Archive for January, 2013

From the Land of Hope and Change

Posted in General on January 30, 2013 by Soap Box One

Three dead, eight wounded by gunfire in one day.

In Chicago, that’s called a Tuesday.

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) – A 15-year-old girl and two men are dead, and at least eight other people were wounded by gunfire throughout the city Tuesday, police said.

Police say 15-year-old Haydia Pendleton died after she was shot in the back while hanging out with a group of teens in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park about 2:30 p.m.

Needless to say, if this girl were white, and had been shot in her classroom, the Obama public relations department [see also: mainstream media news outlets] would have seen to it that her name and face were seen on every TV screen and newspaper in the country, in a non-stop 72-hour news loop.

But, since this happened in the president’s backyard, in a city with the most stringent gun control laws in America, her death can’t be used as a propaganda tool that the Obama administration can use to destroy its political opposition, advance its radical, leftist ideology, and crush the individual rights and liberties of the citizenry.

No outrage from the “progressive” pundit class.

No live broadcast, “special report” press conferences.

No demands for a national “conversation”.

No presidential task force.

Some dead children are more equal than others.

UPDATE:
The president did make a statement today about the shooting of Haydia Pendleton. I’m guessing it wasn’t followed up with something along the lines of “Yeah, you know, that handgun ban isn’t working out all that great, is it?”

It’s a Topsy-Turvy World

Posted in General on January 30, 2013 by Soap Box One

Republicans in New Hampshire are looking to criminalize campfires, and Democrats are voting down tax hikes.

CONCORD – The House Ways and Means Committee has voted overwhelmingly against an increase in the state beer tax.

The committee, which serves as gatekeeper for proposed tax legislation, voted 14-2 to declare the bill “inexpedient to legislate.”

Ways and Means Chairman Barbara Almy, D-Lebanon, said members were concerned about the financial impact of a beer tax that is “considerably higher” than most nearby states. Supporters of the tax now face a tough task. Passing a beer tax requires rounding up enough votes to overturn the Ways and Means Committee recommendation, and a promised veto by Gov. Hassan means a two-thirds majority would ultimately be required in each branch for the beer tax hike to make it into law.

Has Rod Serling been seen lurking around the State House lately?

With Republicans Like This….

Posted in Concord, Nanny State on January 29, 2013 by Soap Box One

who needs Democrats?

Newton resident Renee King became pretty heated when she heard about a state Senate proposal aimed at campfires.

The bill would have prohibited all outdoor fires less than 300 feet from a neighboring residence.

So much fail, where to begin?

First, let me say that the day they criminalize sitting around my backyard firepit on a summer evening, enjoying a few drinks with friends, is the day I become a criminal. Better slap the cuffs on me now before I go off and do something really dangerous, like toast some marshmallows!

But, wait it gets worse.

It also would have prevented any smoke from an outdoor fire from crossing a property line.

We have a hard enough time getting a lot of sentient human beings to obey the law. Now, we’re supposed to believe that this bill will alter the behavior of smoke and wind?

OK, so maybe we can chalk that one up to poor writing skills.

“We wanted to see the reaction it would get,” said Sen. John Reagan, R-Deerfield, the bill’s sponsor.

Well, I’d tell you what I really think about it, but this is a family website.

~ Soap Box One

Stating the Obvious

Posted in General on January 28, 2013 by Soap Box One

Rand Paul:

I think the President understands the Constitution enough to know that he would prefer a different type of constitution.

In other earth-shattering news develoopments, it was discovered that bears do, in fact, defecate in the woods.

Self Empowerment = Liberty

Posted in General on January 27, 2013 by Soap Box One

From the Union Leader:

Prompted by concerns for their own safety and that of their families, more women in New Hampshire are purchasing guns, learning how to use them and practicing their shooting skills, say firearms dealers, shooting range attendants and the Second Amendment Sisters.

Self-reliant women empowering themselves to protect themselves and their families? Who could possibly be opposed to such a concept?

OK, who, other than so-called “progressive” Democrats? For some strange reason, they prefer a scenario where a woman facing an imminent threat of grievous bodily harm has no choice but to pick up the phone and call 911, so that big, strong men with guns can come to her rescue.

“There’s always been interest in the classes and gun ownership in general, but we have seen growing interest among women,” said Bob Gillespie, owner of Belmont Firearms and Range in Belmont. “We have women taking safety and shooting courses with their husbands. We have single women. The classes are usually full, and it’s pretty even between men and women taking part.”

He’s not kidding. The next available openings in the popular Handgun Orientation For Women course at the Sig Sauer Academy in Epping is July 13th, and those spots aren’t going to last long.

Fisking the Fatuous

Posted in Gun Rights on January 26, 2013 by Soap Box One

Weer’d Beard, blogging from south of the border in the less-than-liberty-loving Commonwealth of Massachusetts brings this righteous fisking of a Feinstein propagandist using his “expert” knowledge to explain to us ignorant, knuckle-draggers why AR-15 rifles need to be banned out of existence.

To which, we replied:

Let me see if I got this straight.

Semiautomatic AR-15s should be banned because they’re (a) not accurate, (b) their barrels are too short, (c) they accept 30-round magazines, and (d) you can’t hunt with them because they won’t humanely kill an animal with one shot.

AND…

Long-barreled, accurate, low-capacity, bolt-action .50BMG rifles, capable of obliterating any living creature on Earth with just one shot, need to be banned because shut up.

Got it.

You see, people like Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer (not to mention our very own, hopefully soon-to-be-unemployed Carol Shea-Porter, Anne Kuster, and Jeanne Shaheen) don’t want to ban ALL guns, per se, just the ones they deem to be:

– too accurate
– not accurate enough
– too short
– not short enough
– too powerful
– not powerful enough

Starting to get the picture now?

If you’re wondering what the progressive Democrat-approved specifications and standards for accuracy, length, power, and round capacity are, all you have to do is Google “Brown Bess”.

Like we said, they don’t want to ban ALL guns.

Bipartisanship in the Obama Era

Posted in Gun Rights on January 25, 2013 by Soap Box One

Who said Republicans and Democrats can never work together?

A proposed ban on sales of assault weapons would be defeated in the U.S. Senate today unless some members changed their current views, based on a Bloomberg review of recent lawmaker statements and interviews.

At least six of the 55 senators who caucus with Democrats have recently expressed skepticism or outright opposition to a ban, the review found. That means Democrats wouldn’t have a simple 51-vote majority to pass the measure, let alone the 60 votes needed to break a Republican filibuster to bring it to a floor vote.

Good.

Though, you can be sure that our own Jeanne Shaheen was not one of those senators “expressing skepticism” over this bill. Let’s hope enough people turn out at the polls in November 2014 to express their skepticism in her ability to represent the good people of New Hampshire.

Though, you can bet your backside she’ll be talking up a good game on the subject as she traverses the state trying to convince the voters of what a fabulous job she’s been doing as a faithful footsoldier in the Harry “Budget? We don’t need no stinkin’ budget!” Reid’s army.