Do Something!


One of the most offensive things that I’ve heard from certain quarters on the Left is that we Conservatives who say that we pray for the victims of mass shootings should “do something” instead. As someone who believes in the efficacy of prayer, I believe that praying is doing something.

Moreover, the Left also generally implies that we Conservative don’t want legislative action taken to make mass shootings or gun violence less likely, and that’s simply not true. The rejection of flawed proposals from the Left by thoughtful Conservatives is not a call to do nothing. Rather, we propose solutions which involve moving away from failed policies and repealing ineffective (or actually harmful) laws.

For example, the elimination of gun-free zones allows people to better defend themselves. A mass shooting was nipped in the bud at a church near Nashville a few days ago by a concealed carry permit holder who resisted the shooter.

So it is time to do something. Let those of us who pray do so, and let’s all of us demand that Congress repeal and replace federal laws and regulations that cannot be shown to have improved public safety and demand that Congress exercise its authority under the Fourteenth Amendment to preempt state laws which deprive citizens of their rights under the Second Amendment.

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know


Bearing Arms reports that Iowa sheriff Mike Johnstone, who opposed allowing “shall issue” gun permits in that state, has shot himself while trying to clean his Glock.

Johnstone removed the magazine from his pistol but failed to do a chamber check before squeezing the trigger as part of the Glock design’s standard takedown process.

While allowing citizens to carry firearms in public has not resulted in “blood in the streets,” carelessness by “highly-trained professionals” … oh, never mind.

Who to Vote Against?


I don’t see anyone to vote for among the nominees for President this year (even among the minor parties). Of course, being in Maryland, my vote doesn’t really count. The state is so heavily Democrat that if the election were close enough for my vote against Hillary to matter, the national election will be a 48- or 49-state blowout. In that case, Maryland’s electoral votes wouldn’t matter, so pushing the state one way or the other won’t really swing the election.

Those of you living in the swing states will have to do the choosing this year. One of the likely differences between the candidates is how they will handle Supreme Court appointments. Reason has collected a series of comments worth reading. FWIW, I tend to agree with Glenn Reynolds’ analysis.

The future of the Supreme Court under Hillary is clearly dreadful: appointees would be to the left of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and probably corrupt to boot. Under Trump it’s unclear: His list of potential appointees actually looked pretty good, but with Trump you never know what he’ll actually do. So I’d say it’s a choice between certainly awful, and possibly awful.

Read the whole thing.

Watchful Nonsense


The Cabin Boy™ keeps trying to evade detection as he lurks about here at Hogewash!, and he seems quite peeved when he’s noticed.MU201607201520ZHe still seems mathematically challenged too. Central Daylight Time is only 5 hours behind UTC, so the times he shows in red in his tweet are off by an hour.

Apple Watch Sleep AppOne interesting thing in his tweet is the image of that sleep app for an Apple Watch. I suppose that he’s trying to claim that the date shown in his tweet was taken using the Apple Watch shown on his wrist in a picture he posted earlier. If the Cabin Boy™ were to trade that watch back in on a Sport model, he’d have enough of a refund coming back that he could afford to pay the filing fee on LOLsuit VII: Degenerations and not have to pretend to be poor to get in forma pauperis status.

MM WatchBTW, if the Gentle Reader is in the market for a new watch, I can recommend the Mickey Mouse watch that I’ve been using recently. It’s not expensive, looks pretty good, and keeps excellent time. Click on the image on the left to get a good deal on one from Amazon.

And as Steve Jobs used to say, one more thing … I happened to be taking a coffee break while the Cabin Boy™ was downloading some of the stuff he ripped off from Hogewash! this morning. I watched him connect to the site, move around, and download things. You can see when he connected here.

UPDATE—Wow! Seventeen people have clicked on the watch link to Amazon so far. In answer to several emails–yes, I really do wear that Mickey Mouse watch.My Watch

Amending the Bill of Rights


Over at WaPo, Dave Weigel has a piece about Hillary Clinton’s promise to seek to “amend” the First Amendment in order to eliminate the Citizens United Supreme Court Decision. That’s an important personal goal for her because what that decision actually did was tell the Federal Election Commission that it could not prevent Citizens United from showing a video that told inconvenient truths about Hillary Clinton within 60 days of an election. She views that as a severe flaw in the First Amendment.

Of course, that’s not the only part of the pesky Bill of Rights that she feels needs … um … modernizing … yeah, that’s the sort of word she’d use … modernizing. Clearly, the Second Amendment will have to go entirely, and the Fourth and Fifth will need work as well, except as they might apply to certain charitable foundations.