Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Tuesday, 2018.10.16
To be martial requires discipline, courage, and perseverance. It has nothing to
do with killing. People fail to look beyond this one narrow aspect of being a
warrior and so overlook all the other excellent qualities that can be gained
from training. A warrior is not a cruel murderer. A warrior is a protector of
ideals, principle, and honor. A warrior is noble and heroic.

A warrior will have many opponents in a lifetime, but the ultimate opponent is
the warrior's own self. Within a fighter's personality are a wide array of
demons to be conquered: fear, laziness, ignorance, selfishness, egotism, and so
many more. To talk of overpowering other people is inconsequential. To actually
overcome one's own defects is the true nature of victory.

		Deng Ming-Dao, "365 Tao - Daily Meditations", #189


Nanny Mayor Looses, Threatens Violence

New York City, currently wearing the face of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has a lawsuit against handguns. It suffered a setback yesterday when the Second Circuit Court of Appeals tossed it out. Says Mayor Mike:

“I am disappointed in the court’s decision. Regardless of this ruling, we will continue our fight against illegal guns full bore — in the courtrooms, on the streets and in the Congress.” [Emphesis added]

Interesting choice of words there. My understanding of “full bore” is that it is a reference to bringing out the big guns, but I’m not a gunsmith. Let’s see what Mayor Mike’s own New York Times has to say about “full bore“:

Some lexicographers think the bore first measured an engine cylinder (and have a 1927 citation), while others think that the origin is from the measurement of the inside of the barrel of a gun. ”A .45-caliber gun can take a .44-caliber load,” John Snyder of the gun lobby tells me, ”so full bore would be the maximum-size load. In another sense, it means ‘maximum capable powder load.’ ”

Well, there’s certainly a gun angle. Regardless it’s a reference to maximum, unrestrained power. As a bonus, Mayor Mike is going to fight this out “on the streets.” Some how, I don’t think that means he’ll be asking the police to increases the number of hugs they give New York citizens.