Archive for the ‘Freedom & Liberty’ category

Repeal of DADT Passes House

May 28th, 2010

Good news from the House. Let’s hope the Senate can get this through and put it on President Obama’s desk where he’ll quite likely sign it.

Merry Christmas!

December 22nd, 2009

Here’s a big bucket of stupid for you to enjoy.

Don’t say I never gave you anything.

Prop 8 Upheld

May 26th, 2009

The decision was 6-1.

I, for one, did not see that coming.

New Hampshire and Liquor

October 16th, 2008

We rolled into New Hampshire on Sunday night around 7pm. Checked into our hotel and set out in finding a place to eat dinner. This took longer than we thought it would, and by the time we got done with it all it was 10:00pm and I really wanted some adult beverages to end out the evening.

Now, we came into NH from MA and there were scads of signs directing us to the ‘New Hampshire State Liquor Stores’ as soon as we crossed the border. Heck, our hotel was right across the road from one of them, so at 10:00pm I went to grab some hooch.

No go. Store’s closed.

I hit up a local gas station, found some beer, and asked the clerk about that. Turns out you can only buy liquor from a state store. I wasn’t surprised, I’ve seen that type of system in other states. North Carolina comes to mind.

I got a chuckle out of that. “Live Free or Die” being the state’s motto and yet they’ve got liquor control laws worse than Michigan’s! Hah!

Still, we had to check this out the next day. We rolled up around 11am to the store on Monday morning and saw about, oh, 20-ish cars in the parking lot.

“Maybe they actually do need this kinda liquor control!” I said. Of course, this was Columbus Day, which is an actual holiday out in New England I hear, so perhaps there was some increased traffic.

We walk in and I’m dumbstruck by the prices. Stuff’s going for half what it does back in Michigan. Pieces of the puzzle start coming together. I realize that NH doesn’t tax liquor, they just control the sale of it and take a profit in the handling of the matter.

Put another way: Rather than tax the industry to death they’re actually using the power of the state to keep it cheap and subsidizing the distribution of it. Sure, the store hours suck, but the prices are great. In Michigan a 750ml bottle of Absolut runs $20. In New Hampshire it’s $22 for a 1.75L bottle. You like scotch? Cutty Sark is $23 for a 1.75L bottle. You get the idea. It’s cheap.

Oh, and I finally found a bottle of Kalashnikov vodka. It’s not shaped like an AK-47 at all, like what was originally planned when I hear about it years ago, but I still had to buy it just because.

A DHS Twofer

August 19th, 2008

Airline pilot placed on terrorist watch list.

Airline pilot placed on ‘no-fly’ list.

Two different pilots, two different lists. In the first story the pilot has to go through extra screening, even though he’s authorized by the TSA to carry a gun on a plane. In the second story the pilot is going to lose his job if he can’t get off the list soon.

DC Checkpoints Ended

June 18th, 2008

That didn’t take long. I first mentioned them here.

They gave it up last week Thursday. Last week Wednesday there were 8 homicides not far from where the checkpoints were.

I’m not an expert in these things, but it seems to me if you’re looking to reduce crime in the area you’d start locking up the people responsible for it. Have they tried that yet?

DC to start running travel checkpoints

June 4th, 2008

Great googly-moogly!

D.C. police will seal off entire neighborhoods, set up checkpoints and kick out strangers under a new program that D.C. officials hope will help them rescue the city from its out-of-control violence.

Under an executive order expected to be announced today, police Chief Cathy L. Lanier will have the authority to designate “Neighborhood Safety Zones.” At least six officers will man cordons around those zones and demand identification from people coming in and out of them. Anyone who doesn’t live there, work there or have “legitimate reason” to be there will be sent away or face arrest, documents obtained by The Examiner show.

Yeah. Good luck with that.

Does anybody else remember when we used to look down on governments when they pulled shit like this?

UPDATE: Figures, less than 10 minutes after I sling this up I see that LawDog lays into them much better:

You two-bit, four-flushing, knock-off, arrogant, el-cheapo tin-plate Mussolinis. You pack of dime-store Himmlers with delusions of adequacy.

This. Is. America. You have obviously forgotten this.

American citizens do not — I will say again my last, slowly, for the DC City Government — American citizens do not need to give a reason — legitimate or otherwise — for driving anywhere on any Freyja-be-damned tax-payer-funded public sodding street.

Oh, there’s more. Go and read.

On Heller

March 18th, 2008

My thoughts pretty much resemble what GeekWithA45 said early today on the topic.

I’m pretty relaxed about the whole thing. We should get a ruling that declares the right to keep and bear arms an individual right. That’s good enough for me. That would remove the whole argument that one needs to be in a government controlled militia to own firearms.

Now, as to the question of whether or not an outright ban on certain arms qualifies as an infringement, that’s a whole new ball game.

They may come back and just say that the DC law on handgun ownership and functional long arms isn’t constitutional. Or they might refer back to the Miller case and get a little more expansive and reassert that there’s an individual right to keep arms that are suitable only for militia purposes. Or they might take the view of the DOJ brief filed and say that while it’s an individual right the government is still free to ban anything they want to.

The latter opinion, obviously, confuses the hell out of me, but the DOJ made a case for it.

If Heller results in a pro-individual rights ruling we’re probably going to see a number legal battles related to the 2nd amendment in short order. I read that Bob Levy wants to after the 1911 NYC Sullivan Act next. That’d be a good way to take on the incorporation issue that isn’t going to be addressed in this case.

If Heller results in a collective rights ruling there won’t be a legal battle on the issue ever again.

Missouri City Council Gunman

February 8th, 2008

Bruce sums up my thoughts on the matter.

Gun free zones don’t protect anybody from violence.

DOJ files brief in Heller

January 15th, 2008

In support of DC?!

From what I gather the DOJ would like SCOTUS to rule that there is an individual right to keep and bear arms, but restricting that right by outright banning firearms isn’t an infringement.

Michael Bane has been posting updates on it pretty regularly so far:

One

Two

Three (NRA Response)

Four (Eugene Volokh’s take on the matter. I’m sure it’s worth reading but I haven’t yet.)

Five

Sebastian notes that it’s not a good idea for the Republicans to piss off gun owners.