Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Thursday, November 10, 2005

I'm on "Vacation"

Which means that for the next couple of weeks I'll be ripping out my kitchen and painting the inside of my entire house.

Oh. Joy.

There is good news out there, though. He-who-shall-not-be-named reports that Brit Nicky Samengo-Turner, who was arrested on after a random stop-and-search for having a Swiss-army knife and a collapsable baton locked in his briefcase in his car, has been acquitted on the charges of carrying A) a lockback knife and B) an "offensive weapon" in public. He was arrested on Nov. 3 of last year, and it caused some stir in the blogosphere at the time, though I don't think I wrote about it here. I'm still looking (in vain) for a news piece on the story (somehow I doubt the medja in Old Blighty will find that story particularly compelling), but I'm glad to know that Mr. Samengo-Turner won't be serving any time for his "offence." Just paying through the nose for legal fees. All I've found is this little blurb in the Telegraph's "Business Diary":
Guilty of not paying attention to handbags

Common sense has prevailed after former banker Nicky Samengo-Turner was cleared of wrong-doing by a jury yesterday. He had been arrested last November under anti-terror legislation for having a pen-knife in his car. During a break from the procedings, his wife’s handbag was snatched in a coffee shop 100 yards from the court. He claims the police have yet to take "much of an interest" in the incident.
Here in Tucson I carry a wickedly sharp Spyderco lockback knife in my pocket, a Leatherman Wave multi-tool on my belt (which has two locking blades, each over 3" long), and a 9mm Makarov in the glovebox of my truck. None of these are "offensive" weapons. But in England they'd each get me thrown in the slammer.

Remember: "Violent and predatory" vs. "Violent but protective."

In England, all they see is "violent."

Except, perhaps, for Mr. Samengo-Turner's jury. Good on 'ya, mates.

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