July 31, 2008
The Democrats know how disastrous that can be, and they're on the wrong side on Second Amendment issues when it comes to public opinion, and they know it. There's a reason you're seeing Blue Dogs Democrats popping up in places, they're almost all pro-2nd (or at least vote that way thus far) and know if the Democrats don't start trying to impose abusive bans and regulations, they can compete in centrist, rural and some right leaning districts and maintain a majority. Any effort to impose abusive federal gun bans or regulations could end all that.
If they were truly wise, they'd just make this a national policy to avoid the inevitable lawsuits in Chicago, NY, Mass., California and other places the Marxists have an iron grip in.
That'll be the next big fight, I dunno if the Democrats are hoping to have a more liberal SCOTUS for the next round, or that Justice Kennedy will flip his Shiny Nickel of Arbitrary Decisionmaking (+3 against rational arguments, +2 resistance to Constitutional Law) in their favor.
I think it'd be much easier for the Democrats to just let pro-2nd forces have this win and others, and just take their losses over the past ten years for now. They're going to want to focus on getting socialist medicine, greenie boondoggles, moar entitlements, gutting the military and raising taxes, not on futile demagoguery against gun owners that'd just burn political capital with nothing to show for it (possibly less than nothing if it caused Blue Dog losses in later elections).
Okay, so, what will the bill do? The NRA had a hand in brokering this, and this is what they're saying you'll see,
- Repeal the District's ban on semi-automatic handguns. Semi-automatic pistols have been the most commonly purchased handguns in the United States over the last 20 years, and therefore a ban on those firearms is unconstitutional as decided by Heller;
- Restore the right of self-defense by repealing the requirement that firearms be disassembled or secured with a trigger lock in the home;
- Repeal the current D.C. registration system that requires multiple visits to police headquarters; ballistics testing; passing a written test on D.C. gun laws; fingerprinting; and limiting registration to one handgun per 90 days. The current system is unduly burdensome and serves as a vehicle for even more onerous restrictions; and
- Create a limited exemption to the federal ban on interstate handgun sales by allowing D.C. residents to purchase handguns in Virginia and Maryland. Currently there are no firearms dealers in the District of Columbia, and the federal ban prohibits residents from purchasing handguns outside of the District; therefore, District residents have no means of purchasing handguns.
Now, I notice it doesn't say no registration, it says the cumbersome registration that exists now is a no-go, so I wonder if you may still have to register. Hope I'm wrong, and that there'll be no registration, guess we'll see.
Guess if you're living in DC, having a registered pistol beats being dead because you couldn't legally defend yourself. I wonder what, if any restrictions will be placed on semi-autos, if they'll put a limit on capacity, or allow DC to. The rest is all self explanatory and good, and I'm glad they're addressing the whole "no dealers in DC" issue too.
July 29, 2008
The upgrades would include tapping a well for the school, installing latrines, modernizing the building, adding classrooms, finishing an basic science lab, and putting up a perimeter fence. These are all basic needs for any school, and $130,000 is not that much money to raise with enough help.
It costs $500 to set up a non-profit in California, and unless Juliette can find someone to donate time and energy to put together her non-profit site, she'll also need to hire someone to build the site for her. Thus far she's raised a bit less than $100 for the effort. The effort has only just begun, but let's see what we can do to help Senator Obama Kogelo Secondary School.
I'll be doing what I can to promote the Save the Senator Obama Kogelo Secondary School campaign, and I'd ask anyone reading to do what you can to help out, whether that's writing a post and giving some PR to the cause(and you're free to use this post as a template), donating, or if you can volunteer tech services or fundraising expertise, those would all be welcome and appreciated, just drop by here and leave a comment or email if you're able to help or are interested in helping Senator Obama Kogelo Secondary School.
July 28, 2008
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July 25, 2008
What little I recall of my 21st obviously doesn't top what this student at Penn State did to ring in legal drunkenness. He wound up breaking into the PSU football complex and having a good time.
Police said they arrived at the building because of a call about a fight at the indoor training facility next door, and later found out later the call was actually made by Costenbader. He was found alone in a first-floor bathroom in the football building, which is home to the offices of Paterno and his staff as well as the team locker room.
An extensive collection of bowl game trophies, awards and other memorabilia are also on display, though there was no apparent damage to those items. The trophy awarded to Penn State after its Alamo Bowl victory last year had apparently been handled but was not damaged, team spokesman Jeff Nelson said.
Well played, young man. Well played.
July 23, 2008
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July 19, 2008
Oh, and Don Young had to spend nearly half of his campaign contributions on lawyers for himself and for his staffers.
Looks like that endorsement from Huck hasn't paid off for Rep. Young.
July 18, 2008
The story is here.
But let's all keep in mind that this is just another abuse of AmeriKKKan capitalistic imperialism. It's nothing to celebrate.
July 17, 2008
Senior U.S. military officials are developing plans to speed the deployment of thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan, including possibly pulling the next brigade scheduled to go to Iraq this fall and sending it to Afghanistan instead.
President Bush has already committed to beefing up the U.S. presence in Afghanistan next year. But Defense Department officials said the recent efforts of military planners would accelerate the process and could allow the new brigade of 3,500 soldiers to deploy there before the end of this year.
When the American forces in Europe finished mopping up the crushed Nazi war machine, they started getting on ships bound for Japan. We haven't started directly redeploying soldiers from Iraq to Afghanistan yet but look for that as a final indication that we've completed our task in Iraq.
You know how you can tell things are going really well in Iraq? The Marines are asking to be redeployed to where some real action is.
And to make things even better, he seems unrepentant about his glory days and life off the field. Here is what he said recently on a radio interview that just proved how awesome he really is:
Q:“You guys had a great life, but I don’t think you could live that lifestyle today.”
Hornung: “Oh hell you could. You’re in such good shape, are you crazy? When you’re 24-years-old, you weigh 215 pounds, you can work out every day of your life, you could make love to five girls a week and play 44 games of football. Hell.”
Pure Win right there.
July 14, 2008
Well, we even have been able to combine that pussy-ass health shit with something delicious: donuts. Yep, the Tour de Donut was held this past weekend in Southwestern Illinois.
Apparently, the goals were a might different than what those blood-doping fools in France are doing right now.
Prizes were awarded to those who finished with the fastest time, the fastest adjusted time (depending on number of doghnuts eaten) and for most doughnuts eaten.
For every donut eaten, five minutes is taken off a cyclist's time. Pit stop volunteers were scrambling to mark those who had eaten doughnuts so cyclists could hop back on their bikes and pedal away.
And, it seems, only the hearty would be able to survive this grueling test.
Steve Striker of Edwardsville planned to eat at least 24 doughnuts. He was working on 20 doughnuts when he reached the Worden pit stop.
"I don't think I'll make my goal. It's tough to hold it back now," Striker said as he was shoving five doughnuts into his mouth.
First-time participant Blake Stevens of Edwardsville said the ride was fun.
"I got to see some guy puke after eating 25 doughnuts, so that was interesting," Stevens said.
Bill Schmaltz of St. Louis joked about the cyclists from Illinois lagging behind the rest. He said his goal is to eat seven doughnuts and finish the race under one hour and 35 minutes.
"This is fun, in a gluttonous kind of way," Schmaltz said.
Amen, brother. Amen. Now, douse yourself with gravy, and enjoy a Menthol lung dart to make the evening perfect.
July 12, 2008
Stashiu is back, so be sure to drop by and say hi and give him some kind words.
July 11, 2008
Bruce Lee + Kareem Abdul-Jabbar=WIN!
July 07, 2008
Las Vegas "accidentally" passed a law making it a crime to feed the homeless.
(h/t, and yes, I know it's old.)
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