Monthly Archives: July 2011

But hey, it’s only a misdemeanor!

Am I wrong to want the death penalty here?
But in their infinite wisdom, none of these charges are felonies. Nor were his previous charges, which netted him only probation.
Do they think he’s going to suddenly get better? Will he spontaneously develop a conscience and stop assaulting women and children?  

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Four caught in string of burglaries in Durham

How many problems can four people cause?

Luckily for us, police got a call that led to the arrest
So who was responsible for all the burglaries?
Every one of them a prior criminal.
Not a surprise.

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She let a registered sex offender watch her child

Here’s one I don’t understand. Why is it that no matter how stupid the mother, the death of the child is always blamed on the man?
So mom is living in a hotel with 2 year old baby. Her boyfriend is a registered sex offender. She leaves the child in the care of Mr. Registered Sex Offender and goes to work. Baby mysteriously dies. So far, no way to show that she died due to anything her babysitter did or didn’t do, but he still gets in trouble for failing to change his address and with babysitting a child while being a sex offender.
Absent in the story was anything at all about the mom, especially any indication as to why she was living in a hotel instead of an apartment, and why she was living with a sex offender. So let’s go to the State’s database
Oh! That puts a different spin on things, doesn’t it?
In the end, it may turn out that the child died of something that wasn’t either person’s fault. But there’s no excuse for the mother (Still on probation!) placing her child in the care of someone who was legally barred from being around children.

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So how do you get your start in a “nationwide diamond theft ring?”

Hey, we’ve all watched the movies where a group of wildly differing personalities work together to pull off an international diamond heist. These guys hadn’t yet made it to Hollywood yet, but they sound close.
Two of the thieves were North Carolinians. So, how did they get their start?
Look at the first crimes each were convicted of. Drugs.
It’s not hard to understand. People start taking drugs. Then they run out of money to buy drugs, so they start stealing to get money in order to buy drugs. And pretty soon they are gallivanting all over the country stealing jewels because to a drug addled mind, stealing diamonds looks like a shortcut to getting more drugs. In the end they aren’t cool or sexy. They are breaking every law of God and man because they are enslaved to a chemical. They aren’t trying to get one over on the man. They just want their next fix.
Not nearly as cool as the movies, huh?

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Blogmeet and Shooting Class

In addition to the Gunwalker T-Shirts, I have one other project. I am hosting a blogger get together and shooting class on October 22, 2011. North Carolina is HOT right now, but in October we should have nice weather.
The class is a one day, 8 hour basic pistol class with a very highly regarded training company, TigerSwan. I’ve taken this class before and I was amazed at how much improved my shooting was after 8 hours and 500 rounds.
They really know how to teach. Some of you might be thinking, “I don’t need a basic pistol class, I’m already pretty good.” TigerSwan operates on the concept that “There is no such thing as ‘advanced tactical skills’ – there is only perfect execution of the fundamentals under stress.” And they are right. So join me in learning (or relearning) those basic skills in October. Here’s a link to the review that made me take their class in the first place. (PDF)
For those traveling in from out of town, I have set up a hotel that is right across the street from our dinner location. We’ll meet in Garner, NC and carpool the hour or so to the range. When we get back, we’ll have dinner at a local eatery. Because NC law still bars carry at a restaurant that serves alcohol (grrrr) we will be eating at the Golden Corral that hosts our local Open Carry dinners. Feel free to open carry. It won’t bother them in the slightest.

We already have 4 people signed up for the class. We have a minimum class size of 10, and an absolute maximum of 15. The keep the class small in order to maintain a high instructor to student ratio. The class alone is $210, but if you want to buy ammo and rent their Glock 17, holster, mags and carriers, it’s only $340 total. If you are interested, please email me.

Right now, I am limiting the class to bloggers, but if you are not a blogger, email me and I’ll put you on the list in case we have extra spaces in the class. (I already have 3 people on that list, so don’t wait!)
Don’t get left out.  

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Take advantage of chance meetings

The last couple of days have been hectic. I got the call on Thursday at about noon-thirty that the Gunwalker T-Shirts were complete and ready for pickup. I dropped everything and rushed over to the printers to get the shirts so I could start packaging them up for shipping. I want them in everyone’s hot little hands by the time I go on vacation.
I rolled in to take delivery of the shirts, and right before I packed them in the trunk, the boss man checked the shirts out one last time. He rejected them, and said that they needed one more pass through the dryer before he was comfortable letting them leave. He didn’t want the paint flaking off in the wash. He asked me to give him an hour. So what could I do? It was about an hour round trip home, so I went next door to the Applebee’s to get some lunch. Right as I came in, a bunch of guys in suits showed up. I didn’t think too much of it. A man’s got a right to wear a suit to work if he wants. And if they all want to go to lunch in a pack, who am I to object?
It got interesting when I was seated right next to them and I started to overhear what they were talking about. Redistricting. I quickly figured out that I was seated right next to a Republican group intimately involved in North Carolina’s redistricting process. I finally interrupted them and asked who they were. Only one was willing to introduce himself, the one guy in the group who was actually a practicing politician. It was Representative David R. Lewis, of Harnett County. I explained that I was a blogger, mostly about guns. Rep Lewis asked if I was a Pro-gun or Anti-gun blogger. When I explained I was very pro-gun, he said that as far as he could tell, there weren’t very many Anti-gun bloggers. I told him that as far as I could tell, there weren’t that many Anti-gun people either. They just got their voices amplified because the media supports them.
They asked me not to eavesdrop, and I did my best not to listen to anything they said. Honestly! And even if I did hear anything, I wouldn’t tell anyone anyway. I decided to do a little research on Representative Lewis. Luckily, the NCGA has everything online, and my Droid 1 is slow, but still capable of getting me the info I need. (Verizon, help a blogger out. Give me a Droid 3!) I checked and he has a 4 star rating with Grass Roots NC. Next I started checking his votes.
The first vote that leaped to mind was HB111, Restaurant and Park Carry. So far, it’s out of the House, and sitting in the Senate. In the final passage of HB111, Representative Lewis voted YES on passing the bill. +1 for Rep Lewis.
The second bill that leaped to mind was HB650, Castle and Amend Various Gun laws. But I wasn’t interested in the vote on overall passage, I was interested in that tightly divided vote to strip employer parking lot carry out of HB650. Representative Lewis voted NO, against the amendment that robbed us of Parking Lot carry. Another +1 for Representative Lewis.
I was ready to go back and get the shirts, so I got up to leave. They noticed and made polite sounds of farewell. I said to them, “I’m sorry to interrupt again, but I wanted to say, Representative Lewis, I just looked up two of your votes on the issues I am most concerned about, HB111 Restaurant Carry, and HB650, the vote on the Amendment that stripped out Parking Lot carry. I’m glad to see that you voted correctly in both cases, thank you.” I shook his hand and wandered off to get the shirts.
It’s all well and good to call, write, and blog about how you want your representatives to vote. But here I was, face to face with a Representative, it just made sense to research him and find out if he was really on my side or not. I’m glad that he turned out to be on my side. Had he been wrong, I’d have told him so. He’ll remember this, I’m sure. Hopefully it will mean he’s more likely to vote my way.
So there are some lessons here. One, you never know who you are going to run into. Luckily for them I wasn’t some liberal blogger. Maybe Applebee’s wasn’t the best place for this sort of discussion. Secondly, with the dawn of smartphones, the average well informed citizen can pull up your votes on specific issues and tell you what he thinks of those votes. That’s got to be a scary concept for a pol. And lastly, I learned that Representative David R Lewis is comfortable with me sitting right next to him in Applebee’s, within sight of the bar, carrying a gun. Clearly he’s comfortable with that because he voted specifically to restore my right to carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. A man who trusts you with deadly force is your friend.
Now if only the Senate would stop messing about and pass the law so I can actually start carrying in Applebee’s.

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A friend of a friend killed Tuesday

I didn’t know the man, but my friend did. She’s lost a friend, and for what?
Here’s what people don’t seem to get about murder. How wrong do you have to be in the head before killing someone seems like a reasonable option? We can all agree that it’s ok to kill in order to defend innocent life.  But what caused this?
Normal people don’t kill other people over a “love triangle.” The type of person who kills over a “love triangle” is already beyond help. They usually identify themselves by their past behavior. This one was no different.
Note that the common factor here was drugs. The victim, in this case, had no convictions. So we have two criminals taking down a decent citizen, killed by a “blow to the head.”
Sickening.

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Gunwalker T-Shirts are SHIPPED!

Final Update: To order a shirt, Go Here

UPDATE 1: The Small will go to Breda (Thanks, Anonymous Benefactor person!) so the only shirt left in this first printing is a size Medium    Sold

With the exception of the shirts for Mom and Dad (Hi Mom!) all the shirts are in the mail. The Postmaster General says “Thanks for all that sweet, sweet postage!” I swear, I know you guys paid it, but I nearly cried when I saw the postage amount.

I have TWO shirts left. I have one size Small and one size Medium. These are the very last two shirts of the first printing. After discussion with David Codrea, any future printings of this shirt will be slightly different. That means that these original, first printing t-shirts will be identifiable, and a collector’s item. So this is your last chance to get the last two remaining shirts.
Maybe you guys should chip in and send a shirt to Breda.  (see update!) I mean, who else will fit a shirt that small?

Did you miss out on this print run? Do you want to get in first on the second print run? Send me an email and I’ll put you on the waiting list. Anyone who buys 12 shirts will get free shipping. Given that each shirt shipped for $6, you can save a lot of money by buying in bulk. So tell your friends and put in that big order.

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More revolving door justice

So this clown got arrested for burglary
How many times will he be arrested and convicted on Burglary, Larceny, and Breaking and Entering? He racks up felony after felony and only gets a few months here and there.
It’s time for this guy to spend a lot of time behind bars. He is obviously not planning one stopping on his own.

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Assault a woman, shoot a gun in your own house. What’s your encore?

Another clown that needs to be off the street.
Go figure, a guy who assaults a woman with a gun is likely to have other “brushes” with the law.
Maybe we shouldn’t let him back out this time.

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