Friday, July 27, 2012

You ever get that hinky feeling, like something crazy's going to happen?

Apparently Loren Coleman has been predicting something happening today since Tuesday. And thanks to the BLNN, I've found that at least one incident was planned for Maryland.

Here's the story. Potentially crazy guy plans to shoot up his workplace, but someone reported it and the guy was hauled in yesterday. Crazy. Too close to home, too. Come on, Maryland, don't fight the court on CCW stuff anymore. Please.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Yesterday was a good day for Maryland.

Judge Legg lifted the stay on permits in Maryland. Barring anything happening, in 14 days some 365 people who applied before the stay was put into place will start getting their permits in the mail. The Maryland State Police have said as much.

HOLY CRAPBALLS. We're going to wait and see how many of those people actually get permits, then we're applying. :D

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Well this just made my day.

For all the crap I like to give Baltimore and its police force, I do tend to appreciate individual officers, particularly those who aren't into drug trafficking, tow scams, and the like. And occasionally, certain individuals do something that most of us would consider normal, but is so unlike the force on the whole that it becomes an exemplary action.

This is one of those incidents.

WOW. Four years.

Four years ago today, I started babbling here. This was an attempt at removing all gun-related discussion from my livejournal, because I had "friends" who would cause me trouble for talking about what was then a new-found interest.

I started talking, and y'all started listening. Who'dathunk anyone would care about what *I* had to say?

I know I said this already, but thanks for reading. :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Next up in Chicago, Hugs for gangsters and Free Murder Zones.

I really had no clue what anti-gun politicians think will help to solve crime problems. In this city we get lots of rhetoric and they they bandy about gestapo tactics and even hide the problem. In Rahm Emanuel's Chicago you get this An appeal to gangster "values" to leave Chicago's kids alone.

 "We've got two gang-bangers, one standing next to a kid. Get away from that kid. Take your stuff away to the alley. Don't touch the children of the city of Chicago. Don't get near them. And it is about values. ... And I don't buy this case where people say they don't have values. They do have values. They have the wrong values. Don't come near the kids—don't touch them."


This plan apparently also includes boarding up abandoned buildings and shutting down legitimate businesses where gangsters hang out. The wrong businesses, according to the local Alderman, but hey, top level city government can't be bothered with details like talking to locals, they know what's best for you. The more I think about this though the more I'm actually liking the idea. I really think I can get on board with this, and for the first time ever completely agree with anti-gun politicians.

He's doesn't seem to be asking the gang bangers to hug it out or change their ways, he's calling for a safe place to have a duel. Chicago's going to bring back dueling! I like it. They're going to make safe places for dueling by writing off sections of the city. We'll have to worry about what to do with the people that live in those areas later, but we're going to close all the businesses now, then allow gang bangers to murder each other to their heart's content. The mayor could get everything he ever wanted, the city could control the registered weapons and participants could be keyed in with smart gun technology so only they can murder each other in city sanctioned duels. Maybe they could even put it on TV and make back some of the lost revenue to help pay for the city's overblown budget. Maybe we'll quit tracking the murder rate though, it'll mess up the stats.

 So there is, I now support gun control for major cities, now how do I get this going in Baltimore. Half the City is already abandoned making it just a bit easier. If I only could get a super rich backer...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Someone explain...

How this is acceptable?

And people SERIOUSLY want him to remain in office another 4 years?

Friday, July 6, 2012

Losing power for a week at least once a year puts things into perspective.

I've been focusing on the positives this week:
1 - We've had a place to stay that is air conditioned, with room for both us and the dog (and the cats, if we needed to move them).
1a - The dog has had daily attention. I think he's going to lose it when he doesn't have someone catering to his every need all day long. This has also helped a great deal with housebreaking.
2 - We were able to move most of the food to our host's house as she had room in the fridge and freezer. This was a money- and time-saver, as it took just two hours to clean/disinfect both our standing freezer and our refrigerator Tuesday. They needed to be cleaned, anyway.
2a - Yesterday was trash day. No more stinky thawed-out year-old leftovers. Since Chris happened to be checking on the house when the trash guys showed up, he helped them load the ridiculously heavy bags in the truck. They appreciated it. I'm guessing they've been inundated with overly heavy cans this week.
3 - We're going to work on how long we keep food in the freezer. No more year-long storage plans, and no more sticking food in without a label. All leftovers get 4 months storage, tops, then we either eat or toss. This puts a damper on the idea of keeping game meat around, but we'll figure out a way to deal with that when we actually face it. We also have to be more careful about how much we cook initially to mitigate the amount of loss we inevitably face.
4 - It's very nice to stay someplace with power, rather than feeding a generator. We have a genny but we opted not to use it unless we absolutely had to. We didn't need to this time around. Huzzah!
5 - The house/yard/vehicles had absolutely no damage. We were lucky. Neighbors around us weren't so lucky. Many lost siding, some had trees landing on their homes, and a few people lost vehicles.
6 - None of my fish have died. I'm very happy about this. Water changes definitely do wonders for keeping fish happy and healthy.
7 - Did I mention yay AC? Because YAY AC.

We're back in our house, and the cats are much happier WE are around, though I think they're not too keen on having the dog back. Also, sleeping in my own bed really changes one's outlook on the workday.

Hope everyone's had a better week than this region. :)