Friday, October 12, 2007
ROME - The Vatican has published secret documents about the trial of the Knights Templar, including a parchment — long ignored because of a vague catalog entry in 1628 — showing that Pope Clement V initially absolved the medieval order of heresy.
The 300-page volume recently came out in a limited edition — 799 copies — each priced at $8,377, said Scrinium publishing house, which prints documents from the Vatican's secret archives..
The Vatican work reproduces the entire documentation of the papal hearings convened after King Philip IV of France arrested and tortured Templar leaders in 1307 on charges of heresy and immorality.
So says the Brady Bunch in their recent E-mail alert.
I'm once again heartbroken that a deranged teenager was so easily able to get his hands on two guns and ammunition, shooting four people before killing himself at a Cleveland school on Wednesday.
Together, we must stop senseless tragedies like this. And we can.
The first thing we must do is convince the U.S. Senate to strengthen the Brady background check system by passing the National Instant Check System (NICS) Improvement Act.
Will you help me by making a special contribution to the Brady Campaign right now? Your contribution will be used to bring pressure to bear on the Senate, garner media attention, and rally public support for this critical bill.
Still no reaction on the shooting by law enforcement but they'll hype this to the sky even though it hasn't been determined where the kid got the guns from (my guess the brother).
Gov. Rod Blagojevich is threatening to lay off 1,800 of the state's roughly 2,000 Illinois State Police troopers in January unless lawmakers approve key budget legislation soon.
The threat, however, was viewed as yet another pressuring tactic by Blagojevich in a year filled with discord between the governor and his political nemesis, House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago.
You know, I kind of hope that the legislature continues to delay just to call Rod on this threat. Let's see him go through with it. Come on Gov. Show where your priorities are.
I'm honestly mixed on the issue of protection vs property rights so I present these two questions that will never be answered:
1. Are the businesses willing to accept responsibility and accountability for the safety of their employees when traveling to and from work?
2. Does the Brady Campaign think this decision will actually stop anyone who wants to shoot up their workplace from doing so?
Paul does highlight that the judge was completely biased in his opinion by citing the Brady Bunch in his report and claiming that firearms present a workplace hazard when it's the disgruntled employees that are the ones doing the shooting.
Of course Paul also considers outright gun bans to be "just common sense".
Thursday, October 11, 2007
A popular Chicago rapper pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder in the shooting death of an acquaintance.
Darnell Smith, 35, who goes by the name "Belo" as part of the Chicago rap group Do or Die, was charged in the November 2002 murder of Raynard Pinkston. Prosecutors said both Smith and Pinkston were involved in a quarrel about drug sales. Pinkston, 19, struck and threatened Smith, according to prosecutors. Smith then pulled out a gun and shot Pinkston, prosecutors said.
Drugs, illegal guns, and rap.
Must be those Rural White Men's fault again.
Laura, any comments?
The U.N. General Assembly has begun hearing proposals for a new treaty regulating the arms trade, a process that only the United States , by far the world's leading arms dealer, voted last year to oppose.
The most commonly used weapon in African conflicts is the Kalashnikov assault rifle, 95 percent of which come from outside the continent, according to the report.
Not made in the USA.
And the usual jab at the NRA:
Gun-control opponents, led by the National Rifle Association , worry that a treaty would infringe on private gun ownership. and other advocates have called for a framework that restricts only sales of arms that are likely to be used in conflicts or to violate international law.
BS. IANSA, one of the "advocates" ,has been pivotal in gun bans in the UK and Australia and who's president has called for the banning of everything except single shot .22's and shotguns.
African nations broadly favor stiffer controls on small arms sales.
Of course they do, then the various governments can continue the slaughter of undesirables.
I admit I don't keep up on all state legislation as much as I should. The games the Illinois legislature plays w/ gun bills puts my keyboard in danger from fluid and particle contamination. This morning I went trolling through the ISRA legislation page (BTW Cam, thanks for joining) and found this little ditty:
It goes on to ban sale of non-serialized ammo after Jan 1, 2008 and any use or possession of said after Jan 1, 2010 along w/ the registration of all manufacturers and vendors.
So much for reloading or stocking up. If you do, you're a criminal.
It's been extended to Dec 31st. I'm sure they'll either modify the amendment for extension or try and slip it through just like Blago did w/ the magazine ban.
You may recall that Judge Pugh of the Newport News Circuit Court
was not issuing CHPs to members of the military stationed
in Newport Newsunless they met with him personally and
offered proof that theyplanned on staying in Virginia
when their term in the military wasover.
That was illegal and unfair to our men and women who serve so
selflessly in the military.
I had contacted Judge Pugh's office and explained that
Virginia law said permits were to be issued to military
members whether that wastheir permanent home or
they were just stationed there temporarily.
Even though the Newport News City Council had no
influence over theproblem, VCDL members let them know
about it back in November of2006, hoping that City Council
might talk to Judge Pugh.
VCDL then decided that it would foot the bill to have
a member of the military take the matter before the
Virginia Court of Appeals. Wejust needed the member
of the military to say 'no' to Judge Pugh's
demands and to let the Judge deny the application.
That person, Christopher Deteresa, who is a Military Police
officer nonetheless, stepped up to the plate and was turned
down for his permit in May of 2007.
VCDL then turned his case over to attorney Richard Gardiner
The Court of Appeals, after giving the Judge some
basic Englishlessons (I can just picture the Court
of Appeals rolling itscollective eyes), ordered
Judge Pugh to cease denying permits to the
military stationed in his jurisdiction solely because
they are notpermanent residents!
Judge Pugh could have easily avoided this embarrassment,
but wouldn't listen to reason. Oh, well.
This ruling will apply to the entire state, so if
there are any otherjudges who decide to play such
games with our military, we now have the tool to stop such
VCDL would like to thank CPT Deteresa, who is
currently deployed, fornot only fighting for his
country, but also fighting for the rights
of his military comrades. He could have caved-in
to Judge Pugh toget his permit, but he refused
so as to put an end to Judge Pugh's foolishness.
Here is a link to the ruling:
CHICAGO -- Owners of the E2 nightclub claim Chicago police or other city employees stole more than $65,000 in cash and more than $45,000 worth of liquor from the club after a stampede killed 21 people there in 2003.
In papers filed in Cook County Circuit Court, club owners Dwain Kyles and Calvin Hollins Jr said the money and liquor were on the premises when police took control of the club shortly after the tragedy. But when police relinquished custody of the building more than a year later, the liquor and all but $800 was missing.
Even if the police didn't take it, they had custody of the building and are accountable for it.
L.A. Couple Claim Chicago Police Assaulted Them
As they were looking for a taxi, two men in a car pulled up, and one of them asked Morris -- a few steps ahead of her boyfriend -- if she was going to her car. When they told her they wanted to talk to her, she began to run, fearing the men -- who had not identified themselves as police officers -- were going to rob her or worse, Kosoglad said.
It wouldn�t be until after the two police officers and the couple tussled -- and the officers pushed her face into the unmarked squad car�s computer -- that the officers identified themselves, according to the lawsuit. She was arrested on suspicion of battery on a police officer; that case was later dismissed, her attorney said.
Kosoglad said the reason officers wanted to talk with her in the first place was because they had received an anonymous complaint about a woman, matching Morris� description, who was soliciting prostitution.
With all of the incidents of abuse by the CPD, it wouldn't be unreasonable for someone to run from them even if they were uniformed.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Chicagoans would get hit with a $108 million property tax increase as well as hikes in many other fees next year under the proposed $5.9 billion city budget Mayor Richard Daley unveiled today to the City Council.
Daley called for a new 10-cent tax on bottled water, along with an increase in several other current fees and taxes. They include doubling the city's 911 surcharge to $2.50 a month on land lines, increasing liquor and beer taxes, raising the lease-transaction tax on items such as cars, DVD rentals and office equipment. Parking fines also would go up.
Daley said his proposed 2008 budget avoids substantial layoffs or service cuts. But having exhausted other options, Daley said, "We must ask taxpayers for more."
And more and more and more. All so Daley and his cronies can continue to line their pockets and hire friends and family.
And who supports it?
But Ald. Manny Flores (1st) said he's open to the property tax hike because he's been trying to get a new library on Chicago Avenue in his ward.
Translation: "Who cares what harm it will do, I can say I did something and blame any problems on other people."
CLEVELAND - The mayor of Cleveland says three children were taken to a hospital after a gunman opened fire Wednesday at an alternative city school.
"We have no reason to believe there's more than one suspect," Mayor Frank Jackson told reporters gathered outside the SuccessTech Academy. He also said the school had been secured, but he offered no other details.
And an teacher w/ CCW would have made this more dangerous how exactly?
Update from MSNBC:
The school's security guard was on vacation, WKYC reported, and two other full-time security guards had been laid off in recent years...
Student Doneisha LeVert, who hid in a closet with two other students after she heard the principal say "Code Blue" over the public address system, said the alleged shooter had threatened students at the school last Friday.
"He's crazy. He threatened to blow up our school. He threatened to stab everybody," she said.
Nope, no cause for alarm there.
Now who's going to accept the accountability for not protecting the students?
Violence flared in the Swiss capital of Bern as left-wing protesters tried to stop a pre-election campaign event by the nationalist Swiss People's Party.
Police fired tear gas as demonstrators hurled rocks and bottles in front of parliament to interrupt a march and rally by about 5,000 SVP supporters.
My opinion on the reaction to this:
The SVP is going to get an even bigger lead than they already had been forcast to.
"And then we must come together to stop those who help put illegal guns into criminal hands in the first place: "Hear No Evil" gun manufacturers, "See No Evil" corrupt gun dealers, and "Speak No Evil" politicians in Washington who have been in the hold of the gun lobby for far too long."
As usual, he convieniently ignores the judiciary letting violent criminals go, multiple repeat offenders, police involved in crime, etc. etc.
It's all the gun's fault and those who don't commit crimes.
Sebastion SH has more
Here was her reply:
Dear Mr. Thirdpower,
Thanks for your comments. This is not about the credibility of Jesse Jackson. We have to do everything we can to stop the killing.
Thanks again for writing.
Best, Laura Washington
I guess the truth hurt to much. I'm guessing "everything we can" only applies to the Tribe and not the alleged sweeps by the CPD in the housing projects.
The funny thing is, is the JPFO is doing this to expressly get Josh's et al panties in a bunch. Since the VPC has about as much influence as Peter Griffon at the UN, I guess messing himself over the smallest things is all he's got left.
BTW, now that he's crowing about it and the occasional one of us checks his blog, he's provided free advertising for the JPFO. They are their own worst enemy.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
But the people overwhelmingly support gun control.
Update: Washington and Jo Daviess both passed it.
Chicago police will split up an elite unit of officers that has been at the heart of a corruption case involving allegations of kidnappings, home invasions and robberies, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday.
The Special Operations Section will be dismantled, perhaps as soon as Tueaday afternoon, reported the Sun-Times, citing an unnamed police source. The SOS polices drug and gun crimes throughout the city, but seven of its officers were arrested last year on corruption charges.A leader of the unit, Jerome Finnigan, was accused by federal investigators of trying to hire someone to kill a fellow officer whom Finnigan feared would testify against him.Chicago police will hold a news conference Tuesday to discuss "organizational changes" at the department. NBC5.com will steam live video of the event, starting at about 3:30 p.m. It is unclear whether officials will officially announce the SOS will be disbanded.
Hmmm. Corruption and murder for hire in Chicago. Isn't that kind of redundant? Yet Daley supported them:
"The mayor gave no hint of disbanding SOS, which focuses on gangs, drugs and guns. He said the Police Department needs such specialized units."
October 9, 2007 (WASHINGTON) - Federal agents arrested 1,313 violent gang members in a three-month enforcement sweep across 23 cities from New York to San Diego, the government announced Tuesday. Since 2005, law enforcement authorities have arrested more than 7,500 gang members through a federally led strategy of enforcing immigration laws to get violent gang members off the street.
"Violent foreign-born gang members and their associates have more than worn out their welcome, and to them I have one message: good riddance," said Julie Myers, assistant secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Of those arrested in the three-month sting, 1,053 are in the country illegally.Laura?
Evanston police are looking for four juveniles, one believed to be as young as 9 years old, who robbed a 41-year-old woman at gunpoint in the northern suburb Monday night.The woman was in the 1800 block of Ashland at 9:09 p.m. Monday when she was approached by a suspect who spoke to her incoherently and then pulled out a gun, according to a report from Evanston police.The subjects stole the woman’s grocery bag and a canvas bag containing personal items, then fled on foot, the report said.All four subjects are described as black males with dark complexions. Police said the armed robbers range in age from 9 to 17.
Now I'm going to take a stab in the dark here and say that the gun used was taken from one of their parents' homes, was illegal in the first place, and that none of them had FOID cards.
WEBSTER CITY, Iowa - Every citizen could get a 401(k) retirement account and up to $1,000 in annual matching funds from the government under a plan offered Tuesday by .
She's allegedly dropped the $5K/baby plan. She now says it was "just an idea" and not a "policy proposal". Sure it wasn't Hillary.
A 23-year-old man was killed and a woman wounded in a shooting this morning at a public housing complex on Chicago's North Side.
The incident occurred about 3:20 a.m. in one of the buildings of the Lathrop Homes, in the 2700 block of North Hoyne Avenue, police said.
The survivor, a 42-year-old woman, was reported in serious condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
No one was in custody.
1. All Law Enforcement Personnel must be registered and the data entered into a federal database. Said database is to be referred to as the Law Enforcement Weapons Database.
2. The home address and phone numbers of said personnel are to be published on a semi-annual basis in the local news media.
3. All Law Enforcement service firearms are to be kept stored and locked at their assigned stations at all times unless said personnel are under a specific threat. A signed order by a judge is required for release of a firearm and can not be in excess of 4 hours.
4. Since Law Enforcement Personnel are in possession of service firearms, no personally owned firearms are needed. In such cases that the LEP believe there is a need for a personally owned firearm, said LEP can petition the courts for an exemption. Any firearms exempted should only be useful for the expressed need and will also be stored at the station facility.
Any legislators who opposes these reasonable measures to prevent any further tragedies are obviously under the influence of the gun lobby and their extremist agenda to arm all police.
TAKE ACTION NOW!!!!
Monday, October 8, 2007
Why is that Ms. Washington? Are you're saying that it's all those rural white men that are going into these predominantly urban black neighborhoods and selling drugs, shooting people, and starting riots?
Handguns are already banned in all the places you mentioned. Why are you blaming people in the lowest crime areas for Chicago's crime?
Maybe Burns et al should try taking on the gang-bangers, absent fathers, out of control police, and parents who don't send their kids to school.
As for the "handgun loophole", would you accept non-ffl access to the background check system? The Brady Campaign opposes that. Maybe opposition to the current attempted legislation is because it requires the sales to go through a dealer while at the same time individuals like you and Jesse Jackson support trying to sue dealers out of business and "shoving laws down their throats".
Saysuncle has more.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Since I couldn't make it to the Blogger Rendevous, I decided to celebrate instead by doing some quality shooting w/ the Dragunov. Ammo was Wolf 148 gr FMJ . According to Dragunov.net, this was specifically developed for civilian Dragunovs* as there had been some issues w/ the heavier loads.
I got it down to about 2 MOA before my shoulder decided to assert it's constitutional right to rebel against a tyrannical government. I had enough left to apply to my vendetta against the hedge apples that drop everywhere. They explode nicely. The only thing left of an unfortunate walnut that caught my eye was some particulate matter spattered around the area.
Then I switched to some plinking w/ the .22 . The revolution ended.
Tomorrow is cleaning.
*Yes, I know they're not technically Dragunovs.
CRANDON, Wis. - An off-duty sheriff's deputy went on a shooting rampage at a home in northern Wisconsin early Sunday, killing three high school students and three recent graduates before authorities fatally shot him, officials said. Another victim was in critical condition.
The suspect was 20 years old and worked full-time as a Forest County deputy sheriff and part-time as a Crandon police officer, Sheriff Keith Van Cleve said. The deputy was not working at the time of the shooting, he said.
So now the Brady Bunch gets to play their modified spin of "If police are capable of this, the the regular subjects shouldn't be allowed the opportunity." just like they've played w/ firearm accidents and "highly trained" police.
War on Guns has more details on the spin already beginning.