Tuesday, May 27, 2008
It's not HERE YET!!
Another month to go, at least.
I can delay gratification, I can delay gratification, I can delay gratification . . .
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The black mare to the left of the group, the bay gelding next to her facing right, and the two grays to the upper right are four of my Thoroughbreds. Milton The EvilPony™ wasn't visible in the photo.
Only two of my current six equines are rideable. Milton is just too small, but I've been known to threaten him with the prospect of buying a pony cart and harness. The others have chronic injuries that don't prevent them from being happy pasture ornaments but make it inhumane to expect them to work under saddle. They were already messed up when I bought them, and I did so with full knowledge that I'd never be able to "use" them.
Had I not bought them, they would very likely have gone to slaughter. I am beyond disgusted by people who can breed horses, show them, race them, ride them, and then throw them away like a broken golf club when those demands prove more than their bodies can withstand.
Maybe its just encroaching senility, but I find I enjoy paying out hundreds of dollars every month to keep useless horses happy more than all the show ribbons and trophies from my misspent youth.* Want to make a small fortune in horses? Start out with a large one.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Words to live by.
The Concealed Carry Creed
My weapon is for the protection of my life and the lives of others. That is its sole purpose. It does not confer rights, responsibilities or authority greater than that of other citizens. It merely allows me to protect life.
I will seek never to have to use my weapon. If I can avoid conflict, I will. If I can resolve conflict, I will. If I can escape danger, I will. If I am forced to bring my weapon to bear and use it, I will.
I will acquire superior training with my weapon. It is not the weapon that saves lives, but my effective use of the weapon. I will ensure my training is sound, my knowledge is current, and my mind is prepared.
I will know, understand, and obey all laws and ordinances concerning my weapon no matter where I happen to be. Failure to do so harms all who seek to legally carry an effective means of self protection.
I will know and follow the Four Rules of safe gun handling. I am a member of a growing community that must foster and teach safe and responsible gun handling if the community is to survive.
© Xavier 2008 Used by permission
Saturday, May 10, 2008
David Kennedy is an anthropologist at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. He developed a method of violence interdiction introduced as the Boston Gun Project, aka the Boston Miracle, that cut homicides in that city by 60%. In Cincinnati, gun-related homicides spiked in 2006 to 89, more than double the annual average, since 1991, of 43. People there looked to Kennedy for help.
Kennedy's research team found what he calls typical trends: They identified 69 distinct street groups, comprising about 1,000 people. Of the 89 homicides, these 1,000 people – less than half a per cent of the city's population – were connected to more than 75 per cent of them.
For any politicians in the audience, let me repeat this. Less than one half of one percent of the population of Cincinnati, Ohio, was responsible for 75% of its homicides.So how can passing more restrictions on guns that only affect law-abiding citizens accomplish anything?
It can't. About gun bans and similar laws, David Kennedy says, "For people desperately searching for a solution, it seems like it makes sense. What they don't understand is that there are better tools that don't require law to implement, and are practically cookbook and off-the-shelf."
The first year Cincinnati's Initiative to Reduce Violence was in effect, homicides were cut in half.
Without passing a single gun law.
The politicians who wail about how eeeeevil guns cause crime somehow never seem to mention that the folks actually using guns to commit crimes are no strangers to the criminal justice system. The sane, law-abiding citizen who one day snaps and goes on a killing spree with his/her legally owned guns exists only in the fevered imaginations of the hoplophobes.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Letters: A PROVOCATIVE THOUGHT EXPERIMENT ON GUNSCouldn't have said it any better.
Philadelphia Daily News
ABOUT 90 percent of the people shot in the city last year were African-American. While figures are unavailable, it is assumed by most that close to 100 percent of the perpetrators of these shootings were African-American.
Almost all the firearms used in these shootings were obtained, possessed and carried illegally by those who perpetrated the shootings. If, as is constantly claimed, we MUST DO SOMETHING to stop this violence, then why not ban African-American residents of the city from owning handguns?
The answer is that that is patently unfair and discriminatory. To judge an entire group as a problem and punish all members of that group, irrespective of their individual actions, is unconscionable.
Yet, it's deemed perfectly acceptable to discriminate against one particular group - gun owners.
Let's just tell the truth. The instant Mayor Nutter gets the right to pass gun laws for Philly, it will become a practical impossibility to own a handgun or any other weapon the city deems "inappropriate."
I've done nothing wrong, but my rights are to be removed step-by-step because others - entirely outside the law - are using guns feloniously. How is this any less outrageous a suggestion than that black people shouldn't be allowed to have guns?
J.F. Wolfington, Philadelphia
Friday, May 2, 2008
The college student who called was later found murdered in her apartment. The Public Safety Communications Director doesn't feel his department has anything to apologize for.
To put calling 911 in a more realistic context . . .
© Oleg Volk
Here in Nebraska, the primary is May 13. Pay attention and VOTE!!!