Month: March 2014

Catherine Stefani: Another “Stay-At-Home”-Mom Demanding action….

Ahhh! I can hear the sounds of Mayberry in the background:

As a mother of two children, nothing is more important than ensuring my son and daughter grow up in a safe community. That’s why, after 26 innocent students and teachers died in the senseless tragedy in Newtown, Conn., I could no longer remain silent. I joined Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

However, the truth is a wee bit different:

Catherine Stefani is a legislative aide to Supervisor Mark E. Farrell in San Francisco where she works on various public policy issues. Catherine is an attorney who began her legal career as a prosecutor in Contra Costa County. She later developed, hosted and produced FOR THE RECORD, a live call-in television show that focused on educating viewers about various legal issues. The East Bay Business Times named Catherine to the “40 under 40 List” recognizing young leaders in the East Bay community.

Catherine Stefani, head of Cali Moms Demand Action, is just another professional gun grabber… 

Again, it is simply the fact that they must lie that screws them up. Her book club master Shannon would have been bulletproof if she just had stated she was a PR hack from the get go but apparently in their sick minds, a professional woman does not sell as well as a Mom.

Time to be selfish for your own good.

“Hey. Can I borrow….?”

These are probably the words I dislike the most at work. I am not talking about “darn, I left “X” at home” or “rats! My “ZYZ modulator” just croaked without warning.” I am talking about basic crap you need to have to perform your job and to take care of a very basic emergency.

Let me give you an example: Every year at work, we must read and sign the rules & regulations applicable to our job. This is done over a period of several days, one or two regulations at the time as to make sure you understand what you are signing and even there is a brief discussion about it.  One of the things we have to have with us at all times is a pen and notebook as we are either gathering info or keeping checklists or making entries at different locales at work. This is not a new thing.  Just last week, the forms with the pen & paper regulation came up and one of my co-workers (somebody working there for quite sometime) asks me:

“Can I borrow your pen?”

Are you frigging serious?

When I started working at this place and trying not to be that “New guy is an asshole” I would lend some of my stuff with the naive idea that my coworkers were just not as into being prepared as I was. But soon I came to realize that I had become the efficient toolbox that they could draw stuff from and not having to spend money or worry about it. I flipped the switch and suddenly my stuff became my stuff if for nothing else that “I might need it and if I do, i want t with me.”

-Can I borrow your flashlight? You can if you pony up $5 for the batteries (or the alternative: You need to leave a $80 deposit with me. You break it, you buy it)
-May I have your multitool to fix my whactmacallit? Sorry dude, I left it at home (One jackass actually managed to break a Leatherman and even refused to pay for the shipping to the manufacturer.)
-I cut myself, do you have a band-aid? No, but I have duck-tape. Want some?

By now, nobody asks me for squat anymore.  guess they somehow were able to figure out what a clue is. And I may even grant you that some of the equipment could have been issued by the company, but even then I would not depend on that just because the items would not be in my control for proper maintenance making them unreliable (If you need flashlights at work, you know what I am talking about. Somebody always forgets to order new batteries.)

And let’s not even go into the emergency training part. Other than dialing 911, my coworkers are useless on emergency stuff. I am willing to be that maybe two at most know CPR and probably none know how to treat a bleeder of any size. Immobilization is what happens to them at the sight of an injured person and if they can manage to do it without being caught, they will disappear rather than take charge or even assist in an emergency.

So be smart: learn, prepare yourself and don’t share your supplies. They have made the conscious decision to depend on the kindness and preparation of others (They pay taxes, you know?) and even if it is un-christian, not to help them, fuck ’em as you come first.

Being disappointed is a fact of life. Being disappointed in an emergency can cause death by stupidity. I plan of trying to stay alive.

“Criminals Don’t Wait. Why should you?”

I bet this ad hurt some when you are trying desperately to impose a long and obnoxious waiting period.

Florida Legislature 1986 The Fight for Gun Rights
Photo: Donn Dughi Collection

Accompanying note “Cries Foul on Gun Control. House Majority Leader Rep. Ron Silver, (D)-N. Miami Beach, holds up a newspaper ad on the House floor Wednesday, claiming it was riddled with untruths regarding his sponsored gun legislation and its cooling off purchase period. However, Silver supported the floor amendment’s shorter cooling off period, saying was at least a start in the right direction.”

I know that we complain about the hardships we face battling gun control, but back then was even worse: No Internet to mobilize and congregate, no concerted effort between all parties interested in Gun Rights, a Mainstream media that hated the idea of Citizens armed and independent with no alternative methods for people to acquire alternative information.

In a sense, we are standing on the shoulders of Atlas-es who did what nobody back then thought possible. And Marion Hammer was there too, she was derided and thought useless: boy were they wrong! Sis one frigging tough cookie and we owe her so much and I am not just saying Florida.


Florida Legislature 1986: The Fight for Gun Rights.

shoot liberals
Photo: Donn Dughi Collection


“For days Friedman (Rep. Michael Friedman, D-Miami Beach) has debated against the House’s handgun bill but the measure passed 86-27. Naturally Friedman voted on the losing side.”

I have been looking at some pictures of the Legislature proceedings at that time and it looks like it had to be a nasty battle. I guess this pic shows that somehow.  I think the particular bill refers was the reduction from a 7 day waiting period to a 3 day.

No To Florida’s Katrina Law: Because we can’t have guns in cases of Natural Disaster.

SB 296  is apparently stalled. As I posted before, it allows for people even without a Concealed Weapons Permit to carry a gun during an evacuation during a State Of Emergency.

Again, fits are being thrown like Mardi gars necklaces in New Orleans and sulfuric editorial are being written all across the Gunshine State.  Will the bill be killed? No idea. maybe, maybe not. Although is good to throw a bone to the opposition sometimes, it also encourages them to come back for more and then you have to roll the newspaper.

At any rate, if this bill gets stuck, it really does not matter much if the people inside the car are smart and follow the law as it stand now:

POSSESSION IN PRIVATE CONVEYANCE.—Notwithstanding subsection (2), it is lawful and is not a violation of s. 790.01 for a person 18 years of age or older to possess a concealed firearm or other weapon for self-defense or other lawful purpose within the interior of a private conveyance, without a license, if the firearm or other weapon is securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use. Nothing herein contained prohibits the carrying of a legal firearm other than a handgun anywhere in a private conveyance when such firearm is being carried for a lawful use. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to authorize the carrying of a concealed firearm or other weapon on the person. This subsection shall be liberally construed in favor of the lawful use, ownership, and possession of firearms and other weapons, including lawful self-defense as provided 

Securely encased” means in a glove compartment, whether or not locked; snapped in a holster; in a gun case, whether or not locked; in a zippered gun case; or in a closed box or container which requires a lid or cover to be opened for access. 

So, do we really need this law? Yes if only to tweak the opposition’s nose.

Those are my two cents and I am sticking to them…or something like that.

We hate Stand Your Ground: The Internationale

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, and Ron Davis, the father of Jordan Davis testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) as part of three days of hearings on a range of issues.

“Never mind that your child or your loved one was unarmed. It’s what I think they had,” Davis said of the law.

“You don’t have to have a weapon, as long as I think you have a weapon, then it’s reasonable to the shooter, and that’s all they need to prove.”

via Parents Of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis Testify At Human Rights Hearing | WJCT NEWS.

The first group I heard doing something like this was Dream Defenders going to the U.N. Human Rights Committee and actually filing a report about the Trayvon Martin case that I think it was written by Nancy Grace and it does not even come close to the evidence collected and presented at trial. As far as I can figure, no opposing view or even a copy of the trial transcript was presented to counter this load of manure.

I find sad that Ms Fulton went to cry crocodile tears to the OAS when this organization just decided to play Sgt Schulz with what is happening in Venezuela. But she will probably get an answer faster than anybody else as this international microorganisms do hate the USA.

Initially I was pissed that they actually had the balls to go to international organism (and I use the term thinking little bugs like Ebola) to make their case. But as Sebastian told me on another gun-related issue “The more they do their chicken little routine, the more we know we’re winning.

And we are.