To Paraphrase A Movie….

…..‘you don’t need no stinkin’ privacy’!

 

This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020, which details the efforts of some 35 departments and agencies of the federal government and their roles in the plan to “advance the collection, sharing, and use of electronic health information to improve health care, individual and community health, and research.” The plan is illustrated with the following graphic:

The ‘community’??? Just what information is the ‘community’ going to know about my health – or yours?

Nor do I think the government has any business knowing my health issues or status.

Each step of the plan includes three-year and six-year goals, and the various goals, depending on their focus, require the involvement of department and agencies as disparate as the Department of Defense, the Federal Trade Commission, and NASA, in addition to the expected participation of entities such as HHS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Indian Health Service. The report includes a comprehensive list of all departments and agencies involved:

The Department of Education? Justice department and Bureau of Prisons; just exactly what is the government planning on doing with my medical records, eh? Look at the agencies that will be able to ‘share’ your medical records, consider the number of people that will be able to access it. Consider the number of potential security weak points that hackers could use to gain that information. Then tell me how it will benefit me in the long run or at all?

I’m the only one feeling a little distrustful of our government now days?

 

 

On Selling Loosies –

Can we do away with the idea that ‘selling loosies’ is just some minor violation of a city ordinances

The truth is much more complex than that. First and foremost, the people selling ‘loosies’ often place themselves in front of retail stores. They cost those stores customers. Customer who might go in and purchase other items besides just a pack of smokes. So between the revenue lost from selling singletons and the impulse purchases, it can be a hardship on stores. And let’s be realistic, it ain’t cheap to run a business in New York City.

How bad is it ? I don’t know. I did find a site that helps determine what permits or licenses apply

NYC Tax and Permits

I had to include the cigarette vending machine — probably doesn’t apply but the site is kinda wonky about the questions asked. — but that is 10 or 11 requirements someone selling a ‘loosie’ fails to comply with. I  wonder how much money the city, state and federal government looses every year to unreported income. How many people aren’t helped because the tax dollars aren’t to run the shelters, feed the homeless, or keep a medical clinic open. And how many people with unreported income are still getting welfare benefits that could be used to help the lives of others?

I wonder how many times the courts are clogged with low level arrests like this instead of dealing with aggravated assaults, rapes, murders; think of the number of hours dedicated to stopping people from this type of  crime.

And that doesn’t even address federal law either.

 

FDA Flyer and page

What a minute ! It’s against federal law to sell ‘loosies’? yep, appears so. Now again, I don’t agree with the laws in place, but as we gun owners are so often reminded; we have recourse to change the law without resorting to violence. This is nanny state government at it’s most inane; we pass laws that have good intentions (we will make you be healthy) and forget those laws are enforced with violence as the ultimate resort.

Guess it just chaps me to see this issue downplayed. It isn’t a simple traffic violation — running a stop sign in the middle of the night when no one else is around — it is an economic crime. One personally I don’t think should be on the books, maybe this will help drive a few more people into the libertarian/conservative ‘small government’ camp.

Please join the discussion.

Not All Cops Are Bad Shots….

…..not even the Texas version of Hippyville – Austin.

 

The gunman who attacked the federal courthouse, the Mexican consulate and the Austin Police Department headquarters was killed by a single shot taken from 312 feet away by mounted patrol Sgt. Adam Johnson who also held the reigns of two horses.

Given the situation — multiple shots fired at multiple buildings, I don’t see a problem calling this a clean shoot.

At night, while holding reins (not reigns by the way — layers of editorial oversight indeed) of two horse; definitely living up to the traditions of law enforcement in the Lone Star State.

 

P.S. — I would hate to hear how the Police Chief and the media would describe my house if the consider this miscreant “heavily armed”

Acevedo described Larry Steve McQuilliams as being heavily armed with two “long rifle guns” including a .22 caliber and an AK-47-style weapon. In the rental van he used during the attacks, police found a book titled “Vigilantes of Christendom” as well as multiple propane cans fashioned as Improvised Explosive Devices.

 

2 rifles — one of them a .22 — sheesh!

 

 

 

Obama – Admission on Changing the Law.

H/T – Firehand

 


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He’s respectful and listened to the people……so why don’t we let him know that we don’t agree with his action on ‘changing the law’.

PHONE NUMBERS –  Comments: 202-456-1111   Switchboard: 202-456-1414

TTY/TTD  Comments: 202-456-6213 

Let’s light up the switchboard; respectfully of course. I think it would be hilarious to have the Whitehouse complaining about all the people calling on this issue.
Let him know what we think about amnesty in general and his use of executive action in this case. I know I’ll be calling today.

 

 

Same Story, Two Different Verses

First off we have a department taking action (thankfully) about an excessive force situation.

Back in June, Officer Jesus Martinez was caught on camera by a witness straddling and handcuffing a panhandler who was face down on the ground.

Martinez was seen roughing up the man, and later told the department that he had to use pepper spray because the man was resisting arrest.

Police say in the video it’s clear that the man is in extreme pain. A second witness told police that Martinez tackled the panhandler after they exchanged words.

An investigation by Internal Affairs found that Martinez used unnecessary and/or inappropriate force. He was arrested and charged with Official Oppression, which is a Class A Misdemeanor.

Martinez was also fired from the department, where he had worked since 2006

 

Of course not mentioned is what has happened to other people in the city since June. I applaud the city of Dallas for taking steps to right the wrong. But I do have to ask the antis “Do you think the police would be LESS violence, LESS brutal if the people were unarmed?”

I don’t think so.

Next up we have news from my home town

ARLINGTON – The Arlington Police Department has opened an internal, criminal investigation into the possible illegal sale of accident reports to lawyers and injury clinics.

One department employee has been placed on leave as allegations swirl about an illegal business-solicitation ring.

Yep, seems some ‘unnamed employee’ was providing attorneys and medical clinics with information they shouldn’t have.

I also applaud the city for acting on this. Given the time frame, this really is acting fast on information. Still makes you wonder what other information has been compromised, what other data has been passed on to unscrupulous people?

So I’ll ask the antis “Do you think the police would be LESS corrupt if the people were unarmed?”

This types of problems are not unique to America, they are not unique to this time and place. Time and time again we’ve seen that basic human nature has not changed, not in this country and not in the thousands of years of documented human history. These are just two of the many examples of why the average person should not be disarmed. There has to be a final check on the abuse of power; that check has to stay in the hands of the individuals.

 

Please join the conversation.

Ego On Display

From last night’s speech

And to those Members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.

 

Hey President Obama, you pompous egotistical arrogant jerk — Congress has passed a BILL! It’s the current law you egotistical blowhard!

What you are really saying President Obama is ‘pass a bill that I lik’ and I won’t have to act without legal authority like I just did’.
Sorry but the unbridled hubris of this man just chaps completely raw.

Personally I encourage every illegal immigrant in the country to take up residence — IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
I mean, if President Obama is encouraging people to stick around after breaking the rules; why not let him support them himself — he can use the proceeds from his 2 autobiographies to cloth, feed and shelter all the illegals.

 

Warped Perspective

Never ceases to amaze me how the antis view the world.

 

One of the big 2 questions challenging nonviolent peacebuilding is what could a person do to stop an attack against a loved one successfully? I think the research above shows that if you want to protect your family, having a gun is not the way to do it. You only guarantee that the violence will escalate. If the gun is your first option you don’t know what the intruder truly wants and since he/she is being attacked by you, he/she will attack back and if a gun is involved someone will get hurt.

I wonder if the antis every bothered to tell the CDC and the people who use firearms in self defense.

“Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies,” the CDC study, entitled “Priorities For Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence,” states.

The CDC? Yes, The Center for Disease Control studied the issue and found that the defensive uses of guns corresponds with a lower injury rate among the victims.

And it isn’t just one or two people using firearms defensively.

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council released the results of their research through the CDC last month. Researchers compiled data from previous studies in order to guide future research on gun violence, noting that “almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year.

At least as often as offensive uses by criminals. That puts paid to the idea that Defensive Gun Uses are rare….and that is the low end of the estimates.

The report expresses uncertainty about gun control measures, stating that “whether gun restrictions reduce firearm-related violence is an unresolved issue,” and that there is no evidence “that passage of right-to-carry laws decrease or increase violence crime.” It also stated that proposed  “gun turn-in programs are ineffective.”

Gee, this report is so consistently negative, so consistently destroying the ideas pushed by the antis; surely it was a conservative administration that pushed it, right.

“Self-defense can be an important crime deterrent,”says a new report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The $10 million study was commissioned by President Barack Obama as part of 23 executive orders he signed in January.

BZZZZZZT Wrong Answer there Chum. Not only did it come from the Obama Administration but it is current research and findings !

Of course being wrong has never stopped antis from pushing forward with yet another try at gun control.

So don’t stop fighting folks.