A Novel Idea for Gun Control? Vasectomies for a Permit.

There’s an old axiom which posits that the number of guns a man owns is inversely proportional to his shortcomings in, eh, other areas. Apparently, several lawless regions in India have decided to put the axiom to the test, and offer issuance of gun licenses only after a guy has had a vasectomy.

Commentary By: Richard Blair

The Supreme Court has taken up the issue of a restrictive gun control ordinance in Washington, D.C., and is hearing the case today. It goes without saying that uncontrolled handgun proliferation, particularly in urban areas, has become anathema to law enforcement agencies across the country, but don’t look for SCOTUS to uphold the D.C. ordinance.

Perhaps there are other ways, more voluntary in nature, to control the permitting, licensing, and distribution of handguns? Hmmmmmm….

A bandit-infested region of India is trying to persuade men to undergo sterilisation by offering to fast-track their gun licence applications, an official said on Tuesday.

Officials in central Madhya Pradesh state’s Shivpuri district decided to adopt the policy – already tried out by some neighbouring states – to increase the low vascectomy rate.

“I came to know that it had to do with their perceived notion of manliness,” said Manish Shrivastav, administrative chief of Shivpuri district, part of the Indian Chambal region, which is famed for its lawlessness and bandits.

“I then decided to match it with a bigger symbol of manliness – a gun licence,” he said. “And the ploy worked.” …

Apparently, vasectomy rates have skyrocketed since the “expedited licensing” process was put into place.

Go figure. No word on whether the NRA would support such legislation in the U.S. (as if…)

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 by Richard Blair |

Ed Rendell and Michael Nutter Join the Silly Season

Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, and Ed Rendell, Governor of our state, sign onto a silly and whiney Clinton campaign complaint about Barack Obama. I’m not surprised to see Ed Rendell do such a thing, but I’m deeply disappointed in Michael Nutter.


Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Ed Rendell has long been known to play the same old same old political game of destruction. As such, I’m not a huge supporter. But he’s a lame duck, so when he does it I don’t get all that upset. But I am a huge supporter of Michael Nutter, even endorsing him for Mayor early in the campaign. Michael Nutter ran a good and honest campaign for mayor, standing above the usual ugliness of Philadelphia politics. I’m thinking he’s going slightly off the rails with this stunt done in conjunction with Ed Rendell. Here’s their silly whine in favor of Hillary Rodham Clinton from the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Gov. Rendell, Mayor Nutter and two of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s top aides yesterday blasted Barack Obama’s campaign for allegedly diminishing and disrespecting Pennsylvania’s presidential primary.
In a national conference call with reporters, the foursome pointed to a memorandum written by Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, that referred to Pennsylvania as “only one of ten remaining contests.”

Rendell predicted that the description would be “off-putting” to the state’s Democratic voters. Nutter called it “one of the silliest things I’ve seen in recent times.”

Mark Penn, Clinton’s top strategist, went on to praise the state – the largest yet to vote – as “incredibly vibrant and important” both in the nomination fight and the general election.

Obama’s Pennsylvania spokesman, Sean Smith, said the controversy was much ado about nothing, that Obama had every intention of competing for the state’s 158 pledged delegates in the voting on April 22.

Guys, Pennsylvania is in fact one of ten primaries left in this country. Both candidates should be focusing on all of those states. You are whining about a fact here. And there isn’t any evidence that Obama is treating Pennsylvania with anything but respect. Rendell and Nutter are signing onto some stupid, whiney Hillary Clinton BS, and with Michael Nutter, at least, I am disappointed.

I’ve talked to Michael Nutter about this race and his endorsement of Hillary Clinton. I had breakfast with him the day after he made that appearance with her to endorse her candidacy here in Philadelphia. I came away thinking Michael Nutter endorsed Mrs. Clinton because of his beliefs, and I respected him for it even though I was leaning heavily to Obama at the time. I imagined Mr. Nutter would campaign for Hillary Clinton, but I was confident he would do so by focusing on the issues. This silly whine that he’s signed onto disappoints me a great deal, especially since Mr. Nutter himself campaigned on a unity theme not unlike Barack Obama.

I am saddened Michael Nutter. You can do better.

Friday, March 14th, 2008 by Steven Reynolds |

Jack Kevorkian Running for Congress

Hook me up to the machine, please. Just hook me up and let the good times roll…

Commentary By: Richard Blair

Just what this country needs – someone to put it out of its misery:

Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian is planning to run for Congress in Michigan. Kevorkian is on parole since being released from prison last year.

He tells The Oakland Press newspaper that he plans to run without party affiliation for the congressional sea now held by Republican Joe Knollenberg…

Hunter S. Thompson is famously quoted as saying, “When the going gets weird, the weird go pro.” I seriously didn’t think that this election year could get any stranger.

Once again, I am humbled by my own lack of foresight.

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 by Richard Blair |

Johnny “Doc” Incompetent

John Dougherty is a Democrat and candidate for State Senate here in Philadelphia. He’s already flouted the rules with his campaign ads, and it appears he is on the way to harming the career of a police officer. No, he is not qualified for the position.


Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

The other campaigns in the primary run for the State Senate in my district cannot say it, but I can. John Dougherty, head of the Electrical Workers Union and the subject of an FBI raid in recent memory, claims he will use fighting crime as his theme as he attempts to gain the nomination. He’s been running ads that say as much, featuring a policeman. Policemen in the city aren’t allowed to appear in political ads, nor are they allowed to endorse candidates. Yeah, Johnny Doc wants to fight crime, but he doesn’t even know the rules. From the Philadelphia Daily News:

A source identified the officer as Michael P. Trask, 37, a 16-year police veteran who lives in the Northeast. Reached at his home last night Trask declined to comment.

A provision of the city charter says that “[no] appointed officer or employee of the City shall . . . take any part in the management or affairs of any political party or in any political campaign, except to exercise his right as a citizen privately to express his opinion and to cast his vote.”

In addition, Vanore said, the department has internal regulations, to the same effect.

Besides sending a letter to the Dougherty campaign, the police commissioner plans to look at the department’s policy “to see if it needs to be strengthened or clarified,” Vanore said.

The department’s Internal Affairs Bureau will be looking at the situation, the spokesman said.

The worst part of this story isn’t that Dougherty violated rules, nor that he and his campaign are so clueless that they didn’t know the rules. These guys, through their incompetence, have harmed the career of a police officer in this city. That should disqualify Dougherty’s notion that he has any ability to fight crime.

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 by Steven Reynolds |
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