Guns save lives, and here’s a prime example. A driver in Detroit accidentally struck a young boy, and was attacked by an angry mob when he stopped to tend to the lad. One woman saved his life, and she used her lawfully carried handgun to do it.
As many as 10 – 12 people are believed to have participated in the beating while dozens of others stood by and watched – saying nothing, doing nothing.
Deborah Hughes lives across the street. The retired nurse may have saved the life of that driver, Steve Utash. She broke up the angry mob that was beating him.
I’ve been saying for years that guns are a great equalizer. A 6′ 2″ – 300-lb thug doesn’t stand much of a chance against even the smallest victim if they are ready, willing, and able to use a gun for their personal protection.
Ever since Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder renamed Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, I have detested corporate naming rights. When the Chicken Filet people stripped the ‘Peach’ out of the Peach Bowl, I started calling it the Chicken Bowl.
Now thanks to the upcoming playoff system they’re required to put the ‘Peach’ back in the Bowl. Yeah baby!
John Fund takes note that a lot of three letter executive branch government agencies seem to be forming their own armies. The Bureau of Land Management standoff in Nevada was nothing new.
Dozens of federal agencies now have Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to further an expanding definition of their missions. It’s not controversial that the Secret Service and the Bureau of Prisons have them. But what about the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service? All of these have their own SWAT units and are part of a worrying trend towards the militarization of federal agencies — not to mention local police forces.
I first became aware of this trend back in the 1990s when the IRS raided one of my old watering holes, The Jewish Mother restaurants in Virginia Beach. A disgruntled former employee made some extravagant claims to the FBI. Not getting any traction, she took her case to the IRS:
Mr. Colaprete said his problems began when he fired a bookkeeper, who had a criminal record, for stealing and she told the I.R.S. “a fantastic tale of money laundering, gunrunning and drug dealing by my partner and me.” He said agents were told that he had cocaine “stacked like cord wood.” Mr. Colaprete said the stories were untrue and a cursory inquiry would have shown that.
The IRS took the bait and raided and shut down his two restaurants; rousted his family from their beds (and one from the shower); and seized computers and records. Eventually everything was returned with no charges filed (and no apologies). There were some congressional hearings, and the IRS got a slap on the wrist, but it’s obvious that the trend has continued.
Fund has similar examples from seemingly innocuous agencies:
Take the case of Kenneth Wright of Stockton, Calif., who was “visited” by a SWAT team from the U.S. Department of Education in June 2011. Agents battered down the door of his home at 6 a.m., dragged him outside in his boxer shorts, and handcuffed him as they put his three children (ages 3, 7, and 11) in a police car for two hours while they searched his home. The raid was allegedly intended to uncover information on Wright’s estranged wife, Michelle, who hadn’t been living with him and was suspected of college financial-aid fraud.
The year before the raid on Wright, a SWAT team from the Food and Drug Administration raided the farm of Dan Allgyer of Lancaster, Pa. His crime was shipping unpasteurized milk across state lines to a cooperative of young women with children in Washington, D.C., called Grass Fed on the Hill. Raw milk can be sold in Pennsylvania, but it is illegal to transport it across state lines. The raid forced Allgyer to close down his business.
It’s time the Posse Comitatus Act was expanded.
Billionaire liberal gun grabber Michael “Nanny” Bloomberg has said he plans to spend $50 million this election cycle to elect gun grabbing liberals to nationwide offices. If you’ll agree to ban guns, Mike’s got some cash for you! Nevermind that he never goes anywhere without a gang of overbearing armed security guards.
Normally I wouldn’t be worried too much, but I’m worried that he might be starting to gain traction. According to a recent poll, a majority of people support universal gun registration. Of course there is no mention of methodology. I seriously doubt the questions pointed out the simple fact that history has shown that gun registration often leads to gun confiscation.
I also doubt that the poll questions are framed around one of the least talked about limitations of gun registration. It’s wording would need to be something like this: “While courts have held that criminals cannot be required to register their guns due to fifth amendment protections against self incrimination, do you support compulsory gun registration for non-criminals?”
That’s right, criminals cannot be forced to register their guns if doing so would result in self-incrimination. Thus by definition the only ones that can be forced to register their guns are law abiding citizens. For some reason this little tidbit never makes it into the liberal propaganda.
Greta Van Susteren takes it to Virginia Democrat Mike Dickinson after he declared war on Fox News, the Tea Party, and the NRA. Dickinson thought he could get away with simply reciting liberal talking points, but Greta turned the tables and called him out for the hypocrite that he is.
Mike Dickinson, Democrat from Virginia, had just finished saying that Fox News, the Tea Party, and the NRA are full of lies and misrepresentations when Greta jumped on him.
“That’s really bad to portray yourself not as who you are, right?” Van Susteren began, knowing exactly where she was going. She then read a letter Dickinson sent to a Virginia newspaper in which he falsely claimed to be the CEO of Mid-Atlantic Show Clubs, a cluster of strip clubs.
“I consulted for them, I did,” Dickinson said in his defense.
“It says CEO of Mid-Atlantic. Were you the CEO?” Van Susteren pressed.
“You got me there,” Dickinson admitted, looking embarrassed.
“It was a lie — a little bit of a lie, right?” the host said.
You’ve got to see the video to believe it.
A New Zealand pizza parlor that serves rabbit pizza is causing a stir among the PETA types. Not only are they serving up cute and fuzzy bunnies on the menu, but their billboard leaves little to the imagination.
Yes, those are real rabbit pelts tacked to the billboard. The publicity stunt seems to have worked as they are getting all sorts of exposure (though mostly negative). Then again their customers seem to realize that rabbits are mostly a nuisance species, and that rabbit pelts are a natural byproduct of rabbits (as leather would be to a steak restaurant).
It’s that time of year for tax statistics. The top 13% of taxpayers pay almost 72% of the taxes.
In 2011, the IRS collected $1,088,559,743,000 based on taxpayers’ taxable income. From that total, 71.6%, or $779,547,834,000 came from those taxpayers earning six figures or more. Only 28.4%, or $308,816,180,000, came from those earning less than $100,000.
Retiring Congressman Jim Moran, D-VA, says that legislators are underpaid. They simply can’t make ends meet earning a mere $174,000 a year plus benefits. Of course, in the old days being a U.S. lawmaker was not a full time 30-year career.
Moran, who represents Northern Virginia right outside D.C., complains that congressmen have to maintain two residences (one in D.C. and one back home).
“I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran told Roll Call.
“I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.
“Moran says some members live out of their offices to save money and others have little apartment units…”Our pay has been frozen for three years and we’re planning on freezing it a fourth year,” he told Roll Call.
As little as they apparently make, it’s amazing how some congressmen manage to make millions on the side whilst in office.
And of course no mention of Virginia Democrat Rep. James “Blame the J-E-W-S” Moran would be complete without mentioning this oldie but goodie from Marc Fisher of the Washington Post:
Challenging Moran should be the easiest job in America. After all, this is the congressman who — you’ll need a deep breath to make it to the end of this sentence — grabbed an 8-year-old boy in a parking lot because Moran thought the kid had threatened him; borrowed $25,000 from a drug company lobbyist five days before agreeing to co-sponsor a bill that would help that lobbyist’s client; took a $447,000 loan from a credit company four days before signing on to legislation that the company was pushing; got into a shoving match on the House floor with one colleague; threatened to punch another congressman in the nose; and just last year told an audience that there’d be no war against Iraq without the support of the Jewish community. Whew.
He won’t be missed.
Okay, so I broke down and migrated the site from Movable Type to WordPress. It was a timely but straightforward process that involved upgrading to Movable Type 5 to get a proper export file (then downgrading back to 3.x), then importing and migrating to WordPress. MT was good while it lasted, but it was a product of it’s time. I remember when WP first came out. I had wanted to migrate then, but the migration path was non-existent at the time, and pretty much would have required starting over from scratch.
I think I’ve worked out most of the template bugs, but there may still be a few lurking around. I hope to upgrade the design soon so that it doesn’t look so dated. (I at least want to get it up to today’s wider monitor standards.) I suck at graphics tho, so we’ll see how it goes.
Known issues include the e-mail form not working (since removed), and dead links o’ plenty in the blogroll. Other than that, I hope everything is working pretty well. Oh and legacy permalinks take you back to the static Movable Type pages so there are subtle differences if you hit a legacy page.
For now, here’s WordPress. If you find any other bugs, please let me know in the comments.
Years ago the wizards of smart decided that the 100 year old name “Red River Shootout” for the college football game between Oklahoma and Texas sounded too violent. They neutered it and began referring to the game as “Red River Rivalry” (which sounds totally gay). Next year they are retiring their new name and taking a step back toward condoning wonton violence by calling it the Red River Showdown.
Oooo… what’s the world coming to?