As I look at the stock market today, I see that Visa has made it’s initial public offering and has cashed in big-time, with a 28% rise over their opening price. Meanwhile, gold and silver have fallen approximately 3.8% and 6.6%, respectively.
So let me get this straight: a company that peddles debt as money (in an economy where faith in the ability to repay debt is in serious doubt) has found a market price for its stock that is almost a third higher than what they thought it should be, while the two things that have been treated as money for millenia have lost roughly 1/20th of their when measured in paper money?
Well, I guess Barnum was right.
No matter who makes the better argument before The Robed Nine today, your gun rights will be intact. Regardless of the outcome, you have a right before God to defend yourself from hostile others, and as a consequence, you have the right to the tools for such. If five of the nine decide you don’t, at least in DC, well, they’re full of it. The right is both Constitutional and Natural, and the jurisdiction of the court only covers Constitutional rights.
Remember, rights come from God, not man. Man is merely the protector or usurper of those rights, and God have mercy on the latter.
In all likelihood, both sides of the debate probably have unrealistic expectations. The rights-usurpers want the law upheld in full and the rights-protectors want it struck down in full. It will likely be upheld in part and struck down in part, in a narrowly applicable precedent.
Or it could be that it gets struck down completely by a 5-4 decision. I’m not a bookie, so I’m not placing odds for wager. I’m also not a lawyer, but I do know where rights come from.
Pray for your rights, you may have to use them someday.
When I said I was getting in touch with my inner libertarian, I did not mean that I was adopting the entire Ayn-Rand-Ron-Paul-everybody’s-free-now-pay-for-everything worldview. As an example, take the typical libertarian position on prostitution – that it is a victimless crime, illegal only because we say it is, not because of any natural law that is violated.
For those of you who are looking at the Elliot Spitzer shenanigans and saying “prostitution should be legalized, since it’s a victimless crime”, go read this article. No, there certainly are victims.
Haven Police Ditch Glocks After Two Explode
The Police Department is ditching $38,000 worth of guns after two .45-caliber GAP Glock Model 37 pistols exploded in separate training incidents a year a part, causing minor injuries to an officer and a cadet.
The Sheriff’s Office switched last year to the Glocks after using Smith & Wessons. The Glocks cost the agency $350 per gun, compared with $560 for the .45-caliber Smith & Wessons deputies were using.
“They’re easier to fire, more accurate, and they hold more ammunition,” Rodgers said.
And we all know how important lots of ammunition is to police officers who can’t hit the broad side of a barn.
Lake Alfred Police Chief Art Bodenheimer said he would never let his officers use a Glock after he saw a video demonstration of one being partially disassembled after being jammed.
His officers use Smith & Wessons instead, because it is an all-metal gun, compared to the plastic Glock, he said.
“I’m not a Glock enthusiast,” Bodenheimer said.
Good for him. Of course, if you’re a long time reader of this blog, you know where I stand:
Oh lookee, he of the rapturous booger has held forth on holy scripture:
If people find [civil unions] controversial, then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans.
I suppose he’s referring to this passage, Romans 1:18-32, particularly the part reading “the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. (28) And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper…”
To a Christian, there are no obscure passages in the Bible, only ones not understood from God’s perspective. You can’t call yourself Christian and disparage one part of the Bible in favor of another; if it is all God’s word, then it all of it is worth studying, because it is all true.
Of course, it’s OK for Obama to make mention of God’s word in his speeches, but let Mike Huckabee take a phone call from God or preach a sermon at a church and he’s a threat to the religious freedom of the country and the church should be investigated for 501c3 tax violations. And don’t you dare suggest that the church should take the IRS to court for enforcing a law that violates the church’s right to free speech.
That’s how this headline should really read: Moses was high on drugs: Israeli researcher. Emphasis added:
“As far Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic event, which I don’t believe, or a legend, which I don’t believe either, or finally, and this is very probable, an event that joined Moses and the people of Israel under the effect of narcotics,” Shanon told Israeli public radio on Tuesday.
Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the “burning bush,” suggested Shanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such substances.
He mentioned his own experience when he used ayahuasca, a powerful psychotropic plant, during a religious ceremony in Brazil’s Amazon forest in 1991. “I experienced visions that had spiritual-religious connotations,” Shanon said.
He said the psychedelic effects of ayahuasca were comparable to those produced by concoctions based on bark of the acacia tree, that is frequently mentioned in the Bible.
Well now, it’s not everyday that a researcher admits to using drugs, then proclaiming results based on that experience. And Heaven forbid he actually study the uses of acacia in the Bible, instead of presuming they were used for narcotic trances. On the contrary, acacia was actually used for construction.
“The Bible says people see sounds, and that is a clasic phenomenon,” he said citing the example of religious ceremonies in the Amazon in which drugs are used that induce people to “see music.”
Umm, no, it does not say that. Take your revisionist crap elsewhere.
All guns are always loaded. Even this one.