Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Malta Noon Day Cannon in Valletta

Firing of the Malta Noon Day Cannon in Valletta (Saluting Battery at Barracca Gardens).

Monday, November 11, 2013

Dashcam Red light jumper

I have had some people ask me why I have a camera in the jeep like its an odd thing.
Well Ill put it like this: there are so many rubbish drivers out there that one day one of them will hit you. Look at this video forom my jeep today and tell me that if he hit me he would have said I jumped the red! another seond and I was hit as you can hear me rev as I am about to entr the junction. 
 Just another day on the road!

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Pimp my ride Pt 3

Do your scruffy car wheels not reflect you high status in modern society?
Never fear, where there is a will there is a way! Just check out this ambitious young go getter parked up in Liffey Valley shopping centre, he's got the right go-getter attitude. When you got so much "bling" (AKA silver paint) why not put some on the tyres also to maximise your potential to impress!

Nothing says I am loaded like a painted tyre!!

I am told that he plans to make spinneys from biscuit tin lids for his next recession busting project.*

*Might not be true

Friday, September 13, 2013

Heisenberg driving a taxi in Blanchardstown?

Is this where Heisenberg is hiding out on the witness protection program?

Unfortunately after running his cab details trough the "Feds" it just turns out to be a dedicated fan. So much for the spin off "Breaking Blanch"!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dublin's newest street! sort of!

Wow, Dublin has a brand new street according to this add!

I think they mean here!

There really is a lot to be said about proof reading.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Responsible Parenting out the window?

As a Biker and a Father I cannot express my dismay at this enough. While I agree it is hot and its hotter in biker gear this does not sit well with me. Not only has he not got his own protective gear on but this man had a child on the back of his bike with no gear except a helmet that appears to be too big for him. This child would be very badly injured if not killed in any collision.

I personally find this distressing and totally irresponsible.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Second Amendment to the US Constitution in a nutshell

The Us constitution was created in September 17, 1787 and afforded certain rights to the citizens of the United States of America when it was ratified in 1788.

In 1789 amendments were made to the Constitution and these are known as the Bill of Rights and were ratified in 1791, thus enshrining them into the Constitution.

The second Amendment:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

It can be argued that the Second Amendment is the only amendment to the Constitution which states a purpose

The Second Amendment was put in place to protect States and their citizens from aggressions from the federal Government, and their right to bear arms to protect themselves form such threats.

The right to bear arms predates the Bill of Rights; the Second Amendment was based partially on the right to bear arms in English common-law, and was influenced by the English Bill of Rights of 1689. Which states that there will be no royal interference in the freedom of the people to have arms for their own defence as suitable to their class and as allowed by law (simultaneously restoring rights previously taken from Protestants by James II). This was in line with the natural rights of self-defense, resistance to oppression, and the civic duty to act in concert in defense of the state.

There have been many challenges to the Second Amendment to the Supreme Court of the United States

In United States v. Cruikshank, 92 U.S. 542 (1875), the Supreme Court ruled that "[bearing arms for a lawful purpose] is not a right granted by the Constitution. Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence.", but also stated that the Second Amendment "has no other effect than to restrict the powers of the national government", as the amendment had not yet been ruled to limit the power of the states.

In United States v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174 (1939), the Supreme Court ruled that the amendment "[protects arms that had a] reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia". This ruling has been widely described as ambiguous, and ignited a debate on whether the amendment protected an individual right, or a collective militia right.

In District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment "codified a pre-existing right" and that it "protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home" but also stated that "the right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose". They also clarified that many longstanding prohibitions and restrictions on firearms possession listed by the Court are consistent with the Second Amendment. The plaintiff in Heller challenged the constitutionality of the Washington D.C. handgun ban, a statute that had stood for 32 years.

In McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 3025 (2010), the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment limits state and local governments to the same extent that it limits the federal government.
The plaintiff inMcDonald challenged the constitutionally of the Chicago handgun ban, which prohibited handgun possession by almost all private citizens.

Many people frown on the right of US citizens to own guns to protect their families, property and their way of life. It is most certainly a cultural trait and no doubt a controversial one, other cultures have subjectively controversial customs such as in Germany beer is such a vital part of the culture that the right to drink beer is even written into some labor contracts, and a beer with lunch in the factory cafeteria is taken for granted. This would be found to be unprofessional in some cultures to being punished by 160 lashes or even death for consuming alcohol in some countries.

It most certainly is an absolute right of US citizens to bear arms, and I for one hope that that does not ever change. But of course the "PC brigade" would rather see a good citizen retreat, be robbed, raped or murdered in their own home rather that own and use a gun to protect it.

I for one would be in favor of Ireland adopting a "Stand your ground" law like Florida as the The "Criminal Law, Defence and Dwelling Act 2011" law is no where strong enough.

It should be said that is the United States at the moment that the very people that are trying to disarm the populace are the very reason the Second Amendment exist.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Gordo's top tips #4

If you see a would be burglar snooping around you or your neighbours house at night. Instead of doing the usual turning on mutable lights and pretending to get a glass of water while pretending to cough.

Why not try this instead?
Sneak out of bed, do not turn on any lights, open a window as slowly and as quietly as you can. Then light a string of Chinese fire crackers, drop them to the ground (outside obviously) close window and retreat.

This will give the would be burglar a host of startled neighbours to contend with as the firecrackers will almost certainly wake the whole street at once and also set off several car and house alarms.

This will be a nightmare for the burglar, who will have to form a retreat immediately. If worst comes to the worst and the neighbours blame him for all the commotion then so be it.

Be warned:
You will wake everybody on your street.
Your local law enforcement will probably show up.
Fireworks are illegal in some jurisdictions.
The burglar may be hurt by making his escape or by an angry mob.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Mona Lisa (limerick style)

This is what the Mona Lisa would look like if it was painted in Limerick!