Thursday, May 11, 2006

Reality imitating art?

Those of us in the e-e-e-vil Gun Culture are all aware of the book Molon Labe by Boston T. Party. (If you aren't aware of it, then go get a copy and read it. And consider yourself on Double Secret Probation until you do.) For those of you not in the Gun Culture, the short version of the story is this--some folks in Wyoming decide that they've had enough of the Federal Gub'mint and decide to tell them where they may go. "Away."

Well, it would seem that reality is imitating art:

Wyoming is suing the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court, centers on whether its the federal government or the state that has the final authority to restore gun rights to those guilty of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses.


If this keeps up, I'll have to start researching job opportunities for computer geeks in Wyoming.

And while we're on the subject of the government meddling in your affairs

The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, including calls made within the United States, according to reports.

But on the bright side, the program "does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations."

Now doesn't that just make you all warm and fuzzy inside? Mr. President, if you're wondering why your approval ratings are dropping like a stone, and why your party is getting ready to lose control of the House and Senate, may I submit that these little faux pas have something to do with it? Those of us who value freedom are getting more than a little tired of these shenanigans.

EDIT: Via Drudge, we have this article, where the President is quoted as saying "We're not mining or trolling through the private lives of innocent Americans." That may be true right now, sir, but our government has a documented history of using information gathered for one prupose for other purposes, such as looking for the infamous "deadbeat dads". That's why we don't like our government accumulating vast amounts of information--because the use of it always winds up being other than what it was originally intended for.

Nanny is looking out for you

And that's the problem, at least for those of us who believe that Nanny needs to go mind her own freakin' business and leave us alone.

News.com is reporting that the Congress is targeting new legislation at "social networking sites". Basically, this legislation, promoted by the Dark-and-Creepy-Wing of the Republican Party, would require that libraries and schools would have to block access to these sites. However, the proposed law is so poorly drafted that is may also require blocking of instant messaging, blogging sites and other categories as yet unforeseen.

Now I know that kids go online and divulge personal information to strangers that they shouldn't. Then again, they were doing this 30 years ago over the telephone, so it isn't anything new. It's a stupid thing to do, but the nature of kids is to do things that adults find stupid. We used to call that "growing up".

We don't need a law to fix this. What we need are parents who aren't so self-absorbed that they can't be bothered to pay attention to what their kids are doing. ("Honey, when did Little Princess get her belly button pierced? Oh, and did we give her money to buy those slutty rags she's wearing?" Gr-r-r-r.)

Go away, Nanny.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Spew Alert

(Via The Geek with a .45)

If you've ever seen Star Wars, you're gonna love this. Remove all milk from your vicinity before clicking.

Tats

I've often wondered what "these kids" (Don't you hate it when you get old enough to say that?) were going to do when they turned 60 and had all those tattoos they got when they were cool.

I guess I get my answer early.

I wonder what the Chinese ideograms are for "Stupid round eyes with more money than sense"?

Monday, May 08, 2006

We are own all your smiley faces

I've never been much of a Walmart basher, and as I matter of fact I do a fair amount of shopping with the Behemoth from Bentonville.

However, their move to trademark the "smiley face" is worthy of some bashing. I'd think a company that has been under fire for the hiring of illegal immigrants (at least through service contractors), been beaten up on because of their insurance polices and is now getting hammered on for their treatment of injured employees would have better sense. Especially when you're dealing with a cultural icon that may have been around since 1963. I know I've seen them since long before I ever heard of Walmart.


Hey Walmart, your lawyers are being stupid--you need to see to that.

Carnival of Cordite #58

Gullyborg returns from zombieland (or final exams, which is very close to zombieland) with the 58th installment of the beloved Carnival of Cordite. Don't miss the quiz (What gun is this part from), which, I would like to note, I got the correct answer for. It doesn't hurt that the part is from one of my favorite little shooters....