I Vote Guns Part Something or Other

03 Oct
October 3, 2018

I was really hoping Nikki Fried would be a smart Democrat and just leave the guns issue alone. Her big platform push was to come up with a sensible medical marijuana system, and that’s something Florida needs. The current system was definitely written by prohibitionists, which makes it difficult on those who need it. So, I was just hoping Fried would just focus on that platform.

Unfortunately, she isn’t. According to the tweet published in Miguel’s article, Fried is somehow going to wrest control of the concealed weapons process from the NRA. Which means she’s probably going to toss control over to Bloomberg’s suite of lobbyists.

You done fucked with my third rail. I vote guns, and I vote against those willing to take them.

Metal Tuesday- Jorn – I Walk Alone

02 Oct
October 2, 2018

If rumor is correct, Jorn’s kind of a dick in person. He’s also immensely talented. Oh well, you can’t have everything. But you can listen to one of his better songs.

Philadelphia Is Shutting Down Its Asset Forfeiture Program

01 Oct
October 1, 2018

And paying $3 million to the people it victimized. Apparently, Philly’s was one of the most pernicious in nature.

Philadelphia hauled in $64 million in seized property over the last decade, according to an investigation by the Philadelphia Inquirer. That’s more than Brooklyn and Los Angeles combined. Not only does Philadelphia take in more than other cities, but the average seizure is significantly more petty. A City Paper review of 100 cases from 2011 and 2012 found the median amount of cash seized by the District Attorney was only $178.

Civil asset forfeiture is one of the most aggregious concepts to spring from the drug war.

Metal Tuesday- Running Wild – Jennings Revenge

28 Sep
September 28, 2018

Running Wild is one of those bands that pops up every so often in my playlist. This isn’t a great song, but it’s a damned good one.

Reliving a Bit of My Youth

27 Sep
September 27, 2018

Tonight, I’m introducing The Fiancée to one of the pivotal movies of my childhood.

One of the local theaters is doing one of those single night screenings. I warned her that I might be reciting the lines and singing along with the songs.

Star Wars Anime – New Hope Trailer

26 Sep
September 26, 2018

Came across this video on the Book of Face.

Now I want to see how he’d do with the whole movie.

Metal Tuesday- Edguy – Catch of the Century

25 Sep
September 25, 2018

I’ve said how I love Edguy because they’re a band that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Or seriously at all. And this is a great example. You really need to listen all the way to the end.

Different Values

24 Sep
September 24, 2018

The Fiancée and I were heading to our engagement picture shoot. I’m wearing new jeans that I bought at a regular (non-Bit & Tall) shop.

The Fiancée: How do those jeans fit?

Me: The pockets are too small.

The Fiancée: Is that really the most important thing for guys?

Me: It’s in the top five.

The Fiancée: So what’s the most important?

Me: That my junk isn’t smooshed.

I’ll be here all week folks!

Friday Quote – Calvin Coolidge

21 Sep
September 21, 2018

The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much more meager.

Do You Own What You Buy?

20 Sep
September 20, 2018

“You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn’t” The headline from the Register is outragey, and it’s only deep in the article the real story starts coming out.

And it’s not fair to single out just Apple either: pretty much every provider of digital content has the same rules. Amazon got in hot water a few years ago when its deal with Disney expired and customers discovered that their expensive movie purchases vanished over night. In 2009 thee was a similar ruckus when it pulled George Orwell’s classic 1984 from Kindles without notice.

In reality of course, these huge companies go to great lengths to ensure that their licensing deals with the main content companies are retained so the situation happens only occasionally. And such deals are usually worth so much to both sides that they are continually renewed.

With digital media, there’s been a long-running skirmish surrounding who truly owns their media. I don’t think it’s going to be solved anytime soon. What I do know is that if you own any digital media, it needs to be free of Digital Rights Management (DRM) code and it should be on your hard drives. Or you need physical copies.

Or just take the risk.