Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Page Three Girl of About 1669

It turns out her name was Nell Gwyn -yes, THAT Nell Gwyn- and the artist was Sir Peter Lely.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Wisconsin Concealed Carry Law

Wisconsin has now joined the civilized parts of the country by finally allowing law abiding adults to carry concealed weapons.:
Wisconsin became the 49th state to allow its citizens to carry undercover guns, after Gov. Scott Walker signed the measure Friday...

In one stroke, the legislation takes Wisconsin from being one of the final pair of remaining holdouts on concealed carry to having one of the more permissive bills in the country...

The measure includes provisions requiring training and permits, which were sought by both Walker and Democrats. Some Republicans unsuccessfully pushed "constitutional carry" bills that would have allowed people to carry concealed guns without permits.
While the article says that "Illinois is the only remaining state that bans carrying concealed weapons", for practical purposes that isn't true: even though Hawaii has a provision in law for discretionary issue of permits "In an exceptional case, when an applicant shows reason to fear injury to the applicant's person or property, the chief of police of the appropriate county may grant a license" which is even then only good in that county, not statewide, in real life the county police chiefs refuse to issue them to anyone, in any situation. If you want to carry concealed in Hawaii, you have to be a cop. No one else need apply. If you are a retired cop, there are a few hoops through which to jump before getting your permit. Check this out. Looks to me like the control freaks we call State Legislators really don't want retired cops carrying either.

And by the way, in Hawaii you have to get a chief's permission before excercising your Constitutionally enumerated right to acquire a gun.

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Adirondack Chairs

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has an article on Adirondack chairs today. We have the plastic version from Home Depot. Unlike the wood versions, they are very light, can be dried quickly for immediate use after rain or washing them, and at less than twenty clams per, cheap enough to bear replacing about every 18 months. Light weight is particularly nice for those who mow their own lawns and have to move each one twice every time they unlimber the lawnmower. Still, painted wood is great looking, and so are the teak ones after a few years. The good teak ones are plenty heavy and fearsomely expensive though.

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