Friday, October 31, 2014

Terrorist Threat in US

For John, BLUFBe careful out there.

On 24 October of this year the Defense Force Protection Agency issued a SECURITY ADVISORY, NO. 14-01, titled "Recent Threats and Individual Protective Measures".
Recent threats, revealed through various intelligence and law enforcement sources, indicate that terrorists, directed or inspired by the Islamic States of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), view U.S. military members and law enforcement officers as legitimate targets for attacks.  Targets in recent ISIL-linked terrorist plots included places of public gatherings, government entities, mass transit nodes, and religious facilities.  Attacks would most likely involve edged weapons, small arms, or improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and could be perpetrated with little-or-no advanced warning.  In light of these threats and recent attacks in the United Kingdom, France, and Canada, remaining vigilant is paramount.
Note:  ISIL, not ISIS.

Another Note:  This is not really a big deal.  I spend a year in the UK, on an RAF Station, when the Provisional IRA was blowing up RAF targets.  And, it was an "open" base, in that a public right of way went through one corner of the base.  We were not allowed to park in certain areas.  We couldn't leave briefcases (back packs today) anywhere.  We had a base pass for the windshield, but it was removed when we left the base.  Simple precautions.

Final Note:  You can help the police sort through the possible threats by not making yourself a problem.  Like at the airport, don't leave your packages and wander off.  Don't park where you are not supposed to.  Follow directions from police or others.  Stay calm, but think about a plan when in malls or other places with lots of people.  Staying calm may be your best protection in the event of some untoward event.  Remaining up tight all the time, when the odds of you being at the target at the time are very small, just means the other side is winning.

Regards  —  Cliff

Better Training Required

For John, BLUFFire arms are a very controversial issue in these United States.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is an interesting story, which one of my acquaintances forwarded to me.  The Maryland Transportation Authority Police pulled over a guy with Florida Plates, returning home from New Jersey, for a check to see if he was violating Maryland Gun Laws.  The source is the blog Joe [the Plumber] for America.

Lessons Learned:

  1. When your spouse doesn't trust you, it can cause a lot of trouble.
  2. Gun control laws vary by state, thus impeding interstate commerce.
  3. The Police, in putting emphasis on the enforcement of this law or that, may go to extraordinary efforts to find possible crime.
  4. Law Professor Glenn Reynolds is correct, we are facing Ham Sandwich Nation:  Due Process When Everything Is a Crime
The police are our friends and they protect us from those who can't or won't follow the rules of a civilized society.  When some poorly trained police officer violates your rights, be polite and be respectful.  Later on you can sue his or her department.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Tampa Tribune version.
  It isn't about the money.  It is about encouraging better training.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mayor Thomas Menino RIP

For John, BLUFA fighter.

It is sad news that Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has passed beyond this vale of tears.

I was impressed that he was so strong so long.  The five term mayor just launched a book tour, 15 days ago.

Here is the story in today's edition of The Boston Globe on line.L

Regards  —  Cliff

ID Required for Blood Draw

For John, BLUFI am not troubled by asking for ID to Vote.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

So here is a short item on La Raza pushing a handbook on where some form of Identification is NOT required to vote.  While it is La Raza, it is readily available information.

Then there is this about non-residents voting.  One example is Residents of Fredrick County, Maryland avoiding jury duty by saying they are not US Citizens, but then going on to vote in elections.  Per the law, you either are or your aren't.

Regarding voter ID, I wonder about why there is opposition to such requirements.  We are told it is an imposition.  Poor people and minorities supposedly find it hard to get a photo ID.  So, how about Lowell General Hospital asking me for my new Mass Driver's License?  What, I asked, do you do if someone doesn't have a Driver's License?  Ask for another form of photo ID.  If you can't get your blood drawn without a Driver's License, why should you be able to vote without one?  And, more important, why hasn't the PP & ACA fixed this?  People need medical care more frequently than they need voting.

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  If one reads the Wikipedia article, they claim they are not a subversive organization, that they are not advocating the Reconquista.
  Massachusetts is one of those states that authorizes voting personnel to ask for ID.

Troubles With Western Traditions

For John, BLUFNo, not about pigs.  That would be oinkopobia.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Word of the day—Oikophobia

Here is the word as used by Law Professor Glenn Reynolds:

TO OIKOPHOBIC LEFTIES, THAT’S NOT A BUG, IT’S A FEATURE:  Why Middle-Class Americans Can’t Afford to Live in Liberal Cities.
Here is an example from Wikipedia:
An extreme aversion to the sacred and the thwarting of the connection of the sacred to the culture of the West is described as the underlying motif of oikophobia; and not the substitution of Judeo-Christianity by another coherent system of belief.  The paradox of the oikophobe seems to be that any opposition directed at the theological and cultural tradition of the West is to be encouraged even if it is "significantly more parochial, exclusivist, patriarchal, and ethnocentric."  Scruton described "a chronic form of oikophobia [which] has spread through the American universities, in the guise of political correctness."
Again, from Wikipedia we have a reference to Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault and their "assault on 'bourgeois' society result[ing] in an 'anti-culture' that took direct aim at holy and sacred things, condemning and repudiating them as oppressive and power-ridden."
Derrida is a classic oikophobe in so far as he repudiates the longing for home that the Western theological, legal, and literary traditions satisfy. . . . Derrida's deconstruction seeks to block the path to this 'core experience' of membership, preferring instead a rootless existence founded 'upon nothing.'
My question is, if we make all that "Western Tradition" go away, what do we have left?

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  The sub-headline of the article, from The Atlantic, is "Blue America has a problem: Even after adjusting for income, left-leaning metros tend to have worse income inequality and less affordable housing."  I wonder what Senator E Warren thinks of that.
  Not meant as a pun.

Be Sure to Vote

For John, BLUFYou I wrote in for State Senator, and included your address.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

My wife and I have to be out of town on Tuesday, so we went to City Hall yesterday and voted.

It was quick and painless.

If you think you are going to be on the road, go and vote at City Hall today.  Voting is important.

While I want my choice of candidates to win (including a write in for George Anthes for District Attorney), I also want our Democracy to work and want you to vote, if you are a legal voter.  If not, don't vote.

Regards  —  Cliff

  But, I left an adult child in the house, along with Fred the dog.  Fred is big and protective.  Not as big as the Great Dane I saw yesterday, but still pretty big.
  City Hall, Basement, Southeast Corner.  Near the Snack Bar.  The paperwork is simple and the ladies behind the counter are very helpful.  I would say ten minutes, and that included time for friendly banter.
  George W Anthes, 64 Trull Lane, Lowell, MA.  You need the address.

Developments in Wisconsin Gubernatorial Race

For John, BLUFOK, so these are the numbers, bust I have been told to expect a big surprise on the evening of 4 November.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is political junkie level stuff.  Wisconsin is way out there in fly over country.  It has given us Progressives and people like Senator Joe McCarthy.  Republican Representative Paul Ryan is from Wisconsin (Janesville).

From the Althouse blog

Scott Walker opens up a big lead against Mary Burke in the new Marquette University poll.

Suddenly — after tying in the last poll — it's 50% Walker, 43% Burke.

So who cares?  Maybe those looking for a Republican candidate in 2016.  On the other hand, Governor Walker did not graduate from one of the better colleges.  In fact, like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, he never graduated from college.  You can see where that gets you.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

  He of the quip, when asked about Impeachment of President Barack Obama, responded "Have you met Joe Biden?"