IS IT TRUE January 16, 2013

The Mole #??

IS IT TRUE roughly noon today it is expected that President Obama will make a speech on gun control as a solution to gun violence and that he will issue a collection of executive orders that will take the nations gun policy as close to the line between clear unconstitutionality as his lawyers and advisors have the nerve to allow him to get?…the second amendment to the constitution is short and pretty clear so walking on it without violating it will be a real tightrope act?…the people of this country who are passionate supporters of the Constitution are coincidentally some of the staunchest supporters of 2nd amendment rights around?…this group is unlikely to be fooled by flowery language designed to fog the meaning of the constitution because they have the common sense to understand what the constitution says and to interpret this simple amendment?…that raising and lowering of taxes for the purpose of redistribution is something that many Americans do not like but are accustomed to already so no calls for drastic measures came from a tax increase?…if the President of the United States boldly and strongly strikes down part of the constitution that is not a gray area interpretation we predict this will go into both the streets and the courts and will define the second term of President Barack Obama?

IS IT TRUE that the national press and other mainstream media that cling to their first amendment rights strongly (one might say guns and religion and one has) are surprisingly mute when it comes to the second amendment?…we wonder why these supposedly learned people are struck dumb on this particular issue?…that executive order is not and has never been an acceptable way to modify the constitution of the United States?…for the media to stand by and let such a thing even be pondered without helping the American people VET what is proposed?…the same rationalization process that would lead one to nullify one part of the constitution by executive fiat will surely lead to another instance with another amendment when it becomes politically convenient to do so?…national press corps, if you ever muster the courage to report both sides of any issue they will come for your pens and word processors because as we all know “the pen is mightier than the sword”?

IS IT TRUE that the Mole Nation has now verified most of the numbers published in the CCO yesterday afternoon regarding Mayor Winnecke’s choice and forthcoming recommendation for a downtown convention hotel?…these numbers are of no surprise to people who thought this one through because the basic truths of this project remain true?…the basic truths are that a basic hotel with no frills of the size the government wants will cost roughly $30 Million and will have a valuation of closer to $20 Million when it is finished?…that means that no private investor will be willing to vaporize money thus $20 Million will be the approximate limit of outside private money that will be in this deal?…in addition to the $30 Million for the hotel there are a number of other amenities like parking, walk bridges, the oversight storage building, street improvements, etc. that will all totaled add another $20 Million or more to the project cost?…it will of course be expected that a 10 year tax abatement will be granted that will have a value of roughly $5 Million depending on assessment?…the speculative nature of this investment even makes it possible that a the City of Evansville will be asked to guarantee a specific rate of return that is higher than market rates?…as we wrote yesterday the cost of the corporate welfare to make this happen will exceed $40 Million, will result in the City of Evansville owning nothing, and an outside developer being guaranteed a rate of return of over 10%?…these numbers are simply to insane to consider?

IS IT TRUE if local government is in the business of guaranteeing rates of return we would like to see the rate of return on a dog and skateboard park?…if we can’t or won’t as a government have anything to do with disrupting markets in favor of local legacy businesses like Karges Furniture and Schmidt Photo then the government of Evansville needs to stay out of the business world altogether?…the question now is whether or not there are 5 members of the Evansville City Council who have the brains and the courage to stop the mad proposals that seem to flow out of the Office of the Mayor like milk from a Jersey cow?…we wonder just what the heck ever happened to common sense and practicality?


  1. No other hotel in the city gets a guaranteed rate of return from the city. It would be crazy to do this, but after all that has heppened with Earthcare, Roberts Stadium, and Johnson Control deals (to name a few) it sounds exactly like something that this city’s leaders would do.

  2. When people tell me I should only own a musket or equivalent Revolutionary War era rifle, I tell them, “then the press should use a manual printing press, quills, and make their own paper.

  3. You have the amount of gun violence you will tolerate, and it has nothing to do with “gun control”.

    When actions have no consequences, it does not take long for people to understand. It reminds me of a cartoon I saw years ago of two liberals standing over the body of a murder victim. The caption for the carton was: “We need to find the person who did this and get them some help.”

    The way to reduce murders, gun or otherwise, is a swift and sure system of justice that includes capital punishment.

    Justice delayed is justice denied, not just to the family of victims, but to society as a whole.

    When society begins to see that those who murder are swiftly tried and executed, there will be a corresponding decrease in the number of murders.

    As things stand now, we as a society lack the will to even execute the terrorist US Army Major Nidal Hasan who killed 13 soldiers and wounded another 26 victims. Evidently political considerations, (we do not want to upset or middle eastern brethren), has shut down justice in this case.

    There is no denying it, we are becoming a nation of weak, government dependent, whiners, unable to protect ourselves:

    * * * * * * * *

    By Michael Randall
    Times Herald-Record
    Published: 2:00 AM – 01/16/13
    Last updated: 7:09 AM – 01/16/13

    NEW WINDSOR — Three girls were charged with gang assault Tuesday morning after they allegedly attacked a mom as she put her young child on a school bus.

    The girls — two 13-year-olds and a 12-year-old — called what they did “mobbing” or “popping” on someone, and told police they did it for fun and chose their victim at random………(more).

    * * * * * * * *

    Evidently some people feel we are just here to provide amusement for them.


    • The punishment should be locking them up with their parents in the same cell for 2 years, with the knowledge that the next offense will be 20 years. The parents “lectures” on their obious failure as parents, along with the beatings should convince those”kids” that amusements ain’t all that funny to everybody.

  4. Well, it seems all the paranoia and alarmist rhetoric regarding dictatorial and anti-constitutional actions by President Obama were premature and unfounded.

    It seems what he actually plans to do is strengthen enforcement of existing laws, and pass to Congress its constitutional obligation to enact legislation that will safeguard American citizens.

    The three issues President Obama suggest Congress address, with which it seems a majority of Americans agree, are banning assault weapon sales to the public, enacting a requirement for universal background checks on all gun purchases, and limiting multi-round bullet magazines to 10 cartridges.

    The only thing I’d like more information about is the President’s request that Congress enact what is being called “an anti-trafficking law.” I’d like to know exactly what he means, and what kind of language our astute Congressmen will concoct to define “trafficking.”

    The other 3 issues President Obama is asking Congress to address appear reasonable, and capable of passing a Constitutional test so long as the bill writers don’t get to crafty with their word-smithing.

    • Thank you for showing us that you don’t understand how a constitutional republic is supposed to function.

    • The only gun trafficking operation busted this year was run by the US Justice Department under that fool Eric Holder. It was machine guns to boot. So, I must agree with you that the laws that forbid Americans form selling machine guns to foreign outlaws should be enforced and Holder’s gun runners need to be jailed. Is a merchant a trafficker in the language of government?

      • The question you ask in your closing sentence is the same question I’m concerned about … legitimate distributors and retailers.

    • He’s urging Congress to pass anti-“assault weapon” legislation. How is that unfounded?

      Furthermore, all I’ve managed to find so far are summaries on the Orders he issued, not the orders themselves in their full wording. If anyone has a link, please post it.

      That’s said, some of the summaries themselves sound pretty intrusive, like urging doctors to act as spies against their patients on their gun-related activities:

      “16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

      17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.”

      Most of these summaries I’ve read seem like a lot of empty political grandstanding, like this gem:

      19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

      What exact “plan” is he talking about here? Unless you’re arming people on site, by my estimation, it’s still going to take first responders a long time to arrive on scene at a shooting.

      • For those of you who would like to see the “wish list” here is what I could find.


        The following is a list, provided by the White House, of executive actions President Obama plans to take to address gun violence.

        1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

        2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

        3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

        4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

        5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

        6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

        7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

        8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

        9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

        10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

        11. Nominate an ATF director.

        12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

        13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

        14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

        15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.

        16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

        17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

        18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

        19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

        20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

        21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

        22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

        23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.



        • Thank you. I looked for this list but was unable to find it in its entire wording.

          I need to digest this for a while, same as I would when I got an advance packet from APC staff several days ahead of a meeting (referring to our previous conversation about the benefits of receiving info in advance of a city council meeting) :::smile:::

          Meanwhile, one thing I see missing from President Obama’s list is item #24: Provide schools with bulletproof blankets for each classroom. These are an available technology which can protect several individuals in the case of an attack by a madman with semi-automatic weapons loaded with 30-round clips.

          • Assuming that ‘bulletproof blankets’ are made from the same materials that police department soft armor vests are made of, they would not protect anybody from a rifle round unless they have hard armor ceramic or metallic inserts. High velocity rifle rounds can pierce soft armor with no difficulty at all.

            These blankets WOULD arguably protect against lower velocity pistol rounds.

            Proper terminology is 30 round ‘magazines’, not ‘clips’. ‘Clips’ are a completely different ammunition feeding device. Semantics, but proper terminology is important in discussions such as this.

          • This is just some kind of summary – same thing I saw earlier elsewhere. This is not a list of “Executive Orders”… Executive Orders don’t read like this.

            I still want to see the full wording of any “Executive Orders” he actually signed.

          • I got the blanket info from a detective who has received FBI training and specializes in anti-terrorist tactics.

            Sorry about the incorrect terminology regarding gun parts. Point taken.

  5. “enacting a requirement for universal background checks on all gun purchases” I think this means even private sales between individuals. This is a big change. How are individuals sopposed to do background checks. I see big problems with implementing this part.

    • The same way it is done for private automotive transactions. To use the car legally you gotta report the sale and pay the tax to get a license. They will let the government do the background check before they approve the sale of the gun and charge a small fee. So it will work like this. Charles Manson wants to buy a gun from Charlie Sheen for $500 and Sheen is okay with it. Manson then heads down to the courthouse with the papers signed to register his gun. The courthouse worker charges ole Charles $35 in sales tax and $35 more for a background check. If he passes then he walks out with his gun. If he fails Charlie Sheen gets a call to come get his gun back. Now if Manson never shows up to comply with the new rules the authorities have a problem waiting for a place to happen. If Manson kills with the gun Charlie Sheen will be called on the carpet for the dirty deed. This is how government herds sheep. The quiet live by the rules sheep will always do as they are told. It is that Charles Manson sheep we gotta look out for. That will not change one damn bit with these newly enforced rules.

      • I think it’s more likely that all (legal) firearms sales will de facto have to go through a licensed dealer. Dealers will charge some nominal fee for a background check and to do the paperwork, or will charge a percentage of the sale price for their part in the transaction (like Ebay does).

        As you stated, though, any of these measures will only increase the transaction cost for law-abiding citizens. The bad guys will probably skip the ‘legally required’ steps..

        • This may not be such a bad idea if part of the requirement is for the licensed dealer to check the weapon out with regard to sound operating condition, etc., and provide a firearm safety pamplet to the purchaser.

          • I personally have no problem with requiring folks to go through a dealer, and like the idea of having safety information provided during said tran. I have never sold a firearm person to person, I have only traded mine in to the dealer in if I was getting a new one. I don’t like the idea of personal liability if I did a person-to-person sale.

          • Terrible idea. I should have the right to sell my guns to anyone I choose so long as I have no reason to suspect them of being a felon or mentally unstable. Only in those latter instances should I be liable for anything they later choose to do with a gun I’ve sold them.

            You people really don’t seem to value freedom very much. That’s awful disturbing to me. It’s like I live in a nation of the blissfully neutered.

          • Brad, I don’t have any training in diagnosing medical or organic disorders of the human brain. I also don’t have any training in examining firearms for the sort of defects that affect their safe use. HOwever, I do expect a can of beans or a gallon of milk to be safe when I purchase them. Same should apply to firearms, in my opinion.

          • “You people…”

            Nice, Mr. Linzy.

            I presume you are referring to honorably discharged United States Marines? Perhaps professional firefighters? Maybe NRA members? Tall white guys with shaved heads?

            I fit under all of the above descriptions. Blissfully neutered is not one of them.

  6. How many time a year are automobiles used as weapons? Why is there no call to control them? Because the anti-gunners are familiar with cars and are afraid of guns. They fear guns but do not respect what they can do.
    Thousands more people per year are killed because of impaired drivers. There are laws making it illegal for certain individuals to drive and, guess what, they don’t work either.
    Kill somebody with a car, get a slap on the wrist. Kill somebody with a gun and all gun owners are penalized.
    The primary difference, of course, is that driving is a privilege while owning guns is a right. Having the masses driving ought to be more at risk than owning a gun. Instead, Obama and his co-conspirators are trying to turn the tables on meek Americans.
    He is truly turning into a fascist president.

  7. The Second Amendment is a codified right. We have others that are not explicitly codified, but this is one of the ones deemed important enough to put into words and add to our Supreme Law of the Land.

    I say let them pass whatever they want to pass. So long as we are diligent enough to elect a County Sheriff who will nullify unconstitutional federal mandates by refusing to enforce them, we’re good. Increasingly it’s looking like the only solution to an out of control federal government is good old civil disobedience, i.e. telling them where they can stuff it.

  8. Jeffers, if you want to live in a socialist paradise emmigrate to Cuba “Libre.” You have no business living in a Democratic Republic.

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