The camel’s nose

Delaware provides proof that suspicions of the obvious were well-merited:

Delaware State Police stopped Alvina Vansickle from purchasing a .22-caliber pistol for self-defense because she was too old and a woman, said Superintendent Col. Thomas MacLeish. The outrage that followed led to the revelation that Delaware State Police had been keeping lists of gun buyers for years; state law requires them to destroy these records after 60 days.

Did anyone seriously believe that they weren’t going to keep those records? Does anyone seriously believe that they aren’t going to use those records for the purposes of confiscation the first time they think they can get away with it?

Death by ice

If these polls are historically accurate, then Obama is going down in flames next Tuesday:

TRICK OR TREAT: GALLUP SAYS OBAMA +2

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows Barack Obama attracting 50% of the vote nationwide while John McCain earns 47%.

The state-by-state is the important count, of course, but state polls tend to lag the national ones by a few weeks. Always shift the polls by five percent to account for the pollsters’ pro-Democratic interpretations. And remember, “enthusiastic young voters” tend to talk about voting a lot more than they vote.

UPDATE – As I said: “Analysts have predicted that new voters, young voters and Hispanic voters will turn out in record numbers in this election. But as Nevadans continue to flock to the polls, turnout among those three groups is lagging, at least in the early going. While turnout statewide was nearly 25 percent through Sunday, it was just 20 percent among Hispanic voters, 14 percent among voters under 30 and 15 percent among those who didn’t vote in the last three elections, according to an analysis of state early voting records through Sunday prepared by America Votes, an organization that works to mobilize voters.”

New heights of band geekery

Spacebunny alerts us to a musical development that actually makes band camp geeks look cool and sexy by comparison. As for me, I can’t help but admire the way in which they embrace the ethos.

I await with great amusement the explanations of how your band camp or marching band was actually the height of your high school’s social pyramid.