2013 January

July 22, 2014

Million Magazine March

DGMy article as originally published in American Thinker:

As noted by Rick Moran, NBC’s David Gregory was given a “get-out-of-jail-free” card by Washington, D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan, for his display of an illegal high-capacity magazine on “Meet the Press.” It obviously pays to be a super-rich liberal.

While it’s the Second Amendment that is being trampled by the strict DC gun laws, Nathan’s reason for the free pass was due in part to “our recognition that the intent of the temporary possession and short display of the magazine was to promote the First Amendment purpose of informing an ongoing public debate about firearms policy in the United States.”

Does this mean that if a pro-Second Amendment group were to form a “Million Magazine March” on DC with the stated intent to “promote the First Amendment purpose of informing an ongoing public debate about firearms policy in the United States” that these individuals with their illegal inanimate objects would be free from prosecution?

Don’t hold your breath!


Is it Time For Word Control?

no-speechDerek Hunter at Townhall wonders if this nation is truly serious about about ending violence:

There’s an epidemic in this country, something that has or will affect all of us in our lives. And the government needs to act to protect us from those who may do us harm. This plague is particularly felt in schools. The children must be made safe.

President Obama, bravely speaking out against this horror, said, “We have an obligation to ensure that our schools are safe for all our kids.” Amen, Mr. President. Amen.

[snip]

I’m talking, of course, about the First Amendment, about words.

Every year, thousands of people, many of whom are children, are bullied by words. They’re made to feel bad for being overweight, having acne, braces, or messy hair. The list of things about which people are made to feel badly about is endless.

What’s worse is all the accidental bullying that takes place each year. People can build up a thick skin against drive-by “lard-assing” or an occasional swirly, but the accidental bullying that takes place through someone having more than you do or winning a game against you is hard to handle. These are the silent victims who don’t grab the front page of newspapers.

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Kill the Rich Says head of Teachers Union

Kill the rich Have we really moved this far to the Left?  From Thomas Lifson over at American Thinker:

In a December 2nd speech just recently made public, Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, placed mass murder on the table as a political tactic for union movement. Carefully steering clear of actually calling for violence, Ms. Lewis noted that in the past, union leaders had not shied away from advocating killing the rich. She also noted that conditions today, in her view, are reminiscent of that same era. But the time is not ready, yet.

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Bloomberg Should Demand Hand Control

no handsMy article as originally published in American Thinker:       

Following the second recent fatal subway shoving incident in NYC, this one allegedly involving a hate crime, Mayor Bloomberg was quick to throw up his hands in an effort to halt the public from jumping to any incorrect conclusions, telling them to instead focus on the “overall safety in New York.”

Ironically, it is Bloomberg who is usually quick to leap to wrong conclusions and call for the use of the heavy hand of big government to cure society’s ills. Whether he’s pushing people around with soda bans or trying to shove tougher gun restrictions upon them, his answer, like that of all statists, is to throw liberty onto the tracks in the name of security.

Why, then, should Bloomberg handle these brutal subway murders any differently? To remain consistent and put an end to this senseless slaughter by trains, Bloomberg should call for “sensible” restrictions on trains. Of course, doing so would pose a bit of a dilemma, as trains happen to fit in with the whole green agenda and as such are part of a protected class. Unlike evil guns, trains are inanimate objects incapable of any wrongdoing.

Because trains are off limits, Bloomberg would instead need to shift the blame to some other object. And since holding people responsible for their own actions is usually not an option for the left, it makes as much sense for Bloomberg to implement “reasonable” hand control measures to prevent these shoving deaths as it does to call for new gun control laws to prevent shooting deaths. After all, if these “weapons” weren’t so readily available, these train victims would still be alive today. Wouldn’t saving just one life be worth any minor inconvenience to the public?

While the left may scoff at the idea of concealed carry laws for guns, a similar law may be necessary to prevent all of this senseless hand violence. Eliminating open carry and requiring hand owners to keep their “weapons” concealed in their pockets within a hands-free-zone of at least fifty feet from any set of tracks would be a good start.

Or perhaps some sort of restrictive leash-like device that disallows an “unnecessary” range of motion in order to prevent the discharge of loaded hands (arms cocked and hands palms-forward at chest height) would be more practical?

Obviously having people voluntarily turn in their hands for the greater good of society or starting a government-sponsored hand buy-back program to get more of these dangerous “weapons” off of the streets wouldn’t be practical. This would only give rise to a “greedy” prosthetic industry.

Due to the racial element of this latest tragedy, it may also be a good time to look at reclassifying certain categories of hands as more deadly than others. Lighter-colored hands are clearly more dangerous than the darker ones and as such should be factored into any new hand control measures.

Having strict hand control in place would have helped to prevent even the latest subway incident — a perfect storm where a lethal combination of guns, trains, and hands all came together.

Mayor Bloomberg again quickly grabbed hold of the moment and, in an apparent swipe at the NRA, said: “In recent weeks, we’ve heard some people say that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. But sometimes the good guys get shot — and sometimes, they are killed.” And then he said this: “Tonight, thank God, three good guys — three New York City police officers, who acted heroically — are going to make it.”

I’ll let the reader contemplate the brilliance of Bloomberg’s statements, as it appears that the only thing that stopped this bad guy with a gun was — a good guy with a gun. One does have to ask, though: why is it okay for these plainclothes armed officers to be placed in trains and not in public schools?

But again, why blame guns when it’s clear that it’s hands that were involved in this carnage as well? These evil hands even appear to have been made for this type of destruction, as they contain what is called a trigger finger. Contrary to popular belief, these guns can’t just fire themselves, and proper hand control would put an end to these senseless tragedies.

Come to think of it, it seems as though hands are involved in nearly every brutal murder or violent act we hear about in the news, so why not demand strict hand control as a way to solve all of society’s violence problems?

Now if we could just figure out what it is that is controlling these evil hands…


Slavery Abolished 150 Years Ago

You’ve heard about this anniversary right?  MSM…..crickets…..

Kevin Jackson and Thomas Lifson remind us of this little milestone over at American Thinker:

A sesquicentennial is a really big deal! A century and a half ago, something happened that affects us today. So why was the abolition of slavery in the United States (if that isn’t a big deal, what is?) worthy of almost no attention when it marked its sesquicentennial on January first, 2013?
In the words on MLK, Jr, “Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last,” yet there were no celebrations of freedom in the black community. No PSA from Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Beyonce or any other black notables recognizing this important date when the United States Government officially declared that slavery was finished in the United States.

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Time To Reform Public Education?

school-indoctrinationSome food for thought by Daren Jonescu over at American Thinker:

If public education is allowed to survive, all efforts to resuscitate the inert husk of modern civilization will fail. It is time to unravel the most wasteful and destructive entitlement program of all. Cancer cells do not divide into healthy cells. A corrupted, power-intoxicated political class will not willingly raise a freedom-loving, self-reliant populace. Governments must no longer be allowed to pre-determine their nations´ fates, by mass producing the populace that serves their interests.

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The Dark Side of the Cliff

cliffhangerMy article as originally published in American Thinker:

All of the media hype leading up to the “fiscal cliff” deadline reminds me a bit of the doom and gloom surrounding the Y2K bug back in 1999.  I spent my final hours of the millennium at a fairly large New Years Eve party in the South Bay Area. Being a bit of a prankster, I decided to help dispel one of the Y2K myths in a simple way that was guaranteed to get peoples’ attention.  Nearly everyone was watching the TV as Dick Clark was counting down the final seconds of the twentieth century. I snuck outside and ran over to the main electrical panel and at the exact moment of Y2K, threw the main breaker shutting down power to the entire house. You could have heard a pin drop but for a few gasps.

Once the power was restored it was time to face reality — Armageddon hadn’t struck and almost all of the hype leading up to the event was just that — hype.

Similarly, if no deal is struck and we go over this so-called “fiscal cliff” we’ll wake up fully intact on 1/1/2013 but will also be faced with a new reality. Americans will realize that it wasn’t the real cliff at all, but they will still need to face the reality that paychecks will be smaller and life will get much tougher once the economy worsens as a result of ObamaCare and the new tax rate increases. But who is to blame for all of this?

After reconvening in 2013, Republicans should throw the switch and shut down power to the narratives of Obama and the Democrats by holding a press conference on Jan 8th. They should begin the presser by asking a few simple questions to really get America’s attention. Here are a few possibilities:

• Why did President Obama and Democrats hold the middle class hostage over a tax increase on the “rich” (the job creators) when, if implemented, would have only raised enough revenue to run the federal government up until today — just eight short days into the New Year?

• If Democrats were truly serious about getting the national debt under control and creating a sustainable future for Americans, what plans did they have for getting us beyond these eight days in a fiscally responsible manner if they had gotten their wish of increased tax rates on only the rich?

• What are the Democrat’s plans to deal with the fact that there still won’t be enough money to fully pay for this enormous federal government; even with the now higher tax rates on both the middle class and “rich” combined?

• It’s good to see that Democrats now agree with Republicans that the middle class tax rates should have stayed at the levels signed by Bush in 2001 and 2003, giving individuals and families more than a decade of tax relief. But why did Democrats overwhelmingly oppose those tax cuts at the time they were first implemented by George Bush and the Republicans?

• Why did President Obama claim that ObamaCare would not raise taxes on those earning less than $250,000 when this is a provable lie? Or is it just that Obama did not fully understand what he signed into law?

• Since taxing the rich at 100% would yield no where near enough revenue to pay for the current size of the federal government and because no real cuts were implemented (just reductions in the rate of growth) other than for the military (putting the country — not to mention our children — more at risk), what are the Democrat’s plans to gain control of Washington’s spending problem that will eventually send us over the real fiscal cliff — the debt cliff?

• Why should we take President Obama seriously when his last proposed budget received zero votes from the House and Senate showing that his own party doesn’t even take his proposals seriously?

• Do Democrats even understand or take seriously the enormity of our problems?

• Are you as Americans ready for another four years of fiscal pain and increased debt or are you finally ready for a Republican plan, a serious plan which uses sound economic principals that will actually allow the creation of jobs, grow the economy and finally begin to gain control over this enormous debt?

The Republicans should then post an easy to understand plan online that would provide a blueprint to prosperity. Examples of past successes using the same proven economic principals could be given. Rebuttals to Democrat talking points should be posted in a timely fashion.

Communicating to the American people in this manner should be as easy as throwing a switch, but given the Republican Party’s history of poor communication, I’m sure we’ll just be left waiting in the dark.