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on ferguson

When the only immediately-apparent difference between police forces and military units is the word “POLICE” emblazoned across their backs: 

… our country has a problem. 

Or, to put it another way: 

In fairness, we are not using the military as a police force in this case (though I understand the National Guard has been mobilized), but when you start giving the police retired military gear, and you train them in [...]

your government, strangely getting results

I came home today to this email from my congresscritter’s office, which was passed on to his district counsel from the State Department: 

I have been advised by our Verification Division that [Linoge] received a Tentative Non-Confirmation (TNC) because his passport record reflected “pending” in the Department of State’s system at the time of the verification inquiry.  Verification placed his case in “continue to process”, and sent a request to the Department of State [...]

your government, still hard at work

Remember this fun story?  It has gotten better.

Shortly after penning up that post, I faxed the Department of Homeland Security a copy of my still-active US Passport, per their request, and under the impression that doing so would allow the situation to be cleared up in “about 24 hours”, to quote the customer service representative I spoke to.

I called back 24 hours later, and was told that they had received my [...]

your government, hard at work

Why do I oppose firearm registrations?  Well, one of the many reasons is that the government cannot seem to keep track of the registries it has already. 

For those of you who do not follow me on the Book of Faces, I seem to have acquired employment, and hopefully start getting paid again on this coming Monday.  In order to facilitate that, my employer has to run background checks on me, as well as [...]

i would like to thank the republican party

Regular readers of this weblog are probably wondering if I happened to start partaking of Washington State’s newest commercial enterprise while I am out here visiting my parents, on account of the title slapped on the top of this post, but I promise there is a perfectly reasonable, rational, and sober reason for me to have written it. 

As we all know, Our Glorious President auto-fellated on Tuesday night with an impressive* display of [...]

what i have learned of news through osmosis

You know, for being a supposed “constitutional scholar / teacher / professor / lawyer / whatever-the-hell-else-he-claimed”, Our Glorious President does not have a damned clue about what his job entails, or what limitations are imposed on it by the Constitution: 

"In this year of action, the President will seek out as many opportunities as possible to work with Congress in a bipartisan way. But when American jobs and livelihoods depend on getting something done, [...]

are you surprised by this?

I will freely – and proudly – admit that I did not watch Obama’s pontificating to the American public this morning.  I may be unemployed, but I definitely have better things to do. 

I will likewise admit that I have not read a great deal of aftermath recapping or reporting… and my blood pressure thanks me for that. 

That said, from my admittedly limited point of view, it would appear to me that [...]

how to ruin an industry

So take a look at the receipt to the left; it is a pretty standard product of someone who has cheap tastes and not a lot of money to spend on alcohol.  You will have to forgive the Burnett’s Vodka – it is my intentions to see if I can use that as a base to make gin that tastes better than the New Amsterdam stuff but comes out cheaper.  I will probably fail, [...]

distilled weblogging

Government is the grey goo science fiction has been warning us about.

The scarier thing is our Founding Fathers knew it.

i do not know why they bother lying

I tend to look askance at anyone who uses InfoWars as a source, or rants on about the “evils” of “big pharma”, but this is just too good to not share:

I was ten when the Waco siege went down, and, at the time, I did not really understand what was going on, why it was going on, or why my parents were so horrified at seeing ATF and FBI agents lob tear [...]

it is just as well i am no longer in the military

… Because I could not and would not bring myself to obey the orders of a Commander-in-Chief who has decided he can arbitrarily murder American citizens without benefit of due process, trial by jury, or any other quaint, Constitutionally-protected rights.

I am quite serious about that. Were I still active duty today, I would be drawing up my resignation paperwork and submitting it for the earliest date my contract would allow.

And lest [...]

dear white house: kiss my ass

So apparently the White House has gone and released a photo of Our Glorious President, Barack Hussein Obama, allegedly shooting some skeet; no mention was made of whether or not he actually managed to hit them.  Whatever.  Given Obama’s long and sordid history of being anti-firearms, this is rather like a racist individual claiming to have black friends, and in that vein, I never would have even bothered to comment on this… 

… If [...]

ingsoc would be proud

The rule of law is dead in the District of Columbia.

Of course, this is nothing new, given that the federal government calls that not-quite-state home, but this time around I am referring to the laws specifically governing that postage stamp of a municipality.

Exhibit 1:

Exhibit 2:

District of Columbia Official Code 2001 Edition, Division I, Title 7, Subtitle J, Chapter 25, Unit A, Subchapter VI, § 7-2506.01, section [...]

a thousand blind monkeys could do better

This keychain tool kit that I forgot was still attached to my carabiner was deemed unacceptable for me to have on my person by the Nashville branch of the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters due to its 1.375" knife, and was therefore confiscated from me at the security checkpoint for the airport (sorry, Weer’d).

However, at both Nashville and SeaTac airports, this solid stainless steel pen (that could never hurt/kill anyone) was allowed through without [...]

consider the symbology

Uniformed, badged personnel, operating under the authority and power of an authoritarian set of laws granting them extra-Constitutional capacities, instruct you – an American citizen who has broken no laws and done no wrong – to adopt a position of submission – hands above your head – before entering a chamber that could, on quick glance, resemble a high-tech shower stall.  After that, you will be "allowed" to enter the secure side of the area [...]

the tsa does not care about your health

This is me, not being surprised:

The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.

I have only been harping on this for about two years now, but, hey, giving two years’ worth of airline passengers an increased chance of cancer is no big deal, right?

Oh, wait, the Thousands of [...]

quote of the day – theodore roosevelt

There is not much I can add to this quote from Theodore Roosevelt provided by The Art of Manliness:

If a public man tries to get your vote by saying that he will do something wrong in your interest, you can be absolutely certain that if ever it becomes worth his while he will do something wrong against your interest.

Unfortunately, the kinds of folks who most need to learn from that quote do [...]

you are cordially invited to pucker up and…

I have an increasingly nagging suspicion I am not going to make it to wherever I am going the next time I try to board a commercial air flight, which is unfortunate, because I have not seen my parents in a while.

Why? Because flying across the country is neither affordable nor easy any more.

Oh, the other why? Because if some spineless, high-school drop-out tells me to "Freeze", I am just going [...]

i told you so

No, really, I did.

Oh, sure, the Department of Defense falls all over itself telling people that signing those "secession" petitions will not affect their clearances, but it is the last two paragraphs that should give you pause:

The Pentagon agency did, however, leave its options open regarding petition signers.

“Please note,” the agency cautioned, ”that DSS has not provided any approved direction or guidance. … This issue is under review and DSS [...]

unintended consequences of secession

If you are a sworn member of the United States military (and thus subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice) or have to maintain a security clearance with any branch or department of the United States federal government, signing those ill-conceived and ultimately futile "petitions" to secede from the Union is a Very Bad Idea™.

Likewise, if you ever want to honestly answer question 11. j. on any future ATF Form 4473s ("Have [...]