Friday, September 17, 2004
It seems belle de jour has given up blogging. Well, OK.
Over on the left, there used to be a "Guilty Pleasures" category, and her blog was the only thing in it. Eventually I took it out, because it just got, well, old. Read a sample from the early stuff, then a sample from the middle and then a sample from the end, and I think you'll understand.
Nothing against her (assuming she's real, and that is an assumption, given the nature of the Internet--dog-gone it, I can't find an image of that New Yorker cartoon anywhere). But after reading everything she'd written up until a couple of months ago, and then reading the last few posts, I felt like I hadn't missed anything.
It would seem the cops don't like competition, at least on the Taser front.
Private citizens can now own a Taser that packs as much punch as the ones that police officers carry, a move that has many in law enforcement more than a little worried.
Why am I not surprised? Maybe because a lot of police professional organizations opposed lapsing the AWB?
However, those in law enforcement say they worry about citizens having their hands on this new type of weapon.
"It's untested here in the state of Oregon, so we don't know what's going to happen when a citizen deploys it," Deputy Paul McRedmond with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office told KATU News. "It is not a quick-draw weapon," he warns. "It is a decision-making weapon."
Untested? I guess no PD in Oregon has Tasers? Hard to believe. And what is a "decision-making weapon"? Enquiring minds want to know...
"If you point a Taser at an officer, a law enforcement officer, we may use deadly force upon you."
I'm not sure whether to issue a "Well, duh!" or what. Is he trying to scare potential purchasers? Overselling his objections? Dipping into the evidence locker?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not out to get the cops. They have a crappy job, and by-and-large do a good job at it. But this kind of attitude isn't going to endear them to me. It ranks right up there with the habit, acquired lately, of calling all us non-LEOs "civilians".
Here's the nut of the column:
Now, do the "all Mexicans" of my mail want to emigrate, to attach themselves to the northern nanny's promiscuous dugs? No. Few do. Who then are the emigrants?
For starters, they are not doctors, chemists, and airline pilots. Successful Mexicans do not want to go to the United States. Mexicans who are merely comfortable do not want to go to the United States. They like Mexico. This is very difficult to explain to most Americans, who know beyond doubt that Mexico has lesser malls. But it is a fact.
The Mexicans who go north are the losers, the failures, the barely if at all literate, those with little to offer. They go because the Mexican economy is wretched, because the jobs that left the United States for Mexico are now leaving Mexico for China. Money. The United States can run a first-world economy. Mexico cannot. Why is debatable. The fact isn't.
You may agree or disagree with Fred if you like. Based on personal experience here in NC , ol' Fred is pretty much on the beam. Not completely right--broad, sweeping generalizations rarely are. But he's more right than wrong by a large margin.
But as Fred has also said,
Sez me, two kinds of problems exist: Those we can't solve, and those we won't solve.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
It looks like the bet has been raised--now they're starting to go after small-town law enforcement.
Bear in mind that Police Chief Lee Whalon, a 13-year officer, admits his guilt. (Stand up fellow, that Chief Whalen.) But here's what he's guilty of:
As with all things relating to bureaucratic paperwork, the story is long. (Read the article!) The short version is that during a trade for some NFA weapons from another department, Chief Whalon didn't get his paperwork submitted in time.
So for that heinous offense, the small town of Carlton, OR loses it's police chief, a man's career is ruined, another officer's career will be curtailed, and some ATF-types get their jollies.
That high-pitched whining sound you hear is our Founding Fathers, doing 10,000 RPM six feet under.
The polls are continuing to look better. The Electoral Vote Predictor is showing President Bush ahead 296 to 238. However, don't get complacent--November is still a long time off. Keep working on your friends and acquaintances. We have to get out the vote for our guy, and no one can do it but us. It's time for the grass roots (or the party base, if you prefer) to do it's job.
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
In celebration of 10 years on the web, Deutsche Welle has developed a Klingon homepage. While they kindly provide it in English, it's much more enjoyable in the original Klingon.
You have to like a media outlet that provides news in over 30 languages, no matter what their political bent.
(Team? Unless I'm suffering from multiple personalities ["Yes you are!" "No, I'm NOT!"] there isn't but the one of me. I think.)
So I reset it to allow anyone to post. Downside is that if you aren't a Blogger member, you have to post anonymously. I don't care for that much. I'd like to have a name, even a pseudonym, so I can sort of associate people with their comments.
So I've went back to Haloscan for commenting. Also not perfect, but an improvement.
One of these days I may have to consider some dedicated hosting...
If you're the sort, you might want to remember Chris and everyone who faces problems in your prayers, your best wishes or your whatevers.
For those who don't know, Connie is Kim du Toit's wife. She is an excellent writer and a excellent thinker. When you put that combination together, you can get some serious magic going.
Go visit Personal Effects. But go prepared to read (she tends toward essays) and to spend some time considering what she's said.
Back to the Daily Reads you go, dear.
Monday, September 13, 2004
Semiautomatic Assault Weapon Update
By statute, the prohibitions relating to semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices expired on September 13, 2004. As a result, certain sections of the Gun Control Act, 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44, and its implementing regulations, 27 CFR Part 478, are no longer in effect.
- Open Letter to Federally Licensed Firearms Importers and Registered Importers of U.S. Munitions Import List Articles [HTML][PDF]
- Semiautomatic Assault Weapon (SAW) Ban – Questions and Answers [HTML][PDF]
- Changes in Federal Law As Of September 13, 2004 Relating to Semiautomatic Assault Weapons (SAWs) and Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Devices (LCAFDs) [HTML][PDF]
Read 'em and weep, gun grabbers.
The "Evil Black Guns That Scare Us" (aka 1994 Assualt Weapons Ban) is now an unlamented (at least by me and most other "gun nuts") piece of history.
Like the Eighteen Amendment, which enacted Prohibition, this has been a failed experiment. Of couse, groups like the Brady Campaign will lament loud and long that is was a striking success, but those are just words. Look at the facts, the numbers, the statistics. The blasted thing was useless, and maybe worse than useless. (If you have a link to the follow-on study, please leave it as a comment. I can't find it online anywhere.)
For a change, we have gotten a little sliver of our freedom back. It doesn't happen often, so it's our responsibility to be sure we keep it. Look for the "Son of AWB" to arrive sometime after the election. When it does, call, write and email your Senators and Representative and let them know about your opposition in no uncertain terms. You can bet that if we don't guard our freedoms, they won't.