Thursday, February 23, 2012

Forbes and Disarming Myths

Forbes Published an article debunking the gun control myths.
It is not a short article, so I'll just do some of the highlights.
National violent crime rates that soared for 30 years from the early 1960s began to decrease markedly since 1993. Last December the FBI reported that murder and other violent crime rates fell again by 6.4% during the first half of 2011 compared with the same period in 2010. A Gallup poll indicates that “Americans’ preference regarding gun laws is generally that the government enforce existing laws more strictly and not pass new laws.”

Caroline Brewer of the anti-gun Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has reported that “The research we’ve seen indicates fewer and fewer people owning more and more guns.” Yet one can only wonder where they are getting that information. In reality, public support for personal gun ownership is growing.

As pointed out in a recent paper titled “Tough Targets” released by the Cato Institute, “The ostensible purpose of gun control legislation is to reduce firearm deaths and injuries. But authors Clayton E. Cramer and David Burnett believe these restrictions put law-abiding citizens at a distinct disadvantage to criminals who acquire guns from underground markets
I legally own and carry AND train, So how is taking away my rights going to make innocents safer?

Whereas gun control proponents often argue that having a gun put people at risk because a criminal will take it away and use it against them, it seems the reality is more often to be the reverse situation. The Cato data contains only 11 stories out of 4,699 where a criminal took a gun away from a defender, but 277 where the intended victim disarmed the bad guy, although the authors acknowledge that these event reports may be printed more frequently due to newsworthiness.

Newsweek has reported that law-abiding American citizens using guns in self-defense during 2003 shot and killed two and one-half times as many criminals as police did, and with fewer than one-fifth as many incidents as police where an innocent person mistakenly identified as a criminal (2% versus 11%).

Finally, on the subject of public safety, just how well have gun bans worked in other countries? Take the number of home break-ins while residents are present as an indication. In Canada and Britain, both with tough gun-control laws, nearly half of all burglaries occur when residents are present. But in the U.S. where many households are armed, only about 13% happen when someone is home.

Doesn’t this comparison offer some indication that criminals are getting the message? Don’t you wish those bent on eliminating our Second Amendment rights would also?


Dan Emplit WBFD
USN 1986 - 1992

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

When a President ignores the Constitution,

When a President ignores the Constitution, is he still the Commander-in-Chief?
Obama has declared that he will 'act' even if he doesn't have the support of Congress or the Senate. Essentially he has declared himself Dictator of the United States.

Linky #1

Linky #2

I honestly wish the lame stream media would lose their ongoing love affair with this clown. When the house says NO and does not pass a bill, that is part of the system of 'checks and balances' that protects us from petty dictators pretending to be President.

Two centuries ago a war was fought to free this country. Why are we moving backwards? We are creeping toward socialism, and that has worked so well for Europe.

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." ~ Abraham Lincoln

Remember this?^

And in case you didn't know..
"Two days ago President Obama authorized the deployment to Uganda of approximately 100 combat-equipped U.S. forces to help regional forces “remove from the battlefield” – meaning capture or kill – Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony and senior leaders of the LRA."
yippie another war, in another country that we will pay to rebuild.

Dan Emplit WBFD
USN 1986 - 1992

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Is Harrisburg's Nightmare America's Future?

"Harrisburg is an example of what happens when a charismatic mayor goes on a spending spree." Remove the 'charismatic' and this could be Wilkes-Barre.

Dan Emplit WBFD
AKA Don Quixote

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Chewbacca defense

Leighton downplays W-B debt of $100M

Now lets read this excerpt and, remember, stay on target;
Karen Ceppa Hirko told City Council Thursday the city is more than $100 million in debt, and questioned how it would be paid.

However, Mayor Tom Leighton said residents shouldn’t be concerned and he learned this week the city has maintained its “A” credit rating from Standard & Poor’s.

The first thing I thought when I saw this? The South Park episode.
It went like this:
Cochran, "Ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, I have one final thing I want you to consider. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Chewbacca. Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk. But Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now think about it; that does not make sense!"

Gerald Broflovski, "Damn it! ... He's using the Chewbacca defense!"

Cochran, "Why would a Wookiee, an 8-foot-tall Wookiee, want to live on Endor, with a bunch of 2-foot-tall Ewoks? That does not make sense! But more important, you have to ask yourself: What does this have to do with this case? Nothing. Ladies and gentlemen, it has nothing to do with this case! It does not make sense! Look at me. I'm a lawyer defending a major record company, and I'm talkin' about Chewbacca! Does that make sense? Ladies and gentlemen, I am not making any sense! None of this makes sense! And so you have to remember, when you're in that jury room deliberatin' and conjugatin' the Emancipation Proclamation, does it make sense? No! Ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, it does not make sense! If Chewbacca lives on Endor, you must acquit! The defense rests."

It's the Twinkie defense. It's basically Leighton saying, "Don't look at this, look here..... A shiny object... Yes pay attention to my shiny object, not to the other thing....."

You should also read this.

He never answered the question. Maybe because he didn't get our city out of McGroartys debt, like he has claimed, he just made it long term debt. And then he added to it. Like paying over $30 million for a $12 million parking garage. and $3 million for a camera system, which I understand, wasn't in the right position to record the machete attack.

Speaking of the Attack.
A long-simmering battle for racial supremacy at a Wilkes-Barre high school precipitated the nearby machete attack Thursday that nearly cost a 15-year-old student his hand as he swung his arm to block another boy from a potentially fatally blow, according to students and parents whose children attend the school.
Students, repeating details of the attack that had circulated through the school, said a Dominican perpetrator cracked a bottle over the head of a black student, threw him to the ground and swung at his throat with a machete in an attempt to slash or decapitate him. The 15-year-old who was struck, also black, stuck his arm in front of the other boy's throat, saving his life but sacrificing his wrist, the students said.

"That kid who got his hand chopped, he saved the other kid's life," Norbert said Friday. "If he didn't put his hand in, they would have killed him. They would have chopped off his head."

I know that this attack is supposed to be a gang vs gang thing, but what hit me was one student putting himself in harms way to protect another.
I have 2 hopes.
I hope the boy has a full recovery (even if he was 'involved' a person willing to defend another can be a plus to society)
And I hope this does NOT escalate.

Dan Emplit WBFD
AKA Don Quixote

Thursday, February 9, 2012

And mayor Tom skirts another one

No charges for alarms in homes

I'm a little busy right now, so I'm just doing the quote thing.

First off, remember this quote from our dictator. I'll be refering to it.
“I’ve said all along anybody can file whatever they want – valid or not”

From JJ Murphy,"In the end, justice prevailed. And I hope she (Urban) has a good attorney."

Wow. That looks like a threat. Remember how well the prosecution of Denise Carey went. Also, someone saw something that they thought was criminal (BTW I still do) and reported it to the proper authorities. But from this quote JJ seems to be saying if you do, then he will sue you.
But remember, “I’ve said all along anybody can file whatever they want – valid or not”

As I understand it, both Leighton & JJ were threatened (by the way has anyone seen the PSP reports?) and wanted their families protected. Understandable.
But how do they rate $14000 systems? On OUR dime? Cops get REAL threats and don't get free security systems. REAL THREATS! From really scarey people!
And what is this system made of? Platinum?!!!

But remember, they paid all the monthly fees........ Oh wait no WE payed some of those bills.....

BTW there was an attack on a high school student today. Somewhere near Grant and Lehigh. This was an attack with a MACHETE!!! Anyone want to argue about why I carry a weapon?

Also a structure fire at 135 Regent Street. Gotta go, I might be called.

Dan Emplit WBFD
AKA Don Quixote

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Avengers Super Bowl XLVI Trailer

Epic Quote:
Loki, "I have an army"
Iron Man/Tony Stark, "We have a Hulk"

Dan Emplit WBFD

Sunday, February 5, 2012

How to annoy a roommate

Insist that you are a vegetarian and protest anytime your roommate eats meat. Then leave "Slim Jim" wrappers on the floor and lie on the bed holding your stomach everytime your roommate walks in. If he/she asks about the wrappers, say you know nothing about them.

Get some hair. Disperse it around your roommate's head while he/she is asleep. Keep a pair of scissors by your bed. Snicker at your roommate every morning.

Every time your roommate walks in yell, "Hooray! You're back!" as loud as you can and dance around the room for five minutes. Afterwards, keep looking at your watch and saying, "Shouldn't you be going somewhere?"

Trash the room when your roommate's not around. Then leave and wait for your roommate to come back. When he/she does, walk in and act surprised. Say, "Uh-oh, it looks like, THEY, were here again."

Every time you see your roommate yell, "You son of a..." and kick him/her in the stomach. Then buy him/her some ice cream.

Set your roommate's bed on fire. Apologize and explain that you've been watching too much "Beavis & Butthead." Do it again. Tell him/her that you're not sorry because this time, they deserved it.

Put your glasses on before you go to bed. Take them off as soon as you wake up. If your roommate asks, explain that they are Magic Dream Glasses. Complain that you've been having terrible nightmares.

Eat lots of "Lucky Charms." Pick out all the yellow moons and stockpile them in the closet.If your roommate inquires, explain that visitors are coming, but you can't say anything more, or you'll have to face the consequences.

Set up meetings with your roommate's faculty advisor. Inquire about his/her academic potential. Take lots of notes, and then give your roommate a full report. Insist that he/she do the same.

"Drink" a raw egg for breakfast every morning. Explain that you are in training. Eat a dozen donuts every night.

Every Thursday, pack up everything you own and tell your roommate you're going home. Come back in an hour and explain that no one was home. Unpack everything and go to sleep.

Every time you wake up, start yelling, "Oh, my God! Where the hell am I?!" and run around the room for a few minutes. Then go back to bed. If your roommate asks, say you don't know what he/she is talking about.

Draw a tiny, black spot on your arm. Make it bigger every day. Look at it and say, "It's spreading, it's spreading."

Buy a McDonald's "Happy Meal" for lunch every day. Eat the straw and the napkin. Throw everything else away.

Buy a plant. Sleep with it at night. Talk to it. After a few weeks, start to argue with it loudly. Then yell, "I can't live in the same room with you," storm out of the room and slam the door. Get rid of the plant, but keep the pot. Refuse to discuss the plant ever again.

Buy a Jack-In-The-Box. Every day, turn the handle until the clown pops out. Scream continuously for twenty minutes.

Hang up pictures of chickens all over the room. If your roommate eats eggs, yell at him/her and call him/her a cannibal.

Buy some knives. Sharpen them every night. While you're doing so, look at your roommate and mutter, "Soon, soon...." or "Not Happy...... Feeling Stabby"

Lock the door while your roommate is out. When he/she comes back and tries to unlock it, yell, "Don't come in, I'm naked!" Keep this up for several hours. When you finally let your roommate in, immediately take off all of your clothes, and ignore your roommate.

Bring in potential "new" roommates from around campus. Give them tours of the room and the building. Have them ask about your roommate in front of him/her, and reply, "Oh, him/her? He/she won't be here much longer."

If your roommate comes home after midnight, hit him/her on the head with a rolling pin. Immediately go to bed, muttering, "Ungrateful little..."

Pile dirty dishes in your roommate's bed. Insist that you don't know how they got there.

Collect hundreds of pens and pile them on one side of the room. Keep one pencil on the other side of the room. Laugh at the pencil.

Feign a serious illness for two weeks. Have a priest come to your room and visit you. Write out a will, leaving everything to your roommate. One day, miraculously "recover." Insist that your roommate write out a will, leaving everything to you. Every time he/she coughs, excitedly say, "Oooh, are you dying?"

Live in the hallway for a month. Afterwards, bring all of your stuff back into the room and tell your roommate, "Okay, your turn."

Keep a tarantula in a jar for three days. Then get rid of the tarantula. If your roommate asks, say, "Oh, he's around here somewhere."

Tell your roommate, "I've got an important message for you." Then pretend to faint. When you recover, say you can't remember what the message was. Later on, say, "Oh, yeah, I remember!" Pretend to faint again. Keep this up for several weeks.

Bowl inside the room. Set up tournaments with other people in the building. Award someone a trophy. If your roommate wants to bowl too, explain that he/she needs bowling shoes.

Walk backwards all the time. Then pretend to trip and hurt yourself. Fake an injury and go through a long, painful recovery. Start walking backwards again.

While your roommate is out, glue your shoes to the ceiling. When your roommate walks in, sit on the floor, hold your head, and moan.

Explain to your roommate that you're going to be housing a prospective student in the near future. One day, bring in a pig. If your roommate protests, hug the pig and tell your roommate that he/she hurt its feelings. Watch T.V with the pig, eating lots of bacon.

Make a sandwich. Don't eat it, leave it on the floor. Ignore the sandwich. Wait until your roommate gets rid of it, and then say, "Hey, where the hell is my sandwich!?" Complain loudly that you are hungry.

Punch a hole in the T.V. Sit and watch it anyway, complaining about the poor picture quality.

Wear a cape. Stand in front of an open window for about an hour every day. Then, one day, when your roommate is gone, go outside and lie down underneath the window, pretending to be hurt, and wait for your roommate to return. The next day, start standing in front of the window again.

Collect potatoes. Paint faces on them and give them names. Name one after your roommate. Separate your roommate's potato from the others. Wait a few days, and then bake your roommate's potato and eat it. Explain to your roommate, "He just didn't belong."

Fill an empty shaving cream can with whipped cream. Use it to shave, and then spray some into your mouth. Later on, complain that you feel sick. Continue this process for several weeks.

Cover your bed with a tent. Live inside it for a week. If your roommate asks, explain that "It's a jungle out there." Get your roommate to bring you food and water.

Keep a vacuum cleaner in the middle of the room. Look at it with fear for a few days. Then stay out of the room entirely, opening the door only a crack and whispering to your roommate, "Psst! Is it gone?"

Break the window with a rock. If your roommate protests, explain that you were hot. Open and close the broken window as you normally would.

Throw darts at a bare wall. All of a sudden, act excited, telling your roommate that you hit the bull's eye.

Send flowers to your roommate, with a card that says, "I'm sorry. It won't happen again." When you see them, start ripping up the flowers. Repeat the process for a few weeks.

Call your roommate "Clyde" by accident. Start doing so every so often. Increase the frequency over the next few weeks, until you are calling him "Clyde" all the time. If your roommate protests, say, "I'm sorry. I won't do that anymore, Murray."

Hire a night watchman to guard the room while you are sleeping.

Move everything to one side of the room. Ask your roommate if he knows how much an elephant weighs, and look at the floor on the empty side of the room with concern.

Practice needlepoint every night. At one point, grab your thumb and scream, "Owwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!" Cry hysterically for a few minutes, and then go to bed. Sob and sniff all night.

When your roommate comes in, pretend that you are on the phone, screaming angrily and shouting obscenities. After you hang up, say, "That was your mom. She said she'd call back."

Every time your roommate comes in, immediately turn off the lights and go to bed. When he/she leaves, get up and loudly yell, "Okay, guys, you can come out now."

Start wearing a crown, all the time. If your roommate tells you to take it off, say, "What the hell do you think you are? A king?"

Sit in front of a chess board for hours, saying nothing, doing nothing. Then, look up and say, "I think this game goes a lot faster with two players."

Talk back to your "Rice Krispies." All of a sudden, act offended, throw the bowl on the floor and kick it. Refuse to clean it up, explaining, "No, I want to watch them suffer."

Sit up. Say, "time to make the donuts." Leave. Do this often.

Every five minutes, get up, open the door, peek out, close the door and look relieved.

Express an extreme fear of sunlight. Move away from and flinch at areas of the room that are sunny.

Pick up the phone every five minutes and say, "hello." Look confused and hang up.

Unwrap a candy bar. Eat the wrapper and throw the chocolate away.

When listening to the radio, sing along with different lyrics and a different tune.

Address your roommate by a different name every time you talk to him or her

Constantly drink from an empty glass.

Every time you handle something of your roommate's, use a tissue or gloves.

While unlocking your door with the key, complain that the engine won't start.

Name your animal crackers. Mourn for them after you eat them.

Get a pet rabbit. At a designated time every day, take the rabbit into the bathroom and engage in loud shouting matches. If your roommate inquires, refuse to discuss the situation.

Try to make meals using your roommate's electric blanket.

Put black tape over the eyes of the people in your roommate's pictures. Complain that they were staring at you.

Everytime your roommate falls asleep, wait ten minutes, wake him or her up and say, "it's time to go to bed now."

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What do I want?

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "An answer":

I mean, I don't know what you want. You signed up for this job. Its not like you were drafted in to being a firefighter. You are paid for it.

What do I want?
Let's start with what I DON'T want.
I don't want to have to tell someone that their loved one has died

I don't want to see a dead child ever again

I don't want to risk my life needlessly

I don't want to be lied too by the mayor AGAIN

I don't want to be lied about by our mayor AGAIN

I don't want to see another house lost to fire because we didn't have enough men

All because
Our mayor took us from 17 to 12 and that resulted in a part time engine house
Our mayor payed almost $30 million for a $12 million parking garage
Our mayor wanted a 'free security system'
Our mayor hired his relatives
Our mayor wanted 'a camera system'
Our mayor buys crap like a bus with no title
and more

I do want
Honesty in our elected officials
A city Council that LISTENS to us
A city council that aren't just bobbleheads
A city council that does the job they were elected to
A mayor who puts safety of the public FIRST
A mayor that doesn't look at the Fire dept as desposable assets
A mayor who LISTENS to the experts (Like the Lloyds study)
A mayor who remembers which union helped when he got into office ($3.5 MILLION over 7 years)
A mayor who does not bad mouth us (behind our backs)
A mayor that doesn't treat our Constitution like a baby treats diapers

Oh and by the way. "You signed up for this job. Its not like you were drafted in to being a firefighter. You are paid for it." might sound good in your head, but our Armed Forces 'signed' up as well. And get paid for it. So what you said applies to them as well. Still feel good about yourself?

If you don't like what I write, DON'T READ it.

Dan Emplit WBFD
AKA Don Quixote


These pictures have been making the rounds on facebook. Hopefully someone will recognise the..... individuals in the pictures and they will spend a VERY long time in a very small cell with a very...... friendly cellmate.

Animal torture is one of three indicators for a serial killer to be.

Dan Emplit WBFD