Radley Balko has updates on the Frederick case
shrill PTA hockey-mom... aggressively hostile to all intelligent women everywhere... nausea and a general recoiling... antagonistic, anti-female... nasty caricature of femininity... homophobic, Creationist evangelical nutball... anti-choice, God-pandering woman... basically wants to shove women's rights back about five decades... deer-in-the-Palin-headlights fans... bizarre, dangerous sentiment... gaggle of strangely named kids who hunt and don't believe in evolution and get pregnant before they're old enough to buy a pack of Marlboros... not giving a damn for equal pay, or honest sex education, or separation of church and state, or alternative energy, or a woman's right to choose, or their own daughters' rights if they get knocked up after being raped or incested... the baby bump she gave McCain... shrill charade and damn well recognize an imposter in their midst...The fury the left turns on those who disagree with them is truly something to behold. But it's not very convincing. Oh, and speaking of prejudice:
Truly, it's usually men who are the knuckleheaded ones, who will flip their vote merely over a single inconsequential issue ("I like everything about Obama except he supports gun control, and I love my guns, so I guess I gotta go for McCain"). Women, according to the eternal mythology, are no such dupes, and choose more wisely, from deeper intuition, instinct.I don't think the gun issue is "inconsequential", but even if I did, I wouldn't vote for Obama. I have lots and lots of reasons for that.
The bill includes measures that would restrict the council from regulating gun ownership, remove the District's gun-registration requirement, remove criminal penalties for possessing an unregistered firearm and allow D.C. residents to purchase handguns in Maryland and Virginia.In other words, the law in DC would be fairly similar to the law in the rest of the United States, and better than some.
My name is L. Neil Smith. I'm about to make an important announcement for Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. If you would send me any e-mail address(es) of folks you think might be interested, it would be easier, and I would appreciate it.I've read a few of his books and I would not mind at all receiving his announcement, but I draw the line at sending in other people's email addresses for him to "announce" to. Email ettiquette demands that you not sign up other people for announcements, mailing lists, or the like. This is a consequence of the huge amount of spam being sent to every conceivable email address. So, if you want to receive his announcement, sign up for yourself. (I note that David had a similar reaction).
You'll find material to establish my bona fides on Wikipedia.com, or at _The Libertarian Enterprise_ at www.ncc-1776.org or "The Webley Page" at www.lneilsmith.org.
My name is Edgar Acosta and I am an editor at Opposing Views. I came across your site, liked what I read, and wanted to introduce us because we both write about gun issues.So far so good, I made a mental note to check out the site sometime when I have time. (That's rare, these days.) A couple days later, I received another message:
This is Edgar from Opposing Views, the debate website. I sent you an email a few days ago and had not heard back from you, so I thought I would touch base again.Well, OK, two emails is not so bad and I had in fact not yet had a chance to check it out, so I held off saying anything. But then...
I understand that you probably get lots of inquiries, so I'm guessing you haven't had the time to respond to my email.... and it's that easy to cross the line from friendly contact to spam. By adding my name to their mailing list without my consent, Opposing Views became a spammer. To their credit, they promptly replied and claimed to have removed my address from their newsletter. To their detriment, they argued with me about whether adding me in the first place was spamming or not. I haven't yet received any newsletters from them, so I assume they have removed my address, but I won't know for sure for a while.
I will go ahead and put you on our list for the Opposing Views newsletter so you can keep an eye on the topics we are covering and come by the site when you have time. If you aren't interested, there is an opt-out on every email.
"Even if I want to take them away, I don't have the votes in Congress. This can't be the reason not to vote for me. Can everyone hear me in the back? I see a couple of sportsmen back there. I'm not going to take away your guns."In all fairness, Obama was explicitly trying to reassure voters that he wouldn't institute gun confiscation programs. But in the process he admitted that he wants to. And someone who wants to confiscate guns -- remember that he supported the DC gun ban before he was against it, and the assault weapons ban is still an official part of the Democratic platform -- will not have any objection to other forms of gun control.
After his arrest, Marchiafava said, Police Chief Bill Landry told other people: ?We have a policy of arresting anybody carrying any type of firearm without a concealed-gun permit."And yet...
?We will follow the law as prescribed,? Landry said, adding that the law permits carrying a firearm in an unconcealed holster. But Landry will not discuss the case further.Pity it takes a lawsuit and a substantial out-of-court settlement to get police officers to know and follow the law.