Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign

With rumors of new LOLsuits wafting on the summer breezes, it seems like a good time to recycle this episode from last year—

Johnny Atsign Logo 2ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for—

SOUND: Cell phone rings three times.

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

EDWIN: (Telephone Filter) Mr. Atsign, my name’s Don Edwin. I need to have some investigative work done.

JOHNNY: That’s what I do for a living, but I’m on vacation at the moment. I’m fishing in Alaska and won’t be back at my office until next Monday.

EDWIN: (Telephone Filter) I’m calling from Alaska.

JOHNNY: Really? Well, it’s a big state. We could still be hundreds of miles apart, but I might be able to stop by on my to the airport in Anchorage this weekend.

EDWIN: (Telephone Filter) That might work out. I’m not too far north of there. Have you ever heard of a guy on the Internet called The Grouch?

JOHNNY: Yes, I have. Are you free on Saturday afternoon?

MUSIC: Theme up and under.

ANNOUNCER: The Lickspittle Broadcasting System presents W. J. J. Hoge in the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous free-lance Internet investigator …

JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!

MUSIC: Theme up to music out. Continue reading

That Pesky Bill of Rights

I’m old enough to remember (now, there’s a line that getting a lot of work these days) when folks on the Left were all for the Bill of Rights. The narrative back then was that it was the Right that opposed free speech or due process. Today, many of the generation that marched in the streets in the ’60s have risen to become part of the Establishment. It seems that many a former “revolutionary” no longer want to stick it to the Man now that he has become the Man. So we have recently had a bunch of geezers sitting in the well of the House of Representatives demonstrating in favor of a bill to suppress the Fifth Amendment right to due process and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Somehow, they seemed braver when they were sitting at lunch counters five decades ago.

The First, Second, and Fifth Amendments are now under overt attack. The Fourth Amendment is a target as well. Those of us who still think that the Bill of Rights is worth keeping need to keep hitting back. I suggest that we do not limit ourselves to only twice as hard.

One more thing … why are they going on about rifles now? Fifty years ago, it was all about “Saturday Night Specials,” inexpensive handguns that the wrong people could afford for self-protection. Now, it’s rifles: “Military-style” “weapons of war.” It’s almost as if someone is afraid of an armed populace that would be able to resist …

How Not to Sell Gun Control

Scott Adams has a post up that looks at the problems the two major parties have reaching any compromise on gun control. His analysis boils down to

But Democrats are unlikely to talk Republicans out of gun ownership because it comes off as “Put down your gun so I can shoot you.”

Read the whole thing.

It’s Time To Rerun This Post

Originally Posted on 16 January, 2013

Questions I Ask Folks Favoring Gun Control

1. I’ve survived a gunfight; have you?

2. I’ve run out of ammunition and had to change magazines during a gunfight; have you?

3. Why do you want to limit the ability of a law-abiding citizen to survive being attacked by a criminal?

4. Have you ever fired a pistol or revolver?

5. Have you ever fired a rifle?

6. Have you ever fired a shotgun?

7. What kind of firearm is easiest to use in a confined space?

8. What kind of firearm is easiest to shoot accurately?

9. Why do you want to limit a citizen’s ability to choose the safest and most effective firearm for his particular circumstances?

10. What kind of ammunition is most likely to incapacitate the person shot while reducing the danger to bystanders?

11. Why do you want to limit a citizen’s ability to choose the safest and most effective ammunition for his particular circumstances?

12. Are you a hoplophobe?