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Governor Declares Every Civilian Carried Firearm in eastern NC Illegal Due to Hurricane

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ConfederateYankee: North Carolina Governor Declares Every Concealed Carry Permit in eastern NC Invalid Due to Hurricane Irene

The way I read it, the law she triggered does much more than that.  Open Carry is normally legal in North Carolina, but not under the terms of this law, as it forbids transportation or even possession of a firearm off one’s own premises.

Let me see if I can follow the chain of liberal non-logic behind this brain-dead law.

During a declared state of emergency or riot, the ability of the government to enforce the rule of law and protect its citizens has been compromised.  It therefore follows that this is exactly when the citizens must be deprived of the ability to protect themselves unless they are huddled in their homes (or business).

Banding together to protect their neighborhoods from marauders or mobs is a complete non-starter, as everyone is sequestered to their own little patch of land.  “Every man for himself” is the state mandate.

Natural disaster hits?  You had better hope your friends and relatives are already armed because you can’t take your guns to go defend them from looters, or even lend or give them guns to do it themselves.

Imagine the London scenario in NC: you’re out away from home minding your own business and a flash mob hits the area, and within five minutes you’ve got a riot.  Defend yourself?  Heck, you’re not even allowed to have that gun now, let alone use it.

Most gun laws are poorly thought out at best, but this is on a whole other level of just gross stupidity.

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August 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Verizon union acting with class and dignity

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NJ.com: Verizon picketer places daughter in front of oncoming truck, video shows

A video posted online appears to show a Verizon picketer placing his young daughter in front of an oncoming truck — presumably carrying non-union employees — and then taunting the passengers with profanity-laced statements.

And lest we forget:

On Monday, Verizon said it had been the victim of at least a dozen “sabotage” incidents targeting their cables and facilities in New Jersey and New York, affecting thousands of customers including hospitals, police and fire departments.

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August 11, 2011 at 7:42 am

Posted in Liberalism

What Patrick Henry would say to President Obama

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Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the numbers of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.

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August 8, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Posted in Quotes

What would I ever need more than ten bullets for?

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Akron police investigate teen mob attack on family – News – Ohio.

Out of nowhere, the six were attacked by dozens of teenage boys, who shouted ”This is our world” and ”This is a black world” as they confronted Marshall and his family.

Witnesses describe mobs, some people claim racially-charged attacks – 620 WTMJ – Milwaukee.

Witnesses’ accounts claim everything from dozens to hundreds of young black people beating white people as they left State Fair Thursday night.

Philly.com: Woman’s leg broken, others hurt in Spring Garden mob attack

According to the police report of the incident, Guendelsberger was “jumped” by 30 to 40 men who punched and kicked her numerous times. Police said they checked the area for surveillance but had no luck.

Shortly before Guendelsberger’s assault, police said, they responded to another assault, about five blocks away at Broad Street and Fairmount Avenue, of a 20-year-old man who said that he was attacked by a large group of men and women.

Police said that he was treated for a bruise and abrasion under his right eye.

Twitter users said that the mob ranged from 50 to 100 people and that participants not only assaulted people but also threw trash cans and lit fireworks.

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August 7, 2011 at 10:09 am

Stephen Colbert lied like a dog about debt deal

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From his August 2nd program:

President Obama signed the debt ceiling compromise and America narrowly avoided a catastrophe, giving the Democrats anything they want.

The Democrats made out like bandits.

President Obama wanted the largest debt ceiling increase in history. He got it, to the tune of 2.1 trillion dollars.  “Since 1979, the average debt-limit vote has given the Treasury 251 days — about eight months — of borrowing, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Office of Management and Budget data.”  The President demanded enough to get through the next 18 months, past the 2012 elections, and he got it.

Because the only way this bill was two-sided was that the Dems had to take it in both ends.

The only ones who got screwed were the American public.  The deal “limited” spending to increases of only $7 trillion above current levels over the coming decade, as opposed to the $10 trillion in increases in the Obama budget.

Just look how this defeat has broken Harry Reid…

Harry Reid managed to con the Republicans into letting Senate Democrats dodge their legal responsibility to pass budget resolutions. So not only have Senate Democrats not passed a budget for the past two years, now they don’t have to pass them for the next two years either.

Folks, this is what happens when you only give Republicans 98% of what they want.

Total garbage.  Republicans, and the majority of Americans, wanted the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act.  The Senate Democrats shot it down and the President said he would have vetoed it if it had reached his desk.  The Budget Control Act debt compromise is nothing like Cut, Cap, and Balance.

1. Cut: We don’t even get past 2012 before we see Republicans losing half the cuts they wanted.

2. Cap: The 20% of GDP spending cap Republicans wanted is gone.

3. Balance: CCB required Congress to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to raise the debt ceiling.  Now they only have to vote on it, and still get all but $300 billion of the debt ceiling increase if they don’t pass it.

Colbert somehow figures that is 98%.  At best, I would say that is 20% of what Republicans wanted.  Since I doubt they really wanted to “deem” the Democrat controlled Senate to have passed budget resolutions when they did not do so, 15% might be an even better number.  Then there are the triggered cuts to national defense discretionary spending by 10%.  Boy, the more you read about the Budget Control Act the more it sounds like the Democrats wrote it, which they did.

Colbert then goes on to blame Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s for our economic woes, rather than the politicians who are spending us all into oblivion, going so far as to accuse them of “economic terrorism” and suggest they be sent to Gitmo.  The fact that US debt is now more than 100% of our nation’s GDP apparently has nothing to do with it.  No, apparently the rating agencies are just doing it because they are a bunch of evil jerks.  This is, of course, the only reason anyone ever does anything liberals don’t like.

Written by BornLib

August 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Posted in Economics, Liberalism

What a Deal! Markets Crash and US Downgraded to AA+

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Markets Crash: Faber: Brace for a Global ‘Reboot’ and a War – CNBC.

“I think Treasurys are perceived still as a safe haven because everybody knows the U.S. has an endless ability to print money. The interest will be paid,” he said. “The trouble is that governments can default in two ways. Either they just stop paying the interest and there is a debt restructuring, like Argentina went through; or they just pay the interest and the principle eventually, in a worthless currency. That’s the way the U.S. will likely do it.”

I’m taking the advice of a certain Toledo cop and investing “in precious metals – lead, gun powder and brass.”

ZeroHedge: S&P Downgrades US To AA+, Outlook Negative.

When comparing the U.S. to sovereigns with ‘AAA’ long-term ratings that we view as relevant peers–Canada, France, Germany, and the U.K.–we also observe, based on our base case scenarios for each, that the trajectory of the U.S.’s net public debt is diverging from the others. Including the U.S., we estimate that these five sovereigns will have net general government debt to GDP ratios this year ranging from 34% (Canada) to 80% (the U.K.), with the U.S. debt burden at 74%. By 2015, we project that their net public debt to GDP ratios will range between 30% (lowest, Canada) and 83% (highest, France), with the U.S. debt burden at 79%. However, in contrast with the U.S., we project that the net public debt burdens of these other sovereigns will begin to decline, either before or by 2015.

Worse than France or the UK. That’s just embarrassing.

Now the White House says we shouldn’t have been downgraded, but frankly, that is a load of bull.

Financial Times Op-ed: Deal or No Deal, a US Downgrade Is Deserved.

This week America must wait nervously to find out whether the deal will be enough to save its credit rating. The rating agencies recently laid out two important vulnerabilities that might lead them to mark it down. Given the deal does little to address either, the agencies are likely to make good on their threat to downgrade.

Written by BornLib

August 5, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Posted in Economics

The Rise and Fall of the American Empire

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Jim Quinn: Bread, Circuses, Spending Cuts, Unicorns And The Appearance Of Wealth

The parallels are all there, and we’ll recover just as well as Ancient Rome has.

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August 5, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Posted in Economics, Liberalism