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HERE ARE LISTED, IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER, ALL THE DEVELOPED NATIONS OF THE WORLD THAT OFFER BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP TO THE BABIES OF TOURISTS AND ILLEGAL ALIENS:

1. United States of America

(anyone else?  Bueller, Bueller?)

That’s right, every other modern developed nation in the world has gotten rid of birthright citizenship policies!  Yet, during the last few months most of the U.S. news media and many politicians have ridiculed comments by other politicians that it is time for the U.S. to put an end to birthright citizenship for tourists and illegal aliens.

Folks, the U.S. stands alone.

For more on this exciting development, including modern developed countries that recently ENDED their birthright citizenship policy, please go read the following blog link:

Nobody Asked Me…

We need radical immigration law changes and enforcement to protect the rights of those legally here, not to automatically increase the voting rolls by fiat government mandate.

h/t Old NFO

University Of Colorado Provides Safe Zones For Thugs And Rapists

No Lawyers – Only Guns and Money tells us of the above policy having been implemented by the UofC, obviously in an effort to stop the violence perpetrated against students.

Because those legally-armed, vetted students are (in)famous for inciting violence on campus against the sheep other unarmed students.

Yeah, right.

From the Denver Post:

The University of Colorado Boulder and University of Colorado Colorado Springs are amending their student housing contracts, segregating students who possess a valid concealed-carry permit.

The university said Thursday morning that both campuses will establish a residential area for residents over age 21 with a permit. In other residential areas, students will not be permitted to carry a concealed weapon, the new policy states.

The new housing policy does two things. First, it seeks to use contract law to negate the ruling of the Colorado Supreme Court which stated that the University of Colorado did not have the power to ban concealed carry on campus. Second, and more insidiously, it points out to thugs, rapists, and other criminals areas on campus where they will be relatively safe. That is, by creating obvious gun-free zones, the University System has put a big red target on the back of all those students living in traditional undergraduate student housing.

Go and read the whole thing.  And, when your stomach returns to normal ruminate as to whether Colorado concealed-carry permit records are public records.  (I don’t live in Colorado – I’ve no idea).

If I were a student with a valid permit, and the records were confidential (as they are in Arizona) I think I’d just play it close to the vest (or under the vest) and keep my damn mouth shut.

But, that’s just me.

h/t John Richardson, The Denver Post

Lawbreaker shoots armed robber

Shall Not Be Questioned points us to an interesting story – Armed robber is shot by an armed customer, but it occurred in a store that posted against carrying firearms.

Which begs two questions?

1.  When did warning signs ever stop criminals?

2.  Is the World a better place because a usually law-abiding person ignored the sign and stopped an armed robber?

Discuss.

h/t Sebastian

The Supreme Court…

…reported on a few recent decisions, yesterday.

One on the ‘Affordable Care Act’ aka Obamacare; the other on the right of sleezebags to wear military medals that were not awarded or earned.

Like many, I initially thought Chief Justice John Roberts had sold out by siding with the more pink side of the court.  But, I’ve not yet had time to read the entire text of both sides of the decision.  So, I withheld judgement.

Then, I saw a number of conservative and libertarian bloggers pronounce that my initial impression was not the case.  i.e.

Chief Justice Roberts Is A Genius

Posted on June 28, 2012 by I.M. Citizen

Before you look to do harm to Chief Justice Roberts or his family, it’s important that you think carefully about the meaning – the true nature — of his ruling on Obama-care. The Left will shout that they won, that Obama-care was upheld and all the rest. Let them.

It will be a short-lived celebration.

Here’s what really occurred — payback. Yes, payback for Obama’s numerous, ill-advised and childish insults directed toward SCOTUS.

Chief Justice Roberts actually ruled the mandate, relative to the commerce clause, was unconstitutional. That’s how the Democrats got Obama-care going in the first place. This is critical. His ruling means Congress can’t compel American citizens to purchase anything. Ever. The notion is now officially and forever, unconstitutional. As it should be.

Next, he stated that, because Congress doesn’t have the ability to mandate, it must, to fund Obama-care, rely on its power to tax. Therefore, the mechanism that funds Obama-care is a tax. This is also critical. Recall back during the initial Obama-care battles, the Democrats called it a penalty, Republicans called it a tax. Democrats consistently soft sold it as a penalty. It went to vote as a penalty. Obama declared endlessly, that it was not a tax, it was a penalty. But when the Democrats argued in front of the Supreme Court, they said ‘hey, a penalty or a tax, either way’. So, Roberts gave them a tax. It is now the official law of the land — beyond word-play and silly shenanigans. Obama-care is funded by tax dollars. Democrats now must defend a tax increase to justify the Obama-care law.

Finally, he struck down as unconstitutional, the Obama-care idea that the federal government can bully states into complying by yanking their existing medicaid funding. Liberals, through Obama-care, basically said to the states — ‘comply with Obama-care or we will stop existing funding.’ Roberts ruled that is a no-no. If a state takes the money, fine, the Feds can tell the state how to run a program, but if the state refuses money, the federal government can’t penalize the state by yanking other funding. Therefore, a state can decline to participate in Obama-care without penalty. This is obviously a serious problem. Are we going to have 10, 12, 25 states not participating in “national” health-care? Suddenly, it’s not national, is it?

Ultimately, Roberts supported states rights* by limiting the federal government’s coercive abilities. He ruled that the government can not force the people to purchase products or services under the commerce clause and he forced liberals to have to come clean and admit that Obama-care is funded by tax increases.

Although he didn’t guarantee Romney a win, he certainly did more than his part and should be applauded.

And he did this without creating a civil war or having bricks thrown through his windshield. Oh, and he’ll be home in time for dinner.

Brilliant.

My two biggest impressions from the above essay were:

1)  The ACA IS a tax, in spite of the was it was sold put over on the American People differently, and

2)  Civil communication and discord have gotten so far afield in this country that the author warns in his first sentence against doing harm to Chief Justice Roberts or his family!  WTF?

Speaking of harm, my gut tells me that finding out someone has dishonored our military by wearing their medals and gaining benefit from having done so turns my stomach.  Just as burning the American Flag does.  But I recognize we DO have a First Amendment and acting independently against these sleezebags is just as wrong attacking the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Doesn’t mean I have to like it, though.

I wonder if this decision is defacto extended to other federal blackmail - as with enact our kind of highway laws, or you don’t get the funding?

If so, the fun is just beginning.

*’states rights’ – a sadly over-used term.
Amendment 10- Powers of the States and People.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.  Powers, not rights.

h/t Rev. Paul, Whitehouse12.com

What are ‘Gun Rights’?

North has been blogging less, of late, but, when he does…WOW.

He recently posed the above question.  My answer was simple.  Amendment the Second enumerates rights already held by the citizenry.  The courts have interpreted this (in at least one case) to mean military- style weaponry, capable of being operated by one individual.

I call this the ‘Stinger in the Basement’ approach.

Of course, if these rights are misused, there should be severe consequences.

I suspect this approach would be looked at with a jaded eye by the anti-rights folks, though.

Coming Soon to a jurisdiction near you…

Counting Cats in Zanzibar, a blog from (the formerly Great) Britain, gives us a glimpse into where we are undoubtedly headed.

From the land that brought us the Declaration of Arboath and the Magna Carta, statements of human rights predating our Constitution and Bill of Rights, comes yet another ursurpation of personal liberty.  In a land where firearm possession, knife possession, breakable beer mug possession and even self-defense has been largely eliminated.

Because, after all, The State knows what’s good for you.

~Smoking during pregnancy is a controversial issue that gets anti-smoking puritans frothing at the mouth. In Blackpool they are taking a proactive stance by screening mothers-to-be for carbon monoxide in their blood. I’ll let Emma Harris of the Evening Gazette take up the narrative.

WOMEN are now being screened for signs of a deadly chemical as part of Blackpool’s bid to cut the number of mums-to-be smoking.

The resort still has the highest rate in the country of pregnant women who light up – at 29 per cent.

I hope these chemical checks are being performed with the permission of the women concerned. After all, according to the statistics, more than 70% of pregnant women in Blackpool don’t smoke making nearly three quarters of the tests redundant and a waste of resources if the screening is involuntary. Unfortunately Ms Harris doesn’t elucidate.~

Please go to the link above and read the whole sordid thing.

Now, I’m not saying that pregnant women smoking is the best for their unborn children.  What I am saying is pregnant women engaging in wholly legal activity (like smoking, eating fatty food, drinking) should not be singled out by the nanny state, any more than anyone else.  Come to think of it, there shouldn’t be a nanny state to single out anyone.  Freedom, what a concept! (h/t to Lonnie)

Where does the State intrusion stop?  In a nation where abortion law is the most liberal in Europe, the government is choosing to insert itself into expectant mother’s bodies for the good of the child.  Based on the baby’s rights and perceived abuse.

This is not about pro/anti-abortion or even child abuse.  It’s about the all-mighty government achieving more control.  And less personal freedom for all.

I can’t help but think of Bloomberg and his anti-gun, no sugary soda agenda.  After all, it’s for our own good.

Just Wondering…

Weer’d World shares a tale of almost woe…

Wherein his wife is home alone, and called him, because it sounded as if there was a burglar downstairs.

Frightening stuff for anyone.  And Wee’rd Beard stayed on the telephone with her, until it appeared the threat was gone.  AND he checked the premises and perimeter upon his return.

The most frightening part of the tale for me was when he recounted:

She told me she’d heard a noise downstairs. I told her it WASN’T me, and she should be loading up the gun.

How frightening is THAT?  That they live in Massachusetts, which requires their firearms be unloaded in storage (and, I presume locked away).

How much time do they have to respond to a home invasion or burglary?  And still be ‘legal’?

I do wonder, if a burglar, home invader, misguided youth is found alive after such an encounter, if they are armed and their gun is empty and locked.  And if not, are they appropriately charged?  Just wondering.

The Immigration Debate

My good friend Lonnie (who was awarded two Bronze Stars in South Vietnam) forwarded me an email which had been forwarded to him.  He doesn’t send me a lot of junk, and most is of an historical/military nature.  But this email was a little different.

My personal opinion is that The United States is a free nation, and it’s no surprise others from other more-oppressive and less prosperous nations wish to emigrate here.  We are indeed made up of the melting pot, and folks who can contribute to the Nation and the economy should be welcomed.

In a few words, the email outlines some of the issues and frustrations regarding The Immigration Debate.

In part it says:

My Grandfather watched as his friends died in WW I…My Father watched as his friends died in WW II and Korea …I watched as my friends died in Vietnam ….None of them died for the Mexican Flag…Everyone died for the U.S. flag…In Texas , a student raised a Mexican flag on a school flag pole; another student took it down.Guess who was expelled.. the kid who took it down.Kids in high school in California were sent home last year on Cinco de Mayo because they wore T-shirts with the

American flag printed on them.Enough is enough.

The below e-mail message needs to be viewed by every American;
and every American needs to stand up for America ..

We’ve bent over to appease the America-haters long enough…

I’m taking a stand…

I’m standing up because the hundreds of thousands who died fighting in wars for this country, and for the U.S. flag can’t stand up…

And shame on anyone who tries to make this a racist message…

Let me make this perfectly clear!

THIS IS MY COUNTRY!  And, because I make This statement
DOES NOT
mean I’m against immigration!!!
YOU ARE WELCOME HERE, IN MY COUNTRY!
Welcome!
To come through legally:

1. Get a sponsor!
2. Get a place to lay your head!
3.
 Get a job!
4.
 Live By OUR Rules!
5.
 Pay YOUR Taxes!
6.
 Learn the LANGUAGE like immigrants
have in the past!!!

AND
 7. Please don’t demand that we hand over our lifetimesavings of Social Security Funds to you.

If you don’t want to forward this for fear of offending someone,
Then
YOU’RE PART OF THE PROBLEM!
When will
AMERICANS STOP giving away THEIR RIGHTS???  We’ve gone so far the other way…
bent over backwards not to
 offend anyone…
But it seems no one cares about the

AMERICAN CITIZEN
that’s being offended!
WAKE UP America !!!

It should be noted here that one of Lonnie’s son’s was killed in an automobile accident, while driving home from work one night.  A couple guys ran a stop sign, after stealing beer from a nearby convenience store and hit him.  They were illegal aliens.

Yet he STILL believes in LEGAL immigration.

Returned for Re-Grooving

(with apologies to The Firesign Theatre)

Back in the early 90′s, when I worked at TMCCC (in offices located above a shopping mall), I would sometimes take my lunch in the mall, itself.  And visit the (chain) bookstore.

During one bookstore visit, I remember seeing a new book entitled The Politically-Correct Dictionary.  This was a fairly new term in my lexicon, and I picked it up to page through, thinking it was a satirical book.  It wasn’t.  It was dead serious.

I’ve blocked most of the definitions from my mind, largely because they were stupid and/or offensive to me.
One that sticks in my brain though was GRAFFITI (n.) People’s art.  (progressively dismissing private property rights and vandalism crime in one fell swoop)

Fast forward to an entry courtesy of WyBlog (May 21, 2012).  It seems Dharun Ravi, the roommate of Tyler Joe Clementi McAllister, who was embarrassed by Mr. Ravi, outing him on a secret camera, was convicted.
Mr. McAllister committed suicide, allegedly because of this outing.

Dharun Ravi will serve a 30-day jail term, beginning on May 31.
Ravi will have a three year probation sentence. He will also have to complete 300 hours of community services, and attend a counseling program relative to cyber bullying and alternate lifestyles.
He will also have to pay $10,000 to the probation department. The sum will be allotted to a facility dedicated to victims of bias crimes.

Now I’m no advocate of gay-bashing, or outing, or publicly embarrassing anyone.  It’s very sad this young man ended his life.  And I find Mr. Ravi’s behavior beyond contemptible.  But, equally contemptible is a court system which attempts to brainwash a citizen because he isn’t ‘thinking correctly’.  It’s like this clown preacher who’s been on the news, stating all the gays should be rounded up and put into camps, so they will eventually die off from no procreation.  He’s a complete idiot.

But in The United States, the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights enumerates specific natural rights, including free speech, containing within it the right to be complete idiots.  If we allow government to ‘tweak’ the thinking of the most egregiously offensive or narrow-minded of us, who’s to say the next step isn’t ‘he’s a gun person (or a libertarian), he needs reprogramming’?

This is why I Hate Hate Crime.  Whether the perpetrator stole the loaf of bread because he didn’t like the color of the baker’s skin, or because he was hungry, or was just a thief, should make no difference.  Theft is theft.

And government ‘counseling’ in the name of political correctness is brainwashing.

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”  – Voltaire

h/t J, Chris Wysocki

I Love the Police, But…

BUT…

I love the police.  My Dad’s dad had been a Marine before WWI (!), then transitioned to work as a railroad cop.  Became a Lieutenant in the NY, NH & H Railroad.  Was one tough son-of-a-bitch.  My own dad worked as a RR cop for a short time, then went to the Rhode Island State Police Academy.  Among other things he had to learn how to safely dump an Indian motorcycle @ 60 mph!  He, unfortunately, didn’t make it through the academy.  Ended up as a coach/schoolteacher.  Even though I was disabled from age 12, I took it upon myself to at least try to get on a police force.  Family duty and all that.  When I was younger and more fit (translation -  thinner and less infirmed) I ran the Phoenix Police Academy obstacle course @ South Mountain on behalf of a small town local PD.  Never made it to recruit, but at least ran the whole course!  And I ended up with my A.A. degree in Administration of Justice from Mesa Community College, with high distinction.  My point being police stuff is in my blood.

But, I was taught the job of the police is to protect the public and their rights.  This is what makes us different from other countries where their job is to keep the upper class safe and keep the regular guy down.

But there’s been a change in attitude of local police since I graduated in 1975.  Paramilitary units, SWAT raids poorly executed, more of that us versus them attitude.  And we are the ‘them’.

Here’s a link to news stories regarding police abuse:  Injustice Everywhere.  (Of course, just because an arrestee says the police acted inappropriately, doesn’t mean they did!)

Claire Wolfe of Living Freedom has an excellent post regarding how to behave in police custody.  More valuable today than ever.  I’ve never been arrested, but as a regular carrier/possessor of lethal instruments, there’s a real possibility it could happen one day.  The Arresting Officer isn’t going to care that I come from a police family or have a police science degree.

The Lesson is this:  If arrest happens to you, Keep Your Mouth Shut, except when Demanding a Lawyer!

h/t Clair Wolfe, Injustice Everywhere

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