Thanksgiving 2008: be grateful!

Can’t really write how I feel any better than Bill Whittle:

But of all the things I am thankful for on this most American of holidays, nothing surpasses the pride and gratitude I feel to live in a country where I may sit in this chair and write about whatever I damn well please, without fear of retribution or intimidation. It’s an amazing right. And I’ll continue to sit here and rail against the things I feel hurt our country and our people, knowing in my heart that the instant the people I oppose so passionately actually start to suffer the loss of their rights or freedoms I will be there defending them — armed, if necessary — and that the vast majority of them will do the same for me.

God Bless us, every one.


Palin Derangement in the Media Continues – UPDATED

Where else will you find the media as obsessed with Palin as on MSNBC, and specifically Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann?  Or whatever lucky bum gets to sub for him, in this case.

Her latest perceived offense?  Pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey, but then allowing the slaughter of one or more in the backdrop of her interview.  You can see the sneering MSNBC report here:

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Hey, folks, breaking news! Guess what: you have to kill animals to eat their meat.  Even the beloved turkey.

Now, I realize her comments juxtaposed with the rather humane slaughter going on behind her was, indeed, funny, but only the most timid and warped among us would take offense at that.

Can you believe some would actually call it murder?

Murder, perhaps. But it’s tasty, tasty murder.

UPDATED (11/24):

From… Candyassism has gone mainstream.  Actually, I think it went mainstream long ago.  Perhaps back in the 80s or 90s.

Just Because Lance is Paranoid…

doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get him.

Lance Armstrong, a seven-times winner of the Tour de France, fears that he could be attacked by spectators when he returns to the race next year.

Armstrong, who recently announced his comeback from a three-year retirement, said: “There’re some aggressive, angry emotions [in France]. If you believe what you read my personal safety could be in jeopardy. Cycling is a sport of the open road and spectators are lining that road. I try to believe that people, even if they don’t like me, will let the race unfold.”

Asked whether he feared he might be violently attacked on the 2009 Tour, Armstrong said: “There’re directors of French teams that have encouraged people to take to the streets … elbow to elbow. It’s very emotional and tense.”

I understand that emotions always run high in France, but I don’t think anything will happen.  Just peddle, Lance, and stick it to ’em one more time.

Test Your Firearms Knowledge

So now that Obama has reinstated his Urban Policy which again contains the reference to a permanent and more onerous ban on scawy-wooking black rifles, et al, Ragnar @ The Arsenal has a quiz for you

If you’re like most gun owners, you probably have at least one anti-gun friend who can’t understand why gun owners opposed the federal “assault weapon” ban originally, or why we oppose it now. 

What I’ve generally found is that the vast majority of those individuals know next to nothing, if anything at all, about what the so-called “assault weapon” ban actually was.  What they generally know is that they don’t like guns that much in the first place, and they sure don’t like any gun specifically designed for “assault.”

So, hop on over and take his quiz; post your answer there and/or here, as well.  I’m genuinely interested to see people’s responses.

Gun grabbers don’t know diddley

Here’s Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) in what I assume is a 2007 interview on MSNBC, probably after she introduced H.R. 1022.

Folks, they don’t even know what the hell they’re talking about…

Do you know what a barrel shroud is?
Is it the shoulder thing that goes up?
No, it’s not


A Test of Tolerance ends in Failure

What? What? What?  I thought That One was about inclusion and healing?  An 8th grader experiments and finds out just how tolerant her classmates, and even instructors, can be…

So just before the election, Catherine consulted with her history teacher, then bravely wore a unique T-shirt to school and recorded the comments of teachers and students in her journal. The T-shirt bore the simple yet quite subversive words drawn with a red marker:

“McCain Girl.”

“People were upset. But they started saying things, calling me very stupid, telling me my shirt was stupid and I shouldn’t be wearing it,” Catherine said.

Then it got worse.

“One person told me to go die. It was a lot of dying. A lot of comments about how I should be killed,” Catherine said, of the tolerance in Oak Park.

“In one class, I had one teacher say she will not judge me for my choice, but that she was surprised that I supported McCain,” Catherine said.

Only a few times did anyone say anything remotely positive about her McCain shirt. One girl pulled her aside in a corner, out of earshot of other students, and whispered, “I really like your shirt.”

That’s when you know America is truly supportive of diversity of opinion, when children must whisper for fear of being ostracized, heckled and crucifixed.

Yes, cricifixed… read the whole column and you’ll get the joke.

Hope? Change?