- Big court victory for the Second Amendment this week. Like all court victories, flawed. But still big.
- Why antigunners own stocks in gun and ammo companies.
- I wasn’t sure they’d ever do it: The Free State Project now has the 20,000 pledgers it said it needed for critical political mass. I wonder whether they’ve checked to see if all those pledges are current and good. I know I withdrew mine around the time they started the move prematurely. The FSP is an intriguing effort that’s made waves. More power to it and all its people. How well they can stand against the rising tide of “socialism” is anyone’s guess.
- Resist the VAT or any other national sales tax. Always and forever. (I’ll never understand those for whom “tax reform” means “more taxes.” Or those who believe that the income tax will magically go away when some new tax is imposed. Do they not know how government works?)
- Yet another American Muslim cries for reform of a decrepit faith. Not Obama-style pandering.
- F*c*b**k removes the pages of medical marijuana dispensaries and legal recreational pot shops. This had just happened to one of my interviewees on the morning I met with him.
Archive for the ‘Guns and Gun Rights’ Category
This is refreshing in this day and age: The joy of blowing up your lab partner.
U.S. Capitol cops have to abandon their shooting range after “safety” improvements caused unsafe conditions. (And what’s that about getting a little nick at the corner of your eye, fella? Not wearing your goggles, were you???) (H/T Jim Bovard)
I might not have a lot to say for the next few days, so I thought I’d drop by now with a handful of questions and a few mostly feelgood links.
The questions are for car guys and computer geeks. If your eyes glaze over at the very thought, feel free to skip to the linkage.
- “This was all planned,” says former State Department inspector general, surprising no one but adding damning detail.
- Also not surprising: Project Europe is doomed. But did anyone anticipate it would happen this particular way? Do you sometimes feel you’re watching one of history’s major shifts here? Something like the barbarians crossing the frozen Rhine in 406, but in slower motion.
- Oregon launches its first drive-through pot shop. And in little old Gold Beach, yet, home of BHM. (H/T d)
- If Bernie Sanders wins, he’d not only be the first Jewish president of the USA, he’d be the first candidate honest enough to admit to not being religious. Unlike, you know, Hillary who’s apparently a devout, lifelong believer in … oh, whatever.
- You have to dig through the comments to get the message, but it’s possible the fedgov isn’t aiming to kill the Elio, after all.
- The eight worst guns ever made. Yeah, I know there’s a lot of room for debate on these kinds of lists, but I seriously think they might have really nailed it here, especially on their #1 worst choice.
- Another flash story via MJR: “Taze.” A few paragraphs; a world of encouragement.
The event is next weekend and Mike has an update on the work party/bbq.
Donations have already helped make some repairs but more gratitude offerings are always welcome to help feed the volunteers, buy supplies, and enable Mike to finish writing Absolved once his house and yard are in order.
If you’re going to Pinson to help out, plan to provide your own overnight accommodations, but the Vanderboeghs and donors will supply what sounds like plentiful food. And thank you!
- The feds have broken the Oregon standoff with arrests and one killing. A remnant remains. Leaders were apparently lured out on the pretext of attending a community meeting and trapped at a roadblock. Why? Why not wait them out? (H/T db)
- David Codrea exposes and righteously blasts the latest junk-science
studyop-ed from “prestigious” anti-gun medical sources.
- “Does stupidity cause gun control, or does gun control cause stupidity?” Bear Bussjaeger speculates.
- I’ve never understood the mentality that official (or family) wrongdoing is fine as long as no one exposes it and that any person exposing the wrongdoing is somehow the problem. I’ve experienced that mentality, God knows (haven’t we all?), but I’ll never understand it as long as I live. Anyhow … sometimes justice eventually prevails. (H/T jed in comments)
- Speaking of exposing wrongdoing … Are we witnessing the fall of the House of Clinton? We can only hope.
- Kinda funny. Not surprising, though. The most overconfident students (in one study, at least) are in political science. (Even more interesting where the least confident are — the fields that require hard evidence.)
- Another drawback of license plate readers. Ugh. Ick. Ptooey!
- The most fascinating thing about this grid-down survivalist book is that it’s written by respected, ultra-establishment newsman Ted Koppel.
- In the schadenfreude department: Melissa Click, the social-justice pecksniff who shoved one reporter and called for “muscle” to remove another from a public demonstration, has been charged with assault.
- Despite using annoying “gun violence” language, this CNN article brings the good news that mental health professionals aren’t likely to sit still for Obama administration attempts to label every mentally ill person as too dangerous to own a firearm. With statistics, even!
- From Microsoft: useful, creepy, or both?
- If this is accurate in describing how classified material “escapes” from secure servers and ends up on private ones, then Hillary and several of her staffers should already be sitting in jail awaiting trial.
- Everybody was so busy panicking over the recent snowpocalypse that they forgot what billions of little kids have known since prehistory: snow can be fun. (Tip o’ hat to PT)
- In your cheery dog news for the day: Alabama bloodhound decides on her own to enter a half-marathon; wins ribbon. (H/T ML)
- And Brigid writes a dogtionary.
- Cool story from shooting-sports star Vera Koo. I had no idea she was so old or that she learned to shoot only in middle age because she was terrified of guns.
- Amazing and discouraging that cops continue to get away with being highwaymen despite these tactics being repeatedly exposed. Picked the wrong victim this time, though. (H/T MJR)
- Why is there no Uber for healthcare? You already know the answer, but this article finally asks some of the obvious questions.
- Much sweat has been sweated over China’s holdings of U.S. debt. This is the first time I’ve seen anybody get exercised over what Saudi Arabia could do to us. (H/T The Shy One)
- And speaking of Saudi Arabia, while I wouldn’t take this opinion piece as gospel, we should forever keep in mind that these tyrannical thugs are not our friends.
- I wanna know who those 62 people are.
- Do not get between a mama bear — or a mama human — and her cubs.
- “The Day the Mesozoic Died.” Great account of a scientific detective story.
- Fairytales are much older than we know.
- At The Zelman Partisans, Nicki lauds the young Pakistani professor who used his firearm to protect his students from a terrorist attack.
- Killing the golden goose of capitalism.
- And speaking (as we were earlier this week and above) about the way bad law and regulation ultimagely discourage everyone and everything, NHTSA regulators are trying to destroy the Elio before it even goes into production. (H/T jed)
- Okay. I’m sure this is humorous.
- Now, this, on the other hand I’m not so certain about. (Both links courtesy of Y.B.)
- No wonder college students are so eager to destroy free speech and create segregated “safe spaces.” They’re taught beans about history or civics. Be sure to check out the stats beginning on page 4, if you do nothing else.
- Gun buyers have broken NICS. The FBI is responding by refusing to consider appeals of wrongful denials. Since 90-some percent of denials are wrongful, this is a big deal. (It would be a big constitutional deal even if one denial was wrongful and could not be appealed; but since NICS itself is anti-constitutional, that’s a nitpick.) There will be lawsuits. But this just goes to show you (not that anyone here needed showing) how easy it is for the fedgov, having pushed “law-abiding” people into getting its prior permission, to forbid exercise of an individual right.
- The headline proclaims a big-deal “new” feature on an upcoming washing machine from Samsung. Which turns out to be a feature that has actually existed on the vast majority of washing machines since Great-Granny’s day. Until “new, improved!” washers with government-mandated energy features and mega-electronic controls broke it. Bet the “new” machine from Samsung will be a heck of a lot more pricy than Granny’s washer, too. And thanks to fedgov rules, It won’t wash as well as Granny’s did, either.
- Wow. But not surprising. The ATF and the Obama administration, via Fast & Furious, supplied drug lord El Chapo with .50 cal weaponry.
- Zombie ships ply the ocean in hopes of paying just the interest, not the principle, on shipowners’ debt. One more place all that central bank bubble capital has been going for the last eight years.
- Right analysis? But completely crazy proposed solution to global bubbles.
- With state legislatures in session, it’s become political silly season. Most of the goofy new bills will never pass, so you can stop sending me alarming emails about junk that might not even make it out of committee, okay? But politicians are getting their jollies with bills enabling random acquaintances to deprive you of your gun rights, create new gun bans even in southern states, and requiring “journalists” to register with the state. Yeah, that one’ll really meet the First Amendment test, for sure.
- Good news, however! Although politics clearly rots your brain, you may be pleased to know that, contrary to recent reports, cannabis probably doesn’t.
- Being the grey man in a surveillance society. (Jim Bovard, who led me to this link, gets called out for one of his notable failures in the grey-man department. OTOH, I don’t think Jim has ever aimed to be grey.)
- Or you could become the opposite of the grey man. Like this first guy in the world to travel with a passport chip in his hand. (Via David Codrea.)
- RIP, Bitcoin? Despite this week’s developments, I don’t know whether Bitcoin is dead or not. I’m outside the Bitcoin universe. I do know, however, that there has always been good reason to watch from the sidelines before jumping in. The volatility. The out-of-thin-air nature of the currency. The ability of small groups to control it. And — above all — the fact that true believers have promoted Bitcoin at me as though it were the second coming of Jesus. Never a good sign, that.
- She got jilted at the altar, sold all her stuff and became a world traveling writer.
- Brad, over at WendyMcElroy.com, says, “Adios, Forbes.” I’ll follow that with my own “Sayonara.” I used to check Forbes often; now it won’t let me in even when I try to accommodate its demands. Seems that’s just as well, really.
- You might not favor this guy’s environmental stance, but the way he went about saving a patch of old-grown forest is an inspiration.
- Yikes! Village endures “biblical” rains. (Commentariat member Roger: I hope you don’t live anywhere near this place!) (H/T jed)
- David Codrea reminds us of a few more things Mike Vanderboegh has done for freedom.
- Google’s (unsurprisingly) creep plan to replace passwords with 24-hour behavior monitoring. Eeeeew.
- Hugh Farnham gives another look at why firearms confiscation is impossible.
- Yep. One more bit of evidence about exactly why conventional TV is doomed even as we enjoy a golden age of “television-like” entertainment.
- OTOH, it’s sad that Al Jazeera America is shutting down. It really did some of the best news coverage around. Real coverage, not newstainment.
- A kippah and Europe’s future.
- Okay, that’s it. The whole business of selling “naming rights” and trademarking “public” property has gone way too far.
- Here’s the latest thing for privacy mavens to be aware of. You’re okay if you can avoid the Internet-of-things. Which, for now, you can.