Saturday, November 03, 2007
I was hired by the Fresno County Library as an IT Support Tech. That means I get to field the help desk calls, go out to branches and work on their computers and fix the broken ones, among other things. The library is implementing a self-checkout system, which includes RFID tagging of as many books as possible in the system, and I'm the lead person on installing the branch hardware and software.
The best thing is that I get lots of time to sit in front of the computer, surf the net and keep up on everything going on. I work Tuesday through Saturday, and Saturdays are usually dead enough that I can get a lot of stuff done in the office. This morning, I'm building an image as a skills test, so that they know that I know what I'm doing. The problem comes in that it takes so long for each thing to install, even on these screamingly fast computers. Sometimes I have to grab something off one of the network servers, copy it to the local machine or the external drive, and then run it, and that can take forever, depending on the rest of the network traffic.
Maybe now I can post some of the things that happen to me with all the in-duh-viduals running around.
Friday, November 02, 2007
http://www.unique-design.net/library/nature/consequence/hiroshima.html is the URL if you want to set your own head spinning.
Friday, May 04, 2007
Arizona is another state that gets it right, allowing open carry, and has a Shall Issue policy on CCW permits.
Gun control proponents turning us into cowards
By BOB SHIMIZU
The "rabbit people" are launching another torrent of invective against the
private gun ownership in the United States.
"Some nations bloodied by massacres turn to gun control" by William J. Kole
of the Associated Press fails to state how many times a firearm, or the
threat of one, has deterred violent attacks.
Seung Hui Cho, the shooter at Virginia Tech, acted illegally, so why didn't
the law stop him? Mr. Cho illegally falsified the statements on his Federal
Form 4473 to buy a firearm. He knowingly and illegally carried a gun onto
school property. Cho murdered 32 innocent victims. Finally, Mr. Cho took a
coward's refuge in suicide, his only benevolent act.
Now, college campuses across the country know how unprotected they are. The
police cannot protect the citizenry. At best they can collect forensic
evidence and try to catch the perpetrators, if they're still available.
But blood still stains the walls, and lives remain ruined.
Every U.S. citizen has the right to safety and self-defense. When did we
start thinking that anyone else can "protect" us? When did we come to think
that giving up the tools to protect ourselves means that society must kill our
own snakes for us? Why are we turning into cowards?
Nowhere is this misbegotten ethic more in force than on our liberal college
campuses, where it used to be perfectly fine for students to have
marksmanship classes and clubs. Colleges used to give young citizens a proper
grounding in the principles of government. Colleges made sure students understood
that they are the government and the state serves the people.
The dysfunctional leftist ethos has eroded that teaching along with the
malignant disease of "political correctness." Any confrontation somehow is
"bad." Any heartfelt discussion between opposite points of view is "violence."
Today, in the face of real violence, college kids are unable to do anything
Nowadays, cowardice is so prevalent that no Virginia Tech students had the
courage to rush Mr. Cho. That concerted action might have stopped things then
and there. Instead, the moral outrage that we might have felt even 40 years
ago has turned into retreat that lets a mad dog strike at will.
We make much of kids jumping out of windows to escape Mr. Cho's predations.
Had I run from this fight, I'd feel like a coward.
It's not the kids' fault. It's ours. We failed to insist that they learn
correctly - that they and they alone are responsible for their safety. We
made them into "rabbit people." We made them into rabbit people because we are
Every time such a horror occurs, we demand that politicians "do something."
So, they try to ban the object involved rather than state things as they
are: No one can protect you from a mad dog. You have to deal with him
yourself. But after the crushing defeat the left suffered in 1994 after attacking
the Second Amendment, you can be sure they'll tread cautiously. A few
functioning Americans still exist out there.
That's why of the four flights terrorists hijacked on 9/11, one plane failed
to reach its target. That's why a teacher who retrieved his weapon from his
vehicle stopped the Oct. 1, 1997 school shooting in Pearl Miss., and
arrested the criminal. In some cases, Americans still are willing to stand up and
stop the outrage themselves.
The Jan. 31, 2006 Roanoke Times reported that the House Committee on
Militia, Police and Public Safety voted down HB1572 which would have allowed college
students and employees to carry handguns on campus.
Delegate Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah County, proposed the bill on behalf of
the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker
was happy with the defeat.
"I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's
actions," he said, "because this will help parents, students, faculty and
visitors feel safe on our campus."
A popular bumper sticker reads, "Think globally, act locally." If the
citizens of Prescott want to keep their kids safe at Prescott College, Yavapai
Community College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the governing boards
of those respective organizations can thumb their noses at federal and state
laws about firearms on college campuses and let concealed carry permit
holders keep and bear arms on school property.
Such people have no criminal record, and have demonstrated both an
understanding of the use of deadly force and the proper manipulation of their weapons.
That would deter any mad dogs among us.
Do they have the courage to act in the face of this outrage? It's a
solution that would work.
(Bob Shimizu is a local businessman, an avid shooter, and a concealed carry
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Unarmed and vulnerable
Bradford B. Wiles - Thursday, August 31, 2006
Wiles, of New Castle, is a graduate student at Virginia Tech.
On Aug. 21 at about 9:20 a.m., my graduate-level class was evacuated
from the Squires Student Center. We were interrupted in class and not
informed of anything other than the following words: "You need to get
out of the building."
Upon exiting the classroom, we were met at the doors leading outside
by two armor-clad policemen with fully automatic weapons, plus their
side arms. Once outside, there were several more officers with either
fully automatic rifles and pump shotguns, and policemen running down
the street, pistols drawn.
It was at this time that I realized that I had no viable means of protecting
Please realize that I am licensed to carry a concealed handgun in the
commonwealth of Virginia, and do so on a regular basis. However,
because I am a Virginia Tech student, I am prohibited from carrying at
school because of Virginia Tech's student policy, which makes posses-
sion of a handgun an expellable offense, but not a prosecutable crime.
I had entrusted my safety, and the safety of others to the police. In light
of this, there are a few things I wish to point out.
First, I never want to have my safety fully in the hands of anyone else,
including the police.
Second, I considered bringing my gun with me to campus, but did not
due to the obvious risk of losing my graduate career, which is ridiculous
because had I been shot and killed, there would have been no graduate
career for me anyway.
Third, and most important, I am trained and able to carry a concealed
handgun almost anywhere in Virginia and other states that have recip-
rocity with Virginia, but cannot carry where I spend more time than
anywhere else because, somehow, I become a threat to others when I
cross from the town of Blacksburg onto Virginia Tech's campus.
Of all of the emotions and thoughts that were running through my head
that morning, the most overwhelming one was of helplessness. That
feeling of helplessness has been difficult to reconcile because I knew I
would have been safer with a proper means to defend myself.
I would also like to point out that when I mentioned to a professor that I
would feel safer with my gun, this is what she said to me, "I would feel
safer if you had your gun."
The policy that forbids students who are legally licensed to carry in
needs to be changed.
I am qualified and capable of carrying a concealed handgun and urge
you to work with me to allow my most basic right of self-defense, and
eliminate my entrusting my safety and the safety of my classmates to
This incident makes it clear that it is time that Virginia Tech and the
commonwealth of Virginia let me take responsibility for my safety.
This came out after the first on-campus incident at the beginning of this school year, when an escaped prisoner threatened the students at this and another nearby campus.
So, who do you trust? For more information on concealed weapons permits for your state, go to packing.org
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Suarez International USA, Inc. (http://www.suarezinternational.com/)There are people far more eloquent than I, but here's my version of the bottom line:
By now the news about the shootings at Virginia Tech have reached everyone. I hate hearing about things like this. I hate it not only because some probably good people were killed (I say probably because I didn't know any of them), but because those who hate us and our way of life will seek to use these events to further their political agendas. I can almost see Pelosi and Hillary snickering over their bubbling cauldrons at their "good fortune"
I wrote a piece a few months ago on how to prevent these things and it involves, simply and decidedly, that being armed is the best solution.
Point One: It is already illegal to do what the gunman did...murder people...but he did it anyway... sadly, the law failed.
Point Two: It is illegal to bring guns into the University, yet that didn't
stop the gunman. He did it anyway... again, the law failed.
Point Three: As courageous as the University police may be... as trained and equipped as they may be... they are totally irrelevant in such events. As we saw, they did not stop this man. He killed a boatload of people unbothered by the enforcers of the law, the prosecutors of the law, and of course, unbothered by those who obey the law.
Again... THE LAW FAILED.
There are only three conclusions we may reach here.
Conclusion One: These events are unavoidable and some people will simply die this way in the society we have. I personally refuse to accept that under any terms.
Conclusion Two: These event can be stopped by making it illegal for civilians to possess guns. The stupidity of this arguement cannot be overstated, yet that is undoubtedly what we will hear. I will reference all to the points above. In short, as they all invariably do, THE LAW FAILED.
Conclusion Three: Allow those who wish to, to carry guns for their own protection. (and I would add, make any organization that enacts policies to prevent the free exercise of civil rights, liable for any crimes of violence). I think of the three, this one makes the most sense, but probably the one least considered.
Some would say that an armed man or woman would only be able to protect themselves and would not have stopped the gunman. I disagree if in the act of this self-protection, they killed the gunman. What if the first or second intended victim had been one of these? How many lives would have been saved by one civilian carrying a pistol? After all...with all the cops in and around the college already, they could not prevent the shooter from killing again. The law failed here as well did it not?
On the shooter, few facts are coming out. This makes me wonder. First of all, I find it a very strange coincidence that every time some sort of anti-gun (anti-civil rights) legislation is being discussed, something like this happens. I'm not suggesting anything, but the contestants on Deal or No Deal should have as much "coincidental happenstance"
Regardless of where all of the fallout takes us, I expect a greater impetus in the left's attempts to deny our civil right to own and carry guns. I have just ordered a boatload of pistol and rifle magazines for sale at our store, and another two crates of ammo for our own armory.
Gun Control Kills People
I wish that I could put it in a bigger font, but it's just that simple. If Cho Seung-Hui was not the only one carrying a gun in Norris Hall; if the Virginia State Legislature had pushed the bill through to allow CHL/CCW holders to carry on campuses of the state's university system, there would be a far lower death toll.
Ask Suzanna Gratia-Hupp about not being able to carry her legally owned firearm into a restaurant. She knows all about it, and she did something about it.
On the other hand, Carolyn McCarthy has it all wrong, just like anyone from that crime-infested liberal bastion on New York City.
It's time to wake up America, throw off the liberal shackles keeping us from protecting ourselves, and vote for personal responsibility by throwing out anyone who wants to take our constitutionally guaranteed rights away from us.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Airlines & TSA
Can I step into a time machine and go back to when Ronnie Reagan was President, and all the world was right?
Friday, March 02, 2007
Posted by: "Autumn Rose Press" JAH@autumnrosebooks.com talks2crows Thu Mar 1, 2007 9:45 am (PST)
Off Duty? Outside Scope? On Vacation? Out with the family?
Things to think about.
Does your unit, department, gang, club, or social shooting group, teach and practice, hand and arm signal communications?
Have you trained your family how to respond in an active shooter situation?
ATAC bulletin: More Info on Salt Lake City Mall Shooting
Here are some observations on last week's Salt Lake City mall shooting from Ken Wallentine, Chief of Law Enforcement for the Utah Attorney General and president of Public Safety Solutions, a public safety consulting company.
There are many rumors swirling around this week's shooting at Trolley Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. Not a great deal is known about the suspect, but the Salt Lake City PD is leading the investigation and doing an incredible job.
Here are a few certain facts about the incident:
1. Salt Lake City Police Department took note of the Columbine tragedy, as did many departments. SLCPD, as well as the Utah Police Academy, added active shooter training to basic training. SLCPD also staged an active shooter drill in one of the city's large downtown shopping malls, with the help of instructors from LAPD. The SLCPD officer who entered the Trolley Square mall had been involved in the simulated mall shooting drill as instructors.
2. Off-duty Ogden PD officer was dining with his wife, an off-duty Ogden PD Dispatcher, when he heard the shots. The dispatcher wife called in the shooting, providing a detailed description of her husband, who advanced to engage the shooter.
3. A patrol sergeant, Andy Oblad, was on patrol in the area. He immediately entered the mall and teamed up with the off-duty Ogden PD officer, Ken Hammon, to halt the shooter's advance toward more victims and pin him down. Sgt. Oblad recognized the off-duty officer from the dispatch description (obtained from the off-duty dispatcher/spouse who is equally a hero).
4. Within 3 minutes of dispatch, an active shooter team from Salt Lake City PD SWAT was moving in. That's THREE MINUTES of the call dispatch. Sgt. Josh Scharman, Detective Dustin Marshall and Detective Brett Olsen formed the contact team. SWAT officers work regular duty in the Gang Unit and are on duty in high call volume hours. The contact team entered the mall, saw the shooter firing on Sgt. Oblad and Officer Hammon, and ordered the suspect to drop the weapon. The suspect turned to the contact team and was instantly neutralized as a threat. A diagram of the event can be found at: http://www.sltrib. com/ci_5223643
5. --The 2002 Winter Olympics moved our valley (and adjoining areas) to full interoperability of comms systems. It worked in 2002 and in worked better last Monday. Radio interoperability is critical (duh!). Now we need to create full statewide interoperability.
6. --Incident Command was up and running with SLCPD Deputy Chief Scott Atkinson in command within an incredibly brief window of time. The Sheriff and Utah Department of Public Safety support groups took their cues from the Incident Commander, just like it is supposed to work. Highway Patrol moved off the freeways into downtown to quickly and solidly lock down a huge perimeter. DPS Air Support gave the eye in the sky and lighting support. No ego problems, no clashes, no delays.
7. --The rumor that there were seven other off-duty officers unarmed in the mall at the time is absolutely groundless.
A few facts about the shooter:
1. Sulejman Talovic came to the United States from Bosnia with his family when he was 5 years old. HIs family was relatively affluent in Bosnia and wanted to leave the violence of the civil war. His father, Sulio Talovic, stated that he did not know what drove his son to commit mass murder, but he believed that someone else motivated his son to do the killings and someone else supplied the weapons. Though the father was surprised by the act, there are clues that seem to fit the profile of school
2. There is no evidence that this was a directed act.
3. Sulejman Talovic regularly attended the local Muslim mosque until a recent job change caused him to miss services. His father is well-known in the Muslim community, but active mosque participants say that they did not really know Sulejman Talovic.
4. There is no evidence that the killings are related to Sulejman Talovic's Islamic beliefs or to the Salt Lake City mosque or Muslim community. It appears that the religious affiliation played no role in the killings.
5. Though juvenile court records are sealed, there are credible reports that Sulejman Talovic committed a rock-throwing assault at age 10 and an aggravated assault with a knife at age 12, as well as a report of an un-prosecuted aggravated assault with a knife against his landlord. The landlord did not believe that he was in actual danger.
6. There is a credible report that Sulejman Talovic was disciplined in school and then dropped out just over two years ago for violating school policy by studying AK47 assault rifles on school computers.
7. Despite irresponsible claims by Jack Thompson, known for his First Amendment legal views, there is presently no evidence that the "Salt Lake City Teen Probably Trained on Grand Theft Auto Video Game for Mall Massacre. " It makes for nice headlines, but the investigation is still in very early stages.
Some lessons that I have been urging upon my own staff during the past week:
1. Be ready, all times, all places, all conditions. It may sound trite, but the first rule of a gun fight it to have a gun. I'm asking my officers to remember that they work for a chief who encourages off-duty carry, allows and encourages secondary weapons.
2. You don't drive a cruiser without a spare tire. Don't carry a gun without additional ammo. --Active shooters require active response. Train now.
3. Comms interoperability works!
4. Train with your spouse on how you will respond. Help save your own life by rehearsing off-duty response. Several years ago, I added this element to the Mental Preparation for Combat class that I teach at each Utah Police Academy session. I ask the officers to bring their spouses to the class.
5. Carry a go-bag in the car. My officers all have unmarked police vehicles which they may use off-duty. Many of my staff have duties that take them to rural areas of our state where they may be the only back-up within twenty or thirty miles to a first responder. My staff is directed to re-read my article on preparation: Mission Readiness: Emergency Preparation for the Law Enforcement Officer, The Utah Peace Officer, Fall 2006. Go to: http://www.kenwallentine.com/Publications.html and click on "Mission Readiness." Additionally, read the articles of my friend, fellow chief and warrior, Jeff Chudwin, that regularly appear at PoliceOne.com.
6. When the crisis comes, it will be the first cops on the scene who can make a difference. Officer Ken Hammon, Sgt. Andy Oblad, Sgt. Josh Scharman, Detective Dustin Marshall and Detective Brett Olsen proved it once again. Hooah!
(See diagram of Utah Mall Shooting on Next Page)
Monday, February 26, 2007
The most corrupt Congressman in the House is being appointed to the Homeland Security Committee. Where is the Culture of Corruption now? It certainly isn't on the Republican side. Pelosi should be smacked in the head for this one. She's dumber than a pile of shit (and not much better looking, either) for pulling this stunt. What the hell was she thinking with? Never mind, she probably had her campaign enriched with a little laundered money.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Scurrying Rats Take Over NYC KFC-Taco Bell Restaurant
So you thought that I was kidding about the headline. I'm so glad that I live on the West Coast, where live insects or live rodents will get you immediately shut down. Wild, live vermin are disgusting, and anywhere that is so dirty for so long that they are attracted to the filth has a long standing problem. It starts with a bad attitude in the store management, which permeates to the hourly staff, and if the district management/franchisee doesn't take care of it immediately, then it can only get worse.
I've worked in the service industry, and everywhere I worked, we had regular inspections by the health department, and a weekly visit from the exterminator who inspected the whole building for infestation, and provided preventative and , if needed, remedial treatment. None of the facilities that I worked at EVER had a problem with an infestation of anything more than ants, which was taken care of less than 24 hours after discovering the problem.
Of course, being from the Left Coast, I have to get my digs in...
New York City is full of nothing but vermin anyway, from 8-legged all the way to the 2-legged kinds.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
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Friday, February 16, 2007
Muslim fanatic works on trains
A MUSLIM fanatic who dressed as a suicide bomber at a rally threatening terror attacks has got a job on TRAINS.
Sick Omar Khayam cleans carriages unsupervised for rail giant First Group.
And he has even got keys to onboard electrical cupboards.
Furious train drivers last night claimed the safety of staff and passengers is being put at risk.
One driver added: “It’s an astonishing security breach.
“We cannot believe this man is employed in a job giving him access to locked places on trains where bombs could be hidden and never be found.
“He has keys that could be passed on to others for the electrical cupboards in carriages. It is a risk too far.”
Convicted drugs dealer Khayam, 22, had been filmed dressed as a bomber at the controversial demonstration outside London’s Danish Embassy last year.
He wore a sinister camouflage outfit with a black vest.
Extremists around him — protesting at cartoons of the prophet Mohammed — waved placards supporting the 7/7 London bombings and calling for new UK terror attacks.
Khayam was sent back to prison after officials ruled he had broken the terms of his early release.
He was due to stay behind bars until August 2007 but was AGAIN released early.
He now works nights at First Group’s huge depot in Bedford. When challenged about his job, he said: “So what? I’ve not committed a crime. If there is a concern, that’s what the police are there for. That’s what security services are for.”First Group runs trains to London from Cambridge, Bedford and Brighton, under the name First Capital Connect.
The scandal comes as 29 suspected terrorists go on trial in Madrid over train bombs that killed 191 rush-hour commuters nearly three years ago.
And just days ago a Muslim man who used the embassy demo to whip up race hate was warned he faces jail. Abdul Saleem, 31, was convicted of stirring up racial hatred. He will be sentenced in April. Last night First Group spokesman Robert Beahan said: “We are subject to UK employment law and carry out all necessary employment checks. The safety of customers and employees is our main priority.”
Here in the US, if you have any kind of criminal record, you can't work in transportation, either with the airlines or with the railroads. And this guy is a drug criminal... Go figure.
Ricky Martin Defends Obscene Gesture
Feb 16, 8:32 AM (ET)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Ricky Martin, who was a headliner at the 2001 inauguration ball for President George W. Bush, has a message for the American commander in chief about war.
At a recent concert, the 35-year-old singer stuck up his middle finger when he sang the president's name in his song "Asignatura Pendiente," which includes the words, "a photo with Bush." The gesture last Friday prompted cheers from thousands of fans in the San Juan stadium.
On Thursday, the Puerto Rican heartthrob repeated his criticism of the Iraq war and explained his changed position on Bush.
"My convictions of peace and life go beyond any government and political agenda and as long as I have a voice onstage and offstage, I will always condemn war and those who promulgate it," Martin said about his action in an e-mail statement sent to The Associated Press via a spokesman.
Martin, like other artists, has been highly critical of the war in Iraq.
I can see the headlines now: Dixie Chicks and Ricky Martin to tour together. Tour dates in Puerto Rico, Montreal, Habana, Caracas and Teheran. No US dates have been added due to lack of interest.Toby Keith thrilled by extra open dates at US venues, his performances predicted to sell out.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
I was recently surfing through his website and found something that he recently wrote that hits the nail on the head.
By closing the borders, the U.S. would stop subsidizing Mexican failure. At present, workers come to America not only because of higher wages, but also on the assumption that their cash income will often be untaxed and augmented by subsidized state health care, housing and education.I was incredulous at this thought. It's the culmination of dozens of articles that I've read regarding remittances, the use of government services by illegals, and the problems with the Government of Mexico.
Tax evasion and American entitlement help to free up workers' dollars to be sent back to Mexico. In economic terms, that translates to the United States economy subsidizing millions of the unemployed in Mexico through $20 billion annually in cash remittances. This money weakens the incentive of millions in Mexico to seek employment or to demand government reform.
Now, if only Washington DC has the stones to implement such a plan.
Whole article here.
For instance, take some of the laws being proposed right here in California: One law maker wants to completely ban the sale of incandescent light bulbs in the state in favor of compact florescent bulbs. What difference does it make? Not a hell of a lot, considering all of the other 47 states connected to the same power grid are just going to be using those incandescent bulbs. Besides, CFLs are a harsh light, not easy on the eyes. The electronics in the CFLs used to generate the high voltage and frequency used to make the arc inside the lamps make a lot of RF noise. So much that you can hear it on your AM radio.
I really like Nevada's idea regarding their state legislature. They meet for 6 months every 2 years, and the rest of the time the legislators are back home working as they should. When you have people that think their primary job is to make law, they will come up with anything to prove that they are doing their job, no matter how asinine or just flat stupid it might be.
Oh, the title means "You Have Got to be S**ting Me". You can figure it out from there.
Monday, February 12, 2007
I've got a new job since my last posting, which is one reason that I don't post that much. Instead of driving mail around, I'm driving kids around, and taking care of mail going between different DCFS offices and the court. I get to peek at some of the filings and it's depressed me a little bit, especially when I see things like "mother tested positive for (insert drug here) at the time of child's birth" or "(parent) in County Jail for (insert crime here) and (other parent) committed to CDC for (term) for (felony crime)". Some of the Social Workers and SW Aides wondered how I became jaded so quickly, knowing that the mother of this precious child that I've brought in for a visit isn't going to show, since she hasn't shown for the last 3 visits that I brought in in for.
The people that I work around are great, and they understand the hard time the everyone in Family Reunification has. We do a lot of different things as morale boosters, and we all share little goodies that we bring in for lunch and snacks. There's a cake decorating contest between the different units in the building on Valentine's day, with the winning unit getting a pizza lunch paid for by the morale committee.
I've about had it with all of the crap coming from the Left. Between the Open Borders idiots, the anti-gun Nazis, and the anti-war morons, it's a wonder that I haven't gone completely postal. These people have no concept of history, and no independent thought. They regurgitate the pablum that's fed to them by their commie handlers.
I say that we lock the borders down with a big-assed wall, round up every illegal alien, no matter where they're from or what color they are and ship them back from whence they came. Our lettuce won't cost $3/head, and Americans will have real jobs at real wages. Quality and safety will skyrocket, overall costs of living will go down, because we won't be paying for the leeches bleeding the welfare system dry, or forcing the rest of us to pay for their healthcare at the emergency room. No more "press 1 for English, oprima el 2 para Espanol" crap; if you can't speak English, LEARN!
Maybe we'll get a president in 2008 with a spine that will examine all of the thousands of gun laws and will actually get rid of many of them. One can hope, but I'm not holding my breath. I'm already planning on moving to the free state of Arizona from the People's Republic of Kalifornia. I've had it with all the stupid laws and regulations that keep me from buying something that is legal to buy and own in the 49 other states of the US.
Now to the war. It's starting to look like Vietnam already, with the politicians starting to micromanage the troops. We need to let the generals on the ground order up as many troops as they need, as many supplies, humvees, trucks, and guns as they need to WIN THE FUCKING WAR. They need to lock down the borders there, too, to keep the Iranians and Syrians from bringing the guns, bombs, RPGs and IEDs in to attack our troops.
The rules of engagement should be simple: If they aren't US military, US Civilian contractors, Iraqi police, or Iraqi military, and they have a gun out on the streets, they're fair game. Iraq isn't a stable place, and there you can't tell the bad guys from the good guys like you can in the US. Here, if you look like a gang-banger, and you have a gun, you're the bad guy. If you look like a normal clean-cut person, you're NOT the bad guy.
Either way, you should be able to have as many guns as you want in your house for self defense. Once you step outside, you'd better look like one of the good guys, or you're gonna get arrested or dead.
Some of you might say "well, why don't you go over there and do something?" Well, I have my application in at several different contractors specifically to go to the ME and help with the reconstruction efforts. I'm just waiting for them to call me. They have my number.