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Archive for February, 2010

What $18 Million of Your Tax Money Gets You

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This one comes to you courtesy of care of No Agenda. I’m sure everybody has heard of the government’s website for “tracking money” use in the “recovery effort.” If you haven’t you should have since $18 million of your tax money went to make it. Well either way part of the mandate for the site was that it needed to be accessible by the blind. That brings us to the complain form.

In order to submit a complaint you need to enter a capta. This is pretty standard and is mostly used to prevent spam bots from posting on a web site. Well blind people can’t use them as they can’t see the words so there is often an audio version of the capta for accessibility reasons. Click on the audio version link in the capta box on recovery.gov. Now try to decipher what is being said in those audio clips. Do you think you could understand what is being said and type it all into the box accurately? Didn’t think so.

Technically it’s recapta that is the problem here as recovery.gov is using that. But for $18 million you would think they could have come up with their own spam control system that blind people could use. Seriously funny and sad at the same time.

Written by Christopher Burg

February 26th, 2010 at 10:38 am

I Think We Out Number Them Slightly

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Wow I have to admit I never expected to see such a skewed ratio in my life. Robb Allen points out the fact that the Colorado Sheriff, who I wish was my Sheriff, that refused to enforce Colorado State University’s new campus carry ban has received a good amount of support.

Apparently Sheriff Jim Alderden has received 170 e-mails in support of his position and one against his position. 170 to one, man that certainly makes my day.

Written by Christopher Burg

February 26th, 2010 at 9:30 am

Zombies Have Rights Now

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Shit we’re really fucked people. I just learned from Dvorak Uncensored that my own country not only renewed the PATROIT Act but apparently gave zombies fucking rights. From the story:

The U.S. Court of Appeals on Wednesday released a ruling in favor of a group of zombies who say they were wrongfully arrested while protesting consumerism during the 2006 Aquatennial. The ruling reanimates the group’s federal lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and its police, seeking damages of at least $50,000 for each person arrested.

First I don’t know at what point zombies gained the ability to communicate and bring up lawsuits. Second I don’t know why the fuck the police of Minneapolis are arresting zombies instead of shooting them in the head on sight.

We’re so screwed. If we can’t rekill the undead they will overwhelm us all. Also apparently the police in Minneapolis lack the proper training to deal with the zombie apocalypse.

Written by Christopher Burg

February 26th, 2010 at 8:47 am

Senate Traitors Extend PATROIT Act

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Yeah it’s official. OK it was official before but now it’s REALLY official. The senate is made up by a bunch of traitors. The senate today voted to extend the expiring provisions of the civil liberties violation known as the PATRIOT Act. This pisses me right the fuck off.

I’m very open about saying everybody who voted in favor of the original PATRIOT Act should have been brought up on charges of treason and dealt with accordingly. The law shits all over civil liberties in this country and undoes the Bill of Rights in its entirety. But here is the icing on the cake:

With the law facing a sunset date of Feb. 28, the Senate opted to vote for the extension of three crucial provisions of the act rather than opening debate on a revised bipartisan plan passed by the Judiciary Committee in October that would have imposed stricter privacy safeguards.

That’s right they didn’t even open debates on this. Nope they just passed and said fuck the American people.

To top that all of the current administration is still blaming Bush for everything. If they want to keep playing that card maybe they should show how they’re different and repeal of the of the God damned shit that got passed under his administration.

Bastards.

Killer What Living Up to Its Name

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I guess there is a reason orcas are called killer whales. One of these creatures decided to take his trainer for a swim. Needless to say the whale must not have realized humans can’t hold their breath for very long.

Written by Christopher Burg

February 25th, 2010 at 8:47 am

Violence Policy Center Demand You Pay Attention to Them

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You have to hand it to the Violence Policy Center they certainly know how to whine for attention. Of course nobody is going to give it to them for reasons Snowflakes in Hell points out.

Violence Pouting Center released another “study” that amounts to them using Google to do searches for terms like “assault weapon” and “assault rifle” (As if those are the same things). These searches were done in an attempt to show the use of “assault weapons” against law enforcement has dramatically increased in the last two years. The sources they use are news and media reports whom we know aren’t the best at identifying guns.

I admit that most of my research for Truth About Guns is done via Google. But I also make an attempt (A very big attempt) to use credible sources such as data provided by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. These knuckleheads over at the Violence Policy Center can’t even do that.

Written by Christopher Burg

February 25th, 2010 at 8:42 am

Paymer at It Again

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Fellow Minnesotans it appears as though that state representative Michael Paymar is at it again and this time he brought Scott Dibble to help. These two are reintroducing legislation that would ban private gun sales in this cold state.

The two bills are H.F.2960 and S.F.2659. He’s pulled this crap before and has lost before so let’s make sure him and his buddy lose again. Write your representatives.

Written by Christopher Burg

February 24th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Make Politics Better, Reintroduce Dueling

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Here is an interesting article I found on Dvorak Uncensored. The article starts out by letting us know that Kentucky politicians still need to swear they never participated in a duel before taking office. From there the article asks the following question:

What if we re-introduced dueling to Washington?

My answer. It would certainly expedite the political process. Further only politicians who really stood behind their position would be willing to continue standing behind their position. This could be the greatest idea of this century.

It would certainly help CSPAN’s ratings.

Written by Christopher Burg

February 24th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

How to Survive a Hostage Situation

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Apparently Newsweek published a 12 step program to survive a hostage situation. Every Day, No Days Off published a two step program. I find it far more effective than Newsweeks.

Written by Christopher Burg

February 23rd, 2010 at 10:23 am

Look Closely, There’s Hysteria Ahead

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I’m sure most of you know about the fiasco occurring at Colorado State University. The campus is trying to ban lawful carrying of concealed firearms by their student body. Well I found a rather interesting article about this. Why is it interesting? Because the article was written in such a way to appear neutral but most certainly is not. Let’s start here:

It is a debate that gets snarled in the conflicting logic of gun ownership rights and the simple notion that bullets and blackboards don’t mix.

Personally I don’t find disarming a populace simple logic. And of course:

Whenever a change in the rules is discussed, national groups rush in with their agendas. On Friday, the Colorado board of governors received a petition from Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC), a group that says young scholars stand a better chance of surviving the kind of rampage that occurred in Virginia if – as it were – they pack a pistol in their pencil case.

I’m unaware of anybody who carries that doesn’t use a holster. I certainly don’t know anybody who carries a gun in a pencil case. But we’re not done:

On the other side of the argument is Gun Free Kids, an organisation that began a “Keep Guns off Campus” campaign two years ago in response to the Virginia slaughter. It deploys research from law enforcement groups that suggests that there is no correlation between gun-toting citizens and lowered rates of violence.

I’m going to try and find their research. But since most colleges ban students and faculty from carrying on campus and all the major shootings have occurred on disarmed campuses it goes without saying that there is no correlation between armed citizens and lower rates of violence. It’s almost like the cowards who perform mass shootings seek out disarmed populations to enact their rage against. If only there was at least one state that allowed students to carry and didn’t have any occurrences of mass shootings. Oh wait:

“It really came down to two general issues, number one: best practices, just looking at what other universities are doing, and very, very few outside of the state of Utah allow concealed weapons on campus,” he said recently. “The second is risk management, and it really comes down to this university is responsible for managing risk on this campus of the students.”

That’s right Utah. In Utah you can carry on a state campus. Likewise Utah has had no mass shootings on a college campus since the enacting of their carry laws. No this is not proof, nor evidence, nor even a correlation. But it’s on par with what Gun Free Kids (How many kids are in college anyways? Most people there are 18 or older.) is presenting. Finally this is out of order in the article but alas I want to make a statement about it:

The group also says that there are few places where guns should be less welcome than on campuses. “With binge-drinking, drug use and the pressures that college students are under, we just think introducing guns into that environment, it’s the wrong thing to do,” said campaign director Andy Pelosi.

What person who has a concealed carry license is going to binge drink while carrying? Whom of those people are going to abuse drugs and risk losing their license? What college student “under pressure” is going to use a legally carried gun to do something nasty?

The bottom line is conceal carry license holders are some of the most law abiding citizens out there. Anyways consider this post a mini Truth About Guns episode without all the citations and work.

Written by Christopher Burg

February 23rd, 2010 at 8:25 am