Starbucks has always been -- and I hesitate to say pro-gun, but I'll certainly say not anti-gun -- about their firearm policies. They simply said, we refuse to outright ban firearms from our store, instead we defer this to local statutes; you can come in armed just so long as you're complying with local laws. It was fair, it was honest and it should have been the end of it. And there are a bunch of folks out there who called it several weeks ago. They said these Starbucks Appreciation Days were going to undo us all. To not take Starbuck's neutrality on guns as choosing either side in the debate and that by showing up at their stores armed to the fucking gills, Starbucks would ultimately be forced to choose sides. And I don't think this recent change in Starbucks' firearm policy is in response to any anti-gun push, but more backing away from the zealots who are way too over the top in their protests. If we in the gun community are unhappy with how the axe has fallen -- don't blame this on the anti-gun crowd, no. We have no one but ourselves to blame. I mean seriously, just because your state has open carry and you can legally carry your AR into Starbucks for a caramel macchiato, doesn't mean you should. Or as someone else wrote on my wall once, "just because it's legal doesn't mean you're not an asshole."
Try for a second, slipping the shoe on the other foot. You as a single mother, already struggling to raise the three children you have, are secually assaulted on the way home from your second job. Surprise, a few weeks later you find out you're pregnant and not wanting to bear your attacker's child -- further burden yourself financially -- decide terminate the pregnancy. So with a heavy heart you wait at the local bus stop before taking three transfers to the other side of town, finally ariving at a women's heath clinic on the other side of town, some four hours later. Outside of said clinic are a bunch of pro-life protesters who immediately begin to berate you shame/coerce you out of the procedure. And you sit and speak with these people and share great details of your life, how you were raised, how good of a parent you are, how you love the children you do have, how you were raped and ultimately arrived at the heartbreaking decision to end the pregnancy. And after an hour of pouring your heart out to these people, and seeing stern looks of judgement slowly give way to a glimmer of understanding, Miley Cyrus shows up, sticks her fucking tongue out and shouts, "I've had three abortions this month already!" before pulling her shorts off, twerks bare assed for a few seconds before sprinting off towards an all male college dorm.
So yeah, that feeling you get when you've almost convinced the opposing side to start accepting your point of view, and then some asshole comes along and ruins everything? That's how I feel about these fucking guys, because they aren't doing anyone any fucking favors.
Look if you want to tip your hat to the local establishment that encourages you open carry a sidearm, sit down and enjoy a few awkward stares, maybe share the newspaper with the guy next to you, and buy a cookie for the little kid checking your gun out? Terrific. I encourage that and if FL had open carry, I'd probably do it. Because that's sending a positive message that gun enthusiasts don't have to be assholes. But to sit there with a rifle and a camera and openly leer at people like a pedophile at an elementary school graduation, hoping to elicit a reaction that you can share on Youtube, all under the umbrella that "it's your right?" Dude, you don't want to do that. Instead, they kept pushing the envelope a little further and a little further and a little further, hoping to elicit a reaction. Well surprise assholes, you got one.
And on a semi-related note, I picked up this little honey yesterday. That's right, this sweet baby was made in
Grand Rapids, Michigan Springfield, Massachusetts back in 1987. it used to retail for about $399 but I bought it used for $350. It's got walnut stock grips, cobalt blue steel, and a hair trigger. And no matter how clean you think it is, it looks fucking filthy as soon as you turn the flash on for a closeup. And for you history buffs, the Smith and Wesson Model 36 is the same .38 caliber handgun used by Bernie Goetz to clean the clocks on those four assholes on the subway, back in 1987.
Morning Ernie! Definitely one of those Dude WTF NSFW! moments! lata Eric
Awesome street sign in Pitt Meadows BC up in Canada. Kris
Wow, I guess that place really exists, too. Althought for the life of me, I can not imagine why anyone would have gas cans at a coffee shop.
The 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show had some impressive new vehicles revealed like the Porsche 918 supercar and the Ferrari 458 Speciale. As usual, the booths with the Italian cars had some of the most impressive two-legged eye candy with Lamborghini getting plenty of attention as usual.
While the United States Flag Code, USC Title 4, Chapter 1, provides general guidelines for the display of the U.S. flag, nautical flag display is based on long-standing traditions that date back over 300 years. The United States Power Squadrons, the worlds largest boating educational organization, developed an updated code for displaying flags on boats in 1998. This code, devised in consultation with the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, New York Yacht Club, and other yachting authorities, eliminates confusion and will help you show proper respect for each flag and pennant you fly. This code is primarily for use on private vessels because small craft are so different from large ships; yet it is flexible enough to accommodate the wide variation in construction of most modern pleasure craft.
Hey Ernie, I was at the grand opening gala for the newest addition of the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola and thought you might like to see a few pictures of the new hangar. While I was there I had the extreme honor of meeting Captain Thomas J. Hudner USN, Medal of Honor recipient. This will stand as one of the greatest honors of my life and as you can probably imagine, there was no shortage of people wanting to meet this gentelman. I'll even bet that he upstaged Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, who was also there in attendance. Warren
If you follow these instructions very carefully, you can make your own waterproof camera case.
You may have to work the phytics out on this one, but here's a kid telling his tale about having been shot multiple times with a shotgun and surviving. Well, obviously.
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