quidni pro quo

Random musings at random intervals. Erudition not guaranteed.

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Location: El Paso area, Texas, United States

I'm a 40-something Christian, conservative, pro-life, Constitutionalist, motorcycle-riding, pick-up truck driving, wife, mother, state employee, ham radio operator and part-time college student, enlisted in the Texas State Guard. Everything else is subject to revision without notice.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Who is Sarah Palin?

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin on the Issues

The more I read, the more optimistic I am about our Nation's chances these next four years.

The fact that a McCain-Palin ticket has one-upped the Dems is a bonus.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Horizon City man to face arson charge in church fire

EL PASO -- A 29-year-old man has been arrested and accused of setting the fire that burned the Horizon Bible Church last month, Horizon City police said Friday.

Salazar, of the 1500 block of Oppossum Circle, also faces a charge of burglary of habitation, a jail log stated. He remained jailed Friday night; his bonds were set at $22,500.

I gotta wonder.... the suspect is accused of causing at least $100K damage to the church, and has additional charges against him, and his bail is set at only $22500?

My biggest prayer is that this really is the culprit. If he's not, there's someone out there still laughing.

Thanks to the FBI, at least we know now that it wasn't a hate crime.

(I was under the mistaken impression that most crimes of this nature were caused by hatred of something.... )

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Warehouse set to process convention arrests

Individuals arrested at the Democratic National Convention will be processed at an industrial warehouse with chain-link cells topped by razor wire, a facility some have compared to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

It says something* about a political party when they expect so many disruptions from convention attendees, that they feel they need a warehouse to process them all....

Entire article at the link.

*and that something is most definitely not flattering...


Saturday, August 09, 2008

This is a test...

Today's Mallard Fillmore:

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Bard Speaks on Obama

I don't care who you are, this is art.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Gun goes off in courthouse

Here's a case where a bit more gun control (i.e. better control of one's grip on the gun) might have been a good idea.

EL PASO -- Two federal law enforcement officers suffered minor gunshot wounds Monday inside El Paso's federal courthouse when one of their weapons fired accidentally, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

In spite of how the article starts, it's actually a fairly even piece. It mentions that there was no panic at the courthouse; it was business as usual. Neither of the two LEOs were seriously injured, and both were released after being treated at a local hospital.

A later article stated that the accident happened when the deputy US Marshall removed his firearm from a locker and attempted to reholster it.

It was also noted that the deputy "will be held responsible for firing the handgun." This is a refreshing difference from "gee, we dunno what made it go off. He just picked it up and it went boom!"


Although Payan couldn't comment on the type of gun the deputy fired, he said deputies are typically issued Glock 40-caliber handguns. The handguns have the safety on the trigger, according to the Arms Site, a Web site about firearms.

Heh. While I don't care for them personally (they don't fit my hand properly), Glocks are good, reliable firearms. Especially as long as one remembers to rely not only on the trigger safety, but also on the Master Safety between one's ears.

Here's hoping to a complete and rapid recovery from a somewhat embarrassing accident. For both LEOs.

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This is good

The local fish-wrapper has a front-page online poll today:

How would you feel if El Paso had more gun permits?
Results out of 2412 responses:
More safe - 1300 votes, 53.89%
Less safe - 901 votes, 37.35%
Not sure - 211 votes, 8.747%

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Sunday, August 03, 2008

House Republicans are not adjourning

House Republicans go back on the floor Monday to talk gas prices

Continuing with their guerilla tactics from last week, House Republicans will be back on the floor Monday to talk gas prices, even though Congress is in recess, and they may stay there all week.

More than a dozen Republicans have already committed to make appearances, according to House GOP leadership aide, including National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.).

The session will not be televised, since C-Span does not control the cameras inside the House chamber. Rather, those come under the purview of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democrats, and they're unlikely to do anything to help Republicans....

... or the Americans who elected them.

Link and story courtesy of The Crypt.

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Saturday, August 02, 2008

They Missed Out on a Visit from the Rock Star

And he wants to be the Commander in Chief....

Lawn Darts is a newcomer to the world of online comics, written by someone who's been there and drawn by someone who understands.

I have stories I would like to tell. Not so much really for the audience base, or such as that. More so for me. I want to tell them, so they aren’t forgotten, even if I’m the only one who really remembers. Some of these are stories of people I’m never going to see again. But they made a difference, they made me laugh, and they deserve to be remembered. - Justin

Worth following.

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