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The 22%

ccwI remember (way back in the 1970s – when I got into gun stuff as an adult) fantasizing that I lived in a State that had concealed weapon permits!  How cool would THAT have been?  Being able to be armed – discreetly!

One of the reasons I wanted to become a cop was that very reason.  It seemed sad that few States had permittage, and most of them were may issue.  Usually meaning unless you were one of the special few (or perhaps funds changed hands) you either did nor carry concealed, or did not carry concealed legally!

Now, here we are in the new century, and the tide has turned.  A significant number of States how have concealed weapon laws and some even passed Constitutional Carry – no permit needed!

Specifically, with the addition of Missouri, 11 States (22% of the 50!) no permit required!

41 States, and Guam(!)  now have some provision for shall issue permits! (Wikipedia)

Of course, we still have States like California (and New York), with their difficult to get may issue permits, and checkerboard of convoluted and restrictive gun laws.

And with the ever-present nonsense by the Statists equating gun ownership with terrorism.  (Hillary?)

BUT, things have definitely improved since the 1940’s, and in spite of warnings to the contrary regarding every CCW (carry concealed weapon) and Constitutional Carry law being passed, there has been no blood in the streets!
(It seems every time such legislation is suggested, the ANTI-RIGHTS folks trot out the same, tired meme.)

It’s been said that the American Revolution was started and maintained by just 3% of the population.  In spite of the ubiquitous onslaught of the anti rights control folks, we seem to be winning!

Hooray for the responsible, law-abiding citizens, going about their private business invoking their right to possible self-defense!

Now, if we could just reverse the rampant surveillance and searching without warrant!  I know, one Amendment at a time…

Sigh.

A Taxing Problem

The Hardest Thing to Understand in the World is the Income Tax. – Albert Einstein(*This is part 2 of a multi-part series. For other posts in the series click on the “A Republic If You Can Keep It” category at the bottom of this post.)

The U.S. tax code is 74,608 pages long. Every man woman and child is expected to calculate the tax they have paid and/or owe the federal government at least once a year (families can choose to file jointly).

It’s common knowledge that two, individual tax accountants can look at the same person’s information and come up with different numbers; even if the person’s situation is not complex. It’s not only possible, it is likely. Even two different IRS auditors are likely to come up with different numbers.

The IRS can audit back to six years, and even further if they decide they have reason. Therefore, it is almost a guarantee that every adult in the U.S. who is over the age of 24 has some discrepancy the IRS can uncover in their tax filings. The IRS can garnish your wages. The IRS can send you to prison, just ask Dinesh D’souza. As we’ve seen with the Tea Party, the IRS can determine who can have an organization, when that organization can function, and when it can’t. The IRS can stop a business from collecting money or selling products or services. The IRS can shut down private schools, churches, clubs… The IRS can take your home.

Except for a few, brief periods, there was no federal income tax prior to 1913. The tax code was 400 pages long then. In 1940 it was barely over 500 pages long. FDR’s New Deal and World War II created some new taxes. By the end of the war it was 8,200 pages long. It is almost 10 times larger now.

We all know no one really understands it. We all know the government can accuse anyone of not complying. Page after page. April after April. Year after Year.

Eliminate the income tax!  Period!

This will force the government to hone down their bloated leviathan AND lessen their petty power and control over the individual.

And, while we’re at it, let’s restore the original CONSTITUTIONAL method of choosing State Senators.  And eliminate the Federal Reserve.

I know, I’m beginning to sound like Rand Paul!

Tantrums

Reuters-Democrats-Sit-In

They don’t look age 3 to me…

The Democratic sit-in to protest the Republican-controlled Congress’ inaction on gun control legislation on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives entered its second day Thursday with no end in sight.

The Democrats’ protest began with a speech by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who participated in civil rights sit-ins in the 1960s, condemning Republicans for blocking gun control legislation and accusing the GOP of kowtowing to the National Rifle Association.

The Democrats continued to give speeches with frequent pauses to chant “no bill, no break” and “Shame! Shame!” as the House voted to adjourn and start a new legislative day at 2:30 a.m. (International Business Times)

A tantrum?  Seriously?

Are they going to hold their respective breaths now, until they turn BLUE?

I have two memories of tantrums (tantra (plural?)  🙂

The first was recounted by my own Father.  On numerous occasions, he would share the story on how I had thrown exactly ONE tantrum.  He ‘dealt with it’, and I never did it again.  (The inference was I received a spanking – this was the 1950’s after all!)

The second was our own daughter, Molly.  She was mostly well-behaved, but at one point, in a large, popular shopping mall (Metrocenter – N. Phoenix, before stores closed wholesale and it became a gang meeting place), she decided when the three of us were window shopping (I was married at the time) to throw a serious tantrum.  I think she was probably three at the time.

Mary and I looked at each other, while Molly was on her back, flailing, screaming and crying, agreed telepathically that immediate action was needed.

We turned and walked away.  No counter-screaming, no histrionics, no beatings.

Molly suddenly noticed our departure, immediately stopped her tantrum, and rushed to rejoin us, now better behaved.

AND, she never did it again.

………………

My point is we have two choices to respond to the anti-rights forces in Congress.  One would be brute force, getting in their face and (verbally, at least) spanking them for their childish behavior.

Would this make us feel good?  Yes.  Superior? Certainly.

Would it solve the larger problem?  NO.

The second choice would be to let them have their tantrum, and let the world see how un-adult, child-like and emotionally crippled they are.

And continue to block ALL attempts to pass restrictions on the rights of law-abiding citizens! 

Have YOU written, emailed and/or called your Congressmen regarding your opinion on all these onerous bills?

I HAVE.  MORE THAN ONCE!

You have no right to complain if  ‘a backroom deal’ is made, and our rights are further restricted!

DO IT NOW!  Click on the link below for contact information!

Representatives|Senators

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(And, now for something completely different – as promised)
I would ask all of you bloggers out there to at least make the effort to post a link to www.projectwelcomehometroops.org/#22kill

22 VETERANS COMMIT SUICIDE DAILY

Even ONE of these heroes making this choice is unacceptable! (Day #21 of 22)

 

OOPS!

oops

One only hopes they are training to defend our individual liberties and loved ones, and not to take them away…

This Whole ‘Making A Blog’ Thing Is More Difficult Than I Remember!

The other day I was playing with settings in WordPress, thinking about making some stylistic changes to the GiA blog.

And I hit a wrong key.  Or something…

FIRST, I saw my blog, with pictures of carrots instead of cacti!  Then, I noticed many of the staples of my blog page missing.

And I had to get to a doctor’s appointment!

SO, I posted a hurried apology and left.

And late that night, I was able to get GiA reconfigured back to her former glory – well, about 85% of it.

WHAT A PITA!

As to the next part – do I bother to tweak it back to the original, or do I just go ahead and move on to my ‘improvements’?

Who knows?  I’ll figure it out.

EVENTUALLY.

We get what we pay for!  😛

Red Light – Green Light

red lightRemember that game growing up?

John Lott gives us yet another perspective:

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Chicago Tribune delivered the “first-ever scientific study” of the nation’s biggest camera program. Researchers commissioned by the paper found little or no safety benefit: Mid-intersection “T-bones” declined, but rear-end collisions sharply increased as drivers slammed on the brakes to avoid a ticket. Most damning, the Trib cited the city’s “long-standing reliance on using the lowest possible yellow light time” to maximize revenues even at the cost of encouraging more accidents. . . .

Apparently, the message is getting out as the company that have made these cameras are slowly exiting the business.

With Redflex losing money in North America, its Australian parent company recently instructed him to “de-risk the business” by diversifying into electronic toll-taking and traffic management. Nonetheless Mr. Saunders remains keen to rescue the reputation of photo enforcement, even if that seems like a Hail Mary at this point. . . .

My ex lived in Philly for about 10 years, and they had a government contractor maintaining the traffic signals so poorly that both turned green.  And her new car was totaled.

And there was no one to answer for it from the government works.

Yes, my friends, government works for the common good!

NO…stop a minute!

 

Sometimes, Justice Prevails!

(Courtesy of Irish)

Woman charged with wiretapping for filming cops wins $57,000 payout

 As long as you don’t interfere with them doing their job it should be legal. Videotaping would
help keep everyone in line.

A local New Hampshire police department agreed Thursday to pay a woman who was arrested and charged with wiretapping $57,000 to settle her civil rights lawsuit. The deal comes a week after a federal appeals court ruled that the public has a “First Amendment” right to film cops.
The plaintiff in the case, Carla Gericke, was arrested on wiretapping allegations in 2010 for filming her friend being pulled over by the Weare Police Department during a late-night traffic stop. Although Gericke was never brought to trial, she sued, alleging that her arrest constituted retaliatory prosecution in breach of her constitutional rights. The department, without admitting wrongdoing, settled Thursday in a move that the woman’s attorney speculated would deter future police “retaliation.”

MORE HERE

There is that part mentioned without admitting wrongdoing which does disturb me, however…

SWATting

In recent years, a small amount of hackers and gamers have been anonymously reporting fake hostage situations, shootings, and other violent crimes designed to send elite police units, like SWAT teams, to unsuspecting people at their residences.

Kids are crazy nowadays.  The first time I heard the term swatting I though I was being trolled, but once I looked further into it I found out it was actually real.

Really nice of them to show kids which apps, and cards they can buy to pull this type of “prank” off.  (c/o ENDO)

So, you’re a juvenile.  You’re bored – nothing to do…

I KNOW, let’s call in a SWAT Team on the crusty old neighbors down the block!  That’ll be FUN!

SERIOUSLY?

Now I wasn’t adverse to a good prank or three when I was a kid.  (I never did it) but the flaming bag of dog poop, and smoke bombs, fake vomit, plastic ice cubes with a fly inside, whoopee cushions, and prank telephone calls – these were good fun!  We never did anything approaching criminal damage and rarely trespassed.  And no real physical harm came to anyone or anything – we were good kids.

BECAUSE WE KNEW THERE WERE CONSEQUENCES FOR WORSE BEHAVIOR.

Now, having been physically abused as a child, corporal punishment is not the first parenting tool in my tool box.  I think I spanked my daughter twice, when she was a toddler and this consisted of open-handed swats, two or three of them, to get her attention.  That’s all.

Having said the above, I’m convinced those misguide yutes who call in SWAT on the unsuspecting innocent probably never received any swats.

And needed them.

“Will wonders never cease?”

“Will wonders never cease?”  –  Guffaw, February 22, 2014

The above words actually exited my mouth when I saw the following:

BAD SHOOT: Detective that claimed “we don’t have time for this” before killing 90-pound teen is indicted for voluntary manslaughter

It’s not a murder charge, but it’s more than I expected.

Little steps, people.

h/t Firehand, Bob Owens

The Crux of It All

Sipsey Street Irregulars links us to an essay by Eric Peters, telling us something we (sadly) already knew:

Emasculation as Policy

And there it is.  The crux of all this gun control, drug control, food control, mind control, privacy control, people control!  THEY want to emasculate you to the point you go to them hat-in-hand, begging to be taken care of. Assuming you survive up to this point.

Because, of course, they have no duty to care for you.

And, while you’re fighting in the streets for a scrap of bread, or an aspirin, or potable water, THEY are living in their manses, being attended to by manservants higher up the food chain.  Living off of you, and whatever is left of your former ‘immorally-gotten’ largesse.

Provided to them by you in the form of overt taxation and being forced to purchase something you never wanted in the first place!

Class Warfare, my friends.  This religion of control is fueled by class warfare.

(GEEZ, I’m beginning to sound like some kind of neo-libertarian-anarchist, aren’t I?)

Or just another tired citizen of the Republic, tired of being ‘controlled’ by the force of government.  Forced or nudged into places I’d rather not choose to go.  Because they think they know better, don’t ya see?

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” — C. S. Lewis

"Round up the usual suspects."

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