Thursday, May 21, 2009

Do you emit?

If you answer "No" or "WTF?" you might want to read this article from Wired. Short version is that if you have any device in your home that emits radio waves, then your home is subject to a warrantless search by yet another group of government neo-goons.

If you are a ham radio operator, or if you're running an unlicensed broadcast transmitter, I can see it. But if you have a wi-fi router (which operates in the unlicensed portion of the spectrum)? Cordless phones (ditto)? The microwave (ditto squared)? What a load of crap.

It's about time to push the reset button.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Jeremy Clarkson really doesn't like the new Honda Insight


"...sit a dog on a ham slicer."

"Government Motors" indeed

(Via the Drudge Report)

We're all going to need to be more careful about our jokes.

General Motors Corp's plan for a bankruptcy filing involves a quick sale of the company's healthy assets to a new company initially owned by the U.S. government, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.

A number of thoughts on this one, in no particular order:
  • Great, that's one more brand I don't have to look at if I ever have the money to buy a new car again.
  • I'm getting sick and tired of private profits but socialized losses.
  • I wonder if the US Government will sell those "healthy assets" to the UAW. After all, the own Chrysler, why not GM as well?
  • How the hell is this constitutional? And why has no one with standing filed a lawsuit?
I want to be an optimist, but it's getting pretty hard....

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Oh look, another "common sense" gun law is proposed

I simply don't understand why our elected representatives A) keep getting elected and B) insist that the Constitution really doesn't mean what it plainly says. Please note that our idiot du jour is a New York Republican:

The Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2009 would authorize Attorney General Eric Holder to deny the sale or transfer of firearms to known or suspected terrorists -- a list that could extend beyond groups such as radical Islamists and other groups connected to international terror organizations.

To put it in the words of elected idiot:

"Common-sense laws that protect us from terrorism must be put in place," King said in his statement. "Our role in Congress is to create laws that protect the American people, not to uphold those that give terrorists the right to bear arms."

If enacted, this would violate the Constitution is a number of entertaining ways--it isn't just a Second Amendment issue. Due process? It's what the Attorney General says it is. Free speech? Woo, it got nippy in that room. Freedom of association? Well, better check the "extremist list" first. You never know, those Boy Scouts may have finally made the grade. And watch out for those Little Leaguers--they carry bats, and those could be used as a weapon....

While not worth an extended campaign just yet, keep your eyes on this one. This is just the sort of thing that could cause endless trouble.

You the Patriot Act.

Automate your home security

(Via Timebomb 2000)

They also have a web site at The Sentry Project.

This has possibilities....

"A rifle in one hand, a laptop in the other."

This (fairly even-handed) piece on the NRA Convention and gunbloggers has started making the rounds, and already the anti-freedom forces are using the comments to spew their old, tired anti-gun arguments. I've left a comment, but since the Christian Science Monitor doesn't necessarily publish them all, I'm going to throw it out here for your enjoyment.

I hardly know where to start in rebutting Ms. Gill's comments. Let's go in reverse order.

"...more intelligent scrutiny and stricter laws..."? There are over 20,000 gun laws in the US already, and they haven't solved the problem. Be intellectually honest--will yet more laws get you where you want to go? Criminals break the law--that's their job. They don't care if it's a law against robbery, rape or possessing a gun.

The Second Amendment was not meant to pass out guns to anyone. You have to buy them for yourself. (Note to the uninitiated--that comment is what the CSM called "snark".) If you look at the history of the Second, our new little country had just fought a long and expensive war to gain it's independence. The widespread ownership of firearms by private citizens and the attempted confiscation of them was one of the events that pushed the colonies from merely being angry and into outright rebellion. When the Constitution was being written, those who did the writing made %$@^ sure that just in case it had to happen again, it could. Uncomfortable as that seems to make a lot of folks these days, that's what the historical record shows. (And yes, I understand that there was also the issue of self-defense in a time when nearly the entire country was "frontier" and people were subject to attack by hostile wildlife and unhappy native inhabitants. But that part seemed to just be "understood" as being such a common need that it wasn't even necessary to discuss it.)

As to wise lifestyle, larger police forces and the like, we concealed carriers live that. We understand that a gun is not some sort of magic talisman that makes evil "go away". We understand that just because we carry it still isn't wise to venture into those "certain neighborhoods" we all know about. We also understand that there is no way to have a police presence of the size necessary to provide each of us with 24x7 security. We have simply chosen to provide as much of our own security as we can. As a group, we are statistically some of the most law-abiding citizens in the country. As a reward for that good behavior, you would like to make us less safe. Thank you, but no.

"People go off the deep end and shoot fellow workers or students with machine guns they should NEVER have access to." No, they don't. If I recall correctly, there hasn't been a single instance of a legally owned automatic weapon ever being used in a crime in the last several decades. In those rare instances where automatic weapons have been used in commission of a crime (the North Hollywood bank shootout comes to mind), those guns were illegal and owned illegally. (Something that supports my first point.) Now that we've disposed of that, let's actually look at mass shootings in the Land of Reality. Nearly always, the shooter is deeply disturbed for some reason. Nearly always, the shooting takes place in a "gun free zone"--an area where having guns is banned. (Oops, back to point one again.) Nearly always, the mass shooting ends when a Good Guy, be he a police officer or she an armed private citizen (Jeanne Assam,, steps in with their gun.

It would be wonderful if we could all live in that Utopian world where everyone followed the Golden Rule. Unfortunately, we don't. We live in this world, and this world has dangerous people who would do us harm. The police can't be everywhere all the time. Each of us must accept the burden of providing for our own safety and well-being. I have done so. Ms. Gill apparently hasn't.

Let's see if that one gets on the web site.

2nd Amendment Blog Bash

OK, I'm late to the party. (I'm sure that, in the best liberal tradition, it is actually an unconscious reaction to my anger at being unable to accomplish one of my goals, or somesuch tripe.)

If you weren't able to make it to the big NRA bash in Phoenix this year, a bunch of your fellow gunnies blogged their way through the show for you. Lucky stiffs. Some of us have to work, ya know?

At any rate, I understand that next year's convention is in Charlotte, NC--about 70 minutes away from me. I am so there.

Is the ATF at it again?

Unknown-there simply isn't enough information. But we could be seeing the beginning of the next Red's Trading Post. Or the beginning of the end for a gun store that can't follow the rules.

I'll follow the story and try to keep you updated.