Gun thefts

April 14, 2017

On April 11, 2017, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives (ATF) released its summary of firearms reported
lost and stolen from federal firearms licensesees (FFL)s. The
official title is “Calendar Year (CY) 2016 FFL Thefts/Loss
Report”.

The report states a total of 18,394 firearms were reported
lost or stolen last year from FFLs. Of that 9,113 firearms were
reported lost and 9,281 were reported stolen.

The 9,281 stolen firearms were broken down into three
categories: larceny, burglary, and robbery. Those categories
break down as follows.

Larceny (1,423)- The unlawful taking or carrying away property
from the possessor or of another.

Burglary (7,488)- The unlawful entry of a structure to commit
a felony or theft.

Robbery (370)- Taking anything of value from the care,
custody, or control of a person by force or threat of force or
violence.

Georgia had the highest total of stolen and lost firearms with
1,593 followed by Florida with 1,260 and Texas with 1,247.

Since 2012 there has been an increase in the number of
robberies and burglaries and the number of firearms stolen.
Burglaries have increased by 48.01% and robberies by 175%.

As of March 2017 there were more than 136,000 FFLs in the U.S.
and its territories.

If you wish to see some pretty colored graphs. and the
statistics covering 2012-2016, go here.

Enjoy our Friday.
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Strange times

February 3, 2017

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This whole Standing Rock DAPL protest thing is getting
stranger than a Twilight Zone episode. We can see the pipeline
workers wanting to finish, and with the spills mentioned in an
earlier post also see the point of the protesters.

Now that things have zeroed in on the Camp of the Sacred
Stones, we get confused. I’ve always thought that if you
peacefully protested, on private property that you own, you
should be free to do so.

And to put the cherry on top, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
council is siding with DAPL. Even with the councils’ blessing
shouldn’t the ATF, Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Standing Rock
division of Fish and Wildlife, tribal police, and the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers should need a warrant to enter said
private property. Or at the very least explain why they do so.

Claim is these authorities did state they were “surveying”
the privately owned camp. These people are not rioting,
burning buildings, or blocking streets. They are peacefully
protesting.

It seems strange to us that with all our government has done
to Native Americans the tribal council would stand with the
government and not their members. We’re sure the whole truth
will never get out as that is the nature of our modern media.

On another note, we had clear blue skies and saw the sun
today. We even saw the moon later. Great day to be alive on
the east coast of Iowa. The weekend is here, the Super Bowl
will soon be here, and a warm up is on the way for us. Enjoy
the weekend while I seek a pizza.
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Just eliminate lies

January 31, 2017

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As the sun sets on the east coast of Iowa signaling the end
of January we look upon the golden sky and wonder what some
people are smoking. It took us back to a time before common
sense died from acute apathy.

Recent events cause us to lapse into such a state and
we’ll mention one. We have been following the Dakota
Pipeline fiasco and noticed the drive-by media claiming that
said pipelines don’t leak so the protest is futile.
The Magellan pipeline runs through Illinois, Iowa, North
Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin must be unlucky.

The Magellan pipeline moves diesel, gasoline, jet fuel,
natural gasoline, naptha, propane, natural gas, and butane.

Just recently 138,000 gallons of diesel leak out of a
ruptured pipeline and came up in a farmers’ field. Rest a
assured though as vacuum trucks are sucking up the leak
and the contaminated soil will be taken away.

Another pipeline operated by Magellan near Decatur, Nebraska,
last October leaked anhydrous ammonia and that leak killed one
unlucky soul while 23 households had to be evacuated.

In 2010 5,000 gallons of diesel leaked into a creek near
Milford, Iowa. The same year there was a 45,000 gallon
gasoline spill in Oklahoma. Worry not, the company paid hefty
fines. The entire report is here.

According to Inside Energy, there have been 4,269 pipeline
incidents since 2010 and 64 of those involved fatalities. To
learn more, or see the map of spills, go here.

Yet we don’t remember hearing much from the media about this.
The next time we hear how safe pipelines are for transporting
oil products, or protesters called whiners, we will pull up the map
in the last link to get a dose of reality.

Enjoy the rest of today for tomorrow is another month. A
little later I shall enjoy a pizza while watching Perry Mason.
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Heard of this?

January 24, 2017

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You probably don’t remember Public Law 280 as it was passed
in 1953, but it is an interesting example of how our government
treats Native Americans. Said law affected tribal nations in
Alaska (after it became a state), Arizona, Iowa, Montana,
North Dakota, and Utah.

The law mandated that law enforcement be turned over to the
government instead of the tribes meaning sheriffs and such could
take tribal members who committed crimes on tribal lands to
state courts for trial. In states not affected by the law,
enforcement was left to the Bureau of Indian Affairs when
major crimes were committed.

It was supposedly an attempt to get American Indians out of
poverty by inserting them into society. Doesn’t sound too
terrible does it? In what was called the termination era
(1953-1968) 109 tribes were terminated, 2.5 million acres of
tribal land was sold to non-Native Americans, and 12,000
Native Americans lost their tribal affiliation.

Some Native Americans are now concerned, with Trump pushing
the pipelines, that the same thing might happen to them today.
Why? It is estimated tribal lands hold one fifth of our nations
oil, gas, and reserves.

It does appear Trump is not a fan of green energy so there
could be some validity in their concerns. If Standing Rock
were to be taken by the government, the pipeline could be
allowed to cross sacred grounds since they would no longer
be considered sacred.

We don’t know the answers nor can we see into the future,
but this could get interesting.

Enjoy the rest of our day, kick your feet up, have a cold
one, and relax. I’ll do the same as soon as I wrestle a pizza
and devour it.
Comments are always welcome.


Here we go again

January 19, 2017

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We can’t grasp why inaugurations are so difficult for so many
and can now see where younger generations get an attitude. As
we’ve said many times, we don’t believe these antics and ideas
to be anything new.

Some Democrats boycotted Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration in
1864 because the southern states states wouldn’t recognize his
victory. And, like Trump, Lincoln received death threats. We
don’t know how Trumps security will be, but history tells us
death threats to Lincoln forced General Winfield Scott to
put 635 troops along the parade route and Capital grounds.

General Scott also used 2,000 volunteers, put the cavalry on
side streets, sharpshooters on top of taller buildings, and
had detectives mingle with crowds. All for the safety of the
man who would be president.

Lest you think that having our country’s lawmakers act like
spoiled children is something novel, we fast forward to the
time of another president.

John F. Kennedy said “Let us not seek the Democratic answer
or the Republican answer, but the right answer. Let us not
seek to fix the blame of the past. Let us accept our own
responsibility for the future.”

Lawmakers don’t have to attend an inauguration by law. And
we’re sure the protesters will be out in force, but the man
hasn’t even been sworn in yet. Wouldn’t civilized people wait
until something is done they don’t agree with before starting
to protest?

It’s no wonder kids of today need safe spaces when they see
this kind of action going on every day. And the lawmakers
should stick to doing what they were elected to do instead of
wasting everyone’s time.

That said, have a great Inauguration day tomorrow. I’m going
in search of the elusive bacon cheeseburger pizza.
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Stuck

November 22, 2016

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We’re going to touch on two things that have stuck in our
craw and hope you bear with us. The first is the fact that on
this day in 1963, president John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
When news broke the country cried and was glued to their TVs
to get the latest news.

Schools were dismissed when the news was confirmed and people
gathered in disbelief. Many of us think that he was the last
American Democrat president. By that we mean he thought the
people run the government, higher taxes were not the answer for
prosperity, and he supported the 2nd Amendment.

And the second thing you ask? The Dakota Access Pipeline
protest. Since we hardly ever follow the drive-by media and
their take on things we have our own thoughts. American
Indians are protesting said pipeline that would destroy their
burial grounds and the pipeline would run beneath their water
drinking water source, Lake Oahe.

Having heard both sides of the argument we stand with the
Indians and here’s why. Those who say the pipeline doesn’t run
through the reservation so there are no “sacred grounds” are
like a peg leg pirate tightrope walker. It’s possible, but not
believable. Many forget this entire country once belonged to the
Indians until our ancestors forced them onto reservations.
One would imagine there are Indian burial grounds all over.

What we did hear from the media is the protestors are violent
and force was necessary. Yes there are some burned out cars on
the road, but yet we wonder this. If state and federal law
enforcement are on one side of the road why do they have to
fire rubber bullets while aiming for head shots and spray them
with water cannons in frigid temperatures?

Several people, including a 13 year old girl were shot in the
face, 167 people had suffered injuries, seven had to be
hospitalized, a tribal elder went into cardiac arrest, and one
woman may lose her arm because of a percussion grenade.

Drive by media keeps saying that not all the protestors are
of Indian descent and miss the point. While it is true these
people are joining the Standing Rock Sioux, media doesn’t
mention the fact that the new arrivals are veterans, patriots,
and other like minded people who don’t like peoples’ rights
trampled on.

Yet those mad that Trump won and Black Lives Matter block
roads, beat Trump voters, and loot with little consequence. If
these rioters were treated like the North Dakota protestors
are being treated we wonder how those protesters would react.

Links are supplied for those who need to check everything on
the internet and this post may be slightly biased, but I am
an American who is part Indian.
Comments are always welcome.


Not a new idea

November 18, 2016

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We haven’t posted a lot about politics lately and that is
because our thoughts seem to offend some and we don’t need the
drama. But a friend sent the wife an email which she sent to
me so I decided to try again.

We’ve all heard from different news sources that when Trump
is president he will deport people and their opinion that it
is unconstitutional, heartless, and without precedent. And as
usual, the news has it wrong.

In October of 1951, H.R. 5678 was introduced in the House of
Representatives by two Democrats. This bill passed the house
in April, 1952, passed the Senate in May 1952, then was vetoed
by president Harry S. Truman in June of 1952.

So it went back to the House and passed with enough votes to
ensure it wouldn’t be vetoed then passed the Senate, again
with enough votes to prevent a veto, later in June of 1952.

This bill was called the Immigration and Nationality Act of
1952 and became known as the McCarran-Walter Act which
restricted immigration into the U.S., and had some notable
provisions.

The Act abolished racial restrictions found in immigration
statutes going all the back to the Naturalization Act of 1790.

Provisions defined 3 types of immigrants. Those with special
skills or relatives in the U.S., average immigrants, and
refugees.

Another provision gave government the power to deport
immigrants engaged in subversive activities and allowed
barring immigrants entry for the same reason.

And one expanded the U.S. to include Guam.

As for unprecedented, President Carter banned Iranian
nationals from entering the U.S. Executive Order 12172, dated
November 27, 1972 put a hold on Iranian immigration.

So it has been done, it is Constitutional, Democrats
co-sponsored it and passed it, and a Democrat president later
used it.

Enjoy the day, it’s one day closer to Thanksgiving.
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