A variety of thoughts and opinions.

Just when you think they can't get worse.

Written by:remyrw
Published on May 31st, 2011 @ 09:45:22 pm , using 149 words, 69 views
Posted in Commentary

Link: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/new-dnc-chair-faults-gop-wanting-illegal

So, the chairwoman of the Democrat National Committee has recently made a statement decrying the Republican stance on illegal immigration.

I'm quoting the CNS article here.

denounced Republicans last week for believing illegal immigration “should in fact be a crime.”

Regardless of what someone's opinion on the immigration issue is; I would expect someone responsible for guiding our nation to at least have some understanding of the english language and what it means when something is illegal.

Personally, I find it far more offensive as a citizen of this nation that someone here illegally can get away with identity theft, document fraud, driving without a license or insurance, medicaid fraud, welfare fraud and a whole host of other offenses, simply because they are not here legally. To make it worse, even after caught in the process of these crimes they will not be held and deported. WHAT THE HELL?

ATF: Idiots in Action

Written by:remyrw
Published on May 14th, 2011 @ 10:12:14 am , using 209 words, 45 views
Posted in Commentary

Link: http://www.myfoxlubbock.com/mostpopular/story/Lubbock-Motley-county-ATF-Tom-Edward-burn-ban/8ZCXiSYp10ibH3-DleAsWg.cspx

So, a good chunk of the state is fighting wild fires, the federal government just told them to fuck off because they're too busy sending fire fighting aid to Mexico instead, and now we have a federal agency violating a burn ban to not just have a little camp fire but to burn/detonate ordnance scheduled for destruction. They didn't even have the common sense to notify the fire department or Sheriff of their intentions.

I'm not sure what's so complicated about the proper response from the county and state authorities though. You find out who authorized it, who was involved, and then you smack them with everything you'd hit any other person with if they did it. Obviously not anything related to the actual materials being destroyed, since I imagine some of it isn't legal for civilian ownership without special paperwork, but there are penalties for violating the burn ban and starting a wild fire that destroys a large section of land.

Sorry, ATF, you aren't above the law and you aren't special. You just have a particular job to do and in this case you messed it up rather badly. But the ATF seems to do that pretty regularly so you should be used to it by now.

WOOT, ding dong the witch is dead

Written by:remyrw
Published on May 1st, 2011 @ 10:33:37 pm , using 93 words, 46 views
Posted in Commentary

Well it's about bloody time, we finally got Bin Laden. Congrats and three cheers to everyone involved. I don't imagine you'll ever be publically recognized and that's probably for the best in terms of your safety, but I hope you're well rewarded professionally in addition to the satisfaction of knowing you got him.

To our men and women serving overseas, keep sharp and stay safe. Heck, let's just apply that to everyone NOT a muslim fanatic, there's a reason we call them terrorists. Be safe folks, it could get messy for a while.

Gun stores warned ATF

Written by:remyrw
Published on April 15th, 2011 @ 02:01:29 pm , using 510 words, 57 views
Posted in Commentary

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-04-15-arizona-gun-ATF-border.htm

If you haven't been keeping up with the Gunrunner story you really should. Even if you don't care about guns one way or the other, it's a valuable look into the arrogance and disregard for public safety that the BATF has.

Thankfully at least one gun shop kept email records of their communications with the BATF when they expressed concern about what was going on. The BATF seems to have lost, deleted, or denies any records exist. Or they just refuse to show them to the congressional committee they are supposed to report to. I'm not a huge fan of a lot of the stupidity in congress, but if you're a government agency and have a particular committee you answer to you can't be lying to them. You don't get that option. What I don't understand is why the committee hasn't started removing each and every BATF employee who has been less than helpful in the investigation. Place them in jail on charges of obstructing justice. I'm sure there are other charges that could be used when someone refuses to comply with properly handled oversight committee requests. How many would have to go to jail before others stepped up and told the truth?

Some of you may remember the drama related to CavArms. In that case the owner was playing a bit fast and loose with his FFL, essentially making straw purchases for a friend in another state. None of these were illegal firearms, and there was no violence or other crime involved, they were simply bypassing the usual rules to make things simpler. Stupid, illegal, but not hurting anyone. The BATF spent years and millions of dollars investigating CavArms. They seized a lot of property in the course of the investigation that had nothing to do with the charges. They trampled on a lot of peoples' civil rights. At the end of the day the ONLY charges made were against the owner and his friend, and none of them related to the company other than having been committed under the auspices of the owner's FFL. Along the way they bankrupted a good company, put a lot of people out of work and wasted millions. Great job.

Moral of the story? The BATF is guilty of endorsing and encouraging this exact same behavior KNOWING the guns are being put in the hands of violent criminals who intend to use them to kill people. When it was CavArms they put the company out of business and put at least one person in jail. I think fair is fair, good for the goose good for the gander. Bye Bye any and every agent or manager who knew anything about this and didn't act appropriately. I hope you enjoy jail, the loss of your civil rights and large law suits from the family of the slain Border Patrol agent. Usually law enforcement is immune from law suits for things done in the pursuit of their duties, but since this was in fact criminal activity directly counter to their duties that won't protect them.

Religion of Peace, really.

Written by:remyrw
Published on April 14th, 2011 @ 01:34:41 am , using 444 words, 20 views
Posted in Commentary

Link: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/04/13/pakistan.blasphemy.vigilantes/index.html?hpt=T2

So they're willing to kill someone who MIGHT have said something negative about their religion. hmmm, a touch insecure?

The men who killed him violated their own religious code in doing so. Sharia law would place their acts in two categories, one is the civil matter of having killed someone. Sharia law treats this as essentially a civil issue between the family of the victim and the guilty parties. That doesn't mean it's a minor offense, simply that the crime is not against the state or God. The second category their crime falls into is quite different. In fact, it is the same category as blasphemy and considered equivalent as they are crimes against God's stated will. Armed violence is a hadd crime. Oddly enough, terrorism is included in this category as well.

We've all seen or heard about the incredibly brutal and to western minds unjust punishments given out in the muslim world for things that are considered perfectly normal if personal in the rest of the world. Well, according to Sharia law, armed violence, armed robbery, terrorism, theft and defamation (including falsely accusing someone of other crimes in this category) are all essentially the same crime. I've left out some of them, but you get the idea. These are considered crimes against God, not man. This is where the phrase, "religion of peace" comes from. Yet from the very beginning of Islam most of these have been ignored when not useful to members of the faith. Imagine how much easier the war on terror would be if muslims actually followed what they profess to believe in. The terrorists would be turned in to the authorities, violent criminals would have very short careers, and poor farmers would not be killed because someone thought they might have heard something in a cafe. Proof? Oh, the Quran says we need two uninvolved witness statements, at least. Don't have those? Ok, let him go. But that's not good enough for the fundamentalists who aren't so interested in the fundamentals of the faith they claim to follow. Nope, they, like so many other muslim men, feel the need to violate their own religion's laws and bring violence to their fellow man. How charming.

Religion of peace is concept maybe, but from the Prophet Muhammad onward Islam has been used as a justification for violence and oppression, murder and hate.

Don't get me wrong here. It's not that all muslims are bad people, or even most. It's that a lot of bad people claim to be muslims. As far as I can tell, the minute most of them start down the path they're on they left Islam behind.

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