Illinois again tries to dance around the 2nd amendment

February 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm (Political Ponderings)

Illinois already has the FOID card, which requires citizens to register with the state to own a firearm – which many, many critics claim is likely little more than a way to track down the owners once they finally figure out how to outlaw them all together.
Now, there’s a big making the rounds to amend this with the following:

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that any person who owns a firearm in this State shall maintain a policy of liability insurance in the amount of at least $1,000,000 specifically covering any damages resulting from negligent or willful acts involving the use of such firearm while it is owned by such person. Provides that a person shall be deemed the owner of a firearm after the firearm is lost or stolen until such loss or theft is reported to the police department or sheriff of the jurisdiction in which the owner resides. Provides that the Department of State Police shall revoke and seize a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card previously issued under this Act if the Department finds that the person to whom such card was issued possesses or acquires a firearm and does not submit evidence to the Department of State Police that he or she has been issued in his or her name a liability insurance policy in the amount of at least $1,000,000 specifically covering any damages resulting from negligent or willful acts involving the use of such firearm while it is owned by such person. Effective January 1, 2010.

Ephasis mine, link to the summary here.

So in a nutshell, since they haven’t figured out how to legally ban handguns all together, they’re trying to make it so expensive and legally risky to own one that many people who would otherwise own one will be scared away by the cost and/or legal risk, and they also want it to be retroactive so that even people who have owned firearms for years will be required to fall under these new legal guidelines.

Is it likely to pass? Probably not, but still, I find it amazing how blatantly they try to dance around the Bill of Rights.

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Dude, I’m (maybe, possibly) getting a Dell

February 22, 2009 at 9:19 pm (Uncategorized)

I’m getting a fairly decent return on my taxes this year (which, really, means I should fill out my W4 withholding forms a little differently so that I get to keep more of it over the course of the year instead of getting a big refund, but that’s a different topic), and I’m thinking of putting a little bit of it into a Dell netbook.

For those not familiar, netbooks have become a pretty popular trend over the last year or two, and are basically tiny laptop/notebook computers.

Because of the small size, they would suck to use as your only computer, but for something that’s highly portable, for limited use, they seem pretty cool.
I’m thinking having one would be handy for two reasons:

1) I sometimes like the idea of watching TV while working on the computer, and the TV and my computer are in completely separate parts of the house, and
2) once the weather starts warming up, I plan to start going out walking with LabGirl several nights a week on a walking path that’s near her house, and packing it along would allow me to take care of my nightly email-and-stock-market-checking fix without having to go home or take over LabGirl’s computer to do it.

And, the lower-end model can be had for $249, which seems pretty darned reasonable.
It’s a bit of a lightweight, having a 1.6ghz processor but only 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, but again as this would be a secondary computer, not that big of a deal.
Also, rather than Windows, the $249 version comes with Ubuntu for the operating system – which I’ve read a few complaints about from reviews on Dell’s web site from people not familiar with the system, but since my primary PC already uses a modified version of Ubuntu called Linux Mint, again that’s just fine with me.

Here’s a fairly short review of this little ‘net companion:

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