The Morning News: Wait, Super What?

It’s going to be warm and grey today, with temps in the mid sixties and a decent amount of cloudcover. Rain’s not likely til tomorrow, but carry an umbrella for the heck of it. People may think you a dandy.

Lawyers Present Argument for Guns

The lawyers for Dick Heller, principal defendant in District of Columbia v. Heller, presented their case yesterday by filing their brief with the Supremem Court. Oral arguments won’t be heard until the 18th of March. In the intervening 70 years since the last firearms ban review at the high bench, the AK-47 was invented, as was the TEC-9, and several other firearms that perhaps the founders hadn’t yet envisioned in the hands of the general public.

Arlington Gives Go Ahead on New Clarendon Development

If you’ve walked up Wilson Boulevard from the Clarendon Metro, you’ve seen the all-but-abandoned buildings that line Wilson from Highland up to the Clarendon Ballroom. If you think that’s what the country chose to issue demolition permits for, you’d be wrong. Instead it’s the building at the corner of Wilson and Highland, across from the DIA offices, that got the go ahead. Go figure.

Security Barriers Cause Accident

Chance are you have seen the barriers at Constitution and First north of the Capitol. Most of the time, they’re recessed below the street and folks drive over them just fine. Except last Friday, when one popped up in the middle of traffic, causing a serious accident. The malfunctioning barrier sent two people to the hospital as their van crashed in to the barrier when it was raised unexpectedly. Jeez, guys, that’s pretty scary. How many times does that get to happen?

The Rocket’s in Town

Accused-steroid-user and all-around asshat Roger Clemens is in town to testify before Congress under oath about his behavior concerning steroids and human growth hormone. The Mitchell Report, released this winter, has testimony from Clemens’ trainer swearing that he was on drugs for much of the last few seasons. But, fear not, the hearing is behind closed doors and won’t be on C-SPAN. Feel free to call him a jackass if you see him on the street.

1 Comment so far

  1. Carl Donath (unregistered) on February 5th, 2008 @ 12:46 pm

    In the intervening 70 years since the last firearms ban review at the high bench, the AK-47 was invented

    To clarify: the AK-47 was invented just 8 years after that last Supreme Court review. It wasn’t a new idea, just a cheap robust implementation thereof.

    and several other firearms that perhaps the founders hadn’t yet envisioned in the hands of the general public

    The detachable-magazine machinegun was effectively invented in 1717, and the autoloader invented in 1881. Leonardo da Vinci was mulling over the idea a couple centuries earlier. The founders, aware of such inventions and possibilities, and owners of cannons & battleships who had just fought a war of independence & individual liberty, wrote the 2nd Amendment to ensure the general public _did_ have arms which were equivalent to those wielded by any enemy (foriegn or domestic), regardless of what technology was involved.

    Remember: the 2nd Amendment was written to benefit US, not "them".



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