TEN? At once?

I thought picking up hookers was a Navy tradition going back centuries. But under the circumstances — TEN at once — there could have been a “line of duty” determination for back sprain.

US Navy sub commander demoted after hiring prostitutes in Philippines
The investigation by the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) was launched following a sailor’s tip to the Department of Defense Inspector General’s hotline, saying Zettel told him he “requested/ordered ten girls to arrive at the hotel,” according to documents obtained by the Kitsap Sun.

The sailor later saw the commander with around 10 “provocatively dressed females outside the front door of the hotel.”

I’m kinda impressed, actually.

(To be honest, I suspect this involved a party with multiple make attendees. The snitch might’ve been miffed at no invite.)

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Evil, Not Green

San Francrapco Assemblyman Phil Tang (Twitter: @PhilTing, Email: info@philting.com) has a cunning plan to save us from mountains of cash register receipts.

California Democrats made plastic straws hard to get. Are paper receipts next?
Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, unveiled a plan on Tuesday to take the state off of printed receipts. Under Assembly Bill 161, businesses would have to give customers electronic receipts if they don’t ask for physical copies.

That isn’t green. It’s evil. Allow me to explain.

In order to provide customers with electronic receipts, they have to communicate with his smart phone or email account. That means every transaction is tied to a specific identifiable individual.

Forget his claims about receipts being non-recyclable. They’re paper; they are recyclable. Although it’s true that recyclers don’t like taking any glossy paper because the kaolin content makes it more expensive to process.

The intent is to eliminate anonymous cash purchases by tying every transaction to an individual’s smartphone or email address. And if it goes to a phone… I don’t have a smartphone, for privacy reasons; it’s a personal tracking device I prefer to avoid. Not to mention all the other privacy problems.

Sure, if I were stupid enough to live in Califuckedupornia I could set up a special receipt email address just for this, and avoid the need for a smart phone, but…

Scenario:
I’ve gone to Wally World and purchased a big screen TV. I load it on a cart and head for the front exit.

Where the “People Greeter” demands to see my receipt before letting me take that TV out the door.

“Sure,” I reply. “Let me go home and I’ll be right back with it.”

So I get my new television home, and it craps out almost immediately. Back to Wally World to return it.

Turns on printer. Burning electricity — this assumes the wind gennies are spinning and the PVCs aren’t too dusty, what with Calibrownoutistan going 100% renewable energy — I print a receipt to show Customer Service. It’s printed on my regular large-compared-to-register-tape 8.5×11″ paper using environmentally unfriendly ink.

I suspect secondary thinking on this idea is to eliminate cash, too. Everything is electronically recorded. And remember: courts have long ruled that business records held by third parties (think your phone calling history held by the phone company) aren’t protected and do not require you being served with a warrant to access them. Your purchases become about as “private” as your phone’s geolocation data. You read that link, didn’t you?

I highly recommend contacting Ass’man Ting and telling him to go fuck himself.

[Update] Hate Crimes

Update: Oh, definitely see below.
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Last week, some scumbag killed 7 year-old Jazmine Barnes. Momma was sure it was a hate crime because the shooter was a white man in his forties driving a red pickup truck.

No. The police report charging a 20 year-old black man with capital murder His alleged accomplice was a 24 year-old black man. Police say they believe the shooting was gang-related, and Jazmine’s car was targeted in a case of mistaken identity.

I was dubious. statistically speaking, males in their forties are comparatively unlikely murderers. White fortyish males are even less likely.

But you hit the murder jackpot with… black males 20-24yo. 4 times more likely than 40-44 white males.

The police say the racial confusion apparently came from witnesses seeing the white guy trying to escape the scene of the shooting and just assuming he was the killer.

Think about that.

You’ve got a couple of gangbangers smack in the middle of the murder sweet spot, and a middle-aged white dude. Clearly whitey did it. Fuck facts.

Yes, there was a hate crime.

I’m reminded of another hate crime by a white guy in a red truck. That one was bogus, too. Funny that both were in Houston.

ADDED: I wondered about the “gang-related, but mistaken identity” bit. I had a suspicion there was a lot more to it: Why did multiple witnesses decided to finger someone whose description was exactly opposite that of the perp? Unless they knew the shooter(s) and were covering for them?

Well, well, well.

Momma and the shooter were Facebook friends. I suspect the friendship (or gang affiliation) extends to meatspace.

Oh, so they finally noticed?

I’ve been pretty damned active in my opposition to the federal bump-fire stock (bump-stock-type devices, BSTD, as the ATF would have it) ban. Annoyingly so, to some allegedly pro-RKBA people.

I’ve been pointing out issues with bump-fire bans since before the ATF proposed their rule. I drafted The Zelman Partisans’ October 5, 2017 Statement on Proposed Legislation to Ban “Bump-Fire Stocks” and other accessories. Since then, I’ve written extensively about the problems with legislation and rule-making.

I’ve repeatedly noted that the BSTD ban rule 1) exceeds ATF authority, 2) conflicts with Congress’ statutory definition of a machinegun, 3) falsely describes how BSTDs work, 4) conflicts with basic physics, 5) opens the door to a complete ban on semiautomatic firearms, 6) yes, and is unconstitutional.

My concerns have been dismissed with “It won’t be implemented,” “It’s only bump stocks; who cares?” “It’s just Trump’s art of the deal,” “It’ll be grandfathered,” and more.

But suddenly, now that the rule is in place, and an estimated 520,000 pieces of inert plastic are about to become illegal machineguns, people notice.

“Holy Toledo! That means any firearm that can take a bump stock is now capable of being ‘readily’ converted to machinegun, just like an open-bolt gun; that means they can be banned, too”

“But… but… That isn’t how bump stocks work.”

“They redefined statutory law on machinegun trigger operation!”

“They don’t have that authority!”

No shit. I’m glad you finally noticed. But it’s too little, too late.

I’m going to pick on one guy here, because he’s such a fine example of the head-in-the-sand types. But he isn’t the only such by any means.

Meet Roger Katz, who recently discovered the coming ban.

“…his Memorandum to the DOJ, requesting a Rule banning bump stocks, was issued in error with little foresight; that the Memorandum he issued is administratively ill-advised, logically flawed, and legally unsupportable…”

That column appears to have first been published at Katz’ own website on December 31, 2018, after publication of the final rule. A search of his site blog revealed zero posts on the subject of a bump-fire stock ban before that; if they’re there, I couldn’t find them.

Where the hell was he before New Year’s Eve?

Maybe if more people had joined the fight a bit earlier, this rule could have been stopped before it happened. Did Katz even comment on the rule? Not that I can tell from a search of comments. Did he do anything before 12/31/2018?

But it’s all good now, I suppose, because once that simply speaking out can’t help, he’s penned two more columns proclaiming his sudden discovery that gun owners are about to get butt-fucked.

The best I can say of Katz and his ilk that that they were negligent in defense of their human/civil rights. Which — barely — puts them ahead of the NRA which called for the ATF to regulate bump-fire stocks as NFA devices which allow semiautos to work like machineguns. (And while the NRA now pretends they didn’t, please note that they have not filed a lawsuit against the rule, as of this writing.)

On the other hand, people and groups like the Firearms Policy Coalition did comment, and began preparing their own lawsuit the day after NPRM comments closed.

If Katz et al want to redeem themselves, what can they do at this point? There various options.

  • They could file their own lawsuits, as David Codrea did.
  • They could donate money to groups that have filed lawsuits, like FPC/FPF, Gun Owners of America, and others.
  • If they own bump-fire stocks, they could offer to join an existing suit as a plaintiff.
  • Lawyers could offer pro bono assistance for suits.
  • And anyone can do legwork in support. I’ve provided some interesting documentation to one party regarding the NPRM commenting process.
  • Signing a petition might help, but isn’t enough anymore, because it probably won’t help.

You won’t get rich doing any of that (I don’t get enough tip jar hits to keep up with my monthly ISP bill), but you might slow the erosion of your Second Amendment allegedly-protected rights.

And you’ll regain some RKBA cred in my mind. For whatever that’s worth.

 

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Those violent leftist greenweenies

Couple celebrating mass shooters arrested over bomb plot after FBI sting
An Ohio couple, who have celebrated mass shootings and wrote to Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, were indicted in federal court on Thursday after an undercover FBI sting operation over plans to bomb one of their workplaces over environmental concerns.
[…]
The couple allegedly planned to carry out an “upscale mass murder” at a local bar in Toledo, Ohio, but later said they wanted to damage a livestock farm to set animals free, with Lecron saying she was willing to “sabotage anything that harms the environment,” according to the authorities.

After deliberations of the attack target, Lecron settled on attacking her workplace, stating she “definitely want(ed) to make a statement up here” because she thought the business was polluting the river. She revealed to undercover FBI agents that she and her associate began making a pipe bomb.

NRA members, no doubt.

Q: What kind of “criminal justice researcher” doesn’t bother to learn the laws she’s “researching”?

A: The kind with zero credibility.

I ran across this column from last April. It illustrates an all too common problem.

Want to understand gun owners? Watch their videos
I’m a criminal justice researcher. At the time, a flurry of thoughts popped into my mind. Aren’t citizens forbidden to own automatic weapons? Is it legal to make a video of a semi-automatic rifle performing like an automatic firearm? What about the 1930’s machine gun ban – is there a YouTube loophole of some sort?

Connie Hassett-Walker is criminal justice researcher, writing about firearms, who thinks there was a ban on machineguns in the 1930s.

Like so many others, she’s probably talking the National Firearms Act of 1934. Unlike some who woefully misinterpret that, Hassett-Walker — an alleged criminal justice professional — has no excuse for not knowing that the NFA imposed taxes and registration on machineguns. It was not a ban.

But hey, she’s from New Jersey, with lots of unconstitutional firearms laws; maybe, despite that she appears to be addressing the nation, she’s talking about a New Jersey ban.

Nope. They license them (and it appears licenses are extremely difficult for us hoi polloi to obtain), but they don’t ban them.

There is a ban on new machineguns (for the hoi polloi). The misnamed Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986 forbade the import or manufacture of machineguns for civilians after May 1986. But machineguns registered before that date were, and remain, perfectly legal. According to my calendar, 1986 did not fall within the 1930s.

She supposedly spent seven years looking into firearms, laws, and machineguns specifically, but still makes the bullshit claim that machine were banned 84 years ago.

Hassett-Walker’s column continues with a claim that watching YouTube videos “moderated” her views on firearms issues. Frankly, after a major league misstatement of the law on machineguns, I couldn’t even make myself keep reading further than that. She has no credibility.

 

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The Only Ones Prohibited Enough

Remember the idiot FBI agent who dropped his gun while dancing, tried to pick it up, and shot an innocent bystander?

Dancing FBI agent pleads guilty to shooting, avoids jail time
The defendant pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor, and he was immediately sentenced to two years probation. Under the plea agreement, the more serious charge of second-degree assault was dismissed.

In Colorado, third-degree assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor, is punishable by up to 18 months in prison. 18 months is more than 1 year, making Agent Dumbfuck a prohibited person.

So, @FBI; how does him now being a prohibited person affect his employment status?