Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Another huge win for civil rights was scored in today’s Wrenn v. DC decision out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal District of Columbia Circuit, of all places. The decision invalidates the District of Columbia’s prohibitionist “good reason” constraint on the lawful carry of arms in public for purposes of self-defense.
The case involved a request by the plaintiffs for a preliminary injunction of DC’s “good-reason” law, which constrains the right to carry a firearm in public for personal self-defense, while the law was being challenged on the merits in District Court.
So, it's not really a final win, as the losers will certainly appeal to the Supremes, but it is a very encouraging sign that even on a hyper liberal court there are judges who will protect our constitutional rights agains the liberal assault.
California should take notice, given the recent passage here of state laws intended to make law abiding gun owners into criminals, and making owning a gun very difficult due to the many legal hoops that it is necessary to jump through to buy or feed a firearm.
Always, the Democrats/Progressives seek to take away our individual rights, and socialize us into a mass of squirming, squealing dependents with no will or motivation other than to appeal to the whims of our political rulers.
Turned out the couch was a fold out bed too. Heavy. We figured someone dumped it in our lot late at night, and this guy just came along at some point and moved in. Probably a comfortable place to crash, if you're homeless.
Monday, July 24, 2017
In the first three weeks of January alone, the region received nearly a full winter's worth of snow. Then came February, and the Sierra Nevada was slammed yet again with moisture-packed chains of storms fueled by weather systems known as atmospheric rivers or the "Pineapple Express."
Sunday, July 23, 2017
The youngest daughter and I went up to the Big Hill Lookout last night, just to the west of Ice House Reservoir in the El Dorado National Forest, to do some night photography, as it's a new moon and very dark.
Got there early, with about an hour and a half of light left. Fortunately, the smoke from that Detwiler Fire was in a long strip to the west, over the valley, and it was nice and clear up in the pines.
Below, a view of Union Valley Reservoir and the rolling hills of this part of the forest
30 miles away to the south east, Round Top where Highway 88 crosses Carson Pass, our normal area of operations.
Directly east of us, the Crystal Range, starting with Pyramid Peak on the far right, bathed in alpenglow. Just over those mountains is Desolation Wilderness, and just beyond that, Lake Tahoe and finally, just beyond the curve of the Earth, the Silver State, Nevada.
Getting dark, and the daughter adjusts her gear.
Wonderful blue as the light fades behind a lonely pine. We painted the tree with a weak flashlight to make it pop out a little.
The Milky Way streaks across a wheeling sky. Campers fires light the night below at Union Valley.
One of the towers at the lookout reaching up towards the Milky Way, with lights from the central valley of California behind. The streak of dark orange just above the horizon is the smoke cloud from the Detwiler Fire far to the south in Mariposa County.
Got back to the house at about 1:30 in the morning. The air up on the lookout was cool and pleasant, a nice change from the burning heat during the day. All in all, it was a productive evening out with the kid, and we learned some tricks to make the night sky look good.