For two days now I’ve been deleting a gazillion spams. So, comments will be held in moderation. And, it’s time to upgrade to a modern edition of WP so I can employ more sophisticated anti-spamware. That will happen this week. Expect little posting until then. Sorry.
Owning a gun in Japan is a no-no. Even a plastic one:
A Japanese court on Monday sentenced a man to two years in prison for making firearms with a 3D printer.
The Yokohama District Court handed down the sentence to Yoshitomo Imura, a 28-year-old former employee of Shonan Institute of Technology who made a number of guns with a 3D printer in his home in Kawasaki outside Tokyo last year.
Imura was arrested in May on a charge of illegal weapons possession in what media reports described as Japan’s first such case involving 3D-printed firearms.
“This has shown that anyone can illegally manufacture guns with a 3D printer, flaunting their knowledge and skill, and it is an offense to make our country’s strict gun controls into a dead letter,” public broadcaster NHK quoted judge Koji Inaba as saying in the ruling on Monday.
Meanwhile, in other “international gun news,” Police in the United Kingdom have warned gun owners there that “we will be searching your homes for improper firearm storage, without a warrant, because fuck you.”
FBI Director James Comey has launched a new â€ścrypto warâ€ť by asking Congress to update a two-decade old law to make sure officials can access information from peopleâ€™s cell phones and other communication devices.
The call is expected to trigger a major Capitol Hill fight about whether or not tech companies need to give the government access to their users.
â€śIt’s going to be a tough fight for sure,â€ť Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), the Patriot Actâ€™s original author, told The Hill in a statement.
He argues Apple and other companies are taking the privacy of consumers into their own hands because Congress has failed to pass legislation in response to public anger over the National Security Agencyâ€™s surveillance programs.
â€śWhile Director Comey says the pendulum has swung too far toward privacy and away from law enforcement, he fails to acknowledge that Congress has yet to pass any significant privacy reforms,â€ť he added. â€śBecause of this failure, businesses have taken matters into their own hands to protect their consumers and their bottom lines.â€ť
Comey argues that trend will make it harder to solve crimes.
â€śIf this becomes the norm, I suggest to you that homicide cases could be stalled, suspects walked free, child exploitation not discovered and prosecuted,â€ť he said last week.
And since congress-critters on both sides of the aisle always put the constitutionally protected interests of citizens first… Oh wait! They never do that. Look for your “representatives” to fold like cheap cameras and grant Comey whatever he wants.
In a rare decision, the Florida Supreme Court ruled last Friday that law enforcement must get a warrant in order to track a suspectâ€™s location via his or her mobile phone.
Many legal experts applauded the decision as a step in the right direction for privacy.
While revelations from Edward Snowden about the National Security Agencyâ€™s massive database of phone records have sparked a national debate about its constitutionality, another secretive database has gone largely unnoticed and without scrutiny.
The database, which affects unknown numbers of people, contains phone records that at least five police agencies in southeast Virginia have been collecting since 2012 and sharing with one another with little oversight. Some of the data appears to have been obtained by police from telecoms using only a subpoena, rather than a court order or probable-cause warrant. Other information in the database comes from mobile phones seized from suspects during an arrest.
Remember, the government, including the police, will gladly abuse any rights you are not willing to defend.
I’d certainly welcome it since I live a stone’s throw from New Hampshire and do a lot of shopping there. The issue has been kicking around for a few years, but with a Democrat occupying the Governor’s Mansion for some time now… From the Concord Monitor:
Whether the Legislature could actually push through a form of constitutional carry largely depends on the governor.
â€śIt really is a function of who is governor. Gov. Hassan will likely veto any pro-Second Amendment legislation,â€ť Hoell said.
In an interview with the Monitor last week, Hassan said she supports Second Amendment rights, but stopped short of saying sheâ€™d sign the bill into law.
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…Walt Havenstein, her Republican challenger for governor, said he supports the idea of constitutional carry. â€śI think because the Constitution allows that, and not only allows that, it is a right,â€ť Havenstein said. Havenstein criticized the recent changes by the Department of Safety while saying heâ€™d want a broad dialogue before making the change.
According to recent polling, Gov. Hassan currently enjoys a 6-10 point lead over Havenstein. Not really surprising, given that, firstly, a lot of people from Massachusetts moved to Southern New Hampshire over the past many years, and secondly, that — historically — voters tend to give Governors at least two terms to prove themselves worthy or not. In N.H. the term is for two years.
I thought it was time for a new header to top the pages. That’s Lake Fairlee, looking towards the Fairlee side of it (I’m taking the photo from the West Fairlee side). Vermont has many faults, but lack of beauty isn’t one of them, as you Facebook readers of mine know from the photos I post there.
I’m losing control of my ledes. From WaPo:
School officials in Anne Arundel County rejected an appeal filed by the family of a boy suspended after he chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun, according to a decision the familyâ€™s lawyer received Wednesday.
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education wrote in an Oct. 9 opinion that staff members at Park Elementary School â€śacted reasonably and properlyâ€ť in addressing the disruption caused by the boy â€” then 7 years old â€” given the studentâ€™s history of misbehavior.
As it stands, the suspension and mention of the deadly danish will remain on the boy’s permanent school record.
I always enjoy stepping into one of David Weber’s stories. I know it will be interesting and well written. A Call to Duty, by David Weber and Timothy Zahn (Amazon link) doesn’t disappoint. Set in the Honor Harrington universe, but many years before she arrives on the scene, the people of Manticore are rebuilding, following a devastating plague. With no wars being fought, some of the politicians would like to dismantle the Royal Navy and dedicate additional resources to other endeavors. The process begins. Fortunately, it doesn’t get too far.
Enter a young man flirting with trouble, Travis Uriah Long. Finding no structure in his home life, he enlists in the Manticore Royal Navy. Travis doesn’t find as much discipline or structure as he was hoping, and falls afoul of certain senior officers. Fortunately, others are on his side, or at least give him the benefit of the doubt. Showing a talent for learning star ship mechanics, he eventually finds himself assigned to a ship reconstruction crew lacking — you guessed it! — discipline and structure. The story takes off from there, with Long serving on a star ship that goes on rescue missions, and later battles pirates. For the sake of brevity, I’m simplifying things in the extreme. The book is much more original than that.
Likeable characters, good action scenes, intrigue, and tough decisions all factor into a grand space opera and a welcome addition (as the start of a new series) in the Honor Harrington universe. Just don’t go looking for her.
Confession: I didn’t read the entire book in one sitting; I took a few minutes to grab a bite to eat.
You’ll enjoy A Call to Duty. I certainly did!
I’ve read and enjoyed two of James Wesley, Rawles’ other books in this series. Thus I looked forward to the latest, Liberators (Amazon link, due to be released October 21). Most of the action takes place in Canada during “the Crunch” when most of the worlds’ economies have collapsed, with ensuing disorder, scarcity of food and fuel, and governments in disarray. There are several books in the series, all taking place during the same years, but with different characters in different parts of the world. Liberators is certainly engaging. You just hope it never becomes non-fiction.
All of the books in the series can be classified as “prepper” novels in that besides providing you with a possible futuristic history, they also offer advice (via the characters’ actions) on how to prepare for an emergency, and the breakdown of government — be it at the local or national level.
I’ve rated the book slightly lower than previous ones for a few reasons. First, there seems to be more exposition rather than plot actions in contrast to previous works in the series. Fiction is best when it is of the “show, don’t tell” modal.
Secondly, the occupation of Canada, first by European U.N. forces is believable enough. However, once they are “sent packing” as it were, the occupation by China is a bit more far-fetched. I can’t see a country with little oil production of its own being able to transport so many troops and ships/planes or helicopters/ground vehicles overseas.
Liberators also seems to have an extra-heavy dose of Christianity infused in the characters, making them seem rather wooden. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember a single person of another religion (or lack of one) taking part in the story.
Still, it’s a fun read that I hope never comes true.
A real must for the millionaires who already own the TrackingPoint rifle, now there’s some cool shades to go with it:
You can shoot from completely protected positions behind trees or around corners when itâ€™s necessary to remain unexposed to the target.
ShotGlass can record everything you see and say. You donâ€™t need to clamp a GoProÂ® to your hat anymore. ShotGlass videos download directly to your smart phone for sharing with friends, family, and social media.
Friends or family can wear ShotGlass while you are shooting. They can see exactly what you see, and share your experience. A father can mentor his son by guiding him to the proper whitetail. A professional hunter sees exactly what target his client is engaging and can direct the client to the desired target and point of impact. In battle, a spotter wears ShotGlass to direct his sniper to the target in real-time under high stress.
Photo from the TrackingPoint website:
More information at Ars Technica. Pretty spiffy!
Drop in the bucket… From the Independent:
When Helga Glock lodged legal papers in Atlanta, Georgia, last week, suing her ex-husband Gaston for $500 million (ÂŁ311 million) for allegedly cheating her out of the firearms company they began together, it was only the latest in a series of colourful events surrounding the family.
Much more at the link, including details occurring after the publication of Paul M. Barrettâ€™s excellent book, GLOCK: The Rise of Americaâ€™s Gun.
In other news from Hollywood, Brad Pitt still believes in gun rights:
The Golden Globe-winner - who has six children, Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara, nine, Shiloh, eight, and six-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne with his wife Angelina Jolie - is proud of his family’s tradition [of handing down guns to children and grandchildren] and believes everyone has a right to own their own firearm as he ‘’feels better'’ knowing he has it in his home.
Well, at least he’s not a hypocrite on that subject.
I have no idea what “Frisbie Golf” is, but this cop is being a douche.
At least he let the guy go without escalating it. I understand that the Chief of Police of Ankeny, Iowa, later apologized to the motorist…No doubt because the video was on YouTube.
A man arrested this week in Boston is expected to be arraigned next week on a charge that he stole a shotgun valued at $89,000 from the Covey and Nye store on Main Street last month. [in Manchester, VT]
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The shotgun that had been at the Manchester store was made by Luciano Bosis, an Italian artisan who specializes in high-end guns often used for bird hunting or clay target shooting.
Police said media coverage of the theft and tips that came from people who had seen the coverage led them to Goldberg.
More at the link.
Good for him. At a sparsely attended forum held by the Vermont Association of Police Chiefs, he was questioned on the issue:
Milne said he does not support any new gun laws.
â€śI believe the gun laws that we have are sufficient,â€ť he said.
Unfortunately, it’s a tough road to the Governor’s Mansion for Scott Milne, given the liberalness that has moved here from elsewhere. The current occupant, Gov. Peter Shumlin, recently went on record with his views:
Though his comments largely criticized the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Republican governors, looking beyond his rural base in Vermont, Shumlin also said there is a need for a 50-state solution to gun control.
â€śWe should not be living in a country where someone can walk into a school and shoot up 23 little kids,” Shumlin said. “No one with a heartbeat believes that.â€ť
But Shumlin also noted the “need divide” between rural and urban America in terms of the gun issue and said that a total assault weapons ban would need to determine how an assault weapon is defined. Many automatic weapons would not be used for hunting and could be banned, he continued, including the kind used in the Newtown school shooting in Connecticut, which he called a “weapon of war.” But at the same time, he said that the definition of an assault weapon would need to address certain rifles used by hunters in his state and other rural areas around the country.
â€śIt depends on how city boys define an assault weapon,” Shumlin said. “There is no one I know in Vermont who hunts deer that uses weapons of war in the woods.â€ť
I should also mention that I’m supporting Mark Donka for Congress. His head is in the right place and he fully supports the 2nd Amendment. Alas, he also has a tough road ahead to defeat incumbent Rep. Peter Welch, who would sell us out in a moment on gun rights.
It is completely understandable as to why hunters are prohibited from the forests in several towns, at the moment. With a sharp-shooting survivalist cop killer on the loose, public safety (as well as safety for the officers involved in the manhunt) comes first. Alas, it does come with a price:
…as the manhunt nears the one-month mark, the press has largely moved on and the state has canceled hunting season in seven area townships. Hunters can still track their game elsewhere, but the businesses that depend on sportsmen, from taxidermists to bed-and-breakfast proprietors, are cursing the killer police describe as â€śpure evil.â€ť
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Dave Weiss, a hunter who lives in the Monroe County seat of Stroudsburg, understands why the Pennsylvania Game Commission implemented the temporary ban on hunting and trapping. His anger is directed at the man suspected of killing Dickson.
“I’m mad for all of the sportsmen out there,â€ť said Weiss. â€śAnd this ban affects a lot of people whose livelihood is dependent on hunting. It hurts the entire economy of the Poconos. It has a ripple effect. That area was built on tourism.”
Area motels, campgrounds, sporting goods stores, restaurants have all been affected by this lunatic. Not to mention, of course, the families, friends, and co-workers of the slain and the injured troopers.
Or vice versa. Former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr examines the hypocrisy of Eric Holder and the left:
Imagine if voter ID laws were as rigorous as gun regulations found in many of Americaâ€™s major cities. In order to vote in such a scenario, citizens would be forced to take a day-long class (at a cost of $100 or more) about the basics of the U.S. government and electoral process. They then would be required to take a competency test (only available at inconvenient locations during normal working hours) on the current electionâ€™s issues. Finally, after paying a non-refundable processing fee of $100 to score the results, they would then be forced to wait months for the actual voter registration card â€” which could be rejected for any reason â€” to arrive in the mail. If a voter decided to seek the help of a tutor to help ensure his non-refundable processing fee was not wasted by a possibly failing grade, he would have to be prepared to shell out another $100.
Much, much more at the link.