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Friday links

  • Remember the Arizona motorist who stopped, saved a cop’s life, and killed the murderous perp earlier this month? He has now uncloaked himself from anonymity. Turns out he’s a ordinary little guy who neither looks nor sounds like you might imagine. He was also, once upon a time, a prohibited person who had his rights restored.
  • Those ever sober and deliberative atomic scientists have set their famous doomsday clock closer to midnight. Because Trump. And other reasons. (Last time it was because “climate change” and other reasons.) Good God, people, don’t you remember it was Hillary, not The Donald, who was itching to start WWIII? The man may be a megalomanical loon, but he’d rather negotiate deals than toss bombs. (H/T MtK)
  • F*c*b**k actually does something semi-interesting (although very 1990s) for user security.
  • Scott Greenfield on “Downstream Law and the Second Amendment.”
  • Will people actually pay to be subjected to airport retina scans??? Methinks you frequent flyers have been imbibing too much of that free booze up there at the front of the plane. (Tip o’ hat to MJR)
  • Occasionally, Internet time-wasting yields some … erm, interesting results. I’m having a religious discussion with a friend. In looking up the (totally unrelated, I assure you) topic we were discussing, I happened upon this: “Why God Didn’t Use Adam’s Penis Bone to Make Eve.” Some people need to get a life. And I do not mean me.
  • Turns out some gun owners don’t need slings for carrying their rifles. (Ick. Funny, but still ick.)
  • Dads who insisted — really, truly — that they didn’t like and didn’t want dogs.


  1. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty January 27, 2017 4:45 am

    Love the dog story! 🙂 My father-in-law would say he didn’t like dogs, and we were not allowed to bring our mutt when we visited. But, for some strange reason that dog just loved the old man, and I caught him being very chummy with the pooch whenever they would visit our place. Pretty soon I realized it wasn’t Pop who didn’t like dogs… it was his wife – my husband’s step mother. Turned out she didn’t like the step son – or much of anyone else either.

  2. rochesterveteran
    rochesterveteran January 27, 2017 4:45 am

    The Doomsday Clock has become politicized!

  3. rochesterveteran
    rochesterveteran January 27, 2017 4:50 am

    MamaLiberty posted: “Pretty soon I realized it wasn’t Pop who didn’t like dogs… it was his wife – my husband’s step mother. Turned out she didn’t like the step son – or much of anyone else either.”

    My mom died when I was 2 years old and my dad remarried when I was 12. My stepmother didn’t care for me either and made my life miserable. When I turned 18 in the middle of my senior year of HS, I moved out of my parent’s house and in with my sister. Four days after graduation, I joined the USAF and got totally out of Dodge. It was the best thing I could have done!

  4. Shel
    Shel January 27, 2017 5:03 am

    Ben Stein has interesting thoughts on Trump hate: I’ve been written off myself because of being willing to vote for Trump, an “obsession” with firearms which is “always dangerous,” possible racism because of immigration concerns, and possible misogyny (which I had to look up) which purportedly is often linked with racism, as well as my view that Zimmerman had been railroaded for having shot a “KID!”

    I remember reading that gun control isn’t about guns, it’s about control. And Trump definitely isn’t someone who is willing to be controlled, which is exactly what the leftists want to do with everyone. It just would be nice if his policies were a little clearer.

  5. Ken Hagler
    Ken Hagler January 27, 2017 7:04 am

    My theory is that the Trump hate is because of his apostasy. He’s really just another billionaire Democrat from New York whose economic actions so far could have come from Bernie Sanders or Michael Moore, but he had the gall to run as a Republican instead of kissing Hillary Clinton’s ring and waiting his turn.

  6. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty January 27, 2017 7:27 am

    Yes indeed, one politician is pretty much like another… but the establishment, especially the Democrats, are hysterical because Trump is choosing to disregard their “traditions” and trash talk their sacred cows. He’s as much of a control freak as any of them, but he’s not into kissing ANYBODY’S ring. At least not in public. 🙂 Are we seeing the start of the war of the sociopaths? Could be. Hope they wipe each other out to the last man/woman (whatever).

  7. Desertrat
    Desertrat January 27, 2017 9:04 am

    Trump’s inaugural address was a kick in the butt for the ideas and policies of the preceding four administrations. No wonder he’s hated by the elites. Their propaganda organs are doing quite well–as shown by the inculcation of mad cow disease last Sunday.

    Although the wall idea is silly.

    For now, though, his biggest enemy is Janet Yellen.

  8. AG
    AG January 27, 2017 9:07 am

    “Steve Bannon, a Cambridge Analytica board member and former executive chair of the ultra-rightwing [sic] online site Breitbart News, was named Trump’s chief strategist. Marion MarĂ©chal-Le Pen, ambitious Front National activist and niece of the presidential candidate, has tweeted that she would accept his invitation to collaborate….”

  9. larryarnold
    larryarnold January 27, 2017 9:20 am

    Good Samaritan who shot dead man who was ‘savagely’ attacking cop
    If I let that headline get through editing, I’d be a dead man.

    The “Doomsday Clock” has always been political. It’s been within fifteen minutes of “doomsday” ever since I can remember, except right after Reagan stared down the USSR as it came apart.

    No, Scott Greenfield, Heller didn’t make the Second Amendment an “individual right.” I remember that one, too.

  10. Claire
    Claire January 27, 2017 9:45 am

    “No, Scott Greenfield, Heller didn’t make the Second Amendment an “individual right.” I remember that one, too.”

    I noticed that also and was surprised it came from someone as knowledgeable as Greenfield. OTOH, it seems very lawyerly to assume a right didn’t exist until a court said so.

  11. Claire
    Claire January 27, 2017 9:46 am

    Good article, AG. Makes me want to gag. But good article.

    Also a good (and sad) piece from Ben Stein, too, Shel.

  12. Comrade X
    Comrade X January 27, 2017 9:46 am

    You’re on a roll today Claire (not to say you ain’t every day that is) from the retina of the eye to penis bones and Dads & dogs you covered some ground.

    Women coming from men’s penis bones sure may have a parapraxis meaning there somewhere.

    And I spent all week on one plane after another, every day until today since Sunday and for some reason I got the TSA prescreen, which I never applied for however it’s sure is nice not having to take off my 8″ Danners at security every time, the only time I got extra attention was at one of the Podunk airports I flew out of they got really interested in the silver bullion coins I always travel with, had to even run it thru the machine twice. Oh and why do I think I got the TSA Prescreen all week, lucky is one thought but since I travel with a firearm in a check bag, I always get there plenty early to check in, most likely I am the first one to check in on the flight, so the moral of the story might be if you get there early and carry a gun you may not need no stinkin retina scan.

    Being a Dad who loves Dogs I have to admit that I always play the part of the Dad who doesn’t just so we can keep our dog count in the single digits.

    BTW there is something important happening this weekend;


    This ain’t for the ghost nor greymen amongst us but those who aren’t as concerned about that aspect may want to show the family their support.

  13. shg
    shg January 27, 2017 2:41 pm


    My reference to Heller had nothing to do with the underlying right, but what the state of the law was while other cases were being decided by the Supreme Court. This was perhaps a lawyerly point, and unfortunately, it seems non-lawyers have had significant difficulty distinguishing the legal issue from their interpretation of Heller.

    Bear in mind, regardless of what anyone believed the 2d Amendment RKBA to be, it was not until Heller that the Court held it to be a fundamental individual right. The caselaw decided on collateral issues prior to Heller were based on the state of the law at the time. While you may well disagree with the earlier interpretation of the 2d Amendment, there is no disagreeing that it was how the Supreme Court interpreted it until Heller.

    That was the point of the post. It’s a very straightforward legal concept. Sorry if this was confusing.

  14. larryarnold
    larryarnold January 27, 2017 3:11 pm

    I always remember the decision from the famously-wrong Dred Scott v. Sanford:

    It (citizenship) would give to persons of the negro race, … the right to enter every other State whenever they pleased, … to sojourn there as long as they pleased, to go where they pleased … the full liberty of speech in public and in private upon all subjects upon which its own citizens might speak; to hold public meetings upon political affairs, and to keep and carry arms wherever they went.

  15. larryarnold
    larryarnold January 27, 2017 4:45 pm

    Oh, and if God did use Adam’s penis bone to make Eve, what did God expect Adam to do with her?

  16. Claire
    Claire January 27, 2017 5:04 pm

    shg — Good to see you here, and thanks very much for the clarification. Your blog is one of the great ones.

  17. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty January 28, 2017 3:07 am

    Will you give us a link to that blog? I’m always looking for another great one. 🙂

  18. Claire
    Claire January 28, 2017 7:01 am

    ML — There’s already a link, above.

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