July 22nd, 2009

#1642: Just two things today.

BATF drops the hammer on the 10th Amendment. The last thing you ever want to do is to get between a federal agency and its bailiwick. Tennesee saying that federal laws don't apply to firearms manufactured in Tennesee which remain in Tennesee is like waving a red flag in front of a bull: BATF is going to banhammer that as hard as they can.

The 10th amendment was emplaced specifically to ensure that overweening federalism didn't concentrate all the governing power in Washington, D.C. Problem is, our politicians have found it all too easy to ignore and/or "interpret" parts of the Constitution they find inconvenient.

* * *

Obamacare doesn't pass the laugh test?

The people who desperately want Obamacare are all politicians and activists. Where is the huge pool of citizens who demand it? I don't think there is one.

The only people who want this is the people who will gain control over the rest of us.

* * *

Yeah, that's all.

#1643: Watchmen

I picked up the "director's cut" version Tuesday afternoon, and watched it this evening.

I'm happy with it.

They made a few--very few--changes to some things. Some of the changes were improvements; the ones that weren't were still reasonable.

Many key scenes were taken straight out of the freakin' comic book. Like the director actually read the thing, said, "I like this, let's use it" and then actually used it.

It's not too strong a word to say that I was "delighted" with the treatment of the story. Several times I caught myself grinning because I was enjoying seeing the thing done, and done well.

If all Hollywood adaptations were this good, my blood pressure would be a good 10 mm of Hg lower.