People holding passports from the selectee countries were automatically pulled aside for full-body pat-downs and had their luggage examined with a fine-toothed comb. The selectee list was purely political, of course, with diplomacy playing its role as always: There was no Saudi Arabia or Pakistan on a list of states historically known to harbor, aid and abet terrorists.
One failed attempt at a shoe bomb and we all have to take off our shoes at the airport. Thirty one school shootings since Columbine and no change in the regulation of guns.
Fuck the NRA(via wilwheaton)
The NRA relentlessly and effectively defends a popular, plausible reading of the second amendment. I’m okay with that. It’s up to their opponents to promote a different reading, a different set of values, and so far they have utterly failed. Being a sore loser doesn’t help their cause.
I see firearms in my city every day. Often a hand rests on a holstered handgun, caressing it like the object of fetish that it is in our culture. I’m no less sickened that this armed presence is wearing a uniform. I’m not particular in my opposition to deadly weapons in public places.
So sorry. I can only halfheartedly endorse schemes to incrementally restrict the ability of citizens to arm themselves while the state indulges in ever more elaborate displays of local and global militarization.
Here’s how the NRA succeeds: they fight for the values of a coherent and popular ideology. The contrary ends sought by the liberal establishment, to institute “gun control” by itself, can only be thoughtfully celebrated by statism.
Let me know when there’s a plan to mutually reduce the deadly weapons of public citizens and the state. I’ll fight the NRA for that.
What we more desperately need is an NRA for the rest of the Constitution.
I’ve made a resolution for 2014. It is to do whatever I can to reverse my country’s trajectory toward being a surveillance state, and to push as hard as possible for a truly open internet.
In fact, some studies indicate that the number of snow-sports-related head injuries has increased.