Moms Demand Copy & Paste

Real grassroots doesn’t use sock puppets.

$50,000,000 buys some totally tech-clueless people, doesn’t it?

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posted by Robb Allen @ 4/23/2014 2:33:05 PM | Feedback (0)
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posted by Robb Allen @ 4/23/2014 7:23:49 AM | Feedback (0)
Are we being played? Update–Yup, we gots played

UPDATE – My suspicions were correct. This wasn’t something they did.

There’s something to be said when parody is indistinguishable from the real thing and with the anti-gunners, sometimes it’s very hard to tell.

This Everytown thing, for example – I made fun of their poster yesterday, but there’s conflicting reports that the poster is or isn’t even really from Bloomberg’s overpriced grassroots purchase. Take this Blaze article that specifically states “Yes, really. No, not a parody.” but then right below it says this

While the image at first appeared to be created by Everytown for Gun Safety, an anti-gun campaign paid for by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and includes the web address of the group’s official website and logo, the Facebook page it was posted on is not the one the group’s website currently links to.

So… it is a parody? I had someone on Twitter say he created the image.

It’s hard to tell. Why? Because they’ve done stupid posters like this before, complete with an unfired cartridge as the projectile, and thus there’s little reason to doubt they wouldn’t do this again. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about the anti-gun groups is that they don’t learn from their mistakes (and even tend to double down on them).

Another example is the image making the rounds that purports to be from Moms Demand Actions showing a lady fearfully clutching her purse in a garage with a caption that says “Rape only lasts moments. Death is forever” or something to that effect. I cannot believe any group would be that callous and thus have written it off as a parody, but the odd thing is, when presented with that image, Shannon Watts never said it wasn’t their group.

Because deep inside, there are those who believe it’s better to be sexually assaulted than to defend yourself, they just generally don’t want to be the ones to say it out loud. Just so we’re clear, I do not believe most anti-gunners believe this, thus my disbelief that the poster was from MDA.

It just gets so hard to tell with these people. Fundamentally, they’re not serious. They have no arguments, they resort to name calling and “Reasoned Discourse” as a primary defense, and they are severely lacking in both logic and consistency. So when you see things like this that are so outlandish, it’s difficult to discern if it truly comes from them or not.

The good thing is already, out of the gate, Everytown is a bust. First, they failed to secure the Facebook page and since this was supposed to be a “Social Media Extravaganza”, they’ve proven that $50,000,000 doesn’t really buy very bright people. Second, already the Everytown name is muddied. It’s hard to tell who’s the real Everytown and who’s the parodies (and there seem to be many). This is fine with me since it makes it harder for them to get their message out, but what does it say when another group can randomly pop up and create outlandish ‘marketing materials’ that nobody can tell didn’t come from your group?

And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of assholes!

posted by Robb Allen @ 4/22/2014 9:24:21 AM | Feedback (6)
Better safe than sorry

Barron’s safe failed to open. This is his story on what it took to get it fixed.

A fascinating read, especially on how long it took to get it open when the locksmith was pretty knowledgeable about where to drill. It also serves as a reminder that no safe will keep out a determined person, but it will just slow them down considerably. Some safes are better at this than others to be sure.

It’s also interesting to see how flaws creep up in even costly models. One would think for $5,000 that this safe would be absolutely perfect, but Barron points out several issue he spotted, such as a break in the fireboard and as well as a few other points.

It seems like a normal dial is the best as far as reliable security, however in my opinion you should never keep anything behind one that might be necessary to reach in an emergency. Electronic locks fail faster & more often than mechanical and I’d worry about them failing at the worst time possible. Adding in a keyed lock to override it seems like a decent enough compromise, but keys have issues as well.

All in all, it was a fascinating read & makes me realize I really need to invest in a quality safe some day. What I have now will keep out smash & grab and younger kids, but any crook with a bit of determination and a decent crowbar would probably get in before I could get home.

posted by Robb Allen @ 4/21/2014 10:39:28 AM | Feedback (6)