Biased? We’re not biased.

Deputies: 30 rounds fired from AR-15 in deadly Florida home invasion
Three men say they were asleep inside a mobile home in Glen St. Mary about 4 a.m. Sunday when they heard a voice outside yell “Sheriff’s Office!” before the front door burst open.

Shocking. Clearly ARs — and those nasty high capacity magazines — have no…

umm

The victims told deputies they acted in self-defense when they turned their guns on the intruders, with one of them estimating he fired over 30 rounds from an AR-15 before the threat was over.

Yep. Six (6, seis, sechs, 0110) paragraphs down, you finally learn that the defenders used the AR. The defenders had to fire 30 rounds from the AR alone (no count given for the guy with the pistol).

The war is over.

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I’m enjoying the fall of civilization

For fuck’s sake.

7 Prince George’s County elementary students cut wrists at school, officials say
Seven students at an elementary school in Prince George’s County cut their wrists at school using blades from pencil sharpeners, according to officials.
[…]
Officials announced a ban on pencil sharpeners at the school in a message sent to parents on March 29 and said they worked to contact the families of students involved over spring break, which was between April 2 and April 6.

While the freaking hell can’t we just ban idiots?

Oh, no. It can’t be the self-mutilating children. It can’t be the toxic school environment. It can only be…

PENCIL SHARPENERS!

Look! I have an assault pencil sharpener.

And a deadly full auto sharpener; electrically-driven just like a minigun.

Please hit my tip jar. Screw the truck repairs. I need more popcorn.

Jacksonville: Inspecting its way into a civil rights lawsuit

Perhaps you heard about the Jacksonville code inspector who dissed a wounded veteran while handing a warning citation.

For a fake — made-up — “violation.”

City suspends Jacksonville inspector over military flag flak
The city of Jacksonville has suspended a code inspector who sparked controversy Monday after she issued a warning citation to a Westside business over military flags and then was caught on surveillance video in a confrontation with a customer who objected to the citation.

The inspector’s supervisor, who was present during the incident, has also been suspended, Mayor Lenny Curry said Tuesday.

So far, every report I’ve seen about this focuses on inspector Melinda Power dissing a wounded vet. The mayor’s press release does the same. Most folks are missing a point.

The “violation” Power Power “warned” the store on does not exist. She made it up.

I went through several sections of Jacksonville code trying to find something that would apply to those flags. I couldn’t. Then Mayor Curry issued a press release which mentions in a offhand manner that there was no code violation. He confirmed that in an email I received from his office (pretty much the press release but apparently tailored to answer my specific questions).

Jacksonville city code has no provision that forbids noncommercial flag displays of the sort presented by Jaguar Power Sports. It does not matter if the noncommercial flags are military, or cutesy “springtime flowers”. Curry’s press release (and an email to me) admits this.

Yet Melinda Power MADE UP — INVENTED — a FAKE law and threatened prosecution (per multiple reports). Her supervisor knowingly allowed it.

That is a felony: a violation of 18 U.S. Code § 242 – Deprivation of rights under color of law.

On the civil side, it appears that she gave Jaguar Power Sports the ammunition to pursue a civil lawsuit against herself, her supervisor, and the city for a violation of 18 U.S. Code § 241 – Conspiracy against rights.

She reportedly was rude. To a wounded veteran no less.

But she also broke federal civil right laws, and invented her own local law to make baseless threats.

I am not an attorney, but Jaguar Power Sports may wish to discuss these potential issues with theirs, to determine where they stand.

Purely as a matter of speculation, I consider it unlikely that this is the first time Power abused her authority in an apparently unlawful manner. Certainly she seemed comfortable doing it with her supervisor watching. And her supervisor seemingly considered it routine enough not to raise objections to a warning with no basis in Jacksonville code. I would not be surprised to learn that she — and/or her supervisor — has issued a number of bogus warnings or citations. Maybe even enough for a class action 18 U.S. Code § 241 lawsuit.

Welcome to the neighborhood

Imagine that you have just moved to the deep South From New York.

Someone rings your doorbell repeatedly on sunny morning. When you answer the door, you find a man there holding your dog, who clearly escaped. After confirming the dog is yours, the man holds out bloody hands and tells you your dog bit him.

Do you:
A. apologize profusely?
B. assure him him it will never happen again?
C. tell the man it’s OK because he had his shots?

If you answered “C,” you’re probably a New Yorker.

There’s a reason we mutter the occasional unkind word about yankees.

As best I can recall, this is the first time I’ve been bitten by a dog in 40 years. The first time a bite broke the skin. I’m usually the guy that dogs just seem to like instinctively.

The guyt did show up later with papers indicating the dog’s rabies and distemper shots are current. It must have occurred to him that even a stupid Southerner might sue the bejeezus out of him. And win.

Bless his heart.

They could start by firing LaPierre

NRA Launches Drive to Add 100,000 Members in 100 Days
Fox News reports that NRA media relations manager Jason J. Brown said, “The NRA’s strength is in our dedicated and politically savvy members. Over the next 100 days we hope to welcome 100,000 new freedom-loving Americans to our ranks. The threat to our Second Amendment has never been greater.”

Seriously. Fire Wayne LaPierre. Chris Cox, too.

Then repudiate ERPOs and bump-fire bans. Apologize for opposing constitutional carry, for helping draft “assault weapons” bans, and endorsing obviously anti-human/civil rights politicians. Hell, apologize for supporting NFA ’34, GCA ’68, FOPA ’86, et cetera (it’s a long list).

And I’ll at least think about maybe joining.

Not until.

[Update 2] Escalating the War On Guns?

If you’re trying to read David Codrea’s most excellent War On Guns blog today, be patient. It appears he’s been hacked and access is cut off.

Update: Looks like it’s back as 4/14/2018, 9:10 AM EDT.

I jumped the gun. David is still testing; I just happened to catch it during an open period. I’ll post an update when he tells me it’s ready.

Update 2: Darn it, I forgot to post here. He’s back, and here is the explanation