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]

Horse Injured In Dan Ryan Ride On The Mend In Tinley Park

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 9 months ago

TINLEY PARK, IL — After a wild and dangerous seven-mile ride on Dan Ryan Expressway, NuNu the horse sustained numerous injuries, including bleeding from the left hoof, an injury to the right hoof and saddle sores on the right side of the horse’s body, according to state police.

After an evaluation with Chicago Animal Care and Control, NuNu was transferred to Forest View Farms, 16717 S. Lockwood Ave. in Tinley Park, a farm that has served the south and western suburbs of Chicago for over 60 years, according to its website. Injuries and updates were not specified by the farm.

“NuNu is currently part of a criminal case. The only publicly available information on her health is in the State’s Attorney’s report,” the farm wrote on Facebook. “We also appreciate everyone that reached out to ask about visits, adoption or care packages. NuNu is not receiving guests at this time …

The Dan Ryan ride, which began at 4:20 p.m. Sept. 21 at the 47th Street exit, ended after the rider, later identified as Adam Hollingsworth, exited the expressway at 95th Street and was taken into custody by state troopers. Another man, Darron Luster, was also charged after he refused to relinquish control of the horse over to troopers after Hollingsworth was taken into custody, police said.

Hollingsworth was initially charged with reckless conduct, disobeying a police officer and criminal trespass to state supported property, Illinois State Police said, and later also charged with aggravated animal cruelty, a felony.

Luster was arrested and charged with obstructing officers and resisting arrest, according to police. Both men were taken to Chicago Police District 5 headquarters.

State police received several reports of Hollingsworth on the expressway and troopers arrived on the scene at 71st St., where they found Hollingsworth surrounded by motorcycles. Troopers ordered Hollingsworth to exit the expressway, which he refused to do before police finally got him to exit the expressway at 95th St., where he was arrested.

This is a criminal investigation because he is a criminal and guilty of animal abuse.

The most surprising thing about this report is found in a link at the article to a Facebook report on the horse.

What an amazingly crazy weekend! We have a brand-new appreciation for the term “going viral,” and cannot thank you enough for all the supportive comments, messages and calls. This photo is of Chloe, one of NuNu’s new barn mates who would like to thank you!

When NuNu’s GoFundMe went up late Friday night, the expectation was it might generate enough money to pay for some extra care that goes above and beyond anything the farm might be reimbursed for while she is the custody of CACC, being housed at FVF. (One example of this is teeth floating.) The original $5000 goal was, in our opinion, hugely aspirational. WELL, we were absolutely blown-away by your generosity.

As the fund exceeded the $10,000 mark, it was decided to stop accepting donations for NuNu at this time. To be very clear – she will need specialized care for the rest of her life, and the money already raised will go for that. Once the court case has come to its end, there might be additional fundraising efforts for her long-term care.

For those asking to see the vet’s reports to “prove” her injuries, NuNu is currently part of a criminal case. The only publicly available information on her health is in the State’s Attorney’s report. We also appreciate everyone that reached out to ask about visits, adoption or care packages. NuNu is not receiving guests at this time …

You read that right.  Some jerk, or in the case, jerks, are asking for a report to “prove” the extent of the horse’s injuries.

I had initially figured that the people demanding such reports were just imbeciles, and was prepared to rehearse what I had said earlier on this.

True horsemen know how to care for horses.  I am a horseman.  You teach them, train them, ring ride them, teach them voice commands and leg commands and reign commands, brush them, bath them, feed them, keep them in well-constructed stalls, clean their stalls, medicate them, shoe them, and get them seen by professional Ferriers.  This man is an actor – he is no horseman.

The mayor of Chicago is a thug.  The man who did this to this animal is a thug.  He rode the horse without shoes along roadways until the horse was lame and injured beyond repair.  The hooves were probably cracked and not trimmed before the ride, and the horse should never have been taken on this ride.

And by the way, Hollywood movies that show horses galloping endlessly are stupid, fake, farcical, and lies.  Riding horses that way will kill them.  You don’t gallop horses for hours on end.  No one does that.  Horses can cantor, lope and trot.  They can gallop for very short distances.  Not long distances.  They will come up lame, their hearts will explode, they will break bones.  They will exhaust, they will die of dehydration.

The man who did this to an animal is wicked.  I know this because I once trained quarter horses.  And because I wouldn’t do this to an animal.

And then I was prepared to point out that I would trust the initial report of a Ferrier in lieu of a vet any day (not to disparage vets).  Ferriers see and doctor horses literally every day.  It could be followed up with a formal report from a vet.

But that’s not the point.  It dawned on me that the people demanding to see a report don’t care about any of that.  They just want to see a criminal exonerated, as long as the criminal is doing the work of the progressive state.

It’s the same way criminals associated with Antifa and BLM are being treated in Portland and Seattle – as long as they tear down the system, it doesn’t matter who gets hurt or how badly.  They are to be freed to do it again.

The people demanding to see a report on the horse’s health are awful, terrible people.  The good man cares about the life of his beast, and the bad man does not.  And the people who do not care about beasts won’t care about you or your family either.  Never forget that.

As for those among us who care but do not know, I will repeat myself, as I have stated about police officers who indiscriminately shoot dogs.  Give me five minutes with any dog and I’ll almost always get the dog to play with me in the backyard.  There is never any excuse for shooting dogs, and if police raids are a root cause of that, then end them.

If you don’t know and understand how animals work, think and play, how to communicate with them through voice inflection, timbre, voice commands, and touch, if you don’t know at least a little about doctoring animals, if you don’t know anything about the care and feeding of animals, then your father was a failure in your life, and you can tell him I said so.

Spend some quality time volunteering at a local farm or ranch feeding horses and cattle, doctoring farm animals, raising dogs, chickens and goats, cleaning stalls, and feeding animals.  It will be time better spent than spending it with humans, and it will teach you something about life, including the value of hard work.

Report via WiscoDave.

The Importance Of Setting Your Parallax

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 9 months ago

This is a very informative video.  In it he gives us good tips on making sure that the parallax has been properly set on our scopes.

Of course, if you have a second focal plane scope with fixed parallax this won’t work, but then, you don’t usually purchase SFP scopes for long distance shooting.

But he does give a pointer towards the end for making sure parallax won’t effect your shot if you cannot adjust it.

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This Is What Tyranny Looks Like

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 9 months ago

The cops look like fat-ass slobs. They disgust me.

The elderly are accorded special honor per the holy Scriptures (Leviticus 19:32).  That didn’t happen here.

Besides, the law is stupid and unrighteous.

Two-Man Home Invasion

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 9 months ago

Dean Weingarten.

The female victim began to yell for help. A male victim, in his 30s, who rents the basement, heard the commotion and went upstairs with a loaded semi-automatic pistol. The male victim then confronts the Tenorio brothers and shoots Christian.

At this point, Jimmy retrieved the loaded revolver handgun and began to drag Christian out of the home. The male victim retreated and then returned with a loaded assault style rifle. The male victim and Jimmy exchange gunfire.

Both brothers were pronounced dead on the scene, by apparent gunfire, in the front yard of the home.

I love happy stories.  They make me feel all warm inside.

But make sure to note the communists on this point.  No one needs an AR-15, not even people facing a multi-man home invasion.

Gustafson Versus Springfield Armory

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 9 months ago

News from Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court, in a strongly worded decision, ruled Monday that a lawsuit filed by the parents of a 13-year-old Mount Pleasant boy who was killed accidentally when his friend fired a gun at him can move forward.

It is the first appeals court in the country to find that the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act is unconstitutional and could, ultimately, have sweeping ramifications on suits brought against gun manufacturers.

“It is a huge deal,” said Jonathan Lowy, chief counsel for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, who argued the case on behalf of Mark and Leah Gustafson.

The Gustafsons filed the complaint against Springfield Arms (sic) and Saloom Department Store in 2018, alleging negligence and strict liability for the manufacture and sale of a defective handgun.

J.R. was at a home in Westmoreland County on March 20, 2016, when his 14-year-old friend obtained the homeowner’s handgun and removed the clip. Believing the gun was unloaded, the friend, John Burnsworth III, pulled the trigger and shot J.R.

Burnsworth ultimately pleaded delinquent in juvenile court to involuntary manslaughter and served more than a year at a Cambria County reform school before his release.

In their lawsuit, the Gustafsons argued that the gun that killed their son had a design defect because it lacked a safety feature that would disable it from firing without a clip inserted.

However, the defendants filed preliminary objections and asserted immunity under the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Harry F. Smail threw the case out, agreeing with the defendants that the act prohibited the lawsuit.

The Gustafsons appealed, arguing that the act is unconstitutional.

In a 63-page opinion filed Monday in Superior Court, a three-judge panel of the court agreed that it is.

“[T]he Act is unconstitutional in its entirety,” Judge Deborah A. Kunselman wrote. “The only portions of the [act] that do not offend the Constitution are its findings and purposes … and a few definitions.”

Instead, she said, it was an act of “constitutional overreach” and a violation of the Tenth Amendment, which gives power, such as the tort reform intended by the act, to individual states.

According to the court, the act in question says that a “’qualified-civil-liability action may not be brought in any federal or state court” against members of the gun industry. Such a lawsuit ‘shall be immediately dismissed by the court in which the action was brought or is currently pending.’”

There are enumerated exceptions in the act, which did not apply in the Gustafson case.

Instead, the Superior Court chose to address the constitutionality of the act, which was passed in 2005 after intense lobbying in Congress by the gun industry. Kunselman noted in the opinion that guns kill approximately 30,000 people annually.

“The act immunizes the gun industry from every conceivable type of joint and comparable liability known to the common law,” the court wrote, even if a product is faulty and causes harm.

The act, the opinion continued, is unsustainable, because “it grants the gun industry immunity regardless of how far removed from interstate commerce the harm arises.”

The decision can be found here.  This paragraph struck me as presumptuous.

We find the logic of the Supreme Court of Alaska in Kim unpersuasive. That court erroneously believed that allowing claims for ordinary negligence (or any other cause of action based in negligence) would render the PLCAA’s exception for claims of negligence per se and negligent entrustment surplusage. That court and the trial court misunderstood the PLCAA’s goal, which is to protect only those members of the gun industry who obey state or federal statutes from common-law liability. As we will explain below, Congress passed the PLCAA to immunize what they considered to be law-abiding members of the industry — in Congress’s mind, those who follow federal and state statutes.

And this court happens to know better.  And that “better” includes protection only of “law-abiding” manufacturers.  The trick is to know that law, which in this case is decided by a court, i.e., that Springfield Armory designed an unsafe weapon.

So it’s left up to a court who has probably never used weapons to decide what’s safe and unsafe.  Springfield Armory didn’t violate a single law in the design of this weapon, and Smith & Wesson (in the design of their M&P) and Glock also manufacture pistols that will discharge without a magazine being inserted.

There was nothing at all defective about this handgun, and nothing defective about the design.  Don’t point guns at other people and pull the trigger.  This case is remarkably different than the case against Remington 700, in that Remington had repeatable test cases where a rifle falling over, even with the safety on, caused a round to discharge, or the simple act of closing the bolt caused a round to discharge.  Remington made a defective product.  Springfield Armory did not.

Perhaps some users want that feature.  It’s there for very good reason (e.g., tactical reloads where a previously unseen assailant is approaching and you need that round still left in the chamber before you get the reload accomplished).

Never mind training, never mind user desires for features, never mind the rules of gun safety, which if they had been followed would have prevented this event.  The court knows better, that court being completely ignorant of gun designs.

This is why the law was passed to begin with.  So their presumptuous attack on prior applications ends up hoisting them on their own petard.

But watch and see and heed this warning.  I suspect Bloomberg money was behind this lawsuit, but in any case, yet another manufacturer will have to defend itself in endless court appearances, demands for discovery, and on and on the circus goes.  Springfield Armory won’t be the last manufacturer to be hit with lawsuits like this one, and in the end, the controllers will demand a federal law for firearms design.

Court behavior most of the time would be amusing if it wasn’t so sad and farcical.

.22 Magnum Project

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 9 months ago

I’ve always though that the .22LR was a bit of an underpowered cartridge, and I like the .22 magnum.  This video documents a very interesting .22 magnum project.  He begins with a Ruger Precision rifle in .22 magnum, does some modifications to it, but most of his work focuses on the cartridge itself.

See if you enjoy it as much as I did.

Put An End To Police Raids

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 9 months ago

Dean Weingarten rehearses some additional information on the Breonna Taylor raid in Kentucky.

Many questions remain to be cleared up, and it’s certainly the case that she wasn’t a pillar of the community.

Questions are raised as to whether this was an announced raid, or a so-called no-knock raid, how long the cops banged on the door, who shot whom, where she was when she was killed, etc., etc.

Somebody (or somebodies) are lying, maybe everyone.  I encourage you to read this additional information.  However, some very important points remain, and we may insist on one very important observation.

One commenter remarks “It also shows the wisdom of not getting involved, in any way, with drugs. It’s too bad that Taylor lost her life, but when you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas.”

This misses the point entirely, as does the question of whether she was guilty of anything with which she was charged or thought to be guilty before the raid.

A much more astute commenter says “Anyone can yell POLICE ! I’m not going to second guess who’s breaking my door down. Especially from a sound sleep. I doubt I would even hear someone knocking on my front door. With location of my bedroom. As proven in my past. Which leads to me to ask Breanna didn’t have a DOORBELL ? Or does a NO KNOCK warrant specificaly mean you need to knock ? This case & many others show why we don’t need NO KNOCK warrants. These were Red Coat tactics. And people should install their own video surveillance system. Not from a third party.”

Yes, he’s got it.  We’ve documented cases before just like this.

Norfolk, Va.

NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Police Department is looking for two people who impersonated police and forced their way into a Norfolk home.

It happened in April in the 3300 block of Illinois Avenue.

The two victims inside the home heard a knock at the door, someone yelled, “Police!” and moments later the door was kicked in, according to court records.

Records state the two suspects entered the house wearing ski masks armed with handguns.

Houston, Texas.

The masked men got away with three Rolex watches and five guns. They are also accused of inappropriately touching Ouellette’s wife.

“This reminded her of something she would see in Colombia,” he said. “She never thought she’d see it in America.”

On the assumption that anyone who yells “Police” is actually police, you can lay on the floor out of fear of being sent to prison for the rest of your life, or on the other hand, on the assumption that it’s home invaders intent on killing your family, you can defend your home.

You see the dilemma, of course, if you’re a thinking man.  If you’re too stupid to see the problem here, it’s only because it hasn’t happened to you, or you haven’t sat and thought about it enough.

So instead of saying that “If you lie down with dogs you get fleas,” you could say something like “If you own firearms when the FedGov has made that illegal …,” or “If you believe in fairy tales and believe that your local home invaders will act like cops to get the advantage …”

It’s all the same thing.  Having to disarm, lie on the floor and follow orders when someone shows up and yells “police” effectively extinguishes the God-given right of self defense.

I only need one good reason to demand an end to police raids.  This is one.  It is the best.

As for your drug evidence – where cops are trying to get evidence before it gets flushed down the toilet – that’s just too bad.  Cops can find another way to get that evidence.  An exchange of evidence-gathering latitude for the extinguishment of the right of self defense is not a tradeoff I’m willing to make, even if the cops are.

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Remington Arms Furloughed 600 Workers

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 9 months ago

From Sniper’s Hide.

Plant-wide furlough at Remington Arms; more than 600 affected

More than 600 Remington Arms workers were furloughed Thursday. They learned through an email from Remington Outdoor Company CEO, Ken D’Arcy, when they got to work Thursday. They left the plant shortly after learning of the plant-wide furlough, at around 12:30.

As to how this sort of thing can happen, one commenter notes:

RP9 Pistols
R51 Pistols
Ho Hum AR’s
Ruger, Howa, Tikka, Bergara, and the rise of “production class” customs eating your lunch in the bolt action segment

Bad decisions.  True enough, being in a collective bargaining state rather than a right to work state harmed them, as it will any company.  They should have relocated as should any firearms manufacturer located in the Northeast.

But they have made some extremely bad business and financial decisions like waiting far too long to acknowledge the problems associated with the 700, failures they even duplicated in non-trivial numbers by their own testing.

Other firearms manufacturers have been smarter and faster, and the firearms-buying public has too many very good options to settle for mediocre products these days.

There is also the issue of the fact that Cerberus / Freedom Group was essentially a company of “financial engineers” (I loath that term for reasons that would send me off on a rant) who worked hard to squeeze every last drop of money out of the company and leave it bankrupt.

This serves as an object lesson to firearms manufacturers everywhere.  [1] Don’t sell out to financial engineers who want to rape the company, [2] admit and fix flaws in guns, and do it fast, [3] get out of union states, [4] give the public what they want by being innovative, cost effective and smart, but don’t make trash, and finally, [5] hire good engineers.

We’re all watching the remaining firearms manufacturers located in the Northeast.  If you are one of them, why are you still there?

Prior: Gun Valley Moves South

Mixed Signals On Amy Coney Barrett

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 9 months ago

I don’t think Trump’s record on Supreme Court justices is stellar.  Kavanaugh is a squish, and Gorsuch is just plain odd.  One of my sons sends this tweet.

On the other hand, there is this article at CNN.

In 2019, Barrett dissented alone when a 7th Circuit panel majority rejected a Second Amendment challenge from a man found guilty of felony mail fraud and prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal and Wisconsin law.

“History is consistent with common sense: it demonstrates that legislatures have the power to prohibit dangerous people from possessing guns,” she wrote in Kanter v. Barr, applying an originalist approach that looked to the 18th-century intentions. “But that power extends only to people who are dangerous. Founding legislatures did not strip felons of the right to bear arms simply because of their status as felons.”

Barrett concluded, “Holding that the ban is constitutional … does not put the government through its paces, but instead treats the Second Amendment as a second-class right.”

In June, Barrett dissented as a 7th Circuit panel left intact a US district court decision temporarily blocking a Trump policy that disadvantaged green card applicants who apply for any public assistance. In dispute were federal immigration regulations regarding when an applicant would be deemed a “public charge” and ineligible for permanent status in the US.

In her dissent, Barrett wrote that the Trump administration’s interpretation of the relevant “public charge” law was not “unreasonable.”

In 2018, when the full 7th Circuit declined to reconsider a dispute over an Indiana abortion regulation requiring that the post-abortion fetal remains be cremated or buried, Barrett dissented with fellow conservatives. They began by focusing on a more contentious provision that had been earlier invalidated and not subject to the appeal.

That provision made it unlawful for physicians to perform an abortion because of the race, sex or disability of the fetus. Barrett joined a dissent written by Judge Frank Easterbrook referring to the law as a “eugenics statute.”

“None of the Court’s abortion decisions holds that states are powerless to prevent abortions designed to choose the sex, race, and other attributes of children,” the dissent added.

Well, the fourth amendment is a big deal, and the issue of police raids and what that does to extinguish the right of self defense (anyone can announce themselves as police, and this has become a favorite tactic of home invaders) is a corollary.

Do your own research and follow up in the comments.  I can easily think of better options for Trump.

Kyle Rittenhouse Did Nothing Wrong! I Support Kyle!

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 9 months ago

Via reader Fred.

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