Friday, February 17, 2006

The Threat We Face

First, let me begin with an update on the "Muslim Circus World Tour":
"Whoever has done this despicable and shameful act, he has challenged the honor of Muslims. Whoever will kill this cursed man, he will get $1 million dollars from the association of the jewelers bazaar, one million rupees ($16,700) from Masjid Mohabat Khan and 500,000 rupees ($8,350) and a car from Jamia Ashrafia as a reward."

These are the words of cleric Mohammed Yousaf Qureshi. He is offering $1 million to anyone who kills the Danish cartoonist that drew the controversial cartoon of the prophet Muhammad (Click here for the story).

"Religion of Peace". . . I'm sure. This guy calls himself a "prayer leader", and he is wanting to kill people. That's a very scary religion to me.

I wanted to address the threats facing our country today. 9/11 seems too easy for some people to forget. Groups like Al Qaeda are out there still, in places unknown. These extremists hate Americans, and they want our great nation to fall. They are attempting to develop biological, chemical, and even nuclear weapons.

Consider how easy it could be for terrorists to dump some germs into a water supply, potentionally sickening thousands.

Consider how easy it could be for terrorists to train to be a truck driver, and be assigned a flammable tanker load. How easy it would be for them to drive that into a populated building.

Consider how easy it could be for terrorists to acquire a small nuclear weapon from a rogue nation like Iran, and to use those weapons against us in our own cities. It's not like we've got a fence to stop people from crossing the Mexican border.

These threats are real. However, this does not mean you have to be scared. Just be prepared, and live your life normally. Should the need arise, you will have the supplies and knowledge you need to protect yourself and your family.

I care about Americans, that's why I am trying to do my part to alert people of the threats that are easy to forget. With the media covering bogus stories like the Cheney hunting incident, no wonder hardly anyone thinks about the possibility of future terrorist attacks.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Problem of Government

Listening to Rush Limbaugh yesterday, my mind was opened to an obvious truth:

Our government acts too much as a "parent" to its citizens.

We are always wanting money, we whine and complain when we don't get what we want, and we have to follow the rules of our government.

Rules are good, but why should we rely on the government to write us a check whenever we are experiencing difficulties? Is it really healthy to be so dependent on something? Maybe it is time to start being more self-sufficient.

For example, look at the $2,000 debit cards that were given to the Katrina victims. It turns out that people were spending them on things like tattoos, alcohol, and sex toys.

I thought the money was meant for immediate emergency need! How silly of me!

At least one person bought themselves something useful, a .45 caliber pistol. Why can't I get $2,000 to spend on guns?

We are all paying for this through our taxes. And this fraud can be seen throughout all situations where the government redistributes income. This is why welfare reform is necessary.

I'm just saying, wouldn't it be better if we could abolish the idea that we need to be dependent on the government, and instead embrace the advantages of self-reliance? (such as NO FRAUD)

It is just an attitude that truly needs to change.
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Why We Need Tighter Immigration Control...

The USA is a great country.

Therefore, I understand why someone would try to leave their country and come to ours. However, it is crucial that we have a process to control immigration.

I am all about legal immigration. However, I feel that it would be a wise investment to build a fence along the Mexican border, and eventually the Canadian border.

Why? Because for one thing, it is way too easy for terrorists to get into this country. And you know how much I hate terrorists.

Border violence has sharply increased as of late. And think of how many drugs enter this country through the Mexican border.

I'm just saying, building a state of the art border fence would help solve these problems. It would make it much easier to regulate who is crossing our borders.

And we would be much safer.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The Rampage Continues...

Muslims continue to go berserk over some stupid cartoons.

I had really expected these nuts to have grown up by now. Instead, they seem intent on causing as much devastation as possible.
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Recommended Anti-Terrorist Weapons

For fighting terrorists, I have come up with some personal weapon recommendations. I have also rated each weapon on a few categories, as well as an "overall anti-terrorist rating". Keep in mind that handguns and long guns have different standards for the ratings categories (so that if a pistol has a higher lethality score than a rifle does, it does not mean it is necessarily more lethal than a rifle, it is a comparison to other handguns).


Long Guns

Colt AR-15 Rifle
(.223 caliber semi-automatic rifle)

The AR-15 Rifle is pretty much the civilian version of the M16. For those of you who don't know what an M16 is: it is the main rifle used by the United States Military. This gun comes in many different variants from different companies. The Colt version comes with a puny 9 round clip (giving it the 4.5/5.0 magazine capacity rating), but you can get a couple of 30 round clips to make it truly awesome. The .223 is not a very large caliber, but it is still enough to take out terrorists should the need arise. It might just take more than one shot. This gun is very accurate and fun to shoot.

My Ratings
Accuracy: 5.0/5.0
Lethality: 3.5/5.0
Magazine Capacity: 4.5/5.0
Coolness: 5.0/5.0

Overall Anti-Terrorist Rating: 4.5/5.0

Springfield SOCOM II Rifle
(.308 caliber semi-automatic rifle)

This is a modern version of the M1. It has a rail system to provide easy mounting of flashlights and scopes. That way, you can take out terrorists who are very far away, or terrorists that try to invade at night. The .308 caliber means that it is stronger than the AR-15. It is still an accurate rifle, but the higher caliber makes it a little worse than the AR-15. You can also get a 20-round clip for this gun, but it will still not have the capacity of the Colt.

My Ratings
Accuracy: 4.5/5.0
Lethality: 5.0/5.0
Magazine Capacity: 3.5/5.0
Coolness: 4.5/5.0

Overall Anti-Terrorist Rating: 4.375/5.0

Winchester Model 1300 Defender Shotgun
(12-gauge pump-action shotgun)

For close range, this is my shotgun of choice.

Why? Because this beast holds 8 12-gauge rounds! That's at least 8 dead terrorists at close range, probably more. And the "spread" action of a shotgun means that you don't have to aim that well! However, if I had to choose between a rifle and a shotgun, I would choose a rifle. This is because with a rifle you can shoot terrorists through walls and you have much better range. The ratings are compared to all long guns (rifles and shotguns), but I will only consider the shotgun's effectiveness at short-range, since that is what it is made for.

My Ratings
Accuracy: 5.0/5.0
Lethality: 5.0/5.0
Magazine Capacity: 2.0/5.0
Coolness: 4.5/5.0

Overall Anti-Terrorist Rating: 4.125/5.0


Handguns

Springfield 1911-A1
(.45 caliber semi-automatic pistol)

This pistol is an American legend. Used as the primary military handgun from 1911 to 1985, it is probably the most popular handgun in this country. Many different brands manufacture varying versions of the 1911, but I recommend Springfield because of its price and overall value.

Although most variants only have a 7 round magazine capacity, the caliber is high enough that it will usually take out a target in one shot. Unfortunately, the accuracy is not as good as a 9mm or other smaller calibers. Still, with practice you should have no problem defending your home and country from anti-American terrorists.

My Ratings
Accuracy: 4.0/5.0
Lethality: 4.5/5.0
Magazine Capacity: 4.0/5.0
Coolness: 5.0/5.0

Overall Anti-Terrorist Rating: 4.375/5.0

Beretta 92FS
(9mm caliber semi-automatic pistol)

This handgun is also referred to as the "M9". It is commonly seen in our military today. Combined with smooth looks, the pistol also has a 15 round capacity. It is more accurate than a .45, and still has considerable stopping power. However, the bullet sometimes overpenetrates its target. You may have to shoot more than one of these at a terrorist to kill him.

My Ratings
Accuracy: 4.5/5.0
Lethality: 3.5/5.0
Magazine Capacity: 5.0/5.0
Coolness: 4.5/5.0

Overall Anti-Terrorist Rating: 4.375/5.0

Desert Eagle
(.50 caliber semi-automatic pistol)

This is the grand-daddy of all pistols. The Desert Eagle is so big, it doubles as a howitzer.

Why is this gun so cool? If a terrorist is threatening you, all you have to do is threaten to melee them with this gun and they will surrender. This is probably not a good choice for a primary anti-terrorist weapon, but it is very nice for any collection.

My Ratings
Accuracy: 3.5/5.0
Lethality: 5.0/5.0
Magazine Capacity: 4.0/5.0
Coolness: 5.0/5.0

Overall Anti-Terrorist Rating: 4.375/5.0


Knives

CRKT M16 Knife
(Folding knife)

Okay, I only have one knife to recommend: the CRKT M16. It is a very cool knife, and it comes in many different colors and sizes. I recommend either the Special Forces model or the Titanium model, with the 4" blade.

Why do I put a knife on here for fighting terrorists? Some states in this country have ridiculous laws that don't allow you to carry firearms. Therefore, you need some sort of protection should terrorists invade. This knife should do the trick! It is a very functional knife and will do well to accompany your chosen firearms for fighting evil terrorists.

Obviously, I can't rate this knife like I can guns, but I give it a 4.0/5.0 for "overall anti-terrorist rating".


Well, there you have it. Keep in mind that these are only my opinions, and that you may find a more effective "Terrorist Threat Remover" for yourself. And kids, always treat firearms with respect.


Monday, February 13, 2006

Evil America!!! Jihad on You!!!

First, let me apologize for not updating in almost a week. I have had a terrible cold. On top of that, I had a huge project to complete for class last week.

I won't waste time talking about Cheney's little misfire incident, as that story is already receiving a ridiculous amount of coverage.

Therefore, I will discuss more of the anti-Americanism present in the Middle East.

Yes, the latest display of Muslim hatred for Americans can be found in the Turkish film, "Valley of the Wolves - Iraq."

I won't discuss the film in detail, as you can follow the link to learn more about it. However, my concern with the extremist religion has not fallen since last week.

In fact, it doesn't seem like much of a religion at all to me. It seems more of an extremist militant faction disguised as a religion.

I will have more to say tomorrow, when I hopefully am feeling better. Again, I apologize for the lack of updates and will generally try to update once a day.
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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

My View on Guns

We need a gun in every home. Well, almost every home.

I will start by explaining why gun control laws don’t work. Then I will discuss the benefits of keeping at least one gun in your home.

Why would someone want to outlaw or limit private gun ownership?

Guns are perceived as “dangerous” and “scary” to many people. The reason they are perceived this way is because they have the potential to kill people. Of course, so do motor vehicles.

Why is outlawing guns a bad idea?

For starters, you can only make a law to outlaw guns for those people that follow the law. If someone wants to kill someone, they probably are not going to be worried about following the law anyway, and they will always be able to go buy a gun off of the street. It works pretty much the same way as buying illegal drugs. Banning them hasn’t stopped the problem.

Partial bans (such as bans on only handguns), are pointless. For example, in cities like Washington and Chicago, there is a complete ban on handguns. If you are going to kill someone, and want to use a handgun, why don’t you just go buy one just outside of the area where is banned. Do you really think that someone is going to be concerned with a silly handgun law when they are planning to commit a major felony anyway?

In restricting the ownership of firearms in any way, you are going to be punishing innocent, law-abiding citizens and taking away their right to protect themselves from those individuals who don’t follow the law.

Now that we have a better understanding of the negative effects of banning the private ownership of firearms, we should look at some of the benefits of owning firearms. Keep in mind that the key to the positive benefits of owning guns is through personal responsibility and common sense. Guns are simple tools that can be recklessly used in the same way as automobiles. In the same way we are taught how to drive, we should strive to educate ourselves on the proper usage and handling of firearms.

Here are some of the main benefits to owning a firearm:

1. Crime Deterrent

One of the most frequently argued positions for guns rights is that it is a serious crime deterrent. This makes sense, as a criminal would obviously be much less likely to assault someone who is potentially armed.

The NRA’s magazine American Rifleman publishes monthly reports of incidents where crime is deterred because the would-be victim was armed with a firearm. You can see some of these reports here.


2. The “Militia Factor”

The militia factor takes into account the benefits of private ownership during times of conventional warfare. Even if a family owns firearms solely for the purpose of hunting and recreation, this benefit could come in handy should the need arise. If for some reason America ever becomes occupied by another entity, her civilians should be armed. Additionally, for the same reason it deters crime, it might also help prevent an invasion in the first place.


3. Enjoying an American Freedom

I don’t know about you, but I am extremely thankful our founding fathers included the second amendment in the Bill of Rights. It is a great feeling knowing that we have the freedom to take up hunting, or just recreational shooting, should we choose. We don’t even need a reason to own a gun, we just can if we want to. It is also nice to have the ability to defend ourselves should we be attacked or threatened.


4. Protection During Disasters

I’ve saved what I feel is the most important benefit of owning firearms for my last point. This is the idea that we need guns for the protection of ourselves and our families during times of crisis.

As one can see from the recent destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, order quickly turns to chaos when the government becomes sidetracked. We can typically depend on police and the military for our protection. However, during the recent disaster they were preoccupied with evacuating people from the city during the terrible flood. Meanwhile, gangs and delinquents were looting the city. With the police too busy to stop them, it was easy to break the law.

Imagine: You are trying to get out of the city as quickly as you can, and you see your SUV waiting for you in the driveway. It is your only ticket out of there. You have your family with you in the car, but you see a gang of 4 men with crow bars and metal pipes come towards you. Will you have the tools necessary to defend yourself and your family?

My point is that we may not always be able to depend on the government, and we shouldn’t have to. There are circumstances where the government is not going to be able to protect us, and New Orleans proved that.

Imagine for a second that Al Qaeda succeeds in attacking a major American city. Let’s say its Chicago. If they someone coordinate a massive attack, people will flood out of the city and seek refuge. Most of them would likely head for the small towns outside of the city. Not many small towns are able to accommodate thousands of refuges. It would probably look like the New Orleans incident, only with much more chaos.

On that note, I don’t feel like the above scenario is likely. It is possible, however, and there are still many benefits to owning your own weapons. I feel that any government action to limit the possession of firearms will hurt this great country much more than it would help. It will not stop criminals from acquiring weapons, and it will strip law-abiding citizens’ right to defend themselves.

I will eventually write some recommendations for self-defense firearms. Some guns are better suited for self-defense than others (you don’t want to rely on a .22 to ward off a criminal, if you can avoid it).

Until then, God Bless America.

Monday, February 06, 2006

A "Peaceful" Religion!

Muslim fanatics are still rioting in the Middle East over the controversial cartoons released in Europe last week.

The cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammed have outraged Muslims in Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan. In response to the evil cartoons, Iran has decided to cease trade with Denmark (where they were first published). Also, protesters have been assaulting Danish embassies throughout the Middle East. There are additional riots in Indonesia and India.

In fact, the indignant protestors have even attacked the United States. Two people have been killed at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan.

The U.S. has had absolutely nothing to do with the cartoons, and they are angry at us anyway! The more I see of the Muslim religion, the less I am convinced that it is a "peaceful" one.

And especially over a stupid cartoon. As a Catholic, I know how embarassing it can be to be the object of entertainment. Just this weekend I noticed a political cartoon in the local paper. It was degrading the Catholic Church (concerning the child-molestation issues). It is a terrible feeling to be associated with such indecent acts.

And yes, I was upset that the paper even published the cartoon.

But I didn't go throw petrol bombs at the paper's main office either. I don't think to myself: "That's it, the next time they put an anti-Catholic article in the paper, I'm going to start killing people, and burning down buildings, and kicking my neighbor's dog!"

A "peaceful" religion. . .right. . .

I am beginning to feel that the idea of Middle East peace is hopeless. They don't just deny democracy anymore, they seem to embrace violence. If they are willing to go to war over a stupid cartoon, they must be desperate for reasons to hate the United States and Europe.

If you are a Muslim, wouldn't you want to stand up and let people know that not all Muslims are bad?

When people representing what you stand for are bombing embassies, you aren't going to look good to anyone, except maybe Al Qaeda.

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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Super Bowl Prediction 2006

Well, as most non-reclusive Americans know, the Super Bowl is tomorrow in Detroit between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks.

I like both of the teams, I really do. It should be a very good game. I would be happy with either team winning.

Who do I root for? Well, I am going to go with the Seahawks. I like the Steelers overall, but Rothlisberger comes across as a little to cocky to me. I think it is because he reminds me of Tom Brady, who is probably my least favorite player in the NFL.

Also, the Steelers beat my pick to win the Superbowl this year, the Indianapolis Colts. In addiction, the Seahawks beat the team (Carolina) that beat my favorite team (Chicago) in the post-season, which is one reason I like them. Stupid Panthers.

On top of that, this is Seattle's first trip to the Super Bowl.

So, I'm rooting for Seattle, but who do I predict to win? I believe it is too close to call. Both teams have great defenses, good running games, and solid passing. Most likely it will come down to who is better coached. Either way, it is going to be a great game tomorrow. I wish both teams the best of luck.
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