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May 20, 2005


Cassandra is going to take a short blog break. I wondered if this wasn't on the horizon - given the quantity (high) and quality (higher) of her output of late. It's obvious that her brain has been in overdrive... and most of us blog as an avocation and a release, not a vocation and a job... meaning that it can consume you if you let it. Those of you who don't blog may not understand the effort it takes sometimes to put together a post. Think back to high school and college... and churning out a one page paper or term paper almost daily - but you also have a job and are still playing football, and there's that baby, and... you know what I mean. That's why sometimes here all you get are pictures on weekends. Looks like Cassie needs a break - no worries, woman, you write way to well to lose your readership! I once thought this place was going to be like Cassie's place... but then I discovered I don't write that well, have a really tin political ear, and people really would rather I post Gun Pr0n.

SWWBO's Carnival of the Recipes #40 is up over at Curmudgeonry!

Blackfive has a request for those of you who are GWOT veterans who are children of Vietnam Vets. Damn! I retired a year too early!

Joe Katzman of Winds of Change sent an email with a link showing that soldiers really *are* childish... if not in the way that Indymedia would have you believe.

Dave Kopel, posting on Volokh's site, offers an analysis of Florida's new Home Defense law - wording unimaginable in England... which is where, oddly enough, the legal concept of a man's home is his castle originated.

A snippet:

So Florida-style self-defense rights may be coming to your state soon. Opponents of the law have made dire predictions about turning Florida into “the Wild West.” Similar predictions were made about the Shall Issue law, and those predictions did not come true. If you read the actual text of the Florida law, it becomes clear that the new law simply codifies common-sense principles of self-defense, including the principle that violent criminals, not innocent victims, should be the ones at risk during a violent crime.

Let’s start with the Preamble:

WHEREAS, the Legislature finds that it is proper for law-abiding people to protect themselves, their families, and others from intruders and attackers without fear of prosecution or civil action for acting in defense of themselves and others, and
WHEREAS, the castle doctrine is a common-law doctrine of ancient origins which declares that a person's home is his or her castle, and
WHEREAS, Section 8 of Article I of the State Constitution guarantees the right of the people to bear arms in defense of themselves, and
WHEREAS, the persons residing in or visiting this state have a right to expect to remain unmolested within their homes or vehicles, and
WHEREAS, no person or victim of crime should be required to surrender his or her personal safety to a criminal, nor should a person or victim be required to needlessly retreat in the face of intrusion or attack, NOW, THEREFORE,
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:

Few people could disagree with the statements in the Preamble, which simply affirm existing rights, including the rights of innocent people not to be attacked.

Hat tip to Ry for pointing it out.

I think I'll send this to my local state representative. She's a Democrat, and I doubt I'll get anything more than a polite acknowledgment (she's not a gun grabbing Dem and was preferable to her opponent on a range of other issues) and I know without asking that Governor Sebelius would veto - but what the heck, I like this law. My state Senator might be a little more receptive.

Commander Salamander asks if this what a Castle Argghhh! estate sale would look like. Short answer - no. Too much civilian stuff in this collection - but I have plenty of years left (fingers crossed) to catch up in raw numbers...

Dave, at Heartless Libertarian, points out the Army is buying some new Gun Trucks for convoy escort and EOD duty. He also has a post where he mirrors my feelings about the Republicans in the Senate not having the gumption to stand and fight, but in fact, pander. He also has a post on a day I remember well, being a geology student and all.

AFSis weighs in on the rider on the 2006 Defense Authorization Bill to dramatically rescope the role of women soldiers in combat zones. Personally, I don't think the bill will survive as written - but talking about it will keep it in the news and put pressure on the politicos - for whichever view you take. I, personally, do not care for the provisions of the bill. As a retired combat arms soldier who commanded women (admittedly not in combat) I am perfectly comfortable with the status quo.

Would all you dishonest bassids busy spreading around the pirated copies of the flipping Sith movie take a break? The 'net is damn slow today because of you weasels.

Last, but not least - for JTG, a gratuitous gun pic - of a linen cartridge (here's another view) that is sitting in the breech of a French Chassepot needle gun.