Wednesday, March 28, 2007

No! No! No!

The story is bad.
Businesses checking customers' names against a Treasury Department terrorist watch list sometimes deny services to innocent people, according to a report released Tuesday by civil rights lawyers.

The 250-page list, posted publicly on a Treasury Department Web site, is being used by credit bureaus, health insurers and car dealerships, as well as employers and landlords, according to the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.
........
"We have found that an increasing number of everyday consumers are being flagged as potential terrorists by private businesses merely because they have a name that's similar to someone on this government watch list," said the report's author, Shirin Sinnar, an attorney with the Asian Law Caucus.
Now the law has no price limit. Sell a subway sandwich to someone on the list, and you're screwed.

This is the part that makes me go ape shit crazy
The screening may be legitimate in some cases, the lawyers acknowledged, but they encouraged greater government regulation to prevent ensnaring those who simply share a name with a listed individual.
More regulation. Then they will pass regulations to fix the regulations that were there to fix the original regulations. ad infinitum

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I hope this number grows

The people may not know about the Kelo case, but they do understand property rights.
The backlash against eminent domain is so great that two-thirds of Ohio voters would ban the government taking of private property, even for public projects such as roads.

That's one finding of a Quinnipiac University poll released last week, just as state lawmakers were fleshing out the details of the most significant property rights bill in decades.
Nice number. Only one-thirds of the people feel government forced seels are OK.

Wrong on many levels

Quote from the article.
The nation's deputy drug czar, Dr. Bertha Madras, says random student drug testing in Hawai'i public and private schools would give kids a stronger reason to "just say no."
I think he misses the point of what he's saying. The kids are not saying 'no', as much as they are afraid "not to say 'no'". The difference is lost on this czar.

It seems to me that his view that living in fear is how a better moral community is created. is not what defines a free country. The Russian serfs lived in fear of the whims of the Czar, and we live in fear of our own czars.

Doesn't seem that free to me.

Of course this czar has a good method of getting it done where he wants. Money.

The federal government isn't trying to force school officials to drug-test their students, but it wants to make them aware that these programs are legal and that there may be money available, said Madras, deputy director for demand reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
'Slavery is freedom' must be the tattoo required for government officials today.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Arming themselves

Interesting read from New Orleans.
National Guardsmen and state police are patrolling the streets of New Orleans. In neighboring Jefferson Parish, which posted a record 66 homicides in 2006, the sheriff sent armored vehicles to protect high-crime neighborhoods.

In New Orleans, police have accused the district attorney of failing to prosecute many suspects. Prosecutors have accused the police of not bringing them solid cases.

Some people are losing faith in the system to protect them.
Why did they have the faith to start with?

Interesting

Washington D.C. has the worst ban int he country. Unless you're part of the system.

I noticed this small alert on Drudge.
SENATE STAFFER BUSTED FOR CARRYING WEBB'S LOADED GUN... Phillip Thompson, executive assistant to Senator James Webb (D-VA ), has been arrested by Capitol Hill Police on Monday for 'inadvertently' holding the senator's loaded gun, according to a person close to the investigation. A Senate staffer reports that Thompson was arrested for carrying the gun in a bag through security into a Senate office building while the Senator was parking his car. Thompson was booked for carrying a pistol without a license (CPWL) and for possessing unregistered ammunition. According to congressional rules, congressmen and senators, not staff, are allowed to have a gun on federal property. Developing...
Does Webb possess a permit while in D.C.?

Tennessee schools

The failings of someone is causing the schools here in Tennessee to change.
Since the federal No Child Left Behind law was passed in 2002, schools have focused on reading and math, and that has squeezed out other subjects like arts, music and civics, educators say. So lawmakers in Tennessee and other states have proposed bills this year to save civics.

A bill from state Sen. Rosalind Kurita would require the Tennessee Department of Education to create a separate civics course in at least one grade between fifth and eighth grade.
This is a complex issue.

I DON'T think that the federal gov should be controlling schools like this.

The other issue is how much should the school teach.

In my view, arts and musics is not the responsibility of schools. A side benefit yes, but not an essential. If a parent feels these are important to having a well rounded experience as a child, then they should arrange for the child to be taught out of school.

A law demanding civic classes, even just once in 4 years, is done with good intentions, but again, questionable. Civics should be taught by the parent. I hear so often the scream of people when their children are taught views they don't like. Fine. Then you teach them and shut up.

Anything outside of hard science, math, reading, and the basics, should not be taught if time is short.

Then again I'm for cutting most extra curricular activities anyway.

So I'm against this bill for reasons most people would not understand.

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Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. — Billy Graham

Saturday, March 24, 2007

DC Lawsuit case - profile

The news of the D.C. gun ban being judged unconstitutional has been in the news a lot lately.

The 6 who filed the court case have normally just been mentioned in passing. I found this article that interviews him, and tells of the time he had to pull his firearm to protect himself in California.
“They shouted anti-gay epithets and they made death threats,” Palmer said. “We ran and they chased us.”

Seconds later, Palmer pulled out a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol he owned legally and pointed it at the youths, whom he was certain had planned to harm or kill him and his companion in a gay bashing incident.

“It stopped them in their tracks,” he said. “The leader of the group stared at the gun and said, ‘Do you have a permit for that?’ I said if they came any closer I would shoot. They backed off.”
Note how the criminal reacted to the firearm. California is a disarmed victim state.

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Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. George Bernard Shaw

Friday, March 23, 2007

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"One thing I like that seems to get better and better is a woman who can take care of herself. And, nothing is more intimidating to a would be attacker." --Eric Offerson

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Home owners association trumps inalienable rights

At least they think they do. In Antioch Tennessee, a homeowners association decided to ban guns in their area of control.
Some people in a Nashville neighborhood are furious over a new rule that makes it illegal to own a gun.

Residents in Nashboro Village said it's unconstitutional and leaves them defenseless.

Two weeks ago, residents received a letter from their homeowners' association indicating that guns are not allowed on the property.
People were less then happy and were vocal in their opinions.

I did notice either sloppy writing, or a mental slip of the computer keypad.
Salajanu is talking about the Bill of Rights, specifically the Second Amendment, which grants citizens the right to keep and bear arms. It's been an American freedom for 215 years but Salajanu and other residents said it's been taken away from them.
How many times do we need to repeat this. The constitution does not grant us squat. It protects the rights that we have while codifying the powers given to the federal government.

Would this reporter say that freedom of speech, and freedom of the press is given to them, or is protected by, the constitution? So many that work and enjoy the rights protected by the first amendment have the totally opposite view of the second.

The ban is going to be dropped from their rules, so the good guys won.

Big linky from Fox News

Hello to all you Fox News visitors.

Earlier this month I was contacted by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos of foxnews.com. She was wanting to talk to a "gun blogger" about recent blog activities. The big one was the Jim Zumbo affair.

We had a pleasant conversation and I gave her leads to a few bigger bloggers who deal better on gun subjects then I. I suggested Kim du Toit, The Smallest Minority, and Say Uncle.

Well today the article came out and it's pretty good.

I'm glad she put this part in.
Miller suggests that blogs have evolved to the point that they can go around the NRA hierarchy to communicate with millions of people on their own.

"I think bloggers have diluted the power of the NRA," said Miller. "If I find an atrocity done by my elected official in my state, I don’t have to contact the NRA and tell them to get on it. It can be passed along where it does not have to go through the bottleneck, where the NRA puts its own spin on it."
I am less then impressed with the NRA on many subjects and feel the GOA(Gun Owners of America) is a better representative for gun owners.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

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I have carried a revolver; lots of us do, but they are the most innocent things in the world. — MARK TWAIN

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The lazy revolutionist

what was one of the main chants of our revolution? Think about it before you answer.
Taxation without representation.
I was taught that was because the colonist had to pay taxes. tariffs, levies, and yet had no say over who were their leaders.

Simple right? A good reason to revolt.

Now a second question.

If a person commits a crime in this country, a felony, they almost always lose the right to vote. Is that correct?

In a lot of states it is.

Another question.

If they lose the right to vote, do they also lose the 'right' to pay taxes?

No you answer!

Then does that not mean that he is suffering "taxation without representation?

Now you may reply 'He's being represented even if he didn't vote'. I wonder if that same line was spoken a couple hundred years ago in an English accent.

Last question.

You likely have read articles where the increasing number of prisoners are mentioned. Percentages are thrown out, with racial breakdowns and such.

Do the people who no longer have the right to be 'represented' have the right to rebel?

Monday, March 19, 2007

A win for rights.

This is a refreshing break from the standard rulings.
John Coffin won't spend any more time in jail for beating up two sheriff's deputies inside his house, striking one in the head with a Taser gun he took from the other.

Circuit Judge Rick De Furia said at Coffin's trial Tuesday that he doesn't condone the violence against the deputies.

But Coffin, 56, had a right to defend his family and property because the deputies had no right to be in Coffin's house in the first place, De Furia said.
Going to have to think some on this ruling.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

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If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government. — Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist (#28)

Welcome to the new guy

I would like to introduce you to a new blog on the street. With blogs appearing at the rate of 175000 per day how can one get the limited numbers of readers? "A Freedom Blog...amongst other things" has the right view to be liked by me and read by you.
I'm sure people will ask me, "why start a blog? What's the point of typing your opinions for other people to see? Isn't this the 21st Century equivalent of a spotty 14-year old's diary, the kind that's locked with a heart-shaped lock, where they'd speculate about whether Chad had noticed that they wore the teal blue shoes that matched their blouse just for him?"

Well, for an answer, I've been feeling for a while a...change in the world. that the world hasn't been the same world that I grew up in, and hadn't been for a long time. And I feel, if I didn't comment, if I didn't at least try to communicate that, I had betrayed what I might have been put on this Earth to do...if that makes any sense at all. Also, I got blackballed from too many blogs for saying Dick Cheney sneaks into my bedroom monthly and swipes my raspberry preserves.

And then; why is this blog called "The Club"?

Here's a picture of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko at his inauguration on January 23, 2005.

He holds a mace (called a Bulava in Ukrainian) which is a "symbol of power" according to ABC.net.au. Let's think about that for a bit - he holds a mace to show he has power over others.

Take a good look at that mace - note how spiky it is. How it would rip the flesh of those it was used against.

This is a representation of his symbolic power over his constituents. Is there anything that could be more literal about how the State holds power over us all?
A fine view of today's politics. Drop by and say "Howdy".

Friday, March 16, 2007

I love my wife...really

Even when I get calls like this

"Gunner. I need a big favor."

"What?"

"Cook me a yellow sheet cake...FAST!"

"What?"

"I was supposed to make one for today for work and it slipped my mind"

"OK.." grumble "You're going to pay big for this"

"I know. Just make it"

"Alright. Alright"

"I'll bring the stuff to ice it..Just make one"

So I post this and walk away from the computer to make a yellow sheet cake..FAST!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

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The whole of the Bill of Rights is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals. It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of. — Albert Gallatin of the New York Historical Society, October 7, 1789.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

I hate my brother

He just purchased a few days ago a Ruger Mk. 1 .22lr pistol. The bluing sucks, and there is some rust marks on the receiver(only one spot on frame), but after a hard cleaning the action works beautifully.

Why do I hate him so?

He paid $20 for it.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

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Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. — Billy Graham

The fiasco known as new Orleans

It is still continuing.
The six double-wide trailers from FEMA, each equipped with eight exam rooms, were supposed to be strategically deployed around the city and provide checkups and other nonemergency health services for the city's poor and uninsured.

But nearly nine months after they were first delivered, the trailers are still in the parking lot of University Hospital waiting to be deployed, and Louisiana State University officials are angrily asking how the seemingly simple process of bringing them into service got delayed by red tape and political foot-dragging.
They have to get the right permits and waivers.

New Orleans is dying one paper cut at a time.

Here goes people

I make the comment A LOT that the government has a desire to regulate everything. You may find that view extreme. I personally feel it is an understatement.

Want to know the latest thing the government is going to regulate? Vegi talk.
california:
The What-did-you-say-about-my-kiwi? bill. Assemblywoman Audra Strickland, R - Moorpark, says people who falsely or recklessly slam fruits and veggies should be held liable for actual damages. This could also be called the Oprah Winfrey bill. Similar legislation has foundered in the Legislature before, so this bill could actually fit into our next category
This is to good to pass up.

cough cough

Gunner:

You know one thing that makes me gag? Celery! Is this a joke from God? Do you think he's up there watching, and every time someone eats celery, he laughs his arse off because we're still buying the joke? Of course Satan had to get involved to try to "outdo" the big guy. How else could you explain that abominable combination of peanut butter on celery. I also think celery causes sterility issues, acne and premature balding. Honest! would I lie?

Celery. A joke on us all.
Now part of the bill reads this
This bill would allow a producer of a perishable agricultural product, as defined, who suffers actual damages as a result of another person's disparagement of the producer's product to recover those actual damages...
I now need one volunteer to not buy celery this month. Any volunteers?

Monday, March 12, 2007

doing the right thing

Seems to get harder to do the right thing today. A guy uses an alternative fuel in his car and the state tries to mess it up. Of course it is in the name of the regulatory god.
Two men in suits were standing on his porch.

"They showed me their badges and said they were from the Illinois Department of Revenue," Wetzel said. "I said, 'Come in.' Maybe I shouldn't have."
......
The agents informed the Wetzels that they were interested in their car, a 1986 Volkswagen Golf, that David Wetzel converted to run primarily from vegetable oil but also partly on diesel.

Wetzel uses recycled vegetable oil, which he picks up weekly from an organization that uses it for frying food at its dining facility.

"They told me I am required to have a license and am obligated to pay a motor fuel tax," David Wetzel recalled. "Mr. May also told me the tax would be retroactive."

Since the initial visit by the agents on Jan. 4, the Wetzels have been involved in a struggle with the Illinois Department of Revenue. The couple, who live on a fixed budget, have been asked to post a $2,500 bond and threatened with felony charges.
It's not the money, but the power.

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Asked if a federal ban on "assault weapons" would reduce crime, Gwen Fitzgerald of Handgun Control Inc. says, "Let's pass the law and find out." --REASON magazine, May 1991 ("Gun-Shy Judges" by Jacob Sullum)

Friday, March 09, 2007

Wow. simply wow!

In The Dstrict of Columbia a court ruling just came down that will keep gun bloggers busy this weekend attempting to figure out what impact this will have.
BREAKING NEWS -- Divided three-judge D.C. Circuit panel holds that the District of Columbia's gun control laws violate individuals' Second Amendment rights: You can access today's lengthy D.C. Circuit ruling at this link.
According to the majority opinion, "[T]he phrase 'the right of the people,' when read intratextually and in light of Supreme Court precedent, leads us to conclude that the right in question is individual."
D.C. is the ultimate example of bad gun laws.

Life just got interesting.

More at Instapundit, Musings of The GeekWithA.45 and Say Uncle.

Worth watching

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Ha!

I love lines like this.
The French Constitutional Council has approved a law that criminalizes the filming or broadcasting of acts of violence by people other than professional journalists.
To me it reads that you can film violence done by the professional journalists, but not other people.

Punt gun videos galore

Most gun nuts have heard of punt guns. A BIG barrelled shotgun is simple terms.
wiki
A punt gun is a type of extremely large shotgun used in the 19th and 20th centuries for shooting large numbers of waterfowl for commercial harvesting operations. Punt guns were usually custom-designed and so varied widely, but could have bore diameters up to 2 inches. A single shot could kill a whole flock of waterfowl resting on the water's surface. They were too big to hold and the recoil so large that they were mounted directly on the punts used for hunting, hence their name. Hunters would maneuver their punts quietly into line and range of the flock using poles or oars to avoid startling them. To improve efficiency hunters could work in fleets of up to around ten punts.
An example



I only came across this video today of one being fired and thought some of you may enjoy watching.

Punt gun verses clay pigeons


Silent film showing recoil


firing and loading
Note the 2000 grain of black powder and a pound of pellets


Firing it from a boat towards ducks ballons.


That's a punt gun. Not viable for home defense...but I can dream.

Damned no matter what

For me the main issue of a permanent imprisonment is not the crime. The crime is normally horribly vile, but the way the punishment is carried out is as vile, and better described by Jacob Sullum at Reason magazine then by myself.
New York is about to become the 20th state with a civil commitment program for sex offenders, thereby embracing an increasingly fashionable contradiction: When sex offenders are caught and convicted, the government says they're responsible for their actions, so it locks them up. But after they serve their time, it says they can't control themselves, so it locks them up some more.
But since it is for your own good, most people just sit back and support it by their silence.

The last lines part 2

There is a podcast by Jimmy Doane and he has a saying that the last line of an article normally is very important.

In this one the next to last line says more then they want.

A city is having a Music Man "Ya Got Trouble" moment.
Lilburn has never wanted to be seen as River City, or as a haven for "American Idol" wannabes.

Earlier, the city outlawed pool — the game that spelled trouble in the musical "The Music Man" — in its watering holes. Now it's also barring karaoke and just about any other party game from places that serve alcohol.
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Lilburn permits liquor licenses only for establishments in which 50 percent of sales comes from food. Bolton suspects the Sports Fan might not meet that standard, but proving that would be difficult. It is much easier to ban activities common to bars: card games, pool, video games, trivia nights and, yes, karaoke.
Now this cities attempts to create a pure white bread, god fearing city of wholesome activities does have it's limits. That where Jimmy Doane's saying comes into effect.
Joe Chao, owner of the Oyster Barn Grill & Bar, said he has gotten the message from the city. He is pulling his pool tables and video games. He said, however, that state-operated lottery games still will be permitted.
Yep. State gambling, where the state gets most of the profit, is just fine.

If "sin" is controlled and run by the state, it's Jim dandy. If private, it is the path to hell.

Now I have to go find some betting pool and make a foolish bet just to send a mighty FU to the state.

Internet radio just died

Thanks to the government imposing regulation purchased by lobby money.
On March 1, 2007 the US Copyright Office stunned the Internet radio industry by releasing a ruling on performance royalty fees that are based exclusively on the number of people tuned into an Internet radio station, rather than on a portion of the station's revenue. They discarded all evidence presented by webcasters about the potentially crippling effect on the industry of such a rate structure, and rubber-stamped the rates requested by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

Under this royalty structure, an Internet radio station with an average listenership of 1000 people would owe $134,000 in royalties during 2007 -- plus $98,000 in back payments for 2006. In 2008 they would owe $171,000, and $220,000 in 2009.

There is no way for a station with 1000 listeners to make that kind of money. That's over $11 per listener per month in 2007. No Internet radio station currently operating comes even close to that kind of income
The future is now silent.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

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What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long. — Thomas Sowell

Monday, March 05, 2007

Forgive me for bragging..but

I was told the inner dream of most bloggers was to be a journalist or reporter. To join the mass media and write the great 4th estate epics that rival the Woodward and Bernstein exposes of the watergate era.

I was blogging because it was fun.

What happened to me, was that the 4th estate blindside me a couple weeks ago.

I write for This is Smyrna, TN.. A local blog whose subject is, obviously, Smyrna Tn. In the last year I have gotten to know one of the local Daily News Journal reporters. The paper is based in Murfreeesboro, the county seat.

The DNJ is starting a local weekly for our town. Name unknown right now.

A few weeks ago Mealand, the DNJ reporter, asked me if she could put my name forward as interested in writing for the weekly.

Boy Howdy!

After several email exchanges and calls with her boss. I just got the final word tonight.

I am going to be a weekly opinion columnist. Under my name and picture and all. My first paid writing job. We talked about what I would write. As my writing is blog based and opinionated I was very happy to be able to do opinion based articles.

I gained the blogger's dream...by accident.

People rein in police

Seems when the roads are private, the police lose power.
No seatbelt? No citation. No tail light? No ticket. In to much of a hurry? Not to worry.

Sgt. P.J. Beaty watches people in this upscale development breaking traffic laws, and sees plenty of them. But he can't pull them over. A man swerved head-on into Beaty's lane, and then back out again and Beaty couldn't lay a glove on him.

For years, he and the department's 10 other sworn officers could have pulled him over.

But the Sunriver Service District, which governs police and fire departments, voted in February to tell officers to make Sunriver's roads, which are private but open to the public, exempt from minor vehicle infractions.
Notice that the article does not mention that this lack of policing the small shit increased accidents. The chant that these rules are there to protect you are not chanted here. I think that's an odd omission.

Knowing they're spying on you is NOT paranoia

It's sometimes a verfied fact.
It could be a scene from Kafka or Brazil. Imagine a government agency, in a bureaucratic foul-up, accidentally gives you a copy of a document marked "top secret." And it contains a log of some of your private phone calls.

You read it and ponder it and wonder what it all means. Then, two months later, the FBI shows up at your door, demands the document back and orders you to forget you ever saw it.

By all accounts, that's what happened to Washington D.C. attorney Wendell Belew in August 2004. And it happened at a time when no one outside a small group of high-ranking officials and workaday spooks knew the National Security Agency was listening in on Americans' phone calls without warrants.
We live in an interesting time.

Never forget

Never forget the day that reason lost to paranoia.

My brother

Nothing shows the liberty based leanings of a family more then my brothers birthday last weekend. My mom, sister, and her beau, got my brother a certificate to a local range to get his concealed carry permit. My wife and I got him 200 rounds of .45acp FMJ for practise.

My personal view is that concealed carry should be Vermont style, but my bro wants his permit.

Law! What law?

Instead of calling the cops these two decided that a little public ridicule would be a better way to punish a law breaker.
Keleigh Marshall and Christina Giammalva were arrested Feb. 19 for placing stickers on yard signs for Glendora City Councilman Gary Clifford, a candidate for re-election next Tuesday.

Glendora law prohibits placing political campaign signs on public property.

The stickers read: "This sign violates Glendora city ordinance."
Clifford saw them, confronted them, and then called the cops.
Clifford confronted Marshall and Giammalva and demanded they remove the stickers, the Los Angeles Times reported. When they refused, he called the police -- who showed up in four cars.

The suspects told the police Clifford was violating the law with his signs, but police cuffed Marshall and Giammalva and booked them.

When police issued a public statement about the case, the Times noted, they identified the teenage suspects by name but left Clifford's name out of it.
I thought it said a lot about how the political system worked when they left the politicians name out of it. The city had decided not to enforce the law. No reason why.

Immigrants out. Chain gangs in.

I hear over and over "Them brown people are taking American jobs" when it comes to the subject of undocumented aliens.

Colorado has cut into the supply of the UA's so the crops may not get harvested. Farmers seem to be having problems hiring all of those American workers who want those jobs. They find that prisoners work real cheap.
As migrant laborers flee Colorado because of tough new immigration restrictions, worried farmers are looking to prisoners to fill their places in the fields.
In a pilot program run by the state Corrections Department, supervised teams of low-risk inmates beginning this month will be available to harvest the swaths of sweet corn, peppers and melons that sweep the southeastern portion of the state. Under the program, which has drawn criticism from groups concerned about immigrants’ rights and from others seeking changes in the criminal justice system, farmers will pay a fee to the state, and the inmates, who volunteer for the work, will be paid about 60 cents a day, corrections officials said.
Where are all of those poor unemployeed Americans? Where are the huddled masses looking to sweat under the sun harvesting for dollars?

Friday, March 02, 2007

Rules for thee, not for me

Two sets of rules?
Ever wish you could just run a red light when you were in a hurry?

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty does it all of the time.

WTOP Radio has learned the mayor does it on an almost daily basis.

Fenty often races from community event to community event and has found it impossible to stay on-schedule without a little help from his security detail.
............
WTOP Radio witnessed the mayor using the sirens on more than one occasion over the course several weeks, which is an apparent violation of D.C. Code.
Breaking the law. Obvious, and the mayor admits it.

Arrested, fined.. Are you stupid. Of course not. This is D.C.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Thanks Brady group

Gun law news posted a link to a new survey on the Brady group website.

I figure. What the heck. I had lots of fun on the ATFE survey, let's see what fun I can have with them.

They start with a statement.
The Brady Campaign is conducting this nationwide survey of our members to understand your priorities for the 110th Congress. Your participation will help us demonstrate that Americans like you demand that strengthening US gun laws be near the top of the congressional agenda. Thanks for your participation!
Nice. Total BS, but nice.

Question 1.
1. GETTING ASSAULT WEAPONS OFF THE STREETS

Since the expiration of the federal Assault Weapons Ban two years ago, there has been a significant rise in violent crime and homicides.

How strongly do you agree with this statement: Passing an assault weapons ban must be one of the top domestic safety priorities of the 110th Congress.
Smooth. They say crime is up, and then ask a question that falsely connects assault rifles with that crime, and implies that getting assault rifles off the streets would lower it.

Now they only had a few options for answers.
Strongly Agree
Agree
Neutral
Disagree
Strongly disagree
I, of course, answered "Strongly disagree".

Next question.
2. EXTENDING BACKGROUND CHECKS TO ALL GUN SALES

Four in ten guns are sold by unlicensed dealers with absolutely no background check, most at thousands of gun shows held across the country.

How strongly do you agree with this statement: A Brady background check must be conducted on every gun sold in this country, no exceptions.
Note that if I sell a rifle to my brother I am an unlicensed dealer. Everyone in the country is an unlicensed dealer. Of course I answered "strongly disagree". Dumb asses.

Next question
STOPPING BULK SALES TO GUN TRAFFICKERS

States that prohibit multiple firearms sales have shown to lower the percentage of guns that are traced to violent crime.

How strongly do you agree with this statement: There is no legitimate reason for a responsible gun owner to buy 10, 20, even 100 guns at a time.
This is a two BS part question. The first is that they say that states that ban multiple purchases lower firearms traced to crimes. Not that it lowers crime. Violent crime keeps occurring. Now some who could defend themselves, may not be able to. so the first section is a non statement.

Now the second part is saying that purchasing large numbers of guns is irresponsible. That's totally opinion based. I of course "strongly disagreed" with this one. No limits in my views is the best course of action.

4. STRENGTHENING THE POWER OF LAW ENFORCEMENT

Using crime gun trace data, law enforcement can identify the 1% of gun dealers who supply nearly 60% of crime guns. Even with hundreds of violations, most of these rogue gun dealers remain open for business because of restrictions Congress and the Bush Administration have placed on ATF's ability to inspect them and revoke their licenses.

How strongly do you agree with this statement: Congress must strengthen ATF and law enforcement's power to shut down corrupt gun dealers who supply the criminal gun market.
Since my belief is in an unregulated firearms market, I had to disagree strongly with this one also.

So 4 for 4 I strongly disagreed.

Then they send me a nice email.

Now the sender was "Stop the NRA".
Dear gunner,

Thank you for participating in our 2007 Legislative Priorities Survey, your feedback will help the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence get a strong start to the new year. We are so grateful for your support.

Capitalizing on the seismic shift on Capitol Hill, your Brady Campaign is going on the offensive to advance our legislative agenda to strengthen US gun laws. Americans are looking to us to turn our electoral victories into concrete action to get guns out of the hands of criminals.

We will succeed in this endeavor in the same way we succeeded in the 2006 elections — by bringing to the fore the voices of reliable, thoughtful Brady Campaign members like you. (they act like THEY won the election, and not the republicans shooting themselves int he foot..over and over)

Thanks to your participation, we will show that Americans like you demand that strengthening US guns laws be at the top of the congressional agenda. (my survey results show the opposite dear)

Help us build on our voting majorities in both the House and Senate to pass a new ban on military-style assault weapons, closing the gun show loophole, and other life-saving gun laws by making a generous contribution today. (yeah! Sure. The check is in the mail)

By working together, we can create a nation free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in their communities. (by making it a polite society?)


Sincerely,
Your Friends at StoptheNRA.com
I have no idea why people put surveys online. You know the second it is found out by the other side, they will swamp it and the results will be useless..

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The NRA has a point about the inadvisability of simply taking guns away from the populace. If that were possible, it would not disarm that small percentage of the population willing to break the law.... Punishing people who obey the law is backward thinking. — Hugh Downs, Veteran ABC newsman

To damn lazy

I'm a solid firearms enthusiast. I can't afford to be a proper gun nut, but I can hope. The news is filled with a solid effort to ...