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Why stop at banning guns? Let’s ban plastic shapes.

Surprise!

Perhaps it was naive of us, as citizens of a supposedly-free country, to presume that we could so openly flaunt our ability to produce something (save for a filled-out tax form) without Uncle Sam’s permission. While Obama’s faithful prophets at Organizing for America (#OFA) run wild with tweets about #NotBackingDown (from gun control), the State Department is setting its crosshairs on 3D-printing. You silly plebeians should know that all activity (and information) must be taxed, licensed, or banned.

25-year-old Cody Wilson, the man who invented the world’s first 3D-Printed gun, the brain behind Defense Distributed, is learning that the hard way.

The U.S. State Department has taken files for the plastic shapes (used to construct the gun) offline– citing intentional arms control law.

Courtesy: Forbes

Courtesy: Forbes
These are illegal plastic shapes. They’re bad, so don’t print them. Okay?

Defense Distributed’s stated mission is to be the harbinger of a world in which all citizens could have easy access to printable firearms. Wilson envisions a world in which citizens have the right to easily arm themselves, if they so wish:

This project might change the way we think about gun control and consumption. How do governments behave if they must one day operate on the assumption that any and every citizen has near instant access to a firearm through the Internet? Let’s find out.

The Federal Leviathan didn’t like that. So, according to Betabeat, some microtyrants sent Cody this letter (click to enlarge):

The government, lol

Courtesy: Betabeat
LOL, no. Here’s a bunch of acronyms and jargon as to why.

Just look at all those delightful acronyms! My reaction to this was basically ‘TLDR,” we all know the gist of it anyway.

“NO.JPEG, only tax-subsidized employees should have easy access to firearms.” – John Kerry, Secretary of State (no citation needed)

Hey! Don’t forget Mexican Drug Cartels“- Eric Holder, Attorney General (no citation needed)

SOPA, PIPA, CISPA– why does the government need to pass these bills to tighten the leash on we the subjects? As is evident, they can simply use their numerous fiat agencies to shut down portions of the internet that distribute information that they do not favor.

By now, most people have heard about the Open Carry March that radio host Adam Kokesh is leading on July 4th. The event proposes that 1,000+ strangers walk into the capitol of the Federal Leviathan bearing loaded weapons. It is a foolish idea; too many incalculable variables. The event’s proposed actions carry too much potential to go sideways– ending in mass arrests, or even violence.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier has already vowed to block the marchers from entering the district with loaded weapons.

If proponents of free commerce, production, and yes, gun rights really wanted to send an impactful message? They should be marching in to give out flash drives with “Liberator” 3D-print files and various 3D-printed plastic shapes. An armed police barricade blocking a contingent of flash-drive-carrying activists would look far more ridiculous for the police. As it stands, Kokesh is giving the lefties in the corporate media the exact kind of stories and imagery they crave to paint gun owners as crazy, hostile, and threatening.

Of course, despite the draconian approach of the State Department, the files are still out there– if you want them. Seek the wisdom of Google, or other torrent sites; I don’t want John Kerry replacing my blog content with a big picture of a State Department Eagle  — but I wish you happy hunting.

— CHD

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D.C. Metro: redefining crappy service

Most people are speaking figuratively when they talk about crappy government service. They’re probably referring to entities other than the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; a government-run monopoly that ACTUALLY is covered in fecal matter.

Most days, the commute via train is actually a slower option than sitting in a DC traffic jam. Most days, using a gallon of gas in said traffic jam is cheaper than the train fare too. Most days, you’ll be crammed into a cattle car with someone’s arm pit crust just inches from your nostrils. At some point during most Metro train adventures, a morbidly obese woman will ever-so-gently press her soft, gelatin body into yours. I can’t forget to mention the ‘out of order’ escalators, and their half-year repair times.

Yes, all those things are crappy. But I’m speaking in literal terms. The DC Metro is covered in crap. At least, it was for 48 hours at the Franconia-Springfield station on the Blue Line.

On Monday, a commuter coming from the Franconia-Springfield Metro-station found just that, shit smeared across the walls of the pedestrian bridge leading into the station. Two days later? Still on display for all to admire.

Austin Lasseter, told the Washington Examiner that he spoke to the Metro station’s manager on Monday after encountering the wall-of-horror. The response from Metro management? ‘it’s not Metro’s problem’.

Maybe the government employees wanted to add some Aroma to the air, you know, for atmosphere. Or perhaps they truly are embracing their reputation for crap-quality service, going with a fecal wallpaper theme.

Toot! Toot! All aboard! Free smells!

Eventually, they did clean it up though. Government employees rapidly sprung into action at a snail’s pace of 2-days after first hearing about the crap on the walls. It only took the pressure of being confronted by the Washington Examiner about their inability to show the slightest bit of competence.

Turns out that because the the VRE (Virginia Railway Express) owned the stairs connecting the walkway, Metro felt it best to just ignore the problem.

Lasseter questioned why, if it was not Metro’s duty, they couldn’t contact the staff of the VRE about the problem. Both organizations said that “generally,” Metro station managers don’t reach out to VRE Janitoral teams, and both sides must go through a “chain of command.” I guess picking up a phone when there’s HUMAN SHIT on the wall is too arduous a task to be tackled so easily by Metro employees.

It’s good to know Washington D.C. is home to the same government agencies that oversee food cleanliness and sanitation.


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