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Saturday, May 07, 2011

Quote of the Day

From Mark Steyn:

"Bin Laden famously said that when people see a strong horse and a weak horse they naturally prefer the strong horse. Putting a bullet through his eye is a good way of letting him know which role he's consigned to."

"We're Culturally Sensitive And Tote Really Big Guns," Investor's Business Daily, May 6, 2011

On Muslims & Their Sensibilities

Obama's banning of those Osama bin Laden death photos was supposed to prevent what?

Oh. Yeah. We didn't want to infuriate the Muslims.

So much for that.

Muslims are furious.  It must be Saturday.

Oh, My.

The lefties in this country can't be happy these days.  Their president, as it turns out, has gone from this ...

... to this ...

To this:

It seems so long ago:

How disappointed they must be ...

Why We're All 'Racists'

I lost count the number of times liberals have called people like me racists.  Of late, of course, I'm a racist for opposing Barack Obama.  Though the reasons for my opposition are the same as I held for opposing Hillary Clinton.  And Bill Clinton.  And John Kerry.  And Dukakis.  And Jimmy Carter. And ...

Was I a racist when I (vehemently) opposed George W. Bush's dramatic expansion of government with his ill-considered - and wildly expensive - Medicare drug benefit handout to seniors?


By their rationale (?) anyway.

How to explain this?

James Taranto comes about as close as one can.  With this:

"Increasingly a liberal is someone who looks at an inkblot and sees only that it is black."

It's psychological. 

Meaning they're all psychotic.

Explains a lot.

Waterboarding Worked

I was skeptical when I read the stories that came on the heels of the news that Osama bin Laden had been sent to his 72 virgins, of "torture" techniques - specifically "waterboarding" - that may have played a part in the acquisition of information that ultimately lead to the whereabouts of the world's most infamous terrorist.  It was just to early for anyone outside the CIA to know this.  And the CIA doesn't talk about such things.

Until now.

In an NBC News interview with the one man who would know:
[Host Brian] Williams: Can you confirm that it was as a result of waterboarding that we learned what we needed to learn to go after bin Laden?

[CIA Director Leon] Panetta: Brian, in the intelligence business you work from a lot of sources of information and that was true here. . . . It's a little difficult to say it was due just to one source of information that we got. . . . I think some of the detainees clearly were, you know, they used these enhanced interrogation techniques against some of these detainees. But I'm also saying that, you know, the debate about whether we would have gotten the same information through other approaches I think is always going to be an open question.

Williams: So finer point, one final time, enhanced interrogation techniques--which has always been kind of a handy euphemism in these post-9/11 years--that includes waterboarding?

Panetta: That's correct.
We can continue to argue about whether "waterboarding" is a form of torture (some legal experts say it is; some say it isn't).  But what is not arguable is this: It worked.

When We Finally Take Over ...

... and we begin work to reduce the size of the federal government, what say we start with the anti-American ATF:
NRA Files Comments Opposing Shotgun Import Ban

On Sunday, May 1, the NRA filed its formal comments on the "ATF Study on the Importability of Certain Shotguns." The "study," (http://www.atf.gov/publications/firearms/012611-study-on-importality-of-certain-shotguns.pdf) published in January, proposed to ban the importation of any shotgun, regardless of action type, if it has one or more supposedly non-"sporting" features.

In a cover letter accompanying the comments, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox made clear that the NRA strongly disagrees with the "sporting purposes" test for firearm importation: "We believe that fundamentally, the study asks and answers the wrong question, because the Supreme Court has now made clear that 'sporting purposes' are only one reason the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms," Cox wrote.

Even if the "sporting purposes" test was the right standard for firearm importation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives "working group" that produced the study continued a long agency history of abusing that test to ban guns that actually are "particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes." Specifically:

● In 1989, the BATF suspended the importation of several dozen types of semi-automatic rifles it had previously approved for importation, and that had been imported for many years. The BATF ultimately banned the rifles' importation because they external attachments such as a pistol-type grip, a folding stock, or a flash suppressor.

In its attempt to justify the ban, the bureau's report took a remarkably narrow definition of "sporting purposes," arguing that "target shooting" meant only "organized marksmanship competition" and did not include "combat-type competitions." The report also excluded all recreational target practice, which it dismissed as "plinking" -- defined, in turn, as shooting at "bottles and cans."

● In 1993, the BATF banned the importation of the Heckler and Koch SP89 and Uzi Pistol. Both had previously been imported, and each gun easily qualified for importation under the bureau's longstanding "Handgun Factoring Criteria," under which points are awarded for "sporting features such as size, weight, caliber, and adjustable sights.

● In 1998, the BATF expanded the 1989 rifle import ban by banning guns that had been made specifically to comply with the earlier ban. The Clinton White House boasted at the time, "We're taking the law and bending it as far as we can to capture a whole new class of guns."

The new ban was based on the rifles' ability to use magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, although rifles of the same type are overwhelmingly used in organized marksmanship competitions such as the National Rifle Championships and National Rifle Matches every year. As in 1989, the BATF ignored extensive comments from organizations and individuals documenting the widespread use of the banned rifles for competition and hunting.
The ATF is arbitrarily and capriciously messing with our 2nd Amendment rights in a major way. For no logical reason. It needs to go. Sooner rather than later.