COUP DE GRÂCE

Friday, August 27th, 2010 | Uncategorized

Will the Environmental Protection Agency fire a (non-lead) bullet into the back of the head of the electoral chances of the Democratic Party?

Will Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson make a back door move to ban lead bullets the day before the November 2 elections? 

Several environmentalist groups led by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) are petitioning the EPA to ban lead bullets and shot (as well as lead sinkers for fishing) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Although EPA is barred by statute from controlling ammunition, CBD is seeking to work farther back along the manufacturing chain and have EPA ban the use of lead in bullets and shot because non-lead alternatives are available. But here’s the catch: the alternatives to lead bullets are more expensive. A ban on the sale of lead ammunition would force hunters and sport shooters to buy non-lead ammunition that is often double the cost of traditional lead ammunition.  A box of deer hunting bullets in a popular caliber could be upwards of $55.

Although the EPA could have dismissed the request due to a lack of jurisdiction, it is obliging CBD.

Or maybe this should be considered seppuku.

UPDATE: Apparently, the Democrats don’t have all that much of a death wish.

27 Comments to COUP DE GRÂCE

Whitestone
August 27, 2010

The CBD is another liberal fad/myth/uban legend we would do well to lop off…of the encroaching kudzu vine they call the USGov.

Is there a Global Warming Institute that pays Al a huge stipend? If so, it needs loppin’ off too before it goes to seed or takes root.

With November comes the frost and kudzu goes dormant then, that’s when you can take a flame thrower and bull dozer to it.

Let’s hope so.

Ed the Roman
August 27, 2010

At least seppuku doesn’t involve heavy metal poisons.

Don Janousek
August 27, 2010

Ed the Roman: When a homeowner rightfully puts several slugs through the worthless carcass of an armed intruder in the middle of the night, I don’t think the possibility of lead poisoning is of much concern.

Bill2
August 27, 2010

I think they should try this about October 15. Even moderates would see the horrendous over-reach by a bloated government run by unelected officials running rough-shod over the will of the people.

Back-door BS like this sounds very…Episcopal. “We haven’t voted for SSBs. We just allow ‘local pastoral care.’”

Ed the Roman
August 27, 2010

Don, I was just contrasting seppuku with the coup de grace.

ann r
August 27, 2010

Will they ban solder and soldering irons as well? Lead weights? How about the military and the police? Will their ammunition be messed with also? Lead is, after all, a naturally occurring substance.

The Little Myrmidon
August 27, 2010

From the Center for Biological Diversity’s website

The Center has distributed 350,000 free Endangered Species Condoms to highlight how overpopulation is driving species extinct at a cataclysmic rate. Get yours.

ann r
August 27, 2010

EPA dodged the bullet: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/chemtest/pubs/sect21.html
Fishing weights and tire weights are still in their sights however.

Allen Lewis
August 27, 2010

Overbearing Nannie Staters. The sooner we can get rid of these elitist apparatchiks the better.

kc
August 28, 2010

doesn’t lead come from “the environment”?

Whitestone
August 28, 2010

Because of these people, you can’t buy good hard-coat oil base interior trim enamel. It’s been outlawed.

The acrylic stuff is a poor substitute…it is fragile and breaks down when it is exposed to friction, and the oil, acid, sweat, etc. on human hands.

I’m glad they took the lead out of paint and gasoline…but outlawing oil paint is going too far.

Al Gore would like to outlaw breathing and beef…and despite the fact that his prize winning carbon theory has been proven bogus, the libs are still believers and pouring our tax dollars into that black hole too.

Whitestone
August 28, 2010

Oh and you have to use a special oil-base primer to get the water-base paint to stick. If you skip that step, the acrylic stuff will peel off in sheets.

Ed the Roman
August 28, 2010

The green movement is full of watermelons: red on the inside.

midwestnorwegian
August 28, 2010

If you think that’s bad – you should see the absolute HELL being raised in South Dakota because the EPA is planning to fine farmers over dust control. Plow your field or run a combine through your corn and the NAZIS’s show up and write you a ticket. I kid you not!!

You all better start planting a large back yard garden to feed yourselves.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67I5T120100819

Whitestone
August 28, 2010

A REAL sure enough bona fide Coup d’Grace occurred in Uganda at the CAPA meeting wherein some TEOs and ACC big wigs got their backsides whipped and sent packing.

Go ++Orombi!!!

Whitestone
August 28, 2010

Well, that was my figurative interpretation. More literally, the speakers from TEC and the ACC who (had bought their way onto the program with 25K) were scheduled to present the Continuing Indaba Project (pansexual/abortion cr-p) were removed from the program and a written apology was tendered to ++Orombi by ++Ian Earnest.

Whitestone
August 28, 2010

Whoops on the French spelling. Shoulda copied from the title above. It’s been a very long time since college French.

Bill (not IB)
August 28, 2010

Ever since Obama was elected, the price and availability of ammo has been seriously affected. A box of “generic” .44 Magnum jumped more than 30%, and I’ve been searching pretty much in vain for S&W .32 long for almost a year. (I did locate one box at a little hole-in-the-wall gun shop, and the local shooting range had a box in the back.) Even the relatively common .303 British Enfield has been out of stock many more times than I’ve found it, and when it was available the price was nearly double what I had been paying in 2006.

It’s been interesting to see how many people (including some liberals I know) went out and bought guns and stockpiled ammunition out of fear that the 2nd Amendment would be seriously challenged by Obama. I’m really surprised that he hasn’t gone after it, given the way he’s dealt with economics, environmental issues and health care. But perhaps he’s aware of one basic reality; almost all [legal] American gun owners are responsible folks and wouldn’t form any kind of anti-government “militia” unless they were first faced with direct government intrusion (i.e. coming into your home and taking your guns.) Unless you’re a burglar breaking into a house, there’s very little reason to fear a gun owner as such. The folks from “anti-violence” groups like Code Pink are far more dangerous……………

Sasha
August 29, 2010

I rejoice to see 5 “liberals & stooges thereof” losing their chance to throw a monkey wrench into the Entebbe Conference as well as the return of the TEO cheque for $25,000.00!!! Thank goodness they were sent packing – way to go, ++Orombi!!!!

As to the spelling, Whitestone, your apology is enough: we all could trip on that one!…

Sasha
August 29, 2010

Now, regarding lead: there was a kerfuffle in Europe not too long ago over the use of lead – including relative to organ pipes (which usually are made of varying alloys of tin and lead). A specific exception was made to exempt the usage of lead in this industry from what were intended to be sweeping regulations against it.

Perhaps Obama is trying to emulate the European Union in that regard… [Also for those who handle a lot of lead: this well may be an "old wives' tale", but the president of an organbuilding firm told me that drinking lots of milk is a decent way to mitigate or neutralise potential lead buildup in the body.]

AnglicanXn
August 29, 2010

Off-topic: Whitestone, try Benjamin Moore’s “Imparvo” line of indoor enamel. It is oil-based. I work in a hardware store, and paint has indeed come under close scrutiny by environmentalists. Lead was banned many decades ago, and now the concern is volatile organic compounds. We carry a couple of lines of “Zero VOC” paint, but it is fairly expensive ($35 a gallon). Most paint and primer are low VOC now – I do not know if that is over a concern for the larger environment or for professional painters.

As a conservationist, I do know that lead fishing weights can cause trouble for aquatic birds, who can ingest the small weights while feeding. Since the population of the US is now over 300 million, small things done by lots and lots of people can add up to a big thing, so I am not surprised that there is concern over things that many of us know as minor events, such as losing a sinker or two. But banning lead in ammunition seems to be more the work of anti-gun people than of true environmental concern.

Dale Matson
August 29, 2010

Hey folks, Lead is already gone in bullets for California. Anywhere there might be a California Condor, lead is not allowed. So, there you go.

Flambeaux
August 29, 2010

Sasha, I could believe that about milk with the caveat that it must be raw milk. Pasteurized milk is of no nutritional value.

But try finding raw milk in most places because of “public health concerns”.

Ed the Roman
August 29, 2010

No nutritional value? The proteins magically become indigestible? The calcium chelates in the intestines? The lactose changes chirality?

Sasha
August 29, 2010

Ed & Flambeaux: I’m not going to get into that part of the raw-milk debate (nutritional value), much as it’s tempting to. This is particularly the case given how certain governmental and para-governmental bodies try to control matters relative to raw-milk; yet, when one makes cheeses like Swiss Emmentaler and Gruyère (both made from raw-milk), I’ve no doubt that the difference in taste can be felt. [Who wants to go with a pasteurised counterfeit from Finland, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Canada or wherever else it is?]

Personally, I know a dairy farmer who has had trouble with the law on precisely that basis yet has been fighting for what he believes in, good for him!! While I’ve not yet been buying his milk, I’m tempted at times to do so – at worst, you can pasteurise it yourself and then be sure of things…

Whitestone
August 30, 2010

Thanks for the tip, AnglicanXn. I’ll look into the Benjamin Moore paint. Wonder if I’ll be able to buy ‘spirits there too or are they now forbidden?

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