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Watercooler 1/25 Open Thread: More from SHOT; Carving a Ring Off 9th Circus

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 13:02
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#NotInMYNamewatercoolerWelcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got…

SHOT Show Roundup, Part 2

Flake Proposes 9th Circus Split; A Request to Arizona Readers

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is teeing up a bill to split the oversized, overpowerful and over-Leftist 9th Circuit Court of Appeals again. Sounds good, right? The problem is when you drill into details he still leave a very big, very powerful 9th Circus holding the whole Left Coast hostage, just peeling off Alaska and the easternmost edge.

  • Current Ninth: Alaska, Arizona, California (as 4 Federal District Courts), Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington (as two Federal DC’s), Guam, N. Mariana Islands
  • Flake proposed Revised Ninth (10 District Courts): California (as 4 Federal District Courts), Hawaii, Oregon, Washington (as two Federal DC’s), Guam, N. Mariana Islands
  • Flake proposed New Twelfth (5 District Courts) : Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada

This still leaves a very big and powerful Ninth, and allows Bloomberg the “Left Coast Blue Wall” he so craves. My request to our Arizona readers is to contact him with something similar to this alternate revision:

  • Alternate Revised Ninth (6 District Courts): California South/Central/East (3 of its 4 Federal District Courts), Hawaii, Guam, N. Mariana Islands
  • Transfer to Tenth: Arizona (joins neighbors Colorado, Utah, New Mexico)
  • Alternate New Twelfth (7 District Courts) : Alaska, Washington (two FDC’s), Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California North (redrawn to move San Francisco into Central, think “State of Jefferson proposed boundaries”)

As a bonus, splitting California across two Circuits would give two bites at the apple curtailing Sacramento’s frootloopery. 🙂

This Week In History

  • Sunday, 1/22: Columbia Phonograph (now Records) incorporated, 1889; CIA forerunner Central Intelligence Group established, 1946; Boeing 747 enters revenue service, 1970
  • Monday, 1/23: Elizabeth Blackwell becomes first female MD in US, 1849; Frisbee introduced, 1957; North Korea pirates USS Pueblo, 1968
  • Tuesday, 1/24: Gold found near Sacramento, 1848; first canned beer sold, 1935; Apple launches Mac line, 1984
  • Wednesday, 1/25: First transcontinental phone service, 1915; Goldsmith files first electronic-game patent, 1947; Manson cult convicted, 1971
  • Thursday, 1/26: First Battle of Seattle, 1856; Burnside relieved, 1863; first WWII US forces reach Europe, 1942
  • Friday, 1/27: P-38 Lightning first flies, 1939; Knox’s artillery reaches Cambridge, 1776; Apollo 1 fire, 1967
  • Saturday, 1/28: US troops leave non-Guantanamo Cuba, 1909; Congress reestablishes Coast Guard as Armed Forces branch, 1915; Challenger disaster, 1986

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Dean Jones, 1931; physician-politician Andy Harris, 1957; singer Alicia Keys, 1981

Holidays Around the World: It’s both National Police Day and Revolution Day in Egypt. Scottish communities worldwide celebrate Burns Night, India has National Voters’ Day and Indonesia  observes National Nutrition Day.

This Week In History is compiled with assistance from and Wikipedia. Something interesting not listed here? Please share in the Comments section–this is an Audience Participation Encouraged featurette.

Gratuitous Gun Giveaways

*Note: FMG Publishing giveaways require you to provide an FFL dealer’s info at entry. Aero Precision giveaways also give me one entry each for the first ten people who use my referral link to enter.

Quote of the Day

“I’m the Teachable Moment your instructor warned you about.”–Northwest Firearms member “AndyInEverson,” on embarrassing “I can’t believe I did that” moments

As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. That’s it for this week; hope you found something tasty, ’cause Junior’s giving me the “Feed Me!” look indicating it’s time for a Big Mac run.

#NoQuarter #TheParty’sOver

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