“gun sense” is a protection racket

Triangle Tactical brought my attention to this Facebook comment: 

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… and does a wonderful job explaining how this action is a punishable misdemeanor – either Class 2 or Class 1, depending on how much property was destroyed – in North Carolina. 

However, another thought came to my mind. 

The entire “gun control” / “gun sense” / Moms Demand / Everytown / Bloomberg’s-tax-write-off movement has turned into nothing more than a protection racket

Oh, no, the “moms” in question are not showing up at these businesses in cheap, oversize suits and delivering some line of, “My, it’d be a shame if something happened to your business… why don’t you pay us to keep it safe for you?”  These “activists” are not big on actual face-to-face confrontations with the people whose minds they are seeking to change.  Instead, they are taking to the internet, and literally threatening to destroy Kroger’s property if Kroger does not ban open carry on their premises. 

And lest you think this is an isolated idea, it is not:

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…and: 

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Hell, the concept is not even limited to grocery stores: 

My proposal is as follows: we should all leave. Immediately. Leave the food on the table in the restaurant. Leave the groceries in the cart, in the aisle. Stop talking or engaging in the exchange. Just leave, unceremoniously, and fast.

But here is the key part: don’t pay. Stopping to pay in the presence of a person with a gun means risking your and your loved ones’ lives; money shouldn’t trump this. It doesn’t matter if you ate the meal. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just received food from the deli counter that can’t be resold. It doesn’t matter if you just got a haircut. Leave.

I am not going to link to the original source of that quote, you can Google it for yourself if you like, but make no mistake – University of North Dakota professor Jack Russell Weinstein is endorsing fraud, civil fraud in all cases, and criminal fraud in some, depending on jurisdictions.  And, predictably, this suggestion was taken up by the anti-rights cultists and paraded around the internet as the authoritative answer to encountering an open carrier in a private establishment. 

“My, it would be a shame if I had to get up and leave without paying, after eating my meal, just because you allow the peaceful exercise of a Constitutionally-protected right on your premises… why don’t you stop that, mmkay?” 

For clarification, I have absolutely no problem with boycotts; not giving your money to a company or organization you disagree with is a time-honored method of expressing that disagreement.  I did it myself, just this weekend.  But there is a massive difference between “declining to do business with” and “intentionally and maliciously destroying and/or stealing property”. 

It has been a long-held opinion of pro-rights activists that “gun control” / “gun sense” supporters are largely comprised of criminals or people with criminal tendencies; after all, rendering their potential victims defenseless is only “logical”.  While the various and sundry rap sheets of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns certainly indicates that is the case for the leadership, these examples show the rot may indeed be systemic and pervasive. 

something i did not know

As I briefly, previously alluded, I will be starting new employment in the near future.  The job is a contract-with-intent-to-hire position, which is not exactly what I was looking for, but, at this point, a paycheck is a paycheck, and it gets my foot into both an industry and a job title I think I would be interested in, so go me. 

Where my ignorance came into play, and, honestly, bit me in my arse, was in terms of the negotiations.  I was under the impression that contract positions were like full-time positions, where I name a salary number, that is treated as a starting point, and we go from there.  This was woefully incorrect. 

The negotiations for my salary started, and ended, when the recruiter looking to fill the contract asked me what I wanted to be paid.  He then put together a “package” that he submitted to my prospective employer, and they accepted it after I passed their interviews. 

But the catch is the package is what they accepted, and it was locked in as soon as the recruiter passed it on to them. 

Would my prospective employer have accepted the package if I asked for more money?  I certainly hope so, considering I will be asking them for more money when they bring me onboard as a full-time, regular employee.  Could I have potentially priced myself out of employment?  Absolutely.  Which is one of the reasons I hate the modern form of salary negotiations where the employee has to throw out a number first (and, yes, I have tried a variety of ways to dodge that question, but it invariably comes down to me naming a number).  But that “price myself out” problem is why my number started out as low as it did. 

Anywise, learn from my misunderstanding – when it comes to contract-based employment negotiations, always give your recruiter/contact a number you will be happy with.  I am happy with the number I gave mine, but I certainly could be happier… 

if a hypothesis is wrong once

This is, at least nominally, a firearm-related weblog, but it is worth delving into politics every once in a while.

The topic of homosexual marriages has come up recently – understandable, given the associated Supreme Court case – and the usual useful idiots have crawled out of the woodwork proclaiming that we cousin-humping, gun-toting rednecks universally hate teh gayz.

Y’know, except not.

My position on homosexual marriage is quite simple:

First, adult human beings should be able to enter into whatever mutually agreeable (but not necessarily mutually-beneficial) contracts they so desire, and if the federal/state/local government is going to honor one such contract between two parties, it should honor all such contracts between two parties. That covers civil unions.

Second, if the official representative of any given religion – be it Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, or the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster – is willing and permitted by his religious authorities to perform whatever rites and rituals are necessary to religiously marry two consenting and legally-eligible individuals, then that is a matter between those three individuals, the aforementioned religious authorities, and their chosen god(s).

Neither my relationship with my significant other nor my religious faith are in any way threatened or affected by two other people exchanging vows or signing their names on the dotted line, regardless of whatever combination of Tab A and Slot B they might possess. If yours are, maybe that is more a problem with your relationships and faith and less a problem with other people’s decisions?

And I say all this as a firearm owner who regularly carries one of those firearms on his person and who will stand up and ardently defend all humans’ rights to self-defense, self-preservation, and ownership of private property.

So much for that stereotype.

the well finally ran dry

Well this news gives me a rather impressive sad:

“Old” bundles containing books that have already been published will no longer be available for bundle-priced purchase. (Already-purchased ones should still be available for download, though it is possible some books may need to be removed. Some books may need to be removed from the Baen Free Library as well; Toni hopes to get advance notice when such removals are necessary, but recommends backing them up while you can.)

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Toni also writes it is unlikely there will be further Baen CD releases bound into hardcover books. “The CDs were in part to train people up to use ebooks. Mission accomplished, there.” Furthermore, the Fifth Imperium Baen CD archive has removed the directly-browseable versions of the Baen CD files it used to offer, breaking many inbound links (including those from my Honor Harrington reviews here), though it continues (at the moment) to make the contents available as zipped and ISO files (though may remove those at some future time as well).

I will not lie; I have read probably half of what is floating around inside that Fifth Imperium link… But I have also purchased more than a few Baen books precisely because they got me hooked by way of their "gateway" books made freely available to the public.

Now… now we will be back in a world where e-books regularly cost more than hardcopies of the same, which has never made a whit of sense to me. Apparently the Baen Free Library is going to stick around – with modifications to its titles so as to not conflict with the Kindle contract – but given how infrequently it has been added to recently, I would go ahead and count on it being back-burnered for the foreseeable future.

In the end, Baen’s authors getting better exposure and royalties is a good thing, but I have to wonder what the cost is going to be. Me, I am going to go ahead and download those ISOs while I can…

(Also, copying DRM-free, not-from-Amazon files over to Kindles is "hard"? Give me a frakking break.)

(Found by way of Larry Correia, who is understandably happy at the news.)

i stand relieved

Eight years ago today, my father administered the following oath to me while we were both standing on the quarterdeck of the Georgia Institute of Technology Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps unit:

Picture 020-001I, [Linoge], do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Shortly beforehand, I had signed a document saying that I would give the United States Navy at least four years of active duty service and at least four years of reserve service (the NROTC recruiters invariably leave out the second part, though, as I have proven over the past four years, "Individual Ready Reserve" amounts to pretty much nothing at all.*).

Well, those eight years have elapsed, and I find myself no longer contractually, legally, or morally obligated to the United States Navy, nor under the restrictions and limitations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and, as such, free to speak my mind as I see fit about the service I honorably rendered.

A little over four years since I last requested permission to go ashore, about the only thing I find I really want to say is, "If I knew then what I knew now, I probably would not have bothered," and, honestly, that makes me a bit sad.

All that said, I neither recall nor see an expiration or release date in the oath I took with my right hand raised and all that; take that as you like.

(* – To show how much of a nothing the Navy’s IRR program is, I attempted to contact the Naval Reserve branch office in San Diego when we were getting ready to move in order to report my status and inform them that we were about to move, as I was legally obligated to do. The officer on the other end of the line did not understand why I was calling if I was not an actual Reservist, and told me that unless I was willing to become one (and he would be quite happy to help me do so), they did not need to hear from me ever again. I politely declined his offer, and went on my merry.)

james yeager violated the tennessee constitution

… and now “shall be punished otherwise, in such manner as the Legislature may prescribe.”  No, seriously. 

After yesterday’s post documenting how James Yeager is a coward, not based on his actions in Iraq, but rather his actions here in America, I was planning on leaving this whole topic alone for the foreseeable future, but this is just too much comedic gold to pass up.  As was pointed out to me by WizardPC, dueling is 100% forbidden and illegal here in the Great State of Tennessee, per Article IX, Section 3 of the state’s Constitution

Any person who shall, after the adoption of this Constitution, fight a duel, or knowingly be the bearer of a challenge to fight a duel, or send or accept a challenge for that purpose, or be an aider or abettor in fighting a duel, shall be deprived of the right to hold any office of honor or profit in this State, and shall be punished otherwise, in such manner as the Legislature may prescribe.

Tennessee is hardly alone in this provision, with Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, and West Virginia all having Constitutional clauses prohibiting dueling, with numerous other states having statutory prohibitions against dueling.  Personally, being the small-l libertarian I am, I disagree with both the Constitutional articles and the laws criminalizing dueling, but the law is the law, and if you want to do something that is currently illegal, you need to change the law first. 

JamesYeagerViolatesTNConstitutionDuelWhich brings us to Thursday at 2319, when James Yeager posted the following idiocy on his Facebook page

I _______________________ willingly accept a challenge to duel from James Yeager. I understand we will use the “Code Duello” as our only rules. I understand that all firearms and swords are deadly and dueling will be hazardous. My participation WILL be dangerous. The outcome of these dangers may include, but are not limited to: DEADLY FORCE which is the amount of force that will cause death or great bodily harm. GREAT BODILY HARM is defined as injury that creates a substantial risk of death, protracted unconsciousness, protracted or permanent disfigurement or the loss or impairment of the use of a bodily member, organ or faculty. I may also have personal property damage.

I _________________________hold no other person, corporation, or entity responsible for my safety, medical care, or welfare besides myself. I desire to participate at my own peril. I further understand that I may be held liable for any damage or loss to Tactical Response that is caused by my dependents, willful misconduct, or fraud while participating in these activities. I also understand my image or likeness may be used in all forms and media for advertising, trade, or any other purpose.

I ____________________________hold Tactical Response Inc, Tactical Response Gear Inc, and James Yeager HARMLESS to all criminal and civil matters that arise from my acceptance of this duel.

_________________ ____________________ ____________________

Date Print Name Signature

_________________ ____________________ ____________________

Date Print Name Signature

NOTARY PUBLIC (Must be notarized.)

_________________ ____________________ ____________________

Date Print Name Signature

*Please include a copy of your state issued identification and that of your witness and your Second. You second must also sign a copy of this form.

Yes, that is a dueling contract.  Yes, James Yeager lives in, Camden, Tennessee, and his “facility”, Tactical Response, is based out of there. 

Being the so very helpful person I am, I commented at his Facebook thread: 

Apparently James Yeager is ignorant of Tennessee State Code, specifically Article IX, Section 3, which reads, and I quote: 

“Any person who shall, after the adoption of this Constitution, fight a duel, or knowingly be the bearer of a challenge to fight a duel, or send or accept a challenge for that purpose, or be an aider or abettor in fighting a duel, shall be deprived of the right to hold any office of honor or profit in this State, and shall be punished otherwise, in such manner as the Legislature may prescribe.”

One can only hope his local authorities prosecute him appropriately for violating the Constitution of Tennessee.  Likewise, if James is so massively ignorant of Tennessee’s state laws, why would *anyone* trust him to be their firearm trainer? 

Within 20 minutes, James Yeager further demonstrated his cowardice by deleting that comment (with a “Go f—k yourself.” thrown in for good measure) and banned me from commenting on his profile.  Thankfully, being used to small-minded imbeciles like James who do not want the world to know they are wrong, I thought ahead, and took the screen capture you see to the right. 

IMIGHTDIETODAYOf course, the real hilarity of all of this was pointed out to me by ENDO-Mike, who brought this whole, sad idiocy to my attention – if one examines the properties of the Word document wherein James Yeager typed up that wholly illegal-in-Tennessee “dueling contract”, you will see that the document’s title is not actually “DUEL ACCEPTANCE”, but rather, “I MIGHT DIE TODAY”.  I do not think I can adequately describe how pathetic it is that something shaped like a man is willing to die and is accepting of that possibility all because of some internet name-calling.  Absurd.

So let us recap the situation, just for good measure: 

– Even so much as being the bearer of a challenge to a duel is illegal here in Tennessee. 

– Anyone who participates in, challenges someone to, bears the challenge of, or aids and abets a dual is prohibited from holding any office of honor or profit in Tennessee and may be punished as the Tennessee state legislature decides (cannot say as though I am a huge fan of that open-ended clause, but there it is). 

– James Yeager has challenged anyone willing to accept to a duel, complete with a “dueling contract”.  I am still not a lawyer, but that would seem to satisfy “send… a challenge for that purpose” or “be an aider or abettor”, though, once again, this may be a situation where a specific “target” must be expressed for the law to be applicable.  In any case, all that needs to happen is someone accept Yeager’s challenge, and there is no question whatsoever. 

Like I said, even looking past James’ other deficiencies as a trainer, if he is so massively ignorant of Tennessee state law that he does something expressly forbidden by the state’s Constitution itself, why would anyone think it is a good idea to take classes from him?  Barring an acute case of Gell-Mann Amnesia, you know he is not following state laws himself; why should you believe what he is teaching you is within their bounds? 

freedom tastes good

I do not oppose homosexual marriage; in fact, I firmly believe that mature, adult human beings should be able to freely enter into whatever contractual arrangements they so desire, so long as they are doing so of their own free will.  Furthermore, I believe that the federal, state, and local governments should get their happy little noses out of the “marriage” business entirely; that is a matter between the the persons getting married, their god(s) (if applicable), and whatever entity is presiding over the ceremony itself.  And, yes, that means no more tax breaks, no more automatic powers of attorney (you would have to draft those up on your own), and so forth. 

All that said, I stood an hour in line today to eat at Chick-Fil-A

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And I was far from alone

But wait!  Chick-Fil-A opposes homosexual marriage, right?! 

Apparently, they do.  And that is a shame.  However, while I disagree with that stance, I absolutely despise the notion that the government can punish them because of it

I do not really like their position, but they are welcome to hold and express that opinion however they so desire, just as you are welcome to eat, or not eat, at their establishment based upon your own personal desires.  But when it comes to the government stepping in and informing a corporation that, because of the opinions of its president, “there is no place” for that corporation in that government’s jurisdiction? 

Screw that noise.  I did not sacrifice four years of my life just so some pissant who won a popularity contest can discriminate from a position of power based on his own prejudices. 

And speaking of pissants and discrimination, Chick-Fil-A never claimed to “discriminate” against homosexuals, and, so far as I know, they never have, so you can take that idiotic claim and shove it, “Alderman” Joe Moreno. 

On a slightly unrelated note, while I was standing in line, periodically updating my twitter feed as to my progress, a person in front of me stepped out, looked at me, and said, “Linoge?”  Turns out commenter Beaumont saw my pictures on Oleg’s site, and, well, the sideburns are kind of hard to miss.  I guess you are famous when people start “making” you on the street? 

(Oh, and those spicy chicken sandwich thingies?  Pretty damned good, despite having probably the heaviest customer load ever.)