Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mission creep

Six carloads of jackbooted "Homeland Security" officers showed up at a couple's house in Statesville, North Carolina the other day, in a massive show of force.

The alleged violation that precipitated the overwhelming response?  The couple had purchased a 25-year-old Land Rover on eBay that the Feds believe violates EPA emissions standards. 

The buyers apparently believed an exemption applied because of the the vehicle's age and historic status.  Boy, were they ever disabused of that notion in a hurry. 

What minor administrative violation is going to send the goons over to your house?

Monday, July 28, 2014

It's long past time to impose some restraint

President Obama is apparently going to unilaterally decide (despite repeatedly stating in public that he has absolutely no authority to do so) to allow as many as 5 MILLION illegal immigrants who snuck into the country or overstayed their visas to stay indefinitely with work authorization.  His apparent main excuse this time - anchor babies:

"One option would allow immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens to apply for temporary legal status which would let them work legally in the U.S. Because children born in the country automatically receive U.S. citizenship, that option could affect about 5 million people, researchers estimate.
A second option would be to allow temporary legal status for the parents of young people already granted deportation deferrals by the Obama administration. That would affect a smaller, but still sizable, number of people."

This course of action will, of course, only encourage untold thousands of people in Mexico and Central America to redouble their efforts to get here by any means necessary in order to partake in this latest amnesty, whether they qualify for it or not.  We've already seen what's happened in the last two years just from the Lightbringer's unlawful implementation of the DACA program.

It's time to once again melt down Congress's phone lines and remind them of their duty to impose "checks and balances", especially on a rogue administration that likes to make up its own laws on such issues as health care, immigration and gun control.

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.