Police Chief Tries To Shoot Dog; Shoots Owner Instead; Ignores Victim; Gets Sworn In

A North Carolina woman was hit by a ricocheting bullet meant for her dog, after Winston-Salem police chief in-waiting Barry Rountree got scared of the dog last week and tried to shoot it.

The woman, Tamara Whitt, was shot by Rountree as he was responding to a 911 call alleging a man with a gun was roaming the neighborhood, aiming the weapon at people.

Evidently there was such a man: Rountree. Police said after he and other officers arrived in the area to investigate, Whitt’s dog approached them in a “threatening manner.” Rountree got scared of the dog and tried to shoot it, but the .40 caliber bullet bounced off the pavement and hit Whitt in the leg.

According to Whitt – who described her pet’s behavior throughout the ordeal as “very passive” – Rountree’s reaction to her injury was to walk across the street and have a cell phone conversation, then cross back over to ask her if she was alright.

“He did not come to me. He backed away,” she said. “He walked across the street over there by that car over there and he was on his phone … and I told the SBI [State Bureau of Investigation] he did not come to me.”

Whitt hasn’t had the bullet removed; doctors have told her the procedure would be too dangerous.

At the time of the shooting, Rountree was in line to be sworn in as the new Winston-Salem chief of police. He was placed on administrative leave after the shooting, but has since been cleared of any wrongdoing by Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill. Rountree was sworn in as chief of police on June 30.

The dog, a boxer named Lebrone, is still alive, but remains in the custody of Forsyth County Animal Control.

Toy Gun March On Washington Draws 2nd Amendment Supporters

While there’s no sign that remnant supporters of the dubious, now-cancelled  July 4th armed march on Washington, D.C. are coalescing near the capitol with loaded weapons, 2nd Amendment supporters did turn out Wednesday to stage a legal demonstration – using toy guns.

From the “Toy Gun March on DC” Facebook page, the event’s mission is to “communicate the importance of 2nd Amendment rights to the citizens of the District of Columbia.”

The Toy Gun March is a gathering of liberty loving people and their families to promote responsible gun ownership, private charity and to bring public perception of gun owners into a better light.

Due to the fact that it is currently illegal to carry a loaded firearm into the District of Columbia, we liberty lovers have decided to tweak the nose of big government and show Obama what a clown he is for trying to restrict our natural rights. Join us as we march on DC fully armed with toy guns!

 

“We’re trying to make the point that it’s ridiculous for little kids to be getting in trouble for playing with toy guns and being suspended for things like biting a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun,” organizer Austin Petersen told The Huffington Post. “We’re also trying to send the message that gun owners are responsible” and that many, who identify themselves as libertarians, “aren’t all crazy gun nuts.”

The event, which was conceived and staged by Libertarian Republic, also raised money and toy donations for Toys for Tots.

Wednesday’s demonstration did, ultimately, descend into a gun battle – only, at the end, everyone was soaked in water instead of blood, and the “casualties” picked themselves off the capitol grounds and walked away in peace.

Putting Lipstick On Obamacare; Rick Perry’s Buzz Machine; The Gun Veto That Won’t Stick; FBI Sleeps On IRS; Restoring Rubio’s Conservative Cred — Wednesday Morning News Roundup 7-3-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • The Administration of President Barack Obama is postponing the “employer mandate”  portion of Obamacare — the part that would levy financial penalties on businesses with more than 50 employees that fail to provide health insurance that meet the minimum standards and “affordability” — until 2015. The move delays implementation of at least one component of the unpopular law until after the next mid-term elections. Source: Human Events… 
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry promised friends and top fundraisers Tuesday he’d reveal “exciting future plans” next week in San Antonio, sparking wide speculation he will announce if he’ll run again for Governor. Source: CBS Houston… 
  • Illinois Governor Pat Quinn moved Tuesday to tighten legislation that would end Illinois’ last-in-the-Nation prohibition on gun owners’ carrying their weapons in public places, setting the stage for near-certain legislative defeat for him next week. Source: Chicago Sun-Times… 
  • More than a month and a half after it was announced that the FBI would launch an investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups, the groups and their legal representatives are still waiting to hear from the FBI. Source: CNS News… 
  • Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) agreed Tuesday to be the lead sponsor of a Senate bill to ban abortion after an unborn child is 20 weeks old. Source: Weekly Standard… 

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Nearly Half Of Americans Want Governors To Spurn Obamacare

To date, 26 States have agreed to sign on to an expansion of their Medicaid programs under Obamacare, while 13 have remained firm, opting out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s promise of matching Federal subsidies for those who get with the program.

But with the October start date for State-managed health insurance “exchanges” to begin enrolling applicants, public opinion is souring on Obamacare, as well as on the Governors of States that lined up to become early adopters.

A survey done by Rasmussen Reports in late June reveals that 48 percent of Americans now want State Governors to opt out of Obamacare, while only 41 percent hope their Governor supports the plan. Another 11 percent haven’t made up their minds.

The survey, which polled 1,000 “likely voters” over the telephone, confirms Americans’ steadfast antipathy toward State-managed healthcare. CNN found that public attitude toward Obamacare hasn’t changed much in the three years since Congress approved the plan, with the most recent assessment — done in May of this year — showing 54 percent opposed.

A proliferation of reports indicating insurance rates will increase under Obamacare hasn’t helped sell the plan, especially as the picture of how it will be rolled out becomes clearer. Writing for National Review, James Capretta notes:

Study after study — by Oliver Wyman, by Milliman, and by the Society of Actuaries — have confirmed the views of the experts, which is that premiums are going up a lot for most people in the individual-insurance market. Looking across these studies, one can expect premium increases, on average, in the range of 30 to 50 percent, depending on the state.

Remember when President Barack Obama said this?

Why Doesn’t America Have Feminist Extremists Like These?

Over the weekend, a coven of Ukranian feminists dressed in black robes went to a mosque in Stockholm. They went inside, taking off their shoes as a show of respect. The place was mostly empty, which hurts the impact of what they did a little bit. But we’re all reading about it, so what they did next obviously resonated beyond Sweden.

They ripped off their black robes, revealing slogans emblazoned across their topless torsos. The slogans said things like “No Sharia in Egypt and the world” and “My body is mine, not somebody’s honor.” They shouted things like “Free women!” and “No oppression!”

As happened at a similar protest six weeks ago in Tunisia, the half-naked protesters were hilariously dragged from the scene, probably by sheepish men in impeccable suits. They were jailed and charged on charges of suspicion of disorderly conduct.

The women are members of FEMEN, a 5-year-old Ukranian women’s organization that, unlike the consumer-grade lifestyle feminist movements that preoccupy the affluent ennui of liberals in Western society, actually has a few things to fight about — and Islamic repression lies at the heart of nearly all of it.

“If we did that demonstration in my country, we [would be] raped; we’re going to be cut with knives; we [would be] killed,” said Egyptian protester Aliaa Magda. “We should not be called ‘whores,’ or [told that] we are doing something shameful, like they were calling us today in the mosque,” said another unnamed protester. “They were calling us whores, whores from hell.”

Call them whatever you want. But they’re not fighting for more social support for prostitutes or Federal mandates on access to late-term abortions. They’re fighting against Islamic extremism and the brutal male fantasy of Sharia law, which imposes unbelievable structure, bondage and punishment on women living in societies where Sharia serves as the arbiter of Islamic justice.

The Clarion Project, a New York-based nonprofit group that targets Islamic extremism, describes the danger the United States faces if its political, business and cultural leaders don’t start drawing a line to turn back the slow creep of Sharia influence, as Muslims put down roots in the Western world in greater numbers. It’s clearly a case of encouraging assimilation into liberal Western society, as opposed to fostering pockets of Islamic extremism that remain capable of adhering to Sharia practice in a radical colonization of the West:

Under Muslim Sharia law, the clothes you wear, the music you listen to, and the television you watch would all be censored. Behavior in public is legally restricted and controlled. And Sharia is the ideal social system for those that preach Radical Islam. Sharia is an Arabic term referring to a legal framework to regulate public and private aspects of life based upon specific Islamic teachings.

Sharia does not dominate the rule of law today in western society, but dangerous elements of Sharia are rapidly creeping into institutions across the western world. Sharia has infiltrated major western financial institutions that now run Sharia Finance or Islamic Banking Divisions. Sharia ideology has a very real influence on the creation of public school curriculums and the publication of textbooks in the United States. Radical Islamists promote the idea that Muslim communities should be subject to their own separate law.

Very few American leaders have shown they possess the combination of common sense and resolve necessary to publicly speak against even the extremist form of Islamic practice — even though it prescribes all-out social revolution in countries like the United States and insinuates itself not merely into the religious sphere of citizens’ private lives, but also into the fabric of society itself: jurisprudence, property ownership, law enforcement and politics.

If FEMEN stages one of its protests on American soil, will anyone have the will to stand up and say it’s right?

Rubio’s Immigration Push Not Winning The Hearts Of Hispanic Voters

Even though Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has bent over backwards – or at least 180 degrees – to help craft an immigration reform package amenable to millions of non-citizens residing in the U.S. as illegal aliens, it hasn’t helped his standing in the eyes of Latino voters.

An early poll gauging the tendencies of would-be Hispanic voters in the 2016 Presidential election shows Rubio trailing far behind other possible candidates, including Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden – though he did lead the pack of Republicans whose names have been tossed around as potential nominees.

According to the poll, conducted by Latino Decisions, eligible voters preferred Clinton over Rubio by a 66 to 28 percent margin; Biden also led Rubio 60 percent to 28 percent. Rubio did receive considerably more interest from Hispanic voters than other Republicans, though, with 29 percent favoring him over Chris Christie (14 percent), Jeb Bush (13 percent) and Paul Ryan (11 percent), among others.

Born in Miami to first-generation Cuban immigrants, Rubio was elected to his Senate seat in 2010 as a come-from-behind candidate, riding a wave of Tea Party support in winning the Republican nomination over incumbent Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

Borrowing From The Borrowers To Fund Obamacare

As Congress fights over whether to permanently raise interest rates on Federal student loans, or to keep them level or peg them to financial markets, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released a report that indicates the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will appropriate billions of dollars in student loan interest to subsidize the state-managed health insurance program.

According to the report, Obamacare will incur an additional $8.7 billion in interest on Federal student loans over the next ten years. The government is claiming it will save more than $60 billion by eliminating bank-based lending and administering student loans in-house, but instead of passing that savings on to borrowers, it’s breaking off a huge chunk for Obamacare.

That means the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has found a way to bankroll the ACA on the backs of young people, regardless of whether they actively choose to buy in to Obamacare (and many have said that they won’t.)

In a sad way, though, it’s a no-harm, no-foul situation for the busted student loan program. Student entitlements have been a major factor in driving up college costs and bloating university programs for decades. Perhaps Monday’s doubling of student loan interest rates will have the same effect on the wallets of young would-be borrowers as Obamacare, passing the threshold at which it makes financial sense for them to opt in.

Obama Does Damage Control; European Romance Shattered; China & Russia On A Boat; Muslim Brotherhood Digs In For Morsi; Dems Run For The Hills As Obamacare Looms — Tuesday Morning News Roundup 7-2-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • President Barack Obama has sought to limit the damage from the growing transatlantic espionage row after Germany and France denounced the major snooping activities of U.S. agencies and warned of a possible delay in the launch next week of ambitious free-trade talks between Europe and the U.S. Source: The Guardian… 
  • It has taken a long time, but the world’s fantasies about Barack Obama are finally crumbling. In Europe, once the headquarters of the global cult of Obama, Monday’s newspapers were full of savage quotes about the perfidy of the Obama-led U.S. Source: Financial Times…
  • China will join Russia later this week for its largest-ever naval drills with a foreign partner, underlining deepening ties between the former Cold War rivals along with Beijing’s desire for closer links with regional militaries. Source: The Guardian… 
  • A member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party addressed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s supporters on Tuesday, calling on them to sacrifice themselves in defense of Morsi’s legitimacy in the face of millions of demonstrators who demand an end to his rule. Source: Egypt Independent… 
  • With just three months away from the Oct. 1 enrollment start date, nothing about the Obamacare implementation process should be politically encouraging for Democrats. In fact, the more people learn about Obamacare, the more frightened they become. Source: Washington Post…

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Concealed Carry Dawns In Violent, ‘Gun-Free’ Chicago

Over the objection of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, it will soon be legal to carry a concealed weapon on the streets of Chicago.

The change in the law comes via the actions of conservatives in the Illinois Legislature, as well as from a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that discarded a Chicago “carve-out” exemption that would have continued to allow Cook County and its municipalities to pass broad gun bans. A supermajority of the State Legislature passed a “veto-proof” concealed carry bill in January, making Illinois a “shall-issue” State in spite of the Governor’s strident opposition. Under the law, the State police are responsible for the licensing process, a prerogative that can’t be usurped by municipal fiat.

While 2nd Amendment supporters aren’t crazy about Illinois’ gun laws in general, those among Cook County’s 358,000 gun owners (yes, that number represents those who are “registered”) can at least expect the same measure of protection (or infringement) under the State’s mechanism for regulating gun ownership as that enjoyed by residents everywhere else in Illinois.

Under the new law, the Illinois State Police shall issue a concealed carry license to “any gun owner with a state-issued Firearm Owners Identification [FOI] card, who passes a background check, pays a $150 fee, and undergoes 16 hours of training.” FOI permits must be renewed every five years, and guns are still outlawed in government buildings and on college and school campuses.

On the bright side, any municipality that takes steps to add its own regulations on top of the State gun law faces a per-day penalty of $10,000 per occurrence — even Chicago.

Palin: Leaving GOP An Option For Conservatives Who’ve Had Enough

Conservatives’ frustration over mainstream Republican response to expanded government surveillance, immigration reform, and financial and administrative bloat leaves them with few options for effecting fundamental changes via the traditional political process — at least as long as that process is dominated by two political parties that are, especially on the national level, often indistinguishable.

Sarah Palin intimated Saturday on FOX News that the time may be near when conservatives disenfranchised by elected leaders who represent their interests less poorly than a more liberal opponent, but still not well, may wake up and realize that the modern American political landscape is a product of citizens’ own making and that it should be changed.

 

Palin reminded viewers that Republican and Democrat are appellations affixed to private political parties, that they don’t entwine with any founding document or Constitutional charter, and that nothing prevents Americans from organizing new parties and movements if they’re fed up with how far the collective ideology of the ruling class has strayed from its primary role of enacting the will of the people.

“Remember, these are private parties, and no one’s forcing us to be enlisted in either party,” she said. “If the GOP continues to back away from the planks in our platform, then, yeah, more and more of us are gonna start saying, ‘You know, what’s wrong with being an independent?’ — kind of that libertarian streak that much of us have.

“In other words, we want government to back off and not infringe upon our rights. I think there will be a lot of us who start saying, ‘GOP, if you abandon us, we have nowhere else to go except to become more independent and not enlisted in one or the other of the private majority parties that rule in our Nation — either Democrat or Republican.’”

Palin pointed to the Senate’s hasty passage of a bipartisan immigration bill, which lawmakers passed without having read through it, as a prime example of both parties’ summary disregard for the electors who placed them in Washington, D.C.

“I think that Republicans who caved, along with Democrats who caved in to [President Barack] Obama’s wishes to legalize illegal aliens, is a matter of a lack of principle and respect for the rule of law. This was an absolute betrayal of working-class Americans who do respect the rule of law and [of] legal immigrant who have come here, stood in line and paid their dues — that’s some of the hypocrisy of our permanent political class in Washington, D.C., which is such an indication of such a problem about abandonment of what we, the people, expect from our representatives and those whom we elect to fulfill the will of the people.”

The stranglehold the two-party system has had on the quadrennial popularity contest known as the Presidential election showed brief signs of weakening in 2008 and in subsequent midterm elections. But even though the Tea Party movement drove a wedge between some RINO politicians and their conservative constituents, it often meant different things (Is the Tea Party about small government only, or does it embrace social conservatism across the board?) to people in different States.

Going forward, can conservatives’ frustrations galvanize future leaders — and their electors — in a more organized fashion? And, if so, will the idealism of a conservative party’s constituents get in the way of the necessary bureaucratic operational mechanics required for a modern political party to function on a national scale? Or will conservatives, as Palin suggests, be content with a grass-roots approach, backing independent candidates and winning small political victories here and there, biding their time until there’s finally sufficient will among our elected leaders to reform the underpinnings of America’s morally bankrupt two-party system?