Saturday, January 27, 2007

[blogfocus saturday] a little out of focus this evening

An American Minuteman

Another Focus, without a focus, due to time constraints and slight illness but still, I hope you’ll enjoy the round-up:

1 The Baron opens with his debate about gun laws with us limeys:

In my post from earlier today about gun crime in Britain, one British commenter had this to say: No thanks. We don’t want a gun culture like you have over there. You can keep it. Some of the other commenters, including other Britons, disagreed.

Let’s recapitulate what American “gun culture” is based on, namely the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

2 The old argument about free trade and protectionism gets a new twist at Café Hayek:

The deep lesson here is that, just as moving to freer trade does indeed upset some economic apple carts, so, too, does protection upset some economic apple carts. Given that both free trade and protection cause some specific job and business losses, protection cannot be justified -- as so many try to justify it -- by pointing to people whose economic expectations will be upset by freer trade. Free-trade advocates can counter with similar accounts.

3 The Latic, Pete, explains why he is a slave to his computer and I identify with every word here:

Who said that man can always triumph over machine? Maybe no-one did, but it's a widely held belief. Well, let me tell you that my laptop tells ME when it's time to stop. How? Simple - it just gives up, which means I have to. It will whirr along quite merrily all day, doing all that I ask of it then, bingo!!, I'll hit a link, up comes the egg timer - and there it stays relentlessly, unswervingly, immovable - ad infinitum.

Eleven more bloggers plus the Mystery Blogger here.

1 comment:

Dymphna said...

Yes, that gun argument sure did get people going.

IMHO, EU thinking has become quite feminized.

In the comments, someone said that Britain had begged for personal weapons of any kind in order to fight off what they feared would be a land invasion by Germany. As soon as the war was over, the authorities collected the guns and dumped them.

The gun/no arms divide seems to be as sharply drawn as the abortion debate in the US. Interesting that one side bellieves in self-defense rights via our second amendment whilst the side fighting for gun "control" believes in abortion all the way to the delivery room.

Perverse, aren't we?