Archive for August 15th, 2008

U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms a nasty piece of work

August 15, 2008

A postscript to the misfiring AR15 that got its owner 30 month in jail:

A licensed gunmaker who has reported retaliatory attacks on his work by federal agents upset over his testimony on behalf of a man sent to prison for having a broken gun has ordered the government to return one of his projects.

“You have seized company property without any cause or court order to date. The company firmly demands the return of the firearm in question,” Len Savage told John Spencer and other officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in a letter, a copy of which was sent to WND and also later posted online at the War on Guns blog run by David Codrea.

“Therefore please return the property of the company [the firearm in question] immediately,” he wrote.

Is there no way to control vindictive bureaucrats? Or do their superiors actually like them that way.

Thanks to War on Guns for the pointer.

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The ban on the commercial slaughter of horses: More unintended consequences

August 15, 2008

All of the concerns of abandoned horses and the other consequences of the US laws to shut down the commercial slaughter of horses seem to be coming to pass.

There is a national epidemic of “surplus” or “unwanted” horses. Domestic horses are being abandoned as never before. Some are being released as “strays” on public lands. Others are being left to starve in pastures denuded of grass. The reasons are various and excruciatingly complex.

There are, to begin with, too many horses in the USA: 9.2 million as recently as 2005, up from 5.3 million in 1999. Indiscriminate breeding leads not just to too many horses, but also to too many with physical or behavioral faults that render them unsuitable for domestic uses.

Then there’s the economy. Horses are not cheap to keep. Factor in training, vet care, tack and feed, and the expense averages $1,800 to $2,400 per animal, per year — and rising, as grain and fuel costs increase. According to the American Horse Council, a third of horse owners have household incomes less than $50,000 a year. When it comes to feeding your horses or putting gas in the car, the choice is simple, if painful.

But the single overriding cause of “surplus” horses is the movement to ban the sale of horses or their meat for human consumption. Activism forced the last three horse slaughter plants in the U.S. to close last year. They had hitherto processed about 100,000 horses annually, mostly for meat sales to France and Japan, where horse meat is considered a delicacy.

Not that facts and common sense carry any weight where emotional issues are involved.

2008 BCGA Senior Mens’: Summerland Golf & Country Club

August 15, 2008
13th green, Summerland Golf Course

13th green, viewed from across 15th fairway: Summerland Golf Course

The 2008 BCGA Senior Mens’ Championship just finished today at the Summerland Golf & Country Club. The course was in great shape and held up well to the competition with Port Moody’s Gudmund Lindbjerg’s 54 hole winning score being 2 over par. The over par scores in part due – or so I was told by competitors – to very fast greens.

17th green, Summerland Golf Course

17th green, Summerland Golf Course

Eventual winner, chipping on to 18th green. Summerland Golf Course

Eventual winner, chipping on to 18th green. Summerland Golf Course