When the only immediately-apparent difference between police forces and military units is the word “POLICE” emblazoned across their backs:
… our country has a problem.
Or, to put it another way:
In fairness, we are not using the military as a police force in this case (though I understand the National Guard has been mobilized), but when you start giving the police retired military gear, and you train them in [...]
I came home today to this email from my congresscritter’s office, which was passed on to his district counsel from the State Department:
I have been advised by our Verification Division that [Linoge] received a Tentative Non-Confirmation (TNC) because his passport record reflected “pending” in the Department of State’s system at the time of the verification inquiry. Verification placed his case in “continue to process”, and sent a request to the Department of State [...]
Remember this fun story? It has gotten better.
Shortly after penning up that post, I faxed the Department of Homeland Security a copy of my still-active US Passport, per their request, and under the impression that doing so would allow the situation to be cleared up in “about 24 hours”, to quote the customer service representative I spoke to.
I called back 24 hours later, and was told that they had received my [...]
Regular readers of this weblog are probably wondering if I happened to start partaking of Washington State’s newest commercial enterprise while I am out here visiting my parents, on account of the title slapped on the top of this post, but I promise there is a perfectly reasonable, rational, and sober reason for me to have written it.
As we all know, Our Glorious President auto-fellated on Tuesday night with an impressive* display of [...]
You know, for being a supposed “constitutional scholar / teacher / professor / lawyer / whatever-the-hell-else-he-claimed”, Our Glorious President does not have a damned clue about what his job entails, or what limitations are imposed on it by the Constitution:
"In this year of action, the President will seek out as many opportunities as possible to work with Congress in a bipartisan way. But when American jobs and livelihoods depend on getting something done, [...]
I will freely – and proudly – admit that I did not watch Obama’s pontificating to the American public this morning. I may be unemployed, but I definitely have better things to do.
I will likewise admit that I have not read a great deal of aftermath recapping or reporting… and my blood pressure thanks me for that.
That said, from my admittedly limited point of view, it would appear to me that [...]
So take a look at the receipt to the left; it is a pretty standard product of someone who has cheap tastes and not a lot of money to spend on alcohol. You will have to forgive the Burnett’s Vodka – it is my intentions to see if I can use that as a base to make gin that tastes better than the New Amsterdam stuff but comes out cheaper. I will probably fail, [...]
Government is the grey goo science fiction has been warning us about.
The scarier thing is our Founding Fathers knew it.
I tend to look askance at anyone who uses InfoWars as a source, or rants on about the “evils” of “big pharma”, but this is just too good to not share:
I was ten when the Waco siege went down, and, at the time, I did not really understand what was going on, why it was going on, or why my parents were so horrified at seeing ATF and FBI agents lob tear [...]
… Because I could not and would not bring myself to obey the orders of a Commander-in-Chief who has decided he can arbitrarily murder American citizens without benefit of due process, trial by jury, or any other quaint, Constitutionally-protected rights.
I am quite serious about that. Were I still active duty today, I would be drawing up my resignation paperwork and submitting it for the earliest date my contract would allow.
And lest [...]
So apparently the White House has gone and released a photo of Our Glorious President, Barack Hussein Obama, allegedly shooting some skeet; no mention was made of whether or not he actually managed to hit them. Whatever. Given Obama’s long and sordid history of being anti-firearms, this is rather like a racist individual claiming to have black friends, and in that vein, I never would have even bothered to comment on this…
… If [...]
The rule of law is dead in the District of Columbia.
Of course, this is nothing new, given that the federal government calls that not-quite-state home, but this time around I am referring to the laws specifically governing that postage stamp of a municipality.
District of Columbia Official Code 2001 Edition, Division I, Title 7, Subtitle J, Chapter 25, Unit A, Subchapter VI, § 7-2506.01, section [...]
This keychain tool kit that I forgot was still attached to my carabiner was deemed unacceptable for me to have on my person by the Nashville branch of the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters due to its 1.375" knife, and was therefore confiscated from me at the security checkpoint for the airport (sorry, Weer’d).
However, at both Nashville and SeaTac airports, this solid stainless steel pen (that could never hurt/kill anyone) was allowed through without [...]
This is me, not being surprised:
The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.
I have only been harping on this for about two years now, but, hey, giving two years’ worth of airline passengers an increased chance of cancer is no big deal, right?
Oh, wait, the Thousands of [...]
I have an increasingly nagging suspicion I am not going to make it to wherever I am going the next time I try to board a commercial air flight, which is unfortunate, because I have not seen my parents in a while.
Why? Because flying across the country is neither affordable nor easy any more.
Oh, the other why? Because if some spineless, high-school drop-out tells me to "Freeze", I am just going [...]
No, really, I did.
Oh, sure, the Department of Defense falls all over itself telling people that signing those "secession" petitions will not affect their clearances, but it is the last two paragraphs that should give you pause:
The Pentagon agency did, however, leave its options open regarding petition signers.
“Please note,” the agency cautioned, ”that DSS has not provided any approved direction or guidance. … This issue is under review and DSS [...]
If you are a sworn member of the United States military (and thus subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice) or have to maintain a security clearance with any branch or department of the United States federal government, signing those ill-conceived and ultimately futile "petitions" to secede from the Union is a Very Bad Idea™.
Likewise, if you ever want to honestly answer question 11. j. on any future ATF Form 4473s ("Have [...]