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Monday
May252015

Chuck the Wolf for Chuck C. Johnson

The Wolf is alive and well but no longer posting much to BW Today.  Hard to believe, but we have enjoyed almost 7 years of retirement and plan on enjoying whatever time we have left even more than before. That means less time here and more with Mrs. Wolf, Kinsloe, Hank, the Spyder and WTF else I want to do.  We still post on Twitter (but that may change)  and Facebook and you can enjoy the Bonzer Wolf archives (use search on the site to find some good stuff).  And here’s a site that will both entertain you and keep you informed;

Chuck the Wolf and follow 26 year old Chuck C. Johnson at GOTNEWS.COM

Like we said before, PROGRESSIVES ARE THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL, no seriously

Monday
Apr062015

TSRA members and Texas CHLs Oppose HB 2405 

This Tuesday, April 7th, the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety will hear public testimony on HB 2405 by the committee vice chairman, Poncho Nevarez (D).

HB 2405 would significantly change the size, shape, and content of the PC 30.06 sign, putting over 400,000 concealed handgun licensees at risk of being charged with criminal trespass.

The PC 30.06 language and sign have been in statute for 18 yearsand over time most businesses removed their signs, not because of the size or shape of the sign, but because licensees carrying handguns proved to be a non-issue, a non-problem.    

In many cases business owners listened to their CHL customers who pledged to take their business elsewhere.

There is NO need, NO reason for Change!    

 

Please contact members of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety and urge committee members to oppose HB 2405.   

Friday
Apr032015

The Left’s bullying freak-out over Indiana’s RFRA 

By Jonah Goldberg

The following is this Friday’s edition of Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news” letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox.

Dear Reader (unless you’re an Evangelical Christian, devout Muslim, or Orthodox Jewish wedding photographer who has been forced by the state to take pictures at some same-sex nuptials against your will and conscience, in which case you are probably busy snapping pictures of the groom’s shoes, the ceiling tiles, and the light-blue urinal cakes at the Indianapolis Ramada. What a victory for tolerance!),

Before we get started, you should know that today is Good Friday. I don’t mean that like I’m informing you it’s Good Friday. It’s a declaration of fact, like “You should know that America is in the Northern Hemisphere,” or “You should know that you shouldn’t spend your first day in prison going around the yard asking your fellow inmates, ‘Who wants to put on a production of Cats? I call Bombalurina!’”

Anyway, since you should know that’s it’s Good Friday, you might also be interested to know that National Review’s offices are closed today. This is a classic National Review holiday, everyone has the day off — but all deadlines remain unchanged. It’s like telling the junior baker, “Oh sure you have tomorrow off, just make sure all the doughnuts get made before dawn.”

Anyway, Poor Nat Brown (that’s actually his name, “Nat” is his middle name) has trudged into the office to grease up the wheel of pain, retrieve this “news”letter from the pneumatic tube, pluck off the feathers, slap the tush, pull out the giblets, give the undercarriage a “house-your-father?” and do all of the other highly technical things that Internet professionals do to make this thing arrive on your digital doorstep intact. And, in my gratitude, I told him I would make it snappy (and happy, and peppy, and bursting with love).

So let’s get started.

Crush the Safe Harbors

So I guess we’re done with the RFRA fight for now and a lot of people are done with Governor Mike Pence (Here’s is an aerial view of his cave-in, by the way). For those interested, my column today is my second attempt to explain why comparing religious freedom laws to Jim Crow is so inane. I don’t have much hope that it will do any good.

Indeed, this whole ridiculous, insane, paranoid, sanctimonious, bullying, freak-out has me despairing for the country. I don’t know that I can do another stem-winder on the liberal gleichschaltung or the fact that real, meaningful, diversity must be a diversity of customs, institutions, and communities. Civil society is where life happens; we want it to be as rich an ecosystem as it can be. That means tolerating — or even celebrating — hippies and drag queens in San Francisco, but it also means tolerating — or even celebrating — religious and observant people, too. All RFRA was intended to do was to give millions of Americans a little space to be and do what their religion tells them they must. If that faith goes too far, than the common good trumps it. But short of that, let people be for God’s sake.

No one would confuse me for a particularly pious or religious person. If properly compensated, I would happily bake a cake for a gay wedding — or write a special “news”letter for some lesbian nuptials — myself, though I don’t expect there’s a big market for that (but make me an offer!).

But I also believe that in a perfect world businesses should be able to decline service to anyone for almost any reason. I firmly believe in the right of people to exit systems and institutions they do not want to belong to. I’m much less committed to the idea that people must be able to join any institution or group they want to just because they want to. I could have sworn that even liberals believed that freedom means the freedom to create the rules you want to live by, individually and collectively. In a perfect world, campus Christian groups could have rules barring, you know, non-Christians from joining. Call me a utopian, but I think the producers of the “Vagina Monologues” should not be bullied into including performers with penises (giving a whole new meaning to “cast member”).

And boy howdy, do we have a problem with megalothymia in America today. Everywhere you look there are moral bullies utterly uninterested in conversation, introspection, or persuasion who are instead hell-bent on grinding down people they don’t like to make themselves feel good. If you took the megalothymia out of Twitter, millions of trolls would throw their smartphones into the ocean.

Make no mistake: This is a problem across the ideological spectrum, because it is a problem of human nature in general and modernity in particular. But in this context, it’s a special malady of elite liberalism.

Moral Heroism without Morality

We teach young people they should be morally heroic, and that is good.

The problem is we lack the ability to think about morality seriously, never mind talk about it seriously. In a world where Harvard — once a Christian seminary! — is now a place where its “safe spaces” aren’t safe enough because the poetry is too offensive, we should not expect a lot of serious conversation.

This is one of the reasons why our moral categories are so content-less. Tolerance and sympathy become moral imperatives without reference to what is being tolerated and sympathized with. All week people on Twitter have been telling me that all discrimination is bad, no matter what. That’s awful news, because I really don’t want to invite pedophiles, Nazis, or complete strangers from the 7-11 parking lot to my Passover seder. Now I’m told such discrimination is wrong, no matter what.

Indeed, for some, the more immoral or offensive something becomes, the more heroic it is to find a reason to defend it (Hence the old chestnut about how a liberal is someone so open-minded he won’t even take his own side in an argument). Internationally, our own worst enemies have to be on to something because, gosh darn it, we must have something to apologize for. The whole world is covered in a steaming pile of sh*t and the the left-wing optimist is the guy who thinks he will find a pony — to explain how it’s really all America’s fault.

Thursday
Apr022015

S&W Offering 3 Free Magazines with the Purchase of M&P Pistols

Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that the company is currently offering consumers a limited opportunity to obtain three free magazines with the purchase of a new full-size or compact M&P pistol. With over 50 choices available including the Performance Center® Ported C.O.R.E pistols or the recently introduced carbon fiber finished M&P, there has never been a better time to purchase your first or second M&P pistol.

The promotion is available to consumers in the continental United States who purchase any new Smith & Wesson M&P pistol in 9mm, .40 S&W or .45 ACP from March 29, 2015 through May 31, 2015. During the limited time promotion, consumers who purchase a new M&P pistol can obtain an online claim form from the company’s website or at the participating dealers for the three free magazines. The promotion is not valid with the purchase of the M&P Shield™ and is only available while supplies last.

Due to state and local laws, residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York City are not eligible to participate in this promotion. For each eligible M&P firearm claimed, the participating dealer from where the sale originated will receive one free magazine in retail packaging.

The Smith & Wesson M&P pistol is manufactured with a reinforced polymer chassis, superior ergonomics, ambidextrous controls and proven safety features. A leading choice of recreational shooters, law enforcement professionals and competitive marksmen worldwide, the M&P pistol is engineered to meet any need at anytime.

For more information regarding this Smith & Wesson consumer magazine promotion and to learn how to qualify visit www.smith-wesson.com.About Smith & Wesson

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Friday
Mar062015

Happy Trails To Our Beloved Cactus 2000-2015

Today we said goodbye to our beloved Cactus. She and Hershey brought more happiness and love to our lives than we could ever express. 

After Hershey passed away in December 2014, Cactus lay by the front door everyday waiting for her to come home. Kinsloe came into our lives in May and Cactus’ heart began to heal. The two grew inseparable over the last few months as Cactus’ mobility began to deteriorate. 

Other health issues began to quickly catch up with Cactus. We could not bear the thought of her suffering and with a heavy heart let her go to be with Hershey this morning. 

Cactus brought us joy every day for the last 15 years. The sadness we are feeling now is inevitable but it won’t take away from the decade and a half of happiness and unconditional love that she gave us.

“The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.” -George Vest