You want to lose your rights?

This is how you lose your rights.

I have several prebuilt news searches on topics which I use to track down 2A/firearms/rights news, which I then collate for The Zelman Partisans‘ weekly newsletter. One of the items I check every day is “bump stock rule”. It hasn’t yielded much in the way of results lately.

Until yesterday.

These aren’t old posts and articles. They are all new; dated 11/15/2018. They seemingly only now became aware of the threat of a bump-fire ban.

My personal favorite was this one:

CORRECTION: New Bump Fire Stock Regulation Not Published Yet in Federal Register or Final

Zimmerman originally posted that the rule was published and now in effect. He corrected that, but thinks Trump initiated this in February. He’s only off by a few months, as Trump actually instructed the DOJ to look into reclassifying bump-fire stocks last year. And the shrieking started in October after the Mandalay Bay shooting.

I’ve been writing about this for more than a year. Pointlessly, I see, since all these folks failed to notice the issue until Thursday.

Why do I even bother?


Meanwhile in the Florida Court-run coup…

Vote-by-mail and provisional ballots have become increasingly popular, Walker said, but the county canvassing boards, which determine whether a voter’s signature on vote-by-mail and provisional ballots match state records, are “staffed by laypersons that are not required to undergo formal handwriting-analysis education or training.”

But those untrained people, who aren’t qualified to see a signature doesn’t match, are qualified to see a signature does match? WTF?

Nevertheless, ballots considered to have “mismatched signatures” are rejected as invalid votes. Voters who are notified before Election Day of this discrepancy on their ballot can attempt to “cure,” or address the problem, but the judge ruled that under previous law, the window to do so was too narrow, and in some cases, nonexistent.

Why was two whole extra days “too narrow”? Absentees ballots, sure. The voter wouldn’t know they were rejected.

Provisional? The voter knew. The voter had days to fix it. Two days has been fine since at least 2010; more than eight years. But suddenly Democrats see a chance to win this election with bad ballots, and this Obama-appointee suddenly discover that two days is too narrow?

If this “last chance” to cure is denied, “Florida law provides no opportunity for voters to challenge the determination of the canvassing board that their signatures do not match, and their votes do not count,” Walker ruled.

Florida provided an opportunity. They either failed to avail themselves of it, or they couldn’t make a signature close enough to the real voter’s sig.

Why bother with elections? Just let Obama appointees choose their preferred Democrat.

Nope; no chance for voting fraud there

US Dist. Judge Steve Jones ruled that absentee ballots filled out by people who don’t know when the alleged voter was born must be counted.

Fucking idiot or simply corrupt as hell? Democrat: could go either way.

I’m betting on corrupt. He was smart enough to disallow the provisional votes from people attempting to vote in someone else’s election; an idiot would have ordered those counted, too.

Stacey Abrams has already subpoenaed them

Florida man puts ‘provisional ballots’ up for sale on Facebook
“Found this box while cleaning my garage. Contains about 10,000 ballots. Could be 50/50, could be 75/25 Democrat, could be 75/25 Republican. Might be able (to) turn in during the current recount. You could always sort through it and discard what you don’t need. Sold as is. FCFS, no holds.”

That’s funny as hell.

Counting the votes of those too stupid to figure when, where, or how

Stacey Abrams is trying to hand the car keys of democracy to crazed children.

The previous regular election cycle was 2016, which for the innumerate was two years ago.

Since that time, would-be voters in Georgia had almost the same two years to register; the deadline was 30 days before the election. You don’t even need photo ID; your social security number and any one of several other forms of “ID” including a utility bill.

Would-be voters had two years in which to go to the state’s voter registration page and make sure their registration is up to date, and fix it if wrong. So if someone registered at the last minute, they still had a month to make sure it was correct.

Would-be voters will need a photo ID to cast a vote, but if you don’t have one, the state will give you a free one just for the purpose.

If you wanted an absentee ballot, you could request one as early as 180 days prior to election day.

You could even avail yourself of early voting in person for three weeks before election day.

If somehow you could not or would not use those weeks to find time to vote, you still had twelve hours on election day.

If you weren’t sure where you should vote — what county, for instance — refer to your voter registration card. If you notice that it lists a location in a county in which you used to reside, you should have made use of the previous two years to correct that.

Not even counting mail-in ballots, would-be voters had three weeks to find a few minutes to vote. No one, who wasn’t in a coma or otherwise equivalently impaired, has any excuse to complain that lines were too long on election “day.”

But fear not. If you spent two years screwing up or doing nothing (including failing to educate yourself on candidates and issues), you still had a chance.

You could ask for a provisional ballot, explaining that you moved and were too too stupid, lazy, or uninterested in the electoral process to bother acting. Fill out the ballot and turn it in.

That’s a provisional ballot. It’s provisional because you still had to correct whatever flaw prevented you from casting a regular ballot for all those weeks.

And you had another three days after the election to do that.

One might wonder why an electorally engaged voter might fail to show up to “cure” their provisional ballot. Laziness or indifference? Stupidity?

Personally, I’d prefer such lazy/indifferent/fucking stupid people not be voting, attempting to direct our government with all the knowledge and wisdom of a preschooler.

Or maybe they know they cast an illegal ballot and don’t care to present themself for arrest for voting fraud.

No problemo. Stacey Abrams, who famously claimed her blue wave voters include such illegal voters, is there to help, by filing a lawsuit demanding your unlawful ballot — in someone else’s election — be counted without any risk of arrest for you.

The federal judge in the case may realize the crack he’s in. As yet, she has not ordered the counting of those illegal ballots; only that they be reviewed. While there may well be some that were improperly rejected, I have no doubt those will be insufficient to force a run-off under the law. And even then, you have to wonder why, if incorrectly rejected, the voter didn’t show up to “cure” the provisional ballot, which in itself is lawful grounds for rejection. (Correction: this ruling was in a Common Cause Georgia suit, not Abrams’ suit.)

I kind of hope Abrams win this one

Abrams files lawsuit to count rejected ballots
They claim that more than 1,000 absentee ballots were “unlawfully rejected” for missing information. They’re asking that those ballots be counted.

They’re also asking that provisional ballots from Georgians who were registered in one county but voted in another be counted.

That would allow for interesting possibilities.


This was Georgia in 2016. It’s fairly typical for the past several election cycles. Imagine Abrams wins this suit, and suddenly folks from the majority red counties converge on blue Atlanta, Savannah, Macon, Columbus and cast their out-of-county votes…

If she gets her way, and picks up enough votes to force a run-off next month, we wouldn’t even have to wait for the next election cycle.

“Vote early, vote often” is usually associated with Cook County IL, and Broward County, FL, but Abrams’ suit could make it legal in Georgia. To her loss.

Speaker of the House

Hot Air has a plan for the House.

Why Democrats should make Stacey Abrams speaker of the House
Choosing an outsider would acknowledge how unpopular Congress is with the public. Choosing one as dynamic, popular and promising as Abrams, from a state in the South where Democrats have been gaining in strength, would signal a real change in the party’s philosophy — and anoint a leader who has the communications skills to go toe to toe with Trump.

They have an interesting idea there. Strictly… speaking, the House doesn’t have to elect one of their own. Of course, that’s based on a literal read of that living document, so I’m sure the lawsuits over the constitutionality of “Speaker Abrams” would be hilarious to watch. Fortunately, there is an option that avoids the legal challenges while still honoring left Democrat leaning Georgia.

Speaker of the House Hank Johnson, Jr. [D-GA]

Guam, midgets, helium, white uniforms, quarters, bathrooms, “a world without balloons”…

He’s a Dem. Check.
He’s from Georgia. Check.
He’s a crazed left-winger. Check.

The House Dems should be happy to vote for him.

The Republicans… Face it, guys; the House is going to be gridlocked whoever the Speaker is. You might as well have fun with it.