Friday, January 30, 2015
Thought of the Day
Aggie at Bloodthirsty Liberal
Monday, January 19, 2015
Yeah, Name One
And the numbers vary. By a lot.
WWF says 10,000 species are going extinct each year. The Center for Biological Diversity says it's "literally" dozens per day. The National Geographic Society says its between "100 to 1,000 species lost per million [species] per year, mostly due to human-caused habitat destruction and climate change."
They just have a lot of trouble naming any.
In fact, the International Union for Conservation of Nature says, "only one animal has been definitely identified as having gone extinct since 2000. It was a mollusk."
Here is a sobering number (for them) from the newspaper of record, the NYT. Here is the money quote:
Species began going extinct at a much faster pace. Over the past five centuries, researchers have recorded 514 animal extinctions on land. But the authors of the new study found that documented extinctions are far rarer in the ocean.So that's a little over one per year. What about the other 9,998 and 1/2?
Before 1500, a few species of seabirds are known to have vanished. Since then, scientists have documented only 15 ocean extinctions, including animals such as the Caribbean monk seal and the Steller’s sea cow.
The real trouble is that we don't know how many species there are (or what is the natural rate of extinction, for that matter); so talking about a set percentage of loss of species by 2040 or 2100, for example, is nonsense.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Thought of the Day
Today, the President unveiled a new proposal: Make two years of community college free for responsible students across America.Muslim terrorists in Nigeria plunder and pillage a village, killing hundreds, and Obama leaps to defend freedom:
President Obama has revealed that he will be pushing for the Healthy Families Act (which, given that it’s about paid sick leave, should be the Unhealthy Families Act, surely?) to become law.Muslim terrorists in Syraq (or is it Iraqia?) post a video showing a child hacking off the heads of two prisoners, and Obama says no mas:
Yesterday, President Obama announced that he is challenging the federal government to remove all unnecessary regulatory barriers to broadband build-out and competition, and is establishing a new Broadband Opportunity Council. The council will bring together more than a dozen government agencies with the singular goal of speeding broadband deployment and improving access in areas that need it most.It’s like he’s in a different movie. It’s one thing to not say the phrase “Muslim terrorists”, but to pretend that they’re not there? Setting aside any value in his proposals, aren’t they a little weird in context of daily headlines? Don’t they come from an alternate reality?
Labels: President Obama; Fecklessness
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Interesting French National Police Weaponry
But on closer examination, I see they're carrying the Ruger AC556, a full auto version of the Mini 14.
The French have also upgraded the wooden stocks usually sold by Ruger. The gun is still in the awfully underpowered .223 (5.56mm on the continent) but it's cool that they're using American weapons.
Here's how you tell it's the AC556:
Sunday, January 11, 2015
On Dallas' Play-off Fate
That Karma is one tough mother, right?
Labels: Sports; NFL
Saturday, January 10, 2015
More Lefty Ignorance About Guns
Here's the close enough transcript:
Just to keep it into perspective, I don't think we should imagine that the conditions and the threat are exactly the same in the United States as they are in France. They are different. In fact, one thing that is different here is weapons are universally available and so it is actually a very good thing that, that the tensions are not exactly the same because we would expect to have a lot more carnage. (Emphasis added).
Let's review what weapons the Muslim mass murderers used: Two full auto assault rifles, probably AK-74s, a pump shotgun (for close encounters) and a rocket propelled grenade launcher (probably a Soviet RPG-7, but accounts vary and it could have been an RPG 18 or 22).
There may be a few full auto AK-47s in the United States. For one to own one legally, it would have had to have been imported before 1968 and there were darned few AKs being captured by us before that time. The Russians had them, of course, but the other commie nations not so much. They became more common in Viet Nam after the import ban. So our "universally available" weaponry here in America would not likely have included full auto AKs. It is much easier for Europeans willing to break the strict gun laws that exist over there to obtain full auto AKs. It is the most produced assault rifle ever, with perhaps 100 million in existence; and they were the main weapon of the armed forces of the European countries behind the Iron Curtain and there are plenty still around. So, no, Mr. Robinson, the particular assault rifles used were much more "universally available" in Europe than here.
How about the RPG? Well, again, they are almost non-existent in the US but are all over the place in Europe. Although the RPG-7 was developed in 1961, the Soviets kept them pretty much exclusively in mother Russia for quite a while. Now they are as common as mice throughout Asia and Africa and Europe, but are not at all a common weapon here in the carnage-waiting-to-happen United States.
So no, blame America firsters, we wouldn't expect a lot more carnage here. Perhaps a non-Muslim terrorist citizen in France with a lawfully concealed carry weapon could have taken out the murderers before they entered the newspapers office. But there was no chance of that as there are no lawful citizen concealed carry permits in France. The French government forbids the public arming for self defense so the Parisian public was sheep to the Muslim terrorist wolves. How's that gun control legislation working out for you, mon ami?
And don't even get me started on the Gendarmes sans pistolet.
Friday, January 09, 2015
New Liberal: If Muslims disagree with what you say, I will defend to your death their right to take offense.
Labels: Fearful Self Censorship