Category Archives: Blog Thoughts

Magazine limit law

Just for the record, in light of the stupid law signed by Governor MeatPuppet that bans sale, importation, yadda yadda of normal capacity magazine (that they stupidly call “large capacity magazines,” when things like the 30-rnd AR-15 mag has been standard for about sixty years, since before I was born) that comes into effect starting July 1st of this year, I have given a number of my magazines, both for guns I currently own and some I purchases speculatively because of mag limit ban nonsense over the year for guns I thought I might one day buy, so that when they inherit my guns no magazines need be transferred, as they already belong to them.

Now I’m 99% sure this mag ban won’t stand for long, as it clearly violates both the WA state and US constitutional protections, and violates a 5th Circuit decision striking down a nearly identical magazine ban (which is now in conflict with the 9th Circuit decision, meaning the SCOTUS will likely hear them next season), but just in case…. the mags in the house and storage and elsewhere are not all mine at this time, even if I bought them.

Just so you know.

Constitutional Amendments

A common social studies class assignment, after spending a far-too-brief time studying our own constitution,  is to ask the students for proposed amendment to correct perceived shortcomings in our legal system. Most of them are laughably bad, of course, as most students don’t really understand how the parts of it work together, don’t appreciate the freedoms it recognizes, nor the actions of unintended consequences when there are  changing incentives. So, here are a couple of mine. Feel free to add your own thoughts. Continue reading Constitutional Amendments

What’s science?

From a Social Galactic post I saw this link. An interview with a science-type guy out in the field. He says it quite eloquently (paraphrased): Science is about observing, thinking, discussing, not just what’s in peer reviewed papers. By definition, published peer reviewed papers means they all thought the same and agreed. New knowledge almost always comes from outside academia. “The best candle-maker couldn’t dream of electric lights.”

Yes, indeed. It gets old trying to argue with people who don’t know, can’t think, but can easily point to a “peer reviewed article” that I can easily point out flaws with, but because I’m just some guy with a brain, not an “expert,” I don’t count.

L v. R

Not surprisingly, people on the political left and right, however you care to define them, see the world rather differently. This stems in part from a different set of values, in part from believing a different set of facts, and in part a totally different view of how to view the world. There are more things, of course, but these three are enough. What’s funny, though, is that we even have a different understanding of how the other side views our views. Or, to quote this article: Continue reading L v. R

Faith and Elephants

Some things are hard to explain in a way that anyone will believe you, least of all those you’d most want to understand. No, I mean really hard. I’ve been an information junkie my whole life, I’m reasonably intelligent, and I spend a lot of time each day reading and following things as they develop. As a result, I not only know a lot, I am also aware of how much I do not know – I’m aware of my “known unknowns” as it were. So how can I explain to anyone how I can be so certain of Trumps win? I can’t. Continue reading Faith and Elephants