I did. In two ways.
FIRST (this is when I owned my house), I had homeowner’s insurance. My insurance guy (who is a good guy and is still my car insurance guy) made certain he knew about luxuries I owned – jewelry, precious metals, guns. He had me estimate a dollar figure, required no inventory or serial numbers, and set me up!
SECOND, after a burglary wherein they missed the lockbox of guns (!), I felt it appropriate to get something more substantial. I did. A Fort Knox safe. The damn thing weighed 750 pounds empty and took two of us and an appliance dolly to get it into my spare bedroom. (Thanks, AGAIN, Dave!) I thought to myself, “Hell, it’s over 800 pounds, NOBODY will be able to take it. AND, being a quality safe, no one will be able to penetrate it.”
I was correct on the second count. Wrong on the first.
A few years ago, around this time of year (hence, this memory flogger) a drunk driver jumped the kerb and knocked down my backyard chain-link fence, and struck the back wall of my house! The impact slid the whole rear block wall of the house about two feet!
Fortunately, no one was home. I was at my (then) girlfriend’s that weekend. Returning home Sunday night was quite an ordeal. But, my insurance guy set me up in a hotel, got the house secured, and hired contractors to essentially rebuild the entire rear of my home!
Part of this process was to have my stuff in that part of the house moved into storage. But the storage guys advised me they couldn’t do anything pertaining to the safe or guns. I figured “Hell, it’s over 800 pounds, NOBODY will be able to take it. AND, being a quality safe, no one will be able to penetrate it.”
Two weeks later, while I was ensconced at my insurance-paid-for-condo a mile North of my house, ‘someone’ broke off the contractor’s realty lock, keyed their way in, and took the whole damn safe!!
This was after trying to breach it, unsuccessfully. (Thank you Fort Knox!)
How did I know they were unsuccessful at a breach?- I found the combo dial and safe handle on the floor when I stopped by to check the mail.
Of course, the police were also unsuccessful at developing any suspects. They did say they checked out all the contractors and movers, to no avail.
So, I went to my insurance company. And found out (or was reminded) that while there was a rider covering my firearms, it capped at $5000. My safe contents was over $20,000! I had thought the safe would save the day, but circumstances aligned themselves to give the burglars ample opportunity to get my safe out.
And I was out $15 grand.
I looked at my NRA insurance. It was for a small sum at the time, and by the time I’d thought of it and got around to making a claim, the claim time had passed.
As NRA members, you have $2500 in firearms theft insurance – BUT YOU MUST REGISTER FOR IT! AND file your claim within one year.
I’m now a renter, and own two guns. You can bet I registered for my free NRA Insurance!
If you haven’t yet done so, do so, NOW. If you are not an NRA member, sign up and get free insurance!
This ArmsCare Firearms Insurance protects your valuable firearms and accessories from direct physical loss, damage, fire and theft. Plus, serial numbers are not required.
Coverage must be activated to take effect. Take a minute and activate your no-cost benefit today!
|AND there’s reasonable cost additional insurance if you own over $2500 in firearms!As I now have only two guns, it’s no cost to me!FTC – The NRA paid me nothing to say this. Nor did Fort nox. Now go away…
NOVEMBER 24, 1963
…don’t take your gun to town! ♫ (sung to the tune of Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town by Mel Tillis; originally made popular by Kenny Rogers) – New lyrics by ‘Guffaw’ and B. Jannuzzi)
You’ve put on your sport coat and got your Colt Cobra there,
Ruby are you contemplating going out somewhere?
The shadow on the wall tells me that Oswald’s goin’ down…
Oh Ruby, don’t take your gun to town!
It wasn’t me that started that crazy Asian war,
But I was proud to go and do my patriotic chore.
And yes it’s true this isn’t the country that it used to be.
Oh, Ruby, are you controlled by the Mob and The Company?
It’s hard to love a man whose legs could be broke and paralyzed…
and the wants and needs of a man your age, Ruby I realized.
Oh Ruby, don’t take your gun to town.
He’s leaving now, ’cause I just heard the slammin’ of the door.
The way I know I’ve heard it some 100 times before.
If I could move I’d get my own gun and put Lee in the ground.
Oh Ruby, for God’s sake turn around.
The Warren Commission’s ‘Official’ answer said there was ‘no credible evidence’ Oswald and Ruby knew each other. No assassination conspiracy/coverup.
In the words of Dennis Miller, “I haven’t seen choreography like that since the Lee Harvey Oswald prison transfer!”
Dedicated to the tireless investigators, both public and private, who see the Warren Report for the
hokum, bullsh*t, disinformation it is. And to the Vietnam Veterans for whom Mel Tillis wrote the original, unbastardized song.
(BTW – Happy Birthday GUFFAW! 61 Years.)
I’ve recounted here before how the JFK assassination changed the direction of my life. The short version is with a family history in law enforcement, and being a 6th Grader interested in being a cop at the time of the assassination, I was primed to evolve into an investigations career. I spent many years as a private investigator and researcher, and have made a lifetime study of this crime.
I was fortunate enough to visit Dealy Plaza on November 22, 1992 (the 29th Anniversary) and to meet and speak with Jean Hill (The Lady in Red) and Penn Jones, Jr. (Forgive My Grief), as well as to walk the crime scene and take photographs. Along with about 300 others that day.
My understanding is the City of Dallas is selling tickets (!) for the capacity crowd today. Crime scene as tourist trap (see Ford’s Theatre).
There are those who believe The Warren Report as gospel, that Oswald acted alone; and those who believe the FBI, Secret Service, CIA, Army Intelligence, anti-Castro Cubans, pro-Castro Cubans, the military industrial complex, Lyndon Johnson and the entire road cast of Cats are responsible. Or some amalgamation, thereof.
My best guess, based on the physical evidence, is there was more than one assassin. As to the puppetmasters, pick-a-card. Certainly there are many accessories-after-the-fact who participated in obfuscation to cover their own incompetence, at the very least. And perhaps elements of them were compartmentalized conspiratorial elements before the crime. We’ll probably never know.
Hell, they still question whether or not Napoleon was poisoned, and the official Secret Service account of Lincoln’s killing neglects to mention his co-conspirators. It’s neater that way.
Some things to ponder:
- In the early 60s (during The Cold War), the Defense Department was actively using military recruits to ‘defect’ to Soviet Russia, to plant disinformation and collect intelligence. Oswald learned Russian while a Marine, defected, and returned. With ease. One of the telephone numbers LHO called from the Dallas lockup was to a military phone in North Carolina. (His handler, perhaps?) Of course, records where the number went are no longer available. He was also a CI for the Dallas FBI.
- In the late 50s, Jack Ruby was a known criminal informant for the Miami Police, with respect to smuggling and gun-running into Cuba. He was mob-connected. He obviously was not just a patriotic, grief-stricken night-club owner. (Incidentally, the last page of his Miami PD CI informational form, which contained names of his friends and associates has been ‘sanitized for your protection’).
- I’ve stood behind the stockade fence at the top of the infamous ‘grassy knoll’. It is not just an easy rifle shot. It’s decent pistol shot for someone with some skills.
- Evidence suggests a bullet strike to the rear of the President’s car, in the street, another to the curb in front of the Triple Underpass (wounding James Tague) and a cracked limo windshield. There is also a photograph of the dashboard with an obvious bullet strike from the rear. (I’ve seen it, but it’s not available on the Internet(!) The ‘
Single Magic Bullet’ would have had to defy all laws of physics and then some for this to happen, with a single shooter and only three shots. And LBJ ordered the limo and Gov. Connally’s suit cleaned before JFK’s body was cold! Evidence, what evidence? And speaking of Gov. Connally, there was more metal left behind in his wrist than was missing from CE 399 (the Magic Bullet)!
- Men behind the stockade fence produced Secret Service credentials to Dallas Police, and others, immediately after the shooting. Only the entire Secret Service entourage was with JFK, Jackie and LBJ at Parkland hospital at the time. Who were these impostors?
The United States is promoted to the rest of the World as a beacon of liberty and not a banana republic. At least it used to be. Between Fourth Amendment abusers (like the TSA, NSA et al)
sometimes I wonder. And we should be able to protect the Chief Executive, or minimally determine what happened to him if we were unable to do so.
Not doing so is contrary to what’s left of this Constitutional Republic.
The Zapruder Film – enhanced (click to view)
h/t Jean Hill, Penn Jones, Jr., Harold Weisberg, House Select Committee on Assassinations, et al
(and Happy Birthday to Dave the
Genius Mechanic! And many more, my friend!)
Whipped Cream Difficulties reports ‘news’ (such as it is) from The People’s Republic of California.
Are you f’in kidding me?
Of course, this is not unlike The
Honorable Convicted Felon Jesse Jackson, Jr., who will receive $8700 per month plus disability, while he serves his 2 1/2 years in prison!
Just an observation – you notice one doesn’t see such things in Arizona, or Utah, or other States where criminal felons are deprived of such things.
In liberal States, however…
So, I’m working in a convenience store. Plainclothes security (!) And it’s in a ‘bad’ part of town, graveyard shift, and it’s well after midnight. And It’s so bad there, I’m working with a partner.
And two guys come in rapidly, guns in their hands! I pull my J-Frame Smith and commence to engage.
And the gun just clicks emptily in my hand!
My partner tosses me another snubbie, and I fire twice – hitting the larger of the two robbers in the neck, and he drops. My action-induced-tunnel vision gives me no other information. Where are the clerks? Where is my partner now? Where is bad-guy two? Have I been hit?
I kneel by the downed miscreant, applying pressure to the through-and-through I can see, trying to stop bleeding, but not breathing. And I yell for someone to call 9-1-1. No answer. Where IS everybody?
Then I wake up. This is a DREAM I had last night, to the best of my recollection!
And it got me to thinking – Am I carrying enough gun? Sufficient reloads? Does my firearm function flawlessly? What about first-aid?
Do YOU think about such things? Or are you just dreaming?
Rivrdog ’hoists ‘them’ on their own petar’.
Misprision of Felony
…or, 18 USC 4
Here is the citation:
“Misprision of felony” is still an offense under United States federal law after being codified in 1909 under 18 U.S.C.§ 4:
Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This offense, however, requires active concealment of a known felony rather than merely failing to report it.“
This is from the Wiki on this subject.
Now, if the United States government, which has a clear chain of authority, knows of cases of felonious entry (Illegal entry is not a felony, but committing ANY crime while illegally in the country makes it so), and they not only fail to actively prosecute and at least, deport those individuals which it DOES know about, THEN the same Government engages in actions intended to cover up and/or relieve those felons of their criminal responsibility, is the Government and it’s agents/actors criminally liable for Misprision of Felony?
More at the Rivrdog link, above.
Inquiring minds want to know…
TThe Whited Sepulchre reminded us of The Wisdom of David Nolan – founder of the Libertarian Party.
How does one tell if one is truly a Libertarian (philosophically, not necessarily a card-carrying LP member!)
In David’s words, below:
As a founder of the Libertarian Party and editor-in-chief of California Liberty, I am often asked how to tell if someone is “really” a libertarian. There are probably as many different definitions of the word “libertarian” as there are people who claim the label. These range from overly broad (“anyone who calls himself a libertarian is one”) to impossibly doctrinaire (“only those who agree with every word in the party platform are truly annointed”).
My own definition is that in order to be considered a libertarian, at least in the political context, an individual must adhere without compromise to five key points. Ideally, of course, we’d all be in agreement on everything. But we’re not, and probably never will be. Debate is likely to continue indefinitely on such matters as abortion, foreign policy, and whether, when, and how various government programs can be discontinued or privatized. But as far as I’m concerned, if someone is sound on these five points, he/she is de facto a libertarian; if he fails on even one of the five, he isn’t.
What then, are the “indispensible five” — the points of no compromise?
YOU OWN YOURSELF
First and foremost, libertarians believe in the the principle of self-ownership. You own your own body and mind; no extermal power has the right to force you into the service of “society” or “mankind” or any other individual or group for any purpose, however noble. Slavery is wrong, period.
Because you own yourself, you are responsible for your own well-being. Others are not obligated to feed you, clothe you, or provide you with health care. Most of us choose to help one another voluntarily, for a variety of reasons — and that’s as it should be — but “forced compassion” is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms.
THE RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENSE
Self-ownership implies the right to self-defense. Libertarians yield to no one in their support for our right as individuals to keep and bear arms. We only wish that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution said “The right to self-defense being inalienable…” instead of that stuff about a “well-regulated militia”. Anyone who thinks that government — any government — has the right to disarm its citizens is NOT a libertarian!
NO “CRIMINAL POSSESSION” LAWS
In fact, libertarians believe that individuals have the right to own and use anything- gold, guns, marijuana, sexually explicit material- so long as they do not harm others through force or the threat of force. Laws criminalizing the simple possession of anything are tailor-made for police states; it is all too easy to plant a forbidden substance in someone’s home, car or pocket. Libertarians are as tough on crime- real crime- as anyone. But criminal possession laws are an affront to liberty, whatever the rhetoric used to defend them.
NO TAXES ON PRODUCTIVITY
In an ideal world, there would be no taxation. All services would be paid for on an as-used basis. But in a less-than-ideal world, some services will be force-financed for the foreseeable future. However, not all taxes are equally deleterious, and the worst form of taxation is a tax on productivity — i.e., an income tax — and no libertarian supports this type of taxation.
What kind of taxation is least harmful? This is a topic still open for debate. My own preference is for a single tax on land. Is this “the” libertarian position on taxes? No. But all libertarians oppose any form of income tax.
A SOUND MONEY SYSTEM
The fifth and final key test of anyone’s claim to being a libertarian is their support for an honest money system; i.e. one where the currency is backed by something of true value (usually gold or silver). Fiat money — money with no backing, whose acceptance is mandated by the State — is simply legalized counterfeiting and is one of the keys to expanding government power.
The five points enumerated here are not a complete, comprehensive prescription for freedom… but they would take us most of the way. A government which cannot conscript, confiscate, or counterfeit, and which imposes no criminal penalties for the mere possession and peaceful use of anything, is one that almost all libertarians would be comfortable with.
You notice you don’t see the word control in there, except perhaps the understood doctrine of self-control. Fascists, Communists, Statists, For-your-own-good-ists need not apply! No Nudgers, either!
They are a danger – take the guns away!
By Jackee Coe The Arizona Republic | azcentral.com Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:40 PM
A man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries early Sunday morning after a shooting broke out at a Glendale house party, authorities said.
Glendale police officers responded about 1:30 a.m. to a house near 51st and Olive avenues where they found a 27-year-old man who had been shot, Glendale Police Department spokeswoman Officer Tracey Breeden said. He was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital, where he remained Sunday afternoon.
Investigators determined an argument started between individuals at the party and the 27-year-old, and he was asked to leave, she said. The man left for a short time, then returned with a rifle and began firing off rounds outside the house.
The man pointed the rifle at partygoers and a 39-year-old partygoer pulled out a handgun and shot the 27 year old before police arrived, Breeden said. The shooter did not try to leave and waited for officers to arrive.
The shooter has been cooperative with investigators, she said. He was questioned and released by detectives.
“This is standard procedure under these type of circumstances,” Breeden said. “Information and evidence detectives have gathered leads them to believe the 27-year-old was not only firing his rifle, endangering partygoers, but also pointed the weapon at other partygoers, endangering them, prior to the 39-year-old displaying a weapon and shooting the 27-year-old.”
The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending, Breeden said.
I’m a pretty liberal guy. In the classical sense, not the liberal = progressive = socialist = communist sense. As a libertarian, I think adults should be able to make their own lives; their own decisions…
As long as doing so doesn’t affect others, negatively.
You wanna smoke weed? In your own home? As long as it doesn’t waft into my back yard, it’s okay with me. You want to marry three other adults? Change your State law and have at it. Just remember how complex (and costly) the divorcing of two of them will be!
But, I draw the line at abusing children. Yes, you should be able to raise your children as you see fit, and perhaps one or two smacks on the bottom to get their attention might be necessary. When they are four. But, not when they’re 18, or nude, or with the use of a studded belt. That’s beyond the pale, for me.
Speaking of abusing children:
Child Trauma Expert: Pro-Pedophilia Groups Are ‘Grooming’ Public to Accept Adult-Child Sex
PS – Why does NAMBLA still exist? The North American Man Boy Love Association promotes sexually abusing children. Why hasn’t your government used RICO to shut them down and absorb their funds? And imprison the miscreants. Certainly a continuing criminal enterprise?
Whenever some nutbar does some heinous act – the recent Navy Yard murders come to mind – the initial reaction of most media is “Look at this evil man and what he’s done.” Even if there are mental illness factors in the mix.
Let the nutbar be female, and most media reaction is something along the line of, “Oh, she is (was) obviously mentally and emotionally deficient in some way and needs our help!”
Connecticut woman gunned down in DC believed Obama was communicating with her, report says
Black woman who ran barricades in D.C. and had to be shot to be stopped. Sorry, we forgot, mentioning race is racist. The man who shot up the Navy Yard was Black, too. And, the Fort Hood murderer, and…
(Sorry – we should only mention race if the evildoer is White, then bigotry is the obvious motivator.)
And, don’t get me started on female sexual predators…
PD: AZ voyeur sold bathroom pictures online
BTW – the ‘voyeur’ predator is female! I expect the poor thing to be considered a victim, somehow.