WIll this end well?

The Supreme Court has decided to review whether “whether strict local and state gun control laws violate the Second Amendment“.

This could be good, because this could lead to a lessening of strict gun control laws in some states that are not currently 2nd amendment friendly.

It could be bad, because it could end up that these laws are actually upheld. But that would mean that the Supremes have to reverse themselves regarding Heller.

Precedent setting, either way.

On the one hand, I believe in the 2nd amendment. I am a strict constitutionalist, therefore the 2nd amendment means just what it says….”shall not be infringed” means just that. I do not believe that any license is needed to carry, either concealed or openly, nor to possess any “arm”. Does that mean full automatic firearms and RPG’s should be legal? Yes. Sawed off shotguns? Yes. Arms are, after all, arms. Who gets to limit them? If they are limited, we are violating the part about “shall not be infringed”. While the original “arms” referred to the muskets and such that were the technology of the day, there were no limits placed then, no limits as to what kind, nor how many “arms” . “shall not be infringed”. Enough said.

On the other hand, there is that pesky 10th amendment. States rights and all that. Just in case you need a refresher, it reads “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.”.

Does the 2nd trump the 10th? We shall see. One could argue that the 2nd is came 2nd, as a part of the original Constitution, and the 10th was, IIRC, added later. You also have the Articles of Confederation…”Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States”.

I dunno, this will be interesting though. Let’s see how the spin ges in non 2nd amendment states. Should be interesting arguments from the east coast folks, and from Illinois, and especially from the PRK (People’s Republik of Kalifornia)…

One issue is the viewpoint of the constitution. I see it as a limiter for government, not a document bestowing rights to the “people”. Others see it as giving rights to the “people”, not a limit to what government can do.

More HERE

I’m betting that things will go for more 2nd amendment rights. Eventually. Someday.

more Left failure

Go here for a long article about the slow (but accelerating) collapse of socialism in Europe.

It’s long but worth the read.

Now, If only, as I said before, the left here in the US can learn from this before they go too far down the path of socialism to easily change direction.

But I doubt that they will.

So where does that leave the US in 2—3—or 5 years?

Failing like Europe?

Or will we, as citizens, rein in the left before it is too late?

If not, someday no one will admit to voting for a Democrat in the past…..

European Socialists need “to think a lot harder about what the state can and can’t do in the 21st century,”

But not here. Here, socialism is good.

“I don’t think Socialism in Europe has a future; and given that it is a core constitutive part of the European democratic consensus, that’s bad news.”

The US democrats can’t seem to learn, nor can they veer from the course that they have set, even though their European ideal is moving ever farther right….

Socialism is fading…..Everywhere but here in the US.

You’d think that they would learn from their European socialist brothers.

But no.

Thought 4 the day

Look
I understand too little too late…
I realize there are things you say and do
You can never take back.
But what would you be if you didn’t even try
You have to try….
So after a lot of thought
I’d like to reconsider,
Please,
If it’s not too late….
Make it a cheeseburger

L.L.

I’m just sayin’

On Disarmament

Nuclear disarmament is a great idea.
In theory.
But then all it takes is one who won’t.

Mr. Obama shows his naivete in his remarks.

Still stuck in the 60’s mindset, apparently.

“Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who don’t.”

Even French President Sarkozy agrees that Obama is foolish.

Realistic assessment on ones opponents does not seem to be a strong point of liberals.

Glowbal Warmening discussed at length

Michael Hammer:

Why I am an Anthropogenic Global Warming Sceptic:

This is worth a read, it is long as hell, but worth reading nonetheless. It breaks down the issues with the global warming climate change fallacies better than any other argument than I have ever seen.

Excerps:

The AGW hypothesis is based on temperature rises between about 1975 and 1998 or about 25 years worth of data. This is claimed to be definitive yet the last 10 years worth of data shows falling global temperatures. This is claimed to be a short term aberration and of no consequence. I do not see how 25 years can be considered definitive beyond dispute while 10 years of data is a short term aberration, too short to be significant. I would have thought at least a 10:1 ratio would be necessary to make such a claim.

AND:

For the last 10 years the global temperature data shows either no atmospheric temperature rise or indeed a falling global temperature. Recently this has been claimed to be due to a combination of a quiet sun and changes in ocean circulation superimposed on the underlying warming trend. The further claim is that when these effects reverse, warming will start again with a vengeance.

If these natural processes can cancel out the impact of AGW then they are as powerful as AGW. If they can overwhelm the impact of AGW to cause cooling they are more powerful, yet IPCC and other AGW proponents have claimed in previous assessment reports that solar influences are only a minor contributor compared to CO2.

Take the time to read the whole thing. It pretty well trashes the “logic” that is used in the AGW arguments.

Update:

It seems that all of the original data about surface temps seems to have vanished in a sorta/kinda tragic accidents or something….