Monthly Archives: March 2011

H.R. 1093–The “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform Act” Introduced

Looks like a good bill, long overdue!  Of course, the next logical step would be completely dismantling the BATFE.

Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) have introduced H.R. 1093, the “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform Act.” The bill would roll back unnecessary restrictions, correct errors, and codify longstanding congressional policies in the firearms arena. This bipartisan bill is a vital step to modernize and improve BATFE operations, according to NRA-ILA.

Of highest importance, H.R. 1093 totally rewrites the system of administrative penalties for licensed dealers, manufacturers and importers of firearms. Today, for most violations, BATFE can only give a federal firearms license (FFL) holder a warning, or totally revoke his license.

H.R. 1093 would allow fines or license suspensions for less serious violations, while still allowing license revocation for the kind of serious violations that would block an investigation or put guns in the hands of criminals. This prevents the all-too-common situations where BATFE has revoked licenses for insignificant technical violations — such as improper use of abbreviations, or filing records in the wrong order.

via H.R. 1093–The “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform Act” Introduced.

Copyright troll Righthaven achieves spectacular “fair use” loss

LOL Righthaven.  Thank you for strengthening Fair Use laws and weakening your own position.

That was the case with the Oregon-based Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO), which Righthaven sued in August 2010 after the group posted a Review-Journal newspaper article on the deportation of illegal immigrants on its own website. The case must have seemed like a good fit for Righthaven; it had found someone taking the entire article! Defense lawyers contented themselves with arguing that the case should be heard in Nevada, and it didn’t even bother to contest the issue on fair use grounds.

But federal judges have tremendous power over their cases, and on November 15, 2010, federal judge James Mahan on his own initiative issued a terse order. “The court hereby orders the plaintiff to show cause why this case should not be dismissed under the 17 U.S.C. § 107 Fair Use exception,” he wrote.

At a hearing last week, the judge decided that CIO’s use of the full article text was, in fact, a fair use under the “four-factor test” enshrined in law.

Steve Green, a reporter at the competing Las Vegas Sun newspaper, attended the hearing. Judge Mahan told both sides that the purpose of copyright law was to encourage creativity and to disseminate public access to information, so long as that did not unfairly hinder the market for the original story. In this case, Mahan said that the tiny Oregon nonprofit had essentially zero overlap between the readers of its website and the readers of the Review-Journal. In addition, the effect on the “market” for the work is unclear, since Righthaven is solely using the copyright to prosecute a lawsuit, not to defend its news operations (it has none).

via Copyright troll Righthaven achieves spectacular “fair use” loss.

Rand Paul’s Balanced Budget Plan

The score:

Rand Paul: 1

Everyone Else in Government: 0

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has released a detailed plan that would balance the federal budget in five years. Paul’s plan would achieve balance by halting and reversing the historic rise in federal spending. Taxes would not be increased, but revenues would steadily increase as the economy recovers.

It’s too bad Rand isn’t in the House, and so has no control over the budget.  However, if his father implements the plan… all could be well.

via Rand Paul’s Balanced Budget Plan | Cato @ Liberty.

Put In Time For Your Projects First » client k

Client K on applying investment principles to personal development:

The investment community
constantly talks about the concept of
paying yourself first.
You set aside a portion of your salary
for investing
and you invest it immediately.

It works better than paying yourself last
because when you pay yourself last,
little expenses here and there
gobble up your investment funds.

That is the strategy I use
for my time.
The first hour of the day,
even while working a business gig,
is spent working on my own projects.

This is fantastic advice, of course.  And regardless of when you do it, why wouldn’t you spend a portion of your time each day, improving yourself?

via Put In Time For Your Projects First » client k.