Libertarian Commentary on the News, #13-48C: Stupid people and Congress

Home front – Congress in action – Stupid people
Professors question enforceability of 3-D printer legislation

(The Daily Pennsylvanian) “While it is now illegal [sic] to use 3-D printers to manufacture firearms without proper licensing, some Penn professors question the significance of that legislation. … ‘Trying to outlaw 3-D-printed guns is basically unenforceable,’ said Wharton professor David Robertson, who teaches about 3-D printing in his class ‘Innovation and Production Development.’ ‘I live in Philadelphia, I have a 3-D printer in my basement, I can download the instructions for printing a gun and I can print it in my basement. It’s extremely unlikely that the police would ever find out about that,’ he said. ‘It was like saying that VCRs could not be used to copy movies from television.'” (12/08/13)

Nathan:  WHY are these professors publicly doing this?  Anyone with two gray cells to knock around in their brain pan KNOWS that this ban is absurd and unenforceable GIVEN CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES.  So are these college folks doing this to make sure that their students are clear on what they can do – or do they want to give Congress an excuse to yet again expand the police state.  Requiring registration of 3-D printers, after all, could be twisted around as NOT a violation of either the 1st or 2nd Amendments, if your mind is twisted and warped that way.  Remember, for years they TRIED to make it illegal to copy movies from TV, and actually DID pass a lot of laws, and put all those FBI and INTERPOL warnings about piracy on the tapes – and YES, they DID prosecute certain people, either because they wanted to make a point or because the were after the guy or gal for something else.

Mama’s Note: I’m not really too worried about this one. Remember that a whole new “3D printer” can actually be – PRINTED! Even with one that is “registered,” you can soon have another that is not. No, this genie is out of the bottle, and isn’t going back in.

But I have little interest in printing guns – I love the ones I have. But just imagine what 3D printing will do for any average household in the long run. Only yesterday an older appliance was made useless because a small plastic part broke. They don’t make that appliance anymore, and there is no hope of finding a replacement for that little plastic part – without which the appliance won’t function. If I could download the file and PRINT a new one, I would not have to buy a new appliance. Nobody would need to stock that part, or any of the billions of other things just like it. And it will happen. There’s nothing in the world, outside of murder, that can prevent it.

Home front – TSA Thuggery
Missouri: TSA agent confiscates sock monkey’s toy pistol

(KVTB News) “‘Rooster Monkburn’ the cowboy sock monkey is without his pistol, thanks to a diligent TSA agent in St. Louis. … May has a small business selling unique sock monkey dolls. She says she and her husband were on their way from St. Louis to Sea-Tac and she had a couple of monkeys and sewing supplies with her in a carry-on bag. ‘His pistol was in there,’ she says of the sock monkey ‘Rooster Monkburn,’ a take-off on John Wayne character ‘Rooster Cogburn’ from the film ‘True Grit.'” (12/08/13)

Nathan: One more MASSIVELY EVIL AND INSANELY THREATENING CONSPIRACY has been thwarted by the brave, loyal, and vigilant agents of TSA:  Episode 10 or 11 of the second season of “TSA: The TRUE Story” as presented by PBS at 0100 on Monday mornings.  We are all saved once more, as the unmasked but nattily uniformed TSA agents ride into the sunset.

Political correctness – Government-run, tax-funded schools
Colorado: Six-year-old suspended for kissing girl on cheek

(San Francisco Chronicle) “A 6-year-old boy has been suspended from a Colorado school for kissing a girl on the cheek. School officials in Canon City are accusing the boy of sexual harassment and they want it on his school record. The boy’s mother told KRDO-TV her son was suspended once before for kissing the girl and had disciplinary problems, but the girl did not object to being kissed. A School District RE-1 official says the repeat offenses meet the school policy definition of sexual harassment and they hope the tough standards will force the boy to change his behavior.” [editor’s note: Gee, that’s pre(co)cious; I didn’t start that until late in fourth grade! – SAT] (12/10/13)

Nathan: This actually showed up a few days ago.  Fortunately the political and other police were there to keep this evil from happening, even though their comrades in arms a hundred miles away let a kid get “deep” into a school with an openly-carried shotgun.  Exactly how is this “sexual harassment” if the girl did not object?  Frankly, two-thirds of my first and second grade classes, deep in the Panhandle, would have been suspended for decades if kissing someone of the opposite sex was treated like this.  (And no, I was in the one-third: didn’t do it, didn’t want to do it. But several of us DID sing that song a lot; you know “Susy and Billy sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g…”  Still don’t have a problem spelling THAT word!)  But come to think of it, I remember my 9th grade year – five hundred miles further north – when, GASP! – I was sexually harassed by being ambushed by two older (11th grade) girls in the library, kissed on either side of the face by two of the hussies at the same time!  That was before I turned ugly, of course.  Could be WHY I turned ugly.  Of course, that might today be acceptable because it was NOT the usual and traditional one-on-one public display of affection.  It was, double gasp!, a threesome.  For at least two or three seconds.  Fortunately I remembered to close the book I was reading before my face caught the pages on fire…

Congress in action – Theft by government
US House approves deal to return to even more criminally insane spending levels

(Freedom News Digest) “A compromise federal budget plan that would remove the threat of a government shutdown for two years won easy approval Thursday from the Republican-controlled U.S. House. The deal worked out by House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray passed on a 332-94 vote and now goes to the Democratic-led Senate, which is expected to approve it next week in a very close vote.” (12/12/13)

Nathan: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.  Congress is really REALLY good at that, and we will get to see just how insane they are in the next few days.  What a Christmas present!  We have two more years of bubbles and joy rides and digging ourselves still deeper in debt (remember the old song, another day older and deeper in debt.  Saint Peter, don’t ya call me, ’cause I can’t go, I OWE MY SOUL to the government store…).  Howe STUPID can we be!

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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