Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Wikistrat Predictions For 2016

I like this site. They have a habit of looking at situations and coming to reasonably accurate conclusions. The attached link goes to a PDF of their thoughts on the coming events of 2016.

Happy Fucking New Year everyone! :-/


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Interesting Tidings From Sweden

This is what happens when reality finally sets in.


Monday, December 14, 2015

Kurt Russell on Gun Control & The No-Fly List

I've always liked Kurt Russell. Another one of the few actors in Hollywood who aren't hypocrites that go around making a fortune of of blood and guts action movies and then talk shit about gun-control in their spare time. The following link goes to an interview he gave when the reporter started talking about the current efforts by the administration to automatically put people on the no-fly list on a no=buy list for guns. No proof or due process required on the part of the same bureaucrats to prove anything, and if it there's a mistake you have to get a lawyer to find out if you're even on the list, and finally spend a fortune and go through hoops to be removed after you've proven you don't belong on the list.

I'm guessing this reporter wasn't expecting the response he got.


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Gun News That Didn't Make The News

First, the Bad;

The Supreme Court Declined to take up a case that would have challenged an assault weapons ban in Illinois.


As I mentioned at another forum I belong to, declining a case is not a loss. It is a setback but also allows for a future case from another jurisdiction with better merits to be made at a later date.

Now the Good;


As usual the anti-gun democrats attempted to use the latest terror attack in San Bernardino as an excuse to add a number of gun control measures to an economic bill.

It didn't work.

You win some, you lose some. The anti-gun right crowd started hammering away in earnest back in 1968 after Bobby Kennedy was killed. They lost a bunch but they didn't quit and eventually succeeded in getting some pretty onerous legislation passed at the local, state and federal levels all across the country. If you're a gun owner in this country and you want to roll back any of these laws and enact more protections for your rights it's real simple.

Just do what the anti-gun rights crowd did and keep at it. There have been more legal successes for gun-rights in the last 7 or 8 years then there have been losses. Vote, organize, donate and don't quit.

It really is that simple.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Real Geopolitical Destabilization

Bombs?, Cyberwarfare?, Acts of Terror?

The old axiom always holds true. Follow the money (whether it goes up or down). Apparently the emergence of new technology that allows for the extraction of Shale Oil and Natural Gas is having a far wider effect than just lower prices at the pump, heating your home or reducing production costs at manufacturing plants.


Oil Plunge Raises Fears of Societal Unrest

By Elizabeth MacDonald Published November 30, 2015FOXBusiness

With Wall Street shops like Goldman Sachs (GS) and government officials in Venezuela signaling oil could go to the mid-$20 per barrel range next year, analysts at places like RBC Capital Markets have been warning that chronically low oil prices plunging towards seven-year lows means increasing social chaos in countries on the edge—including those battling ISIS.

Five countries are high on the radar screen for societal risks from low oil prices, which RBC Capital Markets has labeled the “Fragile Five.” They are Algeria, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, and Venezuela. ISIS operatives are believed to be in most of these countries.

The wealthier Gulf State governments can adapt to low oil prices by borrowing in the bond market or raising taxes and cutting government spending, though the latter risks more social unrest. Already, the United Arab Emirates pulled fuel subsidies and is mulling corporate and sales taxes. Still, OPEC member countries have seen their group’s revenues drop by nearly $500 billion in the past year, as oil has plunged more than 40%.

Plummeting oil prices are slamming poorer countries, who are dealing with terrorism as well. Already, 1.6 million have been internally displaced in South Sudan, with another 600,000 refugees in neighboring countries on the move. South Sudan has been battling a civil war for more than a year and a half in the oil-rich southern part of the country, an area that’s bigger than Syria. In 2011, the year of its independence, South Sudan was pumping out almost 350,000 barrels of oil per day, but today can only produce 120,000 to 150,000 barrels a day.

Iraq, battling ISIS terrorists daily, has moved to borrow $6 billion in new bond debt, something it hasn’t done in nearly a decade. The bond issuance comes as Iraq’s oil output hit a record high in July at 4.18 million barrels per day, up sharply from an average of 3.42 million barrels per day in the first quarter of this year, notes OilPrice.com.

Iraq’s bond offering, led by co-managers Citigroup (C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and, Deutsche Bank (DB), is Baghdad’s first since 2006. The country is still reeling under a sizable budget deficit yawning wider after the plunge in oil prices and military costs from fighting ISIS in the northern and western parts of the country. Similarly, Saudi Arabia, which has its own Islamist militants fomenting domestic jihadi trouble, borrowed more than $9 billion since the summer, re-entering the bond markets for the first time in eight years as it faces a fiscal deficit equal to about 20% of GDP.

“The instability created by the conflict has caused havoc to economic growth and oil production in the northern and western parts of the country [Iraq], and strained the fiscal situation due to the need for military spending at a time when cutbacks are required,” Jakob Christensen, analyst at Exotix, has said.

Ripped apart by civil unrest and ISIS, Libya, too, is hurting from low oil prices. The most important sector of its economy is down to putting out less than 400,000 barrels of oil a day, a fraction of the 1.6 million it was producing when Muammar Gaddafi was in power.

On the brink of insolvency, Venezuela is also reeling from low oil prices and societal unrest, as the country is asking OPEC to get oil prices back up to the $88 per barrel range at the group’s meeting in Vienna on December 4. Credit default swaps to insure Venezuelan government bonds shot to their highest level in 12 years, a red flag indicating junk status or default.

Elizabeth MacDonald joined FOX Business Network (FBN) as stocks editor in September 2007 and is the author of Skirting Heresy: The Life and Times of Margery Kempe (Franciscan Media, June 2014).
Follow Elizabeth MacDonald on Twitter @LizMacDonaldFOX.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Obama Administration Want s To 'Nudge' You In The Proper Direction

Some people question the efficacy of Behavioral Sciences, but apparently the Current Administration thinks it's worth a try. The following linked article is about a quiet, inexpensive little program that administration has been trying out for the past couple of years.
It's a principle called 'nudging' and it's basically a sneaky little way getting people here the USA to change their habits. Based on the results mentioned in the article it seems to work pretty well. Unless you attempt to use it on intelligent, educated people such as doctors.

Anyway, read it and judge for yourself.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

HBO Documentary "Terror At The Mall" The Westgate Mall Attack 2013

Caught this on TV about a week or so ago. The amount of footage available from the mall security cameras was astounding. This documentary is absolutely chilling. Highly recommended, but not for the squeamish.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Apparently The UK Is Not Quite As Gun Free as Some Would Like People To Think

Yeah, regulations up the old wazoo, yet an ever increasing number of Brits have kept the old 'Stiff Upper Lip' and persevered.



Thursday, August 27, 2015

The "Brady Bunch" Get Fucked

And I wonder how/why the mainstream media missed it????

If this court decision had gone the other way, every anti-gun rights "news" outlet in America would have been plastering it as their lead story.
But it didn't, so they ignored it. This now sets a precedent for anti gun rights organizations that have been trying to bleed the firearms and firearms related businesses with bullshit lawsuits for the past decade or more.
Go to court and loose, and they could wind up being the ones to "die the death of a thousand cuts"


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I've Been Telling You This Bullshit Was Coming

And now it's here. Does anybody think the situation is going to get better?


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Privacy, Drones, And The 21st Century Use Of Shotguns

I've been waiting for something like this to happen. It was only a matter of time.

Interesting times, we live in interesting times....


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Interesting Article About Recent CCW Owners

A lot of my friends didn't believe me years ago when I told them that women gun buyers would be the salvation (for lack of a better word) of gun ownership. I may have overstated that a bit, but this article along with others I've seen the last few years, seems to give more than a little validation to my thoughts on the matter.
OTOH the rise in legal gun ownership by minorities wasn't on my radar at all.


Friday, July 17, 2015

The Latest On Drones In The USA

So what happens when you take a multi-rotor drone, add a Glock and have an 18 yr old tech nerd mix it all up?

Well, hit the link and see for yourself.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Sure, Let's Just Ban Guns

That'll solve all our violent crime problems......

Sunday, June 28, 2015

More Good News For NY State Residents

There's an old saying. "Nobody's right to life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness is safe as long as the Legislature is in session". Originally intended to describe the Federal government, it really has meaning if you live in NY state. Fortunately residents can rest easy for a while now that these hooples and crooks have gone home (for a few months at least).
The only high points of note this year were the arrests and indictments of both the Democratic leader of the State Assembly (Shelly Silver) and the Republican leader of the State Senate (Dean Skelos).

Good riddance.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Civil Disobedience Is No Longer The Property Of The Left

In a move reminiscent of Canada when they required the registration of all long guns, NY state residents have responded to Andrew Cuomo's SAFE Act in the same manner.


At this point only 4% of all the semi-auto carbines and rifles estimated to be in the hands of gun owners in the state have been registered. At this time a court case is underway to repeal several sections of the SAFE act. How that plays out could take some time and the outcome, knowing the judicial system in NY state, is far from certain.

But as the saying goes, hope springs eternal.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Remember The Big Ammo Shortage in 2013-2014?

Well here's a little piece of info that might help you put it in perspective. You just never know what's going on, even in the information age.



Friday, June 12, 2015

"Help Me!! We're Drowning In NYC"!! Well, Maybe Not...

I used to do Climate Change Mondays here at the blog, but kind of got away from it. I know it makes me a "Climate Change Denier", to a large number of people, but fuck em'. Accordingly I bring you this little gem that reminds us of all the fanciful bullshit that's been spouted over the last decade or so under the term of "settled science".


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Effect of U.S. Shale On The Geopolitical Landscape

Well, Cuomo will never allow it in NY State, but even old "angry Eyes Cuomo" won't be Governor forever.
In any event, as the following article shows, shale oil is rewriting the immediate future of energy production not just in the U.S.A, but in the world.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Rahm Emmanuel Must Have Spit When This Happened

Couldn't pass this one up:


Thursday, May 28, 2015

We Live In The Age Of Ideology Driven Stupidity

I'm sick and tired of people on both sides of the issue slinging BULLSHIT for political and/or monetary gain. The Flooding in Texas this past week is a prime example.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mexico Has Everything Under Control

Things have heated up again south of the border. The Mexican federal police lost 15 men killed a while back to a new up and coming drug cartel. Accordingly the Federales decided to get some payback. A pitched gun battle took place at a remote ranch that left 42 cartel members dead.
Can't wait to see what the coming summer brings.


Friday, May 22, 2015

NY Post Article On Recent D.C. Gun Rights Decision

As I mentioned in my 5-20-15 posting, the latest Gun Rights decision by a Federal court regarding the Districts concealed carry regulations has the potential to effect numerous jurisdictions with restrictive carry permit rules.
The follow-up by D.C. as regards an appeal to the decision is definitely one to watch .


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Court Ruling On Concealed Carry

Despite the Heller ruling, D.C. continues to try and make things difficult for gun ownership. Fortunately they're not very good at it as shown in this latest federal court ruling. This decision could have very wide ranging implications if it makes it to the Supreme Court and the lower Court Judges ruling is upheld. This could potentially force cities and/or states everywhere into becoming 'Shall Issue' jurisdictions if they currently have requirements for you to "prove a need" to own/carry a handgun.