Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Robert's Picks

What I'm Reading:

Vengence Is Mine by Mickey Spillane (good)

Seduced By Moonlight by Laurell K. Hamilton (good)

The Orc King by R.A. Salvatore

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Why I Am Not A Christian: and other essays on religion and related subjects by Bertrand Russell (good)

Yes, Sir: Erotic Stories of Female Submission edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (very good)

The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery 6th Edition by Massad Ayoob

What I'm Watching On DVD:

Avatar: The Last Airbender (Book 2: Earth) (excellent)

StarGate: Atlantis (Season 3) (excellent)

The Spirit

Monty Python's Life of Brian (very funny)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Speacial Message

I'd just about finished a long, nasty post about people I can't stand. The type of people who make life misreable for an uncomplicated, honest, nice guy like myself.

Then I realized they're just not worth it. The main reason they've made me so misreable is because I've spent so much time trying to show them that there is a better way of living life, making decisions, and attaining happiness. I did it because I cared.

If they're too blind to listen and open their eyes up to the world around them then there is nothing I can do to help them. I gave the benefit of the doubt, as I always try to do, and I'm paying for that. But that's on me, not them.

I only hope my experiences don't lead me to just stop trying. That's always been my biggests fear. That one day I'll just say fuck it, and give up.

Because I don't know what will happen then.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Myth of 90 Percent Or:

You've been lied to again!!

EXCLUSIVE: You've heard this shocking "fact" before -- on TV and radio, in newspapers, on the Internet and from the highest politicians in the land: 90 percent of the weapons used to commit crimes in Mexico come from the United States.

-- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it to reporters on a flight to Mexico City.

-- CBS newsman Bob Schieffer referred to it while interviewing President Obama.

-- California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said at a Senate hearing: "It is unacceptable to have 90 percent of the guns that are picked up in Mexico and used to shoot judges, police officers and mayors ... come from the United States."

-- William Hoover, assistant director for field operations at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testified in the House of Representatives that "there is more than enough evidence to indicate that over 90 percent of the firearms that have either been recovered in, or interdicted in transport to Mexico, originated from various sources within the United States."

There's just one problem with the 90 percent "statistic" and it's a big one:

It's just not true.

In fact, it's not even close. The fact is, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S.

What's true, an ATF spokeswoman told FOXNews.com, in a clarification of the statistic used by her own agency's assistant director, "is that over 90 percent of the traced firearms originate from the U.S."

But a large percentage of the guns recovered in Mexico do not get sent back to the U.S. for tracing, because it is obvious from their markings that they do not come from the U.S.

"Not every weapon seized in Mexico has a serial number on it that would make it traceable, and the U.S. effort to trace weapons really only extends to weapons that have been in the U.S. market," Matt Allen, special agent of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told FOX News.


Full Story here: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/2009/04/02/myth-percent-guns-mexico-fraction-number-claimed/

Funny how many people are willing to lie. And you thought the government would be open and honest after the last election. HA!