Walls of the City reminds us (by way of Sharp As A Marble) that while we continue to speak of ourselves as the Land of the Free, we certainly are no longer:
30 years ago, you’d just assume that anything that wasn’t obviously contrary to morality was legal. That is, you’d have a built-in default setting of assuming liberty. And that assumption of liberty would then propel you to take actions.
But now, you have to assume that many things that aren’t contrary to morality are illegal anyway. And so you now have — quel coincidence! — a built-in default setting of assuming prohibition. And that assumption that many of the things you’d like to do are illegal and criminal thereby reduces your desire to take any action at all.
Can you name all of the crimes in your state that are felonies? Can you name all of the crimes in your state that are misdemeanors? Have you ever uttered the words, “Is that legal?” without actually being able to intuitively guess whether it is or not?
Welcome to the club. And the problem.
You should go and read the whole thing. It’s well worth your time, and even has some Latin words in it!
The Country for whom I would have probably died (in Vietnam – had I not been a disabled 4-F) no longer exists. She does on paper (The Constitution), but that was long ago, and like Benghazi, is no longer relevant.
Did you know The United States has more prisoners per capita than any other Nation? How many of these folks zigged when they should have zagged? Or were caught with weed. Or carrying a gun for protection?
Lets stop electing people to legislatures to pass more incomprehensible laws. Lets elect them to remove laws. And hold those accountable who messed everything up. THEY are the people who should be afraid. And incarcerated!
It took the Federal Government taking Associated Press telephone records to FINALLY get the attention of the Fifth Estate that THIS Administration is up to no good. Guess they know where their bread is buttered.
I could go on, but, I would overdose on my antacids. And that would probably bring me to the attention of the FDA…
And I wouldn’t want THAT.
I received a large envelope from the NRA in the mail yesterday. On the outside it said Health Care Reform 2013.
I was intrigued. After all, I’m on disability and Medicare, and any help with things medical and insurance would be welcome. I cannot afford any ‘doughnut hole’ coverage.
So, I began to peruse the envelope’s contents. Basically, it appears to be coverage for cancer, and will pay up to $300,000 CASH directly to the policy holder (eligible NRA members) in case of such a diagnosis. They even include a plastic membership card!
AND, the fees are quite reasonable. Even I can afford them! ($6.77/month at my age)
The not-so-fine print states I cannot apply if I’ve been diagnosed and/or received treatment for CANCER, Leukemia or Hodgkin’s Disease within the past 10 years. They do allow skin cancer (which I also have had)!
And I had lymphoma, which was treated with chemotherapy, within that time frame.
Stormbringer points us to a Pew Research Center study, which shows that…well you can read…
Recent Pew Research of Gun Violence in America found gun violence has dropped at an incredible level between 1993-2010, however, in spite of these FACTS, 56% of American’s believe gun violence is higher than 20 years ago.
The primary findings of the research center on these salient points:
1. Homicide rates are down 49% using a time-series analysis between the years of 1993 and 2010.
2. Victimization rates for violent crimes with a firearm are down 73% during that same time period.
3. Despite incredible decline of gun-related violence, 56% of those surveyed (which was a scientific representative sample) 56% of American’s believe gun crime is higher than 20 years ago.
GEE, how did THAT happen?
Public mass shootings are rare crimes that account for less than one percent of gun homicides. They are a matter of great public interest and concern. The mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and Tucson, Ariz., were among the public’s top news stories in recent years.
And, of course, the number of States with licensed concealed firearms carry or Constitutional Carry have increased. And the Clinton Assault Weapon Ban went away. Then how could this perception be?
Can you say there’s an agenda in the mainstream media (sorry Biff). Sure you can. Visit his link and read the rest. If you dare0
The issue is NOT gun violence – the issues are crime and terrorism. And Constitutional rights.
h/t Sean Linneane
Dr. John Lott may be familiar to some of you. He’s an economist and political commentator, most famous for debunking gun control as effective crime control, through the use of statistics. He recently posted some stats on his blog, after the NYT did another hit piece regarding a woman’s concerns about her child visiting a home of gun owners.
The statistics speak for themselves:
What is the risk of a six year old dying from an accidental gun shot?
Blacks, Guns & CrimeJuan Williams, a black commentator, wrote an interesting article recently entitled “ Race and the Gun Debate.” (Wall St. Journal, Mar 27, 2013) Among the statistics he cites are that 54% of all murders involve black victims, virtually all of whom were killed by black murderers, and yet blacks comprise only 13% of the population.These are familiar numbers, but, as Williams points out, although more than half the “gun problem” can be laid at the feet of blacks, the gun debate never seems to mention this. If it were mentioned, the obvious thought that might occur is maybe it’s blacks that need to be regulated and not guns.Three years ago I wrote the following in the prologue to my book They Came For Our Guns, They came For Our Freedom (William Lafferty):
“ The single most important factor that has caused the political left to demand an end to private firearms ownership is that the underclass has, over the last fifty years, expanded exponentially, bringing with it an exponential increase in crime. Many of these criminals come from the single-parent families encouraged by the welfare system, a dysfunctional government give-away favored by the far left. The absence of fathers has led large numbers of children to seek gangs as a substitute for parenting not available at home. Not content with having created an entire class of welfare-bred criminals, the political left now seeks to protect this underclass by rendering ordinary citizens defenseless against crime perpetrated by these criminals.”In sum, both blacks and whites are part of this criminal underclass, but, as Juan Williams points out, blacks, a 13% minority, are doing 54% of the killing and dying. That needs to be said.Why is this happening? According to Juan Williams, the out of wedlock birth rate for blacks is now 72%. This leads to more than 70% of black mothers being on welfare raising more than 70% of black children without fathers.That’s part of the problem. Another part, Williams says, is:
“ a dysfunctional gangster-rap culture that glorifies promiscuity, drug dealers and the power of the gun.”So now we have black culture of violence financed by the welfare system producing what are – by any measure – distorted values. One might think this needs to be addressed.
“We only kill each other” – Bugsy Siegel
OpenMarket.org advises us of yet another behind the scenes move by the current administration to control more stuff.
This time it’s blogging…
by HANS BADER
Can websites be forced to change to accommodate the disabled — by using “simpler language” to appeal to the “intellectually disabled,” or by making them accessible to the blind and deaf at considerable expense?
The key passage:
But now, the Obama administration appears to be planning to use the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to force many web sites to either accommodate the disabled, or shut down. Given the enormous cost of complying, many small web sites might well just go dark and shut down. The administration wants to treat web sites as “places of public accommodation“ subject to the ADA, even though they are not physical places. Courts used to reject this argument when it was made just by disabled plaintiffs, but now that the Justice Department is making it, too, some judges are beginning to buy it, opening the door to trial lawyers surfing the web and sending out extortionate demand letters to every small business whose web site is not accessible to the blind (or perhaps too hard to understand for the mentally-challenged).
Can you say government wholesale censorship? Sure you can. And I can, too, but perhaps not for long.
Miss Cellania shares with us truncated tales of seven outlaws who achieved ‘folk hero’ status. This includes an analysis as to why this occurs, to wit:
1. The outlaw is a victim of injustice from authorities, and is paying back the favor.
2. The outlaw helps common people.
3. The outlaw is sacrificing his life for a political stance.
4. The outlaw does things the average Joe would love to try, if he had the courage.
5. The outlaw’s outlandish adventures provide entertainment in the manner of a long-running serial.
I’ve often wondered why this happens, historically. After all, some folks, in spite of their fledgling pretense at ‘social justice’ are nothing more in reality than murderers. Bonnie and Clyde come to mind.
Also, William Ayers and the Weather Underground. I’m all for political protest, but blowing up folks and setting fire to their homes is hardly a brave act of protest. And being unrepentant for it years later, and saying they didn’t do enough – after becoming a college professor (!) molding young minds. Disgusting.
Angela Davis? The cop-killer being lauded by the N.A.A.C.P. Mao. Fidel. Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. – murderer and bigot. Every time I see some college fool or rock star wearing a Che’ shirt – it turns my stomach.
There are many others.
How are they heroes? Except perhaps to Lenin’s useful idiots.
PHOENIX — Over the next three Saturdays, Phoenix will be hosting the largest gun buyback program in the city’s history.
On Monday, Gov. Jan Brewer signed a law that keeps cities from destroying guns collected during buy-backs but that law doesn’t take effect until 90 days after the current legislative session ends. Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos said guns turned over in the Phoenix events will be melted down.
“We will check the guns to see if they’ve been stolen or used in the crime and then destroy them within this 90-day period.”
Martos said the city initially intended to offer gift cards for people turning in high-capacity magazines but that has been scrapped to allow the bulk of the gift cards to be used on firearms.
“We would prefer that people bringing in the firearms have them in the glovebox or trunk or bed of a pickup and unloaded. We don’t want people approaching these events with guns in their hands.”
The buy-backs will take place at the following locations:
• Southminster Presbyterian Church, 1923 E. Broadway Rd.
• Betania Presbyterian Church, 2811 N. 39th Ave.
• Sunnyslope Mennonite Church, 9835 N. Seventh St.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the city runs out of gift cards.
The city is giving away $100 gift cards to AJ’s, Basha’s or Food City for handguns and shotguns and $200 for semi-automatic assault rifles.
PS – AJ’s is a high-end yuppie market, with nice stuff. A $100 gift card will get you some arugula and a large T-bone. All three markets are owned by the same liberal family, whose patriarch just passed away. Basha’s is middle-class, Food City for the underclass.
h/t KTAR Radio
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Taken yesterday (Wednesday, May 1) in Manhattan’s Union Square, note the signs praising North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung.
Oh! It was MAY DAY. Celebrate the millions killed by communism! I forgot…
Vladimir was correct – “useful idiots”…
h/t/ Weasel Zippers, NRO