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the journal news and gawker media pull a commercial appeal

Not having a dog in this particular fight, I can only sit back and laugh at how quickly The Journal News and now Gawker Media are realizing that private American citizens enjoy their… well, privacy. Extra bonus points got to Gawker for labeling all firearm-owning New Yorkers as "Assholes" – way to make friends and influence people, especially in New York.

On the one hand, a fair argument could be made that these lists [...]

not a value judgement

Hypothetical time:

Say a lone gunman walks into a local Wal-Mart at 0100 on Black Friday when the store is at the most packed it is likely to be that year. Say he walks up to one of the floor managers and empties a magazine into the man’s chest, for whatever reason. Say two on-the-ball private citizens who happened to be lawfully carrying sidearms at this Wal-Mart made the hard decision and stopped [...]

be smarter than the equipment you use

So far, we, the American people, have spent somewhere in excess of sixty billion (yes, with a "b") dollars on a "security" farce that results in mind-bending idiocy such as this:

The TSA’s bungling reached a new low yesterday when a JFK Airport terminal had to be evacuated and hundreds of passengers marched back through security screening all because one dimwitted agent failed to realize his metal detector had been unplugged, sources told The [...]

what if you held a protest and no one cared?

Apparently some self-absorbed collectivists are making some sort of attempt at not-very-"civil disobedience" on Wall Street in New York City by getting together, protesting, demonstrating, and generally whinging that some people are more economically successful than they are.

No, seriously. If there is any message discernible in the hailstorm of nonsense being spewed forth from that… auspicious… gathering, it is, "Rich people suck, and they should give us money/jobs/etc."

Yeah. Good luck on [...]

ten years later

Today marks the decade anniversary of the horrible atrocities committed at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon outside of D.C., and a field in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania. 

But you already know that. 

I think the best comments for today came by way of Tam: 

Ten years after Pearl Harbor, we had reduced Japan to a glowing pile of radioactive cinders and then rebuilt it and were buying cheap [...]

quote of the day – ellen

Back in the summer of 2002, I had the honor of being attached to the USS Iwo Jima as she participated in the first New York City Fleet Week event following the World Trade Center mass murders, and, at the time, the thing that made the single biggest impact on me as a young(er) midshipman* was the massive hole left behind after the cleanup and reclamation process. In all seriousness, pictures do not really do [...]

begging permission to exercise a right

It is starting to look like New York City wants their authoritarian gun laws challenged in a court of law:

Under proposed revisions to the police department’s handgun, rifle and shotgun permit procedures, the NYPD can reject gun license applicants for a number of reasons, including:

If they have been arrested or convicted of almost any “violation,” in any state; having a “poor driving history”; having been fired for “circumstances that demonstrate lack [...]