Hypocrisy Illustrated

President Obama is calling for more gun control laws...citing it as one of the most frustrated, most stymied area of his presidency.

Washington (CNN)One of President Barack Obama’s greatest frustrations is his inability to pass stricter gun laws, he told the BBC Thursday just hours before a mass shooting in a Louisiana theater.

“If you ask me where is the one area where I feel that I have been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient, common sense, gun safety laws,” Obama said. “Even in the face of repeated mass killings.”

Of course, what he doesn’t address is the fact his administration has enabled multiple criminals including the assailant in Garland Texas !! For those of you who might not know; Garland is only 40 miles or so from Bunker BS.

Five years before he was shot to death in the failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9-millimeter pistol.

At the time, Lone Wolf Trading Co. was known among gun smugglers for selling illegal firearms. And with Soofi’s history of misdemeanor drug and assault charges, there was a chance his purchase might raise red flags in the federal screening process.

Inside the store, he fudged some facts on the form required of would-be gun buyers.

What Soofi could not have known was that Lone Wolf was at the center of a federal sting operation known as Fast and Furious, targeting Mexican drug lords and traffickers. The idea of the secret program was to allow Lone Wolf to sell illegal weapons to criminals and straw purchasers, and track the guns back to large smuggling networks and drug cartels.

Five years – this wasn’t a “hey, he bought the gun and did something the next day.” this was years ago. With the government knowing who sold the gun and who bought the gun.

Soofi’s attempt to buy a gun caught the attention of authorities, who slapped a seven-day hold on the transaction, according to his Feb. 24, 2010, firearms transaction record, which was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. Then, for reasons that remain unclear, the hold was lifted after 24 hours, and Soofi got the 9-millimeter.

As the owner of a small pizzeria, the Dallas-born Soofi, son of a Pakistani American engineer and American nurse, would not have been the primary focus of federal authorities, who back then were looking for smugglers and drug lords.

 

They had reasons to believe he was prohibited. Other reports mention some type of charge/conviction against Soofi, the failed terrorist. They placed a hold and then lifted it 24 hours later. And apparently failed to follow up on it in 5 years.

A day after the attack, the Department of Justice sent an “urgent firearms disposition request” to Lone Wolf, seeking more information about Soofi and the pistol he bought in 2010, according to a June 1 letter from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, to U.S. Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch.

Though the request did not specify whether the gun was used in the Garland attack, Justice Department officials said the information was needed “to assist in a criminal investigation,” according to Johnson’s letter, also reviewed by The Times.

Hey President Obama, before you start pushing for more gun control laws; how about you and your administration follow the ones already on the books !!!!

 

 

They Live – He Doesn’t

I don’t think Roddy Piper would mind me using that as a title. He always seemed to have fun with his persona and movie career. 

WWE wrestling legend ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper has died at his California home at the age of 61, the athlete’s agent told Variety Friday.

“Rod passed peacefully in his sleep last night,” Jay Schacter told the publication in an e-mail.

The WWE confirmed to the Associated Press that Piper died Friday.

Piper suffered a heart attack shortly before his death, Variety said.

The wrestler joined the WWE in 1984 after spending a number of years with the National Wrestling Alliance.

He is survived by his wife, Kitty, and four children.

Born Roderick George Toombs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, he was well known for his bouts with fellow wrestler Hulk Hogan.

 

He was a very entertaining wrestler, he will be missed by many fans.

Not All Public Health Issues….

.are the same. Apparently, some are just run of the mill news stories that don’t get the 24/7 coverage.

Nearly three dozen cases of Legionnaires’ disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the Bronx over the last two weeks in what the Health Department is calling a concerning “unusual increase” in cases.

Thirty-one cases have been reported in south Bronx neighborhoods, primarily in High Bridge, Morrisania, Hunts Point and Mott Haven, since July 10, the Health Department said. Two of the people stricken with the condition died.

One or two people get shot and the anti-rights crowd goes into over-drive using the deaths. 31 people sick and 2 deaths in just over two weeks and this is barely getting any attention; please don’t tell me the media doesn’t have an anti-gun agenda.

Or how about this ‘mass murder‘?

Two teenage boys were taken into custody early Thursday after running from the back door of a house in eastern Oklahoma where five of their relatives were found stabbed to death, according to police.

Sgt. Thomas Cooper, of the Broken Arrow Police Department, said officers had been summoned to the residence late Wednesday by a “open 911 call,” in which no one spoke after dialing the emergency line.

After tracing the call, police sent units to the home in the leafy bedroom community of Broken Arrow, southeast of Tulsa.

Police said the teens — ages 16 and 18 — were seen running from the house and were tracked down to a small park area behind the house about an hour later by a K-9 unit.

Could any of the news anchors tell you the name of the murderers and what problems they had? Probably none outside of Oklahoma. Just doesn’t get the same coverage as 2 people shot in a movie theater; even with a higher body count.

Don’t tell me the media doesn’t have an anti-gun agenda.

I understand the media can only report so much (despite some of them having 24 hours a day to fill) but the obvious bias in their reporting is disgusting. Auto collisions with multiple fatalities run for a day in local areas unless there is a sensational hook; drowning deaths barely get mentioned before the anchors toss it over to Chip for the rush hour traffic. Don’t tell me the media doesn’t have an anti-gun agenda.

We probably will not be able to change the media; too big too focused on the bottom line – profitability – to really care about the truth or the less sensational stories. What we can do is keep pointing out their bias, keep trying to check their slant at least a little. We can use their story selection and wording to point out the issue to the less informed. It is slow progress but it can make a difference.

Please join the discussion.

 

Feel Secure?

Considering that I fly out of this airport.…..

D/FW AIRPORT – The man who was able to board a flight at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Sunday after leaving his vehicle unattended at the terminal curb and getting through security without an ID told authorities he “walked” when asked how he bypassed the checkpoint.

Cockerham began crying and would not answer questions, police said. When he didn’t answer questions about where his ticket or ID were, he was brought back to the public side of the airport. Officers searched him there and found car keys and a phone, but no ticket or ID.

When asked how he got through without a ticket or ID, Cockerham said, “I walked.” Authorities found Cockerham had indeed walked through the TSA checkpoint at Gate D18, Lane 1 without being stopped by an agent.

…I sure don’t feel all that safe. Further, based on the evidence, I’m confident that I’m not that safe.

 

In one case, an alarm sounded, but even during a pat-down, the screening officer failed to detect a fake plastic explosive taped to an undercover agent’s back. In all, so-called “Red Teams” of Homeland Security agents posing as passengers were able get weapons past TSA agents in 67 out of 70 tests — a 95 percent failure rate, according to agency officials.

This isn’t the first time TSA officers have failed to detect fake terrorists and their weapons. “Red Teams” have been probing TSA checkpoints for 13 years, oftentimes successfully getting weapons past airport screeners.

However, this time, TSA agents failed to detect almost every single test bomb and gun, aviation experts said.

13 years — if any business was still failing at a core competency after 13 years, they wouldn’t still be in business. Yet we have no choice to put up with this non-sense because our legislators mandated this nonsense

While I think a great first step is to get the government out of the airport ‘security’ business –theater that is — the real action comes when we throw out any of the Senators or Representatives who voted for this non-sense. Let’s start with a new batch and see if they can get it right.

 

 

EyeWitness News Reports

Date Line Arlington Texas
July 25, 2015

Rumors have been verified as true; your humble scribe actually made it to the range and SHOT firearms

For hours.

 

And then there was a BBQ.

As a result; your humble scribe is toast. Might post pictures when they arrive from our field correspondent
(meaning I was too busy having fun to take them myself).

Hope your day was as good.

Oh Joy

Ever think about the less obvious “joys” involved in changing jobs?

 

Such as:

The joy of learning different parts of the town. Or in my case entirely new cities for the most part. Haven’t worked in Big D in 30 years.

Related to that is learning where and when the roads get congested, ways around the traffic jams, where the pot holes are and how deep !

 

The joys of learning  new places to eat or not.

 

The joys of learning new terms and jargon. It is absolutely stunning to realize how terms I don’t know and how much slang each industry develops; often very different slang for the same terms in different industries.

 

The joys of filling out medical, dental, vision, 401(k), emergency contact forms, etc.

Yep, I know -first world problem eh- I am blessed not only to be employed but to have such benefits.

 

The joy of trying to remember dozens of new names and faces.

I can usually remember one or the other; it is matching them up which gets me in trouble.

 

And there are so many others little joys such as getting lost in the building on the way to meeting your boss’s boss.

 

And there is true joy also; knowing your family is a little more financially secure, being able to make useful contributions in the first two weeks, and working with like minded folks.

 

So what do you like about changing jobs?

Sorry — Life Interrupting

New Job, traveling, friend in town, planning a shooting event this weekend.
(Any club members who are readers, email me for details — the more the merrier).

 

I promise one day soon (please insert very loose definition of soon) I’ll back to our regular programmed blogging.