Posted by Jeff Soyer on 24 Jul 2014 04:43 am
Texas Requires Full Set of Fingerprints to Get a Driver’s License?
I’ve never lived in a state that requires even a thumb print. A photo of my face was always good enough and in Vermont they’ll even retake the picture if you don’t like the way the first one came out. From Techdirt:
The Texas Dept. of Public Safety has apparently decided that if you’d like to be allowed to drive a vehicle in the state, you’d also perfectly fine with a criminal booking-style fingerprinting and having those immediately uploaded to a criminal database (that reps swear isn’t a criminal database).
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Not only that, but since 2010, Texas law enforcement has been running facial recognition searches on DPS license photos with its Image Verification System.
When Lieber exposed this, thanks in part to a former DPS employee (who noted the full set of prints are uploaded to AFIS [Automated Fingerprint Identification Service], creating a record in criminal databases if no previous record exists), a spokesman for the agency said it was perfectly legal plus pretty awesome at fighting crime.
Yeah, I know, “If you have nothing to hide…”
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 24 Jul 2014 04:08 am
Kansas City, MO: No Open Carry
From Fox News:
Mayor Sly James says he doesnâ€™t want any guns in plain view within city limits in KCMO. The Kansas City Public Safety Committee is backing a ban that would keep people from openly carrying guns in the city.
Mayor James says the sight of open carry is something that people could find too intimidating. We spoke with Councilman John Sharp, who says the biggest concern is that currently people can open carry in the city without passing background checks, and be subject to firearms training like gun owners have to do with conceal carry permits.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 24 Jul 2014 03:23 am
Life in Space
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 22 Jul 2014 09:50 pm
Beretta Moving to Tennessee
From The Blaze:
Beretta U.S.A. Corp. announced on Tuesday that it plans to move its entire U.S. manufacturing operation from its current location in Accokeek, Maryland, to Gallatin, Tennessee, due to a fear of gun control legislation that may pass the Maryland Legislature in the future.
â€śDuring the legislative session in Maryland that resulted in passage of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, the version of the statute that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world,â€ť Beretta General Manager Jeff Cooper said in a statement.
â€śWhile we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State,â€ť he added.
That’s 300 jobs leaving Maryland, plus corporate taxes.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 22 Jul 2014 06:06 am
Stop Protecting Bad Cops UPDATE: 7/24
Essentially, that’s the thrust of this NRO article. Most cops are great. But more and more we read stories about some that truly abuse their powers, and the Constitution. Unfortunately, most of these bad cops are never punished. Excuses or rationals are given by Internal Affairs departments, or local and state prosecutors.
Update 7/24: Here’s a perfect example.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 22 Jul 2014 03:16 am
The Progressives’ “War on Women”
If I had cable TV, I would never give a penny (i.e. subscribe) to HBO. Here’s why.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin rejected overtures from True Blood’s producers for a cameo role on the conservative-bashing vampire show. Her instincts proved to be correct after Sunday’s HBO episode in which Republican women were once again demeaned when one of the lead characters said in horror, “Oh my God, I’m a Republi-c*nt.”
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“The brilliant minds of ‘True Blood’ were brazen enough to ask me to do a cameo on their show, apparently so they could insult a conservative woman in person instead of just all conservative women in general,” Palin told Breitbart News. “Their offer wasnâ€™t presented in any negative way, perhaps to benefit from a surprise factor after the guest appearance. I turned them down anyway.”
Palin also had some choice words for hypocritical Hollywood liberals who often gin up the phony “war on women” rhetoric.
“To producers who throw these deceitfully ‘flattering’ bones that sound fun on the surface, is it really any wonder I don’t accept your offers to participate in your shows?” she said. “Nice try HBO. Iâ€™d put any mama grizzly in America against a vampire any day; for only one of them actually exists. The left wants to talk about a ‘war on women’? Keep engaging in your misogynist attacks on women you disagree with and weâ€™ll see who wins your self-inflicted war in the court of decent public opinion.”
While there are certainly some on the right who engage in untoward behavior, all you need do is casually scan MSNBC, KOS, TPM, the comments sections of Huffington Post and almost every other MSM news source, to realize that it is the left, the liberals, the “progressives” who are the most narrow minded, the most dogmatic, the most demanding of adherence to the creed, the most “hating” of people who have different opinions than theirs.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 22 Jul 2014 02:33 am
Punk Sues Pizzeria Employees For Thwarting Robbery
Ya’ know…You just can’t make this stuff up:
The first time Nigel Sykes tried to get money from the Seasons Pizza in Newport, he did it with a gun, forcing his way into the business through the back door.
This time, Sykes is trying to get money from the pizzeria by suing the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the robbery.
Sykes alleges assault in a federal civil complaint claiming the rough treatment was “unnecessary” and that as a result of the injuries he suffered during his attempted hold-up, he is due over $260,000.
Read the whole thing. Apparently Sykes is both a serial robber and a serial litigant.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 21 Jul 2014 03:07 am
TX: Gov. Perry Sending 1,000 National Guard to Border
Texas media outlets are reporting Texas Governor Rick Perry is preparing to deploy the Texas National Guard to portions of the Texas/Mexico border.
Ostensibly they are going to assist the Texas Rangers and various sheriffs’ departments. This could set up a clash with Washington D.C.
This almost sounds like the start of many a “prepper” or future civil war novel.
The Obama administration ignored a report to the Department of Homeland Security last year which predicted that a large number of unaccompanied children would arrive at America’s southern border in the coming months, according to a published report.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 20 Jul 2014 11:46 pm
Update on Rutland Store Clerk Story
A veteran working the night shift at a local supermarket was concealed-carrying. He stopped a robbery. He was fired for violating the store’s no-gun policy. You can read my June 19th post about it here. Anyway, the good news is that he’s working at another store where being armed is A-OK. He’s drawn the attention of the NRA. Video at the link.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 20 Jul 2014 07:10 am
James Garner Dead at 86
Whatever his personal qualities, the actor â€“ who, according to TMZ, died over the weekend at the age of 86 â€“ was the quintessential star on screen, someone who moved with apparent ease between comedy and drama, film and television, before that was quite as fashionable as it is today.
This was exemplified by signature TV roles like â€śRockfordâ€ť and â€śMaverick,â€ť but that barely scratches the surface of the Garner persona, which combined square-jawed, matinee-idol looks with self-effacing qualities and easy-going charm.
I was a diehard Rockford Files fan.
Garner always struck me as Burt Reynolds without the off-screen drama. Here are some facts the Variety obituary doesn’t mention. He was married to the same woman for over 50-years. He served in the National Guard and the Army. He earned two Purple Hearts during his service in the Korean War. On and off the set he was respected for his professionalism.
Rest in peace, James Garner. Thanks for so many pleasant viewing hours by the TV.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 18 Jul 2014 05:40 am
Once Again VPC Cooks Gun Death Numbers By Including Suicides
From the Burlington Free Press:
Guns accounted for more deaths in Vermont in 2011 than motor vehicle accidents, a first-time occurrence that national gun control groups say is proof stricter laws regulating gun purchase and ownership are needed.
According to a study released this week by the Violence Policy Center in Washington D.C., Vermont had 78 gun deaths in 2011, compared to 54 fatal car accidents as reported by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.
Except that all but four of those deaths were suicides. Now, I’m not “pro-suicide” by any means, but it’s a conscious decision by someone to take their own life — not an engagement in a criminal enterprise. Further, what kinds of gun control could prevent using them to kill themselves? Background checks? Limits on magazine capacity? An “assault weapons” ban? Even a “safe storage law” would be useless if it’s the gun owner shooting himself.
The real question to ask is, why are there so many suicides? Death by suicide is rising in almost all states. It could be the recession the country has experienced. So many people have simply given up looking for work. They lose their homes. That can cause family pressures or divorce, which leads to other mental stress issues. Drug use (both legal and illegal) is way up. There is, indeed, ample evidence that many prescription anti-depressants have the opposite effect, or cause psychosis. Banning guns won’t keep people from finding easy ways to kill themselves, nor will it solve the real problem, which is depression in so many people.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 18 Jul 2014 05:13 am
Don’t Know Much About Guns…
…But that doesn’t stop them from being against them.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 16 Jul 2014 12:13 pm
N.J. Gun Law is an Ass
From Fox News:
A Philadelphia mother of two is facing three years in prison after she mistakenly entered New Jersey, where she was stopped for a traffic violation and found in possession of a handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets.
Shaneen Allen, 27, was pulled over in New Jerseyâ€™s Atlantic County after making an unsafe lane change in the early morning hours of Oct. 1. Allen then told the officer that she had the .380 Bersa Thunder handgun, as well as a concealed carry permit for Pennsylvania, unaware that her permit was not transferable to The Garden State.
She faces a mandatory three years in prison if convicted. I also suspect that the initial charge of an “unsafe lane change” was no doubt really just “driving while Black.” N.J. cops are known for that.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 16 Jul 2014 06:46 am
Win a Daniel Defense DDM4v9
You can enter here. You just have to put up with their emails.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 16 Jul 2014 06:34 am
Poll on Gun Ownership
A new Pew Research poll confirms the obvious.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 15 Jul 2014 12:23 pm
Please Move To Vermont!
No, Really! Video at the link.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 15 Jul 2014 06:36 am
Grizzly Targets sent me a nifty bunch of their AR500 metal targets to play around with. Yesterday afternoon I got together with a bunch of shooters and videoed them blasting away at them with a variety of calibers, including a .380 SWD machine gun. Heck, they even tried blowing-up one of the targets with Tannerite. The Grizzly Targets all came through nearly unscathed.
All this is by way of saying that for the next couple of days, I’ll be trying to piece together a video (I’m new to this) using software I’ve never used before. Should be interesting, and naturally I’ll post it here and on YouTube when finished. However, posting here will be light until then….
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 14 Jul 2014 05:43 am
IL: Gov Quinn Calls For “Assault Weapons” Ban. Again.
Because the look of the thing is everything:
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is once again calling for legislation that would ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
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Quinn is specifically pushing for the passage of the Illinois Public Safety Act.
Under that proposed act, holders of Firearms Owners Identification Cards who now own assault weapons would be able to keep them. But they wouldnâ€™t be allowed to transfer or sell them â€“ except to a family member.
And, by implication, this would require registering them.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 14 Jul 2014 05:39 am
Letter to the Editor: Ban All Guns
It’s just as simple as that:
As I see it, the only solution is outlawing guns. When will we see the elephant in the room? Oh yes, there’ll be a hue and cry from the gun industry about the need to make guns so civilians can exercise their “right” to buy and own a gun.
But what about the right of the citizen to feel safe in her home, in other buildings, on the street, at work? All our levels of government seems unable to protect this right.
The guns out there now should be melted down and remade into bicycles, pots, pans, kitchen utensils, shovels, rakes, hoes, and other manual tools.
You forgot plowshares.
Posted by Jeff Soyer on 14 Jul 2014 05:34 am
Army To Ditch 9mm Beretta
From Fox News:
Army officials say their inventory of more than 200,000 semi-automatic Beretta M9 and Sig Sauer M11 pistols has become outdated, worn out and needs to be replaced with an updated model that also offers more reliability and durability.
They also are considering new ammunition, which has sparked considerable debate among military and civilian weapons experts, too.
â€śAdvancements in firearms have taken place since the M9 was adopted nearly 30 years ago, and it is our intent to take advantage of these advancements,â€ť a military spokesperson told FoxNews.com on Friday. â€śThe Army is seeking to replace the M9 and M11 pistols with a handgun that is more accurate, ergonomic, reliable and durable than the current pistol.â€ť
Gee, there’s always the 1911….
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