Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Complete Societal Reversal

Behold the reversal in our society. From "colored bathrooms" to "no-whites Waffle House" in just 50 years.

Guess what? Both are racist.
WEST POINT, Miss. (TheBlaze/AP) — The police chief in West Point, Mississippi, says he expects an arrest soon in what police are investigating as an aggravated assault that left Ralph Weems IV, a 32-year-old former Marine and Iraq war veteran, hospitalized with a brain injury. (...) 
David Knighten of West Point says he and Weems, who also lives in the city of 12,300, apparently were followed to the Huddle House from a Waffle House where Weems had argued with other patrons. 
Knighten told AP on Sunday that a man had waved him over outside a Waffle House and told him politely that people were upset by the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and it wasn’t a safe place for whites. When he went in, he said, Weems was inside and was arguing with other men. 
They left after an argument that brought police, Knighten said.
That was about 1 a.m., according to police. 
On the way to Weems’ house, Knighten said, they went into a Huddle House restaurant with a nearly vacant parking lot. 
However, he said, they apparently had been followed by more than 20 people.
“From what we have seen from surveillance video and from what other witnesses say, it doesn’t appear it’s going to be nearly that many,” Brinkley said. 
In an updated version of its story, the Associated Press seemingly removed comments from Knighten recalling “racial slurs being yelled from the crowd.” When he got outside, he said Weems was on the ground being kicked by a group of attackers.
Knighten says he has broken bones in his face, a cut over his left eye and a blood clot in his right eye.
(Original, popup-filled source article at The Blaze.)

Friday, August 22, 2014

What to Do about JPFO?

Lots of rancor from people I respect about the possibility of the Jews for Preservation of Firearms Ownership being taken over by the Second Amendment Foundation.

I'm torn here.  I am a longtime Gentile monetary and emotional supporter of JPFO.  I also have sent money to SAF, and am glad for what they have done for the cause of firearms freedom with the Heller, McDonald, Ezell, and Drake cases.  And I love, love the lady Claire Wolfe.  I have read most of her books on freedom, and try to take her advice to heart.  Her Backwoods Home column is always a good read.  And, I like the work David Codrea's been doing for JPFO.  I think it is in the spirit of Aaron Zelman.

But-- this kind of intramural rancor makes me sad.  You sure won't see gun-grabber organizations fighting it out in public.  They may have their private disagreements, but they will unite for the cause.

Shamefully, we apparently can't, because of a personal dislike of Alan Gottlieb by Aaron Zelman, two men whose work I cheered.  So, what to do?

I did sign the petition to keep JPFO independent.  But forgive me if I don't think this is the end of the world if the merger happens.

UPDATE: Oh dear, a very public food fight ensues (see the comments).  This is not good for the cause, people.

UPDATE 2: A reasonable set of compromises.  Yes, possibly.  JPFO does do 2nd Amendment education very well, SAF does indeed do litigation very well, GOA does do legislative vigilance very well, and NRA is excellent at training.  Maybe people should major in their good at.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Federal System and the Scalability of Autocracy

Francis Porretto is among the smartest people Ol' Backwoods knows, even if that acquaintance has been limited to conversations on the 'Net.
" The number of things the federal system attempts to control is simply beyond the power of any central authority to manage or control. Special interests routinely dominate decision making. Perhaps 98% of Washington's demesne should be delegated to smaller systems -- the original point of a federal system. "
Read it all: "Scailures" 

Suspension of Presumption of Innocence?

What's next, suspension of habeas corpus?  This man has not even been indicted, much less given a trial by a jury of his peers.  The Constitutional order in America appears to be ending.

Liberty News: OUTRAGE: MO Governor Ignores “Innocent Until Proven Guilty,” Calls For “Vigorous Prosecution” of Officer Darren Wilson (VIDEO) 

Monday, August 18, 2014

"Not Really All That Smart"

Ol' Backwoods read an interview in a trade magazine with Dr. Stephen Maas, whose book on nonlinear RF circuits is considered to be a foundational text in my field.  I was fascinated by this quote, which I totally identify with.  (Sorry about the pic; Penton does not allow text copying from the PDF version of their magazine.  Stupid.)

It's ironic: a guy whose work I totally "geek out on" thinks he's "really not all that smart", and
"had to learn how to dig into a subject and explain it to myself."  That's how I view myself, too.

Just goes to show: sometimes effort really is more important than intelligence.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

This is America, August 2014

Full-on looting, with the politically-correct and running-scared-from-the-media oath-breaking cops not doing a single thing to stop it.  One more reason to get armed and stay armed, citizens.

RAW Instagram video of looting in Ferguson, MO last night.

The fit appears to be hitting the shan.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Who is 'Maximalist', Mr. President? The Republicans? Or YOU?

If he's complaining about it, he's doing it:

“The president mused, the biggest threat to America — the only force that can really weaken us — is us,” said the interviewer, Thomas Friedman [a commie]. 
“Our politics are dysfunctional… societies don't work if political factions take maximalist positions,” said Obama, who repeatedly claims to be a moderate stymied by the GOP’s supposed obstructionism and radicalism. 
“And the more diverse the country is, the less it can afford to take maximalist positions,” Obama added.
“Increasingly politicians are rewarded for taking the most extreme maximalist positions… and sooner or later, that catches up with you,” Obama warned.
(Emphasis from Ol' Backwoods.)

Notice the repetition of that word.  I believe this is code being sent out to all the Lefties. Here's the definition of 'maximalist':
one who advocates immediate and direct action to secure the whole of a program or set of goals
If Obama is griping about the Republicans being "maximalist", then that is exactly the tack his administration is on.

The Left generally operates incrementally.  Except when they know that their time of maximum power is coming to an end, and they must consolidate their gains to prevent the other party/ideology coming to power and spoiling all their plans.  That is what the throwing open the borders, and campaigning for the immigration of the "children" is all about.  The Left must secure a new constituency, or they will not hold on to power.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

To: Sactimonious Leftist Re: Race

   "I wanted nothing but to be left in peace, to get along with my neighbors as best I can regardless of the color of their skins.  
   You refused to permit it. You've emphasized race at every opportunity. You've harped on racial injustices in the distant past as if they were the doing of contemporary whites. You've taught American blacks and Hispanics to think of themselves as helpless victims of "Whitey."  
   You've agitated ceaselessly for racial preferences in the law, and you've usually gotten them. You've excused non-white criminals, traitors, and other miscreants on the grounds that "they couldn't do otherwise in this oppressive society."  
   You've granted a wholly undeserved degree of respect to racialist hucksters like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Julian Bond, Toure, Melissa Harris-Perry, and hundreds of others. You've used ordinary words and idioms as justifications for destroying decent men's lives and careers.  
   You've used cries of "racism!" to silence anyone who disagrees with you about anything. Worst of all, you've got everyone in the whole damned country seeing race everywhere, and afraid to speak his mind if it might somehow touch on that subject. But now that whites are showing some racial consciousness, voting and relocating and arming to protect our own from the groups you've sheltered and coddled, you find that you dislike what you've wrought?"
Fran Porretto is awesome.    Read it all.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

UN Trucks: The Color Makes a Nice Target

Apparently, the UN has landed in the South.  They have painted their trucks a bright white for our targeting convenience.

Warning, salty language in video.

Ominous, if these are really UN trucks to be used in some domestic action.  But hey, nothing like that would ever happen.  These are likely ambulances to be sent to Africa.  Yeah, that's it.  The UN would never use ambulances for anything seedy.  Nah.

Monday, June 16, 2014

KAGAN Brings Gun Control Home for Obama!

The Supreme Court upheld a blatantly unconstitional Federal law today, in an opinion written by Obama-appointed gun-grabber Elena Kagan. The majority ruled it was illegal for a former police officer, Bruce Abramski to buy a gun in a store, sign Form 4473 stating he was the intended possessor, then later give the gun as a gift to another non-prohibited possessor, in this case, his uncle, knowing he was going to do so all along.  Because the intent to give away something you have a Constitutional right to own is illegal, or something.  What a messed-up country this is.

Oh, the things the Feds will do with this! Abramski is gonna be the excuse for all kinds of tyranny! Trust Ol' Backwoods: this ruling is what the gun grabbers have been waiting for, lusting for. The Bradys are already salivating.

This ruling takes Federal gun laws in a dangerous direction.  Justice Antonin Scalia said in the dissent that this was not a direction intended by Congress:
"The court makes it a federal crime for one lawful gun owner to buy a gun for another lawful gun owner... Whether or not that is a sensible result, the statutes Congress enacted do not support it."
Maybe.  But that doesn't matter. When has anyone ever stopped the progressive Supreme Court from legislating from the bench?!  To the progressive Left, laws don't exist to punish their protected criminal classes, oh, no, they exist to take freedom from the undesirables. Like, say, peaceable gun owners.

In the majority ruling, Kagan whines that Congress did not do enough to keep Americans from "getting a gun second-hand:"
In so designing the ["straw buyer"] statute, Congress chose not to pursue the goal of “controll[ing] access” to guns to the nth degree; buyers can, as the dissent says, avoid the statute’s background check and record-keeping requirements by getting a gun second-hand. But that possibility provides no justification for limiting the statute’s considered regulation of dealer sales.
The Constitution provides justification for limiting it, but you won't admit that, will you, Kagan? Scalia calls Kagan on her gun-control ambitions:
The majority’s contrary conclusion rests, not on anything  in the text or structure of the Act,but on the majority’s guess about  how far Congress meant to go in pursuit of its crime-prevention
 If the American people do not massively rebel (big "if"), this ruling will give Obama everything he wants on guns.

Huh?  Yep.  With this ruling, Obama and the Left now have most of the pieces of an Erector set, from which to construct an unconstitutional machine for registration and confiscation of all legally-owned firearms in the United States.

Here's the bill of materials for The Gun-Grabbing Machine:

  1. All new guns must be sold only through dealers, and recorded on a Form 4473
    (Gun Control Act of 1968). 
  2. Notify FBI before transfer of any gun at a dealer
    (1993 Brady 'instant background check'). 
  3. Increasingly militarized local police that cooperate with the Feds whenever told (coming since Clinton, and now here).
  4. No more gun transfers without a dealer
    (Abramski ruling, today). 
  5. (Still to come) Prohibition of all transfers of guns to non-LEOs,
    like the Hughes Amendment did with machine guns in 1986.

Just assemble and activate. Confiscate and exterminate. Insert Abramski, and turn key to start.

You doubt? Let's break it down.

It is exceedingly difficult for courts and/or LEO's to determine when a possessor "decided" or "intended" to privately transfer a gun to another person.  It's in the person's mind, and the action is identical, whether or not the intent existed.  As of the Abramski ruling today, is a lot easier for courts and LEO's to just assume everyone who transfers a gun to another person outside an FFL intended to do so before signing the Form 4473.  This makes anyone who transfers a gun to another person outside an FFL into a "straw buyer" and an instant felon.  The charge? The ATF's oft-used "Conspiracy to violate Section 922 of the US Code".

Post-Abramski, it is then de facto illegal to give a gun to someone without them taking possession by a transfer through a licensed dealer. The transfer of the gun to another person is half of a private sales transaction. The rest is just money. It is but a tiny, tiny step, measured in millimeters, for some lower court to cite Abramski and rule that all firearms that move in lawful commerce must be transferred via a gun store on a Form 4473.

Even if a court doesn't rule that way, all it would take is for the ATF to write a "determination letter" to that effect, start enforcing it, and it's done. "Stroke of the pen, law of the land, kinda cool," as "The Forehead" Paul Begalla said. Obama's ATF has tried similar extralegal maneuvers before, like forcing a CLEO signoff even for a machine gun transfer to a trust.

Without the ability to legally transfer a gun to another person without the intervention of an FFL, all lawfully-owned guns will eventually be registered - a name, an address, the model and a serial number will be on a Form 4473, either at ATF HQ, or in some gun shop somewhere.  I say, "lawfully-owned," but the very definition of what that means at the Federal level will be re-written by the results of the Abramski decision.

Next, the Feds will make the leap, not far from where we are now, that Form 4473's are in the same category of information as cell phone metadata, because Abramski.  Because someone, somewhere, might possibly conspire to give their uncle a gun. Then, the NSA will start hoovering up 4473's, to stop them "terrists" and their uncles.

At that point, they'll have the locations of MILLIONS of 'lawfully'-owned arms.  They can either send LEOs to confiscate them, or use the information for blackmail, either to complete their registry, or for political intimidation.  Or all three.

Want to go work for FedGov? Or, a cooperating state like Kommiefornia? The computer will say: "Checking 4473s for Mr. Backwoods Engineer... Found: 22... FLAGGED!" Turn in all the serial numbers of your guns, you "terrist"!  Tell us what you have now!  Because Abramski! If you don't, you might conspire to give one of them to your uncle!  And by the way, you Tea Partying Threeper sovereign citizen, you're going to get an IRS audit to boot.

But what about the lawfully-owned guns that don't move in commerce anymore? Suppose you buy a few AR-15's, or even just a lower.   Say you want to go out and shoot it.  But the Feds get a ruling or a law, or the ATF demands that all shooting ranges have to log the serial numbers of all arms coming in their door. Because Abramski, and someone might conspire to give a gun to their uncle at the range! Horrors!

Tabulate, correlate, investigate, interrogate, confiscate, and exterminate.

Or, how about the future finding by this tyrannical government that getting a concealed carry license in your state qualifies you for a search of your property for guns not on a Form 4473! Because Abramski, those are contraband, because if those guns aren't registered with the Proper Authorities, you might give one to your uncle!  Horror of horrors!

I believe Abramski will be the justification for prohibiting ALL private transfers, with or without money changing hands. It is inevitable, the next logical step, in their statist minds. And they'll get all the cover they want from the media. "No more straw sales!," the newscrone will screech. "Gun show loophole? Supremes say NO!," the headlines will read.

Private sales of firearms in America: GONE. Because Abramski. Because if we don't, someone might give a gun to their uncle.  Count on it: it WILL happen at some point.

Watch for it. And remember, the worst of it all got started today, with the Abramski ruling.

UPDATES: several opinion writers, and a Constitutional scholar, agree with Ol' Backwoods:

Via David Codrea, attorney Joshua Prince says of the decision:
There is NO law enacted by the Congress regarding straw purchasers! This was made up in whole cloth by the ATF! This is a FAR worse decision than anyone is comprehending. NOW, administrative agencies can enact criminal laws, which have NOT been enacted by the Congress!
From Dave Workman:
Nelson Lund, a constitutional scholar and Second Amendment expert at George Mason School of Law, had this to say: “Five members of the Supreme Court have decided to make it a federal crime for a lawful gun owner to buy a firearm for another lawful gun owner. No federal statute says any such thing. The Justices are once again legislating from the bench, which violates the Constitution, and enacting a retroactive criminal law, which is even worse.” 
Kurt Hoffman at JPFO (Ol' Backwoods is a member):
So either gun laws need not meet strict scrutiny regarding their Constitutionality, or the "compelling government interest" is actually cataloging gun owners, rather than controlling violent crime.
David Codrea has much more on the ruling.   SCrOTUS, LOL.