If I Leave Here Tomorrow: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant on Gun Control

If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd (Passion Pictures/Showtime 2018) at 51:21:

Interviewer: ‘Saturday Night Special’ is a song that deals with a very real and dangerous subject in today’s America. Our interview of Lynyrd Skynyrd focuses on this now.

Ronnie Van Zant: ‘Saturday Night Special’, we’d just known some friends, that, a friend shot another friend ’cause they were drunk playing poker.

Handguns are made for killin’,
They ain’t no good for nothin’ else.
And if you like to drink your whiskey,
You might even shoot yourself.

Why don’t we dump ’em, people,
To the bottom of the sea?
Before some ole fool come around here,
And want to shoot either you or me.

–Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Saturday Night Special”, Nuthin’ Fancy (1975)

Interviewer: Are you into gun control?

Ronnie Van Zant: I think they oughtta throw ’em all away.

Interviewer: Really, just like the song says?

Ronnie Van Zant: Yeah

Interviewer: Is that right?

Ronnie Van Zant: Yes I do.

Interviewer: Do you own a gun?

Ronnie Van Zant: I have an old gun, an 1874 Springfield, but it’s an old flint lock gun… hangs over the fireplace. I have been shot myself, and uh, I don’t want to get into that, but, but it happens, you know, every day. I mean, if you watch–where I come from it’s the six o’clock news–every night, just look at the homocides every night because of that. I, I really don’t like ’em.

Monday 15th of October 2018

R.I.P. Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder.


Wednesday 10th of October 2018

“The testers found embarrassing, elementary screw-ups of the sort that would get a middle school computer lab administrator in trouble, to say nothing of someone safeguarding lethal weapon systems.” GOV’T REPORT: “AN ENTIRE GENERATION” OF AMERICAN WEAPONS IS WIDE OPEN TO HACKERS


Remembering Cisco Landry, six years on

Six years ago today, my family lost a member. Our faithful companion, Cisco Landry.

Friday 5th of October 2018

Remembering Steve Jobs 7 years on.


Thursday 4th of October 2018

1,000+ Law Professors Can’t Be Wrong…


Dear Young People, “Don’t Vote”

This country belongs to whomever shows up. And do you know who shows up for every election? Old people. But only 46% of people 18-34 years old voted in the last election.

Do vote. Please, please vote.

A Version of Reality So Elaborately Embellished That it Qualifies as Fan Fiction

New York Times Editorial Board:

“I built what I built myself.”

This boast has long been at the core of the mythology of Donald Trump, Self-Made Billionaire. As the oft-told story goes, young Mr. Trump accepted a modest $1 million loan from his father, Fred, a moderately successful real estate developer from Queens, and — through smarts, hard work and sheer force of will — parlayed that loan into a multibillion-dollar global empire.

It’s a classic American tale of ambition and self-determination. Not Horatio Alger, exactly, but appealing, and impressive, nonetheless.

Except that, like so much of what Mr. Trump has been selling the American public in recent years, this origin story was a sham — a version of reality so elaborately embellished that it qualifies as fan fiction more than biography.

Fantastic read from the paper of record.

In his 1987 memoir “The Art of the Deal,” Mr. Trump famously offered his take on the origins of his success: “I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration — and a very effective form of promotion.”

But increasingly, Mr. Trump’s willingness to bend the truth — and the rules — in the service of his myth looks less like innocent exaggeration than malicious deception, with a dollop of corruption tossed in for good measure. It’s not the golden, glittering success story he has been peddling. It’s shaping up to be something far darker.

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

TechMeme: “From the Department of ‘I wish we had this back in the day’, if you are currently matriculating at Duke University, the University of Alabama, or the University of Oklahoma, you can now use your iPhone and Apple Watch as your campus ID card.


Sunday 30th of September 2018

Oh, goddamn!!! It is International Blasphemy Day. #blasphemy #goddamn