Breed Bans

When they came for the scary black pit bulls, I didn’t speak up. My only pet is a gentle, crippled Great Dane.

When they came for the scary black rifles, I didn’t speak up. My deer gun is an old, bolt action Winchester.

When they came for the scary black hoodies, I didn’t speak up. I’m a middle-aged man in work jeans.

When they came for the scary black teenagers, there was no one left to speak up. I was surrounded entirely by frightened, submissive subjects.


So I found a scary black teenager who was looking for something to do. I equipped him with an accurate rifle, high-capacity magazines, dark clothes and a good dog. I fed him and trained him. I told him to go out there and give ’em Hell.

Then I made myself a cup of tea while he fed his dog, stowed ammo, checked his gear, and double-knotted his boots. Not my world anymore. Not my watch.

Wish ya the best, man.

The dog searched the teen’s face for clues. A pat on the head let him know they were on the same team, but it was time to go. He walked down the driveway with the dog by his side, tongue out and teeth gleaming in that brutal terrier smile.

Halfway down the driveway, the kid stopped. He didn’t turn around; just looked over his shoulder.

“You comin’ or not?”


Regulations Against Jews’ Possession of Weapons

11 November 1938

With a basis in § 31 of the Weapons Law of 18 March 1928 (Reichsgesetzblatt I, p. 265), Article III of the Law on the Reunification of Austria with Germany of 13 March 1938 (Reichsgesetzblatt I, p. 237), and § 9 of the Fuhrer and Chancellor’s decree on the administration of the Sudeten-German districts of 1 October 1928 (Reichsgesetzblatt 1, p. 1331 ) are the following ordered:

§ 1

Jews (§ 5 of the First Regulations of the German Citizenship Law of 14 November 1935, Reichsgesetzblatt 1, p. 1332) are prohibited from acquiring. Possessing, and carrying firearms and ammunition, as well as truncheons or stabbing weapons. Those now possessing weapons and ammunition are at once to turn them over to the local police authority.

§ 2

Firearms and ammunition found in a Jew’s possession will be forfeited to the government without compensation.

§ 3

The Minister of the Interior may make exceptions to the Prohibition in § 1 for Jews who are foreign nationals. He can entrust other authorities with this power.

§ 4

Whoever willfully or negligently violates the provisions of § 1 will be punished with imprisonment and a fine. In especially severe cases of deliberate violations, the punishment is imprisonment in a penitentiary for up to five years.

§ 5

For the implementation if this regulation, the Minister of the Interior waives the necessary legal and administrative provisions.

§ 6

This regulation is valid in the state of Austria and in the Sudeten-German districts.

Berlin, 11 November 1938

Minister of the Interior




  1. Only see half. Don’t know if its your issue or mine, just thought I’d point it out

    • Hi, Dave.

      Thanks for the feedback. Two questions, if you don’t mind answering:

      1. Which browser do you use?

      2. What is the last line of text that you can see?



  2. I tried firefox and chrome. The last line I can see is “Frick”.

    • Jeremy:

      Ah, okay then. “Frick” is the last word in the appended law. Apparently the name of the then-current German Minister of the Interior. Sorry to say, there’s no more to this post. However, you are invited to click back through the 100-odd other posts if you’d like to take a look at a bit more of my ramblings.



  3. Nice Martin Niemöller reference!

  4. IE 8 or 9. One of them. Or, maybe it’s 7. I think it depends on what buttons I push.

    What Dave is saying (interesting new look, by the way) is, where you’ve quoted that edict about the Jews and guns and kitchen knives, over in the right column about the last five characters (letters) are cut off. Chop, chop, right through a letter. What I assume to be “punishment” is punisI. The “h” and its cohorts are no longer among us. That plane runs north and south.

    It appears to be related to your page layout. It looks like it’s divided into two panes, left and right. The plane of the left pane (Spain, rain?) seems to end on the same line as the right edge of the dog photo and the highlighted comments section.
    Your right column (edict) in the left pane would like to extend beyond that line. It doesn’t. It’s chopped.

    It’s that way in two of the three browsers I listed above. I don’t have the other one.

    Now, to your post:
    Wow, that was a bit of an obscure, oblique, abstract, ramble, now wasn’t it?

    “Black” is obviously the theme or tool you’ve attempted to use to tell us something. I get the “and then they came for me” thing. I’ve used it (in a verbal presentation) myself. What I don’t get is what the hell it is you are trying to convey. And that isn’t related to the missing letters of the “Regulation” in the least.

    As a highly paid literary critic, I was going to offer a minuscule bit of advice. If the kid would have been Mulatto, rather than Black, it would have been a nice throw back to the title. Or would that screw up the whole color scheme?

    Speaking of rambles…
    Are you aware more Irish were enslaved than Africans? Though Irish slaves sort of glutted the market, the Africans were still more highly priced. Some entrepreneur attempted to breed the two in an effort to create a new product. His efforts were squashed by by the existing marketeers. Yes, that’s exactly what I’m telling you…the breed was banned.

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