Teh Squeaky Wheel
Good morning and happy Sunday!
Intermittent and momentary power outages throughout the night--our local power grid is having some trouble handling the demand due to the heat. At least that’s my guess.
Miserable SoCal weather.
Californians may have to learn to live without luxuries like running water and reliable electricity but at least you will be able to comfort yourself that Brown’s vanity bullet train will be running between farm towns in Southern California, even if those farm towns have become ghost towns for lack of water.
Indeed, Mac, once it becomes a reality, why, we’ll be the envy of every other state!
Sunday greetings to Sven and teh rest of the Wheelizens!
Hope the electricity remains on at teh Svens’ Mountain Redoubt.
Ever wonder what teh retro-future automotive world of 1976 looked like from 1956? Of course you have!
Let’s just say it includes turbine-powered Firebirds (with Chevy-branded radios) self-driving through a desert featuring Googie-style traffic control towers staffed by friendly employees wearing fascist uniforms, interchanges inspired by M.C. Escher and H.R. Geiger…and it’s a musical!!1!
Fatwa, the car made me think of the one described in “The Marching Morons”.
Another win for Alan Gura and the SAF--which is doing quite the job in the legal arena for 2A rights:
“In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny. Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional.”
I also liked the immediately-following bit:
Accordingly, the Court grants Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and enjoins Defendants from enforcing the home limitations of D.C. Code § 7-2502.02(a)(4) and enforcing D.C. Code § 22-4504(a) unless and until such time as the District of Columbia adopts a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.4 Furthermore, this injunction prohibits the District from completely banning the carrying of handguns in public for self-defense by otherwise qualified non-residents based solely on the fact that they are not residents of the District.
Pretty good bench-slap. 😉
Good morning, gentle Gerbils. Sorry, I guess that cat yesterday got so much cat hair on my manners I had to run them through the wash again.
Heeeee! Haven’t read that since I was a kid. IIRC, the speedometers were rigged to make people think they were going much faster than they actually were, too.
Fatwa, I knew you would remember that. The loud roar of the turbine and the wind also started slightly before the car really started to move.
I was telling Elena about that story and pointing out how our immigration criteria have changed. It used to be you needed to show education or needed skills but now you need to be a useless sheep who can be relied on to vote for bigger government. Elena’s family are all hard workers who consider it shameful to accept welfare, so they vote Republican. That is the last type the Ruling Class want now.
A blessed Sabbath, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning Sven, Mac, and Fatwa!
Auto-driving cars with a control yoke? I’m sure making 90° turns is a b!tch, to say nothing of parking.
Auto-driving cars with a control yoke?
Yeah…that was one of those “futuristic” car tropes in the late ’50s-early ’60s. Like bubble domes, fins and air scoops.
AND WHERE THE HELL ARE OUR JETPACKS!!11!! 😉
It used to be you needed to show education or needed skills…
When Dad came here in ’48, he had to have a sponsor to provide some reassurance that he’d not be a burden on the public purse.
That is the last type the Ruling Class want now.
Which, unfortunately, includes far too many GOP elites with their foolish “compassionate conservatism” and support for overweening gummint. Quite vexing how the RNC power structure treats Tea Party types with more disdain than they treat Democrats.
Neither major party wants to reduce the size and scope of government, ’cause doing so would screw around with too many sinecures.
In the ’70’s, during the Vietnam refugee crisis, my church sponsored a family. We had to line up a place for them to live, a job, and provide financial support (if needed) to keep them off the public dole.
John Stossel segment on inland Border Patrol checkpoints (and the violent gummint tools who man them):