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Security vs Surveillance (or Guns)

From The View From North Central Idaho

We have one infrastructure. We can’t choose a world where the US gets to spy and the Chinese don’t. We get to choose a world where everyone can spy, or a world where no one can spy. We can be secure from everyone, or vulnerable to anyone. And I’m tired of us choosing surveillance over security.

Bruce Schneier
September 19, 2014
Fake Cell Phone Towers Across the US

[A similar statement can be made about gun ownership.

We don’t get to choose between the everyone has guns and only the good guys have guns. The bad guys will always have guns or at least lethal weapons of some sort. And since they get to choose the time, location, and victim they will frequently succeed in their attacks when the innocent are stripped or discouraged from owning guns.

It’s only when the potential victims have the capability of causing near immediate serious consequences that perpetrators give serious consideration to their life choices. If there are not serious consequences then the case can be made they would be stupid to not to take advantage of those who are vulnerable. If the consequences are significantly delayed, as in a possible jail term a year or two in the future, the perpetrators may not be able to integrate those consequences into the decisions being made in the present.

I’m tired of politicians giving us the false choice of tolerating infringements on our right to keep and bear arms in exchange for imagined security.—Joe]

That Ben Franklin quote I keep repeating on this blog seems to apply here – Guffaw

The Book Club

Because I’ve not guffawed in a while, a humorous submission - Guffaw

(stolen borrowed from The Political Commentator.  For some reason, I was transported back to junior high and the infamous book 50 Yards to the Outhouse by Willie Makeit, illustrated by Betty Dont)

BOOKS YOU WILL NEVER READ!
And if you did they would be less than one page long!
MY BLACK GIRLFRIENDS
By Tiger Woods
____________________________________________
THINGS I LOVE ABOUT MY COUNTRY
By Jane Fonda, Cindy Sheehan
& Michelle Obama
Illustrated by Michael Moore
Foreword by George Soros
________________________________________
MY CHRISTIAN ACCOMPLISHMENTS
& HOW I HELPED AFTER KATRINA
By “The Rev Jesse Jackson” and “The Rev Al Sharpton”
______________________________________
THINGS I LOVE ABOUT BILL
By Hillary Clinton
_________________
Sequel: THINGS I LOVE ABOUT HILLARY
By Bill Clinton
_________________
THINGS I CANNOT AFFORD
By Bill Gates
____________________________________
THINGS I WOULD NOT DO FOR MONEY
By Dennis Rodman
_________________________________
THINGS WE KNOW TO BE TRUE
By Al Gore and John Kerry
_____________________________________
GUIDE TO THE PACIFIC
By Amelia Earhart
____________________________________
HOW TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST
By Dr. Jack Kevorkian
__________________________________
TO ALL THE MEN WE HAVE LOVED BEFORE
By Ellen de Generes and Rosie O’Donnell
__________________
GUIDE TO DATING ETIQUETTE
By Mike Tyson
__________________________________
THE AMISH PHONE DIRECTORY
_______________________________________
MY PLAN TO FIND THE REAL KILLERS
By O. J. Simpson and Casey Anthony
_________________________________________
HOW TO DRINK and DRIVE SAFELY
By Ted Kennedy
__________________________________
MY BOOK ON MORALS
By Bill Clinton
With introduction by
The Rev. Jesse Jackson
And forward by
Tiger Woods with John Edwards
____________________________________________________
HOW TO WIN A SUPER BOWL
BY THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS
___________________________________________________
AND, JUST ADDED:
My Complete Knowledge of Military Strategy
By Nancy Pelosi
________________________________________________________
And the shortest book of them all…………………..
THINGS I DID TO DESERVE THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
By Barack Obama

Fence-Jumper Made It Farther In White House Than Secret Service Let On

Fence-jumper made it farther in White House than Secret Service let on

The man who scaled the White House fence and was able to run through the front doors made it farther into the building than was previously reported, CBS News has learned.

Whitw House Intruder GIF by  Adam Baumgartner

White House Intruder GIF by Adam Baumgartner

And the intruder was ‘armed’ with a Spyderco pocket knife! (per the Today Show reportage).

spyderco(courtesy of Tamara) A Spyderco pocket knife… “He’s from Texas, honey,” I yelled at the television, startling the cats, “That’s not ‘armed’, that’s ‘dressed’, you island-dwelling herbivore!

Amen.

Personally, my concern is for the protection and well-being of The President of The United States.  ANY President!  I don’t want this Constitutional Republic to devolve into a Banana Republic, with bodyguards stepping aside a la Caesar or some high-ranking mobster to make way for some whack job (or trained assassin) to deny our right to vote!

And make Joe Biden the President…

Last time that happened, we got LBJ – and we all know how well THAT worked out!

h/t Never Yet Melted, View From The Porch

Government Competence

and other oxymorons, like military intelligence and jumbo shrimp.

(From The Silicon Graybeard, in part…)

Is it just me, or is it really the case that there are no adults left in charge in the country?  These guys are worse than the faculty lounge crowd, they’re more like the student council!  There are so many examples, I don’t know where to start, but WTF happened to the secret service?  Didn’t they used to be competent?   We have agents being sent home for being drunk from the Netherlands, from Miami  and there was that rather big incident with the Colombian hooker.  We have the president in close proximity with a guy with convictions for assault and battery, who was carrying an illegal firearm. And, of course, we have this story, which is sucking up most of the air.  (Holbert at Townhall.com)

The NIH is finding cultures of deadly diseases lying around in old boxes, and the CDC exposed employees to anthrax, so no worry about them letting ebola into the country.

No, no, no.  Everything is fine.  They’re smarter and better than us.  We just don’t understand how lucky we are to have them.

For those who continually fall back on government as the savior they sometimes aren’t, that last part is sarcasm.

Ms. Clinton likes proclaim she was a Goldwater Republican in college – then she grew up.  I think those who clamor for government handouts when they are perfectly capable of working themselves are the true children.  And, like children, they worship their parents who can do no wrong in their eyes.

“… government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem.”  –  Ronald Reagan

 

What DID You Accomplish, As Secretary-Of-State, Ms. Clinton?

When she was asked about her accomplishments as Secretary of State, she responded:

“My accomplishments as Secretary of State? Well, I’m glad you asked! My proudest accomplishment in which I take the most pride, mostly because of the opposition it faced early on, you know… the remnants of prior situations and mindsets that were too narrowly focused in a manner whereby they may have overlooked the bigger picture and we didn’t do that and I’m proud of that. Very proud. I would say that’s a major accomplishment.”   -   Hillary Clinton 11 March 2014

Can anyone figure out what in the hell she just said? And she may be running for President?

Reminds me of a TV commercial of some years back, wherein the politician on-screen says, “And furthermore, in conclusion…” as if he is being paid by the word!   I’m thinking she needs a teleprompter, not unlike another politician who dare not open his mouth without nearby speechwriters.

As another blogger stated, I’ve no problem with a woman as Chief Executive, but, JUST NOT THIS ONE!  And I’m not even mentioning Benghazi or Watergate! – Guffaw
h/t Boyd & Donna

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!

holder

 

Don’t Sugar Coat It!

…tell us what you REALLY think!

aka MADISON’S NIGHTMARE

(from Cold Fury, in part)

Moreover, as Madison and Hamilton took for granted in The Federalist Papers, which they wrote (with five by John Jay) to urge ratification of the Constitution, taxes would chiefly take the form of import duties or excises on such commodities as whiskey—and these taxes, Hamilton asserted, were naturally self-limiting because if they grew excessive, people would stop buying the overtaxed article, and overall tax revenues would fall. In the unlikely event of an imposition of any direct tax on everybody, or on citizens’ land or wealth, as opposed to these indirect levies, Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution required that it be levied equally or proportionally, though scholars debate the meaning of that clause. But one thing the Framers never dreamed of was a tax on incomes. And for generations, they were right.

But in 1913, after 20 years of Progressive-era agitation, the Sixteenth Amendment, passed by Congress in 1909, won ratification. It imposed a graduated income tax—a direct tax that did not fall proportionally on all. Indirect taxes such as import duties and excise taxes, the argument went, fell disproportionately on the poor and provided too unpredictable a revenue stream to a federal government that Americans increasingly thought needed strengthening. Though the income-tax rates were but 1 percent for incomes up to $483,826, rising to a modest 7 percent on incomes over $11.6 million, the now-constitutional machinery for the tyranny of the majority that Madison had feared was fired up and ready to confiscate wealth as surely as the Stamp Act confiscated property. And since in 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment—instituting direct popular election of senators—also won ratification, the upper house no longer served, even theoretically, as a brake on the passions of the people.

Today, Madison’s nightmare has become America’s everyday reality.

And, remember folks, 1913 was 101 years ago.

What has happened governmentally in the past 100+ years that has been detrimental to this Constitutional Republic?

I’m thinking A LOT!

Go to the link to see the whole thing.

It’s About Time!

In a shame that rivals her Mayor being arrested and convicted for drug use, the District of Columbia is FINALLY forced by judicial edict to comply with the Constitution’s Second Amendment!

Watch: Emily Miller Explains New DC Firearm Carry Rules

I’m reminded of a former friend and lawyer who carried concealed in D.C. in the 80’s, when doing so was a major felony.  On one occasion he was forced to clear leather against an armed assailant a misguided youth who confronted he and some female company near the Jefferson Memorial.  The youth dropped his piece of rebar and fled the scene.

I asked Lew what if he had been forced to shoot the bastard misguided youth, knowing the legal ramifications of having to do so.  His reply?  He would have taken the first available taxi to the Potomac, thrown the offending gun therein, and fled town!

This was a man not only known in D.C., but he had actually practiced before the Supreme Court.  But he knew the then ‘law’ well enough to know he had no Constitutional protection of his right to possess and carry in that locale, much less shoot someone in self-defense.

At least, if he were alive today, he’d now have that carry right.

IF he were a legal resident…

h/t Townhall.com

Religious Freedom

Police Officer Demoted for Refusing to Attend Islamic Event

A Federal court in Denver ruled that it is acceptable for a police chief to order subordinates to attend an Islamic event — even if they object based on religious reasons.

When Paul Fields, a Tulsa, Oklahoma police officer, objected to being forced to go to an Islamic mosque that had featured a controversial speaker (who promotes the destruction of Western civilization and the creation of an Islamic caliphate), he was ordered by superiors he must attend the mosque or suffer the consequences.

Paul Fields is a Christian.

As a Christian, his unwillingness to attend centered around the fact he did not want to go to a religious event where the topics being covered “discussed Islamic beliefs, Muhammad, Mecca, and why and how Muslims pray.”

Fields, who was one of the key officers that lead a protection program for the mosque, …

Now, I believe in the rights enumerated in the First Amendment.  Speech, Press, Assembly.  Freedom of Religion (or from Religion) as mandated by State authority.

Doesn’t such an order violate such a Right?

I’m betting this was all done in the name of political correctness and inclusion.  Because, after all even the opinions of those seeking to destroy us have value.  (yeah, right – Guffaw)

I’m certain Hillary Clinton would agree.  Except she stated legal firearms owners are terrorists and as such have no right to an opinion!

h/t Preserve Freedom

Quelle Surprise, Yet Again…

 

"I'm shocked, SHOCKED!"

“I’m shocked, SHOCKED!”

I’ve used the above felicitous phrase two or three times in blog post titles, and about 17 more in the written text.  I should no longer use this expression, however, as I am no longer surprised…

This from Illinois, land of the dead voter…

h/t Gloria

A story from AP Mobile:

Audit: State paid $12 million in health costs — for dead people

Cook County has long been ridiculed for allowing dead people cast votes, but the state may have just garnered a new distinction.
It paid $12 million in health care for people who were already dead – including in one case, for a person who had died in 1989.
A new financial audit released by Auditor General Bill Holland’s office on Thursday found that the Illinois Department of Health…
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1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

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"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit, from Frank Herbert's Dune

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