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I Know Where They Are!

They’re with the missing IRS emails!  :-)

DC forcing people to reregister and re-finger print gun owners, new fees

DC claims that it lost all the finger prints of everyone who has registered their guns in DC.  Emily Miller has the story available here.
I’m reminded of the old ‘Lost Our Lease’ sales of yesteryear.  A big window banner says Lost Our Lease.  The small print says ‘it was in the top drawer of the desk, yesterday!’
Particularly nice, not only are they ‘required’ to re-register, but they get to pay the fees again.  Inefficient AND punitive!
Government at it’s best!
h/t John Lott, Emily Miller

Ethics

We have been watching Madam Secretary, a new TV show this season on CBS.  At first, the idea of the show distressed me, because I was thinking it was a stalking horse for you-know-who, especially if it was produced in the manner of The West Wing (a show some years back with Martin Sheen as the Prez).

Fortunately, it doesn’t appear to a stalking horse.  However…

Episode 3 (shown last week) dealt with ethical issues.  In short, the Secretary’s husband, a university professor, was placed in the middle of a diplomatic crisis when an American (who was caught spying for the U.S. in Pakistan, from info from a Snowden-like leaker) was scheduled to be executed.  The professor could stop the execution by giving a Russian diplomat’s daughter an ‘A’ instead of her earned ‘C’, so the Russian would be convinced to give their version of an American missile to Pakistan (under the table, of course).  (Ah, diplomacy!)

The professor’s course was (ironically) in Ethics, and he said he would be violating all he stood for by giving this bribe so the spy’s life would be spared.

The Secretary of State (who was trying to manipulate the Pakistanis, the Russians and her husband) finally convinced her husband he would not violating his ethics if he allowed the Russian’s daughter to take an incomplete (after the approved time for grades), thus her grade point would not be affected, and she could retake the course.

And ultimately, the American would be freed.  And he was.

Now, I recognize this is only a television show.  And I recognize in the real world, many times things are shades of grey, rather than black and white.

But, this is being sold as okay?  Ethical?

At least we know where the ‘real’ Madam Secretary’s ethics stood.  She was fired as an attorney on the Watergate Committee for “lying and unethical behavior”.

And the second episode of the TV show was entitled “Another Benghazi”.

Hardly a stalking horse!

No Free Press In National Parks!

 

Nice Photo

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Nice photo. That’ll be $1,000, please.

This week’s most profoundly wrongheaded display of nonviolent press infringement comes from an unlikely source: The U.S. Forest Service. New rules being finalized in November state that across this country’s gloriously beautiful, endlessly photogenic, 193 million acres of designated wilderness area administered by the USFS, members of the press who happen upon it will need permits to photograph or shoot video.

And yes, it does sound like one of the dumbest things you’ve ever read.

“It’s pretty clearly unconstitutional,” said Gregg Leslie, legal defense director at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Alexandria, Va. “They would have to show an important need to justify these limits, and they just can’t.”

Wait! It gets better.

FIRST, we cannot take photographs of public buildings or structures (because we might be terrorists planning something).  Now THIS!
When did we become Germany?  (Everything that is not licensed, is FORBIDDEN!)
h/t Free North Carolina

One Criminal Bigot Down

Another (how many in the Administration?) to go!

Attorney General Eric Holder will announce later today his plans to step down, FoxNews.com has confirmed.
One hopes he steps down into a courtroom preparatory to his trial, but I doubt it!

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We Are Told…

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?

30%

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

 

ATF Approves Post-86 Machine Gun Form 1 … kinda

Courtesy of The Firearm Blog and Free North Carolina:

A while back we blogged about an individual who took the Prince Law Office’s determination that, as a result of the ATF clarifying that “unincorporated trusts” are not “persons” under the Gun Control Act, it may have opened a way for trusts to manufacture new Post-86 machine guns. As I have written about before, machine guns are and have always been legal in the US, but those made and registered after 1986 are not legal for civilians to own, so we may only keep trading the ones already on the market.

Well a member of ar15.com submitted a form 1 for a machine gun (application for registration of an NFA firearm one produces) and it was approved… but don’t rejoice yet.

On September 10th, 2014 the stamp came back approved, bearing that green and all too familiar $200 stamp that would allow for a new machine gun to be made, but the man was immediately contacted by the ATF and was told that he must return the stamp and that it was/is not valid. The applicant says he is taking the issue to court, which could be very interesting for the NFA community. The man says the following in the massive thread:

“Stand by, because we will surely need contributions to a legal fund if it goes to court.  All things considered, this looks like a realistic opportunity at taking back out rights to Machine Guns. If this fight starts moving forward, it’s going to take a monumental amount of commitment to see it through. Hold fast, everyone. We’re going to need all hands on deck for this one.”

While I wish the man the best and hope that somehow this opens the door for new MGs here in the USA, I do not see that happening. Of course the powers that be don’t want you to have cheap and readily available legal machine guns, so we will not get cheap and readily available legal machine guns but here are a few reasons why I am pessimistic:

  1. The ATF tried to say that “unincorporated trusts” were not persons under the 1968 GCA in order to implement a set of rules that would have required all trustees to fill out form 4s, undergo NICS checks, and get CLEO signatures. If you remember, the public outcry during the comment period stopped this (or at least pushed it back). This came back to bite them in the ass, big time, because of, well, this whole bit of shenanigans.
  2. The ATF flip flops all of the time. In just my memory as a young man, I have seen them approve devices like the Akins Accelerator (a spring assisted bump fire device) and then force them all the be recalled/have the springs removed, remember when they banned all shoestrings in the USA and then had to clarify that it was only when said strings were attached to firearms, and I remember when they said SBR engraving was not necessary and then decided that it was. This organization seems to have little oversight on the highest levels and, like many other government agencies, can make or rescind decisions on the fly.
  3. There are 186,619 transferable machine guns in the USA, and this number is as fixed as fixed gets. The 1986 FOPA banned the new production of fully automatic firearms for civilians, and that’s that. What is perceived as a loophole by addressing a technicality, will not undo this act of congress.

Do I hope that one day we can all run down to our local gun stores and buy new machine guns? Absolutely! Do I think it will happen? Not at all. In fact, I get asked this all the time by just about every gun savy person who knows I am into machine guns. “Wadaya gunna do when they unban these? Your collection will be worth nuttin’!” Well sure I and many other people will take a hit, but I see the greater good in 3 gun matches with bursts of mighty automatic fire, sub-gun matches becoming mainstream, and the Texas Bellagio being visible from space.

In other words, YRMV – Your Results May Vary…

Pahk Ya Cah? Can’t! They’ll be BLOOD IN THE STREETS!

(from JayG, in part)

More great news from the land I escaped…

Boston Puts Brakes On Haystack Parking App

A new app that allows people to find parking spaces in Boston is being shut down in response to a vote by the city council.

A new ordinance outlaws services that allow people to sell or save public parking spaces.

Got that? The app helped people find parking spaces, so what was the response from Boston? BAN IT. Smell that? It smells like Massachusetts. It gets better, though:

“They are dealing in hypotheticals. We’ve had no reported issues. We’ve heard this rhetoric, ‘There’s going to be blood in the streets,’ and that hasn’t happened. We’ve had over 1,000 successful transactions, and we haven’t seen any of that.”

Ah, yes, blood in the streets. We’ve never heard that prediction before. Ever. And even if we had, it certainly came true, right?

Of course, he’s referring to more citizens owning legal firearms.  And they have, and the whole blood thing hasn’t materialized.

And violent crime has dropped where gun ownership has increased.

Even in places like Chicago and Detroit!

Personally, I believe governments should think long and hard before banning anything in a ‘free’ country. – Guffaw

“May We GROPE Through?”

(in part from PawPaw’s House)

It seems that a bunch of golfers were frisked when Obama showed up at a club to play a round of golf.

Regulars at the Vineyard Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard were gobsmacked when President Obama unexpectedly strolled onto a nearby green and they were immediately frisked. “There was no warning he was coming,” sniffed a guest.

If the President showed up at my club and the members were frisked, I’d be pissed, but I don’t know all the niceties of presidential visits.  So, I waited for Instapundit to weigh in.  We realize, of course, that Insty is a professor of law in Knoxville.

How come nobody ever tells them to buzz off, and that if the President wants to play golf he can damn well respect the rights of others? The response to the ominous “So, you’re not cooperating?” should be “No, are you assaulting me?”
If the President wants to go out in public, fine. If he can’t do it without assaulting the rights of citizens, then he should stay home. But hey, most of these folks probably voted for him. So: Enjoy!

Citizens of a republic shouldn’t be subjected to frisking or wanding just because the boss shows up.

There was a time when most folks had access to firearms, and one could walk into the White House unimpeded.  And nothing happened.  Now, not only is visitation severely controlled and restricted, but encountering the Chief Executive on the golf course means impromptu cessation of civil rights.

What if he went jogging?  Have an advance team feeling-up all the folks in advance of his running by?  (And yes, I know Clinton went jogging – and even he didn’t molest the spectators!)

Just let me know if The President will be in my vicinity.  I would leave, anyway, even if I weren’t legally armed.

Then And Now

How Times Have Changed!

elianLaw Enforcement of The United States forcibly taking a Cuban child refugee back to communist Cuba. (1999)

bpLaw Enforcement of The United States welcoming illegal alien children (who are being abandoned by the thousands, many of whom are ill) into the United States. (2014)

What’s wrong with these pictures?

OR…

I recently received an email from the Libertarian Party (Large L).  (I self-identify as a libertarian (small L).)  In part it says we (The United States) should wholesale accept these (illegal alien) children, as we have accepted other minor refugees previously – like after the fall of Nazi Germany.  They state there are enough private or religiously-funded charitable entities to handle their care and welfare.  Of course, what they fail to mention is someone is still needed to catalog and sort these children by their needs, and distribute them to the appropriate charity for assistance.

Gee, I wonder what government entity will volunteer demand to assist in this Herculean task?

At what cost to whom?

Of course, the Libertarian Party (Large L) also stands for open borders, and unrestricted commerce.  This is where they and I part company – philosophically.

I believe we should secure the borders and monitor commerce.  Securing the border allows us to maintain food safety, security from external terrorism, and parity of domestic goods and services.  If we allow completely open borders, and we get tainted produce from say Chile, who ya gonna call, the U.N.? (snicker)

Not to mention all the diseased minors being forced across our border, designed to tax the system and weaken the health of Americans.

Don’t get me wrong – these kids do pull at my heart strings – just as designed.  The same folks who don’t want us to be the World’s policeman want us to be the World’s doctor.  Interesting…

I keep thinking of the Cuban boat people, and Cloward & Piven.  Yet again.

Some things never change.

h/t Theo Spark

“Resistance Is Futile!”

“You WILL be assimilated!”

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Police State High: School Bans Backpacks, Seals Lockers, Forces Bathroom Registrations

Mac Slavo
May 30th, 2014
SHTFplan.com

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
-President Ronald Reagan

If drones over America, heavily armed law enforcement agencies, and a massive government surveillance web hasn’t yet convinced you that the United States is rapidly moving towards a police state then maybe the following report out of New York will be an eye opener.

Indoctrination centers abound across the land of the free, with high schools now taking a queue from the TSA:

A New York high school is the latest in the nation to ban backpacks following several bomb threats, and has even taken extra steps, including sealing up students’ lockers.

For the last two weeks of the school year, students at Wantagh High School — located about 34 miles east of New York City — are being forced to carry their books and belongings in plastic bags, sign in and out to use the bathroom and submit to searches when entering the building. But the sealing up of lockers took school security to a new level.

Today’s pedagogic institutions are redefining what the word freedom actually means and students are falling right into line:

“It is an inconvenience, but it’s like an airport really,” Erik Beuttenmuller, an 11th-grader at the school told Fox 5 New York.

Karl Denninger of The Market Ticker weighs in:

What are we teaching our kids when we send them to prisons for 13 years out of their lives?

Yeah, bad things happen once in a while.  But the key here is “once in a while.”  They don’t happen often, statistically-speaking, and if we actually gave a damn about what was going on in these schools and excluded the abusive “kids” who are not there to learn but rather want to raise hell and abuse others we wouldn’t be having these problems.

Instead what we do is teach our kids that mass guilt is the response to one person who does an evil thing.  Rather than punish bad acts we exercise prior restraint.  We teach our kids from the first day that there are no individual consequences and rewards, only collective ones.

And the fact is that none of this actually makes anyone safer.

What it does do is condition our kids to living in a police state.

Congratulations America, because it will be you that gets shoved in the oven.police-state-high

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