...goes to the self-designated seller of all things regarding Open Carry, Adam Kokesh.
No, he didn't die at the hands of Janet Reno in Waco, that was David Koresh.
Similar names, similar personalities, could have been similar fates if I read the CNN article correctly.
Pardon me, Mister Kokesh, but the neither the Second Amendment nor this individual protector of it needs your insanity.
You, sir, are awarded my coveted "Effinger". Since it is Thursday, you are Thudded at the same time.
Ef-off, Kokesh. That's an order, not that you could ever comprehend what such a thing was...
Additional information: one article (not this one) on the arrest of Kokesh said that his "crew" claimed that the You Tube of him loading a shotgun* in a DeeCee park was not actually shot in that park, but done in Herndon, VA at Kokesh's studio via the use of "blue screen" technique. If that turns out to be the case, the Feds will have egg all over their fat SWATy faces, because no gun crime will have been committed. In that case, Kokesh's lawyer might be able to get the "magic mushrooms" seized in the raid on his home/studio suppressed under the "fruit of a poisonous tree" evidence rule. I won't be staying awake waiting for news bulletins in L'Affaire Kokesh, but this could become interesting on an ironic sort of way.
* Remember that Kokesh called for defiance of DeeCee's gun laws by calling for a "1,000 gun march". That march never happened, and the vid of Kokesh loading a shotgun in DeeCee was the pitiful replacement for it.
Everyone knows what a "razor" is, in philosophical discussion terminology, right? If not, school yourself with the Wiki.
In the gun-control "discussion", which, more times than not, does not qualify for the use of the term "discussion", it would be useful to have a Razor, or clarifying principle.
I propose Rivrdog's Razor as a clarification of the major dilemma in the real Discussion on Guns in Society:
First the Dilemma:
Reconcile, if you can, the need for supporters of the human right to have guns for self-defense and for fulfilling the Second Amendment to our Constitution, with the ardent desire of the Left to REMOVE guns from the society. The most important subset of this dilemma is what happens when we try to teach our children to handle guns safely and to operate them with skill. Of course, the reaction from Left is to scream "child abuser" at those who teach children gun skills. The so-called "zero-tolerance" policy of most public schools has morphed into a Thought Police action against the very idea of children being associated with guns in any manner whatsoever.
Then the Razor:
To effectively teach the next generation the safe use and skill-sets involved with firearms, it will be necessary to first remove the Left's opposition to the possession of firearms.
Not part of the Razor, but obvious:
Removing the Left's opposition to firearms might well involve removing the Left as a political force.
Yes, your blogger believes that this issue will come to such a resolution, and at that, in the not-distant future, because the Left has convinced themselves that if they do not disarm the Nation now, an extreme liklihood exists of armed conflict. In that belief, they are correct, but those fools do not see that this has ALWAYS been an Armed Nation, and in the past 150 years, was not disposed to armed internal conflict of a national nature. It is the Left's own out-of-whole-cloth nightmare that they force themselves to believe the danger of such conflict, and by their belief, they will make it happen.
New category, subset of 4th Estate Adversary. Not quite adversarial, but in the scum category anyway. makes the news media need thorough cleaning.
Item: Fox News in the 10am PDT block: Snowden Affair. Seems Putin enabled Snowden to leave Hong Kong (and the US arrest warrant) in the rear-view mirror. Landed in Moscow on a direct Aeroflot flight, which he was allowed to board without a Russian Visa (very unusual, says Fox, but how would they know?). Now headed for (maybe in the air already) Ecuador, his request for political asylum there having preceded him (courtesy of Putin, perhaps?).
Analysis: The US of A gets hoist on their own petard, again. By mounting up the Big Gummint Posse and yelling "Get a Rope" before we really knew what was behind Snowden's act, or what the NSA was up to, we have encouraged him to jump into the arms of various ne'er-do-wells like Julian Assange and Vladimir Putin. Only puzzle left here is why the Chinese didn't get to him first. maybe because they've already penetrated the NSA, and already have everything he had to offer?
Prediction: There ain't no mo' tail left to twist on the paper tiger that was the USA, once. If it's possible, it's becoming evident that Obama has FUBAR'd our foreign policy worse than our domestic policy.
Item: Again, Fox News in the 10am PDT block: Veteran's affairs: Some talking head claiming that veterans with a certain level of PTSD (which all returning vets are now encouraged to claim) are being put on zombie-fying psychotropic drugs, which Fox's talking head said are highly addictive and the vets are unlikely to ever be able to get off of them. How does making zombies out of veterans improve on ignoring PTSD entirely, the policy for the past few wars? Actually, it is worse. With the psychotropics, the VA can claim that these vets are forever damaged goods. That denies them the Second Amendment rights, among other things. How convenient, as I've stated before: disarm the force most likely to be effective against a tyrannical government in a Second Amendment-enabled removeal of that tyranny.
Analysis: This is obvious: we have met the Gulag, and it is us. We are there. Stalin and Beria taught our Government well, and they learned the lesson well.
Prediction: At some point, the veterans in the Gulag will be joined by others who demonstrate that they are ready and capable of unseating the tyrannical government. I have just warned myself, then.
Heidi Yewman, for those who spent the past week out on the Pacific Crest Trail and out of the blogosphere, is a woman anti-gunner currently on the Board of Directors of the Brady Bunch.
Ms. Yewman is pulling a publicity stunt, in which she walked into a gun store, bought a pistol, and vowed to carry it for a month. She has had zero training, apparently can't read the user-manual, and had to ask for help from a neighborhood cop, who, for some strange reason, didn't seem to think that was out of the ordinary.
It goes on and on with this story. Lots of commenters to her blog have gotten dumped, etc. The best analysis of it seems to be on Joe Huffman's blog, here.
While the entire rest of the pro-gun world tut-tuts this stunt and has a good laugh, I see a danger here.
Ms. Yewman may be about to herald the next direction of gun control legislation.
That next gambit would attack the concealed carry movement by imposing unrealisticly severe training and certification requirements to get carry permits.
Let's say that is her intention. She is demonstrating "why it must be done" with her performance-art stunt. She will now write a book screaming to the skies about the technical danger of guns, and how it is so bad that all those people in all those carry states can carry such dangerous devices without any, or with only, little training and testing. Then, the Brady people and all the others, maybe even Bloomberg, will jump in behind her and start screaming for testing and licensing based on the "horrible gun-accident" rate, etc, etc, ad nauseam. The Centers for Disease Control is already involved by Executive Order, no doubt getting ready to pull some phony stats out of their butt like they've done before.
The Federal legislators and regulators will pick this up, and before you know it, a rigorous, multi-day training course with a tough written and practical exam will happen in YOUR, gun-friendly state. The NRA will likely NOT be trusted to teach these courses, they will be assigned as a duty for the State Patrol, or at least your local police. The enabling laws will require total recovery of teaching expenses, and in case you haven't tried to hire off-duty cops for security at an event, the going rate for 4 officers and a Sergeant for four hours is well over a thousand dollars.
Then there's range time. I'd expect that there would be at least two, three hour practice sessions and a three hour exam session, but there could be far more.
Then there's ammo cost (and availability). When my Sheriff's Office transitioned from revolvers to pistols back in the 70's, the training procedure said that 1,000 rounds was to be allocated to each Deputy for practice and qualification. We had 40 hours of instruction, and that time did NOT include any legal-beagle stuff. Total costs to take this new mandatory course could easily approach a grand per student.
This new form of gun restriction hit Oregon back in February, when Senate Bill 796 was introduced. As introduced, it would have sent every permit holder (300,000+) through a mandatory course and range test if they wanted to keep their permit. Currently, the Oregon "shall-issue" permit requires only passing a course of 4 hours or so on gun safety and defense law. SB 796 currently has sufficient adopted amendments to make it more reasonable, but, as introduced, it would have negated the permits for all permitees upon their expiration dates if the new training/certification system had not been passed, and it wasn't even set up yet!
Imagine that goes Federal, and you might just realize that Heidi Yewman is about to seriously tilt the gun-control playing field.
This ayem, in the 1200pm EDT time block, Fox did an in-depth look at the "Ricin Letters Case". Their investigation of the case offered nothing new, except to offer a very liberal-sounding set of excuses for the perp, the failed, whacko movie starlet who the FeeBees now know did the letters and tried to blame her hubby for them, as I outlined earlier.
Did Fox News ever say a word about the anti-gun movement picking up her story and running with it, lo these past weeks?
Did Fox News even acknowledge that the story had developed anti-gun legs early on, leading to the suspicion that it might have been considered a "false-flag" disinformation operation?
Did Fox News even mention ANY previous media coverage of the story?
This last is very suspicious, of course. In order to forget that every major news outlet in the MSM picked up the story weeks ago, some running quite a ways with it as an anti-gun piece, Fox News would have to be deaf, dumb, blind AND have their head up their butt.
Or, they know about it, and for some reason can't bring themselves to defend the Second Amendment.
We'll see, but this blog will stay on their butt until they reveal the reason for either their ignorance or their perfidy, one or the other is involved here.
...and Yours Truly STILL smells the stink of Michael Bloomberg's money wafting about here.
As the other gunblog says, we're still waiting for that apology from Bloomberg et al, or a flack for the Prez, or those 200 newspaper editorial departments to respond.
I'm not holding my breath, and I advise you not to, either.
The longer this goes on without the anti-gun media (apology: redundancy) putting up equal column-inches on the false-flag op, the greater ownership the entire anti-gun movement has over the entire affair.
As for the White House, that's even less explainable. After all, they are the deniers of our era, aren't they?
According to the first article, the FeeBees had to be led to the details of the case by Postal Inspectors. Once upon a time, in an era far gone by, the Postal Inspectors had some of the best detectives in the Nation. Maybe they still do.
Also in that article, did you note the reference to the digital images of all first-class mail being stored? Now we need to ask the package express companies if they are doing the same.
Oh well, nothing else is private any more. That's why there's no webcam in my Blogstation.
Take your fave foto of a gun-related activity, go to fakeposters.com, make up a motivational poster, and post it on your own blog with my permalink as reference. If you have no blog, send it to me in email and I will post it here.
Here's my opening gambit:
...and yes, I have one of these, plus enough slugs, buckshot and anti-materiel rounds to take me all the way to Victory in the coming Zombie Apocalypse.
If'n you've read this gunblog for long, you know I am one of the great lampooners of the concept of "Tacticool". Any well-aimed bullet of sufficient caliber to kill something tougher than a Poodle will do the job, so I own both of the weapons shown below the "mall-ninja" AR-15 poster.
Tacticool Motivational Poster cribbed off of Facebook, from a public timeline:
Okay then. No wonder the GFWs* are displaying PSH**