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IPv6 is all grown up now!

(Even if "nothing changes", perception often trumps readily, so this is a Good Thing.)

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PJW is spot on.

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Get your tickets now. (And then buy tickets for the following evening too!)

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> 14 years of going to The Mountains for the 4th of July!
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Perfect!

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The "Macarana" part literally made me LOL.

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"Gun control? How about we start with trying some violent-maniac control?" <-- that

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Well said.
Advocates of more gun control are fond of saying “more guns, more crime, period,” and then walking away as if they have won the argument. But they really, really haven’t. It is fair to acknowledge that America has a lot of guns, and that it therefore has more gun crime than do nations with none. It is fair, too, to contend that where there are few guns in circulation in the first instance, there won’t be much gun crime. But it is not at all fair to assert that more America, which already hosts hundreds of millions of guns, has been hurt by an increase in their number. Indeed, it’s factually wrong. Over the last two decades, gun crime has dropped massively, while the number of guns in circulation has doubled and the laws almost everywhere have been loosened. We can debate the causation — and should — but we should do so while understanding that had this decline in crime followed strict federal gun control, advocates of regulation would undoubtedly claim victory. Ultimately, this not a debate over abstractions so much as a continuing brawl over specifics. Outside of Twitter, legislators are not asked to vote on A Bill to Solve All the Problems, but on specific legislation that’s sold with specific promises and that comes with specific downsides. Certainly, values play a part: A congressman who thinks that nobody “needs” a gun will perform a different balancing act than one who agrees with me. But that doesn’t, and can’t, tell us the whole story. The core reason I oppose an “assault weapons” ban is not that I love weaponry more than my son, but that I know it’s a ridiculous red herring. My support for constitutional carry is as much based in our experience as in my preference for Justinian. I oppose gun registries because they demonstrably don’t work — anywhere — and because the Supreme Court has all but gutted them on important Fifth Amendment grounds. And I’m generally skeptical of more restrictive laws because there’s no solid case in their favor. Thirty years ago we were told in the same smug tones that it was “obvious” that concealed carry would lead to more violence, to shoot-outs in the street, to the return of the Wild West. And what happened? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Indeed, the evidence we have suggests that concealed-carry permit-holders are more law-abiding than the police.
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