Hey President Obama !

One of those things that just don’t happen in other countries happened again.

(CNN)[Breaking news update, published at 9:30 a.m. ET]

Twelve people — including five Malian soldiers — died as a result of a hostage situation and ensuing battle between the attackers and soldiers at a Mali hotel, Malian state-run broadcaster ORTM reported Saturday.

Earlier, a spokesman for Mali’s President told CNN that officials believed the dead included five soldiers, four attackers and three civilians, but that the toll had yet to be confirmed.

I’m just wondering why the President of the country felt it was necessary to lie.

Could it be, like most other anti-rights cultists, he has to lie in order to push gun control?

Been A While

Since I’ve fisked something. Let’s see if I still have what it takes. Of course, I’m starting back with an easy target – maybe it is white privilege; everything defaults to ‘easy’.


CNN)Last month, a gunman in a Louisiana movie theater killed two people and injured nine others before shooting himself with a gun he’d legally purchased.

Okay, let’s talk about a month old incident that has been thoroughly covered and dissected while ignoring the violence that occurs day and day out. Let’s ignore the number of times firearms have been used to stop a crime or save a life.…oh no, what is important is dancing in the blood of the dead.

On Wednesday, a man with what looked like a real semi-automatic pistol in a Nashville movie theater sprayed patrons with pepper spray and hit one with a hatchet before police — apparently believing he had a real gun — shot him dead.

Armed with ‘what looked like a real semi-automatic pistol’ — that is what you lead with? Not the one person actually injured with the hatchet? Gee, can you say fixated?

Summer is high season for movie-going, but who among us will not carry in the back of our minds — as we settle into our seats in a darkened roomful of strangers — that anything is possible in a society so saturated with guns.

You probably don’t mean that a firearm I carry can save my life or that a firearm I keep at home can keep my family safe type “anything is possible”. You probably don’t mean that in our ‘society so saturated with guns’ firearm related crime, deaths and injuries have been trending down.

That the alleged assailant in Nashville, Vincente David Montano, was wielding a pellet gun that only, quite convincingly, looked like a real gun changes the outcome, but not the terror. Some of us may decide going out to the movies isn’t worth it.

So unlike many gun owners and those who carry in public; it seems that you are advocating living in fear and changing your to reflect that. While we can agree that avoiding bad places is a good strategy; those who carry make rational decision (carry) and continue to interact in public; not hide away because of the actions of a few.

This would constitute a change in our consumer habits. And it has an economic effect. This is something that has gone largely unspoken in the debates about gun control and concealed carry that follow upon each shooting: the ever-rising economic toll of gun violence in our country and the role that American business can play in advocating for more stringent gun controls.

Again let’s not look at the positives – Kroger stock up after Moms Demanding Attention called for a boycott because of Open Carry.

The total economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the United States increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $42.9 billion in 2014, a 125 percent increase, while the total number of full-time equivalent jobs* rose from approximately 166,000 to more than 263,000, a 58 percent increase in that period, according to a new report released today by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the industry’s trade association

How much are companies actually losing due to firearm related crimes? Probably not nearly as much as the industry generates.

Imagine, for example, that gun death was so rare in America, that the bizarre Nashville incident could be viewed as just an aberration, not a chilling reminder of our ongoing reality. Americans are killing each other with guns in staggering numbers, and yet American business has failed to seriously engage with the negative effects of gun violence on national well-being, productivity and prosperity. Ted Miller, a researcher at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, crunched the numbers for a Mother Jones report and came up with a $229 billion a year price tag for direct and indirect costs of gun violence.

Never mind the incredible number of issues with the Mother Jones Report. Let’s talk about how you conflate the every day violence in our community with the ‘aberration’ that mass shootings like Nashville truly are. Let’s talk about how we can address the violence in our communities without restricting our rights…..we can do that but that isn’t what you want, is it?

Both small-business owners and human resources executives in large corporations know the economic ripple effect these broad figures reflect: consumers shunning businesses touched by gun violence, days lost from work while families grieve, businesses closed temporarily after shootings, good workers diminished by the physical or mental consequences of witnessing or being direct victims of gun violence.

Care to talk about the number of lives saved, crimes stopped, property protected by gun owners? Nope. I love that ‘witnessing or being direct victims of gun violence’ — under 400,000 firearm related violent crimes a year — let’s be generous and say 3 victims each crime and 5 witnesses? 2.1 million people affected out of 122 Million people employed — 1,72%. Really a huge impact eh? Never mind that 18.9 million people are affect directly by non-firearm related crime at least each year.

The strength of the gun lobby in America and the fears of some that they will lose rights conferred, they say, by the Second Amendment are only part of the reason such topics are mostly avoided in the business world, including in the business media. Our attachment to guns crosses lines of race, gender and sexual orientation: it is a national disposition. Who wants to mess with that?

You knew the “gun lobby” was going to make a showing here sometimes and she doesn’t disappoint. Who was it that said “there is strength in numbers”? The Gun lobby is made up of millions and millions of gun owners. Heck the NRA alone has over 4 million members !
And NO – our rights are not conferred by the 2nd Amendment; they are protected by it. A huge difference. And it isn’t just us saying this ! 5 Supreme Court Justices agree

c. Meaning of the Operative Clause. Putting all of these textual elements together, we find that they guarantee the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation. This meaning is strongly confirmed by the historical background of the Second Amendment . We look to this because it has always been widely understood that the Second Amendment , like the First and Fourth Amendment s, codified a pre-existing right. The very text of the Second Amendmentimplicitly recognizes the pre-existence of the right and declares only that it “shall not be infringed.” As we said in United States v. Cruikshank, 92 U. S. 542, 553(1876) , “[t]his is not a right granted by the Constitution. Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence. The Second amendment declares that it shall not be infringed … .”16

So what part of that is hard to understand? Did Scalia use too big of words for you?

And many exercise their rights to open carry, never thinking they are creating alarm in their fellow citizens and creating disruptive security situations. In June, a man brought a fully loaded rifle into the Atlanta airport — a major hub of business travel — when he and his wife dropped off their daughter for a flight.

My right to keep and bear arms does not end at the start of your fears or anyone else’s – sorry to be rude but Screw you if you think it does. There are no good numbers on how many people Open Carry day in and day out – without people panicking. I find it illustrative of how weak your argument is there is only one incident listed. That there are so few reports; usually of people over reacting, to common people doing a common event – Open Carrying. Shouldn’t that tell you people might not be as be fearful as you think?

We have changed our collective mind about large social issues in the past: women now have the right to vote, racial intermarriage is no longer forbidden, homosexuality is no longer considered an illness, same-sex marriage is now a right and smoking is no longer chic.

On those topics, business has helped to set a new tone for America. But on the issue of gun control, there has so far been no tipping point. We continue to mow down our leaders (Charleston), our children (Newtown) and our work force (Louisiana, most recently), with collateral damage that harms the economy and weakens us as a nation.

Gee — I thought that facts that 50 states having some form of Carry, that 8 states now or soon will be Constitutional Carry, that 45 states now allow Open Carry (Finally Texas !!!) — and millions of people have carry licenses, 55 million people or more own firearms –might be a clue that we have made up our ‘collective mind’ about the Right to Keep and Bear Arms ! What you really mean, in my opinion, is we haven’t came to the conclusion you want and give up our firearms.

America’s economic leaders should apply the boldness and tenacity that fuel national enterprise to the task of shifting the conversation about gun control in this country. They will face opposition at first, but they will be making a necessary investment in our human capital and in our collective prosperity.

I agree ! We need economic leaders to apply that boldness and tenacity to push for less gun control. For greater freedom in our right to keep and bear arms; let’s reduce the number of mandated ‘gun free zones’ where people are disarmed victims, Let’s make it easier for people to carry firearms across state lines without risking arrest. Let’s make it easier for people to buy firearms – we can put the criminals in jail and the mentally ill in hospitals to get help so we the ‘good guys’ with guns aren’t confused with the ‘bad guys’ or mentally ill. I don’t think the economic impact will be as bad as you anticipate; name a successful boycott by the gun control crowd.

Just my two cents…..please join the conversation.



Minute thoughts

Not as in small, but as in, ‘that is all the time I have to think on this right now.

The third branch of our democratic government — the federal judiciary — cannot function effectively and efficiently without a full complement of judges. Unfortunately, there are judicial vacancies in federal courthouses across the nation — resulting in unacceptable delays and compromising access to justice for millions of Americans. Today, there are dozens of highly qualified nominees prepared to fill those spots and to administer justice promptly and fairly in our federal courts. But Senate Republicans have obstructed and delayed at every turn, undermining our judiciary and ultimately our democracy.

First Senator Leahy, we don’t have a democracy and shouldn’t you of all people know that and speak appropriately? And second…..perhaps it is very telling that the nominees are not someone both parties can agree on — someone who will interpret the law, not make it from the bench. Yes both sides are guilty of this. You Senator Leahy just happen to be the one complaining about the Repubs doing what the Dems have done in the past.


Next up – maybe we should pay attention to what is happening in other countries, eh? 

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A man was killed and dozens were arrested Friday as a mob looted a supermarket and other shops in an industrial Venezuelan city, Bolivar state authorities said.

In announcing the looting, Gov. Francisco Rangel pushed back against opponents of Venezuela’s socialist government who attributed the unrest to widespread scarcities of basic goods across the oil-rich nation.


Venezuela has been grappling with worsening shortages of basic goods like cooking oil and flour. The administration has adopted a variety of measures to address the situation and discourage hoarding, including fingerprinting shoppers who buy food at subsidized prices at supermarkets. Officials also limit the days that people can buy certain products.

Few items are produced locally, and rigid currency controls and a scarcity of U.S. dollars have made it increasingly difficult for Venezuelans to find imported products. Price controls don’t help either, with producers complaining that some goods are priced too low to make a profit and justify production.

The administration blames the shortages both on companies speculating with an eye toward future profits and on black market vendors who buy groceries at subsidized prices and illegally resell them for several times the amount.

The looting came a day after Venezuela’s largest food distributor, Polar, protested a government seizure of one of its warehouses in Caracas and warned that any takeovers could exacerbate supply problems.

Doesn’t the actions of the Venezuelan government sound eerily similar to what some of our politicians have proposed? Even without the dire situation they have.

Look at what happened when disruptions were temporary and localized to a relatively small area – ala Hurricane Katrina. Look at what happens when small scale riots as a political protest break out.  Make your own plans but also remember the government and others will be making their own plans on how to deal with people having more then others.

Called this one way before the Supreme Court took a swipe at passing legislation (see earlier comment) from the bench.

Two recent items in the news reflect the continuing fallout from Obergefell v. Hodges, the case barring states from restricting marriage to the union of a man and a woman. Senator Ted Cruz is holding hearings in response to what he takes to be the“lawlessness” of the decision. And in the New York Times, law professor William Baude asks a question many have been asking in the wake of Obergefell: “Is Polygamy Next?” (Are we sliding down a slippery slope?)

Of course polygamy is next. We will probably have a 5 or 7 year window (probably less) to deal with the various types of polygamous marriages (clan, line, group, etc) before we move on to really rough issues like incestuous marriages between consenting adults. Given that homosexual marriage has opened the door to relationships that aren’t based on procreation; I’m betting it won’t be long before the taboo of incest breaks legal ground. It will take longer but the Supreme Court really set the standard and will be forced to accept their own reasoning.


Scalia’s complaint against the Obergefell majority — although he doesn’t put it this way — is that once again a moral perspective has been allowed to displace the process of patient legal analysis. This time the morality is different; not the stern old testament morality that ruled in Bowers and was overruled in Lawrence, but the morality of love, identity, intimacy, spirituality, aspiration, dignity, self-expression and respect — all words Kennedy uses and words that bear the mark of the vaguely new age sensibility Scalia derides when he refers to the “opinion’s showy profundities” that are, in fact, “profoundly incoherent.” What exactly, he asks, is the legal import of intimacy and spirituality, and “who ever thought” that they were “freedoms” of a kind that merited constitutional protection? How can this claim be traced by a legal analysis to clauses in the Constitution? How can the court justify the creation of “‘liberties’ that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention?”

There may be answers to these questions, but, Scalia insists, the court doesn’t really answer them. It instead proclaims the virtues of the moral perspective it “really likes” while heaping scorn on the moral perspective it “really dislikes.”

Of course, more frightening than that is the concept that there are ‘acceptable moral perspectives’ that are not connected to the law. Expect more howling from all political parties as this concept gets adopted by the lower courts. It is going to create a free for all in court cases for dozens of years — if our republic survives that long.


Well, that is one way to create bi-partianship!

Lawmakers from President Barack Obama’s own party had previously pilloried the administration’s official Trafficking In Persons report, which is used to shame governments that support or tolerate modern-day slavery. Experts say the report has successfully been used in the past to improve worker protections abroad. But in July, the administration upgraded several nations — including Malaysia, Cuba and Saudi Arabia — that independent human rights experts said had done little to improve their human trafficking status.

Lawmakers and human rights activists said that several of these favorable rulings appear to be connected to unrelated political projects. An upgrade for Malaysia, for instance, effectively makes the country eligible for participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a controversial trade pact the Obama administration is negotiating with 11 other Pacific Rim countries.

“Malaysia’s record on curbing human trafficking is just not sufficient to justify an upgrade,” Sarah Margon, the Washington director at Human Rights Watch, told The Huffington Post in July. “And I think it’s damaging to the integrity of the report.”

The Obama administration recently reopened diplomatic ties with Cuba, while Saudi Arabia has been upset with the recent diplomatic agreement designed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) criticized Malaysia’s upgrade, as did Reps. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) and others.

Probably not what he wanted but in trying to create a legacy, Obama’s ego is putting even more human lives in risk. Way to go Prez !


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 !!!!



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.


Can Kicked – Again

Looks like the  issue of Greece’s debt and economy has been pushed back for a little while longer

After months of acrimony, Greece finally clinched a bailout agreement with its European creditors on Monday that will, if implemented, secure the country’s place in the euro and avoid financial collapse.

The terms of the deal, however, will be painful both for Greeks and their radical left-led government, which since its election in January had vowed to stand up to the creditors and reject the budget cuts they have been demanding.

I wonder how the people who suffered from the banking restrictions, the unrest feel about their leaders making essentially the same deal that was offered months ago.

Does anyone really think the latest round of bailout will make a difference?

Greece had requested a three-year, 53.5 billion-euro ($59.5 billion) financial package, but that number grew larger by tens of billions as the negotiations dragged on and the leaders calculated how much Greece will need to stay solvent.

Greece has received two previous bailouts, totaling 240 billion euros ($268 billion), in return for deep spending cuts, tax increases and reforms from successive governments. Although the country’s annual budget deficit has come down dramatically, Greece’s debt burden has increased as the economy has shrunk by a quarter.

They’ve already did the same thing twice already. Starting to look like a bad real life version of “Ground Hog Day” without the principals actually learning anything.
Not in Greece, not in the Eurozone, not in America or China. No one seems to be taking the issue to heart and making actual reform or changes to stave off disaster.

I hope that I’m just being alarmist here. What do you think about the state of the economy?


One Of The Reasons – Bernie Sanders

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is running to Hillary Clinton’s left on nearly every other issue — but says he can “bring us to the middle” on guns.

His idea of the center and mine are a little different. I would really not like to see what

But he touted several other votes, pointing to his support for banning semi-automatic weapons, for instant background checks for gun owners and for doing away with loopholes that allow buyers at gun shows to skirt some regulations.

Yeah, I don’t think touting past votes to ban semi-automatic weapons, for closing the ‘gun show loophole’ is anywhere near moving to the center. I would like to see some of his proposals for ‘bringing us to the middle’ on guns. Unfortunately his presidential bid website doesn’t seem to address that issue yet.

He said there’s a major difference between Vermont, a rural state with little gun control where hunting is a way of life, and cities like Chicago, where guns are used by gangs.
“Folks who do not like guns is fine. But we have millions of people who are gun owners in this country — 99.9% of those people obey the law,” Sanders said.

Yes Senator Sanders — there is a difference between the location and the infrastructure but the people are the same for most part. You have fewer gangs in Chicago but the only reason firearms are used mostly by the criminals there is really simple; the law abiding were forbidden to use them until very recently ! Surely those same people who are law abiding in Vermont would be law abiding in Chicago right?

“I want to see real, serious debate and action on guns, but it is not going to take place if we simply have extreme positions on both sides. I think I can bring us to the middle.”

Gun bans on the most common semi-automatic rifle (if he is only taking about banning ‘assault rifles’) isn’t ‘extreme’? Come on Senator Sanders; at least acknowledge the fact your position is already on the far side of what makes up the middle ground.

You might have some great ideas but this issue, combined with others I’ll explore later, keeps me from taking you serious as a candidate I could vote for.

Please join the discussion.