Archive for April, 2005

April 30, 2005

So long, friend

From Kevin, I learned of terrible news. Reader, commentor and all around good guy Steve Herod (known on blogs as Airboss) passed away.

I never met Steve in person. I’ve spoken with him on the phone a few times and can’t count the number of email exchanges we’ve had. If he needed gun parts, he’d call. When I was looking for hard to find 7.62X39 AR magazines, he had them. And he sold them to me at a price that was more than fair. He was a friend to freedom and stood for what was right. He’d get involved in things that bloggers were writing about. He, though not ever blogging himself, stood by bloggers over freedom of speech. He wrote:

Most of you know each other, all of you know me.
I don’t have a blog, couldn’t write one if I had it.
I do have guns/ammunition and a willingness to stand with you all.
Can’t write, can shoot
Stephen E. Herod
AKA”Airboss”

Jim says good bye. As does Kevin. And the Geek.

Connie du Toit has the details on services and notes that Steve’s wife said to donate to a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

You’ll be missed, Airboss.

Guns, guns, guns

The Carnival of Cordite is up. Lots of good stuff, including chicks with guns.

April 29, 2005

New Democrat Symbol?

I present The Zonkey.

Restore the second amendment

Ron Paul has sponsored a bill to restore the second amendment rights of all Americans. It’s sad that we need a bill but it does one thing that is important: it gets rid of the particularly suited for sporting purposes language from a lot of bills.

Naifeh Update

Rep. Campfield blogged about Speaker Naifeh subverting the rules of the House to get what he wanted. Now, the Rep notes that Naifeh blinked and blogs played a part:

Steve Gill and Bill Hobbs are really on their game. They have really put heat on Speaker Naifeh for his actions yesterday. The House was abuzz with the news of the NRA hustle that went down yesterday.

Many blogs like Nashville Files are reporting on the situation (and probably many more that I haven’t had time to see). Bloggers have really drawn attention to the incident by sending e-mails, posting comments, and calling legislators.

He also notes Naifeh getting caught with his pants down and being forced to abide by the law. Good.

Bill Hobbs has more

Blake has an updated video of the incident.

Update: Bill Hobbs notes that some local papers, The Sentinel and The Nashville City Paper, are covering the incident. He also notes that neither paper did a very good job. I concur. Neither paper focused on Naifeh subverting the rules of the house.

Update 2: Bill Hobbs is all over this. Just scroll away.

Update 3 (and bump): WATE reports on it as well and gets it wrong.

Huh?

David Hardy notes that the Arizona Supreme Court links to an anti-gun page as a resource. And the administrative person doesn’t realize that the Assault Weapons Ban is not the Brady Bill.

More New Jersey

Seems a lot of property rights issues come out of that state:

The Long Branch City Council took the first steps toward condemnation of properties in the Beachfront North Phase II redevelopment zone at Tuesday’s meeting.

The council approved two resolutions authorizing the city to retain two law firms to “perform services of redevelopment counsel for the Beachfront North Phase II project of the city of Long Branch.”

“[The resolutions] are obviously for acquisition of the property,” city Financial Director Ronald Mehlhorn Sr. said in an interview prior to Tuesday’s meeting.

Another case of taking private property and giving it to a private developer. The SCOTUS needs to get off its ass and rule on Kelo soon, though I don’t have much faith that the SCOTUS will make the right decision.

RKBA Round up

Matt catches up on RKBA blogging.

New look

Old problem, the Knoxville News Sentinel has a brand new look. Unfortunately, they still have the same problem with the speed their page loads.

And can these guys get an RSS feed? Who do I talk to about that?

Same lies

They were wrong when they said that Florida enacting CCW in the late 1980s would lead to blood in the street. They were wrong when they said that the assault weapons ban would lead to blood in the street. Now, they are wrong stating the Florida’s law that gets rid of duty to retreat will lead to blood in the streets:

People have a right to defend themselves. But under this law, unless gun owners – there are many in Florida, where carrying a concealed weapon is legal – exercise clear judgment and remarkable restraint, innocent bystanders could become victims. So could people whom an armed citizen wrongly assumes to be a threat. And in the latter case, who will be held liable for the possibly fatal consequences of a faulty judgment?

Now that Florida has given citizens the right to use lethal force in public, the National Rifle Association, not surprisingly, says it will carry this battle to every state. If it succeeds, sooner or later those who argue that an armed society is a safer society are likely to have their dubious theory put to the test.

Actually, this law brings Florida in lines with most other states.

Racism at William Blount update

Bridget O’Neill, who was essentially suspended for talking to press, got to tell her side of the story to school officials. Good. The principal needs to be disciplined for this.

She has been been allowed by administrators to return to classes:

The decision to allow her return came Thursday in a disciplinary hearing. The suspension lasted for nine days. O’Neill says she’s extremely behind in her school work but she’ll be allowed to make it up.

O’Neill and her parents say school administrators told them that faculty and staff members had to deal with several concerned parents after her interview aired on 6 News. They were told the time spent talking with those parents disrupted classes.

Faculty and staff are full of crap.

April 28, 2005

Senate Staffers Reading Blogs?

I posted a link the WSJ piece on killing the investigation of Cisneros. Today, I received the following email from a Senate staffer in Coburn’s office urging the quite expensive investigation to continue. It came from a senate.gov email address. Click more for the email.

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Cheating the system

Stacey Campfield, addressing the concealed carry in bars issue, notes some foul play by Naifeh:

Today a bill slipped through that Naifeh didn’t want out of committee. Some legislators did not show up for the vote and a pro-NRA bill (conceal carry) slipped through the sub-committee system.

Speaker Naifeh flipped out! His people did not want to have to vote on this bill. Some might risk losing their perfect NRA voting record (0 for 0).

Speaker Naifeh went to the chairman of the committee to let him know that if he did not ask to move the bill back to the sub-committee where it had passed, it would NOT BE GOOD!

The chairman agreed to make the motion, but not vote for it. These votes are made on the house floor and require a majority of 66 votes to move it back to the subcommittee. The dilemma? How to ram this vote through the legislature without having the legislators on record as a “yes” vote. Answer: Speaker Naifeh held a voice vote.

This is why politicos should have blogs. Kudos to the Rep for exposing this sort of foul play and corruption.

Blake has more as does Bill, who notes:

He (Naifeh) violated House rules in order to kill popular legislation he personally opposed. Some people think Naifeh is the epitome of corrupt good-ol-boy lobbyist-larded politics. I don’t know about that. But I do know that what he did yesterday was pure political corruption of the most dangerous kind.

Update: Commentors to the Rep’s site post a link to the video (it’s at the 21 minute mark). I haven’t watched it yet.

Quote of the day

On Rosie O’Donnell:

“And the last thing I want to do is get into a fight with a powerful celebrity who has a blog read by tens of people.”

Excellent

Gotta love it:

“I punched Saddam in the mouth.”

Good Question

Why Won’t Hilleary Sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge?

Gun registries won’t work

Mostly due to incompetence. David Hardy links to the NFA Owners Association webpage. The page details the incompetence the ATF (who has admitted to perjury with regard to the registry on video) in handling the nation’s only gun registry. It includes:

A case, US v. LeaSure, where the judge dismissed a case, based on evidence that BATFE clerks may have thrown away the registration papers.

50 Caliber Ban? No problem

Publicola has the scoop on bypassing the .50 caliber ban by getting a .51 caliber. Heh.

They stole my idea.

Future crime

A pending law in Indiana:

House Bill 1776, which received final legislative approval Monday night, spells out a process to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and gives judges more authority to order searches of the homes of those believed to pose a threat.

[snip]

Authorities would be able to retain, for up to 14 days, guns seized from someone believed to be dangerous. A prosecutor could petition to extend the time the weapons are held; a court would have to rule on that request.

What about probable cause (which I assume would imply that there is a crime currently going on or has already occurred)? Another slap in the face of the fourth amendment.

Well, that’s a bunch of crap

Unlikely:

A passenger in a car traveling in Osceola County, Fla., was killed and another woman was seriously injured when a gun in the vehicle accidentally discharged twice, according to Local 6 News.

Guns don’t accidentally discharge twice.

Oh no, Canada

The Minutemen are planning on expanding to the Canadian border:

A controversial civilian patrol group that has been monitoring the Mexican border for illegal immigrants is looking to expand its mission to the Canadian border, organizers said Tuesday.

Minuteman Project leaders said their volunteers this month alerted federal authorities to more than 330 cases of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States over a 23-mile stretch of Arizona’s southern border. Now they plan to extend their patrol along the rest of the border with Mexico and are helping to organize similar efforts in four states that neighbor Canada.

“In the absence of the federal government doing its mandated duty to secure our borders, we will pick up the slack. Reluctantly,” said Chris Simcox, a Minuteman co-organizer who also operates Civil Homeland Defense, another Arizona group that monitors illegal immigrants.

Sure, there have been problems but hats off to the Minutemen who are achieving their goal of drawing attention to our porous borders.

Well, that’s scary

Ravenwood notes that the new version of Windows (or as we say in Tennessee Winders) may have some unwanted features:

The next version of Windows will contain a virtual flight data recorder or “black box” that records everything a user does. The intent is that if programs or the computer crashes, IT professionals will be able to see what the user was doing at the time of the error.

No thanks.

Now there’s an issue they can run on

NY Republicans are arguing with each other over eminent domain:

“I would never support the taking of private property by government, for purposes other than obvious public good,” said Blew. “A highway, or a life-saving facility,
perhaps but never for a public park.”

Blew said he believes landowners in the township are the ones who are best able to plan for the future.

Property rights in Nevada

In Nevada, a developer-backed bill that limits eminent domain has the approval of the senate:

A developer-backed bill that would limit use of eminent domain powers by government entities to preserve open space won approval on a 16-to-four vote in the state Senate.

[snip]

The bill would help a developer tied up in a lawsuit over plans to build upscale homes on the old Ballardini ranch just south of Reno, but Care says he doesn’t want to interfere with that litigation.

April 27, 2005

Proof blogs are the future

Or maybe not. CNN may have spammed blogs and used search engine manipulation.

Update: Michael Silence, who got some of the spam, was on this back in February.

SayUncle vs. Cost

More consumer blogging.

The other day as I was driving home, the Mrs. rings me on the cell phone to inform me that we need a new washer and dryer as our washer just kicked the bucket. She’s been wanting a new set for a while now but I’ve always figured that the set we had (over ten years old) was good enough until it completely died. It did. I think the Mrs. was happy.

The Mrs. is quite detailed and always has the inside scoop on good deals on stuff. She knew that Home Depot was running a special. If you opened up a charge account there, you get 10% off your initial purchase with six months same as cash. This is more than enough to cover sales tax so we were sold. Now, we just applied for the card to get the 10% discount and will pay this thing off soon. We’re not credit card balance people.

We got one of those Maytag sets that holds 3.5 cubic feet and doesn’t use an agitator but rather sucks water through clothes. It also boasts that, since it is a high efficiency model, it could save us up to $165 per year in water and energy costs. The dryer also claims to dry clothes six times faster. Boy, all this energy efficiency should save the Uncle household some bucks!

As Insty noted, the customer service at Home Depot largely sucks. It took us quite a while to check out, they charged us for a service plan we didn’t agree to and was not discussed with us, and it was a complex transaction. Here’s how it broke down (rounded to dollars):

$999 washer
$699 dryer
$50 charge for delivery of new unit and disposal of old unit
$90 service plan that we don’t want (service plans are for suckers!)
$1,838 subtotal

$170 @ 9.25% sales tax
$2,008 grand total

($184) less 10% for new charge account
$1,824 new grand total

In addition, Home Depot was running free delivery with all appliances. Now, it’s not real free delivery. It’s a mail in rebate for free delivery. I guess they figure that folks will forget to mail it in on time or something. So, I’ll get $50 back (or maybe $45 since delivery was also 10% off). I guess at this point the total is $1,774 but at a future date. I’m not calculating interest. I’m also guessing the rebate won’t include sales tax paid on delivery.

But wait, there’s more: The other special they were running was free gift cards based on the amount you spend (you know, spend more and get more). We, having spent $2,000 (or rather we guessed we spent $2,000, we’re not real sure) qualified for a $150 gift card. So, now the ‘cost’ to us $1,624. Actually, it’s still $1,774 for the set plus other merchandise to be chosen later. I looked at Home Depot’s financials and their average gross margin percent is a respectable 33%. So, on a $150 purchase (the gift card) their cost is about $100. And the set probably cost them about $1,138 (based on their gross margin).

And they’re going to refund the service plan that we never consented to purchasing (with tax) at $98. New total: $1,525 with merchandise; or $1,625 if they’d given us cash instead of product that cost them $100.

Is it just me, or does that seem like an awful lot of excess to complete a simple transaction? An awful lot of special offers to get me to buy stuff. Couldn’t they just sell me the damn things for $1,525 (or $1,625) cash? It wasn’t like I was buying a house or anything. Seriously, I’ve closed on property faster than that.

Can anyone tell me what this washer and dryer really cost me? I mean, other than an hour and a half of time.

Marc v. the movies

Marc, whose office is located between a studio that shoots the show 24 and a porn studio, comments on gun wimps in Kali:

Long before “24” this building had been used for filming and they’ve shot all sorts of crappie movies there. They have blocked off the streets to traffic, towed cars, disrupted lives and discharged blanks all without notice in the past.

I’m not sure what has changed to make them give notice this time so I’m just guessing that it’s more evidence of the continuing gun-wussification of the Peoples Republic of California.

Bullet control

Via Manish, comes this article:

Legislation that would require handgun ammunition to carry identifying markings that could be used to trace spent rounds at crime scenes back to the person who purchased the bullets passed out of a state Senate committee Tuesday.

This won’t work. As for details of the bill:

It would require handgun manufacturers to mark bullets with unique identifiers, such as serial numbers. Those numbers would be used to track whom the bullets are sold to, including the name and address of the purchaser. The information would be maintained in an electronic database run by the attorney general’s office.

A bullet that travels at, say, 1,200 feet per second and hits the soft tissue of a person will mushroom. I tend to doubt that under those circumstances the tiny serial numbers would be readable since the bullet tends to become misshapen. I think this is really an effort to impose an undue burden on bullet manufacturers who will bear the costs.

I found this interesting too:

Noting that California homicides increased to 2,400 last year from 2,000 the year before — with 45 percent unsolved — law enforcement officials urged senators on the committee to vote for the bill. Nearly three-quarters of the state’s homicides in 2003 were committed with a firearm.

Meanwhile, crime is down in most of the country. Good thing they banned .50 calibers.

Quote of the day

Florida Today:

Chances are, a woman you saw today was carrying a gun.

An article on the rise of CCW among women in Florida and a good read.

Weekly check on the bias

Jeff has the latest on gun bias in the news.