Saturday, May 17, 2008

"Always Think Forfeiture" no more?

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has decided, under Congressional pressure, to drop its use of the decade-old slogan "Always Think Forfeiture".

This does not mean, as you might suspect, that they will also drop the mindset that lead to the slogan, at least in my humble opinion.

"We've had it brought to our attention from several different congressional members," Browning (Robert Browning, chief of ATF public affairs) said. "In hindsight, we certainly would not have used this slogan if we knew that it would cause so much concern among the public. Nothing in this program is intended to deprive the rights of law-abiding gun owners."

Sure. Right. The check is in the mail.

Friday, May 16, 2008

And you're surprised...why?

Ruth Davis banked on looking like just another granny in the slow lane.

But the 65-year-old Floridian was on business. A high-dollar delivery -- 33 pounds of premium pot -- was locked up in the trunk of her rented Chevy Impala. She set her cruise on 74 as she headed north on Interstate 95 through Johnston County, bound for New York.

A North Carolina trooper got in her way that morning last December and, by chance, stumbled across a new type of drug mule.

"I'm not someone you'd think would be doing this," Davis said this week during an interview at the Johnston County jail. "I guess that's why it was such a brilliant plan."

Well, obviously it wasn't all that brilliant....

The thing that I find notable is the air of surprise that's prevalent in the article. Davis doesn't think she'll be caught, the cops seem amazed that a "senior citizen" would be running drugs and so on.

You know, 40 years ago (in 1968, the heyday of the Counter Culture), these people were 25 years old, selling, running and using drugs. Why are people so surprised that they're still in the business?

And no, I don't have any sympathy for the story that she was trying to pay her medical bills. Like the old TV show--"Don't do the crime if you can't do the time."

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Olofson convicted

I haven't been blogging the ordeal of David Olofson, the man who loaned out his AR to an acquaintance, who then suffered a malfunction, leading to his and Olofson's arrest for possessing an illegal machine gun. Others, such as David Codrea have been doing an excellent job, and there's no need for "me to-ism".

Jed reports that Olofson was convicted yesterday. (The acquaintance rolled over for the ATF.) Gun owners, you're now on official notice that if your gun malfunctions and fires more than one shot with a single trigger pull, you're toast. Codrea has an interesting email from Len Savage with his take on the subject (among some other things).

I'll be watching for an appeal. And like Savage, I want to see if the NRA weighs in on this, especially since they have a big bully pulpit at this weekend's national convention. Yo, Mr. LaPierre? My next membership renewal is yours to lose.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Still voting for McCain?

I know it's petty of me, but I wonder if the "I love my country more than I hate John McCain" crowd are still feeling the love:

Senator John McCain on Monday threw his support behind the idea of placing mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions. He called for the United States to lower its emissions to "at least 60 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2050."

Now Kim, explain to me again just how voting for this turkey is better than a Democrat in the White House--because I'm not seein' it.

Sunday, May 11, 2008