The Paradox and Absurdities of Carbon-Fretting and Rewilding

Herschel Smith · 28 Jan 2024 · 4 Comments

The Bureau of Land Management is planning a truly boneheaded move, angering some conservationists over the affects to herd populations and migration routes.  From Field & Stream. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released a draft plan outlining potential solar energy development in the West. The proposal is an update of the BLM’s 2012 Western Solar Plan. It adds five new states—Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming—to a list of 11 western states already earmarked…… [read more]

One Dealer’s Perspective On The Guns And Ammo Shortage

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 10 months ago

Messenger Inquirer.

Caraway said, “We get 80 to 150 guns in every day and we sell everything we get. I can’t restock. There’s not enough guns and ammunition available now.”

[ … ]

Nine millimeter and .380 ammunition are the ones most affected by the shortage, he said.

[ … ]

For rifles, he said, it’s the .223 and 5.56 mm.

Then there’s this interesting bit.

With Democrat Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump in most polls this summer, is that part of the reason for the shortage?

No, Caraway said.

“The manufacturers do their own polls,” he said, “and they still expect Republicans to keep the White House.”

I hadn’t heard that about the manufacturer’s polls.  We’ll have to see if that holds true.  Even if it does, I don’t expect it to stop the violence currently being perpetrated by the communists.

The Austin, Texas, Riot And Death Of Garrett Foster

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 10 months ago

As most readers will already know, the BLM riot became deadly Saturday night, and here is a video of the guy who got shot.

So this interview is a bit confusing, as first of all he says that they are no longer allowed to march in the streets (they shouldn’t be allowed to do that), and so one may presume that the Austin PD didn’t issue any permits for this protest/riot.

He then insults folks who disagree with him, saying that they are too “pussy” to do anything about it, but states his fear of engaging the police.  I guess cognitive dissonance isn’t really something to be avoided by this crowd.

Anyway, the actual shooting occurred during a street riot.

I’ve watched other video and have concluded that this is a simple matter of a motorist trying to get away from a confined space.  He didn’t lurch his vehicle, he didn’t speed, he didn’t intentionally run over rioters. Rioter Garrett Foster discharged five shots with an AK pattern rifle, missing his apparent intended target with every shot, and having just been assaulted, the motorist shot back and killed Garrett Foster.

Case closed.  Besides, BLM/Antifa have made absolutely sure that Twitter and YouTube are filled with videos of motorists getting hemmed into confined spaces, afraid to drive because they might run over someone, and then getting badly beaten.

With that as a backdrop, I think this motorist acted wisely.

Here is more video.

But be sure, Twitter is full of idiots trying to fake the narrative to make this out to be some sort of intended murder of the oh-so-innocent Garrett Foster.  By the way, Garrett Foster now leaves a paraplegic dependent who will need care the rest of her life.

Garrett Foster cannot provide that care from hell.

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Gorsuch Versus Roberts On Calvary Chapel

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 10 months ago

I don’t really like either one of them.  But they apparently don’t like each other.

JUSTICE GORSUCH, dissenting from denial of application for injunctive relief. This is a simple case. Under the Governor’s edict, a 10- screen “multiplex” may host 500 moviegoers at any time. A casino, too, may cater to hundreds at once, with perhaps six people huddled at each craps table here and a similar number gathered around every roulette wheel there. Large numbers and close quarters are fine in such places. But churches, synagogues, and mosques are banned from admitting more than 50 worshippers—no matter how large the building, how distant the individuals, how many wear face masks, no matter the precautions at all. In Nevada, it seems, it is better to be in entertainment than religion. Maybe that is nothing new. But the First Amendment prohibits such obvious discrimination against the exercise of religion. The world we inhabit today, with a pandemic upon us, poses unusual challenges. But there is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesars Palace over Calvary Chapel.

It’s one thing to favor Home Depot and Lowe’s over the local hardware store.  That’s bad enough.  But here they’re entangling themselves into something that will haunt them.

But this isn’t about logic, or the metaphysics of “possible worlds.”  The reason, Justice Gorsuch, that Roberts favored entertainment over Calvary Chapel is that he has fealty to the evil one.

So when you go into deliberations with him in the future, you can know that you’re looking into the eyes of deep seated commitment to wickedness.

Florida Covid Cases

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 10 months ago

The Hill.

Florida has overtaken New York to become the state with the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in the country.

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, Florida has had 414,511 confirmed cases since the pandemic started, while New York, which was once the epicenter of the outbreak, has had 411,200 cases.

Both states trail California, which has had more than 440,000 cases.

Sounds ominous, yes?  But wait.

“An error by the Florida Department of Health produced a COVID-19 positivity rate for children of nearly one-third, a stunning figure that played into the debate over whether schools should reopen. A week after issuing that statistic, the department took it back without explanation. The next weekly report on children and COVID-19 showed the rate had plunged to 13.4%. The department blamed a “computer programming error” for the mistake, in response to questions from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Experts said the change and the failure to explain it to the public calls into question the state’s data at a time when accurate and trustworthy information is crucial to a society grappling with an unprecedented health crisis.”

Plus: ‘It’s unacceptable to publish information that changes so dramatically that it warrants explanation, and then to not provide any explanation,’ said Jason Salemi, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida College of Public Health in Tampa. ‘I’m trying to get an understanding of why the number changed so much, what underlies it — and can we trust this new number.’”

Nothing coming from academia or the FedGov or StateGov can be trusted.  I’ve had a hard time explaining that to folks who grew up in the age of “And that’s the way it is.”

Even then, that wasn’t really the way it was.

Things In Your Gear Bag

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 10 months ago

The “Stupid Games” In Louisville

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 10 months ago

The NFAC had an ND.

The rally was supposed to start at noon.  But then someone got shot accidentally.

So the cops were called in to help.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha …

Well, I guess that’s exactly what happened in Richmond when tens of thousands of gun rights folks shows up with ARs and pistols.  They all had NDs.

Oh … wait.


” … we had a little accident, it happens.”

No, it wasn’t a little accident, and it doesn’t just happen.

Paul Harrell: AR Platforms In 10.5″ vs 20″ Barrel

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 10 months ago

My takeaways:  (1) The heavier bullets (77 grains) are more effective than the 55 grain bullets, and (2) The muzzle velocity even at close range for the 10.5″ barrel hovers around 2200 FPS, right at the threshold for hydrostatic shock.

Don’t Try To Tell Me What The Second Amendment Means

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 10 months ago

The number of times I’ve seen baiting of 2A supporters to come “help” the rioters are too numerous to link.  Those bait traps have been ubiquitous of late.

reddit/Firearms has yet another response to this nonsense.

Some brief but insightful comments:

Denigrate firearm owners for years
>Realize concerns for tyranny are legitimate
>Whine and cry halp-halp

It’s funny because the left has always been free to arm themselves. All of a sudden, we’re some free group of mercenaries being baited to fight for daddy soro’s marxist movement.

These remarks are on point but too brief as is the nature of reddit.  Here are mine.

It’s laughable that anyone on the communist side has had the stupidity to come up with anything like the idea that 2A supporters should be helping them.

First of all, these are the very people who voted to disarm people, and would disarm you in a heartbeat if they had the chance.  They don’t want an armed populace – that is at odds with everything the communists believe in.

Second, 2A supporters aren’t violent and murderous people like the communists.  The 2A community will fight back against confiscation (among other things), but not at innocent lives who had nothing to do with the abuses.

Third, 2A supporters would have nothing whatsoever to do with the destruction of property of innocent people who were trying to earn an honest living, as is the case with the communists.  In short, we care about people and their lives, the communists don’t, and see everyone as a steppingstone to the next goal on their agenda.  It makes no sense for a 2A supporter to side with communists because communists are the very people who want to steal from others, while 2A supporters are generally hard working, honest Americans.

Fourth, the communists side isn’t righteous.  It isn’t righteous to want to implement the very tyranny they are fighting.  The communists would overthrow tyranny only to implement a worse one.  God hates controllers and communists.

This list is far from complete, and readers can add to it.  The bottom line, if you are one of the communists who have stumbled upon this post, is that you and I are on different sides.  We are enemies.

No one fell for your stupid antics to get some “help.”  You can be imprisoned or die on your own for your sins.  Imprisoned or die – it matters not to me.

UPDATE: See what I said?  Via Glenn Reynolds, this reply from Larry Correia’s response to the same thing.  I just think my response is more expansive.

Ben Swann Video On The Effectiveness Of Masks

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 10 months ago

I had previously embedded Ben Swann’s video of his great research on the [in]effectiveness of masks, and then Google took it down from YouTube.  Of course they did.  They, Twitter and Facebook all conspire to hide the truth about everything.

I wrote Ben Swann to ask him about this, and got this reply in return.  I’m copy / pasting the entire contents without additional commentary.


This is Sam here. I am the CMO for Ben’s projects. Thank you for pointing out that YouTube took down that video. And thank you for embedding our videos. Luckily, we have just launched our own platform this week. You can watch the announcement video here:

You can find the mask video here:

We have also launched an equity crowdfunding campaign so supporters and fans can own a part of our new platform. You can learn more about that campaign and, if you choose to, invest here:

Let us know if you have any questions.


Mayor Ted Wheeler’s Miscalculation

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 10 months ago


When Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) decided to throw on a mask and join the protestors Wednesday night, he found out pretty quickly that it wasn’t just Donald Trump they despised. “It didn’t go well for Wheeler,” one reporter kindly put it. Booed, chased with leaf blowers, taunted, and shouted down, the mayor looked bewildered when he said, “Some of these people hate my guts.” For the mayor, whose spent the last 56 days defending his city’s criminals, it was one way to learn: protecting the mobs won’t appease them.

Wheeler, who was probably hoping for a hero’s welcome when he joined the mayhem he’s refused to contain, was barraged with R-rated chants instead. “I want to thank the thousands of you who have come out to oppose the Trump administration’s occupation of this city,” he tried to say over the hecklers. “I think what we’re doing tonight is actually the best thing we can do right now.” That’s quite a statement, considering that “what they were doing” was trying to burn down the federal courthouse, start fires in the street, and smash through city barriers.

Follow the link back, to find this.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler joined the protests in Oregon’s largest city as demonstrators continued to clash with Department of Homeland Security forces deployed by the Trump administration near the federal courthouse.

It didn’t go well for Wheeler, who was hit by tear gas from the officers and jeered by the protesters. Demonstrators frustrated with his handling of the city’s police department and his belated show of support for the protests chanted “F*** Ted Wheeler” and called on him to resign. The protests have been occurring since late May following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

[ … ]

“I’m not going to lie — it stings; it’s hard to breathe,” Wheeler, a Democrat, told the New York Times. “And I can tell you with 100 percent honesty, I saw nothing which provoked this response.

Follow the next link to find this.

Wearing a disposable mask and plastic goggles, Wheeler stayed at the fence through multiple rounds of tear gas. Organizers of the demonstrations had encouraged Wheeler to bear witness to federal force.

“The reason I am here tonight is to stand with you,” Wheeler told the crowd. “If they’re launching the tear gas against you, they’re launching the tear gas against me.”

So he partied with the soy bois and got hosed down.  And then the bois went after him with chants, vulgarities and leaf blowers.

You see, they are communists.  Communists aren’t against authority, they’re just against there being any authority other than them.

Will the mayors of other cities learn from this?  Highly doubtful.  They all want to be eaten last by the alligators.

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