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May?

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/11/28/ohio-appellate-court-ban-on-firearms-in-restraining-order-may-violate-second-amendment/

Many civil protection orders, especially in domestic violence cases, ban the target from possessing guns. Courts generally uphold these as permissible restrictions, at least when the order is based on a finding that the target had committed a violent act or had threatened violence; see, e.g., U.S. v. Bena (8th Cir. 2011). But the matter is not entirely clear, especially since such orders can often be entered on just a finding of preponderance of the evidence, following relatively truncated procedures where the defendant doesn’t have a lawyer. (This makes them different from felony convictions or even violent misdemeanor convictions, which require proof beyond a reasonable doubt, and in which the defendant generally has been represented by a lawyer.)

The linked article isn’t very long (and the parts where exceptions have been found is in the unlinked part, but there wasn’t any neat way to copypasta them), but what I want to point out is the may. I mean, just what part of Shall Not Be Infringed do these unstable freaks in black robes fail to grasp here?

Keep Tweeting, Don

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/29/national-reciprocity-concealed-carry-passes-next-stop-house-floor/

National reciprocity for concealed carry passed the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday is expected to receive a floor vote before the end of the year.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 was introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) on January 3, 2017. It changes federal law that so concealed carry permits are treated like driver’s licenses, making a permit from one state valid in the other 49. This would fix the complicated and often confusing patchwork of concealed carry laws currently in effect throughout the country.

To put it simply, Hudson’s bill allows the common man to defend himself and his family as he travels throughout this country.

On November 28 Breitbart News reported that Hudson’s legislation was scheduled for a markup in the House Judiciary Committee and the markup would serve as the last stop before a floor vote.

In fact, the markup demonstrated the committee’s confidence that national reciprocity was headed to the floor.

Please note that this is happening while Our Betters are being sent to their fainting couches every time the God Emperor tweets something they don’t like. And seeing that he’s ZOMG ORANGE DORITO HITLER, that’s pretty much every day. If Trump was one of those Wilbur Milquetoast types that the GOP has a penchant for nominating, this would’ve been the subject of all-day-every-day coverage.

So, what’s my prediction here? Expect another school shooting or mass murder event, because that’s the only way OPFOR has of stopping this from becoming law.

What Could Possibly Go Awry Here?

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/27/facebook-ai-suicide-prevention/

This is software to save lives. Facebook’s new “proactive detection” artificial intelligence technology will scan all posts for patterns of suicidal thoughts, and when necessary send mental health resources to the user at risk or their friends, or contact local first-responders. By using AI to flag worrisome posts to human moderators instead of waiting for user reports, Facebook can decrease how long it takes to send help.

Yeah, sure. I have a bridge to sell you that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan, if you’re interested. Think of the toll revenues that you might get!

Seriously, my first take is this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_abuse_of_psychiatry_in_the_Soviet_Union . I mean, it’s not as though Facebook hasn’t already shown their political bias beyond any shadow of a doubt.

How long (expressed in nanoseconds) before some guy who wants to show off his AR build gets snagged by this? Any takers? I didn’t think so.

What About The Aliens?

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

As I’ve written previously, I believe that the two most important things we need to establish on Mars are potatoes and miniature pigs. Why? Because bacon-wrapped tater tots. On Mars. But I am forced to admit that there are other crops that need to be planted:

https://nypost.com/2017/11/27/budweiser-is-on-a-mission-to-bring-beer-to-mars/

But first, beer.

Budweiser recently announced that they’ll be sending 20 barley seeds to the International Space Station to figure out how well the beer-making ingredient will fare in the microgravity environment.

The seeds will be included in SpaceX’s upcoming cargo supply mission, which is scheduled to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on December 4.

After orbiting in space for approximately 30 days, the seeds will return to Earth to be analyzed.

ASIDE: https://www.youtube.com/user/spacexchannel If you’re not subscribed or at least aware of the SpaceX channel, you just might be reading the wrong blog. Just saying.

Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled blog:

Budweiser? I’m not any sort of beer drinker, but even I know that Bud is swill. When (and not if) we attract the attention of other space-faring beings, do we want Earth to be represented by such stuff? I mean, we’re supposed to be doing that “Muslim outreach” crap; what about enrolling a decent German brewery for this?

First impressions count, you know.

Yet Another Day Ending in “Y”

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Gentle Readers, I do hope you’re not tired of me ragging on NA$A, because I’m sure not, not even close:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/nasas-next-flagship-telescope-is-not-executable-in-its-current-form/

First came the Hubble Space Telescope. Now, NASA is finalizing development of the James Webb Space Telescope for launch in 2019. And finally, the space agency is beginning to design and develop its next great space telescope, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, or WFIRST.

This instrument will have a primary mirror of 2.4 meters (7.87 feet), the same size as the Hubble’s, and be designed to hunt for dark energy and spy on exoplanets. Although similar in size to Hubble, the WFIRST telescope’s infrared instrument would have a field of view that is 100 times greater than the Hubble, allowing it to observe much more of the sky in less time. It was also supposed to carry a special coronagraph, which could block the light of stars and allow astronomers to observe exoplanets directly.

Sounds pretty cool, right? But you forgot that this is NA$A, didn’t you?

But a new report—released without fanfare on the Wednesday before the Thanksgiving holiday—-

Released at a time when nobody would notice, I see. There’s a reason that I advocate taking people out and hanging them, you know.

…calls into question the viability of the project. “The risks to the primary mission of WFIRST are significant and therefore the mission is not executable without adjustments and/or additional resources,” the report states. It estimated the cost of the project at $3.9 billion to $4.2 billion, significantly above the project’s $3.6 billion budget.

Adjustments? Is it too much to hope that one of the definitions of “adjustments” includes public floggings? And just what is it with these cost overruns? See, I had an allowance when I was little, about eight. It ended by the time I was ten, and it never occurred to me, not even once, to ask for any more than what I was given to begin with. Honestly, I just don’t understand people who are given a pile of somebody else’s money and then think that they can burn through it and then ask for more.

And just for the record, the Hubble Space Telescope for which the WFIRST is an add-on was launched in 1990, twenty-seven years ago. Lest you think this was an example of NA$A getting it right, recall that they had to send up a mission to fix the mirror because it had been ground to the wrong shape to focus properly.

But that’s just the preamble. Here’s the good part:

It also offered a scathing review of the relationship between NASA headquarters and the telescope’s program managers at Goddard Space Flight Center. “The NASA HQ-to-Program governance structure is dysfunctional and should be corrected for clarity in roles, accountability, and authority,” the report states.

I’m seeing neither “flogging” nor “hanging” in there, but a fella can hope.

Might I Make a Suggestion?

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5118563/Navy-wants-small-warships-pack-bigger-punch.html

The Navy’s fast-and-maneuverable littoral combat ship was criticized for lacking enough firepower and armor to survive a maritime battle.

The Navy is addressing those concerns with a new class of small-but-powerful frigates that will pack a bigger punch.

The Navy asked this month for concept proposals for multi-mission warships that would be bigger and more heavily armed – and slower – than the littoral combat ships.

They would be capable of shooting down airplanes, attacking other ships and countering submarines.

Fellas? While you’re at it, how about introducing a double turret for your current 5-inch guns? Or maybe look into that slick Swedish (IIRC) 8-inch rifle? If you’re going to be operating close inshore, the Marines that you’re supposed to be supporting would really appreciate some on-call artillery until they can get their own batteries set up.

Just a suggestion.

Birthday Boy

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Deathwalker, the young Lord, is two years old.

In repose

Lizzerd Patrol

Norwegians don’t stop growing until they’re five, so he’s not done yet.

Pearls, Clutched

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/25/black-friday-posts-new-single-day-record-gun-checks-more-than-200-000/894706001/

In all, the FBI fielded 203,086 requests on Black Friday, up from the previous single-day highs of 185,713 last year and 185,345 in 2015. The two previous records also were recorded on Black Friday.

Some of the comments are pretty funny as well.

Consistency

Friday, November 24th, 2017

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/cornyn-bill-nix-pay-federal-overseers-dont-report-gun-background-check-system/

WASHINGTON – Following a mass shooting that killed 26 at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced legislation last week that would penalize political appointees who fail to meet the standards of the FBI’s criminal background check system, among other reforms.

Not that this is a good thing, but if you’re going to have such an affront on the books, you might as well do it right. I suppose it’s too much to hope that a later revision will mandate drawing and quartering for those who fail to do this right.

So, that “among other reforms” thing:

David Kopel, a leading Second Amendment scholar who works as an associate policy analyst at the Cato Institute and research director at the Independence Institute, said in a recent interview that the legislation, which he said would improve the background check system, has a realistic chance of passing.

However, he said the bill does nothing to solve other problems with the background check database, specifically the issue of “false positives” that prevent valid access to guns. A false positive could mean lengthy delays or an inability to purchase firearms for eligible individuals, which Kopel said “can be harmful for their life and self-defense.”

Kopel also argued for re-enabling a restoration of rights program, which could mean gun access for felons who have had clean records for long periods of time.

This is possibly the most important part of this bill. Don’t get me wrong here: being stupid should be painful, but once you’ve served your time, you should be made whole again, and suffering a permanent loss of Rights cannot possibly be in line with the intent of the Founders. Mr. Kopel continues:

The Cornyn bill is considered an extension of the Gun Control Act of 1968, which included a process for restoration of rights. That process allows a person to petition the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which can use its discretion to restore firearms possession rights. However, that system has been defunded by appropriations riders since 1993.

That’s two Dem Administrations, two Republican ones, another two Dem ones and the current GOP one. I’m starting to think that hanging is too good for these guys.

That Time of Year

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

I went to Wal-Mart today to get those new shrimp flavored cat treats (which are very extremely popular), some light bulbs, and to replace the now dead paper-shredder.

After I paid for everything and headed for the door, there she was: the receipt checker. I don’t know about you, but down here in Florida this only happens during the holidays. I didn’t pay her any mind and headed outside, but she called me over and asked to see my receipt.

Me: “Sure, show me your FDLE (Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement) certification and a properly executed search warrant, and I’d be happy to.”

Her: “Ummm….”

Me: “See, I’ve paid for this, and now it’s mine, and I decline to let anyone search it without proper authorization.”

Her: “Go on ahead, sir, and have a nice day.”

Me: “You too, ma’am. And by the way, you’re putting yourself in legal jeopardy by doing this, and you should tell your managers to not make you do this.”

So that was my day. How was yours?