Busy Today on Some Other Projects

I’m working on some other projects right now along with getting some other stuff done on my “honey do list”.  So instead enjoy this video.

Don’t play with explosives unless you know what you’re doing and understand how dangerous it is.

SSCC #263–El Paso

This right here is just classic!

El Paso, Texas County Commissioner Willie Gandara Jr. was arrested late Wednesday on federal drug-trafficking charges. Few details have been released, but according to a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) spokeswoman, the investigation involves multiple agencies.

Ok a county commissioner was selling drugs, why is it classic though!?  This is why!

Back in September 2011, Gandara harshly criticized drug legalization in an official statement:

Legalizing drugs is the coward practice of combating cartels, it is an insult to our men and women in law enforcement, and the laziest form of parenting our children and youth about the effects of drugs.

Nice, he was pushing prohibition to protect his enterprise.

State Sponsored Criminal Count 263: Willie Gandara Jr.

Because the real reason you become an elected politician is so you can build an enterprise and make it illegal for everyone else!

via Uncle

Do Nothing and Wait

[sarcasm]Yeah that’s a winning plan in my book.[/sarcasm]

A Cobb Community Transit driver, stabbed while trying to break up a fight on his bus, has been suspended pending further investigation because he didn’t follow “protocol,” a county spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

Evidently the crime in question centered around a cell phone she borrowed and then refused to return.  One, don’t let people borrow your cell phone.  Second, while it is dangerous to get into a physical altercation with anyone, it is also useless to sit around an do nothing letting the criminal work with impunity.

If the driver is willing to take the risk that is his choice.

How many times do we have to see doing nothing absolutely fail before people will understand waiting does nothing to solve the problem?  All waiting does is allow it the problem to grow.

h/t Uncle

Smoke and Thunder Runs Asunder

(Warning, drama llama within.  No links go to SmokeAndThunder.com only friendly blogs and screenshots.1)

So it was brought to my attention that a particular individual finally followed through on his threat and created a profile on his website for me.  His threat I must say showed his commitment to being a classy member of the gun community.

Your profile will go live today Dick… err Barron

So, I wasn’t sure exactly what I did to get labeled a dick, however I really didn’t care.  Angering a troll to the point he calls me a dick and stomps off, that’s just awesome.  I could care less about the profile, yeah it’s negative, but it just makes him look childish and hurts his credibility, even more so when you consider what happened later.  At this point though I was ready to completely shun him and stop giving the admitted troll attention.

The thing is, the little troll just won’t shut up and there were some things I noticed that raised some serious questions. 

On My Profile

Starting off, the tone and style of my profile was quite familiar.

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So if you haven’t seen the profile he made for me, there it is.  I chatted with a friend who happened to have some software which allows him to do writing style comparisons.  He compared the new troll to a particular anti-rights bigot who happens to do a lot of writing.  Over 2500 words with two separate works there was only a 5% difference in style.  So it’s not confirmed they are the same but there is a high probability.

That however is a pretty tenuous link, but lets move further forward with other issues with the Smoke and Thunder Blog2.   Here is my whole profile, including the stuff not shown above, specifically one line from the above with the following line.

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First off, I have not found anything on my blog stating I have a concealed weapon permit.  Second, the State of Washington does not release said information and for law enforcement to do so is a crime.  So where does he get the idea I have a permit?  Washington is an open carry state with no permit required to do so.

Second he posted such information in an attempt to shame and intimidate me.  I say shame because lets look at his profile statement for myself.

Popular gun blog rife with spelling and grammatical errors (not to be confused with typographical errors). The author, Barron Barnett, is an internet detective (junior grade), and former class clown. Barron feels *overrun* by all the criminals and not friendly people flooding into state, so he carries a concealed handgun which provides him comfort and warmth.

A note, I was anything but the class clown.  Now look at his negative attitude and stance towards concealed weapons.  I carry one because I’m overrun by criminals?  Umm, try again, I carry one because criminals don’t call ahead.  If you actually would bother to do some research you’ll see that both of my parents had defensive gun uses.  I carry a gun because bad things happen even to good people.  So here we have a classic anti-rights attitude and you will note that the majority of his complaints perpetuate the negative stereotypes.  These same negative stereotypes he claims that he’s above and trying to get rid of.

Third, if you look at the friends page of my profile, for some reason the Admin is my friend.  That’s right, the guy who wrote the scathing profile of myself is claiming to be my friend.  Are you so lonely that  you have to act like Tom from MySpace to make friends?

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It is also problematic because as I have not registered my profile.  You are confirming relationships that may or may not in fact be true without my consent.

Classic Anti Gunner Attitude

Then Smoke and Dope does something even better.  Markley’s law proves true yet again.

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So yet another classic anti-rights move, doubly so since he claims to be so classy and better than us.

Moving forward we take a look at our anonymous blogger’s2 page.

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First, get your booker hook off the bang switch and out of that trigger guard Mr. I’m better than the rest of you.  Yeah, well guess what, even the anointed need to follow the rules.  Next up, you’re whole profile centers around the fact you fired a M110A2, and you center around the fact that it is so large.  Given you Markley’d on Miguel’s profile, I’m figuring this is the same type of effort for yourself.  Especially since you then went and wrote a blog post about it?  After that, we also see under your optional details some hilarity. 

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Hmm, we see yet another comment about being an 8-inch howitzer gunner.  But even more telling is that you state that you have no life.  That would explain why you would sit there and troll around the internet.

Doesn’t Like His Own Medicine

Then we arrive at this moment of hilarity today.

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So there’s numerous jokes in this one.  First compare the fake profile he made for me and this one.  Whoever did that, seriously it wasn’t me I wish it was, knocked it out of the park.  It was a fair shot considering your behavior and the fact that all you can do to gain members is trash talk them to con them into getting an account to remove the slander.  We made the equivalent review of you and your site, which you claim to be a review site, and your response was not surprising.

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How original.  The thing is, Miguel didn’t make the profile and isn’t a pedobear.  Though it appears that the Smoke and Dope admin might very well be.  See, whoever did this had discovered something and put in an extra joke with the profile.  The full report is available here.

Michael Frank filed this action against the City of Manchester and two City officials after he was denied a peddler’s license. His principal federal claim is that the defendants violated his Fourteenth Amendment right to procedural due process by failing to give him a constitutionally adequate post-deprivation hearing. As I explain in greater detail below, Frank’s claim fails because he does not have a protectable property interest in a peddler’s license.

[…]

Frank first sought a peddler’s license on May 8, 2009. His application seemed doomed from the start, however, because the certified criminal record he produced with his application included a disqualifying conviction for simple assault.*fn2 Frank attempted to address this difficulty on May 21, when he succeeded in having the assault case dismissed. City officials, however, would not accept the court records showing that the conviction had been dismissed because it remained on his certified criminal record.

Frank’s problems were compounded when Gary Simmons, the assistant police chief and one of the defendants in this case, learned that Frank had two charges of possession of child pornography pending against him in Massachusetts.*fn3 Because of these pending charges, Simmons refused to sign Frank’s application on behalf of the police department.

You then double down on your stupid, blaming me for something that isn’t my fault.  After this comment at Uncles’ place it’s obvious you assumed it was me:

Well well, my comment are getting censored. Barron, your Smoke & Thunder profile will be the last one to be removed when the parody ends. Your crap site and crap bio would make anybody think twice about buying a gun for the first time lest they become like you. You are a true ally to anti-gunners need sites like yours to scare off inquisitive potential new gun owners.

(Screenshot incase uncle pulls it)  Tell me, how do you spell assume?  You can’t do it without making an Ass Out of You and Me.  I don’t care because frankly it doesn’t make me look like an ass, just you.  If you had never posted a profile of me you would have been left alone and that would have been it.  I didn’t post the Pedobear profile, I really wish I had now since I know you’re so upset about it.  Also, whoever you did piss off into doing it, wouldn’t have had that ready made statement to use.

Closing

?Mr. Frank?, I blog under my real name, many of the bloggers you berate and attack stand out here in the open unashamed.  You however have done everything you can to conceal your identity.  We found the above thanks to a name and phone number which was disclosed to us by another blogger you had a conversation with.  It is telling though that a man, who would make statements such as yours would do it behind the veil of anonymity.  You do it behind the veil because you know you’re in the wrong.  You are not willing to put your money where your mouth is and just like every anti-rights cultist I’ve ever seen your integrity and credibility is for naught.

If you can prove that you are not the individual above I will strike it.  Until such time though as your identity can be validated, I will have to spread the facts as we can discover them.  It is obvious that you are nothing more than an Anti-Rights troll mascaraing as a gun blogger2.  While you may claim to support gun rights, it’s obvious the most support you give is that of a Fudd.  You state I drive away new shooters, that’s why I’m fielding questions from new shooters on a regular basis.  That’s why friends of friends refer people to me and my blog for help.  That’s why I am regularly either teaching a new shooter or placing a new shooter in contact with another instructor. 

You are at least 10 years older than I am by your profile statement, and you’re saying I’m driving the young people away.  Yet I spend a lot of time helping bring new shooters in, personally.  Most of those new shooters are college undergraduates, age 18-25.  You may be physically older than I am, but obviously you stopped your emotional maturity at some point and it’s not me driving away interest in the shooting sports.  It’s not me  who is acting like a spoiled child and throwing a tantrum.  Know what pisses you off about me?  I don’t give a crap what you think.  You don’t know me, you’ve never met me, and I know that there are hundreds of daily readers who disagree with your statement.  Even more than that, I know that last month I wrote something that the gun culture reverberated with and loved me for.

If I’m such a horrible person, maybe I shouldn’t be spending my own time and money to send coffee over seas to the troops.  Maybe I’m a bad person because instead of just begging people to donate to charity for nonexistent property, like you, instead I put my money where my mouth is and lead by example.

Here I stand, in the open, you know my name, you know my state of residence, all voluntarily.  You however hide behind anonymity, so deep that you cannot easily be found.  In the words of Jeff Cooper: 

Not long ago it was easy to tell who the bad guys were. They carried Kalashnikovs. Now it is much more complicated, but one thing is sure – any man who covers his face and packs a gun is a legitimate target for any decent citizen.

You sir are wearing the equivalent of a ski mask on the internet.


1 First I don’t want to feed traffic to the troll.  Second the troll wrote tons of insults and didn’t bother to cite his complaints and back them up with fact.  I’m not going to bother providing links, instead I’ll give you screenshots.  That way he can’t destroy it anyway.

2 While he continues to claim he is a social network, the front page and only publically available information without being a member is content produced by the admin.  All of this content is the same type of content you would normally find on a blog.  He has a web site he is using to log his his adventures.  Truthfully if anything he is trying to create another TTAG while trying to get more of the community to do his dirty work instead of hiring writers.  See his video submission post.

Quote of the Day – Joe Huffman (2/23/2012)

Can you imagine the outcry if the government demanded you fill out
the equivalent of a 4473 and undergo a NICS check before purchasing a
printer for your computer, start a blog, or write a letter to the
editor?

The Second Amendment deserves as much or more respect than the First Amendment and we need to get that point across.

Joe HuffmanRandom Thought of the Day

February 22, 2012


[Yup, though there is someone right now that is quite upset with me.  I’m sure they wouldn’t mind making me fill out paperwork before every blog post.  They feel I’m a detriment to the RKBA community, and overall shouldn’t be blogging.  Where have I heard that before

It is very easy to spot bigotry in the attitudes of people like that.  They want freedom for them, but not for anyone else.  Also as usual they provide a list of insults and problems and don’t actually cite any of it.  -B]

SSCC #262–Spokane

Warning:

Image courtesy of Robb Allen found via JayG

A Spokane police officer fired in 2009 after driving drunk while off duty, hitting a pickup with his truck and leaving the scene of the collision is likely to be rehired and get more than two years of back pay.

Wait, he did what and this is acceptable for a police officer.  Why would they do such a thing?

Bob Dunn, Thoma’s attorney, said Thoma had a disability – alcoholism – that resulted from stress from his job. He argued that the police department knew Thoma struggled with alcoholism and didn’t try to get him help. Thoma filed a complaint about his firing with the Washington State Human Rights Commission soon after he was terminated.

So how much do taxpayers get to pay this criminal?

Thoma also would be paid about $275,000 for back pay and benefits, and the city will pay his attorney $15,000. The back pay is based on the amount he earned as a sergeant.

So isn’t that nice.  Remember if you’re going to commit a crime, become a cop first.  This by the way is the prime definition of a state sponsored criminal count.

State Sponsored Criminal Cop #262: Sergeant Brad Thoma

Because when you commit a DUI and a hit and run and you’re a police officer, just blame it on alcoholism that way you’re disabled.

Ear Worm Wednesday – 2/22/2012

Here’s a treat for ya.

Never Piss Off Your Customer Base

So some startup, previously mentioned here, has decided that it’s going to make a “social network” for gunnies.  After I wrote that previous post, the gift that just doesn’t stop giving posted a response at Uncle’s place.  I haven’t gone all Kevin Baker on someone this month, I guess it’s about that time.

Before getting to that though it should be noted that this guy is digging himself a hole so fast with his customer base that if it were the earth he’d be sitting at the core experiencing fission right now.  There are numerous issues, especially given that he claims to be a site for “gunnies”, the biggest of which, he’s censoring comments.  Otherwise known to our field as “Reasoned Discourse”.

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It does appear he finally let the comment go through, however the fact he is moderating comments is rise for concern.  I’m 99% sure there are deleted comments because Tango is supposedly comment #8 on that post.  He’s the first one listed.

So given the crap storm that he created today, lets start.

Exhibit A

This is what started this whole problem.  The garbage he said about bloggers.  Here is a screenshot of it.

Let’s face it, most gun blogs aren’t very interactive and many are stuck in the stone-age when it comes to technology and social networking. It’s 2012 and the internet has been around for a while, yet I still see major gun blogs that offer their users little more than a basic text commenting system. Often, users who wish to communicate with each other are forced to talk back in forth through comments, until one of them finally posts his or her email address publicly and says “Just email me so we can talk about that in private”. Seriously folks, we are talking about major gun blogs that offer stone-age commenting systems as the only way of interacting with other users and the blog itself!

Interesting.  I wasn’t aware that blogs were supposed to be a social network.  Further what you’re describing is more of a forum type environment than a blog.  A blog is run by a central user or users posting content.  Readers then comment on the material.  The blog though centers around the content though.  If gun bloggers are so horrible though why did you go and create a bunch of fake profiles of some of the biggest gun bloggers.

It get’s better though.

Exhibit B 

Because you then claim that these profiles are “inactive” and labeled as such.  As you said on Miguel’s blog:

You apparently don’t know the definition of what a sock puppet is. They ceratinly don’t feature a disclaimer such as “This profile created and maintained by such and such dot com”. Furthermore, please read Smoke & Thunder’s policies regarding usernames, restricted usernames, how they are used, and who may claim them.

(Spelling error left intact.)  So you claim that people who have not activated an account will be listed as inactive.  LIAR!

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I know for a fact that Breda has not joined your little club.  Going through the list I see many bloggers who most likely haven’t joined your club but I will not waste my time with validation because the above already proves my point.

Breda actually emailed requesting that they she be removed from this network which is nothing more than one giant scam to gather personal information and the response was less than polite.  Again, screenshot for posterity.  The best part is he thinks his exchange was polite and civil.  Umm, no it was him being a dick.  Especially given the following statement he gave in that post:

Smokeandthunder.com: Unless you suggest another image, I will use a 150×150 thumbnail of a photo provided by Google Images under the fair use clause. Please note, profiles not maintained by the actual person or company will clearly indicate “This profile created and maintained by Smokeandthunder.com”. I’m sorry to hear you won’t be participating/contributing.

Umm, you’re a liar, my screenshot proves you are a liar.  And here’s a copy of the whole damn page just in case you don’t believe me.  I checked the full profile which has it in fine print and not well defined in an obvious format.

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Full screenshot is available here.

Breda is right, you’re placing her along with many other bloggers on your site is quite wrong.  You are indicating that they have endorsed the site and are using the site.  However this is not true in any way, you just make it appear to be true, doubly so since you are not indicating that you created and run the profile, not the actual individual.  You continue with this:

SGB and SPQR… the reposting of a copyrighted image for direct or indirect commerical gain can certainly fall within the fair use clause, depending on other significant factors. Yelp.com doesn’t delete a company’s profile info and picture (which is there for reference, research, criticism, praise, and disambiguation… and is therefore acceptable fair use) just because that company doesn’t like the reviews they are getting. Yelp.com is a billion dollar business because of this. **Nobody is immume from being profiled, spotlighted, reviewed, praised, or criticised** Please go back to armchair gun talk and stay away from armchair lawyering.

(Three spelling errors in that wonderful item)  You want to have an entry for me where someone can review my blog, fine, but you place an entry of me in your system without an indicator that you generated it, you are fraudulently representing me.  You do not have my permission to create a profile for myself or this site, other than that allowed to allow users to comment on the site.  Are you seeing the difference here?  You used an example of Yelp which is a review site.  Your example companies that rehash profiles do not do so with an effort of representing and providing a point of contact (fundamental item of a social network) to the party through the profile using the site itself.  Yelp business profiles are created with the express intent of review, not social contact.  There are serious differences and you better understand them.  You argue the law supports you from the point of view of a review site, yet you claim to be a social media site, which is it?

Further, instead of being polite, customer service goes a long way, you act like a total dick. If someone doesn’t want their information on your site, what does it really cost you to delete it? How does it affect your company other than pissing off your potential users?  You are dealing with people, not companies.  You’re a social network right? Why are you wanting dead unused profiles? I don’t see Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, or any other social network creating profiles for people and companies that don’t use their service. So what induced you to?

Exhibit C:

You claim in your response the following:

Smoke & Thunder does not impersonate anyone or create “fake profiles”, much less mispresresent anyone as having created the profile themselves. The usernames of real people profiled on Smoke & Thunder ARE NOT FOR SALE. Furthermore, the profiles of real people can only be claimed by the actual verifiable person profiled. Only generic/iconic usernames like “@ammo” or “@50bmg” or “@revolver” are for sale.

(Nice spelling there too, spell checker not work?)  Notice that you say you don’t create fake profiles, see exhibit B.  Next up though you claim that usernames of real people are not for sale.  Ok so you added Uncle to your little universe, yet that’s not his real name.  So are you going to charge him money to claim his profile?  You’re trying to control peoples information for money, plain and simple, to claim otherwise is yet another lie.  If you aren’t trying to control peoples information for money, as a social media site, you’re doing it wrong because that is the business model for social media.  You may not be meaning to imply Uncle is going to have to pay, but that’s exactly what you’ve said.  If you create profiles, they must be provided free.  To aggregate information as a point of contact, i.e. social media, and then hold it hostage for money is a low scummy thing to do, doubly so since you’re falsely representing the individual since you’re not actually indicating that you own the profiled.

Exhibit D:

You’re response to my comment earlier is down right lacking, especially given the number of lies we’ve already found.

Barron… the THR link is only there until I pre-fill the forum with topics and content.

Then why do you have the forum link even active?  Why not just have it redirect back to the main site or a page saying under construction.  Why are you sending potential customers to go create a forum account someplace else?  If I wanted to chat at THR why in the name of god do I need to create an account with you?  You did not satisfy that answer.  Further you hide way too much information behind the veil of “membership” to be an open social network.

Exhibit E:

Robb Allem… Can you see your hand when you wave it in front of your face? Smoke & Thunder is not a blog, it’s a social network above all else. My opinion is that many (but not all) gun blogs do more to damage the future of gun ownership than they do to encourage it. Take it or leave it. The average teenager or young adult non-gun owner is not interested in the average gun blog. Why should they be? Most of them are written for exclusively gun fanatics and other gun bloggers, with no regard and no appeal for newbies and young people.

First, who the hell is Robb Allem?  Second, most teenagers are not actually interested in serious political discussions there boy genius.  So gun blogs do more damage you say?  Evidence to back up said claim please.  Because last year I worked my ass off with some other bloggers and helped get the suppressor law in Washington changed.

Numerous other bloggers regularly rally support for their localities and things that matter to them.  Social media isn’t conductive for content that goes into a blog.  It allows you to link content others wrote to help people go there.  If you’re saying that gun blogs are pointless and serve no actual purpose, again why are you causing an uproar by refusing to delete a hand generated profile of a blogger that you made without permission.  The only reason I see is to beat the drama llama to increase traffic to try and get your site rolling.

Further, gun bloggers don’t write for newbies, I think A Girl and Her Gun along with others would beg to differ on that front.

Conclusion:

Given all the above you’re doing it wrong.  You are not winning support from the community, you are not enticing users, you are being a dick while trying to dance within the law.  Guess what, even if you are within the law, you’re still a dick, we all still hate you, and don’t be surprised if none of us support or help you in your endeavor.

Some bloggers did some digging today to try and find out exactly who this admin is.  He took a lot of effort to hide his information and identity.  I stand out here in the open, behind what I say.  One of the bloggers got the hands on the number used for a conversation today between some bloggers and the “Smoke and Mirrors Thunder Admin”. 

I do not know exactly how they obtained the number though that’s besides the point. The GBC then researched this number.  What was found, while tenuous, at the moment is quite disturbing disturbing.

That’s why you comment everywhere as “Smoke & Mirrors Thunder Admin” right?  You don’t use your real name, you hid the WhoIS record for your domain to the point where not even the name is visible.  You’re afraid that someone might dig up your past?  Mine all have at least my name visible though the address is privatized by my registrar.  I am not ashamed of myself or my actions and proudly stand up for myself and everything I’ve said.

You’re actions thus far provide me no reason to trust or believe anything you do or say.  You have done nothing but be rude, abusive, and abrasive to a group of individuals you claim are doing nothing but damaging the right to keep and bear arms community.  If that’s the case, why is it that you’re the only person who makes that claim while over and over we hear about how supportive and kind the gun blogger community is?  Further why are you fighting so hard to retain the profiles of high profile gun bloggers who you say are useless and not helpful to the gun rights community?

You have been nothing but a negative dick.  You could have easily fixed this, instead you hide behind the “it’s my legal right” argument, bad mouth and insult those whom you’re abusing, and then claim that you’re right and the rest of us are wrong.

In closing if I want to be a part of a social network, I’ve got more than I can keep track of already, I don’t need another one so scope limited it serves no purpose.  You’re doing nothing but assuring your failure by ostracizing and abusing the one group of individuals that would have been able to help boot strap your project.  If dueling was legal, I would call the challenge right now for being a dick to Breda, especially your final comment even if you supposedly didn’t email it to her.  You still said it in public for everyone else to see, so you didn’t have the balls to say it to her but you were happy to say it to the rest of us.  If we needed any further proof that you’re a dick, that right there was it.  Again you think you’re being civil and polite when in actuality you’re nothing but a dick.