Federal Property -Research

The recent kerfuffle; really should say the latest outbreak of the long running problem, had me doing a little research into the legal basis for federal ownership of property.

Found this informative report (PDF Alert)

Federal Land Ownership: Constitutional Authority and the History of Acquisition, Disposal and Retention.

Put together by the Congressional Research Service; a group I never knew about until I found the report. I’m not through reading it yet but lots of great information and some really surprising numbers.

“The federal government has retained about a third of the 1.8 billion acres it acquired in North America. These lands are heavily concentrated in 12 western states (including Alaska but not Hawaii), where, in total, the federal government owns more than half of the land (ranging from 30% in Montana to 84% in Nevada). “

Emphasis Mine.

Take a look at the report if you are interested in the constitutional and legal issues. I’ll try to post more later (maybe today, maybe later this week).

Thanks for sticking around folks.

Another Reason Not To Live In Dallas

Regardless, that’s what Dallas police Chief David Brown advocated to City Council members wednesday in an effort to give his officer access to the private financial records of criminal suspects.

“This information can be used to take down these organizations — multiple drug houses, open air drug sales,” the chief said. “We can access this information.”

Brown asked the Council to let officers access private banking and financial information that’s protected under the federal Bank Secrecy Act. Brown said this information — already being collected by the feds, but tightly controlled — would help him take down local drug dealers.

Yep, Let’s not worry about the people’s rights when trying to enforce impractical drug laws.

Makes me wonder if there is an ulterior motive behind this action.

The vote lets the City enter into an agreement with the Department of the Treasury to access financial records at no cost to the city.

Brown said the arrangement will let Dallas keep drug money it seizes instead of sharing it with federal agencies.

That couldn’t possible be an ulterior motive, could it?

Republic of Bob

Wonder if that would work or if I need to title it ” Socialistic Democracy of the Proletariat” in order to get in on this type of deal.

The State Department purchased two Mitsubishi pick-ups for $50,000 to be used by the border police in Albania.

The U.S. government has already bought six L200 Double Cab Mitsubishis for the Albanian Border Police (ABP), and said the two additional vehicles will “fulfill the ABP’s needs.”

The two new Mitsubishis will be black, seat five, and have a 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. They will also have a 6-speed manual transmission, 16-inch steel rims, and “standard upholstery.” The cost is $50,284. All eight vehicles have cost the United States approximately $201,136.

 

This tired old republic’s border patrol fleet consists of a ’94 Chevy Blazer and a ’01 GMC Jimmy. The Jimmy nearly has enough miles to have traveled to the Moon; the Blazer isn’t far behind.

Really folks? We are trillions of dollars in debt and we’re still spending money like this? At least let some American folks get some good out of it. I promise to use the trucks for ‘patrolling, monitoring and controlling its land borders, and to interdict illicit trafficking across those borders.’

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Waller Shooting — Officer Mindset

This is going to be an on-going series of posts about the shooting of Jerry Waller by Fort Worth Police Officers. While I have my own opinion about the Grand Jury’s decision to no-bill the officer; this isn’t about that. What I’m trying to do is use this horrific incident to raise awareness about various factors and current issues. The report, which I referenced in the other post can be found here.

In this post, I want to discuss the ‘mindset’ of the officer(s) involved.

 

During his recorded interview, Officer Hoeppner stated that they observed a suspicious vehicle parked on the far back portion of the driveway at 404 Havenwood Lane North. Officer Hoeppner thought that the vehicle could have possibly been intentionally parked at the back of the driveway by an intruder to prevent anyone from seeing them approach the residence.

I’m not exactly sure what makes a car parked in a drive way “suspicious” given that most of the homes in the area seem to have rear (or side) entry garages.  Many people have more cars than space in their garages so it is very common to have cars parked on the driveway. We seldom have severe weather that dictates all cars be parked inside.

Street View of address in question

Street View of address in question

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The driveway extended from the main roadway to a parking area in the back of the residence. The driveway was connected to a rear entry garage that was not visible from the roadway. The officers stated that they decided to approach the back of the residence first because of the suspicious vehicle that was parked on the driveway and the fact that the back of the residence was secluded and more susceptible to have been broken into.

This is information is important because of the security habits of some homeowners. Rear entry garages are often left open; either by accident or by carelessness. Most of the homes have locking doors from the garage into the house proper.

( just saw how long this post was — most of it will be below the fold)

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Waller Shooting – An Example of Why Ballistic Fingerprinting Is Bunk.

Back in May, Fort Worth Police officers responded to a home burglar alarm going off. They rolled up to the wrong address and fatally shot a home owner in his own garage. Details are just now being released since the Grand Jury no-billed the officers involved. I’ll be covering several aspects of this shooting in the future. There are several things that gun owners could and probably should take away from this incident.

Of course, there are things that the anti rights cultists should take away from the report summary– ballistic fingerprinting isn’t the end all be all as seen on T.V.

Microscopic examination and comparison of the bullets and jacket fragments did not reveal sufficient agreement of individual characteristics to determine if they were, or were not, fired from the barrel of Officer Hoeppner’s handgun. It should be noted that the rifling in the barrel of the Glock 22 pistols, that are currently in possession of the Fort Worth Police Department, have fewer distinguishing characteristics that would differentiate the projectiles that were fired from the one Glock 22 pistol compared to another Glock 22 pistol (compared to traditional rifling in other firearms), so the projectiles (bullets and jacket fragments) that were recovered cannot be positively matched to Officer Hoeppner’s handgun.

Imagine that; barrels manufactured in the same facility on the same equipment for the same gun are close enough in characteristics that ballistic fingerprinting is not helpful. Ballistic fingerprinting can tell one firearm from the next if they are different types, models, age, etc — but it isn’t the “this is the gun that killed X” in every case.

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PSH To Begin Almost Immediately

Once the Anti-Rights Cultists hear about this:

Argyle school trustees have voted to allow some employees to carry concealed handguns on campuses to bolster security.

According to the statement, the policy authorizes “specific District employees to possess certain firearms on District property, at District-sponsored or District-sanctioned events, and at Board meetings.” 

I know of at least two districts that have previously announced a policy like this. And guess what; not one reported problem from either district. And Harrald ISD has authorized teachers to carry for several years now.

Nice to see another school district take reasonable steps to provide for the safety of their students.

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If Prepping Is Paranoia….

I’m okay with being considered paranoid.

As meteorologists on Monday added up to 10 inches of snow to their frigid forecasts for the Northeast and Midwest this week, the regions are struggling with a lack of the essential resources residents need to keep warm.

Sand used to keep roads safe during snowstorms and ice buildup is running low in some states, as are the budgets to buy the sand and deploy trucks and plows. Propane stocks in many states have also hit disconcerting lows since the winter started with meager allowances and back-to-back cold spells have increased the energy dilemma for millions.

More than 14 million families across the U.S. use propane to fuel their furnaces, according to the Propane Education & Research Council.

Preppers encourage people to think ahead, stock up as much as possible, to have back up systems in place. As a result of working toward self sufficiency, some people not only think preppers are paranoid but possible domestic terrorists.

I wish the .gov would get their stuff together because I get confused. Am I following their instructions:

To prepare for a winter storm you should do the following:

Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:

  • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
  • Sand to improve traction.

  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.

  • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.

  • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.

Or am I skirting the line of domestic terrorism?

Or maybe, they are just trying to create more people to watch; justifying their budgets and nifty toys.

And while I’m talking tongue in cheek (mostly); it is probably a good idea to go ahead and stock up on propane, no matter where you live.

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