Friday, November 16, 2012

Somebody alert Tallahassee from Zombieland.

Apparently there will not be any Twinkies after the Zombie Apocalypse.

Hostess Brands, makers of the ubiquitous -- and world famous -- Twinkies, has announced that they're shutting down.

Why, do you ask? Why would the company that makes a product that is popularly thought of being able to survive anything, up to and including various apocalypses, holocausts, Biblical catastrophes and the occasional zombie, be shutting down?

Glad you asked.

Apparently the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union decided to get their noses out of joint and initiated a nation-wide strike that pretty much destroyed the iconic Hostess Brands.

18,000+ people (only about ~6,500 of them Union members, though) have been laid off, or will be laid off pretty damned soon -- and just before the Holiday Season, too. And because the company is up to its eyeteeth in bankruptcy court the amount of help that Hostess is going to be able to offer its (former) employees pretty much equals jack divided by squat.

Unused vacation time? Not in the budget approved by the bankruptcy court and the lenders. Go ask the Union, maybe they'll help.

Severance benefits? Sorry, try asking the union for help.

Expense claims waiting for reimbursement? Whoops. Hey, maybe the BGTWGMI Union will help with that.

Pension? Medical benefits? Other stuff? B-A-N-K-R-U-P-T-C-Y. Go ask the Union that got your job killed for help.


We here at the LawDog Files would like to congratulate the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union for demonstrating that not only do folks not learn from history, but they are obviously completely unable to learn from SIMPLE BLOODY NURSERY TALES.

*sigh*

In a civilised country, the BCTWGMI Union Officers would be apologising on national TeeVee before retreating to a back room with a pen, a sheet of paper and one round; and leaving their successors to make things right.

Unfortunately, I foresee a whole bunch of sniveling done by people who should be angry, much posturing by people who should be legally destroying the BCTMGMI Union, and pompous denials by Union Officers.

Pfagh, on the lot of them.

LawDog

Wow!

I've been receiving some comments and more than a bit of e-mail stating that Bloggers new anti-spam reverse Turing test was hard to read.

So, a couple of days ago I finally figured out how to turn it off.

Holy gods!

The spam filter has bloody well exploded, and that's not counting the spam that the filter doesn't catch.

I had no idea the spam comments were that prevalent.

Yeesh.

LawDog

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What the hell?

I have supported the Wounded Warrior Project with money when I could, time when I had some, and by word of mouth for a couple of years.

Today I learn that might not have been my best idea.

I am a gun person. The majority of my friends are gun people. While I may not agree with them a lot of the time, I support the NRA, GOA, LEAA and other gun-rights organisations.

Apparently this gets me cross-threaded with the Wounded Warrior Project.

The following link leads to an e-mail exchange between Tom Gresham of Gun Talk Radio and the PR Director over at WWP.

Just in case someone was playing a nasty joke on me, I popped over to the 'Additional Opportunities' page at www.woundedwarriorproject.org and looked for the quote cited in the e-mail exchange linked above.

Yep. I do quote from that page:

"WWP does not co-brand, create cause marketing campaigns or receive a percentage or a portion of proceeds from companies in which the product or message is sexual, political or religious in nature, or from alcohol or firearms companies."

Highlighting is mine.


I am a "firearms person" and I have done what I could for that charity.  I know of several "firearms companies" who have gone above and beyond for wounded veterans and the charities that support them, up to and including the Wounded Warrior Project.

This is one hell of a spit in the eye of those in the "firearms business" who have gone out of their way to support this Nation's wounded heroes.  All righty then. Doom on the Wounded Warrior Project.

Other folks have recommended Soldiers' Angels, and they haven't shown any sign -- so far -- of biting the hands that feed them, so they'll be getting my hard-earned dosh and time from here on out; and nothing but the back of my hand for the Wounded Warrior Project.

LawDog

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Well, that's different

Tonight, we here at The LawDog Files have learned that the White House has a section of its website upon which one may create a petition.

Then, if that petition gains 25,000 signatures within a certain period of time -- I think about thirty days -- the Administration will issue a response.

In response to the recent election, some enterprising soul has created a petition to allow Texas to withdraw from the United States and form its own government.

Anyone in the Administration who didn't see something like this coming shouldn't be allowed outside without a minder, but I digress.

The petition was created on 09 NOV 2012, and needs 25,000 signatures by 09 DEC 2012. As of 12 NOV 2012 there were double the needed amount of signatures, with more coming.

Heh.

You don't have to be Carnac the Magnificent to foretell the official response from the Administration -- something polite masking giggles, giant Bronx cheers, and probably a cocked snook or two -- but I signed it anyway.

I noticed that several other (lesser) States had similar petitions up, but Texas was in the lead by a good bit, which either makes me extremely proud or slightly worried.

LawDog

Friday, November 09, 2012

Okay

As I mentioned earlier, we are currently graced with the presence of OldNFO and AEPilotJim; and just a little bit ago EvylRobot Michael and Jennifer dropped by.

We discussed the plight of loved friends, and Things Have Been Jolly Well Sorted Out.

OldNFO has decided to raffle one of his Colt Diamondbacks for the cause. It's blued, 4-inch, 38 Special and is just back from Cylinder and Slide who have -- no doubt -- done their usual excellent work on the pistol.

It's a shooter, not a safe queen.

Having heard this announcement, Michael has decided to help by donating a holster. If you're the winner, tell him if you want an Inside-the-Waistband or an Outside-the-Waistband, and he'll make it for you.

Not to be outdone, Good Friend Joe Speer over at Jackalope Rifle Company announced that he would provide a second place prize. For those who hanker for something a little ... different ... he will donate a replica 14th-century handgonne.

Or a knife, if your tastes run that way.

So, here's the deal.

Go over to Tam's blog and hit her PayPal. I am told that there will be a receipt of some kind that pops up and can be printed off. Enter the word "DIAMONDBACK" on there somewhere, and e-mail the receipt to OldNFO.

Each donation to Tam of $25 gets you one entry into the raffle. Want two chances to win this pistol and holster, or the handgonne? Donate $50 to Tam. Want four chances? Donate $100.

OldNFO would like to see $1500 go to Tamara. I'd like to see that number left gasping in the dust on the way to double or triple that.

I am told that my lady and Jennifer are collaborating upon another raffle for the same cause, I am sure that details will be forth-coming.

Make me proud, folks.

LawDog

UPDATE: Stingray and LabRat over at Atomic Nerds are throwing their hat into the ring for Tamara. Also in the raffle will be a $200 gift certificate to Brownell's. Check with OldNFO for details.

Well done, my friends. Well done, indeed.

LawDog

Consider doing me a favour?

Tamara over at View From The Porch is a good friend to myself and Phlegmmy.

She is a intelligent, sweet lady whom we are proud to call "Friend" and who is welcome in our house any time.

She's had a bit of bad luck (though not as bad as it could have been) in that her fair-skinned, light-eyed, strawberry-blonde self has come up with what most of us red-heads are going to have to deal with sometime: she is calling it "cancer's farm team" -- a wee bout of basal cell carcinoma.

Tam refers to herself as a "Self-unemployed on-line writer", and she doesn't have medical insurance.

Surgery is never cheap, and surgery in the facial area will probably add a zero to the total cost.

So, if y'all would like to do me a favour, pop over to her blog and hit her tip jar. It's on the right-hand side of the screen and can't be missed. It doesn't have to be much -- a Starbuck's coffee worth, or a meal -- but it will go a long way to helping the Mistress of Snark, and a true treasure of the Internet.

Thanks,

LawDog

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Are you sure about that?

When did it become a sin to utter the words "I don't know"? And when did it become the accepted thing to pull random facts out of your fourth point of contact to make up for the fact that one simply does not know?

Case in point:

OldNFO and AEPilotJim are up visiting and decompressing. Being, well, us this has involved a bit of trawling through a gun store or two.

One of the afore-mentioned gun stores would be the big Academy Sports in the near-by Big City.

At this Academy, OldNFO spotted a rifle that tickled his fancy, at a price that was more than fair, so he decided that he should have this rifle and so informs the sales-drone.

Now, OldNFO is not a resident of Texas. He currently makes his abode on one of the coasts, but this makes no never-mind as the rifle that he fancied was, matter-of-fact, a rifle, and as such, only requires a NICS check.

Not so, sayeth the sales-drone. He can only sell rifles to residents of Texas, or residents of States that touch Texas.

There is some blinking, then I gently opine, "That's an odd company policy."

He achieves That Special Supercilious Look, and proclaims: "Nope! That's Federal Law!"

No. It is not.

Per Title 18, US Code, section 922(a)(3), (5); 922 (b)(3); and 27 CFR 478.29 and 478.30, and even going so far as to quote the ATF website FAQ:

"A person may only acquire a firearm within the person’s own State, except that he or she may purchase or otherwise acquire a rifle or shotgun, in person, at a licensee’s premises in any State, provided the sale complies with State laws applicable in the State of sale and the State where the purchaser resides. A person may borrow or rent a firearm in any State for temporary use for lawful sporting purposes."

Highlighting is mine.  Note, do, the words:  "In",  "Any",  and "State" and how all three of those words are right next to each other in the same sentence.


OldNFO and AEPilotJim look at each other, and sensing an opportunity to educate and maybe enlighten one who doesn't seem to have all the facts at his fingertips, offer the gentle rebuttal that it is not, in fact, against Federal Law.

This, of course, causes the sales-drone to dig in his heels, puff out his chest and give that little eyebrow arch that hints:  "Desist, law-breakers."

Bloody damnation.

I'm going to assume that somebody must have provided this drone (probably with the same smug look he rendered unto us) with the false and incorrect information regarding fictitious Federal Laws, because I would hate to imagine that this young man has simply decided all on his ownsome that since he has a job selling guns, he needs to pull bull[redacted] [redacted] out of his [redacted] just so he can feel superior to his customers.

Still, one would like to imagine that he would have enough pride in his job that he would take the time and effort to improve himself by LOOKING UP THE [REDACTED] LAW FOR HIMSELF.

The relevant law is on the Internet.  Took me all of 0.17 seconds to find it on Google.  It's even in books, and those books are generally free to read in libraries both public and those belonging to universities.

I would note, in case said sale-drone ever stumbles past this blog, that the books are "free to read" in libraries, the books are not "free to eat".

If Academy Sports wants to have stupid rules about whom they may sell guns to, that's their business.  As a private company, if they decide tomorrow that they will only sell guns to left-handed pygmies wearing fuchsia tutus, that is their business.

Giving their employees false information regarding Federal Laws and how those laws pertain to Constitutional Rights is not.  Hiring employees who lie to, and condescend to, customers regarding Federal laws and how those laws pertain to Constitutional Rights is not.

Academy Sports lost the chance to make $500.  And in the coming economy, that piddling little five hundred dollars may not be peanuts much longer.

More importantly, they have lost all of my future business, all of the future business of OldNFO, and I will quite happily tell anyone and everyone I come into contact with that Academy Sports are rat-bastards who should feel the full weight of economic Darwinism, and any money would be better spent somewhere else.

Grr.

LawDog