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Bloviating Zeppelin: BATF Feels Threatened By A Blog

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

BATF Feels Threatened By A Blog

Now I'm a law abiding kinda guy. . .

But I have to admit, this recent issue about how the BATF "feels threatened" by a guy with a blog is one of the lamest stories I've ever read perpetrated by law enforcement in recent times. How stupid is this:

A team of inspectors from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives fled an Idaho gun shop where they were inspecting sales records when they learned their actions were being recorded on a blog.

But wait, there's more inanity. The big, bad federal agents felt threatened by:

[The federal agency] notifies the court than an inspection of Red's Trading Post … was initiated on July 17, 2007. The inspection was suspended due to the threat to the inspectors' safety created by Ryan Horsley, the Manager of Red's," the court filing said. The filing documented how some unidentified person had taken pictures of the inspectors at work.

"At about this time, Supervisor Young's assistant from the Spokane office contacted her and advised that Mr. Horsley had updated his internet blog ( to include the information that ATF, and Supervisor Young personally, was at the store conducting an inspection," the filing said. So Young contacted others.

"The Director of Industry Operations, Richard Van Loan, agreed with Supervisor Young's assessment that the photographing of the rental car used by ATF personnel, coupled with the instantaneous posting on the internet of ATF's presence … posed a credible threat to their safety and was designed to harass and intimidate," the court filing said.

So. Documenting the facts of a visit by the BATF, with these fact patterns being documented by the store's owner, on a blog the store owner operates, is interpreted as a threat?

Taking photographs, from a position of which the photographer had a lawful right to be, of the G-rides driven by BATF agents, by a photographer who is "a 70-year-old man in a Hawaiian shirt who is balding (Sorry, Al) and has a broken foot" is interpreted as a threat?

And isn't it interesting that the fact patterns as portrayed in the blog are not at issue; it is the mere existence of the blog and the photos that are at issue.

First, take a peek at the horribly offensive and threatening Red's Trading Post blog.

Second, this appears to me to be a concerted effort by the government to quietly attempt to shut down gun shops and/or their owners.

Now, I don't typify myself as a nutjob because I happen to believe in the US Constitution's Bill of Rights:

Amendment II
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.

But I must admit, quite frankly, this just doesn't sit right with me. This doesn't sit right with me at all.

Because again, quite frankly, it makes BATF look like a bunch of whining, sniveling, crybaby pussies.

Do you think I'm being too harsh?

But -- if the shoe fits. . .


By the way, in the photo at top, that just happens to be store owner Ryan Horsley with current FEDERAL Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne. Huh. Imagine that.


Blogger TexasFred said...

LMAO... I saw this yesterday, and I DO know this, the BATF can make your life miserable, even if you don't deserve it...

Wed Jul 25, 09:16:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Of course they can. But I still find it reprehensible that the BATF falls back NOT on the facts involved, but that someone had the actual temerity to NOT take THEIR tactics "lying down." This man isn't supplying guns to al Qaeda. He isn't funneling weapons to Sudan. He's making a living. Lawfully.


Wed Jul 25, 09:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger bigwhitehat said...

This makes me wonder about the nature of their warrants and the maturity of the agents.

Something just aint right about the whole story. I think I'm going to sit back and see how all of this pans out.

Thu Jul 26, 01:50:00 AM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

The ATF has had a lot of problems, going back way before Waco...

And yeah, BZ is right, the guy isn't breaking the law, but ATF would argue with that...

You hear the left talk about ;jack booted thugs' on the right, well, if ever there were such a thing, these guys would come closer than any other organization...

Thu Jul 26, 06:51:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

BWH: I'm with you. Something just isn't right with this. But my guess is that it's with the BATF, not the store owner.


Thu Jul 26, 10:23:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Jenn of the Jungle said...

I'm wondering if what got them was that it was immediatly posted on the blog while they were still there and that they were concerned that some bad people who wish to do harm to BATF agents might decide to show up given that information.

Just a thought.

Thu Jul 26, 02:03:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bushwack said...

Wow, I thought the BATF dudes were tough...LMAO, they ran from a 70 yr old blogger?

Well they do like to operate in the shadows, and if the light was turned on too soon, it might have made them scurry away. (Cockroach reference unintended):-)

Thu Jul 26, 05:27:00 PM PDT  
Blogger shoprat said...

Are all bureaucrats chickens? Is that what's wrong with this country? I would have proudly posed for the picture if I was the BATF agent.

Thu Jul 26, 05:40:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Troops: this whole story just kinda reeks and leaves me feeling rather empty --


Thu Jul 26, 07:45:00 PM PDT  

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