Might this be the gun that sparked the American Revoliution
The History Detectives make a good case. The video is no longer online but you can read the transcript. It matches up with one that patriot forces snatched out of the Boston militia armory shortly before, and which spies told Gen. Gage could be found at Lexington.
MIAG mayor pleads to a felony
Former San Diego mayor Bob Filner listed his Mayors Against Illegal Guns membership as a major accomplishment of his time in office. Yesterday there was another accomplishment: he plead out to felony unlawful imprisonment and two counts of battery. The charges stem from his sexual harassment of city employees.
We need universal background checks of MAIG recruits, I think.
Obama in the doghouse
Story and pics here. I won't go into the lack of class involved in grinning while taking a selfie of yourself and the (quite attractive) Danish Prime Minister during a funeral. But look at the First Lady's iron stare. Then apparently she switched seats with her husband so as to separate him from the Prime Minister.
New case on 2A and waiting periods
Handed down today. Suit filed to challenge California's 10 day waiting period. California moves to dismiss, and judge denies the motion. That's not the same as striking down the law, tho that might come later, but the judge does take intermediate review seriously. He notes that California argues for the law as (1) allowing time for a background check and (2) allowing a "cooling off" period, but provides no evidence that either requires a ten day wait.
An impressive fictional twitter-like coverage of the Pearl Harbor attack, with pretty stunning photos. Viewing the conflagration on Battleship Row, we can see how the Japanese thought they'd won the war in hours.
Perhaps Yamamoto never said that they had awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with terrible resolve, but his thoughts were along those lines.
Maybe California's right
Maybe it's right when it says that that some Californians can't be trusted with assault rifles.
Sheesh. Leaving a loaded rifle unattended on an elementary school playground.
ABA censures, fines Rutger-Camden Law School
It's punishment for using tests other than the Law School Admission Test to admit incoming students. You'd think a law school ought to be allowed to create its own standards for admission, but ABA says no. The fine is presumably to be enforced by "pay up, or we won't certify you."
A strange situation generally. Understand, the American Bar Assn is a private group. Membership in it is not required to practice law. (State bar membership is generally required). So it's a private club, of a small minority of attorneys, mostly big-firm types.
To practice law anywhere that I know of, you have to pass the bar exam, run by the State bar. That's understandable. But even if you are capable of passing it, you are only allowed to take it after graduating from a law school. That's ... well, not totally understandable, but somewhat so. And the law school must be certified by the ABA, which is a private club. That's hardest to justify. It's not like this club just assesses the adequacy of a school.. They have elaborate standards (such as this one, relating to whom the school can admit). Other standards require, as I recall, that a high percentage of faculty be full time, and that no part-timer can teach a first year course. (Thus a skilled personal injury attorney cannot teach Torts 101 or Evidence part time, subjects about which he knows far more than a full time prof who's never been in a courtroom). This of course benefits the faculties.
Bottom line: why should a government occupational permit depend upon whether your school met standards imposed by a private club, that comprises but a small part of the occupation at issue, and has its own agendas?
Sure, it's not about confiscation
NYC sends out notices to owners of registered guns that can take over five rounds: get them out of the city or turn them over.
PS--I'm still diagnosing the problem with the spam filter, might have it fixed and comments allowed in a few days. It may have been a problem with the filter itself, unrelated to hacking and the 1,600 spam comments (I counted them). Which illustrates the magnitude of spamming. Your filter goes down and you get 1,600 spams in a matter of an hour or two.
MAIG and the criminal process
"Illegal Mayors Against Guns" in the in the New York Post. Perhaps MAIG should have a background check requirement for its members?
NSSF lawsuit dismissed
Only Guns and Money has the story. The newest CT gun law was passed in a way that violates its statutes, but the District Court ruled that NSSF (and by implication anyone else) does not have standing to raise the issue.
Novel approach to bounty hunting
Send a lady to contact the fugitive. Safer than calling out the SWAT team to go in with flash-bangs.
Fast and Furious: John Dobson book out
Had to shut off comments
Had to stop them for a time.... was hit with a spammer who managed to (1) disable my spam blocker and (2) post over 1,600 comments in a couple of hours. Let me try to figure how to repair. If anyone has a clue as to what happened (I'm using MoveableType), please email me at dthardy -at- mindspring.com.