agilebrit: (Urge to bitchslap)
The rest of us are not psychic. The rest of us are parking normally. If you wish to park in such a way that you do not have to back out of the space when you leave, then perhaps it behooves you to find a pair of spaces you can pull all the way through at the end of the lot (which was not super full today) and hike the few extra yards, rather trying to maneuver your gigantic belching-black-smoke POS backward into a space.

The guy who parked in the space beside the one you wanted (or maybe it was the space you actually wanted to back into; I was unclear) did nothing wrong. I'm sure he had no friggin' idea what you were doing, since you stopped and I'm pretty sure he pulled into the space before your backup lights came on, being right behind you. Getting angry at him for not reading your damn mind was stupid as hell, especially since your complicated maneuver would have taken a fair amount of time and blocked access to three pretty good spaces rather than just the one you would have eventually ended up in (badly, if your parking job in the space you did end up in was any indication) while the other patrons waited for you to get your land yacht berthed--not to mention anyone waiting to pull out whom you were blocking.

Save your anger and indignation for yourself and understand that, even as humongous as your truck is, it does not have its own gravity well, the world does not revolve around it or you, and you should start parking like a considerate human being rather than an entitled ass.

Sincerely,

Those of us who witnessed your unwarranted anger and shook our heads
agilebrit: (OMG MATH)
You know what they say about the road to Hell? That being said, at this point, I don't even think I can credit you with good intentions. You once again touted the "2 million people who shouldn't have had guns were stopped with background checks, huzzah!" statistic, but when you drill down into the actual numbers, you get this for the first two years of your administration:

2009: Total denials: 67,324. Referred for prosecution: 140. Guilty Plea or Conviction: 32.

2010: Total denials: 76,142. Referred for prosecution: 62. Guilty Plea or Conviction: 13.


That's right. 143,466 denied. 202 prosecuted. 43 either pled out or convicted. .0014%. Notice that the raw number of denials in 2010 was nearly 9,000 higher than in 2009, but the number referred for prosecution was less than half.

Are you seriously positing that your justice department--the same justice department that "masterminded" an international gun-walking scheme for which no one has received so much as a slap on the wrist--is going to suddenly start enforcing NICS violations because you've got a bug up your ass and issued an executive order about it?

WHY? Shouldn't they already be enforcing the fucking law? Oh, wait, I forgot. Your administration would rather flout our laws (See: the border) than enforce them.

I'm not going to take this point by point because it's tiresome and I'm sure other people will address it better than I can. But I'm going to get a few salient things off my chest.

1. Keep guns out of the wrong hands through background checks.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is making clear that it doesn’t matter where you conduct your business—from a store, at gun shows, or over the Internet: If you’re in the business of selling firearms, you must get a license and conduct background checks.


Well, no shit, Sherlock. We already have that in place. I've purchased guns at gunbroker.com. They had to go through an FFL before they got into my hands. I had to fill out your four-page form. We don't need you to lecture us about it.

Quantity and frequency of sales are relevant indicators. There is no specific threshold number of firearms purchased or sold that triggers the licensure requirement. But it is important to note that even a few transactions, when combined with other evidence, can be sufficient to establish that a person is “engaged in the business.” For example, courts have upheld convictions for dealing without a license when as few as two firearms were sold or when only one or two transactions took place, when other factors also were present. (bolding mine)


What other factors? Are you kidding me with this? If I buy a gun, keep the packaging, and then a month later decide that I found one I like better and thus sell it (perhaps at a profit because I'm not stupid, and, hey, you're creating demand, so thanks for that!) with the packaging and instructions (because I do tend to keep stuff like that even for my electronics), this makes me an ex post facto "dealer" who's "engaged in business"? What?

And, no, I do not trust you to differentiate between a drug dealer thug who runs guns to his friends, and me, when you have shown absolutely no inclination to differentiate between a violent thug and a cop doing his duty--and, in fact, treated the cop far worse than you would have the thug. You haven't earned that much trust, and never will at this point.

Ensure smart and effective enforcement of our gun laws. In a call earlier today, the Attorney General discussed the importance of today’s announcements and directed the Nation’s 93 U.S. Attorneys across the country to continue to focus their resources—as they have for the past several years under the Department’s Smart on Crime initiative—on the most impactful cases, including those targeting violent offenders, illegal firearms traffickers, and dangerous individuals who bypass the background check system to acquire weapons illegally.


Oh, puh-lease. See above. Show me some more recent numbers to prove this is actually true. Until then, I call bullshit. Start enforcing the laws we already have (which might actually prove effective) before you throw up a bunch of new laws that you will then proceed not to enforce--and then bray about how we need yet more laws... which you will then also not enforce. Then you will use the lack of enforcement to "prove" that we should just ban guns altogether. You think we don't know how this works?

In the event of an emergency, victims of domestic violence should call 911 or otherwise contact state or local law enforcement officials, who have a broader range of options for responding to these crimes.


Right. Because when seconds count, law enforcement is minutes away, and will arrive in time to bag my dead body. But, hey, at least I didn't shoot anyone while they were beating me to death!

I will never, God willing, be the victim of domestic violence. My husband is one of the Good Guys. But if I were in danger of such, the last thing I would need is some fatuous prick in the White House who is surrounded by armed guards 24/7 telling me to "just call 911."

We must continue to remove the stigma around mental illness and its treatment...


Sounds good, until you drop down and see:

Although States generally report criminal history information to NICS, many continue to report little information about individuals who are prohibited by Federal law from possessing or receiving a gun for specific mental health reasons. Some State officials raised concerns about whether such reporting would be precluded by the Privacy Rule issued under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Today, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule expressly permitting certain HIPAA covered entities to provide to the NICS limited demographic and other necessary information about these individuals.


Oh, so we can violate HIPAA on your whim. Got it.

Look, if someone is actually adjudicated mentally ill and a danger to themselves or others, they should not have a firearm. I am wholly behind that, because Due Process has been met. But if I talk to a therapist while I'm going through some shit and idly bring up suicidal ideation, that is between me and my therapist. You are not going to get people to seek the help they need if they think they're going to be reported to law enforcement over it. So, congrats, you've just made it so that people look at this and go "ha, no, not going to therapy." Awesome.

I will give you this: At least there's nothing in this press release about your stupid, stupid statement about people on no-fly lists being able to buy guns. Considering the fact that a person can be placed the no-fly list without even knowing it until they show up at the airport, and having violated no law, I don't see how it's in your or Congress's power to deny those people a Constitutional right. I mean, you wouldn't tell them they couldn't, say, write a blog post, or go to church... would you? Would you break into their house without a warrant?

Well, maybe you would. Because, after all, this is an administration that has weaponized the IRS against its perceived political enemies, lied repeatedly to the American people about all manner of things, sucked up to our enemies and shat on our friends, and can't seem to keep its big fat Federal nose out of things that should by all rights be local law enforcement issues.
agilebrit: (NOT a smile)
Buying a gun is easier than buying a book? Really?

That's funny, I can walk into my local B&N, grab a book off the shelf, pay for it, and walk out again five minutes later--and it only takes that long if there's a line. I can go to Amazon, "buy with one-click," and have a book delivered to my door two days later--or have an ebook delivered to my device of choice in seconds.

In order to purchase a firearm, I have to fill out a six-page Federal form, produce ID, and undergo a background check that takes a good half hour or more of cooling my heels. And this is in Utah, where buying a gun is a relatively painless process. In places like New Jersey and California, that process is much more difficult. Fortunately, there's a lot of Shiny in gun stores to occupy my time, so that's not a particular hardship. I certainly cannot just buy one online and have it sent to my home--if I want to buy one from, say, gunbroker.com, I have to have it delivered to a licensed firearm dealer and pick it up from them, after filling out that same six-page form.

As the article linked above notes, if you're talking "more gun stores than bookstores"... Well, that too, is factually and laughably incorrect. Your hometown of Chicago proper has exactly zero gun stores, though there's a few on the outskirts of the city that serve the needs of the few people there allowed to own them. As for the rest of the country not laboring under the bootheels of control freaks, this may actually be true, but it's only because Amazon and poor business practices killed most brick-and-mortar bookstores deader than the buggy whip.

So, before you go spouting off utter nonsense that sounds good to your sycophant sheep who gobble it up without utilizing a single brain cell in the process, perhaps you ought to check your actual facts so that the rest of us don't feel like throwing things every time you open your mouth about an issue that you have a lot of Feelings about but don't actually know anything about. That'd be peachy.

No love,
Me
agilebrit: (Urge to bitchslap)
I realize that losing my paltry two paid accounts will not do much to your bottom line.

But you are getting to the point where DreamWidth is looking like a better and better option. I won't be jumping; your own actions will have pushed me. You don't listen to your userbase. When your userbase complains about things, your basic reaction is "suck it up and deal."

Well, sucking it up and dealing by bailing on the site is looking like a more and more attractive option. I finally found the "thread/link" link you so helpfully got rid of/changed to the date/time stamp, but it sure would have been nice if you'd put something in a News or LJReleases post to the effect of "hey, that thing you've been used to for over ten years? Yeah, we moved it."

But this business of not being able to preview a post when I simply have LJLogin enabled (so I can see which of ten accounts I'm logged in to--two of which, as mentioned, are paid accounts with extra icons, and one of which had extra icons, though I haven't re-upped those this time, yet, because, well. You don't want me, clearly) is super sucky. I realize that you "don't support third-party software," and I'm not asking you to. But that software is incredibly useful to those very few of us still clinging bitterly to our roleplay accounts on LJ. What I'm asking you to do is not make it completely unusable to those of us who used it for years with no issues. It feels like you borked it on purpose, honestly, and the fact that you don't seem to care that it affected a wide swath of people with paid accounts makes me more and more likely to migrate to a place that actually wants me and welcomes me.

No love,
[livejournal.com profile] agilebrit & [livejournal.com profile] werewolf_hacker
agilebrit: (Urge to bitchslap)
Because, let's face it, a single tweet is not enough to contain my absolute gobsmacked-ness at what you said tonight.

Which was, and I quote from CNN: "The message from voters is clear: they want us to work together," Reid said. "I look forward to working with Senator McConnell to get things done for the middle class."

If that's your takeaway from the absolute shellacking you just received at the hands of the American people, you are engaging in wishful thinking on the magnitude of that of a child who wishes for a pony every time she blows out her birthday candles.

The takeaway from is is not that we want Republicans to "work with you." Everyone knows that "work with you" is Democrat code-speak for "cave in to everything we want and get called nasty names anyway." The American people want to stop this lawless Administration in its gorram tracks, stop getting shit we don't want shoved down our throats, and stop the hemorrhaging at our borders.

If you want to "get things done for the middle class," then sit the hell down, shut the hell up, and leave us the hell alone. If you want to "get things done for the middle class," then how about starting with a complete and total overhaul of our utterly friggin' stupid tax code that it takes a team of friggin' accountants to understand? If you want to "get things done for the middle class," then how about curbing the rampant over-regulation we're faced with every time we turn around and find ourselves confronted with a new edict from Washington when we want to do stuff on our own damn property?

The message from voters is perfectly clear, because President Obama said it himself: Make no mistake, his agenda was on the ballot tonight. And it lost. Overwhelmingly, and under no uncertain terms.

So how about, for once, you actually listen to the American people and do what we want rather than what you think is best.

I don't elect nannies. I elect representatives. And you suck at representation.

Sincerely,
Me

PS: You had a chance to work with the GOP for the past two years, and all you did was block them at every turn. So I'm not super confident you actually mean what you're giving lip service to right now.

Dear Nevada:

Next time this inept excuse for a Senator comes up for re-election, would you please toss him out on his ear? Surely you can do better than this.

Sincerely,
Your neighbors to the east.
agilebrit: (Schlock Overkill)
What an interesting "bill" I just received from you.

"The amount of $15.98, which you owe for your Reader's Digest magazine subscription, is now several months past due. You have already received several issues of this unpaid subscription. Despite several notices, we have not heard from you.

We ask that you SEND PAYMENT IMMEDIATELY. [capslock theirs]

Please return the attached bill yaddayadda..."

You know, Reader's Digest Billing Department, the fact that we didn't renew the subscription in a timely manner should have been a friggin' clue that we didn't want to receive your magazine any more. The fact that you kept sending us issues after the subscription expired is not on us, it's on you. And the fact that you're sending me a dunning letter for something that's your fault does not endear you to me. At all.

Perhaps you need to send out these increasingly desperate renewal attempts because your current editorial slant means that you're bleeding subscribers. Your current editorial slant is the reason we, ourselves, have not renewed--nor will we. "Bill" notwithstanding. That's a pretty shoddy business practice, dudes, and I don't particularly like paying money to get liberalism shoved in my face. I get that enough in my free entertainment without shelling out cash for it.

So. Stop sending us both magazines and bills, and we will all be happy.
agilebrit: (not amused)
So I guess tonight you're going to editorialize about how we need to outlaw drinking and dri--

Oh.

Clearly, making a Thing illegal does not stop that Illegal Thing from happening. I mean, murder is illegal, and that certainly didn't stop Belcher from murdering Kasandra. Perhaps instead of decrying "gun culture," you should instead decry a culture that cheapens life to the point where they casually talk about poppin' a cap in that bitch and no one blinks.

I mean, I live in Utah. I hang out with a bunch of bona fide gun nuts and am heavily involved in "gun culture." And every single one of these people is horrified by the notion of it being necessary to actually exercise their concealed carry permit to the point of killing someone.

So, Mr. Costas, maybe it would behoove you to actually research real gun culture before you pop off about it.

Just a suggestion.

Hugs and kisses,
[livejournal.com profile] agilebrit
agilebrit: (Not the worst thing)
Bombing LJ posts that are years old with your stupid dating spam is a terrible way to drive traffic to your site. It will, in fact, have the opposite effect.

That being said, I am vastly amused by the fact that you have a crush on a genderless, asexual fictional character. He loves you too, but not that way. Because he's an angel. From capital-H Heaven. Okay, technically he's an ex-demon who called Home, but. Contrary to some paranormal romance out there, he really has less than no interest in sexing you up.

Regards,
[livejournal.com profile] agilebrit

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