The difference between “LEGAL” and “RIGHT”

I found this graphic over at Blue’s Blog. That’s a really important point, particularly when our ‘ruling class’ uses the law to legitimize actions that are anything but right. Consider it like this.  Congress can pass a law tomorrow that says the sky is red.  From then onward, it’ll be legal to say that the sky is red.  It can even be declared illegal to say that the sky is anything but red.  Nevertheless, the sky won’t actually be red.  The law may declare it so, but the law is visibly, demonstrably, empirically wrong. The same applies to many things

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Chicago, guns, and reality

Fourteen people were shot in fifteen hours in Chicago at the start of last weekend, leading to another (predictable) outburst from Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Six people were killed and at least eight people were wounded, including an 11-month-old boy and a 2-year-old boy, during a bloody start to the week in Chicago that saw 10 of the victims shot at two scenes less than 3 miles apart on the South Side. . . . The burst of violence follows two straight weekends when more than 50 people were shot in Chicago. That’s the first time that has happened on back-to-back

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A tip o’ the hat to Crimson Trace

Now and again I run across excellent customer service, so good that I have to acknowledge it publicly.  I’ve just received such treatment from Crimson Trace Corp. (‘CTC’), manufacturers of laser sights for firearms. For my recent birthday I received a set of CTC LG-320 Lasergrips to fit a SIG P220 pistol.  Unfortunately, while I used to own a P220, I don’t any longer:  and the person who gave me the grips had already left for the sandbox, where he’s been too busy to answer my e-mails.  I couldn’t find out where he’d bought the grips, so I couldn’t ask

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(Big) Cat fight!

This must have been interesting . . . two leopards having a full go at each other in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa.  That’s a combined total of somewhere between five hundred and seven hundred pounds of pissed-off pussycats.  It looks almost as if they’re poised on their tails. Note the claws and hind paw strikes.  That’s not a play fight – it’s the real deal.  I’m glad I wasn’t within striking distance! Peter

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The scary-as-hell reality of an urban terrorist attack

America’s shopping malls are wide open to attack by terrorists and criminal thugs.  I’ve spoken about that on various occasions, and I’ll repeat here what I’ve warned before: In today’s racially charged climate, with criminal flash mobs an ever-increasing problem in many cities, the average urban shopping mall now qualifies as a “stupid place” to be. In 2013 four Muslim fundamentalist terrorists attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in a chilling foretaste of what could happen in any city in America at any time.  I wrote about it that same day.  I urge you to read the warning I

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Money and moonbattery – partners for life

I daresay some readers have been following developments at the United Nations over the pie-in-the-sky ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ adopted by that organization’s members last Friday.  We’re informed that it will cost a mere “estimated $3 trillion a year needed to enact the SDG’s“. The World Bank, with other development banks, coined the phrase “Billions to Trillions” to illustrate the challenge. . . . Helen Clark, administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, said the agenda would not be achieved without business – and that meant ensuring stability and good governance in countries to support big partnerships. “Business is attracted to

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So, when is the next Broadway Bomb?

Regular readers will recall that a couple of years ago, the New York Supreme Court upheld a ban on the ‘Broadway Bomb‘ longboarding race in New York City.  Needless to say, the participants raised their joint and several middle fingers to the authorities and, in a breathtaking display of mass civil disobedience, made the NYPD look like utter idiots as they tried to stop the race.  I put up a video of proceedings at the time, complete with the Benny Hill theme (what else?), to general hilarity. I was browsing through my archives when I came across that entry, and

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A forgotten search-and-rescue saga

Many of the natural and man-made disasters that I recall from my years in Africa are largely unknown in the Northern Hemisphere.  They happened before the Internet, and besides, they were in very out-of-the-way places.  No-one (except those of us closer to the problem) paid much attention. One such case was the rescue of survivors from the MV Pep Ice.  The ship has a checkered but by no means unusual history.  A small tramp freighter of just over 3,000 gross tons, she was built in 1977 and changed hands (and names) several times over the years.  Here’s a photograph of

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