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Does America Work Anymore?

September 20, 2014

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I’m wondering if the small problems of government have accumulated to the point that America is dead. If America works, who is left that it works for? I know too many cases where government has crushed success.

I’ve known a number of poor college students who had to get rid of their cars. They live on a few extra dollars a month. Eventually they get a ticket for a broken tail light or a parking fine. They don’t have the money to fix their vehicles right away or buy parking in a parking garage each night. The city government charges penalties and fees that accumulate at a rate that would make a pay day lender proud. Soon, the poor kids sell their cars or motorcycles to pay the government fines. City Hall sees the tickets, fines, late fees and penalties as an easy way to pay for more city employees. Some kids can’t commute to school because they lost their wheels. The city doesn’t work for poor students and the working poor.

Rich people have garages and lawyers. Rich people can pay off the city’s graft as it accumulates. What is worse, the poor can’t afford to fight city hall as city hall dictates ever higher fees.

Huge corporations in America face a similar problem. Here is an example where the Department of Justice demanded that Yahoo turn over their customer’s data. Yahoo objected, but the Justice Department slapped them with heavy and growing fines. The fines grew bigger each day. If Yahoo had appealed to the courts, the government could have driven the company into bankruptcy from the fines while government judges pondered. Yahoo had no choice but to surrender in a matter of days. You read that right; a major US company surrendered to our government because the government has unlimited power to destroy any company who objects. The only company that can resist the government is a company who is willing to be destroyed. We have corporations moving to Canada, so I wonder if America even works for the rich. There is no enterprise if the government wants to shut down you or your company.

Who can tell the government “No!?” A company can’t afford to be honest and ethical in the face of government demands. There is no justice, only the absolute power of a tyrant. Journalists can’t ask too many questions about lost IRS e-mails without the government telling media companies who they can hire and who they can fire.

This puts the Edward Snowden leaks in an entirely different light too. Snowden was right that there is no privacy if the government wants to snoop. The penalties of an invasive government don’t stop there.

The growing weight of regulation and oversight is a huge drag on our economy. One third of America is out of work. Our energy policy and open borders are making unemployment worse rather than better. Politicians of both parties are serving their special interests rather than serving the people.

Today we see a government of unprecedented power. Political corruption follows close behind. Government today seems filled with corruption to a degree I only expected to see in the third world.  President Obama has a phone and a pen.  He can dictate what laws mean today, and he can change the laws again tomorrow depending on his latest campaign contributions or focus group results.  That sounds like the actions of the famously corrupt Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, but they are the actions of our American President Barack Obama.  They are our policies now. We have imported more than Ebola and third world voters. We’ve imported third world corruption as well.

America doesn’t work for the working poor or the rich, unless they have government connections. I guess America works if you’re on welfare or collecting a government check. So I wonder who is left to pay America’s bills.

This brings up some serious questions, and I wish I had answers. If our many layers of government have made it impossible to succeed in the future, then why should any taxpayers feel an obligation to pay the debts of the past? The politicians made their huge debts in order to pay the bureaucrats and special interests who sent them campaign contributions. What do we owe the people who robbed the treasury of our tax money and our future? Can’t we send the debts to them? Will Republican legislators do a better job than the Democrats?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I’M DISCRIMINATORY AND JUDGMENTAL: That’s a Good Thing

September 15, 2014

Acting on what you believe is called integrity.  It is a good thing.  Today we find integrity in unusual places.  America’s wealthy elites have spent the last 100 years trying to blur the lines between right and wrong.  These days, ordinary people like us know right from wrong better than the moneyed elites and the chattering class. We will have to fix this broken world.  Fortunately, your judgment is probably more sound than theirs. Let me give you a few examples where you’re right and they are wrong.  Let’s look at our current cultural conflicts.

I want the government out of my bedroom as much as the next guy. But that “tolerance” has limits. I condemn adults using children for sex or selling children into sexual slavery. I’ve written before about the child sex trade in the US. I don’t care who thinks child sex or sexual slavery is an “alternative lifestyle.”  It is evil, both here and in the middle east.

I agree with the cultural attitude of “live and let live.” But I won’t look the other way and tolerate an honor killing. You’re free to call me culturally biased. I’ve been called worse. I don’t condone murdering the innocent in the name of anybody’s faith.

You’re not welcome here if you advocate religious persecution. Murdering Christians around the globe because of their faith is wrong. You’re not welcome in my house if you even tolerate it. I’m very judgmental about the news media soft-pedaling religious persecution.

Now here is a really politically incorrect point of view: I think marriage works. The Elites don’t care about marriage, unless it is gay “marriage.” The financial Elites (ie rich people) can buy off their abandoned mistresses and illegitimate children.

Narcissistic entertainment elites don’t much care about marriage either, unless they can create a press release about it. Academic Elites don’t like marriage because it offends their imaginary plans for society and their sense of “fairness.”

Marriage works for the couples who make it work. Marriage makes most of us extremely happy. A family built on life-long married love is also the best place to raise children. I say that for two reasons; I’ve lived it, and I’ve read the data. Let me remind you that the plural form of anecdote is not data. If that belief makes me a bigot then I am a proud bigot and not willing to sacrifice the next generation for a fantasy of open relationships. Too often, big government often steps in when families fail.

The government does not make us better off by wiping out jobs and making all of us equally destitute. Beware the politician who tells you otherwise. Work has made me rich in money and spirit. I am just “judgmental” enough to want others to have that same opportunity.

We are meant to live on earth. We need material things like food and shelter to sustain our bodies on this earth. The Radical Environmentalists don’t like sharing the planet with the rest of us. They want the planet for themselves, and the bugs and the bunnies. Your life doesn’t matter to them. The environmentalists don’t have much trouble finding politicians who don’t like peons like you and me. In my discriminatory judgmental opinion, it is time to stop committing industrial suicide and live again.

We have the rule of law here in the United States. Or we used to until a few years ago. Your rights stop when you infringe on others. Yes, you have the right to be offended, and I don’t have to care or change my behavior or my beliefs simply because they offend others. We have the right duty to speak out and condemn a corrupt government no matter who is in office. We have the right duty to condemn murderous religions even if others are offended. This is the land of freedom, not free stuff, and freedom isn’t free. Sometimes it is darn uncomfortable.

I trust my neighbors. I think the Elites, the Politicians and the Ideologues are concerned with their future, not with ours. I trust the American voter and the American worker. I trust them to build a better future much more than I trust ANY politician or bureaucrat. I want my fellow Americans to trust themselves. We provide more solutions and improve more lives than any state employee.

You don’t believe me? My car mechanic does more to improve the quality of life in our town than the mayor does. I trust my car mechanic. He does what he says he’ll do. He tells me when he occasionally makes a mistake. Maybe you think I’m just lucky to have an honest car mechanic. I don’t deny it. But my car mechanic doesn’t demand I pay for him year after year no matter how bad a job he does today.

The news media tells us about our dishonest politicians, but we re-elect them anyway. When in doubt, throw the incumbent politician out. I’m doubting more and more.

I’m discriminatory and judgmental, and fortunately, so are most of you.
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Rob

Where Is A Cop When You Need One? | Concealed Nation

September 12, 2014

A long time police officer admits the obvious, “I won’t be there when you need me.”  Where Is A Cop When You Need One? | Concealed Nation.

Self Defense and a Tale of Two Cities

September 6, 2014

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It is the best of times and the worst of times for the everyday American citizen.  More than forty states recognize our right to defend ourselves. Unfortunately, a few states deny the right of armed self defense.  In those states the list of victims continues to mount.  Here is a tale of contrasts.  Do you see the pattern?

  • In Los Angeles, California, a woman walked past the laundry room of her apartment complex.  She asked a homeless man to step out of the laundry room.  Then, the homeless man beat her and sexually assaulted her.  Of course, the woman was unarmed.  She lives in an upscale section of Los Angeles where only bodyguards and the politically connected are granted the privilege of armed self-defense.
  • Dinah Burns was walking her dog in Lancaster, Ohio.  Two young white men came out of the woods along her path.  One of them held a baseball bat and said she was coming with them.  Dinah Burns was licensed to carry a concealed gun, but she’d only recently started taking her weapon with her when she walked her dog.  The two men were not afraid of her dog, but they fled back into the woods after she drew her handgun.
  • A clerk in a Houston, Texas convenience store knew too many clerks who’d been robbed. He knew too many clerks who were shot even though they gave all their money to the thieves. That is why this clerk got his concealed carry license. One day, a white Lincoln Town Car pulled up next to his store. A robber got out of the Town Car and demanded money from the clerk at gun point. The clerk shot the thief.  The get-away driver in the Town Car fled before the thief could leave the store. The thief was taken to the hospital in serious condition.  The clerk was uninjured.
  • In Atlantic County, New Jersey, a motorist was stopped for a minor traffic violation.  She was license to carry a concealed weapon. The license was issued by Philadelphia, but the Pennsylvania license isn’t recognized in New Jersey.  She now faces up to 11 and a half years in New Jersey state prison because she traveled through New Jersey with her firearm.  She has no previous criminal record and spent 46 days in jail before she could make bail.

42 states and the US territory of Guam allow their citizens to protect themselves in public with a firearm.  The resulting pattern is simple.

The unarmed citizen is preyed upon by criminals.  In a few states, the armed citizen is preyed upon by government.

It is the best of times and the worst of times for the right of armed self-defense.  Elections are coming up.

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Rob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Rob Morse

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Southern California --(Ammoland.com)

It is the best of times and the worst of times for the everyday American citizen.  More than forty states recognize our right to defend ourselves. Unfortunately, a few states deny the right of armed self defense.  In those states the list of victims continues to mount.  Here is a tale of contrasts.  Do you see the pattern here?

  • In Los Angeles, California, a woman walked past the laundry room of her apartment complex.  She asked a homeless man to step out of the laundry room.  Then, the homeless man beat her and sexually assaulted her.  Of course, the woman was unarmed.  She lives in an upscale section of Los Angeles where only bodyguards and the politically connected are granted the privilege of armed self-defense.
  • Dinah Burns was walking her dog in Lancaster, Ohio.  Two young white men came out of the woods along her path.  One of them held a baseball bat and said she was coming with them.  Dinah Burns was licensed to carry a concealed gun, but she’d only recently started taking her weapon with her when she walked her dog.  The two men were not afraid of her dog, but they fled back into the woods after she drew her handgun.
  • A clerk in a Houston, Texas convenience store knew too many clerks who’d been robbed. He knew too many clerks who were shot even though they gave all their money to the thieves. That is why this clerk got his concealed carry license. One day, a white Lincoln Town Car pulled up next to his store. A robber got out of the Town Car and demanded money from the clerk at gun point. The clerk shot the thief.  The get-away driver in the Town Car fled before the thief could leave the store. The thief was taken to the hospital in serious condition.  The clerk was uninjured.
  • In Atlantic County, New Jersey, a motorist was stopped for a minor traffic violation.  She was license to carry a concealed weapon. The license was issued by Philadelphia, but the Pennsylvania license isn’t recognized in New Jersey.  She now faces up to 11 and a half years in New Jersey state prison because she traveled through New Jersey with her firearm.  She has no previous criminal record and spent 46 days in jail before she could make bail.

42 states and the US territory of Guam allow their citizens to protect themselves in public with a firearm.  The resulting pattern is simple.

The unarmed citizen is preyed upon by criminals.  In a few states, the armed citizen is preyed upon by government.

It is the best of times and the worst of times for the right of armed self-defense.  Elections are coming up.
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About Rob Morse: By day, Rob Morse works as a mild mannered engineer for a Southern California defense contractor. By night he writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Gun Rights MagazineClash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog.   He is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet

September 1, 2014

Priorities

I could not have said it better.
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Rob

More Defenseless Victims in San Diego County

August 30, 2014

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San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore said he will protect us and we have no need to protect ourselves.  The sheriff missed the thousands of crime victims last month.  Most victims were unarmed and defenseless.   Here are a few examples from a very long list;

- A group of women were robbed at gunpoint in the Little Italy district at night.  Two were shot.

- A 76 year old man was attacked in a parking lot. The victim required two surgeries to repair damage to his face and eyes.

- A registered sexual offender broke into a house and forcibly kissed and fondled the homeowner. The suspect was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of burglary, sexual battery, elder abuse and violation of parole.

- A woman walking through North Park was attacked from behind and knocked to the ground. She called police once she regained consciousness.

- Two college students were stabbed early Sunday morning in unrelated incidents. Both required hospitalization, but are expected to survive.

- A man was found beaten to death in the front yard of his rural north-county home.

- A 25 year old was beaten unconscious by three people late Tuesday night. Medics transported him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

- A parolee is back behind bars after kidnapping a 21 year old woman at gunpoint.

Those are a few of the rapes, assaults and murders in San Diego County last month.  These victims were denied the right of self-defense by Sheriff Gore.  He says he can’t issue concealed carry permits to ordinary citizens, but many other California Sheriffs do exactly that.

A three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals went so far as to call Sheriff Gore’s disarmament policy unconstitutional!   Until the full court rules, the citizens of San Diego will remain disarmed.  Every day another 150 San Diego residents become victims of violent crime.  This will continue until Sheriff Gore recognizes their right of self-defense.

SD July

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Rob

Eureka! Apply Gun Control to Crazy Politicians

August 23, 2014

In California we have to embrace political corruption.  TV and newspapers have stopped condemning government waste and fraud.   The press wants to sell happy stories.. and the legislature knows it.  This is an election year so legislators are eager to see their name in print.  The legislature will pass any bill the press will promote.  Unfortunately the press will promote almost any gun control measure after the last narcissistic psycho-killer beat, stabbed, shot and ran over some white college students in Santa Barbara.  The latest crazy proposals from the California legislature are an array of gun violence restraining orders.  This works for the media and it works for the politicians.  Anti-gun bigotry is an easy sell in California.  Fortunately, we can use these corrupt laws to our advantage.  We finally have legislation that keeps the crazies out of public office!

New legislation allows a police officer to call a judge and collect all your firearms and ammunition.  They say they need reasonable cause.  In fact, all they need is an accusation from an immediate family member, from anyone in California law enforcement, or from any licensed mental health professional.

We’ve heard about “reasonable cause” before.  Legislators said they need reasonable cause for the no-knock raids that kick in the front door at the wrong address.  We’ve seen how that works in practice.  Technically, a court needs reasonable cause for the charges of domestic violence or sexual assault.  In theory, there are penalties for false reporting.  In fact, we don’t see prosecutions for false reporting.. at least not in California.  For a cop on a mission, it only takes an “anonymous” phone call to establish reasonable cause.

Now we can embrace this corruption.  This new anti-gun bill not only confiscates weapons and ammunition from innocent firearms owners, it can bar them from entering sensitive government officesThere it is!  Now we have the legislation we need.

We finally have legislation that keeps the crazies out of public office!

You don’t think California legislators are crazy?  Some of them tried to sell rocket launchers to terrorists.  Those legislators kept their seat in the California Senate!   This new bill can prevent that kind of crazy.   The bill applies to anyone who even visits California.. like our Representatives and Senators that visit a few days a year for fundraising events.   Heaven knows we have enough evidence in the public record to convince any open minded judge there is reasonable cause these legislators present a danger to the public and to themselves.  The public record is filled with years of their insane lies.  This could be model legislation for all 50 states and territories.  All it takes is one honest judge in California.Cal Crazy

 On second thought, finding one honest judge might not be as easy as it sounds.

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