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Quid Pro Quo RE: Gun Rights/Migrants

Says an Oregon Democrat!   (in part)

Calling it the “civil rights battle” for millennials that will decide who controls the the country for the next three decades, Democrat Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon says immigration “will decide who is in charge of this country for the next 20 or 30 years,” the Portland Tribune reported Monday. Schraeder’s observation highlights a contention made by Gun Owners of America that amnesty is a threat to the right to keep and bear arms. That position has so far been avoided by other national gun rights groups which refuse to acknowledge the issue, or to score political ratings and endorsements accordingly.

That avoidance is in spite of the fact that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has stated illegal aliens have “earned the right to be citizens. It’s in spite of all credible polling showing the foreigners to be overwhelmingly Democrat and anti-gun in their sympathies.   (…)

Duh.

Potential new citizens being given the many gifts of citizenship, after having already being given gifts as illegal aliens migrants , it only stands to reason they would vote for the party that gave them all the free stuff.  And align themselves with the Democratic progressive agenda who provided it.

Not knowing part of doing so would further The Republic’s The Nation’s The Oligarchy’s ability to deny their rights!

Quid Pro Quo

(and what sort of name is Jeh, anyway?  Inquiring minds want to know.)

h/t David Codrea

Residency Requirements Struck Down!

Go Rick Go!“We” score a Victory – and Alan too!
Civil Rights UpdateOpinion in PDF via InstaPundit

From the CONCLUSION:

Accordingly, the Court DECLARES that 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(3), 18 U.S.C. § 922(b)(3), and 27 C.F.R. § 478.99(a) are UNCONSTITUTIONAL, and Defendants are ENJOINED from enforcing these provisions. The Court will issue its final judgment separately.

SO ORDERED on this 11th day of February, 2015.

[Emphasis in the original]

Related:

Civil Right Victory in Federal CourtShall Not Be Questioned
Win in Court!, Breaking News- Maddened Fowl
Ban on FFL handguns sales to nonresidents struck down!Of Arms & the Law

Courtesy of Not Clauswitz et al

In English  – Non-residents may now purchase firearms in Texas, and presumably anywhere else it is legal.

Could removal of ridiculous restrictions on citizens BE any cooler?  – Chandler Bing

Of course, this was from a federal district court.  And as the bloggers above suspect, until there is an edict from the BATFE, I don’t see much of this kind of activity.

I see a Supreme Court battle in our future.

“Am I The Only One Who Saw This?”

The President of The United States was too busy to march with the 40,000+ against terrorism in Paris, but…

He rushed off the funeral of the head of state of Saudi Arabia…

WTF?

Please fill in the blanks for me.

Popular culture/media contends:

The President is not Muslim, nor is any President subservient to any foreign power or potentate.

bowing

¿Que?

Reportedly, we can obtain fossil fuels from Canada, Alaska, off our own shores (if the laws allowed it – but we allow Brazil to drill there!), but we must continue to go to a dicey part of the World and suck-up to ‘allies’ who support Wahhabism (Most of the guys did 9/11 were Saudi Wahhabis) to get their oil!

What’s up with THAT?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Cleaning House(?)

cleaning frenchNot exactly Spring cleaning (still being Winter, and all) and not my house (as I rent a room) but I’m speaking of the blog.

As I’m approaching another year as a blogger (aka ersatz writer, copy thief, waster-of-time) I’m looking at my blog roll (The Usual Suspects), and trying to decide who to keep, who to add, ad infinitum – ad nauseum.  Some folks are simply no longer blogging.

Also, is anyone missing?  What about those blogfriends™ who list Guffaw in AZ in their blogrolls, but I don’t list them in mine?

Is anything missing?  Serious, thoughtful commentary?  Intellect?  Blazing retorts?  Nudes? (Remember Rule 5!)

What would YOU like to see?  More politics, stories of governmental abuses, gun stuff, libertarian stuff, investigation/security stories?  (Remembering the final decision is up to me, regardless).  :-)

PLEASE let me know, especially if you have been kind enough to list me, but I’ve neglected listing you…

Customer Service

Is it out there, anymore?

I remember my Father ranting about the dearth of customer service when I was a teenager – and that was in the 60’s.

Back then a guy in a uniform (or at least a uniform shirt) filled your tank, checked your oil, and cleaned your windshield.  And no tip was asked or expected.  Now, IF there’s a monitor/cashier at the self-service gas station behind the bulletproof glass, it’s an effort to get them to look up from their graphic novel to take your card for purchase.

And waiters/waitresses?  One would think when they are first being trained, they would be instructed that the more courteous and efficient they are, the better tip they will receive.  But most these days are barely capable in getting your food to you at all.  Need extra napkins or a refill on that beverage?  Good luck with that.

And getting the order correct in the first place?  Fuggedaboutit!

Retail stores?  Just try to find someone who has any idea where stock might be, or even be able to direct you to it.

Call centers?  Pshaw.

And we who chat regarding firearms on the Internet are familiar with H & K’s (in)famous lack of customer service.

One word.  OBAMACARE.  And government services in general.

And, while I’m on the subject – do any of these aforementioned folks speak American English?  This assumes I don’t have to migrate through a computer-generated menu prompt resembling a RPG in Urdu to get to a human.

Sigh.

We now return you to your post-holiday festivities.

Living Off The Grid, Part II

aka, boy, THAT was close!

After my morning routine yesterday, I didn’t get back to my computer and the Internet until late last night.  I usually leave her on and connected, but in sleep mode.  That way, all I have to do is hit ESC and I can respond to email, review blogs, whatever…

Except last night, I reviewed a couple of emails and went to respond to them.  And nothing happened.  Nothing.  Bupkis, zilch, a big goose egg.

The screen was there, the mouse worked to maneuver between screens; I was able to open files and emails.

But, I was unable to type anything!  My wireless keyboard was not working!

And, this was not the usual ‘battery indicator indicates they need changing’ (although, just in case, I did change them)

I thought, perhaps, I would be ‘living off the grid’ for real!

(I did set up a fledgling post on my cellular telephone, although I am unclear how to change out my other blog items – the quote, funny and women pic.  Guess I need to do additional research, huh?)

So…I went to bed, awakened this morning, showered, dressed, etc. and began to address the computer issue head on.

I turned her off and ran diagnostics, reinstalled the mouse, and prayed.  And did a cold reboot.

That was the initial solution for all computer problems at TMCCC for the 20+ years I worked there.  Have a problem with your terminal?  Reboot!  Or, move to an empty desk and reboot!  Hell, it worked for the IT guys there about 75% of the time, so…

Fingers now crossed (note to self, very difficult to type in this fashion!), I began to type.

And the keyboard now works!

PHEW!

coldbootUntil next time…

 

Due Process

from Alphecca

The Washington Post has been running a very good series of investigative reports on how police departments around the nation have been seizing billions of dollars from often innocent citizens without charging them with any crime. That link takes you to the first installment. On the side, near the top, are the links to the other five pieces. It’s time for Congress to address this issue nationally. Somehow, I doubt that Republicans will allow that.

I’ve been concerned for years about how The Federal Government (through the IRS) can garnishee, attach, freeze, steal assets in advance of due process.  Then it’s up to the poor object of these seizures to fight to get said assets back!

Seemed kind of ass-backwards to me(?)

Now (or perhaps for some time) police departments are engaging in similar behavior!

I’m reminded of a local tale (from the 70’s) in this area, wherein a guy made a police report subsequent to a business burglary.  And reported the losses to his insurance company.  Later, he found some assets in the rubble he had previously thought stolen, and attempted to amend his report.

He was charged with FRAUD, FILING A FALSE REPORT, AND HIS ASSETS SEIZED!

As he sat in the middle of his printing business, watching agents remove everything, crying, he asked one, “Why?”

“Because we can.” was the terse response.

What is it Lord Acton said of government?  Absolutely.

“But, You Can’t Be Both REPUBLICAN and BLACK!?”

Four Black Republicans who won federal or statewide races yesterday (Tuesday)

Texas’ 23rd congressional district: “GOP challenger Will Hurd appeared headed for a narrow upset victory over freshman Democrat Pete Gallego in a southwest border district that Republicans had made a national target”  Hurd won by a 49.8 to 47.7 percent margin.Utah’s 4th congressional district: “In Utah, Mia Love became the first black Republican woman — and first Haitian American — elected to Congress.”  Love won by a 50 to 46.8 percent margin.Senator from South Carolina: “South Carolina’s Tim Scott on Tuesday became the first African-American senator to win election in the South since Reconstruction. . . .  Scott’s win also made him the first African-American in U.S. history to be elected to both the House and the Senate.”Maryland’s new Republican Lt. Governor is Boyd Rutherford: “Boyd Rutherford was raised in a Democratic family in Democratic Northeast Washington, but the running mate of Republican Larry Hogan says he decided early on that the GOP was closer to his values. Rutherford, who is African-American, came to the conclusion that Democrats saw blacks as victims. ‘I’m not a political and social victim, and I don’t live my life that way,’ he said. ‘They maintain poverty. They keep people in place.

Don’t forget, it was Republicans who tried to pass the Civil Right’s Act in the 50’s, but were blocked by then Senator Lyndon Johnson.  And Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican!
Now, I’m NOT a Republican – I’ve been a registered Libertarian (but not a party member) since 1976.  I just dislike smokescreens and propaganda! – Guffaw

Death Pharmacies Exist

…or Death Doctors?  (A natural extension of death panels?)

I take four pills in the AM, six in the PM, as mandated by my physician.  Most months the computer that lives in my cellular telephone easily links with the computer at the pharmacy and I’m advised by text messaging when my medications are ready for pickup.

Every few months, the pharmacy computer determines that my physician needs to re-approve one prescription before dispensing.  Or two.  Or three.  Or more.  Some months, even with this additional computer in the loop, I get approval for all prescriptions quickly.  Even with physician approval, on Sunday!  Sometimes within two hours!

Ain’t technology grand?  :-)

BUT, then there are the times that there’s a breakdown in computer communication.  Like this past week.

I called in my prescriptions mid-morning Thursday, and the pharmacy computer advised me that two of the meds needed a doctor’s approval.  The pharmacy texting system isn’t always working correctly, so Saturday noon I visited the pharmacy in my travels.  All approved and ready for pickup, including ONE of the doctor re-approved ones.  The second one requiring a physician approval – NOPE.

And, of course, the doctor’s office is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

When the pharmacy opened @ 0900 Monday, I called and the technician advised there had been no subsequent approval.  She said she would re-fax the request, and suggested I call my doctor’s office to advise them of that fact.  I did, and the message-taker therein said she would email the doctor, and someone would get back to me by 1700 Monday afternoon.  Someone.

@ 1500, the doctor’s office called, and a medical assistant me advised they had received no faxes from the pharmacy (Funny, as a fax sent the same day for another medication had been approved!)  She advised she would alert the doctor regarding the needed medication.  I asked her to let me know as soon as this was completed.  She said she would.

She never called me back!

Now, if this were a vitamin supplement, or sugar pill, I wouldn’t care.  But every medication is for either cholesterol, blood sugar maintenance, or chronic pain abatement.  I can (and have) lived with the pain without medication; I did it for two years – it IS HELL ON WHEELS, though!  What I don’t see myself living without is my blood pressure medicine.  Without it, I’m well into stroke territory.  And THIS is the medicine needing approval!

I had one pill left as of Monday PM.  (Which is why I called last Thursday!)

At 4:30 PM, I received a text message my medication was ready for pickup at the pharmacy!

Ain’t technology wonderful?

Sigh.

More Disturbing News

via Irish

Meanwhile in The Peoples Democratik Republik of Vermont?

This is an email I got from one of my blog friends, has anyone in Vermont seen this
as far as driver’s license renewal?It has been recently been related to me the new regulations concerning driver’s license renewal in VT. There is a list of afflictions, diseases, disorders, etc.. that are automatic disqualifies. I wasn’t privy too the renewal form, or the complete list, but having DIABETES is on the list. The person that told me about this had to take a day off from work to have forms filled out by his physician, then he had to deliver them to the official state physician, then a non-medical tribunal (death panel?) will adjudicate whether he is deserving to clog up the People roads. After doing some digging on the ‘Net, he found that non-disclosure of a physical condition would be hazardous to your freedom – the state already knows what you have. They are in hopes you purger yourself, especially since the IRS is in charge of health care now. Fines, jail time, and suspension of driving privileges await you if you don’t believe the Feds should be involved in EVERY aspect of your life. So much for HIPPA laws, HUH?
Another thing I was made aware of a while back. Doctor’s offices in VT have you fill out a form during a visit. On it,  are questions asking if you own guns, how many, what types, etc…. The questions are not optional, and you can not leave them blank. At the bottom of the form, you are informed that it is a FEDERAL document, and that any false statements are a FEDERAL crime. I imagine “None of your Fuckin’ business” would garner you a visit from your friendly local SWAT team at 2am.

I’m tellin’ you dude, the amount of crap is getting harder and harder to take. Something is going to break in this country, and it isn’t going to be pleasant when it does.
Whatever happened to the libertarian movement to move to a generally friendly State, to fill it with libertarians and make it a Mecca for freedom-loving people everywhere?  I seem to remember Vermont was on the short list as a possible choice.
Obviously, this hasn’t happened.
I do remember being concerned when I was diagnosed  with Type II Diabetes, just because I knew of folks who had difficulty maintaining consciousness during the day with this disease.  I’ve been fortunate that for me, this hasn’t been the case.  Of course, I am on various meds, and with my beater car don’t drive much or far!
And then there’s the whole HIPAA medical privacy thing?
Is this yet another gateway to backdooring medical records to make certain persons prohibited possessors?
Or is it just generic control, again…
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