Archive for August, 2010

EPA Surrenders to NRA on the Gun Control Issue

It appears that an attempt to ban lead bullets, shot and sinkers as a precursor to an eventual assault on our 2nd Amendment gun rights was thankfully rejected by the Environmental Protection Agency. The story is as follows:

 The EPA had planned to solicit public responses to the petition for two months, but this afternoon issued a statement rejecting a 100-page request from the Center for Biological Diversity, the American Bird Conservancy, and three other groups for a ban on lead bullets, shot, and fishing sinkers. The agency is still considering what to do about sinkers.

The decision was a huge victory for the National Rifle Association which just seven days ago asked that the EPA reject the petition, suggesting that it was a back door attempt to limit hunting and impose gun control. It also was a politically savvy move to take gun control off the table as the Democrats ready for a very difficult midterm election.In a swift and unexpected decision, the Environmental Protection Agency today rejected a petition from environmental groups to ban the use of lead in bullets and shotgun shells, claiming it doesn’t have jurisdiction to weigh on the controversial Second Amendment issue. The decision came just hours after the Drudge Report posted stories from Washington Whispers and the Weekly Standard about how gun groups were fighting the lead bullet ban.

Well, we at least won this round, but what sneaky plan will the demos try next?

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E-cigarettes contain Anti-Freeze!

This is according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration which stated that the e-cigarettes contained diethylene glycol — a toxic chemical used in anti-freeze.  As a result of this finding, The Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. Charles B. Green of the U.S. Air Force, warns all personnel about the danger of e-cigarettes and that they are banned wherever smoking is banned. 

If the military is already banning them maybe we should reconsider civilian use of them too.  “Safe water-vapor” according to the advertisements or no, I don’t want to be around one in public if there is the slightest possibility of it containing carcinogenic ingredients being spread by this same water vapor.  I smoked for over 32 years and quit about eight years ago, I don’t need those poisons in my lungs all over again!

And for those that are curious, at my peak I smoked three and a half packs of cigarettes a day.  I got it down to one pack a day on my own and then quit the only way that is successful — Cold Turkey!  Believe me people, all these Quit Smoking Programs, Pills and Gums just make it more difficult than it really is to quit.  Simply quit, drink plenty of juices and water to help flush your “system” out, just keep repeating to yourself, “One day at a time!”  After a week you’ll be clean, smelling things that you didn’t notice before, fresh-baked bread, flowers, your girlfriend’s/wife’s perfume and so on.  They will also appreciate the fact that you too will smell better.  Try it.  You will be glad you did!  Find the FDA Article here.

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Checking a Used 1911 to buy

This excellent post is thanks to “Xavier Thoughts on ‘Checking a Used 1911 with a Purchase in Mind’“.  A very worthwhile read for those of you considering the “true aficionados gun”, the 1911 in .45 caliber!  I’ve had one since last fall and it’s unbelievable how well-balanced and natural pointing the weapon actually is compared to non-1911 handguns.  It is a Kimber Custom II Stainless and a thing of beauty it is!  New in the box for $600 back then and now this same handgun is going for $1,100!  A heck of an investment!  Again, check out his “Checking a Used 1911” article and while you’re at it, check out his post on the home handyman’s efforts to buff out the feed ramp on a 1911 or as he calls this type of person, “Danny Dremel” and the damage they can do to ruin a good weapon.  Find it here.

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Norman Rockwell?

I remember perusing many issues of magazines while at a very young age, but what got my attention the most were the covers of a particular few.  Those displaying the beautiful artistry of one of our greatest artists ever, Norman Perceval Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978). He was without a doubt a national treasure.  Check out some of his art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum site HERE.  You can also find some at the Norman Rockwell Museum site HERE and many more examples are available all over the internet.  Just Google his name for many more such websites. Be sure to check out this man’s “everyday” artwork of and for the layperson.  I’m sure that like this country’s appreciation for him for many years, you too will be fascinated in his artistry!  Enjoy!

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VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945

Quite the celebration in Honolulu on this day sixty-five years ago.  Well deserved at that!  Please enjoy the video and if you are wondering who the singer is, it’s Jimmy Durante himself!  After watching the video all I can say to the Veterans of WWII, and all since then, Bless you all and our eternal thanks!

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Arlington revisited, again?

I couldn’t help it.  The fiasco at Arlington National Cemetery involving the mismatched graves and markers is now over 6,000.  Did I say 6,000?  Yup!  That’s an affirmative!  Over 6,000 graves not marked correctly and not where they’re supposed to be located.   Serve honorably in our military (or in politics as the case may be), so you would think you would be treated the same in death, right? 

Well, instead you get buried only God knows where, and the capper to-it-all, with someone else’s name evidently picked at random on your marker!!  The Man above prevents me from printing what I really think of the management there, but this is completely un-freakin’-believable! 

Tell you what.  Let’s make it a requirement for this management and his subordinates involved in this farce.  When they die we get to bury them in any cemetery and in any part of the United States and we get to do this without telling their families where we buried them!!  Let the local veterinarian try to figure out why overnight there’s a six-foot long grave in a pet cemetery in Topeka, Kansas!

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