Heading into a long labor day weekend, first let me wish you a safe and happy holiday. I thought I'd throw a few things up here that have caught my eye or are being discussed but really don't move me to put together one of my patented dissertations. Just some stuff to talk about amongst ourselves.

Larry Craig. Hush for heaven sake. I frankly don't care one way or the other if you're gay. And I don't care one way or the other whether you "solicited" sex from that police officer (although I will say I personally would require more in the form of evidence than apparently the police there require). But all you're doing is making a spectacle out of yourself. Stifle.

Should he go? Well this will surprise you - I agree with Barney Frank. While he may have actually done what the police claim he's done, that's not a abuse of his office. And since it isn't, the rest of Congress ought to just shut up about it too. But Craig needs to do so first.

Note to other politicians - just because someone sticks a microphone in your face and asks an opinion, doesn't mean you have to give one. Ok, wait, that was like one of my patented dissertations, wasn't it?

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A gun store owner in Racine WI is raffling off an AK-47 for the benefit of the Wounded Warrior fund, "an organization that helps veterans who have lost limbs during battle and the families of soldiers who lost their lives in war."

Not everyone is happy about that:
Racine Alderman Pete Karas is a gun-control advocate. He is the board president of the Wisconsin Anti Violence Effort Educational Fund, a grass-roots organization dedicated to reducing gun violence.

“I don’t understand how offering and soliciting to raffle off an AK-47, which is in effect an assault weapon, by a business in Racine is being a good corporate (resident),” he said. “We have no need for yet another assault weapon on the streets of Racine.”
Of course the AK-47 is no more an assault weapon than is any other semi-automatic rifle, but the alderman seems to have no desire to allow facts stand in the way of a good anti-gun, anti-assault weapon rant.

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Meanwhile things are going "boom" in the Poconos:
Residents south of Gouldsboro are used to the sound of gunfire from the public shooting range on State Game Lands 127. So when residents there say there was a big explosion and automatic gunfire, there's a good chance they're not crying wolf.

The shooting range was used earlier this year by six men now dubbed the Fort Dix Six for a half-baked terrorism plot they are accused of concocting, involving an attack on that New Jersey military base.

The incident occurred Wednesday, Aug. 15. The remains of a small crater, apparently from the explosion, are still visible but aren't much to look at.

There's an active investigation, too, but that's also not very visible.

The explosion occurred at 5:47 a.m. and was loud enough to awaken residents who live near the shooting range. Numerous residents called 911. Because State Game Lands is near the Lackawanna County border, some of the 911 calls went to the State Police in Dunmore.

One of the 911 callers described what she heard. "There was a series of single shots that were very loud — louder than a normal gun. I've lived in that area for 22 years and it was nothing like any gunfire I have ever heard before.

"Then there was a huge explosion followed by more shots that sounded like automatic machine gun fire. I called my brother-in-law and asked him if we should do anything and he said to call the cops. So I did.
Automatic weapons fire? Hey alderman, maybe you ought to go hang out in the Poconos. You might actually find a real assault rifle there.

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More fun for the NHS in Scotland.

Seems GP doctors there are opting out of the "out-of-hours" program, under a new contract option, and that's leaving the system in a hurt for covering health problems which occur during other than office hours. The NHS sees it as an impending crisis. The docs who are opting out are happy as clams.

Says Mary Scanlon, the Scottish Conservatives' health spokeswoman:
"It is damning that only 11 per cent of GPs think that things have improved, and nearly one in five patients are dissatisfied with their experience of the new and potentially critical service," she said.

"There is now an impending crisis, as fewer and fewer GPs opt to provide their services to NHS 24, and the inherent danger that far less qualified medical staff will take over their responsibilities."
It just makes you pine for your opportunity to experience the type medical service government run health care can provide, doesn't it?

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You need to study up on the impending energy legislation. The Heritage Foundation has a nice little summary about the House version you might want to read through. A snippet:
The House seeks a requirement that 20 percent of electricity be generated from so-called renewable sources—chiefly wind but also solar and others. In effect, the requirement forces utilities that produce America's electricity from natural gas, coal, and nuclear power to diversify into these alternatives.

Of course, the only reason why a federally mandated Renewable Portfolio Standard is needed in the first place is that that these alternatives are far too expensive to compete otherwise. In effect, Washington is forcing costlier energy options on the public.
Sound like a good idea to you?

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Oh, and this just in: Sen. John Warner has decided retire from the Senate after this term and not seek reelection. If only Bobby Byrd would follow suit, we could all be happy.

Speaking of Senators, it appears John Kerry is, at least at this time, very vulnerable. To give you a comparison, Ted Kennedy's approval/disapproval ratings on the question "Do you approve or disapprove of the job Edward Kennedy is doing as United States Senator" are 62% approve, 33% disapprove and 6% don't know. Kerry? Not so hot. When asked about Kerry's job performance, only 47% approve, 45% disapprove and 8% don't know. Maybe it's just me but you'd have to live in a cave to give a "don't know" to that question about Kerry.

Well, ok, about Kennedy too.

Have a great weekend everyone!
 
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I don’t know if this is a Friday open thread, or just a grab-bag post, but I’ll toss in my 2 cents anyway: I think this Norman Hsu story has the potential to be huge. At least it would be if Republicans were involved. Based on stories in today’s LAT, plus some work by Gateway Pundit and Doug Ross it is beginning to look like Hsu is a Chicom agent.
 
Written By: Aldo
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Larry Craig. Hush for heaven sake. I frankly don’t care one way or the other if you’re gay. And I don’t care one way or the other whether you "solicited" sex from that police officer (although I will say I personally would require more in the form of evidence than apparently the police there require). But all you’re doing is making a spectacle out of yourself. Stifle.
I agree with you 100%. He’s only doing himself more harm than good.

Where I would also agree, I would require more evidence than what I’ve heard. The audio tape from the police doesn’t damn the Idahoan Senator with it’s testimony alone. However, his demeanor coupled with his guilty plea does.

Imagine, you men, being “entrapped” in a men’s room innocently dropping the kids off at the pool, and some cop tries to arrest you for soliciting gay sex. Don’t you think you’d be a little more pissed off about it than Craig was? And then would you plead guilty to anything two months later. I don’t think you would.

But that’s all circumstantial, and I wouldn’t damn the senator for what I’ve heard from the police. But I would damn him, at least for being stupid, for admitting guilt to anything two months later.
Should he go? Well this will surprise you - I agree with Barney Frank. While he may have actually done what the police claim he’s done, that’s not a abuse of his office.
Well indeed I was surprised. Because I agree with you. There is nothing that the senator has done that would constitute an abuse of office. And by all rights, he shouldn’t be forced from office.

But with Idaho having a Republican governor able to safely replace Craig with another Republican – one which might have a narrower stance in the toilet – it’s a safe bet to replace him rather than risk losing a seat to the Democrats. Unlike Vitter, where the Democratic governor would replace the Republican with a Dem.

Hence the calls for removal for Craig, but not for Vitter.


Hey, and you yourself have a great and safe socialist holiday weekend. Be sure to inform us if you run across any new brews that we should try.

Cheers.
 
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To paraphrase from Frank Zappa: "It that a real AK-47 or a Sears AK-47?"

I only ask because an AK-47 is a select-fire weapon fully capable of auto-fire at a cyclic rate of six hundred rounds a minute, and this is a very considerable distinction from "any" "semi-automatic rifle", indeed.

If it really is an AK-47, then the mayor has himself a point, even though he says it like it’s a bad thing.
 
Written By: Billy Beck
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"AK-47. When you absolutely, positively got to kill every m^therf^cker in the room....Accept no substitutes!

 
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Billy: There are semi-automatic versions of the AK-47, which are, now that the AWB that banned then by name is expired, marketed as "AK-47". And at any rate any AK-style semiauto is still often called an "AK-47".

A non-issue, in all honesty - even enthusiasts often call their semi-auto AKs "AK-47"s, so I can hardly blame the media for following suit.

(For instance, AK-47.us has this chart of AK variants, military and civilian, and the US section has many models called "AK-47", even though they’re not identical to Mikhail Kalashnikov’s model of 1947; in fact, that second link is to a gun dealer, selling a semi-auto as an "AK-47", in accordance with the producer, and with normal usage.)

It may be technically, pedantically incorrect to refer to such a rifle as an "AK-47", but it’s also almost universal, even among AK-fans and gun-nuts like myself.
 
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...as if it doesn’t matter that one is full-auto capable and the rest are not.

{shrug}
 
Written By: Billy Beck
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Okay, then, Billy, I’m going to drive down to Racine next week and buy some raffle tickets in hopes of winning an SK-47. Is that better?
 
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