Saturday, February 28, 2015

GOAL Post 2015-8



Joe has sent out this week's GOAL Post.  Most of the bills have died; all of the "good" ones in the House, mostly because Tacoma Representative Jinkins never met a gun control she didn't love, or a firearms right she didn't hate. 
If you live in her district, take note.
One bill was forcibly removed form her purview, moved to a different committee, and significantly; re-written. Thanks in no small part to our lobbyists and activists.
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FROM: GOAL <goalwa@cox.net>
TO: undisclosed-recipients:
SUBJECT: GOAL Post 2015-8
SENT: Sat 2/28/2015 4:14 AM

Legislative Update from Olympia 27 February 2015
FISCAL COMMITTEE CUT-OFF
TWELVE SURVIVE
CHAMBER CUT-OFF 11 MARCH
FOCUS SHIFTS TO FLOOR ACTION
NO PUBLIC HEARINGS ON BILLS

Today is the fiscal committee cut-off for those bills that required the legislature to identify a funding source if the bill was to proceed.  As with the policy committee cut-off, bills that did not pass out of committee are considered dead for the session -- probably.

Eleven bills remain under consideration.  Most are in their respective Rules Committees awaiting a floor vote.  Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 5381 (return of firearms held by law enforcement) passed out of the Senate on a 49-0 vote.  The substitute bill cleared away our objections to the bill, although the House counterpart, HB 1731 is still unacceptable in its current form.   

Wednesday, 11 March is the chamber cut-off for the 2015 Regular Session.  By 5 p.m. on the 11th, all House Bills must pass the House, Senate bills pass the Senate, for the bills to remain in play for the session.  This will result in another major culling of bills as the legislators simply run out of time to vote on more bills

The focus for the next 12 days will be on activity (voting) on the House and Senate floors -- the entire chamber voting to pass bills.  There will be a few committee hearings but you can expect the full House and Senate to be on their respective chamber floors for most of the day (and some evenings) until 5 p.m. on the 11th.  If you can find the time, this is a great opportunity to see the entire House or Senate debating and voting on bills on the floor.  (They typically run bills in batches -- maybe a dozen or more bill votes, then they recess and go into their caucus (Republican and Democrat) rooms to discuss the party position on the next batch of bills. 

There are no more public hearings on bills of interest until after the 11 March chamber cut-off.  The process then starts all over again, with House bills being heard in the Senate and Senate bills in the House.  We're five days short of being half-way through the 105-day session!

BILL STATUS:

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dinner pic

Usually don't bother, but...

...This was pretty good.

As you may be able to tell, this was when I went back for seconds.

"Tomato Kielbasa Shortcakes."  Made with elk meat kielbasa. Basically, you make pico de gallo and add the sliced sausage to it, and put it over the shortcake; recipe called for dressing with sour cream, we added guacamole as well.

The shortcakes are 2 parts AP flour to 1 part cornmeal, with baking powder, baking soda, sour cream for dairy and a touch of sugar. Tasted like corn bread with more body to it, and a slightly crunchy exterior.

Pretty good stuff, will probably avoid telling any babushkas about this use of kielbasa next I'm back in Detroit, though...

Broccoli slaw as a side. Cheated on that, bag of broccoli slaw and jar of cole slaw dressing from the grocery store, threw in a handful each of craisins and sunflower seed kernels.

As an aside, jalapeƱos seem to be running huge these days. Made a triple batch of guacamole for the Super Bowl Sunday potluck and only needed a single pepper, the average jalapeƱo these days would have been regarded as an extra large one just a few years ago.

RIP, Leonard Nimoy


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Just what color is the sky in their universe?

  1. As you have no doubt heard, State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf stated that the best way to defeat terrorism was to give the terrorists jobs.
  2. Meanwhile, Obama Aide Calls Netanyahu’s Planned Visit ‘Destructive’ to U.S.-Israel Ties. No, bucky, your idiot boss's policies are destructive to US-Israel ties. Schmuck.
  3. Meanwhile meanwhile, Bill Nye "The Science Guy" proved that being able to run a show that made science accessible and entertaining to kids does not mean that one has a clue on anything else by stating that European Jews' problems would just go away of they would only get out to meet their neighbors. (Anyone who can make Rob Reiner look like the smart one in the conversation...)
I see a new sitcom: Meet The Sonderkommandos!

The Pledge

If the Government makes rules that limit my First Amendment right to express my opinion, I will not obey those rules.
I'm see no reason to limit the Patterico Free Speech Pledgeto the Federal Elections Commission,or, for that matter, the Federal Communications Commission.

My greatest fear is that someone, somewhere, will find a way to interpret a simple statement of opinion as libel/slander or a "disclosure of national security information", and the next thing you know, it's off to the Lubyanka...

Not sayin' it's "decorate the lamp-posts" time, but, frankly, any politician, elected or appointed, who supports government control of the internet deserves the whole torch & pitchfork, tar & feather, stocks & pillory, ride 'em outta town on a rail treatment.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Politicians playing politics with political games...

So, apparently Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson (Jeh?) is lobbying for folks to call their congresscritter and demand that the DHS Budget be passed.

For anyone not paying attention--which includes those disgusted with politics, and who can blame them?--the issue is that the House passed a DHS budget which specifically did not include funding for His Imperial Majesty, Barack Hussein Obama's proposed immigration amnesty.

The Senate has not even been able to vote on same due to a Democratic filibuster.

Part of Secretary Johnson's reasoning runs along the lines of "With ISIS/ISIL and Al Qaeda and Boko Haram and Al Shabab and all those other touchy-feely members of the Religion of Peace acting up, this is no time to play politics with money for Homeland Security!"

Some thoughts:
  • If the goat-humping neo-barbs are such a threat, maybe we should be tightening up on immigration, not throwing open the gates.
  • A year ago the filibuster was a tool of the devil. Now it is the sacred right of the minority party.
  • I guess it's only playing politics when the other guy doesn't do what you want.
  • Maybe it's just me, but I'm a little annoyed by a cabinet secretary lobbying like this.
  • I was going to comment on the hypocrisy of blaming the GOP for this, but never mind.
  • And, of course, the media playing cheerleader for HIMBHO & Minions.
I think I need to go re-inventory ammo...



Saturday, February 21, 2015

Gun Show Report

Some of this material previously posted on Facebook:
  •     Forgot the February fun show is in the Pavilion, which is cramped, and seems to magnify the derp.
Usually the show is in the "Showplex", which is the huge barn-like structure used for all the people eager to separate fair-goers from their money. Which is appropriate.

The Pavilion is usually used for the arts and crafts displays, and is on two levels with very odd floor plans, which makes the layout difficult. Mentioned this to one of the vendors, and he pointed out that it really sucks when one has a hundred or two guns to schlep up the freight elevator and over to the far side of the building.
  •  Educate your booth monkeys! A Smith & Wesson 629 is NOT built on an X Frame! And a 686 is an L Frame!
  •  And don't tell your customers the laser will give their position away.
  •  And yes, your remote control AR15 mount is cool, but STOP POINTING IT AT PEOPLE!
Really, I cannot imagine any reason to want one of these, other than the cool factor, which is sufficient, as long as it doesn't prevent you from feeding your family.

But. Try and display the coolness in a manner that does not involve continuously muzzle-sweeping the crowd.

Okay?
  •     Holy carp. Just walked through tinfoil hat central.
"Dick Cheney ordered NORAD to stand down on 9/11..." *facepalm*
  •     OTOH, I found CCI Stingers $8/50, which ain't great, but ain't bad.
And with that, I headed home.

GOAL Post 2015-7

Joe Waldron has sent out this week's GOAL Post.

I may excerpt parts of this in separate posts later, as I think they're significant, but right now I need to finish my coffee and head on out to the gun show...
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TO: undisclosed-recipients:
SENT: Sat 2/21/2015 6:04 AM
SUBJECT: GOAL Post 2015-7

Legislative Update from Olympia, 20 February 2015
  • NEW BILLS
  • PUBLIC HEARINGS HELD
  • PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
  • POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF, BILLS DIE
  • NEXT CUT-OFF DATE FISCAL COMMITTEES
  • WHO DECIDES WHICH BILLS MOVE, WHICH DIE?
  • ATF PLAN TO BAN M855 AMMUNITION
Rep. Matt Shea (R-4) and 41 other House members (40 Republicans and two Democrats) filed HB 2164, a bill that would exempt almost everyone from the background check provisions of I-594.  The bill exempts, among others, law enforcement, corrections and security officers, CPL holders, active duty military, honorably retired military, members of a variety of veterans organizations, all certified firearm safety instructors, etc, etc.  The bill was assigned for action to the House Judiciary Committee, where it can be considered dead on arrival.  Bills like this (and many others filed this session) make nice statements of principal, but stand almost no chance of passage, or even of serious consideration.  Recall it takes a 2/3 vote of each chamber of the legislature to pass any bill amending a newly-passed initiative.  

Public hearings were held this week, a few of which then passed out of committee.  It's crunch time as bills had to pass their policy committee Friday.  The most critical bill to pass were SBs 5381 out of Senate Law & Justice and HB 1857 passed out of House Judiciary and sits in House Rules.  Both bills deal with taking guns away from dangerous persons (who could oppose that?), and establish criteria for the (possible) return of such guns when the period of danger has passed.  SB 5381 was cleaned up quite a bit prior to its passage from committee, although it still bears watching.  

HB 1857 (extreme risk protection orders) is far broader, and allows seizure of weapons based on the complaint of a family member who consider a gun owner "dangerous."  Those of you who have dealt with family law situations know all about false accusations as a soon-to-be-ex spouse or significant other looks for ways to hurt the other party.  The order is effective for ONE YEAR, and a hearing may be held by telephone!  It's interesting to note that SB 5381 was passed by a unanimous vote of the Senate Law & Justice Committee, while HB 1857 was passed on a strict party-line vote.  All Republicans dissenting and all Democrats voting ":aye."  Hint:  they DO want your guns.

A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, 2/23 at 1:30 p.m. on SB 6015, a bill that creates an "NRA" license plate to help fund the state's hunter education program.  The hearing will be held in Senate Transportation, Senate Hearing Room 1.  A thoroughly commendable cause, but why not simply a "Second Amendment" license plate?  The NRA is without doubt the 900 pound gorilla in the fight to preserve our rights, but it is by no means the only organization.  There are two national gun rights advocacy groups headquartered right here in Washington, at this time the only organization to file suit over I-594.  Add to that earlier lawsuits expanding the scope of the Second Amendment nationwide (McDonald v Chicago), Mance v Holder, overturning the federal ban on interstate handgun sales, Palmer v D.C. that forced the District of Columbia to issue CPLs, and dozens more.  Visit www.saf.org to see a partial list of SAF victories in defending the Second Amendment.  (Disclosure: I am a former SAF employee.)

Friday, 20 February is the cut-off date for bills to pass out of their original policy committee.  This is the first major culling of bills for the 2015 session.  As can be seen in the "BILL STATUS" column below, 2/3 of the firearm-related bills (and most of the other 2,000 bills filed this year) nominally died today.  I say nominally because theoretically a bill can be revived, but such action is unusual.  And bills that have price tags attached (that spend taxpayer money) that require fiscal committee attention have an additional week (2/27) to identify funding source and pass one of the fiscal committees.  

An interesting observation:  Fourteen gun-related bills were filed in the Senate, of which nine remain alive, eight moving forward at this point.  Of the 25 gun related bills filed in the House (most of which were sent to the House Judiciary Committee), 21 died.  Most of the 21 were pro-gun bills, and never even got a public hearing.  Recall I mentioned the fact that the committee chair has total control over which bills he or she hears.  So much for the "democratic" process!

Late last week the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) announced it was rewriting the framework by which ammunition could be prohibited under the 1986 Law Enforcement Officers Protective Act (LEOPA), banning so-called "cop killer" bullets.  LEOPA is supposed to be applied only to ammunition primarily intended for use in handguns -- most rifle ammunition will penetrate the soft body armor (mostly Kevlar) used by police officers.  The first load in their sights is M855 ball ammunition, a subset of the original FN-developed "SS 109" bullet.  This ammunition has a steel "penetrator" in front of the lead core, but heretofore had NOT been considered "armor piercing."  It does NOT meet the DOD or NATO definition of AP ammunition.  And 99% of M855 ammo is fired in rifles, not the small number of AR-derived handguns out there.  This is essentially BATFE adopting the Obama tactic:  I'll use my pen to create laws if I need to.  The industry and gun rights advocacy groups are fighting this, but I wouldn't expect a favorable outcome.  Whether you use M855 or not, the question to ask is where does this stop?  Arbitrary and unilateral action by regulatory agencies.

(Just for the record, the Vietnam-era M193 ball -- 55 grain FMJ bullet -- remains the most popular .223 load out there, and is perfectly satisfactory out to 300 yards or so.)

BILL STATUS:

Friday, February 20, 2015

WA House Bill 2164

Dave Workman has posted that House bill {2164 has been} filed to change background check exemptions, define transfers - Seattle gun rights | Examiner.com.

This would seem to be a new bill.
House Bill 2164 would revise background check requirements for firearms transfers “only between and among persons who are not otherwise disqualified from legally possessing a firearm.” Among those who would be exempted are police officers, security guards and, most significantly, citizens who hold active concealed pistol licenses.

Another tenet of the measure prohibits state and local governments from maintaining a registry or database of information provided by private citizens who are involved in the transfer of a firearm who are not federal firearms license holders. In addition, sales or transfers between such people are exempt from the use tax as well as the sales tax under HB 2164.

The term “transfer” is also specifically defined as “the conveyance of a firearm from a person to another person with the intent of both parties to the conveyance that the transferee assumes all rights of possession, ownership, and control of the firearm and the transferor loses all rights of possession, ownership, and control of the firearm.” One of the alleged problems with I-594 is that nobody, including the Washington State Patrol, could apparently determine exactly what the term meant, leading to confusion about whether people swapping firearms at protests could be cited.
So, I'm still not happy with background checks for private transfers. But at least a transfer is now defined as a sale or trade, not a temporary loan.

We should not be content until I594 and all other egregious gun control schemes are dead, dead, dead, with wooden stakes driven through their hearts and buried in a cross roads by the dark of the moon, but this is a start.

The bad news is that it has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Laurie Jinkins, who never met a gun control scheme she didn't like, unless it wasn't strict enough.

The bill's page in the WA.GOV website:HB 2164 - 2015-16

Text of bill in .pdf.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What He Said

Via SayUncle, Publicola posts Publicola: A Few Things Volume One; in many cases, I was gonna say that, but couldn't find either the words or the time. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it...

For example:
It's Massey's Fault - House Retro Iced Tea Rub A Dub Step Mix

If a bill did not pass out of a committee, it is not the fault of someone whose actions you disapprove of. If a law that further imposes upon our Rights gets enacted, it is not the fault of someone whose words you thought did not wax poetic enough. It's the fault of the damn legislators. No one else's. Group punishment is a very old model, and one that gunowners should not fall for. So if Person A, whose goals and methods bear a passing resemblance to Person B, gets negative attention somehow and is used as an excuse to deny Person B his Rights, then why the hell don't ya blame the person that is actually responsible - the legislator! - instead of said politicians scapegoat (Person A)?

Whatever open carrier is used as an excuse for not passing a pro-gunowner law or for passing an anti-gunowner law, it's the legislature to blame, not the open carrier. If you don't like his tactics, then talk with him and try to change his mind. If that fails, then accept that different people approach problems in a different manner. Also accept that we ain't all in this together. I know a lot of gunowners who'd leave me on the side of the road if they got national reciprocity, a guaranteed low permit fee, and maybe sound suppressors being a $5 tax and instant background check away. I know some that would settle for far less. Whereas I want an end to all prior restraint based gunowner control laws. No restrictions on owning or carrying anything. So my goals are different than the goals of other gunowners. I think this same difference is at the heart of the folks blaming other gunowners for this or that. After all, a different method is used to get 5 yards to the 50 yard line than one used to get to the end zone that's 55 yards away. Some folks are happy on the 50. Others want the end zone.

Blame the legislator. Or legislature. That guy with a gun yelling about treason and his Rights being infringed - he didn't do anything to you, other than become used as an excuse by folks who weren't really your friends anyway (that'd be the legislators, btw). If you want to deride him for being "not politically smart" or for "not helping" I can't stop you. Though, I see no reason for one gunowner to turn on another if they both want the same thing, that thing being freedom. But if you just want the army to show up and stand there until you've negotiated like a bunch of Scottish lords from a badly a-historic Mel Gibson flick, then perhaps you shouldn't be so appalled when someone with less politically savvy (and a few more vertebrae) than you have shows up, wanting to pick a fight and maybe, just maybe win back his freedom.
Too long to be a Quote Of The Day...

My only objection is the suggestion that criticizing people for being married to counter-productive tactics is, in itself, counter-productive.

On the other hand, this same reasoning also applies to the whole "We lost, so I'll blame the NRA and SAF and GOA and JPFO and..."