Thursday, May 31, 2012

Peoples Republic of China Hates Guns in the hands of Citizens

Here we have the Full Text of Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011 according to the Consulate General of the Peoples Republic of China New York.

I could present it to you here in full, but really what most interests me is this keen observation.

"The United States prioritizes the right to keep and bear arms over the protection of citizens' lives and personal security and exercises lax firearm possession control, causing rampant gun ownership. The U.S. people hold between 35 percent and 50 percent of the world' s civilian-owned guns, with every 100 people having 90 guns (Online edition of the Foreign Policy, January 9, 2011). According to a Gallup poll in October 2011, 47 percent of American adults reported that they had a gun. That was an increase of six percentage points from a year ago and the highest Gallup had recorded since 1993. Fifty-two percent of middle-aged adults, aged between 35 and 54, reported to own guns, and the adults' gun ownership in the south region was 54 percent (The China Press, October 28, 2011). The New York Times reported on November 14, 2011, that since 1995, more than 3,300 felons and people convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors had regained their gun rights in the state of Washington and of that number, more than 400 had subsequently committed new crimes, including shooting and other felonies (The New York Times, November 14, 2011)."

I love it. On the one hand, they say we have a lot of crime, on the other they deride American ownership of guns for self protection. All this as more Americans are buying guns and the FBI crime stats say that crime is going down, no matter of what the New York Times or China Press want to make ya all believe.

No doubt from that government point of view, such freedom should always be forbidden, lest it is turned against the government itself.

Who said it best, "Power comes from the barrel of a gun"

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sometimes, there are people who amaze me. I mean really.

When a young boy I built stilts from 2x4's to stagger around eight feet tall.. That was cool and all, but really. Running on springs is, something of comic book hero stuff, and this guy pulls it off.

Not happy with just the ability to do such a thing, he need competition. What a guy.

Paralympic sprinter Jerome Singleton claims to be ‘fastest amputee in the world’

In the great tradition of American sprinting, strong young men run fast and talk even faster. Jerome Singleton Jr. brings the full sprint-star package, from the charming conceit to the stocked résumé. During a recent news conference in Dallas with fellow U.S. athletes, Singleton smiled broadly, tossed humility out the window and let it be known who was in the room.

“My name is Jerome Singleton Jr.,” he said into a microphone. “I’m the fastest amputee in the world.”
He’s America’s answer to Oscar Pistorius, the widely acclaimed South African sprinter hoping to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympic Games this summer. The way Singleton sees it, he and Pistorius, whom he defeated at the most recent world championships in the 100 meters for below-knee amputees, are going to have one compelling, must-watch showdown at the Paralympics in London.

Washington Post

Excuse me for being impolite, as I hate the term "handicap", seeing these two cripples going head to head is an inspiration.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Telegraph shils for Iran

Whenever I read the BBC, my BS sensor is on high alert.

Here I have a warning about The Telegraph. Seems they are not above creative editing themselves. Doing a little checking on the story where the Iranian navy "saves" a US flagged vessel from pirates I found this discrepancy between two news sources.

Both Google News and The Telegraph used an AFP (Agence France-Press) story, but The Telegraph forgot something (highlighted in red).

Iran navy saves US freighter from pirates: report

TEHRAN — Iran's navy said Thursday it saved an American-flagged cargo ship that was being attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Oman.

An Iranian warship responded to a distress signal from the US-flagged Maersk Texas, a cargo ship of 150 metres (500 feet) and 14,000 tonnes, which was besieged by "several pirate boats," the navy said in a statement reported by the official IRNA news agency.

The cargo vessel "was saved by the navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran" on Wednesday, IRNA added.

The pirates "fled the scene as soon as they spotted the presence" of the warship. Maersk Texas "thanked the Iranian navy and sailed towards its destination safely," it added.

It was the first time the Iranian navy protected a US ship from pirates.

Maersk Line told AFP that its vessel, Maersk Texas, had "thwarted an attack by multiple pirate skiffs at noon local while transiting the Gulf of Oman, northeast of Fujairah" but denied it had been helped by the Iranian navy.

"Maersk Texas heard from the Iranian navy over radio to the initial distress call, but our vessel received no assistance from the Iranian navy," spokesman Kevin Steers said in an email sent to AFP in Washington.

"All hands onboard are safe and unharmed, and the vessel is proceeding on its voyage," he added.

Iran's navy keeps a presence in Gulf of Oman to protect cargo ships and transiting oil tankers and also defend the country against potential threats.

According to Iranian commanders, Iran's navy have carried out hundreds of anti-piracy operations, engaging in hundreds of armed clashes with pirates in the past three years.

The US navy patrolling the area have on a number of occasions rescued Iranian ships. The latest incident was in January when a US warship secured the release of 13 Iranian fishermen near the entrance to the Gulf who had been held captive by pirates for 45 days.

Google News

 The Telegraph



Not really, it is just a wet dream of many Kansans in this part of the Bible belt.

Here is how the news is played out in USA Today

Kansas governor signs measure blocking Islamic law

Well, even that headline is enough to give a woody to a lot of these rednecks in the mid-west.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a law aimed at keeping the state's courts or government agencies from basing decisions on Islamic or other foreign legal codes, and a national Muslim group's spokesman said Friday that a court challenge is likely.


With all that said it is everybody understanding it only applies to Islam, Mormons and, not Christians.

Don't expect Mormon polygamy to be legal anytime soon.

Not holding my breath for Sunday sales of packaged alcohol drinks are allowed on Sunday.

How about them Gays who want to get married? Not till the Apocalypse.

There are a lot of things I love about this state, but Christian arrogance is not one of them.