Thursday, June 26, 2008

Annie Getcher Gun

The question is did Obama flip-flop on his position on the right to bear arms in the case of the District of Columbia law that prohibited handguns. The answer is that based on his prior statements that this was constitutional law, yes he did.

But not so fast.

"A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed." Second Amendment of the US Constitution

Try to find the bit that says individuals have the right to own guns.

Try to find the bit that says a State or municipality can't pass laws about the kinds and types of arms that an individual can bear.

Try to find the bit that says this applies to women as well as men.

Try to find the bit that says a felon can't bear arms.

Try to find the bit that says deranged lunatics can't bear arms.

Try to find the bit that elaborates individual vs States rights.

Obama's statement that the new Supreme Court ruling striking down the DC law is useful guidance is correct. The Court did its job. Trying to determine if this makes sense in an era of ubiquitous unregistered Uzis and Glocks is an altogether different problem. That is the essence of Obama's dilemma or really any thinking person with an understanding of the implications of open borders and a society with a wide chasm between haves and have nots.

Understanding constitutional law is not the problem. Understanding the role of the executive in context of the oath of office in real world events is.

Guidance is not always given and there isn't enough time to ask for it in some situations. Caveat emptor.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Shaq Attack

Some days are just more interesting than others at my job. Really... my boss is the master of schwooze. Shaquille O'Neal was here a few minutes ago to meet with us. That's my programming team standing out front. They're the best crew I've sailed with in many a moon. In case you can't tell, Shaq is on the back row with his hand on the ugly guy with the glasses and thinning hair.

The difference in this job and my last job is simply astounding.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Very Old Possum Miss

The seal said "Vero Possumus"

The segull squealed, "Very old possum miss?"

The turtles exclaimed, "Not nice. Possums have rights too."

(a) Whoever knowingly displays any printed or other likeness of the great seal of the United States, or of the seals of the President or the Vice President of the United States, or the seal of the United States Senate, or the seal of the United States House of Representatives, or the seal of the United States Congress, or any facsimile thereof, in, or in connection with, any advertisement, poster, circular, book, pamphlet, or other publication, public meeting, play, motion picture, telecast, or other production, or on any building, monument, or stationery, for the purpose of conveying, or in a manner reasonably calculated to convey, a false impression of sponsorship or approval by the Government of the United States or by any department, agency, or instrumentality thereof, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

In case we need to impeach him later.

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