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Mother of Mercy! Is This the End of RICO?

"Mother of Mercy! Is this the end of Rico?"
(Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar)

The Ku Klux Klan rears its ugly head, again!
It seems a white kid was burned alive by black kids after having been beaten, and the Klan is mobilizing to enact vengeance justice on the black kids.
No…wait a minute.  I have the facts reversed.
Turns out, no one reacted (nor was there much media attention) to the above recent event.  No marches, no protests, no Klan mobilization reacting to hatred and violence against a White kid.
There IS however, a call for mobilization against George Zimmerman, the Hispanic neighborhood watch guy who shot a 6’3″ Black football player whom he said was attacking him.  The New Black Panthers pledge to recruit 10,000 men to hunt down Mr. Zimmerman and ‘bring him to justice’.
From the report:

“You kill mine, God D***it, I’ve got to kill yours,” said Muhammad.

They cursed and lashed out at Zimmerman, Sanford Police and even the special prosecutor Angela Corey

Guess there’s no police or courts in that region…
My question is, whether it’s the Klan, or the Black Panthers, or NAMBLA, why can’t the authorities invoke the RICO statues, break up these organizations advocating criminal violence and seize their assets?  And imprison the ringleaders?
Why have such a law, if it’s not used against organized crime, as it was intended?

PS – New Black Panthers – why not let ‘the system’ work, instead of vigilante ‘justice’, not unlike the lynching of blacks without due process that happened in your history?  Or is there a double-standard?

h/t ZIP, WOFL – Fox 35

The Stranger

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger… He was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies.

If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn’t seem to mind.

Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet.
(I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)…

If you want to read more about The Stranger, go to Tranquility Lost…

h/t CoolChange(c)(c), Miss Brandy

Reciprocity? Or Not?

There have been a number of bills brought forth in the United States Congress, sold as solutions to the impossible quilting of Federal, State, County and City laws regarding possession and carrying of firearms for self-defense.
In short, National CCW Reciprocity, much as exists for licensed operators of automobiles.
But, some gun organizations conflict with others with regard to which bills actually aid the civil rights of gun owners, and which do not.
I received an email the other day from The National Association for Gun Rights.  They claim the most current of these bills, passed through the House as H.R 822 last Fall, is now up for a vote in the Senate as S. 2188, and needs to be defeated.
Here’s what they are suggesting will happen, should this measure pass:

  • More onerous standards to acquire a permit, so that only FBI agents can pass muster (look at New York’s permit system);
  • Higher fees;
  • More training requirements;
  • A demonstration of “Need” for a permit;
  • More frequent renewal periods;
  • Federally-mandated waiting periods;
  • A national database of all permit holders, accessible by Attorney General Eric Holder;
  • An extensive, federally-created list of Criminal Safezones, where only criminals will carry and where law-abiding gun owners are vulnerable;

…call your U.S. Senators at 202-224-3121 and make clear that you want to keep the government’s hands off your permit and that you are opposed to federal intrusion into the concealed weapons permit process. Urge them to oppose S.2188.

My question to you, dear reader, is have you read the bill, are these valid concerns, or is this some kind of political agenda?  What do YOU think?

Obviously, I’d like to have the National Firearms Act, the Gun Control Act, and all other onerous laws expunged.  And every citizen’s right to possess and carry uniformly protected.  Nation-wide.
Is this measure a step forward or a step back?

The Unknown Beauty

Back in the 1970’s,  there was a goofy TV show on for a couple years called The Gong Show.  One of the celebrity judges (and a sometime performer) was a Canadian comedian (Murray Langston) who performed with a paper bag on his head as ‘The Unknown Comic’.

Following this train of thought, every day I post a different ‘Today’s Beauty’ in Guffaw in AZ.

Most are actresses and models, both from today and yesteryear.
But some beauty must be kept from the public eye.

Photo used with permission of my dear friend Brigid

Example, the Beauty pictured above. 

disclaimer – any resemblance to the blogger/gourmet chef/ holder of a doctorate in forensic geekery is purely coincidental.  Besides, Brigid would have me killed (or kill me, herself – she’s more than capable!)
if I posted a less anonymous view! – Guffaw

Justice by protestor.

George Zimmerman

Ordnancecorner’s Weblog spells out the concise media analysis ( e.g. kerfluffle) regarding the killing of a Black youth by a Hispanic neighborhood watch man.  A CCW permit holder, no less.
The media has duly convicted the man, who has been painted as white to make the race card easier to play here.  There have been protests in Florida (where the event occurred) and in NYC, complete with the deceased boy’s parents and famous Black spokespeople.
Of course, none of us were there.  We need the system to play this out.
Justice brought about through public outcry rather than the system, is not justice.
Otherwise, why have a system?  If you don’t like it, change it.

Go read a measured approach.

And, if you don’t like his perspective, go read Bob Owens…

or, this just in, from The Feral Irishman…

h/t Ordnancecorner, Bob Owens, PISSED, Wirecutter

‘Fairness’, not Enforcement

Bayou Renaissance Man has a story that makes my blood boil.
Discretionary enforcement has always been a tool of police.  Do we bust the dude for a minor offense, or let them slide?  Issue a citation, or not?  But on larger crimes, usually, the choices are fewer.
Apparently, not in Los Angeles, California, anymore.  They are choosing NOT to impound vehicles of illegal aliens who commit crimes, because they need their vehicles to get jobs.

“It’s about fairness. It’s about equal application of the law,”  (Police Chief Charlie) Beck told a Los Angeles TV station earlier this month.

What?

Go read the report.  And read about the man who’s son was killed due to lax impound policies.

h/t Peter

More Tin Foil Hat Fodder…

Roy Batty (Blade Runner) "Time to die"

Counting Cats in Zanzibar links to a Daily Mash tome suggesting (formerly Great) Britain has finally crossed the threshold into complete dystopia.
In essence, there are now televisions containing cameras and microphones…As if they’re (and so by extension, us? we’re?) not being watched and listened-to enough?
The Mash article states…

As it emerged that TVs containing cameras and microphones have hit shops, experts confirmed this was the final element in the country’s descent into a place ‘where everything is unpleasant or bad’.

Professor Henry Brubaker, of the Institute for Studies, said: “In determining whether a country is a proper dystopia, we use something called the Orwell-Huxley-Dick Scale. It measures nightmarishness.

And the NSA is building a new huge listening post in Utah?  Whom are they watching?  Mormons buying booze at the State-run liquor stores?  The New NSA Listening Post

Could Philip K. Dick have foreseen such horror?

As Philip Agee, CIA traitor/turncoat said, “Someone’s always listening.”

Time to put on my tin foil beanie, now, and skulk away…

h/t  Philip K. Dick, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley

How Many is Too Many?

I was reading A Girl and Her Gun (which if you’re not reading, you should!) and she linked to The GunDivas, wherein she was a guest blogger (!)
And there was an earlier post in The GunDivas that caught my eye, specifically, How Many is Too Many?
I’ve never considered this concept as valid.  How much Free Speech is too much?  How much Religious expression (OR purposeful avoidance of Religious expression) is excessive?
Or petitioning redress of grievances?  How many complaints are allowable?
It’s a spurious question, as in “When did you stop beating your wife?”
Whether I own one firearm (a single-shot H&R Topper shotgun) or three-hundred (assorted pistols, revolvers, military-style rifles, shotguns) is of no consequence.  And it’s certainly no business of anyone else, or the government.

It’s Our Right.  Period.

And the blog post made mention of the word arsenal.  Sadly, in today’s culture, this word has developed a negative connotation.
I use the word collection.  It’s more benign.  Even though I no longer have one.
PS – It always kills me when I hear, especially in media reports “the alleged bad guy had X number of guns AND Y amount of ammunition.”  Again, how much is too much?
There are reports of more small arms ammunition shortages, as we had in 2009.  Because we are running up to the election?  Whether Tweedledee or Tweedledum win, both are not ardent proponents of the civil right enumerated in Amendment the Second.

Sigh.

h/t GunDiva, A Girl and Her Gun

Maintenance

The Unforgiving Minute reminds us not only that cleanliness and lubrication are important, but replacement of old or worn parts (magazine springs, anyone?) can make the difference between flawless operation and a misfeed, malfunction or worse.

Not just lubrication. but maintenance, my friends.

Go visit the link, above.

"We're going down to maintenance."

THREAT Art

Neatorama links to the American Design Club presents:  Threat

“Threat” opens its doors tonight (March 9 – guffaw) at Present
Company in Williamsburg. A curated design exhibition, it is the next in the American Design Club‘s series of theme-based product shows. Kiel Mead, one of the founders of the club, jokes, “This show is evil, but there’s also something so playful about it.”
When asked to explain the inspiration for the Threat theme, Mead describes the sudden moment of fear and suspicion that an intruder has entered the home. “You’ve just heard something in the other room. What would you want to grab to defend yourself?”

(stupid question – guffaw)

relief pistol hiding place

Some are active tools, some passive, some hidden real weapons.

bottle vase as shank

Of course, there are places to hide firearms, but no actual firearms.  I don’t understand why one of the club founders views the show as evil (?)

for the ostrich in the house to wear in bed...(seriously?)

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…