December 28, 2009
Once again, a law-abiding gun-owner uses his gun to protect himself and his belongings. This time, it's especially fun, because the law-abiding gun-owner happens to be in his 80's. Damn that 2nd ammendment, letting senior citizens protect themselves from criminals ...
An 81-year-old veteran pulled out a gun and turned the table on a pair of robbers, Sacramento police said.
Police said Howard "Buck" Buckner fell victim to a common ploy that robbers use in an attempt to get inside of a home.
The robbers faked an emergency, claiming their car had broken down and that they needed to use a phone.
But when Buckner turned to get a phone, the robbers attacked, police said.
"So he stepped inside, pulled out a gun and said, 'Turn off the light and back up. This is a robbery!'" Buckner said.
Buckner said the robbers paraded him through his Hollyhurst Way home at gunpoint in a search for his wallet.
"He kept saying he was going to pistol-whip me if I didn't find that wallet," Buckner said.
When Buckner could not find his wallet in the kitchen, they took him to his bedroom and left to continue searching the house.
Buckner picked his gun and sought to defend himself.
"I just reached in and grabbed my gun," Buckner said. "I hadn't fired it since 1960."
He wasn't sure if the gun would go off, but it didn't let him down.
"I pulled that trigger, and it worked," Buckner said.
He fired three shots from his bedroom, scaring off the robbers.
"They left," he said. "They left in a hurry."
December 23, 2009
Now, a little bit of condemnation of Palestinian terrorism might be nice, but I'm not holding my breath.
December 21, 2009
Update: So, here's the WaPo on this shit...
The 60-40 tally, taken shortly after 1 a.m., followed 12 hours of acrimonious debate and required senators to trek to the Capitol in the aftermath of a snowstorm. The vote was the first of three procedural hurdles that Democrats must cross before a final vote on passage of the measure, now scheduled for Christmas Eve.Why? Why did they feel the need to do this at 1 a.m.? Why did they feel the need to do this when their offices went directly to voicemail? (And I tried calling both of my California Senators, even though I knew it would be a futile gesture.)
Because they know this is a shit sandwich, and the people they claim to represent can't stand it.
November, 2010. If we don't make a statement then, we never will.
December 09, 2009
I don't eat a lot of fast food. Aside from the fact that I try to watch my slim, girlish figure, I'm just not crazy about most of their food. Their boasts of all-white-meat chicken and prime USDA beef never convinced me. You ever eat a McDonald's burger or chicken nugget and had your teeth crunch down on something hard? I have. Hence, the avoidance of fast food.
Apparently, I should be comfortable with fast food - since, chances are, it's safer than your average school lunch:
In the past three years, the government has provided the nation's schools with millions of pounds of beef and chicken that wouldn't meet the quality or safety standards of many fast-food restaurants, from Jack in the Box and other burger places to chicken chains such as KFC, a USA TODAY investigation found.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the meat it buys for the National School Lunch Program "meets or exceeds standards in commercial products."
That isn't always the case. McDonald's, Burger King, and Costco, for instance, are far more rigorous in checking for bacteria and dangerous pathogens. They test the ground beef they buy five to 10 times more often than the USDA tests beef made for schools during a typical production day.
And the limits Jack in the Box and other big retailers set for certain bacteria in their burgers are up to 10 times more stringent than what the USDA sets for school beef.
For chicken, the USDA has supplied schools with thousands of tons of meat from old birds that might otherwise go to compost or pet food. Called "spent hens" because they're past their egg-laying prime, the chickens don't pass muster with Colonel Sanders — KFC won't buy them — and they don't pass the soup test, either. The Campbell Soup Company says it stopped using them a decade ago based on "quality considerations."
Kids in public school may be eating pet food. This is why my daughter will not be going to public school. The best line of the article, by the way:
President Obama noted earlier this year that, for many children, school lunches are "their most nutritious meal — sometimes their only meal — of the day."
Yummy, nutritious pet-food.
December 06, 2009
The furor is now a full-blown media event dubbed Climategate, and very near its center are Christy, Alabama's state climatologist, a handful of other researchers and, to a lesser extent, Christy's fellow researcher at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Dr. Roy Spencer, also known as "the official climatologist of the Rush Limbaugh Show."
Christy was named in 51 of about 1,000 e-mails either hacked or leaked late last month from the University of East Anglia in eastern England. Spencer was named in 15.
The British university's Hadley Climatic Research Unit (CRU) is one of the world's leading centers for climate study. On its staff are prominent advocates of the theory that people are causing global warming by releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere from auto exhausts and power plants.
The e-mails were between CRU scientists and other climate researchers at such top laboratories as California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. They concerned how to minimize skeptics such as Christy, and how to adjust data that don't seem to support their view.
One of the advocates and e-mailers, CRU Director Phil Jones, stepped down last week pending an investigation.
The 51 references made Christy second only to Canadian global-warming skeptic Stephen McIntyre as a subject of discussion.
Since the e-mails first appeared Nov. 19, Christy has been quoted by news organizations around the world including, in America, CBS News, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and the New York Times.
Thanks to Cuffy.
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