Archive for June, 2007

June 30, 2007

The War on Gambling

Neteller founder pleads guilty to, err, not quite sure what:

The co-founder of NeTELLER pleaded guilty today to a charge of criminal conspiracy.

Stephen Lawrence admitted in court today that the operation illegally helped Americans place bets online, “I came to understand that providing payment services to online gambling Web sites serving customers in the United States was wrong.”

Neteller is a means of transferring funds online, rather like paypal.

June 29, 2007

Tiahrt stays


In a blow to Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign against illegal* guns, a Senate committee yesterday voted 19–10 to pass an amendment that mandates prison time for police officers who use federal gun-trace data for anything except specific investigations.

And it’s even improved:

Senator Shelby, a Republican of Alabama, sponsored the amendment, which is a more strongly worded version of an amendment sponsored by Rep. Todd Tiahrt, a Republican of Kansas. That amendment has been renewed annually for the last three years.

Looks like reasoned discourse won.

* quote corrected to reflect accuracy in reporting.

Drought, what drought?

So, lack of rain here lately. SayUncle household average monthly water bill: $30. Most recent: $200. And the yard is still crunchy.

dude, free training

I was unaware but if you’re an established blogger and exchange links with Front Sight, they’ll give you a free $2,000 class on Defensive Handgun, Tactical Shotgun, Practical Rifle, Select-Fire M16, or a Uzi Submachine Gun. And it’s in Vegas.

See here. Gratuitous linking to follow because I might go to Vegas someday:

Now, it’s just sad

Paul Helmke at the Brady Bunch continues his reasoned discourse series. Of course, I have yet to see him respond to reasoned discourse, only the non-reasoned kind. When you’re disingenuous and have no stones, you’re not up to the challenge. It’s easier to point out the few, err, passionate individuals than it is to address real credibility issues. Yawn.

Because Apple sucks

Super Dave on why he’s not getting an iPhone:

I love the MP3 player, but I want my $600 back that I spent on my 3G 20gig iPod. The battery has died twice on it, now it won’t even sync anymore.

I bought a 4gig Nano a few months ago as my replacement. I just don’t have the coin at the moment to splurge on an 80 gig, and I definitely am not interested in the iPhone.

Well, I’m not buying one for the same reason I don’t buy anything from Apple: None of their stuff works with any of my other stuff. It’s a bunch of proprietary crap that is useless to me. People went nuts over the iPod. Not sure why. I looked into it and, unsurprisingly, it’s not compatible with anything I have. So, I’m not in the iCult and don’t drink the iKool-iAid.

Gun laws in Florida

Only, you know, the kind that work.

Suicide mission

What say a bunch of us gun bloggers and readers pool our money and open a gun shop in Washington, DC? To open in August.

Ammo recall

Details here.

Wiki crime


Investigators had not yet discovered the bodies of pro wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife and their 7-year-old son when someone altered Benoit’s Wikipedia entry to mention his wife’s death, authorities said.

Authorities said Thursday they are trying to determine who altered the entry on the collaborative reference site 14 hours before authorities discovered the bodies of the couple and their son.

Benoit’s Wikipedia entry was altered early Monday to say the wrestler had missed a match two days earlier because of his wife’s death.

A Wikipedia official, Cary Bass, said the entry was made by someone using an Internet protocol address registered in Stamford, Conn., where World Wrestling Entertainment is based.

Conversation with my muse

It called last night at 3, obviously upset that I wouldn’t send money:

Muse: You hurt my feelings, not sending me money.

SayUncle: Well, you left without notice. And I got nothing.

Muse: What, not even a dick joke?

SayUncle: Well, maybe one or two. I mean, I don’t have a lot to say or a lot I feel like talking about.

Muse: Oh, that explains posting the song.

SayUncle: Well, that and bunnies. The kids love bunnies. And pancakes.

Muse: Maybe you should talk about the kids?

SayUncle: *blink*

Muse: Well, I have some good news.

SayUncle: You’re coming back?

Muse: No, better. Spoon!!!!! And I’m very disappointed that you need me to come up with a dick joke.

Parker news


The D.C. Circuit Court granted D.C.’s unopposed motion to hold off on the requirements of the Parker case until August 7, the deadline for requesting a review by the U.S. Supreme Court. (This means the gun ban stays in effect at least until that outcome of that request is known.) In an extraordinary statement, Judge Silberman warned D.C. that it would have been inappropriate to request a stay if D.C. did not intend to file for the review.

In other words, by asking for the ban to remain in effect for a while, the Circuit Court is warning D.C. that it had better file to take the case to the Supreme Court. This is a good thing if you want the High Court to hear the case.

In other news, Alan Korwin has a blog.

Quote of the day

Don’t ya love kids:

I want to shoot the black rifle!

Also, Joe took some reporters to the range and snagged some pics.

Holy Crap


The Tiahrt Amendment

GLN has the skinny.

I need SCUBA gear



Brittney has new blog digs. And a job.

Thompson on the second amendment


June 28, 2007

I got nothing

If you see my muse, tell it to come back. Assuming I haven’t killed it. I mean, I am a gun nut and all and it may have been stumbling around my house late one night coming in late from a party and I mistook it for a prowler and then emptied 32 rounds of 9mm into it.

Or maybe it’s somewhere getting hammered. I’ll look under the couch. It wasn’t with my car keys. And the wife hasn’t heard from it either.

Update: It just called from Vegas and said send money. I don’t know how it got my number.

Pat Brown Responds

Over at The Doc’s:

Wasn’t it just a few months ago when I got wailed on by the left during the Virginia Tech massacre for suggesting kids should carry guns to school to protect themselves? Sometime during the many interviews I did that week I said something to the effect that if we allowed concealed carry on campuses maybe someone would have taken Cho out. I am a big fan of concealed carry because I know criminals carry concealed weapons all the time and I would like to even the field with some honest citizens carrying a few themselves so criminals don’t think no one will shoot back. I think of how many lives would be saved if only someone in the school or company could defend against mass murderers instead of allowing these killers from mowing down a bunch of sitting ducks who are desperately try to hide behind furniture to save their lives.

Good. On her stating that gun ownership might mean you’re a psycho, she says:

Nor was I saying a man who might have a collection of guns is a psychopath. I know many of these men as well. They are hunters or lovers of antiques or do a lot of target shooting. What I was talking about during the Paula Zahn Show was the combination of psychopathic behavior and an obsession with weaponry as psychopath love weapons as it gives them a feeling of power and control. Psychopaths do indeed have a fascination with guns and knives and just because the rest of us might happen to own weapons or even have a number of them as a hobby doesn’t eliminate the fact that psychopaths may also be shopping at the gun store with us.


The United States has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prison population.

Of course, quite a few countries just kill people instead of incarcerating them.

More NICS stuff

Alan Korwin: Many NRA Members “Confused” by Proposed Gun Bill.

The point

Hammered home.

Odd Contraption

Double barrel bolt action rifle:

Via David.

This just in

Many laws broken, both state and federal, and a dead child. Such a pity there weren’t more laws on the books to be broken.

Great Idea

Yes, let’s make it a law to have liberal talk radio. I mean, even if it is a market failure, we should mandate it by law. And since it’s all about fairness, we should mandate that Libertarians, The Constitution Party, The Communist Party, and others get equal airtime.

Chicks and guns

Range day.

June 27, 2007

Accusing the accuser 101

Over at KnoxViews there is a discussion about Knoxville School Board member Robert Bratton who has been accused of sexual harassment. Local media coverage of this can be seen at WATE, WBIR, and in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

The charges are serious but what I wondered about is how long it would take for people to accuse the accuser. It didn’t take very long. In less than twelve hours people have questioned the credibility of this woman in order to defend their favorite politician. I don’t see anything in the two letters this women wrote complaining about the instances of sexual harassment that raise doubt as to her credibility.

What is it with denial and favorite sons? This seems Clintonesque. Wouldn’t the smart thing be to wait until more facts are known? It seems very early for conspiracy theories. And people wonder why it is so difficult to come forward when sexual harassment occurs.

Quote of the day

Seen here:

If you shoot me with .25 ACP and I find out about it, I will personally kick your butt

They expand on that in a more realistic manner but I thought it was funny.

Immigration Bill

I guess I should comment on it. Congress is at record disapproval and intent on making it worse. As far as I can tell, no one supports this bill except politicians. And, in true politician form, they feel the need to overhaul the entire thing in one fell swoop, as opposed to incremental changes. This will a bureaucratic nightmare. I don’t mind people immigrating here and encourage it. As do most people. But people want immigrants to play by the rules. But playing by the rules is hard. Ask these guys. That said, you don’t give people a pass when they don’t play by the rules. I mean, let’s have amnesty for the drug war, tax evasion, and gun laws if we’re pointing out failed social policies?

And, make no mistake, this is about both political parties trying to nail the Hispanic voting block for the next couple of generations.

Update: Rich has a lot more: Cloture Passes and I Re-assess My Patriotism