The Illinois State Police recently received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to add “unmanned aircraft” to its list of tools for the next two years. In a statement released to the Sun-Times Media Wire, the police department said that it was intentionally avoiding the word “drone” because “it carries the perception of pre-programmed or automatic flight patterns and random, indiscriminate collection of images and information.”
Because an unmanned aircraft is not a drone.
Guess it all depends on what the meaning of IS is…
h/t Ars Technica, Freedom Writer’s Publishing
Most of you regular readers know I HATE giving the government money. Doing so burns my libertarian soul.
I’m still driving Ol'(insert old-timey lady name here), my 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue. Basically, because I’ve no other choice. And, it’s
registration involuntary ownership tax time again.
With the precursor of emissions testing.
(I always stop here to remember how the State legislator who forced through the emissions testing requirement soon left the legislature to work for the contractor who obtained the initial contract. No dirty politics here, no sir! :-))
I arrive just after the testing station opens and find I’m second in line. I’m a little worried, as my car sometimes stalls at idle, and sometimes the pollution control gimmick sticks in the engine and dashboard warning lights illuminate. Getting tested with dash lights on is a no-no! They’ve not come on in a few weeks, so I feel they are due.
I pull up when ordered, exit the vehicle, the guy does his testing, and she PASSES!
I re-enter the vehicle and crank her to start and leave, as instructed…
AND THERE IS A BACKFIRE! THE TESTING STATION (AND MY CAR INTERIOR) FILLS WITH SMOKE! But, as the car is running (and there is no obvious fire or dash warning lights), I drive away victorious!
And return home (after depositing appropriate gift funds to cover costs) and pay on-line to obtain my State license tags for yet another two years!
(To those of you who help me pay to keep my car registered and insured – I salute you!)
And to the State, who forces me to go through this nonsense every couple years to extort revenue from me – you already received my salute!
Not by choice.
My beloved ’89 Isuzu Trooper (Molly’s Trolley) gave up the ghost in 2002. I traded in her carcass for the only ‘decent’ car I could then qualify for. A 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue.
Which I still own and sometimes drive. In 2015.
Because my being on disability means I just squeak by, and cannot afford car payments. My last significant repair cost over $700, which I borrowed from my roommate and paid back @ $100/month. Plus my rent. Ouch.
I’ve oft had fantasies of getting some extra funds. Paying off long-overdue bills and maybe getting a slightly newer car.
And, considering the questionably available maintenance and longevity of the Olds, she still runs. Sometimes.
So, why not a GM car?
Here’s why (from Say Uncle):
First, I (and you) foot the bill for their mismanagement and union kowtowing. Now, this:
Automakers are supporting provisions in copyright law that could prohibit home mechanics and car enthusiasts from repairing and modifying their own vehicles.
In comments filed with a federal agency that will determine whether tinkering with a car constitutes a copyright violation, OEMs and their main lobbying organization say cars have become too complex and dangerous for consumers and third parties to handle.
Good thing Dave-the-
genius-mechanic is moving out-of-state! Wouldn’t want him to get in trouble for tinkering with my car. After all, he just repairs Airbus A320s for U.S. Air American Airlines!
Guess I will now always need a G(overnment) Motors – approved shop!
And the sad part (aside from Dave leaving the State!:-( ) is of all the beater cars I’ve owned, THIS is the one who lasted the longest!
The lovely and brilliant Tamara reminded us again of basics. And reminded me, as well:
I cannot speak for anyone else, but as much as I lecture others in these pages regarding complacency, I, too, can fall victim to it. (Duh)
Not just the almighty INDEX (NOT placing one’s index finger in the trigger guard until one is ready to shoot – and where exactly DO you place it? ALTHOUGH, I’M PRETTY GOOD AT REMEMBERING THIS PART!), but…
When was the last time you checked your weapon for function and safety? Are all the mechanical parts in good repair?
AND, appropriately lubricated?
How about the magazines (speedloaders or speedstrips)? Clean and functional?
And the ammunition? When was the last time you changed it out for newer stuff? Is your ‘one-up-the-spout’ (aka The Barney Bullet) seated correctly? Or has months of recharging your sidearm crushed the case mouth? Or seated the bullet farther inside?
How about the function and maintenance of the holster? When was the last time it was cleaned, oiled, inspected for damage? And the belt…
AND WHAT ABOUT YOU?
When was the last time you did a dry-practice exercise? Including a reload or two?
And do you know the latest nuances in your State’s criminal law statutes?
Not unlike driving a car – one does it every day. When was the last time you checked the tires? The oil? The transmission fluid? Your brakes? Reviewed the traffic code?
Do you always wear your seat belt? (I’m a libertarian, and I do!)
But I’ve not done everything above with regard to my sidearm and it’s equipment.
I need to, more religiously.
First a NEGATIVE, in part…
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States
From time to time I read about proposals for a national law requiring reciprocity of concealed carry permits between the states. The most recent example is the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, introduced by Senator John Cornyn, R-TX.
Sadly, I have some bad news about this proposal, and about a national CCW reciprocity law in general: It would be unconstitutional under the Tenth Amendment. (Fill Yer Hands)
Second, a POSITIVE response, in the comments…
From the CONCLUSION:
Accordingly, the Court DECLARES that 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(3), 18 U.S.C. § 922(b)(3), and 27 C.F.R. § 478.99(a) are UNCONSTITUTIONAL, and Defendants are ENJOINED from enforcing these provisions. The Court will issue its final judgment separately.
SO ORDERED on this 11th day of February, 2015.
[Emphasis in the original]
Courtesy of Not Clauswitz et al
In English – Non-residents may now purchase firearms in Texas, and presumably anywhere else it is legal.
Could removal of ridiculous restrictions on citizens BE any cooler? – Chandler Bing
Of course, this was from a federal district court. And as the bloggers above suspect, until there is an edict from the BATFE, I don’t see much of this kind of activity.
I see a Supreme Court battle in our future.
Remember when we called a spade a spade? Not pharmacies?
I remember, as a grade-school kid, going into Skaggs Drug and buying CP potassium nitrate in 4 oz. bottles. No one questioned me. There were no forms to fill out. No one asked if I was making rocket fuel or gunpowder from it. (I was!)
And I still have all my eyes, hands and fingers!
Here it is some 50 years later, and my roommate not only acquired the crud I had (and am finally getting over, thank you!) but it progressed into some kind of respiratory infection. Antibiotics and numerous pills later, she too is finally getting better.
And one of the medications prescribed was sudephedrine. You know, the stuff that can be distilled into methamphetamine.
And I had to present my driver’s license (which they swiped into the cash register computer system) and then sign for it. For the 12 tablets!
Not only am I annoyed at this invasion of privacy, but for THIS amount? When the Mexican cartels are buying it by the ton and making meth and exporting it here?
The Travis McGee Reader recounts a similar story. Go there and read it.
The shed a tear for our loss of more freedom, once again.
One of Europe’s most prominent Jewish organizations is petitioning the European Union to pass new legislation that would permit Jewish community members to carry guns “for the essential protection of their communities,” according to a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Sadly, a leader in the European Jewish community NAMED COOPER (ironically), disagrees.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said that while guns could help Jews defend themselves against an individual attack, only authorities can protect them against a mass attack like those carried out in France.
“As to personally being armed, such a move could help when a Jewish person is threatened by thugs, but won’t help if G-d forbid, Charlie-type terror attacks are launched,” Cooper said.
And, of course, the ever more anti-Semitic Europe will continue to debate this, while not only the Jewish community, but most Europeans, are unable to defend themselves against crime or terror.
Except, of course, the Swiss!
While France, in response to the recent attacks, pushes for MORE gun control laws!
Or on your physician’s computer…
The Weekly Standard shared with us the following, in part:
“This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020, which details the efforts of some 35 departments and agencies of the federal government and their roles in the plan to ‘advance the collection, sharing, and use of electronic health information to improve health care, individual and community health, and research.’” [emphasis added]
What departments and agencies?
Check out this list:
- Administration for Children & Families
- Administration for Community Living
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Defense
- Department of Education
- Department of Justice and Bureau of Prisons
- Department of Labor
- Department of Veteran Affairs
- Federal Communications Commission
- Federal Health Architecture
- Federal Trade Commission
- Food and Drug Administration
- Health Resources and Services Administration
- HHS Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources
- HHS (Health and Human Services) Assistant Secretary for Health
- HHS Assistant Secretary for Legislation
- HHS Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
- HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
- HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
- HHS Office for Civil Rights
- HHS Office of the Chief Information Officer
- HHS Office of the Chief Technology Officer
- HHS Office of the General Counsel
- HHS Office of Minority Health
- HHS Office of the Secretary
- Indian Health Services
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- National Institutes of Health
- National Institute of Standards and Technology
- National Science Foundation
- Networking and Information Technology Research and Development
- Office of Personnel Management
- Social Security Administration
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(from Rob Douglas) As an information security expert, I can tell you that there is no way – NO WAY – that the feds will be able to keep your health records secure with that many federal agencies having some type of access.
HIPAA be damned (apparently)! And what do 90% of these agencies have to do with my (or your) personal health!? Not to mention them sharing information with the FBI and BATFE (through the DOJ).
Don’t fear the government – fear the power of unfettered bureaucracy. – Guffaw
Not for lack of wanting to.
Back in the 70’s, some of my libertarian (small L) brethren and I mused about what it would take. And, what living off the grid meant for us. It did not mean creating some faceless corporation with innocuous fictional officers to purchase a plot of land in the middle of nowhere and moving there with a solar-powered trailer adjacent to a spring.
And with enough ammunition, fishing line and traps to get indigenous game for the rest of our natural lives.
(I’ve blogger friends who have accomplished something close!)
It meant having the option of leaving less of a trail. Driver’s licenses and credit cards mailed to private post office boxes. Passports in fictional identities. Sufficient amounts of cash and gold to fund our meager lives.
With less government interference or surveillance.
Of course, doing all this was a pipe dream for those of us young punks with minimum-wage incomes. Little did we know that BIGGOV would be in our future to such a degree that getting the gov’t-approved documentation would become much more difficult, expensive and illegal in the ensuing years! There was a time if there was no criminal intent, there was no crime. And, if so, it might become a misdemeanor.
Now, it’s a felony, intent regardless.
And we didn’t anticipate The Internet. Or drones. Or cellular telephones.
And, not only am I back to a meager income, but, it’s overseen by the government, due to my disability!
And now much of our movement and travel is monitored, as are financial transactions and Internet activity and Email.
I cannot afford to move to Costa Rica, or San Marino. And I don’t speak their indigenous languages.
Hell, I can’t afford to move 10 blocks…they speak Spanish there, too!
Yep, a pipe dream…