Wednesday, February 29, 2012

More Police Making Up The Gun Laws

I've been following "Emily Gets Her Gun" over at The Washington Times for a few months now but her latest entry, Buying ammunition in D.C. really hit the ball out of the park and peaks my frustration level.

(short story -- the don't miss link is this:  )

At the risk of ruining a good thing by talking about it here, let me share a few things:

1) NJ police departments are staffed and operate the same way Emily describes the DC police department. The police officers, like Captian Horrach, make up the gun laws as they go along. Long time gun owners like me know it. New comers don't. A co-worker of mine who I introduced to firearms a few years ago has finally taken the plunge into obtaining a FID license of her own and applying for her first handgun permit. It's been 28 days since she submitted her paperwork and paid her fees. She's convinced they are really working hard and she's called a few times and they assure her that her permit is in the "final stages". Truth is, those clowns are waiting until 4:59pm on the 30 day to leave her a voice mail telling her that she has been approved and her permit is available for pickup. Our whole system is a sham and I've yet to read about one armed gang member who has bothered to deal with this process. The process stinks and it's time we change it. This girl is an honest, law abiding citizen with no criminal record, who has a great job with a great resume and pays plenty in taxes and fees every year. Ridiculous.

2) Ammo laws in NJ are equally confusing and nonsensical. The obvious example would be the hollow point ammo laws. I won't explain the details here because I'm lazy and it's late but they are legal to own here, unless you ask a police officer, see item #1. Separately, there is no where in NJ to buy load ammo. I mean, you can buy loaded ammo at some Dick's stores, if you show them your FID (not a law AFAIK) and your driver's license (also not a law AFAIK) and sign some paper (also not a law AFAIK).... and most of the ranges sell loaded ammo, at a price much higher than the market rate. Which leads me to the fun part that I should keep under my hat -- as Emily notes, the online world of ammo sales is endless. So what do "some people" (not me of course) do? Bulk order online for the best price and shipping rates. What ends up happening? I suspect (because I've never had this happen of course) you come home and Santa has left 100lbs or more of load ammo on your front door step. And postal regulations being what they are, I suspect (of course) that the box is CLEARLY LABELED "ORD-M / SMALL ARMS CARTRIDGES" with a blue or yellow sticker so that any passer-by knows not to touch that big ol box on your door step because it might contain "dangerous" ammunition. Makes sense, right?

So anyhow, now Emily has her gun, and has her ammo and she wants to pretend that she's safe and sound and secure in her own home. I suspect that I can predict the future here -- Emily will soon find out that she's supposed to keep that gun, and ammo, locked up in the safe. And if someone breaks into her house, she has a duty to retreat and no legal right to defend herself or her property from thieves and potential murders. To the best of my knowledge, DC, like NJ, has no Castle Doctrine and you and I have no legal authority or right to shoot an intruder in our own home. Some people would say here "rather by judged by 12 than carried by six" and try to sound clever, but being the law abiding, responsible citizen that I am, I of course urge those folks to jump out of their second floor windows and leave their family members and possessions to the whim of intruders rather than play the hero. Besides, surely if you call 911, the police will be just minutes away!

Ignored 911 Call Turns Fatal In Berkeley; Police Busy With Occupy Protest

"Police issued a statement Monday night that said the initial call was for trespassing and that because on-duty officers were being reconfigured for the protest; only emergency calls were to be handled."

That's right -- trespassing (at least in CA, where gun ownership is much like DC and NJ) is not an emergency.... just wait it out... the bad guys will acknowledge your just a law abiding, humble person and move on, no worries.

Of course, if you present any of this to guys like Frank Pallone or Bob Menendez, they will point to a school shooting in Ohio and cry you a river. To them I say, sounds like a few armed defenders could have solved the problem quickly or been a deterent to the crime in the first place. Clearly Pallone and Menendez's positions don't work, don't reduce crime, don't reduce gang membership and don't adhere to our 2nd Amendment rights that are protected by the US Constitution.

It's time to demand changes to our gun laws, both in NJ and in DC. It's time to dump Pallone, Menendez and Obama.

Monday, February 27, 2012

I'm Owed An Appology, or I'll Act Uncivilized

This is an Outrage! Look at these terrible people burning a symbol of what we stand for, Freedom and Democracy!

Imagine what would happen if WE burned something symbolic to THOSE PEOPLE??? Ohh right....

Where is THEIR PRESIDENT Karzai's apology to the people of these United States of America?

....what non-sense. Our President Obama and all of our elected Representatives should just quit apologizing to these people.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Since Barack Obama Became President...

Worth a read. Each item has a link to the source of the information/point for anyone doubting the numbers or looking for more information. Obama, Menendez and Pallone, among plenty of others, are responsible for The End of The American Dream. We The People are responsible for Ending the Nightmare of being "represented" by these people.

The following are 18 statistics that prove that the economy has not improved since Barack Obama became the president of the United States....
#1 Today there are 88 million working age Americans that are not employed and that are not looking for employment.  That is an all-time record high.
#2 When Barack Obama was elected, the percentage of unemployed Americans that had been out of work for more than 52 weeks was less than 15%.  Today, it is above 30%.
#3 There are 1.2 million fewer jobs in America today than there were when Barack Obama was inaugurated.
#4 When Barack Obama first took office, the number of "long-term unemployed workers" in the United States was approximately 2.6 million.  Today, that number is sitting at 5.6 million.
#5 The average duration of unemployment in the United States is hovering close to an all-time record high.
#6 During the Obama administration, worker health insurance costs have risen by 23 percent.
#7 Since Barack Obama has been president, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has increased by 90 percent.
#8 Since Barack Obama has been president, home values in the United States have declined by another 13 percent.
#9 Under Barack Obama, new home sales in the U.S. set a brand new all-time record low in 2009, they set a brand new all-time record low again in 2010, and they set a brand new all-time record low once again during 2011.
#10 Since Barack Obama took office, the number of Americans living in poverty has risen by more than 6 million.
#11 Since Barack Obama entered the White House, the number of Americans on food stamps has increased from 32 million to 46 million.
#12 The amount of money that the federal government gives directly to Americans has increased by 32 percent since Barack Obama entered the White House.
#13 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of Americans living in "extreme poverty" is now sitting at an all-time high.
#14 When Barack Obama first took office, an ounce of gold was going for about $850.  Today an ounce of gold costs more than $1700 an ounce.
#15 Since Barack Obama became president, the size of the U.S. national debt has increased by 44 percent.
#16 During Barack Obama's first two years in office, the U.S. government added more to the U.S. national debt than the first 100 U.S. Congresses combined.
#17 During the Obama administration, the U.S. government has accumulated more debt than it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that Bill Clinton took office.
#18 The U.S. national debt has been increasing by an average of more than 4 billion dollars per day since the beginning of the Obama administration.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Union Leader Sums Up the Problems in the US Labor Force

There is just nothing left to say when this is the mentality of union leaders.

International Longshoremen’s Association President Harold Daggett said the ILA will enter this year’s contract negotiations seeking guaranteed minimum staffing and protection against job cuts from labor-saving technology.

“We know technology is coming and we know we can’t stop it forever, but we will not be deterred from protecting our work and our jurisdiction,” Daggett said in a “letter to transportation media.”

Companies will want technology that makes them more efficient and profitable, but the ILA will make sure that such technology does not adversely affect our workforce and our members,” he said.

[Daggett] has criticized plans by Global Terminal in Bayonne, N.J., to install remote-controlled, rail-mounted gantry cranes and truck-gate scanners in an expansion set for completion in 2014.

Introducing technology without job guarantees “is a recipe for disaster and a way to utilize attrition to kill our jobs and our union,” he said.

Monday, February 6, 2012

My neighbor, a Long Branch Volunteer, and Radio Star

Some long time readers might remember that I've blogged a few times about my neighbor, who I'd nominate and defend as the best neighbor anyone can move in next to, a few times. He plays frisbee with my puppy, I shovel his sidewalk and driveway when it snows. When trees fall on his power lines, I'm knocking on his door to wake him up -- when he wakes up, my puppy is stealing his newspaper and holding it ransom for a few pets. 
But last year I was playing frisbee with the dog when a Long Branch Police Officer pulled into Dink's driveway looking for Dink's wife, who was not home. Being the nosy neighbor, I inquired what the officer was doing and he informed me that Dink was in a minor motor vehicle accident after his heart stopped while driving over to the First Aid building to process some payroll. 

Celina and I went to visit Dink in the hospital a few times and things didn't sound too good the first few visits. Doctors changed his meds a few times, which caused some other complications and Dink really seemed to be losing hope. The third time Dink was admitted to Jersey Shore, he and his wife told us he would be the first to get some new procedure; a few short months later, Dink is back to playing frisbee with my puppy and even came over to watch the SuperBowl on the big screen last night. 

So I'm happy to report to my friends in Long Branch that Jersey Shore did us all a favor by helping someone who I think may be our greatest volunteer, Don "Dink" Henry; and I personally thank them for saving the life of my friend, my neighbor and my puppy's best friend. 

But what inspires me to write about Dink this morning is that as I was on my way to work this morning listening to 880AM -- I heard Dink's voice on the radio. The attached video ran as a radio commercial for Jersey Shore/Meridian Health. I'm sure they don't need my help advertising, but I can certainly say that I've often been one to think such commercials were made-up/exaggerated for marketing type of things. I assure you, Dink's story is true, and as lucky as Long Branch is to have such a great and dedicated volunteer, I'm even luckier to have such a great neighbor, and a great friend.

Some links to the stories:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Again with Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Being Terrible

Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman is just not good at her job.

Check out Bob Ingle's blog  (sorry I'm a little late sharing the link, been busy lately, thus the midnight blogging):

The quick summary being that Coleman is trying to push a bill to extend the age people are forced to attend our failing public schools, just like Oh-Man.

It's bad, expensive policy and it won't produce better educated adults. I have nothing to add that hasn't been said before so check out Ingle's blog if you haven't already and then call your friends in Coleman's district and ask them nicely to contact Bonnie and politely ask her to resign from a position that she is just not capable, competent or qualified to fill.