“I will still vote my conscience and mostly I’ll vote for Democrats, but I will not be a member of a party that represents itself through a chairman like Keith Ellison and through policies like that espoused by John Kerry and Barack Obama.”
Sounds nice, but it took him eight years to decide on this?
Just another Obama dreamer, looking for
Welcome once again to the final days of the Obama presidency, in which the whole point is to take abuse of executive power to new and, Obama homes, irreversible new heights. Screw your neighbors. Screw your own country. You've got nothing to lose at this point, and you think you've come up with a way to do it that leaves your successor helpless to reverse your abuses once you're gone. One day it's drilling in the Atlantic and the Arctic. The next it's the de facto declaration of war against one of your best allies.
Now you've decided to make official what you've long believed - that all property ultimately belongs to the state, whose primary interest in said property is to prevent said land from ever benefiting the people in any way. And if that means you're seizing 1.5 million acres on the thinnest of premises, hey, you're Barack Obama. At this point, it's what you do:
Larry Correia had a piece a year or two ago on just how badly one of Obama's earlier land thefts screwed the people of Utah; apparently that wasn't enough damage to satisfy the SCOAMF.
Speaking of screwing people,
But alas, now comes the federal government to tell the inhabitants of Alaska’s interior that, really, they should not be building fires to keep themselves warm during the winter. The New York Times reports the Environmental Protection Agency could soon declare the Alaskan cities of Fairbanks and North Pole, which have a combined population of about 100,000, in “serious” noncompliance of the Clean Air Act early next year.
The problem is, there’s no replacement for wood-burning stoves in Alaska’s interior. Heating oil is too expensive for a lot of people, and natural gas isn’t available. So they’ve got to burn something. The average low temperature in Fairbanks in December is 13 degrees below zero. In January, it’s 17 below. During the coldest days of winter, the high temperature averages -2 degrees, and it can get as cold as -60. This is not a place where you play games with the cold. If you don’t keep the fire lit, you die. For people of modest means, and especially for the poor, that means you burn wood in a stove—and you keep that fire lit around the clock.
Thinking about this, I ask you to reflect on the line in the previous link, ...that all property ultimately belongs to the state, whose primary interest in said property is to prevent said land from ever benefiting the people in any way. Now think about the result of people in Alaska being give the choice of 'Move to somewhere that heating oil and gas is available/affordable, or freeze'. Does it not strike you that this would seem like a wonderful thing to do to people by Obama & Co? Force them out of the places that horrible humans shouldn't be 'fouling the face of mother Gaia' or something?
It wouldn't surprise me in the least that this President and EPA decided to use this to do exactly that. You've got the enviroweenie extremists who'd love to make most of the population disappear, but they'd settle for driving them out of everywhere they can, and you have the control freaks who don't actually care a crap for The Environment, but the loves them some new way to control the peasants.
License plate readers that provided the authorities with no personal information would be pointless, because cars don't commit crimes; only people do. So one of two things seems to be true about license plate readers. Either they do not record any personal information, in which case they are worthless as a crime-fighting tool. Or they do record personal information—about tens of thousands of people who are not criminals, without any reasonable grounds for suspicion.
In short, they are either useless or they are an invasion of privacy. Which is it?
How stupid are most gun laws(and a lot of the idiots who enforce them)? This stupid.
While this is the exact NFA violation that the provisions in the law were placed there for, a violent criminal unlawfully obtaining a deadly, concealable, and menacing weapon, in almost every jurisdiction in the USA the ATF does not pursue violent criminal violators of the NFA relative to short-barreled weapons.
Why not? Because the experienced criminal investigators know that if they complete the case and present it to the US Attorney’s Office all tied up in a bow with slam-dunk evidence of every element of the crime, the AUSA will still decline it. The US Attorneys don’t want to jail violent street criminals, they want the ATF out there chasing paperwork errors by licensees. An AUSA gets much more attorney cred for nailing some gun dealer or importer on a transposed serial number on a form (or, one of ATF’s favorites, the end purchaser putting down the wrong county of residence by mistake), than he;d ever get just locking up another ho-hum gang member (who just turned to crime because he’s a misunnerstood minority, depraved on account of he’s deprived).