damnum absque injuria

August 1, 2010

This Just In

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 9:24 pm

Felons don’t obey laws.

February 23, 2010

Park Carry

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Julie Cart of the Los Angeles Times celebrated PSH Day with a story titled “Guns are now permitted — but not necessarily welcomed — in national parks.” In its usual vein of editorializing while pretending to report the news, the story tells us that “the controversial law” (which was so damned controversial it sailed through a solidly Democrat Congress by a veto-proof majority, and was signed into law by the only President in history with a public record in support of banning handguns) took effect yesterday and now:

Visitors now can pack heat in any national park from Gates of the Arctic to Everglades, provided they comply with the firearms laws of the park’s home state[.]

Meaning, of course, if you are one of the three people who can legally carry a firearm in California, now you can carry at Yosemite, too. Yippee!

But opponents say guns don’t belong in the nation’s highly protected parks, where it remains illegal to fire a weapon or kill an animal and where employees, including most rangers, are unarmed.

The presence of guns, they say, could increase the chance of deadly accidents and up the ante in confrontations between park visitors or between visitors and wildlife.

Not a single opponent is cited by name, leading one to wonder whether the unnamed opponents consist of Ms. Cart herself, and maybe a few co-workers at the L.A. Times. Or maybe herself and Paul Helmke d/b/a The Brady Center To Prevent Gun Violence. He … um, I mean, they … can be relied on to say those things, and it only takes two to justify the use of the plural, so there we are.

The law, passed by Congress in May, reverses 94 years of National Park Service policy that generally allowed visitors to transport unloaded, disassembled weapons in the trunks of their cars.

Really! I knew it felt like 94 years since the Reagan Administration but had no idea it really had been that long. Where does the time go?

Weapons won’t be allowed in buildings where federal employees work, such as the Statue of Liberty and park visitors centers.

Bummer for Howard Stern and the two other guys who can carry a firearm in NYC. To everyone else, fuhgeddaboudit. If you can’t carry in Manhattan, you couldn’t carry at the Statue of Liberty even if the new rule did apply there.

Returning to manufactured-controversy-mode, Cart writes:

Critics, however, say there are as many potential complications as there are state and local gun laws.

Oh goody, now are we going to hear from an actual … um … critic?

David Barna, a National Park Service spokesman, said park websites are providing some guidance to visitors, but it is the responsibility of each gun owner to understand the laws of the state they are visiting.

Ouch, that was some scathing criticism there. Gun owners responsible for understanding the laws of the state they visit! Take that, gun lobby.

That could confuse visitors at the more than 30 national parks that span more than one state. The Appalachian Trail crosses 14 states. And though Yellowstone is mostly in Wyoming, parts of the world’s first national park also straddle the borders of Montana and Idaho, each of which has different weapons laws.

Wow, I’m so, like, confused. You mean to say that Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are three individual, like, states? They’re all right to carry states, and they all recognize each other’s permits and the most common out of state ones (e.g., Utah and Florida), the only question is which of them recognize permits from your state. So yes, you should check up on that before you travel, but the good news is that Wyoming, which is probably the first state you think about planning the trip, is also the one least likely to recognize your permit. If they do recognize it, chances are Idaho and Montana do, too (but look it up!).

Implementing the law will be particularly hard in California, which has more national park units than any other state and some of the nation’s most restrictive firearms laws.

Yeah, enforcing state law as written is so, like, hard! Jeebus.

Officials are scrambling to fully comprehend how the law will play out at national park units in California, from Redwood and Presidio, to Death Valley and Joshua Tree.

Scramble no more: just read your own state’s damned laws. That’s how the new federal law will play out in your state. Duh.

“Many of the details of the law are unknown at this time,” said Deputy California Atty. Gen. Alison Merrilees. “It won’t be crystal clear the day the law goes into effect.”

Or until someone in California bothered to actually read the law, whichever came first. Apparently the former.

January 24, 2010

So-Called Tort Law

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 7:24 pm

So sayeth the Los Angeles Times. Dumbasses … er … I mean, “bless their hearts.”

January 1, 2010

Amateur Hour at Chicago

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Chicago Magazine Senior Editor Jennifer Tanaka openly admits to having been a “a rank amateur trying desperately to come to grips with constitutional law” while putting together this factually-challenged write-up on the McDonald plaintiffs. What I want to know is, for all the cases of journalists in over their heads on legal issues, why on earth would a publication leave it up to someone who admits to being in over their heads?

Apparently Some Still Read That Piece O’Crap

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 11:06 am

Kudos to the Los Angeles Times for giving Patterico another year’s worth of mockworthy material. That craptastic year 2009 won’t be fully over until you RTWT.

October 30, 2009

Dude, There Went Your Recession?

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Matt Drudge links to a Yahoo! article noting that after only four consecutive quarters of negative growth, we’ve finally had one whole quarter in which growth was positive. As is his wont, Drudge
throws in a misleading headline of his own that goes far beyond anything stated in the linked article. In this case, the heading is “Economy grows in Q3, unofficially ends recession…” Apparently, for Drudge, it takes two consecutive quarters of recession before the recession really counts as a recession, but only one consecutive quarter of non-recession to end it. Really?

I hereby declare Matt Drudge an idiot. Unofficially, of course.

October 7, 2009

Chicago Gun-Grabbers: Notice Us, Please

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 9:56 am

John McCormick of Bloomberg “News” has an uncommonly silly piece on the poor, downtrodden gun-grabbers whose continuing efforts to blame the gun lobby for the failures of their own unconstitutional gun ordinance are being largely ignored. I counted five flat-out lies in the article, which are in addition to the overall whiny tone, but what I’d really like to know is, does writing for Bloomberg actually require the reporter to be as obnoxious as Bloomberg himself?

UPDATE: Insty has more. Or less, actually, unless less is more, in which case he does have more.

September 18, 2009

Good News, of Sorts

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 11:32 pm

Per FoxNews, it appears that only a bare majority of Obama supporters acknowledge that it’s possible for others to oppose Obama’s policies without being racist. At least, that’s how I interpret their finding that “only” 20% think opposition to Obama’s socialist policies at home, or his downright idiotic ones abroad, are motivated primarily by racism. It seems a pretty safe bet that very few, if any, of the 20% who attribute opposition to Obamacare to racism are among the 56% who oppose it themselves. As fun as it would be to hear from the guy who says “Yup, I oppose socialize medicine, but only because the President is half*black, and intend to start supporting it just as soon as the next white President advocates it instead,” I just don’t see that happening on a grand scale (or if it does, then only because the respondents are being wise-asses).

*Am I the only one who finds the “half black” meme tiresome? Obama isn’t “half black,” he’s half African. Big difference, as most black Africans have no European blood, while most black Americans do. Obama only sticks out because his parents, rather than his great great grandparents, were the ones to do the mixing.

August 13, 2009

Civil Law 101

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 11:01 pm

Do you know the difference between “there oughta be a law” and “throw them bastards in jail?” If so, congratulations, you are officially overqualified to write for Salon.

June 30, 2009

Criminals with Assumed Names

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 8:52 am

Any media types care to explain how they decide which criminals get to own their aliases and which ones don’t? I ask because I can’t recall a single news article about “Clark Rockefeller” (Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter) that didn’t have his moniker in scare quotes, nor can I recall a single article about “Sarah Jane Olson” (Kathleen Soliah) that did.


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