The Problem For Gun Control Advocates Is That They Keep Promising That No Way Will Registration Lead To Confiscation Of Firearms, Even As It Does Just That.
” The problem for gun control advocates is that they keep promising that no way will registration lead to confiscation of firearms, even as it does just that. The Brady Campaign’s Dennis A. Henigan accuses the National Rifle Association of peddling “fear” for even raising the possibility. In the New York Times, Charles Blow calls such concerns “cultural paranoia.”
Yet gun owners seem to have legitimate worries. Hundreds of New York City residents are receiving, and publicizing, letters demanding the surrender, not of scary “assault weapons,” whatever arbitrary definition may locally apply to that slippery term, but of target rifles and cowboy guns. Among the forbidden items gleaned from New York City registration lists and ordered to be surrendered or removed from city limits are the bolt-action Marlin 25N, and lever-action Browning 92 and Winchester 94 rifles. Semi-automatic rifles of the plinking variety, such as the AR-7, have been targeted, too.”
” Photography Is Not A Crime is in the middle of another police department vs. citizen feud and this one, like the last, is based on dubious “crimes” and a police department’s disingenuous legal response to being slammed with phone calls as a result of its own actions.
The story starts out with a Louisiana woman (Theresa Richard) being arrested by Crowley Police Dept. officers for recording inside a police station. This was the latest in a long line of attempts by the CPD to silence and intimidate Richard after she filed a lawsuit against the department for false arrest and imprisonment stemming from an incident last year, when she (along with other members of her family) were accosted by police officers and accused of stealing a safe.
Richard’s husband and brother were confronted by cops for removing a safe from [Richard's] burned house after the fire inspector had deemed the investigation over.
The two men had wheeled the safe over on a dolly because the house was only down the street from where Richard lived.
But police arrived and accused them of stealing the safe. Richard said they also assaulted her and ordered her back inside her home. However, they ended up leaving without arresting anybody.
Richard couldn’t get anyone at her local paper to cover the lawsuit against the CPD, so she took her story to a neighboring town’s paper. Once it was published, she purchased copies to hand out, including one which she attempted to give to the Crowley police chief. That’s when things went downhill.”
Let Crowley PD know how you feel : (337)783-1234
Jon Stewart Hits Obama On Surveillance
In this Daily Show segment Jon gives a thorough recap of the lies and continuing revelations regarding the NSA wiretapping scandal including a funny bit about the World of Warcraft with Aasif Mandvi , er , Greychalk of Dunmorrow . Funny stuff .
” FATCA is a crazy law that the United States Congress has decided to impose on the entire world. It comes into force in 2014. Basically we’re building a worldwide empire subject to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This video cuts through the BS and explains the law in the simplest terms possible.
200 years from now, when people look back and wonder how the US shifted from being a source of hope to being one of history’s shitty little empires, the implementation of this law may be one of the things they point to… just watch the video to learn the truth.”
This is a great post from The Hammer Of Truth . Visit them .
” A last-minute tea party primary challenge to Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas not only sent political shockwaves through the Lone Star State but signaled that the ongoing divide in the Republican Party would continue.
Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, is aligned with the party’s hard-right faction, and his 2014 election challenge automatically puts pressure on Cornyn, who has tacked rightward for the last year since tea party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, won in 2012 as a political novice.
At the same time, another Senate Republican leader up for re-election, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, is also facing a tea party opponent, putting the Senate’s top GOP leaders in the position of dealing with intra-party challenges next year as they guide the caucus.”
We’re having a hard time deciding where we stand with this race . While Senator Cornyn has been portrayed as a “liberal” republican in the media for quite some time now and there are some votes , Patriot Act , etc. , that concern us , his overall voting record and ratings from some influential conservative organizations gives an impression of a fairly solid non-statist legacy . Is this a seat that the Tea Party , which we support whole-heartedly , should be spending large sums of time and money trying to overthrow ?
While we have no doubts as to the qualifications and integrity of Rep Stockman and support him in his efforts to reduce government we aren’t sure that now is the time to stir this pot . Thoughts anyone ?
” Thousands of riot police carried out a co-ordinated attack on barricades in Kiev during the dead of night on Wednesday – a determined and unexpected crackdown on protesters who have occupied the centre ofUkraine‘s capital for the past fortnight.
As temperatures fell to -13C (-55F) during the coldest night of the winter to date, columns of riot police closed in on Independence Square, hub of the protests that erupted after President Viktor Yanukovych pulled out of an association pact with the EU that had been due for signing at a summit in Vilnius last month. Shortly after 1am battalions of police approached the vast square from all sides and began to dismantle the makeshift barricades that have been erected in recent days.
Ukraine’s prime minister, Mykola Azarov, said later on Wednesday the operation by police was a question of clearing the roads. “No force will be applied against peaceful protesters. Do you understand this? Calm down!” he said as he opened a government meeting.
Police pulled out of the square on Wednesday morning, even as more protesters arrived. “
A road clearing operation ? Sure … once again we witness Statist violence in the name of “public safety” .
” A Staten Island woman has sued the city claiming police entered her St. George home without a warrant, beat her family and killed her beloved pet parakeet, according to court documents.
Last year, Evelyn Lugo’s bird, Tito, was thrown from his cage after it was knocked off a dresser as cops came into her Corson Avenue home, the Daily News first reported.
The officers then stepped on the bird intentionally, killing it, court documents say.”
First dogs , now parakeets . The family pets have as much to fear from the police state as the human inhabitants .
Ukraine: Troops Re-Group En Mass Across Kiev
Published on Dec 11, 2013
” Police forces across Kiev pulled back from Independence Square and City Hall Wednesday after unsuccessfully attempting to clear the square and evict occupiers of the hall.
Police forces have been clearing areas of demonstrators over night, including a slow and gradual push to remove camps, barricades and crowds from Independence Square.”
” This is a rush transcript from “The Kelly File,” December 9, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
MEGYN KELLY, HOST: We are seeing new reports tonight about another possible consequence of the health care overhaul. While media outlets continue to dig into the issue of losing your plan or losing your doctor — you can see this cover here on the Cincinnati Enquirer — we are now hearing that you may also be losing your prescription drug coverage, or at least find to get much more expensive.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb is a practicing physician and former senior policy adviser to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Doctor, good to see you again. And so, why is this a concern about possibly loosing or seeing a sharp uptick in the costs under your prescription drug coverage?
DR. SCOTT GOTTLIEB, PRACTICING PHYSICIAN: Well, there are two issues. One is the co-pays on the drugs are very high. So, on average there is about 40 percent you’re going to have to pay on branded drugs compared to about 25 percent in the private sector.
But the bigger issue is that the formula, the list of drugs or the plans cover in many cases aren’t very long. And if the drugs aren’t covered, then you’re on your own. You basically have to pay for it entirely out of pocket. And the money that you spend on those drugs doesn’t count against your out of pocket limits and it won’t count against your deductible. This could cost patients with special conditions, patients who need special drugs a lot of money. Literally tens of thousands of dollars a year.”
Watch the whole thing . The covered prescription drug list included under Obamacare is not the same as it used to be and so many , many people are in for a shock when it comes to the drug payment coverage .
” Close to 100 legislators from 32 states met in Mount Vernon, Va., Saturday to discuss the possibility of adding amendments to the U.S. Constitution through a convention of the states.
Such a convention, as outlined in article five of the Constitution, would allow state legislatures to vote on amendments to add.
No constitutional amendment has been added this way, but some say the Constitution specifically allows for states to use the convention as a means to push back against the federal government.
Two-thirds of the state legislatures, or 34, must approve an application for a convention to occur, according to the Constitution’s article five. State legislatures would then send delegates to the convention, each state getting one vote on proposed amendments. For an amendment to pass and become a part of the Constitution, it would have to be approved by three-fourths, or 38, of the state legislatures.”
You can read much more about the gathering at Red Millennial and here the CoS Facebook page and here is a link to the Convention Of States Project website whose stated goal is :
” The COS Project seeks to urge and empower state legislators to call a convention of states. The delegates at such a convention would have the power to propose amendments to the Constitution that would curb the abuses of the federal government. Article V of the Constitution gives them this power; the COS Project will give them an avenue through which they can use it. “
If curbing the abuses of the federal Leviathan is the goal of the CoS then you can count us in , assuming of course that this isn’t going to be yet another example of governmental “unintended consequences” . On thing we can say about the Convention is that in doing some research into this post we have discovered that the Daily Kos considers it a threat and that the effort has been greatly inspired by both Mark Levin and Glenn Beck .
That right there is a huge check in the plus column so perhaps this idea has merit . It certainly indicates that we need to be paying more attention to this whole concept .
We would very much like to publicize the states and representatives that were in attendance this past weekend at Mt Vernon but could not find such information anywhere in our searches . If a reader knows of such information we would be eternally grateful for a link .
” Parents often try to motivate their children with rewards, from stickers to ice cream to toys. Thousands of books and websites offer suggestions for how to get kids to do homework or clean up their rooms. But is it a mayor’s job to motivate you to drink less soda? Is it government’s job to urge you to sign up for health care by way of schools stealthily sending messages home through your children? Should bureaucrats find ways to change your mind about which washing machine you buy?
Whether you realize it or not, this so-called “nudging” of consumer choice, at the hand of government, is underway: Earlier this year, the White House revealed that it is establishing a task force dedicated to studying how to motivate you—just as parents do—to do what the government thinks is best for you. Maya Shankar, a senior adviser in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy who is assembling the team, recently told the New York Times the task force will use “evidence-based policymaking” so that “government services are efficient, effective, and serve the needs of the American people.” To be clear, Congress did not pass legislation authorizing such activity; this is something dreamt up by bureaucracies to force their own preferences on citizens, whether by combatting obesity or discouraging procrastination when it comes to saving for retirement. “
Below is the entire document about the “Nudge” group and their mission to alter our behavior patterns , which in reality is just another word for indoctrination .
Overview:A growing body of evidence suggests that insights from the social and behavioral sciences can be used to help design public policies that work better, cost less, and help people to achieve their goals. The practice of using behavioral insights to inform policy has seen success overseas. In 2010, UK PrimeMinister David Cameron commissioned the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), which through a process of rapid, iterative experimentation (“Test, Learn, Adapt”), has successfully identified and tested interventions that will further advance priorities of the British government, while saving the government at least £1 billion within the next five years (see previous Annual Reports 2010-11 and 2011-12).The federal government is currently creating a new team that will help build federal capacity to experiment with these approaches, and to scale behavioral interventions that have been rigorously evaluated, using, where possible, randomized controlled trials. The team will be staffed by 4-5 experts in behavioral science and experimental design and evaluation. It is likely that selected individuals will serve on a temporary detail under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act before returning to their home organization, which can be a university, non-profit, or state and local government. Our preference is for individuals who are willing to serve full time but we will also consider people who are only in a position to serve part-time. Moreover, several agencies are looking to recruit expert academics to sit directly within their agencies and to help inspire, design, and execute on specific policy projects, and so it is possible to serve in this capacity as well.If you are aware of individuals with strong analytic skills, experience designing, testing, and evaluating rigorous randomized control trials, and a strong research background in fields such as social psychology, cognitive psychology, or behavioral economics, please encourage them send a CV and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org, which will be sent to the relevant parties for consideration.Job Responsibilities for Central Team:Build Capacity: Work with a broad range of federal agencies to identify new program areas that could benefit from the application of behavioral insights.Help to design, implement, and test the relevant interventions using rigorous experimental methods.Enhance Capacity: Provide conceptual and technical support to agencies with specific behavioral insights efforts already underway.Convene: Lead a multi-agency “community of practice” to identify and share promising practices and common challenges.Create and Provide Resources: Generate tutorials and other “how to” documents to help accelerate these efforts within agencies. Manage online library of relevant documents and media.Help inspire new ideas: Work with external partners to identify research findings that can inform policy and practice.We are already working with over a dozen federal departments and agencies on newly-designed behavioral insights projects, including the Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education, Veterans Administration, Department of Treasury, Social SecurityAdministration, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the United States Department ofAgriculture.Below are some examples of U.S. and international policy initiatives that have benefited from the implementation of behavioral insights:Increasing college enrollment and retention: Providing streamlined personal assistance on theFAFSA form (e.g., pre-populating forms using tax return data and following up with a personal call)to low or moderate income individuals resulted in a 29% greater likelihood of their attending college for two consecutive years.
Getting people back to work: Asking unemployed individuals to create a concrete plan for immediate implementation regarding how, when, and where they would pursue reemployment efforts led to a15-20% decrease in their likelihood of claiming unemployment benefits just 13 weeks later.Improving academic performance: Students taught to view their intelligence as a “muscle” that can grow with hard work and perseverance (as compared to a “fixed trait”, such as eye-color) experienced academic boosts of ½ a letter grade, with the largest effects often seen for low-performing students,students of color, or females in STEM-related courses.Increasing retirement savings: The Save More Tomorrow program 1) invites employees to pledge now to increase their savings rate later, since self-control is easier to exert for future events; 2) links planned increases in the savings rate to pay raises, in order to diminish loss aversion; and 3) leverages the power of inertia by keeping members enrolled until they reach a preset limit or elect to opt.Adoption of these auto-escalation plans has boosted annual savings by an estimated $7.4 billion.Increasing adoption of energy efficient measures: Offering an attic-clearance service (at full cost) to people led to a five-fold increase in their subsequent adoption of attic-insulation. Interestingly,providing additional government subsidies on attic insulation services had no such effect.Increasing tax compliance: Sending letters to late taxpayers that indicated a social norm –i.e., that “9 out of 10 people in Britain paid their taxes on time” – resulted in a 15 percent increase in response rates over a three-month period, rolling out to £30 million of extra annual revenue.”
Now where have we seen governments attempting to control their “subjects” behavioral patterns ? Oh yes , that is standard operating procedure for all totalitarian states throughout history whether it be the Nazis , Soviet Union , Red China , Cuba , North Korea , you name the dictatorship and chances are that they were/are heavily invested in “behavioral modification” of their citizens .
The whole concept of the State using it’s power to coerce in order to force people to behave in a certain way is about as un-American as any idea we have heard . It is particularly fitting that it originates with the most Statist regime ever to be “elected” in this country .
Left unsaid throughout these discussions is what will be done to those that refuse to “modify their behavior” . Re-education camps is the way all of the other regimes have dealt the recalcitrant peons that refused to submit . Gulags perhaps ? Before you say “It can’t happen here” be aware that preparations are already under way .
In the final analysis it comes down to conformity which is or at least , always has been , anathema to the American spirit .
” Volunteer fire departments all across the U.S. could find themselves out of money and unable to operate unless Congress or the Obama Administration exempts them from the Affordable Care Act.
‘ I thought the kinks were worked out of Obamacare at the first of the month, Central Florida volunteer firefighter Carl Fabrizi told Sunshine State News. ’Man, oh, man, this could potentially destroy some real good companies in Florida.’
The U.S. Department of Labor takes the term ‘volunteer’ literally, but the IRS says volunteer firefighters are technically employees if they’re on the job more than 30 hours per week, making them subject to Obamacare’s employee-mandate rules.
Since the Obamacare law doesn’t specifically carve out an exemption for them, fire departments where 50 or more people work – either as volunteers or real employees – are expected to provide health insurance for every one of them.
In towns with more than one volunteer fire department, all the staffers will likely be lumped together for tax purposes, pushing many above the 50-worker threshold.
That could cost department of life-savers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Those that dump their volunteers into the federal insurance exchanges would still have to pay an annual $2,000 fine for each ‘employee’ after the first 30.”
The law of unintended consequences is the only consistent expectation one should have of any State policy . Due to the pols desire to always be passing some law or other and being seen as doing something no law is ever well thought out enough that it doesn’t end up generating more problems than it solves .
” Nationally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reports that volunteer fire departments make up 71 per cent of America’s 1 million firehouses. Another 16 per cent are ‘mostly volunteer…’ “
” Fox Business Network has announced that former MTV VJ Kennedy (full name Lisa Kennedy Montgomery) will host a new primetime show beginning next Monday, Dec. 9th.
The show, called The Independents, will air Monday through Wednesday and Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET, featuring a roundtable discussion on news-of-the-day with an emphasis on economic and civil liberties, in keeping with the host’s libertarian beliefs.
Kennedy will be joined by two co-hosts: Reason magazine editor-in-chief Matt Welch and America’s Future Foundation’s Kmele Foster. The show will also feature a rotating panel of experts.”
” Ukrainian authorities closed in on protesters in Kiev and raided the offices of a leading opposition party on Monday, in their first tentative attempt to exert control over the city centre which has been occupied by anti-government protesters for a week.
Riot police removed barricades around a key government building and stood face to face with lines of protesters as temperatures dropped and a blizzard swirled through Kiev. As of early evening there had been no attempt to regain control of Independence Square or the city hall, but police edged their lines closer during the day.”
Activists from Fatherland, the political party of the jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, said their offices had been stormed by armed men. Ostap Semerak, an MP, told the Guardian that heavily armed operatives from the SBU secret services arrived at the party headquarters and entered through the windows “like pirates or terrorists”, before taking away computer servers.”
Remind you of anyone ?
” This is a building where several MPs have their offices and the act was completely illegal,” he said. “If there was a court order then they should have shown it, but this kind of behaviour is outrageous.”
A week of protests against President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision not to sign an integration pact with the EU culminated in the biggest demonstration since the 2004 Orange Revolution on Sunday when hundreds of thousands of people flooded central Kiev. Protesters toppled a statue of Lenin and attacked it with hammers.”
” The California health exchange says it’s been giving the names of tens of thousands of consumers to insurance agents without their permission or knowledge in an effort to hit deadlines for coverage.
The consumers in question had gone online to research insurance options but didn’t ask to be contacted, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday .
Officials with Covered California, the exchange set up in response to the federal health law, said they began providing names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses if available this week in a pilot program. They said they thought it would help people meet a Dec. 23 deadline to have health insurance in place by Jan. 1.
The state doesn’t know exactly how many people are affected by the information sharing. Social Security numbers, income and other information were not provided to the agents, exchange officials said. “
” If you thought the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) couldn’t stoop any lower, you’d be wrong. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the agency responsible for setting off the events that led to Waco and were at the center of the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal are using mentally disabled teenagers to advertise businesses that are actually fronts for ATF sting operations.
Earlier this year, when the Journal Sentinel reported on an ATF sting operation in Milwaukee involving a “low IQ” informant, authorities wrote it off as an isolated act of rogue agents. The Journal Sentinel documents at least half-a-dozen stings from around the country that use the same “rogue” tactics of creating fake storefronts and using low IQ people to set stings in cities such as Pensacola, Florida, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Wichita, Kansas.”
How convenient … everything wrong with State actions is attributed to the actions of “a few rogue agents” when in reality we are being oppressed by a rogue government . What sort of moral depravity encourages the “authorities” to enlist the mentally impaired as their stooges ? Fast & Furious was blamed on a few rogue agents as is the IRS/Tea Party scandal , the Secret Service hooker scandal .
Every time there is a scandal in the Obama administration it is blamed on “a few rogue agents” . Apparently in this White House the buck stops , oh I don’t know , oh yeah , over there . There is no assumption of responsibility at all in Obamaworld … everything is someone else’s fault . If this is the best kind of leadership and oversight we can expect from Dear Leader and his merry band of Chicago thugs we’d be better off without any president at all .
Rutherford Institute Defends 10-Year-Old Suspended For Shooting Imaginary Arrow, Threatened with Expulsion Under Weapons Policy
” The Rutherford Institute has come to the defense of a 10-year-old boy who was suspended under a school zero tolerance policy for shooting an imaginary “arrow” at a fellow classmate, using nothing more than his hands and his imagination. Johnny Jones, a fifth grader at South Eastern Middle School, was suspended for a day and threatened with expulsion under the school’s weapons policy after playfully using his hands to draw the bowstrings on a pretend “bow” and “shoot” an arrow at a classmate who had held his folder like an imaginary gun and “shot” at Johnny. In coming to Jones’ defense, Rutherford Institute attorneys have asked Rona Kaufmann, Superintendent of the South Eastern School District in Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania, to rescind the suspension and remove all references to the incident from Jones’ permanent school record.
“ The Rutherford Institute has been called on to intervene in hundreds of cases like this involving young people who were suspended, expelled, and even arrested for violating school zero tolerance policies that criminalize childish behavior and punish all offenses severely, no matter how minor or non-threatening the so-called infraction may have been,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State. “We all want to keep the schools safe, but I’d far prefer to see something credible done about actual threats, rather than this ongoing, senseless targeting of imaginary horseplay.” “
This insanity must be stopped . Our children are being taught to be unthinking automatons by the very system that is supposed to foster imagination and creativity . If you are as offended by the “zero tolerance” as we are perhaps you would like to help the Rutherford Institute in it’s invaluable efforts to restore our liberties .
” A man who made a joke about Nelson Mandela was arrested and locked up for eight hours by police.
Neil Philips, from Staffordshire, landed in trouble for cracking tasteless gags online. They included ‘My PC takes so long to shut down I’ve decided to call it Nelson Mandela’ and also ‘free Mandela – switch the power off.’
The sandwich shop owner was seized after a local Liberal Democrat councillor informed police. They seized his computer and his DNA was taken.
Philips, who used to be a member of the British National Party, said: “It was an awful experience. It was a couple of jokes, Bernard Manning type. “