Whose Life Will Get Hard?

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Life is now hard for everyone, not only the stupid. We aren’t in Kansas or the 1980’s anymore. The people who did this to America and the American people have names and addresses. Many of the people they have screwed over are the ones with the 300 million guns they want to confiscate. At some point, those guns will need to be used. Then we’ll see whose life gets hard.

Jim Quinn
February 18, 2024
HARD DECISIONS USED TO LEAD TO AN EASY LIFE – The Burning Platform

The total number of guns in private hands in the USA is more than that. Some say 393 million, other say 466 million. And several years ago I recall reading estimates of 600 million. But let’s go with his number of 300 million.

How many jackbooted thugs and tyrants will be neutralized during the confiscation of, say, 10 guns? What if it were only one per ten guns? They will run out of diehard communist SOBs before they make a dent in the total number of guns. And a lot fewer of those useful idiots won’t be participating in the reconstruction of our country. And those who contributed to the hard times yet made it through will likely continue to pay a price their entire lives for their poor decision making.

History Rhymes

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I’ll never forget the @FBI calling me into their office in Seattle in 2020.

They were looking for footage of a suspect I had taken during one of the many riots.

That’s when I asked them about Antifa.

The FBI agent told me Antifa was NOT a cause of concern, nor were they a terror group.

That’s when I lost all respect for the agency and refused to take any further calls.

I watched Antifa assault police, press, and innocent bystanders, as well as burn Seattle and Portland to the ground for nine months.

All without repercussions.

Imagine if a conservative did this?

Katie Daviscourt @KatieDaviscourt
Posted on X February 18, 2024

I’m reminded of stories in Gulag Archipelago. The police ignored and even encouraged criminal activity against the opponents of communism. History may not repeat but it does rhyme.

Prepare appropriately.

A Difference Without a Difference

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That’s where we seem to fall down as a society. Not that we take constitutional rights away from people, but rather that we be more careful about who it is that we allow to exercise those rights in our society.

Frank Figliuzzi
February 18, 2024
Figliuzzi: More Caution Needed on Who’s Allowed to Exercise 2nd Amendment

How about we be more careful about who is allowed to exercise their 1st Amendment rights? We are not going to take Figliuzzi’s constitutional right away, we just aren’t going to allow him to exercise his right to say stupid crap like this in our society.

New Markley’s Law Response Meme

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TrumpDavidian @godhatesMAGAs
Post on X February 17, 2023

It’s not only another Markley’s Law Monday, it is another science denier!

There are lots of great responses to this guy’s post. Many of the memes are repeats I have seen dozens, if not hundreds, of times. But this one by Currermell @currermell is new to me:

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Another Anti-Gunner With No Concept of Numbers

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Order a door to door confiscation of firearms and we will start collecting them, if force is needed then we WILL use it.

Johnathan @theprism89
Posted on X May 7, 2023

Apparently Johnathan hasn’t looked at the numbers, or probably more likely he doesn’t understand numbers. And, of course, the “we” he is talking about doesn’t include him stacking up to enter any houses.

Also, there won’t be a problem with a hostile government confiscating the arms of U.S. citizens. The government agents tasked to do the collecting will have the ammunition being freely offered. And since civilians recreationally consume ammunition at about the same rate as the U.S. military consumed it during WWII, the numbers indicate Johnny is going to be disappointed in the outcome.

Let Your Rifle Speak

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It doesn’t matter if robbery, rape, or murder is in the mind of the attacker — maybe it’s all of the above, plus cannibalism — what matters is the will and the ability to destroy the attacker. Forcible felonies are almost never one-and-done actions committed on the spur of the moment. Anybody you shoot has likely done this before and will, unless incapacitated, do this to others. Violence will be escalated, and the predatory conduct won’t cease until somebody stops them decisively.

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Oleg Volk
January 20, 2024
The motive of your enemy is not relevant to the choice of remedy. | VolkStudio Blog (olegvolk.net)

Prepare appropriately.

Skynet Smiles

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I think our results indicate that we don’t currently have a good defense against deception in AI systems — either via model poisoning or emergent deception — other than hoping it won’t happen. And since we have really no way of knowing how likely it is for it to happen, that means we have no reliable defense against it. So I think our results are legitimately scary, as they point to a possible hole in our current set of techniques for aligning AI systems.

Evan Hubinger
An artificial general intelligence safety research scientist at Anthropic, an AI research company.
January 26, 2024
Poisoned AI went rogue during training and couldn’t be taught to behave again in ‘legitimately scary’ study | Live Science

They have concerns about AI deception, improper behavior, and if you read the entire article, hating humans. How many science fiction dystopian have something like that as a premise? We live in interesting times.

Prepare appropriately.

Annual Gun Registration

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SB 1160 will give the state better data and help us understand how many firearms are in private hands and who owns them.

Anthony J. Portantino
California State Senator (D – Burbank)
February 14, 2024
Portantino Introduces Bill Requiring Annual Registration of Firearms (msn.com)

The story of the Belgium Corporal was a warning, not a how-to manual.

Also, as is fairly well know, people who are legally ineligible to own a gun cannot be prosecuted for failure to register their guns. This is because it would be a violation of their 5th Amendment rights against self incrimination.

These politicians are pulling out all the stops to infringe on our specific enumerated right to keep and bear arms. I do not think I have ever seen this fast of pace of antigun laws. I cannot believe they are under any delusion of the laws being proposed, passed, and affirmed are actually constitutional. Yet, the do it anyway:

I hope they enjoy their trials. All the alternatives will be very ugly.

We Would Be Unstoppable

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According to Ballotpedia data from last year, of the 31 states that allow voters to publicly indicate their political party affiliation, roughly 48 million were Democrats and 36 million were Republicans. The rest were independents, unaffiliated or members of another political party. By comparison, there are an estimated 133 million gun owners in the country, or roughly 40% of the population – a massive number that dwarfs all party affiliations combined – according to the Pew Research Center.

If gun owners ever voted as one homogeneous bloc, we would be unstoppable. Unfortunately, we all know there are gun owners and then there are folks who own a gun. It’s like the difference between someone with an old Fender in their closet and Angus Young.

Lee Williams
How Will You Support The Second Amendment Today? Tomorrow? (jpfo.org)
May 23, 2023
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Anti-gun Gibberish

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Let’s inhibit criminal behavior a little bit by assigning the code to gun and ammunition stores so that when someone has bad intent when buying a weapon, there’s an alert in place that stops that from happening,

Hudson Munoz
Executive director of Guns Down America
February 10, 2024
Proposed bill would establish a new code to categorize firearm sales

This is the ravings of a lunatic. I cannot even imagine a delusion in which this sentence is internally consistent.

Yet, these people are winning legislative battles. What does that tell you about the politicians who pass the laws like what this lunatic is praising? It tells us they are evil and people like Munoz are their useful idiots.

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Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

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Don’t worry, eventually reason will prevail and all you ammosexuals will have to give up your penis stand ins.

merlingo the gringo @merlingogringo
Posted on X on May 3, 2023

It’s not only another Markley’s Law Monday, it is another science denier!

And don’t ever let anyone get away with telling you that no one wants to take your guns.

With a bit more examination…

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He is invoking reason and in the same sentence he claims guns are penis extensions. If someone were to use this line of “reasoning” in a novel the editor would send it back to the author for a rewrite.

Hence, we have another data point to demonstrate truth is stranger than fiction because fiction has to make sense.

How Do You Turn States Into Territories?

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What’s the process by which we can turn states into territories again?

Kostas Moros @MorosKostas
Posted on X February 7, 2024

Read the entire thread for a fisking of The Hawaii Supreme Court in State of Hawai’i, v. Christopher L. Wilson.

I would like to suggest taking it even further and turning them back into their own nation again. Then applying sanctions for their human rights violations.

California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York could use some tough love as well. Or, we could just prosecute the criminals.

I’ve been reading various takes on this wild ruling and almost all have been aghast at the brazen defiance of SCOTUS and invocation of Aloha spirit to justify their decision.

Almost all. There is one article, A State Supreme Court Just Issued Another Devastating Rebuke of the U.S. Supreme Court,  which claims:

It’s an amazing case because the Hawaii Constitution has a provision that is the same as the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It literally uses the exact same words as the Second Amendment. And Justice Eddins said: Even though the provisions are the same, we will not interpret them the same way, because we think the U.S. Supreme Court clearly got it wrong in Heller when it said the Second Amendment creates an individual right to bear arms.

I feel like these state judges are in conversation with each other about developing an alternate vision of the law that can thrive in state judiciaries. As SCOTUS moves in the wrong direction, they’re showing us what the right direction might be, and giving us a little hope for the future.

I find it very telling this court and these opinion writers believe they have a better take on the meaning of the 2nd Amendment than SCOTUS, when all nine justices agreed that the 2nd Amendment protects an individual right. They are lying, profoundly ignorant, and/or delusional.

You Can Imagine a Gun-Free World

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If I could wave a wand and make guns disappear, the brutal communist Chinese dictatorship would make new ones. And the Italians (Beretta), Brazilians (Taurus), Russians (AK-47), Austrians (Glock)—all armed nations would be in business making the iron river. Including basement tinkerers.

Wands are fiction but you can imagine a gun-free world—just think back to pre-gun times.

What you get is Genghis Kahn with rampaging hordes, Julius Caesar and Roman Legion crucifixions, Vlad the Impaler, universal serfdom and endless millions horribly murdered. A gun-filled world paradoxically turns out to be more civilized, with safer neighborhoods—even though evil people and government tyrants rampage constantly. Our guns help control them.

Alan Korwin
February 1, 2024
Page Nine: On Utopian Pacifism

ImagineAGunFreeWorld

The Gun is Civilization.

See also If there were no guns.

While there are undoubtedly many useful idiots and/or ignoramuses who have a utopian vision of a world without guns, I find a competing hypothesis more likely describes the top leaders of the anti-gun movement. They envision a world where the common person is unarmed physically and in spirit and they are the Genghis Kahn’s, Julius Caesar’s, and Vlad the Impaler’s of the future.

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Prepare and respond appropriately.

Financial Big Brother is Watching You

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The Committee and Select Subcommittee have obtained documents showing that FinCEN distributed slides, prepared by a financial institution, explaining how other financial institutions can use MCC codes to detect customers whose transactions may reflect “potential active shooters, [and] who may include dangerous International Terrorists / Domestic Terrorists / Homegrown Violent Extremists (‘Lone Wolves’).” For example, the slides instruct financial institutions to query for transactions using certain MCC codes such as “3484: Small Arms,” “5091: Sporting and Recreational Goods and Supplies,” and the keywords “Cabela’s,” and “Dick’s Sporting Goods,” among several others. Despite these transactions having no apparent criminal nexus—and, in fact, relate to Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights— FinCEN seems to have adopted a characterization of these Americans as potential threat actors. This kind of pervasive financial surveillance, carried out in coordination with and at the request of federal law enforcement, into Americans’ private transactions is alarming and raises serious doubts about FinCEN’s respect for fundamental civil liberties.

Jim Jordan
Chairman Committee on the Judiciary and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government
January 17, 2024
Letter to Noah Bishoff, former Director of the Office of Stakeholder Integration and Engagement in the Strategic Operations Division of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)

Via email from John S.

See also Financial Big Brother is Watching You – by Matt Taibbi (racket.news).

We live in interesting times. Prepare appropriately.

You Know they are Getting Desperate

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In Hawaiʻi, the Aloha Spirit inspires constitutional interpretation. See Sunoco, 153 Hawaiʻi at 363, 537 P.3d at 1210 (Eddins, J., concurring). When this court exercises “power on behalf of the people and in fulfillment of [our] responsibilities, obligations, and service to the people” we “may contemplate and reside with the life force and give consideration to the ‘Aloha Spirit.’” HRS § 5-7.5(b) (2009).

The spirit of Aloha clashes with a federally-mandated lifestyle that lets citizens walk around with deadly weapons during day-to-day activities.

The Supreme Court of the State of Hawai’i
February 7, 2024
State of Hawai’i, v. Christopher L. Wilson

You know they are getting desperate when they claim spirits told them SCOTUS is wrong.

See also what FPC has to say on this ruling. They also supplied this meme:

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Not Enough Common Assumptions

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After several years of watching Biden destroy America, I asked my smart Democrat friend if he had changed his views since 2016.

He advised me to read the New York Times to get real news and stop falling for all the Republican hoaxes.

You can’t even talk to Democrats these days. Not enough common assumptions to even get started.

Scott Adams @ScottAdamsSays
Posted on X February 4, 2024

I’m not sure “common assumptions” is the best phrase here. I’m not sure there is even enough common vocabulary. For example, what does “gender”, “democracy”, and “racism” mean to the major political divisions?

And above that are phrases such as “civil rights”, “gun law reform”, and “fair share”.

And there are common phrases used by one group where the one side says the referenced thing does not even exist such as “illegal alien” (there is no such thing as an illegal person), “assault weapon” (made up phrase to scare people), and “gun show loophole” (the law doesn’t change whether at a gun show or not).

I just want to crawl into my underground bunker in Idaho and wait until the hostilities are resolved.

The Timidity is Now Long Gone

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But that timidity is now long gone — a turnaround attributable to increasing Democratic electoral dominance in Colorado and growing gun reform activism that’s been fueled by a local backdrop of mass shootings as well as grimly routine gun violence and suicides. A new cadre of Democratic lawmakers have embraced firearms policy in a big way. They’ve been spurred on by an expanding voter base that, rather than punishing them, has shown up to the Capitol to demand they do more.

Nick Coltrain and Seth Klamann
February 4, 2024
Gun control was once ‘electoral kryptonite.’ Now Colorado Democrats are emboldened — and prepared to act

I see this as an opportunity. The further they go the easier it will be to get the courts to agree it violates the 2nd Amendment. Then getting another ruling that builds on the first is easier, and so on. It is a slippery slope that leads to their “doom.”

And be sure to keep your lists and evidence files up to date. They will come in handy when the trials start.

What does he think a gun is used for?

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I don’t shoot guns cus I don’t have a little penis

stx444 (@DrStin69)
Posted on Friday, April 14, 2023

It’s not only another Markley’s Law Monday, it is another science denier!

One has to wonder… What does he think guns are used for? These people have mental problems.

I suspect whatever his mental difficulties it wasn’t just guns that his twisted mind was getting screwed up about. His account is currently suspended:

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They Didn’t Test Barb

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The recent experiment was conducted by Laura Battistel and involved four climate chambers with temperature control set between 23 and 25 degrees Celsius. The study included twenty-six participants, comprising an equal number of 13 men and 13 women. These volunteers were tasked with comparing pairs of chambers by moving between them and then determining which chamber felt warmer and which felt colder.

Each person made 120 comparisons between pairs of rooms, resulting in a total of 3120 comparisons. Analysis of the data revealed an average threshold for perception of temperature differences of 0.92 degrees Celsius. Moreover, all the participants showed very similar temperature sensitivity. “This indicates that this may be an inherent characteristic of our species,” Battistel says. “We are all endowed with a pronounced sensitivity to environmental temperature, although we are not aware of it.”

Eurac Research
February 2, 2024
New Research Reveals That Humans Are Much More Sensitive to Temperatures Than Previously Thought (scitechdaily.com)

This comes as zero surprise to me. Barb and I joke about her temperature comfort range being plus or minus 0.1 F. While that is a joke it is probably about plus or minus 1 F. I’m guessing her detection range is approaching 0.1 F.

Oh, and Barb and I are very aware of our temperature sensing abilities.

If it Has Never Happened, Will it Ever Happen?

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There is currently much debate about the health of financial markets. Can prices remain detached from the fundamentals long enough for the economic/earnings recession to catch up with prices?

Maybe. It has just never happened.

Lance Roberts
January 30, 2024
“Theory Of Reflexivity” And Does It Matter? – RIA (realinvestmentadvice.com)

Prepare appropriately.