(Newser) – This year's Black Friday gun sales broke a record set in 2008 by nearly a third, and while fears about President Obama outlawing some types of firearms are thought to be behind 2008's record, analysts say this year's surge in sales is part of a long-term trend. Gun ownership was "politically incorrect" five years ago, but "what seems to be changing is social acceptance," an analyst at investment firm Avondale Partners tells MSNBC. "I think there might be a changing view of firearms."
It’s the “there is no spoon” view. It is the realization that the State isn’t a thing or a place, it’s only an idea. And it is a terrible idea, at that. And once you realize that the State is only an idea — you can begin to accurately and peacefully address the problem immediately.
Once you believe that the State isn’t interested in expanding liberty, only in limiting it; that the political class uses violence as a matter of practice, which is in direct opposition to peace; and that violence is a terrible way to get things done … there are 3 options ...
Connecticut State Sen. Martin Looney (D-New Haven) has introduced a short bill (PDF) that not only acknowledges the right of citizens to record on-duty police officers, it also provides for a civil action against police officers who violate that right.
Couchsurfing in NY could become illegal. "This week, New York state senators vote on a bill that would make it illegal for any homeowner or renter to sublet for less than a month. The new law would be a blanket ban on short-term rentals no matter how ethical the renter is."
America has fast descended into a police state. The trouble is that we want to believe in the rule of law and the system that alleges to support and enforce it. But when reality collides with illusion, it is too late. No matter how bad things seem, we always think that times will get better and that government will do the right thing.