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Friday links

  • Hahaha. The eeeeeeeeeevil NRA, no doubt using its malign superpowers, singlehandedly hijacked the Fix-NICS bill — though if you ask me, it was more like the Fix-NICS fans hijacked concealed-carry reciprocity.
  • The adopted black baby who got sent back. The story doesn’t end as we’ve been taught to assume.
  • This one is flat-out murder-by-cop — who was just acquitted. So much for yesterday’s hint of real justice.
  • Phishers are upping their game, sez Krebs; we’ll have to do the same.
  • Congress gets its first in-vitro sex scandal. It’s one more legiscritter down (and a well-made point that this isn’t so much about sex as about power over others).
  • My fellow anarchists might want to skip this one: How to build a better, smaller, consensual, decentralized government. Then again, it does come from the Mises Institute, so it might be okay …
  • What a great idea. The Force Field Cloak is a blanket designed to help kids cope with their fear of the dark. Heck, I wouldn’t mind having one, myself.
  • And on the lite side: only in Canada.


  1. Bear
    Bear December 8, 2017 11:10 am

    Doorway blocked by snow. Check.
    Moose in traffic. Check.
    Top down convertible in snow. Check.
    Everything snowed in. Check.
    Critters eating stuff on the porch. Check.

    Never been to Canada. Heck, I remember the winter we lost the D7 dozer in the snow.

  2. Jim Brook
    Jim Brook December 8, 2017 11:50 am

    Murder-by-cop: It looks like the only chance Shaver had to survive would have been to fake unconsciousness. When the the thug told him that if he fell, to just fall on his face, he should have done just that, then laid still like he was knocked out. He still might have been shot, but it would have given him a small chance of surviving the night. Perhaps a feigned faint is the best procedure whenever a mundane finds himself being confronted by a belligerent aggressive cop. Just drop as if you had fainted. Imagine if hundreds of people every day start fainting when cops accost them. It’s harder to haul people away when they are entirely limp. This could be the beginning of a movement. On the other hand, if I saw a thug that was not wearing a government costume beating a helpless person to death, and I shot the thug, that would be a commendable action. What if the thug was wearing a government costume, and it was a similar situation? What should I do?

  3. Comrade X
    Comrade X December 8, 2017 2:18 pm

    “With Reciprocity/FixNICS Bill, NRA Makes Concession on ‘Background Checks’ It Can’t Walk Back….

    …..I’ld instead like to address something fewer people are talking about, and that’s the spirited defense for “FixNICS” being offered by the National Rifle Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and the “pro-gun” politicians defending the need to have the bill, and for that matter, an undelegated NICS prior restraint power the government has created for itself (a whole ‘nother argument).

    From John Cornyn’s press release:

    “For years agencies and states haven’t complied with the law, failing to upload these critical records without consequence,” Sen. Cornyn said. “Just one record that’s not properly reported can lead to tragedy, as the country saw last week in Sutherland Springs, Texas.”

    If that’s the case, what Cornyn and his NRA supporters are saying is that citizen disarmament works. That’s not only unsupported and refutable, it contradicts the NRA position that it does not – unless it’s “NRA-brand”TM “gun control”?

    Further, with that admission, they have just thrown private sales under the bus and made the case for “universal background checks.” If they really believe “just one record” is all it takes, how can they turn around with a straight face and oppose “universal background checks”?…..

  4. Bear
    Bear December 8, 2017 5:49 pm

    Shameless TZP Plug: If you subscribe to The Zelman Partisans newsletter, you’ll see a column calling out the NSSF on its “NICS isn’t gun control” BS on Monday morning. Nonsubscribers will have to wait until later in the week.

    Preview: the firearms industry supports NICS for reasons that have nothing to do with safety or rights; think liability and money.

  5. larryarnold
    larryarnold December 9, 2017 12:29 pm

    To be fair 😉 the gun control people have to stop the reciprocity bill, and for the reason they give. There will indeed be licensees carrying in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, and when nothing happens, New York City folks are going to start wondering what all the fuss was about, and why they can’t have carry permits.

    For the first time since about 1985, Thursday night we had snow accumulation here. Gone before dawn. On Thursday I conducted my first-ever (in 30 years of teaching) shooting test while it was snowing, lightly. It wasn’t a dream, we have photographs.

    The “OMG NRA BUYS CONGRESS” theme is wearing thin, now that Michael Bloomberg is outspending the Association two or three to one. Someone tell the msm.

    Sure wish those blankets were available in time to order them for the grandkids’ Christmas.

  6. John
    John December 9, 2017 3:29 pm

    The video sticks in my head at the peripheries.
    Brailsford is one sick soulless corpse.

    I said it.

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