Kiese Laymon wrote an essay entitled I Am a Big Black Man Who Will Never Own a Gun Because I Know I Would Use It. It was a good essay, but I see no way to reply to it directly, so I’m left with referencing it in my own essay. I hope my link to him notifies him about it, so that he can reply here, if he so desires.
I can’t say that I fully understand where Mr. Laymon is coming from. I’m that CIS white guy he writes about, fairly comfortably middle class, due to parents who blessed…
Want to stop school shootings? Cold? A gun locker at every high school, secured by the local national guard. Daily classes for every student with parent permission, and guard approval, preparing them for armed response.
Twenty trained, rifle-wielding 17-year-olds could stop even a team of invaders.
Bill St. Clair
I sent a Tweet to President Trump.
“I did nothing wrong last Sunday. I will NOT be penalized for it. Not by one single regulation. Not by one thin dime.” — Bill St. Clair
I joined Medium today. $5/month charged to my Amazon credit card. No telling yet whether it will be worth the money, but I’m very happy to see Medium finally have a business plan. I wish them a prosperous future.
The only differences so far appear to be a fancy halo around my photo, marking me as a member, and a new layout for the home page, making it more like a newspaper, and less like a blog.
The iOS app layout does not appear to have changed. At least not yet.
RULE I: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED
RULE II: NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY
RULE III: KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET
RULE IV: BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET
RULE I: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED
There are no exceptions. Do not pretend that this is true. Some people and organizations take this rule and weaken it;e.g. “Treat all guns as if they were loaded.” Unfortunately, the “as if” compromises the directness of the statement by implying that they are unloaded, but we will treat them…
I just discovered Steemit. It’s a new social media platform, based on a blockchain, where you’re paid for recommendations of your stories. No idea how much the Steem crypto-currency will be worth, or whether I’ll ever write anything popular enough to make much of it, but I’m playing with it.
Steemit is not nearly as pretty as Medium, nor is it as easy to create posts. But it has a nice hacker and anarchist feel, and I like that. I’ll still read and post here, but some of my energy is moving there, for at least a little while.
My Steemit blog is at steemit.com/@billstclair.
One of my favorite gun rights quotes, since I discovered it many years ago, begins The Atlanta Declaration, a speech given by L. Neil Smith at the Future of Freedom Conference, in Culver City, California, in November of 1987. This to me is the true meaning of the Second Amendment to the Constitution for the United States of America:
Every man, woman, and responsible child has an unalienable individual, civil, Constitutional, and human right to obtain, own, and carry, openly or concealed, any weapon — rifle, shotgun, handgun, machinegun, ANYTHING— any time, any place, without asking anyone’s permission.
The infinite monkey theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare.
Most of you have likely heard some variant of this. But I’ve never seen an attempt to analyze it, other than the obvious conclusion that it would take a very long time.
Most of that typewriter’s output would be gibberish:
Gesuknvxat whuysnckouq tdaev fknxz. Ysowl wzpohdcw yuzlkjekw.
Sometimes, single words would emerge from the chaos:
Giyresi Romeo yhdtwsnb okgescn Romeo jwifxklw…
I write code, play the trombone, wear a kilt, and dance and sing whenever possible.