Still the Law of the State

30 06 2015

Jefferson City

Breaking news this afternoon:  SCOMO beats back a challenge to Amendment 5 based on supposedly deceptive ballot language, a challenge that SLPD Chief Sam Dotson was listed as a plaintiff, and they found that the ballot language was not deceptive.  Those are the only grounds that the state Supreme Court could have used to invalidate part of the state Constitution.  It looks to be either a 6-1 or unanimous 7-0 decision, because the only one of the judges to express a dissenting opinion, Richard Teitelman, had an opinion that was part concurring with the majority but part dissenting.  So, I guess one could call this 6.5-0.5.

This case did not deal with any practical applications of Amendment 5 to any real world criminal cases involving firearms offenders.





Blogmeister Translation Service

15 06 2015

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

Among the several services I offer in this blog are:

1.  High quality snark

2.  The wicked racial profiling trick, being able to ferret out racial identities when the media won’t make them drop dead obvious

3.  Translation, that is, translating either political bullshitese or racial dog whistling into readable English

Today, you get the translation service.  And with it, I am going to tell you that the polling result that more than two thirds of Americans want to live in neighborhoods with gun owners really means that they want to live in white middle class middle aged neighborhoods.  Which means that “neighborhoods with guns” is the new “good schools.”





Four Tenths

12 06 2015

Your Blogmeister’s Vacation Desk

Another story about a gun buyback scheme, with a twist. Out of Jackson, Mississippi.

This reminded me of something that happened before I went on vacation that was seemed like just a curiosity at the time.

I was flipping around the radio dial in my car, before I pulled away from my Ballwin apartment.  If you are anywhere roughly in between Overland and Wright City, preferably not too close to either, you can receive both KFAV, at 99.9 FM, and KMJM, at 100.3, four tenths of a megahertz, or two dial spaces, apart.  KFAV (“Ninety-Nine-Nine, Today’s Hot Country”) is a young country format with Warrenton as its city of license and its stick close to Wright City, the FM station in the Kaspar stable.  KMJM (“Throwback Hip Hop and R&B, 100.3 The Beat”) is a black music station with Bridgeton as its city of license and its stick in Overland (it actually transmits off the top of a pretty tall electrical transmission tower), in the iHeartMedia/Clear Channel family.  As I was scanning upward, at the moment it landed on KFAV, it was playing an ad for a gun shop in Troy, and then a moment later, it clicked up two notches to KMJM, and it was advertising an upcoming gun buyback program.

No, no reason at all for stereotypes.

I once snarked in this space that I would rather be a whore farting in church than advertise a gun buyback program on a country music station.  But that makes me wonder how well advertising a gun shop on a black station would go over.





Get Ready, Cause Here It Comes

11 06 2015

Downtown

P-D’s contribution on Playgroundgate.

Pay attention:

On Wednesday, Dotson reiterated his call to the Board of Aldermen to fund an additional 160 police officers.  “The mayor and I have been asking and talking about this since October, and it’s June, and we haven’t even taken the first step toward making it happen yet,” he said.

And:

He also noted that there had been a nearly 65 percent increase in reports of stolen guns in the city and an increase of about 14 percent in the number of guns police have seized or recovered.

In the case of the latter, CCW permit holders who have to leave the strap in their cars because they’re going somewhere with the No CCW sign are getting blamed for following the law and/or the wishes of the establishment.  Because someone can bust into the car and find the strap.

In short order, I think we’re going to hear a lot less of “Ferguson Effect” and more and more “not enough cops” and “‘irresponsible’ CCWers” out of the mouths of Slay and Dotson.  Just as we keep hearing “stolen drugs from pharmacies” to explain why the month of May in Baltimore was very ookey.





John Bricker Saw It Coming

8 06 2015

Alexandria, Virginia

Washington Examiner:

NRA: Gun blogs, videos, web forums threatened by new Obama regulation

Commonly used and unregulated internet discussions and videos about guns and ammo could be closed down under rules proposed by the State Department, amounting to a “gag order on firearm-related speech,” the National Rifle Association is warning.

In updating regulations governing international arms sales, State is demanding that anyone who puts technical details about arms and ammo on the web first get the OK from the federal government — or face a fine of up to $1 million and 20 years in jail.

According to the NRA, that would include blogs and web forums discussing technical details of common guns and ammunition, the type of info gun owners and ammo reloaders trade all the time.

“Gunsmiths, manufacturers, reloaders, and do-it-yourselfers could all find themselves muzzled under the rule and unable to distribute or obtain the information they rely on to conduct these activities,” said the NRA in a blog posting.

(snip)

At issue is the internet. State is updating International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which implement the federal Arms Export Control Act (AECA). The rules govern everything from guns to strategic bombers.

That sound you hear is John Bricker doing a victory lap around the 1950s.





Don’t Blame You, Don’t Blame Me, Blame That State Behind the Tree.

10 05 2015

Atlanta

All Georgia’s fault.

If a certain event 150 years ago would have turned out differently, there would be an international border between that hellhole called Georgia and the pure paradises called New York and Chicago.  But, ole Sherman had other ideas.  Also don’t mention that a burglary is what set the whole thing off.

In somewhat related news, Prince, or the artist formerly known as Prince, or the artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince, or whatever the hell stupid symbol he used to refer to himself for a few years, someone who should be too old for utopian fantasies, has not yet given up utopian fantasies.

First off, Freddie Gray’s death, such as it was, didn’t involve anyone discharging any firearm.  Second, the reason the Baltimore PD accosted him was because of some questionable knife he had on him.  Yet, we have this overgrown teenager thinking that we can have mass gun confiscation, which of course will have to be done by those evil white KKKops, or someone with law enforcement authority.  What happens when evil white KKKop tries to seize the (probably ill-gotten illicit) guns of a ghetto Bellcurver, one thing leads to another, and the ook is lying dead on the ground?  Riots, #BlackLivesMatter, handsupdontshoot, Al Sharpton, the white cop will have to spend the rest of his life in hiding, the NYT blaming things which ended 150 and 50 years ago every other day, and @deray tweeting his ass off.





Brilliance, Xeroxed

6 05 2015

New York City

About this, I commented:

The ATF, the agency behind Operation Gunrunner (“Fast and Furious”), is going to crack down on illicit weapons flows. Sure.

Just think, if a certain event 150 years ago would have turned out a bit differently, there would be an international border between New York and Georgia, making firearms trafficking a lot harder, though not impossible.

Also, we’re not going to delve into Demetrius Blackwell’s motive? We’re not allowed to speculate that it was Freddie Gray revenge? That he was merely responding to all the eliminationist agitprop?

An argument so outstanding that it was worth cutting and pasting.








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