New Jovian Thunderbolt passes along an allegory on one Constitutional Issue versus another.
That is Voter’s Rights versus Gun Rights!
Both Constitutional and of equal status, right? Wrong!
Stop saying that Washington DC now allows conceal carry. People posted that all over. It’s May Issue. And like most May Issue states it means “nobody without the juice.” It’s not allowing CCW.
Saying DC allows conceal carry is like saying a black man in Alabama in 1885 had the right to vote. Look at the 15th Amendment! It says so! Highest law of the land says a black man can vote. But that’s not the reality on the ground back then, is it?
No, Gun Crow laws are still in effect in DC, Maryland, New Jersey, New York… others.
How would you feel if Oregon, Washington, California, and Nevada, assuming you don’t live there, were just ignoring the 19th Amendment and didn’t let women vote? Maybe let them pretend they are voting at the polls, but then just not counting those female votes? Would you feel a little less free in North Carolina or Maine, or Wisconsin? Doesn’t really impact women near you, so… What’s the big diff? Just tell women in California to move someplace better. Right? How does that make you feel? It’s not like it’s in another country. It’s still YOUR country out west, there. If you join the military you are fight for those hypothetical and blatant disenfranchising states, too.
People tell me to move out of THIS state because of the gun banning regime. No, I’ll stay here. The state will change. Same with Jersey. Same with DC, and New York…
In fact, YOU should move here.
Mea culpa. I, too, probably jumped on the same bandwagon, extolling the freedom now being exercised in D.C. OOPS. - Guffaw
While there ARE
illegal aliens, undocumented workers, freedom-seeking wretched refuse who do enter this nation illegally searching for their American Dream, most are honest, hard-working folk.
Just like the folks who
obeyed the law rules did it the right way. Legally. Right?
How can we tell – who is here with good intent, and who is a
scofflaw smuggler cartel member just trying to have a better life escape?
Colorado (God Bless ‘Em) recently enabled such folks to obtain legal State-Issued driver licenses! Just-in-case they were tempted to do something heinous, the documents were marked with a black band, lest they try to use their new ID to board aircraft, vote, or or enter a federal building unnoticed.
Of course The State (in their infinite wisdom) promptly posted regular Driver Licenses to about 524 applicants with the regular markings – sans the black identifying mark!
To amend their error, Colorado immediately requested such folks return them – even offering a bribe gift card as incentive!
What percentage did their civic duty and exchanged their erroneous ID for legitimate ones?
I see this as a good approximation meter to measure the goodliness of those who have already broken the law to get here. Who knows what else they will do?
h/t Murphy’s Law
In a continued display of intimidation reminiscent of the Cold War, Russia continues on the march as reported by U.S. Northern Command, which identified six Russian planes flying near Alaskan air space Wednesday. The Command reported that among the Russian planes were two nuclear aircraft — two Bear H nuclear bombers along with two Mig-31 fighter jets. American F-22 fighter jets were deployed to intercept the Russian aircraft.
One day later, on Thursday, the Russians sent two more Bear H nuclear bombers to the region. These bombers were intercepted by Canadian jets.
Spokesmen for both the U.S. and Canadian command stated that although the Russian jets did not cross into American or Canadian airspace, they came very close. (…)
I was a friend (and for a while, an underling) of a former Marine who was posted aboard the Glomar (something-something – a spy ship) in the Pacific, during the 70’s – The Cold War. I remember him telling me tales of NORAD alerts. The PRC had a regular practice of buzzing our frontiers (i.e. just outside the 12 mile limit) with airplanes of various types.
Just to be annoying, and (not unlike the velociraptors of Jurassic Park fame) testing the ‘fences’!
Seems the practice continues, even though the Red Chinese/Russians have embraced Western trade and have loaned us bazillions of dollars to keep our economy afloat…
And of course, made our children dangerous toys with which to play, and our pets poisonous pet food, and have continued to attack our electronic infrastructure.
All while being our friend!
Now, I don’t want such friends – I don’t know about you?
They used to be our sworn enemies, and us theirs. How much is this costing us – to keep watching their efforts to breach our security and hurt us?
Who moved? Sounds as if THEY never did!
h/t The Liberty Sphere, Examiner
…therefore, they are EVIL!
We see this all the time. The outright hatred of the Koch Bros. (because they support generally conservative causes – no mention made of their opposite number George Soros, who is infamous for feeding the progressive machina)
Funny how the reportage seems to be mostly one-sided, not unlike the hatred of neocon Fox being lambasted, whilst the vast majority of national networks pander for the liberal cause. (CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, in case you are wondering)
Seems irrational to me – if most of the people producing ‘news’ produce it with a liberal slant, why do liberals bash the corporations – who in turn own said media?
Kevin Wilmeth of Rifleman Savant addresses this issue handily, with aplomb.
He concludes, in part…
The huge blind spot of most of those who rail on against corporations is that they almost invariably propose to solve the problem by handing over the (rest of the) reins to the single biggest, most corrupt and murderous “corporation” in the history of mankind–the state.
What on earth do they think is going to happen, with that dynamic going on?
I really didn’t want to spoil the ending – you really should read the whole thing.
As a libertarian (small L) I run into this a lot – private enterprise is flawed, we need GOVERNMENT to run things smoothly, without waste, crime or corruption!
Have you heard about the VA medical scandals? How efficient are those Indian hospitals on taking care of their charges? The Post Office? The IRS?
not my car, same color
…well, more problems with my 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue!
I was running an important errand for roommate J. evening last (well, going to a soft ice cream emporium for
pumpkin pie blizzards appropriately healthy treats!), when I noticed the car was running kinda doggy. And the battery light on the dash lit up – as did some other miscellaneous lights. And even seeing the lit dashboard was becoming a challenge…!
All this while in line at the DQ!
Fortunately (or perhaps, unfortunately) this is about 1/4 mile South of our residence.
So I limped her home in the dark, lights and engine in various states of fail, praying for her not to die in the street. And for no constables to be patrolling nearby. And my prayers were answered!
I was able to coax her to just outside our respective marked covered parking spaces. Emphasis on the just.
And there she died.
I attempted to physically push her into my space, being the fat cripple I am, and failed miserably. And the area directly behind the parking spaces is a private drive – a road – wherein traffic has been known to travel. So I couldn’t just leave her there! The H.O.A. would have her towed probably before my key hit my lock.
So, I called J., my roommate, landlady, and friend, who was lounging inside awaiting her
Blizzard healthy snack. Thank the gods for cellular telephones.
She responded tuit suite, and together we pushed my Intrigue into my space. Again kinda.
She’s difficult to maneuver with no power steering, and two persons-of-our-vintage with various physical issues don’t help much, either. J. had to retreat because of her asthma and move HER car to a different space so mine can sit comfortably – albeit diagonally – across our two allotted spaces.
Next, the problem of diagnosing what exactly is wrong, and coming up with the money to fix her.
SIGH – it’s always something!
At least she’s not on the street! :-)
AND, about an hour later, there was enough juice to close the driver’s window and secure the vehicle! HUZZAH!
Or rather MY libertarian conundrum!
I’m generally a libertarian (small L), politically and philosophically. Want to MAKE me do something as a function of government? I don’t think so. (conscript me, tax me w/o representation, ad infinitum). Want to believe something different than me? Sure – have at it! Believe in Krishna or The Flying Spaghetti Monster, or nothing. I don’t care.
Just don’t knock on my door demanding I believe as you, with or without the force of government behind you!
I respect your right to think and act and believe differently, as long as you leave me to do the same. Period.
Now comes the conundrum -
I tend to be isolationist. If one tribe or political party in far off Boogaboogastan wants to kill another tribe or political party, it’s no skin off my nose. As long as it doesn’t affect me. Or the National interest. (whatever THAT is!)
BUT, what if I had this opinion (and had been alive) during WWII? What if The United States did? Would we all be speaking German or Japanese now? (Those of us who are alive?)
In short, what is in keeping with libertarian principles, but allows us to have our National Security and Sovereignty and be able to look ourselves in the mirror?
Do our National Principles apply only to us? And if not, to whom, and when?
ProudHillbilly posted on 09/11 about the numerous folks killed and injured because of their religion World-wide.
A partial sampling:
||Thirty-seven Iraqis are reduced to pulp by a Shahid suicide bomber.
||Two Shahid suicide bombers take out a half-dozen human beings.
||A Shahid suicide bomber disassembles six other people.
||Boko Haram militants spray machine-gun fire into villages while yelling praises to Allah. At least fourteen are killed.
||Muslim terrorists murder a teacher with a bomb.
Should we have gone into Iraq initially? I won’t debate that, because the fact is we did. And we then left.
hundreds thousands are paying for our having done so.
A libertarian tenet is WE ARE NOT THE WORLD’S POLICEMAN. We cannot afford to be, and we are not going to make everyone believe as we do.
It would be great if we could just leave others alone to their own Destiny. Or Hell. Pick one.
Then look in the mirror the next morning.
(It’s that horrible anniversary, again. I’d no idea what to write – thank goodness others did! – Guffaw)
By Alan Caruba
As we close in on the 13th anniversary of the infamous 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, the media is full of predictions about attacks that will occur.
A September 2nd Debka File, an Israeli news agency, reported “Credible information has reached Saudi, British and Australian agencies that two al Qaeda branches—ISIS in Iraq and Syria and AQAP at its base in Yemen—have wrapped up plans to roll out coordinated terrorist spectaculars around the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. According to Debka File’s counterterrorism sources, they are preparing to strike simultaneously in the Middle East and a West European city. Next, they will go for U.S. targets in the Middle East and Europe.”
This report and other factors incline me to believe there will not be a major attack somewhere in the U.S. on what is now officially called “Patriot Day.” There could be a lone wolf attack along the lines of Major Hassan’s 2009 “workplace violence” at Fort Hood or the Boston Marathon bombing, but the threats being made by the Islamic State and other elements of al Qaeda, while intended to raise fears in America, are likely to be manifested in the Middle East. American outlets there will be on full alert for sure.
The Islamic State, while now wealthy, well equipped militarily, and attracting every lunatic Islamist and wannabe terrorist, is facing an increasingly united group of Middle East nations that have put old enemies like Iran and Saudi Arabia on the same page together. Iran has dispatched troops to Iraq to support the Kurds. When other Middle Eastern nations finally screw up enough courage to actually do something they will wage a war on ISIS in the interest of self-defense, a powerful motive.
As for al Qaeda’s war on America, it was declared in 1996 by the late, unlamented Osama bin Laden and, other than 9/11, it has done little to follow up on that dramatic sneak attack except for a few failed efforts. The U.S. responded by bombing the hell out of Afghanistan and our troops there have been attacking the Taliban ever since. Obama says he will pull them out in 2015. Given events in Iraq, that is a very bad idea.
The Department of Homeland Security has been on alert ever since it was created shortly after 9/11. This is not to say that the U.S. doesn’t need more on-the-ground intelligence penetration of al Qaeda and its affiliates. Indeed, DHS and other government agencies don’t know the whereabouts of several thousand foreign students who are supposed to be at our colleges and universities. They likely do not know who else among those with easy access to the nation is a potential terrorist.
So, yes, that could mean I am very wrong and that 9/11 would be a day for a whole series of attacks for much the same reason our consulate in Libya was attacked that day in 2012. The Benghazi cover-up has been falling apart ever since. The lie that it was caused by a video grows more absurd and obscene very day.
The Israelis have made a far greater and more successful effort than us to infiltrate their enemy’s organizations. Hamas was so rattled by the effectiveness of the Israeli bombing of sites where its rockets were stored and fired from, as well as the killing of a number of its leaders, that they made a public display of executing a number of people they accused of being Israeli spies, whether they were or not. The likelihood was that they were Gazans who had spoken out against Hamas.
After breaking a number of ceasefires, Hamas, running out of any support, accepted the most recent one and Israel thereafter announced the annexation of more West Bank territory for its settlements and, no doubt, for militarization to protect against further attacks. The Israelis know how to deal with their enemies, to prepare, and to take action rather than issue empty threats.
There have even been a number of small events by American Muslims speaking out against barbarity of the Islamic State and the threats leveled at the U.S. That is a hopeful sign, but it needs to increase in numbers and volume. The vast silence of the 1.3 billion Muslims in the world is an offense to humanity.
The Arabs of the Middle East are forever making dramatic threats, but they have a record of doing little. When Saddam Hussein controlled Iraq, he waged a war against Iran that ended inconclusively and then invaded Kuwait and was defeated by a U.S. coalition. When he continued to make threats the U.S. invaded again and deposed him.
What followed was an effort in several Middle Eastern nations to rid themselves of their despots. This occurred in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. Only Egypt, after a brief encounter with a Muslim Brotherhood government, rallied again with a military coup that led to the election of a new military leader. The Brotherhood has been banned! Libya is a failed state that has been taken over by Islamic militants. Tunisia has a new constitution as of January and numerous political parties. Its government is battling local militias.
Iraq is in near failure as it tries to unite its Shiite and Sunni factions in a functioning government. Much of the nation has been taken over by the Islamic State in the same fashion as northern Syria whose civil war has killed 190,000 and driven over a million out as refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and anywhere else they could flee. Who has put troops into Iraq to resist the Islamic State? The Iranians!
One threat the President of the United States does not appear to have taken seriously is an Iran with a nuclear weapon and the intercontinental missiles to deliver it. Both Israel and Saudi Arabia are far more aware of the danger this poses and in all likelihood Israel will conclude it must destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities and military installations.
The United States has lost virtually all the influence it once had in the Middle East, even if it came from the barrel of a gun. Our Secretary of State, John Kerry, is held in low regard by both the Israelis and Arabs. The President, Kerry, and Hillary Clinton keep insisting that “climate change” is the greatest threat to mankind.
If President Obama does not engage in the destruction—not “containment”—of the Islamic State, its oil wealth will enable it to become a major threat in the Middle East and beyond, including us. They have demonstrated no restraint on their use of violence and pose a threat comparable or even greater than the Nazi regime of the last century.
Will there be attack or attacks in the U.S. on 9/11? We all wish we know the answer, but we don’t.
© Alan Caruba, 2014
My only responds to Alan is how do we separate the wheat from the chaff? The normal from the radical Islamic folks?
Those held hostage by radical elements of their own religion?
Regardless – please take a moment to remember the innocents lost thirteen years ago.
As they said on Flight 93 – “Let’s roll!”
h/t Theo Spark
(as received in my Email, yesterday, from The National Association For Gun Rights :-( )
I’ve got bad news.
Last night, Harry Reid’s attempt to muzzle pro-gun free speech with a new
Constitutional amendment passed its first Senate vote with enough Republican support
to secure the 2/3 needed for final passage.
Fortunately, we’ve still got time to convince swing Senate Democrats and
weak-kneed Republicans to change their minds before the final Senate vote happens
in the next few days.
Please sign your Emergency Fax Petition against SJR-19 by clicking here so we can
deliver it to your Senators while there’s still time.
Then, if you live in one of these swing-Senators’ states, please let them know you’re
disappointed they voted to advance the anti-gun and anti-free speech Constitutional
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska)
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi)
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana)
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee)
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-North Carolina)
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colorado)
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas)
Remember, the goal of this amendment is to eliminate our ability to band together to
oppose gun control and expose anti-gun politicians for their voting records. It’s vital we stop it now.
So, please sign your Emergency Fax Petition against SJR-19 by clicking here right away.
At NRO, Frank Miniter examines what the billionaires contributing to gun control groups hope to accomplish, and the playbook they’re using:
In a section labeled “Overall Messaging Guidance,” the guide gives its number-one “Key Messaging Principle”: “Always focus on emotional and value-driven arguments about gun violence, not the political food fight in Washington or wonky statistics.” It further explains this strategy by saying, “It’s critical that you ground your messaging around gun violence in prevention by making that emotional connection.” Its second key principle is: “Tell stories with images and feelings.” The guide says, “Our first task is to draw a vivid portrait and make an emotional connection. We should rely on emotionally powerful language, feelings and images to bring home the terrible impact of gun violence.” They realize they’ve lost the rational and empirical debates about what really stops gun violence and instead want the debate enflamed by emotion.
That’s ever the way, of course; you can’t win the argument with rational facts, so legislate by emotions.
Isn’t this the tack they take with virtually EVERYTHING? After all, it’s for the children!
Until all our personal wealth is ‘shared’ (by force) with the less fortunate! It’s
Karl Marx’s, The President’s way…
Judicial Watch reports
that the Department of Justice is giving liberal activist groups money from a $16.6 billion settlement with Bank of America.
The groups benefitting from the lawsuit, according to Investor’s Business Daily
, are the National Council of La Raza, Operation Hope, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America. The money also went to “delinquent borrowers” in Chicago, Oakland, Detroit, Philadelphia, and other major “Democrat strongholds.”
“This is a wealth redistribution scheme disguised as a lawsuit,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told The Daily Caller. “And who benefits from the distribution? Interest groups the administration relies on, outside interest groups, allies and politicians in communities trying to benefit as well.”