No not that you pervert, two news stories:
First up – Remember how all the gun control proponents said they didn’t want to take away your guns they just wanted common sense gun control? Well apparently in Washington State common sense gun control means sending the sheriff to your house once a year and making sure that you are qualified to continue owning your weapons.
Responding to the Newtown school massacre, the bill would ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons that use detachable ammunition magazines. Clips that contain more than 10 rounds would be illegal.
But then, with respect to the thousands of weapons like that already owned by Washington residents, the bill says this:
“In order to continue to possess an assault weapon that was legally possessed on the effective date of this section, the person possessing shall … safely and securely store the assault weapon. The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection.”
Sure it’s only for evil assault weapons at the moment, but how long before the decide they need to check up on pistols and shotguns too? For the children you know. It’s concerning enough that even some anti-gun Democrats are saying “wait a minute”:
…“They always say, we’ll never go house to house to take your guns away. But then you see this, and you have to wonder.”
That’s no gun-rights absolutist talking, but Lance Palmer, a Seattle trial lawyer and self-described liberal who brought the troubling Senate Bill 5737 to my attention.
“I’m a liberal Democrat — I’ve voted for only one Republican in my life,” Palmer told me. “But now I understand why my right-wing opponents worry about having to fight a government takeover.”
The sponsors of the bill claim the measure was inserted by legislative staff by mistake. I’m sure it was, they probably meant to add it as a last minute amendment that no one would read.
Next – Mandiant Security has released a report accusing the Chinese army of being behind a vast majority of the cyber attacks against US companies and infrastructure. Apparently US intelligence services are backing them up on this:
The building off Datong Road, surrounded by restaurants, massage parlors and a wine importer, is the headquarters of P.L.A. Unit 61398. A growing body of digital forensic evidence — confirmed by American intelligence officials who say they have tapped into the activity of the army unit for years — leaves little doubt that an overwhelming percentage of the attacks on American corporations, organizations and government agencies originate in and around the white tower.
I don’t think this is really a surprise to anyone but it sounds like it’s about to escalate the tensions between the US and China. The report is here I haven’t had a chance to read it yet so I can’t comment on prose or actual content yet. The Next Web has a 5 minute video released by Mandiant that shows various attacks in progress.
When asked for comment Thomas Friedman replied: “I for one welcome our Chinese overlords and would like to remind them that as a trusted newspaper personality I can be useful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves”
Alright just because you sat through all that rambling incoherence I give you
Anna Semenovich in a triumphant return!