Thursday, December 27, 2012

Just How Insane Has 
England Gotten With
It's Gun Ban?

So Insane It's Sentenced 
People To PrisonFor Stumbling 
Over Illegal Guns
That They Turned In 
To The Police

Yes. Really.  

England's Handgun Crime Doubles A Decade After Handgun Ban

Not only did England's handgun crime double, the exact OPPOSITE of the intended result of the ban, they are now to the point they are throwing honest people into prison for turning in guns they found:

Meanwhile, law-abiding citizens who have come into the possession of a firearm, even accidentally, have been harshly treated. In 2009 a former soldier, Paul Clarke, found a bag in his garden containing a shotgun. He brought it to the police station and was immediately handcuffed and charged with possession of the gun. At his trial the judge noted: "In law there is no dispute that Mr. Clarke has no defence to this charge. The intention of anybody possessing a firearm is irrelevant." Mr. Clarke was sentenced to five years in prison. A public outcry eventually won his release.
In November of this year, Danny Nightingale, member of a British special forces unit in Iraq and Afghanistan, was sentenced to 18 months in military prison for possession of a pistol and ammunition. Sgt. Nightingale was given the Glock pistol as a gift by Iraqi forces he had been training. It was packed up with his possessions and returned to him by colleagues in Iraq after he left the country to organize a funeral for two close friends killed in action. Mr. Nightingale pleaded guilty to avoid a five-year sentence and was in prison until an appeal and public outcry freed him on Nov. 29.
The system has gone so insane there that it took a huge public outcry to redress these two injustices visited upon these honest citizens.  The insane quote from the judge in the Clarke case sends a shiver down my spine.  Just possessing the gun, however you got it, makes you a criminal.  So off to prison with you! 

Does anybody in England need to seriously spend 3 seconds considering whether or not to turn in a gun they stumbled over after the Clarke case was made public?  

Only Liberal bureaucrats can construct & defend a system that can't tell between criminals and honest citizens any more.  

Also note this little factoid from the article: 
In 1987, Michael Ryan went on a shooting spree in his small town of Hungerford, England, killing 16 people (including his mother) and wounding another 14 before shooting himself. Since the public was unarmed—as were the police—Ryan wandered the streets for eight hours with two semiautomatic rifles and a handgun before anyone with a firearm was able to come to the rescue.
Wayne LaPierre at his press conference earlier this week was exactly correct:  unless/until your bad guy going around shooting people decides to kill himself, the only thing that'll stop him is a good guy with a gun.  And England's gun control was so strict when this massacre occured in 1987, that it took EIGHT LONG HOURS for that good guy with a gun to show up.  

All you gun control zealots pay attention: America WILL NEVER have that problem.  It will NEVER take 8 hours to get a good gun on the scene to deal with a situation like this.  

And note the biggest takeaway from the article: they banned handguns and a decade after the ban handgun crime is double what it was before the ban by the Gov't's own admission.  

Monday, December 24, 2012

America Does Not Have A 
Gun Control Problem.

Control Problem

Here's Newark mayor Cory Booker asking some good questions and making some excellent points on a Sunday talk show where he deviates from the 'blame the guns' mantra so many others are chanting: 

Booker is correct. It’s not really a GUN control problem, it’s a CRIMINAL control problem.
Chicago had 190+ shootings in a month. The authorities there know if they arrested, tried and locked up about 100 particular gang members – all of whom have been arrested for violent crimes with weapons before, many MULTIPLE TIMES – the shooting rate in that city would plummet.
BUT THEY’LL NEVER DO THAT. Specifically TARGETING gang members is racist, and liberal cities will NEVER do it. So they will continue the insane revolving-door policies that put violent criminals back on the street fast.
LIBERALS BUILT THIS BROKEN JUSTICE SYSTEM. But they don’t want any BLAME for the results of that system being broken. So they have become masters of scape-goating by constantly bringing up the GUN when some crook or crazy person they failed to lock up kills people.
They CAN’T allow the discussion to be about their broken system. They defend that system. They built it. They own it. It’a a compassionate system. IT’S THE BEST SYSTEM. So they can’t let you wingnutz criticize it for putting some violent criminal out there to commit further violent crimes.
What better way to keep the subject off THEIR failures than by insisting the discussion focus on that wingut fixation: GUNS. How dare you! How dare you still stand up for the 2nd Amendment after some crook they let walk kills more people!
They craftily and artfully get away with doing this every single time. The bureaucrats that created the broken justice system and the MSM deliberately seek to make the national conversation about something that reflects badly on the RIGHT, not the Left. And that means the national conversation MUST be about guns, not a broken system that THEY  created that repeatedly lets criminals or crazies back  out onto the street to victimize the rest of us.
Here’s a real life example of a broken justice system: I lived in the Virgin Islands for 7 years. One of my friends there had a relative who was a cop that was killed in a shooting this year.
St. Thomas, USVI Police Officer Colvin George

The officer, Colvin George, was shot by a criminal who had just been arrested the previous month with drugs and a handgun. In April this crook was caught with a weapon. In May he shot Colvin Georges and another officer.

What kind of a system lets a dangerous drug dealer walk in less than a month?

And note this: the handgun the guy was caught with in April WASN’T the same one he had in May. He simply went out and got himself ANOTHER gun.

That’s what they are doing in places like Chicago. They catch these guys with guns, take the guns away, let them go after a brief time, and the first thing these guys do is go get themselves another gun.

I can’t help but wonder how many times in places like Chicago or the USVI has the SAME CRIMINAL had multiple GUNS taken off of him at various arrests?

Rather than examine what THEY are doing that is not working, the Liberal bureaucrats look for a SCAPEGOAT to relentlessly ATTACK to keep attention OFF of their failures.

And up until now, they've been getting away with it!  WHY does this clever – and insidious – strategy ALWAYS seem to work? 

At least some people on the Left like Cory Booker are finally starting to wake up and ask the right questions.  

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Barack Obama:
Man In All Of America

If the presence of guns make you less safe, Obama is really in a lot of danger, isn't he?  I mean really, someone should disarm the Secret Service pronto before one of them suddenly gets bewitched by his evil gun and blows our President away.  

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Time For The Left To 
Finally Come Up
With An Official
'Are YOU Black Enough?'

They could then have one of their elite guys quickly give the test to any black person that rises to national prominence.  That way they could just dispense with embarrassing public displays like this, in which ESPN's Rob Parker wonders out loud if Robert Griffen III is 'black enough':

Now, being one of those supposedly virulently racist Conservatives and all,
 I'm probably not the best guy to opine on the subject of who's 'black enough', 
but this damn good QB looks purty black to me.

Parker: "My question, which is just a straight, honest question: is he a brother or is he a cornball brother?" 
Cari Champion: "What does that mean? 
Parker: "He's not really ... OK, he's black, he kinda does the thing, but he's not really down with the cause, he's not one of us. He's kinda black, but he's not really, like, the guy you really wanna hang out with because he's off to something else." 
Champion: "Why is that your question?" 
Parker: "Because that's just how I want to find out about him. I don't know because I keep hearing these things. We all know he has a white fiancĂ©e then there was all this talk about he was a Republican. There's no information at all. I'm just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue because we did find out with Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods was like, "I got black skin but don't call me black.'"
Rob Parker was just trying to helpfully remind his fellow Libs they can't let the nation embrace RG3 yet; they still haven't vetted his politics.

Hey Griffen is from Texas.  He could be one of those darn inauthentically black Republicans.  So guys like Rob Parker and Toure on MSNBC want to 'check' Griffen out and make sure he holds all the correct political views before they give him the official "Baby, You Are Black Enough!' stamp of approval.  

I mean, God forbid a black guy who misses a few questions on the the politically correct "Accepted Political Beliefs of The Official National Black Famous People" checklist becomes a national superstar before the elites have thoroughly vetted his politics.  

As Stacy Dash found out awhile back, All Nationally Famous Black People are supposed to be on board with a single monolithic political view.  And if they are not..........SERIOUS QUESTIONS WILL BE RAISED ABOUT THEM. 

This kind of stupid identity politics refuses to die, where arrogant Liberals assume they KNOW what a person's political beliefs SHOULD be the moment they discern the skin color, the gender, and the class.  And if they find out the person has the 'wrong' political beliefs for their skin, gender or class, then it's time to ask what's 'wrong' with them, why they are race/gender/class traitors, etc. etc.  

If RG3 is a Republican, and he doesn't hold all the 'correct' beliefs Liberals think a black American 'should', there's absolutely NOTHING wrong with HIM.  There is, however, PLENTY wrong with those who keep displaying the kind of stupid crap we're seeing here from Rob Parker. 

UPDATE:  Allahpundit at Hot Air sums up pretty good why Rob Parker is in trouble; not for playing identity politics per se; that goes on ALL THE TIME.  He's in hot water for PICKING THE WRONG TARGET:
You know what’s interesting about this clip? This guy’s going to catch hell for what he said, not because his test of racial authenticity is so cartoonish and clammy (which it is) but because he picked the wrong guy to demagogue. 
If you want to call a minority conservative an Uncle Tom, make sure it’s someone for whom the left has no use, like Clarence Thomas or Allen West. The right will be angry if you do, but no worries — most Americans will never hear about it, or if they do, the usual outrage over racial stereotyping will be absent from the press coverage.  
Instead this dummy picked on the savior of Washington football, the most exciting thing to happen to ‘Skins fans, left and right, in decades. There are few ways that a “cornball brother” can earn absolution from the Authenticity P.D. but winning the Super Bowl is one. And the irony is, I’m not even sure that RGIII actually is a Republican. I’ve seen that rumor floated but never any quote from the man himself; if I’m wrong, send me the link and I’ll update.  
We’ll know soon, though: Now that Parker’s raised the specter of racial impurity, the pressure will be on Griffin to admit that, yes indeed, he’s one of the enlightened who voted Democratic last month.

Monday, December 10, 2012

This Just In: 
French Socialists Upset That
France's Millionaires Aren't 
Hanging Around To Get 
Soaked By A 75% Tax Rate

Aw gee.  Who could have foreseen this?  Latest French rich bastard to head for the border?  French actor Gerard Depardieu. 
Mon Dieu, 75% you say?! Non! Non!

The great thing about Socialism is watching Socialists not learn anything from experience.  

England just had over 10,000 people that were earning over 1,000,000 pounds a year go 'poof'! and disappear from the tax rolls.  Seems that if you jack your tax rate up from 40% of their income to 50%, these greedy rich bastards WILL take steps to shelter their money and alter their economic activity to lower the amount of their earnings that are subject to taxation.  

This led to the hilarious sight of socialist politicians in England ponying up for what they thought would be a cool new $2.5 billion pounds in fresh tax revenue that they had already mentally spent....and then realizing that what they were in fact looking at was a $6.5 billion pound DECREASE from what they had just collected from this income group the year before.  

[You can read about the wonderful lesson the Brits just got on the Laffer Curve right HERE ]

So.......jack up your tax rate 10% from 40% to 50%....collect $6.5 billion pounds less.  Awesome work there, guys.  But hey, the French believe they can TOP that.  

They jacked THEIR tax rate on the wealthy all the way up to a staggering 75% of their yearly income.  And now the wealthy in France are reacting just as anybody with two brain cells to rub together knew they would.  

Which doesn't include socialists, who once again express surprise and 'disappointment' at coming face to face with....reality.  

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Now That The Election Is
Safely Over, Howard Dean
Gets Around To Admitting
What Anybody With 
Two Functioning Brain Cells
Already Knew: 

Yes, EVERYBODY In America Is Going To Have To Pay More Taxes.  Not Just 'The Rich'.
HOWARD DEAN: The only problem is -- and this is initially going to seem like heresy from a progressive is -- the truth is everybody needs to pay more taxes, not just the rich. And it's a good start. But we're not going to get out of this deficit problem unless we raise taxes across the board, to go back to what Bill Clinton had and his taxes. And if we don't do that, the problem is the pressure is going to be on spending even more.
Now I could lay down some snark here, do a whole "Oh hey, had Dean transmitted this to Comrade Obama yet?" routine but nah........there's no point.  Obama already knows.  He's known all along. 

He just got re-elected while BS'ing the entire country that only that super-rich 2% was gonna feel any pain from this.  Conservatives have been pointing out for 4 years now there's no way you fix the deficit problem by just jacking up the tax rates on this 1%, 2% or whatever the f*ck % they change it to tomorrow.  EVERYBODY is going to have to pay more.  

In case anybody forgot, or never knew this in the first place, here's how much new tax revenue will be generated if Obama gets his tax hike on that 2%: 

Yep, that's some real problem-solver you got there.  

Look, January will be Year Five of The Age of Barack.  We're LONG PAST any cosmetic, just- play-to-the-base  class warfare BS maneuvers like this.  Obama is the freaking President.  His job is to DEAL with the problems.  Yet he's still doing the same crap he was doing 2 years ago.  

Any REAL plan would have specific spending cuts in it and it would outline how entitlements will be reformed.  Obama's fiscal cliff plan has neither.  All it has is an absurd targeted tax hike that amounts to a rounding error when dealing with the real crisis.  

Democrats don't even want to vote on Obama's fiscal cliff plan because they know how unserious it is.  What this country needs now is real leadership to deal with real problems it faces. 

When Obama wants to put out a real plan that actually deals with the deficit problem, Republicans will work with him on it.  

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

In Case You Were Wondering 
If Democrats Are Serious 
At All About That 
Fiscal Cliff Plan Obama 
Offered Last Week.........

You now have your answer:

On the Senate floor on Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell offered to give Democrats a chance to go on the record and demonstrate just how serious they are about averting the fiscal cliff by proposing a vote on the package that President Obama proposed last week. Take it away, McConnell:

This forced Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid to claim that an attempt to get Democrats to publicly vote on Obama's own plan was a 'stunt'.

How DARE these Republicans try to force Democrats to vote on the record over Obama's own fiscal cliff plan! The nerve of some people?!

It must be remembered in his years as President Obama has proffered one terrible plan after another that Democrats have to run away from.  Three budgets have been proposed by Obama since 2009.  Not one single Republican voted for any of them.  BUT THAT'S OK - not a single Democrat in the House OR the Senate cast a vote for them either.  

So Obama was totally unserious with this fiscal cliff plan. And Democrats in Congress KNOW this.  And they can't hide it. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Say, That Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman 
Prosecutor Is Just A 
Chug-Chug-Chugin' Along
Towards Disbarment, Isn't She? 

Yep.  Lessee here, she waited until the NINTH supplemental discovery to release THIS photograph:

Note I said supplemental discovery; not the MAIN discovery.  Which was supposed to have been done months ago.

For purposes of comparison, here's what George Zimmerman's nose looks like when it's not blown up to blimp-size proportions from having been broken:

Jim Treacher at The Daily Caller probably puts it best: 

Weird. Remember when there was some question whether Zimmerman was really injured that night? Whether his story matched up with the evidence? Remember how the people conducting Zimmerman’s trial by media assumed he made it all up?
Well, I’m sure there’s a perfectly good reason we haven’t seen this photograph until now. I have no idea what it could possibly be, but I’m sure it’s really good.
Think about the huge amount of media coverage that surrounded this case for over 3 months.  No, wait! Let me rephrase that, ok?  Think about the huge amount of media coverage that surrounded this case DRIVING A RACIAL NARRATIVE for over 3 months.  

And a big part of that narrative was that since Zimmerman was some kinda hulking redneck that leaped from his SUV to attack, pistol-whip and then cold-bloodedly murder a tiny unarmed black teenager, Zimmerman must be MAKING UP this story about Martin having hit him first and jumped on top of him and in the process of beating the sh*t out of him when he was shot.  

And from the VERY BEGINNING the prosecution had in it's possession evidence that backed up Zimmerman's story. And they suppressed it.  

Ace of Spades shows that there was a REASON the only thing they released before now was a very crappy, grainy, black and white photocopy of this picture: 

They previously released a grainy black and white photocopy of the picture in their main discovery.
Why? Why would they release the photocopy but not the best evidence (the actual picture)? 
Because, of course, the best evidence makes it very clear that Zimmermann was pummeled whereas the black and white picture, being grainy, is open to a bit of interpretation. In the black and white picture, you can't tell his face is bloodied -- it just looks like the hair of his mustache and goatee.

AWESOME. So another prosecutor heard the siren song of a national media that got the basic facts of the case wrong as they shoe-horned the story into their usual false narrative so they could have another one of those 'teachable moments' about how inherently racist America is.  Angela Corey will end up trying to convict the defendant anyway, and likely end up getting disbarred.

Does NOBODY remember what happened to Mike Nifong after the Duke Rape Case fell apart?

The media tried that case in the press and DEMANDED that those lacrosse players be prosecuted for rape.  By the time Nifong figured out he HAD no rape case, it was too late.  He'd answered the call.  He heard the siren song and he responded.  He was gonna be a hero and put those racist white asses in prison!  

So he ended up trying to MANUFACTURE a case and got caught.  

Corey is now following the exact same pattern, and she won't get away with it either.
Politicizing Tragedy 101:
Bob Costas Uses Halftime Show of
Sunday Night Football To Call 
For Banning of Handguns

In case you didn't see what Costas did, here's the clip: 

Several observations can be made here, so let's throw'em out: 

1. Chicago has THE strictest control of handguns in the nation.  How's that working out?  Not too swell, actually.  But in the Liberal mindset, this apparently means Chicago doesn't have ENOUGH strict gun control yet.  Just wait until they pass a few more laws, I'm sure they'll fix the problem. 

2.  Guns aren't just used in crimes.  They are also used for self-defense.  Guns don't just take lives, they save them, as the author shows in point #5 here:

Fallacy # 5: Guns are rarely used for self-defense
In a commentary published by CNN, David Frum, a CNN contributor and former speechwriter for George W. Bush, asserted that
a gun in the house is not a guarantee of personal security — it is instead a standing invitation to family tragedy. The cold dead hands from which they pry the gun are very unlikely to be the hands of a heroic minuteman defending home and hearth against intruders. They are much more likely to be the hands of a troubled adolescent or a clumsy child.
Like many issues in the field of social science, the question of how often guns are used for self-defense is surprisingly complicated. In the words of the above-cited National Academies of Science study, the
the data on defensive gun uses are … potentially error ridden. Without reliable information on the prevalence of defensive gun use, researchers are forced to make implausible and unsubstantiated assumptions about the accuracy of self-reported measures of resistance.
However, when counting only the bare minimum of defensive gun uses implied by the most rigorous surveys, the number of defensive gun uses far exceeds the number of violent crimes committed with guns.
For example, anti-gun researcher David McDowall and others conducted a major survey of defensive gun use that was published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology in 2000. The authors did not take their survey results to their logical conclusions by using the common practice of weighting them, but when one does this to find what the results would be for a nationally representative survey sample, the results imply that U.S. civilians use guns to defend themselves and others from crime at least 989,883 times per year. This figure accounts only for “clear” cases of defensive gun use and is based upon a weighting calculation designed to minimize defensive gun uses.
Likewise, when one minimizes the defensive gun uses from a survey conducted by pro-gun researchers Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz that was published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology in 1995, the results imply at least 1,029,615 defensive gun uses per year. For comparison, based upon survey data from the U.S. Department of Justice, roughly 436,000 violent crimes were committed by offenders visibly armed with a gun in 2008.

It's amazing how people accept the fact police officers and soldiers carry guns to protect themselves and others, but somehow a gun in the hands of a private citizen is some kind of public menace.  

3.  The people wringing their hands over the Belcher 'tragedy' so they can use it to politicize the gun issue seem to think murders won't happen if there is no private gun ownership.  Hello? 

It's almost as if some people out there would have been happier if Belcher had strangled his girlfriend then jumped off a bridge. No evil gun

4.  NBC & other media keep trying to INCLUDE Belcher in their 'tragedy' talk, as if he himself is some kind of victim of the gun he used.  Like it was some kind of evil voodoo object that bewitched him or something.  Of all the media coverage I saw yesterday, ONLY  Rodney Harrison at the post game show showed any anger at this, pointing out Belcher MURDERED someone.  

This blame the gun, ignore the person who used it mentality has reached bizarre levels when a murder victim is repeatedly described throughout the day as having 'lost her life in a tragedy' so they can somehow include her murderer as a victim of the evil gun he used on her and then himself. 

Needless to say, Costa's absurd pontificating invoked a backlash that NBC is still dealing with.