Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The ATF returning guns?

Yes indeedy-do.

Those who have read this blog any time at all knows that I'll beat up on ATF at the drop of a hat (or anything else). However, this time I'm not beating up on them, I'm offering a pat on the back instead.

You see, ATF found itself in possession of 530 or so guns after Hurricane Katrina passed through. These were not confiscated by ATF, but by other law enforcement agencies and the National Guard (who ought to be damned ashamed of themselves). ATF has returned 400 guns and identified the owners of 15 more.

So I think we should thank them for that effort.

But here's an interesting question to ponder: If guns aren't registered in this country, how did the ATF figure out who owned the gun in the first place? Could it be someone's slip is showing?

Monday, April 17, 2006

New Orleans returns the guns, Day 1

Apparently, the process of returning the confiscated firearms of the population of New Orleans isn't going very well:

"We were told 25 people went in to get their guns and eight left with their firearms," Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Rifle Association, said Monday afternoon.

You honestly didn't expect anything different, did you?

But there is a nugget of humor in the story:

Chief Warren Riley denied on Monday that his officers indulged in mass confiscations after the hurricane. "If we took a gun from you and you were walking down the street, you went to jail," Riley said. "We took guns that were in homes. We took guns that were stolen that were stashed in alleyways. If we went into an abandoned house and a gun was there, absolutely we took the weapons. Obviously there were looters out there.

Yep, there sure were some looters out there.

Mr. President, I'm Headed to Mexico

This one's floating around the Internet. I don't know if the name of the author is real or fictional, and I don't care.

Dear President Bush:

I'm about to plan a little trip with my family and extended family, and I would like to ask you to assist me. I'm going to walk across the border from the U.S. into Mexico, and I need to make a few arrangements. I know you can help with this.

I plan to skip all the legal stuff like visas, passports, immigration quotas and laws. I'm sure they handle those things the same way you do here.

So, would you mind telling your buddy, President Vicente Fox, that I'm on my way over? Please let him know that I will be expecting the following:
  1. Free medical care for my entire family.
  2. English-speaking government bureaucrats for all services I might need, whether I use them or not.
  3. All government forms need to be printed in English.
  4. I want my kids to be taught by English-speaking teachers.
  5. Schools need to include classes on American culture and history.
  6. I want my kids to see the American flag flying on the top of the flag pole at their school with the Mexican flag flying lower down.
  7. Please plan to feed my kids at school for both breakfast and lunch.
  8. I will need a local Mexican driver's license so I can get easy access to government services.
  9. I do not plan to have any car insurance, and I won't make any effort to learn local traffic laws.
  10. In case one of the Mexican police officers does not get the memo from Pres. Fox to leave me alone, please be sure that all police officers speak English.
  11. I plan to fly the U.S. Flag from my house top, put flag decals on my car, and have a gigantic celebration on July 4th. I do not want any complaints or negative comments from the locals.
  12. I would also like to have a nice job without paying any taxes, and don't enforce any labor laws or tax laws.
  13. Please tell all the people in the country to be extremely nice and never say a critical word about me, or about the strain I might place on the economy.
I know this is an easy request because you already do all these things for all the people who come to the U.S. From Mexico. I am sure that Pres. Fox won't mind returning the favor if you ask him nicely.

However, if he gives you any trouble, just invite him to go quail hunting with your V.P.

Thank you so much for your kind help.

Dick Eaton, a US Army Vietnam Veteran

Happy Tax Day

Rather than rant on how stupid our tax system is, let's just go with two simple facts that ought to cause you to pause and think:
  1. The United States Tax Code is now over 66,000 pages
  2. The number of IRS employees is over 115,000
These numbers are based on information found in a Google search, so we ought to take them with a grain of salt. However, if they don't cause you to have a WTF? minute, then you ought to pay more attention to what's going on around you.