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  • Hober Short 12:43 am on 21 February 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    A common argument against carrying or using a gun to defend your life is that the person you draw down on might take it and use it against you. Turns out that street goes both ways.

    Don’t ever give up.

  • Hober Short 4:18 pm on 17 February 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    This really seems like it should be an Onion article. Something along the lines of

    Animal Rights Group Surprised When Slow Moving Drone Shot Down By Pigeon Shooters

    Orangeburg, SC — SHARK, a group that opposes the “barbaric” sport of pigeon shooting was flabbergasted Friday when their attempt to surveil a pigeon shoot was cut short when their quadrotor drone took fire from the shoot participants. Pigeon shooting, prized for its challenge of hitting erratic, fast moving birds, “is apparently pretty good training for shooting down our $5,000 drone, ” said one SHARK member.

    • Pat 2:27 pm on 20 February 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know. I think my version of it would be more like this:

      Animal Right Group Tells Story It Can’t Prove

      Orangeburg, SC — SHARK, a group that opposes the “barbaric” sport of pigeon shooting, accused a private hunting club of shooting their surveillance drone out of the sky. “This totally happened,” SHARK president Steve Hindi said. “Our drone was just minding its own business, and they shot it down. Look at this damage here. See how the rotor tip is broken off? There’s only one way that could possibly happen.”

      When asked if the group had any actual evidence that they didn’t just crash their own drone and then blame the hunters, Hindi said, “What do you mean, evidence? Those guys have guns. Our drone is broken. It’s obvious what happened.” He then resumed high-fiving the other members of SHARK.

      According to Hindi, someone from SHARK called the Colleton County Sheriff’s Department, which took a report of the incident. The responding deputy noted in the report that “that rotor tip could have been snapped off with a pair of pliers for all I know, but we should have our SWAT team pay a visit to those hunters anyway, just to keep them in line.”

      A spokesman for the hunting group was available for comment, but we didn’t bother to get their side of the story because nobody cares what a bunch of gun-toting rednecks have to say.

  • Bartholomew Xerxes Ogilvie, Jr. 11:13 am on 10 February 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Maybe all is not lost:

    • In Carrboro, a protest group calling itself Carrboro Commune occupied a building that has been sold to CVS, because they wanted it to become a “community center” instead. Par for the course in Carrboro. But then:

      Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton went to the site and asked the trespassers, who had built a table and were carrying in containers of food, to leave peacefully.

      “I make barely above minimum wage. The only thing between me and getting evicted is two months’ rent,” a man who identified himself as Johnny Moran told Chilton. “I’m sick of living in a society like this.”

      When Moran described the police as an army between hungry people and the food in the grocery store, Chilton told him, “You’re full of crap.”

      Protesters being told they’re full of crap — in Carrboro.

    • In Cary, the town government has once again been asked to consider lifting its ban on allowing residents to own chickens. But this time, the request is coming from a councilman who previously supported the ban. He’s changed his mind:

      “It just came down to: Who the heck am I to tell other folks what they can or can’t do if it’s not going to hurt me?” Frantz said.

      Libertarian principles — in Cary.

    Hope and change?

  • Hober Short 12:46 am on 9 February 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned from Hardcore History, it’s that humans, or at least warrior males, really love to sack things. Cities, villages, countries, whatever.

    So it’s not really surprising that SWAT teams, when given the chance to tear up an apartment sack the shit out of it:

    When Corrigan returned to his apartment 16 days after being seized, he found that [the fifteen SWAT officers] had left the front door unlocked and unsecured, had left the electric stove on, had cut open every zipped bag, had dumped every box and drawer, had broken locked boxes from under the bed and the closet, and emptied shelves into piles in each room. All his tropical fish in his 150 gallon aquarium were dead.”

    It’s really not so different from an army storming the gates of a castle and laying waste to it because the people there aren’t really people: they’re the enemy. That includes leaving the stove on, the modern version of setting buildings on fire just to watch them burn.

  • Hober Short 12:21 pm on 7 February 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Remember in 1998 when Tom Clancy wrote Rainbow Six about a single elite counter-terrorist team that could be anywhere in the world in a matter of hours to deal with violent threats instead of every town, village, and shack having their own SWAT team? Yeah, neither do they. Even NASA has a SWAT team.

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