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Can't anybody here play this game?

For Republican Party poohbahs, the answer on so many fronts is, "No."

I saw Phyllis a Yogi Berra and raised her a Casey Stengel.

Republicans are getting a lot of unsolicited advice about how to recover from last year's defeat, and most of it is either ignorant or coming from people who don't have Republican party victories in their game plan.
 
One of the worst of these bits of advice is that Republicans should join a bipartisan push for immigration amnesty.
 
Amnesty advocates shrink from using the word amnesty and try hard to shroud their message in deceptive words.
 
So let's understand their vocabulary: reform, comprehensive, earned legal status and path to citizenship are all code words for amnesty...
 
...Promises by the amnesty advocates to secure the border after the illegals are granted residency, or even simultaneously, are unacceptable and unbelievable.

In the famous words of Yogi Berra, an oral agreement is not worth the paper it is written on...
Then comes a list of items that need to be implemented regarding illegals.  Since grandparents on both sides of my family came through Ellis Island, I'm particularly fond of #6:
...Sixth, reinstate the rule that was in effect for the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came through Ellis Island. If they had a major disease or failed to provide proof that they would NOT become a public charge, they were sent back to their home country....
 
Commenters point out that she doesn't address the issue of anchor babies in her editorial.  That issue needs to get addressed.
 
Amnesty is part and parcel of the assault by leftists, here and around the world, on the people who play by the rules. Snuck into the US or overstayed your legal welcome?  No problem, the US will put you at the front of the line, ahead of the people who patiently applied for legal entry.  Bought more house than you could really afford thanks to Andrew Cuomo & Co. at HUD and now you can't afford it? No problem, we'll just force all the people who would starve before they wouldn't make their monthly mortgage payment pay for your McMansion. Haven't worked hard and saved?  No problem, we'll just reach our sticky little fingers into the pockets of those who have and hand you the proceeds.
 
The people who play by the rules need to push back and push back hard against the folks, elected (you know—the ones who are supposed to work for us) and unelected (like the political consultant class) who continually attack their own base by proposing or at least endorsing rules and regulations that undermine that very base.
 
Don't cut my throat, I may want to do that later myself.
 
 

NYS H2O is weird

It must be.  It's the only explanation.  And since we're not fracking here, that can't be the reason for the bizarre state of the drinking supply.

Despite being doused by the judge,

Nanny Bloomberg is still busily dashing around, dripping wet, telling everyone what to eat and drink—like most progressives, he seems to suffer from the delusion that he's God—as  well as influencing gun legislation in other states with his megabucks.

And Senator UpChuck Schumer has a surprise in store for legal gun owners, S. 374, the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013, formerly known as the ridiculously misnamed Protecting Responsible Gun Owners Act of 2013:

...Title II of the S. 374 is a gun controller's wet dream.
 

First, Section 202 makes it illegal for a firearm transfer to be made between unlicensed persons. It would required a licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer to first take possession of it, enter it in their bound book, perform a NICS check, fill out a Form 4473, and then and only then, complete the transfer....

...Section 203 is equally egregious. It mandates the reporting of lost or stolen firearms within 24 hours of discovery to the "Attorney General and to the appropriate authorities." More importantly, the penalty for knowingly violating this provision is 5 years imprisonment! 

If passed, the law goes into effect in 180 days from passage. So far, it has passed out of the Judiciary Committee on a 10-8 party-line vote.
 

While the gun prohibitionists would like to have bans on standard capacity magazines and semi-automatic firearms with ugly cosmetics, universal background checks is what they really want because the only way to make enforcement of them possible is a national firearms and firearm owners database. As Andy Gross, the former CEO of Intel Corporation, famously said, only the paranoid survive.

Of course, you're not paranoid if they really are after you. Read the whole thing.

What are some of the possible ramifications of Schumer's quietly-snuck-under-the-radar bill?

  • If you left town for more than 7 days, and left your gay partner, or unrelated roommate at home with the guns, you’d be committing a felony. This should be called the “denying gun rights to gays act.” Remember that the federal government does not recognize gay marriage, even if you’re state does, thanks to DOMA. 5 years in prison.
  • Actually, even married couples are questionably legal, because the exemption between family only applies to gifts, not to temporary transfers. The 7 day implication is if you leave your spouse at home for more than 7 days, it’s an unlawful transfer, and you’re a 5 year felon. I suppose you could gift them to your spouse, or related co-habitant, and then have them gift them back when you arrive back home. Maybe the Attorney General will decide to create a form for that.
  • It would be illegal to lend a gun to a friend to take shooting. That would be a transfer. 5 years in federal prison.
  • Steals the livelihood of gun dealers by setting a fixed fee to conduct transfers. The fee is fixed by the Attorney General. What’s to prevent him from setting it at $1000?
  • Enacts defacto universal gun registration, because of record keeping requirements.
  • All lost and stolen guns must be reported to the federal and local government. This means everyone will have to fill out the theft/loss form, and not just FFLs. You only have 24 hours to comply. If you lose a gun on a hunting trip deep in the woods, and can’t get back home to fill out the form in 24 hours, you’re a felon and will spend 5 years in federal prison.
  • Want to lend a gun to a friend to go hunting? It’s a 5 year in prison felony.
  • No exception for state permits. All transfers must go through a dealer or 5 years in federal prison.
  • UPDATE: Teaching someone to shoot on your own land is a felony, 5 years, if you hand them the gun. Not an exempted transfer.

And lastly (for now...there's never an end to it in this state), there are the state legislators—Republicans included—who seem to think that the laws of economics are suspended the moment one crosses the state line into New York.

We live in an

Surplus Halloween costumes from the dollar store?

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I can't post serious stuff all the time, here and on Facebook, I'll go out of my mind.  So bear with me, hilarity ensues.

NoKos in camo on the firing range—I kid you not:

Weasel Zippers was choking this afternoon, too:

Do they know how to aim? Are they fighting in their pajamas? So many things wrong with this picture I don’t know where to start.

Read the comments—inspired lunacy.

In a later post, Zip put up a picture of what camo is supposed to look like:

Indeed.

Hey, New Yorkers--are you feeling SAFEr yet?

Me, neither.

In fact, quite the opposite.

Today, NYS State Senator Mike Nozzolio addressed a crowd of about 200 at the second meeting of the United Gun Owners of New York State at the South Seneca Sportsmen's Club in Ovid, Seneca County. In addition to recounting how the SAFE Act was passed and signed by Emperor Cuomo within 24 hours (while no definitive decisison has been made on hydrofracking in NYS despite having been studied and commented on for five years), he reiterated a couple of the points he made at the big rally against the SAFE Act in Albany on February 28:

  • We don't have a constitutional right to hunt deer; we have a constitutional right to bear arms.
  • We're using our First Amendment rights to stand up for our Second Amendment rights.

I tend to think of his second point in reverse....there's a reason why the Second Amendment is the Second Amendment and not the fourth or the eighth or whatever.  That's because that right to keep and bear arms that shall not be infringed—what's hard to understand about that?—needed to follow immediately on the heels of the First in order to defend those First Amendment rights.  The placement of the right to keep and bear arms was not random.

The senator also spent at least 20 minutes answering good questions from the audience.

Between Nozzolio's remarks and the other information provided at the meeting, some practical steps that us ordinary folks can take emerged:

  • It may not be practical to repeal the SAFE Act, although repeal would be Nozzolio's as well as most people's preference—the problem is, of course, that an awful lot of people who voted for the SAFE Act to begin with would have to change their minds...and Cuomo would veto a repeal in any event.  But it's that magical time of the year—budget season in Albany. Executing (so to speak) the SAFE Act would cost state taxpayers $36M this year.  Nozzolio says one way to stop the SAFE Act is to defund it. Contact your assemblymen and women and state senators—even the barking moonbats like Babs Lifton—and tell them you want the SAFE Act defunded. THIS CONTACT NEEDS TO BE MADE IN THE NEXT 72 HOURS. These budgetary issues are being settled right now.
     
  • You may or may not have heard of Assemblyman Felix Ortiz's attempt to force gun owners to purchase $1M liability insurance (does this sound like another recent law forcing an insurance purchase?). Since there is now a co-sponsor in the Senate, it's possible that this could actually get legs, but right now it's still in the insurance committee.  It needs to die in committee.  Here you go (click to embiggen):
  • Senator Nozzolio said that the courts may be the best chance we have of overturning the SAFE Act. Make yourself knowledgable about what's going on in the courts.
     
  • If you haven't yet joined the NRA and/or the NYS Rifle & Pistol Association and S.C.O.P.E. (Shooters Committee on Political Education, a volunteer organization protecting gun ownership and Second Amendment rights of New York citizens), please consider doing so. If you get on the NYSRPA and SCOPE mailing lists, you will be kept up to date on all the latest concerning the SAFE Act.
     
  • Check the United Gun Owners of NYS website and Facebook page often—things are changing fast. 

By the way, at Assemblywoman Lifton's town hall meeting in Trumansburg in February, she was asked why the Second Amendment was even part of the Bill of Rights. Her answer?  It was there because Americans needed to defend themselves against the British in 1775.

 

Dúlamán

It's Friday night, so...let's sing about seaweed.

That's what dúlamán is, and if you're hungry, it's not bad. But what they're really singing about is what makes the world go 'round.  The song's a traditional back-and-forth between two seaweed gatherers on the coast of Ireland, one of whom wants to marry the other's daughter. Even if you don't speak Irish, enjoy!

Not for women only

Last fall, Cornell's Network of Enlightened Women (NeW) brought Christina Hoff Sommers to campus for a great talk.

This semester, Karin Agness, the founder of NeW, will be speaking on Wednesday, March 27th, at 6 PM, in Rockefeller 132 on the Cornell campus. The title of her talk is: "Conservatism and Feminism: Dividing Lines and Possibilities for Unity". 

Karin is the Director of Academic Programs at the American Enterprise Institute in DC. She is an attorney, and received both her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia. Karin was selected for the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Law and Policy.
 
See you there.
 

NYS families are invited to support firearms rights Sunday afternoon

New York State Senator Michael Nozzolio will be the featured speaker at United Gun Owners of New York State’s March 10 meeting. 

All New Yorkers concerned about Governor Cuomo’s unprecedented attack on our Second Amendment rights, whether or not they own firearms, should attend. Families are welcome.
 
United Gun Owners of New York State was founded to oppose New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s hastily adopted NY SAFE ACT. Members share the view that Governor Cuomo’s political grandstanding has made law-abiding New Yorkers into criminals, without any reason, and without making our state any safer.
 
There is no cost to join United Gun Owners of New York State. Membership is open to all supporters of the Second Amendment.

The meeting will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2:00 pm (daylight savings time), at the South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club, 6894 Yarnell Road, Ovid, New York.
 
Follow them on Twitter @GunOwnersofNYS.
 
Questions?  Contact Rob Schoffel at (607) 279-2013
 

NYS is messing with its Early Intervention program--again

With all the taxpayer money the state squanders on utterly useless programs...or all the taxpayer money that is lost to fraud or outright theft (if you doubt those things, spend a few minutes perusing Comptroller DiNapoli's missives), you would think the governor could find some other pies to stick his fingers into other than Early Intervention.

According to the information put out on some Assembly members' websites, the governor's "Executive Budget recommends a series of modifications to the Early Intervention Program that will expand insurance coverage and streamline eligibility determinations, without impacting services, to provide significant fiscal and administrative mandate relief to counties and generate savings totaling more than $60 million over five years."

Sounds wonderful, but an organization called United New York Early Intervention & Related Service Providers With Parents as Partners (UNYEIP), composed entirely of volunteers and with no paid lobbyists, says...not so much and not so fast.  Read their response to the governor's executive budget proposals, but here are a few highlights:

  • Nine significant changes to the EI program have been instituted over the last three years that have impacted providers, caregivers, and the children served, but the effects of those changes have yet to be adequately evaluated.
  • The presence of an insurer representative at individual family service plan (IFSP) meetings would be required. Umm, sounds like a damper to me.
  • In-network providers would be required.
  • Providers would be required to negotiate rates with insurers.
  • One good thing in all of this is the acceptance of the idea that the location for early intervention can occur in natural environments that could be the home. Seems like a no-brainer.

The changes to the EI program will be coming up in the legislature on Friday, so contact (preferably by phone--that has much more impact) your assemblyman and your senator right away.

You could even tweet them this message: REJECT ALL EI PROPOSALS. READ THE UNYEIP 8 Recommendations and 9 Reasons To Reject at www.unyeip.org/ announcement. html in the UNYEIP Pink & Blue Book!

Many of us know a child with special needs.  We may be related to such a child. NYS Early Intervention is a program that has far-reaching societal implications and is a significant, life-changing program for a child with special needs and his/her family.

 

How many Tim Harrises have we lost?

And how many whose only flaw is that they were an "oops"?

A DJ on a local radio station related this "feel-good" story this afternoon:

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Running a restaurant isn't easy, but Tim Harris has made it work.

Along the way he became perhaps the only person with Down syndrome in the U.S. who owns and operates his own place...
 
...With the help of his family, he opened Tim's Place in 2010 near Academy and Wyoming in northeast Albuquerque.
 
...His story is an inspiration to many.
 
“We've had several families with young children with disabilities who have come in or written and said I never thought this would be possible for my son or daughter," Jeanne Harris said.  "It's changing the way they're thinking as they're raising their young children."
 
“I tell people with disabilities that they can follow their dreams,” said Tim.
 
 

 

 
There are the developmentally disabled like Tim whose parents are routinely counseled to abort them. And in addition there are the children lost at 6, 7, even 8 months gestational age who oftentimes are perfect and so fully formed that they "should be dressed and taken home"—but who instead end up in a dumpster after enduring a painful death.
 

Pundette reminds us that jury selection in the trial of Philadelphia late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell began today.  In case you've forgotten or never knew about Doctor (and I use the term loosely) Gosnell, see former nurse Jill Stanek's blog post about him and his sickening medical practice. Warning: it's graphic and very disturbing.

Gosnell's "Women's Medical Society" clinic—they always sound so innocuous, don't they? Just trying to be helpful—in West Philly was not unique.  There are many such places in inner cities, often (although not exclusively) "serving" black women.  The result is what amounts to genocide among black Americans as Alveda King has pointed out numerous times:

And for those who say what went on in Gosnell's clinic is fundamentally different from what goes on in other, shall we say, more antiseptic settings, where only "clumps of cells" are being disposed of—and those are often the same people who are calling for "free" universal health care—once you start making subjective decisions about what constitutes human life and when such life has value, you're heading down a very slippery slope indeed.

No society has unlimited resources.  For this reason, "free" health care necessarily implies rationed health care.  And with such a cavalier attitude toward life, how long will it be before we've arrived here (and it won't be Paul Ryan pushing that wheelchair):

 

or here:

Hey, who cares? She was old and that man was only a Gypsy—neither one useful or even truly human.

So to those, like Andrew Cuomo, for whom abortion isn't already widespread enough: be careful what you wish for—or condone.

 

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