From the daily archives: Monday, December 31, 2007

My journey into firearm ownership

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We’ve been talking a lot about firearm regulation here at Plunderbund this past year, and I even mentioned in passing I was taking a CCW/handgun safety course earlier in December. Last week, I purchased a handgun. As of today, I’m licensed to carry that handgun concealed. I wanted to relate my impressions of the process.

The good:

The training course I took. The state mandates certain minimum training requirements to apply for a concealed carry license, which this class met and exceeded. It was fun and informative. Frankly, I wouldn’t be disappointed if state law were amended to make the […]

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Despite being a “hard-core” liberal, I’m not a party “loyalist”. I don’t agree with every plank, and I like to look at candidates as individuals. Up until today, there was one permutation of the GOP candidates versus the Dem candidates where I might well have voted for the GOP candidate. The GOP candidate in question was Ron Paul. Yes, he has nutty glibertarian views about abolishing all kinds of government departments. Yes, he has a fanatical, almost fundamentalist army of hard-core supporters. I was able to look past that stuff because he seemed quite principled, honest, and reasonable.

Then I […]

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Here is an absolutely hilarious article about the 50 Most Loathsome People in America, 2007. A healthy dose of sarcasm aimed at virtually everybody who didn’t have their head down in 2007. I wish I could pick a favorite entry, but it was just too difficult.

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the AP is reporting that “The U.S. military is giving the Ohio National Guard its biggest call-up since World War II this week.” Ohio will be sending another 1,600 troops to Kuwait and Iraq to fight George Bush’s highly unpopular war.

Let’s just hope Ohio doesn’t face any serious state emergencies this year that would require the help of the national guard- because they won’t be here, where they belong, to help.

In a related story- CNN is reporting that 2007 was the deadliest year in Iraq for US troops- with 899 deaths.

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The PD is reporting that a new charter middle school is coming to Columbus this fall. And this time- it looks like it might actually be a good thing for a change.

That’s because this school will be opened by The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP)- a non-profit charter-school chain often called the nation’s best.

The Gates Foundation lists KIPP-operated schools as high-quality model schools:

KIPP schools are open enrollment, college-preparatory, public charter, and contract schools that seek to provide educationally underserved students in urban and rural communities with the knowledge, skills, and character needed to succeed. Students […]

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FoxTrot skewers Congress

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A clever FoxTrot cartoon yesterday skewered Congress over 1998’s DMCA. I can’t inline the image here, so head over to the website to read it yourself. Very funny.

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