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Archive for June 2009

Minnesota Finally Picked Their Senator

And it only took us eight fucking months…

http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/senate/49520987.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aU1yDEmP:QMDCinchO7DU

So Al Franken is our second senator after the long drawn out pissing match that didn’t seem to want to end. Personally I’ve been indifferent between the two of them as they both demonstrated their capability to be whiney little brats. Now to see how Franken responds to my inquiries about the second amendment.

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Written by Christopher Burg

June 30, 2009 at 11:02 pm

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The Pirate Bay has Been Boarded

Rather sad news in my opinion The Pirate Bay has been bought…

http://thepiratebay.org/blog/164

I’m betting the site goes downhill fast from here on our. Anyways it was bought by some company called Global Game Factory for $7.8 million. Until now The Pirate Bay has been as much political as useful.

For those of you who don’t know it was in league with Sweden’s Pirate Party which is an actual governmental party in Sweden who’s platform is based on copyright reform. They actually have a decent base which gained them a seat in the European Union.

Anyways as with most good things that are sold to another company I’m expecting The Pirate Bay to go downhill fast.

Written by Christopher Burg

June 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Eclipse Galileo Released

For those of you who use the excellent Eclipse Development Environment the newest version has been released under the name Galileo…

http://www.eclipse.org/galileo/

The best part is they finally have a Cocoa version for Mac OS users.

Written by Christopher Burg

June 30, 2009 at 3:55 pm

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Up Next NICS will Require a Urine Sample

I looks like the FBI’s NICS system is now requiring place of birth as well…

http://www.ammoland.com/2009/06/29/nics-now-requires-place-of-birth/

I’m sure this has nothing to do with anything nefarious they just want to ensure people from specific countries where the prevailing religion could be Islam can’t buy guns. OK maybe not but I really hate the NICS system so I’m taking every cheap shot I can at it. Seriously it costs a ton of money and doesn’t do anything except make people wait for delays when they go buy guns.

Written by Christopher Burg

June 30, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Good Overview of the Terrorist Watch List and Gun Rights

Bob Barr wrote a good post covering the reasons why banning people places on The Terrorist Watch List from owning guns is an unconstitutional idea…

http://blogs.ajc.com/bob-barr-blog/2009/06/29/watch-lists-guns-and-government/?cxntfid=blogs_bob_barr_blog

Head over there and read it.

Written by Christopher Burg

June 29, 2009 at 6:46 pm

But if You Defend Yourself You May Kill Somebody

Found via Says Uncle…

http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/245067/

The article opens like this…

Note to the folks who keep loaded guns in their houses: that stranger rustling around in your bushes or lurking by your garage may be a teenager playing a game. Don’t shoot.

The article then splits gun owners into two mutually exclusive categories…

There are plenty of folks who value the Second Amendment who also think keeping a loaded gun in the house is stupid stuff. (If there are children in the home, these gun owners see it as criminally stupid stuff.) Their emotional attachment to guns is tied to sport and skill, hunting and marksmanship rather than self-defense.

On the other side are the gun owners who believe they always are a split second away from needing their guns to stop bad guys. It’s too simplistic to say they view guns as instruments of heroism, but their mantra is that “they have the right to protect themselves and their families.” Emotionally, they tie guns to personal honor and self-sufficiency.

And finally closes up with…

Although we often lump all gun owners together, the difference between those two philosophies of gun use is enormous.

The shooting of the teenager reminds us that the second philosophy is deeply flawed – an American myth echoing our frontier past. Guns are lethal weapons, and when a gun is seen as the first (and best) line of defense, tragedies are bound to happen – much more likely, in fact, than saving anybody’s life.

So apparently you either refuse to save your life using a gun or your a psycho path who can’t wait to kill a home invader. According to the article we are supposed to assume somebody breaking into our house is a teenager playing games. Let me tell you something if somebody enters my domicile whom I don’t know without my permission (that’s why we knock on doors people) I am assuming they are hostile and will take what means are necessary to defend myself.

Let’s get this straight somebody comes into your dwelling without knocking at the door, ringing the door bell, calling your, or any other method of announcing their entry and we’re supposed to not respond in a defensive manner because it might be some teenager playing a game? What about the other side of the coin? What if it’s some teenager doing an initiation for a gan that involves killing, raping, or robbing somebody? The bottom line is you haven’t a clue what an invader’s intentions are so you need to act in a manner to protect the most precious thing you have, your family and your life.

Source: http://www.saysuncle.com/2009/06/29/defies-logic/

Written by Christopher Burg

June 29, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Minnesota Firearms Freedom Act

Fire Montana, then Texas, and now Minnesota. Since I felt this deserved it’s own post and I needed time to read through the law I didn’t mention it when I posted the results of the open carry picnic. But Representative Tom Emmer stopped by and let us know about the Firearms Freedom Act he authored for Minnesota…

https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/revisor/pages/search_status/status_detail.php?b=House&f=HF2376&ssn=0&y=2009

Like other similar acts this one would exempt firearms manufactured in Minnesota for sale in Minnesota from federal regulation and registration. It seems like a pretty simple and good piece of legislation although it does have text in it to exempt machine guns from this bill. Either way it’s a great idea and everybody in Minnesota needs to write their state representatives about it.

Granted after receiving my reply from Ron Latz about his stance on several second amendment issues I’m doubting he’ll support it but I wrote him anyways.

Written by Christopher Burg

June 29, 2009 at 5:31 pm