A win for the people of NY!!!

The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a 6-3 decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, expanding gun rights for the first time in more than a decade.

Justice Thomas for the majority-

“The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not ‘a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees,’” Thomas wrote in the opinion. “The exercise of other constitutional rights does not require individuals to demonstrate to government officers some special need. The Second Amendment right to carry arms in public for self-defense is no different. New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and bear arms in public.”

Full article, HERE.

The ‘best’ reaction this far, other that Oberman’s meltdown, was Geraldo Rivera’s total BS response to the question of why, if shall issue is so bad, why hasn’t Florida and the other states had problems. His answer- “They don’t have subways.”

WTH??? Really???

Oh well, score one for the good folks that can now actually get a CCW in NY without having to have a ‘friend in high places’ or a large donation. I do wonder how NY is going to react and what kind of BS they are going to pull to stop this.

LOL…

I can’t believe these things are still around, but they are…

I wonder how long the grandkids will play this before they get bored/go to sleep… I wonder how many people would have played this game over the years?

Did you???

Goose/Gander…

Rapinoe didn’t have to battle trans persons for any of her slots/scholarships, or anything else when she was coming up through the soccer world. Now that she’s out of it, she’s making some interesting statements…

Megan Rapinoe Discusses Historic Equal Pay Agreement, Title IX Anniversary and Transgender Sports Bans

“Show me the evidence that trans women are taking everyone’s scholarships, are dominating in every sport, are winning every title. I’m sorry, it’s just not happening. So we need to start from inclusion, period. And as things arise, I have confidence that we can figure it out. But we can’t start at the opposite. That is cruel. And frankly, it’s just disgusting.”

Full article, HERE from Time.

Of course she ‘conveniently’ forgot about the whole Lia Thomas controversy… As played out at Penn, HERE.

Back in 2017, they played the FC Dallas under 15 boys squad in a scrimmage. And got beat! Of course the usual excuses were given, but the more interesting part were some of the pictures…

Article, HERE from CBS. Scroll down to the pictures of the 14 year old boy with the Team USA females and note the size difference.

I don’t know where this is going to end, but I think it’s going to be ugly as hell…

Sigh…

LibertyCon AAR…

It’s been three years since we were able to gather…

So there was some ‘rust’ to be dusted off. Having said that, it was great to see everyone who made it, and I’m not going to try to list everyone, because sure as hell I’d miss somebody! And if I missed you, I’m sorry!

And we had to remember how to ‘people’ again! Kudos to Brandy and the staff for pulling everything together and get the show back on the road, so to speak. The hotel was coming out of the last two years too, and the restaurant had a limited menu, but the City Cafe was great as always (and the waits were sometimes a ‘bit’ long)!

Sadly, some folks didn’t make it in at all, or got there late due to over 1700 flights being cancelled over the weekend, and getting out yesterday was ‘interesting’ on some counts. Rich, Tish, et al shifted folks and made things work as they always do!

But…

It was a damn good con! We were all running around like chickens with our heads cut off, between trying to catch up with folks, going to or being on panels, and it didn’t seem like it was three days long. Maybe a day and a half…

The convention center was hosting multiple events all weekend, so there were our con, a bodybuilding contest (the ladies were loving that), an actual Indian wedding, and an MMA fight. So there was an ‘interesting’ mix of folks flowing through the hotel.

As always, the elevators were FULL, requiring the ‘dance’ anytime you got on one! LOL…

I was on six panels, and I think they all went well, or at least I didn’t get cussed out, so I’m calling that a win! All of the GOHs were outstanding, the mass signings went well, and there were surprisingly few bitches at the end.

As always, there is a charity chosen and this year it was Lana’s Love (Children’s cancer). Thanks to those who contributed/bid/etc., right at $13,000 was donated to support this outstanding cause! And Wendell FINALLY got a new home (and went for $700)! Thanks to Tully and everyone else who’d passed him around and took pictures of his travel!

Now it’s back to reality, wading through four days of emails, and writing (short story due in 10 days)… And sleep in my own bed! Yay!

And I ‘should’ be back to regular commenting tomorrow.

LibertyCon day 3…

Stick a fork in it, we’re done!!! Kudos to the convention staff for the literally thousands of hours of work to pull this together, could not have asked for better support and coordination, and from my perspective as a Loli panelist it went very well! Everyone seem to enjoy the panels, the con suite, and the folks that were supporting behind the scenes.

People left yesterday afternoon yesterday evening and a bunch of us were leaving this morning going back to the reality of the real world. It’s been great to have a weekend where we didn’t worry about the Internet or the TV or anything else other than enjoying the time with our friends. I’ll be back to regular blogging and commenting on Tuesday.

LibertyCon day 2…

OMG, my dogs are barking! We are definitely getting our steps in, over 5000 on day one and day two both. This is a big damn hotel on convention center! And it’s been interesting this weekend as we have between 1000 and 1200 people at liberty gone, there is also a bodybuilding contest at the far end of the convention center, and there was an MMA fight last night at the convention center. So you talk about a mixed bag of customers, people looking at each other “funny”, and some really interesting conversations… 🙂

The panels are very interesting, sometimes as much for what is said as well it’s not said. The conversations inside bars have also been interesting, as writers are not all a monolithic group of right or left wing people. But everyone is willing to sit down and discuss their perspectives without any yelling or screaming or getting up and stopping off. We may not change peoples minds but we are willing to listen and when I say wait that is both sides of the spectrum which makes me really appreciate this group.

tomorrow is the last day, and frankly, I think we’re all ready for that. It’s been three years since most of us have been out and about and having to deal with people! So three days of intense interactions, discussions, and plotting and scheming I’ve just about Frye and all of us… 🙂 I’ll try to write up a more full AR once I get back and get to a real computer instead of trying to type this on my phone.

 

LibertyCon!!!

Yesterday was the first day of LibertyCon, we’re back in the saddle after three years! It was fun, and we all had to remember how to “people” again. It’s great to see folks and to catch up on what people have been doing, not only our author friends but also the readers who do come to LibertyCon. The day started early, and I finally got back to the room about 1 o’clock this morning so… My butt‘s dragging a bit. Day too will start early with breakfast, and then it’s more panels and more chances to see friends and talk to folks. I’ll try to get a real AAR up after the weekend and I get home.

LibertyCon!!!

Here’s my schedule for the weekend! Otherwise I’ll either be in the bar or wandering around the con!

Hope to see y’all there!

On the road again…

Off to LibertyCon in Chattanooga! Looking forward to seeing old friends, being on a few panels, and hopefully picking up a few new readers!

I received this in response to my post about aging earlier in the week and have to share it…

THOSE WERE THE DAYS!!!!  GLAD WE COULD ENJOY THEM.

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1950’s version of an E-Mail

I have no idea who put this together, but it is interesting!!

Long ago and far away, in a land that time forgot,
Before the days of Dylan , or the dawn of Camelot.
There lived a race of innocents, and they were you and me,

For Ike was in the White House in that land where we were born,
Where navels were for oranges, and Peyton Place was porn.


We longed for love and romance, and waited for our Prince,
Eddie Fisher married Liz, and no one’s seen him since.

We danced to ‘Little Darlin,’ and sang to ‘Stagger Lee’
And cried for Buddy Holly in the Land That Made Me, Me.


Only girls wore earrings then, and 3 was one too many,
And only boys wore flat-top cuts, except for Jean McKinney.

And only in our wildest dreams did we expect to see
A boy named George with Lipstick, in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We fell for Frankie Avalon, Annette was oh, so nice,
And when they made a movie, they never made it twice..

We didn’t have a Star Trek Five, or Psycho Two and Three,
Or Rocky-Rambo Twenty in the Land That Made Me, Me.

Miss Kitty had a heart of gold, and Chester had a limp,
And Reagan was a Democrat whose co-star was a chimp.


We had a Mr. Wizard, but not a Mr. T,
And Oprah couldn’t talk yet, in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We had our share of heroes, we never thought they’d go,
At least not Bobby Darin, or Marilyn Monroe.
For youth was still eternal, and life was yet to be,
And Elvis was forever in the Land That Made Me, Me.


We’d never seen the rock band that was Grateful to be Dead,
And Airplanes weren’t named Jefferson , and Zeppelins were not Led.


And Beatles lived in gardens then, and Monkees lived in trees,
Madonna was Mary in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We’d never heard of microwaves, or telephones in cars,
And babies might be bottle-fed, but they were not grown in jars.

Original Antique Rotary Western Electric Model 302 Telephone image 1
And pumping iron got wrinkles out, and ‘gay’ meant fancy-free,
And dorms were never co-Ed in the Land That Made Me, Me.


We hadn’t seen enough of jets to talk about the lag,
And microchips were what was left at the bottom of the bag.


And hardware was a box of nails, and bytes came from a flea,
And rocket ships were fiction in the Land That Made Me, Me.


T-Birds came with portholes, and side shows came with freaks,
And bathing suits came big enough to cover both your cheeks.

And Coke came just in bottles, and skirts below the knee,
And Castro came to power near the Land That Made Me, Me.

We had no Crest with Fluoride, we had no Hill Street Blues,
We had no patterned pantyhose or Lipton herbal tea
Or prime-time ads for those dysfunctions in the Land That Made Me, Me.

There were no golden arches, no Perrier to chill,
And fish were not called Wanda, and cats were not called Bill


And middle-aged was 35 and old was forty-three,
And ancient were our parents in the Land That Made Me, Me.


But all things have a season, or so we’ve heard them say,
And now instead of Maybelline we swear by Retin-A.
They send us invitations to join AARP,
We’ve come a long way, baby, from the Land That Made Me, Me.

So now we face a brave new world in slightly larger jeans,
And wonder why they’re using smaller print in magazines.
And we tell our children’s children of the way it used to be,
Long ago and far away in the Land That Made Me, Me.

A follow-up…

To yesterday’s post about gun control/2A

What is the role of journalists when covering America’s mass shooting crisis, and how can they responsibly report on tragedies like the recent shootings in Uvalde, Buffalo and Tulsa?

Those are complicated but crucial questions to answer, says Dannagal Young, a University of Delaware professor who studies the impact that news stories have on the public.

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This difference is called episodically framed stories versus thematically framed stories.

Full article HERE from NPR of all places!

I am reminded of something that Max Schindler (original director of Meet the Press) told me a number of years ago. He said words to the effect that give him blood and guts and he could get that on air for 15 minutes daily for 3-4 days. A tear jerker ‘good’ story might get 1 minute one night.

And Proud Hillbilly, references this quote-

“This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty… The right to self-defence is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine the right within the narrowest limits possible.  Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any colour or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.”   St. George Tucker (1752-1827) Blackstone’s Commentaries: with Notes of Reference, to the Constitution and Laws, of the Federal Government of the United States; and of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  As quoted in the majority opinion of the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008.

Obviously ‘we’ are NOT the first country to deal with this issue, and it is obvious that our framers thought long and hard on ALL of the Bill of Rights.

Miggy and the folks over at Gun Free Zone have been beating on this for years, along with John over at No Lawyers- Only Guns and Money. There used to be quite a few more ‘dedicated’ gun bloggers, but they have by and large dropped out of the blogosphere for any number of reasons.

And a bit of ‘fun’ follow up- The grands had to go ‘help’ clean up the school for end of year. Of course there was a little ‘payback’ for them in the form of a bounce house waterslide and hot dogs after they finished…

And light kids and obviously SLICK waterslides allowed them to LAUNCH themselves… LOL

And the granddaughter screamed all the way down and looks like she got about a foot of ‘air’! LOL

And PP ended up helping with the food… Thanks to her and the other parents for leaving the kids a ‘positive’ impression of school!