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Posted by Jeff Soyer on 06 Jan 2015 08:05 am

I was just reading this story and it occurred to me that it’s really only in the last few years that there has been a spate of suicides at gun ranges. Up until then, ranges were some of the safest places you could be. Is it just the general depression that seems to be increasing in society, or is there more to it than that?

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 05 Jan 2015 07:37 am

From VTDigger:

Milne lost to Gov. Peter Shumlin by 2,434 votes on Nov. 4. Shumlin received 46.4 percent of the ballots cast, while Milne got 45.1 percent of the vote.

Under the Vermont Constitution when no candidate wins a majority of the votes (that’s 50 percent plus one) in a statewide contest, the General Assembly must determine the winner. Neither Shumlin nor Milne reached the 50 percent threshold.

Typically, the loser of the popular election admits defeat and concedes the race to the top vote-getter.

But Milne has maintained that he won more legislative districts than Shumlin did and therefore should be declared the winner by the General Assembly on Jan. 8.

Well maybe. But Republican Scott Milne did lose the popular vote. It’s only a quirk in the Vermont Constitution that allows this scenario to play out. Additionally, while Republicans did pick up some seats in the state house, Democrats still rule there. Further, although outspent by Shumlin, Milne’s campaign was uninspiring, to put it kindly.

Me? I can live with Shumlin. So far, and things could change in a hurry, he’s been pretty good about not wanting to enact further gun control. Oh, he mumbles about it once in a blue moon, but he’s left that hot potato in the fire. As I just said, so far.

Milne is an unknown on the subject and that’s scarier.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 05 Jan 2015 06:50 am

Ain’t gonna happen. And that’s regardless of the fact that I would never vote for him.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 02 Jan 2015 11:29 am

Going away for a couple of days and will be out of internet range. Back on Monday. Have a great weekend and use this as an open forum if you’re so inclined. A friend of mine will be monitoring to approve comments held in moderation.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 31 Dec 2014 06:15 am

I hope you all have a fun, safe New Year’s Eve, and that 2015 brings you good health and happiness and prosperity.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 31 Dec 2014 06:13 am

With all the talk about cop-cams, seems that someone had a similar idea long ago:

This revolver-camera from 1930s New York may have been ahead of its time in terms of law enforcement transparency. The Colt 38 was specially manufactured to shoot a film still every time the trigger was pulled. Not much else is known about the contraption, and the only photographs left of it are housed in the Netherlands’ National Archive.

Since the ‘30s, a variety of firearm-camera inventions have followed. This February 1938 issue of Modern Mechanix details a “new compact motion picture camera” meant for law enforcement use. “The camera is set in action by a slight pressure on the revolver trigger, independent of the firing of the weapon,” explains the article titled “Camera On Policeman’s Revolver Snaps Evidence.”

More at the link.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 30 Dec 2014 05:33 am

That’s what one letter to the editor implores:

Hardly a month goes by without another study linking consumption of animal products with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. No reputable study has ever shown an opposite result.

[ . . . ]

Accordingly, plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy products are growing explosively, propelled by investments from Microsoft, Paypal and Twitter founders. Fast-food chains like Chipotle, Subway and Taco Bell are rolling out vegan options.

Let this New Year’s resolution be about exploring the rich variety of plant-based entrees, lunch meats, cheeses, ice creams and milks in our supermarket. The Internet offers tons of recipes and transition tips.

I have a better suggestion for the letter writer: Go ‘eff yourself.

The only way they’ll take my steak from me is to pry it from my cold, dead lips.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 29 Dec 2014 03:42 am

Brian Krebs profiles the young hackers who brought down the Play Station and Xbox networks. I’m always bewildered both at the genius of guys like this, and saddened that they use their skills for evil instead of good.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 29 Dec 2014 03:27 am

Always funny, Dave Barry’s Year in review is up.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 27 Dec 2014 05:41 am

Tom H. Hastings is the founding director of “PeaceVoice,” whatever the fuck that is. Apparently he hasn’t bothered looking at the polls because he’s convinced that Americans want to repeal the 2nd Amendment:

The only logical path, given the clearly decided role of the Second Amendment, is to repeal it. American people are tired of mass shootings and police shootings and family fued shootings and sibling shootings and accidental toddler shootings and teen suicide by gun (highly popular).

We are exhausted by the proliferation of death, of threats, of bloodshed and by the NRA/gun industry moral garbage spewing forth every time someone challenges the ubiquity of guns.

Repeal the Stupid Second Amendment. Surround it, grab it, bring it in the back room, pull down the shades and end it. OK, petition for it, get it on the ballot, and get it done by enough of the U.S. populace, by enough people in enough states, to get it consigned to the dustbin of history. Merry Christmas, people. Peace.

Yeah. Whatever.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 24 Dec 2014 06:47 am

From Techdirt:

Jeremy Alcede doesn’t own Tactical Firearms shooting center anymore. Soon, he might not even own his Facebook page password.

Alcede was ordered to hand over his Facebook page’s password to the new owners when the business went bankrupt. He refused to provide it and was subsequently arrested for contempt of court on Wednesday.

There’s much more to it than that. Read the whole thing.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 24 Dec 2014 05:24 am

Yes, a day early, but figured I’d get my best wishes to you posted now since most of you will be occupied doing festive things on Thursday. Hope you all can spend time with friends and family and good cheer!

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 23 Dec 2014 05:17 am

From the Independent:

Apple has pushed out its first-ever automated security update to Macintosh computers to help defend against newly identified bugs that security researchers have warned could enable hackers to gain remote control of machines.

The company pushed out the software on Monday to fix critical security vulnerabilities in a component of its OS X operating system called the network time protocol, or NTP, according to Apple spokesman Bill Evans.NTP is used for synchronizing clocks on computer systems.

[ . . . ]

The company decided to deliver the NTP bug fixes with its technology for automatically pushing out security updates, which Apple introduced two years ago but had never previously used, because it wanted to protect customers as quickly as possible due to the severity of the vulnerabilities, Evans said.

“The update is seamless,” he said. “It doesn’t even require a restart.”

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 23 Dec 2014 04:43 am

Sad news. From the Independent:

Heartfelt tributes have poured in for the legendary blues and soul singer Joe Cocker, who has died of lung cancer aged 70.

Cocker, who was born in Sheffield and enjoyed a career spanning more than 50 years, died today in Colorado where he lived with his wife Pam.

I saw Cocker, with Mad Dogs and Englishmen, in NYC when I was in my teens. Absolutely awesome concert. By the way, I also saw (in my teens) a young John Belushi in an off-off Broadway play which was a spoof of Woodstock, and he did his imitation of Cocker. Just shows what growing old is about when you see the stars you grew up with passing away….

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 21 Dec 2014 06:49 am

From Fox News:

An upstate New York school district has shot down a high school that said no to a senior’s yearbook photo because it shows her posing with a gun.

Rebekah Rorick submitted the picture for inclusion in the 2015 Broadalbin-Perth High School yearbook only to have it rejected by a faculty member on the yearbook committee due to the weapon.

[ . . . ]

After meeting behind closed doors, the school board ruled Rebekah’s photo appropriate for the yearbook.

Good for them. More at the link including what really is a very nice picture of her.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 20 Dec 2014 04:19 am

File this one under Forgetting the Safety Rules:

Johnson County Sheriff Steve Kozisek said Richard Fipps, 46, of Sheridan, was standing next to his pickup truck Monday when his dog climbed from the front seat to the back seat and stepped on the loaded .300 Winchester Magnum, which did not have its safety activated.

The gun fired off a round that struck Fipps in the left arm, Kozisek said.

Here’s a similar post of mine from a couple of years ago.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 20 Dec 2014 04:13 am

From the Houston Chronicle:

As a 12-year-old in 1958, Mike Clark bought an antique revolver for $45 at a gun show. He sold it almost immediately when someone offered to buy it from him as he left the building.

“I made a profit of $25 in three minutes, and I thought about how many yards I’d have to cut to make that,’” Clark said. “From then on I was buying and selling guns.”

Clark founded Collectors Firearms in Houston in 1975. Originally housed in a 500-square-foot stall in a shopping plaza, the store gradually spread in almost every direction.

Today the store near Fondren and Richmond includes 26,000 square feet of space, some 10,000 rifles and handguns, and collectibles like military uniforms and medals.

Read the whole thing.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 19 Dec 2014 07:33 am

From Fox News:

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati deemed a law unconstitutional that kept a Michigan man who was committed to a mental institution from owning a gun.

The three-judge panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that a federal ban on gun ownership for those who have been committed to a mental institution violated the Second Amendment rights of 73-yearold Clifford Charles Tyler.

Tyler attempted to buy a gun and was denied on the grounds that he had been committed to a mental institution in 1986 after suffering emotional problems stemming from a divorce. He was only in there for a month.

[ . . . ]

Federal law bans gun ownership for convicted felons, people under 18, illegal immigrants, drug addicts and those ordered by a court to a mental institution. The law also syas that people must have a chance to prove that their disqualifying disabilities have ended in order to possess a firearm legally.

Since 2008, states have been able to get federal grants to set up “relief from disabilities program,” which was defunded in 1992. Michigan has not set one up, which left Tyler without a way to prove that his so-called “disability” should no longer apply.


Posted by Jeff Soyer on 18 Dec 2014 05:49 am

One politician in Australia gets it:

Calm and measured discussion about the right to “practical self-defence” was necessary in the wake of the Sydney terrorist siege, a pro-gun Australian senator said on Thursday.

David Leyonhjelm, the federal crossbench senator for the Liberal Democrats, said Australians were a nation of “disarmed victims,” unable to protect themselves with weapons, reports Xinhua.

[ . . .]

“What happened in that cafe would have been most unlikely to have occurred in Florida, Texas or Vermont or Alaska in America, or perhaps even Switzerland as well,” Leyonhjelm told ABC.

The senator said it was “unforgivable” that Australia had turned into “a nation of victims”.

And when mass shootings happen here in the U.S., it’s almost always in a gun free zone.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 17 Dec 2014 05:32 am

Oh, and only cops should have guns. From Philly.com:

Hours after the 40-year-old mother had obtained the order on Monday, the man she’d feared the most - Stephen Rozniakowski, an enraged Delaware County cop with a history of harassment - grabbed a gun, strapped on a bulletproof vest, kicked down the door to her Glenolden home, ran up the stairs and shot her, authorities said.

“He came up the steps with his gun drawn, and as soon as he saw Mrs. Morrow and her daughter in the hallway, he started repeatedly firing at them in their direction, striking Mrs. Morrow and also hitting her 15-year-old daughter,” Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said yesterday.

Morrow was pronounced dead in the house. Her daughter, Bridget Cruz, was shot in the left bicep. “Bridget fled into her bedroom, while, unfortunately, her mother lie dying in the hallway,” Whelan said.

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