Pleading the 2nd

On October 1st another mass shooting occurred.  Just recently another occurred.  In the near future another will certainly occur.

Mass shooting  of theses types are all criminal acts, perpetrated by criminals, and using guns illegally.   It doesn’t matter how or where the guns came from, nor whether they were stolen, purchased illegally, or even legally.  Using guns in for mass shootings is illegal.

Is there nothing that we can do?  Well given the situation, most people targeted by the shooter were either critically injured or died.  I guess that’s what you do in a “gun free zone.”  You could also attempt to take out the shooter like unarmed Army Veteran Chris Mintz did.  I’d like to think that his heroic actions saved at least a few people by slowing the shooters actions, but ultimately it is very unlikely that an unarmed person will be able to take out a person with a gun.  So without a gun, what we do is get shot.

The 2nd amendment to our US Constitution assures us that we have the right to both keep and bear arms.  To keep means to own,  and to bear means to carry.   The 2nd Amendment means that citizens not only have the right to own guns and they have the right to carry them around with them.  The 2nd amendment was not included to assure that criminals will have access to guns, it is there to make sure that non-criminals will have access to guns to defend themselves. This was reaffirmed as recently as 2008 by the US Supreme Court,

On June 26, 2008, in District of Columbia v. Heller, the United States Supreme Court issued its first decision since 1939 interpreting the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.  The Court ruled that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution confers an individual right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes such as self-defense

Unfortunately, in last week’s shooting, just like many recent shootings, the rights of people to bear arms in their own defense had sadly been infringed upon.  More sadly their rights were infringed upon by our own government.

The Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994 requires each state receiving federal funds to have a state law in effect requiring local educational agencies to expel, for at least one year, any student who is determined to have brought a weapon to school.

In addition, schools are directed to develop policies requiring referral to the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system for any student who brings a firearm or weapon to school.

And in the case of this latest shooting, someone at the local level made the decision to infringe upon people right to use a gun in self defense.

Under state law, people in Oregon could carry concealed firearms on college campuses like the one where a gunman killed nine people and wounded several others on Thursday. However, Umpqua Community College has been established as a gun-free zone thanks to a loophole in state law that has made every third-level institution in the state almost entirely gun-free.

Would the outcome have been the same if Umpqua Community College were not a gun free zone?  Well it’s possible that the shooter would have chosen not to bring his evil into the college knowing that he’d have likely been shot without ever getting his sick 15 minutes of fame.  It’s possible that a US Army veteran, trained in the use of guns, would have quickly taken out the shooter and not had to rush unarmed at the shooter.  It’s also likely that in a college of that size several people would have chosen to carry guns onto campus, making it very likely that several of the victims would alive today, not dead.

But there were no guns on campus, except those of the crazy shooter, because our government prohibited them.  Not only prohibited, but essentially paid the schools to take away a peoples right to use a gun to defend themselves and others while on campus.   Sounds like a good old fashioned gangsta threat, “yous guys betta do what I says or else…or else you’re gonna lose funding.”

And for the things keep getting worser and worser crowd, while the critically injured victims are still being treated, and the dead are being buried, our President is siding with the criminals by calling for more infringements on our right to keep and bear arms in our own defense.

The residents were barely given time to begin the grieving process when President Obama decided to openly politicize the event in an effort to push his anti-Second Amendment agenda. In July, Obama lamented that he was not able to do more about gun control stating America, “is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient common-sense, gun safety laws.”

And apparently he is also lamenting that he is “powerless to prevent another tragedy.”

WTH Mr. President?  Powerless?

Mr. President, the power to fight back against these tragedies lies in the US Constitution, the same Constitution that you are sworn to uphold.  Do your job.  The power is our right to keep and bear arms.

2012 Election Reflection

I never thought of this election as the game changer that it is so often referred to as on the radio.  With a constitution, two houses in congress, a judicial system etc, any single presidential election won’t really rise to the level of game changing.  Rather, our elections display super tanker like agility where if you want to change direction you should have thought about that well in advance.  I see yesterday’s election that way.  Decades ago we set our course towards socialism and as we approach it, many Americans are realizing that socialism is not really a place they want to end up.  So we’ve started to turn the tanker, but it will take some time and definitely a sustained effort to make it happen.

Yesterday’s election was a testament to the sustained effort that has been going on lately.  We may still have a socialist President for the next 4 years, but our course is changing.  In 2008 President Obama was elected with a 53 to 46 percent margin, while yesterday he apparently won with just a 51 to 49 percent margin.  He has had 4 years to further his socialist causes, but is losing his edge to those of us who are turning the tanker.  It might not be too long before we reach the tipping point in the electoral college and finally elect a president that will help steer us away from socialism.

I am certainly not disappointed at all with the 2012 election.  And look at those red/blue maps, especially look at our our state red/blue map.

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The whole East side of our state is red, and look at Clallam, Wahkiakum and Lewis counties on the West side.  Lewis County went 60 to 37 in favor of Mitt Romney which is one of the better showings in the whole state, certainly on the west side.  The Lewis County GOP should be holding seminars.  Our own Whatcom County went towards reelecting President Obama, but with solid Republican representative in our state government, we could be the next Lewis County.

And the Washington governors race, while still very close, is positive news in itself just by being close.  We have had a long reign of liberal Democrats in Olympia and yet recent elections have been so close that they indicate that we could be really close to that tipping point.  Perhaps we’ve even reached that point now as barely half the votes have been counted.  That’s nothing but good news.

Other good outcomes in this election were in favor of limiting tax increases to needing a 2/3 majority and favoring charter schools which should help our future generations from again steering a course towards socialism.

An couple of unsettling outcomes were in R-74 and I-502 that both seem to have us passing laws that rewrite reality.    R-74 not being rejected would have us believe that the state government can redefine marriage to be between two people regardless of them being both men or both women, but the reality of this world is that the natural unity is between men and women.  No piece of paper is going to change what marriage is, because marriage is and has been what it is for as long as we’ve been around.  What this law against reality will bring us is not a new definition of marriage, but rather it will bring us,  and especially our children,  much confusion.   A recent example of this type of confusion is all over the news right now.

Officials at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, said that state law renders them powerless to prevent a “transgender” man from using the women’s locker room at the school because he supposedly identifies as a woman. The 45-year-old man, who calls himself Colleen Francis, reportedly exposed himself on several occasions to young girls who were using the locker room as part of swimming clubs. But instead of having the man arrested, school officials have insisted that a state non-discrimination law protects the “transgendered” man from prosecution.

College Lets “Transgendered” Man Expose Self to Girls in Locker Room

When a law says something is reality even though it is obviously not reality, what we get is trouble and confusion.  The reality is that men are men, women are women and legislating otherwise doesn’t change that reality.  We apparently have a law that says a man can be a woman if he feels like it, resulting in having a “woman” with a penis exposing “herself” to children in a public place. No matter how the law defines a woman, the penis is a dead giveaway and reality wins out.  It’s just a waste of taxpayer time and money to deal with things like this and R-74 that are against reality.

I-502 is also a little contrary to reality, or maybe it was just a great shuck and jive by people who want to freely smoke pot.  Before the election I-502 was touted as a new approach to marijuana use that would generate new state and local tax revenue for education, health care, substance abuse and would allow law enforcement to be focused on violent crimes, yet the day after it passed the Bellingham Herald ran an article titled Washington voters legalize recreational pot use.  So what is the reality?  Is it lofty ambitions or recreational pot use?  Oh and another reality surrounding this new State law is that it is that marijuana is still against Federal law, so careful what kind of cop is standing next to you when you light up.   Oh and then there is always the reality of these anticipated tax revenues from state regulated marijuana farms and stores; check this, marijuana grows like weed ya know and if it’s legalish to possess marijuana, then who will be paying good money, let alone high taxes on something that they can grow at home?

All in all this was a good election that the real message of the election is that we just need to keep on movin’

Ok, sorry for the music, but this was really about the costumes and dance moves. ;)

The DREAM act is Not The Issue

What President Obama recently did by essentially authorizing the DREAM Act through an Executive order is not really the issue.  The issue is how he went about authorizing the Dream Act, not that he actually authorized it.  He usurped the authority of our Congressional representatives with his Executive order. 

Issuing Executive Orders is something President Obama has done on a regular basis since he was elected. These Executive Orders are issued by him unilaterally either because he cannot persuade Congress to agree to a particular course of action or because the Constitution of the United States prohibits him from doing whatever it is he wants to do and he feels it necessary to bypass, ignore or override it to implement his agenda.

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We elect representatives to look at all sides of the immigration issue and work on legislation that best represents the will of US citizens and with a wave of his pen President Obama instructs the Justice Department to do his bidding rather than ours.

Imagine if you would, a city council in the midst of dealing with speeding issues along one of their busiest corridors.  Then imagine the mayor deciding, before council has reached a solution,  that the best way to deal with the speeding issue is to instruct the city police to not enforce any speed limits because, “after all people shouldn’t be slowed from getting where they obviously need to go.”  Our legislators are working through the complexities of our immigration issues just as the elected city council work through the complexities of roads and traffic loading and it is just as wrong for the mayor to bypass the council as it is in this case, for President Obama to bypass our legislators.  

Not enforcing speed limit laws is not much different than not enforcing immigration laws.  As I’ve said so many times in the past, a government that picks and chooses which laws they enforce, is just as guilty as a criminal who picks and chooses which laws they will follow.  In my opinion, President Obama is just as guilty of violating immigration laws as the parents who smuggled their kids into our nation in the first place.   And in cases such as this, where President Obama has bypassed Congress, I would say that his crimes are premeditated.

"We can’t wait for Congress to do its job. So where they won’t act, I will," Obama told students at the University of Colorado-Denver. "We’re going to look every single day to figure out what we can do without Congress."


But, because it’s for the children, I don’t think that President Obama will be called to the carpet for his transgression, even if it’s not right and it is most probably a campaign ploy to boost his popularity with the Hispanic demographic.   And I’ll have to admit that it was a well played political move on his part because now anyone who opposes how he went about enacting the Dream Act will be labeled as opposing the DREAM Act itself and therefore must be racist. 

The fact of the so called DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) is that it has had varying support from both Democrats and Republicans over the the last decade, yet didn’t ever pass completely.  This lack of passage is because many Americans and their elected officials, unlike President Obama, think that we must control our borders in conjunction with offering legal status to those who have already crossed our border illegally.   That’s where I stand; enforce existing immigration laws to reduce or stem the flow of illegal aliens into our nation, then use the DREAM Act and other means to positively integrate the new comers to our society.

Water is in itself a good thing.  Water is much desired if comes out of a faucet or bottle, but when water falls from your living room ceiling, the same “good thing” water is a problem, not a blessing.   Most of us would opt to fix the roof and then decide how best to deal with a wet living room.  But what we have in the White House is a politician named Barack Obama who is using his Executive power to actually order Americans to not call a roofer, but rather he is asking us to go out and purchase more buckets.  

What we have in Barack Obama is a politician, not a leader.


AP source That’s what the frick & frack! as in what the frick & frack is going on with our government, our law enforcement and the media who ought to be helping us keep them in check.

When I opened the page that the Herald titled, AP source: Unlikely that 2 men plotting terror I expected to hear about a couple of people with fingernail clippers getting the 3rd degree by some over zealous TSA officers.  I was expecting that AP was making a big deal out of nothing, but instead I found that our law enforcement apparently taking what I see as a big deal and treating it as if it were nothing.  Here’s what they

WASHINGTON  The FBI probe of two men arrested in Amsterdam after suspicious items turned up in one of the men’s luggage is finding they were probably not on a test run for a future terror attack, a U.S. official said Tuesday, casting doubt on earlier suggestions even as Dutch authorities held the pair on suspicion of conspiring to commit a terrorist act.

The U.S. does not expect to charge the men, a law enforcement official said.

Earlier, U.S. officials said they were investigating whether the two men had been conducting a dry run for a potential terrorist attack. But as the probe evolved, officials said that appeared unlikely.

I’d be willing to dismiss this if the officials had found fingernail clippers, which by the way there is no mention of, but here’s what the article does mention that they found.

When Customs officials discovered one passenger was not on the flight from Dulles to Dubai, they called the plane back to the gate and removed his luggage. It was then they discovered suspicious items in his bag, a cell phone taped to a Pepto-Bismol bottle, multiple cell phones and watches taped together, and a knife and box cutter, according to another U.S. official who had been briefed on the investigation.

Call me a bit backwards, but how can I view this as anything but a test of airline security and the fact that they found this in baggage that was already on a plane that had left the gate, tells me that security failed big time.  And don’t even get me started about the size of that Pepto-Bismol bottle.  Really, we have to take off our shoes and divvy up our bathroom stuff between family members to get through security, but these guys get their cell phones taped to bottles loaded on a plane that they aren’t even on?  Maybe I’ll try that next time I want a full size toothpaste on vacation.

Okay, okay time to calm down. The article does say that the President Obama had been briefed on the situation.

"Everyone in government was impressed with the amount of information-sharing that happened with some of our partners overseas, and the speed with which we were able to run incidents to the ground," Burton said.

Oops, call me backwards again, but I’ll only be impressed when guys and situations like this are taken as serious threats at all levels of government.   And now I will hold my breath until President Obama refers to these men as terrorists.