Monday, December 24, 2012

T'was the Day Before Christmas...

...and we were all still alive:

Only the unions could destroy the Twinkie!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Is You Serious...

This can't be real:

Ex-ATF official's gun ends up at Mexican cartel shootout that killed beauty queen

"...A FN Five-Seven semi-automatic pistol, a high powered handgun originally restricted to military and law enforcement customers, was recovered by Mexican police at the scene of a Nov. 23 shootout between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Mexican military.

Records show the gun was purchased in January 2010 by George Gillett, the former No. 2 in the ATF office in Phoenix. Gillett now works at ATF headquarters in Washington as a liaison to the federal Bureau of Prisons.

Gillett purchased the weapon at Legendary Arms, a Phoenix gun store. On the federal form 4473 used to buy the gun, Gillett used the ATF office address, 201 East Washington, and said "Apt 940." On subsequent purchase, Gillett used a commercial address, that of a strip mall.

Both actions are illegal, since ATF regulations require buyers use their residential address.

"Lying on form 4473 is a felony and can be punished by up to five years in prison in addition to fines," Sen. Charles Grassley said in a letter Wednesday to Michael Horowitz in the Office of Inspector General. "I request that you initiate an investigation into these matters and that you specifically examine whether Mr. Gillett was the purchaser as indicated by these documents, why the forms list multiple, inaccurate residential addresses while purchasing the weapons, and how the weapon purchased on January 7, 2010 ended up in Mexico."

Gillett's gun was found in Sinaloa after a gun battle that killed Mexican beauty queen Maria Susana Gamez. Gamez was reportedly fighting alongside the cartel. Police found a weapon similar to an AK-47 and some 50 bullets next to her body. Another weapon found at the crime scene was traced to a Uriel Patino, who illegally bought more than 600 guns and is a main suspect in the controversial Operation Fast and Furious run out of the Phoenix office of the ATF. 

"Why would the assistant in charge of that office be buying guns in the first place?" Grassley said in an interview with Fox News. That would raise the question of the extent to which that person might be involved in the gun trafficking that was going on and profiting from it. ... These are legitimate questions."

Gillett didn't respond to a request to comment for this story, though he has confirmed in other news interviews that he bought the gun, saying he later sold it on the Internet.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Yes, I am Pro Choice...

...I believe teachers, pilots and all free citizens should be able to choose to arm themselves, or not.

The horrible events in Tucson, AZ, Aurora, CO, and Newton, CT have something in common - mentally disturbed individuals who were not being treated correctly.  No gun law would have prevented what a strong, active family could have.  In our effort to treat people as normal, when they are not, we fail them, and there are consequences.

...I believe parents should be able to choose what schools to send their children to.

And tax dollars spent on education should follow.  To include home schoolers. When I disagree with the curricula, methods, results and general dysfunction of the school down the street, why can't I reward the BETTER school in the next neighborhood over.  Students, teachers and parents will follow the money, and the system will adapt to the will of the community, rather than the opposite.

...I believe citizens should be able to choose whether or not to purchase health insurance, and employers should be able to choose to offer health insurance.

Health insurance is not health care. Just one of the unintended consequences of the Obama mandate will be low quality, cheap insurance which qualifies under the law, is only purchased by the poor, and further lowers their quality of life.  Twenty years ago, anybody reading this part would wonder why I would even declare this (...and wonder how my words got on their computer when Al Gore was just beginning his work on creating the Internet).

...oh, and I believe life begins at conception.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Rule of Law...

They just don't get it...

"...leave the constitution out of it..."  I don't know who she is, or why they pay her to talk, but she is representative of what MANY on the left think - that we just need to make laws, that will fix things. starts in our schooling, why didn't she learn, or why hasn't she been reminded, about limited powers. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Liberty Fading...

The Fall of 2012 will mark not a turning point, but a waypoint on a journey towards...well who knows at this point.  Socialism?  No, we will never go that far.  Worse, we are destroying the best free place on  Earth, by eroding our freedoms and empowering and growing our government bit by bit, little by little, and those freedoms that have been secured over two centuries, will not be returned easily.

As it is, the young in this country live under the comfort and security of what was created and secured by previous generations, and they think it should, and can, change into something better - but by changing it, they are jeopardizing the very thing that gave them the freedom to choose something else.

Yes, we are eroding Liberty.  It has been weakened, and who knows when it will improve.  The liberties secured by our founding have been eroded at the base.  The words of the Constitution have lost their meaning.  What was a not just a symbol to the world, but a reality to be lived and seen, may not be available to future generations.

If you visit Liberty Island, you will see the LARGE portion of visitors - are from other countries.

Statue of Liberty to remain closed indefinitely due to damage on Liberty Island

NEW YORK — The Statue of Liberty survived Superstorm Sandy with every crown spike in place, but its surrounding island was so badly damaged that the National Park Service doesn’t know when the beloved tourist attraction will reopen or how much repairs will cost.
A tour of Liberty Island on Friday showed broken railings, torn-up paving stones, damaged equipment and flood-wrecked buildings....

That too.