3 Boxes of BS http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net Soap Box, Ballot Box and Ammo Box --An average person's view on society, politics and firearms. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:57:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Graphics Matter – Year 5 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8736 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8736#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:57:57 +0000 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8736 Has it been that long since Linoge started posting a very useful graphic at his blog “Walls of the City“?
Yep, 5 years of clearly showing that the bumper sticker slogan of the antis “more guns = more deaths” is simply not true.

 

If you haven’t already, check out this incredible work; provided with information to the source data. Something you’ll rarely see the antis provide.

 

— And I haven’t been ignoring you, just not been in a position to post the last couple of days. I hope to explain why this has been a good thing.

 

 

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Still Less Than A CHL http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8730 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8730#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:55:52 +0000 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8730 Mike Norman, opinion writer at the Star-Telegram, is whining about the Voter ID law. If anyone has been following the law in the media, you know it has been a confusing tale. One court strikes it down, another re-instates it. It’s been going back and forth at the legal equivalent of a ping pong match.

In fact, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi found the requirements “draconian” and ruled last week that the voter ID law passed by the Legislature in 2011 discriminated against African-American and Hispanic voters.

And, according to the evidence in a nine-day trial, that’s what the Legislature wanted.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals brushed those findings aside — didn’t even address them — on Tuesday in ruling that because voting is just days away, the state should be allowed to enforce its voter ID rules as planned.

And to be frank, I am very conflicted on whether or not I want the courts to strike this down.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. I think having to show ID is a good idea. This is a right that only exists because a person is a member of the polity; so showing proof of that is not violating a fundamental right.

Where I get my confusion is how we, gun owners and pro-rights supporters, could use the case.

 

It’s not hard to get the proper ID, proponents say. But evidence showed that for hundreds of thousands of Texans — disproportionately, African-Americans and Hispanics who are poor — it is difficult.

For them, the travel time to the nearest Department of Public Safety office to get a free ID card is 90 minutes or more. When they get there, they must have the proper documentation, which typically includes a certified copy of their birth certificate.

If they were born in Texas and can make an in-person visit to the proper records office and know how to ask for it, they can get a birth certificate for the cut rate of $2 or $3.

If they need to get it by mail, need to correct errors in their certificate, were not registered at birth or need a certificate from another state, the cost is at least $22 or as much as $47.

Those costs led the judge to declare the new voter ID law an unconstitutional poll tax, although that was not the primary focus of the trial.

Emphasis mine in the above paragraph. I looked up Taxi cab rates in the Dallas Fort Worth area and assumed about 60 miles travel in 90 minutes round trip. At $2.25 for initial charge and $1.80 per mile; that works out to about $110. Add in the $3 charge in person cost to get a Birth Certificate and round up to about $115 dollars.

Still less than the basic costs of a Concealed Handgun License at $140. Plus the $10 for the fingerprints, something the Voter ID does not require. Plus the $10 or so for Photos. Plus the $35 to $150 dollars for the class, Plus the $5 Proficiency Test fee. Even if we double the costs for the taxi instead of bus fare or getting a friend to take the person to get their birth certificate — it still is less burdensome than getting a Concealed Handgun License. And let’s not forget that each and every applicant for a CHL has to have a valid form of photo identification already !!!!!!

 

In fact, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi found the requirements “draconian” and ruled last week that the voter ID law passed by the Legislature in 2011 discriminated against African-American and Hispanic voters.

Hence my dilemma. If it is based on cost and burden; it should be clear that having to get a license to carry in public would have a greater impact on African-American and Hispanic voters. But of course that assume the judge trying the case would apply the law in a logical, rational and consistent basis. Most of the time I haven’t seen that happen when we are talking about restrictions on 2nd Amendment issues.

 

I think that the legislation will get around, eventually, to making Open Carry legal with a license. Then it is a short stride from there (huge hurdle but small step) to Constitutional Carry. So I’m not putting too much hope on the courts forcing the Legislation to act.

So how do the 3 or 4 people still reading this feel? Should we require a photo id for voting? Do you support the courts striking down or keeping the Voter ID law?

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Doing It Wrong – Shopping Edition http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8727 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8727#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:00:56 +0000 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8727 I haven’t and probably won’t say much (at least for now) about the cases of Ebola in Dallas. It is widely publicized, critiqued and speculated on without me adding my 0.5 cents worth to the mix at this time.

I will talk about the incredibly wrong way of doing it I saw at the local grocery store today.
I observed a woman of middle age (old enough to know better) wearing a surgical scrub mask in the store. Not a very common sight but still something a person sees on occasion. There are many medical conditions that can compromise a person’s immune system making it more of a hazard to be out in public. So wearing a mask that provides a level of protection is a sensible precaution.

Then there are people who are just a little more worried about catching something then the rest of us.

I’m not sure which this woman was — but wearing the mask loosely about the face doesn’t provide the necessary protection.

Wearing it NOT over her nose but barely covering her mouth definitely defeats the purpose!
Wearing thin cotton gloves is just as silly.

This of course prompted a brief discussion with the cashier as I was checking out.

Seems the cashier’s daughter put her arms through a plate glass window; resulting in a necessary visit to the Emergency Room at a local hospital. (One my Bride and I have been to.) The cashier relayed — this is all based on her account so I can not confirm the accuracy — that the daughter was covered in blood from finger tips to shoulder on both hands as she went into the E.R.

The admittance nurse used a finger tip Pulse Oximeter — one not apparently sanitized before or after use on the daughter. Same with the Blood Pressure cuff.

Nor did the cashier see any nurses practicing sanitation measures as they came into the room or as they left. Not saying they couldn’t have but I asked and the cashier clearly confirmed she didn’t see anyone using the provided and functioning stations in the room or just outside. Not sure how the medical professionals at Texas Presbyterian caught Ebola but it is easy to understand how it is possible.

 

So — how many think it would  be a good idea to go to the hospital if Ebola or the Flu really turned into a Pandemic?

 

Make your plans, include first and and medical care, as part of your preps folks. Gonna be a bumpy ride some day.

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Throwing It Out There — Blog Shoot? http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8725 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8725#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:53:00 +0000 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8725 I know I’ve been relatively absent from the blog for a long while. I hope to explain soon but until things shake down a little more I want to stay a quite about personal issues that have had me distracted.

 

That being said; isn’t it about time we started working on another Dallas Area Blog Shoot?

I realize the name is something of a misnomer; we have had people from all over Texas and beyond join us and we loved that. Bloggers, readers, commenters, friends, family are all welcome to come.

So what do you folks think?

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In Praise of Ladies My Age http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8722 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8722#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:42:23 +0000 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8722 This started my day off with a smile.

I hope you find the humor in it as well.

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Chopped -Kids Edition http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8716 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8716#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:00:44 +0000 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8716 Was watching one of the food networks and caught one of the cooking competition shows called Chopped.

This one has the basket of Iran’s that had to be included in the appetizers, entree, and dessert round. Tonight’s show featured fourth and fifth grade kids. I was struck by the these kids, at 10 and 11, were better sports than many of the adults on other episodes.

And they were definitely better cooks than I am. Amazing the dishes they put together.

 

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Still A Hotspot http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8713 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8713#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:02:46 +0000 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8713 St. Louis and Ferguson still continue to be in the news for not good reasons.

Protesters gathered in a St. Louis neighborhood late Wednesday after an off-duty police officer fatally shot an 18-year-old black man whom police say opened fire on the officer during a foot pursuit. 

St. Louis Police Chief Col. Sam Dotson, said the 32-year-old unidentified officer, a six-year veteran of the force, was working for a private security company when he approached three men on the street. 

“As he exited the car, the gentlemen took off running. He was able to follow one of them before he lost him and then found him again as the guy jumped out of some bushes across the street,” Lt. Col. Alfred Adkins said. “The officer approached, they got into a struggle, they ended up into a gangway, at which time the young man pulled a weapon and shots were fired. The officer returned fire and unfortunately the young man was killed.”

I’ll withhold judgement on the shooting until the facts are in; unfortunately not everyone reacts the same way.

Hours after the shooting, a crowd gathered at the scene. Some people shouted “Hands up, don’t shoot” in reference to the fatal shooting in August of an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, by a white police officer. That shooting in Ferguson led to weeks of sometimes violent unrest in the St. Louis suburb. Officer Darren Wilson has not been charged in the shooting.

Dotson said some in the crowd late Wednesday shouted obscenities toward officers and damaged police cars. Officers, however, “showed great restraint,” he said.

“Any police officer use of force certainly will draw attention,” Dotson said.

KTVI reported that some protesters were seen hitting police vehicles and shots were heard in the area. The station also reported that police largely backed off to give the protesters space. 

Translated from government and media double speak; the police abandoned their responsibility to the safety of the people and the city. Other media reports are warning of violence if the officer in the Michael Brown shooting is not indicated and charged. That decision is expected later this month or early next month. Stay tuned to your TVs when it comes out because the media is reporting possible violence in other cities besides St. Louis.

 

 

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But Remember “Gun Death” Is THE METRIC http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8710 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8710#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 12:19:05 +0000 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8710 for the anti-rights cultists like Moms Demanding Attention or Bloomberg’s Illegal Mayors Against Guns.

The over-prescribing of painkillers is fuelling nearly 17,000 annual deaths from overdoses in the United States as well as a rise in heroin use, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday.

The CDC reviewed 2010-2012 mortality data from 28 states to measure rising fatal heroin overdose rates and determine how the increases were tied to prescription painkillers.

The study found that the death rate from heroin overdoses doubled during that two-year span to from 1 to 2.1 deaths per 100,000 people, while deaths from prescription opioid drugs overdoses declined from 6 to 5.6 deaths per 100,000.

17,000 annual deaths is about the same as firearm related suicides and about double the number of firearm related homicides– but as friend Weer’d Beard says ‘Hey, but only “gun Deaths” count!

The Homicide rate is 4.7 per 100,000 people. If the antis were really interested in saving lives; I would suggest they start focusing on this. Of course we know that isn’t their goal.

 

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Sorry for the Absence http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8708 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8708#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 22:42:04 +0000 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8708 Had another issues with the blog; WordPress this time. Kept wanting me to reset my password but never got to the point of actually being able to enter a new password. Finally got that resolved.

 

Then we lost power last week. You might have heard we had some weather came through here. 60 to 90 mile per hour winds in some areas. Power was out at Bunker BS for about 8.5 hours. Of course it came on at quarter til two in the morning — a most jarring experience.

 

Thanks for sticking around.

 

 

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Importance of Communicating http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8705 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8705#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:47:45 +0000 http://3bxsofbs.infamousanime.net/?p=8705 Wow…..this video is a little tough to watch because it a.) shows the shooting, b.) shows a cop who shots very quickly and c.) illustrates the dangers we face, especially those of us who carry.

 

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First, I’m not saying the victim, the driver, did anything wrong. Definitely could have, should have done one very important thing much better — communicate to the officer. Letting the officer know “My license is in my wallet which is on the seat/in the console/etc” might have prevented this. NOT saying he is at fault though.

 

I understand how much stress is involved in being a cop; I want to make the process as stress free as possible so I don’t make any sudden moves. I try not to do anything that could be misinterpreted and IF I think there is a chance, I’m going to inform the officer before hand. Yes, I’m speaking from experience. I have something of a lead foot; been stopped several times for speed violations. Deserved them so I’m not complaining. I just recognize especially as someone with a Concealed Handgun License the factors involved in a traffic stop. I think people can get conflicted by the “don’t say anything to the cops” mentality and the desire not to give too much information to the police. I don’t advocate saying anything to the police other than what you are doing or better – what you are going to do before you do it.
Don’t explain anything you don’t have to, don’t volunteer information unrelated to the exact action you are doing or need to explain regarding the interaction.

I really believe this video is a great anecdote that shows how too many officers view the people they are sworn to protect — as enemies out to kill them. Not every person they encounter is out to kill them. This guy was just following the command as fast as he could. Instead of interpreting that behavior as it was; the officer saw it completely differently. I’ve talked about this often enough here, I don’t think I need to dwell on it too much more.

It happens and will continue to happen until we make departments and officers change.

 

Please join the discussion.

 

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