Friday, October 28, 2005

A small victory for freedom

Wired News is reporting that earlier this month, judges in Texas and New York turned back Federal law enforcement attempts to turn cell phones into impromptu tracking devices.

Both judges rejected the location tracking portion of the request in harshly worded opinions, concluding investigators cannot turn cell phones into tracking devices by simply telling a judge the information is likely "relevant" to an investigation.

It's nice to see judges who "get it" for a change.

Buried further down in the story is this little nugget of information:

...the Electronic Privacy Information Center released documents acquired in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, which showed the FBI had repeatedly violated its own rules about surveillance of American citizens.

I think these are the documents they're referring to, but I haven't taken the time to read them.

This is why those of us on the side of privacy, smaller government and so on distrust the government--because we trust them to act exactly this way. Ask for what they want, no matter how outrageous, and then, when turned down, go ahead and do it anyway.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Celebrating a meaningless milestone

The blog has received over 10,000 visitors--10,420 as of just a minute ago.


Thanks to all of you for reading. It's nice to know that someone besides me finds this interesting.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Data point

The Gun Guy worked the Tulsa, OK gun show this weekend, and has some food for thought on ammo availability and pricing. I'm not sure how much shipping will effect cost and availability, given that the price oil and distillates thereof are declining (at least for now), but having plenty of ammo is always a good thing for that rainy day.

Whether you're in New Orleans or not. (Ouch! He said that!)

Hoo-ray for Carnival!

Yes, it's time for the Carnival of Cordite, this week in its 35th edition. Enjoy.

An encouraging development

It seems that Brazilians understand that restricting guns does not equate with safety. FOXNews is reporting that Brazil has rejected a measure that would have prohibited the sales of guns and ammo to anyone but the government or licensed collectors by a 2-to-1 margin.

This is a major defeat for the UN *spit* and gun control bliss ninnies the world over, who poured money by the millions into the country to try and get this foolish measure enacted.

Kudos to the people of Brazil for realizing that the government doesn't protect you--you do.