Guns

Irresponsible Gun Owner Val Demings Talks About Responsible Gun Ownership

Val Demings is an anti-gun activist who, like most of them, owns a gun.  Or owned one, until it got stolen because she was careless.

And it gets worse from there.

She thinks her first amendment rights are more important than you plebes.  Or her second amendment rights.  Maybe she meant that.  Who knows?

Source: Democratic Rep. Val Demings Tells Facebook Commenter: ‘My First Amendment Right Is Different From Yours’ | Daily Wire

Politics, Warfare State

Chelsea Manning Has Been Released.

Today is a very good day.

Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst behind one of the largest classified information leaks in US history, was released from military prison early Wednesday morning, an Army spokeswoman said.She was released from United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas around 3 a.m. ET, Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson told CNN.Amnesty International, which had campaigned for Manning’s release, was quick to applaud the decision.”While we celebrate her freedom, we will continue to call for an independent investigation into the potential human rights violations she exposed, and for protections to be put in place to ensure whistleblowers like Chelsea are never again subjected to such appalling treatment,” a statement said.

Source: Chelsea Manning released from prison – CNNPolitics.com

Technology

Government Is The Root Cause of Wannacry. Period.

Funny that people are so willing to blame Microsoft for a vulnerability that the NSA stored, stockpiled, and intended to use against US citizens, and will impart no responsibility whatsoever on said agency.

Hold the government accountable for all these screw ups, not Microsoft. They’re the ones responsible. And Microsoft is not happy about the NSA’s behavior either. Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, called out the feds for its responsibility for these threats to citizens

Source: Government Is the Cause of—Not the Solution to—the Latest Hacking Outbreak – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Localized

State Troopers Take to NYC To Act Like Cash Registers

Silence, citizen.  This is for your protection.  We must separate you from your dangerous income.

State troopers posted in New York City have written nearly 800 percent more tickets this year than they did in all of 2016, according to The New York Post; state troopers had written just 4 tickets in 2015 and none in 2014. State troopers also made nearly 50 percent more arrests this year than in all of last year, with 63 people arrested so far—there were none in 2015.

New York’s governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, sent 150 state troopers into New York City in December, with The Post reporting that the deployment had two goals: “to haul in revenue to state coffers, and rankle ­rival Mayor de Blasio, ­according to observers.”

The Post estimates that the state troopers have raised more than $3 million from writing tickets in the city—speeding tickets are $203, with $88 going to the state, while tickets for using a cellphone while driving are $288.

Source: State Troopers Wrote 12,000+ More Tickets in NYC So Far This Year Than All of Last Year – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Politics, Warfare State

Most Americans Can’t Find North Korea On A Map

Aside from showing that the majority of Americans are terrible at geography – hardly news – the NYT provided the following details explaining why the study was conducted: respondents who could correctly identify North Korea tended to view diplomatic and nonmilitary strategies more favorably than those who could not. These strategies included imposing further economic sanctions, increasing pressure on China to influence North Korea and conducting cyberattacks against military targets in North Korea.

The important bit is here, though…

They also viewed direct military engagement – in particular, sending ground troops – much less favorably than those who failed to locate North Korea, according to the NYT report.

In other words, if you’re educated enough to know where the target is, you’re also smart enough to recognize that shooting at it is a bad idea.

Oh, and the group most likely to know where it is, which by extension means the group least likely to favor military action?  Republicans.  Not Democrats.

And the age group that identified North Korea most correctly?  The people old enough to remember the last time we stuck our nose in there.

Source: 1,746 American Adults Were Asked To Point Out North Korea On A Map: This Was The Result | Zero Hedge

Big Government

Ramapough Lanape Nation Told What It Can Do With Land It Owns

Remember…  The Ramapough Lenape Nation owns this land.

That’s important.

Township officials say the Ramapough Lenape Nation has ignored municipal summonses accusing it of failing to obtain zoning permits for tepees on tribal land and moving soil without a permit.

And this:

Though owned by the tribe, the only permitted uses on the property are public open space, agricultural uses, single-family homes and municipal facilities, according to township code.

So they own the land, and can only do certain prescribed things with it.

Does that seem just to you?  Because it sure as hell doesn’t to me.

Source: Mahwah to Ramapoughs: Remove tepees immediately