They’re Coming For Your Range

The feds have published a Notice of Proposed Rule-Making; Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Conventional Cooking Products.

Yes, the same tyrannical morons who brought us poorly flushing toilets, low-flow showers, and dishwashers and clothes washer that take all day to poorly clean, are now going for your stove.

The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (“EPCA”), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including consumer conventional cooking products. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) to periodically determine whether more-stringent standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings. In this supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (“SNOPR”), DOE proposes new and amended energy conservation standards for consumer conventional cooking products, and also announces a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results.

No, let’s back up. Show me where in the Constitution is your specifically delegated power to regulate toilets, shower heads, dishwashers, clothes washers, light bulbs, or ranges.

That was not a rhetorical question.

I’m waiting.

No? Then let’s look at an apparent Administrative Procedures Act violation in your NPRM.

Meeting: DOE will hold a public meeting via webinar on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. See section VII of this document, “Public Participation,” for webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants.

Are you getting administrative guidance from the ATF?

You’re going to hold a meeting on January 31, 2023?

And you just announced it on February 1, 2023?

The proper role of any government is not to cripple power infrastructure and then compensate by likewise crippling the citizens’ property.

The rule is improper, unlawful, and most importantly unconstitutional. And the people are getting tired of micromanaging microcephalics.

 

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TZP Column: Baldwin Probable Cause Statement


BALDWIN CHARGING AFFIDAVIT</a
The probable cause statement for Alec Baldwin’s involuntary manslaughter charges is available.

For those with an unfortunate interest in law, it’s very interesting. For those convinced that Baldwin shouldn’t have been charged because he’s just a stupid actor, and you can’t expect actors to show any sense, and the Four Rules aren’t law…
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Oops

Sometimes those appeals can backfire on you.

Illinois loses appeal over gun control law, leaving restraining order in effect
The state of Illinois lost an appeal on Tuesday after a lower court judge issued a restraining order on a newly enacted ban on some semiautomatic rifles as well as high-capacity magazines.
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After an appeal from Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Illinois’ Fifth District appellate court ruled on Tuesday in a 2-to-1 decision that the temporary restraining order can stay in place, and also extends it statewide. Previously, the temporary restraining order only applied to the plaintiffs.

So Illinois went from having an injunction that kept them from going after a few hundred people, to one that covers the entire state. I guess Raoul’s got some splainin’ to do.

I must admit that seeing an Illinois state appeals court rule against gun control surprised me. Are times a-changin’?

 

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Baldwin Is Screwed

He’s been formally charged, and the probable cause affidavit has been released. His lawyers must be scrambling for a plea deal.

Remember his repeated claims that he never pulled the trigger? Turns out there’s video (something I suspected would be the case).

BREAKING NEWS: Alec Baldwin is formally charged with involuntary manslaughter for Rust shooting: Prosecutors say videos show him with his finger on trigger before he killed Halyna Hutchins
Among the papers filed Tuesday is a 10-page probable cause affidavit which claims Baldwin gave ‘inconsistent accounts’ about how the shooting happened, at first telling police he ‘fired’ the gun, then insisting he did not pull the trigger.

The affidavit also claims there is surveillance footage of Baldwin on the day in question, in the immediate lead up to the accident, with his hand on the trigger.

They also say he did not undergo proper gun safety training, and that he was talking to his family on his cell phone when he was meant to have been learning how to handle the weapon.

‘Photo and video evidence from inside the church on the day of the shooting show some of the rehearsal up to and including moments before the shooting.

‘The photos and videos clearly show Baldwin multiple times with his finger inside of the trigger guard and on the trigger, while manipulating the hammer and while drawing, pointing and holstering the revolver.’

Skipped safety training, changed his story, video and photos of his finger on the trigger, forensic report that says the handgun was functioning correctly.

I always figured he was stupidly holding the trigger down when he cocked the hammer, and it naturally fell when he let it go.

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TZP Column: Pistol Braces


PISTOL BRACE RULE
It’s probably worth noting that the ATF’s pistol brace rule was formally published in the Federal Register today, making it official.

The countdown has started. If you have a braced pistol, you have 120 days to decide how to proceed.
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TZP Column: Assault Pistols


NEW MEXICAN “ASSAULT PISTOL”
New Mexico state Senator William P. Soules [Dim] has filed a new bill, SB 171 RELATING TO FIREARMS; PROHIBITING THE SALE OF AUTOMATIC FIREARMS.

It begins by defining a new class of evil firearms; the assault pistol.
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The Year Of The Rabbit Was Almost Canceled

A zoo in China tried to celebrate the transition from the Year of the Tiger to the new Year of the Rabbit, by putting a tiger next to a rabbit.

It went about the way any sane person of normal intelligence would expect: predator, meet tasty meat.

Hat tip to Peter Grant.

 

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As If Poor Impulse Control Isn’t Enough Of A Problem On Twitter

Think it, post it; automatically. What could possibly go wrong?

Brain implant thinner than a single human hair could allow you to use social media with your MIND
Scientists have developed a brain implant that is thinner than a human hair and would allow you to use social media with your mind.

The highly experimental chip is designed for paralyzed or mute patients people with paralysis who cannot use their limbs to communicate via a computer.

But it could also allow healthy people to use social media with the power of their mind alone.

This fad for brain implant computer interfacing baffles me. You’ve got to wonder if people, who feel the need to rush out and replace their smart phones with the latest model, really want to keep getting brain surgery to upgrade to the latest and greatest.

Then there’s spam going straight to the brain.

And hackers.

Or feds.

Nope.

 

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Pro Tip: Turkeys Are Edible

Problem solved.

Fowl play! Female turkey ‘Gladys’ terrorizes Minnesota neighborhood, forcing residents to carry makeshift weapons outside after she ripped jackets and drew blood: ‘Somebody help us!’
A Minnesota turkey has been terrorizing a neighborhood for more than a year, causing residents to carry makeshift weapons to protect themselves.

Rachel Gross, 41, of Coon Rapids, never knows what to expect when she leaves her house, but she always carries a broom, water bottle and golf club as a precaution after the large bird perched on her roof fell on top of her in 2021.

 

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