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MORE Transparency

This time at a STATE level!  By FEDERAL officials!

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted found 44 cases of illegal aliens voting in Ohio and could find more but federal officials refuse to hand over crucial data.

Husted’s investigation used Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle data to cross check voter rolls.  However, for a match, the BMV record must be self-identified as a non-citizen.

It just gets better and better, doesn’t it?
h/t Brock Townsend

More ‘Transparency’

Yeah, right.

President Obama promised us the the most transparent administration, ever.

Yeah, not so much.

I’ve been reading some news accounts proclaiming (at the time) that Obama would be so much better than President Bush at responding to Freedom of Information Act requests…

Then, I saw this:

White House office to delete its FOIA regulations

WASHINGTON — The White House is removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, making official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office.

That pretty much states all you need, although it might behoove you to go to the link.

So Bush AND Obama – peas in a pod?

At least as far as openness is concerned.

Not that we believed Bush to be terrific, and Obama to be less than terrific…

What has happened to The Republic?

Sad, really.

h/t Theo Spark, USA Today

Yep, Right Up There With Jerry Springer

Or the Weekly World News!

I’m certainly no fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Under the guise of ‘helping the poor and disenfranchised’, they have continued to malign legitimate gun owners and owner’s rights (see The Bill of Rights) and to push a big government totalitarian nanny state, while conflating legitimate gun-totin’ folk with radical, bomb-throwing ‘ so-called militia’ types.

So, when I saw this expose’ of Morris Dees, the founder of the SPLC, I couldn’t resist:

Morris-Dees

Most young conservative activists see Mark Potok and Heidi Beirich as the face of the SPLC. That is because Morris Dees, the founder, has a sordid past that is dangerous for the organization to have him on any live show. Dees makes rare appearances at campuses. Even, then the Q&A session often get cancelled if their is any opposition in the crowd.

Dees has been denounced as a con artist by people all across the political spectrum. He has been denounced by major newspapers. He has been denounced by people of all races. He has been denounced on the pages of major left-wing websites like Daily Kos and Huffington Post.

Harper’s Weekly, a publication cherished by liberal reporters, even published an expose denouncing Morris Dees.

Most young activists don’t even know about Dees, because their attention is directly at the people Dees’ uses as a buffer.

Young activists should acquaint themselves with the infamous Morris Dees Divorce papers.

Read this expose from Weekly Standard.

Divorce papers?  Seriously?
Yep, I’m right up there with Springer.
h/t Free North Carolina

Familiarity Breeds Qualification, Right?

From my friend Old NFO (in part)

In a news conference, Deanna Favre announced she will be the starting Quarterback for the Green Bay Packers football team next season.

Deanna asserts that she is qualified to be the starting QB because she had spent 16 years married to Brett while he played QB for the Packers – even though she has actually never played football at any level from grade school up, never ran the offense of any team, nor ever played the game.

During this period of time, she became familiar with the definition of a corner blitz, the nickel package, man-to-man coverage, so she is now completely comfortable with all the other terminology involving the Packers offense. A survey of Packers fans shows 50% of those polled supported the move.

Does this sound idiotic and unbelievable … or familiar to you?

Hillary Clinton makes the same claims as to why she is qualified to be the President of the United States and 50% of Democrats polled agree.

She has never run a city, county, or state during her “career” as being Bill Clinton’s wife. When told Hillary Clinton has experience because she has 8 years in the White House. My immediate thought was, “So does the pastry chef, and the person who picks up dog shit from the White House Lawn” (…)

Of course, you should go and read Old NFO’s whole essay!

I had a supervisor at TMCCC for a number of years, who claimed to be able to analyze our personal problems and offer solutions.

Her qualifications?

She had been married to a clinical psychologist for 20 years (before their acrimonious divorce)!

She had a college degree, but not in psychology or counseling.

I wonder what proximity has to do with actual qualification?  Perhaps if you are an amoeba?

So, a woman who was fired from her job as a Watergate committee lawyer for legal and ethical violations magically becomes a U.S. Senator (from New York (being an Arkansan, and all!) then U. S. Secretary of State.  After some years as a schlock lawyer.  Her only qualification is she was married to a serial rapist, who happened to squirm his way into The Presidency.

And, of course, she is a woman, making her as qualified as the current President, who was voted in because he was Black!  (He, too, also has a questionable and inexperienced background).

Qualification by Proximity!  It’s all the rage.

Truth IS Stranger Than Fiction

And certainly more disturbing!

Long-time readers of my blog may recall my mentioning the television show Chicago PD, wherein the fictional detectives of the CPD Intelligence Squad sometimes sequester persons they have arrested detained kidnapped and subject them to torture to obtain information to convict them, and/or locate other crimes/criminals.

Certainly not in accordance with current civilian criminal law procedures.  Do we remember Escobedo?  Miranda?

I pooh-poohed the program, another in the long list of shows from the Law & Order producers, as highly fictionalized.

Hopefully.

Then comes this news…

Yesterday (March 1, 2015), ABC7 Chicago released a fact sheet from the Chicago Police Department on the Homan Square facility. There have been recent claims that the police department is operating a “secretive facility in Homan Square on Chicago’s West Side where criminal suspects are denied basic rights.” The Chicago Police Department is denying any alleged abuse of suspects, saying the lack of signage on the building is because Homan Square is the “base of operations for officers working undercover assignments.”Source: http://www.glennbeck.com/2015/03/02/secret-facility-in-chicago-where-criminals-are-being-tortured-without-due-process/?utm_source=glennbeck&utm_medium=contentcopy_link
REALLY?  Our own little Lubyanka Prison in America’s Heartland?
Of course, I’m certain everything is on the up-and-up with this facility, and that there are no other such places in New York or Los Angeles.  Or Middle America U.S.A. (sarcasm)
Let’s see.  We have ‘Star Chamber’ courts (FISA courts).  Persons can be detained without knowing where they are, or access to legal counsel, and subjected to extra-legal interrogation techniques.  Apparently now at both the federal and state levels.  We can be molested while traveling to determine if we are impaired, or our citizenship status, or if we possess any kind of weapon. (Department of Homeland Security, Border Patrol).
And now THIS!
DOES ANYONE SEE A PROBLEM WITH THIS TREND, ‘CAUSE I DO!
h/t Glenn Beck

♫ Unremarkable ♫

That’s what we are. ♫  (with apologies to the late, great Nat King Cole)

From Caleb @ Gun Nuts:

Carrying a gun does not make me special. It doesn’t make me different, it doesn’t make me a sheepdog, and it shouldn’t be treated like an occasion. The act of every day concealed carry should be no more interesting or dramatic than the act of buckling your seatbelt, washing your hands during flu season, or changing the batteries in your smoke detectors.

(…)

Stop treating CCW like it’s special. It’s not. You’re just carrying the most effective tool available to defend yourself from violence. It’s a fire extinguisher. There’s nothing special about keeping a fire extinguisher under the kitchen sink. I want owning and carrying a Glock 19 to have the same level of remarkableness as owning a Toyota Camry.

You should really go to the link above and read Caleb’s entire editorial.

He is correct, of course.  Unless you are military, spec ops, civilian police or private security, you are NOT a sheepdog, superhero or James Bond.  You are just a piece of flotsam out there taking some responsibility for your own protection.  Good for you (as far as that goes) but your adrenaline and bp shouldn’t go up just because you gear up.

Putting on an IWB holster should be no different than picking up your keys or clipping your folding knife in your pocket!

There is no big red S on your chest.

not superman

The Imperial Presidency

For years, it was pointed out that Richard Nixon believed he was an imperial president.  He even made statements to the press in that regard.

And the Democrats ran with that.

And sometimes won.

Now, we have one of the current President’s closest advisors making this assertion…

Valerie Jarrett: Americans ‘hungry’ for Obama to act like an imperial president

With regard to the State Of The Union Address, Ms. Jarrett stated the following  (in part):

On Tuesday, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Americans are “hungry” for Obama to take unilateral action, bypassing Congress wherever he can to get things done, CNS News reported.

“People around our country are hungry for action,” she said. “And what you’ll hear from the president tonight is going to be all about action — creating opportunity — and it’s going to be a very optimistic speech.”

According to Jarrett, Obama will “set forth very specific, concrete proposals that he thinks will move our country forward — create opportunity for hard-working Americans who want to succeed.”

Although Obama will prod Congress to act on his agenda, Jarrett said Obama “will make clear tonight that he will take action on his own,” bypassing Congress when he sees fit.

Seriously?

Can we invoke Nixon now?

I can only speak for me, but I don’t want a President from any party “bypassing Congress when he sees fit.”

Or she.

obamanixon{{{shudders}}}

I’m not that hungry.

‘Carrying’ In The Company of Children

I’ve posted before about sharing ‘the facts of life’ with my daughter.  Not reproduction (although we did speak of such things) but letting her know I was discretely armed in her presence, and providing a few basic signals for her to keep safe.

Should terrible things happen.

Hand signals and verbal commands.  To be acted upon without question.

I.E. We’re in a shopping mall, and I observe bad guys attempting to shoot other bad guys.  The signals mean find cover immediately, and failing that, hit the deck!  Things are getting serious very soon.

This doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve plans on engaging multiple gang members.

Molly didn’t know much about my immersion in the gun culture, except not to touch any firearms without permission, and sometimes Dad went shooting, until she was six.  Then I shared the ‘facts of life’ (that I carried whenever possible for all our protection, and it was no one else’s business) and devised the signals.

It never occurred to me to consider my tactics when she was younger.  A preschooler, a toddler, a baby.

And I think of that mother who was shot to death in the Walmart by her two-year-old!

LIMATUNES opened my eyes!

IF you are an armed mother (or father) involved in the protection of your charges, you should go and read her.  She has THREE children of a young age, and considers things I never have.

Armed, with children, of any age is wholly different from just being armed.

Believe it.

And The Darwin Award Goes To…

These clowns

gun free

(I believe the ‘and helpless’ part was photoshopped in, and unnecessary.)

Of course, they may be part of a conspiracy to lure in unwitting bank robbers to their death, but I doubt it.

h/t David Codrea

“BANNING” – As The Republic’s Policy

Or perhaps I should have worded it the former Republic’s government policy…

It was recently announced that the BATFE was moving to ban certain ammunition familiar to users of the AR-15 rifle, specifically:

In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unexpectedly announced today that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and bypass Congress.

It isn’t even the third week of February, and the BATFE has already taken three major executive actions on gun control. First, it was a major change to what activities constitute regulated “manufacturing” of firearms. Next, BATFE reversed a less than year old position on firing a shouldered “pistol.” Now, BATFE has released a “Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c)”, which would eliminate M855’s exemption to the armor piercing ammunition prohibition and make future exemptions nearly impossible.

Now, aside from petty power and control, why would they bother to do this?  Because they see a future where armored troops are engaging the citizenry serfs for power and control?  Perhaps.

But I think it’s that time ‘honored’ reason – because they can.  And have.

Which brings us to the larger question.  Should anything be BANNED in a Free Republic?  Or should the marketplace be the controlling factor?

Possessing, manufacturing or distributing child pornography is essentially banned.  This doesn’t stop possession, manufacture or distribution.  How about drugs?  Substandard (or poisonous/dangerous) products from overseas?  Or those domestically produced?  Remember cyclamates and hexaclorophene?

Perhaps it’s a bit callous of me, but I think the marketplace should be the deciding factor.  If you don’t want cyclamates, poisons or substandard foreign crap, don’t buy it!  Child pornography harms children in the production prima facie, so banning that is acceptable and appropriate.   Drugs?  If you are an adult, it should be up to you.  But, driving under the influence or committing crimes to support your habit is another thing altogether.  Then you are bringing others into the mix.  Without their permission.

If you inadvertently purchase something harmful, sue the bastards!  But, you have a responsibility – you should be an informed consumer.

Now, to the proposed ammunition ban.  The ‘sporting purposes’ argument.  Obviously, the Second Amendment is not about hunting.

Their regulation and argument is invalid.

Bruce-Campbellh/t Alphecca, NRA

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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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