A variety of thoughts and opinions.

On a lighter note...

Written by:remyrw
Published on August 1st, 2011 @ 09:15:48 pm , using 29 words, 134 views
Posted in Fun

I ran across this on another site and thought it was rather amusing. Please note, it's not a real VW commercial, just a viral type video someone made.

And they wonder why we don't trust them anymore

Written by:remyrw
Published on August 1st, 2011 @ 10:25:51 am , using 198 words, 120 views
Posted in Commentary

I have a lot of respect for the police in general, but I don't trust them, nor do I have any faith that they have the public's actual safety in mind day to day. Why? Because over and over it has been shown that a small percentage will abuse their power whenever they feel like it and the others do nothing about it most of the time.

This cop never even TRIED being polite and civil. He never gave any valid reason for wanting the camera man to back up and continued to harass him after he was well past any area they were limiting access to. "Ongoing investigation." Yeah, so? I'm missing something here, the part where the camera man is interfering with that investigation from across the street and well back from the site. Then down the block even further out of the way. Basically, the sergeant decided he didn't want to be videoed and couldn't swallow his pride once his bullying didn't make the guy do exactly what he was told.

Sorry, we're not serfs, we are not slaves, we have every right to question authority and point out when it's not following the rules.

Damn Good Idea - Open Letter to AZ AG Re:ATF

Written by:remyrw
Published on July 31st, 2011 @ 09:16:52 am , using 81 words, 19 views
Posted in Commentary

Link: http://tucsoncitizen.com/view-from-baja-arizona/2011/07/30/open-letter-to-arizona-attorney-general-tom-horne-prosecute-the-atf-people-responsible-for-fast-and-furious-under-state-law/

I think this is an excellent idea, as long as AZ sticks to its guns once it starts. Historically the feds have argued that it is their jurisdiction then dropped the charges, do not give them the opportunity this time. The agents are not being charged with federal crimes, they are being charged with state crimes, thus there is no jurisdiction for the feds. There have been federal crimes committed, but the feds will just have to wait for their turn.

Agenda Before Truth

Written by:remyrw
Published on July 29th, 2011 @ 10:00:43 am , using 441 words, 35 views
Posted in Commentary

The U.S. should be ashamed that its laws would allow high-capacity gun clips used in the Norwegian massacre to be sold and shipped overseas, says a New York congresswoman seeking to restrict use of such clips.
"There should be a lot of shame," Rep. Carolyn McCarthy told Politico. "We’re sending a death warrant to other parts of the world."

The Democrat commented after issuing a statement saying a 1,500-page manifesto by Anders Behring Breivik detailed how he used lax U.S. gun laws to help arm himself before killing 76 people in a gun and bomb attack in Norway.

"Unfortunately now, internationally, it’s known that you can get here, buy your guns, buy your large magazines, and you’re not going to have any problem," she told Politico.

McCarthy said Breivik easily acquired high-capacity ammunition magazines from the United States. Such magazines would be prohibited from manufacture or import if her bill, HR 308, were passed and signed into law. The legislation has 109 House cosponsors.

I guess she doesn't care that she's completely lying about the current laws and situation. There are quite a few laws in place that block foreign nationals from buying firearms in the US, much less exporting them. There are similar laws regarding magazine exports (not clips, she could at least get the terminology right). The killer can ramble on all he wants about how our laws let him arm himself, I seriously doubt he legally purchased those firearms in the US and exporting them and the magazines is already illegal without State Department approval. Heck, soldiers run into this problem when trying to purchase many firearms accessories while serving overseas. They're allowed to have them, they have permission from their unit, they get issued similar gear, the product is 100% legal, but the act of shipping something from the US to most other nations would make them a criminal.

My own take on gun control and the Norway incidents? If one person on that island OTHER than the criminal had carried a firearm and known how to use it things would have turned out quite differently. If the camp had a shooting range and taught basic shooting skills and safety, it would have turned out differently. You ban guns from general ownership and possession and the only folks walking around with them are the criminals and the occasional police officer. This was yet another example of how poorly that works. Criminals choose the time and place to attack, all police can do is respond after the fact. Even the best and most effective police force will not replace having a potential victim being armed and capable of defending him or herself.

Now I'm Pissed - Amnesty by EO

Written by:remyrw
Published on July 26th, 2011 @ 07:32:26 pm , using 25 words, 17 views
Posted in Commentary

Link: http://www.teapartytribune.com/2011/06/23/dream-act-obama-passes-amnesty-by-executive-order/

He couldn't get it through congress, it violates all sorts of laws, state and federal and makes a mockery of the oaths military members make.

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