Open Carry Idiocy

by: the Common Constitutionalist

A potentially lethal weapon should not be synonymous with jewelry. One does not carry a weapon as a fashion statement.

Regular readers know that I, the Common Constitutionalist, “packs heat”, as a friend from the gym says. He’s former Marine force recon, so I let the slang go.

Readers also know I prefer open carry to concealed for reasons explained here.

In short, I open carry to make a statement. No, not a fashion statement, nor some highfalutin Constitutional reason as one might expect. I open carry for one reason. It’s a sign, a banner to any would-be attacker: “leave me the *%$# alone. That’s it. It’s no more complicated than that.

Being that I open carry, one would naturally conclude that I would be all for the group “Open Carry Texas” bringing their weapons into restaurants such as Chili’s, Chipotle and Sonic, which they did.

To that I would say – WRONGO! read more

The Liberal “States of the World”

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Recently Mark Levin suggested, as has Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and even little old me, to allow the liberals of this country to pick the states of their choosing and form their own leftist nation – The Liberal States of the World”.

Mark suggested that they pick 10 states, all move there, and have a ball. They can even pick the nicest states – the coastal ones, although with the sure onset of global warming, maybe not. We wouldn’t want all those lefties to be washed out to sea.

So let’s just say they will occupy both coasts and we conservatives will move into the crappy flyover states. We’ll even throw in Washington DC as a bonus.

They would now be free to do anything they want – enact any legislation – raise any tax – mandate any regulation and pack any court, with no unreasonable conservatives to stop them with their religious dogma.

They may rewrite the Constitution, or better yet, scrap the whole thing and replace it with FDR’s Second Bill of Rights.

If you’re unfamiliar with them or need a review, here are a few of the real standouts:

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation.

The right of every family to a decent home.

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.

The right to adequate protection from economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment.

The right to a good education.

Wow – where do I sign? That sounds great and completely reasonable and workable. It sounds like manna from heaven, except there is no heaven – so manna from Mother Earth. read more

Seattle Proposes $15 Minimum Wage

from the American Thinker:

Seattle’s proposal to adopt a $15 an hour minimum wage has some economic experts asking if it will doom Seattle’s economy.

Even Slate’s business and economics correspondent, Jordan Weissmann, questions the wisdom of adopting such a precipitous increase:

Yesterday, Murray announced a plan that would gradually raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 an hour and tie it to inflation, which won approval from a large committee of business and labor leaders, as well as some city council members. Today, Washington state’s minimum is a comparatively piddly $9.32. read more

The Assault on Coal Continues

by: the Common Constitutionalist

As reported recently at Liberty Alliance, Obama appears to be delivering on yet another campaign promise. The ruination of the entire US economy? No, that’s not it… yet. It’s a promise that “electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket”.

According to the Liberty Alliance report, the average kilowatt hour jumped to 13.5 cents, a record high in March 2014 and if trends continue, the rate will rise further in the coming months. Like gas prices – welcome to the new normal.

Completely unrelated (I’m sure) is a report from ClimateProgress, the tree hugging division of radical ThinkProgress, who gleefully reported that the White House approved new coal dust rules aimed at dropping the rate of black lung disease. read more

Thoughts on the Bundy Ranch Standoff

By: the Common Constitutionalist

 

I haven’t commented as of yet on the Bundy ranch incident. I’ve been thinking about it and would like to share a few observations and maybe a question or two.

 

During the standoff: “They are flying helicopters over the herd to chase them,” Ammon Bundy, son of Cliven said. “It was over 90 degrees here today, and the cattle can’t run very far in this heat before collapsing. This is especially true for the young calves. We have a lot of them being born because it is springtime, and they don’t have the strength to keep up with their mothers when they are running. The cattle then become overheated and die.”

 

So my first question is, where’s PETA? Where are the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals? Are they not an animal rights organization? Do they not protest the mistreatment of any animal, or do cattle not count? Or is it just like the NOW gang, the National Organization of Liberal Women, who just pretend to be for women’s rights unless it’s a liberal man who’s the abuser; and then it’s silence. Is PETA just another left wing radical group who only protest animal abuses by the right? In a word – Yep! No matter how many cattle were intentionally or accidently killed, you won’t here a peep from PETA. Not as long as Obama is king.

 

During the standoff Bundy’s wife Carol said it appeared snipers surrounded the family’s 150 acre ranch.

 

I wasn’t there, but I have heard from more than just Mrs. Bundy that there were indeed snipers posted about. If she was able to spot them, I can only conclude that they wanted to be seen or were ordered not to cover and remain in plain sight. And if that was the case, the obvious question is, Gee, I wonder why? Could it be for intimidation? Once again, I would say – Yep! read more

Nanny State Coincidence

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Although it’s been going on for years, it seems lately there is an all-out assault by the nanny government to crack down on our liberties.

 

In any normal, liberty loving society, when the people push back, there government is supposed to acquiesce to their (our) wishes. That’s the way it’s supposed to work. Government is supposed to serve the people.

 

But we all know that’s a joke – a sick joke, with a bad punchline.

 

Nowadays, when the people say no, our rulers just do the old end around, or sleight-of-hand. They cause us to concentrate on one thing and do another behind our backs.

 

Lately it seems that even this tactic has changed and the Nanny State has begun to attack us from all sides.

 

Take this global warming nonsense. With every passing year, the people are coming to realize what a hoax it has been. Every poll conducted puts the climate change concern at or near the bottom of a fairly long list of worries. read more

The EPA Channels Dr. Mengele

from The American Thinker:

“You can’t make a regulatory omelet without breaking a few eggs,” could become the new motto of the Environmental Protection Agency. Human experimentation on the children and elderly designed to justify new regulations was funded by the EPA, and then partially covered up.  The Daily Caller reported:

The Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting dangerous experiments on humans over the past few years in order to justify more onerous clean air regulations. read more

Courageous States Fighting Back

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

For years we conservatives have been frustrated, and that’s putting it mildly, by the ever-growing size and reach of the federal government.

 

We’ve all asked, both ourselves and each other; what can be done? What can we do to fight back? Can anything be done to beat back the onslaught of the feds – to somehow limit their power over us?

 

Well, until recently we’ve all felt pretty helpless. Then, it seems something happened – as if a light came on or a voice from above exclaimed, “You know… you don’t have to take it. You have the constitutional authority to take the power back. All you have to do is have the courage to use that authority.”

 

And that’s exactly what is happening – either recalling or discovering for the first time – states are realizing that the United States Constitution was written to empower them, not the feds. read more

Of Ann & Rand

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Ann Coulter was recently on the Sean Hannity television program.

 

The interview started friendly but quickly turned rather contentious. Coulter told Sean, “If we don’t elect Republicans; I don’t care which Republicans, we will not repeal Obamacare.”

 

So Ann, are you saying if we elect a Senate full of John McCains, Mitch McConnells and Lindsey Grahams, we will repeal Obamacare? Really?

 

I’ll answer that. Not a chance! That’s the answer.

 

She went on to say that we shouldn’t be fighting against Republicans. And then said, actually shouted, that the Republicans, if they gain a majority will balance the budget and do all these conservative things.

 

Where’s the proof of that? There is none. As a matter of fact, there is the exact opposite, solid proof that they won’t. read more

Cabbie Black Boxes

 

Perpetually rushed New Yorkers have been telling cabbies to ‘step on it’ for as long as there have been taxis, but the city wants to brake that hurry-up habit, in part by attacking the financial incentive to speed.

 

Cabs could be outfitted with black-box-style data recorders and devices that would sound warnings – or even pause the fare meter – for going too fast, even as speed limits on most city streets would drop from 30 to 25 mph.

 

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who made the proposals as part of his broader safe-streets plan, says drivers of New York’s signature yellow cabs rightly should play a particular role in his push to curb traffic crashes.

 

‘They set the tone on our streets,’ de Blasio said.

Under ambitious proposals that seek to get New York City cabs to slow down, black boxes inside cabs would shut the toll meter off whenever a cab goes above the posted limit, which is 25 mph in much of Manhattan