NYSRPA v. Bruen Update

I’m only 24 pages into the decision, but I’m pretty sure the Ninth Circuit is shitting bricks about now.

Scrutiny is out. Especially intermediate scrutiny, and Thomas sounds pissed that lower courts have continued to improperly apply intermediate scrutiny in 2A cases.

 

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NYSRPA v. Bruen Dropped

Here

It struck down NY’s stupidly restrictive concealed law. It’s a 135 pages, so I’ll go through it when I’m done with yard work. Thomas wrote the opinion, so there’s a good chance I’ll mostly like the details.

 

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Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm: ‘I Just Don’t Know’ What Oil Companies Need to Boost Gas Production

After all, we’re invoking the Defense Production Act to boost rainbow and unicorn fart production.

President Joe Biden’s energy secretary, Jennifer Granholm, expressed ignorance ahead of a high-profile meeting with executives, stating she does not know what oil companies need to produce more gasoline.

You could start with expanding drilling leases. That’ one of the longest lead time fixes, so you need to do it first.

Then you let the refineries shift back to petroleum processing instead of biodiesel. (And end that insane ethanol boost; we know you want to destroy vehicles, but if this continues we won’t have an economy left for you idiots to transform.)

Refineries also need increased — and reliable — oil input. This is another long lead item, but remember — well Gropin’ Joe probably doesn’t — those pipeline projects he killed? Yeah, that’s when the BIDEN price increases started. Oil companies were projecting operation based on futures (you may have heard the term in passing; get a stock market type to explain to you in single syllable words). They planned their production around expected future flow, and you green-manure-for-grains killed that future market.

And telling gas stations to lower their prices (I swear I saw two or three reports of that already)??

Do you know why gas stations for last few decades have convenience stores or other associated restaurants and shops? Gasoline is damned near a loss-leader for them. Folks come in for the gas, and pick up some over-priced merchandise while they’re at it; and that where most of the station’s profit is. Very few stations can afford to cut their gas prices much, or they won’t have enough money to fill the pump tanks again (there’s that futures thing again; current prices reflecrt what the station projects to need for the next tanker load).

Oh, and that fucking brilliant plan of increasing taxes on oil companies?

WTF? Of course that’ll raise prices. If I were an Exxon shareholder, I’d demand the removal of any executive who paid that out of earnings which — futures again — they’ll need to keep paying for more oil to process. Those taxes will be passed on to the consumers.

And those nasty profits you economically challenged morons whine about? Higher current earning don’t mean higher profits until you figure in the higher expenses your policies are forcing on them.

And if someone can’t make a profit in the oil industry, why would they continue to invest in it?

Sure, you think think we wouldn’t need nasty oil if we’d just get rid of our intenal combustion vehicles and peddle to work or drive in our gas/coaled-generated electricity powered econoboxes.

One, that conversion will take decades at best.

Two, we’ll still need oil. Lubricants, plastics (and you do not want to return to the days of non-plastic medical care), chemical feedstocks, medicines… It’s a long list.

I’m fairly sure none of these morons passed so much as a high school Home Ec course.

Now excuse while I go mow the grass with my unicorn fart gas powered mower.

Assuming I have enough left in the tank to do the whole yard.

 

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They Had To Pass It To See What’s In It, I Guess

Here are the 14 GOP senators who voted to advance gun safety bill
The Senate on Tuesday broke through nearly 30 years of stalemate on gun control legislation by voting 64 to 34 to advance an 80-page gun safety bill to respond to the mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y., and Uvalde, Texas, that left 31 people dead, including 19 school children.

Judging from what I’ve seen in the news and blogs today, an awful lot of folks didn’t even know the bill text dropped until this morning.

HOURS AFTER THESE FUCKERS VOTED ON IT.

I learned of the bill text last night. Apparently about the time they were voting.

I didn’t complete my bill analysis until 10AM this morning, a good twelve hours after they voted on it. And I’m not particularly slow: My reading speed has been clocked in excess of 1600 words per minute. And I concentrated on Title II of the bill.

Tell me these fourteen fuckheaded gang-rapers read, analyzed, and comprehended what they voted on at near light speed.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.)
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah)
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.)

The Hill expressed surprise that some, Young in particular, supported this bill. But looking at this list, my thought is more, “Figures.”

 

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“Mostly Harmless”

Clayton Cramer on the new gun control bill:

“I read it and it is mostly harmless.”

Read it again. It is not mostly harmless, unless you mean that in the sense of “mostly peaceful.”

 

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That Promised TZP Column On The New Gun Control Bill

It’s about as bad as I expected last night.


GANG-RAPE SAFER COMMUNITIES ACT
Last night, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act text finally dropped. I started to look it over, but stopped out of fear that an anger-induced stroke might get me before I could fall asleep.

Always keep in mind just what “bipartisan” really means.
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The Senate Gun Control Bill Finally Dropped

It’s here>.

I haven’t gone through all of it yet, because if I do it now I’ll be too fucking angry to sleep tonight. I looked at one section, and it already has me so pissed that sleep is going to be an issue anyway.

I need a drink.

Just to get you primed for the full analysis, which I’ll publish at The Zelman Partisans in the morning and link here…

It appears that if you sell a one gun — ever — with the intent of getting money for it, then you’re a dealer and you’ll need an FFL first.

There does not appear to be any exception for sales to friends or family. At a guess, the only “sale” that wouldn’t require an FFL is probably “selling” a gun at a loss in a “buyback” with the intent of getting a gun “off the street.” Remember when I put my rifle up for sale because I wanted money for it (to pay medical bills)? Under this bill, I would have needed to apply and wait months for a license — and pay the licensing fee — just to sell it at would then be a loss to… not be able to pay my bills.

The bill also addresses the so-called “boyfriend loophole,” but if I check it now, I might stroke out.

There is actually a fair chance this will pass, because there are at least eleven dickless Repugnant senators who want to pretend they’re doing something for the children. And with Dimwit control of the House and White House…

Fuck ’em all.

 

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[UPDATE] Uvalde School Door

For lack of further data at this time, I’m gonna have to question whether that door could even be locked. From the inside anyway, as the cops are now claiming.

The gunman then entered adjoining classrooms 111 and 112, walked back into the hallway one time, then reentered the classrooms and locked the door behind him, [Texas DPS Director Steven] McCraw previously said.

He locked it behind himself, really?

Uvalde shooting: Texas DPS officials bring Robb Elementary School door into state capitol ahead of hearing
Texas Department of Public Safety officials brought a door from the Robb Elementary School shooting into the Texas State Capitol on Tuesday morning ahead of a special Senate committee hearing on the tragedy.

Hopefully that isn’t the actual door from the murder scene classroom. But if it is indicative of the door in question, that picture is very interesting. Let’s zoom in.

There is no key slot visible in that door handle; no lock control. That would be fairly typical for the room-side door handle. The key hole would be on the hall-side.

But there’s no way for Bucket O’Chum to lock it behind him. Nor is there a separate locking mechanism visible, and that door section is large enough — and secondary locks are normally installed fairly close to the handle — for one to be visible if one were there.

Uvalde Chief Coward Arredondo has also claimed:

Arredondo described the door to the classroom as one having a steel jamb that is designed to keep attackers in the hallways from forcing themselves in.

No such jam is visible on their prop. And if the door had such a manual jam, what good would keys have done? You could unlock a door, but it would still be jammed. And…

Allegedly, the door outwards into the hall. What sort of door jam or door stop on the inside would keep them from pulling the door open? A cross bar maybe; but I see no indication of that on the prop.

Since fishbait was able to simply open the door — twice — it wasn’t locked, whether that was due to being manually unlocked or malfunctioning.

However, a June 9 CNN report (yeah, take it with a grain of salt) said:

One teacher went to lock the door, but Miah says the shooter was already right there — and shot out the window in the door.

That does support the idea that some sort of lock was there. But it also supports the idea that it was not locked to begin with. During a lockdown.

Why on earth would the cops bring in the door or a prop to demonstrate a door lock without including… well, the lock?

Now, the reason I hope that isn’t the actual door. The real door is evidence. Both in an investigation the Uvalde cops claim is ongoing, and for the inevitable lawsuits.

Added: Yep.

A law enforcement source told the San Antonio Express-News that surveillance footage from Robb Elementary School shows that police made no effort to open the door. The report further states there is reason to believe it may have been unlocked.
[…]
According to the source, investigators believe the shooter who killed 19 children and two teachers at the school could not have locked the door to the connected classrooms from the inside.

 

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I See An Investment Opportunity Here

Canada is about to phase in a total ban on single-use plastics.

Trudeau Liberals begin countdown to ending use of single-use plastics
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said that Canada will ban the importing of certain single-use containers and goods by the year’s end, with bans for the end of next year already planned.

That should work well. TPM helpfully included a link to a previous report that explains just how extensive this ban would finally be.

Cabinet on May 12 listed “all plastic manufactured items” including toys, textiles, kitchen appliances, carpets, bottling and packaging as toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. A coalition of oil and chemical companies has challenged the order in Federal Court as “wrong in law” and “based on conjecture, not evidence.”

Everything. Not even just single-use stuff. All of it.

But right off, next time you go to a hospital or doctor’s office take a look at all the sterile instruments and equipment made of plastic. So that it’s disposable. Saves the time, trouble, and expense of autoclaving everything for use and re-use.

If Canada’s totalitarian twits really go through this, invest in autoclave companies, if you’ve got the cash to spare (I know; unlikely these days). There’s going to be a hell of a market for them. And shop around for companies that still manufacture glass and steel medical equipment.

 

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