It’s been a while since my last gun post, so here’s one from the wishlist.
The DS Arms SA-58 Gray Wolf in the very manly .308 Win (We don’t need no stinking .223!!!).
I love guns that look mean. They send the local gun wussies into spastic fits.
Here’s the story: some racist bags-o-crap calling distributed a bunch of fliers around a neighborhood telling folks to “take back their neighborhood” from the blacks, Jews, Arabs, etc. Basically, it’s just a bunch of moronic racist filth.
Understandably, the people who came across these fliers are a little ticked. Here’s how the article phrases it:
Although some forms of hate speech are protected under the First Amendment, police said they were unsure whether the flier’s contents were legal.
The whole problem with criminalizing hate speech is that it violates the 1st Amendment. Compare these two statements:
“All blacks are stupid.”
“All Libertarians are stupid.”
It’s the exact same statement, but the first one would be called hate speech while the second one would be called political speech. Under some of the hate speech laws, you could be fined or jailed for saying the first statement, but could be cheered for saying the second statement as part of a campaign speech. What’s the difference?
The difference is that blacks are considered a “minority” and Libertarians aren’t - even though there are probably far more blacks than Libertarians. So why should the fact that you are talking about a particular group negate your right to free speech? Who decides which groups are protected and which ones aren’t? As a white, Protestant, Anglo-Saxon, male, you can say just about anything to or about me and it wouldn’t be considered hate speech by anyone.
You could rectify this discrepancy by criminalizing all hate speech, regardless of the target, but that doesn’t lessen the stupidity of these laws. Despite everyone’s good intentions, we can’t legislate people to stop hating. People will hate as long as there are still liberals. But I digress…
The ugly truth is that people will always find things and people to hate. It is our natural and undeniable right to express that hatred, however revolting that sentiment may be. Government should not serve the role of our conscience by telling us who we can or cannot hate.
Hate speech laws are not only a violation of the 1st Amendment, they are arbitrary and impractical to enforce.
ASIDE: Here’s another sentence from the same article:
A city ordinance requires all people who distribute hate material - legal or otherwise - to include their group or individual names with their phone numbers.
Just remember when you are writing your illegal hate speech to include your name and phone number on it so that it will be easier for the police to find you.
Notice that, under these unconstitutional laws, even if you distribute legal speech, you must do it by the government’s guidelines and format.
Argh..Posted by Owen at 1759 hrs
Here, go entertrain yourself for five minutes.
Some folks are getting upset with the SCotUS.
He is among perhaps hundreds of people in California who are being freed from trial or jail as a result of a United States Supreme Court ruling on June 26 overturning a 1993 California law that allowed charges against child molesters protected by a previous deadline on prosecutions.
State officials said the decision affected as many as 800 people accused of sexual offenses or already convicted.
There’s nobody harder on crooks than I am (see bio - I’m a former bondsman), but this was a good ruling.
An ex post facto law is a law passed after the occurrence of an event or action which retrospectively changes the legal consequences of the event or action. It is expressly forbidden in the Constitution in Article 1 Section 9 and 10 (section 9 forbids it for the Federal government and section 10 forbids it for the states). This was an easy call by the SCotUS. I have no idea why it was a 5 to 4 vote.
California passed a law in 1993 extending the statute of limitations for sex crimes. The state then began tracking down and prosecuting crooks even though the previous statute of limitations had run out. This was clearly an ex post facto law.
This story is packed full of stories about vicious child molesters and other nefarious crooks getting released. They are undoubtedly all horribly true. But it is a greater injustice to allow our government to pass ex post facto laws.
The moral of the story is that California should never have had such a short statute of limitations for these crimes. They did the right thing when they extended it in 1993, but you can’t apply that law to crimes committed before 1993. Perhaps next time they want to give crooks a break, they’ll think twice.
Something’s screwy over at the New Blog Showcase. We had 6 links and were ranked #9, but now we only have 3 links and dropped to #18. What gives?
BTW - Jed and I (well, mostly Jed) have updated the blogroll to categorize them. Check it out.
Sometimes, what looks like a palm tree from orbit is, well, a palm tree. Palm Island Resort, just 1 mile off the coast from Dubai, is scheduled to be complete by 2006. Advertised as ?being visible from the Moon? this man-made structure will have 17 huge fronds surrounded by a crescent-shaped breakwater. This island is being built from 80 million cubic meters (2.8 billion cubic feet) of land dredged from the approach channel to the Emirate?s Jebel Ali port, which is being deepened to 17 meters (56 feet). Sediments in the water from dredging activity can be seen near the port.
You know, if it wasn’t for the rabid anti-Americanism, lunatic terrorists, and blinding heat, I’d take the family on a little vacation here.Posted by Owen at 1331 hrs
I feel like Owen’s blogging me into the ground, so here you go.
John Lott has an excellent article on U.N. efforts to promote limitations on private ownership of firearms.
I think he makes an excellent point about gun control as a tool opressive regimes use to enslave their populations.
One of the arguments frequently heard from the gun control crowd is that private citizens don’t need guns, because we, as a country, will never reach the point where an armed citizenry would need to rise up and overthrow the government.
What they overlook, however, is that this country will probably not be the model of perfect government forever (even Rome rotted from the inside eventually). No, I’m not advocating overthrowing the government, but should the need arise in 200 years, the populace needs to have the ability to act. It’s been tried once before, and it could happen again.
On a more practical note, you can’t uninvent something. As long as the idea of firing a projectile out of a tube exists, someone, somewhere will find a way to manufacture a gun and use/sell it. Even if we, as a society, became so “enlightened” as to see the error of our ways and destroy every firearm in the United States, are we really naive enough to believe that firearms would not find there way back into this country? The whole world does not share our values. Even if the U.N. got its way and eliminated every privately-owned firearm in existence, someone (who obviously doesn’t see the greater societal benefit of an unarmed populace) would find a way. Then as the saying goes, only the criminals will have guns.
BTW, this is the same reason why the argument for eliminating all nuclear weapons doesn’t work.Posted by Jed at 1123 hrs
Yes, I’m still alive.
Only 6 more days til my first final (Fed Tax - Sat morning), and 12 more days til finals are over (Con Law - ODL! - Fri afternoon).
I need a vacation…Posted by Jed at 1123 hrs
Well, thanks to all of our readers (all 9 of you - you know who you are), we’ve jumped up to the rank of 978 over at Truth Laid Bear. That makes us a “slithering reptile.” Cool.
I’ve really come to enjoy the ecosystem. It’s a wonderful way to discover blogs that may be new or just new to me. It’s also a great way to get feedback on our blog through the comments of other bloggers. Head on over there and poke around. It’s a lot of fun.Posted by Owen at 1110 hrs
This is getting hot.
North Korea is claiming to have reprocessed nuclear fuel rods that could produce enough plutonium for several atom bombs, according to a South Korean news agency.
I’m of the opinion that we should not militarily intervene in NK. Unless, of course, they attack our troops over there, in which case we should unleash Mike Tyson on their women.
NK is surrounded by powerful countries with a vested interest in containing NK. South Korea, Japan, Russia, and China all want to keep NK under wraps.
I know that it’s not original, but I think the best course of action is to threaten to allow and aid Japan and South Korea to arm themselves unless China and Russia does something about NK. If China and Russia continue to do nothing, then follow through and arm Japan and South Korea.
A fully armed, even nuclear, Japan and South Korea is a huge balance to lunatic NK, but I don’t think it will get that far. When the first military contracts are signed between the US and Japan, China will bring the hammer down on NK. After China’s experience with Japan in WWII, there is nothing the Chinese fear more than an armed Japan. Especially since Japan is now a democratic nation and might export a little democracy into communist China.
On this day in 1863, the New York City Draft Riots raged in the streets of New York.
The Metonic Cycle, which was the basis for the Greek calendar until the Julian calendar replaced it, was discovered in 432 BC.
The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 created the slave-free Northwest Territories and laid out the path to their statehood.Posted by Owen at 0905 hrs
Geez, I’ve been adding to the blogroll a lot lately. I just keep finding blogs that I like. Jed and I should probably come up with a way of categorizing them.
Anyway, I’ve added Bad Money to the blogroll. He’s a Wisconsonite with a fetish for funny money (and some darn fine insights into other stuff ).Posted by Owen at 0831 hrs
Eric, over at Who Tends The Fires fisks the heck out of an article. Well worth the read.
I’ve blogrolled this blog too. Great writing.Posted by Owen at 2148 hrs
A winged cockroach jumped into the woman’s mouth as she was cleaning her home in a village in northern Israel this week. And as the story goes, the 32-year-old woman tried to scoop the bug out with a fork but swallowed it as well.
Didn’t her Mom ever tell her to shut her mouth so the bugs won’t get in there?