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Say Uncle

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Published: 2004-06-16T19:06:31-05:00


Things are going to change around here


I am in the process of switching from Moveable Type to Wordpress. You can see the new site here. Get over there, play around and tell me if something is broken. Moveable Type served me well but as the site got older (3,000 or so posts) rebuilds became a 45 minute ordeal. Worpress is fast because, if I understand it correctly (and there's no guarantee that I do), there are no actual web pages per se to rebuild but the magic of something called PHP generates the pages from data - or something. Hence, rebuilds are a thing of the past. I can post an entry or correct an old one in a matter of seconds and not minutes. Thanks to Kathy Kinsley for her hard work. And if you're contemplating the switch, give her a yell. She does fine work that's worth every penny....

On cool gun toys


One word: Sweet!...



The VPC, JTO, the Brady Bunch and all these other anti-gun organizations like to drag out their token politician err police chief who says he supports gun control this and that. TriggerFinger tells us that: Gun Control: With regard to private citizens owning firearms for sport or self-defense, 94 percent of the respondents supported civilian gun-ownership rights. Ninety-six percent of the police chiefs and sheriffs believe criminals obtain firearms from illegal sources and 91 percent revealed they hadn't arrested anyone for violation of the so-called "waiting period" laws. When asked if they opposed citizens obtaining concealed-weapons permits, only 34 percent said yes....

On a roll


The geek seems to be blogging more lately. I suppose he's settled after the move. Lots of good stuff, just go there and read....

Stop saying that


Seriously, someone inform Michelle Malkin that (at least in the blogosphere) the phrase Jumped the shark has jumped the shark. Oh, and since I hadn't mentioned it, Michelle Malkin has a blog....

I'm sure it's all completely unrelated


The KNS has an article by Georgiana Vines about the recent flurry of emails and releases by both Jamie Hagood and Billy Stokes: A recent flurry of e-mails and press releases shows the intensity of the state Senate 6th District campaign between state Rep. Jamie Hagood and lawyer Billy Stokes in their efforts to succeed retiring Ben Atchley. The e-mails include one purportedly from County Mayor Mike Ragsdale that he says he did not send. The e-mail using his official Knox County address asks to be removed from a list that invited recipients to a reception for Hagood. "I don't want emails (sic) about jamie (sic)," the e-mail said. "We're trying to check out who sent it," Ragsdale said. Stokes said he didn't know who sent it either but said a Web site critical of him had messages with Hagood's name. "I'm certain it wasn't her. Someone knows what they're doing," Stokes said. Now, I am certain that they are referring to the now defunct Cas Walker weblog. It has been speculated that Cas was shut down due to an injunction or some such. Cas lost a lot of credibility with the local media (I am told) when he started editing and deleting comments that were left at his site by the people he was blogging about. You may also recall when I speculated that local politicians were reading local blogs (and why wouldn't they?). It turns out that in some cases they are but in some cases there are imposters doing these politicians a disservice by making rather asinine claims. For example, someone alerted me via email that a comment supposedly left by Jamie Hagood over at Cas Walker's place referred to Jamie admitting to engaging in certain sexual activity. Obviously, the real Jamie Hagood would never say something like that. Additionally, here at SayUncle, our activity log reveals that in the past couple of weeks there have been a lot of searches using my internal search function for the phrases Jamie Hagood and Billy Stokes. I guess someone in their camps is checking to see if I'm writing about them. There's trouble abrewin'!...

Golly Bob Howdy


Just when I think I have that whole smarmy thing down, I read from the master of smarminess. Ouch....

Email bloatware


Today, Yahoo tells me that it's upping my email storage amount from 4MB to 100MB. Cool, say I. However, this storage space (which I never use, as I keep my email folders empty for the most part) has caused some reliability issues. Check mail, and I get a Cannot find server error about half the time....

The War on Lawful Commerce


A Wisconsin man has been convicted of two crimes: 1) possession of a machine gun and 2) engaging in lawful commerce: The conviction of a Crivitz man dealing in firearms without a license sends a message to gun sellers that attempt to skirt licensing laws, federal officials said. Failing to do required buyers’ background checks also will not be tolerated, officials said. Steven Biskupic, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, said a jury Wednesday convicted Steven W. Van Bellinger, 57, on charges of dealing in firearms without a license and possession of a machine gun. The jury verdict came after a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge William Griesbach. Biskupic said Van Bellinger faces up to 15 years in prison and fines up to $500,000 when he is sentenced. No sentencing date has been set. The federal government also will ask the court to order Van Bellinger to forfeit about 60 firearms taken from his home when a search warrant was executed, Biskupic said. He said the charges stem from Van Bellinger’s sale of about 200 firearms, without a required federal firearms license, at gun shows in Wisconsin between 1992 and May 2003. The machine-gun charge stemmed from guns seized from Van Bellinger, officials said. The article mentions the machine gun possession only in passing to it's larger point about the evil unlicensed dealers. However, if I had to guess, I'd say the bulk of the conviction is based on the machine gun. After all, a private citizen is not prevented by law from selling firearms that private individual owns. The article and the BATFE agent in charge perpetuate the myth that terrorists buy guns at gun shows: While a majority of the dealers at shows may be licensed dealers who follow rules and conduct required background checks, unlicensed dealers will attract buyers who know they will not pass a background check, Jones said. “People know if they are not going to pass the background check, they can buy it there,” he said. “If a person is illegally in the U.S. and they have intentions of doing harm, they are not going to Scheels sporting goods to buy guns. They are going to go to an unlicensed dealer, and they are going to pay cash and not show them ID if they don’t have to.” And that, he said, can put the guns in the hands of criminals and terrorists. “It isn’t like selling tennis shoes or anything. These are used in crimes,” Jones said. First, to be smarmy, I'd say tennis shoes are used in crimes more often than guns (in fact this morning, I used my tennis shoes to speed to work). Second, a private individual may in fact engage in the lawful commerce of selling privately owned guns legally. Third, criminals tend to steal guns and I don't know of a case where a terrorist has used a gun purchased at a gun show. More: But he said many sellers at gun shows who claim...

Quote of the day


Tis a beaut: It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound....

Kinda funny


Judge orders protesters to get real jobs. No word on a haircut. Via Ravenwood....

Super secret legislation


Matt reports that congress is trying to sneak parts of PATRIOT Act 2 through the back door while, as is usual, no one is watching....

Justifiable Shooting


Even though I am a pro-gun absolutist, just as I don't think cops should shoot people in the back when they are fleeing; I also don't think homeowners should shoot intruders who are fleeing....

Road-Trip Blues


There are many fundamental truths in this world. At least two can be verified simply by hitting the Great American Road: 1. They always screw you at the drive-thru 2. Not enough people think "Slower Traffic Keep Right" means them But it's not like I'm bitter or anything....

One nation, under technicalities


Keeping with its long history of absolutely avoiding the fundamental issues at hand and relying on nitpicky crap no one gives a shit about to make the ultimate decision regarding the fate of things, the Supreme Court ruled that Michael Newdow could not sue to ban the pledge from his daughter's school and others because he did not have legal authority to speak for her. Update: XRLQ has more and it's in far less condescending, smarmy tone than my, uhm, insightful and spot on analysis....