De Blasio and Uber (and the NRA)


Ben Smith has a piece up at BuzzFeed called Can Bill De Blasio Turn Uber Into The NRA?, and it contains several interesting ideas.

So will Bill de Blasio pry the Uber app from his constituents’ cold dead hands?

The article goes on to deal with some of the ins and outs of the coming fight between the Mayor of New York and the popular ride sharing service as seen from a leftwing point of view. It ends with a line musing over

 whether Uber becomes as partisan and polarizing as guns, or as American as the iPhone.

Hmmm. Notice the implication that being associated in any way with the NRA (which is, after all, the country’s oldest civil rights organization) is an undesirable bug rather than a feature. Uber is popular because it provides people with more options in how they travel and in how they earn a living. Through its advocacy of Second Amendment rights, the NRA has helped people be free to defend themselves. Both organizations provide more freedom to more people while being opposed by elements of the nanny state. While the company may or may not like being in the same philosophical boat as the NRA, it is.

Read the whole thing.

Homicide


The Baltimore Sun reports that May was the deadliest month in Baltimore in over 40 years.

This is all rather puzzling. Maryland has some of the most draconian gun control laws that were toughened under the recent O’Malley administration. They were passed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, so how can all those shootings be happening? I mean, the politicians wouldn’t lie to us, would they?

UPDATE—Speaking of Baltimore and Martin O’Malley, Stacy McCain has an interesting post here.

They Seem to Have This in Common


Before I get started, let me say that I have no knowledge of whether or not Darren Wilson was justified in shooting Michael Brown. I’ll defer to the grand jurors who sifted through the evidence.

I’ve heard and read a lot from talking heads and pundits about how Officer Wilson’s story is incredible, how it doesn’t hold up, how it’s unbelievable. All of these “experts” seem to have one characteristic in common. All of them appear to be sheltered individuals who have never been in a life-or-death confrontation that required them to use violence or die.

I was about to hit the post button when another common characteristic hit me. Nearly all of them believe that cops should be the only people in civil society allowed to have guns.

UPDATE—Stacy McCain has some related thoughts on these talking heads and pundits. You can read them here.

UPDATE 2—Don Surber expands on Stacy’s thoughts. (H/T, Instapundit)

NGC 4762


ngc 4762This is a disk galaxy seen almost perfectly edge on. The image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows us just how thin disk galaxies can be. NGC 4762, a galaxy in the nearby Virgo Cluster of Galaxies, is so thin that it is actually difficult to determine what type of disk galaxy it is. Its lack of a visible dust lane suggests that it is probably a low-dust lenticular galaxy, but it is still possible that a view from another angle would reveal spiral structure. The galaxy spans about 100,000 light years from end to end, with its center showing a slight bulge of stars. Most galaxies don’t appear this thin because our point of view from Earth doesn’t line up well enough with the planes of their thin galactic disks. However, galaxies this thin are common. Indeed, our own Milky Way Galaxy is thought to have roughly the same overall dimensions as NGC 4762.

Image Credit: NASA / ESA