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Reason 1003 why Homeschool rocks…

My kids won’t ever know why this cartoon is so funny to me….

Hat Tip 11D and JPod

CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO SEE FULL SIZE VERSION…ya won’t be able to read the funny part otherwise…duh.

Hat tip to 11D

How to disarm America by a Former State Department Diplomat

How come I am not surprised that this sort of thinking is coming out of the mouth of a former State Department “Diplomat”? A snippet from this article by Dan Simpson, a retired diplomat.

The disarmament process would begin after the initial three-month amnesty. Special squads of police would be formed and trained to carry out the work. Then, on a random basis to permit no advance warning, city blocks and stretches of suburban and rural areas would be cordoned off and searches carried out in every business, dwelling, and empty building. All firearms would be seized. The owners of weapons found in the searches would be prosecuted: $1,000 and one year in prison for each firearm. Source: toledoblade.com — The disarming of America 

Hmmm this is a guy we expected to help solve dilemmas like the Palestinian Israeli conflict? Yea you know I can see the resemblance in proposed solutions. Disarm the Victims. And never ever address the issue.

The wailing and gnashing of teeth about gun ownership in American revolves around this central issue. Gun owners want to defend themselves from the results of 40 years of liberal social experiments in criminal justice.  Politicians want to make damn sure that the public never truly understands the mindboggling statistics of recidivism in crime. How much do you think Politicians want to admit the failure of their grand experiment in feeling criminals pain?

From the Dept. of Justice:

  • Released prisoners with the highest rearrest rates were robbers (70.2%), burglars (74.0%), larcenists (74.6%), motor vehicle thieves (78.8%), those in prison for possessing or selling stolen property (77.4%), and those in prison for possessing, using, or selling illegal weapons (70.2%).
  • Within 3 years, 2.5% of released rapists were arrested for another rape, and 1.2% of those who had served time for homicide were arrested for homicide.
  • The 272,111 offenders discharged in 1994 had accumulated 4.1 million arrest charges before their most recent imprisonment and another 744,000 charges within 3 years of release.

Well gee pilgrim it seems like the best way to stop gun violence is to actually build bigger prisons and stop acting like we can rehabilitate criminals. Hardcore criminals are causing most of this “gun” violence. But liberals would rather take your guns away than to admit that their social experiments were a huge failure. See back before the “revolution” silly little crimes like Murder used to be punishable by death or actual life imprisonment. Not anymore…doesn’t it make you feel warm and fuzzy to know that people we CAUGHT, TRIED and SENT to prison for murder are walking among us? Be happy let them take your guns away so we can all sit around and watch the carnage skyrocket.

And for those folks who think neat little gadgets like Pepper Spray are useful this handly dandy little video will dispel that notion. Hint it just pisses off the truly dangerous folks. You know the ones you might just want to shoot.

Global Warming Hysterics…Fun with Photoshop

YIKES!!! TEXAS A&M Has 2 Steve Schroeders….and naturally because I haven’t eaten any crow lately one of them is indeed a Climatologist.  This hurts me more than you know because the rest of this post was much better researched. But fair is fair and I blew it when I screwed up on identifying Schroeder, sorry for misleading you.

UPDATED: Vicious Photoshop showing Polar bears where no polar bears would tread….

Lies don’t count when you are an Global Warming Evangelical on a mission to save the world from things you believe are bad. Well that’s the way the environmental lobby feels. Witness this latest attempt to scare us by the Guardian.

I mean holy smokes how much uglier can it get…if this is what is going to happen if we keep driving our Corvettes then I am selling mine tomorrow. Sheesh…look at that ass on Billary…oh my god the humanity. Alright obviously this is Photoshop after all no self respecting Polar Bear would be caught dead in the same picture with Dukakis and Kerry. But Chavez is pretty cool looking with his sand pail bra…heh? Thanks to Free Republic….hehe. Yes I take global warming seriously…yessireee bob. Reeeeeal serious. Oops sorry for the photo but I couldn’t pass it up.

In an article impugning the morals of AEI they have the nerve to list Steve Schroeder as a “scientist” when he is simply a typically boring leftwing poet. Never realized that poets are experts on Global Warming.

One American scientist turned down the offer, citing fears that the report could easily be misused for political gain. “You wouldn’t know if some of the other authors might say nothing’s going to happen, that we should ignore it, or that it’s not our fault,” said Steve Schroeder, a professor at Texas A&M university.

Source: Scientists offered cash to dispute climate study | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited

Here is Steve Schroeders short bio at Texas A&M.

[Steven Schroeder] grew up in the Texas Panhandle. He’s currently teaching in China, but his website provides the following for a bio: “his poetry continues to be rooted in the experience of the Plains, which teaches attention to “nothing that is not there” but more especially to “the nothing that is.” His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the Cresset, Georgetown Review, Halcyon, Karamu, Mid-America Poetry Review, Petroglyph, Poetry East, Rhino, Texas Review, and other literary journals. His most recent collection is Revolutionary Patience, published by Virtual Artists Collective in 2004.”

Course the environmentalists feel like they have a righteous duty to lie to get their message across.

“We have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we may have. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.”

Stephen Schneider (leading advocate of the global warming theory) (in interview for Discover magazine, Oct 1989)

It might behoove us to know that dear Dr. Schneider has been all over the thermometer in his predictions of doom and gloom. Up or down who cares the result is the same, death and destruction and guess what, remarkably the cure is the same in both terrible scenarios, hobble modern society.

Schneider received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Plasma Physics from Columbia University in 1971. He studied the role of greenhouse gases and suspended particulate material on climate as a postdoctoral fellow at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. In 1971 Schneider was second author on a Science paper with S. I. Rasool titled “Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Aerosols: Effects of Large Increases on Global Climate” (Science 173, 138–141). This paper used a 1-d radiative climate model to examine the competing effects of cooling from aerosols and warming from CO2. The paper concluded:

However, it is projected that man’s potential to pollute will increase 6 to 8-fold in the next 50 years. If this increased rate of injection… should raise the present background opacity by a factor of 4, our calculations suggest a decrease in global temperature by as much as 3.5 °C. Such a large decrease in the average temperature of Earth, sustained over a period of few years, is believed to be sufficient to trigger an ice age. However, by that time, nuclear power may have largely replaced fossil fuels as a means of energy production.

One of the questions we need to ask is whether these Environmental Evangelicals are on mission is to save us from global warming or if global warming is merely a tool to bash our way of life. For instance:

“Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing — in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.”

Tim Wirth , while U.S. Senator, Colorado.
After a short stint as United Nations Under-Secretary for Global Affairs (4)
he now serves as President, U.N. Foundation, created by Ted Turner and his $1 billion “gift”

Lets not forget that this latest attack on Modern Society is coming from the United Nations which has not shown any great brilliance on any particular issue. Why would we take a report produced by people like Tim Wirth and completely modify our society. Tim Wirth is a spectacular pillar of leftist nonsense…consider:

Wirth has also been a consistent advocate of the global warming theory. While in the Senate, he co-sponsored legislation that would, among other things, give priority to international aid programs that “enhance access to… bicycles, carts, pack animals, and similar affordable, non-motorized vehicles” for the purpose of reducing use of fossil fuels (greenhouse gases), relegating the recipient nations to a perpetual Third World status. Yet, even he has admitted doubts about the global warming theory: “We’ve got to rid the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing, in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.”

Most recently, Timothy Wirth was at the center of controversy when the Clinton Administration decided to deport 13 Chinese women who sought asylum in the United States to avoid forced abortion or sterilization under communist China’s one-child policy. By offering asylum to the women, Wirth explained, “we could potentially open ourselves up to just about everybody in the world saying ‘I don’t want to plan my family, therefore I deserve political asylum.” Apparently, Wirth believes government forced abortions and sterilization constitutes “family planning.”

Then we have our friends to the North with their very own moonbats…

 “No matter if the science is all phony, there are collateral environmental benefits…. Climate change [provides] the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world.”

Christine Stewart, Minister of the Environment of Canada
recent quote from the Calgary Herald

What do real Scientists say about “Global Warming”?

Consider Dr. Jane E. Francis a honest to goodness scientist in exactly the right field with exactly the right background to comment on the Climate:

” What we are seeing really is just another interglacial phase within our big icehouse climate.” Dismissing political calls for a global effort to reverse climate change, she said, ” It’s really farcical because the climate has been changing constantly… What we should do is be more aware of the fact that it is changing and that we should be ready to adapt to the change.”

Or consider Petr Chylek’s comments on why scientists use scare tactics.

“Scientists who want to attract attention to themselves, who want to attract great funding to themselves, have to (find a) way to scare the public . . . and this you can achieve only by making things bigger and more dangerous than they really are.”

Petr Chylek
(Professor of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Commenting on reports by other researchers that Greenland’s glaciers are melting.
(Halifax Chronicle-Herald, August 22, 2001) (8)

 Dr. John R. Christy is not impressed:

“…the Earth was evidently coming out of a relatively cold period in the 1800s so that warming in the past century may be part of this natural recovery.”

Dr. John R. Christy
(leading climate and atmospheric science expert- U. of Alabama in Huntsville) (5)

Then this from the Illinois State Museum.

“If ‘ice age’ is used to refer to long, generally cool, intervals during which glaciers advance and retreat, we are still in one today. Our modern climate represents a very short, warm period between glacial advances.” Illinois State Museum

And if the weather is changing then take a look at a actual scientific study backed by some of those things that seem to be so rare these days in so many different parts of science, facts. Sorry there is very little hysteria in this article so I can see why it isn’t very popular.

Willie Soon is a physicist at the Solar and Stellar Physics Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and an astronomer at the Mount Wilson Observatory.

Solar Variability and Climate Change

The purpose of this article is to give you some details about the research which my colleagues (especially Sallie Baliunas and Eric Posmentier) and I have done in studying the controversial relationship between the Sun’s energy output and Earth’s temperature, in short, the sun-climate connection. Despite what you may have heard before about sun-climate studies, there are in fact demonstrable connections between our Sun’s changing energy outputs and Earth’s climate. This paper will use the best information currently available to explain what we do and do not know about the many aspects of the sun-climate connection

And we have this extremely illuminating paper:

Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

After spending years describing the physics of climate to audiences concerned with global warming, I came to the realization that I was speaking to people who were not aware of the basic premises of the issue. The listeners were typically under the impression that the case for climate alarm was self-evident and strong, and that concern for the underlying physics constituted simply nit-picking in order to see if there were any remotely possible chinks in the otherwise solid case. Given that most people (including scientists) can rarely follow 15 minute discussions of somewhat complex science, the conclusion of the listeners is that the objections are too obscure to challenge their basic prejudice.

I decided, therefore, to examine why people believed what they believed. What I found was that they had been presented mainly three claims for which widespread scientific  agreement existed. While these claims may be contested, they are indeed widely accepted. The only problem is that these claims do not suggest alarm. Rather, upon careful analysis, they make clear that catastrophic implications are grossly unlikely, but cannot be rigorously disproved. Thus, the real situation is that the supporters of alarm are the real skeptics who cling to alarm against widely accepted findings. The profound confusion pertaining to this situation is only reinforced by quibbling over the basic points of agreement. Such quibbling merely convinces the public that the basic points of agreement must be tantamount to support for alarm. We will begin by analyzing the popular consensus.

So run around screaming that the sky is falling if you must but please leave me out of your preparations for disaster. Thanks to Global Warming: A Chilling Perspective

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Wisdom from the left side of the aisle

From the woman who gave us this bit of scintallating wisdom…

“I support the Judge’s ruling.  Any method of execution that involves pain or the masking of pain should be unconstitutional,” said Assemblywoman Lieber.  “The administration of California’s death penalty needs reform,” Lieber continued.  “We’re seeing bipartisan support, in Florida and other areas, to focus on this issue.”

Source: December 15, 2006 – Lieber Statement on Lethal Injection Ruling

Comes this bit of even more scintallating wisdom…

Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, D-Mountain View, wants to outlaw spanking children up to 3 years old. If she succeeds, California would become the first state in the nation to explicitly ban parents from smacking their kids.

Perhaps it might be noted that this “expert” has no children of her own. Also let it be known that I think that punching a 6-month old is beyond the pale. But it is not beyond the pale to smack the well padded bottom of a child getting ready to do something that will cause it considerably more pain should you allow it to happen. I trust the parent to make the decision regarding what age it is appropiate to warn the child with a smacked bottom.

But it is illustrative that this same woman who doesn’t believe that a condemned killer should feel any pain is the same woman who believes that we should not be allowed to spank children. I suspect the 3 year old age limit is only the beginning. After all if a condemned killer should not feel any pain then why should a 5 year old feel the sting of pain from a well deserved spanking? Slippery slope anyone…ok we are accelerating.

Truth peeked out from under Katie Couric’s skirt

Truth peeked out from under Katie Couric’s skirt…CBS moved to snuff it out as well.

What caught the eye of the Freepers was the idea that Abortion was being used by a Columbine dad to explain why life is viewed so cheaply these days. But what caught my eye was the Dad’s observation that this country is in a moral free fall. Naturally Katie Couric had to issue a disclaimer that such talk was repugnant.

Moral free fall? Nah how could that be possible when there are no morals. When the very idea of morals is so very low class. Right and wrong? How can they exist when we are just a process that occured accidently. A group of chemicals brought together by chance. Why should anyone worry about little ole morals when nothing matters in life today except that each of us find our maximum fufillment? Self esteem dear boy that is what is important. Morals, right and wrong…haha. Sucker!

CBS News’ Katie Couric Labels Pro-Life View on Abortion “Repugnant” (Media Bias Alert!) 

As part of its new evening news format, which Couric hosts, CBS News features a “free speech” segment which allows a wide range of people to comment on issues and headlines of the day.

CBS News featured Denver resident Brian Rohrbough, whose 15-year-old son Daniel was killed in the Columbine massacre. In his interview, aired nationally on the program, Rohrbough said abortion has caused a dimmer view of the sanctity of human life.

“I am saddened and shaken by the shooting at an Amish school today and last week’s school murders,” Rohrbough said. “When my son Dan was murdered on the sidewalk at Columbine High School on April 20th, 1999, I hoped that would be the last school shooting.”

“Since that day, I tried to answer the question why did this happen?” Rohrbough added.

“This country is in a moral free fall. For over two generations, the public school system has taught in a moral vacuum,” he explained. “We teach there are no absolutes, no right or wrong. And I assure you, the murder of innocent children is always wrong, including by abortion.”

“Abortion has diminished the value of children,” Rohrbough, who is a member of the board of directors of Colorado Right to Life, said.

Artie Shaw – Symphony Of Swing

Turn the sound up Mom and enjoy Artie Shaw videos. Geepers Creepers, Helen Forest singing Deep Purple…doesnt mean much to me except that this music grabs something deep inside and makes me smile.

Artie Shaw – Symphony Of Swing

Stalker-0 Armed Husband-1 Wifey happy with the investment in my .45 and all the training!

It has been a very strange past 5 weeks, oh hell let’s not limit it to the last 5 weeks given my 9 year old daughter’s life threatening accident a year and half ago and Katrina. Life has been interesting… On top of all that trial and nearly being at the end of the garage conversion to a master bedroom bath, pictured here I have been trying to get everything switched over to my new WordPress blog at my new domain http://pierrelegrand.net/ And just because Murphy is a real bastard he went and threw something else on top of the heap just to keep my attention you know. 

The story begins
About 3 or 4 months ago I was working alone on the conversion. The wifey and 3 children were away at the store and being a good and diligent honey doer I was working hard to finish the conversion. It was past dark when out of the corner of my eye I spot someone looking in the window facing the backyard. Startled me a bit, but being Mister Friendly Neighbor I figured it must be one of my neighbors taking a look-see at the hammering. So I went to the French doors, yeah I am pretty good at this stuff, opened them up and said hello to my visitor. It turned out to be a person we knew though I probably should not say how. He was not a neighbor and no friend.

Because the natural human impulse is to not understand when you are standing in the middle of a crime, unless there are loud noises and pain, I invited this “person” into the garage/master bedroom. By this time the used to be garage was looking more like a master bedroom and less like a garage. We talked about the conversion and our children, he has a son who went to school with a couple of my children. Friendly enough but like I said you usually don’t realize what is going on till later.

Recollection of a crime from 28 years ago.
Like the time when my childhood best friend came to “visit” me in Las Vegas 28 years ago. It was slightly unusual to get a call from him saying that he was in town because last I had heard he had been sentenced to life in prison/mental institution in Texas for the murder of his wife. Stabbed her 42 or more times then tried to take his own life by slashing his wrists and failed. Told me he had gotten out early and being about 23 years old this sounded reasonable. Wanted to know if I could pick him up at his motel. Sure.

Went to the motel and asked for his room number using his name. No one registered under that name. Hmmm…are those alarm bells I hear? Nah. Caught up with him in the parking lot of the MGM where I worked as a supervisor of the mail room. It was around lunch time so we decided to pick up Emily (ex wife) who worked in acct at the MGM and go to Macayo’s on Paradise for some Mexican. On the way to get her from the accounting office I asked him how he got out of the hospital, told me he walked out the front gate. He had escaped. There began one of the strangest and nearly funny lunches I’ve had in my life.

In an absolutely packed restaurant he described how the murder happened and that he was ok as long as he took his pills. Nervous giggles around the table..hmmm. Not sure what my face looked like but looking around at the tables was a real study in human reaction. At the end of lunch I felt like I was in the middle of one of those Merrill Lynch commercials where everyone stops talking to listen. Right about this time it struck me that I was in the middle of a felony. Neato. It didn’t strike somewhat dense Emily. Admittedly he was a charmer except for those electric blue eyes that looked like something you might see staring back at you from the cover of a book about mass murderers.

It might be time to mention that he and I had done Judo nearly all of our lives and I didn’t relish the thought of having to take him down should the need arise. Though I used to beat him that was before his acquiring vast amounts of spare time to work out with weights in prison/hospital.

So then after lunch we are driving back to the hotel and I am trying to figure out ways of having this nut-case put back into jail and out of the blue Emily asks him if he wants to stay overnight at our house. hehe….ooops. Hope his prescription is fully filled. Drop him off in the Casino, give him a few bucks to tide him over till we get off work. Walked Emily back to the acct office. As soon as the elevator doors close I look at her and ask her exactly what was on her mind inviting an escaped murderer to stay overnight in our house. Right up till that moment she had no idea she was in the middle of a crime, she burst into tears. Sometimes crime is hard to recognize but thats not really the point I wanted to make with this little missive….though it is a good one to consider.

Back to present day 4 months ago
So I tell my wife about the knucklehead looking into the backyard window and she then informs me that this person has shown up in the driveway a couple of times in the past. Oh nice. So for the next couple of weeks I am nervous and leaving work at various times to check on my house which isn’t so far away. I work splits both night and day. Weeks turn into months and I forget about the incident.
Things get serious
4 Weeks ago my eldest daughter comes into the living room about 9:00pm and complains that when she was in the bathroom she heard someone in the backyard. I saddle up with a flashlight and for safety’s sake I slip my holster containing my Springfield .45 stainless GI model onto my belt. Out the beautiful French doors into the backyard looking to see what is up.

No one back there, naturally. But up against the back wall by the bathroom I see one of my plastic lawn chairs right up against the wall. You know like someone might have been using it to look into the window. Isn’t that neat. Then I make a much more interesting discovery, the bathroom window lock latch has been broken and the window merely swings open, nice and quiet like. Now I am getting the same feeling that I had in the restaurant when I figured out I was in the middle of a crime. I call the wifey out and scare the beejesus out of her with the broken window latch. Checking the other windows I find another one in a similar condition…aluminum windows about 50 years old, made when you trusted people. This window in the living room. Wow.

The next morning I pull out the screw gun and stick some sheet-metal screws into the windows. We are gonna replace the windows soon anyway.

Being aware of your surroundings
So the next night I am driving home and in front of me a guy is beating the tar out of the woman sitting next to him in the car. What a spectacle. They stop. I stop, naturally. He really starts wailing into her. Gets out of the car and walks around the car opens the door and starts kicking her. Wow impressive. I am parked about 20 feet away in a parking lot that I pulled into to call the police. Another car is in front of me and the guy beating the crap out of his driving partner goes over to that car and from the looks of it ask the driver what the hell he is looking at. I reach into the glove box to recover my holstered .45, just in case. At the same time I am talking to 911 telling the dispatcher what is going on. The guy looks at me talking and instead of walking over to me starts to run over to a Burger King in that same parking lot. This is too much, I follow him giving updates on appearance and the perp’s position the entire time. Police arrive, perp arrested.

Back to the Main story
So about 2 days later on Thursday night I get a call on my cell at work. My wife calling from home and she is clearly upset. There is a strange white male lurking in the shadows. She said she saw him as she got out of the car in our driveway. I tell her that I am on the way, run out of the building and get into my MPV Mazda (Kid Bus) to see if all that crap about Zoom Zoom is true. Pull the holstered .45 out of my glove box and check to make sure the Mag lite I keep in the holster works, it does.

Normally it takes about 5 minutes with no traffic for me to get home. Tonight it takes me about 3 minutes of fairly fast driving and fortuitous lights to reach home. Zoom Zoom. As I pass my house the front door is closed and appears secure. I pull into my driveway and those beautiful French Doors are also secure. Chamber a round, flip the safety on and exit the car.

Now I have my light in my left hand and the .45 is in my right hand in condition one, with my trigger finger laying across the top of trigger guard so as to force me to deliberately act if I pull the trigger. Thumb on the safety ready to act if the need arises. As I make my way all the way across my 275 feet of backyard it occurs to me that I am hunting a man. Going through the yard I check to make sure the windows are secure and there are not any signs of forced entry. None and no sign of the bad guy. I can hear my kids inside and they sound ok, it occurs to me that I messed up in not checking to make sure he wasn’t inside first, aside from my checking the doors.

I walk back to those beautiful French doors and holster the cannon. When I walk inside I call out to make sure that my wife hasn’t loaded up the shotgun. Didn’t want to be a friendly fire “accident”, not likely but I had shown her how to load my .20 gauge a while back. I put the holstered .45 on top of the refrigerator since the household sounds normal.

When I reach the living room my wife is talking to 911. The babysitter is sitting on the couch looking like she hopes that bastard comes into the house so she can lay a Columbian ass-whipping on him, my son the youngest and the girls are building forts out of sofa cushions to ward off the bad guy. My little boy is walking around with his 3 year old chest puffed out saying he is gonna get the bad guy. hehe…He’s got my back!

My wife gets off the phone with the police, amazed that I am home so fast. She tells me that I must have just missed him since she hadn’t been on the phone long when she heard me call out. Then she told me what happened as she drove up to the house.

She said she got out of the car in the driveway which is on the opposite side of the yard from the perp’s position. Since our yard is very big apparently the perp didn’t think she could see him in the shadows the trees since the street light was out. He walked towards the front door, changed his mind, turned around walked back to the corner, then turned around again and walked back towards the front gate leading to our front door. At the point where he was nearly to the front gate he stopped then turned around again and walked back to the corner. My wife went inside. Told Andrea, our terrific babysitter, what was happening and asked her to gather up the kids. She then went to the girls room that is closest to that side of the yard he was walking in front of and noticed that while there was not anyone there the swings were moving as if someone had just walked by.

She went into our bedroom and immediately walked to the window. She cracked the curtains just in time to see the perp walking in a crouched position right under our window. Luckily the lights were out so he didn’t know he had been observed. At that point she had a description and she went to phone the police.

Apparently the noise from my arrival must have scared him away since he exited our property before my wife had given a description to the police. We know this from the police officer who spotted him near our house. Not having a description he didn’t stop him. But as soon as my wife was able to get the description to the dispatcher the officer turned around to go talk to him since he did fit the description. By the time he had turned around the perp had run pretty far and the officer commented that was very strange behavior. He stopped him and to make a very long story somewhat shorter we had caught the same person who my wife had seen in the driveway a couple of times and the same person who had been staring into my back windows. Busted.

Later on that week I see him while riding my bike at the LSU Lakes. I had a chat with him and his dad, who had come down to help his son get out of this mess. In a easy tone of voice I told him that he had to leave town. It was a calm conversation where I pointed out the obvious, he was not the victim, my children who were refusing to sleep anywhere but next to mom were the victims. Furthermore that we had decided not to press charges because we didn’t want to ruin his life and more importantly his son’s life. (btw this was one of the recommendations talked about in several FBI Profiling books a friend gave, give them an out and if they have family, he did, they may take it and leave you alone, otherwise stalkers can go on for years sometimes with tragic results) In no uncertain terms I let him know that this was his chance to remake his life into something better than lurking around in the shadows, staring into bathroom windows.

His father assured me that he was in therapy. It bothered me, and I said so, that he had lied to me when I first saw him that day. When I first rode up both he and his dad had turned away which forced me to stop, I had been undecided till then. When I stopped he turned around and I asked him what was up. He tried to say that this was the first time this he had done this sort of thing which was a lie. I told his dad that if he was telling these sorts of lies to the therapist then it was my guess the therapy would merely be a cover to hide his derangement. I then outlined all the events including the broken window latches and the chair pushed up to the bathroom window, I hope his dad related all of this to the therapist.

He took the opportunity to leave town, selling his house and moving away with his wife and child. Now he is gone and for the first time in weeks I am not sleeping on the couch with one eye open and the cannon nearby. For the first time in weeks I am stopping to realize the implications of what I was doing in the backyard that night with my .45. For the first time in my life I understand what a lie it is to say that handguns are useless and dangerous. I was there before the police even after having to drive home. Not the fault of the police but the merely the result of this fact, no one is more enthusiastic about defending my family than me. That is the way it should be. For those who doubt that sort of sentiment read this little missive “A Nation of Cowards“.

On the other hand it gives me tremendous pause to consider just how close I was that night to a decision on whether to shoot or not. Because we didn’t arrest him we don’t know whether he was armed or not, at least the officer didn’t mention frisking him. Given the sequence of events I missed coming upon this freak by perhaps seconds. At night with a flashlight as my guide I would have had to make a decision on whether he was dangerous or not. I am glad it didn’t come to that sort of decision but given my attitude I am confident that I would not have been impetuous.

Clean up on Aisle 11

  • Childhood friend who visited me in Vegas is out of jail and living somewhere. Reportedly he wasn’t very happy with me for having put him back into jail. Isn’t the legal system peachy? Btw this was in Texas where they are supposed to be tough on crime.
  • My Daughter completely recovered except for some adhesion problems which manifests as a stomach ache from time to time.
  • Wifey is absolutely confident in loading the shotgun these days. Prefers that to the .45 which is handy since I prefer the .45.
  • The kids have settled down now that I told them the bad man has moved away. Both the girls sleep in their own bed. My son still has not moved out of our bed but that is our choice. Yea we are one of those strange families that allow our children to sleep with us till they get right around my son’s age.
  • If you are going to carry a weapon spend some time thinking about the implications of what you may have to do. Yes it is good to have the option of stopping a bad guy but regardless it is still an awesome responsibility that macho crap doesn’t cover very well. Consider that had I come across this freak I might have shot a father of a darling child. If that doesn’t make you pause for a second then don’t own a weapon.

I am hoping that these exciting times are over…but given my penchant for spotting trouble I doubt it. One day when we are standing around drinking a fine glass of Romanee Conti, Domaine La Tache, let me tell you about the time I caught a women fleeing the scene of a hit and run. She had a baby carriage stuck under her car…drunk out of her mind at 10:00am…what is that Chinese curse “May you live in exciting times”!

Why I own guns and have taught my wife how to use them. Home defense

Gun Control means hitting your target.

Clayton Cramer has made it his task to scour the newspapers looking for reports of the use of weapons in self defense. Its a terrific read and is on my blogline feed. I recommend this blog highly especially to those poor souls who insist to me that I won’t have the time to reach my weapon, while assuring me they will have the time to reach a phone and wait for the police. Sheesh I will reach my gun, stop the invasion, call for pizza and eat it while the other guy is running around his house screaming and spraying mace. Mace, how to really piss off crazy people.

This latest story isnt from a newspaper report but from Claytons own personal experience.Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog

Picking a nit…WTF???

Lets see now, the Supreme Court was helping people be left alone when they decided that people didn’t become people until they were born??? WTF! Now the Supreme Court is deciding the people aren’t people if they can’t have a spot of tea and talk about the weather…deciding to allow Terri to be murdered like some unwanted fetus simply because she is inconvenient and unable to discuss the latest office gossip.

All in the spirit of allowing people to be left alone.

Maybe I am missing something but perhaps some better ways of expressing what very well might be a terrific sentiment might be found by the guys over at Wizbang.

Life is way too precious to be so casual about it. Perspective people, perspective. Life is the most fundamental right we all have…each and every one of us. Lets be very careful about being casual with it.

    Wizbang The most fundamental right: “To me, the simplest, most important, and most often violated right is the simple right to be left alone. I think that’s what the Supreme Court was grasping for when it came down with Roe V. Wade, and it’s at the crux of so many of our other basic rights. And it seems these days that it’s the one most often ignored. Here are a few examples.

I wanna buy this guy a drink….

But I’m thinking about sending a coupon instead of getting him in the same state as I am. After all I have spent enough time in hospitals lately. And putting Acidman and I into the same state would definitely get me into the hospital with alcohol poisoning.

First really good laugh I have had since Anna was injured, I nearly choked on my food. I owe you one Acidman…tell me where to send the coupons. hehe. Funniest posts I have read in months.

Straight White Guy: I’m in serious trouble now