sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Review of the News

A Review of the News for July 30, 2013

Gun Control?

If you live in a progressive paradise, the only option open to you is the one on the left. 

Arab Spring Countries (Where are they now?)

Hillary Clinton bet the bank on the Arab Spring. That's the genesis of the cascading events that led to the Benghazi Scandal/Massacre. It was the jewel in the Obama Administration's foreign policy crown  and a victory that both Barack and Hillary crowed loudly about. Neither is crowing now. Let's take a snapshot of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya and see what's been happening.

Last weekend in Egypt, over 120 members of the Muslim Brotherhood and pro-Mursi demonstrators died in clashes in Cairo, Alexandria and other Nile Delta towns. The health ministry reported 792 people injured. The Brotherhood said 4,500 were wounded.

In north Sinai, Egyptian security forces began "Operation Desert Storm" against anti-government elements and tribes. The first official report is that government forces killed 10 militants and captured 20. According to al Ahram, the government estimates there are 500 active militants. The government has more than ten times that number. The president of Egypt has authorized the military to make criminal arrests as the showdown with the Muslim Brotherhood takes final shape.

A general strike in Tunisia took place in reaction to a political assassination last week. It emptied the capital city of Tunis, and grounded some commercial aircraft on Friday. On Saturday thousands protested against the Islamist-led government. Protests continued on Sunday resulting in clashes between pro- and anti-government groups. Anti-government groups have threatened to create an opposition counter-government.

In Libya, protestors ransacked the Muslim Brotherhood offices in Tripoli in reaction to the killing of a prominent critic of the Brotherhood, who was shot dead on Friday. In Benghazi about 1,200 inmates escaped from a prison on Saturday. On Sunday, two bombs detonated at justice ministry buildings. Thirteen people were reported injured. The bombings were followed by demonstrations over the government's inability to provide security in Benghazi.

The Islamists have proven able to win elections but not to govern. Their problem is that the conditions enabling elections were created by popular revolts supported by the armed forces. The direction the Islamists tried to move appears to have been rejected, mainly for non-performance.

Hollywood Section (Where are they now?)

WeinerGate I

What is still out there unaccounted for in the secret world of Anthony Weiner, aka Carlos Danger?

For those of you who live in a cave, disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner is running for Mayor of New York City and he's still sending photos of his penis over the internet to young women. When he's caught, he apologizes, stressing that he's not going to be doing THAT anymore, and it should not interfere with his efforts to govern on the public's behalf.

But that's not all of the Weiner Scandals.

WienerGate II

The emerging Huma Scandal (WeinerGate I expands To WeinerGate II)
It's getting to the point where we're buying a whole package of weiners, isn't it?
(Fox News) On June 13, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote to Mrs. Anthony Weiner (Huma Abedin) and Secretary of State John Kerry asking why Abedin, the deputy chief of staff at the State Department under former Secretary Hillary Clinton, was granted status as a "special government employee" after the birth of her son. 
That title allowed her to work from home as a part-time consultant to State, earning $135,000 as a government employee -- while also earning $355,000 as a consultant for Teneo, where former President Bill Clinton is a board member. 
Grassley wants to know who authorized Abedin's change in status, what effect that change had on her security clearances, and whether the Department interacted with the companies with which Abedin consulted. 
Craig Holman of Public Citizen, a government ethics watchdog group, says Abedin's dual status raises serious questions. "If this story pans out that Huma actually had access to inside information while serving as a government official but at the same time serving as a strategic consultant to a firm that actively trades in the stock market, this could be quite a problem, " he said.
I have a few salacious questions such as, "Was Bill Clinton the father of Huma's child?" (Bill has been known over the years to say that he loved a good Huma Weiner) but I'll leave those queries for later. One can only wonder what Huma did for $355K per year. What sort of hush is involved with money like that?

As of this posting Huma Abedin-Weiner, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry have not responded to Senator Grassley. What a shock!

Texas Lifestyle

Photo of the only nude beach in Texas.

You mess with the bull, you get the really long horn.

Texans can get away with it. But nobody else can...

Hooters: Odessa, TX
Are hooters (restaurants) bigger in Texas?

The Case for Illegal Firearms Ownership

Whether to obey the law of the State of Illinois, (which contravenes the US Bill of Rights), or not? I'm not from Illinois, but if I was, this article carried by the Chicago Sun Times and (link) Fox News would give me pause.

Headline: Sheriff’s team working to seize guns from thousands in Illinois (Published July 28, 2013
An Illinois sheriff’s team is crisscrossing the Chicago suburbs in an effort to seize guns from thousands of people whose right to own a firearm has been revoked, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. 
According to the paper, more than 3,000 people in Cook County have failed to surrender their revoked Firearm Owners Identification Card, or FOID, which is required to legally buy guns or ammunition. 
Sheriff Tom Dart said he thinks many of the 3,000 continue to possess firearms. 
The Chicago Police Department regularly conducts missions to recover revoked FOID cards and take guns from the owners, but there wasn’t a big push to do the same thing in the suburbs until now, Dart reportedly told the paper. 
“The system is broken,” the sheriff said. “The system revokes cards, but the guns are of no consequence. . . . Our strong hope is that we will eliminate tragedies.” 
FOID cards are meant to protect the public from gun owners who suffer from mental illness; felonies and protection orders also are grounds for the state to revoke the holders’ FOID cards. It’s illegal to buy guns or ammunition without one, the Sun-Times reports. 
In one case, the team recovered more than 35 firearms, including four AR-15 assault rifles, from a suicidal man whose card was revoked. Many times, the team gets the FOID card, but not the gun. 
The State Police alert the sheriff’s gun team every week to about 10 to 20 new FOID revocations in Cook County. The investigators then conduct a basic probe into the gun purchasing histories of the people they intend to contact. Then they knock on their doors.
The article does not explain under what specific circumstances the FOID cards were issued in the first place and the reason for their revocation. If people are convicted felons, then it's one thing. It it's a "ministerial thing" then it's another. This is the first that I've heard of a FOID card, but if I lived in Illinois, the very last thing that I'd do would be to apply for a FOID card. It targets you for weapons confiscation. Think about it. Chicago is the murder capital of the United States and all of those gang bangers running around the mean streets don't carry a FOID card.

It might be better to hunt gang members than to hunt people with a revoked FOID card. It might be better to target blighted neighborhoods where hundreds of people were killed over the Fourth of July Weekend -- or would that be 'racist'?

A way for me to make money:

Is anyone willing to bet me (and put significant money on it) that as a complete stranger to the area that I couldn't go to Chicago and within 24 hours buy at least one firearm without possessing a FOID card? 

If that is the case, what good is a FOID card?

This is an interesting LINK.