Thursday, April 17, 2014

Almost time

To turn in the paperwork to get a CHL. I took the class in February but, due to various rules here in TX, it made the most sense to wait until just after my next birthday which is coming up quickly. I think I know what handgun I want, a 9mm Bersa, and need to start calling around to find out who has the best price. A neighbor has taken Son and myself to his gun club a couple of times since the class, which has been very helpful. I didn't get to go last month because of schedule conflicts and was surprised at how much I missed it.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Parable

By commenter "Dang" at the HQ.

So you live outside of town and your house catches on fire. You call the fire department and they tell you they can't make it there in time to put out the fire and the fire chief goes to bed while your house burns to the ground and members of you family die. When you try to find out what the hell just happened the deputy fire chief asks, "What difference, at this point, does it make?" And then that deputy fire chief gets an award for her service.

This is the state of the nation at the moment.




Saturday, November 10, 2012

Happy birthday to the Marines.

Although my real-life experience is woefully short on Marines (clearly I've made a mistake somewhere in life) I truly, deeply believe that they are indeed *the* single finest and greatest force for good and peace in the world. My kids and I do indeed sleep soundly knowing that these rough men stand ready and I am grateful everyday that they have chosen to do so.

Friday, June 8, 2012

There has been progress

Although my impression is that the overwhelming majority of Americans still know nothing about the on-going fight for the protection of *every one's* free speech, there has been progress made in bringing the issue to the attention of  both federal level legislators and the media.  Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Rep. Ken Marchant   have both written letters to the DOJ asking for investigations into the "SWATing of several bloggers including a contributor to CNN.  Da Techguy's post CNN scooped again goes into more detail about ABC having broken the story on the networks and also gives a lot of links to help get completely caught up on the story.  Popehat has a very good post on what precisely "SLAPPing" and anti-SLAPP are as well as a link so anyone can find out whether their state has anti-SLAPP laws, and if so how good they are. Through the link I found that, although MO *does* have anti-SLAPP legislation, it seems to be only for the protection of *specifically* political speech, which makes it nearly useless against the type of abuse which is currently at issue.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Congratulations

To both Governor Walker and the people of Wisconsin.  I'm sure the last year has been very trying.  While there's no way the political left will accept The People's statement with grace ( in fact I could probably just have stopped at "statement") hopefully there will be at least some time to relax before they can regroup.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The judge told them what?!

While reading the link to Investors.com that Patterico provided in his post about the Walker/Kimberlin hearing, I was struck by something the author, David Hogberg, related.  He told how the judge had said something that appeared to me to mean that he, the judge, felt Walker and Kimberlin should fight out their differences.  When I started checking around yesterday to write this post Hogberg graciously e-mailed me his notes from the portion of the hearing that I was curious about.

Here is the relevant portion of his notes where the judge is discussing his view that it's too easy now to ruin some one's character without ever having met them, which he's under the mistaken impression is what Walker has been doing.


"Where I grew up in Brooklyn those things—when that stuff was pulled, it was dealt with quickly.  I’m not gonna talk about those ways.  In my community you wanted to date an Italian girl, you asked the permission of the Italian boys.  When someone did something unfair to your sister or girlfriend, you got your friends to take him for a ride.  And that stopped it.   You guys have got this new electronic stuff and you can just ruin somebody without doing anything.  But you (Walker) started it."



Now, I don't disagree that it's gotten much too easy to ruin someone by remote-control, after all that is what has happened to Walker. Someone he'd never met, who lived in a different state, decided to ruin him for helping a completely different person and has done a fair job of it to this point. That being said, what. the. heck. is a judge, even a retired one, doing suggesting extra-legal remedies that would absolutely result in further criminal charges if Walker were so mad as to attempt them against a convicted bomber and terrorist?!  I realize that this is probably more "pining for the good old days" than an actual suggestion, but it still seems to have been a terribly stupid thing to say.  I can only hope that the clear unfitness of this judge, leaving aside his complete ignorance of digital media, will make it easier for Walker to get his case reviewed as it is clear that justice was no where near to being served on Tuesday Morning.


This post at OpenMarket.org  gives a very thorough link-up of many of the blogs that have written about the hearing.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I don't know what to say Updated a couple of times

This is seriously a bad day for free speech as Aaron Walker is arrested over bogus accusations of having broken the harassment "peace order" that was granted to Convicted Domestic Terrorist and Perjurer Brett Kimberlin.  One possible bright spot is that Kimberlin appears to be unable to resist gloating and is helping prove that various social media accounts, that he claimed had nothing to do with him other than that they showed support for him, are indeed his or belong to those *very* closely allied to him.

Update: R.S. McCain has a report that Walker has been released.  He is still charged with having abridged the "peace order" but is on his own recognizance at this time.  My prayers are with him and his family that they remain safe and that justice be done in this case.

Update II: Apparently the charge in Walker's arrest was "2nd degree assault" which commenters at both Ace of Spades HQ and (I think) Jawa Report said was very unusual as it typically results in a fine.  What seems even stranger is that the supposed assault is the one caught on courthouse security footage from (months?) ago and the courts own footage shows that no such thing happened.  I'm still keeping Walker and his family in prayer as justice is far from being served at this point.

Update III: Well, according to this post by Patterico my information was correct the first time.  Apparently the deputy arresting Aaron Walker was under the impression that it was due to the dismissed assault charges but was incorrect.  Patterico also links to a post at Investors .com which seems to agree that this is a case of suppression of speech.