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Florida Senate committee passes guns-at-work bill

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The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill that will allow people to keep guns in their cars while at work.  It boils down to a property rights vs gun rights argument, and I don’t really want to weigh in on it here.  Instead, I would like to focus on this unbelievably stupid quote from committee chairman Sen. Alex Villalobos on how this bill will reduce workplace violence:

 “When somebody is murdered, which is already against the law, it’s a tragedy,” said Villalobos. “I’m pretty certain that there are going to be more tragedies but, before there are more tragedies, I believe there will be tragedies avoided.”

Yeah.  Well said, Senator Villalobos.

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Written by Scott

March 26, 2008 at 9:14 am

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Subtropical Storm Andrea Forms

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Andrea, the first named storm of the year, was officially classified by the National Hurricane Center this morning.  It has the distinction of being the first May storm in 26 years.  The storm itself doesn’t look too bad; the biggest danger may come from winds aiding the spread of several wildfires in Florida.

Written by Scott

May 9, 2007 at 11:11 am

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Do You Own Your Music?

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My home state of Florida has decided that if you want to sell a used CD then you must hand over your drivers license and be fingerprinted by an officially bonded reseller. That reseller may only give you store credit, not cash, for the CD and must not sell it for 30 days.

The government offers this under the guise of combating the oh-so rampant spree of CD theft. If that were the case, then such laws would apply to a much broader selection of goods than just CDs. No, this is part of the RIAA’s continuing effort to establish the fact that you do not own the music you have purchased. No backing up CDs, no backing up mp3s, no making mix tapes, and now no selling of used CDs. If you lose an album, you have to go back and purchase again at full price. I want to think that it is cliche to think of the RIAA as a faceless greed machine, but what else can you say to something like this?

Written by Scott

May 8, 2007 at 7:56 pm

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