Thursday, June 12, 2014

Jumping the line

We had lunch today at a trendy new Mexican food place near our home.  Very good food and attentive service. 

While eating we had the chance to have a friendly chat with the 19-year old counter girl, who is from Chihuahua, Mexico.  She freely admitted in her excellent English that she's in the country on a tourist visa and is looking forward to studying at a local college in the fall.

Two things are very wrong with this situation, though - visitors on tourist visas are barred from enrolling in higher education institutions, and they are expressly forbidden to work while in this country.  This otherwise charming person is doing both, most likely with a fraudulent or stolen Social Security number. 

A significant percentage of illegal immigrants to this country don't arrive by trekking through the desert or wading across a river.  They simply arrive on a tourist visa and never leave.  This person is one of them, and she is knowingly breaking several of our laws in the process. 

Immigration reform activists, why should this person get to stay when so many others around the world wait their turn and come here legally?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Why I Carry a Handgun for Protection, Vol. 65

Because an acquaintance of mine, a very kind and gentle fellow named Kevin Ore, was murdered late Tuesday night a scant one block from our home.  We suspect, based on what we know of Kevin and of our neighborhood, that it was a random mugging gone wrong.

You alone are responsible for your safety.  Plan accordingly.

RIP, Kevin, and thanks for the excellent service and fun conversations on many a Saturday evening.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The TSA can't even illegally profile correctly

The TSA unlawfully detains a Hindu man for over 4 hours at JFK airport after which, even after being cleared for travel, JetBlue Airlines refuses to let him board his flight.  Read his entire account of the incident for full effect.

During his detainment the man was asked such questions as how religious he was, how many times a day he prays and whether or not he would consent to following instructions from a female flight attendant.  Remember, the man is Hindu, not Muslim. 

Bonus:  The man returns to his New York apartment to find that it had apparently been tossed without a warrant.

Feel safer yet?

The government agrees - guns save lives

The Messiah's own executively-ordered CDC study on gun violence proves that the incidence of lawful defensive gun uses by Americans at the very least equals the incidence of gun crimes committed by criminals, and most likely exceeds it:

"Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year (Kleck, 2001a)."  (Emphasis ours)

There you go.  Scientific proof that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens for self-protection equals or betters the rate of their being used in crimes.  Where, then, is the urgent need to further restrict their availability to those who responsibly use them?

Not that the general media reported this, as they pretty much are only in favor of scientific evidence when it helps advance their agenda, which of course is not how science works.  If they had paid attention in high school they would have remembered that fact.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Why I Carry a Handgun for Protection, Vol. 63

So that if we happen to be attacked by a pack of at least 15 stray dogs in broad daylight, as a 52-year-old lady was in Houston on Monday morning, we will have at least a fighting chance of defending ourselves.

Maria Arcos, in addition to being severely mauled, suffered a heart attack during the incident and it is unclear right now whether she is going to survive.

Once again, anti-gun activists, situations such as this one are exactly why normal-capacity magazines of 15 to 17 rounds in handguns, or more in rifles, can make all the difference in the outcome of a crisis. Why should a law-abiding citizen have to suffer grievous wounds from multiple attackers because their firearm was artificially limited to 10 rounds or fewer?

By the way, Houston residents, according to the story animal control has only managed to capture 5 of the dogs so far, which means at least 10 feral canines are still out there roaming your city's streets.  Prepare accordingly.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Why I Carry a Handgun for Protection, Vol. 62

Because in the city in which we reside the supposed good guys can sometimes actually turn out to be the bad guys.

Detectives with the Arizona Department of Public Safety have concluded that not only did some law-enforcement officer members of the wannabe biker gang motorcycle club the Iron Brotherhood assault a 23-year-old man in a Prescott bar last December 22, breaking his nose among other injuries, the heroic first responders then told massive whoppers about exactly what happened:

"The DPS report notes that numerous members of the club made statements that were contradicted by videotape, other evidence and civilian witnesses."

The victim's transgression?  He asked the club's president some questions about the patches on his vest.  This apparently angered sergeant-at-arms and Phoenix "officer" Eric "Guido" Amato, who then decided to administer a little attitude adjustment.

Naturally, once other cops showed up to investigate the incident the blue wall of silence immediately went up, as found out by a parallel investigation:

"A separate administrative review conducted by a Coconino County sheriff’s commander and released Thursday by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office concluded that at least two Yavapai County sheriff’s deputies — [William] Suttle and Capt. Marc Schmidt — hindered investigators by lying and withholding information."

Open and shut, right?  Nope.  DPS, despite their findings, has declined to recommend criminal charges against any of the goons but instead merely identified some "potential criminal allegations" against several members of the club including assault, disorderly conduct, obstruction and false reporting. 

"Officer" Amato is under a separate internal affairs probe by the Phoenix PD but unbelievably is still out on the street in the South Mountain Precinct as a, get this, "Community Action Officer" (no doubt serving and protecting by educating the citizens about such serious threats as criminal motorcycle gang members). 

Two of the cops at least had the integrity to resign their positions, according to the story, but all of them remain uncharged and unsanctioned to date, almost five months later.

If any other biker gang had engaged in this conduct they would have been long ago jailed and criminally charged.  We already know the answer but we'll ask the question anyway - what's taking so long in this case?

"The Iron Brotherhood claims on its website to be a fraternity of motorcycle-riding law officers who do not associate with criminals."

Not exactly true, because at least some of them apparently are criminals.

We reserve our right to protect ourselves against an unprovoked criminal assault from anyone, whether they wear a badge for a living or not.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hush, child. Your bottle is warming

A quick response to the Messiah's pathetic mewling in the Rose Garden earlier today:

"By now, it’s well known that 90 percent of the American people support universal background checks"

Says who?  Please cite where you discovered such magical fairy-dusted numbers, sir.  If anywhere close to 90 percent had truly supported that legislation it would have passed in a slam-dunk.  It didn't, of course, which leads us to conclude that you in fact are the one stretching the truth here.

"We’re talking about convicted felons, people convicted of domestic violence, people with a severe mental illness"

Persons who are already prohibited from buying a firearm from anyone anywhere at any time.  So you're proposing to make it doubly or triply illegal? 

"But instead of supporting this compromise, the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill. They claimed that it would create some sort of “big brother” gun registry, even though the bill did the opposite."

Universal background checks by definition would create a de facto gun registry that no doubt would be used to locate and attempt to confiscate firearms at some future date.  As to the ban on creating an official registry, it's true that one was in the legislation, but the one word "notwithstanding" in the bill basically negates the language and allows the Attorney General to do just that.

"There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn’t do this."

There were many, sir.  You just dismissed them as you do any viewpoints that differ from your collectivist worldview.

"But if action by Congress could have saved one person, one child"

So we take it you're in favor of any action that saves lives, up to and including waterboarding, then?

"I’ve heard folks say that having the families of victims lobby for this legislation was somehow misplaced. "A prop," somebody called them. “Emotional blackmail,” some outlet said. Are they serious?"

Yes indeed.  The same people you've been carting around on Air Force One, parading up in the Senate gallery and pimping out on sycophantic news programs?  This is a textbook definition of employing the transfer technique, and you should be ashamed of yourself for dancing in their children's blood to advance your political agenda.

"And I see this as just round one"

Bring it on.