Skype Works

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 29 Oct 2003 13:00:00 GMT
From kaba:
"The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the high powers, delegated directly to the citizen, and 'is excepted out of the general powers of government.' A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power." [Cockrum v. State, 24 Tex. 394, at 401-402 (1859)]

Joe Blow Skyped me yesterday evening. Not knowing each other, we didn't have a lot to talk about, but it worked quite well enough to carry on a conversation, though there was a bit of a lag in turn-around, likely due to bufferring to prevent drop-outs. I don't have any fancy headphone/microphone setup, just the built-in speakers and microphone on my laptop. Worked fine.

Russell Madden at Laissez Faire Electronic Times - You Might Be a Fascist - a long list of behaviors that just might qualify you as a fascist. [grabbe]

Fascism: a political-economic system in which citizens retain title to their property but in which the government determines how that property may or may not be used.

Harry Browne - A Forgotten Day & a Forgotten Country - yesterday was the day in 1886 that the Statue of Liberty was unveiled in New York Harbor. The United States is no longer the country that the French were celebrating back then. Our liberty is gone, replaced with taxation, regulation, and rampant militarism.

In 1886 there was no Federal Reserve System. The U.S. government simply minted coins from gold or silver brought to the Treasury. All paper money was issued by private banks, who redeemed the paper money on demand with gold or silver. While there occasionally were bank failures, small panics, or crashes, there was nothing to compare with the gigantic failure of the banking system and the Great Depression that occurred after the founding of the Federal Reserve System in 1913.

In 1886 there were no crimes against the state -- no drug laws, no prohibitions of any kind. People lived their own lives, and if you didn't like the way someone lived, you simply didn't associate with him. You didn't run to the legislature to try to get a law passed to change his conduct; you just stayed away from him. In 2003 there is no law regulating conduct that is so ridiculous that someone won't introduce it in the U.S. Congress or some state legislature.


What we have in America today is so far from what existed in 1886 that they really should replace the monument with something much more appropriate -- perhaps soldiers holding assault rifles. Call it the Statue of the World's Policeman, the Statue of the Superpower, the Statue of the National Interest, or the Statue of the All-Powerful State.

But don't try to call it Liberty. That isn't what we have today. I love that beautiful monument, and it's being desecrated by politicians who are taking its name in vain.

GeekWithA.45 - Kids' Toys - the geek plays with a toy that pronounces words you type in, discovers that it avoids pronouncing swear words, finds a swear word they forgot about (the "C" word), and asks what to do now. [geekwitha.45]

So, what am I gonna do now?

Write Congress? Alert them to the danger of these evil toys pronouncing heinous words? Hold a press conference? Take it back to the store and indignantly demand not only my money back, but that they be swept off the shelves? Sue the manufacturer for mental damages?

Nope. I'm not going to do any of that, for a number of reasons.

First off, creating things is hard, and finding mistakes is easy. Secondly, the toy is fun, and it's educational value vastly outweighs it's flaws, even if they didn't put a swear filter on it.

And the final, biggest reason of all is that we all need to stop raising such sheltered, weak minded children that mere exposure to a swear word, a bad idea, or an image is enough to ruin them for life.

Kim du Toit - General Gun Advice - some practical advice on guns, ammo, and magazines. Bottom line: you get what you pay for. [kimdutoit]

Dick Metcalf at Guns & Ammo - Benelli With A Twist - a review of Benelli's new semi-automatic R1 rifle. Currently available in .30-06 and .300 Winchester Magnum. Suggested retail price: $1080. [kaba]

Wiley Clapp at Guns & Ammo - Ammunition: Let's Clean House! - a review of handgun cartridges, with the intent of getting rid of those that have served their purpose and are no longer needed. Winners: 9mm Luger, .357 Sig, 9x23mm Winchester, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .44 Special, .44 Magnum, .454 Casull. Losers: .25 ACP, .32 ACP, .380 Auto, .38 Super, 10mm Auto, .32 S&W Long, .32 H&R Magnum, .38 S&W, .41 Magnum, .45 Long Colt, assorted Cowboy Action rounds should the sport die out. No mention of the venerable .22 Long Rifle. It will live forever for practice and plinking and just-plain-fun, IMHO.

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