For those of you unaware, Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is normally observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia.
Meanwhile, earlier this week a 26 year old man -- who had previously been labeled as mentally disabled by the state of New York -- tried to admit himself for additional mental health treatment but was refused coverage. Instead of treatment, he was told he should "talk with the president about it." So dressed in Pokemon clothing and carrying his favorite Pikachu doll, that's exactly what he tried to do. He scaled the fence at the White House and was promptly getting arrested. As you laugh, keep in mind a 2014 report by the Treatment Advocacy Center, a nonprofit aimed at removing the stigma of mental illness and barriers to treatment, analyzed the state of mental commitment laws state by state, looking at both the "quality of involuntary treatment laws which facilitate emergency hospitalization during a psychiatric emergency and the availability of court orders mandating continued treatment as a condition of living in a community." Also try to keep in mind that in said report (PDF Warning) New York State received an "F" for Impatient Commitment. Also try to keep in mind that while New York State received an F, and a mentally ill person they shunned was being arrested, the Brady Campaign is now suing various online retailers, much like they tried to do with Armslist. Also try to keep in mind that while New York State received an F, and a mentally ill person they shunned was being arrested, and the Brady Campaign is selling ammunition resellers, again, IT'S FUCKING CONSTITUTION DAY.
And while IT'S FUCKING CONSTITUTION DAY, consider the National Firearms Act of 1934 which was created to regulate short-barreled rifles, referring to a shoulder-fired, rifled firearm with a barrel length of less than 16 inches or overall length of less than 26 inches. In the United States, an SBR is an item regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as an NFA firearm. It is a federal felony to possess an SBR unless it is registered with the BATFE to the person who possesses it, and merely owning both a short barrel and a legal-length rifle could be construed as intent to build an illegal, unregistered SBR resulting in the 10-year mandatory minimum sentence. So putting a regular rifle stock on this pistol? Yields you a decade in federal prison. Stop and think about that for a minute. Isn't that fucking nuts? But now thanks to our friends at Sig who created the Sig Pistol Stabilizing Brace, we an alternative to federal PMITA prison. In fact you can even pick up complete Radical Firearms pistol/brace packages for just under $600. Why? BECAUSE IT'S FUCKING CONSTITUTION DAY.
Old and busted: Americans jet-skiing through Lake Powell canyon. The new hotness: Canadians canoeing through Quttinirpaaq National Park glacier. And is anyone else a little disappointed the guy on the jet ski didn't go full throttle even for a little bit?
ATTENTION NERDS: The Hewlett-Packard HP-01 was the first calculator wristwatch ever manufactured and sold to the public by Hewlett-Packard. The HP-01 used 9 light-emitting diodes for its digital display. Introduced in 1977 at the height of the LED watch craze, five models were available, two gold filled models and three stainless models. Prices were from $650 to $850, which is the equivalent of $2,500 to $3,300 in 2014 dollars. Most of the 28 buttons on the HP-01 were recessed and were designed to be depressed with a stylus. Prototype production was stopped by the end of 1979, but now a prototype model has recently made its way to eBay where it sold for $14,500.