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Air Marshal director stepping down amid agency gun scheme probe

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Shown at right is Robert Bray, director of the Federal Air Marshal Service.Reuters/TSA.gov

EXCLUSIVE: The director of the Federal Air Marshal Service is retiring after being investigated for his role in an alleged operation to acquire guns for officials’ personal use, FoxNews.com has learned.

Director Robert Bray’s home was raided in December in connection with the ongoing probe, according to sources and documents. Law enforcement and congressional sources told FoxNews.com that Bray’s recently announced retirement, which is effective in June, is directly related to the investigation.

I keep waiting for stories about law enforcement not taking bribes, or getting benefits/property/money under color of authority.

Doing their f’ing job enforcing the law and following their f’ing oath!

Alas, no such stories exist, anymore.  They’re all about bribery, corruption, and filling their pockets or holsters.

More On The ARES ARMS Legal Battle…

Of Arms and The Law posted THIS:

Ares Armor gets temporary restraining order against BATF

Posted by David Hardy · 13 March 2014 05:02 PM

Summary here. Essentially, Ares makes “80% receivers.” A receiver starts out as raw material — steel, or here polymer. Everyone can agree that’s not a receiver. At the end, it is a finished receiver that, with the appropriate parts attached, can fire. We can all agree that that is a receiver. But at what point between the two does it go from being in one legal status to being in the other?

The industry understanding (and I emphasize understanding) has been that the line is crossed when the future receiver is 80% complete. But this is one area where BATF rulings, if any, are kept private, and never published as a regulation. This violates the Administrative Procedure Act (which requires that general rules for the public be published as regulations — you cannot have a rule that the public must comply with, and keep it secret) and allows a little of wiggle room for “our position is” or “our position has always been.”

Hat tip to Jeff Harris….

Yea!  One for OUR SIDE!  Freedom, that is…

The Problem With Law Enforcement

(connected to the previous post regarding the State of Connecticut preparing to confiscate previously ‘legally-owned’ ‘assault weapons’*)

bootsA Connecticut State Police officer has just exposed himself as an archetypical ‘jackbooted thug‘.

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.

(Bayou Renaissance Man)

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.)

Registration Doesn’t Mean Confiscation ?

LIKE HELL IT DOESN’T!

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)

h/t Mike Vanderboegh (Sipsey Street Irregulars)

Not With A Bang…

But with a BANG! BANG! (hopefully?)

Alphecca reports:

(From Salem News)

Pat Kirby answered his country’s call to arms during the Vietnam War, serving multiple tours, suffering injuries, watching friends die. Today he has a letter from the VA telling him that because his wife takes care of their family finances, he is deemed “incompetent” and for this reason, he has to turn in his guns and relinquish his 2nd Amendment Rights, or face going to prison.

Gee, ya think this was the plan all along?  To legislate, rule and bureaucratize things so that otherwise legitimate firearms owners are forced to simply give up their weapons?

Of course, if that doesn’t work, we’ll simply say he has PTSD and take them, anyway!

It’s for the children.

I had two thoughts on initially reading this.  One – did Janelle do the Col. Cooper Family bookkeeping? and Two, how would HE have reacted to such a letter?

“Because They Can…”

Matt, a former blogger, occasional commenter and friend commented thus on a recent post of mine regarding the apparent wanton killing of a pinned suspect by ‘the authorities’.

I asked why such a thing could occur.  His answer – because they can.

This is the crux of why I’m a libertarian, and not a left-wing socialist type.  The Left seems to hold to the idea of the Philosopher King.  Someone placed in charge by the gods to rule over us lesser folk, with wisdom and compassion. Even though many of them decry gods.

But, they forget kings are people.  Human beings.  Fallible, and with feet of clay.  This is also why the gun people control folks keep trying to tweak the system.

“If there is just one more law…”  Yeah, right.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely?  You bet!

I recall a story I heard some years ago about a local small business.  The business had been burgled, and the sole proprietor diligently reported records of the missing property and damages to his insurance company and the authorities.  They never caught the burglars.  He received his insurance settlement and all was right with the world.

Except, because of all the damage, he mis-reported something that he thought stolen, and had been paid for it.  And he tried to make things square with the insurance company and the police.

But, the insurance company filed a lawsuit against him, and made certain he was charged with filing a false police report!

The end result was he lost his business, his property, and was forced to pay a large fine.

As he stood in the back of the business behind the tape, watching ‘the authorities’ confiscate his remaining property, he asked one of the agents gleefully loading it up on government trucks, “Why are you doing this to me?”

His answer.  “Because we can.”

Because they can

Because they can

I have a healthy distrust of government.  I know many government employees who feel the same.  It’s inherent in the system to accrue power.

And not give it back.

Statistics (insert snoring sounds here…)

The Whited Sepulchre often brings us tables of a statistical nature, but unlike dry statistics, they are oft nourished with the cream of truth!  To wit…

How freakin’ huge is your share of what Obama is spending?  If you’re a smart person and not even bothering to work any more, your share of the government’s fifty-year spending spree is only around $50,000.00.  If you’re one of the dwindling number of net taxpayers, your share is around $100,000.00.

Would you like to turn back the clock and make a few changes in this?  (BTW, the debt is now close to 17 trillion.  Remember the good old days shown here, when it was only 10 trillion?)

Let’s move on.  would you like to earn a dollar and be able to keep the dollar for longer than a few minutes without it losing value?

The Federal Reserve was given the job of stabilizing the money supply way back in 1913.  Here’s what has happened to the value of a dollar (as determined by the money supply) since 1971.  The red line represents the inflation rate – AKA the increase money supply.

Want to invent a time machine, turn back the clock, and for the sake of everyone on a fixed income tell Tricky Dicky Nixon  to leave us on the gold standard?

Let’s move on to Nixon’s dirty little War On Drugs, and what it’s done to the incarceration rate.  (BTW, a white woman has a one in 111 chance of going to jail at some point in her life.  But for a black dude, it’s a one in 3 chance.)

Want to turn back the clock and convince Nixon that his War On Drugs is a bad idea?  Or is wanting to turn back the clock, under any circumstances, a sign that someone is a racist reactionary?

Has it worked?
No.
Are we going to keep doing it?
Well, do Barack and the Democrats rely on Narc, Jailer, DEA, Homeland Security, Torturer, Prison Contractor and Police Force votes to get elected?
Yes.
That’s why we’re going to keep doing this crap.

beerYOU SHOULD VISIT THE LINK FOR THE WHOLE ARTICLE AND THEN CRY IN YOUR BEER – IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT!

So Much For ‘The Republic of Texas’!

Quizikle pointed us to recent judicial activism political agenda-making in the State of Texas.

I always liked Texas.  Not only do they have many ‘libertarian’ laws, but they were once their own Republic!  It did take them a while to evolve concealed-carry legislation, but they finally did.

And now some nazi judge says THIS:

from http://www.westernjournalism.com

Texas courts have ruled that because legally owned firearms represent “a threat of physical violence” to police, officers may ignore the 4th Amendment rights of Texas residents by treating ALL legally issued warrants as “No Knock” warrants, even if the issuing judge has made it clear that officers “…must knock on the door and announce their identity and purpose before attempting a forcible entry.

Say WHAT?

Just When You Thought It Was Safe…

Just when you thought it was safe...

Just when you thought it was safe…

BUREAUCRATIZLLA STRIKES, YET AGAIN!

Twice.

First, my private disability insurance.  I have a small stipend in addition to my Social Security disability, which comes from an insurance company policy I purchased when I was employed.  It’s not much, but it IS something!  I had to fight to keep it a couple years back, because they didn’t bother to read their own files. Recently, I received a letter from them stating they had not received copies of my medical records they requested from my primary care physician.  And they threatened cutting off my benefits unless I pushed this issue with the doctor.  Just in time for the holidays!  After much back-and forth, it was determined the doctor HAD sent the records, AND, the insurance company DID receive them.  THE SAME DAY the form letter went out to me!  So (for the moment) all is well with my private insurance.  (I’m reminded of Dave’s Law of Banking – the insurance company corollary – Insurance Companies are not in business to serve you.  They are in business to make money!  The didn’t build the John Hancock Tower by giving it all away.)

Second.  I live in a townhouse.  There are two (covered) spaces assigned for each homeowner.  Everyone else is to park in the uncovered spaces, which are plentiful.  My roomie (the homeowner) occupies both spaces, as is her right.  Traditionally, I park five spaces to the North, in the uncovered area.  No biggee, right?  It should be noted that I parked in this very same space before I lived here, as a frequent visitor, for the past 10 years!  There was never any problem.

NOW the (almighty) HOA (homeowner’s association) has taken it upon itself to ‘cite’ me for being a resident parked in a visitor space!  

Seriously?  And they have threatened me with being towed if I continue to park there!

The townhouse HOA here is very poor.  The exterior (their bailiwick) needs paint, maintenance, upkeep. There is a beehive residing outside my bedroom window, making it’s way into the eaves!

But they spend their time harassing tenants and collecting their monthly HOA fees.  And don’t get me started on the rear fencing!

I was ‘cited’ the same day I received the insurance company warning!

sigh

“Der Speichel, Bitte!”

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…and MORE!

Remember “Papiere, bitte!”, the “Papers, please!”, ‘lauded’ in song and story?

Well, the government has taken it to the next level.  Your spit and blood!

“Der Speichel, Bitte!  (Your Spit, Please!)

From an email I received:

Dear (Guffaw),

Drivers in at least 60 U.S. communities have been pulled over at checkpoints and coerced into providing saliva swabs and blood samples.

The controversial program started in Fort Worth, Texas, and was first reported in November 2013. It has now been rolled out to towns and cities across the country, most recently in Reading, Pennsylvania.

While it appears that the traffic stops are being conducted by local police, they are actually conducted by armed federal government contractors as part of a research program for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

And while the NHTSA claims the stops are completely voluntary, in practice they are not. As Kristin Tate reports…

>> Read more about the new Fourth Amendment violations here <<

Don’t be scared. Be prepared.

Regardless of the tone of this letter, I AM scared.  And ANGRY!

HOW DARE THEY!

"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas - how he got in my pajamas I dunno!" - Groucho Marx as Captain Spaulding in Animal Crackers

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