PREACHER ON TV: …nointed with oil on troubled waters? Oh, Heavenly Grid, help us bear up thy Standard, our Chevron flashing bright across the Gulf of Compromise, standing Humble on the Rich Field of Mobile American Thinking? Here in this Shell we call Life… (excerpted from The Firesign Theatre’s “How Can You Be In Two Places At Once, When You’re Not Anywhere At All”)
Oregon Department of Transportation
By all accounts, Robin Speronis is engaged in a successful experiment in “living off the grid” in Cape Coral, Florida. The 54-year-old former real estate agent disconnected from city water and power about a year and a half ago. Now she relies on solar panels, propane lanterns, and collected rain water in her duplex and seems quite happy about it. But the city clearly is not. Officials tried to boot her from her home, and have now given her until the end of March to reconnect to the grid. A special magistrate who tossed many of the charges and admits that reasonableness may not play a role in the rules says she will ultimately have to comply. Speronis is standing firm.
You can’t be FREE, all by yourself, doing as you please! That’s not being part of the collective! Don’t you know it takes a village? Resistance is futile!
Okay, all you freedom-loving self-actualized, libertarians and self-governing folks. Listen up. The government NEEDS you.
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun – Mao Tse Tung
h/t Say Uncle
Single mother Ivette Ros doesn’t go anywhere without her gun.
But the 37-year-old lost her job as a bank manager for bringing her gun to work at a Wells Fargo branch in Oldsmar.
“When we take our course for concealed weapons licenses, they do state the bank is a place we can take your weapon to, so I never thought otherwise until I was being questioned,” she said.
Ros doesn’t know who found out she was packing or how they found out, but she says bank security questioned her about the gun she was carrying. She says she was fired three days later. … (John Lott)
The courts, or at least lawyers, will fight this one out.
When I worked in the financial industry, the company was VERY clear there were to be no firearms on the premises. Period. Or in the parking lot; in our personal cars. Or at company-sponsored functions – even if we weren’t being paid or after-hours.
Over-reaching a bit, I think.
Thankfully, the Arizona State Legislature addressed the parking lot issue positively. And, as above, I suspect the other issues will be/or have been addressed in the courts or by lawyers.
Not exactly the same, but similarly…
I had a ‘friend’ some years back named Chip. I’ve written about him in these pages. He was a friend to me when I needed one, but was probably a sociopath. He was, at the very least passive-aggressive. We are no longer friends.
He was paranoid about being caught carrying a concealed weapon (before such a law existed in Arizona) so he did carry, openly. A lot. Now, as there was no CCW back then, the culture was different, and people were much more accepting of such behavior.
Back then banks were not off limits to gun carriers. They still are not, unless, of course the dreaded statutory sign is portrayed (in AZ.). But Chip would go to his bank regularly with his Colt Combat Commander in a belt holster for all to see.
I’m guessing some new clerk from a hoplophobic State saw it and freaked out. Nothing happened in the bank. He had done nothing wrong.
But, one Saturday morning about 0800, there was a knock on Chip’s apartment door. Two large suited individuals stood there, imposing. Chip used the pejorative word jamokes to describe them.
One spoke. “We don’ wan’ chuz carrying yor gun in da bank anymore.” (I’m certain his mimicking of the bank employee’s statement was slightly inaccurate in it’s portrayal.)
Chip nodded in the affirmative, and closed the door. Then, on Monday morning, he tracked down the bank president and called him. Such was his nature.
And he proceeded to dress down the bank, the bank president, his employees, his policies, and his lack of legal knowledge.
Then he moved his banking elsewhere. I’m certain THAT told the bank president!
I’m all about every able-bodied, legally-able citizen to be able to carry. Openly, concealed…I don’t care. ANYWHERE. Banks, schools, shopping malls, hospitals, where we work – anyplace bad stuff might happen.
Because bad stuff DOES happen. And we cannot predict where or when.
But, let’s not be dicks about it.
A shocking poll released Tuesday shows overwhelming majorities of people in Virginia, New York and New Jersey support a national gun registry.
The survey released Tuesday was done jointly by Roanoke College in Virginia, Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey and Siena College in New York. It shows that 68 percent of New York voters and a whopping 74 percent of New Jersey voters are in favor of establishing a national gun registry.
Even in the southern state of Virginia — which has gone blue in recent years — 63 percent want the federal government to track all guns.
“Given the exceptionally high numbers of support for President Obama and Hillary Clinton in this poll, it isn’t surprising that there would be high numbers of support for draconian gun control proposals,” he told me. (Emily Miller in The Washington Times, in part)
Mark (Walters) here. To EVERY AAR fan and gun owner who values their rights, I’ll call bullshit here. THIS is the biased garbage we fight against EVERY day! Sunday’s show focused on the importance of YOUR activism to counter this crap. You up for it?
While I agree with Mark Walters that the above is total B.S. - WHO CARES?
My rights are not negotiable nor subject to the result of a plebiscite – real or imagined. My rights are MINE. PERIOD. - Guffaw
Imagine if Freedom of Speech, or Religion, or the Press, or the Right to Assemble of any particular group or individual were up for debate as the result of a poll or a vote?
Oh wait. They are.
h/t Facebook, Armed American Radio, Emily Litella, Emily Miller
or rather (oops, my mistake), by the dealer’s government agency watchdog…
“It is clear that agency rules were not followed in many of the incidents, which show at least 49 guns were lost or stolen nationwide between 2009 and 2013.”
“The newly released ATF reports show that between 2009 and 2013, agents lost their guns or had them stolen in at least 45 incidents — with a couple of the cases involving the loss of three firearms.
It is unclear if the records include “missing” guns, a separate category used by the agency.
Most of the lost weapons were handguns, but there also were at least two assault rifles stolen. Typically the reports do not indicate what happened to the unrecovered guns. However, in a November 2008 incident, the gun may have wound up in Mexico, according to the report.”
“The report cited examples similar to those in the documents obtained by the Journal Sentinel, with agents leaving weapons in public bathrooms, atop their vehicles, on an airplane and one in a shopping cart.”
Via Katie Pavlich
I sit here wondering how this compares with licensed firearms dealer records, and, of course, the whole Fast & Furious debacle. And wonder if any of the BATFE missing arms are responsible for crimes or even murders?
Inquiring minds want to know.
h/t David Hardy
wirecutter spells it out. In spades!
Not OWNER. Not LEGAL RESIDENT. Occupant. You know, like all that junk mail you throw away pro-forma says on it.
A further observation from wirecutter personally…
I got news for you – if you even let a cop enter your house he can search it “for his own safety”. I found that out when my psycho ex tried to cut me and I called the cops to get it documented – 7 or 8 cops showed up (it must’ve been a slow night) and they immediately opened every door in the house looking for ‘assailants’, checking closets, behind furniture, even told me to open my safe which I refused to do. The final straw came when one of them opened a small box on the end table and I told them all they did NOT have my permission to go through my personal effects and to hit the porch, we’ll do the paperwork out there ‘for their own fucking safety’. Surprisingly they complied and everybody calmed down including myself. Hell, I even offered them all a cold beer.
But yeah, never let a cop into your house willingly. Besides, they can always say you consented to a search and it’s your word against theirs.
NOW comes the kicker! The vanguard of the dissenters against this decision is (wait for it)
Justice Ruth Bader Ginzburg
Personally, I’d bet I’d agree more often with wirecutter than Justice Ginsburg on most things.
(connected to the previous post regarding the State of Connecticut preparing to confiscate previously ‘legally-owned’ ‘assault weapons’*)
In a video posted Thursday to YouTube, Connecticut State Police Spokesman Lt. Paul Vance is heard telling a woman identified as “GMN Producer Guerilla Girl Ashley” that she sounded anti-American for questioning the state’s new gun control law.
“I want to know, if it comes down to it, will the police go to my home if my husband refuses to give up a weapon that was formerly legal and now has been made illegal by a corrupt legislature?” she asked. “Will the police actually go to my home and threaten my family, ’cause I’m scared to death?”
“We don’t threaten people, ma’am,” Lt. Vance said. “That doesn’t happen.”
“If you’re going with the force of government, that’s a threat,” she responded.
“Ma’am, it sounds like you’re anti-American, it sounds like you’re anti-law. I can’t answer your question,” Lt. Vance remarked.
Later, after Ashley said Lt. Vance works for the people of the state, he informed her that he, in fact, is her master.
“You’re the servant, we’re the master,” she said.
“I’m the master, ma’am. I’m the master,” he said in response.
Peter, a retired law enforcement officer himself, stated a response so much more eloquently than I:
Lt. Vance, I have news for you – and I speak as a retired law enforcement officer. If you take that attitude and that approach with me, you’ll have violated your oath of law enforcement office – the same oath I swore, and which remains binding on my conscience and my actions to this day. In consequence you won’t be my ‘master’ at all . . . you’ll be a felon, and I’ll be entirely within my rights when I deal with you as such. Nor will I be the only one to do so. As Sean Sorrentino asks, “What happens when both sides make a list?“
Just who the hell do you think you are, Lt. Vance? And if your attitude is typical of the Connecticut State Police, when did that organization abandon its mission and its collective oath of office to become nothing more than a collection of jackbooted thugs? (more at Bayou Renaissance Man)
When I went to college getting my Administration of Justice diploma, they taught us that the job of a peace officer was to enforce the law, preserve order and protect the rights of all. Obviously, they are no longer teaching that, or the curriculum has changed.
And THAT is a problem.
(*assault weapons – whatever a legislature decides they are. See also Saturday Night Special.)
What is the most dangerous sport in the Olympics?
For the uninitiated, the Biathlon involves cross-country skiing, coupled with rifle shooting!
WHAT? GUNS, and it’s not lethal or damaging?
(stolen from my friend Borepatch)
Connecticut has an “assault weapon” problem.
Politicians rammed through a law demanding that citizens register scary-looking firearms and standard capacity magazines, and the citizenry overwhelmingly responded by being “militantly sedentary.”
Gun owners sat on their butts and refused to register either arms or magazines, all but daring the state to do anything about it.
Of the estimated 375,000-400,000 firearms deemed “assault weapons” by the state, more than 325,000 remain undocumented. Only about 50,000 were registered for future confiscation.
The requirement to register standard capacity magazines was laughed at even louder by the citizenry; just 38,000 (less than 2 percent) of an estimated 2 million standard capacity magazines holding greater than ten rounds of ammunition were registered with the state. (Bearingarms.com)
The United States seems hell-bent on making all nationalities resident here inclusive – even those who aren’t here legally and those who fail to assimilate into American culture.
And those who refuse to learn or use English.
My ancestors came here legally from Germany (and Ireland – kinda already speaking English!). learned it and assimilated. There were proud Americans.
Witness below the nation/nation-state/Russian satellite of The Ukraine:
Nationalism unites, and multi-culti ‘diversity’ divides. So does culture and language.
- Paying attention yet America? Liking how that whole ‘diversty’ joke is working for you?
Belgians have the whole Flemish vs. Walloon thing.
- I don’t know if this is WHY Brussels is so dysfunctional, but when all else fails it never hurts to go with “blame the French.”
Many of us understand what happened in the former Yugoslavia. The linguistic divide between Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Slovene, and Macedonian (plus a few more languages) made the ‘country’ less functional than their infamous car, the Yugo. (map and text courtesy of Theo Spark)
Is anyone in our State Department listening? If not, press one for ENGLISH.
Kevin Baker, of The Smallest Minority fame, said what many (including me) have been thinking, with regard to this Arizona ‘Right To Refuse Service’ Bill pending in State government.
The liberal media have been painting this as pure bigotry by Christians against Gays. “It’s another black mark against Arizona – we could lose the Super Bowl!”
And, that may be true. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t necessary.
I, for one, do not like the government mandating with whom I may or may not do business. Period.
I think the free marketplace will provide a solution. If you don’t like (gays, blacks, women, short people, Republicans, Jews ad infinitum, ad nauseum) FINE. Don’t do business with them.
And see how your profits dry up.
I don’t have a business, but, if I did, I’d choose not to do business with felons, pedophiles and bureaucrats. I know, I’m repeating myself…
But, Kevin says it better:
The function of government should not be to punish people for acting on their fervently held beliefs. It’s function should be to ensure that potential customers are made aware up front who a person, business or legal entity will refuse service to.
They already do that in a tiny way under Arizona Revised Statute §4-229, which states:
A. A person with a permit issued pursuant to section 13-3112 may carry a concealed handgun on the premises of a licensee who is an on-sale retailer unless the licensee posts a sign that clearly prohibits the possession of weapons on the licensed premises. The sign shall conform to the following requirements:
1. Be posted in a conspicuous location accessible to the general public and immediately adjacent to the liquor license posted on the licensed premises.
2. Contain a pictogram that shows a firearm within a red circle and a diagonal red line across the firearm.
3. Contain the words, “no firearms allowed pursuant to A.R.S. section 4-229″
So, the legislature should simply extend this logic to whatever other prejudices there are out there and require signage to advise potential customers where they’re not wanted. Something like this, for instance:
That way everyone will know right up front what kind of bigots they will be dealing with, and can decide for themselves whether or not they want to spend their money there. No hurt feelings, no lawsuits.
PS – The media is all up in arms (figuratively, of course) about conservative Christians. What about those Muslims who not only don’t want to serve gays, but want to KILL THEM? Oh, that’s right. We can’t talk about them, that’s (bigoted, racist, non-inclusive).
Political Correctness IS killing this Nation!
h/t Dawn Daniels