T.A.B.C. Withdraws Alcohol/Gun Show Proposal

It’s a short notice on their website

TABC Staff Recommends Withdrawing Proposed Gun Show Amendments.

The proposed amendments to TABC Administrative Rule 36.1 (Possession and Sale of Firearms on Licensed Premises) are being placed on the agenda for the September 23, 2014, Meeting of the Commissioners. The Commission Staff is recommending that the proposed amendments be withdrawn. The decision on what action to take will be made by the Commissioners. If the Commissioners vote to withdraw the proposed amendments, the current rule will remain in place.

Other sites do have a little more coverage of the issue though.

Staff at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has recommended withdrawing last month’s proposal at the panel’s next meeting on Tuesday.

Alcohol sales would have come with strict conditions, such as banning the sale of live ammunition, a requirement that firearms be disabled and not allowing a buyer to walk out with their weapon.

It was, in my opinion, a combination of the banning the sale of live ammunition and preventing a buyer from walking out with his/her purchase that was the main sticking point.

Beck said the rule was drafted to address the Dallas Safari Club’s annual convention, a massive event that draws up to 50,000 people that is mostly designed as an exhibit and may include only a few booths with weapons.

While it may have been designed to address the Safari Club’s convention; it would have hit dozens of other events like the Friends of the NRA banquets or even my gun club’s Annual Banquet. These events are often either great fund raisers or opportunities to increase membership. This was not a ‘gun friendly’ proposal.

 

 (f)   A location that has a license or permit authorizing the on-premises consumption of alcoholic beverages may only allow a gun or firearms show or display at the location if:
   (1)   the location is owned or leased by a governmental entity or nonprofit civic, religious, charitable, fraternal, or veterans’ organization;
   (2)   the location is used for a gun or firearms show or display only on an occasional basis; and
   (3)   a written agreement between the operator of the show or display and the permittee or licensee is filed at the commission’s district office and approved by the commission 30 days prior to the gun or firearms show or display and the agreement includes the following:

If nothing else, this section was worth defeating because it greatly limited where gun shows could be held.

Great job folks, I do have to mention the spin put on this by the state.

The commission asked for public feedback and hundreds of responses poured in from all sides.

“It was for the most part negative,” agency spokeswoman Carolyn Beck said Friday. “They were either against it because they didn’t think alcohol and guns should mix, or there was feedback against the restrictions.”

Yeah……..notice Ms. Beck ‘casually’ lumped those two very different reactions together. I’m betting there were many more comments against the restrictions then anything else.

 

Priorities Mr. President

Yours are screwed up and skewed unbelievably

President Barack Obama is unveiling new public service announcements against campus sexual assault in a campaign being supported by the NCAA and several media companies with reach among college students.

The White House says athletes will appear in the campaign called “It’s On Us” that Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to reveal Friday at a White House event. With an estimated one in five college women assaulted, the message is particularly targeted at men.

 

I guess National Security isn’t as important for your administration, after all we just have a southern border where thousands of people a day are streaming across including possible terrorists. The economy is still in the ‘recovery’ phase if we call what we’ve been experiencing a recovery. We haven’t seen that “post racial” America you promised to bring about. We still don’t know the truth about so many issues (for other administrations they would be called scandals) such as the IRS targeting conservative groups, Benghazi, Fast & Furious, etc.

 

I understand sexual assaults on campus are a serious problem but I don’t think it should be the role of the President’s administration to lead an effort to reduce them. Maybe the idea sounded better on the golf course than it does in print; why don’t you try to figure out the serious national issues which you can actually do something about. Here’s a hint; they try to tell you about this things in your daily security briefings.

Please join the discussion.

Hi, We’re from the Government and You Are On Your Own

Somewhere in a Department of Homeland Security warehouse, thousands of doses of antiviral medications are about to expire.

Another warehouse stores thousands of expired respirators.

This is the equipment and medicine that was supposed to help protect government personnel in the event of a deadly pandemic.

And there is more

A federal investigation has found that the DHS is totally “ill-prepared” for something like the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic — or something worse, such as a global Ebola outbreak or the 1918 flu pandemic that killed an estimated 21.5 million people, according to a report released by the Office of the Inspector General on Monday.

In 2006, Congress gave DHS $47 million to prepare for such a national medical crisis. And the department did go shopping; it spent millions on this equipment that might now be completely worthless, missing or unnecessary.

For example, the audit found more than 4,000 bottles of expired hand sanitizer in storage with the DHS. Many of those bottles have been expired for up to four years.

Some 81% of the antiviral drugs the DHS has will expire by the end of next year. And 100% of the Tamiflu is set to expire in 2015.

Some 46% of the Relenza DHS has will expire then as well. It was unclear to investigators whether the antiviral medication had been stored at a proper temperature.

Oh yes, doesn’t that just fill you with confidence and comfort? So if a pandemic hits (and with Ebola spreading ‘exponentially’ that could be sooner than later) the government is ill prepared to do a darn thing well….if they can do anything at all.

“The Department of Defense has just declassified a copy of its 2009 Concept of Operations Plan for an Influenza Pandemic. Among the Plan’s scary yet reasonable assumptions are that in the United States, such a pandemic will kill 2 percent of the infected population, or about 2 million people. The plan also assumes that a vaccine won’t be available for at least 4 to 6 months after confirmation of sustained human transmission, and that the weekly vaccine manufacturing capability will only produce 1 percent of the total US vaccine required. State and local governments will be overwhelmed, and civilian mortuary operations will require military augmentation. Measures such as limiting public gatherings, closing schools, social distancing, protective sequestration and masking will be required to limit transmission and reduce illness and death. International and interstate transportation will be restricted to contain the spread of the virus. If a pandemic starts outside the US, it will enter the country at multiple locations and spread quickly to other parts of the country. A related document, CONPLAN 3591-09, was released by DoD in 2010.”

At least anything we would want them to do. Just started reading the information in the first link – (PDF alert) at least what isn’t redacted. Folks, it is pretty clear that the military will be deployed internally to quarantine the country. Stopping travel, limiting gatherings, probably even interfering with the flow of information; all in the name of public safety of course. I’m not a conspiracy theorist; this is their own plan. We need to be aware of what the government plans, what it is capable of doing and how much we will be forced to rely on ourselves for our health and medical issues.

None of this is really new information; people have been saying it a long time. Heck they even made movies showing us what they plan to do decades ago.

A couple of points just to think about

I. State, Local and Tribal jurisdictions will be overwhelmed and unable to
provide or ensure the provision of essential commodities and services.

m. DOD reliance on ”just-in-time” procurement will compete adversely with
US and foreign civilian businesses for availability of critical supplies.

bb. A surge in private demand for consumer goods (stockpiling) will cause
DOD shortfalls.

e. Forces  and assets that traditionally support response to critical disasters
will not be available.

Combine that with the information that Homeland Security has seriously screwed the pooch on basic inventory control measures and you can see how life will get interesting in a relatively quick and painful way.

Please join the discussion.

True Colors

Sometimes the politicians slip and actually tell people what their true goal is; Joe Biden made that mistake recently.

Biden argued today that Americans deserve a ‘fair wage’ so that they can send their children to college and purchase homes.

‘Just give them a chance. No hand out. Just give them a chance,’ he plead. ‘Because once you give Americans a chance, they have never, never, never, never, ever let their country down, he said. ‘Never.

‘So folks, it’s time to take back America, as we say. It’s time to change the tax code. It’s time to make sure you get equal share.’

Emphasis mine.
We already have a progressive tax system. Yet that still isn’t good enough for Biden. They don’t want people to get a fair share or a share even equal to what they put in — NOPE. He wants people to get an EQUAL share.
Regardless of how much a person contributes to the profit; the janitor and the engineer should get the same share of the profit. The owner of the company who risks his family’s food and future shouldn’t get any more of the profit then the person who punches in for 40 hours a week and collects a paycheck.
Notice he doesn’t call for people to share equally in the risks, he doesn’t call for people to share equally in the work load; just the results.
Never forget people like these are not interested in equal opportunity but in equal outcome.

One Way Borders

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama could act without congressional approval to limit a key incentive for U.S. corporations to move their tax domiciles abroad in so-called “inversion” deals, a former senior U.S. Treasury Department official said on Monday.

I find it more than hypocritical that so many people are interested in securing the borders — IF the company or people are leaving America for a better place or for more money.
I keep thinking that some people will come up against the upper limits of their hypocrisy. They haven’t yet.
He wants to give millions a pathway to legal status but opposes companies using the legal system to improve their situation.

David Barajas — ACQUITED

A jury on Wednesday acquitted a southeast Texas man of murder in the fatal shooting of a drunken driver who had just caused an accident that killed the man’s two sons.

David Barajas cried after the verdict was read and he hugged his wife, Cindy, who was also crying. He could have been sentenced to up to life in prison, if he had been convicted.

 

 

I haven’t talked about this case much, if at all, because like most of the time I wait until the facts are known. In this case there didn’t appear to be many facts known.

Prosecutors alleged that Barajas killed 20-year-old Jose Banda in a fit of rage after Banda plowed into Barajas and his sons while they were pushing a truck on a road near their home because it had run out of gas. Twelve-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb were killed.

 

This story has received very little public attention — maybe one day the truth will come out — but even if it turns out that Barajas did it; not sure that I would be too upset.

There is very little evidence to go on; no gun found, no witnesses, no gun powder residue on Barajas…in short it seems the prosecutor brought charges because he couldn’t think of anyone else who would want to kill Banda.

 

 

What are your thoughts?

 

Example of Abuse– and Culture

This is an anecdote regarding the abuse of power and responsibility that law enforcement officers have.

The reporting officer alleged that both Ruiz and Glashoff found women’s profiles had been browsing women on dating websites like Tinder, eHarmony, and Match.com while working at the investigations bureau office of the Fairfield Police Department

Court documents allege the officers then used a police-issued computer to look up the women they found appealing in a confidential law enforcement database that connects to the DMV and state and federal records.

 

Now spending time on dating sites instead of solving crimes is a bad problem….but the major concern is the use of the database for personal reasons. This is a great example why registries for anything, especially gun ownership, is a bad idea in my opinion. The ease of abuse is frightening.

What is worse in my view is this:

Court documents go on to say Sgt. Ruiz and Detective Glashoff would perform the searches and have conversations about the dating sites in front of other officers.

The court documents allege another Fairfield officer reported the incidents to his superior back in June.

Emphasis above mine — because consider how long it had probably been happening, how they got the idea that it was okay to even run the searches and why every single officer who knew about it didn’t immediately stop it.

One — just one — officer complained when probably several or more knew about it.

The goal of the Investigation Bureau operates using two divisions: Major Crimes Division and Quality of Life Division.

Major Crimes Division

Major Crimes Division is commanded by a Lieutenant and Sergeant.
The division employs 10 detectives who handle crime in the following catagories:

The division also has a Police Probation Team Unit that addresses juvenile crime and diversion.

Quality of Life Division

Quality of Life Division is commanded by a Lieutenant and two Sergeants (Gang Unit and Narcotics Unit).
The division uses several units to address crime in the community:

How many officers knew about their activities? We’ll never know– and isn’t that a problem also — but it was probably more than 1….probably half a dozen or more. How many officers have done the same or related invasion of privacy? We won’t know and isn’t that another problem.

 

And isn’t this just lovely?

If the allegations are found true, the officers could face felony criminal charges.

Both officers remain assigned to their regular duties.

Yeah— facing the possibility of felony charges and still working — able to access the same databases….doesn’t that just thrill everyone?

And this is a relatively passive abuse; what happens when the police have other tools available to them?

 

The deputy police chief in Dallas told Fox News over the weekend that Americans had the misperception that police forces were over-militarized because departments had not painted armored vehicles blue.

During an interview about the unrest after Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro pointed out to Dallas Deputy Police Chief Malik Aziz that “the perceived militarization is a problem.”

Aziz argued, however, that police departments were not over-militarized, and that people were more concerned about the misapplication of military equipment that was procured through Department of Defense programs.

“There are a lot of applications for it,” he insisted. “What is catching so much attention is the misapplication or the misuse or the deployment of it. And I’ve heard that from around the United States.”

 

The equipment used in policing is an issue; the way it is used is an even greater problem. Deputy Police Chief Aziz is correct in that aspect. So what does he offer as a solution?

But Aziz said that local police department still needed to solve the problem of “misuse or misapplication.”

“And that comes with training,” he continued. “We’re going to have to train police departments to respond. We’re going to have to train leaders, chiefs of police to respond better for leadership and command decisions. And that way, people won’t feel like they don’t have any value or equity in the system when it looks like a war zone.”

Training — professionals involved with resolving problems well recognize how vacant and nearly worthless that answer truly is. We need to train officers in ethics, morality, not breaking the procedures and policies??

That is the solution???

So Deputy Police Chief Aziz just what is the correct training needed to deploy sniper rifles to cover a peaceful protest? What is the correct training need to roll out Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles during riots — making sure the paint scheme is correct?

There has to be a better answer.